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The God of All Comfort

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July 19, 2020
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Dr. Jack Graham's mission is to glorify God by introducing Jesus Christ to as Lord to all people.

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The God of All Comfort

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  • Second Corinthians,chapter 1 says [2 Corinthians 1:
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  • 3-5]: 3) Blessed be the God andFather... (That is, praise be to
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  • the God and Father) of our LordJesus Christ, the Father of
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  • mercies and God of all comfort,4) who comforts us in all our
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  • affliction, so that we may beable to comfort those who are in
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  • any affliction, with the comfortwith which we ourselves are
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  • comforted by God. 5) For as weshare abundantly in Christ's
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  • sufferings, so through Christ weshare abundantly in comfort,
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  • too. Everyone in lifeexperiences pain, sorrow, grief,
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  • tears. No one is exempt. Theproverb... the ancient Spanish
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  • proverb says: "There's neverbeen a home without it's hush."
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  • We've all been in that placedescribed as The Shadowland by
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  • C. S. Lewis... The Shadowland,living in the valley of the
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  • shadow. Grief. We all havepoured out tears from time to
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  • time, whether it is loss... andthat's what grief is about, it's
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  • loss. And I say parentheticallybefore we even get started here,
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  • and importantly, that if you'reloved one has passed away and is
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  • in heaven, you didn't lose them.You don't lose things when you
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  • know where they are. And so, weknow that they're not lost, but
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  • they have left, and that bringsgreat grief. It's loss of any
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  • kind. Grief is described as thatintense emotional suffering
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  • caused by loss, disaster,misfortune. It's deep sadness.
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  • It's more than the usual up anddowns of life, it's... it is
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  • grief at the deepest level. Itis... it is heartbreak, it is
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  • heartache. No wonder Jesus saidto His disciples, facing the
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  • cross. He said, [John 14:1]"Don't let your heart be
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  • troubled. You believe in God;believe in Me." He prepared them
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  • for what's to come. And that'sour goal here today. Not only to
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  • prepare you, but to comfort youwith the word of God. It's
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  • intense emotional suffering. Itcan be the loss of life, the
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  • loss of a loved one, it can bethe loss of health, it can be
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  • the loss of a marriage, it canbe the loss of a career and yet
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  • we are comforted by the God ofall comfort. Christians are not
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  • exempt from grief. You knowthat; we all now that. As a
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  • pastor I have walked withliterally thousands of people at
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  • funeral homes, memorialservices, graveside... the long
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  • arduous journey, and I'vewatched God comfort them in ways
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  • that could only be described assupernatural as the power of
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  • Christ and the comfort of Godsurrounds us. And why do people
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  • who are Christians cry? Because,you know, we... we feel it
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  • perhaps even more deeply thatothers. We love deeply and
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  • therefore, we hurt deeply whenwe lose someone or something
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  • dear and near to us. So we... wehave real tears. One of the
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  • worse things that anyone can dowith grief is to repress it or
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  • suppress it. But we must releaseit to God and release it to the
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  • people of God. More about thatin just a moment. Jesus actually
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  • said, [Matthew 5:4] "Blessed areyou who mourn...." It's in the
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  • Beatitudes. "Blessed are you whomourn... happy are you who
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  • mourn, for you will becomforted." And it is in the
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  • comfort that we smile again,even though it is through tears.
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  • We can live again, we can loveagain, we can experience life to
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  • the fullest again because wehave been comforted by God. That
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  • verse at the top of our chapterhere, says, "the God of all
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  • comfort." He is the source ofour comfort. "The God of all
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  • comfort!" That includes the onewho is described as "the Father
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  • of all mercies." [Lamentaions3:23] "His mercies are new every
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  • morning: great is Thyfaithfulness." God is near and
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  • dear to the brokenhearted, andHe is God the Father who
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  • envelopes us, embraces us withHis love, and His love will
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  • never let you go. God loves you!Let that sink in for just a
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  • moment. And His love is aneverlasting love. God the
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  • Father. He is the God of allcomfort. God the Son, the Lord
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  • Jesus Christ. Why is it that somany broken people ran to Jesus
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  • for help? Hurting people! Didyou notice in His ministry, in
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  • His Gospel trek, His trek onthis earth in His humanity, how
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  • He was always with thebrokenhearted, the broken
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  • people? He was near to peoplewho needed Him the most. The
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  • Pharisees, the self-righteous,the religious crowd wanted
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  • nothing to do with Jesus exceptto crucify Him and get Him out.
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  • But the hurting, the broken...they ran to Jesus. Why? Because
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  • He understands our pain and oursorrow and our grief. The Bible
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  • says in the book of Isaiah, theprophecy of Isaiah, [Isaiah
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  • 53:3] "He's a man of sorrows,acquainted with grief." And when
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  • Jesus went to the cross to diefor our sins, He also carried
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  • our sorrows; He carried ourgrief; He carried our sorrows.
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  • "What a friend we have in Jesus!All our sins and griefs to
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  • bear;/ What a privilege to carryeverything to God in prayer."
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  • Jesus is the friend of sinner,but He's the friend the
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  • sorrowful as well, the hurtingwho need healing, including
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  • those with broken hearts. TheGod of all comfort, God the
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  • Father of mercy, Jesus theSavior who on the cross
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  • demonstrated His love for us andbore our pain and suffering on
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  • the cross. We have a high priestthat understands our pain and
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  • our suffering. Not one farremoved from us, but Jesus came
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  • to earth in His humanity, not soHe could find out how much it
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  • hurt, so that he could, youknow, understand more. He
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  • already understood more. He cameto earth and bore our sins and
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  • bore our sorrows, so that wewould know He understands! He's
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  • been there! He's done that! Nota distant deity somewhere out
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  • there, not religion but Jesus,the God of all comfort. And then
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  • Jesus said in the dark night ofHis own soul, approaching the
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  • cross, in the upper room... Hisdisciples were fearful and
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  • anxious about what was about totake place, and Jesus said,
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  • "Look, I'm not going to leaveyou alone. I'm going to send you
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  • another, one just like Me, theparaclete, the Holy Spirit, the
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  • one called along side you, theHelper, the Comforter. And the
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  • Comforter has come the HolySpirit is with us. His living
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  • presence is within us. And theComforter has come to encourage
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  • us with the very living presenceof God our Savior. So, when this
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  • verse says the God of allcomfort it's this God.
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  • Religion cannot comfort
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  • because all the foundersof religion are dead and gone!
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  • But Jesus, the God of allcomfort, He comforts us and with
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  • the comfort with which we arecomforted, we comfort others.
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  • One of the problemspeople are facing as a result of
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  • the Coronavirus pandemic ismental health crisis as well as
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  • physical crisis and anxiety andloneliness and loss and
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  • depression and so many otherkinds of struggles that people
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  • face. You know, it's good totake care of ourselves
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  • physically and we should but wealso need to take care of
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  • ourselves mentally andemotionally and of course
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  • spiritually, so this series,HELP is all about that. It's
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  • about confronting the issuesthat we all face in our lives
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  • whether we're talking aboutloneliness or grief or stress or
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  • anxiety, depression, addiction,that's what this series is
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  • about. And so, I felt the Lordleading me not only to preach a
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  • series like that but to producea book and it's called HELP:
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  • Facing the Challenges of Lifewith Confidence and Hope. This
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  • is not a self-help book, this isa book that comes right out of
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  • the word of God, messages thatwe've delivered on all of these
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  • subjects and I pray that youwill let us know of your need.
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  • This is a great book that youcould give to someone else
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  • because so many people 1 out of3 or 4 people around the world
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  • right now are facing some kindof mental health issue and
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  • certainly there's the spiritualissue. And as always, we take
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  • people right to Christ, right toHis cross and the resurrection
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  • and the hope that we have inJesus. I will also send you my
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  • book, A HOPE AND A FUTURE. It'sa book that you need to read and
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  • give to others. My book, A HOPEAND A FUTURE was written for you
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  • maybe even have lost hope. Maybeyou're thinking I'm never going
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  • to defeat this sinful habit inmy life. Well, God says to the
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  • contrary, you can live invictory and that's what we talk
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  • about in this book, A HOPE AND AFUTURE. You can live in hope,
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  • There are some waysthat I want to give you in this
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  • message that will help you notjust get through, but grow
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  • through, and even glow throughthe griefs of your life... the
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  • pain and the sorrow of yourlife. So, I would encourage you,
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  • perhaps, to write these thingsdown. You can share them with
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  • others. You know, there's apanorama of emotions that are
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  • involved with grief. Emptiness,sadness, numbness. Some of you
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  • will recognize them. Some areexperiencing them right now, but
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  • bitterness, anger, guilt, fear,anxiety, depression, self-pity,
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  • helplessness, despondency, evendespair. A broken heart can take
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  • your life. I'm convinced that myown dear mother died of a broken
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  • heart, just trying to livethrough the grief and the loss,
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  • the death of my father. You candie of a broken heart. But our
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  • prayer is that you will livewith a broken heart, and let
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  • your broken heart bless others.And here's how you do this. This
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  • is how the God of all comfortcomforts us, so that we can
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  • comfort others. Number one, ingrief God draws you close to
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  • Himself... in grief God draws uscloser and closer to Him. Psalm
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  • 34:18 says, "God is near thebrokenhearted." To those who are
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  • crushed in sprit. It feelslike a crushing, doesn't it?
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  • Feels like a crucifixion whenyou grieve. And yet, God draws
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  • near to each one of us. Goddraws you close to Himself.
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  • [James 4:8] "Draw near to God,He draws near to you", and He is
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  • always there. [Hebrews 13:5] "Henever leaves us or forsakes us."
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  • When you read Psalm 23, thegreat and famous Psalm 23,
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  • written by David, the shepherdking, David, most likely in this
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  • passage... this great poem islooking back on his life and the
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  • tender care of God as theShepherd. He was a shepherd boy
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  • himself and so when he thoughtof God, the God of all comfort,
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  • he thought of the shepherd andcare and compassion of God, and
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  • he wrote: [Psalm 23:1] "The Lordis my Shepherd; I shall not
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  • want." And he begins... I oftenremind grieving people of this
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  • great truth regarding theTwenty-third Psalm. He begins by
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  • talking about the Lord. It's abeautiful testimony. [Psalm
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  • 23:1-3] "The Lord is myShepherd: I shall not want. He
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  • leads me beside the stillwaters. He leads me in
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  • righteousness for His name'ssake." He's talking beautifully
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  • of the Lord and the... and theGood Shepherd, the Great
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  • Shepherd. He's talking about theLord. But then, he says, "Yea,
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  • though... even though I walkthrough the valley of the shadow
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  • of death"... So he walks intothe valley of the shadow of
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  • death. And there he experiencesthe presence of God, the care
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  • and the comfort of God. He says,[Psalm 23: 4] "Yea, though I
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  • walk through this valley ofshadow of death, I will fear no
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  • evil. Your rod, your staff...they comfort me." Notice he
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  • walked... he walked through thevalley because you know
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  • shadows... the valley of theshadow. It's a literal place
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  • that we visit when we're Israelout in the Judean desert. It's
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  • creviced canyons and in theancient world there were robbers
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  • and thieves. It was literally avalley of the shadow of death.
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  • Remember C. S. Lewis' statementI mentioned earlier... "The
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  • Shadowland." This is TheShadowland. These are the
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  • badlands really. And so, you canlook at that crevice today and
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  • it really looks... it reallylooks torturous and... and
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  • tumultuous to walk throughthere. And yet, he said you walk
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  • not just in but through. Ifyou're in the valley of the
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  • shadow of death, God promisesyou're coming out on the other
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  • side! Because shadows may scareyou, shadows may frighten you,
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  • but they can never hurt you whenyou know the Lord! Because
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  • ultimately the shadows fallbehind us when we turn our face
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  • to the Son. When we turn ourfaces to the Lord, the shadows
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  • fall behind us. And so Davidtakes that walk through the
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  • valley of the shadow and comesout on the other side. And then
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  • instead of talking about theLord, he starts talking to the
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  • Lord. [Psalm 23:4-5] "Your rod,your staff, they comfort me. You
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  • anoint my head with oil. Youprepare a table before me in the
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  • wilderness." You see thedifference? Before, he was
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  • talking about the Lord;beautiful testimony of God. But
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  • then when he goes through thedark valley, he's closer to God,
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  • closer to God, and now he'stalking to the Lord. Draw near
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  • to the Lord and God draws closerto us. And I tell you this: God
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  • will be more real to you intimes of tears than at any other
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  • time in your life. Number two,God grieves with you. Know that!
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  • When Jesus went to the tomb ofHis good friend Lazarus... he
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  • had died... He stood outsidethat tomb and, chapter 11 of
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  • John's Gospel, verse 35, the onewho is the resurrection and the
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  • life It says He stood there...The shortest verse in the Bible,
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  • verse 35, and yet sacred groundbecause sacred tears flowed from
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  • His sacred head and eyes,because the Bible says "Jesus
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  • wept." These tears were nottrickles as described in the
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  • language of the New Testament,but copious tears, flowing,
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  • heaving, sobbing, weeping. Andthe same Savior who wept at
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  • Lazarus tomb in the face ofdeath and sorrow, weeps with us.
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  • He's been to the cross, He'ssuffered with us. God grieves
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  • with you. He understands. Thisis why so many people run to
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  • Him. They go to God; they go toJesus when they hurt because
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  • they know He's the one whounderstands. Oh, we'll
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  • understand it better by and by!Our questions... our whys and
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  • why nots will be answered ineternity. But until then it's
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  • enough to know that He knows,that He understands our pain and
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  • our suffering and our hurt, andwe can leave the burden with
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  • Him. God grieves with you. Doyou believe that? Number three,
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  • God gives you a church family.When you grieve as a believer
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  • and follower of Christ, Godgives you a church family. We
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  • are not meant to grieve alone!To isolate yourself or insulate
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  • yourself from people is one ofthe worse things you can do when
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  • you're sad. And although thereare times you don't want to see
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  • anybody, be with anybody, andthere are seasons for that. But
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  • ultimately you need to get upand get going again and get with
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  • people who love you and careabout you. And it is at the
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  • church of the Lord Jesus Christwhere people like we have
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  • experienced the goodness of God,the grace of God in our grief,
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  • and we have been comforted bythe God of all comfort, and we
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  • can comfort others. It is one ofthe key ministries of this
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  • church and any church tominister to hurting people, to
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  • grieve with those who grieve.The Bible says we mourn with
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  • those who mourn. The Bible saysbear one another's burdens, and
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  • that word burden Is also a wordthat is used for sorrow in the
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  • Bible. [Galatians 6:2] "Bear oneanother's burdens and so fulfill
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  • the law of Christ." Because,look, there are some people...
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  • some here today, some watchingonline, you're staggering
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  • beneath a heavy burden, theweight! You're stumbling, and
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  • you need somebody to come alongand help you carry the weight!
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  • Why would you keep carrying thison your own, when there's
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  • someone who loves God and wholoves you who will help you
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  • carry this? You need God and youneed God's people in His church.
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  • Number four, God uses grief...God uses grief to help you grow.
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  • It is in grief that we grow inthe dark. And as I said, we glow
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  • in the dark ultimately, but ourdependence upon God increases,
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  • our obedience to God. There arelessons that we learn in
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  • suffering that can be learnednowhere else. Don't waste your
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  • sorrow. Learn everything thatyou can learn when you're
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  • walking in darkness and grief.Number five, God gives you the
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  • hope of heaven. You can grievebecause God gives you the hope
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  • of heaven not only for those youmay be grieving about, but those
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  • yourself, you're grievingyourself. And yet when you focus
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  • on not what is lost but what isleft... Don't focus on what is
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  • lost, focus on what is left, andwhat is left is the promises of
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  • God and the hope that we have inJesus Christ. It's impossible to
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  • live without hope. I don't knowhow people get through the
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  • things they try to get throughwithout the God of hope and the
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  • God of all comfort. There ishope because Christ is coming
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  • again. He said, [John 14:1.3]"Don't let your hearts be
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  • troubled; you believe in God,believe in Me." Said, "I go to
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  • prepare a place for you and I'mcoming again to you." I can't
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  • tell you how many times I'vestood before memorial services,
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  • funeral services, cemeteries,graveyards, funeral homes, and
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  • quoted the words of the ApostlePaul in 1 Thessalonians chapter
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  • 4 [1 Thessalonians 4:13-18]:"But I would not have you to be
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  • ignorant, brothers, concerningthose who are asleep. (That is,
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  • those who have died before us.)I would not have you be
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  • uninformed about those who areasleep... ignorant, brothers,
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  • concerning those who have fallenasleep, lest you sorrow as those
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  • who have no hope." We sorrow;our tears are real! But they are
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  • not hopeless tears! Our cryingis not the cry of despair; it is
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  • the cry of hope! "We do notsorrow as those who have no
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  • hope. For if we believe thatJesus died and rose again, even
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  • so them who sleep in Jesus willGod bring with Him. For this we
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  • say unto you by the word of theLord, that we who are alive and
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  • remain ... ... shall not precedethem which are asleep. For the
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  • Lord Himself will descend fromheaven with a shout, and the
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  • voice of the archangel, and thetrumpet of God. And the dead in
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  • Christ shall rise first. Then wewho are alive and remain unto
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  • the coming of the Lord shall becaught up together with them in
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  • the clouds to meet the Lord inthe air. And so will we ever be
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  • with the Lord." But it doesn'tend there. It says, "Therefore
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  • comfort one another with thesewords." Comfort one another with
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  • a word, a promise in a futurewith God. You know, when you
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  • come along side people, youdon't need to preach sermons or
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  • even quote a lot of verses. Justbe there as a person of hope.
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  • Point people to Jesus and pointpeople to heaven, and love them.
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  • But it is in grief... whatevergrief, and there are different
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  • kinds of grief. It may be death,it may be the loss of loved one,
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  • the loss of a job, the loss of amarriage... Whatever your grief,
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  • you're ultimately comforted inthe comfort that God gives
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  • us-the hope of heaven. And oneday, one day, one day He's going
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  • to wipe away all tears from oureyes! But until then, and the
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  • last thing is this: God usesyour heartbreak to help others.
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  • God's going to wipe away ourtears, but until then God will
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  • use your hurt and your hand towipe away people's tears, to
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  • weep with those who weep, togrieve with those who grieve, to
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  • be present when people are aloneand feeling so lost and so
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  • lonely. No one should ever feelalone. They should know God's
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  • presence and your presence...our presence. And so, what God
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  • does is He takes our tears and,yes, He turns them into
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  • telescopes so we can see Godmore clearly, but He turns them
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  • into testimonies, and our tearstestify that even in pain and
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  • sorrow and grief that we arecomforted and we are blessed.
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  • So, we praise God through thepain. He starts the whole thing
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  • by saying: "Blessed be God!Praise Thee to God, the Father
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  • of mercies, the God of allcomfort." And when you praise
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  • Him through tears... Look, thereare some people want to know: Is
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  • your faith real? Is your faithreal when you are at the bottom,
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  • when you are in the pit, whenyou are in the darkness, when
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  • you are grieving so much, whenyou've cried your eyes out? Is
  • 00:25:37.759 --> 00:25:40.095
  • your God real? What a witness!What a witness it is to say when
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  • you come to the place whereJesus is all you have; He is all
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  • you need!
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  • When you come tofaith in Jesus Christ you will
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  • still have problems but you areredeemed and having been
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  • redeemed we can then be restoredand we can start recovering and
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  • this is a lifelong experienceand as we continue to grow,
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  • becoming more and more likeChrist and gain the mind of
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