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  • YOU READ YOUR BIBLES AND YOU BELIEVE
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  • IN GOD IS IN CONTROL OF ALL THINGS.
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  • AND YOU HAVE YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND.
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  • OR WORSE, YOU HAVE YOUR HEAD IN THE CLOUDS."
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  • ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
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  • THE CHRISTIAN IS A REALIST.
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  • THE CHRISTIAN IS A PERSON THAT RECOGNIZES BAD THINGS
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  • HAPPEN IN THIS WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN TODAY.
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  • BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS WE SERVE A VERY GOOD GOD.
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  • [Phil Wickham: This is the Day] THIS IS THE DAY
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  • WHEN THE LOST ARE FOUND.
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  • THIS IS THE DAY FOR A NEW BEGINNING.
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  • AMAZING GRACE HOW SWEET THE SOUND.
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  • O CAN YOU HEAR ALL THE ANGELS ARE SINGING
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  • THIS IS THE DAY THE DAY WHEN LIFE BEGINS.
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  • YOU ARE WATCHING GREG LAURIE TV.
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  • NOW HERE IS PASTOR GREG.
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  • YOU KNOW I WAS CHECKING OUT WHAT THE TOP
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  • SCRIPTURES ARE THAT PEOPLE SEARCH FOR ONLINE.
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  • ACCORDING TO BIBLE GATEWAY WHICH IS A SITE WHERE YOU
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  • CAN ACCESS DIFFERENT BIBLE TRANSLATIONS THAT
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  • I USE ACTUALLY QUITE FREQUENTLY.
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  • HERE ARE THE TOP FIVE PASSAGES PEOPLE SEARCH FOR.
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  • PREDICTABLY, NUMBER ONE IS JOHN 3:16.
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  • "FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS
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  • ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM
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  • SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE."
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  • NUMBER TWO OF THE MOST SEARCHED FOR
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  • SCRIPTURES IS JEREMIAH 29:11.
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  • THAT'S ONE OF MY FAVORITES TOO.
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  • "I KNOW THE THOUGHTS THAT I THINK TOWARD YOU, SAYS
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  • THE LORD, THOUGHTS OF PEACE AND NOT OF EVIL,
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  • TO GIVE YOU A FUTURE AND A HOPE."
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  • NUMBER THREE IS PHILIPPIANS 4:13
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  • WHERE PAUL SAYS, "I CAN DO ALL THINGS
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  • THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME."
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  • NUMBER FOUR IS PSALM 23:4 WHERE DAVID SAYS,
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  • "YEA THOUGH I WALK TO THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF
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  • DEATH I WILL FEAR NO EVIL FOR THOU ART WITH ME.
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  • YOUR ROD AND YOUR STAFF, THEY COMFORT ME."
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  • AND FINALLY NUMBER FIVE IS THE VERSE WE ARE GOING
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  • TO BE LOOKING AT IN THIS MESSAGE.
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  • ROMANS 8:28 AND IT IS UP ON THE SCREEN.
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  • I WANT US ALL TO READ IT OUT LOUD TOGETHER. READY.
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  • "AND WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER
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  • FOR GOOD TO THOSE WHO LOVE GOD, TO THOSE
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  • WHO ARE THE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE."
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  • AND WE KNOW ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER.
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  • THAT'S WHY I HAVE CALLED THIS MESSAGE "ALL THINGS."
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  • THIS IS A BELOVED VERSE.
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  • IT'S AN OFTEN QUOTED VERSE.
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  • BUT DO WE UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS VERSE ACTUALLY SAYS?
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  • WHEN THE BIBLE SAYS "ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER"
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  • THAT IS NOT FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
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  • IT IS NOT TRUE FOR EVERY PERSON OUT THERE BECAUSE
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  • ALL THINGS DON'T WORK TOGETHER.
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  • THERE'S SORT OF A VARIATION OF IT THAT
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  • SAYS SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF WELL
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  • ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL. AND THEN WE SOMETIMES
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  • HEAR PEOPLE SAY, "IT'S ALL GOOD, MAN."
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  • YOU KNOW WHAT? IT'S NOT ALL GOOD, MAN.
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  • SOMETIMES IT'S REALLY BAD AND THINGS DON'T MAKE SENSE.
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  • THINGS HAPPEN TO US THAT ARE INEXPLICABLE.
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  • THIS VERSE IS FOR THE PERSON WHO HAS PUT
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  • THEIR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
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  • THERE ARE SO MANY OF THESE INSPIRATIONAL
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  • SAYINGS OUT THERE NOW.
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  • YOU FIND A LOT OF THEM ON PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM.
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  • USUALLY OVER A SUNSET.
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  • SOMETHING THAT'S SUPPOSED TO INSPIRE US.
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  • HERE IS ONE I CAME ACROSS.
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  • "YESTERDAY IS HISTORY.
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  • TOMORROW IS A MYSTERY AND TODAY IS A GIFT.
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  • THAT'S WHY WE CALL IT THE PRESENT." OOH.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • NOT BAD. HOW ABOUT THIS ONE?
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  • "WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS, MAKE LEMONADE."
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  • SERIOUSLY? ARE YOU REALLY GOING TO GO WITH THAT?
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  • HERE'S ANOTHER ONE.
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  • WHEN THE TOUGH GETS GOING...
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  • OR EXCUSE ME, "WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH,
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  • THE TOUGH GET GOING."
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  • YOU KNOW, CRAZY STUFF THAT'S SUPPOSED TO BRING
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  • COMFORT OR HELP, BUT HERE'S ONE THAT I'VE
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  • ACTUALLY HAD SAID TO ME THAT ACTUALLY IS
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  • SO UNHELPFUL IT'S ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE.
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  • "YOU KNOW WHAT?
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  • THERE'S ALWAYS SOMEONE WORSE OFF THAN YOU." REALLY?
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  • I KNOW THAT, BUT HOW IS THAT SUPPOSED
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  • TO MAKE ME FEEL BETTER?
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  • NOW I DON'T NEED YOUR INSPIRATIONAL SAYINGS.
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  • I NEED THE BIBLE.
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  • I NEED THE WORD OF GOD BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONLY
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  • THING THAT COULD CORRECT MY COURSE AND GET ME IN
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  • SYNC AND GET A PROPER PERSPECTIVE.
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  • THE BIBLE HAS THE POWER.
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  • NONE OF THIS STUFF DOES.
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  • [applause]
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  • ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD
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  • TO THOSE THAT LOVE GOD.
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  • AS I SAID, THIS IS A VERY SPECIFIC PROMISE TO A VERY
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  • SPECIFIC PERSON AND THAT PERSON IS SOMEONE WHO LOVES GOD.
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  • IF YOU LOVE GOD, AND BY THAT I MEAN IF YOU
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  • PUT YOUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST AND TRUSTED HIM
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  • AS YOUR SAVIOR AND LORD, YOU CAN LAY HOLD OF THIS
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  • PROMISE FOR YOURSELF NO MATTER WHAT
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  • YOU'RE GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW.
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  • NOTICE THAT IT SAYS "WE KNOW."
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  • WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD.
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  • IT DOESN'T SAY "WE THINK" OR EVEN "WE HOPE"
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  • OR "WE SUPPOSE" OR "WE WISH."
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  • WE KNOW. BUT WAIT. HOW DO I KNOW?
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  • HOW DO I KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER
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  • FOR GOOD TO THOSE THAT LOVE GOD?
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  • WELL THE ANSWER IS FOUND IN VERSE 32 OF ROMANS 8
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  • WHERE PAUL SAYS,
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  • LISTEN, WHENEVER I AM TEMPTED TO DOUBT THE LOVE
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  • OF GOD AND I'M WONDERING IF THINGS ARE REALLY
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  • WORKING TOGETHER FOR MY GOOD, I NEED TO TAKE A
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  • LONG LOOK AT THE CROSS AND REMEMBER JESUS
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  • DEMONSTRATED HIS LOVE FOR ME BY DYING THERE IN MY PLACE.
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  • BECAUSE AS I'VE OFTEN SAID, IT WASN'T NAILS THAT HELD
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  • CHRIST TO THE CROSS, IT WAS LOVE FOR YOU AND FOR ME.
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  • PAUL SAID, "HE LOVED ME AND HE GAVE HIMSELF FOR ME.
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  • AND IF THIS IS TRUE, AND OF COURSE IT IS, WILL
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  • HE NOT FREELY GIVE US ALL THINGS?
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  • SO WHATEVER'S GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE, YOU KNOW THAT
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  • ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THOSE THAT LOVE GOD.
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  • HOW DO I KNOW IT?
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  • BECAUSE GOD HAS SHOWN HIS LOVE TOWARD US BY SENDING JESUS.
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  • THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS THAT WE JUST KNOW IN LIFE.
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  • WE JUST KNOW THEM.
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  • AND WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER
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  • FOR GOOD TO THOSE THAT LOVE GOD.
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  • YOU KNOW, I THINK CHRISTIANS ARE THE MOST
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  • REALISTIC PEOPLE AROUND.
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  • SOMETIMES PEOPLE WILL SAY, "OH, YOU KNOW, YOU CHRISTIANS
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  • YOU READ YOUR BIBLES AND YOU BELIEVE IN GOD WHO IS
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  • IN CONTROL OF ALL THINGS, AND YOU HAVE YOUR HEAD IN
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  • THE SAND, OR WORSE, YOU HAVE YOUR HEAD IN THE CLOUDS."
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  • ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
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  • THE CHRISTIAN IS A REALIST.
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  • THE CHRISTIAN IS A PERSON THAT RECOGNIZES BAD THINGS
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  • HAPPEN IN THIS WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN TODAY.
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  • THE WORLD IS NOT A NICE PLACE.
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  • IT CAN BE A VERY BAD PLACE.
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  • BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS WE SERVE A VERY GOOD GOD.
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  • [applause]
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  • SO WE KNOW THAT.
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  • WE KNOW MANKIND IS NOT BASICALLY GOOD.
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  • WE KNOW THE REST OF MANKIND IS AS SINFUL AS WE ARE.
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  • AND WE KNOW THAT PEOPLE DO BAD THINGS BUT
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  • WE KNOW GOD LOVES US.
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  • SO WHEN SOMETHING BAD HAPPENS WE KNOW THAT GOD
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  • CAN CAUSE IT TO WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD.
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  • LISTEN TO THIS,
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  • THERE ARE THINGS THAT ARE BAD.
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  • THEY'LL ALWAYS BE BAD.
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  • SO THIS VERSE IS NOT SAYING GOD MAKES BAD THINGS GOOD.
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  • NO. IT SAYS ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD.
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  • SO THE LORD CAN EVEN TAKE SOMETHING THAT IS EVIL IN
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  • ITS INTENT, SOMETHING THAT IS DESIGNED TO HARM US,
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  • AND SOMEHOW IN HIS PROVIDENCE TURN IT INTO
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  • A THING THAT ULTIMATELY PRODUCES SOMETHING
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  • GOOD IN MY LIFE.
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  • DON'T GO ANYWHERE. WE'LL RETURN FOR
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  • THE REST OF THE MESSAGE IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • SEASONS PASS AND MY PRAYERS SEEM TO GET
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  • LOST IN THE WAITING.
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  • I FEEL SO ALONE.
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  • WHAT ARE MY TEARS AND PRAYERS WORTH?
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  • HOW AM I TO COPE WHEN I AM
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  • OVERWHELMED AND FEEL HOPELESS?
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  • WHO CAN I TURN TO?
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  • WHO CAN I TRUST?
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  • WELCOME BACK.
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  • HERE ONCE AGAIN IS PASTOR GREG.
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  • WE DON'T BELIEVE IN DUMB LUCK.
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  • WE BELIEVE IN GOD'S GUIDANCE.
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  • WE DON'T BELIEVE IN COINCIDENCE.
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  • WE BELIEVE IN PROVIDENCE.
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  • AND WHEN THINGS ARE NOT WORKING OUT FOR GOOD IN
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  • THE GIVEN MOMENT, WE DON'T FREAK OUT BECAUSE WE KNOW
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  • THAT THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF THE CHRISTIAN.
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  • PSALM 119:91 SAYS,
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  • YES. ALL THINGS.
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  • EPHESIANS 1:11 SAYS,
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  • SO THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT DISTINCTION TO MAKE.
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  • BECAUSE SOMETIMES THINGS HAPPEN AND WE GO,
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  • "THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING."
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  • HOW DO YOU KNOW?
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  • DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT A GOOD THING IS?
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  • "YES I DO."
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  • WELL, MAYBE IT ISN'T A GOOD THING?
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  • HAS IT EVER OCCURRED TO YOU THAT THAT THING YOU
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  • THINK IS A GOOD THING CAN ULTIMATELY BECOME
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  • A BAD THING FOR YOU?
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  • SO HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT A GOOD THING IS?
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  • HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT A BAD THING IS?
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  • WE HAVE TO GO TO A HIGHER AUTHORITY.
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  • SO WE GO TO GOD AND WE START WITH THIS BASIC TRUTH.
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  • GOD IS GOOD. THE BIBLE SAYS,
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  • "TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD."
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  • SO WITH THIS IN MIND THAT MEANS THAT GOD IS THE
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  • FINAL COURT OF ARBITRATION WHEN IT COMES TO DEFINING
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  • WHAT IS GOOD AND WHAT IS NOT GOOD.
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  • SO IF GOD SAYS SOMETHING IS GOOD, IT IS GOOD.
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  • IF GOD SAYS SOMETHING IS BAD, IT'S BAD.
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  • YOU SAY, "BUT WHAT IS GOOD?"
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  • ANSWER: GOOD IS WHAT GOD APPROVES.
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  • BUT YOU SAY, "BUT WAIT A SECOND.
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  • WHERE DO WE GO BEYOND THAT?"
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  • WE DON'T GO ANYWHERE BEYOND THAT.
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  • GOD SAYS IT'S GOOD, THEREFORE, IT'S GOOD.
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  • YOU SAY THAT IS CIRCULAR REASONING.
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  • ACTUALLY THAT'S BIBLICAL REASONING.
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  • SO WE SAY GOD KNOWS WHAT'S GOOD AND THERE ARE THINGS
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  • THAT HAPPEN TO US THAT SEEM LIKE THEY MAY BE BAD
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  • THAT ARE ACTUALLY KIND OF GOOD.
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  • EXAMPLE: FOR US, GOOD IS WELL JUST EVERYTHING
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  • GOING OUR WAY, RIGHT.
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  • GOOD IS GREEN LIGHTS.
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  • GOOD ARE BLUE SKIES.
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  • GOOD IS PAID BILLS.
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  • GOOD IS GOOD HEALTH.
  • 00:11:03.270 --> 00:11:05.050
  • GOOD IS EVERYTHING HAPPY.
  • 00:11:05.080 --> 00:11:07.280
  • AND THAT IS GOOD.
  • 00:11:08.010 --> 00:11:09.030
  • I WILL AGREE WITH YOU ON THAT, BUT SOMETIMES AN
  • 00:11:09.060 --> 00:11:13.140
  • AFFLICTION OR A HARDSHIP CAN BE GOOD BECAUSE IT CAN
  • 00:11:13.170 --> 00:11:16.200
  • CAUSE US TO TURN TO GOD.
  • 00:11:16.230 --> 00:11:18.210
  • BECAUSE SOMETIMES WHEN THINGS ARE GOING REALLY
  • 00:11:18.240 --> 00:11:20.170
  • WELL, LETS BE HONEST, WE FORGET GOD.
  • 00:11:20.200 --> 00:11:23.070
  • WE DON'T PRAY LIKE WE OUGHT TO.
  • 00:11:23.100 --> 00:11:25.080
  • WE DON'T READ OUR BIBLES THAT OFTEN.
  • 00:11:25.110 --> 00:11:27.040
  • WE JUST TAKE THESE THINGS FOR GRANTED.
  • 00:11:27.070 --> 00:11:29.030
  • BUT WHEN THE BOTTOM DROPS OUT AND A CRISIS HITS,
  • 00:11:29.060 --> 00:11:31.230
  • WE DROP RIGHT TO OUR KNEES AND THAT'S GOOD.
  • 00:11:31.260 --> 00:11:35.130
  • SO GOD CAN TAKE WHAT IS PERCEIVED AS A BAD THING
  • 00:11:35.160 --> 00:11:37.280
  • AND CAN ACTUALLY BECOME A GOOD THING IN HIS HANDS.
  • 00:11:38.010 --> 00:11:41.240
  • BUT THERE ARE THINGS THAT HAPPEN AND WE SAY, I DON'T
  • 00:11:41.270 --> 00:11:44.180
  • THINK ANYTHING GOOD WILL EVER COME OUT OF THIS.
  • 00:11:44.210 --> 00:11:47.000
  • THIS MIGHT SURPRISE YOU TO KNOW I THOUGHT THAT.
  • 00:11:47.030 --> 00:11:49.200
  • I THOUGHT THAT WHEN MY SON CHRISTOPHER DIED IN AN
  • 00:11:49.230 --> 00:11:52.250
  • AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT 10 YEARS AGO.
  • 00:11:52.280 --> 00:11:55.220
  • I THOUGHT NOTHING GOOD WILL EVER COME OUT OF THIS.
  • 00:11:55.250 --> 00:11:58.270
  • THIS IS EFFECTIVELY THE END OF MY LIFE.
  • 00:11:59.000 --> 00:12:02.140
  • YOU'RE SAYING, "GREG, YOU'RE A PASTOR.
  • 00:12:02.170 --> 00:12:03.170
  • YOU THOUGHT..." YOU BETTER BELIEVE
  • 00:12:03.200 --> 00:12:04.200
  • I THOUGHT THAT AND I FELT THAT
  • 00:12:04.230 --> 00:12:06.240
  • AND I FELT THAT DEEPLY.
  • 00:12:06.270 --> 00:12:08.060
  • I DON'T THINK THAT ROMANS 8:28 SHOULD BE
  • 00:12:08.090 --> 00:12:10.280
  • THE GO-TO VERSE IN EVERY SITUATION.
  • 00:12:11.010 --> 00:12:14.020
  • FOR INSTANCE, IF YOU JUST HAD A LOVED ONE DIE - IF
  • 00:12:14.050 --> 00:12:16.230
  • YOUR HUSBAND DIED OR YOUR WIFE DIED OR YOUR CHILD
  • 00:12:16.260 --> 00:12:19.190
  • DIED - YOU DON'T NEED A CHRISTIAN COMING UP
  • 00:12:19.220 --> 00:12:21.220
  • TO YOU AND SAYING "ROMANS 8:28 SAYS
  • 00:12:21.250 --> 00:12:23.260
  • ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER..." JUST STOP. OKAY.
  • 00:12:23.290 --> 00:12:27.070
  • THAT IS THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:12:27.100 --> 00:12:28.280
  • I BELIEVE THAT WORD.
  • 00:12:29.010 --> 00:12:30.180
  • BUT THE BIBLE ALSO TALKS ABOUT A WORD THAT IS FITLY SPOKEN.
  • 00:12:30.210 --> 00:12:34.080
  • THERE'S A RIGHT VERSE FOR THE RIGHT SITUATION.
  • 00:12:34.110 --> 00:12:36.290
  • WHEN I TALK TO SOMEONE WHO HAS LOST SOMEONE THEY LOVE
  • 00:12:37.020 --> 00:12:40.160
  • I QUOTE, INSTEAD, THE STATEMENT OF JESUS WHEN
  • 00:12:40.190 --> 00:12:43.250
  • HE SAID, "BLESSED ARE THEY THAT MOURN FOR
  • 00:12:43.280 --> 00:12:46.010
  • THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED."
  • 00:12:46.040 --> 00:12:47.210
  • AND I'LL TELL THEM THERE'S A TIME TO MOURN AND
  • 00:12:47.240 --> 00:12:50.010
  • THERE'S A TIME TO LAUGH AND THIS IS THE TIME TO MOURN.
  • 00:12:50.040 --> 00:12:52.250
  • I'LL ENCOURAGE THEM TO CRY.
  • 00:12:52.280 --> 00:12:55.010
  • "CRY? NO. THEY SHOULD BE REJOICING."
  • 00:12:55.040 --> 00:12:57.100
  • NO. THEY SHOULD NOT. DON'T BE STUPID.
  • 00:12:57.130 --> 00:13:00.240
  • OF COURSE YOU MOURN THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE.
  • 00:13:00.270 --> 00:13:03.260
  • THE DEPTH OF YOUR SORROW IS AN INDICATION
  • 00:13:03.290 --> 00:13:06.230
  • OF THE DEPTH OF YOUR LOVE.
  • 00:13:06.260 --> 00:13:08.260
  • EVEN WHEN THE GODLY YOUNG STEPHEN WAS MARTYRED WHEN
  • 00:13:08.290 --> 00:13:12.200
  • HE WAS STONED WE READ GODLY MEN MOURNED OVER HIM.
  • 00:13:12.230 --> 00:13:15.280
  • THERE'S A PLACE TO MOURN. YOU'VE GOT TO MOURN.
  • 00:13:16.010 --> 00:13:18.250
  • BUT YOU DON'T STAY THERE FOREVER.
  • 00:13:18.280 --> 00:13:20.210
  • BECAUSE IT SAYS, "BLESSED ARE THEY
  • 00:13:20.240 --> 00:13:22.190
  • THAT MOURN FOR THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED."
  • 00:13:22.220 --> 00:13:24.170
  • NOW LATER ON WE CAN START SEEING HOW ROMANS 8:28
  • 00:13:24.200 --> 00:13:27.260
  • WORKS ALL THINGS TOGETHER ULTIMATELY IN OUR LIFE.
  • 00:13:27.290 --> 00:13:31.150
  • YOU SAY, "WELL DID THAT WORK FOR YOU, GREG?
  • 00:13:31.180 --> 00:13:33.100
  • HAS IT BEEN ROMANS 8:28 SINCE YOUR SON DIED?" YES.
  • 00:13:33.130 --> 00:13:37.050
  • BUT IT'S STILL IN PROCESS, ISN'T IT.
  • 00:13:37.080 --> 00:13:40.160
  • THERE'S STILL THINGS I DON'T UNDERSTAND.
  • 00:13:40.190 --> 00:13:42.290
  • IT STILL HURTS. WE STILL MISS HIM.
  • 00:13:43.020 --> 00:13:46.020
  • BUT I WILL SAY TO YOU, THERE HAVE BEEN
  • 00:13:46.050 --> 00:13:47.250
  • THINGS THAT GOD HAS BROUGHT OUT OF THIS
  • 00:13:47.280 --> 00:13:49.230
  • THAT HAVE WORKED FOR GOOD. FOR STARTERS, IT'S CHANGED
  • 00:13:49.260 --> 00:13:52.280
  • US, MY WIFE CATHE, MY SON JONATHAN.
  • 00:13:53.010 --> 00:13:56.210
  • IT'S GIVEN US MORE COMPASSION FOR OTHERS WHO ARE HURTING.
  • 00:13:56.240 --> 00:14:00.240
  • IT'S GIVEN US A MINISTRY TO PEOPLE WHO'VE LOST LOVED
  • 00:14:00.270 --> 00:14:04.090
  • ONES, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN SINCE THEN.
  • 00:14:04.120 --> 00:14:06.250
  • IT'S MADE US STRONGER IN OUR FAITH, CAUSING US
  • 00:14:06.280 --> 00:14:09.250
  • TO TAKE BOLD STEPS OF FAITH WE WOULD PROBABLY
  • 00:14:09.280 --> 00:14:12.130
  • NOT HAVE TAKEN OTHERWISE.
  • 00:14:12.160 --> 00:14:14.100
  • SO YES, I CAN SEE ALL THINGS
  • 00:14:14.130 --> 00:14:16.070
  • WORKING TOGETHER FOR GOOD.
  • 00:14:16.100 --> 00:14:18.040
  • SO IN LIGHT OF THIS BAD THING, GOD HAS
  • 00:14:18.070 --> 00:14:20.270
  • PRODUCED A GOOD THING.
  • 00:14:21.000 --> 00:14:22.280
  • PEOPLE ASK ME, "ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED WITH GOD?"
  • 00:14:23.010 --> 00:14:25.290
  • THE ANSWER IS ABSOLUTELY NOT BECAUSE
  • 00:14:26.020 --> 00:14:29.050
  • I'M NOT IN THE EXPLAINING BUSINESS.
  • 00:14:29.080 --> 00:14:31.060
  • I'M IN THE TRUSTING AND PRAYING BUSINESS.
  • 00:14:31.090 --> 00:14:34.120
  • [applause]
  • 00:14:34.150 --> 00:14:36.160
  • AND I KNOW GOD IS IN CONTROL AND I KNOW
  • 00:14:36.190 --> 00:14:38.270
  • HIS PLANS FOR ME ARE BETTER THAN MY PLANS FOR MYSELF.
  • 00:14:39.000 --> 00:14:42.130
  • I KNOW THAT ONE DAY ALL OF MY QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED.
  • 00:14:42.160 --> 00:14:46.150
  • I KNOW THAT A DISAPPOINTMENT CAN BE
  • 00:14:46.180 --> 00:14:48.200
  • TURNED INTO AN APPOINTMENT WITH GOD.
  • 00:14:48.230 --> 00:14:51.150
  • MAYBE SOME OF YOU WHO ARE HERE TODAY OR WATCHING,
  • 00:14:51.180 --> 00:14:54.080
  • YOU'VE YOU JUST HAD A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT.
  • 00:14:54.110 --> 00:14:57.100
  • YOU ARE SAYING, "WHERE IS GOD IN ALL OF THIS?"
  • 00:14:57.130 --> 00:14:59.070
  • MAYBE HE ORCHESTRATED IT OR MAYBE HE JUST ALLOWED
  • 00:14:59.100 --> 00:15:02.250
  • IT, BUT HE IS AT WORK.
  • 00:15:02.280 --> 00:15:05.140
  • I HEARD ABOUT A YOUNG MAN WHO SAW A BEAUTIFUL
  • 00:15:05.170 --> 00:15:07.190
  • WOMAN ON HIS COLLEGE CAMPUS.
  • 00:15:07.220 --> 00:15:09.170
  • IT WAS A CHRISTIAN CAMPUS AND HE THOUGHT HE WOULD
  • 00:15:09.200 --> 00:15:12.100
  • ASK THIS GIRL OUT TO GO TO DINNER WITH HIM.
  • 00:15:12.130 --> 00:15:15.260
  • SO HE WALKED UP TO HER AND SAID,
  • 00:15:15.290 --> 00:15:16.230
  • "WOULD YOU GO OUT WITH ME?"
  • 00:15:16.260 --> 00:15:17.230
  • SHE SAID, "NO. I WON'T." HE SAID, "WHY?"
  • 00:15:17.260 --> 00:15:21.030
  • SHE SAID, "WELL BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT SPIRITUAL ENOUGH.
  • 00:15:21.060 --> 00:15:24.070
  • I'M LOOKING FOR A GODLY MAN AND I DON'T
  • 00:15:24.100 --> 00:15:27.100
  • THINK YOU'RE GODLY ENOUGH."
  • 00:15:27.130 --> 00:15:28.280
  • THAT REALLY GOT HIS ATTENTION AND HE MADE
  • 00:15:29.010 --> 00:15:32.020
  • A DEEPER COMMITMENT TO CHRIST.
  • 00:15:32.050 --> 00:15:34.120
  • BY THE WAY, HIS NAME WAS BILLY GRAHAM.
  • 00:15:34.150 --> 00:15:36.230
  • [laughter and applause]
  • 00:15:36.260 --> 00:15:39.240
  • SO YOU HAVE THAT SETBACK.
  • 00:15:39.270 --> 00:15:42.150
  • THAT WAS BAD. WAS IT BAD?
  • 00:15:42.180 --> 00:15:44.150
  • IF IT GOT YOU TO MAKE A DEEPER COMMITMENT
  • 00:15:44.180 --> 00:15:46.200
  • TO CHRIST, WAS THAT THING ACTUALLY BAD OR IN
  • 00:15:46.230 --> 00:15:49.040
  • REALITY WAS THAT BAD THING ULTIMATELY A GOOD THING?
  • 00:15:49.070 --> 00:15:53.090
  • YOU SEE, GOD CAN CAUSE ALL THINGS TO WORK
  • 00:15:53.120 --> 00:15:55.230
  • TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THOSE THAT LOVE HIM.
  • 00:15:55.260 --> 00:15:59.170
  • YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES GOD IS PROTECTING US FROM OURSELVES.
  • 00:15:59.200 --> 00:16:03.190
  • THERE IS AN INTERESTING STORY OF WHEN JESUS
  • 00:16:03.220 --> 00:16:05.240
  • FED THE MULTITUDES WITH THE LOAVES AND FISHES.
  • 00:16:05.270 --> 00:16:09.060
  • BY THE WAY THAT'S THE ONLY MIRACLE
  • 00:16:09.090 --> 00:16:10.190
  • FOUND IN ALL FOUR GOSPELS.
  • 00:16:10.220 --> 00:16:12.230
  • AND AFTER THE MIRACLE WAS DONE, WE READ THAT
  • 00:16:12.260 --> 00:16:14.210
  • THE PEOPLE WANTED TO MAKE JESUS KING.
  • 00:16:14.240 --> 00:16:17.130
  • AND SO JESUS SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES "GET INTO THE
  • 00:16:17.160 --> 00:16:20.050
  • BOAT" AND THEY WENT OUT ACROSS THE SEA OF GALLERY.
  • 00:16:20.080 --> 00:16:24.170
  • NOT GALLERY. GALLERIA. THE SEA OF GALLERIA, NO.
  • 00:16:24.200 --> 00:16:28.050
  • THE SEA OF GALILEE AND THIS GREAT STORM COMES.
  • 00:16:28.080 --> 00:16:32.020
  • THERE'S THREE KINDS OF STORMS THAT COME INTO
  • 00:16:32.050 --> 00:16:34.020
  • THE LIFE OF THE CHRISTIAN.
  • 00:16:34.050 --> 00:16:35.230
  • THERE ARE PERFECTING STORMS,
  • 00:16:35.260 --> 00:16:37.120
  • CORRECTING STORMS AND PROTECTING STORMS.
  • 00:16:37.150 --> 00:16:41.020
  • SO THERE ARE CORRECTING STORMS.
  • 00:16:41.050 --> 00:16:42.260
  • WE MESS UP.
  • 00:16:42.290 --> 00:16:43.230
  • WE BRING THESE STORMS ON OURSELVES.
  • 00:16:43.260 --> 00:16:46.200
  • THAT'S WHAT JONAH DID MORE OR LESS.
  • 00:16:46.230 --> 00:16:49.010
  • THEN THERE ARE PERFECTING STORMS.
  • 00:16:49.040 --> 00:16:50.200
  • GOD ALLOWS HARDSHIP IN OUR LIFE TO MAKE
  • 00:16:50.230 --> 00:16:53.160
  • US MORE LIKE JESUS.
  • 00:16:53.190 --> 00:16:54.230
  • BUT LISTEN, THEN THERE ARE PROTECTING STORMS.
  • 00:16:54.260 --> 00:16:57.100
  • JESUS WAS PROTECTING HIS DISCIPLES FROM ALL THAT
  • 00:16:57.130 --> 00:17:00.280
  • ADULATION BECAUSE HE KNEW IT WOULD'VE GONE
  • 00:17:01.010 --> 00:17:04.030
  • TO THEIR HEADS AND RUINED THEM.
  • 00:17:04.060 --> 00:17:06.280
  • THE PEOPLE WANTED TO MAKE CHRIST KING.
  • 00:17:07.010 --> 00:17:08.200
  • THEY WOULD'VE RULE AND REIGNED WITH HIM.
  • 00:17:08.230 --> 00:17:10.290
  • SO WE MIGHT SAY, "LORD, I WANT TO BE FAMOUS.
  • 00:17:11.020 --> 00:17:13.000
  • I WANT TO BE WEALTHY.
  • 00:17:13.030 --> 00:17:14.110
  • I WANT TO HAVE EVERYTHING THIS WORLD HAS TO OFFER."
  • 00:17:14.140 --> 00:17:17.030
  • DO YOU? IS THAT REALLY THE BEST THING FOR YOU?
  • 00:17:17.060 --> 00:17:20.290
  • SO GOD CAN TAKE A GOOD THING AND HE CAN MAYBE...
  • 00:17:21.020 --> 00:17:24.250
  • OR EXCUSE ME, GOD CAN TAKE WHAT IS PERCEIVED AS A BAD
  • 00:17:24.280 --> 00:17:27.090
  • THING AND BRING GOOD OUT OF IT AND SOMETIMES A GOOD
  • 00:17:27.120 --> 00:17:30.040
  • THING CAN ACTUALLY BE A BAD THING.
  • 00:17:30.070 --> 00:17:32.170
  • THE CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF THE GUY WHO LIVED OUT ROMANS 8:28
  • 00:17:32.200 --> 00:17:36.240
  • IS NOT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT BUT IN THE OLD.
  • 00:17:36.270 --> 00:17:39.210
  • HIS NAME IS JOSEPH.
  • 00:17:39.240 --> 00:17:41.180
  • SO HIS DAD GAVE HIM A SUPER COOL COAT THAT
  • 00:17:41.210 --> 00:17:44.070
  • WAS GIVEN ONLY TO THE PEOPLE WHO WERE
  • 00:17:44.100 --> 00:17:46.060
  • SORT OF OVER THE WORKERS.
  • 00:17:46.090 --> 00:17:48.150
  • SO INSTEAD OF WORKING IN THE FIELDS LIKE HIS
  • 00:17:48.180 --> 00:17:49.290
  • BROTHERS, HE HAD THIS NICE COAT AND HE WOULD KIND OF
  • 00:17:50.020 --> 00:17:52.240
  • CRUISE AROUND WEARING IT.
  • 00:17:52.270 --> 00:17:54.100
  • MAYBE HE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF A SHOW OFF.
  • 00:17:54.130 --> 00:17:56.190
  • MAYBE HE WAS A LITTLE TOO MUCH OF A SNITCH ON HIS BROTHERS.
  • 00:17:56.220 --> 00:18:00.290
  • BUT THOSE ARE THE WORST THINGS HE DID.
  • 00:18:01.020 --> 00:18:02.240
  • IT'S NOT A LOT.
  • 00:18:02.270 --> 00:18:04.060
  • BUT HIS BROTHERS DESPISED HIM.
  • 00:18:04.090 --> 00:18:06.110
  • THEY SAID, "LET'S KILL OUR BROTHER JOSEPH.
  • 00:18:06.140 --> 00:18:09.080
  • THAT WILL BE THE END OF IT."
  • 00:18:09.110 --> 00:18:11.060
  • BUT THEN AS THEY WERE PREPARING TO KILL HIM AND
  • 00:18:11.090 --> 00:18:13.060
  • THINKING ABOUT IT AND TALKING ABOUT IT, A GROUP
  • 00:18:13.090 --> 00:18:15.030
  • OF SLAVE TRADERS PASSED BY SO THEY SAID,
  • 00:18:15.060 --> 00:18:17.180
  • "LET'S JUST SELL HIM TO THE SLAVE TRADERS.
  • 00:18:17.210 --> 00:18:19.170
  • MAKE A LITTLE MONEY OFF OF HIM."
  • 00:18:19.200 --> 00:18:20.250
  • SO THEY SOLD THEIR BROTHER TO SLAVE TRADERS, AND THEY
  • 00:18:20.280 --> 00:18:24.100
  • GO HOME TO DAD WITH HIS COAT OF MANY COLORS,
  • 00:18:24.130 --> 00:18:28.000
  • PUT SOME ANIMAL BLOOD IT AND SAID,
  • 00:18:28.030 --> 00:18:29.120
  • "OH. SORRY, DAD. YOUR BELOVED SON JOSEPH
  • 00:18:29.150 --> 00:18:32.030
  • GOT KILLED TODAY BY WILD ANIMALS."
  • 00:18:32.060 --> 00:18:34.060
  • MEANWHILE, JOSEPH IS ON HIS WAY.
  • 00:18:34.090 --> 00:18:36.230
  • DESTINATION: UNKNOWN.
  • 00:18:36.260 --> 00:18:39.050
  • HE IS BOUGHT BY A MAN NAMED POTIPHAR WHO IS ACTUALLY
  • 00:18:39.080 --> 00:18:43.050
  • EFFECTIVELY THE HEAD OF SECURITY FOR THE PHARAOH.
  • 00:18:43.080 --> 00:18:46.170
  • POTIPHAR BRINGS HIM INTO HIS BEAUTIFUL HOME,
  • 00:18:46.200 --> 00:18:49.210
  • PUTS JOSEPH IN CHARGE.
  • 00:18:49.240 --> 00:18:51.180
  • BECAUSE JOSEPH WAS SUCH A GODLY MAN, EVERYTHING IS
  • 00:18:51.210 --> 00:18:54.040
  • RUNNING ALONG BEAUTIFULLY.
  • 00:18:54.070 --> 00:18:55.280
  • POTIPHAR IS PROSPERING.
  • 00:18:56.010 --> 00:18:57.120
  • BUT POTIPHAR HAD A LUSTFUL WIFE THAT PUT HER LUSTFUL
  • 00:18:57.150 --> 00:19:03.020
  • EYES ON YOUNG JOSEPH.
  • 00:19:03.050 --> 00:19:05.070
  • SHE WAS THE ORIGINAL COUGAR.
  • 00:19:05.100 --> 00:19:07.100
  • [laughter]
  • 00:19:07.130 --> 00:19:09.190
  • DAY IN AND DAY OUT SHE WOULD SAY
  • 00:19:09.220 --> 00:19:11.240
  • BASICALLY, "HAVE SEX WITH ME."
  • 00:19:11.270 --> 00:19:14.070
  • AND HE REFUSED HER.
  • 00:19:14.100 --> 00:19:16.000
  • THE BIBLE EVEN TELLS US HE WAS VERY GOOD-LOOKING.
  • 00:19:16.030 --> 00:19:18.020
  • VERY WELL BUILT. BUT HE REFUSED HER
  • 00:19:18.050 --> 00:19:21.080
  • ADVANCES AND SAID, "HOW CAN I DO THIS
  • 00:19:21.110 --> 00:19:23.130
  • HORRIBLE THING AND SIN AGAINST THE LORD?"
  • 00:19:23.160 --> 00:19:27.020
  • ONE DAY SHE DECIDED TO HAVE EVERY SERVANT OUT
  • 00:19:27.050 --> 00:19:30.130
  • OF THE HOUSE AND ONLY JOSEPH WAS THERE.
  • 00:19:30.160 --> 00:19:32.140
  • SHE GRABBED HIM BY THE COAT TO PULL HIM ON THE
  • 00:19:32.170 --> 00:19:35.280
  • BED, AND HE RAN OUT OF THERE AS QUICKLY AS HE
  • 00:19:36.010 --> 00:19:38.030
  • COULD AND SHE FALSELY ACCUSED HIM OF RAPE.
  • 00:19:38.060 --> 00:19:41.180
  • NOW HE'S IN PRISON.
  • 00:19:41.210 --> 00:19:43.040
  • FROM THE TIME HE WENT TO THE HOUSE OF
  • 00:19:43.070 --> 00:19:44.180
  • POTIPHAR TO THE TIME HE WAS RELEASED
  • 00:19:44.210 --> 00:19:46.220
  • FROM PRISON WAS AROUND 11 YEARS.
  • 00:19:46.250 --> 00:19:50.130
  • HOW EASILY HE COULD HAVE DOUBTED GOD.
  • 00:19:50.160 --> 00:19:52.120
  • "GOD, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? I BELIEVED IN YOU.
  • 00:19:52.150 --> 00:19:55.140
  • I DIDN'T GIVE IN TO THE ADVANCES OF THIS WOMAN.
  • 00:19:55.170 --> 00:19:58.060
  • I LIVED A LIFE OF INTEGRITY AND LOOK
  • 00:19:58.090 --> 00:20:00.210
  • WHERE IT'S GOTTEN ME." BUT HE WAITED.
  • 00:20:00.240 --> 00:20:02.270
  • AND ULTIMATELY, THE PHARAOH HAD A DREAM.
  • 00:20:03.000 --> 00:20:05.180
  • JOSEPH INTERPRETED THE DREAM.
  • 00:20:05.210 --> 00:20:08.000
  • IT RESULTED IN HIM BEING THE SECOND MOST POWERFUL
  • 00:20:08.030 --> 00:20:10.170
  • MAN IN ALL OF THE KINGDOM OF EGYPT.
  • 00:20:10.200 --> 00:20:13.200
  • HE WAS IN CHARGE OF THE FOOD SUPPLY BECAUSE HE
  • 00:20:13.230 --> 00:20:15.240
  • TOLD THE PHARAOH A GREAT FAMINE WAS COMING.
  • 00:20:15.270 --> 00:20:18.190
  • PHARAOH BELIEVED HIM.
  • 00:20:18.220 --> 00:20:19.280
  • SO JOSEPH WAS OVER EVERYTHING.
  • 00:20:20.010 --> 00:20:21.260
  • NOW HE CAN SEE THE HAND OF GOD IS WORKING BECAUSE HIS
  • 00:20:21.290 --> 00:20:25.290
  • BROTHERS COME TO EGYPT LOOKING FOR FOOD BECAUSE
  • 00:20:26.020 --> 00:20:29.010
  • THE ONLY FOOD SUPPLY WAS NOW UNDER THE CONTROL
  • 00:20:29.040 --> 00:20:31.170
  • OF JOSEPH, BUT THEY DIDN'T RECOGNIZE JOSEPH.
  • 00:20:31.200 --> 00:20:35.150
  • THEY THOUGHT HE WAS DEAD.
  • 00:20:35.180 --> 00:20:36.270
  • HIS HEAD WAS PROBABLY SHAVED LIKE AN EGYPTIAN.
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  • HAD THAT COOL EGYPTIAN EYELINER.
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  • WALKED LIKE THIS YOU KNOW.
  • 00:20:41.160 --> 00:20:42.270
  • WALKED LIKE AN EGYPTIAN. HE RECOGNIZED THEM.
  • 00:20:43.000 --> 00:20:48.160
  • THEY DIDN'T RECOGNIZE HIM AND THE DAY FINALLY CAME
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  • FOR HIM TO REVEAL TO HIS BROTHERS WHO HE WAS.
  • 00:20:52.130 --> 00:20:57.120
  • THIS COULD HAVE BEEN THE ULTIMATE REVENGE STORY.
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  • HE COULD HAVE TURNED TO HIS BROTHERS AND SAID,
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  • "I HAVE A PARTICULAR SET OF SKILLS.
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  • SKILLS I HAVE ACQUIRED OVER A LONG CAREER THAT
  • 00:21:06.240 --> 00:21:10.010
  • MAKE ME A NIGHTMARE FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU."
  • 00:21:10.040 --> 00:21:13.000
  • SORRY THAT WAS FROM TAKEN . NO THIS IS...
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  • [laughter]
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  • IT COULD HAVE BEEN PAYBACK TIME.
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  • BUT INSTEAD, JOSEPH MAKES THIS AMAZING STATEMENT
  • 00:21:18.120 --> 00:21:21.030
  • IN GENESIS 50:20 "YOU INTENDED TO HARM ME,
  • 00:21:21.060 --> 00:21:25.290
  • BUT GOD INTENDED IT FOR GOOD TO SAVE
  • 00:21:26.020 --> 00:21:29.270
  • MANY PEOPLE ALIVE." JOSEPH, ARE YOU CRAZY?
  • 00:21:30.000 --> 00:21:33.230
  • YOUR BROTHERS SOLD YOU TO BE A SLAVE.
  • 00:21:33.260 --> 00:21:37.070
  • YOU WERE FALSELY ACCUSED OF RAPE.
  • 00:21:37.100 --> 00:21:39.150
  • YOU WERE IN PRISON, AND YOU WERE AN INNOCENT MAN.
  • 00:21:39.180 --> 00:21:42.160
  • WHAT DO YOU MEAN GOD INTENDED IT FOR GOOD?
  • 00:21:42.190 --> 00:21:45.100
  • BECAUSE JOSEPH SEEMED TO UNDERSTAND ROMANS 8:28
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  • BEFORE IT WAS EVEN WRITTEN.
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  • GOD WAS IN CONTROL OF HIS LIFE.
  • 00:21:50.200 --> 00:21:53.100
  • DON'T MISS THIS.
  • 00:21:53.130 --> 00:21:54.230
  • THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT INSIGHT OF THIS MESSAGE.
  • 00:21:54.260 --> 00:21:57.140
  • YOU MIGHT WANT TO WRITE THIS DOWN.
  • 00:21:57.170 --> 00:21:59.040
  • AFTER ROMANS 8:28 IS ROMANS 8:29.
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  • [laughter]
  • 00:22:02.240 --> 00:22:04.100
  • IS THAT GOOD OR WHAT?
  • 00:22:04.130 --> 00:22:06.000
  • BUT IT IS GOOD BECAUSE ROMANS 8:28 - LET'S PUT
  • 00:22:06.030 --> 00:22:10.000
  • IT ON THE SCREEN AGAIN - SAYS, "WE KNOW THAT ALL
  • 00:22:10.030 --> 00:22:12.200
  • THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THOSE
  • 00:22:12.230 --> 00:22:14.160
  • WHO LOVE GOD, TO THOSE WHO ARE THE
  • 00:22:14.190 --> 00:22:16.120
  • CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE."
  • 00:22:16.150 --> 00:22:18.220
  • NOW LOOK AT VERSE 29: "FOR WHOM HE DID FOREKNOW,
  • 00:22:18.250 --> 00:22:22.210
  • HE ALSO PREDESTINED TO BE CONFORMED TO THE
  • 00:22:22.240 --> 00:22:25.000
  • IMAGE OF HIS SON THAT HE MIGHT BE THE
  • 00:22:25.030 --> 00:22:27.130
  • FIRSTBORN AMONG MANY BROTHERS."
  • 00:22:27.160 --> 00:22:30.170
  • PEOPLE WILL DEBATE ENDLESSLY ABOUT WHO
  • 00:22:30.200 --> 00:22:33.080
  • IS AND WHO IS NOT PREDESTINED.
  • 00:22:33.110 --> 00:22:36.020
  • I'LL TALK ABOUT THAT LATER.
  • 00:22:36.050 --> 00:22:37.210
  • BUT THEY MISS THE POINT OF
  • 00:22:37.240 --> 00:22:39.010
  • WHAT WE'RE PREDESTINED FOR.
  • 00:22:39.040 --> 00:22:41.040
  • WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PREDESTINED?
  • 00:22:41.070 --> 00:22:42.240
  • IT MEANS THAT GOD CHOSE YOU BEFORE YOU CHOSE HIM.
  • 00:22:42.270 --> 00:22:45.270
  • JESUS SAID, "YOU DID NOT CHOOSE ME.
  • 00:22:46.000 --> 00:22:48.210
  • I CHOSE YOU AND ORDAINED YOU THAT YOU SHOULD
  • 00:22:48.240 --> 00:22:51.200
  • BRING FORTH MUCH FRUIT."
  • 00:22:51.230 --> 00:22:53.090
  • SO WE'LL SIT AROUND AND TALK ABOUT WHO THE ELECT
  • 00:22:53.120 --> 00:22:55.130
  • ARE, WHO THE ELECT ARE NOT, WHO IS CHOSEN,
  • 00:22:55.160 --> 00:22:58.020
  • WHO ISN'T CHOSEN AND MISS THE WHOLE POINT
  • 00:22:58.050 --> 00:23:00.140
  • OF WHY WERE CHOSEN.
  • 00:23:00.170 --> 00:23:02.050
  • WHY WAS I CHOSEN?
  • 00:23:02.080 --> 00:23:03.110
  • AGAIN, TO BRING FORTH SPIRITUAL FRUIT.
  • 00:23:03.140 --> 00:23:05.240
  • WHY DID GOD PREDESTINE ME?
  • 00:23:05.270 --> 00:23:08.070
  • SO I WOULD BE CONFORMED INTO THE IMAGE
  • 00:23:08.100 --> 00:23:10.170
  • OF HIS OWN DEAR SON.
  • 00:23:10.200 --> 00:23:12.240
  • SO GOD'S ENDGAME IS TO MAKE YOU MORE LIKE JESUS.
  • 00:23:12.270 --> 00:23:17.150
  • WHATEVER YOU'RE GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW, IT'S
  • 00:23:17.180 --> 00:23:19.130
  • TO MAKE YOU MORE LIKE JESUS.
  • 00:23:19.160 --> 00:23:21.220
  • HE'S GETTING YOU READY FOR THAT DAY WHEN
  • 00:23:21.250 --> 00:23:24.220
  • YOU WILL SEE THE LORD.
  • 00:23:24.250 --> 00:23:26.190
  • I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR PROBLEM IS RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:23:26.220 --> 00:23:29.190
  • I'M SURE YOU HAVE ONE, BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW
  • 00:23:29.220 --> 00:23:32.080
  • THAT IT'S GOING TO ULTIMATELY BE RESOLVED.
  • 00:23:32.110 --> 00:23:34.240
  • MAYBE IT WILL HAPPEN TODAY.
  • 00:23:34.270 --> 00:23:36.180
  • MAYBE IT WILL HAPPEN IN A WEEK.
  • 00:23:36.210 --> 00:23:39.070
  • MAYBE IT WILL HAPPEN IN A MONTH.
  • 00:23:39.100 --> 00:23:40.120
  • MAYBE IT WILL NEVER BE RESOLVED IN A WAY THAT
  • 00:23:40.150 --> 00:23:42.260
  • YOU UNDERSTAND TILL MUCH LATER.
  • 00:23:42.290 --> 00:23:45.110
  • PERHAPS AS YOU GET LITTLE OLDER AND REFLECT BACK
  • 00:23:45.140 --> 00:23:48.010
  • IN YOUR LIFE YOU'LL UNDERSTAND WHY.
  • 00:23:48.040 --> 00:23:50.290
  • AND FOR OTHERS, IT WON'T BE RESOLVED UNTIL YOU GET
  • 00:23:51.020 --> 00:23:54.000
  • TO HEAVEN, BUT YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THAT GOD IS IN
  • 00:23:54.030 --> 00:23:57.040
  • CONTROL. NOW LOOK I WANT YOU TO DO SOMETHING.
  • 00:23:57.070 --> 00:23:59.190
  • IF YOU HAVE A PEN OR A PENCIL,
  • 00:23:59.220 --> 00:24:00.250
  • I WANT YOU TO PULL IT OUT.
  • 00:24:00.280 --> 00:24:03.080
  • GO TO YOUR BIBLE RIGHT NEXT TO ROMANS 8:28,
  • 00:24:03.110 --> 00:24:05.280
  • DRAW A LITTLE BRACKET AROUND IT, AND
  • 00:24:06.010 --> 00:24:07.210
  • OVER TO THE SIDE I WANT YOU TO WRITE DOWN YOUR PROBLEM.
  • 00:24:07.240 --> 00:24:11.020
  • MAYBE IT'S ONE WORD.
  • 00:24:11.050 --> 00:24:12.020
  • MAYBE IT'S TWO WORDS.
  • 00:24:12.050 --> 00:24:12.280
  • MAYBE IT'S THREE WORDS.
  • 00:24:13.010 --> 00:24:14.020
  • BUT WHATEVER YOUR PROBLEM IS - FAMILY PROBLEM,
  • 00:24:14.050 --> 00:24:16.100
  • FINANCIAL PROBLEM, HEALTH PROBLEM, OTHER PROBLEM -
  • 00:24:16.130 --> 00:24:20.290
  • WHATEVER IT IS JUST WRITE IT DOWN.
  • 00:24:21.020 --> 00:24:22.070
  • YOU SAY, "WHY?"
  • 00:24:22.100 --> 00:24:23.110
  • BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO LOOK BACK AT THAT VERSE
  • 00:24:23.140 --> 00:24:24.240
  • IN A FEW MONTHS, MAYBE A LITTLE LATER, MAYBE A
  • 00:24:24.270 --> 00:24:28.110
  • LITTLE SOONER, AND YOU'RE GOING TO START SEEING HOW
  • 00:24:28.140 --> 00:24:31.020
  • GOD IS CAUSING EVEN THAT TO WORK TOGETHER FOR YOUR
  • 00:24:31.050 --> 00:24:35.000
  • GOOD AND FOR HIS GLORY.
  • 00:24:35.030 --> 00:24:38.060
  • YOU MIGHT SAY, "WELL, I DON'T THINK THAT MY
  • 00:24:38.090 --> 00:24:39.200
  • PROBLEM WILL EVER BE RESOLVED.
  • 00:24:39.230 --> 00:24:42.120
  • HERE'S ANOTHER VERSE THAT MENTIONS ALL THINGS,
  • 00:24:42.150 --> 00:24:45.070
  • MATTHEW 19 "WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE."
  • 00:24:45.100 --> 00:24:49.230
  • ALL THINGS. "NO. NOT MY PROBLEM."
  • 00:24:49.260 --> 00:24:52.090
  • NO IT SAYS ALL THINGS.
  • 00:24:52.120 --> 00:24:54.010
  • IT DOESN'T SAY MOST THINGS, OR EVERYTHING
  • 00:24:54.040 --> 00:24:57.250
  • EXCEPT YOUR PROBLEM.
  • 00:24:57.280 --> 00:24:59.250
  • WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.
  • 00:24:59.280 --> 00:25:02.230
  • YOU SAY, "BUT I'M SO WEAK.
  • 00:25:02.260 --> 00:25:04.140
  • GREG, I CAN'T GO ON ANOTHER DAY." PAUL SAYS
  • 00:25:04.170 --> 00:25:07.100
  • IN PHILIPPIANS 4:13,
  • 00:25:07.130 --> 00:25:11.030
  • SOME MIGHT SAY, "I'VE REALLY MESSED MY LIFE UP.
  • 00:25:15.180 --> 00:25:17.210
  • I'VE MADE SO MANY MISTAKES. EVEN GOD COULDN'T
  • 00:25:17.240 --> 00:25:19.240
  • SORT THIS OUT." I'M SORRY.
  • 00:25:19.270 --> 00:25:22.000
  • I HAVE TO DISAGREE WITH YOU BECAUSE REVELATION
  • 00:25:22.030 --> 00:25:24.220
  • 21:5 SAYS, "HE THAT IS SEATED ON THE THRONE SAYS,
  • 00:25:24.250 --> 00:25:30.040
  • 'BEHOLD, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW.'"
  • 00:25:30.070 --> 00:25:33.260
  • [applause]
  • 00:25:33.290 --> 00:25:39.030
  • THEN HE SAYS, "WRITE THIS DOWN."
  • 00:25:39.060 --> 00:25:40.270
  • THAT'S WHY I LIKE TO WRITE THINGS DOWN.
  • 00:25:41.000 --> 00:25:42.270
  • "WRITE THIS DOWN.
  • 00:25:43.000 --> 00:25:44.160
  • THESE WORDS ARE TRUSTWORTHY AND TRUE."
  • 00:25:44.190 --> 00:25:47.060
  • YES, EVEN YOUR MESS CAN TURN INTO A MESSAGE.
  • 00:25:47.090 --> 00:25:50.270
  • YES, EVEN YOUR PROBLEM CAN BE RESOLVED.
  • 00:25:51.000 --> 00:25:53.190
  • YES, GOD CAN EVEN TAKE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE THAT IS
  • 00:25:53.220 --> 00:25:56.030
  • WRONG AND BRING SOMETHING GOOD DESPITE IT
  • 00:25:56.060 --> 00:25:59.000
  • AND HE CAN MAKE ALL THINGS NEW.
  • 00:25:59.030 --> 00:26:01.060
  • THIS IS ONLY TRUE FOR THE CHRISTIAN.
  • 00:26:01.090 --> 00:26:03.110
  • 00:26:03.140 --> 00:26:07.070
  • HARVEST MINISTRIES WANTS TO HELP YOU KNOW GOD
  • 00:26:07.100 --> 00:26:09.110
  • AND MAKE HIM KNOWN THAT'S WHY ON OUR WEBSITE
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  • RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST, BUT HELP YOU TELL OTHERS
  • 00:26:19.240 --> 00:26:22.070
  • ABOUT HIM SUCH AS PASTOR GREG'S DAILY DEVOTIONAL
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  • ANY TIME ON DEMAND.
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  • 00:26:40.060 --> 00:26:44.250
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  • THE CHALLENGES, TRIALS, OPPOSITIONS, AND SEEMINGLY
  • 00:26:47.160 --> 00:26:52.280
  • INSURMOUNTABLE OBSTACLES, THEY WILL COME.
  • 00:26:53.010 --> 00:26:57.170
  • ADVERSITIES, GREAT AND SMALL, WILL TEST US.
  • 00:26:57.200 --> 00:27:00.240
  • TEST OUR METAL, OUR FAITH, BUT WE ARE OVERCOMERS
  • 00:27:00.270 --> 00:27:05.220
  • THROUGH JESUS CHRIST WHO ENDURED IT ALL FOR US
  • 00:27:05.250 --> 00:27:11.140
  • AND THERE IS A PRIZE, A CROWN, A GREAT REWARD.
  • 00:27:11.170 --> 00:27:17.180
  • PRESS ON. FIGHT. ENDURE TILL THE END.
  • 00:27:17.210 --> 00:27:21.240
  • AND ABOVE ALL, KEEP THE FAITH.
  • 00:27:21.270 --> 00:27:22.270