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April 4, 2018
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A SImple Sermon on Heaven Part 2

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  • - Hi and welcome to Church by the Glades.
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  • We're so excited you're here today.
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  • In the next few moments we're gonna hear
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  • from Pastor David Hughes,
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  • as he shares about how we can live life to the fullest.
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  • So stick around, it's going to be a ton of fun,
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  • and I know you'll be encouraged.
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  • - At Church by the Glades we like to say,
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  • no perfect people allowed.
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  • Which means that no matter where you are in life,
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  • you will be welcomed when you visit.
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  • So in case you haven't checked us out yet,
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  • here's a sneak peak at what you
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  • can expect at Church by the Glades.
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  • We're gonna, gonna, gonna, gonna, gonna get bright now
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  • We're gonna get bright now
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  • Let Your light shine through us
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  • Love break through and ignite Your life
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  • Ignite Your light in us through us
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  • Let your light shine through us
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  • Love break through and ignite Your life
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  • Ignite Your light in us through us
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  • Let Your light shine through us
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  • Love break through and ignite Your life
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  • Ignite Your light in us through us
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  • Let your light shine through us
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  • Love break through and ignite Your life
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  • Ignite Your light in us through us
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  • Through us
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  • We are, we are, we are, we are, we are, we are, we are,
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  • We are the light of this city
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  • And we're gonna, gonna, gonna, gonna, gonna get bright
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  • We are, we are, we are, we are, we are, we are, we are,
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  • We are the light of this city
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  • And we're gonna, gonna, gonna, gonna, gonna get bright now
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  • - Just a head up,
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  • today we are continuing a teaching we started last week.
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  • If you want to catch the entire message,
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  • you can find it at www.cbglades.com.
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  • Now, go ahead and grab your bible,
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  • and something to take notes with,
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  • and let's dive into the teaching.
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  • - Near, when I say three, shout the word near.
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  • One, two, three.
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  • - [Audience] Near!
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  • - Y'all got the outline, you're thinking Heaven is new,
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  • and God is near in Heaven.
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  • Now maybe you're watching this online
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  • or watching this on TV somewhere around the world,
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  • this campus is just a few minutes from Douglas High.
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  • And on the 14th, it didn't feel like God was near.
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  • On the 14th it felt like God skipped town.
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  • But though it didn't feel like God was near,
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  • the bible teaches that God was right there.
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  • In a very real way.
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  • Psalm 34 verse 18's on the screen right now,
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  • look what it says, this is a promise that the Lord is close,
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  • to the broken hearted.
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  • And that was the most heartbreaking day
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  • we've ever experienced in Broward County, Florida.
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  • A terrible day.
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  • And Lisa and I, you know, talked with a number of parents
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  • as we prepared services here at this campus,
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  • and I talked to a mom and a dad,
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  • and this woman who was about to bury her freshman,
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  • young man, asked me, you know,
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  • when he was laying on the floor in that hallway
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  • in Douglas on the tile, and his life was ebbing away,
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  • was God with him?
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  • And she was not being accusatory or even angry,
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  • she just wanted to make sure, I understood her heart.
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  • She was a mom,
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  • she was wishing she could have been there with him.
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  • The dad was like, I wish I could have protected him,
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  • but they couldn't be there,
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  • so they wanted to know was God there.
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  • And based on that promise, I said yes,
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  • but I kinda went home like, I want a better verse,
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  • I want a verse with more clarity that
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  • would assure her that God was there,
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  • and I prayed and God gave me a verse,
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  • in fact I should have thought of it right off the bat,
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  • 'cause it's the most famous verse
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  • on death in the whole bible.
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  • Psalm 23, verse four it says,
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  • "yay though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death
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  • "I will fear no evil", why?
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  • Because I am strong, or I am resolved,
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  • or my faith never falters?
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  • No, that's not what it says.
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  • It says,
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  • "Yay though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death
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  • "I will fear no evil because You are with me God."
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  • (clapping)
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  • So I could promise her,
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  • as her boy was graduating, sadly not from high school,
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  • but graduating from this life of pain to Heaven,
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  • that though they couldn't be there,
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  • the Heavenly Father was there and scooped him up
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  • into His powerful arms and took him to the Kingdom.
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  • And Heaven, God, is near.
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  • You can perceive in a tangible way,
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  • your perception will be that God is near.
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  • In fact, look at verse three,
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  • verse three is kind of a fun verse.
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  • Verse three is up on the screen right now,
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  • and I want you to check it out, look it says,
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  • "And I heard a loud voice,
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  • "a loud voice from the throne saying,"
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  • can I just stop right there?
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  • This is kind of fun, so he hears this loud voice,
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  • the word loud shows up 23 different times
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  • in the book of Revelation.
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  • What's that tell me?
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  • Heaven is loud.
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  • People complain to me once in a while
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  • that Church by the Glades is kinda loud,
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  • preachers loud, music's loud,
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  • we're just gettin' you ready for Heaven is all it is, right?
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  • (applauding)
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  • Heaven is loud.
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  • And if it's too loud, we do have ear plugs in the lobby.
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  • That's a true thing, we have earplugs in the lobby,
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  • you're welcome, they are free of charge,
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  • you may take them and use them,
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  • and don't return them, keep them if you will.
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  • But we're just gettin' you ready for Heaven,
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  • 'cause Heaven is loud, and when it says,
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  • you know, a loud voice meaning this,
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  • God is not whispering, this is not subtle,
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  • this is not nuanced, this is important, don't miss this,
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  • "Now the dwelling of God is with men
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  • "and He will live with them,
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  • "and they will be His people,
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  • "and God Himself will be with them and be their God."
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  • (cheering)
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  • To fully understand this you need the backdrop
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  • of Hebrew history and Hebrew theology.
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  • In the Old Testament, the Hebrews believed
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  • that God was present and God was near
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  • at all times in all places to a degree,
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  • they recognized that God had been with them in Egypt,
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  • and God was with them in the wilderness,
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  • but they really thought the place
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  • that God was profoundly present was in the temple.
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  • That's kinda the God zero, headquarters right?
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  • In the temple.
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  • And based on who you were, you could get so close to God.
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  • And I told you guys as I took a group to Israel,
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  • back in November,
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  • you don't have to go to Israel to appreciate
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  • or understand the bible,
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  • but it gives you great texture for the bible.
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  • Some of you guys went, and we went to see,
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  • there's one existing wall left from the temple
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  • that was built in Jesus' day.
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  • You can go visit the wall, the rest has been destroyed
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  • by the Romans in 70 AD,
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  • but there's one wall, it's called the Western Wall,
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  • or the Wailing Wall, and you've probably seen things on TV,
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  • where Jewish people are praying,
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  • in fact anyone can pray there.
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  • And the women are on one side,
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  • the men are on the other side,
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  • and they put little slips of paper,
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  • there's written prayers in the crevices.
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  • Now that is the actual wall from the temple in Jesus' day.
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  • But that's not the grade or street level, why?
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  • 2000 years of dust and debris,
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  • so they had to dig down about 20 feet below present grade
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  • to get to the level of the first century.
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  • And the cool thing is they've done it.
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  • The archeologists have excavated,
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  • and there's these tunnels right by the wall,
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  • and you can go through these well lit tunnels
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  • with your tour guide, and you can actually touch the walls
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  • of the temple of Jesus' day,
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  • walk at street level of Jesus day, it's remarkable.
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  • And so we're doing this, taking the whole thing in,
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  • and all the sudden we see a small group
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  • of Israeli women praying passionately.
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  • And I asked the guide, what are they doing?
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  • He said, this is what we believe
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  • is the closest spot we can get to
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  • the Holy of Holies of the temple.
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  • And if you're like, what's the Holy of Holies?
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  • Well, the ancient temple had an outer courtyard
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  • called the Courtyard of the Nations.
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  • And if you were a Gentile you could go there,
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  • but no closer, that's as close as you could get to God,
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  • there was a barrier.
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  • Within that was another consentury courtyard,
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  • the Courtyard of the Hebrew Women.
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  • So Jewish women could go there to be close to God
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  • but no further.
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  • Hebrew men could come into another courtyard closer,
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  • called the Court of the Hebrew Men,
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  • but the closest spot, or God Central,
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  • the inner sanctum was called the Holy Place,
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  • and inside the Holy Place was a small room
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  • called the Holy of Holies.
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  • Inside that room there is sacred artifacts,
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  • and once upon a time the Ark of the Covenant,
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  • and that's where they though God was present,
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  • and only one guy, one time a year, the High Priest,
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  • on the Day of Atonement, could go into the Holy of Holies,
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  • into the presence of God, one guy, one time a year,
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  • but now in Heaven there are no barriers.
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  • There are no walls, there are no divisions.
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  • Doesn't matter who you are, male, female, Jew, or a Gentile,
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  • you are ushered into the presence of God.
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  • You will not meet Saint Peter at the gate,
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  • he's not gonna ask you a spelling question,
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  • you will meet Jesus at the gate,
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  • you will see your King face to face, eye to eye,
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  • so I've mentioned in past weeks,
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  • if you've got some why questions,
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  • why did this thing happen on earth,
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  • why did this problem?
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  • You bring your big bag of why questions,
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  • and Jesus Himself will answer your questions, why?
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  • I've got some why questions as well,
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  • but you go first, we got plenty of time,
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  • we're gonna be there for millions of years.
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  • And God is near in Heaven.
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  • So if you ever have sensed
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  • or felt the presence of God on earth,
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  • maybe at your salvation or your baptism,
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  • or the birth of a child, or when a loved one passed,
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  • if you've ever felt close to God,
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  • multiply that by about a billion,
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  • that's what it's gonna feel like in Heaven.
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  • 'Cause God lives on the block in Heaven.
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  • We're gonna dwell with God,
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  • He will be with His people, we will be with Him.
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  • Third finger, be careful how you show people that finger,
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  • right, third finger right there.
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  • Everything in Heaven is new, God is near,
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  • third finger I have the word need.
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  • The word need.
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  • When I say three, please loudly say the word need.
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  • Ready, one, two, three.
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  • - [Audience] Need!
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  • - In Heaven you will need for nothing.
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  • (clapping)
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  • There is not one thing that can be added you in Heaven,
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  • that would increase your joy.
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  • Let me show you verse six, verse six,
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  • this is a kinda interesting verse,
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  • verse six is remarkable, verse six says this.
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  • And this verse is more symbolic,
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  • this is more metaphorical,
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  • but I think it's gonna be really clear, it says,
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  • "And He said to me, it is done.
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  • "I am the Alpha and Omega",
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  • and so the promise maker here is Jesus,
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  • Alpha and Omega is a term for Jesus,
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  • "the Beginning and the End."
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  • Get ready, "to him who is"--
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  • - [Altogether] Thirsty!
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  • - I will give drink without cost, it's a freebie church,
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  • I know you all love some free 99, so without cost,
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  • "from the spring of the Water of Life."
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  • Now this thirst represents desire or lack of satisfaction,
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  • but Jesus says, I'm gonna give you water.
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  • He doesn't mean physical H2O,
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  • He means He's gonna satisfy these
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  • spiritual needs in your life.
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  • Again, I'm just using bible to help me understand the bible.
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  • So other place it's exactly the same kinda language
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  • and metaphor that you use,
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  • write down for notes, Isaiah chapter 40,
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  • Matthew chapter five, Hosea chapter six,
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  • oh, John chapter four, when Jesus met the woman at the well
  • 00:12:28.110 --> 00:12:32.120
  • and she was thirsty and He said,
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  • if you knew who I was, you'd ask me for Living Water.
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  • He wasn't talking about physical H2O.
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  • I'll satisfy the craving of your soul,
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  • so what He's saying is not matter what you desire,
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  • it'll be supplied to you.
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  • Guess what?
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  • In Heaven we'll desire nothing that's unrighteousness.
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  • I can't wait for that part,
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  • I can't wait not to be at war with myself.
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  • I can't wait not,
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  • temptation won't be remotely tempting in Heaven.
  • 00:12:55.070 --> 00:12:59.100
  • So you won't desire anything unrighteous,
  • 00:12:59.100 --> 00:13:02.260
  • and anything righteous you desire
  • 00:13:02.260 --> 00:13:04.170
  • will be supplied to you immediately and abundantly.
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  • I mean think about that, I mean right now in this moment,
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  • here on earth, is there anything that could be added
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  • to your life to make your day a bit better?
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  • Anything to make your day more meaningful?
  • 00:13:14.120 --> 00:13:16.030
  • Anything, you're like, yeah, my day's been great,
  • 00:13:16.030 --> 00:13:17.190
  • but if I had this, you know,
  • 00:13:17.190 --> 00:13:19.030
  • if someone gifted me with this thing right here,
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  • or if I had this experience, yeah, that'd be better,
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  • or if I met somebody, this person's always inspired me,
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  • if I met this person they're one of my heroes,
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  • they make my, anybody would say yeah,
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  • there's like something I guess today
  • 00:13:29.170 --> 00:13:30.260
  • it could make my day better,
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  • raise your hand, anything at all,
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  • anything at all that could make,
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  • some of y'all don't have your hand up.
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  • So if I gave you like a million dollars tonight,
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  • that would not make your day better?
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  • Yes it would.
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  • But in Heaven, you would not need to raise your hand.
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  • You'd be like no, I'm cool, it's.
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  • (clapping)
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  • People ask questions like this,
  • 00:13:49.100 --> 00:13:50.240
  • will I be able to play Words With Friends in Heaven?
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  • 'Cause I really enjoy Words With Friends.
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  • Yes!
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  • Yes, if it's not unrighteous, you can play Words,
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  • there's always some like, ripped dude,
  • 00:13:57.020 --> 00:13:58.180
  • like hey, Pastor David, will I be able to workout in Heaven?
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  • Will I be able to?
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  • 'Cause I really like going to the gym.
  • 00:14:01.050 --> 00:14:02.170
  • Do they have a gym in Heaven?
  • 00:14:02.170 --> 00:14:03.270
  • I wanna know do they have a gym in Heaven?
  • 00:14:03.270 --> 00:14:05.130
  • They do have a gym, it's not Gold's Gym, it's God's Gym.
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  • And the Lord is my steroid, I shall not want.
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  • And I do believe in Heaven you have abs,
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  • you have a six pack without doing cardio,
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  • and you eat all the carbs you want in Heaven.
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  • (applauding)
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  • Okay, I don't have a bible verse on that,
  • 00:14:18.280 --> 00:14:20.190
  • but I'm naming it and claiming that.
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  • In Heaven, no one ever says, can I get one of those?
  • 00:14:26.270 --> 00:14:31.050
  • I'm waiting in line for mine to arrive,
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  • they're out of stock.
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  • I wish it'd get here.
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  • Do they have Amazon Prime in Heaven?
  • 00:14:38.160 --> 00:14:40.010
  • (laughing)
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  • Your worst day in Heaven will
  • 00:14:43.250 --> 00:14:46.070
  • surpass your best day on earth.
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  • (clapping) - [Audience Member] Amen!
  • 00:14:50.040 --> 00:14:52.130
  • - Anyone walks up to you in Heaven and says,
  • 00:14:52.130 --> 00:14:54.120
  • have a nice day, and you're like,
  • 00:14:54.120 --> 00:14:56.030
  • you're new here, aren't you?
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  • You're new here, 'cause that's kind of a dumb thing to say,
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  • it's always a nice day in Heaven.
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  • Everything in Heaven is new.
  • 00:15:03.100 --> 00:15:05.140
  • God is near in Heaven.
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  • You will need for nothing in Heaven.
  • 00:15:07.050 --> 00:15:09.100
  • Then my ring finger, ring finger's actually my favorite one,
  • 00:15:09.100 --> 00:15:12.030
  • the most profound one,
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  • I wrote down the word not, N-O-T, not.
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  • I love the things that are not in Heaven.
  • 00:15:15.120 --> 00:15:18.240
  • There's certain negative things
  • 00:15:18.240 --> 00:15:20.130
  • that we have to navigate on this earth,
  • 00:15:20.130 --> 00:15:22.010
  • we don't have to deal with anymore in Heaven.
  • 00:15:22.010 --> 00:15:24.040
  • Verse four, is perhaps the most powerful verse,
  • 00:15:24.040 --> 00:15:27.180
  • and there's this great passage,
  • 00:15:27.180 --> 00:15:29.030
  • it's one that Christians have used to encourage themselves
  • 00:15:29.030 --> 00:15:32.030
  • and encourage other people for many years,
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  • especially when times are difficult or dark,
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  • or there's tribulation,
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  • and so I want you to see that are
  • 00:15:37.090 --> 00:15:38.160
  • things that are absent in Heaven,
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  • and things devoid in Heaven.
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  • I love what it says on the screen right now,
  • 00:15:41.120 --> 00:15:42.140
  • I've highlighted some words,
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  • it says, "He will wipe every"--
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  • - [Altogether] Tear.
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  • - "From their eyes.
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  • "There will be no more death or mourning,"
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  • I coulda highlighted more words,
  • 00:15:52.220 --> 00:15:54.020
  • "or crying or pain,
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  • "for the old order of things has passed away."
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  • - [Audience Member] Amen!
  • 00:15:59.190 --> 00:16:01.210
  • (clapping)
  • 00:16:01.210 --> 00:16:04.030
  • - There's been a lot of tears in Corral Springs in Parkland,
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  • in recent days, but no tears, no tears or sadness in Heaven,
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  • you won't have any need to cry in Heaven,
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  • and I know when you're crying here on earth,
  • 00:16:14.260 --> 00:16:16.110
  • sometimes it doesn't feel like God is there
  • 00:16:16.110 --> 00:16:17.260
  • and feel like God is present
  • 00:16:17.260 --> 00:16:19.110
  • or God's uncaring about your tears,
  • 00:16:19.110 --> 00:16:21.020
  • the bible says just the opposite.
  • 00:16:21.020 --> 00:16:23.080
  • Check out Psalm 56 verse eight I think, where He says,
  • 00:16:23.080 --> 00:16:27.040
  • God captures and keeps ever tear you cry on earth.
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  • When you're weeping he collects those tears,
  • 00:16:31.290 --> 00:16:34.230
  • and it says He puts 'em in a giant jar,
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  • he puts them in a beautiful jar,
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  • and they're precious to Him,
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  • so He has a jar with your name on it.
  • 00:16:39.130 --> 00:16:40.270
  • Everyone's going oh, isn't that a beautiful literary device?
  • 00:16:40.270 --> 00:16:43.140
  • Isn't that a amazing metaphor, this jar?
  • 00:16:43.140 --> 00:16:45.150
  • No, no, no, I think God has a giant jar.
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  • I think God has a jar with your name on it, right?
  • 00:16:47.130 --> 00:16:50.210
  • Why is that too hard for God to make a jar?
  • 00:16:50.210 --> 00:16:52.280
  • Is that too difficult, no, He has a giant jar.
  • 00:16:52.280 --> 00:16:55.020
  • Can God not keep track of your tears?
  • 00:16:55.020 --> 00:16:56.240
  • Is this an accounting issue?
  • 00:16:56.240 --> 00:16:58.010
  • They got CPA's in Heaven, I guarantee it.
  • 00:16:58.010 --> 00:17:00.210
  • (laughing)
  • 00:17:00.210 --> 00:17:02.070
  • And I love that God does not delegate the responsibility.
  • 00:17:02.070 --> 00:17:03.280
  • He doesn't have an angel assistant who collects your tears,
  • 00:17:03.280 --> 00:17:06.060
  • the bible says God reaches out,
  • 00:17:06.060 --> 00:17:08.030
  • an invisible nail scarred hand,
  • 00:17:08.030 --> 00:17:10.090
  • and He wipes every tear from your cheek
  • 00:17:10.090 --> 00:17:12.110
  • and He puts it in a jar, but when you get to Heaven,
  • 00:17:12.110 --> 00:17:14.180
  • He slams the lid on the jar, 'cause no more tears in Heaven!
  • 00:17:14.180 --> 00:17:19.180
  • (clapping)
  • 00:17:20.060 --> 00:17:22.190
  • No sorrow.
  • 00:17:22.190 --> 00:17:23.140
  • No mourning or sorrow in Heaven,
  • 00:17:25.210 --> 00:17:27.200
  • anything break your heart on earth,
  • 00:17:27.200 --> 00:17:29.220
  • or you've been touched by tragedy,
  • 00:17:29.220 --> 00:17:31.130
  • if you made mistakes and have severe regret?
  • 00:17:31.130 --> 00:17:34.140
  • It won't effect you in Heaven.
  • 00:17:34.140 --> 00:17:36.110
  • People have asked me, hey, Pastor, this mistake I've made
  • 00:17:36.110 --> 00:17:39.100
  • or this bad thing that was done to me,
  • 00:17:39.100 --> 00:17:41.050
  • will I remember that in Heaven?
  • 00:17:41.050 --> 00:17:42.160
  • If you do you will not feel the sadness,
  • 00:17:42.160 --> 00:17:44.290
  • I believe Jesus shouldered your sadness at Calvary.
  • 00:17:44.290 --> 00:17:49.060
  • I love in verse four where it says,
  • 00:17:50.100 --> 00:17:52.150
  • there is no death in Heaven.
  • 00:17:52.150 --> 00:17:54.190
  • Corral Springs, there is no death in Heaven.
  • 00:17:54.190 --> 00:17:58.090
  • Church by the Glades, there is no death in Heaven.
  • 00:17:59.200 --> 00:18:03.090
  • Parkland, there is no more death in Heaven.
  • 00:18:03.090 --> 00:18:06.230
  • Douglas High School, there is no more death in Heaven.
  • 00:18:06.230 --> 00:18:09.290
  • We cannot touched by death anymore,
  • 00:18:09.290 --> 00:18:12.220
  • death is part of the old order.
  • 00:18:12.220 --> 00:18:15.090
  • The amazing young lady who was our host online
  • 00:18:17.150 --> 00:18:20.230
  • who coordinates, her name is Lori,
  • 00:18:20.230 --> 00:18:23.030
  • Lisa and I watched Lori and her husband Greg,
  • 00:18:23.030 --> 00:18:26.180
  • face a terrible disease that Greg fought
  • 00:18:26.180 --> 00:18:29.100
  • valiantly for years and it kinda seeped his strength
  • 00:18:29.100 --> 00:18:34.040
  • and his life a little piece at a time,
  • 00:18:34.040 --> 00:18:35.290
  • where he lost his mobility and his ability to talk,
  • 00:18:35.290 --> 00:18:38.190
  • and I just watched this horrible disease,
  • 00:18:38.190 --> 00:18:40.260
  • and then finally it took his life.
  • 00:18:40.260 --> 00:18:43.080
  • He's in Heaven now.
  • 00:18:43.080 --> 00:18:45.180
  • Greg's good now.
  • 00:18:45.180 --> 00:18:47.190
  • But no disease like that in Heaven.
  • 00:18:47.190 --> 00:18:49.080
  • No one losing their life and suffering like that in Heaven.
  • 00:18:49.080 --> 00:18:51.280
  • No young people tragically and violently taken in Heaven.
  • 00:18:51.280 --> 00:18:55.290
  • No death.
  • 00:18:55.290 --> 00:18:56.240
  • Think it through.
  • 00:18:57.260 --> 00:18:59.030
  • No funeral homes in Heaven.
  • 00:18:59.030 --> 00:19:02.000
  • No graveyards in Heaven.
  • 00:19:02.000 --> 00:19:04.000
  • No memorial services in Heaven,
  • 00:19:05.140 --> 00:19:07.120
  • no Hurst's in Heaven, no eulogies in Heaven,
  • 00:19:07.120 --> 00:19:10.140
  • people don't wear black because they're sad,
  • 00:19:10.140 --> 00:19:12.230
  • they wear black because black is cool.
  • 00:19:12.230 --> 00:19:15.120
  • (laughing)
  • 00:19:15.120 --> 00:19:16.270
  • Flowers are just for happy occasions in Heaven.
  • 00:19:16.270 --> 00:19:20.240
  • Then it said no pain, no pain, I love that,
  • 00:19:23.040 --> 00:19:25.210
  • all forms of pain are gone, all relational pain,
  • 00:19:25.210 --> 00:19:27.280
  • all emotional pain, all physical pain, disappears in Heaven.
  • 00:19:27.280 --> 00:19:32.250
  • There's no handicap parking in Heaven.
  • 00:19:32.250 --> 00:19:36.000
  • There's no white canes in Heaven,
  • 00:19:36.280 --> 00:19:38.270
  • there's no wheelchairs in Heaven,
  • 00:19:38.270 --> 00:19:40.160
  • there's no artificial limbs in Heaven,
  • 00:19:40.160 --> 00:19:43.000
  • there's no hearing aids in Heaven.
  • 00:19:43.000 --> 00:19:44.240
  • Sign language is just for fun in Heaven.
  • 00:19:44.240 --> 00:19:48.040
  • Is there a doctor in the house,
  • 00:19:49.000 --> 00:19:51.060
  • anybody here you're a doctor, you're in the medical field?
  • 00:19:51.060 --> 00:19:53.180
  • Anybody, is there a doctor here?
  • 00:19:53.180 --> 00:19:55.040
  • There's a doctor right here, my brother,
  • 00:19:55.040 --> 00:19:56.190
  • thank you for serving, a physician's a great calling.
  • 00:19:56.190 --> 00:19:59.080
  • (clapping)
  • 00:19:59.080 --> 00:20:00.160
  • But, you gotta find a new job in Heaven.
  • 00:20:00.160 --> 00:20:03.010
  • You need new job training in Heaven.
  • 00:20:03.010 --> 00:20:04.140
  • 'Cause in Heaven, we don't need doctors.
  • 00:20:04.140 --> 00:20:07.040
  • No doctors in Heaven, no surgeons in Heaven,
  • 00:20:07.040 --> 00:20:10.100
  • no physical therapists in Heaven,
  • 00:20:10.100 --> 00:20:12.110
  • no nurses in Heaven, no medical techs in Heaven,
  • 00:20:12.110 --> 00:20:15.130
  • no dentists in Heaven, no orthodontists in Heaven,
  • 00:20:15.130 --> 00:20:18.130
  • no $1500 out of pocket insurance co-pays in Heaven.
  • 00:20:18.130 --> 00:20:22.200
  • (cheering)
  • 00:20:23.190 --> 00:20:25.080
  • 'Cause there's no pain in Heaven.
  • 00:20:25.080 --> 00:20:27.240
  • I love the things that are not in Heaven,
  • 00:20:27.240 --> 00:20:30.110
  • so many things that are not in Heaven.
  • 00:20:30.110 --> 00:20:31.170
  • But I wanna wrap this talk by
  • 00:20:31.170 --> 00:20:32.240
  • saying I want you to be in Heaven.
  • 00:20:32.240 --> 00:20:34.220
  • I want you to be sure you're in Heaven.
  • 00:20:34.220 --> 00:20:38.000
  • And here's where my little short outline
  • 00:20:38.000 --> 00:20:41.080
  • falls apart on my hand, 'cause on my pinky,
  • 00:20:41.080 --> 00:20:43.270
  • I have the word, I have the word know.
  • 00:20:43.270 --> 00:20:47.020
  • K-N-O-W, I have the word know,
  • 00:20:48.290 --> 00:20:51.130
  • doesn't start with an N, I'm sorry,
  • 00:20:51.130 --> 00:20:52.280
  • it's not that kinda no, it's know like do you have knowledge
  • 00:20:52.280 --> 00:20:56.030
  • or do you have confidence that you're
  • 00:20:56.030 --> 00:20:58.120
  • gonna go to Heaven some day?
  • 00:20:58.120 --> 00:21:00.280
  • See no, some of y'all think you can't even know,
  • 00:21:00.280 --> 00:21:04.100
  • you're hoping, and I talked about hope, right?
  • 00:21:04.100 --> 00:21:06.190
  • Oh, I'm hoping, pastor I hope that when I die,
  • 00:21:06.190 --> 00:21:08.260
  • I go to Heaven, I hope I lived my life in such a way
  • 00:21:08.260 --> 00:21:11.050
  • when I stand before God, you know,
  • 00:21:11.050 --> 00:21:13.110
  • and God gets out his shiny scales and weighs my life
  • 00:21:13.110 --> 00:21:16.090
  • and my good deeds versus my bad deeds,
  • 00:21:16.090 --> 00:21:18.100
  • you know, that I get the thumbs up from God.
  • 00:21:18.100 --> 00:21:20.080
  • I take the escalator up, and not the escalator down,
  • 00:21:20.080 --> 00:21:22.170
  • and so I'm hoping, I'm really wishing,
  • 00:21:22.170 --> 00:21:25.070
  • I pray, guess what, you can know,
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  • and by the way that's not the way it works.
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  • You can have confidence so when you know for certain
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  • that Heaven is your eternal home,
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  • and you live every day on this
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  • earth with spiritual swag man,
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  • you live this day knowing you're a person of purpose,
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  • and no matter what comes your way, if this is your last day,
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  • and I pray this is not your last day,
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  • you will spend eternity with God
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  • in this glorious place the bible describes,
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  • you can know.
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  • Let me show you a passage, let's leave Revelation,
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  • let me just go back just a little bit,
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  • just creep towards for your bible just a smidge.
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  • Before Revelations, the book of Jude,
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  • before the book of Jude is Third John,
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  • before Third John is Second John,
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  • before Second John is First John.
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  • You know, it's hard to do the bible backwards,
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  • but First John, First John chapter five,
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  • and John, this is John the disciple,
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  • John the Beloved, the best friend of Jesus,
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  • and he's writing to Christians of his day saying this,
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  • it's this simple, you wanna know you're going to Heaven,
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  • it says, beginning in verse 11,
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  • the testimony is this, the witness is this.
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  • He who has, God has given us eternal life,
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  • and this life is in His Son.
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  • He who has the Son, has the life, it's that clear.
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  • He who has the Son has the life,
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  • and conversely, he who does not have the Son,
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  • does not have the life.
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  • This is not about a label.
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  • This is not if you're Protestant,
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  • or if you're Catholic, or if you're a Jew,
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  • or you're a Gentile, or you're Muslim,
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  • no, it's not about this,
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  • it's do you have that relationship with Jesus?
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  • Do you have the Son?
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  • You see, if you get the person you get the place.
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  • If you get that personal relationship with Jesus,
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  • one of the benefits of salvation is
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  • when you're life on earth is done,
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  • you'll spend forever with your King in eternity,
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  • and you can know, you can K-N-O-W for certain
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  • that you have this nailed down,
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  • don't have to hope and wish, and dream and speculate,
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  • you can know again,
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  • and maybe you think, David, I don't think that's right!
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  • I think if you think you know,
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  • that's kind of arrogant or selfish,
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  • how can you know the bible?
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  • The promise of Scripture, again,
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  • look chapter five, next verse is 13,
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  • on the screen right now at every campus,
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  • and look what John says,
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  • 'cause evidently people in Johns day were wondering,
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  • can you really be confident?
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  • Can you even know you're going to Heaven?
  • 00:23:34.030 --> 00:23:35.280
  • And so he says these things, all five chapters,
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  • these things that I've written to you, get ready,
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  • who believe in the name of the Son of God comma,
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  • so that you may--
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  • - [Audience] Know!
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  • - Know!
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  • That you may know, my pinky,
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  • you may know that you have eternal life.
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  • You can know it.
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  • You can nail it down.
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  • (clapping)
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  • Show me your pinky, show me your pinky, show me your pinky,
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  • wiggle your pinky, wiggle your pinky.
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  • Do you know, do you got it,
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  • yeah, I mean I know I've got it,
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  • I've got it nailed down, I got confidence?
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  • I'll tell you what, I'd love to nail it down,
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  • so what's this whole salvation, how's it work?
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  • Is God weighing my rituals, my good deeds?
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  • No, that's religion, that's religion, it's a gift.
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  • Ephesians 2:8 and nine, I'm almost done,
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  • thanks for your patience, Ephesians 2:8 and nine,
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  • it says for by grace, right, grace,
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  • that's a bible word meaning God's
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  • love is unconditional love,
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  • it's God's love not because of who we are,
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  • it's sometimes in spite of who we are.
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  • For by grace you have been saved through faith,
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  • and that not of yourselves, get ready, it is the--
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  • - [Altogether] Gift!
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  • - Gift of God so salvation is a gift of God,
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  • and not a result of works, it's nothing you do,
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  • it's not a ritual, it's not your morality,
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  • it's not your generosity so that no one can brag or boast.
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  • So salvation's a gift, that's why we use language like this,
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  • to receive Christ as Lord and Savior,
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  • it's right out of the bible, to receive Jesus,
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  • like you receive a gift.
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  • So I'm gonna close the service this way,
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  • hey don't miss next week.
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  • Again, we're gonna start this service at six o'clock,
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  • if you want a more typical Church by the Glades service,
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  • whatever the heck that means,
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  • come to one of the other services
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  • on Saturday night or Sunday,
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  • please come to one, but come back,
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  • and let Nick just inspire the heck outta you,
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  • we're gonna have a big crowd, so don't be late.
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  • Six o'clock.
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  • But listen, somebody here, this is not about next week,
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  • it's about your right now,
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  • and your right now is gonna prepare you for Heaven.
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  • 'Cause you're gonna pray a salvation prayer,
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  • you're gonna pray and in Romans 10:13,
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  • it says, for everyone who calls upon
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  • the name of the Lord shall be saved.
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  • I would love the honor of helping you receive Jesus.
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  • So I wanna ask no one to leave early,
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  • I wanna ask everyone in every venue,
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  • every environment, at this campus to bow your head,
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  • close your eyes, and if you wanna be certain
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  • and sure that you're saved, you wanna know it,
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  • based on biblical promise, just take my words,
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  • and make this your prayer to God,
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  • no need to pray out loud, God can read your mind.
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  • Pray something like this.
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  • Dear Jesus, yes.
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  • I'm saying yes to all of it, I'm saying yes to forgiveness,
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  • I'm saying yes to your Lordship,
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  • I'm saying yes to salvation, I'm saying yes to Heaven.
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  • Come into my life Lord,
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  • I believe you died on the cross to pay for my sin,
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  • I believe you rose again, and you're alive right now,
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  • and I receive the gift of salvation by faith,
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  • for I make this prayer in Jesus name, amen.
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  • Yeah you can clap. (clapping)
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  • I'd clap, 'cause somebody near you
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  • may have prayed that prayer.
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  • If you prayed that prayer, brilliant job.
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  • That's it.
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  • Based on not your emotion,
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  • not your feelings of God's closeness or whatever,
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  • based on the promise of Scripture you are saved.
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  • - We would love to meet you,
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  • and our campuses are the perfect place to make that happen.
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  • We have multiple locations here in South Florida,
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  • and a ton of services over the weekend you can choose from.
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  • Just go to www.cbglades.com,
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  • and there you'll find our times, directions,
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  • and more information about who we are.
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  • (upbeat music)
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