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Will We Know People in Heaven?

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September 22, 2019
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Winning Walk with Ed Young

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Will We Know People in Heaven?

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  • Dr. Ed Young: Perhaps you noticed in the news
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  • that 007, Roger Moore, died this past Tuesday.
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  • He was 89 years old.
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  • He made, what, seven or eight different movies,
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  • all of them very popular?
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  • He was a man with a gun.
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  • He was a man who was a spy for Great Britain but pretended
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  • to be a spy but actually conquered all the spies.
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  • He had a license to kill.
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  • Do you remember?
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  • The Ian Fleming novels that were put on the screen,
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  • 007 James Bond died.
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  • Before he died back in 2002, somebody asked Roger Moore,
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  • that's who he was, "Roger, what is your concept
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  • of life after death?"
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  • Let me paraphrase his answer.
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  • He said, "I believe we'll go into a room and there
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  • we'll have a door and the key to that door will be
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  • the fact that we have died.
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  • And we'll take the key of death and open that door and go inside
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  • to some sort of existence that we don't know a whole lot about
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  • and we can only imagine or dream of."
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  • That's his concept of life after life.
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  • He's not far off from what you can read or hear from a lot of
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  • philosophies, a lot of religions.
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  • If you're a Hindu, you'll have the idea that you'll be
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  • reincarnated, you'll come back at something else, or something
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  • other, or something more, or something less.
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  • You'll be going up the scale or down the scale, all of those
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  • subjective evaluations that have no basis of reality or evidence.
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  • Eastern religion say primarily we go back to some kind of mist
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  • and we absorb into the holy other up there,
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  • out there, over there.
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  • So, there's all kinds of concepts of life after life.
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  • So, I thought we'd just sit down and discover what
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  • we know about heaven.
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  • Now, first of all, let me drop back and ask you a question,
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  • when you die do you think immediately if you're
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  • a Christian that you will know everything?
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  • Some people think that.
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  • You will not, I will not.
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  • Some have equated heaven with divinity.
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  • You see, we are not omniscient now, are we?
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  • Do we know everything now?
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  • No, no, no, and we'll not be omniscient when we die.
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  • We'll not be omnipresent, everywhere when we die.
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  • We'll not be omnipotent, have all power.
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  • These are assets that the divine and the divine God has.
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  • We will not have it when we die so therefore when we die,
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  • we'll not know everything and I say thank God for that.
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  • Man, that's beyond our pay scale.
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  • We'll not have the capacity.
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  • We don't want the responsibility.
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  • God alone has that responsibility of being
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  • omniscient all knowing.
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  • You'll not know everything when you die.
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  • Some people go to 1 Corinthians 13, we see through a glass
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  • darkly then we'll see face to face then we will know
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  • as we have been known but that doesn't mean our knowing
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  • will be omniscient.
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  • You'll not know everything when you die.
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  • There may be a revelation of this through eternity,
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  • I don't know.
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  • There's verses that point to that fact.
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  • When you die, you won't know everything but let me tell you
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  • what you will know, and we've talked about this already.
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  • One thing when you and I die in Christ and have been resurrected
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  • with him into heaven, one thing we know that we will see God,
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  • that's the beatific vision you've heard about or maybe read
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  • about in some old theologians.
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  • And there's been a question that's been asked,
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  • very interesting question, I'll ask it to you.
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  • When you die, if you had the choice of having everything
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  • forever you've ever imagined--did you get that?
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  • You die, here's a choice, you can have everything you've ever
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  • imagined forever and forever and forever and just stack it up,
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  • enjoy it, live with it forever.
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  • You get it all when you die, that's one choice, but you never
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  • get to see God.
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  • You get it all but you never see God.
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  • You better think about that one for a while.
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  • I thought about it many, many times.
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  • I come back to the same conclusion listen, heaven
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  • will not be heaven unless we get to see God.
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  • Hold, hold up, confectionaries, all the other things that we can
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  • imagine, and do, and accomplish won't amount to anything after
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  • the first 2 or 4 billion years.
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  • The ultimate is to see God.
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  • We've looked a little bit about what heaven is gonna be like.
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  • Remember the description there in Revelation 21 and 22?
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  • Remember how that we'd have a holy city, New Jerusalem, a new
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  • country, a new constitution, and it's a magnificent thing.
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  • And then we talked about in the main street of heaven, that
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  • would be the river of life that would go all the way up to the
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  • throne, the lamb of God would be on that throne, and the river
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  • is a symbol of the Holy Spirit in the main.
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  • It's a clear, deep river.
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  • It's a symbol of pleasure and prosperity right in the main
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  • street of heaven and on either side of the river will be
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  • the tree of life.
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  • Remember the Garden of Eden, there was a tree of life and
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  • there was prohibited from eating of the fruit of that tree?
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  • Now, we can eat of the fruit of that tree and the leaves of that
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  • tree bring us healing.
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  • So, this is a beautiful figure of something of the glory, and
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  • the majesty, and the health, and the presence of that river
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  • flowing right down through the main street of heaven.
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  • And then the Bible tells us about the city.
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  • Remember what the foundation was?
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  • The foundation of heaven, the foundation of the holy city, the
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  • foundation of the New Jerusalem, it is based on the apostles,
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  • the 12 apostles.
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  • The 12 gates around the city are based and named after the 12
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  • prophets, the 12 forefathers there in the Old Testament,
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  • Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, all of that crew, the family of Jacob.
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  • And so, we see the Old Testament and New Testament is brought
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  • together on the base of the foundation and the 12 gates.
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  • And now we go in the city and there is the lamb that is on the
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  • throne and then at the bottom line you read in the 4th verse
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  • of chapter number 22 of Revelation it says, "We will see
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  • God and the name of God will be written on their foreheads."
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  • Let me deal with the name of God.
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  • It disturbs me today when we do not take the name of God and
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  • keep it sacred and keep it holy.
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  • When you say, "Oh God, well, I don't mean anything by that,"
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  • is a form of profanity.
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  • When we say, "We're gonna have a come to Jesus meeting,"
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  • that is irreverence, irreverence.
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  • We have to be so careful how we use humor
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  • when we bring God in our humor.
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  • So, we lose something when we take God and make him sort of
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  • a pedestrian thing, as a product of humor, as a product of our
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  • conversation, as a product of our expletives that we say.
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  • Man people are, "Jesus Christ.
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  • "I didn't mean anything but that."
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  • Oh, yes you are bringing down the wholeness,
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  • and the majesty, and the awesomeness of the Almighty.
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  • So, we need to be very, very careful with our lives,
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  • the lives of our children, and our grandchildren
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  • but it's pretty to say, "Oh God, oh God."
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  • Listen, thou shall not take the name of the Lord
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  • thy God in vain.
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  • We have to be careful.
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  • In our generation, it is almost a part of our culture.
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  • Then it says we will see God.
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  • Who can see God?
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  • We've talked about that.
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  • Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
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  • Anybody who's pure in heart today, would you stand up?
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  • I want to recognize you.
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  • No, we're not pure in heart, are we?
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  • My heart is not pure, your heart is not pure,
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  • so how will we ever see God?
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  • We begin to see him in this life.
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  • This is where it begins.
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  • The purity of Christ must come into you and must come into me.
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  • This helps our motivation.
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  • It helps understand, helps us to see God in life, in our life,
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  • in the lives of others, in this life.
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  • How does purity come to us?
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  • It goes right back to the cross, doesn't it?
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  • Right back to the cross.
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  • Max Lucado said the verse in the Bible that he hates and despises
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  • more than any other verse and it says when Jesus on the cross
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  • and he says, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?"
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  • I thought about that, that is a devastating verse, isn't it?
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  • "My God, my God, why?"
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  • Here is Jesus asking a question.
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  • That doesn't sound like Jesus, does it?
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  • "I and my Father are one.
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  • My meat is to do the will of the Father.
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  • If you know me, you know the Father.
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  • You know the Father, you know me."
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  • How he walked 24/7 with his heavenly Father in that
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  • wonderful, wonderful relationship now in the moment
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  • of great extremity, Jesus divinity wrapped up
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  • in human flesh, shamed, embarrassed, nailed, crucified.
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  • His moment of extremity, God turned his back on him
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  • and Jesus says, "My God, why have you abandoned me?"
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  • Makes no sense, does it?
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  • When Jesus spoke, usually you put a exclamation point
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  • after it, "Come forth!
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  • Be healed!
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  • Stretch out!
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  • Come out!"
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  • You see, there's a exclamation point.
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  • Now we have this, "Why, why, why, why?"
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  • What's that all about?
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  • We like it better when John the Baptist looked at Jesus, young,
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  • beginning his ministry, walking toward the Jordan, and he said,
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  • "Behold the lamb of God."
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  • Boy, I like that.
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  • Look at the lamb of God, how magnificent.
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  • What's the rest of the verse?
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  • "Who takes away the sin of the world,
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  • takes away the sin of the world."
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  • How do you feel when you're wallowing in sin?
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  • I've been there.
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  • You've been there.
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  • What's it like?
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  • We feel alone, we feel estranged, we feel abandoned.
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  • That's how Jesus felt when he took your sin and my sin
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  • upon himself on that cross.
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  • My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?"
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  • When we have sin in our life, we feel abandoned but the good
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  • news, Jesus was abandoned by the Father so that you and I might
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  • be forgiven and we will not be abandoned for our sin because
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  • he has paid the price in total for your sin and for mine.
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  • Behold the lamb of God which came and takes your sin
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  • and mine upon himself.
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  • Oh, we begin to understand what that verse is all about.
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  • The heavenly Father cannot look on impurity, he can look only
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  • on purity and we become pure when we receive Christ.
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  • His righteousness is poured in us.
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  • That's how purity comes.
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  • And then in this life when we do that, then we have to live
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  • a life of obedience and a life of discipline, not perfection,
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  • but a life of discipline.
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  • Receive Christ, purity comes, sanctification.
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  • We begin to walk in discipline and the result is a life that is
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  • full and meaningful and we begin to know something about purity,
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  • clean hands, pure heart, motives, thoughts, lifestyle,
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  • habits so that's where we start.
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  • "Blessed are the pure in heart, they shall see God."
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  • A little bit and light in this life and people and
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  • events but oh, in heaven, we'll see him face to face.
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  • That's the first thing we know, we will see God.
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  • What's something else we know?
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  • This may not interest you but I think it's interesting to me.
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  • We know there'll be animals in heaven.
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  • I'm asked that all the time.
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  • We know there'll be animals in heaven.
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  • "Well, how you know that?"
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  • Read the Bible.
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  • There are over 120 different species of animals
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  • and birds in the Bible.
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  • Man, look what you have.
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  • Look how animals are all the way through the Bible.
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  • You start there with the birth of Jesus.
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  • Where was he born? In a stable.
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  • Who witnessed that?
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  • Perhaps Joseph and Mary, of course, but the animals.
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  • The earth was destroyed by water, by the flood.
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  • Noah took what on ark?
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  • Animals.
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  • They're the second earth, they're animals.
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  • And then when Jesus was born--and look back to the
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  • beginning, there's Adam created by God and God says, "All that's
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  • a creation, it's good, it's good, it's good, it's good,"
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  • until finally he says, "It's not good for man to be alone."
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  • Remember that verse?
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  • And then you say, "Well, God went and jerked a rib out of
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  • Adam's body and made a woman."
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  • No, read it carefully.
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  • "It is not good for man to be alone," and then God by began to
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  • bring animals into existence.
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  • Animals predate women.
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  • Check it out, animals in the beginning, animals at the birth,
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  • animals at the ark.
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  • And so, there's gonna be animals in heaven.
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  • For example, Jonah would have drowned hadn't it been
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  • for a big fish.
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  • How in the world would Mary have gotten from Nazareth to
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  • Bethlehem without a donkey?
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  • What about Jesus going in on Palm Sunday?
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  • What about Elijah who was fed by the ravens?
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  • What about the symbol, the dove, the symbol of the Holy Spirit?
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  • You read all the way through the Bible there are animals,
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  • animals, everywhere.
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  • There are camels, there are oxen,
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  • animals all the way through.
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  • And is it logical we're gonna have flowers and beauty
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  • that in heaven we're going to have animals?
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  • You can book it.
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  • And perhaps we get to heaven, we're hugging all of our family
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  • and friends and having a great reunion there with those who've
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  • gone before and we'll feel something rubbing on our leg and
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  • there will be the cat, or there will be your dog jumping up on
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  • you and you--animals are gonna be in heaven, folks.
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  • They're gonna be in heaven.
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  • And we're gonna know somehow the carnivorous animals
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  • will be transformed.
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  • They'll be a part of the miracle of that and the lion
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  • will lie down with the lamb, Isaiah tells us.
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  • So relax, your dogs will be in heaven and a few cats.
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  • There'll be animals in heaven.
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  • Now, the question we're asked all the time and it's almost
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  • become silly but it is, "Will we know people in heaven?"
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  • You're gonna get dumber when you feel--when you receive
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  • your resurrection body?
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  • Yes, we'll know people.
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  • Now, they'll have resurrection bodies, but it'll be difficult
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  • to recognize, in some sense, that their lives had been
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  • purified, and magnified, and there's the image of
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  • the resurrection Christ in them.
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  • Sure, we will know people in heaven.
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  • It will be a great time of celebration
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  • and a great time of reunion.
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  • And then we come and ask the question,
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  • "Will there be marriage in heaven?
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  • I just wouldn't want heaven to be without my wife,
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  • without my husband."
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  • You know, there's a Scripture in the Bible when the Sadducees
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  • came to Jesus and they were trying to trap him.
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  • The Sadducees did not believe the resurrection and they said,
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  • "Master, here's a woman who's been married
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  • to seven different husbands.
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  • Who will be her husband in heaven?"
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  • Elizabeth Taylor, I guess, of the New Testament.
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  • Pretty good challenging heaven, isn't it, if you believe in
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  • heaven and the resurrection.
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  • Jesus said there won't be marriage
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  • in a human sense in heaven.
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  • He talked about some kind of angel existence and that is
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  • certainly true because Jesus said it but there will be
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  • marriage in heaven and that is the magnificent marriage when
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  • Jesus as the bridegroom will take those of us, who in faith,
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  • as his bride.
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  • And it is that marriage and out of that marriage, who knows how
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  • the rest of the relationships will be expressed in heaven?
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  • And you can be sure you say, "Well, what about the intimacy I
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  • enjoy with my mate?"
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  • That will just be like playing a little half-acre lake and going
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  • out in the middle of the ocean.
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  • What God has prepared for those who love him, there won't be
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  • anything lacking in heaven so relax, get over it, wake up.
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  • Heaven is glory.
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  • Heaven is completeness and there won't be anybody shortchanged
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  • in any way, shape, form, or fashion.
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  • We will be complete in our resurrected life and our
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  • resurrected world.
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  • That's what the Bible teaches us.
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  • That's what it said.
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  • Somebody, "Well, what about children who have died young, or
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  • they were aborted, or they died in their mother's womb?"
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  • We have plenty of Scriptures, I think, that covers that, that
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  • counteracts someone would say they have to come to this kind
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  • of position.
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  • We know that Jeremiah, before he was born it said
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  • the Holy Spirit was there.
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  • We know John the Baptist in the womb of his mother Elizabeth,
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  • the Holy Spirit was operative there.
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  • We know David when he lost that son clear teaching in the Old
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  • Testament it was said that he could go and be with his son
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  • in heaven but his son could not come back to be with him.
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  • David was in the land of dying, the son was in the land of
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  • living, that's true of us.
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  • Certainly Jesus said, "Suffer the little children
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  • to come unto me.
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  • Come sit in my lap." He said, "Unless we have the faith,
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  • the simplicity, and the naivety,
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  • the little bit of a child, we'll never see the kingdom God,
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  • we'll never see heaven.
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  • There's that naiveness there with children, it is beautiful.
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  • Jesus honored children.
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  • You can be sure that child of yours will be in heaven.
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  • Heaven wouldn't be heaven without children, would it?
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  • Now, full disclosure, about, I don't know, maybe 13, 14 years
  • 00:21:29.270 --> 00:21:37.260
  • ago, a member of our church who'd gotten to know Roger Moore
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  • and his wife, 007, invited him and his wife to go and spend
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  • the night with them while they were in Houston in their home.
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  • And they called me and asked me to come over, Jo Beth and I,
  • 00:21:53.230 --> 00:21:57.150
  • have dinner and to witness to 007, Roger Moore, and bear
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  • witness to who Jesus Christ could do for his life.
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  • I had something that night that was already planned that I could
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  • not get out of so I thanked them for the invitation and they
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  • said, "Well, there'll be another time," but there wasn't.
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  • I never had a chance to witness to Roger Moore.
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  • And when I saw that he had died, it all came flooding back to me
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  • and I began to say, "Lord, did I miss something?
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  • Should I have canceled whatever I had and gone?
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  • Would it made any difference?
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  • I don't know."
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  • By you're here and I don't want to miss anybody here
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  • because we have to begin with the Holy Spirit operating
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  • in a life, convincing you, convincing me of our sin and
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  • then when we convinces us of our sin and we see the severity
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  • of it, then we are to confess that sin.
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  • Anybody need to do that now with your eyes open,
  • 00:23:09.060 --> 00:23:11.160
  • look at me, any sin?
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  • Just confess it to the Father, confess it to the Father.
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  • And then if you want to turn away from that sin, that's the
  • 00:23:18.230 --> 00:23:22.030
  • option, convicted of sin, turn away from sin, and then we do
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  • something that's really important.
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  • The Bible says those who receive him to them he gives the power
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  • to become sons and daughters of God.
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  • And then we have to say, "Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • I'm convicted. I confess.
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  • I turn away from and now I invite you
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  • to come into my life."
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  • That's it.
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  • And he'll come in your life.
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  • And what happens is one way to express it, you give him your
  • 00:23:49.260 --> 00:23:52.280
  • life and Christ gives you his life, what a deal.
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  • That's a purifying process.
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  • That's a saving process.
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  • That's a salvaging process restoring to us the purpose
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  • for which we were made.
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  • And there's some here who may need to do that right now.
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  • Without anybody moving will you bow your heads,
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  • just bow your heads where you are?
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  • I'm gonna pray a prayer that had I been given the opportunity,
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  • I would have prayed the prayer for Roger Moore years ago.
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  • I'm gonna pray for anybody who might be here to make sure that
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  • you know exactly what it means to have a new life, to have
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  • a fresh new beginning, and it begins exactly with what I said,
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  • conviction of sin is the Holy Spirit of God convicting you of
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  • trash in your life, confess it right now to him.
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  • Would you do that?
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  • Be specific.
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  • Don't say, "Forgive me of all my sin."
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  • Be specific, confess it.
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  • Now, turn away from that sin, that's repentance.
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  • Confession, conviction, repentance and now this is where
  • 00:25:08.130 --> 00:25:13.140
  • the miracle starts, you can simply pray in your own way
  • 00:25:13.170 --> 00:25:17.290
  • these words, "Dear Lord Jesus Christ,"
  • 00:25:18.020 --> 00:25:22.010
  • that's right, pray it right now.
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  • "I invite you to come into my life to forgive me, to salvage
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  • me, to restore me to the purpose for which I was made.
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  • I give you my life, Lord, thank you for giving me your life.
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  • Lord, thank you for this purifying process that begins
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  • right now that will take me all the way to heaven."
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  • male announcer: What is heaven?
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  • When we think of heaven, we usually think of clouds, maybe
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  • a staircase, a gate, perhaps a light at the end of a tunnel.
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  • 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 of
  • 00:26:08.280 --> 00:26:11.230
  • heaven and in the series, Heaven Is, Dr. Young will put those
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  • pieces together to give us our best understanding of what
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  • heaven is really like.
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  • Dr. Young: In heaven, there'll be challenges, and
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  • creativity, and joy, and celebration that'll go on and on
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  • that's beyond anything we can picture or imagine because
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  • 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, Heaven
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  • Is, call the number on your screen or go online at
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  • winningwalk.org.
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  • It's our gift to you for your financial support
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  • of this ministry.
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  • Dr. Young: I can remember when I first learned how to swim.
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  • Perhaps you can remember the moment when you began to learn
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  • how to swim, I certainly do.
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  • My dad taught me in a muddy, muddy lake.
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  • I stepped in the water filled with fear, and stiff,
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  • and abnormally cold.
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  • He said, "Relax, son.
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  • I'll put my arms under you and when you begin to sink, I'll
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  • be right there and lift you up."
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  • Sure enough, I started to sink
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  • but felt his sturdy arms holding me up and everything changed.
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  • I trusted and relaxed knowing that my father was there.
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  • Remember, when you swim in life's deep holes and muddy
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  • waters, your Lord God almighty, your heavenly Father's arms, are
  • 00:27:45.000 --> 00:27:50.150
  • just below the surface ready to hold you, and if necessary,
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  • just lift you right up.
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