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Turn Your Forward Into Forever

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November 22, 2020
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Dr. Jeremiah concludes this special series with a message on how to celebrate your forever!

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  • a 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.
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  • 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.
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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, aspireto accomplish greater 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 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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  • Dr. Jeremiah: 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,
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  • the Bible says you will meetJesus personally, face to face.
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  • This is your ultimate goal.
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  • This will be your singlemost phenomenal 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 upon today's special
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  • "Forward" editionof "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 preparatoryto 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, and accomplishGod's plan for your life
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  • in Dr. Jeremiah's new book,"Forward:
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  • 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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  • 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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  • keep 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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  • 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 would liketo send you
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  • these Move Forward motivationcards absolutely free.
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  • Contact Turning Point today.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Celebrate: Turn Your Forwardinto Forever."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: You might saythat Luke Pittard relished
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  • his job at McDonald'sin Cardiff, Wales,
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  • but he walked away from it afterwinning the UK national lottery.
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  • After all, he wasan overnight millionaire.
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  • He celebrated his good fortuneby marrying his girlfriend Emma,
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  • who was alsoa McDonald's employee,
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  • and they bought a houseand took a long holiday
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  • in the Canary Islands.
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  • But after returning to Wales,Luke was bored.
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  • "To be honest," he said,
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  • "there's only so much relaxingyou can do.
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  • I'm young and a bit of hard worknever did anyone any harm."
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  • So, he asked for his old jobback and now you can find him
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  • flipping hamburgers againat McDonald's.
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  • He makes more money from theinterest on his winnings than
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  • at the restaurant, but he feelsa natural need to 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 there's more
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  • to life than money," he says.
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  • And Emma added,"I can totally understand it.
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  • We both really enjoyed workingat McDonald's
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  • and still have good friendsthere,
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  • so it was very familiar for 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 wealthier than thewinner 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 gonna be bored there.
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  • It's remarkable how many peopletell me they'd rather not go
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  • to heaven becauseit 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 long for the kindof activity
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  • that enriched my lifeon this Earth?"
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  • And I wanna say to them,"Don't worry.
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  • You won't be bored,and for one reason:
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  • God is not boring."
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  • Heaven won't bore you.
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  • It will bring fulfillmentand celebration.
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  • All your dreaming and praying,all your focusing
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  • and risk taking 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 children are alwaysmoving 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 forward to the citywhose foundations
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  • and builder and maker is God.
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  • And Jesus longed for heavenas he approached
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  • the 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 liveholy and godly lives
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  • as you look forward to the dayof God 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 elementswill melt in the heat.
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  • But in keeping with his promisewe 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, sinceyou are looking forward to this,
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  • make every effort to be foundspotless, blameless,
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  • and at peace with 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 of the new heavens
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  • and the new earth,and our eternal home in 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 Bible says 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's eternal home?
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  • Well, first of all, we can lookforward to a rousing welcome.
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  • Expect a rousing welcome.
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  • Most of us are apprehensiveabout dying,
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  • but the Bible is fullof information
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  • to alleviate your concern.
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  • The Apostle Peter saidthat if you serve
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  • the Lord Jesus faithfully,
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  • "You will receive a rich welcomeinto the eternal kingdom
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  • of our Lord andSavior Jesus 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
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  • went back to school after havingbeen diagnosed with leukemia.
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  • He'd missed a whole yearwith his classmates
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  • because of his treatments,but finally he was able
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  • to return for a few hours a day.
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  • On 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 lining the hall,
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  • holding strands of brightcrepe paper.
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  • They yelled and cheeredas eight-year-old Grady ran
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  • between them, and at the endof 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 best day ever,Mom.
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  • I had so much fun.
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  • I didn't know dayscould 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 what Almighty Godand his angels can do.
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  • You are promised a rich welcomeinto heaven.
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  • It will be your best day ever.
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  • You can't imagine thata day could be so good.
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  • Your rich welcomeactually begins
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  • before you arrive in heaven.
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  • In our Lord's parable of therich man and the beggar Lazarus,
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  • we're told, "The time camewhen the beggar died
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  • and the angels carried himto Abraham's side in heaven."
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  • I believe that the Lord Jesussends an angelic escort
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  • to accompany his departingsaints to heaven.
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  • You'll not be forgotten,forsaken,
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  • or alone for a single second,and you'll arrive there
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  • to find your home at last.
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  • If you want to imaginehow you'll feel when you see
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  • your amazing new home,
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  • listen to what the martyrStephen said.
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  • As he died, he looked upto heaven and he saw
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  • the glory of God,and Jesus standing
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  • at the right hand of God,
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  • and he shouted, "Look!
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  • I see the heavens openedand the Son of Man standing
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  • at the right hand of God!"
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  • As the first person to givehis 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 that you and I
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  • will receive the momentwe're transported to heaven.
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  • We will enter into the joyof our Lord.
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  • So, as you look forwardto celebrate what
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  • God has done in your lifeand is doing in your life,
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  • look forwardto a 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 faithfulness on this Earth.
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  • If you live accordingto biblical principles
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  • such as the onesthat I've talked about
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  • in previous messages,
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  • there's a series of rewardsfor you described in the Bible.
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  • Jesus often said things like,"Whoever gives one of these
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  • little ones a cup of coldwater in the name of a disciple,
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  • assuredly, I say to you,he shall by no means lose
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  • his reward."
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  • Luke 6:23, "Rejoice in that dayand leap for joy!
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  • For indeed your rewardis great in heaven."
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  • Luke 6:35, "But loveyour enemies, 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,
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  • "Whatever you do,do it heartily,
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  • as to the Lord and not to men,knowing that from the Lord
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  • you will receive the rewardof the inheritance."
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  • The Bible describesheaven's rewards as crowns.
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  • There's the victor's crowndescribed in 1 Corinthians 9,
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  • where we're told to run ina way that we may obtain it,
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  • and that "everyone who competesfor the prize is temperate
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  • in all things.
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  • Now they do it to obtaina perishable crown,
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  • but we do itfor an imperishable crown."
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  • This is God's rewardfor those Christians
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  • who live a disciplined,godly life on Earth.
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  • And then, there's the crownof rejoicing.
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  • Paul describes thisin 1 Thessalonians chapter 2.
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  • He says, "What is our hope,or joy, or crown of rejoicing?
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  • Is it not even youin the presence
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  • of our Lord Jesus Christat his coming?"
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  • This is the joy of seeing thosein heaven who were influenced
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  • for Christ by our livesand our deeds and our words.
  • 00:12:02.605 --> 00:12:06.575
  • And then, there's the crownof righteousness.
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  • The key to this reward isdeveloping an intense desire
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  • for the Lord's return.
  • 00:12:11.814 --> 00:12:13.916
  • The Apostle Paul said itthis way:
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  • "Finally, there is laid up forme the crown of righteousness,
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  • which the Lord,the righteous Judge,
  • 00:12:20.256 --> 00:12:22.291
  • will give me on that day,and not to me only
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  • but also to all who have lovedhis appearing."
  • 00:12:25.194 --> 00:12:29.198
  • Next there is the crown of life,given for those
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  • who endure temptationsand trials.
  • 00:12:32.168 --> 00:12:34.937
  • Here we read, "Blessed isthe man who endures temptation;
  • 00:12:34.970 --> 00:12:38.374
  • for when he has been approved,he will receive
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  • the crown of life."
  • 00:12:41.010 --> 00:12:43.412
  • And finally,there's the crown of glory,
  • 00:12:43.445 --> 00:12:45.481
  • and Peter describes it this way:
  • 00:12:45.514 --> 00:12:47.383
  • "When the Chief Shepherdappears,
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  • you shall receive the crownof glory
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  • that does not fade away."
  • 00:12:51.420 --> 00:12:54.290
  • The greatest reward in heavenwill be seeing those
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  • who've been influencedby your work.
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  • That's when you'll understandthat you've achieved something
  • 00:13:00.830 --> 00:13:03.199
  • in life far more thanyou realized,
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  • for your labor in the Lordis never in vain.
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  • And the Bible tells usthat we're all gonna get
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  • a reward for the part we play.
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  • I've often wondered howhe's gonna divide it all up,
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  • but if he can create all of usout of the dust of the earth,
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  • I figured he can probablyfigure out the reward system
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  • for which we allwill be benefitted.
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  • So, when you look forwardto celebration,
  • 00:13:25.821 --> 00:13:29.291
  • look forwardto a resurrected body.
  • 00:13:29.325 --> 00:13:31.594
  • Oh, my goodness.
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  • Listen to this.
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  • It's important to remember thatwe aren't going to be ghosts
  • 00:13:34.296 --> 00:13:36.799
  • or angels or disembodied spiritsin heaven.
  • 00:13:36.832 --> 00:13:40.536
  • Philippians chapter 3 saysthat the Lord Jesus,
  • 00:13:40.569 --> 00:13:43.639
  • "Will transform our lowly bodiesso that they will be
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  • just like his glorious body."
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  • I don't know about you,but, for me,
  • 00:13:51.247 --> 00:13:52.882
  • that's really good news.
  • 00:13:52.915 --> 00:13:55.050
  • Some of you who are listeningto this message are battling
  • 00:13:55.084 --> 00:13:58.053
  • illnesses and disabilitiesand ravages of aging.
  • 00:13:58.087 --> 00:14:02.658
  • Medical science is grapplingwith all these issues,
  • 00:14:02.691 --> 00:14:05.494
  • and some of our advancesare amazing.
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  • Sergeant John Peck isan American marine who lost
  • 00:14:09.131 --> 00:14:12.234
  • all four limbs to an explosionin Afghanistan in 2010.
  • 00:14:12.268 --> 00:14:18.407
  • At first, he thought he'd spendthe rest of his life wearing
  • 00:14:18.440 --> 00:14:21.110
  • prosthetic arms and legs,but I can hardly believe this.
  • 00:14:21.143 --> 00:14:25.414
  • In 2016, he receiveda double arm transplant.
  • 00:14:25.447 --> 00:14:30.519
  • The limbs came from a young manwho was declared braindead
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  • and whose arms were rushed inice packs to an operating room
  • 00:14:33.722 --> 00:14:37.693
  • in Boston for the 14-hourtransplant surgery performed
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  • by a team of 60 surgeons,nurses, and technicians.
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  • When Peck woke up the next day,he had someone else's arms.
  • 00:14:47.036 --> 00:14:53.208
  • Today, John Peck is ableto perform many daily tasks
  • 00:14:53.242 --> 00:14:56.512
  • with his new arms,including signing copies
  • 00:14:56.545 --> 00:14:59.715
  • of his book,"Rebuilding Sergeant Peck."
  • 00:14:59.748 --> 00:15:03.052
  • If human medical technology cando so much to help our bodies
  • 00:15:03.085 --> 00:15:06.956
  • recover from horrific tragedies,imagine what God can do
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  • instantaneously at the momentof the resurrection.
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  • 1 Corinthians says it this way:"We will all be changed--
  • 00:15:15.864 --> 00:15:19.435
  • in a flash, in the twinklingof an eye, at the last trump.
  • 00:15:19.468 --> 00:15:23.272
  • For the trumpet will sound,and the dead
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  • will be raised imperishable,and we will be changed."
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  • Consider what we know aboutthe resurrection body of Christ.
  • 00:15:32.948 --> 00:15:37.252
  • It was his own natural body,recognizable
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  • with his unique DNA.
  • 00:15:40.689 --> 00:15:43.192
  • His personal essence and hispersonal qualities were intact.
  • 00:15:43.225 --> 00:15:47.196
  • It was the same body he acquiredin embryonic form at conception,
  • 00:15:47.229 --> 00:15:52.034
  • but in a flash of Easter gloryit was transformed
  • 00:15:52.067 --> 00:15:55.637
  • into an imperishable bodywith new capabilities.
  • 00:15:55.671 --> 00:16:00.042
  • It was capable of passingthrough doors,
  • 00:16:00.075 --> 00:16:02.644
  • ascending into the air,eating food,
  • 00:16:02.678 --> 00:16:05.447
  • touching his friends.
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  • His resurrection body is the wayour bodies are gonna be
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  • when we go to heaven.
  • 00:16:10.185 --> 00:16:11.487
  • We're going to have bodiesjust like the Lord.
  • 00:16:11.520 --> 00:16:14.390
  • Now, you can contemplatethat all you want.
  • 00:16:14.423 --> 00:16:16.492
  • The next time you're consideringcosmetic surgery,
  • 00:16:16.525 --> 00:16:19.294
  • just remember if you waitlong enough you won't have to
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  • do that, 'cause Jesus Christis gonna change everybody
  • 00:16:21.597 --> 00:16:25.000
  • to be just like him.
  • 00:16:25.034 --> 00:16:27.836
  • So, when you goto your celebration,
  • 00:16:27.870 --> 00:16:30.806
  • you will look forwardto a rousing welcome,
  • 00:16:30.839 --> 00:16:33.342
  • you will look forwardto a rich reward,
  • 00:16:33.375 --> 00:16:35.644
  • you will look forwardto a resurrected body,
  • 00:16:35.677 --> 00:16:38.313
  • but here's one that surprisesa lotta people:
  • 00:16:38.347 --> 00:16:41.183
  • you will look forwardto a renewed assignment.
  • 00:16:41.216 --> 00:16:44.720
  • You'll need your resurrectionbody because you're gonna have
  • 00:16:44.753 --> 00:16:47.589
  • a lotta work to dowhen you get to heaven.
  • 00:16:47.623 --> 00:16:49.758
  • One of the greatest aspectsof heaven involves
  • 00:16:49.792 --> 00:16:52.094
  • the prospect of more service.
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  • Revelation 7:15 says,"Therefore they are before
  • 00:16:55.297 --> 00:16:58.934
  • the throne of God, and serve himday and night."
  • 00:16:58.967 --> 00:17:03.172
  • And Revelation 22:3 says,"And there shall be
  • 00:17:03.205 --> 00:17:06.508
  • no more curse,but the throne of God
  • 00:17:06.542 --> 00:17:09.311
  • and of the Lamb shall be in it,
  • 00:17:09.344 --> 00:17:11.580
  • and his servantsshall serve him."
  • 00:17:11.613 --> 00:17:14.817
  • You know, we're not gonna goto heaven and sit on a cloud
  • 00:17:14.850 --> 00:17:17.219
  • and strum a ukuleleor whatever it is that you think
  • 00:17:17.252 --> 00:17:20.289
  • we're gonna dowhen we get there.
  • 00:17:20.322 --> 00:17:22.758
  • No, we're gonna go to heaven,and we're gonna work.
  • 00:17:22.791 --> 00:17:25.928
  • Work won't be difficult.
  • 00:17:25.961 --> 00:17:27.329
  • It will be the greatest joyof heaven,
  • 00:17:27.362 --> 00:17:29.264
  • to be able to work withoutanybody pushing back on you,
  • 00:17:29.298 --> 00:17:32.134
  • anybody trying to tell you to dowhat you don't wanna do,
  • 00:17:32.167 --> 00:17:34.570
  • because God puts within you thedesire to do the right thing.
  • 00:17:34.603 --> 00:17:37.940
  • You will be able to get upand work every day,
  • 00:17:37.973 --> 00:17:40.442
  • and it will be the joyof your life.
  • 00:17:40.476 --> 00:17:43.078
  • When you get to heaven,when you attend the celebration
  • 00:17:43.112 --> 00:17:46.115
  • at the end of what happenshere on this Earth,
  • 00:17:46.148 --> 00:17:49.318
  • you will have a rousing welcome,you will get a rich reward,
  • 00:17:49.351 --> 00:17:54.156
  • your body will be resurrectedand changed completely,
  • 00:17:54.189 --> 00:17:58.127
  • you'll get a new assignment,and you will look forward
  • 00:17:58.160 --> 00:18:00.896
  • to a royal throne.
  • 00:18:00.929 --> 00:18:03.031
  • By far, the greatest energyand enthusiasm in heaven
  • 00:18:03.065 --> 00:18:06.101
  • will be aroundthe throne of God,
  • 00:18:06.135 --> 00:18:09.004
  • when we cast our crownsat his feet and worship him
  • 00:18:09.037 --> 00:18:12.741
  • with full understanding and joy.
  • 00:18:12.774 --> 00:18:15.711
  • We have a previewin Revelation 4 and 5,
  • 00:18:15.744 --> 00:18:18.280
  • when the saints and angelsof heaven sing in a loud voice,
  • 00:18:18.313 --> 00:18:22.117
  • "Blessing and honor and gloryand power to him who sits
  • 00:18:22.151 --> 00:18:26.555
  • on the throne, and to the Lamb,forever and ever!"
  • 00:18:26.588 --> 00:18:31.994
  • Dr. Vernon Whaley has beentraining worship leaders
  • 00:18:32.027 --> 00:18:35.264
  • for decades.
  • 00:18:35.297 --> 00:18:37.065
  • His passion for worship stemsfrom the small Alaska church
  • 00:18:37.099 --> 00:18:41.103
  • he attended as a child.
  • 00:18:41.136 --> 00:18:43.305
  • His parents weremissionaries there,
  • 00:18:43.338 --> 00:18:45.674
  • and they had a deep concernfor people with disabilities.
  • 00:18:45.707 --> 00:18:49.778
  • When they met for the services,it was a remarkable crowd:
  • 00:18:49.811 --> 00:18:53.916
  • an alcoholic turned deacon,a prostitute transformed
  • 00:18:53.949 --> 00:18:57.553
  • into a Sunday school teacher,a blind man
  • 00:18:57.586 --> 00:19:00.656
  • who played the piano,a former fugitive
  • 00:19:00.689 --> 00:19:03.358
  • who kept the church grounds,a young woman lame from birth,
  • 00:19:03.392 --> 00:19:07.062
  • a young man with Down syndromewho helped take the offering.
  • 00:19:07.095 --> 00:19:10.599
  • But they all sang praisesto God.
  • 00:19:10.632 --> 00:19:15.304
  • Vernon Whaley says,"My father was a great one
  • 00:19:15.337 --> 00:19:17.906
  • for having extended timesof singing
  • 00:19:17.940 --> 00:19:20.509
  • during the Sunday nightservices."
  • 00:19:20.542 --> 00:19:22.711
  • I know about that.
  • 00:19:22.744 --> 00:19:24.546
  • My father was a pastor, and weused to have Sunday night sings.
  • 00:19:24.580 --> 00:19:28.517
  • Sometimes, they lastedfor the whole service.
  • 00:19:28.550 --> 00:19:31.520
  • Mr. Whaley said,"My father entered the ministry
  • 00:19:31.553 --> 00:19:33.755
  • during the 1940s,when Youth for Christ rallies
  • 00:19:33.789 --> 00:19:36.558
  • were held all over the country.
  • 00:19:36.592 --> 00:19:38.594
  • He never lost the excitementof those rallies
  • 00:19:38.627 --> 00:19:40.762
  • and their impact on his life."
  • 00:19:40.796 --> 00:19:42.564
  • So, he said,"Almost every Sunday night,
  • 00:19:42.598 --> 00:19:44.433
  • our congregation sang hymnafter hymn after hymn."
  • 00:19:44.466 --> 00:19:48.203
  • And if you know those days,you know you sang
  • 00:19:48.237 --> 00:19:50.339
  • all the verses, all four verses,or five sometimes.
  • 00:19:50.372 --> 00:19:54.776
  • Dr. Whaley recalls oneSunday night when there was
  • 00:19:54.810 --> 00:19:58.447
  • a puzzling stir from the middleof the congregation.
  • 00:19:58.480 --> 00:20:01.717
  • He turned around to seea significantly disabled girl
  • 00:20:01.750 --> 00:20:05.787
  • slowly steering her wheelchairto the front of the church.
  • 00:20:05.821 --> 00:20:11.026
  • The converted alcoholic got upand helped her roll
  • 00:20:11.059 --> 00:20:14.596
  • to the front of the pulpit.
  • 00:20:14.630 --> 00:20:16.698
  • Reverend Whaleycame down near her.
  • 00:20:16.732 --> 00:20:19.234
  • Using her alphabet slate,she told him
  • 00:20:19.268 --> 00:20:22.170
  • she wanted to sing a solo.
  • 00:20:22.204 --> 00:20:25.240
  • She wanted to sing,"Amazing Grace."
  • 00:20:25.274 --> 00:20:29.478
  • The blind pianist struck upthe tune for "Amazing Grace,"
  • 00:20:29.511 --> 00:20:34.449
  • and the girl began making groansand moanings in time
  • 00:20:34.483 --> 00:20:38.153
  • with the music.
  • 00:20:38.186 --> 00:20:40.022
  • "I was not able to clearlyunderstand a word she sang,"
  • 00:20:40.055 --> 00:20:42.958
  • Dr. Whaley said, "but somehowthe musicianship
  • 00:20:42.991 --> 00:20:47.162
  • and the articulation of wordsdid not matter.
  • 00:20:47.195 --> 00:20:50.365
  • All of us understood intuitivelywhat she was doing and,
  • 00:20:50.399 --> 00:20:53.702
  • more important,why she was doing it.
  • 00:20:53.735 --> 00:20:56.071
  • There was no doubt.
  • 00:20:56.104 --> 00:20:57.739
  • We all knew she was singing fromher heart to the living God.
  • 00:20:57.773 --> 00:21:01.076
  • There was not a dry eyein the audience.
  • 00:21:01.109 --> 00:21:03.745
  • Even the children were capturedand stilled by that moment."
  • 00:21:03.779 --> 00:21:08.817
  • Can you imagine the momenttens of millions of us
  • 00:21:08.850 --> 00:21:12.020
  • join tens of millions of angels?
  • 00:21:12.054 --> 00:21:14.790
  • All of our disabilities gone,all of our problems solved,
  • 00:21:14.823 --> 00:21:18.427
  • all of our burdens lifted,and we lift our voices
  • 00:21:18.460 --> 00:21:21.263
  • in a choir of billions, and wesing of God's amazing grace.
  • 00:21:21.296 --> 00:21:26.902
  • Yes, we look forwardto a rousing welcome,
  • 00:21:26.935 --> 00:21:30.305
  • and a rich reward,and a resurrected body,
  • 00:21:30.339 --> 00:21:33.842
  • a renewed assignment,a royal throne,
  • 00:21:33.875 --> 00:21:37.446
  • and a rapturous reunion.
  • 00:21:37.479 --> 00:21:40.615
  • Here's something else.
  • 00:21:40.649 --> 00:21:42.050
  • As you gather around the throne,you'll look over,
  • 00:21:42.084 --> 00:21:45.420
  • and you'll see your dearestloved ones in Christ.
  • 00:21:45.454 --> 00:21:49.157
  • You'll instantly knoweach other,
  • 00:21:49.191 --> 00:21:51.293
  • and you'll begin to fellowshipin heaven
  • 00:21:51.326 --> 00:21:53.228
  • where you left off on Earth.
  • 00:21:53.261 --> 00:21:55.530
  • All the saints of all the ageswill be there,
  • 00:21:55.564 --> 00:21:57.999
  • plus all the angels.
  • 00:21:58.033 --> 00:21:59.368
  • No more separation.No more sorrow.
  • 00:21:59.401 --> 00:22:01.603
  • I'll see my dad and my momagain and the dearest ones
  • 00:22:01.636 --> 00:22:06.541
  • who have preceded me to glory.
  • 00:22:06.575 --> 00:22:08.944
  • Our lives are orderedby the Lord,
  • 00:22:08.977 --> 00:22:10.946
  • and he brings us togetheron Earth in friendships and
  • 00:22:10.979 --> 00:22:13.515
  • marriages and family units andrelationships and fellowship.
  • 00:22:13.548 --> 00:22:17.953
  • And the same God who brought ustogether the first time
  • 00:22:17.986 --> 00:22:20.789
  • will reunite us again, and we'llpick up where we left off,
  • 00:22:20.822 --> 00:22:24.459
  • minus all the disagreements andall the personality conflicts.
  • 00:22:24.493 --> 00:22:28.964
  • Oh, my friends, the celebrationthat awaits us,
  • 00:22:28.997 --> 00:22:31.233
  • if we continue to go forward,is beyond description.
  • 00:22:31.266 --> 00:22:34.770
  • It includes a rousing welcome,a rich reward,
  • 00:22:34.803 --> 00:22:37.639
  • a resurrected body.
  • 00:22:37.672 --> 00:22:39.841
  • It includes a royal throne,a rapturous reunion,
  • 00:22:39.875 --> 00:22:43.311
  • and a risen Savior.
  • 00:22:43.345 --> 00:22:45.747
  • Oh, yes, all of the thingsthat happen to us in heaven
  • 00:22:45.781 --> 00:22:48.950
  • are peripheral, becausethe main thing in heaven is
  • 00:22:48.984 --> 00:22:53.588
  • we get to see Jesus.
  • 00:22:53.622 --> 00:22:56.024
  • That's the greatest anticipationabout heaven, our risen Savior.
  • 00:22:56.057 --> 00:23:00.862
  • The Bible says you will seeJesus face to face.
  • 00:23:00.896 --> 00:23:04.366
  • There is no more glorious versein the Bible
  • 00:23:04.399 --> 00:23:07.202
  • than Revelation 22:4,"They shall see his face."
  • 00:23:07.235 --> 00:23:11.907
  • One day in the future,if your heart is right with God
  • 00:23:11.940 --> 00:23:15.644
  • and you are a Christian,and you die
  • 00:23:15.677 --> 00:23:18.146
  • and you go to heaven,the Bible says
  • 00:23:18.180 --> 00:23:19.881
  • you will meet Jesus personally,face to face.
  • 00:23:19.915 --> 00:23:24.419
  • You can turn your forwardinto forever.
  • 00:23:25.987 --> 00:23:30.158
  • Don't miss the celebrationand eternal joys of heaven.
  • 00:23:30.192 --> 00:23:33.528
  • Jesus died and rose againto take you to heaven,
  • 00:23:33.562 --> 00:23:36.965
  • and he's gone ahead of youto get everything ready.
  • 00:23:36.998 --> 00:23:39.634
  • The whole human raceis poisoned by sin,
  • 00:23:39.668 --> 00:23:42.938
  • but the blood of Jesus Christis the cure.
  • 00:23:42.971 --> 00:23:45.907
  • He died on the cross,and the Bible says,
  • 00:23:45.941 --> 00:23:48.376
  • "If you declare with your mouththe Lord Jesus,
  • 00:23:48.410 --> 00:23:50.879
  • and believe in your heart thatGod raised him from the dead,
  • 00:23:50.912 --> 00:23:53.849
  • you will be saved.
  • 00:23:53.882 --> 00:23:56.318
  • For it is with your heart thatyou believe and are justified,
  • 00:23:56.351 --> 00:23:59.754
  • and it is with your mouththat you profess your faith
  • 00:23:59.788 --> 00:24:02.457
  • and are saved."
  • 00:24:02.491 --> 00:24:04.626
  • So, hear me carefullyin this last message
  • 00:24:04.659 --> 00:24:07.195
  • in this ten-message series.
  • 00:24:07.229 --> 00:24:09.931
  • There's no going forwardwithout Jesus,
  • 00:24:09.965 --> 00:24:12.801
  • and when you have Jesus,there's no turning back.
  • 00:24:12.834 --> 00:24:17.205
  • Amen.
  • 00:24:17.239 --> 00:24:18.573
  • 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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  • announcer: And nowwith one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: No matterwhat season of life
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  • in which you find yourself,your brightest day can be
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  • just around the corner.
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  • Take hold of it,let go of the past,
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  • and 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 rememberthis 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 know Jesus Christwell; but if you don't,
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  • I'd like to introduce himto 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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  • is our monthlydevotional magazine,
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  • "Turning Points."
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  • announcer: Also availablefrom Dr. Jeremiah,
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  • available in NKJV, NIV, and ESV;
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Paul says,"Forgetting those things
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  • which are behind,I press toward the mark
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  • for the high calling 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 gonna 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 for an encorepresentation of Dr. Jeremiah's
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  • powerful, "How to Move Forward"interview with Sheila Walsh,
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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