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No Place Like Hope Part 2

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April 29, 2018
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Hope Generation with Ben Courson

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No Place Like Hope Part 2

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  • [MUSIC]
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  • - CUPCAKES ARE MUFFINS THAT BELIEVE IN MIRACLES.
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  • HALLELUJAH
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  • - WHEN YOU BELIEVE IN THE GOD OF HOPE
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  • YOU BECOME TOO CHILDLIKE TO REALIZE
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  • THAT CERTAIN THINGS ARE IMPOSSIBLE
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  • SO YOU DO THEM BY ACCIDENT.
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  • FAITH OCCASIONS MIRACLES. MUFFINS BECOME CUPCAKES,
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  • PERSECUTORS BECOME PREACHERS LIKE PAUL,
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  • MURDEROUS SORCERERS BECOME REVIVALISTS LIKE MANASSEH
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  • AND ULTIMATE CHICKENS BECOME ULTIMATE FIGHTERS
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  • LIKE PETER WHO DENIED JESUS THREE TIMES
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  • WHEN A LITTLE GIRL PEER PRESSURED HIM,
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  • ONLY TO ASK ROME TO CRUCIFY HIM UPSIDE DOWN.
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  • JESUS SAID, "ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO HIM WHO BELIEVES."
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • - BEN COURSON: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
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  • CONTRARILY, LIFE WITHOUT GOD,
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  • IT'S LIKE A KRISPY KREME DONUT THAT'S SUGAR FREE;
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  • IT'S NOT HOW IT WAS DESIGNED.
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  • THE PSALMIST UNDERSTOOD THIS.
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  • HE HAD A CRAVING FOR GOD.
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  • IN FACT, IN PSALM 42 VERSE ONE, TWO, AND THREE,
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  • HE LISTED MANKIND'S THREE GREATEST APPETITES.
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  • IN VERSE ONE HE SAID, "MY SOUL PANTS FOR GOD": AIR.
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  • IN VERSE TWO HE SAID, "MY SOUL THIRSTS FOR GOD": WATER.
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  • AND IN VERSE THREE HE SAID,
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  • "MY TEARS HAVE BECOME MY MEAT": FOOD.
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  • AIR, WATER AND FOOD.
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  • WE CAN LIVE ABOUT 40 DAYS WITHOUT FOOD.
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  • WE CAN LIVE ABOUT THREE DAYS WITHOUT WATER.
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  • WE CAN LIVE ABOUT EIGHT MINUTES WITHOUT AIR.
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  • BUT WE CANNOT LIVE A SECOND WITHOUT THE GOD OF HOPE.
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  • FAITH IS JUST AN ACRONYM, F-A-I-T-H:
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  • FORWARD ALL ISSUES TO HEAVEN.
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  • WHET YOUR APPETITE FOR THE GOD OF HOPE.
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  • FAITH YOUR FEARS AND MOUNTAINS WILL LEAP INTO THE SEA,
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  • MUFFINS WILL BECOME CUPCAKES,
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • AND DISCIPLES WHO ONCE FAILED
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  • TO GRASP THE UPSIDE DOWN KINGDOM,
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  • THEY'LL THE THE WORLD RIGHT SIDE UP.
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • - I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'RE AWARE OF THIS
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  • BUT THIS IS HOW ALL STARS ARE MADE.
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  • A STAR IS FORMED WHEN A GASEOUS NEBULA COLLAPSES.
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  • SO COLLAPSE, THIS IS NOT YOUR DESTRUCTION,
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  • THIS IS YOUR BIRTH.
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  • WHEN YOU WALK WITH GOD YOU HAVE A BULLETPROOF SOUL.
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  • JESUS SAID, "THOSE WHO BELIEVE ON HIM WHO ACCEPT ME,
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  • "WILL NEVER DIE."
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  • I'LL TAKE THAT VERSE.
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  • WE ARE IMMORTAL,
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  • WE HAVE EVERLASTING DNA IN OUR BODIES
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  • BECAUSE WE COME FROM A GOD WHO CANNOT BE CREATED,
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  • THEREFORE, LIKE MATTER WE CANNOT BE DESTROYED.
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  • WE HAVE SO MUCH HOPE AND LET ME TELL YOU FRIENDS,
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  • THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOPE.
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  • SUICIDE IS THE TOP 10 LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH.
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  • WE HAVE CAMPAIGNS AND FUNDRAISING TO CURE CANCER,
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  • TO ERADICATE AIDS, BUT WHO'S GONNA TALK ABOUT
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  • ERADICATING THE DISEASE OF SUICIDE
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  • BECAUSE THIS IS A SICKNESS
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  • RUNNING RAMPANT IN OUR GENERATION
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  • TO WHERE ITS THE TOP 10 LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH
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  • FOR AMERICANS WHO LIVE IN THE MOST PROSPEROUS COUNTRY
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  • THAT THIS ROCK HAS EVER SEEN.
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  • FURTHERMORE, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE USUALLY KILLING THEMSELVES
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  • ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE WEALTHY
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  • AND COME FROM A PLACE OF PRIVILEGE
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  • COMPARED TO THE REST OF THE WORLD.
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  • FURTHERMORE, THE NUMBER ONE BEST SELLING
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  • CATEGORY OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION
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  • AND PHARMACEUTICAL ARE ANTI-DEPRESSANTS.
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  • [SCOFFING]
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  • SO, WE NEED TO GO ON A FURIOUS REBELLION
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  • AND RAMPAGE AGAINST HOPELESSNESS.
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  • I MEAN, I'M GLAD ANDY RIGGS IS WITH ME,
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  • BUT IS ANYONE ELSE WITH ME OR...
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  • [AUDIENCE LAUGHING]
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  • LIKE DO WE THINK THAT THE WORLD HAS HEARD ENOUGH BAD.
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  • LISTEN, DO YOU WANNA KNOW
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  • WHY SO MANY PEOPLE ARE DEPRESSED TODAY?
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  • CNN AND FOX NEWS, I DON'T CARE WHAT SIDE OF THE BIRD
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  • OR WHAT WING YOU'RE ON,
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  • EITHER WAY THE NEWS REPEATS ITS OWN FEED EVERY 30 MINUTES
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  • AND THEY'RE CONSTANTLY HAWKING BAD NEWS,
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  • BECAUSE NEUROLOGISTS TELL US
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  • THAT IF YOU HEAR 10 THINGS
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  • AND NINE PEOPLE SAY SOMETHING NICE
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  • AND ONE PERSON SAYS SOMETHING MEAN
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  • YOU'RE GONNA REMEMBER THE NEGATIVE THING
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  • FOR A VERY SPECIFIC NEUROLOGICAL REASON.
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  • BECAUSE NEGATIVITY STICKS LIKE VELCRO TO YOUR BRAIN,
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  • WHEREAS, SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL THAT HAPPENS
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  • IT TENDS TO ACT LIKE IN YOUR BRAIN,
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  • IT ACTS LIKE LUBRICANT AND IT TAKES 15 SECONDS
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  • FOR YOU TO PAUSE
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  • AND MEDITATE ON SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL THAT HAPPENED
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  • OR ELSE YOUR BRAIN WILL ACTUALLY REJECT IT.
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  • AND SO THE NEWS KNOWS THIS,
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  • MEDIA PUNDITS UNDERSTAND THAT IF WE TELL PEOPLE BAD NEWS
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  • THAT WILL BE MORE STICKY NEUROLOGICALLY ON THEIR BRAINS.
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  • IT'S A VERY SMART TACTIC.
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  • THE PROBLEM IS, IS THERE IS LESS VIOLENCE NOW
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  • THAN EVER BEFORE IN WORLD HISTORY.
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  • WHY DON'T WE KNOW THAT?
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  • BECAUSE THERE IS MORE DOCUMENTATION
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  • AND MEDIA OUTLETS THAN THERE HAVE EVER BEEN BEFORE
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  • IN WORLD HISTORY, AND THEY'RE SHOWING US
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  • MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE THE BAD NEWS.
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  • JESUS CAME TO BRING GOOD NEWS,
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  • AND IN A WORLD THAT'S SO USED TO HEARING BAD NEWS
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  • WE NEED SOME PEOPLE TO DECLARE THE GOOD NEWS.
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  • IN A WORLD THAT HAS ENOUGH PEOPLE WHO TELL IT LIKE IT IS,
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  • WE NEED A FEW MORE PEOPLE WHO TELL IT LIKE IT CAN BE.
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  • IN A WORLD THAT HAS ENOUGH EEYORES
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  • WE NEED SOME MORE TIGGERS.
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  • SO, MY HEART IS THAT WE WOULD BE HOPE DEALERS.
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  • NOT LOOKING FOR APPLAUSE, LOOKING FOR A CAUSE.
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  • NOT LOOKING TO IMPRESS, LOOKING TO EXPRESS,
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  • AND THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WOULD TAKE OVER OUR LIVES.
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  • THE HOLY SPIRIT PRODUCES THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT,
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  • WHICH IS JOY GALATIANS 5 SAYS.
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  • GALATIANS 5 SAYS THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS JOY.
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  • I DON'T KNOW WHY SOME PEOPLE MAKE JOY TO BE SO DEPRESSING.
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  • LIKE JOY IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK IT IS.
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  • IT'S LIKE WAY DIFFERENT THAN HAPPINESS.
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  • GOD DOESN'T WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY.
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  • HAVE YOU READ THE BOOK OF SONGS?
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  • IT SAYS "HAPPY ARE THOSE PEOPLE WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD."
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  • HAVE YOU READ WHAT JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 5?
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  • HE SAID, "BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN
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  • "FOR THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED."
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  • AND THE WORD FOR BLESSED IS MAKARIOS IN GREEK
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  • WHICH WAS THE NICKNAME OF THE ISLAND HOTSPOT
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  • IN THE 1ST CENTURY.
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  • IT WAS THE NICKNAME OF CYPRUS
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  • WHICH WAS THE VACATION SPOT FOR THE EARLY GREEKS.
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  • IT HAD THE FRUITS, FLOWERS, TREES,
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  • MINERALS, CLIMATE, NATURAL RESOURCES,
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  • EVERYTHING THAT MADE FOR A PERSON'S PERFECT HAPPINESS.
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  • IT WAS SUNNY WITH A HIGH OF 75.
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  • AND JESUS SAID, "THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE GONNA BE LIKE."
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  • THAT'S THE GREEK WORD THAT MATTHEW USED.
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  • YOU'RE GONNA BE ON THIS HAPPY ISLAND OF GOD-LIKE JOY
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  • THAT WORD MAKARIOS WAS NEVER USED OF HUMANS,
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  • IT WAS ONLY USED OF GODS.
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  • JESUS IS SAYING YOU'RE GONNA HAVE GOD-LIKE BLISS
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  • AS THE JOY OF THE LORD IS YOUR STRENGTH.
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  • SO WHY WOULD YOU MAKE JOY TO BE OH IT'S DEPRESSING.
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  • IF YOU WANNA BE JOYFUL JUST LIKE...
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  • JUST LIKE, YOU KNOW... [AUDIENCE LAUGHING]
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  • I DON'T KNOW, PEOPLE SOMEHOW MAKE IT SOUND DEPRESSING TO ME
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  • BUT LIKE IT SHOULD BE REAL JOY.
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  • REAL JOY, JOY MEANS JOY, THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS.
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  • AND WE SHOULD WALK AROUND BEING SO JOYFUL.
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  • I HOPE THE OLDER I GET, SOMETIMES PEOPLE ARE LIKE,
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  • "MAN, BEN YOU JUST GOTTA GROW UP AND MATURE."
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  • I'M LIKE, HONESTLY THE OLDER I GET,
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  • IF YOU TELL ME I'VE BECOME MORE LIKE A LITTLE KID
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  • I WILL TAKE THAT AS A HUGE COMPLIMENT
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  • BECAUSE JESUS SAID KIDS ARE THE GREATEST IN HIS KINGDOM.
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  • SO MY HEART FOR US IS THAT
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  • WE WOULDN'T LOOK BACK TO THE GLORY DAYS,
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  • THAT WE WOULD DRAG THE GLORY DAYS INTO THE PRESENT
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  • AND SAY WE WERE MEANT TO LIVE LIKE KIDS NOW.
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  • THE AVERAGE CHILD LAUGHS 200 TO 400 TIMES EVERY DAY.
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  • THE AVERAGE ADULT LAUGHS 14 TO 17 TIMES EVERY DAY.
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  • DOES ANYONE ELSE THINK
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  • THERE'S SOMETHING DRASTICALLY WRONG WITH THAT?
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  • DOES ANYONE ELSE THINK THAT WHEN THE PSALMIST SAID,
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  • "HAPPY ARE THOSE PEOPLE WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD.
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  • "THEN WAS OUR MOUTH FILLED WITH LAUGHTER
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  • "FOR THEY SAID AMONG THE NATIONS
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  • "THE LORD HATH DONE GREAT THINGS?"
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  • THAT WE SHOULD ACTUALLY BE FILLED WITH REAL JOY
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  • THAT CAUSES US TO LAUGH?
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  • THAT'S WHY IT MAKES ME TICKED
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  • WHEN PEOPLE MAKE JESUS OUT TO BE SUPER DEPRESSING.
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  • OH HE HATED HUMOR; BEN, STOP MAKING JOKES.
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  • HE HATED HUMOR.
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  • WELL, YOU JUST GOTTA READ YOUR HISTORY FRIEND.
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  • LISTEN, JESUS SAID, "I CAME SO THEY CAN HAVE REAL
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  • "AND ETERNAL LIFE, MORE AND BETTER LIFE
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  • "THAN THEY EVER DREAMED OF."
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  • THAT'S WHAT ONE TRANSLATION SAYS OF JOHN 10:10.
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  • THAT'S WHY JESUS WENT TO PARTIES.
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  • HE DID NOT GET IN TROUBLE FOR GOING TO,
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  • HE DIDN'T GET INTO TROUBLE
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  • BECAUSE HE WAS IN THE BOX VANILLA RELIGIOUS;
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  • HE GOT IN TROUBLE FOR GOING TO PARTIES.
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  • NOW I PERSONALLY DON'T DRINK ALCOHOL,
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  • NOT BECAUSE I'M ON A CAMPAIGN AGAINST IT.
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  • A LOT OF MY FRIENDS DRINK ALCOHOL.
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  • I DON'T DRINK ALCOHOL JUST BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO,
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  • AND I WOULD GET ADDICTED PROBABLY IF I DID
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  • 'CAUSE LIKE THE NAVY SEALS SAY,
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  • "ANYTHING WORTH DOING IS WORTH OVERDOING."
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  • SO, FOR ME, IT'S JUST NOT SOMETHING I DO.
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  • IT'S NOT, I DO NOT JUDGE PEOPLE WHO DO.
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  • MOST OF MY FRIENDS, MANY OF MY FRIENDS DO.
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  • WE WOULD BE MORE COMFORTABLE
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  • IF JESUS TURNED WINE INTO WATER.
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  • UNFORTUNATELY OR FORTUNATELY,
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  • DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU'RE COMING FROM,
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  • HE TURNED WATER INTO WINE.
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  • THERE'S NO WAY TO GET AROUND IT.
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  • JESUS GOT IN TROUBLE,
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  • THEY ACCUSED HIM OF BEING A WINE BIBBER,
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  • A DRUNKARD AND A GLUTTON.
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  • WHY, CAUSE HE WAS ALWAYS GOING
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  • TO LEVI THE TAX COLLECTOR'S PARTIES
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  • AND PROSTITUTES WERE KNEELING AT HIS FEET
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  • AND THEY'RE LIKE, "THIS IS THE WRONG CROWD."
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  • BUT, JESUS WAS NEVER A, LISTEN, THERMOMETER;
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  • HE WAS A THERMOSTAT.
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  • HE ALWAYS CHANGED THE ENVIRONMENT
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  • AND BROUGHT THEM UP TO A HIGHER LEVEL.
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  • WHAT I'M SAYING IS JESUS WENT TO PARTIES.
  • 00:09:32.080 --> 00:09:33.290
  • JESUS PLAYED WITH KIDS.
  • 00:09:34.020 --> 00:09:35.230
  • THE DISCIPLES WERE LIKE, NO, NO, NO,
  • 00:09:35.260 --> 00:09:36.240
  • IMPORTANT SERMONS TO PREACH.
  • 00:09:36.270 --> 00:09:38.040
  • "GET THE CHILDREN OUT OF HERE."
  • 00:09:38.070 --> 00:09:39.230
  • JESUS SAID, "SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN TO COME TO ME;"
  • 00:09:39.260 --> 00:09:44.000
  • I WANT TO PLAY WITH THESE LITTLE GUYS.
  • 00:09:44.030 --> 00:09:45.270
  • AND HE TOOK THEM IN HIS ARMS AND BLESSED THEM.
  • 00:09:46.000 --> 00:09:48.280
  • THAT'S WHY JESUS HEALED EVERYBODY?
  • 00:09:49.010 --> 00:09:51.190
  • NOBODY EVER CAME TO JESUS AND SAID,
  • 00:09:51.220 --> 00:09:53.010
  • "COULD I GET HEALED?" AND JESUS WAS LIKE,
  • 00:09:53.040 --> 00:09:54.250
  • "SORRY, I'M HAVING A BAD DAY."
  • 00:09:54.280 --> 00:09:57.080
  • NEVER ONCE DID JESUS REJECT SOMEBODY
  • 00:09:58.110 --> 00:10:00.170
  • WHO ASKED FOR HEALING, NOT ONCE.
  • 00:10:00.200 --> 00:10:02.090
  • IN FACT, PEOPLE QUOTE THIS A LOT,
  • 00:10:02.120 --> 00:10:04.130
  • "OH, HE COULD DO NO MIGHTY MIRACLE IN HIS HOMETOWN
  • 00:10:04.160 --> 00:10:07.090
  • "BECAUSE OF THEIR UNBELIEF."
  • 00:10:07.120 --> 00:10:09.070
  • BUT THEY LEAVE OUT THE CLAUSE.
  • 00:10:10.060 --> 00:10:11.140
  • IT GOES ON TO SAY, "HE COULD DO NO MIGHTY MIRACLE
  • 00:10:11.170 --> 00:10:14.120
  • "IN HIS HOMETOWN BECAUSE OF THEIR UNBELIEF,
  • 00:10:14.150 --> 00:10:16.160
  • "EXCEPT THAT HE LAID HIS HANDS ON A FEW SICK PEOPLE
  • 00:10:16.190 --> 00:10:18.270
  • "AND HEALED THEM."
  • 00:10:19.000 --> 00:10:20.050
  • HASHTAG NO BIG DEAL.
  • 00:10:21.130 --> 00:10:22.240
  • LIKE I JUST MIRACULOUSLY HEALED SOME PEOPLE,
  • 00:10:22.270 --> 00:10:24.190
  • BUT ON THE WORST DAY FOR JESUS IT'S BETTER THAN
  • 00:10:24.220 --> 00:10:26.170
  • THE BEST SUNDAY FOR MOST CHURCHES.
  • 00:10:26.200 --> 00:10:29.010
  • [AUDIENCE LAUGHING]
  • 00:10:29.040 --> 00:10:31.180
  • AND HE'S JUST HEALING PEOPLE.
  • 00:10:31.210 --> 00:10:33.080
  • THAT'S WHY JESUS MADE JOKES.
  • 00:10:33.110 --> 00:10:35.250
  • THE PROBLEM IS WE DON'T UNDERSTAND ANCIENT HUMOR,
  • 00:10:35.280 --> 00:10:39.180
  • BECAUSE WE'RE IN A DIFFERENT CULTURE.
  • 00:10:39.210 --> 00:10:41.010
  • HUMOR IS FULLY BASED ON LINGUISTICS,
  • 00:10:41.040 --> 00:10:43.240
  • AND IF YOU SPEAK A DIFFERENT LINGUA FRANCA FROM A CULTURE
  • 00:10:43.270 --> 00:10:46.220
  • THAT WROTE A BOOK IN A DIFFERENT CONTINENT 2.000 YEARS AGO,
  • 00:10:46.250 --> 00:10:49.090
  • YOU'RE NOT GONNA PICK UP ON THE VIBES OF HUMOR.
  • 00:10:49.120 --> 00:10:51.230
  • LET ME JUST SHARE WITH YOU A FEW OF THE JOKES JESUS MADE.
  • 00:10:51.260 --> 00:10:54.280
  • HE SAID, "WHICH OF YOU RICH PEOPLE," OR,
  • 00:10:55.010 --> 00:10:57.200
  • "IT IS EASIER FOR A CAMEL TO GO TROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE,
  • 00:10:57.230 --> 00:11:01.190
  • "THAN FOR A RICH MAN TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD."
  • 00:11:01.220 --> 00:11:03.120
  • THAT WAS HILARIOUS IN HIS DAY.
  • 00:11:03.150 --> 00:11:05.160
  • THEY WERE PROBABLY ROLLING AND LAUGHING.
  • 00:11:05.190 --> 00:11:07.010
  • THEY'RE LIKE, "THIS IS SO FUNNY,
  • 00:11:07.040 --> 00:11:08.030
  • "LIKE A CAMEL THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE."
  • 00:11:08.060 --> 00:11:09.220
  • THAT WAS A JOKE.
  • 00:11:09.250 --> 00:11:10.230
  • HE SAID, THIS IS ANOTHER JOKE HE MADE, MATTHEW 7,
  • 00:11:11.290 --> 00:11:16.100
  • "HOW CAN YOU JUDGE THE SPECK IN YOUR BROTHER'S EYE
  • 00:11:16.130 --> 00:11:18.070
  • "WHEN YOU HAVE A LOG HANGING OUT OF YOUR FACE?"
  • 00:11:18.100 --> 00:11:20.090
  • [LAUGHING]
  • 00:11:20.120 --> 00:11:22.190
  • THE NEXT THING HE SAID,
  • 00:11:23.280 --> 00:11:24.250
  • THIS IS MY FAVORITE JOKE JESUS EVER MADE.
  • 00:11:24.280 --> 00:11:26.220
  • HE WAS ABOUT TO GET, THE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE WERE ABOUT
  • 00:11:26.250 --> 00:11:28.220
  • TO STONE HIM, RIGHT?
  • 00:11:28.250 --> 00:11:30.080
  • THEY WERE ABOUT TO STONE HIM, AND THIS IS WHAT HE SAYS,
  • 00:11:30.110 --> 00:11:33.250
  • "FOR WHICH OF THESE GOOD WORKS DO YOU STONE ME?"
  • 00:11:33.280 --> 00:11:37.130
  • [LAUGHING]
  • 00:11:37.160 --> 00:11:40.100
  • LIKE HOW BAD APPLE IS THAT?
  • 00:11:40.130 --> 00:11:42.150
  • HE'S ABOUT TO GET KILLED, AND HE JUST CRACKS A JOKE.
  • 00:11:42.180 --> 00:11:46.120
  • FOR WHICH OF THE GREAT THINGS THAT I DO
  • 00:11:48.260 --> 00:11:50.180
  • ARE YOU KILLING ME RIGHT NOW?
  • 00:11:50.210 --> 00:11:52.050
  • FOR WHICH GOOD THING?
  • 00:11:52.080 --> 00:11:53.000
  • WAS IT HEALING THE LEPER?
  • 00:11:53.030 --> 00:11:53.260
  • WAS IT TURNING WATER INTO WINE?
  • 00:11:53.290 --> 00:11:55.100
  • WAS IT MULTIPLYING LOAVES AND FISHES?
  • 00:11:55.130 --> 00:11:56.210
  • FOR WHAT GOOD THING DO YOU STONE ME?
  • 00:11:56.240 --> 00:11:58.260
  • I JUST LOVE THAT ABOUT HIM.
  • 00:11:58.290 --> 00:12:00.050
  • I THINK IT'S FUNNY EVEN THOUGH IT WAS 2.000 YEARS AGO.
  • 00:12:00.080 --> 00:12:02.130
  • SO, TOO, WE SHOULD GO THROUGH LIFE WITH LAUGHTER.
  • 00:12:04.060 --> 00:12:06.050
  • PSALM 2:4, PSALM 37:12-13, BOTH SAY THAT OUR GOD
  • 00:12:06.080 --> 00:12:10.180
  • LAUGHS FROM HEAVEN, OUR GOD LAUGHS.
  • 00:12:10.210 --> 00:12:13.070
  • LAUGHING RELEASES NEUROPEPTIDES IN YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
  • 00:12:13.100 --> 00:12:16.080
  • AND STRENGTHENS YOU.
  • 00:12:16.110 --> 00:12:17.200
  • DID YOU KNOW THE BIBLE SAYS A MERRY HEART
  • 00:12:17.230 --> 00:12:19.150
  • DOES GOOD LIKE MEDICINE?
  • 00:12:19.180 --> 00:12:21.010
  • DID YOU KNOW MEDICAL SCIENCE IS TELLING US
  • 00:12:21.040 --> 00:12:23.010
  • THAT 75% TO 95% OF THE PHYSICAL AILMENTS
  • 00:12:23.040 --> 00:12:26.040
  • THAT PLAGUE US TODAY, INCLUDING THE STOMACH ULCER
  • 00:12:26.070 --> 00:12:28.070
  • AND CORONARY THROMBOSIS, ARE OFTEN A DERIVATIVE
  • 00:12:28.100 --> 00:12:30.190
  • AND A RESULT OF STRESS?
  • 00:12:30.220 --> 00:12:32.100
  • WHAT I'M SAYING IS STRESS IS REALLY BAD FOR YOUR BODY.
  • 00:12:32.130 --> 00:12:35.230
  • FEAR RELEASES MORE THAN 1.400 KNOWN
  • 00:12:35.260 --> 00:12:38.100
  • PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL REACTIONS IN YOUR BODY
  • 00:12:38.130 --> 00:12:40.110
  • AND TRIGGERS MORE THAN 30 DIFFERENT
  • 00:12:40.140 --> 00:12:41.180
  • HORMONES AND NEUROTRANSMITTERS.
  • 00:12:41.210 --> 00:12:42.260
  • YOU'RE LIKE, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS.
  • 00:12:42.290 --> 00:12:44.140
  • HERE'S WHAT IT MEANS, BEING STRESSED MAKES YOU SICK.
  • 00:12:44.170 --> 00:12:48.110
  • THE BIBLE SAYS A BROKEN SPIRIT ROTS THE BONES,
  • 00:12:48.140 --> 00:12:51.210
  • BUT WATCH THIS, A MERRY HEART DOES GOOD LIKE MEDICINE.
  • 00:12:51.240 --> 00:12:55.250
  • [HAPPILY SIGHING]
  • 00:12:56.240 --> 00:12:57.260
  • JESUS SPENT JUST AS MUCH TIME HEALING PEOPLE'S BODIES
  • 00:12:57.290 --> 00:12:59.260
  • AS HE DID TEACHING THEIR SOULS.
  • 00:12:59.290 --> 00:13:02.080
  • HOLISTICALLY HE'S AFTER THE WHOLENESS OF OUR SALVATION:
  • 00:13:02.110 --> 00:13:06.000
  • BODY, SOUL, SPIRIT: THAT'S JUST THE GOSPELS.
  • 00:13:06.030 --> 00:13:08.090
  • BUT WATCH THIS, YOU READY?
  • 00:13:08.120 --> 00:13:10.170
  • WHEN I WAS IN FRANCE A FEW MONTHS AGO,
  • 00:13:10.200 --> 00:13:12.020
  • ME AND MY FRIENDS WERE DOING FRONT FLIPS OFF THESE BUILDINGS
  • 00:13:12.050 --> 00:13:14.110
  • INTO THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA,
  • 00:13:14.140 --> 00:13:15.150
  • AND WHEN WE GOT OUT OF THE OCEAN MY FRIEND WAS LIKE
  • 00:13:15.180 --> 00:13:18.280
  • HAD THIS NASTY WOUND ON HIS LEG.
  • 00:13:19.010 --> 00:13:21.140
  • I'M LIKE, "WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?"
  • 00:13:21.170 --> 00:13:22.210
  • AND HE JUST STARTED GIGGLING. HIS NAME'S SHAWN.
  • 00:13:22.240 --> 00:13:25.000
  • HE JUST STARTED LAUGHING SO HARD.
  • 00:13:25.030 --> 00:13:27.000
  • I'M LIKE, "WHAT'S SO FUNNY?"
  • 00:13:27.030 --> 00:13:28.020
  • HE'S LIKE, "I JUST GOT STUNG BY A JELLYFISH,
  • 00:13:28.050 --> 00:13:30.170
  • "AND THESE STINGS CAN BE FATAL,
  • 00:13:30.200 --> 00:13:32.230
  • "AND LIKE I MIGHT DIE IN AN HOUR."
  • 00:13:32.260 --> 00:13:34.030
  • I'M LIKE, "THEN WHY ARE YOU LAUGHING?"
  • 00:13:34.060 --> 00:13:35.140
  • HE'S LIKE, "BECAUSE IF I ONLY HAVE AN HOUR TO LIVE,
  • 00:13:35.170 --> 00:13:36.280
  • "I MIGHT AS WELL ENJOY IT," AND HE JUST STARTS GIGGLING.
  • 00:13:37.010 --> 00:13:39.120
  • [LAUGHING]
  • 00:13:39.150 --> 00:13:41.220
  • DO ANY OF YOU HAVE A FRIEND WHO LAUGHS
  • 00:13:44.130 --> 00:13:45.260
  • FUNNIER THAN HE JOKES?
  • 00:13:45.290 --> 00:13:47.060
  • THAT'S HIM, AND THE FUNNY THING IS
  • 00:13:49.070 --> 00:13:53.050
  • WHENEVER, YOU KNOW HOW EVERYBODY HANDLES STRESS
  • 00:13:53.080 --> 00:13:54.290
  • IN A DIFFERENT WAY?
  • 00:13:55.020 --> 00:13:56.000
  • SOME PEOPLE JUST LIKE SHUT DOWN,
  • 00:13:56.030 --> 00:13:57.110
  • AND THEY'RE LIKE A DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS.
  • 00:13:57.140 --> 00:13:59.040
  • OTHER PEOPLE START SCREAMING AND THROWING TEMPER TANTRUMS,
  • 00:13:59.070 --> 00:14:02.140
  • WHICH APART FROM THE LORD THAT'S WHAT I TEND TO DO.
  • 00:14:02.170 --> 00:14:04.220
  • OTHER PEOPLE CRACK UP.
  • 00:14:05.210 --> 00:14:07.060
  • I'VE DECIDED I'M GONNA DO THAT.
  • 00:14:08.090 --> 00:14:09.220
  • I'M GONNA START CRACKING UP WHEN I HAVE STRESS.
  • 00:14:09.250 --> 00:14:13.030
  • LIKE SERIOUSLY, HE JUST STARTS LAUGHING,
  • 00:14:13.060 --> 00:14:14.280
  • AND I WONDER IF THAT HELPED HEAL HIS BODY,
  • 00:14:15.010 --> 00:14:16.230
  • BECAUSE NEUROPEPTIDES WERE RELEASED IN HIS IMMUNE SYSTEM.
  • 00:14:16.260 --> 00:14:19.210
  • SO I WAS TEACHING ON THAT ON MONDAY NIGHT,
  • 00:14:19.240 --> 00:14:21.090
  • AND RIGHT AFTER I SPOKE ON THAT I BROKE MY AC
  • 00:14:21.120 --> 00:14:23.100
  • IN A LONG BOARDING ACCIDENT AND MY FRIENDS ARE LIKE,
  • 00:14:23.130 --> 00:14:25.100
  • "YOU JUST SPOKE ABOUT LAUGHING, ARE YOU GONNA DO IT?"
  • 00:14:25.130 --> 00:14:27.060
  • AND I DIDN'T WANNA LAUGH WHEN I WAS BLEEDING ALL OVER,
  • 00:14:27.090 --> 00:14:29.130
  • BUT I DID LAUGH AND I FELT A LOT BETTER.
  • 00:14:29.160 --> 00:14:31.170
  • [LAUGHING]
  • 00:14:31.200 --> 00:14:33.270
  • A MERRY HEART DOES GOOD LIKE MEDICINE THE BIBLE SAYS.
  • 00:14:38.050 --> 00:14:41.160
  • SO JESUS IS CRACKING JOKES.
  • 00:14:41.190 --> 00:14:43.050
  • JESUS IS SAYING, "I GIVE YOU A JOY
  • 00:14:43.080 --> 00:14:44.290
  • "THAT NO MAN CAN TAKE FROM YOU."
  • 00:14:45.020 --> 00:14:47.100
  • I LOVE THIS, AND I'VE GOT TO GET INTO OUR TEXT.
  • 00:14:47.130 --> 00:14:50.280
  • WOULD YOU TURN WITH ME TO ISAIAH?
  • 00:14:51.010 --> 00:14:52.100
  • WE'VE BEEN STUDYING A LOT OF OTHER PASSAGES.
  • 00:14:52.130 --> 00:14:54.190
  • I KNOW WE'VE COVERED A LOT OF OTHER PROMISES AND PASSAGES,
  • 00:14:56.040 --> 00:14:58.210
  • BUT LET'S GET TO ISAIAH 41.
  • 00:14:58.240 --> 00:15:00.220
  • BY THE WAY, AS WE LOOK FOR A CAUSE NOT FOR APPLAUSE,
  • 00:15:00.250 --> 00:15:03.210
  • LIVE TO EXPRESS NOT TO IMPRESS,
  • 00:15:03.240 --> 00:15:05.210
  • THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS BREATHED ON THESE SCRIPTURES
  • 00:15:05.240 --> 00:15:07.290
  • THAT WE'RE SPEAKING OF TODAY.
  • 00:15:08.020 --> 00:15:09.020
  • I KNOW I'M HAVING FUN WITH IT,
  • 00:15:09.050 --> 00:15:10.170
  • BUT THESE ARE REAL POWERFUL WORDS THAT BECOME THINGS.
  • 00:15:10.200 --> 00:15:13.210
  • REMEMBER, HEBREW WORD FOR WORD,
  • 00:15:13.240 --> 00:15:14.230
  • SAME HEBREW WORD FOR THINGS, SYNONYMOUS.
  • 00:15:14.260 --> 00:15:17.020
  • BUT THE HOLY SPIRIT BREATHED ON THESE WORDS.
  • 00:15:17.050 --> 00:15:19.250
  • WHEN WE READ THIS, I'M GONNA READ IT
  • 00:15:19.280 --> 00:15:21.170
  • FROM MY PORTABLE PULPIT,
  • 00:15:21.200 --> 00:15:23.170
  • WHEN WE READ THESE WORDS, IT'S VERY, VERY POWERFUL.
  • 00:15:23.200 --> 00:15:27.030
  • IT REALLY IS.
  • 00:15:27.060 --> 00:15:28.070
  • THE HOLY SPIRIT BREATHED ON THEM,
  • 00:15:29.100 --> 00:15:30.150
  • AND THERE'S SOMETHING POWERFUL ABOUT READING IT TOGETHER.
  • 00:15:30.180 --> 00:15:32.280
  • LIKE ALL OPENING THE SAME PASSAGE, BEING OF LIKE MIND,
  • 00:15:33.010 --> 00:15:36.000
  • AS PAUL TOLD US TO DO, AND READING THE SCRIPTURES TOGETHER.
  • 00:15:36.030 --> 00:15:39.130
  • JESUS SAID, "WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED IN MY NAME,
  • 00:15:39.160 --> 00:15:41.120
  • "I'M IN THE MIDST."
  • 00:15:41.150 --> 00:15:42.100
  • I ALWAYS GOT CONFUSED BY THAT
  • 00:15:42.130 --> 00:15:43.160
  • 'CAUSE HE'S ALWAYS IN MY MIDST.
  • 00:15:43.190 --> 00:15:45.020
  • HE SAID, "LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS
  • 00:15:45.050 --> 00:15:46.240
  • "EVEN UNTO THE ENDING OF THE AGE."
  • 00:15:46.270 --> 00:15:48.220
  • SO IF HE'S ALWAYS IN MY MIDST WHY DOES IT SAY
  • 00:15:48.250 --> 00:15:51.010
  • YOU NEED TWO OR THREE GATHERED TO BE IN HIS MIDST?
  • 00:15:51.040 --> 00:15:53.040
  • BECAUSE GOD IS LOVE, AND YOU CAN'T LOVE WITH ONE PERSON;
  • 00:15:53.070 --> 00:15:57.180
  • YOU NEED TWO PEOPLE OR THREE PEOPLE TO SWAP LOVE,
  • 00:15:57.210 --> 00:16:00.020
  • AND THAT'S WHERE GOD IS; HE'S IN THE PLACE WHERE LOVE IS.
  • 00:16:00.050 --> 00:16:03.060
  • SO TWO OR THREE OF US COME TOGETHER, WE LOVE ON EACH OTHER,
  • 00:16:03.090 --> 00:16:05.090
  • WE DO WHAT PAUL THE APOSTLE SAID, ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER,
  • 00:16:05.120 --> 00:16:08.140
  • BUILD ONE ANOTHER UP IN YOUR MOST HOLY FAITH.
  • 00:16:08.170 --> 00:16:10.250
  • AND WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT,
  • 00:16:10.280 --> 00:16:12.120
  • WE EXPERIENCE HIS MANIFEST PRESENCE,
  • 00:16:12.150 --> 00:16:15.080
  • WHAT HAPPENS IS WHEN WE KNOW THE HOLY SPIRIT AS A POWER
  • 00:16:15.110 --> 00:16:18.080
  • WE'RE GONNA SAY, "I WANT MORE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT."
  • 00:16:18.110 --> 00:16:20.250
  • WHEN WE KNOW THE HOLY SPIRIT AS A PERSON,
  • 00:16:20.280 --> 00:16:22.270
  • WE'RE GONNA SAY, "I WANT THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • 00:16:23.000 --> 00:16:24.150
  • "TO HAVE MORE OF ME."
  • 00:16:24.180 --> 00:16:25.250
  • WHEN YOU KNOW THE HOLY SPIRIT AS AN IT,
  • 00:16:27.130 --> 00:16:29.150
  • AS A SORT OF COLLECTION OF PROTONS AND ENERGY,
  • 00:16:29.180 --> 00:16:33.070
  • YOU'RE GONNA SAY, "I WANT MORE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT."
  • 00:16:33.100 --> 00:16:35.190
  • WHEN YOU SEE HIM NOT AS PROTONS BUT A PRONOUN,
  • 00:16:35.220 --> 00:16:37.190
  • AND YOU SEE THE HOLY SPIRIT AS A PERSON,
  • 00:16:37.220 --> 00:16:40.120
  • YOU'RE NOT JUST GONNA SAY, "I WANT MORE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT."
  • 00:16:40.150 --> 00:16:43.150
  • THAT'S GREAT, BUT EVEN BETTER IS,
  • 00:16:43.180 --> 00:16:44.240
  • "I WANT THE HOLY SPIRIT TO HAVE MORE OF ME."
  • 00:16:44.270 --> 00:16:47.290
  • I JUST WANT EVERYTHING I'M DOING TO BE DOMINATED
  • 00:16:48.020 --> 00:16:49.240
  • BY THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  • 00:16:49.270 --> 00:16:52.010
  • AND WHEN WE GATHER TOGETHER AS FRIENDS,
  • 00:16:52.040 --> 00:16:53.110
  • THE SPIRIT ENCOURAGES AND STRENGTHENS US
  • 00:16:53.140 --> 00:16:56.160
  • AS WE READ THE SCRIPTURES TOGETHER.
  • 00:16:56.190 --> 00:16:59.040
  • I'VE FOUND ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS WHY GOD
  • 00:16:59.070 --> 00:17:01.150
  • HELPED ME OVERCOME DEPRESSION AND GAVE ME JOY
  • 00:17:01.180 --> 00:17:04.060
  • IS BECAUSE I USED TO BE REALLY ISOLATED.
  • 00:17:04.090 --> 00:17:06.160
  • BUT GOD DID NOT CALL US TO ISOLATE,
  • 00:17:06.190 --> 00:17:08.000
  • HE CALLED US TO INFILTRATE.
  • 00:17:08.030 --> 00:17:09.280
  • I'M A VERY PRIVATE PERSON BY NATURE,
  • 00:17:10.010 --> 00:17:11.180
  • AND SO I LIKE DIDN'T HAVE FRIENDS.
  • 00:17:11.210 --> 00:17:13.140
  • THEN THE LORD SHOWED ME IT'S OKAY TO HAVE FRIENDS.
  • 00:17:13.170 --> 00:17:16.280
  • THE BIBLE SAYS A BROTHER LOVES AT ALL TIMES,
  • 00:17:17.010 --> 00:17:18.270
  • A FRIEND LOVES AT ALL TIMES,
  • 00:17:19.000 --> 00:17:20.240
  • A BROTHER IS BORN FOR THE DAY OF ADVERSITY.
  • 00:17:20.270 --> 00:17:22.090
  • THERE IS A FRIEND THAT STICKS CLOSER THAN A BROTHER.
  • 00:17:22.120 --> 00:17:23.190
  • THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF FRIENDSHIP.
  • 00:17:23.220 --> 00:17:26.110
  • YOU GOTTA GET YOURSELF AROUND THOSE RIGHT FRIENDS,
  • 00:17:26.140 --> 00:17:29.050
  • WHICH IS WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY, TO ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER,
  • 00:17:29.080 --> 00:17:31.070
  • TO BUILD EACH OTHER UP BECAUSE WE'RE THE AVERAGE
  • 00:17:31.100 --> 00:17:33.040
  • OF THE FIVE PEOPLE WE SPEND THE MOST TIME WITH.
  • 00:17:33.070 --> 00:17:35.130
  • IF YOU WALK WITH THE WISE YOU'LL BECOME WISE.
  • 00:17:35.160 --> 00:17:37.200
  • A COMPANION OF FOOLS SUFFERS HARM THE BIBLE SAYS.
  • 00:17:37.230 --> 00:17:40.280
  • BUT WHEN WE COME TOGETHER WE NEED FRIENDS
  • 00:17:41.010 --> 00:17:42.010
  • WHO ARE LIKE A SHADOW AND A MIRROR.
  • 00:17:42.040 --> 00:17:44.110
  • A SHADOW NEVER LEAVES, AND A MIRROR NEVER LIES.
  • 00:17:44.140 --> 00:17:47.220
  • THOSE ARE THE BEST FRIENDS, A SHADOW AND A MIRROR.
  • 00:17:47.250 --> 00:17:50.160
  • A SHADOW NEVER LEAVES, AND A MIRROR NEVER LIES.
  • 00:17:50.190 --> 00:17:54.050
  • SO WHAT WE'RE GONNA DO IS WE'RE GONNA STUDY ISAIAH TOGETHER
  • 00:17:54.080 --> 00:17:56.110
  • AS FRIENDS TO BUILD EACH OTHER UP IN OUR HOPE
  • 00:17:56.140 --> 00:17:59.180
  • TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOPE.
  • 00:17:59.210 --> 00:18:03.050
  • ISAIAH WOULD ACTUALLY SAY IN CHAPTER 52:12
  • 00:18:03.080 --> 00:18:06.240
  • THAT THE LORD IS OUR REAR GUARD; HE'S GOT YOUR BACK.
  • 00:18:06.270 --> 00:18:10.120
  • HE'S NOT JUST GOING BEFORE YOU.
  • 00:18:10.150 --> 00:18:12.010
  • HE'S GOT YOUR BACK.
  • 00:18:12.040 --> 00:18:13.230
  • THAT'S WHY THE WORD GLORY ALSO MEANS WEIGHT OR EXCELLENCE.
  • 00:18:13.260 --> 00:18:17.050
  • HE PUTS HIS EXCELLENT WEIGHT BEHIND YOU; HE'S GOT YOUR BACK.
  • 00:18:17.080 --> 00:18:20.080
  • AND HE'S GONNA PUT ALL HIS WEIGHT BEHIND YOU
  • 00:18:21.060 --> 00:18:24.180
  • WITH THE GLORY OF THIS TEXT, ISAIAH 42.
  • 00:18:24.210 --> 00:18:26.280
  • 41, PARDON ME.
  • 00:18:27.010 --> 00:18:28.080
  • OKAY, BEAR WITH ME, I HAVE ONE MORE VERSE
  • 00:18:28.110 --> 00:18:31.010
  • I WANT TO TELL YOU BEFORE THIS.
  • 00:18:31.040 --> 00:18:32.260
  • LISTEN, I KNOW WE'VE ALREADY DONE THIS A LOT.
  • 00:18:32.290 --> 00:18:35.150
  • REVELATION 3:21 IS LIT.
  • 00:18:35.180 --> 00:18:38.050
  • THIS WRECKED MY FACE.
  • 00:18:38.080 --> 00:18:39.280
  • THIS IS SUCH A FACE MELTER THAT I'M A SKULL
  • 00:18:40.010 --> 00:18:41.250
  • AFTER READING THIS [CHUCKLING].
  • 00:18:41.280 --> 00:18:43.260
  • YOU'RE LIKE, I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.
  • 00:18:43.290 --> 00:18:45.050
  • I WAS USING A LOT OF MODERN DAY VERNACULAR.
  • 00:18:45.080 --> 00:18:47.260
  • WHAT I'M SAYING IS THIS VERSE IS AMAZING, WATCH.
  • 00:18:47.290 --> 00:18:51.160
  • REVELATION 3:21, WHY CAN YOU BE LAUGHING,
  • 00:18:51.190 --> 00:18:53.290
  • WHY CAN YOU BE JOYFUL, WHY IS THERE NO PLACE LIKE HOPE?
  • 00:18:54.020 --> 00:18:56.210
  • REVELATION 3:21, "THOSE WHO ARE VICTORIOUS," JESUS SAYS,
  • 00:18:56.240 --> 00:19:00.120
  • "WILL SIT WITH ME ON MY THRONE, "JUST AS I WAS VICTORIOUS
  • 00:19:00.150 --> 00:19:03.200
  • "AND SAT WITH MY FATHER ON HIS THRONE." WHAT?
  • 00:19:03.230 --> 00:19:08.110
  • JESUS SAYS, "WHOEVER'S VICTORIOUS WILL SIT WITH ME
  • 00:19:08.140 --> 00:19:10.240
  • "ON MY THRONE, JUST AS I WAS VICTORIOUS
  • 00:19:10.270 --> 00:19:13.010
  • "AND SAT WITH MY FATHER ON HIS THRONE"?
  • 00:19:13.040 --> 00:19:14.130
  • HOW DOPE IS THAT?
  • 00:19:14.160 --> 00:19:16.220
  • SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE, "WAIT, I GET TO SIT WITH JESUS
  • 00:19:16.250 --> 00:19:19.130
  • "ON HIS THRONE, BUT ONLY IF I'M VICTORIOUS.
  • 00:19:19.160 --> 00:19:21.120
  • "THAT'S THE B CLAUSE; THAT'S THE STIPULATION."
  • 00:19:21.150 --> 00:19:23.120
  • BUT WAIT A SECOND, ROMANS 8:37 SAYS,
  • 00:19:23.150 --> 00:19:25.250
  • "WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM WHO LOVED US.
  • 00:19:25.280 --> 00:19:28.240
  • "HERE IN HIS LOVE, NOT THAT WE LOVED GOD,
  • 00:19:28.270 --> 00:19:30.240
  • "BUT THAT HE LOVED US."
  • 00:19:30.270 --> 00:19:31.290
  • THE BIBLE SAYS, "THIS IS THE VICTORY, EVEN OUR FAITH
  • 00:19:32.020 --> 00:19:33.220
  • "WHICH OVERCOMES THE WORLD.
  • 00:19:33.250 --> 00:19:34.270
  • "GREATER IS HE THAT'S WITHIN US
  • 00:19:35.000 --> 00:19:36.060
  • "THAN HE THAT'S WITHIN THE WORLD."
  • 00:19:36.090 --> 00:19:37.100
  • SO BECAUSE HE'S IN US, AND HE IS GOD THE WARRIOR,
  • 00:19:37.130 --> 00:19:39.280
  • EXODUS 15:3, WHO HAS NEVER LOST A BATTLE
  • 00:19:40.010 --> 00:19:42.050
  • AND FIGHTS ON OUR BEHALF, WE ARE ALWAYS VICTORIOUS,
  • 00:19:42.080 --> 00:19:44.100
  • WHICH MEANS WE ARE GOING TO SIT WITH JESUS
  • 00:19:44.130 --> 00:19:45.260
  • ON HIS THRONE BY DEFAULT. COME ON, MAN!
  • 00:19:45.290 --> 00:19:48.230
  • THIS IS AWESOME! [CHEERING]
  • 00:19:48.260 --> 00:19:49.280
  • NOW LISTEN TO THIS, THIS GETS CRAZY.
  • 00:19:50.010 --> 00:19:52.140
  • DO YOU REMEMBER THAT PICTURES OF JFK
  • 00:19:53.250 --> 00:19:55.050
  • LIKE HAVING HIS LITTLE KIDS SIT UNDER THE DESK?
  • 00:19:55.080 --> 00:19:57.270
  • LIKE CRAWL UNDER THE DESK?
  • 00:19:58.000 --> 00:19:59.130
  • NOW IF I WENT INTO THE OVAL OFFICE,
  • 00:20:00.180 --> 00:20:01.290
  • AND I LIKE CRAWLED UNDER DONALD TRUMP'S DESK,
  • 00:20:02.020 --> 00:20:03.250
  • AND LIKE WAS SITTING THERE LIKE A PUPPY,
  • 00:20:03.280 --> 00:20:05.190
  • YOU WOULD SAY THERE'S SOMETHING CLINICALLY WRONG
  • 00:20:05.220 --> 00:20:07.170
  • WITH YOUR BRAIN. [LAUGHING]
  • 00:20:07.200 --> 00:20:09.220
  • IF, HOWEVER, I'M THE PRESIDENT'S SON,
  • 00:20:09.250 --> 00:20:12.170
  • AND I'M A KID CRAWLING AROUND UNDER THE PRESIDENT'S DESK,
  • 00:20:12.200 --> 00:20:15.120
  • YOU WOULD THINK, OH, HE JUST COMES BOLDLY
  • 00:20:15.150 --> 00:20:16.230
  • TO THE THRONE OF GRACE BECAUSE HE'S A KID.
  • 00:20:16.260 --> 00:20:19.070
  • JESUS IS LIKE HERE, YOU GUYS ARE KIDS OF ABBA FATHER.
  • 00:20:19.100 --> 00:20:23.040
  • DEAR CHILDREN, COME, I'LL SCOOCH OVER A LITTLE BIT.
  • 00:20:23.070 --> 00:20:25.180
  • SIT WITH ME ON MY PLUSH THRONE.
  • 00:20:25.210 --> 00:20:27.080
  • OKAY, I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT.
  • 00:20:29.090 --> 00:20:30.070
  • LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT OUR TEXT. [LAUGHING]
  • 00:20:30.100 --> 00:20:33.110
  • IS THAT CRAZY?
  • 00:20:33.140 --> 00:20:34.290
  • I'M GONNA READ IT ONE MORE TIME.
  • 00:20:35.020 --> 00:20:36.060
  • "THOSE WHO ARE VICTORIOUS WILL SIT WITH ME ON MY THRONE,
  • 00:20:36.090 --> 00:20:38.080
  • "JUST AS I WAS VICTORIOUS AND SAT WITH MY FATHER
  • 00:20:38.110 --> 00:20:40.210
  • "ON HIS THRONE."
  • 00:20:40.240 --> 00:20:41.250
  • I'M GONNA READ IT AGAIN UNTIL I GET A GREAT RESPONSE.
  • 00:20:43.040 --> 00:20:45.150
  • "THOSE WHO ARE VICTORIOUS WILL SIT WITH ME ON MY THRONE,
  • 00:20:45.180 --> 00:20:48.040
  • "JUST AS I WAS VICTORIOUS AND SAT WITH MY FATHER
  • 00:20:48.070 --> 00:20:50.030
  • "ON HIS THRONE." [CHEERING AND CLAPPING]
  • 00:20:50.060 --> 00:20:52.250
  • THAT IS AWESOME.
  • 00:20:52.280 --> 00:20:53.230
  • I JUST THOUGHT THAT VERSE, I READ IT THE OTHER DAY,
  • 00:20:55.150 --> 00:20:57.050
  • AND I LIKE READ IT IN A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT TRANSLATIONS
  • 00:20:57.080 --> 00:20:59.120
  • 'CAUSE I'M LIKE, AM I MISSING SOMETHING
  • 00:20:59.150 --> 00:21:00.200
  • OR IS IT REALLY THIS GOOD?
  • 00:21:00.230 --> 00:21:02.040
  • HE'S LIKE IN A GENERATION WHERE YOU'RE USED TO BAD NEWS,
  • 00:21:02.070 --> 00:21:04.040
  • THIS IS ACTUALLY GOOD NEWS, THE GOSPEL.
  • 00:21:04.070 --> 00:21:06.170
  • I'M SO GLAD I DON'T HAVE TO SAY,
  • 00:21:06.200 --> 00:21:07.170
  • "TURN TO THE BAD NEWS ACCORDING TO MARK."
  • 00:21:07.200 --> 00:21:09.170
  • [LAUGHING]
  • 00:21:09.200 --> 00:21:11.260
  • IT'S GOOD NEWS.
  • 00:21:11.290 --> 00:21:13.150
  • LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME GOOD NEWS.
  • 00:21:13.180 --> 00:21:15.040
  • I'M FINDING THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOPE.
  • 00:21:15.070 --> 00:21:16.250
  • I WAS SUPPOSED TO TEACH FOR 24-25 MINUTES.
  • 00:21:16.280 --> 00:21:19.220
  • I KIND OF WAS TELLING MYSELF THAT THIS MORNING,
  • 00:21:19.250 --> 00:21:21.180
  • AND I JUST DECIDED TO FOLLOW IN MY FATHER'S FOOTSTEPS.
  • 00:21:21.210 --> 00:21:24.040
  • SO LET'S TAKE A QUICK LOOK.
  • 00:21:24.070 --> 00:21:25.270
  • [LAUGHING] I LOVE MY DAD.
  • 00:21:26.000 --> 00:21:28.240
  • ISAIAH 41 VERSE 10, AND WE'LL BE BRIEF.
  • 00:21:28.270 --> 00:21:32.030
  • YOU'RE LIKE TOO LATE FOR THAT, WELL,
  • 00:21:32.060 --> 00:21:34.010
  • I'M GONNA TRY.
  • 00:21:36.120 --> 00:21:38.020
  • "FEAR NOT FOR I AM WITH YOU," ISAIAH 41:10.
  • 00:21:38.050 --> 00:21:40.260
  • "BE NOT DISMAYED FOR I AM YOUR GOD.
  • 00:21:41.250 --> 00:21:44.200
  • "I WILL STRENGTHEN YOU.
  • 00:21:44.230 --> 00:21:46.050
  • "I WILL HELP YOU.
  • 00:21:46.080 --> 00:21:47.150
  • "I WILL UPHOLD YOU WITH MY RIGHTEOUS RIGHT HAND.
  • 00:21:47.180 --> 00:21:50.130
  • "BEHOLD, ALL THOSE WHO WERE INCENSED AGAINST YOU
  • 00:21:50.160 --> 00:21:53.060
  • "SHALL BE ASHAMED AND DISGRACED.
  • 00:21:53.090 --> 00:21:55.220
  • "THEY SHALL BE AS NOTHING.
  • 00:21:55.250 --> 00:21:58.020
  • "AND THOSE WHO STRIVE WITH YOU SHALL PERISH.
  • 00:21:58.050 --> 00:22:00.080
  • "YOU SHALL SEEK THEM AND NOT FIND THEM.
  • 00:22:00.110 --> 00:22:02.030
  • "THOSE WHO CONTENDED WITH YOU, THOSE WHO ARE AGAINST YOU
  • 00:22:02.060 --> 00:22:05.050
  • "SHALL BE AS NOTHING, AS A NONEXISTENT THING.
  • 00:22:05.080 --> 00:22:09.000
  • "FOR I THE LORD YOUR GOD WILL HOLD YOUR RIGHT HAND
  • 00:22:09.030 --> 00:22:12.080
  • "SAYING TO YOU, FEAR NOT, I WILL HELP YOU.
  • 00:22:12.110 --> 00:22:15.230
  • "FEAR NOT," I LOVE THIS PART, "YOU WORM JACOB,
  • 00:22:15.260 --> 00:22:18.190
  • "YOU MEN OF ISRAEL, I WILL HELP YOU," SAYS THE LORD,
  • 00:22:19.170 --> 00:22:22.140
  • YOUR REDEEMER, THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL.
  • 00:22:22.170 --> 00:22:24.100
  • "BEHOLD I WILL MAKE YOU INTO A NEW THRESHING SLEDGE
  • 00:22:24.130 --> 00:22:28.070
  • "WITH SHARP TEETH.
  • 00:22:28.100 --> 00:22:29.170
  • "YOU SHALL THRESH THE MOUNTAINS AND BEAT THEM SMALL
  • 00:22:29.200 --> 00:22:32.160
  • "AND MAKE THE HILLS LIKE CHAFF."
  • 00:22:32.190 --> 00:22:34.260
  • DROP THE MIC.
  • 00:22:36.130 --> 00:22:37.110
  • ISAIAH IS SAYING THE LORD DECLARES
  • 00:22:38.140 --> 00:22:42.020
  • THAT HE WILL STRENGTHEN YOU WITH HIS RIGHTEOUS RIGHT HAND.
  • 00:22:42.050 --> 00:22:45.060
  • FEAR NOT, NOR BE DISMAYED FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD
  • 00:22:45.090 --> 00:22:48.140
  • IS WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO.
  • 00:22:48.170 --> 00:22:50.000
  • NOW NOTICE, THE REASON YOU DON'T NEED TO FEAR
  • 00:22:50.030 --> 00:22:52.020
  • IS BECAUSE HE HOLDS YOU NOT WITH HIS LEFT HAND,
  • 00:22:52.050 --> 00:22:54.160
  • BUT WITH HIS RIGHT HAND.
  • 00:22:54.190 --> 00:22:56.020
  • IN ISAIAH'S CULTURE, AND IN ANCIENT BIBLICAL TIMES,
  • 00:22:56.050 --> 00:23:00.030
  • TO BE LEFT-HANDED YOU WERE CURSED.
  • 00:23:00.060 --> 00:23:02.040
  • SO WHEN EHUD WAS BORN A SOUTHPAW IN THE BOOK OF JUDGES,
  • 00:23:02.070 --> 00:23:05.210
  • HE WAS CONSIDERED CURSED.
  • 00:23:05.240 --> 00:23:07.120
  • LITTLE DID HE KNOW THAT CURSE WOULD TURN INTO A BLESSING.
  • 00:23:07.150 --> 00:23:10.060
  • BECAUSE WHEN HE HAD A SECRET MISSION AS AN ANCIENT NAVY SEAL
  • 00:23:10.090 --> 00:23:13.020
  • TO GO KILL A ROYAL, TO GO KILL EHUD,
  • 00:23:13.050 --> 00:23:17.200
  • PARDON ME, EGLON,
  • 00:23:17.230 --> 00:23:19.070
  • AND HE LOOKED LIKE HIS NAME SOUNDS, HE WAS AN EGG,
  • 00:23:19.100 --> 00:23:22.020
  • HE WAS SHAPED LIKE AN EGG.
  • 00:23:22.050 --> 00:23:24.010
  • THE BIBLE SAYS EGLON WAS A VERY FAT MAN.
  • 00:23:24.040 --> 00:23:26.230
  • AND WHEN THE BIBLE SAYS YOU'RE A VERY FAT MAN,
  • 00:23:27.250 --> 00:23:29.110
  • YOU'RE A VERY FAT MAN; HE HAD HIS OWN ZIP CODE.
  • 00:23:29.140 --> 00:23:31.160
  • SO HE SNEAKS, I MEAN WE'RE TALKING JABBA THE HUTT HERE,
  • 00:23:31.190 --> 00:23:34.120
  • HE SNEAKS INTO JABBA'S PRESENCE,
  • 00:23:34.150 --> 00:23:36.180
  • AND THE WAY HE COULD GET IN,
  • 00:23:36.210 --> 00:23:38.070
  • THY WORD IS TRUTH, IF IT SAYS HE'S A VERY FAT MAN,
  • 00:23:38.100 --> 00:23:40.100
  • HE'S A VERY, FAT MAN.
  • 00:23:40.130 --> 00:23:41.280
  • SO HE SNEAKS INTO THE PRESENCE OF EGLON,
  • 00:23:42.010 --> 00:23:44.070
  • AND THE BIBLE SAYS HE PULLED OUT A DAGGER.
  • 00:23:44.100 --> 00:23:47.170
  • THE WORD OF GOD IS SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.
  • 00:23:47.200 --> 00:23:49.100
  • THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT IS THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:23:49.130 --> 00:23:50.240
  • HE PULLED OUT THIS WORD WHICH IS A THING,
  • 00:23:50.270 --> 00:23:52.170
  • PULLS OUT THIS SWORD WITH HIS LEFT HAND.
  • 00:23:52.200 --> 00:23:55.110
  • NOW WHY DID HE GET IN WITH THE SWORD?
  • 00:23:55.140 --> 00:23:57.090
  • BECAUSE BACK THEN THE ROYAL GUARD WOULD NORMALLY FRISK
  • 00:23:57.120 --> 00:24:00.020
  • A PERSON'S LEFT THIGH, WHY?
  • 00:24:00.050 --> 00:24:02.140
  • BECAUSE YOU DRAW YOUR SWORD ACROSS YOUR BODY.
  • 00:24:02.170 --> 00:24:05.230
  • SO THEY WOULDN'T HAVE CHECKED HIS LEFT,
  • 00:24:05.260 --> 00:24:08.210
  • BECAUSE BEING A SOUTHPAW BACK THEN WAS CONSIDERED CURSED.
  • 00:24:08.240 --> 00:24:11.100
  • SO HE SNEAKS IN BECAUSE THEY WOULD JUST
  • 00:24:11.130 --> 00:24:12.290
  • A CURSORY SECURITY CHECK FRISK HIS RIGHT,
  • 00:24:13.020 --> 00:24:15.050
  • HE WALKED ON THROUGH.
  • 00:24:15.080 --> 00:24:16.160
  • HE'S ABLE TO EVIDENTLY DRAW FROM HIS RIGHT HIP,
  • 00:24:16.190 --> 00:24:20.200
  • TAKES THE SWORD, AND THE BIBLE SAYS HIS SWORD
  • 00:24:20.230 --> 00:24:23.010
  • DISAPPEARED IN THE FAT.
  • 00:24:23.040 --> 00:24:24.170
  • [LAUGHING]
  • 00:24:25.140 --> 00:24:28.070
  • I WANT TO SEE THAT MADE INTO A MOVIE.
  • 00:24:28.100 --> 00:24:29.200
  • THAT'LL BE AWESOME.
  • 00:24:29.230 --> 00:24:31.170
  • AND THE SWORD IN, THE DIRT CAME OUT.
  • 00:24:31.200 --> 00:24:33.080
  • THE SWORD GOES IN, THE DIRT COMES OUT.
  • 00:24:33.110 --> 00:24:35.240
  • THE SWORD GOES IN, THE DIRT COMES OUT.
  • 00:24:35.270 --> 00:24:38.070
  • THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WORD OF GOD
  • 00:24:38.100 --> 00:24:39.100
  • COMES INTO OUR HEART, THE DIRT COMES OUT.
  • 00:24:39.130 --> 00:24:41.270
  • AND HE WAS ABLE TO DO THAT AS A LEFT-HANDED PERSON
  • 00:24:42.000 --> 00:24:44.160
  • BECAUSE GOD USES THE FOOLISH THINGS OF THE WORLD
  • 00:24:44.190 --> 00:24:46.150
  • TO CONFOUND THE WISE, AND THOSE WHO ARE NOBODY
  • 00:24:46.180 --> 00:24:48.130
  • TO BRING INTO NOTHING THE THINGS THAT ARE.
  • 00:24:48.160 --> 00:24:50.130
  • BUT TO BE LEFT-HANDED WAS A CURSE,
  • 00:24:50.160 --> 00:24:52.250
  • THAT WAS THE STORY OF EHUD
  • 00:24:52.280 --> 00:24:55.010
  • HOW THE CURSING WAS TURNED INTO A BLESSING.
  • 00:24:55.040 --> 00:24:57.120
  • GOD SAYS, "I WILL TAKE YOU BY YOUR RIGHT HAND.
  • 00:24:57.150 --> 00:24:59.200
  • "I WILL STRENGTHEN YOU WITH THE RIGHT HAND
  • 00:24:59.230 --> 00:25:01.050
  • "OF MY RIGHTEOUSNESS."
  • 00:25:01.080 --> 00:25:02.190
  • IN JEWISH CULTURE THE RIGHT HAND WAS THE HAND OF POWER.
  • 00:25:02.220 --> 00:25:05.240
  • SO WHEN YOU SEE THIS BEAUTIFUL POETIC IMAGERY
  • 00:25:05.270 --> 00:25:07.190
  • OF JESUS SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE THRONE OF GOD
  • 00:25:07.220 --> 00:25:09.290
  • WHAT THAT'S SAYING IS HE HAS THE PLACE OF POWER.
  • 00:25:10.020 --> 00:25:12.080
  • THE RIGHT HAND IS THE PLACE OF POWER, DO YOU SEE?
  • 00:25:12.110 --> 00:25:16.220
  • AND HE SAYS, "I WILL STRENGTHEN YOU."
  • 00:25:16.250 --> 00:25:18.280
  • THE SAME GOD WHO MADE FLAMINGOS THAT CAN ONLY EAT
  • 00:25:19.010 --> 00:25:21.180
  • WHEN THEIR HEAD IS UPSIDE DOWN
  • 00:25:21.210 --> 00:25:22.290
  • AND ALBATROSS BIRDS THAT CAN FLY 25 MILES PER HOUR
  • 00:25:23.020 --> 00:25:26.020
  • WHILE THEY'RE ASLEEP,
  • 00:25:26.050 --> 00:25:27.210
  • THE SAME GOD WHO MADE ALL THIS STUFF
  • 00:25:27.240 --> 00:25:29.070
  • THAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT,
  • 00:25:29.100 --> 00:25:30.070
  • QUANTUM MECHANICS, ASTROPHYSICS, NEUROLOGY,
  • 00:25:30.100 --> 00:25:32.240
  • THE WHOLE NINE YARDS, HE IS THE ONE STRENGTHENING YOU.
  • 00:25:32.270 --> 00:25:36.000
  • [EXCITING MUSIC]
  • 00:25:36.030 --> 00:25:37.210
  • WE RAN OUT OF TIME HERE, BUT HERE IS A SNEAK PREVIEW
  • 00:25:37.240 --> 00:25:40.090
  • OF WHAT OUR NEXT EPISODE HAS IN STORE FOR YOU.
  • 00:25:40.120 --> 00:25:43.140
  • I WANT TO TELL YOU WHAT ISAIAH SAYS.
  • 00:25:45.130 --> 00:25:47.170
  • PAUL LOVED IT SO MUCH HE REPEATED IT.
  • 00:25:47.200 --> 00:25:50.030
  • YOU READY?
  • 00:25:51.080 --> 00:25:52.030
  • "NO EYE HAS SEEN,
  • 00:25:53.190 --> 00:25:54.260
  • "NO EAR HAS HEARD
  • 00:25:56.190 --> 00:25:57.280
  • "WHAT THE LORD HAS IN STORE FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM."
  • 00:25:59.270 --> 00:26:02.170
  • JESUS DIDN'T DIE ON A CROSS SO YOU COULD
  • 00:26:04.260 --> 00:26:06.190
  • LIVE LIKE HELL ON EARTH;
  • 00:26:06.220 --> 00:26:08.160
  • THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS INSIDE YOU.
  • 00:26:08.190 --> 00:26:10.200
  • AND HE DIDN'T DIE ON A CROSS TO MAKE YOU SAFE,
  • 00:26:10.230 --> 00:26:12.280
  • HE DIED ON A CROSS TO MAKE YOU DANGEROUS,
  • 00:26:13.010 --> 00:26:14.280
  • THAT IS AS YOU GO ON A RAMPAGE AND CAMPAIGN
  • 00:26:15.010 --> 00:26:18.250
  • AGAINST THE AGENCY OF CHAOS AND THE FORCES OF DARKNESS.
  • 00:26:18.280 --> 00:26:22.110
  • SO WHEN YOU DIE, YOU'RE JUST GONNA HAVE
  • 00:26:22.140 --> 00:26:24.210
  • THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN WHICH IS ALREADY INSIDE YOU
  • 00:26:24.240 --> 00:26:26.170
  • EXPLODE FROM YOUR PROJECTED SELF.
  • 00:26:26.200 --> 00:26:28.140
  • BECAUSE IT IS WITHIN, IT'S GONNA EXPLODE ALL AROUND,
  • 00:26:28.170 --> 00:26:31.240
  • BUT THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN STARTS TODAY,
  • 00:26:31.270 --> 00:26:34.020
  • AND ETERNITY STARTS NOW.
  • 00:26:34.050 --> 00:26:36.010
  • THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOPE.
  • 00:26:36.040 --> 00:26:37.230
  • IT'S WITHIN US, IT'S AMONG US,
  • 00:26:37.260 --> 00:26:39.170
  • NOW LET'S SPREAD IT AROUND US.
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