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A Place Called Heaven: How Can I Prepare for My Journey to Heaven? Part 1

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September 23, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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A Place Called Heaven: How Can I Prepare for My Journey to Heaven? Part 1

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  • MUSIC
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  • FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ONE DAY, FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST
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  • WILL CLOSE THEIR EYES FOR THE LAST TIME HERE ON EARTH
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  • AND OPEN THEM AGAIN IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
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  • SO, WHAT STEPS SHOULD WE BE TAKING NOW
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  • IN ORDER TO BE READY FOR THAT ALL-IMPORTANT DAY
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  • OF OUR DEPARTURE FROM THIS EARTH?
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  • HOW DO WE LEARN TO LOOK FORWARD TO HEAVEN
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  • WITH JOYFUL ANTICIPATION,
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  • INSTEAD OF WITH FEAR AND DREAD?
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  • WE'RE ANSWERING THE QUESTION,
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  • "HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR MY JOURNEY TO HEAVEN?"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT
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  • THAN INTRODUCING YOUR CHILDREN,
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  • AND GRANDCHILDREN TO JESUS CHRIST.
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  • AND, TO HELP YOU DO THAT,
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  • DR. JEFFRESS HAS WRITTEN A BRAND NEW BOOK
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  • CALLED, "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS".
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  • THIS ENGAGING, ILLUSTRATED BOOK
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  • IS PERFECT FOR CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN
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  • WHO MAY NOT GO TO CHURCH,
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  • BECAUSE IT INCLUDES A PRAYER OF SALVATION
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  • YOU CAN PRAY WITH THEM
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  • TO ENSURE THEY'LL BE IN HEAVEN WITH YOU ONE DAY.
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  • REQUEST A "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • WHEN I BEGAN THIS SERIES ON HEAVEN,
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  • I USED AN UPCOMING TRIP WE HAD PLANNED
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  • TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY AS AN ANALOGY
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  • OF THE TRIP WE'RE ALL GOING TO TAKE
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  • TO A FOREIGN LAND, ONE DAY,
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  • TO THAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • WELL, SINCE THAT TIME,
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  • WE ACTUALLY TOOK THAT TRIP.
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  • WE WENT TO LONDON FOR A FEW DAYS.
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  • AND THE TRIP WAS UNEVENTFUL
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  • EXCEPT FOR ONE MISTAKE I MADE;
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  • I FORGOT TO PACK ANY EXTRA SOCKS WITH ME.
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  • BY THE FOURTH DAY OF THE TRIP,
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  • I BROKE DOWN AND WENT TO THE LOCAL DEPARTMENT STORE,
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  • AND PURCHASED SOME CHEAP SOCKS.
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  • I ACTUALLY KNEW IT WAS TIME TO DO SO
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  • WHEN THE ORIGINAL PAIR I BROUGHT WITH ME
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  • WERE NO LONGER LYING BY THE BED EVERY NIGHT;
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  • THEY WERE STANDING BY THE BED EVERY NIGHT,
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  • WAITING TO GREET ME WHEN I AWAKENED.
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  • NOW, THAT WAS A MISTAKE,
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  • BUT IT HAD NO LASTING CONSEQUENCES.
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  • IT WAS A LITTLE UNCOMFORTABLE
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  • FOR MY FAMILY MEMBERS WHO WERE STANDING DOWNWIND
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  • FROM ME THE FIRST THREE DAYS OF THE TRIP,
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  • BUT NO PERMANENT HARM.
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  • HOWEVER, FAILING TO ADEQUATELY PREPARE
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  • FOR THE REAL TRIP WE'RE ALL TAKING,
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  • FOR THAT TRIP TO THE PLACE CALLED HEAVEN,
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  • NOT PREPARING ADEQUATELY CAN HAVE DEVASTATING
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  • AND UNENDING CONSEQUENCES.
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  • WE'VE GOT TO BE PREPARED FOR THE TRIP.
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  • AND THAT'S WHY I THOUGHT, "THE LAST SUBJECT
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  • "WE OUGHT TO TALK ABOUT, AS WE CONTEMPLATE HEAVEN,
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  • "IS, 'HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR MY JOURNEY TO HEAVEN?'"
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  • WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT SIX PRACTICAL STEPS
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  • EVERY ONE OF US SHOULD TAKE
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  • AS WE PREPARE FOR OUR JOURNEY
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  • TO THAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • THE FIRST STEP IS THE MOST FOUNDATIONAL,
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  • AND THAT IS, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A VALID PASSPORT.
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  • YOU KNOW, TO TRAVEL TO MOST COUNTRIES,
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  • YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PASSPORT.
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  • NO PASSPORT, NO ENTRY INTO THAT COUNTRY.
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  • I DISCOVERED THE HARD WAY
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  • THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A PASSPORT
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  • A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO.
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  • WHEN I WAS YOUTH MINISTER HERE,
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  • MANY YEARS AGO, OUR YOUTH CHOIR, OUR CHAPEL CHOIR,
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  • TOOK A TRIP TO THE SOVIET UNION.
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  • SOME OF YOU WERE ON THAT TRIP WITH US.
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  • IT WAS DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE COLD WAR.
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  • TENSIONS BETWEEN THE SOVIET UNION AND THE U.S.
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  • WERE VERY, VERY COLD, AND I REMEMBER THAT EXPERIENCE
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  • OF BEING IN THE SOVIET UNION FOR A LITTLE OVER A WEEK
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  • AND HOW OPPRESSIVE THE ATMOSPHERE WAS.
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  • AND FRANKLY WE COULDN'T WAIT TO GET OUT OF THERE.
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  • AND FINALLY THE DAY ARRIVED FOR OUR DEPARTURE.
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  • WE WERE SCHEDULED TO LEAVE MOSCOW AT MIDNIGHT ONE NIGHT
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  • TO FLY TO ROME, AND EVERYBODY WAS EXCITED
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  • ABOUT GETTING OUT OF THERE.
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  • WE WERE AT THE MOSCOW AIRPORT SO EVERYBODY WENT
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  • THROUGH PASSPORT CONTROL.
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  • ALL OF THE SPONSORS, ALL OF THE KIDS.
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  • I WAS THE LAST ONE TO GO THROUGH AFTER I FELT LIKE
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  • I OUGHT TO BE SURE ALL THE KIDS MADE IT ON FIRST.
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  • AND SO IT WAS MY TURN TO GO THROUGH.
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  • AMY WAS ALREADY ON THE OTHER SIDE WAITING FOR ME,
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  • AND I REACHED IN MY POCKET TO PULL OUT MY PASSPORT,
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  • AND IT WASN'T THERE.
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  • I CHECKED IN MY OTHER POCKET, IT WASN'T THERE.
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  • I CHECKED MY PANTS, IT WASN'T THERE.
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  • AND THEY STARTED CALLING THE FLIGHT GETTING READY TO LEAVE
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  • FOR ROME, AND SO I WENT UP TO THE SOVIET GUARD
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  • AND EXPLAINED THE PREDICAMENT THAT I WAS A LEADER
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  • AND THAT THAT WAS MY GROUP OVER THERE,
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  • TRUST ME, HE COULD NOT HAVE CARED LESS.
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  • NO PASSPORT, I WASN'T LEAVING.
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  • AMY AND I HAD BEEN MARRIED EXACTLY ONE YEAR.
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  • SHE WAS STANDING ON THE OTHER SIDE SEEING
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  • WHAT WAS GOING ON.
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  • SHE BEGAN TO CRY AS SHE THOUGHT ABOUT HER NEW HUSBAND
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  • BEING IN A RUSSIAN GULAG FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS.
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  • AND FINALLY AFTER FRANTICALLY SEARCHING,
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  • ONE OF THE SPONSORS ON THE TRIP STARTED TO GRIN.
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  • HE REACHED IN HIS POCKET AND PULLED OUT MY PASSPORT
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  • HE HAD TAKEN AS A JOKE.
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  • TRUST ME WHEN I TELL YOU, AFTER 35 YEARS,
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  • AMY STILL DOESN'T THINK IT'S FUNNY.
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  • BUT YOU KNOW THE PANIC I FELT THAT NIGHT,
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  • ALTHOUGH IT WAS VERY REAL,
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  • IT PALES IN COMPARISON TO THE PANIC SOME PEOPLE
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  • ARE GONNA FEEL WHEN THEY STAND AT THE ENTRANCE OF HEAVEN
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  • THINKING GOD IS GOING TO WELCOME THEM INTO HEAVEN
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  • AND THEN THEY HEAR THOSE WORDS JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 7:22,
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  • HE SAID, "FOR MANY WILL SAY TO ME ON THAT DAY,"
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  • THAT IS THE JUDGMENT DAY, "LORD, LORD, DID WE NOT PROPHESY
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  • "IN YOUR NAME, AND IN YOUR NAME CAST OUT DEMONS,
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  • "AND IN YOUR NAME PERFORM MANY MIRACLES?"
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  • AND THEN HE WILL ANSWER TO THEM, "DEPART FROM ME,
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  • "YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.
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  • "I NEVER KNEW YOU."
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  • WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE GOING TO BE TURNED AWAY FROM HEAVEN?
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  • THEY DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT SPIRITUAL PASSPORT.
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  • NO PASSPORT, NO ENTRY INTO HEAVEN.
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  • WHAT IS THE SPIRITUAL PASSPORT WE NEED TO GET INTO HEAVEN?
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  • IT'S NOT A HEART THAT IS STAMPED "CATHOLIC".
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  • IF YOUR HEART IS STAMPED "CATHOLIC",
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  • YOU'RE NOT GONNA MAKE IT INTO HEAVEN.
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  • IT'S NOT A HEART THAT'S STAMPED "CHURCH OF CHRIST".
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  • IF YOUR HEART IS STAMPED "CHURCH OF CHRIST",
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  • YOU'RE NOT GETTING INTO HEAVEN.
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  • IF YOUR HEART IS STAMPED "BAPTIST",
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  • YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE WELCOMED INTO HEAVEN.
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  • IT'S ONLY A HEART THAT IS STAMPED "FORGIVEN"
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  • THAT IS WELCOMED INTO HEAVEN.
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  • THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS:
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  • BEING FORGIVEN OF OUR SINS.
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  • NO OTHER STAMP MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN THE PRESENCE
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  • OF GOD. THE BIBLE HAS A WORD FOR FORGIVEN.
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  • IT'S THE NEW TESTAMENT WORD "JUSTIFIED".
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  • JUSTIFIED IS A LEGAL TERM THAT REFERS TO WHAT GOD
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  • DOES FOR US WHEN WE TRUST IN CHRIST AS SAVIOR.
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  • HE JUSTIFIES US.
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  • HE DECLARES US NOT GUILTY BASED ON WHAT CHRIST DID FOR US
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  • ON THE CROSS.
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  • ROMANS 5:1 SAYS, "THEREFORE, HAVING BEEN JUSTIFIED BY FAITH,
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  • "WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST."
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  • THE ONLY WAY GOD WILL ALLOW YOU AND ME INTO HEAVEN
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  • IS BY BEING FORGIVEN OF OUR SINS.
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  • AND CONTRARY TO MANY OPINIONS,
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  • THERE ARE NOT MANY WAYS TO HEAVEN,
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  • THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO HEAVEN,
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  • AND THAT IS THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST.
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  • I REALIZE THAT'S UNPOPULAR TO SAY TODAY.
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  • MANY PEOPLE DO THINK THERE ARE OTHER ROUTES TO HEAVEN.
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  • HOW CAN YOU MAKE SURE THAT WHEN YOU STAND
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  • AT THE ENTRANCE OF HEAVEN,
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  • GOD IS GONNA LOOK AT YOUR HEART AND WELCOME YOU
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  • INTO HIS PRESENCE?
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  • 1 JOHN WAS WRITTEN IN ORDER THAT PEOPLE MIGHT KNOW
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  • FOR SURE THEIR ETERNAL DESTINATION.
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  • IN 1 JOHN 5, THE APOSTLE WRITES, VERSE 11,
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  • "GOD HAS GIVEN US ETERNAL LIFE AND THIS LIFE IS IN HIS SON.
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  • "HE WHO HAS THE SON, HAS THE LIFE.
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  • "HE WHO DOES NOT HAVE THE SON DOES NOT HAVE THE LIFE.
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  • "THESE THINGS I HAVE WRITTEN TO YOU WHO BELIEVE
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  • "IN THE NAME OF THE SON OF GOD IN ORDER
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  • "THAT YOU MAY KNOW YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE."
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  • WHO IS IT THAT KNOWS THEY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE?
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  • THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN THE NAME OF THE SON OF GOD.
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  • WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE.
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  • THAT WORD BELIEVE DOESN'T MEAN AN INTELLECTUAL ASCENT
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  • OR A CERTAIN SET OF FACTS ABOUT JESUS.
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  • YOU CAN BELIEVE ALL THE THINGS ABOUT JESUS CORRECTLY
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  • THAT HE WAS THE SON OF GOD,
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  • THAT HE DIED ON THE CROSS FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD,
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  • THAT HE ROSE AGAIN ON THE THIRD DAY.
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  • YOU CAN BELIEVE ALL THOSE THINGS AND GO STRAIGHT TO HELL
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  • WHEN YOU DIE.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS, "EVEN THE DEMONS BELIEVE THOSE THINGS."
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  • NOW, TO BELIEVE MEANS TO TRUST IN, TO CLING TO,
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  • TO PUT YOUR WHOLE WEIGHT UPON.
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  • TO TRUST IN JESUS MEANS TO COME TO THAT PLACE IN YOUR LIFE
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  • WHEN YOU REALIZE YOU CANNOT SAVE YOURSELF,
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  • THAT IT IS ONLY THROUGH WHAT CHRIST DID FOR YOU
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  • AND DIED ON THE CROSS AND RECEIVING THE PUNISHMENT
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  • THAT GOD INTENDED FOR EACH OF US.
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  • ONLY BY CLINGING TO TRUSTING AND PUTTING YOUR WHOLE
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  • WEIGHT UPON JESUS CHRIST IS YOUR HEART STAMPED FORGIVEN
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  • AND YOU'RE WELCOMED IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
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  • AND NOTICE WHAT JOHN SAID.
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  • HE SAID, "I'VE WRITTEN THESE THINGS SO THAT YOU MAY KNOW
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  • "THAT YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE."
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  • GOD DOESN'T WANT US TO FACE DEATH
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  • UNCERTAIN ABOUT OUR FUTURE.
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  • HE WANTS US TO KNOW WITH ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY
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  • THAT WE'RE GONNA BE WELCOMED.
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  • YOU DON'T WANT ANY SURPRISES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GRAVE.
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  • TO FACE ETERNITY WITHOUT KNOWING WITH ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY
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  • WHERE YOU ARE HEADED IS A RISK NO SANE PERSON WOULD TAKE.
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  • THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU KNOW NOW
  • 00:10:31.250 --> 00:10:34.280
  • THAT YOU HAVE THE SPIRITUAL PASSPORT YOU NEED
  • 00:10:34.290 --> 00:10:37.100
  • TO BE WELCOMED INTO HEAVEN.
  • 00:10:37.110 --> 00:10:38.170
  • IF YOU WAIT TO TRY TO GET YOUR PAPERS IN ORDER
  • 00:10:38.180 --> 00:10:40.170
  • AFTER YOU DIE, YOU'VE WAITED TOO LONG.
  • 00:10:40.180 --> 00:10:44.040
  • THAT'S THE FIRST STEP TO PREPARE FOR OUR TRIP TO HEAVEN,
  • 00:10:44.050 --> 00:10:48.100
  • BUT IT'S THE FOUNDATIONAL STEP.
  • 00:10:48.110 --> 00:10:50.100
  • THERE ARE OTHERS WE NEED TO TAKE AS WELL.
  • 00:10:50.110 --> 00:10:52.040
  • AND THAT LEADS TO STEP NUMBER TWO:
  • 00:10:52.050 --> 00:10:54.080
  • LIVE WITH A DESTINATION MINDSET.
  • 00:10:54.090 --> 00:10:58.190
  • LIVE WITH A DESTINATION MINDSET.
  • 00:10:58.200 --> 00:11:00.260
  • THE FACT IS WE DON'T KNOW WHEN OUR DEPARTURE
  • 00:11:00.270 --> 00:11:03.140
  • TO THAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN IS, DO WE?
  • 00:11:03.150 --> 00:11:06.080
  • WE DON'T KNOW WHEN IT'S GOING TO BE,
  • 00:11:06.090 --> 00:11:08.000
  • AND SO THAT MEANS WE FACE AN UNUSUAL RESPONSIBILITY
  • 00:11:08.010 --> 00:11:12.040
  • OF PREPARING FOR OUR TRIP TO THE NEXT WORLD
  • 00:11:12.050 --> 00:11:15.210
  • WHILE STILL LIVING IN THIS WORLD.
  • 00:11:15.220 --> 00:11:18.290
  • GOD CALLS US TO BE RESIDENTS OF TWO WORLDS:
  • 00:11:19.000 --> 00:11:23.210
  • THE NEXT WORLD AND THIS WORLD.
  • 00:11:23.220 --> 00:11:26.190
  • NOW MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT.
  • 00:11:26.200 --> 00:11:27.270
  • OUR TRUE CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:11:27.280 --> 00:11:30.000
  • PHILIPPIANS 3:20 SAYS, "FOR WE ARE CITIZENS OF HEAVEN,
  • 00:11:30.010 --> 00:11:33.280
  • "WHERE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST LIVES.
  • 00:11:33.290 --> 00:11:36.110
  • "AND WE ARE EAGERLY AWAITING FOR HIM
  • 00:11:36.120 --> 00:11:39.050
  • "TO RETURN AS OUR SAVIOR."
  • 00:11:39.060 --> 00:11:40.250
  • OUR REAL CITIZENSHIP IS IN THAT NEW COUNTRY
  • 00:11:40.260 --> 00:11:43.130
  • WE'RE HEADED TOWARD.
  • 00:11:43.140 --> 00:11:45.010
  • NEVERTHELESS, GOD HAS LEFT US HERE AS WELL.
  • 00:11:45.020 --> 00:11:47.240
  • AND HE'S GIVEN US CERTAIN REAL RESPONSIBILITIES.
  • 00:11:47.250 --> 00:11:50.250
  • WE HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES WITH THE FAMILY
  • 00:11:50.260 --> 00:11:52.240
  • THAT GOD'S ENTRUSTED TO US.
  • 00:11:52.250 --> 00:11:54.210
  • WE HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES AT WORK.
  • 00:11:54.220 --> 00:11:56.260
  • AND OF COURSE OUR GREATEST RESPONSIBILITY,
  • 00:11:56.270 --> 00:11:59.010
  • 2 CORINTHIANS 5:20, IS TO BE AMBASSADORS,
  • 00:11:59.020 --> 00:12:02.080
  • TO BE REPRESENTATIVES FOR CHRIST TO BE GOD'S MOUTHPIECES
  • 00:12:02.090 --> 00:12:06.100
  • URGING PEOPLE TO BE RECONCILED TO GOD
  • 00:12:06.110 --> 00:12:09.040
  • THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS.
  • 00:12:09.050 --> 00:12:10.280
  • SO WE ACTUALLY HAVE TWO RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • 00:12:10.290 --> 00:12:13.190
  • PREPARING FOR THE NEXT WORLD WHILE LIVING
  • 00:12:13.200 --> 00:12:16.180
  • IN THIS WORLD.
  • 00:12:16.190 --> 00:12:18.160
  • WE'RE TO BE THINKING ABOUT THERE AND PREPARING FOR THERE,
  • 00:12:18.170 --> 00:12:21.270
  • BUT WE STILL HAVE WORK TO DO HERE.
  • 00:12:21.280 --> 00:12:25.280
  • THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT THAT HERE, THERE MENTALITY.
  • 00:12:25.290 --> 00:12:30.120
  • AGAIN, THE BIBLE EMPHASIZES OVER AND OVER AGAIN
  • 00:12:30.130 --> 00:12:32.260
  • THAT THERE IS OUR FINAL DESTINATION.
  • 00:12:32.270 --> 00:12:35.160
  • IN HEBREWS 11:13, THE WRITER SAYS,
  • 00:12:35.170 --> 00:12:38.160
  • "WE ARE NOTHING BUT STRANGERS AND EXILES ON THE EARTH."
  • 00:12:38.170 --> 00:12:42.080
  • IN COLOSSIANS 3:2, PAUL SAYS, "SET YOUR MIND ON THE THINGS
  • 00:12:42.090 --> 00:12:45.270
  • "ABOVE, NOT ON THE THINGS THAT ARE ON THE EARTH."
  • 00:12:45.280 --> 00:12:50.210
  • IT MEANS TO LIVE EVERY DAY AS IF IT WERE YOUR LAST DAY
  • 00:12:50.220 --> 00:12:56.170
  • BEFORE GOD CALLS YOU HOME.
  • 00:12:56.180 --> 00:12:58.100
  • BECAUSE ONE DAY IT WILL BE THAT DAY.
  • 00:12:58.110 --> 00:13:02.210
  • HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR JOURNEY TO HEAVEN?
  • 00:13:02.220 --> 00:13:05.260
  • NUMBER THREE, REFUSE TO ALLOW YOUR DEPARTURE
  • 00:13:05.270 --> 00:13:10.120
  • TO PARALYZE YOU WITH FEAR.
  • 00:13:10.130 --> 00:13:13.020
  • THERE IS NO REASON FOR US AS CHRISTIANS TO FEAR
  • 00:13:13.030 --> 00:13:16.160
  • OUR JOURNEY THAT WE'RE ALL GOING TO MAKE TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:13:16.170 --> 00:13:20.120
  • KNOWING YET IF WE'RE HONEST,
  • 00:13:20.130 --> 00:13:21.190
  • A LOT OF CHRISTIANS DO FEAR, HAVE FEAR
  • 00:13:21.200 --> 00:13:24.000
  • THAT JOURNEY TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:13:24.010 --> 00:13:24.280
  • MAYBE YOU'RE ONE OF THOSE.
  • 00:13:24.290 --> 00:13:26.250
  • WINSTON CHURCHILL, WHO CERTAINLY WAS AGNOSTIC
  • 00:13:26.260 --> 00:13:30.050
  • IF NOT AN ATHEIST,
  • 00:13:30.060 --> 00:13:31.270
  • SAID AT ONE POINT, "ANY MAN WHO SAYS HE'S NOT AFRAID
  • 00:13:31.280 --> 00:13:34.200
  • "OF DEATH IS A LIAR."
  • 00:13:34.210 --> 00:13:38.040
  • WELL, THAT'S CERTAINLY TRUE FOR NON-CHRISTIANS,
  • 00:13:38.050 --> 00:13:40.030
  • BUT IT'S EVEN TRUE OF SOME CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:13:40.040 --> 00:13:43.210
  • ONE REASON THEY FEAR HEAVEN,
  • 00:13:43.220 --> 00:13:46.010
  • THAT JOURNEY TO HEAVEN IS THEY DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT IT.
  • 00:13:46.020 --> 00:13:48.110
  • THAT'S ONE REASON I'VE PREACHED THESE WEEKS ON HEAVEN,
  • 00:13:48.120 --> 00:13:51.180
  • TO GIVE YOU JUST AN IDEA OF WHAT GOD HAS PLANNED FOR YOU.
  • 00:13:51.190 --> 00:13:56.090
  • SOME CHRISTIANS FEAR THEIR DEPARTURE TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:13:56.100 --> 00:13:59.140
  • BUT LET ME SHARE WITH YOU TODAY TWO REASONS A CHRISTIAN
  • 00:13:59.150 --> 00:14:02.190
  • NEVER NEEDS TO FEAR HIS DEPARTURE TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:14:02.200 --> 00:14:05.190
  • FIRST OF ALL, DEATH IS NEVER PREMATURE.
  • 00:14:05.200 --> 00:14:12.000
  • IF YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN TODAY, YOU CAN WRITE IT DOWN.
  • 00:14:12.010 --> 00:14:15.040
  • BANK ON IT, "YOU WILL NOT DEPART THIS WORLD ONE SECOND
  • 00:14:15.050 --> 00:14:21.050
  • "BEFORE GOD'S DEPARTURE TIME FOR YOU."
  • 00:14:21.060 --> 00:14:24.020
  • NO CHRISTIAN LEAVES THIS WORLD ONE SECOND
  • 00:14:24.030 --> 00:14:28.070
  • BEFORE GOD'S APPOINTED TIME.
  • 00:14:28.080 --> 00:14:31.100
  • IN ACTS 2:23, PETER AT THE GREAT SERMON AT PENTECOST SAID,
  • 00:14:31.110 --> 00:14:35.030
  • "THIS MAN, JESUS, WAS DELIVERED UP BY THE PREDETERMINED PLAN
  • 00:14:35.040 --> 00:14:40.010
  • "AND FOREKNOWLEDGE OF GOD."
  • 00:14:40.020 --> 00:14:42.130
  • GOD HAD A PLAN FOR JESUS' LIFE.
  • 00:14:42.140 --> 00:14:45.240
  • IT'S A PLAN THAT INCLUDED THE DATE OF HIS BIRTH
  • 00:14:45.250 --> 00:14:48.060
  • IN BETHLEHEM AND THEN INCLUDED
  • 00:14:48.070 --> 00:14:50.090
  • THE DAY OF HIS DEATH ON CALVARY.
  • 00:14:50.100 --> 00:14:53.240
  • AND THAT SAME GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:14:53.250 --> 00:14:57.070
  • GOD HAS IMMUTABLE, UNCHANGEABLE PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:14:57.080 --> 00:15:02.070
  • HE HAS WRITTEN DOWN THE DAY OF YOUR BIRTH.
  • 00:15:02.080 --> 00:15:04.110
  • HE'S WRITTEN DOWN THE DAY OF YOUR DEATH.
  • 00:15:04.120 --> 00:15:07.000
  • IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT, JUST CONSIDER EPHESIANS 1:11.
  • 00:15:07.010 --> 00:15:11.100
  • PAUL SAID, "ALSO WE HAVE OBTAINED AN INHERITANCE,
  • 00:15:11.110 --> 00:15:14.130
  • "HAVING BEEN PREDESTINED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE
  • 00:15:14.140 --> 00:15:18.030
  • "WHO WORKS ALL THINGS AFTER THE COUNSEL OF HIS WILL."
  • 00:15:18.040 --> 00:15:26.030
  • EVERY PART OF YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN PLANNED BY GOD.
  • 00:15:26.040 --> 00:15:30.060
  • THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS IN YOUR LIFE
  • 00:15:30.070 --> 00:15:32.220
  • OR THE LIFE OF SOMEBODY YOU LOVE.
  • 00:15:32.230 --> 00:15:35.030
  • EVERYTHING, ALL THINGS INCLUDING THE DAY OF YOUR DEATH
  • 00:15:35.040 --> 00:15:39.040
  • ARE FOLLOWING THE COUNSEL OF HIS WILL.
  • 00:15:39.050 --> 00:15:42.260
  • AND NOTICE THAT WORD "WILL" IS SINGULAR.
  • 00:15:42.270 --> 00:15:45.250
  • GOD DOESN'T HAVE MULTIPLE WILLS.
  • 00:15:45.260 --> 00:15:47.240
  • HE DOESN'T HAVE MULTIPLE PLANS FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:15:47.250 --> 00:15:49.260
  • HE DOESN'T HAVE PLAN A, "I HOPE THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS,"
  • 00:15:49.270 --> 00:15:52.140
  • GOD SAYS, "BUT IF THAT DOESN'T WORK OUT,
  • 00:15:52.150 --> 00:15:54.080
  • "THEN I'VE GOT PLAN B, PLAN C."
  • 00:15:54.090 --> 00:15:56.170
  • NO, HE HAS ONE SECRET PLAN THAT GOVERNS EVERYTHING
  • 00:15:56.180 --> 00:16:00.050
  • THAT HAPPENS IN THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS
  • 00:16:00.060 --> 00:16:02.280
  • IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:16:02.290 --> 00:16:03.290
  • DON'T THEY GIVE YOU CONFIDENCE?
  • 00:16:04.000 --> 00:16:05.240
  • TO KNOW THERE ARE NO MISTAKES IN GOD'S PLAN,
  • 00:16:05.250 --> 00:16:09.010
  • THAT YOUR LIFE IS IN HIS HANDS.
  • 00:16:09.020 --> 00:16:11.070
  • AND THAT'S WHY NO CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO FEAR HIS DEPARTURE
  • 00:16:11.080 --> 00:16:14.080
  • FROM THIS WORLD.
  • 00:16:14.090 --> 00:16:15.160
  • AS ONE PERSON SAID, EVERY PERSON IS IMMORTAL
  • 00:16:15.170 --> 00:16:21.120
  • UNTIL HIS WORK ON EARTH IS DONE.
  • 00:16:21.130 --> 00:16:25.030
  • WE DON'T NEED TO FEAR DEATH.
  • 00:16:25.040 --> 00:16:26.100
  • FIRST OF ALL, DEATH IS NEVER PREMATURE
  • 00:16:26.110 --> 00:16:28.030
  • BUT THERE'S A SECOND REASON NOT TO FEAR DEATH,
  • 00:16:28.040 --> 00:16:30.140
  • AND THAT IS DEATH IS A NECESSARY TRANSITION TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:16:30.150 --> 00:16:35.090
  • IT'S A NECESSARY TRANSITION FROM THIS WORLD
  • 00:16:35.100 --> 00:16:38.060
  • TO THE NEXT WORLD.
  • 00:16:38.070 --> 00:16:40.020
  • LET ME GO BACK TO MY PASSPORT ANALOGY FOR A MOMENT,
  • 00:16:40.030 --> 00:16:43.040
  • WHEN MY SO CALLED FRIEND FINALLY GAVE ME MY PASSPORT.
  • 00:16:43.050 --> 00:16:46.220
  • 00:16:46.230 --> 00:16:48.180
  • AND I PRESENTED IT TO THAT SOVIET GUARD,
  • 00:16:48.190 --> 00:16:52.090
  • I HAD TO GO THROUGH THIS LITTLE METAL GATE
  • 00:16:52.100 --> 00:16:55.100
  • TO GO FROM ONE PLACE TO THE NEXT PLACE.
  • 00:16:55.110 --> 00:16:58.200
  • AS I WENT THROUGH THAT LITTLE METAL GATE
  • 00:16:58.210 --> 00:17:00.270
  • AND IT OPENED UP AT PASSPORT CONTROL,
  • 00:17:00.280 --> 00:17:03.270
  • DID I DREAD GOING THROUGH THAT GATE?
  • 00:17:03.280 --> 00:17:06.270
  • NO, I ALMOST RAN THROUGH THAT GATE.
  • 00:17:06.280 --> 00:17:09.140
  • I WAS ELATED TO BE ESCAPING THE TYRANNY OF THE SOVIET UNION
  • 00:17:09.150 --> 00:17:13.090
  • AND HEAD TOWARD FREEDOM.
  • 00:17:13.100 --> 00:17:16.100
  • WELL, YOU KNOW, THE BIBLE SAYS, DEATH IS LIKE THAT GATE.
  • 00:17:16.110 --> 00:17:19.160
  • IT'S A LITTLE NARROW PASSAGEWAY WE MUST GO FROM
  • 00:17:19.170 --> 00:17:23.160
  • TO LEAVE THE TYRANNY OF THIS WORLD
  • 00:17:23.170 --> 00:17:25.170
  • AND EXPERIENCE THE FREEDOM GOD HAS PLANNED FOR US.
  • 00:17:25.180 --> 00:17:28.200
  • WHY WOULD WE FEAR GOING THROUGH THAT GATE?
  • 00:17:28.210 --> 00:17:31.040
  • IT'S WHAT LEADS US TO EVERYTHING GOD HAS PLANNED FOR US.
  • 00:17:31.050 --> 00:17:35.010
  • THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID IT THIS WAY IN 1 CORINTHIANS 15:50,
  • 00:17:35.020 --> 00:17:38.140
  • "NOW I SAY THIS, BRETHREN, THAT FLESH AND BLOOD
  • 00:17:38.150 --> 00:17:41.260
  • "CANNOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD,
  • 00:17:41.270 --> 00:17:44.050
  • "NOR DOES THE PERISHABLE INHERIT THE IMPERISHABLE."
  • 00:17:44.060 --> 00:17:48.250
  • PAUL WAS EXPLAINING WHY DEATH IS NECESSARY
  • 00:17:48.260 --> 00:17:51.160
  • FOR THE CHRISTIAN.
  • 00:17:51.170 --> 00:17:53.130
  • ONE REASON IS WE NEED A CHANGE OF CLOTHES
  • 00:17:53.140 --> 00:17:56.010
  • IN ORDER TO LIVE AND THEN EXIST IN THE NEW WORLD.
  • 00:17:56.020 --> 00:18:00.170
  • I WAS READING WHAT SOME FUTURISTS SAID A FEW WEEKS AGO,
  • 00:18:00.180 --> 00:18:02.210
  • HE'S PREDICTING THAT, AND NOT THAT MANY YEARS,
  • 00:18:02.220 --> 00:18:05.230
  • MANY CITIZENS OF EARTH ARE GONNA BE LIVING ON MARS.
  • 00:18:05.240 --> 00:18:11.290
  • HOW DOES THAT STRIKE YOU LIVING ON MARS?
  • 00:18:12.000 --> 00:18:14.060
  • THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE PREDICTING.
  • 00:18:14.070 --> 00:18:15.270
  • THAT'S WHAT THEY SAY IS GONNA HAPPEN.
  • 00:18:15.280 --> 00:18:17.040
  • I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S GONNA HAPPEN OR NOT
  • 00:18:17.050 --> 00:18:18.140
  • BUT WHAT I DO KNOW IS THIS.
  • 00:18:18.150 --> 00:18:20.210
  • IF I'M GONNA LIVE ON MARS,
  • 00:18:20.220 --> 00:18:23.160
  • THE SUIT I'M WEARING RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW,
  • 00:18:23.170 --> 00:18:25.220
  • IT'S FINE FOR DALLAS, TEXAS.
  • 00:18:25.230 --> 00:18:28.120
  • IT'S FINE FOR PLANET EARTH.
  • 00:18:28.130 --> 00:18:30.180
  • BUT THIS SUIT ISN'T GONNA WORK ON MARS.
  • 00:18:30.190 --> 00:18:33.090
  • I'M GONNA PUT ON A NEW SUIT, A SPACE SUIT IN ORDER TO EXIST
  • 00:18:33.100 --> 00:18:37.260
  • IN THAT OTHER WORLD.
  • 00:18:37.270 --> 00:18:39.200
  • AND THE SAME THING IS TRUE FOR US SPIRITUALLY.
  • 00:18:39.210 --> 00:18:42.120
  • THIS BODY THAT WE'RE WEARING RIGHT NOW,
  • 00:18:42.130 --> 00:18:44.150
  • THAT WE'RE CLOTHED IN,
  • 00:18:44.160 --> 00:18:45.260
  • IT'S PERFECTLY DESIGNED FOR THIS WORLD.
  • 00:18:45.270 --> 00:18:48.090
  • PAUL SAYS IT'S TOTALLY UNSUITABLE FOR THE NEXT WORLD,
  • 00:18:48.100 --> 00:18:51.190
  • AND THAT'S WHY WE HAVE TO HAVE A CHANGE OF CLOTHES
  • 00:18:51.200 --> 00:18:53.170
  • IF WE'RE GONNA GO TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:18:53.180 --> 00:18:55.170
  • AND THAT'S WHAT DEATH IS.
  • 00:18:55.180 --> 00:18:57.150
  • DEATH IS A CHANGE OF CLOTHES.
  • 00:18:57.160 --> 00:18:59.210
  • THE WORD "THANATOS", DEATH MEANS SEPARATION.
  • 00:18:59.220 --> 00:19:03.050
  • AT DEATH, OUR SPIRITS ARE SEPARATED FROM OUR HUMAN BODIES.
  • 00:19:03.060 --> 00:19:09.170
  • THESE BODIES ARE LEFT BEHIND SO THAT WE CAN PUT ON
  • 00:19:09.180 --> 00:19:12.090
  • A NEW BODY THAT IS DESIGNED FOR THE NEW WORLD.
  • 00:19:12.100 --> 00:19:16.050
  • WHY SHOULD WE DREAD THAT?
  • 00:19:16.060 --> 00:19:17.120
  • WE OUGHT TO LOOK FORWARD TO IT.
  • 00:19:17.130 --> 00:19:19.220
  • I MEAN, DO YOU KNOW ANY MAN WHO WOULD MIND EXCHANGING
  • 00:19:19.230 --> 00:19:22.050
  • HIS OLD RIPPED UP PAJAMAS FOR A NEW BRIONI SUIT?
  • 00:19:22.060 --> 00:19:26.240
  • DO YOU KNOW ANY WOMAN WHO WOULD GIVE UP
  • 00:19:26.250 --> 00:19:28.160
  • EXCHANGING HER BATHROBE FOR A CHANNEL DRESS?
  • 00:19:28.170 --> 00:19:32.030
  • THAT'S EXACTLY THE EXCHANGE WE MAKE AT DEATH.
  • 00:19:32.040 --> 00:19:35.160
  • WHAT PERSON IN HIS RIGHT MIND
  • 00:19:35.170 --> 00:19:37.290
  • WOULD FEAR THAT KIND OF EXCHANGE?
  • 00:19:38.000 --> 00:19:41.150
  • RANDY ALCORN ON HIS BOOK ON "HEAVEN",
  • 00:19:41.160 --> 00:19:44.220
  • USES ANOTHER ANALOGY TO EXPLAIN WHY CHRISTIANS
  • 00:19:44.230 --> 00:19:48.050
  • DON'T NEED TO FEAR DEATH.
  • 00:19:48.060 --> 00:19:50.140
  • IT'S NOT THE ANALOGY OF CLOTHES,
  • 00:19:50.150 --> 00:19:52.190
  • IT'S THE ANALOGY OF AN UNEXPECTED PARTY.
  • 00:19:52.200 --> 00:19:56.270
  • RANDY WRITES, "SUPPOSE A FRIEND INVITES YOU TO A PARTY
  • 00:19:56.280 --> 00:20:00.270
  • "WHERE YOU KNOW SOME PEOPLE BUT NOT MANY.
  • 00:20:00.280 --> 00:20:04.230
  • "THE FOOD IS ADEQUATE BUT NOTHING EXTRAORDINARY.
  • 00:20:04.240 --> 00:20:07.240
  • "YOU ENJOY MEETING SOME NEW PEOPLE AND VISITING
  • 00:20:07.250 --> 00:20:10.020
  • "WITH A FEW FAMILIAR PEOPLE YOU KNOW.
  • 00:20:10.030 --> 00:20:12.260
  • "SUDDENLY YOUR FRIEND ANNOUNCES IT'S TIME TO LEAVE.
  • 00:20:12.270 --> 00:20:16.120
  • "ALTHOUGH YOU'RE NOT QUITE READY TO LEAVE,
  • 00:20:16.130 --> 00:20:18.110
  • "YOU ACQUIESCE BECAUSE HE'S YOUR RIDE HOME.
  • 00:20:18.120 --> 00:20:21.280
  • "WHEN YOUR FRIEND DROPS YOU OFF AT YOUR HOUSE,
  • 00:20:21.290 --> 00:20:24.190
  • "YOU'VE PLACED YOUR KEY IN THE LOCK,
  • 00:20:24.200 --> 00:20:26.150
  • "YOU TURNED THE KNOB.
  • 00:20:26.160 --> 00:20:28.030
  • "JUST AS YOU OPENED THE DOOR, THE LIGHTS SUDDENLY COME ON
  • 00:20:28.040 --> 00:20:31.260
  • "AND EVERYONE YELLS, 'SURPRISE!'
  • 00:20:31.270 --> 00:20:36.040
  • "YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR CLOSEST FRIENDS ARE THERE.
  • 00:20:36.050 --> 00:20:38.120
  • "THEY'VE BROUGHT GIFTS AND HAVE COVERED YOUR TABLE
  • 00:20:38.130 --> 00:20:40.250
  • "WITH YOUR FAVORITE DELICACIES.
  • 00:20:40.260 --> 00:20:43.110
  • "THE FIRST PARTY WAS SIMPLY A RUSE
  • 00:20:43.120 --> 00:20:46.000
  • "TO GET YOU OUT OF THE HOUSE
  • 00:20:46.010 --> 00:20:47.230
  • "SO THAT THE SECOND PARTY COULD BE ORGANIZED.
  • 00:20:47.240 --> 00:20:50.210
  • "HAD YOU STAYED AT THE FIRST PARTY,
  • 00:20:50.220 --> 00:20:53.050
  • "YOU WOULD HAVE MISSED THE REAL PARTY,
  • 00:20:53.060 --> 00:20:55.060
  • "THE ONE AT YOUR HOME.
  • 00:20:55.070 --> 00:20:58.000
  • "LIFE ON EARTH IS LIKE THE FIRST PARTY, PLEASANT ENOUGH.
  • 00:20:58.010 --> 00:21:04.040
  • "BUT AT DEATH YOU OPEN THE DOORS TO YOUR TRUE HOME
  • 00:21:04.050 --> 00:21:06.200
  • "AND DISCOVER THAT THE REAL PARTY IS TAKING PLACE THERE."
  • 00:21:06.210 --> 00:21:12.280
  • ISN'T THAT GOOD?
  • 00:21:12.290 --> 00:21:15.060
  • YOU KNOW, I WISH I COULD TELL YOU AS A PASTOR
  • 00:21:15.070 --> 00:21:17.030
  • THAT EVERY CHRISTIAN I'VE TALKED TO WHO FACED DEATH
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  • KNEW HIS OR HER DEATH WAS EMINENT
  • 00:21:21.170 --> 00:21:23.020
  • THAT THEY FACED THEIR DEATH WITH GREAT COURAGE
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  • AND GREAT ANTICIPATION AND GREAT JOY.
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  • THAT WOULDN'T BE HONEST.
  • 00:21:29.060 --> 00:21:31.020
  • NOW EVERY CHRISTIAN FACES DEATH THAT WAY.
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  • I'VE TALKED TO CHRISTIANS WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE
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  • WHO EXPRESSED REGRET.
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  • REGRET OVER LEAVING THE PARTY TOO EARLY,
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  • LEAVING FAMILY AND FRIENDS BEHIND.
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  • THAT'S AN HONEST EMOTION.
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  • BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
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  • ANY REGRET THEY MAY HAVE FELT HERE ON EARTH IS TEMPORARY
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  • AND WILL BE MORE THAN COMPENSATED
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  • WHEN THEY START EXPERIENCING THE HILARITY OF HEAVEN.
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  • IT'S THAT HILARITY OF HEAVEN THAT JESUS HAD IN MIND
  • 00:22:06.000 --> 00:22:08.070
  • I THINK WHEN HE SAID IN LUKE 6:21,
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  • "BLESSED, LITERALLY, HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO WEEP NOW
  • 00:22:10.160 --> 00:22:16.080
  • "FOR YOU SHALL LAUGH."
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  • THAT'S WHY NO CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO FEAR DEATH
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  • AS HE MAKES HIS TOWARD THAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • IMAGINE THE GLORIOUS LAUGHTER WE'LL ENJOY TOGETHER
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  • WHEN WE RECONVENE IN HEAVEN
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  • AS BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST.
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  • I CAN HARDLY WAIT TO HEAR YOUR STORIES AS YOU DESCRIBE
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  • HOW GOD FAITHFULLY BROUGHT YOU
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  • INTO YOUR ETERNAL HOME WITH CHRIST.
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  • WELL, OUR SERIES IS QUICKLY COMING TO A CLOSE.
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  • A COPY OF "WHAT SEVEN WORLD RELIGIONS TEACH ABOUT HEAVEN"
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  • IS MY GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY
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  • WHILE ANSWERING 10 COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • THE BOOK EVEN CLOSES WITH A SALVATION PRAYER
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  • OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • BOOK, "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN" ALONG WITH THE COMPLETE
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  • ON BOTH CD AND DVD.
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  • NOT PREPARING ADEQUATELY CAN HAVE DEVASTATING
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  • AN UNENDING CONSEQUENCES.
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  • WE'VE GOT TO BE PREPARED FOR THE TRIP.
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  • WHEN YOU INVEST IN PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • YOU'RE ALLOWING MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN
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  • ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO HEAR THE CLEAR GOSPEL MESSAGE
  • 00:24:51.200 --> 00:24:55.120
  • AND CATCH A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN,
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  • SO PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE GENEROUSLY.
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  • GOD WILL USE YOUR GIFT TO PIERCE THE DARKNESS
  • 00:24:59.160 --> 00:25:02.140
  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
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  • RICH OR POOR, MAN OR WOMAN,
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  • 00:25:08.240 --> 00:25:11.210
  • THERE IS NO GETTING AROUND THAT.
  • 00:25:11.220 --> 00:25:13.270
  • AND HOW WE LIVED DURING OUR BRIEF YEARS ON EARTH
  • 00:25:13.280 --> 00:25:16.220
  • WILL HAVE AN IRREVERSIBLE IMPACT ON HOW WE SPEND ETERNITY.
  • 00:25:16.230 --> 00:25:22.270
  • WELL, AS WE NEAR THE END OF OUR SERIES,
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  • "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN,"
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  • MY HOPE AND PRAYER FOR YOU IS THAT ANY FEAR
  • 00:25:25.260 --> 00:25:28.160
  • YOU MAY HOLD ABOUT DEATH WILL INSTEAD MOTIVATE YOU
  • 00:25:28.170 --> 00:25:32.080
  • TO PREPARE FOR THAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
  • 00:25:32.090 --> 00:25:35.140
  • AND NEXT TIME WE'LL LOOK AT THE FINAL THREE STEPS
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  • OF PREPARING FOR YOUR JOURNEY TO HEAVEN.
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  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S COMING NEXT.
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  • TODAY, WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • "TEACH ABOUT HEAVEN" IS OUR GIFT TO YOU.
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  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY
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  • DOING THOSE THINGS THAT WE THINK ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT.
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  • THAT'S WHY PAUL SAID, "MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TIME."
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  • THE GREEK WORD "MAKE THE MOST" IS A WORD LITERALLY
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  • THAT MEANS BUY UP.
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  • "HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR MY JOURNEY TO HEAVEN?"
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