Peace | Advent: Week 2

Turn on any newsfeed in the world and you’ll find yourself wondering, “Is peace really possible?” The answer is yes—and it’s accessible to us all.

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Well, welcome to Crossroads.

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We're so glad to have you joining us from anywhere you are right now.

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My name's Lena Schuler, I'm the Crossroads Anywhere Community Pastor.

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And I'm here with my good friend and teammate Kyle Ranson.

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- Hey, hey

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-It's great to be with you, Kyle.

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- It's awesome, Advent season is upon us.

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- Yes, it is.

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- We're in the series and this one's different for us

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because usually when we do a series, we're picking a topic

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and then we're building the whole thing from scratch.

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Advent is actually centuries and centuries and centuries old.

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It's the way that Christians for a long time

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have been anticipating the arrival of Jesus.

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So there's an exact order and we are following it this year.

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- That's right.

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So last week was the week of hope.

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- Uh-huh.

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- This week, the week of peace.

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- Yep.

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- And then we have joy and love coming down the pike.

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And so this is going to give us a full picture

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of what Jesus brings with Him

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and what we can be anticipating in this Christmas season.

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Yes. So part of Advent also is this wreath

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and these candles that we have in front of us.

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So each week with each piece of Advent,

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we're going to light a candle.

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And so right now, the candle of hope is lit from last week.

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And this week we'll be lighting the candle of peace.

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- It's so easy to go through December

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and you can get sucked into Target's version of Christmas, you know?

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- Right.

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- Or the Hallmark version of Christmas or...

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- The Netflix movie version.

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- Yes.

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- I knew that's what you were going to say.

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- It's the best.

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- The Christmas Prince and all.

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- Yes, I love those movies.

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- Which really says a lot about you.

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- They're the best. Oh, my gosh, they're so terribly great.

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- Yeah.

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- On of my favorite parts about Christmas.

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But you can do all that Christmas stuff

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and you can still miss the story of Jesus if you're not careful.

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So Advent for us this season anyway has been a great addition

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to actually put Jesus at the center of our family's Christmas story.

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- That's right.

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- And one thing that everybody might not know about,

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but you want to anticipate,

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is next weekend we have something very, very special.

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- Yes.

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- Ugly Christmas sweater weekend at all of our sites:

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the band, community pastors, and you, if you so dare,

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are invited to wear an ugly Christmas sweater.

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- And if this is your thing, man, this could be your time to shine.

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- Yeah, totally.

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- So after ugly Christmas sweaters,

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we go back into normal clothes for Christmas Eve.

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- Yeah. Let's hope.

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- OK. So Christmas Eve is coming

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and we do something for Christmas Eve as a church every year.

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- Yeah. It's just a special time, again it's a moment to not pass by.

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And it's really a Crossroads church family moment.

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- And remembering the Christmas Eve

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that I played Mary on Crossroads' stage.

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- That happened?

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- I read the Mary lines.

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My brother read the Gabriel lines.

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- Where was I?

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- I don't know.

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But there was a microphone passed back and forth from my dad.

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And it got stuck under a couch like the one that you're sitting on.

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And he had to yank it

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and he whacked me in the face with the microphone.

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- Hits me in the teeth. Loud noise.

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I was in sixth grade.

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Always my most embarrassing moment.

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And I can pretty much guarantee that won't happen this year.

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- Ok. So your dad is Brian Tome?

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- So this year you're saying --

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- I'm not reading Mary's lines.

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- You are unlikely to play Mary?

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- I'm unlikely to play Mary.

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- It's possible, but it's not very likely.

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- And hopefully nobody will be hit in the face of microphones this year,

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like that one year back in 2001.

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- Pretty big promises.

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It sound like it's going to be amazing.

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We can watch it at what time?

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- 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00 on Christmas Eve.

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Now, this is something special and unique.

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We've not done this before or in a really long time.

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We're going to have live services streamed

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right here from Crossroads Oakley.

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And so you can join us live at any of those times.

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And then it'll go on demand after that.

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And you could enjoy the Christmas Eve experience

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from your home anytime in the Christmas season.

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- Fantastic.

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- It's gonna be great. Cool.

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So, let's prepare for Jesus

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and anticipate His arrival by going right into Advent.

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- `Perfect.

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Anxious, overwhelmed, afraid.

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We are a people in search of peace.

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We long for it in the world and in ourselves.

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Apart from God, it's impossible to achieve a state of peace.

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But God sent His Son, the Prince of Peace Himself.

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And this peace doesn't come in grandiose ways.

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Sometimes it comes in unexpected ways,

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like a baby born in the city of Bethlehem.

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A city that was despised in its time.

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A city considered small, insignificant, out of the way.

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But in this unlikely city, a baby was born whose
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Jesus won back the peace.

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Jesus set things back the way they should be,

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sometimes in small and quiet ways, but never insignificant.

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A life of peace is a gift we can receive through trust in Him.

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Well, hey, everyone, my name's Justin if we've never met.

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Welcome to the weekend at Crossroads

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where for the month of December we're celebrating

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this thing called Advent, the arrival of Jesus.

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Where in the midst of chaos and busyness

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and all the craziness that surrounds us, Jesus comes in.

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He brings hope and peace and love and joy to us.

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So we're going to start our time by singing some old Christmas songs.

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And not like Frosty the Snowman

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or I Saw Momma Kissing Santa Claus,

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which is pretty creepy to me, at least to me.

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No, these are worship songs.

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These are about King Jesus.

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And so they allow us to say things like Gloria in excelsis Deo,

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which literally means glory to God in the highest.

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You are the highest.

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That's what we get to do now together.

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So if you're here in the room, stand up with us.

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If you're online, we're glad you're with us.

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Turn it up. We're going to sing together.

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- I love that song, Angels We Have Heard on High.

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And I love the way that we got to sing it together today.

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If you liked that version of that song, that's a Crossroads original.

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And so you can head to wherever you normally stream music

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and listen to that, sing that song during the week.

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You know, one of the things that I've been reflecting on this year

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as the year comes to a close is

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what my faith journey with God has looked like over the years.

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And I grew up right here at Crossroads

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going to Kids' Club and then student ministry.

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And I loved being part of this church.

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One of the things that we learned in Kids' Club growing up

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and then that we practiced in my house growing up

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was giving to God our first 10 percent.

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It was the 10/10/80 plan.

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10 percent to God, 10 percent to savings,

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80 percent we got to keep for ourselves.

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And so I practiced that as a kid

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with money I made babysitting or allowance.

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And then when I moved out of my parent's house

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and kind of had to make the choice for myself

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if I wanted to follow Jesus

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or I wanted to go another direction,

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I chose not to give any longer.

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That was a choice.

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And in coming back to faith,

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in choosing to follow Jesus as an adult

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and orienting my life towards Him,

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I recognized that it also meant that

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my finances had to be oriented towards Him

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and I had to follow Him with my money.

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In Malachi 3, He says to -- God, says to test Him,

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put Him to the test when it comes to the tithe,

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10% back to God first.

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And so I chose to test God in that way.

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And I was attending Crossroads again as an adult.

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And so when I went to give for the first time as an adult,

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I was blown away when I saw my giving history

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all the way back to 1996 when I gave a $1.36

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that year.

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And one of the things I realized in that moment

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was that my faith was actually stronger

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as a little kid than it was as an adult.

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Because I was being obedient to God with my finances,

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with the little that I had as a child.

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And I got more selfish and it became harder to do that as I got older.

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Well, maybe today, maybe 2019, as we come to a close,

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is the time for you to put God to the test

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and to put your faith on display by orienting your life

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and your finances towards Jesus.

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And if you want to do that and give to the church,

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you can head to Crossroads.net/give.

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And I believe that your faith will be built up

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the way that mine has been over the years

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through this simple act of giving.

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And today we're going to get started with the Advent of peace.

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And we're so glad that you're joining us.

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- Advent. We've heard about it, seen it,

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posted about it, maybe even tasted it year after year.

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So what is Advent?

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A countdown to presents?

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A celebration of pets, beauty products, cheese?

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Well, no.

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Advent is the season of anticipation and celebration.

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But the gift we're waiting for is Jesus, not cats.

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Because with Jesus comes all sorts of life changing goodness.

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Advent gives us the chance to share in the
ancient longing for the coming King, a Savior.

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And every year, for thousands of years,

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Christ followers have been lighting candles

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the four Sunday's leading up to Christmas.

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These candles represent four themes in the Bible:

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Hope, peace, joy, love

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that came forth with the long awaited arrival of Jesus.

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This week we celebrate the Advent of peace.

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- So there are some classic, classic Christmas passages

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that relate to Advent,

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that relate to God actually entering our world.

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You've probably heard this before.

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If you've been in America and in any sort of religious.

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Or spiritual institution at all around this time of year,

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you've probably heard this verse and it's worth hearing again.

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Let's just read it.

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It comes from the book of Luke 2: 8-14, and it says this:

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And on earth peace.

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Boy, you just hear that word: Peace.

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You can't really say it loudly.

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No one ever says peace!

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No, the go peace.

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The word peace.

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What does peace mean?

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Peace means wholeness.

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Wholeness.

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You know, when things are fragmented

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and when they are broken apart, there can't be peace.

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There can't be harmony.

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Pease is wholeness.

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It's based on the ancient Hebrew word shalom.

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And when we think about peace in our culture,

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we generally think about our feelings.

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I don't feel peaceful.

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Peace is not about feelings.

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We think about a spiritual aura.

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Well, there's just sort of a peace around us.

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Peace is not a spiritual aura.

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Peace can impact our feelings.

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Peace can impact and be a very spiritual thing.

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But peace is about intentions.

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Peace is about deliberately intending to do specific things

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which will result in wholeness.

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Millennia ago, God deliberately intended

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to step into our world and bring peace, bring wholeness.

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The first Christmas, what's so ironic about this,

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the first Christmas there's really not a lot of peace at all.

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It is one cacophony after another.

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It is one stressful thing after another.

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It is one fearful thing after another.

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Let's just start with this one.

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Mary gets pregnant having never had sex.

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And it's God's.

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Yes, it's God's.

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Imagine how that discussion went with her soon to be husband

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who was betrothed to her, engaged, Joseph.

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Of course he's going to believe that initially.

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Of course he doesn't believe it initially.

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There's no peace in his mind about this.

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And then we have this visitation of an angel to Joseph,

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who has a spiritual experience.

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And the angel says, actually, yes, this is true.

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This is true, Joseph. It's true.

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It's true. It's true.

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And Joseph understands that God is doing

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something supernatural and miraculous in this moment of time.

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If there was a God and He were to come to our world,

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we should expect that from time to time,

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normal things would be suspended

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or else there isn't a God or else He doesn't have any power.

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And this is one of those times.

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The stress and the fear continues for these guys

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because they enter into a place called Bethlehem

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to have their child.

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Bethlehem is the armpit of the world at that point.

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No one's interested in Bethlehem.

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They're escaping to Bethlehem.

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There's people who are coming after them to find them and kill them.

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We have Herod the King at the time

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who's wiping out little boys of the same age

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because he understands there's a boy king that's come on the scene.

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And he wants to eliminate him,

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but doesn't know exactly who he is.

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That's again, part of the cacophony that's happening,

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the lack of peace that's happening.

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When Jesus is born, they can't actually find a room at the inn.

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It's sold out.

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They stick them back in the stable.

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No birth, by the way, is ever peaceful.

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I don't know how many births you've been to.

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They're never peaceful.

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They're never peaceful right beforehand

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and never peaceful during it.

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And definitely not peaceful after it.

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They're just not peaceful.

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And then Jesus comes out and they take Him

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and they placed Him in a manger.

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A manger is a feeding dish for cattle.

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Jesus's first bed is not a Pack 'n Play.

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It's a cow cereal bowl.

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And he's placed in there.

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Slobber and who knows what else is all in there.

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And then he's wrapped with swaddling clothes.

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And you and I think, "Oh, swaddling, that's peaceful, swaddle."

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Just turn the person next to just say swaddle,

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just tell them swaddle

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Oh, it just sounds so -- swaddle.

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Except here's the problem with swaddling clothes.

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Swaddling clothes are a makeshift solve

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because they didn't have a full sized blanket.

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Swaddling clothes would have been the strips

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and the rags that would have been wrapped around

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the local lambs in that area that were getting ready

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to be shipped off to the temple.

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They wrap Him in swaddling clothes because

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they don't have enough money for a full size blanket.

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There's not a lot of peace in this situation.

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And while this is happening, up on the hill what we just read,

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shepherds have a miraculous visitation from the angels.

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The first thing the angel says is, "Fear not."

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First thing they say is fear not.

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Why would an angel have to say the very first thing,

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"Fear not, not fear"?

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Why? Why would that be?

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I mean, who's ever afraid of, you know,

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Roma Downey and Touched by an Angel?

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No, no one's ever afraid of that, right?

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The reason they're afraid of that is

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because that's not what an angel --

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If you ever saw an angel, you would get jacked up.

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An angel is a warrior.

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It's God's heavenly warriors that remind us

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that there is a battle that's happened

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between God and the arch enemy, Satan.

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And you and I are the booty.

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They're looking to see who we will worship:

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the evil one and his ways, or God and His ways.

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And when this spiritual Navy Seal shows up,

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the first thing they have to do is say,

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"Don't be afraid. Don't be afraid."

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Why? Because if you saw an angel,

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the first thing you would be is you would be afraid

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because you wouldn't want to get jacked up.

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They'll jack, you up, seriously.

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Very few of us have ever encountered an angel, and known it.

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If you did, you would know it.

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There is fear.

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Now, this little diatribe I just went on in describing

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this part of The Christmas Story is something I did over 11 years.

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Eleven years and 225 shows and 500,000 people at Awaited.

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And when I share this with you and I recap it,

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you've got to know that I come into this series

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going like, (panting).

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Man, I've done a lot of Christmases.

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Man, I've done a lot of Christmases.

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And I come into it thinking I need to figure out

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some creative way, some creative spin.

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What's the new thing that I can talk about

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that no one's ever heard before of Christmas?

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And of course, that's not what we want.

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That's not what we need.

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Advent and these traditions are here because

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what's represented in these candles, the key words,

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the things we're trying to invite into our life

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that is entering our world are things that

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we need to be continually reminded of

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or hearing for the very first time.

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We can't talk about peace too much, especially in our country.

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Because America is not the land of the free.

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We are the land of the fear.

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We have more fears and paranoias and stresses and anxieties.

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And there's more ulcers in our country,

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there's more ulcers in our country

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than any other country in the history of the world.

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That's medical fact.

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The way we're doing life doesn't work.

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And it's like there is a conspiracy of fear that comes our way.

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Even when you start talking about Christmas,

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which should be a time of happiness and peacefulness

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and credit card debts and you know, all that.

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So even during that time --

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That's supposed to be funny right there, credit card debt.

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Even during that time, we should be going and buying gifts

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and it should make us feel happy.

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Right?

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Because we're buying them for kids.

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Well, I don't know if you know it or not.

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I don't know if you know or not,

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but there's an organization that's trying to help you

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and I understand that gifts are not as safe as they seem.

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Yes, it's very true.

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There is an organization called World Against Toys Causing Harm.

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Yes. W.A.T.C.H.

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World Against Toys Causing Harm has come out.

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There's a whole Website.

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I saw news article on this.

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It's all about helping you understand the things

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that you think you shouldn't fear, you should actually fear.

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Fear them very, very, very, very much.

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Like, for instance, how many of us have actually ever used a Nerf gun?

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Ever use a Nerf gun in here?

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Any Nerf gun fans? Yes.

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Well, you think it's all fun and games,

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but what you might not realize is (sound effect)

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potential for eye injuries.

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That's right.

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There's ever been anybody I've ever heard of

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or known of who's gotten an eye knocked out.

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But be careful. Be very.

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Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.

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Or slime. Yes.

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Slime.

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Slime is awesome.

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This is a knockoff version of slime.

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They're just some of the funnest things that they just like (sound effect).

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Come on. That's just good living right there.

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That that's just God bless America.

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You can't help but not laugh.

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(sound effect) You can't help it.

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It's wonderful.

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Except you can really have too much fun with this.

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You can't. (sound effect)

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Chemical ingestion and irritation.

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That's right, be very careful about this.

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Some of us grew up and we did pogo sticks.

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Man, pogo sticks were amazing.

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They were these tall things.

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They're really hard metal, old school American made in the USA metal.

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And you have to step up on these things.

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They were this high.

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And it was really hard to get on.

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You bounce around.

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Well, you know, we can't have anything dangerous like that today.

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So we've come up with a pogo ball, right?

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Pogo ball seems like it's a really good thing.

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It's short on the ground, but pogo ball (sound effect).

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Yes, head and impact injuries are going to happen with the pogo ball.

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No, they're not.

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You're not going to fall eight inches and have head and impact injuries.

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You're just not.

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One of my favorite words is four letters: Y-E-T-I, Yeti.

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Yes. God bless America.

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Yeti.

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Yeti was founded though on the ancient being known as the giant yeti.

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And there is actually a yeti doll that you can get.

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Who wouldn't want a cute Yeti doll?

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(sound effect)

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You shouldn't want it because ingestion and aspiration injuries

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could come as you inhale that fur from that yeti doll.

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Dudes, I'm not making this up.

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This is our country.

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We invent things to be afraid of.

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That's like if we're not afraid, then we're lonely.

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Fear is our friend.

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Just think about all the things in our life right now

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that the peace needs to come to.

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How about the state of our government, the state of the election.

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Is there a market correction?

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Is going to be a market depression?

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Rising racial tensions are happening in our country?

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Who's the next active shooter going to be?

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How often is it going to happen?

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Are we on borrowed time for the next rampant virus?

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Yes, we are way overdue for next influenza or the next polio

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or the next black plague or whatever is way overdue.

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Like you come to church and you're learning new things now.

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You're learning new things to be afraid of.

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These are national abstract things.

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But there's other things that you and I think of regularly

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that means that we don't have peace.

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And when we think about these things that cause us to not have peace.

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Am I going to get into the right school?

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Am I going to get the right grades in this school?

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Coming out of that school, can I get a job at the right company?

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Am I going to be the first generation

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that doesn't under earn their parents?

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When I get into that job,

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am I going to be downsized or rightsized?

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Am I going to meet the right person to marry?

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I'm afraid or I'm concerned about that.

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When I find that person and I marry them,

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are we going to be able to conceive?

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Because infertility is rampant.

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If we do have a child, is it going to be healthy?

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And and then if it's healthy,

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are they going to do well in school

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or are they going to get into the right school?

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Are they going to be out earning me?

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What is the economy going to be?

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And we go on and on and on and on and on and on these things go.

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And that's just on one mindful topic.

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The topic's abound, friends.

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I'm just telling you, we are not well emotionally.

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We are not well physically.

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We are not well spiritually.

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Will the Bengles break their playoff drought?

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Will Ohio State choke in the playoffs?

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Will UK be able to get to the final four finally?

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Yeah, like it's been a whole three years for UK.

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It's like, Oh, my gosh, we haven't been there.

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The number of things that we stress out with is just not rational.

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And it's because there's an actual enemy

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and there's an actual war that is looking to take our peace.

512
00:35:58.330 --> 00:36:00.660
In the Book of Philippians 4: 6-7 it says this:

513
00:36:22.060 --> 00:36:24.780
That started off by saying: Do not be anxious about what?

514
00:36:24.780 --> 00:36:27.370
Do not be anxious about anything.

515
00:36:27.850 --> 00:36:29.470
That means don't be anxious about the economy.

516
00:36:29.490 --> 00:36:30.920
It means don't be anxious about your kids.

517
00:36:30.920 --> 00:36:33.070
That means don't be anxious about the toys you might buy your kids.

518
00:36:33.270 --> 00:36:35.090
It means don't be anxious about the job you might get.

519
00:36:35.090 --> 00:36:37.270
It means don't be anxious about Ebola virus.

520
00:36:37.450 --> 00:36:39.930
It means don't be anxious about your football team.

521
00:36:40.300 --> 00:36:41.380
Don't be anxious.

522
00:36:41.800 --> 00:36:44.440
Don't be anxious about your doctor's appointments coming up tomorrow.

523
00:36:44.680 --> 00:36:47.930
Don't be anxious about anything.

524
00:36:48.940 --> 00:36:53.380
Because there is a Prince, a Prince of Peace

525
00:36:53.380 --> 00:36:58.810
who has come into this world and has come to bring wholeness

526
00:36:58.810 --> 00:37:02.890
and to alleviate the things that are not right.

527
00:37:03.760 --> 00:37:06.820
This is a literal command in the Bible:

528
00:37:06.820 --> 00:37:09.000
Do not be anxious about anything.

529
00:37:09.790 --> 00:37:12.700
I tend to be very happy person, at least people tell me that.

530
00:37:13.120 --> 00:37:14.020
They tell me I'm happy

531
00:37:14.020 --> 00:37:16.840
and they tell me that they never see me carrying stress.

532
00:37:17.200 --> 00:37:18.280
And you know why that is?

533
00:37:19.030 --> 00:37:21.220
Because I take this verse literally

534
00:37:21.220 --> 00:37:24.310
and I take this verse as seriously as thou shalt not commit adultery.

535
00:37:26.020 --> 00:37:29.590
I refuse to be anxious about anything.

536
00:37:30.190 --> 00:37:31.600
And you can't do this.

537
00:37:31.870 --> 00:37:34.090
The Bible says take every thought captive.

538
00:37:34.300 --> 00:37:36.040
When there is a stressful moment I have

539
00:37:36.040 --> 00:37:38.080
where anxiety comes, I feel, huh-uh.

540
00:37:38.500 --> 00:37:39.790
Stop it. I grab that.

541
00:37:39.790 --> 00:37:41.680
I grab that thought in my mind.

542
00:37:42.010 --> 00:37:43.810
I grab it and I look at it and say, wait a minute.

543
00:37:43.810 --> 00:37:45.250
Is this happening right now?

544
00:37:46.030 --> 00:37:47.440
No, it's not happening right now.

545
00:37:47.440 --> 00:37:51.490
So I'm not going to pre-pay interest on a debt I may never have to pay.

546
00:37:52.600 --> 00:37:59.290
I recently really had a legal situation with me resolved

547
00:37:59.290 --> 00:38:01.120
and it was all fine.

548
00:38:01.480 --> 00:38:04.000
No need to ever stress, but it was going on for quite some time.

549
00:38:04.330 --> 00:38:06.590
And there was all kinds of reasons

550
00:38:06.590 --> 00:38:08.260
that I was telling other people about this situation.

551
00:38:08.380 --> 00:38:08.990
They're like, "Oh, man.

552
00:38:09.490 --> 00:38:10.560
There's all kind of reasons to be freaking out."

553
00:38:10.570 --> 00:38:14.410
I was like, "No, this is right now a legal matter

554
00:38:14.410 --> 00:38:16.180
and there's an attorney, a friend of mine who's handling it.

555
00:38:16.180 --> 00:38:17.320
And I'm not going to."

556
00:38:18.630 --> 00:38:21.060
Jesus says don't worry about tomorrow,

557
00:38:21.060 --> 00:38:22.890
because tomorrow has enough worry on its own.

558
00:38:22.920 --> 00:38:23.340
Worry about today.

559
00:38:24.630 --> 00:38:27.510
If there's something that I have to do today,

560
00:38:27.510 --> 00:38:29.400
it's right from my face, OK,

561
00:38:29.400 --> 00:38:30.990
I'll take a little stress then because it's right here.

562
00:38:31.020 --> 00:38:32.910
But I'm not going to worry about something tomorrow.

563
00:38:34.260 --> 00:38:36.360
Nothing. Nothing.

564
00:38:36.510 --> 00:38:39.390
Things that we are anxious about and stressed about

565
00:38:39.390 --> 00:38:41.640
and we've been stressed about them for a long, long time.

566
00:38:41.880 --> 00:38:43.440
You're stressed about them for a long time.

567
00:38:43.550 --> 00:38:44.970
How can you be stressed about something for a long time?

568
00:38:45.270 --> 00:38:47.010
Because it's never happened.

569
00:38:48.390 --> 00:38:51.940
It's never happened and you're wondering if it's going to happen or not.

570
00:38:53.680 --> 00:38:59.000
And Christmas is about the birth of a prince,

571
00:38:59.000 --> 00:39:02.300
of a king who is to bring peace.

572
00:39:03.230 --> 00:39:07.720
The Book of Isaiah 9:6 --

573
00:39:07.720 --> 00:39:11.080
Actually, excuse me, before I go there, John 14:27, here's what Jesus says.

574
00:39:11.410 --> 00:39:11.820
He says:

575
00:39:18.880 --> 00:39:20.260
That's another way of saying

576
00:39:20.260 --> 00:39:22.900
not as the evil forces in the world give do I give.

577
00:39:23.140 --> 00:39:27.460
Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

578
00:39:27.550 --> 00:39:29.440
Don't let your heart be troubled.

579
00:39:29.890 --> 00:39:31.750
Don't let it be afraid.

580
00:39:32.140 --> 00:39:35.110
You let -- you and I can let ourselves be troubled.

581
00:39:35.120 --> 00:39:36.880
We can let ourselves be stressed.

582
00:39:37.060 --> 00:39:38.860
We can let ourselves be anxious.

583
00:39:39.190 --> 00:39:41.140
We let ourselves become that way.

584
00:39:41.960 --> 00:39:43.140
Jesus says don't let that happen.

585
00:39:44.620 --> 00:39:46.000
And when He tells us this,

586
00:39:46.000 --> 00:39:47.890
He tells us this as the Prince of Peace.

587
00:39:48.220 --> 00:39:52.030
He is born in all of this cacophony of stress

588
00:39:52.030 --> 00:39:54.100
that's happening around Bethlehem

589
00:39:54.100 --> 00:39:57.010
and are happening in that point and cosmic history.

590
00:39:57.190 --> 00:40:01.720
But that point was actually prophesied about

591
00:40:01.720 --> 00:40:05.310
hundreds of years earlier in the Book of Isaiah 9:6.

592
00:40:05.320 --> 00:40:06.130
It says this:

593
00:40:23.200 --> 00:40:27.730
Here's the money phrase: Prince of Peace.

594
00:40:37.390 --> 00:40:38.770
He is the Prince of Peace.

595
00:40:39.010 --> 00:40:42.190
He has brought peace to our world.

596
00:40:42.840 --> 00:40:48.340
And if you remember what He said to the angels,

597
00:40:48.340 --> 00:40:53.970
that first verse I read, peace to those upon whom His favor rests.

598
00:40:54.860 --> 00:40:57.770
Jesus doesn't bring this blanket of feel-good feelings

599
00:40:57.770 --> 00:41:01.820
that comes over our world and just makes us feel content.

600
00:41:02.420 --> 00:41:07.430
He brings a specific plan to bring you and I wholeness,

601
00:41:07.430 --> 00:41:10.220
to bring you and I unity, to bring you and I

602
00:41:10.220 --> 00:41:14.870
a sense of oneness and a sense of serenity.

603
00:41:15.620 --> 00:41:18.500
And what He does is He brings Himself.

604
00:41:18.560 --> 00:41:20.030
Author Tim Keller says:.

605
00:41:24.920 --> 00:41:27.080
The coming of a Prince of Peace.

606
00:41:27.560 --> 00:41:31.850
The coming of one who will alleviate tension in your life,

607
00:41:31.850 --> 00:41:35.840
who will alleviate spiritual stress in our life.

608
00:41:36.770 --> 00:41:39.200
And his government, as it said, will increase.

609
00:41:40.400 --> 00:41:44.570
The more you allow Jesus's government to increase in your life,

610
00:41:44.570 --> 00:41:46.580
the less stress you will have in your life.

611
00:41:47.270 --> 00:41:49.550
The less, or another way to put this,

612
00:41:49.550 --> 00:41:53.300
the less control you give God of your life,

613
00:41:53.300 --> 00:41:56.360
the more stress will increase in your life.

614
00:41:56.660 --> 00:41:59.000
You can either have the government of God

615
00:41:59.000 --> 00:42:01.910
which will govern stress and govern fear

616
00:42:01.910 --> 00:42:05.780
because you will allow yourself to slot under Him and His ways.

617
00:42:06.050 --> 00:42:07.730
And you'll get all the benefits of that.

618
00:42:07.730 --> 00:42:11.150
Or you'll put yourself under the government

619
00:42:11.150 --> 00:42:12.560
of the normal ways of this world,

620
00:42:12.560 --> 00:42:15.950
and that is fixating, stressing, fearing,

621
00:42:15.950 --> 00:42:17.150
imagining things that could go wrong.

622
00:42:17.390 --> 00:42:20.060
And you'll experience God less and less.

623
00:42:20.300 --> 00:42:23.720
And peace will be a distant fairytale notion for you.

624
00:42:24.620 --> 00:42:28.190
The only way we get a peace that passes understanding.

625
00:42:28.190 --> 00:42:32.930
The only way we get to experience the wholeness

626
00:42:32.930 --> 00:42:37.070
that comes from the Prince of Peace's regime

627
00:42:37.070 --> 00:42:40.970
is when we allow His government to increase in our life.

628
00:42:42.010 --> 00:42:45.100
And one of his articles of confederation

629
00:42:45.100 --> 00:42:47.980
or articles of institution we read earlier

630
00:42:47.980 --> 00:42:51.300
is don't be anxious about anything.

631
00:42:52.410 --> 00:42:53.190
Anything.

632
00:42:54.140 --> 00:42:58.040
And to believe that we were a victim of anxiety

633
00:42:58.040 --> 00:43:01.460
is to prove that we were outside of His government

634
00:43:01.460 --> 00:43:03.440
because his government doesn't work that way.

635
00:43:03.440 --> 00:43:04.880
We're not victims.

636
00:43:05.670 --> 00:43:07.850
We are people who can make decisions

637
00:43:07.850 --> 00:43:11.890
and choose to receive the Prince of Peace

638
00:43:11.890 --> 00:43:13.730
and to walk in the Prince of Peace's way.

639
00:43:13.760 --> 00:43:16.850
Now when we do that, there's three tangible realms

640
00:43:16.850 --> 00:43:17.750
I want to hit really real quickly here.

641
00:43:18.140 --> 00:43:20.570
When this happens, we have peace in three areas.

642
00:43:20.570 --> 00:43:21.950
One, we have peace with one another.

643
00:43:22.820 --> 00:43:24.530
Peace with one another.

644
00:43:25.190 --> 00:43:25.850
Yes, that's right.

645
00:43:25.880 --> 00:43:28.670
People on the right and people on the left.

646
00:43:29.360 --> 00:43:29.940
Yes, that's right.

647
00:43:29.960 --> 00:43:32.010
The rich and the poor can have peacefulness with one another.

648
00:43:32.180 --> 00:43:32.600
That's right.

649
00:43:32.960 --> 00:43:34.460
People who are white and black.

650
00:43:34.490 --> 00:43:37.730
People who are black and Korean can have peace with one another.

651
00:43:39.770 --> 00:43:43.880
Peace comes because we have the ability

652
00:43:43.880 --> 00:43:48.380
to make a decision to think and act differently.

653
00:43:49.840 --> 00:43:51.850
I'm part of a HOA where Lib and I live.

654
00:43:51.860 --> 00:43:54.470
There's rules that kind of govern this tract of land

655
00:43:54.470 --> 00:43:56.570
where we are in and the neighbors that are around.

656
00:43:57.470 --> 00:43:59.690
And you're not allowed to hunt on our land.

657
00:43:59.690 --> 00:44:01.340
And so I thought that I was --

658
00:44:01.340 --> 00:44:05.300
I was hunting just off the land, but off the land.

659
00:44:05.870 --> 00:44:07.320
And I talked to the police.

660
00:44:07.720 --> 00:44:10.180
They said, yeah, that's fine to hunt deer and all that kind of stuff.

661
00:44:10.190 --> 00:44:12.830
Well, the neighbors didn't like me hunting there at all.

662
00:44:12.860 --> 00:44:15.320
And so, boy, I tell you what,

663
00:44:15.320 --> 00:44:18.810
when you start interacting with the board of the H.O.A.

664
00:44:18.810 --> 00:44:21.020
Homeowners Association and there's e-mails going around,

665
00:44:21.020 --> 00:44:22.490
it's generally not a good thing.

666
00:44:23.330 --> 00:44:25.490
It's generally not a peaceful thing.

667
00:44:25.880 --> 00:44:28.340
It's generally not a harmonious thing.

668
00:44:28.580 --> 00:44:33.860
And somewhere in the midst of this, I'd just like,

669
00:44:33.860 --> 00:44:34.690
God just said, "Just give them what they want.

670
00:44:34.730 --> 00:44:36.660
Just roll over."

671
00:44:36.660 --> 00:44:38.230
OK. Ok.

672
00:44:39.130 --> 00:44:42.230
Is it really that big of a deal to like have this little?

673
00:44:42.670 --> 00:44:45.550
There's plenty of deer other places I can kill,

674
00:44:45.550 --> 00:44:47.410
plenty of them all over the place.

675
00:44:47.440 --> 00:44:49.220
God bless America, plenty of them.

676
00:44:49.270 --> 00:44:49.730
OK.

677
00:44:50.350 --> 00:44:51.380
I don't --

678
00:44:51.380 --> 00:44:59.500
It's not worth unharmonious unpeaceful friendships, relationships.

679
00:45:00.260 --> 00:45:01.630
Romans 12:18 says this:

680
00:45:10.500 --> 00:45:13.170
There are some people it's not going to be possible

681
00:45:13.170 --> 00:45:14.130
to live peaceably with.

682
00:45:15.000 --> 00:45:16.650
They're not going to have any part of it.

683
00:45:16.860 --> 00:45:20.220
But if it is at all possible, if at all posible.

684
00:45:20.520 --> 00:45:25.080
And if you can do anything with it at all,

685
00:45:25.080 --> 00:45:26.940
then make whatever sacrifice you can.

686
00:45:26.970 --> 00:45:29.640
Why? Because Jesus made an ultimate sacrifice.

687
00:45:30.090 --> 00:45:34.020
Jesus tried to restore our hostility with God

688
00:45:34.020 --> 00:45:36.000
by coming and living a perfect life.

689
00:45:36.030 --> 00:45:37.170
God took on flesh.

690
00:45:37.200 --> 00:45:39.030
God was born in Bethlehem.

691
00:45:39.780 --> 00:45:41.670
And only God could go His whole life,

692
00:45:41.670 --> 00:45:43.260
not just as the greatest teacher,

693
00:45:43.260 --> 00:45:44.730
not just the greatest moral example,

694
00:45:44.730 --> 00:45:46.830
but as the only person who ever walked planet Earth

695
00:45:46.830 --> 00:45:48.630
who never did anything wrong,

696
00:45:48.630 --> 00:45:51.120
who never ticked God off,

697
00:45:51.120 --> 00:45:53.310
who never had a mistake, who never sinned.

698
00:45:53.820 --> 00:45:57.090
And He does this and He goes to the Cross

699
00:45:57.090 --> 00:45:59.900
so that any ramification for your rebellion

700
00:45:59.900 --> 00:46:02.850
and my rebellion, any ramification that might have to come

701
00:46:02.850 --> 00:46:05.730
in the cosmic realm in the future, Jesus takes this.

702
00:46:05.730 --> 00:46:08.310
He takes this so that we could have

703
00:46:08.310 --> 00:46:09.840
a good relationship with God.

704
00:46:10.530 --> 00:46:13.680
He rolls over so we can have a good relationship with others.

705
00:46:13.710 --> 00:46:16.230
And this is what we need to do.

706
00:46:16.680 --> 00:46:19.540
It's why Jesus says in Matthew 5:9:

707
00:46:25.260 --> 00:46:26.190
or daughters of God.

708
00:46:26.460 --> 00:46:29.940
Those who are about peace will be so unusual.

709
00:46:29.950 --> 00:46:33.900
Those who aren't bound by fear of somebody who looks different

710
00:46:33.900 --> 00:46:35.270
and earns different money, votes differently.

711
00:46:35.430 --> 00:46:37.050
Those who, someone who is different

712
00:46:37.050 --> 00:46:39.210
and doesn't demonize somebody else will be known

713
00:46:39.210 --> 00:46:41.760
as being so unusual, like you must be a son of God.

714
00:46:42.060 --> 00:46:43.060
You must be a daughter of God.

715
00:46:43.440 --> 00:46:44.940
You're operating at a different level.

716
00:46:44.940 --> 00:46:46.470
I don't know if I'm operating at a different level,

717
00:46:46.470 --> 00:46:48.030
but I've got a different government inside of me.

718
00:46:49.110 --> 00:46:51.840
There's a different rule with an increasing of government

719
00:46:51.840 --> 00:46:54.690
that's happening to increase in degrees in the heart

720
00:46:54.690 --> 00:46:59.070
of anybody who receives the Prince of Peace.

721
00:47:00.250 --> 00:47:03.160
This is one realm, the realm of peace with others,

722
00:47:03.160 --> 00:47:03.580
with one another.

723
00:47:03.820 --> 00:47:06.730
Another realm that His government starts

724
00:47:06.730 --> 00:47:09.520
interacting with is peace with our past.

725
00:47:11.570 --> 00:47:14.090
The holiday season can be a painful time for many of us

726
00:47:14.090 --> 00:47:17.800
because we're reminded of mistakes we made in the past.

727
00:47:19.320 --> 00:47:22.080
Some of us are single and we don't want to be single

728
00:47:22.080 --> 00:47:25.800
and we're reminded of the one that got away somehow.

729
00:47:26.600 --> 00:47:32.190
We're reminded of painful choices I or others made

730
00:47:32.190 --> 00:47:34.650
in our childhood that actually makes

731
00:47:34.650 --> 00:47:37.830
this holiday a bit more painful for us.

732
00:47:38.760 --> 00:47:41.790
If it's not this holiday, it's a variety of things

733
00:47:41.790 --> 00:47:43.350
that we have in our mind that we remember.

734
00:47:43.380 --> 00:47:46.890
"Oh, no, if I go meet God right now,

735
00:47:46.890 --> 00:47:48.870
I'm freaked out about meeting God right now."

736
00:47:49.320 --> 00:47:50.610
You can get to the place where

737
00:47:50.610 --> 00:47:54.100
you have zero fear at all about meeting God.

738
00:47:54.120 --> 00:47:55.890
Zero. You can.

739
00:47:56.040 --> 00:47:56.640
It's wonderful.

740
00:47:57.910 --> 00:48:00.550
And the way that happens is you receive Jesus

741
00:48:00.550 --> 00:48:02.630
and you're like the Prince of Peace comes in your life.

742
00:48:03.110 --> 00:48:06.230
And you allow Him to reconcile you to God because

743
00:48:06.230 --> 00:48:07.850
He's taken all the pain that needs to be taken

744
00:48:07.850 --> 00:48:08.700
when He's on the Cross.

745
00:48:10.250 --> 00:48:14.820
And this is a real spiritual sensation that you can have.

746
00:48:15.250 --> 00:48:18.000
I have zero concerns over my past.

747
00:48:18.540 --> 00:48:20.460
I don't have any fears of going before God

748
00:48:20.460 --> 00:48:22.400
and having to talk about when I blew up

749
00:48:22.400 --> 00:48:24.690
Mr. Burl Ball's mailbox, my chemistry teacher

750
00:48:24.690 --> 00:48:27.480
in sixth and eighth grade, whatever grade that was, or ninth grade.

751
00:48:27.930 --> 00:48:30.720
I have no concerns about what's gonna happen

752
00:48:30.720 --> 00:48:33.360
when I told lies about Diane,

753
00:48:33.360 --> 00:48:35.130
who I'd said I did things with sexually,

754
00:48:35.130 --> 00:48:36.630
that I actually didn't do things with her.

755
00:48:37.220 --> 00:48:40.260
I made those things right by her decades ago, by the way.

756
00:48:40.290 --> 00:48:42.180
I have no concern about what God's going to do.

757
00:48:42.330 --> 00:48:45.030
Because the Bible says in Romans 8:1:

758
00:48:45.030 --> 00:48:47.820
There is therefore now no condemnation for those around Christ.

759
00:48:48.330 --> 00:48:49.110
No condemnation.

760
00:48:49.770 --> 00:48:51.930
Therefore, I'm at peace with all the things

761
00:48:51.930 --> 00:48:53.790
I've done in the past because Jesus has taken place.

762
00:48:53.790 --> 00:48:55.080
So I'm not concerned about this.

763
00:48:55.380 --> 00:49:00.680
I'm not concerned about going before God

764
00:49:00.680 --> 00:49:05.240
and having to justify why I used my communication skills

765
00:49:05.240 --> 00:49:07.460
or haven's used my communication skills

766
00:49:07.460 --> 00:49:09.260
to win an argument and hurt my wife.

767
00:49:10.410 --> 00:49:11.250
I'm not afraid about that.

768
00:49:11.280 --> 00:49:13.620
I'm not afraid of going before God, at peace with it.

769
00:49:13.860 --> 00:49:17.610
Even though I've done pornography more recently than I care to admit.

770
00:49:19.100 --> 00:49:22.000
You have anything in your past

771
00:49:22.000 --> 00:49:24.180
that you really don't want to admit

772
00:49:24.180 --> 00:49:27.520
that you know in that moment God wasn't a fan of?

773
00:49:27.870 --> 00:49:28.620
How do you feel about that?

774
00:49:28.650 --> 00:49:31.150
How's that? How's that working in your heart mind?

775
00:49:31.590 --> 00:49:35.520
When you are giving yourself to the government of God

776
00:49:35.520 --> 00:49:36.900
and saying the past is the past.

777
00:49:36.930 --> 00:49:39.420
I intend not to do that anymore and I am moving on.

778
00:49:39.660 --> 00:49:47.100
And you allow the Prince of Peace to come in,

779
00:49:47.100 --> 00:49:47.110
something powerful, transcendent.

780
00:49:47.280 --> 00:49:49.590
Your heart actually becomes whole.

781
00:49:50.030 --> 00:49:52.250
Shalom starts coming inside.

782
00:49:52.260 --> 00:49:54.520
In the book of Colossians 3:15 says:

783
00:50:07.110 --> 00:50:08.280
Let the peace of Christ rule.

784
00:50:08.430 --> 00:50:10.440
Friends, we've got to let it rule.

785
00:50:10.440 --> 00:50:13.200
We can't just hear a sermon on this go, "Oh, interesting."

786
00:50:13.470 --> 00:50:14.700
We've got to let it rule.

787
00:50:14.700 --> 00:50:17.520
We have to let His government rule in our lives.

788
00:50:17.550 --> 00:50:20.150
We have to -- When He says He's over it,

789
00:50:20.150 --> 00:50:21.150
we've got to be over it.

790
00:50:21.480 --> 00:50:23.370
Why? Why do we hold our standards to

791
00:50:23.370 --> 00:50:25.230
a higher standard than God holds us to?

792
00:50:25.360 --> 00:50:27.690
If God God's over it, who are we not to get over it?

793
00:50:28.810 --> 00:50:30.940
Whatever it is, it doesn't matter what it is, go before Him.

794
00:50:30.940 --> 00:50:33.370
Just lay it at His feet, confess it to Him.

795
00:50:33.520 --> 00:50:34.390
Be done with it.

796
00:50:35.140 --> 00:50:40.720
Allow the peace of Christ to rule, allow it to rule in our hearts.

797
00:50:43.070 --> 00:50:47.150
And the third realm is our peace with God.

798
00:50:48.290 --> 00:50:50.980
Our peace with God, not just our peace with past,

799
00:50:50.980 --> 00:50:52.990
but our peace with God.

800
00:50:54.450 --> 00:50:57.540
Relationally to sense right here

801
00:50:57.540 --> 00:50:59.730
and right now that God's good with me.

802
00:51:00.150 --> 00:51:05.510
And what that means too is I don't need somebody else

803
00:51:05.510 --> 00:51:08.360
to approve of me because God approves of me.

804
00:51:08.570 --> 00:51:10.850
I have peace knowing that God approves of me.

805
00:51:11.780 --> 00:51:13.400
If you're on the right

806
00:51:13.400 --> 00:51:16.850
and you've got Uncle Bernie Sanders at your Christmas thing.

807
00:51:17.090 --> 00:51:19.640
And he doesn't approve of you, that's OK.

808
00:51:20.150 --> 00:51:21.290
God approves of you.

809
00:51:21.350 --> 00:51:23.420
If you're on the left

810
00:51:23.420 --> 00:51:26.140
and you have Uncle Donald Trump at the table with you.

811
00:51:26.630 --> 00:51:30.760
And he's making -- you're feeling like you're less than --

812
00:51:30.760 --> 00:51:35.660
It's okay, Uncle Donny and Uncle Bernie,

813
00:51:35.660 --> 00:51:37.580
they may not approve of whatever you believe

814
00:51:37.580 --> 00:51:38.450
or what you're doing.

815
00:51:38.930 --> 00:51:42.740
But if you feel and sense the approval of God

816
00:51:42.740 --> 00:51:44.950
because you're in His government

817
00:51:44.950 --> 00:51:48.600
and the Prince of Peace has come to you, you are a good, man.

818
00:51:48.620 --> 00:51:49.820
You are good.

819
00:51:50.980 --> 00:51:53.810
Man, I have more people who dislike what I say

820
00:51:53.810 --> 00:51:54.740
than the average person.

821
00:51:54.830 --> 00:51:56.550
I do, just because I have more opportunities

822
00:51:56.550 --> 00:51:58.040
to say it, to speak than the average person.

823
00:51:58.700 --> 00:52:01.760
I more opportunities for more people to hear things

824
00:52:01.760 --> 00:52:02.990
I say than the average person.

825
00:52:03.210 --> 00:52:05.630
So I've a higher hit rate of stupid things

826
00:52:05.630 --> 00:52:07.820
or things that people don't like that I said.

827
00:52:08.120 --> 00:52:10.190
But I've got to tell you,

828
00:52:10.190 --> 00:52:12.230
I'm okay if someone isn't okay with me

829
00:52:12.230 --> 00:52:13.520
because I know God is okay with me.

830
00:52:14.380 --> 00:52:15.670
And you can be that way, too.

831
00:52:15.670 --> 00:52:16.790
That's the peace.

832
00:52:17.360 --> 00:52:22.090
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.

833
00:52:22.090 --> 00:52:24.140
The peace of God.

834
00:52:26.760 --> 00:52:30.090
Awaited is coming to Cincinnati.

835
00:52:30.120 --> 00:52:31.410
It's coming to the Aronoff Theater.

836
00:52:31.420 --> 00:52:34.350
If you're in another part of the country,

837
00:52:34.350 --> 00:52:35.840
your first time in Cincinnati, basically Aronoff

838
00:52:35.840 --> 00:52:38.850
is like the Carnegie Hall of Cincinnati.

839
00:52:39.480 --> 00:52:41.880
And I hope you can go.

840
00:52:41.940 --> 00:52:43.290
It's be awesome if you can go.

841
00:52:43.590 --> 00:52:46.260
And some of us will not be able to go because it's expensive.

842
00:52:46.260 --> 00:52:47.220
It's outside of our budget.

843
00:52:47.620 --> 00:52:50.610
You know, that budget for that show.

844
00:52:50.820 --> 00:52:52.980
That's actually what it's always cost.

845
00:52:53.910 --> 00:52:54.510
Like, oh, my gosh.

846
00:52:54.660 --> 00:52:55.430
Yeah, I know.

847
00:52:55.450 --> 00:52:57.390
It's one of the reasons we stopped it a couple of years ago.

848
00:52:57.390 --> 00:52:58.860
We couldn't afford to do it any longer.

849
00:52:59.280 --> 00:53:02.070
We're like redeploying hundreds of staff members

850
00:53:02.070 --> 00:53:03.450
who are doing other things in Kids' Club and stuff.

851
00:53:03.450 --> 00:53:05.880
Take them out of their normal job to try to pull that thing off.

852
00:53:06.570 --> 00:53:09.360
A massive, massive amount of money there.

853
00:53:09.360 --> 00:53:14.520
And when we were pass a bag, we never got enough in a bag

854
00:53:14.520 --> 00:53:18.570
to just -- in a bag from one service to cover a camel costume.

855
00:53:19.530 --> 00:53:20.720
I know it's a lot of money.

856
00:53:20.740 --> 00:53:22.380
It is, it's a lot of money.

857
00:53:22.380 --> 00:53:23.610
And there's a lot of other reasons.

858
00:53:23.970 --> 00:53:25.710
And that's why we were excited about

859
00:53:25.710 --> 00:53:28.080
it's still possibly being able to live on

860
00:53:28.080 --> 00:53:31.290
in an environment that it was designed for in the arts.

861
00:53:31.860 --> 00:53:34.110
And I, man, I hope it goes big.

862
00:53:34.140 --> 00:53:35.920
I hope it goes big. I hope it goes --

863
00:53:36.180 --> 00:53:38.760
I hope it makes Crossroads a lot of money.

864
00:53:38.970 --> 00:53:40.440
I hope -- Why would that be?

865
00:53:41.400 --> 00:53:44.490
Because that means more peace

866
00:53:44.490 --> 00:53:46.230
can get to more people in other cities.

867
00:53:46.260 --> 00:53:47.100
That's why.

868
00:53:48.030 --> 00:53:48.720
That's why.

869
00:53:48.750 --> 00:53:51.780
Because that kind of model means peace can spread.

870
00:53:52.050 --> 00:53:55.860
When we have resource here, we're all about spreading peace.

871
00:53:56.160 --> 00:53:57.390
Because I'll tell you what,

872
00:53:57.390 --> 00:54:00.510
Christmas Carol might bring a very brief shot of emotion to you.

873
00:54:00.540 --> 00:54:02.310
But it's not going to bring you peace.

874
00:54:02.520 --> 00:54:04.860
The government of God is not going to increase in your life.

875
00:54:05.040 --> 00:54:07.230
Nutcracker will definitely not do it.

876
00:54:09.390 --> 00:54:11.700
But when God gives us something to spread peace,

877
00:54:11.700 --> 00:54:15.450
we need to be spreading and making peace happen.

878
00:54:16.440 --> 00:54:18.690
It's a beautiful, beautiful thing.

879
00:54:19.620 --> 00:54:22.710
One more verse I'll give us, Ephesians 2:14-16:

880
00:54:31.260 --> 00:54:32.370
He is peace.

881
00:54:32.400 --> 00:54:36.810
The dividing wall of hostility exist between us and God and us and others.

882
00:54:37.170 --> 00:54:39.480
This is why knowing God is so critical.

883
00:54:40.020 --> 00:54:44.880
Having the meaning of Christmas rule in our hearts is a game changer.

884
00:54:45.180 --> 00:54:48.510
You might have seen it on bumper stickers.

885
00:54:48.540 --> 00:54:52.080
And if you haven't heard it like a whole half hour on this,

886
00:54:52.080 --> 00:54:54.330
I'm kind of giving you a deep theology

887
00:54:54.330 --> 00:54:55.380
of what Christmas is about.

888
00:54:55.740 --> 00:54:58.230
If you haven't heard this,

889
00:54:58.230 --> 00:55:02.090
it's such a cheese ball, bumper sticker, it really is.

890
00:55:02.120 --> 00:55:05.090
But it actually, in the context of I said, it actually makes sense.

891
00:55:05.210 --> 00:55:10.460
It goes like this: if you know God, you can know peace.

892
00:55:11.440 --> 00:55:14.530
If there's no God, then there is no peace.

893
00:55:15.400 --> 00:55:19.830
Otherwise, peace is just you convincing your mind of something.

894
00:55:19.830 --> 00:55:21.840
It's you trying to change your emotions.

895
00:55:21.910 --> 00:55:23.710
I'm not talking about changing your emotions, friends.

896
00:55:24.340 --> 00:55:29.260
I'm talking about a real entity that can enter your life.

897
00:55:29.860 --> 00:55:34.330
I'm talking about a Prince of Peace that is a game changer

898
00:55:34.330 --> 00:55:41.960
that equips us and makes us whole, that brings us to Him.

899
00:55:41.960 --> 00:55:43.750
Some of us right now, we may want to receive Him

900
00:55:43.750 --> 00:55:45.090
as our Prince of Peace right now.

901
00:55:45.100 --> 00:55:47.740
You may want to allow His government

902
00:55:47.740 --> 00:55:50.120
to come into your life right now.

903
00:55:50.180 --> 00:55:52.500
Just go ahead, I just encourage you, go ahead and bow your heads,

904
00:55:52.500 --> 00:55:53.860
Let's close in prayer, bow our heads.

905
00:55:53.860 --> 00:55:57.700
Man, if there's anybody here with our heads bowed,

906
00:55:57.700 --> 00:55:58.570
you're saying, "This makes sense to me.

907
00:55:58.810 --> 00:56:01.540
I need peace. I need the Prince of Peace in my life.

908
00:56:01.600 --> 00:56:03.130
I need forgiveness.

909
00:56:03.190 --> 00:56:04.330
I need something new.

910
00:56:04.360 --> 00:56:07.060
I need a new government in and over my life."

911
00:56:07.090 --> 00:56:08.710
Just wherever you are right now, just raise your hand.

912
00:56:10.210 --> 00:56:10.570
Just raise your hand. Come on.

913
00:56:11.120 --> 00:56:12.130
I know we've got hands there.

914
00:56:12.400 --> 00:56:13.490
There we go. There we are.

915
00:56:14.150 --> 00:56:15.400
Yes, that's right.

916
00:56:16.410 --> 00:56:17.750
Yes, Amen. Yes.

917
00:56:17.870 --> 00:56:19.170
Mm-hmm. Yep.

918
00:56:19.770 --> 00:56:20.100
All right.

919
00:56:20.970 --> 00:56:23.580
Just pray this right now, just mumble it so God can hear it.

920
00:56:23.580 --> 00:56:26.350
Say, "Jesus, I need you.

921
00:56:28.370 --> 00:56:30.590
Prince of Peace, I need you coming into my life.

922
00:56:33.590 --> 00:56:35.090
I ask forgiveness for my sin.

923
00:56:37.410 --> 00:56:39.960
I ask You fill me with Your Holy Spirit.

924
00:56:42.190 --> 00:56:44.780
And I'm going to submit to Your government.

925
00:56:46.780 --> 00:56:47.320
Thank you.".

926
00:56:53.420 --> 00:56:56.630
Man, that is the beginning of some good peace.

927
00:56:57.800 --> 00:57:00.950
So, as we come over here to our --

928
00:57:02.850 --> 00:57:05.720
Hey, let's welcome all those people into the family who just came in.

929
00:57:05.780 --> 00:57:06.880
[applause] Yes. Good stuff, huh?

930
00:57:10.380 --> 00:57:13.770
So here we have the next candle of peace.

931
00:57:15.570 --> 00:57:18.660
You have a card if you came to a Crossroads site today

932
00:57:18.660 --> 00:57:20.880
or if you're not at a site, if you're at a coffee shop,

933
00:57:20.880 --> 00:57:22.320
just go ahead and grab a piece of paper.

934
00:57:22.320 --> 00:57:26.580
And let's just take a moment and write on her

935
00:57:26.580 --> 00:57:30.990
what was said that you feel was the fingerprints of God

936
00:57:30.990 --> 00:57:34.830
on your mind you need to capture about peace.

937
00:57:35.560 --> 00:57:36.290
Just write that down.

938
00:57:36.350 --> 00:57:38.470
Something you want out of peace

939
00:57:38.470 --> 00:57:41.170
or something you cannot let be forgotten about peace.

940
00:57:41.410 --> 00:57:43.180
Just take a moment and just write that down

941
00:57:43.180 --> 00:57:44.100
and you can take that with you.

942
00:58:05.170 --> 00:58:10.070
And we light our candle of peace.

943
00:58:21.570 --> 00:58:24.800
The nation of Israel, the ancient nation of Israel,

944
00:58:24.800 --> 00:58:26.870
even before the prophecy of the Prince of Peace

945
00:58:26.870 --> 00:58:28.460
and His government coming,

946
00:58:28.460 --> 00:58:31.520
was looking for their version of peace that was the Promised Land.

947
00:58:32.390 --> 00:58:35.390
And there was a way that the leadership

948
00:58:35.390 --> 00:58:37.580
would put a blessing on them again and again

949
00:58:37.580 --> 00:58:41.950
to have them know that this wholeness,

950
00:58:41.950 --> 00:58:45.130
this shalom was on its way.

951
00:58:45.990 --> 00:58:48.340
This is not something that can just live in our life right now.

952
00:58:48.350 --> 00:58:50.680
It's something that also is coming on its way

953
00:58:50.680 --> 00:58:55.420
in physical ways in our world as God's government increases.

954
00:58:55.570 --> 00:59:00.100
I want to send you away with that ancient benediction:

955
00:59:01.590 --> 00:59:03.610
The Lord bless you and keep you.

956
00:59:05.650 --> 00:59:08.050
The Lord make his face to shine upon you.

957
00:59:08.060 --> 00:59:10.870
May the Lord uplift your countenance

958
00:59:10.870 --> 00:59:15.670
and be gracious to you both now and forevermore.

959
00:59:16.910 --> 00:59:17.390
Amen.

960
00:59:18.720 --> 00:59:19.940
Have a great week and we'll see next weekend.

961
00:59:21.000 --> 00:59:23.940
- Well, I hope that this week you have more peace in your life

962
00:59:23.940 --> 00:59:26.100
than when you started this video.

963
00:59:26.370 --> 00:59:30.360
And next week we're talking about the Advent of joy.

964
00:59:30.540 --> 00:59:31.680
You're not going to want to miss that.

965
00:59:31.710 --> 00:59:33.900
And don't forget to wear your ugly Christmas sweater

966
00:59:33.900 --> 00:59:35.970
if you head to a site next weekend

967
00:59:35.970 --> 00:59:39.450
or tag Crossroads church on social media in your ugly sweater.

968
00:59:39.480 --> 00:59:41.250
Thanks for joining us. We'll see you next week.
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  1. The first Christmas didn’t start peacefully, it started fearfully. Why do you think God chose such an unlikely start to Christmas?

  2. For a lot of us the holiday season the busiest of the year. Talk about an area of your life that you need peace this Christmas season.

  3. How can the peace during the Christmas season translate to peace in our everyday lives throughout the year? Be as specific as possible with your answer here.

  4. It’s easy to get stuck talking about areas where we need peace. Let’s spend some time talking about times where God has brought his unique peace and wholeness to our lives. Again, be specific as possible with your answer here.

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