Christmas with Crossroads

What happened in a tiny village outside of Jerusalem 2,000 years ago was no ordinary childbirth. It changed the entire world. And it can change yours. Join Crossroads for a 60-minute, family-friendly, immersive Christmas experience. Live music and a look at the Christmas story like you’ve never seen it before.

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    - Today we're going to see the Christmas story unfold
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    and what it means for your life today.
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    Hey, welcome to Crossroads and Merry Christmas.
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    I'm Andy, the community pastor for Crossroads Anywhere.
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    And Crossroads is a church that you can be a part of
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    no matter where you live or what you believe about God.
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    We're so glad that you joined us,
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    and we hope that you'll come back again
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    and join us again in the New Year.
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    New services come out every Saturday at 5:00 pm eastern,
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    and you can watch anytime on your phone or TV
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    just by downloading the Crossroads Anywhere App.
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    Now let's all take a deep breath.
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    Christmas can be stressful, right?
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    But at the same time, it is supposed to bring us
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    joy, peace and hope.
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    The stress of family, shopping and traffic
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    and all that at Christmas just couldn't be
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    more different from what Jesus offers.
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    So what are we missing?
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    Sometimes I'm tempted to think that, like,
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    just by being Christmas, I'm going to magically feel better,
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    but that's not the way it works.
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    We can't wait for the holidays,
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    but then they've come and gone again.
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    But what if Christmas is more than just a holiday?
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    I believe that we can experience hope and joy this Christmas.
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    And today we're going to hear from
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    our senior pastor Brian Tome
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    about the real story of Christmas
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    and what it means for our lives today.
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    Another really cool thing this year is
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    at the end of the experience in the Crossroads App,
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    you'll be able to explore
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    an interactive digital Christmas story
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    that goes along with today's service.
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    It'll put you in the middle of the story,
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    and it's a fun and a meaningful experience
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    to share with family and friends this Christmas.
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    There are so many opportunities that you can discover
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    in the app made just for you, just to help you
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    connect with God, like Healing Groups,
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    Nights of prayer, daily journal,
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    reading, all kinds of great stuff.
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    We're going to start off our time
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    by singing some classic Christmas songs.
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    And these aren't just sing-a-longs,
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    they're actually songs about and to Jesus.
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    When we put our focus on Him,
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    it takes it off of ourselves
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    and the stress of everyday life
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    and turns it towards that peace, that hope,
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    and that joy that only Jesus can bring.
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    Merry Christmas everyone. Let's sing Joy to the World.
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    - It's so good to be together.
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    I'm so glad you're here today.
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    Hey, why don't you turn to somebody around you,
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    "Just say Merry Christmas,
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    glad to be here with you," then you can have a seat.
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    - For hundreds of years, God told His family
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    that he would send them a king,
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    someone who would rescue them and make everything right.
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    Now, when you hear the word king,
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    you probably think of this, right?
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    A powerful ruler with a crown and fancy clothes
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    who's big and strong and cool.
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    Well, that's what God's family thought, too.
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    They were expecting a mighty leader and a powerful warrior.
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    Someone who would defeat their enemies
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    and rule with an iron fist.
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    Well, finally, after all that time,
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    God was ready to send the rescuer,
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    His very own Son, Jesus, to be with us on earth.
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    And when the rescuer arrived, He was a baby.
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    Wait? A baby? Like a tiny, chunky, giggling,
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    crying, constantly pooping baby?
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    But people were expecting a powerful king,
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    someone big and strong and fierce.
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    And baby Jesus didn't seem to be
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    any of those things at first.
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    People probably wondered,
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    could a baby king be a powerful ruler?
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    Could a baby king defeat their enemies?
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    Could a baby king do anything other than sleep and eat?
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    Some people thought that a baby king
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    just wasn't going to work,
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    but others said, "You don't get it.
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    This king is different," because as it turns out,
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    yes, the baby king was going to make
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    all the difference in the world,
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    just not in the way people thought He would.
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    As baby Jesus became a grown up, He loved his enemies
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    and served others before Himself.
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    He healed people of sickness
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    and brought people back to life.
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    He took care of the poor, gave His life for us,
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    and rose from the dead.
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    He showed us all what God's kingdom is like.
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    And He did it by loving God and loving people.
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    This is the King that God had promised,
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    a good, loving, powerful, praiseworthy king
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    born as a baby who was helpless and small
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    and probably a little smelly.
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    Matthew 2:3-11: When Herod the king heard this,
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    he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
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    And assembling all the chief priests
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    and scribes of the people, he inquired of them
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    where the Christ was to be born.
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    They told him in Bethlehem of Judea.
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    For so it is written by the prophet,
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    "And you, oh, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
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    are by no means least to a shepherd --
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    I mean among the rulers of Judah,
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    for from you shall come a ruler
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    who will shepherd my people Israel."
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    When Herod summoned the wise men secretly,
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    and ascertained from them what time
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    the star had appeared, he sent them to Bethlehem,
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    saying, "Go and search diligently for the child.
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    And when you found Him, bring me word
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    that I too may come and worship Him."
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    After listening to the king, they went on their way.
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    And behold the star that they had seen
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    when it was went before them until it came to rest
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    over the place where the child was.
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    When they saw the star,
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    they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
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    And going into the house they saw the child
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    with Mary, his mother, and they fell down
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    and worshiped Him.
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    Then opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts,
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    gold and frankincense and myrrh. Amen.
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    - Ascertained, exceedingly.
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    Someone's been having their parents read to them.
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    Impressive. Way to go, Wyatt. Way to go.
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    Hi, my name is Brian Tome.
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    I'm what's known as a senior pastor around here.
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    It's great to have everybody here
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    as we celebrate Christmas Eve.
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    Let's pray before we go any further, okay?
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    God, thank You for giving us time to slow down
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    and also to look up, to look up to the greatest --
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    One of the greatest things that's ever been told.
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    And it's true.
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    Help me to talk about it clearly,
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    and I pray that You would clearly work
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    in every heart right now, no matter where we are.
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    And I pray these things according to the character
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    and identity of Jesus.
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    You know, Christmas is a beautiful time,
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    and I want to talk about the basic story of Christmas.
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    But I also know that a picture is worth a thousand words.
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    So we're going to take a a little stroll
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    through a book today.
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    This is sort of classic Christmas, isn't it?
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    Just beautiful images., snow, even though
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    there's very rarely snow in the Middle East,
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    reindeer, nature scenes.
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    There's something great about the nostalgia of Christmas,
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    the beauty of Christmas, and I might even say
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    the actual transcendence of Christmas.
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    And probably all of us in here
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    have something that makes us love Christmas.
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    You have some favorite Christmas memory.
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    For me, my favorite thing is my kids have gotten married.
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    And what happens is, obviously, LiB and I,
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    we're the least important of all of their in-laws
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    because we don't get them on Christmas Eve
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    or Christmas, we get them the day after.
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    So they all go someplace else, then we finally
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    get them actually on the evening of Christmas,
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    which actually works out really well for us
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    because we have a bit of a longer holiday that way.
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    And whether it's Christmas night, Christmas Eve,
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    whatever it's been, everyone comes over
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    and we light every candle we possibly can
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    in the kitchen and we put all kind of finger foods out
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    and we talk about things and we set like dreams,
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    like what would be dream things
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    that God might do in our lives over the next year.
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    We write them down, and we also revisit
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    from last year what people said.
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    It's wonderful.
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    And that's just one of the many memories I have.
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    I love Christmas.
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    Except there's one thing I don't like about Christmas.
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    You know what that is? That's the stress.
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    I don't like the stress of Christmas.
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    I don't like the chaos of Christmas.
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    I don't like the endless meetings that have to be had,
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    the endless holiday parties, the endless expectations.
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    It's stressful.
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    In fact, some of you may be here
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    and you're stressed to be here.
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    You're stressed you had to deal with traffic.
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    You're stressed you're going to have to
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    deal with traffic on your way out.
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    You're stressed because maybe your friend invited you,
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    and you're just trying to make that friend like you
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    so they keep you as your friend.
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    And it's like one more obligation.
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    And many of us, Christmas is just chaos
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    and calamity and stress.
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    Today we're going to use one of the things we got,
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    we're going to use this today.
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    And uh, if you're if you're streaming with us online
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    or wherever you are right now, uh,
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    you could just have a pen of some sort
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    and you can write on something,
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    you can still be able to do this exercise.
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    What is it about -- What is it about stress?
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    Do you know what stress is?
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    Whatever you stress as most important in your life
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    is what brings you stress.
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    Our stress comes from what we stress.
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    So if you stress cleanliness, then you stress
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    when your baseboards aren't cleaned every week
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    or every month, whatever it is.
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    If you stress finances because that's kind of,
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    like, the most important thing,
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    then you stress whenever the stock market takes a dive.
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    And many of us, for our whole life,
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    we've been told to have a family and family beautiful.
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    We've been told what a picture of a family is,
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    and we stress that family is important.
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    And then we find ourself in a place of life
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    where my life doesn't line up with the Hallmark ideal.
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    And I've been stressing this important
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    and now it doesn't fit and now I'm stressed
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    because what does this mean for me?
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    We go from the beauty of Christmas, the serenity.
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    But unfortunately there's just chaos and stress for us.
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    We have stress over finances maybe.
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    I've learned that, uh, I read in the New York Times
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    last couple of weeks that young entrepreneurial kids
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    who are tech savvy are now making
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    PowerPoint presentations for their parents
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    on the gifts that they should get for Christmas.
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    Yeah, yeah, apparently it's pretty, pretty effective.
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    Here's what young one young lady says. She says:
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    We need to somehow get away from the stress
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    and get connected to the classic Christmas story.
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    And who better to tell us the classic,
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    classic Christmas story than Macy's?
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    - The holidays are here, so head to Macy's
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    for unbeatable deals on a winter wardrobe
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    for the whole family.
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    Men's Blazers starting at $49.99.
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    Cashmere tops for her from $79.99.
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    And for your little ones, Macy's has
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    the festive fashions that'll have them saying,
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    - "It's too hot!" - "It itches!" - [crying]
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    - Tis the season for wrestling
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    your wiggly little monster into thick winter clothes.
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    So all month long we're taking 25% off
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    boys merino wool sweaters
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    that won't fit over his head.
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    - If you stop squirming, it would be on already.
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    - And 40% off cozy corduroys that'll pinch his little nuts.
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    - Can't he just wear his jeans?
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    - You don't wear jeans to church.
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    - And for your little girl, it's half off
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    all hard, shiny shoes that hurt.
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    - Ow, my shoes hurt.
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    - Welcome to being a woman, Kylie.
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    - And 30% off all holiday rompers
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    she'll never get off in time.
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    - It's wet.
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    - Okay, you have to tell mommy when you have to go.
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    - And save an extra 10% on snow boots
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    that are so hard to put on,
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    it'll strain your marriage. - Sorry.
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    - You need to put her foot in sideways and then twist it.
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    - Well, if you can do it, then do it.
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    - And deals so hot, even frosty --
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    - Okay, well, if this is going to be your attitude,
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    maybe we should tell my mom we're not coming.
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    - And deals so -- - Oh, no.
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    - Get down to Macy's.
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    They clothes they'll hate create the memories you'll love.
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    - And somehow, in the chaos of all of this
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    we're trying to remember the beauty of this
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    and actually get connected.
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    Can I get connected not just to Christmas,
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    but can I get connected to Christ?
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    Can I get connected to the original story
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    that started it all?
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    Can I get connected to the One who changed history
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    and who we date time after?
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    Is there a way for me to get in sync with Him?
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    Yes, we can.
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    Let's let's turn the page and let a picture talk for us.
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    Here we have the the classic,
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    the classic manger scene, the classic nativity set.
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    And you wouldn't know it by looking
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    at these things that we may have,
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    maybe in your entryway or under your tree,
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    this classic creche
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    or the family of Jesus at Christmas.
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    You wouldn't know this, but for them,
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    this was unbelievably chaotic and stressful.
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    Giving birth, first of all, is very stressful,
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    if you've ever done it or you've seen it, very stressful.
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    Giving birth, when the rumor has it that you say
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    you're born -- you're you bearing a child
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    and you've you're a virgin.
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    This caused a great deal of turmoil
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    and a great deal of stress for Mary and Joseph,
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    as they were under communal pressure
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    and they were being shamed.
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    Add to that they're a family that is on the run.
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    They're also a family that's the working poor.
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    How do we know that?
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    Well, we know that because when Jesus
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    is wrapped in swaddling cloths, that sounds so cute.
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    But it's not cute, it's a sense of stress because
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    they don't have enough money to buy a full size blanket.
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    So they grab -- Logs? Logs, crabs? No, neither one of those.
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    Rags and cloths and wrap it around their baby.
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    They don't have a crib, so they put them in a manger.
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    A manger is a feeding bowl for cattle inside of a stable,
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    which is where Jesus was born,
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    because there was no room at the inn.
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    This is chaos.
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    This is actually, I might even say,
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    terror inducing for them.
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    This is stressful for them.
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    So if you are Christmas are ever stressed out
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    or chaotic, the good news is
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    you're getting back to the original Christmas.
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    Screams and cries and blood and unmet expectation
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    and not fitting in, all of this is part of
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    this beautiful, serene scene that wasn't that serene.
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    In the book of Luke 2:13 it says this
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    as an angel comes the shepherds.
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    Peace.
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    You may see inside of your little creche
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    or inside of your manger scene
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    if you have one of those at home,
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    or if you've seen one of those,
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    you've got barn animals in there.
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    There's no reference of barn animals in the Bible account.
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    Maybe they were there since it was a manger.
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    You've got magi we'll talk about in a moment.
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    You've got shepherds.
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    You've got people from every economic spectrum.
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    The shepherds were the were the grunt worker,
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    blue collar guys who weren't respected at all.
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    And they hear from the shepherd.
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    The Magi were the elitists from the East
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    who had very, very, very high incomes
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    and brought expensive gifts.
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    And all of them get to be in on the peace.
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    I love this: peace, peace on Him who is pleased.
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    Have you ever considered that God's pleased with you?
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    You ever considered He's not an angry entity
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    up in the skies, making a list and checking it twice
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    and can't wait to whack you?
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    Have you ever considered that God's actually for you?
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    Have you ever considered that God actually likes you?
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    Have you ever considered that God's actually in a good mood?
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    I was out on a bike trip years and years ago,
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    and I was over in Albuquerque.
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    And Albuquerque is sort of the --
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    This festival they had is sort of
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    the Mardi Gras of Albuquerque.
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    Our trip was ended.
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    We just needed to find a place to have a shower.
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    So we went in and spent the night.
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    And it was pretty fun.
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    In the midst of all the cacophony that was happening,
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    somebody was holding this sign up:
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    God is in a good mood.
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    I like that, God is in a good mood.
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    He's in a good mood and He brings peace
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    on whom His favor rests.
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    Here's the thing. Here's the thing.
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    God doesn't necessarily bring a party.
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    God doesn't necessarily bring a pay raise.
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    God doesn't necessarily bring
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    the perfect person into your life.
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    All those things are fine
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    and getting those all those things is fine,
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    but none of those things will actually bring you peace.
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    A little shot of happiness,
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    but not actual bring you peace.
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    When Jesus comes into your life,
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    when Jesus comes to the world,
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    He brings actual peace that actually lasts
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    and there's a favor from God,
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    this verse says that's actually on your life.
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    Let's turn the page.
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    Let's allow a picture to be worth a thousand words.
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    I think this is the world's largest pop up book,
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    I'm just saying.
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    I have to be very tender with it.
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    Here we have what's known as the Three Magi
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    or the Three Wise Men, even though we're not sure
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    that there was three.
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    And even though the Bible has a word for them,
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    which is most likely translated Magi, which means
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    that these were likely people from the Zoroastrian cult
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    that were in the Far Eastern region
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    who were very, very spiritual and very, very well healed.
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    But they likely didn't understand
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    the actual God of the Old Testament.
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    But they were spiritual people
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    or people who were interested in the non-material.
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    I find it interesting that these guys
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    make their way to see Jesus, and they're maybe
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    among the least qualified people to do this
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    because they don't believe in the Bible.
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    They're not keeping the rules in the Bible.
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    They don't know things that are in the Bible.
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    They're not trying to play some religious game.
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    And that's the way many of us are.
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    Many of us don't come to God because we're, like,
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    "I don't know all the rules.
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    I don't know that I can keep all the rules.
  • 00:31:08
    I don't know that I understand all the ins and outs.
  • 00:31:11
    I don't know that I can do that.
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    It's just overwhelming. I'm just not going to do it."
  • 00:31:14
    It's like someone trying to pick up a golf club
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    as an adult when you never had before.
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    It's just overwhelming. I can't start now.
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    I can't do it now. I can't try a new thing.
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    And many of us can't try a new spiritual thing,
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    won't try a new spiritual thing because
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    we think we're not qualified
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    because we think we'll never be good enough in it.
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    That's how religious people think.
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    Jesus didn't start, come to start a religion.
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    He came to start a relationship with you.
  • 00:31:38
    And these folks didn't understand the rules,
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    all they knew was something was happened
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    and we have to go there right now.
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    Here's how Matthew 2:1 puts it,
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    which is a section that's right before
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    what we just read earlier. It says this:
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    The religious leaders, they didn't come to find Jesus,
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    but these people came to find Jesus.
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    They were seekers.
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    There's kind of a cheesy saying, but it's true.
  • 00:32:26
    Sometimes things are cheesy are still true.
  • 00:32:29
    The saying is, you may have seen on a bumper sticker,
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    wise men still seek Him.
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    Wise men, wise women still seek Him.
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    We realize I can't bring peace to myself.
  • 00:32:41
    I can't handle the chaos that's in the world.
  • 00:32:44
    I can't save myself.
  • 00:32:46
    There's certain problems we get up against that
  • 00:32:48
    I just need God, I can't -- I can't do it.
  • 00:32:52
    And I believe part of the reason why
  • 00:32:53
    there's so much mental illness in our world,
  • 00:32:56
    so much suicide, all those statistics of emotional
  • 00:32:59
    and spiritual well-being, all of them are tanking,
  • 00:33:01
    I think it's because our culture
  • 00:33:03
    is increasingly believing you're on your own.
  • 00:33:07
    You're an accident of evolution,
  • 00:33:09
    and there's goo, and then there is you,
  • 00:33:11
    and you have no backstop. You have no safety net.
  • 00:33:14
    There's nobody who really loves you who's really powerful.
  • 00:33:17
    And if I didn't believe and know that there was a God
  • 00:33:21
    who did love me and has shown His power for me,
  • 00:33:24
    I don't -- I don't -- I'd hate to think what I --
  • 00:33:26
    Where I would be or what I would do.
  • 00:33:29
    And so we seek Him, we don't have all the answers,
  • 00:33:32
    but we seek because we want to find
  • 00:33:35
    the peace that passes understanding
  • 00:33:37
    and we want to worship Him.
  • 00:33:39
    These wise men came to worship Him.
  • 00:33:43
    These Magi came to lay down their gifts,
  • 00:33:45
    expensive gifts, gold, frankincense, myrrh.
  • 00:33:48
    It's a whole other talk to talk about those things.
  • 00:33:50
    But just suffice to say,
  • 00:33:52
    these people laid down things of value.
  • 00:33:56
    And today we're going to have the ability
  • 00:33:58
    to lay down something of value.
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    Why would they do this?
  • 00:34:02
    They did this because they wanted to worship this King.
  • 00:34:04
    In the book of John 1:1-5,
  • 00:34:07
    has one of the best descriptions of who Jesus was.
  • 00:34:09
    Because Jesus didn't originate in Bethlehem
  • 00:34:12
    at Christmas time, He's always been is God.
  • 00:34:15
    Here's how John puts it:
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    It says that at the beginning of all of creation
  • 00:34:39
    Jesus was present.
  • 00:34:40
    When He goes from heaven and He takes on flesh
  • 00:34:43
    and is born, it is a massive sacrifice.
  • 00:34:46
    It is chaotic for Him.
  • 00:34:50
    This would be like going from being in the heavens,
  • 00:34:53
    being worshiped by angels, to now being a human.
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    Not only that, a baby.
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    Not only that, a baby in poverty.
  • 00:35:01
    Not only that, a baby that has a scandalous start
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    by many people's estimation.
  • 00:35:07
    I mean, it's as hard as it could be.
  • 00:35:11
    It'd be like you or I becoming a slug,
  • 00:35:14
    you or I becoming a bedbug.
  • 00:35:17
    Like, I don't want to be that.
  • 00:35:18
    I know, I know, God didn't either, I don't think.
  • 00:35:21
    But why did He do that?
  • 00:35:22
    He did it so that you and I would understand God.
  • 00:35:26
    He took on flesh so we could get Him.
  • 00:35:28
    If you want to understand what God is,
  • 00:35:30
    you look to Jesus.
  • 00:35:31
    Jesus says, "When you've seen Me,
  • 00:35:32
    you've seen the Father."
  • 00:35:33
    He says, "I and the Father are one."
  • 00:35:37
    These folks go on a journey and they seek the One who is.
  • 00:35:43
    What they laid down is something
  • 00:35:47
    we're going to be able to have a moment with right now.
  • 00:35:50
    Go ahead and take that crown out
  • 00:35:53
    and maybe take your Sharpie out as well.
  • 00:36:05
    This represents the final chapter for us today.
  • 00:36:25
    The crown is the thing that you stress.
  • 00:36:29
    The crown is the thing that's the most important thing to you.
  • 00:36:33
    It's the thing that your life revolves around.
  • 00:36:36
    When the wise men come to Jesus,
  • 00:36:38
    when the Magi come to Jesus, they lay down
  • 00:36:41
    their gifts and they lay down their crown.
  • 00:36:45
    They say, "You're here and we're here.
  • 00:36:48
    Even though you're a little baby,
  • 00:36:49
    in terms of spiritual authority and importance,
  • 00:36:53
    You are more than me."
  • 00:36:55
    And they weren't playing games with Him at all.
  • 00:36:58
    They came as seekers and they found Him
  • 00:37:00
    and they bowed down and they worship Him.
  • 00:37:02
    What does it mean to worship Him?
  • 00:37:03
    We can worship Him when we sing.
  • 00:37:05
    That's fine, that's good.
  • 00:37:06
    But the ultimate worship God is looking for
  • 00:37:08
    is will you and I lay down our crown?
  • 00:37:11
    Will we lay down the thing that stresses us?
  • 00:37:15
    Will we not stress over the thing that stresses us?
  • 00:37:19
    Because that is the most important thing to me:
  • 00:37:21
    my family beautiful, my body beautiful,
  • 00:37:24
    my financial picture beautiful,
  • 00:37:26
    my whatever it is beautiful,
  • 00:37:28
    will I lay that down and recognize that
  • 00:37:31
    that thing is actually my crown, that's my identity?
  • 00:37:35
    That's the most important thing to me.
  • 00:37:37
    And will I take that off
  • 00:37:40
    and put it at the feet of Jesus?
  • 00:37:44
    If you know what that is for you,
  • 00:37:45
    if you know what the source of your chaos is,
  • 00:37:48
    if you know what it is that you stress,
  • 00:37:51
    that brings you stress, what it is,
  • 00:37:53
    in other words, that you worship,
  • 00:37:54
    even though you may have never put it that way.
  • 00:37:56
    I want you to just write it on there.
  • 00:37:58
    Write right down that thing. What is it?
  • 00:38:17
    I've got a sweater on, by the way, I put on their aging.
  • 00:38:24
    I have a sweater on.
  • 00:38:25
    You know, it's, uh, kind of ugly.
  • 00:38:27
    I know, I know it. You tell me. I know.
  • 00:38:31
    I've been wearing this sweater for 25 years
  • 00:38:33
    on Christmas Eve. 25 years.
  • 00:38:35
    Pull it out because I have
  • 00:38:37
    a lot of memories associated with it.
  • 00:38:38
    And I just realized, my goodness, 25 years.
  • 00:38:41
    How long have I been doing this for?
  • 00:38:44
    What's going on with me?
  • 00:38:46
    I don't look the same as I did way back when.
  • 00:38:49
    Things are changing in my life,
  • 00:38:50
    things that need to change in my life
  • 00:38:53
    and will I embrace the things
  • 00:38:54
    that need to change in my life
  • 00:38:57
    and go with the seasons,
  • 00:38:58
    the new seasons God's taking me in or not?
  • 00:39:01
    Is that my crown? What is yours?
  • 00:39:03
    What is the thing that everything revolves around?
  • 00:39:07
    Let's get ready to worship God right now.
  • 00:39:10
    We're going to have a really profound moment with this.
  • 00:39:13
    Just when you think the service is over, it's not over.
  • 00:39:15
    Hold on just from a very profound moment with this,
  • 00:39:19
    but let's use our voices right now
  • 00:39:21
    and let's stand and let's worship Him.
  • 00:39:26
    - Put your hands together like this. All together.
  • 00:39:34
    We're going to say Your kingdom come
  • 00:39:35
    and Your will be done.
  • 00:40:22
    - This Christmas can be different
  • 00:44:23
    because of the story of Jesus.
  • 00:44:25
    He wasn't just a baby, He was a King.
  • 00:44:27
    And when we recognize that and put Him first in our lives,
  • 00:44:30
    we get the real hope, peace, and joy of Christmas.
  • 00:44:33
    Like Brian said, this is a choice for you to make.
  • 00:44:36
    Will you lay down your crown to Jesus and leave it behind,
  • 00:44:38
    or will you keep doing what you've been doing?
  • 00:44:41
    We're going to have a chance to do this right now
  • 00:44:43
    wherever you are.
  • 00:44:45
    In the Crossroads Anywhere App, if you click on
  • 00:44:47
    the Interactive Christmas Story, you'll have a chance
  • 00:44:49
    to put yourself into the Christmas story.
  • 00:44:51
    There's a quote that I love that I heard
  • 00:44:53
    that it says that the Bible isn't just
  • 00:44:56
    the story of things that have happened,
  • 00:44:57
    it's the story of things that are still happening today.
  • 00:45:01
    And I think that's so true.
  • 00:45:02
    The story of Christmas, of God, of Immanuel
  • 00:45:05
    coming to be with us in a world that's hurting
  • 00:45:07
    and broken, of God's light shining
  • 00:45:10
    in the midst of darkness, can be as true
  • 00:45:12
    for you right now, right now, wherever you are today
  • 00:45:15
    as it was 2000 years ago.
  • 00:45:18
    Download the Crossroads Anywhere App,
  • 00:45:20
    click on the interactive Christmas story
  • 00:45:22
    and you'll have a chance
  • 00:45:23
    to lay something down at the feet of Jesus,
  • 00:45:26
    to put a crown at the feet of His throne,
  • 00:45:28
    and to choose to move forward on a new path
  • 00:45:31
    and to take a next step on your journey with God.
  • 00:45:35
    And don't forget, as we wrap up Christmas
  • 00:45:36
    and head towards the end of the year,
  • 00:45:38
    we actually have a year end service.
  • 00:45:40
    It's online only and we don't want you to miss it.
  • 00:45:42
    It's going to set us up for a fantastic 2024.
  • 00:45:45
    We hope to see you then.
  • 00:45:46
    Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
  • 00:45:51
    - How are you going to spend your year?
  • 00:45:55
    Are you going to do the same thing you've always done?
  • 00:46:00
    Or are you going to go on a new adventure?
  • 00:46:03
    Are you going to play it safe or take a risk?
  • 00:46:06
    What if this year you pushed yourself,
  • 00:46:10
    got outside your comfort zone, helped other people,
  • 00:46:13
    went somewhere extraordinary?
  • 00:46:16
    What if you discovered what God wants for your life,
  • 00:46:19
    made new friends and laughed until you couldn't breathe?
  • 00:46:23
    There is no limit to what 2024 can look like for you.
  • 00:46:27
    Don't miss next year with Crossroads.

Dec 22, 2023

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