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What Difference Does A Future Heaven Make In My Life Today? Part 2

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January 12, 2021
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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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What Difference Does A Future Heaven Make In My Life Today? Part 2

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTISTCHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO"PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • AS CHRISTIANS, OURETERNAL HOME IS IN HEAVEN,
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  • BUT IN THE MEANTIME,HOW SHOULD WE SPEND
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  • OUR TIME HERE ON EARTH?
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  • WELL, TODAY, I WANT TOSHOW YOU THE BENEFITS
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  • OF BECOMING HEAVENLY MINDED.
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  • LAST TIME, I SAID THATFOCUSING ON HEAVEN
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  • PREPARES US FOR THECERTAINTY OF JUDGMENT,
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  • IN PARTICULAR, FOR THEGREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT,
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  • AND TODAY, I WANT TOBRING YOUR ATTENTION
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  • TO A SECOND JUDGMENT THATHEAVEN PREPARES US FOR,
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  • THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST.
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  • WE'RE ANSWERING THEQUESTION, WHAT DIFFERENCE
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  • DOES A FUTURE HEAVENMAKE IN MY LIFE TODAY?
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF"PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] AT THIS VERY MOMENT,
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  • GOD IS PREPARING APLACE OF UNENDING JOY
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  • FOR THOSE THOSE TRUST IN HIM,
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  • AND TO HELP YOU AND YOURLOVED ONES GET READY,
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  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS HASWRITTEN A BRAND-NEW BOOK,
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  • "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN:100 DAYS OF LIVING
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  • "IN THE HOPE OF ETERNITY."
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  • SPEND 100 DAYS REFLECTINGON THE BEAUTIFUL PLACE
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  • GOD IS PREPARING FOR YOU.
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  • REQUEST "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN:
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  • "100 DAYS OF LIVING INTHE HOPE OF ETERNITY"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • JAMES SAID IT THIS WAYABOUT THE BREVITY OF LIFE.
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  • JAMES 4:14, HE SAID, "YOUDO NOT KNOW WHAT YOUR LIFE
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  • "WILL BE LIKE TOMORROW.
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  • "YOU ARE JUST A VAPOR."
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  • THAT GREEK WORD ATMOSMEANS A MIST.
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  • "YOU ARE JUST A MIST, THATAPPEARS FOR A LITTLE WHILE,
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  • "AND THEN VANISHES AWAY."
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  • THE APOSTLE PETEROBSERVED, 1 PETER 1:24,
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  • "ALL PEOPLE ARE LIKEGRASS, AND ALL THEIR GLORY
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  • "IS LIKE THE FLOWERSOF THE FIELD.
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  • "THE GRASS WITHERS,AND THE FLOWERS FALL."
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  • AS ONE PREACHER INTHE DEEP SOUTH SAID,
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  • "LIFE IS LIKE GRASS.
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  • "IT IS SOWN, IT IS GROWN,IT IS MOWN, IT IS BLOWN,
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  • -"AND THEN, IT'S GONE."-(CONGREGATION LAUGHING)
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  • I DON'T KNOW IF THAT WASFROM THE DEEP SOUTH OR NOT,
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  • BUT THAT'S WHAT LIFE IS.
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  • IT'S OVER JUST LIKE THAT.
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  • KING DAVID SAID IT ALITTLE MORE ELOQUENTLY
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  • IN PSALM 39:4-5.
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  • HE SAID, "LORD, MAKEME TO KNOW MY END,
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  • "AND WHAT IS THEEXTENT OF MY DAYS,
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  • "AND LET ME KNOWHOW TRANSIENT I AM.
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  • "BEHOLD, YOU HAVE MADEMY DAYS AS HANDBREADTHS,
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  • "AND MY LIFETIME ASNOTHING IN YOUR SIGHT.
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  • "SURELY, EVERY MAN AT HISBEST IS A MERE BREATH."
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  • FOCUSING ON HEAVENREMINDS US OF THE BREVITY
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  • OF OUR EARTHLY LIFE.
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  • SECONDLY, FOCUSINGON HEAVEN PREPARES US
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  • FOR THE CERTAINTY OF JUDGMENT.
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  • THE POPULAR SONG, "EVERYBODYIS GOING TO HEAVEN"
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  • COULDN'T BE MORE WRONG.
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  • EVERYBODY IS NOTGOING TO HEAVEN.
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  • I WANT YOU TO TURN OVERIN YOUR NEW TESTAMENT
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  • TO MATTHEW 7,AND I WANT YOU TO LOOK
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  • AT JESUS' WORDS INVERSES 13 AND 14.
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  • JESUS SAID, "ENTERBY THE NARROW GATE,
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  • "FOR THE GATE IS WIDEAND THE WAY IS BROAD
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  • "THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION,
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  • "AND MANY ARE THOSEWHO ENTER BY IT.
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  • "BUT THE GATE IS SMALLAND THE WAY IS NARROW
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  • "THAT LEADS TO LIFE, ANDFEW ARE THOSE WHO FIND IT."
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  • JESUS SAID, THERE'SNOT ONE WAY, ONE ROAD
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  • THAT LEADS EVERYBODY TOTHE SAME DESTINATION.
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  • HE SAID, THERE ARETWO ROADS OR WAYS
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  • THAT LEAD TO TWO VERYDIFFERENT DESTINATIONS.
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  • WILL YOU NOTICE THREEOBSERVATIONS ABOUT THESE TWO
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  • VERSES? NUMBER ONE, THERE IS AWAY THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL DEATH.
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  • THERE IS A ROAD THATLEADS TO ETERNAL DEATH,
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  • AND JESUS SAID, MOSTPEOPLE ARE ON THAT ROAD.
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  • WHAT IS THAT ROAD, THAT WAY?
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  • ISAIAH 53:6 SAYS, "ALLOF US, LIKE SHEEP,
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  • "HAVE GONE ASTRAY.
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  • "EACH OF US HAS TURNEDTO HIS OWN WAY."
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  • DO YOU KNOW HOW YOUCAN MAKE CERTAIN
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  • YOU GO TO HELL WHEN YOU DIE?
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  • JUST DO NOTHING.JUST DO NOTHING.
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  • JUST KEEP LIVINGLIKE YOU'RE LIVING,
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  • KEEP GOING THE WAY YOU'RE GOING,
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  • AND YOU'RE ABSOLUTELYGUARANTEED TO END UP IN HELL.
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  • THE MOMENT WE ARE BORN,WE ARE BORN ON THE ROAD
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  • LEADING AWAY FROM GOD.
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  • WE ARE BORN ON THATPATHWAY TO HELL.
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  • YOU SAY, HOW DO I EVERGET OFF THAT ROAD?
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  • WELL, YOU HAVE TO MAKE A U-TURN.
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  • YOU HAVE TO MAKE A U-TURN,A SPIRITUAL U-TURN,
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  • GET OFF THAT ROAD, AND GETON THE MORE NARROW ROAD
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  • THAT LEADS TO HEAVEN.
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  • I DON'T USE THAT TERMU-TURN BY ACCIDENT.
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  • THAT'S A BIBLICAL TERM,DID YOU KNOW THAT?
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  • THE WORD IS REPENT.METANOIA. █
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  • THE WORD REPENT MEANSA CHANGE OF MIND
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  • THAT LEADS TO ACHANGE OF DIRECTION,
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  • AND THE BIBLE SAYS, THEONLY WAY YOU'LL GO TO HEAVEN
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  • IS TO GET OFF THE ROADYOU'RE ON RIGHT NOW,
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  • HAVE A CHANGE OF MINDABOUT WHO JESUS IS,
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  • THAT LEADS TO ACHANGE OF DIRECTION,
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  • AND PUT YOUR FAITHAND TRUST IN HIM
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  • TO LEAD YOU TO HEAVEN.
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  • JESUS MADE THAT VERYCLEAR IN JOHN 14:6.
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  • JESUS SAID, "I AM THEWAY, I'M THE ROAD,
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  • "I'M THE PATH, I'M THE WAY,THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.
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  • "NO MAN COMES TO THEFATHER EXCEPT BY ME."
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  • THAT'S THE WAY, SECONDLY,THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE.
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  • THERE'S A WAY THATLEADS TO ETERNAL DEATH,
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  • MOST PEOPLE ARE ONTHAT WAY, THAT ROAD.
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  • THERE'S A MORE NARROW WAYTHAT LEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE,
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  • BUT NOTICE, THIRDLY, THEREARE GATES THAT OPEN TO BOTH
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  • ETERNAL DEATH AND ETERNAL LIFE.
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  • JESUS SAID, AT THEEND OF THE ROAD,
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  • FOR THOSE WHO ARENON-CHRISTIANS,
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  • THERE IS A GATE THATLEADS TO ETERNAL JUDGMENT.
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  • FOR CHRISTIANS ON THATMORE NARROW ROAD TO HEAVEN,
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  • AT THE END OF THEIR LIVES,THERE IS ALSO A GATE
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  • THAT LEADS TOEVERLASTING BLESSING.
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  • WHAT ARE THOSE GATES?
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  • THE GATES ARE JUDGMENT.
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  • YOU SEE, THE BIBLE SAYS,AT THE END OF OUR LIVES,
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  • WHETHER WE ARE A CHRISTIANOR A NON-CHRISTIAN,
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  • EVERY ONE OF US IS GOINGTO BE JUDGED BY GOD.
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  • REMEMBER WHAT HEBREWS9:27 PROMISES?
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  • "IT IS APPOINTEDFOR MEN TO DIE ONCE,
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  • "AND AFTER THIS COMES JUDGMENT."
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  • THAT'S NOT A TRUTH JUSTFOR NON-CHRISTIANS.
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  • A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK
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  • ONLY NON-CHRISTIANSARE GOING TO BE JUDGED.
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  • NO, THAT'S FOR EVERYBODY.
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  • EVERY ONE OF US IN THIS ROOM,
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  • EVERY ONE OF US WATCHINGTHIS PROGRAM, ONE DAY,
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  • WILL BE JUDGED BY GOD.
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  • NOW, THE DIFFERENCE IS THEREIS ONE GATE, ONE JUDGMENT
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  • FOR NON-CHRISTIANS ANDTHERE'S ANOTHER JUDGMENT,
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  • GATE FOR CHRISTIANS.
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  • THE GATE THAT IS THEJUDGMENT THAT LEADS TO HELL,
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  • ETERNAL DEATH, IS THEJUDGMENT WE OFTEN REFER TO
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  • AS THE GREAT WHITETHRONE JUDGMENT.
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  • IT'S DESCRIBED INREVELATION 20:11-15.
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  • WE'LL TALK ABOUT THIS JUDGMENTMORE IN THE COMING WEEKS,
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  • BUT LOOK AT IT WITH ME BRIEFLY.
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  • "AND I SAW A GREAT WHITETHRONE, AND HIM WHO SAT UPON IT,
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  • "FROM WHOSE PRESENCE EARTHAND HEAVEN FLED AWAY,
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  • "AND NO PLACE WASFOUND FOR THEM.
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  • "AND I SAW THE DEAD,THE GREAT AND THE SMALL,
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  • "STANDING BEFORE THE THRONE,
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  • "AND THE BOOKS WERE OPENED,AND ANOTHER BOOK WAS OPENED,
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  • "WHICH IS THE BOOK OF LIFE.
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  • "AND THE DEAD WEREJUDGED FOR THE THINGS
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  • "WHICH WERE WRITTEN IN THEBOOKS ACCORDING TO THEIR DEEDS."
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  • VERSE 15, "AND IF ANYONE'SNAME WAS NOT FOUND WRITTEN
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  • "IN THE BOOK OFLIFE, HE WAS THROWN
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  • "INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE."
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  • NON-CHRISTIANS ARE GOING TOBE JUDGED BY THEIR WORKS.
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  • YOU SAY, WELL, I DIDN'T THINKGOD JUDGED PEOPLE BY WORKS.
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  • OH, YEAH, HE JUDGESNON-CHRISTIANS BY THEIR WORKS,
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  • BECAUSE THEY HAVE DECIDEDTHEY WANTED TO BE JUDGED
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  • BY THEIR WORKS.
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  • THEY'VE SAID, I DON'T NEEDGOD'S FORGIVENESS IN MY LIFE.
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  • I DON'T NEED GRACE.
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  • I'LL TRY TO MAKE IT ON MY OWN,
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  • SO GOD SAYS, FINE,LET'S OPEN THE BOOKS
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  • AND SEE HOW WELL YOU'VE DONE.
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  • IT DOESN'T MATTER HOWGOOD ANY OF US IS,
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  • WE'RE NOT GOOD ENOUGHTO GET INTO HEAVEN,
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  • AND EVERY PERSON WILL UNDERSTANDTHAT AT THAT JUDGMENT.
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  • THAT'S THE GREATWHITE THRONE JUDGMENT,
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  • BUT THERE'S ANOTHER JUDGMENTTHAT WE, AS CHRISTIANS, FACE,
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  • BEFORE WE ENTER INTOEVERLASTING BLESSING,
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  • AND IT IS WHAT WE CALL THEJUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST.
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  • PAUL WRITES, IN 2 CORINTHIANS5:10 TO CHRISTIANS.
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  • HE SAYS, "FOR WE MUST ALLAPPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT
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  • "OF CHRIST, THAT EACH ONEOF US MAY BE RECOMPENSED,
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  • "REWARDED FOR HISDEEDS IN THE BODY,
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  • "ACCORDING TO WHAT HE HAS DONE,
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  • "WHETHER IT BE GOOD OR BAD."
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  • FALLACE, LITERALLY,WORTHLESS.
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  • WE'RE GOING TO FACE THATJUDGMENT, AS WELL.
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  • HEAVEN'S NOT GOING TO BETHE SAME FOR EVERYBODY.
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  • WE'LL TALK ABOUTTHAT IN A FEW WEEKS.
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  • THERE ARE LEVELS OF HEAVEN,DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES IN HEAVEN
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  • BASED ON WHAT WEDO IN THIS LIFE,
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  • WHETHER OR NOT WELIVE OBEDIENT LIVES.
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  • UNDERSTAND, WE DON'TEARN GOD'S SALVATION.
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  • THAT'S A GIFT, BUT WHATWE DO AFTER WE'RE SAVED
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  • MAKES AN ETERNAL DIFFERENCEIN THE KIND OF ETERNITY
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  • WE EXPERIENCE, AND YOU KNOW,THAT'S THE GREAT IRONY, FOLKS.
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  • AS BRIEF AS THIS LIFE IS, THECHOICES WE MAKE IN THIS LIFE,
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  • AS BRIEF AS IT IS, THECHOICES WE MAKE NOW
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  • IMPACT OUR ETERNITY FOREVER.
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  • THAT'S WHY IT'S SOIMPORTANT THAT WE,
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  • THE FEW YEARS WE HAVE, LIVEOBEDIENT LIVES FOR GOD.
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  • FOCUSING ON HEAVENREMINDS US OF THE JUDGMENT
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  • WE MUST ALL FACE.
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  • NUMBER THREE, FOCUSING ON HEAVEN
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  • MOTIVATES US TO LIVE PURE LIVES.
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  • IT MOTIVATES US TOLIVE PURE LIVES.
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  • FRIDAY, I HAD TO RUNDOWN TO HOUSTON TO PREACH
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  • AT A BIBLE CONFERENCE, AND ALSO,
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  • WHILE I WAS DOWN THERE,LATE IN THE AFTERNOON,
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  • I HAD TO TAPE A NATIONALTELEVISION INTERVIEW.
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  • SO ALL DAY, I WAS CONCERNED,MY NUMBER ONE CONCERN WAS,
  • 00:10:42.230 --> 00:10:45.567
  • HOW WAS I GOING TO KEEP MYSUIT, MY TIE AND MY SHIRT
  • 00:10:45.600 --> 00:10:48.436
  • CLEAN THROUGHOUT THE DAY,UNTIL I DID THAT INTERVIEW?
  • 00:10:48.470 --> 00:10:52.207
  • THE REASON I WASCONCERNED ABOUT IT IS,
  • 00:10:52.240 --> 00:10:54.342
  • I KNOW HOW UNFORGIVINGTHE BRIGHT LIGHTS
  • 00:10:54.375 --> 00:10:58.079
  • AND THE HD TELEVISIONCAMERA LENS ARE.
  • 00:10:58.113 --> 00:11:01.483
  • THEY PICK UP ON THE TINIESTPIECE OF FUZZ OR DIRT,
  • 00:11:01.516 --> 00:11:06.221
  • ANYTHING AT ALL, MILLIONSOF PEOPLE WOULD SEE.
  • 00:11:06.254 --> 00:11:09.824
  • SO I WANTED TO KEEPMY CLOTHES CLEAN.
  • 00:11:09.858 --> 00:11:12.761
  • YOU KNOW, I THOUGHT,THAT'S A GOOD EXAMPLE
  • 00:11:12.794 --> 00:11:14.796
  • OF WHY WE WANT TO KEEPOUR LIVES CLEAN.
  • 00:11:14.829 --> 00:11:16.831
  • DID YOU KNOW, THE BIBLESAYS, ONE DAY, OUR LIVES,
  • 00:11:16.865 --> 00:11:20.001
  • WHICH THE BIBLE COMPARESTO SPIRITUAL CLOTHES,
  • 00:11:20.034 --> 00:11:23.738
  • ONE DAY, OUR LIVESARE GOING TO COME
  • 00:11:23.772 --> 00:11:25.840
  • UNDER THE HARSH GLAREOF GOD'S JUDGMENT.
  • 00:11:25.874 --> 00:11:31.212
  • AND HE AND EVERYBODY ELSEIS GOING TO SEE OUR LIVES
  • 00:11:31.246 --> 00:11:33.681
  • FOR WHAT THEY REALLY ARE.
  • 00:11:33.715 --> 00:11:35.750
  • 1 CORINTHIANS 3:13SAYS, "ON THAT DAY,"
  • 00:11:35.784 --> 00:11:39.120
  • TALKING ABOUT THEJUDGMENT FOR CHRISTIANS,
  • 00:11:39.154 --> 00:11:41.523
  • "EACH MAN'S WORK WILLBECOME EVIDENT FOR THE DAY.
  • 00:11:41.556 --> 00:11:47.662
  • "THE LIGHT OF GOD'SJUDGMENT WILL SHOW IT."
  • 00:11:47.695 --> 00:11:52.867
  • AS I SAID, THE BIBLE OFTENUSES CLOTHING AS A METAPHOR
  • 00:11:52.901 --> 00:11:57.806
  • FOR OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES,AND THIS IS SO KEY
  • 00:11:57.839 --> 00:12:00.308
  • TO UNDERSTANDING THIS PRINCIPLE.
  • 00:12:00.341 --> 00:12:02.343
  • IN THE BIBLICAL TIMES,WHEN THE BIBLE WAS WRITTEN,
  • 00:12:02.377 --> 00:12:05.980
  • PEOPLE WORE TWOTYPES OF CLOTHING.
  • 00:12:06.014 --> 00:12:08.550
  • THERE WERE TWO TUNICS THATEVERY PERSON WOULD WEAR.
  • 00:12:08.583 --> 00:12:11.653
  • THERE WAS, FIRST OFALL, THE INNER TUNIC.
  • 00:12:11.686 --> 00:12:14.756
  • THESE WERE LIKE, I GUESS,UNDERGARMENTS TODAY.
  • 00:12:14.789 --> 00:12:18.026
  • IT WAS PRETTY STANDARD FARE.
  • 00:12:18.059 --> 00:12:19.427
  • EVERYBODY WORE THE SAMEKIND OF INNER TUNIC.
  • 00:12:19.460 --> 00:12:22.363
  • THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE DIDN'T SEE.
  • 00:12:22.397 --> 00:12:25.200
  • BUT THEN, THERE WASTHE OUTER TUNIC.
  • 00:12:25.233 --> 00:12:27.936
  • THAT'S WHAT WAS VISIBLEFOR EVERYBODY TO SEE.
  • 00:12:27.969 --> 00:12:30.638
  • THE INNER TUNIC ANDTHE OUTER TUNIC.
  • 00:12:30.672 --> 00:12:33.107
  • IN THE SAME WAY, THEBIBLE SAYS, AS CHRISTIANS,
  • 00:12:33.141 --> 00:12:36.044
  • WE WEAR TWO TUNICS.
  • 00:12:36.077 --> 00:12:38.479
  • THERE IS THE INNERTUNIC, AND I WANT YOU
  • 00:12:38.513 --> 00:12:41.449
  • TO WRITE THIS ON YOUR NOTES.
  • 00:12:41.482 --> 00:12:42.650
  • I DIDN'T PUT IT THERE,BUT THIS IS ADDED,
  • 00:12:42.684 --> 00:12:44.452
  • IT DOESN'T COSTYOU ANYTHING EXTRA.
  • 00:12:44.485 --> 00:12:46.054
  • WRITE THIS DOWN.
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  • THE INNER TUNIC REPRESENTSOUR JUDICIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 00:12:47.622 --> 00:12:54.696
  • WHAT IS JUDICIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS?
  • 00:12:54.729 --> 00:12:56.898
  • IT IS OUR RIGHTSTANDING BEFORE GOD.
  • 00:12:56.931 --> 00:13:03.037
  • THAT'S OUR INNER TUNIC, OURRIGHT STANDING BEFORE GOD,
  • 00:13:03.071 --> 00:13:07.575
  • AND WE RECEIVE, ASCHRISTIANS, OUR INNER TUNIC,
  • 00:13:07.609 --> 00:13:10.211
  • THE MOMENT WE TRUST INJESUS AS OUR SAVIOR.
  • 00:13:10.245 --> 00:13:13.414
  • THE MOMENT WE SAY, GOD,I CAN'T SAVE MYSELF.
  • 00:13:13.448 --> 00:13:15.783
  • I NEED YOUR FORGIVENESS,GOD CLOTHES OUR LIVES
  • 00:13:15.817 --> 00:13:19.354
  • IN HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, SO THATWHEN GOD LOOKS AT YOU AND ME,
  • 00:13:19.387 --> 00:13:24.125
  • HE SEES US AS TOTALLY,COMPLETELY FORGIVEN,
  • 00:13:24.158 --> 00:13:27.161
  • OUR SIN HAS BEEN COVERED.
  • 00:13:27.195 --> 00:13:30.098
  • IT'S NOT SOMETHINGWE EARN FROM GOD.
  • 00:13:30.131 --> 00:13:32.033
  • IT'S SOMETHING WERECEIVE AS A GIFT.
  • 00:13:32.066 --> 00:13:35.003
  • IN PHILIPPIANS 3:9, PAUL SAID,
  • 00:13:35.036 --> 00:13:36.871
  • "MAY I BE FOUND IN HIM,NOT HAVING A RIGHTEOUSNESS
  • 00:13:36.905 --> 00:13:40.675
  • "OF MY OWN, DERIVEDFROM THE LAW,
  • 00:13:40.708 --> 00:13:43.077
  • "BUT THAT WHICH ISTHROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST."
  • 00:13:43.111 --> 00:13:46.848
  • PAUL SAID, MY CLOTHING'SNOT GOOD ENOUGH
  • 00:13:46.881 --> 00:13:48.850
  • TO GET INTO HEAVEN.
  • 00:13:48.883 --> 00:13:50.084
  • IT'S FULL OF HOLESAND IT'S MOLDY.
  • 00:13:50.118 --> 00:13:52.387
  • THERE'S NO WAY GOD'SGOING TO LET ME IN,
  • 00:13:52.420 --> 00:13:54.222
  • BASED ON MY WORKS, MY LIFE.
  • 00:13:54.255 --> 00:13:55.957
  • I WANT TO BE CLOTHED IN THERIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST.
  • 00:13:55.990 --> 00:13:58.860
  • THE MOMENT YOU TRUST INCHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR,
  • 00:13:58.893 --> 00:14:01.262
  • YOU RECEIVE THATJUDICIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 00:14:01.296 --> 00:14:03.965
  • YOU ARE DECLARED, ATTHAT MOMENT, FORGIVEN.
  • 00:14:03.998 --> 00:14:06.668
  • YOUR SINS ARE FORGOTTEN FOREVER.
  • 00:14:06.701 --> 00:14:09.837
  • THAT'S THE INNER GARMENT.
  • 00:14:09.871 --> 00:14:12.774
  • BUT NOBODY WANTS TO BERUNNING AROUND HEAVEN
  • 00:14:12.807 --> 00:14:14.776
  • IN HIS UNDERGARMENTS, DOES HE?
  • 00:14:14.809 --> 00:14:16.911
  • YOU WANT SOMETHING ELSEON YOUR LIFE, AS WELL.
  • 00:14:16.945 --> 00:14:20.048
  • THAT'S THE OUTER GARMENT.
  • 00:14:20.081 --> 00:14:21.649
  • THE OUTER GARMENT REPRESENTSOUR ETHICAL RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 00:14:21.683 --> 00:14:27.388
  • ETHICAL RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 00:14:27.422 --> 00:14:29.457
  • THAT MEANS OUR RIGHTACTING BEFORE GOD.
  • 00:14:29.490 --> 00:14:33.795
  • JUDICIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS IS OURRIGHT STANDING BEFORE GOD.
  • 00:14:33.828 --> 00:14:37.031
  • WE ARE DECLARED NOT GUILTYTHE MOMENT WE TRUST IN CHRIST.
  • 00:14:37.065 --> 00:14:39.801
  • ETHICAL RIGHTEOUSNESS IS HOWWE ACT AFTER WE'RE SAVED.
  • 00:14:39.834 --> 00:14:43.638
  • OUR OBEDIENCE TO GOD, IT ISOUR RIGHT ACTING BEFORE GOD.
  • 00:14:43.671 --> 00:14:48.476
  • AND THE BIBLE SAYS, BEFOREWE ARE REUNITED WITH CHRIST,
  • 00:14:48.509 --> 00:14:52.046
  • WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THATWE'RE NOT JUST WALKING AROUND
  • 00:14:52.080 --> 00:14:55.350
  • IN OUR UNDERGARMENTS,
  • 00:14:55.383 --> 00:14:56.884
  • BUT THAT WE HAVE THE FINESTOUTER GARMENTS ON POSSIBLE.
  • 00:14:56.918 --> 00:15:00.321
  • HE'S TALKING ABOUT OURBEHAVIOR, OUR OBEDIENCE TO GOD.
  • 00:15:00.355 --> 00:15:03.891
  • DID YOU KNOW THEBIBLE SAYS ONE DAY,
  • 00:15:03.925 --> 00:15:05.960
  • WHEN CHRIST RETURNS,AND WE SEE HIM,
  • 00:15:05.994 --> 00:15:08.896
  • WE'RE GOING TO JOIN HIM FOR AGREAT CELEBRATION ON EARTH
  • 00:15:08.930 --> 00:15:11.566
  • CALLED THE MARRIAGESUPPER OF THE LAMB?
  • 00:15:11.599 --> 00:15:14.802
  • AND IT'S SO IMPORTANT THATWE BE CLOTHED, SPIRITUALLY,
  • 00:15:14.836 --> 00:15:18.139
  • IN THE RIGHT OUTER GARMENTS.
  • 00:15:18.172 --> 00:15:19.841
  • IN REVELATION 19:8, JOHN SAID,
  • 00:15:19.874 --> 00:15:22.377
  • "AND IT WAS GIVEN TOHER," THAT'S THE CHURCH,
  • 00:15:22.410 --> 00:15:24.545
  • YOU AND ME, "TO CLOTHEHERSELF IN FINE LINEN,
  • 00:15:24.579 --> 00:15:28.016
  • "RIGHT AND CLEAN,FOR THE FINE LINEN
  • 00:15:28.049 --> 00:15:31.085
  • "IS THE RIGHTEOUSACTS OF THE SAINTS."
  • 00:15:31.119 --> 00:15:35.223
  • THINK ABOUT IT, WHEN YOUGO TO A FANCY DINNER,
  • 00:15:35.256 --> 00:15:37.258
  • MAYBE, PERHAPS, A REHEARSALDINNER OR WEDDING CELEBRATION.
  • 00:15:37.291 --> 00:15:41.629
  • YOU WOULDN'T GO,LADIES, IN A HALTER TOP.
  • 00:15:41.662 --> 00:15:46.067
  • GUYS, YOU WOULDN'T DRESS INYOUR CUT-OFFS OR BERMUDA SHORTS.
  • 00:15:46.100 --> 00:15:49.137
  • HOPEFULLY, YOU WOULD WEAR THEFINEST CLOTHING THAT YOU HAD
  • 00:15:49.170 --> 00:15:52.840
  • FOR A FORMAL CELEBRATION.
  • 00:15:52.874 --> 00:15:54.809
  • IT'S THE SAME WAY WHEN WEARE REUNITED WITH CHRIST.
  • 00:15:54.842 --> 00:15:58.413
  • WE WANT TO BE WEARINGTHOSE GOOD WORKS,
  • 00:15:58.446 --> 00:16:01.215
  • THAT OBEDIENT LIFE,BEFITTING THE CHURCH.
  • 00:16:01.249 --> 00:16:04.685
  • AND BY THE WAY, ONCE WE PUTON THOSE CLEAN GARMENTS,
  • 00:16:04.719 --> 00:16:07.822
  • WE WANT TO KEEP THEM CLEAN, JUSTLIKE I DID MY SUIT ON FRIDAY.
  • 00:16:07.855 --> 00:16:11.526
  • LET'S FACE IT.
  • 00:16:11.559 --> 00:16:13.027
  • IT'S HARD TO KEEP OUR LIVESCLEAN IN A POLLUTED WORLD
  • 00:16:13.061 --> 00:16:16.264
  • LIKE THIS ONE, ISN'T IT?
  • 00:16:16.297 --> 00:16:18.366
  • AND WHAT THE BIBLE IS SAYINGIS ONE OF THE BEST MOTIVATIONS
  • 00:16:18.399 --> 00:16:22.036
  • FOR KEEPING YOURLIFE CLEAN BEFORE GOD
  • 00:16:22.070 --> 00:16:25.373
  • IS FOCUSING ON HEAVEN, AND THATFUTURE REUNION WITH CHRIST.
  • 00:16:25.406 --> 00:16:29.610
  • PETER SAID IT THIS WAY,IN 2 PETER 3:10-11.
  • 00:16:29.644 --> 00:16:32.547
  • "BUT THE DAY OF THE LORDWILL COME LIKE A THIEF,
  • 00:16:32.580 --> 00:16:35.349
  • "IN WHICH THE HEAVENS WILLPASS AWAY WITH A ROAR,
  • 00:16:35.383 --> 00:16:38.219
  • "AND THE ELEMENTS WILLDESTROYED WITH INTENSE HEAT,
  • 00:16:38.252 --> 00:16:41.022
  • "AND THE EARTH AND ITSWORKS WILL BE BURNED UP."
  • 00:16:41.055 --> 00:16:43.124
  • HE'S TALKING ABOUTTHE END TIMES.
  • 00:16:43.157 --> 00:16:45.059
  • BUT THEN, IN VERSE 11,HE DRAWS THE APPLICATION.
  • 00:16:45.093 --> 00:16:48.196
  • "SINCE ALL THESE THINGS ARETO BE DESTROYED IN THIS WAY,
  • 00:16:48.229 --> 00:16:54.335
  • "WHAT SORT OF PEOPLEOUGHT YOU TO BE
  • 00:16:54.368 --> 00:16:56.704
  • "IN HOLY CONDUCT AND GODLINESS?"
  • 00:16:56.737 --> 00:17:02.710
  • REALIZING EVERYTHINGWE SEE AROUND US
  • 00:17:02.743 --> 00:17:05.580
  • IS WRAPPING UP TO A CONCLUSION,
  • 00:17:05.613 --> 00:17:07.682
  • REALIZING CHRIST ISCOMING BACK AGAIN,
  • 00:17:07.715 --> 00:17:10.885
  • WHAT BETTER MOTIVATION ISTHERE TO LIVE CLEAN LIVES
  • 00:17:10.918 --> 00:17:14.922
  • IN HOLY CONDUCT AND GODLINESS?
  • 00:17:14.956 --> 00:17:18.092
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN IS A GREATMOTIVATION TO LIVE PURE LIVES.
  • 00:17:18.126 --> 00:17:23.965
  • NUMBER FOUR, FOCUSING ON HEAVEN
  • 00:17:23.998 --> 00:17:26.033
  • PLACES SUFFERING IN PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:17:26.067 --> 00:17:30.638
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN PLACESSUFFERING IN PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:17:30.671 --> 00:17:33.941
  • ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I KEEPBEING ASKED, AS PASTOR,
  • 00:17:33.975 --> 00:17:37.345
  • IS, WHY DID GOD ALLOW, ANDTHEN FILL IN THE BLANK.
  • 00:17:37.378 --> 00:17:41.048
  • MANY TIMES, IT'S SOME GREATNATIONAL TRAGEDY LIKE 9/11,
  • 00:17:41.082 --> 00:17:44.886
  • OR A TERRORIST ATTACKOF SOME OTHER VARIETY.
  • 00:17:44.919 --> 00:17:48.122
  • WHY DID GOD ALLOW THIS,IF GOD IS SOVEREIGN?
  • 00:17:48.156 --> 00:17:52.360
  • MANY TIMES, WHEN PEOPLE SAY,
  • 00:17:52.393 --> 00:17:53.895
  • WHY DOES ALLOW GODEVIL IN THE WORLD,
  • 00:17:53.928 --> 00:17:56.397
  • THEY'RE REALLY TALKING
  • 00:17:56.430 --> 00:17:57.632
  • ABOUT WHY DOES GOD ALLOWSUFFERING IN MY LIFE?
  • 00:17:57.665 --> 00:18:00.801
  • WHY DID GOD ALLOW ME TO BEFIRED UNFAIRLY FROM THIS JOB?
  • 00:18:00.835 --> 00:18:05.106
  • WHY DOES HE ALLOW ME TO SUFFER
  • 00:18:05.139 --> 00:18:07.475
  • THROUGH A BROKEN RELATIONSHIP?
  • 00:18:07.508 --> 00:18:09.977
  • WHY DOES HE ALLOW ME TO SUFFERTHE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE?
  • 00:18:10.011 --> 00:18:13.414
  • WHY DOES GOD ALLOW SUFFERING,ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE
  • 00:18:13.447 --> 00:18:17.485
  • WHO ARE HIS PEOPLE?
  • 00:18:17.518 --> 00:18:19.954
  • YOU KNOW, INTERESTINGLY,THE BIBLE NEVER ANSWERS
  • 00:18:19.987 --> 00:18:22.290
  • THE WHY QUESTION OFSUFFERING, IT NEVER DOES.
  • 00:18:22.323 --> 00:18:26.227
  • BUT IT DOES HELP US PUTSUFFERING IN PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:18:26.260 --> 00:18:30.865
  • IN 2 CORINTHIANS 4:17-18, PAUL,
  • 00:18:30.898 --> 00:18:34.202
  • WHO CERTAINLY HAD HISSHARE OF SUFFERING, WROTE,
  • 00:18:34.235 --> 00:18:36.737
  • "FOR MOMENTARY, LIGHTAFFLICTION IS PRODUCING FOR US
  • 00:18:36.771 --> 00:18:41.709
  • "AN ETERNAL WEIGHT OF GLORY,FAR BEYOND ALL COMPREHENSION.
  • 00:18:41.742 --> 00:18:46.180
  • "WHILE WE LOOK NOT AT THETHINGS WHICH ARE SEEN,
  • 00:18:46.214 --> 00:18:48.616
  • "BUT AT THE THINGSWHICH ARE NOT SEEN,
  • 00:18:48.649 --> 00:18:50.751
  • "FOR THE THINGS WHICHARE SEEN ARE TEMPORAL,
  • 00:18:50.785 --> 00:18:53.888
  • "BUT THE THINGS WHICH ARENOT SEEN ARE ETERNAL."
  • 00:18:53.921 --> 00:18:57.525
  • I WANT YOU TO NOTICETHE TWO WORDS HERE
  • 00:18:57.558 --> 00:18:59.560
  • PAUL USES TO DESCRIBE THESUFFERING OF HIS OWN LIFE.
  • 00:18:59.594 --> 00:19:03.264
  • FIRST OF ALL, HE SAID HISSUFFERING IS MOMENTARY.
  • 00:19:03.297 --> 00:19:08.336
  • YOU THINK, PAUL, HOWCOULD YOU SAY THAT?
  • 00:19:08.369 --> 00:19:10.171
  • FOR YEARS, YOU SUFFERED EVERYKIND OF TRAGEDY KNOWN TO MAN.
  • 00:19:10.204 --> 00:19:16.377
  • HOW COULD YOU SAY ITWAS JUST MOMENTARY?
  • 00:19:16.410 --> 00:19:18.512
  • WELL, CIRCLE THE WORDMOMENTARY, AND DRAW A LINE
  • 00:19:18.546 --> 00:19:22.049
  • TO THE WORLD ETERNAL.
  • 00:19:22.083 --> 00:19:23.851
  • HE SAID, MY SUFFERINGIS MOMENTARY
  • 00:19:23.884 --> 00:19:26.454
  • COMPARED TO THE ETERNITY OFBLESSING GOD HAS PLANNED FOR ME.
  • 00:19:26.487 --> 00:19:32.893
  • REMEMBER THIS, WHATEVERIT IS YOU'RE GOING THROUGH
  • 00:19:32.927 --> 00:19:34.996
  • IS MOMENTARYCOMPARED TO ETERNITY,
  • 00:19:35.029 --> 00:19:41.202
  • AND THE BLESSINGS I HAVEPLANNED FOR YOU FOR AGES
  • 00:19:41.235 --> 00:19:42.770
  • AND AGES TO COME.
  • 00:19:42.803 --> 00:19:44.238
  • YOU KNOW, WE CAN'T GET OURHEADS AROUND ETERNITY, CAN WE?
  • 00:19:44.272 --> 00:19:47.041
  • WE HAVE NO IDEA HOWLONG ETERNITY IS.
  • 00:19:47.074 --> 00:19:50.111
  • ONE WRITER SAID IT THIS WAY.
  • 00:19:50.144 --> 00:19:51.712
  • IMAGINE A LITTLE BIRD THATCOMES ONCE EVERY MILLION YEARS
  • 00:19:51.746 --> 00:19:56.017
  • TO SHARPEN ITS BEAK ONTHE TOP OF MOUNT EVEREST.
  • 00:19:56.050 --> 00:19:58.819
  • IT COMES ONCE EVERY MILLIONYEARS, DOES ITS THING,
  • 00:19:58.853 --> 00:20:02.189
  • FLIES AWAY, COMES BACK AMILLION YEARS FROM THEN,
  • 00:20:02.223 --> 00:20:05.359
  • DOES THE SAME THING AGAIN.
  • 00:20:05.393 --> 00:20:07.328
  • BY THE TIME THAT BIRD HASWORN DOWN THE ENTIRETY
  • 00:20:07.361 --> 00:20:12.199
  • OF MOUNT EVEREST, BY THETIME IT'S ACCOMPLISHED THAT,
  • 00:20:12.233 --> 00:20:16.137
  • ETERNITY WILL HAVE ONLY BEGUN.
  • 00:20:16.170 --> 00:20:20.808
  • WHAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGHIS REAL RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:20:20.841 --> 00:20:23.644
  • THE SUFFERING YOU'RE EXPERIENCEMAY SEEM LIKE IT'S ENDLESS,
  • 00:20:23.678 --> 00:20:26.781
  • BUT IT REALLY IS MOMENTARYWHEN COMPARED TO ETERNITY,
  • 00:20:26.814 --> 00:20:30.384
  • AND THEN, NOTICE,HE ALSO DESCRIBED
  • 00:20:30.418 --> 00:20:31.986
  • HIS SUFFERING AS LIGHT, LIGHT.
  • 00:20:32.019 --> 00:20:36.724
  • HOW COULD YOU SAY THAT, PAUL?
  • 00:20:36.757 --> 00:20:38.025
  • HAVE YOU DEVELOPEDSPIRITUAL AMNESIA?
  • 00:20:38.059 --> 00:20:39.760
  • I MEAN, THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 00:20:39.794 --> 00:20:41.128
  • YOU WERE SHIPWRECKED.
  • 00:20:41.162 --> 00:20:43.264
  • YOU WERE LEFT FOR DEAD.
  • 00:20:43.297 --> 00:20:45.099
  • YOU WERE BEATEN FIVE TIMESWITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:20:45.132 --> 00:20:47.935
  • YOU WOULD ULTIMATELYBE BEHEADED.
  • 00:20:47.968 --> 00:20:49.437
  • HOW COULD YOU SAY YOURSUFFERING IS LIGHT?
  • 00:20:49.470 --> 00:20:52.340
  • WELL, AGAIN, ASCOMPARED TO WHAT?
  • 00:20:52.373 --> 00:20:55.443
  • AS COMPARED TO WHAT?
  • 00:20:55.476 --> 00:20:56.977
  • DRAW A CIRCLE AROUNDTHAT WORD LIGHT,
  • 00:20:57.011 --> 00:21:00.648
  • AND THEN DRAW AN ARROW TOTHE WORD WEIGHT OF GLORY.
  • 00:21:00.681 --> 00:21:04.919
  • HE SAID, MY SUFFERING IS REAL,
  • 00:21:04.952 --> 00:21:07.388
  • BUT IT'S REALLY RELATIVELY LIGHT
  • 00:21:07.421 --> 00:21:09.623
  • WHEN I THINK ABOUT ALL THATGOD HAS PLANNED FOR ME,
  • 00:21:09.657 --> 00:21:12.793
  • THE WEIGHT OF HISFUTURE BLESSING.
  • 00:21:12.827 --> 00:21:15.296
  • YOU SEE, WEIGHT IS AMATTER OF PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:21:15.329 --> 00:21:18.165
  • I MEAN, IF I SHOWED YOU A2.000 POUND BLOCK OF CONCRETE
  • 00:21:18.199 --> 00:21:22.603
  • AND ASKED YOU, ISTHIS LIGHT OR HEAVY?
  • 00:21:22.636 --> 00:21:25.206
  • THE ANSWER IS COMPARED TO WHAT?
  • 00:21:25.239 --> 00:21:28.008
  • I MEAN, COMPARED TO AFEATHER, A 2.000 POUND BLOCK
  • 00:21:28.042 --> 00:21:30.978
  • OF CONCRETE IS VERY, VERY HEAVY.
  • 00:21:31.011 --> 00:21:34.115
  • COMPARED TO THE WEIGHTOF 150 STORY SKYSCRAPER,
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  • THAT CONCRETE BLOCKIS VERY, VERY LIGHT.
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  • AND AGAIN, IT'S THESAME WITH THE SUFFERING
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  • YOU AND I AREEXPERIENCING RIGHT NOW.
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  • WHATEVER PROBLEMYOU'RE FACING IS REAL,
  • 00:21:45.459 --> 00:21:47.595
  • IT'S HEAVY TO YOU, BUTWHAT PAUL IS SAYING IS,
  • 00:21:47.628 --> 00:21:50.798
  • COMPARED TO THEWEIGHT OF THE BLESSING
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  • GOD HAS PLANNED FOR YOU FORALL ETERNITY, IT'S LIGHT.
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  • ONE PERSON SAID IT THIS WAY.
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  • WHEN COMPARED TO THEGLORIES OF HEAVEN,
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  • THE WORST SUFFERINGOF THIS WORLD
  • 00:22:03.878 --> 00:22:06.013
  • WILL ONE DAY BE SEENTO BE NOTHING MORE
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  • THAN A ONE NIGHT'S STAYIN AN INCONVENIENT MOTEL.
  • 00:22:08.416 --> 00:22:13.487
  • 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.
  • 00:22:20.394 --> 00:22:25.132
  • ALTHOUGH GOD'S PROMISE FORHEAVEN IS YET STILL FUTURE,
  • 00:22:25.166 --> 00:22:28.702
  • IT REALLY SHOULD IMPACTTHE WAY WE LIVE EVERY DAY.
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  • FOR WHAT WE DO IN THIS LIFE
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  • ECHOES IN THE HALLSOF HEAVEN FOREVER.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:22:43.017 --> 00:22:48.622
  • AS YOU'RE WATCHING TODAY,PERHAPS YOU'RE THINKING
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  • OF A DIFFICULTCIRCUMSTANCE IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:22:50.925 --> 00:22:54.094
  • WHILE YOUR SUFFERINGIS CERTAINLY VERY REAL,
  • 00:22:54.128 --> 00:22:57.364
  • WHEN COMPARED TO THEETERNAL GLORIES OF HEAVEN,
  • 00:22:57.398 --> 00:23:00.067
  • OUR HARDSHIPS ARELIGHT AND MOMENTARY.
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  • WELL, BEFORE WE WRAPUP TODAY'S PROGRAM,
  • 00:23:04.171 --> 00:23:06.340
  • I WANT TO EXPRESSMY PROFOUND THANKS
  • 00:23:06.373 --> 00:23:08.576
  • FOR YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORTOF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:23:08.609 --> 00:23:12.179
  • WITHOUT QUESTION, THEYEAR BEHIND US WAS ONE
  • 00:23:12.213 --> 00:23:14.882
  • OF THE MOST CONFUSING ANDCHAOTIC IN RECENT HISTORY.
  • 00:23:14.915 --> 00:23:18.719
  • THE PANDEMIC, THEELECTION, THE CIVIL UNREST
  • 00:23:18.752 --> 00:23:21.655
  • IN MANY CITIES MADE2020 A CHALLENGING YEAR
  • 00:23:21.689 --> 00:23:25.459
  • FOR ALL OF US, BUT BECAUSEOF YOUR GENEROSITY,
  • 00:23:25.493 --> 00:23:29.196
  • AND BECAUSE OF OUR GROWINGTEAM OF PATHWAY PARTNERS,
  • 00:23:29.230 --> 00:23:32.399
  • WHO GIVE CONSISTENTLYEVERY MONTH,
  • 00:23:32.433 --> 00:23:34.768
  • WE'RE REACHING MOREPEOPLE THAN EVER BEFORE.
  • 00:23:34.802 --> 00:23:38.205
  • THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOURPARTNERSHIP IN THIS MINISTRY.
  • 00:23:38.239 --> 00:23:41.742
  • NOW, STAY RIGHT THERE.
  • 00:23:41.775 --> 00:23:42.977
  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE"PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
  • 00:23:43.010 --> 00:23:45.045
  • IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:23:46.447 --> 00:23:48.282
  • [ANNOUNCER] WITH ALL OFTHE PRESSING CHALLENGES
  • 00:23:48.315 --> 00:23:50.251
  • FACING OUR WORLD TODAY,IT'S EASY TO GET STUCK
  • 00:23:50.284 --> 00:23:53.187
  • IN THE HERE AND NOW, BUTWHEN WE LIVE EVERY DAY
  • 00:23:53.220 --> 00:23:56.156
  • IN THE HOPE OF ETERNITY,IT COMPLETELY TRANSFORMS
  • 00:23:56.190 --> 00:23:59.360
  • OUR PERSPECTIVE.
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  • TO HELP ELEVATE YOUR THINKINGFROM EARTHLY CONCERNS
  • 00:24:00.728 --> 00:24:03.564
  • TO HEAVENLY COMFORTS,DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS
  • 00:24:03.597 --> 00:24:06.267
  • HAS WRITTEN ABRAND-NEW BOOK TITLED,
  • 00:24:06.300 --> 00:24:08.102
  • "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN:
  • 00:24:08.135 --> 00:24:09.637
  • "100 DAYS OF LIVING INTHE HOPE OF ETERNITY."
  • 00:24:09.670 --> 00:24:13.307
  • THE BIBLE TELLS USTHAT EVERY ONE OF US
  • 00:24:13.340 --> 00:24:15.576
  • IS GOING TO MAKEA TRIP, ONE DAY,
  • 00:24:15.609 --> 00:24:17.545
  • TO A DISTANT COUNTRY.
  • 00:24:17.578 --> 00:24:19.380
  • IT'S A ONE-WAY TRIP TOAN ETERNAL DESTINATION.
  • 00:24:19.413 --> 00:24:22.750
  • AND FOR THOSE WHO KNOW CHRIST,
  • 00:24:22.783 --> 00:24:24.385
  • THAT TRIP IS TO APLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
  • 00:24:24.418 --> 00:24:27.254
  • MY BRAND-NEW BOOK IS DESIGNEDTO HELP YOU OR A LOVED ONE
  • 00:24:27.288 --> 00:24:30.691
  • SPEND 100 DAYS LIVING IN THEREALITY OF YOUR ETERNAL HOME.
  • 00:24:30.724 --> 00:24:37.097
  • [ANNOUNCER] REQUEST YOUR COPYOF "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN:
  • 00:24:37.131 --> 00:24:38.532
  • "100 DAYS OF LIVING INTHE HOPE OF ETERNITY"
  • 00:24:38.566 --> 00:24:41.368
  • WHEN YOU GIVE AGENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT
  • 00:24:41.402 --> 00:24:43.604
  • THE MINISTRY OF"PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:24:43.637 --> 00:24:45.639
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:24:45.673 --> 00:24:48.242
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THECOMPLETE "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN"
  • 00:24:48.275 --> 00:24:51.412
  • TEACHING SERIES ONBOTH CD AND DVD,
  • 00:24:51.445 --> 00:24:54.782
  • ALONG WITH THE ORIGINALBEST-SELLING BOOK
  • 00:24:54.815 --> 00:24:56.817
  • BY DR. JEFFRESS TITLED"A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN."
  • 00:24:56.850 --> 00:24:59.753
  • WHEN YOU GIVE TOPATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:24:59.787 --> 00:25:01.956
  • YOU'RE ALLOWING MEN ANDWOMEN ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY
  • 00:25:01.989 --> 00:25:04.792
  • TO HEAR THE TRUTH ABOUT HEAVENAND THE ONE WAY TO GET THERE,
  • 00:25:04.825 --> 00:25:08.529
  • THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:25:08.562 --> 00:25:10.564
  • SO THANK YOU FORGIVING GENEROUSLY.
  • 00:25:10.598 --> 00:25:12.666
  • GOD WILL USE YOUR GIFTTO PIERCE THE DARKNESS
  • 00:25:12.700 --> 00:25:15.736
  • WITH THE LIGHT OF HIS WORD.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:25:18.105 --> 00:25:21.175
  • I BEGAN THIS MESSAGE BYMAKING THIS OBSERVATION.
  • 00:25:21.208 --> 00:25:24.645
  • IF YOU WERE MAKING A TRIPTO A DISTANT COUNTRY,
  • 00:25:24.678 --> 00:25:27.081
  • YOU'D PROBABLY TRY TOLEARN EVERYTHING YOU COULD
  • 00:25:27.114 --> 00:25:29.416
  • ABOUT THAT PLACE AHEAD OF TIME.
  • 00:25:29.450 --> 00:25:32.119
  • AND YET, MANY CHRISTIANSKNOW VERY LITTLE
  • 00:25:32.152 --> 00:25:34.421
  • ABOUT THEIR ETERNAL HOME.
  • 00:25:34.455 --> 00:25:36.557
  • WELL, I HOPE TODAY'SMESSAGE HAS SHOWN YOU
  • 00:25:36.590 --> 00:25:38.626
  • WHY THE REALITY OF HEAVENOUGHT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
  • 00:25:38.659 --> 00:25:41.562
  • IN YOUR LIFE TODAY.
  • 00:25:41.595 --> 00:25:43.497
  • AND NEXT TIME, WE'REGOING TO ANSWER
  • 00:25:43.530 --> 00:25:45.132
  • ANOTHER COMMONQUESTION ABOUT HEAVEN.
  • 00:25:45.165 --> 00:25:47.701
  • IS HEAVEN A REAL PLACE,OR SIMPLY A STATE OF MIND?
  • 00:25:47.735 --> 00:25:51.939
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OFWHAT'S COMING UP NEXT TIME
  • 00:25:51.972 --> 00:25:54.942
  • ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:25:54.975 --> 00:25:58.278
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY, WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:58.312 --> 00:26:00.447
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:26:00.481 --> 00:26:02.783
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BYSENDING YOU A COPY
  • 00:26:02.816 --> 00:26:05.352
  • OF THE BRAND-NEWBOOK BY DR. JEFFRESS,
  • 00:26:05.386 --> 00:26:07.321
  • TITLED, "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN:
  • 00:26:07.354 --> 00:26:09.657
  • "100 DAYS OF LIVING INTHE HOPE OF ETERNITY."
  • 00:26:09.690 --> 00:26:13.227
  • PLUS THE BROCHURE "WHATSEVEN WORLD RELIGIONS
  • 00:26:13.260 --> 00:26:16.096
  • "TEACH ABOUT HEAVEN"IS OUR GIFT TO YOU
  • 00:26:16.130 --> 00:26:18.766
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING USTODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:18.799 --> 00:26:22.169
  • NOW WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100OR MORE, WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU
  • 00:26:22.202 --> 00:26:26.206
  • THE "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN"TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD,
  • 00:26:26.240 --> 00:26:31.111
  • ALONG WITH THE ORIGINALBEST-SELLING BOOK
  • 00:26:31.145 --> 00:26:33.247
  • BY DR. JEFFRESS TITLED"A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN."
  • 00:26:33.280 --> 00:26:36.150
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:36.183 --> 00:26:38.552
  • BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROUSSUPPORT, SO THANKS FOR CALLING,
  • 00:26:38.585 --> 00:26:41.722
  • WRITING OR GOINGONLINE TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:41.755 --> 00:26:44.358
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIMEON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:44.391 --> 00:26:47.528
  • THE BIBLE IS THE PLACEWE TURN TO FIND OUT
  • 00:26:47.561 --> 00:26:50.831
  • IS HEAVEN A REAL PLACE OR ITIS SIMPLY A STATE OF MIND?
  • 00:26:50.864 --> 00:26:55.569
  • NOW, TO WHOM SHOULD WETURN TO IN THE BIBLE
  • 00:26:55.602 --> 00:26:58.539
  • TO FIND OUT IF HEAVENIS REALLY REAL OR NOT?
  • 00:26:58.572 --> 00:27:01.742
  • IT SEEMS LIKE A GOODPLACE TO START WOULD BE
  • 00:27:01.775 --> 00:27:04.712
  • WITH THE ONLY PERSON WHOHAS ACTUALLY LIVED IN HEAVEN
  • 00:27:04.745 --> 00:27:09.416
  • AND HAS COME TO EARTH TOTELL US WHAT IS REALLY THERE.
  • 00:27:09.450 --> 00:27:12.986
  • HIS NAME IS JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:27:13.020 --> 00:27:15.756
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:27:15.789 --> 00:27:18.158
  • FOR THE MESSAGE "ISHEAVEN A REAL PLACE?"
  • 00:27:18.192 --> 00:27:21.295
  • HERE ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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