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A Happy Thanksgiving

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November 24, 2019
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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A Happy Thanksgiving

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: He loves
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  • us, eternally, completely,
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  • absolutely enough to
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  • cause us to fellowship with Him.
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  • To praise Him, to shout His
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  • glory and His praises, and to
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  • - Dr. Stanley:
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  • Four decades ago,
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  • we started In Touch Ministries
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  • to lead people worldwide
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  • into a growing relationship
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  • with Jesus Christ.
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  • Throughout the years,
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  • we've seen God's greatness,
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  • his love and his blessings
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  • in such awesome ways
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  • that we just want everyone
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  • to know him.
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  • So let's open God's Word
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  • - male announcer: Next on
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  • "In Touch,"
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: When you
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  • think of Thanksgiving, what do
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  • you think about?
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  • Do you think about the landing
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  • of the Pilgrims in 1620
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  • on this shore after a long hard
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  • trip across the Atlantic?
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  • Or do you think about the
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  • landing of turkey and dressing
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  • on your plate at your house on
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  • Thanksgiving morning?
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  • Well, either one would be okay.
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  • But don't you know that they
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  • were grateful beyond all
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  • measure, leaving their land of
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  • difficulty and hardship,
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  • especially about their religion,
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  • their faith?
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  • And coming to a new land
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  • unknown, adventurous, uncertain
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  • probably lots of hardships but
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  • they were free.
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  • They were free to worship God
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  • the way they intended.
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  • And when I think about
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  • Thanksgiving I think about what
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  • they must have thought about on
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  • that first Thanksgiving that
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  • they observed and probably they
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  • would have read the hundred
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  • Psalm.
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  • So I want us to read this
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  • hundredth Psalm and then I want
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  • to talk about what God has
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  • saying to us in it.
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  • "Shout joyfully to the Lord, all
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  • the earth.
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  • Serve the Lord with gladness;
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  • Come before Him with joyful
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  • singing.
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  • Know that the Lord Himself is
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  • God; it is He who has made us,
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  • and we not we ourselves; we are
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  • His people and the sheep of His
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  • pasture.
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  • Enter His gates with
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  • thanksgiving and His courts with
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  • praise.
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  • Give thanks to Him, bless His
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  • name.
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  • For the Lord is good; His
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  • kindness is everlasting and His
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  • faithfulness to
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  • all generations."
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  • What an awesome Psalm.
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  • And if you'll think about it for
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  • a moment there is not a single
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  • negative note in that whole
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  • Psalm.
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  • It's all positive.
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  • It's all about God, and it's all
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  • about who He is and what He
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  • does.
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  • And it certainly ought to be our
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  • attitude and though our
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  • circumstances today were
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  • probably like theirs.
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  • They left because they were
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  • afraid.
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  • They left because they didn't
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  • have religious freedom.
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  • They left the continent because
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  • they wanted a new beginning, and
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  • a new start, and a new life.
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  • And every time a person trusts
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  • the Lord Jesus Christ as their
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  • personal Savior, they're born
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  • again.
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  • It's the beginning of a new
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  • life.
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  • Does that mean the end of
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  • problems and heartaches,
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  • and burdens?
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  • No, and neither did that mean
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  • that for them because there were
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  • Indians to face, and cold
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  • winters, and all the rest.
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  • And so, life was new, but it was
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  • a beginning of a whole new
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  • perspective on life.
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  • And when I read this Psalm
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  • I think about how positive it is
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  • in every single way, and I think
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  • about all the things we have to
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  • be grateful for.
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  • So I want us to look at this
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  • Psalm in the light of what God
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  • is saying to us, and what our
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  • attitude ought to be toward Him
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  • in spite of all the things that
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  • we see today.
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  • So, I want us to look at it in
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  • the light first of all of how
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  • positive it is.
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  • Look at this: "Shout joyfully to
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  • the Lord.
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  • Serve the Lord with gladness;
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  • come before Him with joyful
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  • singing.
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  • Know that the Lord Himself
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  • is God.
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  • Enter His gates with
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  • thanksgiving.
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  • Give thanks to Him, bless His
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  • name.
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  • For the Lord is good; His
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  • kindness is everlasting and His
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  • faithfulness to all
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  • generations."
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  • Think about all that God has
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  • said in those few verses.
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  • We're to shout, serve, come,
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  • know, enter His gates, enter His
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  • courts, give Him thanks, and
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  • bless His name.
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  • Think about it.
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  • Look back over all the weeks of
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  • this year how good God has been
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  • to you, and all the kind of ways
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  • He's been good.
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  • What does He say?
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  • Shout about Him, serve Him, to
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  • come before Him, know Him, enter
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  • His gates, enter His courts with
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  • praise, give thanks, and bless
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  • His name.
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  • We have lots to be grateful for.
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  • And this Psalm is all about
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  • giving thanks to God.
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  • So I wonder how often in a given
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  • week or a month, you just stop
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  • and give thanks to God?
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  • Just say, "Lord I just want to
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  • thank You.
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  • I want to thank You, thank You,
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  • thank You, Jesus.
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  • I want to thank You that I can
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  • talk to You.
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  • I want to thank You that You
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  • hear me.
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  • And Lord there's a lot of things
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  • going on in this world I don't
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  • like, but You're God and You're
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  • going to make it turn out to
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  • suit You no matter what.
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  • You're Jehovah God."
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  • We have Him to praise and to
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  • sing praises to.
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  • And I love this Psalm because
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  • it's all about Him.
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  • And when we come to
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  • Thanksgiving, He's the object of
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  • our thanksgiving.
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  • And so, when I think about the
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  • Psalms--so I want you to turn to
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  • several of them and just read
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  • them together.
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  • And if you'll look in Psalm
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  • sixty-six first.
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  • Psalm sixty-six first, and I
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  • want us to read it and look at
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  • it and see what God is saying
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  • because He says the same thing
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  • in every one of them.
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  • Psalm sixty-six, verse one
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  • and two.
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  • Look at this: "Shout."
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  • How?
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  • Well, that's not very good.
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  • Shout, how?
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  • "Joyfully to God, all the
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  • earth; sing the glory of His
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  • name; make His praise glorious."
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  • That is when he says shout
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  • joyfully: cheerfully, happily,
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  • lighthearted, thrilled, the
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  • excited about the fact that we
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  • love God.
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  • "Shout joyfully to God, all the
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  • earth."
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  • And then go to if you will, to
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  • Psalm eighty-one and let's look
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  • at that for a moment.
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  • Psalm eighty-one and look at
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  • these verses.
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  • Again, the Scriptures says,
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  • "Sing for joy to God our
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  • strength; shout joyfully to the
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  • God of Jacob.
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  • Raise a song, strike the
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  • timbrel.
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  • Blow the trumpet."
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  • These people made a noise
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  • serving God.
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  • Listen, he says shout joyfully.
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  • Then if you'll turn to the
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  • ninety-fifth Psalm.
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  • Ninety-fifth Psalm verse one
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  • and two.
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  • Look at that.
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  • "O come, let us sing for joy to
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  • the Lord, let us shout joyfully
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  • to the rock of our salvation.
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  • Let us come before His presence
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  • with thanksgiving, let us shout
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  • joyfully to Him with psalms."
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  • Isn't it interesting that the
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  • psalmist says every time we're
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  • to shout joyfully?
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  • You can't shout joyfully and
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  • be quiet.
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  • You say, "Well, I thought you
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  • should come to church and be
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  • reverent?"
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  • Reverence doesn't always mean
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  • quietness.
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  • It means an attitude.
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  • A reverence it an attitude about
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  • the One I'm serving.
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  • I can reverence for God and
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  • shout to the ends of the earth.
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  • I can reverence God and be
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  • absolutely quiet.
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  • Reverencing God speaks of our
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  • acknowledgement of Him, who He
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  • is, and all that He is.
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  • And think about what He's done
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  • in your life.
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  • Every single one of us has a
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  • reason to be grateful to God and
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  • to shout His praises.
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  • And yet we're taught to be
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  • reverent.
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  • Be quiet when you go to church
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  • and reverence God.
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  • But when I look at the Psalms
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  • there's nothing quiet about
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  • that.
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  • Listen to it.
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  • "Shout joyfully."
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  • "Shout joyfully."
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  • "Shout joyfully."
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  • "Shout joyfully."
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  • In this ninety-eighth Psalm:
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  • "Shout joyfully to the Lord,
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  • all the earth;
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  • break--"listen--"break forth and
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  • sing for joy and sing praises."
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  • That's what the choir does, and
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  • we sing with them.
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  • "Sing praises to the Lord with
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  • the lyre," that's a string
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  • instrument, "with the lyre and
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  • the sound of melody.
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  • With trumpets and a sound of the
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  • horn, shout joyfully before the
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  • King, and the Lord."
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  • When I read those passages,
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  • I think, there should be such
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  • a joy in our hearts.
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  • So these verses, these are
  • 00:09:00.130 --> 00:09:01.280
  • just a few verses in the Psalms,
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  • and then let's think about this
  • 00:09:06.080 --> 00:09:08.000
  • in listening to these Psalms,
  • 00:09:08.000 --> 00:09:10.050
  • and how God speaks to us, and
  • 00:09:10.050 --> 00:09:12.110
  • there are many other verses, but
  • 00:09:12.200 --> 00:09:15.200
  • there are seven reasons for our
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  • joyful thanksgiving, if you'll
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  • think about all these verses
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  • that we've read.
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  • And the first one is this:
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  • He's our God.
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  • To think--listen, there are many
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  • gods created by many people down
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  • through the ages.
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  • Many gods, and they worshiped
  • 00:09:34.030 --> 00:09:35.180
  • them.
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  • They're gods that do
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  • not exist.
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  • Their gods that are in their
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  • mind.
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  • There are gods that have they've
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  • been taught.
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  • And that--it's idolatry, but we
  • 00:09:42.220 --> 00:09:45.220
  • have a reason to shout to
  • 00:09:45.220 --> 00:09:48.040
  • holy God.
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  • And so, if you think about this,
  • 00:09:49.130 --> 00:09:51.260
  • that the first chapter of the
  • 00:09:51.260 --> 00:09:53.200
  • first book of the Bible is all
  • 00:09:53.200 --> 00:09:55.200
  • about who?
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  • It's all about God.
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  • It is an expression of God.
  • 00:09:58.130 --> 00:10:01.070
  • What's the expression of God?
  • 00:10:01.070 --> 00:10:02.140
  • It's creation.
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  • "In the beginning, God created."
  • 00:10:04.030 --> 00:10:05.180
  • It's all about God, the Creator.
  • 00:10:06.070 --> 00:10:09.070
  • And sometime we forget that and
  • 00:10:09.070 --> 00:10:11.080
  • think about all of the things He
  • 00:10:11.080 --> 00:10:12.150
  • created, but He intends for us
  • 00:10:12.150 --> 00:10:14.130
  • to know that He's the source of
  • 00:10:14.130 --> 00:10:16.050
  • all creation.
  • 00:10:16.050 --> 00:10:17.020
  • He's still the Creator.
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  • He's the One who created a new
  • 00:10:19.000 --> 00:10:20.010
  • life within you.
  • 00:10:20.010 --> 00:10:22.250
  • You were born-again.
  • 00:10:22.250 --> 00:10:24.080
  • Almighty God, sovereign Lord of
  • 00:10:24.080 --> 00:10:26.010
  • the universe.
  • 00:10:26.010 --> 00:10:27.100
  • Jesus Christ His Son.
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  • We have so much to be grateful
  • 00:10:28.200 --> 00:10:30.000
  • for.
  • 00:10:30.000 --> 00:10:30.210
  • He is our God.
  • 00:10:30.210 --> 00:10:32.120
  • Secondly, He made us, we didn't
  • 00:10:33.020 --> 00:10:36.020
  • make ourselves.
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  • He gave, listen--He gave
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  • you life.
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  • He gave you the privilege
  • 00:10:41.230 --> 00:10:42.280
  • to live.
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  • He gave you gifts and
  • 00:10:44.220 --> 00:10:46.020
  • talents and skills.
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  • You compare yourself with
  • 00:10:48.020 --> 00:10:49.040
  • somebody else, you can't do
  • 00:10:49.040 --> 00:10:50.070
  • that, God didn't make him and
  • 00:10:50.070 --> 00:10:51.220
  • you alike, He made us all
  • 00:10:51.220 --> 00:10:53.170
  • differently.
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  • He made us all for a purpose.
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  • He's the God who has created us,
  • 00:10:56.010 --> 00:10:58.280
  • and He's the God who's made us,
  • 00:10:58.280 --> 00:11:01.040
  • and He's not made any mistakes.
  • 00:11:01.040 --> 00:11:03.130
  • Anything and everything in our
  • 00:11:03.130 --> 00:11:04.270
  • life God has allowed for
  • 00:11:04.270 --> 00:11:06.280
  • a reason.
  • 00:11:06.280 --> 00:11:08.010
  • So think, He's our God, He made
  • 00:11:08.010 --> 00:11:10.000
  • us and we're His people.
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  • That's what the Scripture says,
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  • we're His people.
  • 00:11:14.190 --> 00:11:15.230
  • We're the people of God.
  • 00:11:15.230 --> 00:11:17.240
  • You're not just somebody, you're
  • 00:11:17.240 --> 00:11:20.100
  • a child of God, and we have a
  • 00:11:20.100 --> 00:11:22.250
  • reason to shout to the
  • 00:11:22.250 --> 00:11:24.100
  • world that.
  • 00:11:24.100 --> 00:11:25.230
  • And then of course, He says,
  • 00:11:25.230 --> 00:11:27.000
  • we're the sheep of His pasture.
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  • Think about that.
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  • Think about how intimate
  • 00:11:30.100 --> 00:11:31.020
  • this is.
  • 00:11:31.020 --> 00:11:32.090
  • He says He's made us, and He's
  • 00:11:32.090 --> 00:11:34.240
  • made us for Himself.
  • 00:11:34.240 --> 00:11:36.210
  • We're His people, we belong to
  • 00:11:36.210 --> 00:11:38.080
  • Him, we're the sheep of His
  • 00:11:38.080 --> 00:11:39.080
  • pasture.
  • 00:11:39.080 --> 00:11:40.030
  • What a beautiful way of
  • 00:11:40.030 --> 00:11:41.000
  • speaking about our relationship
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  • to Him.
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  • Think about all the other
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  • animals and so forth in the
  • 00:11:44.290 --> 00:11:46.040
  • world.
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  • Sheep and a shepherd, doesn't
  • 00:11:47.130 --> 00:11:50.130
  • that sound like God?
  • 00:11:50.130 --> 00:11:52.110
  • Why is--why did God choose that
  • 00:11:53.000 --> 00:11:56.000
  • relationship in the Scripture?
  • 00:11:56.000 --> 00:11:57.070
  • Because He loves us and because
  • 00:11:57.070 --> 00:11:59.290
  • He wants us to know that His
  • 00:11:59.290 --> 00:12:02.080
  • attitude toward us is, He
  • 00:12:02.080 --> 00:12:04.040
  • shepherds us, watches over us,
  • 00:12:04.040 --> 00:12:06.180
  • cares for us, protects us,
  • 00:12:06.180 --> 00:12:08.190
  • guides us, that's what shepherds
  • 00:12:08.190 --> 00:12:10.100
  • do.
  • 00:12:10.100 --> 00:12:11.180
  • Never forget this--my first trip
  • 00:12:12.060 --> 00:12:15.060
  • to the Holy Land we were sitting
  • 00:12:15.060 --> 00:12:18.010
  • in this restaurant and eating,
  • 00:12:18.010 --> 00:12:19.200
  • and I was sitting next to the
  • 00:12:19.200 --> 00:12:20.280
  • window, and I saw three
  • 00:12:20.280 --> 00:12:22.080
  • shepherds bring their sheep
  • 00:12:22.080 --> 00:12:24.260
  • together at a well, and
  • 00:12:25.050 --> 00:12:28.050
  • everything else was going, and I
  • 00:12:28.050 --> 00:12:30.000
  • just happened to be watching
  • 00:12:30.000 --> 00:12:30.280
  • this, and I was watching out of
  • 00:12:30.280 --> 00:12:32.170
  • curiosity because all those
  • 00:12:32.170 --> 00:12:34.070
  • sheep mix up with each other.
  • 00:12:34.070 --> 00:12:36.070
  • And I thought what a mess
  • 00:12:36.070 --> 00:12:37.040
  • that's gonna be.
  • 00:12:37.040 --> 00:12:38.180
  • I couldn't hear what was saying,
  • 00:12:38.180 --> 00:12:40.050
  • but I did see this shepherd, one
  • 00:12:40.130 --> 00:12:43.130
  • of these shepherds lifted up his
  • 00:12:44.000 --> 00:12:47.000
  • rod and said a few things.
  • 00:12:47.000 --> 00:12:48.160
  • I couldn't tell what he was
  • 00:12:48.160 --> 00:12:49.180
  • saying.
  • 00:12:49.180 --> 00:12:50.160
  • I watched those sheep separate
  • 00:12:51.200 --> 00:12:54.200
  • according to the voice of that
  • 00:12:54.240 --> 00:12:57.240
  • shepherd, until they were all
  • 00:12:57.240 --> 00:12:59.200
  • going in a different direction,
  • 00:12:59.200 --> 00:13:01.270
  • and what brought them away from
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  • the water to follow a shepherd
  • 00:13:04.040 --> 00:13:05.180
  • was the voice that they knew.
  • 00:13:05.270 --> 00:13:08.270
  • Their shepherd they knew which
  • 00:13:08.270 --> 00:13:11.090
  • to follow.
  • 00:13:11.090 --> 00:13:12.240
  • And I'll never forget there
  • 00:13:12.240 --> 00:13:13.140
  • thinking God, I hope I'm
  • 00:13:13.140 --> 00:13:15.180
  • like that.
  • 00:13:15.180 --> 00:13:16.200
  • I hope I can live such a life
  • 00:13:16.200 --> 00:13:18.110
  • that whenever Your voice come,
  • 00:13:18.110 --> 00:13:19.200
  • I'll know it's You, it's not the
  • 00:13:19.200 --> 00:13:21.030
  • devil, it's not somebody else,
  • 00:13:21.030 --> 00:13:21.290
  • it's You.
  • 00:13:21.290 --> 00:13:23.070
  • And when He says, we're the
  • 00:13:23.070 --> 00:13:24.120
  • sheep of His pasture, and He
  • 00:13:24.120 --> 00:13:25.240
  • didn't just say we're His sheep
  • 00:13:25.240 --> 00:13:28.090
  • of His pasture which means He's
  • 00:13:28.090 --> 00:13:31.030
  • the Provider.
  • 00:13:31.030 --> 00:13:32.160
  • He's the Provider, the Shepherd.
  • 00:13:32.160 --> 00:13:34.020
  • We're His sheep.
  • 00:13:34.020 --> 00:13:36.010
  • Now, sometimes we may act like
  • 00:13:36.010 --> 00:13:39.010
  • goats, but we're not goats,
  • 00:13:39.010 --> 00:13:42.010
  • we're sheep, and if a person is
  • 00:13:42.010 --> 00:13:44.170
  • lost, they fit the goat
  • 00:13:44.170 --> 00:13:46.070
  • attitude, probably, but we're
  • 00:13:46.070 --> 00:13:48.020
  • the sheep of His pasture.
  • 00:13:48.020 --> 00:13:50.140
  • We have a shepherd, we have
  • 00:13:50.140 --> 00:13:52.010
  • somebody to protect us, to
  • 00:13:52.010 --> 00:13:53.150
  • provide for us, to guide us,
  • 00:13:53.150 --> 00:13:55.010
  • to lead us.
  • 00:13:55.010 --> 00:13:56.070
  • Shepherds protect their sheep,
  • 00:13:56.070 --> 00:13:58.140
  • shepherds provide for them,
  • 00:13:58.140 --> 00:14:00.090
  • shepherds watch over them, and
  • 00:14:00.090 --> 00:14:01.250
  • it's interesting--sheep know
  • 00:14:02.050 --> 00:14:05.050
  • their shepherd's voice.
  • 00:14:05.130 --> 00:14:08.130
  • And I wonder if you know the
  • 00:14:08.130 --> 00:14:09.230
  • voice of God in your life.
  • 00:14:11.000 --> 00:14:14.000
  • Do you know when God is speaking
  • 00:14:14.000 --> 00:14:15.070
  • to you, that's not just your
  • 00:14:15.070 --> 00:14:17.230
  • attitude?
  • 00:14:17.230 --> 00:14:20.030
  • It's not just something you've
  • 00:14:20.030 --> 00:14:21.040
  • thought up.
  • 00:14:21.040 --> 00:14:23.040
  • Can you say that you can
  • 00:14:23.040 --> 00:14:24.110
  • identify the voice of God when
  • 00:14:24.170 --> 00:14:27.170
  • He speaks to you?
  • 00:14:27.170 --> 00:14:30.110
  • And God intends for us to listen
  • 00:14:30.110 --> 00:14:32.150
  • to Him.
  • 00:14:32.150 --> 00:14:34.010
  • We're the sheep of His pasture.
  • 00:14:34.010 --> 00:14:36.080
  • Not just sheep, the sheep of His
  • 00:14:36.080 --> 00:14:38.220
  • pasture.
  • 00:14:38.220 --> 00:14:39.220
  • We have a Shepherd, not two
  • 00:14:39.220 --> 00:14:41.020
  • shepherds, just one Shepherd:
  • 00:14:41.020 --> 00:14:41.280
  • the Lord Jesus.
  • 00:14:41.280 --> 00:14:43.110
  • When you trusted Him as your
  • 00:14:43.110 --> 00:14:44.150
  • Savior, He did an awesome thing.
  • 00:14:44.160 --> 00:14:47.160
  • He came into your life, into
  • 00:14:47.160 --> 00:14:48.250
  • your spirit, and to live His
  • 00:14:48.250 --> 00:14:51.120
  • life through you.
  • 00:14:51.120 --> 00:14:54.060
  • So we have His voice, we have
  • 00:14:54.060 --> 00:14:56.180
  • His protection, we have His
  • 00:14:56.180 --> 00:14:59.000
  • provision, we have the pathway
  • 00:14:59.000 --> 00:15:01.040
  • that He wants us to walk.
  • 00:15:01.040 --> 00:15:04.030
  • When I think about how
  • 00:15:04.030 --> 00:15:05.130
  • intimately loving and personal
  • 00:15:05.130 --> 00:15:07.190
  • God is, we should never feel
  • 00:15:07.200 --> 00:15:10.200
  • like a stranger.
  • 00:15:10.200 --> 00:15:12.080
  • You should never have to feel
  • 00:15:12.080 --> 00:15:13.200
  • alone.
  • 00:15:13.200 --> 00:15:15.100
  • Now I know there's a certain
  • 00:15:15.100 --> 00:15:16.290
  • amount of aloneness when you're
  • 00:15:16.290 --> 00:15:18.030
  • by yourself if you happen to
  • 00:15:18.030 --> 00:15:19.190
  • live by yourself, or whatever it
  • 00:15:19.190 --> 00:15:21.060
  • might be.
  • 00:15:21.060 --> 00:15:22.160
  • But not alone.
  • 00:15:22.160 --> 00:15:24.070
  • Once you receive Jesus Christ as
  • 00:15:24.070 --> 00:15:26.210
  • your Savior, He's in you.
  • 00:15:26.230 --> 00:15:29.230
  • He is--watch this--watch
  • 00:15:29.230 --> 00:15:32.140
  • this carefully--He is the
  • 00:15:32.140 --> 00:15:33.160
  • Shepherd who has created every
  • 00:15:33.160 --> 00:15:36.030
  • single thing that exists,
  • 00:15:38.090 --> 00:15:41.090
  • and He's your Shepherd
  • 00:15:41.090 --> 00:15:43.010
  • and He loves us.
  • 00:15:43.010 --> 00:15:45.090
  • He loves us eternally,
  • 00:15:45.090 --> 00:15:47.050
  • completely, absolutely enough to
  • 00:15:47.050 --> 00:15:50.050
  • cause us to fellowship with Him.
  • 00:15:50.050 --> 00:15:52.280
  • To praise Him, to shout His
  • 00:15:52.280 --> 00:15:54.280
  • glory and His praises, and to
  • 00:15:54.280 --> 00:15:56.280
  • give Him thanks.
  • 00:15:56.280 --> 00:15:58.200
  • He's our God, He made us, we're
  • 00:15:58.200 --> 00:16:00.220
  • His people the Scripture says.
  • 00:16:00.220 --> 00:16:03.090
  • We're the sheep of His pasture.
  • 00:16:03.090 --> 00:16:04.290
  • God is good.
  • 00:16:04.290 --> 00:16:06.260
  • And if you had to sit down this
  • 00:16:06.260 --> 00:16:08.110
  • morning and write out a little
  • 00:16:08.110 --> 00:16:09.220
  • biographical sketch of the good
  • 00:16:09.220 --> 00:16:11.190
  • things God's done in your life
  • 00:16:11.190 --> 00:16:13.040
  • throughout your life, you could
  • 00:16:13.040 --> 00:16:14.260
  • fill up probably half a book.
  • 00:16:14.260 --> 00:16:17.220
  • At least twenty or thirty or
  • 00:16:17.220 --> 00:16:19.140
  • forty pages maybe of how God's
  • 00:16:19.140 --> 00:16:20.200
  • been good to you.
  • 00:16:20.200 --> 00:16:22.010
  • Now you can take another pen,
  • 00:16:22.010 --> 00:16:23.190
  • another book and write down all
  • 00:16:23.190 --> 00:16:25.130
  • the things that's happened to
  • 00:16:25.130 --> 00:16:26.160
  • you that were not so good.
  • 00:16:26.160 --> 00:16:29.020
  • I assure you when you count
  • 00:16:29.020 --> 00:16:31.200
  • correctly the good things that
  • 00:16:31.200 --> 00:16:33.160
  • God has done in your life far
  • 00:16:33.160 --> 00:16:35.120
  • outweighs the difficulty,
  • 00:16:35.120 --> 00:16:37.150
  • hardship, and pain that you've
  • 00:16:37.150 --> 00:16:38.240
  • suffered.
  • 00:16:38.240 --> 00:16:40.020
  • But somehow we forget that.
  • 00:16:40.020 --> 00:16:41.130
  • We forget how good He's been
  • 00:16:41.130 --> 00:16:43.140
  • because we've all been through
  • 00:16:43.140 --> 00:16:45.000
  • difficult times.
  • 00:16:45.000 --> 00:16:47.070
  • We've all hurt; we've suffered
  • 00:16:47.070 --> 00:16:49.010
  • physically, we hurt suffered
  • 00:16:49.010 --> 00:16:50.130
  • emotionally.
  • 00:16:50.130 --> 00:16:51.190
  • We've all been through difficult
  • 00:16:51.190 --> 00:16:53.020
  • times but we all--listen
  • 00:16:53.020 --> 00:16:55.040
  • to this--we all live in
  • 00:16:55.040 --> 00:16:56.050
  • godly times because you are
  • 00:16:56.050 --> 00:16:58.180
  • filled with the Spirit of God.
  • 00:16:58.180 --> 00:17:00.210
  • Your name has been written in
  • 00:17:00.210 --> 00:17:02.100
  • the Lamb's Book of Life.
  • 00:17:02.100 --> 00:17:03.170
  • You're on your way to Heaven no
  • 00:17:03.170 --> 00:17:05.070
  • matter what the world does,
  • 00:17:05.070 --> 00:17:06.180
  • the whole thing can blow
  • 00:17:06.180 --> 00:17:07.160
  • up and it's not going to
  • 00:17:07.160 --> 00:17:08.260
  • affect your eternal life.
  • 00:17:08.260 --> 00:17:11.030
  • We forget how good God is.
  • 00:17:11.030 --> 00:17:13.040
  • We can sing about it once or
  • 00:17:13.040 --> 00:17:15.030
  • twice a year but think about how
  • 00:17:15.030 --> 00:17:17.020
  • good He's been to you.
  • 00:17:17.020 --> 00:17:18.170
  • You say, "Well, but you just
  • 00:17:18.170 --> 00:17:19.100
  • don't know how bad it's been
  • 00:17:19.100 --> 00:17:20.000
  • for me."
  • 00:17:20.000 --> 00:17:20.220
  • No, you don't know how bad it's
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  • been for people around you.
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  • But the truth is He's been good
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  • to you.
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  • Because even in the difficult
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  • times God showed up.
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  • When you were in need God
  • 00:17:31.090 --> 00:17:32.090
  • showed up.
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  • When you were sick He showed up.
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  • When you were lonely He
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  • showed up.
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  • When you were going through
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  • times that you couldn't share
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  • with anybody else and you were
  • 00:17:39.190 --> 00:17:40.230
  • lonely and you were fed up with
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  • life and you thought about
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  • ending it, He showed up.
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  • Why?
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  • Because He's an awesome,
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  • good God and the Bible says His
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  • lovingkindness endures forever.
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  • Think about this, when you and I
  • 00:17:51.120 --> 00:17:53.110
  • are going through a tough time,
  • 00:17:53.110 --> 00:17:55.120
  • we have His lovingkindness.
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  • Now we may not recognize it, but
  • 00:17:58.000 --> 00:17:59.160
  • we have His lovingkindness.
  • 00:17:59.160 --> 00:18:02.020
  • Sometimes you say, "Well, why
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  • does God chastise us?"
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  • Because He loves us.
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  • And if a sheep gets astray,
  • 00:18:08.190 --> 00:18:11.170
  • the shepherd goes after the
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  • sheep and depends upon where the
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  • sheep or how far, or whatever.
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  • He may have to tap him a little
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  • bit to remind him not to do
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  • that again.
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  • Watch this carefully--can you
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  • honestly say that you're happy
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  • when God chastises you?
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  • Can you say that, amen?
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  • I didn't think I'd get much
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  • on that.
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  • Think about this.
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  • If God never chastised us, what
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  • would we do?
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  • We'd keep going 'til we went
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  • over the hill, fall off the
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  • mountain.
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  • It is God's loving hand that
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  • chastises us, to remind us don't
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  • walk out of His will, there's
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  • danger over there.
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  • You're going to regret it.
  • 00:18:52.160 --> 00:18:53.250
  • You're going to find yourself in
  • 00:18:53.250 --> 00:18:55.250
  • trouble, just stay with
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  • the pack.
  • 00:18:57.030 --> 00:18:58.040
  • Follow the Shepherd, listen to
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  • His voice.
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  • Because the Shepherd's always
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  • going to provide what we need,
  • 00:19:03.000 --> 00:19:05.010
  • when we need it, how we need it.
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  • Does that mean there'll never be
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  • rainy days, hard days, difficult
  • 00:19:08.260 --> 00:19:10.150
  • days, rocky days to walk on?
  • 00:19:10.150 --> 00:19:12.150
  • No.
  • 00:19:12.150 --> 00:19:13.170
  • But the Good Shepherd is there
  • 00:19:13.170 --> 00:19:15.160
  • to protect us and to guide us.
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  • This Psalm is all about God's
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  • goodness, and our worship of
  • 00:19:20.000 --> 00:19:23.000
  • Him, and our recognition of who
  • 00:19:23.000 --> 00:19:24.280
  • He is.
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  • And so, His faithfulness
  • 00:19:26.160 --> 00:19:28.270
  • continues with us throughout all
  • 00:19:29.070 --> 00:19:32.070
  • generations.
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  • That is--watch this--you will
  • 00:19:33.150 --> 00:19:35.290
  • never have a moment of your life
  • 00:19:35.290 --> 00:19:37.290
  • when God ceases to be faithful.
  • 00:19:39.070 --> 00:19:42.070
  • He will always be faithful.
  • 00:19:42.070 --> 00:19:44.090
  • He will always be who He says
  • 00:19:44.090 --> 00:19:46.050
  • He is.
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  • He will always do what He says
  • 00:19:47.070 --> 00:19:48.180
  • He'll do.
  • 00:19:48.180 --> 00:19:50.000
  • And when I think about our
  • 00:19:50.000 --> 00:19:50.280
  • Heavenly Father always being who
  • 00:19:51.250 --> 00:19:54.250
  • He is, always doing what He
  • 00:19:54.250 --> 00:19:57.080
  • says, always providing what He
  • 00:19:57.080 --> 00:19:59.250
  • promise, always being with us
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  • through any and every
  • 00:20:01.240 --> 00:20:03.080
  • circumstance of life.
  • 00:20:03.080 --> 00:20:04.150
  • We should shout hallelujah,
  • 00:20:04.150 --> 00:20:06.120
  • praise to God continually.
  • 00:20:06.120 --> 00:20:08.130
  • This is the God whom we serve,
  • 00:20:08.130 --> 00:20:11.020
  • not the god the world serves,
  • 00:20:11.020 --> 00:20:13.020
  • because the god the world serves
  • 00:20:13.020 --> 00:20:15.140
  • is all confused; it's mixed up
  • 00:20:15.190 --> 00:20:18.190
  • with good, bad, and indifferent,
  • 00:20:18.190 --> 00:20:19.290
  • and they pacify themselves while
  • 00:20:19.290 --> 00:20:22.070
  • saying, "Well, God understands."
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  • The god the world serves is not
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  • the God of the Bible, it's the
  • 00:20:27.120 --> 00:20:29.250
  • god of the devil that
  • 00:20:29.250 --> 00:20:31.190
  • compromises sin and makes sin
  • 00:20:31.270 --> 00:20:34.270
  • acceptable, and misleads people
  • 00:20:34.270 --> 00:20:37.250
  • to do evil, to think evil,
  • 00:20:37.250 --> 00:20:40.000
  • to become evil.
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  • That's not the God of the Bible.
  • 00:20:41.200 --> 00:20:43.110
  • You and I have a God who cares
  • 00:20:43.110 --> 00:20:45.080
  • so much for us that He loves us
  • 00:20:45.080 --> 00:20:48.060
  • enough to chastise us, to keep
  • 00:20:48.060 --> 00:20:50.230
  • us in the center of His will
  • 00:20:50.230 --> 00:20:52.150
  • which is the place we understand
  • 00:20:52.150 --> 00:20:54.150
  • and experience the love
  • 00:20:54.150 --> 00:20:56.030
  • of God most.
  • 00:20:56.030 --> 00:20:58.110
  • So when I think about it, and
  • 00:20:58.110 --> 00:20:59.140
  • think about all of that this
  • 00:20:59.140 --> 00:21:01.210
  • says to us, it speaks to me of
  • 00:21:01.210 --> 00:21:04.150
  • His untiring goodness,
  • 00:21:05.030 --> 00:21:08.030
  • continuous goodness toward us,
  • 00:21:08.030 --> 00:21:09.260
  • always.
  • 00:21:09.260 --> 00:21:11.040
  • His sacrificial love for us,
  • 00:21:11.040 --> 00:21:13.050
  • think about the cross, and His
  • 00:21:13.050 --> 00:21:14.220
  • eternal faithfulness to us.
  • 00:21:14.220 --> 00:21:17.130
  • Think of those three things.
  • 00:21:17.130 --> 00:21:19.040
  • His untiring goodness is
  • 00:21:19.040 --> 00:21:21.040
  • always there.
  • 00:21:21.040 --> 00:21:22.190
  • His sacrificial love for us,
  • 00:21:22.190 --> 00:21:25.040
  • always there.
  • 00:21:25.040 --> 00:21:26.160
  • His eternal faithfulness to us,
  • 00:21:26.160 --> 00:21:28.160
  • we don't ever have to worry
  • 00:21:28.160 --> 00:21:29.100
  • about Him changing.
  • 00:21:29.100 --> 00:21:30.260
  • That's the awesome God we serve,
  • 00:21:30.260 --> 00:21:33.090
  • we should praise Him and thank
  • 00:21:33.090 --> 00:21:34.230
  • Him, and glorify His name.
  • 00:21:34.250 --> 00:21:37.250
  • You say, "Well, I believe He's
  • 00:21:37.250 --> 00:21:39.120
  • forgotten me."
  • 00:21:39.120 --> 00:21:41.160
  • No.
  • 00:21:41.160 --> 00:21:42.170
  • You may have forgotten him, and
  • 00:21:42.170 --> 00:21:44.080
  • you may be one of those sheep
  • 00:21:44.080 --> 00:21:46.130
  • that's gone astray.
  • 00:21:46.130 --> 00:21:48.160
  • But if you'll notice in the
  • 00:21:48.160 --> 00:21:49.240
  • Scripture, watch this--are
  • 00:21:49.240 --> 00:21:51.170
  • you listening?
  • 00:21:51.170 --> 00:21:52.110
  • Say amen.
  • 00:21:52.110 --> 00:21:53.120
  • Jesus never whipped a sheep.
  • 00:21:56.110 --> 00:21:59.110
  • Never beat a sheep.
  • 00:21:59.110 --> 00:22:01.060
  • But He went after the sheep and
  • 00:22:01.060 --> 00:22:04.020
  • brought them back.
  • 00:22:04.020 --> 00:22:05.240
  • And so, you may feel like,
  • 00:22:05.240 --> 00:22:07.060
  • "Well, I know I was saved back
  • 00:22:07.060 --> 00:22:09.030
  • yonder somewhere but God sort of
  • 00:22:09.030 --> 00:22:11.070
  • forgotten me because I back slid
  • 00:22:11.070 --> 00:22:13.060
  • and got into this and got
  • 00:22:13.060 --> 00:22:14.260
  • into that."
  • 00:22:14.260 --> 00:22:15.240
  • No.
  • 00:22:15.240 --> 00:22:17.050
  • I'll tell what the situation is.
  • 00:22:17.050 --> 00:22:19.240
  • You're living in sin and the
  • 00:22:19.240 --> 00:22:22.080
  • Good Shepherd is waiting for you
  • 00:22:22.210 --> 00:22:25.210
  • to come home.
  • 00:22:25.210 --> 00:22:27.050
  • You say, "Well, how do I come
  • 00:22:27.050 --> 00:22:29.010
  • home?"
  • 00:22:29.010 --> 00:22:31.060
  • By asking Him to forgive you of
  • 00:22:31.060 --> 00:22:33.000
  • your sins.
  • 00:22:33.000 --> 00:22:34.200
  • Asking Him to help you get your
  • 00:22:35.130 --> 00:22:38.130
  • life back together.
  • 00:22:38.130 --> 00:22:40.120
  • Asking Him to encourage you and
  • 00:22:40.120 --> 00:22:42.210
  • show you the way and thank Him
  • 00:22:43.150 --> 00:22:46.150
  • for His forgiveness.
  • 00:22:46.150 --> 00:22:47.200
  • And thank Him for His goodness
  • 00:22:47.200 --> 00:22:48.240
  • toward you.
  • 00:22:48.240 --> 00:22:50.070
  • The Good Shepherd doesn't beat
  • 00:22:50.070 --> 00:22:52.280
  • His sheep.
  • 00:22:52.280 --> 00:22:54.160
  • It's the sheep who go astray and
  • 00:22:54.160 --> 00:22:56.100
  • He comes after us to bring us
  • 00:22:56.100 --> 00:22:58.130
  • home.
  • 00:22:58.130 --> 00:22:59.280
  • When I think about God's awesome
  • 00:22:59.280 --> 00:23:01.080
  • love and I think about this
  • 00:23:01.190 --> 00:23:04.190
  • awesome song:
  • 00:23:04.190 --> 00:23:06.180
  • "Shout joy to the Lord, the Good
  • 00:23:06.180 --> 00:23:09.080
  • Shepherd."
  • 00:23:09.080 --> 00:23:10.290
  • And the Good Shepherd will be
  • 00:23:10.290 --> 00:23:13.080
  • your Shepherd to guide you, lead
  • 00:23:13.080 --> 00:23:15.120
  • you, protect you, watch over you
  • 00:23:15.120 --> 00:23:16.230
  • through the last moment of
  • 00:23:16.260 --> 00:23:19.260
  • your life.
  • 00:23:19.260 --> 00:23:21.130
  • When you breathe your last
  • 00:23:21.130 --> 00:23:22.200
  • breath, you'll see Him for the
  • 00:23:23.090 --> 00:23:26.090
  • first time.
  • 00:23:26.090 --> 00:23:28.090
  • What an awesome eternal thought
  • 00:23:28.090 --> 00:23:31.040
  • that is.
  • 00:23:31.040 --> 00:23:32.210
  • If you have never trusted Jesus
  • 00:23:32.210 --> 00:23:34.030
  • Christ as your Savior,
  • 00:23:34.040 --> 00:23:37.040
  • you won't see Him.
  • 00:23:37.040 --> 00:23:38.230
  • You'll be eternally separated
  • 00:23:38.230 --> 00:23:40.130
  • from Him.
  • 00:23:40.130 --> 00:23:40.290
  • You say, "Well, that's
  • 00:23:40.290 --> 00:23:41.160
  • not fair."
  • 00:23:41.160 --> 00:23:42.100
  • He's warned you, He's told you,
  • 00:23:42.100 --> 00:23:45.000
  • He's sent the message to you
  • 00:23:45.000 --> 00:23:46.140
  • over and over, and over again.
  • 00:23:46.140 --> 00:23:49.000
  • And why have you rejected Him?
  • 00:23:49.000 --> 00:23:51.200
  • The one person you need in your
  • 00:23:51.200 --> 00:23:53.110
  • life above everybody else
  • 00:23:53.110 --> 00:23:56.080
  • is Jesus.
  • 00:23:56.080 --> 00:23:58.080
  • "Come unto me, all ye that labor
  • 00:23:58.080 --> 00:24:00.040
  • and are heavy laden, and I'll
  • 00:24:00.040 --> 00:24:01.190
  • give you rest."
  • 00:24:01.190 --> 00:24:02.230
  • "For God so loved the world,
  • 00:24:02.230 --> 00:24:04.120
  • that He gave His only begotten
  • 00:24:04.120 --> 00:24:05.170
  • Son, that whoever believes in
  • 00:24:05.170 --> 00:24:07.180
  • Him will have eternal life."
  • 00:24:07.180 --> 00:24:10.130
  • If you confess your sins, He's
  • 00:24:10.130 --> 00:24:11.200
  • faithful and just to forgive you
  • 00:24:11.200 --> 00:24:14.110
  • of your sins and to cleanse you
  • 00:24:14.110 --> 00:24:16.020
  • from all unrighteousness.
  • 00:24:16.020 --> 00:24:18.250
  • Why fight God?
  • 00:24:19.050 --> 00:24:22.050
  • When you can receive the Lord
  • 00:24:22.050 --> 00:24:23.260
  • Jesus Christ as your Savior,
  • 00:24:23.260 --> 00:24:25.060
  • everything changes.
  • 00:24:25.060 --> 00:24:28.010
  • Your name is written instantly
  • 00:24:28.010 --> 00:24:29.240
  • in the Lamb's Book of Life from
  • 00:24:29.240 --> 00:24:32.060
  • which there are no erasures.
  • 00:24:32.150 --> 00:24:35.150
  • And when you breathe your last
  • 00:24:35.150 --> 00:24:37.050
  • breath, the first person you
  • 00:24:38.130 --> 00:24:41.130
  • will see is the Good Shepherd,
  • 00:24:41.130 --> 00:24:44.130
  • the Lord Jesus.
  • 00:24:44.130 --> 00:24:46.170
  • Is that not worth praising
  • 00:24:46.170 --> 00:24:47.160
  • God for?
  • 00:24:47.160 --> 00:24:49.010
  • Amen.
  • 00:24:49.010 --> 00:24:49.170
  • Let's give God a hand.
  • 00:24:49.170 --> 00:24:52.050
  • Praise God.
  • 00:24:52.050 --> 00:24:54.020
  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Father, we thank you and praise
  • 00:24:57.130 --> 00:24:58.220
  • you for Your goodness and love
  • 00:24:58.220 --> 00:25:00.280
  • and mercy toward us that's
  • 00:25:00.280 --> 00:25:02.210
  • indescribable.
  • 00:25:02.210 --> 00:25:05.100
  • Praise, thanksgiving, and
  • 00:25:05.100 --> 00:25:07.060
  • blessing to You.
  • 00:25:07.060 --> 00:25:08.170
  • Thank you for loving us.
  • 00:25:08.170 --> 00:25:10.130
  • Thank you for putting up
  • 00:25:10.130 --> 00:25:11.170
  • with us.
  • 00:25:11.170 --> 00:25:12.160
  • Thank you for forgiving us.
  • 00:25:12.160 --> 00:25:13.160
  • Thank you for being here for us
  • 00:25:13.160 --> 00:25:14.280
  • twenty-four hours a day knowing
  • 00:25:14.280 --> 00:25:17.070
  • everything about us, know how to
  • 00:25:17.070 --> 00:25:19.210
  • heal us from any and everything.
  • 00:25:19.210 --> 00:25:21.290
  • And know how to bless us.
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  • We just bless you this morning
  • 00:25:25.070 --> 00:25:26.280
  • in Jesus name.
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  • blessed by today's program,
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  • to take it up a notch.
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  • because if not,
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  • coworker, grandmother,
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  • or anyone else
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  • you can think of,
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  • A gift that blesses
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  • - female: Jesus gave us the
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  • gift of prayer.
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  • - male: And so, we have to come
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  • to him daily and talk to him
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  • just like I'm talking to you
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  • now.
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  • - male: No matter what I'm
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  • going through in life, I can
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  • speak to God at any time.
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  • - female: Prayer has
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  • transformed my relationship
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  • with God in that it has
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  • deepened my faith.
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  • - female: I never feel alone.
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  • I always feel that he's there
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  • with me, guiding me along the
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  • way.
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  • - male: The more I invest into
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  • that relationship I guess you
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  • could say, I feel like he's
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  • guiding my life and I can sense
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  • - announcer: "In Touch,"
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  • leading people worldwide
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  • into a growing relationship with
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  • Jesus Christ and strengthening
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  • the local church.
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  • This program is sponsored by
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  • In Touch Ministries and is made
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  • possible by the grace of God and
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  • - female: In watching
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  • Dr. Stanley all these years,
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  • he's still speaking the truth
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  • about hearing the voice of God
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  • and obedience.
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  • There's nothing added to it,
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  • there's nothing that he's taken
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  • away, it's just truthful.
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  • And then it's Dr. Stanley, and
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  • he is an amazing communicator.
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  • There's just no nonsense there
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  • and that's what I love
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  • about him.
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  • You know, he's very honest about
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  • who God is and truthful and
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  • that's essential in the world
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