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700 Club Canada: Dec. 25, 2013

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HELLO. I'M BRIAN WARREN.

AND I'M LAURA-LYNN TYLER

THOMPSON. WELCOME TO THE 700

CLUB CANADA. MERRY CHRISTMAS.

WE WANTED TO JUMP IN ON THE

FIRST MERRY CHRISTMAS BECAUSE

WE ARE SO EXCITED TO BE HERE

WITH YOU. NOW GIVE ME AND

EVERYONE WATCHING ONLY ABOUT

A MILLION PEOPLE YOUR FAVORITE

CHRISTMAS MEMORY.

WELL, YOU KNOW, I GREW UP

IN AFRICA AND WE NEVER HAD A

WHITE CHRISTMAS AND SO I

DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THAT WAS.

YOU KNOW, I THOUGHT WHAT IS

THAT, A LOT OF PAPER FLOWING

AROUND, CONFETTI AND THEN WE

CAME HOME TO CANADA BUT WE

WENT UP TO THE HIGH ARCTIC

AND WE HAD A WHITE CHRISTMAS,

I MEAN NOTHING BUT A WHITE

CHRISTMAS AND I REMEMBER

THAT FIRST CHRISTMAS IN

TUKTOYAKTUK.

GIVE US AN AGE TIME ON

THIS. LIKE HOW OLD WERE YOU?

I WAS ABOUT EIGHT, EIGHT

YEARS OLD.

BEFORE YOU HAD YOUR FIRST

WHITE CHRISTMAS.

YES, AND THEN I BARELY EVER

HAD ONE EVER SINCE IN BRITISH

COLUMBIA. I MEAN IT'S JUST

RAINING. DO YOU HAVE A

FAVORITE MEMORY?

WHAT A TREAT IT IS TO BE

ABLE TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF

THE RISEN KING WITH YOU AND

WE HOPE THAT YOU ARE

ENJOYING THE PEACE OF THE

CHRISTMAS SEASON.

I IMAGINE MANY OF YOU

BUSY PREPARING THE TURKEY AND

HAVE THE TELEVISION ON NEARBY

JUST KIND OF KEEPING US IN THE

BACKGROUND. WELL, MERRY

CHRISTMAS TO YOU.

HEY, WHATEVER YOU DO DON'T

GO TO THE REFRIGERATOR

ESPECIALLY WHILE I'M TALKING.

WHEN SHE'S TALKING YOU CAN,

RIGHT? TODAY WE'VE GOT A

BEAUTIFUL STORY OF ONE FAMILY

WHO LEARNED THE REAL MEANING

OF CHRISTMAS AND WHOSE LIVES

WILL BE CHANGED FOR MANY

YEARS TO COME.

WE'RE ALSO CONTINUING OUR

FASCINATING SERIES ON

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS. I

DON'T KNOW IF IT'S BEEN

FASCINATING THIS WEEK, BRIAN.

WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO SAY A

FEW THINGS AND DIFFERENT,

YOU KNOW.

YOU'VE DONE MARVELOUS.

IT'S BEEN TOUGH.

IN FACT YOU'VE BEEN A GIFT

TO ME.

BUT HERE IN CANADA AND

AROUND THE WORLD WE LOVE

CHRISTMAS AND SO THANKS FOR

CELEBRATING WITH US.

AND JOE AMARAL WILL BE HERE

AND HE'S GOT A SPECIAL SEGMENT

ABOUT THE BIRTH OF JESUS AND

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE

SWADDLING CLOTHES.

BUT FIRST ACE COLLINS IS

BACK THIS TIME TO EXPLAIN WHO

PUT THE X IN XMAS.

MUSIC

OCCASIONALLY AROUND

CHRISTMAS YOU SEE IT

ABBREVIATED AS XMAS.

ARE WE ABBREVIATING OR ARE WE

GOING BACK TO AN OLDER

TRADITION? WHAT'S THE STORY

BEHIND THAT?

A LOT OF PEOPLE GET UPSET

WHEN THEY SEE THAT. THEY THINK

YOU'RE TRYING TO TAKE CHRIST

OUT OF CHRISTMAS YET IF PAUL OR

TIMOTHY CAME BACK THEY WOULD

LOOK AT THAT AS PUTTING CHRIST

INTO CHRISTMAS CAUSE X IS THE

FIRST LETTER OF CHRIST'S NAME IN

GREEK AND SO THEY LOOK AT THAT

AS THE WAY CHRIST WAS SPELLED.

AS A MATTER OF FACT IN THE OLD

DAYS WHEN A CHRISTIAN WAS

MARTYRED PEOPLE WOULD GO UP

ON THE STREET AFTER THAT

CHRISTIAN AND THE BODY WAS

TAKEN OFF AND DRAW AN X ON THAT

SPOT TO REPRESENT A CHRISTIAN

DIED HERE FOR HIS FAITH. FOR

1500 YEARS THE CHURCH WROTE

CHRISTMAS AS XMAS.

REALLY.

WORSHIP CHRIST. REMEMBER

MOST PEOPLE COULDN'T READ. X

THEY COULD READ THOUGH AS

CHRIST NAME. SECONDLY AND THIS

IS REALLY I THINK KEY AND

CRITICAL, PAPER AND INK WERE

IN VERY SHORT SUPPLY SO THEY

ABBREVIATED ANYTHING THEY COULD

WHEN THEY WOULD WRITE OUT TEXT

AND SO THIS WAS LIKE AN EARLY

FORM OF TEXTING, XMAS, BUT

BELIEVE IT OR NOT IT WAS NOT

TAKING CHRIST OUT OF CHRISTMAS.

IT WAS ACTUALLY KEEPING CHRIST

IN CHRISTMAS AND WE CAN USE

THAT AS A WORSHIP AND A

WITNESSING TOOL TODAY. WE CAN

TELL PEOPLE THE HISTORY OF

XMAS AND SHOW THEM THAT

IT'S ACTUALLY PUTTING CHRIST

INTO CHRISTMAS.

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THAT IS INTERESTING, YOU

KNOW, BRIAN, THAT A LOT OF

PEOPLE WERE TRYING TO SAY

THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT THE XMAS

IS REALLY TAKING CHRIST OUT OF

CHRISTMAS BUT IN ACTUAL FACT

IT'S NOT TRUE, YOU KNOW. IT'S

ALL PART OF AN OLD--

YEAH, AND IT WAS A FORM OF

TEXTING AND IT WAS--

TEXTING. I LIKE THE WAY YOU

SAID THAT.

RIGHT BECAUSE I LOVE THAT

THAT IT WAS SHORTHAND BECAUSE

MOST PEOPLE COULDN'T SPELL THE

WHOLE LETTER, THE CRISTO AND

THE MESSIAH SO WHAT THEY DID

IS THEY WROTE THE X AND THE

XMAS AND REALLY IT WAS AN

ADHERENCE AND A WORSHIP OF

CHRIST MORE SO THAN MOVING

CHRIST OUT OF CHRISTMAS. I

THOUGHT THAT WAS PRETTY NEAT.

ACE HAS GOT SOME WONDERFUL

TIDBITS. IT'S KIND OF LIKE JOE

AMARAL AND HIDDEN TRUTHS IN THE

BIBLE, YOU KNOW, HIDDEN TRUTHS

FROM TIME. I LOVE THAT. NOW

WHAT ABOUT YOU WITH

TRADITION. TODAY'S CHRISTMAS.

MERRY CHRISTMAS.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, BRIAN.

IT'S BEEN A GOOD YEAR.

IT'S BEEN A GOOD YEAR.

HIGH FIVE.

HIGH FIVE, YES.

YOU ALWAYS SHAKE. WE SHOULD

SHAKE HANDS. THERE YOU GO.

AND YOU ALWAYS LIKE TO DO

THE POUND.

THE POUND, YEAH, I LIKE TO

BE COOL EVEN ON CHRISTMAS.

YOU SHOULD SEE HER DANCE TOO.

NO. NO. NOBODY WANTS TO

SEE THAT OR HEAR ME SING. NO

CHRISTMAS CAROLS WILL BE SUNG

BUT YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL VOICE.

WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT I SING

SOLO, SO LOW THAT NO ONE HEARS

ME BUT I DO LOVE WORSHIP AND

I DO WORSHIP. I AM A

WORSHIPPER SO I LOVE

WORSHIPPING AT CHURCH AND

I LOVE WORSHIP.

AND IT'S A BEAUTIFUL TIME

TO DO THAT, YOU KNOW,

TRADITIONS. WE LOVE IN OUR

FAMILY REMEMBER WHAT IT'S

REALLY ABOUT.

HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

MY MOM AND DAD WERE

MISSIONARIES AND I REMEMBER

DAD CAME OVER A COUPLE OF

YEARS AGO AND HE READ THE

STORY FROM LUKE, YOU KNOW,

ABOUT JESUS COMING AND ALL

THE KIDS, ALL THE GRAND KIDS

SAT AROUND AND LISTENED TO

GRANDPA READ THAT AND IT WAS

VERY SPECIAL BECAUSE JESUS

CAME SO THAT WE WOULD HAVE

AN ABUNDANT AND AN AWESOME

LIFE AND ALL OF THE JOY THAT

SURROUNDS CHRISTMAS IS JUST

POINTING BACK TO THE GREAT

GIFT THAT HE GAVE US.

YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS

THAT I REMEMBER, THIS YEAR MY

DAD'S IN A NURSING HOME SO,

YOU KNOW, ALL THESE CHRISTMAS

BEGIN TO BECOME EVEN MORE

SPECIAL WHEN YOU REFLECT BACK

AND YOU START THINKING ABOUT

THAT TIME. I REMEMBER NOT

BEING ABLE TO SLEEP AND

GOING DOWNSTAIRS AND RIFLING

THROUGH THE GIFTS AND, YOU

KNOW, I'D DO THE DANCE LIKE OH

AND MY BROTHER OH THE SHAKE

AND EVERYTHING AND YOU'D RUN

AROUND AND YOU FALL ON THE

GROUND. YOU'RE LIKE NO. GET

OUT OF HERE. IT'S NOT REAL BUT

YOU KNOW, I WANTED I REMEMBER

ONE CHRISTMAS AND IT WAS SO

COOL I WANTED A GI JOE WITH A

KUNG FU GRIP. OH, YEAH, YOU

KNOW. HE HAD HIS GRIP LIKE

THIS AND NO MATTER WHO HE

CAME IN CONTACT WITH GI JOE

WITH THE KUNG FU GRIP AND I

REMEMBER THAT YEAR MY MOM

GAVE ME THAT BUT IT WAS ALSO A

TURNING POINT IN OUR FAMILY

BECAUSE I RECOGNIZED AS A

CHILD THE SIGNIFICANCE OF

CHRISTMAS BECAUSE MY

GRANDMOTHER HAD PASSED AND

THAT REALLY BROUGHT A

SIGNIFICANCE WHERE I STARTED

SAYING WHAT IS THE REASON FOR

THE SEASON AND THEN WE

STARTED TO REALLY GET TO THE

POINT WHERE WE CHERISHED ONE

ANOTHER AND I LOVE NOW I'M

CANADIAN BY CHOICE, NOT BY

BIRTH SO SWEET POTATO PIE IS

ALWAYS--IT'S A SPECIALITY AT MY

HOUSE AND MY MOTHER SHE CAN

PUT A PIECE OF SWEET POTATO

PIE ON YOUR FOREHEAD AND YOUR

TONGUE WILL RUSH OUT OF YOUR

MOUTH AND BEAT YOUR BRAINS OUT

TO GET TO IT. IT'S THAT GOOD.

WOW. YOU KNOW, THAT MUST BE

LIKE AN AMERICAN TRADITION.

WELL, IT IS.

YOU KNOW, ONE TIME WE THOUGHT

THAT ALL OF THE CHRISTMAS

PRESENTS HAD BEEN STOLLEN IN

OUR FAMILY FOR ABOUT HALF AN

HOUR BUT MY SON, HE WAS FOUR,

HAD TAKEN EVERY LAST ONE OF

THEM TO A BACK ROOM AND

OPENED ALL OF THEM, EVERYONE'S

PRESENTS.

I WONDER WHERE HE GOT THAT

FROM.

IT WAS, WELL, YOU KNOW, I'D

ALREADY SHAKED, RATTLED, AND

ROLLED MINE BUT IN ANY CASE

CHRISTMAS IS FUN, ISN'T IT?

IT'S FOR FAMILIES AND FOR

ANYONE WHO MAYBE FEELS A

LITTLE BIT ALONE TODAY WE WANT

YOU TO KNOW THAT WE'RE HERE.

WE LOVE YOU. GOD LOVES YOU.

MERRY CHRISTMAS. ENJOY YOUR

FAMILIES.

WELL, LAURA-LYNN AND I GIVE

YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM

THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEART. UP

NEXT HOW ONE SPECIAL GIFT

CHANGED THE ENTIRE FAMILY, THIS

SPECIAL PACKAGE.

LIKE MOST AMERICAN

FAMILIES THE CHAFONT FAMILY

ALWAYS GOT CAUGHT UP IN THE

HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE

HOLIDAYS, CHRISTMAS SHOPPING,

DECORATING, AND LAST-MINUTE

BAKING. THAT CHANGED IN 2005,

THE YEAR THE FAMILY OF FOUR

SPENT CHRISTMAS IN KAZAKHSTAN.

I MEAN IT WAS VERY MUCH AN

ADVENTURE FOR THE KIDS. THEY

ENJOYED EVERYTHING. DID NOT

MATTER THAT THE CONDITIONS WERE

LIKE THEY WERE AND IT WAS VERY

UNUSUAL TO US. THE CULTURE WAS

VERY DIFFERENT.

WELL, IT'S A DIFFERENT PACE,

NO QUESTION AND I'M USED TO

GOING 110 MILES AN HOUR AND

KIND OF A TYPE A PERSONALITY

BUT GOD WANTED US TO SLOW DOWN

THAT YEAR FOR CHRISTMAS. IT

REALLY ALLOWED US TO REFLECT ON

THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS

AND THAT'S THE BIRTH OF JESUS.

THEY ONLY HAD ENOUGH ROOM

IN THEIR LUGGAGE TO BRING A FEW

SMALL PRESENTS BUT CONNOR AND

BROOKLYN, EIGHT AND NINE YEARS

OLD AT THE TIME DIDN'T SEEM TO

MIND. THEY WERE EXPECTING THE

BEST GIFT OF ALL. YOU SEE THE

CHAFONTS HAD COME TO KAZAKHSTAN

TO ADOPT A BABY GIRL.

WE GOT TO GO UPSTAIRS TO

WHERE ALL THE BABIES LIVED AND

WE REALIZED THERE'S NOTHING WE

REALLY NEED.

I CAME OUT OF IT FEELING

VERY BLESSED AND THAT GOD

HAD GIVEN US A LOT AND THAT

I NEEDED TO BE MORE THANKFUL

FOR THINGS THAT I HAD.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF EACH DAY IN

THE SMALL VILLAGE WAS VISITING

THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THEIR

FAMILY, BABY GAZELLE.

WE WENT TO THE ORPHANAGE

AND HAD A CHANCE TO GO THERE

EACH AND EVERY DAY AND SPEND

TIME. MET GAZELLE THE FIRST

DAY.

THE THIRD DAY THEY ALLOWED US

TO GO UP TO WHERE SHE

RESIDED AND WE WERE ABLE TO

PICK HER UP FROM THIS AREA

AND SHE SAW US AND SHE

GRINNED AND THEN SHE STARTED

LAUGHING AND THEN SHE STARTED

KICKING HER FEET SO IT WAS

EXCITING FOR US TO SEE THAT SHE

WAS RECOGNIZING US AFTER JUST A

COUPLE OF DAYS.

BABY GAZELLE WARMED UP TO

HER NEW FAMILY INSTANTLY AND

CHRISTMAS HELD A SPECIAL TREAT,

THEIR FIRST FAMILY PHOTO.

WE HAD PURCHASED A LITTLE

RED VELVET DRESS FOR HER SO

ON CHRISTMAS DAY WE HAD OUR

PICTURE MADE BY THE CHRISTMAS

TREE.

SO HERE WE ARE AT CHRISTMAS

AS I SAY IN THIS 10 BY 10 ROOM

AND WE THINK THAT THIS IS

ABOUT ADOPTION AND WHAT WE

DISCOVERED WAS THAT WAS ONLY

A PIECE OF GOD'S PUZZLE.

YOU KNOW, THE BIGGER PIECE

WAS WE WERE TO REFLECT ON THE

TRUE MEANING OF WHAT CHRISTMAS

WAS AND WE WOULDN'T HAVE DONE

THAT HAD WE STAYED IN THE

UNITED STATES.

THE CHAFONTS RETURNED HOME

TO KENTUCKY WHILE THE PAPERWORK

WAS PROCESSED. FOUR WEEKS

LATER MATT AND TANYA RETURNED

TO KAZAKHSTAN TO BRING BABY

GAZELLE HOME FOR GOOD.

YOU KNOW, THE INTERESTING

THING ABOUT ADOPTION IS YOU

COME INTO THIS AND YOU THINK

WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN THIS CHILD'S LIFE

AND WHAT YOU REALIZE IS THAT

IT'S NOT ABOUT THE CHILD. IT'S

ABOUT YOU AND WHAT GOD WANTS

TO DO IN YOUR HEART AND IN OUR

HEART AS A COUPLE AND THEN

IN OUR FAMILY.

THE FAMILY OF FIVE IS DOING

GREAT. GAZELLE LOVES GOING TO

CHURCH AND PLAYING WITH HER

BIG SISTER. SHE GIGGLES A LOT

AND IS LOVED BY ALL. CHRISTMAS

IN KAZAKHSTAN CHANGED THE LIVES

OF THE CHAFONT FAMILY FOREVER

AND GAZELLE IS A CONSTANT

REMINDER OF THE REAL REASON FOR

CHRISTMAS.

PRIOR TO THE ADOPTION SLOWING

DOWN AT CHRISTMAS HAD BEEN ON

MY PRAYER LIST FOR A VERY

LONG TIME, HOW TO SIMPLIFY IT

AND HOW TO MAKE IT MORE

PEACEFUL AND IT WAS SOMETHING

THAT I WOULD START PRAYING

ABOUT WAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS

SEASON BECAUSE I WANTED IT TO

BE A MEANINGFUL CIRCUMSTANCE.

THE ADOPTION EXPERIENCE DID

GIVE US THAT OPPORTUNITY TO

STEP BACK AND BE STILL AND

IT'S SOMETHING WE REALLY

APPRECIATE.

WHILE WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS

WE SHOULD ALWAYS THINK ABOUT

THE CROSS AND REALLY WHY HE

CAME AND WE WOULD HAVE NOTHING

TO CELEBRATE AT CHRISTMAS

WITHOUT HIM DYING ON THE CROSS.

GOD CAN DO AMAZING THINGS

WITH SMALL PEOPLE. THERE CAN

ALWAYS BE MIRACLES NO MATTER

WHAT.

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE

OPPORTUNITY THIS FAMILY HAD

TO EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF

CHRISTMAS AND TO UNDERSTAND

THAT THEY HAD SO MUCH. THE

WAY THAT THE KIDS DESCRIBED HOW

THEY FINALLY APPRECIATED WHAT

THEY HAD. YOU KNOW, I WONDER

IF THIS SEASON IS ABOUT THAT.

NOT ALL OF US ARE GOING THROUGH

THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER. NOT

ALL OF US HAVE EVERYTHING THAT

WE WANT. IN FACT FOR YOU 2013

MAY HAVE BEEN A BIT OF A ROUGH

YEAR. MAYBE IT WAS A GLORIOUS

YEAR. WHATEVER IT WAS, YOU

KNOW, TODAY IS THE DAY TO JUST

PAUSE AND REFLECT AND JUST SAY

THANK YOU, JESUS. THANK YOU

THAT YOU WALKED WITH ME.

WHETHER MY VALLEY WAS DARK

AND REALLY PAINFUL OR WHETHER

IT WAS A HIGH MOUNTAINTOP

EXPERIENCE, THE THING ABOUT

JESUS IS THAT HE CAME TO THIS

EARTH SO THAT WE WOULD FOREVER

HAVE A FRIEND WHO STAYS CLOSER

THAN A BROTHER SO IT DOESN'T

NECESSARILY MEAN THAT TODAY'S

A PERFECT DAY OR THAT THIS

YEAR'S BEEN A, YOU KNOW, A

PERFECT YEAR BUT THAT WE ARE

BLESSED BECAUSE THERE IS ONE

WHO WALKS SO CLOSELY WITH US

AND I PRAY TODAY THAT WHATEVER

YOU'RE EXPERIENCING THAT YOU

WOULD TAKE A MOMENT TO PAUSE

AND BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT YOU

ACTUALLY HAVE LIKE THIS FAMILY

HAD TO. THEY HAD TO JUST SAY

YOU KNOW, LORD, WE HAVE SO

MUCH. MAYBE IT'S NOT

EVERYTHING THAT WE WANTED BUT

WE HAVE A LOT AND THERE'S A LOT

TO OFFER OTHERS AS WELL ON A

DAY LIKE THIS SO TAKE A MOMENT

AND THANK GOD. THANK GOD FOR

THE GOOD AND THE BAD BECAUSE HE

IS THERE. HE NEVER LEAVES US.

HE NEVER FORSAKES US AND

THAT'S A GIFT THAT KEEPS ON

GIVING.

AMEN. YOU KNOW, THE

BEAUTIFUL THING ABOUT

CHRISTMAS IS THE GIFT WAS NOT

NECESSARILY ON CHRISTMAS BUT

IT CAME BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND

IT WAS THE AFTER CHRISTMAS

BLESSING. YOU KNOW, WE'RE

BLESSED NOT BECAUSE OF WHAT

WE HAVE BUT BECAUSE OF WHOSE

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HEY, WELCOME TO THIS HOPE

TO GO. I LOVE EVERY TIME WE

GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO INTO

THE WORD OF GOD AND ESPECIALLY

TODAY, ON CHRISTMAS. MERRY

CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN. YOU

KNOW, I WANT TO TALK TO YOU

TODAY ABOUT THE BIRTH OF HOPE.

YOU KNOW, WE ALL HAVE THE

PERFECT CHRISTMAS DREAM. WE

ENVISION THAT ONE DAY OF THE

YEAR WHERE EVERYTHING FALLS

INTO PLACE AND THE WORLD IS

RIGHT AGAIN BUT OFTEN THAT

ONE DAY FALLS SHORT OF OUR

EXPECTATIONS AND WE'RE LEFT

WONDERING IF THE DREAM WILL

EVER COME TRUE. THE PERFECT

CHRISTMAS IS MUCH MORE THAN

JUST ONE DAY, A ONE-DAY DREAM.

IT'S SOMETHING THAT GOD WANTS

EACH OF US AND EVERYONE TO

EXPERIENCE EVERY SINGLE DAY

OF THE YEAR STARTING TODAY.

YOU KNOW, HOPE HAS BEEN DEFINED

AS A FIRM EXPECTATION, A HAPPY

ANTICIPATION OF GOOD THINGS

TO COME BUT BIBLICAL HOPE IS

THE ROCK SOLID BELIEF THAT

ALMIGHTY GOD WILL DO WHAT

HE SAID ACCORDING TO HIS WORD.

YET TODAY SO MANY PEOPLE ARE

AFRAID TO HOPE BECAUSE OF THE

DISAPPOINTMENTS AND SETBACKS

OF THE PAST. RATHER THAN RISK

FURTHER DISAPPOINTMENT AND

HURT, THEY SIMPLY REFUSE TO

HOPE THAT ANYTHING GOOD WILL

EVER HAPPEN TO THEM. NOW

TODAY WE WANT TO REIGNITE

HOPE AS WE FOCUS ON THE

BIRTH OF HOPE AND DISCOVER

THE LIBERATING TRUTH WRAPPED

IN THE GIFT OF ALL GIFTS, THE

BIRTH OF EMANUEL, GOD WITH US.

NOW DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT?

LET ME GIVE YOU THE FIRST

THING. A. LISTEN TO WHAT THE

BIBLE SAYS IN MATTHEW 1:23.

IT SAYS BEHOLD. THE VIRGIN

SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND BEAR

A SON AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS

'

NAME EMANUEL WHICH IS

TRANSLATED GOD WITH US. NOW

LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THAT A

IS. EMANUEL PERSONIFIES GOD'S

INTIMACY INTO ME YOU SEE.

ALMIGHTY GOD COULD HAVE SENT

AN ANGEL TO DELIVER HIS PEOPLE

FROM THE CRUEL BONDAGE OF

SLAVERY AND DARKNESS BECAUSE

THE BIBLE TEACHES NOTHING

IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD BUT HE

CHOSE PERSONALLY TO GET

INVOLVED IN THE RESCUE OF

MANKIND. IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

TIMES ALMIGHTY GOD SPOKE TO

THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL THROUGH

HIS PROPHETS BUT THROUGH THE

BIRTH OF EMANUEL JESUS CHRIST

ALMIGHTY GOD CHOSE TO SPEAK

TO HIS PEOPLE DIRECTLY. FOR

GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT

HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON

THAT WHO SHALL EVER BELIEVE IN

HIM SHOULD NOT DIE BUT HAVE

EVERLASTING LIFE. NOW THAT'S

ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS VERSES.

WHAT A GIFT. SOMEONE FOR

EVERYONE. THEY SHALL CALL

HIS NAME EMANUEL WHICH IS

TRANSLATED GOD WITH US. BUT B

EMANUEL GUARANTEES US PEACE.

ROMANS 5:1 SAYS IT THIS WAY.

THEREFORE HAVING BEEN

JUSTIFIED BY FAITH WE HAVE

PEACE WITH GOD THROUGH OUR

LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

WHO WE ARE NO LONGER SLAVES

BUT SONS AND SINCE YOU ARE SONS

GOD HAS MADE YOU ALSO HEIRS

AND CO-HEIRS WITH CHRIST. IN

EMANUEL WE'RE NO LONGER

ENEMIES OF GOD BUT WE ARE

FRIENDS OF GOD AND NOW NOT

ONLY FRIENDS BUT SONS AND

DAUGHTERS AND HEIRS AND

CO-HEIRS WITH GOD. GOD HAS

GIVEN US THE GREATEST GIFT

EVER. THAT'S WHAT JOHN 1:12

SAYS. NOW THE JEWS AWAITED

THE MESSIAH AND THEY WERE

LOOKING FOR HIM BUT HE CAME

IN THE FORM OF A BABY. HOW

WILL GOD BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN

MAN AND EARTH? WELL, HE CHOSE

TO BRIDGE IT HIMSELF AND HE DID

IT BY WALKING A LITTLE BABY

DOWN THAT STAIRCASE SO

THEREFORE EMANUEL RELEASES

GLORY BECAUSE LUKE 2:14 SAYS

GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST.

ALMIGHTY GOD HE DID SOMETHING

SO POWERFUL AND IT'S SOMETHING

FOR EVERYONE. BRIDGING THE GAP

WHERE YOU TODAY HAVE A HOPE

THAT IS SO ROCK SOLID THAT

NOTHING CAN SHAKE IT. TODAY

BY FAITH CELEBRATE YOUR GIFT

FOR A GIFT IS NOT YOUR UNTIL

YOU ACCEPT IT AND THAT'S

EMANUEL.

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WELL, I DON'T KNOW IF

THERE'S A BETTER TOPIC FOR

BRIAN TO TALK ABOUT TODAY

THAN THE HOPE THAT WE HAVE

IN JESUS CHRIST. EMANUEL,

GOD IS WITH US. DO YOU KNOW

WHAT IT MEANS? IT MEANS

WHEREVER YOU ARE HE IS WITH

YOU. WHETHER THAT IS IN A

VERY DIFFICULT PLACE OR A

GREAT PLACE. GOD IS WITH YOU.

HE HAS A PLAN AND A PURPOSE

FOR YOU. HE IS THE GREATEST

GIFT OF ALL. HE'S THE REASON

FOR THE SEASON. I WISH YOU

ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

TODAY AND I HOPE THAT YOU KNOW

THAT EMANUEL IS TRULY WITH YOU.

COMING UP NEXT WE HAVE

HIDDEN SECRETS FOUND IN THE

BIBLE WITH JOE AMARAL.

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EVERY YEAR AROUND CHRISTMAS

EVERYBODY STARTS TALKING ABOUT

THE BIRTH OF JESUS AND OF

COURSE THAT'S WHAT CHRISTMAS

IN MODERN TIMES IS ALL ABOUT.

BUT A LOT OF TIMES AGAIN AS

WE LOOK BACK TO THE JEWISH

CULTURE TO THAT SECOND TEMPLE

PERIOD, THERE ARE THINGS GOING

ON IN THE BACKGROUND THAT WE

DON'T ALWAYS FULLY UNDERSTAND.

EVEN THE NIGHT IN WHICH JESUS

WAS BORN LUKE TALKS ABOUT

SOMETHING ABOUT A PARTICULAR

KIND OF CLOTH THAT WAS USED

WHEN JESUS WAS BORN THAT WE

DON'T EVEN PAY ATTENTION TO.

WE'RE SO FOCUSED ON THE MANGER

AND WE'RE SO FOCUSED ON THE

ANGELS SINGING AND ALL THAT

THAT WE FORGET ABOUT WHAT LUKE

SAYS HERE. NOW WHY AM I GOING

TO LUKE? IF YOU'VE BEEN

WATCHING US YOU KNOW THAT I

LOVE LUKE BECAUSE HE'S LIKE

ME. HE'S A GENTILE AND SO

LUKE WRITES THINGS IN A WAY

THAT'S SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT FROM

MATTHEW, MARK, AND JOHN.

IN FACT HE'S THE ONLY ONE WHO

REFERS TO THIS PARTICULAR KIND

OF CLOTH. NOW YOU GO BACK TO

THE NIGHT THAT HE WAS BORN

AND THE SHEPHERDS WERE IN THE

FIELD AND THEY'RE WATCHING

OVER THEIR LAMBS AND IN THE

MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT THE ANGELS

APPEAR. THERE'S A HUGE HOST

OF HEAVEN AND THEY'RE SINGING

AND THEY SING TO THE SHEPHERDS.

YOU TALK ABOUT A WILD MOMENT

IN HISTORY. THE ANGEL SAID

JUST DOWN THE ROAD FROM WHERE

YOU GUYS ARE RIGHT NOW THE

MESSIAH, THE SON OF DAVID HAS

BEEN BORN TO YOU THIS NIGHT,

THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD AND SO

YOU HAVE THIS KIND OF WOW, THIS

HUGE MOMENT AND THE SHEPHERDS

ARE, YOU KNOW, YOU WOULD

ASSUME THEY SAY TO THE ANGELS

WELL HOW WILL WE KNOW WHO

THIS BABY IS AND SO THE ANGELS

SAY WELL, WE'RE ANGELS. WE'RE

GOING TO GIVE YOU A SIGN.

WE'RE GOING TO HELP YOU TO

KNOW WHO THIS BABY IS, WHO THE

MESSIAH IS. BESIDES THE FACT

THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A HUGE

STAR HANGING OVER HIS HOUSE,

WE'RE GOING TO GIVE YOU ONE

MORE SIGN TO HELP YOU

UNDERSTAND WHO THIS BABY IS.

AND LUKE SAYS IN CHAPTER 2

VERSE 12. HE SAYS THIS WILL BE

A SIGN TO YOU. YOU WILL FIND

A BABY WRAPPED IN CLOTHES LYING

IN A MANGER. THE OTHER VERSES

TALK ABOUT SWADDLING CLOTHS.

WHY DOES LUKE SAY SWADDLING?

AS NORTH AMERICANS, AS A DAD

MYSELF I THINK OF THE WORD

SWADDLING I REMEMBER WHEN

MY CHILDREN WERE BABIES AND

MY WIFE WOULD WRAP THEM UP

REALLY TIGHT AND SHE WOULD

HOLD THEM CLOSE AND SHE WOULD,

YOU KNOW, ROCK THEM BACK AND

FORTH AND YOU HAVE THAT IDEA OF

BEING SWADDLING SO MAYBE THAT'S

WHAT LUKE IS TALKING ABOUT.

BUT I BEGAN TO RESEARCH IT A

LITTLE BIT AND A SWADDLING

CLOTH IS TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY

DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE THINK

IT IS IN NORTH AMERICAN TERMS.

IT WAS USED BACK THEN. IT'S

STILL USED TODAY. I'VE SPOKE

WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE BEDOUINS,

NOMADIC PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN

THE WILDERNESS AND THEY SAID

THAT THOSE CLOTHS SERVE ONE

PURPOSE AND ONE PURPOSE ONLY.

THE SWADDLING CLOTH IS

SOMETHING YOU CARRY WITH YOU

AND IT'S A BURIAL CLOTH. IF

YOU DIE ALONG YOUR JOURNEY

YOU TAKE THIS CLOTH, YOU WRAP

THE PERSON IN IT, YOU BURY THEM

AND YOU PUT THEM IN A TOMB.

AND I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT

THIS THAT HERE'S JESUS, THE SON

OF GOD, THE ONE WHO WAS BORN

FOR US. HE WRAPPED IN A

SWADDLING CLOTH SO HE'S MARKED

FOR DEATH EVEN BY HIS EARTHLY

FATHER AND SO CHRISTMAS, YES,

IT'S ABOUT JESUS BEING BORN

FOR US BUT RIGHT THERE IN THE

HEART OF IT IT'S ALSO SAYING

THAT HE WAS BORN TO DIE FOR US.

THANK YOU, JOE. I SO

APPRECIATE THAT, LAURA-LYNN.

YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS

ABOUT THE SWADDLING CLOTHES

AND WHICH GOD TOLD THE

SHEPHERDS IS IT WAS THAT THAT

WOULD HOLD A BABY NOT ONLY

IN THE MANGER THAT WE WOULD

EAT FROM THE BREAD OF LIFE BUT

IT WAS ALSO A FORETASTE OF HOW

HE WOULD DIE AND THE VERY

CLOTHES THAT WERE ON JESUS

WHEN HE WAS IN THE TOMB

AND THEY SAID THAT THEY SAW

THE HEADPIECE BUT IT WAS

FOLDED UP AND IT WAS AWAY

FROM THE REST OF THE BODY.

YOU KNOW, IT FORETOLD THAT HE

WAS BORN TO DIE. BURNT

OFFERING AND SACRIFICE YOU DID

NOT REQUIRE BUT A BODY YOU

PREPARED SO WHEN WE LOOK AT

THIS AMAZING GIFT WE RECOGNIZE

THAT WE'VE GOT HOPE AND OUR

HOPE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT US

BECAUSE SALVATION HAS COME TO

THE EARTH. I KNOW MY PRAYER

TODAY FOR CANADA AND ALSO MY

PRAYER FOR YOU IS THAT THIS

YEAR YOU WOULD BEGIN TO

CELEBRATE THAT GOD WILL NEVER

LEAVE YOU OR FORSAKE YOU ALL

THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE AND

BEHOLD HE'LL BE WITH YOU ALWAYS

EVEN THOUGH IT DOESN'T SEEM

LIKE IT AND FEEL LIKE IT A LOT

OF TIMES. I PRAY THAT YOU WILL

RECOGNIZE THAT GREATER IS HE

THAT IS IN YOU THAN HE THAT IS

IN THE WORLD.

YOU KNOW, WE HAVE HEARD

FROM SO MANY OF YOU THIS YEAR

AND WE GET YOUR PRAYER REQUESTS

AND WE SEE SOME OF THE PAIN

THAT'S GOING ON AND WE WANT YOU

TO KNOW THAT JESUS IS THE

REASON FOR THE SEASON AND THAT

HE IS THE HOPE AND HE IS HERE.

AND YES HE WAS BORN SO THAT

HE WOULD DIE. HE ALSO ROSE

AGAIN SO THAT WE WOULD HAVE

LIFE ETERNAL. IT'S A BEAUTIFUL

THING THAT WE GET TO DO HERE.

YES IT IS.

EVERY DAY, BRIAN, TO SHARE

THE LOG OF GOD AND WHATEVER

IT IS THAT YOU'RE EXPERIENCING

HE IS YOUR PEACE TODAY. HE IS

YOUR HOPE. HE IS YOUR JOY.

LET'S PRAY. FATHER, WE

THANK YOU FOR EVERYONE THAT

IS A PART OF THIS KINGDOM

FAMILY OF THE 700 CLUB CANADA

AND WE PRAY WHETHER THEY ARE

BY THEMSELVES WHICH THEY'RE

NEVER BY THEMSELVES BECAUSE

YOU'RE WITH THEM, EMANUEL,

LORD THAT YOU WOULD ALLOW

YOUR SPIRIT IN SUCH A WAY

LORD TO REMOVE THE ANXIETY OF

WHAT DIDN'T GET DONE DURING

THE LAST FISCAL YEAR AND THOSE

AREAS THAT ARE EVEN, YOU KNOW,

CAUSING, LORD, AGITATION AND

ANXIETY, YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE

EVEN THINKING ABOUT THEIR

EXAMS GOING BACK TO SCHOOL.

GOD WE PRAY THAT YOUR BLOOD

WOULD COVER OVER THEM IN

SUCH A WAY THAT YOUR JOY

WHICH IS NOT AS THE WORLD

GIVES, THAT JOY WOULD BE THEIR

STRENGTH. LORD, BLESS THEM

NOW. WE PREACH AND PRAY HOLY

GHOST UPON THEIR LIVES NOW.

IN JESUS' NAME. AMEN.

AMEN. WELL, YOU KNOW, THE

NEXT TIME THAT WE SEE YOU IT'S

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HOPE THAT YOUR DINNERS ARE

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UNTIL NEXT TIME I'M LAURA-LYNN

TYLER THOMPSON.

AND I'M BRIAN WARREN.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

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