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Risk: Get Out of Your Safe Zone

Watch Risk: Get Out of Your Safe Zone
October 19, 2020
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There is no such thing as faith without taking a risk and stepping out of the safe zone into God’s faith zone.

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Risk: Get Out of Your Safe Zone

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  • David Jeremiah: Today is aboutthe rest of your life,
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  • it's about tomorrowand the day after that.
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  • The futureGod has planned for you
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  • shouldn't bea haphazard approach 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 it and discoverGod's presence and purpose
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  • in your life starting today,starting now.
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  • 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,it's time to move forward.
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  • Today on "Turning Point,"Dr. Jeremiah shows us
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  • how our work on earthprepares us
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  • for our eternal servicein heaven.
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  • David: If your heartis right with God
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  • and you are a Christian,and you die
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  • and you go to heaven,the Bible says
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  • you will meet Jesus personallyface to face.
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  • This is your ultimate goal.
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  • This will be your single mostphenomenal moment
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  • of your entire life.
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  • This is what you're living for,what you're waiting for,
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  • and what you're anticipatingwith all your heart.
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  • This is celebrationwith a capital C.
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  • announcer:That's coming up on
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  • on today's special Forwardedition of "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: In just a moment,Dr. Jeremiah will remind you
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  • that your work on earth,whatever God is assigning you
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  • right now,is preparatory
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  • to eternal service in heaven.
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  • Find this and nine other waysyou can know God's purpose,
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  • feel God's power,
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  • and accomplish God's planfor your life
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  • in Dr. Jeremiah's new book,
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  • "Forward:Discovering God's Presence
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  • and Purposein Your Tomorrow."
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  • You'll learnthe biblical strategy
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  • about how to claim the futureGod has prepared uniquely
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  • for you no matter your ageor your circumstance.
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  • God has more for you.
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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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  • Contact Turning Point today.
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  • And now, here's Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Celebrate: Turn Your ForwardInto Forever."
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  • David: You might saythat Luke Pittard
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  • relished his job at McDonaldsin Cardiff, Wales,
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  • but he walked away from it
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  • after winningthe UK national lottery.
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  • After all,he was an overnight millionaire.
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  • He celebrated his good fortuneby marrying his girlfriend Emma,
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  • who was alsoa McDonalds employee,
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  • and they bought a house
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  • and took a long holidayin the Canary Islands.
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  • But after returning to Wales,Luke was bored.
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  • "To be honest," he said,"there's only so much relaxing
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  • you can do.
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  • I'm young,and a bit of hard work
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  • never did anyone any harm."
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  • So, he askedfor his old job back,
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  • and now you can find him
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  • flipping hamburgers againat McDonalds.
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  • He makes more moneyfrom the interest
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  • on his winningsthan at the restaurant,
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  • but he feels a natural needto work,
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  • and be with his friendsand his coworkers.
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  • "They all think I'm a bit mad,but I tell them
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  • there's more to lifethan money," he says.
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  • And Emma added,"I can totally understand it.
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  • We both really enjoyed workingat McDonalds
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  • and still have good friendsthere.
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  • So, it was very familiarfor him,
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  • something for himto look forward to."
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  • When you have a relationshipwith God through Jesus Christ,
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  • you are wealthierthan the winner
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  • of the richest lottery.
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  • Remember, much of our treasureis ahead of us in heaven.
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  • But many people are afraidthey're going to be bored there.
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  • It's remarkable how many peopletell me they'd rather
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  • not go to heavenbecause it will be boring.
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  • "What if I get to heavenand I'm bored?"
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  • they ask me.
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  • Well, after all, there's onlyso much relaxing I can do,
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  • so what if I miss my friends?
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  • What if I longfor the kind of activity
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  • that enriched my lifeon this earth?
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  • And I want to say to themdon't worry, you won't be bored,
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  • and for one reason.
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  • God is not boring.
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  • Heaven won't bore you,it will bring fulfillment
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  • and celebration.
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  • All your dreaming and praying,
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  • all your focusingand risk taking
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  • and investing,all your forward momentum
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  • on earth is a preludeto greater service,
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  • happier work,and richer fulfillment
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  • in your heavenly home.
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  • God's childrenare always moving forward,
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  • even as they depart earth.
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  • Now, the heroes of Scripturethought of heaven constantly,
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  • confessing they were strangersand pilgrims on this earth,
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  • that they were seekinga homeland,
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  • desiring a better country,a heavenly one,
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  • and looking forwardto the city
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  • whose foundations and builderand maker is God.
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  • And Jesus longedfor heaven
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  • as he approachedthe end of his life too.
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  • He told his disciples,"If you loved me,
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  • you would rejoicebecause I said,
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  • 'I'm going back to the Father.'"
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  • The Apostle Peter said somethingimportant about this.
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  • He said, "You ought to live holyand godly lives
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  • as you look forwardto the day of God
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  • and speed its coming.
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  • That day will bring aboutthe destruction of the heavens
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  • by fire,and the elements
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  • will meltin the heat.
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  • But in keeping with his promise,we are looking forward
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  • to a new heaven and a new earth,where righteousness dwells.
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  • So then,dear friends,
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  • since you are looking forwardto this,
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  • make every effortto be found spotless, blameless,
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  • and at peacewith him."
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  • Three times in that passageI just read,
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  • Peter told us to look forward,to anticipate
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  • what God has for usin the future,
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  • the return of Christ,the creation
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  • of the new heavensand the new earth,
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  • and our eternal homein heaven.
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  • Our anticipation empowers usto live holy, godly,
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  • and purposeful livesin this present age.
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  • The Biblesays it this way.
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  • "Seek those thingswhich are above,
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  • where Christ is, sittingat the right hand of God."
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  • What kind of celebrationswill we discover
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  • in God'seternal home?
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  • Well, first of all, we can lookforward to a rousing welcome.
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  • Expecta rousing welcome.
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  • Most of us are apprehensiveabout dying,
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  • but the Bible's fullof information
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  • to alleviateyour concern.
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  • The Apostle Peter
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  • said that if youserve the Lord Jesus faithfully,
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  • "You will receive a rich welcomeinto the eternal kingdom
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  • of our Lord and SaviorJesus Christ."
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  • A rich welcome.
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  • It's easier to underestimatethose words.
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  • Recently, a little boy in Ohionamed Grady went back to school
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  • after having been diagnosedwith leukemia.
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  • He'd missed a whole year withhis classmates
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  • because of his treatments,but finally
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  • he was able to returnfor a few hours a day.
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  • His first day back,the principal met him
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  • and opened the door,and in front of Grady
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  • were all the studentsand teachers
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  • lining the hall,holding strands
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  • of bright crepe paper.
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  • They yelled and cheeredas eight-year-old Grady
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  • ran between them.
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  • And at the end of the hall,there was this big,
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  • giant sign that said,"Welcome back, Grady."
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  • The children clappedand laughed,
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  • and teachers wiped tearsfrom their eyes.
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  • Arriving home later that day,Grady said,
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  • "This was the bestday ever, mom.
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  • I had so much fun,I didn't know
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  • days could be this good."
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  • Now, I tell you that storybecause if schoolchildren
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  • can pull off a welcomecelebration like that,
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  • just think of whatAlmighty God
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  • and his angelscan do.
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  • You are promiseda rich welcome into heaven.
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  • It'll be your best dayever.
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  • You can't imagine that a daycould be so good.
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  • Your rich welcomeactually begins
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  • before you arrivein heaven.
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  • In our Lord's parableof the rich man
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  • and the beggar Lazarus,
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  • we're told, "The time came whenthe beggar died and the angels
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  • carried him to Abraham's sidein heaven."
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  • I believe that the Lord Jesussends an angelic escort
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  • to accompanyhis departing saints to heaven.
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  • You'll not be forgotten,forsaken,
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  • or alonefor a single second.
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  • And you'll arrive thereto find your home at last.
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  • If you want to imaginehow you'll feel when
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  • you see your amazingnew home,
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  • listen to whatthe martyr Stephen said.
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  • As he died, he looked up toheaven and he saw the glory
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  • of God, and Jesus standingat the right hand of God.
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  • And he shouted, "Look,I see the heavens opened
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  • and the Son of Manstanding
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  • at the right handof God."
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  • It's the first personto give his life for Christ.
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  • Stephen's experience is unique,but to some extent,
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  • it surely anticipatesthe rich welcome
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  • that you and Iwill receive
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  • the moment we're transportedto heaven.
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  • We will enter into the joyof our Lord.
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  • So, as you look forwardto celebrate
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  • what God has done in your lifeand is doing in your life,
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  • look forward toa rousing welcome.
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  • Then look forwardto a rich reward.
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  • Among the joys of heavenwill be the rewards given
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  • for faithfulnesson this earth.
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  • If you live according tobiblical principles
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  • such as the onesthat I've talked about
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  • in previous messages, there'sthis series of rewards for you
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  • describedin the Bible.
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  • Jesus often said things like,"Whoever gives
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  • one of these little onesa cup of cold water
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  • in the name of a disciple,assuredly, I say to you,
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  • he shall by no meanslose his reward."
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  • Luke 6:23, "Rejoicein that day and leap for joy,
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  • for indeed your reward is greatin heaven."
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  • Luke 6:35, "But love yourenemies, do good, and lend,
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  • hoping for nothing in return,and your reward will be great."
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  • Paul picked up the theme,saying, "Whatever you do,
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  • do it heartily,as to the Lord and not to men,
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  • knowing thatfrom the Lord you will receive
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  • the rewardof the inheritance."
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  • The Bible describesheaven's rewards as crowns.
  • 00:11:14.423 --> 00:11:18.828
  • There's the victor's crowndescribed in 1 Corinthians 9,
  • 00:11:18.861 --> 00:11:22.398
  • where we're told to runin a way that we may obtain it.
  • 00:11:22.431 --> 00:11:25.334
  • And that everyonewho competes for the prize
  • 00:11:25.367 --> 00:11:27.670
  • is temperatein all things.
  • 00:11:27.703 --> 00:11:29.805
  • "Now they do it to obtaina perishable crown,
  • 00:11:29.839 --> 00:11:32.141
  • but we do itfor an imperishable crown."
  • 00:11:32.174 --> 00:11:35.845
  • This is God's rewardfor those Christians who live
  • 00:11:35.878 --> 00:11:39.081
  • a disciplined,godly life on earth.
  • 00:11:39.115 --> 00:11:42.218
  • And then there'sthe crown of rejoicing.
  • 00:11:42.251 --> 00:11:44.787
  • Paul describes this
  • 00:11:44.820 --> 00:11:46.655
  • in 1 Thessalonianschapter 2.
  • 00:11:46.689 --> 00:11:48.357
  • He says, "What is our hope,or joy, or crown of rejoicing?
  • 00:11:48.390 --> 00:11:53.062
  • Is it not even youin the presence
  • 00:11:53.095 --> 00:11:55.297
  • of our Lord Jesus Christat his coming?"
  • 00:11:55.331 --> 00:11:58.234
  • This is the joy of seeing thosein heaven who were influenced
  • 00:11:58.267 --> 00:12:02.438
  • for Christ by our livesand our deeds and our words.
  • 00:12:02.471 --> 00:12:06.909
  • And then there's the crownof righteousness.
  • 00:12:06.942 --> 00:12:09.145
  • The key to this rewardis developing an intense desire
  • 00:12:09.178 --> 00:12:12.214
  • for the Lord's return.
  • 00:12:12.248 --> 00:12:14.083
  • The Apostle Paulsaid it this way,
  • 00:12:14.116 --> 00:12:16.085
  • "Finally,there is laid up for me
  • 00:12:16.118 --> 00:12:18.954
  • the crown of righteousness,which the Lord,
  • 00:12:18.988 --> 00:12:21.524
  • the righteous judge,will give me on that day,
  • 00:12:21.557 --> 00:12:24.160
  • and not to me only,but also to all
  • 00:12:24.193 --> 00:12:26.695
  • who have lovedhis appearing."
  • 00:12:26.729 --> 00:12:29.598
  • Next there is the crownof life given for those
  • 00:12:29.632 --> 00:12:32.134
  • who endure temptationsand trials.
  • 00:12:32.168 --> 00:12:35.237
  • Here we read,"Blessed is the man
  • 00:12:35.271 --> 00:12:37.506
  • who endures temptation;for when he has been approved,
  • 00:12:37.540 --> 00:12:40.409
  • he will receivethe crown of life."
  • 00:12:40.442 --> 00:12:43.445
  • And finally, there's the crownof glory.
  • 00:12:43.479 --> 00:12:45.447
  • And Peter describes it thisway, "When the chief shepherd
  • 00:12:45.481 --> 00:12:48.484
  • appears, you shall receivethe crown of glory
  • 00:12:48.517 --> 00:12:51.554
  • that does notfade away."
  • 00:12:51.587 --> 00:12:54.824
  • The greatest reward in heavenwill be seeing those
  • 00:12:54.857 --> 00:12:58.460
  • who've been influencedby your work.
  • 00:12:58.494 --> 00:13:00.930
  • That's when you'll understandthat you've achieved something
  • 00:13:00.963 --> 00:13:03.299
  • in life far morethan you realized,
  • 00:13:03.332 --> 00:13:06.135
  • "For your labor in the Lordis never in vain."
  • 00:13:06.168 --> 00:13:09.071
  • And the Bible tells usthat we're all
  • 00:13:09.104 --> 00:13:11.073
  • gonna get a rewardfor the part we play.
  • 00:13:11.106 --> 00:13:13.409
  • I've often wondered how he'sgoing to divide it all up,
  • 00:13:13.442 --> 00:13:16.645
  • but if he can create all of usout of the dust of the earth,
  • 00:13:16.679 --> 00:13:20.082
  • I figured he can probablyfigure out the reward system
  • 00:13:20.115 --> 00:13:22.785
  • for which we allwill be benefitted.
  • 00:13:22.818 --> 00:13:25.754
  • So, when you look forward tocelebration,
  • 00:13:25.788 --> 00:13:29.458
  • look forward toa resurrected body,
  • 00:13:29.491 --> 00:13:31.861
  • oh my goodness,listen to this.
  • 00:13:31.894 --> 00:13:33.996
  • It's important to rememberthat we aren't going to be
  • 00:13:34.029 --> 00:13:36.398
  • ghosts or angelsor disembodied spirits
  • 00:13:36.432 --> 00:13:39.101
  • in heaven.
  • 00:13:39.134 --> 00:13:40.769
  • Philippians chapter 3 says that,"The Lord Jesus will transform
  • 00:13:40.803 --> 00:13:45.341
  • our lowly bodiesso that they will be
  • 00:13:45.374 --> 00:13:48.043
  • just likehis glorious body."
  • 00:13:48.077 --> 00:13:51.280
  • I don't know about you,but for me,
  • 00:13:51.313 --> 00:13:52.815
  • that's really good news.
  • 00:13:52.848 --> 00:13:55.150
  • Some of you who are listeningto this message
  • 00:13:55.184 --> 00:13:57.953
  • are battling illnesses,and disabilities,
  • 00:13:57.987 --> 00:14:00.689
  • and ravagesof aging.
  • 00:14:00.723 --> 00:14:02.825
  • Medical science is grapplingwith all these issues,
  • 00:14:02.858 --> 00:14:05.928
  • and some of our advancesare amazing.
  • 00:14:05.961 --> 00:14:09.198
  • Sergeant John Peck is anAmerican marine
  • 00:14:09.231 --> 00:14:12.001
  • who lost all four limbsto an explosion in Afghanistan
  • 00:14:12.034 --> 00:14:16.472
  • in 2010.
  • 00:14:16.505 --> 00:14:18.474
  • At first, he thought he'd spendthe rest of his life
  • 00:14:18.507 --> 00:14:20.609
  • wearing prostheticarms and legs.
  • 00:14:20.643 --> 00:14:23.879
  • But I can hardly believe this,in 2016,
  • 00:14:23.913 --> 00:14:27.016
  • he receiveda double arm transplant.
  • 00:14:27.049 --> 00:14:30.753
  • The limbs came from a young manwho was declared braindead
  • 00:14:30.786 --> 00:14:33.889
  • and whose armswere rushed in ice packs
  • 00:14:33.923 --> 00:14:36.558
  • to an operating roomin Boston
  • 00:14:36.592 --> 00:14:39.061
  • for the 14 hourtransplant surgery
  • 00:14:39.094 --> 00:14:41.964
  • performed by a teamof 60 surgeons,
  • 00:14:41.997 --> 00:14:44.934
  • nurses,and technicians.
  • 00:14:44.967 --> 00:14:47.403
  • When Peck woke upthe next day,
  • 00:14:47.436 --> 00:14:50.072
  • he had someone else's arms.
  • 00:14:50.105 --> 00:14:53.275
  • Today, John Peck is able toperform many daily tasks
  • 00:14:53.309 --> 00:14:56.612
  • with his new arms, includingsigning copies of his book,
  • 00:14:56.645 --> 00:15:00.749
  • "Rebuilding Sergeant Peck."
  • 00:15:00.783 --> 00:15:03.419
  • If human medical technologycan do so much
  • 00:15:03.452 --> 00:15:06.088
  • to help our bodiesrecover from horrific tragedies,
  • 00:15:06.121 --> 00:15:10.025
  • imagine what God can doinstantaneously at the moment
  • 00:15:10.059 --> 00:15:14.396
  • of the resurrection.
  • 00:15:14.430 --> 00:15:16.098
  • 1 Corinthians says it this way,"We will all be changed
  • 00:15:16.131 --> 00:15:19.668
  • in a flash, in the twinklingof an eye, at the last trump.
  • 00:15:19.702 --> 00:15:23.806
  • For the trumpet will sound,and the dead
  • 00:15:23.839 --> 00:15:26.208
  • will be raised imperishable,and we will be changed."
  • 00:15:26.241 --> 00:15:32.948
  • Consider what we know aboutthe resurrection body of Christ.
  • 00:15:32.982 --> 00:15:37.286
  • It was his own natural body,
  • 00:15:37.319 --> 00:15:40.089
  • recognizablewith his unique DNA.
  • 00:15:40.122 --> 00:15:43.225
  • His personal essence
  • 00:15:43.258 --> 00:15:45.060
  • and his personal qualitieswere intact.
  • 00:15:45.094 --> 00:15:47.930
  • It was the same body he acquiredin embryonic form at conception.
  • 00:15:47.963 --> 00:15:52.701
  • But in a flash of Easter glory,it was transformed
  • 00:15:52.735 --> 00:15:56.338
  • into an imperishable bodywith new capabilities.
  • 00:15:56.372 --> 00:16:00.509
  • It was capableof passing through doors,
  • 00:16:00.542 --> 00:16:03.312
  • ascending into the air, eatingfood, touching his friends.
  • 00:16:03.345 --> 00:16:07.049
  • His resurrection body is the wayour bodies are going to be
  • 00:16:07.082 --> 00:16:10.586
  • when we goto heaven.
  • 00:16:10.619 --> 00:16:12.087
  • We're going to have bodiesjust like the Lord.
  • 00:16:12.121 --> 00:16:14.423
  • Now, you can contemplate thatall you want.
  • 00:16:14.456 --> 00:16:16.692
  • The next time you're consideringcosmetic surgery,
  • 00:16:16.725 --> 00:16:19.328
  • just rememberif you wait long enough,
  • 00:16:19.361 --> 00:16:21.296
  • you won't have to do that'cause Jesus Christ
  • 00:16:21.330 --> 00:16:23.532
  • is gonna change everybodyto be just like him.
  • 00:16:23.565 --> 00:16:28.070
  • So, when you goto your celebration,
  • 00:16:28.103 --> 00:16:31.006
  • you will look forwardto a rousing welcome.
  • 00:16:31.040 --> 00:16:33.675
  • You will look forwardto a rich reward.
  • 00:16:33.709 --> 00:16:36.045
  • You will look forwardto a resurrected body.
  • 00:16:36.078 --> 00:16:38.814
  • But here's one that surprisesa lot of people,
  • 00:16:38.847 --> 00:16:41.583
  • you will look forwardto a renewed assignment.
  • 00:16:41.617 --> 00:16:45.120
  • You'll need your resurrectionbody because you're going to
  • 00:16:45.154 --> 00:16:47.556
  • have a lot of work to dowhen you get to heaven.
  • 00:16:47.589 --> 00:16:49.792
  • One of the greatest aspectsof heaven
  • 00:16:49.825 --> 00:16:51.794
  • involves the prospectof more service.
  • 00:16:51.827 --> 00:16:55.130
  • Revelation 7:15 says, "Thereforethey are before the throne
  • 00:16:55.164 --> 00:17:00.002
  • of God,and serve him day and night."
  • 00:17:00.035 --> 00:17:03.605
  • And Revelation 22:3 says,"And there shall be
  • 00:17:03.639 --> 00:17:06.675
  • no more curse, but the throneof God and of the Lamb
  • 00:17:06.708 --> 00:17:10.212
  • shall be in it,and his servants
  • 00:17:10.245 --> 00:17:13.282
  • shall serve him."
  • 00:17:13.315 --> 00:17:15.350
  • You know, we're not going to goto heaven and sit on a cloud
  • 00:17:15.384 --> 00:17:17.553
  • and strum a ukuleleor whatever it is that you think
  • 00:17:17.586 --> 00:17:20.422
  • we're gonna dowhen we get there.
  • 00:17:20.456 --> 00:17:22.724
  • No, we're gonna go to heavenand we're gonna work.
  • 00:17:22.758 --> 00:17:25.994
  • Work won't be difficult,it'll be the greatest joy
  • 00:17:26.028 --> 00:17:28.497
  • of heaven,to be able to work
  • 00:17:28.530 --> 00:17:30.365
  • without anybodypushing back on you,
  • 00:17:30.399 --> 00:17:32.401
  • anybody trying to tell youto do what you don't want to do
  • 00:17:32.434 --> 00:17:34.470
  • because God puts within youthe desire
  • 00:17:34.503 --> 00:17:36.605
  • to do the right thing.
  • 00:17:36.638 --> 00:17:38.273
  • You will be able to get upand work every day,
  • 00:17:38.307 --> 00:17:40.476
  • and it will be the joyof your life.
  • 00:17:40.509 --> 00:17:43.112
  • When you get to heaven,when you attend the celebration
  • 00:17:43.145 --> 00:17:46.381
  • at the end of what happenshere on this earth,
  • 00:17:46.415 --> 00:17:49.852
  • you will havea rousing welcome.
  • 00:17:49.885 --> 00:17:52.054
  • You will geta rich reward.
  • 00:17:52.087 --> 00:17:54.623
  • Your body will be resurrectedand changed completely.
  • 00:17:54.656 --> 00:17:58.060
  • You will get a new assignment,and you will look forward
  • 00:17:58.093 --> 00:18:00.996
  • to a royal throne.
  • 00:18:01.029 --> 00:18:02.998
  • By far, the greatest energyand enthusiasm in heaven
  • 00:18:03.031 --> 00:18:07.302
  • will be around the throneof God,
  • 00:18:07.336 --> 00:18:09.104
  • when we cast our crownsat his feet
  • 00:18:09.138 --> 00:18:11.907
  • and worship himwith full understanding and joy.
  • 00:18:11.940 --> 00:18:16.111
  • We have a previewin Revelation 4:5,
  • 00:18:16.145 --> 00:18:18.447
  • when the saints and angelsof heaven sing in a loud voice,
  • 00:18:18.480 --> 00:18:22.451
  • "Blessing and honorand glory
  • 00:18:22.484 --> 00:18:25.087
  • and power to him who sitson the throne,
  • 00:18:25.120 --> 00:18:28.090
  • and to the Lamb,forever and ever."
  • 00:18:28.123 --> 00:18:32.161
  • Dr. Vernon Whaleyhas been training
  • 00:18:32.194 --> 00:18:34.630
  • worship leadersfor decades.
  • 00:18:34.663 --> 00:18:37.099
  • His passion for worshipstems from
  • 00:18:37.132 --> 00:18:39.868
  • the small Alaska churchhe attended as a child.
  • 00:18:39.902 --> 00:18:43.372
  • His parents were missionariesthere,
  • 00:18:43.405 --> 00:18:45.908
  • and they had a deep concernfor people with disabilities.
  • 00:18:45.941 --> 00:18:50.145
  • When they met for the services,it was a remarkable crowd,
  • 00:18:50.179 --> 00:18:54.183
  • an alcoholic turned deacon,a prostitute transformed
  • 00:18:54.216 --> 00:18:57.819
  • into a Sunday school teacher,
  • 00:18:57.853 --> 00:19:00.088
  • a blind manwho played the piano,
  • 00:19:00.122 --> 00:19:02.224
  • a former fugitivewho kept the church grounds,
  • 00:19:02.257 --> 00:19:05.227
  • a young woman lame from birth,a young man
  • 00:19:05.260 --> 00:19:08.030
  • with Down syndromewho helped take the offering.
  • 00:19:08.063 --> 00:19:11.366
  • But they all sang praisesto God.
  • 00:19:11.400 --> 00:19:15.671
  • Vernon Whaley says,"My father
  • 00:19:15.704 --> 00:19:17.539
  • was a great one for havingextended times of singing
  • 00:19:17.573 --> 00:19:20.676
  • duringthe Sunday night services."
  • 00:19:20.709 --> 00:19:22.878
  • I knowabout that.
  • 00:19:22.911 --> 00:19:24.546
  • My father was a pastor,and we used to have
  • 00:19:24.580 --> 00:19:26.915
  • Sunday night sings.
  • 00:19:26.949 --> 00:19:28.717
  • Sometimes, they lastedfor the whole service.
  • 00:19:28.750 --> 00:19:31.687
  • Mr. Whaley said,"My father entered the ministry
  • 00:19:31.720 --> 00:19:33.622
  • during the 1940s,when Youth for Christ rallies
  • 00:19:33.655 --> 00:19:36.625
  • were heldall over the country.
  • 00:19:36.658 --> 00:19:38.927
  • He never lost the excitementof those rallies
  • 00:19:38.961 --> 00:19:41.063
  • and their impacton his life,"
  • 00:19:41.096 --> 00:19:42.931
  • so he said,"almost every Sunday,
  • 00:19:42.965 --> 00:19:44.700
  • our congregation sang hymnafter hymn after hymn."
  • 00:19:44.733 --> 00:19:48.370
  • And if you know those days,you know you sang
  • 00:19:48.403 --> 00:19:50.439
  • all the verses,all four verses
  • 00:19:50.472 --> 00:19:52.407
  • or five sometimes.
  • 00:19:52.441 --> 00:19:54.676
  • Dr. Whaley recallsone Sunday night,
  • 00:19:54.710 --> 00:19:57.779
  • when there wasa puzzling stir from the middle
  • 00:19:57.813 --> 00:20:00.515
  • of the congregation.
  • 00:20:00.549 --> 00:20:02.317
  • He turned around to seea significantly disabled girl
  • 00:20:02.351 --> 00:20:06.922
  • slowly steering her wheelchairto the front of the church.
  • 00:20:06.955 --> 00:20:11.226
  • The converted alcoholic got upand helped her roll
  • 00:20:11.260 --> 00:20:14.830
  • to the frontof the pulpit.
  • 00:20:14.863 --> 00:20:16.932
  • Reverent Whaleycame down near her.
  • 00:20:16.965 --> 00:20:19.234
  • Using her alphabet slate,she told him
  • 00:20:19.268 --> 00:20:22.304
  • she wanted to sing a solo.
  • 00:20:22.337 --> 00:20:25.774
  • She wanted to sing"Amazing Grace."
  • 00:20:25.807 --> 00:20:29.745
  • The blind pianist struck upthe tune for amazing grace,
  • 00:20:29.778 --> 00:20:34.283
  • and the girl began making groansand moanings in time
  • 00:20:34.316 --> 00:20:38.120
  • with the music.
  • 00:20:38.153 --> 00:20:39.688
  • "I was not able to clearlyunderstand a word she sang,"
  • 00:20:39.721 --> 00:20:42.624
  • Dr. Whaley said.
  • 00:20:42.658 --> 00:20:44.593
  • "But somehow,the musicianship
  • 00:20:44.626 --> 00:20:47.129
  • and the articulationof words did not matter.
  • 00:20:47.162 --> 00:20:50.465
  • All of us understood intuitivelywhat she was doing,
  • 00:20:50.499 --> 00:20:53.568
  • and more importantwhy she was doing it.
  • 00:20:53.602 --> 00:20:56.004
  • There was no doubt.
  • 00:20:56.038 --> 00:20:57.472
  • We all knew she was singingfrom her heart
  • 00:20:57.506 --> 00:20:59.574
  • to the living God.
  • 00:20:59.608 --> 00:21:01.243
  • There was not a dry eyein the audience.
  • 00:21:01.276 --> 00:21:03.645
  • Even the children were capturedand stilled by that moment."
  • 00:21:03.679 --> 00:21:08.784
  • Can you imagine the moment tensof millions of us join
  • 00:21:08.817 --> 00:21:12.921
  • tens of millions of angels,all of our disabilities gone,
  • 00:21:12.954 --> 00:21:16.658
  • all of our problems solved,all of our burdens lifted?
  • 00:21:16.692 --> 00:21:20.128
  • And we lift our voicesin a choir of billions,
  • 00:21:20.162 --> 00:21:23.131
  • and we singof God's amazing grace.
  • 00:21:23.165 --> 00:21:27.502
  • Yes, we look forward to arousing welcome,
  • 00:21:27.536 --> 00:21:30.906
  • and a rich reward,and a resurrected body,
  • 00:21:30.939 --> 00:21:34.409
  • a renewed assignment,a royal throne,
  • 00:21:34.443 --> 00:21:37.813
  • and a rapturous reunion.
  • 00:21:37.846 --> 00:21:40.582
  • Here's something else.
  • 00:21:40.615 --> 00:21:42.117
  • As you gatheraround the throne,
  • 00:21:42.150 --> 00:21:44.453
  • you'll look overand you'll see
  • 00:21:44.486 --> 00:21:46.455
  • your dearest loved onesin Christ.
  • 00:21:46.488 --> 00:21:49.491
  • You'll instantly knoweach other,
  • 00:21:49.524 --> 00:21:51.393
  • and you'll begin to fellowshipin heaven
  • 00:21:51.426 --> 00:21:53.462
  • where you left offon earth.
  • 00:21:53.495 --> 00:21:55.731
  • All the saints of all the ageswill be there,
  • 00:21:55.764 --> 00:21:57.999
  • plus all the angels.
  • 00:21:58.033 --> 00:21:59.534
  • No more separation,no more sorrow.
  • 00:21:59.568 --> 00:22:01.770
  • I'll see my dadand my mom again,
  • 00:22:01.803 --> 00:22:05.240
  • and the dearest oneswho have preceded me to glory.
  • 00:22:05.273 --> 00:22:08.977
  • Our livesare ordered by the Lord,
  • 00:22:09.010 --> 00:22:11.079
  • and he brings us togetheron earth in friendships,
  • 00:22:11.113 --> 00:22:13.715
  • and marriages,and family units,
  • 00:22:13.749 --> 00:22:15.784
  • and relationships,and fellowship.
  • 00:22:15.817 --> 00:22:18.053
  • And the same Godwho brought us together
  • 00:22:18.086 --> 00:22:20.055
  • the first timewill reunite us again,
  • 00:22:20.088 --> 00:22:22.758
  • and we'll pick upwhere we left off,
  • 00:22:22.791 --> 00:22:24.693
  • minus all the disagreements
  • 00:22:24.726 --> 00:22:26.294
  • and allthe personality conflicts.
  • 00:22:26.328 --> 00:22:29.297
  • Oh my friends,the celebration that awaits us
  • 00:22:29.331 --> 00:22:31.867
  • if we continue to go forwardis beyond description.
  • 00:22:31.900 --> 00:22:35.537
  • It includes a rousing welcome,a rich reward,
  • 00:22:35.570 --> 00:22:38.740
  • a resurrected body.
  • 00:22:38.774 --> 00:22:40.509
  • It includes a royal throne,a rapturous reunion,
  • 00:22:40.542 --> 00:22:44.513
  • and a risen Savior.
  • 00:22:44.546 --> 00:22:46.248
  • Oh yes, all of the thingsthat happen to us in heaven
  • 00:22:46.281 --> 00:22:49.651
  • are peripheral becausethe main thing in heaven
  • 00:22:49.684 --> 00:22:53.989
  • is we get to see Jesus.
  • 00:22:54.022 --> 00:22:56.792
  • That's the greatest anticipationabout heaven,
  • 00:22:56.825 --> 00:23:00.128
  • our risen Savior.
  • 00:23:00.162 --> 00:23:01.863
  • The Bible saysyou will see Jesus face to face.
  • 00:23:01.897 --> 00:23:05.534
  • There is no more glorious versein the Bible
  • 00:23:05.567 --> 00:23:07.869
  • than Revelation 22:4,"They shall see his face."
  • 00:23:07.903 --> 00:23:13.041
  • One day in the future,if your heart is right with God
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  • and you are a Christian,and you die
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  • and you go to heaven,the Bible says
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  • you will meet Jesus personally,face to face.
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  • You can turn your forwardinto forever.
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  • Don't miss the celebrationand eternal joys of heaven.
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  • Jesus died and rose again totake you to heaven,
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  • and he's gone ahead of youto get everything ready.
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  • The whole human race is poisonedby sin,
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  • but the blood of Jesus Christis the cure.
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  • He died on the cross,and the Bible says,
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  • "If you declare with your mouththe Lord Jesus
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  • and believe in your heartthat God raised him
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  • from the dead,you will be saved.
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  • For it is with your heartthat you believe
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  • and are justified,and it is with your mouth
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  • that you professyour faith and are saved."
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  • So, hear me carefully.
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  • In this last messagein this ten message series,
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  • there's no going forwardwithout Jesus.
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  • And when you have Jesus,there's no turning back, amen.
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  • female announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return in a moment
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  • with one more inspirational wordto close today's program
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  • right after this.
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  • male announcer: Thank youfor watching today.
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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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  • David: No matterwhat season of life
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  • in which you find yourself,your brightest day
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  • can be just around the corner.
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  • Take hold of it.Let go of the past.
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  • Get out of your rut.
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  • Choose to run forwardtoward everything
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  • God has plannedfor the next phase of your life.
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  • But remember,this forward journey
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  • is not one we do alone.
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  • We need Jesus Christto take even one step.
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  • So, I hope you knowJesus Christ well,
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  • but if you don't, I'd like tointroduce him to you today.
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  • I would like to send youtwo resources
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  • to start your journeywith Christ.
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  • The first is a booklet called"Your Greatest Turning Point."
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  • And the second is our monthlydevotional magazine,
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  • "Turning Points."
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  • These resources are yourscompletely free
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  • announcer: Also availablefrom Dr. Jeremiah,
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  • the Jeremiah Study Bible,the culmination
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  • of more than four decadesof Dr. Jeremiah's study
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  • and teaching,available in NKJV, NIV, and ESV.
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  • Plus, Dr. Jeremiah's"Airship Genesis"
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  • kid's study Biblefor the young ones in your life.
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • David: Paul says, "Forgettingthose things which are behind,
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  • I press toward the markfor the high calling
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  • of Godin Christ Jesus."
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  • And what Paul wasn't saying isdo away with my past,
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  • but what he was saying isI'm not going to let the past
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  • control my presentor my future.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next time
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  • for Dr. Jeremiah's powerfulHow to Move Forward interview
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  • with Sheila Walshhere on "Turning Point."
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