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December 29, 2019
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Winning Walk with Ed Young

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  • of how God is using this ministry.
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  • We recently heard from Derek, who found The Winning Walk's
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  • daily devotional so inspiring that he started sharing it
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  • with his family and friends and now consistently shares
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  • God's Word with a dozen people.
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  • That's what The Winning Walk is all about - it's only possible
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  • thanks to the generosity of people just like you.
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  • So today, I want to ask for your help to keep God's Word
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  • going out into more and more lives like yours, like Derek's,
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  • and like those he's reaching.
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  • Right now, we've been presented with a $75.000 Challenge Grant.
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  • Another words, every dollar we give, it is matched.
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  • Therefore, your giving, my giving,
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  • will be twice as powerful!
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  • Our end of the year goal is to reach $300.000.
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  • We can do it if we all step up to the line and say,
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  • 'I want God's Word to go out'.
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  • People like Derek and his friends and family will be able
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  • to hear the truth about Jesus Christ changes every life.
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  • And that means more lives equipped for,
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  • you would guess it, a winning walk with Jesus Christ.
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  • So as we close out this year, please consider how you will
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  • give generously to this ministry.
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  • Every penny is used only for air-time.
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  • Thank you for standing with us.
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  • Dr. Ed Young: We're studying a book of sheer philosophy.
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  • Somebody would say, "Well, I came here to study the Bible and
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  • you mean to tell me we're going to study a book that contains
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  • sheer philosophy?"
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  • Absolutely, there's nothing more confusing than to have a lot of
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  • answers without any questions.
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  • The Book of Ecclesiastes asks the questions the rest of the
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  • Bible answers.
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  • The Book of Ecclesiastes, we need to remember,
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  • is the only book in the canon that pictures life without God.
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  • Solomon, in his twilight years writes his autobiography and we
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  • see how far he has declined from his early
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  • years as king of Israel.
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  • You remember he built a temple.
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  • You remember in a dream he asks God for wisdom.
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  • You remember how he started off with humility,
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  • a worshiper, someone who obeyed and sought
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  • to please the living God.
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  • But something happened to him.
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  • So, he writes the end of life, this thing about philosophy.
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  • And he tell us the thesis of the book with two giant parenthesis.
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  • Chapter 1 of Ecclesiastes verse 2 he says about life,
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  • "Vanity of vanity, all is vanity."
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  • That's really a poor translation.
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  • It should say, "Meaninglessness and
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  • meaninglessnesses, all is meaningless."
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  • When you see a singular attached to a plural, you
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  • have a superlative.
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  • In other words, Lord of lords would say there's
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  • no lord above this Lord.
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  • Servant of servants, you have no servant
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  • superior to this servant.
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  • Holy of holies, there's no place more holy than this place.
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  • And see, we have meaninglessness and meaninglessnesses.
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  • In other words, life is a void.
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  • Life is smoke.
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  • Life has no rhyme, no reason, has no significance,
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  • no value and therefore Solomon said,
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  • "You don't have any purpose in your life."
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  • He says this in chapter 1, verse 2 and all the way to end of
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  • Ecclesiastes chapter 12, verse 8 he repeats the very same phrase.
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  • So, there is a parenthesis saying life doesn't make sense
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  • and you can't make sense of life.
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  • Well, I'm sure that made your day.
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  • But we proceed how Solomon developed this and we understand
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  • that in this book of sheer philosophy,
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  • he forces us to answer the big questions of life that the rest
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  • of the Bible clearly answers.
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  • I want you to pretend with me for a minute that you got a call
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  • from your banker say last Thursday afternoon about 4
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  • o'clock and you pick up the phone and your banker says,
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  • "I've got good news for you.
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  • Someone who loves you very much is gonna to deposit in your
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  • account 86.400 pennies every day.
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  • Quick math, $846 a day, and that's good.
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  • Quick math, about $315.000 a year,
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  • that's real good.
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  • "And that's gonna be the deposited in
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  • my account every day?"
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  • "Yes."
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  • The banker says, "There's one catch to this,
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  • this person who loves you very much says you must spend all of
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  • that amount every day.
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  • Any that you do not spend, goes back to the bank."
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  • It didn't take you long to figure out,
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  • "I think I can spend $846 a day.
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  • I'll have no trouble doing that."
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  • Now, let's get serious. That was pretend.
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  • The truth is that someone who loves you and loves me very much
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  • deposits every day in our
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  • bank of time 86.400 seconds.
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  • Now, the interesting thing about this deposit of time in your
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  • life and in my life is that we can't accumulate it.
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  • We can't say, "I'm not gonna use this time today.
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  • I'm gonna save it for another moment."
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  • Time is like a coin when you spend it, you can't recall it.
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  • You can't get it back.
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  • So, how we use that gift that God gives us who loves us very
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  • much is exceedingly important.
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  • Time. By the way, what is time?
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  • You get a lot of squirrely definitions to that.
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  • A simple one, I think, it is a measurement of a period.
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  • That's time.
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  • Time is something that man has created.
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  • We create it where that great timepiece that we find in the
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  • heavens, the planets, the sun, the moon,
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  • we want to check the true and accurate time we can look to
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  • that and see exactly what time it is.
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  • But when all the planet cease and the moon and the stars go
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  • away, there is no more time and we move into timelessness.
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  • Some of us remember the gospel song it has a little phrase in
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  • it, "And time shall be no more."
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  • When we leave this planet and move into eternity,
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  • there's no more time.
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  • We move from the finite to the infinite.
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  • We move from this earth into the heavens.
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  • And therefore we, in this life, are interested in time and we
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  • want to maximize the time that we have on this earth.
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  • And we use this element, this word "time" all the time.
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  • "Do we have time to do that? It's time to go."
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  • Time and timing is very important.
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  • There's a time to buy stock and there's a time to sell stock,
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  • not that I do either one.
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  • Years ago, I had a little bit of money,
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  • couple of thousand dollars and I bought high and sold low.
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  • I never again went to the Las Vegas that's called the market.
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  • So, time is everything.
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  • When your company is in trouble, don't go to your boss and say,
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  • "I need a raise."
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  • Poor timing. There's a time that we invest.
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  • There's a time that we use and time involves timing.
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  • It means everything.
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  • We're sick and we don't go to the doctor.
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  • If we'd gone, we'd got a diagnosis,
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  • we'd got well a lot sooner.
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  • You see, time and timing and this whole section,
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  • whole section of Ecclesiastes about time, this third chapter.
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  • We've already looked at the first chapter,
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  • if you've missed that, Ecclesiastes starts off with
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  • great pessimism and he says, "Everything repeats itself.
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  • Life is circular, thesis, antithesis,
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  • synthesis, thesis, antithesis, synthesis,
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  • everything just repeats itself.
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  • And in chapter 2 Solomon says, "Well,
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  • time and life is meaninglessness.
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  • It has no meaning but," he says, "I've tried everything."
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  • How many people who've ever lived could stand up and say,
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  • "I've tried everything you could try to make sense out of life"?
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  • Not many people have the capacity or the ability to do
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  • that but Solomon did and finally he comes to the same conclusion.
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  • He came to 35 different times in the Book of Ecclesiastes life
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  • makes no sense.
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  • It is without meaning. It is without significance.
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  • It's without value.
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  • Chapter 1, chapter 2, now we come to chapter 3 and here he
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  • begins with this interesting, interesting verse,
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  • verse 1, he says, "There's an appointed time for everything.
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  • And there is a time for every event under the sun."
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  • He brings us back to time and timeliness and then through
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  • verse 8, he gives us a philosophy of time, T-I-M-E.
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  • Now understand something, Solomon is looking at this world
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  • from a fat land perspective.
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  • He's looking at this world only under the sun.
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  • He's looking at this world only to sense what you can see,
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  • and feel, and touch, and understand.
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  • He's looking at a flat world.
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  • In his survey, he doesn't look above the sun.
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, live out your life under the sun with no
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  • sense of a transcendent God and I'll tell you,
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  • you'll come up, sooner or later according to capacity,
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  • to the same conclusion that Solomon had,
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  • there's no meaning.
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  • There's no value. It doesn't last.
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  • You're just a pebble on the seashore of history.
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  • But then he gives us the verses that we all remember and he has
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  • these 14 couplets of contrast.
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  • Time to be born, a time to die, a time to speak,
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  • a time to be silent.
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  • Boy, I wish I knew when to speak, when to be silent.
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  • But there's all these seasons and he takes us through these
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  • 14 different couplets.
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  • The first four if you look at them,
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  • they deal with a body.
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  • The next four deal with a soul. The last six deal with a spirit.
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  • Listen to them, it's a philosophy of time.
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  • He said there's, "A time to give birth,
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  • a time to die; A time to plant, a time to uproot
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  • what is planted.
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  • A time to kill, a time to heal; A time to tear down,
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  • a time to build up.
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  • A time to weep and a time to laugh;
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  • A time to mourn and a time to dance.
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  • A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
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  • A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
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  • A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
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  • A time to keep and a time to throw away.
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  • A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
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  • A time to be silent, a time to speak.
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  • A time to love and a time to hate;
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  • A time for war and a time for peace."
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  • We're familiar with those words, they're the most--that's the
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  • most familiar passage in all of the Book of Ecclesiastes and
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  • he's saying how important it is time,
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  • and timing and even now Solomon begins to get some sense.
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  • Look what he says in verse 11.
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  • He says, "He has made," he's talking about God now.
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  • "He has made everything beautiful in its time.
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  • He's also said eternity in their heart."
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  • Verse 12 he says, "I know that there's nothing better for to us
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  • do than to rejoice."
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  • In verse 13 he says, "It is a gift of God."
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  • Verse 14 he says, "Fear him," that means to worship him.
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  • So now, Solomon, who's been so pessimistic,
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  • sort of looks a little bit about God and is not a clear
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  • understanding of God.
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  • Somehow he had compromised everything.
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  • He had sort of a God that was a hybrid God,
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  • not Jehovah, not Yahweh, not Elohim.
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  • He had lost that. How'd he lose it?
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  • I think all the woman he married,
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  • oh yeah, because they brought their pagan
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  • religions into the land.
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  • They built altars on top of all those hills and Solomon,
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  • in order to keep them happy, would go up and worship them,
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  • all the gods and goddesses and therefore he gradually moved
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  • away from generally worshiping the true and living God.
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  • That's when somebody says, "Well,
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  • at least they worship Allah God."
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  • No, Allah is a million miles from the God we know in Jesus
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  • Christ, make no mistake about it.
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  • And that's exactly what these gods are even with Solomon.
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  • He just went away.
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  • He moved away, not consciously or rationally.
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  • When I was a freshman, University of Alabama,
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  • my first Sunday I went to Sunday school in church as a freshman.
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  • I'd done it all my life, that's what I did.
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  • The next Sunday, you know, I was tired,
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  • I had a hard week and I just went to church.
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  • The next Sunday, you know, I went to church but I got there
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  • late just in time for them singing the invitational hymn,
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  • "Just As I Am."
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  • Next Sunday I didn't go. Next Sunday I didn't go.
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  • The third Sunday I felt guilty and I went just to church,
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  • and then I just quit going to church.
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  • That's what happens, isn't it?
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  • Just sort of gradually we move out,
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  • we move away and that's what happened to Solomon.
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  • He picked up all these other gods and goddesses,
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  • began to worship, trying to please all these wives to keep
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  • international relations intact.
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  • All of a sudden, he'd wondered away from the true and living
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  • God but now he sees life is without meaning,
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  • but there is little hope because a semblance of the true God just
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  • kind of reaches down from heaven and he said,
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  • "I want you to know even though life's without meaning,
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  • boy, there's beauty in life.
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  • And I want you to know that life is a gift of God.
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  • And I want you to know we are to fear him,
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  • and that means we are to worship him."
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  • Remember human beings are the only animals that worship God.
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  • I love my dog Winston but food, affection,
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  • and play, that's as far as he goes.
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  • He has no semblance of worship. He has no semblance of death.
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  • He just food, play, affection, that's it.
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  • You see, we are distinctive as human beings.
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  • We're made in the image of God and somehow Solomon had lost and
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  • blurred that image out but he has little glimpses here of a
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  • life that has meaning and he shares all this with us.
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  • You can look at it.
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  • He talks about, "I know, I know."
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  • You see in verse 13, I know, verse 14, "I know."
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  • Verse 10 he says, "I have seen."
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  • He says in verse 16, "I have seen."
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  • In 17 he says, "I said to myself."
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  • Eighteen he said, "I said to myself."
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  • Twenty-two he says, "I have seen."
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  • What's he doing?
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  • He is saying, "Here's all of the philosophy of time,
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  • a time for this, a time for that," and he says,
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  • "that's the sovereignty of God."
  • 00:18:18.160 --> 00:18:21.030
  • In other words, this is how God operates life in this world
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  • under the sun but then he has little glimpses
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  • that God's a part of this.
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  • Everything's beautiful in its own way.
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  • And then that tremendous verse, "God has planted
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  • eternity in our hearts."
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  • Everybody here, whoever you are, God has planted eternity in your
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  • heart, and Solomon sees that until finally he comes to the
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  • end of the chapter and he asks a question and it's such
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  • an important question.
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  • He says the last phrase, he said,
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  • "I have seen that nothing is better than that man should be
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  • happy in his activities, for that is his lot."
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  • Here's the question, "For who will bring him to see
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  • what will occur after him?"
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  • In other words, after all is said and done and we leave this
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  • life, who knows what will happen after that?
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  • Big question, is it not, ladies and gentlemen?
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  • Big, big question.
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  • Zack Parrish, brought up in our church,
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  • tremendous teenager, parents sold out to Christ,
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  • finished school, went to college,
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  • got married, had two little girls,
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  • was a banker in Denver, Colorado.
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  • Didn't like banking.
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  • He felt he was called to make a difference in law enforcement.
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  • He went and trained and became a policeman on the staff of the
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  • police department there in Denver, Colorado.
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  • And it was on December the 31 I got a call early in the morning
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  • that broke my heart.
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  • Zack had been killed while investigating what was
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  • supposedly a domestic violence call with his team of policemen,
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  • but it was a setup.
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  • They were ambushed.
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  • The call came there through tears,
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  • my tears were added to it, that Zack had been killed.
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  • I talked to mother and dad as they were driving up there.
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  • They were devastated.
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  • They had his funeral, which was put online all across America.
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  • You probably read it in the newspaper about it.
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  • It went online around the world.
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  • In that funeral, they gave a clear witness of what a
  • 00:20:53.230 --> 00:20:56.060
  • tremendous Christian this young police officer was,
  • 00:20:56.070 --> 00:21:00.060
  • what a dynamic life, and they explained how the gospel says to
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  • be absent from the body here is to be present with
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  • the Lord there.
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  • And it came through tears, and celebration,
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  • and a presentation to the gospel.
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  • Present in that funeral service was an atheist who had a room
  • 00:21:13.000 --> 00:21:18.250
  • above the little apartment where Zack had been killed and he
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  • said, "As an atheist, I went just sort of out of respect."
  • 00:21:23.130 --> 00:21:27.180
  • And he said, "But in that service,
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  • I understood," he said, "for the first time,
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  • that there is a God, that he loves us,
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  • that his Son died so I may be forgiven and have new life."
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  • And he became a glorious born-again Christian in a
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  • memorial service for Zack.
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  • More than that, his mother, who is on my team,
  • 00:21:46.140 --> 00:21:51.180
  • his mother and dad said they received hundreds of all kind,
  • 00:21:51.190 --> 00:21:56.210
  • emails, correspondence from people all over America and all
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  • around the world that observed that funeral and said they
  • 00:22:00.110 --> 00:22:03.190
  • understood what it means to really live for Jesus Christ.
  • 00:22:03.200 --> 00:22:07.270
  • So, they said, you know, this is their words,
  • 00:22:07.280 --> 00:22:12.220
  • "Jesus Christ gave his only Son.
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  • Everybody thought the devil had won,
  • 00:22:17.100 --> 00:22:19.080
  • evil had conquered on the cross, but he took the cross and evil
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  • and turned it into the power for salvation for the world,
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  • but it cost him his only Son."
  • 00:22:28.080 --> 00:22:30.090
  • And they said, "This has cost us our only son Zack,
  • 00:22:30.100 --> 00:22:35.190
  • and it was done absolutely by evil
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  • people with evil intentions."
  • 00:22:37.250 --> 00:22:39.190
  • But he said, "If that's what it takes for these dozens,
  • 00:22:39.200 --> 00:22:43.130
  • hundreds that come to know Jesus Christ,
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  • I understand it." That's from his parents.
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  • Now, I want you to notice something,
  • 00:22:52.050 --> 00:22:54.260
  • the 11th verse in this chapter it talks about
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  • what has will be again.
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  • It says simply, God does not leave anything unfinished.
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  • If a life is shortened, there'll be a time in which that time
  • 00:23:06.050 --> 00:23:09.220
  • will be fulfilled in heaven.
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  • Anything that's broken here, he will heal there.
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  • The Garden of Eden will come back into existence,
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  • there'll be a new heaven and a new earth.
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  • And by the way, what is science?
  • 00:23:21.200 --> 00:23:25.040
  • Science is simply memories of the past,
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  • write that down.
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  • Science is memories of the past.
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  • You say, "Well, I don't understand that."
  • 00:23:33.150 --> 00:23:36.130
  • Geology is simply a memory of the earth.
  • 00:23:36.140 --> 00:23:46.210
  • Astronomy is simply a memory of the universe.
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  • History is simply a memory of the human race.
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  • Everything ever that has taken place is written down on heaven,
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  • on earth, in the mind and heart of God,
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  • and it will all be restored fully and completely in that day
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  • when God comes and revisits earth in the Second Coming of
  • 00:24:09.180 --> 00:24:13.130
  • Jesus Christ.
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  • God doesn't have any unfinished symphonies.
  • 00:24:14.230 --> 00:24:17.150
  • He doesn't have anything that started and didn't seek it all
  • 00:24:17.160 --> 00:24:21.050
  • the way into completion.
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  • He completes all this and I'll tell you the brevity of Zack's
  • 00:24:22.250 --> 00:24:27.040
  • life will be totally completed and it will all go.
  • 00:24:27.050 --> 00:24:30.010
  • And the moral here is we use our platform because whatever
  • 00:24:30.020 --> 00:24:33.130
  • happens, let's answer this question,
  • 00:24:33.140 --> 00:24:37.050
  • "Well, who knows," asks Solomon," what's gonna
  • 00:24:37.060 --> 00:24:39.190
  • happen in all of this?"
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  • I'm gonna give you the answer to that the Apostle Paul gave and
  • 00:24:41.200 --> 00:24:44.280
  • God gives us in the latter part of Romans chapter 8,
  • 00:24:44.290 --> 00:24:48.180
  • and Romans 8 undoubtedly is one of the greatest books in
  • 00:24:48.190 --> 00:24:52.050
  • all the Bible.
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  • Let me give you an answer to that.
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  • He says, "What then shall we say to these things?
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  • If God is with us, who or what can be against us?
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  • He who did not spare His own Son,
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  • but delivered Him over for us all,
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  • how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
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  • Who will separate us from the love of Christ?"
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  • That's the question he asks.
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  • "Will tribulation, distress, persecution,
  • 00:25:27.060 --> 00:25:32.190
  • famine, nakedness, peril, or sword?
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  • Just as it is written, For Your sake we are being put to death
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  • all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.
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  • But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through
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  • Him who loved us.
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  • For I am convinced that neither death,
  • 00:25:52.170 --> 00:25:57.040
  • nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
  • 00:25:57.050 --> 00:26:01.190
  • nor things present, nor things to come,
  • 00:26:01.200 --> 00:26:04.110
  • nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
  • 00:26:04.120 --> 00:26:06.280
  • nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from
  • 00:26:06.290 --> 00:26:10.120
  • the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
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  • Ed: When my oldest son Ed was 4, he liked to wander into
  • 00:26:17.030 --> 00:26:20.050
  • the woods back behind our house.
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  • I would go after him and bring him back in,
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  • then I started disciplining him and say,
  • 00:26:25.250 --> 00:26:28.000
  • "You can't do that, son."
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  • But it didn't do any good.
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  • One day I decided I'll just let him go off in the woods
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  • and just see where he'll go.
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  • And I followed him from a distance,
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  • hiding behind a tree.
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  • He wandered deeper into the woods and finally he realized
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  • as he looked around, he was lost and he began to cry.
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  • I let him cry a little bit but after a while,
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  • I stepped out from my hiding place and said,
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  • "Son, are you ready to go home?"
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  • If you're God's child through Jesus Christ,
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  • he promises to watch your path.
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  • Sometimes it feels like life is hopeless but he will be there,
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  • when you're ready, to take you all the way home.
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