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June 23, 2019
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Kerry Shook Ministries with Kerry Shook

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  • Kerry Shook: There's so much pain,
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  • and loss, and sorrow, and heartache in this broken world
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  • that we have a hope that's even greater.
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  • Kerry: There are moments in this life that are just so
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  • beautiful and glorious, like a sunrise over the Grand Canyon,
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  • or the feeling of falling head over heels in love,
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  • or the first cry of a newborn baby.
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  • Those moments, they shout with certainty that we have a God
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  • who loves us.
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  • But then there are those moments in this life that are just
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  • so ugly and devastating, like floodwaters that
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  • wash away family's possessions and lifelong memories,
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  • or the gut-wrenching heartache of finding out that someone
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  • you love has betrayed you, or the death of a child.
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  • Those moments call into question God's very existence.
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  • I mean, life can be so beautiful and yet so broken.
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  • Well, today we're concluding this miniseries that we're
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  • in that we're calling, "Perfectly Broken."
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  • Because since the fall, the human race has been
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  • a broken race and we've lived in a broken place.
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  • And in our shame, we try to hide our brokenness,
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  • and our sins, our scars, our wounds,
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  • our loss from God and from others,
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  • when it's in those broken places in our lives
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  • that we can experience God the most.
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  • It's in those broken places in our lives,
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  • if we bring them to God and reveal them to others,
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  • that we can experience God's mercy and grace,
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  • and God's healing, and God's comfort in such a powerful,
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  • supernatural way.
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  • Now, really there are three types of restoration,
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  • because I want to talk about how even though we're perfectly
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  • broken, we're going to be perfectly restored.
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  • And that's what God is about.
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  • That is God's purpose, that he wants to take our brokenness
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  • and he wants to restore us completely.
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  • But there are three stages to this restoration process.
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  • The first stage, you might want to write this down,
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  • is what I call salvation restoration.
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  • That's when we admit our brokenness to God,
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  • and we come to him, and receive his free forgiveness
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  • of all of our sins, and we're born again.
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  • Salvation restoration.
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  • That's salvation.
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  • And he gives us that new heart, that heart for him,
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  • that heart that longs for God, that heart that longs
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  • for his kingdom.
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  • But we still live in broken flesh in this broken world.
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  • And so, the second type of restoration is
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  • the restoration process.
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  • Once you become a Christ follower,
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  • you experience salvation restoration.
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  • He starts taking you through this restoration process
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  • where you start growing in Christ.
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  • He starts restoring your mind.
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  • The Scripture says we're transformed by the renewing
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  • of our minds, and science is now seeing that that is so true,
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  • that as we put God's Word into our minds,
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  • it starts changing our brains.
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  • And we stop believing the lies that have been the basis
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  • for the way we've made decisions, and lived,
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  • and made wrong choices, and we start filling our minds
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  • with God's Word, and it actually changes the physiology
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  • of our brains, because what you think changes the way you live.
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  • And so, brain science has now found that the synapses
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  • and the physiology of your brain begins to change as you change
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  • what you focus on and what you think about.
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  • And that restoration process comes about when we get
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  • connected to a local church, when we get into a life group,
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  • when we start getting into God's Word.
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  • God's truth starts changing our lives.
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  • Then the third type of restoration is
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  • the great restoration, because we still live
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  • in a sin-sick and broken world.
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  • We still experience hurt, and pain,
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  • and loss, and brokenness.
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  • But one day, God is going to restore everything.
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  • One day, God will restore heaven and earth and he will restore
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  • all the things that are broken and lost.
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  • And so, I want us to open our Bibles to Revelation chapter 21
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  • because this great restoration is talked about in the last book
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  • of the Bible as God gives John this vision for what
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  • the great restoration is going to be like, and it's amazing.
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  • And I know as I read this, those of you who are Christ followers,
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  • there's gonna be something that just sings in your heart.
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  • You know, you're not gonna understand everything about it,
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  • but it's just so beautiful and just so profound.
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  • It will resonate because you know in your heart
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  • a great restoration is coming.
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  • What you've been longing for is on its way.
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  • And if you're not a Christ follower,
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  • as I read this, there'll be something too that grabs you
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  • because God created every one of us with this desire
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  • for restoration.
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  • You were made for the great restoration.
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  • So, I want us to stand in honor of God's Word and I want to
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  • welcome all you worshiping with us from our satellite campuses.
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  • Woodlands Church Atascocita.
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  • I praise God for our church in Atascocita,
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  • You're amazing, and it's just bursting at the seams,
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  • and I'm so proud of Pastor Daniel.
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  • You guys are awesome.
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  • Would you give them a huge cheer,
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  • Woodlands campus?
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  • Yeah, we love you Woodlands Church Atascocita.
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  • Woodlands Church Northpoint, you guys are amazing on 249.
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  • And I know that Pastor Dustin, you're rocking it out there and
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  • it's growing like crazy, and we just praise God for you guys.
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  • Would y'all just cheer for them?
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  • Let 'em know that we love 'em, yeah.
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  • And all you guys worshiping with us through our online
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  • or broadcast ministry, wherever you are,
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  • we are one church from the Woodlands to the world
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  • and were built on the Word of God.
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  • And I am so excited about our key passage today.
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  • I want you to follow along with me.
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  • "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth,
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  • for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away,
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  • and there was no longer any sea.
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  • I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem,
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  • coming down out of heaven from God,
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  • prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
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  • And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
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  • 'Look! God's dwelling is now among the people,
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  • and he will dwell with them.
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  • They will be his people and God himself will be with them
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  • and be their God.
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  • He will wipe every tear from their eyes.
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  • There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain,
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  • for the old order of things has passed away.'
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  • He who was seated on the throne said,
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  • 'I am making everything new!'
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  • And then he said,
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  • 'Write this down for these words are trustworthy and true.'
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  • He said to me, 'It is done.
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  • I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.'"
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  • You can be seated.
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  • This passage on the great restoration
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  • is just so beautiful.
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  • It's so grand.
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  • It's so powerful that, you know, I can barely take it in.
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  • And so, your homework assignment is read this passage in
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  • Revelation 21 several times this week and just pray
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  • and ask God to keep opening it up to you as you read it,
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  • and you think about it, and you read it slowly,
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  • and you think about what this great restoration is all about.
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  • And I want us to look at it this morning and I want you
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  • to underline the phrase where the one on the throne who is
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  • Jesus Christ himself says, "I am making everything new.
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  • I am making everything new."
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  • And some translations say, "I am making all things new.
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  • Behold, I make all things new.
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  • I'm making everything new. I'm making all things new."
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  • Now, notice he didn't say, "I'm making all new things."
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  • He said, "I'm making all things new."
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  • He said, "I'm taking the current things and I'm going
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  • to restore them.
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  • I'm taking the broken things and I'm going to heal them
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  • and make them all new.
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  • I'm gonna restore every broken thing."
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  • You see, he's going to create a new heaven and a new earth.
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  • It's not just heaven, but every broken thing
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  • on this earth he's going to make new.
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  • Now, underline the next thing Jesus says,
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  • because right after he says, "I am making everything new,
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  • a new heaven, a new earth.
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  • I'm gonna restore everything that's broken," he says,
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  • "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
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  • I find that so amazing because I guess he knew
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  • what I was thinking.
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  • I'm thinking, "Can it be that everything broken,
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  • can it be that all this brokenness, all the wrong
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  • will be made right, all the brokenness will be restored,
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  • all the hurt will be healed in this broken world?
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  • Can it be?"
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  • And he's saying, "you can write it down
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  • because it's trustworthy.
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  • It's from me.
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  • It's done as far as I'm concerned.
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  • It's coming in the future, but it's done because once I say it,
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  • it's done."
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  • It's done. You can trust it.
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  • You can count on it. You can put it in the bank.
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  • It's done.
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  • The great restoration is coming and that changes everything.
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  • There's so much pain, and loss, and sorrow,
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  • and heartache in this broken world,
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  • but we have a hope that's even greater.
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  • I mean, just think about it.
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  • Everything in your life that has been broken or will be broken,
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  • everything, all your broken dreams,
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  • your broken heart, your broken emotions,
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  • your broken relationships, everything that's not right
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  • in your body, all those things will be totally restored.
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  • Think about it for a moment.
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  • Everything in your life that you have lost
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  • or will lose will be restored.
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  • Your lost innocence, lost purpose,
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  • the times you've lost your way, loved ones that have gone to be
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  • with the Lord.
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  • Everything lost, restored.
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  • If you're a Christ follower, Jesus says,
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  • "I know it hurts now.
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  • I know it's hard to believe right now, but the great
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  • restoration is coming and nothing is really lost."
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  • female announcer: Still to come with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: You were made for the restoration of all things.
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  • You were created for sheer joy and total fulfillment,
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  • but ever since we lost Eden, we've experienced loss
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  • and brokenness.
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  • announcer: Kerry Shook Ministries is committed
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  • to sharing the gospel and providing the tools necessary
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  • for believers to grow in their relationship with Jesus
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  • through television, media, and creative resources.
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  • Now, with social media we have a great opportunity to join and
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  • encourage one another so that we can all grow in Christ together.
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  • We wanna stay connected to you throughout your week,
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  • standing with you in times of need and celebrating
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  • with you in times of joy.
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  • On these channels, you will find words of encouragement,
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  • learn of special events, enjoy inspiring messages,
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  • and you can send us your prayer requests,
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  • Help us lift each other up and get connected today.
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  • Go to kerryshook.org or find us on Facebook,
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  • Instagram, and YouTube.
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  • Your participation will carry the light of Christ
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  • into the world.
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  • Kerry: In Hebrews 6:18-19 says this,
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  • "We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason
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  • to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go.
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  • It's an unbreakable spiritual lifeline."
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  • Underline that word, "hope," and then underline the phrase,
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  • "Unbreakable spiritual lifeline," and draw a line
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  • connecting the two, because our hope and the great restoration
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  • that's coming is our lifeline, and it fills us with hope.
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  • It's our lifeline that gets us from this painful,
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  • broken world to that great restoration so that we hold on,
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  • and we trust God, and we keep going,
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  • knowing there's a great restoration that's coming.
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  • You see, in the middle of this great pain in this world,
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  • we have to have a greater hope.
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  • And the good news is, we do.
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  • We have a greater hope.
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  • No matter what you're going through today,
  • 00:13:25.150 --> 00:13:27.010
  • no matter how much pain you're experiencing today,
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  • no matter how much brokenness and loss you've experienced
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  • in this life, I want you to know there's a hope that's greater
  • 00:13:32.250 --> 00:13:36.140
  • than all your pain, there's a hope that's greater than
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  • all your loss, and that hope is Jesus Christ.
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  • And the great restoration is coming where
  • 00:13:41.230 --> 00:13:44.040
  • he will make everything new.
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  • I mean, what a lifeline that is.
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  • I don't know how people make it who don't have faith in Christ.
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  • I don't know how they make it.
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  • I don't think they make it very well,
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  • because we all go through pain, and hurt, and heartache.
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  • But if you're a Christ follower, you have a lifeline,
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  • a lifeline of hope.
  • 00:14:03.260 --> 00:14:05.050
  • And by the way, hope makes all the difference, doesn't it?
  • 00:14:05.060 --> 00:14:07.200
  • I mean, you know, science has now that when someone's
  • 00:14:07.210 --> 00:14:12.120
  • going through a terrible disease and they have hope,
  • 00:14:12.130 --> 00:14:18.080
  • and that hope helps them so much physically.
  • 00:14:18.090 --> 00:14:22.200
  • You know, that hope helps them carry on.
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  • That hope helps them in the healing process.
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  • When you have hope when you've gone through difficulties,
  • 00:14:29.230 --> 00:14:33.290
  • you have hope, it makes all the difference.
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  • It even changes you physically.
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  • You see, there are three values the Bible says
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  • that will last forever: faith, hope, and love.
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  • Those are eternal values.
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  • But faith that we need so desperately has more to do
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  • with the past, because faith comes from knowing,
  • 00:14:50.160 --> 00:14:53.290
  • "Hey, God came through for me in the past.
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  • I know he's gonna do it again.
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  • I know, God, you're gonna do it again."
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  • And then love has to do with the present,
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  • because love is in the now.
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  • Love is always an action, not a feeling,
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  • an action, and you do it in the now, in the present.
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  • But hope is different.
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  • Hope has to do with the future.
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  • Hope is not about the past or the present,
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  • it's about the future, that you know in your heart
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  • that something better's is on its way,
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  • that you know in your heart, even in the darkest night,
  • 00:15:24.200 --> 00:15:28.290
  • that the sunrise is coming.
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  • That's what hope is, it's that sunlight at the break of dawn
  • 00:15:33.080 --> 00:15:40.090
  • that breaks the dark night wide open,
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  • and you know it's coming.
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  • And hope changes us in the present,
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  • and that's why God tells us about the great restoration.
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  • It's because he does amazing things in our lives.
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  • We experience so much fulfillment and so much beauty
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  • down here when we have a relationship with Christ.
  • 00:15:59.050 --> 00:16:02.100
  • He does so much restoration in our lives down here.
  • 00:16:02.110 --> 00:16:05.240
  • And we're praying after this service with our pastors,
  • 00:16:05.250 --> 00:16:09.220
  • and ministry leaders, and prayer teams.
  • 00:16:09.230 --> 00:16:12.240
  • We're gonna pray for healing, for God to bring healing
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  • physically and for God to bring healing emotionally,
  • 00:16:15.080 --> 00:16:17.280
  • relationally.
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  • If you need healing of any kind, we wanna pray for you.
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  • We've seen amazing healing take place.
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  • And we did this last weekend.
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  • We're doing it again after the service this weekend.
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  • But I'm telling you that even with all the amazing things
  • 00:16:27.050 --> 00:16:32.050
  • God does in our life and all the beauty that we experience
  • 00:16:32.060 --> 00:16:34.220
  • in this life, there's still so much brokenness,
  • 00:16:34.230 --> 00:16:37.070
  • so much pain, so much heartache.
  • 00:16:37.080 --> 00:16:39.260
  • And that's why God wants us to know there's a great restoration
  • 00:16:39.270 --> 00:16:42.180
  • that's coming.
  • 00:16:42.190 --> 00:16:44.150
  • That's why he wants us to know that he's gonna one day
  • 00:16:44.160 --> 00:16:48.060
  • restore heaven and earth, all those things that are broken.
  • 00:16:48.070 --> 00:16:52.000
  • So, how can I be filled with that hope that is a lifeline?
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  • Well first, lose yourself to restorer of everything.
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  • Lose yourself to the restorer of everything.
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  • You were made for restoration.
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  • You were made for the restoration of all things.
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  • You were created for sheer joy and total fulfillment.
  • 00:17:06.090 --> 00:17:08.260
  • But ever since we lost Eden, we've experienced loss
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  • and brokenness.
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  • We're sort of like cut flowers.
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  • We've been severed from the source of life.
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  • We look good on the outside, but we're severed
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  • from the source of fulfillment.
  • 00:17:23.200 --> 00:17:25.240
  • And when you're severed from the source of life,
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  • you start lusting for life in counterfeits that just
  • 00:17:28.050 --> 00:17:33.150
  • leave you even more empty.
  • 00:17:33.160 --> 00:17:36.150
  • And we're so broken trying to fill the emptiness in our lives,
  • 00:17:36.160 --> 00:17:42.070
  • that we'll break everyone around us to experience
  • 00:17:42.080 --> 00:17:45.160
  • instant gratification to try to get our needs met,
  • 00:17:45.170 --> 00:17:48.020
  • and it just leaves us even more empty and more broken.
  • 00:17:48.030 --> 00:17:52.210
  • Jesus put it this way in Matthew 10:39,
  • 00:17:52.220 --> 00:17:55.020
  • "Whoever finds their life will lose it and whoever loses
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  • their life for my sake will find it."
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  • Let me read you the same verse in the Message paraphrase.
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  • It says, "If your first concern is to look after yourself,
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  • you'll never find yourself.
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  • But if you forget about yourself and look to me,
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  • you'll find both yourself and me."
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  • So when you're empty and you're looking to get your needs met,
  • 00:18:13.080 --> 00:18:17.250
  • and we get so desperate to get our needs met,
  • 00:18:17.260 --> 00:18:19.190
  • and if someone stands in our way of getting our needs met,
  • 00:18:19.200 --> 00:18:22.240
  • we take it out on them.
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  • We're broken and we break others,
  • 00:18:25.090 --> 00:18:27.020
  • and that's what's going on in our culture today.
  • 00:18:27.030 --> 00:18:28.250
  • It's so broken and it's falling apart more and more,
  • 00:18:28.260 --> 00:18:31.040
  • day after day, because people have been severed
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  • from the source of life.
  • 00:18:34.290 --> 00:18:37.130
  • And there's only one thing that can fill the emptiness
  • 00:18:37.140 --> 00:18:40.250
  • and that's the source of life.
  • 00:18:40.260 --> 00:18:42.150
  • And so, instead of trying to get our needs met,
  • 00:18:42.160 --> 00:18:44.170
  • God says, "If you'll just focus on me and my kingdom,
  • 00:18:44.180 --> 00:18:48.160
  • you were made with a heart for the kingdom of God.
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  • If you'll focus on me first and forget about yourself,
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  • then you'll find yourself and me."
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  • Isn't that amazing?
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  • You'll get your needs met.
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  • It's so amazing to me, this paradox that if I focus
  • 00:19:02.130 --> 00:19:06.250
  • on my needs, my wants, my hurts, my losses,
  • 00:19:06.260 --> 00:19:11.000
  • my pain, then I just feel even more pain and emptiness.
  • 00:19:11.010 --> 00:19:18.040
  • But when I focus on God and his kingdom, and he points me
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  • to others, and I forget about myself,
  • 00:19:22.140 --> 00:19:25.250
  • then I truly find myself, and why I was made,
  • 00:19:25.260 --> 00:19:30.250
  • and why God put me on this earth,
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  • and I'm filled with sheer joy and total fulfillment.
  • 00:19:32.120 --> 00:19:36.270
  • In 2 Corinthians 4:16, it says, "Therefore we do not lose heart.
  • 00:19:36.280 --> 00:19:41.040
  • Though outwardly we are wasting away,
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  • yet inwardly we're being renewed day by day."
  • 00:19:43.280 --> 00:19:46.160
  • That's that restoration process.
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  • Maybe you can't see it on the outside because as we get older,
  • 00:19:48.250 --> 00:19:53.140
  • it says we're wasting away.
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  • That doesn't seem real encouraging,
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  • but that's not what we focus on.
  • 00:19:59.020 --> 00:20:01.290
  • We focus on what God's doing on the inside.
  • 00:20:02.000 --> 00:20:05.290
  • He's restoring us.
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  • We're being totally restored.
  • 00:20:08.050 --> 00:20:10.200
  • The beauty, the strength, all those things that we lost in
  • 00:20:10.210 --> 00:20:16.200
  • the fall, we're getting back to the Garden of Eden in our lives.
  • 00:20:16.210 --> 00:20:20.100
  • It's just we still live in a broken world.
  • 00:20:20.110 --> 00:20:24.260
  • So don't lose hope because God's doing his restoration,
  • 00:20:24.270 --> 00:20:29.250
  • and something inside us tells us there's gonna be
  • 00:20:29.260 --> 00:20:31.290
  • a great restoration that's coming.
  • 00:20:32.000 --> 00:20:34.200
  • Well, there's a second thing I need to do,
  • 00:20:34.210 --> 00:20:36.050
  • not only to lose myself to the great restorer of everything,
  • 00:20:36.060 --> 00:20:39.290
  • but let go of your losses to the restorer of everything.
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  • Let go of your losses.
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  • You do realize, don't you?
  • 00:20:46.230 --> 00:20:49.070
  • I know you do but you just don't like to think about it.
  • 00:20:49.080 --> 00:20:52.240
  • You do realize that you will say goodbye to everything
  • 00:20:52.250 --> 00:20:58.100
  • and everyone you hold dear in this life.
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  • Someday you'll say goodbye.
  • 00:21:03.010 --> 00:21:05.220
  • It may be in a long series of goodbyes.
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  • It may be that everyone is saying goodbye to you
  • 00:21:11.150 --> 00:21:15.020
  • as you're saying goodbye.
  • 00:21:15.030 --> 00:21:18.040
  • But you do realize that you will eventually,
  • 00:21:18.050 --> 00:21:21.210
  • that all of us will eventually say goodbye to everything
  • 00:21:21.220 --> 00:21:26.230
  • we hold dear, everyone we hold dear.
  • 00:21:26.240 --> 00:21:30.050
  • Life can just be a long series of goodbyes.
  • 00:21:30.060 --> 00:21:35.200
  • And I know that's heart-wrenching
  • 00:21:35.210 --> 00:21:38.250
  • and we all know it.
  • 00:21:38.260 --> 00:21:40.050
  • We just don't like to think about it,
  • 00:21:40.060 --> 00:21:42.000
  • but here's the great news.
  • 00:21:42.010 --> 00:21:44.190
  • If you're a Christ follower, really nothing is lost.
  • 00:21:44.200 --> 00:21:50.250
  • In 1 Peter 1:3, it says, "Now we live in the hope of eternal life
  • 00:21:50.260 --> 00:21:54.220
  • because Christ rose from the dead.
  • 00:21:54.230 --> 00:21:56.210
  • And God has reserved for his children the priceless gift
  • 00:21:56.220 --> 00:21:59.000
  • of eternal life.
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  • It is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled,
  • 00:22:00.230 --> 00:22:04.020
  • beyond the reach of change and decay."
  • 00:22:04.030 --> 00:22:06.270
  • Because Christ defeated death on that first Easter,
  • 00:22:06.280 --> 00:22:10.250
  • if you're a Christ follower, nothing is really lost.
  • 00:22:10.260 --> 00:22:14.250
  • After our grandson went to be with the Lord,
  • 00:22:14.260 --> 00:22:17.010
  • there were several well-meaning folks who would tell us,
  • 00:22:17.020 --> 00:22:21.020
  • "We're so sorry for your loss."
  • 00:22:21.030 --> 00:22:23.120
  • And we knew what they meant, but we'd always say,
  • 00:22:23.130 --> 00:22:25.150
  • "Well, he's not lost.
  • 00:22:25.160 --> 00:22:26.250
  • We know right where he is.
  • 00:22:26.260 --> 00:22:28.050
  • He's in heaven and we're gonna see him one day."
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  • We know right where he is, kept safe.
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  • We know right where he is.
  • 00:22:34.240 --> 00:22:37.140
  • We have five grandchildren, just one in heaven,
  • 00:22:37.150 --> 00:22:41.050
  • four down here on earth.
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  • We know right where he is.
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  • That's the lifeline of hope.
  • 00:22:45.150 --> 00:22:47.100
  • I mean, without that, what do we have, folks?
  • 00:22:47.110 --> 00:22:51.070
  • That's the lifeline of hope.
  • 00:22:51.080 --> 00:22:52.200
  • We have heaven, and one day the whole earth will be restored,
  • 00:22:52.210 --> 00:22:56.280
  • heaven and earth restored, heaven forever
  • 00:22:56.290 --> 00:23:00.230
  • and the restoration of everything.
  • 00:23:00.240 --> 00:23:02.230
  • Praise God for the restoration of all things.
  • 00:23:02.240 --> 00:23:05.260
  • But I have to say, we can't ignore our losses
  • 00:23:05.270 --> 00:23:08.080
  • here on this earth.
  • 00:23:08.090 --> 00:23:10.110
  • We grieve so often.
  • 00:23:10.120 --> 00:23:13.070
  • And a lot of times we try to hide our grief.
  • 00:23:13.080 --> 00:23:15.040
  • You know, we're not good with grief.
  • 00:23:15.050 --> 00:23:16.230
  • We don't like it when someone's sad.
  • 00:23:16.240 --> 00:23:19.290
  • We're always trying to make the people in our lives happy.
  • 00:23:20.000 --> 00:23:23.070
  • And husbands, let me tell you, if you're trying to make
  • 00:23:23.080 --> 00:23:25.100
  • your wife happy, that's not your job.
  • 00:23:25.110 --> 00:23:29.160
  • That's God's job.
  • 00:23:29.170 --> 00:23:31.050
  • Your job when you're going through pain is to feel
  • 00:23:31.060 --> 00:23:34.070
  • with her, to be with her and to feel the pain,
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  • and to be in it with her.
  • 00:23:38.140 --> 00:23:41.010
  • But we want to fix everything and we don't want anyone to be
  • 00:23:41.020 --> 00:23:43.090
  • unhappy because we don't know how to deal with grief.
  • 00:23:43.100 --> 00:23:45.270
  • But when you stuff that grief down and you pretend it's not
  • 00:23:45.280 --> 00:23:48.090
  • there, it comes out in crazy ways like midlife crisis
  • 00:23:48.100 --> 00:23:51.200
  • if you don't deal with it.
  • 00:23:51.210 --> 00:23:53.000
  • And God says, "I want you to bring it to me.
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  • Bring all your brokenness to me.
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  • Don't hide it. Bring your anger, your hurt.
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  • Pour it out to me. Bring your heart to me.
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  • Pour it out to me.
  • 00:24:00.260 --> 00:24:03.080
  • Bring your tears to me. Pour it out to me."
  • 00:24:03.090 --> 00:24:06.210
  • And that's why in Matthew 5:4, our key verse for
  • 00:24:06.220 --> 00:24:10.170
  • this miniseries, Jesus said," Blessed are those who mourn,
  • 00:24:10.180 --> 00:24:14.150
  • for they will be comforted."
  • 00:24:14.160 --> 00:24:17.020
  • He's saying those who mourn are gonna be fulfilled.
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  • Those who mourn are gonna be comforted.
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  • The only people to ever experience supernatural healing
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  • and comfort are those who bring their grief to God.
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  • Those who bring their grief to God and don't run
  • 00:24:31.210 --> 00:24:34.150
  • from their grief, but stay in the pain and bring it to God,
  • 00:24:34.160 --> 00:24:38.150
  • and they'll start experiencing this supernatural healing
  • 00:24:38.160 --> 00:24:41.250
  • that only God can bring.
  • 00:24:41.260 --> 00:24:43.260
  • 00:24:44.000 --> 00:24:53.000
  • Kerry: The most important decision you can ever make is
  • 00:24:54.110 --> 00:24:56.150
  • to receive Christ into your life.
  • 00:24:56.160 --> 00:24:58.230
  • You see, it's not about religion.
  • 00:24:58.240 --> 00:25:01.070
  • It's about a relationship with God through
  • 00:25:01.080 --> 00:25:03.200
  • his Son Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:03.210 --> 00:25:05.190
  • In fact, I don't like religion, to be honest.
  • 00:25:05.200 --> 00:25:07.240
  • Religion is really man trying to work our way up to God.
  • 00:25:07.250 --> 00:25:12.090
  • It's humankind trying to do enough good works and to follow
  • 00:25:12.100 --> 00:25:16.170
  • rules, rituals, and regulations so that God looks down at us
  • 00:25:16.180 --> 00:25:19.210
  • and says, "Okay, I accept you."
  • 00:25:19.220 --> 00:25:21.280
  • But the problem is, God is perfect and holy,
  • 00:25:21.290 --> 00:25:25.010
  • and we're all sinners.
  • 00:25:25.020 --> 00:25:27.130
  • None of us are perfect, but that's why Christ came.
  • 00:25:27.140 --> 00:25:29.270
  • He came and he became one of us, and he died on a cross.
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  • And I don't understand it completely,
  • 00:25:34.030 --> 00:25:35.160
  • but I know this with all my heart.
  • 00:25:35.170 --> 00:25:36.270
  • What he did on that cross gives me forgiveness of all my sins.
  • 00:25:36.280 --> 00:25:40.150
  • It just takes away my guilt, and it's about a relationship
  • 00:25:40.160 --> 00:25:44.050
  • with Christ.
  • 00:25:44.060 --> 00:25:45.240
  • It's not about religion.
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  • It's a relationship with Jesus, and all you have to do is
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  • just say: "Jesus Christ, I need you.
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  • I can't save myself, so I ask you to come
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  • into my life and save me.
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  • Forgive me of all my sins and just be the Lord of my life."
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  • And when you do that, Christ comes into your life
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  • and he says, "I'll never leave you and never forsake you."
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  • announcer: The key to living an effective, fulfilling,
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  • productive life is not increasing your ability
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  • to multitask.
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  • On the contrary, the missing ingredient is focus.
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  • In fact, choosing to narrow your focus on God is
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  • the very thing 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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  • Are you making time to meet privately with God
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  • and seek his direction?
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