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A Place Called Heaven: Have Some People Already Visited Heaven?

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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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A Place Called Heaven: Have Some People Already Visited Heaven?

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  • FROM THE PULPIT OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF
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  • DALLAS, TEXAS, THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRES AND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY".
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  • MANY OF TODAY'S BESTSELLING BOOKS FEATURES
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  • SUSPICIOUS ACCOUNTS OF PEOPLE WHO DIED,
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  • WENT TO HEAVEN AND SUPPOSEDLY CAME BACK
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  • TO SHARE WHAT THEY HAD SEEN IN THE NEXT WORLD.
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  • DO THESE SENSATIONAL STORIES PROVIDE RELIABLE INFORMATION
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  • ABOUT OUR ETERNAL HOME?
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  • AND IF NOT, ARE THOSE WHO CLAIM TO HAVE
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  • THESE AMAZING EXPERIENCES DISHONEST OR DELUDED?
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  • WELL, ON TODAY'S EDITION OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY",
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  • WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT THE BIBLE'S ANSWER
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  • TO THIS IMPORTANT QUESTION.
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  • HAVE SOME PEOPLE ALREADY VISITED HEAVEN?
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  • MUSIC
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  • NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT
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  • THAN INTRODUCING YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN
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  • TO JESUS CHRIST.
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  • AND TO HELP YOU DO THAT
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  • DR. JEFFRES HAS WRITTEN A BRAND NEW BOOK
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  • CALLED "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS".
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  • THIS ENGAGING ILLUSTRATED BOOK IS PERFECT FOR CHILDREN
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  • OR GRANDCHILDREN WHO MAY NOT GO TO CHURCH,
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  • BECAUSE IT INCLUDES A PRAYER OF SALVATION.
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  • YOU CAN PRAY WITH THEM TO ENSURE THEY'LL BE IN HEAVEN
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  • WITH YOU ONE DAY.
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  • REQUEST "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY
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  • OF "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,
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  • SPOKEN BY THE GREAT EVANGELIST, DWIGHT L. MOODY
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  • ON DECEMBER 22ND, 1899
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  • WHEN HE DIED IN HIS HOME IN EAST NORTHFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS.
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  • NOW THE FACT THAT DL MOODY 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, QUOTE,
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  • "I SEE EARTH RECEDING, HEAVEN IS OPENING,
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  • GOD IS CALLING ME".
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  • DID D. L. MOODY HAVE WHAT WE CALL
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  • 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 BESTSELLING BOOK
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  • THAT REALLY HAS BEEN THE FOUNDATION
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  • OF THE NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE CRAZE,
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  • IT WAS CALLED "LIFE AFTER LIFE"
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  • AND IT WAS PUBLISHED IN 1975.
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  • AND IN THIS BESTSELLING BOOK, RAYMOND MOODY DESCRIBES
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  • COUNTLESS PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD SOME OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE
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  • WHEN THEY WERE NEAR-DEATH OR THEY SAID ACTUALLY HAD DIED
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  • IN WHICH THEY VISITED THE OTHER SIDE
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  • AND WERE ABLE TO COME BACK AND RELATE WHAT THEY HAD SEEN.
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  • OF COURSE, THE EXPERIENCES WE HEAR TODAY DIFFER
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  • FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF DL MOODY IN TWO SIGNIFICANT WAYS.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, D. L. MOODY ACTUALLY DIED.
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  • HE DIDN'T KINDA DIE, HE ACTUALLY DIED.
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  • AND SECONDLY HE NEVER CAME BACK TO SHARE WHAT HE SAW
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  • ON THE OTHER SIDE.
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  • AND OF COURSE THAT BRINGS UP THE QUESTION TODAY.
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  • AND THE QUESTION IS SIMPLY THIS,
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  • 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
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  • AND 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
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  • BY DEFINING BY WHAT WE MEAN BY A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE.
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  • THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR NEAR-DEATH STUDIES,
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  • 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
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  • DEFINES A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE THIS WAY,
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  • IT IS QUOTE "A PROFOUND PSYCHOLOGICAL EVENT
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  • "THAT MAY OCCUR TO A PERSON CLOSE TO DEATH
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  • "OR IF NOT NEAR-DEATH IN A SITUATION
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  • "OF PHYSICAL OR EMOTIONAL CRISIS.
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  • "AND IT INCLUDES TRANSCENDENTAL 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,
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  • NOBODY CAN 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
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  • WHO CLAIM TO 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 LIFE
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  • AND THE NEXT LIFE.
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  • IT'S A MYSTERY TO US IN MANY WAYS,
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  • WHAT AWAITS US ON THE OTHER SIDE.
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  • AND IT'S ONLY NATURAL THAT WE WOULD WANNA KNOW
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  • WHAT HAPPENS AFTER OUR BRIEF FEW YEARS
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  • 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
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  • IN THE NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES WITH HIS BESTSELLING 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 ANOTHER MAN'S EXPERIENCE,
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  • IT WAS TITLED "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, HEARD AND FELT
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  • IN THAT PLACE IN TORMENT."
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  • AND ON AND ON THE BOOKS CAME.
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  • BUT NONE OF THESE BOOKS COMES CLOSE
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  • TO MATCHING THE POPULARITY OF A BOOK RELEASED IN 2010.
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  • IT WAS WRITTEN BY TODD BURPO,
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  • AND IT'S TITLED, "HEAVEN IS FOR REAL:
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  • A LITTLE BOY'S ASTOUNDING 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
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  • OF HIS FOUR-YEAR OLD SON COLTON,
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  • WHO DIED DURING AN EMERGENCY ROOM SURGERY,
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  • HE CAME BACK TO LIFE AND HE TOLD HIS FAMILY
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  • ABOUT HIS THREE MINUTE TRIP TO HEAVEN.
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  • THE BOOK HAS SOLD OVER 10 MILLION COPIES
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  • AND IT CONTINUES TO SELL TODAY.
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  • I THINK ONE REASON FOR THE POPULARITY
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  • OF THESE BOOKS IS THE FACT
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  • THAT WE ALL HAVE A NATURAL CURIOSITY 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
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  • IN 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'S MORE TO LIFE
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  • THAN WHAT WE'RE 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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  • WHENEVER WE COME TO THINK ABOUT NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES,
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  • WHETHER ONES WE'VE HAD 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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  • AND THAT LEADS TO THE QUESTION,
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  • ARE NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES BIBLICAL?
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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
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  • FOR EVALUATING NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES.
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  • AND ALONG THE WAY WE'RE GOING TO LEARN SOMETHING REAL
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  • ABOUT HEAVEN AS WELL.
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  • SEVEN PRINCIPLES FOR EVALUATION NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES.
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  • PRINCIPLE NUMBER ONE.
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  • 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 ONCE
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  • "AND AFTER THAT COMES JUDGMENT."
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  • WHAT ABOUT THOSE CASES WHERE GOD RAISED PEOPLE
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  • FROM THE DEAD?
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  • WELL, WE HAVE A WORD TO DESCRIBE THOSE EVENTS.
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  • MIRACLES.
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  • WE DON'T CALL THEM USUALS, WE CALL THEM MIRACLES.
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  • AND THE REASON WE CALL THEM MIRACLES IS
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  • BECAUSE THEY ARE THE EXCEPTION TO THE RULE,
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  • THEY'RE NOT THE RULE.
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  • BUT IN EVERYONE OF THOSE CASES
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  • WHERE GOD RAISE UP SOMEBODY FROM THE DEAD,
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  • IN NOT ONE OF THOSE CASES DID THEY EVER TELL
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  • ABOUT WHAT THEY SAW ON THE OTHER SIDE.
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  • NOT ONE, SINGLE TIME.
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  • NEARLY DEAD IS NOT DEAD.
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  • THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO GET TO GO TO HEAVEN ARE THOSE
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  • WHO HAD ACTUALLY DIED, NOT NEARLY DIED.
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  • THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO CAN TELL YOU WITH ACCURACY
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  • WHAT IS IN HEAVEN, ARE ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN TO HEAVEN
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  • AND YOU HAVE TO BE DEAD TO GET TO HEAVEN.
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  • THE ONLY OTHER WAY YOU KNOW ABOUT HEAVEN IS
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  • FROM WHAT GOD HAS RECORDED IN HIS BOOK.
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  • SECOND PRINCIPLE, THE BIBLE IS SUFFICIENT.
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  • THE BIBLE IS SUFFICIENT.
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  • YOU KNOW THE PRESUPPOSITION BEHIND BOOKS
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  • LIKE "HEAVEN IS FOR REAL" OR "TO HEAVEN AND BACK"
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  • AND SO MANY OF THESE OTHER BOOKS, WRITTEN BY CHRISTIANS,
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  • THE BASIC PRESUPPOSITION IS, THE BIBLE IS GOOD,
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  • BUT IT'S NOT SUFFICIENT.
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  • THERE IS MORE INFORMATION OUT THERE GOD WANTS US TO HAVE
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  • ABOUT HEAVEN AND HE'S GIVEN ME THAT INFORMATION
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  • TO SHARE WITH YOU FOR 22.95.
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  • THAT'S THE BASIC PRESUPPOSITION
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  • BEHIND ALL OF THESE ACCOUNTS.
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  • BUT LISTEN TO WHAT THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID
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  • ABOUT THE SUFFICIENCY OF GOD'S WORD.
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  • TURN OVER TO I THESSALONIANS, CHAPTER FOUR, VERSE 13.
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  • "BUT WE DO NOT WANT YOU TO BE UNINFORMED, BRETHREN
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  • "ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE ASLEEP, SO THAT YOU MAY NOT GRIEVE
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  • "AS THE REST WHO HAVE NO HOPE.
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  • "FOR IF WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS DIED AND ROSE AGAIN,
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  • "EVEN SO GOD WILL BRING WITH HIM THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN
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  • "ASLEEP IN JESUS."
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  • GOD'S NOT FORGETTING ABOUT YOUR LOVED ONES WHO HAD DIED.
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  • "FOR THIS WE SAY TO YOU BY THE WORD OF THE LORD,
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  • "THAT WE WHO ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN UNTIL THE COMING
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  • "OF THE LORD, WE WILL NOT GO AHEAD OF THOSE
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  • "WHO HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP."
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  • AND THEN HE GIVES THE ORDER OF WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN
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  • AT THE RAPTURE WHEN THE DEAD IN CHRIST WILL RISE FIRST
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  • AND WE WHO ARE ALIVE
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  • AND REMAINED SHOULD BE CAUGHT UP TOGETHER
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  • TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR.
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  • PAUL SAID, HERE'S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
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  • ABOUT THE FUTURE GOD HAS FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES.
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  • GOD'S WORD IS SUFFICIENT.
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  • WE DON'T NEED ANY SO-CALLED EXTRA BIBLICAL REVELATION.
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  • NUMBER THREE AND THIS IS KEY.
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  • ADDING TO OR TAKING AWAY FROM THE BIBLE IS CONDEMNED BY GOD.
  • 00:10:54.130 --> 00:11:00.280
  • ADDING TO OR TAKING AWAY FROM THE BIBLE IS CONDEMNED BY GOD.
  • 00:11:00.290 --> 00:11:05.000
  • THE BEST EXPLANATION OF WHAT HEAVEN IS GOING TO BE LIKE
  • 00:11:05.010 --> 00:11:08.180
  • AND WHAT OUR FUTURE IS GOING TO BE LIKE
  • 00:11:08.190 --> 00:11:10.140
  • IS FOUND IN THE BOOK OF THE REVELATION.
  • 00:11:10.150 --> 00:11:13.090
  • REMEMBER IT WAS GIVEN TO JOHN, IT WAS A REVEALING,
  • 00:11:13.100 --> 00:11:16.080
  • AN UNVEILING OF JESUS CHRIST GIVEN TO JOHN
  • 00:11:16.090 --> 00:11:19.120
  • WHEN HE WAS ON THE ISLAND OF PATMOS.
  • 00:11:19.130 --> 00:11:21.110
  • BUT AFTER JOHN RECEIVED THE REVELATION,
  • 00:11:21.120 --> 00:11:24.000
  • NOTICE THE CLOSING WORDS OF THIS BOOK
  • 00:11:24.010 --> 00:11:25.260
  • IN VERSES 18 TO 19 OF REVELATION 22.
  • 00:11:25.270 --> 00:11:28.210
  • "I TESTIFY TO EVERYONE WHO HEARS THE WORDS OF THE PROPHECY
  • 00:11:28.220 --> 00:11:32.220
  • "OF THIS BOOK.
  • 00:11:32.230 --> 00:11:34.080
  • "IF ANYONE ADDS TO THEM, GOD SHALL ADD TO HIM THE PLAGUES
  • 00:11:34.090 --> 00:11:38.170
  • "WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK.
  • 00:11:38.180 --> 00:11:40.030
  • "AND IF ANYONE TAKES AWAY FROM THE WORDS OF THE BOOK
  • 00:11:40.040 --> 00:11:43.160
  • "OF THIS PROPHECY, GOD SHALL TAKE AWAY HIS PART
  • 00:11:43.170 --> 00:11:46.260
  • "FROM THE TREE OF LIFE, FROM THE HOLY CITY
  • 00:11:46.270 --> 00:11:49.200
  • "WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK."
  • 00:11:49.210 --> 00:11:53.010
  • ANYONE WHO SAYS, GOD HAS GIVEN ME A REVELATION
  • 00:11:53.020 --> 00:11:58.130
  • ABOUT WHAT HEAVEN IS LIKE IS TREADING ON DANGEROUS GROUND.
  • 00:11:58.140 --> 00:12:03.010
  • BY ADDING TO WHAT GOD HAS REVEALED IN HIS BOOK.
  • 00:12:03.020 --> 00:12:07.090
  • NUMBER FOUR.
  • 00:12:07.100 --> 00:12:08.250
  • QUESTION THE IDENTITY OF ANY BEING OF LIGHT.
  • 00:12:08.260 --> 00:12:15.010
  • QUESTION THE IDENTITY OF ANY BEING OF LIGHT.
  • 00:12:15.020 --> 00:12:17.060
  • SO MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE CLAIM
  • 00:12:17.070 --> 00:12:20.270
  • THAT THEY HAVE MET GOD OR ANGELS.
  • 00:12:20.280 --> 00:12:23.230
  • OR SOME UNDEFINED DEITY.
  • 00:12:23.240 --> 00:12:27.180
  • IN MANY CASES THEY CLAIM TO HAVE SEEN JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:12:27.190 --> 00:12:31.130
  • BUT THE MESSAGES THAT JESUS SUPPOSEDLY GAVE THEM,
  • 00:12:31.140 --> 00:12:35.160
  • IS COMPLETELY CONTRADICTORY TO SCRIPTURE.
  • 00:12:35.170 --> 00:12:37.290
  • II CORINTHIANS 11:14 SAYS, "EVEN SATAN DISGUISES HIMSELF
  • 00:12:38.000 --> 00:12:43.210
  • "AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT".
  • 00:12:43.220 --> 00:12:47.110
  • HE IS A DECEIVER, HE IS DECEIVING PEOPLE
  • 00:12:47.120 --> 00:12:51.150
  • INTO WHAT AWAITS THEM ON THE OTHER SIDE.
  • 00:12:51.160 --> 00:12:54.160
  • THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL
  • 00:12:54.170 --> 00:12:55.280
  • OF ANY SO-CALLED BEING OF LIGHT
  • 00:12:55.290 --> 00:12:59.010
  • WHO PREACHES A MESSAGE THAT CONTRADICTS SCRIPTURE.
  • 00:12:59.020 --> 00:13:02.040
  • AND THAT LEADS TO A FIFTH PRINCIPLE
  • 00:13:02.050 --> 00:13:03.200
  • WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES,
  • 00:13:03.210 --> 00:13:05.270
  • BEWARE OF THE OCCULT.
  • 00:13:05.280 --> 00:13:08.250
  • IT IS AMAZING WHEN YOU READ THESE ACCOUNTS
  • 00:13:08.260 --> 00:13:11.220
  • OF NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES, HOW SIMILAR THEY ARE
  • 00:13:11.230 --> 00:13:15.130
  • TO EXPERIENCES PEOPLE HAVE WITH THE OCCULT.
  • 00:13:15.140 --> 00:13:18.140
  • FOR EXAMPLE, BOTH THE OCCULT
  • 00:13:18.150 --> 00:13:21.000
  • AND NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES SHARE IN COMMON
  • 00:13:21.010 --> 00:13:24.120
  • OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCES AND CONTACTS WITH THOSE
  • 00:13:24.130 --> 00:13:27.140
  • ON THE OTHER SIDE.
  • 00:13:27.150 --> 00:13:29.110
  • AND IN BOTH CASES, BOTH THE OCCULT
  • 00:13:29.120 --> 00:13:31.260
  • AND NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES,
  • 00:13:31.270 --> 00:13:33.230
  • PEOPLE WHO HAVE THESE EXPERIENCES CLAIM PSYCHIC POWERS.
  • 00:13:33.240 --> 00:13:38.200
  • ANY CLAIMS OF PSYCHIC POWERS, OR UNUSUAL ABILITIES
  • 00:13:38.210 --> 00:13:44.160
  • LIKE CLAIRVOYANCE AND TELEPATHY,
  • 00:13:44.170 --> 00:13:45.240
  • THOSE ARE ASSOCIATED WITH SATAN HIMSELF.
  • 00:13:45.250 --> 00:13:48.240
  • A SIXTH CONSIDERATION
  • 00:13:48.250 --> 00:13:51.140
  • THAT IS JESUS' DEATH AND RESURRECTION ARE CENTRAL
  • 00:13:51.150 --> 00:13:55.080
  • TO ANY REVELATION FROM GOD.
  • 00:13:55.090 --> 00:13:58.160
  • ANYBODY WHO CLAIMS TO HAVE A REVELATION FROM GOD,
  • 00:13:58.170 --> 00:14:02.140
  • IF IT'S TRUE JESUS' DEATH AND RESURRECTION WILL BE CENTRAL
  • 00:14:02.150 --> 00:14:06.130
  • TO HIS REVELATION.
  • 00:14:06.140 --> 00:14:07.290
  • TURN OVER TO ACTS, CHAPTER NINE FOR JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:14:08.000 --> 00:14:10.180
  • DID YOU KNOW SOME PEOPLE
  • 00:14:10.190 --> 00:14:12.040
  • TODAY THINK THE APOSTLE PAUL HAD A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE
  • 00:14:12.050 --> 00:14:15.210
  • ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS?
  • 00:14:15.220 --> 00:14:17.210
  • LOOK AT ACTS NINE, VERSE THREE.
  • 00:14:17.220 --> 00:14:19.160
  • "AND IT CAME ABOUT THAT AS PAUL OR SAUL JOURNEYED,
  • 00:14:19.170 --> 00:14:23.120
  • "HE WAS APPROACHING DAMASCUS AND SUDDENLY A LIGHT
  • 00:14:23.130 --> 00:14:26.270
  • "FROM HEAVEN FLASHED AROUND HIM AND HE FELL TO THE GROUND
  • 00:14:26.280 --> 00:14:30.240
  • "AND HE HEARD A VOICE SAY TO HIM, SAUL, SAUL,
  • 00:14:30.250 --> 00:14:34.090
  • "WHY ARE YOU PERSECUTING ME?
  • 00:14:34.100 --> 00:14:36.080
  • "AND HE SAID, WHO ART THOU, LORD?
  • 00:14:36.090 --> 00:14:38.080
  • "AND HE SAID, I AM JESUS WHOM YOU ARE PERSECUTING,
  • 00:14:38.090 --> 00:14:41.290
  • "BUT RISE AND ENTER THE CITY AND IT SHALL BE TOLD YOU
  • 00:14:42.000 --> 00:14:45.230
  • "WHAT YOU MUST DO."
  • 00:14:45.240 --> 00:14:47.090
  • NOW SOME PEOPLE SAY THAT, THAT'S A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:14:47.100 --> 00:14:50.020
  • BIG LIGHT, LIFE CHANGE, THAT'S A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:14:50.030 --> 00:14:53.100
  • FOUR REASONS THIS WAS NOT A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:14:53.110 --> 00:14:56.110
  • FIRST OF ALL, PAUL WAS VERY MUCH ALIVE
  • 00:14:56.120 --> 00:14:58.220
  • AND NOWHERE NEAR DEATH WHEN THIS HAPPENED TO HIM.
  • 00:14:58.230 --> 00:15:01.290
  • AND SECONDLY, THIS LIGHT THAT PAUL SAW WAS NOT
  • 00:15:02.000 --> 00:15:04.280
  • JUST SOME METAPHYSICAL LIGHT, IT WAS A REAL LIGHT
  • 00:15:04.290 --> 00:15:08.010
  • THAT LITERALLY BLINDED HIM FOR DAYS.
  • 00:15:08.020 --> 00:15:11.050
  • THIRD, WHEN HE TOLD THIS ACCOUNT TO KING AGRIPPA,
  • 00:15:11.060 --> 00:15:14.100
  • HE NEVER ONCE REMOTELY GAVE ANYTHING ANY DESCRIPTION
  • 00:15:14.110 --> 00:15:18.080
  • THAT RESEMBLED A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:15:18.090 --> 00:15:20.250
  • AND FINALLY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY,
  • 00:15:20.260 --> 00:15:22.290
  • THE JESUS PAUL ENCOUNTERED IS THE JESUS WHO TOLD HIM,
  • 00:15:23.000 --> 00:15:29.190
  • YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT IS
  • 00:15:29.200 --> 00:15:33.030
  • TO GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH
  • 00:15:33.040 --> 00:15:36.020
  • THAT SALVATION IS AVAILABLE ONLY THROUGH FAITH IN ME.
  • 00:15:36.030 --> 00:15:40.250
  • HE GAVE PAUL THE MISSION OF PREACHING THE EXCLUSIVE MESSAGE
  • 00:15:40.260 --> 00:15:44.290
  • OF SALVATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:15:45.000 --> 00:15:47.140
  • NOT SOME GENERAL FEEL GOOD MESSAGE
  • 00:15:47.150 --> 00:15:49.270
  • THAT SAYS GOD LOVES EVERYBODY
  • 00:15:49.280 --> 00:15:51.190
  • AND EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:15:51.200 --> 00:15:53.060
  • IT WAS A VERY SPECIFIC MESSAGE THAT THERE IS ONLY SALVATION
  • 00:15:53.070 --> 00:15:56.260
  • THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:15:56.270 --> 00:15:59.080
  • AND THAT LEADS TO OUR SEVENTH
  • 00:15:59.090 --> 00:16:01.000
  • AND MOST IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION
  • 00:16:01.010 --> 00:16:02.280
  • ABOUT NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES AND THAT IS,
  • 00:16:02.290 --> 00:16:05.290
  • THE BIBLE DOESN'T RECORD ANY NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES.
  • 00:16:06.000 --> 00:16:12.050
  • NOT ONCE, NADA, NO RECORD WHATSOEVER
  • 00:16:12.060 --> 00:16:16.270
  • OF NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES.
  • 00:16:16.280 --> 00:16:18.040
  • AS I MENTIONED, THERE ARE ACCOUNTS OF GOD
  • 00:16:18.050 --> 00:16:20.140
  • RAISING PEOPLE FROM THE DEAD IN THE BIBLE.
  • 00:16:20.150 --> 00:16:22.260
  • BUT NONE OF THESE PEOPLE WHO WERE RAISED
  • 00:16:22.270 --> 00:16:24.290
  • FROM THE DEAD TOLD ABOUT WHAT THEY SAW ON THE OTHER SIDE
  • 00:16:25.000 --> 00:16:28.280
  • OF THE GRAVE.
  • 00:16:28.290 --> 00:16:30.130
  • LET'S LOOK AT A COUPLE OF THESE FOR JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:16:30.140 --> 00:16:32.210
  • TAKE THE CASE OF LAZARUS.
  • 00:16:32.220 --> 00:16:34.240
  • LAZARUS DIED, HE WAS DEAD FOR FOUR DAYS
  • 00:16:34.250 --> 00:16:38.110
  • UNTIL JESUS CAME, STOOD IN FRONT OF THE SEPULCHRE
  • 00:16:38.120 --> 00:16:41.030
  • AND SAID, "RISE OH, LAZARUS, RISE OH LAZARUS FROM THE DEAD"
  • 00:16:41.040 --> 00:16:47.140
  • AND AS YOU KNOW LAZARUS STUMBLED OUT OF THAT SEPULCHRE
  • 00:16:47.150 --> 00:16:50.230
  • AND THEY UNBOUND HIM AND HE WAS JOYOUS
  • 00:16:50.240 --> 00:16:55.070
  • AND THE PEOPLE COULDN'T BELIEVE WHAT THEY SAW,
  • 00:16:55.080 --> 00:16:57.020
  • BUT NOT ONCE, NOT ONCE, DID LAZARUS PREACH
  • 00:16:57.030 --> 00:17:01.040
  • TO THE ASSEMBLED CROWD OR EVER TELL HIS SISTERS
  • 00:17:01.050 --> 00:17:03.070
  • WHAT HE SAW ON THE OTHER SIDE OF DEATH.
  • 00:17:03.080 --> 00:17:05.270
  • YOU FIND NO RECORD OF THAT.
  • 00:17:05.280 --> 00:17:07.160
  • OR LOOK AT THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS.
  • 00:17:07.170 --> 00:17:09.180
  • DID JESUS HAVE A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE?
  • 00:17:09.190 --> 00:17:12.030
  • HE WAS ON THE CROSS, BUT IN ALL OF HIS UTTERINGS
  • 00:17:12.040 --> 00:17:15.100
  • ON THE CROSS, HE GAVE NO INDICATION
  • 00:17:15.110 --> 00:17:17.110
  • THAT HE WAS GOING DOWN A TUNNEL AND SEEING A BRIGHT LIGHT.
  • 00:17:17.120 --> 00:17:20.240
  • THERE WAS NO OTHER WORLDLY EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER.
  • 00:17:20.250 --> 00:17:24.090
  • AFTER HE DIED, HE WAS BURIED IN THE TOMB, ON SUNDAY MORNING,
  • 00:17:24.100 --> 00:17:27.180
  • HE WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD.
  • 00:17:27.190 --> 00:17:29.080
  • HE WAS IN HIS NEW RESURRECTION BODY,
  • 00:17:29.090 --> 00:17:31.050
  • HE SPENT 40 DAYS ON THE EARTH, PREACHING,
  • 00:17:31.060 --> 00:17:33.230
  • MINISTERING TO PEOPLE.
  • 00:17:33.240 --> 00:17:35.030
  • NOT ONCE IN THOSE POST RESURRECTION APPEARANCES
  • 00:17:35.040 --> 00:17:38.080
  • DID JESUS SAY A WORD ABOUT WHAT HE SAW ON THE OTHER SIDE.
  • 00:17:38.090 --> 00:17:42.030
  • THE ONLY OTHER CONSIDERATION,
  • 00:17:42.040 --> 00:17:44.060
  • AND I THINK PERHAPS THE MOST INTERESTING ONE
  • 00:17:44.070 --> 00:17:46.080
  • IS THE APOSTLE, PAUL HIMSELF.
  • 00:17:46.090 --> 00:17:49.050
  • DIDN'T THE APOSTLE PAUL HAVE A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE
  • 00:17:49.060 --> 00:17:51.250
  • IN WHICH HE WAS TAKEN UP TO HEAVEN?
  • 00:17:51.260 --> 00:17:53.290
  • WELL, LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF II CORINTHIANS 12, VERSE TWO.
  • 00:17:54.000 --> 00:17:57.180
  • PAUL SAID, "I KNOW A MAN IN CHRIST
  • 00:17:57.190 --> 00:18:00.090
  • "WHO 14 YEARS AGO, WHETHER IN THE BODY, I DON'T KNOW
  • 00:18:00.100 --> 00:18:03.220
  • "OR OUT OF THE BODY, I DON'T KNOW,
  • 00:18:03.230 --> 00:18:05.070
  • "ONLY GOD KNOWS, BUT SUCH A MAN WAS CAUGHT UP
  • 00:18:05.080 --> 00:18:07.260
  • "TO THE THIRD HEAVEN.
  • 00:18:07.270 --> 00:18:10.020
  • REMEMBER WE SAW LAST TIME, THE THIRD HEAVEN IS
  • 00:18:10.030 --> 00:18:12.090
  • WHERE GOD IS RIGHT NOW, IT'S THE ABODE OF GOD.
  • 00:18:12.100 --> 00:18:14.240
  • AND PAUL SAID, I HAD AN EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:18:14.250 --> 00:18:18.010
  • I HAD AN EXPERIENCE IN WHICH I WAS CAUGHT UP
  • 00:18:18.020 --> 00:18:20.100
  • INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
  • 00:18:20.110 --> 00:18:23.170
  • I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS MY ACTUAL, LITERAL BODY
  • 00:18:23.180 --> 00:18:26.050
  • THAT WAS TAKEN UP TO HEAVEN OR IT WAS A METAPHYSICAL,
  • 00:18:26.060 --> 00:18:28.230
  • OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE, ONLY GOD KNOWS THAT.
  • 00:18:28.240 --> 00:18:31.120
  • BUT I WAS TAKEN UP TO HEAVEN AND WHAT DID PAUL SEE?
  • 00:18:31.130 --> 00:18:34.130
  • HE GOES ON TO SAY IN THAT CHAPTER, GOD TOLD ME
  • 00:18:34.140 --> 00:18:38.110
  • NOT TO UTTER A WORD ABOUT WHAT I SAW.
  • 00:18:38.120 --> 00:18:42.110
  • NOW, THINK ABOUT THAT.
  • 00:18:42.120 --> 00:18:43.270
  • HERE IS PAUL, WHO WROTE OVER HALF OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 00:18:43.280 --> 00:18:48.040
  • PAUL, THE GREATEST THEOLOGIAN THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN
  • 00:18:48.050 --> 00:18:51.140
  • AND GOD SAYS TO HIM, DON'T YOU WRITE A WORD OF IT DOWN.
  • 00:18:51.150 --> 00:18:55.060
  • WHY HAS GOD RESTRICTED THE INFORMATION WE
  • 00:18:55.070 --> 00:18:59.140
  • HAVE ABOUT HEAVEN? I THINK THERE MAY BE TWO
  • 00:18:59.150 --> 00:19:02.110
  • REASONS. I THINK FIRST OF ALL, GOD KNOWS
  • 00:19:02.120 --> 00:19:06.290
  • THAT HEAVEN IS SO FAR BEYOND OUR IMAGINATION,
  • 00:19:07.000 --> 00:19:10.280
  • WHAT GOD HAS IN STORE FOR US IS SO GLORIOUS,
  • 00:19:10.290 --> 00:19:13.230
  • HUMAN WORDS CAN ONLY DIMINISH THE GLORY OF HEAVEN.
  • 00:19:13.240 --> 00:19:18.090
  • THERE IS NO HUMAN VOCABULARY TO DESCRIBE
  • 00:19:18.100 --> 00:19:21.150
  • WHAT GOD IS PREPARING FOR YOU AND ME.
  • 00:19:21.160 --> 00:19:24.270
  • IT'S THE SAME REASON GOD SAYS,
  • 00:19:24.280 --> 00:19:26.170
  • DON'T MAKE ANY GRAVEN IMAGES OF ME,
  • 00:19:26.180 --> 00:19:29.010
  • DON'T MAKE ANY MOLDING OR SCULPTING
  • 00:19:29.020 --> 00:19:31.050
  • OR DON'T DRAW ANY PICTURES OF ME,
  • 00:19:31.060 --> 00:19:32.280
  • BECAUSE ALL THAT DOES IS DIMINISH
  • 00:19:32.290 --> 00:19:34.120
  • WHO I REALLY AM.
  • 00:19:34.130 --> 00:19:35.280
  • AND I THINK THE SECOND REASON GOD DOESN'T WANT US
  • 00:19:35.290 --> 00:19:38.250
  • TO REALLY KNOW WHAT AWAITS US IN HEAVEN IS,
  • 00:19:38.260 --> 00:19:41.120
  • HE KNOWS THAT IF WE KNEW WHAT WAS AWAITING US,
  • 00:19:41.130 --> 00:19:45.010
  • WE COULDN'T WAIT TO GET OUTTA HERE.
  • 00:19:45.020 --> 00:19:47.190
  • IF WE REALLY KNEW WHAT WAS UP THERE,
  • 00:19:47.200 --> 00:19:49.230
  • I THINK THAT'S WHY PAUL SAID IN PHILIPPIANS,
  • 00:19:49.240 --> 00:19:51.130
  • BECAUSE HE SAW IT, HE SAID I'M REALLY TORN.
  • 00:19:51.140 --> 00:19:54.280
  • FOR ME TO LIVE IS CHRIST, BUT TO DIE IS GREAT GAIN
  • 00:19:54.290 --> 00:19:59.090
  • AND I'M HARD PRESSED TO KNOW WHETHER I REALLY WANNA STAY
  • 00:19:59.100 --> 00:20:02.020
  • OR I WANNA GO.
  • 00:20:02.030 --> 00:20:03.110
  • HE SAID THE ONLY MOTIVATION FOR STAYING IS
  • 00:20:03.120 --> 00:20:04.260
  • TO FULFILL THE PURPOSE GOD HAS FOR US
  • 00:20:04.270 --> 00:20:07.070
  • THESE BRIEF FEW YEARS ON LIFE.
  • 00:20:07.080 --> 00:20:10.060
  • WHAT DOES ALL OF THIS MEAN?
  • 00:20:10.070 --> 00:20:13.200
  • WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
  • 00:20:13.210 --> 00:20:15.160
  • WELL, VERY SIMPLY, THERE ARE NO BIBLICAL ACCOUNTS
  • 00:20:15.170 --> 00:20:19.030
  • OF NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES.
  • 00:20:19.040 --> 00:20:21.260
  • AM I SAYING THAT GOD COULD NEVER ALLOW SOMEBODY
  • 00:20:21.270 --> 00:20:25.120
  • TO HAVE AN EXPERIENCE LIKE THIS?
  • 00:20:25.130 --> 00:20:27.160
  • LOOK, I DON'T WANNA PUT GOD IN A BOX,
  • 00:20:27.170 --> 00:20:29.120
  • GOD CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS TO DO,
  • 00:20:29.130 --> 00:20:32.200
  • BUT AS YOU LOOK AT SCRIPTURE, THE WEIGHT OF EVIDENCE IS
  • 00:20:32.210 --> 00:20:36.160
  • AGAINST THESE NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES.
  • 00:20:36.170 --> 00:20:39.290
  • EVERYTHING WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUR ETERNAL HOME
  • 00:20:40.000 --> 00:20:43.110
  • IS FOUND IN THIS BOOK.
  • 00:20:43.120 --> 00:20:46.130
  • THE BIBLE IS SUFFICIENT.
  • 00:20:46.140 --> 00:20:49.290
  • AND IN THE DAYS AHEAD, WE'RE GOING TO DISCOVER
  • 00:20:50.000 --> 00:20:52.060
  • SOME STIRRING AND SURPRISING TRUTHS
  • 00:20:52.070 --> 00:20:55.050
  • ABOUT THAT PLACE GOD IS PREPARING FOR YOU RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:20:55.060 --> 00:20:59.170
  • IT'S THAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
  • 00:20:59.180 --> 00:21:02.280
  • LET'S BOW TOGETHER IN A WORD OF PRAYER.
  • 00:21:02.290 --> 00:21:05.040
  • ALTHOUGH THERE ARE MANY MYSTERIES ABOUT HEAVEN,
  • 00:21:05.050 --> 00:21:07.260
  • ONE THING GOD HAS MADE ABUNDANTLY CLEAR
  • 00:21:07.270 --> 00:21:11.010
  • AND THAT IS THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TO GET TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:21:11.020 --> 00:21:14.150
  • NOT MANY ROADS LEAD TO HEAVEN, THERE IS ONE WAY TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:21:14.160 --> 00:21:18.160
  • JESUS SAID, "I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.
  • 00:21:18.170 --> 00:21:22.130
  • "NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER, EXCEPT BY ME."
  • 00:21:22.140 --> 00:21:27.080
  • THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO ENTER HEAVEN ARE FORGIVEN PEOPLE.
  • 00:21:27.090 --> 00:21:33.110
  • AND ONLY JESUS CAN FORGIVE US OF OUR SINS.
  • 00:21:33.120 --> 00:21:36.020
  • I DON'T BELIEVE IT'S AN ACCIDENT SOME OF YOU ARE HERE
  • 00:21:36.030 --> 00:21:38.290
  • RIGHT NOW IN THIS WORSHIP CENTER.
  • 00:21:39.000 --> 00:21:41.090
  • OTHERS ARE WATCHING OR LISTENING TO THIS BROADCAST.
  • 00:21:41.100 --> 00:21:44.200
  • GOD HAS BROUGHT YOU TO THIS POINT
  • 00:21:44.210 --> 00:21:47.270
  • SO THAT YOU CAN BE SURE YOU'LL BE WELCOMED
  • 00:21:47.280 --> 00:21:50.030
  • INTO HEAVEN ONE DAY.
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  • DO YOU KNOW THAT WITH CERTAINTY?
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  • ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT IF YOU WERE TO DIE RIGHT NOW
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  • YOU WOULD AWAKEN IN GOD'S PRESENCE?
  • 00:21:59.020 --> 00:22:02.010
  • IF YOU'RE NOT SURE AND WOULD LIKE TO BE SURE,
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  • I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU WHEREVER YOU ARE,
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  • TO PRAY THIS SIMPLE PRAYER IN YOUR HEART TO GOD,
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  • KNOWING THAT HE'S LISTENING TO YOU RIGHT NOW.
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  • DEAR GOD, THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME.
  • 00:22:15.010 --> 00:22:20.280
  • I REALIZE I HAVE FAILED YOU IN SO MANY WAYS.
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  • AND I'M TRULY SORRY FOR THE SIN IN MY LIFE.
  • 00:22:25.000 --> 00:22:29.230
  • BUT I BELIEVE WHAT I'VE HEARD TODAY.
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  • THAT YOU LOVED ME SO MUCH, YOU SENT YOUR SON, JESUS
  • 00:22:33.060 --> 00:22:36.150
  • TO DIE ON THE CROSS FOR ME.
  • 00:22:36.160 --> 00:22:38.140
  • TO TAKE THE PUNISHMENT I DESERVE TO TAKE
  • 00:22:38.150 --> 00:22:40.180
  • FOR MY SINS.
  • 00:22:40.190 --> 00:22:43.090
  • AND RIGHT NOW I'M TRUSTING IN WHAT JESUS DID FOR ME.
  • 00:22:43.100 --> 00:22:46.180
  • NOT MY GOOD WORKS, BUT IN WHAT JESUS DID FOR ME
  • 00:22:46.190 --> 00:22:50.220
  • TO SAVE ME FROM MY SINS.
  • 00:22:50.230 --> 00:22:53.180
  • THANK YOU FOR FORGIVING ME.
  • 00:22:53.190 --> 00:22:57.020
  • AND HELP ME TO START LIVING THE REST OF MY LIFE FOR YOU.
  • 00:22:57.030 --> 00:23:01.060
  • AND I PRAY THIS IN JESUS'S NAME, AMEN.
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  • MUSIC
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  • WE NEVER GET TIRED OF HEARING
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  • HOW GOD IS USING "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
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  • TO BRING MEN AND WOMEN TO SALVATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:23:14.200 --> 00:23:18.230
  • AND IF YOU JUST PRAYED THAT PRAYER WITH ME,
  • 00:23:18.240 --> 00:23:21.040
  • LET ME BE THE FIRST ONE TO SAY WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF GOD.
  • 00:23:21.050 --> 00:23:27.100
  • NOW, STAY RIGHT HERE, I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE
  • 00:23:27.110 --> 00:23:29.100
  • IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:23:29.110 --> 00:23:32.290
  • AS A FATHER AND GRANDFATHER, MY HEART IS TRULY BURDENED
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  • FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.
  • 00:23:37.030 --> 00:23:38.270
  • OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN NEED JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:23:38.280 --> 00:23:41.260
  • AND THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD.
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  • WHICH IS WHY I'M PLEASED TO BRING YOU MY BRAND NEW BOOK
  • 00:23:43.190 --> 00:23:46.250
  • FOR CHILDREN, "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS".
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  • THIS BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATED BOOK
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  • USES SIMPLE CONCEPTS
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  • AND LANGUAGE YOUNG CHILDREN CAN UNDERSTAND.
  • 00:23:54.090 --> 00:23:56.270
  • WHILE ANSWERING 10 COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HEAVEN.
  • 00:23:56.280 --> 00:23:59.260
  • THE BOOK EVEN CLOSES WITH A SALVATION PRAYER
  • 00:23:59.270 --> 00:24:02.270
  • YOU CAN PRAY WITH YOUR CHILD OR GRANDCHILD
  • 00:24:02.280 --> 00:24:05.100
  • TO ENSURE THAT THEY'LL BE WITH YOU IN HEAVEN ONE DAY.
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  • REQUEST YOUR COPY OF "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY
  • 00:24:11.180 --> 00:24:14.090
  • OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY" AND WHEN YOU'RE GIFT IS $75
  • 00:24:14.100 --> 00:24:18.060
  • OR MORE, WE'LL ALSO INCLUDE DR. JEFFRESS'S ORIGINAL,
  • 00:24:18.070 --> 00:24:21.130
  • FULL LENGTH BOOK, "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN",
  • 00:24:21.140 --> 00:24:24.010
  • ALONG WITH THE COMPLETE TEACHING SERIES
  • 00:24:24.020 --> 00:24:26.010
  • FOR "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN" ON BOTH CD AND DVD.
  • 00:24:26.020 --> 00:24:29.150
  • FAILING TO ADEQUATELY PREPARE
  • 00:24:29.160 --> 00:24:31.210
  • FOR THE REAL TRIP WE'RE ALL TAKING.
  • 00:24:31.220 --> 00:24:33.210
  • FOR THAT TRIP TO THE PLACE CALLED HEAVEN,
  • 00:24:33.220 --> 00:24:35.180
  • NOT PREPARING ADEQUATELY CAN HAVE DEVASTATING
  • 00:24:35.190 --> 00:24:40.120
  • AND UNENDING CONSEQUENCES.
  • 00:24:40.130 --> 00:24:43.030
  • WE'VE GOT TO BE PREPARED FOR THE TRIP.
  • 00:24:43.040 --> 00:24:45.250
  • WHEN YOU INVEST IN "PATHWAY TO VICTORY",
  • 00:24:45.260 --> 00:24:47.290
  • YOU'RE ALLOWING MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN
  • 00:24:48.000 --> 00:24:50.070
  • ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO HEAR THE CLEAR GOSPEL MESSAGE
  • 00:24:50.080 --> 00:24:53.150
  • AND CATCH A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN.
  • 00:24:53.160 --> 00:24:55.220
  • SO, PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE GENEROUSLY.
  • 00:24:55.230 --> 00:24:58.030
  • GOD WILL USE YOUR GIFT TO PIERCE THE DARKNESS
  • 00:24:58.040 --> 00:25:01.020
  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:25:01.030 --> 00:25:04.130
  • IT'S CERTAINLY FUN TO IMAGINE
  • 00:25:04.140 --> 00:25:06.200
  • WHAT OUR ETERNAL HOME WILL BE LIKE.
  • 00:25:06.210 --> 00:25:08.280
  • PERHAPS YOU'VE READ SOME OF THESE SENSATIONAL STORIES
  • 00:25:08.290 --> 00:25:11.280
  • ABOUT PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY'VE ALREADY VISITED HEAVEN.
  • 00:25:11.290 --> 00:25:15.270
  • BUT REMEMBER THERE'S ONLY ONE RELIABLE SOURCE
  • 00:25:15.280 --> 00:25:19.050
  • FOR FACTS ABOUT HEAVEN AND THAT'S THE BIBLE.
  • 00:25:19.060 --> 00:25:22.100
  • AND NEXT TIME WE'RE GONNA ANSWER
  • 00:25:22.110 --> 00:25:24.000
  • ANOTHER COMMONLY ASKED QUESTION ABOUT OUR ETERNAL HOME.
  • 00:25:24.010 --> 00:25:28.100
  • AND THAT IS WHAT WILL WE DO IN HEAVEN?
  • 00:25:28.110 --> 00:25:31.090
  • SOME PEOPLE WORRY THAT HEAVEN WILL BE BORING.
  • 00:25:31.100 --> 00:25:35.010
  • FLOATING AROUND ON CLOUDS WHILE PLUCKING THE STRINGS
  • 00:25:35.020 --> 00:25:38.060
  • OF A HARP.
  • 00:25:38.070 --> 00:25:39.080
  • GRATEFULLY THAT DOESN'T MATCH
  • 00:25:39.090 --> 00:25:41.130
  • THE BIBLE'S DESCRIPTION AT ALL.
  • 00:25:41.140 --> 00:25:43.250
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF OUR NEXT STUDY
  • 00:25:43.260 --> 00:25:46.150
  • ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY".
  • 00:25:46.160 --> 00:25:49.070
  • TODAY, WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:49.080 --> 00:25:50.290
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY",
  • 00:25:51.000 --> 00:25:53.010
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU A COPY
  • 00:25:53.020 --> 00:25:55.130
  • OF DR. JEFFRESS'S BRAND NEW CHILDREN'S BOOK,
  • 00:25:55.140 --> 00:25:57.120
  • "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS".
  • 00:25:57.130 --> 00:25:59.280
  • PLUS THE BROCHURE
  • 00:25:59.290 --> 00:26:01.130
  • ABOUT WHAT SEVEN WORLD RELIGIONS TEACH ABOUT HEAVEN
  • 00:26:01.140 --> 00:26:03.200
  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOU.
  • 00:26:03.210 --> 00:26:05.030
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY AT "PATHWAY TO VICTORY".
  • 00:26:05.040 --> 00:26:08.020
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:08.030 --> 00:26:10.260
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU
  • 00:26:10.270 --> 00:26:12.110
  • THE "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN" TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:12.120 --> 00:26:16.020
  • THAT ALONG WITH THE COPY
  • 00:26:16.030 --> 00:26:17.200
  • OF DR. JEFFRESS'S ORIGINAL, BESTSELLING BOOK,
  • 00:26:17.210 --> 00:26:20.000
  • "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN".
  • 00:26:20.010 --> 00:26:21.050
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:21.060 --> 00:26:23.080
  • BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:23.090 --> 00:26:25.020
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING, WRITING OR GOING ONLINE
  • 00:26:25.030 --> 00:26:27.120
  • TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:27.130 --> 00:26:28.200
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT WEEK ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY".
  • 00:26:28.210 --> 00:26:31.230
  • WE'RE GONNA BE WORKING IN HEAVEN?
  • 00:26:31.240 --> 00:26:34.160
  • I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO FLOATING AROUND ON THAT CLOUD,
  • 00:26:34.170 --> 00:26:37.170
  • PLUCKING THE HARP.
  • 00:26:37.180 --> 00:26:39.020
  • YOU'RE TELLING ME WE'RE REALLY GONNA WORK IN HEAVEN? WELL,
  • 00:26:39.030 --> 00:26:41.050
  • BEFORE YOU REBEL AT THAT IDEA,
  • 00:26:41.060 --> 00:26:44.020
  • FOLLOW WITH ME ON A COUPLE OF THINGS
  • 00:26:44.030 --> 00:26:46.000
  • AND I THINK YOU'RE GONNA FEEL A LOT BETTER
  • 00:26:46.010 --> 00:26:47.160
  • ABOUT THIS WHEN WE'RE FINISHED.
  • 00:26:47.170 --> 00:26:49.240
  • SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
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  • FOR THE MESSAGE, WHAT WILL WE DO IN HEAVEN?
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