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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 challenges us
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  • to never stop startingand to do our best to finish
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  • what God has called usto do.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Are you readyfor God to use you?
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  • You may think, "Well,I finally got to the end.
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  • Now I can--"No, if you're Christian,
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  • you may discover that Godwill do the greatest things
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  • in your life at the end thanall the things he's ever done
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  • in your life upuntil that point.
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  • announcer: That's coming upon today's
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  • announcer: In just a moment,Dr. Jeremiah will challenge you
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  • to never stop starting anddo your best to finish
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  • what you startin the Lord's will.
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  • the future God has prepareduniquely for you,
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Finish: You're Not Doneuntil You're Done."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If you ever getinto an unfortunate scrape,
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  • you might hire Frank P. Luciannato represent you.
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  • He's a razor-sharp attorneyin Hackensack, New Jersey,
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  • just across the Hudsonfrom New York City.
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  • You could spot Luciannain the courtroom daily,
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  • dressed in a dapper suitwith a pocket square,
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  • chopping his hands in the airdefending people in trouble.
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  • He does it with energyand effectiveness.
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  • Lucianna has been defendingclients for quite a while.
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  • I mean, 45 years agoa local newspaper claimed
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  • he was the city'sbusiest criminal lawyer.
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  • Twenty-two years ago,the same paper called him
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  • a consummate showmanand New Jersey's
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  • oldest active attorney.
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  • Today, Lucianna still waxeseloquent before judges
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  • and juries at the age of 97.
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  • Lucianna doesn't reston his laurels.
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  • He said, "This isa very consuming profession,
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  • and it's taken a lotout of my life."
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  • He said, "I'm constantlyinvolved in preparing cases,
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  • and it's a tremendous strainboth mental and physical.
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  • Physical because when you goto trial your whole being
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  • is obsessed with trying to helpthe person you represent,
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  • and it places your bodyand mind under tension."
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  • When he was askedabout his future, Lucianna said,
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  • "I hope God lets me continuedoing this.
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  • I don't wanna retire.
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  • I don't wanna go to Florida.
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  • I just wanna do what I'm doing."
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  • Personally, I kinda likegoing to Florida,
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  • but otherwise I feel the same.
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  • I hope God lets me continuedoing what he's called me to do.
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  • My name isn't Archippus,but I take the one verse
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  • addressed to him in the Biblejust like it was written to me.
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  • Here's what it says:"Tell Archippus:
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  • 'See to it that you completethe ministry
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  • you have received in the Lord.'"
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  • Yes, your role may change,your assignments may evolve,
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  • and your situation may alter.
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  • You may haveto make adjustments,
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  • but even so one thingwon't change.
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  • As long as God leaves youon this Earth,
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  • he has ongoing workfor you to do.
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  • There's no expiration date tothe principles of this message.
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  • You never retirefrom the Christian life.
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  • You never drop outof God's will.
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  • There are countless barriers,men and women,
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  • to finishing well,and I'm gonna talk to you
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  • about five major ones today,
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  • 'cause I want us to learnhow to finish well.
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  • But rather than talk to themlike barriers,
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  • I wanna share them with youas challenges.
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  • I want you to think aboutthe rest of this message
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  • like we're in the locker room,and we're getting a pep talk
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  • delivered to all of us beforewe head out of the tunnel
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  • for the second halfof the game.
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  • So, here are those five things.
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  • Number one, to finish wellyou have to stay focused
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  • till you're finished.
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  • One of the great finishersof the Bible was Solomon,
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  • King David's son.
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  • In fact, I discovered whenI was researching this
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  • that the word "finish"is connected
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  • with Solomon a dozen times.
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  • When it came to buildingGod's temple in Jerusalem,
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  • Solomon finished it all.
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  • He left nothing undone,and that's because, I believe,
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  • his father prayed himinto this environment.
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  • Listen to David's prayerand his challenge to Solomon
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  • before David walked off thescene and Solomon took over.
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  • 1 Chronicles 28:20.
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  • Here's what he said.
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  • "Be strong, Solomon,and of good courage,
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  • and do it; do not fearnor be dismayed,
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  • for the Lord God--my God--he will be with you.
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  • He will not leave younor forsake you,
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  • until you have finishedall the work for the service
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  • of the house of the Lord."
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  • We have to finish it all.
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  • We don't get to stoppart of the way.
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  • Most of the way doesn't work.
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  • Almost all the way isn't enough.
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  • God wants us to finish it all.
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  • Don't say,"Well, I'm almost there,"
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  • and then you walk away,and you leave it not quite done.
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  • There's not anything morediscouraging to you than
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  • to spend all of your time andall of your energy to get almost
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  • all the way, and then walk awaybefore you get done.
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  • Here's the second thingabout finishing life:
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  • stay resilient about retirement.
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  • I don't think anything's morecontroversial in the lives
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  • of people like methan retirement.
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  • I hear it all the time.
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  • Somebody always brings it up,and I wanna tell you that
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  • the second key to finishing wellis to approach the topic
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  • of retirement with resilience
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  • and with somesanctified resistance.
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  • I remember reading about a wifewho said to her retired husband,
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  • "What are yougoing to do today?"
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  • He said, "Nothing."
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  • She said, "But you did thatyesterday."
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  • He said, "I know,but I'm not finished yet."
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  • Someone saidthat a husband's retirement
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  • can becomea wife's full-time job.
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  • Many people you seehave followed
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  • the general expectationin America
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  • and the western world,that when we reach a certain age
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  • we retire.
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  • It's just what we do.
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  • Retirement has becomethe final rotation
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  • in the cycle of life.
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  • Just like we ask children,"What do you want to be
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  • when you grow up?"
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  • We ask adults, "What do you planto do when you retire?"
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  • And seldom do we hear the valueof retirement plans questioned
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  • and certainly not the valueof retirement itself.
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  • But what does the Biblesay about this?
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  • Interestingly enough,the Bible has only one example
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  • of retirement.
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  • I'll tell you where it is.
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  • It's in Numbers chapter 8,verses 24 through 26.
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  • Here's what it says: "This iswhat pertains to the Levites:
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  • From 25 years old and aboveone may enter to perform service
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  • in the work of the tabernacleof meeting;
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  • and at the age of 50 years,they must cease
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  • performing this workand shall work no more.
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  • They may minister with theirbrethren in the tabernacle
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  • of meeting to attend the needs,but they themselves
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  • shall do no work."
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  • While the Levitetabernacle workers
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  • were instructed to retireat age 50,
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  • they weren't put outto pasture, to spend
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  • the rest of their livestwiddling their thumbs
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  • and gazing at the sundial.
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  • No.
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  • They were charged to ministerto the younger Levites
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  • who took over their jobs.
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  • They became mentorsand advisors.
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  • Today, we wouldprobably call them consultants.
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  • So no, I'm not saying youshouldn't take advantage
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  • of your Social Security incomeor pension benefits,
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  • but you might want to avoidthe word retirement.
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  • You don't have to continuein your profession
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  • until you're in the 90s,but if you do leave your job,
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  • remember retirementis simply God's way
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  • of freeing you upfor further service.
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  • So, stay focusedtill you're finished
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  • and stay resilientabout retirement.
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  • Here's the third thingI learned.
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  • Stay connected to your calling.
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  • Romans 11:29 says this:
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  • "The gifts and the callingof God are irrevocable."
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  • That means you can't undo them.
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  • If God calls you,he's not going to uncall you.
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  • The gifts and callingof God are irrevocable.
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  • Os Guinness had somethingto say about this.
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  • He said, "I think it's importantto realize that we can retire
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  • from our jobs, but we cannever retire from our calling."
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  • Calling gives us our senseof task or responsibility
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  • right up to the last daywe spend on earth
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  • when we go to meet the caller.
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  • I think that gives lifeincredible value,
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  • and therefore the prosperityof finishing well
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  • is that we continue to havea sense of responsibility
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  • and engagementthat makes every day we live
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  • enormously important.
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  • So to finish well,consider maintaining
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  • a connection betweenwhat you did before you retired
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  • and what you doafter you retire.
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  • Someone has said your careeris what you're paid to do,
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  • your callingis what you're made to do.
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  • Now, you may not have a careerthat's transferable
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  • into your post-retirement life,
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  • but if you're a followerof Christ, you have a calling.
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  • You have a gift Godhas given you,
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  • an ability for service.
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  • So just keep using itfor the Lord.
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  • Use it in a different context,in a different environment,
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  • but don't stop doingwhat God has called you to do.
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  • When Jesushad finished his work on earth
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  • and was about to be crucified,resurrected,
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  • and return to heaven,he prayed this prayer
  • 00:11:52.495 --> 00:11:55.731
  • about his life.
  • 00:11:55.765 --> 00:11:57.166
  • John 17:4, he said, "God,I have glorified you
  • 00:11:57.199 --> 00:12:01.504
  • on the earth.
  • 00:12:01.537 --> 00:12:03.405
  • I have finished the workwhich you have given me to do."
  • 00:12:03.439 --> 00:12:08.944
  • Read that verse carefully.
  • 00:12:08.978 --> 00:12:10.679
  • Jesus didn't finish all the workthere was to do;
  • 00:12:10.713 --> 00:12:14.250
  • he finished the workthat he was given to do,
  • 00:12:14.283 --> 00:12:17.052
  • and that should be our prayer.
  • 00:12:17.086 --> 00:12:18.621
  • "Lord, help me to finishthe work you have given me
  • 00:12:18.654 --> 00:12:21.157
  • to do."
  • 00:12:21.190 --> 00:12:22.625
  • If you do that, you're going tolive a full and exciting life.
  • 00:12:22.658 --> 00:12:27.062
  • Here's number four.
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  • Stay vigilantafter your victories.
  • 00:12:28.964 --> 00:12:33.202
  • Finishing well, goingall the way to the end,
  • 00:12:33.235 --> 00:12:36.272
  • staying in God's willand in his plan
  • 00:12:36.305 --> 00:12:39.708
  • and in his purposeand in his blessing
  • 00:12:39.742 --> 00:12:41.811
  • all the way to the enddemands vigilance.
  • 00:12:41.844 --> 00:12:44.547
  • We can't let our guard down,especially after new adventures
  • 00:12:44.580 --> 00:12:49.218
  • or fresh victories.
  • 00:12:49.251 --> 00:12:51.387
  • I think that's what gotKing David into trouble.
  • 00:12:51.420 --> 00:12:54.790
  • He got into troublewith Bathsheba because
  • 00:12:54.824 --> 00:12:57.393
  • he had achieved great success,he had won every battle
  • 00:12:57.426 --> 00:13:00.496
  • against all of his enemies.
  • 00:13:00.529 --> 00:13:01.931
  • The Bible sayshis world was at peace
  • 00:13:01.964 --> 00:13:03.732
  • because of him.
  • 00:13:03.766 --> 00:13:05.301
  • He had created great peacein Israel.
  • 00:13:05.334 --> 00:13:07.336
  • And thenafter all those victories,
  • 00:13:07.369 --> 00:13:09.004
  • he got careless.
  • 00:13:09.038 --> 00:13:10.739
  • Listen carefully to the wordsthat describe what he did.
  • 00:13:10.773 --> 00:13:14.944
  • 2 Samuel 11:1, "And it happenedin the spring of the year,
  • 00:13:14.977 --> 00:13:20.149
  • at the time when kings go outto battle,
  • 00:13:20.182 --> 00:13:23.953
  • that David sent Joaband his servants with him
  • 00:13:23.986 --> 00:13:26.856
  • and all Israel,
  • 00:13:26.889 --> 00:13:28.757
  • but David remainedin Jerusalem."
  • 00:13:28.791 --> 00:13:32.228
  • King Davidshould have been leading
  • 00:13:32.261 --> 00:13:33.863
  • his people,serving as the head
  • 00:13:33.896 --> 00:13:35.898
  • of his army,but instead he stayed home.
  • 00:13:35.931 --> 00:13:38.567
  • He felthe was at the point in life
  • 00:13:38.601 --> 00:13:40.336
  • where he could relax some
  • 00:13:40.369 --> 00:13:41.837
  • and let othersbear the burden of war.
  • 00:13:41.871 --> 00:13:43.439
  • He'd paid his price.
  • 00:13:43.472 --> 00:13:45.274
  • He wasn'twhere he should have been
  • 00:13:45.307 --> 00:13:47.543
  • and he wasn't doingwhat he should have been doing;
  • 00:13:47.576 --> 00:13:49.678
  • and he was celebratinghis victories
  • 00:13:49.712 --> 00:13:51.380
  • without vigilance,and the rest is history.
  • 00:13:51.413 --> 00:13:53.916
  • His sin with Bathsheba andthe murder of her husband Uriah
  • 00:13:53.949 --> 00:13:57.453
  • is a stainon David's life.
  • 00:13:57.486 --> 00:14:00.456
  • And while God forgave Davidand restored him,
  • 00:14:00.489 --> 00:14:03.726
  • that one moment of carelessness,that one moment
  • 00:14:03.759 --> 00:14:06.695
  • when he lacked vigilance,that one moment
  • 00:14:06.729 --> 00:14:09.732
  • became partof David's biography.
  • 00:14:09.765 --> 00:14:12.234
  • I don't know if you've everread this verse before.
  • 00:14:12.268 --> 00:14:14.837
  • I remember reading itand kind of being astonished
  • 00:14:14.870 --> 00:14:17.539
  • by its wording.
  • 00:14:17.573 --> 00:14:19.208
  • 1 Kings 15:5,here's what it says:
  • 00:14:19.241 --> 00:14:22.144
  • "David did what was rightin the eyes of the Lord,
  • 00:14:22.177 --> 00:14:25.748
  • and had not turned asidefrom anything
  • 00:14:25.781 --> 00:14:27.983
  • that he commandedhim all the days of his life
  • 00:14:28.017 --> 00:14:31.787
  • except in the matter of Uriahthe Hittite."
  • 00:14:31.820 --> 00:14:36.458
  • You see, what happens is when weget to the top and we experience
  • 00:14:36.492 --> 00:14:39.662
  • the greatness of God,if we're not careful
  • 00:14:39.695 --> 00:14:41.897
  • we let down our guard,
  • 00:14:41.931 --> 00:14:43.399
  • we relax,and we allow the enemy
  • 00:14:43.432 --> 00:14:45.801
  • to move inin the most unlikely time.
  • 00:14:45.834 --> 00:14:50.072
  • And I know that's happenedover and over again
  • 00:14:50.105 --> 00:14:53.075
  • to so many peopleI've talked to.
  • 00:14:53.108 --> 00:14:55.678
  • I believe there's two versesin the Bible
  • 00:14:55.711 --> 00:14:57.546
  • that we should allmemorize and always keep
  • 00:14:57.579 --> 00:15:00.082
  • before us.
  • 00:15:00.115 --> 00:15:01.550
  • They tell us what to doin order not to fall,
  • 00:15:01.583 --> 00:15:04.153
  • and they captured thisvigilance-after-victory warning.
  • 00:15:04.186 --> 00:15:08.490
  • Proverbs 16:18, "Pride goesbefore destruction,
  • 00:15:08.524 --> 00:15:13.162
  • and a haughty spiritbefore a fall."
  • 00:15:13.195 --> 00:15:16.632
  • 1 Corinthians 10:12, "Thereforelet him who thinks he stands
  • 00:15:16.665 --> 00:15:22.004
  • take heedlest he fall."
  • 00:15:22.037 --> 00:15:25.274
  • So here are these challengesas we prepare to go out
  • 00:15:25.307 --> 00:15:28.410
  • for the second halfof life:
  • 00:15:28.444 --> 00:15:30.412
  • stay focusedtill you're finished,
  • 00:15:30.446 --> 00:15:32.548
  • stay resilient about retirement,stay connected to your calling,
  • 00:15:32.581 --> 00:15:36.618
  • stay vigilantafter your victories,
  • 00:15:36.652 --> 00:15:38.454
  • and finally stay readyfor redeployment.
  • 00:15:38.487 --> 00:15:42.358
  • Make sure that you're readyfor God to redeploy you
  • 00:15:42.391 --> 00:15:45.961
  • in any waythat he chooses.
  • 00:15:45.995 --> 00:15:48.397
  • Always be looking forwardto what the Lord has next
  • 00:15:48.430 --> 00:15:50.866
  • for you.
  • 00:15:50.899 --> 00:15:52.601
  • Folks, it doesn't takea deep dive into secular history
  • 00:15:52.634 --> 00:15:55.371
  • or the Bible to discoverthat many great things
  • 00:15:55.404 --> 00:15:58.540
  • are accomplishedby people
  • 00:15:58.574 --> 00:16:00.242
  • who are past the ageof retirement.
  • 00:16:00.275 --> 00:16:03.145
  • Pianist Comedian Victor Borge,the Clown Prince of Denmark,
  • 00:16:03.178 --> 00:16:07.149
  • continuedto delight huge audiences
  • 00:16:07.182 --> 00:16:09.685
  • until his deathat the age of 91.
  • 00:16:09.718 --> 00:16:13.522
  • As I speak to you today,Singer Tony Bennett
  • 00:16:13.555 --> 00:16:16.792
  • is 93 and he leaves his heartnot only in San Francisco,
  • 00:16:16.825 --> 00:16:21.030
  • but in many other citieswhere he continues
  • 00:16:21.063 --> 00:16:23.032
  • to go every year and sing.
  • 00:16:23.065 --> 00:16:25.534
  • 90 year old master CellistPablo Casals
  • 00:16:25.567 --> 00:16:28.270
  • was askedwhy he kept practicing
  • 00:16:28.303 --> 00:16:30.005
  • 8 hours a day,and he said,
  • 00:16:30.039 --> 00:16:32.041
  • "I think I'm improving."
  • 00:16:32.074 --> 00:16:33.909
  • Pearl Buck, the famous writer
  • 00:16:33.942 --> 00:16:35.944
  • and the daughter of missionariesto China, said,
  • 00:16:35.978 --> 00:16:39.114
  • "I've reachedan honorable position in life
  • 00:16:39.148 --> 00:16:41.283
  • because I am oldand no longer young.
  • 00:16:41.316 --> 00:16:45.054
  • I am a far more useful personthan I was 50 years ago
  • 00:16:45.087 --> 00:16:48.791
  • or 40 years agoor 30 or 20 or even 10."
  • 00:16:48.824 --> 00:16:52.795
  • She said,"I have learned so much
  • 00:16:52.828 --> 00:16:55.330
  • since I turned 70."
  • 00:16:55.364 --> 00:16:57.966
  • So don't give up on yourselftoo early.
  • 00:16:58.000 --> 00:17:00.602
  • Don't deprive yourselfof the many blessings
  • 00:17:00.636 --> 00:17:02.938
  • God wants to bestowupon you
  • 00:17:02.971 --> 00:17:04.907
  • in your post-retirement years.
  • 00:17:04.940 --> 00:17:07.209
  • Change what you doif you have to,
  • 00:17:07.242 --> 00:17:09.111
  • but don't stopserving the Lord
  • 00:17:09.144 --> 00:17:12.181
  • because I believeone of the greatest
  • 00:17:12.214 --> 00:17:15.651
  • unused talent poolsin our churches
  • 00:17:15.684 --> 00:17:18.320
  • are peoplewho've come to a certain age
  • 00:17:18.353 --> 00:17:21.123
  • and they have this mentality
  • 00:17:21.156 --> 00:17:22.825
  • that's been forced upon themby the culture that says,
  • 00:17:22.858 --> 00:17:25.227
  • "When you getto a certain place,
  • 00:17:25.260 --> 00:17:26.562
  • you have to quit.
  • 00:17:26.595 --> 00:17:27.896
  • You have to stop."
  • 00:17:27.930 --> 00:17:29.231
  • But then they lose their senseof importance,
  • 00:17:29.264 --> 00:17:31.500
  • their sense of value,and they lose
  • 00:17:31.533 --> 00:17:33.569
  • the joy of their life.
  • 00:17:33.602 --> 00:17:35.237
  • God gives us as many years aswe're allowed on this earth,
  • 00:17:35.270 --> 00:17:38.574
  • and we should try to makeevery one of them count
  • 00:17:38.607 --> 00:17:41.009
  • for the kingdom.
  • 00:17:41.043 --> 00:17:42.478
  • Here's a couple of versesto encourage you.
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  • They sure have kept meon board.
  • 00:17:44.880 --> 00:17:46.982
  • They were given to usby our gracious Father
  • 00:17:47.015 --> 00:17:49.585
  • to keep us faithfulthroughout our lives.
  • 00:17:49.618 --> 00:17:52.187
  • Don't forgetwhat we learned earlier.
  • 00:17:52.221 --> 00:17:54.156
  • If you're not dead,you're not done.
  • 00:17:54.189 --> 00:17:57.593
  • Psalm 92 says this:
  • 00:17:57.626 --> 00:18:00.062
  • "The righteous shall flourishlike a palm tree.
  • 00:18:00.095 --> 00:18:03.198
  • He shall growlike a cedar in Lebanon.
  • 00:18:03.232 --> 00:18:05.968
  • Those who are plantedin the house of the Lord
  • 00:18:06.001 --> 00:18:07.970
  • will flourishin the courts of our God.
  • 00:18:08.003 --> 00:18:11.173
  • They shall still bear fruitin old age.
  • 00:18:11.206 --> 00:18:14.543
  • They shall be freshand flourishing."
  • 00:18:14.576 --> 00:18:18.113
  • Isaiah 46, verse 4,"Even to your old age,
  • 00:18:18.147 --> 00:18:21.250
  • I am he, and even to gray hairsI will carry you.
  • 00:18:21.283 --> 00:18:25.387
  • I have made,and I will bear you;
  • 00:18:25.420 --> 00:18:27.589
  • even I will carry youand deliver you."
  • 00:18:27.623 --> 00:18:30.526
  • And here's the special prayerthat I have claimed for my life.
  • 00:18:30.559 --> 00:18:34.196
  • Psalm 71:18, "Now alsowhen I am old and gray,
  • 00:18:34.229 --> 00:18:40.335
  • O God, do not forsake meuntil I declare your strength
  • 00:18:40.369 --> 00:18:43.972
  • to this generationand your power to everyone
  • 00:18:44.006 --> 00:18:47.509
  • who is to come."
  • 00:18:47.543 --> 00:18:49.745
  • Yes, God uses usall the way through
  • 00:18:49.778 --> 00:18:53.048
  • if we just make ourselvesuseful.
  • 00:18:53.081 --> 00:18:56.752
  • As I bring this messageto a close,
  • 00:18:56.785 --> 00:18:59.188
  • I want to tell you aboutone of the men
  • 00:18:59.221 --> 00:19:01.557
  • in our congregationat Shadow Mountain.
  • 00:19:01.590 --> 00:19:04.459
  • More than anyone I know,
  • 00:19:04.493 --> 00:19:05.994
  • he has captured the conceptof finishing well.
  • 00:19:06.028 --> 00:19:10.999
  • Tom Heyer taught mathat Helix High School
  • 00:19:11.033 --> 00:19:15.270
  • for 40 years.
  • 00:19:15.304 --> 00:19:17.105
  • He had receivedChrist as Savior
  • 00:19:17.139 --> 00:19:18.774
  • as a juniorat San Diego State
  • 00:19:18.807 --> 00:19:20.776
  • and immediately began to teach.
  • 00:19:20.809 --> 00:19:23.212
  • He loved his job.
  • 00:19:23.245 --> 00:19:24.846
  • I remember meeting himat his school
  • 00:19:24.880 --> 00:19:26.515
  • many years ago.
  • 00:19:26.548 --> 00:19:27.883
  • I had gone to Helixto meet with a coach
  • 00:19:27.916 --> 00:19:29.851
  • who was trying to helpmy son get a scholarship
  • 00:19:29.885 --> 00:19:31.920
  • in footballand he said to me,
  • 00:19:31.954 --> 00:19:34.923
  • "You have a teacherthat works here
  • 00:19:34.957 --> 00:19:36.725
  • from your church."
  • 00:19:36.758 --> 00:19:38.327
  • And he introduced meto Tom Heyer.
  • 00:19:38.360 --> 00:19:39.962
  • That was the first timeI met him.
  • 00:19:39.995 --> 00:19:42.197
  • He loved his students.I could tell that for sure.
  • 00:19:42.231 --> 00:19:44.333
  • He wasn't justputting in his time.
  • 00:19:44.366 --> 00:19:46.501
  • He helped start a Christian clubon that campus
  • 00:19:46.535 --> 00:19:48.704
  • that impacted many lives.
  • 00:19:48.737 --> 00:19:50.839
  • He was a well-loved teacher,and he was really good
  • 00:19:50.872 --> 00:19:53.442
  • at what he did.
  • 00:19:53.475 --> 00:19:55.310
  • But in the summer of 2002,Tom Heyer was looking forward
  • 00:19:55.344 --> 00:19:59.314
  • to beginninghis 40th year of teaching.
  • 00:19:59.348 --> 00:20:02.517
  • One morning during the summeras he and his wife Pam
  • 00:20:02.551 --> 00:20:06.421
  • took their regular prayer walktogether,
  • 00:20:06.455 --> 00:20:09.324
  • God spoke to Tomand turned his life upside down.
  • 00:20:09.358 --> 00:20:13.829
  • Here is how Tom put it.
  • 00:20:13.862 --> 00:20:15.897
  • He said, "That morningGod spoke directly to me.
  • 00:20:15.931 --> 00:20:18.500
  • He told me it was timeto set aside teaching
  • 00:20:18.533 --> 00:20:20.869
  • because he hadsomething else for me to do."
  • 00:20:20.902 --> 00:20:25.274
  • Since teaching had been hiswhole life, Tom had no idea
  • 00:20:25.307 --> 00:20:27.843
  • what God was up to,but he was about to find out.
  • 00:20:27.876 --> 00:20:31.346
  • After counselingwith one of our pastors,
  • 00:20:31.380 --> 00:20:33.682
  • Tom acceptedthe challenge
  • 00:20:33.715 --> 00:20:35.584
  • to start a weeklymen's Bible study.
  • 00:20:35.617 --> 00:20:38.287
  • That Bible studycalled itself Fellows,
  • 00:20:38.320 --> 00:20:41.623
  • and it's been going nowfor 18 years.
  • 00:20:41.657 --> 00:20:44.626
  • Because of his leadershipin that Bible study,
  • 00:20:44.660 --> 00:20:46.695
  • he was askedif he'd be willing
  • 00:20:46.728 --> 00:20:48.230
  • to take over the prison ministryat our church,
  • 00:20:48.263 --> 00:20:50.599
  • Shadow MountainCommunity Church.
  • 00:20:50.632 --> 00:20:52.834
  • At that time,we had about 12 people
  • 00:20:52.868 --> 00:20:54.636
  • who were involved inministering to the prisoners
  • 00:20:54.670 --> 00:20:56.672
  • of San Diego County.
  • 00:20:56.705 --> 00:20:59.274
  • Once againTom prayed
  • 00:20:59.308 --> 00:21:00.709
  • that he accepted the challenge,
  • 00:21:00.742 --> 00:21:02.144
  • and what has happened sinceis truly remarkable.
  • 00:21:02.177 --> 00:21:05.681
  • Today as he closes inon the 17th year
  • 00:21:05.714 --> 00:21:08.817
  • of his leadershipin this ministry,
  • 00:21:08.850 --> 00:21:10.919
  • God has opened doorsfor ministry
  • 00:21:10.952 --> 00:21:12.788
  • to everyoneimpacted by incarceration.
  • 00:21:12.821 --> 00:21:15.891
  • He ministers to inmates,parolees, ex-offenders,
  • 00:21:15.924 --> 00:21:19.161
  • spouses, children,other family members,
  • 00:21:19.194 --> 00:21:21.663
  • even correctional officersand prison staff.
  • 00:21:21.697 --> 00:21:25.200
  • According to Tom,the P in prison
  • 00:21:25.233 --> 00:21:27.269
  • doesn't stand for prison,
  • 00:21:27.302 --> 00:21:29.137
  • but it stands for people;people who God loves
  • 00:21:29.171 --> 00:21:32.708
  • with an everlastingunconditional love.
  • 00:21:32.741 --> 00:21:35.811
  • Each week nowat Shadow Mountain,
  • 00:21:35.844 --> 00:21:38.680
  • 40 different team membersgo into eight different prisons,
  • 00:21:38.714 --> 00:21:42.517
  • holding roughly30 meetings a month
  • 00:21:42.551 --> 00:21:45.654
  • with an averageof over 600 inmates,
  • 00:21:45.687 --> 00:21:48.156
  • men, women,and youth in attendance.
  • 00:21:48.190 --> 00:21:51.360
  • At Christmas, a huge partyis hosted for the children
  • 00:21:51.393 --> 00:21:54.930
  • of incarcerated parents.
  • 00:21:54.963 --> 00:21:57.132
  • Hundreds of childrenmostly with their mothers
  • 00:21:57.165 --> 00:21:59.601
  • attend this partyon our church campus.
  • 00:21:59.634 --> 00:22:02.270
  • On the Saturdaybefore Christmas,
  • 00:22:02.304 --> 00:22:04.139
  • our event center is filledwith families
  • 00:22:04.172 --> 00:22:06.308
  • that would be forgottenwere it not
  • 00:22:06.341 --> 00:22:08.176
  • for this incredible ministry.
  • 00:22:08.210 --> 00:22:11.246
  • Several years ago,a young man
  • 00:22:11.279 --> 00:22:12.948
  • in our churchwho'd been incarcerated
  • 00:22:12.981 --> 00:22:14.649
  • was released,and he came to Tom Heyer
  • 00:22:14.683 --> 00:22:17.419
  • and he told Tomhow Christmas
  • 00:22:17.452 --> 00:22:19.354
  • was such a hard timefor prisoners.
  • 00:22:19.388 --> 00:22:22.157
  • It was the lowest time,the loneliest time,
  • 00:22:22.190 --> 00:22:24.126
  • the time when they feltso rejected and forgotten.
  • 00:22:24.159 --> 00:22:27.829
  • And he asked Tomif he thought there was anything
  • 00:22:27.863 --> 00:22:30.031
  • we could do to make a differencein their lives
  • 00:22:30.065 --> 00:22:32.901
  • during this season,
  • 00:22:32.934 --> 00:22:34.336
  • and the resultof that conversation
  • 00:22:34.369 --> 00:22:36.338
  • was the greatChristmas card mail-out.
  • 00:22:36.371 --> 00:22:39.474
  • Last Christmas,hundreds of volunteers,
  • 00:22:39.508 --> 00:22:42.344
  • some of themfrom our church
  • 00:22:42.377 --> 00:22:43.945
  • but many of themjust from San Diego,
  • 00:22:43.979 --> 00:22:46.148
  • under the directionof Tom Heyer's
  • 00:22:46.181 --> 00:22:48.350
  • Shadow MountainPrison Ministry,
  • 00:22:48.383 --> 00:22:50.218
  • got together duringthe holiday season
  • 00:22:50.252 --> 00:22:52.821
  • and sent outover 15.000 Christmas cards
  • 00:22:52.854 --> 00:22:57.526
  • to prison inmates.
  • 00:22:57.559 --> 00:22:59.961
  • When God spoke to Tom Heyeron that morning walk in 2002,
  • 00:22:59.995 --> 00:23:04.566
  • he ignited a movementthat will live on long
  • 00:23:04.599 --> 00:23:06.601
  • after Tom and I are gone.
  • 00:23:06.635 --> 00:23:08.837
  • Today, the Shadow MountainPrison Ministry
  • 00:23:08.870 --> 00:23:10.972
  • is one of the largest
  • 00:23:11.006 --> 00:23:12.774
  • church-sponsoredprison ministries in America,
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  • and it all started in the lifeof one man who was retiring.
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  • And Tom Heyerwas ready to be redeployed.
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  • Are you?
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  • Are you readyfor God to use you?
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  • You may think, "Well,I finally got to the end.
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  • Now I can--"No, if you're Christian,
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  • God has a rightto your life.
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  • And if you will give himthe opportunity
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  • to use you even in the daysafter you have finished
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  • your full vocational experience,you may discover
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  • that God will dothe greatest things in your life
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  • at the endand all the things
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  • he's ever done in your lifeup until that point.
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  • How many of you know, sometimes,God saves the best till last?
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  • He wants to do that for you.He wants to do it for me.
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  • Let's commit ourselvesto the fact
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  • that we're goingto stay faithful
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  • until we're finished.
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  • Amen?Amen.
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return in a moment
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  • with one more inspirational wordto close today's program
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  • right after this.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor watching today.
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  • Did you know that this programis just one part of the ministry
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  • of "Turning Point,"which is committed
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  • to deliveringthe unchanging Word of God
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  • to an ever-changing world?
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  • This program is only possiblebecause of the generous
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  • and faithful supportof viewers like you.
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  • with the gospeland with a strong Bible teaching
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  • by sending his new book,"Forward:
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  • Discovering God's Presenceand Purpose in your Tomorrow."
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  • And if you give $75 or more,he will send you in appreciation
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  • his comprehensive Forward set.
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  • announcer: And nowwith one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: No matterwhat season of life
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  • in which you find yourself,your brightest day can be
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  • just around the corner.
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  • Take hold of it,let go of the past,
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  • and get out of your rut.
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  • Choose to run forwardtoward everything
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  • God has plannedfor the next phase of your life,
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  • but rememberthis forward journey
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  • 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 know Jesus Christwell; but if you don't,
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  • I'd like to introduce himto 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
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  • is our monthlydevotional magazine,
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  • "Turning Points."
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  • These resources are yourscompletely free
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  • when you contact"Turning Point" today.
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  • announcer: Also availablefrom Dr. Jeremiah,
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  • the Jeremiah Study Bible,the culmination
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  • of more than four decades
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  • of Dr. Jeremiah's studyand teaching
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  • available in NKJV, NIV, and ESV;
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  • plus Dr. Jeremiah'sairship Genesis Kids Study Bible
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  • for the young ones in your life.
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  • Order a Bible for yourselfor as a gift
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  • for someone you know.
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If your heartis right with God
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  • and you are a Christianand you die
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  • and you go to heaven,the Bible says
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  • you will meet Jesus personallyface to face.
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  • This is your ultimate goal.
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  • This will be
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  • your singlemost phenomenal moment
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  • of your entire life.
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  • This is what you're living for,what you're waiting for,
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  • and what you're anticipatingwith all your heart.
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  • This is celebrationwith a capital C.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next timeas Dr. Jeremiah
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  • directs you how to celebrateyour life and faith today
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  • as you look forwardto your future in eternity
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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