Creativity is in our DNA. We’re designed to take something and make it better, more functional, more beautiful. YOU were made to create. (And yes, even if all you can draw is a stick figure.)

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    - Welcome to Crossroads.
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    I'm Andy and happy Thanksgiving.
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    I hope you and your family had a great holiday
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    and had a time of gratitude and thankfulness.
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    As a church, we actually donated
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    over 10,000 meals to families who needed them.
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    So way to go!
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    Today we're in our series Real Encounters with God
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    we're exploring the ancient places from the Bible
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    and discovering what they mean for our lives today.
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    Now, we filmed the series all the way back in May,
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    and honestly, we sincerely and consistently pray
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    for all of the innocent people who are suffering
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    as a result of the conflict in the region.
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    And we still want to show you this series
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    because we believe God chose
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    the ancient land of Israel,
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    that He carved His story into the place itself
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    and it has something to say to us today through it.
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    So before we get started with the episode,
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    we're going to actually have a time of worship.
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    Our Crossroads music team Justin, Eric,
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    Deborah and the rest of the crew,
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    they actually wrote and recorded these songs
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    with you in mind, to give you a tool to use
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    all week long to connect with God.
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    They help us remember what Jesus did for us
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    and to be grateful.
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    So turn up the volume, go full screen,
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    and let's get started.
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    - Man, I love those songs and how they remind us
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    about what God says is true about us,
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    and about what God says is true about Him.
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    Now there are even more songs from Crossroads Music
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    available to listen to all week long.
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    You can find them by just searching
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    for Crossroads Music wherever you listen to music.
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    And we say this all the time,
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    but it's because it's true,
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    we are a community, not just content.
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    We have people all over the world,
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    some meeting on Sunday mornings
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    in our nine physical locations,
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    and thousands more meeting together
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    online, in dorm rooms, bars, coffee shops,
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    living rooms, and even in prisons.
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    So whoever you are and wherever you are,
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    man, we want you to connect.
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    To learn more, just check the happenings section
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    of your Crossroads Anywhere app
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    for specific location based opportunities
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    for you to get connected.
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    If you don't have the app, hey,
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    then just download it for free today and get started.
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    There you'll be able to stay up to date,
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    read scripture, journal, pray, and so much more.
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    And things like the app, these services,
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    these videos, the music, they're all
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    just funded by givers at Crossroads.
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    Now we give because we want to follow God
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    with our whole lives.
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    Now we don't just want to say we follow Him,
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    we actually want to show it through our sacrifice.
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    This past week, I actually got a letter
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    from a guy in our community that I'd never met.
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    He shared his story titled There's Purpose in My Pain,
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    and it actually enclosed a $25 check
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    to help fuel the good things
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    that are happening in this community.
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    Something else you should know about this guy
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    is he's actually currently incarcerated at a prison
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    about 100 miles away from where I'm standing.
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    And I love, I love that our church
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    is made up of people from all different walks of life,
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    all running after Jesus together.
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    And to the guy who wrote me that letter,
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    hey, you know who you are.
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    And I want all of us, everybody watching
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    to pray for you together right now.
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    Father, we thank You that You know who we are,
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    that you know what we need.
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    God, we thank You for this man's boldness,
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    and God, we just are grateful that you are
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    a God who renews, who redeems, who restores,
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    and who brings healing and freedom. Amen.
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    And to our members of our Crossroads community
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    who are watching weekly at prisons
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    around Ohio and Kentucky, man, we love you
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    and we are so proud to be
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    a part of this community with you.
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    Now, it's our last week of Real Encounters with God
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    and it has been so amazing.
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    Today, Brian's talking about being a creator.
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    - The Story of God told through the land of Israel
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    is written in the pages of Scripture
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    and carved by the very finger of God into the land itself.
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    Join us on a journey to discover your spiritual roots.
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    Uncover the six essential elements
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    of identity deep within you,
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    revealed through the life of King David
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    and perfected in the life of Jesus.
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    The fourth season of Real Encounters with God: Downline.
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    All new on location in Israel.
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    New places, new encounters, real encounters with God.
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    - In the beginning,
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    the Word was with God,
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    and the Word was God Himself.
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    - The story of God,
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    it's not only written on pages of scripture,
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    but it's carved into the land itself
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    by the finger of God.
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    The land, it speaks.
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    It speaks of who He is,
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    and because of Him who we are.
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    The land was spoken into existence
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    by the Word of God.
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    The Word became flesh.
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    The Word, a person with a name, Jesus.
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    God himself spoke a word to you and me,
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    not just from the dusty pages of history,
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    but here and now the Word is alive.
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    - There in the shadows, a whisper of light
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    and the fell of darkness fell.
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    The Word was, the Word is,
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    the Word will forever and ever one.
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    The Word was, the Word is,
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    the Word will forever and ever one.
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    There in the middle, the Word became flesh,
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    from glory down to dust.
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    He traded the heavens to come wash our feet,
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    living water here with us.
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    All for a world He loved.
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    - Imagine a God who loved you so much,
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    so personally, so wildly,
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    so beyond measure,
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    that He creates the entire world,
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    the land itself,
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    just so you could know God's love.
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    The land, it speaks.
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    It speaks God's Word in Hebrew.
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    Dabar means word, or talk or thing, a noun.
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    Catch this, there is no difference
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    between the Word of God and the person of God.
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    The land, it speaks.
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    It speaks of who He is and who we are.
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    - The Word was, the Word is,
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    the Word will be forever and ever.
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    The Word was, the Word is,
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    the Word will be forever and ever.
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    - There is a heartbeat.
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    A heartbeat in the pages of Scripture.
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    A pulse beneath the land calling
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    to its people, to you, to me,
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    adopted sons and daughters,
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    the downline of King David.
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    The land, it speaks.
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    It speaks God's Word, His truth,
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    His character, the great I Am.
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    The land, it speaks.
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    It speaks of who we are
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    because of who He is.
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    The land, it speaks.
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    It tells the story of our spiritual roots.
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    We are the signature of God.
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    We are Imago Dei, His image bearers.
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    So, if we were created to look like Him,
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    if we were created to bear His image,
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    then we have to ask, who is He?
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    What does He look like?
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    His land, His people, His Word reveals it all,
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    father, mother, your ruler, friend,
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    creator, son, daughter, the great I Am.
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    - For when You say it, it is finished,
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    your Word is final and I believe it.
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    For when You say it, it is finished,
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    Your Word is final and I believe it.
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    Your word was, your word is,
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    Your Word will be forever and ever.
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    Your word was, Your Word is,
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    Your Word will be forever and ever.
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    Your Word heals, Your Word builds,
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    Your Word stands forever and ever.
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    Your Word is moving,
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    Your Word is living,
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    Your Word is returning to earth from the heavens.
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    - Six identities, primal, essential,
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    all working together in perfect harmony,
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    not a number to lock you in
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    or a sign to mark you or cage you
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    or keep you from living free,
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    but a beautiful balance of a spiritual DNA
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    to give you the wisdom and the strength
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    that you need to live fully alive, to thrive.
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    No more numbing out.
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    No more being out of alignment
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    with who God called you to be.
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    One building upon the other.
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    Nothing in contradiction because
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    He is who He says He is, the great I Am.
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    He is, I am, you are, the land speaks.
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    Are you listening?
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    - And in the ending, the Word will remain,
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    though the earth will pass away.
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    Kingdoms will crumble
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    and riches will fade,
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    but the Word of God will reign.
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    - All right. This is Real Encounters.
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    We are in Israel talking about these real stories
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    that really happen with real people.
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    We've got Hannah, Brian, our guide Tsuriel.
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    And this season we're focused on this idea
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    of the primal DNA or these six elements of identity
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    that God has inside of us, and today is creator.
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    Talk about why creator?
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    - When we're little kids,
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    everyone wants to play in the sand.
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    We want to create.
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    Today, younger people, they want to be
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    content creators on social media.
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    This isn't being cool or hip.
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    I really think it's we're all wired
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    and designed to be a creator.
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    Whatever form it is, that is who we are.
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    And when you understand that,
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    there's a level of confidence you can walk in
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    to get stuff done.
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    - Does being a creator mean like the classic,
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    you know, art, music.
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    Right, like you got to be creative
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    or artsy or whatever? - Is that what you mean?
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    - No. Well, it certainly can mean that.
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    We're going to look at David, who had some of those things.
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    He was artsy, doing poems and stuff like that.
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    That's certainly one manifestation,
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    which some people are.
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    Other people are -- they hang drywall
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    and they actually like it.
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    I don't know how. It's hard. - It's awful.
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    - They're leaving the job site at
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    the end of the day and go, "Huh, I created that.
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    I got that done."
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    Other times it's building an organization,
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    it's creating a marriage, creating a culture.
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    Anything where something is in disorder
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    or nothing is there and you bring it to being
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    because we're made in the image of God.
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    He's a creator, therefore
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    part of our identity is we are creators.
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    - Yeah, I like that a lot.
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    So we've been talking about this character, David,
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    and what that might look like in his life.
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    Where do we go?
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    What do you guys think about,
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    what makes sense for for David there?
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    - Well, you're the pro, what are you thinking?
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    - Well we were talking about that and we thought
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    about David, you know, much of his life
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    he actually spent before he became a king,
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    he was spending in the desert,
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    hiding and running for his life.
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    And one of those famous places is Ein Gedi,
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    which is a desert, actually.
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    And over there, we can try and deal with David
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    in those years that he built himself
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    and start to form himself also as a creator.
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    You know, he tried to think about, "Okay,
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    what would I do with my future kingdom,
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    with my future army, with the house of God
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    that I'm planning to try and build?"
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    So, all those characters of him that
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    we were speaking were mostly built
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    during the time of the desert,
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    and that's why we thought that it's worth going there
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    and to try to get to David in this maybe low point,
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    but actually the point that where he was built.
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    - I think that's a great idea.
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    There's some of those Psalms that he created,
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    that poetry he created. He's odd guy, right?
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    He's hard core killer as the conqueror of Goliath
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    and then he's artsy guy who's writing poems.
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    - And playing the harp. - Yeah.
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    Can't you at least play the electric guitar
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    or something like that, or drums?
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    But like, you know, so I guess
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    he couldn't play electric guitar, bass.
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    Right? Whatever it is.
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    But I think the backdrop,
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    when you look at this Ein Gedi stuff,
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    it's like you can almost see,
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    "Oh, that was inspiring what he was writing."
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    So I think it's a great call.
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    - And it points us to we've been talking about
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    not just David, but Jesus, right?
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    It points us to, he talks and writes about
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    even Jesus in some of those Psalms.
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    And so what is Jesus a creator, though?
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    Because that one feels like
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    I don't want to say a stretch,
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    but sometimes when I look at Him,
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    that's definitely not the first thing that comes
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    to my mind, like, "Oh Jesus. Yeah, the Creator."
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    - He's creating health when people are are sick
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    and hurting and He's -- - That's good. Yeah.
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    - John 1:1 says, In the beginning was the Word,
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    and the Word was God, and the Word was with God,
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    and He was the Word that was speaking creation into being.
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    So He was present at creation.
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    Kyle mentioned earlier, we were talking parables,
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    He was creating stories with parables.
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    So, yeah, I think
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    we see a lot of fingerprints of his creation.
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    Well, it seems like He maybe was inspired
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    by the way He was brought up.
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    We know His dad, Joseph,
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    we say carpenter a lot in English,
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    but maybe it wasn't carpentry,
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    maybe it was stonemasonry.
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    - Yes, we normally talk about Jesus
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    or Joseph as a carpenter.
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    And maybe he was a stonemason.
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    Definitely Jesus, whatever Joseph was,
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    He grew up with His father.
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    You know, that was the way back then.
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    And He would learn to do what His father is doing.
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    And we are talking about, you know,
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    we thought, what do we do with Jesus then?
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    And where do we go?
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    And we thought about Sepphoris, that was a Roman city.
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    It was a Jewish city back then, of course,
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    with a lot of Roman things in it
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    that was not very far from Nazareth.
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    Nazareth was a tiny little place, not important.
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    So definitely there wasn't enough work
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    for Joseph and Jesus at Nazareth.
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    And that's why He would have to go to that
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    so-called big city and to work there
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    and actually to create things in people's homes,
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    streets, you know, furniture,
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    or even just stonemasonry stuff.
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    - Yeah, right. Builders are not builders
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    because they can't figure out a way to make money.
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    They're builders because they're drawn to,
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    "Oh, I get to major on what I love to do, is create."
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    - Awesome. So we'll head off with you to Sepphoris
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    to see a city that Jesus may have
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    actually played a hand in building.
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    Just four miles from Nazareth, where Jesus grew up,
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    was the bustling city of Sepphoris
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    that attracted tradesmen from all over the region
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    to the work of building the city.
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    It's very likely that Jesus and His father
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    helped carve the rocks and build the buildings
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    of this historically significant city.
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    - So here we are in Sepphoris.
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    In Hebrew it's Tzipor, it's a bird.
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    And Sepphoris was the capital of Galilee
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    during Jesus's childhood.
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    Nazareth is not very far from here, just a few miles,
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    about five miles from here.
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    And Nazareth was a tiny, not very important city.
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    I would say Jesus' lifetime,
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    this is part of the city that was existing.
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    So if we're talking about Jesus coming to visit
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    or work at Sepphoris, this is a Jewish neighborhood
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    that was up on top of the hill.
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    So he was probably walking through those streets
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    that we were just walking right now.
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    - Obviously, we don't know if Jesus was here,
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    but just to imagine that it's possible
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    some of these stones were set in place by Him
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    or designed by Him, or the arches or the doorways.
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    It's really cool.
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    It makes me think about the verse
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    that says He's the chief cornerstone.
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    - Yeah. I mean, what's crossing my mind,
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    to be completely honest, is just that
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    sometimes we can think Jesus was fully God
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    and He was fully man.
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    This is one of those moments where you go,
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    "He gets me, He gets us."
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    Because He was not just at home, like,
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    divinely eating grapes and raisins and being worshiped.
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    He was out here in the beating sun,
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    working with His hands, getting cuts, getting bruises.
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    And so He knows what it's like for us to get cuts,
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    get bruises, to what it feels like to have purpose
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    and a human, it's just making that fully man part
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    come alive and I think that just makes Him more powerful.
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    That's weird a lot of stones makes me think of that.
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    But it does. It does. Yeah.
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    - What do you think people miss about Jesus being creator?
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    - I think that there is the two sides,
  • 00:32:33
    you know, the divine side of Jesus, of course,
  • 00:32:35
    and the human side of that.
  • 00:32:37
    And eventually we tend to maybe forget
  • 00:32:40
    that everything that we see around us
  • 00:32:42
    when we talk about trees, about flowers,
  • 00:32:45
    about birds, Jesus was part of that creation. Okay.
  • 00:32:49
    So there is a lot of thought and design
  • 00:32:51
    and beauty about all that nature
  • 00:32:53
    that we see around us, that Jesus is part of that.
  • 00:32:56
    You know, not just taking materials
  • 00:32:58
    and just throwing them all together.
  • 00:33:00
    But someone had to think and design
  • 00:33:01
    and say what would look beautiful in this world also?
  • 00:33:04
    It was corrupted by Satan eventually.
  • 00:33:07
    But we know that it started very, very well
  • 00:33:10
    with the creation.
  • 00:33:11
    And I think also when it goes to the earthly ministry,
  • 00:33:15
    in a sense of Jesus, He was creating,
  • 00:33:17
    in a sense, new people. Okay.
  • 00:33:19
    He calls us to, you know, to be born again.
  • 00:33:21
    Okay. It's a creation.
  • 00:33:23
    You know, when we create a baby,
  • 00:33:25
    eventually there is a new creation into this world.
  • 00:33:28
    So He also tells people you need to be born again,
  • 00:33:30
    you know, so Jesus wanted to change something
  • 00:33:34
    in people's hearts, okay.
  • 00:33:35
    And He was creating in that some things
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    that we can never do by ourselves.
  • 00:33:39
    Jesus came to do that. - Yeah.
  • 00:33:41
    - Let's go on. - All right.
  • 00:33:49
    - Man, me being here is super special.
  • 00:33:51
    I'm a creative.
  • 00:33:52
    I lead our creative team at Crossroads
  • 00:33:54
    and to be in the place that's like,
  • 00:33:56
    hey, Jesus might have been here
  • 00:33:57
    and actually shaped some of these stones
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    and set them in place,
  • 00:34:01
    designed some of these buildings.
  • 00:34:02
    It's just really, really cool.
  • 00:34:04
    And it's undeniable that Jesus is a creator.
  • 00:34:07
    He made wine in the Bible,
  • 00:34:09
    and not just like mediocre wine,
  • 00:34:10
    but the wine at the party that they were like,
  • 00:34:12
    "This is the best wine we've ever had."
  • 00:34:13
    He made parables so powerful that 2000 years later
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    we're still repeating them,
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    some of us not even knowing
  • 00:34:20
    that we're quoting Jesus when we do it.
  • 00:34:22
    It's insane. This guy just knew it. How?
  • 00:34:25
    Well, it's because of what John 1:3 says:
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    He is the creator.
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    See, Jesus doesn't claim to just be a great teacher
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    and a really good guy to hang out with.
  • 00:34:33
    He's like, "No, no, no. All this? I made all this."
  • 00:34:37
    See, that wine was so good because
  • 00:34:39
    He designed the grape, thought it up, designed it.
  • 00:34:42
    He made the soil, the nutrients, the universe,
  • 00:34:46
    the laws of physics that govern all of it.
  • 00:34:48
    He wrote them all out.
  • 00:34:50
    That's why He made great wine.
  • 00:34:51
    The parables. Why do those connect with us?
  • 00:34:54
    Because He designed us, our thoughts,
  • 00:34:56
    our hearts, our intentions.
  • 00:34:57
    He knows about it.
  • 00:34:59
    He created these perfect stories,
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    these perfect examples that 2000 years later
  • 00:35:03
    we're still quoting to each other.
  • 00:35:05
    That's Jesus.
  • 00:35:07
    Now, of all the stuff He made, as amazing as it is,
  • 00:35:10
    like, this rock right here He might have made.
  • 00:35:14
    Do you know what's more amazing
  • 00:35:16
    than this rock or those trees that He made,
  • 00:35:19
    or the grass or the flowers, He made all that stuff?
  • 00:35:22
    Do you know what's more amazing than that?
  • 00:35:24
    He made you.
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    And the Bible says in Ephesians 2:10 that you,
  • 00:35:30
    out of all of creation, are His masterpiece. You.
  • 00:35:35
    If you're like most of us,
  • 00:35:37
    you don't value yourself as highly as He does.
  • 00:35:40
    You probably don't wake up in the morning and think,
  • 00:35:42
    "I am God's masterpiece."
  • 00:35:45
    That's what He thinks about you.
  • 00:35:47
    He says you're worth everything.
  • 00:35:48
    Now, the deal is a lot of us, we need recreating.
  • 00:35:54
    We're like that house that that gets out,
  • 00:35:56
    gets lived in, we get out there on life.
  • 00:35:58
    We have some bruises, we have some bumps,
  • 00:36:00
    we have some failures, we have some mistakes.
  • 00:36:02
    And oftentimes we find ourselves
  • 00:36:04
    in need of recreating.
  • 00:36:05
    And the question can be, "What about me, God?
  • 00:36:09
    Do you want to recreate me?"
  • 00:36:11
    The amazing story of the gospel is not just
  • 00:36:14
    that Jesus at one time created all this stuff,
  • 00:36:17
    or that Jesus created you however long ago you were born.
  • 00:36:22
    It's that He's recreating you right now.
  • 00:36:26
    Whatever is not right in your life,
  • 00:36:28
    whatever you wish could be different.
  • 00:36:30
    Maybe you have more fear than you wish you had,
  • 00:36:32
    more anxiety, maybe you're less confident.
  • 00:36:36
    Maybe you don't have the faith that you wish you had.
  • 00:36:38
    Whatever it is Jesus says, "I'm here to make that new.
  • 00:36:42
    I'm making everything new."
  • 00:36:44
    In fact, in 2 Corinthians the Bible says this:
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    What that means is anything in your life can be made new.
  • 00:37:00
    There's actually a scene at the end of the Bible
  • 00:37:03
    in Revelation where Jesus stands up and he says,
  • 00:37:05
    "Behold, I'm here to make everything new."
  • 00:37:11
    I don't know if you've ever felt like,
  • 00:37:12
    "Maybe God's done with me, you know, I'm too far gone.
  • 00:37:17
    It's too late for me. Whatever."
  • 00:37:18
    That's not what God says about you.
  • 00:37:20
    There's never a point when He gives up on you.
  • 00:37:22
    At any point He can remake you.
  • 00:37:25
    But I want to be very, very clear,
  • 00:37:28
    the gospel of Jesus is not a self-help message.
  • 00:37:32
    You cannot recreate yourself.
  • 00:37:35
    You cannot create peace where there's anxiety,
  • 00:37:38
    you can't do it, but He can if you'll just ask Him.
  • 00:37:42
    Just ask Him to remake you and He will.
  • 00:37:46
    You don't have to use fancy words, you know.
  • 00:37:48
    Jesus, the great part about Him as He's hanging out here,
  • 00:37:50
    what He shows us is He's an approachable guy.
  • 00:37:55
    Imagine if He's on this jobsite,
  • 00:37:56
    He's the one making buddies, making friends,
  • 00:37:58
    hanging out before work, after work, on the way to work.
  • 00:38:01
    He's easy to talk to, all you have to do is ask.
  • 00:38:05
    You just say, "Jesus, will You recreate in me peace?
  • 00:38:10
    Or will You create in me forgiveness?
  • 00:38:13
    Will You grow in me faith?
  • 00:38:15
    Will You remake the places where I'm stuck,
  • 00:38:17
    the places I don't even know what I need,
  • 00:38:19
    will You do that for me?"
  • 00:38:20
    If you'll just ask Him, I promise His answer will be yes.
  • 00:38:24
    And the creator of the universe
  • 00:38:28
    Himself will go to work on you.
  • 00:38:38
    An oasis in a vast desert, Ein Gedi
  • 00:38:41
    was a place of refuge that provided protection
  • 00:38:43
    and rest for future King of Israel, David,
  • 00:38:45
    when he was being hunted by the current king Saul.
  • 00:38:48
    Already a proven warrior, it was here
  • 00:38:51
    that God called out the creator in David,
  • 00:38:54
    building one identity upon the other.
  • 00:39:02
    - The most interesting person in the Bible is...
  • 00:39:05
    Jesus. That's always the answer, right?
  • 00:39:07
    Except that's actually not who I'm thinking of right now.
  • 00:39:10
    I'm thinking of David, King David,
  • 00:39:13
    warrior David, shepherd David.
  • 00:39:16
    This is the guy you just can't put in one little box.
  • 00:39:20
    He comes on the scene for the rest of the world
  • 00:39:23
    in the most famous story probably ever told
  • 00:39:26
    in any culture in any time period, David and Goliath.
  • 00:39:30
    He puts down the giants.
  • 00:39:33
    And in this time, he's also told that
  • 00:39:36
    he's going to be the next king of Israel.
  • 00:39:39
    Saul, who's the first and current king of Israel,
  • 00:39:42
    finds out he's a successor.
  • 00:39:44
    He doesn't want a successor.
  • 00:39:45
    He wants to keep ruling.
  • 00:39:46
    And so he responds by trying to put David to death.
  • 00:39:51
    David goes from having this mountain top experience
  • 00:39:54
    of putting down a giant at around
  • 00:39:57
    anywhere from 13 to 16, to for the next 14 years,
  • 00:40:02
    running for his life.
  • 00:40:05
    This is the way it is with many of us in our life.
  • 00:40:07
    We have these mountain top moments,
  • 00:40:08
    but our life isn't defined by the mountain top moments.
  • 00:40:11
    It's defined by how you do in the valley.
  • 00:40:14
    How long can you endure in the valley?
  • 00:40:17
    I'm in a valley where David was.
  • 00:40:20
    This is known as Ein Gedi.
  • 00:40:22
    It's known as the place where David escaped to.
  • 00:40:25
    It's known as the stronghold.
  • 00:40:27
    This is how 2 Samuel records it:
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    David feels safe and secure here.
  • 00:41:04
    He can see Saul perhaps coming with his army.
  • 00:41:08
    He's trying to chase him down up on these cliffs,
  • 00:41:11
    and he can skirt out to where the Dead Sea is,
  • 00:41:13
    go around there to Moab,
  • 00:41:14
    to where his grandmother Ruth was from.
  • 00:41:16
    He can be up high looking to see
  • 00:41:18
    if any enemies are coming to get him,
  • 00:41:20
    and he can hide in some of the cliffs here.
  • 00:41:22
    He's got water that's here.
  • 00:41:23
    He's a shepherd.
  • 00:41:24
    He understands that life forms need water
  • 00:41:28
    in order to live, and he's got plenty of it right here.
  • 00:41:32
    Here are the place where so much
  • 00:41:34
    of his inspiration comes through.
  • 00:41:36
    And what I love about David is
  • 00:41:37
    you can't just put him in one category.
  • 00:41:41
    He's not just one identity.
  • 00:41:43
    He has multiple identities.
  • 00:41:45
    We all have multiple identities.
  • 00:41:47
    They're primal to us. It's in our DNA.
  • 00:41:50
    You could say David is a blue collar worker.
  • 00:41:53
    Yes, but he's not just a blue collar worker a
  • 00:41:55
    s a shepherd, he's also a warrior.
  • 00:41:57
    He's not just also a warrior, but he's also a poet.
  • 00:42:00
    The Book of Psalms is filled with his poetry.
  • 00:42:02
    We're going to find out today he's a musician.
  • 00:42:04
    He would write songs.
  • 00:42:06
    He's a Renaissance man, and he's a collection
  • 00:42:09
    of a bunch of identities that are primal to who he is.
  • 00:42:13
    And this is the same with us.
  • 00:42:15
    We have multiple identities
  • 00:42:16
    that are primal inside of us
  • 00:42:19
    that need to be unlocked and unleashed.
  • 00:42:22
    We're going to learn from David in this area today.
  • 00:42:30
    David is a creator. That's what he does.
  • 00:42:34
    He creates and he calls things into being.
  • 00:42:37
    This is actually natural to all of us.
  • 00:42:39
    It's why I'm saying it's part of our primal DNA.
  • 00:42:42
    Pablo Picasso said, "Every child is an artist.
  • 00:42:47
    The problem is remaining one as you age."
  • 00:42:51
    Because as we get older, the complexities of life,
  • 00:42:54
    the difficulties of life, the stresses of life,
  • 00:42:58
    the pains and bruises add up
  • 00:43:00
    to where we just try to function
  • 00:43:01
    and get ourselves through our day
  • 00:43:02
    and through our life, instead of calling things into being.
  • 00:43:06
    We need to call things into being
  • 00:43:08
    because it's actually who we are, it's how God created us.
  • 00:43:11
    The Bible says that God has created us,
  • 00:43:14
    men and women, in the image of God.
  • 00:43:17
    We're like Him in a way that
  • 00:43:19
    no other created thing is like Him.
  • 00:43:22
    Now hear me real clearly.
  • 00:43:24
    I like animals, you could even say I love animals,
  • 00:43:27
    or at least I love my dog peanut.
  • 00:43:28
    I've got a cat, got a dog. I'm pro-animal.
  • 00:43:31
    They're really, really good.
  • 00:43:32
    And as great as animals are,
  • 00:43:34
    we have to recognize they're not humans.
  • 00:43:37
    We have capacities that they don't have,
  • 00:43:40
    and God has given us those abilities.
  • 00:43:43
    It's not just communication.
  • 00:43:45
    I don't think there's any strong evidence
  • 00:43:47
    that animals are able to deeply
  • 00:43:50
    and empathetically communicate with one another.
  • 00:43:54
    That's something that we can create language
  • 00:43:57
    and connect with our hearts, that I'm not seeing
  • 00:43:59
    any evidence that animals can have that level of conversation.
  • 00:44:02
    But it's not just that,
  • 00:44:03
    it's animals don't create like we can.
  • 00:44:08
    You may think, what are you talking about, Brian?
  • 00:44:10
    You got beavers, they're creating dams.
  • 00:44:13
    And you've got birds, they're creating nests.
  • 00:44:17
    Fair enough. Very true.
  • 00:44:19
    But those things they're creating,
  • 00:44:20
    they're creating those things for survival.
  • 00:44:24
    They're not innovating and creating something
  • 00:44:27
    that they've never seen or thought of before.
  • 00:44:30
    They're not able to do what we're able to do
  • 00:44:32
    and that is create a plane, even though
  • 00:44:35
    we don't have feathers to fly.
  • 00:44:38
    Birds are not going to be able to create
  • 00:44:40
    a submarine that goes down on the bottom of the ocean,
  • 00:44:43
    because they're not created in the image of God,
  • 00:44:46
    let alone they're not going to do poetry
  • 00:44:48
    or any number of things because
  • 00:44:51
    they're not created in the image of God.
  • 00:44:53
    We naturally want to create, it's what we do.
  • 00:44:55
    I always have a project going in my life,
  • 00:44:59
    and it's because I want to create things.
  • 00:45:02
    I've got a 1978 CJ7 that I am restoring,
  • 00:45:06
    and it's not just because I want a vehicle
  • 00:45:09
    that I had in college.
  • 00:45:10
    It's I like the creative process.
  • 00:45:12
    I like figuring out what color is it going to be?
  • 00:45:15
    What suspension am I going to put on this?
  • 00:45:17
    How am I going to fix this?
  • 00:45:19
    What kind of interior are going to put in? I'm creating.
  • 00:45:21
    At my house my wife is always saying,
  • 00:45:23
    "Would you just relax, just calm down,"
  • 00:45:26
    because I've always got a project going at the house.
  • 00:45:28
    My most recent thing was a little arbor,
  • 00:45:31
    a little trellis at my house.
  • 00:45:33
    I'm going to grow vines up.
  • 00:45:34
    I'm always doing something because I'm creating,
  • 00:45:37
    because God has made me a creator
  • 00:45:39
    and He's made you one too.
  • 00:45:41
    This content that I'm giving you right now,
  • 00:45:43
    I could have written an article about it.
  • 00:45:45
    I could have stood on a stage and given it to you.
  • 00:45:48
    But the creator in me was saying,
  • 00:45:51
    "How else can we communicate this in a way
  • 00:45:53
    that creates life and space for people?"
  • 00:45:56
    And the funny thing is, is when I'm creating
  • 00:45:59
    it for sure is work. It's hard.
  • 00:46:02
    That's why some of us might not be creating.
  • 00:46:04
    And I want to encourage you to create today
  • 00:46:06
    because it is work, but it's the kind of work
  • 00:46:08
    that's restorative. It brings life to you.
  • 00:46:12
    When we're not doing what God has created us to do,
  • 00:46:15
    we will be prematurely worn down.
  • 00:46:19
    As David is in this environment being restored
  • 00:46:24
    with the shade, being restored with the water,
  • 00:46:28
    I think this great work of art comes to his mind
  • 00:46:32
    and he creates it for us.
  • 00:46:33
    It's well known. It's called Psalm 23,
  • 00:46:36
    and in it David says this:
  • 00:46:51
    I think David is creating the Psalms,
  • 00:46:56
    many of them, in this water,
  • 00:46:58
    and he's finding it restores his soul.
  • 00:47:02
    Friends, you've got to figure out
  • 00:47:03
    what it is that you're going to create,
  • 00:47:05
    or life is just going to wear you down.
  • 00:47:07
    You've got to have your soul restored.
  • 00:47:10
    Creation is what does that.
  • 00:47:12
    We are not productivity machines.
  • 00:47:15
    We are not an assembly line.
  • 00:47:16
    We aren't created to be on an assembly line 24/7.
  • 00:47:20
    We're not human doings, we're human beings,
  • 00:47:23
    and part of who we are and our being
  • 00:47:26
    is to be like God and that means to be a creator.
  • 00:47:30
    And when I create, I'm blessing others.
  • 00:47:34
    That's the drive, to bless others.
  • 00:47:37
    It's really cool to see how our modern culture
  • 00:47:43
    is finding new outlets for creation.
  • 00:47:45
    Social media has created this whole new job
  • 00:47:48
    called content creator, and people are wanting
  • 00:47:50
    to create things and put it out there.
  • 00:47:52
    And I think that's great. I think that's awesome.
  • 00:47:55
    It's not that the youngest generation
  • 00:47:57
    has more creatives.
  • 00:47:58
    All of us have the DNA of creativity.
  • 00:48:02
    It's just the youngest generation has got
  • 00:48:04
    an outlet that maybe my dad's generation didn't have.
  • 00:48:07
    My dad's a creator. He's a nuclear engineer.
  • 00:48:09
    He used to design nuclear reactors. Yeah.
  • 00:48:14
    If you're designing nuclear reactors, you're creating.
  • 00:48:17
    No beaver or dog is ever going to figure out
  • 00:48:19
    how to harness energy and make a structure for that.
  • 00:48:21
    Only a creator can do that, people who are like my dad.
  • 00:48:24
    In fact, if you're hanging drywall, it may be tiring,
  • 00:48:27
    but you're actually creating rooms.
  • 00:48:29
    But this idea of putting stuff out on the internet
  • 00:48:32
    and making a living from it is great. I'm all for it.
  • 00:48:34
    Let's just remember this:
  • 00:48:37
    The point of creating is to bless others.
  • 00:48:42
    It's not to make a name for myself, it's to bless others.
  • 00:48:45
    The greatest art inspires people.
  • 00:48:47
    It doesn't bring glory to the creator,
  • 00:48:50
    at least that's not why it's created,
  • 00:48:52
    it's created to inspire and bless others.
  • 00:48:55
    This is how David uses his art, his music,
  • 00:48:59
    he creates amazing songs.
  • 00:49:01
    Saul is anti David. He wants to kill him.
  • 00:49:05
    But at the same time, Saul is tormented
  • 00:49:08
    by a spirit, an evil spirit.
  • 00:49:11
    Is this mental illness? Is this just an evil spirit?
  • 00:49:15
    Is that spirits and illness working together?
  • 00:49:18
    We can parse that verbiage later,
  • 00:49:20
    but the point is, he is conflicted.
  • 00:49:22
    He is not well.
  • 00:49:24
    And there's a solution for him:
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    It's great art to be created.
  • 00:49:28
    Someone says, "Hey, I know this guy
  • 00:49:31
    who actually can create. Let's find him."
  • 00:49:34
    1 Samuel 16:18:
  • 00:49:52
    And so David's ability to create this music,
  • 00:49:56
    because he has these multiple identities,
  • 00:49:59
    he's a man of valor, he's a warrior, he's a son,
  • 00:50:02
    and he's a creator is what gives others life.
  • 00:50:06
    The world needs you to bless others
  • 00:50:09
    and give people life, in the process, you yourself
  • 00:50:13
    are going to be restored and be more like God.
  • 00:50:26
    I think the environment in which you reside
  • 00:50:32
    has a lot to say about how we create.
  • 00:50:34
    I just think David is in this beautiful place
  • 00:50:36
    that God's created, and he's being stimulated
  • 00:50:39
    to write some of the best poetry
  • 00:50:41
    about rushing waters, about fortresses,
  • 00:50:44
    about the beautiful nature of God.
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    When you want to create
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    and stoke that DNA that's inside of you,
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    where you reside and what you do has a big impact.
  • 00:50:55
    I think that's why many parents instinctually
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    take their kids to the beach.
  • 00:50:59
    And I think that's why just about every kid,
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    as soon as they get to the beach,
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    they get themselves down to where there's some sand
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    and they start creating.
  • 00:51:11
    What kid doesn't like playing at the beach?
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    And what parent doesn't love seeing their kids play?
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    It's a form of creation.
  • 00:51:19
    I mean, right now I'm around sand right now
  • 00:51:21
    and I just can't help but put my fingers in it,
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    do some painting with it, do some structures with it.
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    Makes me wonder, you know, if David
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    was actually in this exact same place right now.
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    This might have actually been the beginning
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    of a vision that he had to create something
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    towards the end of his life.
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    The temple was where God's people
  • 00:51:45
    would worship God and come together.
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    And at this point in David's life,
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    there is no temple, there's just a tabernacle.
  • 00:51:51
    They're just worshiping in tents.
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    And later in David's life, he gets a vision
  • 00:51:57
    to create something, to create the temple.
  • 00:52:01
    So he raises money for it. He designs it.
  • 00:52:03
    He's actually not the one to build it.
  • 00:52:05
    His son Solomon does, but he's the creator.
  • 00:52:08
    He's the one who dreams it into being.
  • 00:52:21
    His looked a lot better than that.
  • 00:52:25
    I just think David has as a core competency creating
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    because this is what we have as people.
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    Jesus is a creator.
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    John 1:3 says, In Him and through Him
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    all things are created because He is a creator.
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    So are you.
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    - Hey, thanks for joining us for Real Encounters with God.
  • 00:52:54
    If you missed any week in the series,
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    or to check out previous seasons of Real Encounters with God,
  • 00:52:58
    just head to Crossroads.net/RealEncounters.
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    And can you believe it? It's almost Christmas.
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    Next week we start our Christmas at the movies series.
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    And every Christmas we give gifts
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    because we think every child deserves Christmas joy.
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    This season bring joy to a child
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    whose family can't afford presents
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    or is affected by incarceration.
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    You can join us wherever you live.
  • 00:53:19
    Just check in the happenings section of the Crossroads app
  • 00:53:22
    or head to Crossroads.net/anywhere
  • 00:53:24
    to learn more.
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    Here's just one story of how a gift impacted
  • 00:53:29
    a family last year through the Christmas Gift Drive.
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    - I'm here for a felonious assault
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    with a deadly weapon, and I was originally charged
  • 00:53:45
    with attempted murder, but they dropped it.
  • 00:53:46
    And I got six years. I shot someone.
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    I was mixed up in a lifestyle of drugs
  • 00:53:53
    and selling drugs, getting high, using,
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    living a fast life.
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    Coming to prison is like, "Oh, I don't want to do that."
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    But in my case, it was a blessing because
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    if I would not have came here, I'd probably
  • 00:54:05
    end up dead or killed someone.
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    The big thing with me right now is, like, my children,
  • 00:54:11
    because I have been out of their lives for so long,
  • 00:54:13
    and they was young when I went to prison.
  • 00:54:15
    So it's like I've missed out on
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    so many milestones in her life.
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    I haven't seen my son in six years,
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    so it means a lot to me.
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    I'm sorry. - Oh, no. No.
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    I'm sure it's going to mean a lot to them as well.
  • 00:54:31
    - I haven't seen him since he was ten years old
  • 00:54:33
    and he was 16.
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    It's a blessing to be able to have you guys
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    come in here and do something like that,
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    because in a place like this,
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    sometimes it can get lonely and get hard
  • 00:54:47
    being in an environment like this sometimes.
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    So it's nice when people come in from the outside
  • 00:54:52
    and lets us know there's still life out there,
  • 00:54:53
    and there's still things going on out there
  • 00:54:55
    and there's people that care.
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    It's just been really hard.
  • 00:54:59
    So today means a lot for Christmas.
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    I love you. - How are you?
  • 00:55:04
    - Look at you. You look so handsome. You're so grown.
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    - How are you doing? - I'm fine. You are so handsome.
  • 00:55:10
    Can I kiss you?
  • 00:55:17
    - It means a lot. Like, it's heartbreaking
  • 00:55:19
    that like six years, but like at least I see now.
  • 00:55:22
    Like, I'm able to see, you know I love you.
  • 00:55:28
    - I just want to tell them that I love them
  • 00:55:30
    and things are going to be different when I come home.
  • 00:55:37
    I just want to make a promise to them
  • 00:55:39
    and keep it and not go back on my words.
  • 00:55:44
    - What an amazing opportunity
  • 00:55:46
    to be a part of a mission bigger than you.
  • 00:55:49
    We're not just doing an event.
  • 00:55:51
    We're creating a memory, and that is so long lasting.
  • 00:55:55
    Crossroads community and leadership team
  • 00:55:57
    just wanted to figure out how can we
  • 00:55:59
    come alongside the families here that are in prison,
  • 00:56:02
    they're a part of our community.
  • 00:56:04
    And so we wanted to figure out
  • 00:56:06
    how can we go deeper as we come here for other things,
  • 00:56:08
    like Anywhere services.
  • 00:56:10
    We also do other programs here like marriage
  • 00:56:13
    and the God Experiment, Undivided.
  • 00:56:15
    So they see us not as just an organization
  • 00:56:18
    just dropping in. They see us as a family coming in.
  • 00:56:22
    So we're just providing an extension of love for them.
  • 00:56:25
    I've walked around to some of the tables
  • 00:56:27
    just to kind of see how the families are doing.
  • 00:56:30
    They're loving the food.
  • 00:56:31
    They're loving the time that they get to spend
  • 00:56:33
    with their children and their caregivers.
  • 00:56:35
    So just watching that, the hours that
  • 00:56:39
    we put into this thing, it's all worth it.
  • 00:56:44
    I think the women here and the men as well,
  • 00:56:47
    they're really, really appreciative because
  • 00:56:49
    they not only can see the commitment,
  • 00:56:51
    but they can feel the love.
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    - Five, six years ago, I was a completely different person.
  • 00:56:56
    I was so angry, hurt, full of rage.
  • 00:56:59
    And He's just --
  • 00:57:01
    He's worked a miracle in my life I feel like.
  • 00:57:03
    When you see people that don't even know you,
  • 00:57:05
    that are strangers, that still have the love
  • 00:57:07
    and kindness in their heart to come out here
  • 00:57:08
    and take their time and volunteer
  • 00:57:10
    and do things for us when they got so much
  • 00:57:12
    going on out there in the world with their own family.
  • 00:57:14
    So I just want to say thank you and I appreciate it
  • 00:57:16
    and you're a true blessing, all of you.

Process, journal or discuss the themes of this article - here's a few questions to get the ball rolling...

Welcome to the Weekend-Follow Up! This is the group part of the Bible Challenge, so your questions are based on specific Bible passages from the weekend message. Each week, your group will discover what God might be saying to you, and how you can respond through a group discussion.

  1. If you could choose to create ANY fictional object, what would it be and why? Mine would be a lightsaber. Obviously.

  2. What stood out to you most from the video message?

  3. What’s your reaction to the idea that you can be a creator?

  4. Where do you see yourself creating? Where do you feel your creativity being stifled?

  5. What challenges or obstacles do you face in embracing your identity as a creator?

  6. What’s something unique to you or your life experience that makes it difficult to believe you are a creator?

  7. How does your creativity restore you? How does it restore the people around you?

  8. All of us have creative potential. What’s one creative project or idea you can start on this week?

  9. Let’s end with prayer. You can say something like, “God, thank you for creating us, for creating us in your image. Help us capture a piece of your creative spirit in our own lives. Help us see you in the beautiful world around us, and bless others with what we see. Amen.”

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Bonus Questions! Check these out if you’re on a roll and want to go a little deeper.

  • What inspires your creativity? How do you engage (or perhaps avoid engaging) with your inspirations?
  • How would your life look different if you decided to live into your identity as a creator?

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