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700 Club Canada: Dec. 24, 2013

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HELLO. I'M BRIAN WARREN.

AND I'M LAURA-LYNN TYLER

THOMPSON. WELCOME TO THE

700 CLUB CANADA.

WELL, IT'S THE DAY BEFORE

CHRISTMAS.

CHRISTMAS EVE.

LAURA-LYNN, WHAT ARE YOU

DOING FOR CHRISTMAS?

OH, BRIAN, SO MANY THINGS.

I THINK I'M GOING TO COOK A

TURKEY AND I'M GOING TO HAVE

THE FAMILY OVER. IT'S GOING TO

BE WONDERFUL. I'M HOPING FOR

SOMETHING SPECIAL UNDER THE

TREE.

NOW YOU'RE QUITE A COOK.

I KNOW THIS BY OUR PAST

CONVERSATIONS.

NOW IF YOU ALL TUNE IN ALL

YEAR LONG YOU KNOW THAT BRIAN

IS ACTUALLY KIND OF POKING SOME

FUN AT ME BECAUSE I'M NOT A

VERY GOOD COOK. HE'S A BETTER

COOK THAN I AM BUT I'M GOING

TO BE DOING MY VERY, VERY BEST.

TURKEYS AREN'T EASY. I WOULD

RATHER DO A ROAST. I JUST

LEARNED HOW TO DO A ROAST,

YOU KNOW.

IS THAT RIGHT? THAT'S GREAT.

YEAH, I'D RATHER DO A ROAST

BUT THAT'S NOT ACCEPTABLE ON

CHRISTMAS DAY.

YEAH, WELL, YOU'LL HEAR ALL

ABOUT THAT TURKEY. I

ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS TIME

OF THE YEAR AND SPENDING

QUALITY TIME WITH FRIENDS AND

FAMILY. OH, WOW. IT CAN'T

GET ANY BETTER. I ALSO LOVE

THAT WE GET TO SPEND IT HERE

WITH YOU, OUR 700 CLUB CANADA

FAMILY.

YOU KNOW, WE'VE GOT A

GREAT SHOW FOR YOU TODAY

WITH A BEAUTIFUL STORY ABOUT

ONE MAN WHO HAS A VERY

UNIQUE WAY OF SHARING THE

LOVE OF JESUS. CLIFF SNYDER

ONCE LOST HIS LOVE FOR

CHRISTMAS BUT NOW HE'S AN

INSPIRATION TO CHILDREN ALL

OVER THE WORLD.

WE'RE ALSO GOING TO BE

LOOKING AT A FEW INTERESTING

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS THAT GO

IN CERTAIN PARTS OF CANADA.

BUT FIRST THE STOCKINGS

WERE HUNG BY THE CHIMNEY WITH

CARE BUT WHY? AUTHOR ACE

COLLINS EXPLAINS.

MUSIC

ACE, I'VE ALWAYS LOVED

RUNNING DOWN ON CHRISTMAS

MORNING, LOOKING UNDERNEATH

THE CHRISTMAS TREE BUT

REALIZING I CAN'T OPEN THE

GIFTS YET BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE

IS UP SO I BEELINE TO THE

FIREPLACE AND THE STOCKING.

WHERE DID THIS WHOLE TRADITION

COME OF HANGING SOCKS ON THE

FIREPLACE?

1600 YEARS AGO IT USED TO

HAPPEN BECAUSE PEOPLE HAD TO

WASH THEIR SOCKS EVERY NIGHT

AND THEN HANG THEM ON THE

FIREPLACE AND WHEN THEY HUNG

THEM ON THE FIREPLACE AND

WHEN THEY HUNG THEM ON THE

FIREPLACE THEY DRIED OVERNIGHT

AND THEY PUT THEM BACK ON THE

NEXT DAY. WELL, A POOR FAMILY

IN WHAT WE NOW KNOW AS

TURKEY WAS DOING THIS AND

THREE DAUGHTERS HUNG THEIR

STOCKINGS BY THE FIREPLACE.

THEIR FATHER WAS VERY SAD

BECAUSE HE WAS GOING TO HAVE

SELL ONE OF THE LITTLE GIRLS

CAUSE TO RAISE MONEY FOR

DOWRIES (INAUDIBLE) BECAUSE

YOU COULDN'T BE MARRIED UNLESS

YOU HAD A DOWRY. WELL, THAT

NIGHT A WONDERFUL BISHOP NAMED

NICHOLAS THAT WE KNOW AS

SAINT NICHOLAS NOW WHO SANTA

CLAUS IS BASED ON HEARD THE

STORY. HE WAS IN TOWN, WENT BY

AND TOSSED A COIN INTO THE

STOCKING TO SAVE THE DAUGHTER.

AND HE HAD PRAYED, RIGHT?

THE FATHER HAD PRAYED.

OH, THE FATHER HAD PRAYED

THAT GOD WOULD INTERVENE

SO HE WOULDN'T HAVE TO SELL

THE DAUGHTER. WELL, AS THE

WORD GOT OUT OTHER PEOPLE

STARTED HANGING OUT STOCKINGS

AS WELL HOPING THAT THEY TOO

WOULD RECEIVE AN ANONYMOUS

GIFT FROM A VISITOR THEY

DIDN'T KNOW.

AND THOSE WERE SMALL

STOCKINGS WHAT PEOPLE WORE.

TODAY THEY SEEM TO BE SUPER-

SIZED. HOW DID THE STOCKING

GET SO HUGE?

WELL, CHILDREN IN THE 1880S

AND 1890S STARTED FIGURING OUT

THE BIGGER YOUR STOCKING WAS

THE MORE STUFF COULD BE CRAMMED

INTO IT AND SO THEY KEPT

GETTING BIGGER AND BIGGER

STOCKINGS AND HANGING THEM

BY THE FIREPLACE SO THEY COULD

MORE AND MORE GIFTS.

AND WHEN I WAS GROWING

UP ALL THE OTHER KIDS GOT

CANDY AND TOYS IN THEIR

STOCKINGS. I GOT AN ORANGE

AND AN APPLE EVERY SINGLE TIME.

BUT YOU WERE GOING BACK TO

THE OLD EUROPEAN CUSTOM, YOUR

EASTERN EUROPEAN CUSTOM OF

GIVING FRUIT AND NUTS IN

STOCKINGS BECAUSE THOSE WERE

VERY RARE TREATS THAT YOU

ALMOST NEVER GOT IN THE

WINTERTIME SO CHILDREN

TREASURED THOSE AND WOULDN'T

SHARE THOSE WITH OTHERS.

I DIDN'T TREASURE IT. I

WANTED THE CANDY. ARE THERE

SPIRITUAL LITTLE DITTIES THAT

WE CAN GET FROM THE STOCKING?

YEAH, AN EMPTY STOCKING

REPRESENTS POTENTIAL AND

CAUSE THERE ARE POOR PEOPLE

EVERYWHERE THAT HAVE NOTHING

FOR CHRISTMAS AND YOU LOOK

AT THEM AS AN EMPTY STOCKING

AND SHARE BLESSINGS

ANONYMOUSLY WITH THEM AS

SAINT NICHOLAS DID. YOU

HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO

RESTORE THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

AND ANSWER PRAYERS THROUGH

YOUR GENEROSITY THIS YEAR.

MUSIC

ACE COLLINS, I REALLY

APPRECIATE THOSE TRADITIONS.

YOU KNOW, LAURA-LYNN, IT IS

SUCH A PRIVILEGE TO BE ABLE TO

CELEBRATE THOSE UNIQUE

TRADITIONS AND WE HAVE SOME

IN CANADA AS WELL.

YES, WE DO AND, YOU KNOW,

I LOVE THAT LAST PIECE. I

RELATE WITH THE GIRL WHERE,

YOU KNOW, GROWING UP--

THOSE GOODIES.

I ALWAYS WONDERED LIKE WHY

DID MY MOM PUT, YOU KNOW,

AN ORANGE INTO OUR STOCKING.

I DIDN'T NEED AN ORANGE. I

COULD ACTUALLY GO TO THE

KITCHEN AND GET ONE AND

SO THAT'S NOT A PRESENT, MOM

AND I WOULD DIG THROUGH THAT

TO GET TO THE REST OF THE

STUFF.

NOW I COULD SEE YOU

PROBABLY GETTING THE BIGGEST

STOCKING THAT YOU COULD FIND

TOO EXPECTING.

OH, YES, EXPECTING AS I DO,

YOU KNOW, FROM LIFE THAT

ABUNDANCE WILL COME. IT'S VERY

BIBLICAL ACTUALLY, BRIAN.

WELL, I DO KNOW IT'S BETTER

TO GIVE THAN RECEIVE, LAURA-

LYNN, SO WE'RE GOING TO PRAY

FOR YOU THIS CHRISTMAS. YOU

KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I

APPRECIATE IN HALIFAX THEY HAVE

AN INTERESTING TRADITION AS

WELL. IN DECEMBER 6, 1917

THERE WAS A GREAT EXPLOSION

THAT TOOK PLACE THERE IN

HALIFAX HARBOR AND NOW THEY

HAVE FOR SINCE 1917 GIVEN THE

LARGEST FIR TREE IN ALL OF

ATLANTIC CANADA TO BOSTONIANS

WHO CAME AND HELPED DURING

THAT TIME SO THERE'S AN

EXCHANGE OF LOVE, GOOD WILL BUT

ALSO THAT HUGE CHRISTMAS TREE

AND I THINK THAT'S FANTASTIC

AND IT REALLY LINKS THAT BORDER

TOGETHER AND SAYS THAT IT'S

NOT AS DAUNTING AS WE THINK.

SO IF WE WENT TO BOSTON AT

CHRISTMAS--

YOU CAN FIND THE BIGGEST FIR

TREE.

WE WOULD FIND THE BIGGEST FIR

TREE FROM CANADA GIVEN TO THEM

BASICALLY SAYING THANK YOU FOR

WHAT YOU DID ALL THOSE YEARS

AGO.

THAT'S RIGHT. NOW I FIND

THAT INTERESTING BECAUSE MOST

BOSTONIANS PROBABLY HAVE NO

IDEA WHERE THAT FIR COMES FROM,

THAT FIR TREE COMES FROM BUT

THAT'S A GOOD OLD CANADIAN FIR

TREE, EH?

YES, EH.

WHAT ABOUT OTHER TRADITIONS?

DO YOU HAVE TRADITIONS THAT

YOU CELEBRATE?

WE PULL OUT OUR BEST CHINA

AND OUR, YOU KNOW, OUR CRYSTAL

GLASSES AND WE ALWAYS HAVE TO

SET UP THE KID'S TABLE AND THE

ADULT TABLE AND WE'VE GOT A

BIG TURKEY AND SOMETIMES

I COOK IT UPSIDE DOWN BY

ACCIDENT. I'M JUST GLAD I CAN

COOK IT NOW.

YEAH. YOU KNOW WHAT? I

ALWAYS HAVE TO WONDER IF

YOU'RE TELLING ME--

NO. IT'S THE TRUTH. I

COOKED THE TURKEY COMPLETELY

UPSIDE DOWN A COUPLE

YEARS AGO. IT TURNED OUT

BETTER THAN EVER. WE THOUGHT

THAT THE BREAST WAS THIS SIDE

BUT, YOU KNOW, ANYWAYS WE

HAD TO DO SOME ADJUSTMENTS

AFTER CUTTING IT UP, YEAH, BUT

IT WAS GOOD.

SO YOU'RE REALLY CULINARY

THEN. I MEAN--

I'M NOT CULINARY. YOU KNOW

THIS, BRIAN. I DON'T BARBECUE.

I DON'T LIKE TO COOK BUT GOD

HAS GRACED ME WITH A GREAT

FAMILY. MY MOTHER DID THE

TURKEY FOR YEARS AND YEARS

AND WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, COUSINS

OVER AND WE MAKE IT REALLY,

REALLY INVITING AND EXCITING.

HOW ABOUT YOU?

WELL, YOU KNOW, I WAS

MARRIED ON CHRISTMAS DAY SO

THIS--

VERY SPECIAL THEN.

YES. THIS IS MY 27TH WEDDING

ANNIVERSARY AND WE USUALLY

TAKE TIME TO GET AWAY AND

BECAUSE IT WAS CHRISTMAS DAY

I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT

THAT WOULD BE THE ONE DAY

THAT I KNEW THAT WAS WITHOUT

A QUESTION OF A DOUBT IT WAS

SACRED. NOW DEPENDING ON,

YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU LOOK

WHETHER YOU BELIEVE CHRIST WAS

BORN ON THAT DAY I BELIEVE

SALVATION CAME TO THE WORLD SO

IT WAS ALSO TO MY LIFE THAT

GOD BLESSED ME WITH KAREN

WARREN SO IT'S A GREAT DAY.

THAT'S A GREAT CHRISTMAS.

THANK YOU, BRIAN. WELL, UP

NEXT MEET CLIFF SNYDER, THE

PRAYING SANTA. MARRIED ON

CHRISTMAS DAY.

MUSIC

EVERYBODY KNOWS SANTA

CLAUS LIVES AT THE NORTH POLE

BUT FOR THE MONTH BEFORE

CHRISTMAS HE MAKES HIS HOME

HERE AT CASTLE MCCULLOCH IN

NORTH CAROLINA. NOW YOU

CAN REALLY FEEL THE TRUE SPIRIT

OF CHRISTMAS AROUND THIS

PLACE CAUSE WHEN SANTA COMES

HERE HE PRAYS.

LORD, I JUST PRAY THAT YOU

WOULD JUST TOUCH JORDAN IN A

SPECIAL WAY. WHAT A GREAT GIFT

HE IS TO MOM AND DAD.

CHRISTMAS IS NOT ABOUT SANTA

CLAUS. IT'S NOT ABOUT THE

GIFTS THAT WE RECEIVE. IT'S

ABOUT THE GREATEST GIFT THAT

WAS GIVEN TO US OVER 2000 YEARS

AGO WHEN GOD GAVE US THE

MOST PRECIOUS GIFT OF HIS ONLY

SON, JESUS. I'M A

REPRESENTATIVE OF CHRIST.

I'M A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE

REAL MEANING OF CHRISTMAS.

SWEETHEART I JUST PRAY THAT YOU

WOULD HAVE A WONDERFUL

CHRISTMAS. GOD BLESS YOU,

SWEETHEART AND SANTA LOVES YOU.

JESUS DOES TOO. MERRY

CHRISTMAS. WHEN OCCASIONS

COME AROUND FOR ME TO BE ABLE

TO TELL THE CHILDREN WHAT THE

REAL MEANING OF CHRISTMAS IS

THAT'S WHAT I DO. WHAT HAVE

YOU GOT THERE, CAMILLE? IT'S

BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE

ISN'T IT? AND JESUS IS THE

REASON FOR CHRISTMAS, ISN'T

IT? IT'S NOT ABOUT SANTA

CLAUS, IS IT?

DO YOU GET A PRETTY GOOD

REACTION FROM PEOPLE WHEN

YOU'RE PRAYING WITH THEIR

CHILDREN OR PRAYING WITH THE

FAMILY?

YES. I ALWAYS GET A GOOD

REACTION WITH THE CHILDREN

ESPECIALLY. I MEAN THEY ARE

REALLY INTENT ON WHAT I'M

HAVING TO SAY BECAUSE THEY

TRUST SANTA CLAUS. THE PARENTS

ARE SURPRISED USUALLY THAT I

DO THAT AND SO USUALLY

AFTERWARDS THEY'LL THANK ME FOR

SAYING IT OR THEY'LL SAY GEE

I'VE NEVER HEARD OF SANTA THAT

DID THAT BEFORE.

HE IS SHARING THE LOVE OF

CHRIST WITH OUR CHILDREN.

HE IS TRULY A BEAUTIFUL

CHRISTIAN SANTA CLAUS.

SOME OF SANTA'S FRIENDS KNOW

HIM AS CLIFF OR SANTA CLIFF

SNYDER BUT CLIFF'S CONNECTION

TO THE CLAUS FAMILY REALLY

GOES BACK A GENERATION TO HIS

DAD.

MY DAD DID LOVE CHRISTMAS.

HE WAS A PRINTER AND SO EVERY

YEAR HE WOULD HAVE A

PHOTOGRAPHER COME TO OUR

HOME AND TAKE A PICTURE OF OUR

FAMILY AND HE WOULD TAKE THE

PHOTOGRAPH TO THE PRINT SHOP

AND WOULD PRINT BLACK AND WHITE

CHRISTMAS CARDS.

MUSIC

BUT HE LOVED CHRISTMAS. HE

ESPECIALLY LOVED THE CHRISTMAS

SONGS. HE LOVED AWAY IN THE

MANGER AND HE WOULD CRY,

YOU KNOW, WHEN HE WOULD SING

IT AND I STILL DO TOO EVEN

THINKING ABOUT IT.

WHEN CLIFF WAS JUST 15 YEARS

OLD HIS FATHER DIED IN A CAR

ACCIDENT. THAT SAME YEAR CLIFF

WAS ASKED TO PLAY SANTA FOR THE

VERY FIRST TIME.

BY PUTTING ON THE RED SUIT

AND ARTIFICIAL WIG AND BEARD

IT HID THE BROKEN HEART THAT

WAS INSIDE OF ME AND I REALLY

FEEL LIKE GOD GAVE ME A PURPOSE

AT THAT POINT. SAYS THAT HERE

WAS SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN

DO TO BRING HAPPINESS TO

OTHER PEOPLE.

AND SO THIS IS REALLY A WAY

FOR YOU TO HONOR YOUR FATHER

AND HONOR YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER

AT THE SAME TIME.

I FEEL LIKE IT IS. IN MY

HEART IT IS.

AS HE PACKED UP FOR HIS

ANNUAL WORLD TOUR SANTA CLIFF

TOOK A MOMENT TO PRAY.

DEAR JESUS, I WOULD JUST

PRESENT TO YOU EVERY CHILD

AND PARENT THAT COMES IN THE

PRESENCE OF SANTA CLAUS THIS

YEAR, WHETHER IT'S THIS SANTA

CLAUS OR ANY SANTA CLAUS. I

JUST PRAY THAT THE SPIRIT OF

CHRIST WOULD BE ALIVE IN THE

SEASON WOULD BE THE THING

THAT WE WOULD WORSHIP THAT THE

REAL MEANING OF CHRISTMAS IS

THAT PRICELESS GIFT THAT YOU

GAVE US OVER 2000 YEARS AGO

WHEN YOU GAVE US YOUR ONLY

SON. LET HIM LIVE IN OUR

HEARTS AND LET US SHOUT IT

FROM THE HOUSETOPS THAT JESUS

CHRIST IS LORD AND HE IS THE

REASON FOR THE SEASON AND HE

IS THE ONE THAT WE CELEBRATE AT

THIS MOST PRECIOUS TIME OF

YEAR. AMEN.

SO EVERY CHRISTMAS LEAVE A

PLATE OF COOKIES OUT, SAY

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JESUS AND

REMEMBER SANTA IS PRAYING

FOR YOU.

MUSIC

WHAT A POWERFUL AND

HEART WARMING TESTIMONY.

YOU KNOW, WHEN CLIFF LOST HIS

FATHER HE THOUGHT IT WAS THE

END OF THE WORLD BUT WHAT HE

RECOGNIZED WHAT THE SCRIPTURE

SAYS IS THAT GOD IS HIS FATHER

AND HIS FATHER TRULY NOT ONLY

BEING IN THE ARMS OF JESUS BUT

NOW CLIFF IS TAKING OVER THAT

PLACE AND LEADING PEOPLE TO

CHRIST. YOU KNOW, I THOUGHT

THIS WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE

MOST INSPIRING TESTIMONIES

THAT I'VE EVER SEEN BECAUSE

I SEE THOSE LINES AT THE MALLS

AND I GOT TO SAY SOMETIMES I'M

A LITTLE CYNICAL BECAUSE, YOU

KNOW, SITTING ON SANTA'S KNEE

YOU WONDER WHO SANTA IS

BEHIND THAT BEARD AND WHEN

YOU RECOGNIZE THAT SANTA'S

PRAYING AND HE'S PRAYING

BLESSING OVER YOUR CHILDREN

THE WORD IS GETTING OUT. WOW.

WHAT A POWERFUL TRUTH. IT

REMINDS ME OF WHAT THE

SCRIPTURE SAYS IN JOHN CHAPTER

14. IT SAID LET NOT YOUR HEART

BE TROUBLED. YOU BELIEVE IN

GOD. BELIEVE ALSO IN ME. IN

MY FATHER'S HOUSE ARE MANY

MANSIONS. IF IT WERE NOT SO

I WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU SO. I

GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU.

YOU KNOW, CLIFF IS REMINDING

US OF THAT PLACE THAT HAS BEEN

PREPARED AND THAT'S REALLY THE

MEANING OF THE SEASON. I

WONDER IF YOU NEED JUST A

REMINDER TODAY THAT GOD IS

THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND

FOREVER. WHY DON'T YOU CALL

THE NUMBER ON THE SCREEN AND

I'M GOING TO PRAY FOR YOU.

FATHER, WHERE THE JOY HAS BEEN

LOST AT CHRISTMAS I PRAY NOW

FOR THE RESTORATION AND I PRAY

YOUR PEACE WOULD FLOOD INTO

THAT HEART. COVER YOUR SON AND

YOUR DAUGHTER UNDER YOUR

PREVIOUS BLOOD. BUT NOW

RESTORE THE JOY. IN JESUS'

NAME. AMEN.

YOU KNOW, THERE ARE SO

MANY WAYS TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN OTHER PEOPLE'S

LIVES THIS CHRISTMAS AND I

HOPE THAT YOU'LL LOOK AT THAT

SPHERE OF INFLUENCE THAT YOU

HAVE AND JUST SAY HOW CAN I

TURN AROUND AND BE A GIFT TO

SOMEBODY ELSE. YOU KNOW, THE

MISSION OF THE 700 CLUB CANADA

IS TO GIVE BACK INTO YOUR

LIFE. WE HAVE THE PRAYER LINE

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DAY. WE SOW INTO MISSIONS

THAT ARE GOING ON ALREADY

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FOR UNWED MOTHERS. WE DO

ALL OF THIS BECAUSE WE BELIEVE

THAT GOD LOVES PEOPLE AND THAT

HE CARES ABOUT PEOPLE AND THAT

HE CARES ABOUT YOU. AND BRIAN

AND I SHOW UP EVERY DAY SO THAT

WE CAN SHARE WITH YOU THE LOVE

OF GOD, HOW GOD IS COMMITTED

TO YOU TO INVESTING IN YOUR

LIFE. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? WE

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MUSIC

THANK YOU PARTNERS. YOU

SHARE THE LOVE OF JESUS BY

PROVIDING CLOTHES, FOOD, AND

TOYS TO PEOPLE IN NEED LAST

CHRISTMAS.

YOU BROUGHT THE JOY OF THE

LORD TO FIRST NATIONS CHILDREN

BY PROVIDING 200 BACKPACKS

FULL OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES.

YOU BELIEVED THAT NO ONE

SHOULD BE DEPRIVED OF WARMTH

BY FILLING BAGS OF CLOTHES FOR

THOSE LEFT OUT IN THE COLD.

YOU SHOWED PREGNANT

TEENS THAT GOD CARES FOR THEM

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HOME.

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WELL, TODAY IS CHRISTMAS EVE.

IT'S THE NIGHT BEFORE WE

CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY OF THE

MESSIAH AND THE GREATEST STORY

EVER TOLD. HISTORY RECORDS

THE STAGGERING ACCOUNT OF

JESUS' BIRTH. BORN IN ONE OF

THE SMALLEST COUNTRIES IN THE

WORLD TO A POOR FAMILY WITH

NO NOTABLE NAME, NO INFLUENCE,

NO AUTHORITY IN EARTHLY REALMS,

JUST AN ORDINARY MAN AND WOMAN

WHO SAID YES TO AN

EXTRAORDINARY CALLING. A YOUNG

VIRGIN GIVEN THE MOST

INCREDIBLE NEWS BESTOWED A MOST

UNUSUAL DESTINY, ONE THAT WOULD

IN FACT MAR HER CREDIBILITY

WITH THOSE WHO KNEW HER YET

WOULD EVENTUALLY LEAD HER TO BE

PART OF THE MOST INCONCEIVABLE

REDEMPTION GIFT SINCE TIME

BEGAN. BECAUSE OF THE CHRIST

OF CHRISTMAS WE CAN HAVE TOTAL

FORGIVENESS, COMPLETE PEACE,

ABUNDANT JOY AND CONTENTMENT

EVEN WHEN WE DO NOT KNOW

HOW SOME THINGS ARE GOING TO

WORK OUT IN OUR LIVES. ISAIAH

9:6 FORETOLD GOD'S PLAN FOR

AN INCREDIBLE LIFE. IT SAYS

FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN,

UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN AND

THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE UPON

HIS SHOULDERS AND HIS NAME WILL

BE CALLED WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR,

MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER,

PRINCE OF PEACE. IN THAT ONE

VERSE WE'RE GIVEN A PROMISE

AND A HOPE THAT TRANSCENDS

EVERY PROBLEM WE MIGHT EVER

ENCOUNTER BECAUSE IT TELLS US

THAT HE IS WONDERFUL. THAT

MEANS THAT HE CAN BE TRUSTED.

IT SAYS THAT HE IS OUR

COUNSELOR WHICH MEANS HE'LL

GUIDE US THROUGH THE ROUGH

SPOTS WITH WISDOM. THAT VERSE

SAYS THAT HE IS MIGHTY WHICH

SAYS THAT HIS POWER IS GREATER

THAN ANY PROBLEM THAT WE MIGHT

EVER, EVER FACE. HE'S AN

EVERLASTING FATHER WITH

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE FOR US

AS HIS CHILDREN AND IF WE

NEED PEACE IN OUR STORM

HE IS THE PRINCE OF PEACE.

HE'S POWERFUL WITH ALL

AUTHORITY TO SPEAK CALM TO

THOSE WINDS OF ADVERSITY.

PERHAPS YOU NEED SOMETHING

SUPERNATURAL TODAY TO GET YOU

THROUGH. YOU NEED LOOK NO

FARTHER AWAY THAN THE REASON

FOR THIS SEASON. JESUS IS THE

GIFT WHO NEVER STOPS GIVING.

IT'S A PROMISE FROM GOD TO US

AT CHRISTMAS AND EVERY DAY OF

THE YEAR. NO MATTER WHAT

YOU'RE FACING, NO MATTER WHAT

TRIAL OR DIFFICULTY MAY HAVE

COME JESUS CAME BORN OF A

VIRGIN TO LIVE A LIFE SO THAT

WE COULD LIVE IN FREEDOM,

PEACE, AND JOY. SOMETIMES

PAINFUL SITUATIONS CAN LEAVE

US TORN UP INSIDE EVEN AT

THIS VERY SPECIAL TIME,

CHRISTMAS. LET JESUS BE YOUR

PEACE TODAY. HE WILL BRING YOU

THROUGH ANY DIFFICULTY. I'M

SO GRATEFUL AT THIS BEAUTIFUL

SEASON THAT A KING BECAME A

CHILD, A PRINCE BECAME A

PAUPER, A RULER BECAME A

SERVANT, A CREATOR BECAME A

CREATION, A LOVER BECAME THE

HATED, A MESSIAH BECAME OUR

DEFENDER, AND OUR REDEEMER

BECAME OUR SAVIOR. MERRY

CHRISTMAS.

MUSIC

AMEN. YOU KNOW, WHAT IS

STRANGE IS A KING IN A CRIB BUT

WHAT IS MIRACULOUS IS GOD

BECOMING A BABY AND DYING FOR

THE SINS OF THE WORLD. THE

BIBLE SAYS SOMETHING SO

POWERFUL. IT SAYS AND I LOVE

THIS IN PROVERBS 14:30 THIS IS

WHAT IT TELLS US. A HEART AT

PEACE GIVES LIFE TO THE BODY

BUT ENVY ROTS THE BONES.

YOU KNOW, IF YOU WANT TO

SEIZE THE REASON FOR THE SEASON

I'D LIKE TO GIVE YOU THREE

THINGS. REFUSE TO FOCUS ON

WHAT YOU DON'T HAVE NUMBER

ONE. NUMBER TWO MAKE SURE

THAT YOU TAKE SOME TIME FOR

REST, REALLY REJOICE WHAT GOD

HAS DONE AND NUMBER THREE

NEVER FORGET THE REASON FOR THE

SEASON. HAVE YOU BEEN

STRUGGLING? I KNOW LIKE ME

SOMETIMES IT TAKES ABOUT THREE

DAYS FOR ME TO UNPLUG CAUSE

MY MIND IS GOING ZZZZZ AND I

JUST GOT TO PULL BACK BUT

EVEN NOW I'VE GOT FOUR FINGERS

POINTING BACK AT ME AS I'M

POINTING THIS ONE FINGER AT

YOU. IF YOU'RE STRUGGLING

WITH JUST TRYING TO REST LET

ME PRAY WITH YOU. FATHER, I

THANK YOU THAT ON THIS

CHRISTMAS EVE 2013 THAT LORD

EVERY CHILD OF GOD BELIEVING

BELIEVER I HOLD A BLOOD-BOUGHT

DEED AND I ASK YOU THAT YOU

THAT YOU WOULD GIVE THEM

PEACE, THAT SAME PEACE THAT

SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING.

LORD, WE BLEND FAITH TOGETHER

AND I PRAY AS THEY DO REST

AND RECOGNIZE THE REASON FOR

THE SEASON AND NOT ENVY WHAT

OTHERS HAVE AND NOT FORGET

WHAT THEY DO HAVE IN CHRIST

THAT WILL NEVER LEAVE THEM OR

FORSAKE THEM, YOU WOULD BLESS

THEIR SOCKS OFF. IN JESUS'

NAME. IF YOU NEED MORE

PRAYER 1-855-759-0700.

PRAYER PARTNERS ARE STANDING

BY. WELL, UP NEXT MORE HIDDEN

TRUTHS FOUND IN THE BIBLE.

THIS IS JOE AMARAL.

TODAY I WANT TO CONTINUE

TALKING ABOUT AN ANCIENT

JEWISH WEDDING FEAST. I WANT

TO POINT OUT ANOTHER PARALLEL

TO YOU THAT I HOPE IS GOING

TO GIVE YOU ONE OF THOSE HUGE

WOW MOMENTS. THE TEXT COMES

FROM EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5

VERSE 27 AND IT SAYS AND TO

PRESENT HER TO HIMSELF AS A

RADIANT CHURCH WITHOUT STAIN OR

WRINKLE OR ANY OTHER BLEMISH

BUT HOLY AND BLAMELESS. NOW

WHEN I READ THIS FOR THE FIRST

TIME I DIDN'T FULLY UNDERSTAND

WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT. HE

SAYS THAT THE MESSIAH, THE

GROOM IS COMING BACK FOR A

BRIDE THAT HAS NO WRINKLE OR

HAS NO SPOT WHATSOEVER. WHAT

IN THE WORLD DOES THAT MEAN?

NOW I TRAVEL A LOT FOR MY

MINISTRY AND LET'S JUST SAY

THAT MY CLOTHES AREN'T ALWAYS

THE MOST IRONED. A LOT OF

TIMES THERE'S WRINKLES BECAUSE

OF THE LONG FLIGHTS AND SO

ACCORDING TO WHAT IT SAYS

HERE DOES THAT MEAN I'M GOING

TO GET LEFT BEHIND? WHEN HE

COMES BACK FOR HIS BRIDE IF I

DON'T HAVE MY CLOTHES WITHOUT

WRINKLE WILL I BE LEFT BEHIND?

OF COURSE NOT. WE NEED TO

UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANT

IN THE CULTURE AT THE TIME.

THERE WERE POCKETS THAT WERE

SEWN INTO THE WEDDING OUTFITS

IN THOSE DAYS AND BASICALLY IF

YOU TOOK MATERIAL THAT YOU

HAD ON YOUR SHIRT AND YOU

ROLLED IT UP AND YOU SEWED THE

BOTTOM OF IT IT WOULD CREATE

KIND OF LIKE A POCKET ON THE

DRESS BUT FROM A DISTANCE IF

YOU DIDN'T SEE THE SEWN

MATERIAL IT WOULD LOOK LIKE

THERE WAS A WRINKLE ON THE

DRESS AND THEY HAD THESE

SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE

DRESS. AND AS THE BRIDE WOULD

WALK UP AND DOWN THE ISLE

AND WALK THROUGH THE FESTIVAL

PEOPLE WOULD PUT MONEY TO

HELP PAY FOR THE WEDDING IN

THOSE POCKETS. NOW THAT MIGHT

SOUND LIKE A VERY, VERY BIZARRE

TRADITION. IN MY CULTURE IN

THE PORTUGUESE CULTURE WE HAVE

SOMETHING SIMILAR BUT YET

DIFFERENT. NOW YOU MAY HAVE

NOTICED I HAVE A SHOE HERE IN

MY HAND. WHY AM I HOLDING A

SHOE? CAUSE IN MY CULTURE

AT THE WEDDING AT THE

CELEBRATION TIME THE BRIDE AND

GROOM TAKE OFF THEIR SHOES

AND WE PASS IT AROUND TO THE

PEOPLE WHO ARE THERE AT THE

WEDDING AND AS THE SHOE GOES

BY YOU PUT MONEY INSIDE AND

THEN YOU TAKE THAT MONEY AND

THAT HELPS TO PAY FOR THE

WEDDING. SO WHAT IN THE

WORLD DOES THIS MEAN FOR US?

THINK ABOUT IT. JESUS SAID

HE'S COMING BACK FOR A BRIDE

THAT DOESN'T NEED TO HAVE ANY

WRINKLES. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

THERE NEEDS TO BE NO POCKETS

SEWN INTO HER DRESS. NOBODY

NEEDS TO PAY FOR HER. SHE HAS

ALREADY BEEN PAID. I KNOW, I

KNOW YOU'RE HAVING A WOW

MOMENT. THAT'S HOW MUCH THE

GROOM LOVES THE BRIDE. HE

PAID THE PRICE. WHEN DID HE

PAY THE PRICE? LONG AGO ON THE

TREE OF CALVARY AND NEXT TIME

YOU READ THIS VERSE, NEXT TIME

YOU LOOK AT THE SCRIPTURE AND

IT TALKS ABOUT HIM COMING BACK

FOR A BRIDE WITHOUT WRINKLE IT

MEANS THAT NOBODY ELSE NEEDS

TO PAY THE PRICE. THERE'S

NOTHING THAT WE CAN DO, NOTHING

THAT WE CAN EARN FOR OURSELVES

BUT HE'S PAID THE PRICE. WE

WERE BOUGHT AT A PRICE THE

BIBLE SAYS BY THE BLOOD, THE

PRECIOUS BLOOD OF THE MESSIAH.

SO WHEN HE COMES BACK FRIENDS

LET'S MAKE SURE WE'RE READY

CAUSE HE HAS PAID THE PRICE, A

VERY HIGH PRICE, HIS LIFE.

WHAT A WONDERFUL TRUTH.

YOU KNOW, I HOPE YOU APPRECIATE

THAT AS MUCH AS WE DO BECAUSE

UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES

FROM A MIDDLE EASTERN

UNDERSTANDING VERSUS A WESTERN

UNDERSTANDING OPENS UP THE

SCRIPTURE IN A WHOLE NEW WAY.

THANK YOU, JOE. WHAT A

POWERFUL TRUTH. YOU KNOW,

LAURA-LYNN, I LOVE THIS TIME

EVEN CHRISTMAS EVE THAT WE

GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT

SOME PRAYER REQUESTS AND

PRAY FOR SOME PEOPLE AS WELL.

WOULD YOU JOIN WITH US AS WE

BLEND FAITH TOGETHER? I KNOW

THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE WINDING

DOWN IN SO MANY AREAS BUT I

THANK GOD HE NEVER STOPS

ANSWERING PRAYER. HE'S STILL

THE SAME. WE'VE GOT ACTUALLY

MARK FROM BURLINGTON PRAYING

FOR HIS MOTHER WHO HAS A SPOT

ON HER BRAIN. WE NEED YOU TO

REALLY COME INTO AGREEMENT WITH

THAT AND ALSO WE'VE GOT BONNIE

FROM HILLSFORD, NOVA SCOTIA

FOR REFLUX, ACID REFLUX, AN

ISSUE WITH HER EYES AND HERNIA

AS WELL AND WE'VE GOT THE

THIRD ONE COMING IN. GRAHAM

FROM HAMILTON DEALING WITH

LUNG CANCER. COULD YOU TAKE

ALL THREE OF THOSE RIGHT NOW

AND LET'S AGREE WITH GOD.

NOW LET ME GIVE YOU A WORD.

IT SAYS IN JEREMIAH 30 IN 17

FOR I WILL RESTORE HEALTH TO

YOU AND I WILL HEAL YOUR

WOUNDS SAITH THE LORD. STAND

ON THIS WORD. LET'S AGREE

TOGETHER. FATHER, IN THE NAME

JESUS WE THANK YOU THAT ON

THIS CHRISTMAS EVE WHEN

SALVATION CAME TO THE WORLD

WHERE WE CELEBRATED, NOW

WE BLEND FAITH TOGETHER BY THE

FINISHED WORK OF THE CROSS.

IN THE NAME OF JESUS WE PLEAD

THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB ON EACH

OF THESE THAT THE GREATEST GIFT

AT CHRISTMAS WOULD BE EVEN

NOW A RELEASE AND A BREAKING

OF INFIRMITY, A RELEASING OF

YOUR HEALING VIRTUE. FATHER,

WE BLEND FAITH TOGETHER AND

ASK YOU NOW FOR THIS MIRACLE

OF MERCY IN JESUS' NAME. GOD

WE THANK YOU FOR THAT HERNIA.

WE THANK YOU, GOD, FOR THAT

MOTHER. WE THANK YOU FOR

GRAHAM. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR

GRACE AND YOUR MERCY AND WE

CALL IT SO BY FAITH IN JESUS'

NAME. AMEN.

AMEN. WELL, I'LL TELL YOU

WHAT. WE HAVE LOVED SPENDING

CHRISTMAS EVE WITH YOU AND WE

PRAY THAT IT WILL BE PEACEFUL

AND FULL OF JOY AND THAT NO

MATTER WHAT TRIAL YOU'RE

FACING YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS A

GOD WHO LOVES YOU. HE'S GOING

TO SEE YOU THROUGH AND GUESS

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BEING WITH YOU ALL AGAIN.

UNTIL NEXT TIME I'M BRIAN

WARREN. MERRY CHRISTMAS.

MERRY CHRISTMAS. I'M

LAURA-LYNN TYLER THOMPSON.

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