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February 2, 2021
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How can we finish strong? Join Jim Scudder; Jr. and his father; Dr. James A. Scudder; as they share the best way to finish strong.

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  • There's a great miracle thatwe're gonna discover today
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  • on "InGrace."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Jim: The series "FinishStrong" is about my dad,
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  • Dr. James A. Scudder Sr.,and miracles that happened
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  • in his life.
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  • My dad served theLord faithfully,
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  • and he saw God do manygreat and mighty things.
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  • We're gonna show you some ofthose things today and you're
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  • gonna be amazed, but weweren't expecting to be standing
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  • at my dad's grave whenI filmed the story.
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  • He did cross thefinish line, though,
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  • and he finished strong.
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  • Because of the greatestmiracle of all time,
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  • the resurrectionof Jesus Christ,
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  • my dad's body will one day risebecause of his faith in Jesus.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Born in 1946,born again in 1968,
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  • called to preach fordinga river in Kentucky,
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  • called to Chicago by a seeminglyrandom comment of a Bible
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  • college professor, my dad's lifeseemed full of unusual events
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  • that bordered on the miraculous.
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  • In our final episode, "MiraclesAbound," as a fledgling church
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  • planted in Chicagobegins to really take off.
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  • Jim: So, you go froma storefront in Chicago,
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  • eventually out to the suburbs.
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  • The first property thatwe had was in Palatine.
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  • Tell us the story of how wefound that and the miracle.
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  • James Scudder Sr.: Well,I was with Mike Floyd,
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  • and we were just prayingand praying and praying.
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  • We have to get a spot.
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  • You know, we were toodumb to know better,
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  • so we ran an adin the newspaper,
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  • said, "Small, independentchurch looking for one acre."
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  • Nothing.
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  • About three weeks later, thisrealtor called me and he said,
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  • "I've got a spot.It's got a house.
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  • It's two-and-a-half acres."
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  • So, we go out there andthere's this property,
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  • it had all these junk cars,it was one of those places,
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  • but we bought it.
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  • So, we wanted toput up a building.
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  • Well, now no one's goingto loan a loan and then on
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  • top a building.
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  • So, I had this friend namedBraun that had his own factory.
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  • And I'd been going downthere and speaking for him,
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  • and he really liked me.
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  • So, I thought, "Well,if he could co-sign,
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  • we could get the loan andput up the first building."
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  • So, I go down there and he said,"Well, what are your plans?"
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  • I said, "Well, Ijust want you to--"
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  • "You came to seeme without plans?
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  • How you gonnapay for it?"
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  • And I was just floored,I couldn't talk.
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  • He said, "You go out of hereand come back with plans."
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  • And so, I go back, and I tellhim the situation and what I
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  • wanna do and howI pay for it.
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  • He calls his bank and says,
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  • "I want to co-sign forJim Scudder's loan.
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  • You go out there andmeet him at his property."
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  • So, this bankercomes out and he says,
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  • "You know, Mr. Scudder,this is not bankable?"
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  • I said, "It doesn'thave to be bankable.
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  • Mr. Braun is co-signing."
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  • And he laughs andhe gave us a loan.
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  • So, we built our first building.
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  • Jim: Your ministry hasalways been about people,
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  • but usually buildings are anindication of people getting
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  • saved and growing, and so thenext building was adjacent.
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  • Along the way, you startedseeing the value of using
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  • people in the church tohelp build the buildings.
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  • James: We didwhatever we could,
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  • some things we couldn't do.
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  • But each time wedid a new building,
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  • we did more of itand more of it.
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  • Jim: You have now twonice buildings in Palatine.
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  • I remember that little housethat we were living in at the
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  • beginning, and they laterhad to tear that down,
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  • saying that wasn't fitfor humans to live in.
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  • James: When we soldit to the county,
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  • they came out inthe papers, said,
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  • "Not fit for human habitation."
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  • Jim: That was our house.
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  • James: That was our house.
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  • Jim: We just didn't know.
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  • So, we're outgrowingit now, though.
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  • Ministry is blossoming.
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  • So, what do you do whenyou're kind of landlocked?
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  • James: Well, we decided wegotta find a bigger piece,
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  • way bigger.
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  • We're looking at a placeand it was 20 acres.
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  • We came up with anagreement to go buy it.
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  • So, I get in thereand the guy says to me,
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  • he said, "We had to raise it."
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  • Now, I have a thing ifsomeone changes the deal,
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  • there's no deal.
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  • I said, "Well,there's no deal."
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  • And we got up.
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  • He said, "No, no, sitdown, I'll go back."
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  • "No, you won't.
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  • If you're untrustworthy,you'll be untrustworthy,
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  • and I'm not buying."
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  • And he's just looking at me andwe're like crushed 'cause it was
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  • a great place.
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  • Jim: Yeah, it's hard to walkaway from that 'cause it was--
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  • it was nice.
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  • James: So, then this guyin our church named Jim Rende,
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  • and he finds 40 acres for thesame exact price as 20 acres,
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  • and that's where we're at now.
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  • Now, we actually own 45acres, we got five more.
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  • And I rememberedgetting that and thinking,
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  • "Am I nuts again?
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  • How are we ever, evergonna fill this property?"
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  • By then, we'rebuilding everything.
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  • And you know, we have aschool, I had to get it done.
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  • I had no choice,it had to be done.
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  • Jim: I remember this miraclelike it was yesterday.
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  • With the pressure toopen the school on time,
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  • Dad makes a bold decision.
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  • He orders concretefor a Saturday pour,
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  • even with the forecastof torrential rain.
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  • This order will cost thousandsand no refund for bad weather.
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  • Would God honorthis man's faith?
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  • James: I had calledthe company, they said,
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  • "Pastor, you understandit's called for solid rains.
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  • That if we come out there,some days we can manipulate
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  • the concrete to other places.
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  • If you have a problem,you don't have to pay.
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  • But if we do it on a Saturdayand we pour and it rains,
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  • it's over.
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  • You're gonna have to eatit, chop up the concrete,
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  • and bring in another concrete."
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  • Well, we didn't havethat kind of money,
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  • couldn't be done.
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  • Dave Lively: WhenI was heading there,
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  • just rain comingdown in buckets.
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  • And said, "There's no wayyou can pour concrete today."
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  • James: And I'lltell you, son,
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  • that was a day of solid storms:
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  • lightning, all thetorrential rains.
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  • The concrete trucks had to stop.
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  • The rain was so hardthat they couldn't drive.
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  • And it rained allaround our 40 acres.
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  • Dave: And pulled into theproperty and it was, like, dry.
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  • Maybe a little mist orsomething like that, but--
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  • and then you look up in thesky and all the time that we
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  • were pouring, there's a hole upin the sky where the clouds were
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  • moving in, and they'djust kind of go around,
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  • come back together.
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  • And the hole was rightabove the property.
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  • James: It neverrained on our property.
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  • These concrete guys, you know,and they're pretty tough guys.
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  • And they're opening their doorsand falling to the ground and
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  • say, "Man, this will makea believer out of anybody."
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  • Dave: It seemed like, "Okay,you guys had faith to show up
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  • to do the job."
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  • I do the work up here tokeep the rain off of you.
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  • James: The guysaid, "You know,
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  • it'd be nice to have a sprinkleright now 'cause it would help
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  • set the concrete.
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  • I can't believe I did, I said,"God, okay, let it sprinkle."
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  • And it sprinkled.
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  • Now, before anybodygets the wrong idea,
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  • I could have a churchpicnic and I could pray,
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  • and believe me, God'snot gonna do it.
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  • He's gonna havefun watching me squirm.
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  • But if it had rained thatday, there would've been
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  • no more Quentin Road.
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  • It would've been the end.
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  • And God never lets anything thatwhat we call really hurt you.
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  • He showed us that day thathe's the God of gods and
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  • King of kings and Lord of lords.
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  • It was a fabulous day.
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  • Jim: Do you wantto finish strong?
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  • Contact me right now and I'llsend you this "Finish Strong"
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  • You will also be blessed whenyou read Dr. Scudder's amazing
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  • autobiography and watchthis four-part, full-length
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  • DVD series.
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  • Support the work that he startedand let's all finish strong.
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  • and this one was the biggestone that you've ever attempted,
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  • we've ever attempted.
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  • This is a differenttype of a building.
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  • This is a steel building.
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  • It was another pretty majorevent that happened on the day
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  • of hanging those trusses.
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  • James: We got the biggesttrain that was on wheels.
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  • And we're trying to do thefirst truss and the first truss,
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  • these are steel trusses.
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  • And they weighed 8.000pounds each, 4 tons each.
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  • Now, how do you hangthat first truss?
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  • Jim: Most people would hirea company that erects buildings
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  • and they know howto do all this stuff.
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  • But again, you were in aposition where we couldn't.
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  • James: Well, and this cranecompany should've known how to
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  • erect it, but they didn't.
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  • Jim: How to rig the--
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  • James: So, I bought--I alwaysoverdid everything for safety,
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  • so I bought allthese come-alongs.
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  • And we're gonna have toanchor them to the floor and
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  • tighten it to holdthat first truss.
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  • But they came to lift thetruss and the truss is bending
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  • like spaghetti.
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  • Joe Sortman: That day, wewere either gonna move
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  • forward, there wasgonna beams in the air,
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  • or at the end of the day,
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  • nothing was gonnahave happened.
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  • Paul Julian: It justwas an absolute disaster.
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  • The trusses are twisting,they're sounding like they're
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  • going to just snap in pieces,and our hearts just sank.
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  • It was almost one of thosemoments where everybody was
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  • thinking the same thing,like, "What do we do now?"
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  • But nobody wanted to say it.
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  • James: And I--for the first time,
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  • I thought, "I've bittenoff more than I can chew."
  • 00:12:06.241 --> 00:12:10.212
  • John Fontana: Andthen all of a sudden,
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  • Dr. Scudder said,"Okay, everybody,
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  • shut everything down.
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  • Go find a place to pray.
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  • Then we'll come back togetherand we'll work this out."
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  • We all found a place,we came back together,
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  • we came up with a plan.
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  • We know that plan was ofGod because it worked.
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  • James: So, they allseparated and prayed along.
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  • Came back and thisguy--Ted Crowley,
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  • and he says, "I thinkI know how to do it.
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  • As the lift comes, I willcrank the come-alongs.
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  • And so, the two pickuppoints with the crane,
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  • I will come alongwith two more points."
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  • I said, "Well, let's try it."
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  • So, he goes and then we lift.
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  • As the crane lifts, hegoes up and he cranks
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  • and cranks andcranks and cranks
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  • and cranks, and itgoes up perfect.
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  • So, then we get ithanging so the next one,
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  • we do the come-alongs each time.
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  • But he goes up quickly andwe tie the two together.
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  • And once they're tied together,
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  • every other trussis a piece of cake.
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  • Paul: It's a day that wewill never ever forget.
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  • Our lives are forever changedbecause of looking to our pastor
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  • at that moment, and he said,"Let's go to the Lord.
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  • God, this is in your hands."
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  • Jim: You also started somepretty significant ministries.
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  • One is a school that hasbecome, with the preschool,
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  • the largest in thecountry or the world.
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  • James: See, when you haveprecept upon precept and grow
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  • a little here, there, alittle here and a little there,
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  • you're gonnahave solid people.
  • 00:13:55.250 --> 00:13:57.819
  • So, now the preschool, becausepeople bring their kids and
  • 00:13:57.853 --> 00:14:01.556
  • they'd say, "I've neverseen people like this."
  • 00:14:01.590 --> 00:14:04.993
  • 'Cause they're beingfed the Word of God
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  • and it makes better people.
  • 00:14:06.662 --> 00:14:08.563
  • So, it just startedgrowing and growing.
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  • And you know, we get up to1.800, that's how we've been
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  • able to go out and tryto reach this world.
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  • Jim: You also startedDayspring Bible College.
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  • What do you feel when you getemails and pictures back from
  • 00:14:20.676 --> 00:14:24.379
  • overseas and missionaries,graduates have gone out,
  • 00:14:24.413 --> 00:14:27.182
  • started churches,and winning souls?
  • 00:14:27.215 --> 00:14:29.451
  • What does that feel liketo you to see that fruit?
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  • James: It's thehappiest joy there is.
  • 00:14:32.521 --> 00:14:35.524
  • Jim: You also startedthis ministry, "InGrace."
  • 00:14:35.557 --> 00:14:39.294
  • It was called "TheQuentin Road Bible Hour,"
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  • and then "Victory in Grace."
  • 00:14:41.697 --> 00:14:44.166
  • James: I was on vacationdown here in Florida,
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  • and I just started feelingthis, "I have to go TV."
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  • So, I went to a friend ofmine that was in Athens,
  • 00:14:53.775 --> 00:14:56.712
  • Georgia, Yankee Arnold,and he had a TV ministry,
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  • and he had these little cameras.
  • 00:15:01.316 --> 00:15:03.852
  • So, I went and lookedand saw what he had.
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  • If I'd have gone toDr. Stanley's first,
  • 00:15:06.989 --> 00:15:09.524
  • his room was biggerthan our whole building.
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  • I wouldn't have done it.
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  • But I go to Yankee's and Isay, "Wow, we can do this."
  • 00:15:13.929 --> 00:15:17.232
  • I go to my board, I said,"We can get started."
  • 00:15:17.265 --> 00:15:20.402
  • And I said, "The cameraswould be about $20.000."
  • 00:15:20.435 --> 00:15:23.605
  • They said, "No, Pastor, wedon't do anything halfway.
  • 00:15:23.638 --> 00:15:26.875
  • We're gonna go the bestcameras and no matter what
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  • it costs."
  • 00:15:30.579 --> 00:15:31.747
  • And we wound up a quarter ofa million just starting out.
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  • God has blessed.God always blesses faith.
  • 00:15:35.817 --> 00:15:40.155
  • Now, he doesn't blesswhat you call stupid faith.
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  • If I had tried to build thebig building before we built
  • 00:15:43.792 --> 00:15:46.928
  • our first building outsideproperty, we would've fallen
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  • flat, and God wouldn'thave picked us up.
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  • Jim: How important is it that wecommit now to finishing strong?
  • 00:15:53.301 --> 00:15:57.272
  • James: Well, I thinkeverything is that we finish.
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  • You know, I could've quit andeverybody that followed me say,
  • 00:16:00.242 --> 00:16:04.246
  • "Well, if he can't doit, how can I do it?"
  • 00:16:04.279 --> 00:16:08.116
  • Jim: I'm so glad I listenedto the Lord and did these
  • 00:16:08.150 --> 00:16:10.952
  • interviews beforeDad passed away.
  • 00:16:10.986 --> 00:16:14.322
  • I'm also thankful for agodly pastor named Randy Ford.
  • 00:16:14.356 --> 00:16:18.593
  • He became Dad's pastor andfriend in Dad's final years.
  • 00:16:18.627 --> 00:16:24.399
  • Randy Ford: I'll be honest,I was so absolutely overwhelmed
  • 00:16:24.433 --> 00:16:27.502
  • and honored that a man ofhis character and prestige
  • 00:16:27.536 --> 00:16:30.405
  • and notoriety would hangout with somebody like me.
  • 00:16:30.439 --> 00:16:35.243
  • He said, "Brother Ford, I wantyou to understand I have got
  • 00:16:35.277 --> 00:16:38.280
  • your back."
  • 00:16:38.313 --> 00:16:39.514
  • The verse that comes to mindwhen it comes to Dr. Scudder,
  • 00:16:39.548 --> 00:16:43.652
  • "Be strong in the Lord andin the power of his might."
  • 00:16:43.685 --> 00:16:47.589
  • And I don't know that I'veever met a man stronger than
  • 00:16:47.622 --> 00:16:49.724
  • him after all thathe had been through,
  • 00:16:49.758 --> 00:16:51.660
  • and health-wise, and ministry.
  • 00:16:51.693 --> 00:16:53.762
  • And just a strength in him thatI stood in admiration of the
  • 00:16:53.795 --> 00:16:59.768
  • kind of qualitythat this man was.
  • 00:16:59.801 --> 00:17:05.140
  • Jim: As we wrapup the series,
  • 00:17:05.173 --> 00:17:06.942
  • I want you to seean amazing clip from
  • 00:17:06.975 --> 00:17:09.344
  • Dad's retirement service.
  • 00:17:09.377 --> 00:17:11.813
  • We surprised Dad when wefound a long-lost friend named
  • 00:17:11.847 --> 00:17:16.418
  • Paul Chartschlaa.
  • 00:17:16.451 --> 00:17:18.353
  • He and dad had not seeneach other for over 40 years.
  • 00:17:18.386 --> 00:17:25.393
  • Paul Chartschlaa: Bet youthought never you'd ever
  • 00:17:25.427 --> 00:17:26.728
  • see me again, did you?
  • 00:17:26.761 --> 00:17:30.599
  • And somewhere alongthe line in Chicago,
  • 00:17:30.632 --> 00:17:35.137
  • 14th Avenue, Icrossed paths with Jim.
  • 00:17:35.170 --> 00:17:41.176
  • And he goes to me, "You know,would you like to know how to
  • 00:17:48.350 --> 00:17:51.153
  • get to heaven?"
  • 00:17:51.186 --> 00:17:52.521
  • I said, "Sure."
  • 00:17:52.554 --> 00:17:53.855
  • He goes, "Do you knowyou're a sinner?"
  • 00:17:53.889 --> 00:17:56.424
  • "No question there."
  • 00:17:56.458 --> 00:17:57.859
  • "Do you know sinnerscan't go to heaven?
  • 00:17:57.893 --> 00:18:00.428
  • God so loved the world thathe gave his only begotten Son.
  • 00:18:00.462 --> 00:18:04.633
  • And whoever believeth inhim can have eternal life.
  • 00:18:04.666 --> 00:18:10.238
  • So, God sent his Sonto die for your sins."
  • 00:18:10.272 --> 00:18:13.408
  • I go, "Okay, thatmakes sense, okay."
  • 00:18:13.441 --> 00:18:15.911
  • So I go, "What doyou have to do?"
  • 00:18:15.944 --> 00:18:17.312
  • He goes, "Well, you don'thave to do anything."
  • 00:18:17.345 --> 00:18:19.381
  • That was the only right answerthat would've worked with me.
  • 00:18:19.414 --> 00:18:22.117
  • He goes, "All you have to dois trust Christ as your Savior
  • 00:18:22.150 --> 00:18:25.554
  • 'cause it's by gracethat you are saved.
  • 00:18:25.587 --> 00:18:26.955
  • You can never workyour way to heaven."
  • 00:18:26.988 --> 00:18:29.357
  • I got the message andhe led me to Christ.
  • 00:18:29.391 --> 00:18:31.726
  • And if I wasn't the firstperson in Chicago that he
  • 00:18:31.760 --> 00:18:39.601
  • led to Christ, that'sdefinitely one of the first.
  • 00:18:39.634 --> 00:18:46.374
  • And what I remember isthat I felt love, acceptance.
  • 00:18:46.408 --> 00:18:53.582
  • And most of all, I rememberhim being my best friend when
  • 00:18:53.615 --> 00:18:57.953
  • I needed him.
  • 00:18:57.986 --> 00:18:59.788
  • Thank you, God blessyou as you journey on.
  • 00:18:59.821 --> 00:19:05.827
  • Jim: Jesus said, "I am theResurrection and the life.
  • 00:19:11.099 --> 00:19:16.705
  • He that believeth inme, though he were dead,
  • 00:19:16.738 --> 00:19:21.476
  • yet shall he live."
  • 00:19:21.509 --> 00:19:23.912
  • As I say those words, Ihave chills right now.
  • 00:19:23.945 --> 00:19:29.684
  • Because of Jesus, heis the Resurrection,
  • 00:19:29.718 --> 00:19:33.722
  • he is the life, becauseof his power over death
  • 00:19:33.755 --> 00:19:38.793
  • so can I have power over death
  • 00:19:38.827 --> 00:19:41.029
  • and I'll be able tosee my daddy again.
  • 00:19:41.062 --> 00:19:44.599
  • James: And we all sinned,
  • 00:19:44.633 --> 00:19:45.934
  • is there anybody herethat's never sinned?
  • 00:19:45.967 --> 00:19:47.502
  • I won't ask that, I know that.
  • 00:19:47.535 --> 00:19:49.271
  • We all have.
  • 00:19:49.304 --> 00:19:51.106
  • You say, "Well, what makes thedifference between being saved
  • 00:19:51.139 --> 00:19:53.441
  • and being lost?"
  • 00:19:53.475 --> 00:19:55.043
  • What?
  • 00:19:55.076 --> 00:19:56.845
  • "Whosoever believeth inhim is not condemned,
  • 00:19:56.878 --> 00:19:58.747
  • but he that believethnot is condemned."
  • 00:19:58.780 --> 00:20:02.317
  • You know, if I wereto die right now,
  • 00:20:02.350 --> 00:20:04.152
  • I know I'm going to heaven.
  • 00:20:04.185 --> 00:20:07.322
  • Do you know it?
  • 00:20:07.355 --> 00:20:09.424
  • I wanna show you this,I do this every Sunday.
  • 00:20:09.457 --> 00:20:11.493
  • I'm not doing this becausethis is our first Sunday,
  • 00:20:11.526 --> 00:20:13.828
  • I've done it every Sundaysince I've been a preacher.
  • 00:20:13.862 --> 00:20:17.732
  • Because I don't know a betterway to make the gospel clear.
  • 00:20:17.766 --> 00:20:22.103
  • This hand right hererepresents you and me,
  • 00:20:22.137 --> 00:20:23.672
  • and this billfoldrepresents sin.
  • 00:20:23.705 --> 00:20:25.006
  • God says, "I love you,but I hate your sin.
  • 00:20:25.040 --> 00:20:26.508
  • To go to heaven, yougotta be sinless."
  • 00:20:26.541 --> 00:20:28.910
  • This hand right here representsthe Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:20:28.943 --> 00:20:31.046
  • 2 Corinthians 5:21says, "For he, God,
  • 00:20:31.079 --> 00:20:33.715
  • has made him, Christ,to be sin for us,
  • 00:20:33.748 --> 00:20:38.620
  • that we could be made therighteousness of God in him."
  • 00:20:38.653 --> 00:20:41.022
  • You see that?
  • 00:20:41.056 --> 00:20:42.123
  • I'm going to heaven becauseGod now sees me with
  • 00:20:42.157 --> 00:20:45.560
  • the blood of Jesus.
  • 00:20:45.593 --> 00:20:47.228
  • And he sees me and Christas being equal without sin.
  • 00:20:47.262 --> 00:20:54.002
  • You say, "That's impossible."
  • 00:20:54.035 --> 00:20:55.337
  • No, it's the greatestnews in all the world.
  • 00:20:55.370 --> 00:20:58.239
  • He sees us beingperfectly cleansed.
  • 00:20:58.273 --> 00:21:01.609
  • You don't go to heavenbecause you're a good Methodist
  • 00:21:01.643 --> 00:21:04.612
  • or good Presbyterian orgood Church of Christ.
  • 00:21:04.646 --> 00:21:07.148
  • You go to heaven becauseyou've been born again.
  • 00:21:07.182 --> 00:21:10.952
  • One simple conditionfor salvation:
  • 00:21:10.985 --> 00:21:14.956
  • Believe in the LordJesus Christ, that's it.
  • 00:21:14.989 --> 00:21:20.128
  • Jim: You don'thave to fear death.
  • 00:21:20.161 --> 00:21:21.930
  • You don't have tofear the grave.
  • 00:21:21.963 --> 00:21:23.798
  • Jesus paid your sins, allof your sins, on the cross.
  • 00:21:23.832 --> 00:21:28.670
  • And if you'llaccept him by faith,
  • 00:21:28.703 --> 00:21:30.739
  • you will have everlasting life.
  • 00:21:30.772 --> 00:21:34.309
  • And I know my dad wouldsay a huge amen right now.
  • 00:21:34.342 --> 00:21:41.750
  • James: You can't earn it, forby grace are you saved through
  • 00:21:41.783 --> 00:21:44.386
  • faith, and not of yourselves.
  • 00:21:44.419 --> 00:21:45.553
  • It is the gift ofGod, not of works,
  • 00:21:45.587 --> 00:21:47.822
  • lest any man should boast.
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  • If you were to die rightnow, where would you go?
  • 00:21:51.059 --> 00:21:53.328
  • You better be ready.
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  • Listen, don't wait to tryto get ready at the end.
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  • Get ready right now 'cause youdon't know how long you have.
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