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Family Camp: Climbing Partners

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September 22, 2019
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Kerry Shook Ministries with Kerry Shook

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  • most joy, and it's our closest relationships
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  • that bring us the most pain.
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  • Kerry: In 2017, rock climber Alex Honnold became the first
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  • and only person to ever free solo climb the famed El Capitan,
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  • that 3.000-foot vertical rock face in Yosemite National Park.
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  • And in case you don't know what free solo means, it means that
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  • he climbed that sheer rock face with no one else all by himself
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  • and no ropes, which is pretty crazy.
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  • He's the first person to ever do that and maybe the last person
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  • who will ever be dumb enough to do that, but he did it.
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  • Now, one of his climbing buddies, another professional
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  • rock climber said, "For you to really understand this amazing
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  • accomplishment that Alex just did, you need to think
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  • it's like an Olympic athlete, a world class athlete
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  • competing in the Olympics.
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  • And you either win the gold medal or you die."
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  • That's exactly what it's like.
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  • And Alex's accomplishment was featured in the Academy
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  • Award-winning documentary "Free Solo."
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  • And it kind of follows Alex as he's preparing to climb
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  • El Capitan, and it shows him doing the everyday things
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  • that he does in his life.
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  • And he has a girlfriend, and it says that he never really had
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  • time for a girlfriend before because he was always rock
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  • climbing, but this girlfriend has brought a lot of joy
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  • into his life, so he's teaching her how to rock climb,
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  • she's never done it before.
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  • And so, they go to these small climbs and use ropes, of course.
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  • And she's belaying him as he's climbing, and she has the rope.
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  • And she gets distracted in one of the scenes
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  • in the documentary, and he falls 20 feet
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  • and injures himself pretty badly.
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  • And as he's coming out of the hospital, he's talking to the
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  • camera guy and he says, "Yeah, I really considered breaking up
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  • with her, I was just so mad."
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  • And apparently, it's much less frightening for him
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  • to climb El Capitan with no one else and no ropes
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  • with the really threat of imminent death
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  • than it is for him to trust his girlfriend.
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  • But that is the way it is with close relationships.
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  • It's our closest relationships that bring us the most joy,
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  • and it's our closest relationships that bring us
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  • the most pain in our lives.
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  • Well, I am right here at a rock wall right now, and we're going
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  • to have a little rock climbing happen.
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  • So, two of my sons, Josh and Steven,
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  • are going to show us how to do it.
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  • Now, Steven and his wife Caroline are members of a rock
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  • climbing gym, and they really like to rock climb,
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  • and so does Josh.
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  • And so, what we're going to do here is this rock climbing wall
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  • that we put up in about five minutes.
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  • Now, we're going to--we're going to test it out.
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  • And so, Steven is going to be belaying Josh.
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  • And belaying just means that he has Josh's life in his hands.
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  • This is his chance to get revenge on his older brother.
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  • So, let's see what happens, this is going
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  • to be really interesting.
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  • And then Josh is going to climb the rock wall.
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  • And if you notice, there are all these holes that are in the wall
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  • because if a mountain is smooth, you can't climb it.
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  • And that's a good word for some of you who are in a marriage
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  • relationship where it's pretty rocky right now.
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  • And God uses those rocky places, and God uses
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  • those difficult times to propel us higher.
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  • And so, we're going to see what Josh does.
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  • But as you know, they're climbing partners,
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  • and I want you to watch how this goes.
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  • So Josh, go for it.
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  • So, Steven is giving him some slack, but yet he's taking away
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  • the slack as he climbs up.
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  • He's very attentive.
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  • No, he's distracted.
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  • Let me try to distract Steven.
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  • Steven, hey, I'm over here.
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  • I'm distracting--he's totally distracted.
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  • Now, Josh is almost up, great job Josh.
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  • He's doing it.
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  • He has no idea that Steven has no idea what he's doing.
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  • No, okay, he's got that, yeah.
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  • You have to find the right holds.
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  • And he's found the right holds, he's all the way up, he did it.
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  • Now, here's the hardest part.
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  • He's got to trust his brother.
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  • He's got to trust his brother, and there he goes,
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  • his brother's got him.
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  • Yeah.
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  • Great job, guys. Give them a big hand.
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  • Yeah.
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  • Now, I use that because it's such a perfect illustration of
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  • what it means to be in a deep and close relationship,
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  • where you can climb to new heights,
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  • and yet you can fall in devastating ways.
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  • You could climb to new heights and experience great joy, and
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  • you can fall, crash, and burn, and experience devastating pain.
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  • And it's interesting to me that when climbing partners climb,
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  • not free solo, but really climbing partners and they have
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  • ropes, you can only get as high as your partner goes.
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  • And what they do is they'll take turns belaying each other up.
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  • They'll put in these, you know, these stakes into the mountain,
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  • and they'll attach on so it'll be safe.
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  • And then one will belay the other one as they go up.
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  • And then the other one will come up and they'll just keep going
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  • back and forth, back and forth all the way up the mountain.
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  • And so, the goal is you want your climbing partner to get
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  • higher so they can bring you higher.
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  • And then you go higher so you can bring them higher.
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  • And they go higher so they can bring you higher.
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  • And you can only get as high as your climbing partner.
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  • It's all about bringing out the best in the person
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  • you're relating to.
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  • And so, we're going to look at how to be true climbing
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  • partners, whether it's a business partnership,
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  • a friendship, a marriage relationship,
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  • or a family relationship.
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  • How do you do it?
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  • Because building close and strong relationships
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  • are much more dangerous than rock climbing
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  • because you can be devastated.
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  • Your heart can be shattered.
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  • In rock climbing, you can just fall off and die physically, but
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  • this your heart can be crushed and feel worse than death.
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  • Every relationship, folks, starts out on a smooth trail.
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  • And most people think it's going to be that way.
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  • And most people think that it's going to be a smooth trail, it's
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  • going to be fun, and people can say it's going to be hard,
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  • it's going to be difficult, get ready for it.
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  • Someone who's been married 50 years can say, "It's been really
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  • hard, but we've had to work so hard."
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  • And you're thinking, "Well, we don't
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  • because we're just made for each other.
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  • We're just perfect for each other."
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  • You're going down this smooth trail, and then you hit the
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  • mountains of misunderstanding, the mountain of me first, the
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  • mountain of mistakes, and you think, "I made a mistake.
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  • This can't be right, it's not supposed to be this way."
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  • Of course it is.
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  • That's the only way it can be.
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  • But many times, even when we're prepared for those mountains
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  • that we're going to face, we feel powerless to overcome them.
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  • We feel powerless to make it through.
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  • And that's why we need a climbing guide, and we need his
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  • expertise, and we need his power and strength so we can make it
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  • over the mountains and the obstacles
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  • that every true connection is going to face.
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  • And our climbing guide is Jesus Christ.
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  • We're going to look at the greatest sermon ever preached,
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  • the Sermon on the Mount.
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  • And in the Sermon on the Mount, the most famous
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  • part of it is the beatitudes.
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  • And the beatitudes come from the Latin word "beatus,"
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  • which means blessing because everyone of the beatitudes,
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  • there are eight of them, start with the word "blessed."
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  • Blessed.
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  • Now, the word "blessed" is not talking about outward blessings.
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  • The Bible talks about outward blessings like financial
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  • blessings or, you know, when God would make sure they had
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  • great crops, you know, when they obeyed him.
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  • And you know, they're outward blessings, material blessings.
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  • You know, outward blessings and miracles that God does
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  • in our lives, but this is talking about something
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  • so much more important.
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  • That word "blessed" in the Hebrew means internal blessings.
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  • It's the deepest joy, the deepest happiness.
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  • It's when you feel full of purpose and peace
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  • and meaning and hope.
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  • And you don't feel emptiness, which we feel often, a gnawing
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  • emptiness that there's got to be something more
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  • and you're always looking for something else
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  • to fill the emptiness.
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  • You're always looking for something
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  • to anesthetize the pain.
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  • But if you want true happiness, you have to follow
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  • what Jesus said here, the beatitudes.
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  • So, I want us to look at our climbing guide
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  • and open your Bibles to Matthew chapter 5.
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  • Would you stand in honor of God's Word, Woodlands Church,
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  • and just follow along with me as we climb with Christ,
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  • our climbing guide.
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  • "When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds,
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  • he climbed a hillside.
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  • Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed,
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  • climbed with him.
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  • Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught
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  • his climbing companions, and this is what he said,
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  • 'Blessed are the poor in spirit,
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  • for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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  • Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
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  • Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
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  • Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
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  • for they will be filled.
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  • Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
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  • Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
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  • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called
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  • children of God.
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  • Blessed are those who are persecuted because
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  • of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.'"
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  • You can be seated.
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  • Now, there are eight principles here that will take you over
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  • the obstacles that every close relationship runs into.
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  • And it's just the opposite of what our culture says
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  • that you need to have happy relationships.
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  • Our culture says you need everything to work out great,
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  • you need to feel great about the other person.
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  • You need to have these huge romantic feelings
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  • in the marriage relationship.
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  • And if the feelings are gone, then probably you're just
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  • connected to the wrong person.
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  • Our culture says that you've got to just climb over that mountain
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  • with your own strength, that you just got to get to the top, you
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  • got to look out for your own needs, you got to follow your
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  • heart, you got to make sure your needs are met.
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  • It's all about your true happiness.
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  • But Jesus said it's just the opposite.
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  • For you to get over the mountain,
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  • you've got to hit rock bottom.
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  • You cannot climb to greatness in a close relationship,
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  • you have to descend to greatness.
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  • female announcer: Still to come with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: And one of God's purposes for family is to bring
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  • you to the end of your rope.
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  • into the world.
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  • Kerry: Let's look at it.
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  • I want us to look at every one of these beatitudes and break
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  • them down because it's amazing when you see that these eight
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  • principles for life and true happiness are the principles
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  • for happiness in any close relationship.
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  • The first one is the poor in spirit beatitude.
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  • I love how the Message paraphrase puts it.
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  • It says, "You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope.
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  • With less of you there is more of God and his rule."
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  • I love that because when you're climbing and you come to the end
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  • of your rope, that's not a good thing.
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  • What if you're lowering yourself down from a 3.000-foot cliff
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  • and you come to the end of your rope and there's still
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  • 1.000 feet to go?
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  • That's not a good thing.
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  • But when you come to the end of your rope,
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  • you realize you need help.
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  • And it's at the end of the rope that you find God's hope.
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  • It's only at the end of your rope that you really find hope.
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  • When you come to the end of your rope and you can't fix the
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  • situation, you can't change that other person, you can't solve
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  • the problem in the relationship, you can't get over that
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  • mountain, you're stuck.
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  • And it gets worse and worse and worse, so you realize you're at
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  • the end of the rope.
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  • That's when you can find God's power, when you realize
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  • you don't have any power.
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  • But until then, you'll never find God's power.
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  • That says blessed are those who realize they're at the end
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  • of the rope because then there's hope.
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  • Otherwise, there's no hope.
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  • And one of God's purposes for family is to bring you
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  • at the end of your rope.
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  • Nothing will bring you to the end of your rope like family.
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  • Nothing will make you pull your hair out
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  • if you had it than family.
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  • Nothing can drive you as crazy as family, close relationships.
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  • I mean, probably we think that we could make it in life.
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  • But God puts us together in families,
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  • we realize that we can't.
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  • There's a lot of difficulties to get to that place.
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  • Sometimes it's going up the mountain and then falling back
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  • down a little ways, and then going back up and--but
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  • that's where God wants us to move to.
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  • So you don't hide your hang ups and your hurts,
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  • and you can be fully known.
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  • But it all starts at the end of your rope.
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  • When you admit you're at the end of your rope,
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  • then you ask for God's power.
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  • But now I want us to look at the second beatitude
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  • because they all go together.
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  • In verse 4, it says, "Blessed are those who mourn,
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  • for they will be comforted."
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  • When you really grieve your brokenness and how
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  • your brokenness is hurting others that are close to you,
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  • then you can find healing.
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  • But only when you grieve your brokenness and you see how
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  • broken you are and how that brokenness is hurting everyone
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  • around you, only then can you find comfort in Christ
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  • and comfort in the relationships around you.
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  • I like how the Message puts this beatitude in Matthew 5:4,
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  • "You're blessed when you feel you've lost
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  • what is most dear to you.
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  • Only then can you be embraced by the one most dear to you."
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  • The happiness talked about in the beatitudes is a healing.
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  • It's not where you just buck yourself up and feel good,
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  • which is fake.
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  • No, it's a true happiness that's healing.
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  • You give comfort, you find comfort.
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  • Now, look at the third one, they all go together,
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  • it's pretty amazing.
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  • "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth."
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  • Underline that word "meek."
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  • And what do you think of when you think of the word "meek?"
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  • You can admit it, you think of weak, don't you?
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  • Someone who's wimpy, who's weak, who lets everyone else
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  • walk over them.
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  • This word has lost all of its original meaning.
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  • Meekness is not weakness.
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  • The word "meek" in the Greek language means
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  • strength under control.
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  • How do you know if in a marriage relationship
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  • you have strength under control?
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  • You stop trying to change your spouse
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  • and you start cherishing your spouse.
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  • You realize that you have a lot of changes to make.
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  • Doesn't mean they don't need to change.
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  • Maybe they need to change drastically,
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  • but you can't change them, only God can.
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  • So, you start cherishing them with God's power.
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  • You stop trying to change the other person
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  • and you start cherishing them.
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  • Then you create this atmosphere where they can change.
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  • And you begin to find healing with the Lord.
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  • You become the meek person that God has called you to be.
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  • Well, let's look at the fourth one, verse 6,
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  • "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for God's approval,
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  • they will be satisfied."
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  • Underline "God's approval" because one of the biggest
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  • problems that I have is trying to please people,
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  • wanting to please people.
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  • And that's a good thing when you're a kid because that's a
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  • developmental process that's really important when you go to
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  • that stage when you really know how to tune yourself to people
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  • and what they want and how to please people.
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  • But that's something for childhood development,
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  • not for an adult.
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  • Jesus never tried to please people.
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  • So, when Chris and I are trying to please God first,
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  • it draws us closer to each other.
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  • When I try to please her, she try to pleases me, it just
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  • pushes each other away because we can't do that.
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  • But when we seek to please God, he draws us both
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  • closer to each other.
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  • Well, look at the fifth one, "Blessed are the merciful,
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  • for they will be shown mercy."
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  • This is all about forgiveness.
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  • And all true connections and close relationships have to be
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  • built on forgiveness because the mountain of mistakes stacks up.
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  • He preaches this Sermon on the Mount, these beatitudes,
  • 00:18:21.110 --> 00:18:25.050
  • takes him just a few minutes, and he just hits everything.
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  • This is the way to happiness, this is the way to fulfillment
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  • in your life, amazing.
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  • Verse 8, "Blessed are the pure in heart,
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  • for they will see God."
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  • Pure in heart means truth.
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  • It's blessed are those that just step into the truth,
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  • even when it's messy.
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  • Those who share the truth, live in truth,
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  • admit their mountain of mistakes.
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  • Don't try to hide in the shadows, but bring it to the
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  • light so the light disinfects it.
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  • Those who live in the truth, and truth builds trust over time.
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  • Lies destroy trust.
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  • But yet we hide in the shadows
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  • because we're fearful of rejection.
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  • But when we realize how loved we are by God,
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  • we can step into the light, and trust gets built over time.
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  • In John 8:32, Jesus said, "Then you will know the truth
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  • and the truth will set you free."
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  • It's only in the truth that set you free.
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  • When things are in the shadows, they have hold over you,
  • 00:19:19.280 --> 00:19:23.050
  • they control you.
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  • But when it comes out into the light, then freedom comes.
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  • The truth will set you free, but it'll make you miserable
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  • at first, really miserable.
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  • But you have to step into the truth
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  • because that's where you find life.
  • 00:19:35.100 --> 00:19:37.290
  • But let's look at the seventh one, verse 9.
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  • It says, "You're blessed when you can show people
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  • how to cooperate instead of compete or fight.
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  • That's when you discover who you really are,
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  • and your place in God's family."
  • 00:19:45.260 --> 00:19:48.220
  • When you realize the people close to you,
  • 00:19:48.230 --> 00:19:50.290
  • you're trying to help them get to new heights.
  • 00:19:51.000 --> 00:19:53.230
  • And you realize that if you help them get to new heights,
  • 00:19:53.240 --> 00:19:57.170
  • it's not going to push you down.
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  • And when you both start doing that, your eyes are off yourself
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  • and onto the other, lifting them,
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  • you know your mate is not your enemy.
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  • For those of you who are married, I want you to look
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  • at your spouse if they're here and just say,
  • 00:20:11.150 --> 00:20:15.110
  • "We're on the same team."
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  • Do it right now, turn and say, "We're on the same team.
  • 00:20:17.060 --> 00:20:19.030
  • We're on the same team. We're on the same team."
  • 00:20:19.040 --> 00:20:21.180
  • And then turn to them and say, "You're not the devil
  • 00:20:21.190 --> 00:20:24.130
  • like I was thinking."
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  • No, don't do that.
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  • Some of you really needed that because you start thinking,
  • 00:20:27.170 --> 00:20:29.100
  • "Man, you know, that's my enemy right there."
  • 00:20:29.110 --> 00:20:36.200
  • "You don't know my husband."
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  • "You don't know my wife, Kerry.
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  • All right, you'd question that principle that you just said."
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  • No, your mate is not the enemy, Satan's the enemy.
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  • And he wants to bring all kinds of things at you
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  • to disconnect you.
  • 00:20:50.130 --> 00:20:51.250
  • But God allows those things because you have to have those
  • 00:20:51.260 --> 00:20:54.130
  • things to connect you, and it throws it back in his face.
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  • God uses the rough places because you can't climb
  • 00:20:58.190 --> 00:21:01.290
  • a mountain if it's smooth.
  • 00:21:02.000 --> 00:21:04.110
  • You need the rough places, the rocky places.
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  • Let's look at the last one.
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  • Verse 10, "You're blessed when your commitment
  • 00:21:10.070 --> 00:21:12.110
  • to God provokes persecution.
  • 00:21:12.120 --> 00:21:14.110
  • The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom."
  • 00:21:14.120 --> 00:21:17.200
  • And that's why Jesus said, "Hey, I want you to know if you're
  • 00:21:17.210 --> 00:21:22.120
  • at the end of your rope, man, you're in a great place.
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  • I want you to know if your heart is broken and you're crying
  • 00:21:24.270 --> 00:21:27.050
  • and grieving over it, you're in a perfect place.
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  • I want you to know if you don't have the strength, but you've
  • 00:21:30.250 --> 00:21:36.010
  • turned it over to me, and now that strength is in my control,
  • 00:21:36.020 --> 00:21:41.000
  • you're in a great place."
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  • You see, he just goes on and on through these beatitudes,
  • 00:21:42.260 --> 00:21:46.030
  • and he just knocks down everything
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  • that we think is important to guide us
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  • to what's really important in relationships.
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  • So, are you at that place where you're at the end of your rope?
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  • You're in a great place.
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  • Is your heart broken? You're in a great place.
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  • female announcer: Here at Kerry Shook Ministries, we know
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  • that putting God's Word into your life changes everything.
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  • That's why we're excited to present a creative way to spend
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  • time in worship throughout your day.
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  • Today, as our special thank you for your gift of support,
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  • we want to send you our church's debut praise CD,
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  • "Woodlands Worship Live."
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  • It's a compilation of ten amazing songs
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  • that are guaranteed to lift you up and fill your soul.
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  • To receive today's special CD offer, call us now
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  • at 844-34-KERRY, or visit us online at kerryshook.org
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  • as we share an original song from the newly released album.
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  • Jesus, where are you, my light burns low.
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  • Day breaks with pieces of my heart on the floor.
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  • Come and make me whole.
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  • Take the pieces of my life and make them beautiful.
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  • Carry me back home.
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  • We're crying out, we need you now,
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  • we are yours.
  • 00:23:38.250 --> 00:23:42.230
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  • Savior, light of Heaven came to earth.
  • 00:23:48.250 --> 00:23:55.150
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  • My failures are washed by the creator of worth.
  • 00:24:00.210 --> 00:24:07.240
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  • Come and make me whole.
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  • Take the pieces of my life and make them beautiful.
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  • Carry me back home.
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  • We're crying out, we need you now,
  • 00:24:30.230 --> 00:24:34.070
  • we are yours.
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  • 00:24:37.220 --> 00:24:47.210
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  • My body's tired.
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  • My heart, it aches for you, God.
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  • For you, God.
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  • My body's tired.
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  • My heart, it aches for you, God.
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  • For you, God.
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  • My body's tired.
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  • My heart, it aches for you, God.
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  • For you, God.
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  • For you, God.
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  • For you, God.
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  • For you, God.
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  • For you, God.
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  • Hey, come and make me whole.
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  • Take the pieces of my life and make them beautiful.
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  • Carry me back home.
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  • We're crying out, we need you now,
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  • we are yours.
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  • My body's tired.
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  • My heart, it aches for you, God.
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  • For you, God.
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  • For you, God.
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  • For you, God.
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  • For you, God.
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  • For you, God.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Chris Shook: We're so glad you joined us for the message
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  • today, and we hope it impacts your life all week long.
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  • Kerry: And if God really spoke to you and you've never
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  • received Christ into your life, all you have to do is just
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  • receive his free gift of salvation, forgiveness,
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  • and heaven one day.
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  • Just pray a prayer right now, a prayer like this:
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  • "Dear Jesus Christ, thank you for dying on the cross for me.
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  • I invite you to come into my life.
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  • Forgive me of all my sins, and I want you to be
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  • the Lord of my life.
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  • I want you to be the director from now on and guide me.
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  • I receive your free gift of salvation,
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  • in Jesus's name, amen."
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  • If you prayed that prayer, Christ came into your life,
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  • and he'll never leave ya.
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