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Christmas Gifts

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December 23, 2019
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Don Wilton

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Christmas Gifts

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  • - male: Merry Christmas and welcome to "The Encouraging
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  • Word" featuring the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton.
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  • And here at this Christmas time, his message is all about
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  • the gifts of Christmas.
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  • - Don Wilton: I want to have a little bit of time with my best
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  • friends in all the world.
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  • So if all you big people can just hold your horse for a
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  • second--and if you think I need to get on and do it right now,
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  • just hang on.
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  • Just be patient, moms and dads, 'cause I want my best friends
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  • up here.
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  • I want all the boys and girls here today.
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  • If you're a boy or a girl, I want you to get up now and come.
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  • Come and sit with me up here.
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  • You're upstairs, downstairs, get up.
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  • Come on.
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  • If your mommy or daddy need to bring you, that's good too.
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  • Come on.
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  • This is fantastic.
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  • Seth, bring me that stuff here 'cause this is my favorite thing
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  • here. I got to hang on to it.
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  • All right.
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  • Okay.
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  • All right, now--all right as everybody just takes--I mean,
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  • this is very, very special.
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  • And you will never guess what I've--you don't know where to
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  • sit.
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  • Okay, you can sit--how about this?
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  • That a good seat?
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  • We solve problems on the spot here.
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  • So, boys and girls, I have some presents in here that I've
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  • received like over the years.
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  • So I mean, I've had some of these because when I get
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  • presents--how many of you love to get presents at Christmas?
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  • Wow, I wish--man, we'll talk about that in just a minute.
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  • That's the best thing in all the world, isn't it?
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  • And I'm telling you, it is very special.
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  • Well, over the years, friends of mine have given me some very
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  • special presents.
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  • I'm going to show you--can I show you some of my presents?
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  • All right.
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  • Hold that there, Mr. Jacob.
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  • This one.
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  • I love this present.
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  • Look at that present.
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  • Who's that in that picture there?
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  • You don't recognize him, do you?
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  • Huh?
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  • Me?
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  • Yeah.
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  • Look at that, boys and girls.
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  • All right, look at that.
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  • I got to get a good shot.
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  • You get that?
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  • See, I'd love this, and a very good friend of mine gave me
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  • this.
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  • Do you know what I love about this?
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  • I love pictures of--this is--see, Ms. Karen and I love to
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  • get up in the mountains and going hiking.
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  • And some years ago, we went to a place called Switzerland.
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  • See all those big mountains back there?
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  • When my friend gave me that picture of me and Ms. Karen
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  • walking in the mountains in Switzerland--I have that in my
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  • office, and I love pictures.
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  • I love pictures of my children and of my grandchildren, and I
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  • just loved it.
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  • What else have I got here, Jacob?
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  • Let me just see here for a second.
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  • Okay, hold that for me.
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  • Amen. See what I got here.
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  • Okay. Okay.
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  • All right, television set.
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  • Okay, up--oh!
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  • What is this?
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  • Where's my--okay, who will tell me what this is?
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  • Yes?
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  • - boy: A bouncy ball.
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  • - Don: A bouncy ball.
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  • Okay, I'm going to bounce it.
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  • Oh no, that's not a bouncy ball.
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  • Okay, anyone else should tell me what is this.
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  • Okay.
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  • Yes.
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  • - girl: A boy.
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  • - Don: That is very accurate that--anyone else tell me what
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  • is this?
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  • Yes.
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  • - girl: A baseball.
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  • - Don: A baseball.
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  • Well, it looks like a baseball and that's very close, but
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  • that's--okay, let's just keep trying.
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  • Yes.
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  • - girl: An apple.
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  • - Don: An apple.
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  • I tell you that sure looks like an apple.
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  • All right.
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  • Okay, what--we're going to just--we're going to give just
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  • maybe one more here.
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  • - boy: It's one of those balls that you use for that game where
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  • you use to stick and it just do that.
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  • - Don: Hey, let's give him a hand.
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  • Shall we do that?
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  • Now, let me tell you what that game is where you use that like
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  • a stick and you just do that.
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  • It's called cricket.
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  • Nobody plays cricket where I live.
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  • And for over 40 years, I haven't played cricket.
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  • So--all right, let's see what else I got here.
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  • What is that?
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  • Come on, who knows what that is?
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  • - girl: A boomerang. - Don: A boomerang.
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  • Okay, now which of your daddies needs a haircut today?
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  • Hands up.
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  • Okay, daddy, identify yourself.
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  • One of you--Robert Moore.
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  • Mr. Robert, would you stand please, sir?
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  • All right, now I want everybody to watch this.
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  • Keep your hands down.
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  • Hands at your sides.
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  • Okay, you're ready?
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  • Okay, one haircut coming up.
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  • No.
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  • Boys and girls, I got this Boomerang when I was preaching
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  • all over Australia.
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  • Many years I've been there.
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  • And boomerangs, we look at them as toys but, you know, they use
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  • them on the farmlands and you can--I used to be able to do
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  • this, but the chairman of deacons won't let me do it in
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  • here.
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  • And I could throw that over there somewhere where Mr. Randy
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  • is or whoever it is back over there, and I could throw that
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  • and it turns around and round and round and it comes back and
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  • you catch it in your hands.
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  • Now, the reason I'm not going to do that today is because I don't
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  • want to impress anybody in the congregation, and I value
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  • everybody here too.
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  • But I love--what else have I got here, Mr. Jacob?
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  • Ah, what is that?
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  • Look at that.
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  • All right, now let's find out what is this.
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  • - boy: A truck.
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  • - Don: A truck. Okay.
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  • What do you think this is?
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  • - boy: A car. - Don: A car.
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  • We're getting--we're getting close.
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  • Yes.
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  • - boy: A matchbox.
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  • - Don: Ah, matchbox.
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  • I like that.
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  • Yes, sweetheart.
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  • What is this? - girl: A toy car.
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  • - Don: It's a toy car.
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  • Can I tell you what this is?
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  • This is very special to me.
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  • It's one of my favorite gifts.
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  • Do you know why?
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  • And I keep it on my shelf all the time because this is a mail
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  • truck.
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  • In England, it's called the Royal Mail.
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  • That's what they call it in England.
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  • The Royal Mail what what.
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  • Prince William and Harry get--that's how they get their
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  • mail.
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  • By the Royal Mail.
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  • So why do I have one of these?
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  • Well, boys and girls, you see, many years ago, I was driving in
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  • England, and they have little roads there; tiny little roads
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  • with big hedges.
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  • And also you drive on the other side of the road, and I'm
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  • supposed to know how to do all of that.
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  • And we're driving along just up and down, going past all the
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  • sheep and everybody's talking to us and all of a sudden I hear...
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  • I ran into the Royal Mail.
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  • Now, it wasn't anything bad.
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  • It's just that maybe I was a little mixed up between which
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  • side the road I need to be on, and I took out his side mirror
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  • which decided to take out his entire windshield.
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  • And so the Royal Mail driver got out and came over to have a
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  • little chat with me, and he was a cokney.
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  • He said, "What up' 'ere lad?"
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  • He said, "You just ruined me truck."
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  • And I began to talk to him, and he was a little bit, you know,
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  • kind of like not--he wasn't very happy with me.
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  • And so I had with me my whole family in my motorcar, and my
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  • daughter, Shelley, was just like maybe 4 years old.
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  • And so Shelley saw this Royal Mail truck driver being perhaps
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  • not quite so nice to her daddy and so she stuck both her arms
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  • out of the window and looked at him and said to him, "My daddy
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  • is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Spartanburg."
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  • And he said--okay, let's get on with the next thing--okay.
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  • Don't you love Christmas, boys and girls?
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  • It's such a sweet time of the year.
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  • Do you know the Bible tells us what happens at Christmas?
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  • I want to read to you.
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  • Listen to this.
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  • Now, boys and girls, when I read to you about Christmas, what is
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  • this book that I'm reading to you from?
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  • The Bible.
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  • You know, the best book to read is the Bible.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • That's what your mommies and daddies are teaching you.
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  • And, you know, everything that we need to know about
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  • Christmas--if you want to know if it's real or make believe,
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  • this is where you go to find out.
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  • Because everything in the Bible, you quite right, tells us that
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  • Christmas is real because Jesus is real.
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  • Listen to what happens here.
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  • This is what God told us about Christmas, okay?
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  • He said, "In those days, a decree went out from the king,"
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  • that all the world needs to come back to their hometowns so that
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  • they could find out how many people were living out there
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  • in the suburbs.
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  • And this time happened at a very special time, just about the
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  • time when Jesus was about to be born.
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  • And the Bible says that all the people, all the people went to
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  • their own towns just like the king told them to in order to
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  • register their names and to pay their taxes.
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  • And the Bible says and Joseph--how many of you know who
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  • Joseph is?
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  • Joseph is Jesus's earthly daddy.
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  • God gave to him the blessing of being Jesus's earthly daddy, and
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  • Joseph also went up.
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  • He lived in a place called Nazareth, and he had to go all
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  • the way, the Bible says, to a town called Bethlehem.
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  • How many of you have heard of Bethlehem?
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  • This is all in the wonderful story about Jesus.
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  • And the Bible says that he went with Mary, and Mary was
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  • expecting a baby.
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  • She had a little baby in her tummy that God had put there.
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  • I heard some comment.
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  • I bet it was good.
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  • And I know--baby Jesus.
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  • That's right.
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  • And she had--growing in her tummy because God put Jesus
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  • there.
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  • And so Joseph and Mary went all the way to Bethlehem and there
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  • they found a room.
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  • And the Bible says while they were there, she gave birth to
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  • her firstborn son and they called his name Jesus.
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  • And they wrapped him in a nice wooly blanket to keep him warm.
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  • In those days, they called it swaddling cloths.
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  • And Mary laid her baby down in the little bed called a manger.
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  • Look at that Christmas tree, boys and girls.
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  • Just look at that Christmas tree.
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  • Don't you love Christmas trees?
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  • You know what I love about Christmas?
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  • Look at all the green leaves.
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  • You know what those green leaves remind me about at Christmas?
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  • Green is like life.
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  • It means something's alive.
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  • You know, when baby Jesus was born, that's exactly what Jesus
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  • came to give us.
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  • He came to give us life.
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  • He came to give us life today, life tomorrow, and life forever
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  • and forever and forever.
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  • Look at all those lights.
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  • How many of you've got lights on your Christmas tree?
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  • You know, Ms. Karen and I have got lights on our Christmas
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  • tree.
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  • We've even got a few lights outside.
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  • You know what I told her last night?
  • 00:15:06.180 --> 00:15:09.090
  • I had gotten to bed about 10 o'clock, and I was tired last
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  • night and I had to go to bed.
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  • And I said to Ms. Karen, "Don't forget.
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  • Before you get into bed, please go and turn out all the lights."
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  • Because if you leave the lights on, then they shine all over and
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  • you can't go to sleep and you keep--well, you know, Jesus
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  • said, "I am the light of the world."
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  • And, you know, the Bible tells us, boys and girls, that Jesus
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  • is our light.
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  • He shines in darkness.
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  • He shines in darkness.
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  • You know, there's lots of people today who've got a lot of
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  • darkness in their hearts.
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  • You know, darkness comes because of the sin in our lives.
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  • That's real dark.
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  • Darkness comes in our lives when we get sick and we don't know
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  • how to get better.
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  • Darkness can be in our lives when we go through separations
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  • and when we have hurt and pain, and darkness can come into our
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  • lives when we don't have enough money to feed our family or we
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  • don't have a good job.
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  • Darkness can come into our lives because of something that
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  • somebody says that really hurts us and makes us very sad.
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  • So, you know, when Jesus was born, Jesus came and said, "I'm
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  • the light of the world."
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  • But, you know, the most wonderful thing is this is
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  • Jesus's birthday.
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  • In 2 days' time, we celebrate Jesus's birthday, and it's
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  • wonderful.
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  • It's the greatest birthday just like Kayla's birthday and like
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  • many of us.
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  • I got friends who have their birthday on Christmas Day, too.
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  • Makes it a doubly special day, doesn't it?
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  • And we all love to have birthdays.
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  • But, you know, the wonderful thing about Jesus's
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  • birthday--yeah, I love being able to come and take things
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  • like this and have all the presents and all the fun and all
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  • the food, sing Christmas carols, come here this afternoon and
  • 00:17:19.010 --> 00:17:24.270
  • listen to a massive choir, an orchestra or listen to Lindsey
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  • and Chris and Chelsea leading us as they sing, and Colton as he
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  • plays and we all lift our hearts up.
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  • We just have such a wonderful time of worship together.
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  • But, boys and girls, Jesus's birthday is the most wonderful
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  • present we could ever have.
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  • So, you know, Kayla, I know today's a very happy day for you
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  • because you're so precious, and we're all celebrating our
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  • birthdays together.
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  • Isn't it wonderful to know that Jesus's birthday, Jesus came
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  • that we can have life, we can have light, and we can receive
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  • the greatest gift ever, ever?
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  • Let's bow our heads together for a moment, boys and girls.
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  • Lord Jesus, thank you for your birthday.
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  • It's the most wonderful birthday ever.
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  • We thank you for our birthdays 'cause we're all turning 2 and 3
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  • and 4 and 5 and 6 and 10 and 14 and 15 and 30 and 40
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  • and some of us are even a little on beyond that.
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  • We all have birthdays, but the best birthday of all is Jesus's
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  • birthday because--when is your birthday?
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  • Your birthday?
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  • I'm so happy to hear that.
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  • We are just so happy to hear about birthdays, Lord Jesus.
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  • That is so special to all of us.
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  • And so we pray this prayer in Jesus's name.
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  • Amen.
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  • Boys and girls, I love you.
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  • You are so precious to me and to all of us, and I pray that
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  • you're going to have the best happy birthday Jesus ever on
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  • Tuesday and that you will always remember that this is the
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  • greatest, most wonderful gift that we can ever have because
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  • it's Jesus.
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  • So here's what we're going to do, okay?
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  • I'm going to ask all your mommies and daddies who are here
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  • to stand up.
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  • If you will own up to one of these precious children, I want
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  • you to stand up right now.
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  • Boys and girls, you go quickly back and find your seats.
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  • And we will help you if you don't know where to go, okay?
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  • Well, you know, folks, as our musicians begin to lead us just
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  • before we go, just before we go and continue to celebrate--don't
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  • you love seeing Christmas through the eyes of little ones?
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  • You know, I was little once.
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  • I was.
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  • Did you know that?
  • 00:20:34.100 --> 00:20:36.060
  • There was a time when I was just a little lad, little boy.
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  • I was.
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  • You remember those days?
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  • Remember when you were just a little girl, little boy?
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  • Remember where you were?
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  • Remember the joy of little things like Christmas lights and
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  • candy canes?
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  • Remember waking up in the morning, unwrapping those gifts
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  • at 100 miles an hour?
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  • Remember the feelings in your heart?
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  • You still got that?
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  • What happened?
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  • You lost it a bit.
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  • Somehow it's just not quite the same.
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  • If you've never had it, receive it.
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  • Now, what you've seen here is yours, it's mine.
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  • It's the joy of Christmas because it's about Jesus.
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  • I give you Jesus because Jesus has given it to us, all of us.
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  • Greatest gift you can receive is the gift of this Jesus.
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  • Trust him today.
  • 00:22:14.220 --> 00:22:17.060
  • Turn your life over to him and receive that life, that light,
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  • that greatest gift.
  • 00:22:24.130 --> 00:22:26.200
  • You know, if maybe you have--hey, can we just be honest
  • 00:22:26.210 --> 00:22:34.080
  • with each other?
  • 00:22:34.090 --> 00:22:36.030
  • You know, you can be a Christian and be pretty unhappy at the
  • 00:22:36.040 --> 00:22:42.190
  • same time.
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  • Ever figured that out?
  • 00:22:44.200 --> 00:22:47.040
  • I know being a Christian means you supposed to walk around all
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  • the time with a big smile on your face.
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  • Doesn't work like that 'cause stuff gets in the way.
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  • Hurt still hurts.
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  • Pain is still painful.
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  • Ugliness is still ugliness.
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  • You know what happens, man, when those things begin to infiltrate
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  • our life?
  • 00:23:14.230 --> 00:23:16.030
  • We pull back.
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  • Does God seem farther away from you?
  • 00:23:17.290 --> 00:23:20.250
  • Well, who do you think moved?
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  • He didn't.
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  • We did.
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  • Come back.
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  • It's a beautiful picture.
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  • He's the Word and he's at the beginning.
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  • He's the beginning and end of life.
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  • He is life.
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  • He's light. He's joy.
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  • He's the greatest gift ever.
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  • I'm going to invite you to give your life to Christ today.
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  • What I want us to do is we're going to just sing a song before
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  • we close and go.
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  • I'm looking forward to a great afternoon of worship and
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  • celebration and talk about the Christmas spirit.
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  • We're in it already.
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  • I know.
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  • But just before we do, I'm going to open this up and ask you to
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  • come.
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  • Take one of us by the hand, say, "I want to give my life to
  • 00:24:14.040 --> 00:24:16.260
  • Jesus."
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  • Come and say, "Would you pray with me?"
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  • That'd be a great privilege.
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  • Maybe you are one of those.
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  • You--one day when you sat like these children, that you gave
  • 00:24:26.090 --> 00:24:29.170
  • your heart to Jesus.
  • 00:24:29.180 --> 00:24:31.110
  • You know, a lot of Christians today gave their hearts to Jesus
  • 00:24:31.120 --> 00:24:34.170
  • yesterday when they were just little people.
  • 00:24:34.180 --> 00:24:38.010
  • That's where it began, but something happened.
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  • You've kind of gradually been losing the joy.
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  • Come today.
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  • Get it back, man.
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  • Make a decision.
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  • Recommit your life.
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  • Put it back on line.
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  • Jesus will do that for you.
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  • Don't you love Christmas? This is it.
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  • Yeah, I really wish you a happy and most blessed Christmas.
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  • It's all about Jesus.
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  • - male: Love that.
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  • Happy and blessed Christmas.
  • 00:25:11.110 --> 00:25:13.010
  • And, you know, the key to that happiness and to that blessing
  • 00:25:13.020 --> 00:25:16.110
  • is knowing Jesus personally.
  • 00:25:16.120 --> 00:25:18.080
  • You know, many of us here in this Christmas season know about
  • 00:25:18.090 --> 00:25:20.220
  • the Christ of Christmas.
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  • I spent too many years of my life knowing about Christ, but
  • 00:25:22.210 --> 00:25:25.130
  • not knowing him personally and I would have missed heaven had
  • 00:25:25.140 --> 00:25:28.230
  • the Lord taken me home before that.
  • 00:25:28.240 --> 00:25:30.140
  • But you can know Jesus Christ, the Christ of Christmas right
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  • now in a simple prayer that you can repeat after me.
  • 00:25:33.160 --> 00:25:36.110
  • "Lord God, I know that I have messed up.
  • 00:25:36.120 --> 00:25:40.050
  • There are things that have separated me from you; my sin.
  • 00:25:40.060 --> 00:25:42.200
  • So, Jesus, today I pledge my love for you.
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  • I believe in you as the Son of God who died for my sins.
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  • In Jesus's name I pray, amen."
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  • It really is as simple as that.
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  • We confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and it
  • 00:25:56.220 --> 00:26:00.140
  • changes everything.
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  • If God's working in your life right now, pick up the phone,
  • 00:26:02.060 --> 00:26:04.290
  • give us a call.
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  • Let us begin to walk you through not only this moment of saying
  • 00:26:06.090 --> 00:26:10.080
  • yes to Jesus Christ, but this new journey, this new 2020
  • 00:26:10.090 --> 00:26:13.280
  • perspective on living for God every single day.
  • 00:26:13.290 --> 00:26:17.100
  • As a matter of fact, Don is going to tell you in a minute
  • 00:26:17.110 --> 00:26:19.000
  • about a journal that'll help you spend quiet time in God
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  • every day.
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  • But you need to know we're here for you.
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  • Call us. Let us pray with you.
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  • Meet us online. We're here to encourage you.
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  • - Don: This year again, I was blessed to join with several
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  • pastors and Christian leaders from across the country in
  • 00:26:30.220 --> 00:26:34.240
  • writing a brand new 52-week devotional called "The Heart of
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  • Worship."
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  • I want to make a copy available to you and for you to have
  • 00:26:41.140 --> 00:26:47.000
  • copies that you can get to send to your families and friends at
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  • Christmas time.
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  • What a wonderful Christmas gift to give to those that you love.
  • 00:26:53.090 --> 00:26:57.210
  • In fact, as we begin a new year, begin it with God.
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  • So thank you, my friends, for picking up the phone and calling
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  • to request "The Heart of Worship" devotional today.
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  • God bless you.
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  • male: Our time is gone for now,
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  • but especially during this month
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  • of holiday time, know that we're
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  • here for you 24 hours a day.
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  • Give us a call.
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  • Meet us online.
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  • We'd love to pray with you.
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