3001s "A Faith That Handles Difficulties" with Pastor Rick Warren images and subtitles

- Hi, everybody, I'm Rick Warren,pastor at Saddleback Church and authorof "The Purpose Driven Life" and speakeron the "Daily Hope" program.Thank you for tuning into this broadcast.You know, this week here in Orange County, California,the government announced that they were banningall meetings of any kind, of any sizeuntil the end of the month.So welcome to Saddleback Church in the home.I'm glad you're here.And I'm gonna be teaching you by a videobetween now and whenever this COVID-19 crisis ends.So welcome to Saddleback Church in the home.And I wanna invite you to follow me every week,be a part of these worship services together.We're gonna have music and worship together,and I'll be delivering a word from God's Word.You know, as I thought about this,by the way, first I need to tell you.I figured that they were gonna cancel us meeting.And so this week, I had the Saddleback studiomoved to my garage.I'm actually taping this in my garage.My skeletal tech crew.Come on in, guys, say hi to everybody.(laughs)They helped move it over here and set it all upso that we could talk to you on a weekly basis.Now, as I thought about what we should coverduring this COVID-19 crisis,I immediately thought of the book of James.The book of James is a very small booknear the end of the New Testament.But it is so practical and it is so helpful,and I call this book a faith that works when life doesn't.And I thought if anything is needed right now,is we need a faith that works when life doesn't.Because it's not working very well right now.And so today, this week, we're gonna begina journey together that's gonna encourage youthrough this crisis.And I don't want you to miss any of these messages.Because the book of James actually covers 14 majorbuilding blocks of life, 14 key issues of life,14 areas that every single one of youhave already had to deal with in your life,and you're gonna have to deal with in the future.For instance, in chapter one of James,let me just give you a little overview of the book.It's only four chapters.Chapter one, it first talks about difficulties.And we're gonna talk about that today.What is God's purpose for your problems?Then it talks about choices.How do you make up your mind?How do you know when to stay, when to go?How do you know what to do, how do you make decisions?And then it talks about temptation.And we'll look at how do you defeat the common temptationsin your life that seem to keep causing you to fail.And then it talks about guidance.And it talks about how we can be blessed by the Bible.Not just read it, but be blessed by it.That's all in chapter one.And we'll look at those in the weeks ahead.Chapter two talks about relationships.We're gonna look at how do you treat people right.And with people having to stay home,all in the family together, kids and moms and dads,and people are gonna get on each others' nerves.That's gonna be an important message on relationships.Then it talks about faith.How do you really trust God when you don't feel like itand when things are going the wrong direction?That's all in chapter two.Chapter three, we're gonna talk about conversations.The power of conversation.And this is one of the most important passagesin the Bible on how do you manage your mouth.That's important whether we're in a crisis or not.And then it talks about friendship.And it gives us very practical informationon how do you build wise friendshipsand avoid unwise friendships.That's chapter three.Chapter four is on conflict.And in chapter four, we talk abouthow do you avoid arguments.And that'll be real helpful.As tensions rise and frustrations grow,as people are out of work, how do you avoid arguments?And then it talks about judging others.How do you quit playing God?That would cause a lot of peace in our livesif we could do that.And then it talks about the future.How do you plan for the future?That's all in chapter four.Now, in the last chapter, chapter five, I told youthere were four chapters, there are actuallyfive chapters in James.We're gonna talk about money.And it talks about how to be wise with your wealth.And then we're gonna look at patience.What do you do when you're waiting on God?The most difficult room to sit inis in the waiting room when you're in a hurry and God's not.And then we're gonna look at prayer,which is the last message we'll look at.How do you pray about your problems?The Bible says there's a way to pray and get answers,and there's a way to not pray.And we're gonna be looking at that.Now today, we're just gonna look at the first six versesof the book of James.If you don't have a Bible, then I want you to downloadoff of this website the outline, the teaching notes,because all the verses we're gonna look atare there on your outline.James chapter one, the first six verses.And the Bible says this when it talks abouthaving to deal with your problems.First, James 1:1 says this.James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,to the 12 tribes scattered among the nations, greetings.Now, let me pause here for a minute and saythis is the most understated introductionof any book in the Bible.Because you know who James was?He was the half-brother of Jesus.What do you mean by that?It means he was Mary and Joseph's son.Jesus was only Mary's son.He wasn't Joseph's son 'cause God was the father of Jesus.But the Bible tells us that Mary and Josephhad many children later on, and even gives us their names.James was not a Christian.He was not a follower of Christ.He didn't believe his half-brother was the Messiahduring Jesus' entire ministry.He was a skeptic.And you'd figure that, younger brother not believingin an older brother, well, that would be pretty plain.What made James a believer in Jesus Christ?The Resurrection.When Jesus came back from death and walked aroundfor another 40 days and James saw him,he became a believer and later became the leaderat the Church of Jerusalem.So if anybody had a right to drop names, it's this guy.He could've said, James, the guy who grew up with Jesus.James, the half-brother of Jesus.James, Jesus' best friend growing up.Those kind of things, but he doesn't.He simply says James, a servant of God.He doesn't pull rank, he doesn't promote his pedigree.But then in verse two, he starts getting intothis very first issue of God's purpose in your problems.Let me read it to you.He says, when all kinds of trialscrowd into your lives, don't resent them as intruders,but welcome them as friends.Realize they come to test your faith,and to produce in you the quality of endurance.But let that process go on until that enduranceis fully developed, and you will become a personof mature character and integritywith no weak spots.That's the Phillips translationof James chapter one, verses two to six.Now, he says when all kinds of trials come into your lifeand they crowd into your life, he said, don't resent themas intruders, welcome them as friends.He says, you got problems, be happy.You got problems, rejoice.You got problems, smile.Now, I know what you're thinking.You go, are you kidding me?Why should I be happy about COVID-19?Why should I welcome these trials in my life?How is that possible?The key to this entire attitude of maintaininga positive attitude in the middle of a crisisis the word realize, it's the word realize.He said, when all these kind of trialscrowd into your lives, don't resent them as intruders,but welcome them as friends, and realize, realize,they come to test your faith.And then he goes on, what it's gonna produce in their lives.What he's saying here is that your success in handlingthe weeks that are ahead of us in this COVID-19 pandemicthat's now all around the world, and as more and morenations are shutting down, and they're shutting downrestaurants and they're shutting down stores,and they're shutting down schools,and they're shutting down churches,and they're shutting down any placewhere people are gathering, and like here in Orange County,where we're not allowed to meet with anybody this month.He says, your success in handling these problemswill be determined by your understanding.By your understanding.And by your attitude towards those problems.It's what you realize, it's what you know.Now, the first thing in this passage I want you to realizeis that God gives us four reminders about problems.You might wanna write these down.Four reminders about problems in your life,which include the crisis we're going through right now.Number one, he says first, problems are inevitable.Problems are inevitable.Now, how is he saying that?He says, when all kinds of trials come.He doesn't say if all kinds of trials come, he says when.You can count on it.This is not heaven where everything is perfect.This is Earth where everything is broken.And he's saying you will have problems,you will have difficulties, you can count on it,you can buy stock in it.Now, this is not something that James says alone.All through the Bible it says it.Jesus said in the world you will have trialsand temptations, and you will have tribulation.He said you're going to have problems in life.So why are we surprised when we have problems?Peter says don't be surprisedwhen you go through fiery trials.Said don't don't act like it's something new.Everybody goes through hard times.Life is difficult.This is not heaven, this is Earth.Nobody's immune, nobody's isolated,nobody's insulated, nobody's exempt.He says you're gonna have problemsbecause they are inevitable.You know, I remember one time when I was in college.Many years ago, I was going throughsome really difficult times.And I started praying, I said, "God, give me patience."And instead of the trials getting better, they got worse.And then I said, "God, I really need patience,"and the problems got more worse.And then I said, "God, I really need patience,"and they got even more worse.What was going on?Well, finally I realized that after about six months,I was a lot more patient than when I started out,that the way God was teaching me patiencewas through those difficulties.Now, problems are not some kind of elective coursethat you have a choice to take in life.No, they're required, you can't opt out of them.In order to graduate from the school of life,you're gonna go through the school of hard knocks.You're gonna go through problems, they are inevitable.That's what the Bible says.Second thing the Bible says about problems is this.Problems are variable, that means they're not all the same.You don't get the same problem one after another.You get a lot of different ones.Not only do you get 'em, but you get different ones.He says when you trial, when you have problems of all kinds.You might circle that if you're taking notes.When all kinds of trials come into your life.You know, I'm a gardener, and I once did a study,and I discovered that the government herein the United States has classified205 different kinds of weeds.I think 80% of them grow in my garden. (laughs)I often think that when I'm growing vegetables,I should charge admission to Warren's Weed Farm.But there are many kinds of of weeds,and there are many kinds of trials,there are many kinds of problems.They come in all sizes, they come in all shapes.There are more than 31 flavors.This word here, all kinds, where it saysthere are all kinds of trials in your life,it actually in the Greek means multicolored.In other words, there are a lot of shades of stressin your life, would you agree with that?There are a lot of shades of stress.They don't all look the same.There's financial stress, there's relational stress,there's health stress, there's physical stress,there's time stress.He's saying that they're all different colors.But if you out and you buy a car and you wanta custom color, then you have to wait for it.And then when it's made, then you get your custom color.That's actually the word that's used here.It's a custom color, multicolored trials in your life.God allows them for a reason.Some of your problems are actually custom made.Some of them we just all experienced together,like this one, COVID-19.But he's saying problems are variable.And what I mean by that is they vary in intensity.In other words, how hard they come.They vary in frequency, and that is how long.We don't know how long this is gonna last.We don't know how hard it's gonna get.I saw a sign the other day that said,"Into every life some rain must fall,"but this is ridiculous." (laughs)And I think that that's the waya lot of people are feeling right now.This is ridiculous.Problems are inevitable and they are variable.The third things James says so we're not shockedis problems are unpredictable.They're unpredictable.He says when trials crowd into your life,if you're taking notes, circle that phrase.They crowd into your life.See, no problem ever comes when you need itor when you don't need it.It just comes when it wants to come.That's part of the reason it's a problem.Problems come at the most inopportune time.Have you ever felt like a problemcame into your life, you go, not now.Really, like now?Here at Saddleback Church, we were in a major campaigndreaming about the future.And all of a sudden the coronavirus hits.And I'm going, not now.(chuckles) Not now.Have you ever had a flat tire when you were late?You don't get a flat tire when you got plenty of time.You're in a hurry to go somewhere.It's like the baby wets on your new dressas you're walking out for an important evening engagement.Or you split your pants before you speak.That actually happened to me one timeon a Sunday a long time ago.Some people, they're so impatient,they can't wait for a revolving door.They've just gotta, they gotta do it,they've gotta do it now, they gotta do it now.I remember many years ago I was in Japan,and I was standing at a subway waiting for the subwayto arrive, and when it opened, the doors opened,and a young Japanese man immediatelyprojectile vomited on me as I was standing there.And I thought, why me, why now?They are unpredictable, they come when you don't need 'em.You can seldom predict the problems in your life.Now notice, it says when all kinds of trials, when,they're inevitable, all kinds, they're variable,crowd into your life, that's they're unpredictable,he says don't resent them as intruders.What is he saying here?Well, I'm gonna explain this more in detail.But here's the fourth thing the Bible says about problems.Problems are purposeful.Problems are purposeful.God has a purpose in everything.Even the bad things that happen in our life,God can bring good out of them.God doesn't have to cause every problem.Most of the problems we cause ourselves.People say, why do people get sick?Well, one reason is we don't do what God tells us to do.If we ate what God tells us to eat,if we slept like God tells us to get rest,if we exercise as God tells us to exercise,if we didn't allow negative emotions into our liveslike God tells, if we obeyed God,we wouldn't have most of our problems.Studies have shown that about 80% of the health problemsin this country, in America, are caused by what are calledchronic lifestyle choices.In other words, we just don't do the right thing.We don't do the healthy thing.We often do the self-destructive thing.But what he's saying is here, problems are purposeful.He says when you encounter problems,realize they come to produce.Circle that phrase, they come to produce.Problems can be productive.Now, they're not automatically productive.This COVID virus, if I don't respond in the right day,it won't produce anything great in my life.But if I respond in the right way,even the most negative things in my lifecan produce growth and benefit and blessing,in your life and in my life.They come to produce.He's saying here that suffering and stressand sorrow, yes, and even sickness can accomplish somethingof value if we let it.It's all in our choice, it's all in our attitude.God uses the difficulties in our lives.You say, well, how does he do that?How does God use difficulties and problems in our life?Well, thanks for asking, because the next passageor the next part of the verses saythat God uses them three ways.Three ways, God uses problems in your life three ways.First, problems test my faith.Now, your faith is like a muscle.A muscle can't be strengthened unless it's tested,unless it's stretched, unless it's put under pressure.You don't develop strong muscles by doing nothing.You develop strong muscles by stretching themand strengthening them and testing themand pushing them to the limit.So he's saying problems come to test my faith.He says realize that they come to test your faith.Now, that word testing right there, that is a termin the Bible times that was used for refining metals.And what you would do is you'd take a precious metallike silver or gold or something else,and you would put it in a big pot, and you would heat itto extremely high temperatures, why?In the high temperatures,all of the impurities are burned off.And the only thing that's left is the pure goldor the pure silver.That's the Greek word here for testing.It's the refining fire of when God puts the heat onand allows that in our lives,it burns off stuff that isn't important.You know what's gonna happen in the next few weeks?Stuff that we all thought was really important,we're gonna realize, hmm, I got alongjust fine without that.It's gonna reorder our priorities,because things are going to change.Now, the classic example of how problems test your faithare the stories that are about Job in the Bible.There's a whole book about Job.You know, Job was the wealthiest man in the Bible,and in a single day, he lost everything.He lost all his family, he lost all his wealth,he lost all his friends, terrorists attacked his family,he got a dreaded, very painful chronic diseasethat could not be cured.Okay, he's terminal.And yet God was testing his faith.And God later restores him actually doublewhat he had before he went through the big test.At one time I read a quote somewhere a long time agothat said people are like tea bags.You don't really know what's in 'emuntil you drop 'em in hot water.And then you can see what's really inside them.Have you ever had one of those hot water days?You ever had one of those hot water weeks or months?We're in a hot water situation right now.And what's gonna come out of you is what's inside of you.It's like a toothpaste.If I have a toothpaste tube and I push it,what's gonna come out?You say, well, toothpaste.No, not necessarily.It could say toothpaste on the outside,but it could have marinara sauceor peanut butter or mayonnaise on the inside.What's gonna come out when it's put under pressureis whatever's in it.And in the days ahead as you deal with the COVID virus,what's gonna come out of you is what's inside of you.And if you're filled with bitterness, that'll come out.And if you're filled with frustration, that'll come out.And if you're filled with anger or worry or guiltor shame or insecurity, that's gonna come out.If you're filled with fear that's, whatever is inside of youis what's gonna come out when the pressure is put on you.And that's what he's saying here,that problems test my faith.You know, years ago, I met an old guy just reallyin a conference many years ago back in the East.I think was Tennessee.And he, this old guy told me how getting laid offwas the greatest benefit in his life.And I said, "Okay, I wanna hear this story."Tell me all about it."And what it was is he had workedat a sawmill all of his life.He'd been a sawmiller all of his life.But one day during an economic downturn,his boss walked in and suddenly announced, "You're fired."And all of his expertise went out the door.And he was laid off at 40 years of age with a wifeand a family and no other job opportunities around him,and there was a recession going on at that time.And he was discouraged, and he was fearful.Some of you may feel that way right now.You may have already been laid off.Maybe you're fearing you will belaid off during this crisis.And he was pretty depressed, he was pretty fearful.He said, I wrote this down, he said, "I felt like"my world had caved in the day that I was fired."But when I went home, I told my wife what happened,"and she asked, 'So what are you gonna do now?'"And I said, well then since I got fired,"I'm gonna do what I've always wanted to do."Become a builder."I'm gonna mortgage our home"and I'm gonna go into the building business."And he told me, "You know, Rick, my first venture"was the construction of two small motels."That's what he did.But he said, "Within five years, I was a multi-millionaire."That man's name, the man that I was talking to,was Wallace Johnson, and the business that he startedafter getting fired was called Holiday Inns.Holiday Inns.Wallace told me, "Rick, today, if I could locate"the man who fired me, I would sincerely"thank him for what he did."At that time when it happened, I didn't understandwhy I was fired, why I was laid off.But only later could I see that it was God's unerringand wondrous plan to get me into the career of his choosing.Problems are purposeful.They have a purpose.Realize they come to produce, and one of the first thingsthey produce is greater faith, they test your faith.Number two, here's the second benefit of problems.Problems develop my endurance.They develop my endurance.That's the next part of the phrase, it saysthese problems come to develop endurance.They develop endurance in your life.What are the result of problems in your life?Staying power.It's literally the ability to handle pressure.Today we call it resilience.The ability to bounce back.And one of the greatest qualities every child needs to learnand every adult needs to learn is resilience.Because everybody falls, everybody stumbles,everybody goes through tough times,everybody gets sick at different times.Everybody has failures in their life.It's how do you handle pressure.Endurance, you keep on keeping on and hanging on.Well, how do you learn to do that?How do you learn to handle pressure?Through experience, that's the only way.You don't learn to handle pressure in a textbook.You don't learn how to handle pressure in a seminar.You learn to handle pressure by being put under pressure.And you don't know what's in youuntil you've actually been put in that situation.In the second year of Saddleback Church, 1981,I went through a period of depressionwhere every single week I wanted to resign.And I wanted to quit every Sunday afternoon.And yet, I was going through a difficult time in my life,and yet I would put one foot in front of the otheras God, not get me to build a great church,but God, get me through this week.And I just would not give up.I'm so glad I didn't give up.But I'm even more glad that God didn't give up on me.Because that was a test.And during that year of trial, I developed some spiritualand relational and emotional and mental strengththat allowed me years later to juggle all kinds of ballsand handle enormous amounts of stress in the public eyebecause I went through that yearof flat out difficulty, one after another.You know, America has had a love affair with convenience.We love convenience.In the days and the weeks ahead in this crisis,there are gonna be a lot of things that are inconvenient.Inconvenient.And what are we gonna do with ourselveswhen everything isn't comfortable,when you have to just keep on keeping onwhen you don't feel like keeping on.You know, the goal of a triathlon or the goal of a marathonis really not about speed, how quickly you get there,it's more about endurance.Do you finish the race?How do you prepare for those kind of things?Only by going through them.So when you are stretched in the days ahead,don't worry about it, don't worry about it.Problems develop my endurance.Problems have a purpose, they're purposeful.The third thing that James tells us about the problemswe go through is that problems mature my character.And he says this in verse four of James chapter one.He says but, let the process go onuntil you become people of mature characterand integrity with no weak spots.Wouldn't you like to have that?Wouldn't you like to hear people say, you know,that woman has no weak spots in her character.That man, that guy has no weak spots in his character.How do you get that kind of mature character?Let the process go on until you become people,men and women, of mature characterand integrity with no weak spots.You know, there was a famous study done many,many years ago in Russia that I remember writing down,and it was on the effect of how different living conditionsaffected the longevity or the lifespan of different animals.And so they put some animals in easy living,and they put some other animals in more difficultand harsh environments.And the scientists discovered that the animalsthat were placed in the comfortableand the easy environments, conditions,those living conditions, actually became weaker.Because the conditions were so easy, they became weakerand more susceptible to sickness.And those who were in comfortable conditions died soonerthan those who were allowed to experiencethe normal hardships of life.Isn't that interesting?What's true of animals I'm sure is trueof our character, too.And in the Western culture particularly in modern world,we've had it so easy in so many ways.Living lives of convenience.God's number one goal in your lifeis to make you like Jesus Christ in character.To think like Christ, to act like Christ,to live like Christ, to love like Christ,to be positive like Christ.And if that's true, and the Bible says this over and over,then God's gonna take you through the same thingsthat Jesus went through to grow your character.You say, well, what is Jesus like?Jesus is love and joy and peace and patience and kindness,the fruit of the Spirit, all those things.And how does God produce those?By putting us in the opposite situation.We learn patience when we're tempted to be impatient.We learn love when we're put around unlovely people.We learn joy in the middle of grief.We learn to wait and have that kind of patiencewhen we have to wait.We learn kindness when we're tempted to be selfish.In the days ahead, it's gonna be very temptingto just hunker in a bunker, pull back in,and I said, we're gonna take care of us.Me, myself, and I, my family, us four and no moreand forget about everybody else.But that will shrink your soul.If you will begin to think about other peopleand helping those who are vulnerable, the agedand those with preexisting conditions,and if you will reach out, your soul will grow,your heart will grow, you'll be a better personat the end of this crisis than you were at the start, okay?You see, God, when he wants to build your character,he can use two things.He can use his Word, the truth changes us,and he can use circumstances, which is much more difficult.Now, God would rather use the first way, the Word.But we don't always listen to the Word,so he uses circumstances to get our attention.And it's more difficult, but it's often more effective.Now, you say, well, okay, Rick, I get it,that the problems are variable and they're purposeful,and they're here to test my faith, and they're gonna beall different kinds, and they don't come when I want 'em.And God can use 'em to grow my character and mature my life.So what am I supposed to do?In the next few days and in the weeks and maybe months aheadas we face this coronavirus crisis together,how should I respond to problems in my life?And I'm not just talking about the virus.I'm talking about problems that'll come as a resultof being out of work or kids being at homeor all the other things that are upsetting lifeas it normally has been.How should I respond to the problems of my life?Well, again, James is very specific,and he gives us three very practical,they're radical responses, but they're the right responses.In fact, when I tell you the first one,you're gonna go, you gotta be kidding me.But there are three responses, they all start with R.The first response he says is when you'regoing through tough times, rejoice.You go, are you kidding?That sounds masochistic.I'm not saying rejoice over the problem.Follow me on this just a minute.He says consider it pure joy.Treat these problems as friends.Now, don't misunderstand me.He is not saying fake it.He's not saying put on a plastic smile,pretend that everything's okay and it's not,because it's not.Pollyanna, Little Orphan Annie, the sunwill come out tomorrow, it may not come out tomorrow.He's not saying deny reality, not at all.He's not saying be a masochist.Oh boy, I get to go through pain.God hates pain as much as you do.Oh, I get to suffer, whoopee.And you have this martyr complex, and you know,I only have this spiritual feeling when I feel bad.No, no, no, God doesn't want you to be a martyr.God doesn't want you to havea masochistic attitude toward pain.You know, I remember one time I was going througha really difficult time and a friend was trying to be kindand they said, "You know, Rick, cheer up"because things could be worse."And guess what, they got worse.That was no help at all.I did cheer up and they did get worse.(chuckles)So it's not about a fake Pollyanna positive thinking.If I act enthusiastic, I'll be enthusiastic.No, no, no, no, it's much, much deeper than that.We don't rejoice, listen, we don't rejoice for the problem.We rejoice in the problem, while we are in the problem,there's still a lot of things to rejoice about.Not the problem itself, but the other thingsthat we can rejoice about in the problems.Why can we rejoice even in the problem?'Cause we know there's a purpose for it.Because we know that God will never leave us.Because we know a lot of different things.We know that God has a purpose.Notice he says consider it pure joy.Circle the word consider.Consider means to deliberately make up your mind.You got an attitude adjustmentthat you're gonna have to make here.Is it your choice to rejoice?In Psalm 34 verse one, he saysI will bless the Lord at all times.At all times.And he says I will.It's a choice of the will, it's a decision.It's a commitment, it's a choice.Now, you're gonna go through this months aheadwith either a good attitude or a bad attitude.If your attitude is bad, you're gonna make yourselfand everybody else around you miserable.But if your attitude is good, it's your choice to rejoice.You say, let's look on the bright side.Let's find the things that we can thank God for.And let's realize that even in the bad,God can bring good out of the bad.So do an attitude adjustment.I'm not gonna be bitter in this crisis.I'm gonna be better in this crisis.I'm gonna choose, it's my choice to rejoice.Okay, number two, the second R is request.And that is ask God for wisdom.This is what you wanna do anytime you're in a crisis.You wanna ask God for wisdom.Last week, if you listened to last week's message,and if you missed it, go back online and watch that messageon making it through the valley of the virus without fear.It's your choice to rejoice,but then you ask God for wisdom.And you ask God for wisdom and you prayand you pray about your problems.Verse seven says this in James one.If in this process any of you doesn't know how to meetany particular problem, this is out of Phillips translation.If in the process any of you doesn't know how to meetany particular problem you only have to ask Godwho gives generously to all menwithout making them feel guilty.And you may be sure that the necessary wisdomwill be given you.They say why of all things would I ask for wisdomin the middle of a problem?So you learn from it.So you can learn from the problem,that's why you ask for wisdom.It's much more helpful if you'll stop asking why,why is this happening, and start asking what,what do you want me to learn?What do you want me to become?How can I grow from this?How can I become a better woman?How can I become a better man through this crisis?Yeah, I'm being tested.I'm not gonna worry about the why.Why doesn't really even matter.What matters is what, what am I gonna become,and what am I gonna learn from this situation?And in order to do that, you've gotta ask for wisdom.So he says whenever you need wisdom, just ask God,God's gonna give it to you.So you say, God, I need wisdom as a mom.My kids are gonna be home for the next month.I need wisdom as a dad.How do I lead when our jobs are in jeopardyand I can't work right now?Ask God for wisdom.Don't ask why, but ask what.So first you rejoice, you get a positive attitudeof saying I'm gonna thank God not for the problem,but I'm gonna thank God in the problem.Because God's good even when life sucks.That's why I'm calling this series"A Real Faith that Works When Life Doesn't."When life doesn't work.So I rejoice and I request.The third thing James says to do is relax.Yeah, just kinda chill out, don't get yourselfall in a heap of nerves.Don't get so stressed out you can't do anything.Don't worry about the future.God says I'll take care of you, trust me.You trust God to know what's best.You cooperate with him.You don't short-circuit the situation you're going through.But you just say, God, I'm gonna relax.I'm not gonna doubt.I'm not gonna doubt.I'm gonna trust you in this situation.Verse eight is the last verse we're gonna look at.Well, we'll look at one more in a minute.But verse eight says, but you must ask in sincere faithwithout secret doubts.What are you asking for in sincere faith?Ask for wisdom.And say, God, I need wisdom, and I thank youyou're gonna give me the wisdom.I thank you, you are giving me wisdom.Don't freak out, don't doubt,but take it out to God.You know, the Bible says, earlier when I pointed outthat it said these many kinds of problems.You know, we talk about they're multicolored,many, many kinds of problems.That word in Greek, many kinds of problem,is the same word that's covered in First Peterchapter four, verse four that saidGod has many kinds of grace to give you.God's many kinds of grace.It's the same multicolored, multifeatured, like a diamond.What is he saying there?For every problem that you have,there's a grace from God that's available.For every many kind of trial and tribulationand difficulty, there is a kind of grace and mercyand power that God wants to give youto match that particular problem.You need grace for this, you need grace for that,you need grace for this.God says my grace is as multifeaturedas the problems that you're facing.So what am I saying?I'm saying that all the problems that are in your life,including this COVID crisis,the devil means to defeat you with these problems.But God means to develop you through these problems.He wants to defeat you, Satan, but God wants to develop you.Now, the problems that come into your lifedon't automatically make you a better person.A lot of people become bitter people from 'em.It doesn't automatically make you a better person.It's your attitude that makes the difference.And that's where I wanna give you another thing to remember.Number four, the fourth thing to rememberwhen you're going through problems is to rememberthe promises of God.Remember the promises of God.That's down in verse 12.Let me read you this promise.James chapter one, verse 12.Blessed is the person who perseveres under trial,because when he has stood the test,he will receive the crown of life that God has promised,there's the word, to those who love him.Let me read it again.I want you to listen to it very closely.Blessed is the person who perseveres under trial,who handles the difficulties,like the situation we're in right now.Blessed will be the person who endures, who perseveres,who trusts God, who keeps believing under trial,because when he has stood the test, coming outon the backside, this trial is not gonna last.There's an end to it.You'll come out at the other end of the tunnel.You will receive the crown of life.Well, I don't even know all what that means, but it's good.The crown of life that God has promisedto those who love him.It's your choice to rejoice.It's your choice to trust the wisdom of Godinstead of doubting.Ask God for wisdom to help you from your situation.And then ask God for the faith to endure.And say, God, I'm not gonna give up.This too shall pass.Somebody was once asked, what's your favoriteverse of the Bible?Said, it came to pass.And so why do you like that verse?Because when problems come, I know they didn't come to stay.They came to pass.(chuckles)And that's true in this particular situation.It's not coming to stay, it's coming to pass.Now, I wanna close by this thought.A crisis doesn't just create problems.It often reveals them, it often reveals them.This crisis can reveal some cracks in your marriage.This crisis can reveal some cracksin your relationship to God.This crisis can reveal some cracks in your lifestyle,that you're way pushing yourself too hard.And so be willing to let God speak to youabout what needs to change in your life, all right?I want you to think about this this week,and let me give you some practical steps, okay?Practical steps, number one, I want youto encourage somebody else to listen to this message.Will you do that?Will you pass this link on and send it to a friend?If this has encouraged you, pass it on,and be an encourager this week.Everybody around you needs encouragement during this crisis.So send 'em a link.Two weeks ago when we had church in our campuses,at Lake Forest and all of our other campuses of Saddleback,about 30,000 people showed up at church.But this last week when we had to cancel servicesand we all had to watch online, I said,everybody go to your small group and invite your neighborsand invite your friends to your small group,we had 181,000ISPs of our homes connected into the service.That means maybe a half a million peoplewatched last week's message.A half a million people or more.Why, because you told somebody else to watch.And I wanna encourage you to be a witness of good newsthis week in a world that desperately needs good news.People need to hear this.Send a link.I believe we could encourage a million people this weekif we would all pass on the message, okay?Number two, if you're in a small group, we're not gonnabe able to meet, at least this month, that's for sure.And so I would encourage you to set up a virtual meeting.You can have an online group.How do you do that?Well, there are products out there like Zoom.You want to check that out, Zoom, it's free.And you can get on there and tell everybody to get Zoomon their phone or on their computer,and you can connect six or eight or 10 people,and you can have your group this week on Zoom.And you can see each other face, like Facebook Live,or it's like some of the others, you know,what's on the iPhone when you look at FaceTime.Well, you can't do that with a big group,but you can do it with one person.And so encourage each other face to face through technology.We now have technology that was not available.So check out Zoom for a small group virtual group.And actually here onlineyou can get some information, too.Number three, if you're not in a small group,I'll help you get into an online group this week, I will.All you need to do is email me,PastorRick@saddleback.com.PastorRick@saddleback, one-word, S-A-D-D-L-E-B-A-C-K,saddleback.com, and I'll get you connectedto an online group, all right?Then make sure if you're a part of Saddleback Churchto read your daily newsletter that I'm sending outevery day during this crisis.It's called "Saddleback at Home."It's got tips, it's got encouraging messages,it's got news that you can use.A very practical thing.We wanna stay in touch with you every day.Get "Saddleback at Home."If I don't have your email address,then you're not getting it.And you can email me your email addressto PastorRick@saddleback.com, and I'll put you on the list,and you'll get the daily connection,the daily "Saddleback in the Home" newsletter.I just wanna close before I prayby saying again how much I love you.I've been praying for you every day,and I'm gonna keep on praying for you.We will get through this together.This is not the end of the story.God is still on his throne, and God is gonna use thisto grow your faith, to bring people to faith.And who knows what's gonna happen.We could have a spiritual revival out of all thisbecause people often turn to Godwhen they're going through tough times.Let me pray for you.Father, I want to thank you for everybodywho's listening right now.May we live the message of James chapter one,the first six or seven verses.May we learn that problems come, they're gonna happen,they're variable, they're purposeful, and that you're gonnause them for good in our lives if we'll trust you.Help us to not doubt.Help us to rejoice, to request, Lord,and to remember your promises.And I pray for everybody that they'll have a healthy week.In Jesus' name, amen.God bless you, everybody.Pass this onto somebody else.

"A Faith That Handles Difficulties" with Pastor Rick Warren

Did you know that God has a purpose for your problems? In fact, the first chapter of the book of James is all about how your faith can get you through your difficulties. In this message, Pastor Rick kicks off our series, A Faith That Works When Life Doesn’t, by offering four facts to remember about difficulties, as well as three purposes for problems and four healthy ways to respond to them. ——— Connect with us! pastorrick.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/pastorrickwarren Twitter: twitter.com/RickWarren Instagram: www.instagram.com/pastorrickwarren Podcast: pastorrick.com/listen/podcast
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< start="1.34" dur="1.42">- Hi, everybody, I'm Rick Warren,>

< start="2.76" dur="1.6">pastor at Saddleback Church and author>

< start="4.36" dur="2.58">of "The Purpose Driven Life" and speaker>

< start="6.94" dur="2.71">on the "Daily Hope" program.>

< start="9.65" dur="2.53">Thank you for tuning into this broadcast.>

< start="12.18" dur="3.59">You know, this week here in Orange County, California,>

< start="15.77" dur="2.47">the government announced that they were banning>

< start="18.24" dur="4.19">all meetings of any kind, of any size>

< start="22.43" dur="1.46">until the end of the month.>

< start="23.89" dur="2.81">So welcome to Saddleback Church in the home.>

< start="26.7" dur="1.41">I'm glad you're here.>

< start="28.11" dur="5">And I'm gonna be teaching you by a video>

< start="33.31" dur="4.59">between now and whenever this COVID-19 crisis ends.>

< start="37.9" dur="2.12">So welcome to Saddleback Church in the home.>

< start="40.02" dur="3.34">And I wanna invite you to follow me every week,>

< start="43.36" dur="2.25">be a part of these worship services together.>

< start="45.61" dur="2.91">We're gonna have music and worship together,>

< start="48.52" dur="2.44">and I'll be delivering a word from God's Word.>

< start="50.96" dur="3.01">You know, as I thought about this,>

< start="53.97" dur="2.15">by the way, first I need to tell you.>

< start="56.12" dur="3.84">I figured that they were gonna cancel us meeting.>

< start="59.96" dur="3.6">And so this week, I had the Saddleback studio>

< start="63.56" dur="1.32">moved to my garage.>

< start="64.88" dur="2.34">I'm actually taping this in my garage.>

< start="67.22" dur="2.46">My skeletal tech crew.>

< start="69.68" dur="1.979">Come on in, guys, say hi to everybody.>

< start="71.659" dur="2.101">(laughs)>

< start="73.76" dur="3.12">They helped move it over here and set it all up>

< start="76.88" dur="4.74">so that we could talk to you on a weekly basis.>

< start="81.62" dur="3.32">Now, as I thought about what we should cover>

< start="84.94" dur="3.22">during this COVID-19 crisis,>

< start="88.16" dur="2.98">I immediately thought of the book of James.>

< start="91.14" dur="2.67">The book of James is a very small book>

< start="93.81" dur="2.15">near the end of the New Testament.>

< start="95.96" dur="3.81">But it is so practical and it is so helpful,>

< start="99.77" dur="5">and I call this book a faith that works when life doesn't.>

< start="105.56" dur="3.67">And I thought if anything is needed right now,>

< start="109.23" dur="4.75">is we need a faith that works when life doesn't.>

< start="113.98" dur="2.86">Because it's not working very well right now.>

< start="116.84" dur="2.75">And so today, this week, we're gonna begin>

< start="119.59" dur="3.25">a journey together that's gonna encourage you>

< start="122.84" dur="1.03">through this crisis.>

< start="123.87" dur="3.22">And I don't want you to miss any of these messages.>

< start="127.09" dur="4.1">Because the book of James actually covers 14 major>

< start="131.19" dur="4.34">building blocks of life, 14 key issues of life,>

< start="135.53" dur="3.76">14 areas that every single one of you>

< start="139.29" dur="1.91">have already had to deal with in your life,>

< start="141.2" dur="3.17">and you're gonna have to deal with in the future.>

< start="144.37" dur="3.52">For instance, in chapter one of James,>

< start="147.89" dur="1.6">let me just give you a little overview of the book.>

< start="149.49" dur="1.42">It's only four chapters.>

< start="150.91" dur="2.99">Chapter one, it first talks about difficulties.>

< start="153.9" dur="1.77">And we're gonna talk about that today.>

< start="155.67" dur="4.13">What is God's purpose for your problems?>

< start="159.8" dur="1.6">Then it talks about choices.>

< start="161.4" dur="1.62">How do you make up your mind?>

< start="163.02" dur="2.085">How do you know when to stay, when to go?>

< start="165.105" dur="2.335">How do you know what to do, how do you make decisions?>

< start="167.44" dur="2.41">And then it talks about temptation.>

< start="169.85" dur="3.29">And we'll look at how do you defeat the common temptations>

< start="173.14" dur="3.24">in your life that seem to keep causing you to fail.>

< start="176.38" dur="2.04">And then it talks about guidance.>

< start="178.42" dur="2.68">And it talks about how we can be blessed by the Bible.>

< start="181.1" dur="2.24">Not just read it, but be blessed by it.>

< start="183.34" dur="1.56">That's all in chapter one.>

< start="184.9" dur="2.36">And we'll look at those in the weeks ahead.>

< start="187.26" dur="2.7">Chapter two talks about relationships.>

< start="189.96" dur="3.06">We're gonna look at how do you treat people right.>

< start="193.02" dur="2.628">And with people having to stay home,>

< start="195.648" dur="4.242">all in the family together, kids and moms and dads,>

< start="199.89" dur="2.32">and people are gonna get on each others' nerves.>

< start="202.21" dur="2.74">That's gonna be an important message on relationships.>

< start="204.95" dur="1.39">Then it talks about faith.>

< start="206.34" dur="4.76">How do you really trust God when you don't feel like it>

< start="211.1" dur="2.18">and when things are going the wrong direction?>

< start="213.28" dur="1.64">That's all in chapter two.>

< start="214.92" dur="3.32">Chapter three, we're gonna talk about conversations.>

< start="218.24" dur="1.66">The power of conversation.>

< start="219.9" dur="2.12">And this is one of the most important passages>

< start="222.02" dur="3.73">in the Bible on how do you manage your mouth.>

< start="225.75" dur="2.25">That's important whether we're in a crisis or not.>

< start="228" dur="2.27">And then it talks about friendship.>

< start="230.27" dur="2.21">And it gives us very practical information>

< start="232.48" dur="2.71">on how do you build wise friendships>

< start="235.19" dur="2.7">and avoid unwise friendships.>

< start="237.89" dur="2.24">That's chapter three.>

< start="240.13" dur="3.5">Chapter four is on conflict.>

< start="243.63" dur="2.39">And in chapter four, we talk about>

< start="246.02" dur="1.88">how do you avoid arguments.>

< start="247.9" dur="1.56">And that'll be real helpful.>

< start="249.46" dur="2.78">As tensions rise and frustrations grow,>

< start="252.24" dur="2.94">as people are out of work, how do you avoid arguments?>

< start="255.18" dur="2.03">And then it talks about judging others.>

< start="257.21" dur="2.74">How do you quit playing God?>

< start="259.95" dur="1.84">That would cause a lot of peace in our lives>

< start="261.79" dur="1.08">if we could do that.>

< start="262.87" dur="1.67">And then it talks about the future.>

< start="264.54" dur="1.82">How do you plan for the future?>

< start="266.36" dur="1.56">That's all in chapter four.>

< start="267.92" dur="2.75">Now, in the last chapter, chapter five, I told you>

< start="270.67" dur="0.98">there were four chapters, there are actually>

< start="271.65" dur="1.683">five chapters in James.>

< start="274.327" dur="2.243">We're gonna talk about money.>

< start="276.57" dur="3.65">And it talks about how to be wise with your wealth.>

< start="280.22" dur="1.73">And then we're gonna look at patience.>

< start="281.95" dur="3.26">What do you do when you're waiting on God?>

< start="285.21" dur="1.92">The most difficult room to sit in>

< start="287.13" dur="3.87">is in the waiting room when you're in a hurry and God's not.>

< start="291" dur="1.29">And then we're gonna look at prayer,>

< start="292.29" dur="2.07">which is the last message we'll look at.>

< start="294.36" dur="1.94">How do you pray about your problems?>

< start="296.3" dur="2.58">The Bible says there's a way to pray and get answers,>

< start="298.88" dur="2.29">and there's a way to not pray.>

< start="301.17" dur="1.27">And we're gonna be looking at that.>

< start="302.44" dur="3.763">Now today, we're just gonna look at the first six verses>

< start="306.203" dur="2.072">of the book of James.>

< start="308.275" dur="5">If you don't have a Bible, then I want you to download>

< start="313.46" dur="3.73">off of this website the outline, the teaching notes,>

< start="317.19" dur="2.02">because all the verses we're gonna look at>

< start="319.21" dur="2.04">are there on your outline.>

< start="321.25" dur="3.22">James chapter one, the first six verses.>

< start="324.47" dur="4.07">And the Bible says this when it talks about>

< start="328.54" dur="2.33">having to deal with your problems.>

< start="330.87" dur="2.35">First, James 1:1 says this.>

< start="333.22" dur="5">James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,>

< start="338.86" dur="4.18">to the 12 tribes scattered among the nations, greetings.>

< start="343.04" dur="2.23">Now, let me pause here for a minute and say>

< start="345.27" dur="2.95">this is the most understated introduction>

< start="348.22" dur="1.71">of any book in the Bible.>

< start="349.93" dur="2.01">Because you know who James was?>

< start="351.94" dur="3.073">He was the half-brother of Jesus.>

< start="355.013" dur="1.507">What do you mean by that?>

< start="356.52" dur="2.19">It means he was Mary and Joseph's son.>

< start="358.71" dur="2.899">Jesus was only Mary's son.>

< start="361.609" dur="4.591">He wasn't Joseph's son 'cause God was the father of Jesus.>

< start="366.2" dur="2.47">But the Bible tells us that Mary and Joseph>

< start="368.67" dur="3.52">had many children later on, and even gives us their names.>

< start="372.19" dur="2.87">James was not a Christian.>

< start="375.06" dur="2.27">He was not a follower of Christ.>

< start="377.33" dur="3.54">He didn't believe his half-brother was the Messiah>

< start="380.87" dur="1.78">during Jesus' entire ministry.>

< start="382.65" dur="1.29">He was a skeptic.>

< start="383.94" dur="3.14">And you'd figure that, younger brother not believing>

< start="387.08" dur="3.22">in an older brother, well, that would be pretty plain.>

< start="390.3" dur="3.81">What made James a believer in Jesus Christ?>

< start="394.11" dur="1.56">The Resurrection.>

< start="395.67" dur="4.42">When Jesus came back from death and walked around>

< start="400.09" dur="1.96">for another 40 days and James saw him,>

< start="402.05" dur="3.79">he became a believer and later became the leader>

< start="405.84" dur="2.09">at the Church of Jerusalem.>

< start="407.93" dur="3.82">So if anybody had a right to drop names, it's this guy.>

< start="411.75" dur="4.06">He could've said, James, the guy who grew up with Jesus.>

< start="415.81" dur="2.95">James, the half-brother of Jesus.>

< start="418.76" dur="3.87">James, Jesus' best friend growing up.>

< start="422.63" dur="1.47">Those kind of things, but he doesn't.>

< start="424.1" dur="2.68">He simply says James, a servant of God.>

< start="426.78" dur="4.97">He doesn't pull rank, he doesn't promote his pedigree.>

< start="431.75" dur="2.24">But then in verse two, he starts getting into>

< start="433.99" dur="5">this very first issue of God's purpose in your problems.>

< start="439.07" dur="1.86">Let me read it to you.>

< start="440.93" dur="2.41">He says, when all kinds of trials>

< start="444.2" dur="5">crowd into your lives, don't resent them as intruders,>

< start="449.52" dur="3.15">but welcome them as friends.>

< start="452.67" dur="2.82">Realize they come to test your faith,>

< start="455.49" dur="4.8">and to produce in you the quality of endurance.>

< start="460.29" dur="4.32">But let that process go on until that endurance>

< start="464.61" dur="5">is fully developed, and you will become a person>

< start="470.01" dur="5">of mature character and integrity>

< start="475.11" dur="2.71">with no weak spots.>

< start="477.82" dur="2.24">That's the Phillips translation>

< start="480.06" dur="2.73">of James chapter one, verses two to six.>

< start="482.79" dur="3.377">Now, he says when all kinds of trials come into your life>

< start="486.167" dur="2.963">and they crowd into your life, he said, don't resent them>

< start="489.13" dur="1.69">as intruders, welcome them as friends.>

< start="490.82" dur="2.57">He says, you got problems, be happy.>

< start="493.39" dur="2.09">You got problems, rejoice.>

< start="495.48" dur="1.807">You got problems, smile.>

< start="499.51" dur="0.87">Now, I know what you're thinking.>

< start="500.38" dur="1.94">You go, are you kidding me?>

< start="502.32" dur="3.15">Why should I be happy about COVID-19?>

< start="505.47" dur="5">Why should I welcome these trials in my life?>

< start="510.6" dur="2.31">How is that possible?>

< start="512.91" dur="3.74">The key to this entire attitude of maintaining>

< start="516.65" dur="2.85">a positive attitude in the middle of a crisis>

< start="519.5" dur="3.65">is the word realize, it's the word realize.>

< start="523.15" dur="2.19">He said, when all these kind of trials>

< start="525.34" dur="2.99">crowd into your lives, don't resent them as intruders,>

< start="528.33" dur="4.89">but welcome them as friends, and realize, realize,>

< start="533.22" dur="3.75">they come to test your faith.>

< start="536.97" dur="3.839">And then he goes on, what it's gonna produce in their lives.>

< start="540.809" dur="5">What he's saying here is that your success in handling>

< start="545.99" dur="4.44">the weeks that are ahead of us in this COVID-19 pandemic>

< start="550.43" dur="2.87">that's now all around the world, and as more and more>

< start="553.3" dur="3.11">nations are shutting down, and they're shutting down>

< start="556.41" dur="2.31">restaurants and they're shutting down stores,>

< start="558.72" dur="1.89">and they're shutting down schools,>

< start="560.61" dur="1.57">and they're shutting down churches,>

< start="562.18" dur="1.69">and they're shutting down any place>

< start="563.87" dur="3.86">where people are gathering, and like here in Orange County,>

< start="567.73" dur="4.29">where we're not allowed to meet with anybody this month.>

< start="572.02" dur="3.75">He says, your success in handling these problems>

< start="575.77" dur="3.49">will be determined by your understanding.>

< start="579.26" dur="1.3">By your understanding.>

< start="580.56" dur="3.24">And by your attitude towards those problems.>

< start="583.8" dur="3.69">It's what you realize, it's what you know.>

< start="587.49" dur="3.79">Now, the first thing in this passage I want you to realize>

< start="591.28" dur="3.957">is that God gives us four reminders about problems.>

< start="595.237" dur="2.253">You might wanna write these down.>

< start="597.49" dur="2.07">Four reminders about problems in your life,>

< start="599.56" dur="2.35">which include the crisis we're going through right now.>

< start="601.91" dur="5">Number one, he says first, problems are inevitable.>

< start="607.42" dur="2.34">Problems are inevitable.>

< start="609.76" dur="1.04">Now, how is he saying that?>

< start="610.8" dur="4.33">He says, when all kinds of trials come.>

< start="615.13" dur="4.41">He doesn't say if all kinds of trials come, he says when.>

< start="619.54" dur="1.72">You can count on it.>

< start="621.26" dur="3.27">This is not heaven where everything is perfect.>

< start="624.53" dur="2.66">This is Earth where everything is broken.>

< start="627.19" dur="2.05">And he's saying you will have problems,>

< start="629.24" dur="3.44">you will have difficulties, you can count on it,>

< start="632.68" dur="2.37">you can buy stock in it.>

< start="635.05" dur="2.99">Now, this is not something that James says alone.>

< start="638.04" dur="1.62">All through the Bible it says it.>

< start="639.66" dur="2.77">Jesus said in the world you will have trials>

< start="642.43" dur="3.68">and temptations, and you will have tribulation.>

< start="646.11" dur="2.29">He said you're going to have problems in life.>

< start="648.4" dur="3.07">So why are we surprised when we have problems?>

< start="651.47" dur="1.632">Peter says don't be surprised>

< start="653.102" dur="2.558">when you go through fiery trials.>

< start="655.66" dur="1.786">Said don't don't act like it's something new.>

< start="657.446" dur="2.744">Everybody goes through hard times.>

< start="660.19" dur="2.04">Life is difficult.>

< start="662.23" dur="2.53">This is not heaven, this is Earth.>

< start="664.76" dur="3.18">Nobody's immune, nobody's isolated,>

< start="667.94" dur="2.94">nobody's insulated, nobody's exempt.>

< start="670.88" dur="1.73">He says you're gonna have problems>

< start="672.61" dur="2.78">because they are inevitable.>

< start="675.39" dur="3.84">You know, I remember one time when I was in college.>

< start="679.23" dur="2.27">Many years ago, I was going through>

< start="681.5" dur="1.71">some really difficult times.>

< start="683.21" dur="3.09">And I started praying, I said, "God, give me patience.">

< start="686.3" dur="2.91">And instead of the trials getting better, they got worse.>

< start="689.21" dur="2.22">And then I said, "God, I really need patience,">

< start="691.43" dur="1.72">and the problems got more worse.>

< start="693.15" dur="2.43">And then I said, "God, I really need patience,">

< start="695.58" dur="2.93">and they got even more worse.>

< start="698.51" dur="1.77">What was going on?>

< start="700.28" dur="1.82">Well, finally I realized that after about six months,>

< start="702.1" dur="2.64">I was a lot more patient than when I started out,>

< start="704.74" dur="2.07">that the way God was teaching me patience>

< start="706.81" dur="3.2">was through those difficulties.>

< start="710.01" dur="2.85">Now, problems are not some kind of elective course>

< start="712.86" dur="2.44">that you have a choice to take in life.>

< start="715.3" dur="2.863">No, they're required, you can't opt out of them.>

< start="719.01" dur="3.71">In order to graduate from the school of life,>

< start="722.72" dur="1.96">you're gonna go through the school of hard knocks.>

< start="724.68" dur="2.87">You're gonna go through problems, they are inevitable.>

< start="727.55" dur="1.35">That's what the Bible says.>

< start="728.9" dur="2.43">Second thing the Bible says about problems is this.>

< start="731.33" dur="3.923">Problems are variable, that means they're not all the same.>

< start="735.253" dur="2.817">You don't get the same problem one after another.>

< start="738.07" dur="1.89">You get a lot of different ones.>

< start="739.96" dur="2.11">Not only do you get 'em, but you get different ones.>

< start="742.07" dur="5">He says when you trial, when you have problems of all kinds.>

< start="748.25" dur="2.09">You might circle that if you're taking notes.>

< start="750.34" dur="3.54">When all kinds of trials come into your life.>

< start="753.88" dur="3.25">You know, I'm a gardener, and I once did a study,>

< start="757.13" dur="2.32">and I discovered that the government here>

< start="759.45" dur="2.18">in the United States has classified>

< start="761.63" dur="3.493">205 different kinds of weeds.>

< start="765.123" dur="4.767">I think 80% of them grow in my garden. (laughs)>

< start="769.89" dur="2.52">I often think that when I'm growing vegetables,>

< start="772.41" dur="2.85">I should charge admission to Warren's Weed Farm.>

< start="775.26" dur="3.62">But there are many kinds of of weeds,>

< start="778.88" dur="1.82">and there are many kinds of trials,>

< start="780.7" dur="1.76">there are many kinds of problems.>

< start="782.46" dur="2.282">They come in all sizes, they come in all shapes.>

< start="784.742" dur="2.898">There are more than 31 flavors.>

< start="787.64" dur="2.75">This word here, all kinds, where it says>

< start="790.39" dur="1.55">there are all kinds of trials in your life,>

< start="791.94" dur="4.26">it actually in the Greek means multicolored.>

< start="796.2" dur="2.795">In other words, there are a lot of shades of stress>

< start="798.995" dur="2.205">in your life, would you agree with that?>

< start="801.2" dur="1.9">There are a lot of shades of stress.>

< start="803.1" dur="1.62">They don't all look the same.>

< start="804.72" dur="2.67">There's financial stress, there's relational stress,>

< start="807.39" dur="2.37">there's health stress, there's physical stress,>

< start="809.76" dur="1.62">there's time stress.>

< start="811.38" dur="5">He's saying that they're all different colors.>

< start="816.41" dur="2.82">But if you out and you buy a car and you want>

< start="819.23" dur="3.44">a custom color, then you have to wait for it.>

< start="822.67" dur="2.98">And then when it's made, then you get your custom color.>

< start="825.65" dur="2.01">That's actually the word that's used here.>

< start="827.66" dur="4.99">It's a custom color, multicolored trials in your life.>

< start="832.65" dur="2.14">God allows them for a reason.>

< start="834.79" dur="3.07">Some of your problems are actually custom made.>

< start="837.86" dur="1.842">Some of them we just all experienced together,>

< start="839.702" dur="2.908">like this one, COVID-19.>

< start="842.61" dur="1.95">But he's saying problems are variable.>

< start="844.56" dur="2.845">And what I mean by that is they vary in intensity.>

< start="847.405" dur="3.143">In other words, how hard they come.>

< start="850.548" dur="3.792">They vary in frequency, and that is how long.>

< start="854.34" dur="1.421">We don't know how long this is gonna last.>

< start="855.761" dur="2.699">We don't know how hard it's gonna get.>

< start="858.46" dur="2.197">I saw a sign the other day that said,>

< start="860.657" dur="3.98">"Into every life some rain must fall,>

< start="864.637" dur="2.743">"but this is ridiculous." (laughs)>

< start="867.38" dur="1.9">And I think that that's the way>

< start="869.28" dur="1.77">a lot of people are feeling right now.>

< start="871.05" dur="1.92">This is ridiculous.>

< start="872.97" dur="3.07">Problems are inevitable and they are variable.>

< start="876.04" dur="2.86">The third things James says so we're not shocked>

< start="878.9" dur="2.87">is problems are unpredictable.>

< start="881.77" dur="1.6">They're unpredictable.>

< start="883.37" dur="4.01">He says when trials crowd into your life,>

< start="887.38" dur="2.05">if you're taking notes, circle that phrase.>

< start="889.43" dur="3.13">They crowd into your life.>

< start="892.56" dur="3.28">See, no problem ever comes when you need it>

< start="895.84" dur="1.6">or when you don't need it.>

< start="897.44" dur="1.97">It just comes when it wants to come.>

< start="899.41" dur="1.97">That's part of the reason it's a problem.>

< start="901.38" dur="3.05">Problems come at the most inopportune time.>

< start="904.43" dur="1.582">Have you ever felt like a problem>

< start="906.012" dur="2.778">came into your life, you go, not now.>

< start="908.79" dur="2.51">Really, like now?>

< start="911.3" dur="3.82">Here at Saddleback Church, we were in a major campaign>

< start="915.12" dur="2.45">dreaming about the future.>

< start="917.57" dur="3.27">And all of a sudden the coronavirus hits.>

< start="920.84" dur="2.06">And I'm going, not now.>

< start="922.9" dur="1.673">(chuckles) Not now.>

< start="926.75" dur="3.073">Have you ever had a flat tire when you were late?>

< start="931.729" dur="2.361">You don't get a flat tire when you got plenty of time.>

< start="934.09" dur="1.823">You're in a hurry to go somewhere.>

< start="937.12" dur="4.08">It's like the baby wets on your new dress>

< start="941.2" dur="4.952">as you're walking out for an important evening engagement.>

< start="946.152" dur="2.918">Or you split your pants before you speak.>

< start="949.07" dur="2.55">That actually happened to me one time>

< start="951.62" dur="1.713">on a Sunday a long time ago.>

< start="956" dur="4.64">Some people, they're so impatient,>

< start="960.64" dur="1.77">they can't wait for a revolving door.>

< start="962.41" dur="1.72">They've just gotta, they gotta do it,>

< start="964.13" dur="2.38">they've gotta do it now, they gotta do it now.>

< start="966.51" dur="3.99">I remember many years ago I was in Japan,>

< start="970.5" dur="3.34">and I was standing at a subway waiting for the subway>

< start="973.84" dur="2.55">to arrive, and when it opened, the doors opened,>

< start="976.39" dur="3.33">and a young Japanese man immediately>

< start="979.72" dur="4.49">projectile vomited on me as I was standing there.>

< start="984.21" dur="5">And I thought, why me, why now?>

< start="989.9" dur="3.583">They are unpredictable, they come when you don't need 'em.>

< start="994.47" dur="2.94">You can seldom predict the problems in your life.>

< start="997.41" dur="3.69">Now notice, it says when all kinds of trials, when,>

< start="1001.1" dur="3">they're inevitable, all kinds, they're variable,>

< start="1004.1" dur="3.98">crowd into your life, that's they're unpredictable,>

< start="1008.08" dur="3.213">he says don't resent them as intruders.>

< start="1012.19" dur="1.01">What is he saying here?>

< start="1013.2" dur="2.16">Well, I'm gonna explain this more in detail.>

< start="1015.36" dur="2.6">But here's the fourth thing the Bible says about problems.>

< start="1017.96" dur="2.553">Problems are purposeful.>

< start="1021.4" dur="2.69">Problems are purposeful.>

< start="1024.09" dur="3.07">God has a purpose in everything.>

< start="1027.16" dur="2.72">Even the bad things that happen in our life,>

< start="1029.88" dur="2.16">God can bring good out of them.>

< start="1032.04" dur="1.64">God doesn't have to cause every problem.>

< start="1033.68" dur="2.62">Most of the problems we cause ourselves.>

< start="1036.3" dur="2.1">People say, why do people get sick?>

< start="1038.4" dur="3.69">Well, one reason is we don't do what God tells us to do.>

< start="1042.09" dur="3.02">If we ate what God tells us to eat,>

< start="1045.11" dur="2.71">if we slept like God tells us to get rest,>

< start="1047.82" dur="3.28">if we exercise as God tells us to exercise,>

< start="1051.1" dur="3.16">if we didn't allow negative emotions into our lives>

< start="1054.26" dur="2.06">like God tells, if we obeyed God,>

< start="1056.32" dur="2.65">we wouldn't have most of our problems.>

< start="1058.97" dur="3.07">Studies have shown that about 80% of the health problems>

< start="1062.04" dur="3.57">in this country, in America, are caused by what are called>

< start="1065.61" dur="3">chronic lifestyle choices.>

< start="1068.61" dur="3.05">In other words, we just don't do the right thing.>

< start="1071.66" dur="1.14">We don't do the healthy thing.>

< start="1072.8" dur="2.66">We often do the self-destructive thing.>

< start="1075.46" dur="2.58">But what he's saying is here, problems are purposeful.>

< start="1078.04" dur="3.53">He says when you encounter problems,>

< start="1081.57" dur="3.46">realize they come to produce.>

< start="1085.03" dur="3.56">Circle that phrase, they come to produce.>

< start="1088.59" dur="3.22">Problems can be productive.>

< start="1091.81" dur="2.23">Now, they're not automatically productive.>

< start="1094.04" dur="3.06">This COVID virus, if I don't respond in the right day,>

< start="1097.1" dur="3.35">it won't produce anything great in my life.>

< start="1100.45" dur="2.17">But if I respond in the right way,>

< start="1102.62" dur="2.25">even the most negative things in my life>

< start="1104.87" dur="3.89">can produce growth and benefit and blessing,>

< start="1108.76" dur="2.23">in your life and in my life.>

< start="1110.99" dur="2.26">They come to produce.>

< start="1113.25" dur="4.59">He's saying here that suffering and stress>

< start="1117.84" dur="5">and sorrow, yes, and even sickness can accomplish something>

< start="1123.42" dur="2.913">of value if we let it.>

< start="1127.363" dur="3.887">It's all in our choice, it's all in our attitude.>

< start="1131.25" dur="4.043">God uses the difficulties in our lives.>

< start="1136.9" dur="2.33">You say, well, how does he do that?>

< start="1139.23" dur="4.04">How does God use difficulties and problems in our life?>

< start="1143.27" dur="3.29">Well, thanks for asking, because the next passage>

< start="1146.56" dur="1.75">or the next part of the verses say>

< start="1148.31" dur="2.61">that God uses them three ways.>

< start="1150.92" dur="3.09">Three ways, God uses problems in your life three ways.>

< start="1154.01" dur="4.18">First, problems test my faith.>

< start="1158.19" dur="2.03">Now, your faith is like a muscle.>

< start="1160.22" dur="3.8">A muscle can't be strengthened unless it's tested,>

< start="1164.02" dur="3.3">unless it's stretched, unless it's put under pressure.>

< start="1167.32" dur="4.99">You don't develop strong muscles by doing nothing.>

< start="1172.31" dur="3.09">You develop strong muscles by stretching them>

< start="1175.4" dur="2.53">and strengthening them and testing them>

< start="1177.93" dur="2.7">and pushing them to the limit.>

< start="1180.63" dur="5">So he's saying problems come to test my faith.>

< start="1185.88" dur="4.38">He says realize that they come to test your faith.>

< start="1190.26" dur="3.28">Now, that word testing right there, that is a term>

< start="1193.54" dur="5">in the Bible times that was used for refining metals.>

< start="1198.61" dur="3.05">And what you would do is you'd take a precious metal>

< start="1201.66" dur="1.768">like silver or gold or something else,>

< start="1203.428" dur="2.932">and you would put it in a big pot, and you would heat it>

< start="1206.36" dur="2.54">to extremely high temperatures, why?>

< start="1208.9" dur="1.17">In the high temperatures,>

< start="1210.07" dur="3.34">all of the impurities are burned off.>

< start="1213.41" dur="4.05">And the only thing that's left is the pure gold>

< start="1217.46" dur="1.946">or the pure silver.>

< start="1219.406" dur="3.164">That's the Greek word here for testing.>

< start="1222.57" dur="4.54">It's the refining fire of when God puts the heat on>

< start="1227.11" dur="1.705">and allows that in our lives,>

< start="1228.815" dur="3.345">it burns off stuff that isn't important.>

< start="1232.16" dur="2.94">You know what's gonna happen in the next few weeks?>

< start="1235.1" dur="2.134">Stuff that we all thought was really important,>

< start="1237.234" dur="1.726">we're gonna realize, hmm, I got along>

< start="1238.96" dur="1.273">just fine without that.>

< start="1241.1" dur="2.51">It's gonna reorder our priorities,>

< start="1243.61" dur="2.41">because things are going to change.>

< start="1246.02" dur="4.22">Now, the classic example of how problems test your faith>

< start="1251.17" dur="4.02">are the stories that are about Job in the Bible.>

< start="1255.19" dur="1.75">There's a whole book about Job.>

< start="1256.94" dur="3.49">You know, Job was the wealthiest man in the Bible,>

< start="1260.43" dur="2.74">and in a single day, he lost everything.>

< start="1263.17" dur="2.82">He lost all his family, he lost all his wealth,>

< start="1265.99" dur="3.97">he lost all his friends, terrorists attacked his family,>

< start="1269.96" dur="4.567">he got a dreaded, very painful chronic disease>

< start="1276.283" dur="3.437">that could not be cured.>

< start="1279.72" dur="1.323">Okay, he's terminal.>

< start="1282.109" dur="3.721">And yet God was testing his faith.>

< start="1285.83" dur="3.27">And God later restores him actually double>

< start="1289.1" dur="3.423">what he had before he went through the big test.>

< start="1293.59" dur="2.82">At one time I read a quote somewhere a long time ago>

< start="1296.41" dur="2.92">that said people are like tea bags.>

< start="1299.33" dur="1.34">You don't really know what's in 'em>

< start="1300.67" dur="2.67">until you drop 'em in hot water.>

< start="1303.34" dur="3.09">And then you can see what's really inside them.>

< start="1306.43" dur="2.77">Have you ever had one of those hot water days?>

< start="1309.2" dur="3.763">You ever had one of those hot water weeks or months?>

< start="1313.82" dur="3.78">We're in a hot water situation right now.>

< start="1317.6" dur="2.41">And what's gonna come out of you is what's inside of you.>

< start="1320.01" dur="1.33">It's like a toothpaste.>

< start="1321.34" dur="4.15">If I have a toothpaste tube and I push it,>

< start="1325.49" dur="1.18">what's gonna come out?>

< start="1326.67" dur="0.9">You say, well, toothpaste.>

< start="1327.57" dur="1.65">No, not necessarily.>

< start="1329.22" dur="1.95">It could say toothpaste on the outside,>

< start="1331.17" dur="1.67">but it could have marinara sauce>

< start="1332.84" dur="2.6">or peanut butter or mayonnaise on the inside.>

< start="1335.44" dur="2.92">What's gonna come out when it's put under pressure>

< start="1338.36" dur="1.403">is whatever's in it.>

< start="1341.13" dur="3.603">And in the days ahead as you deal with the COVID virus,>

< start="1346.266" dur="2.224">what's gonna come out of you is what's inside of you.>

< start="1348.49" dur="2.24">And if you're filled with bitterness, that'll come out.>

< start="1350.73" dur="2.23">And if you're filled with frustration, that'll come out.>

< start="1352.96" dur="3.79">And if you're filled with anger or worry or guilt>

< start="1356.75" dur="3.46">or shame or insecurity, that's gonna come out.>

< start="1360.21" dur="4">If you're filled with fear that's, whatever is inside of you>

< start="1364.21" dur="3.52">is what's gonna come out when the pressure is put on you.>

< start="1367.73" dur="1.44">And that's what he's saying here,>

< start="1369.17" dur="2.23">that problems test my faith.>

< start="1371.4" dur="5">You know, years ago, I met an old guy just really>

< start="1376.98" dur="3.23">in a conference many years ago back in the East.>

< start="1380.21" dur="1.74">I think was Tennessee.>

< start="1381.95" dur="3.91">And he, this old guy told me how getting laid off>

< start="1387.13" dur="4.8">was the greatest benefit in his life.>

< start="1391.93" dur="2.017">And I said, "Okay, I wanna hear this story.>

< start="1393.947" dur="1.523">"Tell me all about it.">

< start="1395.47" dur="1.67">And what it was is he had worked>

< start="1397.14" dur="2.823">at a sawmill all of his life.>

< start="1400.83" dur="2.41">He'd been a sawmiller all of his life.>

< start="1403.24" dur="3.34">But one day during an economic downturn,>

< start="1406.58" dur="3.607">his boss walked in and suddenly announced, "You're fired.">

< start="1411.19" dur="3.54">And all of his expertise went out the door.>

< start="1414.73" dur="4.62">And he was laid off at 40 years of age with a wife>

< start="1419.35" dur="3.85">and a family and no other job opportunities around him,>

< start="1423.2" dur="2.923">and there was a recession going on at that time.>

< start="1427.03" dur="3.5">And he was discouraged, and he was fearful.>

< start="1430.53" dur="1.77">Some of you may feel that way right now.>

< start="1432.3" dur="1.58">You may have already been laid off.>

< start="1433.88" dur="1.76">Maybe you're fearing you will be>

< start="1435.64" dur="2.63">laid off during this crisis.>

< start="1438.27" dur="2.45">And he was pretty depressed, he was pretty fearful.>

< start="1440.72" dur="1.827">He said, I wrote this down, he said, "I felt like>

< start="1442.547" dur="3.97">"my world had caved in the day that I was fired.>

< start="1446.517" dur="2.2">"But when I went home, I told my wife what happened,>

< start="1448.717" dur="3.57">"and she asked, 'So what are you gonna do now?'>

< start="1452.287" dur="2.98">"And I said, well then since I got fired,>

< start="1455.267" dur="3.9">"I'm gonna do what I've always wanted to do.>

< start="1459.167" dur="1.84">"Become a builder.>

< start="1461.007" dur="1.61">"I'm gonna mortgage our home>

< start="1462.617" dur="2.413">"and I'm gonna go into the building business.">

< start="1465.03" dur="2.887">And he told me, "You know, Rick, my first venture>

< start="1467.917" dur="4.13">"was the construction of two small motels.">

< start="1472.965" dur="2.115">That's what he did.>

< start="1475.08" dur="4.267">But he said, "Within five years, I was a multi-millionaire.">

< start="1480.21" dur="2.99">That man's name, the man that I was talking to,>

< start="1483.2" dur="3.5">was Wallace Johnson, and the business that he started>

< start="1486.7" dur="4.39">after getting fired was called Holiday Inns.>

< start="1491.09" dur="1.44">Holiday Inns.>

< start="1492.53" dur="2.877">Wallace told me, "Rick, today, if I could locate>

< start="1495.407" dur="3.13">"the man who fired me, I would sincerely>

< start="1498.537" dur="2.143">"thank him for what he did.">

< start="1500.68" dur="2.56">At that time when it happened, I didn't understand>

< start="1503.24" dur="2.83">why I was fired, why I was laid off.>

< start="1506.07" dur="3.94">But only later could I see that it was God's unerring>

< start="1510.01" dur="4.483">and wondrous plan to get me into the career of his choosing.>

< start="1515.76" dur="3.05">Problems are purposeful.>

< start="1518.81" dur="1.17">They have a purpose.>

< start="1519.98" dur="4.18">Realize they come to produce, and one of the first things>

< start="1524.16" dur="3.984">they produce is greater faith, they test your faith.>

< start="1528.144" dur="3.226">Number two, here's the second benefit of problems.>

< start="1531.37" dur="3.27">Problems develop my endurance.>

< start="1534.64" dur="1.52">They develop my endurance.>

< start="1536.16" dur="2.23">That's the next part of the phrase, it says>

< start="1538.39" dur="5">these problems come to develop endurance.>

< start="1543.45" dur="2.33">They develop endurance in your life.>

< start="1545.78" dur="1.91">What are the result of problems in your life?>

< start="1547.69" dur="1.52">Staying power.>

< start="1549.21" dur="2.82">It's literally the ability to handle pressure.>

< start="1552.03" dur="2.253">Today we call it resilience.>

< start="1555.12" dur="1.79">The ability to bounce back.>

< start="1556.91" dur="3.197">And one of the greatest qualities every child needs to learn>

< start="1560.107" dur="3.473">and every adult needs to learn is resilience.>

< start="1563.58" dur="2.92">Because everybody falls, everybody stumbles,>

< start="1566.5" dur="2.05">everybody goes through tough times,>

< start="1568.55" dur="3.31">everybody gets sick at different times.>

< start="1571.86" dur="2.39">Everybody has failures in their life.>

< start="1574.25" dur="2.7">It's how do you handle pressure.>

< start="1576.95" dur="3.613">Endurance, you keep on keeping on and hanging on.>

< start="1581.52" dur="1.99">Well, how do you learn to do that?>

< start="1583.51" dur="3.53">How do you learn to handle pressure?>

< start="1587.04" dur="2.28">Through experience, that's the only way.>

< start="1589.32" dur="4.93">You don't learn to handle pressure in a textbook.>

< start="1594.25" dur="4.02">You don't learn how to handle pressure in a seminar.>

< start="1598.27" dur="3.76">You learn to handle pressure by being put under pressure.>

< start="1602.03" dur="2.53">And you don't know what's in you>

< start="1604.56" dur="3.063">until you've actually been put in that situation.>

< start="1609.77" dur="2.7">In the second year of Saddleback Church, 1981,>

< start="1612.47" dur="1.36">I went through a period of depression>

< start="1613.83" dur="2.823">where every single week I wanted to resign.>

< start="1617.64" dur="3.88">And I wanted to quit every Sunday afternoon.>

< start="1621.52" dur="3.14">And yet, I was going through a difficult time in my life,>

< start="1624.66" dur="2.3">and yet I would put one foot in front of the other>

< start="1626.96" dur="3.19">as God, not get me to build a great church,>

< start="1630.15" dur="1.973">but God, get me through this week.>

< start="1633.01" dur="2.1">And I just would not give up.>

< start="1635.11" dur="2.22">I'm so glad I didn't give up.>

< start="1637.33" dur="3.09">But I'm even more glad that God didn't give up on me.>

< start="1640.42" dur="1.46">Because that was a test.>

< start="1641.88" dur="5">And during that year of trial, I developed some spiritual>

< start="1647.51" dur="3.56">and relational and emotional and mental strength>

< start="1651.07" dur="4.28">that allowed me years later to juggle all kinds of balls>

< start="1655.35" dur="4.64">and handle enormous amounts of stress in the public eye>

< start="1659.99" dur="2.01">because I went through that year>

< start="1662" dur="3.363">of flat out difficulty, one after another.>

< start="1666.51" dur="5">You know, America has had a love affair with convenience.>

< start="1672.57" dur="2.113">We love convenience.>

< start="1675.593" dur="3.187">In the days and the weeks ahead in this crisis,>

< start="1678.78" dur="2.58">there are gonna be a lot of things that are inconvenient.>

< start="1681.36" dur="1.13">Inconvenient.>

< start="1682.49" dur="2.95">And what are we gonna do with ourselves>

< start="1685.44" dur="2.503">when everything isn't comfortable,>

< start="1688.96" dur="2.52">when you have to just keep on keeping on>

< start="1691.48" dur="2.1">when you don't feel like keeping on.>

< start="1693.58" dur="5">You know, the goal of a triathlon or the goal of a marathon>

< start="1698.71" dur="3.1">is really not about speed, how quickly you get there,>

< start="1701.81" dur="1.86">it's more about endurance.>

< start="1703.67" dur="2.34">Do you finish the race?>

< start="1706.01" dur="2.43">How do you prepare for those kind of things?>

< start="1708.44" dur="2.13">Only by going through them.>

< start="1710.57" dur="3.487">So when you are stretched in the days ahead,>

< start="1714.057" dur="2.213">don't worry about it, don't worry about it.>

< start="1716.27" dur="3.02">Problems develop my endurance.>

< start="1719.29" dur="3.21">Problems have a purpose, they're purposeful.>

< start="1722.5" dur="2.6">The third thing that James tells us about the problems>

< start="1725.1" dur="3.68">we go through is that problems mature my character.>

< start="1728.78" dur="3.68">And he says this in verse four of James chapter one.>

< start="1732.46" dur="4.18">He says but, let the process go on>

< start="1736.64" dur="4.49">until you become people of mature character>

< start="1741.13" dur="3.663">and integrity with no weak spots.>

< start="1746.3" dur="1.32">Wouldn't you like to have that?>

< start="1747.62" dur="2.42">Wouldn't you like to hear people say, you know,>

< start="1750.04" dur="3.32">that woman has no weak spots in her character.>

< start="1753.36" dur="4.53">That man, that guy has no weak spots in his character.>

< start="1757.89" dur="3.04">How do you get that kind of mature character?>

< start="1760.93" dur="4.58">Let the process go on until you become people,>

< start="1765.51" dur="3.38">men and women, of mature character>

< start="1768.89" dur="3.33">and integrity with no weak spots.>

< start="1772.22" dur="2.6">You know, there was a famous study done many,>

< start="1774.82" dur="4">many years ago in Russia that I remember writing down,>

< start="1778.82" dur="4.08">and it was on the effect of how different living conditions>

< start="1782.9" dur="5">affected the longevity or the lifespan of different animals.>

< start="1789.11" dur="3.6">And so they put some animals in easy living,>

< start="1792.71" dur="2.91">and they put some other animals in more difficult>

< start="1795.62" dur="1.89">and harsh environments.>

< start="1797.51" dur="2.87">And the scientists discovered that the animals>

< start="1800.38" dur="2.22">that were placed in the comfortable>

< start="1802.6" dur="2.88">and the easy environments, conditions,>

< start="1805.48" dur="4.73">those living conditions, actually became weaker.>

< start="1810.21" dur="4.41">Because the conditions were so easy, they became weaker>

< start="1814.62" dur="2.22">and more susceptible to sickness.>

< start="1816.84" dur="5">And those who were in comfortable conditions died sooner>

< start="1821.9" dur="2.418">than those who were allowed to experience>

< start="1824.318" dur="3.105">the normal hardships of life.>

< start="1828.72" dur="1.163">Isn't that interesting?>

< start="1830.81" dur="2.2">What's true of animals I'm sure is true>

< start="1833.01" dur="1.94">of our character, too.>

< start="1834.95" dur="4.92">And in the Western culture particularly in modern world,>

< start="1839.87" dur="3.38">we've had it so easy in so many ways.>

< start="1843.25" dur="1.973">Living lives of convenience.>

< start="1846.94" dur="1.71">God's number one goal in your life>

< start="1848.65" dur="2.67">is to make you like Jesus Christ in character.>

< start="1851.32" dur="1.87">To think like Christ, to act like Christ,>

< start="1853.19" dur="3.94">to live like Christ, to love like Christ,>

< start="1857.13" dur="2.2">to be positive like Christ.>

< start="1859.33" dur="3.62">And if that's true, and the Bible says this over and over,>

< start="1862.95" dur="2.13">then God's gonna take you through the same things>

< start="1865.08" dur="4.304">that Jesus went through to grow your character.>

< start="1869.384" dur="2.786">You say, well, what is Jesus like?>

< start="1872.17" dur="3.8">Jesus is love and joy and peace and patience and kindness,>

< start="1875.97" dur="2.34">the fruit of the Spirit, all those things.>

< start="1878.31" dur="1.4">And how does God produce those?>

< start="1879.71" dur="2.9">By putting us in the opposite situation.>

< start="1882.61" dur="3.76">We learn patience when we're tempted to be impatient.>

< start="1886.37" dur="3.37">We learn love when we're put around unlovely people.>

< start="1889.74" dur="2.49">We learn joy in the middle of grief.>

< start="1892.23" dur="4.67">We learn to wait and have that kind of patience>

< start="1896.9" dur="1.56">when we have to wait.>

< start="1898.46" dur="3.423">We learn kindness when we're tempted to be selfish.>

< start="1902.77" dur="3.66">In the days ahead, it's gonna be very tempting>

< start="1906.43" dur="2.83">to just hunker in a bunker, pull back in,>

< start="1909.26" dur="2.54">and I said, we're gonna take care of us.>

< start="1911.8" dur="4.22">Me, myself, and I, my family, us four and no more>

< start="1916.02" dur="2.14">and forget about everybody else.>

< start="1918.16" dur="2.62">But that will shrink your soul.>

< start="1920.78" dur="2.51">If you will begin to think about other people>

< start="1923.29" dur="3.254">and helping those who are vulnerable, the aged>

< start="1926.544" dur="4.026">and those with preexisting conditions,>

< start="1930.57" dur="3.47">and if you will reach out, your soul will grow,>

< start="1934.04" dur="3.34">your heart will grow, you'll be a better person>

< start="1937.38" dur="5">at the end of this crisis than you were at the start, okay?>

< start="1943.52" dur="2.98">You see, God, when he wants to build your character,>

< start="1946.5" dur="1.37">he can use two things.>

< start="1947.87" dur="2.92">He can use his Word, the truth changes us,>

< start="1950.79" dur="3.56">and he can use circumstances, which is much more difficult.>

< start="1954.35" dur="4">Now, God would rather use the first way, the Word.>

< start="1958.35" dur="1.63">But we don't always listen to the Word,>

< start="1959.98" dur="3.77">so he uses circumstances to get our attention.>

< start="1963.75" dur="4.6">And it's more difficult, but it's often more effective.>

< start="1968.35" dur="3.23">Now, you say, well, okay, Rick, I get it,>

< start="1971.58" dur="4.22">that the problems are variable and they're purposeful,>

< start="1975.8" dur="3.18">and they're here to test my faith, and they're gonna be>

< start="1978.98" dur="2.47">all different kinds, and they don't come when I want 'em.>

< start="1981.45" dur="4.393">And God can use 'em to grow my character and mature my life.>

< start="1986.95" dur="1.72">So what am I supposed to do?>

< start="1988.67" dur="4.94">In the next few days and in the weeks and maybe months ahead>

< start="1993.61" dur="3.75">as we face this coronavirus crisis together,>

< start="1997.36" dur="4.09">how should I respond to problems in my life?>

< start="2001.45" dur="1.98">And I'm not just talking about the virus.>

< start="2003.43" dur="2.747">I'm talking about problems that'll come as a result>

< start="2006.177" dur="5">of being out of work or kids being at home>

< start="2011.26" dur="3.12">or all the other things that are upsetting life>

< start="2014.38" dur="1.553">as it normally has been.>

< start="2017.04" dur="2.24">How should I respond to the problems of my life?>

< start="2019.28" dur="2.9">Well, again, James is very specific,>

< start="2022.18" dur="3.39">and he gives us three very practical,>

< start="2025.57" dur="4.45">they're radical responses, but they're the right responses.>

< start="2030.02" dur="1.32">In fact, when I tell you the first one,>

< start="2031.34" dur="2.21">you're gonna go, you gotta be kidding me.>

< start="2033.55" dur="3.07">But there are three responses, they all start with R.>

< start="2036.62" dur="2.76">The first response he says is when you're>

< start="2039.38" dur="4.46">going through tough times, rejoice.>

< start="2043.84" dur="2.41">You go, are you kidding?>

< start="2046.25" dur="1.73">That sounds masochistic.>

< start="2047.98" dur="2.29">I'm not saying rejoice over the problem.>

< start="2050.27" dur="1.69">Follow me on this just a minute.>

< start="2051.96" dur="3.54">He says consider it pure joy.>

< start="2055.5" dur="2.69">Treat these problems as friends.>

< start="2058.19" dur="1.78">Now, don't misunderstand me.>

< start="2059.97" dur="3.14">He is not saying fake it.>

< start="2063.11" dur="3.57">He's not saying put on a plastic smile,>

< start="2066.68" dur="2.33">pretend that everything's okay and it's not,>

< start="2069.01" dur="1.36">because it's not.>

< start="2070.37" dur="3.12">Pollyanna, Little Orphan Annie, the sun>

< start="2073.49" dur="3.512">will come out tomorrow, it may not come out tomorrow.>

< start="2077.002" dur="3.568">He's not saying deny reality, not at all.>

< start="2080.57" dur="2.76">He's not saying be a masochist.>

< start="2083.33" dur="2.87">Oh boy, I get to go through pain.>

< start="2086.2" dur="1.72">God hates pain as much as you do.>

< start="2087.92" dur="2.1">Oh, I get to suffer, whoopee.>

< start="2090.02" dur="3.49">And you have this martyr complex, and you know,>

< start="2093.51" dur="1.937">I only have this spiritual feeling when I feel bad.>

< start="2095.447" dur="2.983">No, no, no, God doesn't want you to be a martyr.>

< start="2098.43" dur="1.54">God doesn't want you to have>

< start="2099.97" dur="3.453">a masochistic attitude toward pain.>

< start="2104.74" dur="2.5">You know, I remember one time I was going through>

< start="2107.24" dur="3.21">a really difficult time and a friend was trying to be kind>

< start="2110.45" dur="2.307">and they said, "You know, Rick, cheer up>

< start="2112.757" dur="1.86">"because things could be worse.">

< start="2115.61" dur="2.14">And guess what, they got worse.>

< start="2117.75" dur="2.23">That was no help at all.>

< start="2119.98" dur="2.225">I did cheer up and they did get worse.>

< start="2122.205" dur="1.105">(chuckles)>

< start="2123.31" dur="4.588">So it's not about a fake Pollyanna positive thinking.>

< start="2127.898" dur="3.352">If I act enthusiastic, I'll be enthusiastic.>

< start="2131.25" dur="2.88">No, no, no, no, it's much, much deeper than that.>

< start="2134.13" dur="5">We don't rejoice, listen, we don't rejoice for the problem.>

< start="2140.17" dur="5">We rejoice in the problem, while we are in the problem,>

< start="2145.71" dur="2.13">there's still a lot of things to rejoice about.>

< start="2147.84" dur="2.92">Not the problem itself, but the other things>

< start="2150.76" dur="2.514">that we can rejoice about in the problems.>

< start="2153.274" dur="2.836">Why can we rejoice even in the problem?>

< start="2156.11" dur="2.54">'Cause we know there's a purpose for it.>

< start="2158.65" dur="1.74">Because we know that God will never leave us.>

< start="2160.39" dur="2.97">Because we know a lot of different things.>

< start="2163.36" dur="1.81">We know that God has a purpose.>

< start="2165.17" dur="4.58">Notice he says consider it pure joy.>

< start="2169.75" dur="1.98">Circle the word consider.>

< start="2171.73" dur="4.8">Consider means to deliberately make up your mind.>

< start="2176.53" dur="2.22">You got an attitude adjustment>

< start="2178.75" dur="1.71">that you're gonna have to make here.>

< start="2180.46" dur="3.869">Is it your choice to rejoice?>

< start="2184.329" dur="3.201">In Psalm 34 verse one, he says>

< start="2187.53" dur="3.69">I will bless the Lord at all times.>

< start="2191.22" dur="1.39">At all times.>

< start="2192.61" dur="0.92">And he says I will.>

< start="2193.53" dur="2.48">It's a choice of the will, it's a decision.>

< start="2196.01" dur="1.66">It's a commitment, it's a choice.>

< start="2197.67" dur="4.08">Now, you're gonna go through this months ahead>

< start="2201.75" dur="2.4">with either a good attitude or a bad attitude.>

< start="2204.15" dur="2.7">If your attitude is bad, you're gonna make yourself>

< start="2206.85" dur="2.35">and everybody else around you miserable.>

< start="2209.2" dur="3.15">But if your attitude is good, it's your choice to rejoice.>

< start="2212.35" dur="1.76">You say, let's look on the bright side.>

< start="2214.11" dur="3.09">Let's find the things that we can thank God for.>

< start="2217.2" dur="2.15">And let's realize that even in the bad,>

< start="2219.35" dur="2.88">God can bring good out of the bad.>

< start="2222.23" dur="2.29">So do an attitude adjustment.>

< start="2224.52" dur="3.25">I'm not gonna be bitter in this crisis.>

< start="2227.77" dur="3.23">I'm gonna be better in this crisis.>

< start="2231" dur="4.39">I'm gonna choose, it's my choice to rejoice.>

< start="2235.39" dur="3.41">Okay, number two, the second R is request.>

< start="2238.8" dur="4.08">And that is ask God for wisdom.>

< start="2242.88" dur="3.29">This is what you wanna do anytime you're in a crisis.>

< start="2246.17" dur="2.39">You wanna ask God for wisdom.>

< start="2248.56" dur="2.1">Last week, if you listened to last week's message,>

< start="2250.66" dur="2.72">and if you missed it, go back online and watch that message>

< start="2253.38" dur="5">on making it through the valley of the virus without fear.>

< start="2260.09" dur="2.15">It's your choice to rejoice,>

< start="2262.24" dur="2.733">but then you ask God for wisdom.>

< start="2265.89" dur="2.13">And you ask God for wisdom and you pray>

< start="2268.02" dur="1.51">and you pray about your problems.>

< start="2269.53" dur="2.99">Verse seven says this in James one.>

< start="2272.52" dur="4.83">If in this process any of you doesn't know how to meet>

< start="2277.35" dur="4.05">any particular problem, this is out of Phillips translation.>

< start="2281.4" dur="2.24">If in the process any of you doesn't know how to meet>

< start="2283.64" dur="3.44">any particular problem you only have to ask God>

< start="2287.08" dur="2.65">who gives generously to all men>

< start="2289.73" dur="2.6">without making them feel guilty.>

< start="2292.33" dur="3.45">And you may be sure that the necessary wisdom>

< start="2295.78" dur="1.963">will be given you.>

< start="2298.65" dur="2.18">They say why of all things would I ask for wisdom>

< start="2300.83" dur="1.35">in the middle of a problem?>

< start="2303.29" dur="2.07">So you learn from it.>

< start="2305.36" dur="1.57">So you can learn from the problem,>

< start="2306.93" dur="1.48">that's why you ask for wisdom.>

< start="2308.41" dur="4.26">It's much more helpful if you'll stop asking why,>

< start="2312.67" dur="3.04">why is this happening, and start asking what,>

< start="2315.71" dur="1.45">what do you want me to learn?>

< start="2318.09" dur="1.92">What do you want me to become?>

< start="2320.01" dur="2.27">How can I grow from this?>

< start="2322.28" dur="2.17">How can I become a better woman?>

< start="2324.45" dur="4.51">How can I become a better man through this crisis?>

< start="2328.96" dur="1.32">Yeah, I'm being tested.>

< start="2330.28" dur="1.53">I'm not gonna worry about the why.>

< start="2331.81" dur="1.71">Why doesn't really even matter.>

< start="2333.52" dur="3.77">What matters is what, what am I gonna become,>

< start="2337.29" dur="3.7">and what am I gonna learn from this situation?>

< start="2340.99" dur="2.71">And in order to do that, you've gotta ask for wisdom.>

< start="2343.7" dur="2.56">So he says whenever you need wisdom, just ask God,>

< start="2346.26" dur="1.61">God's gonna give it to you.>

< start="2347.87" dur="2.2">So you say, God, I need wisdom as a mom.>

< start="2350.07" dur="3.23">My kids are gonna be home for the next month.>

< start="2353.3" dur="2.22">I need wisdom as a dad.>

< start="2355.52" dur="3.48">How do I lead when our jobs are in jeopardy>

< start="2359" dur="1.553">and I can't work right now?>

< start="2362.05" dur="1.45">Ask God for wisdom.>

< start="2363.5" dur="1.84">Don't ask why, but ask what.>

< start="2365.34" dur="2.99">So first you rejoice, you get a positive attitude>

< start="2368.33" dur="3.14">of saying I'm gonna thank God not for the problem,>

< start="2371.47" dur="3.14">but I'm gonna thank God in the problem.>

< start="2374.61" dur="2.92">Because God's good even when life sucks.>

< start="2377.53" dur="2.137">That's why I'm calling this series>

< start="2379.667" dur="5">"A Real Faith that Works When Life Doesn't.">

< start="2385.41" dur="1.473">When life doesn't work.>

< start="2387.96" dur="1.69">So I rejoice and I request.>

< start="2389.65" dur="4.32">The third thing James says to do is relax.>

< start="2393.97" dur="4.83">Yeah, just kinda chill out, don't get yourself>

< start="2398.8" dur="3.86">all in a heap of nerves.>

< start="2402.66" dur="2.64">Don't get so stressed out you can't do anything.>

< start="2405.3" dur="1.33">Don't worry about the future.>

< start="2406.63" dur="2.83">God says I'll take care of you, trust me.>

< start="2409.46" dur="2.42">You trust God to know what's best.>

< start="2411.88" dur="2.17">You cooperate with him.>

< start="2414.05" dur="4.84">You don't short-circuit the situation you're going through.>

< start="2418.89" dur="3.07">But you just say, God, I'm gonna relax.>

< start="2421.96" dur="2.28">I'm not gonna doubt.>

< start="2424.24" dur="1.87">I'm not gonna doubt.>

< start="2426.11" dur="2.76">I'm gonna trust you in this situation.>

< start="2428.87" dur="3.15">Verse eight is the last verse we're gonna look at.>

< start="2432.02" dur="1.26">Well, we'll look at one more in a minute.>

< start="2433.28" dur="5">But verse eight says, but you must ask in sincere faith>

< start="2438.9" dur="2.49">without secret doubts.>

< start="2441.39" dur="1.86">What are you asking for in sincere faith?>

< start="2443.25" dur="1.57">Ask for wisdom.>

< start="2444.82" dur="2.07">And say, God, I need wisdom, and I thank you>

< start="2446.89" dur="1.26">you're gonna give me the wisdom.>

< start="2448.15" dur="2.89">I thank you, you are giving me wisdom.>

< start="2451.04" dur="3.06">Don't freak out, don't doubt,>

< start="2454.1" dur="2.57">but take it out to God.>

< start="2456.67" dur="5">You know, the Bible says, earlier when I pointed out>

< start="2461.67" dur="3.24">that it said these many kinds of problems.>

< start="2464.91" dur="1.8">You know, we talk about they're multicolored,>

< start="2466.71" dur="2.23">many, many kinds of problems.>

< start="2468.94" dur="2.81">That word in Greek, many kinds of problem,>

< start="2471.75" dur="3.11">is the same word that's covered in First Peter>

< start="2474.86" dur="1.97">chapter four, verse four that said>

< start="2476.83" dur="4.11">God has many kinds of grace to give you.>

< start="2480.94" dur="3.35">God's many kinds of grace.>

< start="2484.29" dur="5">It's the same multicolored, multifeatured, like a diamond.>

< start="2489.339" dur="1.694">What is he saying there?>

< start="2492.28" dur="2.08">For every problem that you have,>

< start="2494.36" dur="2.87">there's a grace from God that's available.>

< start="2497.23" dur="5">For every many kind of trial and tribulation>

< start="2502.74" dur="4.5">and difficulty, there is a kind of grace and mercy>

< start="2507.24" dur="2.25">and power that God wants to give you>

< start="2509.49" dur="2.05">to match that particular problem.>

< start="2511.54" dur="2.04">You need grace for this, you need grace for that,>

< start="2513.58" dur="1">you need grace for this.>

< start="2514.58" dur="3.76">God says my grace is as multifeatured>

< start="2518.34" dur="1.99">as the problems that you're facing.>

< start="2520.33" dur="1.27">So what am I saying?>

< start="2521.6" dur="1.74">I'm saying that all the problems that are in your life,>

< start="2523.34" dur="2.44">including this COVID crisis,>

< start="2525.78" dur="4.03">the devil means to defeat you with these problems.>

< start="2529.81" dur="4.41">But God means to develop you through these problems.>

< start="2534.22" dur="3.543">He wants to defeat you, Satan, but God wants to develop you.>

< start="2539.44" dur="2.12">Now, the problems that come into your life>

< start="2541.56" dur="3.34">don't automatically make you a better person.>

< start="2544.9" dur="2.51">A lot of people become bitter people from 'em.>

< start="2547.41" dur="3.28">It doesn't automatically make you a better person.>

< start="2550.69" dur="2.96">It's your attitude that makes the difference.>

< start="2553.65" dur="2.86">And that's where I wanna give you another thing to remember.>

< start="2556.51" dur="3.07">Number four, the fourth thing to remember>

< start="2559.58" dur="3.75">when you're going through problems is to remember>

< start="2563.33" dur="1.99">the promises of God.>

< start="2565.32" dur="1.84">Remember the promises of God.>

< start="2567.16" dur="1.28">That's down in verse 12.>

< start="2568.44" dur="1.52">Let me read you this promise.>

< start="2569.96" dur="2.363">James chapter one, verse 12.>

< start="2573.55" dur="5">Blessed is the person who perseveres under trial,>

< start="2579.84" dur="2.67">because when he has stood the test,>

< start="2582.51" dur="5">he will receive the crown of life that God has promised,>

< start="2587.82" dur="2.75">there's the word, to those who love him.>

< start="2590.57" dur="0.833">Let me read it again.>

< start="2591.403" dur="2.057">I want you to listen to it very closely.>

< start="2593.46" dur="5">Blessed is the person who perseveres under trial,>

< start="2598.84" dur="3.36">who handles the difficulties,>

< start="2602.2" dur="2.12">like the situation we're in right now.>

< start="2604.32" dur="3.67">Blessed will be the person who endures, who perseveres,>

< start="2607.99" dur="3.87">who trusts God, who keeps believing under trial,>

< start="2611.86" dur="3.12">because when he has stood the test, coming out>

< start="2614.98" dur="2.72">on the backside, this trial is not gonna last.>

< start="2617.7" dur="1.4">There's an end to it.>

< start="2619.1" dur="2.07">You'll come out at the other end of the tunnel.>

< start="2621.17" dur="4.41">You will receive the crown of life.>

< start="2625.58" dur="3.38">Well, I don't even know all what that means, but it's good.>

< start="2628.96" dur="2.7">The crown of life that God has promised>

< start="2631.66" dur="2.373">to those who love him.>

< start="2635.73" dur="2.32">It's your choice to rejoice.>

< start="2638.05" dur="2.92">It's your choice to trust the wisdom of God>

< start="2640.97" dur="1.72">instead of doubting.>

< start="2642.69" dur="4.21">Ask God for wisdom to help you from your situation.>

< start="2646.9" dur="3.23">And then ask God for the faith to endure.>

< start="2650.13" dur="2.27">And say, God, I'm not gonna give up.>

< start="2652.4" dur="1.793">This too shall pass.>

< start="2655.329" dur="2.111">Somebody was once asked, what's your favorite>

< start="2657.44" dur="0.833">verse of the Bible?>

< start="2658.273" dur="1.297">Said, it came to pass.>

< start="2659.57" dur="1.273">And so why do you like that verse?>

< start="2660.843" dur="2.687">Because when problems come, I know they didn't come to stay.>

< start="2663.53" dur="1.194">They came to pass.>

< start="2664.724" dur="1.116">(chuckles)>

< start="2665.84" dur="2.88">And that's true in this particular situation.>

< start="2668.72" dur="3.983">It's not coming to stay, it's coming to pass.>

< start="2673.56" dur="2.24">Now, I wanna close by this thought.>

< start="2675.8" dur="3.77">A crisis doesn't just create problems.>

< start="2679.57" dur="3.23">It often reveals them, it often reveals them.>

< start="2682.8" dur="4.563">This crisis can reveal some cracks in your marriage.>

< start="2688.77" dur="2.76">This crisis can reveal some cracks>

< start="2691.53" dur="1.823">in your relationship to God.>

< start="2694.26" dur="5">This crisis can reveal some cracks in your lifestyle,>

< start="2699.29" dur="2.593">that you're way pushing yourself too hard.>

< start="2702.949" dur="3.181">And so be willing to let God speak to you>

< start="2706.13" dur="5">about what needs to change in your life, all right?>

< start="2711.45" dur="1.7">I want you to think about this this week,>

< start="2713.15" dur="3.44">and let me give you some practical steps, okay?>

< start="2716.59" dur="2.47">Practical steps, number one, I want you>

< start="2719.06" dur="5">to encourage somebody else to listen to this message.>

< start="2724.55" dur="1.25">Will you do that?>

< start="2725.8" dur="3.603">Will you pass this link on and send it to a friend?>

< start="2729.403" dur="3.337">If this has encouraged you, pass it on,>

< start="2732.74" dur="2.3">and be an encourager this week.>

< start="2735.04" dur="4.84">Everybody around you needs encouragement during this crisis.>

< start="2739.88" dur="1.779">So send 'em a link.>

< start="2741.659" dur="5">Two weeks ago when we had church in our campuses,>

< start="2747.52" dur="3.11">at Lake Forest and all of our other campuses of Saddleback,>

< start="2750.63" dur="3.53">about 30,000 people showed up at church.>

< start="2754.16" dur="4.14">But this last week when we had to cancel services>

< start="2758.3" dur="1.87">and we all had to watch online, I said,>

< start="2760.17" dur="3.38">everybody go to your small group and invite your neighbors>

< start="2763.55" dur="2.94">and invite your friends to your small group,>

< start="2766.49" dur="0.95">we had 181,000>

< start="2767.44" dur="5">ISPs of our homes connected into the service.>

< start="2776.3" dur="3.41">That means maybe a half a million people>

< start="2779.71" dur="1.96">watched last week's message.>

< start="2781.67" dur="3.04">A half a million people or more.>

< start="2784.71" dur="3.63">Why, because you told somebody else to watch.>

< start="2788.34" dur="4.56">And I wanna encourage you to be a witness of good news>

< start="2792.9" dur="2.79">this week in a world that desperately needs good news.>

< start="2795.69" dur="1.4">People need to hear this.>

< start="2797.09" dur="1.18">Send a link.>

< start="2798.27" dur="5">I believe we could encourage a million people this week>

< start="2803.29" dur="3.8">if we would all pass on the message, okay?>

< start="2807.09" dur="3.16">Number two, if you're in a small group, we're not gonna>

< start="2810.25" dur="3.45">be able to meet, at least this month, that's for sure.>

< start="2813.7" dur="3.95">And so I would encourage you to set up a virtual meeting.>

< start="2817.65" dur="1.79">You can have an online group.>

< start="2819.44" dur="0.97">How do you do that?>

< start="2820.41" dur="2.63">Well, there are products out there like Zoom.>

< start="2823.04" dur="2.52">You want to check that out, Zoom, it's free.>

< start="2825.56" dur="2.56">And you can get on there and tell everybody to get Zoom>

< start="2828.12" dur="1.74">on their phone or on their computer,>

< start="2829.86" dur="3.58">and you can connect six or eight or 10 people,>

< start="2833.44" dur="3.15">and you can have your group this week on Zoom.>

< start="2836.59" dur="3.19">And you can see each other face, like Facebook Live,>

< start="2839.78" dur="2.933">or it's like some of the others, you know,>

< start="2844.84" dur="5">what's on the iPhone when you look at FaceTime.>

< start="2850.12" dur="1.82">Well, you can't do that with a big group,>

< start="2851.94" dur="2.39">but you can do it with one person.>

< start="2854.33" dur="3.52">And so encourage each other face to face through technology.>

< start="2857.85" dur="2.66">We now have technology that was not available.>

< start="2860.51" dur="3.59">So check out Zoom for a small group virtual group.>

< start="2864.1" dur="1.17">And actually here online>

< start="2865.27" dur="1.85">you can get some information, too.>

< start="2867.12" dur="3.244">Number three, if you're not in a small group,>

< start="2870.364" dur="4.096">I'll help you get into an online group this week, I will.>

< start="2874.46" dur="2.33">All you need to do is email me,>

< start="2876.79" dur="3.225">PastorRick@saddleback.com.>

< start="2880.015" dur="4.815">PastorRick@saddleback, one-word, S-A-D-D-L-E-B-A-C-K,>

< start="2884.83" dur="2.81">saddleback.com, and I'll get you connected>

< start="2887.64" dur="2.57">to an online group, all right?>

< start="2890.21" dur="2.79">Then make sure if you're a part of Saddleback Church>

< start="2893" dur="2.84">to read your daily newsletter that I'm sending out>

< start="2895.84" dur="2.03">every day during this crisis.>

< start="2897.87" dur="2.1">It's called "Saddleback at Home.">

< start="2899.97" dur="3.5">It's got tips, it's got encouraging messages,>

< start="2903.47" dur="2.14">it's got news that you can use.>

< start="2905.61" dur="1.56">A very practical thing.>

< start="2907.17" dur="2.17">We wanna stay in touch with you every day.>

< start="2909.34" dur="1.32">Get "Saddleback at Home.">

< start="2910.66" dur="2.69">If I don't have your email address,>

< start="2913.35" dur="1.42">then you're not getting it.>

< start="2914.77" dur="2.46">And you can email me your email address>

< start="2917.23" dur="4.41">to PastorRick@saddleback.com, and I'll put you on the list,>

< start="2921.64" dur="2.37">and you'll get the daily connection,>

< start="2924.01" dur="3.76">the daily "Saddleback in the Home" newsletter.>

< start="2927.77" dur="2.09">I just wanna close before I pray>

< start="2929.86" dur="2.15">by saying again how much I love you.>

< start="2932.01" dur="1.72">I've been praying for you every day,>

< start="2933.73" dur="1.9">and I'm gonna keep on praying for you.>

< start="2935.63" dur="2.68">We will get through this together.>

< start="2938.31" dur="2.33">This is not the end of the story.>

< start="2940.64" dur="3.4">God is still on his throne, and God is gonna use this>

< start="2944.04" dur="4.16">to grow your faith, to bring people to faith.>

< start="2948.2" dur="1.8">And who knows what's gonna happen.>

< start="2950" dur="3.07">We could have a spiritual revival out of all this>

< start="2953.07" dur="2.66">because people often turn to God>

< start="2955.73" dur="1.87">when they're going through tough times.>

< start="2957.6" dur="1.09">Let me pray for you.>

< start="2958.69" dur="1.66">Father, I want to thank you for everybody>

< start="2960.35" dur="1.48">who's listening right now.>

< start="2961.83" dur="5">May we live the message of James chapter one,>

< start="2967.39" dur="2.78">the first six or seven verses.>

< start="2970.17" dur="4.25">May we learn that problems come, they're gonna happen,>

< start="2974.42" dur="5">they're variable, they're purposeful, and that you're gonna>

< start="2979.81" dur="2.41">use them for good in our lives if we'll trust you.>

< start="2982.22" dur="1.49">Help us to not doubt.>

< start="2983.71" dur="4">Help us to rejoice, to request, Lord,>

< start="2987.71" dur="3.53">and to remember your promises.>

< start="2991.24" dur="3.45">And I pray for everybody that they'll have a healthy week.>

< start="2994.69" dur="2.87">In Jesus' name, amen.>

< start="2997.56" dur="1.07">God bless you, everybody.>

< start="2998.63" dur="1.823">Pass this onto somebody else.>