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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • MUSIC
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS AND WELCOME AGAIN TO
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AS A CHRISTIAN, YOU CLEARLY UNDERSTAND THAT
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  • GOD IS PREPARING A PLACE FOR YOU IN HEAVEN.
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  • BUT WHEN I QUIZ PEOPLE ON WHAT HEAVEN IS GOING BE
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  • LIKE, FEW ARE ABLE TO ANSWER SOME VERY BASIC QUESTIONS.
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  • TODAY ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • WE'RE STARTING A NEW SERIES TITLED,
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  • A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • AND IT'S AN EXPANDED SERIES THAT HAS NEVER BEEN
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  • SEEN BEFORE ON TELEVISION.
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  • AND OVER THE NEXT MONTH, I'M GOING TO ANSWER TEN OF
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  • THE MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR
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  • ETERNAL HOME IN HEAVEN.
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  • WE'LL START WITH THIS ONE:
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  • WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES A FUTURE HEAVEN MAKE IN MY LIFE TODAY?
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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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  • LAST YEAR I WENT ON AN INTERNATIONAL TRIP.
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  • IT WAS ONLY GOING TO BE FOR ABOUT A WEEK,
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  • AND SO EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A SHORT TRIP,
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  • I WAS GOING TO A SOMEWHAT UNFAMILIAR PLACE,
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  • AND I NEEDED TO MAKE CERTAIN PREPARATIONS:
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  • NEEDED TO STOP THE NEWSPAPER AND MAIL
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  • DELIVERY, NEEDED TO MAKE SURE MY CELL PHONE WOULD
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  • WORK IN THE COUNTRY THAT I WAS GOING TO,
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  • I NEEDED TO CHANGE SOME OF MY CURRENCY FROM DOLLARS
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  • INTO POUNDS, AND MOST OF ALL I NEEDED TO MAKE SURE
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  • I HAD A PASSPORT SO THAT ONCE I ARRIVED IN THIS NEW
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  • COUNTRY I WOULD BE ALLOWED INTO THE COUNTRY.
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  • NOW MY TRIP WAS BRIEF, BUT DID YOU KNOW THE BIBLE
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  • TELLS US THAT EVERY ONE OF US ONE DAY IS GOING TO
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  • MAKE A TRIP TO A DISTANT COUNTRY.
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  • IT'S A ONE-WAY TRIP TO A PLACE THAT IS MAINLY
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  • UNFAMILIAR TO US.
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  • AND THIS DESTINATION IS NOT JUST A ONE-WEEK STAY
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  • IT IS GOING TO BE AN ETERNAL DESTINATION FOR
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  • EVERY ONE OF US.
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  • FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE CHRISTIANS AND CHRISTIANS
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  • ONLY, THAT TRIP IS TO A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • AND TODAY WE ARE BEGINNING A 10-WEEK STUDY ON THIS
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  • PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • YOU KNOW IT'S AMAZING TO ME HOW FEW CHRISTIANS EVEN
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  • THINK ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • I THINK I UNDERSTAND WHY.
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  • THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS
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  • LIFE SOMETIMES ECLIPSE OUR THINKING ABOUT THE NEXT LIFE.
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  • NOT ONLY THAT, HEAVEN SEEMS REMOTE.
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  • IT SEEMS IRRELEVANT TO THOSE OF US TRYING TO REAR
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  • A FAMILY, OR KEEP A JOB, OR MAKE A LIVING.
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  • WHY SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED ABOUT HEAVEN?
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  • AND YET EVEN THOUGH WE DON'T THINK ABOUT HEAVEN
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  • THAT MUCH, THERE ARE TIMES IN OUR LIFE WHEN WE LONG
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  • FOR A BETTER PLACE THAN EARTH, ISN'T THERE?
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  • PERHAPS IT'S A BETRAYAL BY A CLOSE FRIEND,
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  • MAYBE IT'S AN ILLNESS, MAYBE IT'S THE LOSS OF A
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  • LOVED ONE, OR THE BREAKUP OF AN IMPORTANT
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  • RELATIONSHIP; SOMETIMES THERE'S A DISAPPOINTMENT
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  • IN THIS LIFE THAT MAKES US LONG FOR SOMETHING BETTER.
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  • PHILIP YANCEY WRITES, "THE BIBLE NEVER BELITTLES
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  • HUMAN DISAPPOINTMENT, BUT IT DOES ADD
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  • ONE KEY WORD: TEMPORARY.
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  • WHAT WE FEEL NOW, WE WILL NOT ALWAYS FEEL.
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  • OUR DISAPPOINTMENT IS ITSELF A SIGN OF AN
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  • ACHING, A HUNGER FOR SOMETHING BETTER;
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  • AND FAITH IS IN THE END THE KIND OF HOMESICKNESS
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  • FOR A HOME WE HAVE NEVER VISITED BUT HAVE NEVER
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  • STOPPED LONGING FOR."
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  • WE ALL LONG FOR THAT HOME; THAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • AND CONTRARY TO WHAT SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE HEAVEN IS
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  • NOT JUST SOME FANCIFUL CREATION OF SOMEBODY TO
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  • HELP DULL THE PAIN OF THE REALITY OF THIS WORLD.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS HEAVEN IS A REAL PLACE.
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  • IN FACT JESUS ASSURED US THAT HEAVEN IS A REAL PLACE.
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  • IN JOHN 14 JESUS SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES IN VERSES 2
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  • AND 3, "IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE ARE MANY DWELLING PLACES.
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  • IF IT WERE NOT SO, I WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU.
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  • FOR I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU AND IF I GO
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  • AND PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU,
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  • I WILL COME AGAIN AND RECEIVE YOU TO MYSELF THAT
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  • WHERE I AM THERE YOU MAY BE ALSO."
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  • AS WE'RE GOING TO DISCOVER IN THE COMING WEEKS,
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  • JESUS IS RIGHT NOW IN HEAVEN,
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  • AND HE IS OVERSEEING THE LARGEST CONSTRUCTION
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  • PROJECT IN ALL OF HISTORY.
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  • HE IS BUILDING OUR FUTURE HOME,
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  • THIS PLACE HE CALLS HEAVEN.
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  • NOW THE QUESTION IS: WHY SHOULD WE TALK ABOUT HEAVEN?
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  • WHY SHOULD WE SPEND 10 WEEKS STUDYING ABOUT HEAVEN?
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  • WELL ONE REASON IS OUR DEPARTURE FOR HEAVEN IS
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  • BOTH CERTAIN AND RELATIVELY SOON.
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  • YOU KNOW THE BIBLE TALKS ALL THE TIME ABOUT THE
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  • INEVITABILITY OF OUR JOURNEY TO THIS NEW
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  • DESTINATION CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • OUR DEPARTURE IS CERTAIN AND IT'S SOON.
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  • ONE WAG SAID IT THIS WAY, HE SAID: THE STATISTICS ON
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  • DEATH ARE QUITE IMPRESSIVE:
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  • ONE OUT OF EVERY ONE DIES.
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  • HAVE YOU COME TO GRIPS WITH THAT?
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  • THE FACT THAT YOU ARE GOING TO DIE?
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  • WRITER OF ECCLESIASTES, SOLOMON,
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  • SAID IT THIS WAY, "MAN DOES NOT KNOW HIS TIME.
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  • LIKE FISH CAUGHT IN A TREACHEROUS NET AND BIRDS
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  • TRAPPED IN A SNARE, SO THE SONS OF MEN ARE ENSNARED
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  • AT AN EVIL TIME WHEN IT SUDDENLY FALLS ON THEM."
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  • DEATH SUDDENLY COMES WITHOUT ANY WARNING.
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  • ISAAC, THE PATRIARCH SAID IN GENESIS 27:3,
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  • "BEHOLD NOW I AM OLD AND I DO NOT KNOW THE DAY OF MY DEATH."
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  • AND NEITHER DO YOU.
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  • NEITHER DO I.
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  • IN PSALM 90:12 MOSES PRAYED,
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  • "TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS
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  • AND RECOGNIZE HOW FEW THEY ARE.
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  • HELP US TO SPEND THEM AS WE SHOULD."
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  • EVERY TIME I READ THAT VERSE I THINK ABOUT A
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  • WONDERFUL FRIEND OF MINE WHO IS NOW IN HEAVEN.
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  • HIS NAME WAS HAROLD WARREN.
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  • HE WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE
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  • THAT CALLED ME TO FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH WICHITA
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  • FALLS MANY YEARS AGO.
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  • AND HAROLD LIVED BY THIS VERSE.
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  • HE WAS IN HIS MID TO LATE 60S WHEN I FIRST GOT TO
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  • KNOW HIM, AND I REMEMBER GOING INTO HIS OFFICE ONE
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  • DAY AND SEEING THIS BLACKBOARD AND IT WAS
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  • FILLED WITH CHALK MARKS, JUST LITTLE MARKS.
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  • THE WHOLE BOARD WAS FILLED UP WITH THOSE,
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  • AND I SAID: HAROLD, WHAT IS THAT?
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  • HE SAID: WELL THE BIBLE SAYS THAT I'LL PROBABLY
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  • LIVE TO BE AGE 70 SO THOSE MARKS REPRESENT HOW MANY
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  • DAYS I HAVE LEFT TO LIVE BEFORE GOD CALLS ME HOME.
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  • AND EVERY DAY I WALK INTO MY OFFICE,
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  • THE FIRST THING I DO IS ERASE ONE OF THOSE MARKS.
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  • WELL HAROLD WENT ON TO LIVE TO BE 70 YEARS OLD.
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  • ALL THE MARKS WERE GONE, BUT ON THE DAY AFTER HIS
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  • 70TH BIRTHDAY, HE STARTED MAKING A MARK ON THE
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  • CHALKBOARD, AND THE REASON HE DID THAT EVERY DAY WAS
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  • TO REMIND HIMSELF THAT HE WAS LIVING ON BORROWED TIME.
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  • THAT'S WHAT MOSES IS TALKING ABOUT.
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  • WHEN WE REALIZE THE BREVITY OF OUR LIFE WE
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  • SHOULD LIVE WISELY.
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  • BUT YOU KNOW RECOGNIZING HOW BRIEF OUR TIME IS ON
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  • EARTH ALSO OUGHT TO MOTIVATE US TO THINK ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • MANY OF YOU KNOW THE STORY OF JONI EARECKSON TADA.
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  • I JUST HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WRITING THE FOREWORD TO
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  • A NEW STUDY BIBLE SHE HAS PRODUCED.
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  • JONI'S STORY IS REMARKABLE.
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  • WHEN SHE WAS A TEENAGER IN 1967 A DIVING ACCIDENT
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  • CAUSED HER TO BECOME A QUADRIPLEGIC,
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  • AND SINCE THAT TIME JONI HAS SPENT A LOT OF TIME
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  • THINKING ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • SHE WRITES, "HEAVEN MAY BE AS NEAR AS NEXT YEAR OR
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  • NEXT WEEK, SO IT MAKES GOOD SENSE TO SPEND SOME
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  • TIME HERE ON EARTH THINKING CANDID THOUGHTS
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  • ABOUT THAT MARVELOUS FUTURE RESERVED FOR US."
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  • WHY SHOULD WE SPEND TIME THINKING ABOUT HEAVEN?
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  • BECAUSE AS WE'RE GOING TO SEE IN THE WEEKS AHEAD,
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  • THE CHOICES WE MAKE IN THIS LIFE DRASTICALLY
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  • IMPACT THE NEXT LIFE GOD HAS PREPARED FOR US.
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  • JONI EARECKSON IS NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS SPENT
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  • TIME THINKING ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • AS YOU LOOK THROUGH HISTORY,
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  • GREAT CHRISTIAN WRITERS, AND THINKERS,
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  • AND PHILOSOPHERS HAVE WRITTEN A LOT ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • C. S. LEWIS SAID ONE TIME THE PROBLEM WITH MOST
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  • CHRISTIANS IS NOT THAT THEY THINK TOO MUCH ABOUT
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  • HEAVEN, BUT THEY THINK TOO LITTLE ABOUT IT.
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  • LEWIS SAID, "IF YOU READ HISTORY YOU WILL FIND THAT
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  • THE CHRISTIANS WHO DID MOST FOR THE PRESENT WORLD
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  • WERE PRECISELY THOSE WHO THOUGHT MOST OF THE NEXT.
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  • IT IS SINCE CHRISTIANS HAVE LARGELY CEASED TO
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  • THINK ABOUT THE OTHER WORLD THAT THEY HAVE
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  • BECOME SO INEFFECTIVE IN THIS WORLD."
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  • AND THEN HIS FAMOUS WORDS, "AIM AT HEAVEN AND YOU'LL
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  • GET EARTH THROWN IN.
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  • AIM AT EARTH AND YOU'LL GET NEITHER."
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  • HERE'S THE GREAT IRONY: THE MORE WE THINK ABOUT
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  • THE NEXT LIFE, THE MORE EFFECTIVE WE BECOME FOR
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  • GOD IN THIS LIFE.
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  • I'VE SEEN THAT ILLUSTRATED IN A STRANGE WAY IN MY OWN LIFE.
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  • I'VE HAD THIS EXPERIENCE THREE TIMES AND I PRAY TO
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  • GOD I NEVER HAVE IT AGAIN.
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  • I HOPE I'M FINISHED WITH THIS,
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  • BUT I'VE HAD THIS EXPERIENCE THREE TIMES
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  • WHERE I WAS SERVING IN A CHURCH AND THEN CALLED BY
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  • GOD TO ANOTHER CHURCH.
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  • I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE.
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  • I'M GOING TO THE CEMETERY FROM HERE, OK.
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  • YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DRAG ME OUT OF HERE,
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  • BUT I'VE HAD THAT SENSATION IN THE PAST OF
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  • BEING IN ONE CHURCH AND CALLED TO ANOTHER CHURCH.
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  • AND YOU KNOW IT WAS ALWAYS EXCITING GOING TO A NEW
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  • PLACE OF MINISTRY, BUT THERE WAS ALWAYS THAT
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  • PERIOD OF TIME AFTER THE NEW CHURCH HAD CALLED ME
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  • THAT I HAD TO GO BACK TO MY OLD CHURCH AND FINISH
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  • UP MY WORK THERE.
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  • I'D HAVE ABOUT A MONTH TO KIND OF WRAP THINGS UP.
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  • AND YOU KNOW IRONICALLY THOSE FOUR WEEKS OR SO
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  • WERE USUALLY THE MOST PRODUCTIVE TIME IN MY
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  • ENTIRE MINISTRY IN THAT CHURCH.
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  • YOU KNOW I WAS REALLY HIGHLY MOTIVATED BECAUSE I
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  • KNEW I WOULD BE LEAVING SOON,
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  • I WANTED TO WRAP THINGS UP AND LEAVE THINGS IN GOOD
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  • SHAPE AT THAT CHURCH.
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  • AND NOT ONLY THAT, I HAD A CERTAIN FREEDOM.
  • 00:11:20.210 --> 00:11:22.190
  • I MEAN I COULD MAKE THE DECISIONS I FELT WERE BEST
  • 00:11:22.200 --> 00:11:26.010
  • NOT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THOUGHT
  • 00:11:26.020 --> 00:11:28.190
  • BECAUSE, AFTER ALL, WHAT COULD THEY DO TO ME?
  • 00:11:28.200 --> 00:11:31.070
  • FIRE ME? WHO CARED?
  • 00:11:31.080 --> 00:11:32.090
  • I WAS ALREADY GOING SOMEPLACE ELSE.
  • 00:11:32.100 --> 00:11:35.100
  • AND I THOUGHT: YOU KNOW THAT IS A GOOD METAPHOR
  • 00:11:35.110 --> 00:11:37.090
  • FOR WHAT OUR LIFE OUGHT TO BE LIKE HERE ON EARTH.
  • 00:11:37.100 --> 00:11:39.280
  • THE FACT IS WE'RE ALL LEAVING HERE.
  • 00:11:39.290 --> 00:11:41.150
  • OUR DEPARTURE IS CERTAIN.
  • 00:11:41.160 --> 00:11:43.070
  • IT'S NOT GOING TO BE VERY LONG TILL WE GO TO THAT
  • 00:11:43.080 --> 00:11:45.030
  • PLACE CALLED HEAVEN, BUT KNOWING THAT OUR FUTURE IS
  • 00:11:45.040 --> 00:11:48.110
  • SECURE OUGHT TO BE A MOTIVATION FOR US TO LIVE
  • 00:11:48.120 --> 00:11:52.080
  • THE MOST EFFECTIVE LIVES FOR GOD THAT WE CAN RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:11:52.090 --> 00:11:56.040
  • THAT WAS CERTAINLY TRUE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT SAINTS
  • 00:11:56.050 --> 00:11:58.270
  • WHERE THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT ABEL,
  • 00:11:58.280 --> 00:12:00.100
  • ENOCH, NOAH, ABRAHAM, ISAAC, JACOB, SARAH.
  • 00:12:00.110 --> 00:12:03.060
  • IN HEBREWS 11 THERE IS THAT ROLL-CALL OF FAITH,
  • 00:12:03.070 --> 00:12:06.210
  • THESE HEROES OF THE FAITH AND NOTICE WHAT HEBREWS 11:13
  • 00:12:06.220 --> 00:12:10.040
  • SAID ABOUT ALL OF THESE MEN AND WOMEN OF
  • 00:12:10.050 --> 00:12:12.140
  • FAITH, "ALL THESE DIED IN FAITH WITHOUT RECEIVING
  • 00:12:12.150 --> 00:12:17.050
  • THE PROMISES, BUT HAVING SEEN THEM AND HAVING
  • 00:12:17.060 --> 00:12:21.070
  • WELCOMED THEM FROM A DISTANCE,
  • 00:12:21.080 --> 00:12:23.270
  • AND HAVING CONFESSED THAT THEY WERE STRANGERS AND
  • 00:12:23.280 --> 00:12:27.020
  • EXILES ON EARTH."
  • 00:12:27.030 --> 00:12:29.230
  • THEY NEVER RECEIVED THE BLESSING UNTIL THEY DIED,
  • 00:12:29.240 --> 00:12:33.190
  • BUT THAT DIDN'T STOP THEM FROM THINKING ABOUT IT.
  • 00:12:33.200 --> 00:12:36.010
  • THEY WERE FIXATED ON THAT FUTURE COUNTRY GOD HAD
  • 00:12:36.020 --> 00:12:39.050
  • PLANNED FOR THEM AND THAT FUTURE COUNTRY IS WHAT
  • 00:12:39.060 --> 00:12:42.080
  • MOTIVATED THEM TO LIVE OBEDIENT LIVES.
  • 00:12:42.090 --> 00:12:45.040
  • THE SAME WAS TRUE FOR THE APOSTLE PAUL.
  • 00:12:45.050 --> 00:12:48.010
  • HE WAS LIVING IN TWO WORLDS AT THE SAME TIME.
  • 00:12:48.020 --> 00:12:50.210
  • HIS CITIZENSHIP WAS IN HEAVEN AND YET HE WAS ON
  • 00:12:50.220 --> 00:12:54.020
  • EARTH TO FULFIL GOD'S WILL.
  • 00:12:54.030 --> 00:12:56.020
  • AND THAT CAUSED A CONFLICT IN PAUL.
  • 00:12:56.030 --> 00:12:57.190
  • IN PHILIPPIANS 1:21 HE SAID,
  • 00:12:57.200 --> 00:12:59.240
  • "FOR ME TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS GAIN."
  • 00:12:59.250 --> 00:13:03.280
  • HE SAID, YOU KNOW, IT WORKS OUT FOR ME EITHER WAY.
  • 00:13:03.290 --> 00:13:08.070
  • AS LONG AS I'M LIVING, I'M LIVING FOR GOD DOING WHAT
  • 00:13:08.080 --> 00:13:10.190
  • HE WANTS ME TO DO, BUT IF HE DECIDES TO TAKE ME,
  • 00:13:10.200 --> 00:13:12.260
  • GUESS WHAT?
  • 00:13:12.270 --> 00:13:13.170
  • IT'S GOING TO BE BETTER FOR ME.
  • 00:13:13.180 --> 00:13:15.120
  • THAT'S WHY HE SAID IN VERSE 23,
  • 00:13:15.130 --> 00:13:16.230
  • "I'M HARD-PRESSED FROM BOTH DIRECTIONS,
  • 00:13:16.240 --> 00:13:19.110
  • HAVING THE DESIRE TO DEPART AND BE WITH CHRIST
  • 00:13:19.120 --> 00:13:22.010
  • FOR THAT IS VERY MUCH BETTER,
  • 00:13:22.020 --> 00:13:23.200
  • AND YET TO REMAIN ON IN THE FLESH IS MORE
  • 00:13:23.210 --> 00:13:26.170
  • NECESSARY FOR YOUR SAKE."
  • 00:13:26.180 --> 00:13:28.190
  • PAUL SAID: I'M CONFLICTED.
  • 00:13:28.200 --> 00:13:30.170
  • I'D REALLY LIKE TO GO ON TO HEAVEN AND BE WITH GOD,
  • 00:13:30.180 --> 00:13:33.190
  • BUT AT THE SAME TIME I WANT TO BE HERE AND FULFIL
  • 00:13:33.200 --> 00:13:36.130
  • THE MINISTRY GOD HAS FOR ME.
  • 00:13:36.140 --> 00:13:38.100
  • THAT'S THE KIND OF LIFE GOD WANTS US TO HAVE -
  • 00:13:38.110 --> 00:13:42.030
  • FOCUSED ON OUR FUTURE HOME,
  • 00:13:42.040 --> 00:13:43.210
  • BUT BEING EFFECTIVE IN THIS WORLD UNTIL GOD CALLS US HOME.
  • 00:13:43.220 --> 00:13:48.090
  • WELL, OF COURSE, THE FACT IS FOR ALL OF US HERE
  • 00:13:48.100 --> 00:13:50.150
  • TODAY GOD HAS LEFT US IN THIS WORLD AT LEAST FOR NOW.
  • 00:13:50.160 --> 00:13:54.240
  • SO HERE IS THE QUESTION: SINCE WE ARE HERE AND
  • 00:13:54.250 --> 00:13:57.210
  • WE'RE NOT THERE, WHY SHOULD WE BE THINKING
  • 00:13:57.220 --> 00:14:00.100
  • ABOUT THERE WHILE WE'RE STILL HERE?
  • 00:14:00.110 --> 00:14:04.010
  • OVER THESE NEXT 10 WEEKS WE'RE GOING TO ANSWER 10
  • 00:14:04.020 --> 00:14:06.290
  • OF THE MOST OFTEN ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HEAVEN,
  • 00:14:07.000 --> 00:14:11.020
  • BUT IN THE FEW MINUTES WE HAVE LEFT TODAY I WANT TO
  • 00:14:11.030 --> 00:14:13.080
  • ANSWER THE MOST FOUNDATIONAL QUESTION,
  • 00:14:13.090 --> 00:14:16.010
  • AND THAT IS: WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES A FUTURE
  • 00:14:16.020 --> 00:14:19.000
  • HEAVEN MAKE IN MY LIFE TODAY?
  • 00:14:19.010 --> 00:14:22.120
  • AND ON YOUR OUTLINES I WANT YOU TO JOT DOWN FOUR
  • 00:14:22.130 --> 00:14:25.080
  • BENEFITS OF BEING HEAVENLY-MINDED,
  • 00:14:25.090 --> 00:14:29.110
  • OF FOCUSING ON THAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
  • 00:14:29.120 --> 00:14:32.090
  • FIRST OF ALL, FOCUSING ON HEAVEN REMINDS US OF THE
  • 00:14:32.100 --> 00:14:37.160
  • BREVITY OF OUR EARTHLY LIFE.
  • 00:14:37.170 --> 00:14:40.120
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN REMINDS US OF THE
  • 00:14:40.130 --> 00:14:42.160
  • BREVITY OF OUR EARTHLY LIFE.
  • 00:14:42.170 --> 00:14:45.220
  • AS MANY OF YOU KNOW BOTH OF MY PARENTS DIED AT A
  • 00:14:45.230 --> 00:14:48.220
  • RELATIVELY YOUNG AGE, AND WHILE I CERTAINLY MISS MY
  • 00:14:48.230 --> 00:14:52.270
  • PARENTS ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF THEIR EARLY
  • 00:14:52.280 --> 00:14:56.160
  • DEPARTURE WAS REMINDING ME CONSTANTLY OF HOW BRIEF
  • 00:14:56.170 --> 00:15:02.170
  • OUR TIME HERE ON EARTH IS.
  • 00:15:02.180 --> 00:15:04.230
  • IT'S OVER IN A MOMENT.
  • 00:15:04.240 --> 00:15:06.250
  • I WAS TALKING TO A POLICE OFFICER FRIDAY NIGHT IN HOUSTON.
  • 00:15:06.260 --> 00:15:10.220
  • HE SAID: YOU KNOW, IT'S LIKE GOD HAS HIT THE FAST
  • 00:15:10.230 --> 00:15:13.250
  • FORWARD BUTTON, THINGS ARE GOING SO QUICKLY.
  • 00:15:13.260 --> 00:15:16.220
  • HAVE YOU EVER FELT THAT WAY BEFORE?
  • 00:15:16.230 --> 00:15:19.050
  • JAMES SAID IT THIS WAY ABOUT THE BREVITY OF LIFE,
  • 00:15:19.060 --> 00:15:21.150
  • JAMES 4:14 HE SAID, "YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOUR LIFE
  • 00:15:21.160 --> 00:15:24.280
  • WILL BE LIKE TOMORROW.
  • 00:15:24.290 --> 00:15:27.000
  • YOU ARE JUST A VAPOR."
  • 00:15:27.010 --> 00:15:29.170
  • THAT GREEK WORD ATMOS MEANS "A MIST."
  • 00:15:29.180 --> 00:15:32.110
  • YOU ARE JUST A MIST THAT APPEARS FOR A LITTLE WHILE
  • 00:15:32.120 --> 00:15:36.180
  • AND THEN VANISHES AWAY.
  • 00:15:36.190 --> 00:15:39.040
  • THE APOSTLE PETER OBSERVED,
  • 00:15:39.050 --> 00:15:40.190
  • 1 PETER 1:24, "ALL PEOPLE ARE LIKE GRASS AND ALL
  • 00:15:40.200 --> 00:15:45.150
  • THEIR GLORY IS LIKE THE FLOWERS OF THE FIELD,
  • 00:15:45.160 --> 00:15:47.270
  • THE GRASS WITHERS AND THE FLOWERS FALL."
  • 00:15:47.280 --> 00:15:53.020
  • AS ONE PREACHER IN THE DEEP SOUTH SAID: LIFE IS
  • 00:15:53.030 --> 00:15:56.200
  • LIKE GRASS: IT IS SOWN, IT IS GROWN,
  • 00:15:56.210 --> 00:16:01.050
  • IT IS MOWN, IT IS BLOWN AND THEN IT'S GONE.
  • 00:16:01.060 --> 00:16:04.120
  • 00:16:04.130 --> 00:16:09.220
  • I DON'T KNOW IF THAT WAS FROM THE DEEP SOUTH OR
  • 00:16:09.230 --> 00:16:11.150
  • NOT, BUT THAT'S WHAT LIFE IS.
  • 00:16:11.160 --> 00:16:14.180
  • IT'S OVER JUST LIKE THAT.
  • 00:16:14.190 --> 00:16:17.240
  • KING DAVID SAID IT A LITTLE MORE ELOQUENTLY IN
  • 00:16:17.250 --> 00:16:20.020
  • PSALM 39:4-5.
  • 00:16:20.030 --> 00:16:21.290
  • HE SAID, "LORD, MAKE ME TO KNOW MY END,
  • 00:16:22.000 --> 00:16:24.110
  • AND WHAT IS THE EXTENT OF MY DAYS,
  • 00:16:24.120 --> 00:16:28.000
  • AND LET ME KNOW HOW TRANSIENT I AM.
  • 00:16:28.010 --> 00:16:31.210
  • BEHOLD YOU HAVE MADE MY DAYS AS HANDBREADTHS,
  • 00:16:31.220 --> 00:16:34.170
  • AND MY LIFETIME AS NOTHING IN YOUR SIGHT.
  • 00:16:34.180 --> 00:16:37.230
  • SURELY EVERY MAN AT HIS BEST IS A MERE BREATH."
  • 00:16:37.240 --> 00:16:43.220
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN REMINDS US OF THE
  • 00:16:43.230 --> 00:16:45.240
  • BREVITY OF OUR EARTHLY LIFE.
  • 00:16:45.250 --> 00:16:47.040
  • SECONDLY, FOCUSING ON HEAVEN PREPARES US FOR THE
  • 00:16:47.050 --> 00:16:51.020
  • CERTAINTY OF JUDGMENT.
  • 00:16:51.030 --> 00:16:54.090
  • THE POPULAR SONG "EVERYBODY IS GOING TO
  • 00:16:54.100 --> 00:16:56.220
  • HEAVEN" COULDN'T BE MORE WRONG.
  • 00:16:56.230 --> 00:16:59.140
  • EVERYBODY IS NOT GOING TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:16:59.150 --> 00:17:03.230
  • I WANT YOU TO TURN OVER IN YOUR NEW TESTAMENT TO
  • 00:17:03.240 --> 00:17:07.150
  • MATTHEW 7, AND I WANT YOU TO LOOK AT JESUS' WORDS IN
  • 00:17:07.160 --> 00:17:11.140
  • VERSES 13 AND 14.
  • 00:17:11.150 --> 00:17:13.040
  • WE LOOKED AT THESE VERSES EXTENSIVELY IN OUR SERIES,
  • 00:17:13.050 --> 00:17:17.160
  • NOT ALL ROADS LEAD TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:17:17.170 --> 00:17:19.180
  • BUT LET ME REMIND YOU OF WHAT JESUS SAID,
  • 00:17:19.190 --> 00:17:21.210
  • IT'S COUNTERINTUITIVE TO WHAT YOU HEAR TODAY.
  • 00:17:21.220 --> 00:17:25.050
  • IT'S POLITICALLY INCORRECT, IF YOU WILL.
  • 00:17:25.060 --> 00:17:28.120
  • JESUS SAID, "ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE FOR THE GATE
  • 00:17:28.130 --> 00:17:32.250
  • IS WIDE AND THE WAY IS BROAD THAT LEADS TO
  • 00:17:32.260 --> 00:17:35.220
  • DESTRUCTION, AND MANY ARE THOSE WHO ENTER BY IT.
  • 00:17:35.230 --> 00:17:40.180
  • BUT THE GATE IS SMALL AND THE WAY IS NARROW THAT
  • 00:17:40.190 --> 00:17:44.080
  • LEADS TO LIFE AND FEW ARE THOSE WHO FIND IT."
  • 00:17:44.090 --> 00:17:49.200
  • JESUS SAID: THERE IS NOT ONE WAY,
  • 00:17:49.210 --> 00:17:51.150
  • ONE ROAD THAT LEADS EVERYBODY TO THE SAME DESTINATION.
  • 00:17:51.160 --> 00:17:55.070
  • HE SAID THERE ARE TWO ROADS OR WAYS THAT LEAD TO
  • 00:17:55.080 --> 00:17:58.160
  • TWO VERY DIFFERENT DESTINATIONS.
  • 00:17:58.170 --> 00:18:02.010
  • WILL YOU NOTICE THREE OBSERVATIONS
  • 00:18:02.020 --> 00:18:03.180
  • ABOUT THESE TWO VERSES?
  • 00:18:03.190 --> 00:18:04.210
  • NUMBER ONE: THERE IS A WAY THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL DEATH.
  • 00:18:04.220 --> 00:18:09.200
  • THERE IS A ROAD THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL DEATH AND JESUS
  • 00:18:09.210 --> 00:18:13.110
  • SAID MOST PEOPLE ARE ON THAT ROAD.
  • 00:18:13.120 --> 00:18:17.210
  • WHAT IS THAT ROAD? THAT WAY?
  • 00:18:17.220 --> 00:18:19.080
  • ISAIAH 53:6 SAYS, "ALL OF US LIKE SHEEP HAVE GONE ASTRAY.
  • 00:18:19.090 --> 00:18:23.260
  • EACH OF US HAS TURNED TO HIS OWN WAY."
  • 00:18:23.270 --> 00:18:29.070
  • DO YOU KNOW HOW YOU CAN MAKE CERTAIN YOU GO TO
  • 00:18:29.080 --> 00:18:31.280
  • HELL WHEN YOU DIE?
  • 00:18:31.290 --> 00:18:34.110
  • JUST DO NOTHING.
  • 00:18:34.120 --> 00:18:36.090
  • JUST DO NOTHING.
  • 00:18:36.100 --> 00:18:38.060
  • KEEP LIVING LIKE YOU'RE LIVING,
  • 00:18:38.070 --> 00:18:39.170
  • KEEP GOING THE WAY YOU'RE GOING,
  • 00:18:39.180 --> 00:18:41.210
  • AND YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY GUARANTEED TO END UP IN HELL.
  • 00:18:41.220 --> 00:18:45.240
  • THE MOMENT WE ARE BORN, WE ARE BORN ON THE ROAD
  • 00:18:45.250 --> 00:18:49.180
  • LEADING AWAY FROM GOD.
  • 00:18:49.190 --> 00:18:51.180
  • WE ARE BORN ON THAT PATHWAY TO HELL.
  • 00:18:51.190 --> 00:18:54.230
  • YOU SAY: HOW DO I EVER GET OFF THAT ROAD?
  • 00:18:54.240 --> 00:18:58.100
  • WELL YOU HAVE TO MAKE A U-TURN.
  • 00:18:58.110 --> 00:19:00.060
  • YOU HAVE TO MAKE A U-TURN, A SPIRITUAL U-TURN.
  • 00:19:00.070 --> 00:19:03.250
  • GET OFF THAT ROAD AND GET ON THE MORE NARROW ROAD
  • 00:19:03.260 --> 00:19:07.070
  • THAT LEADS TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:19:07.080 --> 00:19:08.240
  • I DON'T USE THAT TERM U-TURN BY ACCIDENT.
  • 00:19:08.250 --> 00:19:12.260
  • THAT'S A BIBLICAL TERM.
  • 00:19:12.270 --> 00:19:13.270
  • DID YOU KNOW THAT?
  • 00:19:13.280 --> 00:19:15.110
  • THE WORD IS "REPENT." METANOIA.
  • 00:19:15.120 --> 00:19:18.290
  • THE WORD "REPENT" MEANS "A CHANGE OF MIND THAT LEADS
  • 00:19:19.000 --> 00:19:22.260
  • TO A CHANGE OF DIRECTION."
  • 00:19:22.270 --> 00:19:25.100
  • AND THE BIBLE SAYS THE ONLY WAY YOU'LL GO TO
  • 00:19:25.110 --> 00:19:27.220
  • HEAVEN IS TO GET OFF THE ROAD YOU'RE ON RIGHT NOW,
  • 00:19:27.230 --> 00:19:30.090
  • HAVE A CHANGE OF MIND ABOUT WHO JESUS IS THAT
  • 00:19:30.100 --> 00:19:34.210
  • LEADS TO A CHANGE OF DIRECTION,
  • 00:19:34.220 --> 00:19:36.250
  • AND PUT YOUR FAITH AND TRUST IN HIM TO LEAD YOU TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:19:36.260 --> 00:19:41.090
  • JESUS MADE THAT VERY CLEAR IN JOHN 14:6.
  • 00:19:41.100 --> 00:19:44.150
  • JESUS SAID, "I AM THE WAY," I AM THE ROAD,
  • 00:19:44.160 --> 00:19:49.090
  • I'M THE PATH, "I AM THE WAY,
  • 00:19:49.100 --> 00:19:51.050
  • THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.
  • 00:19:51.060 --> 00:19:52.180
  • NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT BY ME."
  • 00:19:52.190 --> 00:19:56.250
  • THAT'S THE WAY, SECONDLY, THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE.
  • 00:19:56.260 --> 00:20:00.160
  • THERE IS A WAY THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL DEATH.
  • 00:20:00.170 --> 00:20:02.100
  • MOST PEOPLE ARE ON THAT WAY, THAT ROAD.
  • 00:20:02.110 --> 00:20:04.280
  • THERE IS A MORE NARROW WAY THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL
  • 00:20:04.290 --> 00:20:07.200
  • LIFE; BUT NOTICE, THIRDLY, THERE ARE GATES THAT OPEN
  • 00:20:07.210 --> 00:20:11.250
  • TO BOTH ETERNAL DEATH AND ETERNAL LIFE.
  • 00:20:11.260 --> 00:20:17.000
  • JESUS SAID AT THE END OF THE ROAD,
  • 00:20:17.010 --> 00:20:19.240
  • FOR THOSE WHO ARE NON-CHRISTIANS,
  • 00:20:19.250 --> 00:20:21.210
  • THERE IS A GATE THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL JUDGMENT.
  • 00:20:21.220 --> 00:20:25.140
  • FOR CHRISTIANS ON THAT MORE NARROW ROAD TO HEAVEN
  • 00:20:25.150 --> 00:20:28.200
  • AT THE END OF THEIR LIVES THERE IS ALSO A GATE THAT
  • 00:20:28.210 --> 00:20:32.030
  • LEADS TO EVERLASTING BLESSING.
  • 00:20:32.040 --> 00:20:34.090
  • WHAT ARE THOSE GATES?
  • 00:20:34.100 --> 00:20:35.250
  • THE GATES ARE JUDGMENT.
  • 00:20:35.260 --> 00:20:38.270
  • YOU SEE THE BIBLE SAYS AT THE END OF OUR LIVES
  • 00:20:38.280 --> 00:20:40.260
  • WHETHER WE ARE A CHRISTIAN OR A NON-CHRISTIAN,
  • 00:20:40.270 --> 00:20:43.190
  • EVERY ONE OF US IS GOING TO BE JUDGED BY GOD.
  • 00:20:43.200 --> 00:20:47.070
  • REMEMBER WHAT HEBREWS 9:27 PROMISES,
  • 00:20:47.080 --> 00:20:51.020
  • "IT IS APPOINTED FOR MEN TO DIE ONCE AND AFTER THIS
  • 00:20:51.030 --> 00:20:55.130
  • COMES JUDGMENT."
  • 00:20:55.140 --> 00:20:57.070
  • THAT'S NOT A TRUTH JUST FOR NON-CHRISTIANS;
  • 00:20:57.080 --> 00:20:59.100
  • A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK ONLY NON-CHRISTIANS ARE GOING
  • 00:20:59.110 --> 00:21:01.190
  • TO BE JUDGED.
  • 00:21:01.200 --> 00:21:02.090
  • NO, THAT'S FOR EVERYBODY.
  • 00:21:02.100 --> 00:21:03.270
  • EVERY ONE OF US IN THIS ROOM,
  • 00:21:03.280 --> 00:21:05.110
  • EVERY ONE OF US WATCHING THIS PROGRAM ONE DAY WILL
  • 00:21:05.120 --> 00:21:08.190
  • BE JUDGED BY GOD.
  • 00:21:08.200 --> 00:21:11.060
  • NOW, THE DIFFERENCE IS THERE IS ONE GATE,
  • 00:21:11.070 --> 00:21:13.220
  • ONE JUDGMENT FOR NON-CHRISTIANS AND THERE'S
  • 00:21:13.230 --> 00:21:16.100
  • ANOTHER JUDGMENT, GATE FOR CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:21:16.110 --> 00:21:20.020
  • THE GATE, THAT IS THE JUDGMENT THAT LEADS TO
  • 00:21:20.030 --> 00:21:23.040
  • HELL, ETERNAL DEATH, IS THE JUDGMENT WE OFTEN
  • 00:21:23.050 --> 00:21:27.110
  • REFER TO AS THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT.
  • 00:21:27.120 --> 00:21:30.190
  • IT'S DESCRIBED IN REVELATION 20:11-15.
  • 00:21:30.200 --> 00:21:35.040
  • WE'LL TALK ABOUT THIS JUDGMENT MORE IN THE
  • 00:21:35.050 --> 00:21:36.280
  • COMING WEEKS, BUT LOOK AT IT WITH ME BRIEFLY,
  • 00:21:36.290 --> 00:21:39.070
  • "AND I SAW A GREAT WHITE THRONE,
  • 00:21:39.080 --> 00:21:42.020
  • AND HIM WHO SAT UPON IT FROM WHOSE PRESENCE EARTH
  • 00:21:42.030 --> 00:21:44.290
  • AND HEAVEN FLED AWAY, AND NO PLACE WAS FOUND FOR THEM.
  • 00:21:45.000 --> 00:21:49.030
  • AND I SAW THE DEAD, THE GREAT AND THE SMALL
  • 00:21:49.040 --> 00:21:51.260
  • STANDING BEFORE THE THRONE,
  • 00:21:51.270 --> 00:21:53.220
  • AND THE BOOKS WERE OPENED, AND ANOTHER BOOK WAS
  • 00:21:53.230 --> 00:21:56.100
  • OPENED WHICH IS THE BOOK OF LIFE,
  • 00:21:56.110 --> 00:21:58.180
  • AND THE DEAD WERE JUDGED FROM THE THINGS WHICH WERE
  • 00:21:58.190 --> 00:22:00.230
  • WRITTEN IN THE BOOKS ACCORDING TO THEIR DEEDS."
  • 00:22:00.240 --> 00:22:04.240
  • VERSE 15, "AND IF ANYONE'S NAME WAS NOT FOUND WRITTEN
  • 00:22:04.250 --> 00:22:09.040
  • IN THE BOOK OF LIFE HE WAS THROWN INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE."
  • 00:22:09.050 --> 00:22:14.000
  • NON-CHRISTIANS ARE GOING TO BE JUDGED BY THEIR WORKS.
  • 00:22:14.010 --> 00:22:17.130
  • YOU SAY: WELL I DIDN'T THINK GOD JUDGED PEOPLE BY WORKS.
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  • OH YEAH, HE JUDGES NON-CHRISTIANS BY THEIR
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  • WORKS BECAUSE THEY HAVE DECIDED THEY WANTED TO BE
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  • JUDGED BY THEIR WORKS.
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  • THEY'VE SAID: I DON'T NEED GOD'S FORGIVENESS IN MY LIFE.
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  • I DON'T NEED GRACE.
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  • I'LL TRY TO MAKE IT ON MY OWN.
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  • SO GOD SAYS: FINE, LET'S OPEN THE BOOKS AND SEE HOW
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  • WELL YOU'VE DONE.
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  • IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW GOOD ANY OF US IS,
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  • WE'RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO GET INTO HEAVEN.
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  • MUSIC
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  • WE'RE JUST WHETTING OUR APPETITES TODAY FOR WHAT
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  • WILL PROVE TO BE A FASCINATING SERIES,
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  • A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • AND TO HELP YOU TAKE THIS STUDY EVEN FURTHER,
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  • CALLED, WHAT SEVEN WORLD RELIGIONS TEACH ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • THIS TOOL IS DESIGNED TO SHOW YOU WHAT THE BIBLE
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  • TEACHES ABOUT YOUR HEAVENLY HOME COMPARED TO
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  • MUSIC
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  • AS A FATHER AND GRANDFATHER,
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  • MY HEART IS TRULY BURDENED FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.
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  • OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN NEED JESUS
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  • CAN UNDERSTAND WHILE ANSWERING TEN COMMONLY
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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
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  • A PLACE CALLED 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
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  • THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD!
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  • WITH ALL OF THE PROBLEMS AND PRESSURES WE FACE IN
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  • LIFE, MOST OF US SPEND VERY LITTLE TIME THINKING
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  • ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • BUT I HOPE YOU'RE BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND
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  • WHY THE REALITY OF HEAVEN SHOULD TRANSFORM OUR
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  • EVERYDAY LIVES.
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  • THE MORE WE THINK ABOUT THE NEXT LIFE,
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  • THE MORE EFFECTIVE WE BECOME FOR GOD IN THIS LIFE.
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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,
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  • THE WORST SUFFERING OF THIS WORLD WILL ONE DAY BE
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  • SEEN TO BE NOTHING MORE THAN A ONE NIGHT STAY IN
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  • AN INCONVENIENT MOTEL.
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  • THAT'S WHAT PAUL IS SAYING TO US.
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