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Heaven Is Fun

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September 29, 2019
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Winning Walk with Ed Young

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Heaven Is Fun

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  • Dr. Ed Young: Google "heaven" and you know what you'll see?
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  • Miles and miles of white clouds.
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  • You may see an angel or a cherub with a little halo around.
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  • You may see a harp of some kind but on and on and on and on you
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  • get the world's picture of heaven and it is a million,
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  • million miles from being a picture of
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  • the reality of paradise.
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  • If you've been around here, you've already discovered that.
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  • But I can tell you something, there are thousands of books
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  • written on heaven and I don't believe you'll find a single
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  • one with the title that best describes heaven.
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  • It is heaven is fun.
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  • Have you ever heard of that before?
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  • Does that sound bizarre, way out of the question, ridiculous,
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  • trivial, hard to believe?
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  • Read the Bible and you'll discover if you read ever so
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  • carefully that heaven is absolutely fun, unlimited
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  • pleasure, unlimited joy, unlimited celebration, unlimited
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  • creativity, unlimited spontaneity.
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  • Heaven is unlimited fun.
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  • Look at Mr. Webster how he defines fun.
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  • The etymology is from on old French word but it's got great
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  • things in there, pleasure, you know, applause, laughter, all of
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  • those wonderful things that some of us are involved in, some of
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  • us have forgotten how to be involved in.
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  • But what I want you to get today is the simple basic fact that
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  • heaven is fun.
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  • Our God likes to make things.
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  • Have you noticed that?
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  • He really likes to make things.
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  • He is a creator and the thrilling thing about it, he
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  • allows all of us to participate in his creation.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • We need never to forget the magnificent thing that all of us
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  • were created in the image of God, every person here.
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  • How did we get in this world?
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  • How did we have life breathed into us?
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  • It came when a father and a mother came together with God
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  • and we as parents become co-creators with the almighty.
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  • Do you think God needed a male and a female
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  • to bring life into being?
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  • Absolutely not, but he used us as a part of his building, as a
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  • part of his creative process and that's what we're gonna
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  • have in heaven.
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  • Everything is not complete.
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  • Everything is incomplete and our Father in heaven, God of this
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  • universe, God who presides over heaven, our heavenly Father,
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  • our Abba Father, he loves to build things.
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  • And he uses sometimes millions of years to bring things
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  • into existence.
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  • Sometimes he speaks and he uses human beings.
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  • Do you think in the afterlife of our life you think in all of
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  • eternity God's gonna stop his wonderful desire to build
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  • things, to create things?
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  • Absolutely not.
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  • You think he's going, to when we leave this world, say,
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  • "All right, I'll let you create life there.
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  • You had that capacity but look, you no longer will be a part of
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  • the creative process."
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  • I don't think so.
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  • And remember our operative verse that we've looked at.
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  • 1 Corinthians 3:9, repeat it after me, follow me.
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  • "Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, neither has it entered
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  • into the heart of man what God has prepared
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  • for those who love him."
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  • He has prepared heaven for us and heaven is gonna be
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  • more fun than you can imagine.
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  • You say, "Well, I know about this earth."
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  • You know what this earth, living on this earth is like?
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  • Have you ever been to an amusement park in fact
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  • wintertime when everything's shut down?
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  • You know, there's a slide, the water slide, no water.
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  • There's the merry-go-round.
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  • There's all of these machines, these apparatus.
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  • Nothing is there, nobody's there, it's shut down and
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  • it's just a dismal place.
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  • When you were there, boy, in the summer when it was alive and
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  • moving, people were shouting, and eating, and crying, and so
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  • many things going on but, boy, in the winter we're gonna look
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  • back on this life, this little bitty life,
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  • ladies and gentlemen.
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  • Oh, I'll give you a hundred years.
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  • That's nothing.
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  • That's like a twinkle of your eye compared to where those
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  • who are in Christ will spend heaven and heaven
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  • is not gonna be floating and on some little cloud.
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  • Remember we discovered that heaven, according the Bible, is
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  • going to be where we will fulfill our dreams or we'll
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  • have time if you want to become an astronomer.
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  • Wouldn't it be great to know all about--if you have time,
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  • you want to develop so many talents that we have.
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  • So, we go to heaven and we realize that in heaven,
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  • everything we have, all the senses that we have, we know
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  • at least five of them will be expanded and exploded in ways
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  • we can't even comprehend.
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  • See, we can't imagine.
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  • In heaven, what will we hear?
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  • What kind of ears will we have in heaven?
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  • You know, what will we hear?
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  • Well, we hear now a lot of things.
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  • We love to hear the little cooing of a baby.
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  • I dedicated a baby in early service, little cooing, boy,
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  • that's great music, isn't it?
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  • That's--and to hear birds out singing in the morning, man,
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  • I love that hear that.
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  • And to be at the beach and to walk the beach early and, boy,
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  • those waves are crashing down.
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  • Boy, I love that.
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  • Or be in the mountains and hear the wind blowing through the
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  • trees or go in the backyard and just look up in a summer night
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  • when everything is clear.
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  • Man, you hear, you hear the music of heaven.
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  • And what about music?
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  • We will there be music in heaven?
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  • Absolutely, all kinds of music and it'll make our music here
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  • seem sort of, trying to find the right word, puny.
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  • Oh yeah, earthly music is great, it's fabulous as we've already
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  • experienced that with our choir and orchestra.
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  • That'll just be sort of puny in heaven when the mass choirs of
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  • the universe get together and the mass orchestra of
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  • the universe get together.
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  • And we will hear music that is beyond our understanding.
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  • And now, for example, I don't know much about classical music.
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  • I know I'm the loser there, I would like to.
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  • In heaven, I'll be able to learn and develop.
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  • I don't know anything about opera, very little about grand
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  • opera, light opera.
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  • I'd love to pursue all that.
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  • And see, all of this had been disturbed, and twisted, and
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  • polluted in this life, it will all be cleaned up.
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  • Rock 'n' roll music will be baptized in heaven.
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  • It may be okay.
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  • What about jazz?
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  • What about gospel?
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  • I love the singing of the spirituals and then we got
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  • the great, great music of the church.
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  • "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," Martin Luther.
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  • Isaac Watts, "Alas And Did My Savior Bleed."
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  • Handel's "Messiah."
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  • And you look at Charles Wesley, Fanny Crosby.
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  • I mean, look at that, such great hymns that we have.
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  • Some musicals we had of yesterday that our kids would
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  • sing for us.
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  • Music comes from all form, high, and low, and in the middle and
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  • all of this will be enhanced and developed because that'll be
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  • a part of the celebration of heaven and all of us will be
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  • able to sing.
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  • Something, wouldn't it?
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  • So, the hearing of music, the hearing of sound, will be
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  • greatly enhanced and developed in heaven and that's part of the
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  • excitement, and the fun, and the anticipation of it.
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  • We'll participate in it, we'll listen to it, we'll grow.
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  • And I'm gonna tell you a secret.
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  • I've always wanted to play the violin and I may spend a while
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  • just learning how to play the violin.
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  • Wouldn't that be--wouldn't you like to do that?
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  • Goodness gracious.
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  • See, that is the explosiveness and the expansiveness of heaven
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  • that we can pursue unto God's grace and God's giftedness to
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  • all of us and it's going to be fun.
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  • Some people forgot and have fun on this earth.
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  • Boy, you take death away, take pain away, clean up our
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  • personalities, get our minds and hearts thinking right, give us
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  • that new resurrected body and my goodness, heaven is gonna be
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  • just more fun than we can imagine.
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  • Just the hearing part of heaven.
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  • What about seeing?
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  • What about seeing?
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  • Man, the colors that we'll see.
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  • There are just full of primary colors.
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  • There's red, white, blue, yellow, isn't that the four?
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  • You take those four colors, Jo Beth would put it on a palette,
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  • she'd mix those together and get all the other colors.
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  • I have been told that the human eye has a capacity to see
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  • 10 million different colors and shades but that's nothing
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  • compared to heaven.
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  • You think God's gonna be limited to four colors?
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  • The beauty of the magnificent, the creativity, my, my, the
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  • artists that will be there, the sculptors that will be there.
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  • I'd like to sculpt something.
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  • You know, maybe Michelangelo will have time to teach some of
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  • us a little bit about painting and about sculpture.
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  • Bach might sit down and say, "You want me to tell you about
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  • the piano, boys, this is a--" And we'd learn to create and do
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  • things not only in music that we hear, in artistic endeavors that
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  • we'll engage in.
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  • Heaven is going to be a lot of fun.
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  • The doubts, the dead end streets,
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  • the things we didn't complete.
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  • There's no incompletes in heaven.
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  • That is the fun of it.
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  • And what about in heaven, what about the odors?
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  • What about the building, the smell?
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  • Say, "That's no big deal."
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  • It is to me.
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  • The building to smell has a memory.
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  • I can stand right here, ladies and gentlemen, and close my eyes
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  • and I can, I can smell my mother's fruitcake.
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  • Three weeks before Christmas every year walk in our little
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  • kitchen, there on that the linoleum and, boy,
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  • she'd bake fruitcake.
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  • I can smell it.
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  • But we'll smell in heaven.
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  • I can remember being in Jerusalem and walking the
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  • streets in the old city and they'd have fresh-baked bread
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  • out there selling.
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  • I can smell that bread right now, or in my little hometown
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  • across from my little church.
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  • When Smith's Bakery was baking bread, we'd go down there and
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  • put our money together and buy a whole loaf of
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  • hot, fresh-made bread.
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  • I can smell that today.
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  • Oh yeah, and about taste?
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  • That's big.
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  • You know who the V.I.P.s are of Hawaii?
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  • You'd be surprised unless you know the islands.
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  • I mean all the famous of the world go to Hawaii.
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  • You name stars, writers, billionaires they'll all there.
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  • You know who the real bigshot in the islands of Hawaii is?
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  • It's the chefs.
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  • Oh yeah, I'm not kidding.
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  • A chef goes along like King Kong.
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  • I mean a chef in Hawaii that's known that the whole place bows
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  • down before them 'cause they can cook.
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  • Do you know what genre of books sells more than any other
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  • genre of book?
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  • Cookbooks, more cookbooks sell than many other categories of
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  • books put together.
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  • Look at TV, I mean some of you ladies, that's all you watch.
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  • I mean, look at all the cooking shows.
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  • They got little kids.
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  • I saw them, they were competing in cooking.
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  • It's amazing.
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  • They got teenagers.
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  • They got people from all over the world cooking, bringing all
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  • these things together and that's a wonderful thing because
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  • it appeals to our palate, our taste.
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  • And we have just a limited amount of taste here but our
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  • tastes change.
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  • When I was a boy, my mother would make me eat spinach, and
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  • turnip greens, and cornbread.
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  • Man, I love that stuff today.
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  • It takes a while to adapt ourself to taste.
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  • And look at all the taste of heaven that will be expand, man,
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  • it will be something to sit down at the marriage feast of
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  • the lamb, that'll be a fun thing when we arrive at the wedding
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  • feast that will be there between the Lord Jesus Christ and all of
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  • us who in Christ are called in that symbol of reality the bride
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  • of our Lord.
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  • That is fun, a feast, a banquet, a party, a celebration.
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  • Man, what we'll hear, what we'll see, what we'll smell, what
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  • we'll taste, what about what we feel?
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  • Man, this to touch a baby's skin, how does that feel?
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  • How does that feel?
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  • I went in the store recently a guy came out said,
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  • "Feel these sheets."
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  • "Oh, all right."
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  • He said, "Now feel regular kind of cotton sheets."
  • 00:15:02.170 --> 00:15:04.140
  • "All right."
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  • "D you see any difference?"
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  • "Absolutely, I want a pair."
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  • It didn't take long.
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  • What about feeling?
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  • We were taught in school there are only
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  • four elements in nature.
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  • What were they?
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  • They were fire, and water, a air, and earth.
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  • Does that cover everything?
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  • Can you think of anything else?
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  • That covers it, doesn't it?
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  • And that's about all we can feel, but you think God's
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  • gonna be limited?
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  • Man, there's gonna be so many things to feel and
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  • our motions will explode and our sensitivities will explode.
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  • This is gonna be the fun of heaven.
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  • Now understand something, God in the economy's life never
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  • loses anything.
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  • God loves to build things, creative, we'll be on that,
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  • and God never loses anything.
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  • You know, the only thing we'll lose when we go to heaven is
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  • death and with it sin because sin led us to death and that's
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  • the only thing that won't be there.
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  • That factor will be totally eliminated.
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  • We'll lose that but, my goodness, God will take
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  • everything that is sort of crippled, and incomplete, and
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  • broken, and not fully understood in this world and make
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  • the paths right and clean.
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  • By the way, go to cemetery, you see on the tombstone,
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  • "Rest in peace."
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  • That is slanderous.
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  • Rest in peace, this does not explain anything about heaven
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  • for those who are in Christ Jesus.
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  • There's not gonna be rest.
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  • There'll be peace but it'll be a different kind of peace but now,
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  • now we'll be marshaled up and able really to fulfill the
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  • deepest longing and passions of our life and that is gonna be
  • 00:16:56.220 --> 00:17:00.110
  • the fun of heaven.
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  • There's not going to be rest in peace there.
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  • If that's what you're looking for, you're going in
  • 00:17:05.100 --> 00:17:07.150
  • the wrong direction.
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  • My, my, and we're not gonna lose things, we're gonna gain things.
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  • Somebody said, "Is there gonna be dancing in heaven?"
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  • Absolutely.
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  • We take dancing today in so many areas and made it scandalous and
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  • sensual and like we've disturbed so many things that are good.
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  • Dancing is gonna be a part--it's a part of the Bible.
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  • Miriam danced, David danced, there's a time of celebration.
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  • There's something about rhythm there which I don't have any of,
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  • but that's what we're gonna--it's a part of the
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  • celebratory atmosphere of the Almighty.
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  • It's a part of the fun we'll have in heaven.
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  • If you're not with it now, you're in trouble.
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  • You see where we're going with heaven?
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  • Heaven is fun.
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  • "Is there going to be laughter in heaven if we all want to
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  • be--" There's gonna be praise.
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  • There's gonna be transcendence. There's gonna be worship.
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  • There's gonna be all of these things that we love, and admire,
  • 00:18:01.290 --> 00:18:03.060
  • and think of and to a degree in heaven with a mass choir but
  • 00:18:03.090 --> 00:18:09.080
  • also there's gonna be a lot of joy, and laughter, and fun.
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  • Where did laughter come from, ladies and gentlemen?
  • 00:18:12.180 --> 00:18:17.080
  • James says, Book of James first chapter, "Every good and perfect
  • 00:18:17.110 --> 00:18:22.150
  • gift from--comes from above, it comes from God."
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  • There's no other source for it.
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  • And we think we've laughed now, wait till you get to heaven.
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  • Let's just say that I died, I went to heaven, the angel was
  • 00:18:33.090 --> 00:18:38.140
  • taking me in and says, "Here's your home throughout eternity,"
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  • and he takes to one of those remodels in Waco or Laurel,
  • 00:18:43.030 --> 00:18:46.150
  • Mississippi you know?
  • 00:18:46.180 --> 00:18:48.000
  • And I like it, it's nice, this is great.
  • 00:18:48.030 --> 00:18:52.050
  • Then the angel says, "This is gonna be your life companion,"
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  • and he brings in this woman that's 7 feet tall that's good
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  • slime all over her body.
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  • She has a stench you get in 10 feet of her.
  • 00:19:03.030 --> 00:19:06.050
  • Her hands and feet are claws and when she breathes, her breath
  • 00:19:06.080 --> 00:19:10.270
  • would melt steel, ah.
  • 00:19:11.000 --> 00:19:12.250
  • And I said, "What is this?"
  • 00:19:12.280 --> 00:19:16.130
  • "That is your companion for eternity."
  • 00:19:16.160 --> 00:19:20.010
  • I said, "I don't understand."
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  • He said, "You've gotta pay for your sin."
  • 00:19:22.110 --> 00:19:25.270
  • So, I look out the window and I see there on a beautiful hill
  • 00:19:26.000 --> 00:19:31.270
  • this unbelievable mansion going 65 miles an hour taking
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  • 10 minutes to drive by.
  • 00:19:37.110 --> 00:19:38.190
  • I mean, it was unbelievable.
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  • And one view on the side was the ocean, the other view was a lake
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  • and around it was two or three Augusta National Golf courses
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  • and I mean, they had everything you can imagine.
  • 00:19:48.240 --> 00:19:51.220
  • I looked up there and I said, "Who is that?
  • 00:19:51.250 --> 00:19:54.050
  • Isn't that Linda Carter up there who was Miss USA
  • 00:19:54.080 --> 00:20:00.000
  • and Wonder Woman?"
  • 00:20:00.030 --> 00:20:01.130
  • And the angel said, "Yes."
  • 00:20:01.160 --> 00:20:03.040
  • I said, "Oh well.
  • 00:20:03.070 --> 00:20:04.240
  • And who is that with her?"
  • 00:20:04.270 --> 00:20:06.060
  • I said, "Is that Keith Carmichael?"
  • 00:20:06.090 --> 00:20:10.180
  • And the angel said, "Yes."
  • 00:20:10.210 --> 00:20:15.180
  • And I said,
  • 00:20:15.210 --> 00:20:16.280
  • "Well, I sure do not understand this.
  • 00:20:17.010 --> 00:20:19.020
  • Here I am with this thing and here is Keith up there
  • 00:20:19.050 --> 00:20:22.020
  • with Wonder Woman."
  • 00:20:22.050 --> 00:20:23.160
  • And the angel said, "You do not understand,
  • 00:20:23.190 --> 00:20:26.160
  • Wonder Woman has to pay for her sin too."
  • 00:20:26.190 --> 00:20:30.120
  • [congregation laughing]
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  • Do you not think we're gonna have fun in heaven,
  • 00:20:39.280 --> 00:20:42.250
  • ladies and gentlemen, what do you think?
  • 00:20:42.280 --> 00:20:49.150
  • I thank those who've already gone before us, my mother,
  • 00:20:49.180 --> 00:20:55.010
  • my dad, my brother, so many friends.
  • 00:20:55.040 --> 00:20:57.210
  • They're saying, "Hey, you guys don't get it.
  • 00:20:57.240 --> 00:21:01.220
  • Man, this is fabulous.
  • 00:21:01.250 --> 00:21:04.190
  • It's spectacular.
  • 00:21:04.220 --> 00:21:06.150
  • It is just so beyond anything I understood
  • 00:21:06.180 --> 00:21:11.080
  • when I breathed the air of the earth."
  • 00:21:11.110 --> 00:21:15.020
  • Ah, you can sort of smell a little bit of
  • 00:21:15.050 --> 00:21:17.070
  • the Garden of Eden around, the flowers, and the fruit,
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  • and heaven is gonna be fun.
  • 00:21:20.090 --> 00:21:23.060
  • But here's the problem, how do you know you're gonna get there?
  • 00:21:23.090 --> 00:21:30.230
  • Marco Polo went and all the way to China and he went along what
  • 00:21:30.260 --> 00:21:38.030
  • they call the silk road and he went all over China.
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  • Kublai Khan was the emperor of China, this was in the middle of
  • 00:21:42.030 --> 00:21:45.190
  • the 13th century, and the emperor really liked Marco Polo
  • 00:21:45.220 --> 00:21:51.210
  • and gave him a golden passport.
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  • It's about a foot long, each thick of gold and on this
  • 00:21:56.140 --> 00:22:00.110
  • passport, some you've already read it in Mandarin, in Chinese.
  • 00:22:00.140 --> 00:22:04.070
  • It says that this person gets anything they want as they
  • 00:22:04.100 --> 00:22:08.270
  • travel through China, food, clothes, guides, housing, money,
  • 00:22:09.000 --> 00:22:14.110
  • didn't make any difference.
  • 00:22:14.140 --> 00:22:16.110
  • And so, Kublai Khan gave this golden passport to Marco Polo.
  • 00:22:16.140 --> 00:22:21.080
  • He had anything and everything as he walked all over China
  • 00:22:21.110 --> 00:22:24.210
  • for 24 years.
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  • And Marco Polo took back to Italy things they'd never seen
  • 00:22:27.230 --> 00:22:30.200
  • in Italy.
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  • They didn't know anything about postal service.
  • 00:22:32.030 --> 00:22:34.030
  • Marco Polo told them they had it in China.
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  • They didn't know anything about coal.
  • 00:22:36.060 --> 00:22:38.120
  • Marco Polo told them about what they did in China.
  • 00:22:38.150 --> 00:22:41.240
  • They didn't know anything about a whole bunch of things and also
  • 00:22:41.270 --> 00:22:46.130
  • Kublai Khan told Marco Polo, "Go and find a hundred wise, Godly,
  • 00:22:46.160 --> 00:22:52.030
  • Christian men and bring them back to China to tell
  • 00:22:52.060 --> 00:22:55.120
  • my nation about Jesus."
  • 00:22:55.150 --> 00:22:58.050
  • I don't think that was done but it was something.
  • 00:22:58.080 --> 00:23:02.140
  • And the challenge that Marco Polo had when he went back to
  • 00:23:02.170 --> 00:23:05.270
  • Italy was trying to explain to the Italians the lifestyle
  • 00:23:06.000 --> 00:23:09.290
  • in China.
  • 00:23:10.020 --> 00:23:11.260
  • Man, it was so different, the food, the culture,
  • 00:23:11.290 --> 00:23:14.100
  • the atmosphere, education, everything was different.
  • 00:23:14.130 --> 00:23:17.040
  • And the problem he had was explaining to the Chinese the
  • 00:23:17.070 --> 00:23:20.070
  • lifestyle of the Italians, it was just hard.
  • 00:23:20.100 --> 00:23:22.250
  • And the frame of reference weren't things they
  • 00:23:22.280 --> 00:23:24.250
  • were familiar with.
  • 00:23:24.280 --> 00:23:26.060
  • You see, our frame of reference, we're familiar with a lake, and
  • 00:23:26.090 --> 00:23:30.220
  • with a sunrise, and with the stars, and we're familiar with
  • 00:23:30.250 --> 00:23:35.010
  • things on this earth and this is just a souvenir of heaven.
  • 00:23:35.040 --> 00:23:41.160
  • All the beautiful, wonderful, fun, joyous,
  • 00:23:41.190 --> 00:23:45.000
  • exciting things are a souvenir.
  • 00:23:45.030 --> 00:23:47.030
  • You say, "Well, you know, I--the Super Bowl is something."
  • 00:23:47.060 --> 00:23:50.070
  • I've been to a Super Bowl.
  • 00:23:50.100 --> 00:23:51.170
  • It's exciting.
  • 00:23:51.200 --> 00:23:52.280
  • It's just a souvenir of the reality of heaven.
  • 00:23:53.010 --> 00:23:57.010
  • World Series, I've been there, souvenir.
  • 00:23:57.040 --> 00:24:00.030
  • Final Four, I've been there, just a souvenir.
  • 00:24:00.060 --> 00:24:03.180
  • Bowl games, I've been there.
  • 00:24:03.210 --> 00:24:05.050
  • We've been fishing, we've traveled.
  • 00:24:05.080 --> 00:24:07.250
  • We've been--a lot of us been on--but all of this, the best,
  • 00:24:07.280 --> 00:24:10.220
  • the brightest, the most exciting and thrilling is just little
  • 00:24:10.250 --> 00:24:14.080
  • souvenirs.
  • 00:24:14.110 --> 00:24:16.050
  • I had a friend who was in Berlin when the Berlin Wall came back.
  • 00:24:16.080 --> 00:24:19.080
  • He brought me a part of the Berlin Wall.
  • 00:24:19.110 --> 00:24:21.080
  • I've got a literal part of the Berlin Wall.
  • 00:24:21.110 --> 00:24:23.270
  • It's a souvenir.
  • 00:24:24.000 --> 00:24:26.150
  • I've got another friend who brought me back some a special
  • 00:24:26.180 --> 00:24:30.060
  • type of olive oil from Italy and brought it in a little bottle.
  • 00:24:30.090 --> 00:24:33.170
  • It's--I didn't go there, it's a souvenir.
  • 00:24:33.200 --> 00:24:35.270
  • All we have on this earth, folks, is a souvenir.
  • 00:24:36.000 --> 00:24:38.080
  • It's a sample of that which you're gonna have in glory.
  • 00:24:38.110 --> 00:24:42.220
  • And the bottom line, is do you have your passport
  • 00:24:42.250 --> 00:24:45.050
  • to get you into heaven?
  • 00:24:45.080 --> 00:24:48.010
  • What is that passport?
  • 00:24:48.040 --> 00:24:50.190
  • It's Jesus Christ.
  • 00:24:50.220 --> 00:24:53.130
  • It is the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:24:53.160 --> 00:24:55.250
  • If you've got him in your life and you've received him, that is
  • 00:24:55.280 --> 00:25:01.090
  • your ticket to paradise, to a fulfillment, to joy, to live
  • 00:25:01.120 --> 00:25:09.180
  • a resurrected life and a resurrected world with
  • 00:25:09.210 --> 00:25:13.130
  • everything in this world resurrected to newness and
  • 00:25:13.160 --> 00:25:16.260
  • freshness, and that is your ticket to heaven
  • 00:25:16.290 --> 00:25:22.140
  • is Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:22.170 --> 00:25:24.060
  • He is the one passport.
  • 00:25:24.090 --> 00:25:28.140
  • Straight out question, do you have your passport?
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  • male announcer: What is heaven?
  • 00:25:37.130 --> 00:25:39.030
  • When we think of heaven, we usually think of clouds, maybe
  • 00:25:39.060 --> 00:25:42.280
  • a staircase, a gate, perhaps a light at the end of a tunnel.
  • 00:25:43.010 --> 00:25:47.180
  • But is heaven a real place?
  • 00:25:47.210 --> 00:25:49.020
  • What will it look like?
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  • What will we do there for eternity?
  • 00:25:51.100 --> 00:25:54.100
  • Throughout God's Word, we're given pieces to the puzzle of
  • 00:25:54.130 --> 00:25:57.070
  • heaven and in the series, Heaven Is, Dr. Young will put those
  • 00:25:57.100 --> 00:26:01.120
  • pieces together to give us our best understanding of what
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  • heaven is really like.
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  • Dr. Young: In heaven, there'll be challenges, and
  • 00:26:06.180 --> 00:26:08.100
  • creativity, and joy, and celebration that'll go on and on
  • 00:26:08.130 --> 00:26:12.130
  • that's beyond anything we can picture or imagine
  • 00:26:12.160 --> 00:26:15.060
  • because we see heaven is real.
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  • It's real.
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  • announcer: To get your copy of this amazing series,
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  • Heaven Is, call the number on your screen or go online
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  • at winningwalk.org.
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  • It's our gift to you for your financial support of this
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  • ministry.
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  • Dr. Young: When I was growing up, almost without exception
  • 00:26:37.240 --> 00:26:40.260
  • every time I left my home, my mother would say,
  • 00:26:40.290 --> 00:26:44.210
  • "Edwin, remember who you are."
  • 00:26:44.240 --> 00:26:47.010
  • And I would turn around and grin,
  • 00:26:47.040 --> 00:26:50.180
  • or smile, or throw my hands back and keep moving, but I knew
  • 00:26:50.210 --> 00:26:55.040
  • exactly what she was talking about.
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  • At the party, remember who you are.
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  • As you go out with that date, remember who you are.
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  • As you take that trip and you get away from people that really
  • 00:27:04.070 --> 00:27:07.210
  • don't know you, remember who you are.
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  • Remember what you have learned, remember what you have been
  • 00:27:11.060 --> 00:27:15.150
  • taught, what your name means, principles you have seen your
  • 00:27:15.180 --> 00:27:19.170
  • dad and I live out before you.
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  • That's what my parents were saying,
  • 00:27:22.050 --> 00:27:23.290
  • "Edwin, remember who you are."
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  • Till this day, I have not forgotten that reminder
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  • and you shouldn't either.
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  • Sometimes I have remembered the reminder but out in the throws
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  • of life, I did not remember who I was in Christ.
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  • We need to always keep that in the frontal part of our minds.
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  • Remember who you are and more importantly, remember who
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  • you belong to.
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  • As a son or a daughter of God in Jesus Christ, live through him
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  • and for him and never forget, you are his.
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  • That's who you are and that's who I am.
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