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Turning Point at Madison Square

Watch Turning Point at Madison Square
January 3, 2020
27:30

Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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Turning Point at Madison Square

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  • [audience applauding]
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  • male announcer: The Bible contains everything
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  • we need to know for time and eternity.
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  • It is the wisdom of God distilled for human consumption.
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  • It is the mind of Christ between two covers,
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  • knowledge that enlightens, advice that counsels,
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  • food that feeds, milk that nourishes,
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  • honey that sweetens, gold that enriches,
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  • a sword that defends, a hammer that molds us,
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  • and a lamp that guides us.
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  • Every word of the Bible was penned
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  • by a person like you or me,
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  • yet each word was breathed out by God
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  • as holy men of old spoke as the Spirit moved them.
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  • The resulting book is unique, inspired, infallible, inerrant,
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  • never-failing, ever-reviving, as old as antiquity,
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  • as relevant as tomorrow's headlines,
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  • and forever established in heaven.
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  • Just as ribbons of a Bible mark the course of our reading
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  • and study of God's Word, so God's Word is to leave
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  • its own mark on our lives.
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  • We read it to be wise, obey it to be safe,
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  • believe it to be happy, and proclaim it to be joyful.
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  • And so, we celebrate the Word of God
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  • and the One who breathed it into the hearts of men.
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  • We celebrate the Good Book for it is matchless, incomparable,
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  • and unique from every book in the history of mankind.
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  • We celebrate Scripture that was not written to merely inform us,
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  • but to transform us.
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  • Yes, together we celebrate the Bible,
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  • what it says, what it means, and what it means for our lives.
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  • announcer: Please welcome the Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers.
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  • [audience cheering]
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  • male: C'mon, everybody.
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  • Get on your feet and clap your hands and let's lift up
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  • the name of Jesus.
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  • male: Let's lift up the Lord.
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  • "Every praise."
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  • Every praise is to our God
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  • Every word of worship with one accord
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  • Every praise
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  • every praise is to our God
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  • male: That's why we sing, "Hallelujah".
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  • Sing hallelujah to our God
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  • Glory hallelujah is due our God
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  • Every praise
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  • every praise is to our God
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  • male: Let's take it a little higher.
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  • "Every praise."
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  • Every praise is to our God
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  • Every word of worship with one accord
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  • Every praise
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  • every praise is to our God
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  • Sing hallelujah to our God
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  • Glory hallelujah is due our God
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  • Every praise
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  • every praise is to our God
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  • male: Let's take it up again. "Every praise."
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  • Every praise is to our God
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  • Every word of worship with one accord
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  • Every praise, every praise
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  • every praise, every praise
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  • every praise, every praise
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  • is to our God
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  • announcer: Coming up on, "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Moses has outlived Voltaire,
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  • Isaiah has outlasted Ingersoll, the apostles have outsmarted
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  • the agnostics, and the prophets have overpowered the professors.
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  • And the Bible still stands as God's wonderful message to man.
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  • of the 66 books of the Bible, which includes a key thought,
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  • a key verse, a key action, and a key prayer
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  • I've been the one
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  • To shake with fear
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  • And wonder if
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  • You're even here
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  • I've been the one
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  • To doubt your love
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  • I've told myself
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  • You're not enough
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  • Oh, oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh, oh
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  • I've been the one
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  • To try and say
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  • I'll overcome
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  • By my own strength
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  • I've been the one
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  • To fall apart
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  • And start to question
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  • Who you are
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  • You're the one who conquers giants
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  • You're the one who calls out kings
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  • You shut the mouths of lions
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  • You tell the dead to breathe
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  • You're the one who walks through fire
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  • You take the orphan's hand
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  • You are the one Messiah
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  • You are I Am
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  • You are I Am
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  • And hallelujah, he lives in me
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  • And hallelujah, he lives in me
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  • Hallelujah, he lives in me
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  • Hallelujah, he lives in me
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  • You're the one who conquers giants
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  • You're the one who calls out kings
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  • You shut the mouths of lions
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  • You tell the dead to breathe
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  • You're the one who walks through fire
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  • You take the orphan's hand
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  • You are the one Messiah
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  • You are I Am
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  • You are I Am
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  • female announcer: "Daily in His Presence"
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: A few years ago,
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  • "The New Yorker" magazine carried an article entitled,
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  • "The Good Book Business and Why Publishers Love the Bible."
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  • The writers made a remarkable claim.
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  • The familiar observation that the Bible is the bestselling
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  • book of all time obscures an even more startling fact,
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  • and that is that the Bible is the bestselling book of the year
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  • every single year.
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  • [audience applauding]
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  • In the United States alone, 50 Bibles are sold every minute,
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  • 72.000 every day, and 26 million every year.
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  • By comparison, the top five bestsellers combined
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  • sold 12 million copies.
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  • In fact, the Gideons alone, during their 100 years
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  • of ministry, have distributed 1.6 billion copies
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  • of God's Word in more than 190 countries
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  • around the globe.
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  • They're just one of many-- just one of many entities
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  • committed to the worldwide distribution of Scripture.
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  • Hundreds of publishers, thousands of outlets,
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  • and millions of people are sharing the good news of Christ
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  • as revealed in the Bible.
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  • Did you know that more people read the Bible
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  • than any other book?
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  • Without question, it is the most important book in the world.
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  • And this is the conviction not just of Christian believers
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  • but also of thoughtful political statesmen, royalty,
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  • and renowned intellectuals.
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  • For instance, Winston Churchill called the Bible a masterpiece.
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  • Writers as diverse as Milton, and Swift, and Scott
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  • have borrowed liberally from its pages.
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  • In fact, if you were to delete every biblical reference
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  • from the great art and literature of the world,
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  • our galleries and our libraries would shrink in half.
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  • Artists and poets and writers and sculptors and musicians
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  • have filled the world with their works based on biblical themes.
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  • No book in the world or the history
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  • of the world has inspired more creativity than the Bible.
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  • The Bible was written over a span of 1500 years
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  • by more than 40 human authors from all walks of life.
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  • They were kings and farmers, historians and fishermen,
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  • prophets and apostles.
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  • It was written in three languages:
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  • Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek,
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  • and in four geopolitical regions: the Middle East,
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  • Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, and Southern Europe.
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  • Now the Spirit of God moved the writers of Scripture
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  • as they wrote so that the words that they recorded
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  • were nothing less than the very words of God.
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  • Yet, at the same time, the authors' own styles
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  • and personalities are evident in their writings.
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  • The first translation of the English Bible
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  • made it into the language of English was done
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  • by John Wycliffe in 1382 AD.
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  • It was first printed in 1454 AD by Johannes Gutenberg
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  • who invented the type mold for the printing press.
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  • Did you know that the Bible was the first book ever printed?
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  • And history shows that the development of European culture
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  • and from there all of western civilization
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  • is based upon the Bible.
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  • The Ten Commandments are the cornerstone of jurisprudence;
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  • and the Sermon on the Mount, the foundation of morality
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  • and ethics around the world.
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  • And today, the English Bible is everywhere.
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  • If you have ever made light of something,
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  • or shown the patience of Job,
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  • or noticed the signs of the times,
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  • or called someone the salt of the earth,
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  • or full of good works, if you have ever resolved
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  • to fight the good fight, been where two or three
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  • are gathered together, found that the spirit is willing
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  • but the flesh is weak, and in spite of the powers
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  • that be decided to eat, drink, and be merry,
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  • or have been saved by the skin of your teeth,
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  • then you've quoted the English Bible in phrases
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  • etched into our daily language forever and for over 400 years.
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  • Billy Graham said of the Scripture that,
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  • "No other book can touch its profound wisdom,
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  • its poetic beauty,
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  • or the accuracy of its history and prophecy.
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  • The Bible embodies all of the knowledge man needs
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  • to fill the longing of his soul and solve all of his problems,"
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  • said Graham.
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  • "I wanna be saturated with the Bible.
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  • I wanna know it by heart before I die."
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  • Do you know the incredible Word of God, men and women,
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  • for believers has had such great value and that value
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  • is evident in their willingness to sacrifice their very lives
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  • for possessing it.
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  • If you look back over history you will see this clearly.
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  • In the great persecution of the church in AD303,
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  • the Roman Emperor Diocletian was determined
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  • to destroy the Scriptures.
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  • His comment was that any copy of the Bible that was found
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  • was burned and thousands of believers and their families
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  • were martyred because they would not throw away
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  • their copies of the Bible.
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  • This killing and destruction of the Scriptures went on
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  • for two years, after which a victory column
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  • was erected over the ashes of a Bible with these words
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  • that indicated that the Bible was now extinct.
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  • But 20 years later, the Emperor Constantine
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  • proclaimed the Bible the infallible judge
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  • of all truth and it came back to life.
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  • French humanist, Voltaire, who lived between
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  • 1694 and 1778, boastfully proclaimed, quote,
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  • "Fifty years from now the world will hear no more of the Bible."
  • 00:16:32.270 --> 00:16:38.060
  • Yet in the year of his boast, the British Museum purchased
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  • a manuscript of the Greek New Testament
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  • from the Russian government for $500.000
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  • while a first edition of Voltaire's book was selling
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  • for 8 cents a copy.
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  • And 50 years after the death of Voltaire, listen to this,
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  • Bibles were being printed by the Geneva Bible Society
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  • in the very house where Voltaire had lived
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  • and on his very own printing presses.
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  • Don't you think God has a sense of humor?
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  • The French protestants known as the Huguenots pictured it
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  • as an anvil surrounded by three blacksmiths
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  • and beneath the picture they inscribed this little poem:
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  • "The more they pound and the more they shout,
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  • the more they wear their hammers out."
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  • A thousand times over, men and women,
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  • the death knell of the Bible has been sounded,
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  • the funeral procession has been formed,
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  • the inscriptions have been cut on the tombstone,
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  • and the committal has read.
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  • Somehow, the corpse never stays put.
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  • And so today, we look back on history and all the critics
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  • and we realize that in a strange way,
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  • Moses has outlived Voltaire, Isaiah has outlasted Ingersoll,
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  • the apostles have outsmarted the agnostics,
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  • and the prophets have overpowered the professors.
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  • And the Bible still stands as God's wonderful message to man.
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  • [audience applauding]
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  • As long as I can remember, the Bible's been a major part
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  • of my life.
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  • I grew up in the home of a Baptist preacher and
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  • like some other people I have heard, I had a drug problem.
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  • I was drug to church every time the doors were open.
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  • I started memorizing the Bible as a child when I was a part
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  • of an organization called the Bible Memory Association.
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  • I'm not sure what my motivation was at the time.
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  • I was probably competing to win some sort of prize.
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  • But I can tell you that I still today,
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  • after all these many years, remember verses that I memorized
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  • when I was a little kid.
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  • My first meaningful relationship with the Bible came
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  • when I was in the 6th grade.
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  • Believe it or not, back then when I was in the 6th grade,
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  • the Gideons were allowed to distribute copies
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  • of the New Testament to students in the 6th grade
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  • of the public schools.
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  • And I remember getting a little copy of a Gideon New Testament
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  • and beginning to read it on my own.
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  • A little bit later on, my parents gave me
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  • a Scofield Reference Bible and all of you are groaning
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  • 'cause you all had one of those, growing up.
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  • As far as I know, that's the first Bible
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  • with any kind of notes in it that I had ever seen
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  • and I had a gray one that I still have in my office.
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  • It's kind of worn out and the binding is coming apart
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  • but I remember often reading from that Bible and wondering
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  • what something meant and trying to find out if Mr. Scofield
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  • had anything to say about it down at the bottom.
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  • During the final two years of my college experience
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  • at Cedarville College in Ohio, I took several Bible courses
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  • and I began to seriously contemplate
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  • becoming a gospel minister.
  • 00:20:00.160 --> 00:20:03.070
  • When I graduated from Cedarville,
  • 00:20:03.080 --> 00:20:04.220
  • I enrolled at Dallas Seminary and began the scholarly study
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  • of the Bible.
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  • I have only pastored two churches
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  • in my 40-some years as a minister.
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  • Donna and I started the Blackhawk Baptist Church
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  • in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1969 and pastored that church
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  • until 1981 when we moved to San Diego to lead what is
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  • now called the Shadow Mountain Community Church.
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  • When we built our worship center back in 1990 we had a beautiful
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  • stained glass window created at the very front of the building.
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  • The words in that window give testimony to the priority
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  • we place upon God's book, the Bible.
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  • Those words are from Psalm 119, verse 130:
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  • "The entrance of your words give light."
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  • When people ask me what I do, I often answer by saying,
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  • "Well, I read the Bible and I study the Bible and I preach
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  • the Bible and I put the Bible on the radio
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  • and I put the Bible on television.
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  • And I write books about the Bible and articles
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  • and study guides about the Bible.
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  • And put the Bible on the Internet."
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  • That's what I believe God has called me to do,
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  • that's what I wanna do, and frankly,
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  • that's all I know how to do.
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  • [audience applauding]
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  • You see, men and women, I believe that the Bible is
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  • the only God-inspired book ever written.
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  • It is definitive and authoritative,
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  • and I have great confidence that as long as I am faithful
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  • to the text, honoring it as it is,
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  • God's Word and not taking the text out of context,
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  • which as you know becomes a pretext, as long as
  • 00:21:46.210 --> 00:21:50.130
  • I'm faithful to the context, you say, "What does that mean?"
  • 00:21:50.140 --> 00:21:52.270
  • Well, maybe you've known someone in your life who uses the Bible
  • 00:21:52.280 --> 00:21:55.190
  • in a random way to get answers from God.
  • 00:21:55.200 --> 00:21:58.190
  • And when they need an answer, they just open the Bible
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  • and put their finger on a verse and they read it.
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  • And I read about a young man who was doing that one day,
  • 00:22:04.150 --> 00:22:07.040
  • trying to find out God's will for his life.
  • 00:22:07.050 --> 00:22:09.150
  • He opened the Bible, put his finger on the Scripture
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  • and it said, "And then Judas went out and hung himself."
  • 00:22:12.260 --> 00:22:19.260
  • And he knew that couldn't be right so he flipped it over
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  • to some other pages and stuck his finger down again and,
  • 00:22:22.010 --> 00:22:24.020
  • lo and behold, what he came upon was another verse that said,
  • 00:22:24.030 --> 00:22:27.130
  • "Go thou and do likewise."
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  • "Oh no, that can't be proper. Give it one more shot."
  • 00:22:30.210 --> 00:22:34.040
  • So he opened it again, put his finger down
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  • on a Scripture and here's what came out:
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  • "Whatsoever thou doest, do quickly."
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  • You know, if you study the Bible that way you can make it
  • 00:22:42.280 --> 00:22:45.030
  • say anything you want it to say.
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  • But if you study the Bible to understand what it meant
  • 00:22:48.060 --> 00:22:50.210
  • when it was written to the people who read it first,
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  • you will understand about the Bible some incredible truth.
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  • Here is God's promise for those who will honor his Word,
  • 00:22:58.200 --> 00:23:03.010
  • from the words of Isaiah the prophet:
  • 00:23:03.020 --> 00:23:05.140
  • "So shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth;
  • 00:23:05.150 --> 00:23:09.080
  • it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish
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  • what I please, and it shall prosper
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  • in the thing for which I sent it."
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  • Tonight we are celebrating the completion and publication
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  • of the Jeremiah Study Bible.
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  • This is the culmination of a lifetime of studying
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  • and teaching the Word of God.
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  • Over these many years I have watched this book and the Savior
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  • it presents permanently change the lives of people.
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  • And it is my prayer that the Study Bible introduced
  • 00:23:42.120 --> 00:23:45.010
  • on this night will encourage you to make the study of God's Word
  • 00:23:45.020 --> 00:23:48.280
  • a priority in your life.
  • 00:23:48.290 --> 00:23:51.210
  • It will always be the most influential book in the world
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  • because its message originated with God and it resolves
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  • the most pressing human need which is how to know God
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  • and be reconciled to him.
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  • So may the words of this book, the Bible, fill your memory,
  • 00:24:08.050 --> 00:24:12.000
  • rule your heart, guide your feet.
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  • Read it slowly and frequently and prayerfully.
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  • It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory,
  • 00:24:19.220 --> 00:24:23.130
  • a river of pleasure.
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  • It is given to you in this life and it will be open someday
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  • at the judgment and remembered forevermore, amen.
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  • [audience applauding]
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: You cannot become a Christian without the Bible.
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  • We would not know how to know God without the Bible.
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  • We can know God exists through his Creation but we cannot know
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  • how to know God unless God reveals himself to us
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  • and in the Bible he has done just that.
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