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Heaven is Real

Watch Heaven is Real
September 1, 2019
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Winning Walk with Ed Young

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Heaven is Real

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  • Dr. Ed Young: Every three seconds someone dies.
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  • Every second three people die.
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  • Every minute 180 people die.
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  • Every hour 1.1000 people die.
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  • Every day 250.000 people leave this earth.
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  • The mortality rate is 100%.
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  • A hundred percent.
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  • And therefore when we cease to function as a living person
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  • in this world, the atheists, the agnostics say,
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  • "I don't know.
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  • Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
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  • We go back to dust and Earth nothingness.
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  • We cease to exist."
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  • Are we who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, in that book,
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  • knows that when life leaves this body, we go to Heaven, we go
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  • to Hell, understanding that God never sends anybody to Hell.
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  • It is a choice we make on this earth that decides our destiny.
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  • So we're gonna be looking at for weeks to come, Heaven.
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  • Heaven.
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  • And every time I say heaven is, you'll answer real.
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  • Let's try it.
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  • Heaven is?
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  • How many of you have ever got on the Internet and looked
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  • at real estate on the Internet?
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  • Would you lift your hand?
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  • You just looked at real estate.
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  • A lot of people.
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  • Good, good, good.
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  • It's called real estate.
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  • They are real.
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  • But sometimes we can be confused about what we see and what we
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  • don't see.
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  • Like the two blondes who were on the coast, and they look
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  • out over there and they look at the moon, and one blonde says
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  • to the other, "Are we closer to the moon or to Florida?"
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  • And the other blonde says, "Can you see Florida?"
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  • So we can be confused about what is real and what is not real,
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  • but we know one thing in our study,
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  • we will see that heaven is?
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  • Now, people have trouble believing that, because it is
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  • out of this world.
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  • But it's real, heaven exists.
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  • Let me show you how real it is.
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  • Would everybody clap your hands?
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  • Then that chair, you just feel that chair.
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  • Would you feel a little bit?
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  • All right.
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  • All right, take a deep breath.
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  • Oh, that's real, isn't it?
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  • You know, the chair, the noise, the clap,
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  • heaven is just that real.
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  • And we'll talk about reality.
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  • In a sense, most of us think reality has to do with material.
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  • If it's real, it has to be material, but we know--
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  • we think about it, that's not true.
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  • Real is material.
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  • In heaven, we'll be material, but also real is spiritual.
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  • Can you see love?
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  • Can you see friendship?
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  • Love, friendship, these are intangible, so in heaven, we
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  • discover there will be that which is material and that which
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  • is immaterial, that which we can measure objectively, and that
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  • which we cannot measure subjectively.
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  • We will have a resurrected body that will be real spiritually
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  • and physically in another dimension, and we'll look
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  • at that next time we gather.
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  • But now we're talking about heaven.
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  • And when I think about heaven, you know the verse that comes
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  • to my mind?
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  • And the chapter is John 14.
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  • Most of us are familiar with John 14 chapter number 14,
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  • verse 1 says, "Do not let your heart be troubled."
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  • Now, let's get the context of Jesus speaking these words.
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  • He's in the upper room.
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  • It's only hours before his arrest and his crucifixion.
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  • This is valedictory address in which he's instructing those
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  • 11 Apostles one last time, and he's trying to teach them
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  • and let them understand that he's about to leave.
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  • Now, a lot of people take this passage, and they say, "Let not
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  • your heart be troubled," and they say, "Well, if you're
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  • a Christian, you should never have any troubles."
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  • You can cut on television, hear that 24/7.
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  • Well, if you're a Christian, and you're serving the Lord
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  • and you have enough faith,
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  • you'll not really have any trouble.
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  • You'll just wash away troubles.
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  • You'll be healthy and wealthy and wise and free from any
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  • concern, and they take this verse and use it as one
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  • of the text that they'll use.
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  • Or Romans 8:20, "All things work together for good to those
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  • who love God.
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  • Therefore, let not your hearted be troubled."
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  • We as Christians should not have trouble, but we know
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  • from personal experience that is a lie.
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  • It is simply phony, it is not true, why?
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  • One reason there is evil in the world.
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  • Anybody want to debate about that a while?
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  • And we could show evil in some religious groups, we could show
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  • evil and some people who are just mentally confused, some
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  • people who are addicted.
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  • There is evil in the world, so there is trouble
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  • in the world, but we don't have to look at a global perspective,
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  • we can look in our lives.
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  • And there's trouble in individual lives, there's
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  • trouble in relationships, there's trouble in families,
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  • there's trouble in our vocations, there's trouble in--
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  • with our health.
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  • All around us we see there are troubles, but this scripture
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  • says, "Let not your heart be troubled," but we are surrounded
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  • by troubles.
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  • We have trouble.
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  • Everybody walks this earth has troubles.
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  • Jesus did.
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  • In the preceding chapter, John 13, it says Jesus was troubled.
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  • Well, how in the world can Jesus be troubled?
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  • You read in the context there, it's because one of his close
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  • associates he'd followed with, he'd loved, he'd believed in, he
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  • discipled, he had trained, this associate was selling him out.
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  • By the way, nobody can really hurt you, really hurt you deeply
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  • unless you've loved them, been with 'em, shared your life
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  • with them, they shared your life.
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  • That's somebody who can really hurt you.
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  • Other people can scar you, but you can back away,
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  • but somebody that's really walked inside of life with you,
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  • that's that people are gonna hurt you.
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  • This is what Judas did.
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  • Jesus was troubled because of Judas.
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  • Jesus was troubled because of the braggadocios idea
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  • of Peter.
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  • Jesus said in the 13th chapter John, "I'm going away.
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  • I'm not going to be with you."
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  • And Peter says, Where you going?
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  • And Jesus says, "You can't go with me."
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  • And Peter says, "I'll go with you.
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  • I'll lay down my life for you."
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  • Big talk, isn't it?
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  • Jesus looked at the bombastic Pete and said,
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  • "Let me tell ya somethin'.
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  • Before the rooster crows in the morning, you'll deny you
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  • even know me."
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  • Jesus was troubled.
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  • He was troubled because he was facing the shame of the cross.
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  • He was troubled because he knew the father would turn his back
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  • on him.
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  • He was troubled because he knew he would take upon himself all
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  • the trash of your life and my life and the trash of the world.
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  • Jesus was troubled, but in the midst of trouble, he
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  • was concerned about his apostles.
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  • Isn't that something?
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  • He was preparing them.
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  • He said, "Let not your heart be troubled."
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  • And then he gave them three reasons why they should not let
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  • trouble take over their lives.
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  • Not that they would not have problems and challenges and pain
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  • and suffering and difficulties, but he gave three reasons how
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  • you handle it, how you find victory in it.
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  • And look what he says, "Let not your heart be troubled,"
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  • number one.
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  • "Believe in God, believe also in me."
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  • When trouble comes to you, when trouble comes to me, the first
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  • thing we have to do is to trust God and trust Jesus Christ.
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  • It's trust.
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  • Can God be trusted?
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  • He created this world.
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  • Can Jesus be trusted as you look at his life and his words?
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  • He not only taught these principles, he lived them out.
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  • So, Jesus, saying trouble comes.
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  • Don't let trouble get over you and control you
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  • and ruin your life.
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  • He said, "Put your trust in me as you put your trust
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  • in Almighty God."
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  • That's where we begin when troubles come.
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  • We trust, we believe, put our full weight down upon him.
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  • And what's the next thing Jesus says when trouble comes?
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  • He said, "In my father's house are many dwelling places.
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  • If it were not so, I would've told you.
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  • I go to prepare a place for you."
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  • He's saying, look, when trouble comes, the worst thing can
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  • happen is your life can be taken from you.
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  • You can leave this earth, but he said that shouldn't be
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  • an overwhelming trouble, because he said, I have gone ahead
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  • of you, "I have paved the way for you, and I have prepared
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  • a place just for you."
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  • And that will be our home.
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  • Anybody thinks they're at home on this Earth,
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  • you are fooling yourself.
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  • It's just like here are fish in an aquarium, and they're
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  • swimming around and they look contented.
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  • I don't know.
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  • Non of 'em have ever seemed like they were upset at me.
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  • But don't you know instinctively those fish say surely there's
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  • something more than this little rectangle bowl of water here.
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  • See, they were meant to be in the ocean.
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  • We're like that, folks.
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  • You see, we're made in the image of God; therefore, all of us
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  • breathe suddenly the air of the garden of Eden.
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  • I mean, this world isn't big enough to contain us.
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  • We'll never be totally fulfilled, totally satisfied,
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  • totally on top of a things, totally happy in this world.
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  • It's not gonna happen, because we were made for something more
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  • and bigger than this world.
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  • And Jesus says, "I'm going ahead of you, whatever happens in this
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  • life, you go to the next life, I have prepared a place for you."
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  • We are pilgrims, we're passing through.
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  • We will never be totally at home here, but when we all get
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  • to heaven, we'll be completely at home there in a way that we
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  • can't even imagine in this life.
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  • The Bible says, "Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, neither
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  • has it entered the heart of man what God has," what's the word?
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  • Prepared for those of us who love him, those of us who are
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  • in relationship with him.
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  • So don't let trouble overwhelm you, don't let trouble overwhelm
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  • me, because we trust God, we trust Christ, and we know Jesus
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  • has gone ahead of us and prepared a place for us,
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  • and when we get there your initials will be there,
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  • and for the first time, you'll be totally at home.
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  • The best day of my life will be the last day I live on this
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  • earth, but the last day of I live on this earth with not
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  • by a long shot be the best day of my life.
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  • That's true of you, that's true of me.
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  • This is something of a little vision we're going to get
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  • of heaven in our study in these weeks.
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  • Also, he says something else.
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  • The next thing he says, he said, "I not only will go prepare
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  • a place for you."
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  • He said, "I will go and prepare a place you," verse 3, "and I
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  • will come again and receive you to myself, that where I am there
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  • you may be also.
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  • And you know the way where I'm going."
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  • He said, "Not only do you have to put your trust in me, not
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  • only have I prepared a place uniquely for you," but he says,
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  • "I am going to come and get you when life leaves this body
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  • or the curtain of history comes down, I'm gonna come
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  • and get you.
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  • I'm going to take you to that place uniquely prepared for you,
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  • and more that I'm going to stay with you and be there with you."
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  • Man, what kind of beautiful comfort and promise
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  • that should be.
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  • By the way, Luke-- I mean John Chapter 14.
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  • It's a whole chapter of comfort.
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  • Martin Luther said it's the best chapter of comfort in the Bible.
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  • You read John 14, it's just comfort stacked on comfort
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  • stacked on comfort stacked on comfort.
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  • It is a comforting word, and this is the very heart
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  • of that comforting word.
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  • He will come and get us.
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  • Breath leaves this body.
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  • He will take us to the place that has been prepared where
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  • we'll first time in ever feel totally at home, and he will
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  • abide there with us.
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  • What a deal.
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  • That is the beginning of heaven.
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  • And then we read, Jesus says, "I am going away," and look what
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  • happens.
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  • Amazing thing.
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  • Thomas speaks up.
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  • Now, listen.
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  • Jesus says, "And you know the way where I'm going."
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  • Thomas speaks up, listen to what he says.
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  • "Lord, we did not know where you're going.
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  • How do we know the way?"
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  • Jesus says, "You know the way," and Thomas said, "We don't know
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  • where you're going."
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  • I know the way.
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  • That happens all the time in the world to me.
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  • You go to the bank, and they said, Well, we're having
  • 00:15:27.070 --> 00:15:29.240
  • an audit, and it's a Q2B audit.
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  • We don't know what-- every profession has all of these
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  • initials and numbers and names, and we just sit there like,
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  • "Oh, yes.
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  • I know that. Sure."
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  • And that's what happened here.
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  • All the other apostles, Jesus says, "You know, I'm going away,
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  • and you know the way," and they said,
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  • "Oh, yes, we know the way."
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  • And Thomas, thank God for Thomas, he stands
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  • up and says, "Lord, we don't know where you're going.
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  • How in the world can we know the way?"
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  • Doubting Thomas.
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  • He professed his ignorance, then he asked a question.
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  • We need to learn how to do that, folks.
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  • Don't be so smug, sophisticated.
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  • "Man, I get that.
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  • I know what that's--" No, no, no.
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  • He professed ignorance, he said,
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  • "I don't know where you're going, Lord."
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  • And I don't know where you-- I don't know the way."
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  • And then Jesus uttered the most exclusive
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  • narrow statement that you'll ever find.
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  • He said, "I am the way, I am the truth, And I am the life."
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  • He explained clearly and probably elaborated on this
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  • to the Apostles exactly what that was all about.
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  • He said, "I am the way."
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  • How do you get to God, ladies and gentlemen?
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  • How do you get to know God?
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  • How do you have an entree to God?
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  • How do you listen to God?
  • 00:17:08.250 --> 00:17:10.030
  • How do you speak to God?
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  • Jesus says, "I'm the way you do it."
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  • And it comes through reconciliation.
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  • Anybody who is arrogant enough, and I want to say stupid enough,
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  • to think we can just walk up to God and say, "God, I want
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  • to have a little talk with you, and God, I want to tell you what
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  • I think, and God--"
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  • No, no, no, no.
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  • We don't have that entree, folks.
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  • We are unholy, impure, stained, broken, lost, confused people.
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  • We have to be reconciled.
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  • We have to have a way to get to God, and Jesus is the way.
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  • He established the way through reconciliation by dying
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  • on a cross and paid the price for all of your stuff and all
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  • of my stuff; therefore, he is the way, the way, the way,
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  • and it comes because he has reconciled us, you and me,
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  • to Almighty God so we can go right
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  • before our heavenly father.
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  • He's the way.
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  • He said, "I'm the truth."
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  • And the truth is is the embellishment,
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  • it is the enlightenment, it is the facts.
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  • People say, "Well, this is true, that is true,
  • 00:18:29.220 --> 00:18:31.210
  • who can know truth?"
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  • Jesus not only spoke the truth, but he embodied the truth.
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  • He tells us about God.
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  • It's not, "Well, listen to what I think.
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  • This is what somebody told me.
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  • This is what I believe."
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  • No, no, Jesus tells us the truth about God.
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  • If you really want to know the truth about God,
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  • there is Jesus.
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  • Make no mistake about it.
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  • He's the way, he is the truth, and truth is enlightenment.
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  • So we understand all we need to know about the almighty.
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  • He's the way, and he is the life.
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  • He regenerates us.
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  • We die, we leave this earth, we get that resurrected body,
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  • and all of a sudden we are regenerated.
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  • We have life forever, meant for Heaven.
  • 00:19:20.050 --> 00:19:23.130
  • See, Jesus said the way, the truth, and the life.
  • 00:19:23.140 --> 00:19:26.180
  • Does that sound too narrow, too exclusive?
  • 00:19:26.190 --> 00:19:30.150
  • Truth is always narrow and exclusive by definition.
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  • Something that's true is true.
  • 00:19:38.080 --> 00:19:41.070
  • Jesus said, "I'm the way.
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  • And this is the way you get to the father.
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  • I'm the truth.
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  • This is enlightenment of what's really going on with God in life
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  • and what it's all about.
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  • And I am the life, and he gives us that life so we can walk
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  • around Heaven all day and have life that's meaning there."
  • 00:19:55.040 --> 00:19:59.260
  • You see, Heaven is?
  • 00:19:59.270 --> 00:20:02.220
  • Heaven is?
  • 00:20:02.230 --> 00:20:05.210
  • And it really is real.
  • 00:20:05.220 --> 00:20:11.220
  • A young girl was diagnosed with a terminal illness, and she
  • 00:20:14.090 --> 00:20:20.080
  • realized that when all of her family and friends were
  • 00:20:22.010 --> 00:20:24.050
  • gathered, and her mother comes and says, "Let me show you what
  • 00:20:24.060 --> 00:20:30.040
  • death is," and took her out of this room and put her
  • 00:20:30.050 --> 00:20:32.210
  • into another room by herself.
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  • And the little girl was crying, the mother went and got another
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  • member of the family and brought her in the room, a little girl,
  • 00:20:39.110 --> 00:20:42.100
  • and another one and another one til all of them were in the room
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  • with the little girl, and the mother said, "This is
  • 00:20:45.270 --> 00:20:48.230
  • the way it is with death.
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  • You just went first."
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  • He said all of us will follow with you afterwards.
  • 00:20:52.070 --> 00:20:55.270
  • That's a partial story, but the truth was if the mother
  • 00:20:55.280 --> 00:20:59.130
  • was Jesus Christ, Jesus comes to get us and take us
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  • to himself, and we are the first that's there in our family,
  • 00:21:03.180 --> 00:21:07.230
  • maybe the 21st in our family, but one day we'll all be there
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  • together, those who die in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • Understand he's the way, the truth, and the life.
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  • It's heaven, it's the joy and the privilege of Heaven.
  • 00:21:18.150 --> 00:21:23.050
  • Just say it another way: Heaven is exciting.
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  • It's exciting.
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  • My mother prayed every night of my life.
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  • She'd have family altar, and when I was young
  • 00:21:36.080 --> 00:21:40.040
  • and a teenager, I didn't like it, but she'd always pray
  • 00:21:40.050 --> 00:21:42.290
  • these words: "When thou art through with us on this earth,
  • 00:21:43.000 --> 00:21:47.070
  • take us to our home, which is in Heaven."
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  • I didn't like that.
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  • It's about death, and I wasn't interested in death.
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  • Don't wanna talk about death, don't recognize death when
  • 00:21:56.260 --> 00:21:59.090
  • you're young and even for many who are older.
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  • But I understand that now, she was saying to our home which is
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  • in Heaven, and man, it is exciting, so exciting
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  • to understand that.
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  • Let's say that a friend invites you to a party.
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  • He went to the party.
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  • There's a few people there, hors d'oeuvres, all right,
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  • a little laughter, talking with one another.
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  • It's okay, you'd been there and hour or so, and your friend
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  • said, "Let's leave."
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  • Said, "No, maybe the party will pick up."
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  • Said, "No, let's go."
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  • So your friend takes you and takes you home, and you open
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  • the door and all of a sudden you're home, lights come on,
  • 00:22:45.210 --> 00:22:49.290
  • there's laughter, there's food, there's people you hadn't seen
  • 00:22:50.000 --> 00:22:53.150
  • in a long time.
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  • Your family is there.
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  • There's celebration there, there is music there, and all
  • 00:22:56.070 --> 00:22:59.150
  • of a sudden you realize that you have gone to your own graduation
  • 00:22:59.160 --> 00:23:02.240
  • party.
  • 00:23:02.250 --> 00:23:03.280
  • And it is really terrific.
  • 00:23:03.290 --> 00:23:07.030
  • It is magnificent.
  • 00:23:07.040 --> 00:23:09.140
  • And you said, "My goodness, I was worried about leaving that
  • 00:23:09.150 --> 00:23:12.060
  • little old one-horse party, but look at this celebration,
  • 00:23:12.070 --> 00:23:15.150
  • this banquet that I've come to."
  • 00:23:15.160 --> 00:23:18.020
  • You see, we have the idea, "Well, I leave this world.
  • 00:23:18.030 --> 00:23:20.180
  • I may have missed something, and boy it needs to go on."
  • 00:23:20.190 --> 00:23:23.260
  • Oh no, we go to a party, a banquet, a place of excitement
  • 00:23:23.270 --> 00:23:28.210
  • we can't even imagine in this life.
  • 00:23:28.220 --> 00:23:32.200
  • It's called Heaven, Heaven.
  • 00:23:32.210 --> 00:23:35.250
  • And I don't want to get us too excited about heaven today,
  • 00:23:35.260 --> 00:23:41.140
  • because you'll say, "Pull up a bus and let's go there
  • 00:23:41.150 --> 00:23:44.080
  • right now."
  • 00:23:44.090 --> 00:23:46.200
  • No, no, no.
  • 00:23:46.210 --> 00:23:48.090
  • But God tells us all we need to know about heaven, to know
  • 00:23:48.100 --> 00:23:52.180
  • that in Heaven we'll have resurrected lives, in Heaven all
  • 00:23:52.190 --> 00:23:56.270
  • of our friends will have resurrected lives, in Heaven
  • 00:23:56.280 --> 00:24:00.130
  • there'll be a resurrected new Heaven and a new Earth,
  • 00:24:00.140 --> 00:24:03.150
  • in Heaven there'll be a resurrected Jesus, in Heaven
  • 00:24:03.160 --> 00:24:06.130
  • there'll be a resurrected culture, in Heaven there'll be
  • 00:24:06.140 --> 00:24:09.170
  • challenges and creativity and joy and celebration that'll
  • 00:24:09.180 --> 00:24:13.190
  • go on and on that's beyond anything we can picture
  • 00:24:13.200 --> 00:24:16.210
  • or imagine, because we see heaven is real.
  • 00:24:16.220 --> 00:24:22.230
  • It's real.
  • 00:24:22.240 --> 00:24:26.100
  • Older Christian man was dying.
  • 00:24:26.110 --> 00:24:29.190
  • He's into bed, his son came and sat on the edge of bed
  • 00:24:29.200 --> 00:24:33.240
  • and said, "Dad, how do you feel?"
  • 00:24:33.250 --> 00:24:39.250
  • And that Christian man, with a little smile on his face
  • 00:24:40.070 --> 00:24:43.190
  • said, "Son, I feel like a young boy on Christmas Eve."
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  • You see, Heaven is exciting, Heaven is?
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  • Heaven is?
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  • male announcer: What is heaven?
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  • When we think of Heaven, we usually think of clouds, maybe
  • 00:25:09.150 --> 00:25:13.090
  • a staircase, a gate, perhaps a light at the end
  • 00:25:13.100 --> 00:25:16.270
  • of the tunnel, but is Heaven a real place?
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  • What will it look like?
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  • What will we do there for eternity?
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  • Throughout God's word we're given pieces to the puzzle
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  • of Heaven.
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  • And in his series, "Heaven Is," Dr. Young will
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  • put those pieces together to give us our best
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  • understanding of what Heaven is really like.
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  • Dr. Ed Young: In Heaven, there'll be challenges and
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  • creativity and joy and celebration that'll go on
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  • and on, that's beyond anything we can picture or imagine,
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  • because we see heaven is real.
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  • It's real.
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  • announcer: To get your copy of this amazing series,
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  • Dr. Ed Young: When I was growing up, almost without exception,
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  • every time I left my home, my mother would say, "Edwin,
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  • remember who you are."
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  • And I would turn it around and grin or smile
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  • or throw my hands back and keep moving, but I knew exactly what
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  • she was talking about.
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  • At the party, remember who you are.
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  • As you go out with that date, remember who you are.
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  • As you take that trip and you get away from people that really
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  • don't know you, remember who you are.
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  • Remember what you have learned.
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  • Remember what you have been taught, what your name means,
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  • principles you had seen your dad and I live out before you.
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  • That's what my parents were saying.
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  • Edwin, remember who you are.
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  • To this day I have not forgotten that reminder, and you shouldn't
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  • either.
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  • Sometimes I have remembered the reminder,
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  • but out in the throes of life I did not remember who I was
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  • in Christ.
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  • We need to always keep that in the frontal part of our minds.
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  • Remember who you are, and more importantly, remember who you
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  • belong to as a son or a daughter of God in Jesus Christ.
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  • Live through him and for him and never forget you are his.
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  • That's who you are, and that's who I am.
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