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Dream: Seize Your Tomorrow Today

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October 6, 2020
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During this first message in the new series Forward; learn how to develop a personal dream for serving God in your life.

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Dream: Seize Your Tomorrow Today

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  • David Jeremiah: Today isabout 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 know what's next,but God does.
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  • He's there waiting for youin your tomorrow,
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  • so step into it and discoverGod's presence and purpose
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  • 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 timewe rise above our circumstances,
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  • conquer our fears,face the future with faith,
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  • prevail over the past, aspireto accomplish greater 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 God is interestedin the desires of our hearts.
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  • David: When I'm talkingabout a dream,
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  • I'm not describing a self-madevision of your life apart
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  • from God's will.
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  • And I'm not using the word asthe ancient prophets did when
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  • supernatural visions of inspiredrevelation came across them.
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  • I'm talking about envisioningthe next step
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  • or the next stage of your life.
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  • announcer: That's coming upon today's special
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  • "Forward" editionof "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: In just a moment.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah will reveal howyou can cultivate a dream
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  • for your life that outlaststhe world, transforms time,
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  • changes eternity,and advances God's cause
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  • and his kingdom for his glory.
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  • Find this and nine other waysyou can know God's purpose,
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  • feel God's power, 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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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Dream:Seize Your Tomorrow Today."
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  • David: When we thinkof great dreamers,
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  • we think of peoplelike George Lucas,
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  • Elon Musk, or Walt Disney.
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  • I mean, anyone who's seena Star Wars movie,
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  • read about electric cars,or visited Disney World
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  • knows that great accomplishmentsbegin with one person's
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  • larger than life imagination.
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  • Walt Disney's dream beganwith cartoon sketches,
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  • two failed companies, anda borrowed book on animation.
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  • In time, he broughtbeloved characters to life.
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  • He created classic filmsand built Disney World,
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  • Disneyland,and the Epcot Center.
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  • He created the happiest placeon earth,
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  • and became known as the manwho made dreams come true.
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  • When Disney was diagnosedwith lung cancer,
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  • he was still planning movies,developing theme parks,
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  • and mulling overhis newest idea,
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  • an experimental prototypecommunity of tomorrow, or Epcot.
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  • As he lay on his deathbed withhis brother Roy sitting nearby,
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  • Walt looked upat the hospital ceiling tiles,
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  • raised his finger,and every fourth tile
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  • he said representeda square mile.
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  • Using that mental map,he suggested routes
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  • for his envisioned highwaysand monorails.
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  • Having said all that, I believeWalt Disney's dreams
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  • were too small.
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  • Believe it or not,you and I can dream
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  • bigger dreams thanDisney ever conceived.
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  • It's one thing to investone's life in a magic kingdom,
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  • and it's quite another to playa part in the kingdom of God.
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  • As followers of Christ,we can cultivate a dream
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  • for our lives that outlaststhe world,
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  • transforms time,changes eternity,
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  • and advances his causeand his kingdom for his glory.
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  • In fact, that's the storyof the Bible.
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  • The Bible is filled with peoplewho saw what life could
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  • look like in God's kingdom,and then moved forward in faith.
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  • All these stories, the dreamsof men and women of God
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  • thousands of years ago,still inspire and guide
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  • and affect us more than we know.
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  • They remind us to keep dreaming.
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  • There's always moreout in front of us,
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  • always a reason to look forwardto tomorrow.
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  • By the way, when I'm talkingabout a dream,
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  • I'm not describing a self-madevision of your life apart
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  • from God's will.
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  • And I'm not using the wordas the ancient prophets did,
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  • when supernatural visionsof inspired revelation
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  • came across them.
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  • I'm not talking about seeingheavenly creatures
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  • or having apocalyptic dreams.
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  • No, instead I'm talking aboutenvisioning the next step
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  • or the next stage of your life.
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  • A dream or a vision is simplya picture of what you feel
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  • God wants you to do next.
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  • Let's talk for just a momentabout the power of a dream.
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  • For hundreds of years,Israel had worshiped around
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  • the frayed remainsof the tabernacle,
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  • the elaborate tentthat was constructed
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  • in the days of Mosesas a portable house of worship.
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  • But now, the nationwas occupying
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  • the land God had promised,and Jerusalem was its capital.
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  • So, David began dreamingof a permanent place,
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  • where people could worshipfor centuries to come.
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  • David's story revealsthe principles
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  • that you and I can followas we build our own dreams.
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  • Principle number one,root your dream in history.
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  • In 2 Samuel 7, David toldthe prophet Nathan,
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  • "See, I dwell ina house of cedar,
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  • but the ark of God dwellsinside tent curtains."
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  • So, David grabbed holdof his dream
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  • and began moving forwardto see its fulfillment.
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  • But David's idea to builda temple didn't just poof
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  • into his head likean exploding nebula.
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  • Oh no, it was rootedin the history of Israel.
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  • You see, centuries before Godtold Abraham to offer his son
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  • Isaac as a sacrifice and burntoffering on a distant mountain.
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  • And God was specificabout the mountain,
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  • not just any hilltop would do.
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  • No, it had to be Mount Moriah.
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  • A thousand years later,when David and then Solomon
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  • planned to buildthe Jewish temple,
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  • they placed it on that verymountain, Mount Moriah.
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  • David's vision for the locationof his temple had roots
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  • as deep as Genesis 22.
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  • It was grounded in the storyof Abraham's willingness
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  • to sacrifice his only begottenson as a burnt offering.
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  • And it's no coincidencethat 1.000 years after David,
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  • Jesus Christ gave himselfas an offering for sin
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  • on or near that very ridge.
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  • From Abraham and his sonto David and his temple
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  • to Christ and his cross.
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  • Everything was linkedand each event had it's roots
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  • in the onethat preceded it.
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  • You see, the best dreamsdon't start with us,
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  • but instead are planted in usby God.
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  • If it isn't rooted, it's rotten.
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  • We stand on the shouldersof others.
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  • We are links in a chain,that we build on
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  • what others have done,even as future generations
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  • will build on the workthat we have done.
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  • That's why it's all rightto look around for ideas
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  • and see what other peopleare doing.
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  • We get ideas from historyand from how others
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  • are inspired to act today.
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  • To develop your dream,think about your heritage,
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  • what you love to do,your life experiences.
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  • Think about your background.
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  • Everything in your life hasprepared you for the next step,
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  • so look at what's alreadyhappening in your life
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  • and in your church,and start where you are,
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  • and work outward and forward.
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  • Root your dream in history.
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  • Second, reproduce your dreamin a picture.
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  • As ideas and intentions beginto bubble up in your heart
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  • and mind, you need to figureout where to begin and
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  • how to implement your dream,so you have to nudge
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  • the abstract burdeninto a real life plan.
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  • Let me tell youwhat I've learned.
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  • Visionaries have an uncannyability to see their dreams
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  • and convey them in images.
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  • That's how David builtthe impetus needed
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  • for his temple project.
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  • As we have seen,David's dream began
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  • when he told the prophet Nathan,quote,
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  • "See now, I dwellin a house of cedar,
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  • but the ark of God dwellsinside tent curtains."
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  • The temple wasn't someabstract concept.
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  • No, it was a vision that filledDavid's mind in Technicolor.
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  • He was able to convey that imageto others and motivate them
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  • to action by drawing a contrast.
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  • "Look at my palacewith its paneled walls
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  • and glorious bulwarks.
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  • And look at that frayed tentcalled tabernacle.
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  • Shouldn't God's house be betterthan any home of yours or mine?"
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  • You see, the ability to seewhat could be in the future
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  • is essential to strainingforward toward the realization
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  • of your dream.
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  • Don't worry if you can't seethe final fulfillment
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  • of your long term dreams.
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  • We will walk throughthe practical steps toward
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  • reaching successin the time to come.
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  • But for now, what matters isbeing able to imagine your dream
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  • in a way that captivates both,others and you.
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  • And then number three, reinforceyour dream with determination.
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  • David discovered that everydream faces discouragements.
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  • I can give testimony to that.
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  • That's part of the processof proving its validity.
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  • David's dream for the templeexcited him like nothing else
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  • in his whole life.
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  • He was fired up, ready to go,eager to lead
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  • the campaign to build.
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  • He could see it in his mind'seye every time he looked
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  • from his palace rooftoptoward Mount Moriah.
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  • He was ready to seehis dream accomplished.
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  • But then, if you know the story,the roof caved in.
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  • God told David he wouldnot be allowed
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  • to build the templebecause of his violent past.
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  • Here's what God said.
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  • "David, you shall not builda house for my name,
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  • because you have been a manof war and have shed blood.
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  • It is your son Solomon who shallbuild my house and my courts."
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  • You talk about the deathof a vision.
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  • But David didn't pout for long.
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  • I love this story, he toldhimself something like this.
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  • "Well, if I can do it myself andif God has appointed the task
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  • for my son Solomon,then I'll just do all I can
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  • to help him succeed."
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  • In refusing to give upon the project
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  • because he was taken outof the driver's seat
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  • David illustrated a corevalue of dream building.
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  • No dream is ever realizedwithout a huge measure
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  • of determination.
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  • If you're going to seeyour dream through,
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  • you have to be determined.
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  • Number four, reconcileyour dream with its cost.
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  • Dreams are costly, as Davidfound out when God led him
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  • to purchase some landfor the temple at a high spot
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  • in the area.
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  • Here's the story.
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  • Because he was the venerableking of Israel,
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  • I mean, he could have seizedthe land,
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  • he could have just taken it.
  • 00:13:13.008 --> 00:13:14.643
  • But David saidin 2 Samuel 24:24,
  • 00:13:14.677 --> 00:13:17.947
  • "No, no, no, I will surelybuy it from you for a price,
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  • for I will not offer burntofferings to the Lord my God
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  • with that whichcosts me nothing."
  • 00:13:25.921 --> 00:13:30.893
  • Big dreams are expensive.
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  • If you've experienceda fulfilled dream,
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  • you know what I'm talking about.
  • 00:13:35.097 --> 00:13:36.899
  • The cost comes in moneyand energy, in criticism,
  • 00:13:36.932 --> 00:13:40.402
  • in unbelief,in unplanned obstructions,
  • 00:13:40.436 --> 00:13:43.873
  • in unfaithful helpers,and a multitude of other
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  • very discouraging things.
  • 00:13:48.043 --> 00:13:50.212
  • You have to reconcileyour dreams with cost.
  • 00:13:50.246 --> 00:13:53.682
  • If you're looking for a cheap,easy way to get where
  • 00:13:53.716 --> 00:13:56.752
  • you want to go, just stop rightnow, there is no such thing.
  • 00:13:56.785 --> 00:14:01.056
  • To realize your dream,if it's a God-given dream,
  • 00:14:01.090 --> 00:14:04.326
  • there's a price to pay.
  • 00:14:04.360 --> 00:14:06.595
  • But I promise you it is a priceworth paying.
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  • Finally, release your dreamto your legacy.
  • 00:14:12.234 --> 00:14:17.506
  • Looking back on this periodof Israel's history,
  • 00:14:17.539 --> 00:14:20.442
  • one thing jumps out at me,and here it is.
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  • This was David's dream,and it ended up being called
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  • Solomon's Temple.
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  • David's dream, Solomon's Temple.
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  • You see, David notonly accepted that,
  • 00:14:31.754 --> 00:14:35.457
  • he made that happen.
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  • It was his dream all right,but when the dream
  • 00:14:37.626 --> 00:14:40.829
  • was not going to be realizedin his life and God said,
  • 00:14:40.863 --> 00:14:43.465
  • "Pass it on to your son,"David refused to allow
  • 00:14:43.499 --> 00:14:46.936
  • his dream to die when he died.
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  • And although he was notallowed to build the temple,
  • 00:14:50.105 --> 00:14:52.107
  • the Lord gave himthe construction details,
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  • which he passed onto his own son Solomon.
  • 00:14:55.010 --> 00:14:57.880
  • I could imagineDavid transferring
  • 00:14:57.913 --> 00:15:00.249
  • that information from God ontoan architectural blueprint,
  • 00:15:00.282 --> 00:15:03.852
  • and laying it outbefore Solomon, and saying,
  • 00:15:03.886 --> 00:15:06.055
  • "Here it is, boy.
  • 00:15:06.088 --> 00:15:07.990
  • God gave this to me, and this iswhat you're going to build."
  • 00:15:08.023 --> 00:15:12.528
  • David had dreamed of buildinga permanent place
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  • where God could be worshipped.
  • 00:15:15.097 --> 00:15:17.333
  • And he determined to leavesomething behind
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  • that would honor the Lord.
  • 00:15:20.169 --> 00:15:22.071
  • It was his dream,and the resources he put
  • 00:15:22.104 --> 00:15:24.840
  • in that place that allowedhis son Solomon
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  • to move quickly towardthe construction of the temple.
  • 00:15:27.142 --> 00:15:30.946
  • And David's instructions to hisson Solomon have been a charge
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  • to pastors and missionaries andChristian workers ever since.
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  • 1 Chronicles 28:20, "Be strongand of a good courage,
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  • and do it.
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  • Do not fear, nor be dismayed,for the Lord God,
  • 00:15:44.827 --> 00:15:47.196
  • my God, will be with you.
  • 00:15:47.229 --> 00:15:49.798
  • He will not leave younor forsake you,
  • 00:15:49.832 --> 00:15:51.967
  • until you have finishedall the work for the service
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  • of the house of the Lord."
  • 00:15:55.804 --> 00:15:58.507
  • One Sunday afternoon in 1771,a man named Valentin Hauy
  • 00:15:58.540 --> 00:16:08.150
  • ducked into a restaurantin Paris for dinner.
  • 00:16:08.183 --> 00:16:11.120
  • He sat near the stage,and the show that evening
  • 00:16:11.153 --> 00:16:13.889
  • featured blind peopleand a comedy routine.
  • 00:16:13.922 --> 00:16:16.925
  • They were objects of ridiculeand cruelty.
  • 00:16:16.959 --> 00:16:20.396
  • And the act was designedto make fun of their blindness.
  • 00:16:20.429 --> 00:16:23.732
  • Deeply offended, Hauy began todevelop a burden for the blind.
  • 00:16:23.766 --> 00:16:30.172
  • Sometime later, he spotteda sightless street urchin
  • 00:16:30.205 --> 00:16:32.941
  • who was begging for coinsoutside a Parisian church.
  • 00:16:32.975 --> 00:16:36.645
  • Giving the boy some money,Hauy was amazed to see
  • 00:16:36.678 --> 00:16:40.249
  • the boy feel the raised markingson the coins
  • 00:16:40.282 --> 00:16:42.851
  • and distinguish the amounts.
  • 00:16:42.885 --> 00:16:45.654
  • That gave Howie an idea.
  • 00:16:45.687 --> 00:16:47.389
  • Why couldn't books be writtenwith raised letters,
  • 00:16:47.423 --> 00:16:50.092
  • like images on coins?
  • 00:16:50.125 --> 00:16:52.394
  • Why couldn't people learnto read with their fingers?
  • 00:16:52.428 --> 00:16:54.830
  • Hauy took the boyoff the streets,
  • 00:16:54.863 --> 00:16:57.099
  • offered him food and shelter,and devised a plan
  • 00:16:57.132 --> 00:17:00.035
  • with wooden blocks and numbers,and taught the boy to read.
  • 00:17:00.069 --> 00:17:03.338
  • In 1784, Hauy startedthe world's first school
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  • for blind children.
  • 00:17:07.609 --> 00:17:09.244
  • It was in Paris,and one of the first teachers
  • 00:17:09.278 --> 00:17:11.513
  • was the blind boy rescuedfrom the streets.
  • 00:17:11.547 --> 00:17:15.250
  • But that's just the beginning.
  • 00:17:15.284 --> 00:17:16.952
  • Several years later,another boy named Louis
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  • was born in the villageof Coupvray, France.
  • 00:17:19.521 --> 00:17:22.424
  • His father was a farmerand a harness maker.
  • 00:17:22.458 --> 00:17:25.861
  • And as a toddler,Louis loved watching his father
  • 00:17:25.894 --> 00:17:28.831
  • work with leather tools.
  • 00:17:28.864 --> 00:17:31.467
  • But tragedy struck in 1812when 3 year old Louis
  • 00:17:31.500 --> 00:17:34.403
  • began playing with the leftoverscrap of leather,
  • 00:17:34.436 --> 00:17:37.005
  • trying to punch holes in it.
  • 00:17:37.039 --> 00:17:38.740
  • His hand slipped,and the sharp tool punctured
  • 00:17:38.774 --> 00:17:40.909
  • and put out his eye.
  • 00:17:40.943 --> 00:17:43.378
  • And infection set in that spreadto the other eye,
  • 00:17:43.412 --> 00:17:45.614
  • and little Louis ended upblinded in both eyes
  • 00:17:45.647 --> 00:17:49.351
  • for his whole life.
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  • A local minister namedJacques Palluy loved the boy
  • 00:17:51.587 --> 00:17:54.957
  • and began visiting himto read him the Bible.
  • 00:17:54.990 --> 00:17:58.060
  • Seeing the boy had a good mind,Father Jacques determined
  • 00:17:58.093 --> 00:18:01.163
  • he could receive an education.
  • 00:18:01.196 --> 00:18:03.132
  • So, at age ten, Louis wasenrolled in the school Hauy
  • 00:18:03.165 --> 00:18:06.468
  • had established in Paris,where he proved to be
  • 00:18:06.502 --> 00:18:09.338
  • a brilliant student.
  • 00:18:09.371 --> 00:18:11.473
  • Eventually, Louis began teachingother students
  • 00:18:11.507 --> 00:18:14.710
  • in the Paris Schoolfor the Blind.
  • 00:18:14.743 --> 00:18:16.778
  • He studied Hauy's methodof reading.
  • 00:18:16.812 --> 00:18:19.181
  • He also became aware of asystem of military communication
  • 00:18:19.214 --> 00:18:22.317
  • develop by a French army captainthat allowed soldiers
  • 00:18:22.351 --> 00:18:25.387
  • to communicate in the darkby running their fingers
  • 00:18:25.420 --> 00:18:28.323
  • over a series of dotsand dashes.
  • 00:18:28.357 --> 00:18:31.527
  • Though still a teenager,Louis Braille began adopting
  • 00:18:31.560 --> 00:18:36.798
  • these systems into a programof his own.
  • 00:18:36.832 --> 00:18:39.368
  • And in 1829 at age 20,he published a little book
  • 00:18:39.401 --> 00:18:42.538
  • on the Braille methodof reading.
  • 00:18:42.571 --> 00:18:46.074
  • The school resided in a dampbuilding by the river Seine.
  • 00:18:46.108 --> 00:18:49.978
  • It was cold and unhealthy,and the food
  • 00:18:50.012 --> 00:18:51.880
  • and conditions were poor.
  • 00:18:51.914 --> 00:18:53.916
  • Louis got tuberculosis,but he continued working
  • 00:18:53.949 --> 00:18:56.451
  • on his system of reading,which began catching on,
  • 00:18:56.485 --> 00:18:59.388
  • and soon was being exportedall over the world.
  • 00:18:59.421 --> 00:19:03.125
  • As his health failed,Louis said,
  • 00:19:03.158 --> 00:19:06.328
  • "I am convinced my mission onearth has been accomplished.
  • 00:19:06.361 --> 00:19:11.033
  • I ask God to carry me awayfrom this world."
  • 00:19:11.066 --> 00:19:15.470
  • Now, pause for just a momentwith me and think
  • 00:19:15.504 --> 00:19:17.806
  • of the chain reactionof that cascading dream.
  • 00:19:17.839 --> 00:19:23.178
  • One man developed a burdenfor the blind when
  • 00:19:23.212 --> 00:19:26.281
  • he saw ridiculed actors on stageand a beggar boy on the streets.
  • 00:19:26.315 --> 00:19:32.187
  • His burden led him to establisha school and attempt
  • 00:19:32.221 --> 00:19:34.890
  • a system of reading.
  • 00:19:34.923 --> 00:19:37.025
  • Then a local pastor developeda burden for a blind boy
  • 00:19:37.059 --> 00:19:40.062
  • in another village andtaught him the Bible,
  • 00:19:40.095 --> 00:19:42.164
  • and longed to send himto school.
  • 00:19:42.197 --> 00:19:44.166
  • And that blind child,Louis Braille,
  • 00:19:44.199 --> 00:19:46.535
  • developed a burden to improveand expand Hauy's work,
  • 00:19:46.568 --> 00:19:49.838
  • and the world was changed,and as a result,
  • 00:19:49.871 --> 00:19:52.207
  • millions of sightless souls haveexperienced the joy of reading
  • 00:19:52.241 --> 00:19:55.944
  • the Bible and other booksfor themselves now
  • 00:19:55.978 --> 00:19:59.715
  • for almost two centuries.
  • 00:19:59.748 --> 00:20:03.919
  • We may never create a languagefor the blind or build a temple
  • 00:20:03.952 --> 00:20:07.389
  • for the Lord, but pleaseremember there are no small
  • 00:20:07.422 --> 00:20:11.493
  • tasks in the Lord's workand no insignificant dreams.
  • 00:20:11.526 --> 00:20:17.032
  • Our work is never routine,our labor is never wasted,
  • 00:20:17.065 --> 00:20:23.372
  • and our legacy is capableof outliving us.
  • 00:20:23.405 --> 00:20:27.876
  • I've always loved radioand everything about radio.
  • 00:20:27.909 --> 00:20:32.748
  • From sitting next to the radioas a child with my ear
  • 00:20:32.781 --> 00:20:36.118
  • to the speaker so I could listento "The Lone Ranger"
  • 00:20:36.151 --> 00:20:38.587
  • or "The Shadow," to puttingtogether night radio kits
  • 00:20:38.620 --> 00:20:41.990
  • as a teenager,
  • 00:20:42.024 --> 00:20:43.825
  • for reasons I can't explain,I have always loved radio.
  • 00:20:43.859 --> 00:20:49.531
  • And radio has had a mysterioushold over me as far back
  • 00:20:49.564 --> 00:20:53.135
  • as I can remember.
  • 00:20:53.168 --> 00:20:55.337
  • When I became a student atCedarville College in 1959,
  • 00:20:55.370 --> 00:20:59.041
  • I was given the radioopportunity of a lifetime.
  • 00:20:59.074 --> 00:21:02.811
  • A new Christian FM station wasbeing launched in Springfield,
  • 00:21:02.844 --> 00:21:06.381
  • Ohio, just 15 milesfrom my home.
  • 00:21:06.415 --> 00:21:09.851
  • I don't rememberhow it happened,
  • 00:21:09.885 --> 00:21:11.953
  • but I was able to audition foran on-air announcing position,
  • 00:21:11.987 --> 00:21:16.058
  • and I got the job.
  • 00:21:16.091 --> 00:21:18.460
  • I did the news, I hostedthe call-in music shows,
  • 00:21:18.493 --> 00:21:21.930
  • I queued up and playedradio programs like,
  • 00:21:21.963 --> 00:21:24.366
  • "Back to the Bible"and "Unshackled."
  • 00:21:24.399 --> 00:21:26.735
  • When I was asked to help starta radio station on the campus
  • 00:21:26.768 --> 00:21:30.472
  • of Cedarville College,I teamed up with Paul Gaffney,
  • 00:21:30.505 --> 00:21:34.176
  • a college classmate,and my girlfriend
  • 00:21:34.209 --> 00:21:36.878
  • and soon to be wife,Donna Thompson,
  • 00:21:36.912 --> 00:21:39.381
  • and we launched WCDR FM.
  • 00:21:39.414 --> 00:21:44.419
  • In time, that station grewto a network of stations
  • 00:21:44.453 --> 00:21:47.989
  • that literally coveredthe entire Miami Valley
  • 00:21:48.023 --> 00:21:50.992
  • with great Christian musicand the message of the gospel.
  • 00:21:51.026 --> 00:21:54.229
  • When I was a junior in college,God called me into the ministry.
  • 00:21:54.262 --> 00:21:59.368
  • It was absolutely, definitelyclear to me that I was
  • 00:21:59.401 --> 00:22:03.171
  • to become a preacherof the gospel,
  • 00:22:03.205 --> 00:22:05.240
  • so I immediately enrolled inDallas Theological Seminary.
  • 00:22:05.273 --> 00:22:09.778
  • Donna and I got married rightafter graduation from college,
  • 00:22:09.811 --> 00:22:12.814
  • and we headed offto Texas for four years
  • 00:22:12.848 --> 00:22:15.217
  • of postgraduate learning.
  • 00:22:15.250 --> 00:22:17.886
  • My greatest regret, if I couldcall it that, was this.
  • 00:22:17.919 --> 00:22:21.990
  • I loved radio.
  • 00:22:22.023 --> 00:22:23.925
  • I had spent most of my lifeinvolved with radio.
  • 00:22:23.959 --> 00:22:28.063
  • Yet, now it appearedGod was leading me
  • 00:22:28.096 --> 00:22:29.931
  • in a totally different directionin terms of my vocation
  • 00:22:29.965 --> 00:22:32.968
  • and lifelong calling.
  • 00:22:33.001 --> 00:22:35.837
  • Radio was put on holdfor four years
  • 00:22:35.871 --> 00:22:37.839
  • while I workedon my masters degree.
  • 00:22:37.873 --> 00:22:40.275
  • But what happened after thatis one of the most
  • 00:22:40.308 --> 00:22:42.511
  • amazing stories of my life.
  • 00:22:42.544 --> 00:22:45.113
  • After a short stint asa youth pastor in New Jersey
  • 00:22:45.147 --> 00:22:48.183
  • and 12 years as a pastor ofa startup church in Fort Wayne,
  • 00:22:48.216 --> 00:22:51.753
  • Indiana, I accepted the call toShadow Mountain Community Church
  • 00:22:51.787 --> 00:22:55.424
  • in San Diego.
  • 00:22:55.457 --> 00:22:57.993
  • And the next year, I begana local five day a week
  • 00:22:58.026 --> 00:23:00.829
  • teaching program on a Christianstation in San Diego,
  • 00:23:00.862 --> 00:23:04.699
  • Salem Radio's KPRZ.
  • 00:23:04.733 --> 00:23:08.236
  • And the rest is history.
  • 00:23:08.270 --> 00:23:11.339
  • Today, "Turning Point" hitsthe airwaves on more than
  • 00:23:11.373 --> 00:23:14.709
  • 3.000 radio stationsin the United States.
  • 00:23:14.743 --> 00:23:18.280
  • "Momento Decisivo," the Spanishedition of "Turning Point,"
  • 00:23:18.313 --> 00:23:22.517
  • is heard in every countrywhere Spanish is spoken.
  • 00:23:22.551 --> 00:23:25.020
  • So, you can seeGod did not call me
  • 00:23:25.053 --> 00:23:28.824
  • into the ministry to takemy dream away.
  • 00:23:28.857 --> 00:23:32.093
  • He called me into the ministrybecause my dream was
  • 00:23:32.127 --> 00:23:34.296
  • way too small.
  • 00:23:34.329 --> 00:23:36.164
  • He had a much better anda much bigger plan for my life.
  • 00:23:36.198 --> 00:23:39.701
  • And as a result ofthose experiences,
  • 00:23:39.734 --> 00:23:41.369
  • I've learned I can trust Godwith my dreams,
  • 00:23:41.403 --> 00:23:45.073
  • even as I move forwardtoward his plans for my life.
  • 00:23:45.106 --> 00:23:49.077
  • And I've told you allthe stories and shared
  • 00:23:49.110 --> 00:23:51.046
  • all of this gospel message fromthe Bible to tell you one thing.
  • 00:23:51.079 --> 00:23:55.183
  • You can trust Godwith his vision for your life.
  • 00:23:55.217 --> 00:23:59.354
  • You can be like Nehemiah,who said,
  • 00:23:59.387 --> 00:24:01.323
  • "God put it in my heart."
  • 00:24:01.356 --> 00:24:03.492
  • And when God puts somethingin your heart and gives you
  • 00:24:03.525 --> 00:24:05.727
  • a dream, never stopuntil you've realized it,
  • 00:24:05.760 --> 00:24:10.265
  • and you will bethe most blessed person
  • 00:24:10.298 --> 00:24:12.901
  • on the faceof God's green earth.
  • 00:24:12.934 --> 00:24:16.104
  • female announcer:Dr. Jeremiah will return
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  • in a moment with one moreinspirational word
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  • to close today's programright after this.
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  • female announcer: And now,with one last word
  • 00:25:26.508 --> 00:25:28.076
  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • David: No matter what seasonof life in which
  • 00:25:32.814 --> 00:25:34.583
  • you find yourself,your brightest day can be
  • 00:25:34.616 --> 00:25:37.686
  • just around the corner.
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  • Take hold of it.
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  • Let go of the past.
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  • Get out of your rut.
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  • Choose to run forward towardeverything God has planned
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  • for the next phase of your life.
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  • But remember, this forwardjourney is not one we do alone.
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  • We need Jesus Christto take even one step.
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  • So, I hope you knowJesus Christ well,
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  • but if you don't, I'd like tointroduce him to you today.
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  • I would like to send youtwo resources
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  • to start your journeywith Christ.
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  • The first is a booklet called"Your Greatest Turning Point."
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  • And the second is our monthlydevotional magazine,
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  • "Turning Points."
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  • These resources are yourscompletely free
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  • Next time on "Turning Point."
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  • David: There's so many thingsthat are unprecedented.
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  • Sometimes, we don't even knowhow to pray,
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  • we don't even knowwhat to ask God for.
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  • But you can be sure of this.
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  • If you pray, and you're sincerein your heart,
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  • and you're walking with God,he hears your prayer
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  • and he will answer it.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • to consult your Creator,and teaches you
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  • how to harness the powerof prayer,
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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