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Finish Strong Part 1

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January 12, 2021
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Join Jim Scudder, Jr. as he interviews his father and the founding pastor of the Quentin Road Baptist Church, Dr. James A. Scudder.

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  • I felt compelled to interviewmy dad to tell his story a few
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  • months ago, to tell you allabout this man of faith and
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  • to share with you,to encourage you,
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  • how we can all finishstrong in our lives.
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  • Little did I know, shortlyafter I interviewed with him,
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  • that he wouldunexpectedly pass away.
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  • We're going to his gravesidetoday, and he died some months
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  • ago, but they've finallyfinished the headstone.
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  • So Mom, Linda, my wife, Karen,and I are going to go and see
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  • his grave for the first time.
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  • He's a man that youmight have watched on TV.
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  • I got to watch him growingup, and he was real.
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  • He wasn't perfect,but he was real.
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  • And I want you to meet him, andI want you to get to know his
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  • story and his heart.
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  • And I want you tofinish strong as well.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Linda Scudder:I miss you a lot,
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  • but you got your "Well done."
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  • I can't believe it.
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  • I still can't believe he's gone.
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  • But he's good now.
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  • Jim: James AllenScudder, Senior,
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  • was born in The Good SamaritanHospital in Lexington,
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  • Kentucky, on July 6, 1946.
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  • His mom, Esther, was a teacher.
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  • His dad, Isaac, was a preacher.
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  • The Scudders have along history in Kentucky
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  • and in colonial America.
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  • In 1635, Thomas Scudder came tothe Massachusetts Bay Colony
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  • from England.
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  • My dad'sgreat-great-grandfather
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  • William John Scudder, Juniorimmigrated to Kentucky from
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  • Georgia shortlyafter Daniel Boone did.
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  • That deep history inAmerica really made
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  • James love this country.
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  • And that deep history inKentucky made him really
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  • love country life.
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  • Little did he know that God hadbig plans that would take him to
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  • the big city and many othercountries around the world.
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  • James Scudder, Sr.:You say, "How do you
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  • really believe that Bible?"
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  • Listen, I believe thatBible from cover to cover.
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  • I even believe the coverwhen it says a "Holy Bible."
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  • I believe every word in it.
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  • Salvation is not what youdo; it's what Christ did.
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  • It's not you turning from sin;
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  • it's turning to Christwho knew no sin.
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  • James: GipsySmith had a book:
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  • "Out of the Forest He Came."
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  • It meant that he didn'tcome from anything.
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  • He just got saved.
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  • Jim: And he wasan evangelist.
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  • James: He was anevangelist and,
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  • of course, he was before my timebut I knew people that met him
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  • several times.
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  • And I always thought, "Wow,out of the forest I came."
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  • And I had a good dad,a really good dad.
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  • But he did not understandsalvation by grace.
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  • He was a fundamentalMethodist for 40 years.
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  • Jim: And you love him andhe was a practical joker
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  • from what I understand.
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  • James: Oh man, I'm surprisedwe didn't kill several people.
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  • You know, we had thedistrict superintendent,
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  • Davis, and he was really famous.
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  • He wrote several books,he's in our house.
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  • And he just loved--he wasproud that he could kill a Coke.
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  • Back in those days,a Coke was 6 ounces.
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  • Jim: And "killing a Coke"is drinking the whole thing.
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  • James: Flipping the cap offand drinking it in one drink.
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  • So Dad and I got this idea.
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  • We put Tabasco half, and halfWorcestershire, and we put
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  • the cap back on.
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  • We even got pliers andmade it look perfect,
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  • and put it in thefridge, the first one.
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  • So he came in late at night,and he was gonna go up to bed,
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  • so he comes and flips itoff and starts drinking.
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  • And Dad and I hear him
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  • and he's on the floor, kicking.
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  • We thought we'd killed him.
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  • And we thought, "Oh, he's gonnabe so mad," and then he says,
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  • "Isaac, that's a good one.
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  • That's a good one,"as he--so we--
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  • Jim: He could'vefired your dad, right?
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  • James: Oh, of course, Imean, not just fire him.
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  • He could've put him inOuter Mongolia, I mean.
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  • Jim: That must be whereyou get your sense of humor.
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  • James: Yeah, it kindof helps, you know?
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  • Jim: You probably remember mydeep theological question when
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  • I was really little,maybe two or three?
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  • James: "Daddy, Daddy,how, when we go see Jesus,
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  • how do we get throughthe cloudies?"
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  • Jim: That's a deep question.
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  • James: Yeah, saying"cloudies" didn't help
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  • you at all, but I thought,"Well, that is kind of deep."
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  • Jim: How hard was it growingup in a religious home,
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  • a home of a pastor but neverbeing certain of eternal life?
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  • James: Well, Ididn't like church.
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  • I loved my dad.I even liked his messages,
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  • but I felt like the people inthe church weren't even trying
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  • to be, quote, "religious."
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  • And it kind of bugged me, andone time they let the junior
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  • high people speak at TrinityMethodist there in Paducah.
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  • And me and John Beaton, healmost became a pro baseball
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  • player, we preached our heartout about smoking after church.
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  • They'd go smoke on thesteps of the church.
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  • And that very day, everysingle person lit up
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  • and smoked after church.
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  • And you'd think, youknow, junior high kids,
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  • they would've had enoughrespect not to do it one Sunday.
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  • So that always bugged me.
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  • When I went toUniversity of Kentucky,
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  • I decided I wasn'tgonna go to church.
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  • I went one time,and it was a--pastor.
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  • He's Methodist, and he preachedon being a good student.
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  • Well, I didn't go to churchto become a good student.
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  • And so that was it.I only went one time.
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  • Jim: But you also went torevivals and different things,
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  • and I remember you saidyou would go forward.
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  • James: Well, I only wentforward once and that was
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  • in Morehead, and we hada famous evangelist.
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  • They said he wasnext to Billy Graham.
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  • His name was Ford Philpot,and he was fiery,
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  • and you know--andhe's preaching:
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  • you're walking on the edge ofhell, and you're about ready to
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  • break through, and if youdon't come forward to be saved,
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  • you're gonna goto hell for ever.
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  • And I tell you, that wordjust scared me until I decided,
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  • "I'm going forward.
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  • The only way I can getsaved is to go forward."
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  • So it took all the courageI had, and I walked forward.
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  • And no one dealt withme, no one talked to me.
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  • That night we went out with FordPhilpot to eat and my dad said,
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  • "Did you see Jameswent forward?"
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  • And Ford Philpot said, "I did."
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  • And that's all: notalking, no nothing.
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  • So I decided I was gonnalive as perfect a life
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  • as a person could.
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  • I didn't even makethe first night.
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  • It's impossible to live sogood that you can get to heaven.
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  • You just can't do it.
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  • And after that, nextmorning, I decided,
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  • "I'm going to hell.I might as well live it up."
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  • Now, I know a lot ofpeople tell that as a joke,
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  • but I meant it.
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  • And I decided there's noway I can get to heaven.
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  • And yet it would scare me, andthe last thing I was gonna be
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  • would be a preacher.
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  • I didn't wanna be a preacher.
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  • Jim: What did you wanna be?What did you wanna do?
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  • James: Well, Ihate to say it,
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  • it's embarrassing, but Iwas gonna be a politician.
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  • And I'd got to meetJohn Sherman Cooper,
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  • senator from Kentucky, and I hadhim come in once just to be with
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  • me and to go travel together.
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  • And he later wrote meand said that he would
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  • back me for Congress.
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  • I mean, that would almostguarantee you a seat.
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  • And that's all Iever wanted to do.
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  • Now, Republican, Democrat--I just love politics,
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  • and Happy Chandler, whichwas a baseball commissioner,
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  • twice governor, and heran for the third term,
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  • he was Democrat, but Iwas supporting Happy.
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  • And oh, when he lost,I'll never forget,
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  • I remember walking on thislittle beach on Kentucky Lake,
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  • and I was just sickthat I couldn't get
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  • Happy Chandler elected.
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  • I knew him from whenwe lived in Versailles.
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  • I'd see him all the time, andI'd do the stupidest things.
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  • "Hey, Happy, areyou still happy?"
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  • You know, and he'dsay, "Yes, I am."
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  • He'd smile.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Jim: Do you wantto finish strong?
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  • Contact me right now, and I'llsend you this "Finish Strong"
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  • Then every timeyou open your Bible,
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  • you know, racismwas alive and well,
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  • segregation, there was aseparate drinking fountain
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  • for a Black person.
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  • So that was partof your growing up,
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  • but I know you saidyou had best friends
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  • that were African American.
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  • James: I did, and mydad encouraged it.
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  • I tell you, no one, never cameout of my mouth, the N-word.
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  • My dad, there would havebeen no rear end left,
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  • probably wouldn't havebeen a head or anything left.
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  • You just didn't do that.
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  • And he would alwaysinstill in me,
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  • "Son, we're all equal.
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  • Doesn't matter how you're born,
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  • we're all bornequal before God."
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  • So I go in the colored bathroom,and some White guy sees me and
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  • he literally picksme up and throw--
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  • I mean, like, and hollers at me,"This is not your bathroom."
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  • And I'm going...my dadwas there, and I said,
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  • "Dad, what is this?"
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  • He said, "Son, this is theworst thing could ever be."
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  • Jim: And you weren't maybea great student in school,
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  • didn't really likeschool at all, but--
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  • James: Not in high school.
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  • Jim: But that didn't--you hada teacher that encouraged you.
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  • James: She said I had thisgreat voice, which I don't
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  • believe I did, and Idon't believe it now.
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  • But she said that.
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  • So I decided, "Okay,I'm gonna get in debate."
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  • Now, this high school, wehad ten merit finalists.
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  • Four of 'em areon the debate team.
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  • And here's dumb old me.
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  • But I had an ability to taketheir smarts and put 'em in
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  • language that theycould understand,
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  • so we did really good, wentall the way to the state finals.
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  • And it gave me a confidence,you know, and--
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  • Jim: But that one teachermade a huge difference.
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  • James: If she hadn'thave done that,
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  • I don't think anybody'd everheard of me, I really don't.
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  • Jim: So you didn't likeschool, but you ended up
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  • going to theUniversity of Kentucky.
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  • Why'd you go there?
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  • James: Well, my roommate,Charles Saladino,
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  • and he became avery famous lawyer.
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  • He goes to universityand calls me and says,
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  • "Hey, come on up.I've got a mobile home.
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  • It's cost me $600, youcan get in it for $300.
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  • It'll cost you $12.50a month for lot rent."
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  • I said, "Wow."
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  • So we went to university,lived in this trailer,
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  • and I just loved Charlie.
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  • Charlie and I never hadan argument, and he was--
  • 00:13:49.904 --> 00:13:54.375
  • became a very famouslawyer, big law firm,
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  • but he got killedin a car accident.
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  • Just broke my heart.
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  • Jim: You were at theUniversity of Kentucky
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  • and you grew up religious butnot saved and you'd decided,
  • 00:14:03.685 --> 00:14:09.023
  • "I don't want religion.
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  • I don't even wanna goto church anymore."
  • 00:14:10.692 --> 00:14:12.427
  • So how did you endup getting saved?
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  • James: You know, outof the forest I came,
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  • as I've alreadysaid, Gipsy Smith.
  • 00:14:19.901 --> 00:14:23.037
  • The districtsuperintendent came to me,
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  • you know, and he said,"I have a church for you."
  • 00:14:25.640 --> 00:14:31.212
  • I said, "You want me?"
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  • I said, "I'm livinglike the devil."
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  • Jim: You said that?
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  • James: Oh yeah.
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  • Jim: And he said?
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  • James: He said,"I don't care.
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  • I want you totake this church."
  • 00:14:42.624 --> 00:14:44.259
  • I said, "Well,how can I preach?"
  • 00:14:44.292 --> 00:14:47.328
  • He said, "Well,I'll get you a book,
  • 00:14:47.362 --> 00:14:49.531
  • has 52 weeks with threesermons a week in it.
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  • You just get up and read it."
  • 00:14:54.702 --> 00:14:57.639
  • I said, "Wow, whatif people found out?"
  • 00:14:57.672 --> 00:15:01.476
  • He said, "No, how wouldanybody find out?
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  • You're 40 miles awayfrom university.
  • 00:15:03.678 --> 00:15:06.347
  • No one's gonna find out."
  • 00:15:06.381 --> 00:15:08.850
  • He didn't tell me the dean wasthe preacher right before me,
  • 00:15:08.883 --> 00:15:15.190
  • and so I take this church, andI'd get up and read the message.
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  • I didn't even pre-read it.
  • 00:15:19.694 --> 00:15:21.162
  • I'd just get up and read it.
  • 00:15:21.196 --> 00:15:23.231
  • And they really liked me.
  • 00:15:23.264 --> 00:15:24.933
  • I was very popular.
  • 00:15:24.966 --> 00:15:27.268
  • It only took about15 minutes to read.
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  • We got out before the Baptistsso we could eat first,
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  • and I was loved.
  • 00:15:34.209 --> 00:15:36.811
  • Jim: You're in a fraternity,you're living a wicked life,
  • 00:15:36.845 --> 00:15:40.048
  • but you're the pastor ofa church and you think--
  • 00:15:40.081 --> 00:15:41.950
  • James: And I didn't thinkanybody would find out,
  • 00:15:41.983 --> 00:15:44.085
  • but the dean started tellingeverybody what a nice young
  • 00:15:44.118 --> 00:15:47.522
  • man I was, and they would say tothe dean, "I don't think you've
  • 00:15:47.555 --> 00:15:51.826
  • got the right person there."
  • 00:15:51.860 --> 00:15:54.395
  • I remember a group of studentscame to hear me preach.
  • 00:15:54.429 --> 00:15:57.932
  • Oh, that was horrible.
  • 00:15:57.966 --> 00:16:00.101
  • Jim: One of the students thatheard Dad's sermon that day
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  • was Bill Adams.
  • 00:16:02.770 --> 00:16:04.439
  • He went to UK on both a baseballand basketball scholarship.
  • 00:16:04.472 --> 00:16:09.010
  • Shortly after Dad died, Bill andI went back to the campus of the
  • 00:16:09.043 --> 00:16:12.881
  • University of Kentucky, andthis was his first time back
  • 00:16:12.914 --> 00:16:16.751
  • in over 50 years.
  • 00:16:16.784 --> 00:16:18.786
  • Bill Adams: I metyour dad at a church.
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  • We both had a mutualfriend, Rance Darity.
  • 00:16:21.089 --> 00:16:24.259
  • Rance asked me to go listento him preach at a church.
  • 00:16:24.292 --> 00:16:28.796
  • He was preaching in a countrychurch here in Lexington.
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  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:16:31.599 --> 00:16:41.576
  • ♪♪♪
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  • Bill: Wow, this is--this is--
  • 00:16:48.016 --> 00:16:53.421
  • This is sacred.
  • 00:16:53.454 --> 00:16:59.460
  • That's where he--that's whereI first heard him, right there.
  • 00:17:10.271 --> 00:17:16.277
  • James: And they came, and thewhole time, they're like this.
  • 00:17:19.948 --> 00:17:24.085
  • And they're shakingtheir heads and
  • 00:17:24.118 --> 00:17:25.887
  • [whistling]
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  • "This isn't good."
  • 00:17:27.255 --> 00:17:29.357
  • Bill: He must've had hissermon on a piece of paper
  • 00:17:29.390 --> 00:17:32.193
  • or whatever or abook or something,
  • 00:17:32.226 --> 00:17:35.196
  • and he opens it up.
  • 00:17:35.229 --> 00:17:38.866
  • And he starts readingthe Beatitudes,
  • 00:17:38.900 --> 00:17:42.270
  • talking about if we keep theBeatitudes, we go to heaven.
  • 00:17:42.303 --> 00:17:47.141
  • And I'm looking atRance and, you know,
  • 00:17:47.175 --> 00:17:52.447
  • I'm starting to get alittle upset to hear that.
  • 00:17:52.480 --> 00:17:55.683
  • Rance says, "You gottahold it down," he says.
  • 00:17:55.717 --> 00:18:00.822
  • "He's not saved," he said."We're gonna get him saved."
  • 00:18:00.855 --> 00:18:03.992
  • James: And they kindof barely talked to me,
  • 00:18:04.025 --> 00:18:05.827
  • but they asked me if theycould talk to me that night,
  • 00:18:05.860 --> 00:18:10.131
  • after the service.
  • 00:18:10.164 --> 00:18:12.000
  • I went to their dorm, andthat night they explained
  • 00:18:12.033 --> 00:18:15.336
  • to me the gospel, thatit's all about grace.
  • 00:18:15.370 --> 00:18:20.074
  • And they did Ephesians 2:8 and9, "For by grace are you saved
  • 00:18:20.108 --> 00:18:24.579
  • through faith, thatnot of yourselves.
  • 00:18:24.612 --> 00:18:27.215
  • It is a gift ofGod, not of works,
  • 00:18:27.248 --> 00:18:30.118
  • lest any man should boast."
  • 00:18:30.151 --> 00:18:31.819
  • And you know, I'm not so stupidI'm gonna turn down a free gift.
  • 00:18:31.853 --> 00:18:36.724
  • Bill: I think he always knewthat Christ was necessary for
  • 00:18:36.758 --> 00:18:39.460
  • salvation, but I don't thinkhe knew he was enough,
  • 00:18:39.494 --> 00:18:42.997
  • and when he finallyunderstood that,
  • 00:18:43.031 --> 00:18:44.999
  • I think, "Man."
  • 00:18:45.033 --> 00:18:47.035
  • Boy, I knew when hewas saved, though.
  • 00:18:47.068 --> 00:18:48.669
  • Man, you talk abouta changed man--
  • 00:18:48.703 --> 00:18:51.472
  • he became a powerful,powerful man.
  • 00:18:51.506 --> 00:18:55.676
  • James: And Iremember feeling--
  • 00:18:55.710 --> 00:18:58.713
  • that first night, it's likethe sheets didn't touch me,
  • 00:18:58.746 --> 00:19:01.249
  • and I was so happy.
  • 00:19:01.282 --> 00:19:07.288
  • Jim: It's believingin the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:19:07.889 --> 00:19:10.158
  • He died on the crossand rose again.
  • 00:19:10.191 --> 00:19:12.026
  • A senior at the Universityof Kentucky believed that
  • 00:19:12.060 --> 00:19:15.696
  • and was a child of God and isa child of God and is with God.
  • 00:19:15.730 --> 00:19:21.736
  • Jim: Next time, we'llcontinue this amazing story,
  • 00:19:26.541 --> 00:19:29.310
  • a story of faith, a manthat loved the Lord,
  • 00:19:29.343 --> 00:19:32.213
  • a man that found eternal life,
  • 00:19:32.246 --> 00:19:35.383
  • and it first seemed toogood to be true.
  • 00:19:35.416 --> 00:19:37.985
  • But that's what the gospel is.
  • 00:19:38.019 --> 00:19:39.420
  • It's amazing that God loved usso much that he sent his Son,
  • 00:19:39.454 --> 00:19:43.224
  • Jesus, eternal God, in theflesh, to live among us,
  • 00:19:43.257 --> 00:19:48.396
  • to never sin but yetto die for sinners.
  • 00:19:48.429 --> 00:19:51.732
  • And when my dad found out thatgood news at the University of
  • 00:19:51.766 --> 00:19:55.169
  • Kentucky, it thrilled his soulto finally settle his eternity.
  • 00:19:55.203 --> 00:20:00.641
  • I know my dad isn't here,
  • 00:20:00.675 --> 00:20:03.744
  • because he put his faithin the risen Savior.
  • 00:20:03.778 --> 00:20:07.281
  • What about you?
  • 00:20:07.315 --> 00:20:08.916
  • Hebrews 9:27 says: "And as it isappointed unto man once to die,
  • 00:20:08.950 --> 00:20:14.922
  • but after this the judgment."
  • 00:20:14.956 --> 00:20:16.891
  • And then the next verse:"So Christ was once offered
  • 00:20:16.924 --> 00:20:19.627
  • to bear the sins of many."
  • 00:20:19.660 --> 00:20:22.130
  • He died for your sins.
  • 00:20:22.163 --> 00:20:24.599
  • He died for my sins.
  • 00:20:24.632 --> 00:20:26.400
  • He died for my dad's sins.
  • 00:20:26.434 --> 00:20:28.035
  • And if you'llreceive him by faith,
  • 00:20:28.069 --> 00:20:29.704
  • put your trust inhim before you die,
  • 00:20:29.737 --> 00:20:35.343
  • you will live foreverwith the Lord in heaven.
  • 00:20:35.376 --> 00:20:40.381
  • My dad was kind of famous forsharing the wallet illustration.
  • 00:20:40.414 --> 00:20:44.051
  • You might've seen this on TV.
  • 00:20:44.085 --> 00:20:46.721
  • James: I want youto see this billfold.
  • 00:20:46.754 --> 00:20:48.656
  • Jim: He said, "Letthis represent sin.
  • 00:20:48.689 --> 00:20:51.259
  • Let this be you and me.
  • 00:20:51.292 --> 00:20:53.394
  • We all have sinned.
  • 00:20:53.427 --> 00:20:55.463
  • We've all fallen shortof the glory of God.
  • 00:20:55.496 --> 00:20:57.398
  • The wages of sin is death.
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  • That's the bad news."
  • 00:21:00.134 --> 00:21:01.435
  • Then he would say, "Letthis hand represent Jesus."
  • 00:21:01.469 --> 00:21:04.672
  • Then he would say,"I mean it reverently."
  • 00:21:04.705 --> 00:21:06.774
  • James: God says, "I loveyou but I hate your sin."
  • 00:21:06.807 --> 00:21:09.043
  • To go to heaven, you'vegotta be sinless.
  • 00:21:09.076 --> 00:21:11.379
  • This hand right here,and I mean it reverently,
  • 00:21:11.412 --> 00:21:13.247
  • represents the Lord Jesus, hewho knew no sin was made sin for
  • 00:21:13.281 --> 00:21:17.084
  • us, that we could be made therighteousness of God in Christ.
  • 00:21:17.118 --> 00:21:21.756
  • Jim: Jesus became sin for us.
  • 00:21:21.789 --> 00:21:25.426
  • He died on a cross, and he tookour sins, and he offers you and
  • 00:21:25.459 --> 00:21:30.164
  • me eternal life when wesimply put our faith in him.
  • 00:21:30.198 --> 00:21:35.069
  • James: To getrid of your sin,
  • 00:21:35.102 --> 00:21:36.470
  • that's the only way you'regonna get to heaven,
  • 00:21:36.504 --> 00:21:38.206
  • you can't takeany sin to heaven.
  • 00:21:38.239 --> 00:21:40.641
  • What would happen ifyou took a sin to heaven?
  • 00:21:40.675 --> 00:21:42.443
  • They'd be dying in heaven.
  • 00:21:42.476 --> 00:21:43.945
  • Do you want dying in heaven?
  • 00:21:43.978 --> 00:21:46.113
  • I don't think so.
  • 00:21:46.147 --> 00:21:47.982
  • Jim: Do you know JesusChrist as your Savior?
  • 00:21:48.015 --> 00:21:52.420
  • James: Do yousee it's a gift?
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  • Well, how do you receive a gift?
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  • You take it.
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  • If I were to holdout a gift and say,
  • 00:21:56.457 --> 00:21:57.758
  • "This is yours," you'd justreceive it, you'd take it.
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  • That's what salvation is.
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  • It's a gift.
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