Most Important Questions

Can I Live Forever?

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Participants: Pr. Doug Batchelor

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00:02 ♪ ♪ >> RECENTLY SOME STUDENTS FROM
00:06 BANGOR UNIVERSITY DISCOVERED WHAT THEY BELIEVE IS THE OLDEST
00:10 CREATURE IN THE WORLD.
00:12 IT LIVES IN THE WATERS OFF OF ICELAND, 260 FEET DOWN.
00:16 IT'S A QUAHOG CLAM.
00:19 WHAT'S VERY INTERESTING ABOUT THIS IS THEY COUNTED THE RINGS.
00:22 AND AFTER COUNTING UP THE RINGS, THEY FOUND OUT IT WAS SOMEWHERE
00:25 BETWEEN 405 AND 410 YEARS OLD.
00:30 THAT MEANS THAT THIS THING WAS STILL JUST A JUVENILE WHEN
00:33 SHAKESPEARE WAS WRITING HAMLET, WHEN THE KING JAMES BIBLE WAS
00:37 BEING TRANSLATED...
00:38 AND IT WAS LIVING BEFORE THE PILGRIMS EVEN LANDED ON PLYMOUTH
00:42 ROCK.
00:43 THE PROBLEM IS THAT, EVEN THOUGH CLAMS HAVE A HEART, THEY'VE GOT
00:47 MUSCLE, THEY BREATHE, THEY'VE GOT A DIGESTIVE SYSTEM, NOBODY
00:50 HAS EVER FOUND A CLAM BRAIN.
00:53 SO WHAT GOOD IS IT TO LIVE SO LONG IF YOU DON'T KNOW YOU'RE
00:56 ALIVE?
00:57 WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE FOREVER?
00:58 WE'RE GONNA FIND OUT MORE ABOUT IT IN THE PRESENTATION OF
01:01 M.I.Q.
01:03 ♪ ♪ >> HOW CAN I KNOW THAT GOD IS
01:06 LISTENING?
01:07 >> DID I COME FROM APES OR PREHISTORIC SLUDGE?
01:10 >> CAN THE BIBLE BE TRUSTED?
01:12 >> WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY LIFE?
01:14 >> COLLEGE?
01:15 >> CARS?
01:16 >> A JOB?
01:18 >> CAN I EVER BE PERFECT?
01:19 >> CAN I MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
01:21 [ALL ASKING QUESTIONS SIMULTANEOUSLY]
01:27 >> ...OR WHAT?
01:30 >> ANNOUNCER: "M.I.Q.": YOUR QUESTIONS, GOD'S ANSWERS.
01:35 >> IS THERE REALLY A FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH?
01:37 CAN YOU REALLY LIVE FOREVER?
01:39 THIS EPISODE COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE ETERNALLY.
01:42 JOIN US NOW FOR M.I.Q.
01:45 >> GOOD EVENING, EVERYBODY.
01:46 THIS IS M.I.Q.: MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS.
01:51 I'D LIKE TO WELCOME OUR LOCAL AUDIENCE HERE IN CEDAR LAKE,
01:53 MICHIGAN, AND ALSO THOSE OF YOU WATCHING ON TELEVISION, ON THE
01:56 VARIOUS CHANNELS AND ON THE INTERNET.
01:59 THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.
02:00 THIS IS AN INTERACTIVE SEARCH FOR TRUTH.
02:03 AND IF YOU HAVE A BIBLE QUESTION WE'D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU.
02:06 YOU CAN GO TO THE M.I.Q. TEENS WEBSITE: MIQTEENS.COM.
02:11 YOU CAN POST YOUR QUESTION ONLINE.
02:13 AND BY THE WAY, WHILE YOU'RE THERE, BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE
02:16 VARIOUS RESOURCES THAT'S AVAILABLE AT THAT WEBSITE.
02:19 YOU CAN ALSO WATCH PREVIOUS PROGRAMS AS WELL AS VIEWING
02:23 VARIOUS VIDEOS THAT WE HAVE ONLINE.
02:25 IF YOU'D LIKE TO SEND US A TEXT MESSAGE, YOU CAN DO THAT, TOO.
02:29 THE NUMBER TO SEND YOUR TEXT QUESTION TO IS 760-5-AFACTS.
02:35 760-523-2287.
02:40 NOW, I HOPE THAT ALL OF THOSE HERE IN OUR AUDIENCE HAVE
02:43 RECEIVED -- I KNOW SOME OF YOU WILL SHORTLY RECEIVE YOUR M.I.Q.
02:47 TEENS ANSWER BOOK.
02:49 YOU KNOW, THIS IS A GREAT RESOURCE.
02:51 A LOT OF GOOD INFORMATION THAT GOES ALONG WITH EACH OF THE
02:54 PRESENTATIONS THAT YOU SEE UP HERE ON STAGE.
02:57 THOSE OF YOU WATCHING, YOU CAN GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE
03:00 M.I.Q. TEEN WORKBOOK AT THE WEBSITE: MIQTEENS.COM.
03:07 WE HAVE A THEME SONG THAT WE LIKE TO SING AT THE BEGINNING OF
03:09 EACH OF OUR PROGRAMS.
03:10 AND I'D LIKE TO INVITE OUR LEADERS OF THE SONG TO PLEASE
03:14 COME FORWARD AT THIS TIME.
03:16 IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING OUR THEME SONG THIS EVENING, ANDREW WILL
03:19 BE HAVING OUR OPENING PRAYER.
03:21 LET'S STAND AS WE SING TOGETHER, "JESUS IS THE ANSWER".
03:26 ♪ WHEN I GAZE UP AT THE COUNTLESS STARS ♪
03:31 ♪ OR ON AN ENDLESS SEA ♪ ♪ MY MIND MAY SWIM WITH
03:37 QUESTIONS ♪ ♪ BEWILDERING TO ME ♪
03:43 ♪ BUT THEN I READ THE BIBLE ♪ ♪ AND SEEK YOUR FACE IN
03:49 PRAYER ♪ ♪ I'M SATISFIED REMEMBERING ♪
03:55 ♪ YOUR LOVING GRACE AND CARE ♪ ♪ WHATEVER QUESTIONS I MAY
04:02 HAVE ♪ ♪ WHETHER GREAT OR SMALL ♪
04:07 ♪ I KNOW JESUS DIED TO SAVE ME ♪
04:12 ♪ AND THAT HE FORGAVE ME ♪ ♪ JESUS IS THE ANSWER TO IT
04:19 ALL ♪ ♪ JESUS IS THE ANSWER TO IT
04:27 ALL ♪
04:31 ♪ I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS ♪ ♪ I WONDER IN MY HEART ♪
04:39 ♪ HOW SOMETHING COMES FROM NOTHING ♪
04:43 ♪ WHEN DID FOREVER START ♪ ♪ WHY CAN'T I SEE YOUR GLORY ♪
04:51 ♪ WHERE IS THE PROMISED LAND ♪ ♪ I TRUST THAT YOU WILL LEAD ME
04:58 THERE ♪ ♪ IF I CAN TAKE YOUR HAND ♪
05:03 ♪ WHATEVER QUESTIONS I MAY HAVE ♪
05:08 ♪ WHETHER GREAT OR SMALL ♪ ♪ I KNOW JESUS DIED TO SAVE
05:14 ME ♪ ♪ AND THAT HE FORGAVE ME ♪
05:19 ♪ JESUS IS THE ANSWER TO IT ALL ♪
05:27 ♪ JESUS IS THE ANSWER TO IT ALL ♪
05:37 >> FATHER IN HEAVEN, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BRINGING EACH ONE
05:41 OF US HERE TO LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS.
05:45 I PRAY THAT YOU WILL BLESS THE MESSAGE, THAT YOU WILL BE WITH
05:48 PASTOR BATCHELOR.
05:50 GIVE HIM THE WORDS TO SAY, HELP THEM TO BE YOURS AND NOT HIS.
05:54 AND I PRAY THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL BE HERE TO TOUCH EACH OF
05:58 OUR HEARTS.
05:59 IN YOUR NAME, AMEN.
06:05 >> PASTOR DOUG: AMEN.
06:06 THANK YOU.
06:08 WELCOME, EVERYBODY.
06:09 GOOD TO SEE EACH OF YOU.
06:11 GOOD TO SEE OUR FRIENDS WHO ARE WATCHING ON TELEVISION.
06:13 WE'RE SO THANKFUL THAT YOU HAVE JOINED US FOR THIS PRESENTATION
06:16 OF M.I.Q., WHICH STANDS FOR MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS.
06:21 AND WE'RE GONNA BE DEALING WITH THE BIG QUESTIONS IN LIFE THAT
06:24 HAVE EVERLASTING CONSEQUENCES.
06:27 AND WE'RE GONNA BE TAKING QUESTIONS FROM BOTH OUR VIEWERS,
06:31 FROM THOSE WHO ARE PRESENT HERE.
06:32 AND WE'RE JUST SO THANKFUL THAT YOU'RE EACH HERE AND HOPE YOU'LL
06:36 BE PRAYING AS WE DO OUR BEST TO GIVE THE ANSWERS.
06:38 WE DON'T CLAIM TO HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS, BUT WE'RE GONNA DO OUR
06:41 BEST TO LOOK IN GOD'S BOOK AND SHARE WHAT WE DO KNOW.
06:45 >> WELL, PASTOR DOUG, LET'S SEE WHAT QUESTIONS HAVE COME IN.
06:48 AND I THINK WE'RE READY FOR OUR FIRST QUESTION.
06:54 >> HI, MY NAME'S KATIE.
06:55 AND MY QUESTION IS, ARE ABORTED BABIES GOING TO BE IN HEAVEN?
07:03 >> WELL, THAT'S A SERIOUS QUESTION.
07:06 AND LET ME GO -- BEFORE I EVEN ENTER INTO THAT IMPORTANT
07:10 SUBJECT -- SOMETIMES THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID,
07:13 "I SAY THIS BY PERMISSION AND NOT BY COMMANDMENT."
07:16 AND WHAT I'M SHARING WITH YOU IS MY UNDERSTANDING OF THIS.
07:20 THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT SUBJECT.
07:21 FIRST, I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT SOME MATH.
07:24 THE REAL QUESTION THAT WE'RE ASKING HERE, "WILL ALL CHILDREN
07:30 THAT DIE BEFORE THE AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY AUTOMATICALLY BE
07:34 SAVED?"
07:36 MAYBE IT'S A MISCARRIED BABY.
07:38 SUPPOSE IT'S AN ABORTED BABY.
07:40 WHAT IF THE PARENTS WERE CHRISTIAN?
07:42 WHAT IF THEY'RE NOT?
07:43 DOES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
07:44 WELL, THERE'S A VERSE -- WE ACTUALLY SAW THIS QUESTION
07:46 COMING AND STRUGGLED WITH IT BECAUSE WE GET IT A LOT, BUT
07:51 IT'S A DIFFICULT SUBJECT.
07:53 1 CORINTHIANS 7:14...
07:56 PAUL HERE SPEAKING TO CHRISTIAN MEN WHO MIGHT BE MARRIED TO
07:59 NON-CHRISTIAN WOMEN OR VICE VERSA.
08:02 IT SAID, "FOR THE UNBELIEVING HUSBAND IS SANCTIFIED BY THE
08:05 WIFE; AND THE UNBELIEVING WIFE IS SANCTIFIED BY THE HUSBAND.
08:10 OTHERWISE, YOUR CHILDREN WOULD BE UNCLEAN, BUT NOW THEY'RE
08:14 HOLY."
08:15 AND WHAT THAT'S TELLING US IS THAT THERE ARE SOME CHILDREN
08:17 UNCLEAN.
08:19 NOW, THE WAY I UNDERSTAND THIS, AND I COULD BE WRONG, IS THAT
08:23 GOD IS NOT SAYING AUTOMATICALLY EVERY CHILD THAT DIES BEFORE THE
08:27 AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY -- WHATEVER THAT AGE IS; LET'S
08:29 PRETEND IT'S 12.
08:31 JUST PICK A NUMBER.
08:32 THE BIBLE DOESN'T GIVE US A SPECIFIC NUMBER.
08:34 IT'S WHEN YOU COME TO UNDERSTAND THE PRINCIPLES OF SALVATION, YOU
08:38 THEN BECOME RESPONSIBLE.
08:39 WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND RIGHT AND WRONG AND THE GOSPEL, THEN
08:44 YOU'RE OLD ENOUGH.
08:47 THINK ABOUT HOW MANY BABIES ARE EITHER MISCARRIED OR ABORTED OR
08:51 DIE IN INFANCY AROUND THE WORLD.
08:53 IT IS -- THE VAST MAJORITY OF DEATHS IS IN INFANCY.
08:57 YOU DO THE MATH ON THAT AND YOU'LL FIND OUT PRETTY QUICKLY
09:01 THAT IN THE RESURRECTION THERE'LL BE MAYBE ONE ADULT FOR
09:05 EVERY 10,000 CHILDREN...
09:09 OR MORE.
09:11 NOW, WHAT I DO BELIEVE IS THE BIBLE IS VERY CLEAR.
09:15 THAT BEFORE THE AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY, CHILDREN, BEFORE
09:18 THEY REALLY UNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES, IF THEY DIE DURING
09:20 THAT TIME, THEY ARE NOT PUNISHED IN THE LAKE OF FIRE.
09:24 IT IS POSSIBLE -- THERE'S A COUPLE OF VERSES THAT
09:26 SHED SOME LIGHT ON ONE OF THE OPTIONS.
09:29 PSALM 58:8, IT SAYS, SPEAKING OF THEIR ENEMIES, "LET THEM BE LIKE
09:34 A STILLBORN CHILD OF A WOMAN THAT THEY MAY NEVER SEE THE
09:38 SUN."
09:40 AND THEN AGAIN, JOB.
09:42 YOU REMEMBER JOB WAS GOING THROUGH HIS SUFFERINGS AND HE
09:44 BASICALLY IS WISHING THAT HE HAD NEVER BEEN BORN.
09:46 "OR WHY WAS I NOT HIDDEN LIKE A STILLBORN CHILD?
09:49 LIKE INFANTS WHO NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY?"
09:51 SO IT SEEMS TO IMPLY THERE ARE SOME INFANTS WHO NEVER SEE THE
09:54 LIGHT OF DAY.
09:56 IT'S A DIFFICULT QUESTION.
09:58 AND SO, THOSE ARE THE SCRIPTURES I'M GONNA GIVE YOU AND LET YOU
10:00 JUST THINK ABOUT THAT, BUT BELIEVING PARENTS HAVE A
10:04 SANCTIFYING INFLUENCE ON THEIR CHILDREN BEFORE THEY REACH THE
10:08 AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND THERE WILL BE A LOT OF CHILDREN IN
10:11 HEAVEN BECAUSE THE BIBLE SAYS CHILDREN WILL BE THERE LEADING
10:14 THE WILD ANIMALS.
10:15 IT SAYS THAT A CHILD WILL PLAY ON THE HOLE OF A VENOMOUS
10:17 SERPENT AND IT WILL NOT HURT.
10:19 SO HOPE THAT HELPS A LITTLE.
10:21 OR DID I CONFUSE YOU EVEN MORE?
10:23 >> OKAY, THANK YOU.
10:25 ALL RIGHT, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT OUR NEXT QUESTION FOR THIS
10:26 EVENING.
10:28 ♪ ♪ THIS IS A QUESTION FROM COVELO,
10:35 CALIFORNIA.
10:36 PASTOR DOUG, YOUR HOMETOWN.
10:38 AND THE QUESTION IS...
10:45 >> THAT WAS A GOOD QUESTION.
10:46 "LOVE YOUR ENEMIES.
10:47 WELL, IS THE DEVIL AN ENEMY?
10:48 ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO LOVE HIM?"
10:50 WELL, FIRST OF ALL, PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY OF A CHRISTIAN IS
10:54 TO DO WHAT JESUS DID.
10:55 JESUS DIDN'T LOVE THE DEVIL; YOU DON'T HAVE TO LOVE THE
10:57 DEVIL.
10:58 THE DEVIL DOESN'T HAVE SKIN ON HIM.
11:00 IT SAYS, "WE WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD," IN
11:02 EPHESIANS 6.
11:04 HE'S A SPIRIT.
11:05 WHEN JESUS SAYS LOVE YOUR ENEMIES HE'S TALKING ABOUT OUR
11:07 BRETHREN, EACH OTHER.
11:08 THE DEVIL ALSO HAS NO REDEEMABLE QUALITIES.
11:12 HIS SALVATION IS IMPOSSIBLE.
11:13 HE'S BEYOND REPENTANCE.
11:15 THERE'S NO VALUE IN LOVING HIM.
11:17 YOU'RE CASTING YOUR PEARLS BEFORE SWINE IF YOU DO.
11:20 >> LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT OUR NEXT VIDEO QUESTION FOR TODAY.
11:27 >> HI, MY NAME IS CHOODY [PHONETIC].
11:28 I WANNA KNOW, CAN I REALLY LIVE FOREVER?
11:30 AND HOW CAN I MAKE IT TO HEAVEN?
11:35 >> WELL, A LOT OF THIS IS GOING TO BE COVERED IN OUR LESSON
11:37 TONIGHT, BUT THE QUICK ANSWER IS YES.
11:40 WE INCLUDED THIS.
11:41 WE WANTED YOU TO KNOW YOU CAN LIVE FOREVER.
11:45 WE'RE GONNA BE TALKING DURING THE PRESENTATION ABOUT, HOW IS
11:49 THAT POSSIBLE?
11:50 CAN YOU THINK OF ANYTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT?
11:52 ESPECIALLY SINCE YOU'RE NOT CLAMS?
11:56 >> LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT OUR NEXT QUESTION FOR THIS EVENING.
11:58 ♪ ♪ WE HAVE A QUESTION FROM FRESNO,
12:05 CALIFORNIA.
12:12 >> GOOD QUESTION.
12:14 BECAUSE GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING DOESN'T MEAN THAT HE'S MAKING
12:18 EVERYTHING HAPPEN.
12:20 DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE?
12:21 WELL, FIRST OF ALL, DO A LOT OF PEOPLE DECIDE TO HAVE
12:24 CHILDREN KNOWING THAT THOSE CHILDREN MAY NOT DO EXACTLY WHAT
12:28 THEY SAY OR ALWAYS LOVE THEM?
12:30 AND YET THEY STILL CHOOSE TO HAVE CHILDREN?
12:33 DO PEOPLE CHOOSE TO GET MARRIED EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW THAT THEY
12:35 MAY FIGHT LATER?
12:36 WHY DID THEY GET MARRIED?
12:38 LOVE TAKES RISKS KNOWING THERE CAN BE PROBLEMS.
12:42 GOD IS LOVE.
12:43 HE'S A GIVER OF LIFE.
12:45 HE CREATES LIFE.
12:46 HE EVEN TAKES THE RISK OF CREATING LIFE OF THOSE WHO MAY
12:49 NOT LOVE HIM.
12:51 YOU KNOW, THE BEST WAY I CAN THINK TO ANSWER THIS IS LIKE A
12:54 PERSON IN A TRAFFIC HELICOPTER THAT HAS THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE
12:57 HIGHWAY AND THEY CAN SEE AN ACCIDENT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN
13:00 BECAUSE A LITTLE RED MAZDA MIATA IS TRYING TO PASS AN 18-WHEELER
13:05 ON TOP OF A HILL BEFORE THEY ENTER A TWO-LANE TUNNEL AND HE
13:08 SEES ANOTHER SEMI COMING.
13:10 AND THAT HELICOPTER REPORTER KNOWS THERE'S GONNA BE A
13:13 COLLISION IN THAT TUNNEL.
13:14 DOES HE KNOW IT'S GONNA HAPPEN BEFORE IT HAPPENS?
13:16 YEAH.
13:17 IS HE MAKING IT HAPPEN?
13:18 NO.
13:19 YOU HAVE A FREE CHOICE.
13:20 GOD JUST KNOWS THE FUTURE.
13:22 SEE?
13:23 >> ALRIGHT, PASTOR DOUG, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT OUR FINAL
13:26 QUESTION FOR THIS SECTION.
13:32 >> HI, I'M KEVIN, AND MY QUESTION IS, IN HEAVEN, WHAT'S
13:34 IT GONNA BE LIKE?
13:36 WILL WE HAVE OUR HUMAN BODIES?
13:37 WILL WE ALL BE DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS?
13:39 OR WHAT'S IT GONNA BE LIKE?
13:44 >> WHAT'S IT GONNA BE LIKE IN HEAVEN?
13:46 WELL, SOME OF OUR LESSON TALKS ABOUT THAT, BUT IT TELLS US THAT
13:49 IT'S GONNA BE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN WE CAN EVEN IMAGINE.
13:52 IT'S GONNA BE WONDERFUL IN HEAVEN.
13:54 YOU'LL LIVE FOREVER.
13:55 READ IN REVELATION CHAPTER...
13:58 21, 22...
14:00 ISAIAH 65, ISAIAH 11.
14:02 IT SAYS THAT GOD'S GONNA PREPARE A MANSION FOR US.
14:05 JESUS SAID IN JOHN 14, BEYOND WHAT YOU CAN IMAGINE.
14:09 YOU'LL RUN AND NOT BE WEARY.
14:10 YOU'LL BUILD HOUSES AND INHABIT THEM.
14:13 YOU'LL NEVER BE TIRED.
14:14 YOU'LL SOAR WITH WINGS LIKE AN EAGLE.
14:17 IT SAYS THEY'LL MOUNT UP WITH WINGS AS AN EAGLE.
14:19 I MEAN, I'VE GOT A WHOLE PRESENTATION ON THIS SUBJECT.
14:21 I GET EXCITED ABOUT IT.
14:22 I BETTER STICK WITH OUR PRESENTATION TONIGHT.
14:25 >> PASTOR ROSS: ALL RIGHT.
14:26 WELL, THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS.
14:28 THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE WATCHING, YOU CAN GO TO THE M.I.Q. TEENS
14:30 WEBSITE: MIQTEENS.COM.
14:33 YOU CAN POST YOUR QUESTION OR YOU CAN SEND US A TEXT MESSAGE.
14:37 THE NUMBER IS 760-5-AFACTS.
14:40 760-523-2287.
14:44 YOU KNOW, PASTOR DOUG, WE'VE GOTTEN TEXT QUESTIONS AND EMAIL
14:48 QUESTIONS, WEBSITE QUESTIONS FROM ALL OVER THE PLACE:
14:52 SOUTH AFRICA, AUSTRALIA, EUROPE.
14:55 SO KEEP THOSE QUESTIONS COMING; WE'LL TRY AND GET TO AS MANY AS
14:58 WE POSSIBLY CAN.
14:59 >> AMEN.
14:59 >> WELL, NOW IT'S TIME FOR THE LESSON, SO WE'LL TURN THE TIME
15:02 TO YOU.
15:02 >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
15:03 YEAH, WE EVEN SAW THAT SOMEWHERE WRITING IN FROM THE CARIBBEAN,
15:06 AND SO WE JUST WANT TO GREET OUR FRIENDS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
15:08 THAT ARE TUNING IN TO THIS SPECIAL PROGRAM FOR YOU.
15:12 AND I HOPE YOU'LL BE PRAYING FOR ME AS I SHARE WITH YOU, BECAUSE
15:15 I'M REALLY GONNA BE TALKING ABOUT THE MOST IMPORTANT
15:17 SUBJECT.
15:19 IT'S LIFE, AND HOW DO YOU LIVE
15:23 FOREVER?
15:25 FIRST OF ALL, PEOPLE TRY TO STAY ALIVE BECAUSE DEATH SEEMS
15:30 UNNATURAL.
15:32 WHY DO WE GET OLD?
15:34 WHY DO OUR CELLS DIE AND WE BEGIN TO AGE?
15:37 I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE, MAN, I JUST -- I HAD THE
15:40 FEELING OF ETERNAL YOUTH, AND YOU FEEL SO GOOD AND YOU'VE GOT
15:43 NO ACHES AND PAINS, AND YOU NOTICE YOU'RE GETTING BIGGER
15:45 AND BIGGER, AND BIGGER, AND YOU'RE KINDA GOING UPHILL AND
15:47 THINGS ARE GETTING BETTER.
15:48 AND WHEN SOMEONE TALKS ABOUT DEATH, YOU SAY, "I'M ON MY WAY
15:49 UP."
15:50 AND ONE DAY YOU PLATEAU AND YOU START REALIZING THINGS ARE GOING
15:53 DOWN THE OTHER SIDE.
15:55 YOU SAY, "WAIT, WHOA."
15:56 AND YOU START BUILDING MOMENTUM.
15:59 PONCE DE LEON SEARCHED AROUND FOR THAT FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH.
16:02 NEVER DID FIND IT.
16:04 HE DID FIND FLORIDA, THOUGH.
16:06 AND I THINK HE RETIRED THERE.
16:08 [LAUGHTER] AND THEN MAYBE YOU HEARD ABOUT
16:12 THAT BOOK WRITTEN BY JAMES HILTON CALLED --
16:16 ABOUT SHANGRI-LA, THE LOST HORIZON.
16:20 OR PEOPLE SUPPOSEDLY FROM THE HUNZA VALLEY.
16:22 THEY LIVE HUNDREDS OF YEARS.
16:24 AND YOU KNOW, NOW THEY'RE SAYING, I SAW SOME RESEARCH
16:26 LAST NIGHT -- THEY FOUND OUT THAT RATS WILL
16:28 LIVE 10 OR 15% LONGER IF THEY EAT A LOW-CALORIE DIET THAN RATS
16:33 THAT EXERCISE, BUT EAT TOO MANY CALORIES.
16:36 AND PEOPLE ARE GETTING ALL EXCITED ABOUT THAT.
16:38 THEY THINK, "I CAN LIVE 10 OR 15% LONGER!"
16:41 WHAT IS 10 OR 15 YEARS COMPARED TO ETERNITY?
16:45 NOW, DON'T MISUNDERSTAND.
16:47 I WANT TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO PROLONG MY LIFE.
16:51 BUT REALLY, YOU THINK ABOUT SOMEBODY GOING TO SUCH LENGTHS
16:54 AND THEY'RE JUST GONNA ADD 10 AND 15 YEARS TO THEIR EARTHLY
16:57 LIFE, AND NOT CONSIDER THEIR ETERNAL LIFE.
17:01 I THINK I TOLD YOU IN AN EARLIER PRESENTATION THAT MY ONE FULL
17:06 BROTHER WAS NAMED, FALCON, AND HE WAS BORN WITH CYSTIC
17:10 FIBROSIS.
17:12 AND THE LAST YEAR OR SO OF HIS LIFE -- HE WORKED VERY HARD TO
17:16 LIVE AS LONG AS HE COULD, BECAUSE HE KNEW FROM AN EARLY
17:19 AGE THAT HE HAD WHAT WAS REALLY A TERMINAL DISEASE.
17:23 BY THE WAY, WE'RE ALL TERMINAL.
17:27 I HOPE I DON'T SHOCK YOU, BUT YOU LIVE LONG ENOUGH, YOU'RE
17:31 GONNA GET SICK AND DIE.
17:33 ISN'T THAT RIGHT?
17:34 UNLESS THE LORD COMES FIRST.
17:36 THAT'S THE WAY THE PATTERN HAS BEEN.
17:38 AND SO THINKING ABOUT HOW TO LIVE FOREVER, THAT'S REALLY
17:40 IMPORTANT.
17:41 MY BROTHER AND I WERE OUT WALKING AROUND THE GOLF COURSE
17:43 WHERE HE USED TO GO GET HIS EXERCISE AND HE HAD TO STOP AND
17:45 CATCH HIS BREATH.
17:47 AND I REMEMBER HIM SAYING -- THIS IS JUST WHEN THEY WERE ON
17:50 THE INFANCY OF HEART-LUNG TRANSPLANTS, AND THEY REALLY
17:53 HADN'T PERFECTED IT YET.
17:55 AND MY BROTHER SAID, "DOUG, I WOULD GIVE EVERYTHING I'VE GOT."
18:01 MY BROTHER WAS PRETTY SUCCESSFUL.
18:03 HE HAD A HOUSE ON MIAMI BEACH, BOAT RIGHT THERE ON THE WATER,
18:07 NEW CARS -- I MEAN, HE HAD THE SUCCESS
18:09 STORIES, SURFBOARDS AND ALL THE TOYS AND...
18:12 AND HE SAID, "I'D GIVE ALL OF MY MONEY, I'D GIVE EVERYTHING I OWN
18:16 IF I COULD HAVE LUNGS LIKE YOURS AND LIVE A LITTLE LONGER."
18:21 HE WOULD GIVE EVERYTHING FOR A LITTLE MORE OF THIS LIFE.
18:28 AND HOW SAD THAT WE DON'T REALLY THINK BIGGER THAN THAT, BECAUSE
18:32 JESUS IS OFFERING US THE OPPORTUNITY, NOT ONLY TO HAVE
18:35 MORE ABUNDANT LIFE NOW, BUT TO LIVE FOREVER THROUGH ETERNITY,
18:40 IN A WORLD THAT IS INFINITELY BETTER THAN ANYTHING YOU CAN
18:43 IMAGINE.
18:44 IT'S REAL.
18:45 SCIENTISTS CAN'T EXPLAIN WHY YOUR CELLS AGE.
18:48 WHY DO THEY STOP...
18:50 IMPROVING AND HEALING THEMSELVES?
18:54 ADAM AND EVE WERE DESIGNED TO LIVE FOREVER.
18:56 WE FIGHT DEATH.
18:57 IF I WERE TO BRING A RATTLESNAKE DOWN INTO THE --
19:00 WE ALMOST GOT A RUBBER SNAKE AS AN ILLUSTRATION TONIGHT, BUT WE
19:03 COULDN'T FIND ONE.
19:03 I LOOKED.
19:05 IF I WERE TO BRING A RATTLESNAKE DOWN TO THE AUDIENCE, YOU'D
19:07 PROBABLY RUN IF IT WAS ALIVE, RIGHT?
19:10 BECAUSE YOU'D WANT TO PRESERVE YOUR WHAT?
19:13 YOUR LIFE.
19:15 IT'S NATURAL FOR US AND YET WE KNOW THAT YOU CAN STAVE IT OFF
19:20 AS LONG AS YOU CAN.
19:21 UNLESS YOU ACCEPT JESUS...
19:25 YOU CAN'T HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.
19:26 WHY?
19:28 WHY IS IT ONLY THROUGH CHRIST WE CAN LIVE FOREVER?
19:31 WELL, THAT'S A GOOD SEGUE FOR OUR PRESENTATION TONIGHT.
19:33 SO WE'RE GONNA GO TO THE FIRST QUESTION.
19:35 QUESTION NUMBER ONE:
19:45 ANSWER?
19:46 JOHN 3:16:
19:50 HOW MANY OF YOU KNOW THIS?
19:51 WHY DON'T YOU SAY IT WITH ME?
19:52 "FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN
19:57 SON THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE
20:03 EVERLASTING LIFE."
20:06 BELIEVING IN HIM IS THE KEY TO EVERLASTING LIFE, AND GOD SO
20:12 LOVED THE WORLD.
20:15 NOW, I THINK MOST OF YOU KNOW I'M A PASTOR, AND PASTORS DON'T
20:17 JUST PREACH.
20:19 WE DO COUNSELING, AND WE DO...
20:22 BAPTISMS AND WE DO FUNERALS.
20:26 ONE OF MY ASSOCIATES SAID, "WE DO HATCHES AND MATCHES AND
20:29 DISPATCHES."
20:32 AND I REMEMBER ONE FUNERAL I DID, I'LL NEVER FORGET.
20:36 13-YEAR-OLD BOY, DIED IN THE SHOWER.
20:40 IT WASN'T DRUGS, WASN'T -- HE JUST HAD A HEART DEFECT AND
20:44 JUST DROPPED AND DIED.
20:46 AND AFTER THE FUNERAL AND THE MESSAGE AND THE EULOGY AND ALL
20:51 THAT, THE PASTOR'S JOB IS TO STAND AT THE HEAD OF THE CASKET
20:54 AS THE FAMILY AND VISITORS GO OUT --
20:57 AND THEN THE FAMILY'S LAST.
20:58 AND AS THE FAMILY CAME LAST AND THE COFFIN WAS OPEN, THE MOTHER
21:01 LUNGED FOR HER SON, AND THE FAMILY MEMBERS HAD TO PEEL HER
21:06 HANDS OFF HER SON, AND SHE JUST KEPT CRYING OVER AND OVER, "WE
21:10 LOVED YOU SO MUCH.
21:11 WE LOVED YOU SO MUCH."
21:14 AND YOU KNOW, WHENEVER I SAY JOHN 3:16, JUST THAT LITTLE
21:16 TWO-LETTER WORD, "SO," TAKES ON A WHOLE DIFFERENT MEANING.
21:21 IS THERE ANY EARTHLY PARENT THAT LOVES THEIR CHILD MORE THAN GOD
21:27 LOVED HIS SON?
21:30 BUT HE LOVED YOU SO MUCH, SO MUCH, THAT HE GAVE HIS SON.
21:36 AND HE DIDN'T JUST COME AND DIE; HE SUFFERED FOR EVERY SIN THAT
21:40 YOU AND I HAVE EVER COMMITTED BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH HE
21:43 SAID, "I AM GOING TO PAY IN ADVANCE.
21:47 I WILL TAKE YOUR SUFFERING IN ADVANCE FOR EVERY SIN YOU HAVE
21:50 COMMITTED OR EVER WILL COMMIT.
21:53 AND IF YOU REPENT AND CONFESS AND BELIEVE IN ME, I WILL LOOK
21:57 UPON YOU AS THOUGH YOU HAVE NEVER SINNED.
22:00 AND YOU CAN HAVE THE GIFT OF EVERLASTING LIFE IF YOU BELIEVE
22:02 THAT PROMISE OF MINE."
22:05 WOW.
22:06 "YOU MEAN IT'S THAT EASY?
22:08 THAT'S TOO EASY.
22:09 CAN'T BE TRUE."
22:10 JESUS SAID, "AS MOSES LIFTED UP THE SERPENT IN THE WILDERNESS,
22:15 EVEN SO, THE SON OF MAN MUST BE LIFTED UP."
22:17 WHAT WAS HE TALKING ABOUT?
22:18 SOME OF YOU REMEMBER THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WERE
22:20 MISBEHAVING IN THE WILDERNESS, AND GOD WITHDREW HIS PROTECTION,
22:25 AND ALL THESE VENOMOUS SERPENTS WENT OUT AMONG THE GROUP AND
22:28 BEGAN TO BITE THEM, AND THEY STARTED DYING.
22:30 AND THEY CRIED OUT TO MOSES AND GOD TOLD MOSES, "PUT A BRONZE
22:34 SERPENT ON A POLE.
22:36 HOLD IT UP WHERE EVERYONE CAN SEE IT.
22:38 IF THEY LOOK, THEY'LL BE HEALED."
22:42 AND SO THEY QUICKLY FASHIONED THIS BRONZE SERPENT AND THEY PUT
22:44 IT UP ON A SHEPHERD'S STAFF.
22:45 BY THE WAY THAT, REPRESENTS FOR ANY SHEPHERD A DEAD SNAKE.
22:50 I USED TO -- I LIVED IN A CAVE.
22:51 I HAD A SNAKE STICK.
22:52 I'D KILL A SNAKE.
22:53 YOU DON'T PICK IT UP WITH YOUR HAND.
22:54 THEY CAN TURN AROUND AND SNAP AT YOU AFTER YOU THINK THEY'RE
22:57 DEAD.
22:57 PICK IT UP WITH A STICK.
22:59 CARRY IT OFF AND BURY IT SOMEWHERE.
23:01 SO THAT SERPENT UP ON A POLE MEANT A DEFEATED SERPENT, THAT
23:05 JESUS' DYING ON THE CROSS DEFEATED THE DEVIL.
23:09 AND THEN THE WORD WENT OUT THROUGHOUT THE CAMP.
23:11 "IF WE LOOK AT THE BRONZE SERPENT ON THE STICK, WE'LL BE
23:14 HEALED."
23:15 WELL, THESE PEOPLE, THEY'RE IN AGONY AND THEY'RE SUFFERING AND
23:17 THEY SEE THE WOUNDS FROM THE SNAKES AND THEY SAID, "AH,
23:19 THAT'S RIDICULOUS."
23:21 AND THEY WOULDN'T EVEN LOOK.
23:23 TOO EASY.
23:25 JESUS SAID, "LOOK AND LIVE."
23:28 HE SAYS TO YOU AND ME, "BELIEVE AND LIVE."
23:32 IF YOU BELIEVE -- BY THE WAY, BELIEVE MEANS TO "BE
23:35 LIVE."
23:36 YOU "BE LIVE" IN HIM.
23:38 HE SAYS THAT HE FORGIVES ALL OF YOUR SINS AND HE WILL GIVE YOU A
23:42 GIFT OF EVERLASTING LIFE.
23:44 AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE AFRAID OF DEATH.
23:46 DON'T HAVE TO BE AFRAID OF ANYTHING.
23:47 A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE GO AROUND AFRAID.
23:50 AND THAT'S A WONDERFUL PROMISE.
23:52 NEXT QUESTION:
24:02 THE ANSWER: MATTHEW 1:21.
24:06 YOU KNOW THIS, THE ANGEL IS SPEAKING TO MARY.
24:16 NOTICE IT DOESN'T SAY HE WOULD SAVE THEM IN THEIR SINS; HE
24:19 WOULD SAVE THEM FROM THEIR SINS.
24:22 DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT GOD CAN SAVE YOU FROM SIN?
24:27 YOU KNOW, I GOT A LONG WAY TO GO, BUT PRAISE THE LORD, THOUGH
24:32 I'M NOT WHAT I SHOULD BE, I'M NOT WHAT I USED TO BE.
24:36 WHEN GOD FOUND ME, I WAS RUNNING AROUND, NAKED UP IN THE
24:38 MOUNTAINS, DRINKING AND SMOKING AND CURSING AND LYING, AND USING
24:42 DRUGS AND STEALING, AND JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU CAN THINK
24:45 OF.
24:46 I WAS TRYING TO LOOK FOR HAPPINESS OR FUN OR EXCITEMENT.
24:49 I WAS MISERABLE, AND THE LORD CAME INTO MY LIFE AND HE CHANGED
24:53 ME.
24:54 AND SO WHEN PEOPLE TELL ME, "OH WELL HE SAVES YOU, BUT HE
24:57 DOESN'T EXPECT YOU TO CHANGE."
24:58 YOU CAN'T BE HAPPY UNLESS HE CHANGES YOU.
25:02 YOU CAN'T BE HAPPY WHILE YOU'RE STILL ADDICTED TO THIS THING
25:05 CALLED SIN.
25:06 SEE, I'VE GOT A THEORY.
25:08 I HAVE A THEORY THAT EVERYBODY IS DESIGNED BY GOD TO BE
25:13 ADDICTED.
25:15 WE WERE CREATED TO BE ADDICTED.
25:17 YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE ADDICTED?
25:19 SOME PEOPLE ARE ADDICTED TO FOOD...
25:23 AND THEY'LL PLAN THEIR DAY ON WHERE THEY'VE STASHED THEIR
25:27 FOOD.
25:28 AND IT'S LIKE THEY LIVE -- INSTEAD OF EATING TO LIVE, THEY
25:32 LIVE TO EAT.
25:34 AND IT'S LIKE -- IT'S AN ADDICTION.
25:36 SOME PEOPLE, THEY PLAN THEIR LIVES AROUND THEIR WORK.
25:38 I'VE BEEN ACCUSED OF THAT BEFORE.
25:40 BEING WORKAHOLICS.
25:41 THEY'RE ADDICTED TO THAT.
25:42 SIMILAR TO DRUGS.
25:43 THEY WANT TO KNOW WHEN THEY'RE GONNA GET THEIR NEXT FIX.
25:44 PEOPLE -- MY FATHER STRUGGLED WITH
25:46 ALCOHOL.
25:47 EVERY TIME HE MADE A DECISION ABOUT WHERE HE WAS GOING, WHAT
25:49 HOTEL HE'D STAY IN, HE'S SAY, "DO THEY HAVE A BAR?"
25:53 HE'D PLAN HIS MEALS AROUND -- WE'D GO OUT TO DINNER, BUT THEY
25:56 ALWAYS HAD TO BE A PLACE THAT SERVED ALCOHOL.
25:58 IT CONTROLLED HIS LIFE.
26:00 WELL, GOD CREATED US TO BE ADDICTED TO HIM.
26:04 WELL, WE SAID, "WILL JESUS BE HERE?
26:06 WILL JESUS BE THERE?
26:07 I'VE GOT TO BE WITH GOD.
26:07 I LOVE GOD.
26:08 I CRAVE GOD.
26:09 I THINK ABOUT GOD."
26:10 AND IF YOU'RE NOT ADDICTED TO GOD, I'M GONNA PROMISE YOU RIGHT
26:13 NOW YOU JUST NEED TO ASK THE QUESTION, "WHAT IS YOUR
26:16 ADDICTION?"
26:17 BECAUSE YOU'RE ADDICTED TO OTHER THINGS.
26:19 MIGHT BE ONE BIG THING OR SEVERAL THINGS.
26:20 USUALLY SEVERAL THINGS.
26:22 IT MIGHT BE SHOPPING, COULD BE FOOD, COULD BE ALCOHOL,
26:26 COULD BE DRUGS, COULD BE SEX.
26:28 ALL DIFFERENT KINDS OF ADDICTIONS OUT THERE.
26:30 IF JESUS IS NOT THE CENTER OF YOUR LIFE, THEN YOU'RE JUST
26:34 BEING CONTROLLED BY SOMETHING ELSE AND YOU'LL NEVER BE HAPPY.
26:39 AND THAT'S WHAT HE CAME TO GIVE YOU, IS ABUNDANT LIFE...
26:41 TO SAVE US FROM OUR SINS.
26:43 WHY?
26:44 ROMANS 6:23.
26:46 WHY?
26:47 "BECAUSE THE WAGES, THE PENALTY, THE REWARD FOR SIN IS DEATH."
26:52 NOW, DO YOU THINK GOD IS BEING SEVERE?
26:55 I MEAN, "SIN, IS IT THAT BAD?"
26:57 YEAH, FRIENDS, SIN IS DEADLY.
27:01 IMAGINE FOR A MOMENT...
27:04 YOU LIVE ON A DESERTED ISLAND IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC.
27:09 BEAUTIFUL, LUSH, TROPICAL ISLAND.
27:11 I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE FOUND HAWAII BEFORE CAPTAIN
27:12 COOK FOUND IT, WHEN IT WAS JUST...
27:16 MAYBE EVEN BEFORE THE LIONS FOUND IT.
27:17 I'M GREEDY.
27:19 A PARADISE, UNSPOILED...
27:22 FRUIT FALLING OUT OF THE TREES EVERYWHERE.
27:25 YOU KNOW, IN SOME PLACES IN HAWAII, WHEN YOU DRIVE, YOU MAKE
27:27 GUACAMOLE BECAUSE THERE'S JUST AVOCADOS LAYING IN THE ROAD
27:30 EVERYWHERE.
27:31 [LAUGHTER] I LOVE AVOCADOS.
27:35 AND YOU LIVE ON THIS BEAUTIFUL PARADISE ISLAND AND YOU AND YOUR
27:39 BEAUTIFUL SPOUSE THAT YOU LOVE, AND HE OR SHE LOVES YOU, AND YOU
27:43 GOT TEN CHILDREN, AND IT'S PARADISE, AND YOU'RE HAPPY.
27:45 AND YOU ALL GET ALONG; AND YOU'RE ALL NICE.
27:47 NO FIGHTING.
27:48 IF YOU CAN BE HAPPY WITH TEN CHILDREN, RIGHT?
27:50 [LAUGHTER] AND THEN, FOR SOME INEXPLICABLE
27:54 REASON, ONE OF YOUR CHILDREN SUDDENLY CONTRACTS A DEADLY,
28:00 CONTAGIOUS DISEASE THAT CREATES A LONG, SLOW, PAINFUL, DEADLY
28:08 PROCESS: AGONIZING DEATH.
28:12 AND YOU KNOW THAT YOU NEED TO SEPARATE THAT CHILD FROM ALL THE
28:15 OTHER CHILDREN BECAUSE WITHIN TWO OR THREE DAYS, THEY'LL
28:18 BECOME CONTAMINATED.
28:19 AND YOU'RE ON A SMALL ISLAND.
28:21 AND YOU REALIZE THAT THERE IS NO WAY TO ISOLATE THIS CHILD,
28:26 EXCEPT TO PUSH THEM OUT TO SEA TO SAVE THE REST OF THE FAMILY.
28:33 WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
28:35 THAT'D BE A TOUGH DECISION.
28:37 GOD'S BEEN FACED WITH THAT.
28:39 THIS PLANET OF OURS IS SORT OF QUARANTINED FROM THE UNIVERSE
28:42 BECAUSE OF SIN.
28:46 BUT THE LORD, HE CAME INTO THE WORLD TO SAVE HIS LOST SHEEP,
28:51 TO SAVE US FROM OUR SINS, TO TAKE OUR DISEASE, TO TRADE
28:54 PLACES WITH US.
28:55 MATTER OF FACT, YOU KNOW THE FIRST MIRACLE THAT JESUS
28:58 PERFORMED, HE TURNED WATER INTO GRAPE JUICE.
29:03 THEY CALL IT WINE; IT'S THE SAME WORD.
29:05 PURE GRAPE JUICE.
29:06 THE LAST THING THAT JESUS DID IS, WHEN HE WAS ON THE CROSS,
29:10 THEY GAVE HIM SOUR WINE.
29:13 THEN HE DIED.
29:14 WINE IN THE BIBLE REPRESENTS BLOOD.
29:17 REMEMBER AT THE LAST SUPPER -- YOU PROBABLY KNOW THIS.
29:19 HE SAID, "TAKE THIS DRINK.
29:20 IT'S A SYMBOL OF THE BLOOD OF MY COVENANT."
29:24 JESUS CAME TO GIVE US A BLOOD TRANSFUSION.
29:28 HE SAID, "I WILL TAKE YOUR SIN AND I WILL GIVE YOU MY
29:31 RIGHTEOUSNESS.
29:32 I'LL TAKE YOUR DISEASE AND I'LL GIVE YOU MY POWER."
29:35 AND HE'S OFFERING TO DO THIS AS A GIFT IF WE ASK AND WE BELIEVE.
29:39 NEXT QUESTION.
29:48 ANSWER: 1 JOHN 3:4.
30:01 SIN IS... IT'S DIRTY.
30:04 IT'S A DISEASE.
30:05 IT'S CONTAGIOUS.
30:07 IT'S... IF I WAS TO SUMMARIZE GOD IN ONE WORD, WHAT ONE WORD
30:09 WOULD I USE?
30:11 WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?
30:12 GOD IS LOVE.
30:15 THE OPPOSITE OF THAT IS, SIN IS SELFISHNESS.
30:19 AND YOU KNOW, SELFISHNESS, IF YOU LIVE FOR YOURSELF, YOU WILL
30:21 SELF-DESTRUCT.
30:23 THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT KING SAUL IN THE BIBLE WHO GRIEVED AWAY
30:26 THE HOLY SPIRIT AND WHAT DID HE DO?
30:28 HE FELL ON HIS OWN SWORD.
30:31 TALKS ABOUT JUDAS WHO GRIEVED AWAY THE HOLY SPIRIT.
30:35 IT SAYS SATAN ENTERED HIM AND HE WENT OUT -- IT WAS NIGHT.
30:38 AND WHAT DID HE DO?
30:40 HE WENT OUT AND HUNG HIMSELF.
30:43 SIN WILL MAKE YOU SELF-DESTRUCT.
30:46 UNLESS YOU LIVE BECAUSE OF LOVE FOR GOD AND LOVE FOR YOUR FELLOW
30:50 MAN.
30:51 IF YOU LIVE FOR LOVE FOR YOURSELF FIRST, YOU WILL SLOWLY
30:55 IMPLODE OVER THE COURSE OF YOUR LIFE.
30:57 I'VE JUST SEEN IT TIME AND TIME AGAIN.
30:59 THAT'S WHAT JESUS SAID.
31:00 "WHOEVER WILL TAKE UP THEIR CROSS AND FOLLOW ME, HE WILL
31:02 FIND HIS LIFE."
31:03 IF YOU LOSE YOUR LIFE FOR CHRIST, NOW YOU SAY, "I'M GONNA
31:06 LET GO.
31:06 I'M GONNA SAY, 'LORD YOU'RE IN CHARGE OF MY LIFE,'" ESPECIALLY
31:10 YOU YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT COLLEGE, AND
31:13 YOUR FUTURE, AND WHAT YOU WANT TO DO AND WHAT YOU WANT TO BE,
31:16 I HOPE YOU'RE ASKING GOD WHAT HIS PLAN IS FOR YOU, BECAUSE
31:19 THAT'S WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO FIND THE GREATEST HAPPINESS.
31:23 IT'S WHERE YOU'RE GONNA FIND THE GREATEST FULFILLMENT.
31:26 A MAN LIVING IN SCOTLAND HAD TWO BOYS.
31:29 ONE WAS DAVID, ONE WAS JOHN.
31:31 ONE BOY, JOHN, SAID, "I WANT TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS I CAN TO
31:36 BE RICH AND BE COMFORTABLE AND BE FAMOUS."
31:40 HIS BROTHER, DAVID, HE SAID, "I WANT TO SERVE GOD."
31:43 HE GOT ON HIS KNEES, HE SAID, "LORD, WHAT IS YOUR PLAN FOR MY
31:45 LIFE?
31:46 I'LL DO AND GO WHEREVER YOU WANT ME TO GO.
31:48 WHATEVER YOU WANT ME TO BE."
31:51 WELL, THE YOUNG BROTHER ENDED UP POOR.
31:55 THE OLDER BROTHER ENDED UP RICH.
31:59 IF YOU LOOK IN THE ENCYCLOPEDIA, YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO
32:02 FIND ABOUT THE RICH, OLDER BROTHER?
32:04 JOHN LIVINGSTON?
32:05 IT SIMPLY SAYS, "JOHN LIVINGSTON, BROTHER OF DAVID
32:08 LIVINGSTON."
32:10 DAVID LIVINGSTON, WHO SURRENDERED HIS LIFE TO CHRIST,
32:13 BIG SECTIONS IN THE ENCYCLOPEDIA.
32:16 CHANGED A CONTINENT, CHANGED HISTORY, OPENED UP MISSIONS, IS
32:19 BURIED IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY AND HAD GREAT FULFILLMENT.
32:22 YOU CAN READ HIS DIARY.
32:25 YOU CAN LIVE FOR YOURSELF; YOU'LL SELF-DESTRUCT.
32:28 OR YOU CAN LIVE FOR CHRIST.
32:29 YEAH, THERE'S TRIALS IN LIFE.
32:32 THERE'S TRIALS IF YOU FOLLOW JESUS.
32:33 THERE'S CHALLENGES.
32:34 BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
32:35 THERE'S TRIALS IF YOU DON'T.
32:36 A LOT MORE.
32:38 CHRIST SAID, "IF YOU FOLLOW ME,
32:40 TAKE YOUR YOKE, PAIR UP, TEAM UP WITH ME, BECAUSE MY BURDEN IS
32:44 EASY.
32:45 MY YOKE IS EASY.
32:46 MY BURDEN IS LIGHT."
32:47 SO YEAH, THERE'S TROUBLE IN LIFE.
32:50 BUT IT'S A LOT EASIER TO BE A CHRISTIAN.
32:53 THERE'S TRIBULATION.
32:54 JESUS SAID, "BE OF GOOD CHEER.
32:55 CHEER UP.
32:56 I'VE OVERCOME THE WORLD," AND YOU FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS.
33:00 IT'S SO MUCH BETTER TO FOLLOW CHRIST.
33:03 WELL, THEY'RE TELLING ME NOW, TEXT QUESTION CAME IN THAT THE
33:06 TRUCK -- AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT THESE ARE UNTIL I GET THEM.
33:13 AND THIS IS FROM NEOSHO IN WISCONSIN?
33:23 WELL, WHEN YOU READ IN REVELATION, WE KNOW THAT THE
33:26 144,000 ARE JUST A SAMPLING OF THE LEADERSHIP.
33:29 JUST LIKE THERE WERE 12 APOSTLES AND THEN A GREAT MULTITUDE WAS
33:32 BAPTIZED AFTER PENTECOST.
33:34 144,000 IS SORT OF LIKE THE LAST DAY APOSTLES AND THERE'S A GREAT
33:38 MULTITUDE BEYOND THAT.
33:39 MATTER OF FACT, THE BIBLE SAYS, "IT'S A GREAT MULTITUDE THAT NO
33:42 MAN CAN NUMBER," SO I CAN'T GIVE YOU AN EXACT NUMBER.
33:44 BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I CAN TELL YOU?
33:45 THERE WILL BE ROOM FOR YOU.
33:48 HEY, I HEARD AN AMAZING FACT THIS WEEK, COMING HERE.
33:50 I WAS SITTING NEXT TO SOMEBODY AND I LANDED AT THE DALLAS
33:54 AIRPORT.
33:55 AND WE TAXIED AND TAXIED AND TAXIED, WAITING TO GET TO THE
33:58 GATE.
33:59 AND HE SAID TO ME, "OH YEAH, I COME IN HERE A LOT."
34:02 HE SAID, "DO YOU REALIZE THAT THE D.F.W. AIRPORT IS BIGGER
34:05 THAN MANHATTAN?"
34:07 YOU KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE IN MANHATTAN?
34:10 YOU KNOW HOW BIG THE NEW JERUSALEM IS?
34:13 375 MILES SQUARE.
34:16 WHICH MEANS, IF YOU'RE NOT THERE, IT'S NOT BECAUSE THERE
34:18 ISN'T ROOM.
34:19 IF YOU'RE NOT THERE, IT'S BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T HAVE ROOM IN
34:21 YOUR HEART.
34:22 BUT GOD'S GOT ROOM FOR YOU.
34:24 GOOD QUESTION.
34:25 ALL RIGHT.
34:25 WE'RE GOING TO GO TO OUR NEXT QUESTION IN OUR LESSON.
34:27 QUESTION NUMBER FOUR:
34:37 YEAH, WHY DOESN'T GOD, IF HE WANTS TO MAKE US HAPPY, JUST
34:39 GIVE US ETERNAL LIFE NOW?
34:41 SO WE COULD LIVE FOREVER LIKE PONCE DE LEON, JUST DOING OUR
34:43 OWN THING?
34:45 ANSWER?
34:46 PSALM 31:9-10.
34:49 KING DAVID WROTE:
35:10 WHAT IS THE CONDITION OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD, WITH ALL THE SIN
35:13 AND ALL THE SUFFERING?
35:15 DO YOU REALLY WANT TO LIVE FOREVER LIKE THIS?
35:19 YOU KNOW, THE OLDER PEOPLE GET -- MATTER OF FACT, WHEN WE
35:21 COME BACK FROM THIS PROGRAM, WE'D LIKE TO SAY HELLO TO
35:24 KAREN'S GRANDPARENTS.
35:26 GRANDPA'S GONNA BE 100 YEARS OLD.
35:28 AND YOU KNOW WHAT OFTEN HAPPENS?
35:29 I VISIT WITH PEOPLE THAT GET TO BE 100, AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
35:32 ARE THEY SAYING, "BOY, I CAN'T WAIT TO REACH 200"?
35:35 YOU KNOW WHAT THEY END UP SAYING?
35:37 "I'M TIRED."
35:39 IT'S TRUE.
35:42 DO YOU WANT TO LIVE FOREVER IN THIS LIFE, WITH THESE BODIES?
35:45 OR DO YOU WANT TO LIVE FOREVER IN A WORLD WHERE YOU HAVE
35:47 ETERNAL YOUTH AND ENERGY AND VIGOR AND YOU COULD JUST SOAR TO
35:53 OTHER PLANETS.
35:54 QUESTION NUMBER FIVE:
36:03 NO, WE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS IN OUR LAST PRESENTATION.
36:06 YOU REMEMBER WHEN WE READ IN GENESIS 1:27:
36:20 NOW, WHEN GOD MADE ADAM AND EVE IN THE BEGINNING, WAS THERE ANY
36:23 SIN?
36:24 IN PARADISE?
36:25 EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT.
36:27 THEY WERE PERFECTLY HOLY, PERFECTLY HAPPY.
36:29 DID ADAM STRUGGLE WITH TEMPTATION?
36:32 "OH, I BETTER NOT EAT ANOTHER GUAVA.
36:34 OH, I CAN'T HELP MYSELF."
36:35 WAS HE HAVING PROBLEMS LIKE THAT IN THE GARDEN?
36:38 NO.
36:39 HIS NATURE WAS PERFECTLY IN HARMONY WITH GOD.
36:41 HE WAS MOTIVATED BY LOVE.
36:43 GOD WAS THE MIDDLE OF HIS LIFE.
36:45 BUT YOU KNOW WHERE ALL THE SIN AND SUFFERING CAME FROM?
36:48 WHEN THEY BEGAN TO DOUBT GOD.
36:50 SIN WAS NOT A PART OF GOD'S ORIGINAL PLAN.
36:53 IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN
36:56 HEAVEN, YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE GARDEN OF EDEN.
36:59 IN THE BEGINNING, EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT.
37:01 THE BIBLE SAYS IT WAS GOOD, GOOD, VERY GOOD.
37:06 AND HOW IS IT GOING TO BE IN THE END?
37:08 ONCE AGAIN, GOD WANTS TO MAKE THINGS GOOD, GOOD, VERY GOOD.
37:10 WHAT BROUGHT IN THE PROBLEM?
37:13 A THREE-LETTER WORD, AND THE MIDDLE OF THAT THREE LETTER
37:16 WORD, S-I-N, YOU GOT "I."
37:20 THE DEVIL, BY THE WAY, HAS "I" PROBLEMS.
37:23 YOU READ ABOUT SATAN, HE SAYS, "I WANT TO BE LIKE THE MOST
37:25 HIGH.
37:26 I WILL EXALT MY THRONE.
37:28 I, I, I, I, I."
37:30 YOU KNOW, THEY SAY CRAZY PEOPLE USE THE WORDS "I," "ME," "MY,"
37:35 "MINE," AND "MYSELF" TEN TIMES MORE THAN PEOPLE THAT ARE
37:38 CONSIDERED SANE.
37:40 IT MAKES ME WORRIED BECAUSE I THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH I THINK
37:42 ABOUT MYSELF, I THOUGHT, "MAYBE I'M PART CRAZY TOO."
37:44 SIN IS A FORM OF INSANITY.
37:48 IT REALLY IS.
37:50 YOU THINK ABOUT IT.
37:51 MOSES, BEFORE HE DIED, HE SAID TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, HE
37:54 SAID, "I AM SETTING BEFORE YOU THIS DAY TWO GREAT OPTIONS.
37:58 ON ONE HAND, I'VE GOT LIFE AND GOOD AND BLESSING.
38:01 ON THE OTHER HAND, I'VE GOT DEATH AND EVIL AND CURSING.
38:04 WHICH ONE DO YOU WANT?"
38:06 NOW WHO WOULD BE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND THAT SAYS, "LET ME THINK
38:09 ABOUT THIS.
38:10 I DON'T KNOW.
38:11 LIFE, GOOD, BLESSING...
38:12 DEATH, EVIL, CURSING.
38:13 AH, THE DEATH, EVIL, CURSING SOUNDS INTERESTING."
38:17 BUT YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE DO ALL THE TIME.
38:19 HE REALLY SAID IT WITH A SENSE OF IRONY.
38:21 IT SAYS, "IF YOU LOVE AND OBEY GOD: LIFE, GOOD, BLESSING.
38:26 YOU TURN FROM GOD AND LIVE FOR YOURSELF: DEATH, EVIL, CURSING."
38:30 THESE ARE THE ONLY CHOICES THAT ANYBODY REALLY HAS.
38:34 AND EVERY DAY WE'RE MAKING CHOICES, "AM I GOING TO LIVE FOR
38:36 MYSELF, SELF-DESTRUCT, UNHAPPY?
38:39 OR AM I GONNA LIVE FOR GOD?"
38:41 "LOVE THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS
38:42 YOURSELF.
38:43 THAT IS THE KEY TO REAL HAPPINESS.
38:45 BUT YOU CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT A MIRACLE.
38:48 YOU KNOW, I SHOULD PROBABLY PAUSE AT THIS POINT AND EXPLAIN
38:51 THIS.
38:52 IT'S IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU TO HAVE VICTORY OVER SIN...
38:56 WITHOUT A MIRACLE.
38:58 THE LORD HAS TO DO SOMETHING INCREDIBLE IN YOUR HEART THROUGH
39:02 THE HOLY SPIRIT.
39:02 IT SAYS, "HE CREATES A NEW HEART IN YOU."
39:05 ONE DAY THE DISCIPLES WERE TOLD BY JESUS TO CROSS AN OCEAN.
39:09 AND THEY SAID, "OKAY, LORD."
39:12 HE SAID, "I'LL CATCH UP WITH YOU."
39:13 THEY DIDN'T KNOW HOW, BUT THEY TRUSTED HIM.
39:15 SO THEY TOOK OFF ACROSS THE SEA.
39:16 PARTWAY ACROSS, THEY GOT ENVELOPED IN A TERRIBLE STORM.
39:20 THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE GONNA DIE.
39:22 AND IN THE MIDST OF ALL THAT, THEY SAW THIS APPARITION
39:25 GLOWING, WALKING TOWARDS THEM ON THE DARK WAVES, ON THE WATER.
39:28 AND THEY'RE OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEA.
39:30 FIRST THEY SCREAM IN TERROR, AND JESUS SAID, "DON'T BE AFRAID.
39:32 IT'S ME!"
39:34 THEN PETER, WHO WAS ALWAYS VERY ADVENTUROUS, HE SAID, "LORD,
39:38 THAT LOOKS PRETTY COOL."
39:39 I'M PARAPHRASING.
39:42 "I'D LIKE TO WALK ON THE WATER.
39:43 HOW ARE YOU DOING IT?
39:44 IF IT'S YOU, THEN INVITE ME TO WALK TO YOU ON THE WATER AND
39:48 I'LL ESCORT YOU BACK TO THE BOAT."
39:50 JESUS SAID, "COME."
39:51 ALL HE HAD TO DO WAS ASK!
39:54 PETER GOT OUT OF THE BOAT, AND HE FELT SOMETHING FIRM BENEATH
39:56 HIS FEET, YOU KNOW, STORM'S GOING ON, HE THOUGHT, "I'D
39:59 BETTER KEEP MY EYES ON JESUS."
40:00 SO AS HE'S WALKING TOWARDS JESUS, HE IS DOING THE
40:05 IMPOSSIBLE.
40:06 BECAUSE HE HAS HIS EYES ON JESUS, HE IS DOING THE
40:09 IMPOSSIBLE.
40:11 THEN HE PROBABLY WAS THINKING, "HEY, I HOPE THESE GUYS ARE
40:14 GETTING THIS ON THEIR iPHONES.
40:16 NO ONE'S GONNA EVER BELIEVE THIS.
40:17 YOU GUYS CATCHING THIS?"
40:18 AND HE TOOK HIS EYES OFF JESUS.
40:21 AND THEN HE LOOKED AROUND, HE SAW THE WAVES AND HE SAW THE
40:23 ENORMITY OF THE SEA, AND HE THOUGHT HE WAS GONNA GET
40:26 SWALLOWED UP IN THE YAWS [SIC] OF THE ABYSS.
40:30 AND HIS FEET BEGAN TO SINK, BECAUSE HE TOOK HIS EYES OFF
40:32 JESUS.
40:33 WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM?
40:34 HE STARTED TO SINK WHEN HE TOOK HIS EYES OFF JESUS.
40:37 THEN HE CAME BACK TO HIS SENSES.
40:39 HE LOOKED BACK AT JESUS AND SAID... SHORTEST PRAYER IN THE
40:42 BIBLE, BUT IT WORKS.
40:44 "LORD, SAVE ME."
40:47 IT'S GOOD TO KNOW THAT WORKS IN CASE YOU EVER NEED IT, LIKE
40:49 DRIVING, SEMI COMING TOWARDS YOU...
40:52 IN A TUNNEL...
40:53 RED MIATA...
40:54 REMEMBER?
40:54 "LORD, SAVE ME."
40:56 [SNAPS FINGERS] WHAT DID JESUS DO?
40:58 HE WENT TO HIM RIGHT AWAY AND HE TOOK HIM BY THE HAND, PICKED HIM
41:01 UP AGAIN.
41:03 IF YOU KEEP YOUR EYES FIXED ON JESUS, YOU CAN DO THE
41:06 IMPOSSIBLE.
41:07 THAT'S THE KEY.
41:08 IT SAYS, "WHEN YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN, YOU'RE RUNNING A
41:10 RACE."
41:11 AND IT SAYS, "WE RUN THAT RACE BY LAYING ASIDE EVERY SIN,
41:15 LAYING ASIDE THE WEIGHTS THAT BESET US AND RUN THE RACE FIXING
41:18 OUR EYES, LOOKING UNTO JESUS.
41:20 FIXING OUR EYES ON JESUS."
41:23 I HEARD ABOUT A MAN ONE TIME THAT, HE WAS WALKING HOME FROM
41:27 WORK AND ABOUT THE SAME TIME, SOME THREE BOYS WERE WALKING
41:29 HOME FROM SCHOOL.
41:31 AND THEY NOTICED THAT IT HAD SNOWED AND THERE WAS FRESH SNOW
41:35 ON THE GROUND, AND THE BOYS WERE FIGHTING WITH EACH OTHER.
41:38 AND THEY WERE SWINGING THEIR BACKPACKS AND ARGUING WITH EACH
41:40 OTHER AND THE MAN REALIZED, "YOU KNOW, THEY'RE JUST FRUSTRATED,
41:42 THEY NEED SOMETHING..."
41:43 SAID, "HEY, YOU BOYS," HE BROKE UP THEIR FIGHT.
41:44 HE SAID, "I'M WONDERING WHICH ONE OF YOU IS THE FASTEST."
41:48 AND THE BOYS ARE A LITTLE COMPETITIVE.
41:52 AND THEY SAID, "OH, I'M FASTER."
41:53 HE SAID, "WELL, WE'RE GONNA HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF RACE.
41:54 IT'S NOT JUST FAST; IT'S WHICH OF YOU IS THE STRAIGHTEST."
41:57 HE SAID, "I'M GONNA GO TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT FIELD.
42:00 YOU SEE THE FRESH SNOW?
42:01 AND WHEN I SAY 'THREE,' I WANT YOU TO RUN TOWARDS ME.
42:05 BUT HERE'S THE KEY TO WINNING.
42:07 NOT ONLY DO YOU NEED TO GET TO ME QUICK, BUT WHOEVER HAS THE
42:10 STRAIGHTEST TRACKS IN THE SNOW WINS."
42:14 SO HE WENT AROUND THE FIELD AND HE STOOD AT THE OTHER END.
42:16 HE SAID, "ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, 1, 2, 3, GO!"
42:19 AND THEY TOOK OFF RUNNING.
42:20 THE ONE BOY, HE WAS PREOCCUPIED WITH HOW HIS FRIENDS WERE DOING.
42:25 HE WAS IN THE MIDDLE, AND SO HE KEPT LOOKING TO HIS RIGHT TO
42:27 SEE THEIR TRACKS.
42:28 HE WAS CHECKING OUT THEIR TRACKS.
42:29 HE LOOK TO THE LEFT, SEE HOW THEIR TRACKS WERE DOING.
42:31 BUT EVERY TIME HE DID THAT -- YOU EVER TRY AND RIDE A BICYCLE
42:34 ON A STRAIGHT LINE, WHILE YOU'RE LOOKING OVER YOUR SHOULDER?
42:37 TRY THAT SOMETIME.
42:41 HE WAS MAKING THIS SERPENTINE TRAIL IN THE SNOW.
42:44 AND THE OTHER BOY WAS PREOCCUPIED WITH HIS OWN TRACKS.
42:47 HE JUST KEPT LOOKING OVER HIS SHOULDER TO SEE IF THEY'RE
42:49 STRAIGHT, BUT EVERY TIME HE DID THAT, HE STARTED TO VEER.
42:53 THE THIRD BOY, HE PUT HIS EYES ON THE MAN, AND HE RAN STRAIGHT
42:57 TOWARDS THE MAN, AND HE WON THE RACE.
43:01 THE WAY THAT YOU WIN THE RACE IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS:
43:03 A CHRISTIAN IS A FOLLOWER, NOT OF CHRISTIANS, NOT OF CHURCHES.
43:08 WHAT'S A CHRISTIAN A FOLLOWER OF?
43:10 CHRIST.
43:11 BIGGEST PROBLEM IN THE CHURCH IS THAT WE LOOK AT PEOPLE.
43:13 NOW, YOU WANT TO LIVE A LIFE PEOPLE CAN LOOK AT.
43:15 I WANT TO BE A GOOD EXAMPLE, BUT I DON'T LOOK AT OTHER PEOPLE
43:18 BECAUSE THEY'LL LET YOU DOWN.
43:20 IF THE BIBLE TEACHES US ANYTHING IT TELLS US THAT SOMETIMES
43:22 CHRISTIANS ARE INCONSISTENT.
43:23 KEEP YOUR EYES FIXED ON JESUS.
43:26 I HEAR THERE'S ANOTHER TEXT QUESTION THAT'S COMING IN.
43:28 ALL RIGHT.
43:35 BY THE WAY, THIS IS FROM NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY.
43:42 WELL, WE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT ALREADY DURING THE
43:44 PROGRAM.
43:46 YOU MIGHT BE THINKING, "ARE WE GONNA BE SITTING ON CLOUDS,
43:48 PLAYING HARPS?"
43:50 ANYONE HERE PLAY THE HARP?
43:52 THE REST OF US WOULD BE BORED, HUH?
43:55 YOU'VE PROBABLY SEEN THOSE PICTURES BEFORE, THE FAT LITTLE
43:57 NAKED BABIES THAT ARE ON CLOUDS PLAYING HARPS AND YOU THINK --
44:01 AND THEN THEY'LL SHOW PICTURES OF HELL AND THEY MAKE IT LOOK
44:02 REALLY INTERESTING.
44:04 LIKE IT'S SOME KIND OF FIENDISH PARTY.
44:07 AND I'VE HEARD YOUNG PEOPLE SAY, "OH, YOU KNOW, NAKED ON CLOUDS
44:09 WITH HARPS?
44:11 OR WILD ROCK CONCERT?"
44:13 YOU KNOW, THAT'S THE WAY THE WORLD SOMETIMES PORTRAYS IT.
44:16 OH MAN, JUST THINK OF THE MOST INTERESTING THINGS THAT YOU CAN
44:19 IMAGINE DOING, THROUGH ETERNITY.
44:22 ENDEAVORS, BUILDING, EXPLORATION THROUGH SPACE,
44:26 CREATING THINGS, INVENTING THINGS.
44:28 GOD MADE MAN.
44:29 HE SAID, "GO FORTH, SUBDUE THE EARTH.
44:32 CONQUER."
44:33 THERE'S ALL KINDS OF THINGS THAT GOD WANTS US TO DO.
44:35 AND WE -- A LOT OF OUR BRAIN, LIKE I SAID, WE DON'T USE.
44:38 WE WERE DESIGNED TO LIVE FOREVER.
44:40 I PROMISE YOU THIS: YOU GET THERE, AND YOU WON'T GET BORED.
44:43 IF YOU GET BORED, I'LL APOLOGIZE.
44:45 THAT SOUND FAIR?
44:46 ALL RIGHT.
44:47 QUESTION NUMBER SIX.
44:48 WE STILL GOT A FEW TO GO, SO BETTER MOVE ALONG HERE.
44:58 ANSWER?
44:59 ROMANS 5:8.
45:11 YOU KNOW, JESUS COULD TAKE OUR PLACE WHILE WE'RE SINNERS
45:14 BECAUSE HE NEVER DID SIN.
45:16 YOU CAN READ ABOUT THAT IN 1 PETER 2:22.
45:20 IT SAYS, "JESUS WHO DID NO SIN."
45:24 THE ONLY MAN THAT EVER CAME INTO THIS PLANET THAT LIVED A LIFE
45:27 WITHOUT SIN IS CHRIST.
45:29 GOD BECAME A MAN, AND THE TOOLS THAT HE USED TO LIVE A
45:33 VICTORIOUS LIFE -- THAT WHOLE TOOLBOX IS AVAILABLE TO YOU AND
45:36 ME.
45:38 JESUS SAID THAT HE'S COME TO GIVE US AN EXAMPLE.
45:41 HE WAS TEMPTED IN EVERY WAY THAT WE'RE TEMPTED, YET WITHOUT SIN.
45:45 AND IF YOU BELIEVE IN HIM, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.
45:48 HE CAN HELP YOU HAVE THAT NEW LIFE.
45:50 ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH CHRIST.
45:52 AGAIN, 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21.
46:04 YOU KNOW, WHEN I LOOK AT MYSELF, SOMETIMES I DON'T KNOW HOW I CAN
46:07 BE SAVED.
46:08 BUT THEN I LOOK AT JESUS AND I WONDER, HOW CAN I BE LOST?
46:12 BECAUSE HE IS SUCH A PERFECT EXAMPLE FOR EACH ONE OF US.
46:16 NOW I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING THAT I
46:18 THINK IS REALLY IMPORTANT AND HERE'S WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE
46:19 FAIL.
46:20 HERE'S WHERE A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE ARE CHEATED WHEN IT COMES
46:22 TO SALVATION.
46:24 THERE'S OFTEN A VERY CHEAP PRESENTATION THAT IS MADE AND
46:28 IT SOUNDS SOMETHING LIKE THIS.
46:30 "IF YOU'D LIKE TO HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, THEN YOU COME TO THE FRONT
46:33 HERE, YOU KNEEL AT THE ALTAR, YOU REPEAT THESE 50 WORDS, AND
46:37 YOU WILL HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE."
46:40 WELL, I'M NOT QUESTIONING THAT GOD HAS BEEN ABLE TO SAVE PEOPLE
46:42 LIKE THAT, BUT THAT'S NOT THE WHOLE PICTURE.
46:45 THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WE ARE TO REPENT OF OUR SINS, WE ARE TO
46:51 CONFESS OUR SINS.
46:53 IT SAYS, "WHOEVER CONFESSES HIS SINS," IN 1 JOHN 1:9.
46:58 "GOD IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS AND TO
47:01 CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS."
47:04 PETER SAID, "REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED."
47:05 REPENT MEANS BE SORRY FOR YOUR SINS.
47:07 BE BAPTIZED AND YOUR SINS WILL BE WASHED AWAY.
47:11 AND SO, THIS IS PART OF IT.
47:13 NOW, IF I'M WALKING OUT THE DOOR AFTER THE PROGRAM AND I STEP ON
47:17 YOUR TOE, I'LL PROBABLY SAY, "EXCUSE ME."
47:20 AND I EXPECT YOU'LL SAY, "I'M GONNA GET MY ATTORNEY AND SUE."
47:23 NO, YOU WON'T SAY THAT WOULD YOU?
47:25 [LAUGHTER] YOU'D SAY, "NO PROBLEM."
47:27 RIGHT?
47:28 EVEN IF I HURT YOUR TOE A LITTLE BIT, YOU WOULDN'T WANT ME TO
47:30 KNOW.
47:30 YOU'D SAY, "IT'S OKAY, PASTOR DOUG."
47:32 [GRUNTS] RIGHT?
47:35 I MEAN, WE WANT TO BE GRACIOUS WITH EACH OTHER.
47:37 YOU WOULDN'T EXPECT ME TO FALL DOWN ON MY KNEES AND GRAB YOU
47:41 BY THE ANKLES AND SAY, "PLEASE FORGIVE ME!"
47:45 BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE TOO MUCH REPENTANCE FOR THE OFFENSE.
47:48 AM I RIGHT?
47:50 THE REPENTANCE SHOULD BE IN PROPORTION TO THE OFFENSE.
47:54 BUT IF I'M RUNNING OUT THE DOOR AND I'M NOT LOOKING, AND I TURN
47:56 AROUND AND I KNOCK YOU DOWN AND YOU'RE CARRYING YOUR BOOKS AND
47:59 YOUR BOOKS FALL OUT OF YOUR HAND AND YOU LOSE YOUR HOMEWORK AND
48:01 YOU BREAK YOUR LEG.
48:02 [LAUGHTER] AND I SAY, "HEY, SORRY.
48:06 CATCH YOU TOMORROW."
48:08 WELL, THAT'S NOT VERY NICE.
48:10 I SHOULD AT LEAST HELP YOU UP WITH YOUR BOOKS OR SOMETHING,
48:12 RIGHT?
48:13 GET YOU A CRUTCH.
48:14 RIGHT?
48:16 YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN HIT BY CARS ON A BICYCLE THREE TIMES IN MY
48:21 LIFE.
48:21 IT'S A MIRACLE THAT I'M ALIVE.
48:24 THREE TIMES, THAT I REMEMBER.
48:25 I DON'T KNOW, THERE MIGHT BE SOME I'VE FORGOTTEN.
48:27 [LAUGHTER] ONE TIME I WAS RIDING A
48:29 STINGRAY, AND I RODE OUT INTO THIS HIGHWAY.
48:33 I WAS NOT BEING VERY CAREFUL.
48:34 YOU KNOW, DO ANY OF YOU REMEMBER THE STINGRAYS?
48:35 BANANA SEAT?
48:36 AHH.
48:37 AND I'M RIDING BACK IN -- I'VE DATED MYSELF.
48:40 AND A CAR GOING 60 MILES AN HOUR WITHOUT ITS LIGHTS ON AT
48:42 NIGHT, HIT THE BACK OF MY BIKE.
48:46 AND I'M ON IT.
48:47 AND SPUN ME AROUND LIKE A TOP, AND I LANDED ON THE GROUND.
48:51 AND THEY STOPPED AND ONCE THEY FOUND OUT THAT I WAS ALIVE, THEY
48:53 TOOK OFF.
48:54 [LAUGHTER] AND ANOTHER TIME, I WAS RIDING
48:57 MY TEN-SPEED BIKE IN MIAMI BEACH.
48:59 AND THIS GUY IN A CONVERTIBLE, HE CAME AROUND A TURN WITHOUT
49:02 LOOKING, HE JUST PLAIN OLD HIT ME AND SENT ME SPRAWLING, AND
49:03 I'M LAYING THERE IN SHOCK.
49:05 AND HE SAYS FROM THE CONVERTIBLE, "ARE YOU OKAY?"
49:07 AND I'M THINKING TO MYSELF, "I'M ALIVE."
49:08 I SAID, "YEAH."
49:09 AND I'M ALL SKINNED UP AND BLEEDING.
49:11 HE DROVE OFF.
49:14 THAT'S JUST NOT RIGHT, IS IT?
49:18 SO, WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO JESUS?
49:22 YOU LOOK AT THE CROSS.
49:24 YOU LOOK AT EVERYTHING JESUS GOES THROUGH AT THE CROSS.
49:26 IT WASN'T JUST FOR THE WHOLE WORLD HE WENT THROUGH WHAT HE
49:29 WENT THROUGH.
49:30 YOU GOTTA REALIZE THAT EVERYTHING HE WENT THROUGH WAS
49:33 JUST FOR ME.
49:35 IT WAS JUST FOR YOU.
49:37 IF NOBODY ELSE IN THE WORLD HAD EVER SINNED, HE WOULD'VE GONE
49:40 THROUGH EVERYTHING THAT HE WENT THROUGH.
49:44 NOW, WHEN JESUS SUFFERS LIKE HE SUFFERS TO GIVE YOU ETERNAL
49:46 LIFE, IS IT APPROPRIATE FOR YOU TO SAY, "HEY, THANKS LORD, HIGH
49:51 FIVE, APPRECIATE IT.
49:52 I'LL TAKE THAT GIFT."
49:54 ISN'T THAT KIND OF SHALLOW?
49:56 OR IS IT JUST ME?
49:58 DOESN'T THE BIBLE SAY THAT WE SHOULD REPENT OF OUR SINS?
50:02 LET ME MAKE A SUGGESTION.
50:03 TALKS ABOUT CONFESSING OUR SINS.
50:04 HOW MANY OF YOU HERE REMEMBER EVERY SIN YOU'VE EVER COMMITTED?
50:08 GOOD, I'M NOT ALONE.
50:10 BUT CAN YOU REMEMBER THE CATEGORIES?
50:13 LIKE LYING.
50:17 MAYBE STEALING SOMETHING.
50:19 IMPURE THOUGHTS, GOSSIP.
50:22 GOSSIP, EVERYONE CAN WRITE THAT DOWN.
50:25 I'D LIKE TO MAKE A SUGGESTION.
50:27 IF YOU WANNA MEAN BUSINESS WITH JESUS AND REALLY BE FILLED WITH
50:30 THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND EXPERIENCE THAT JOY OF A NEW HEART TO THE
50:34 DEGREE THAT YOU REPENT AND CONFESS YOUR SINS AND YOU GET BY
50:37 YOURSELF WITH JESUS AND SAY, "LORD, I KNOW I'VE TRIED TO IT
50:40 BEFORE, BUT MAYBE I'VE NEVER DONE THIS.
50:41 I AM REALLY HELPLESS.
50:43 I AM REALLY SORRY FOR MY SINS.
50:45 I REALLY AM THANKFUL.
50:46 I'M SORRY FOR WHAT I DID TO YOU.
50:48 I WANT TO LIVE FOR YOU NOW.
50:50 I APPRECIATE YOUR SACRIFICE AND I'M GUILTY OF THESE SINS."
50:53 GET A PIECE OF PAPER.
50:55 DON'T LET ANYBODY GET A HOLD OF THIS PIECE OF PAPER.
50:58 AND SAY, "LORD, SHOW ME MY SINS."
51:02 START WRITING THEM DOWN.
51:03 YOU CAN'T REMEMBER ALL THE...
51:04 YOU KNOW ALL THE INDIVIDUAL SINS.
51:06 BUT WHAT YOU REMEMBER, WRITE IT DOWN.
51:09 AND SPREAD THAT BEFORE THE LORD.
51:11 AND KNEEL BY YOUR BED, BY THAT LIST.
51:14 AND SAY, "LORD, I AM SORRY."
51:15 YOU MIGHT EVEN SAY, "LORD, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO REPENT RIGHT.
51:18 BUT I WANT TO."
51:19 YOU KNOW REPENTANCE IS EVEN A GIFT.
51:20 IT SAYS THAT IN THE BIBLE.
51:22 SAY, "I'M SORRY FOR THESE SINS.
51:24 I KNOW I'VE BROKEN YOUR LAW.
51:26 THE PENALTY FOR SIN IS DEATH.
51:27 I BELIEVE THAT.
51:29 BUT I ALSO BELIEVE THAT YOU PROMISED, IF I CONFESS MY SINS
51:34 THAT YOU ARE FAITHFUL AND JUST."
51:36 JUST MEANS, HE CAN LEGALLY DO IT.
51:39 ..."TO FORGIVE ME AND TO CLEANSE ME FROM ALL
51:42 UNRIGHTEOUSNESS."
51:44 THEN SAY, "THANK YOU, LORD, FOR YOUR SACRIFICE FOR ME."
51:48 THEN DESTROY THAT LIST.
51:50 DON'T LET ANYONE GET THAT LIST.
51:51 DON'T PUT YOUR NAME ON THE LIST.
51:54 AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
51:56 YOU'RE GONNA FEEL THE MOST INCREDIBLE THING HAPPEN IN YOUR
51:58 LIFE.
51:59 IN YOUR HEART.
52:00 I THINK THE REASON A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE SAY, "YOU KNOW I
52:02 TRIED IT, IT DIDN'T WORK," IS THEY NEVER REALLY EXPERIENCED
52:06 THE DEEP SENSE OF SURRENDERING THEIR LIVES TO THE LORD...
52:10 OF MEANING BUSINESS WITH GOD...
52:12 OF CONFESSING THEIR SINS, OF REPENTING.
52:14 AND TO THE SAME EXTENT YOU DO THAT, HE WILL FILL YOU WITH HIS
52:17 SPIRIT!
52:18 AND HE'LL GIVE YOU EVERLASTING LIFE.
52:23 THINK ABOUT THAT.
52:24 YOU CAN LIVE FOREVER.
52:26 WHICH LEADS ME TO MY NEXT QUESTION.
52:34 WHAT IS THAT?
52:35 TRUE?
52:36 WILL YOU NEVER DIE?
52:38 WELL, MAYBE NOT IF YOU'RE ALIVE WHEN JESUS COMES.
52:41 JOHN 11:25-26.
53:01 YOU CAN LIVE FOREVER.
53:04 HOW LONG IS EVERLASTING LIFE?
53:06 HOW LONG IS ETERNITY?
53:07 GOD SAYS THAT HE'S OFFERING TO GIVE YOU THAT GIFT, FOREVER AND
53:11 EVER.
53:12 WHAT A WONDERFUL PROMISE THAT IS, FRIENDS.
53:15 "AND WHOSOEVER LIVES AND BELIEVES IN ME WILL NEVER DIE."
53:21 HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT ETERNITY AND WHAT ETERNITY REPRESENTS?
53:25 CAN YOU COMPREHEND ETERNITY?
53:28 I HEARD SOMEONE DESCRIBE IT THIS WAY ONCE.
53:31 IMAGINE FOR A MOMENT, A SPARROW THAT LANDS ON HALF DOME YOSEMITE
53:36 GRANITE, THAT ENORMOUS ROCK, AND SHARPENS HIS BEAK ONCE EVERY
53:41 THOUSAND YEARS.
53:44 WHEN HE HAS WORN AWAY YOSEMITE DOME, ETERNITY WILL HAVE JUST
53:49 BEGUN.
53:50 YOU AND I CAN'T COMPREHEND IT.
53:52 GOD IS OFFERING YOU THAT.
53:54 WHY WOULD WE WANT TO PASS THAT UP?
53:57 YOU KNOW I'M RUNNING OUT OF TIME FOR THE WHOLE LESSON HERE.
53:58 BUT THERE'S AN INTERESTING ILLUSTRATION AT THE END.
54:01 I STARTED TALKING ABOUT A QUAHOG CLAM.
54:05 YOU KNOW THERE WAS A MAN NAMED ALAN GOLASH, AND HE WAS
54:08 RUMMAGING AT A RUMMAGE STORE IN LONG ISLAND.
54:12 AND HE FOUND A BROACH.
54:14 AND HE LOOKED IT OVER AND HE DECIDED TO BUY THIS BROACH.
54:19 AND IT TURNS OUT THAT THE BROACH THAT HE BOUGHT HAD A PEARL IN
54:22 IT.
54:22 THE GUY THOUGHT, "OH WELL YOU KNOW, CUSTOM JEWELRY."
54:25 THOUGHT IT WAS JUST YOU KNOW, ARTIFICIAL.
54:27 HE BOUGHT IT FOR $14.
54:29 THAT BROACH REPRESENTED SOMETHING WORTH A MILLION
54:33 DOLLARS.
54:34 IT'S A QUAHOG PEARL.
54:35 IT'S CALLED THE PEARL OF VENUS.
54:37 IT'S PURPLE PEARL, PERFECT PURPLE.
54:41 LITTLE GOLD ANTIQUE BROACH.
54:42 YOU KNOW HOW MUCH IT WAS WORTH?
54:44 OVER A MILLION DOLLARS.
54:47 NOW, CAN YOU IMAGINE BEING THE OWNER OF THAT ANTIQUE STORE AND
54:50 FINDING OUT THAT YOU HAD A SOLD A MILLION DOLLAR BROACH FOR $14?
54:56 OH...
54:59 WOULD YOU TRADE A SILVER FLUTE FOR A PLASTIC WHISTLE?
55:06 WOULD YOU TRADE A MILLION-DOLLAR ARMANI SUIT FOR A HOBO'S
55:12 HANDKERCHIEF?
55:14 WOULD YOU TRADE A RED FERRARI FOR A MATCHBOX CAR?
55:22 I MEAN, YOU THINK ABOUT REALLY WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING WHEN THEY
55:25 SAY NO TO JESUS...
55:27 INSTEAD OF EMBRACING EVERLASTING LIFE.
55:31 IT'S... THE CRAZIEST THING IN THE WORLD.
55:34 THAT'S WHY THE LORD SAID, "WHAT PROFIT IS IT TO YOU IF YOU
55:37 GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD AND YOU LOSE YOUR SOUL?"
55:42 JESUS IS OFFERING YOU ETERNITY WITH AN IMMORTAL, GLORIFIED
55:47 BODY...
55:48 WITH HIM, IN A PLACE IN A WORLD WHERE THERE'S NO MORE PAIN OR
55:52 SUFFERING OR SORROW OR SICKNESS.
55:56 AND THE DEVIL HAS SOMEHOW MESMERIZED THIS SICK WORLD INTO
55:59 THINKING, "I'D RATHER HAVE DEATH AND CURSE, CURSING AND EVIL
56:03 THAN LIFE AND GOOD AND BLESSING."
56:07 YOU KNOW, AS WE PREPARE TO CLOSE OUT THIS PROGRAM, I'D LIKE TO
56:09 ASK YOU WHO ARE HERE AT GREAT LAKES ACADEMY AND THOSE WHO MAY
56:14 BE WATCHING.
56:16 WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A DECISION RIGHT NOW?
56:17 AND THAT DOESN'T MEAN THIS IS THE END OF IT.
56:20 YOU'RE WILLING TO GO AND GET ON YOUR KNEES WITH JESUS AND REPENT
56:23 OF YOUR SINS AND CONFESS YOUR SINS.
56:26 BUT YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE A DECISION RIGHT NOW AND SAY, "YES
56:28 LORD, I WANT TO FOLLOW YOU."
56:30 I WANT TO ASK YOU RIGHT NOW IF YOU'RE MAKING THAT DECISION,
56:33 OR IF YOU'VE MAYBE MADE THAT DECISION BEFORE, AND YOU WANT TO
56:36 REAFFIRM THAT DECISION, WILL YOU STAND BEFORE WE CLOSE AND PRAY?
56:41 "I WANT TO SAY YES TO JESUS.
56:42 I WANT THE ETERNAL LIFE THAT THE LORD IS OFFERING ME."
56:46 AND I HOPE SOME OF YOU WHO ARE WATCHING WILL MAKE THAT DECISION
56:49 RIGHT NOW.
56:51 AND THEN GET ON YOUR KNEES AND MEAN BUSINESS WITH JESUS.
56:54 WE'RE GONNA PRAY AS WE GO OFF THE AIR.
56:56 FATHER IN HEAVEN, THANK YOU FOR THE PROMISE THAT YOU'VE GIVEN
56:59 US, THAT WE CAN LOOK AND LIVE, THAT THROUGH JESUS WE CAN
57:04 BELIEVE AND HAVE THAT GIFT OF EVERLASTING LIFE.
57:07 I PRAY YOU'LL BE WITH EACH PERSON THAT IS HERE.
57:09 WITH THOSE WHO ARE WATCHING AND HELP US TO HAVE THAT NEW HEART
57:12 AND THAT NEW CREATION THAT YOU PROMISE.
57:14 WE ASK IN JESUS' NAME.
57:16 AMEN.
57:18 ♪ ♪ >> THANK YOU OR WATCHING THIS
57:23 EPISODE OF M.I.Q.
57:25 IN OUR NEXT PRESENTATION, WE'LL BE DISCUSSING LIFE, AND CAN IT
57:28 REALLY LAST FOREVER?
57:29 YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS.
57:31 SEE YOU THEN.
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