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Better than Normal

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August 16, 2020
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Using the story of rebuilding the temple from the Old Testament; Pastors Kerry and Chris walk us through the current situation with coronavirus as an opportunity to rebuild on the Word of God.

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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Kerry Shook: The big questionthat everyone has been asking
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  • is, "When is everythinggoing to get back to normal?
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  • When are we going toreturn to normal?"
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  • So we wanna take you back to atime in the Old Testament when
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  • the people of God were askingthe very same question for they
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  • had been in captivity inBabylon for many years.
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  • And then Persia conquers Babylonso there's a new empire that's
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  • over them but the people of Godwere asking, "When are we ever
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  • going to return to Jerusalem?
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  • When are we ever going toreturn to normal life?"
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  • And some of the young peoplehad never experienced normal.
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  • They had spent their wholelife in captivity in a foreign
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  • country, and they didn't evenknow what normal looked like.
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  • Chris: And so these Israelitesare in captivity in Babylon and
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  • then Ezra's account opens upwith this: "That in order to
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  • fulfill his word, God moved theheart of the king in Babylon,"
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  • the king of Persia.
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  • His name was Cyrus and hesent the Israelites back
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  • to Jerusalem.
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  • He even gave them resourcesand said, "Hey, go build
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  • your temple."
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  • And they were sent back by theking for the express purpose of
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  • rebuilding the temple.
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  • And so, it was great.
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  • They're, like, "Yes, finally,the dreams have come true.
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  • We've been in captivity for70 years," and now they're in
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  • Jerusalem and they settle there.
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  • They settle in new homes.
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  • And they build the altar, theybuild the foundation, and when
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  • the foundation is laid, theyhave a giant celebration.
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  • They celebrate.
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  • Everybody's praising the Lord.
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  • I mean, can you just see it?
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  • All of these Israelites who havebeen in captivity for 70 years
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  • and now they're in Jerusalem andthey're celebrating that their
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  • foundation has been laid.
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  • And the biblical account saysthat all--everyone was praising
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  • and some were crying and somewere just yelling with joy, and
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  • the sound was so loud that youcouldn't even distinguish the
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  • weeping from thecelebratory yells.
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  • That's how loud it was.
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  • It was so loud.
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  • And so, reading this, right awayyou think, "Wait, why are some
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  • people crying and some peopleare just filled with joy?"
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  • And if you look a little closerin the Scripture, it says that
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  • it was the elders, the leadersof households, who were weeping.
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  • Well, why do you thinkthey were weeping?
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  • They were the ones who actuallyhad memories of the old temple.
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  • They were old enough to haveseen the first temple and now
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  • they see this new onecoming up in its place.
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  • In other words, they'd livedthrough the destruction.
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  • They had lived throughthe really hard stuff.
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  • Everybody had sacrificed,everybody had had to travel a
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  • long way to get back andreally work hard on the temple.
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  • But some had lost and there's alot of memory tied up in there.
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  • And so, as they're justcelebrating and people are
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  • going, "Woo-hoo," and some arecrying, we see here that to
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  • really fully embrace this newthing God was doing, this new
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  • temple, that those who hadlost had to stop and grieve.
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  • They had to grieve the oldtemple, the old way of life.
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  • They would have had memoriesmaybe of going to the temple
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  • with their parents.
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  • They would have had all kinds ofmemories of life then and they
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  • couldn't see this new thingwithout, at the same time, first
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  • grieving what was lost.
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  • Kerry: When the first groupof Israelites returned to
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  • Jerusalem, they start rebuildingtheir lives and, as Chris said,
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  • they startedrebuilding the temple.
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  • They laid the foundation of thetemple and, at first, everything
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  • was going as planned.
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  • It looked like things werestarting to get back to normal,
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  • but then the normalcomplacency set in.
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  • They stopped putting God first.
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  • They started settlingback into normal.
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  • Why?
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  • I think their biggest problemwas they wanted to return
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  • to normal.
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  • That became their goal, toreturn to normal so they started
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  • out trying to build normal allover again, to build normal
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  • lives, to build their normalhomes, to build their normal
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  • temple, and they triedto get back to normal.
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  • But that was never God's intent.
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  • That wasn't what God wanted.
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  • That's what they wanted.
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  • God had something completelydifferent in mind.
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  • In fact, God had taken themto worse than normal, exile
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  • in Babylon.
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  • I believe God had taken them toa worse than normal so that they
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  • would never returnto normal again.
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  • God had taken them to worse thannormal so they would never go
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  • back to normal, the way theywere before, because God was
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  • telling the people of Judah,"I don't want you to return
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  • to normal.
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  • Your normal schedule wasyou were too busy to pray.
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  • Your normal schedule was thatyou were too busy to really
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  • build deep andclose relationships.
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  • Your normal prioritiesleft me out.
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  • Your normal was being sostressed and overwhelmed and
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  • your schedule so overcrowded.
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  • Your normal was you weren'tgrateful for all the blessings I
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  • gave you.
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  • Your normal was you took forgranted all the things that you
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  • were blessed with and younever appreciated them.
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  • And your normal wascomplaining all the time.
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  • Never go back to normal."
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  • You see, God was telling thepeople, "My plan is that you
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  • never go back to normal.
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  • In fact, I want you to buildsomething with your life that's
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  • better than normal.
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  • I want you to live in a placethat's better than normal."
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  • And today, whenwe ask the question,
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  • "When are we goingto return to normal?"
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  • I wanna say, "I hope wenever go back to normal."
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  • female announcer: Still tocome, with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: Whenever you start tobreak free from normal, there
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  • are a lot of normalites thatsay, "You can't do that."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: In the midst of thecoronavirus we have witnessed
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  • Christ and staying connectedto the true source of hope.
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  • Your giving to Kerry ShookMinistries not only provides the
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  • us in support of theseoutreaches that bring Christ's
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  • Kerry: Well, in Haggai chapter2, God reveals his better than
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  • normal plan for the people.
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  • And this study of the Israelitesreturning to build something
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  • better than normal's a powerfulstory, and it's mentioned in
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  • several obscure books in the OldTestament: in Haggai, Zechariah,
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  • Ezra, Nehemiah, evenin 2 Chronicles.
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  • It's divinely inspired fromdifferent perspectives and some
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  • tell differentparts of the story.
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  • And so I want us to start outwith Haggai chapter 2 because,
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  • as Chris said, the foundation ofthe temple had been completed.
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  • They had a celebration but thenthey just settled back into
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  • normal and they let thefoundation just sit there along
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  • with all the rubble around it.
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  • And they settled back intonormal and God wanted to shake
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  • them out of normal.
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  • So would you stand in honor ofGod's Word, Woodlands Church?
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  • And just follow along with me.
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  • As God says to the people ofJudah and I believe God is
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  • saying this to you today.
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  • God is saying this to all of ustoday, Woodlands Church: "Does
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  • anyone remember this house, thistemple, in its former splendor?
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  • How, in comparison,does it look to you now?
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  • It may seem like nothing at all.
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  • Be strong, all you peoplestill left in the land.
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  • And now get to work, for Iam with you, says the Lord of
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  • heaven's armies.
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  • My spirit remains among you,just as I promised when you came
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  • out of Egypt.
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  • So do not be afraid.
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  • I will shake all the nations,and the treasuries of all the
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  • nations will bebrought to this temple.
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  • I will fill this place withglory, says the Lord of
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  • heaven's armies.
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  • The silver is mine and thegold is mine, says the Lord of
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  • heaven's armies.
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  • The future glory of this templewill be greater than its past
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  • glory, says the Lordof heaven's armies.
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  • And in this placeI will bring peace.
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  • I, the Lord of heaven'sarmies, have spoken."
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  • You can be seated.
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  • I love the phrase there whereGod says, "The future glory of
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  • this temple will be greaterthan the past glory."
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  • He's saying, "I'm gonna breakyou free to take you to better
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  • than normal."
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  • But there are three decisivechoices, three decisive changes
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  • that the people of God had tomake to really break free from
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  • the gravity of normal.
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  • And there are three distinctchoices that we have to make as
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  • we head into this process sothat we can build something that
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  • is better than normal with ourlives, so that we can live lives
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  • in a place ofbetter than normal.
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  • The first choice is I have todecide normal people will no
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  • longer keep me from becomingwho God has created me to be.
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  • Normal people will no longerstop me from living better
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  • than normal.
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  • You see, when the Israelitesfirst returned to Jerusalem,
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  • they started out and it lookedlike they might break out of
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  • normal and whenever you startto break free from normal, just
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  • expect normal people to try tostop you, to try to discourage
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  • you, to try to keep youfrom breaking out of normal.
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  • And that's what happens.
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  • Right after they laid thefoundation of the temple in
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  • Ezra 4:4, it says: "Then thepeople around them set out to
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  • discourage the people of Judahand make them afraid to go
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  • on building."
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  • So after they finished thefoundation, the enemies of the
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  • people of Judah started adiscouragement campaign and it
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  • was a doggedly determineddiscouragement campaign.
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  • They just kept on and on and on.
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  • They would bribe officials, theywould start gossip,
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  • discouraging gossip.
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  • They would try to get governmentofficials against them.
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  • They would do all these thingsto try to discourage them as
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  • they were afraid that the peoplewere breaking out of normal.
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  • Now who were these enemiesthat lived all around them?
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  • They were Samaritans, they wereAmmonites, Horonites, Moabites,
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  • but really you could call themall normalites because that's
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  • what I call them, normalites.
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  • And there are normalitesall around you.
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  • And whenever you start to breakfree from normal, there are a
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  • lot of normalites thatsay, "You can't do that."
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  • And whenever you start to live alife that's better than normal,
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  • there will be a lot ofnormalites that will try to
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  • discourage you, anddiscouragement just means to
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  • take away courage.
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  • Encourage meansto put courage in.
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  • I can't hang arounddiscouraging people.
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  • I don't wanna hang aroundnormalites because I don't have
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  • much courage to begin with.
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  • I need all the courage that I'vegot and a whole lot more from
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  • God so I can't afford to hangaround people that are taking
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  • courage away from me.
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  • I hang around encouragers.
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  • But the normalites are alwaystrying to take courage away
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  • from you, always trying to keepyou in that mold of normal,
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  • and our normalite culture putsthis pressure on us where we
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  • think we have to do whateveryone else is doing, live the
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  • way everyone else is living,so we can be normal.
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  • But we've never stopped toask, "Is normal working?"
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  • God wants us to never go backto normal, and this is
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  • our opportunity.
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  • This is the greatest opportunitythat we've ever had to leave
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  • normal behind forever, and moveto a place that's better
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  • than normal.
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  • Whenever God takes you back toworse than normal, he always
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  • does it so you'll never returnto normal again, so he can take
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  • you to the nextlevel in your life.
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  • We all feel like things areworse than normal but it's our
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  • greatest opportunity tonever return to normal.
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  • But you've got to decide--you'vegot to decide right here and
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  • right now, "I'm nevergoing back to normal.
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  • I am never again gonna letnormal people keep me from being
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  • who God has called me to be."
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  • Chris: And the next choice thatwe have to make is to decide
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  • that normal problems will nolonger keep me from finishing
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  • what I've started.
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  • All the normal problems.
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  • Don't you know that, thathalf-built temple that sat there
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  • was a daily reminder to them ofall the half-finished business
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  • that they had with God?
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  • I mean, that templewas inescapable.
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  • If you have been to Jerusalemor seen any pictures, the temple
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  • was absolutely central,geographically, in every part of
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  • life, to the Israelite people.
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  • And so, every day,that was a reminder.
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  • Can you relate to that at all?
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  • Having some unfinished stuffaround, and kind of just never
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  • getting around to it?
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  • I know I can.
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  • And this really hit me becausealong with the other things that
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  • were lost over the past fewmonths, I lost all my excuses.
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  • I mean, I really honestly wouldhave told you a few months ago
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  • that, you know, yes, okay,it's true, I have a lot of
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  • half-finished projects around,a lot of good intentions, you
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  • know, things like, oh yeah, I'mgonna get around to connecting
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  • with that neighbor or connectingwith this person or reaching out
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  • to that long-lost relativeor all those kinds of things.
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  • There's books I should read,there's things I should learn,
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  • but you know what?
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  • I just don't have time.
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  • I don't have time.
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  • If the world would just stopfor a few days, then I'm sure I
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  • would really geton top of things.
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  • Well, I was given not a few daysbut a few months and guess what?
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  • The problem all alongwas not my problems.
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  • The problem was me.
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  • I was the problem.
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  • I was the one whowasn't finishing.
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  • I was the one who used problemsas excuses and now that's been
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  • laid bare to me because now Iknow, oh, actually, it turns out
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  • I'm the one who needs to change.
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  • And here again, we can learn somuch from the Israelites because
  • 00:15:06.255 --> 00:15:09.725
  • the temple had been half-builtfor 15 years and then God sends
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  • Haggai and Zechariah to themto give them a word from him.
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  • And just listen to whatGod has to say to them.
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  • This is in Haggai chapter1, verses 5 through 7.
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  • He says, "Now this is whatthe Lord Almighty says: 'Give
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  • careful thought to your ways.
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  • You have planted much,but harvested little.
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  • You eat, but never have enough.
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  • You drink, but younever have your fill.
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  • You put on clothes,but are not warm.
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  • You earn wages, only to put themin a purse with holes in it.'
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  • This is what the Lord Almightysays: 'Give careful thought to
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  • your ways,'" wow.
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  • Whenever I run across somethingthat God says twice in Scripture
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  • and in this book of the Bible,in Haggai, it says this over and
  • 00:15:57.906 --> 00:16:01.577
  • over and over, and it isresounding to us, this
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  • question today.
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  • "Stop, give carefulthought to your ways."
  • 00:16:07.216 --> 00:16:10.019
  • The pause button has been hitand before we jump right back
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  • into the old way, into the oldnormal, God is saying to each of
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  • us, "Stop, give careful thoughtto your ways," to the way you've
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  • been living, not just society asa whole, because it's easier to
  • 00:16:23.899 --> 00:16:27.403
  • lump ourselves into that andthink about what everybody else
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  • has been doing wrong.
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  • But God says to us personally,"Examine your heart, and give
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  • careful thought to your ways.
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  • Don't rush back in."
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  • You see, in the Old Testament,the temple was the place that
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  • God's Spirit resides.
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  • But then Jesus Christ cameinto this world and he lived a
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  • perfect life.
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  • He died on the cross.
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  • He rose again and now, hisSpirit is alive in us
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  • as believers.
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  • The temple is nolonger a building.
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  • The temple is you and I.
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  • The temple is the heartof every believer.
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  • We are the temple.
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  • We're the ones that hewants to keep building on.
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  • We're the ones that hehas not finished with yet.
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  • God's goal is really clear here.
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  • As we read through this account,God's goal is, "I will finish
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  • building this temple.
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  • The temple has started andnow I'm going to finish it.
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  • This work will be finished."
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  • And the enemy's goalis also really clear.
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  • The enemy shows up over and overand over in people, in problems.
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  • The enemy keeps showing up andhere's the enemy's goal: to stop
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  • the building process.
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  • That's it.
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  • Anything will do to stop the--aslong as it stops the building
  • 00:17:42.778 --> 00:17:45.147
  • process, that's an effectivestrategy for the enemy.
  • 00:17:45.180 --> 00:17:48.183
  • So his goal, whether it's usinga person or discouragement or
  • 00:17:48.217 --> 00:17:50.319
  • fear, problems, is tostop the building process.
  • 00:17:50.352 --> 00:17:55.390
  • But God will finish,no matter what.
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  • He will finish what he started.
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  • So don't settle for what'shalf finished in your life.
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  • Don't settle.
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  • God is going tofinish in our hearts.
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  • And what happens is that afterthis word from--Ezra is given to
  • 00:18:08.203 --> 00:18:10.272
  • the people, in Ezra and when hetalks about it and Haggai gives
  • 00:18:10.305 --> 00:18:13.308
  • his promise, tells them,"Hey, think about it.
  • 00:18:13.342 --> 00:18:15.911
  • Stop, think, pause," the people,the Israelites, turn their
  • 00:18:15.944 --> 00:18:19.715
  • hearts back to God and theystart again and they get back to
  • 00:18:19.748 --> 00:18:24.987
  • building and the temple isfinished in record time.
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  • And here's what this tells us.
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  • It's that unfinishedwork can be redeemed.
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  • Our God is a redeemer.
  • 00:18:38.167 --> 00:18:40.869
  • And even if the work seemsabsolutely overwhelming, you
  • 00:18:40.903 --> 00:18:45.073
  • know that looking at thattemple, that massive temple, it
  • 00:18:45.107 --> 00:18:48.110
  • had to seem like, "How arewe ever gonna finish this?"
  • 00:18:48.143 --> 00:18:51.480
  • But yet, even if the job seemsunmanageable, impossible, God
  • 00:18:51.513 --> 00:18:55.717
  • will redeem it.
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  • Maybe your marriage right nowfeels like this is a massive
  • 00:18:57.986 --> 00:19:00.989
  • impossible task to repair.
  • 00:19:01.023 --> 00:19:03.592
  • God can redeem your marriage,even if original favorable
  • 00:19:03.625 --> 00:19:06.562
  • conditions no longer exist.
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  • King Cyrus had sent them back.
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  • They had all the authority, allthe decrees in the world to
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  • go ahead.
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  • They had the resources to build,and they still didn't finish it.
  • 00:19:16.905 --> 00:19:19.041
  • They may have thought, "Oh, wemissed that window altogether."
  • 00:19:19.074 --> 00:19:23.212
  • And maybe you feel that way.
  • 00:19:23.245 --> 00:19:25.514
  • Maybe you feel like that windowfor that dream that God put in
  • 00:19:25.547 --> 00:19:28.650
  • my heart, that isclosed, that's gone.
  • 00:19:28.684 --> 00:19:32.054
  • I didn't take advantage ofit when I should, now there's
  • 00:19:32.087 --> 00:19:35.123
  • nothing to do about that.
  • 00:19:35.157 --> 00:19:37.159
  • That dream is dead and buried.
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  • Not with God.
  • 00:19:39.061 --> 00:19:40.529
  • God can redeem anything, evenif resources are lacking.
  • 00:19:40.562 --> 00:19:43.232
  • Over and over, resources camefrom the most unlikely sources
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  • for the Israelitesto build this temple.
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  • God provided throughunlikely ways.
  • 00:19:50.072 --> 00:19:52.774
  • And even if you have a bad trackrecord and you fear failing
  • 00:19:52.808 --> 00:19:56.044
  • again, God canstill redeem that.
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  • ♪ Maker of heaven,maker of earth ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Galaxy architect,gave me my worth ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Who could have predictedthe story you'd write ♪
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  • ♪ No, no, youstretched out the heavens ♪
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  • ♪ And laid down your life ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Here where sinand love collide ♪
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  • ♪ I stand in awe,arms open wide ♪
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  • ♪ The God who joined thehemispheres joined my fight ♪
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  • ♪ Here where sin and bloodcollide, my chains fall off ♪
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  • ♪ My fears subside ♪
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  • ♪ The God who madethe universe ♪
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  • ♪ Made a way ♪
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  • ♪ You made a way ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Here where sinand love collide ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male: You sing,"Maker of heaven."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Maker of heaven,author of life ♪
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  • ♪ With no obligationyou painted the skies ♪
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  • ♪ There's no planet too big,no creature too small ♪
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  • ♪ No ♪
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  • ♪ In your perfect pictureyou wanted it all ♪
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  • male: Come on we sing out.
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  • ♪ Here where sinand love collide ♪
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  • ♪ I stand in awe,arms open wide ♪
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  • ♪ The God who joined thehemispheres joined my fight ♪
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  • ♪ Here where sinand blood collide ♪
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  • ♪ My chains fall off,my fears subside ♪
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  • ♪ The God who made theuniverse made a way ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Make a way, make a way ♪
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  • ♪ You'll make a way,make a way ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ You're the maker of thestars so make a way ♪
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  • ♪ You're the maker of myheart so make a way ♪
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  • ♪ You made the blindto see so make a way ♪
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  • ♪ You made somethingnew in me ♪
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  • ♪ So make a way ♪
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  • ♪ When the walls are closingin you will make a way ♪
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  • ♪ When I need to startagain you will make a way ♪
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  • When I can't see my wayout you will make a way ♪
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  • ♪ In the darkness I willshout "You will make a way" ♪
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  • ♪ When I have nothing leftyou will make a way ♪
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  • ♪ When I can't take one morestep you will make a way ♪
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  • ♪ When I can't see my wayout you will make a way ♪
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  • ♪ In the dark I will shout"You will make a way" ♪
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  • ♪ When I have nothing leftyou will make a way ♪
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  • ♪ When I can't take one morestep you will make a way ♪
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  • ♪ When I can't see my wayout you will make a way ♪
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  • ♪ In the dark I will shout"You will make a way" ♪♪
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