Rock Church – The City


[MUSIC] YOU KNOW, WHENEVER YOU GET ROOM SERVICE THEY SEND ALL KIND
OF COMBINATION OF FOOD CONDIMENTS AND ACCESSORIES. YOU GOT NINE KINDS OF SUGAR FOR
47 PEOPLE. YOU HAVE SALT AND PEPPER. DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT MY
FOOD WOULD TASTE LIKE IF I USED ALL THIS SALT AND SUGAR. YOU HAVE KETCHUP. I KNOW PEOPLE PUT KETCHUP ON
EGGS, AND IT’S NASTY. THEY THINK OF EVERY WAY YOU’LL
SEASON YOUR FOOD AND THEY GOT TO THINK OF EVERYTHING. THEY’RE TRYING TO. YOU WORRY WHAT YOU’RE TELLING
GOD YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN SOMETHING. LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, GOD
HASN’T FORGOTTEN ANYTHING. STOP TRIPIN’, TRUST GOT. HE’S GOT YOUR BACK. AMEN, AMEN, HOW IS EVERYBODY
DOING OKAY TODAY? EVERYONE IS WATCHING ONLINE,
EAST COUNTY, NORTH COUNTY, WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON THAT FOR A LONG
TIME. WE HAVE SIX MONTHS OF VIDEOS
FILMED SO WE CAN GET AHEAD. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THAT iTUNES
IT’S CALLED MILES A MINUTE. YOU CAN GET THAT APP. WHEN YOU GET IT TODAY THERE WILL
BE FIVE ON THERE. WE LAUNCHED IT FRIDAY. IT BECAME LIVE FRIDAY, AND EVERY
VIDEO WILL HAVE A GOSPEL PRESENTATION. YOU CAN SHARE IT WITH EVERYONE
YOU KNOW, SHARE IT WITH YOUR FAMILY. BUT IT’S EVERY SINGLE DAY A
DIFFERENT VIDEO, AND IT WILL BE ALL THROUGH THE END OF NEXT
YEAR. EVERY DAY FOR THE WHOLE YEAR,
AND IT’S VERY EXCITING. EVERY VIDEO TAKES ME A HALF HOUR
TO GET THE RIGHT ONE. I FILM ABOUT 30 ON AVERAGE AND
THEN THE DEVELOPERS AND THEY HAVE TO WRITE THE DEVOTIONALS,
SO IT’S A LOT OF TIME. WE PRAY THAT YOU’LL DOWNLOAD IT
AND SHARE IT WITH PEOPLE. E-MAIL IT, TEXT, HOPEFULLY IT
WILL GET TO A LOT OF PEOPLE, AMEN. WE HAD SOMEONE FRIDAY NIGHT–WE
DIDN’T EVEN ANNOUNCE IT. WE PUT IT UP AND SENT IT TO A
FEW PEOPLE. WE HAD SOMEONE GET SAVED FRIDAY
NIGHT. SO WE ALREADY HAD SOMEONE GET
SAVED. BY THE WAY, IF YOU SEND IT TO
SOMEBODY WHO GETS SAVED THEY’LL GET A VIDEO FROM ME
CONGRATULATING THEM, THEN THEY’LL BE ABLE TO DOWNLOAD A
BOOK “21 JUMP START.” IT’S A DEVOTIONAL THROUGH THE
BOOK OF JOHN. A DEVOTIONAL EVERY DAY–THE BOOK
IS A DEVOTIONAL FOR 21 DAYS. TEACHES THEM HOW TO READ THE
BIBLE. AND THEN IN 21 DAYS THEY’LL GET
ANOTHER VIDEO, AND THEN EVERY YEAR THEY’LL GET A VIDEO
REMINDING THEM OF THAT DAY. SO FOLLOW UP, FOLLOW UP, FOLLOW
UP. I WANT YOU TO THINK OF PEOPLE
WHO DON’T GO TO CHURCH. THIS WAS DESIGNED TO GIVE MAINLY
TO GIVE CHRISTIANS A WAY OF ENCOURAGING YOU AND SHARE YOUR
FAITH AND THE END USER IS ULTIMATELY THE PERSON WHO DOES
NOT GO TO CHURCH. WE’VE BEEN TESTING THIS WITH
PEOPLE WHO DO NOT GO TO CHURCH, AND WE’VE BEEN GETTING A GREAT
RESPONSE. SEND IT OUT THERE. SEND IT EVERY DAY. READ IT, WATCH IT, AND THEN
SHARE IT. IT’S RIGHT THERE ON YOUR QUICK
EASY BUTTON ON THE APP. WE’RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT. AMEN. AND LET’S GIVE THE LORD A HAND. LET’S GIVE THE LORD A HAND. [APPLAUSE] TOYS FOR JOY WAS AMAZING AGAIN. LET’S GIVE EVERYBODY A HAND FOR
TOYS FOR JOY. AMAZING. IF YOU’VE NEVER BEEN, YOU NEED
TO COME NEXT YEAR, IN 364 MORE DAYS OR SOMETIME NEXT YEAR WE’RE
GOING TO DO IT AGAIN. I WANT TO THANK THE PEOPLE WHO
ORGANIZED IT, DEBBY, ERNIE, MICHAEL, SHARON AND MICHELLE,
LET’S GIVE THEM ALL A BIG HAND. GOD BLESS YOU, MICHAEL HALL,
HE’S ALWAYS SITTING OVER HERE. AMEN. AMAZING, AMAZING. I WANT TO THANK 16 CHURCHES THAT
PARTNERED WITH US. THE PASTOR TOLD ME TO TELL YOU
THAT WE HAVE A NEW FAMILY IN BAYVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH. AND CITY OF HOPE ALSO SAID THE
SAME THING. GREAT BROTHERS IN OTHER
CHURCHES, THEY’RE GREAT PARTNERS, AND WE’LL DO GREAT
THINGS HERE IN SAN DIEGO. AND DECEMBER 19TH COME DOWN TO
SOUTH BAY. WE’RE HAVING A SERVICE TO SEE
THE INTEREST IN ONE OF OUR CHURCHES. DECEMBER 19TH, WORSHIP, PRAYER,
ENCOURAGEMENT, AND WE’LL GIVE YOU VISION FOR DOWN IN SOUTH
BAY. LOOK AT THE PERSON NEXT TO YOU
AND WHATEVER CAMPUSES YOU ARE, WHETHER YOU KNOW THEM OR NOT,
LOOK AT THE PERSON NEXT TO YOU AND SAY JESUS LOVES YOU. I WAS GOING TO SAY I LOVE YOU,
BUT SOME OF Y’ALL MIGHT THINK THAT’S KIND OF… JUST TO CLARIFY IF SOMEONE TELLS
YOU THEY LOVE YOU IN THE CHRISTIAN CONTEXT, IN THE
BIBLICAL CONTEXT, AND GOD IS LOVE AND LOVE IS A BIBLICAL
THING BECAUSE GOD IS LOVE, IT REALLY MEANS IN THE MOST BASIC
DEFINITION IS THAT I’M REALLY COMMITTED TO HELPING YOU OBEY
GOD. IT’S NOT LIKE YOU WANT TO GO OUT
WITH SOMEONE, DATE SOMEONE, NOTHING LIKE THAT. I MAY SAY I LOVE YOU, IF I LOVE
GOD, I BY DEFINITION THAT MEANS I WANT TO OBEY GOD. THAT’S WHAT LOVE MEANS BY
DEFINITION. NOW WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH
YOUR WIFE OR WHATEVER, OBEYING GOD IS STILL IN THAT CONTEXT. YOU WANT TO HELP THEM OBEY GOD
BUT THERE IS A LOT MORE TO IT THAN THAT, LOVE CAN NEVER BE
DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD. LADIES, IF SOME GUY IS SAYING, I
LOVE YOU AND HE’S TRYING TO GET YOU TO DO SOMETHING THAT IS
DISOBEDIENT, THAT’S NOT LOVE, THAT’S LUST. JUST SO YOU KNOW. SOME OF Y’ALL ARE LIKE, OH,
SNAP. I WISH I WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT
20 YEARS AGO. LET’S SEE YOUR BIBLES. UNO, DOS, TRES, WORD. VERY GOOD. LET’S DURING TO MICAH,
M-I-C-A-H. MICAH. IT’S IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. IF YOU GO TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
AND THEN TURN THE BIBLE, WELL, IF YOU KNOW WHERE MATTHEW IS. I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU AS WE
APPROACH THE NEW YEAR THAT YOU START THINKING ABOUT YOUR NEW
YEAR. COMMITMENTS. WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO DO EVERY
DAY. HOPEFULLY YOU WATCH MILES A
MINUTE EVERY DAY. IT’S ONLY A MINUTE. EVERYONE HAS GOT A MINUTE. BUT DON’T LET THAT BE ALL YOU
DO. MICAH 5. LORD, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR
FAITHFULNESS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORD. THANK YOU FOR LOVING US, AND
THANK YOU FOR BLESSING US. LORD, I PRAY THIS CHRISTMAS WE
WILL BE A LITTLE MORE BOLD IN INVITING PEOPLE TO CHURCH. BE A LITTLE MORE COURAGEOUS AND
HAVE A LITTLE MORE FAITH IN WHO WE INVITE TO CHURCH. USE US IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN I
WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ASK YOU TO PRAY FOR MY WIFE AND DAUGHTER
BECAUSE MY HOME HAS VISITATIONS OF EVIL. ESPECIALLY WHEN SOMETHING LIKE
MILES A MINUTE COMES OUT, EVIL ATTACKS MY WIFE AND MY DAUGHTER. MY WIFE HAS BEEN IN PHYSICAL
PAIN, NO ONE CAN FIGURE IT OUT. BACK, NECK, BONE BROKE, ODD, AND
MY DAUGHTER HAS ALL KINDS OF STUFF GOING ON WITH HER. SO WE DEAL WITH THAT EVERY DAY. JUST PRAY FOR MY WIFE DEBBY AND
MY DAUGHTER, IF YOU’RE ON OUR E-MAIL LIST YOU’LL GET A
CHRISTMAS CARD FROM US. AND IF NOT, GET ON THE E-MAIL
LIST AND WE’LL SEND YOU A CHRISTMAS CARD. IT’S REAL SIMPLE. DURING TOYS FOR JOY I DO A LOT
OF INTERVIEWS WITH MEDIA AND ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM PEOPLE
ABOUT THE EVENT, WHEN WE STARTED, WE STARTED FOUR YEARS
BEFORE WE STARTED THE CHURCH. THIS IS ABOUT OUR 17TH YEAR OF
DOING IT. AND SOMEONE ASKED ME YESTERDAY,
IT WAS ACTUALLY THE CHURCH STAFF, WE DID AN INTERVIEW FOR
OUR VIDEO, WHAT DO I HOPE PEOPLE LEAVE WITH WHEN THEY COME TO A
TOYS FOR JOY EVENT. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, THEY GET
FOOD, CLOTHES, THEY GET A TOY. IF YOU SAW THE VIDEO THERE WAS A
CHANNEL 10 DID A REPORT OF A YOUNG LADY WHO WAS CRYING GIVING
A TOY TO HER DAUGHTER. SHE SAID, THIS IS THE ONLY TOY
THAT MY DAUGHTER WILL GET. WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, THIS LADY
SAID, WE RARELY, SOMETIMES WE DIDN’T HAVE ANY TOYS. WE DIDN’T HAVE TOYS. MY WIFE GREW UP LIKE THAT. MY WIFE HAD SEVERAL YEARS AS A
KID WHERE THEY WOULDN’T GET ANY TOY OR GET ONE THAT SOMEONE
DONATED TO THEIR FAMILY. THEY DIDN’T HAVE CHRISTMAS. SO IT WAS VERY REAL TO US. ONE IN FIVE PEOPLE HERE IN SAN
DIEGO LIVE UNDER THE POVERTY LINE, 400,000 TO 500,000 WHO ARE
FOOD INSECURE. THAT’S A PHRASE WHICH MEANS YOU
DO NOT KNOW WHERE YOUR NEXT MEAL IS COMING FROM. IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU DON’T KNOW
WHERE YOU YOU’RE GOING TO EAT YOUR NEXT MEAL. MANY OF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE
YOU’RE GOING TO EAT YOUR NEXT MEAL. FOOD INSECURE MEANS I DON’T KNOW
IF I’M GOING TO EAT AGAIN. THERE ARE 400,000 PEOPLE IN SAN
DIEGO WHO ARE FOOD INSECURE. WHEN YOU GET GROCERIES, HOT
DOGS, YOU GET TO EAT, THAT’S A REAL NEED BEING MET IN THEIR
LIFE. IT’S A BIG BLESSING FOR US TO
SEE THAT HAPPENING, AND THAT’S WHY IT’S ONE OF MY FAVORITE DAYS
OF THE YEAR TO SEE THAT HAPPENING A LOT, A LOT OF PEOPLE
AT ONE TIME. BUT ONE THING I HOPE THEY ALL
LEAVE WITH IS HOPE. WHEN THEY LEAVE THAT PLACE WITH
THEIR GROCERIES THAT THEY’RE GOING TO GET, THEIR TOYS, A FULL
STOMACH, AND A BAG OF CLOTHES, THAT THEY WOULD HAVE HOPE THAT
SOMEONE SOMEWHERE CARES ABOUT THEM, AND SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE
UNDERSTANDS WHAT THEY’RE GOING THROUGH AND IS THERE TO SAY I’M
HERE FOR YOU. AND THE CHURCH SHOULD BE THAT. THE AS A MATTER OF FACT, GOD
CALLED THE CHURCH TO BE THAT. WHEN ASKED IF JESUS IS REALLY
THE MESSIAH, JESUS SAID TELL JOHN WHAT YOU SEE ME DO. I RAISED THE DEAD. I HEALED THE BLIND, THE
CRIPPLED, THE MUTE, I’M DOING ALL KINDS OF SIGNS AND WONDERS,
AND I PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. I PREACH THE GOSPEL. THAT’S WHAT OUR RESPONSIBILITY
IS. SO THAT’S WHY ALL THESE PEOPLE,
AS WE CONTINUE OUR SERIES ON CHRISTMAS WE’RE GOING TO LOOK IN
THE BOOK OF MICAH AS MICAH AN OLD TESTAMENT PROPHET IS GOING
TO PROPHESY ABOUT THE MESSIAH. WE SAW CHRISTMAS IN THE OLD
TESTAMENT. WE THINK ABOUT CHRISTMAS BEING A
NEW TESTAMENT THING, BUT CHRISTMAS WAS PROPHESIED IN THE
OLD TESTAMENT BECAUSE THE JEWS WERE LOOKING FOR THE MESSIAH. THEY WOULD TELL THEM ABOUT THE
MESSIAH. THEY WOULD TALK IN THE FUTURE
ABOUT A MESSIAH WHO WOULD EVENTUALLY BE JESUS. IT WAS CHRISTMAS IN THE OLD
TESTAMENT. NOW A PROPHET WAS A PERSON WHO
WAS A MOUTH PIECE OF GOD. SAY MOUTH PIECE. A PROPHET IS KNOWN BY SAYING
THIS PHRASE, THUS SAITH THE LORD. THE PROPHET WAS NOT THERE TO
GIVE THEIR OWN OPINION. I’M NOT HERE TO GIVE MY OPINION. MY OPINION MEANS WHAT? YOU DON’T WANT MY OPINION. I COULD SAY HERE’S WHAT I THINK
GOD IS SAYING, I TELL YOU I DON’T KNOW BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO
DISCERN FOR YOURSELF, BUT MY RESPONSIBILITY IS TO SAY, HERE’S
WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO HEAR. THAT’S MY RESPONSIBILITY. IT’S NOT ABOUT ME IT’S ABOUT
WHAT GOD WANTS TO SAY. THE PROPHETS WOULD COME, AND
THEY WOULD SPEAK TO THE LEADERS OF THE NATIONS OR INDIVIDUAL
PEOPLE OR SMALL GROUPS OF PEOPLE AND SAY, I’M HERE TO TELL WHAT
YOU GOD SAYS. SOMETIMES THEY WOULD ACT IT OUT. THEIR OWN PHYSICAL ILLUSTRATION
OF HOW THEY LIVED OR SUFFERED, ISAIAH WALKED AROUND NAKED. EZEKIEL COOKED FOOD ON COW DUNG. THEY ILLUSTRATED WHAT GOD WAS
GOING TO DO. THEIR WHOLE POINT WAS HERE IS
WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO HEAR BECAUSE HE WANTS YOU TO OBEY AND
TRUST HIM. MICAH CAME. THERE WERE 12 MAJOR PROPHETICAL
BOOKS. FIVE MAJOR PROPHETICAL BOOKS. THEY CALL THEM THE MAJOR
PROPHETS BUT REALLY THEY WERE THE BOOKS. AND THEN 12 MINOR PROPHETS,
MICAH WAS ONE OF THOSE SMALLER BOOKS, SEVEN CHAPTERS. AND IN HIS BOOK ONE-THIRD WAS
DEDICATED TO THE SINS OF THE PEOPLE. ONE-THIRD WAS DEDICATED TO THE
JUDGMENT THAT GOD WOULD BRING ON THE PEOPLE, AND ONE-THIRD WAS
DEDICATED TO HOPE. HOPE IS AN EXPECTANT DESIRE NO
MATTER WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH THAT GOD IS GOING TO BRING YOU
THROUGH THE SHADOW OF THE DEATH. THERE IS SOMETHING AT THE END OF
THE TUNNEL THAT IS REALLY GOOD. YOU HAVE TO HAVE HOPE. YOU HAVE TO HAVE HOPE. GOD ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS
THOUGH HE DISCIPLINES HIS PEOPLE, HE CORRECTS HIS PEOPLE,
HE WOULD ALWAYS GIVE THEM HOPE THAT IN THE END HE’S GOING TO
GET THEM THROUGH. THEY TRUST HIM. WHEN YOU HEAR HAUL THINGS WORK
TOGETHER FOR GOOD FOR THOSE WHO ARE FOR CHRIST AND WORK IN HIS
PURPOSE. SOME CUT THAT OFF AND SAY, ALL
THINGS WORKING TOGETHER FOR GOOD. THAT’S NOT TRUE. NOT ALWAYS THINGS WORK TOGETHER
FOR GOOD FOR YOU. ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR
GOOD FOR THOSE WHO LOVE GOD AND WORK FOR HIS PURPOSE. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IF I GO OUT AND COMMITMENT A
CRIME AND I DON’T TURN TO GOD, ALL THINGS ARE NOT GOING TO WORK
TOGETHER FOR GOOD. I’M GOING TO SUFFER. IF I SAY LORD, I’M GOING TO BE
ON YOUR PROGRAM, EVERYTHING IS GOING TO WORK OUT. THAT’S A FACT BECAUSE GOD CAN’T
LIE. BUT IF YOU DON’T OBEY GOD, YOU
DON’T HAVE ANY HOPE. YOUR HOPELESS. SO IF YOU WANT HOPE START
OBEYING GOD. LET’S READ CHAPTER 5:1. THE FIRST THING THAT HE’S GOING
TO SAY IS THAT THEY’RE GOING TO BE JUDGED BECAUSE THEY’RE
SINNING. NOW ISRAEL GATHER YOURSELF IN
TROOPS. GET YOUR ARMY TOGETHER, OH
DAUGHTERS OF ISRAEL. GOD HAS LAID SIEGE AGAINST US,
THAT YOUR ENEMY HAS LAID SIEGE. THEY WILL STRIKE THE JUDGE OF
ISRAEL WITH THE ROD ON THE CHEEK. WHAT MICAH IS SAYING, ISRAEL,
GET YOUR TROOPS TOGETHER, TO BE HIT ON THE CHEEK IS AN OFFENSE. IT’S VERY OFFENSIVE. WHAT MICAH IS SAYING IS YOU ALL
HAVE SINNED AND YOU WILL BE JUDGED. I LIKE TO WORK OUT WITH
DIFFERENT PEOPLE, I WORKED OUT WITH CHRIS BYRD, HE MAY BE
LISTENING RIGHT NOW. IF HE IS, WHAT’S UP, CHRIS, HOW
ARE YOU DOING? ADRIAN GONZALEZ USED TO WORK
WITH THE PADRES AND NOW LOS ANGELES DODGERS. HE WORKS OUT WITH CHRIS. I SAID I’M GOING TO GO AND WORK
OUT WITH YOU Y’ALL. NOW THE FIRST THING WE DO IS
SPAR. I’M NOT IN THAT GOOD OF SHAPE,
BUT I’LL SPAR. I PUT THE GLOVES ON, I TOOK MY
GLASSES OFF. NOW I CAN’T SEE. FIRST THING, PUT ME IN THE RING. WE WENT SIX ROUNDS. WE BOXED TWO MINUTES, AND THEN I
WOULD GET IN THE LAST MINUTE. AND THEN WHEN I FINISHED MY
MINUTE, ADRIEN WOULD COME IN FOR TWO MINUTES, AND THEN I WOULD
COME IN FOR A MINUTE. AND CHRIS WOULD JUST BLOCK. IT WOULD BE A FIVE-SECOND, A
THREE-SECOND WORK OUT. THE WHOLE WORK OUT WAS TWO HOURS
BUT IT WOULD BE THREE SECONDS HE WOULD KNOCK US OUT. HE WOULD GRACIOUSLY LET US PUNCH
ON HIM, LITERALLY, HE WOULD SAY GO FOR IT. ADRIAN WAS TRYING TO HURT HIM,
AND THEN I’M TRYING TO HURT HIM. I DON’T BOX, I’M LYING A LITTLE
KID HITTING HIM. BUT I’M 180, HE’S 230, HE’S
BLOCKING. I’M TRYING TO INCOME HIM OUT. I KNOW I CAN’T PHYSICALLY KNOCK
HIM OUT, BUT I’M STILL TRYING. I’M PUNCHING AND PUNCHING, AND
EVERY NOW AND THEN I WOULD GET HIM. BOP, THE MOUTH PIECE WOULD GO
FLYING OUT. I’M KIDDING. I’M KIDDING. BUT EVERY NOW AND THEN I HIT
HIM, AND I COULD HEAR ADRIEN IN THE BACK, GOOD SHOT, GOOD SHOT. BECAUSE I HIT HIM AND THEN I GET
ALL CONFIDENT AND THEN I RUSH AND THROWING PUNCHES. HE’S JUST LIKE THIS. HE’S LIKE THIS, HE WOULD MOVE
AROUND. EVERY NOW AND THEN WHEN HE
WANTED TO REMIND ME, YOU KNOW, REMIND ME OF ALL THE THINGS I
SHOULD BE REMINDED OF LIKE WHO I AM NOT, WHO HE IS. ALL THAT. LITERALLY HE WOULD JUST GO BOOM,
IN MY STOMACH. CHRIS, YOU CAN’T HIT THIS RIGHT
HERE. THIS IS THE FRANCHISE RIGHT
HERE. YOU CAN’T HIT THIS. MARKET, I WENT IN THERE AND I
PUT A BELT AROUND MY HEAD BECAUSE IN BOXING YOU CAN’T HIT
BELOW THE BELT. SO I PUT THE BELT RIGHT HERE. HE WOULD JUST GO, BOOP, AND I
WOULD GO, OOH. NOW I’M LIKE THIS. HE WOULD BE LIKE, COME, COME,
COME ON. HE WOULD JUST REMIND ME. GOD WILL LET YOU MESS UP FOR A
LONG TIME HE’LL LET YOU DO SO MUCH BECAUSE HE’S SO PATIENT. BUT NOT BECAUSE HE APPROVES OF
WHAT YOU’RE DOING THEN EVERY NOW AND THEN, BOOP. AND WHEN YOU HIT THE BOOP, IT’S
NEVER WHAT YOU DESERVE. YOU DESERVE A WHOLE LOT WORSE. IF YOU EVER THINK, OH, MY LIFE
IS SO BAD. GOD COULD JUSTIFY GIVING YOU A
WHOLE LOT MORE. NOT THAT HE GIVES YOU YOUR PAIN. SOMETIMES YOUR PAIN IS SELF
AFFLICTED. YOU’RE GOING SUFFER. YOUR KING IS GOING TO BE
EMBARRASSED. YOUR CITY IS GOING TO BE
DESTROYED. BUT THEN CAME VERSE TWO. BUT–EVERYBODY SAY BUT… TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND SAY BUT. IT’S LIKE THREE PEOPLE WHO GOT
THAT ONE. BUT YOU BETHLEHEM, EPHRATAH. EVERYBODY SAY BETHLEHEM. ANYBODY GET SPIT ON? BETH IS HOUSE. AND LEHEM IS BREAD. BETHLEHEM IS HOUSE OF BREAD. JESUS IS LIFE. HE WAS BORN OF HOUSE OF BREAD. THOUGH YOU ARE AMONG THOUSANDS
OF JUDAH COME FORTH UNTO ME. HE SAID KING OF KINGS, LORD OF
LORDS, ETERNAL GOD. JESUS WHEN HE WAS BORN, THAT WAS
NOT THE START OF HIS LIFE. IT WASN’T THE START OF HIS
MINISTRY. IT JUST WAS THE START OF HIS
EARTHLY LIFE TO MARY. BUT JESUS IS ETERNAL. GO TO THE OLD TESTAMENT. MOSES IS STANDING BEFORE A FIERY
BUSH 1400 YEARS BEFORE CHRIST, AND THE FIRE STARTS TO TALK AND
MOSES SAYS, WHO ARE YOU? I AM THAT I AM. JESUS IN JOHN SAYS, I AM THAT I
AM. SHADRACH, MESHACH, AND ABEDNEGO
WERE IN THE FIRE, AND THE LORD CAME DOWN AND WALKED IN THE
FIRE. YOU NEVER KNEW THAT? SHADRACH, MESHACH, AND ABEDNEGO? READ YOUR BIBLE. READ YOUR BIBLE. YOU ALL GOT THE KING JAMES. SHADRACH, MESHACH, AND ABEDNEGO
WERE IN THE FIRE AND THE LORD CAME IN THE FIRE AND THE BIBLE
SAID THE ANGEL OF THE LORD–THAT WAS JESUS. ABRAHAM TALKED TO THE LORD. THAT WAS JESUS. ALL THROUGHOUT THE OLD TESTAMENT
WHEN YOU SEE ANGEL OF THE LORD WITH THE CAPITAL “A,” THAT’S
JESUS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. WHY? JESUS IS ETERNAL. HE CREATED THE EARTH, THE
FATHER, THE SON, THE HOLY SPIRIT CREATED THE EARTH. EVERY LASTING TO EVERY LASTING. CREATING A RULER FOR BETHLEHEM. HOPE, HOPE. WHAT WAS BETHLEHEM? BETHLEHEM WAS A TINY TOWN OF A
COUPLE OF HUNDRED PEOPLE. THAT’S WHY IT SAYS, YOU LITTLE
BETHLEHEM. INSIGNIFICANT LITTLE TOWN I’M
GOING TO BRING IN THE KING OF THE WORLD. WHAT DOES THAT TELL US? GOD IS SO AMAZING THAT HE’LL USE
SOMETHING THAT IS NOTHING TO MAKE SOMETHING BIG. GOD USES INSIGNIFICANT PEOPLE,
INSIGNIFICANT PLACES TO DO SIGNIFICANT THINGS. NOW WHEN I SAY INSIGNIFICANT I
DON’T MEAN UNVALUABLE TO GOD. I DON’T MEAN UNLOVED. I DON’T MEAN UNSPECIAL OR NOT
SPECIAL. I MEAN THAT IN THE EYES OF THE
WORLD IT’S LIKE YOU WOULD NEVER THINK TWICE. BETHLEHEM IS JUST A TINY LITTLE
TOWN. YOU DON’T THINK TWICE. JUST DRIVE BY AND YOU MAY NEVER
SEE IT. IT’S JUST A, UM, COULD HAVE
HUNDRED PEOPLE. IT’S NOT LIKE A BIG PALACE, IT’S
JUST A POOR FAMILY IN SOMEONE’S MANGER. THAT’S WHERE THE KING OF THE
WORLD IS COMING FROM. WHY? BECAUSE GOD IS ALL ABOUT TAKING
SOMETHING THAT IS NOTHING AND MAKING IT SOMETHING. THAT’S EXACTLY THE KIND OF
PEOPLE THAT GOD USES. ONCE YOU START THINKING YOU’RE
SOMETHING, NO. OTHER PEOPLE CAN THINK YOU’RE
SOMETHING. AND YOU CAN EVEN DO A LOT OF
GOOD FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE JUST DON’T YOU START TO THINK YOU’RE
SOMETHING. YOU KNOW, PERFUME, HOW MANY OF
YOU ALWAYS SMELL GOOD. HERE’S THE THING ABOUT SMELLING
GOOD. AND YOU GO THROUGH NORDSTROMS OR
THE MALL, AND YOU WALK THROUGH THE PERFUME, THAT AREA WHERE ALL
THE WOMEN ARE DOING THE MAKEUP AND PERFUME, I DON’T KNOW WHAT
THEY CALL THAT AREA. COSMETICS. ALL THE HONEYS ARE IN THERE ALL
MADE UP, HI, HI, HI. AND IT SMELLS. IT JUST SMELLS LIKE A WOMAN. SMELLS LIKE FIVE WOMEN BECAUSE
THERE ARE ALL THESE DIFFERENT SMELLS. ALL THE LADIES ARE GETTING MADE
UP, AND THEY GOT THE SMELL GOOD EVERYWHERE. THEY WILL ALWAYS TELL YOU JUST
TRY IT ON YOUR HAND. I DON’T KNOW, WHAT YOU WANT TO
DO AND SMELL THE AROMA. PUT IT ON, AAH, SMELLS GOOD. YOU NEVER DRINK IT, THOUGH. CAN I GET AMEN? IF YOU DRINK IT YOU GET SICK. THAT’S HOW COMPLIMENTS ARE. SOMEONE SAID, HEY, YOU DID A
GREAT JOB, JUST GO, THANK YOU. BUT DON’T DRINK IT. DON’T EAT IT. IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T FIGURED OUT
BY THAT, DON’T START TO INTERNALIZE IT AND BELIEVE IT. THAT YEAH, I AM SOMEBODY. BECAUSE IF YOU HUMBLE YOURSELF
BEFORE GOD HE WILL LIFT YOU UP. IF YOU PUT YOURSELF UP BEFORE
GOD HE WILL PUT YOU DOWN. WHAT THE DEVIL WILL TELL YOU,
THE DEVIL WILL BEAT YOU UP TO DISCOURAGE YOU. HE’LL LIFT YOU UP TO MAKE YOU
PRIDEFUL. SAY DEVIL, I’M JUST GOING TO SIT
AT GOD’S FEET AND LET HIM DO WHAT HE HAS GOT TO DO. GOD IS CHOOSING BETHLEHEM
BECAUSE I CAN USE INSIGNIFICANT PEOPLE, UNKNOWN PEOPLE TO DO AN
AMAZING THING. I GUESS I WAS SO BLESSED LAST
YEAR AT TOYS FOR JOY BECAUSE WE DO A BIKE RAFFLE THROUGHOUT THE
WHOLE DAY, BUT THERE IS A PART OF THE DAY WHERE I GO UP ON THE
STAGE WITH SOME LOCAL LEADERS, POLICE CAPTAINS, POLITICIANS,
MAYORS FOR THE COUNTY, SENATORS, AND WE ALL PICK OUT OF THIS
BUCKET, AND WE RAFFLE OFF BIKES FOR KIDS. I SAID A NUMBER, AND THIS LITTLE
GIRL COMES RUNNING OUT. SHE’S TEN YEARS OLD WITH A
REINDEER HAT. SHE HAD A BROTHER AND SISTER. SHE WAS TEN, HER BROTHER WAS
MAYBE EIGHT AND HER LITTLE SISTER WAS FOUR. THEY’RE THERE TOGETHER. SHE COMES RUNNING DOWN. THEY SAY SHE CAN PICK ANY BIKE. AND SHE PICKS A BIKE FOR HER
LITTLE SISTER. THEN HER BROTHER WINS, AND HE
COMES RUNNING DOWN. HE GETS A BIKE FOR HIS OLDER
SISTER WHO JUST GAVE THE BIKE TO THE YOUNGER SISTER. I’M LIKE, WHO RAISED THESE KIDS? I’M NOT–I NOTICED THEY WERE
TOGETHER. THEY’RE LOOKING AT THE RAFFLE,
LOOKING AT THE RAFFLE, AND THEY DIDN’T GET ANOTHER BIKE. SO WE GOT A BIKE LIKE FOUR DAYS
LATER AND BROUGHT IT TO THEIR HOUSE AND GAVE THE LITTLE BOY
THE BIKE BECAUSE THEY ALL HAD TO HAVE A BIKE, AMEN. [APPLAUSE] WHEN I SAY INSIGNIFICANT, THEY ARE VERY IMPORTANT IN THE
KINGDOM OF GOD. THEY’RE NOT WEALTHY. THEY’RE NOT INFLUENTIAL IN THE
COMMUNITY. THEY’RE JUST REAL KIDS WHO WERE
RAISED RIGHT AND HAD HEARTS THIS BIG. THEY WERE THERE YESTERDAY. I GOT TO SEE THEM AND TALK TO
THEM AGAIN. THEY LOOKED LIKE THEY GREW FOR
FIVE YEARS. THEY WERE THERE YESTERDAY. MY POINT IS IT DOESN’T MATTER
WHO YOU ARE. GOD IS NOT LOOKING FOR SOMEONE
BIG IN STATURE. HE’S LOOKING FOR SOMEONE BIG IN
FAITH. OUT OF YOU IS GOING TO COME THE
KING OF THE WORLD, AND OUT OF YOU IS GOING TO COME THE SAVIOR
OF THE WORLD, AND BETHLEHEM IS THE TOWN THAT DAVID WAS BORN IN. THE TOWN THAT DAVID WAS BORN IN. GOD TOLD KING DAVID FROM YOUR
DESCENDANTS WILL COME A KING. SO WHEN GOD TOLD MICAH TO TELL
ISRAEL YOUR SAVIOR IS GOING TO COME FROM BETHLEHEM, HE WAS ALSO
KEEPING HIS PROMISE TO DAVID. AND IF YOU READ THE JEAN
MATTHEW. WHEN YOU SEE THE NAMES. THIS PERSON BEGAT THIS PERSON
WHO BEGAT THIS PERSON. ONE OF THE REASONS THAT
GENEALOGY IS THERE IS TO SHOW YOU THAT JESUS IS DESCENDED OF
DAVID JUST LIKE GOD SAID. GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES. IF GOD MADE A PROMISE TO YOU,
HE’S GOING TO KEEP HIS PROMISE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, IF GOD CAN
DO ANYTHING CAN HE MAKE A ROCK HE CAN’T LIFT? NO, GOD CAN’T MAKE A ROCK THAT
HE CAN’T LIFT. HE CAN’T LIE. HE CAN’T SIN. HE CAN’T DENY HIS OWN CHARACTER. HE CANNOT BREAK A PROMISE. SO HIS PROMISE TO YOU IS THAT IF
YOU TRUST HIM HE WILL BLESS YOU. IF YOU LOOK TO HIM, IF YOU
KNOCK, THE DOOR WILL BE OPEN. IF YOU CALL TO HIM HE WILL
ANSWER. IF YOU SEEK HE WILL FIND. HE’LL GIVE YOU PATIENCE,
SELF-CONTROL, IF YOU TRUST HIM NO MATTER WHAT YOUR
CIRCUMSTANCES SAY. NO MATTER WHAT. IF YOU HAVE HOPE. THIS SAVIOR, THERE SHALL BE
PEACE. PEACE IS THE ABSENCE OF CHAOS. PEACE IS STILLNESS. PEACE IS ORDER. HERE’S WHAT I WANT ALL Y’ALL TO
DO. I WANT ALL Y’ALL TO–IN A
MINUTE. I WANT YOU TO BOW YOUR HEADS AND
CLOSE YOUR EYES ALL CAMPUSES. BOW YOUR HEADS AND CLOSE YOUR
EYES. I WANT YOU TO BOW YOUR HEADS,
CLOSE YOUR EYES AND TAKE A DEEP BREATH IN. WHEN YOU EXHALE DROP YOUR
SHOULDERS, YOUR NECK AND YOUR HEAD. RELAX. PEACE. PEACE. PEACE IS THE ABSENCE OF CHAOS. THE DEVIL WILL WORK TO PUT CHAOS
IN YOUR LIFE. NOISE. CLUTTER. GOD WANTS TO BRING PEACE. GOD WANTS TO BRING ORDER. THERE ARE SOME OF YOU WHO HAVE
CHAOS THROUGH STRESS. FINANCIAL STRESS. RELATIONSHIP STRESS. YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR JOB. YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR
HEALTH. YOU HAVE FEAR. WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO EAT
TOMORROW? YOU DON’T KNOW. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO FEED YOUR
KIDS? PAY YOUR BILLS? YOU’RE SUICIDAL. DEPRESSED. YOU’RE LOSING HOPE. GOD WANTS TO BRING PEACE. HE WANTS TO BRING ORDER. IN A MINUTE WE’RE GOING TO PRAY
FOR YOU, AND THEN WE WANT TO PRAY WITH YOU. WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU. WE WANT THE PRINCE OF PEACE TO
REASSURE YOUR HEART THAT THOUGH YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES MAY NOT
CHANGE BEFORE YOU LEAVE THIS ROOM YOUR RESPONSE TO THEM WILL. AND THAT YOU WILL SEE YOUR
CIRCUMSTANCES THROUGH THE EYES AND HEART OF THE PRINCE OF
PEACE. I’M GOING TO ASK IN ALL THE
CAMPUSES I’M GOING TO ASK ALL THE PASTORAL SUPPORT TEAM TO
COME AT ALL THE CAMPUSES BECAUSE WE’RE GOING TO HAVE PEOPLE COME
FORWARD FOR PRAYER IN A MINUTE. JUST HAVE THE PASTORAL TEAM COME
FORWARD IN ALL THE CAMPUSES. AS OUR EYES ARE CLOSED AND OUR
HEADS ARE BOWED WE WANT TO PRAY FOR YOU. THAT THE PRINCE OF PEACE WHO WAS
BORN IN BETHLEHEM WOULD FILL YOUR HEART WITH PEACE. SO PRAY WITH ME IN THE PRIVACY
OF YOUR HEART IF YOU NEED PRAYER TODAY, PEACE TODAY, COMFORT
TODAY, IN THE PRIVACY OF YOUR HEART PRAY DEAR GOD I NEED YOUR
PEACE. I NEED YOUR PRESENCE. I NEED YOUR COMFORT. I NEED YOUR TOUCH. I NEED ASSURANCE YOU ARE STILL
WITH ME. I NEED ASSURANCE THAT YOU LOVE
ME. I NEED ASSURANCE YOU’RE GOING TO
GET ME THROUGH. I NEED ENCOURAGEMENT. I NEED SUPPORT. I NEED HELP. WE WANT TO HELP. EYES CLOSED, HEADS BOWED, IF YOU
PRAYED THAT PRAYER JUST STAND TO YOUR FEET AND ACKNOWLEDGE GOD’S
PRAYER IN YOUR LIFE. GOD BLESS YOU. JUST STAND TO YOUR FEET. GOD BLESS YOU. GOD BLESS YOU. STAY STANDING, GOD BLESS YOU. GOD BLESS YOU. WE SEE YOU, WE SEE YOU IN THE
BALCONY, ALL LEVELS. GOD BLESS YOU, GOD BLESS YOU. WE WANT TO HELP YOU. WE WANT TO PRAY WITH YOU. GOD BLESS YOU. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO GET THIS AT
WORK. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO GET THIS AT
THE MALL, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO GET THIS AT THE SOFTBALL FIELD. THIS IS WHERE IT HAPPENS. RIGHT HERE. IT HAS TO HAPPEN HERE. STAND TO YOUR FEET, GOD BLESS
YOU. GOD BLESS YOU. WE WANT TO PRAY FOR YOU. GOD BLESS YOU. GOD BLESS YOU. SOME OF YOU NEED A MIRACLE IN
YOUR LIFE. GOD BLESS YOU. WE WANT TO PRAY FOR YOUR
ILLNESS, ANYBODY ELSE STAND TO YOUR FEET, GOD BLESS YOU. IN A MINUTE WE’RE GOING TO ASK
ALL OF HOW ARE STANDING. WE’RE GOING TO ASK YOU TO COME
TO THE ALTAR. IF YOU’RE IN THE BALCONY THE
USHERS WILL BRING YOU DOWN. IF YOU’RE STANDING UP, JUST COME
DOWN TO THE ALTAR RIGHT NOW AND LET US PRAY FOR YOU RIGHT NOW. COME UP OUT OF YOUR SEAT. COME ON DOWN. COME ON DOWN. ANYBODY ELSE WE WANT TO PRAY
WITH YOU. IF YOU’RE IN THE BALCONY, ALL
YOU HAVE TO DO IS TURN AROUND AND WALK UP. THE USHERS WILL BRING YOU DOWN. COME ON, COME ON, VERY GOOD. VERY GOOD. VERY GOOD. VERY GOOD. SOME OF YOU, YOUR MARRIAGES,
YOUR RELATIONSHIPS ARE FALLING APART. WE WANT TO PRAY WITH YOU. SOME OF YOU HAVE CANCER. SOMEBODY HAS CANCER. WE WANT TO PRAY FOR YOU. GOD WILL REMOVE YOUR CANCER. CAN IT HAPPEN? ABSOLUTELY. WE SERVE A GOD WHO DOES
MIRACLES. WE SERVE A GOD WHO HEALS. COME ON DOWN. ANYBODY ELSE? GOOD, GOOD. AMEN, GOD BLESS YOU. GOD BLESS YOU. GOD BLESS YOU. GOD BLESS YOU. GOD BLESS YOU. ANYBODY ELSE? GOD BLESS YOU. VERY GOOD. GOD BLESS YOU. SOMEBODY IS GETTING A DIVORCE
RIGHT NOW. YOU DON’T NEED TO. GOD CAN SAVE YOUR MARRIAGE. I WANT TO CALL THAT HUSBAND TO
BRING HIS WIFE DOWN. GOD WANTS TO SAVE YOUR MARRIAGE. AFTER WE DISMISS I WANT YOU TO
COME ON DOWN. GOD WANTS TO SAVE YOUR MARRIAGE. ANYBODY ELSE COME ON DOWN. GOD BLESS YOU. WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT IS
TOMMY IS GOING TO PRAY FOR THE OFFERING, AND THEN WE’RE GOING
DISMISS ALL OF YOU. BEFORE HE DOES THAT LET ME SAY A
COUPLE OF THINGS. CHRISTMAS IS WHEN PEOPLE ARE
LOOKING TO GO TO CHURCH. YOU HAVE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE WHO
DON’T KNOW WHERE TO GO TO CHURCH. AND YOU HAVE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE
WHO MIGHT NOT KNOW THAT YOU DO GO TO CHURCH. INVITE THEM. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EASIEST
TIME TO INVITE PEOPLE TO CHURCH IS CHRISTMAS AND EASTER. YOU NEED TO BE INVITED TO
CHURCH. COME ON INVITE THEM. COME NEXT WEEK AND WE’LL
CONTINUE THE SERIES. WE HAVE NEXT SUNDAY AND THEN
CHRISTMAS EVE A COUPLE OF DAYS LATER. AND THEN DOWNLOAD THE APP AND
SHARE IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS. IF YOU WANT TO STAY AND PRAY YOU
CAN DO THAT. THEY’RE GOING TO STAY RIGHT HERE
AND PRAY.

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