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September 26, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • David Jeremiah: One of the misunderstandings
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  • about the love of God is that God loves us at a distance,
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  • and the reality is over and over in the New Testament he talks
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  • about the fact that he wants us to be with him.
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  • David: The misunderstanding about heaven is that everybody
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  • automatically gets to heaven.
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  • But the Bible doesn't say that.
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  • The Bible says God's love is eternal and that he wants
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  • everybody to be with him, and the Bible says that
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  • the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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  • So if you wanna go to heaven, and if you wanna be with God,
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  • and he wants to be with you, we have to accept that love.
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  • [music]
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  • David: One of the greatest rewards that comes from the love
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  • of God is that he takes you to heaven and you get
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  • to spend forever with him.
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  • And forever is forever.
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  • male announcer: Coming up on this episode of
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  • "Turning Point," Dr. Jeremiah will reveal
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  • something you may be missing about God's love in his series,
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  • "God Loves You."
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  • David: When you get home, when you get to heaven,
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  • eternity's gonna click in and you're gonna realize
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  • this is what I was created for.
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  • This is what God made me for.
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  • To know this ultimate joy, this ultimate reality of heaven.
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  • announcer: That's just ahead on "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: Discover what you could be missing
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  • about God's love in Dr. David Jeremiah's book,
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  • "God Loves You."
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  • Inside, Dr. Jeremiah explains how the profound truth
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  • of God's love can transform the way you live.
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  • As you read, you'll uncover ten features of God's love
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  • that you may have never fully understood before.
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  • As Dr. Jeremiah tells how experiencing God's love has
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  • the potential to answer every question,
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  • solve every problem, and satisfy the deepest
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  • yearnings of the heart.
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  • "God Loves You" is yours as a thank you
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  • when you give a gift of any amount in support
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  • of this program.
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  • And if you support "Turning Point"
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  • with a gift of $60 or more, Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • the "God Loves You" set, which includes
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  • the "God Loves You" book, and the DVD album
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  • containing Dr. Jeremiah's complete teaching series.
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  • You'll also be able to follow along with
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  • Dr. Jeremiah's teaching using the "God Loves You" study guide,
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  • newly redesigned to include personal and group questions,
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  • plus a leader's guide.
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  • Also included in this set is the "Love Changes Everything"
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  • bookmark to remind you each day to be owned by God's love,
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  • and to be known for your love as a believer.
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  • Experience how God's love changes everything.
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  • Order these resources when you support the ministry
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  • of "Turning Point."
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  • Contact us today.
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  • [music]
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  • David: As I look back over my life, I have a mental picture
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  • of every house or apartment that I have ever lived in.
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  • Beginning with the house my parents lived in when I was born
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  • in Toledo, Ohio, to my present location
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  • in El Cajon, California, I can picture every single one
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  • of those places.
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  • Altogether, I have lived in 15 different homes and
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  • I can recall something special about each one.
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  • They were more than just dwelling places.
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  • These were centers of activity and personal interaction.
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  • Not just between the members of our family, but all the people
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  • that came and went and all the friends that we have
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  • that have been in those homes.
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  • The people that we have loved and wanted to be with have been
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  • in those houses and for that reason they're sacred to us.
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  • When my siblings and I became adults and we began our own
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  • journeys in life, obviously we moved out of our parents' house
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  • but we never stopped going back.
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  • In fact, at Christmas and during vacation days we would find
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  • our way back home.
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  • When Donna and I were in Dallas, Texas,
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  • and I was a graduate student at Dallas seminary,
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  • on at least three occasions that we can remember,
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  • we would come home from work on Friday night
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  • and look at each other and say, "Let's go home."
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  • And we'd get in our car, at that time I had
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  • a white Chevrolet convertible with a red top.
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  • And we'd get in that car and we'd drive from Dallas, Texas,
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  • to Cedarville, Ohio.
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  • I remember it was 1051 miles, one way.
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  • And we'd drive there, straight through,
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  • so we could spend about 8 hours at home and then get
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  • in the same car and drive back so we didn't miss class
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  • or work on Monday.
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  • You say, "That's crazy."
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  • Yeah, it is.
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  • It's crazy but it illustrates the fact that home is
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  • like a magnet.
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  • If you have a home you wanna go home as much as you can.
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  • We were homesick.
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  • We wanted to go home.
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  • Well, the Bible tells us that we all have at least one more move.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • One more house to live in that we haven't lived in yet.
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  • And we don't know when that's gonna happen but the Bible says
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  • one day we're gonna go to heaven and, in John 14, my favorite
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  • name for heaven is listed.
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  • Do you know what it is? Here it is.
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  • It's called the Father's house.
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  • That's the name for heaven in John 14.
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  • Say that with me, the Father's house.
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  • That's where we're gonna go.
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  • One of these days we're gonna move in to the Father's house.
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  • This picture of heaven as the Father's house is given to us
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  • to remind us that one day soon we're gonna be with the one we
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  • love and the ones that we love in the Father's house.
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  • How many of you know that when you love somebody,
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  • you wanna be with them?
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  • Have you noticed when a couple falls in love,
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  • they're inseparable.
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  • That's how it works.
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  • When you love somebody, you wanna be with them, amen?
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  • And here's the incredible news.
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  • God says he wants to be with us.
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  • He wants us to be with him.
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  • In fact, if you go through the New Testament you will see this
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  • little phrase salted into the language of the New Testament
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  • over and over again.
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  • For instance, in that passage in John 14 I mentioned, the end
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  • of the verse says that Jesus is preparing this house
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  • so that where he is, there we may be also.
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  • Have you ever noticed that?
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  • He wants us to be where he's gonna be.
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  • John 17:24, Jesus in his
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  • high priestly prayer prays this, "Father, I desire that they also
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  • whom you gave me may be with me where I am."
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  • Jesus wants us to be with him.
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  • When he gave his assurance to the thief on the cross, do you
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  • remember what he said to him?
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  • He said, "Today you will be with me in paradise."
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  • How many of you know, God wants us to be with him?
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  • Jesus wants us to be with him.
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  • Paul explained it in his own death and he said this,
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  • "We are confident, yes, we're pleased rather
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  • to be absent from the body and present with the Lord."
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  • When he wrote to the Philippians, he said,
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  • "I am hard-pressed between the two,
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  • having a desire to depart and to be with Christ,
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  • which is far better."
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  • You see how this keeps reoccurring over and over?
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  • God wants us to be with him.
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  • And after he teaches us about the Rapture at the end of
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  • the verse in 1 Thessalonians 4, he gives us this little caveat:
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  • "And thus we shall always be with the Lord."
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  • Heaven is real and our heavenly Father
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  • and his Son Jesus Christ are there,
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  • and they're making things ready for our eternal home.
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  • I often tell people, "Can you imagine how beautiful
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  • heaven is gonna be?
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  • The Lord Jesus spent 6 days creating the earth
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  • as we see it now.
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  • He's been working on heaven for how many years?
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  • It's gonna be quite a fantastic place."
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  • So since he wants us to be with him where he is, let me tell you
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  • a little bit about that place.
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  • First of all, heaven is the ultimate residence.
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  • It's the place of ultimate residence.
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  • In the Bible, we're told in John chapter 14,
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  • that in this place are "many mansions."
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  • I read about a law firm that sent flowers to an associate
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  • in another city.
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  • They were celebrating the opening of a new office.
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  • And through some mix-up, the card that accompanied the floral
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  • piece read, "Deepest sympathy."
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  • When the florist was informed of his mistake,
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  • he let out a cry of alarm.
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  • "Good heavens," he said.
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  • "The card that went with the flowers to the funeral home
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  • said, "Congratulations on your new location."
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  • That's the point I wanna make.
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  • We have a new location, don't we?
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  • Almighty God has provided a new location for us.
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  • It's the ultimate residence.
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  • This ultimate residence is also a place of ultimate rejoicing.
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  • "You will show me the path of life; in your presence is
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  • fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
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  • The Bible says that in heaven there's fullness of joy,
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  • there's the path of life and there is pleasure forevermore.
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  • Heaven is going to be a pleasurable place.
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  • Let me put it down where you can grab it.
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  • Heaven's gonna be fun.
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  • Huckleberry Finn didn't think so.
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  • In the opening chapter of Mark Twain's classic,
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  • "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,"
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  • Huck is living with a starchy, crabby, old woman,
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  • who has determined in her life that her one objective is
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  • to transform Huckleberry Finn.
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  • And she's going to beat the wildness out of him
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  • and fill him full of manners.
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  • And the chief way she plans to do this is with religion.
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  • So she bludgeons him with Bible verses and she threatens him
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  • with hell, and she coaxes him with heaven,
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  • and in his streetwise, cocky way, Huck tells us
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  • what he thinks of all that.
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  • He says, "She went on and told me all about the good place.
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  • She said all a body would have to do to go there and just go
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  • around all day with a harp and sing, forever.
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  • And I didn't think much of it.
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  • And I asked her if she reckoned Tom Sawyer would go there,
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  • and she said not by a considerable sight.
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  • And I was glad about that, 'cause I wanted him
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  • and me to be together."
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  • When you mention heaven to someone who's not a Christian
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  • let me tell you what their reaction is.
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  • And I'll even tell you how it comes out.
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  • It comes out like this.
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  • "Booo-rrring.
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  • Heaven's gonna be boring."
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  • But heaven will not be boring and I wanna tell you why.
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  • The greatest book on heaven that's been written in my
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  • lifetime was written by a guy named Randy Alcorn.
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  • It just has the title, "Heaven."
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  • And this is what he says about this whole boring thing.
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  • He says, "Our belief that heaven will be boring betrays a heresy
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  • that God is boring.
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  • And there is no greater nonsense."
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  • Now think about this.
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  • "Your desire, my desire, for pleasure and the experience
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  • of joy come directly from God's hand.
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  • He made our taste buds, he created adrenaline,
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  • he gave us our sex drives and the nerve endings that convey
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  • pleasure to our brains.
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  • Our imaginations and our capacity for joy
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  • and exhilaration were made by the very God we accuse
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  • of being boring.
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  • Are we so arrogant that we imagine that as human beings
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  • we came up with fun?" Added to the fact
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  • that God will not be boring, is this amazing truth.
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  • Sit up and listen.
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  • It's true whether you believe it or not.
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  • In heaven you won't be boring.
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  • I know that's gonna take more faith than what I said about God
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  • but let me tell you something, the Bible teaches that.
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  • When you get to heaven, you're not gonna be boring either.
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  • You know why?
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  • The Bible says before you get there, you're gonna have a
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  • complete extreme makeover, amen?
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  • The Bible says we're gonna be made like unto him.
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  • All the things in you that are boring are gonna be gone.
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  • Joy is to be found in the presence of the one who made
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  • you, who created you for joy, who created you to be filled
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  • with rejoicing and pleasure.
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  • That's the God we serve and he's created a place where you can
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  • know that to its fullest.
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  • And if you miss it there's no other place
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  • where that can be found.
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  • Heaven's a place of ultimate residence
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  • and ultimate rejoicing.
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  • It's also a place of ultimate recognition.
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  • Says in 1 Corinthians 13: "For now we see in a mirror,
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  • but then face to face.
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  • We know in part now, but then we will know as we are known."
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  • Here's a question people ask me, "Pastor Jeremiah, are we gonna
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  • know each other in heaven?" Absolutely.
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  • When you go to heaven, you don't lose your identity,
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  • your personality, your DNA, who you are.
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  • In fact, if you study the Lord Jesus Christ
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  • who went through the process we're going to go through
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  • before he went back to heaven, you discover that after
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  • his Resurrection his disciples all knew who he was.
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  • They knew he was the same Jesus they had known before
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  • the cross and the burial and the Resurrection.
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  • And they were so certain about this, they went to their graves
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  • defending it.
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  • When Moses and Elijah appeared out of heaven
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  • to stand with Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration,
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  • the disciples with Christ recognized Moses and Elijah.
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  • Oh, when you get to heaven, you're gonna know each other
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  • all right.
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  • Matthew 8:11 says, "I say to you that many will
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  • come from the east and the west, and sit down with Abraham,
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  • Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven."
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  • They're gonna know each other and we're gonna know each other.
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  • When you get to heaven, you're gonna know your parents and
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  • your children, you're gonna know your brothers and your sisters.
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  • You're gonna know the people that you grew up knowing,
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  • the people that were in the church you attended.
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  • And you're gonna know so many more as we'll learn in a moment.
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  • But you don't lose your memory when you go to heaven anymore
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  • than Jesus lost his memory after his Resurrection.
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  • When you get to heaven it's the ultimate place of recognition.
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  • Heaven is the ultimate place of residence.
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  • And the ultimate place of rejoicing.
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  • And the ultimate place of recognition.
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  • But it's also the place of ultimate relationships.
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  • In heaven we're gonna have relationships with one another.
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  • Hebrews 12 tells us about some of the people who are gonna be
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  • in heaven.
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  • Notice Hebrews 12, verse 22: "But you have come
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  • to Mount Zion," or to heaven, "the city of the living God,
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  • the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company
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  • of angels, to the general assembly,
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  • to the church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven,
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  • to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men
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  • made perfect."
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  • That's quite a list.
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  • The Bible says, basically, all the people that have been saved,
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  • the angels, God himself, everybody's gonna be there.
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  • And you have come to that place.
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  • And you're gonna have relationships with people
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  • in heaven.
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  • I often think about this because, you know,
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  • there's lots of folks that I've met in this life
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  • that I've become friends with and I enjoy being with them.
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  • But I'm a reader and I live in my library a lot and I read and
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  • I actually get to know people who aren't here anymore
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  • who lived before I lived.
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  • They lived in a different time.
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  • And I get to know a lot about them, almost as if I could have
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  • fellowship with them but I can't because they're dead,
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  • they're gone.
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  • But in heaven, we're all gonna be together and it will be
  • 00:15:48.140 --> 00:15:51.070
  • possible for us to fellowship with people who lived at times
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  • other than when we lived.
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  • And I have some great, great thoughts about that.
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  • I mean, I'd like to meet Daniel, and Joseph, and David,
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  • the three people from the Old Testament
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  • that are my favorite Old Testament characters.
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  • I've preached on them and now they can tell me how much
  • 00:16:06.270 --> 00:16:09.020
  • I got wrong when I see them.
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  • I'd like to meet Jabez and ask him if he ever dreamed
  • 00:16:12.080 --> 00:16:14.220
  • Bruce Wilkinson would make him so famous.
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  • I'd love to cultivate a relationship with Paul the
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  • apostle and John the beloved.
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  • And I owe a lot to men like C.S. Lewis,
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  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Andrew Murray, A.W. Tozer,
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  • whose books I've read, whose words I've quoted, whose
  • 00:16:31.190 --> 00:16:34.080
  • testimony has so shaped my life.
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  • And when I get to heaven, I'll get to meet them
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  • and fellowship with them.
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  • And there will never be any time constrictions.
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  • I can have lunch with them and it could last for 2 or 3 months
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  • and they're still--see, there won't be any time.
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  • You never run out of time in heaven.
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  • You'll be able to cultivate all the relationships.
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  • But I wanna tell you something.
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  • As great as all of that will be, it all pales into insignificance
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  • when you realize that the privilege of heaven
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  • is not just the people you get to meet there.
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  • But living in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ himself.
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  • And living in fellowship with him.
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  • Heaven's gonna be a place of ultimate residence and rejoicing
  • 00:17:09.140 --> 00:17:11.240
  • and recognition and relationships but
  • 00:17:11.250 --> 00:17:14.110
  • it's also gonna be a place of ultimate responsibility.
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  • Matthew 25 says when we get to heaven we're gonna hear
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  • these words: "Well done, good and
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  • faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things."
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  • Now, it doesn't end there.
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  • Notice the rest of it: "I will make you ruler over many things.
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  • Enter into the joy of your Lord."
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  • When we get to heaven, we're going to serve the Lord.
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  • If you read the Book of Revelation,
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  • I want you to notice over and over again in that
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  • book, all the times you read about the servants of the Lord.
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  • In heaven, we're gonna be his servants.
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  • We're gonna serve him.
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  • Revelation 22:3 says: "There will be no more curse,
  • 00:17:49.170 --> 00:17:52.120
  • but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and
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  • his servants shall serve him."
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  • There will never be a boring day.
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  • Do you know what?
  • 00:18:01.130 --> 00:18:02.110
  • I'm kind of encouraged by that.
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  • I'm sure you've noticed this.
  • 00:18:03.160 --> 00:18:06.040
  • I love the work that God has given me to do.
  • 00:18:06.050 --> 00:18:09.170
  • I can't imagine a life with no goals, a life with no work
  • 00:18:09.180 --> 00:18:13.060
  • to do, a life with no projects.
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  • I mean, that's how I've lived my whole life and when I get
  • 00:18:15.140 --> 00:18:17.160
  • to heaven, it's just gonna be exploded into perfection and
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  • I'll be able to live every day and I won't have to ever
  • 00:18:20.120 --> 00:18:22.270
  • argue with anybody about what I wanna do and hear them say,
  • 00:18:22.280 --> 00:18:25.060
  • "No, you won't."
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  • I'm gonna be able to do the things that God puts in my heart
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  • to do forever and ever.
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  • And I'm gonna serve the Lord out of purity of heart and motive.
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  • That's what heaven will be like.
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  • And then heaven will be a place of ultimate reality.
  • 00:18:37.140 --> 00:18:40.010
  • And let me just dwell on that for a moment and we're finished.
  • 00:18:40.020 --> 00:18:45.060
  • The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5,
  • 00:18:45.070 --> 00:18:48.030
  • and in Romans 8, that all of us today,
  • 00:18:48.040 --> 00:18:51.090
  • as we live our lives, we have a groaning within us.
  • 00:18:51.100 --> 00:18:54.100
  • That's what it says. We groan within ourselves.
  • 00:18:54.110 --> 00:18:56.110
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:18:56.120 --> 00:18:57.170
  • It means that in our hearts and--look up here for a moment.
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  • In our hearts we all know there's something more than
  • 00:19:00.230 --> 00:19:03.260
  • what we're experiencing.
  • 00:19:03.270 --> 00:19:05.260
  • You know, you have your best day and then you revel in it for a
  • 00:19:06.020 --> 00:19:08.130
  • moment and then you realize, "Oh, it's over."
  • 00:19:08.140 --> 00:19:15.070
  • The Bible says that we are created as humans with an hunger
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  • in our heart that can be satisfied with nothing other
  • 00:19:18.120 --> 00:19:21.100
  • than God himself and God's place called the Father's house.
  • 00:19:21.110 --> 00:19:26.100
  • And when we get to heaven one day, we're gonna realize
  • 00:19:26.110 --> 00:19:28.170
  • that God did put eternity in our hearts,
  • 00:19:28.180 --> 00:19:31.050
  • Ecclesiastes 3, and that eternity is that sense
  • 00:19:31.060 --> 00:19:36.170
  • within us that nothing is fully complete
  • 00:19:36.180 --> 00:19:39.270
  • 'til we get to heaven.
  • 00:19:39.280 --> 00:19:41.050
  • And here's the interesting thing about it.
  • 00:19:41.060 --> 00:19:43.070
  • God made us that way on purpose.
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  • He made us so that we could never be fully actualized
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  • on the earth.
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  • Some of you, as I have, have traveled abroad and
  • 00:19:52.000 --> 00:19:55.150
  • you have been in other cultures and it's fun to go there but
  • 00:19:55.160 --> 00:19:58.150
  • have you ever noticed how uneasy you feel while you're there?
  • 00:19:58.160 --> 00:20:01.140
  • You don't know the language, you don't know the culture,
  • 00:20:01.150 --> 00:20:03.060
  • you don't know how to order anything.
  • 00:20:03.070 --> 00:20:04.210
  • You don't know how to tell people where you wanna go.
  • 00:20:04.220 --> 00:20:07.020
  • And you just--you just sort of feel, you know, you're there,
  • 00:20:07.030 --> 00:20:09.000
  • you're enjoying the scenery, you're glad you went
  • 00:20:09.010 --> 00:20:11.100
  • but you know this is not home.
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  • That's the way it is for us.
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  • How many of you know this world is not our home?
  • 00:20:16.050 --> 00:20:18.100
  • We're just passing through.
  • 00:20:18.110 --> 00:20:20.040
  • Our home is in heaven.
  • 00:20:20.050 --> 00:20:21.020
  • Our home is the Father's house.
  • 00:20:21.030 --> 00:20:22.230
  • And the reason we feel so uncomfortable sometimes down
  • 00:20:22.240 --> 00:20:25.080
  • here and so out of sorts and especially if you're Christians,
  • 00:20:25.090 --> 00:20:28.050
  • you sort of feel like, you know, why do I--listen,
  • 00:20:28.060 --> 00:20:31.170
  • you're not home yet.
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  • But when you get home, when you get to heaven,
  • 00:20:33.200 --> 00:20:36.040
  • eternity's gonna click in and you're gonna realize
  • 00:20:36.050 --> 00:20:39.060
  • this is what I was created for.
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  • This is what God made me for.
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  • To know this ultimate joy, this ultimate reality of heaven.
  • 00:20:43.200 --> 00:20:48.150
  • And it won't be something that fades out in the day that
  • 00:20:48.160 --> 00:20:51.140
  • follows but it will be something that grows and appreciates
  • 00:20:51.150 --> 00:20:54.200
  • and becomes better and better as you live out
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  • through eternity.
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  • There'll never be any disappointment.
  • 00:20:58.040 --> 00:20:59.280
  • There'll never be any, "Oh, I wish it were like
  • 00:20:59.290 --> 00:21:02.000
  • it used to be."
  • 00:21:02.010 --> 00:21:03.000
  • It will always be better than it was.
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  • And ever and ever the fulfillment of God
  • 00:21:06.030 --> 00:21:08.190
  • in our hearts.
  • 00:21:08.200 --> 00:21:11.200
  • And God loves you and he wants you to be with him forever.
  • 00:21:11.210 --> 00:21:17.080
  • I wanna take as many people to heaven with me as I can.
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  • That's what's radio and television is all about.
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  • That's what the magazines are all about.
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  • That's what church is all about.
  • 00:21:24.120 --> 00:21:25.260
  • That's what witnessing and events and arenas
  • 00:21:25.270 --> 00:21:28.180
  • and all the stuff, it's all about this thing.
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  • I wanna take as many people to heaven as I can.
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  • And I wanna tell 'em about Jesus and let 'em know
  • 00:21:34.090 --> 00:21:36.100
  • how great that place is, amen?
  • 00:21:36.110 --> 00:21:38.170
  • And that ought to be our heart.
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  • We ought not to just be happy that we're going there.
  • 00:21:41.010 --> 00:21:43.200
  • We ought to be so--we ought to be so amped up about it that we
  • 00:21:43.210 --> 00:21:47.070
  • wanna tell everybody how great it is and how they can get there
  • 00:21:47.080 --> 00:21:51.230
  • and not miss that place we've been talking about today.
  • 00:21:51.240 --> 00:21:54.290
  • That place of ultimate residence and ultimate rejoicing
  • 00:21:55.000 --> 00:21:57.240
  • and ultimate recognition and ultimate relationships
  • 00:21:57.250 --> 00:22:01.090
  • and ultimate responsibility and ultimate reality.
  • 00:22:01.100 --> 00:22:05.070
  • That's heaven.
  • 00:22:05.080 --> 00:22:06.120
  • That's the Father's house.
  • 00:22:06.130 --> 00:22:08.180
  • And the only way you can get there is through Jesus Christ.
  • 00:22:08.190 --> 00:22:12.230
  • Jesus, one day, said this, "I am the way, the truth,
  • 00:22:12.240 --> 00:22:15.280
  • and the life.
  • 00:22:15.290 --> 00:22:16.290
  • No man comes to the Father except through me."
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  • You can't get to the Father's house
  • 00:22:21.290 --> 00:22:23.220
  • unless you go through Jesus.
  • 00:22:23.230 --> 00:22:25.230
  • He's the only one who can get you there.
  • 00:22:25.240 --> 00:22:28.130
  • You can't get there by your own good works.
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  • You can't get there by going to church.
  • 00:22:30.120 --> 00:22:31.270
  • You can't get there by being a Baptist, or a Pentecostal,
  • 00:22:31.280 --> 00:22:34.090
  • or a Catholic, or a Mormon, or any other kind
  • 00:22:34.100 --> 00:22:36.270
  • of religious thing.
  • 00:22:36.280 --> 00:22:39.040
  • You can only get there through Jesus.
  • 00:22:39.050 --> 00:22:41.280
  • And he's come to this earth to be like you and like me,
  • 00:22:41.290 --> 00:22:46.150
  • walked among us for those years and then ultimately went
  • 00:22:46.160 --> 00:22:48.270
  • to the cross and paid the penalty for all of our sin.
  • 00:22:48.280 --> 00:22:51.100
  • And now he says, "If you will accept
  • 00:22:51.110 --> 00:22:52.270
  • my sacrifice on the cross and allow it to be the full
  • 00:22:52.280 --> 00:22:56.150
  • payment for all the sin you've committed in your life or ever
  • 00:22:56.160 --> 00:22:59.040
  • will commit, then you can be born again and you can
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  • become a citizen of heaven."
  • 00:23:03.180 --> 00:23:06.000
  • All of us in this room who are on our way to heaven aren't
  • 00:23:06.010 --> 00:23:08.150
  • going there 'cause we're good.
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  • We're going there because we realize that one day
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  • Jesus invited us to come.
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  • It's gonna be a party like you won't believe.
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  • And we're all invited but only if you accept the invitation
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  • do you get to go.
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  • I've been telling you how much God loves you.
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  • I've been telling you that he loves you, that he always has,
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  • that he always will, and that's true.
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  • But maybe I haven't told you enough that you don't get
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  • that love unless you receive it.
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  • "Dr. Jeremiah just told me how much God loved me.
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  • It was so great."
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  • No, no, no, no.
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  • If that's all you hear, if that's all you understand
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  • from these messages, you're gonna miss it.
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  • God loves you, that's true, but he wants you to receive
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  • that love by receiving his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • into your heart.
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiah will return to close
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  • today's program right after this.
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  • announcer: Discover what you could be missing
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  • about God's love in Dr. David Jeremiah's book,
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  • "God Loves You."
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  • Inside, Dr. Jeremiah explains how the profound truth
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  • of God's love can transform the way you live.
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  • As you read, you'll uncover ten features of God's love
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  • that you may have never fully understood before.
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  • He answers questions like, "If God loves us, how can he
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  • allow pain and suffering in the world?"
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  • "Can we ever lose God's love?" And, "How can a loving God give
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  • seemingly prohibitive rules, and send people to hell?"
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  • "God Loves You" is yours as a thank you
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  • when you give a gift of any amount in support
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  • of this program.
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  • And if you support "Turning Point"
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  • with a gift of $60 or more, Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • the "God Loves You" set, which includes
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  • the "God Loves You" book, and the DVD album containing
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  • Dr. Jeremiah's complete teaching series.
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  • You'll also be able to follow along with
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  • Dr. Jeremiah's teaching using the "God Loves You" study guide,
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  • newly redesigned to include personal and group questions,
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  • plus a leader's guide.
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  • Also included in this set is the "Love Changes Everything"
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  • bookmark to remind you each day to be owned by God's love,
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  • and to be known for your love as a believer.
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  • Experience how God's love changes everything.
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  • Order these resources when you support the ministry
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  • of "Turning Point."
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  • Contact us today.
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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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  • David: A message like this begs the obvious question:
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  • are you prepared for the day when you will cross
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  • from this life to the next?
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  • We never know when that transition will happen.
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  • So the wise person prepares today for what could happen
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  • at any time.
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  • According to the Bible, being prepared to enter heaven means
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  • receiving the gift of God's love as seen in the person
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  • of Jesus Christ.
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  • I would love to help you know Christ and settle the issue of
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  • where you will spend eternity.
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  • If you will contact us, I'll send you two
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  • "Turning Point" resources that will help you
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  • understand how heaven is a real expression of God's love.
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  • One is our booklet called, "Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • and the other is called, "Turning Points,"
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  • our monthly devotional magazine.
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  • We will gladly send both to you free of charge
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  • if you will contact us here at "Turning Point" today.
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  • announcer: In addition to these free study resources,
  • 00:26:29.080 --> 00:26:31.200
  • nothing is as profound as the Word of God.
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  • And now, Dr. Jeremiah has a Bible for every member
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  • of the family.
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  • There are numerous versions of the Jeremiah Study Bible,
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  • perfect for adults and teens.
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  • And the Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible will bring the truth
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  • of God's Word to the young ones in your life.
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  • Contact "Turning Point" for more information,
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  • or to order today.
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  • announcer: Next time on "Turning Point."
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  • David: You've written me your stories, you've told me what God
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  • has done when you have simply walked up to somebody
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  • that you sensed had a need and said to them, "Let me
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  • just tell you something I wanna give you today as a gift.
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  • God loves you.
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  • He always has and he always will."
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  • announcer: Join us next time for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "God's Love Changes Everything," here on "Turning Point."
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