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  • Dr. Ed Young: We're studyinga book of sheer philosophy.
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  • Somebody would say, "Well, Icame here to study the Bible and
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  • you mean to tell me we're goingto study a book that contains
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  • sheer philosophy?"
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  • Absolutely, there's nothing moreconfusing than to have a lot of
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  • answers without any questions.
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  • The Book of Ecclesiastes asksthe questions the rest of the
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  • Bible answers.
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  • The Book of Ecclesiastes,we need to remember,
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  • is the only book in the canonthat pictures life without God.
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  • Solomon, in his twilight yearswrites his autobiography and we
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  • see how far he hasdeclined from his early
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  • years as king of Israel.
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  • You remember he built a temple.
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  • You remember in a dreamhe asks God for wisdom.
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  • You remember how hestarted off with humility,
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  • a worshiper, someonewho obeyed and sought
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  • to please the living God.
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  • But something happened to him.
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  • So, he writes the end of life,this thing about philosophy.
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  • And he tell us the thesis of thebook with two giant parenthesis.
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  • Chapter 1 of Ecclesiastesverse 2 he says about life,
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  • "Vanity ofvanity, all is vanity."
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  • That's really apoor translation.
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  • It should say,"Meaninglessness and
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  • meaninglessnesses,all is meaningless."
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  • When you see a singularattached to a plural, you
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  • have a superlative.
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  • In other words, Lord oflords would say there's
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  • no lord above this Lord.
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  • Servant of servants,you have no servant
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  • superior to this servant.
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  • Holy of holies, there's noplace more holy than this place.
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  • And see, we have meaninglessnessand meaninglessnesses.
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  • In other words, life is a void.
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  • Life is smoke.
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  • Life has no rhyme, noreason, has no significance,
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  • no value andtherefore Solomon said,
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  • "You don't have anypurpose in your life."
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  • He says this in chapter 1, verse2 and all the way to end of
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  • Ecclesiastes chapter 12, verse 8he repeats the very same phrase.
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  • So, there is a parenthesissaying life doesn't make sense
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  • and you can'tmake sense of life.
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  • Well, I'm surethat made your day.
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  • But we proceed how Solomondeveloped this and we understand
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  • that in this bookof sheer philosophy,
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  • he forces us to answer the bigquestions of life that the rest
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  • of the Bible clearly answers.
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  • I want you to pretend with mefor a minute that you got a call
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  • from your banker say lastThursday afternoon about 4
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  • o'clock and you pick up thephone and your banker says,
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  • "I've got good news for you.
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  • Someone who loves you verymuch is gonna to deposit in your
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  • account 86.400pennies every day.
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  • Quick math, $846 aday, and that's good.
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  • Quick math, about$315.000 a year,
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  • that's real good.
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  • "And that's gonnabe the deposited in
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  • my account every day?"
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  • "Yes."
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  • The banker says,"There's one catch to this,
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  • this person who loves you verymuch says you must spend all of
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  • that amount every day.
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  • Any that you do notspend, goes back to the bank."
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  • It didn't take youlong to figure out,
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  • "I think I can spend $846 a day.
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  • I'll have notrouble doing that."
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  • Now, let's get serious.That was pretend.
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  • The truth is that someone wholoves you and loves me very much
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  • deposits every day in our
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  • bank of time 86.400 seconds.
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  • Now, the interesting thing aboutthis deposit of time in your
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  • life and in my life isthat we can't accumulate it.
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  • We can't say, "I'm notgonna use this time today.
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  • I'm gonna save itfor another moment."
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  • Time is like a coin when youspend it, you can't recall it.
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  • You can't get it back.
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  • So, how we use that gift thatGod gives us who loves us very
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  • much is exceedingly important.
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  • Time.By the way, what is time?
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  • You get a lot ofsquirrely definitions to that.
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  • A simple one, I think, it isa measurement of a period.
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  • That's time.
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  • Time is somethingthat man has created.
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  • We create it where that greattimepiece that we find in the
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  • heavens, theplanets, the sun, the moon,
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  • we want to check the true andaccurate time we can look to
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  • that and seeexactly what time it is.
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  • But when all the planet ceaseand the moon and the stars go
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  • away, there is no more timeand we move into timelessness.
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  • Some of us remember the gospelsong it has a little phrase in
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  • it, "And time shall be no more."
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  • When we leave this planetand move into eternity,
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  • there's no more time.
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  • We move from thefinite to the infinite.
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  • We move from thisearth into the heavens.
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  • And therefore we, in this life,are interested in time and we
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  • want to maximize the timethat we have on this earth.
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  • And we use this element,this word "time" all the time.
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  • "Do we have time to do that?It's time to go."
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  • Time and timingis very important.
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  • There's a time to buy stock andthere's a time to sell stock,
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  • not that I do either one.
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  • Years ago, I had alittle bit of money,
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  • couple of thousand dollarsand I bought high and sold low.
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  • I never again went to the LasVegas that's called the market.
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  • So, time is everything.
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  • When your company is in trouble,don't go to your boss and say,
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  • "I need a raise."
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  • Poor timing.There's a time that we invest.
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  • There's a time that we useand time involves timing.
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  • It means everything.
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  • We're sick and wedon't go to the doctor.
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  • If we'd gone, we'dgot a diagnosis,
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  • we'd got well a lot sooner.
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  • You see, time and timingand this whole section,
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  • whole section of Ecclesiastesabout time, this third chapter.
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  • We've already lookedat the first chapter,
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  • if you've missed that,Ecclesiastes starts off with
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  • great pessimism and he says,"Everything repeats itself.
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  • Life is circular,thesis, antithesis,
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  • synthesis, thesis,antithesis, synthesis,
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  • everything just repeats itself.
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  • And in chapter 2Solomon says, "Well,
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  • time and life ismeaninglessness.
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  • It has no meaning but," hesays, "I've tried everything."
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  • How many people who've everlived could stand up and say,
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  • "I've tried everything you couldtry to make sense out of life"?
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  • Not many people have thecapacity or the ability to do
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  • that but Solomon did and finallyhe comes to the same conclusion.
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  • He came to 35 different timesin the Book of Ecclesiastes life
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  • makes no sense.
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  • It is without meaning.It is without significance.
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  • It's without value.
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  • Chapter 1, chapter 2, now wecome to chapter 3 and here he
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  • begins with thisinteresting, interesting verse,
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  • verse 1, he says, "There's anappointed time for everything.
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  • And there is a time forevery event under the sun."
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  • He brings us back to time andtimeliness and then through
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  • verse 8, he gives us aphilosophy of time, T-I-M-E.
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  • Now understand something,Solomon is looking at this world
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  • from a fat land perspective.
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  • He's looking at thisworld only under the sun.
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  • He's looking at this worldonly to sense what you can see,
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  • and feel, andtouch, and understand.
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  • He's looking at a flat world.
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  • In his survey, hedoesn't look above the sun.
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, live outyour life under the sun with no
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  • sense of a transcendentGod and I'll tell you,
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  • you'll come up, sooner orlater according to capacity,
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  • to the sameconclusion that Solomon had,
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  • there's no meaning.
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  • There's no value.It doesn't last.
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  • You're just a pebble onthe seashore of history.
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  • But then he gives us the versesthat we all remember and he has
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  • these 14 couplets of contrast.
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  • Time to be born, a timeto die, a time to speak,
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  • a time to be silent.
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  • Boy, I wish I knew when tospeak, when to be silent.
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  • But there's all these seasonsand he takes us through these
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  • 14 different couplets.
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  • The first four ifyou look at them,
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  • they deal with a body.
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  • The next four deal with a soul.The last six deal with a spirit.
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  • Listen to them, it'sa philosophy of time.
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  • He said there's, "Atime to give birth,
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  • a time to die; A time toplant, a time to uproot
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  • what is planted.
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  • A time to kill, a time toheal; A time to tear down,
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  • a time to build up.
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  • A time to weep anda time to laugh;
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  • A time to mournand a time to dance.
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  • A time to throw stones anda time to gather stones;
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  • A time to embrace and atime to shun embracing.
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  • A time to search and atime to give up as lost;
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  • A time to keep and atime to throw away.
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  • A time to tear apart anda time to sew together;
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  • A time to besilent, a time to speak.
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  • A time to loveand a time to hate;
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  • A time for war anda time for peace."
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  • We're familiar with those words,they're the most--that's the
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  • most familiar passage in allof the Book of Ecclesiastes and
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  • he's saying howimportant it is time,
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  • and timing and even now Solomonbegins to get some sense.
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  • Look what he says in verse 11.
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  • He says, "He has made,"he's talking about God now.
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  • "He has made everythingbeautiful in its time.
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  • He's also saideternity in their heart."
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  • Verse 12 he says, "I know thatthere's nothing better for to us
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  • do than to rejoice."
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  • In verse 13 he says,"It is a gift of God."
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  • Verse 14 he says, "Fearhim," that means to worship him.
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  • So now, Solomon, who'sbeen so pessimistic,
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  • sort of looks a little bitabout God and is not a clear
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  • understanding of God.
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  • Somehow he hadcompromised everything.
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  • He had sort of a Godthat was a hybrid God,
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  • not Jehovah, notYahweh, not Elohim.
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  • He had lost that.How'd he lose it?
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  • I think all thewoman he married,
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  • oh yeah, because theybrought their pagan
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  • religions into the land.
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  • They built altars on top ofall those hills and Solomon,
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  • in order to keep them happy,would go up and worship them,
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  • all the gods and goddesses andtherefore he gradually moved
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  • away from generally worshipingthe true and living God.
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  • That's whensomebody says, "Well,
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  • at least theyworship Allah God."
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  • No, Allah is a million milesfrom the God we know in Jesus
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  • Christ, make nomistake about it.
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  • And that's exactly what thesegods are even with Solomon.
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  • He just went away.
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  • He moved away, notconsciously or rationally.
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  • When I was a freshman,University of Alabama,
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  • my first Sunday I went to Sundayschool in church as a freshman.
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  • I'd done it all mylife, that's what I did.
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  • The next Sunday, youknow, I was tired,
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  • I had a hard week andI just went to church.
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  • The next Sunday, you know, Iwent to church but I got there
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  • late just in time for themsinging the invitational hymn,
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  • "Just As I Am."
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  • Next Sunday I didn't go.Next Sunday I didn't go.
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  • The third Sunday I felt guiltyand I went just to church,
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  • and then I justquit going to church.
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  • That's what happens, isn't it?
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  • Just sort ofgradually we move out,
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  • we move away and that'swhat happened to Solomon.
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  • He picked up all theseother gods and goddesses,
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  • began to worship, trying toplease all these wives to keep
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  • international relations intact.
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  • All of a sudden, he'd wonderedaway from the true and living
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  • God but now he seeslife is without meaning,
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  • but there is little hope becausea semblance of the true God just
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  • kind of reaches downfrom heaven and he said,
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  • "I want you to know eventhough life's without meaning,
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  • boy, there's beauty in life.
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  • And I want you to knowthat life is a gift of God.
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  • And I want you toknow we are to fear him,
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  • and that means weare to worship him."
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  • Remember human beings are theonly animals that worship God.
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  • I love my dog Winstonbut food, affection,
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  • and play, that'sas far as he goes.
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  • He has no semblance of worship.He has no semblance of death.
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  • He just food, play,affection, that's it.
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  • You see, we aredistinctive as human beings.
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  • We're made in the image of Godand somehow Solomon had lost and
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  • blurred that image out but hehas little glimpses here of a
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  • life that has meaning andhe shares all this with us.
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  • You can look at it.
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  • He talks about,"I know, I know."
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  • You see in verse 13, Iknow, verse 14, "I know."
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  • Verse 10 he says, "I have seen."
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  • He says in verse16, "I have seen."
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  • In 17 he says, "Isaid to myself."
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  • Eighteen he said,"I said to myself."
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  • Twenty-two hesays, "I have seen."
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  • What's he doing?
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  • He is saying, "Here's allof the philosophy of time,
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  • a time for this, a timefor that," and he says,
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  • "that's the sovereignty of God."
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  • In other words, this is howGod operates life in this world
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  • under the sun but thenhe has little glimpses
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  • that God's a part of this.
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  • Everything'sbeautiful in its own way.
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  • And then that tremendousverse, "God has planted
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  • eternity in our hearts."
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  • Everybody here, whoever you are,God has planted eternity in your
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  • heart, and Solomon sees thatuntil finally he comes to the
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  • end of the chapter and heasks a question and it's such
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  • an important question.
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  • He says the lastphrase, he said,
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  • "I have seen that nothing isbetter than that man should be
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  • happy in his activities,for that is his lot."
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  • Here's the question, "Forwho will bring him to see
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  • what will occur after him?"
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  • In other words, after all issaid and done and we leave this
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  • life, who knows whatwill happen after that?
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  • Big question, is itnot, ladies and gentlemen?
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  • Big, big question.
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  • Zack Parrish,brought up in our church,
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  • tremendous teenager,parents sold out to Christ,
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  • finished school,went to college,
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  • got married, hadtwo little girls,
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  • was a banker inDenver, Colorado.
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  • Didn't like banking.
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  • He felt he was called to make adifference in law enforcement.
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  • He went and trained and becamea policeman on the staff of the
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  • police departmentthere in Denver, Colorado.
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  • And it was on December the 31 Igot a call early in the morning
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  • that broke my heart.
  • 00:18:43.501 --> 00:18:45.603
  • Zack had been killedwhile investigating what was
  • 00:18:45.636 --> 00:18:50.141
  • supposedly a domestic violencecall with his team of policemen,
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  • but it was a setup.
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  • They were ambushed.
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  • The call camethere through tears,
  • 00:19:00.885 --> 00:19:03.254
  • my tears were added to it,that Zack had been killed.
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  • I talked to mother and dad asthey were driving up there.
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  • They were devastated.
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  • They had his funeral, which wasput online all across America.
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  • You probably read it inthe newspaper about it.
  • 00:19:21.706 --> 00:19:24.642
  • It went online around the world.
  • 00:19:24.675 --> 00:19:27.979
  • In that funeral, they gavea clear witness of what a
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  • tremendous Christian thisyoung police officer was,
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  • what a dynamic life, and theyexplained how the gospel says to
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  • be absent from the bodyhere is to be present with
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  • the Lord there.
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  • And it came throughtears, and celebration,
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  • and a presentationto the gospel.
  • 00:19:45.630 --> 00:19:47.298
  • Present in that funeral servicewas an atheist who had a room
  • 00:19:47.331 --> 00:19:53.204
  • above the little apartment whereZack had been killed and he
  • 00:19:53.237 --> 00:19:57.708
  • said, "As an atheist, I wentjust sort of out of respect."
  • 00:19:57.742 --> 00:20:02.046
  • And he said, "Butin that service,
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  • I understood," hesaid, "for the first time,
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  • that there is aGod, that he loves us,
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  • that his Son died so I may beforgiven and have new life."
  • 00:20:10.421 --> 00:20:13.624
  • And he became a gloriousborn-again Christian in a
  • 00:20:13.658 --> 00:20:17.261
  • memorial service for Zack.
  • 00:20:17.295 --> 00:20:20.931
  • More than that, hismother, who is on my team,
  • 00:20:20.965 --> 00:20:26.003
  • his mother and dad said theyreceived hundreds of all kind,
  • 00:20:26.037 --> 00:20:30.941
  • emails, correspondence frompeople all over America and all
  • 00:20:30.975 --> 00:20:34.612
  • around the world that observedthat funeral and said they
  • 00:20:34.645 --> 00:20:37.548
  • understood what it means toreally live with Jesus Christ.
  • 00:20:37.581 --> 00:20:42.153
  • So, they said, youknow, this is their words,
  • 00:20:42.186 --> 00:20:46.991
  • "Jesus Christ gave his only Son.
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  • Everybody thoughtthe devil had won,
  • 00:20:50.261 --> 00:20:53.364
  • evil had conquered on the cross,but he took the cross and evil
  • 00:20:53.397 --> 00:20:59.136
  • and turned it into the powerfor salvation for the world,
  • 00:20:59.170 --> 00:21:02.540
  • but it cost him his only Son."
  • 00:21:02.573 --> 00:21:04.542
  • And they said, "This hascost us our only son Zack,
  • 00:21:04.575 --> 00:21:09.847
  • and it was doneabsolutely by evil
  • 00:21:09.880 --> 00:21:11.882
  • people with evil intentions."
  • 00:21:11.916 --> 00:21:13.918
  • But he said, "If that's whatit takes for these dozens,
  • 00:21:13.951 --> 00:21:17.688
  • hundreds that cometo know Jesus Christ,
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  • I understand it."That's from his parents.
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  • Now, I want you tonotice something,
  • 00:21:26.564 --> 00:21:29.967
  • the 11th verse in thischapter it talks about
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  • what has will be again.
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  • It says simply, God does notleave anything unfinished.
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  • If a life is shortened, there'llbe a time in which that time
  • 00:21:40.478 --> 00:21:44.248
  • will be fulfilled in heaven.
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  • Anything that's brokenhere, he will heal there.
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  • The Garden of Eden willcome back into existence,
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  • there'll be a newheaven and a new earth.
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  • And by the way, what is science?
  • 00:21:56.127 --> 00:21:59.597
  • Science is simplymemories of the past,
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  • write that down.
  • 00:22:03.467 --> 00:22:05.035
  • Science is memories of the past.
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  • You say, "Well, Idon't understand that."
  • 00:22:07.972 --> 00:22:10.975
  • Geology is simply amemory of the earth.
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  • Astronomy is simply amemory of the universe.
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  • History is simply amemory of the human race.
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  • Everything ever that has takenplace is written down on heaven,
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  • on earth, in themind and heart of God,
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  • and it will all be restoredfully and completely in that way
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  • when God comes and revisitsearth in the Second Coming of
  • 00:22:44.008 --> 00:22:47.945
  • Jesus Christ.
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  • God doesn't have anyunfinished symphonies.
  • 00:22:49.313 --> 00:22:52.149
  • He doesn't have anything thatstarted and didn't seek it all
  • 00:22:52.183 --> 00:22:55.853
  • the way into completion.
  • 00:22:55.886 --> 00:22:57.421
  • He completes all this and I'lltell you the brevity of Zack's
  • 00:22:57.455 --> 00:23:01.792
  • life will be totallycompleted and it will all go.
  • 00:23:01.826 --> 00:23:04.728
  • And the moral here is we useour platform because whatever
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  • happens, let'sanswer this question,
  • 00:23:08.132 --> 00:23:12.036
  • "Well, who knows," asksSolomon," what's gonna
  • 00:23:12.069 --> 00:23:14.605
  • happen in all of this?"
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  • I'm gonna give you the answer tothat the Apostle Paul gave and
  • 00:23:16.440 --> 00:23:19.710
  • God gives us in the latterpart of Romans chapter 8,
  • 00:23:19.743 --> 00:23:23.347
  • and Romans 8 undoubtedly isone of the greatest books in
  • 00:23:23.380 --> 00:23:27.017
  • all the Bible.
  • 00:23:27.051 --> 00:23:28.219
  • Let me give youan answer to that.
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  • He says, "What then shallwe say to these things?
  • 00:23:30.454 --> 00:23:34.859
  • If God is with us, who orwhat can be against us?
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  • He who did notspare His own Son,
  • 00:23:41.665 --> 00:23:44.835
  • but delivered Himover for us all,
  • 00:23:44.869 --> 00:23:48.873
  • how will He not also withHim freely give us all things?
  • 00:23:48.906 --> 00:23:55.713
  • Who will separate usfrom the love of Christ?"
  • 00:23:55.746 --> 00:23:58.482
  • That's the question he asks.
  • 00:23:58.516 --> 00:24:00.985
  • "Will tribulation,distress, persecution,
  • 00:24:01.018 --> 00:24:07.758
  • famine, nakedness,peril, or sword?
  • 00:24:07.791 --> 00:24:12.129
  • Just as it is written, For Yoursake we are being put to death
  • 00:24:12.162 --> 00:24:16.100
  • all day long; We were consideredas sheep to be slaughtered.
  • 00:24:16.133 --> 00:24:20.204
  • But in all these things weoverwhelmingly conquer through
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  • Him who loved us.
  • 00:24:25.843 --> 00:24:27.511
  • For I am convincedthat neither death,
  • 00:24:27.545 --> 00:24:32.082
  • nor life, nor angels,nor principalities,
  • 00:24:32.116 --> 00:24:36.687
  • nor things present,nor things to come,
  • 00:24:36.720 --> 00:24:39.290
  • nor powers, norheight, nor depth,
  • 00:24:39.323 --> 00:24:41.825
  • nor any other created thing,will be able to separate us from
  • 00:24:41.859 --> 00:24:45.296
  • the love of God, which isin Christ Jesus our Lord."
  • 00:24:45.329 --> 00:24:50.334
  • Ed: As pastors,in addition to preaching--
  • 00:24:51.902 --> 00:24:54.171
  • it's great part of our job--
  • 00:24:54.204 --> 00:24:55.940
  • is also lead people throughmajor life challenges and storm.
  • 00:24:55.973 --> 00:25:00.444
  • But what do you dowhen these storms
  • 00:25:00.477 --> 00:25:02.012
  • come crashing into your life?
  • 00:25:02.046 --> 00:25:04.148
  • Ben Young: As a few years ago,as you know, Dad, I experienced
  • 00:25:04.181 --> 00:25:06.517
  • my own storm, and I found mylife and family was falling
  • 00:25:06.550 --> 00:25:09.587
  • apart, and I didn't know how Iwas gonna make it through those
  • 00:25:09.620 --> 00:25:12.356
  • very dark days.
  • 00:25:12.389 --> 00:25:14.625
  • With the support of family andfriends and some really godly
  • 00:25:14.658 --> 00:25:17.061
  • therapists, I was able toovercome the storm I was in.
  • 00:25:17.094 --> 00:25:20.798
  • That's why I wrote the book"Survive the Day."
  • 00:25:20.831 --> 00:25:22.833
  • I wanted to share practicalsteps on how you can move
  • 00:25:22.866 --> 00:25:25.569
  • forward throughyour own life's storm.
  • 00:25:25.603 --> 00:25:27.938
  • Ed: Listen, if someone you loveis going through one of these
  • 00:25:27.972 --> 00:25:30.441
  • life storms, this book can helpmake you stronger and wiser,
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  • and you'll get someclear answers.
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  • male announcer: To get a copy of"Survive the Day" for yourself
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  • Dr. Young: Howlong is your shadow?
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  • The closer you get to Jesus,the longer and wider your
  • 00:25:53.197 --> 00:25:56.934
  • shadow will become.
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  • As we learned in today's study,our lives gained significance
  • 00:25:58.669 --> 00:26:02.673
  • when we use our influenceto be a blessing to others.
  • 00:26:02.706 --> 00:26:06.310
  • In other words, we use theplatform God has given us to
  • 00:26:06.343 --> 00:26:09.647
  • stand for him and makehim known in your family,
  • 00:26:09.680 --> 00:26:13.617
  • in your business,among your friends,
  • 00:26:13.651 --> 00:26:15.552
  • while you're doingrecreation or recreation.
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  • That's when our shadowbegins to express itself.
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  • While we cannot know how longour time will be on this earth,
  • 00:26:22.393 --> 00:26:25.963
  • we can use each day wisely.
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  • When you and I liveeach day for him,
  • 00:26:29.700 --> 00:26:32.036
  • our shadow grows wider andlonger and as we influence
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  • people in ways that glorify him.
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  • Do you need prayer today?Call the number on your screen.
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  • We're willing to prayer with youand share with you how you can
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  • have a life that counts for Godand when you do that in ways you
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  • can't even imagine, yourshadow will go in directions,
  • 00:26:50.554 --> 00:26:53.824
  • "Boy, I didn't knowI touched that life,
  • 00:26:53.857 --> 00:26:56.093
  • I influenced that person.
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  • I made a difference there."
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  • With Christ in youand Christ in me,
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  • that shadow just haspower now and power forever.
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  • Be sure to join me again nextweek right here on "The Winning
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