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August 19, 2019
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  • Britt Dillard: God has an encouraging Word for you and
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  • me today through the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton,
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  • and in this special edition of "The Encouraging Word"
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  • Dr. Don is gonna be answering your questions.
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  • As a matter of fact, now the first one is
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  • about doubt and maybe we've all dealt with some doubt,
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  • some wondering about the existence of God or why is it
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  • that some things are happening to us.
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  • You know, I was praying with a friend just the other day about
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  • this sense of overwhelmingness, about everything pushing in.
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  • Here is good news.
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  • God said he would never leave you or forsake you,
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  • and we're here for you, as well.
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  • The number on your screen will connect with one of us happy
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  • to talk, to listen, to pray.
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  • Maybe you wanna submit a question for Dr. Don
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  • to answer at a later time.
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  • You can either email us or you can call us right now and say,
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  • "Hey.
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  • When Dr. Don is answering questions again,
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  • I would love to know the answer to this."
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  • Just know that we're here for you.
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  • Now, let's open our hearts together as Dr. Don goes
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  • straight to God's Word, "The Encouraging Word"
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  • for today's answers with Dr. Don.
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  • Dr. Don Wilton: Hello, my friends.
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  • You know, I'm just so thrilled that we can spend time together
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  • like this through "The Encouraging Word" broadcast.
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  • You know, we receive, literally, scores and scores of letters and
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  • emails from every source all around the country asking me
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  • questions, important questions about spiritual matters
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  • that really matter.
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  • I'd like to answer some of these for you today.
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  • I've got a smattering here in my hand.
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  • I don't even really know where to begin,
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  • but I want to just give you a snippet of what I believe God
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  • would say in response to some these great questions
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  • that you send to me.
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  • You know, I got this letter, actually, not too long ago,
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  • and it's a beautiful letter.
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  • "Dear Dr. Wilton--"
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  • And this precious person is just talking
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  • about doubting her faith, you know,
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  • and saying to me we're living in a world where so many people
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  • and the media and places, from schoolrooms to courtrooms,
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  • are casting doubt on our Christian faith.
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  • And she quite honestly says, "You know,
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  • I'm quite depressed about it and sometimes I wonder even if--
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  • I just doubt if God exists."
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  • You know, I can understand that.
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  • You now, life is so filled with the difficulties of life.
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  • You know, being sick in your body can cause you
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  • to start doubting God.
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  • By the way, pain hurts, doesn't it?
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  • So, I want you to think about that.
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  • I got a very good friend, even as I speak right now,
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  • who's in terrible pain.
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  • It's very difficult to be in pain or to be confronted by a
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  • doubting world, the skepticism, and yet be strong in your faith.
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  • That's why we walk by faith, not by sight.
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  • I want you to renew your faith.
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  • Trust God. Believe God.
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  • Just take God at his Word.
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  • Go back to the source of your faith,
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  • and he will enable you to overcome your doubts.
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  • Well, here is a question that we get quite often here.
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  • This writer wrote to me and said would I explain
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  • what the meaning of believer's baptism is all about?
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  • You know, thanks for a great question like that.
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  • You know, I love people from all walks of life.
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  • I've got so many friends who are Presbyterians and Methodists and
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  • Baptists and Episcopalians and people from every walk of life.
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  • First of all, let me tell you the bottom line is,
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  • do you know Jesus?
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  • That's the bottom line.
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  • It's all about Jesus, but, you know,
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  • every time I talk about baptism I go to the Bible.
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  • The Bible is our source, our authority.
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  • Remember what happened to Jesus?
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  • Jesus went to the River Jordan and asked of John
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  • that he be baptized.
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  • You remember that?
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  • Now, why would Jesus be baptized?
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  • I mean, after all he was God.
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  • Everything Jesus did was a picture of what
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  • he expects of us.
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  • Everything he did on this life, everything he said was designed
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  • with you and me in mind, so consider the baptism of Jesus.
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  • He stepped into the water.
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  • John took him, placed him under the water.
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  • Having placed him under the water he brought him
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  • out of the water again.
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  • Now, it's very important to notice that the picture that
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  • Jesus was giving to us is exactly what happens
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  • when we give our lives to Jesus.
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  • We stand with Jesus.
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  • Then we are buried with him.
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  • Remember, Jesus went to the cross and was buried
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  • for our sin, but are we left in the grave?
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  • Was Jesus left in the grave?
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  • Was he left under the water?
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  • No, he rose again by the power of God.
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  • Jesus was brought back up out of the water,
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  • and God spoke from heaven and said,
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  • "This is my son, in whom I'm well-pleased."
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  • That, my friend, is believer's baptism.
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  • I encourage you to be baptized according to what
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  • the Bible teaches, related to what Jesus did,
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  • and God will bless you.
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  • Here is another one, all right?
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  • Someone wrote to me and said to me,
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  • "Dr. Wilton, how do I witness to other people?"
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  • Don't you find that a constant challenge?
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  • I do, you know?
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  • Do you know just a few moments ago,
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  • before I sat down to talk to you,
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  • I ran into a young man by the name of Matt
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  • who gave his life to Jesus Christ.
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  • I was talking to him just a little while ago and, you know,
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  • one of my good friends, Colby, led Matt to Jesus.
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  • That's what I wanna do, and I know that's what you wanna do.
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  • How do you become a witness?
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  • Let me give you the best thing I can tell you.
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  • Invite people to give their hearts to Jesus.
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  • You say to me, "Now, wait a minute.
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  • What do you mean by that?"
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  • Ask them, "Would you like to give your heart to Jesus?"
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  • Have you ever thought about that?
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  • Think about what we ask people most of all.
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  • "Would you like to go to church?"
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  • Good thing to ask them.
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  • "Would you come with me to church?"
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  • Great thing.
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  • Don't ever stop asking them that.
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  • We ask people, "Would you like this?
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  • Would you like that?"
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  • The one thing we struggle to ask people is,
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  • "Would you like to give your heart to Jesus?"
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  • Do you know what I've discovered?
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  • Every person who's ever given their heart to Jesus
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  • will tell me, "Oh, no, I've done that.
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  • Well, I know exactly where to go next."
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  • But, you know, when people haven't given their hearts to
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  • Jesus that's not the easiest question to answer, is it?
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  • And then you know.
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  • God will tell you and when you know it's as simple as saying,
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  • "Can I help you to give your heart to Jesus today?
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  • Why don't you just pray and ask Jesus to come into your heart?"
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  • Do you know inviting Jesus into your heart is not
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  • about how well you say that prayer?
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  • Just think about it.
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  • People who don't know Jesus, how are they supposed to know
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  • what to say?
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  • But God knows because he made you,
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  • and he loves you, and the moment you give your life to Jesus
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  • the Spirit of God takes over.
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  • Be a witness. Share Christ.
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  • Invite people, talk to them, and ask the question, "Hello there.
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  • I'm so glad to meet you, Sue.
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  • Would you like to give your heart to Jesus today?"
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  • Now, what is the worst thing they can do to you?
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  • Well, I'm not even gonna go there,
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  • but what's worth asking them that question?
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  • You know what it's worth?
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  • The angels in heaven rejoicing, and God is gonna use you
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  • to be a witness.
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  • I'm praying for you as you do so.
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  • All right, let's go to another.
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  • Ah!
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  • Here is a--this is a great one.
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  • I got this question from someone,
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  • said to me, "Now, Dr. Wilton, what exactly is original sin?"
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  • Wow!
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  • Original sin?
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  • Well, let's go back to the word "original."
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  • The word "original" comes from the word "origin."
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  • What does "origin" mean?
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  • It means back at the beginning, right?
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  • So, what is original sin?
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  • Where did it originate from, sin?
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  • Well, you gotta go back right there into the book of Genesis.
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  • What happened in Genesis chapter 1?
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  • God created Adam and Eve.
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  • How did he create them?
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  • In his image.
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  • What does that mean?
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  • The image of God.
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  • When God created Adam and Eve, mankind,
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  • he created us to look like God, to love like God,
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  • and to live with God.
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  • That's exactly what happened in the Garden of Eden.
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  • It was perfect, and Jesus came.
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  • God did.
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  • He was there and the Spirit was there living with them,
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  • fellowshipping with them, and all of a sudden here comes
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  • that slimy old snake, the devil, and they sinned.
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  • What happened?
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  • This is the original sin.
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  • All of a sudden separation came in.
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  • They were thrown out of the garden.
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  • They hid from God.
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  • They covered their nakedness.
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  • They became aware.
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  • They all of a sudden took on the mantle of sin and from that
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  • moment on mankind, who had been created forever
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  • in the image of God, could no longer love like God,
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  • could no longer live with God, and could no longer
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  • look like God.
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  • That's pretty evident when we look at ourselves, don't we?
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  • Original sin goes back to the beginning.
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  • It all happened right there and because Adam and Eve sinned,
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  • so it is that we are born in sin,
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  • but Jesus went to the cross, gave his life,
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  • and died on that cross, taking upon himself my original sin,
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  • my present sin, my past sin, my future sin.
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  • And he died with it and buried and by the power of God
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  • he was raised from the dead, and he's alive,
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  • so when I give my heart to Jesus my original sin,
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  • my past sin, my present sin, and all sin forever is left
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  • in the grave, and I am given the victory in Christ.
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  • Thank you for a great question.
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  • All right, let's look here.
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  • Ah!
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  • Here is another one.
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  • I love questions like this, so thank you for writing
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  • this to me.
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  • "What happens when I die?"
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  • Phew.
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  • That's a pretty good question, isn't it?
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  • You know, death is quite a subject.
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  • It's a big subject and could we be honest with each other?
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  • We don't really like to talk about it too much and just
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  • judging by the way we fix ourselves up and take care of
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  • our looks and take care of our bodies we try to do everything
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  • we can to stop ourselves from dying.
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  • Do you know it's not something we're gonna be able to avoid?
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  • Because all of us are gonna die someday.
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  • All of us.
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  • Let me tell you what happens when you die
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  • and you've given your heart to Jesus.
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  • You know what the Bible says?
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  • The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5 and verse 8--
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  • Paul put it like this.
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  • He said, "I would much rather be present with the Lord Jesus
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  • than be here in this life."
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  • And what he was talking about is that he would rather be
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  • with the Lord Jesus, because being absent,
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  • in other words dying, means that I am immediately
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  • in the presence of Jesus, so here is what happens.
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  • When I die one day, and it's going to happen,
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  • I want you to know something about me.
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  • You're gonna read it somewhere.
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  • You're gonna see it somewhere.
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  • Maybe you're gonna watch "The Encouraging Word,"
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  • and they're gonna get up and say,
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  • "You know, Dr. Wilton died."
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  • But you know what they're gonna quickly say?
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  • They're gonna say, "He went straight to be with Jesus,"
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  • because the Bible says to be absent from the body
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  • is to be present with the Lord.
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  • Here is what the Bible teaches.
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  • When you die, you close your eyes, you stop breathing,
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  • you're not even gonna know it, because God is gonna send
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  • his angels to pick you up and to transport you
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  • into the presence of the King of kings and Lord of lords.
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  • You see Paul again writing in 1 Corinthians chapter 15.
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  • He said death has lost its sting.
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  • The grave no longer has victory. There is no power over you.
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  • You're gonna be translated into the presence of Jesus.
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  • Do you know Jesus?
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  • When you give your life to Christ,
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  • you are immediately transported by the angels into the presence,
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  • seated at the feast table of the King.
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  • Give your heart to Jesus today.
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  • Thank you for this question.
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  • I know it's coming from the heart of someone who knows and
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  • loves Jesus just like me and because you've given your heart
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  • to Jesus you can have confidence today that all that fear
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  • is removed.
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  • Now, can I be honest with you?
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  • I'm not ready to die just yet.
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  • I'm praying that God may be so good as to spare me
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  • for many more years.
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  • I love living.
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  • I love my children, my grandchildren,
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  • and I most certainly love my wife.
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  • I love the ministry.
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  • I love "The Encouraging Word" broadcast ministry,
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  • and you helping us to make a difference around the world.
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  • We've got work to do, folks.
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  • This is about Jesus.
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  • Man, our world needs Jesus.
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  • Do you know something?
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  • God somehow has put a joy in my heart,
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  • because whether I live or whether I die, I win,
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  • because Christ won.
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  • He gave his life for me and as in Adam we all die,
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  • but in Christ we're all made alive.
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  • Thanks for a great question.
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  • All right, let's go on here.
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  • Here is another one.
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  • Here is a good one.
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  • This is fantastic here.
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  • "So, how do we know God's will for our lives?"
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  • Whoo!
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  • That is a colossal subject, so you just gotta beg my pardon
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  • right now, because how can I on, "The Encouraging Word"
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  • broadcast ministry in 30 seconds,
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  • and I've already taken some of that time, haven't I?
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  • You know, knowing and doing God's will,
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  • the Word of God is replete with that, is filled with it.
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  • There are so many passages of Scripture that I wish
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  • I could take you.
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  • And, by the way, you can write to me and ask me to send you
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  • a lot of passages.
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  • Email us here at "The Encouraging Word."
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  • Go to our webpage, by the way.
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  • You'll love it, The Encouraging Word.
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  • You'll see us there.
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  • Talk to us.
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  • Get in touch with us.
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  • Correspond.
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  • Let us know, and we can send you the details here,
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  • because you need to get the Bible.
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  • Go to grips. There is passages in Isaiah.
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  • There is passages in John's Gospel.
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  • There are passages in the Acts of the Apostle.
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  • I mean, we could go all over Scripture right now,
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  • but let me just say this to you.
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  • When Jesus comes into your heart,
  • 00:17:13.050 --> 00:17:16.280
  • immediately he engages you in the face
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  • and the heart of God himself.
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  • The Spirit of God indwells you and by his Spirit
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  • he empowers you, and he begins to speak to you and show you,
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  • so this is how he does it.
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  • He speaks through his Word, so I've got my Bible sitting
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  • right here next to me.
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  • This Bible is so beautiful, and God,
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  • from Genesis to Revelation, will speak to you,
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  • so I'm gonna tell you now make certain that you're
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  • in God's Word.
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  • Be in church. Be in that Bible study.
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  • Be in that life group. Be in that Sunday school group.
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  • Sit at the feet of those teachers,
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  • those pastors.
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  • Keep listening to the encouragement.
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  • I try every time-- and you know this.
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  • I try every time to open God's Word every time I preach
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  • around the country, and we try to say,
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  • "Listen, this is what God says," so God speaks by his Word.
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  • God speaks by his Spirit, the Spirit of God who lives in you.
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  • Do you know Jesus?
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  • You do?
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  • The Spirit of God lives in you, and the Spirit of God knocks
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  • at your heart's door.
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  • He guides you.
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  • He inspires you.
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  • He fills you with joy.
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  • He gives you peace.
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  • He speaks through your mind.
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  • He speaks to you.
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  • The Spirit of God takes control and fills you with his presence
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  • and will show you.
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  • I'll tell you--I'm just telling you this, guys.
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  • Listen carefully.
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  • When you let the Spirit of God speak to you,
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  • you'll think you're dealing with apples,
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  • and oranges are getting blessed.
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  • You'll say, "How did that happen?"
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  • God knows everything about you, and he knows your right hand
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  • from your left hand.
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  • He knows what you need, where you need to be,
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  • where you need to go, the decisions you need to make.
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  • Speaks through his Word.
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  • He speaks through his Spirit.
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  • He speaks through people, like right now you're listening
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  • to me, people like me, people like your mother,
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  • your father, your life-group leader, that wonderful coach,
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  • that best friend.
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  • How about your wife, your husband?
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  • Maybe your son, your daughter, your grandchildren,
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  • your next-door neighbor who popped her head over the fence
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  • the other day and said, "Have you heard this?"
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  • And she thought she was talking about the apples growing
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  • on the tree down the road, but God sent her to send you
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  • a message to know his will.
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  • Isn't that fantastic?
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  • That's how God works in our lives.
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  • That's what he does for us.
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  • He speaks through his Word, he speaks through his Spirit,
  • 00:20:15.010 --> 00:20:18.220
  • he speaks through people, but he also speaks
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  • through circumstances.
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  • Do you know everything you do is ordered by God?
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  • Do you know God never makes mistakes?
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  • Think about that for a minute.
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  • We make mistakes, he doesn't, and God orders our footsteps.
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  • Now, I know this is gonna come across like,
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  • "Dr. Wilton, did you say that?"
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  • I'm gonna go ahead and say it.
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  • Do you know sometimes even the things that we don't fully
  • 00:20:51.150 --> 00:20:54.110
  • understand God uses to show us where we need to be?
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  • He does and sometimes it could be through a surgery.
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  • Sometimes it could be a heart attack.
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  • Sometimes it could be a wreck.
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  • Sometimes it could be a tornado that comes
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  • and destroys our home and our life.
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  • Sometimes--listen, circumstances are circumstances
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  • and the Bible says in Romans-- it's a wonderful passage.
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  • This is what God says.
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  • God is working all things together for the good
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  • of those that love God, to those who are the called according
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  • to his purpose, so thank you for that wonderful question
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  • about the will of God.
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  • Oh, here is another one I got.
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  • This is one is a doozy.
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  • Ha!
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  • I don't have any time.
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  • I'm gonna try my best.
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  • "Dr. Wilton, what does it mean when the Bible says
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  • from dust to dust?"
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  • Whoo!
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  • Well, you know, when I saw that I went back and looked.
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  • That's actually in Genesis chapter 3 and verse 19.
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  • This is what the Bible says.
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  • I wrote it down here, so let me read it.
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  • "By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you
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  • return to the ground, since it is where you were taken from;
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  • for dust you are and to dust you will return."
  • 00:22:18.280 --> 00:22:22.060
  • Now, that's God speaking to Eve, ultimately to Adam and Eve
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  • because of the sin that had come into their lives.
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  • So, first thing I wanna say to you "dust to dust" means that
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  • because of our sinful nature we are going to return back
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  • to the original form from which God made us to begin with.
  • 00:22:42.140 --> 00:22:49.050
  • So, what was the stuff that God used to make us in his image?
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  • We were formed from the dust of the earth, right?
  • 00:22:55.240 --> 00:23:00.270
  • That's God's original creation and the means by which
  • 00:23:00.280 --> 00:23:06.220
  • he chose to create us.
  • 00:23:06.230 --> 00:23:09.020
  • By the way, who owned the dust?
  • 00:23:09.030 --> 00:23:12.100
  • God did.
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  • Dust is not kinda like nothing.
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  • Uh-uh.
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  • God made the dust.
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  • Dust is something.
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  • It has value in God's economy and,
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  • evidently, it has so much value he made us
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  • out of the dust of the earth.
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  • That's the original creation of mankind,
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  • formed from the dust.
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  • Man sinned.
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  • The penalty of sin is the recreation of God by his Spirit.
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  • We are being recreated and when we die we go back to the
  • 00:23:48.050 --> 00:23:53.120
  • original form by which God takes the origin of who we are in his
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  • original creative sovereignty, out of which
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  • we are now recreated in our immortal bodies.
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  • That's why in 1 Corinthians 15 and verse 51 and follow,
  • 00:24:14.120 --> 00:24:19.130
  • just read, the perishable is now made imperishable.
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  • Mortal is now translated into immortal.
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  • We're taken back to the dust of the earth,
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  • and we are recreated into the perfect image of God.
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  • We once again are able to live with him forever and ever.
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  • Thank you for such a great question.
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  • Keep them coming. Keep them coming.
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  • Just put it on me.
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  • I love questions like this, and I don't know all the answers,
  • 00:24:49.080 --> 00:24:52.220
  • but God surely does.
  • 00:24:52.230 --> 00:24:55.050
  • Thank you for worshiping with us on "The Encouraging Word"
  • 00:24:55.060 --> 00:24:59.110
  • broadcast ministry, this ministry that's penetrating
  • 00:24:59.120 --> 00:25:04.000
  • the hearts of people all across America,
  • 00:25:04.010 --> 00:25:06.280
  • making a difference for Christ across the world,
  • 00:25:06.290 --> 00:25:10.240
  • bringing the message of hope in our searching world,
  • 00:25:10.250 --> 00:25:15.070
  • and you're a part of it.
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  • God bless you today, my friend.
  • 00:25:16.250 --> 00:25:18.250
  • Britt: You are a part of it.
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  • Some of you I know are believers in Jesus Christ,
  • 00:25:20.270 --> 00:25:23.120
  • and you're praying right now for God to do something remarkable.
  • 00:25:23.130 --> 00:25:26.010
  • And some, man, these questions and these answers have helped
  • 00:25:26.020 --> 00:25:29.040
  • open your eyes to what you need to do and that's say yes
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  • to Jesus as Savior and Lord.
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  • Well, we'd love to pray with you.
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  • Matter of fact, right now I'd love to pray with you
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  • and for you.
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  • Maybe you just wanna repeat this prayer after me.
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  • Lord Jesus, I know I've messed up.
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  • My sin has separated me from you, but, God,
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  • today I realize you died on the cross for my sins.
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  • I accept you.
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  • I believe in you as my Savior and Lord.
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  • Change me.
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  • In Jesus's name I pray. Amen.
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  • If the Lord's stirring your heart,
  • 00:25:56.170 --> 00:25:58.030
  • if you have even more questions, man,
  • 00:25:58.040 --> 00:25:59.130
  • we've got even more answers with God's encouraging Word,
  • 00:25:59.140 --> 00:26:01.220
  • the Bible itself.
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  • Call us.
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  • Jot that number down. Store it in your cell.
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  • Know that we're ready pray with you,
  • 00:26:05.270 --> 00:26:07.100
  • to lead you into opportunities to connect into local churches
  • 00:26:07.110 --> 00:26:09.270
  • near you, or maybe put some resources in your hands
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  • that will help you grow as a follower of Jesus Christ.
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  • Just know we are here for you at "The Encouraging Word."
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  • Dr. Wilton: Hello, my friends.
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  • I wanna speak to you personally today from my heart to yours.
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  • I don't think there is ever a better or more important time
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  • for us to respond to our world by standing up
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  • for righteousness.
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  • Now, with this in mind I would like to invite you to become
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  • an encourager ministry partner.
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  • You see, together we can impact lives both now
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  • and for all time and all eternity.
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  • "The Encouraging Word" is a viewer- and listener-supported
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  • ministry and to know that you are standing with me financially
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  • enables me to move forward with confidence to do the work God
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  • has called me to do, so please call the number on your screen
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  • and just simply say, "I wanna become an encourager."
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  • Thank you so much for helping me.
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