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June 16, 2019
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Kerry Shook Ministries with Kerry Shook

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  • Kerry Shook: It's in the very broken places that we don'
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  • Kerry Shook: It's in the very broken places that we don't
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  • want anyone else to see or know about where we can experience
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  • God's healing the most.
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  • Kerry: Last week, Chris and I had the opportunity to go to
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  • Jerusalem and meet with some leaders and in between meetings
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  • we had the opportunity to explore a little bit.
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  • And we'd been to the Holy Land several times and had the
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  • privilege of going to some amazing places like the
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  • Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane,
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  • then the place where Christ died and rose again.
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  • We've always, though, been leading tour groups and so
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  • you're always on a tight schedule.
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  • And there's one place that we've never been able to go because
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  • we've never been able to fit it in.
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  • It's out of the way and, leading a tour,
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  • you just can't fit this in.
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  • And it's Shiloh.
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  • Now, Shiloh was the place in the Old Testament where the
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  • tabernacle which housed the ark of the covenant was placed for
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  • over 300 years.
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  • The ark of the covenant where God's presence dwelt was right
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  • there in that place for over 300 years.
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  • And so Chris and I have always wanted to go there and we told
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  • our Israeli friend, Eliov, that we'd like to go to Shiloh if
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  • there was any way and he said, "I would love to take you."
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  • He said, "I've been there before."
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  • And so the next morning, he picked us up at our hotel and he
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  • drove us deep into the West Bank north of Jerusalem and out into
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  • kind of the wilderness area and we just kept going and we got to
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  • ancient Shiloh and it's amazing.
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  • Archeologists have unearthed this ancient city of Shiloh.
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  • In fact, they've even found a rectangular cut-out in the
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  • bedrock there at Shiloh that's the exact dimensions of the
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  • tabernacle described in the Old Testament.
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  • So it's almost for sure that we were standing right there where
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  • the ark of the covenant was for over 360 years,
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  • and it's just a beautiful peaceful place.
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  • In the springtime and the wild flowers are blooming,
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  • just take a look at this.
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  • It's just beautiful there.
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  • And then, take a look at this next even more beautiful picture
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  • because it's my beautiful wife.
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  • And you can see how happy she is there at Shiloh and also a
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  • little mischievous because she looked around and we saw all
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  • these pieces of broken pottery all around,
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  • thousands of them.
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  • And there was hardly anyone there because not many people
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  • go to Shiloh because it's so far out of the way and so she picked
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  • up a couple of them and she said,
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  • "Eliov, you know, I mean, where do these come from?"
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  • And he said, "You know, there are just so many around here,
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  • you could probably take a couple of 'em."
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  • So right away, she became an archeologist and she's always
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  • said when we go to Israel, "Really,
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  • all I want is just a shovel and to dig because anywhere you dig,
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  • you're gonna find something amazing," if it weren't illegal.
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  • But anyway, she started picking up pottery.
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  • I started picking up some pottery,
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  • looking at it, and we became experts on pottery.
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  • We looked at our cell phones and started looking,
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  • is this ceramic from the 1st century?
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  • Is it from the Israelite time?
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  • Is it Byzantine?
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  • And we're trying to figure all this out,
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  • or is--was it just broken here last week?
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  • We don't know, you know?
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  • But it could be so meaningful and we're just looking.
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  • And then we said, "Eliov, why is there so many pottery shards,
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  • all these broken pieces?
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  • I mean, there may be a million of them,
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  • you know, all--if you dig just a little bit, there it is."
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  • And he said, "Well, that's because in the Old Testament
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  • there was a regulation that said if a piece of your earthenware,
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  • if a piece of your pottery, became ceremonially unclean,
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  • then you couldn't just wash it and make it clean.
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  • You had to smash it and break it because you
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  • could never use it again."
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  • He said that's why there's so many broken pieces of pottery in
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  • all these places, because they just had to smash it.
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  • And it was a powerful symbol to them that they were broken in
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  • their sins and they needed a Savior,
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  • a Messiah, to come and to make them whole.
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  • And so Chris and I took a couple of pieces of pottery,
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  • don't tell anyone, from Shiloh.
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  • We have no idea if they were just broken last week or if
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  • they're several thousand years old but they're very meaningful
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  • to us because it's a symbol to me,
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  • when I look at one of those pieces,
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  • that I'm broken in my sin but because of what Christ has done
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  • for me, the God of the universe lives inside me.
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  • He's the treasure inside me, healing me and making me whole.
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  • And if you're a Christ follower, you know,
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  • God no longer lives in the tabernacle or the temple
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  • or the Holy of Holies.
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  • He lives inside of you.
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  • And so we're gonna start this new two-part series that I
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  • believe is going to be life-changing because it's
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  • called "Perfectly Broken."
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  • And it's finding God and his healing in the places that we
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  • try to hide.
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  • It's in the very broken places that we don't want anyone else
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  • to see or know about where we can experience
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  • God's healing the most.
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  • Now, another place we went is one of our favorite places in
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  • the Holy Land and that is the Mount of Beatitudes.
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  • And it's the place where Christ preached the greatest sermon
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  • ever preached, on the hillside there,
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  • overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
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  • It's a beautiful place.
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  • In fact, there's a church there that's one of our favorite
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  • churches and it's a chapel that's just beautiful and so
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  • here's a picture of it.
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  • We were there at sunset and it was just beautiful and here's
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  • the picture of the sunset, looking out over the Sea of
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  • Galilee that evening we were there.
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  • We loved that place, it's so peaceful and to think about
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  • Christ teaching the greatest sermon ever preached right
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  • there, the Sermon on the Mount, and as Christ taught,
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  • the acoustics are amazing right there.
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  • Coming off the lake, and going up the hillside as people sat on
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  • the hillside and he spoke to 'em,
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  • it's kind of like an amphitheater right there.
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  • And he preached the Beatitudes and the word "beatitudes"
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  • simply means blessing.
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  • And that's because every one of the Beatitudes started with
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  • "Blessed are those," and the word "blessed" simply means
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  • how very happy, how very fulfilled.
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  • Blessed, how very happy are those who do this, who do that.
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  • And when Jesus preached the Beatitudes it
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  • turned culture upside down.
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  • And the Beatitudes are baffling to me because they go totally
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  • against culture on how to be how very happy.
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  • And it's the second Beatitudes that baffles me the most but I
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  • think is the most powerful.
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  • And there's a little stone plaque there on the
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  • Mount of Beatitudes that has this Beatitude.
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  • Here it is.
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  • Kerry: And so I want you to open your Bibles to Matthew chapter 5
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  • and verse 4 because we're gonna read that second Beatitude in
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  • Matthew 5:4 and would you stand in honor of God's Word,
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  • Woodlands Church, and I wanna welcome all of you worshiping
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  • with us at our satellite campuses.
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  • Woodlands Church is tasked to see that you guys are amazing.
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  • We love our church and are tasked to see them.
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  • Woodlands Church Northpointe, you guys are unbelievable.
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  • We love you guys so much.
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  • And Woodlands Church here in the Woodlands,
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  • you guys aren't bad either.
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  • But we're just so grateful for all of you worshiping with us
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  • online or through our broadcast ministry or
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  • at our satellite campuses.
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  • One church built on the Word of God and I know God has
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  • a word for you today.
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  • I want you to read this out loud with me.
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  • Very short but very powerful, the second Beatitude in
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  • Matthew 5:4: Jesus said, "Blessed are those who mourn,
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  • for they will be comforted."
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  • You can be seated and I want you to really think about,
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  • though, what Jesus is saying here because did
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  • you really get that?
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  • You know, I told you that the word "Blessed" means "Oh,
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  • how very happy," and so Jesus is saying,
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  • "Happy are the sad."
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  • That's what he's saying here.
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  • I mean, think about it.
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  • Blessed means how very happy.
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  • He is saying, "How very happy are you when you're really sad."
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  • What is he saying?
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  • What was he trying to get across here: "Happy are the sad"?
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  • He's saying, "Happy are those who recognize how broken they
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  • are and bring their brokenness to me,
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  • and grieve their brokenness because
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  • they will find healing and comfort."
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  • You see, until you grieve your brokenness,
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  • you'll never experience comfort.
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  • Jesus was saying, "You're broken but the good news is that means
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  • you have the potential to experience supernatural
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  • healing and comfort.
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  • It means you have the potential to experience me in your life
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  • in a miracle kind of way."
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  • And so the good news is you're broken so you have the potential
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  • to experience healing, which is the great news.
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  • On the outside, you may look like you have it all together
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  • but we're all broken on the inside.
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  • We're all broken in our sins and mistakes.
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  • We're all broken on the inside.
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  • You can look great on the outside,
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  • like everything is perfect and you've got it all together but I
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  • know something about you.
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  • You're broken on the inside.
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  • Every one of us carry a hidden hurt.
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  • We all have broken places on the inside and maybe it's a broken
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  • relationship, maybe your marriage is really
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  • hurting right now.
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  • Or maybe it's broken emotions.
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  • You've been wounded deeply and your emotions have just been
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  • shattered and you're filled with fear.
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  • Or maybe it's a broken heart where you've experienced a loss
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  • and you feel like your heart has just been torn in two.
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  • Or maybe it's a broken self-worth.
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  • You experienced rejection recently and because of that
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  • rejection you feel like one of those pottery
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  • shards on--in Shiloh.
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  • Your confidence has been shattered.
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  • Or maybe it's broken purpose that you just feel like life has
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  • no meaning and you feel empty on the inside.
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  • Every one of us are broken.
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  • You can look great on the outside but we're all broken
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  • on the inside.
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  • But it doesn't matter how broken you are,
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  • that's the good news.
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  • That brokenness can lead to blessings.
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  • female announcer: Still to come with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: He doesn't hide the scars.
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  • He doesn't hide the flaws and the broken places,
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  • but he beautifully lines them with the gold of his grace.
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  • Kerry: You see, the good news is when we take our brokenness
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  • to God, that brokenness leads to blessedness.
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  • You ought to put that in your notes:
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  • "Brokenness leads to blessedness," why?
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  • Well, there are three reasons.
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  • First, my failures turn me to the Father.
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  • My failures turn me to the Father.
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  • When my kids were little they would bring me their broken
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  • toys, maybe a broken bike, and they would say,
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  • "Daddy, fix it."
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  • And they had such confidence that their daddy could fix
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  • anything, it was ill-placed confidence because
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  • I can't do anything mechanical.
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  • I have no mechanical abilities whatsoever,
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  • but their confidence in their dad made me feel so good
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  • that I would do anything, I would try so hard to
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  • try to fix it to prove them right, that their confidence
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  • in me was justified, because they just, "Daddy can fix it.
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  • Bring it to Daddy," and then I usually had to pay for someone
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  • to fix it but they had such confidence in me.
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  • Now, when my grandkids come to me,
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  • it's awesome because they say, "Can you fix this?"
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  • And I go, "No, but your daddy's amazing.
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  • Bring it to him," you know?
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  • But God loves it when his kids bring him their broken toys.
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  • And God loves it when his children have the confidence in
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  • him that he can fix anything.
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  • It's, "God, here's my broken heart.
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  • Daddy God, fix it. I can't.
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  • I'm bleeding on the inside.
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  • Here's this broken dream.
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  • Daddy God, can you fix it?
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  • I mean, this dream has died.
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  • Here's a broken relationship.
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  • It's been torn apart.
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  • I have tried and tried. I can't fix it.
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  • Daddy God, fix it."
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  • God loves it when we bring our broken toys
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  • to him and ask him to fix it.
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  • Folks, in life, you're either pretending or you're depending.
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  • You're either pretending that you've got it all together and
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  • you're making it on your own or you're depending on God,
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  • one or the other.
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  • And a lot of people are pretending and they're not
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  • making it very good.
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  • Are you pretending or depending?
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  • The prodigal son was pretending that he had it all together and
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  • then everything just fell apart.
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  • And in his terrible failures, his denial was completely
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  • destroyed and he ended up in the pigpen of life and it was
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  • through his failures that we find the turnaround verse and
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  • we see that he stops pretending.
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  • In Luke 15:17 it says: "When he came to his senses,
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  • he got up and went to his father."
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  • When he failed miserably and everyone could see that failure
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  • and that failure was just so bad it destroyed his denial,
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  • that's when he came to his senses and he turned
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  • to his father.
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  • You see, it's my failures and my mess-ups and my brokenness that
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  • turn me to the perfect loving heavenly Father
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  • to experience his healing.
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  • And some of you are pretending today.
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  • I mean, you came in here to church and someone asked you,
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  • "How are you?"
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  • And you go, "Great, it's awesome."
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  • And maybe you gave that spiritual answer: "Oh,
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  • I'm doing so good, praise God.
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  • I mean, God is good all the time.
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  • All the time, God is good."
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  • But on the inside, you're hurting and you're pretending
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  • and I wanna ask you, how are you doing really?
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  • I mean, how are you doing really?
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  • I wanna know.
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  • The people around you wanna know.
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  • How are you doing really?
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  • Church ought to be the one place where you come and not pretend
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  • because the Bible tells us we're all broken.
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  • So why do we come to church and pretend like everything's great
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  • when we're bleeding on the inside and all we have to say
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  • is, "Man, it's been a tough one.
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  • You know, I lost my job this week.
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  • Man, it's been a tough one.
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  • You know, I'm really struggling, you know, in my marriage.
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  • It's been a--it's been so hard this week.
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  • You know, we just got some bad news.
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  • It's been so tough this week, you know,
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  • my heart's just breaking."
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  • We can be real at church.
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  • We don't have to pretend because every one of us are broken.
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  • We all know that.
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  • And when we stop pretending, then we can
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  • start depending on God.
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  • Don't hide from your brokenness.
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  • In 2 Corinthians 4:7 the first part of that verse,
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  • it says: "But we have this treasure in jars of clay."
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  • We can just admit our brokenness because that allows the real
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  • treasure to shine through.
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  • We're always trying to hide those broken places in our lives
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  • from God and from others.
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  • The purpose of most repairs of broken things
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  • is to hide the brokenness.
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  • You know, maybe you drop a vase and it breaks and if it
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  • didn't break too badly, maybe just a couple of cracks,
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  • then you do that Super-Glue fix and your goal is to make it look
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  • like it wasn't broken at all.
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  • You don't want anyone to see where it's been broken.
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  • You don't want anyone to see any crack there and so the purpose
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  • of repairing broken things is to hide the brokenness.
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  • Well, there's a Japanese art that goes back hundreds of years
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  • that does just the opposite.
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  • Instead of trying to hide the flaws in a broken piece of
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  • pottery, the artist highlights them by filling the cracks and
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  • the lines with pure gold.
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  • They have this fine gold and it's an art and it's called the
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  • art of Kintsugi.
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  • And with Kintsugi, the word just means golden joinery
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  • or golden patchwork.
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  • It's an age-old custom of repairing broken pottery
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  • with real gold.
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  • Not only fixing the break, but giving the piece even more value
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  • than when it was new.
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  • Now, when we successfully repair something,
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  • we say it's as good as new.
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  • It's really not but we, you know,
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  • that's our goal, trying to hide the brokenness and to make
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  • it as good as new.
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  • Now, when a Kintsugi artist repairs a piece of pottery,
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  • it's not as good as new.
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  • It's better than it ever was.
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  • It's more valuable than it ever was.
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  • The piece not only has a history but it now has a new story.
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  • And here's a picture of a bowl, a Kintsugi bowl,
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  • that's been repaired.
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  • Broken, shattered, and now repaired with fine
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  • gold in those cracks.
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  • And I thought about that and I thought,
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  • really, that's the way God heals our hurts.
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  • He doesn't hide them.
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  • He doesn't hide the scars.
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  • He doesn't hide the flaws and the broken places but he
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  • beautifully lines them with the gold of his grace.
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  • And he takes every scar and every broken place and makes
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  • it more beautiful than it was even before the brokenness.
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  • It's called redemption.
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  • And so those broken places in my life turn me to the healer.
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  • It's those broken places in my life that really point to where
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  • I've been healed and where the gold of God's grace is come into
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  • my life to heal me and to make me whole.
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  • In Psalm 34:18, it says: "The Lord is close to the
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  • brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
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  • The irony is we try to hide our broken places from God but it's
  • 00:19:38.060 --> 00:19:42.110
  • in our broken places where we can experience God the most.
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  • He's closest to us in those broken places.
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  • And we experience the treasure of God's presence right there.
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  • And that's the greatest treasure of all,
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  • it's not the presents that he gives us.
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  • It's his very presence, that he is in us,
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  • the treasure of God's presence.
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  • And without the brokenness in my life I would never experience
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  • that treasure of feeling God's presence and knowing
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  • God's presence is in me and will never leave me.
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  • It's in the deepest darkest moments of your life where you
  • 00:20:15.060 --> 00:20:19.230
  • can feel God's presence the most and it's unexplainable.
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  • It's called a peace that passes understanding,
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  • that God is right there.
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  • For some of you, you're going through a time
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  • like that right now.
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  • And I want you to know don't hide the hurt,
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  • don't hide the brokenness.
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  • God knows it, God sees it, and he loves you
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  • completely, perfectly.
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  • And when we admit the brokenness to him and the hurt and the
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  • grief and we bring it to him, when we bring the mess and the
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  • pain to him, we experience him the most in a way that can't
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  • even be explained.
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  • It's in my broken places that I can experience the love and the
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  • grace and the mercy and the presence of God.
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  • And so, the treasure of God's presence is the greatest
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  • treasure of all.
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  • But there's a second thing that I have to do: rely on God when
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  • I feel like giving up.
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  • This is important because when my heart is broken,
  • 00:21:09.070 --> 00:21:10.260
  • I feel like giving up.
  • 00:21:10.270 --> 00:21:12.060
  • When my heart is broken, I just feel like throwing in the towel.
  • 00:21:12.070 --> 00:21:15.160
  • But it's at the place of giving up that I can experience God's
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  • power the most if I'll turn to God.
  • 00:21:18.070 --> 00:21:21.200
  • In 2 Corinthians 4:7, the second part of the verse,
  • 00:21:21.210 --> 00:21:24.110
  • it says: "This all-surpassing power is from
  • 00:21:24.120 --> 00:21:27.030
  • God and not from us."
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  • So when I give up trying to fix my brokenness,
  • 00:21:29.090 --> 00:21:32.080
  • I can finally turn to God and experience his power.
  • 00:21:32.090 --> 00:21:37.100
  • When I give up trying to fix the situation,
  • 00:21:37.110 --> 00:21:39.260
  • fix the relationship, fix myself,
  • 00:21:39.270 --> 00:21:43.230
  • fix the circumstances, when I give up trying to fix everything
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  • and I turn to God, then I get God's power,
  • 00:21:48.260 --> 00:21:53.120
  • God's supernatural power, and I experience
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  • the treasure of God's power.
  • 00:21:56.140 --> 00:21:59.060
  • In fact, the more brokenness in your life,
  • 00:21:59.070 --> 00:22:02.000
  • the more the very light and power of Christ
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  • can shine through.
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  • And so I want you to see a third thing.
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  • I have to bring my brokenness to the healer.
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  • I can't heal myself.
  • 00:22:13.100 --> 00:22:15.070
  • I have to bring my brokenness to the healer.
  • 00:22:15.080 --> 00:22:17.030
  • After Jesus died and rose again, he appeared to the disciples.
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  • You remember that.
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  • And he appeared to them and they were all there in a locked room.
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  • Everyone, that is, except for Judas who had killed
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  • himself and then Thomas.
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  • For some reason, Thomas wasn't there.
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  • And so the disciples were so excited when they saw Jesus
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  • that they ran, they told Thomas, "You won't believe
  • 00:22:36.070 --> 00:22:39.090
  • it but Jesus is alive.
  • 00:22:39.100 --> 00:22:41.140
  • He came to us. I mean, it's amazing."
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  • And Thomas said, "I'm not gonna believe that.
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  • Last time I saw him he was dying a horrible death on the cross.
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  • It's over, guys. Admit it."
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  • He said, "I won't believe it until I see the nail scars in
  • 00:22:49.280 --> 00:22:52.060
  • his hands and touch his hands and his feet and then put my
  • 00:22:52.070 --> 00:22:55.190
  • hand into the scar in his side."
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  • Well, the next night, they were all gathered.
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  • This time, Thomas was there.
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  • So even though he was Doubting Thomas,
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  • he was sticking around to see what happened.
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  • And he was in the room and when you go through doubts
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  • and confusion and we all do because of the broken places
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  • in our lives, stick around.
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  • Don't give up on God, even when you doubt that he exists.
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  • Stick around. Keep coming to church.
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  • Stick around.
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  • Stay in the room and God revealed himself to Thomas.
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  • Jesus appeared and look what he said in John 20:27:
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  • "Then he said to Thomas, 'Put your finger here;
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  • see my hands.
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  • Reach out your hand and put it into my side.
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  • Stop doubting and believe.'
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  • Then he said to him, 'My Lord and my God!'
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  • So Jesus says, 'Okay, Thomas.
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  • You said you wanted to see the scars in my hands and feet,
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  • you wanted to touch them.
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  • Well, here they are.
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  • You wanted to put your hand into the wound in my side.
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  • Well, here it is.
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  • Put your hand into my side. Here it is.'
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  • And Thomas, 'You are my Lord and my God.'"
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  • Now, what I wonder about this is why did Jesus
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  • leave his scars on his body after he rose from the dead?
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  • It was his new resurrected body, his perfect body,
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  • and it was totally healed.
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  • I mean, he defeated death, and yet he leaves the scars from the
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  • Crucifixion on his hands and feet and his side.
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  • He could have taken those scars away.
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  • Why did he leave the scars?
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  • And I believe he left those scars and when we see Jesus
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  • in heaven we'll see those scars.
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  • He left those scars because those scars tell a story.
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  • Those scars tell the story of God's glory.
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  • Those scars tell the story of how he defeated death and sin,
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  • how he defeated the grave, and those scars told the story to
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  • Thomas and to us of how because of what he's done,
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  • that he has given us forgiveness,
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  • that he has cleansed us from all our sin,
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  • that he's the healer of all of our broken places,
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  • that he's defeated death and sin and guilt
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  • and shame on that cross.
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  • Those scars tell the story and remind us
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  • of how much he loves us.
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  • Chris: We're so glad you joined us for the message
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  • today, and hope that it impacts your life all week long.
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  • Kerry: And Chris, I know that there's many out there who've
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  • never received Christ, and all you have to do is just pray and
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  • ask for his salvation and say, "Jesus Christ,
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  • forgive me of all my sins.
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  • Come into my life. Be the Lord of my life.
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  • I accept your free gift of salvation and heaven one day."
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  • And if you pray that prayer, Christ will come into your life
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  • and he'll never leave you.
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  • In fact, choosing to narrow your focus on God is the very thing
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  • that will broaden your life.
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  • It's through prayer and devotion that God is able to energize you
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  • with the power and desire to do his will.
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