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Finish Strong Part 2

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January 19, 2021
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From the University of Kentucky to Florida Bible College, Dr. James A. Scudder was God's faithful servant. Journey with Jim Scudder, Jr. as he retraces his father's steps and discovers how we can finish strong.

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  • Today on our series, "FinishStrong," let me tell you why my
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  • dad did not fear the grave.
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  • Welcome to Part 2of "Finish Strong."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Jim: About a year ago, I feltcompelled to start a project to
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  • document my dad's life.
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  • He had a consistent testimony,never bringing disgrace to our
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  • family, to ourministry or to the Lord.
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  • But only a few monthsafter filming these extensive
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  • interviews with him, hepassed away rather unexpectedly.
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  • I was able to get to his bedsideand the last words he said to me
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  • were, "Jimmy, I love you."
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  • I'll cherish those words.
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  • Last time we learned aboutdad's youth in Kentucky.
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  • Dr. James A. Scudder:And I had a good dad, a
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  • really good dad, but he did notunderstand salvation by grace.
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  • Jim: And his salvation atthe University of Kentucky.
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  • James: I'm not so stupidI'm going turn down a free gift.
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  • Jim: And today we're goingto pick up his amazing story.
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  • God leading him to be thelast thing he ever wanted to be.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Jim: Life is a journey.
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  • Intersections, deadends, twists and turns.
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  • We begin our storytoday on such a journey.
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  • My plan was to take Dad back toKentucky and have him show me
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  • the place where his lifetook an unexpected turn.
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  • But since he died before wecould do that, his college buddy
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  • Bill Adams and I would need tofind this place ourselves using
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  • clues that dad had left us.
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  • Bill Adams: Was hein a Volkswagen then?
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  • And Volkswagenscould be easily swept away.
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  • Jim: So we're followinga creek off to the right,
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  • almost a small river.
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  • Now, my GPS is suggestingthat I go that way, but
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  • I suggest that I don't,what do you guys think?
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  • I mean it is a four-wheeldrive--let's do it.
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  • What could--what's theworst that could happen?
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  • Don't answer that.
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  • [Jim laughing]
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  • Nice.Oh, here we go.
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  • Dead end."No trespassing."
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  • Okay, so the GPS wants me tokeep going and I'm not going to.
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  • Bill: I guarantee you if it wasyour dad, he'd go through it.
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  • Jim: You shouldn't havesaid that,
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  • you shouldn't have said that.
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  • Bill: He definitelywould have gone through it.
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  • Jim: Oh no.
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  • It would be soamazing to find that spot.
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  • Bill: And you know what'sreally a miracle about that
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  • situation with your dad, withall of this vastness, that to me
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  • validates that your dadwas called to preach.
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  • Jim: Okay, this mighthave been a ford.
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  • You know, this really might havebeen a ford, especially if you
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  • drive down here.
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  • I don't know, this could be it.
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  • Bill: Well, thatcertainly looks like a beach.
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  • Jim: Yeah, yeah.
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  • And then they just putthis bridge in later.
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  • I'm going to go across.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Jim: Well, Bill and Ithink we found the spot.
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  • Let's back up a bit and findout what Dad's fraternity and
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  • girlfriend thoughtabout him finding Jesus.
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  • James: I said, "Hey, Brenda.
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  • I found Jesus last night,"and she just about freaked out.
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  • She said, "Found him?
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  • I didn't even know youwere looking for him."
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  • I said, "Well,actually, he found me."
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  • That's the lasttime I ever saw her.
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  • She didn't even go out--that day she went back.
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  • She looked like she'dseen a ghost, but I
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  • got excited about Christ.
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  • See, I hadn't been aroundChristians and I didn't know
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  • you're notsupposed to be excited.
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  • So now, I'm telling everybodyabout Christ, everybody.
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  • I mean, I'm just not ashamed.
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  • Bill: And man, it waslike putting a match
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  • to a gasoline can,I mean, he just
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  • took off and therest of us started following.
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  • Jim: Knowing Brenda reactedthat way, did you start to
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  • think, well maybe, Ishouldn't be telling people?
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  • James: No, I was so excited.
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  • And then the guys that cameover, Bill Adams, Rance Darity,
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  • and Ed Sutton and therewere others, and we
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  • would do Bible studies.
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  • Bill: We just fed off eachother and we were just
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  • going everywhere,winning people to
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  • the Lord or trying towin them to the Lord.
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  • We didn't really know that muchBible, but boy, we used to sit
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  • around at night reading thoselittle, old DeHaan booklets.
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  • James: I would write Dr.DeHaan and, God bless him,
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  • I'd say, "Send me everythingyou've ever written,"
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  • 'cause they don't charge.
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  • I got a quarter of aroom full of stuff.
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  • I can't believe they sent it.
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  • And there were these littlebooklets just perfect
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  • for a new Christian.
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  • And we would sit there andread these things, each of us a
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  • different booklet and we'dall start shouting and,
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  • "Oh, look at this, man."
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  • And we were soexcited, I didn't have time
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  • to think about what Brenda did.
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  • It just--it didn't bother me.
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  • Jim: I know that UK is abig basketball college.
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  • Back in the day when youwere there, it was incredible.
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  • James: Well, we had Pat Rileyand Dan Issel, Louis Dampier.
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  • When I was there, we had CottonNash and all these famous guys.
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  • And then after I got saved,Bill Adams puts me in the room
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  • with these All-Americans.
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  • Bill: He started talking to'em just like he was one of 'em.
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  • And they--I'm telling you,your dad had such a personality.
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  • It didn't matter if you wasAll-American basketball player
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  • or if you was a streetsweeper out here, he had that
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  • personality where peoplewere just drawn to him.
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  • James: And you would thinkPat Riley would have wanted to
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  • kill me, but they listened.
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  • I doubt if I got any of themsaved because I didn't know
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  • anything, but man,I was--I came out, just
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  • drops of sweat coming off.
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  • I was scared to death, but Igot to witness to all of them.
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  • At College Hill, Kentucky,there was a family named the
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  • Norrises, Jo and Bill Norris,and they were just godly people.
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  • Jo kept saying, "You'regoing to be a preacher."
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  • I said, "Jo, I am not goingto be a preacher," and I'd get
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  • really firm with her.
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  • She never got mad or evenshowed anything on her face.
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  • "Oh no, you'regoing to be a preacher.
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  • God's told me you'regoing to be preacher."
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  • I said, "Jo, God wantsme to be a politician."
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  • You know, I say it now it justkind of comes out my mouth
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  • like it's dirty, but.
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  • Bill: I have no doubt that hadyour dad not have gotten saved,
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  • he'd either been governorof this state, or senator.
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  • James: And I was notgoing to be a preacher.
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  • No way.Impossible.
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  • And I was at the parsonage, Ifelt weird that day and I felt
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  • like God wanted meto do something.
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  • So I get in this car,and most of my life I had
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  • a Volkswagen bug.
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  • And I drive down to a roadI've never been on, and there's
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  • a place you could ford the road,means drive through the creek
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  • which usually would be aboutthis deep, but it was too deep,
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  • and I knew I couldn'tdrive through it.
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  • Some reason, I get out and rollmy pants leg up, take my shoes
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  • off and I ford the river.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • James: And I get overthere and I hear this man just
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  • sobbing, sobbing,crying out to God.
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  • He was Afro-American.
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  • He was justkneeling to this tree.
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  • And I walked over,and he looks at me.
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  • He said, "Are you thepreacher I've been praying for?"
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  • I said, "Yes."
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  • And that was my call to preach.
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  • I could say no more.
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  • I had to say yes.
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  • Jim: As I stood at thisimportant place where God
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  • forever changed the directionof my dad's life, I picked up a
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  • rock and will keep it toremind me to also finish strong.
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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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  • commemorative bookmark for free.
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  • Then every time you open yourBible, you'll be reminded that
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  • God wants you to never give up.
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  • Call our unforgettable number,1-800-78-GRACE or order on our
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  • You will also be blessed whenyou read Dr. Scudder's amazing
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  • autobiography and watchthis four-part, full-length
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  • DVD series.
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  • Support the work that he startedand let's all finish strong.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • James: I can't waitto tell Jo that I'm
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  • gonna be a preacher.
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  • So I go to tell herand I'd thought she'd be
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  • whooping and hooping.
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  • I said, "Jo, I'mgoing to be a preacher.
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  • God called me to preach."
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  • And she just looks atme, "So I know that."
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  • Like it's no surprise toher, and I'm going, "What?"
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  • And now I'm gonna be a preacher,now I need a Bible college.
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  • Jim: Well, you're a seniorat the University of Kentucky.
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  • So then as a groupyou all decided,
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  • "Let's go to Bible college"?
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  • James: Well, somehow, I don'tknow how, I got a catalogue
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  • from Florida Bible.
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  • And Florida Bible, it said inthe catalogue, "We are Bible
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  • and only Bible."
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  • And man, that'swhat I wanted to hear.
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  • I wanted to get the Bible.
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  • So we're allpraying where to go.
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  • I said, "Oh God, thank you.
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  • I know where we're going."
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  • Well, Bill couldn't take it.
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  • So he's tapping me onthe back, we're praying,
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  • "Where are we going?Where are we going?"
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  • I said, "We're going toFlorida Bible College."
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  • Bill: I had to go ona trip, baseball trip.
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  • Him, Rance and Ed Sutton down toFlorida Bible College to check
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  • it out to see if it was aplace to go and learn the Bible.
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  • And I had been praying aboutgoing to a Bible college 'cause
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  • I'd had started witnessingto my teammates and I didn't
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  • know what--they askedme some real good
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  • questions, I had no answers.
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  • I was praying that if this waswhere God wanted us to go, that
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  • your dad would bringme back an application.
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  • James: And believe it or not,the next day we're in my
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  • Volkswagen, headingdown to Florida.
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  • And we get there, itwasn't a very big place.
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  • It was one church,they had some dorms.
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  • And I'm lookingat this--remember now,
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  • coming out of the Universityof Kentucky, thousands
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  • and thousands andstudent unions that would have
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  • been 20, 30, 50 timesbigger than this church.
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  • So I'm looking at this and Idecided that God didn't want us
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  • at Florida Bible.
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  • He must have meant Miami Bible.
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  • And we went out to eat that day.
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  • Now, this is in God's plan.
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  • I got food poisoning.
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  • And I'm in this hotelright close to the college
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  • and I was just dying.
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  • I said, "No, we're notgoing to Florida Bible."
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  • I don't know why theywould listen to me anyway.
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  • And they say, "Well,we're gonna go tonight.
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  • They have something called YouthRanch, and we're gonna go."
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  • I said, "Well, yougo, I'm not going."
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  • They came back andthey were just, "Wow,
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  • this place is fabulous."
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  • They said, "Okay, we'll go toMiami Bible, but you have to go
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  • to Florida Bible once."
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  • So I went and Seymour was themain teacher then and I'd never
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  • heard anything sogood in my life.
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  • And now I'm going toFlorida Bible, they're going
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  • to Florida Bible.
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  • Bill: I come back from thetrip and they almost knocked my
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  • door down getting in,they were so excited.
  • 00:13:48.318 --> 00:13:50.854
  • "Oh Bill, you're notgoing to believe this."
  • 00:13:50.887 --> 00:13:52.589
  • And man, and they started todo the hand gesture and talking
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  • about the clear gospel, and hadall these books with the deity
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  • of Christ, the Messiah andboth Testaments, all kind
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  • of tracts, and theywere so excited.
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  • And your dad, he plopsdown an application.
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  • He said, "Fill it out."
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  • And I knew thatthat was of the Lord.
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  • James: And we were known asthe Kentuckians from Kentucky.
  • 00:14:12.943 --> 00:14:17.380
  • And then they picked upwith Dr. Ron Seecharan.
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  • They went back towitness at the University.
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  • I couldn't go; I wasworking and couldn't get off.
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  • And they did all the sororitiesand all the fraternities and
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  • they scheduled a debatewith a professor.
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  • Dr. Seecharan, to this day,could outdebate anybody
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  • that ever lived.
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  • So this is in the student union.
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  • It would seat aboutfive--it was packed.
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  • There were people outside thewalls that couldn't get in.
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  • And Dr. Seecharan winsthe professor to Christ
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  • during the debate.
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  • Now, that was toomuch, so we got banned.
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  • They even put my name onit, I wasn't even there but--
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  • and I--my name was there,and we were so thrilled
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  • that we could get persecutedenough to get banned.
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  • We weren't allowed back on thatcampus, but we'd already gone
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  • to--and my fraternities, whichsaid I would get over it, they
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  • wanted to put me outand decided not to.
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  • I was vice president andthey decided not to put me out.
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  • Half of 'em got saved.
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  • Now, it wasn't me,but it didn't matter.
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  • And they came back and they'repraising God, and we're just
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  • praising God.
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  • Jim: Dad had told me somany stories about his
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  • amazing Bible college.
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  • I had to go there with him.
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  • The college started in1962 in the Coconut Grove
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  • section of Miami.
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  • While Dad was there, the collegewould experience massive growth.
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  • James: This was the place ofall the action, and we were just
  • 00:15:57.948 --> 00:16:01.952
  • gung-ho, and we were known asthe fastest growing Bible, and
  • 00:16:01.985 --> 00:16:06.456
  • then the biggest Bible college.
  • 00:16:06.489 --> 00:16:09.726
  • But this was where it allstarted, and this is--means a
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  • lot to me even though there'snot much here to remember.
  • 00:16:13.229 --> 00:16:16.933
  • Yeah, but it was great.
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  • Jim: So you met Mom here?
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  • James: Yes, and if she hadn'thad come here, you wouldn't
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  • be standing here.
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  • Jim: Isn't that crazy?
  • 00:16:27.844 --> 00:16:30.914
  • Linda Sue Hannah, bornin 1950 in Dayton, Ohio, was
  • 00:16:30.947 --> 00:16:36.453
  • about to attend Ohio State whena representative from Florida
  • 00:16:36.486 --> 00:16:41.191
  • Bible College spoke at achurch she was attending.
  • 00:16:41.224 --> 00:16:44.494
  • That day foreverchanged her life's journey.
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  • Obviously, the storyis your story too.
  • 00:16:50.033 --> 00:16:54.204
  • You were therefor every part of it.
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  • I mean, once youguys met at college.
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  • Linda: Right, right.
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  • It was quite a switch from whatI was thinking my life would be
  • 00:17:00.744 --> 00:17:03.680
  • like, but I knew the Lord hadsomething for me and it would be
  • 00:17:03.713 --> 00:17:07.650
  • a complete change.
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  • Had no--ignorance is bliss insome cases when you're young,
  • 00:17:10.053 --> 00:17:14.090
  • so it's better if you don'talways know what's ahead.
  • 00:17:14.124 --> 00:17:16.693
  • So I met your dad, I was in thebusiness office talking about
  • 00:17:16.726 --> 00:17:19.829
  • my bill, my school bill.
  • 00:17:19.863 --> 00:17:21.998
  • I asked--was asking some peopleright then if they knew any job
  • 00:17:22.032 --> 00:17:25.869
  • opportunitiesbecause I needed to work.
  • 00:17:25.902 --> 00:17:28.772
  • He was standing outsideand he said, "Oh, I have a
  • 00:17:28.805 --> 00:17:32.242
  • place that I work, theyneed somebody," so--
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  • Jim: Do you think he noticedyou before that and was
  • 00:17:36.479 --> 00:17:39.449
  • trying to figure out a way tohave a conversation?
  • 00:17:39.482 --> 00:17:42.385
  • Linda: No, I think it--no.
  • 00:17:42.419 --> 00:17:43.987
  • Jim: He just overheardthat you needed some help and--
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  • Linda: I think it wasjust something like that.
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  • We worked at the HolidayInn and he was like the,
  • 00:17:47.857 --> 00:17:51.294
  • you know, personthat carries luggage.
  • 00:17:51.327 --> 00:17:53.596
  • And I was at--back inthose days, they did the
  • 00:17:53.630 --> 00:17:55.899
  • old-fashioned switchboard.
  • 00:17:55.932 --> 00:17:58.668
  • We actually plugged inlike wires into--you know,
  • 00:17:58.701 --> 00:18:03.239
  • to connect to rooms, everything.
  • 00:18:03.273 --> 00:18:04.941
  • And he took me for the jobinterview, got the job
  • 00:18:04.974 --> 00:18:07.677
  • and then the restaurantowner loved him.
  • 00:18:07.710 --> 00:18:11.014
  • Linda: And they had arestaurant at the hotel so he
  • 00:18:11.047 --> 00:18:13.416
  • could get a hamburger for adollar, so he treated me.
  • 00:18:13.450 --> 00:18:16.953
  • Jim: Well, he knew the deals.
  • 00:18:16.986 --> 00:18:19.289
  • James: And we almost alwaysate at Burger King because we
  • 00:18:19.322 --> 00:18:21.524
  • figured out it was a littlebit more hamburger for the buck.
  • 00:18:21.558 --> 00:18:24.994
  • And we would justgive out tracts.
  • 00:18:25.028 --> 00:18:26.796
  • Everybody all over thattown, give out tracts.
  • 00:18:26.830 --> 00:18:30.333
  • We kind of overdid some of it.
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  • Linda: They werevery zealous, very.
  • 00:18:33.236 --> 00:18:36.706
  • James: We were alittle too zealous.
  • 00:18:36.739 --> 00:18:38.341
  • We didn't haveknowledge with the zeal.
  • 00:18:38.374 --> 00:18:41.711
  • Linda: The gospelbomb, that came up.
  • 00:18:41.744 --> 00:18:44.214
  • James: We had what wascalled the gospel bombs.
  • 00:18:44.247 --> 00:18:46.749
  • By that time, I kind ofseparated from the guys.
  • 00:18:46.783 --> 00:18:50.120
  • But they'd take the tractsand tighten them real tight.
  • 00:18:50.153 --> 00:18:54.491
  • And they'd go out, you know,driving 55 miles an hour and
  • 00:18:54.524 --> 00:18:57.393
  • throwing these things at--justhitting people, like, hurting
  • 00:18:57.427 --> 00:19:00.730
  • them. And then they gotthe idea of doing an airplane
  • 00:19:00.763 --> 00:19:04.000
  • drop, and boy, did weget in trouble over that.
  • 00:19:04.033 --> 00:19:08.171
  • Jim: James and Linda gotmarried January 17th, 1969,
  • 00:19:08.204 --> 00:19:13.943
  • in Paducah, Kentucky.
  • 00:19:13.977 --> 00:19:16.079
  • Eventually, Julie, my oldersister was born, and then me,
  • 00:19:16.112 --> 00:19:21.818
  • launching our youngfamily on an amazing journey.
  • 00:19:21.851 --> 00:19:26.956
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:19:26.990 --> 00:19:35.865
  • James Dearyan: Just a guyfrom Kentucky who very--he could
  • 00:19:35.899 --> 00:19:38.334
  • have been very successful in theworld but what he did was once
  • 00:19:38.368 --> 00:19:41.404
  • he found out the truth of howto go to heaven, simple faith in
  • 00:19:41.437 --> 00:19:45.241
  • Jesus that he died on the cross,paid for your sins, he made the
  • 00:19:45.275 --> 00:19:47.744
  • decision, well then, I'm goingto live my life for him, and he
  • 00:19:47.777 --> 00:19:50.046
  • did every day.
  • 00:19:50.079 --> 00:19:51.648
  • A lot of times, he wouldtell us things we didn't want to
  • 00:19:51.681 --> 00:19:54.384
  • hear, but every time thatI remember it's what we
  • 00:19:54.417 --> 00:19:59.622
  • needed to hear.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Jim: We'll pick upDad's amazing life next time.
  • 00:20:09.165 --> 00:20:11.701
  • I hope you're enjoyingour series, "Finish Strong."
  • 00:20:11.734 --> 00:20:14.470
  • Before we go though,I'm compelled to tell you
  • 00:20:14.504 --> 00:20:17.774
  • what he would wantme to tell you.
  • 00:20:17.807 --> 00:20:20.043
  • He is behind me in thisgrave, his body is, but
  • 00:20:20.076 --> 00:20:24.547
  • he isn't here because he puthis faith in Jesus Christ.
  • 00:20:24.581 --> 00:20:28.551
  • He, in essence, conquered deathbecause he put his trust in
  • 00:20:28.585 --> 00:20:33.690
  • Jesus who conquered death.
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  • "O death, where is thy sting?
  • 00:20:36.526 --> 00:20:39.229
  • O grave, where is thy victory?
  • 00:20:39.262 --> 00:20:42.966
  • The sting of death is sin, andthe strength of sin is the law,
  • 00:20:42.999 --> 00:20:48.104
  • but thanks be unto toGod for the victory."
  • 00:20:48.137 --> 00:20:51.674
  • Do you have victory?Do you have victory over death?
  • 00:20:51.708 --> 00:20:54.711
  • Do you have avictory over the grave?
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  • Learn what my dad learnedas he was a student at
  • 00:20:57.247 --> 00:20:59.949
  • the University of Kentucky.
  • 00:20:59.983 --> 00:21:01.417
  • He grew up religious, buthe said, "I didn't know
  • 00:21:01.451 --> 00:21:04.254
  • Jesus Christ."
  • 00:21:04.287 --> 00:21:06.189
  • See, he would always sharethis--he called it the wallet
  • 00:21:06.222 --> 00:21:09.525
  • or the billfold illustration.
  • 00:21:09.559 --> 00:21:10.960
  • He would say, "Let thisrepresent you and me and let
  • 00:21:10.994 --> 00:21:13.963
  • this represent sin."
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  • All of us have sinned.
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  • Jesus had none.
  • 00:21:18.935 --> 00:21:21.537
  • He came, God in the flesh,the Creator came to die
  • 00:21:21.571 --> 00:21:26.142
  • for our sins on a cross.
  • 00:21:26.175 --> 00:21:28.111
  • Jesus died, paid for our sins,the third day rose again, and he
  • 00:21:28.144 --> 00:21:34.917
  • says, "Anyone who will believein me, trust in me, will not
  • 00:21:34.951 --> 00:21:37.954
  • perish but haveeverlasting life."
  • 00:21:37.987 --> 00:21:39.856
  • That's the victorythrough Jesus Christ.
  • 00:21:39.889 --> 00:21:42.258
  • It's trusting inhim, and when you
  • 00:21:42.292 --> 00:21:43.960
  • trust in him, youhave the victory.
  • 00:21:43.993 --> 00:21:46.462
  • Please, please, rightnow make that decision
  • 00:21:46.496 --> 00:21:51.134
  • to say, "Lord, I'm a sinner.
  • 00:21:51.167 --> 00:21:52.669
  • I can't save myself butright now I put my trust,
  • 00:21:52.702 --> 00:21:55.838
  • my faith, in Jesus, whodied for me on a cross
  • 00:21:55.872 --> 00:21:59.342
  • and rose again,I believe in him.
  • 00:21:59.375 --> 00:22:01.911
  • Thank you for givingme everlasting life."
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