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Psalm 23 Part 3

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November 22, 2020
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Dr. Jack Graham's mission is to glorify God by introducing Jesus Christ to as Lord to all people.

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  • This is a very specialedition of PowerPoint in that
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  • we're taking some time just inthe studio, a kind of you and me
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  • conversation and teaching fromGod's Word. And our subject is
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  • Psalm 23. Over the last severalweeks we've been walking with
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  • the Shepherd and Psalm 23, ofcourse, is just an incredible
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  • psalm, memorized by so many.Talked about more than perhaps
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  • any passage of scripture.There's just so much here! It's
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  • really a lifetime of learning.And speaking of a lifetime of
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  • learning, I brought an old Bibletoday. It is my first Bible. I
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  • was looking through someshelves, rearranging some things
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  • recently and I came across thisBible. I had a little New
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  • Testament that my grandfatherhad given me, but this was given
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  • to me in 1958. A lifetime ago. Iwas 8 years of age. No need to
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  • take the time to add that allup, but in 1958 I was 8 years of
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  • age and I had just become abeliever and was baptized as a
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  • child. I'm so grateful that Icame to Jesus early in my
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  • childhood. Wonderful Christianhome and heritage, where it is
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  • very easy for me to believe andtrust in Jesus. I'm grateful for
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  • that opportunity that God gaveme. So I had just come to Christ
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  • and my grandfather who was sucha powerful, potent force in my
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  • life as a young person. Weactually lived... our family
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  • lived with my maternalgrandfather. His name was A. J.
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  • Simms. Arthur Judson Simms.Judson... named after a great
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  • missionary. But he was a greatman. A horse and buggy doctor
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  • originally and then became abanker. But most of all he was a
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  • Christian, a Christ follower wholed the way for our family. He
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  • was a patriarch, and for me, itwas so important. I would sit in
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  • his lap most every evening andhe would read to me the stories
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  • of the Bible, talk to me aboutJesus, as did my parents. But my
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  • grandfather gave me this Bible,and it's presented to... and
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  • you... I don't know if you cansee that or not, but it says to
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  • Jackie Graham. I went by Jackie.I had an Uncle by the name of
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  • Jack; I was named after him. Andalso we admired Jackie Robinson
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  • back in the fifties, a greatbaseball player. So I proudly
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  • wore the name Jackie. Dropped itwhen I became a teenager, but...
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  • "To Jackie Graham by GrandpaSimms, August 24, 1958". And
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  • here's the inscription, sosimple and yet so strong in my
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  • life. My grandfather wrote, "Maythe Lord bless you and keep
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  • you." It reminds me, of course,of the Bible which says... the
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  • promise of God, [Numbers6:24-26] "May the Lord bless you
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  • and keep you; may the Lord makeHis face to shine upon you; may
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  • the Lord be gracious to you; mayHis countenance be upon you and
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  • give you peace." And sothroughout the days of my life,
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  • I bring up this Bible and I useit today in the message because
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  • what I'm about to talk to youabout has been true in my life.
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  • All the days of my life theShepherd has led me. He leads
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  • His children along. And we, likesheep, have found a Shepherd.
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  • His name is Jesus who is theGood Shepherd. And that's why
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  • this Psalm begins in Psalm 23:1) The Lord is my shepherd; I
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  • shall not want. Everything weneed is ours in Him. There is no
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  • need that you have in your lifebut that He, the Good Shepherd
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  • cannot supply and supplyabundantly. This is life in
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  • Christ. It is an abundant lifenow and forever. That's what
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  • we're going to see in themessage today. Whatever you need
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  • in life... when you findyourself even in the deepest of
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  • valleys in your life... when youget to the bottom of your life,
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  • you will find that Jesus is allyou need. Or if you're on the
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  • mountain top. With everything,Jesus is all you need. When you
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  • get to the place where youdiscover that Jesus is all you
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  • have, you will discover thatJesus is all you need. It's
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  • true. And so: 2) ...He leads usbeside still waters. 3) He
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  • restores our soul. (In this dayof anxiety, He gives us peace.)
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  • He leads us in the paths ofrighteousness for His name's
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  • sake. So He leads us. I love theold hymn "He leadeth me, He
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  • leadeth me, by His own hand Heleadeth me." And I can give you
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  • a testimony from all these yearsof following Jesus that He has
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  • led me all the way. And He willlead you as well. This Bible is
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  • falling apart pretty much. Iused it on into my teenage years
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  • before I (quote) retired thisBible for another one. But it's
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  • falling apart... it's comingapart into pieces. I love the
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  • old saying which says: A personwho has a Bible that is falling
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  • apart has a life that isn't!Because Jesus holds us together,
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  • and His Word is our guide, ourcomfort, our strength through
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  • the years. And so "He leads usin the paths of righteousness."
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  • And in His righteousness...right living as we follow Jesus,
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  • we then find ourselves always,always in the center of the will
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  • of God. And sometimes...sometimes... In fact, many times
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  • in our lives we will findourselves moving from
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  • mountaintops to valleys. And inPsalm 23 it takes a turn. It
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  • says: 4) Even though I walkthrough the valley of the shadow
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  • of death, I will fear no evil,for you are with me; So right in
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  • the heart of this great psalm,the Shepherd Psalm is this
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  • truth. It is the key thatunlocked the meaning of the
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  • entire psalm, and that is, "Youare with me." Underscore that in
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  • your Bible. "You are with me."Write it on your mind. Believe
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  • it in your heart. That there isno situation in our lives as
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  • followers of Jesus but that Hispresence is constant. He is ever
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  • the same. [Hebrews 13:8] "Jesus,the same yesterday, today and
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  • forever." Just as this Bible isthe eternal word of God. This
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  • one is falling apart as I noted,but the Word of God isn't!
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  • [Isaiah 40:8] "The grasswithers, the flower fades, the
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  • word of our God shall standforever." And God's Word and
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  • God's presence in our livesthrough His Word, through His
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  • Spirit enables us to go throughanything in our lives that we
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  • face, including the darkvalleys. One of my favorite
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  • places to go in Israel is alittle crevice, a deep, deep
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  • valley in the Judean desert.I've been there many, many
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  • times. It's a treacherouspathway through the desert, and
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  • many believe that it is thespot... the very spot where
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  • David, the author of this psalmwould have led his sheep to
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  • higher ground or led... to leadhis sheep to still waters, and
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  • this magnificent ... it'sbeautiful in its own way... it's
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  • like high desert. And you havethese mountains, but this deep
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  • valley and it was ... it was amurderous valley. Thieves and
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  • predators were in this valley.So the shepherd sometimes leads
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  • his sheep in order to get themto high ground through the deep
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  • valleys. And that's true inlife, of course. You know, I
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  • trust, the application of this.Even though... "Even though I
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  • walk through the valley of theshadow..." It is a fact that
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  • life is filled with dark valleysand deep shadows. It comes and
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  • goes. We've had mountaintops,but in order to get to the next
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  • mountaintop, I don't want toinsult your intelligence but
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  • [chuckles] you know you have tomove from a mountaintop to a
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  • valley to get to the nextmountain. And so, from mountain
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  • to mountain there are valleysin-between, and there are
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  • valleys in our life. Depressedplaces, dark places, filled with
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  • shadows and filled with fears.And the valley in particular
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  • here is described as "the valleyof the shadow of death." But I
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  • have a question for you: Wouldyou rather be on a mountaintop
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  • without Jesus, or in a valleywith Jesus? Well, you know the
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  • answer to that question, don'tyou? With Jesus everywhere; we
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  • want to be with Him. And Icertainly have experienced the
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  • presence of Jesus and maybe youhave... no doubt, you have as
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  • well, in the darkest times ofyour life. As a pastor many
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  • years, I've seen this inpeople's lives; that we draw
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  • closer to God in the dark times,the depressed times, the deep
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  • valley times of our lives,perhaps more than any other time
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  • in our lives, because we needthe Lord so desperately.
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  • Sometimes when you're ridinghigh, we're on the mountaintop,
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  • we tend to go it on our own,until we realize when we get to
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  • the depths of something... whenwe get to some place where our
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  • spirits are low and we can't getup, the fog is in and it won't
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  • go away... those down times inour lives, that's when we come
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  • back to the Lord and cling tothe Lord like never before.
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  • There's something veryinteresting even in the pronouns
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  • of Psalm 23. You know, whenDavid opens this passage he's
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  • talking about the Lord. It's atremendous testimony of God.
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  • "The Lord is my shepherd; Ishall not want. He makes me lie
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  • down in green pastures. He leadsme beside the still waters. He
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  • restores my soul. He leads me inthe paths of righteousness for
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  • his name's sake." It's all aboutthe Lord. The Lord is doing this
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  • for me. And it's a beautiful,powerful testimony. But notice
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  • when David, and you and I, gothrough the deep valley, he
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  • stops talking about the Lord,and he starts talking to the
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  • Lord. Now it's: 4) Even though Iwalk through the valley of the
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  • shadow of death, I will fear noevil, for you are with me; your
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  • rod and your staff, they comfortme.... 5) You make me to lie
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  • down in the presence of mineenemy; you anoint my head with
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  • oil:... You see the differencefrom talking about the Lord?
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  • There are people who know allabout the Lord, but they don't
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  • really know the Lord. But whenyou know the Lord in the deepest
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  • shadows of life you find Himdrawing near as we draw near to
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  • Him. The Shepherd is alwayspresent. This is the one
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  • constant... this is the onecontinual promise in God's Word.
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  • He said so many times, "I willnever, no never leave you or
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  • forsake you. No never will I dothis." And so it's so very
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  • important for us to rememberwhen we go through dark
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  • valleys... and some of you arein that place right now. You're
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  • going through tough times. Jesussaid, [John 16:33] "In this
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  • world you will have tribulation.But be of good cheer; for I have
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  • overcome the world." When weknow that the Shepherd is with
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  • us and that He never leaves usor forsakes us, no matter what
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  • valley you're going through, nomatter what shadow... even the
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  • valley of the shadow of death wewill not live in fear; we will
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  • live in faith; we will live inexpectant hope and confidence in
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  • God because we know that ourgood Shepherd is with us. And
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  • when you think about it, shadowscan frighten you but they cannot
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  • really harm you. The other day Iwas getting some exercise just
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  • in the street, getting a goodwalk in, and I heard a rumbling
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  • behind me. It was a big truck,and I knew it was coming and
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  • then I saw the shadow of thetruck getting closer and closer
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  • and it frightened me because itseemed that that truck was
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  • coming right up on my backside.And I turned around quickly and
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  • the truck went rumbling by, andthe shadow with it. And I
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  • laughed to myself just to bereminded that... yeah, the truck
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  • could hurt me but the shadow ofthat truck could not hurt me at
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  • all. It frightened me, but itcannot hurt me. And that's true
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  • of the shadows of life, even theshadow of death. Death can hurt
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  • you as a believer and followerof Jesus, but it cannot harm you
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  • because we have a victory inJesus that we're going to see in
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  • just a moment. And, oh, by theway, there's something about
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  • shadows. When we turn our faceto the sun, these shadows fall
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  • behind us, don't they? And whenwe turn our faces toward the
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  • Lord Jesus Christ and look toHim in the long valleys of life,
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  • those shadows fall behind us.You won't be five seconds in
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  • heaven through the valley of theshadow of death that when that
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  • shadow falls behind you, youwill be in the bright light of
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  • eternity, in the presence ofJesus. And in the meantime, we
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  • can keep our eyes on Jesus, turnour faces towards the Son...
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  • S-o-n, and we will discover thatevery shadow that we face, every
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  • fear that we face will fallbehind us. "Even though I walk
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  • through the valley of the shadowof death, I will fear no evil
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  • because you are with me." Hispresence... the presence of the
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  • Shepherd secures us, strengthensus and satisfies us. Jesus is in
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  • the valley. And there'ssomething else about this valley
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  • that ends up a victory for usand that is "even though I walk
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  • through the valley of theshadow..." It doesn't say just
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  • into the valley, but out on theother side. I'm telling you
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  • whatever you're going through inyour life... whatever dark
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  • valley you're experiencing rightnow, you're going to get through
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  • this. I prayed after church thispast week with a couple and the
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  • wife is facing some severedepression and she was just so
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  • troubled and broken in the pain.And if you've ever been
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  • depressed... really, reallydepressed, you know that one of
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  • the lies that the enemy tellsyou that the depression itself
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  • will tell you is: "You're nevergoing to get out of this; you're
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  • never going to get through this.You're stuck in this; you're
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  • never going to get better;you're never going to get well."
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  • It may not be depression; it maybe something else. The devil
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  • lies and says "You're nevergoing to have a great marriage;
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  • you're going to be stuck in thisterrible relationship." "You're
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  • never going to have a purpose inyour life. God's finished with
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  • you in some way." Never, nonever! No, the Bible says He is
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  • going to bring you through it.There's never been a sunset but
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  • that there has been a sunrise.And don't let the lies of the
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  • enemy tell you that you're notgoing to get through this. I
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  • believe God put me here today inyour life to say you're going to
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  • make it. You're going to getthrough. The shadows are
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  • frightening, the darkness andthe depressing places of the
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  • deep valley still hurtful, butyou're going to get through to
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  • the other side!
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  • [Music]
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  • I'mstanding by this beautiful river
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  • in the Colorado Rockies andreflecting on the goodness of
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  • God. As we are learning in the23rd Psalm about the Good
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  • Shepherd I hope you begin torealize in order for you to
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  • truly break free from fear,anxiety, you must admit
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  • something that is very humblingfor all of us and that is, we
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  • are sheep. You know, if a sheepwere dying of thirst and arrived
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  • at this river it would not evendrink from these pure, beautiful
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  • refreshing rivers due to thefear of moving water. But if the
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  • sheep were in the care of a goodshepherd that shepherd would use
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  • his bare hands or stones, acrook to divert some of the
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  • rushing river into a pool ofstill waters and this is the
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  • lesson for all of us: We'redying of spiritual and emotional
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  • thirst but if fear, so manyanxieties keep us from drinking
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  • what we so desperately need. So,if you are fearful and thirst,
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  • call on the Good Shepherd and Hewill quiet your fears and create
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  • for you still waters. Thanks forthe amazing support that you
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  • give us at PowerPoint. It'sgenerous friends like you that
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  • enable us to boldly broadcastthe gospel on air and online at
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  • a time when our world is well,filled with so much anxiety and
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  • fear. There is a solution to thefears you face and that is the
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  • power of God's word and the HolySpirit who comforts us from
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  • within. So, today I want to sendyou a resource to help you
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  • overcome your fears andanxieties, the things that
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  • called "Breaking Free fromFear." This book is a great
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  • resource to help you live yourlife and live out your life with
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  • faith and hope and courage. Socall the number on the screen or
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  • The rest of your life can be thevery
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  • best of your life as you follow
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  • the Shepherd. How do you knowthat? Because the scripture says
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  • that "Surely goodness andmercy..." See that confidence?
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  • 6) Surely... (confidently!)...surely goodness and mercy will
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  • follow me all the days of mylife. (There ... there it is:
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  • "all the days of my life.") Andthen: I will dwell in the house
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  • of the Lord forever.Goodness and mercy.
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  • On... on the great days, thedays when the sun is shining and
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  • we get up and we say, "God is sogood!" He is good, isn't He?
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  • He's there on the great days,the good days. God is so good.
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  • And then we have Him on the downdays when it's raining and the
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  • sun... you can't see it. Youwonder if it's ever coming out
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  • again... we have His mercy. Gooddays we have His goodness; bad
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  • days we have His mercy, but alldays... all the days of our
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  • lives we have the goodness andthe mercy of God. God has been
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  • so, so good to me. And I knowyou would say the same thing.
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  • [Psalm 136] "His mercy enduresforever." His goodness meets us
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  • every morning. His faithfulnessis so beautiful and wonderful in
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  • our lives. It is... it's a greatlife to live your life with the
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  • Shepherd, and as a humble sheepdependent upon Him, to walk with
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  • Him, to enjoy His presence. Heleads us; He feeds us; He takes
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  • care of us. He ministers Hishelp to us. When we fall into a
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  • deep crevice and we findourselves hurt, He picks us up
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  • and puts us on His shoulders andcarries us. You know, there's
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  • no... no sheep too far away butthat Jesus will come and get
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  • you. Maybe you've fallen, maybeyou're broken. When a shepherd
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  • would find a lamb that hadfallen. Perhaps he had been
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  • wounded in some way, he wouldleave, Jesus said, the flock...
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  • the ninety and nine and go findthat one lost sheep, the one
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  • little lost last lamb. And whatwould He do? He would bring that
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  • sheep back to the sheep fold.And that's what Christ does for
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  • us. If you find yourself faraway or lost, like a little lost
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  • lamb right now, the goodShepherd is searching for you,
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  • He's coming for you. And justwait. He's going to pick you up
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  • and He's going to carry you backinto the presence of the Father.
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  • It's a great life "all the daysof my life." And then, what does
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  • He say? Mercy, goodness all thedays, and then "I will dwell in
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  • the house of the Lord forever."It's all this... all these
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  • blessings, all this good lifethat we enjoy every day in
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  • Christ, and then, it's heaven.All this I say and heaven, too!
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  • Heaven is the Father's house.Jesus told us this in John
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  • chapter 14. He said, [John14:1-3] "Don't let your heart be
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  • troubled; you believe in God;believe also in Me. In My
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  • Father's house are manymansions, if it weren't so I
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  • would have told you. I go toprepare a place for you. And if
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  • I go, I will come again andreceive you to Myself that where
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  • I am there you will be also."Now Thomas, one of the disciples
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  • always willing to raise his handand ask a question. He wasn't
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  • really so much a doubter,seeking to not believe, but he
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  • was a doubter seeking always tobelieve Thomas. Don't call him
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  • doubting Thomas. He became oneof the greatest believers of all
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  • time. But he raised his hand andsaid, "Lord," I'm so glad he
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  • asked this question. [John 14:5]"Lord, we don't know where
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  • you're going and how can we knowthe way?" It was dark, it was
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  • the upper room, it was hoursbefore the cross. The disciples
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  • were disturbed and confused andJesus had been talking about His
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  • death. So he said, "We don'tknow what's going on. We don't
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  • know where you're going and howcan we know the way?" And John
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  • 14:6, that's when Jesus said, "Iam the way, the truth and the
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  • life. And no one comes to theFather except by Me." One of the
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  • greatest statements in all ofthe Bible. Jesus is the
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  • pathway... the pathway, not away but the way to heaven. And
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  • if you will trust in Him andbelieve Him and give your life
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  • to follow Him by repenting ofyour sin, receiving Christ into
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  • your life, that is the pathwayto heaven. And your... your
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  • future if you are a believer isforever with Him. In the
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  • Father's house. There's a lot oftalk about heaven... who's going
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  • to go there, the Bible tells usthat those who trust in Jesus is
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  • going... that we are going toheaven. What's heaven going to
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  • be like? That's another day,another message. In fact, I've
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  • got an entire message series onheaven. You might want to check
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  • that out. But heaven ultimatelyis the Father's house, it's
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  • home. We're going home. Theshepherd would take the sheep
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  • all the way home, and ourheavenly Shepherd... he is
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  • guiding us, He is taking us intohis presences, and one day we
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  • will be with Him forever. It'snot going to be boring. Just as
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  • life in Jesus is not boring...People say, "Well, heaven's
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  • going to be... is that going tobe boring? Are we just gonna,
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  • you know, sit on a cloudthroughout all eternity and
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  • waste our forever?" No, theBible says we're going to be
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  • serving God, we're going to beworshipping God, we're going to
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  • be experiencing His presence.We're going to be in heaven with
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  • Him forever and ever! You can'timagine how good that's going to
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  • be. But I promise you accordingto God's Word that I have been
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  • believing all of my life...according to this Book that
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  • heaven is a wonderful place. Itis filled with glory and grace.
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  • I want to see my Savior's facebecause heaven is wonderful
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  • place. The reason that heaven isso wonderful is because our
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  • Father is there, Jesus is there.Our loved ones and friends will
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  • gather, fellow believers fromevery age and throughout the
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  • history of mankind will be therein the presence of God because
  • 00:24:34.062 --> 00:24:37.899
  • of the cross and theresurrection. Are you ready? Are
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  • you ready to die? Maybe I shouldask you first of all are you
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  • ready to live, because you'renot to live until you're ready
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  • to die. When you make peace withGod and you know that you know
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  • that you know that you're goingto heaven when you die or when
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  • Christ comes again, then you canlive with hope and confidence
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  • and peace. You can live with thecertainty that life matters now
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  • because eternity is before us.And here's one last thing I want
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  • to... I want to mention beforewe go and that is our goal as
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  • believers is to glorify God, tomagnify Jesus in our lives. And
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  • one of the best ways we can dothat is by introducing Jesus as
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  • Savior and Lord to as manypeople as possible on our way to
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  • heaven. We want to take as manypeople as possible with us on
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  • our way to heaven. We ought tobe spending our lives sharing
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  • the love of Christ, servingpeople, loving people, inviting
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  • people. Being involved in ourchurches, praying that lost
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  • people will come to faith inChrist, witnessing to our family
  • 00:25:44.699 --> 00:25:49.771
  • and friends because there is aheaven and, yes, there is a
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  • hell. And you will spend aconscious eternity either in
  • 00:25:53.575 --> 00:25:58.880
  • heaven with Him forever in theFather's house, or apart from
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  • Him forever and ever in hell.It's a decision that every
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  • person must make. Will youbelieve and trust in Jesus? Will
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  • you follow Him? Will you tell asmany of your friends as possible
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  • who Jesus is and what He's donefor you? You may not know all
  • 00:26:15.030 --> 00:26:19.601
  • the answers to the questionsthat people have about life,
  • 00:26:19.634 --> 00:26:22.537
  • about death, about... about thethings of God, but you know
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  • Jesus. And if you know Jesus,you can't help but speak as the
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  • Apostles did of the things thatyou've seen and the things that
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  • you have heard. Since I was achild, I've been telling people
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  • about Jesus. The one that I metin this Book so long ago through
  • 00:26:38.386 --> 00:26:44.292
  • the testimony of my grandfather.Now we've got grandparents
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  • watching PowerPoint regularly.Do your grandchildren know
  • 00:26:48.263 --> 00:26:51.599
  • Jesus? Write them a letter orsend them a text. Encourage them
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  • to go to church, take them ifit's at all possible. Be an
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  • influence in your children's andyour children's children's life.
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  • I'm so glad that I found faithin Christ so soon in my life.
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  • And I'm excited about the daysahead. The days following Jesus,
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  • knowing that goodness and mercywill be with me all the days of
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  • my life and then... and thenit's the Father's house forever
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  • and ever. Amen
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