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Your Life Matters To God

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September 20, 2020
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In Touch is the teaching ministry of Dr. Charles Stanley.

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Your Life Matters To God

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: When
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: WhenAlmighty God says, "You matter
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  • Almighty God says, "You matterto Me," that's God.
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  • to Me," that's God.When God says, "You matter to
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  • When God says, "You matter toMe," what more powerful word of
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  • Me," what more powerful word ofencouragement could we hear than
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  • encouragement could we hear thanthat?
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decades
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decadesago, we started In Touch
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  • ago, we started In TouchMinistries to lead people
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  • Ministries to lead peopleworldwide into a growing
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  • worldwide into a growingrelationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • relationship with Jesus Christ.Throughout the years,
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  • Throughout the years,we've seen God's greatness,
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  • we've seen God's greatness,his love and his blessings
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  • his love and his blessingsin such awesome ways
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  • in such awesome waysthat we just want everyone
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  • that we just want everyoneto know him.
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  • to know him.So, let's open God's Word
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  • - male announcer: Next on "In
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  • - male announcer: Next on "InTouch," "Your Life Matters to
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  • - Dr. Stanley: At a very low
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  • - Dr. Stanley: At a very lowtime in my life when
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  • time in my life whenI'd been in the hospital twice
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  • I'd been in the hospital twicein just a few months, I walked
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  • in just a few months, I walkedout on my glassed-in porch and
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  • out on my glassed-in porch andsat down and thought I would
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  • sat down and thought I wouldjust take it easy and relax a
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  • just take it easy and relax alittle bit and maybe read
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  • little bit and maybe readsomething, and so when I did, I
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  • something, and so when I did, Inoticed on the chair in front of
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  • noticed on the chair in front ofme there was a blanket, and I
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  • me there was a blanket, and Ihad just tossed it over there,
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  • had just tossed it over there,but I didn't see this.
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  • but I didn't see this.And when I looked at it a second
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  • And when I looked at it a secondtime, I saw this inscription
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  • time, I saw this inscriptionthat some wonderful lady had
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  • that some wonderful lady hadinscribed in this blanket.
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  • inscribed in this blanket.It read, "Your messages have
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  • It read, "Your messages havehelped me realize that my life
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  • helped me realize that my lifematters to God."
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  • matters to God."When I read that, I thought,
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  • When I read that, I thought,Lord, I don't know what she had
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  • Lord, I don't know what she hadin mind, but that's exactly what
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  • in mind, but that's exactly whatI needed to hear.
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  • I needed to hear.My life matters to God.
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  • My life matters to God.And that's the title of this
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  • And that's the title of thismessage because it is a message
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  • message because it is a messagethat God wants all of us to
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  • that God wants all of us tohear.
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  • hear.Our life matters to Him.
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  • Our life matters to Him.You may not feel like you
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  • You may not feel like youmatter, you may be able to give
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  • matter, you may be able to givelots of evidence that the way
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  • lots of evidence that the wayyou are treated and the things
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  • you are treated and the thingsthat have happened to you and
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  • that have happened to you andthe misfortune you have
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  • the misfortune you haveexperienced, that certainly,
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  • experienced, that certainly,your life couldn't matter to
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  • your life couldn't matter toGod.
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  • God.But I want to tell you, yes, it
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  • But I want to tell you, yes, itdoes.
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  • does.Difficulty, hardship, pain, and
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  • Difficulty, hardship, pain, andsuffering does not mean that
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  • suffering does not mean thatyour life doesn't matter to God.
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  • your life doesn't matter to God.Some of the greatest saints that
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  • Some of the greatest saints thatI've ever met, people who have
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  • I've ever met, people who havewritten the greatest books have
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  • written the greatest books havebeen people who've gone through
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  • been people who've gone throughdifficulty, hardship, pain, and
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  • difficulty, hardship, pain, andsuffering beyond anything you
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  • suffering beyond anything youand I could ever know and never
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  • and I could ever know and neverlost their faith, but realized
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  • lost their faith, but realizedthat God still loved them and He
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  • that God still loved them and Hecared for 'em.
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  • cared for 'em.When I think about that and I
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  • When I think about that and Ithink about this passage of
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  • think about this passage ofScripture that I want us to look
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  • Scripture that I want us to lookat, it states just that.
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  • at, it states just that.Our life matters to God.
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  • Our life matters to God.And I want you to turn, if you
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  • And I want you to turn, if youwill, to First John, chapter
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  • will, to First John, chapterthree.
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  • three.This is a late time in John's
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  • This is a late time in John'slife.
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  • life.In those latter years, he
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  • In those latter years, hecould be anywhere from eighty to
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  • could be anywhere from eighty toninety, or whatever it might be.
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  • ninety, or whatever it might be.And he's written this Epistle to
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  • And he's written this Epistle tobelievers, and I'm going to read
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  • believers, and I'm going to readthree verses that I want us to
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  • three verses that I want us tolook at for a moment.
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  • look at for a moment.The third chapter and the first
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  • The third chapter and the firstverse.
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  • verse.Now, listen to this, "See how
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  • Now, listen to this, "See howgreat a love," not just love,
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  • great a love," not just love,how great a love, "the Father
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  • how great a love, "the Fatherhas bestowed on us," that is,
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  • has bestowed on us," that is,He's gifted us, He's expressed
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  • He's gifted us, He's expressedthat love, He's shown that love,
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  • that love, He's shown that love,demonstrated that love.
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  • demonstrated that love."How great a love the Father has
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  • "How great a love the Father hasbestowed on us."
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  • bestowed on us."What makes it great?
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  • What makes it great?"That we would be called
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  • "That we would be calledchildren of God."
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  • children of God."Think about that.
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  • Think about that.In God's mind, that's something
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  • In God's mind, that's somethinggreat.
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  • great."That we would be called the
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  • "That we would be called thechildren of God, and such we
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  • children of God, and such weare.
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  • are.For this reason the world
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  • For this reason the worlddoesn't know us, because it
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  • doesn't know us, because itdidn't know Him."
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  • didn't know Him."And then he says, "Beloved,
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  • And then he says, "Beloved,now," not one day later, not in
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  • now," not one day later, not inthe future, "now we are children
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  • the future, "now we are childrenof God."
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  • of God."And, I love this, "And it has
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  • And, I love this, "And it hasnot yet appeared what we
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  • not yet appeared what wewill be."
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  • will be."That is, we know very little
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  • That is, we know very littleabout the awesome future that
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  • about the awesome future thatGod has provided for us.
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  • God has provided for us."We know," how many times he
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  • "We know," how many times hesays that, "We know that when He
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  • says that, "We know that when Heappears, we will be like Him,
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  • appears, we will be like Him,because we will see Him just as
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  • because we will see Him just asHe is."
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  • He is."Here's an Apostle of the Lord
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  • Here's an Apostle of the LordJesus Christ speaking with
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  • Jesus Christ speaking withassurance and authority, having
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  • assurance and authority, havinglistened to the Lord Jesus
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  • listened to the Lord JesusChrist personally, whether it
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  • Christ personally, whether itwas on the boat at sea, or was
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  • was on the boat at sea, or wasup in a mountain somewhere or
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  • up in a mountain somewhere orjust sitting around the fire
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  • just sitting around the firetalking and listening to Jesus,
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  • talking and listening to Jesus,"We know we will be like Him,
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  • "We know we will be like Him,because we will see Him just as
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  • because we will see Him just asHe is.
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  • He is.And everyone who has this hope
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  • And everyone who has this hopefixed on Him purifies himself,
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  • fixed on Him purifies himself,just as He is pure."
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  • just as He is pure."That is simply this, when you
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  • That is simply this, when youtrust the Lord Jesus Christ as
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  • trust the Lord Jesus Christ asyour Savior, you do so because
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  • your Savior, you do so becauseyou sense that you've been
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  • you sense that you've beenseparated from Him.
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  • separated from Him.And you sense also the need to
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  • And you sense also the need tobe one with Him.
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  • be one with Him.And so, what happens?
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  • And so, what happens?You trust Him as your Savior
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  • You trust Him as your Saviorbecause of what He did at the
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  • because of what He did at thecross.
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  • cross.And as a result of that
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  • And as a result of thatrelationship, it--things change.
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  • relationship, it--things change.You can't be a child of God and
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  • You can't be a child of God andeverything be the same as it
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  • everything be the same as itused to be.
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  • used to be.You may act sometimes unlike you
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  • You may act sometimes unlike youought to be acting, but that
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  • ought to be acting, but thatrelationship, watch this, that
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  • relationship, watch this, thatrelationship is not temporary.
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  • relationship is not temporary.It's not conditional.
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  • It's not conditional.It is absolutely permanent.
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  • It is absolutely permanent.You are saved once and for all
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  • You are saved once and for allby the grace of God.
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  • by the grace of God.Now, watch this, why has God
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  • Now, watch this, why has Godmade salvation the result of a
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  • made salvation the result of afixed relationship?
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  • fixed relationship?A decision?
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  • A decision?Simply because you and I matter
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  • Simply because you and I matterto Him.
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  • to Him.And when you trusted Christ as
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  • And when you trusted Christ asyour Savior, the Holy Spirit
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  • your Savior, the Holy Spiritcame into your life to do what?
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  • came into your life to do what?To absolutely assure you that
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  • To absolutely assure you thatfor all eternity, you will
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  • for all eternity, you willbelong to God.
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  • belong to God.You say, "Suppose I sin?
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  • You say, "Suppose I sin?He's prepared for that.
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  • He's prepared for that.He has a very strong hand of
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  • He has a very strong hand ofdiscipline, not to destroy, not
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  • discipline, not to destroy, notto hurt, not to harm, but to
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  • to hurt, not to harm, but tobring us back into the fold.
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  • bring us back into the fold.When God allows us to go through
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  • When God allows us to go throughdifficulties and trials and
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  • difficulties and trials andheartaches and burdens, what is
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  • heartaches and burdens, what isHe doing?
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  • He doing?He's doing it for one of several
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  • He's doing it for one of severalreasons, one of which is, what?
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  • reasons, one of which is, what?To remind us that we belong to
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  • To remind us that we belong toHim.
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  • Him.We're not acting out who we are.
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  • We're not acting out who we are.And to turn our mind and heart
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  • And to turn our mind and hearttoward Him to change our
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  • toward Him to change ourthinking about a godly life.
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  • thinking about a godly life.Because you matter to God.
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  • Because you matter to God.Now, with that in mind, I want
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  • Now, with that in mind, I wantus to look at this passage and
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  • us to look at this passage andthink of terms of the evidence
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  • think of terms of the evidenceof how God has so worked in our
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  • of how God has so worked in ourlife that we matter to Him.
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  • life that we matter to Him.And the first evidence is the
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  • And the first evidence is thegreat love He has bestowed upon
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  • great love He has bestowed uponus.
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  • us.Think about this, why did you
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  • Think about this, why did youget saved?
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  • get saved?You said, "Well, I went and I
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  • You said, "Well, I went and Iheard this powerful preacher one
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  • heard this powerful preacher oneday preaching so that it made me
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  • day preaching so that it made meget saved."
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  • get saved."No, that's not it.
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  • No, that's not it.You got saved because you heard
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  • You got saved because you heardthe Truth of the Gospel of Jesus
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  • the Truth of the Gospel of JesusChrist and God reached down into
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  • Christ and God reached down intoyour life through His Word,
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  • your life through His Word,spoke to your mind and your
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  • spoke to your mind and yourheart, your emotions, your whole
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  • heart, your emotions, your wholebeing and made you realize that
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  • being and made you realize thatyou were living a life far less,
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  • you were living a life far less,far less, way down lower than
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  • far less, way down lower thanwhat He had in mind for you.
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  • what He had in mind for you.And you trusted the Lord Jesus
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  • And you trusted the Lord JesusChrist as your Savior as a
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  • Christ as your Savior as aresult of hearing His Word, the
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  • result of hearing His Word, theconviction of the Holy Spirit to
  • 00:07:57.058 --> 00:07:57.526
  • conviction of the Holy Spirit tohelp you to understand that God
  • 00:07:58.527 --> 00:07:58.994
  • help you to understand that Godloved you and forgives you, He
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  • loved you and forgives you, Hetransformed your life.
  • 00:08:02.664 --> 00:08:03.665
  • transformed your life.So, it was your salvation.
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  • So, it was your salvation.The second thing that resolved
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  • The second thing that resolvedin all of this is that your
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  • in all of this is that yoursanctification.
  • 00:08:10.105 --> 00:08:10.305
  • sanctification.That is, the life, the godly
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  • That is, the life, the godlylife that God has provided for
  • 00:08:14.509 --> 00:08:15.443
  • life that God has provided forevery single one of us, once you
  • 00:08:16.511 --> 00:08:16.611
  • every single one of us, once youtrusted Jesus Christ as your
  • 00:08:17.846 --> 00:08:18.413
  • trusted Jesus Christ as yourSavior, the Spirit of God sealed
  • 00:08:20.181 --> 00:08:20.549
  • Savior, the Spirit of God sealedyou as a child of God, came to
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  • you as a child of God, came toindwell us while God sits upon
  • 00:08:25.053 --> 00:08:25.954
  • indwell us while God sits uponHis throne in the heavens.
  • 00:08:26.321 --> 00:08:27.656
  • His throne in the heavens.His Holy Spirit sits upon the
  • 00:08:27.856 --> 00:08:29.324
  • His Holy Spirit sits upon thethrone of our heart, guiding us,
  • 00:08:30.525 --> 00:08:30.926
  • throne of our heart, guiding us,leading us, empowering us,
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  • leading us, empowering us,endeavoring to work in our life
  • 00:08:34.095 --> 00:08:34.996
  • endeavoring to work in our lifethe life that represented and
  • 00:08:35.564 --> 00:08:37.032
  • the life that represented andlooked something like Jesus.
  • 00:08:38.133 --> 00:08:38.667
  • looked something like Jesus.And so, that's what He's
  • 00:08:40.135 --> 00:08:40.936
  • And so, that's what He'sprovided.
  • 00:08:40.936 --> 00:08:41.303
  • provided.That is, we matter so much that,
  • 00:08:44.606 --> 00:08:44.973
  • That is, we matter so much that,first of all, He saved us.
  • 00:08:45.807 --> 00:08:46.241
  • first of all, He saved us.You think about this, He didn't
  • 00:08:46.875 --> 00:08:47.342
  • You think about this, He didn'thave to save you.
  • 00:08:50.245 --> 00:08:50.478
  • have to save you.You could've just lived your
  • 00:08:51.179 --> 00:08:52.247
  • You could've just lived yourlife without Him, many people
  • 00:08:52.247 --> 00:08:52.347
  • life without Him, many peopledo.
  • 00:08:53.682 --> 00:08:54.115
  • do.And you could've just sort of
  • 00:08:55.016 --> 00:08:57.052
  • And you could've just sort ofmanaged, but there would come a
  • 00:08:57.152 --> 00:08:58.386
  • managed, but there would come atime when the Bible says it's
  • 00:08:58.653 --> 00:08:59.721
  • time when the Bible says it'sappointed unto man once to die
  • 00:09:00.188 --> 00:09:00.956
  • appointed unto man once to dieand after this, the judgment.
  • 00:09:02.257 --> 00:09:03.592
  • and after this, the judgment.But by His grace and love and
  • 00:09:04.025 --> 00:09:04.693
  • But by His grace and love andmercy, He sanctified you, set
  • 00:09:06.728 --> 00:09:06.728
  • mercy, He sanctified you, setyou apart as unto Him to live
  • 00:09:09.464 --> 00:09:11.166
  • you apart as unto Him to liveHis life in and through you.
  • 00:09:11.166 --> 00:09:11.800
  • His life in and through you.The third thing He did was what?
  • 00:09:13.268 --> 00:09:14.269
  • The third thing He did was what?He began to meet your needs.
  • 00:09:16.137 --> 00:09:17.038
  • He began to meet your needs.As a result of being a child of
  • 00:09:17.572 --> 00:09:18.239
  • As a result of being a child ofGod, He said He will supply all
  • 00:09:20.675 --> 00:09:21.142
  • God, He said He will supply allof our needs, watch this,
  • 00:09:22.811 --> 00:09:24.379
  • of our needs, watch this,according to His riches in
  • 00:09:24.446 --> 00:09:25.213
  • according to His riches inglory.
  • 00:09:25.213 --> 00:09:25.814
  • glory.Not according to our talents,
  • 00:09:26.581 --> 00:09:27.349
  • Not according to our talents,ability, and skill and all the
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  • ability, and skill and all therest.
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  • rest.He's promised to meet every need
  • 00:09:30.719 --> 00:09:30.919
  • He's promised to meet every needthat we have.
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  • that we have.Why?
  • 00:09:32.253 --> 00:09:33.154
  • Why?Watch this, because every single
  • 00:09:35.123 --> 00:09:37.192
  • Watch this, because every singlepoint in this message is because
  • 00:09:37.192 --> 00:09:37.225
  • point in this message is becausewe matter to Him.
  • 00:09:39.794 --> 00:09:39.928
  • we matter to Him.Think about this, the fact that
  • 00:09:41.196 --> 00:09:41.696
  • Think about this, the fact thatyou matter means there's a
  • 00:09:42.631 --> 00:09:42.931
  • you matter means there's arelationship.
  • 00:09:44.099 --> 00:09:45.200
  • relationship.There's a love, there's a
  • 00:09:45.200 --> 00:09:46.401
  • There's a love, there's acaring.
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  • caring.There's a giving.
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  • There's a giving.And that's what God means.
  • 00:09:49.804 --> 00:09:50.238
  • And that's what God means.He's saying, listen, He saves
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  • He's saying, listen, He savesus, He sanctifies us, and then
  • 00:09:52.974 --> 00:09:53.074
  • us, He sanctifies us, and thenwhat does He do?
  • 00:09:53.975 --> 00:09:54.109
  • what does He do?He meets our needs.
  • 00:09:55.343 --> 00:09:55.644
  • He meets our needs."My God shall supply all your
  • 00:09:56.911 --> 00:09:56.978
  • "My God shall supply all yourneeds, watch this, "according to
  • 00:09:58.880 --> 00:09:59.547
  • needs, watch this, "according toHis riches in glory."
  • 00:10:00.382 --> 00:10:01.049
  • His riches in glory."Would you ever be able to
  • 00:10:01.950 --> 00:10:02.417
  • Would you ever be able toexhaust the riches of God?
  • 00:10:03.284 --> 00:10:03.351
  • exhaust the riches of God?No.
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  • No.The only thing that blocks God's
  • 00:10:06.521 --> 00:10:08.223
  • The only thing that blocks God'sblessings to you is the fact
  • 00:10:08.523 --> 00:10:09.858
  • blessings to you is the factyou've become careless in your
  • 00:10:10.158 --> 00:10:11.259
  • you've become careless in yourlife, indifferent to God, living
  • 00:10:12.260 --> 00:10:12.527
  • life, indifferent to God, livingin sin, or whatever it might be.
  • 00:10:14.596 --> 00:10:14.829
  • in sin, or whatever it might be.And then I think about the most
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  • And then I think about the mostimportant thing here, our
  • 00:10:18.933 --> 00:10:19.034
  • important thing here, oursalvation, our sanctification
  • 00:10:20.535 --> 00:10:21.770
  • salvation, our sanctificationour needs, and watch what He
  • 00:10:21.770 --> 00:10:21.803
  • our needs, and watch what Hedid, it--watch at how awesome
  • 00:10:24.372 --> 00:10:27.275
  • did, it--watch at how awesomeGod is, it was not enough for
  • 00:10:27.275 --> 00:10:27.308
  • God is, it was not enough forHim to save us, that is, to have
  • 00:10:29.077 --> 00:10:29.144
  • Him to save us, that is, to havean experience whereby we confess
  • 00:10:31.413 --> 00:10:32.647
  • an experience whereby we confessour sin, repent of our sins,
  • 00:10:32.647 --> 00:10:33.181
  • our sin, repent of our sins,surrender our life to Him.
  • 00:10:34.516 --> 00:10:34.983
  • surrender our life to Him.Now, think about that for a
  • 00:10:35.550 --> 00:10:36.484
  • Now, think about that for amoment.
  • 00:10:36.484 --> 00:10:36.685
  • moment.I think about in my own life, if
  • 00:10:38.753 --> 00:10:39.387
  • I think about in my own life, ifthat's all I had, that I trusted
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  • that's all I had, that I trustedHim as my Savior, then to live
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  • Him as my Savior, then to livethe Christian life in this world
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  • the Christian life in this worldtill one day I die and go to
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  • till one day I die and go toheaven, I couldn't do it.
  • 00:10:49.264 --> 00:10:50.165
  • heaven, I couldn't do it.Neither can you, neither can
  • 00:10:50.699 --> 00:10:51.966
  • Neither can you, neither canyou, whoever you are.
  • 00:10:51.966 --> 00:10:52.367
  • you, whoever you are.That's why He said to His
  • 00:10:54.102 --> 00:10:54.169
  • That's why He said to HisDisciples, "Sit down, tarry ye
  • 00:10:57.305 --> 00:10:57.338
  • Disciples, "Sit down, tarry yein the city of Jerusalem until I
  • 00:10:59.908 --> 00:11:00.108
  • in the city of Jerusalem until Isend my Spirit who will indwell
  • 00:11:01.976 --> 00:11:02.844
  • send my Spirit who will indwellyou and be upon you and empower
  • 00:11:04.546 --> 00:11:05.680
  • you and be upon you and empoweryou to live out the Christian
  • 00:11:05.747 --> 00:11:06.981
  • you to live out the Christianlife."
  • 00:11:06.981 --> 00:11:07.515
  • life."As a result of God caring for us
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  • As a result of God caring for usand meeting our needs, He, upon
  • 00:11:12.020 --> 00:11:12.287
  • and meeting our needs, He, uponour salvation, sent the Holy
  • 00:11:14.222 --> 00:11:14.789
  • our salvation, sent the HolySpirit to indwell us.
  • 00:11:15.290 --> 00:11:15.857
  • Spirit to indwell us.Think--do you realize how
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  • Think--do you realize howblessed you are?
  • 00:11:18.126 --> 00:11:18.693
  • blessed you are?You're indwelt by, listen,
  • 00:11:20.061 --> 00:11:20.862
  • You're indwelt by, listen,you're indwelt by Holy God.
  • 00:11:23.031 --> 00:11:23.431
  • you're indwelt by Holy God.The Holy Spirit of God who said
  • 00:11:24.599 --> 00:11:24.833
  • The Holy Spirit of God who saidto His Disciples, "You're not
  • 00:11:26.401 --> 00:11:27.635
  • to His Disciples, "You're notready to go preach.
  • 00:11:28.670 --> 00:11:29.237
  • ready to go preach.You are not ready to missionize
  • 00:11:30.705 --> 00:11:30.939
  • You are not ready to missionizethis world.
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  • this world.You won't be ready till My
  • 00:11:32.841 --> 00:11:32.874
  • You won't be ready till MySpirit baptizes you, anoints you
  • 00:11:36.377 --> 00:11:38.046
  • Spirit baptizes you, anoints youand enables you and equips you
  • 00:11:38.246 --> 00:11:39.814
  • and enables you and equips youto be the person I've created
  • 00:11:39.848 --> 00:11:41.816
  • to be the person I've createdyou to be."
  • 00:11:41.816 --> 00:11:42.016
  • you to be."So, do we matter to God?
  • 00:11:43.852 --> 00:11:44.018
  • So, do we matter to God?Look at this, why?
  • 00:11:45.253 --> 00:11:46.488
  • Look at this, why?Because I--we look at it,
  • 00:11:46.621 --> 00:11:48.490
  • Because I--we look at it,salvation, our sanctification,
  • 00:11:48.490 --> 00:11:48.957
  • salvation, our sanctification,meets our needs, and the Holy
  • 00:11:49.691 --> 00:11:49.791
  • meets our needs, and the HolySpirit.
  • 00:11:50.358 --> 00:11:50.725
  • Spirit.God had demonstrated His awesome
  • 00:11:52.660 --> 00:11:52.894
  • God had demonstrated His awesomecaring for us, that we do
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  • caring for us, that we domatter.
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  • matter.Now, think about this, God,
  • 00:11:58.299 --> 00:11:59.267
  • Now, think about this, God,who's the Sovereign of the
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  • who's the Sovereign of theuniverse, could have said,
  • 00:12:00.635 --> 00:12:02.337
  • universe, could have said,"Okay, I'm going to save those
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  • "Okay, I'm going to save thosewho will trust Me and just see
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  • who will trust Me and just seewhat they do."
  • 00:12:05.273 --> 00:12:05.440
  • what they do."Well, He knew what we'd do, we'd
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  • Well, He knew what we'd do, we'djust mess up.
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  • just mess up.We would fail time after time
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  • We would fail time after timeafter time.
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  • after time.That's why He knew, watch this,
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  • That's why He knew, watch this,He not only had to reach down
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  • He not only had to reach downand forgive our sins, He had to
  • 00:12:16.718 --> 00:12:19.654
  • and forgive our sins, He had tocome down Himself and indwell us
  • 00:12:19.721 --> 00:12:21.122
  • come down Himself and indwell usand enable us to live out the
  • 00:12:21.122 --> 00:12:21.289
  • and enable us to live out thelive He'd provided for us.
  • 00:12:23.024 --> 00:12:23.725
  • live He'd provided for us.Are we blessed of God or are we
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  • Are we blessed of God or are wenot?
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  • not?And so, think about this, our
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  • And so, think about this, ourlife matters because He's an
  • 00:12:32.300 --> 00:12:32.600
  • life matters because He's anawesome God who loves us with
  • 00:12:35.003 --> 00:12:35.303
  • awesome God who loves us withall of His heart.
  • 00:12:36.237 --> 00:12:36.571
  • all of His heart.The first evidence that our life
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  • The first evidence that our lifematters is all these things He's
  • 00:12:39.641 --> 00:12:40.074
  • matters is all these things He'sdone for us.
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  • done for us.Secondly, the second evidence is
  • 00:12:44.679 --> 00:12:45.513
  • Secondly, the second evidence isthat we're called the children
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  • that we're called the childrenof God.
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  • of God.Now, do I matter?
  • 00:12:48.349 --> 00:12:48.449
  • Now, do I matter?Sure, I do.
  • 00:12:49.384 --> 00:12:50.285
  • Sure, I do.Think about how you feel about
  • 00:12:50.451 --> 00:12:51.786
  • Think about how you feel aboutyour children.
  • 00:12:51.786 --> 00:12:52.320
  • your children.You say to your friends, "This
  • 00:12:54.355 --> 00:12:54.455
  • You say to your friends, "Thisis my son.
  • 00:12:55.623 --> 00:12:55.690
  • is my son.This is my daughter."
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  • This is my daughter."You're proud of them.
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  • You're proud of them.You--they matter to you.
  • 00:13:01.129 --> 00:13:03.331
  • You--they matter to you.Listen, when someone matters to
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  • Listen, when someone matters toyou, it's going to affect your
  • 00:13:04.833 --> 00:13:05.600
  • you, it's going to affect yourrelationship to them, the way
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  • relationship to them, the wayyou speak of 'em, what you do
  • 00:13:09.504 --> 00:13:11.639
  • you speak of 'em, what you dofor 'em, how you relate to them.
  • 00:13:12.807 --> 00:13:13.308
  • for 'em, how you relate to them.When you really are involved in
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  • When you really are involved inthat person's life, that they
  • 00:13:19.547 --> 00:13:19.881
  • that person's life, that theymatter to you, you're going to
  • 00:13:21.382 --> 00:13:22.016
  • matter to you, you're going totreat 'em a certain way.
  • 00:13:23.751 --> 00:13:24.085
  • treat 'em a certain way.And truth of that, for example,
  • 00:13:25.086 --> 00:13:25.987
  • And truth of that, for example,you work somewhere and you see
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  • you work somewhere and you seethe boss working in one person's
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  • the boss working in one person'slife one way and somebody else
  • 00:13:33.027 --> 00:13:33.494
  • life one way and somebody elsethe other way.
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  • the other way.And how many times have I heard
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  • And how many times have I heardpeople say, "Well, I feel like
  • 00:13:37.532 --> 00:13:38.132
  • people say, "Well, I feel likein my job, I don't matter."
  • 00:13:41.135 --> 00:13:41.269
  • in my job, I don't matter."And when somebody says, "I don't
  • 00:13:42.103 --> 00:13:42.470
  • And when somebody says, "I don'tcare," you will never hear God
  • 00:13:45.139 --> 00:13:45.240
  • care," you will never hear Godsay to you, watch this, you'll
  • 00:13:47.041 --> 00:13:48.409
  • say to you, watch this, you'llnever hear God say to you, "I
  • 00:13:48.409 --> 00:13:48.543
  • never hear God say to you, "Idon't care."
  • 00:13:50.278 --> 00:13:51.246
  • don't care."That's not in His terminology.
  • 00:13:52.881 --> 00:13:53.715
  • That's not in His terminology.So, the fact that we matter to
  • 00:13:55.016 --> 00:13:55.516
  • So, the fact that we matter toGod, we're called His children,
  • 00:13:57.819 --> 00:13:58.920
  • God, we're called His children,all these promises and blessings
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  • all these promises and blessingsthat we've talked about, our
  • 00:14:00.989 --> 00:14:02.156
  • that we've talked about, ourname is written in the Lamb's
  • 00:14:02.156 --> 00:14:02.257
  • name is written in the Lamb'sBook of Life.
  • 00:14:03.725 --> 00:14:04.192
  • Book of Life.We belong to Him no matter what
  • 00:14:05.526 --> 00:14:06.694
  • We belong to Him no matter whathappens.
  • 00:14:06.694 --> 00:14:07.762
  • happens.It still matters to God what
  • 00:14:09.430 --> 00:14:09.731
  • It still matters to God whatgoes on in our life.
  • 00:14:11.733 --> 00:14:12.000
  • goes on in our life.The third evidence that our life
  • 00:14:13.902 --> 00:14:14.002
  • The third evidence that our lifematters to God is, listen, it
  • 00:14:16.838 --> 00:14:17.505
  • matters to God is, listen, ithas not yet appeared as what it
  • 00:14:18.940 --> 00:14:20.108
  • has not yet appeared as what itwill be.
  • 00:14:20.108 --> 00:14:20.541
  • will be.Look at our present society, for
  • 00:14:21.910 --> 00:14:22.143
  • Look at our present society, forexample.
  • 00:14:24.846 --> 00:14:27.916
  • example.In my lifetime, it's worse than
  • 00:14:28.917 --> 00:14:32.787
  • In my lifetime, it's worse thanit has ever been.
  • 00:14:32.787 --> 00:14:33.221
  • it has ever been.And think about this for a
  • 00:14:33.688 --> 00:14:35.356
  • And think about this for amoment, how did we get this way?
  • 00:14:35.690 --> 00:14:36.791
  • moment, how did we get this way?I'll tell you, see this Book?
  • 00:14:39.661 --> 00:14:40.061
  • I'll tell you, see this Book?I want you think about how much
  • 00:14:40.795 --> 00:14:41.562
  • I want you think about how muchtime you spend in this Book in
  • 00:14:42.931 --> 00:14:43.331
  • time you spend in this Book inany given day.
  • 00:14:45.233 --> 00:14:45.433
  • any given day.See this iPhone?
  • 00:14:50.571 --> 00:14:50.705
  • See this iPhone?How much do we spend in that
  • 00:14:52.340 --> 00:14:55.176
  • How much do we spend in thatversus the Word of God?
  • 00:14:55.176 --> 00:14:55.310
  • versus the Word of God?What a difference.
  • 00:14:56.577 --> 00:14:56.844
  • What a difference.And so, what's happened?
  • 00:14:58.112 --> 00:14:58.212
  • And so, what's happened?Our attention has been drawn
  • 00:14:59.480 --> 00:14:59.781
  • Our attention has been drawnaway from God.
  • 00:15:00.615 --> 00:15:02.317
  • away from God.And the more little inventions
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  • And the more little inventionswe find ourselves inventing is
  • 00:15:06.087 --> 00:15:06.854
  • we find ourselves inventing isjust another way to draw us away
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  • just another way to draw us awayfrom God.
  • 00:15:09.991 --> 00:15:10.191
  • from God.Am I saying the phone's not
  • 00:15:11.159 --> 00:15:11.259
  • Am I saying the phone's notimportant?
  • 00:15:11.759 --> 00:15:11.960
  • important?No.
  • 00:15:14.095 --> 00:15:14.295
  • No.Are computers important?
  • 00:15:15.229 --> 00:15:15.430
  • Are computers important?Yes.
  • 00:15:18.032 --> 00:15:18.132
  • Yes.But when you talk to anybody,
  • 00:15:20.501 --> 00:15:20.702
  • But when you talk to anybody,very few people will tell you, I
  • 00:15:22.804 --> 00:15:25.740
  • very few people will tell you, Ispend as much time reading the
  • 00:15:25.807 --> 00:15:29.043
  • spend as much time reading theWord of God for myself as I do
  • 00:15:29.477 --> 00:15:30.945
  • Word of God for myself as I dotalking to my friends on the
  • 00:15:31.612 --> 00:15:32.513
  • talking to my friends on thephone about things that don't
  • 00:15:33.081 --> 00:15:33.614
  • phone about things that don'tmatter at all.
  • 00:15:35.850 --> 00:15:36.017
  • matter at all.And then, look at all the rest,
  • 00:15:37.986 --> 00:15:39.020
  • And then, look at all the rest,think in terms of all the
  • 00:15:39.654 --> 00:15:41.789
  • think in terms of all thedrunkenness, sports, drugs,
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  • drunkenness, sports, drugs,immorality, ungodly counsel,
  • 00:15:46.394 --> 00:15:46.627
  • immorality, ungodly counsel,depression, suicides, shootings.
  • 00:15:49.097 --> 00:15:49.931
  • depression, suicides, shootings.What's happened to our society?
  • 00:15:51.199 --> 00:15:51.366
  • What's happened to our society?I'll tell you what's happened,
  • 00:15:55.737 --> 00:15:56.070
  • I'll tell you what's happened,we own it, but we don't read it.
  • 00:15:59.374 --> 00:15:59.540
  • we own it, but we don't read it.We own it, but we don't live by
  • 00:16:01.309 --> 00:16:02.210
  • We own it, but we don't live byit.
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  • it.We are living in a society that
  • 00:16:04.712 --> 00:16:05.013
  • We are living in a society thatis totally unaware of who God is
  • 00:16:10.084 --> 00:16:11.619
  • is totally unaware of who God isand His Word is becoming less
  • 00:16:12.053 --> 00:16:12.887
  • and His Word is becoming lessand less important.
  • 00:16:13.521 --> 00:16:14.188
  • and less important.And the world's providing more
  • 00:16:15.323 --> 00:16:15.923
  • And the world's providing moreand more things that we can
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  • and more things that we caninvolve ourselves with that
  • 00:16:20.661 --> 00:16:21.129
  • involve ourselves with thatbring us supposedly pleasure.
  • 00:16:25.233 --> 00:16:25.266
  • bring us supposedly pleasure.I don't have to tell you about
  • 00:16:26.501 --> 00:16:26.801
  • I don't have to tell you aboutour society, you know about it.
  • 00:16:28.636 --> 00:16:28.903
  • our society, you know about it.You know what's happening, but
  • 00:16:29.971 --> 00:16:30.505
  • You know what's happening, butyou will have to admit, it's
  • 00:16:31.773 --> 00:16:32.173
  • you will have to admit, it'sdrifting further and further and
  • 00:16:34.142 --> 00:16:34.909
  • drifting further and further andfurther away from God when, and
  • 00:16:36.577 --> 00:16:37.945
  • further away from God when, andwe're excusing it by saying we
  • 00:16:38.813 --> 00:16:39.480
  • we're excusing it by saying weare so busy.
  • 00:16:40.348 --> 00:16:42.050
  • are so busy.There's so much to do, so many
  • 00:16:42.250 --> 00:16:44.085
  • There's so much to do, so manyplaces to go, and so many things
  • 00:16:44.652 --> 00:16:46.954
  • places to go, and so many thingsI need.
  • 00:16:46.954 --> 00:16:47.088
  • I need.It matters to God how much time
  • 00:16:48.823 --> 00:16:48.890
  • It matters to God how much timewe spend with Him.
  • 00:16:50.958 --> 00:16:52.627
  • we spend with Him.It matters to God how we relate
  • 00:16:53.094 --> 00:16:54.162
  • It matters to God how we relateto Him.
  • 00:16:54.162 --> 00:16:54.362
  • to Him.It matters to God how we treat
  • 00:16:56.097 --> 00:16:56.431
  • It matters to God how we treatother people.
  • 00:16:57.999 --> 00:16:58.166
  • other people.It matters to God how we think
  • 00:17:01.636 --> 00:17:02.904
  • It matters to God how we thinkabout other people.
  • 00:17:02.904 --> 00:17:03.004
  • about other people.It matters to God what we give
  • 00:17:04.972 --> 00:17:06.074
  • It matters to God what we giveHim.
  • 00:17:06.074 --> 00:17:06.107
  • Him.It matters to God every aspect
  • 00:17:08.509 --> 00:17:11.245
  • It matters to God every aspectof our life, God is involved in
  • 00:17:11.279 --> 00:17:12.847
  • of our life, God is involved inevery area of our life.
  • 00:17:12.847 --> 00:17:13.247
  • every area of our life.And He's not trying to cheat us
  • 00:17:14.715 --> 00:17:16.551
  • And He's not trying to cheat usout of anything.
  • 00:17:16.551 --> 00:17:16.818
  • out of anything.He wants the best for us.
  • 00:17:18.920 --> 00:17:19.087
  • He wants the best for us.But look at this, God knows that
  • 00:17:21.389 --> 00:17:22.123
  • But look at this, God knows thatthe best for us is to follow the
  • 00:17:25.026 --> 00:17:25.093
  • the best for us is to follow theteachings of His precious Word.
  • 00:17:27.295 --> 00:17:27.995
  • teachings of His precious Word."Ask, and it shall be given to
  • 00:17:28.663 --> 00:17:29.764
  • "Ask, and it shall be given toyou, seek, and you shall find,
  • 00:17:29.897 --> 00:17:30.898
  • you, seek, and you shall find,knock, and it shall be open to
  • 00:17:30.965 --> 00:17:31.866
  • knock, and it shall be open toyou."
  • 00:17:31.866 --> 00:17:32.233
  • you.""My God shall supply all of your
  • 00:17:33.267 --> 00:17:33.434
  • "My God shall supply all of yourneeds according to His riches in
  • 00:17:34.735 --> 00:17:34.802
  • needs according to His riches inglory."
  • 00:17:35.803 --> 00:17:36.504
  • glory."He gives us His strength.
  • 00:17:38.539 --> 00:17:38.973
  • He gives us His strength.He helps us to be wise enough to
  • 00:17:41.542 --> 00:17:41.709
  • He helps us to be wise enough tofollow His laws and to follow
  • 00:17:44.679 --> 00:17:44.912
  • follow His laws and to followHis will and purpose and plan
  • 00:17:46.147 --> 00:17:46.247
  • His will and purpose and planfor our life.
  • 00:17:47.215 --> 00:17:47.715
  • for our life.And the Bible's full of
  • 00:17:48.216 --> 00:17:49.050
  • And the Bible's full ofScriptures of promises of God.
  • 00:17:50.751 --> 00:17:51.385
  • Scriptures of promises of God.Where have we gone wrong?
  • 00:17:53.688 --> 00:17:53.988
  • Where have we gone wrong?Little by little, the world
  • 00:17:56.424 --> 00:17:56.924
  • Little by little, the worldfills our minds with things that
  • 00:17:58.826 --> 00:17:59.260
  • fills our minds with things thatwe used to fill it with the Word
  • 00:18:00.495 --> 00:18:00.661
  • we used to fill it with the Wordof God.
  • 00:18:03.264 --> 00:18:03.664
  • of God.How many people do you know that
  • 00:18:04.832 --> 00:18:05.199
  • How many people do you know thatread the Bible every day?
  • 00:18:08.669 --> 00:18:09.036
  • read the Bible every day?I wonder how many people who go
  • 00:18:09.971 --> 00:18:10.371
  • I wonder how many people who goto church on Sunday morning or
  • 00:18:11.339 --> 00:18:11.472
  • to church on Sunday morning orwhenever they go who read the
  • 00:18:13.241 --> 00:18:13.474
  • whenever they go who read theBible sometime during the week?
  • 00:18:15.676 --> 00:18:15.776
  • Bible sometime during the week?How much time do we spend
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  • How much time do we spendtalking to our Heavenly Father
  • 00:18:19.647 --> 00:18:20.681
  • talking to our Heavenly Fatherabout our needs or the people we
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  • about our needs or the people welove rather than complaining
  • 00:18:24.118 --> 00:18:24.285
  • love rather than complainingabout what they don't have and
  • 00:18:25.853 --> 00:18:27.989
  • about what they don't have andwhat we don't have?
  • 00:18:27.989 --> 00:18:28.456
  • what we don't have?Think about this, when Almighty
  • 00:18:29.857 --> 00:18:30.224
  • Think about this, when AlmightyGod says, "You matter to Me,"
  • 00:18:33.995 --> 00:18:35.396
  • God says, "You matter to Me,"that's God.
  • 00:18:35.396 --> 00:18:35.530
  • that's God.When God says, "You matter to
  • 00:18:37.532 --> 00:18:39.634
  • When God says, "You matter toMe," what more powerful word of
  • 00:18:41.035 --> 00:18:41.135
  • Me," what more powerful word ofencouragement could we hear than
  • 00:18:43.004 --> 00:18:43.671
  • encouragement could we hear thanthat?
  • 00:18:43.671 --> 00:18:43.905
  • that?You matter to Me.
  • 00:18:46.007 --> 00:18:46.307
  • You matter to Me.I care about you.
  • 00:18:47.575 --> 00:18:47.975
  • I care about you.I'm concerned about you.
  • 00:18:49.310 --> 00:18:49.610
  • I'm concerned about you.I know all about you.
  • 00:18:51.012 --> 00:18:51.412
  • I know all about you.I want the best for you.
  • 00:18:52.613 --> 00:18:53.080
  • I want the best for you.I love you.
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  • I love you.My love for you is not
  • 00:18:55.016 --> 00:18:55.483
  • My love for you is notconditioned.
  • 00:18:55.783 --> 00:18:56.717
  • conditioned.My love for you is absolutely
  • 00:18:57.552 --> 00:18:57.885
  • My love for you is absolutelyunconditional.
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  • unconditional.I'm looking forward to seeing
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  • I'm looking forward to seeingyou when I call you home.
  • 00:19:01.923 --> 00:19:02.490
  • you when I call you home.I'm looking for to be--you being
  • 00:19:03.891 --> 00:19:05.593
  • I'm looking for to be--you beingin all that I have provided for
  • 00:19:05.593 --> 00:19:05.893
  • in all that I have provided foryou in Heaven.
  • 00:19:07.495 --> 00:19:07.895
  • you in Heaven.Where is God in this mixed up,
  • 00:19:11.599 --> 00:19:11.732
  • Where is God in this mixed up,confused, frustrated, very
  • 00:19:14.135 --> 00:19:14.168
  • confused, frustrated, veryaffluent world that has lost its
  • 00:19:16.704 --> 00:19:16.837
  • affluent world that has lost itssense of direction?
  • 00:19:20.208 --> 00:19:20.308
  • sense of direction?And then I want you to notice
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  • And then I want you to noticesomething else.
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  • something else.And that is the fourth evidence
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  • And that is the fourth evidencethat our life matters to God is
  • 00:19:27.315 --> 00:19:29.283
  • that our life matters to God isthat we'll be like Him.
  • 00:19:30.184 --> 00:19:30.484
  • that we'll be like Him.In other words, think about this
  • 00:19:31.085 --> 00:19:31.652
  • In other words, think about thisfor a moment.
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  • for a moment.He says in First Corinthians,
  • 00:19:33.588 --> 00:19:35.289
  • He says in First Corinthians,chapter fifteen, in--is--you
  • 00:19:35.489 --> 00:19:36.691
  • chapter fifteen, in--is--youknow how long that chapter is
  • 00:19:36.691 --> 00:19:37.291
  • know how long that chapter isand how much God says about our
  • 00:19:40.294 --> 00:19:43.030
  • and how much God says about ourlife and how much He says about
  • 00:19:43.030 --> 00:19:44.365
  • life and how much He says aboutour future life and our
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  • our future life and ourresurrection and all the rest.
  • 00:19:46.667 --> 00:19:46.901
  • resurrection and all the rest.Think about it.
  • 00:19:49.036 --> 00:19:50.805
  • Think about it.The Scripture says, "But now
  • 00:19:51.105 --> 00:19:52.540
  • The Scripture says, "But nowChrist has been raised from the
  • 00:19:52.540 --> 00:19:52.540
  • Christ has been raised from thedead, the first fruits of those
  • 00:19:53.741 --> 00:19:54.208
  • dead, the first fruits of thosewho are asleep."
  • 00:19:55.176 --> 00:19:56.010
  • who are asleep."And then he starts talking about
  • 00:19:56.611 --> 00:19:57.578
  • And then he starts talking abouthow God is going to work in our
  • 00:19:57.812 --> 00:19:58.879
  • how God is going to work in ourlife in the resurrection.
  • 00:20:00.214 --> 00:20:00.715
  • life in the resurrection.So, think about this.
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  • So, think about this.You matter to God so much that
  • 00:20:06.220 --> 00:20:07.788
  • You matter to God so much thatHe not only has provided for
  • 00:20:07.788 --> 00:20:08.022
  • He not only has provided foryour life now, He's provided for
  • 00:20:10.391 --> 00:20:12.593
  • your life now, He's provided foryour life hereafter, forever and
  • 00:20:13.527 --> 00:20:16.330
  • your life hereafter, forever andever and ever.
  • 00:20:16.330 --> 00:20:16.664
  • ever and ever.We don't have to worry about
  • 00:20:17.999 --> 00:20:18.332
  • We don't have to worry aboutlife after death if we've
  • 00:20:19.634 --> 00:20:19.900
  • life after death if we'vetrusted Christ as our Savior.
  • 00:20:22.069 --> 00:20:22.637
  • trusted Christ as our Savior.Our life matters to Him.
  • 00:20:24.338 --> 00:20:24.372
  • Our life matters to Him.In fact, if you'll think about
  • 00:20:25.273 --> 00:20:26.340
  • In fact, if you'll think aboutit, there's not a single aspect
  • 00:20:27.275 --> 00:20:28.876
  • it, there's not a single aspectof your life in which God has
  • 00:20:29.844 --> 00:20:30.578
  • of your life in which God hasnot involved Himself for your
  • 00:20:33.114 --> 00:20:34.415
  • not involved Himself for yourpast, present, and future.
  • 00:20:35.449 --> 00:20:35.816
  • past, present, and future.And the future is that we'll
  • 00:20:36.584 --> 00:20:37.184
  • And the future is that we'llhave a resurrection day.
  • 00:20:38.252 --> 00:20:38.619
  • have a resurrection day.One of these days, we're going
  • 00:20:39.387 --> 00:20:40.154
  • One of these days, we're goingto be with God forever and ever
  • 00:20:40.655 --> 00:20:41.889
  • to be with God forever and everand ever.
  • 00:20:41.889 --> 00:20:42.456
  • and ever.Because He cares for us.
  • 00:20:44.125 --> 00:20:45.126
  • Because He cares for us.Because it does matter to Him.
  • 00:20:47.061 --> 00:20:47.795
  • Because it does matter to Him.And when we look at the Word of
  • 00:20:49.597 --> 00:20:49.730
  • And when we look at the Word ofGod, we talk about the heavenly
  • 00:20:51.999 --> 00:20:52.400
  • God, we talk about the heavenlyfamily.
  • 00:20:53.134 --> 00:20:54.502
  • family.We talk about the Word of God.
  • 00:20:55.336 --> 00:20:56.337
  • We talk about the Word of God.We talk about Heaven.
  • 00:20:56.637 --> 00:20:57.938
  • We talk about Heaven.We talk about how Heaven's
  • 00:20:57.938 --> 00:20:58.306
  • We talk about how Heaven'sgoing to be.
  • 00:20:58.439 --> 00:20:59.340
  • going to be.We don't know what Heaven is
  • 00:20:59.340 --> 00:20:59.573
  • We don't know what Heaven isgoing to be like.
  • 00:21:00.107 --> 00:21:00.708
  • going to be like.We know what the Bible says as
  • 00:21:02.576 --> 00:21:02.677
  • We know what the Bible says asbest you could describe
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  • best you could describesomething that is indescribable
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  • something that is indescribablein human words.
  • 00:21:08.516 --> 00:21:09.250
  • in human words.How do you describe what
  • 00:21:09.550 --> 00:21:10.351
  • How do you describe whatHeaven's going to be like?
  • 00:21:11.385 --> 00:21:11.786
  • Heaven's going to be like?We can't describe it.
  • 00:21:13.621 --> 00:21:13.721
  • We can't describe it.But we know that God's given us
  • 00:21:15.323 --> 00:21:15.323
  • But we know that God's given usenough to give us hope in the
  • 00:21:17.158 --> 00:21:17.558
  • enough to give us hope in theLamb's Book of Life.
  • 00:21:19.660 --> 00:21:19.794
  • Lamb's Book of Life.Listen to this, evidence that
  • 00:21:21.862 --> 00:21:22.129
  • Listen to this, evidence thatour life matters to God is we'll
  • 00:21:24.465 --> 00:21:26.067
  • our life matters to God is we'llbe like Him.
  • 00:21:26.067 --> 00:21:26.267
  • be like Him.And when I think about that,
  • 00:21:27.301 --> 00:21:27.668
  • And when I think about that,that's hard to understand.
  • 00:21:29.303 --> 00:21:29.470
  • that's hard to understand.Hard to comprehend that we're
  • 00:21:31.205 --> 00:21:31.272
  • Hard to comprehend that we'regoing to be like Him, not look
  • 00:21:32.907 --> 00:21:32.940
  • going to be like Him, not looklike Him, but like Him in our
  • 00:21:38.479 --> 00:21:39.747
  • like Him, but like Him in ourvery being.
  • 00:21:39.747 --> 00:21:40.047
  • very being.We will be eternally with Him.
  • 00:21:42.083 --> 00:21:42.616
  • We will be eternally with Him.We will think like Him, we will
  • 00:21:43.984 --> 00:21:44.285
  • We will think like Him, we willlove like Him.
  • 00:21:45.353 --> 00:21:45.953
  • love like Him.In many ways, we'll be like Him
  • 00:21:46.887 --> 00:21:47.288
  • In many ways, we'll be like Himthat we can't even describe.
  • 00:21:49.390 --> 00:21:49.724
  • that we can't even describe.And then, I think about in this
  • 00:21:50.491 --> 00:21:50.991
  • And then, I think about in thislight: the fifth reason that our
  • 00:21:53.561 --> 00:21:53.661
  • light: the fifth reason that ourlife matters is that He desires
  • 00:21:58.099 --> 00:21:58.532
  • life matters is that He desiresthat you and I live a pure, holy
  • 00:22:00.534 --> 00:22:01.402
  • that you and I live a pure, holylife by the power of the Holy
  • 00:22:01.869 --> 00:22:03.037
  • life by the power of the HolySpirit, bringing Him glory for
  • 00:22:03.871 --> 00:22:04.105
  • Spirit, bringing Him glory forall eternity.
  • 00:22:05.005 --> 00:22:05.573
  • all eternity.What's His desire for us?
  • 00:22:06.640 --> 00:22:06.874
  • What's His desire for us?That we live a holy life.
  • 00:22:09.710 --> 00:22:09.910
  • That we live a holy life.How can I live a holy life?
  • 00:22:11.278 --> 00:22:11.746
  • How can I live a holy life?Simply obey the Holy Spirit with
  • 00:22:14.115 --> 00:22:14.181
  • Simply obey the Holy Spirit withwhom He indwelt you.
  • 00:22:15.449 --> 00:22:16.717
  • whom He indwelt you.Think about this, God does not
  • 00:22:18.352 --> 00:22:19.387
  • Think about this, God does notrequire anything of us He's not
  • 00:22:20.588 --> 00:22:22.923
  • require anything of us He's notprovided.
  • 00:22:22.923 --> 00:22:22.923
  • provided.He wants us to live a holy life,
  • 00:22:24.258 --> 00:22:24.458
  • He wants us to live a holy life,so what does He do?
  • 00:22:25.259 --> 00:22:25.626
  • so what does He do?He indwells us with the Holy
  • 00:22:26.794 --> 00:22:27.228
  • He indwells us with the HolySpirit, that we would know what
  • 00:22:29.363 --> 00:22:29.663
  • Spirit, that we would know whatthe truth is.
  • 00:22:30.798 --> 00:22:31.298
  • the truth is.We'd realize He loves us.
  • 00:22:32.400 --> 00:22:32.433
  • We'd realize He loves us.He forgives us.
  • 00:22:33.134 --> 00:22:33.200
  • He forgives us.He cleanses us.
  • 00:22:34.468 --> 00:22:35.569
  • He cleanses us.He wants the very best for us.
  • 00:22:37.805 --> 00:22:39.206
  • He wants the very best for us.And He's willing to provide the
  • 00:22:39.206 --> 00:22:39.407
  • And He's willing to provide thebest if we're willing to trust
  • 00:22:41.208 --> 00:22:42.309
  • best if we're willing to trustHim.
  • 00:22:42.309 --> 00:22:42.643
  • Him.So, I'd simply ask you this: has
  • 00:22:44.779 --> 00:22:45.546
  • So, I'd simply ask you this: hasthere ever been a time in your
  • 00:22:46.113 --> 00:22:48.582
  • there ever been a time in yourlife when you faced the reality
  • 00:22:49.717 --> 00:22:52.052
  • life when you faced the realitythat you are worth something to
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  • that you are worth something toGod?
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  • God?That He cares about you?
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  • That He cares about you?That He loves you?
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  • That He loves you?That He wants you to know what
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  • That He wants you to know whatis true, what is right, what is
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  • is true, what is right, what isbest?
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  • best?That you would understand that
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  • That you would understand thatone of these days, you're going
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  • one of these days, you're goingto die and give an account for
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  • to die and give an account forHim?
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  • Him?Has it ever dawned on you that
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  • Has it ever dawned on you thatif you ask Him to forgive you of
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  • if you ask Him to forgive you ofyour sins, He will?
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  • your sins, He will?If you ask Him to give you
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  • If you ask Him to give youassurance that when you die,
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  • assurance that when you die,you'll go to Heaven, He will.
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  • you'll go to Heaven, He will.Has it ever occurred to you that
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  • Has it ever occurred to you thatGod is so--He's so involved in
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  • God is so--He's so involved inyour life in every aspect, He
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  • your life in every aspect, Hehasn't forgotten anything?
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  • hasn't forgotten anything?Every aspect of your life, He's
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  • Every aspect of your life, He'sconcerned about, willing to
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  • concerned about, willing toforgive your sins, willing to
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  • forgive your sins, willing tocall you home one day, absent
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  • call you home one day, absentfrom the body, not floundering
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  • from the body, not flounderingin the darkness everywhere,
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  • in the darkness everywhere,absent from the body, present
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  • absent from the body, presentwith the Lord, that's the
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  • with the Lord, that's thepromise of God.
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  • promise of God.The next most important decision
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  • The next most important decisionyou'll ever make if you're not a
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  • you'll ever make if you're not aChristian is the one you can
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  • Christian is the one you canmake right now, and that is to
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  • make right now, and that is tosurrender your life to Christ.
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  • surrender your life to Christ.You say, "What does that mean?"
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  • You say, "What does that mean?"That means you confess that
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  • That means you confess thatyou're a sinner before Him, that
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  • you're a sinner before Him, thatyou cannot change yourself, that
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  • you cannot change yourself, thatwhen Jesus went to the cross, He
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  • when Jesus went to the cross, Hewent to the cross to pay your
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  • went to the cross to pay yoursin debt, and it is a debt, your
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  • sin debt, and it is a debt, yoursin debt in full.
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  • sin debt in full.And if you ask Him to forgive
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  • And if you ask Him to forgiveyou on the basis of what He did
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  • you on the basis of what He didat the cross, paying your sin
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  • at the cross, paying your sindebt, if you ask Him to forgive
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  • debt, if you ask Him to forgiveyou, He will forgive you.
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  • you, He will forgive you.He will write your name in the
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  • He will write your name in theLamb's Book of Life, never to be
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  • Lamb's Book of Life, never to beerased.
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  • erased.And from this moment on, you can
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  • And from this moment on, you canrest assured, He will be living
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  • rest assured, He will be livingwithin you to guide you, help
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  • within you to guide you, helpyou, strengthen you, and give
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  • you, strengthen you, and giveyou life at its very best.
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  • you life at its very best.Your life matters to God.
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  • Your life matters to God.And Father, how grateful we are.
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  • And Father, how grateful we are.We don't have to come up with a
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  • We don't have to come up with anew idea.
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  • new idea.We simply need to respond to
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  • We simply need to respond tothis awesome truth of the
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  • this awesome truth of theGospel, that You came into this
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  • Gospel, that You came into thisworld, laid down Your life on
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  • world, laid down Your life onthe cross, shed Your blood for
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  • the cross, shed Your blood forour sins, accepted us as your
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  • our sins, accepted us as yourchildren, written our name in
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  • children, written our name inthe Lamb's Book of Life, and
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  • the Lamb's Book of Life, andnow we have security, real
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  • now we have security, realsecurity, the security to
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  • security, the security toforever be with You once this
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  • forever be with You once thislife is over.
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  • life is over.Thank you, thank you, thank you,
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  • Thank you, thank you, thank you,God, for such blessed assurance,
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  • - announcer: If you've been
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  • - announcer: If you've beenblessed by today's program,
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  • [music]
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  • - all: Wow.
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  • - all: Wow.- female: Thank you, guys.
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  • - female: Thank you, guys.- female announcer: Even though
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  • - female announcer: Even thoughlife might take turns you
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  • - male: Hey, Briscoe, let's go.
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  • - male: Hey, Briscoe, let's go.- announcer: God created you
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  • - announcer: God created youwith a plan to fulfill an
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  • with a plan to fulfill animportant role in his kingdom.
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  • important role in his kingdom.- male: Yes, good one!
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  • - male: Yes, good one!- announcer: "God's Purpose
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  • - announcer: "God's Purposefor Your Life," a new
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  • for Your Life," a newyear-long devotional through
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  • - female: Hey guys,
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  • - female: Hey guys,I just got these "Blessed to Be"
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  • I just got these "Blessed to Be"memory verse cards.
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  • memory verse cards.Now, I am not very good at
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  • Now, I am not very good atmemorizing Scripture, but I am
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  • memorizing Scripture, but I amso excited that you're coming
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  • so excited that you're comingon this journey with me.
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  • on this journey with me.- girl: Mom, you burnt the
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  • - girl: Mom, you burnt thetoast.
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  • toast.- female: Getting the day
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  • - female: Getting the daystarted right, y'all.
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  • started right, y'all."Blessed are the poor in
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  • "Blessed are the poor inspirit.
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  • spirit.Blessed are the merciful.
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  • Blessed are the merciful.Blessed are the peacemakers,
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  • Blessed are the peacemakers,for they shall be called sons
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  • for they shall be called sonsof God."
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  • of God.""In the same way, let your
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  • "In the same way, let yourlight shine before others
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  • light shine before othersso that--"
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  • so that--"Ugh, okay.
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  • Ugh, okay."So that they may see your
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  • "So that they may see yourgood works and give glory to
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  • good works and give glory toyour Father who is in heaven."
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  • your Father who is in heaven.""Blessed are the meek, for they
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  • "Blessed are the meek, for theyshall inherit the earth.
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  • shall inherit the earth.Blessed are those who mourn,
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  • Blessed are those who mourn,for they shall be comforted.
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  • for they shall be comforted.Blessed are the pure in heart
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  • Blessed are the pure in heartfor they shall see--"
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  • for they shall see--"- girl: Mom, look.
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  • - girl: Mom, look.- female: "So that they may see
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  • - female: "So that they may seeyour good works and give glory
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  • your good works and give gloryto your Father who is
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  • to your Father who isin heaven."
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  • in heaven."Yeah, nailed it!
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  • Yeah, nailed it!- female announcer: Order your
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  • leading people worldwide
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  • into a growing relationship with
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  • Jesus Christ and strengthening
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  • the local church.
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  • by In Touch Ministries,
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  • and is made possible
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  • by the grace of God and
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