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How Can I Prepare For My Journey To Heaven? Part 1

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January 28, 2021
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As we wrap up our series on heaven this week and next, we are going to discover six essential preparations for every Christian’s inevitable journey to that “place called heaven.”

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How Can I Prepare For My Journey To Heaven? Part 1

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [PRESENTER] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTISTCHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • WELCOME AGAIN TOPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ONE DAY FOLLOWERSOF JESUS CHRIST
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  • WILL CLOSE THEIR EYESFOR THE LAST TIME
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  • AND OPEN THEM AGAIN INTHE PRESENCE OF GOD.
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  • SO WHAT STEPS SHOULDWE BE TAKING RIGHT NOW
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  • IN ORDER TO BE READY FORTHAT ALL-IMPORTANT DAY
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  • OF OUR DEPARTURE?
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  • HOW DO WE LEARN TOLOOK FORWARD TO HEAVEN
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  • WITH JOYFUL ANTICIPATION
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  • INSTEAD OF FEAR AND DREAD?
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  • WE'RE ANSWERING THE QUESTION,
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  • "HOW CAN I PREPARE FORMY JOURNEY TO HEAVEN?"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OFPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [PRESENTER] AT THIS VERY MOMENT,
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  • GOD IS PREPARING APLACE OF UNENDING JOY
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  • FOR THOSE WHO TRUST IN HIM.
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  • AND TO HELP YOU AND YOURLOVED ONES GET READY,
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  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS HASWRITTEN A BRAND NEW BOOK,
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  • "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN,
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  • 100 DAYS OF LIVING INTHE HOPE OF ETERNITY."
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  • SPEND 100 DAYS REFLECTINGON THE BEAUTIFUL PLACE
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  • GOD IS PREPARING FOR YOU.
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  • REQUEST "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN,
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  • 100 DAYS OF LIVING INTHE HOPE OF ETERNITY,"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • WHEN I BEGAN THISSERIES ON HEAVEN,
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  • I USED AN UPCOMING TRIP WE HADPLANNED TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY
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  • AS AN ANALOGY OF THE TRIPWE'RE ALL GOING TO TAKE
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  • TO A FOREIGN LAND ONE DAY,TO THAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • WELL, SINCE THAT TIME, WEACTUALLY TOOK THAT TRIP.
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  • WE WENT TO LONDON FOR A FEW DAYS
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  • AND THE TRIP WAS UNEVENTFUL,
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  • EXCEPT FOR ONE MISTAKE I MADE.
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  • I FORGOT TO PACK ANYEXTRA SOCKS WITH ME.
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  • BY THE FOURTH DAY OF THE TRIP,
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  • I BROKE DOWN AND WENT TOTHE LOCAL DEPARTMENT STORE
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  • AND PURCHASED SOME CHEAP SOCKS.
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  • I ACTUALLY KNEW ITWAS TIME TO DO SO
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  • WHEN THE ORIGINALPAIR I BROUGHT WITH ME
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  • WERE NO LONGER LINEDBY THE BED EVERY NIGHT,
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  • THEY WERE STANDING BYTHE BED EVERY NIGHT,
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  • WAITING TO GREETME WHEN I AWAKENED.
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  • NOW THAT WAS A MISTAKE, BUT ITHAD NO LASTING CONSEQUENCES.
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  • IT WAS A LITTLE UNCOMFORTABLEFOR MY FAMILY MEMBERS
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  • WHO WERE STANDINGDOWNWIND FROM ME
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  • THE FIRST THREEDAYS OF THE TRIP,
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  • BUT NO PERMANENT HARM.
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  • HOWEVER, FAILING TOADEQUATELY PREPARE
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  • FOR THE REAL TRIPWE'RE ALL TAKING,
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  • FOR THAT TRIP TO THEPLACE CALLED HEAVEN,
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  • NOT PREPARING ADEQUATELY
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  • CAN HAVE DEVASTATING ANDUNENDING CONSEQUENCES.
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  • WE'VE GOT TO BEPREPARED FOR THE TRIP.
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  • AND THAT'S WHY ITHOUGHT THE LAST SUBJECT
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  • WE OUGHT TO TALK ABOUTAS WE CONTEMPLATE HEAVEN
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  • IS HOW CAN I PREPARE FORMY JOURNEY TO HEAVEN?
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  • WE'RE GOING TO LOOKAT SIX PRACTICAL STEPS
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  • EVERY ONE OF US SHOULD TAKE,
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  • AS WE PREPARE FOR OUR JOURNEYTO THAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • THE FIRST STEP IS THEMOST FOUNDATIONAL.
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  • AND THAT IS, MAKE SUREYOU HAVE A VALID PASSPORT.
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  • YOU KNOW TO TRAVELTHE MOST COUNTRIES,
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  • YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PASSPORT.
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  • NO PASSPORT, NO ENTRYINTO THAT COUNTRY.
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  • I DISCOVERED THEHARD WAY, (CHUCKLING)
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  • THE IMPORTANCE OFHAVING A PASSPORT
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  • A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO WHENI WAS YOUTH MINISTRY HERE.
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  • MANY YEARS AGO, OUR YOUTHCHOIR, OUR CHAPEL CHOIR,
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  • TOOK A TRIP TOTHE SOVIET UNION.
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  • SOME OF YOU WERE ONTHAT TRIP WITH US.
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  • IT WAS DURING THEHEIGHT OF THE COLD WAR,
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  • TENSIONS BETWEEN THESOVIET UNION AND THE US
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  • WERE VERY, VERY COLD.
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  • AND I REMEMBER THATEXPERIENCE OF BEING
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  • IN THE SOVIET UNION FORA LITTLE OVER A WEEK
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  • AND HOW OPPRESSIVETHE ATMOSPHERE WAS.
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  • AND FRANKLY, WE COULDN'TWAIT TO GET OUT OF THERE.
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  • AND FINALLY, THE DAYARRIVED FOR OUR DEPARTURE.
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  • WE WERE SCHEDULEDTO LEAVE MOSCOW
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  • AT MIDNIGHT ONENIGHT TO FLY TO ROME,
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  • AND EVERYBODY WAS EXCITEDABOUT GETTING OUT OF THERE.
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  • WE WERE AT THEMOSCOW AIRPORT,
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  • SO EVERYBODY WENTTHROUGH PASSPORT CONTROL,
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  • ALL THE SPONSORS,ALL THE KIDS.
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  • I WAS THE LASTONE TO GO THROUGH,
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  • AFTER ALL, I FELTLIKE I OUGHTA BE SURE
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  • ALL THE KIDS MADEIT ON FIRST.
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  • AND SO IT WAS MYTURN TO GO THROUGH,
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  • AMY WAS ALREADY ON THEOTHER SIDE WAITING FOR ME.
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  • AND I REACHED IN MY POCKETTO PULL OUT MY PASSPORT
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  • AND IT WASN'T THERE.
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  • I CHECKED IN MY OTHERPOCKET, IT WASN'T THERE.
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  • I CHECKED MY PANTS,IT WASN'T THERE.
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  • AND THEY STARTEDCALLING THE FLIGHT
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  • GETTING READY TOLEAVE FOR ROME,
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  • AND SO I WENT UPTO THE SOVIET GUARD
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  • AND EXPLAINEDTHE PREDICAMENT,
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  • THAT I WAS A LEADER AND THATTHAT WAS MY GROUP OVER THERE.
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  • TRUST ME, HE COULDNOT HAVE CARED LESS.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHING)
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  • NO PASSPORT, IWASN'T LEAVING.
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  • AMY AND I HAD BEENMARRIED EXACTLY ONE YEAR.
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  • SHE WAS STANDINGON THE OTHER SIDE,
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  • SEEING WHAT WAS GOING ON.
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  • SHE BEGAN TO CRY AS SHETHOUGHT ABOUT HER NEW HUSBAND
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  • BEING IN A RUSSIAN GULAGFOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHING)
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  • AND FINALLY AFTERFRANTICALLY SEARCHING,
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  • ONE OF THE SPONSORS ONTHE TRIP STARTED TO GRIN.
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  • HE REACHED IN HIS POCKETAND PULLED OUT MY PASSPORT
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  • HE HAD TAKEN AS A JOKE.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHING)
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  • TRUST ME WHEN I TELL YOU,
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  • AFTER 35 YEARS, AMY STILLDOESN'T THINK IT'S FUNNY.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHING)
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  • BUT YOU KNOW THE PANICI FELT THAT NIGHT,
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  • ALTHOUGH IT WAS VERY REAL,
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  • IT PALES IN COMPARISONTO THE PANIC
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  • SOME PEOPLE AREGOING TO FEEL
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  • WHEN THEY STAND AT THEENTRANCE OF HEAVEN,
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  • THINKING GOD IS GOING TOWELCOME THEM INTO HEAVEN,
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  • AND THEN THEY HEAR THOSE WORDS
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  • JESUS SAID INMATTHEW 7:22,
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  • HE SAID, "FOR MANY WILLSAY TO ME ON THAT DAY,
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  • THAT IS THE JUDGMENT DAY,
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  • 'LORD LORD, DID WE NOTPROPHESY IN YOUR NAME?
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  • AND IN YOUR NAME,CAST OUT DEMONS,
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  • AND IN YOUR NAME,PERFORM MANY MIRACLES?'
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  • AND THEN HE WILLANSWER TO THEM,
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  • 'DEPART FROM ME YOU WHOPRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.
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  • I NEVER KNEW YOU.'"
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  • WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE GOING TOBE TURNED AWAY FROM HEAVEN?
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  • THEY DON'T HAVE THERIGHT SPIRITUAL PASSPORT.
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  • NO PASSPORT, NOENTRY INTO HEAVEN.
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  • WHAT IS THE SPIRITUAL PASSPORTWE NEED TO GET INTO HEAVEN?
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  • IT'S NOT A HEART THATIS STAMPED CATHOLIC.
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  • IF YOUR HEART ISSTAMPED CATHOLIC,
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  • YOU'RE NOT GOING TOMAKE IT INTO HEAVEN.
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  • IT'S NOT A HEART THAT'SSTAMPED CHURCH OF CHRIST.
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  • IF YOUR HEART IS STAMPEDCHURCH OF CHRIST,
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  • YOU'RE NOT GETTINGINTO HEAVEN.
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  • IF YOUR HEART ISSTAMPED BAPTIST,
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  • YOU'RE NOT GOING TOWELCOMED INTO HEAVEN.
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  • IT'S ONLY A HEART THATIS STAMPED FORGIVEN,
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  • THAT IS WELCOMEDINTO HEAVEN.
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  • THAT'S ALLTHAT MATTERS.
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  • BEING FORGIVENOF OUR SINS.
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  • NO OTHER STAMPMAKES A DIFFERENCE
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  • IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD. THEBIBLE HAS A WORD FOR FORGIVEN.
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  • IT'S THE NEW TESTAMENTWORD, JUSTIFIED.
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  • JUSTIFIED IS A LEGALTERM THAT REFERS
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  • TO WHAT GOD DOES FOR US
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  • WHEN WE TRUST INCHRIST THE SAVIOR.
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  • HE JUSTIFIES US, HEDECLARES US NOT GUILTY,
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  • BASED ON WHAT CHRISTDID FOR US ON THE CROSS.
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  • ROMANS 5:1 SAYS,
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  • "THEREFORE, HAVING BEENJUSTIFIED BY FAITH,
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  • WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD THROUGHOUR LORD JESUS CHRIST."
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  • THE ONLY WAY GOD WILL ALLOWYOU AND ME INTO HEAVEN
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  • IS BY BEING FORGIVENOF OUR SINS.
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  • AND CONTRARY TO MANY OPINIONS,
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  • THERE ARE NOT MANYWAYS TO HEAVEN.
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  • THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO HEAVEN
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  • AND THAT IS THROUGHFAITH IN CHRIST.
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  • I REALIZE THAT'SUNPOPULAR TO SAY TODAY.
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  • MANY PEOPLE DO THINK THEREARE OTHER ROUTES TO HEAVEN.
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  • HOW CAN YOU MAKE SURE THAT
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  • WHEN YOU STAND AT THEENTRANCE OF HEAVEN,
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  • GOD IS GOING TOLOOK AT YOUR HEART
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  • AND WELCOME YOUINTO HIS PRESENCE?
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  • 1 JOHN WAS WRITTENIN ORDER THAT PEOPLE
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  • MIGHT KNOW FOR SURE THEIRETERNAL DESTINATION.
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  • IN 1 JOHN 5, THE APOSTLEWRITES, VERSE 11,
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  • "GOD HAS GIVEN US ETERNAL LIFE,
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  • AND THIS LIFE IS IN HIS SON.
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  • HE WHO HAS THESON, HAS THE LIFE.
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  • HE WHO DOES NOT HAVE THESON, DOES NOT HAVE THE LIFE.
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  • THESE THINGS IHAVE WRITTEN TO YOU
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  • WHO BELIEVE IN THENAME OF THE SON OF GOD
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  • IN ORDER THAT YOU MAY KNOWYOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE."
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  • WHO IS IT THAT KNOWSTHEY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE?
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  • THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN THENAME OF THE SON OF GOD.
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  • WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE,
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  • THAT WORD BELIEVE DOESN'TMEAN AN INTELLECTUAL ASSENT
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  • OR A CERTAIN SET OFFACTS ABOUT JESUS.
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  • YOU CAN BELIEVE ALL THETHINGS ABOUT JESUS CORRECTLY,
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  • THAT HE WAS THE SON OF GOD,
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  • THAT HE DIED ON THE CROSSFOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD,
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  • THAT HE ROSE AGAINON THE THIRD DAY.
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  • YOU CAN BELIEVE ALL THOSE THINGS
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  • AND GO STRAIGHT TOHELL WHEN YOU DIE.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS EVEN THEDEMONS BELIEVE THOSE THINGS.
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  • NO, TO BELIEVEMEANS TO TRUST IN,
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  • TO CLING TO, TO PUTYOUR WHOLE WEIGHT UPON.
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  • TO TRUST IN JESUS MEANS TOCOME TO THAT PLACE IN YOUR LIFE
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  • WHEN YOU REALIZE YOUCANNOT SAVE YOURSELF.
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  • THAT IT IS ONLY THROUGHWHAT CHRIST DID FOR YOU
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  • IN DYING ON THE CROSS ANDRECEIVING THE PUNISHMENT
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  • THAT GOD INTENDEDFOR EACH OF US,
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  • ONLY BY CLINGING TO TRUSTING
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  • AND PUTTING YOUR WHOLEWEIGHT UPON JESUS CHRIST
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  • IS YOUR HEART STAMPED FORGIVEN
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  • AND YOU'RE WELCOMED INTOTHE PRESENCE OF GOD.
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  • AND NOTICE WHAT JOHN SAID.
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  • HE SAID, "I'VEWRITTEN THESE THINGS
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  • SO THAT YOU MAY KNOW THATYOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE."
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  • GOD DOESN'T WANTUS TO FACE DEATH
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  • UNCERTAIN ABOUT OUR FUTURE.
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  • HE WANTS US TO KNOWWITH ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY
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  • THAT WE'RE GOINGTO BE WELCOMED.
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  • YOU DON'T WANT ANY SURPRISESON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GRAVE.
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  • TO FACE ETERNITY WITHOUTKNOWING WITH ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY
  • 00:10:18.908 --> 00:10:25.281
  • WHERE YOU ARE HEADED IS A RISKNO SANE PERSON WOULD TAKE.
  • 00:10:25.314 --> 00:10:30.586
  • AND THAT'S WHY IT'SIMPORTANT THAT YOU KNOW NOW
  • 00:10:30.619 --> 00:10:33.789
  • THAT YOU HAVE THESPIRITUAL PASSPORT
  • 00:10:33.823 --> 00:10:35.791
  • YOU NEED TO BEWELCOMED INTO HEAVEN.
  • 00:10:35.825 --> 00:10:37.393
  • IF YOU WAIT TO TRYTO GET YOUR PAPERS
  • 00:10:37.426 --> 00:10:39.061
  • IN ORDER AFTER YOU DIE,YOU'VE WAITED TOO LONG.
  • 00:10:39.095 --> 00:10:42.998
  • THAT'S THE FIRST STEP TOPREPARE FOR OUR TRIP TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:10:43.032 --> 00:10:47.169
  • BUT IT'S THE FOUNDATIONAL STEP.
  • 00:10:47.203 --> 00:10:49.205
  • THERE ARE OTHERS WENEED TO TAKE AS WELL
  • 00:10:49.238 --> 00:10:51.006
  • AND THAT LEADS TOSTEP NUMBER TWO,
  • 00:10:51.040 --> 00:10:53.142
  • LIVE WITH A DESTINATION MINDSET.
  • 00:10:53.175 --> 00:10:57.513
  • LIVE WITH A DESTINATION MINDSET.
  • 00:10:57.546 --> 00:10:59.515
  • THE FACT IS WE DON'TKNOW WHEN OUR DEPARTURE
  • 00:10:59.548 --> 00:11:02.151
  • TO THAT PLACE CALLEDHEAVEN IS, DO WE?
  • 00:11:02.184 --> 00:11:04.920
  • WE DON'T KNOW WHENIT'S GOING TO BE.
  • 00:11:04.954 --> 00:11:06.655
  • AND SO THAT MEANS WE FACEAN UNUSUAL RESPONSIBILITY
  • 00:11:06.689 --> 00:11:10.793
  • OF PREPARING FOR OURTRIP TO THE NEXT WORLD
  • 00:11:10.826 --> 00:11:14.363
  • WHILE STILL LIVINGIN THIS WORLD.
  • 00:11:14.396 --> 00:11:17.633
  • GOD CALLS US TO BERESIDENTS OF TWO WORLDS.
  • 00:11:17.666 --> 00:11:22.338
  • THE NEXT WORLD AND THIS WORLD.
  • 00:11:22.371 --> 00:11:25.274
  • NOW MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT,
  • 00:11:25.307 --> 00:11:26.542
  • OUR TRUE CITIZENSHIPIS IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:11:26.575 --> 00:11:28.711
  • PHILIPPIANS 3:20 SAYS, "FORWE ARE CITIZENS OF HEAVEN
  • 00:11:28.744 --> 00:11:32.782
  • WHERE THE LORDJESUS CHRIST LIVES.
  • 00:11:32.815 --> 00:11:35.217
  • AND WE ARE EAGERLYAWAITING FOR HIM
  • 00:11:35.251 --> 00:11:38.020
  • TO RETURN AS OUR SAVIOR."
  • 00:11:38.053 --> 00:11:39.588
  • OUR REAL CITIZENSHIPIS IN THAT NEW COUNTRY
  • 00:11:39.622 --> 00:11:42.258
  • WE'RE HEADED TOWARD.
  • 00:11:42.291 --> 00:11:43.826
  • NEVERTHELESS, GOD HASLEFT US HERE AS WELL.
  • 00:11:43.859 --> 00:11:46.595
  • AND HE'S GIVEN US CERTAINREAL RESPONSIBILITIES.
  • 00:11:46.629 --> 00:11:49.665
  • WE HAVE RESPONSIBILITIESWITH THE FAMILY
  • 00:11:49.698 --> 00:11:51.634
  • THAT GOD'S ENTRUSTED TO US.
  • 00:11:51.667 --> 00:11:53.502
  • WE HAVE RESPONSIBILITIESAT WORK.
  • 00:11:53.536 --> 00:11:55.671
  • AND OF COURSE OURGREATEST RESPONSIBILITY,
  • 00:11:55.704 --> 00:11:57.840
  • 2 CORINTHIANS 5:20,IS TO BE AMBASSADORS,
  • 00:11:57.873 --> 00:12:00.876
  • TO BE REPRESENTATIVESFOR CHRIST,
  • 00:12:00.910 --> 00:12:02.978
  • TO BE GOD'S MOUTHPIECES URGINGPEOPLE TO RECONCILED TO GOD
  • 00:12:03.012 --> 00:12:07.716
  • THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS.
  • 00:12:07.750 --> 00:12:09.518
  • SO WE ACTUALLY HAVETWO RESPONSIBILITIES,
  • 00:12:09.552 --> 00:12:12.221
  • PREPARING FOR THE NEXT WORLD,
  • 00:12:12.254 --> 00:12:14.323
  • WHILE LIVING IN THIS WORLD.
  • 00:12:14.356 --> 00:12:17.159
  • WE'RE TO BE THINKING ABOUTTHERE AND PREPARING FOR THERE,
  • 00:12:17.193 --> 00:12:20.529
  • BUT WE STILL HAVEWORK TO DO HERE.
  • 00:12:20.563 --> 00:12:24.500
  • THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT THATHERE, THERE MENTALITY.
  • 00:12:24.533 --> 00:12:29.038
  • AGAIN, THE BIBLE EMPHASIZESOVER AND OVER AGAIN
  • 00:12:29.071 --> 00:12:31.574
  • THAT THERE IS OURFINAL DESTINATION.
  • 00:12:31.607 --> 00:12:34.310
  • IN HEBREWS 11:13THE WRITER SAYS,
  • 00:12:34.343 --> 00:12:37.213
  • "WE ARE NOTHING BUT STRANGERSAND EXILES ON THE EARTH."
  • 00:12:37.246 --> 00:12:40.950
  • IN COLOSSIANS 3:2 PAUL SAYS,
  • 00:12:40.983 --> 00:12:42.852
  • "SET YOUR MIND ONTHE THINGS ABOVE,
  • 00:12:42.885 --> 00:12:45.855
  • NOT ON THE THINGS THATARE ON THE EARTH."
  • 00:12:45.888 --> 00:12:49.458
  • IT MEANS TO LIVE EVERY DAYAS IF IT WERE YOUR LAST DAY,
  • 00:12:49.491 --> 00:12:55.331
  • BEFORE GOD CALLS YOU HOME.
  • 00:12:55.364 --> 00:12:57.066
  • BECAUSE ONE DAY ITWILL BE THAT DAY.
  • 00:12:57.099 --> 00:13:01.203
  • HOW DO YOU PREPARE FORYOUR JOURNEY TO HEAVEN?
  • 00:13:01.237 --> 00:13:04.373
  • NUMBER THREE,
  • 00:13:04.406 --> 00:13:06.742
  • REFUSE TO ALLOW YOUR DEPARTURETO PARALYZE YOU WITH FEAR.
  • 00:13:06.775 --> 00:13:12.381
  • THERE IS NO REASONFOR US AS CHRISTIANS
  • 00:13:12.414 --> 00:13:14.250
  • TO FEAR OUR JOURNEY THAT WE'REALL GOING TO MAKE TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:13:14.283 --> 00:13:18.921
  • NO, AND YET, IF WE'REHONEST, A LOT OF CHRISTIANS
  • 00:13:18.954 --> 00:13:20.923
  • DO HAVE FAITH AND FEARTHAT JOURNEY TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:13:20.956 --> 00:13:23.425
  • MAYBE YOU'RE ONE OF THOSE.
  • 00:13:23.459 --> 00:13:25.394
  • WINSTON CHURCHILL WHO,
  • 00:13:25.427 --> 00:13:27.129
  • CERTAINLY WAS AGNOSTICIF NOT AN ATHEIST,
  • 00:13:27.162 --> 00:13:30.499
  • SAID AT ONE POINT,"ANY MAN WHO SAYS
  • 00:13:30.532 --> 00:13:32.601
  • HE'S NOT AFRAID OFDEATH IS A LIAR."
  • 00:13:32.635 --> 00:13:36.739
  • WELL, THAT'S CERTAINLYTRUE FOR NON-CHRISTIANS,
  • 00:13:36.772 --> 00:13:38.707
  • BUT IT'S EVEN TRUEOF SOME CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:13:38.741 --> 00:13:42.144
  • ONE REASON THEY FEAR HEAVEN,THAT JOURNEY TO HEAVEN,
  • 00:13:42.177 --> 00:13:45.648
  • IS THEY DON'T KNOWMUCH ABOUT IT.
  • 00:13:45.681 --> 00:13:47.016
  • THAT'S ONE REASON I'VEPREACHED THESE WEEKS ON HEAVEN,
  • 00:13:47.049 --> 00:13:50.219
  • TO GIVE YOU JUST AN IDEA OFWHAT GOD HAS PLANNED FOR YOU.
  • 00:13:50.252 --> 00:13:54.957
  • SOME CHRISTIANS FEARTHEIR DEPARTURE TO HEAVEN,
  • 00:13:54.990 --> 00:13:58.160
  • BUT LET ME SHAREWITH YOU TODAY
  • 00:13:58.193 --> 00:13:59.395
  • TWO REASONS A CHRISTIANNEVER NEEDS TO FEAR
  • 00:13:59.428 --> 00:14:02.665
  • HIS DEPARTURE TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:14:02.698 --> 00:14:04.066
  • FIRST OF ALL, DEATHIS NEVER PREMATURE.
  • 00:14:04.099 --> 00:14:09.939
  • IF YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN TODAY,
  • 00:14:09.972 --> 00:14:11.206
  • YOU CAN WRITE ITDOWN, BANK ON IT,
  • 00:14:11.240 --> 00:14:15.010
  • YOU WILL NOT DEPARTTHIS WORLD ONE SECOND
  • 00:14:15.044 --> 00:14:18.881
  • BEFORE GOD'S DEPARTURETIME FOR YOU.
  • 00:14:18.914 --> 00:14:22.518
  • NO CHRISTIAN LEAVESTHIS WORLD ONE SECOND
  • 00:14:22.551 --> 00:14:26.689
  • BEFORE GOD'S APPOINTED TIME.
  • 00:14:26.722 --> 00:14:29.858
  • IN ACTS 2:23, PETER AT THEGREAT SERMON AT PENTECOST SAID,
  • 00:14:29.892 --> 00:14:33.629
  • "THIS MAN JESUS WAS DELIVERED UP
  • 00:14:33.662 --> 00:14:36.498
  • BY THE PREDETERMINED PLANAND FOREKNOWLEDGE OF GOD.
  • 00:14:36.532 --> 00:14:41.003
  • GOD HAD A PLAN FOR JESUS' LIFE.
  • 00:14:41.036 --> 00:14:44.340
  • IT'S A PLAN THAT INCLUDED
  • 00:14:44.373 --> 00:14:45.674
  • THE DATE OF HISBIRTH IN BETHLEHEM,
  • 00:14:45.708 --> 00:14:47.743
  • AND IT INCLUDED THE DAYOF HIS DEATH ON CALVARY.
  • 00:14:47.776 --> 00:14:52.348
  • AND THAT SAME GOD HASA PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:14:52.381 --> 00:14:55.784
  • GOD HAS AN IMMUTABLEUNCHANGEABLE PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:14:55.818 --> 00:15:00.589
  • HE HAS WRITTEN DOWNTHE DAY OF YOUR BIRTH,
  • 00:15:00.622 --> 00:15:02.758
  • HE'S WRITTEN DOWN THEDAY OF YOUR DEATH.
  • 00:15:02.791 --> 00:15:05.627
  • IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT,
  • 00:15:05.661 --> 00:15:06.662
  • JUST CONSIDER EPHESIANS 1:11.
  • 00:15:06.695 --> 00:15:09.698
  • PAUL SAID, "ALSO WE HAVEOBTAINED AN INHERITANCE
  • 00:15:09.732 --> 00:15:12.901
  • HAVING BEEN PREDESTINEDACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE
  • 00:15:12.935 --> 00:15:16.572
  • WHO WORKS ALL THINGS AFTERTHE COUNSEL OF HIS WILL."
  • 00:15:16.605 --> 00:15:24.480
  • EVERY PART OF YOUR LIFEHAS BEEN PLANNED BY GOD.
  • 00:15:24.513 --> 00:15:28.617
  • THERE ARE NOACCIDENTS IN YOUR LIFE
  • 00:15:28.650 --> 00:15:31.186
  • OR THE LIFE OFSOMEBODY YOU LOVE.
  • 00:15:31.220 --> 00:15:33.589
  • EVERYTHING, ALL THINGS,INCLUDING THE DAY OF YOUR DEATH,
  • 00:15:33.622 --> 00:15:37.593
  • ARE FOLLOWING THECOUNSEL OF HIS WILL.
  • 00:15:37.626 --> 00:15:41.330
  • AND NOTICE THAT WORDWILL IS SINGULAR.
  • 00:15:41.363 --> 00:15:44.299
  • GOD DOESN'T HAVEMULTIPLE WILLS.
  • 00:15:44.333 --> 00:15:46.301
  • HE DOESN'T HAVE MULTIPLEPLANS FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:15:46.335 --> 00:15:48.337
  • HE DOESN'T HAVE PLAN A,
  • 00:15:48.370 --> 00:15:49.605
  • "I HOPE THIS IS WHATHAPPENS," GOD SAYS,
  • 00:15:49.638 --> 00:15:51.673
  • "BUT IF THAT DOESN'T WORK OUT
  • 00:15:51.707 --> 00:15:52.908
  • THEN I'VE GOT PLANTHE PLAN B, PLAN C."
  • 00:15:52.941 --> 00:15:55.044
  • NO, HE HAS ONE SECRETPLAN THAT GOVERNS
  • 00:15:55.077 --> 00:15:58.047
  • EVERYTHING THATHAPPENS IN THE UNIVERSE
  • 00:15:58.080 --> 00:15:59.848
  • AND EVERYTHING THATHAPPENS IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:15:59.882 --> 00:16:01.917
  • DOESN'T THAT GIVESYOU CONFIDENCE,
  • 00:16:01.950 --> 00:16:04.119
  • TO KNOW THERE ARE NOMISTAKES IN GOD'S PLAN?
  • 00:16:04.153 --> 00:16:07.322
  • THAT YOUR LIFE IS IN HIS HANDS.
  • 00:16:07.356 --> 00:16:09.558
  • AND THAT'S WHY NOCHRISTIAN NEEDS TO FEAR
  • 00:16:09.591 --> 00:16:11.794
  • HIS DEPARTURE FROM THIS WORLD.
  • 00:16:11.827 --> 00:16:13.829
  • AS ONE PERSON SAID,"EVERY PERSON IS IMMORTAL
  • 00:16:13.862 --> 00:16:19.301
  • UNTIL HIS WORK ONEARTH IS DONE."
  • 00:16:19.334 --> 00:16:23.405
  • WE DON'T NEED TO FEAR DEATH.
  • 00:16:23.439 --> 00:16:24.673
  • FIRST OF ALL, DEATHIS NEVER PREMATURE,
  • 00:16:24.706 --> 00:16:26.408
  • BUT THERE'S A SECONDREASON NOT TO FEAR DEATH.
  • 00:16:26.442 --> 00:16:28.844
  • AND THAT IS DEATH IS ANECESSARY TRANSITION TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:16:28.877 --> 00:16:33.682
  • IT'S A NECESSARY TRANSITION
  • 00:16:33.715 --> 00:16:35.451
  • FROM THIS WORLDTO THE NEXT WORLD.
  • 00:16:35.484 --> 00:16:38.353
  • LET ME GO BACK TO MY PASSPORTANALOGY FOR A MOMENT.
  • 00:16:38.387 --> 00:16:41.523
  • WHEN MY SO-CALLED FRIENDFINALLY GAVE ME MY PASSPORT,
  • 00:16:41.557 --> 00:16:45.127
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHING)
  • 00:16:45.160 --> 00:16:46.995
  • AND I PRESENTED ITTO THAT SOVIET GUARD,
  • 00:16:47.029 --> 00:16:50.732
  • I HAD TO GO THROUGHTHIS LITTLE METAL GATE
  • 00:16:50.766 --> 00:16:53.769
  • TO GO FROM ONE PLACETO THE NEXT PLACE.
  • 00:16:53.802 --> 00:16:57.106
  • AS I WENT THROUGHTHAT LITTLE METAL GATE
  • 00:16:57.139 --> 00:16:59.208
  • AND IT OPENED UP ATPASSPORT CONTROL,
  • 00:16:59.241 --> 00:17:02.111
  • DID I DREAD GOINGTHROUGH THAT GATE?
  • 00:17:02.144 --> 00:17:05.114
  • NO, I ALMOST RANTHROUGH THAT GATE.
  • 00:17:05.147 --> 00:17:07.716
  • I WAS ELATED TO BE ESCAPINGTHE TYRANNY OF THE SOVIET UNION
  • 00:17:07.749 --> 00:17:11.520
  • AND HEAD TOWARD FREEDOM.
  • 00:17:11.553 --> 00:17:14.590
  • WELL, YOU KNOW, THE BIBLESAYS DEATH IS LIKE THAT GATE.
  • 00:17:14.623 --> 00:17:17.759
  • IT'S A LITTLE NARROWPASSAGEWAY WE MUST GO FROM,
  • 00:17:17.793 --> 00:17:21.763
  • TO LEAVE THE TYRANNYOF THIS WORLD
  • 00:17:21.797 --> 00:17:23.799
  • AND EXPERIENCE THE FREEDOMGOD HAS PLANNED FOR US.
  • 00:17:23.832 --> 00:17:26.935
  • WHY WOULD WE FEAR GOINGTHROUGH THAT GATE?
  • 00:17:26.969 --> 00:17:29.438
  • IT'S WHAT LEADS US TO EVERYTHINGGOD HAS PLANNED FOR US.
  • 00:17:29.471 --> 00:17:33.342
  • THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID IT THISWAY, IN 1 CORINTHIANS 15:50,
  • 00:17:33.375 --> 00:17:36.812
  • "NOW I SAY THIS BRETHREN,THAT FLESH AND BLOOD
  • 00:17:36.845 --> 00:17:39.882
  • CANNOT INHERIT THEKINGDOM OF GOD,
  • 00:17:39.915 --> 00:17:42.551
  • NOR DOES THE PERISHABLEINHERIT THE IMPERISHABLE."
  • 00:17:42.584 --> 00:17:47.156
  • PAUL WAS EXPLAININGWHY DEATH IS NECESSARY
  • 00:17:47.189 --> 00:17:49.858
  • FOR THE CHRISTIAN.
  • 00:17:49.892 --> 00:17:51.760
  • ONE REASON IS, WE NEEDA CHANGE OF CLOTHES
  • 00:17:51.793 --> 00:17:54.363
  • IN ORDER TO LIVE IN ANDEXIST IN THE NEW WORLD.
  • 00:17:54.396 --> 00:17:58.867
  • I WAS READING WHAT SOMEFUTURIST SAID A FEW WEEKS AGO.
  • 00:17:58.901 --> 00:18:00.836
  • HE'S PREDICTING THAT, ANDIN NOT THAT MANY YEARS,
  • 00:18:00.869 --> 00:18:03.906
  • MANY CITIZENS OF EARTH AREGOING TO BE LIVING ON MARS.
  • 00:18:03.939 --> 00:18:10.112
  • HOW DOES THAT STRIKEYOU, LIVING ON MARS?
  • 00:18:10.145 --> 00:18:12.347
  • THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE PREDICTING,
  • 00:18:12.381 --> 00:18:13.549
  • THAT'S WHAT THEYSAY IS GOING TO HAPPEN.
  • 00:18:13.582 --> 00:18:15.217
  • I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'SGOING TO HAPPEN OR NOT
  • 00:18:15.250 --> 00:18:16.618
  • BUT WHAT I DO KNOW IS THIS.
  • 00:18:16.652 --> 00:18:18.854
  • IF I'M GOING TO LIVE ON MARS,
  • 00:18:18.887 --> 00:18:21.690
  • THE SUIT I'M WEARINGRIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW,
  • 00:18:21.723 --> 00:18:23.892
  • IT'S FINE FOR DALLAS, TEXAS.
  • 00:18:23.926 --> 00:18:26.562
  • IT'S FINE FOR PLANET EARTH.
  • 00:18:26.595 --> 00:18:28.764
  • BUT THIS SUIT ISN'TGOING TO WORK ON MARS.
  • 00:18:28.797 --> 00:18:31.466
  • I MIGHT PUT ON A NEWSUIT, A SPACESUIT,
  • 00:18:31.500 --> 00:18:34.636
  • IN ORDER TO EXISTIN THAT OTHER WORLD.
  • 00:18:34.670 --> 00:18:37.839
  • AND THE SAME THING ISTRUE FOR US SPIRITUALLY.
  • 00:18:37.873 --> 00:18:40.576
  • THIS BODY THAT WE'REWEARING RIGHT NOW,
  • 00:18:40.609 --> 00:18:42.711
  • THAT WE'RE CLOTHED IN,
  • 00:18:42.744 --> 00:18:44.046
  • IT'S PERFECTLY DESIGNEDFOR THIS WORLD,
  • 00:18:44.079 --> 00:18:46.481
  • PAUL SAYS IT'S TOTALLYUNSUITABLE FOR THE NEXT WORLD.
  • 00:18:46.515 --> 00:18:49.851
  • AND THAT'S WHY WE HAVE TOHAVE A CHANGE OF CLOTHES
  • 00:18:49.885 --> 00:18:51.753
  • IF WE'RE GOING TO GO TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:18:51.787 --> 00:18:53.755
  • AND THAT'S WHAT DEATH IS.
  • 00:18:53.789 --> 00:18:55.691
  • DEATH IS A CHANGE OF CLOTHES.
  • 00:18:55.724 --> 00:18:57.893
  • THE WORD THANATOS ,DEATH, MEANS SEPARATION.
  • 00:18:57.926 --> 00:19:01.163
  • AT DEATH, OUR SPIRITS ARESEPARATED FROM OUR HUMAN BODIES.
  • 00:19:01.196 --> 00:19:07.035
  • THESE BODIES ARE LEFT BEHIND
  • 00:19:07.069 --> 00:19:08.570
  • SO THAT WE CAN PUT ON A NEW BODY
  • 00:19:08.604 --> 00:19:11.206
  • THAT IS DESIGNEDFOR THE NEW WORLD.
  • 00:19:11.240 --> 00:19:14.142
  • WHY SHOULD WE DREAD THAT?
  • 00:19:14.176 --> 00:19:15.410
  • WE OUGHT TO LOOK FORWARD TO IT.
  • 00:19:15.444 --> 00:19:17.546
  • I MEAN, DO YOU KNOWANY MAN WHO WOULD MIND
  • 00:19:17.579 --> 00:19:19.348
  • EXCHANGING HIS OLD RIPPED-UPPAJAMAS FOR A NEW BRIONI SUIT?
  • 00:19:19.381 --> 00:19:25.487
  • DO YOU KNOW ANY WOMANWHO WOULD GIVE UP
  • 00:19:25.520 --> 00:19:26.688
  • EXCHANGING HER BATHROBEFOR A CHANEL DRESS?
  • 00:19:26.722 --> 00:19:30.192
  • THAT'S EXACTLY THEEXCHANGE WE MAKE AT DEATH.
  • 00:19:30.225 --> 00:19:33.629
  • WHAT PERSON IN HISRIGHT MIND WOULD FEAR
  • 00:19:33.662 --> 00:19:36.698
  • THAT KIND OF EXCHANGE?
  • 00:19:36.732 --> 00:19:39.601
  • RANDY ALCORN, INHIS BOOK ON HEAVEN,
  • 00:19:39.635 --> 00:19:42.871
  • USES ANOTHER ANALOGY TO EXPLAIN
  • 00:19:42.904 --> 00:19:45.107
  • WHY CHRISTIANS DON'TNEED TO FEAR DEATH.
  • 00:19:45.140 --> 00:19:48.610
  • IT'S NOT THE ANALOGY OF CLOTHES,
  • 00:19:48.644 --> 00:19:50.746
  • IT'S THE ANALOGY OFAN UNEXPECTED PARTY.
  • 00:19:50.779 --> 00:19:55.017
  • RANDY WRITES, "SUPPOSE AFRIEND INVITES YOU TO A PARTY
  • 00:19:55.050 --> 00:19:59.121
  • WHERE YOU KNOW SOMEPEOPLE, BUT NOT MANY.
  • 00:19:59.154 --> 00:20:02.991
  • THE FOOD IS ADEQUATE, BUTNOTHING EXTRAORDINARY.
  • 00:20:03.025 --> 00:20:06.028
  • YOU ENJOY MEETINGSOME NEW PEOPLE
  • 00:20:06.061 --> 00:20:07.729
  • AND VISITING WITH A FEWFAMILIAR PEOPLE YOU KNOW.
  • 00:20:07.763 --> 00:20:11.033
  • SUDDENLY YOUR FRIENDANNOUNCES IT'S TIME TO LEAVE.
  • 00:20:11.066 --> 00:20:14.636
  • ALTHOUGH YOU'RE NOTQUITE READY TO LEAVE,
  • 00:20:14.670 --> 00:20:16.571
  • YOU ACQUIESCE BECAUSEHE'S YOUR RIDE HOME.
  • 00:20:16.605 --> 00:20:20.142
  • WHEN YOUR FRIEND DROPSYOU OFF AT YOUR HOUSE,
  • 00:20:20.175 --> 00:20:22.844
  • YOU PLACE YOUR KEY IN THELOCK AND YOU TURN THE KNOB.
  • 00:20:22.878 --> 00:20:26.315
  • JUST AS YOU OPEN THE DOOR,
  • 00:20:26.348 --> 00:20:28.383
  • THE LIGHTS SUDDENLY COME ONAND EVERYONE YELLS, 'SURPRISE!'
  • 00:20:28.417 --> 00:20:34.389
  • YOUR FAMILY AND YOURCLOSEST FRIENDS ARE THERE.
  • 00:20:34.423 --> 00:20:36.725
  • THEY'VE BROUGHT GIFTS ANDHAVE COVERED YOUR TABLE
  • 00:20:36.758 --> 00:20:39.194
  • WITH YOUR FAVORITE DELICACIES.
  • 00:20:39.227 --> 00:20:41.697
  • THE FIRST PARTYWAS SIMPLY A RUSE
  • 00:20:41.730 --> 00:20:44.333
  • TO GET YOU OUT OF THE HOUSE
  • 00:20:44.366 --> 00:20:46.134
  • SO THAT THE SECOND PARTYCOULD BE ORGANIZED.
  • 00:20:46.168 --> 00:20:49.171
  • HAD YOU STAYED ATTHE FIRST PARTY,
  • 00:20:49.204 --> 00:20:51.506
  • YOU WOULD HAVE MISSED THE REALPARTY, THE ONE AT YOUR HOME.
  • 00:20:51.540 --> 00:20:56.011
  • LIFE ON EARTH ISLIKE THE FIRST PARTY,
  • 00:20:56.044 --> 00:20:59.414
  • PLEASANT ENOUGH,
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  • BUT AT DEATH, YOU OPEN THEDOORS TO YOUR TRUE HOME
  • 00:21:01.316 --> 00:21:04.786
  • AND DISCOVER THAT THE REALPARTY IS TAKING PLACE THERE.
  • 00:21:04.820 --> 00:21:10.826
  • ISN'T THAT GOOD?
  • 00:21:10.859 --> 00:21:13.295
  • YOU KNOW, I WISH I COULDTELL YOU AS A PASTOR THAT
  • 00:21:13.328 --> 00:21:15.797
  • EVERY CHRISTIAN I'VE TALKEDTO WHO'VE FACED DEATH,
  • 00:21:15.831 --> 00:21:19.568
  • KNEW HIS OR HERDEATH WAS EMINENT,
  • 00:21:19.601 --> 00:21:21.103
  • THAT THEY FACED THEIRDEATH WITH GREAT COURAGE
  • 00:21:21.136 --> 00:21:23.739
  • AND GREAT ANTICIPATIONAND GREAT JOY.
  • 00:21:23.772 --> 00:21:27.242
  • THAT WOULDN'T BE HONEST.
  • 00:21:27.275 --> 00:21:29.211
  • NOT EVERY CHRISTIANFACES DEATH THAT WAY.
  • 00:21:29.244 --> 00:21:33.749
  • I'VE TALKED TO CHRISTIANSWHO WERE ABOUT TO DIE
  • 00:21:33.782 --> 00:21:35.817
  • WHO EXPRESSED REGRET.
  • 00:21:35.851 --> 00:21:38.954
  • REGRET OVER LEAVINGTHE PARTY TOO EARLY,
  • 00:21:38.987 --> 00:21:42.023
  • LEAVING FAMILY ANDFRIENDS BEHIND.
  • 00:21:42.057 --> 00:21:45.660
  • THAT'S AN HONEST EMOTION.
  • 00:21:45.694 --> 00:21:48.196
  • BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 00:21:48.230 --> 00:21:49.865
  • ANY REGRET THEY MAY HAVE FELTHERE ON EARTH IS TEMPORARY
  • 00:21:49.898 --> 00:21:55.804
  • AND WILL BE MORETHAN COMPENSATED
  • 00:21:55.837 --> 00:21:58.807
  • WHEN THEY START EXPERIENCINGTHE HILARITY OF HEAVEN.
  • 00:21:58.840 --> 00:22:03.979
  • IT'S THAT HILARITY OF HEAVENTHAT JESUS HAD IN MIND I THINK
  • 00:22:04.012 --> 00:22:06.581
  • WHEN HE SAID IN LUKE 6:21,
  • 00:22:06.615 --> 00:22:08.483
  • "BLESSED," LITERALLY HAPPY,
  • 00:22:08.517 --> 00:22:11.953
  • "ARE THOSE WHO WEEP NOW,FOR YOU SHALL LAUGH."
  • 00:22:11.987 --> 00:22:17.692
  • THAT'S WHY NO CHRISTIANNEEDS TO FEAR DEATH
  • 00:22:17.726 --> 00:22:21.496
  • AS HE MAKES HIS WAY TOWARDTHAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:22:26.968 --> 00:22:32.841
  • IMAGINE THE GLORIOUSLAUGHTER WE'LL ENJOY TOGETHER
  • 00:22:32.874 --> 00:22:36.311
  • WHEN WE RECONVENE IN HEAVEN
  • 00:22:36.344 --> 00:22:38.413
  • AS BROTHERS ANDSISTERS IN CHRIST.
  • 00:22:38.447 --> 00:22:41.016
  • I CAN HARDLY WAITTO HEAR YOUR STORIES
  • 00:22:41.049 --> 00:22:43.251
  • AS YOU DESCRIBE HOW GODFAITHFULLY BROUGHT YOU
  • 00:22:43.285 --> 00:22:46.755
  • INTO YOUR ETERNAL HOME WITH HIM.
  • 00:22:46.788 --> 00:22:49.624
  • I WANT TO CLOSE TODAYBY SHARING A COMMENT
  • 00:22:49.658 --> 00:22:51.893
  • FROM A FRIEND INTEXAS WHO WROTE,
  • 00:22:51.927 --> 00:22:54.162
  • "DR. JEFFRESS, YOURTEACHING HELPED ME
  • 00:22:54.196 --> 00:22:56.164
  • THROUGH A VERY DIFFICULT TIME.
  • 00:22:56.198 --> 00:22:58.333
  • AFTER 33 YEARS OF MARRIAGE,I FOUND MYSELF DIVORCED,
  • 00:22:58.366 --> 00:23:01.970
  • NEEDING TO FORGIVE MYEX-SPOUSE FOR YEARS OF ABUSE.
  • 00:23:02.003 --> 00:23:06.374
  • THANK YOU FORHELPING ME FIND POWER
  • 00:23:06.408 --> 00:23:08.343
  • AND VICTORY IN JESUS CHRIST."
  • 00:23:08.376 --> 00:23:11.346
  • ISN'T THAT INCREDIBLE?
  • 00:23:11.379 --> 00:23:13.148
  • THIS THANK YOU NOTE ALSOBELONGS TO OUR PATHWAY PARTNERS
  • 00:23:13.181 --> 00:23:16.485
  • AND ALL THOSE WHO GIVE.
  • 00:23:16.518 --> 00:23:18.487
  • YOU SEE, IT'S NOT JUST ME.
  • 00:23:18.520 --> 00:23:20.222
  • IT IS YOUR GIFTS THAT ALLOWUS TO PROVIDE THESE PROGRAMS.
  • 00:23:20.255 --> 00:23:24.459
  • I'M ESPECIALLY GRATEFULFOR OUR PATHWAY PARTNERS
  • 00:23:24.493 --> 00:23:27.529
  • BECAUSE YOUR MONTHLY GIVING
  • 00:23:27.562 --> 00:23:29.231
  • IS PROVIDING STRENGTHAND PREDICTABILITY
  • 00:23:29.264 --> 00:23:31.933
  • TO OUR MINISTRY FOR 2021.
  • 00:23:31.967 --> 00:23:34.603
  • THANK YOU FOR PARTNERINGWITH US AS TOGETHER,
  • 00:23:34.636 --> 00:23:37.138
  • WE PIERCE THE DARKNESS WITHTHE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:23:37.172 --> 00:23:40.909
  • NOW STAY RIGHT THERE,
  • 00:23:40.942 --> 00:23:42.110
  • I'LL BE BACK WITHMORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:23:42.143 --> 00:23:46.181
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:23:46.214 --> 00:23:47.916
  • [PRESENTER] WITH ALL OFTHE PRESSING CHALLENGES
  • 00:23:47.949 --> 00:23:49.885
  • FACING OUR WORLD TODAY,
  • 00:23:49.918 --> 00:23:51.520
  • IT'S EASY TO GET STUCKIN THE HERE AND NOW.
  • 00:23:51.553 --> 00:23:54.055
  • BUT WHEN WE LIVE EVERY DAYIN THE HOPE OF ETERNITY,
  • 00:23:54.089 --> 00:23:57.359
  • IT COMPLETELY TRANSFORMSOUR PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:23:57.392 --> 00:24:00.028
  • TO HELP ELEVATE YOUR THINKING
  • 00:24:00.061 --> 00:24:01.596
  • FROM EARTHLY CONCERNSTO HEAVENLY COMFORTS,
  • 00:24:01.630 --> 00:24:04.633
  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS HASWRITTEN A BRAND NEW BOOK
  • 00:24:04.666 --> 00:24:07.269
  • TITLED "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN,
  • 00:24:07.302 --> 00:24:09.337
  • 100 DAYS OF LIVING INTHE HOPE OF ETERNITY."
  • 00:24:09.371 --> 00:24:12.941
  • THE BIBLE TELLS USTHAT EVERY ONE OF US
  • 00:24:12.974 --> 00:24:15.210
  • IS GOING TO MAKE A TRIP ONEDAY TO A DISTANT COUNTRY.
  • 00:24:15.243 --> 00:24:19.014
  • IT'S A ONE-WAY TRIP TOAN ETERNAL DESTINATION.
  • 00:24:19.047 --> 00:24:22.384
  • AND FOR THOSE WHO KNOW CHRIST,
  • 00:24:22.417 --> 00:24:24.052
  • THAT TRIP IS TO APLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
  • 00:24:24.085 --> 00:24:26.855
  • MY BRAND NEW BOOK IS DESIGNEDTO HELP YOU OR A LOVED ONE
  • 00:24:26.888 --> 00:24:30.325
  • SPEND 100 DAYS LIVING IN THEREALITY OF YOUR ETERNAL HOME.
  • 00:24:30.358 --> 00:24:36.731
  • [PRESENTER] REQUEST YOUR COPYOF "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN,
  • 00:24:36.765 --> 00:24:38.266
  • 100 DAYS OF LIVING INTHE HOPE OF ETERNITY,"
  • 00:24:38.300 --> 00:24:40.969
  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:24:41.002 --> 00:24:42.671
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:24:42.704 --> 00:24:45.273
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:24:45.307 --> 00:24:47.876
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THECOMPLETE "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN"
  • 00:24:47.909 --> 00:24:51.046
  • TEACHING SERIESON BOTH CD AND DVD
  • 00:24:51.079 --> 00:24:54.416
  • ALONG WITH THE ORIGINALBEST-SELLING BOOK BY
  • 00:24:54.449 --> 00:24:57.085
  • DR. JEFFRESS TITLED "APLACE CALLED HEAVEN."
  • 00:24:57.118 --> 00:24:59.421
  • WHEN YOU GIVE TOPATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:24:59.454 --> 00:25:01.623
  • YOU'RE ALLOWING MEN ANDWOMEN ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY
  • 00:25:01.656 --> 00:25:04.426
  • TO HEAR THE TRUTH ABOUT HEAVEN
  • 00:25:04.459 --> 00:25:06.194
  • AND THE ONE WAY TO GET THERE,
  • 00:25:06.227 --> 00:25:08.163
  • THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:25:08.196 --> 00:25:10.198
  • SO THANK YOU FORGIVING GENEROUSLY.
  • 00:25:10.231 --> 00:25:12.267
  • GOD WILL USE YOUR GIFTTO PIERCE THE DARKNESS
  • 00:25:12.300 --> 00:25:15.403
  • WITH THE LIGHT OF HIS WORD.
  • 00:25:15.437 --> 00:25:17.672
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:25:17.706 --> 00:25:19.741
  • RICH OR POOR, MAN OR WOMAN,
  • 00:25:19.774 --> 00:25:21.977
  • EACH OF US WILLFACE DEATH SOMEDAY.
  • 00:25:22.010 --> 00:25:24.579
  • THERE'S NO AVOIDING IT.
  • 00:25:24.613 --> 00:25:26.581
  • AND HOW WE LIVE DURINGOUR BRIEF YEARS ON EARTH
  • 00:25:26.615 --> 00:25:29.484
  • WILL HAVE AN IRREVERSIBLEIMPACT ON HOW WE SPEND ETERNITY.
  • 00:25:29.517 --> 00:25:35.657
  • WELL AS WE NEAR THEEND OF OUR SERIES,
  • 00:25:35.690 --> 00:25:36.725
  • MY HOPE AND PRAYER FOR YOU
  • 00:25:36.758 --> 00:25:38.326
  • IS THAT ANY FEAR YOUMAY HOLD ABOUT DEATH
  • 00:25:38.360 --> 00:25:41.329
  • WILL INSTEAD MOTIVATEYOU TO PREPARE
  • 00:25:41.363 --> 00:25:44.366
  • FOR THAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
  • 00:25:44.399 --> 00:25:46.201
  • AND NEXT TIME, WE'LL LOOKAT THE FINAL THREE STEPS
  • 00:25:46.234 --> 00:25:48.803
  • FOR PREPARING FOR OURJOURNEY TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:25:48.837 --> 00:25:51.840
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEWOF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
  • 00:25:51.873 --> 00:25:54.509
  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:54.542 --> 00:25:57.679
  • [PRESENTER] TODAY WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:57.712 --> 00:25:59.814
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:59.848 --> 00:26:02.584
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BYSENDING YOU A COPY
  • 00:26:02.617 --> 00:26:04.786
  • OF THE BRAND NEWBOOK BY DR. JEFFRESS
  • 00:26:04.819 --> 00:26:06.688
  • TITLED "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN,
  • 00:26:06.721 --> 00:26:09.157
  • 100 DAYS OF LIVING INTHE HOPE OF ETERNITY."
  • 00:26:09.190 --> 00:26:12.627
  • PLUS THE BROCHURE,
  • 00:26:12.661 --> 00:26:14.029
  • "WHAT SEVEN WORLD RELIGIONSTEACH ABOUT HEAVEN,"
  • 00:26:14.062 --> 00:26:16.665
  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOUSIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US
  • 00:26:16.698 --> 00:26:19.434
  • TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:19.467 --> 00:26:21.569
  • NOW WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:21.603 --> 00:26:24.506
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE"A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN"
  • 00:26:24.539 --> 00:26:27.108
  • TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD,
  • 00:26:27.142 --> 00:26:30.512
  • ALONG WITH THE ORIGINALBEST-SELLING BOOK
  • 00:26:30.545 --> 00:26:32.681
  • BY DR. JEFFRESS TITLED,"A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN."
  • 00:26:32.714 --> 00:26:36.117
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:36.151 --> 00:26:37.952
  • BECAUSE OF YOURGENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:37.986 --> 00:26:39.888
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING, WRITING,
  • 00:26:39.921 --> 00:26:41.523
  • OR GOING ONLINE TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:41.556 --> 00:26:43.792
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIMEON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:43.825 --> 00:26:47.429
  • MOST OF US SPEND VERY LITTLETIME DOING THOSE THINGS
  • 00:26:47.462 --> 00:26:49.998
  • THAT WE THINK ARETHE MOST IMPORTANT.
  • 00:26:50.031 --> 00:26:52.600
  • THAT'S WHY PAUL SAID MAKETHE MOST OF YOUR TIME.
  • 00:26:52.634 --> 00:26:55.170
  • THE GREEK WORD, MAKE THE MOST,
  • 00:26:55.203 --> 00:26:56.905
  • IS A WORD LITERALLYTHAT MEANS, BUY UP.
  • 00:26:56.938 --> 00:26:59.908
  • SOMEBODY HAS SAID THE DIFFERENCE
  • 00:26:59.941 --> 00:27:01.309
  • BETWEEN SUCCESSFULPEOPLE AND UNSUCCESSFUL,
  • 00:27:01.342 --> 00:27:04.379
  • IS THEIR TENDER,LOVING CARE FOR TIME.
  • 00:27:04.412 --> 00:27:09.451
  • TIME IS A PRECIOUS COMMODITY.
  • 00:27:09.484 --> 00:27:12.220
  • [PRESENTER] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:27:12.253 --> 00:27:14.723
  • FOR PART 2 OF THE MESSAGE,
  • 00:27:14.756 --> 00:27:16.391
  • "HOW CAN I PREPARE FORMY JOURNEY TO HEAVEN?"
  • 00:27:16.424 --> 00:27:19.861
  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:27:19.894 --> 00:27:22.964
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:27:22.997 --> 00:27:29.010