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November 12, 2019
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  • Those that think that the Bible was divinely inspired
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  • without pictures have somehow managed to miss the parables
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  • because the parables are inspiration
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  • through illustration.
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  • They are pictures.
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  • They are pictures.
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  • They're the way he brought the listeners into something
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  • that captured in living color the things of normal life to
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  • which they could relate so that he could teach them
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  • something unknown through something known to them.
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  • CC by Aberdeen Captioning 1-800-688-6621 abercap.com
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  • I love this, a little excerpt that is on parables
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  • in the Holman Bible Dictionary.
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  • It--that whole section of it in the dictionary is written by
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  • Dr. Peter Rhea Jones and he makes this statement
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  • in his definition of parables.
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  • Just let this settle with you for a minute.
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  • He says: "Jesus could turn people's ears into eyes."
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  • That's the power of story.
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  • How many of us think in the way he would tell a story and then
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  • the colloquialisms that he would use, the figures of speech,
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  • how many of us think about pearls before swine.
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  • Whoever saw a pearl before a swine?
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  • But still we'll think about it continually 'cause I think when
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  • somebody does something I don't wanna forget or somebody
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  • encourages me on a day that I needed it in the worst way,
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  • I don't want it to be pearls before swine.
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  • I don't want it wasted on me.
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  • That is one way he turns ears into eyes.
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  • Behind the door of a divine story there is mystery.
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  • 1 Corinthians 13 holds true, even today as we have all
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  • the study tools, all the guides we could possibly imagine, all
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  • of our dictionaries, all of our seminaries, whatever it may be,
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  • still the apostle Paul's words hold to us today.
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  • We see in a mirror darkly.
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  • There's so much we don't understand
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  • and I wanna tell you something.
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  • One reason why we're still in it is because of the mystery.
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  • I've thought this over and over again.
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  • One reason why I am so taken with Jesus is that
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  • he is this perfect blend of security and mystery.
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  • I know he will never let me out of his grasp.
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  • I know that he will never leave me.
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  • He will never forsake me.
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  • I know that my sins are forgiven.
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  • I know that I have been made clean.
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  • I know all of these things for a fact but there's still so much
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  • that is mysterious about him.
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  • Do you realize that he chose--if what he wanted to put down
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  • in sacred, holy, beautiful writ was chosen by him
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  • in the size you could hold in your lap,
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  • do you realize all he chose not to tell us?
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  • Do you know he was as thoughtful about what we don't know
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  • as what we do?
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  • Because there in the blank spaces, there in
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  • the fill-in-the-blanks that we don't ever get filled in,
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  • even in a lifetime of study, that is where faith lives.
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  • I want you to turn back--glance back at Mark chapter 4
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  • and I wanna read you a couple of segments there.
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  • "And when he was alone, those
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  • around him with the 12 asked
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  • him about the parables.
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  • And he said to them, 'To you
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  • has been given the secret of
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  • the kingdom of God, but for
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  • those outside everything
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  • is in parables.'"
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  • Now, keep listening because this is where we begin
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  • to see that he is speaking to them as they have ears to hear
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  • and as it can be revealed.
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  • I want you to hear Mark chapter 4:26 through 29.
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  • This is imperative for us.
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  • "He said, 'The kingdom of God is
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  • as if a man should scatter seed on the ground.
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  • He sleeps and rises night and day,
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  • and the seed sprout and grows;
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  • he knows not how.
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  • The earth produces by itself,
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  • first the blade, then the ear,
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  • then the full grain in the ear.
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  • But when the grain is ripe,
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  • at once he puts in the sickle,
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  • because the harvest has come.'"
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  • Did you notice with me, he goes,
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  • "All of this is happening and the farmer is going, 'I have
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  • no idea what's really going on underneath that soil.'"
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  • It's the most beautiful thing.
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  • I've got to tell you, this is the way of the Lord because
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  • do not ever, ever confuse hidden with dormant.
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  • One of the ways that we just, like, over and over and over
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  • again lose perspective on the works of God is that we
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  • are continually judging what God is doing by what we see,
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  • when he is telling us in this parable,
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  • "You have no idea what I am doing underground."
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  • And the Holy Spirit is constantly working in under that
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  • ground, that no seed that is planted is gone unnoticed.
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  • Behind the door of a divine story there is revelation.
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  • There is revelation.
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  • God has such a glorious affinity for revelation, it is his way,
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  • that he painstakingly to us, patiently, went through
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  • centuries of time from the first word that he inspired until
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  • he closed the thing down with the revelation.
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  • All through these centuries, even in centuries of silence of
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  • revelation that would become holy Scripture, all of that time
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  • just for the sake of progressive revelation so that one day after
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  • he had uncovered just one layer at a time off of the portrait of
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  • his own Son that one day he will rip through that curtain and we
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  • will see the King of kings and Lord of lords
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  • in his immortal glory and it will be everything
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  • we can do not to die at the sight.
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  • Anybody know what I'm talking about?
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  • I've thought and smiled to myself many, many times, maybe
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  • that's one reason why we'll have to get new bodies is so they can
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  • bear the sight of the Son of God.
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  • Don't you wonder?
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  • There is revelation.
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  • Look at Mark 4:34, you're still open to it, and it says this.
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  • It's so beautiful.
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  • In verses 33 and 34:
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  • "With many such parables
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  • he spoke the word to them,
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  • as they were able to hear it.
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  • He did not speak to them without a parable,
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  • but privately to his own disciples
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  • he explained everything."
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  • Listen to it out of Eugene Peterson's translation,
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  • The Message: "With many stories
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  • like these, he presented
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  • his message to them,
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  • fitting the stories to their
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  • experience and maturity.
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  • He was never without a story
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  • when he spoke.
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  • When he was alone with his disciples,
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  • he went over everything,
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  • sorting out the tangles,
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  • untying the knots."
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  • What is behind the way
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  • he translated this right here?
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  • Do you know that the word there when it says,
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  • "He explained everything.
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  • He explained everything."
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  • The verb form of that "explained," is the word
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  • "epiluo," "epiluo," and that "luo"
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  • means to unloose, to unloose.
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  • So it is giving the picture of a knot but it's as if he's just
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  • like telling the story and turning this knot and turning
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  • this knot but then when he was with them, when he was with his
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  • disciples, and they would ask about it, ask to know, ask to
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  • know more, they would yearn to know more, "Tell us the meaning
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  • of the story," he would begin to unloose it and untangle it
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  • and unknot it.
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  • 24: "And he said to them,
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  • 'Pay attention to what you hear:
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  • with the measure you use,
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  • it will be measured to you,
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  • and still more will be added to you.'"
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  • It is not a stretch to say, and I saw this
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  • by a number of different scholars, think about this.
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  • It's the measure that the word can find to land in with us.
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  • Do you know what that's basically saying, if we were
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  • gonna put it in these kinds of physical, literal terms?
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  • It's saying, "How big are your ears?"
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  • It's saying, "You wanna-- you wanna get some
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  • big revelation out of the Word of God?
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  • Have some big ears where the Word is concerned."
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  • It's like--it's like it says in Psalm 81, verse 10 when God said
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  • over Israel, "Open your mouth wide and I will fill it."
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  • In other words, how big can you get your mouth?
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  • How much do you want?
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  • Now, I don't know, do y'all--do you guys have Sonic up here
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  • where you drive in-- you do--
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  • where you can get your Route 44 drink?
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  • That's what we're talking about, measure.
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  • He's saying, like, "How big are your ears?"
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  • I mean, we never think in any other context big ears
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  • would be good.
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  • In the Gospels big ears are a beautiful, beautiful thing.
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  • I was thinking about Red Riding Hood saying to
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  • the wolf disguised as her grandmother,
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  • "Oh, Granny, what big ears you've got."
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  • "All the better to hear you with."
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  • Listen, when Jesus is able to say of you,
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  • "What big ears you've got," you are a true student.
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  • I am so full of joy this morning.
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  • Anybody else got a little joy on 'em today?
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  • We're going to lift it up and let the name of Jesus go forth
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  • in this place, in such power and in such presence.
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  • We are so, so thrilled to be with you.
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  • And I think what God's going to remind us of today is that
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  • we're in the middle of the story.
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  • Do you not think that he's going to tie up every thread where
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  • you are concerned?
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  • That he who started the plan knows how to end it?
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  • We're going to get some confidence in him today,
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  • in his ability to always bring something to a good finish.
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  • Can somebody say, "Hallelujah?"
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  • There's nothing, no sin, no transgression,
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  • that exceeds
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  • the power of the cross.
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  • Thank you, God.
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  • I was intrigued by what one of the commentators called this.
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  • Dr. David Smith on his commentary
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  • of the Gospel of Mark.
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  • He used a phrase, he was talking about the parable of the soils,
  • 00:11:07.190 --> 00:11:10.080
  • describing listening disorders.
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  • Listening disorders.
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  • I just locked into that.
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  • I don't even know, for sure, I think it was written in
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  • the earlier 2000s, somewhere around maybe '07, 2007 or 2006,
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  • I'm not sure of that.
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  • But I thought, "What a timely phrase for right now,"
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  • because we are developing such listening disorders.
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  • We've talked about distraction but I thought about other ones.
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  • I thought about filters that we just--we filter things.
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  • We filter things.
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  • It's--the social media has made one huge social experiment out
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  • of the way we are prone not only to read information but to read
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  • into it, because we're filtering it through our own perceptions
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  • and our own stereotypes and our own prejudices.
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  • Our feelings, how much they can stand to us to be a listening
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  • disorder, how I feel about someone can have so much to do
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  • with how I'm going to hear what they say.
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  • If I don't like 'em, I'm probably not gonna like
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  • what they say to me.
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  • Anybody getting that with me?
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  • If I don't trust 'em, I'm probably not gonna trust
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  • what they say to me.
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  • But I wanna turn this to the other side and talk about
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  • something that may be equally dangerous and that is when we
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  • like somebody so much that we think whatever they say
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  • must be it.
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  • Listen, somebody that has been right 99 times out of 100
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  • is gonna be wrong once and it can be a big one.
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  • You go to the Word of God, to the only one
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  • who cannot be wrong, who cannot lead you wrong,
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  • and who cannot tell you a lie, even on accident.
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  • And then there's just a noise.
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  • There's just like, 'cause we've got so much noise going on here,
  • 00:12:58.170 --> 00:13:01.200
  • so much noise, so many voices shouting at once that we've
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  • developed, anybody with me, listening disorders.
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  • Behind the door of a divine story
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  • there is invitation. Invitation.
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  • There's this wonderful parable of the wedding feast in Matthew
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  • 22 where the king throws a great party
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  • for his son's wedding.
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  • And it says: "Again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying,
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  • 'The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave
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  • a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those
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  • who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come.
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  • Again he sent other servants, saying,
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  • "Tell those who are invited,
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  • 'See, I've prepared my dinner,
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  • my oxen,
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  • my fat calves have been slaughtered,
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  • everything is ready.
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  • Come to the wedding feast.'"
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  • But they paid no attention and went off,
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  • one to his farm, another to his business,
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  • while the rest seized his servants, treated them
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  • shamefully, and killed them.'" They paid no attention.
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  • Verse 8 of that same chapter: "And he said to his servants,
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  • 'The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
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  • Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast
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  • as many as you can find.'
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  • And those servants went out into the roads
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  • and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad,
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  • so that the wedding hall was filled with guests."
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  • The only requirement was that
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  • they be dressed in the wedding garments and, for us,
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  • that is in the righteousness of Christ, robed in salvation.
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  • We are invited to be part of the greatest story
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  • in all of human history.
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  • And when Jesus writes our story into his,
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  • it's gonna be a great story.
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  • I'm gonna tell you something and I really, really want you to
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  • hear this part very clearly as I preface what I'm about to
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  • read to you.
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  • A couple of mornings ago on Wednesday morning, I was up
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  • early, early, early in the morning and I told you
  • 00:15:04.130 --> 00:15:07.260
  • a little bit about the way that I have my Bible reading time
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  • and my prayer time.
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  • I do lots and lots of journaling and lots of writing down and I
  • 00:15:11.010 --> 00:15:13.010
  • have quiet, you know, I do an intercessory prayer list of
  • 00:15:13.020 --> 00:15:17.210
  • people that I'm praying for and that kind of thing but sometimes
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  • I'll just look up then and talk to him.
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  • Now I've never seen him, he's never appeared to me,
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  • he's never talked back to me out loud, but I know he's there.
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  • I know he's there.
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  • And so sometimes I'll stop what I'm doing and so I was praying
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  • for you guys and I was praying about what we were talking about
  • 00:15:30.150 --> 00:15:32.280
  • this weekend and I was asking him, "Oh, Lord,
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  • come and tell us--tell us about story.
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  • Tell us about story."
  • 00:15:40.120 --> 00:15:42.060
  • And then I said to him, I said, "Tell me a story.
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  • Tell me a story."
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  • Now I'm gonna tell you something.
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  • Don't misunderstand what I mean when I tell you that I just
  • 00:15:51.180 --> 00:15:55.120
  • started writing because I don't mean writing in the same way
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  • that God would inspire the Word of God.
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  • There's nothing that compares to this.
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  • Let there be no confusion.
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  • What we come up with as flawed creatures will always be flawed.
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  • This, on the other hand, is not.
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  • So I'm not talking about being inspired by God
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  • in the same way but what I am saying is I'm hoping
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  • that it was led by him, just Spirit-led by him,
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  • to write down and I want to read you a story.
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  • So I'm gonna say quite upfront what part of my imagination
  • 00:16:33.060 --> 00:16:37.060
  • that went into it that does not reflect his, then that's where
  • 00:16:37.070 --> 00:16:42.000
  • you know this is where you have a flawed teacher indeed.
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  • But I think many of the concepts that you're about to hear in
  • 00:16:46.230 --> 00:16:48.270
  • this little story that's just imagination, many of these
  • 00:16:48.280 --> 00:16:53.010
  • concepts you would find right there
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  • in the Word of God.
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  • "Once upon a time, upon a time set before a single clock
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  • could tick or tock, there was you, naked and cold and
  • 00:17:04.140 --> 00:17:10.290
  • squirming in the startling light after nestling curled up tight,
  • 00:17:11.000 --> 00:17:16.150
  • safely, soundly, in your mother's womb.
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  • And I saw you there, your eyes squinting but mine wide open
  • 00:17:19.060 --> 00:17:25.050
  • just as I had seen you the instant you had been conceived.
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  • I watched you all those days and every day.
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  • I formed your days for you, built them like blocks lifted
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  • from a calendar before I had even formed your tiny body.
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  • I placed your heart within your frame and I appointed the moment
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  • it beat for the very first time.
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  • I know the moment it will beat for the very last time.
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  • And it will be precious to me because you are precious to me.
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  • All your days are before me; not one is insignificant to me.
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  • I saw you there, squirming, and I knew who you would be at
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  • 3 years old and I knew who you would be at 12 years old.
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  • And I knew who you'd be today.
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  • I knew that your squirming would last a lifetime because it does,
  • 00:18:28.110 --> 00:18:33.250
  • you know.
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  • My servant Job penned it this way: 'Mortals born of woman are
  • 00:18:35.180 --> 00:18:40.290
  • a few days and full of trouble.' I saw you there, slick and
  • 00:18:41.000 --> 00:18:48.240
  • squirming and squinting, as of yet unwashed from your entrance
  • 00:18:48.250 --> 00:18:53.270
  • into the world, and I said of you, 'Isn't she beautiful?'
  • 00:18:53.280 --> 00:19:00.130
  • And those near me nodded, for you were.
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  • You are.
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  • I wish you knew.
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  • I wish you could see you from where I see you.
  • 00:19:13.280 --> 00:19:17.260
  • I wish you could see that what you were certain would mar and
  • 00:19:17.270 --> 00:19:22.270
  • disfigure you could not mar or disfigure what I made with
  • 00:19:22.280 --> 00:19:28.000
  • my two hands.
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  • Nothing has, nothing can erase what I have written for you.
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  • I knew all things as I saw you squirming there
  • 00:19:35.190 --> 00:19:43.230
  • and I never left you.
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  • When others ran, I stayed.
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  • When you felt alone, you were not.
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  • When you felt cold and naked and exposed, I blanketed you.
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  • I swaddled you.
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  • One day you'll know.
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  • I saw you playing when you were a little girl.
  • 00:20:04.220 --> 00:20:08.100
  • I knew your friends' names.
  • 00:20:08.110 --> 00:20:10.040
  • I knew the friends that you'd make
  • 00:20:10.050 --> 00:20:13.280
  • and the friendships you'd break.
  • 00:20:13.290 --> 00:20:16.110
  • I knew your fears of the dark and the battles you'd fight with
  • 00:20:16.120 --> 00:20:20.140
  • the darkness before you even knew that darkness had a name.
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  • I knew what you'd lose.
  • 00:20:29.060 --> 00:20:31.030
  • I knew who you'd lose.
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  • I knew when you'd lose.
  • 00:20:34.260 --> 00:20:39.030
  • I also knew what you would win
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  • if you found me and all you'd lose.
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  • I saw a fighter in you when you saw a coward in your mirror.
  • 00:20:43.240 --> 00:20:48.140
  • I saw the soul I'd fashioned within you and I knew that
  • 00:20:48.150 --> 00:20:52.060
  • who you thought you were was not the real you.
  • 00:20:52.070 --> 00:20:55.290
  • I made no coward.
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  • I made no mistake.
  • 00:20:58.240 --> 00:21:01.050
  • The woman I fashioned in her mother's womb was fierce.
  • 00:21:01.060 --> 00:21:04.290
  • She was enduring and believing.
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  • She'd possess the capacity to love when other hearts would
  • 00:21:07.190 --> 00:21:11.080
  • have long ago collapsed.
  • 00:21:11.090 --> 00:21:14.050
  • She had it in her to love fiercely and bravely, to come
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  • back to her feet after battles that would leave her broken
  • 00:21:18.120 --> 00:21:22.200
  • and bruised and bloody.
  • 00:21:22.210 --> 00:21:25.180
  • I knew when I saw you squirming there on the day of your birth,
  • 00:21:27.110 --> 00:21:32.270
  • exactly where your scars would be on that body of yours
  • 00:21:32.280 --> 00:21:39.260
  • that is so precious to me.
  • 00:21:39.270 --> 00:21:43.000
  • I knew which would be visible, carved in your skin, and which
  • 00:21:43.010 --> 00:21:47.160
  • would be out of sight to all other eyes except mine,
  • 00:21:47.170 --> 00:21:51.090
  • those deeper still, carved in your soul.
  • 00:21:51.100 --> 00:21:57.210
  • I knew how they'd come and through whom they would come.
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  • I know about scars.
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  • I've kept my scars.
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  • I knew when they weighed you
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  • that they were half an ounce off.
  • 00:22:21.250 --> 00:22:24.140
  • I chose the color you were, the DNA that you would have.
  • 00:22:24.150 --> 00:22:28.220
  • I knew the width or your feet, both at birth and full-grown
  • 00:22:28.230 --> 00:22:33.290
  • while they were still guessing the color of your eyes.
  • 00:22:34.000 --> 00:22:38.070
  • I knew what precise shade they'd be and what they'd see
  • 00:22:38.080 --> 00:22:41.270
  • and what they would not see.
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  • I was in the room when you were born
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  • and I saw you squirming there.
  • 00:22:48.150 --> 00:22:51.040
  • And when they laid you down to tend to your mother, what they
  • 00:22:51.050 --> 00:22:55.020
  • didn't know and could not see is that they laid you down in my
  • 00:22:55.030 --> 00:22:58.230
  • arms, handed you right to me, and I said over you, though you
  • 00:22:58.240 --> 00:23:05.240
  • could not hear, 'She, this tiny little she-child, she belongs to
  • 00:23:05.250 --> 00:23:11.050
  • me and one day she will see and she will place her faith in me
  • 00:23:11.060 --> 00:23:16.260
  • and testify of me.'
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  • I knew you had it in you to tell I had done you
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  • right when the world had done you wrong.
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  • I knew when you wandered from me and stumbled in the dark,
  • 00:23:25.200 --> 00:23:28.230
  • you'd turn back to the light.
  • 00:23:28.240 --> 00:23:30.220
  • You never left my hand, you never will.
  • 00:23:30.230 --> 00:23:33.130
  • Though storms will rage and waters rise, and demons roar and
  • 00:23:33.140 --> 00:23:38.060
  • foes collide, I will deliver you safely home but yours is not to
  • 00:23:38.070 --> 00:23:43.190
  • obsess and toil and stress over how you can live out your days
  • 00:23:43.200 --> 00:23:48.020
  • safely and securely, shielded from all ills.
  • 00:23:48.030 --> 00:23:53.290
  • You are already safe.
  • 00:23:54.000 --> 00:23:57.190
  • You are already secure.
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  • You will see all that so clearly when you make it home to me.
  • 00:24:00.190 --> 00:24:09.000
  • But this world is ill and I have good news to tell it and good
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  • works to offer it and compassion to comfort it and affection
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  • to warm it through your surrendered life.
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  • I do not want you to miss your life trying to guard your life.
  • 00:24:20.230 --> 00:24:24.250
  • Guard your heart but pour out your life freely,
  • 00:24:28.040 --> 00:24:29.290
  • like a clay pitcher tipped to the full,
  • 00:24:30.000 --> 00:24:32.080
  • splashing effervescent living water on dry and weary souls.
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  • Oh trust me on this.
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  • I'm writing a story worth telling with your life
  • 00:24:39.040 --> 00:24:43.070
  • intertwined in mine.
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  • It will have all the elements that make a story rich: hopes
  • 00:24:45.200 --> 00:24:49.190
  • and dreams and what seems to be their dashing, triumphs and
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  • tragedies, ecstasies and agonies, threats and griefs and
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  • dangerous foes, impossible odds, tumbling defeats,
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  • countless near misses.
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  • Oh, I see you squirming there.
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  • A little nerve-wracking, isn't it?
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  • Oh, don't you worry.
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  • It's gonna be so good.
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  • I can't give away the whole plot.
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  • You just have to wait and live it.
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  • But if you'll lean in closely I'll whisper a hint
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  • of how your story ends.
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  • You and I live happily ever after."
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  • Hearing Beth read that story during today's show reminded me
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  • of Jeremiah 1:5 where it says: "Before I formed you in
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  • the womb, I knew you before you were born and I set you apart."
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  • Celina, he has always known how our stories unfold.
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  • Absolutely, Natalie.
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  • I crave to feel known and understood so badly and I can
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  • tend to look for that approval in people.
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  • But, as I was hearing Beth read the story today, my heart felt
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  • so full because I was reminded of just how well the Creator
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  • knows me and loves me.
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  • And I want you to know that he knows and loves you too,
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  • and there's really nothing better than that.
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  • Oh, there's nothing better than that.
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  • And right now, you can get the full printed story book
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  • as our thank you for your donation.
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  • And with your book, you will also receive a free audio
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  • download of Beth reading it aloud.
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  • Grab your copy today and we'll see you next week.
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  • Jesus strongly disapproves of what robs you.
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  • Jesus strongly disapproves of what robs me.
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  • And so if we wanna know a situation where he's liable to
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  • walk in and make a mess, it's where somebody's getting robbed.
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  • "Living Proof" has two new resources available
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  • Visit bethmoore.org and get your copy today.
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