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How to Deal with Disappointing News

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August 8, 2020
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Joyful, joyful,we adore you ♪
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  • ♪ God of glory,Lord of love ♪
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  • ♪ Hearts unfold likeflow'rs before you ♪
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  • ♪ op'ning to the sun above ♪
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  • ♪ Melt the cloudsof sin and sadness ♪
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  • ♪ drive the darkof doubt away ♪
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  • ♪ Giver of immortal gladness,fill us with the light of day ♪
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  • ♪ Amen,Amen ♪
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  • ♪ Amen! ♪
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  • Bobby Schuller: This isthe day the Lord has made,
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  • We will rejoiceand be glad in it.
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  • Good morning.
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  • Hannah Schuller: And welcomevisitors and church family.
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  • We are so happy thatyou've joined us.
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  • Did you know that God does notjust want you to trust him
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  • because he has great plans foryou, but he also wants you to
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  • trust him because it bringsinner peace?
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  • You are so loved.
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  • And speaking of love, the loveof my life has a birthday
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  • this week.
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  • Bobby Schuller, you brightenour lives in every way.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Oh, thank you.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Happy birthday to you ♪
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  • ♪ Happy birthday to you ♪
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  • ♪ Happy birthday, dear Dad ♪
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  • ♪ Happy birthday to you ♪
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  • Bobby Schuller: That isso sweet, thank you.
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  • Appreciate you guys.Thank you.
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  • That's so nice.Thank you.
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  • That's so sweet.Thanks guys.
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  • Well, it seems likeI planned this.
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  • I'll hold onto my balloons,I'm alright.
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  • Thank you, Robert.
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  • But thank you, guys,for doing that.
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  • That's a really sweet surprise.
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  • My birthday is on Tuesday.
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  • I turn 39.
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  • I was born in 1981.
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  • So if you're watching this in2022, and I said I'm turning 39,
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  • I'm currently 43.
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  • Anyway, maybe 42.
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  • Haven, you were just teaching meto fold hold.
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  • Show people athome what that is.
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  • So why do you do it this way?
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  • Haven Schuller: Because they sayit helps bond you better.
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  • You get closer.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Yeah, it's likenot interlocking fingers, but
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  • it's just one pinkythrough the deal.
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  • Hannah Schuller:Special hand hold.
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  • Haven Schuller: It's a specialhand hold, yeah.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Alright, well,thank you guys so much.
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  • Let's begin with a wordof prayer.
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  • Father, we thank you so much.
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  • It seems strange I'm holdingthese balloons now, here.
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  • Thank you, Robert.
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  • Father, we thank you so much forall you've given us and we ask
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  • that your Holy Spirit would comeand do a good work in the hearts
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  • of everyone under the sound ofmy voice.
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  • Lord, we thank you for love.
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  • We thank you for the friends,the family, the pets, the people
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  • in our lives that help usremember that we matter, that we
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  • belong to you, that we belong toeach other.
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  • Father, forgive us of our sins,and help us to be at peace with
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  • each other, and to love oneanother, and to reach out to our
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  • neighbor in brotherly kindness.
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  • And we ask for all these thingsin Jesus's name, amen.
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  • Hannah Schuller: Amen, turnaround to the person next to you
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  • and say "God loves youand so do I."
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  • Thank you and rememberas always,
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  • God loves you and so do we.
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  • Hannah Schuller: In preparationfor the message, 2 Samuel 12:16.
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  • "David pleaded with Godfor the child.
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  • He fasted and spent the nightslying in sackcloth on
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  • the ground.
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  • The elders of his householdstood beside him to get him up
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  • off the ground, but he refusedand he would not eat any food
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  • with them.
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  • On the seventh day,the child died.
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  • David's attendants were afraidto tell him that the child was
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  • dead for they thought, 'Whilethe child was still living,
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  • he wouldn't listen to uswhen we spoke to him.
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  • How can we now tell himthe child is dead?
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  • He may do something desperate.'
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  • David noticed that hisattendants were whispering
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  • amongst themselves and herealized the child was dead.
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  • 'Is the child dead?'
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  • he asked.
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  • 'Yes,' they replied,'he is dead.'
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  • Then David got upfrom the ground.
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  • After he had washed, put onlotions, and changed his
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  • clothes, he went into the houseof the Lord and worshiped.
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  • Then he went to his own house,and at his request they served
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  • him food and he ate.
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  • His attendants asked him, 'Whyare you acting this way?
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  • While the child was alive, youfasted and wept, but now that
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  • the child is dead,you get up and eat.'
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  • He answered, 'Whilethe child was still alive,
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  • I fasted and wept.
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  • I thought, "Who knows?
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  • The Lord may be gracious to meand let the child live."
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  • But now that he is dead, whyshould I go on fasting?
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  • Can I bring him back again?
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  • I will go to him, but he willnot return to me.'
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  • Then David comforted his wifeBathsheba and he went to her and
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  • made love to her.
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  • She gave birth to a son and theynamed him Solomon.
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  • The Lord loved him."
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  • Church family, in times ofdisappointment, may we not move
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  • on, but may we move forward.
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  • Amen.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ God provides, so why do Iworry about my life ♪
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  • ♪ when you've come to myrescue a thousand times? ♪
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  • ♪ Every other voice,it is a lie ♪
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  • ♪ God provides ♪
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  • ♪ God provides ♪
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  • ♪ In ways I can't explainand can't deny ♪
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  • ♪ the little that I have,he multiplies ♪
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  • ♪ Just when I think hewon't show up on time ♪
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  • ♪ God provides ♪
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  • ♪ He'll come through whenthe clouds of doubt ♪
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  • ♪ rain down on youand test everything ♪
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  • ♪ you thought you knew ♪
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  • ♪ Now you'll finally seewhat God can do ♪
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  • ♪ just for you ♪
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  • ♪ And so tonight,close your eyes ♪
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  • ♪ There's no moreneed to fight ♪
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  • ♪ Watch God provide ♪
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  • ♪ God provides ♪
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  • ♪ It's hard to say whenthere's no food to eat ♪
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  • ♪ or what you see isall that life will be ♪
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  • ♪ Is there another yearof misery for me? ♪
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  • ♪ But my faith can't surviveon just things I see ♪
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  • ♪ and my feelingscan't control my destiny ♪
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  • ♪ See, God, I only wantwhat you believe for me ♪
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  • ♪ So tonight,close your eyes ♪
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  • ♪ There's no more needto fight, no, no ♪
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  • ♪ Watch God provide ♪
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  • ♪ Because he will providebefore your eyes ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, I know he will ♪
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  • ♪ Close your eyes ♪
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  • ♪ There's no moreneed to fight ♪
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  • ♪ Watch God provide ♪
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  • ♪ Because he will providebefore your eyes ♪
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  • ♪ Whatever you need,yes I know ♪
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  • ♪ yes I know, thatGod will provide ♪
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  • ♪ He will take youto his kingdom ♪
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  • ♪ He will open the kingdomof heaven ♪
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  • ♪ And pour you outa blessing ♪
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  • ♪ you won't be ableto receive ♪
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  • ♪ And so tonightjust close your eyes ♪
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  • ♪ There's no moreneed to fight ♪
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  • ♪ Just watch God provide ♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Chad Blake: As we come to thispart of the service, we are
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  • reminded that everything we haveis from God and that giving back
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  • to God is such an importantpiece of our worship.
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  • If it wasn't for you continuingto give to this church,
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  • we couldn't continueto do what we do.
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  • So church family, we are sothankful for those of you who
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  • have sacrificially given duringthis time.
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  • I know for many this is a timeof uncertainty and giving is
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  • really a difficult thing.
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  • Others of you have reallystepped up your giving and said,
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  • "We know that our brothers andsisters maybe can't give what
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  • they used to give," and we thankyou for that.
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  • So church, I encourage you tokeep giving to the mission of
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  • this church, that this church ischanging lives, not only in our
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  • midst, but in people we've nevereven met.
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  • People that are around thiscounty, people that are around
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  • this country, and people thatare around this world are
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  • different because of theministry coming from this place,
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  • and you are a part of it.
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  • Church family, God bless youas you continue to give
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  • to this ministry.
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  • ♪ Well, everybodysay "Blessed." ♪
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  • ♪ Say "Blessed."Say "Blessed." ♪
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  • ♪ Say "Blessed."Come on, sing it ♪
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  • ♪ Yeah, we gonna havesome church this morning ♪
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  • ♪ Come on ♪
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  • ♪ At home, can you sayyou are blessed ♪
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  • ♪ Yes, come on ♪
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  • ♪ Since thou hastwalked uprightly ♪
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  • ♪ as a light in a dark land ♪
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  • ♪ Since thou hast placedin thy heart ♪
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  • ♪ all the Lord's commands ♪
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  • ♪ He's set thee above nationsand cast thine enemies away ♪
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  • ♪ He's standing upwithin thee ♪
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  • ♪ so let me hear you say ♪
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  • ♪ We're blessed in the city ♪
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  • ♪ We're blessed in the field ♪
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  • ♪ We're blessed when wecome and when we go ♪
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  • ♪ We cast downevery stronghold ♪
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  • ♪ Sickness and povertymust cease ♪
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  • ♪ for the devil is defeated ♪
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  • ♪ We are blessed ♪
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  • ♪ Thou believest in God only ♪
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  • ♪ Put no confidence in man ♪
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  • ♪ Everything that doesconcern thee ♪
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  • ♪ you've placed itin his hands ♪
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  • ♪ Though a host rise upagainst thee ♪
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  • ♪ to try and spoil the day ♪
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  • ♪ they'll rush in one roadto harm thee ♪
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  • ♪ but they'll flee seven ways ♪
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  • ♪ We're blessedin the city ♪
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  • ♪ We're blessedin the field ♪
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  • ♪ We're blessed when we comeand when we go ♪
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  • ♪ We cast downevery stronghold ♪
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  • ♪ Sickness and povertymust cease ♪
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  • ♪ for the devil is defeated ♪
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  • ♪ We are blessed ♪
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  • ♪ We know thatGod's word, yes ♪
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  • ♪ is truth and righteousness ♪
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  • ♪ We are his children ♪
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  • ♪ and with our heartswe do confess ♪
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  • ♪ We're blessedin the city ♪
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  • ♪ We're blessedin the field ♪
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  • ♪ We're blessedwhen we come ♪
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  • ♪ and when we go ♪
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  • ♪ We cast downevery stronghold ♪
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  • ♪ Sickness and povertymust cease ♪
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  • ♪ The devil is defeatedright now ♪
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  • ♪ We are blessed ♪
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  • ♪ We're blessedin the city ♪
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  • ♪ We're blessedin the field ♪
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  • ♪ We're blessedwhen we come ♪
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  • ♪ and when we go ♪
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  • ♪ We cast downevery stronghold ♪
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  • ♪ Sickness and povertymust cease ♪
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  • ♪ for the devil is defeated ♪
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  • ♪ We are blessed ♪
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  • ♪ I got to tell you ♪
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  • ♪ Late in the midnight ♪
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  • ♪ Say we're blessed ♪
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  • ♪ We're blessedwe're blessed ♪
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  • ♪ We're blessed, yes ♪
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  • ♪ Late in the midnight hour ♪
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  • ♪ God's gonnaturn it around ♪
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  • ♪ It's gonna workin your favor ♪♪
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  • Bobby Schuller:Thank you for joining us
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  • on "Hour of Power" today.
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  • We hope you found incrediblehope and inspiration
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  • from this program.
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  • If there's one thingwe've learned in 2020,
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  • it's that nothing is certain.
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  • In the face of a globalpandemic, economic turmoil,
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  • and social unrest, we've beenstretched and challenged
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  • in ways we couldn'thave imagined.
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  • Hannah Schuller: Even so, thejoy of the Lord is our strength,
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  • because we know the one whoholds the world in his hands.
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  • We've been blessed with a choiceto rejoice through it all.
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  • Psalm 118:24 says, "This isthe day the Lord has made.
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  • We will rejoiceand be glad in it."
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  • No matter how difficult thingsget, God never wavers.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Summertime hashistorically been a tough time
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  • financially for us, not just forour ministry, but for most
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  • charities and nonprofitsaround the world.
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  • This year honestlyis no exception.
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  • The ongoing effectsof the COVID-19 crisis
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  • have made our situationeven more critical,
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  • and we urgently needyour financial support.
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  • Today, we're looking for friendsjust like you to empower us to
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  • continue bringing thislife-changing program
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  • to the world.
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  • Hannah Schuller: In spiteof the obstacles we face,
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  • we are determined to take thehealing and hope-filled message
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  • of Jesus Christto every corner of earth,
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  • but we can't do itwithout your help.
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  • male announcer: Call, write,or go online today
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  • "Today is the day whichthe Lord has made.
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  • We will rejoiceand be glad in it."
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  • Display it in your home oroffice and be reminded daily
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  • We're asking for your generousgift of $60 or more.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Hannah and Iare incredibly grateful
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  • for the way you uphold usand support us.
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  • Your financial support providesthe foundation we need
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  • to continue reaching our friendsall around the world.
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  • So thank you,and remember as always,
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  • God loves you and so do we.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ The Lord bless youand keep you ♪
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  • ♪ Make his faceshine upon you ♪
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  • ♪ and be gracious to you ♪
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  • ♪ The Lord turnhis face toward you ♪
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  • ♪ and give you peace ♪
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  • ♪ The Lord bless youand keep you ♪
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  • ♪ Make his faceshine upon you ♪
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  • ♪ and be gracious to you ♪
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  • ♪ The Lord turnhis face toward you ♪
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  • ♪ and give you peace ♪
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  • ♪ A-a-a-amen ♪
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  • ♪ Amen,amen ♪
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  • ♪ A-a-a-amen ♪
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  • ♪ Amen,amen ♪
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  • ♪ May his favor beupon you ♪
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  • ♪ and a thousand generations ♪
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  • ♪ and your familyand your children ♪
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  • ♪ and their childrenand their children ♪
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  • ♪ May his favor beupon you ♪
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  • ♪ and a thousand generations ♪
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  • ♪ and your familyand your children ♪
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  • ♪ and their childrenand their children ♪
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  • ♪ May his favor beupon you ♪
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  • ♪ and a thousand generations ♪
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  • ♪ and your familyand your children ♪
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  • ♪ and their childrenand their children ♪
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  • ♪ May his favor beupon you ♪
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  • ♪ and a thousand generations ♪
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  • ♪ and your familyand your children ♪
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  • ♪ and their childrenand their children ♪
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  • ♪ May his presencego before you ♪
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  • ♪ and behind youand beside you ♪
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  • ♪ all around youand within you ♪
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  • ♪ He is with you.He is with you ♪
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  • ♪ In the morning,in the evening ♪
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  • ♪ in your comingand your going ♪
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  • ♪ in your weepingand rejoicing ♪
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  • ♪ he is for you,he is for you ♪
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  • ♪ He is for you.He is for you ♪
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  • ♪ He is for you.He is for you ♪
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  • ♪ He is for you.He is for you ♪
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  • ♪ Do you feel his love? ♪
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  • ♪ Everybody say ♪
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  • ♪ A-a-a-amen ♪
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  • ♪ Amen,amen ♪
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  • ♪ A-a-a-amen ♪
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  • ♪ Amen,amen ♪
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  • ♪ May his favor beupon you ♪
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  • ♪ and a thousand generations ♪
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  • ♪ and your familyand your children ♪
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  • ♪ and their childrenand their children ♪
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  • ♪ May his presencego before you ♪
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  • ♪ and behind youand beside you ♪
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  • ♪ all around youand within you ♪
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  • ♪ He is with you.He is with you ♪
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  • ♪ In the morning,in the evening ♪
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  • ♪ in your comingand your going ♪
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  • ♪ in your weepingand rejoicing ♪
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  • ♪ he is for you,he is for you ♪
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  • ♪ He is for you.He is for you ♪
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  • ♪ He is for you.He is for you ♪
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  • ♪ He is for you.He is for you ♪
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  • ♪ He is for you.He is for you ♪
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  • ♪ Amen ♪♪
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  • Bobby Schuller:Wherever you are,would you please stand with us?
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  • We're gonna saythis creed together.
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  • Hold your hands out like thisas a way of receiving
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  • from the Lord.
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  • Let's say this together.
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  • I'm not what I do.I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what peoplesay about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God.It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me.
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  • I don't have to worry.I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus andshare his love with the world.
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • Today, we're talking about--actually, it's a pretty heavy
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  • sermon today because we'redealing with the passage that
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  • Hannah read wonderfully, that Iasked her to read, about the
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  • death of David's son.
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  • And before we get there, I justwant you to know that today
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  • we're gonna talk about, youknow, how do we balance what we
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  • talked about last week, that Goddoes miracles, that God has a
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  • miracle coming for you, that Godloves to part the Red Sea, and
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  • raise the dead, and work in yourlife, and he cares about you,
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  • and he loves you, how do wereconcile that with, well,
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  • what about all the stuffI'm going through?
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  • What about the stuff thatmy kids, or my parents,
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  • or my nation, whatever,is going through?
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  • How do I--and I don't want itto be this way.
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  • And so today, we're gonna talkabout that and we're gonna
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  • answer the question hopefully:what do we do when we get
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  • disappointing news?
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  • I'll just give the answer.
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  • The answer is we grieve thething that we didn't want.
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  • We feel it.
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  • We maybe cry about it.We weep about it.
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  • We get bummed out about it.We talk to our friends about it.
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  • We pray about it.But then we move forward.
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  • When the season is right,we move forward.
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  • And as Hannah said,we don't move on.
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  • I don't like that expression,"Move on."
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  • There are some thingsin your life.
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  • That are so hard and sodifficult, you just--you can't
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  • move on from them, but you canmove forward.
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  • I know a lot of you at home aresaying, "Bobby, you don't know
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  • what I've gone through.
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  • I can't move on,"and I agree with you.
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  • You can't, but you can moveforward.
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  • You can take a step in the rightdirection, even though it's been
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  • a very painful and difficulttime for so many of you.
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  • And this is called--this ideain Christianity is called the
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  • Paschal mystery.
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  • It's the idea that when weexperience a death or a tragedy
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  • in our lives that God can turnit around into something better,
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  • that God--I mean, obviously, wethink of heaven, but there are
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  • other things in life that Godcan take the bummers, you know,
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  • the lost businesses, therelationship you spent years and
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  • you thought it was gonna turninto something and it didn't,
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  • and all those difficult thingsthat we face in life, that when
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  • we respond God's way, when weseek after God with all our
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  • heart, he can take those thingsand turn them around for
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  • our favor.
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  • He can rescue us and bring us ablessing in the difficulty, and
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  • it's called the Paschal mystery.
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  • That like Mary Magdalene, youknow, Jesus has died, she weeps,
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  • she cries, but then he appearsto her in a resurrected way, in
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  • a new way.
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  • And I think that's how so muchof the difficult things we
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  • experience in life, that's howmuch--that's how they will kind
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  • of appear to us.
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  • And I remember once back in theday when I first started on
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  • "Hour of Power" in more of apastoral role, it's funny 'cause
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  • I was--many of you know thestory if you attend the church,
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  • but it's weird because after thebankruptcy of the Crystal
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  • Cathedral, the building wasowned by the Catholic Church.
  • 00:28:37.564 --> 00:28:42.136
  • And the church meeting there,our church, was paying rent to
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  • the Catholic church to meet intheir own building.
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  • And there was a season of kindof winding things down, we were
  • 00:28:48.075 --> 00:28:51.845
  • gonna move the church out, andwhile that was happening, we
  • 00:28:51.879 --> 00:28:54.581
  • didn't really know who the nextsenior pastor was going to be.
  • 00:28:54.615 --> 00:28:57.818
  • I sort of shared the pulpit withthe interim pastor,
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  • Lawrence Wilkes.
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  • I did the 9:30 service and hewould do the 11 o'clock service
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  • because I had my own church,Tree of Life, and so I would
  • 00:29:04.758 --> 00:29:07.327
  • have to preach there at 11o'clock.
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  • So I had this--you know, Iwould go and preach at the
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  • Crystal Cathedral, and I'd like,put a suit on, and there'd be,
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  • like, Beethoven, and fountains,and everything, and then I'd,
  • 00:29:14.535 --> 00:29:17.671
  • like, quickly change into, like,shorts, and a t-shirt, and flip
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  • flops, and hop into my car anddrive to Downtown Orange to a
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  • bar, The American Legionbuilding, where we had our
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  • church, and I would preachthere.
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  • And so I had this back and forththat I sort of, in a way,
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  • fell into.
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  • And I had no money.
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  • I had this piece of junk car.
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  • Well, it wasn't a piece of junk,it was actually a great car.
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  • It was it was a '99 Camry.
  • 00:29:38.759 --> 00:29:42.462
  • And I remember it wasa gold Camry.
  • 00:29:42.496 --> 00:29:44.765
  • Hannah and I hadmatching Camrys.
  • 00:29:44.798 --> 00:29:47.167
  • Hers was silver,and mine was gold.
  • 00:29:47.201 --> 00:29:50.237
  • It was Greg and Betty.
  • 00:29:50.270 --> 00:29:51.605
  • That's what we called it.
  • 00:29:51.638 --> 00:29:52.940
  • So her car was Betty,my car was Greg.
  • 00:29:52.973 --> 00:29:54.942
  • And by the time I was at theCathedral, it was now a pretty
  • 00:29:54.975 --> 00:29:57.678
  • old car.
  • 00:29:57.711 --> 00:29:59.046
  • It had over 200.000 miles.
  • 00:29:59.079 --> 00:30:00.414
  • Some of the ceiling, like, feltwas starting to come down.
  • 00:30:00.447 --> 00:30:04.218
  • And you know, Camrysjust chug on forever.
  • 00:30:04.251 --> 00:30:06.720
  • And I'm not a cheap person,but I can be a little stingy.
  • 00:30:06.753 --> 00:30:10.757
  • I just did not wantto get a new car.
  • 00:30:10.791 --> 00:30:12.292
  • And I remember, you know, at theCrystal Cathedral, there was
  • 00:30:12.326 --> 00:30:14.628
  • a lot of fanciness, and Iremember, you know, it's funny
  • 00:30:14.661 --> 00:30:16.930
  • here, I'd be, you know, drivingback and forth, and after giving
  • 00:30:16.964 --> 00:30:20.200
  • the sermon on the Paschalmystery at the Crystal
  • 00:30:20.234 --> 00:30:22.002
  • Cathedral, I start to pull outof Chrystal Cathedral.
  • 00:30:22.035 --> 00:30:25.072
  • Everybody's leaving and I'm,like, in a rush.
  • 00:30:25.105 --> 00:30:26.874
  • I've gotta get out.
  • 00:30:26.907 --> 00:30:28.242
  • And if you've ever been to theCathedral back in the day, when
  • 00:30:28.275 --> 00:30:30.110
  • church is over, there's just aflood of cars everywhere and
  • 00:30:30.143 --> 00:30:33.113
  • nobody can get out.
  • 00:30:33.146 --> 00:30:34.481
  • And I'm in the front, and rightas I'm pulling out, this
  • 00:30:34.514 --> 00:30:37.851
  • horrible sound comes from my carand it was my transmission.
  • 00:30:37.885 --> 00:30:41.455
  • It just went outand my car was stuck.
  • 00:30:41.488 --> 00:30:45.559
  • And now here I am in my pieceof junk car, just preached
  • 00:30:45.592 --> 00:30:50.998
  • to thousands of people in thechurch, and they're all behind
  • 00:30:51.031 --> 00:30:53.934
  • me, and they're honking at me.
  • 00:30:53.967 --> 00:30:55.302
  • I don't know if they knew I wasme, because now I'd changed
  • 00:30:55.335 --> 00:30:58.005
  • my outfit.
  • 00:30:58.038 --> 00:30:59.339
  • And this guy pulls around me ina beautiful, I think it was a
  • 00:30:59.373 --> 00:31:04.111
  • Mercedes, but it was definitelya fancy German luxury car,
  • 00:31:04.144 --> 00:31:08.282
  • and he gets out of his carin his suit.
  • 00:31:08.315 --> 00:31:10.150
  • It's Don Neuen, my good friend,our former choral conductor.
  • 00:31:10.183 --> 00:31:13.921
  • And he looks at me and he says,"You know, Bobby," 'cause of the
  • 00:31:13.954 --> 00:31:16.323
  • sermon I just preached, he said,"Sometimes we have to grieve our
  • 00:31:16.356 --> 00:31:19.826
  • losses and move on.
  • 00:31:19.860 --> 00:31:22.562
  • It's time for youto get a new car."
  • 00:31:22.596 --> 00:31:24.698
  • And he got back in his carand he drove away.
  • 00:31:24.731 --> 00:31:27.801
  • But it really is true.I mean, life is that way.
  • 00:31:27.834 --> 00:31:30.470
  • It's sometimes like my old car.
  • 00:31:30.504 --> 00:31:32.906
  • You know, we--you hangonto things that you need
  • 00:31:32.940 --> 00:31:37.244
  • to move on from.
  • 00:31:37.277 --> 00:31:38.578
  • You know, sometimes some of youare in a relationship and you
  • 00:31:38.612 --> 00:31:41.114
  • need to move on from thatrelationship because you know
  • 00:31:41.148 --> 00:31:44.584
  • it's not going anywhere,but it's hard.
  • 00:31:44.618 --> 00:31:46.186
  • It's hard to do that whenyou're dating someone
  • 00:31:46.219 --> 00:31:48.588
  • and you want to get married.
  • 00:31:48.622 --> 00:31:49.923
  • Some of you are, you know, in abusiness, or in a ministry
  • 00:31:49.957 --> 00:31:54.227
  • setting, or something, and youknow a change needs to happen,
  • 00:31:54.261 --> 00:31:56.697
  • but sometimes we're afraid tomove on because we're afraid God
  • 00:31:56.730 --> 00:32:00.467
  • can't give us something better.
  • 00:32:00.500 --> 00:32:02.803
  • And so only you can know what'smorally right and what's good.
  • 00:32:02.836 --> 00:32:07.641
  • I don't know your situation, butthere are times in life when
  • 00:32:07.674 --> 00:32:12.813
  • it's so hard to let go when weget disappointing news.
  • 00:32:12.846 --> 00:32:17.351
  • And especially now, man, in thisseason of COVID-19, we are just
  • 00:32:17.384 --> 00:32:22.222
  • constantly flooded withdisappointing news, aren't we?
  • 00:32:22.255 --> 00:32:25.993
  • A lot of it's for our benefit.
  • 00:32:26.026 --> 00:32:27.728
  • Sometimes we feel like,"Oh, that's too much,"
  • 00:32:27.761 --> 00:32:29.997
  • but it doesn't matter.
  • 00:32:30.030 --> 00:32:31.665
  • There's nothingyou can do about it.
  • 00:32:31.698 --> 00:32:33.000
  • It's disappointing news.
  • 00:32:33.033 --> 00:32:34.368
  • If you're in business, you'reprobably struggling right now.
  • 00:32:34.401 --> 00:32:37.237
  • At the end of July, many peoplelost their unemployment bonuses
  • 00:32:37.270 --> 00:32:41.608
  • and there's all sorts ofdisappointing things about even
  • 00:32:41.641 --> 00:32:44.611
  • silly things, you know, funthings, retail stores you like,
  • 00:32:44.644 --> 00:32:48.215
  • or being able to goto a restaurant.
  • 00:32:48.248 --> 00:32:50.150
  • A lot of restaurantsare closing.
  • 00:32:50.183 --> 00:32:52.019
  • Maybe you're a restaurant owner.
  • 00:32:52.052 --> 00:32:53.720
  • And we just are in the season oflots of little disappointments.
  • 00:32:53.754 --> 00:32:58.892
  • When we experienced littledisappointments in life, I know
  • 00:32:58.925 --> 00:33:03.363
  • this sounds weird, but they'realso connected to the bigger
  • 00:33:03.397 --> 00:33:05.866
  • disappointments in our life,kind of unconsciously.
  • 00:33:05.899 --> 00:33:08.902
  • When the little bad thinghappens, it can sometimes remind
  • 00:33:08.935 --> 00:33:11.838
  • us of the bigger things thathave happened in our past.
  • 00:33:11.872 --> 00:33:14.608
  • And it can make us feel reallysad, and frustrated, and angry.
  • 00:33:14.641 --> 00:33:20.547
  • So what do we do when weexperience disappointing news?
  • 00:33:20.580 --> 00:33:23.817
  • We grieve it and wemove forward.
  • 00:33:23.850 --> 00:33:26.887
  • I want you to know that maybeyou're praying for a miracle
  • 00:33:26.920 --> 00:33:30.690
  • and you're praying.
  • 00:33:30.724 --> 00:33:32.025
  • I want you to believe that Godhas the best thing in the
  • 00:33:32.059 --> 00:33:36.096
  • future, that you're--I dobelieve your worst is behind you
  • 00:33:36.129 --> 00:33:39.499
  • and your best is before you.
  • 00:33:39.533 --> 00:33:40.967
  • I do believe God is gonna do amiracle in your life.
  • 00:33:41.001 --> 00:33:44.137
  • But during this time, it's timeto take another step forward and
  • 00:33:44.171 --> 00:33:48.208
  • to not fall into self pity, butto move forward to the thing
  • 00:33:48.241 --> 00:33:52.345
  • that God has for you.
  • 00:33:52.379 --> 00:33:54.815
  • Let's get to the David's story.
  • 00:33:54.848 --> 00:33:59.386
  • And David is an interestingcharacter because I don't know
  • 00:33:59.419 --> 00:34:03.256
  • if you can always look to Davidand say David is a good man.
  • 00:34:03.290 --> 00:34:09.062
  • Sometimes he does good,sometimes he does horrible evil.
  • 00:34:09.096 --> 00:34:13.867
  • When David is young, of course,he is a wonderful kid.
  • 00:34:13.900 --> 00:34:17.537
  • You know, so many of us are.
  • 00:34:17.571 --> 00:34:19.706
  • You know, he kills Goliath, andhe's the youngest of many
  • 00:34:19.739 --> 00:34:23.577
  • brothers, and he's faithful tohis sheep, to the lion and the
  • 00:34:23.610 --> 00:34:26.446
  • bear, literally, and is faithfulto Saul even when Saul was
  • 00:34:26.480 --> 00:34:30.584
  • hunting him down.
  • 00:34:30.617 --> 00:34:31.952
  • And so he has all these greattriumphs, and courage, and
  • 00:34:31.985 --> 00:34:35.522
  • goodness, but as he sort ofbecomes king, and wins all these
  • 00:34:35.555 --> 00:34:38.992
  • victories, and starts, you know,eating and drinking, and has all
  • 00:34:39.025 --> 00:34:44.297
  • these luxuries, you see that'ssomething in David
  • 00:34:44.331 --> 00:34:48.001
  • becomes weak and brittle.
  • 00:34:48.034 --> 00:34:50.704
  • He becomes tainted.
  • 00:34:50.737 --> 00:34:52.038
  • Yet through it all, David alwayshas this heart for God.
  • 00:34:52.072 --> 00:34:56.443
  • And when he does have this lowpoint in his life, unlike so
  • 00:34:56.476 --> 00:35:00.013
  • many other kings who kill theprophet, or blame God, or turn
  • 00:35:00.046 --> 00:35:04.351
  • their back on God, you see Davidjust, no matter how rotten the
  • 00:35:04.384 --> 00:35:08.655
  • thing he did was, he owns it.
  • 00:35:08.688 --> 00:35:11.491
  • That he just is always seekingafter God with all his heart and
  • 00:35:11.525 --> 00:35:16.463
  • all his soul.
  • 00:35:16.496 --> 00:35:18.565
  • Of course, the most famous storyof David, you know, he's a
  • 00:35:18.598 --> 00:35:21.268
  • flawed man, it was David'smurder of Uriah.
  • 00:35:21.301 --> 00:35:25.138
  • If you don't know the story,David slept with one of his
  • 00:35:25.172 --> 00:35:29.809
  • soldier's wives and shebecame pregnant.
  • 00:35:29.843 --> 00:35:32.846
  • And so he didn't want Uriah toknow, so he put Uriah on the
  • 00:35:32.879 --> 00:35:35.815
  • front lines so thathe would be killed.
  • 00:35:35.849 --> 00:35:38.251
  • Yeah, so David's a flawed man.
  • 00:35:38.285 --> 00:35:40.420
  • But the great thing about Davidis it just seems like God loves
  • 00:35:40.453 --> 00:35:45.091
  • David and it seems that Godparticularly loves David because
  • 00:35:45.125 --> 00:35:49.029
  • of David's heart, because Davidso, so passionately loves the
  • 00:35:49.062 --> 00:35:55.035
  • Lord, worships the Lord, wakesup for the Lord, goes to bed for
  • 00:35:55.068 --> 00:35:58.004
  • the Lord.
  • 00:35:58.038 --> 00:35:59.940
  • And in this story, David's babybecomes ill, David's baby
  • 00:35:59.973 --> 00:36:04.110
  • with Bathsheba.
  • 00:36:04.144 --> 00:36:06.046
  • And Nathan the prophet says toDavid, "Your baby's gonna die
  • 00:36:06.079 --> 00:36:09.749
  • in seven days."
  • 00:36:09.783 --> 00:36:11.818
  • So David, as he does, gets nakedand clothes himself
  • 00:36:11.851 --> 00:36:16.790
  • in sackcloth.
  • 00:36:16.823 --> 00:36:18.158
  • We forget what sackcloth is.
  • 00:36:18.191 --> 00:36:19.492
  • It just means a very brittle,uncomfortable, sandpaper,
  • 00:36:19.526 --> 00:36:23.363
  • velcro-type cloth that chafesthe skin when you're in it.
  • 00:36:23.396 --> 00:36:28.702
  • While he's in the sackcloth,he's laying on the ground,
  • 00:36:28.735 --> 00:36:33.573
  • weeping before the Lord,"Save my son.
  • 00:36:33.607 --> 00:36:37.677
  • Save my son, Lord, please."
  • 00:36:37.711 --> 00:36:40.981
  • In sackcloth and ashes, weeping,he refuses to bathe.
  • 00:36:41.014 --> 00:36:45.852
  • He refuses to sleep.
  • 00:36:45.885 --> 00:36:47.654
  • He refuses to eat for sevendays, grieving after the Lord.
  • 00:36:47.687 --> 00:36:52.492
  • His servants come and they say,"My lord, please, you must eat.
  • 00:36:52.525 --> 00:36:57.030
  • You must get some sleep.
  • 00:36:57.063 --> 00:36:58.365
  • You must take a bath, you know.
  • 00:36:58.398 --> 00:37:00.033
  • You must get some--" and here isDavid, "No, get away from me."
  • 00:37:00.066 --> 00:37:05.972
  • Finally, on the seventh day thebaby dies.
  • 00:37:06.006 --> 00:37:10.076
  • And now the servants don't knowwhat they're gonna do.
  • 00:37:10.110 --> 00:37:13.046
  • If the king has been acting thisway, how's he going to respond
  • 00:37:13.079 --> 00:37:17.217
  • when he finds out that baby thathe so desperately wanted to save
  • 00:37:17.250 --> 00:37:21.955
  • is gone?
  • 00:37:21.988 --> 00:37:25.959
  • David looks up and he sees themmuttering, looking at him.
  • 00:37:25.992 --> 00:37:31.264
  • And he looks at them and hesays, "Is the baby dead?"
  • 00:37:31.298 --> 00:37:34.668
  • And they looked at each otherand they say "Yes, my lord."
  • 00:37:34.701 --> 00:37:41.408
  • He gets up off the ground, hegoes and he showers or baths,
  • 00:37:41.441 --> 00:37:47.747
  • washes himself, puts some lotionon him, puts on normal clothes,
  • 00:37:47.781 --> 00:37:54.587
  • and runs to the temple, andbegins worshiping God.
  • 00:37:54.621 --> 00:37:59.893
  • And when he's done in his seasonof worship, he goes to the table
  • 00:37:59.926 --> 00:38:04.931
  • and he asks for some food.
  • 00:38:04.964 --> 00:38:06.266
  • And you wouldn't say he's ahappy person, but he's, in a
  • 00:38:06.299 --> 00:38:09.636
  • way, content.
  • 00:38:09.669 --> 00:38:11.271
  • And he sits down and he eats.
  • 00:38:11.304 --> 00:38:15.608
  • And the Bible says in 2 Samuel12:21, "His attendants
  • 00:38:15.642 --> 00:38:21.648
  • asked him, 'Why are youacting this way?
  • 00:38:21.681 --> 00:38:27.320
  • While the child was alive,you fasted and wept.
  • 00:38:27.354 --> 00:38:31.991
  • And now that the child is dead,you get up and eat.'
  • 00:38:32.025 --> 00:38:38.965
  • He answered, 'While the childwas still alive,
  • 00:38:38.998 --> 00:38:44.504
  • I fasted and wept.
  • 00:38:44.537 --> 00:38:46.940
  • And I thought, "Who knows?
  • 00:38:46.973 --> 00:38:52.078
  • The Lord may be gracious to meand let the child live."
  • 00:38:52.112 --> 00:38:57.984
  • But now he's dead, why should Igo on fasting?
  • 00:38:58.017 --> 00:39:04.090
  • Can I bring him back again?
  • 00:39:04.124 --> 00:39:07.260
  • I will go to him, but he willnot return to me.'
  • 00:39:07.293 --> 00:39:14.534
  • Then David comforted his wifeBathsheba, and he went to her
  • 00:39:14.567 --> 00:39:18.805
  • and made love to her.
  • 00:39:18.838 --> 00:39:20.540
  • And she gave birth to a son andthey named him Solomon.
  • 00:39:20.573 --> 00:39:26.880
  • The Lord loved him.
  • 00:39:26.913 --> 00:39:28.915
  • And because the Lord loved him,he sent word through Nathan the
  • 00:39:28.948 --> 00:39:33.353
  • prophet to name him Jedidiah."
  • 00:39:33.386 --> 00:39:38.291
  • By the way, the word "Solomon--"so after David hears about this,
  • 00:39:38.324 --> 00:39:43.663
  • he says, "I'm going to see himin heaven.
  • 00:39:43.696 --> 00:39:45.665
  • You know, I wanted to save myson, but he's gone now."
  • 00:39:45.698 --> 00:39:49.035
  • And it's almost like thisrefusal, like it's almost like
  • 00:39:49.068 --> 00:39:53.673
  • this refusal to stay stuckthere, and that's a hard thing
  • 00:39:53.706 --> 00:39:59.345
  • to do.
  • 00:39:59.379 --> 00:40:01.347
  • There are a lot of losses thatall of us will experience in
  • 00:40:01.381 --> 00:40:05.652
  • life, but only a smallpercentage of us will experience
  • 00:40:05.685 --> 00:40:09.823
  • what I think is maybe the worstthing that could ever happen
  • 00:40:09.856 --> 00:40:12.325
  • to someone and that isto lose a child.
  • 00:40:12.358 --> 00:40:15.028
  • Even still, David is not movingon, but he's moving forward.
  • 00:40:15.061 --> 00:40:24.037
  • He's not forgetting it.
  • 00:40:24.070 --> 00:40:25.405
  • He's not just saying it's no bigdeal and he's not pretending
  • 00:40:25.438 --> 00:40:27.574
  • like it didn't happen.
  • 00:40:27.607 --> 00:40:29.375
  • But he's saying, "I will see myson in heaven.
  • 00:40:29.409 --> 00:40:32.846
  • I need to move forward.
  • 00:40:32.879 --> 00:40:35.081
  • I need to move forwardwith my life."
  • 00:40:35.114 --> 00:40:37.016
  • And he does.
  • 00:40:37.050 --> 00:40:38.351
  • He comforts his wife and he hasa child, and the child's name is
  • 00:40:38.384 --> 00:40:40.887
  • Solomon, who many of us knowbecomes this great king
  • 00:40:40.920 --> 00:40:43.323
  • of Israel.
  • 00:40:43.356 --> 00:40:44.657
  • The name Solomon, by the way,means peace or to make whole.
  • 00:40:44.691 --> 00:40:49.295
  • So it sounds like two words,"shalom" and "shalem."
  • 00:40:49.329 --> 00:40:52.966
  • And Nathan then says that theother name for Solomon, which we
  • 00:40:52.999 --> 00:40:57.036
  • don't hear very often, isJedidiah, which also means the
  • 00:40:57.070 --> 00:41:00.340
  • beloved of God.
  • 00:41:00.373 --> 00:41:02.075
  • Now, you can say that this iswho Solomon is, but it's--
  • 00:41:02.108 --> 00:41:05.945
  • I read this as this baby isGod's way of saying, "I'm going
  • 00:41:05.979 --> 00:41:11.751
  • to bring peace to you,David and Bathsheba,
  • 00:41:11.784 --> 00:41:14.854
  • and I'm gonna make you whole,David and Bathsheba.
  • 00:41:14.888 --> 00:41:19.192
  • And you, David and Bathsheba,especially David,
  • 00:41:19.225 --> 00:41:21.694
  • despite your evil,I still love you.
  • 00:41:21.728 --> 00:41:25.231
  • I still love you."
  • 00:41:25.265 --> 00:41:26.766
  • Do you believe that despite whatyou've done in your past,
  • 00:41:26.799 --> 00:41:29.903
  • despite all the ways that you'vefallen short, despite all your
  • 00:41:29.936 --> 00:41:33.306
  • baggage, despite maybedepression, or maybe addiction,
  • 00:41:33.339 --> 00:41:37.176
  • or maybe you've harmed someoneyou really care about, or maybe
  • 00:41:37.210 --> 00:41:39.646
  • you feel like you weren't a verygood parent or grandparent, or
  • 00:41:39.679 --> 00:41:42.715
  • maybe you weren't a very goodfriend, do you believe that
  • 00:41:42.749 --> 00:41:44.751
  • despite all of that that God'sgonna bring you peace, that
  • 00:41:44.784 --> 00:41:48.388
  • God's gonna restore what youlost, that God's gonna bring you
  • 00:41:48.421 --> 00:41:51.758
  • home, that God's going to rescueyou, and that you are the
  • 00:41:51.791 --> 00:41:55.161
  • beloved of God?
  • 00:41:55.194 --> 00:41:56.529
  • If you don't believe it today,he's a God who chases after you,
  • 00:41:56.563 --> 00:42:01.301
  • who never forgets you.
  • 00:42:01.334 --> 00:42:02.802
  • He will never turnhis back on you.
  • 00:42:02.835 --> 00:42:04.737
  • He will love you all the days ofyour life, from the day you were
  • 00:42:04.771 --> 00:42:07.674
  • born to the day you die.
  • 00:42:07.707 --> 00:42:09.742
  • He will be there for you and hewill never forget you.
  • 00:42:09.776 --> 00:42:12.412
  • He has all the power in theworld to save you and he will.
  • 00:42:12.445 --> 00:42:17.183
  • I want you to know that eventhough we go through these hard
  • 00:42:17.216 --> 00:42:20.286
  • times, God hasnot forgotten you.
  • 00:42:20.320 --> 00:42:24.157
  • He remembers you.
  • 00:42:24.190 --> 00:42:25.525
  • He knows you.
  • 00:42:25.558 --> 00:42:26.859
  • He loves you just as you are,not as you should be.
  • 00:42:26.893 --> 00:42:31.331
  • And he will show you what itmeans to inherit the promise
  • 00:42:31.364 --> 00:42:35.134
  • that he spoke over you the dayyou were born.
  • 00:42:35.168 --> 00:42:38.404
  • And when you cross that line,you'll be so glad.
  • 00:42:38.438 --> 00:42:40.506
  • You'll get there.
  • 00:42:40.540 --> 00:42:41.874
  • But today, sometimes we have togrieve and then we move forward.
  • 00:42:41.908 --> 00:42:46.879
  • We can't move on sometimes, butwe can always move forward.
  • 00:42:46.913 --> 00:42:50.617
  • Remember that.
  • 00:42:50.650 --> 00:42:52.952
  • Grieving is an importantpart of it.
  • 00:42:52.986 --> 00:42:54.354
  • I remember when--I've alwaysbeen a very, like, you know,
  • 00:42:54.387 --> 00:42:57.557
  • gushy, cup is always full,optimistic, positive, fun guy,
  • 00:42:57.590 --> 00:43:04.530
  • and that also means I've been--I mean, I've always been, like,
  • 00:43:04.564 --> 00:43:06.633
  • kind of a person of action,always wanting to do things,
  • 00:43:06.666 --> 00:43:08.801
  • you know?
  • 00:43:08.835 --> 00:43:10.169
  • I never like to stop, butsometimes we have to do that.
  • 00:43:10.203 --> 00:43:12.105
  • Maybe you're that type ofperson.
  • 00:43:12.138 --> 00:43:14.073
  • Sometimes we do have to stop andbe at peace with our obstacles
  • 00:43:14.107 --> 00:43:19.145
  • and be at peace with ourshortcomings.
  • 00:43:19.178 --> 00:43:21.147
  • I remember I hadthis dream once.
  • 00:43:21.180 --> 00:43:24.851
  • I was going through, like,a very--I had this tough
  • 00:43:24.884 --> 00:43:27.587
  • realization when I was incollege about something very
  • 00:43:27.620 --> 00:43:29.622
  • personal, and it was--I justkinda wanted to move on and
  • 00:43:29.656 --> 00:43:35.662
  • forget about it, and kinda likejust stick it on the shelf.
  • 00:43:35.695 --> 00:43:37.797
  • And I remember having thisdream, and in the dream, you
  • 00:43:37.830 --> 00:43:43.036
  • know, it's amazing, like, I'mnot a very emotional person,
  • 00:43:43.069 --> 00:43:45.104
  • I don't think, but in mydreams when I cry,
  • 00:43:45.138 --> 00:43:47.640
  • I just weep like crazy.
  • 00:43:47.674 --> 00:43:50.276
  • And when I get angry, I rage,you know?
  • 00:43:50.309 --> 00:43:51.978
  • And I'm not like that in reallife, but in my dreams I'm
  • 00:43:52.011 --> 00:43:54.180
  • this way.
  • 00:43:54.213 --> 00:43:55.615
  • And I remember in this dream, Iwas walking along a path, and I
  • 00:43:55.648 --> 00:43:58.317
  • was, like, jogging, and I was,like, making all this progress,
  • 00:43:58.351 --> 00:44:00.653
  • and I was feeling really good.
  • 00:44:00.687 --> 00:44:01.988
  • And then I came to this giganticwooden wall and it wasn't wood
  • 00:44:02.021 --> 00:44:06.993
  • like it was built out of lumber.
  • 00:44:07.026 --> 00:44:09.395
  • Imagine a wooden wall that lookslike one solid piece of knotted
  • 00:44:09.429 --> 00:44:13.566
  • wood, going up hundreds of feethigh and hundreds of feet wide,
  • 00:44:13.599 --> 00:44:17.970
  • just straight across, as far asthe eye can see.
  • 00:44:18.004 --> 00:44:21.507
  • And I thought, "How am I goingto get around this?"
  • 00:44:21.541 --> 00:44:23.710
  • And I started to look and I saw,as far as it went that way,
  • 00:44:23.743 --> 00:44:26.212
  • it had no end.
  • 00:44:26.245 --> 00:44:27.580
  • As far as it went that way,it had no end.
  • 00:44:27.613 --> 00:44:29.048
  • And it was way too highto climb over.
  • 00:44:29.082 --> 00:44:31.250
  • And I just in a rage beganhitting this wall, hitting this
  • 00:44:31.284 --> 00:44:35.755
  • wall, harder and harder.
  • 00:44:35.788 --> 00:44:37.490
  • "Let me through!
  • 00:44:37.523 --> 00:44:38.825
  • I need to get through!"
  • 00:44:38.858 --> 00:44:40.193
  • And banging on the wall.
  • 00:44:40.226 --> 00:44:42.095
  • And finally, I began to breakdown and cry because I knew
  • 00:44:42.128 --> 00:44:45.531
  • there was no way I was gettingaround this wall.
  • 00:44:45.565 --> 00:44:48.668
  • And I slumped down and I justbegan to weep.
  • 00:44:48.701 --> 00:44:52.805
  • And then it was like--I know itsounds funny, but you know how
  • 00:44:52.839 --> 00:44:54.974
  • sometimes in your own dreamsyou're, like, a camera man
  • 00:44:55.007 --> 00:44:57.744
  • or something.
  • 00:44:57.777 --> 00:44:59.078
  • It was like it, like, pannedout, and I can see that it
  • 00:44:59.112 --> 00:45:01.914
  • wasn't a wall at all.
  • 00:45:01.948 --> 00:45:03.316
  • It was just a gigantic tree.
  • 00:45:03.349 --> 00:45:06.018
  • And there I was just weepingunder this tree.
  • 00:45:06.052 --> 00:45:08.588
  • And it made me feel like--Ifeel like when I woke up, the
  • 00:45:08.621 --> 00:45:11.324
  • Lord used that dream to speak tome that the Lord was the tree,
  • 00:45:11.357 --> 00:45:14.260
  • that sometimes God does have usin a place that we think is a
  • 00:45:14.293 --> 00:45:18.464
  • wall or an obstacle, and it's sohard, and we're grieving, and we
  • 00:45:18.498 --> 00:45:21.901
  • just want to move on, we justwant to get through, but
  • 00:45:21.934 --> 00:45:24.337
  • sometimes we need to be there,and just weep, and allow.
  • 00:45:24.370 --> 00:45:28.674
  • You know, the tree is a verycommon symbol for for God
  • 00:45:28.708 --> 00:45:31.944
  • in the Bible actually,the tree of life.
  • 00:45:31.978 --> 00:45:34.914
  • And just be under the shade ofthe tree and just be at peace
  • 00:45:34.947 --> 00:45:38.451
  • sometimes with where we are,with what happened.
  • 00:45:38.484 --> 00:45:41.788
  • But God also doesn't want us tobe spinning our wheels and to
  • 00:45:41.821 --> 00:45:45.358
  • stay stuck.
  • 00:45:45.391 --> 00:45:46.692
  • Sometimes, like David, we haveto move on, even when it's
  • 00:45:46.726 --> 00:45:50.530
  • a death.
  • 00:45:50.563 --> 00:45:51.931
  • I think that the death of aspouse and the death of a child
  • 00:45:51.964 --> 00:45:56.269
  • is not something you can evermove on from.
  • 00:45:56.302 --> 00:45:59.672
  • I'm not sure it is.
  • 00:45:59.705 --> 00:46:01.040
  • Maybe it is, but I think--I always know you
  • 00:46:01.073 --> 00:46:03.176
  • can move forward.
  • 00:46:03.209 --> 00:46:04.544
  • And one thing that we rememberas believers is that those of--
  • 00:46:04.577 --> 00:46:08.347
  • those we love havenot truly died.
  • 00:46:08.381 --> 00:46:12.151
  • They've, in a way,changed location.
  • 00:46:12.185 --> 00:46:14.854
  • And although it still makes itvery difficult when we think
  • 00:46:14.887 --> 00:46:17.523
  • about that, it's interestingwhen we think about what heaven
  • 00:46:17.557 --> 00:46:20.927
  • means to us today while we'restill alive.
  • 00:46:20.960 --> 00:46:24.730
  • I remember my great friend, JuanCarlos Ortiz, whose son passed
  • 00:46:24.764 --> 00:46:29.235
  • away, you know, years ago.
  • 00:46:29.268 --> 00:46:33.406
  • Still I think it's still hardfor him and his wife Martha to
  • 00:46:33.439 --> 00:46:38.277
  • think about the loss of theirson, but he said, "Whenever I
  • 00:46:38.311 --> 00:46:40.379
  • watch the choir sing, I alwaysthink about this great cloud
  • 00:46:40.413 --> 00:46:45.818
  • of witnesses in heavensinging joyfully."
  • 00:46:45.852 --> 00:46:51.290
  • I think about that too.
  • 00:46:51.324 --> 00:46:52.625
  • I think that this idea of thegreat cloud of witnesses is that
  • 00:46:52.658 --> 00:46:54.794
  • we're almost supposed to seeourselves as players in a game,
  • 00:46:54.827 --> 00:46:59.198
  • that there have been playersbefore us and players after us,
  • 00:46:59.232 --> 00:47:02.501
  • and when those players are doneplaying, it's like they go into
  • 00:47:02.535 --> 00:47:05.304
  • the stadium.
  • 00:47:05.338 --> 00:47:06.706
  • I want you to picture this whenyou think about those you love
  • 00:47:06.739 --> 00:47:09.342
  • who have died.
  • 00:47:09.375 --> 00:47:10.676
  • Imagine that now you're in thestadium and your playing the
  • 00:47:10.710 --> 00:47:13.713
  • game, and they're watching you.
  • 00:47:13.746 --> 00:47:16.115
  • And with the Lord, they'recheering for you.
  • 00:47:16.148 --> 00:47:18.084
  • They're cheering you on andthey're wishing you well.
  • 00:47:18.117 --> 00:47:20.887
  • Isn't it interesting to thinkthat we have great-grandparents
  • 00:47:20.920 --> 00:47:23.422
  • and great-great-grandparents whoknow us well and we don't really
  • 00:47:23.456 --> 00:47:26.993
  • know them, who see us rightwhere we are, and they wish they
  • 00:47:27.026 --> 00:47:29.929
  • could talk to us, and they'repraying for you, and they're
  • 00:47:29.962 --> 00:47:33.299
  • cheering you on.
  • 00:47:33.332 --> 00:47:35.234
  • And I don't know about you, butI want to leave a life that when
  • 00:47:35.268 --> 00:47:38.571
  • I leave and go to sit in thestadium that I can be glad that
  • 00:47:38.604 --> 00:47:42.241
  • I contributed to the game, thatI moved things in the right
  • 00:47:42.275 --> 00:47:46.312
  • direction, that I was a partof--I was on the side of good
  • 00:47:46.345 --> 00:47:49.248
  • and not of evil, that I wasdoing what the Lord wanted me to
  • 00:47:49.282 --> 00:47:51.651
  • do, that I had courage and peacein my heart, that I had love and
  • 00:47:51.684 --> 00:47:56.489
  • justice in my heart, that Icarried the paradoxes that so
  • 00:47:56.522 --> 00:48:00.293
  • many of us must hold one in onehand and one in the other,
  • 00:48:00.326 --> 00:48:03.362
  • that I walked before the Lordin fear, and in boldness,
  • 00:48:03.396 --> 00:48:08.167
  • and in love.
  • 00:48:08.200 --> 00:48:10.803
  • And I hope you believe that too,that those you love, maybe a
  • 00:48:10.836 --> 00:48:14.674
  • spouse, or even a child, or aparent, sometimes when we go
  • 00:48:14.707 --> 00:48:21.681
  • through these hard times, it'seasy to feel alone, that we have
  • 00:48:21.714 --> 00:48:24.016
  • a best friend that passed away.
  • 00:48:24.050 --> 00:48:26.752
  • I want you to know they'recheering you on and they don't
  • 00:48:26.786 --> 00:48:29.655
  • want you to stay stuck inself-pity.
  • 00:48:29.689 --> 00:48:31.891
  • And no, you can't move on andjust forget about it, but you
  • 00:48:31.924 --> 00:48:34.660
  • can move forward.
  • 00:48:34.694 --> 00:48:36.529
  • And I do believe God's gonnacause you to move forward and
  • 00:48:36.562 --> 00:48:39.598
  • see the great thing that stilllies before you, not behind.
  • 00:48:39.632 --> 00:48:44.036
  • That just--you're alive.
  • 00:48:44.070 --> 00:48:45.838
  • You're alive.
  • 00:48:45.871 --> 00:48:47.173
  • There's this great thing thatlies before you.
  • 00:48:47.206 --> 00:48:49.842
  • Don't you want to see it?
  • 00:48:49.875 --> 00:48:52.912
  • Don't you want to claim it?
  • 00:48:52.945 --> 00:48:55.281
  • You will.
  • 00:48:55.314 --> 00:48:56.916
  • But for now, we move forward.
  • 00:48:56.949 --> 00:48:58.818
  • I'll just finish withthis last kinda--
  • 00:48:58.851 --> 00:49:03.322
  • it's called theStockdale paradox.
  • 00:49:03.356 --> 00:49:04.690
  • It's a business principle, but Ithink it's worthwhile to think
  • 00:49:04.724 --> 00:49:07.526
  • about in our personal lives.
  • 00:49:07.560 --> 00:49:09.562
  • Just wait one secondfor this quote.
  • 00:49:09.595 --> 00:49:11.630
  • There was a man named James--Admiral James Stockdale.
  • 00:49:11.664 --> 00:49:16.002
  • Admiral, I believe, is thehighest rank in the Navy.
  • 00:49:16.035 --> 00:49:18.971
  • I don't really know though.
  • 00:49:19.005 --> 00:49:20.339
  • I'm looking to you, Bruce,who I think was--
  • 00:49:20.373 --> 00:49:23.109
  • it is, I gotta thumbs up.
  • 00:49:23.142 --> 00:49:25.177
  • All right, James Stockdale wasshot down I believe from a
  • 00:49:25.211 --> 00:49:30.216
  • fighter jet and spent eightyears in what was known
  • 00:49:30.249 --> 00:49:34.820
  • as the Hanoi Hilton duringthe Vietnam War.
  • 00:49:34.854 --> 00:49:38.024
  • He was there with a number ofother soldiers and veterans,
  • 00:49:38.057 --> 00:49:42.028
  • where every single day theylived through hell and had no
  • 00:49:42.061 --> 00:49:45.398
  • promise that they would live, nopromise that they would ever
  • 00:49:45.431 --> 00:49:48.000
  • be rescued.
  • 00:49:48.034 --> 00:49:49.368
  • They didn't know for sure ifpeople knew they were even there
  • 00:49:49.402 --> 00:49:53.372
  • at times.
  • 00:49:53.406 --> 00:49:55.174
  • James Stockdale himself wastortured 20 plus times.
  • 00:49:55.207 --> 00:50:00.513
  • The other soldiers who werethere with him as well would
  • 00:50:00.546 --> 00:50:02.581
  • also be tortured, beaten, cut,electrified.
  • 00:50:02.615 --> 00:50:06.886
  • He was starving, and when heate, they gave him, you
  • 00:50:06.919 --> 00:50:09.388
  • know, mush.
  • 00:50:09.422 --> 00:50:10.923
  • Getting eaten alive by bugs andgetting riddled with disease,
  • 00:50:10.956 --> 00:50:14.760
  • and dysentery, and dirty water,and weather, and heat,
  • 00:50:14.794 --> 00:50:18.330
  • and storms.
  • 00:50:18.364 --> 00:50:19.698
  • Just having to live in it fornot only month after month,
  • 00:50:19.732 --> 00:50:23.569
  • but year after year.
  • 00:50:23.602 --> 00:50:25.805
  • And while he was there, healways believed in his men.
  • 00:50:25.838 --> 00:50:30.176
  • He continued to lead them, andencourage them, and give them
  • 00:50:30.209 --> 00:50:33.379
  • ways to move forward.
  • 00:50:33.412 --> 00:50:34.747
  • They created plans of ways thatthey could communicate with one
  • 00:50:34.780 --> 00:50:37.283
  • another, and ways that theycould get information to people
  • 00:50:37.316 --> 00:50:40.286
  • on the outside, and ways thatthey continue to move forward.
  • 00:50:40.319 --> 00:50:44.090
  • And in the end, so many of thosesoldiers who were there with
  • 00:50:44.123 --> 00:50:46.225
  • him, when they got out aftereight years of hell--do we have
  • 00:50:46.258 --> 00:50:50.696
  • that picture of James Stockdalehugging his kids?
  • 00:50:50.729 --> 00:50:55.835
  • After eight years of hell, somany of those men said, "That
  • 00:50:55.868 --> 00:51:00.206
  • man got me through that time."
  • 00:51:00.239 --> 00:51:05.911
  • It was Jim Collins who had thechance to interview this man,
  • 00:51:05.945 --> 00:51:12.051
  • who incidentally wonthe Medal of Honor,
  • 00:51:12.084 --> 00:51:14.053
  • Congressional Medal of Honor.
  • 00:51:14.086 --> 00:51:16.222
  • He had a limp now, a permanentlimp that he got from
  • 00:51:16.255 --> 00:51:19.358
  • being tortured.
  • 00:51:19.391 --> 00:51:20.693
  • And Jim Collins asked hima question.
  • 00:51:20.726 --> 00:51:23.529
  • He said, "Who are the onesthat didn't get out?
  • 00:51:23.562 --> 00:51:26.732
  • Who are the ones that died?"
  • 00:51:26.765 --> 00:51:28.934
  • And without even blinking, andthis is hard for me to say, he
  • 00:51:28.968 --> 00:51:33.873
  • said, "It was the optimists."
  • 00:51:33.906 --> 00:51:36.742
  • Now, I'm an optimist.
  • 00:51:36.775 --> 00:51:39.645
  • I believe that the sarcasticpeople, the critics, they're
  • 00:51:39.678 --> 00:51:47.219
  • often right about a lotof the things they say,
  • 00:51:47.253 --> 00:51:50.122
  • but it's the optimistswho change the world.
  • 00:51:50.156 --> 00:51:51.991
  • It's those who havea big vision.
  • 00:51:52.024 --> 00:51:53.325
  • It's those who are positive.
  • 00:51:53.359 --> 00:51:55.294
  • But in this case, and we mightbe in one of these types of
  • 00:51:55.327 --> 00:51:58.330
  • scenarios, he says it was theoptimist that always died early.
  • 00:51:58.364 --> 00:52:03.269
  • And he said it's because theywould always, you know,
  • 00:52:03.302 --> 00:52:06.238
  • in the beginning, kind ofhappy-go-lucky, and they would
  • 00:52:06.272 --> 00:52:08.340
  • say "We're gonna get out byChristmas," and then Christmas
  • 00:52:08.374 --> 00:52:11.277
  • would come and theywouldn't get out.
  • 00:52:11.310 --> 00:52:12.611
  • And they'd say "We willget out by Easter,"
  • 00:52:12.645 --> 00:52:14.647
  • and Easter would comeand they wouldn't get out.
  • 00:52:14.680 --> 00:52:16.115
  • And they said, "Well, guys,don't worry.
  • 00:52:16.148 --> 00:52:17.483
  • We'll get out by Thanksgiving,"and nothing would happen.
  • 00:52:17.516 --> 00:52:22.755
  • And he said, "You had tobelieve, as an optimist would,
  • 00:52:22.788 --> 00:52:26.392
  • that you'd get out.
  • 00:52:26.425 --> 00:52:28.027
  • You had to hold in your heartthat you'd get out, but you also
  • 00:52:28.060 --> 00:52:31.130
  • had to deal with the brutalreality that we had no promise
  • 00:52:31.163 --> 00:52:35.234
  • of getting out, we had no dateof getting out, we had no
  • 00:52:35.267 --> 00:52:38.704
  • rights, and we just had to getthrough one day at a time."
  • 00:52:38.737 --> 00:52:41.473
  • So I would call it naiveoptimism, but this was the quote
  • 00:52:41.507 --> 00:52:44.476
  • that he said, and I think thisis what I'd love for you
  • 00:52:44.510 --> 00:52:47.146
  • to take home.
  • 00:52:47.179 --> 00:52:48.514
  • "You must never confuse faiththat you will prevail in the
  • 00:52:48.547 --> 00:52:52.017
  • end, which you can never affordto lose, with the discipline to
  • 00:52:52.051 --> 00:52:57.189
  • confront the most brutal factsof your current reality,
  • 00:52:57.223 --> 00:53:00.793
  • whatever they may be."
  • 00:53:00.826 --> 00:53:03.362
  • This is what I think is the bestway to live life through really
  • 00:53:03.395 --> 00:53:10.536
  • trying times.
  • 00:53:10.569 --> 00:53:12.037
  • When your business is barelyhanging on, when your family is
  • 00:53:12.071 --> 00:53:15.140
  • struggling, when your nation isstruggling, the belief
  • 00:53:15.174 --> 00:53:18.744
  • that you're going to getthrough on the other side,
  • 00:53:18.777 --> 00:53:22.715
  • but not to live in denial.
  • 00:53:22.748 --> 00:53:24.149
  • Denial is not faith.
  • 00:53:24.183 --> 00:53:27.686
  • Denial is not faith.
  • 00:53:27.786 --> 00:53:31.490
  • Faith is accepting the brutalreality that whatever I'm going
  • 00:53:31.523 --> 00:53:36.695
  • through right now stinks, and Iwant it to be over, and I have
  • 00:53:36.729 --> 00:53:41.900
  • no--maybe have no power orlittle power to get it over
  • 00:53:41.934 --> 00:53:44.336
  • with, so I'm just going to dealwith it.
  • 00:53:44.370 --> 00:53:46.639
  • I'm going to deal with one issueat a time, but I'm also not
  • 00:53:46.672 --> 00:53:49.575
  • going to lose the belief thatGod is in control, that he's
  • 00:53:49.608 --> 00:53:54.713
  • gonna get me out.
  • 00:53:54.747 --> 00:53:56.348
  • And even though I might get outof here with a limp, I'll never
  • 00:53:56.382 --> 00:53:59.485
  • forget what he did to me when Ilived there in the Crucible
  • 00:53:59.518 --> 00:54:03.756
  • of the Hanoi Hilton, of the hellI went through.
  • 00:54:03.789 --> 00:54:06.492
  • And I just believe--you know,this is why my grandpa used to
  • 00:54:06.525 --> 00:54:10.229
  • teach on possibility thinking isprobably more productive than
  • 00:54:10.262 --> 00:54:14.900
  • positive thinking.
  • 00:54:14.933 --> 00:54:16.402
  • It's good to be positive and weshould be, but sometimes when
  • 00:54:16.435 --> 00:54:19.805
  • we're going through difficulttimes, it's sometimes better to
  • 00:54:19.838 --> 00:54:22.908
  • deal with the reality that we'regoing through and also say,
  • 00:54:22.941 --> 00:54:28.080
  • like, it's possible that this--what all is possible in my life
  • 00:54:28.113 --> 00:54:32.151
  • and to sort of examine thosethings and begin to hold them
  • 00:54:32.184 --> 00:54:34.920
  • in your heart.
  • 00:54:34.953 --> 00:54:36.288
  • Alright, enough of that.
  • 00:54:36.322 --> 00:54:37.823
  • All I wanna say is, in life,when we're going through hard
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  • times, don't just move on.
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  • Don't compartmentalize.
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  • Don't stick it on the shelf.
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  • And yet also, don't fallinto despair.
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  • Don't say to yourself,"It'll always be this way."
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  • Don't continually ask yourself,"Why is this happening?
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  • Why, why, why?"
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  • Far better to just simply say,"This is happening.
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  • I'm going to deal with it, butI'm also gonna trust that I
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  • serve a God of miracles, that Iserve a big God who loves me."
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  • If you hear anything I saytoday, my friend, I want you to
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  • know that God is gonna heal youand God is going to save you,
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  • and that even though you can'talways move on, you can
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  • move forward.
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  • God's gonna bring peace andhealing to your nation.
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  • God's gonna bring peace andhealing to your family.
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  • God has a great plan in storefor you and you can't give up
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  • hope, but we can't always decidewhen or how it's gonna happen.
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  • We just got to trust andcontinue to move forward.
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  • We can't always move on, but wecan always move forward, amen?
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  • So Lord, we love you and wethank you.
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  • We ask in Jesus's name,more than anything,
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  • we ask for wisdom.
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  • Teach us, Lord, what it means totake a step forward out
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  • of the rut that many of ushave been in.
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  • Even though we don't always feelthe right things, we pray, God,
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  • that we'll continue to be atpeace with who we are, be at
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  • peace with where we are, and yetat the same time move forward,
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  • trusting that you're goingto get out us--
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  • get us out of difficultcircumstances.
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  • Lord, I know that this COVIDthing--we all know this
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  • COVID thing willnot be around forever.
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  • And I pray, God, that you wouldgive us peace when we hit those
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  • low times to reach out to ourneighbor, to know that we're
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  • loved, to know that we have agreat plan for--you have a
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  • great plan for us, to know thatyou have new people, that you're
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  • gonna bring new relationshipsyou're gonna bring in our life.
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  • They're gonna be so life-giving,and fruitful, and good.
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  • Lord, more than anything, wewant to be your disciples
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  • and be more like Jesus.
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  • And it's in his namewe pray, amen.
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  • Well, thank youfor joining us today.
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  • We love you all so much.
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  • And now for the benediction.
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  • The Lord bless you and keep you.
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  • The Lord make his face to shineupon you and be gracious
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  • unto you.
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  • The Lord lift his countenanceupon you and give you peace.
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  • In the name of the Father,and of the Son,
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  • and of the Holy Spirit, amen.
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