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Invest: Outlive Your Life

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October 15, 2020
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In this message; Dr. Jeremiah shares the importance of investing in eternity.

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Todayis about the rest of your life.
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  • It's about tomorrowand the day after that.
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  • The future Godhas planned for you
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  • shouldn't be a haphazardapproach to life.
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  • You might feel stuck,but you don't have to be.
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  • Perhaps you're discouraged.It's time to deal with that.
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  • And if you feel uncertain,you can find clarity.
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  • You may not know what's next,but God does.
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  • He's there waiting for youin your tomorrow,
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  • so step into itand discover God's presence
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  • and purpose in your life.
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  • Starting today, starting now,it's time to move forward.
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  • male announcer: It's timewe rise above our circumstances,
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  • conquer our fears,face the future with faith,
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  • prevail over the past,
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  • aspire to accomplishgreater things,
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  • reclaim our birthright,proclaim his power,
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  • and claim God's promises.
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  • God has more for us.
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  • It's not time to stop.
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  • It's time to move forward.
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  • Today on "Turning Point,"Dr. Jeremiah challenges us
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  • to leave a legacyof faith behind us
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  • that will lead others to God.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The rewardfor what we've done here
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  • will be so palpableno one will miss it.
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  • When you give, you giveto the eternal Word of God,
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  • you give to the eternal soulsof men and women.
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  • You're investing in a waythat can never,
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  • ever be taken from you,
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  • and your reward and yourinvestment is waiting for you
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  • when you arrive in heaven.
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  • announcer:That's coming up on today's
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  • special Forward editionof "Turning Point."
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  • announcer:In just a moment,Dr. Jeremiah will direct you
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  • toward biblical hope,the greatest source of optimism
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  • in the world, which isrelentless, rewarding,
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  • and the essenceof personal revival.
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  • Find this and nine other waysyou can know God's purpose,
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  • feel God's power, and accomplishGod's plan for your life
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  • in Dr. Jeremiah's new book,
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  • "Forward:Discovering God's Presenceand Purpose in Your Tomorrow."
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  • You'll learn the biblicalstrategy about how to claim
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  • the future God has prepareduniquely for you,
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  • no matter your ageor your circumstance.
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  • "Forward" is yours when you givea gift of any amount
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  • in support of this program,
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  • and in appreciationof your gift of $75 or more,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah will send youthe Forward set,
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  • including his new book,his entire teaching series
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  • on CD or DVD, witha correlating study guide
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  • and the "How to Move Forward"interview special
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  • with Sheila Walsh on DVD.
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  • Plus, with your book or set,Dr. Jeremiah will also send you
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  • his Move Forward motivationcards to help you keep
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  • the lessons of "Forward"front and center each day.
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  • God has more for you.
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  • It's not time to stop.
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  • It's time to move forward.
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  • Request the "Forward" bookor set when you support
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  • Turning Point today.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor watching Forward
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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  • In appreciationof your viewership,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah wouldlike to send you these
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  • Move Forward motivation cards,absolutely free.
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  • Contact Turning Point today,and now here's Dr. Jeremiah
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  • with his message:"Invest: Outlive Your Life."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Not far from myhome is a little black-and-white
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  • shop called See's Candies.
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  • They have amazingdisplays of chocolates.
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  • Over 200 of these storesdot California
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  • and a few other states,
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  • along with hundreds of kiosksin airports and malls.
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  • The chain was startedback in the 1920s
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  • when a Canadian couplenamed Charles and Florence See
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  • moved to California.
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  • Charles's widowed mother,Mary, came along too,
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  • toting a handful of treasuredcandy recipes.
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  • The See family openedtheir first candy store
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  • in Los Angeles inNovember of 1921.
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  • See family sold itsbusiness a few years ago.
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  • Guess who bought it?
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  • No, the owner wasn'tnamed Hershey or Nestle.
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  • It was Warren Buffett and hisBerkshire Hathaway conglomerate.
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  • Buffett paid $25 millionfor See's Candies,
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  • and since then,the return for his investment
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  • has toppedmore than $1.3 billion.
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  • Buffett has called See'sone of the top investments
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  • he ever made.
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  • Well, with respectto Warren Buffett,
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  • the sweetestinvestments in the world
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  • don't come in assorted boxesof nuts and chews,
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  • nor in stock portfolios,nor in Wall Street transactions.
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  • The best expenditureyou'll ever make is the legacy
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  • of a well-invested life.
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  • The Bible talks about investingfor both time and eternity,
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  • providing a legacythat will outlive us on earth
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  • and eternal returns thatwill never fade in heaven,
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  • so no matter how wellyou invest on Earth,
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  • if you're not involvedin the long-term investments
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  • of eternity, you're pouringall of your resources
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  • into short-term ventures.
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  • Someone once said thatthe real measure of our wealth
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  • is how much we would be worthif we lost all of our money.
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  • So let me give youan incredible example of that
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  • in the story of Austin Carlile.
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  • When Austin Carlile was 15,his parents divorced,
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  • and he felt ripped apart.
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  • He went to live with his mother,but within two years she died
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  • from an aneurism causedby the Marfan syndrome,
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  • a rare genetic disorder.
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  • Austin threw up his hands,and he cursed God,
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  • and he turned to music,and he said,
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  • "I had all this rage, and a lotof this rage was toward God,
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  • and I could yell into a micand get all that rage
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  • and all that hate out,and so that's what I did."
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  • He started a band calledOf Mice and Men.
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  • It took off like a rocket.
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  • They hit the charts dayafter day, week after week,
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  • and Austin raked in the money.
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  • Sadly, he also inherited hismom's genetic disorder,
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  • and he began facingincredible pain.
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  • Alcohol and drug usetook over his life.
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  • One day after his show,he climbed on the roof
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  • of his touring bus,and he called his father,
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  • and he said,"What am I missing?
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  • My band is buildingthe success,
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  • but I feel so emptyand so hurt and so lost."
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  • His father asked hima simple question.
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  • He said, "Where is Godin your life?"
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  • That question sent Austininto the Bible, and he prayed,
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  • and he said, "God,I wanna come back,"
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  • and even as he madehis spiritual turnaround,
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  • his health continuedto deteriorate,
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  • causing him to give uplife on the road,
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  • and he put all his belongingsinto a storage facility
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  • and moved to Costa Rica
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  • so he could be nearto his father.
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  • The rent on his storage facilitywas paid by monthly drafts
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  • to his credit card,but when the card expired
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  • without his knowledge,
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  • the storage facilitycleaned out his unit,
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  • sold all his belongings,
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  • and he was left with onlythree suitcases of belongings.
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  • Recently, Austin sat downwith author Doug Bender,
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  • and he said, "I stilldon't have anything.
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  • I don't have a job.
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  • I don't know what's next.
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  • I don't know whatGod is planning,
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  • but I have so much joy,so much peace,
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  • so much happiness nowthan I've had in my whole life.
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  • God has shown me everythingI need is in him.
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  • You see, in order to moveforward toward God's plan
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  • for the next phase of your life,
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  • you gotta have a dream,you need to pray,
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  • you need to setthe right priorities,
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  • you need to focuson the right goal,
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  • take the right kinds of risks.
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  • You'll need to pursueyour dreams with enthusiasm
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  • and believe in those dreamswith optimism.
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  • In addition to all of that,you'll need the kind of wealth
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  • that will survive lossand the kind of investments
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  • that will neverbecome insolvent.
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  • That's the power of investingin an eternal legacy.
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  • To do that, you haveto determine which assets
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  • are eternal in essence,
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  • things that willnever cease to exist.
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  • Moving forward means pouringyourself into those assets.
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  • Here are the top threeof those pursuits.
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  • Number one,invest in God's Word.
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  • The wisest people on earthare those
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  • who are students of God's Word.
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  • All you need is a willingnessto open its pages every day,
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  • pray for insight,and learn how to study it,
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  • and the time youspend in God's Word
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  • is an investment that's botheternal and internal wisdom.
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  • You see, the Bibleis God's wisdom,
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  • and God's truthwill never cease,
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  • and since we holdin our hands an eternal book,
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  • we'd better investourselves in it.
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  • How do we do that?
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  • Well, here's a coupleof thoughts.
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  • First of all, study his Word.
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  • Paul said, "Be diligentto present yourself
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  • approved to God,a worker who does not need
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  • to be ashamed, righty dividingthe word of truth."
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  • The Bible, you see, gives useternal information from heaven
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  • so that we know from heavenhow to live life on earth,
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  • and there's no better investmenton earth than the time
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  • you spend every day soakingin the truth of the Bible.
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  • We invest a lot of time todayon our electronic devices,
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  • social media,computer games.
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  • What would happen if you devoteda portion of that time
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  • to serious Bible study?
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  • It will build you into a personwith the essential skills
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  • that you needto face these days,
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  • whatever they bring forth.
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  • So, just something you probablyalready know: study the Bible.
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  • And then secondly,spread the Bible,
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  • spread the Word of God.
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  • There's another way we investin God's Word when we spread it.
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  • Whenever you give awaya Bible or a New Testament,
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  • or whenever you supportsomeone who does,
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  • you're investing in eternity.
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  • When we share the Scriptures,we're like advisors helping
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  • people make the greatestinvestment in their lives.
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  • Matthew 13 puts it this way,
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  • "The Kingdom of heaven is likea treasure hidden in a field,
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  • which a man found and hid;and for joy over it
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  • he goes and sellsall that he has
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  • and he buys that field."
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  • And the Apostle Paul said,"I consider everything a loss
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  • because of the surpassing worthof knowing Christ Jesus my Lord,
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  • for whose sake I havelost all things."
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  • I consider them garbage,that I may win Christ."
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  • Can you think of a better wayto invest your life
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  • than by studying and spreadingGod's wisdom and his Word?
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  • So, ask God howyou can be a part of it.
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  • I have a friend who ordered50 pocket New Testaments,
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  • and wherever he goes on a trip,he keeps some of them
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  • in his carry-on luggage, and hegives them to fellow travelers.
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  • He gives them to ridesharedrivers and hotel bellhops
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  • and others, and hardlyanyone ever refuses it.
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  • I don't think I've everhad anyone ever refuse
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  • a little copy of the Scripturethat I wanted to give them.
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  • Only heaven will revealthe results of the eternal
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  • investment of sharingthe Word of God.
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  • That's what we do hereat Turning Point every day.
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  • We share the Word of Godon the radio, on television,
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  • through social mediaand books and magazines.
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  • In everything we do,we have one purpose,
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  • and that's the sharethis incredible book,
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  • the eternal wisdomof the Bible,
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  • with people all over the world.
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  • And I'll tell you what.
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  • We've been doing it nowfor such a long time,
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  • some of the dividendsare coming back.
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  • Every day we get a letter,we get an email,
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  • sometimes a phone callfrom people who say,
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  • "I was listeningto your program.
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  • I was watchingyour television program,
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  • and the Lord gotahold of my heart,
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  • and I became a Christian."
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  • And now those peoplewho've become Christians
  • 00:12:19.355 --> 00:12:21.657
  • will tell others about Christ,but here's the ultimate reality.
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  • One day we will allbe in heaven,
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  • and they will be in heaven
  • 00:12:27.863 --> 00:12:29.632
  • because the Word of Godwas shared with them on earth.
  • 00:12:29.665 --> 00:12:34.270
  • So invest in God's Word.
  • 00:12:34.303 --> 00:12:35.738
  • That's the place you begin.
  • 00:12:35.771 --> 00:12:37.473
  • Here's the second thing:Invest in God's work.
  • 00:12:37.506 --> 00:12:41.210
  • Let's invest our time and ourabilities in his work on earth.
  • 00:12:41.243 --> 00:12:46.282
  • You see, the workof God is eternal.
  • 00:12:46.315 --> 00:12:49.018
  • We'll still be serving himin heaven.
  • 00:12:49.051 --> 00:12:51.887
  • His enterprise willnever go bankrupt.
  • 00:12:51.921 --> 00:12:54.056
  • His servants won't be laid off.
  • 00:12:54.089 --> 00:12:56.358
  • We're to serve him as bestwe can until our last breath,
  • 00:12:56.392 --> 00:12:59.562
  • and then we'll pick upwhere we left off,
  • 00:12:59.595 --> 00:13:01.363
  • and keep serving himin heaven forever.
  • 00:13:01.397 --> 00:13:03.866
  • God's work will nevergo out of business.
  • 00:13:03.899 --> 00:13:06.602
  • We'll always have a jobin the Kingdom of God,
  • 00:13:06.635 --> 00:13:09.405
  • so let's begin nowright where we are.
  • 00:13:09.438 --> 00:13:12.107
  • Here's two specific waysyou can invest in God's work.
  • 00:13:12.141 --> 00:13:16.846
  • First of all, developa personal ministry.
  • 00:13:16.879 --> 00:13:20.149
  • Life is defined by serving.
  • 00:13:20.182 --> 00:13:22.251
  • Jesus said, "The Son of Mandid not come to be served,
  • 00:13:22.284 --> 00:13:25.688
  • but to serve."
  • 00:13:25.721 --> 00:13:27.556
  • Do you know how many waysyou can serve?
  • 00:13:27.590 --> 00:13:29.825
  • There's at least 7.6 billion,because that's the estimated
  • 00:13:29.859 --> 00:13:34.263
  • population of Earth,and every person has a need.
  • 00:13:34.296 --> 00:13:39.168
  • Think of your time,think of your abilities,
  • 00:13:39.201 --> 00:13:41.804
  • and ask yourself:What can you do for the Lord?
  • 00:13:41.837 --> 00:13:46.508
  • Jesus said, "No onecan serve two masters;
  • 00:13:46.542 --> 00:13:49.912
  • for either he will hate the oneand love the other,
  • 00:13:49.945 --> 00:13:52.648
  • or else he will beloyal to the one
  • 00:13:52.681 --> 00:13:54.550
  • and despise the other.
  • 00:13:54.583 --> 00:13:56.218
  • You cannot serve Godand money at the same time."
  • 00:13:56.252 --> 00:13:59.288
  • Jesus investedhis life in service,
  • 00:13:59.321 --> 00:14:02.491
  • and he wants that to bethe same thing that we do.
  • 00:14:02.524 --> 00:14:05.427
  • In Romans 7, we read, "So,my dear brothers and sisters,
  • 00:14:05.461 --> 00:14:09.798
  • this is the point: You diedto the power of the law
  • 00:14:09.832 --> 00:14:13.168
  • when you died with Christ.
  • 00:14:13.202 --> 00:14:15.104
  • And now you areunited with the one
  • 00:14:15.137 --> 00:14:17.239
  • Who was raised from the dead.
  • 00:14:17.273 --> 00:14:19.341
  • As a result,we can produce a harvest
  • 00:14:19.375 --> 00:14:21.944
  • of good deeds for God."
  • 00:14:21.977 --> 00:14:24.713
  • Do you know what the wordministry means?
  • 00:14:24.747 --> 00:14:26.782
  • It means service.
  • 00:14:26.815 --> 00:14:29.285
  • God hasn't placed you on thisearth for a few fleeting decades
  • 00:14:29.318 --> 00:14:33.155
  • so you can serve yourself.
  • 00:14:33.188 --> 00:14:35.291
  • That's where most peopleare in our world today.
  • 00:14:35.324 --> 00:14:37.726
  • They live every dayfor themselves,
  • 00:14:37.760 --> 00:14:40.296
  • but God has placed uswho are believers on this earth
  • 00:14:40.329 --> 00:14:43.732
  • so that we can serve him,
  • 00:14:43.766 --> 00:14:45.567
  • and in order to serve him,you have to serve others.
  • 00:14:45.601 --> 00:14:48.771
  • He brings you to the peoplethat he wants you to serve.
  • 00:14:48.804 --> 00:14:51.340
  • He puts youin the right situation,
  • 00:14:51.373 --> 00:14:53.142
  • and then you havethe privilege of sharing the joy
  • 00:14:53.175 --> 00:14:55.711
  • of Jesus Christ with them.
  • 00:14:55.744 --> 00:14:57.446
  • So you see, your primary taskhere is to invest yourself
  • 00:14:57.479 --> 00:15:00.883
  • in the personal ministryGod has for you.
  • 00:15:00.916 --> 00:15:05.955
  • And think of this,
  • 00:15:05.988 --> 00:15:07.556
  • everything you've everexperienced in your life,
  • 00:15:07.589 --> 00:15:09.758
  • good and bad, has prepared youfor what's ahead.
  • 00:15:09.792 --> 00:15:14.596
  • God has a unique areaof service just for you,
  • 00:15:14.630 --> 00:15:17.733
  • and that serviceis part of his plan for you
  • 00:15:17.766 --> 00:15:19.835
  • as you move forward.
  • 00:15:19.868 --> 00:15:21.770
  • So what he wants us to dois to find out--
  • 00:15:21.804 --> 00:15:24.807
  • take inventory of ourselves--
  • 00:15:24.840 --> 00:15:26.475
  • find out what we'regifted to do,
  • 00:15:26.508 --> 00:15:28.277
  • and then leverage thatto the Kingdom of God.
  • 00:15:28.310 --> 00:15:31.947
  • So develop a personal ministry.
  • 00:15:31.981 --> 00:15:34.616
  • Every one of us can do that.
  • 00:15:34.650 --> 00:15:36.352
  • You say, "Dr. Jeremiah,I'm so old."
  • 00:15:36.385 --> 00:15:38.153
  • No, wait a minute.
  • 00:15:38.187 --> 00:15:39.822
  • There's no age limit on this.
  • 00:15:39.855 --> 00:15:41.724
  • Whoever you are,wherever you are,
  • 00:15:41.757 --> 00:15:43.525
  • all of us havea personal ministry.
  • 00:15:43.559 --> 00:15:46.695
  • Second thing I wannatell you about is this:
  • 00:15:46.729 --> 00:15:48.864
  • to devote yourselfto your local church.
  • 00:15:48.897 --> 00:15:51.200
  • In many quarters the localchurch has come on hard times,
  • 00:15:51.233 --> 00:15:55.471
  • but while we're eachcalled to invest ourselves
  • 00:15:55.504 --> 00:15:57.806
  • in a personal ministry,we're not isolated entities
  • 00:15:57.840 --> 00:16:01.243
  • when it comesto the Lord's work.
  • 00:16:01.276 --> 00:16:03.212
  • Listen to Romans 12,"For just as each of us
  • 00:16:03.245 --> 00:16:06.482
  • has one body with many members,
  • 00:16:06.515 --> 00:16:08.951
  • and these membersdo not have the same function,
  • 00:16:08.984 --> 00:16:11.920
  • so in Christ, though many,we form one body,
  • 00:16:11.954 --> 00:16:15.591
  • and each member belongsto all the other members."
  • 00:16:15.624 --> 00:16:19.495
  • Now, when Christwent back to heaven,
  • 00:16:19.528 --> 00:16:21.463
  • he left behind oneand only one great organism
  • 00:16:21.497 --> 00:16:24.867
  • for continuing his work.
  • 00:16:24.900 --> 00:16:26.735
  • What is that?
  • 00:16:26.769 --> 00:16:28.203
  • He left behind the church,and his church is eternal.
  • 00:16:28.237 --> 00:16:31.306
  • It isn't made of bricksand mortar,
  • 00:16:31.340 --> 00:16:33.242
  • but of human beings,living stones.
  • 00:16:33.275 --> 00:16:36.879
  • We're his family,and he's made us
  • 00:16:36.912 --> 00:16:38.847
  • part of the family business.
  • 00:16:38.881 --> 00:16:41.550
  • There are only two thingsthat are enteral,
  • 00:16:41.583 --> 00:16:43.685
  • and that's the Word of Godand the souls of men and women.
  • 00:16:43.719 --> 00:16:46.221
  • Moving forward toward God's planfor the next phase of your life
  • 00:16:46.255 --> 00:16:49.491
  • means you're investing yourselfin these eternal ventures.
  • 00:16:49.525 --> 00:16:54.263
  • It was to the churchof Jesus Christ
  • 00:16:54.296 --> 00:16:56.632
  • that Jesus said--listen to these words,
  • 00:16:56.665 --> 00:16:59.768
  • "All authority has been givento Me in heaven and on earth.
  • 00:16:59.802 --> 00:17:03.572
  • Go therefore and makedisciples of all nations,
  • 00:17:03.605 --> 00:17:06.842
  • baptizing them inthe name of the Father
  • 00:17:06.875 --> 00:17:09.311
  • and the Sonand the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:17:09.344 --> 00:17:12.448
  • teaching themto observe all things
  • 00:17:12.481 --> 00:17:14.483
  • that I have commanded you;
  • 00:17:14.516 --> 00:17:16.185
  • and lo, I am with you always,even to the end of the age."
  • 00:17:16.218 --> 00:17:20.756
  • It's hard to invest your lifein the work of the Lord
  • 00:17:20.789 --> 00:17:23.525
  • if you ignore, neglect,or disdain the church
  • 00:17:23.559 --> 00:17:26.628
  • that Jesus has established.
  • 00:17:26.662 --> 00:17:29.164
  • If you have a negative attitudetoward the church,
  • 00:17:29.198 --> 00:17:31.600
  • men and women,try thanking God
  • 00:17:31.633 --> 00:17:33.702
  • for the good peopleand the good qualities
  • 00:17:33.735 --> 00:17:36.105
  • and the good workof that church.
  • 00:17:36.138 --> 00:17:38.006
  • You know somebody who's makinga difference in the church.
  • 00:17:38.040 --> 00:17:40.576
  • Go and help them.
  • 00:17:40.609 --> 00:17:42.144
  • Give God thanks becauseof what they're doing.
  • 00:17:42.177 --> 00:17:44.346
  • Determine that you're not gonnaallow a negative spirit
  • 00:17:44.379 --> 00:17:46.949
  • toward the churchto develop in your heart,
  • 00:17:46.982 --> 00:17:49.618
  • so invest in God's work,invest in his Word.
  • 00:17:49.651 --> 00:17:53.188
  • Finally, invest in his wealth.
  • 00:17:53.222 --> 00:17:56.725
  • Heaven is eternal.
  • 00:17:56.758 --> 00:17:58.894
  • Therefore, we have to shore upwhat we're doing with our money.
  • 00:17:58.927 --> 00:18:02.197
  • We have to use our resourcessort of to pay ahead
  • 00:18:02.231 --> 00:18:05.767
  • and invest our livesin the things eternal.
  • 00:18:05.801 --> 00:18:08.704
  • All of us who are in Christ havea great surprise ahead of us.
  • 00:18:08.737 --> 00:18:13.308
  • No matter how muchwe've visualized
  • 00:18:13.342 --> 00:18:15.511
  • and anticipated heaven,it will be greater
  • 00:18:15.544 --> 00:18:18.680
  • than anything we willever have imagined
  • 00:18:18.714 --> 00:18:21.083
  • by a billion milesand a billion years.
  • 00:18:21.116 --> 00:18:24.953
  • Sometimes I read the lasttwo chapters of the Bible,
  • 00:18:24.987 --> 00:18:28.090
  • and I try my best to imaginewhat the new heavens
  • 00:18:28.123 --> 00:18:31.093
  • and the new earthwill look like.
  • 00:18:31.126 --> 00:18:33.295
  • I try to envision the cityof New Jerusalem
  • 00:18:33.328 --> 00:18:35.631
  • and its gold and its gloryand its glitter.
  • 00:18:35.664 --> 00:18:39.034
  • Meditating on things abovegives us tremendous comfort,
  • 00:18:39.067 --> 00:18:42.371
  • but what a joy to actuallysee it for ourselves
  • 00:18:42.404 --> 00:18:46.041
  • and be heirs of its richness.
  • 00:18:46.074 --> 00:18:48.143
  • The Bible's primary passageabout this
  • 00:18:48.177 --> 00:18:50.779
  • is in Jesus'sSermon on the Mount.
  • 00:18:50.812 --> 00:18:52.881
  • You know this, but listen to itin the context of this message.
  • 00:18:52.915 --> 00:18:57.286
  • Jesus said, "Do not lay up foryourselves treasures on earth,
  • 00:18:57.319 --> 00:19:01.657
  • where moth and rust destroy
  • 00:19:01.690 --> 00:19:03.859
  • and where thievesbreak in and steal;
  • 00:19:03.892 --> 00:19:06.295
  • but lay up for yourselvestreasures in heaven,
  • 00:19:06.328 --> 00:19:09.464
  • where neither mothnot rust destroys
  • 00:19:09.498 --> 00:19:12.568
  • and where thievesdo not break in and steal."
  • 00:19:12.601 --> 00:19:16.338
  • In the simplest terms, Jesussaid the two ways we invest
  • 00:19:16.371 --> 00:19:21.310
  • are in earthly treasuresand in heavenly treasures.
  • 00:19:21.343 --> 00:19:24.980
  • Earthly treasures are subjectto ruin when the moths get them.
  • 00:19:25.013 --> 00:19:29.117
  • They're subject to rustwhen they corrode.
  • 00:19:29.151 --> 00:19:31.753
  • They're subject to robberswho break in and steal them,
  • 00:19:31.787 --> 00:19:35.090
  • but when you investin eternal things,
  • 00:19:35.123 --> 00:19:37.926
  • it just keeps appreciatingover and over.
  • 00:19:37.960 --> 00:19:41.029
  • And Luke 6:38 sayswhen we give,
  • 00:19:41.063 --> 00:19:43.599
  • God gives back, and he hasa much better way of giving.
  • 00:19:43.632 --> 00:19:46.602
  • Notice, "Give,and it will be given to you:
  • 00:19:46.635 --> 00:19:49.471
  • good measure, pressed down,shaken together,
  • 00:19:49.504 --> 00:19:52.407
  • and running over willhe put into your bosom."
  • 00:19:52.441 --> 00:19:56.278
  • Jesus was talking aboutthe giving that was involved
  • 00:19:56.311 --> 00:19:59.181
  • in the gift of grain.
  • 00:19:59.214 --> 00:20:01.083
  • He said that whenyou give to God,
  • 00:20:01.116 --> 00:20:02.918
  • God loves to maximizeyour investment.
  • 00:20:02.951 --> 00:20:05.754
  • Someone once told methat in this life
  • 00:20:05.787 --> 00:20:08.390
  • we're either movingaway from our treasure,
  • 00:20:08.423 --> 00:20:10.826
  • or we're moving toward it.
  • 00:20:10.859 --> 00:20:12.761
  • If we've invested everythingin the things of this earth,
  • 00:20:12.794 --> 00:20:14.997
  • little by little we're movingaway from it,
  • 00:20:15.030 --> 00:20:17.132
  • and one day we'llleave it entirely,
  • 00:20:17.165 --> 00:20:19.234
  • but if we've investedin the things of heaven,
  • 00:20:19.268 --> 00:20:21.503
  • we're not moving away from it,we're moving toward it.
  • 00:20:21.536 --> 00:20:24.239
  • I encourage you to understandwhat it means to invest
  • 00:20:24.273 --> 00:20:27.943
  • in the wealth of God.
  • 00:20:27.976 --> 00:20:29.544
  • Today it's hard to imaginea safe place to put your money,
  • 00:20:29.578 --> 00:20:32.948
  • but when you tithe and devoteyour resources to the Kingdom,
  • 00:20:32.981 --> 00:20:37.052
  • it propels the gospelto the whole world.
  • 00:20:37.085 --> 00:20:39.655
  • Souls are saved,and heaven is populated.
  • 00:20:39.688 --> 00:20:42.724
  • When you supportyour local church.
  • 00:20:42.758 --> 00:20:44.493
  • Your funds are transmutedinto literature and lives
  • 00:20:44.526 --> 00:20:46.928
  • and ministry and missions.
  • 00:20:46.962 --> 00:20:48.830
  • You may never see their returnstill you get to heaven,
  • 00:20:48.864 --> 00:20:51.133
  • but what a joy it will beto run into folks
  • 00:20:51.166 --> 00:20:54.303
  • on the golden streetsand learn that it was your gift
  • 00:20:54.336 --> 00:20:57.239
  • that helped bring themto faith in Christ.
  • 00:20:57.272 --> 00:21:00.242
  • Years ago there was a songwritten called "Thank You."
  • 00:21:00.275 --> 00:21:03.945
  • It was written to try to imaginewhat it will be like in heaven
  • 00:21:03.979 --> 00:21:07.516
  • when you walk in the doors,
  • 00:21:07.549 --> 00:21:09.151
  • and pretty soon yourun into somebody,
  • 00:21:09.184 --> 00:21:10.852
  • and they thank youfor giving to the Lord,
  • 00:21:10.886 --> 00:21:12.821
  • because it was your giftthat made it possible
  • 00:21:12.854 --> 00:21:14.923
  • for me to hear the gospel,
  • 00:21:14.956 --> 00:21:16.558
  • and because of your gift,I am here.
  • 00:21:16.591 --> 00:21:18.460
  • I have no idea whatthat's gonna like.
  • 00:21:18.493 --> 00:21:20.362
  • I don't think anybody can,
  • 00:21:20.395 --> 00:21:22.164
  • 'cause we've not been thereand come back to report.
  • 00:21:22.197 --> 00:21:24.966
  • Somehow, when we get to heaven,
  • 00:21:25.000 --> 00:21:26.568
  • the reward for whatwe've done here
  • 00:21:26.601 --> 00:21:28.837
  • will be so palpableno one will miss it.
  • 00:21:28.870 --> 00:21:32.107
  • When you give, you giveto the eternal Word of God,
  • 00:21:32.140 --> 00:21:34.843
  • you give to the eternal soulsof men and women.
  • 00:21:34.876 --> 00:21:37.346
  • You're investing a way that cannever, ever be taken from you,
  • 00:21:37.379 --> 00:21:42.351
  • and your rewardand your investment
  • 00:21:42.384 --> 00:21:44.419
  • is waiting for you whenyou arrive in heaven.
  • 00:21:44.453 --> 00:21:48.090
  • I've left the most importantthing I have to say for last.
  • 00:21:48.123 --> 00:21:51.993
  • As we move forward in this life,
  • 00:21:52.027 --> 00:21:54.329
  • we also need to investin our footprints.
  • 00:21:54.363 --> 00:21:58.233
  • In other words,we need to leave a pathway,
  • 00:21:58.266 --> 00:22:00.969
  • a legacy of faith,leave an example behind us
  • 00:22:01.002 --> 00:22:04.406
  • that will lead others to God.
  • 00:22:04.439 --> 00:22:06.975
  • Psalm 71:18 says, "Now alsowhen I am old and gray-headed,
  • 00:22:07.008 --> 00:22:12.414
  • O God, do not forsake me,
  • 00:22:12.447 --> 00:22:14.983
  • until I declare Your strengthto this generation,
  • 00:22:15.016 --> 00:22:17.953
  • Your power to everyonewho is to come."
  • 00:22:17.986 --> 00:22:21.456
  • I have great admirationfor my friend Tony Evans
  • 00:22:21.490 --> 00:22:24.760
  • and his powerful ministry,
  • 00:22:24.793 --> 00:22:27.529
  • but there would be no ministrywithout his parents.
  • 00:22:27.562 --> 00:22:30.899
  • Tony said,"My father came to Christ
  • 00:22:30.932 --> 00:22:32.934
  • when he was 30 years of age.
  • 00:22:32.968 --> 00:22:34.970
  • I was ten.
  • 00:22:35.003 --> 00:22:36.738
  • Immediately, he becamea passionate follower of Christ.
  • 00:22:36.772 --> 00:22:40.242
  • My mother didn't like himas a sinner,
  • 00:22:40.275 --> 00:22:42.477
  • and she resented him as a saint.
  • 00:22:42.511 --> 00:22:44.479
  • Many times, my dadwould be found praying
  • 00:22:44.513 --> 00:22:46.815
  • and studying the Biblein the middle of the night.
  • 00:22:46.848 --> 00:22:49.684
  • About a year after Tony's fatherbecame a Christian,
  • 00:22:49.718 --> 00:22:53.288
  • he was studying one night,and he heard the steps creak
  • 00:22:53.321 --> 00:22:56.324
  • as his wife began making her wayfrom the upstairs bedroom.
  • 00:22:56.358 --> 00:23:00.195
  • She saw her husbandstudying his Bible,
  • 00:23:00.228 --> 00:23:03.565
  • but instead of berating him,she had tears in her eyes."
  • 00:23:03.598 --> 00:23:08.170
  • Tony recalls, "She told Dadhow she had been observing
  • 00:23:08.203 --> 00:23:12.007
  • his transformed lifeover the past year
  • 00:23:12.040 --> 00:23:14.876
  • and that whatever it wasthat was responsible for that,
  • 00:23:14.910 --> 00:23:18.079
  • she wanted it in her life too."
  • 00:23:18.113 --> 00:23:20.949
  • Tony said, "That night, myfather led my mother to Christ.
  • 00:23:20.982 --> 00:23:24.219
  • Our home was transformed,and after that,
  • 00:23:24.252 --> 00:23:26.721
  • Mom and Dad led me,my two brothers,
  • 00:23:26.755 --> 00:23:28.924
  • and my sister to Christ."
  • 00:23:28.957 --> 00:23:30.992
  • That evening, as he heardthe steps creak,
  • 00:23:31.026 --> 00:23:33.495
  • Mr. Evans had no ideahis simple love for Jesus
  • 00:23:33.528 --> 00:23:37.232
  • would transform his home,
  • 00:23:37.265 --> 00:23:39.100
  • set his son on the roadto ministry,
  • 00:23:39.134 --> 00:23:41.069
  • and touch untoldthousands of people.
  • 00:23:41.102 --> 00:23:45.040
  • Men and women,our days are numbered,
  • 00:23:45.073 --> 00:23:47.309
  • and we're moving quicklyfrom today to tomorrow.
  • 00:23:47.342 --> 00:23:50.479
  • All of our pleasuresand possessions are temporary,
  • 00:23:50.512 --> 00:23:53.815
  • but the legacy we leavefor Christ will endure forever.
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  • It's been said many timesand in many ways
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  • but never betterwith these simple words:
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  • This one lifewill soon be passed.
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  • Only what's donefor Christ will last.
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  • Our love and laborfor the Lord is never in vain,
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  • so let's not waste a single day.
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  • Let's live with eternityin mind.
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  • Let's invest in tomorrow,and let's outlive our lives.
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  • female announcer:Dr. Jeremiah will return
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  • in a moment withone more inspirational word
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  • to close today's programright after this.
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  • male announcer: Thank youfor watching today.
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  • Did you know that this programis just one part
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  • of the ministryof Turning Point,
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  • which is committed to deliveringthe unchanging Word of God
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  • to an ever-changing world?
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  • This program is only possiblebecause of the generous
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  • and faithful supportof viewers like you.
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  • you partner with usto reach across the world
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  • with the gospel,
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  • and with the strongBible teaching of Dr. Jeremiah
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  • through television, radio,print, and digital ministry
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  • in several languagesand to multiple generations.
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  • and the worldwide ministryof Turning Point.
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  • When you do, Dr. Jeremiahwill thank you
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  • by sending his new book,
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  • "Forward:Discovering God's Presenceand Purpose in Your Tomorrow,"
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  • and if you give $75 or more,
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  • he will send you,in appreciation,
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  • his comprehensiveForward set.
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  • Your gift helps movethe ministry forward.
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  • female announcer: And now,with one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If you're seriousabout moving forward,
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  • there is one crucial stepto complete first.
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  • It's step one of this process:knowing Christ
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  • as your personal Lordand Savior.
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  • I hope you're walkingstrongly with Christ,
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  • because faith in Christis the starting block
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  • that will keeppropelling you forward,
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  • but perhapsyou don't know Christ.
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  • If that's the case, I would liketo introduce you to him today.
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  • Please allow me to send youtwo free resources.
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  • The first is a booklet called"Your Greatest Turning Point"
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  • and the second is ourmonthly devotional magazine
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  • "Turning Points."
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  • These resources are yourscompletely free
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  • when you contactTurning Point today.
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  • announcer: Alsoavailable from Dr. Jeremiah:
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  • "The Jeremiah Study Bible,"
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  • the culmination of morethan four decades
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  • of Dr. Jeremiah'sstudy and teaching,
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  • available in NKJV,NIV, and ESV.
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  • Plus, Dr. Jeremiah's"Airship Genesis:Kid's Study Bible"
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  • for the young ones in your life.
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  • Order a Bible for yourself oras a gift for someone you know.
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  • Contact Turning Point today.
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Are you readyfor God to use you?
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  • You may think, "Well,I finally got to the end.
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  • Now I can--"
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  • No, if you're a Christian,you may discover
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  • that God will do the greatestthings in your life at the end,
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  • and all the thingsthat he's ever done
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  • in your lifeup until that point.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next timeas Dr. Jeremiah encourages you
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  • to finish strongand to never stop fulfilling
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  • the plan God has for you,here on "Turning Point."
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