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What Difference Does A Future Heaven Make In My Life Today?

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January 3, 2021
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With all of the problems and pressures you may be facing in your life right now, you may be wondering how relevant a series on heaven is to your everyday existence. Today we begin our new series “A Place Called Heaven” by answering the foundational question, “What difference does a future heaven make in my life today?”

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • FROM THE PULPIT OF THEFIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • OF DALLAS, TEXAS,THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESSAND WELCOME AGAIN TO
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AS A CHRISTIAN, YOUCLEARLY UNDERSTAND THAT
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  • GOD IS PREPARING APLACE FOR YOU IN HEAVEN.
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  • BUT WHEN I QUIZ PEOPLE ONWHAT HEAVEN IS GOING BE
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  • LIKE, FEW ARE ABLE TO ANSWERSOME VERY BASIC QUESTIONS.
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  • WELL TODAY ONPATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • WE'RE STARTINGOUR SERIES TITLED,
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  • "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN."AND IN THIS SERIES,
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  • I'LL ANSWER TEN OF THEMOST COMMONLY ASKED
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  • QUESTIONS ABOUTOUR ETERNAL HOME.
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  • WE'LL START WITH THIS ONE:"WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES A
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  • FUTURE HEAVEN MAKEIN MY LIFE TODAY?"
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • AT THIS VERY MOMENT, GODIS PREPARING A PLACE OF
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  • UNENDING JOY FOR THOSE WHOTRUST IN HIM. AND TO HELP
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  • YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONESGET READY, DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS
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  • HAS WRITTEN A BRAND NEW BOOK,"A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN:
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  • 100 DAYS OF LIVING IN THEHOPE OF ETERNITY"
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  • SPEND 100 DAYSREFLECTING ON THE
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  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE GOD ISPREPARING FOR YOU.
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  • REQUEST "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN:
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  • 100 DAYS OF LIVING IN THEHOPE OF ETERNITY"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • LAST YEAR I WENT ONAN INTERNATIONAL TRIP.
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  • IT WAS ONLY GOING TOBE FOR ABOUT A WEEK,
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  • AND SO EVEN THOUGHIT WAS A SHORT TRIP,
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  • I WAS GOING TO ASOMEWHAT UNFAMILIAR PLACE,
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  • AND I NEEDED TO MAKECERTAIN PREPARATIONS:
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  • NEEDED TO STOP THENEWSPAPER AND MAIL
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  • DELIVERY, NEEDED TO MAKESURE MY CELL PHONE WOULD
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  • WORK IN THE COUNTRYTHAT I WAS GOING TO,
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  • I NEEDED TO CHANGE SOME OFMY CURRENCY FROM DOLLARS
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  • INTO POUNDS, AND MOST OFALL I NEEDED TO MAKE SURE
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  • I HAD A PASSPORT SO THATONCE I ARRIVED IN THIS NEW
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  • COUNTRY I WOULD BEALLOWED INTO THE COUNTRY.
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  • NOW MY TRIP WAS BRIEF,BUT DID YOU KNOW THE BIBLE
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  • TELLS US THAT EVERY ONEOF US ONE DAY IS GOING TO
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  • MAKE A TRIP TO ADISTANT COUNTRY.
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  • IT'S A ONE-WAY TRIP TOA PLACE THAT IS MAINLY
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  • UNFAMILIAR TO US.
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  • AND THIS DESTINATION ISNOT JUST A ONE-WEEK STAY
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  • IT IS GOING TO BE ANETERNAL DESTINATION FOR
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  • EVERY ONE OF US.
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  • FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARECHRISTIANS AND CHRISTIANS
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  • ONLY, THAT TRIP IS TOA PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • AND TODAY WE ARE BEGINNINGA 10-WEEK STUDY ON THIS
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  • PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • YOU KNOW IT'S AMAZING TOME HOW FEW CHRISTIANS EVEN
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  • THINK ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • I THINK I UNDERSTAND WHY.
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  • THE OVERWHELMINGRESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS
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  • LIFE SOMETIMES ECLIPSE OURTHINKING ABOUT THE NEXT LIFE.
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  • NOT ONLY THAT,HEAVEN SEEMS REMOTE.
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  • IT SEEMS IRRELEVANT TOTHOSE OF US TRYING TO REAR
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  • A FAMILY, OR KEEP AJOB, OR MAKE A LIVING.
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  • WHY SHOULD WE BECONCERNED ABOUT HEAVEN?
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  • AND YET EVEN THOUGH WEDON'T THINK ABOUT HEAVEN
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  • THAT MUCH, THERE ARE TIMESIN OUR LIFE WHEN WE LONG
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  • FOR A BETTER PLACE THANEARTH, ISN'T THERE?
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  • WE ALL LONG FOR THAT HOME;THAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • AND CONTRARY TO WHAT SOMEPEOPLE BELIEVE HEAVEN IS
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  • NOT JUST SOME FANCIFULCREATION OF SOMEBODY TO
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  • HELP DULL THE PAIN OFTHE REALITY OF THIS WORLD.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYSHEAVEN IS A REAL PLACE.
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  • IN FACT JESUS ASSURED USTHAT HEAVEN IS A REAL PLACE.
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  • IN JOHN 14 JESUS SAID TOHIS DISCIPLES IN VERSES 2
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  • AND 3, "IN MY FATHER'S HOUSEARE MANY DWELLING PLACES.
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  • IF IT WERE NOT SO, IWOULD HAVE TOLD YOU.
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  • FOR I GO TO PREPARE APLACE FOR YOU AND IF I GO
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  • AND PREPARE APLACE FOR YOU,
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  • I WILL COME AGAIN ANDRECEIVE YOU TO MYSELF THAT
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  • WHERE I AM THEREYOU MAY BE ALSO."
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  • AS WE'RE GOING TO DISCOVERIN THE COMING WEEKS,
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  • JESUS IS RIGHTNOW IN HEAVEN,
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  • AND HE IS OVERSEEINGTHE LARGEST CONSTRUCTION
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  • PROJECT IN ALL OF HISTORY.
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  • HE IS BUILDINGOUR FUTURE HOME,
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  • THIS PLACE HECALLS HEAVEN.
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  • NOW THE QUESTION IS: WHYSHOULD WE TALK ABOUT HEAVEN?
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  • WHY SHOULD WE SPEND 10 WEEKSSTUDYING ABOUT HEAVEN?
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  • WELL ONE REASON IS OURDEPARTURE FOR HEAVEN IS
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  • BOTH CERTAIN ANDRELATIVELY SOON.
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  • YOU KNOW THE BIBLE TALKSALL THE TIME ABOUT THE
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  • INEVITABILITY OF OURJOURNEY TO THIS NEW
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  • DESTINATION CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • OUR DEPARTURE ISCERTAIN AND IT'S SOON.
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  • ONE WAG SAID IT THIS WAY,HE SAID: THE STATISTICS ON
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  • DEATH ARE QUITEIMPRESSIVE:
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  • ONE OUT OF EVERY ONE DIES.
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  • HAVE YOU COME TOGRIPS WITH THAT?
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  • THE FACT THAT YOUARE GOING TO DIE?
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  • WRITER OFECCLESIASTES, SOLOMON,
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  • SAID IT THIS WAY, "MANDOES NOT KNOW HIS TIME.
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  • LIKE FISH CAUGHT IN ATREACHEROUS NET AND BIRDS
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  • TRAPPED IN A SNARE, SO THESONS OF MEN ARE ENSNARED
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  • AT AN EVIL TIME WHEN ITSUDDENLY FALLS ON THEM."
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  • DEATH SUDDENLY COMESWITHOUT ANY WARNING.
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  • ISAAC, THE PATRIARCHSAID IN GENESIS 27:3,
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  • "BEHOLD NOW I AM OLD
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  • AND I DO NOT KNOW THEDAY OF MY DEATH."
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  • AND NEITHER DO YOU.
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  • NEITHER DO I.
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  • SOLDIERS ON A BATTLEFIELD,CANCER PATIENTS WHOSE
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  • DISEASE HAVE BEEN LABELED"TERMINAL," THEY ALL
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  • UNDERSTAND THECERTAINTY OF DEATH,
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  • THE REALITY OF DEATH,BUT IT'S JUST AS REAL AND
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  • UNCERTAIN FORYOU AND FOR ME.
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  • AND THE FACT THAT LIFE ISVERY BRIEF HERE ON EARTH
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  • SHOULD MOTIVATE US TO USEOUR TIME VERY, VERY WISELY.
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  • IN PSALM 90:12MOSES PRAYED,
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  • "TEACH US TONUMBER OUR DAYS
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  • AND RECOGNIZE HOWFEW THEY ARE.
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  • HELP US TO SPENDTHEM AS WE SHOULD."
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  • WHEN WE REALIZE THEBREVITY OF OUR LIFE WE
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  • SHOULD LIVE WISELY.
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  • BUT YOU KNOW RECOGNIZINGHOW BRIEF OUR TIME IS ON
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  • EARTH ALSO OUGHTTO MOTIVATE US
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  • TO THINK ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • MANY OF YOU KNOW THE STORYOF JONI EARECKSON TADA.
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  • I JUST HAD THE PRIVILEGEOF WRITING THE FOREWORD TO
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  • A NEW STUDY BIBLESHE HAS PRODUCED.
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  • JONI'S STORYIS REMARKABLE.
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  • WHEN SHE WAS A TEENAGERIN 1967 A DIVING ACCIDENT
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  • CAUSED HER TOBECOME A QUADRIPLEGIC,
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  • AND SINCE THAT TIME JONIHAS SPENT A LOT OF TIME
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  • THINKING ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • SHE WRITES, "HEAVEN MAYBE AS NEAR AS NEXT YEAR OR
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  • NEXT WEEK, SO IT MAKESGOOD SENSE TO SPEND SOME
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  • TIME HERE ON EARTHTHINKING CANDID THOUGHTS
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  • ABOUT THAT MARVELOUSFUTURE RESERVED FOR US."
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  • WHY SHOULD WE SPEND TIMETHINKING ABOUT HEAVEN?
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  • BECAUSE AS WE'RE GOING TOSEE IN THE WEEKS AHEAD,
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  • THE CHOICES WE MAKE INTHIS LIFE DRASTICALLY
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  • IMPACT THE NEXT LIFE GODHAS PREPARED FOR US.
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  • JONI EARECKSON IS NOTTHE ONLY ONE WHO HAS
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  • SPENT TIME THINKINGABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • AS YOU LOOKTHROUGH HISTORY,
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  • GREAT CHRISTIANWRITERS, AND THINKERS,
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  • AND PHILOSOPHERS HAVEWRITTEN A LOT ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • C. S. LEWIS SAID ONE TIMETHE PROBLEM WITH MOST
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  • CHRISTIANS IS NOT THATTHEY THINK TOO MUCH ABOUT
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  • HEAVEN, BUT THEY THINKTOO LITTLE ABOUT IT.
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  • LEWIS SAID, "IF YOU READHISTORY YOU WILL FIND THAT
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  • THE CHRISTIANS WHO DIDMOST FOR THE PRESENT WORLD
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  • WERE PRECISELY THOSE WHOTHOUGHT MOST OF THE NEXT.
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  • IT IS SINCE CHRISTIANSHAVE LARGELY CEASED TO
  • 00:08:03.471 --> 00:08:06.474
  • THINK ABOUT THE OTHERWORLD THAT THEY HAVE
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  • BECOME SO INEFFECTIVEIN THIS WORLD."
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  • AND THEN HIS FAMOUS WORDS,"AIM AT HEAVEN AND YOU'LL
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  • GET EARTH THROWN IN.
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  • AIM AT EARTH ANDYOU'LL GET NEITHER."
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  • HERE'S THE GREAT IRONY:THE MORE WE THINK ABOUT
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  • THE NEXT LIFE, THE MOREEFFECTIVE WE BECOME FOR
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  • GOD IN THIS LIFE.
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  • THE FACT IS WE'REALL LEAVING HERE.
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  • OUR DEPARTURE IS CERTAIN.
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  • IT'S NOT GOING TO BE VERYLONG TILL WE GO TO THAT
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  • PLACE CALLED HEAVEN, BUTKNOWING THAT OUR FUTURE IS
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  • SECURE OUGHT TO BE AMOTIVATION FOR US TO LIVE
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  • THE MOST EFFECTIVE LIVES FORGOD THAT WE CAN RIGHT NOW.
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  • THAT WAS CERTAINLY TRUE OFTHE OLD TESTAMENT SAINTS
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  • WHERE THEY WERETALKING ABOUT ABEL,
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  • ENOCH, NOAH,ABRAHAM, ISAAC,
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  • JACOB, SARAH.
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  • IN HEBREWS 11 THERE ISTHAT ROLL-CALL OF FAITH,
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  • THESE HEROES OF THE FAITHAND NOTICE WHAT HEBREWS
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  • 11:13 SAID ABOUT ALL OFTHESE MEN AND WOMEN OF
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  • FAITH, "ALL THESE DIED INFAITH WITHOUT RECEIVING
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  • THE PROMISES, BUT HAVINGSEEN THEM AND HAVING
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  • WELCOMED THEMFROM A DISTANCE,
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  • AND HAVING CONFESSED THATTHEY WERE STRANGERS AND
  • 00:09:17.345 --> 00:09:20.482
  • EXILES ON EARTH."
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  • THEY NEVER RECEIVED THEBLESSING UNTIL THEY DIED,
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  • BUT THAT DIDN'T STOP THEMFROM THINKING ABOUT IT.
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  • THEY WERE FIXATED ON THATFUTURE COUNTRY GOD HAD
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  • PLANNED FOR THEM AND THATFUTURE COUNTRY IS WHAT
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  • MOTIVATED THEM TOLIVE OBEDIENT LIVES.
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  • THE SAME WAS TRUEFOR THE APOSTLE PAUL.
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  • HE WAS LIVING IN TWOWORLDS AT THE SAME TIME.
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  • HIS CITIZENSHIP WAS INHEAVEN AND YET HE WAS ON
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  • EARTH TOFULFIL GOD'S WILL.
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  • AND THAT CAUSED ACONFLICT IN PAUL.
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  • IN PHILIPPIANS1:21 HE SAID,
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  • "FOR ME TO LIVE IS CHRISTAND TO DIE IS GAIN."
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  • HE SAID, YOU KNOW, IT WORKSOUT FOR ME EITHER WAY.
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  • AS LONG AS I'M LIVING, I'MLIVING FOR GOD DOING WHAT
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  • HE WANTS ME TO DO, BUTIF HE DECIDES TO TAKE ME,
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  • GUESS WHAT?
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  • IT'S GOING TO BEBETTER FOR ME.
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  • THAT'S WHY HESAID IN VERSE 23,
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  • "I'M HARD-PRESSEDFROM BOTH DIRECTIONS,
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  • HAVING THE DESIRE TODEPART AND BE WITH CHRIST
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  • FOR THAT ISVERY MUCH BETTER,
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  • AND YET TO REMAIN ONIN THE FLESH IS MORE
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  • NECESSARY FOR YOUR SAKE."
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  • PAUL SAID: I'M CONFLICTED.
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  • I'D REALLY LIKE TO GO ONTO HEAVEN AND BE WITH GOD,
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  • BUT AT THE SAME TIME IWANT TO BE HERE AND FULFIL
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  • THE MINISTRYGOD HAS FOR ME.
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  • THAT'S THE KIND OF LIFEGOD WANTS US TO HAVE -
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  • FOCUSED ON OURFUTURE HOME,
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  • BUT BEING EFFECTIVE INTHIS WORLD
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  • UNTIL GOD CALLS US HOME.
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  • WELL, OF COURSE, THEFACT IS FOR ALL OF US HERE
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  • TODAY GOD HAS LEFT US INTHIS WORLD
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  • AT LEAST FOR NOW.
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  • SO HERE IS THE QUESTION:SINCE WE ARE HERE AND
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  • WE'RE NOT THERE, WHYSHOULD WE BE THINKING
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  • ABOUT THERE WHILEWE'RE STILL HERE?
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  • OVER THESE NEXT 10 WEEKSWE'RE GOING TO ANSWER 10
  • 00:10:57.445 --> 00:11:00.348
  • OF THE MOST OFTEN ASKEDQUESTIONS ABOUT HEAVEN,
  • 00:11:00.381 --> 00:11:04.452
  • BUT IN THE FEW MINUTES WEHAVE LEFT TODAY I WANT TO
  • 00:11:04.486 --> 00:11:06.621
  • ANSWER THE MOSTFOUNDATIONAL QUESTION,
  • 00:11:06.654 --> 00:11:09.424
  • AND THAT IS: WHATDIFFERENCE DOES A FUTURE
  • 00:11:09.457 --> 00:11:12.427
  • HEAVEN MAKE INMY LIFE TODAY?
  • 00:11:12.460 --> 00:11:15.797
  • AND ON YOUR OUTLINES IWANT YOU TO JOT DOWN FOUR
  • 00:11:15.830 --> 00:11:18.633
  • BENEFITS OF BEINGHEAVENLY-MINDED,
  • 00:11:18.666 --> 00:11:21.503
  • OF FOCUSING ON THATPLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
  • 00:11:21.536 --> 00:11:25.774
  • FIRST OF ALL, FOCUSING ONHEAVEN REMINDS US OF THE
  • 00:11:25.807 --> 00:11:31.012
  • BREVITY OF OUREARTHLY LIFE.
  • 00:11:31.045 --> 00:11:33.848
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN REMINDSUS OF THE
  • 00:11:33.882 --> 00:11:36.017
  • BREVITY OF OUR EARTHLY LIFE.
  • 00:11:36.050 --> 00:11:39.220
  • AS MANY OF YOU KNOW BOTHOF MY PARENTS DIED AT A
  • 00:11:39.254 --> 00:11:42.257
  • RELATIVELY YOUNG AGE, ANDWHILE I CERTAINLY MISS MY
  • 00:11:42.290 --> 00:11:46.327
  • PARENTS ONE OF THEBENEFITS OF THEIR EARLY
  • 00:11:46.361 --> 00:11:49.964
  • DEPARTURE WAS REMINDINGME CONSTANTLY OF HOW BRIEF
  • 00:11:49.998 --> 00:11:55.937
  • OUR TIME HERE ON EARTH IS.
  • 00:11:55.970 --> 00:11:57.338
  • IT'S OVER IN A MOMENT.
  • 00:11:57.372 --> 00:12:00.208
  • I WAS TALKING TO A POLICEOFFICER
  • 00:12:00.241 --> 00:12:02.844
  • FRIDAY NIGHT IN HOUSTON.
  • 00:12:02.877 --> 00:12:04.112
  • HE SAID: YOU KNOW, IT'SLIKE GOD HAS HIT THE FAST
  • 00:12:04.145 --> 00:12:07.215
  • FORWARD BUTTON, THINGSARE GOING SO QUICKLY.
  • 00:12:07.248 --> 00:12:10.118
  • HAVE YOU EVER FELTTHAT WAY BEFORE?
  • 00:12:10.151 --> 00:12:12.554
  • JAMES SAID IT THIS WAYABOUT THE BREVITY OF LIFE,
  • 00:12:12.587 --> 00:12:14.889
  • JAMES 4:14 HE SAID, "YOUDO NOT KNOW WHAT YOUR LIFE
  • 00:12:14.923 --> 00:12:18.326
  • WILL BE LIKE TOMORROW.
  • 00:12:18.359 --> 00:12:20.395
  • YOU ARE JUST A VAPOR."
  • 00:12:20.428 --> 00:12:22.964
  • THAT GREEK WORDATMOS MEANS "A MIST."
  • 00:12:22.997 --> 00:12:25.834
  • YOU ARE JUST A MIST THATAPPEARS FOR A LITTLE WHILE
  • 00:12:25.867 --> 00:12:30.071
  • AND THEN VANISHES AWAY.
  • 00:12:30.104 --> 00:12:32.440
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN REMINDSUS OF THE
  • 00:12:32.473 --> 00:12:34.509
  • BREVITY OF OUR EARTHLY LIFE.
  • 00:12:34.542 --> 00:12:35.844
  • SECONDLY, FOCUSING ONHEAVEN PREPARES US FOR THE
  • 00:12:35.877 --> 00:12:39.814
  • CERTAINTY OF JUDGMENT.
  • 00:12:39.848 --> 00:12:43.017
  • THE POPULAR SONG"EVERYBODY IS GOING TO
  • 00:12:43.051 --> 00:12:45.453
  • HEAVEN" COULDN'TBE MORE WRONG.
  • 00:12:45.486 --> 00:12:48.122
  • EVERYBODY IS NOTGOING TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:12:48.156 --> 00:12:52.393
  • I WANT YOU TO TURN OVERIN YOUR NEW TESTAMENT TO
  • 00:12:52.427 --> 00:12:55.563
  • MATTHEW 7, AND I WANT YOUTO LOOK AT
  • 00:12:55.597 --> 00:12:58.299
  • JESUS' WORDS INVERSES 13 AND 14.
  • 00:12:58.333 --> 00:13:01.402
  • JESUS SAID, "ENTER BY THENARROW GATE FOR THE GATE
  • 00:13:01.436 --> 00:13:05.907
  • IS WIDE AND THE WAYIS BROAD THAT LEADS TO
  • 00:13:05.940 --> 00:13:08.810
  • DESTRUCTION, AND MANYARE THOSE WHO ENTER BY IT.
  • 00:13:08.843 --> 00:13:13.681
  • BUT THE GATE IS SMALLAND THE WAY IS NARROW THAT
  • 00:13:13.715 --> 00:13:17.352
  • LEADS TO LIFE AND FEWARE THOSE WHO FIND IT."
  • 00:13:17.385 --> 00:13:22.724
  • JESUS SAID: THEREIS NOT ONE WAY,
  • 00:13:22.757 --> 00:13:24.525
  • ONE ROAD THAT LEADS EVERYBODYTO THE SAME DESTINATION.
  • 00:13:24.559 --> 00:13:28.296
  • HE SAID THERE ARE TWOROADS OR WAYS THAT LEAD TO
  • 00:13:28.329 --> 00:13:31.633
  • TWO VERYDIFFERENT DESTINATIONS.
  • 00:13:31.666 --> 00:13:35.036
  • WILL YOU NOTICE THREEOBSERVATIONS
  • 00:13:35.069 --> 00:13:36.638
  • ABOUT THESE TWO VERSES?
  • 00:13:36.671 --> 00:13:37.805
  • NUMBER ONE: THERE IS A WAYTHAT LEADS TO ETERNAL DEATH.
  • 00:13:37.839 --> 00:13:42.610
  • THERE IS A ROAD THAT LEADSTO ETERNAL DEATH AND JESUS
  • 00:13:42.644 --> 00:13:46.347
  • SAID MOST PEOPLEARE ON THAT ROAD.
  • 00:13:46.381 --> 00:13:50.652
  • WHAT IS THAT ROAD?
  • 00:13:50.685 --> 00:13:51.686
  • THAT WAY?
  • 00:13:51.719 --> 00:13:52.887
  • ISAIAH 53:6 SAYS, "ALL OF USLIKE SHEEP HAVE GONE ASTRAY.
  • 00:13:52.921 --> 00:13:56.858
  • EACH OF US HASTURNED TO HIS OWN WAY."
  • 00:13:56.891 --> 00:14:00.361
  • DO YOU KNOW HOW YOU CANMAKE CERTAIN YOU GO TO
  • 00:14:00.395 --> 00:14:04.933
  • HELL WHEN YOU DIE?
  • 00:14:04.966 --> 00:14:07.368
  • JUST DO NOTHING.
  • 00:14:07.402 --> 00:14:09.304
  • JUST DO NOTHING.
  • 00:14:09.337 --> 00:14:11.172
  • KEEP LIVING LIKEYOU'RE LIVING,
  • 00:14:11.205 --> 00:14:12.573
  • KEEP GOING THEWAY YOU'RE GOING,
  • 00:14:12.607 --> 00:14:14.709
  • AND YOU ARE ABSOLUTELYGUARANTEED TO END UP IN HELL.
  • 00:14:14.742 --> 00:14:18.913
  • THE MOMENT WE ARE BORN,WE ARE BORN ON THE ROAD
  • 00:14:18.947 --> 00:14:22.684
  • LEADING AWAY FROM GOD.
  • 00:14:22.717 --> 00:14:24.686
  • WE ARE BORN ONTHAT PATHWAY TO HELL.
  • 00:14:24.719 --> 00:14:27.855
  • YOU SAY: HOW DO IEVER GET OFF THAT ROAD?
  • 00:14:27.889 --> 00:14:31.426
  • WELL YOU HAVE TOMAKE A U-TURN.
  • 00:14:31.459 --> 00:14:33.227
  • YOU HAVE TO MAKE A U-TURN,A SPIRITUAL U-TURN.
  • 00:14:33.261 --> 00:14:36.831
  • GET OFF THAT ROAD AND GETON THE MORE NARROW ROAD
  • 00:14:36.864 --> 00:14:40.168
  • THAT LEADS TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:14:40.201 --> 00:14:41.769
  • I DON'T USE THAT TERMU-TURN BY ACCIDENT.
  • 00:14:41.803 --> 00:14:45.807
  • THAT'S A BIBLICAL TERM.
  • 00:14:45.840 --> 00:14:46.874
  • DID YOU KNOW THAT?
  • 00:14:46.908 --> 00:14:48.376
  • THE WORD IS "REPENT." METANOIA.
  • 00:14:48.409 --> 00:14:51.946
  • THE WORD "REPENT" MEANS "ACHANGE OF MIND THAT LEADS
  • 00:14:51.980 --> 00:14:55.917
  • TO A CHANGE OF DIRECTION."
  • 00:14:55.950 --> 00:14:58.086
  • AND THE BIBLE SAYS THEONLY WAY YOU'LL GO TO
  • 00:14:58.119 --> 00:15:00.788
  • HEAVEN IS TO GET OFF THEROAD YOU'RE ON RIGHT NOW,
  • 00:15:00.822 --> 00:15:03.291
  • HAVE A CHANGE OF MINDABOUT WHO JESUS IS THAT
  • 00:15:03.324 --> 00:15:07.795
  • LEADS TO ACHANGE OF DIRECTION,
  • 00:15:07.829 --> 00:15:09.897
  • AND PUT YOUR FAITH ANDTRUST IN HIM TO
  • 00:15:09.931 --> 00:15:12.467
  • LEAD YOU TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:15:12.500 --> 00:15:14.402
  • JESUS MADE THAT VERYCLEAR IN JOHN 14:6.
  • 00:15:14.435 --> 00:15:17.605
  • JESUS SAID, "I AM THEWAY," I AM THE ROAD,
  • 00:15:17.638 --> 00:15:22.377
  • I'M THE PATH,"I AM THE WAY,
  • 00:15:22.410 --> 00:15:24.278
  • THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.
  • 00:15:24.312 --> 00:15:25.713
  • NO MAN COMES TO THEFATHER EXCEPT BY ME."
  • 00:15:25.747 --> 00:15:29.951
  • THAT'S THE WAY, SECONDLY,THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE.
  • 00:15:29.984 --> 00:15:33.621
  • THERE IS A WAY THATLEADS TO ETERNAL DEATH.
  • 00:15:33.654 --> 00:15:35.456
  • MOST PEOPLE ARE ONTHAT WAY, THAT ROAD.
  • 00:15:35.490 --> 00:15:38.026
  • THERE IS A MORE NARROWWAY THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL
  • 00:15:38.059 --> 00:15:40.728
  • LIFE; BUT NOTICE, THIRDLY,THERE ARE GATES THAT OPEN
  • 00:15:40.762 --> 00:15:44.899
  • TO BOTH ETERNALDEATH AND ETERNAL LIFE.
  • 00:15:44.932 --> 00:15:49.771
  • UNDERSTAND WE DON'TEARN GOD'S SALVATION,
  • 00:15:49.804 --> 00:15:51.906
  • THAT'S A GIFT, BUT WHAT WEDO AFTER WE'RE SAVED MAKES
  • 00:15:51.939 --> 00:15:56.477
  • AN ETERNAL DIFFERENCE IN THEKIND OF ETERNITY WE EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:15:56.511 --> 00:16:00.415
  • AND YOU KNOW THAT'S THEGREAT IRONY, FOLKS,
  • 00:16:00.448 --> 00:16:02.817
  • AS BRIEF AS THISLIFE IS, THE CHOICES WE
  • 00:16:02.850 --> 00:16:06.754
  • MAKE IN THIS LIFE, AS BRIEFAS IT IS, THE CHOICES WE
  • 00:16:06.788 --> 00:16:11.659
  • MAKE NOW IMPACT OURETERNITY FOREVER.
  • 00:16:11.692 --> 00:16:15.663
  • THAT'S WHY IT'S SOIMPORTANT THAT WE THE FEW
  • 00:16:15.696 --> 00:16:18.966
  • YEARS WE HAVE LIVEOBEDIENT LIVES FOR GOD.
  • 00:16:19.000 --> 00:16:22.003
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN REMINDSUS OF THE
  • 00:16:22.036 --> 00:16:24.372
  • JUDGMENT WE MUST ALL FACE.
  • 00:16:24.405 --> 00:16:26.641
  • NUMBER THREE, FOCUSINGON HEAVEN MOTIVATES US TO
  • 00:16:26.674 --> 00:16:30.378
  • LIVE PURE LIVES.
  • 00:16:30.411 --> 00:16:33.114
  • LET'S FACE IT: IT'S HARDTO KEEP OUR LIVES CLEAN IN
  • 00:16:33.147 --> 00:16:37.385
  • A POLLUTED WORLDLIKE THIS ONE, ISN'T IT?
  • 00:16:37.418 --> 00:16:40.354
  • WHAT THE BIBLE ISSAYING IS ONE OF THE BEST
  • 00:16:40.388 --> 00:16:43.324
  • MOTIVATIONS FOR KEEPINGYOUR LIFE CLEAN BEFORE GOD
  • 00:16:43.357 --> 00:16:47.361
  • IS FOCUSING ON HEAVEN AND THATFUTURE REUNION WITH CHRIST.
  • 00:16:47.395 --> 00:16:51.599
  • PETER SAID IT THISWAY IN 2 PETER 3:10-11,
  • 00:16:51.632 --> 00:16:54.302
  • "BUT THE DAY OF THE LORDWILL COME LIKE A THIEF IN
  • 00:16:54.335 --> 00:16:57.605
  • WHICH THE HEAVENS WILLPASS AWAY WITH A ROAR,
  • 00:16:57.638 --> 00:17:00.408
  • AND THE ELEMENTS WILL BEDESTROYED WITH INTENSE
  • 00:17:00.441 --> 00:17:02.643
  • HEAT, AND THE EARTH AND ITSWORKS WILL BE BURNED UP."
  • 00:17:02.677 --> 00:17:05.113
  • HE'S TALKINGABOUT THE END TIMES,
  • 00:17:05.146 --> 00:17:07.081
  • BUT THEN IN VERSE 11 HEDRAWS THE APPLICATION,
  • 00:17:07.115 --> 00:17:10.318
  • "SINCE ALL THESE THINGSARE TO BE DESTROYED IN
  • 00:17:10.351 --> 00:17:14.288
  • THIS WAY, WHAT SORT OFPEOPLE OUGHT YOU TO BE IN
  • 00:17:14.322 --> 00:17:19.327
  • HOLY CONDUCTAND GODLINESS."
  • 00:17:19.360 --> 00:17:24.499
  • REALIZING EVERYTHING WESEE AROUND US IS WRAPPING
  • 00:17:24.532 --> 00:17:28.336
  • UP TO A CONCLUSION,REALIZING CHRIST IS COMING
  • 00:17:28.369 --> 00:17:31.405
  • BACK AGAIN, WHAT BETTERMOTIVATION IS THERE TO
  • 00:17:31.439 --> 00:17:35.276
  • LIVE CLEAN LIVES IN HOLYCONDUCT AND GODLINESS?
  • 00:17:35.309 --> 00:17:40.181
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN IS A
  • 00:17:40.214 --> 00:17:42.350
  • GREAT MOTIVATIONTO LIVE PURE LIVES.
  • 00:17:42.383 --> 00:17:45.353
  • NUMBER FOUR, FOCUSING ONHEAVEN PLACES
  • 00:17:45.386 --> 00:17:48.623
  • SUFFERING IN PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:17:48.656 --> 00:17:52.160
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN PLACESSUFFERING IN PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:17:52.193 --> 00:17:55.997
  • ONE OF THE QUESTIONS IKEEP BEING ASKED AS PASTOR
  • 00:17:56.030 --> 00:17:59.133
  • IS: WHY DID GOD ALLOW...
  • 00:17:59.167 --> 00:18:01.602
  • AND THEN FILLIN THE BLANK.
  • 00:18:01.636 --> 00:18:03.137
  • MANY TIMES IT'S SOME GREATNATIONAL TRAGEDY LIKE
  • 00:18:03.171 --> 00:18:05.840
  • 9/11, OR A TERRORIST ATTACKOF SOME OTHER VARIETY.
  • 00:18:05.873 --> 00:18:10.144
  • WHY DID GOD ALLOW THISIF GOD IS SOVEREIGN?
  • 00:18:10.178 --> 00:18:13.648
  • MANY TIMES WHEN PEOPLESAY: WHY DOES GOD ALLOW
  • 00:18:13.681 --> 00:18:16.217
  • EVIL IN THE WORLD, THEY'REREALLY TALKING ABOUT WHY
  • 00:18:16.250 --> 00:18:18.853
  • DOES GOD ALLOWSUFFERING IN MY LIFE.
  • 00:18:18.886 --> 00:18:22.223
  • WHY DID GOD ALLOW ME TO BEFIRED UNFAIRLY FROM THIS JOB?
  • 00:18:22.256 --> 00:18:26.527
  • WHY DOES HE ALLOW ME TOSUFFER
  • 00:18:26.561 --> 00:18:28.829
  • THROUGH A BROKEN RELATIONSHIP?
  • 00:18:28.863 --> 00:18:31.365
  • WHY DOES HE ALLOW ME TO SUFFERTHE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE?
  • 00:18:31.399 --> 00:18:34.835
  • WHY DOES GOD ALLOWSUFFERING ESPECIALLY FOR
  • 00:18:34.869 --> 00:18:38.072
  • THOSE WHO ARE HIS PEOPLE?
  • 00:18:38.105 --> 00:18:41.075
  • YOU KNOW INTERESTINGLY THEBIBLE NEVER ANSWERS THE
  • 00:18:41.108 --> 00:18:43.811
  • "WHY" QUESTIONOF SUFFERING.
  • 00:18:43.844 --> 00:18:46.080
  • NEVER DOES.
  • 00:18:46.113 --> 00:18:47.615
  • BUT IT DOES HELP US PUTSUFFERING IN PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:18:47.648 --> 00:18:52.286
  • IN 2 CORINTHIANS 4:17-18PAUL WHO CERTAINLY HAD HIS
  • 00:18:52.320 --> 00:18:56.424
  • SHARE OF SUFFERING WROTE,"FOR MOMENTARY LIGHT
  • 00:18:56.457 --> 00:19:00.595
  • AFFLICTION IS PRODUCINGFOR US AN ETERNAL WAY TO
  • 00:19:00.628 --> 00:19:04.198
  • GLORY FAR BEYONDALL COMPREHENSION.
  • 00:19:04.232 --> 00:19:07.668
  • WHILE WE LOOK NOT AT THETHINGS WHICH ARE SEEN,
  • 00:19:07.702 --> 00:19:10.104
  • BUT AT THE THINGSWHICH ARE NOT SEEN,
  • 00:19:10.137 --> 00:19:12.073
  • FOR THE THINGS WHICHARE SEEN ARE TEMPORAL,
  • 00:19:12.106 --> 00:19:15.376
  • BUT THE THINGS WHICH ARENOT SEEN ARE ETERNAL."
  • 00:19:15.409 --> 00:19:18.079
  • I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THETWO WORDS HERE PAUL USES
  • 00:19:18.112 --> 00:19:21.782
  • TO DESCRIBE THESUFFERING OF HIS OWN LIFE.
  • 00:19:21.816 --> 00:19:24.852
  • FIRST OF ALL, HE SAID HISSUFFERING IS MOMENTARY.
  • 00:19:24.885 --> 00:19:28.589
  • YOU THINK: PAUL, HOWCOULD YOU SAY THAT?
  • 00:19:28.623 --> 00:19:31.726
  • FOR YEARS YOU SUFFEREDEVERY KIND OF TRAGEDY
  • 00:19:31.759 --> 00:19:36.530
  • KNOWN TO MAN.
  • 00:19:36.564 --> 00:19:37.465
  • HOW COULD YOU SAY ITWAS JUST MOMENTARY?
  • 00:19:37.498 --> 00:19:39.967
  • WELL, CIRCLE THE WORD"MOMENTARY" AND DRAW A
  • 00:19:40.001 --> 00:19:43.104
  • LINE TO THEWORD "ETERNAL."
  • 00:19:43.137 --> 00:19:45.373
  • HE SAID: MY SUFFERING ISMOMENTARY COMPARED TO THE
  • 00:19:45.406 --> 00:19:51.112
  • ETERNITY OF BLESSINGGOD HAS PLANNED FOR ME.
  • 00:19:51.145 --> 00:19:54.148
  • YOU KNOW WE CAN'T GET OUR
  • 00:19:54.181 --> 00:19:55.216
  • HEADS AROUND ETERNITY, CAN WE?
  • 00:19:55.249 --> 00:19:57.084
  • WE HAVE NO IDEA HOWLONG ETERNITY IS.
  • 00:19:57.118 --> 00:20:00.154
  • ONE WRITER SAID IT THISWAY: IMAGINE A LITTLE BIRD
  • 00:20:00.187 --> 00:20:03.591
  • THAT COMES ONCE EVERYMILLION YEARS TO SHARPEN
  • 00:20:03.624 --> 00:20:06.594
  • ITS BEAK ON THE TOPOF MOUNT EVEREST.
  • 00:20:06.627 --> 00:20:09.530
  • COMES ONCE EVERYMILLION YEARS,
  • 00:20:09.563 --> 00:20:11.198
  • DOES ITSTHING, FLIES AWAY,
  • 00:20:11.232 --> 00:20:13.668
  • COMES BACK AMILLION YEARS FROM THEN;
  • 00:20:13.701 --> 00:20:15.336
  • DOES THE SAME THING AGAIN.
  • 00:20:15.369 --> 00:20:17.338
  • BY THE TIME THAT BIRD HASWORN DOWN THE ENTIRETY OF
  • 00:20:17.371 --> 00:20:22.243
  • MOUNT EVEREST, BY THE TIMEIT'S ACCOMPLISHED THAT,
  • 00:20:22.276 --> 00:20:26.113
  • ETERNITY WILLHAVE ONLY BEGUN.
  • 00:20:26.147 --> 00:20:30.818
  • WHAT YOU'RE GOINGTHROUGH IS REAL RIGHT NOW;
  • 00:20:30.851 --> 00:20:33.587
  • THE SUFFERING YOUEXPERIENCE MAY SEEM LIKE
  • 00:20:33.621 --> 00:20:35.723
  • IT'S ENDLESS, BUT ITREALLY IS MOMENTARY WHEN
  • 00:20:35.756 --> 00:20:38.759
  • COMPARED TO ETERNITY.
  • 00:20:38.793 --> 00:20:40.428
  • AND THEN NOTICE HEALSO DESCRIBED
  • 00:20:40.461 --> 00:20:41.962
  • HIS SUFFERING AS LIGHT.
  • 00:20:41.996 --> 00:20:44.632
  • LIGHT.
  • 00:20:44.665 --> 00:20:46.667
  • HOW COULD YOUSAY THAT, PAUL?
  • 00:20:46.701 --> 00:20:47.935
  • HAVE YOU DEVELOPEDSPIRITUAL AMNESIA?
  • 00:20:47.968 --> 00:20:49.637
  • I MEAN THINK ABOUT IT,YOU WERE SHIPWRECKED.
  • 00:20:49.670 --> 00:20:53.341
  • YOU WERE LEFT FOR DEAD.
  • 00:20:53.374 --> 00:20:55.042
  • YOU WERE BEATEN FIVE TIMESWITHIN THE INCH OF YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:20:55.076 --> 00:20:57.878
  • YOU WOULDULTIMATELY BE BEHEADED.
  • 00:20:57.912 --> 00:20:59.480
  • HOW COULD YOU SAYYOUR SUFFERING IS LIGHT?
  • 00:20:59.513 --> 00:21:01.949
  • WELL, AGAIN, ASCOMPARED TO WHAT?
  • 00:21:01.982 --> 00:21:05.386
  • AS COMPARED TO WHAT?
  • 00:21:05.419 --> 00:21:06.954
  • DRAW A CIRCLE AROUND THATWORD "LIGHT" AND THEN DRAW
  • 00:21:06.987 --> 00:21:11.359
  • AN ARROW TO THE WORD"WEIGHT OF GLORY."
  • 00:21:11.392 --> 00:21:14.962
  • HE SAID: MYSUFFERING IS REAL,
  • 00:21:14.995 --> 00:21:17.431
  • BUT IT'S REALLY RELATIVELYLIGHT WHEN I THINK ABOUT
  • 00:21:17.465 --> 00:21:21.102
  • ALL THAT GOD HASPLANNED FOR ME,
  • 00:21:21.135 --> 00:21:22.837
  • THE WEIGHT OF HISFUTURE BLESSING.
  • 00:21:22.870 --> 00:21:25.339
  • YOU SEE WEIGHT IS AMATTER OF PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:21:25.373 --> 00:21:28.209
  • I MEAN IF I SHOWED YOUA 2.000-POUND BLOCK OF
  • 00:21:28.242 --> 00:21:31.979
  • CONCRETE AND ASKED YOU:IS THIS LIGHT OR HEAVY?
  • 00:21:32.012 --> 00:21:35.616
  • THE ANSWER IS:COMPARED TO WHAT?
  • 00:21:35.649 --> 00:21:38.386
  • WHATEVER PROBLEMYOU'RE FACING IS REAL,
  • 00:21:38.419 --> 00:21:40.821
  • IT'S HEAVY TO YOU, BUTWHAT PAUL IS SAYING IS
  • 00:21:40.855 --> 00:21:43.657
  • COMPARED TO THE WEIGHTOF THE BLESSING GOD HAS
  • 00:21:43.691 --> 00:21:47.061
  • PLANNED FOR YOU FOR ALLETERNITY, IT'S LIGHT.
  • 00:21:47.094 --> 00:21:51.832
  • ONE PERSON SAID IT THISWAY: WHEN COMPARED TO THE
  • 00:21:51.866 --> 00:21:55.469
  • GLORIES OF HEAVEN, THEWORST SUFFERING OF THIS
  • 00:21:55.503 --> 00:21:58.606
  • WORLD WILL ONE DAY BE SEENTO BE NOTHING MORE THAN A
  • 00:21:58.639 --> 00:22:02.410
  • ONE NIGHT STAY IN ANINCONVENIENT MOTEL.
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  • THAT'S WHAT PAULIS SAYING TO US.
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  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN DOESN'TELIMINATE SUFFERING,
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  • BUT IT DOES PUT THATSUFFERING IN PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:22:13.421 --> 00:22:18.159
  • ALTHOUGH GOD'S PROMISEFOR HEAVEN IS YET STILL
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  • FUTURE, IT REALLY SHOULDIMPACT THE WAY WE LIVE
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  • EVERY DAY, FOR WHAT WE DOIN THIS LIFE ECHOES IN THE
  • 00:22:24.665 --> 00:22:31.806
  • HALLS OF HEAVEN FOREVER.
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  • AS YOU'RE WATCHING TODAY,PERHAPS YOU'RE THINKING OF
  • 00:22:42.249 --> 00:22:45.085
  • A DIFFICULTCIRCUMSTANCE IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:22:45.119 --> 00:22:47.688
  • WHILE YOUR SUFFERINGIS CERTAINLY VERY REAL,
  • 00:22:47.721 --> 00:22:50.691
  • LIFE'S HARDSHIPS ARELIGHT AND MOMENTARY WHEN
  • 00:22:50.724 --> 00:22:54.462
  • COMPARED TO THE ETERNALGLORIES OF HEAVEN.
  • 00:22:54.495 --> 00:22:58.165
  • AS WE CONCLUDE, LET MEREINFORCE THAT YOUR
  • 00:22:58.199 --> 00:23:00.668
  • FINANCIAL PARTNERSHIPTRULY MAKES A DIFFERENCE.
  • 00:23:00.701 --> 00:23:03.971
  • WHEN YOU INVEST IN PATHWAYTO VICTORY, YOU'RE
  • 00:23:04.004 --> 00:23:06.740
  • ALLOWING MEN AND WOMEN ALLACROSS THE COUNTRY AND
  • 00:23:06.774 --> 00:23:09.376
  • AROUND THE WORLD TO CATCHA GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN,
  • 00:23:09.410 --> 00:23:12.313
  • PERHAPS LIKE NEVER BEFORE.I RECEIVED A NOTE FROM
  • 00:23:12.346 --> 00:23:15.749
  • GREGORY WHO LISTENS TOPATHWAY TO VICTORY IN ARIZONA.
  • 00:23:15.783 --> 00:23:19.086
  • HE WROTE,
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  • THAT'S FANTASTIC, GREGORY.
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  • SO, PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVEGENEROUSLY. GOD WILL USE
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  • YOUR GIFT TO PIERCE THEDARKNESS WITH THE LIGHT OF
  • 00:23:44.445 --> 00:23:47.982
  • HIS WORD. NOW STAY RIGHTTHERE I'LL BE BACK
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  • WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • WITH ALL OF THE PRESSINGCHALLENGES FACING OUR
  • 00:23:54.889 --> 00:23:57.558
  • WORLD TODAY, IT'S EASY TOGET STUCK IN THE HERE AND NOW.
  • 00:23:57.591 --> 00:24:01.362
  • BUT WHEN WE LIVE EVERY DAYIN THE HOPE OF ETERNITY,
  • 00:24:01.395 --> 00:24:04.431
  • IT COMPLETELY TRANSFORMSOUR PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:24:04.465 --> 00:24:07.134
  • TO HELP ELEVATE YOURTHINKING FROM
  • 00:24:07.167 --> 00:24:09.236
  • EARTHLY CONCERNS TOHEAVENLY COMFORTS,
  • 00:24:09.270 --> 00:24:11.972
  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS HASWRITTEN A BRAND-NEW BOOK
  • 00:24:12.006 --> 00:24:14.375
  • TITLED, "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN:
  • 00:24:14.408 --> 00:24:16.644
  • 100 DAYS OF LIVING IN THEHOPE OF ETERNITY."
  • 00:24:16.677 --> 00:24:20.080
  • THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT
  • 00:24:20.114 --> 00:24:21.482
  • EVERY ONE OF US IS GOINGTO MAKE A TRIP ONE DAY TO
  • 00:24:21.515 --> 00:24:24.718
  • A DISTANT COUNTRY. IT'S AONE-WAY TRIP TO AN ETERNAL
  • 00:24:24.752 --> 00:24:28.255
  • DESTINATION. AND FOR THOSEWHO KNOW CHRIST, THAT TRIP
  • 00:24:28.289 --> 00:24:31.959
  • IS TO A PLACE CALLEDHEAVEN. MY BRAND-NEW BOOK
  • 00:24:31.992 --> 00:24:35.195
  • IS DESIGNED TO HELP YOUOR A LOVED ONE SPEND
  • 00:24:35.229 --> 00:24:38.098
  • 100 DAYS LIVING IN THE REALITYOF YOUR ETERNAL HOME.
  • 00:24:38.132 --> 00:24:43.003
  • REQUEST YOUR COPY OF,"A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN:
  • 00:24:43.037 --> 00:24:45.539
  • 100 DAYS OF LIVING IN THE HOPEOF ETERNITY." WHEN YOU GIVE A
  • 00:24:45.573 --> 00:24:48.909
  • GENEROUS GIFT TOSUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF
  • 00:24:48.943 --> 00:24:51.045
  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY. AND WHENYOUR GIFT IS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:24:51.078 --> 00:24:55.049
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THECOMPLETE,
  • 00:24:55.082 --> 00:24:56.750
  • "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN" TEACHINGSERIES ON BOTH CD AND DVD.
  • 00:24:56.784 --> 00:25:01.622
  • ALONG WITH THE ORIGINALBEST-SELLING BOOK BY
  • 00:25:01.655 --> 00:25:04.091
  • DR. JEFFRESS TITLED, "A PLACECALLED HEAVEN."
  • 00:25:04.124 --> 00:25:06.393
  • WHEN YOU GIVE TO PATHWAY TOVICTORY, YOU'RE ALLOWING
  • 00:25:06.427 --> 00:25:09.496
  • MEN AND WOMEN ALL ACROSSTHE COUNTRY TO HEAR THE
  • 00:25:09.530 --> 00:25:12.433
  • TRUTH ABOUT HEAVEN, ANDTHE ONE WAY TO GET THERE.
  • 00:25:12.466 --> 00:25:15.536
  • THROUGH FAITH IN JESUSCHRIST. SO THANK YOU FOR
  • 00:25:15.569 --> 00:25:18.539
  • GIVING GENEROUSLY. GODWILL USE YOUR GIFT TO
  • 00:25:18.572 --> 00:25:21.375
  • PIERCE THE DARKNESS WITHTHE LIGHT OF HIS WORD.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:25:24.411 --> 00:25:26.747
  • I BEGAN TODAY'S MESSAGE BYMAKING THIS OBSERVATION:
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  • IF YOU WERE MAKING ATRIP TO A DISTANT COUNTRY,
  • 00:25:30.351 --> 00:25:33.253
  • YOU'D PROBABLY TRY TOLEARN EVERYTHING YOU COULD
  • 00:25:33.287 --> 00:25:36.390
  • ABOUT THAT PLACEAHEAD OF TIME.
  • 00:25:36.423 --> 00:25:39.026
  • AND YET MOST CHRISTIANSKNOW VERY LITTLE
  • 00:25:39.059 --> 00:25:41.061
  • ABOUT THEIR ETERNALHOME IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:25:41.095 --> 00:25:44.131
  • WELL, I HOPE TODAY'SMESSAGE HAS SHOWN YOU WHY
  • 00:25:44.164 --> 00:25:46.700
  • THE REALITY OF A FUTUREHEAVEN OUGHT TO MAKE A
  • 00:25:46.734 --> 00:25:49.703
  • DIFFERENCEYOUR LIFE TODAY.
  • 00:25:49.737 --> 00:25:51.972
  • AND NEXT TIME, WE'REGOING TO ANSWER ANOTHER
  • 00:25:52.006 --> 00:25:53.807
  • FREQUENTLY ASKEDQUESTION ABOUT HEAVEN:
  • 00:25:53.841 --> 00:25:57.177
  • IS HEAVEN A REAL PLACEOR A STATE OF MIND?
  • 00:25:57.211 --> 00:26:01.015
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEWOF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
  • 00:26:01.048 --> 00:26:03.384
  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:03.417 --> 00:26:07.121
  • [NARRATOR] TODAY, WHEN YOUGIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO
  • 00:26:07.154 --> 00:26:09.390
  • SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OFPATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:26:09.423 --> 00:26:12.126
  • WE'LL SAY, THANKS BY SENDING YOUA COPY OF THE BRAND-NEW BOOK
  • 00:26:12.159 --> 00:26:15.396
  • BY DR. JEFFRESS TITLED,"A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN:
  • 00:26:15.429 --> 00:26:18.632
  • 100 DAYS OF LIVING INTHE HOPE OF ETERNITY."
  • 00:26:18.666 --> 00:26:22.369
  • PLUS THE BROCHURE,
  • 00:26:22.403 --> 00:26:23.837
  • "WHAT SEVEN WORLD RELIGIONSTEACH ABOUT HEAVEN"
  • 00:26:23.871 --> 00:26:26.407
  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOU, SIMPLY FORCONTACTING US TODAY AT
  • 00:26:26.440 --> 00:26:29.643
  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY. NOWWHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100
  • 00:26:29.677 --> 00:26:33.681
  • OR MORE, WE'LL ALSO SEND YOUTHE "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN"
  • 00:26:33.714 --> 00:26:36.750
  • TEACHING SERIES ON CD ANDDVD. ALONG WITH THE ORIGINAL
  • 00:26:36.784 --> 00:26:41.622
  • BEST SELLING BOOKBY DR. JEFFRESS TITLED,
  • 00:26:41.655 --> 00:26:43.691
  • "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN."THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE
  • 00:26:43.724 --> 00:26:47.161
  • POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF YOURGENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:47.194 --> 00:26:49.363
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING,WRITTING, OR GOING ONLINE
  • 00:26:49.396 --> 00:26:52.032
  • TO GIVE TODAY. NOW COMING UPNEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY:
  • 00:26:52.066 --> 00:26:56.670
  • JESUS WENT FROMONE LOCATION,
  • 00:26:56.704 --> 00:26:58.872
  • THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, TOANOTHER LOCATION, HEAVEN.
  • 00:26:58.906 --> 00:27:02.376
  • AND THEN THE ANGELS SAIDONE DAY JESUS IS GOING TO
  • 00:27:02.409 --> 00:27:05.479
  • GO FROM THATPLACE CALLED HEAVEN,
  • 00:27:05.512 --> 00:27:07.781
  • A REAL LOCATION, TO AREAL PLACE BACK ON EARTH.
  • 00:27:07.815 --> 00:27:11.085
  • YOU DON'T COME FROM ASTATE OF MIND BACK TO A
  • 00:27:11.118 --> 00:27:13.487
  • REAL PHYSICAL LOCATION.
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  • SET YOUR DVR ANDJOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:27:16.290 --> 00:27:18.625
  • FOR THE MESSAGE,"IS HEAVEN A REAL PLACE?"
  • 00:27:18.659 --> 00:27:22.029
  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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