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Chase Your Dream

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October 13, 2020
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In this message Dr. Jeremiah shares the importance of fulfilling the purpose God has for you.

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Todayis about the rest of your life.
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  • It's about tomorrowand the day after that.
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  • The future God has plannedfor you shouldn't be
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  • a haphazard approach to life.
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  • You might feel stuck,but you don't have to be.
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  • Perhaps you're discouraged.
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  • It's time to deal with that.
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  • And if you feel uncertain,you can find clarity.
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  • You may not knowwhat's next, but God does.
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  • He's there waitingfor you in your tomorrow,
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  • so step into it and discover
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  • God's presenceand purpose in your life.
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  • Starting today, starting now,it's time to move forward.
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  • male announcer: It's time werise above our circumstances,
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  • conquer our fears,face the future with faith,
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  • prevail over the past,
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  • aspire to accomplishgreater things,
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  • reclaim our birthright,proclaim his power,
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  • and claim God's promises.
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  • God has more for us.
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  • It's not time to stop.
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  • It's time to move forward.
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  • Today on "Turning Point,"Dr. Jeremiah reminds us
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  • that, if we trust God,we will have no reservations,
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  • we'll not retreat,and have no regrets.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We have to getto the place where we understand
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  • that God has given us a manual,
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  • and when we're tryingto pursue our dream
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  • and we don't knowwhat's next,
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  • we have to realize the answerto what's next is in that Book,
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  • and if we will absorb ourselvesin that Book,
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  • if we will just allow ourselves
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  • to let that Bookwash over our soul,
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  • God will show us what to do.
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  • announcer: That's coming up
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  • on today's special "Forward"edition of "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: In just a moment,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah will remind youto never forget
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  • all the blessings Godhas done for you in the past,
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  • which will allow you to maximize
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  • God's ability to guide youin the future.
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  • Find this and nine other waysyou can know God's purpose,
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  • feel God's power,
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  • and accomplishGod's plan for your life,
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  • in Dr. Jeremiah's new book,"Forward:
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  • Discovering God's Presenceand Purpose in Your Tomorrow."
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  • You'll learn the biblicalstrategy about how to claim
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  • the future God has prepareduniquely for you,
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  • no matter your ageor your circumstance.
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  • "Forward" is yours when yougive a gift of any amount
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  • including his new book,
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  • his entire teaching serieson CD or DVD
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  • with a correlating study guide,
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  • and the "How to Move Forward"interview special
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  • with Sheila Walsh on DVD.
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  • Plus, with your book or set,Dr. Jeremiah will also send you
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  • his "Move Forward"motivation cards
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  • front and center each day.
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  • God has more for you.
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  • It's not time to stop.
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  • It's time to move forward.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor watching "Forward"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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  • In appreciationof your viewership,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah would liketo send you
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  • Contact Turning Point today.
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  • And now, here's Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Pursue:Chase Your Dream."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: "Paddy" Kellygrew up surrounded by music,
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  • the tenth child
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  • in an American familyliving in Ireland,
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  • he joinedhis older siblings' band,
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  • The Kelly Family,at a young age.
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  • When he was 15, he wrote a song
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  • that propelled the familyto stardom,
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  • and the group becamea global sensation.
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  • With money and fame camegreat opportunities
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  • like singing in stadiumsto 250.000 screaming fans.
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  • In time, Paddy movedinto a 17th century castle.
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  • He traveled by private planeand helicopter.
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  • His family was near himin his pursuits,
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  • and he was never farfrom their love.
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  • Yet something strange happened.
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  • Paddy felt empty.
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  • He felt lost.
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  • The higher he rose,the lower he felt.
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  • He asked himselfa haunting question:
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  • "If all this doesn't makeme happy,
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  • then what is the sense of life?
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  • Why do I exist?"
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  • He eventually retiredto a monastery in France,
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  • seeking answers.
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  • Joseph Schooling is
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  • one of the best swimmersin the world.
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  • His youthful faceand friendly grin
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  • make him a crowd favorite,
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  • especially after he won
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  • Singapore's first-everOlympic gold medal in 2016.
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  • He's one of a small groupof people who breathe
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  • the rarefied air of beingthe best in the world,
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  • but how does it feelto be a gold medalist?
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  • According to Schooling,there's a feeling of emptiness.
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  • Schooling concedes he
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  • didn't know how to respondto fame and pressure.
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  • "I should have taken more timeaway from the pool," he said.
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  • I had to change my mind-setas I was no longer chasing.
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  • I was being chased.
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  • I needed to find my 'why,'for what I was doing."
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  • Like Paddy Kellyand Joseph Schooling,
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  • millions of people are searchingfor their purpose,
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  • the "why" of their existence.
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  • Maybe that includes you.
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  • Your purpose is aboutmeaning and motivation,
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  • for purposestabilizes your life.
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  • It's the reason behindyour actions and decisions.
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  • It answersthat nagging question, "Why?
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  • Why am I pursuing this dream?"
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  • Paddy Kelly knew the "what"of his life--singing.
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  • Joseph knew the "what"of his life--swimming.
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  • But they could, neither one,figure out the "why."
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  • Was it for applause?Was it for money?
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  • Was it for achievement?Self-fulfillment?
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  • National pride?
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  • Do you ever end a day like that?
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  • Do you ever endthe day or the year
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  • asking yourself,"What was all that for?
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  • What did I really accomplish?
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  • What differencedid I truly make?"
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  • When you find your purpose,
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  • you stop chasing thingsthat will never satisfy you.
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  • Instead, you findthe joy of pursuing
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  • the next steps God has for you.
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  • What Paddy Kellyand Joseph Schooling
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  • longed for, Jesus possessed.
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  • He knew he wason this earth for a reason,
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  • and he pursued his God-ordainedpurpose at every step.
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  • In Mark 1:38,he told his disciples,
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  • "Let us go into the next town,that I may preach there
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  • because for this purposeI have come forth."
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  • In John 12:27, he said,"Now my soul is troubled,
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  • and what shall I say?
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  • 'Father, save mefrom this hour'?
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  • But for this purposeI came to this hour."
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  • The apostle John said,"For this purpose
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  • the Son of God was manifested,
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  • that he might destroythe works of the devil."
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  • You see, as you readthese passages of Scripture,
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  • you discover Jesusknew his purpose in life,
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  • and he was compelledto fulfill it.
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  • You also can havethis sense of certainty
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  • to move youtoward your goal,
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  • and you can dowhat Jesus did.
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  • You can live the restof your life with no regrets.
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  • How do you discover your "why"?
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  • Your journey beginsby committing your life to God.
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  • Present yourselftotally to God.
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  • Manny Pacquiao is
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  • one of the greatestprofessional boxers of all time.
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  • He is the onlyeight-division world champion
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  • in the history of boxing,
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  • yet along with his fame came
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  • gambling and sexand money and parties,
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  • but his heart was as vacantas a boxing arena
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  • after all the people go awayand the lights are turned off.
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  • He said, "I felt empty.
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  • I had money.
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  • I could do whatever I wanted,but I was empty in my heart."
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  • One night while walkingin a forest,
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  • the Filipino boxer was convictedabout his lifestyle.
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  • He knelt downand he cried out to God,
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  • asking for forgiveness and help.
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  • He later said he felt like
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  • a light was shining on himas bright as the sun,
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  • but he couldn't raise his head.
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  • He was on the groundcrying out to the Lord.
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  • He felt like he was melting.
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  • That night, Christ cameinto Manny Pacquiao's life.
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  • The Lord changed his heart.
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  • Pacquiao's lifetook on new meaning.
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  • He became involvedin public service,
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  • and today he serves
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  • in the PhilippineNational Senate.
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  • During the coronavirus pandemic,
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  • he donated hundreds of thousandsof masks to those in need,
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  • along with five buses
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  • to transport health care workersaround Manila.
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  • He felt such an immense burdenfor the poor that he
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  • determined to care for themeven if he died in the effort.
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  • He told his constituents,
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  • "We should continue prayingand believing in the Lord.
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  • Let's draw strengthand hope from him."
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  • You can't find your purposein life by focusing on yourself
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  • and leaving God outof the picture.
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  • Pacquiao found that out.
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  • Life isn't about using Godfor your purposes.
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  • It's about God using youfor his purposes.
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  • It's about the Lord Jesus
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  • showing you how you fitinto his plan,
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  • and you do fit in.
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  • He has a lifetime of purposestored up for you and for me.
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  • Perhaps you're thinking,
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  • "I'm not sure what I wantin God's plan.
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  • What if I don't like it?"
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  • Oh, you will.
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  • It's what you were made for.
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  • If you don't embrace God's plan,
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  • you'll miss the purposefor which he created you.
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  • The Bible is very clearabout that.
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  • This is what Jesus said.
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  • He said, "I amthe light of the world.
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  • He who follows meshall not walk in darkness,
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  • but have the light of life."
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  • When you followGod's plan for your life,
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  • you will be walking
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  • in the divine wattageof God's light.
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  • There's no other sourceof ultimate purpose.
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  • All pursuits leadto darkness and futility.
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  • If you're still afraid
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  • to present yourself totallyto God,
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  • do you think he'll mess upyour life by telling you
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  • to do somethingyou don't wanna do
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  • or go to someplaceyou don't wanna go?
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  • I can tell youby my own testimony
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  • that everything I ever dreamedof doing in my life,
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  • I foundin God's purpose for me.
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  • I cannot imagine doinganything else
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  • than what I've doneas he has led me.
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  • So many of my dreamshave come true,
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  • plus quite a few dreamsI never even knew I had.
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  • So the first step in pursuingyour God-given purpose
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  • is to present yourself totallyto God.
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  • He loves you.He wants the best for you.
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  • You can trust him.
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  • Sign your nameat the bottom of the page
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  • and watch God fill it in.
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  • The second step in discoveringthe "why" of your life
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  • is coming to gripswith the unique you.
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  • Every single personon this planet
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  • can celebrate their uniqueness
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  • because God didn't createany two people,
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  • not even identical twins,who are exactly alike.
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  • There's almost always someone
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  • who seems more giftedor more successful than you,
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  • and if you're not careful,
  • 00:11:16.158 --> 00:11:17.460
  • you can slipinto imitating that person,
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  • even without realizing it.
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  • If you look at somebody else
  • 00:11:22.264 --> 00:11:23.666
  • for the pattern of who youshould be,
  • 00:11:23.699 --> 00:11:25.367
  • you'll miss it
  • 00:11:25.401 --> 00:11:26.702
  • because God made you special,
  • 00:11:26.736 --> 00:11:28.204
  • and then he threw awaythe plans.
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  • Thank him for your strengths.
  • 00:11:29.905 --> 00:11:31.707
  • Thank him for your weaknesses.
  • 00:11:31.741 --> 00:11:33.609
  • Make your strengths strongerand work on your weaknesses.
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  • Your blessings and your burdens,your gifts and your talents,
  • 00:11:36.746 --> 00:11:39.682
  • your experiencesand your adventures,
  • 00:11:39.715 --> 00:11:41.617
  • all of them arefor your use for his glory,
  • 00:11:41.650 --> 00:11:45.421
  • and they will make you better.
  • 00:11:45.454 --> 00:11:47.123
  • Once you understandthe uniqueness of you,
  • 00:11:47.156 --> 00:11:50.593
  • you'll be well on your wayto pursuing
  • 00:11:50.626 --> 00:11:51.927
  • the purpose God created you for.
  • 00:11:51.961 --> 00:11:53.696
  • So, first of all,present yourself to God,
  • 00:11:53.729 --> 00:11:56.332
  • and then realize,
  • 00:11:56.365 --> 00:11:57.833
  • "I am a unique creationof Almighty God.
  • 00:11:57.867 --> 00:12:00.870
  • He made me alone,threw the plans away.
  • 00:12:00.903 --> 00:12:03.839
  • There's nobody like meon planet Earth.
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  • He has a special thingfor me to do."
  • 00:12:05.941 --> 00:12:09.044
  • And then, thirdly,realize your responsibility.
  • 00:12:09.078 --> 00:12:12.915
  • The next step is to realize
  • 00:12:12.948 --> 00:12:14.450
  • that your uniquenessimplies action.
  • 00:12:14.483 --> 00:12:16.986
  • The Bible says it this way:
  • 00:12:17.019 --> 00:12:18.387
  • "As each onehas received his gift,
  • 00:12:18.420 --> 00:12:21.123
  • minister it to one another
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  • as good stewardsof the manifold grace of God."
  • 00:12:23.192 --> 00:12:25.795
  • In other words,God has given you a gift,
  • 00:12:25.828 --> 00:12:28.497
  • and with that giftcomes a responsibility
  • 00:12:28.531 --> 00:12:31.066
  • to use that giftto bless others.
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  • The churchis this big circle
  • 00:12:33.736 --> 00:12:35.037
  • made upof all of God's children,
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  • and every one of ushas a responsibility.
  • 00:12:36.939 --> 00:12:40.109
  • The Bible says,"A spiritual gift
  • 00:12:40.142 --> 00:12:42.344
  • is given to each of usso we can help each other."
  • 00:12:42.378 --> 00:12:45.748
  • And Jesus said, "I must workthe works of him who sent me
  • 00:12:45.781 --> 00:12:49.518
  • while it is day,
  • 00:12:49.552 --> 00:12:51.320
  • for the night is comingwhen no one can work."
  • 00:12:51.353 --> 00:12:54.523
  • So let yourself develop
  • 00:12:54.557 --> 00:12:55.958
  • a sense of responsibility
  • 00:12:55.991 --> 00:12:57.893
  • for reaching othersand serving the world,
  • 00:12:57.927 --> 00:13:00.462
  • and make that decisionbefore night falls on your life,
  • 00:13:00.496 --> 00:13:04.099
  • before it's too late.
  • 00:13:04.133 --> 00:13:06.468
  • Present yourself totallythe God,
  • 00:13:06.502 --> 00:13:08.304
  • understand your uniqueness,realize your responsibility,
  • 00:13:08.337 --> 00:13:11.540
  • and then pursueGod's plan for your life.
  • 00:13:11.574 --> 00:13:16.212
  • If you've presentedyourself totally to God,
  • 00:13:16.245 --> 00:13:18.280
  • if you've grasped
  • 00:13:18.314 --> 00:13:19.648
  • the wonderful factof your uniqueness
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  • and you've realizedthat you have a responsibility
  • 00:13:21.984 --> 00:13:24.153
  • to serve the Lord and others,
  • 00:13:24.186 --> 00:13:26.188
  • then you're ready to pursueGod's plan for your life.
  • 00:13:26.222 --> 00:13:29.658
  • And now the taskis to chase that plan.
  • 00:13:29.692 --> 00:13:33.529
  • You have to run in the directionyour purpose leads you.
  • 00:13:33.562 --> 00:13:37.132
  • Look around you right now.
  • 00:13:37.166 --> 00:13:38.534
  • Do you see any clues that Godis dropping for you to follow?
  • 00:13:38.567 --> 00:13:42.671
  • Once again, present yourselftotally to God,
  • 00:13:42.705 --> 00:13:45.341
  • understand you are unique,
  • 00:13:45.374 --> 00:13:47.376
  • realize you havea responsibility,
  • 00:13:47.409 --> 00:13:49.345
  • pursue God's planfor your life,
  • 00:13:49.378 --> 00:13:51.780
  • and obey orders from God's Word.
  • 00:13:51.814 --> 00:13:55.384
  • His will for your lifenever deviates
  • 00:13:55.417 --> 00:13:58.053
  • from the Word he has given youin Scripture.
  • 00:13:58.087 --> 00:14:00.289
  • You'll need instructionsfor the journey,
  • 00:14:00.322 --> 00:14:02.725
  • and God's instruction manualis your Bible.
  • 00:14:02.758 --> 00:14:06.662
  • Joshua 1:8, says it this way:"The Book of the Law
  • 00:14:06.695 --> 00:14:09.732
  • shall not departfrom your mouth,
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  • but you shall meditate in itday and night,
  • 00:14:11.667 --> 00:14:14.236
  • that you may observe to do
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  • according to allthat is written in it.
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  • For then you will makeyour way prosperous,
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  • and then you will havegood success."
  • 00:14:19.975 --> 00:14:23.279
  • Notice the phrase"observe to do."
  • 00:14:23.312 --> 00:14:26.448
  • It's easy to pass overthese words
  • 00:14:26.482 --> 00:14:27.883
  • like they were unimportant,
  • 00:14:27.917 --> 00:14:29.218
  • but this is oneof the great concepts
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  • of the Old Testament.
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  • We're not to read the Bible
  • 00:14:33.022 --> 00:14:34.323
  • just for curiosityor intellectual reasons.
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  • We're to study itin order to do it.
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  • We're to read itin order to heed it.
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  • David describes this principlein his first psalm.
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  • He says, "His delightis in the law of the Lord,
  • 00:14:46.135 --> 00:14:49.638
  • and in his law he meditatesday and night.
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  • He shall be like a treeplanted by the rivers of waters,
  • 00:14:52.841 --> 00:14:56.111
  • that brings forthits fruit in its season,
  • 00:14:56.145 --> 00:14:59.515
  • whose leaf alsoshall not wither,
  • 00:14:59.548 --> 00:15:02.184
  • and whatever hedoes shall prosper."
  • 00:15:02.217 --> 00:15:05.788
  • Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz
  • 00:15:05.821 --> 00:15:07.589
  • describes her strategylike this.
  • 00:15:07.623 --> 00:15:10.059
  • She says, "I just tryto faithfully follow the Lord,
  • 00:15:10.092 --> 00:15:12.895
  • step-by-step, day by day.
  • 00:15:12.928 --> 00:15:15.130
  • Ten years from now,I just wanna look back and know
  • 00:15:15.164 --> 00:15:18.200
  • that, to the best of my ability,
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  • I've been obedientto God's call on my life."
  • 00:15:20.235 --> 00:15:24.073
  • We have to get to the placewhere we understand
  • 00:15:24.106 --> 00:15:26.342
  • that God has given us a manual,
  • 00:15:26.375 --> 00:15:28.510
  • and when we're tryingto pursue our dream
  • 00:15:28.544 --> 00:15:30.312
  • and we don't know what's next,we have to realize
  • 00:15:30.346 --> 00:15:32.748
  • the answer to what's nextis in that Book,
  • 00:15:32.781 --> 00:15:35.784
  • and if we will absorb ourselvesin that Book,
  • 00:15:35.818 --> 00:15:38.620
  • if we will just allow ourselves
  • 00:15:38.654 --> 00:15:40.389
  • to let that Bookwash over our soul,
  • 00:15:40.422 --> 00:15:42.791
  • God will show us what to do.
  • 00:15:42.825 --> 00:15:44.994
  • I've never asked Godwhat to do next that he hasn't,
  • 00:15:45.027 --> 00:15:48.464
  • in some meaningful way,directed me.
  • 00:15:48.497 --> 00:15:51.934
  • And then serveothers selflessly.
  • 00:15:51.967 --> 00:15:55.971
  • Earlier I've talked to youabout uniqueness in the church,
  • 00:15:56.005 --> 00:15:59.508
  • which is the body of Christ,
  • 00:15:59.541 --> 00:16:01.744
  • but your work for the Lord
  • 00:16:01.777 --> 00:16:03.078
  • extends beyond the wallsof your church.
  • 00:16:03.112 --> 00:16:05.681
  • The purpose of the church isto prepare followers of Christ
  • 00:16:05.714 --> 00:16:08.917
  • to take the realityof the gospel
  • 00:16:08.951 --> 00:16:10.652
  • to the whole world,
  • 00:16:10.686 --> 00:16:11.987
  • and all of us are calledto serve and share
  • 00:16:12.021 --> 00:16:15.157
  • with our lostand needy world.
  • 00:16:15.190 --> 00:16:17.259
  • For me, this wasa life-changing concept.
  • 00:16:17.292 --> 00:16:20.329
  • I grew up in a pastor's home,but only later,
  • 00:16:20.362 --> 00:16:23.332
  • as a young adult,did I really develop
  • 00:16:23.365 --> 00:16:25.167
  • a biblical awarenessof my responsibility
  • 00:16:25.200 --> 00:16:28.437
  • to those who do not knowJesus Christ.
  • 00:16:28.470 --> 00:16:30.839
  • And when I figured that out,it changed my life.
  • 00:16:30.873 --> 00:16:34.476
  • We can never truly findpurpose in life
  • 00:16:34.510 --> 00:16:37.880
  • until we realizewe're under orders
  • 00:16:37.913 --> 00:16:40.115
  • to obeythe Great Commission,
  • 00:16:40.149 --> 00:16:41.784
  • to go into all the worldand preach the gospel.
  • 00:16:41.817 --> 00:16:44.486
  • And the keyto the Great Commission
  • 00:16:44.520 --> 00:16:45.988
  • is the great commandment,
  • 00:16:46.021 --> 00:16:47.689
  • which tells us to"Love our neighbor as ourself."
  • 00:16:47.723 --> 00:16:51.160
  • The greatest continuing joyof being a Christian
  • 00:16:51.193 --> 00:16:54.563
  • is the joy of sharingChrist with others
  • 00:16:54.596 --> 00:16:57.533
  • and serving othersin the body of Christ.
  • 00:16:57.566 --> 00:17:01.070
  • Finally,experience eternal life.
  • 00:17:01.103 --> 00:17:03.439
  • Are you staying focused here?
  • 00:17:03.472 --> 00:17:05.174
  • Present yourself to God,realize you're unique,
  • 00:17:05.207 --> 00:17:09.044
  • recognize you havea responsibility to others,
  • 00:17:09.078 --> 00:17:11.747
  • pursue God's plan for your life,obey orders from God's Word,
  • 00:17:11.780 --> 00:17:15.918
  • serve others selflessly,and experience eternal life.
  • 00:17:15.951 --> 00:17:21.323
  • So let's sum up: you needa compelling motive
  • 00:17:21.356 --> 00:17:24.493
  • if you're going to developan unfolding plan
  • 00:17:24.526 --> 00:17:26.328
  • for moving forwardin your life.
  • 00:17:26.361 --> 00:17:28.964
  • You need the "why."
  • 00:17:28.997 --> 00:17:30.699
  • You discover your "why"
  • 00:17:30.732 --> 00:17:32.034
  • by totally presenting yourselfto God
  • 00:17:32.067 --> 00:17:34.236
  • and understanding that hemade you uniquely
  • 00:17:34.269 --> 00:17:36.672
  • for a unique work.
  • 00:17:36.705 --> 00:17:39.074
  • You havea God-given responsibility,
  • 00:17:39.108 --> 00:17:41.143
  • and you need to pursue it.
  • 00:17:41.176 --> 00:17:42.978
  • You need to stayin the Scripture daily.
  • 00:17:43.011 --> 00:17:44.646
  • Serve others selflessly.
  • 00:17:44.680 --> 00:17:46.115
  • Jesus said it this way:"I have come
  • 00:17:46.148 --> 00:17:49.651
  • that they may have life,
  • 00:17:49.685 --> 00:17:51.186
  • and that they may have itmore abundantly."
  • 00:17:51.220 --> 00:17:54.022
  • "I give them eternal life,and they shall never perish.
  • 00:17:54.056 --> 00:17:57.159
  • Neither shall anyonesnatch them out of my hand."
  • 00:17:57.192 --> 00:18:01.029
  • That's what everyoneis looking for,
  • 00:18:01.063 --> 00:18:02.764
  • the kind of life that isboth abundant and eternal.
  • 00:18:02.798 --> 00:18:06.735
  • The Israeli statesman Abba Eban
  • 00:18:06.768 --> 00:18:08.737
  • wrote about a conversationhe had with Edmund Hillary,
  • 00:18:08.770 --> 00:18:12.040
  • first man ever to climbMount Everest.
  • 00:18:12.074 --> 00:18:15.077
  • Eban asked the explorer what hefelt when he reached the top.
  • 00:18:15.110 --> 00:18:19.248
  • Hillary said the first sentimentwas ecstatic accomplishment,
  • 00:18:19.281 --> 00:18:22.184
  • but then he said there camea sense of desolation:
  • 00:18:22.217 --> 00:18:26.088
  • "What was there nowleft for me to do?"
  • 00:18:26.121 --> 00:18:29.791
  • Jon Krakauer trekkedto the same summit years later,
  • 00:18:29.825 --> 00:18:33.295
  • but the trip was tragic.
  • 00:18:33.328 --> 00:18:34.963
  • Twelve of his companionswere killed in the descent.
  • 00:18:34.997 --> 00:18:38.100
  • Later in his book"Into Thin Air,"
  • 00:18:38.133 --> 00:18:40.536
  • Krakauer described how it feltat the top of Mount Everest.
  • 00:18:40.569 --> 00:18:44.373
  • He said,"I had been fantasizing,
  • 00:18:44.406 --> 00:18:47.242
  • dreaming about this moment
  • 00:18:47.276 --> 00:18:49.511
  • and the release of emotionthat I would feel
  • 00:18:49.545 --> 00:18:51.346
  • when I finally stood at the top,
  • 00:18:51.380 --> 00:18:54.116
  • but now that I was finally here,
  • 00:18:54.149 --> 00:18:56.084
  • actually standingon the summit of Mount Everest,
  • 00:18:56.118 --> 00:18:59.021
  • I just couldn't summonthe energy to care.
  • 00:18:59.054 --> 00:19:01.823
  • I snapped four quick pictures,turned and headed down.
  • 00:19:01.857 --> 00:19:05.794
  • My watch read 1:17 p.m.
  • 00:19:05.827 --> 00:19:08.730
  • All told, I spent lessthan five minutes
  • 00:19:08.764 --> 00:19:11.800
  • on the roof of the world."
  • 00:19:11.833 --> 00:19:14.203
  • Only the experiences of peoplelike that help us illustrate
  • 00:19:14.236 --> 00:19:19.041
  • the emptiness of our liveswithout God.
  • 00:19:19.074 --> 00:19:22.010
  • If they only knew the truthof 1 John 5:12,
  • 00:19:22.044 --> 00:19:25.614
  • "He who has the Son has life.
  • 00:19:25.647 --> 00:19:28.150
  • He who does not havethe Son of God
  • 00:19:28.183 --> 00:19:30.786
  • does not have life."
  • 00:19:30.819 --> 00:19:34.356
  • God's ultimate purposefor us is to experience, enjoy,
  • 00:19:34.389 --> 00:19:39.194
  • and embody the eternal lifeJesus died to bestow on us.
  • 00:19:39.228 --> 00:19:44.032
  • He fills our emptinesswith himself
  • 00:19:44.066 --> 00:19:46.268
  • and with his glorious willfor each of us.
  • 00:19:46.301 --> 00:19:49.238
  • He fills us with a certain hopeof eternal life.
  • 00:19:49.271 --> 00:19:53.108
  • Let me ask you a question:when does eternal life begin?
  • 00:19:53.141 --> 00:19:57.613
  • When you die?
  • 00:19:57.646 --> 00:19:58.947
  • No, you're livingin eternal life
  • 00:19:58.981 --> 00:20:01.483
  • the minute youbelieve in Christ.
  • 00:20:01.516 --> 00:20:03.151
  • Jesus said,"And this is eternal life,
  • 00:20:03.185 --> 00:20:05.921
  • that they may know you,the only true God,
  • 00:20:05.954 --> 00:20:08.156
  • and Jesus Christwhom you have sent."
  • 00:20:08.190 --> 00:20:10.292
  • Your eternal life begins
  • 00:20:10.325 --> 00:20:11.627
  • the moment you putyour trust in Jesus.
  • 00:20:11.660 --> 00:20:14.796
  • Did you know that,did you realize
  • 00:20:14.830 --> 00:20:16.798
  • that you're not waitingfor eternal life--
  • 00:20:16.832 --> 00:20:18.634
  • that you're actually livingin eternal life?
  • 00:20:18.667 --> 00:20:21.036
  • From that moment,you will never die,
  • 00:20:21.069 --> 00:20:23.338
  • and when you accept Christ,you get life,
  • 00:20:23.372 --> 00:20:26.775
  • life abundant and eternal,
  • 00:20:26.808 --> 00:20:28.343
  • and it beginsthe moment you believe.
  • 00:20:28.377 --> 00:20:30.178
  • It's not somethingyou're waiting for.
  • 00:20:30.212 --> 00:20:31.546
  • It's something you're living in.
  • 00:20:31.580 --> 00:20:33.048
  • And to get out of emptinessand into purpose,
  • 00:20:33.081 --> 00:20:35.617
  • you have to go through Jesus.
  • 00:20:35.651 --> 00:20:37.486
  • He's the way,the truth, and the life,
  • 00:20:37.519 --> 00:20:39.554
  • and when you receive himas your Savior,
  • 00:20:39.588 --> 00:20:41.923
  • eternal life beginsat that moment.
  • 00:20:41.957 --> 00:20:44.226
  • It begins right then,and it brings with it
  • 00:20:44.259 --> 00:20:47.462
  • a sense of purposefor the rest of your days.
  • 00:20:47.496 --> 00:20:51.400
  • It's impossible for meto finish this message
  • 00:20:51.433 --> 00:20:54.036
  • without thinkingof a hero of mine.
  • 00:20:54.069 --> 00:20:56.772
  • His name is William Borden.
  • 00:20:56.805 --> 00:20:59.074
  • He died before I was born,
  • 00:20:59.107 --> 00:21:00.709
  • but his biographymoved me like few other books,
  • 00:21:00.742 --> 00:21:04.546
  • and I want to live
  • 00:21:04.579 --> 00:21:05.881
  • by the six famous wordsthat are attributed to him.
  • 00:21:05.914 --> 00:21:09.951
  • Here's his story: Borden grew upon Chicago's Gold Coast,
  • 00:21:09.985 --> 00:21:13.989
  • where his family owned
  • 00:21:14.022 --> 00:21:15.791
  • the Borden Dairy Farmand business.
  • 00:21:15.824 --> 00:21:19.261
  • He was bright,good looking and athletic.
  • 00:21:19.294 --> 00:21:22.164
  • He was also a young manwho loved the Lord Jesus Christ
  • 00:21:22.197 --> 00:21:25.334
  • and had grown in Christ
  • 00:21:25.367 --> 00:21:26.668
  • under the influenceof his pastor, Dr. R.A. Torrey.
  • 00:21:26.702 --> 00:21:31.173
  • Borden's graduation presentwas a trip around the world,
  • 00:21:31.206 --> 00:21:34.810
  • and that's where hedeveloped a passion
  • 00:21:34.843 --> 00:21:36.945
  • for spreading the gospelto the regions beyond,
  • 00:21:36.978 --> 00:21:40.048
  • especially to China.
  • 00:21:40.082 --> 00:21:42.684
  • Laterat a missionary conference,
  • 00:21:42.718 --> 00:21:44.519
  • he was deeply movedto give his life
  • 00:21:44.553 --> 00:21:46.788
  • to spreading the gospel,including his fortune,
  • 00:21:46.822 --> 00:21:50.459
  • which was valued at $50 million,
  • 00:21:50.492 --> 00:21:53.195
  • that was his if hewould just wait.
  • 00:21:53.228 --> 00:21:56.631
  • Borden's family supported himin every way,
  • 00:21:56.665 --> 00:21:59.634
  • and the day camewhen he left home
  • 00:21:59.668 --> 00:22:01.036
  • and sailed to Egyptfor language studies.
  • 00:22:01.069 --> 00:22:03.438
  • Everyone who met himwas charmed by his humility,
  • 00:22:03.472 --> 00:22:06.475
  • his joy, and his loveand, most of all,
  • 00:22:06.508 --> 00:22:08.877
  • his passion for Jesus Christ.
  • 00:22:08.910 --> 00:22:11.113
  • Yet within a month, Bordencontracted spinal meningitis.
  • 00:22:11.146 --> 00:22:15.150
  • He lingered for two weeks,
  • 00:22:15.183 --> 00:22:16.918
  • and he passed awayat the age of 25.
  • 00:22:16.952 --> 00:22:22.090
  • The sacrifice wasn't wasted.
  • 00:22:22.124 --> 00:22:24.326
  • Borden's story was proclaimedin newspapers around the world
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  • in books and biographies
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  • and from a thousand pulpitsand lecterns.
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  • Even today,over a hundred years later,
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  • the story of William Bordengrips everybody who reads it.
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  • No one knowshow many young people,
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  • inflamed by his sacrifice,gave their lives to missions.
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  • In the best-known biography"Borden of Yale,"
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  • Mrs. Howard Taylor wrote,"No reserve, no retreat,
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  • no regrets had any place
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  • in Borden's consecrationto God."
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  • "No reserve, no retreat,no regrets."
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  • Many people believethose six words were inscribed
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  • in Borden's Bible,which has been lost to history.
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  • One thing we do know,we do know
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  • that those were the wordsthat drove him forward.
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  • Those are the things that causedhim to pursue his goal.
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  • They were inscribed,maybe not in his Bible,
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  • but certainly in his heart.
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  • That's the way he lived.
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  • He lived with no reserves.
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  • In other words, he didn't takehis family's money.
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  • He lived in such a way that hewould never return to his home.
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  • No retreats, he didn't goto the mission field
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  • just to find out if it worked,
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  • and if it didn't,come back to his fortune.
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  • I want that to bethe way I pursue my life:
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  • "No reserve, no retreat,no regrets."
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  • When you find Jesus Christas your Lord and Savior,
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  • you accept him as the onewho has a plan for your life.
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  • You understand your uniqueness.
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  • You begin to pursueeverything God has for you.
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  • You begin to findthat core of who you are,
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  • and when you find it,
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  • "No reserves, no retreats,and no regrets."
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  • I pray that Godwill let that be
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  • the messageof your life and mine.
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  • with one more inspirational wordto close today's program
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  • right after this.
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If you're seriousabout moving forward,
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  • there is one crucial stepto complete first,
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  • it's step one of this process:knowing Christ
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  • as your personal Lordand Savior.
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  • I hope you're walking stronglywith Christ
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  • because faith in Christis the starting block
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  • that will keep propellingyou forward.
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  • But perhaps youdon't know Christ.
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  • If that's the case,
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  • I would like to introduce youto him today.
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  • announcer: Next time,on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: There isa little space
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  • I do have some control of,
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  • and it's the spaceof my heart and mind,
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  • and the Bible tells me
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  • that, if I fill my heartand my mind with God's truth,
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  • that gives methe greatest advantage
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  • to come through whatever stressI'm going through
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  • and stay positivewith my hands up high.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next timeas Dr. Jeremiah guides you
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  • to discoverthe powerful optimism
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  • that only comesfrom hope in God,
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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