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What Difference Does A Future Heaven Make In My Life Today? Part 1

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January 11, 2021
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Today we begin our new series “A Place Called Heaven” by answering the foundational question, “What difference does a future heaven make in my life today?”

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What Difference Does A Future Heaven Make In My Life Today? Part 1

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTISTDALLAS 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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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TOPATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • AS A CHRISTIAN, YOUCLEARLY UNDERSTAND
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  • THAT GOD IS PREPARING APLACE FOR YOU IN HEAVEN
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  • BUT WHEN I QUIZ PEOPLE ON WHATHEAVEN IS GOING TO BE LIKE
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  • IF YOU WERE ABLE TO ANSWERSOME VERY BASIC QUESTIONS.
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  • WELL TODAY ON"PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
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  • WE'RE STARTING OUR SERIESTITLED "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN".
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  • AND OVER THESE NEXT FEW WEEKS,
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  • I'LL ANSWER 10 OF THE MOSTCOMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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  • ABOUT OUR ETERNAL HOME.
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  • TODAY, WE'RE GOING TO START
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  • WITH THE FIRSTFOUNDATIONAL QUESTION.
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  • WHAT DIFFERENCE DOESA FUTURE HEAVEN MAKE
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  • IN MY LIFE TODAY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] 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 YOUREQUEST, "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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  • LAST YEAR I WENT ONAN INTERNATIONAL TRIP.
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  • IT WAS ONLY GOING TOBE FOR ABOUT A WEEK.
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  • AND SO, EVEN THOUGHIT WAS A SHORT TRIP
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  • I WAS GOING TO OURSOMEWHAT UNFAMILIAR PLACE
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  • AND I NEEDED TO MAKECERTAIN PREPARATIONS
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  • NEEDED TO STOP THENEWSPAPER AND MAIL DELIVERY
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  • NEEDED TO MAKE SURE MYCELL PHONE WOULD WORK
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  • IN THE COUNTRY THATI WAS GOING TO,
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  • I NEEDED TO CHANGE SOME OFMY CURRENCY FROM DOLLARS
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  • INTO POUNDS, AND MOST OF ALL,
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  • I NEEDED TO MAKESURE I HAD A PASSPORT
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  • SO THAT ONCE I ARRIVEDIN THIS NEW COUNTRY
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  • I WOULD BE ALLOWEDINTO THE COUNTRY.
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  • NOW MY TRIP WAS BRIEF,BUT DID YOU KNOW
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  • THE BIBLE TELLS USTHAT EVERY ONE OF US
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  • ONE DAY IS GOING TO MAKE ATRIP TO A DISTANT COUNTRY.
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  • IT'S A ONE-WAY TRIP TO A PLACE
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  • THAT IS MAINLY UNFAMILIAR TO US.
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  • AND THIS DESTINATION ISNOT JUST A ONE-WEEK STAY.
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  • IT IS GOING TO BE ANETERNAL DESTINATION
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  • FOR EVERY ONE OF US.
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  • FOR THOSE OF USWHO ARE CHRISTIANS
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  • AND CHRISTIANS ONLY THAT TRIPIS TO A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • AND TODAY WE'REBEGINNING A 10 WEEK STUDY
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  • ON THIS PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • YOU KNOW, IT'S AMAZING TO ME
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  • HOW FEW EVEN THINK ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • I THINK I UNDERSTAND WHY THEOVERWHELMING RESPONSIBILITIES
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  • OF THIS LIFE.
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  • SOMETIMES ECLIPSE OURTHINKING ABOUT THE NEXT LIFE.
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  • NOT ONLY THATHEAVEN SEEMED REMOTE
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  • IT SEEMS IRRELEVANT
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  • TO THOSE OF US TRYINGTO REAR A FAMILY
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  • OR KEEP A JOB OR MAKE A LIVING.
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  • WHY SHOULD WE BECONCERNED ABOUT HEAVEN?
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  • AND YET, EVEN THOUGH WE DON'TTHINK ABOUT HEAVEN THAT MUCH
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  • THERE ARE TIMES IN OUR LIFE.
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  • WHEN WE LONG FOR A BETTERPLACE THAN EARTH, ISN'T THERE.
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  • PERHAPS IT'S A BETRAYALBY A CLOSE FRIEND.
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  • MAYBE IT'S AN ILLNESS.
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  • MAYBE IT'S THELOSS OF A LOVED ONE
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  • OR THE BREAKUP OF ANIMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP.
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  • SOMETIMES THERE'SA DISAPPOINTMENT
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  • IN THIS LIFE THAT MAKES USLONG FOR SOMETHING BETTER.
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  • PHILIP YANCEY WRITES,
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  • "THE BIBLE NEVER BELITTLESHUMAN DISAPPOINTMENT
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  • "BUT IT DOES ADD ONEKEY WORD, TEMPORARY."
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  • WHAT WE FEEL NOW WEWILL NOT ALWAYS FEEL,
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  • OUR DISAPPOINTMENT IS ITSELF.
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  • A SIGN OF AN ACHING, AHUNGER FOR SOMETHING BETTER.
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  • AND FAITH IS IN THE END,A KIND OF HOMESICKNESS
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  • FOR A HOME WE HAVENEVER VISITED,
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  • BUT HAVE NEVERSTOPPED LONGING FOR.
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  • WE ALL LONG FOR THAT HOME,THAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • AND CONTRARY TO WHATSOME PEOPLE BELIEVE.
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  • HEAVEN IS NOT JUSTSOME FANCIFUL CREATION
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  • OF SOMEBODY TO HELP DULLTHE PAIN OF THE REALITY
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  • OF THIS WORLD.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS HEAVENIS A REAL PLACE.
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  • IN FACT, JESUS ASSURED US
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  • THAT HEAVEN IS A REALPLACE IN JOHN 14.
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  • JESUS SAID TO HISDISCIPLES IN VERSES 2-3,
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  • "IN MY FATHER'SHOUSE ARE MANY DWELLING PLACES.
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  • "IF IT WERE NOT SO IWOULD HAVE TOLD YOU,
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  • "FOR I GO TO PREPAREA PLACE FOR YOU.
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  • "AND IF I GO ANDPREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU
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  • "I WILL COME AGAIN ANDRECEIVE YOU TO MYSELF.
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  • "THAT WHERE I AM THERE,YOU MAY BE ALSO."
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  • AS WE'RE GOING TO DISCOVERIN THE COMING WEEKS
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  • JESUS IS RIGHT NOW IN HEAVEN
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  • AND HE IS OVERSEEING THELARGEST CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
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  • IN ALL OF HISTORY.
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  • HE IS BUILDING OUR FUTURE HOME
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  • THIS PLACE, HE CALLS HEAVEN.
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  • NOW THE QUESTION IS, WHYSHOULD WE TALK ABOUT HEAVEN?
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  • WHY SHOULD WE SPEND 10WEEKS STUDYING ABOUT HEAVEN?
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  • WELL, ONE REASON IS OURDEPARTURE FOR HEAVEN
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  • IS BOTH CERTAIN ANDRELATIVELY SOON,
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  • YOU KNOW THE BIBLETALKS ALL THE TIME
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  • ABOUT THE INEVITABILITYOF OUR JOURNEY
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  • TO THIS NEW DESTINATIONCALLED HEAVEN.
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  • OUR DEPARTURE ISCERTAIN AND IT'S SOON,
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  • ONE WAG SAID IT THIS WAY.
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  • HE SAID, "THE STATISTICS ONDEATH ARE QUITE IMPRESSIVE.
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  • "ONE OUT OF EVERY ONE DIES."
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  • HAVE YOU COME TOGRIPS WITH THAT?
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  • THE FACT THAT YOUARE GOING TO DIE,
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  • A WRITER OF ECCLESIASTESSOLOMON SAID IT THIS WAY.
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  • "MAN DOES NOT KNOW HIS TIME,
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  • "LIKE FISH CAUGHTIN A TREACHEROUS NET
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  • "AND BIRDS TRAPPED IN A SNARE.
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  • "SO THE SONS OF MAN ARE ENSNARED
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  • "AT AN EVIL TIME WHEN ITSUDDENLY FALLS ON THEM."
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  • DEATH SUDDENLY COMESWITHOUT ANY WARNING.
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  • ISAAC, THE PATRIARCHSAID IN GENESIS 27:3,
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  • "BEHOLD NOW I AM OLD AND I DONOT KNOW THE DAY OF MY DEATH."
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  • AND NEITHER DO YOU NEITHER DO I,
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  • SOLDIERS ON A BATTLEFIELD,
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  • CANCER PATIENTS WHOSE DISEASEHAVE BEEN LABELED TERMINAL.
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  • THEY ALL UNDERSTANDTHE CERTAINTY OF DEATH,
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  • THE REALITY OF DEATH,BUT IT'S JUST AS REAL
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  • AND UNCERTAIN FORYOU AND FOR ME.
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  • AND THE FACT THAT LIFE ISVERY BRIEF HERE ON EARTH
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  • SHOULD MOTIVATE US TO USEOUR TIME VERY, VERY WISELY.
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  • IN PSALM 90:12, MOSES PRAYED,"TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS.
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  • "AND RECOGNIZE HOW FEW THEY ARE,
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  • "HELP US TO SPENDTHEM AS WE SHOULD."
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  • EVERY TIME I READ THAT VERSE,
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  • I THINK ABOUT AWONDERFUL FRIEND OF MINE
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  • WHO IS NOW IN HEAVEN.
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  • HIS NAME WAS HAROLD WARREN,
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  • HE WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THEPASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE
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  • THAT CALLED ME TO FIRSTBAPTIST DALLAS, WICHITA FALLS,
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  • MANY YEARS AGO AND HAROLDLIVED BY THIS VERSE.
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  • HE WAS IN HIS MID TO LATE '60SWHEN I FIRST GOT TO KNOW HIM.
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  • AND I REMEMBER GOING
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  • INTO HIS OFFICE ONE DAYAND SEEING THIS BLACKBOARD
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  • AND IT WAS FILLED WITH CHALKMARKS, JUST LITTLE MARKS.
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  • THE WHOLE BOARD WASFILLED UP WITH THOSE.
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  • AND I SAID, "HAROLD,WHAT IS THAT?"
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  • HE SAID, WELL, THEBIBLE SAYS THAT,
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  • "I'LL PROBABLY LIVE TO BE A 70.
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  • "SO THOSE MARKS REPRESENT HOWMANY DAYS I HAVE LEFT TO LIVE
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  • "BEFORE GOD CALLS ME HOME.
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  • "AND EVERYDAY IWALK INTO MY OFFICE
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  • "THE FIRST THING I DO ISERASE ONE OF THOSE MARKS."
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  • WELL, HAROLD WENT ON TOLIVE TO BE 70 YEARS OLD
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  • ALL THE MARKS WERE GONE,
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  • BUT ON THE DAY AFTERHIS 70TH BIRTHDAY
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  • HE STARTED MAKING AMARK ON THE CHALK BOARD.
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  • AND THE REASON HEDID THAT EVERY DAY
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  • WAS TO REMIND HIMSELF THAT HEWAS LIVING ON BORROWED TIME.
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  • THAT THAT'S WHAT MOSESIS TALKING ABOUT.
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  • WHEN WE REALIZE THEBREVITY OF OUR LIFE
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  • WE SHOULD LIVE WISELY.
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  • BUT YOU KNOW, RECOGNIZING HOWBRIEF OUR TIME IS ON EARTH.
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  • ALSO A LOT OF MOTIVATEDUS TO THINK ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • MANY OF YOU KNOW, THE STORYOF JONI EARECKSON TADA
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  • I JUST HAD THE PRIVILEGEOF RIDING THE FORWARD
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  • TO A NEW STUDY BIBLESHE HAS PRODUCED.
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  • JONI'S STORY REMARKABLE, WHENSHE WAS A TEENAGER IN 1967
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  • A DIVING ACCIDENT CAUSED HERTO BECOME A QUADRIPLEGIC.
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  • AND SINCE THAT TIME JONIHAS SPENT A LOT OF TIME
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  • THINKING ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • SHE WRITES, "HEAVENMAY BE AS NEAR
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  • "AS NEXT YEAR OR NEXT WEEK.
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  • "SO IT MAKES GOOD SENSE TOSPEND SOME TIME HERE ON EARTH
  • 00:09:11.640 --> 00:09:17.479
  • "THINKING CANDID THOUGHTS
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  • "ABOUT THAT MARVELOUSFUTURE RESERVED FOR US."
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  • WHY SHOULD WE SPEND TIMETHINKING ABOUT HEAVEN?
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  • BECAUSE AS WE'RE GOINGTO SEE IN THE WEEKS AHEAD
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  • THE CHOICES WE MAKE IN THIS LIFE
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  • DRASTICALLY IMPACT THE NEXTLIFE GOD HAS PREPARED FOR US.
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  • JONI EARECKSON ISNOT THE ONLY ONE
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  • WHO HAS SPENT TIMETHINKING ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • AS YOU LOOK THROUGH HISTORY,
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  • GREAT CHRISTIAN WRITERS ANDTHINKERS AND PHILOSOPHERS
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  • HAVE WRITTEN A LOT ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • C.S. LEWIS SAID ONE TIME,
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  • "THE PROBLEM WITHMOST CHRISTIANS IS NOT
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  • "THAT THEY THINK TOOMUCH ABOUT HEAVEN
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  • "BUT THEY THINK TOOLITTLE ABOUT IT."
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  • LEWIS SAID, IF YOU READ HISTORY
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  • YOU WILL FIND THAT THECHRISTIANS WHO DID MOST
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  • FOR THE PRESENT WORLD WEREPRECISELY THOSE WHO THOUGHT MOST
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  • OF THE NEXT.
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  • IT IS SINCE CHRISTIANSHAVE LARGELY CEASED
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  • TO THINK ABOUT THE OTHER WORLD
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  • THAT THEY HAVE BECOME SOINEFFECTIVE IN THIS WORLD.
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  • AND THEN HIS FAMOUS WORDS,
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  • "AIM AT HEAVEN AND YOU'LLGET EARTH THROWN IN,
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  • "AIM AT EARTH ANDYOU'LL GET NEITHER."
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  • HERE'S THE GREAT IRONY.
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  • THE MORE WE THINKABOUT THE NEXT LIFE
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  • THE MORE EFFECTIVE WEBECOME FOR GOD IN THIS LIFE.
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  • I'VE SEEN THAT ILLUSTRATED INA STRANGE WAY IN MY OWN LIFE.
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  • I'VE HEARD, HAD THISEXPERIENCE THREE TIMES
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  • AND I PRAY TO GOD INEVER HAVE IT AGAIN.
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  • I HOPE I'M FINISHED WITH THIS
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  • BUT I'VE HAD THISEXPERIENCE THREE TIMES
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  • WHERE I WAS SERVING IN A CHURCH
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  • AND THEN CALLED BYGOD TO ANOTHER CHURCH.
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  • I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE,
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  • I'M GOING TO THECEMETERY FROM HERE, OKAY.
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  • YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TODRAG ME OUT OF HERE
  • 00:11:00.715 --> 00:11:02.851
  • BUT I'VE HAD THATSENSATION IN THE PAST
  • 00:11:02.884 --> 00:11:04.953
  • OF BEING IN ONE CHURCH ANDCALLED TO ANOTHER CHURCH.
  • 00:11:04.986 --> 00:11:07.789
  • AND YOU KNOW, ITWAS ALWAYS EXCITING
  • 00:11:07.822 --> 00:11:09.357
  • GOING TO A NEW PLACE OF MINISTRY
  • 00:11:09.390 --> 00:11:11.493
  • BUT THERE WAS ALWAYSTHAT PERIOD OF TIME
  • 00:11:11.526 --> 00:11:13.595
  • AFTER THE NEWCHURCH HAD CALLED ME
  • 00:11:13.628 --> 00:11:15.563
  • THAT I HAD TO GOBACK TO MY OLD CHURCH
  • 00:11:15.597 --> 00:11:18.099
  • AND FINISH UP MY WORK THERE.
  • 00:11:18.133 --> 00:11:19.634
  • AND I'D HAVE ABOUT A MONTHTO KIND OF WRAP THINGS UP.
  • 00:11:19.667 --> 00:11:22.871
  • AND, YOU KNOW IRONICALLYTHOSE FOUR WEEKS OR SO
  • 00:11:22.904 --> 00:11:26.274
  • WERE USUALLY THEMOST PRODUCTIVE TIME
  • 00:11:26.307 --> 00:11:28.343
  • IN MY ENTIRE MINISTRYIN THAT CHURCH.
  • 00:11:28.376 --> 00:11:31.212
  • YOU KNOW, I WAS REALLYHIGHLY MOTIVATED
  • 00:11:31.246 --> 00:11:33.081
  • BECAUSE I KNEW IWOULD BE LEAVING SOON
  • 00:11:33.114 --> 00:11:34.949
  • I WANTED WRAP THINGS UP ANDLEAVE THINGS IN GOOD SHAPE
  • 00:11:34.983 --> 00:11:37.685
  • AT THAT CHURCH.
  • 00:11:37.719 --> 00:11:39.087
  • AND NOT ONLY THAT, IHAD A CERTAIN FREEDOM.
  • 00:11:39.120 --> 00:11:41.055
  • I MEAN, I COULD MAKE THEDECISIONS I FELT WERE BEST.
  • 00:11:41.089 --> 00:11:44.092
  • NOT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUTWHAT OTHER PEOPLE THOUGHT
  • 00:11:44.125 --> 00:11:47.061
  • BECAUSE AFTER ALL, WHATCOULD THEY DO TO ME
  • 00:11:47.095 --> 00:11:49.731
  • FIRE ME WHO CARED I WASALREADY GOING SOMEPLACE ELSE.
  • 00:11:49.764 --> 00:11:53.802
  • AND I THOUGHT, YOU KNOWTHAT IS A GOOD METAPHOR
  • 00:11:53.835 --> 00:11:55.837
  • FOR WHAT OUR LIFE OUGHTTO BE LIKE HERE ON EARTH.
  • 00:11:55.870 --> 00:11:58.473
  • THE FACT IS WE'REALL LEAVING HERE,
  • 00:11:58.506 --> 00:11:59.841
  • OUR DEPARTURE IS CERTAIN.
  • 00:11:59.874 --> 00:12:01.609
  • IT'S NOT GOING TO BE VERY LONG
  • 00:12:01.643 --> 00:12:02.844
  • TILL WE GO TO THATPLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
  • 00:12:02.877 --> 00:12:04.779
  • BUT KNOWING THATOUR FUTURE IS SECURE
  • 00:12:04.813 --> 00:12:08.049
  • OUGHT TO BE A MOTIVATION FOR US
  • 00:12:08.082 --> 00:12:10.151
  • TO LIVE THE MOSTEFFECTIVE LIVES FOR GOD
  • 00:12:10.185 --> 00:12:12.587
  • THAT WE CAN RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:12:12.620 --> 00:12:14.489
  • THAT WAS CERTAINLY TRUE OFTHE OLD TESTAMENT SAINTS,
  • 00:12:14.522 --> 00:12:17.258
  • WHERE THEY'RE TALKING ABOUTABEL, ENOCH, NOAH, ABRAHAM,
  • 00:12:17.292 --> 00:12:20.094
  • ISAAC, JACOB, SARAH.
  • 00:12:20.128 --> 00:12:21.896
  • IN HEBREWS 11, THERE ISTHAT ROLL CALL OF FAITH.
  • 00:12:21.930 --> 00:12:25.033
  • THESE HEROES OF THE FAITH
  • 00:12:25.066 --> 00:12:26.467
  • AND NOTICE WHATHEBREWS 11:13 SAID,
  • 00:12:26.501 --> 00:12:28.703
  • ABOUT ALL OF THESE MENAND WOMEN OF FAITH.
  • 00:12:28.736 --> 00:12:31.472
  • "ALL THESE DIED IN FAITHWITHOUT RECEIVING THE PROMISES
  • 00:12:31.506 --> 00:12:36.244
  • "BUT HAVING SEEN THEMAND HAVING WELCOMED THEM
  • 00:12:36.277 --> 00:12:40.315
  • "FROM A DISTANCEAND HAVING CONFESSED
  • 00:12:40.348 --> 00:12:43.685
  • "THAT THEY WERE STRANGERSAND EXILES ON EARTH."
  • 00:12:43.718 --> 00:12:48.256
  • THEY NEVER RECEIVED THEBLESSING UNTIL THEY DIED
  • 00:12:48.289 --> 00:12:51.593
  • BUT THAT DIDN'T STOP THEMFROM THINKING ABOUT IT.
  • 00:12:51.626 --> 00:12:54.462
  • THEY WERE FIXATED ONTHAT FUTURE COUNTRY,
  • 00:12:54.495 --> 00:12:56.965
  • GOD HAD PLANNED FOR THEM.
  • 00:12:56.998 --> 00:12:58.867
  • AND THAT FUTURE COUNTRYIS WHAT MOTIVATED THEM
  • 00:12:58.900 --> 00:13:01.736
  • TO LIVE OBEDIENT LIVES.
  • 00:13:01.769 --> 00:13:03.504
  • THE SAME WAS TRUEFOR THE APOSTLE PAUL.
  • 00:13:03.538 --> 00:13:05.773
  • HE WAS LIVING IN TWOWORLDS AT THE SAME TIME.
  • 00:13:05.807 --> 00:13:09.010
  • THIS CITIZENSHIP WAS IN HEAVEN
  • 00:13:09.043 --> 00:13:10.645
  • AND YET HE WAS ON EARTHTO FULFILL GOD'S WILL.
  • 00:13:10.678 --> 00:13:14.349
  • AND THAT CAUSED A CONFLICTIN PAUL IN PHILIPPIANS 1:21.
  • 00:13:14.382 --> 00:13:17.385
  • HE SAID, "FOR ME TO LIVE ASCHRIST AND TO DIE IS GAIN."
  • 00:13:17.418 --> 00:13:23.758
  • HE SAID, "YOU KNOW, ITWORKS OUT FOR ME EITHER WAY.
  • 00:13:23.791 --> 00:13:26.361
  • "AS LONG AS I'M LIVING,I'M LIVING FOR GOD
  • 00:13:26.394 --> 00:13:28.429
  • "DOING WHAT HE WANTS ME TO DO.
  • 00:13:28.463 --> 00:13:29.664
  • "BUT IF HE DECIDES TO TAKE ME,
  • 00:13:29.697 --> 00:13:31.065
  • "GUESS WHAT IT'S GOING TOBE BETTER FOR ME."
  • 00:13:31.099 --> 00:13:33.534
  • AND THAT'S WHY HE SAID INVERSE 23, I'M HARD-PRESSED
  • 00:13:33.568 --> 00:13:36.371
  • FROM BOTH DIRECTIONS,HAVING THE DESIRE TO DEPART
  • 00:13:36.404 --> 00:13:39.440
  • AND BE WITH CHRIST FORTHAT IS VERY MUCH BETTER.
  • 00:13:39.474 --> 00:13:42.543
  • AND YET TO REMAINON IN THE FLESH
  • 00:13:42.577 --> 00:13:44.512
  • IS MORE NECESSARY FOR YOUR SAKE.
  • 00:13:44.545 --> 00:13:46.915
  • PAUL SAID, "I'M CONFLICTED.
  • 00:13:46.948 --> 00:13:48.783
  • "I'D REALLY LIKE TO GO ONTO HEAVEN AND BE WITH GOD.
  • 00:13:48.816 --> 00:13:51.886
  • "BUT AT THE SAME TIME
  • 00:13:51.920 --> 00:13:53.421
  • "I WANT TO BE HERE AND FULFILLTHE MINISTRY GOD HAS FOR ME."
  • 00:13:53.454 --> 00:13:56.691
  • THAT'S THE KIND OF LIFEGOD WANTS US TO HAVE,
  • 00:13:56.724 --> 00:13:59.827
  • FOCUSED ON OUR FUTURE HOME,
  • 00:13:59.861 --> 00:14:01.896
  • BUT BEING EFFECTIVE IN THISWORLD UNTIL GOD CALLS US HOME.
  • 00:14:01.930 --> 00:14:06.200
  • WELL OF COURSE, THE FACTIS FOR ALL OF US HERE TODAY
  • 00:14:06.234 --> 00:14:08.970
  • GOD HAS LEFT US IN THISWORLD, AT LEAST FOR NOW.
  • 00:14:09.003 --> 00:14:13.041
  • SO HERE'S THE QUESTION.
  • 00:14:13.074 --> 00:14:14.742
  • SINCE WE ARE HEREAND WE'RE NOT THERE,
  • 00:14:14.776 --> 00:14:17.078
  • WHY SHOULD WE BETHINKING ABOUT THERE
  • 00:14:17.111 --> 00:14:19.047
  • WHILE WE'RE STILL HERE.
  • 00:14:19.080 --> 00:14:21.249
  • OVER THESE NEXT 10 WEEKS
  • 00:14:21.282 --> 00:14:24.118
  • WE'RE GOING TO ANSWER10 OF THE MOST
  • 00:14:24.152 --> 00:14:25.753
  • OFTEN ASKED QUESTIONSABOUT HEAVEN.
  • 00:14:25.787 --> 00:14:28.890
  • BUT IN A FEW MINUTES,WE HAVE LEFT TODAY
  • 00:14:28.923 --> 00:14:31.025
  • I WANT TO ANSWER THE MOSTFOUNDATIONAL QUESTION.
  • 00:14:31.059 --> 00:14:34.195
  • AND THAT IS WHAT DIFFERENCEDOES A FUTURE HEAVEN MAKE
  • 00:14:34.228 --> 00:14:38.566
  • IN MY LIFE TODAY.
  • 00:14:38.599 --> 00:14:40.568
  • AND ON YOUR OUTLINES,I WANT YOU TO JOT DOWN
  • 00:14:40.601 --> 00:14:42.737
  • FOUR BENEFITS OFBEING HEAVENLY MINDED
  • 00:14:42.770 --> 00:14:47.608
  • OF FOCUSING ON THATPLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
  • 00:14:47.642 --> 00:14:51.446
  • FIRST OF ALL, FOCUSING ON HEAVEN
  • 00:14:51.479 --> 00:14:54.315
  • REMINDS US OF THE REMEDYOF OUR EARTHLY LIFE.
  • 00:14:54.349 --> 00:14:58.720
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVENREMINDS US OF THE BREVITY
  • 00:14:58.753 --> 00:15:01.089
  • OF OUR EARTHLY LIFE.
  • 00:15:01.122 --> 00:15:03.157
  • AS MANY OF YOU KNOW,BOTH OF MY PARENTS DIED
  • 00:15:03.191 --> 00:15:06.728
  • AT A RELATIVELY YOUNG AGE.
  • 00:15:06.761 --> 00:15:09.097
  • AND WHILE I CERTAINLYMISS MY PARENTS,
  • 00:15:09.130 --> 00:15:12.300
  • ONE OF THE BENEFITS OFTHEIR EARLY DEPARTURE
  • 00:15:12.333 --> 00:15:16.070
  • WAS REMINDING ME CONSTANTLY
  • 00:15:16.104 --> 00:15:19.674
  • OF HOW BRIEF OUR TIMEHERE ON EARTH IS,
  • 00:15:19.707 --> 00:15:22.844
  • IT'S OVER IN A MOMENT.
  • 00:15:22.877 --> 00:15:24.912
  • I WAS TALKING TO A POLICEOFFICER FRIDAY NIGHT IN HOUSTON.
  • 00:15:24.946 --> 00:15:28.850
  • HE SAID, "YOU KNOW, IT'S LIKE,
  • 00:15:28.883 --> 00:15:30.618
  • "GOD HAS HIT THEFAST FORWARD BUTTON.
  • 00:15:30.651 --> 00:15:32.887
  • "THINGS ARE GOING SO QUICKLY."
  • 00:15:32.920 --> 00:15:34.889
  • HAVE YOU EVER FELTTHAT WAY BEFORE,
  • 00:15:34.922 --> 00:15:36.691
  • JAMES SAID IT THIS WAYABOUT THE BREVITY OF LIFE,
  • 00:15:36.724 --> 00:15:39.627
  • JAMES 4:14, HE SAID,"YOU DO NOT KNOW
  • 00:15:39.660 --> 00:15:41.429
  • "WHAT YOUR LIFE WILLBE LIKE TOMORROW."
  • 00:15:41.462 --> 00:15:45.099
  • YOU ARE JUST A VAPOR THATGREEK WORD ATMOS MEANS A MIST.
  • 00:15:45.133 --> 00:15:50.838
  • YOU ARE JUST A MIST,
  • 00:15:50.872 --> 00:15:52.707
  • THAT APPEARS FOR A LITTLEWHILE AND THEN VANISHES AWAY.
  • 00:15:52.740 --> 00:15:56.544
  • THE APOSTLE PETEROBSERVED 1 PETER 1:24
  • 00:15:56.577 --> 00:16:00.281
  • "ALL PEOPLE ARE LIKE GRASS
  • 00:16:00.314 --> 00:16:03.051
  • "AND ALL THEIR GLORY IS LIKETHE FLOWERS OF THE FIELD.
  • 00:16:03.084 --> 00:16:06.220
  • "THE GRASS WITHERSAND THE FLOWERS FALL.
  • 00:16:06.254 --> 00:16:11.426
  • AS ONE PREACHER INTHE DEEP SOUTH SAID,
  • 00:16:11.459 --> 00:16:13.628
  • "LIFE IS LIKE GRASS, ITIS SOWN, IT IS GROWN.
  • 00:16:13.661 --> 00:16:19.767
  • "IT IS MOWN, IT IS BLOWNAND THEN IT'S GONE."
  • 00:16:19.801 --> 00:16:22.503
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHING)
  • 00:16:22.537 --> 00:16:28.009
  • I DON'T KNOW IF THAT WASFROM THE DEEP SOUTH OR NOT,
  • 00:16:28.042 --> 00:16:29.877
  • BUT THAT'S WHAT LIFE IS,IT'S OVER JUST LIKE THAT.
  • 00:16:29.911 --> 00:16:36.017
  • KING DAVID SAID IT ALITTLE MORE ELOQUENTLY
  • 00:16:36.050 --> 00:16:38.820
  • IN PSALM 39:4-5 HE SAID,"LORD, MAKE ME TO KNOW MY END
  • 00:16:38.853 --> 00:16:44.125
  • "AND WHAT IS THEEXTENT OF MY DAYS?
  • 00:16:44.158 --> 00:16:45.960
  • "AND LET ME KNOWHOW TRANSIENT I AM.
  • 00:16:45.993 --> 00:16:49.697
  • "BEHOLD YOU HAVE MADEMY DAYS AS HAND BREADTHS
  • 00:16:49.730 --> 00:16:52.567
  • "AND MY LIFETIME ASNOTHING IN YOUR SIGHT.
  • 00:16:52.600 --> 00:16:55.803
  • "SURELY EVERY MAN AT HISBEST IS A MERE BREATH."
  • 00:16:55.837 --> 00:17:01.709
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN REMINDS US
  • 00:17:01.742 --> 00:17:03.611
  • OF THE BREVITY OFOUR EARTHLY LIFE.
  • 00:17:03.644 --> 00:17:05.913
  • SECONDLY, FOCUSINGON HEAVEN PREPARES US
  • 00:17:05.947 --> 00:17:08.783
  • FOR THE CERTAINTY OF JUDGMENT.
  • 00:17:08.816 --> 00:17:12.520
  • THE POPULAR SONG, EVERYBODYIS GOING TO HEAVEN ,
  • 00:17:12.553 --> 00:17:16.324
  • COULDN'T BE MORE WRONG,EVERYBODY IS NOT GOING TO
  • 00:17:16.357 --> 00:17:21.429
  • HEAVEN. I WANT YOU TO TURN OVERIN YOUR NEW TESTAMENT
  • 00:17:21.462 --> 00:17:24.765
  • TO MATTHEW 7.
  • 00:17:24.799 --> 00:17:26.734
  • AND I WANT YOU TO LOOK AT JESUSWORDS IN VERSES 13 AND 14.
  • 00:17:26.767 --> 00:17:30.738
  • JESUS SAID ENTERBY THE NARROW GATE,
  • 00:17:30.771 --> 00:17:34.275
  • FOR THE GATE IS WIDEAND THE WAY IS BROAD
  • 00:17:34.308 --> 00:17:37.445
  • THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION
  • 00:17:37.478 --> 00:17:39.347
  • AND MANY ARE THOSEWHO ENTER BY IT.
  • 00:17:39.380 --> 00:17:43.017
  • BUT THE GATE IS SMALLAND THE WAY IS NARROW
  • 00:17:43.050 --> 00:17:46.454
  • THAT LEADS TO AND FEWARE THOSE WHO FIND IT.
  • 00:17:46.487 --> 00:17:52.593
  • JESUS SAID THERE'SNOT ONE WAY ONE ROAD,
  • 00:17:52.627 --> 00:17:54.562
  • THAT LEADS EVERYBODY TOTHE SAME DESTINATION.
  • 00:17:54.595 --> 00:17:57.498
  • HE SAID THERE ARETWO ROADS OR WAYS
  • 00:17:57.532 --> 00:18:00.067
  • THAT LEAD TO TWO VERYDIFFERENT DESTINATIONS.
  • 00:18:00.101 --> 00:18:03.771
  • WILL YOU NOTICE THREEOBSERVATIONS ABOUT THESE TWO
  • 00:18:03.804 --> 00:18:06.941
  • VERSES NUMBER ONE, THERE IS AWAY THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL DEATH.
  • 00:18:06.974 --> 00:18:11.879
  • THERE IS A ROAD THATLEADS TO ETERNAL DEATH,
  • 00:18:11.913 --> 00:18:14.916
  • AND JESUS SAID MOSTPEOPLE ARE ON THAT ROAD.
  • 00:18:14.949 --> 00:18:20.788
  • WHAT IS THAT ROAD, WHAT WAY?
  • 00:18:20.821 --> 00:18:22.323
  • ISAIAH 53:6 SAYS, "ALL OF USLIKE SHEEP HAVE GONE ASTRAY.
  • 00:18:22.356 --> 00:18:26.360
  • "EACH OF US HAS TURNEDTO HIS OWN WAY."
  • 00:18:26.394 --> 00:18:31.966
  • DO YOU KNOW HOW YOUCAN MAKE CERTAIN
  • 00:18:31.999 --> 00:18:33.868
  • YOU GO TO HELL WHEN YOU DIE?
  • 00:18:33.901 --> 00:18:36.637
  • JUST DO NOTHING,JUST DO NOTHING.
  • 00:18:36.671 --> 00:18:39.907
  • JUST KEEP LIVINGLIKE YOU'RE LIVING,
  • 00:18:39.941 --> 00:18:41.842
  • KEEP GOING THE WAY YOU'RE GOING
  • 00:18:41.876 --> 00:18:43.477
  • AND YOU'RE ABSOLUTELYGUARANTEED TO END UP IN HELL.
  • 00:18:43.511 --> 00:18:48.082
  • THE MOMENT WE ARE BORN,
  • 00:18:48.115 --> 00:18:50.017
  • WE ARE BORN ON THE ROADLEADING AWAY FROM GOD.
  • 00:18:50.051 --> 00:18:53.888
  • WE ARE BORN ON THATPATHWAY TO HELL.
  • 00:18:53.921 --> 00:18:58.025
  • SAY, "HOW DO I EVERGET OFF THAT ROAD?"
  • 00:18:58.059 --> 00:18:59.794
  • WELL, YOU HAVE TO MAKE A U-TURN.
  • 00:18:59.827 --> 00:19:03.798
  • YOU HAVE TO MAKE A,U-TURN A SPIRITUAL U-TURN
  • 00:19:03.831 --> 00:19:05.900
  • GET OFF THAT ROAD AND GETON THE MORE NARROW ROAD
  • 00:19:05.933 --> 00:19:09.303
  • THAT LEADS TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:19:09.337 --> 00:19:10.905
  • I DON'T USE THAT TERMU-TURN BY ACCIDENT.
  • 00:19:10.938 --> 00:19:14.942
  • THAT'S A BIBLICALTERM, DID YOU KNOW THAT
  • 00:19:14.976 --> 00:19:17.478
  • THE WORD IS REPENT, METANOIA .
  • 00:19:17.511 --> 00:19:21.215
  • THE WORD REPENT MEANSA CHANGE OF MIND
  • 00:19:21.249 --> 00:19:24.518
  • THAT LEADS TO ACHANGE OF DIRECTION.
  • 00:19:24.552 --> 00:19:27.755
  • AND THE BIBLE SAYS THE ONLYWAY YOU'LL GO TO HEAVEN
  • 00:19:27.788 --> 00:19:30.224
  • IS TO GET OFF THE ROADYOU'RE ON RIGHT NOW,
  • 00:19:30.258 --> 00:19:32.393
  • HAVE A CHANGE OF MINDABOUT WHO JESUS IS.
  • 00:19:32.426 --> 00:19:36.497
  • THAT LEADS TO ACHANGE OF DIRECTION
  • 00:19:36.530 --> 00:19:39.000
  • AND PUT YOUR FAITH AND TRUSTIN HIM TO LEAD YOU TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:19:39.033 --> 00:19:43.704
  • JESUS MADE THAT VERYCLEAR IN JOHN 14:6.
  • 00:19:43.738 --> 00:19:46.707
  • JESUS SAID, "I AM THEWAY, I'M THE ROAD.
  • 00:19:46.741 --> 00:19:51.412
  • "I'M THE PATH I AM THE WAYTHE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.
  • 00:19:51.445 --> 00:19:54.749
  • "NO MAN COMES TO THEFATHER, EXCEPT BY ME."
  • 00:19:54.782 --> 00:19:59.020
  • THAT'S THE WAY SECONDLYTHAT LEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE.
  • 00:19:59.053 --> 00:20:02.757
  • THERE'S A WAY THATLEADS TO ETERNAL DEATH.
  • 00:20:02.790 --> 00:20:04.625
  • MOST PEOPLE ARE ONTHAT WAY, THAT ROAD.
  • 00:20:04.659 --> 00:20:07.128
  • THERE'S A MORE NARROW WAYTHAT LEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE.
  • 00:20:07.161 --> 00:20:10.798
  • BUT NOTICE THIRDLY,THERE ARE GATES
  • 00:20:10.831 --> 00:20:13.367
  • THAT OPEN TO BOTH ETERNALDEATH AND ETERNAL LIFE.
  • 00:20:13.401 --> 00:20:19.540
  • JESUS SAID AT THEEND OF THE ROAD
  • 00:20:19.573 --> 00:20:21.575
  • FOR THOSE WHO ARENON-CHRISTIANS,
  • 00:20:21.609 --> 00:20:23.911
  • THERE IS A GATE THATLEADS TO ETERNAL JUDGMENT.
  • 00:20:23.944 --> 00:20:27.748
  • FOR CHRISTIANS ON THATMORE NARROW ROAD TO HEAVEN
  • 00:20:27.782 --> 00:20:30.918
  • AT THE END OF THEIR LIVESTHERE IS ALSO A GATE
  • 00:20:30.951 --> 00:20:34.288
  • THAT LEADS TOEVERLASTING BLESSING.
  • 00:20:34.322 --> 00:20:36.624
  • WHAT ARE THOSE GATES?
  • 00:20:36.657 --> 00:20:38.192
  • THE GATES ARE JUDGMENT.
  • 00:20:38.225 --> 00:20:41.262
  • YOU SEE THE BIBLE SAYSAT THE END OF OUR LIVES
  • 00:20:41.295 --> 00:20:43.230
  • WHETHER WE ARE A CHRISTIANOR A NON-CHRISTIAN
  • 00:20:43.264 --> 00:20:46.000
  • EVERY ONE OF US IS GOINGTO BE JUDGED BY GOD.
  • 00:20:46.033 --> 00:20:50.971
  • REMEMBER WHAT HEBREWS9:27 PROMISES.
  • 00:20:51.005 --> 00:20:53.541
  • IT IS APPOINTEDFOR MEN TO DIE ONCE
  • 00:20:53.574 --> 00:20:56.544
  • AND AFTER THIS COMES JUDGMENT,
  • 00:20:56.577 --> 00:20:59.046
  • THAT'S NOT A TRUTH JUSTFOR NON-CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:20:59.080 --> 00:21:01.582
  • A LOT OF PEOPLE THINKONLY NON-CHRISTIANS
  • 00:21:01.615 --> 00:21:03.651
  • ARE GOING TO BE JUDGED, NOTHAT'S FOR EVERYBODY.
  • 00:21:03.684 --> 00:21:06.053
  • EVERY ONE OF US IN THIS ROOM,
  • 00:21:06.087 --> 00:21:07.521
  • EVERY ONE OF USWATCHING THIS PROGRAM,
  • 00:21:07.555 --> 00:21:09.657
  • ONE DAY WE'LL BE JUDGED BY GOD.
  • 00:21:09.690 --> 00:21:13.361
  • NOW THE DIFFERENCEIS THERE IS ONE GATE,
  • 00:21:13.394 --> 00:21:15.796
  • ONE JUDGMENT FOR NON-CHRISTIANS
  • 00:21:15.830 --> 00:21:18.132
  • AND THERE'S ANOTHER JUDGMENTGATE FOR CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:21:18.165 --> 00:21:22.269
  • THE GATE, THAT IS THEJUDGMENT THAT LEADS TO HELL
  • 00:21:22.303 --> 00:21:26.574
  • ETERNAL DEATH IS THEJUDGMENT WE OFTEN REFER TO
  • 00:21:26.607 --> 00:21:30.111
  • AS THE GREAT WHITETHRONE JUDGMENT.
  • 00:21:30.144 --> 00:21:32.880
  • IT'S DESCRIBED INREVELATION 20:11-15.
  • 00:21:32.913 --> 00:21:37.351
  • WE'LL TALK ABOUT THIS JUDGMENTMORE IN THE COMING WEEKS
  • 00:21:37.385 --> 00:21:39.954
  • BUT LOOK AT IT WITH ME BRIEFLY.
  • 00:21:39.987 --> 00:21:41.288
  • "AND I SAW A GREAT WHITE THRONE
  • 00:21:41.322 --> 00:21:44.258
  • "AND HIM WHO SAT UPON IT
  • 00:21:44.291 --> 00:21:45.960
  • "FROM WHOSE PRESENCE,EARTH AND HEAVEN FLED AWAY
  • 00:21:45.993 --> 00:21:48.662
  • "AND NO PLACE WASFOUND FOR THEM.
  • 00:21:48.696 --> 00:21:51.265
  • "AND I SAW THE DEAD,THE GREAT AND THE SMALL
  • 00:21:51.298 --> 00:21:54.101
  • "STANDING BEFORE THE THRONEAND THE BOOKS WERE OPENED.
  • 00:21:54.135 --> 00:21:57.571
  • "AND ANOTHER BOOK WAS OPENED,WHICH IS THE BOOK OF LIFE.
  • 00:21:57.605 --> 00:22:00.641
  • "AND THE DEAD WEREJUDGED FROM THE THINGS
  • 00:22:00.674 --> 00:22:02.443
  • "WHICH WERE WRITTEN IN THEBOOKS, ACCORDING TO THEIR
  • 00:22:02.476 --> 00:22:06.847
  • DEEDS." VERSE 15, "AND IFANYONE'S NAME WAS NOT FOUND
  • 00:22:06.881 --> 00:22:11.152
  • WRITTEN "IN THE BOOK OF LIFE, HEWAS THROWN INTO THE LAKE OF
  • 00:22:11.185 --> 00:22:15.456
  • FIRE." NON-CHRISTIANS ARE GOINGTO BE JUDGED BY THEIR WORKS.
  • 00:22:15.489 --> 00:22:21.896
  • YOU SAY, WELL I DIDN'T THINKGOD JUDGE PEOPLE BY WORKS?
  • 00:22:21.929 --> 00:22:23.230
  • OH YEAH, HE JUDGESNON-CHRISTIAN BY THEIR WORKS,
  • 00:22:23.264 --> 00:22:25.933
  • BECAUSE THEY HAVE DECIDED
  • 00:22:25.966 --> 00:22:27.268
  • THEY WANTED TO BEJUDGED BY THEIR WORKS.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:22:31.172 --> 00:22:36.377
  • WE'RE JUST WHETTINGOUR APPETITES TODAY
  • 00:22:36.410 --> 00:22:38.712
  • FOR WHAT WILL PROVE TOBE A FASCINATING STUDY
  • 00:22:38.746 --> 00:22:41.749
  • ON A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
  • 00:22:41.782 --> 00:22:43.717
  • AND I HOPE YOU'LLMAKE PLANS TO JOIN ME
  • 00:22:43.751 --> 00:22:45.486
  • FOR THE REST OF THIS SERIES.
  • 00:22:45.519 --> 00:22:47.421
  • NOW IN THE TIME REMAINING TODAY,
  • 00:22:47.455 --> 00:22:49.256
  • LET ME REINFORCE THATYOUR FINANCIAL PARTNERSHIP
  • 00:22:49.290 --> 00:22:52.726
  • TRULY MAKES A DIFFERENCE.
  • 00:22:52.760 --> 00:22:54.662
  • WHEN YOU INVEST IN"PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
  • 00:22:54.695 --> 00:22:56.864
  • YOU'RE ALLOWING MEN ANDWOMEN ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY
  • 00:22:56.897 --> 00:22:59.700
  • AND AROUND THE WORLD TOCATCH A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN
  • 00:22:59.733 --> 00:23:02.336
  • PERHAPS LIKE NEVER BEFORE.
  • 00:23:02.369 --> 00:23:04.605
  • I RECEIVED A NOTE FROMGREGORY WHO LISTENS TO
  • 00:23:04.638 --> 00:23:08.008
  • "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"FROM ARIZONA,
  • 00:23:08.042 --> 00:23:10.478
  • HE SAID, "PASTOR JEFFRESSMY NIECE SENT ME A COPY
  • 00:23:10.511 --> 00:23:13.981
  • "OF YOUR BOOK, "APLACE CALLED HEAVEN."
  • 00:23:14.014 --> 00:23:16.650
  • "I READ IT AND I WAS COMPLETELYAND IMMEDIATELY CONVICTED
  • 00:23:16.684 --> 00:23:20.821
  • "ABOUT THE STATE OF MYRELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:23:20.855 --> 00:23:23.724
  • "HE HAS REACHED OUT ANDTOUCHED ME AND SET MY FEET
  • 00:23:23.757 --> 00:23:26.594
  • "ON THE PATH, BACK HOME TO HIM."
  • 00:23:26.627 --> 00:23:29.129
  • I HOPE THAT NOTE ENCOURAGES YOU
  • 00:23:29.163 --> 00:23:31.465
  • AND PLEASE KEEPUP THE GOOD WORK.
  • 00:23:31.499 --> 00:23:33.934
  • GOD IS USING YOUR GIFTSTO PIERCE THE DARKNESS
  • 00:23:33.968 --> 00:23:37.137
  • WITH THE LIGHT OF HIS WORD.
  • 00:23:37.171 --> 00:23:39.340
  • NOW STAY RIGHT THEREI'LL BE BACK WITH MORE
  • 00:23:39.373 --> 00:23:41.308
  • "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:23:41.342 --> 00:23:45.713
  • [NARRATOR] WITH ALL OFTHE PRESSING CHALLENGES
  • 00:23:45.746 --> 00:23:47.715
  • FACING OUR WORLD TODAY.
  • 00:23:47.748 --> 00:23:49.350
  • IT'S EASY TO GET STUCKIN THE HERE AND NOW
  • 00:23:49.383 --> 00:23:51.886
  • BUT WHEN WE LIVE EVERY DAYIN THE HOPE OF ETERNITY
  • 00:23:51.919 --> 00:23:55.189
  • IT COMPLETELY TRANSFORMSOUR PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:23:55.222 --> 00:23:57.391
  • TO HELP ELEVATE YOUR THINKINGFROM EARTHLY CONCERNS
  • 00:23:57.424 --> 00:24:01.028
  • TO HEAVENLY COMFORTS,
  • 00:24:01.061 --> 00:24:02.463
  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS HASWRITTEN A BRAND NEW BOOK TITLED
  • 00:24:02.496 --> 00:24:05.566
  • "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN,
  • 00:24:05.599 --> 00:24:07.067
  • "100 DAYS OF LIVING INTHE HOPE OF ETERNITY."
  • 00:24:07.101 --> 00:24:10.371
  • THE BIBLE TELLS USTHAT EVERY ONE OF US
  • 00:24:10.404 --> 00:24:13.107
  • IS GOING TO MAKE A TRIP ONEDAY TO A DISTANT COUNTRY.
  • 00:24:13.140 --> 00:24:16.844
  • IT'S A ONE-WAY TRIP TOAN ETERNAL DESTINATION.
  • 00:24:16.877 --> 00:24:20.214
  • AND FOR THOSE WHOKNOW CHRIST THAT TRIP
  • 00:24:20.247 --> 00:24:22.550
  • IS TO A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
  • 00:24:22.583 --> 00:24:24.718
  • MY BRAND NEW BOOK ISDESIGNED TO HELP YOU
  • 00:24:24.752 --> 00:24:27.021
  • OR A LOVED ONE SPEND 100DAYS LIVING IN THE REALITY
  • 00:24:27.054 --> 00:24:31.125
  • OF YOUR ETERNAL HOME.
  • 00:24:31.158 --> 00:24:33.661
  • [NARRATOR] REQUEST YOUR COPYOF "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN
  • 00:24:33.694 --> 00:24:36.030
  • "100 DAYS OF LIVING INTHE HOPE OF ETERNITY."
  • 00:24:36.063 --> 00:24:38.832
  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY
  • 00:24:38.866 --> 00:24:41.669
  • OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:24:41.702 --> 00:24:43.103
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $100 OR MORE
  • 00:24:43.137 --> 00:24:45.706
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
  • 00:24:45.739 --> 00:24:47.541
  • "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN" TEACHINGSERIES ON BOTH CD AND DVD
  • 00:24:47.575 --> 00:24:52.212
  • ALONG WITH THE ORIGINALBEST-SELLING BOOK BY
  • 00:24:52.246 --> 00:24:55.282
  • DR. JEFFRESS TITLED "APLACE CALLED HEAVEN."
  • 00:24:55.316 --> 00:24:57.284
  • WHEN YOU GIVE TO"PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
  • 00:24:57.318 --> 00:24:59.253
  • YOU'RE ALLOWING MEN ANDWOMEN ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY
  • 00:24:59.286 --> 00:25:02.256
  • TO HEAR THE TRUTH ABOUT HEAVEN
  • 00:25:02.289 --> 00:25:04.058
  • AND THE ONE WAY TO GET THERE,
  • 00:25:04.091 --> 00:25:06.026
  • THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:25:06.060 --> 00:25:08.028
  • SO THANK YOU FOR GIVINGGENEROUSLY GOD WILL USE YOUR
  • 00:25:08.062 --> 00:25:11.832
  • GIFT TO PIERCE THE DARKNESSWITH THE LIGHT OF HIS WORD.
  • 00:25:11.865 --> 00:25:15.736
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:25:15.769 --> 00:25:17.338
  • WITH ALL THE PROBLEMS ANDPRESSURES WE FACE IN LIFE.
  • 00:25:17.371 --> 00:25:20.407
  • MOST OF US SPEND VERY LITTLETIME THINKING ABOUT HEAVEN.
  • 00:25:20.441 --> 00:25:24.244
  • BUT I HOPE YOU'REBEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND
  • 00:25:24.278 --> 00:25:25.946
  • WHY THE REALITY OFHEAVEN SHOULD TRANSFORM
  • 00:25:25.980 --> 00:25:28.882
  • OUR EVERYDAY LIVES.
  • 00:25:28.916 --> 00:25:30.651
  • THE MORE WE THINKABOUT THE NEXT LIFE
  • 00:25:30.684 --> 00:25:32.720
  • THE MORE EFFECTIVE WEBECOME FOR GOD IN THIS ONE.
  • 00:25:32.753 --> 00:25:36.557
  • AND NEXT TIME,WE'RE GOING TO LOOK
  • 00:25:36.590 --> 00:25:38.792
  • AT TWO MORE COMPELLING BENEFITSOF BEING HEAVENLY MINDED.
  • 00:25:38.826 --> 00:25:43.497
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEWOF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
  • 00:25:43.530 --> 00:25:45.866
  • ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:25:45.899 --> 00:25:49.470
  • [NARRATOR] TODAY WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:49.503 --> 00:25:51.939
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY",
  • 00:25:51.972 --> 00:25:54.408
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BYSENDING YOU A COPY
  • 00:25:54.441 --> 00:25:56.977
  • OF THE BRAND NEW BOOKBY DR. JEFFRESS TITLED
  • 00:25:57.011 --> 00:25:59.613
  • "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN
  • 00:25:59.647 --> 00:26:01.115
  • "100 DAYS OF LIVING INTHE HOPE OF ETERNITY."
  • 00:26:01.148 --> 00:26:04.385
  • PLUS THE BROCHURE WHATSEVEN WORLD RELIGIONS
  • 00:26:04.418 --> 00:26:07.655
  • TEACH ABOUT HEAVENIS OUR GIFT TO YOU,
  • 00:26:07.688 --> 00:26:10.257
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING USTODAY AT "PATHWAY TO VICTORY".
  • 00:26:10.290 --> 00:26:13.227
  • NOW, WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:13.260 --> 00:26:16.163
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU
  • 00:26:16.196 --> 00:26:17.698
  • THE "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN"TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD,
  • 00:26:17.731 --> 00:26:22.169
  • ALONG WITH THE ORIGINALBEST-SELLING BOOK
  • 00:26:22.202 --> 00:26:24.738
  • BY DR. JEFFRESS TITLED"A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN".
  • 00:26:24.772 --> 00:26:28.208
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:28.242 --> 00:26:29.677
  • BECAUSE OF YOURGENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:29.710 --> 00:26:31.645
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING WRITINGOR GOING ONLINE TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:31.679 --> 00:26:35.549
  • NOW COMING UP NEXT TIMEON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:35.582 --> 00:26:39.920
  • HOW COULD YOU SAY THAT PAUL,
  • 00:26:39.953 --> 00:26:41.221
  • IF YOU DEVELOP AMNESIA,I MEAN THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 00:26:41.255 --> 00:26:44.324
  • YOU WERE SHIPWRECKED,YOU WERE LEFT FOR DEAD,
  • 00:26:44.358 --> 00:26:47.961
  • YOU WERE BEATEN FIVE TIMESWITHIN THE INCH OF YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:26:47.995 --> 00:26:51.131
  • YOU WOULD ULTIMATELYBE BEHEADED.
  • 00:26:51.165 --> 00:26:52.633
  • HOW COULD YOU SAY YOURSUFFERING IS LIGHT?
  • 00:26:52.666 --> 00:26:55.502
  • WELL AGAIN AS COMPARED TO WHAT?
  • 00:26:55.536 --> 00:26:58.305
  • AS COMPARED TO WHAT?
  • 00:26:58.338 --> 00:27:00.040
  • HE SAID, "MY SUFFERING IS REAL,
  • 00:27:00.074 --> 00:27:02.376
  • "BUT IT'S REALLYRELATIVELY LIGHT.
  • 00:27:02.409 --> 00:27:04.645
  • "WHEN I THINK ABOUT, ALLTHE GOD HAS PLANNED FOR ME
  • 00:27:04.678 --> 00:27:07.815
  • "THE WEIGHT OF HISFUTURE BLESSING."
  • 00:27:07.848 --> 00:27:10.350
  • YOU SEE WEIGHT IS AMATTER OF PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:27:10.384 --> 00:27:13.721
  • [NARRATOR] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:27:13.754 --> 00:27:16.990
  • FOR PART TWO OF THE MESSAGE.
  • 00:27:17.024 --> 00:27:18.525
  • WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES A FUTUREHEAVEN MAKE IN MY LIFE TODAY,
  • 00:27:18.559 --> 00:27:22.529
  • HERE ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:27:22.563 --> 00:27:24.031
  • ♪ MUSIC
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