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September 6, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS AND WELCOME AGAIN TO
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MANY OF TODAY'S BESTSELLING BOOKS FEATURE
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  • ACCOUNTS OF PEOPLE WHO DIED,
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  • GONE TO HEAVEN, AND COME BACK TO SHARE WHAT THEY
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  • HAD SEEN ON THE OTHER SIDE.
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  • DO THESE SENSATIONAL STORIES PROVIDE RELIABLE
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  • INFORMATION ABOUT OUR ETERNAL HOMES?
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  • AND IF NOT, ARE THOSE WHO CLAIM TO HAVE THESE
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  • AMAZING EXPERIENCES DISHONEST,
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  • DELUDED, OR EVEN DEMONIC AS SOME PEOPLE CHARGE?
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  • WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT THE BIBLE'S ANSWER TO THE
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  • QUESTION: HAVE SOME PEOPLE ALREADY VISITED HEAVEN?
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN INTRODUCING YOUR
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  • CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO JESUS CHRIST.
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  • AND TO HELP YOU DO THAT, DR. JEFFRESS HAS WRITTEN A
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  • BRAND-NEW BOOK CALLED, A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS!
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  • THIS ENGAGING, ILLUSTRATED BOOK IS PERFECT FOR
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  • CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN WHO MAY NOT GO TO CHURCH
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  • BECAUSE IT INCLUDES A PRAYER OF SALVATION YOU
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  • CAN PRAY WITH THEM TO ENSURE THEY WILL BE IN
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  • HEAVEN WITH YOU ONE DAY.
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  • REQUEST A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS WHEN YOU
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  • GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • MUSIC
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  • GOD IS CALLING ME.
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  • THOSE WERE AMONG THE FINAL WORDS SPOKEN BY THE GREAT
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  • EVANGELIST DWIGHT L. MOODY
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  • ON DECEMBER 22, 1899 WHEN HE DIED IN HIS HOME
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  • IN EAST NORTH FIELD, MASSACHUSETTS.
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  • NOW THE FACT THAT D. L. MOODY
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  • DIED IS REALLY NOTHING UNUSUAL.
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  • WE ALL DIE, DON'T WE?
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  • BUT WHAT WAS INTERESTING ABOUT MOODY'S EXPERIENCE
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  • IS WHAT HAPPENED IMMEDIATELY BEFORE HIS DEATH.
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  • ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES,
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  • MOODY SAID RIGHT BEFORE HE DIED,
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  • "I SEE EARTH RECEDING. HEAVEN IS OPENING.
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  • GOD IS CALLING ME." DID D.L. MOODY
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  • HAVE WHAT WE CALL TODAY A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE?
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  • WELL HIS GREAT-NEPHEW RAYMOND MOODY CERTAINLY THINKS SO.
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  • RAYMOND MOODY IS THE FATHER OF THE MODERN CRAZE
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  • CALLED THE NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE FAD.
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  • HE'S WRITTEN A BEST-SELLING BOOK THAT
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  • REALLY HAS BEEN THE FOUNDATION OF THE
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  • NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE CRAZE.
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  • IT WAS CALLED, "LIFE AFTER LIFE."
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  • IT WAS PUBLISHED IN 1975, AND IN THIS BEST-SELLING
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  • BOOK RAYMOND MOODY DESCRIBES COUNTLESS PEOPLE
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  • WHO HAVE HAD SOME OUT-OF-BODY EXPERIENCE
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  • WHEN THEY WERE NEAR DEATH OR THEY SAID ACTUALLY HAD
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  • DIED IN WHICH THEY VISITED THE OTHER SIDE AND WERE
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  • ABLE TO COME BACK AND RELATE WHAT THEY HAD SEEN.
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  • OF COURSE THE EXPERIENCES WE HEAR TODAY DIFFER FROM
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  • THE EXPERIENCE OF D. L. MOODY
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  • IN TWO SIGNIFICANT WAYS.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, D.L. MOODY ACTUALLY DIED.
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  • HE DIDN'T KIND OF DIE, HE ACTUALLY DIED.
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  • AND SECONDLY, HE NEVER CAME BACK TO SHARE WHAT HE
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  • SAW ON THE OTHER SIDE.
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  • AND OF COURSE THAT BRINGS UP THE QUESTION TODAY AS
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  • WE CONSIDER OUR SERIES ON HEAVEN,
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  • A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN, AND THE QUESTION IS SIMPLY
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  • THIS: HAVE SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE ALIVE RIGHT NOW
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  • ALREADY VISITED HEAVEN?
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  • HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED ABOUT THAT?
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  • HOW DO YOU MAKE SENSE OF ALL OF THESE BOOKS AND
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  • EXPERIENCES OF PEOPLE WHO SAY: WE DIED.
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  • WE WENT TO THE OTHER SIDE.
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  • WE SAW WHAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR US,
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  • AND WE'VE COME BACK TO TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IT.
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  • WELL THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT TODAY:
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  • HAVE SOME PEOPLE ALREADY EXPERIENCED HEAVEN?
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  • NOW FIRST OF ALL WE NEED TO BEGIN BY DEFINING WHAT
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  • WE MEAN BY A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE.
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  • THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR NEAR-DEATH
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  • STUDIES - CAN YOU BELIEVE SUCH A GROUP EXISTS,
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  • BUT THERE IS - AN INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION
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  • OF NEAR-DEATH STUDIES DEFINES A NEAR-DEATH
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  • EXPERIENCE THIS WAY.
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  • IT IS, "A PROFOUND PSYCHOLOGICAL EVENT THAT
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  • MAY OCCUR TO A PERSON CLOSE TO DEATH OR IF NOT
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  • NEAR DEATH IN A SITUATION OF PHYSICAL OR EMOTIONAL
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  • CRISIS, AND IT INCLUDES TRANSCENDENTAL
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  • AND MYSTICAL ELEMENTS."
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  • MANY PEOPLE CLAIM TO HAVE HAD THESE EXPERIENCES,
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  • BUT WHETHER THEY ARE VALID OR NOT NOBODY CAN
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  • DENY THEIR POPULARITY.
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  • PEOPLE BUY THESE BOOKS BY THE MILLIONS.
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  • WHY ARE THESE BOOKS SO POPULAR?
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  • WHY ARE WE SO FASCINATED WITH PEOPLE WHO CLAIM TO
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  • HAVE HAD A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE?
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  • I THINK THERE'S TWO REASONS FOR THE POPULARITY
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  • OF THIS MOVEMENT.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, OUR NATURAL CURIOSITY ABOUT THE UNKNOWN.
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  • THERE IS A DARK CURTAIN THAT IS DRAWN BETWEEN THIS
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  • LIFE AND THE NEXT LIFE.
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  • IT'S A MYSTERY TO US IN MANY WAYS WHAT AWAITS US
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  • ON THE OTHER SIDE, AND IT'S ONLY NATURAL THAT WE
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  • WOULD WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS AFTER OUR BRIEF
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  • FEW YEARS HERE ON EARTH.
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  • WHAT AWAITS US ON THE OTHER SIDE?
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  • IN 2004 DON PIPER RENEWED THIS INTEREST IN THE
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  • NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES WITH HIS BEST-SELLING BOOK,
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  • '90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN: A TRUE STORY OF DEATH AND LIFE.'
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  • THAT BOOK WAS FOLLOWED IN 2006 BY
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  • ANOTHER MAN'S EXPERIENCE.
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  • IT WAS ENTITLED, "23 MINUTES IN HELL."
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  • I'D RATHER HAVE THE 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN,
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  • BUT HE HAD 23 MINUTES IN HELL,
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  • ONE MAN'S STORY ABOUT WHAT HE SAW,
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  • HEARD AND FELT IN THAT PLACE OF TORMENT.
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  • AND ON AND ON THE BOOKS CAME.
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  • BUT NONE OF THESE BOOKS COMES CLOSE TO MATCHING
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  • THE POPULARITY OF A BOOK RELEASED IN 2010.
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  • IT WAS WRITTEN BY TODD BURPO AND IT'S ENTITLED,
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  • "HEAVEN IS FOR REAL," A LITTLE BOY'S ASTOUNDING
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  • STORY OF HIS TRIP TO HEAVEN.
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  • PERHAPS YOU'VE READ THE BOOK OR YOU SAW THE MOVIE.
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  • IN THE BOOK TODD BURPO TELLS THE STORY OF HIS
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  • 4-YEAR-OLD SON COLTON WHO DIED DURING AN EMERGENCY
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  • ROOM SURGERY, HE CAME BACK TO LIFE,
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  • AND HE TOLD HIS FAMILY ABOUT HIS 3-MINUTE TRIP TO HEAVEN.
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  • WHILE IN HEAVEN LITTLE COLTON BURPO CLAIMS TO
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  • HAVE SEEN HIS SISTER WHOM HIS MOTHER MISCARRIED AND
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  • ABOUT WHOM HIS PARENTS REPORTEDLY TOLD HIM NOTHING.
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  • HE SAW HIS GREAT-GRANDFATHER WHOM HE HAD NEVER MET.
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  • HE ALSO SAW JOHN THE BAPTIST,
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  • JESUS, GOD, AND GOD THE FATHER WHO HAD TWO WINGS
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  • AND THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO IS APPARENTLY
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  • BLUISH IN COLOR AND TRANSPARENT.
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  • THE BOOK HAS SOLD OVER 10 MILLION COPIES AND IT
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  • CONTINUES TO SELL TODAY.
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  • BUT NOT EVERY BOOK ABOUT A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE HAS
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  • BEEN SO WELL RECEIVED.
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  • IN 2004 ALEX MALARKEY CLAIMS TO HAVE DIED IN AN
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  • AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT AND CAME BACK TO REPORT WHAT
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  • HE SAW, AND HE ALONG WITH KEVIN MALARKEY - I LIKE TO
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  • PRONOUNCE IT MALARKEY - WROTE A BOOK ENTITLED,
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  • "THE BOY WHO CAME BACK FROM HEAVEN."
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  • AND THE REASON I CALL IT MALARKEY IS THAT'S WHAT
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  • ALEX MALARKEY SAID HIMSELF.
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  • HE LATER CONFESSED THAT HE HAD MADE THE WHOLE THING UP.
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  • IT WAS A FRAUDULENT ACCOUNT,
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  • AND THE PUBLISHER HAD TO REMOVE THE BOOKS FROM THE SHELVES.
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  • I THINK ONE REASON FOR THE POPULARITY OF THESE BOOKS
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  • IS THE FACT THAT WE ALL HAVE A NATURAL CURIOSITY
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  • ABOUT THE UNKNOWN.
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  • BUT SECONDLY, THE POPULARITY IS PARTLY DUE
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  • TO OUR LONGING FOR HEAVEN.
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  • ECCLESIASTES 3:11 SAYS THAT "GOD HAS PLACED IN
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  • EVERY ONE OF US ETERNITY IN OUR HEARTS."
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  • WE HAVE A DESIRE TO KNOW WHAT GOD IS PREPARING FOR US.
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  • WE KNOW THERE IS MORE TO LIFE THAN WHAT WE'RE
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  • EXPERIENCING RIGHT NOW.
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  • THE QUESTION IS WHERE DO WE TURN TO FIND ANSWERS
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  • ABOUT WHAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR US?
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  • I MENTIONED JUST A MOMENT AGO THAT ALEX MALARKEY
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  • CONFESSED THAT HIS EXPERIENCE WAS FRAUDULENT.
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  • IN HIS LETTER OF APOLOGY TO THE PUBLIC HE WROTE
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  • THESE WORDS, "WHEN I MADE THE CLAIMS I DID IN MY
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  • BOOK, I HAD NEVER READ THE BIBLE.
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  • PEOPLE HAVE PROFITED FROM LIES AND CONTINUE TO.
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  • THEY SHOULD READ THE BIBLE;
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  • WHICH IS ENOUGH.
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  • THE BIBLE IS THE ONLY SOURCE OF TRUTH.
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  • I WANT THE WHOLE WORLD TO KNOW THAT THE BIBLE IS SUFFICIENT."
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  • THE BIBLE IS SUFFICIENT BECAUSE THE BIBLE IS TRUE.
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  • AND THAT MEANS WHENEVER WE COME TO THINK ABOUT
  • 00:09:15.020 --> 00:09:18.230
  • NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES, WHETHER ONES WE'VE HAD,
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  • OR ONES SOMEBODY ELSE HAS HAD,
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  • WE NEED TO EXAMINE IT IN LIGHT OF WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS.
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  • IN 1 JOHN 4:1 THE APOSTLE WARNS,
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  • "BELOVED, DO NOT BELIEVE EVERY SPIRIT,
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  • BUT TEST THE SPIRITS TO SEE WHETHER THEY ARE FROM
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  • GOD BECAUSE MANY FALSE PROPHETS HAVE GONE OUT
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  • INTO THE WORLD."
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  • I DON'T CARE HOW WELL-INTENTIONED,
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  • HOW GODLY SOMEBODY IS, IF THEY HAVE AN EXPERIENCE WE
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  • NEED TO TEST THEIR EXPERIENCE AGAINST THE
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  • TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD.
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  • REMEMBER THE BEREANS IN ACTS 17?
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  • THEY LISTENED TO THE GREAT APOSTLE PAUL
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  • PREACH, BUT ACTS 17:11 SAYS AFTER PAUL PREACHED
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  • THE BEREANS SEARCHED THE SCRIPTURES TO SEE IF THESE
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  • THINGS WERE TRUE OR NOT.
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  • I DON'T CARE WHETHER IT'S THE APOSTLE PAUL,
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  • ROBERT JEFFRESS, COLTON BURPO,
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  • WHOEVER IT IS; EVERY WORD NEEDS TO BE TESTED BY THE
  • 00:10:11.140 --> 00:10:15.110
  • TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD.
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  • AND THAT LEADS TO THE QUESTION: ARE NEAR-DEATH
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  • EXPERIENCES BIBLICAL?
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  • HOW DO WE KNOW THAT THESE EXPERIENCES ARE SIMPLY NOT
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  • CHEMICAL REACTIONS THAT THE BRAIN PRODUCES IN
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  • TIMES OF STRESS THAT CAN LEAD TO THE SENSATION OF LIGHT?
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  • THERE ARE CHEMICALS TODAY THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO
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  • PEOPLE THAT PRODUCE IN THE BRAIN AN OUT-OF-BODY
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  • FEELING, AN EXPERIENCE.
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  • ON THE OTHER HAND IF A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE
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  • LEADS SOMEBODY TO FAITH IN CHRIST OR CAUSES THEM TO
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  • MAKE GREAT AND CORRECT CHANGES IN THEIR LIFE,
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  • WHO ARE WE TO DENY THAT THEIR EXPERIENCE IS REAL?
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  • WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS EXAMINE THESE EXPERIENCES
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  • IN THE LIGHT OF SCRIPTURE.
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  • AND SO TODAY IN THE FEW MOMENTS WE HAVE LEFT,
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  • I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU SEVEN PRINCIPLES FOR
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  • EVALUATING NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES,
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  • AND ALONG THE WAY WE'RE GOING TO LEARN SOMETHING
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  • REAL ABOUT HEAVEN AS WELL.
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  • SEVEN PRINCIPLES FOR EVALUATING NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES.
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  • PRINCIPLE NUMBER ONE: REMEMBER NEAR DEATH IS NOT DEATH.
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  • NEAR DEATH IS NOT DEAD.
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  • NEARLY DEAD PEOPLE AREN'T DEAD PEOPLE.
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  • THE BIBLE IS VERY CLEAR ON THIS POINT.
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  • YOU ONLY DIE ONCE.
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  • HEBREWS 9:27 SAYS, "EACH PERSON IS DESTINED TO DIE
  • 00:11:39.080 --> 00:11:43.240
  • ONCE AND AFTER THAT COMES JUDGMENT."
  • 00:11:43.250 --> 00:11:47.120
  • I CAN ALREADY HEAR THE PROTESTATIONS COMING FROM YOU.
  • 00:11:49.170 --> 00:11:53.190
  • I CAN HEAR IT. ONLY DIE ONCE?
  • 00:11:53.200 --> 00:11:56.280
  • WHAT ABOUT LAZARUS?
  • 00:11:56.290 --> 00:11:59.090
  • WHAT ABOUT JAIRUS' DAUGHTER?
  • 00:11:59.100 --> 00:12:01.270
  • WHAT ABOUT SON OF THE SHUNAMMITE WOMAN?
  • 00:12:01.280 --> 00:12:05.040
  • OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN THE BIBLE GIVES
  • 00:12:05.050 --> 00:12:07.180
  • ACCOUNTS OF GOD RAISING PEOPLE FROM THE DEAD,
  • 00:12:07.190 --> 00:12:12.240
  • AND THEN THEY DIE AGAIN.
  • 00:12:12.250 --> 00:12:14.260
  • EVERYBODY WHO IS RAISED FROM THE DEAD IN THE
  • 00:12:14.270 --> 00:12:17.000
  • BIBLE, EVERY ONE OF THEM HAD TO DIE AGAIN.
  • 00:12:17.010 --> 00:12:19.030
  • THEY DIED TWICE.
  • 00:12:19.040 --> 00:12:20.140
  • WHAT ABOUT THOSE CASES WHERE GOD RAISED PEOPLE
  • 00:12:20.150 --> 00:12:23.110
  • FROM THE DEAD?
  • 00:12:23.120 --> 00:12:24.180
  • WELL WE HAVE A WORD TO DESCRIBE THOSE EVENTS - MIRACLES.
  • 00:12:24.190 --> 00:12:29.150
  • WE DON'T CALL THEM USUALS - WE CALL THEM MIRACLES,
  • 00:12:29.160 --> 00:12:33.140
  • AND THE REASON WE CALL THEM MIRACLES IS BECAUSE
  • 00:12:33.150 --> 00:12:35.140
  • THEY ARE THE EXCEPTION TO THE RULE,
  • 00:12:35.150 --> 00:12:38.070
  • THEY'RE NOT THE RULE.
  • 00:12:38.080 --> 00:12:39.180
  • BUT IN EVERY ONE OF THOSE CASES WHERE GOD RAISED UP
  • 00:12:39.190 --> 00:12:42.200
  • SOMEBODY FROM THE DEAD, IN NOT ONE OF THOSE CASES DID
  • 00:12:42.210 --> 00:12:46.070
  • THEY EVER TELL ABOUT WHAT THEY SAW ON THE OTHER SIDE.
  • 00:12:46.080 --> 00:12:49.010
  • NOT ONE SINGLE TIME.
  • 00:12:49.020 --> 00:12:52.080
  • NEARLY DEAD IS NOT DEAD.
  • 00:12:52.090 --> 00:12:55.070
  • THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO GET TO GO TO HEAVEN ARE THOSE WHO
  • 00:12:55.080 --> 00:12:58.120
  • HAVE ACTUALLY DIED, NOT NEARLY DIED.
  • 00:12:58.130 --> 00:13:02.030
  • LET ME ILLUSTRATE THAT FOR YOU IF I CAN.
  • 00:13:02.040 --> 00:13:04.280
  • LET'S SAY YOU HAVE SOME FRIENDS WHO LIVE IN
  • 00:13:04.290 --> 00:13:07.030
  • SAN ANTONIO AND THEY HAVE NEVER VISITED DALLAS
  • 00:13:07.040 --> 00:13:10.100
  • BEFORE, BUT THEY'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO COME TO DALLAS.
  • 00:13:10.110 --> 00:13:13.260
  • AND SO THEY CALL YOU UP AND THEY SAY: YOU KNOW
  • 00:13:13.270 --> 00:13:15.140
  • WHAT, WE'RE FINALLY GOING TO MAKE OUR
  • 00:13:15.150 --> 00:13:16.290
  • TRIP TO DALLAS THIS WEEKEND.
  • 00:13:17.000 --> 00:13:19.010
  • WE WISH WE HAD TIME TO SEE YOU,
  • 00:13:19.020 --> 00:13:20.170
  • BUT WE'RE GOING TO SO FILLED WITH ACTIVITIES WE
  • 00:13:20.180 --> 00:13:22.160
  • WANT TO SEE ALL THE SIGHTS IN DALLAS,
  • 00:13:22.170 --> 00:13:24.150
  • CAN YOU GIVE US SOME HINTS?
  • 00:13:24.160 --> 00:13:26.030
  • SO YOU GIVE THEM SOME THINGS THAT THEY OUGHT TO
  • 00:13:26.040 --> 00:13:27.260
  • DO WHILE THEY'RE IN DALLAS.
  • 00:13:27.270 --> 00:13:29.250
  • SO THE WEEKEND PASSES.
  • 00:13:29.260 --> 00:13:31.010
  • MONDAY YOU CALL THEM AND SAID: HOW DID YOU LIKE
  • 00:13:31.020 --> 00:13:33.050
  • YOUR TRIP TO DALLAS?
  • 00:13:33.060 --> 00:13:34.010
  • THEY SAY: OH IT WAS BEYOND ANYTHING
  • 00:13:34.020 --> 00:13:36.200
  • WE COULD POSSIBLY IMAGINE.
  • 00:13:36.210 --> 00:13:38.110
  • WE'D ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO REUNION TOWER AND EAT
  • 00:13:38.120 --> 00:13:41.190
  • AT THAT RESTAURANT WE'VE HEARD ABOUT,
  • 00:13:41.200 --> 00:13:43.210
  • THAT NEW RESTAURANT, AND SO WE GOT ON THE ESCALATOR
  • 00:13:43.220 --> 00:13:47.000
  • AND WE RODE ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP TO THE SIXTH
  • 00:13:47.010 --> 00:13:49.230
  • FLOOR, AND WE ATE AT THAT PIZZA HUT THEY HAVE AT THE
  • 00:13:49.240 --> 00:13:53.090
  • TOP THERE, THAT REALLY FINE RESTAURANT.
  • 00:13:53.100 --> 00:13:55.110
  • YOU THINK: PIZZA HUT? SIX FLOORS?
  • 00:13:55.120 --> 00:13:57.080
  • AND THEN THEY SAY: WE WENT FROM THERE TO KLYDE WARREN
  • 00:13:57.090 --> 00:13:59.230
  • PARK, AND WE WERE REALLY SURPRISED TO SEE ALL THOSE
  • 00:13:59.240 --> 00:14:02.210
  • OIL DERRICKS RIGHT THERE IN THE MIDDLE OF KLYDE
  • 00:14:02.220 --> 00:14:04.280
  • WARREN PARK, BUT WE FIGURED: HEY,
  • 00:14:04.290 --> 00:14:06.150
  • THIS IS TEXAS, WHAT ELSE DO YOU EXPECT?
  • 00:14:06.160 --> 00:14:08.210
  • BUT THEY SAID THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP WAS
  • 00:14:08.220 --> 00:14:11.020
  • WHEN WE WENT TO THANKS-GIVING SQUARE AND
  • 00:14:11.030 --> 00:14:13.000
  • WE GOT TO SEE WHAT WE'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO SEE.
  • 00:14:13.010 --> 00:14:15.240
  • THERE WAS BIG TEX RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF
  • 00:14:15.250 --> 00:14:18.020
  • THANKS-GIVING SQUARE.
  • 00:14:18.030 --> 00:14:19.070
  • OH, IT WAS A GREAT SIGHT, RIGHT THERE IN
  • 00:14:19.080 --> 00:14:21.150
  • THE CENTER OF THE CITY.
  • 00:14:21.160 --> 00:14:23.080
  • YOU'RE THINKING: OIL DERRICKS,
  • 00:14:23.090 --> 00:14:25.190
  • PIZZA HUTS, BIG TEX?
  • 00:14:25.200 --> 00:14:27.260
  • ARE YOU SURE YOU CAME TO DALLAS?
  • 00:14:27.270 --> 00:14:30.220
  • YOUR FRIEND SAYS: WELL, NOT REALLY.
  • 00:14:30.230 --> 00:14:34.050
  • WE MADE IT AS FAR AS WAXAHACHIE,
  • 00:14:34.060 --> 00:14:36.100
  • BUT THEN OUR CAR BROKE DOWN.
  • 00:14:36.110 --> 00:14:38.200
  • WE NEVER ACTUALLY MADE IT TO DALLAS,
  • 00:14:38.210 --> 00:14:40.210
  • WE ALMOST GOT THERE, WE HAD AN N.D.E.,
  • 00:14:40.220 --> 00:14:45.050
  • A NEAR-DALLAS EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:14:45.060 --> 00:14:51.100
  • CAN YOU TRUST THE INFORMATION SOMEBODY WOULD
  • 00:14:51.110 --> 00:14:53.240
  • GIVE YOU ABOUT A NEAR-DALLAS EXPERIENCE?
  • 00:14:53.250 --> 00:14:55.250
  • NO, THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO CAN TELL YOU
  • 00:14:55.260 --> 00:14:58.160
  • WHAT IS REALLY IN DALLAS ARE THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN TO
  • 00:14:58.170 --> 00:15:02.150
  • DALLAS OR THEY'VE READ A RELIABLE BOOK ABOUT IT.
  • 00:15:02.160 --> 00:15:07.000
  • AND THE SAME THING IS TRUE WITH HEAVEN.
  • 00:15:07.010 --> 00:15:09.040
  • THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO CAN TELL YOU WITH ACCURACY
  • 00:15:09.050 --> 00:15:11.160
  • WHAT IS IN HEAVEN ARE ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN TO
  • 00:15:11.170 --> 00:15:14.100
  • HEAVEN, AND YOU HAVE TO BE DEAD TO GET TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:15:14.110 --> 00:15:18.020
  • THE ONLY OTHER WAY YOU KNOW ABOUT HEAVEN IS FROM
  • 00:15:18.030 --> 00:15:20.070
  • WHAT GOD HAS RECORDED IN HIS BOOK.
  • 00:15:20.080 --> 00:15:22.220
  • REMEMBER NEAR-DEATH IS NOT DEATH.
  • 00:15:22.230 --> 00:15:26.010
  • SECOND PRINCIPLE: THE BIBLE IS SUFFICIENT.
  • 00:15:26.020 --> 00:15:30.080
  • THE BIBLE IS SUFFICIENT.
  • 00:15:30.090 --> 00:15:32.080
  • YOU KNOW THE PRESUPPOSITION BEHIND
  • 00:15:32.090 --> 00:15:34.010
  • BOOKS LIKE, "HEAVEN IS FOR REAL" OR "TO HEAVEN AND
  • 00:15:34.020 --> 00:15:36.120
  • BACK," AND SO MANY OF THESE OTHER BOOKS WRITTEN
  • 00:15:36.130 --> 00:15:38.170
  • BY CHRISTIANS, THE BASIC PRESUPPOSITION IS: THE
  • 00:15:38.180 --> 00:15:42.030
  • BIBLE IS GOOD, BUT IT'S NOT SUFFICIENT.
  • 00:15:42.040 --> 00:15:44.290
  • THERE IS MORE INFORMATION OUT THERE GOD WANTS US TO
  • 00:15:45.000 --> 00:15:48.050
  • HAVE ABOUT HEAVEN AND HE'S GIVEN ME THAT INFORMATION
  • 00:15:48.060 --> 00:15:51.140
  • TO SHARE WITH YOU FOR $22.95.
  • 00:15:51.150 --> 00:15:54.080
  • THAT'S THE BASIC PRESUPPOSITION BEHIND ALL
  • 00:15:54.090 --> 00:15:57.090
  • OF THESE ACCOUNTS.
  • 00:15:57.100 --> 00:15:59.070
  • BUT LISTEN TO WHAT THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID ABOUT
  • 00:15:59.080 --> 00:16:01.140
  • THE SUFFICIENCY OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:16:01.150 --> 00:16:03.120
  • TURN OVER TO 1 THESSALONIANS 4.
  • 00:16:03.130 --> 00:16:06.020
  • 1 THESSALONIANS 4.
  • 00:16:06.030 --> 00:16:09.070
  • PAUL WROTE THESE WORDS TO COMFORT
  • 00:16:09.080 --> 00:16:11.050
  • THE THESSALONIAN CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:16:11.060 --> 00:16:12.240
  • THEY BELIEVED THAT JESUS WAS GOING TO COME BACK IN
  • 00:16:12.250 --> 00:16:15.030
  • THEIR DAY, BUT THEN THEIR LOVED ONES STARTED TO DIE
  • 00:16:15.040 --> 00:16:18.280
  • AND THEY HAD A QUESTION FOR PAUL: OUR LOVED ONES
  • 00:16:18.290 --> 00:16:21.230
  • ARE DYING ALL AROUND US.
  • 00:16:21.240 --> 00:16:23.290
  • THEY'VE DIED BEFORE CHRIST RETURNS,
  • 00:16:24.000 --> 00:16:26.050
  • ARE THEY GOING TO MISS OUT ON HEAVEN?
  • 00:16:26.060 --> 00:16:28.260
  • NOTICE HOW PAUL ANSWERS THEIR QUESTION.
  • 00:16:28.270 --> 00:16:31.070
  • VERSE 13, "BUT WE DO NOT WANT YOU TO BE UNINFORMED,
  • 00:16:31.080 --> 00:16:35.160
  • BRETHREN, ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE ASLEEP."
  • 00:16:35.170 --> 00:16:38.020
  • BY THE WAY, THAT'S THE TERM THE BIBLE USES FOR
  • 00:16:38.030 --> 00:16:40.190
  • A CHRISTIAN WHEN HE DIES.
  • 00:16:40.200 --> 00:16:43.160
  • HE FALLS ASLEEP.
  • 00:16:43.170 --> 00:16:44.170
  • THAT DOESN'T MEAN HIS SOUL GOES TO SLEEP.
  • 00:16:44.180 --> 00:16:47.120
  • TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY IS TO BE AT HOME WITH THE LORD.
  • 00:16:47.130 --> 00:16:49.280
  • FALLING ASLEEP REFERS TO WHAT HAPPENS
  • 00:16:49.290 --> 00:16:52.010
  • TO THE PHYSICAL BODY.
  • 00:16:52.020 --> 00:16:53.180
  • IT'S PLACED IN THE GROUND.
  • 00:16:53.190 --> 00:16:55.060
  • IT IS ASLEEP UNTIL THE GREAT RESURRECTION WHEN WE
  • 00:16:55.070 --> 00:16:57.260
  • RECEIVE OUR NEW BODY.
  • 00:16:57.270 --> 00:16:59.100
  • HE SAYS, "WE DO NOT WANT YOU TO BE UNINFORMED,
  • 00:16:59.110 --> 00:17:01.030
  • BRETHREN, ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE ASLEEP SO THAT YOU MAY
  • 00:17:01.040 --> 00:17:03.290
  • NOT GRIEVE AS THE REST WHO HAVE NO HOPE.
  • 00:17:04.000 --> 00:17:07.070
  • FOR IF WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS DIED AND ROSE AGAIN,
  • 00:17:07.080 --> 00:17:10.180
  • EVEN SO GOD WILL BRING WITH HIM THOSE WHO HAVE
  • 00:17:10.190 --> 00:17:13.220
  • FALLEN ASLEEP IN JESUS."
  • 00:17:13.230 --> 00:17:15.130
  • GOD'S NOT FORGETTING ABOUT YOUR LOVED ONES WHO HAVE
  • 00:17:15.140 --> 00:17:17.290
  • DIED, "FOR THIS WE SAY TO YOU BY THE WORD OF THE
  • 00:17:18.000 --> 00:17:20.190
  • LORD THAT WE WHO ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN UNTIL THE
  • 00:17:20.200 --> 00:17:23.170
  • COMING OF THE LORD, WE WILL NOT GO AHEAD OF THOSE
  • 00:17:23.180 --> 00:17:26.190
  • WHO HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP."
  • 00:17:26.200 --> 00:17:28.170
  • AND THEN HE GIVES THE ORDER OF WHAT'S GOING TO
  • 00:17:28.180 --> 00:17:30.070
  • HAPPEN AT THE RAPTURE, "WHEN THE DEAD IN CHRIST
  • 00:17:30.080 --> 00:17:33.010
  • WILL RISE FIRST AND WE WHO ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN SHALL
  • 00:17:33.020 --> 00:17:35.170
  • BE CAUGHT UP TOGETHER TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR."
  • 00:17:35.180 --> 00:17:38.190
  • PAUL SAID: HERE IS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO
  • 00:17:38.200 --> 00:17:40.130
  • KNOW ABOUT THE FUTURE GOD HAS FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES.
  • 00:17:40.140 --> 00:17:45.250
  • I SUPPOSE IN LAST 35 YEARS THERE'S NO TELLING HOW
  • 00:17:45.260 --> 00:17:49.150
  • MANY HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF
  • 00:17:49.160 --> 00:17:51.080
  • FUNERAL SERVICES I'VE CONDUCTED.
  • 00:17:51.090 --> 00:17:54.000
  • AND EVERY TIME I CONDUCT A SERVICE,
  • 00:17:54.010 --> 00:17:56.160
  • I READ FROM THIS PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE.
  • 00:17:56.170 --> 00:17:58.130
  • AND I READ REVELATION 21:4 THAT SAYS,
  • 00:17:58.140 --> 00:18:03.120
  • "BUT GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR
  • 00:18:03.130 --> 00:18:06.040
  • EYES, AND THERE SHALL NO LONGER BE ANY DEATH,
  • 00:18:06.050 --> 00:18:09.070
  • OR MOURNING, OR CRYING, OR PAIN FOR THE FIRST THINGS
  • 00:18:09.080 --> 00:18:12.040
  • HAVE PASSED AWAY."
  • 00:18:12.050 --> 00:18:14.030
  • I HAVE NEVER EVER FELT THE NEED TO REACH INTO SOME
  • 00:18:14.040 --> 00:18:17.200
  • SECULAR BOOK TO GIVE ADDITIONAL
  • 00:18:17.210 --> 00:18:19.270
  • INFORMATION ABOUT HEAVEN.
  • 00:18:19.280 --> 00:18:21.230
  • EVERY TIME I READ THOSE VERSES FROM GOD'S WORD AND
  • 00:18:21.240 --> 00:18:25.090
  • LOOK INTO THE EYES OF THOSE ON THE FRONT TWO
  • 00:18:25.100 --> 00:18:27.260
  • ROWS WHO HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE,
  • 00:18:27.270 --> 00:18:29.290
  • I SEE GOD'S WORD BRING COMFORT AND PEACE TO THEM.
  • 00:18:30.000 --> 00:18:34.040
  • THAT IS THE POWER OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:18:34.050 --> 00:18:37.190
  • GOD'S WORD IS SUFFICIENT.
  • 00:18:37.200 --> 00:18:39.220
  • WE DON'T NEED ANY SO-CALLED EXTRA-BIBLICAL REVELATION.
  • 00:18:39.230 --> 00:18:44.210
  • NUMBER THREE AND THIS IS KEY: ADDING TO OR TAKING
  • 00:18:44.220 --> 00:18:48.210
  • AWAY FROM THE BIBLE IS CONDEMNED BY GOD.
  • 00:18:48.220 --> 00:18:52.110
  • ADDING TO OR TAKING AWAY FROM THE BIBLE
  • 00:18:52.120 --> 00:18:55.190
  • IS CONDEMNED BY GOD.
  • 00:18:55.200 --> 00:18:57.230
  • YOU KNOW THE BEST EXPLANATION OF WHAT HEAVEN
  • 00:18:57.240 --> 00:19:00.070
  • IS GOING TO BE LIKE AND WHAT OUR FUTURE IS GOING
  • 00:19:00.080 --> 00:19:02.160
  • TO BE LIKE IS FOUND IN THE BOOK OF THE REVELATION.
  • 00:19:02.170 --> 00:19:05.290
  • REMEMBER IT WAS GIVEN TO JOHN.
  • 00:19:06.000 --> 00:19:07.100
  • IT WAS A REVEALING, AN UNVEILING OF JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:19:07.110 --> 00:19:11.020
  • GIVEN TO JOHN WHEN HE WAS ON THE ISLAND OF PATMOS.
  • 00:19:11.030 --> 00:19:14.040
  • SOME PEOPLE SAY: WELL JOHN HAD A NEAR-DEATH
  • 00:19:14.050 --> 00:19:16.280
  • EXPERIENCE WHEN HE SAW ALL OF THIS.
  • 00:19:16.290 --> 00:19:18.240
  • NO, HE DIDN'T.
  • 00:19:18.250 --> 00:19:19.220
  • HE WASN'T ANYWHERE NEAR DEAD.
  • 00:19:19.230 --> 00:19:21.160
  • HE WAS ALIVE AND DOING JUST FINE,
  • 00:19:21.170 --> 00:19:23.290
  • BUT GOD GAVE HIM A LIMITED VIEW OF WHAT HAPPENS IN
  • 00:19:24.000 --> 00:19:28.000
  • THE FUTURE; AND HE TOLD JOHN TO WRITE THE THINGS
  • 00:19:28.010 --> 00:19:30.290
  • DOWN, SOME OF THEM, BUT HE TOLD JOHN NOT TO
  • 00:19:31.000 --> 00:19:33.200
  • WRITE DOWN OTHER THINGS.
  • 00:19:33.210 --> 00:19:35.210
  • BUT AFTER JOHN RECEIVED THE REVELATION,
  • 00:19:35.220 --> 00:19:38.100
  • NOTICE THE CLOSING WORDS OF THIS BOOK IN VERSES
  • 00:19:38.110 --> 00:19:40.200
  • 18-19 OF REVELATION 22, "I TESTIFY TO EVERYONE WHO
  • 00:19:40.210 --> 00:19:45.060
  • HEARS THE WORDS OF THE PROPHECY OF THIS BOOK,
  • 00:19:45.070 --> 00:19:48.060
  • IF ANYONE ADDS TO THEM, GOD SHALL ADD TO HIM THE
  • 00:19:48.070 --> 00:19:52.140
  • PLAGUES WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK.
  • 00:19:52.150 --> 00:19:54.150
  • AND IF ANYONE TAKES AWAY FROM THE WORDS
  • 00:19:54.160 --> 00:19:57.140
  • OF THE BOOK OF THIS PROPHECY,
  • 00:19:57.150 --> 00:19:59.050
  • GOD SHALL TAKE AWAY HIS PART FROM THE TREE OF LIFE
  • 00:19:59.060 --> 00:20:02.210
  • FROM THE HOLY CITY WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK."
  • 00:20:02.220 --> 00:20:08.060
  • ANYONE WHO SAYS: GOD HAS GIVEN ME A REVELATION
  • 00:20:08.070 --> 00:20:12.170
  • ABOUT WHAT HEAVEN IS LIKE, IS TREADING ON DANGEROUS
  • 00:20:12.180 --> 00:20:16.080
  • GROUND BY ADDING TO WHAT GOD HAS
  • 00:20:16.090 --> 00:20:20.010
  • REVEALED IN HIS BOOK.
  • 00:20:20.020 --> 00:20:21.060
  • I MEAN DO WE REALLY WANT TO ACCEPT WHAT 4-YEAR-OLD
  • 00:20:21.070 --> 00:20:25.100
  • COLTON BURPO SAYS THAT GOD HAS TWO WINGS AND THE HOLY
  • 00:20:25.110 --> 00:20:29.080
  • SPIRIT IS BLUE IN COLOR?
  • 00:20:29.090 --> 00:20:31.120
  • DO WE REALLY BELIEVE THAT OR IS THAT NOT ADDING TO
  • 00:20:31.130 --> 00:20:34.100
  • THE WORD OF GOD?
  • 00:20:34.110 --> 00:20:36.250
  • NUMBER FOUR: QUESTION THE IDENTITY OF ANY BEING OF LIGHT.
  • 00:20:36.260 --> 00:20:43.050
  • QUESTION THE IDENTITY OF ANY BEING OF LIGHT.
  • 00:20:43.060 --> 00:20:46.060
  • SO MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD A NEAR-DEATH
  • 00:20:46.070 --> 00:20:48.140
  • EXPERIENCE CLAIM THAT THEY HAVE MET GOD,
  • 00:20:48.150 --> 00:20:51.180
  • OR ANGELS, OR SOME UNDEFINED DEITY.
  • 00:20:51.190 --> 00:20:56.150
  • IN MANY CASES THEY CLAIM TO HAVE SEEN JESUS CHRIST,
  • 00:20:56.160 --> 00:21:00.160
  • BUT THE MESSAGES THAT JESUS SUPPOSEDLY GAVE THEM
  • 00:21:00.170 --> 00:21:04.190
  • IS COMPLETELY CONTRADICTORY TO SCRIPTURE.
  • 00:21:04.200 --> 00:21:07.100
  • I'VE READ ACCOUNTS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE SAID: I
  • 00:21:07.110 --> 00:21:09.110
  • SAW JESUS AND HE TOLD ME SIN IS NOT A PROBLEM.
  • 00:21:09.120 --> 00:21:13.030
  • OR: THERE IS NO HELL.
  • 00:21:13.040 --> 00:21:14.260
  • OR: ALL PEOPLE ARE WELCOMED INTO HEAVEN.
  • 00:21:14.270 --> 00:21:17.170
  • OR: EVERY RELIGION IS EQUALLY TRUE.
  • 00:21:17.180 --> 00:21:20.240
  • LISTEN, THE BIBLE SAYS IN HEBREWS 13:8,
  • 00:21:20.250 --> 00:21:23.290
  • "JESUS IS THE SAME YESTERDAY,
  • 00:21:24.000 --> 00:21:26.200
  • TODAY, AND FOREVER;" AND THE JESUS IN HEAVEN DOES
  • 00:21:26.210 --> 00:21:30.090
  • NOT CONTRADICT WHAT JESUS SAID ON EARTH.
  • 00:21:30.100 --> 00:21:33.180
  • JESUS SAID ON EARTH ALL RELIGIONS ARE NOT THE SAME.
  • 00:21:33.190 --> 00:21:37.280
  • HE SAID ALL ROADS DON'T LEAD TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:21:37.290 --> 00:21:39.280
  • THERE IS ONE WAY TO HEAVEN AND IT IS THROUGH FAITH IN ME.
  • 00:21:39.290 --> 00:21:44.200
  • THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO TAKE SERIOUSLY THE WARNING OF
  • 00:21:44.210 --> 00:21:47.100
  • 1 TIMOTHY 4:1 IN WHICH PAUL SAYS,
  • 00:21:47.110 --> 00:21:49.200
  • "BUT THE SPIRIT EXPLICITLY SAYS THAT IN THE LATER
  • 00:21:49.210 --> 00:21:52.220
  • TIMES SOME WILL FALL AWAY FROM THE FAITH PAYING
  • 00:21:52.230 --> 00:21:56.070
  • ATTENTION TO DECEITFUL SPIRITS AND DOCTRINES OF DEMONS."
  • 00:21:56.080 --> 00:22:03.040
  • SAY PASTOR, DO YOU BELIEVE SOME OF
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  • THESE EXPERIENCES ARE DEMONIC?
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  • I CERTAINLY DO.
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  • WHEN PEOPLE SAY THEY SAW A LIGHT,
  • 00:22:09.080 --> 00:22:13.210
  • A BRIGHT LIGHT, AND A DIVINE BEING TELLING THEM
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  • EVERYONE'S COMING TO HEAVEN,
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  • DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU'RE A MUSLIM,
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  • HINDU, OR ATHEIST, I WELCOME EVERYBODY INTO HEAVEN -
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  • WHEN ANYBODY SAYS THEY SAW A BRIGHT LIGHT
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  • TELLING THEM THAT, I BELIEVE THEM.
  • 00:22:26.100 --> 00:22:29.090
  • I BELIEVE THEM 100%, BUT THE BRIGHT LIGHT
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  • THEY SAW WAS NOT GOD.
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  • MUSIC
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  • AS CHRISTIANS, WE NEED TO EXERCISE SPIRITUAL
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  • DISCERNMENT WHENEVER THESE SENSATIONAL CASES
  • 00:22:43.260 --> 00:22:46.270
  • COME TO OUR ATTENTION.
  • 00:22:46.280 --> 00:22:48.200
  • WE CAN'T ALLOW OUR BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING OF
  • 00:22:48.210 --> 00:22:51.020
  • HEAVEN TO BE HIJACKED BY SOME OF THESE FAR-FETCHED STORIES!
  • 00:22:51.030 --> 00:22:55.180
  • I'M GOING TO CONTINUE THIS STUDY ON THE NEXT EDITION
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  • OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AND IN THE MEANTIME, I HOPE YOU'LL REQUEST A COPY
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  • OF AN EXCLUSIVE BROCHURE I'VE WRITTEN TITLED,
  • 00:23:03.200 --> 00:23:06.200
  • WHAT SEVEN WORLD RELIGIONS TEACH ABOUT HEAVEN.
  • 00:23:06.210 --> 00:23:10.040
  • THIS RESOURCE COMPARES WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT
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  • HEAVEN TO THE FALSE TEACHING OF SEVEN WORLD RELIGIONS.
  • 00:23:12.260 --> 00:23:17.090
  • AND WHAT SEVEN WORLD RELIGIONS TEACH ABOUT
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  • HEAVEN IS MY GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US
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  • TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • THE BOOK EVEN CLOSES WITH A SALVATION PRAYER YOU CAN
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  • PRAY WITH YOUR CHILD OR GRANDCHILD TO ENSURE THAT
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  • THEY WILL BE WITH YOU IN HEAVEN ONE DAY.
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  • REQUEST YOUR COPY OF A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR
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  • KIDS WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT
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  • THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS 75 DOLLARS OR MORE,
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  • WE'LL ALSO INCLUDE DR. JEFFRESS'S ORIGINAL,
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  • FULL-LENGTH BOOK, A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN ALONG WITH
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  • THE COMPLETE TEACHING SERIES FOR A PLACE CALLED
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  • HEAVEN ON BOTH CD AND DVD.
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  • FAILING TO ADEQUATELY PREPARE FOR THE REAL TRIP
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  • WE'RE ALL TAKING, FOR THAT TRIP TO THE PLACE CALLED
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  • HEAVEN, NOT PREPARING ADEQUATELY CAN HAVE
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  • DEVASTATING AND UNENDING CONSEQUENCES.
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  • WE'VE GOT TO BE PREPARED FOR THE TRIP.
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  • WHEN YOU INVEST IN PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • YOU'RE ALLOWING MEN, WOMEN,
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  • AND CHILDREN ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO HEAR THE
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  • CLEAR GOSPEL MESSAGE AND CATCH A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN.
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  • SO, PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE GENEROUSLY.
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  • GOD WILL USE YOUR GIFT TO PIERCE THE DARKNESS WITH
  • 00:25:00.230 --> 00:25:03.260
  • THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD!
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  • BOOKSTORES TODAY ARE FILLED WITH SENSATIONAL
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  • STORIES OF PEOPLE WHO CLAIM TO HAVE CROSSED THE
  • 00:25:10.170 --> 00:25:13.130
  • THRESHOLD BETWEEN THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT ONE.
  • 00:25:13.140 --> 00:25:17.060
  • BUT WHEN WE COMPARE THEIR REPORTS TO BIBLICAL TRUTH,
  • 00:25:17.070 --> 00:25:20.280
  • IT'S CLEAR THAT OUR ETERNAL HOME BEARS LITTLE
  • 00:25:20.290 --> 00:25:24.030
  • RESEMBLANCE TO SOME OF THESE SO-CALLED
  • 00:25:24.040 --> 00:25:27.010
  • JOURNEYS TO HEAVEN!
  • 00:25:27.020 --> 00:25:28.170
  • AND I HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US AGAIN NEXT TIME AS WE
  • 00:25:28.180 --> 00:25:31.030
  • CONTINUE TO LOOK AT THE BIBLE'S ANSWER TO THIS
  • 00:25:31.040 --> 00:25:34.050
  • IMPORTANT QUESTION: HAVE SOME PEOPLE ALREADY VISITED HEAVEN?
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  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF OUR NEXT MESSAGE.
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  • TODAY, WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT
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  • THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • WE'LL SAY "THANKS" BY SENDING YOU A COPY OF
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  • TEACH ABOUT HEAVEN" IS OUR GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR
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  • CONTACTING US TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS 75 DOLLARS OR MORE,
  • 00:26:02.190 --> 00:26:05.120
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN
  • 00:26:05.130 --> 00:26:07.230
  • TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
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  • BECAUSE HE SAW IT.
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  • HE SAID: I AM REALLY TORN.
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  • AND I'M HARD-PRESSED TO KNOW WHETHER I REALLY WANT
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  • HE SAID THE ONLY MOTIVATION FOR STAYING IS
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  • TO FULFILL THE PURPOSE GOD HAS FOR US THESE BRIEF FEW
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