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God's Plan For Your Life

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October 18, 2020
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Dr. Jack Graham's mission is to glorify God by introducing Jesus Christ to as Lord to all people.

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  • Jeremiah 29:11 says,God's plan for you is not to
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  • harm you, not to hurt you butfor your welfare, to give you a
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  • future and a hope. The messagethat I have for you today from
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  • James, is a very practical and avery personal message. It
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  • regards God's plan and God'sfuture for your life.
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  • Interested? Good. James 4 verse13, come now you who say today
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  • and tomorrow we will go to sucha town and spend a year there
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  • and trade and make a profit, yetyou do not know what tomorrow
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  • will bring. What is your life?Good question. For you're a
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  • mist that appears for a littletime and then vanishes. Instead,
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  • you ought to say, if the Lordwills, we will live and do this
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  • or that. As it is, you boast inyour arrogance. All such
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  • boasting is evil. Whoever knowsthe right thing to do and fails
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  • to do it for him it is sin.James is telling us a story. It
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  • is a story that happens all thetime in his day and in our day.
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  • It is about a businessman, abusiness person who is planning
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  • the future. This guy has got ittogether, he's obviously
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  • successful, he's ready, he'sread Trump's art of the deal,
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  • he's on his way, he's workinghis cell phone, he's a got the
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  • corporate jet waiting and thewheels are about to go up.
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  • Again, so far so good, it's allright. He sure is going to have
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  • a winning successful businesstrip. He's going to a certain
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  • town, he has a plan. What he'sgoing to do, how he's going to
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  • do it but something is missing.The most vital interest is
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  • missing, no God. He's planninghis life and his future, his
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  • business without God. He's notliving a godless life
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  • necessarily. In fact he mighteven be a believer of sort. He
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  • may believe in God. He's notGodless but he's living his life
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  • God less, without God. He'smaking decisions and making
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  • plans and God apparently isn'tin his plans. The fact is, if
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  • you plan your life to doanything, to do business or
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  • whatever, if you don't knowwhere you're from, who made you
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  • and why you're here, you'llnever know where you're going
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  • and why you're going there. Goddoes have a plan for your life.
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  • This man was miscalculating atseveral levels that I want to
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  • mention to you today. He waspresuming, pridefully presuming
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  • that he was in charge of hislife, that he was in control of
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  • his days and his destiny but hewas missing on several counts.
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  • One, on the uncertainty of life,on the uncertainty of life. He
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  • says in verse 13, "Come now youwho say today or tomorrow we're
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  • going to go here, we're going togo there, spend a year, trade,
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  • make a profit". He said, "Butyou don't know what tomorrow
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  • will bring". You don't know howuncertain life is, because this
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  • man, no man or woman is promisedanother day but today. This is
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  • the day God has made. The Biblesays do not boast about tomorrow
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  • for you don't know what a daywill bring. This is why Jesus
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  • tells us, live every day one dayat a time. Don't worry about
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  • tomorrow, you can't changetomorrow don't spend your
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  • energy, your time, your effortsworrying about tomorrow, live
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  • today. Now, of course a lot ofpeople they live life by chance.
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  • It's just whatever comes quesera sera. Some people want to
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  • get really lucky in life and sothey go to the power ball and
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  • try. [laughter] I asked aresearcher to give me some
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  • statistics on what are yourchances of winning the power
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  • ball. That would be 1 in 292million plus. Now, to put that
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  • in comparison with some otherchances that people take every
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  • day. One, you've got a 1 in 3chance of dying of heart
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  • disease, oops. You have 1 in 215chances of dating a millionaire.
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  • Should we go on? Yeah, 1 in 464or 4.644 to be injured while
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  • using a chainsaw. Oh here's one.One in 10.000 chance being
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  • injured by a toilet. [laughter]I didn't say on a toilet, I said
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  • by a toilet. I'm not sure whatthat means. [laughter] One in
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  • 600.000 plus of being killed byfireworks. Oh here's one. One in
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  • 2.300.000 to be struck bylightning. Now, I was never very
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  • good at math but if I could justdo some quick math here if
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  • there's 1 in 292 million to winthe lottery, then if I have a 1
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  • in 2 million chance of beingstruck by lightning then that
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  • means I have a better chance ofbeing struck by lightning 100
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  • times than winning the lottery,the power ball lottery. But,
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  • think about that, so many peopleare, they're just living their
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  • life by chance or hoping for abetter day, better luck, maybe
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  • I'll win the lottery and poorpeople. It's a bad thing.
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  • Remember your hope is in theLord, not in the lottery. Let
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  • me give you a good number.You're looking for some numbers,
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  • try 419. Philippians 4:19, myGod shall supply all of your
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  • needs according to his richesand glory in Jesus Christ. We
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  • don't need the lottery, we havethe Lord. What about 3:20. "My
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  • God is able to do exceedinglyabundantly above all that we can
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  • ask or think". Use that number.It's a bad idea for the
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  • government to be running agambling operation. They say,
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  • "Well it's just fine, it's justfine you've tried, there you go
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  • again trying to ruin all my fun.Just you know I just like to get
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  • a ticket, it's 10 bucks. I getto dream about being a
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  • billionaire, it's worth the 10bucks". Well, it's really not.
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  • Plus this is on the back of poorpeople typically is a bad idea.
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  • The Lord is your portion, theLord is your provisions and
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  • Christians never need to lean onluck. We have the Lord Jesus
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  • Christ at our lives. [applause]So, this man is boasting. He's
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  • pridefully living without God.He's got a huge ego. He's
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  • prideful, you know what ego is?E-G-O, edging God out? He's
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  • presuming on his life that hehas another day. Life is
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  • tissue-paper-thin. James issaying, what is your life, it's
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  • so uncertain, it's like a, it'sa mist, it's so short. There's
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  • some scriptures about that.First Chronicles 29:15 says, "We
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  • are strangers before you andsojourners". As our fathers
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  • were, our days on the earth arelike a shadow and there is no
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  • abiding. That is nobody livesforever. Our lives are like a
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  • shadow, we're sojourners here.Job 7:6, my days are swifter
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  • than a weaver's shuttle and cometo there end without hope. How
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  • could you live like that withouthope? "My days", he said are
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  • like a weaver shuttle movingquickly. Psalm 90 verses 9 and
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  • 10, for all our days pass awayunder your wrath. We bring our
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  • years to an end with a sigh. Theyears of our life for 70 and
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  • even by reason of strength 80,and yet their span is but toil
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  • and trouble, they are soon goneand we fly away. Yes, life is
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  • uncertain. But, not only theuncertainty of life but this man
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  • presumed upon the brevity oflife. Don't presume up on the
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  • brevity life. I don't know aboutyou but I'm wondering these
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  • days, who push the fast forwardbutton? Really? When we're young
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  • time sort of crawls and youcan't wait to get older, can't
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  • wait to get out of class. Iremember sitting in class just
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  • watching the clock, waiting forit to move, it never moves. You
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  • can't wait to get your driver'slicense, you can't wait to
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  • graduate, you can't wait to getI mean and it's just, slow down.
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  • Then maybe at midlife it stallsand churning water a little bit.
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  • Then as you get a little older,life starts speeding up, doesn't
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  • it, and starts moving faster andfaster. We find ourselves in a
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  • race against time. We ought todo the best we can with the time
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  • that we have. Your physicalhealth is very important. Your
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  • body is the temple of the HolySpirit. You need to take time
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  • for the temple, your physicallife, physically, mentally,
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  • emotionally, spiritually we areone. Paul said in first
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  • Thessalonians 5:13, "That weshould be sanctified, made more
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  • like Christ, body, soul andspirit". This is a spiritual
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  • commitment, to take care ofourselves. We should never abuse
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  • our bodies in any way whetherit's food or drink. It produces
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  • sickness and sluggishness andmany people are old before their
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  • time because they are not reallytaking care of themselves. Yes
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  • therefore, eat well and exercisewell and rest well and manage
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  • stress well and all the rest. Iwould encourage you as I do to
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  • get a check up, an annual checkup every year to measure your
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  • health and to pick up problemsthat you can deal with early.
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  • In 2009, in my annual physical,they picked up prostate cancer.
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  • Thank God I did that physical.I'm now healed, I'm now well.
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  • I'm through all of that, but thefact is, it could have been a
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  • very different story. All of youmen, make sure you're getting
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  • your PSA checked. Make sure guysand girls that you're getting
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  • your body checked out. Then,based on your doctor's
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  • recommendation, get in a fitnessprogram. Doctor Ken Cooper is my
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  • physician and he's known as thefather of aerobics. He's an
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  • outstanding Christian man andphysician. Doctor Cooper says,
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  • "If you don't have time toexercise, then you better
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  • prepare to take time to besick". Get moving, you don't
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  • have to be a marathoner just getmoving and get some counsel and
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  • drop some pounds and disciplineyour mind and body. It may not
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  • add. It may but it may not addyears to your life but I promise
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  • you it will add life to youryears. That's what we want. Dr
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  • Cooper talks about squaring offthe curve. He says in so many
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  • people's lives, it's just a slowdecline down down down down down
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  • down down down and then death.That's not how God made our
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  • bodies. He talks about squaringoff the curve. That you live
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  • healthy lives and then you'regone. [laugher]
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  • That's a goodway to think
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  • about it. I will say this,having said all of that, life is
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  • still very short. No matter howlong and how well you live. In
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  • the race of life, in the race oflife, there's one that you
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  • cannot be, father time. Amen. Imean father time eventually
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  • wins. The Bible therefore tellsus the number our days that we
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  • may apply our hearts to wisdom.We're taught in the scripture to
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  • redeem the time, to seize theday. Live every day fully. Jesus
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  • promised a flourishing life, afull and fulfilling life. He
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  • said, "I've come that you mighthave life and have it more
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  • abundantly". The key is not toaim for a long life necessarily,
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  • but as Jim Elliot the martyredmissionary said, "To live a full
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  • life like the Lord Jesus". Makea difference while you're here.
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  • God did not give us life just sowe could take up space or just
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  • to make a living but to make alife and to make a difference in
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  • people's lives all around us.This is why it is so important
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  • to invest our time, our treasureand talent in the work of Christ
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  • in his Church. In the ministryof evangelism after we're
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  • talking about, think of theeternal impact you can have on
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  • someone's life when you pray forthem, invite them and bring
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  • them. I'm saying your life isshort. If you keep saying I'm
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  • going to share Christ with myfamily member. I'm going to
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  • share Christ with my child. I'mgoing to share Christ ... What
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  • are you waiting for? What areyou waiting for? Well, you know,
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  • I don't want to push too hard. Idon't want to run people off,
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  • but where are you going to runthem to? Hell number 2? People
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  • are without Christ, they needJesus and now's the time.
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  • Today's the day. Don't presumeon the uncertainties of life and
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  • don't presume on the brevity oflife. One final thing, don't
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  • presume on the sanctity of life.Now here's the problem this guy
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  • had. He was, as I mentionedliving his life without God. He
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  • was living like so many peopletoday live. A secular life. Oh,
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  • he may have gone to church, hemay have gone to worship, he may
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  • have had some notion about God,about Jesus, but every day of
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  • his life he lived as if thoughGod did not exist. We call that
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  • a practical atheist. You say,"Well, I'm no atheist", but
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  • you're living by all counts asthough God does not exist
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  • because you're not includinghim. We divide life up too often
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  • between the sacred and thesecular. Well you know Sunday
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  • morning, that's sacred. I'mgoing to church, good. Really
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  • glad you're here. Really gladyou're watching online. Good.
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  • Then if you think but onMonday, come Monday is business
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  • baby. You don't live the sameway on Monday as you say you
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  • live on Sunday and you cut off.You live in a little
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  • compartment. You have thereligious side or the sacred
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  • side over here and the rest ofthe time you think that's my
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  • time. That's my time. That'smaking money time, that's
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  • business time. Nothing wrongwith doing business or making
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  • money, but remember this, if youare a follower of Jesus, every
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  • day is a holy day. Every day isGod's day. All time is God's
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  • time. Everything belongs to him.That's why I say the sanctity of
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  • life. This guy is thinking, Idon't owe God anything on
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  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday, Friday, Saturday. He
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  • lived his life without the Lord.He didn't understand the
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  • sanctity of life. All of life isa gift from God. Born and
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  • unborn. Created by God inmother's womb. Even before you
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  • were born God had a plan foryour life. Jeremiah 1:5, before
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  • I formed you in the womb I knewyou and before you were born I
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  • consecrated you. I appointed youa prophet to the nations. And to
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  • what was true for the prophet istrue for every person.
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  • The psalmistsaid in Psalm 139:13,
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  • For you formed my inward partsand you
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  • knitted me together in mymother's womb. I praise you for
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  • I'm fearfully and wonderfullymade. Wonderful are your works,
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  • my soul knows it very well. Lifebegins before birth. Life begins
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  • in the womb. We're determined byGod's grace to keep fighting the
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  • good fight of faith to end thisholocaust in our nation which is
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  • abortion. In the pastgeneration revolving out of the
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  • sexual revolution of the 60'scame Roe V Wade and now since
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  • Roe V Wade 60 million abortionsin America. I tell you this,
  • 00:17:41.717 --> 00:17:47.956
  • minds are turning, minds arechanging. We have an opportunity
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  • in this generation. I say to thenext generation. Some of you are
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  • in your teens and 20s. You havean opportunity in your
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  • generation to end this terriblething of abortion in America.
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  • You do, you do. [applause]That's why we say elections
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  • matter. You must vote. Registerto vote. How can you be an
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  • American and not be registeredto vote. The last election, the
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  • last presidential election over30 million evangelical
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  • Christians did not participateand about half of these weren't
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  • even registered to vote. It'svital that we vote for people
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  • who are pro-life. I quote JerryFalwell on this and I agree and
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  • say Amen. "I wouldn't vote fordogcatcher for anyone who was
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  • pro-choice. It's bad for thedogs." [laughter]. Only God can
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  • fill the void, the vacancy, thehole in your heart. What is your
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  • life? For many people, life's avacation. It's just fun and
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  • games. Then they die and there'sno fun and games in a
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  • Christ-less grave. For a lot ofpeople life is a void,
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  • just there's nothing
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  • and there's ... It's a vanity, ahole in their hearts. No
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  • purpose, no meaning, nodirection. There's a man like
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  • that in the Old Testament, hisname was Solomon. You know
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  • Solomon as a great man, a man ofwisdom. He tells his story in
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  • the book of Ecclesiastes howearly on he was trying
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  • everything and anything to findmeaning in his life. He was
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  • partying, it was pleasure, itwas women, it was wine, it was
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  • song it was making money, it wasall and he had it all, but he
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  • concluded life under the sun ona horizontal plane. Vanity of
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  • vanities, all is vanity. Meaningnothing, nothing, nothing.
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  • Empty, life is empty for so manypeople. Jesus talked about a man
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  • who was a wealthy man, he was awealthy farmer and he had so
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  • much and he is on a hammock andhe's drinking his margarita and
  • 00:20:08.664 --> 00:20:11.967
  • he's having a great day. He'sthinking how much more money can
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  • I make and how many more barnscan I build. "Eat, drink and be
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  • merry, for tomorrow you die."That's the way some people live.
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  • Life is meaningless so I'm goingto have as much fun as I can.
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  • "There came a knock that night",Jesus said, (a knock at his
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  • door), He said, "Who is it"? Hesaid, "Death is at your door".
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  • "That man awakened in hell",Jesus said. He had it all
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  • planned. He had it all together,he thought. He was having fun,
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  • he was living the life, butwithout God and without hope.
  • 00:20:53.108 --> 00:20:59.948
  • Again Jesus said, "I've comethat you might have life". Life
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  • with a capital L. Life can be avanity, can be a vexation for so
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  • many people, life can bemiserable. There's so much
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  • suffering in the world andthere's so much pain in the
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  • world. What is your life? Paulsaid, "For that me to live is
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  • Christ and to die is gain". Doyou know Christ? The purpose of
  • 00:21:18.266 --> 00:21:25.207
  • your life is to know and do thewill of God. That's why James
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  • tells us here, you ought to havesaid, you should have said,
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  • "This is how you live, if it bethe Lord's will". I will do
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  • this, I will do that, I will gohere, I will go there, if it be
  • 00:21:37.452 --> 00:21:44.826
  • the Lord's will. Success in lifeis knowing and doing the will of
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  • God. It is the progressiverealization in your life of
  • 00:21:48.163 --> 00:21:49.931
  • God's will and God's purpose.Surrendering your life to do the
  • 00:21:49.965 --> 00:21:53.602
  • will of God. I get askedquestions all the time about the
  • 00:21:53.635 --> 00:21:56.471
  • future of course and then aboutour daily decisions, how we make
  • 00:21:56.505 --> 00:21:59.875
  • decisions, how do we know thewill of God? Should I buy that
  • 00:21:59.908 --> 00:22:02.878
  • house? Should I get married?Should I go to this school? Here
  • 00:22:02.911 --> 00:22:06.314
  • is what I've discovered aboutthe will of God over time.
  • 00:22:06.348 --> 00:22:10.952
  • Romans 12:1 and 2 referencedearlier says, "Present your body
  • 00:22:10.986 --> 00:22:16.291
  • as a living sacrifice underGod". Your reasonable service,
  • 00:22:16.324 --> 00:22:20.228
  • your reasonable worship, anddon't be transformed or don't be
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  • conformed to this world, but betransformed by the renewing of
  • 00:22:23.999 --> 00:22:28.036
  • your mind, the way you think, bythe power of Christ that you may
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  • demonstrate, prove, live, theperfect good and acceptable will
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  • of God. I know this about God'swill for your life if you're a
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  • Christian. It's good, is perfectand acceptable. It may not
  • 00:22:40.982 --> 00:22:44.486
  • always feel good, it may notalways look good but God is
  • 00:22:44.519 --> 00:22:48.323
  • always working everythingtogether for our good for his
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  • purpose and His glory and forour best in life. If you will
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  • surrender your days to the Lord,your destiny will be given to
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  • him. I found in life, most ofthe time the will of God doesn't
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  • hit me in the face. I mean thereare on a few occasions when I
  • 00:23:04.873 --> 00:23:07.843
  • just really sense God thunderingsomething in my soul and
  • 00:23:07.876 --> 00:23:11.079
  • speaking in my heart and I knowthe scripture says, "As many as
  • 00:23:11.112 --> 00:23:16.918
  • are led by the Spirit of Godthese are the children of God".
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  • We're led by the word, we're ledby the Spirit, we're led by
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  • godly counsel but most of thetime I'm seeing God's will
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  • unfold in my life when I just amobedient to what is right in
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  • front of me and do what God'scall me to do right now. The
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  • question of the will of God isnot what am I going to do the
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  • next 20 years but what am Igoing to do the next 15 minutes.
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  • Yes, the will of God is notsomething you have to do, it's
  • 00:23:44.112 --> 00:23:49.384
  • something you get to do. It'sGod's best, God's plan, God's
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  • purpose, it's good, perfect andacceptable. God would choose for
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  • you what you would choose foryourself if you had sense enough
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  • to choose it. He knows what isright, he knows what is best.
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  • Just stay steady. Be steadfast,immovable, always abounding in
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  • the work of the Lord. You knowyour labor in the Lord is not in
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  • vain, so stay steady, staystrong, do what is in front of
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  • you and God will just unveil.God will keep showing you what
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  • the next step is and the nextstep and where you're to go now
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  • and what's you're to do next.That's the will of God. Trust
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  • in the Lord with all your heart.Do not lean under your own
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  • understanding. In all your waysacknowledge him and he will
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  • direct your path. Do you knowyour future?
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  • serious, significant problemsjust as we face today. And the
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  • strong, direct words of Jamesteach all believers how to truly
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