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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS AND WELCOME AGAIN TO
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AS A CHRISTIAN, YOU CLEARLY UNDERSTAND THAT
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  • GOD IS PREPARING A PLACE FOR YOU IN HEAVEN.
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  • BUT WHEN I QUIZ PEOPLE ON WHAT HEAVEN IS GOING BE
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  • LIKE, FEW ARE ABLE TO ANSWER SOME VERY BASIC
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  • QUESTIONS.
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  • WELL TODAY ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • WE'RE STARTING OUR SERIES TITLED,
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  • A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • AND OVER THE NEXT TWO MONTHS,
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  • I'LL ANSWER TEN OF THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED
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  • QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR ETERNAL HOME IN HEAVEN.
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  • WE'LL START WITH THIS ONE: WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES A
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  • FUTURE HEAVEN MAKE IN MY LIFE TODAY?
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  • MUSIC
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  • NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN INTRODUCING YOUR
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  • CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO JESUS CHRIST.
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  • AND TO HELP YOU DO THAT, DR. JEFFRESS HAS WRITTEN A
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  • BRAND-NEW BOOK CALLED, A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS!
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  • THIS ENGAGING, ILLUSTRATED BOOK IS PERFECT FOR
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  • CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN WHO MAY NOT GO TO CHURCH
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  • BECAUSE IT INCLUDES A PRAYER OF SALVATION YOU
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  • CAN PRAY WITH THEM TO ENSURE THEY WILL BE IN
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  • HEAVEN WITH YOU ONE DAY.
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  • REQUEST A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS WHEN YOU
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  • GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • MUSIC
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  • LAST YEAR I WENT ON AN INTERNATIONAL TRIP.
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  • IT WAS ONLY GOING TO BE FOR ABOUT A WEEK,
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  • AND SO EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A SHORT TRIP,
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  • I WAS GOING TO A SOMEWHAT UNFAMILIAR PLACE,
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  • AND I NEEDED TO MAKE CERTAIN PREPARATIONS:
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  • NEEDED TO STOP THE NEWSPAPER AND MAIL
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  • DELIVERY, NEEDED TO MAKE SURE MY CELL PHONE WOULD
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  • WORK IN THE COUNTRY THAT I WAS GOING TO,
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  • I NEEDED TO CHANGE SOME OF MY CURRENCY FROM DOLLARS
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  • INTO POUNDS, AND MOST OF ALL I NEEDED TO MAKE SURE
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  • I HAD A PASSPORT SO THAT ONCE I ARRIVED IN THIS NEW
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  • COUNTRY I WOULD BE ALLOWED 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 ONE OF US ONE DAY IS GOING TO
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  • MAKE A TRIP TO A DISTANT COUNTRY.
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  • IT'S A ONE-WAY TRIP TO A PLACE THAT IS MAINLY
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  • UNFAMILIAR TO US.
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  • AND THIS DESTINATION IS NOT JUST A ONE-WEEK STAY
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  • IT IS GOING TO BE AN ETERNAL DESTINATION FOR
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  • EVERY ONE OF US.
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  • FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE CHRISTIANS AND CHRISTIANS
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  • ONLY, THAT TRIP IS TO A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • AND TODAY WE ARE BEGINNING A 10-WEEK STUDY ON THIS
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  • PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • YOU KNOW IT'S AMAZING TO ME 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 OVERWHELMING RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS
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  • LIFE SOMETIMES ECLIPSE OUR THINKING ABOUT THE NEXT LIFE.
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  • NOT ONLY THAT, HEAVEN SEEMS REMOTE.
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  • IT SEEMS IRRELEVANT TO THOSE OF US TRYING TO REAR
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  • A FAMILY, OR KEEP A JOB, OR MAKE A LIVING.
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  • WHY SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED ABOUT HEAVEN?
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  • AND YET EVEN THOUGH WE DON'T THINK ABOUT HEAVEN
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  • THAT MUCH, THERE ARE TIMES IN OUR LIFE WHEN WE LONG
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  • FOR A BETTER PLACE THAN EARTH, 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 SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE HEAVEN IS
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  • NOT JUST SOME FANCIFUL CREATION OF SOMEBODY TO
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  • HELP DULL THE PAIN OF THE REALITY OF THIS WORLD.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS HEAVEN IS A REAL PLACE.
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  • IN FACT JESUS ASSURED US THAT HEAVEN IS A REAL PLACE.
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  • IN JOHN 14 JESUS SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES IN VERSES 2
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  • AND 3, "IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE ARE MANY DWELLING PLACES.
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  • IF IT WERE NOT SO, I WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU.
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  • FOR I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU AND IF I GO
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  • AND PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU,
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  • I WILL COME AGAIN AND RECEIVE YOU TO MYSELF THAT
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  • WHERE I AM THERE YOU MAY BE ALSO."
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  • AS WE'RE GOING TO DISCOVER IN THE COMING WEEKS,
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  • JESUS IS RIGHT NOW IN HEAVEN,
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  • AND HE IS OVERSEEING THE LARGEST CONSTRUCTION
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  • PROJECT IN ALL OF HISTORY.
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  • HE IS BUILDING OUR FUTURE HOME,
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  • THIS PLACE HE CALLS HEAVEN.
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  • NOW THE QUESTION IS: WHY SHOULD WE TALK ABOUT HEAVEN?
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  • WHY SHOULD WE SPEND 10 WEEKS STUDYING ABOUT HEAVEN?
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  • WELL ONE REASON IS OUR DEPARTURE FOR HEAVEN IS
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  • BOTH CERTAIN AND RELATIVELY SOON.
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  • YOU KNOW THE BIBLE TALKS ALL THE TIME ABOUT THE
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  • INEVITABILITY OF OUR JOURNEY TO THIS NEW
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  • DESTINATION CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • OUR DEPARTURE IS CERTAIN 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 QUITE IMPRESSIVE:
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  • ONE OUT OF EVERY ONE DIES.
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  • HAVE YOU COME TO GRIPS WITH THAT?
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  • THE FACT THAT YOU ARE GOING TO DIE?
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  • WRITER OF ECCLESIASTES, SOLOMON,
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  • SAID IT THIS WAY, "MAN DOES NOT KNOW HIS TIME.
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  • LIKE FISH CAUGHT IN A TREACHEROUS NET AND BIRDS
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  • TRAPPED IN A SNARE, SO THE SONS OF MEN ARE ENSNARED
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  • AT AN EVIL TIME WHEN IT SUDDENLY FALLS ON THEM."
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  • DEATH SUDDENLY COMES WITHOUT ANY WARNING.
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  • ISAAC, THE PATRIARCH SAID IN GENESIS 27:2,
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  • "BEHOLD NOW I AM OLD
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  • AND I DO NOT KNOW THE DAY 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 THE CERTAINTY OF DEATH,
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  • THE REALITY OF DEATH, BUT IT'S JUST AS REAL AND
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  • UNCERTAIN FOR YOU AND FOR ME.
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  • AND THE FACT THAT LIFE IS VERY BRIEF HERE ON EARTH
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  • SHOULD MOTIVATE US TO USE OUR TIME VERY, VERY WISELY.
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  • IN PSALM 90:12 MOSES PRAYED,
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  • "TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS
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  • AND RECOGNIZE HOW FEW THEY ARE.
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  • HELP US TO SPEND THEM AS WE SHOULD."
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  • WHEN WE REALIZE THE BREVITY OF OUR LIFE WE
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  • SHOULD LIVE WISELY.
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  • BUT YOU KNOW RECOGNIZING HOW BRIEF OUR TIME IS ON
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  • EARTH ALSO OUGHT TO MOTIVATE US
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  • TO THINK ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • MANY OF YOU KNOW THE STORY OF JONI EARECKSON TADA.
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  • I JUST HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WRITING THE FOREWORD TO
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  • A NEW STUDY BIBLE SHE HAS PRODUCED.
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  • JONI'S STORY IS REMARKABLE.
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  • WHEN SHE WAS A TEENAGER IN 1967 A DIVING ACCIDENT
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  • CAUSED HER TO BECOME A QUADRIPLEGIC,
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  • AND SINCE THAT TIME JONI HAS SPENT A LOT OF TIME
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  • THINKING ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • SHE WRITES, "HEAVEN MAY BE AS NEAR AS NEXT YEAR OR
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  • NEXT WEEK, SO IT MAKES GOOD SENSE TO SPEND SOME
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  • TIME HERE ON EARTH THINKING CANDID THOUGHTS
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  • ABOUT THAT MARVELOUS FUTURE RESERVED FOR US."
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  • AS YOU LOOK THROUGH HISTORY,
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  • GREAT CHRISTIAN WRITERS, AND THINKERS,
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  • AND PHILOSOPHERS HAVE WRITTEN A LOT ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • C. S. LEWIS SAID ONE TIME THE PROBLEM WITH MOST
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  • CHRISTIANS IS NOT THAT THEY THINK TOO MUCH ABOUT
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  • HEAVEN, BUT THEY THINK TOO LITTLE ABOUT IT.
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  • LEWIS SAID, "IF YOU READ HISTORY YOU WILL FIND THAT
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  • THE CHRISTIANS WHO DID MOST FOR THE PRESENT WORLD
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  • WERE PRECISELY THOSE WHO THOUGHT MOST OF THE NEXT.
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  • IT IS SINCE CHRISTIANS HAVE LARGELY CEASED TO
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  • THINK ABOUT THE OTHER WORLD THAT THEY HAVE
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  • BECOME SO INEFFECTIVE IN 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 AND YOU'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 MORE EFFECTIVE WE BECOME FOR
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  • GOD IN THIS LIFE.
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  • THE FACT IS WE'RE ALL LEAVING HERE.
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  • OUR DEPARTURE IS CERTAIN.
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  • IT'S NOT GOING TO BE VERY LONG TILL WE GO TO THAT
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  • PLACE CALLED HEAVEN, BUT KNOWING THAT OUR FUTURE IS
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  • SECURE OUGHT TO BE A MOTIVATION FOR US TO LIVE
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  • THE MOST EFFECTIVE LIVES FOR GOD THAT WE CAN RIGHT NOW.
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  • THAT WAS CERTAINLY TRUE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT SAINTS
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  • WHERE THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT ABEL,
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  • ENOCH, NOAH, ABRAHAM, ISAAC,
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  • JACOB, SARAH.
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  • IN HEBREWS 11 THERE IS THAT ROLL-CALL OF FAITH,
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  • THESE HEROES OF THE FAITH AND NOTICE WHAT HEBREWS
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  • 11:13 SAID ABOUT ALL OF THESE MEN AND WOMEN OF
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  • FAITH, "ALL THESE DIED IN FAITH WITHOUT RECEIVING
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  • THE PROMISES, BUT HAVING SEEN THEM AND HAVING
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  • WELCOMED THEM FROM A DISTANCE,
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  • AND HAVING CONFESSED THAT THEY WERE STRANGERS AND
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  • EXILES ON EARTH."
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  • THEY NEVER RECEIVED THE BLESSING UNTIL THEY DIED,
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  • BUT THAT DIDN'T STOP THEM FROM THINKING ABOUT IT.
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  • THEY WERE FIXATED ON THAT FUTURE COUNTRY GOD HAD
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  • PLANNED FOR THEM AND THAT FUTURE COUNTRY IS WHAT
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  • MOTIVATED THEM TO LIVE OBEDIENT LIVES.
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  • THE SAME WAS TRUE FOR THE APOSTLE PAUL.
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  • HE WAS LIVING IN TWO WORLDS AT THE SAME TIME.
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  • HIS CITIZENSHIP WAS IN HEAVEN AND YET HE WAS ON
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  • EARTH TO FULFIL GOD'S WILL.
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  • AND THAT CAUSED A CONFLICT IN PAUL.
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  • IN PHILIPPIANS 1:21 HE SAID,
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  • "FOR ME TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS GAIN."
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  • HE SAID, YOU KNOW, IT WORKS OUT FOR ME EITHER WAY.
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  • AS LONG AS I'M LIVING, I'M LIVING FOR GOD DOING WHAT
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  • HE WANTS ME TO DO, BUT IF HE DECIDES TO TAKE ME,
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  • GUESS WHAT?
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  • IT'S GOING TO BE BETTER FOR ME.
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  • THAT'S WHY HE SAID IN VERSE 23,
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  • "I'M HARD-PRESSED FROM BOTH DIRECTIONS,
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  • HAVING THE DESIRE TO DEPART AND BE WITH CHRIST
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  • FOR THAT IS VERY MUCH BETTER,
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  • AND YET TO REMAIN ON IN 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 ON TO HEAVEN AND BE WITH GOD,
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  • BUT AT THE SAME TIME I WANT TO BE HERE AND FULFIL
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  • THE MINISTRY GOD HAS FOR ME.
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  • THAT'S THE KIND OF LIFE GOD WANTS US TO HAVE -
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  • FOCUSED ON OUR FUTURE HOME,
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  • BUT BEING EFFECTIVE IN THIS WORLD
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  • UNTIL GOD CALLS US HOME.
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  • WELL, OF COURSE, THE FACT IS FOR ALL OF US HERE
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  • TODAY GOD HAS LEFT US IN THIS 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, WHY SHOULD WE BE THINKING
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  • ABOUT THERE WHILE WE'RE STILL HERE?
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  • OVER THESE NEXT 10 WEEKS WE'RE GOING TO ANSWER 10
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  • OF THE MOST OFTEN ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HEAVEN,
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  • BUT IN THE FEW MINUTES WE HAVE LEFT TODAY I WANT TO
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  • ANSWER THE MOST FOUNDATIONAL QUESTION,
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  • AND THAT IS: WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES A FUTURE
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  • HEAVEN MAKE IN MY LIFE TODAY?
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  • AND ON YOUR OUTLINES I WANT YOU TO JOT DOWN FOUR
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  • BENEFITS OF BEING HEAVENLY-MINDED,
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  • OF FOCUSING ON THAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
  • 00:11:06.020 --> 00:11:10.090
  • FIRST OF ALL, FOCUSING ON HEAVEN REMINDS US OF THE
  • 00:11:10.100 --> 00:11:15.160
  • BREVITY OF OUR EARTHLY LIFE.
  • 00:11:15.170 --> 00:11:18.110
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN REMINDS US OF THE
  • 00:11:18.120 --> 00:11:20.160
  • BREVITY OF OUR EARTHLY LIFE.
  • 00:11:20.170 --> 00:11:23.220
  • AS MANY OF YOU KNOW BOTH OF MY PARENTS DIED AT A
  • 00:11:23.230 --> 00:11:26.230
  • RELATIVELY YOUNG AGE, AND WHILE I CERTAINLY MISS MY
  • 00:11:26.240 --> 00:11:30.250
  • PARENTS ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF THEIR EARLY
  • 00:11:30.260 --> 00:11:34.140
  • DEPARTURE WAS REMINDING ME CONSTANTLY OF HOW BRIEF
  • 00:11:34.150 --> 00:11:40.130
  • OUR TIME HERE ON EARTH IS.
  • 00:11:40.140 --> 00:11:41.250
  • IT'S OVER IN A MOMENT.
  • 00:11:41.260 --> 00:11:44.210
  • I WAS TALKING TO A POLICE OFFICER
  • 00:11:44.220 --> 00:11:47.100
  • FRIDAY NIGHT IN HOUSTON.
  • 00:11:47.110 --> 00:11:48.180
  • HE SAID: YOU KNOW, IT'S LIKE GOD HAS HIT THE FAST
  • 00:11:48.190 --> 00:11:51.210
  • FORWARD BUTTON, THINGS ARE GOING SO QUICKLY.
  • 00:11:51.220 --> 00:11:54.180
  • HAVE YOU EVER FELT THAT WAY BEFORE?
  • 00:11:54.190 --> 00:11:57.010
  • JAMES SAID IT THIS WAY ABOUT THE BREVITY OF LIFE,
  • 00:11:57.020 --> 00:11:59.110
  • JAMES 4:14 HE SAID, "YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOUR LIFE
  • 00:11:59.120 --> 00:12:02.260
  • WILL BE LIKE TOMORROW.
  • 00:12:02.270 --> 00:12:04.280
  • YOU ARE JUST A VAPOR."
  • 00:12:04.290 --> 00:12:07.150
  • THAT GREEK WORD ATMOS MEANS "A MIST."
  • 00:12:07.160 --> 00:12:10.110
  • YOU ARE JUST A MIST THAT APPEARS FOR A LITTLE WHILE
  • 00:12:10.120 --> 00:12:14.180
  • AND THEN VANISHES AWAY.
  • 00:12:14.190 --> 00:12:16.290
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN REMINDS US OF THE
  • 00:12:17.000 --> 00:12:19.010
  • BREVITY OF OUR EARTHLY LIFE.
  • 00:12:19.020 --> 00:12:20.110
  • SECONDLY, FOCUSING ON HEAVEN PREPARES US FOR THE
  • 00:12:20.120 --> 00:12:24.100
  • CERTAINTY OF JUDGMENT.
  • 00:12:24.110 --> 00:12:27.160
  • THE POPULAR SONG "EVERYBODY IS GOING TO
  • 00:12:27.170 --> 00:12:29.290
  • HEAVEN" COULDN'T BE MORE WRONG.
  • 00:12:30.000 --> 00:12:32.190
  • EVERYBODY IS NOT GOING TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:12:32.200 --> 00:12:36.270
  • I WANT YOU TO TURN OVER IN YOUR NEW TESTAMENT TO
  • 00:12:36.280 --> 00:12:40.020
  • MATTHEW 7, AND I WANT YOU TO LOOK AT
  • 00:12:40.030 --> 00:12:42.240
  • JESUS' WORDS IN VERSES 13 AND 14.
  • 00:12:42.250 --> 00:12:45.210
  • JESUS SAID, "ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE FOR THE GATE
  • 00:12:45.220 --> 00:12:50.060
  • IS WIDE AND THE WAY IS BROAD THAT LEADS TO
  • 00:12:50.070 --> 00:12:53.030
  • DESTRUCTION, AND MANY ARE THOSE WHO ENTER BY IT.
  • 00:12:53.040 --> 00:12:57.290
  • BUT THE GATE IS SMALL AND THE WAY IS NARROW THAT
  • 00:12:58.000 --> 00:13:01.210
  • LEADS TO LIFE AND FEW ARE THOSE WHO FIND IT."
  • 00:13:01.220 --> 00:13:07.020
  • JESUS SAID: THERE IS NOT ONE WAY,
  • 00:13:07.030 --> 00:13:08.260
  • ONE ROAD THAT LEADS EVERYBODY TO THE SAME DESTINATION.
  • 00:13:08.270 --> 00:13:12.190
  • HE SAID THERE ARE TWO ROADS OR WAYS THAT LEAD TO
  • 00:13:12.200 --> 00:13:15.290
  • TWO VERY DIFFERENT DESTINATIONS.
  • 00:13:16.000 --> 00:13:19.110
  • WILL YOU NOTICE THREE OBSERVATIONS
  • 00:13:19.120 --> 00:13:20.290
  • ABOUT THESE TWO VERSES?
  • 00:13:21.000 --> 00:13:22.020
  • NUMBER ONE: THERE IS A WAY THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL DEATH.
  • 00:13:22.030 --> 00:13:26.280
  • THERE IS A ROAD THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL DEATH AND JESUS
  • 00:13:26.290 --> 00:13:30.200
  • SAID MOST PEOPLE ARE ON THAT ROAD.
  • 00:13:30.210 --> 00:13:34.290
  • WHAT IS THAT ROAD?
  • 00:13:35.000 --> 00:13:36.000
  • THAT WAY?
  • 00:13:36.010 --> 00:13:37.040
  • ISAIAH 53:6 SAYS, "ALL OF US LIKE SHEEP HAVE GONE ASTRAY.
  • 00:13:37.050 --> 00:13:41.050
  • EACH OF US HAS TURNED TO HIS OWN WAY."
  • 00:13:41.060 --> 00:13:44.200
  • DO YOU KNOW HOW YOU CAN MAKE CERTAIN YOU GO TO
  • 00:13:44.210 --> 00:13:49.070
  • HELL WHEN YOU DIE?
  • 00:13:49.080 --> 00:13:50.160
  • JUST DO NOTHING.
  • 00:13:50.170 --> 00:13:53.180
  • JUST DO NOTHING.
  • 00:13:53.190 --> 00:13:55.140
  • KEEP LIVING LIKE YOU'RE LIVING,
  • 00:13:55.150 --> 00:13:56.260
  • KEEP GOING THE WAY YOU'RE GOING,
  • 00:13:56.270 --> 00:13:59.000
  • AND YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY GUARANTEED TO END UP IN HELL.
  • 00:13:59.010 --> 00:14:03.080
  • THE MOMENT WE ARE BORN, WE ARE BORN ON THE ROAD
  • 00:14:03.090 --> 00:14:07.010
  • LEADING AWAY FROM GOD.
  • 00:14:07.020 --> 00:14:09.010
  • WE ARE BORN ON THAT PATHWAY TO HELL.
  • 00:14:09.020 --> 00:14:12.060
  • YOU SAY: HOW DO I EVER GET OFF THAT ROAD?
  • 00:14:12.070 --> 00:14:15.230
  • WELL YOU HAVE TO MAKE A U-TURN.
  • 00:14:15.240 --> 00:14:17.170
  • YOU HAVE TO MAKE A U-TURN, A SPIRITUAL U-TURN.
  • 00:14:17.180 --> 00:14:21.050
  • GET OFF THAT ROAD AND GET ON THE MORE NARROW ROAD
  • 00:14:21.060 --> 00:14:24.150
  • THAT LEADS TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:14:24.160 --> 00:14:26.030
  • I DON'T USE THAT TERM U-TURN BY ACCIDENT.
  • 00:14:26.040 --> 00:14:30.040
  • THAT'S A BIBLICAL TERM.
  • 00:14:30.050 --> 00:14:31.060
  • DID YOU KNOW THAT?
  • 00:14:31.070 --> 00:14:32.210
  • THE WORD IS "REPENT." METANOIA.
  • 00:14:32.220 --> 00:14:36.080
  • THE WORD "REPENT" MEANS "A CHANGE OF MIND THAT LEADS
  • 00:14:36.090 --> 00:14:40.070
  • TO A CHANGE OF DIRECTION."
  • 00:14:40.080 --> 00:14:42.120
  • AND THE BIBLE SAYS THE ONLY WAY YOU'LL GO TO
  • 00:14:42.130 --> 00:14:45.030
  • HEAVEN IS TO GET OFF THE ROAD YOU'RE ON RIGHT NOW,
  • 00:14:45.040 --> 00:14:47.180
  • HAVE A CHANGE OF MIND ABOUT WHO JESUS IS THAT
  • 00:14:47.190 --> 00:14:52.030
  • LEADS TO A CHANGE OF DIRECTION,
  • 00:14:52.040 --> 00:14:54.060
  • AND PUT YOUR FAITH AND TRUST IN HIM TO
  • 00:14:54.070 --> 00:14:56.230
  • LEAD YOU TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:14:56.240 --> 00:14:58.210
  • JESUS MADE THAT VERY CLEAR IN JOHN 14:6.
  • 00:14:58.220 --> 00:15:01.290
  • JESUS SAID, "I AM THE WAY," I AM THE ROAD,
  • 00:15:02.000 --> 00:15:06.220
  • I'M THE PATH, "I AM THE WAY,
  • 00:15:06.230 --> 00:15:08.190
  • THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.
  • 00:15:08.200 --> 00:15:10.020
  • NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT BY ME."
  • 00:15:10.030 --> 00:15:14.090
  • THAT'S THE WAY, SECONDLY, THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE.
  • 00:15:14.100 --> 00:15:17.290
  • THERE IS A WAY THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL DEATH.
  • 00:15:18.000 --> 00:15:19.240
  • MOST PEOPLE ARE ON THAT WAY, THAT ROAD.
  • 00:15:19.250 --> 00:15:22.110
  • THERE IS A MORE NARROW WAY THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL
  • 00:15:22.120 --> 00:15:25.020
  • LIFE; BUT NOTICE, THIRDLY, THERE ARE GATES THAT OPEN
  • 00:15:25.030 --> 00:15:29.070
  • TO BOTH ETERNAL DEATH AND ETERNAL LIFE.
  • 00:15:29.080 --> 00:15:34.030
  • UNDERSTAND WE DON'T EARN GOD'S SALVATION,
  • 00:15:34.040 --> 00:15:36.070
  • THAT'S A GIFT, BUT WHAT WE DO AFTER WE'RE SAVED MAKES
  • 00:15:36.080 --> 00:15:40.240
  • AN ETERNAL DIFFERENCE IN THE KIND OF ETERNITY WE EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:15:40.250 --> 00:15:44.220
  • AND YOU KNOW THAT'S THE GREAT IRONY,
  • 00:15:44.230 --> 00:15:46.080
  • FOLKS, AS BRIEF AS THIS LIFE IS THE CHOICES WE
  • 00:15:46.090 --> 00:15:51.030
  • MAKE IN THIS LIFE, AS BRIEF AS IT IS,
  • 00:15:51.040 --> 00:15:55.040
  • THE CHOICES WE MAKE NOW IMPACT OUR ETERNITY FOREVER.
  • 00:15:55.050 --> 00:16:00.220
  • THAT'S WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT THAT WE THE FEW
  • 00:16:00.230 --> 00:16:03.190
  • YEARS WE HAVE LIVE OBEDIENT LIVES FOR GOD.
  • 00:16:03.200 --> 00:16:07.020
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN REMINDS US OF THE
  • 00:16:07.030 --> 00:16:09.130
  • JUDGMENT WE MUST ALL FACE.
  • 00:16:09.140 --> 00:16:11.070
  • NUMBER THREE, FOCUSING ON HEAVEN MOTIVATES US TO
  • 00:16:11.080 --> 00:16:14.290
  • LIVE PURE LIVES.
  • 00:16:15.000 --> 00:16:17.210
  • LET'S FACE IT: IT'S HARD TO KEEP OUR LIVES CLEAN IN
  • 00:16:17.220 --> 00:16:21.290
  • A POLLUTED WORLD LIKE THIS ONE, ISN'T IT?
  • 00:16:22.000 --> 00:16:24.280
  • WHAT THE BIBLE IS SAYING IS ONE OF THE BEST
  • 00:16:24.290 --> 00:16:27.270
  • MOTIVATIONS FOR KEEPING YOUR LIFE CLEAN BEFORE GOD
  • 00:16:27.280 --> 00:16:31.280
  • IS FOCUSING ON HEAVEN AND THAT FUTURE REUNION WITH CHRIST.
  • 00:16:31.290 --> 00:16:36.050
  • PETER SAID IT THIS WAY IN 2 PETER 3:10-11,
  • 00:16:36.060 --> 00:16:38.260
  • "BUT THE DAY OF THE LORD WILL COME LIKE A THIEF IN
  • 00:16:38.270 --> 00:16:42.050
  • WHICH THE HEAVENS WILL PASS AWAY WITH A ROAR,
  • 00:16:42.060 --> 00:16:44.290
  • AND THE ELEMENTS WILL BE DESTROYED WITH INTENSE
  • 00:16:45.000 --> 00:16:47.060
  • HEAT, AND THE EARTH AND ITS WORKS WILL BE BURNED UP."
  • 00:16:47.070 --> 00:16:49.200
  • HE'S TALKING ABOUT THE END TIMES,
  • 00:16:49.210 --> 00:16:51.190
  • BUT THEN IN VERSE 11 HE DRAWS THE APPLICATION,
  • 00:16:51.200 --> 00:16:54.260
  • "SINCE ALL THESE THINGS ARE TO BE DESTROYED IN
  • 00:16:54.270 --> 00:16:58.250
  • THIS WAY, WHAT SORT OF PEOPLE OUGHT YOU TO BE IN
  • 00:16:58.260 --> 00:17:03.280
  • HOLY CONDUCT AND GODLINESS."
  • 00:17:03.290 --> 00:17:09.030
  • REALIZING EVERYTHING WE SEE AROUND US IS WRAPPING
  • 00:17:09.040 --> 00:17:12.280
  • UP TO A CONCLUSION, REALIZING CHRIST IS COMING
  • 00:17:12.290 --> 00:17:16.000
  • BACK AGAIN, WHAT BETTER MOTIVATION IS THERE TO
  • 00:17:16.010 --> 00:17:19.260
  • LIVE CLEAN LIVES IN HOLY CONDUCT AND GODLINESS?
  • 00:17:19.270 --> 00:17:24.230
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN IS A
  • 00:17:24.240 --> 00:17:26.280
  • GREAT MOTIVATION TO LIVE PURE LIVES.
  • 00:17:26.290 --> 00:17:29.280
  • NUMBER FOUR, FOCUSING ON HEAVEN PLACES
  • 00:17:29.290 --> 00:17:33.060
  • SUFFERING IN PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:17:33.070 --> 00:17:36.220
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN PLACES SUFFERING IN PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:17:36.230 --> 00:17:40.170
  • ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I KEEP BEING ASKED AS PASTOR
  • 00:17:40.180 --> 00:17:43.210
  • IS: WHY DID GOD ALLOW...
  • 00:17:43.220 --> 00:17:46.050
  • AND THEN FILL IN THE BLANK.
  • 00:17:46.060 --> 00:17:47.210
  • MANY TIMES IT'S SOME GREAT NATIONAL TRAGEDY LIKE
  • 00:17:47.220 --> 00:17:50.120
  • 9/11, OR A TERRORIST ATTACK OF SOME OTHER VARIETY.
  • 00:17:50.130 --> 00:17:54.210
  • WHY DID GOD ALLOW THIS IF GOD IS SOVEREIGN?
  • 00:17:54.220 --> 00:17:58.060
  • MANY TIMES WHEN PEOPLE SAY: WHY DOES GOD ALLOW
  • 00:17:58.070 --> 00:18:00.250
  • EVIL IN THE WORLD, THEY'RE REALLY TALKING ABOUT WHY
  • 00:18:00.260 --> 00:18:03.140
  • DOES GOD ALLOW SUFFERING IN MY LIFE.
  • 00:18:03.150 --> 00:18:06.250
  • WHY DID GOD ALLOW ME TO BE FIRED UNFAIRLY FROM THIS JOB?
  • 00:18:06.260 --> 00:18:10.180
  • WHY DOES HE ALLOW ME TO SUFFER THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE?
  • 00:18:10.190 --> 00:18:14.020
  • WHY DOES GOD ALLOW SUFFERING ESPECIALLY FOR
  • 00:18:14.030 --> 00:18:17.090
  • THOSE WHO ARE HIS PEOPLE?
  • 00:18:17.100 --> 00:18:20.090
  • YOU KNOW INTERESTINGLY THE BIBLE NEVER ANSWERS THE
  • 00:18:20.100 --> 00:18:23.010
  • "WHY" QUESTION OF SUFFERING.
  • 00:18:23.020 --> 00:18:25.090
  • NEVER DOES.
  • 00:18:25.100 --> 00:18:26.250
  • BUT IT DOES HELP US PUT SUFFERING IN PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:18:26.260 --> 00:18:31.150
  • IN 2 CORINTHIANS 4:17-18 PAUL WHO CERTAINLY HAD HIS
  • 00:18:31.160 --> 00:18:35.190
  • SHARE OF SUFFERING WROTE, "FOR MOMENTARY LIGHT
  • 00:18:35.200 --> 00:18:39.240
  • AFFLICTION IS PRODUCING FOR US AN ETERNAL WAY TO
  • 00:18:39.250 --> 00:18:43.120
  • GLORY FAR BEYOND ALL COMPREHENSION.
  • 00:18:43.130 --> 00:18:46.260
  • WHILE WE LOOK NOT AT THE THINGS WHICH ARE SEEN,
  • 00:18:46.270 --> 00:18:49.090
  • BUT AT THE THINGS WHICH ARE NOT SEEN,
  • 00:18:49.100 --> 00:18:51.080
  • FOR THE THINGS WHICH ARE SEEN ARE TEMPORAL,
  • 00:18:51.090 --> 00:18:54.170
  • BUT THE THINGS WHICH ARE NOT SEEN ARE ETERNAL."
  • 00:18:54.180 --> 00:18:57.080
  • I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THE TWO WORDS HERE PAUL USES
  • 00:18:57.090 --> 00:19:01.010
  • TO DESCRIBE THE SUFFERING OF HIS OWN LIFE.
  • 00:19:01.020 --> 00:19:04.030
  • FIRST OF ALL, HE SAID HIS SUFFERING IS MOMENTARY.
  • 00:19:04.040 --> 00:19:07.250
  • YOU THINK: PAUL, HOW COULD YOU SAY THAT?
  • 00:19:07.260 --> 00:19:10.290
  • FOR YEARS YOU SUFFERED EVERY KIND OF TRAGEDY
  • 00:19:11.000 --> 00:19:15.230
  • KNOWN TO MAN.
  • 00:19:15.240 --> 00:19:16.190
  • HOW COULD YOU SAY IT WAS JUST MOMENTARY?
  • 00:19:16.200 --> 00:19:19.060
  • WELL, CIRCLE THE WORD "MOMENTARY" AND DRAW A
  • 00:19:19.070 --> 00:19:22.100
  • LINE TO THE WORD "ETERNAL."
  • 00:19:22.110 --> 00:19:24.180
  • HE SAID: MY SUFFERING IS MOMENTARY COMPARED TO THE
  • 00:19:24.190 --> 00:19:30.100
  • ETERNITY OF BLESSING GOD HAS PLANNED FOR ME.
  • 00:19:30.110 --> 00:19:33.130
  • YOU KNOW WE CAN'T GET OUR HEADS AROUND ETERNITY, CAN WE?
  • 00:19:33.140 --> 00:19:37.040
  • WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW LONG ETERNITY IS.
  • 00:19:37.050 --> 00:19:39.200
  • ONE WRITER SAID IT THIS WAY: IMAGINE A LITTLE BIRD
  • 00:19:39.210 --> 00:19:43.030
  • THAT COMES ONCE EVERY MILLION YEARS TO SHARPEN
  • 00:19:43.040 --> 00:19:46.030
  • ITS BEAK ON THE TOP OF MOUNT EVEREST.
  • 00:19:46.040 --> 00:19:49.010
  • COMES ONCE EVERY MILLION YEARS,
  • 00:19:49.020 --> 00:19:50.210
  • DOES ITS THING, FLIES AWAY,
  • 00:19:50.220 --> 00:19:53.050
  • COMES BACK A MILLION YEARS FROM THEN;
  • 00:19:53.060 --> 00:19:54.250
  • DOES THE SAME THING AGAIN.
  • 00:19:54.260 --> 00:19:56.250
  • BY THE TIME THAT BIRD HAS WORN DOWN THE ENTIRETY OF
  • 00:19:56.260 --> 00:20:01.220
  • MOUNT EVEREST, BY THE TIME IT'S ACCOMPLISHED THAT,
  • 00:20:01.230 --> 00:20:05.180
  • ETERNITY WILL HAVE ONLY BEGUN.
  • 00:20:05.190 --> 00:20:10.090
  • WHAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH IS REAL RIGHT NOW;
  • 00:20:10.100 --> 00:20:13.020
  • THE SUFFERING YOU EXPERIENCE MAY SEEM LIKE
  • 00:20:13.030 --> 00:20:15.060
  • IT'S ENDLESS, BUT IT REALLY IS MOMENTARY WHEN
  • 00:20:15.070 --> 00:20:18.070
  • COMPARED TO ETERNITY.
  • 00:20:18.080 --> 00:20:19.270
  • AND THEN NOTICE HE ALSO DESCRIBED
  • 00:20:19.280 --> 00:20:21.130
  • HIS SUFFERING AS LIGHT.
  • 00:20:21.140 --> 00:20:24.030
  • LIGHT.
  • 00:20:24.040 --> 00:20:26.040
  • HOW COULD YOU SAY THAT, PAUL?
  • 00:20:26.050 --> 00:20:27.120
  • HAVE YOU DEVELOPED SPIRITUAL AMNESIA?
  • 00:20:27.130 --> 00:20:29.030
  • I MEAN THINK ABOUT IT, YOU WERE SHIPWRECKED.
  • 00:20:29.040 --> 00:20:32.240
  • YOU WERE LEFT FOR DEAD.
  • 00:20:32.250 --> 00:20:34.150
  • YOU WERE BEATEN FIVE TIMES WITHIN THE INCH OF YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:20:34.160 --> 00:20:37.100
  • YOU WOULD ULTIMATELY BE BEHEADED.
  • 00:20:37.110 --> 00:20:38.280
  • HOW COULD YOU SAY YOUR SUFFERING IS LIGHT?
  • 00:20:38.290 --> 00:20:41.120
  • WELL, AGAIN, AS COMPARED TO WHAT?
  • 00:20:41.130 --> 00:20:44.250
  • AS COMPARED TO WHAT?
  • 00:20:44.260 --> 00:20:46.120
  • DRAW A CIRCLE AROUND THAT WORD "LIGHT" AND THEN DRAW
  • 00:20:46.130 --> 00:20:50.240
  • AN ARROW TO THE WORD "WEIGHT OF GLORY."
  • 00:20:50.250 --> 00:20:54.120
  • HE SAID: MY SUFFERING IS REAL,
  • 00:20:54.130 --> 00:20:56.260
  • BUT IT'S REALLY RELATIVELY LIGHT WHEN I THINK ABOUT
  • 00:20:56.270 --> 00:21:00.180
  • ALL THAT GOD HAS PLANNED FOR ME,
  • 00:21:00.190 --> 00:21:02.100
  • THE WEIGHT OF HIS FUTURE BLESSING.
  • 00:21:02.110 --> 00:21:04.250
  • YOU SEE WEIGHT IS A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:21:04.260 --> 00:21:07.210
  • I MEAN IF I SHOWED YOU A 2.000-POUND BLOCK OF
  • 00:21:07.220 --> 00:21:11.140
  • CONCRETE AND ASKED YOU: IS THIS LIGHT OR HEAVY?
  • 00:21:11.150 --> 00:21:15.030
  • THE ANSWER IS: COMPARED TO WHAT?
  • 00:21:15.040 --> 00:21:17.200
  • WHATEVER PROBLEM YOU'RE FACING IS REAL,
  • 00:21:17.210 --> 00:21:20.040
  • IT'S HEAVY TO YOU, BUT WHAT PAUL IS SAYING IS
  • 00:21:20.050 --> 00:21:24.010
  • COMPARED TO THE WEIGHT OF THE BLESSING GOD HAS
  • 00:21:24.020 --> 00:21:26.110
  • PLANNED FOR YOU FOR ALL ETERNITY, IT'S LIGHT.
  • 00:21:26.120 --> 00:21:31.040
  • ONE PERSON SAID IT THIS WAY: WHEN COMPARED TO THE
  • 00:21:31.050 --> 00:21:34.230
  • GLORIES OF HEAVEN, THE WORST SUFFERING OF THIS
  • 00:21:34.240 --> 00:21:37.270
  • WORLD WILL ONE DAY BE SEEN TO BE NOTHING MORE THAN A
  • 00:21:37.280 --> 00:21:41.210
  • ONE NIGHT STAY IN AN INCONVENIENT MOTEL.
  • 00:21:41.220 --> 00:21:45.240
  • THAT'S WHAT PAUL IS SAYING TO US.
  • 00:21:45.250 --> 00:21:48.080
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN DOESN'T ELIMINATE SUFFERING,
  • 00:21:48.090 --> 00:21:52.200
  • BUT IT DOES PUT THAT SUFFERING IN PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:21:52.210 --> 00:21:57.130
  • ALTHOUGH GOD'S PROMISE FOR HEAVEN IS YET STILL
  • 00:21:57.140 --> 00:22:00.140
  • FUTURE, IT REALLY SHOULD IMPACT THE WAY WE LIVE
  • 00:22:00.150 --> 00:22:03.290
  • EVERY DAY, FOR WHAT WE DO IN THIS LIFE ECHOES IN THE
  • 00:22:04.000 --> 00:22:11.040
  • HALLS OF HEAVEN FOREVER.
  • 00:22:11.050 --> 00:22:15.220
  • MUSIC
  • 00:22:15.230 --> 00:22:20.270
  • AS YOU'RE WATCHING TODAY, PERHAPS YOU'RE THINKING OF
  • 00:22:20.280 --> 00:22:23.230
  • A DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCE IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:22:23.240 --> 00:22:26.110
  • WHILE YOUR SUFFERING IS CERTAINLY VERY REAL,
  • 00:22:26.120 --> 00:22:29.110
  • LIFE'S HARDSHIPS ARE LIGHT AND MOMENTARY WHEN
  • 00:22:29.120 --> 00:22:33.040
  • COMPARED TO THE ETERNAL GLORIES THAT AWAIT US IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:22:33.050 --> 00:22:37.000
  • WELL, I HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US FOR THE REST OF THIS
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  • FASCINATING SERIES ON HEAVEN.
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  • AND WHILE WE'RE FOCUSING ON WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
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  • ABOUT LIFE AND DEATH, IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND
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  • OTHER VIEWPOINTS AS WELL, SO THAT WE CAN ENGAGE IN
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  • MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS WITH THOSE WHO SHARE
  • 00:22:51.230 --> 00:22:54.220
  • DIFFERENT BELIEFS.
  • 00:22:54.230 --> 00:22:55.290
  • TO HELP YOU DO THAT, I'D LIKE TO SEND YOU A HELPFUL RESOURCE.
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  • IT'S CALLED, WHAT SEVEN WORLD RELIGIONS TEACH ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • THIS FOLDOUT BROCHURE CLEARLY ILLUSTRATES HOW
  • 00:23:04.170 --> 00:23:08.000
  • BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY DIFFERS FROM SEVEN
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  • DIFFERENT RELIGIONS INCLUDING MORMONISM,
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  • HINDUISM AND ISLAM.
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  • THIS BROCHURE IS MY GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR
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  • CONTACTING PATHWAY TO VICTORY TODAY.
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  • AS A FATHER AND GRANDFATHER,
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  • MY HEART IS TRULY BURDENED FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.
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  • OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN NEED JESUS
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  • CHRIST AND THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD.
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  • BOOK FOR CHILDREN, A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS.
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  • THIS BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED BOOK USES
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  • SIMPLE CONCEPTS AND LANGUAGE YOUNG CHILDREN
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  • CAN UNDERSTAND WHILE ANSWERING TEN COMMONLY
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  • ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • THE BOOK EVEN CLOSES WITH A SALVATION PRAYER YOU CAN
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  • PRAY WITH YOUR CHILD OR GRANDCHILD
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  • TO ENSURE THAT THEY WILL BE WITH YOU IN HEAVEN ONE DAY.
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  • REQUEST YOUR COPY OF A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR
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  • KIDS WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT
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  • THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS 75 DOLLARS OR MORE,
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  • WE'LL ALSO INCLUDE DR. JEFFRESS'S ORIGINAL,
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  • FULL-LENGTH BOOK, A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN ALONG WITH
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  • THE COMPLETE TEACHING SERIES FOR A PLACE CALLED
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  • HEAVEN ON BOTH CD AND DVD.
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  • FAILING TO ADEQUATELY PREPARE FOR THE REAL TRIP
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  • WE'RE ALL TAKING, FOR THAT TRIP TO THE PLACE CALLED
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  • HEAVEN, NOT PREPARING ADEQUATELY CAN HAVE
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  • DEVASTATING AND UNENDING CONSEQUENCES.
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  • WE'VE GOT TO BE PREPARED FOR THE TRIP.
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  • WHEN YOU INVEST IN PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • YOU'RE ALLOWING MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN
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  • ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO HEAR THE CLEAR GOSPEL MESSAGE,
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  • AND TO CATCH A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN.
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  • SO, PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE GENEROUSLY.
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  • GOD WILL USE YOUR GIFT TO PIERCE THE DARKNESS WITH
  • 00:24:56.230 --> 00:25:00.040
  • THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD!
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  • MUSIC
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  • I BEGAN TODAY'S MESSAGE BY MAKING THIS OBSERVATION:
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  • IF YOU WERE MAKING A TRIP TO A DISTANT COUNTRY,
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  • YOU'D PROBABLY TRY TO LEARN EVERYTHING YOU COULD
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  • ABOUT THAT PLACE AHEAD OF TIME.
  • 00:25:13.080 --> 00:25:15.260
  • YET MOST CHRISTIANS KNOW VERY LITTLE
  • 00:25:15.270 --> 00:25:17.270
  • ABOUT THEIR ETERNAL HOME.
  • 00:25:17.280 --> 00:25:20.110
  • WELL, I HOPE TODAY'S MESSAGE HAS SHOWN YOU WHY
  • 00:25:20.120 --> 00:25:22.200
  • THE REALITY OF A FUTURE HEAVEN OUGHT TO MAKE A
  • 00:25:22.210 --> 00:25:25.210
  • DIFFERENCE YOUR LIFE TODAY.
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  • AND NEXT TIME, WE'RE GOING TO ANSWER ANOTHER
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  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION ABOUT HEAVEN: IS HEAVEN A
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  • REAL PLACE OR A STATE OF MIND?
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  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF MY NEXT MESSAGE IN OUR
  • 00:25:37.070 --> 00:25:40.060
  • SERIES, A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • TODAY, WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT
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  • THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • WE'LL SAY "THANKS" BY SENDING YOU A COPY OF DR. JEFFRESS'S
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  • HEAVEN" IS OUR GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US
  • 00:25:58.180 --> 00:26:01.170
  • TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:01.180 --> 00:26:03.050
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS 75 DOLLARS OR MORE,
  • 00:26:03.060 --> 00:26:06.050
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN
  • 00:26:06.060 --> 00:26:08.170
  • TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:08.180 --> 00:26:11.200
  • THAT ALONG WITH A COPY OF DR. JEFFRESS'S
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  • THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, TO ANOTHER LOCATION,
  • 00:26:29.120 --> 00:26:31.070
  • HEAVEN.
  • 00:26:31.080 --> 00:26:32.080
  • AND THEN THE ANGELS SAID ONE DAY JESUS IS GOING TO
  • 00:26:32.090 --> 00:26:35.180
  • GO FROM THAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN,
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  • A REAL LOCATION, TO A REAL PLACE BACK ON EARTH.
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