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Knowing a Good God

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July 25, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Some say that the greatest question
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  • in life is: "Does God exist?"
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  • I say the greatest question is:
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  • "Do I know the God who does exist?
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  • Do I know about him?
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  • Do I know him personally?"
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  • The study of God as he reveals himself in Scripture
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  • is the supreme study of a lifetime.
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  • It lifts our thoughts, steadies our nerves,
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  • purifies our motives, expands our confidence,
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  • and strengthens our influence.
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  • It's the greatest subject we could ever study,
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  • for God is the apex of all reality.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Discover more about God than you know
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  • and become closer to him than you are.
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  • male announcer: And now, here is your host,
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: God could have easily created the earth devoid
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  • of the vast and distinct beauty we observe in the mountains,
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  • in the valleys, and in the sea.
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  • What if our landscape was always the same,
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  • bleak, unchanging, desolate?
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  • But God packed the world with seemingly limitless
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  • panoramas of beauty.
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  • Why?
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  • Because he is so good.
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  • And because God is good we can wake up every morning,
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  • look out at the beautiful new day God has made and declare,
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  • "Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me
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  • all the days of my life."
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  • In today's message which I call, "Knowing a Good God,"
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  • we're going to look at four ways God's goodness
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  • is revealed to us, the actual evidence
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  • that God is good.
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  • So stay tuned for today's edition of "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: Do you know God as well as you think?
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  • It may be time to take the journey
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  • from knowing about God to deeply knowing him.
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  • In Dr. David Jeremiah's book,
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  • "The God You May Not Know," Dr. Jeremiah shares
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  • the powerful characteristics
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  • that God himself wants you to understand.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I've spent my life being overwhelmed
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  • with the wonder of the person of God
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  • and it's my greatest joy to share with you
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  • some eternal truths about the God you may not know.
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  • My prayer is that this book will enable you
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  • to know more about God than you do
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  • and for you to grow closer to him than you are.
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  • announcer: "The God You May Not Know"
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  • is yours for a gift of any amount
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  • in support of this program.
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  • Or with a generous gift of $60 or more, you'll receive
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  • the "God You May Not Know" set
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  • containing Dr. Jeremiah's book, study guide,
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  • online Leader's Guide, and the "Knowing God" bookmark,
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  • plus Dr. Jeremiah's current teaching series on DVD.
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  • "The God You May Not Know" book or set,
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  • contact Turning Point today.
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  • female announcer: In appreciation
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  • of your viewership today, Dr. Jeremiah would like
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  • to give you the "Knowing God" bookmark, a daily reminder
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  • of God's presence and power in your life.
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  • Receive the "Knowing God" bookmark completely free
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  • when you contact Turning Point today.
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  • Now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message,
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  • "Knowing a Good God."
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Our world has a hard time distinguishing
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  • between good and bad.
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  • Our cultural values are changing so quickly that virtues
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  • once prized are now scorned and behavior
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  • once condemned is now celebrated.
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  • The prophet Isaiah anticipated this when he wrote,
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  • "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
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  • and put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
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  • who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
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  • Even non-religious people instinctively know
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  • there is a moral standard somewhere in the universe,
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  • and that good and bad are objective realities.
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  • Even amid shifting morals and manners,
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  • we want to be good people, better people.
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  • In fact, over the last two years,
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  • the Marist poll that chronicles our New Year's resolution
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  • reports that being a better person
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  • has now topped the perennial favorite of losing weight.
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  • Everybody wants to be a better person,
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  • even more than they want to lose weight.
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  • But goodness is so much more than the secular writers
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  • can convey.
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  • Goodness is an attribute of God himself and,
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  • until we see goodness as God is good,
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  • we really don't understand it at all.
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  • Exodus 34:6 says: "The Lord, the Lord God,
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  • merciful and gracious, longsuffering,
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  • and abounding in goodness."
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  • 1 Chronicles 16:34 says: "Oh, give thanks to the Lord,
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  • for He is good!"
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  • Psalm 34:8 says: "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good."
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  • When I say, "God is good," I mean he is gracious.
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  • I mean he is merciful.
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  • When I say that God is good I'm talking about his perfection
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  • and his excellence but the more I study this word in the Bible,
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  • the more one central concept seems to jump out at me.
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  • It seems to me that God's goodness
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  • is conveyed mostly in his generosity.
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  • Perhaps God's quality of goodness means far more than
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  • his generosity but it certainly includes his infinitely generous
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  • attitude toward you and me.
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  • By nature, God longs to bring blessing and joy
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  • to all of his creatures.
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  • And even his fallible human beings.
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  • Most people feel a sense of satisfaction when we're able
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  • to do something for someone else.
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  • What's the source of that impulse?
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  • Where does it come from?
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  • It comes from being made in the image of God.
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  • God is the one who creates within us an innate desire
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  • to help somebody.
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  • Matthew 7:11 says: "If you then, being evil,
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  • know how to give good gifts to your children,
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  • how much more will your Father who is in heaven give
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  • good things to those who ask Him!"
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  • So I want you to think of the greatest pleasure
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  • you've ever felt in doing something
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  • for somebody else and then multiply it by billions,
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  • and that is the heart of God in heaven.
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  • As we consider his goodness, here is how it affects us.
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  • Here are some derivatives from the goodness of God for us
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  • to use in our lives every day.
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  • First of all, God is good.
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  • He provides for us.
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  • We experience God's generous goodness
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  • by the way he takes care of us.
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  • The Psalmist said, "I would have lost heart,
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  • unless I had believed that I would see the goodness
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  • of the Lord in the land of the living."
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  • I'm here to tell you today that no matter what the circumstances
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  • look like, behind all of the mist of the unknown
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  • is this truth: We have a God who is good.
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  • It's remarkable to think about that but
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  • when we're in the will of God through Jesus Christ,
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  • we will never face a genuine need
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  • for which God doesn't give us a genuine provision.
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  • Think about this.
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  • The one who gave us lungs, created air.
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  • The one who gave us stomachs, supplies food and water.
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  • He who made us in his image provided companionship,
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  • and he who made us with eyes created
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  • spellbinding vistas for us to enjoy.
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  • He who made us with eternal souls,
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  • provided a pathway to heaven through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • Whatever our need, the goodness of God provides the answer.
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  • Psalm 33:5 says: "The earth is full
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  • of the goodness of the Lord."
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  • At the beginning of this message I quoted Psalm 34:8:
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  • "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good," and we tend
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  • to interpret that verse metaphorically and spiritually
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  • but there's a literal truth to this.
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  • Sometimes, we need to taste something desirable and say,
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  • "This is from God and this is good."
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  • Sometimes, we need to behold a gorgeous vista
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  • and remember God is good.
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  • Sometimes, we need to smell a pleasing aroma
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  • and remember that God is good.
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  • He gave us five senses and his provisions come to us
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  • through all five of those senses to remind us of his goodness.
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  • God is good, he provides for us.
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  • Can we say an amen to that?
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  • Is God our provider?
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  • Amen.
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  • Number two, God is good and he's patient with us.
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  • We see God's goodness and generosity
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  • in his incredible patience with us.
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  • In fact, in the Bible the idea of God's patience is
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  • frequently linked to the idea of his goodness.
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  • Psalm 100, verses 4 and 5 says: "Be thankful to Him,
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  • and bless His name.
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  • For the Lord is good and His mercy is everlasting."
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  • God never runs out of mercy.
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  • He's a good God.
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  • The mercy of God represents his patience.
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  • All the blessings of God can be organized,
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  • men and women, under two headings:
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  • the grace of God and the mercy of God.
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  • The grace of God is everything God gives you
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  • that you don't deserve, and the mercy of God
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  • is everything God withholds from you that you do deserve.
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  • How many can give a happy "Amen" that God is both gracious
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  • and merciful?
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  • His patience, his mercy, never runs out.
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  • His mercy endures throughout all generations.
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  • I don't know about you but I don't know
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  • how God puts up with us.
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  • Have you ever prayed this prayer:
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  • "Lord, it's me again and it's the same thing again
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  • and it's no better again than it was last time I was here."
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  • And God says, "Okay, tell me about it," you know?
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  • It's like your child coming up to you after you've told them
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  • a hundred million times not to do it,
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  • and they keep doing it.
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  • God never gives up on us.
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  • The Bible says when we need his wisdom,
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  • all we have to do is ask and he gives to all who ask
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  • without abrading them or without scolding them.
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  • God never scolds us for coming to him with our need.
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  • He's a patient God.
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  • The mercy of God is endless, infinite,
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  • and it's an outgrowth of God's goodness.
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  • "Oh, give thanks to the Lord for he is merciful."
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  • If you think about it carefully, wouldn't you say in your life
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  • and in the lives of the people you know that there is
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  • more goodness than there is misery in the world?
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  • Of course, there's exceptions.
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  • There's deep suffering in some parts of the world,
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  • some regions are racked with all kinds of pain but where most
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  • of us live, would you not say, "My life has more goodness
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  • than misery?"
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  • Isn't it interesting how we fixate on the negative
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  • and forget the positive?
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  • When Donna and I started a church back in Fort Wayne,
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  • Indiana, we had some wonderful experiences there but we had
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  • a few challenging ones too and there was a guy in this church
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  • who, I don't know how to say this any other way.
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  • He was after my head.
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  • He didn't like me, he got to the place
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  • where he was resistant to what we were doing,
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  • I heard things that he was saying.
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  • Now, this guy was impressive because he was 6'6"
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  • and he had white hair just like mine and whenever he walked
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  • into a crowd you could see him.
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  • Well, what I found out I was doing is I was walking out
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  • on the platform to preach and before I even prayed
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  • I was looking to find out where this dude was,
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  • "Is he here," you know?
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  • And I got so convicted about that.
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  • One day I was in my study and I looked over on the desk
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  • in my study and we had just produced a picture book
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  • of all the people in the church.
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  • It was really a nice thing 'cause you could put faces
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  • with names and all the rest.
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  • And I looked at that book and all of a sudden it hit me.
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  • I was fixating on one man and here is a book full of
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  • the pictures of all the faithful people of God in our church.
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  • I had the choice, either to rejoice that God
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  • had blessed us with so many wonderful
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  • supportive people or to fix my attention
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  • on one guy who was causing me grief and all of us
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  • have that choice, do we not?
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  • We can either talk about the goodness of God,
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  • or we can commiserate, which means,
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  • share our misery with each other.
  • 00:13:46.140 --> 00:13:49.090
  • The Bible says: "As a father pities his children,
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  • so the Lord pities those who fear Him.
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  • He knows our frame, and He remembers that we are dust."
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  • In other words, God is not expecting perfection from us.
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  • God is even good to those who don't know him.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • He's good to those who don't fear him.
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  • He's good to those who curse him.
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  • He fills the world with common blessings.
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  • We call it in theology the common grace of God.
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  • It's available to the saved and to the unsaved.
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  • It's available to the good and the bad,
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  • to the righteous and the unrighteous.
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  • You don't have to be a Christian to know that God is good.
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  • The Bible says he makes his sun rise on the evil
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  • and on the good.
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  • He sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
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  • God gives some of his goodness to all of his people
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  • and all of his goodness to some of his people and none of us
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  • deserve any of it, no matter what group we're in.
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  • Bottom line is none of God's people deserve his goodness,
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  • yet he has overwhelmed me with his goodness
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  • and he's done the same for you.
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  • He's a good God.
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  • His goodness comes to us in the form of divine patience.
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  • "Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
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  • and for His wonderful works to the children of men!"
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  • This Psalm is like a song that has a number of stanzas
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  • and the chorus keeps repeating itself.
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  • And the Psalmist writes this and he talks
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  • about the struggles of his life.
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  • When he gets done talking about it,
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  • here comes the chorus: "Oh, that men would give thanks
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  • to the Lord for His goodness, for His wonderful works
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  • to the children of men!"
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  • And then he goes on and tells another story and he gets done
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  • with the little story and he comes back,
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  • "Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
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  • and for His wonderful works to the children of men!"
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  • Four different times, he says that same thing.
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  • Look it up, it's in verse 8, 15, 21, and 31 in Psalm 107,
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  • the same words: "Oh, that men would give thanks
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  • to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works
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  • to the children of men!"
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  • And what that says to me is that no matter what's going on
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  • in our life, no matter how hard it may seem to us right now,
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  • maybe you're going through a difficult place,
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  • maybe you've never been in a place like this before,
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  • but if you look, you will see the goodness of God,
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  • for it's everywhere.
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  • It's only when we block it out because we put our problems
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  • in the front of our mind and we forget how good God is.
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  • "Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
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  • and for His wonderful works to the children of men!"
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  • God is good; he provides for us.
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  • And God is good; he's patient with us.
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  • And God is good; he protects us.
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  • God is our protector.
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  • God's goodness is seen in the way he cares for us.
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  • "The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him,
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  • and delivers them.
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  • Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good."
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  • How do we know that goodness belongs to protection?
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  • Because the Scripture says so.
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  • If you don't believe in the goodness of God,
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  • let me tell you something.
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  • The reason you don't believe in the goodness of God is
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  • because you do not know what you do not know.
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  • If you knew what you don't know, you would see many places
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  • along the way where God, by his goodness,
  • 00:17:12.060 --> 00:17:14.100
  • has reached out and kept you.
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  • His goodness protects his people and only when we get to heaven
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  • will we be able to look back over our shoulders
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  • if we're allowed to do this and see all of the places
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  • where God's goodness rescued us and we will praise him
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  • because his goodness protects us.
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  • And then God is good; he guides our pathways.
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  • The goodness of God guides us in life.
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  • Psalm 143, verse 10 says: "Teach me to do Your will,
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  • for You are my God; Your Spirit is good.
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  • Lead me in the land of uprightness."
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  • Here, the Psalmist connects God's goodness
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  • with his leadership in our lives.
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  • And we can connect this with a passage in the New Testament.
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  • The Lord Jesus had something important to say about this
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  • in the Sermon on the Mount.
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  • His words are worth pondering right here because
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  • they sort of provide a commentary.
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  • God's commands are a part of his goodness.
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  • We have misconceptions about God.
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  • Because sometimes we read in the Scripture
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  • that there are prohibitions to our faith.
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  • And because people today don't like anything
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  • that conflicts with their idea of personal freedom,
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  • sometimes the rules they read about in the Bible
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  • are at odds with what they think God should be,
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  • his goodness.
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  • But the goodness of God is always demonstrated for us
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  • in the path he chooses for us in life.
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  • And by the guidelines he provides for our belief.
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  • Listen carefully.
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  • Jesus said, "Enter by the narrow gate;
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  • for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads
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  • to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
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  • Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way
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  • which leads to life, and there are few who find it."
  • 00:18:59.240 --> 00:19:03.110
  • If you read through that paragraph,
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  • you'll discover there are two gates:
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  • a wide one and a narrow one.
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  • There are two roads: a broad one and a difficult one.
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  • There are two groups of people: the many and the few.
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  • And there are two destinations: destruction and life.
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  • Imagine you were untouched and untaught by the gospel
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  • and you're trying to start out and find out
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  • which way you should take.
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  • You're standing at the crossroads.
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  • The broad way goes this way; the narrow way goes that way.
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  • You have no instruction from God.
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  • Which road would you choose?
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  • Most of us would look over on the broad way and see
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  • there are so many people going down that road,
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  • this must be the right way.
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  • But we know that we would be wrong because that way,
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  • while it is broad, the Bible says it leads to destruction.
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  • The broad way, where everybody wants to get on the road
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  • and go there, leads to death.
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  • Only the narrow gate, the difficult road,
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  • the small crowd, lead to eternal life.
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  • And that's the road God chooses for us.
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  • If you're a Christian today, God put you on that road
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  • by his goodness and grace.
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  • He says to us, "I choose for you today this pathway.
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  • I choose the narrow gate. I choose the difficult way.
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  • I choose the few companions because I understand
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  • what's at the end of the road."
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  • There has never been a time in history
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  • where narrow gate theology, as one person put it,
  • 00:20:31.050 --> 00:20:33.250
  • is more out of vogue than it is today.
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  • And yet, as we walk with God, does not life itself teach us
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  • that God is good and that his way is best?
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  • The broad way, as we observe it today,
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  • is a lifestyle unencumbered by any moral guidelines.
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  • It is free from spiritual stop signs and ethical speed limits.
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  • You can sample the pleasures of life,
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  • you can live as you please.
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  • You can do things simply because they feel good.
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  • This is the life of saying, "Let's eat, drink, and be merry,
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  • for tomorrow we shall die."
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  • The narrow way has speed limits and has guard rails and
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  • those traveling the broad way look at over us and they say,
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  • "C'mon, man, get a life.
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  • Loosen up.
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  • Color outside the lines once in a while."
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  • They think those of us on the narrow road,
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  • we're the weird ones.
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  • We're husbands and wives who decide to bond together
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  • for a lifetime for better or for worse.
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  • We're parents who give ourselves to our kids
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  • and we're not just chasing dollars.
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  • We're children who are respectful
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  • of our mothers and fathers.
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  • We are families going to church trying to serve the Lord God
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  • and doing what's right even when it's hard.
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  • It is difficult sometimes to be on the narrow road but not to be
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  • on the narrow road is to be headed toward destruction.
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  • The broad way is the road to death.
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  • People on this road tend to become bitter
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  • or disillusioned as they age.
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  • Have you noticed?
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  • They lose the vigor of youth.
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  • They lose the passion of life, as they face the prospects
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  • of the cemetery.
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  • Anthony Bourdain, a 61-year-old iconic figure and famous chef,
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  • hanged himself in his hotel room in France.
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  • And famous designer, Kate Spade, chose the same method
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  • to end her life in New York City at the age of 55.
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  • Two people at the top of their game.
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  • Of his death, Bourdain's mother said she had no idea
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  • why he decided to kill himself.
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  • He had everything: success beyond his wildest dreams
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  • and money beyond his wildest dreams."
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  • In one article that followed up on both of these suicides,
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  • I read the following: "How powerfully it speaks
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  • to the discrepancy between what we see of people
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  • on the outside and what they're experiencing on the inside,
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  • between their public faces and their private realities,
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  • between their visible swagger and their invisible pain.
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  • All is not well on the broad road.
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  • And so many who get on that road with all of their vision
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  • of what's it gonna be like when they get to their goal,
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  • they get to their goal and it seems empty.
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  • It's not what they thought.
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  • Because you see, God has created us not ever
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  • to be satisfied with anything or anyone but him.
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  • And when we get on the narrow road,
  • 00:23:23.160 --> 00:23:25.070
  • sometimes it's difficult but behind it all is this vision
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  • of knowing God and being known by God
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  • and realizing that no matter what happens,
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  • God is there and God is good and all is well.
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  • People who are on the narrow way,
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  • as they mature, get closer to God
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  • as they come to the end of their lives.
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  • You see their relationship deepen.
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  • You see the confidence in their understanding of God grow.
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  • They still bear fruit in old age and they stay fresh
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  • and green and proclaiming.
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  • So God said, "My friends, I've chosen this road for you.
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  • It's through a narrow gate and it's a difficult way
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  • and there aren't as many people going that way but,
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  • at the end of the road, that makes it all right.
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  • This is the road that leads to life and the peace.
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  • Today, if you're here and you don't understand
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  • all of this completely, maybe it's because
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  • you're on the wrong road.
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  • There's a kind of language you learn when you get
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  • on the narrow road, it's not understood
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  • by those on the broad way.
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  • I wanna tell you something.
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  • I invite you today to make the transfer.
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  • There's still time for you to get on the narrow road.
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  • You can still make it.
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  • God loves you and he sent his Son to die for you
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  • and if you will give him your heart
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  • and acknowledge him as your Savior,
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  • he'll put you on the narrow road.
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  • You'll have some challenges but you'll have the joy
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  • of watching God work in your behalf as he always does.
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  • He's a good God and he's worthy of your trust.
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  • male announcer: Dr. Jeremiah will return to close
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  • today's program right after this.
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  • announcer: Today on "Turning Point,"
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  • Dr. Jeremiah would like to offer you,
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  • "The God You May Not Know: Take the Journey From Knowing
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  • About God to Knowing God," inside which Dr. Jeremiah shares
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  • the powerful characteristics that God himself wants you
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  • to understand.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah's book will be sent to you as a thank you
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  • for a gift of any amount in support of this program.
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  • announcer: And now, with one last word
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  • for today's program, here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Often, when life is harder
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  • than we expect, we question God's goodness.
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  • Has this ever happened to you?
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  • Maybe that's even how you're feeling right now.
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  • At any given moment, we have blessings and burdens
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  • and not always in equal measure.
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  • Sometimes, we feel the burden more heavily than the blessings.
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  • Well, I'm here to tell you that you can always count
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  • on the goodness of God.
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  • Knowing God through his Son Jesus Christ ensures
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  • you will never be alone in the hard times.
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  • God will be there with you on your greatest hills
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  • and in your lowest valleys.
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  • If you don't know Christ or know him as well as you should,
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  • please allow me to send you two resources to help you.
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  • One is our booklet called, "Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • and the other is our monthly devotional magazine called,
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  • "Turning Points."
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  • We will gladly send both these resources to you free of charge
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  • if you'll contact us here at "Turning Point" today.
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  • male announcer: Next time on, "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: When we pray and we connect with God
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  • in prayer and we earnestly seek his will in our lives,
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  • what happens isn't so much that God moves in some way for us,
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  • we move toward God.
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  • And when you get in sync with God,
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  • you're under the spout of blessing, hallelujah.
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  • announcer: Thank you for being with us today.
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  • Join us next time for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "Knowing an All-Knowing God," here on "Turning Point."
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