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Heaven’s Oscars

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August 2, 2020
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Just as we enjoy receiving recognition on earth for a job well done; there will be rewards in heaven for our commitment to serving Christ on earth.

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  • male announcer: For millennia,
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  • humans have looked upinto the sky and wondered
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  • what lies ahead of themin the afterlife.
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  • Our souls innately desirean answer
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  • to what is perhapslife's greatest mystery,
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  • that which awaits uswhen we walk through the door
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  • into the world beyond.
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  • But God doesn't conceal
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  • the details aboutyour eternal resting place.
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  • Look in God's Word
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  • and you'll find a glimpseinto heaven:
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  • streets brighter than gold,God's radiant throne,
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  • and the eternal homeof Jesus Christ.
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  • All the magnificent details
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  • are written in the pagesof Scripture:
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  • what heaven will look like,how your soul will get there,
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  • if you'll be reunitedwith loved ones once you arrive,
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  • and how your bodywill appear for eternity.
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  • That is but just a sliver
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  • of what we can knowabout eternity,
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  • which promises to be a placebeyond your wildest dreams.
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  • All you have to dois open the Bible,
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  • and you'll find that, inside,
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  • God is revealingthe mysteries of heaven.
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  • Now here is your hostand Bible teacher,
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Welcometo our current teaching series,
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  • "Revealingthe Mysteries of Heaven."
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  • You and I know that when we makesensible choices in our diet,
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  • our reward is good health.
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  • And when we cultivate growthin our spiritual life,
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  • we reap the rewardsof peace, joy, and contentment.
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  • When we havea good driving record,
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  • our behavior is rewardedby discounted insurance rates.
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  • You see, rewards are built
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  • into the very fabricof our lives at every level,
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  • even at the spiritual level.
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  • The expectation of knowingfuture rewards are coming
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  • should motivate usto live lives today
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  • that are pleasing to God.
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  • I've titled today's message,"Heaven's Oscars,"
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  • to make the point
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  • that the grandest awardsthis earth has to offer
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  • can't comparewith the rewards in store
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  • for Christians in heaven.
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  • Today, you'll learnwhat those rewards are
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  • and how to make sureyou receive them,
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  • on this editionof "Turning Point."
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  • ♪ Blessed bethe name of the Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed be your name ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed be the nameof the Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed beyour glorious name ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed be your name ♪
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  • ♪ When the sunis shining down on me ♪
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  • ♪ When the world'sall as it should be ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed be your name ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed be your name ♪
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  • ♪ On the roadmarked with suffering ♪
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  • ♪ Though there's painin the offering ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed be your name ♪
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  • ♪ Every blessingyou pour out I'll ♪
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  • ♪ Turn back to praise ♪
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  • ♪ When the darknesscloses in, Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Still I will say ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed bethe name of the Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed be your name ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed bethe name of the Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed beyour glorious name ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, blessed bethe name of the Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed be your name ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed bethe name of the Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed beyour glorious name ♪
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  • ♪ You give and take away ♪
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  • ♪ You give and take away ♪
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  • ♪ My heartwill choose to say: ♪
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  • ♪ Lord, blessed beyour name ♪
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  • ♪ You give and take away ♪
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  • ♪ You give and take away ♪
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  • ♪ My heartwill choose to say: ♪
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  • ♪ Lord, blessed beyour name ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed bethe name of the Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed be your name ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed bethe name of the Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed beyour glorious name ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed bethe name of the Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed be your name ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed bethe name of the Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Blessed beyour glorious name ♪♪
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • announcer: Coming upon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: For we arehis workmanship,
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  • created in Christ Jesusunto good works
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  • that we should walk in them.
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  • No, we're not savedby good works;
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  • we're saved for the purposeof doing good works
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  • so that after webecome Christians,
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  • we're to let our lightso shine
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  • that men will see our good works
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  • and glorify our Fatherwho is in heaven.
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  • announcer: There area lot of myths, rumors,
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  • and conjectureabout heaven,
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  • but what can you believe?
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  • What is fact,and what is fiction?
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  • Now there's a biblically basedbook you can trust.
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  • A look insideDr. David Jeremiah's book,
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  • "Revealingthe Mysteries of Heaven,"
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  • gives you a glimpseinto eternity
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  • as Dr. Jeremiah answers
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  • your most pressing questionsabout the afterlife,
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  • questions like,"How do we get to heaven?"
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  • "Who will be there?"and "Where exactly is it?"
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  • Dive into this studywith Dr. Jeremiah, and discover
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  • how our understanding of heavenmatters today
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  • and can focus every other partof our Christian life.
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  • This inspiring ten-chapter book
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  • is only available exclusivelythrough Turning Point,
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male: Would you sing with us?
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  • ♪ My hope is builton nothing less ♪
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  • ♪ Than Jesus's bloodand righteousness ♪
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  • ♪ I dare not trustthe sweetest frame ♪
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  • ♪ But wholly trustin Jesus's name ♪
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  • ♪ My hope is builton nothing less ♪
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  • ♪ Than Jesus's bloodand righteousness ♪
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  • ♪ I dare not trustthe sweetest frame ♪
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  • ♪ But wholly trustin Jesus's name ♪
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  • ♪ Christ alone,Cornerstone ♪
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  • ♪ Weak made strongin the Savior's love ♪
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  • ♪ Through the storm,he is Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Lord of all ♪
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  • ♪ When darkness seemsto hide his face ♪
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  • ♪ I rest on hisunchanging grace ♪
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  • ♪ In every highand stormy gale ♪
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  • ♪ My anchor holdswithin the veil ♪
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  • ♪ My anchor holdswithin the veil ♪
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  • ♪ Christ alone,Cornerstone ♪
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  • ♪ Weak made strongin the Savior's love ♪
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  • ♪ Through the storm,he is Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Lord of all ♪
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  • ♪ He is Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Lord of all ♪
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  • ♪ Christ alone,Cornerstone ♪
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  • ♪ Weak made strongin the Savior's love ♪
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  • ♪ Through the storm,he is Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Lord of all ♪
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  • ♪ Christ alone,Cornerstone ♪
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  • ♪ Weak made strongin the Savior's love ♪
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  • ♪ Through the storm,he is Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Lord of all ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ When he shall comewith trumpet sound ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, may I thenin him be found ♪
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  • ♪ Dressed in his righteousnessalone ♪
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  • ♪ Faultless to standbefore the throne ♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ You are alwaysfighting for us ♪
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  • ♪ Heaven's angelsall around ♪
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  • ♪ My delight is foundin knowing ♪
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  • ♪ That you wearthe Victor's crown ♪
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  • ♪ You're my helpand my defender ♪
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  • ♪ You're my Saviorand my friend ♪
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  • ♪ By your grace I liveand breathe ♪
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  • ♪ To worship you ♪
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  • ♪ At the mentionof your greatness ♪
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  • ♪ In your nameI will bow down ♪
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  • ♪ In your presencefear is silent ♪
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  • ♪ For you wearthe Victor's crown ♪
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  • ♪ Let your gloryfill this temple ♪
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  • ♪ Let your power overflow ♪
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  • ♪ By your grace I liveand breathe ♪
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  • ♪ To worship you ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ You have overcome ♪
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  • ♪ You have overcome ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ Jesus, you have overcomethe world ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ You are ever interceding ♪
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  • ♪ As the lostbecome the found ♪
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  • ♪ You can never bedefeated ♪
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  • ♪ For you wearthe Victor's crown ♪
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  • ♪ You are Jesusthe Messiah ♪
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  • ♪ You're the hopeof all the world ♪
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  • ♪ By your grace I liveand breathe ♪
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  • ♪ To worship you ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ You have overcome ♪
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  • ♪ You have overcome ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ Jesus, you have overcomethe world ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Every high thingmust come down ♪
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  • ♪ Every strongholdshall be broken ♪
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  • ♪ You wearthe Victor's crown ♪
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  • ♪ You overcome,you overcome ♪
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  • ♪ Every high thingmust come down ♪
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  • ♪ Every strongholdshall be broken ♪
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  • ♪ You wearthe Victor's crown ♪
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  • ♪ You overcome,you overcome ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ At the crossthe work was finished ♪
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  • ♪ You were buriedin the ground ♪
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  • ♪ But the gravecould not contain you ♪
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  • ♪ For you wearthe Victor's crown ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ You have overcome ♪
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  • ♪ You have overcome ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ Jesus,you have overcome ♪
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  • ♪ Every high thingmust come down ♪
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  • ♪ Every strongholdshall be broken ♪
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  • ♪ You wearthe Victor's crown ♪
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  • ♪ You overcome,you overcome ♪
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  • ♪ Every high thingmust come down ♪
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  • ♪ Every strongholdshall be broken ♪
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  • ♪ You wearthe Victor's crown ♪
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  • ♪ You overcome,you overcome ♪
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  • ♪ Every high thingmust come down ♪
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  • ♪ Every strongholdshall be broken ♪
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  • ♪ You wearthe Victor's crown ♪
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  • ♪ You overcome,you overcome ♪
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  • ♪ Every high thingmust come down ♪
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  • ♪ Every strongholdshall be broken ♪
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  • ♪ You wearthe Victor's crown ♪
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  • ♪ You overcome,you overcome ♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ The timeless theme ♪
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  • ♪ Earth and heavenwill pass away ♪
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  • ♪ It's not a dream ♪
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  • ♪ God will makeall things new that day ♪
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  • ♪ Gone is the curse ♪
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  • ♪ From which I stumbledand fell ♪
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  • ♪ Evil is banished ♪
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  • ♪ To eternal hell ♪
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  • ♪ No more night ♪
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  • ♪ And no more pain ♪
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  • ♪ No more tears ♪
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  • ♪ Never crying again ♪
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  • ♪ And praises to ♪
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  • ♪ The Great I Am ♪
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  • ♪ We will livein the light ♪
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  • ♪ Of the risen Lamb ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ See all around ♪
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  • ♪ Now the nationsbow down ♪
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  • ♪ To sing ♪
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  • ♪ The only sound ♪
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  • ♪ Is the praises of Christ ♪
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  • ♪ Our King ♪
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  • ♪ Slowly the names ♪
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  • ♪ From the book are read ♪
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  • ♪ I know the King ♪
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  • ♪ There's no needto dread ♪
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  • ♪ No more night ♪
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  • ♪ And no more pain ♪
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  • ♪ No more tears ♪
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  • ♪ Never crying again ♪
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  • ♪ And praises to ♪
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  • ♪ The Great I Am ♪
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  • ♪ We will livein the light ♪
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  • ♪ Of the risen Lamb ♪
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  • ♪ See over there ♪
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  • ♪ It's a mansionprepared for me ♪
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  • ♪ Where we will livewith my Savior eternally ♪
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  • ♪ No more night ♪
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  • ♪ And no more pain ♪
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  • ♪ No more tears ♪
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  • ♪ Never crying again ♪
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  • ♪ And praises to ♪
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  • ♪ The Great I Am ♪
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  • ♪ We will livein the light ♪
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  • ♪ Of the risen Lamb ♪
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  • ♪ We will livein the light ♪
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  • ♪ Of the risen Lamb ♪
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  • ♪ The Lamb ♪♪
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  • And now here is Dr. Jeremiah
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  • with his message,"Heaven's Oscars."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:Within the last few years,
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  • most of you have noticed
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  • awards ceremoniesare out of kilter.
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  • You know, I did some homeworkthis week
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  • and I found there areat least 42 of 'em.
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  • There areenough award ceremonies
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  • to watch onealmost every week of the year,
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  • and I didn't get all of 'em.
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  • We have Academy Awardsand we have Choice Awards
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  • and Prism Awardsand Screen Actors Guild Awards
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  • and Country Music Awardsand Grammy Awards
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  • and Soap Opera Digest Awards.
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  • It seems as ifwe're into awards.
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  • But there's an award day coming
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  • and there are Oscarsto be given out
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  • like the worldhas never ever dreamed of.
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  • I need to tell you that when wetalk about rewards in heaven,
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  • a lot of people geta little nervous
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  • because there's this mentalitythat a lot of folks have
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  • that if you're living for Godout of the love for your heart,
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  • why would youwant any award?
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  • Why would you need a reward?
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  • They say something like,"Well, you know,
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  • if you give an award to someonefor good works as a Christian,
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  • that's like trying to getyour children to be good
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  • by offering them candy,"
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  • which they viewas an inferior strategy.
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  • Some people say we should notbe lured into goodness
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  • by promises of a bonus,
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  • for goodness is its own reward.
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  • While that argumentsounds logical and spiritual,
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  • it is entirely out of harmonywith what the Bible teaches.
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  • The Bible never defendsthe concept of rewards.
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  • The idea is accepted
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  • as if it is the most naturaland normal thing
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  • for us to expect.
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  • Not only was this idea accepted,
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  • but it was at the very core
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  • of the growthof the early church.
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  • The historian Gibbon traces
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  • the rapid progressof Christianity throughout Rome,
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  • and he uses his analysisto isolate five reasons why
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  • the church grew so rapidlyin its early days,
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  • and here they are:the zeal of the early Christian,
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  • the power of miracles,
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  • the pure moralsof the Christians,
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  • the compact church organization,
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  • and the belief in future rewardsand future punishment.
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  • As you read through the Bible,
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  • startingeven in the Old Testament,
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  • you discover that rewardsis a common theme
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  • and, as you read the Biblewith that in mind,
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  • things start jumpingoff the page
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  • everywhere you go.
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  • Starts in the Old Testamentin places like Psalm 58:11
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  • that says: "So that menwill say,
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  • 'Surely there is a rewardfor the righteous;
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  • surely he is Godwho judges in the earth.'"
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  • Or Psalm 62:12: "Also to you,O Lord, belongs mercy;
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  • for you render to each oneaccording to his work."
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  • When you cometo the New Testament,
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  • the New Testament opens
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  • with the Lord's promiseof rewards in the Beatitudes.
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  • You remember this passagein Matthew 5:11 and 12:
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  • "Blessed are you when theyrevile you and persecute you,
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  • say all kinds of evilagainst you falsely for my sake.
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  • Rejoice and be exceedingly glad,
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  • for great is your rewardin heaven."
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  • When you go all the way throughthe New Testament
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  • and you come to the last bookin the Bible,
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  • Revelation 22, verse 12 says:
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  • "And behold,I am coming quickly,
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  • and my rewardis with me."
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  • And throughout the entireNew Testament,
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  • rewards are assumed to be a part
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  • of the Christian'sfuture experience.
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  • Hebrews 6:10 through 12says that, "God is not unjust
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  • to forget your workand your labor of love
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  • which you have showntoward his name."
  • 00:26:50.948 --> 00:26:53.717
  • Luke 18:29 and 30 says:"Assuredly, I say to you,
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  • there is no one who has lefthouse or parents
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  • or brothers or wife or children,
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  • for the sakeof the kingdom of God,
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  • who shall not receivemany times more
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  • in this present time,
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  • and in the age to comeeternal life."
  • 00:27:07.398 --> 00:27:10.300
  • Mark 9:41 says: "For whoever
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  • gives you a cup of waterin my name,
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  • because you belongto Christ,
  • 00:27:14.738 --> 00:27:16.306
  • assuredly, I say to you,
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  • he will by no means losehis reward."
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  • Mark 10:29 and 30 says:"Jesus answered and said,
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  • 'Assuredly, I say to you,there is no one
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  • who has left house or brothersor sisters or father
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  • or mother or wifeor children or lands,
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  • for my sakeand the gospel's sake,'"
  • 00:27:30.487 --> 00:27:32.056
  • now watch this,"'who shall not receive
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  • a hundredfold nowin this time--
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  • houses and brothersand sisters and mothers
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  • and children and lands,with persecutions--
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  • and in the age to come,eternal life.'"
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  • I don't know about you,but I haven't found any place
  • 00:27:44.935 --> 00:27:46.704
  • where I can get a hundredfoldon any investment I make.
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  • But when you serve the Lord,
  • 00:27:49.973 --> 00:27:51.275
  • he tells youright out in the Scripture
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  • that he rewards younot only in this life,
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  • but in the life to come.
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  • Now, let's talk abouthow this is gonna happen.
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  • First of all, let's lookat the day of heaven's rewards.
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  • The Bible tells usthat after the church,
  • 00:28:04.421 --> 00:28:08.592
  • all of the believersare taken to heaven
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  • by the Raptureor Resurrection.
  • 00:28:11.395 --> 00:28:15.599
  • Individual believerswill be judged
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  • for their works as Christians
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  • and special rewardswill be handed out.
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  • This is the clear teachingof the Word of God,
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  • that even though wehave been saved from our sin,
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  • one day you and Iare going to stand
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  • before the Lord Jesus Christat the judgment seat,
  • 00:28:32.950 --> 00:28:35.385
  • sometimes referred toas the Bema seat,
  • 00:28:35.419 --> 00:28:38.055
  • and the Lordis going to judge us
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  • for our conductand for our work as a believer.
  • 00:28:40.891 --> 00:28:46.430
  • Romans 14:12 says:"So then each of us
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  • shall give an accountof himself to God."
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  • That's speaking to believers.
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  • 2 Corinthians 5:10 says:"For we must all appear
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  • before the judgment seatof Christ,
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  • that each may receivethe things done in the body,
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  • according to what he has done,whether good or bad."
  • 00:29:04.414 --> 00:29:07.017
  • Ephesians 6:8 says: "Knowingthat whatever good thing
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  • each one of us does,
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  • this he will receive backfrom the Lord,
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  • whether slave or free."
  • 00:29:13.023 --> 00:29:14.858
  • And1 Corinthians 3:11 through 15
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  • tells us:"For no other foundation
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  • can anyone laythan that which is laid,
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  • which is Jesus Christ.
  • 00:29:21.131 --> 00:29:22.699
  • Now if anyone buildson this foundation with gold,
  • 00:29:22.733 --> 00:29:25.135
  • silver, precious stones,wood, hay, straw,
  • 00:29:25.169 --> 00:29:27.671
  • each one's workwill become clear;
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  • for the Day will declare it,
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  • because itwill be revealed by fire;
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  • and the fire will testeach one's work,
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  • of what sort it is.
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  • If anyone's work which hehas built on it endures,
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  • he will receive a reward.
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  • And if anyone's work is burned,he will suffer loss;
  • 00:29:43.120 --> 00:29:45.989
  • but he himself will be saved,yet so as by fire."
  • 00:29:46.023 --> 00:29:50.561
  • Now, at that day we callJudgment Day,
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  • Jesus Christ will see--listen to me, now.
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  • He will see throughall of our posturing
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  • and all of our spinningof who we are and what we do.
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  • He will see into our heartfor the motives,
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  • for the reasons why we dowhat we do.
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  • He will get pastall the exterior things
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  • that we want others to see,
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  • and he will see usand he does now.
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  • Notice, Paul saysthat everyone's work
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  • will become clear.
  • 00:30:21.959 --> 00:30:25.028
  • There will be no second-guessingon any awards.
  • 00:30:25.062 --> 00:30:28.732
  • The one who sorts it outis the final authority.
  • 00:30:28.765 --> 00:30:31.034
  • There's no appeal beyond him.
  • 00:30:31.068 --> 00:30:33.003
  • When he gives you an award,you have been awarded.
  • 00:30:33.036 --> 00:30:35.839
  • And if he doesn't give you one,it's over.
  • 00:30:35.873 --> 00:30:38.876
  • You don't needto go back and appeal.
  • 00:30:38.909 --> 00:30:41.578
  • So on that day,the Judgment Day,
  • 00:30:41.612 --> 00:30:44.147
  • the day of heaven's Oscars,
  • 00:30:44.181 --> 00:30:47.384
  • the day of heaven'sAcademy Awards,
  • 00:30:47.417 --> 00:30:51.188
  • we are going to,one by one, be judged
  • 00:30:51.221 --> 00:30:54.558
  • by the Lord Jesusat the judgment seat.
  • 00:30:54.591 --> 00:30:56.960
  • Not for our salvation;we're gonna gonna be judged
  • 00:30:56.994 --> 00:31:00.030
  • for what we have doneas believers
  • 00:31:00.063 --> 00:31:02.332
  • between the momentof our salvation
  • 00:31:02.366 --> 00:31:04.067
  • and when we ultimately standbefore him.
  • 00:31:04.101 --> 00:31:06.370
  • Let's notice secondly
  • 00:31:06.403 --> 00:31:07.704
  • the distinctionof heaven's awards.
  • 00:31:07.738 --> 00:31:09.840
  • The judgment seat of Christ
  • 00:31:09.873 --> 00:31:11.341
  • is not the final examfor heaven.
  • 00:31:11.375 --> 00:31:13.777
  • A lot of people think
  • 00:31:13.810 --> 00:31:15.112
  • that one day you're gonna standbefore God in heaven's vestibule
  • 00:31:15.145 --> 00:31:19.116
  • and he's gonna judge youfor all of your works.
  • 00:31:19.149 --> 00:31:21.018
  • If you've done enoughgood works, you'll get in.
  • 00:31:21.051 --> 00:31:22.819
  • If you haven't done enoughgood works, you won't.
  • 00:31:22.853 --> 00:31:25.355
  • That is an absolute error
  • 00:31:25.389 --> 00:31:27.724
  • because the Bibledoesn't teach that.
  • 00:31:27.758 --> 00:31:29.159
  • The Bible teaches us that wewho have trusted Christ
  • 00:31:29.192 --> 00:31:32.729
  • will never again face our sin.
  • 00:31:32.763 --> 00:31:35.766
  • It is forever behind usand it is over.
  • 00:31:35.799 --> 00:31:39.469
  • Galatians 1:4 says:"Who gave himself for our sins,
  • 00:31:39.503 --> 00:31:43.073
  • that he might deliver usfrom this present evil age,
  • 00:31:43.106 --> 00:31:46.443
  • according to the willof our God and Father."
  • 00:31:46.476 --> 00:31:48.645
  • 1 Corinthians 15:3 says:"For I delivered to you
  • 00:31:48.679 --> 00:31:52.149
  • first of allthat which I also received:
  • 00:31:52.182 --> 00:31:53.884
  • that Christ died for our sinsaccording to the Scriptures."
  • 00:31:53.917 --> 00:31:58.355
  • 1 John 2:12 says: "I writeto you, little children,
  • 00:31:58.388 --> 00:32:00.924
  • because your sins are forgivenfor his name's sake."
  • 00:32:00.958 --> 00:32:04.461
  • Romans 8:1 says: "There istherefore now no condemnation
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  • for those who arein Christ Jesus."
  • 00:32:07.664 --> 00:32:09.733
  • Let me just explain this again.
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  • When you accepted Jesus Christas your Savior,
  • 00:32:11.134 --> 00:32:14.171
  • all of your sins, past, present,and future, were forgiven.
  • 00:32:14.204 --> 00:32:19.109
  • His blood covered it all,paid the debt for it all.
  • 00:32:19.142 --> 00:32:22.379
  • You will never againhave to stand before God
  • 00:32:22.412 --> 00:32:25.682
  • and give an answer for your sin.
  • 00:32:25.716 --> 00:32:28.251
  • Jesus paid it all,and all to him we owe.
  • 00:32:28.285 --> 00:32:31.722
  • You will not haveto ever face your--
  • 00:32:31.755 --> 00:32:33.323
  • somebody asked me, "Well,what about my future sins?
  • 00:32:33.357 --> 00:32:36.860
  • I know that when I got saved,
  • 00:32:36.893 --> 00:32:38.996
  • he took careof all my past sins,
  • 00:32:39.029 --> 00:32:41.164
  • but what about all the sinsI'm gonna sin
  • 00:32:41.198 --> 00:32:42.532
  • before I get to heaven?"
  • 00:32:42.566 --> 00:32:43.867
  • And I always like to ask 'emthis question:
  • 00:32:43.900 --> 00:32:45.402
  • "How many of your sinswere future
  • 00:32:45.435 --> 00:32:47.037
  • when Jesus died for themon the cross?"
  • 00:32:47.070 --> 00:32:49.239
  • All of 'em.
  • 00:32:49.272 --> 00:32:50.574
  • And God doesn't lookat time the way we do.
  • 00:32:50.607 --> 00:32:52.642
  • He paid for your sins.
  • 00:32:52.676 --> 00:32:54.111
  • Are you with me on that?
  • 00:32:54.144 --> 00:32:55.445
  • So when you get to heaven,
  • 00:32:55.479 --> 00:32:56.780
  • you're not gonna have to standbefore the judge
  • 00:32:56.813 --> 00:32:58.281
  • and give an accountfor your sin.
  • 00:32:58.315 --> 00:33:01.051
  • The judgment seat of Christ
  • 00:33:01.084 --> 00:33:02.953
  • is a place where youwill be rewarded
  • 00:33:02.986 --> 00:33:05.088
  • for your serviceto the Lord Jesus
  • 00:33:05.122 --> 00:33:08.425
  • in your Christian experience.
  • 00:33:08.458 --> 00:33:10.894
  • And one of the most askedquestions that I get about this
  • 00:33:10.927 --> 00:33:13.196
  • is, "How can someone havehis sins forgiven
  • 00:33:13.230 --> 00:33:15.298
  • and still have to havehis works reviewed
  • 00:33:15.332 --> 00:33:16.767
  • at the judgment seatof Christ?"
  • 00:33:16.800 --> 00:33:19.169
  • The answer is foundin this fact
  • 00:33:19.202 --> 00:33:21.171
  • that forgivenessis about justification
  • 00:33:21.204 --> 00:33:24.541
  • and rewards are for the works
  • 00:33:24.574 --> 00:33:27.110
  • which the justified have donein their flesh
  • 00:33:27.144 --> 00:33:29.813
  • after their justificationtook place.
  • 00:33:29.846 --> 00:33:32.382
  • These are not works
  • 00:33:32.416 --> 00:33:33.884
  • which are donein order to be saved;
  • 00:33:33.917 --> 00:33:36.953
  • these are works that are donebecause we are saved.
  • 00:33:36.987 --> 00:33:40.524
  • In other words,when you become a Christian,
  • 00:33:40.557 --> 00:33:42.392
  • you don't just go into limbo.
  • 00:33:42.426 --> 00:33:44.461
  • You don't just, you know,
  • 00:33:44.494 --> 00:33:46.029
  • get into some sort of a foguntil Jesus comes back.
  • 00:33:46.063 --> 00:33:48.732
  • The Bible saysin the book of Ephesians
  • 00:33:48.765 --> 00:33:52.169
  • that by the grace of God
  • 00:33:52.202 --> 00:33:53.904
  • we have been, "Savedthrough faith;
  • 00:33:53.937 --> 00:33:55.872
  • and not of ourselves;it is the gift of God,
  • 00:33:55.906 --> 00:33:57.908
  • not of works,lest any man should boast."
  • 00:33:57.941 --> 00:34:00.444
  • Then it says in the next verse:"For we are his workmanship,
  • 00:34:00.477 --> 00:34:05.115
  • created in Christ Jesusunto good works,
  • 00:34:05.148 --> 00:34:08.652
  • that we should walk in them."
  • 00:34:08.685 --> 00:34:10.454
  • No, we're not savedby good works.
  • 00:34:10.487 --> 00:34:12.255
  • We're saved for the purposeof doing good works
  • 00:34:12.289 --> 00:34:15.492
  • so that after webecome Christians,
  • 00:34:15.525 --> 00:34:17.360
  • we're to, "Let our lightso shine
  • 00:34:17.394 --> 00:34:19.162
  • that men will see our good works
  • 00:34:19.196 --> 00:34:20.664
  • and glorify our Fatherwho is in heaven."
  • 00:34:20.697 --> 00:34:23.133
  • This idea that because we'renot saved by good works,
  • 00:34:23.166 --> 00:34:25.902
  • that we should not ever doany good works
  • 00:34:25.936 --> 00:34:27.938
  • is seemingly going onin the church these days
  • 00:34:27.971 --> 00:34:30.474
  • because George Barna says youcan't tell any difference
  • 00:34:30.507 --> 00:34:33.176
  • between the peoplein the church
  • 00:34:33.210 --> 00:34:34.811
  • and the peopleout of the church.
  • 00:34:34.845 --> 00:34:36.746
  • Maybe they've just believedthis deceitful thing
  • 00:34:36.780 --> 00:34:39.816
  • that if you're saved by faith
  • 00:34:39.850 --> 00:34:42.052
  • and you don't have to doany good works to be saved,
  • 00:34:42.085 --> 00:34:43.854
  • that after you get saved,
  • 00:34:43.887 --> 00:34:45.188
  • you shouldn't doany good works either,
  • 00:34:45.222 --> 00:34:46.523
  • 'cause I know a lot of peoplethat get saved
  • 00:34:46.556 --> 00:34:48.125
  • and they just float.
  • 00:34:48.158 --> 00:34:50.293
  • They go nowhere.
  • 00:34:50.327 --> 00:34:51.795
  • Well, one day they're gonnastand before the Lord
  • 00:34:51.828 --> 00:34:53.997
  • and give an accountfor their lives on this earth.
  • 00:34:54.030 --> 00:34:58.135
  • Our eternal destination,according to Bruce Wilkinson,
  • 00:34:58.168 --> 00:35:00.804
  • is the consequenceof what we believe on earth,
  • 00:35:00.837 --> 00:35:04.174
  • but our eternal compensation
  • 00:35:04.207 --> 00:35:06.476
  • is the consequenceof how we behave on earth.
  • 00:35:06.510 --> 00:35:10.480
  • One is behaviorand the other is belief.
  • 00:35:10.514 --> 00:35:14.484
  • And do you know there area lot of examples in the Bible,
  • 00:35:14.518 --> 00:35:16.586
  • guys, that are very interesting.
  • 00:35:16.620 --> 00:35:19.055
  • People who started out walkingfor the Lord and blew it,
  • 00:35:19.089 --> 00:35:21.825
  • made big, big messout of their life
  • 00:35:21.858 --> 00:35:23.426
  • even though they were continuingto be Christians.
  • 00:35:23.460 --> 00:35:25.929
  • Go through the Scriptureand you'll see it:
  • 00:35:25.962 --> 00:35:28.465
  • Lot, Samson,Saul, Ananias and Sapphira.
  • 00:35:28.498 --> 00:35:34.204
  • They started out right.
  • 00:35:34.237 --> 00:35:35.539
  • They were Christians all right;
  • 00:35:35.572 --> 00:35:36.873
  • but after theybecame Christians,
  • 00:35:36.907 --> 00:35:38.208
  • they just violated the thingsthat were true
  • 00:35:38.241 --> 00:35:41.044
  • and sufferedsome pretty awful consequences.
  • 00:35:41.077 --> 00:35:44.881
  • When you stand beforethe judgment seat of Christ,
  • 00:35:44.915 --> 00:35:46.383
  • it's not about whether you'regonna get in heaven or not.
  • 00:35:46.416 --> 00:35:48.585
  • You'll already be there.
  • 00:35:48.618 --> 00:35:50.453
  • When you stand beforethe judgment seat of Christ,
  • 00:35:50.487 --> 00:35:51.955
  • it will be about
  • 00:35:51.988 --> 00:35:53.290
  • how have I lived my lifeas a believer?
  • 00:35:53.323 --> 00:35:55.759
  • What kind of a stewardhave I been
  • 00:35:55.792 --> 00:35:57.360
  • for the gifts that Godhas entrusted to me?
  • 00:35:57.394 --> 00:36:00.330
  • And it won't bea time for you
  • 00:36:00.363 --> 00:36:01.932
  • to bring formal accusationsagainst other believers.
  • 00:36:01.965 --> 00:36:05.368
  • That's a strange thing,isn't it?
  • 00:36:05.402 --> 00:36:07.637
  • "The judgment seat of Christ
  • 00:36:07.671 --> 00:36:08.972
  • is when I finally get to nailthat guy," you know?
  • 00:36:09.005 --> 00:36:12.342
  • Listen to me,all believers will stand
  • 00:36:12.375 --> 00:36:14.177
  • before the judgment seatof Christ,
  • 00:36:14.211 --> 00:36:15.812
  • each of us givingan account of himself to God.
  • 00:36:15.845 --> 00:36:17.647
  • We have no right to judgethe work of other believers.
  • 00:36:17.681 --> 00:36:20.784
  • 1 Corinthians 4:5 says:
  • 00:36:20.817 --> 00:36:22.452
  • "Therefore judge nothingbefore the time,
  • 00:36:22.485 --> 00:36:24.187
  • until the Lord comes,
  • 00:36:24.221 --> 00:36:25.522
  • and will bring to lightthe things hidden in darkness
  • 00:36:25.555 --> 00:36:27.991
  • and revealthe counsels of the heart.
  • 00:36:28.024 --> 00:36:30.126
  • Then each one's praisewill come from God."
  • 00:36:30.160 --> 00:36:32.796
  • That's how it'll work.
  • 00:36:32.829 --> 00:36:34.130
  • So are we together now?Here's what's gonna happen.
  • 00:36:34.164 --> 00:36:35.799
  • We're either gonna be alivewhen Jesus comes
  • 00:36:35.832 --> 00:36:38.335
  • and be caught upor we're gonna be dead
  • 00:36:38.368 --> 00:36:41.071
  • and our bodieswill be in the grave.
  • 00:36:41.104 --> 00:36:42.405
  • We'll already be with Jesusin our spirit
  • 00:36:42.439 --> 00:36:43.840
  • and our grave will open,we'll go up to be with the Lord,
  • 00:36:43.873 --> 00:36:46.309
  • and as soon as we get to heaven,
  • 00:36:46.343 --> 00:36:47.844
  • while the Tribulationis going on
  • 00:36:47.877 --> 00:36:49.246
  • down here on this earth,
  • 00:36:49.279 --> 00:36:50.914
  • we each one are gonna haveour moment before the Lord
  • 00:36:50.947 --> 00:36:53.783
  • for him to say to us, hopefully,
  • 00:36:53.817 --> 00:36:55.952
  • "Well done,good and faithful servant.
  • 00:36:55.986 --> 00:36:57.854
  • Enter into the joyof your Lord."
  • 00:36:57.887 --> 00:36:59.689
  • That's what I want to happento me, amen?
  • 00:36:59.723 --> 00:37:04.127
  • Now, interestingly enough,in the Bible,
  • 00:37:04.160 --> 00:37:06.563
  • there are some Oscarsdescribed for us.
  • 00:37:06.596 --> 00:37:09.833
  • And this is not by any means
  • 00:37:09.866 --> 00:37:11.167
  • all of the awardsthat are gonna be given.
  • 00:37:11.201 --> 00:37:13.570
  • But there are five crowns
  • 00:37:13.603 --> 00:37:15.005
  • that are listedin the New Testament
  • 00:37:15.038 --> 00:37:16.573
  • for certain things,and it might surprise you
  • 00:37:16.606 --> 00:37:18.742
  • some of the thingsthat the Lord is gonna reward
  • 00:37:18.775 --> 00:37:20.810
  • when we standbefore him someday.
  • 00:37:20.844 --> 00:37:22.512
  • Number one,there's the victor's crown.
  • 00:37:22.545 --> 00:37:25.248
  • It is recorded for us in1 Corinthians 9:25 through 27:
  • 00:37:25.282 --> 00:37:30.120
  • "Everyone who competesfor the prize
  • 00:37:30.153 --> 00:37:32.289
  • is temperate in all things.
  • 00:37:32.322 --> 00:37:34.157
  • Now they do it to obtaina perishable crown,
  • 00:37:34.190 --> 00:37:36.793
  • but we do itfor an imperishable crown.
  • 00:37:36.826 --> 00:37:39.562
  • Therefore I run thus:not with uncertainty.
  • 00:37:39.596 --> 00:37:41.998
  • Thus I fight: not as onewho beats the air.
  • 00:37:42.032 --> 00:37:44.167
  • But I discipline my bodyand bring it into subjection,
  • 00:37:44.200 --> 00:37:46.703
  • lest, when I have preachedto others,
  • 00:37:46.736 --> 00:37:48.772
  • I myself should becomedisqualified."
  • 00:37:48.805 --> 00:37:51.308
  • Now let me give youa little background in history
  • 00:37:51.341 --> 00:37:53.176
  • to this experiencethat Paul writes about
  • 00:37:53.209 --> 00:37:55.045
  • here in 1 Corinthians.
  • 00:37:55.078 --> 00:37:56.379
  • Listen up.
  • 00:37:56.413 --> 00:37:57.714
  • The Greeks hadtwo athletic festivals:
  • 00:37:57.747 --> 00:38:00.617
  • the Olympic Gamesand the Isthmian Games.
  • 00:38:00.650 --> 00:38:04.154
  • The Isthmian Gameswere held at Corinth
  • 00:38:04.187 --> 00:38:06.489
  • and would therefore bevery familiar to those with--
  • 00:38:06.523 --> 00:38:09.159
  • who were readingPaul's letter here.
  • 00:38:09.192 --> 00:38:12.228
  • Contestants in the games
  • 00:38:12.262 --> 00:38:13.596
  • had to prove rigorous trainingfor ten months.
  • 00:38:13.630 --> 00:38:17.167
  • The last monthwas spent at Corinth
  • 00:38:17.200 --> 00:38:19.069
  • with supervised daily workouts
  • 00:38:19.102 --> 00:38:21.137
  • in the gymnasiumand athletic fields.
  • 00:38:21.171 --> 00:38:24.040
  • The race was alwaysa major attraction at the games,
  • 00:38:24.074 --> 00:38:26.476
  • and that is the figure Paul uses
  • 00:38:26.509 --> 00:38:27.977
  • to illustratethe faithful Christian life.
  • 00:38:28.011 --> 00:38:30.747
  • "Those who runin the race all run,
  • 00:38:30.780 --> 00:38:33.516
  • but only one receivesthe prize," he says.
  • 00:38:33.550 --> 00:38:36.186
  • No one would trainso hard for so long
  • 00:38:36.219 --> 00:38:38.722
  • without intending to win.
  • 00:38:38.755 --> 00:38:40.790
  • Yet, out of the large numberof runners, only one wins.
  • 00:38:40.824 --> 00:38:44.427
  • The prize indicatesthat the apostle had in mind
  • 00:38:44.461 --> 00:38:47.230
  • service and rewards,not salvation and life.
  • 00:38:47.263 --> 00:38:50.533
  • Paul's point is that athleteswho expect to win
  • 00:38:50.567 --> 00:38:53.336
  • must train diligently.
  • 00:38:53.370 --> 00:38:55.939
  • But Isthmian athletesdiscipline themselves
  • 00:38:55.972 --> 00:38:58.775
  • to win an insignificant prize.
  • 00:38:58.808 --> 00:39:02.212
  • How much more areChristians to win
  • 00:39:02.245 --> 00:39:04.247
  • an incorruptibleand unperishing prize?
  • 00:39:04.280 --> 00:39:07.217
  • The thought, of course,is that of personal discipline.
  • 00:39:07.250 --> 00:39:09.986
  • Walking with God--listen to me.
  • 00:39:10.019 --> 00:39:11.921
  • Walking with God demandspersonal sacrifice,
  • 00:39:11.955 --> 00:39:15.625
  • sacrifice of thingsnot necessarily evil,
  • 00:39:15.658 --> 00:39:18.328
  • but which prevent
  • 00:39:18.361 --> 00:39:19.662
  • the full devotionof our soul to God.
  • 00:39:19.696 --> 00:39:22.198
  • In an age of luxurylike the time in which we live,
  • 00:39:22.232 --> 00:39:24.868
  • the words have real significance
  • 00:39:24.901 --> 00:39:26.836
  • for serious-minded servantsof Christ.
  • 00:39:26.870 --> 00:39:29.038
  • If you want to win an award,
  • 00:39:29.072 --> 00:39:30.507
  • if you want to be standingthere, receiving a crown,
  • 00:39:30.540 --> 00:39:33.510
  • you're gonna have to say noto some things
  • 00:39:33.543 --> 00:39:35.445
  • so that you can say yesto some other things.
  • 00:39:35.478 --> 00:39:37.680
  • You can't livethis pleasure-gorged life
  • 00:39:37.714 --> 00:39:40.784
  • that we have taught ourselvesis normal in our culture today.
  • 00:39:40.817 --> 00:39:44.454
  • You have to learn how to turnoff the television sometimes
  • 00:39:44.487 --> 00:39:47.290
  • so you can studyto prepare your lesson.
  • 00:39:47.323 --> 00:39:49.592
  • You have to learn how to get up
  • 00:39:49.626 --> 00:39:50.927
  • when you don't feellike getting up in the morning
  • 00:39:50.960 --> 00:39:52.595
  • so you can getinto the Word of God
  • 00:39:52.629 --> 00:39:54.130
  • and be ready for the day.
  • 00:39:54.164 --> 00:39:55.665
  • You have to take time away
  • 00:39:55.698 --> 00:39:57.000
  • from all the thingsthat you wanna do
  • 00:39:57.033 --> 00:39:58.601
  • so you can get the Scripturein your heart.
  • 00:39:58.635 --> 00:40:00.537
  • You've got to take a nightout of your week once in a while
  • 00:40:00.570 --> 00:40:02.839
  • and go talk to somebodyabout Jesus.
  • 00:40:02.872 --> 00:40:04.607
  • All of this is hardand it takes discipline,
  • 00:40:04.641 --> 00:40:07.377
  • and the Bible says that a personwho won't do that can't--
  • 00:40:07.410 --> 00:40:10.847
  • he can't be a candidatefor this award.
  • 00:40:10.880 --> 00:40:13.450
  • This award is given to thosewho discipline their body
  • 00:40:13.483 --> 00:40:17.587
  • as Paul did,
  • 00:40:17.620 --> 00:40:18.922
  • who keep their bodyunder control
  • 00:40:18.955 --> 00:40:22.225
  • and they become candidatesfor the victor's crown.
  • 00:40:22.258 --> 00:40:25.495
  • And the Bible doesn't say wehave to be perfect at this,
  • 00:40:25.528 --> 00:40:27.530
  • but we have to be in training.
  • 00:40:27.564 --> 00:40:30.467
  • Are you in training?
  • 00:40:30.500 --> 00:40:32.035
  • Are you in trainingto serve the Lord?
  • 00:40:32.068 --> 00:40:33.703
  • Are you trying to ask the Lord
  • 00:40:33.736 --> 00:40:35.171
  • to help youbecome a better servant?
  • 00:40:35.205 --> 00:40:37.841
  • God honors your heartin this matter.
  • 00:40:37.874 --> 00:40:40.176
  • Then there'sthe crown of rejoicing.
  • 00:40:40.210 --> 00:40:41.644
  • That's the second one.
  • 00:40:41.678 --> 00:40:43.012
  • And you find thatin 1 Thessalonians 2:19.
  • 00:40:43.046 --> 00:40:46.516
  • This is what it says:"For what is our hope,
  • 00:40:46.549 --> 00:40:49.586
  • or joy, or crown of rejoicing?"
  • 00:40:49.619 --> 00:40:52.789
  • Paul asked the Thessaloniansthis question.
  • 00:40:52.822 --> 00:40:54.991
  • He says, "What isour crown of rejoicing?"
  • 00:40:55.024 --> 00:40:57.660
  • And then he answersit in the next phrase.
  • 00:40:57.694 --> 00:41:00.129
  • He said, "It is even you
  • 00:41:00.163 --> 00:41:02.165
  • in the presenceof our Lord Jesus Christ
  • 00:41:02.198 --> 00:41:03.900
  • at his coming?"
  • 00:41:03.933 --> 00:41:05.235
  • What is he talking about?
  • 00:41:05.268 --> 00:41:06.569
  • He is sayingthat the crown of rejoicing
  • 00:41:06.603 --> 00:41:09.439
  • is the crown you get
  • 00:41:09.472 --> 00:41:10.773
  • because youled someone to Christ.
  • 00:41:10.807 --> 00:41:12.542
  • He said, "Thessalonians,
  • 00:41:12.575 --> 00:41:13.977
  • let me tell youwhat the crown of rejoicing is.
  • 00:41:14.010 --> 00:41:15.912
  • It's you because weminister to you.
  • 00:41:15.945 --> 00:41:18.715
  • And someday when westand before the Lord,
  • 00:41:18.748 --> 00:41:20.316
  • you're gonna be there
  • 00:41:20.350 --> 00:41:21.651
  • because we hada ministry to you."
  • 00:41:21.684 --> 00:41:23.286
  • Sometimes, it's calleda soul-winner's crown.
  • 00:41:23.319 --> 00:41:26.556
  • It's the crownthat Almighty God gives to us
  • 00:41:26.589 --> 00:41:28.291
  • when we get out of ourselves
  • 00:41:28.324 --> 00:41:29.959
  • and we stop thinkingit's all about me
  • 00:41:29.993 --> 00:41:32.262
  • and we start looking around
  • 00:41:32.295 --> 00:41:33.596
  • for the peoplewho need a touch from God
  • 00:41:33.630 --> 00:41:35.298
  • and we use the talentand the giftedness he's given us
  • 00:41:35.331 --> 00:41:38.334
  • to reach outwith the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:41:38.368 --> 00:41:41.137
  • When was the last time
  • 00:41:41.170 --> 00:41:42.472
  • you ever talked to someoneabout Jesus
  • 00:41:42.505 --> 00:41:44.607
  • who wasn't a Christian?
  • 00:41:44.641 --> 00:41:45.942
  • Let me ask you another question.
  • 00:41:45.975 --> 00:41:47.277
  • When was the last time youeven thought about doing that?
  • 00:41:47.310 --> 00:41:50.380
  • Well, we havesome people in this church
  • 00:41:50.413 --> 00:41:52.215
  • who they're just witnesses.
  • 00:41:52.248 --> 00:41:53.550
  • They just talk to peopleall the time about Jesus.
  • 00:41:53.583 --> 00:41:56.319
  • And they're candidatesfor the crown of rejoicing.
  • 00:41:56.352 --> 00:41:58.955
  • Paul's lovefor these Thessalonians
  • 00:41:58.988 --> 00:42:00.490
  • is very emotional.
  • 00:42:00.523 --> 00:42:01.891
  • He calls them his joy,his hope, and his crown.
  • 00:42:01.925 --> 00:42:06.162
  • And the crown is sometimesthe soul-winner's crown.
  • 00:42:06.195 --> 00:42:08.765
  • Let's notice the third one,the crown of righteousness.
  • 00:42:08.798 --> 00:42:10.934
  • It's found in 2 Timothy 4:8.
  • 00:42:10.967 --> 00:42:12.902
  • Watch this, "Finally,there is laid up for me
  • 00:42:12.936 --> 00:42:15.104
  • the crown of righteousness,
  • 00:42:15.138 --> 00:42:16.439
  • which the Lord,the righteous Judge,
  • 00:42:16.472 --> 00:42:18.541
  • will give to me on that Day,and not to me only
  • 00:42:18.575 --> 00:42:20.677
  • but also to allwho love his appearing."
  • 00:42:20.710 --> 00:42:23.646
  • Now, Paul is preparedto meet the Lord.
  • 00:42:23.680 --> 00:42:26.215
  • He is certainof his own imminent death
  • 00:42:26.249 --> 00:42:28.084
  • as he writes this.
  • 00:42:28.117 --> 00:42:29.419
  • He is contentwith his record of service
  • 00:42:29.452 --> 00:42:31.754
  • and confidentof his reception by the Savior.
  • 00:42:31.788 --> 00:42:34.157
  • And Paul's useof the athletic metaphor
  • 00:42:34.190 --> 00:42:35.858
  • is especially descriptiveof the life of a believer
  • 00:42:35.892 --> 00:42:38.995
  • because it describes struggle,
  • 00:42:39.028 --> 00:42:40.496
  • endurance, discipline,and final victory.
  • 00:42:40.530 --> 00:42:43.499
  • The crown of righteousnessis reserved
  • 00:42:43.533 --> 00:42:45.134
  • for those who have a longingfor the Lord Jesus,
  • 00:42:45.168 --> 00:42:48.438
  • who look for Jesus to come back.
  • 00:42:48.471 --> 00:42:50.807
  • And you know what?
  • 00:42:50.840 --> 00:42:52.141
  • Since I've been doingthis series on heaven,
  • 00:42:52.175 --> 00:42:54.243
  • I've had so many peopleeither send me emails
  • 00:42:54.277 --> 00:42:56.646
  • or notes or tell me personally
  • 00:42:56.679 --> 00:42:59.115
  • that they're sort of embarrassedthat heaven hasn't even been
  • 00:42:59.148 --> 00:43:01.184
  • on their radar screenfor so long.
  • 00:43:01.217 --> 00:43:03.586
  • Isn't that interesting?
  • 00:43:03.620 --> 00:43:05.722
  • Somebody said, "Why should Icare about going to heaven?
  • 00:43:05.755 --> 00:43:07.523
  • I haven't even beento Hawaii yet?"
  • 00:43:07.557 --> 00:43:09.125
  • You know, somebody'ssort of like that, you know?
  • 00:43:09.158 --> 00:43:12.729
  • And it tells you a little bitabout where our heart is.
  • 00:43:12.762 --> 00:43:15.498
  • But there are some people
  • 00:43:15.531 --> 00:43:16.833
  • who have their heartset on heaven
  • 00:43:16.866 --> 00:43:18.935
  • and have their heart seton seeing Jesus Christ.
  • 00:43:18.968 --> 00:43:21.471
  • And those are the peoplethat will get this crown
  • 00:43:21.504 --> 00:43:23.773
  • because they lovethe appearing of the Lord.
  • 00:43:23.806 --> 00:43:26.342
  • Then there's the crown of life,number four.
  • 00:43:26.376 --> 00:43:29.212
  • James 1:12 and Revelation 2:10.
  • 00:43:29.245 --> 00:43:31.180
  • This is pretty easyto understand:
  • 00:43:31.214 --> 00:43:32.515
  • "Blessed is the manwho endures testing;
  • 00:43:32.548 --> 00:43:35.518
  • for when he has been approved,
  • 00:43:35.551 --> 00:43:36.853
  • he will receivethe crown of life
  • 00:43:36.886 --> 00:43:38.187
  • which the Lord has promisedto those who love him."
  • 00:43:38.221 --> 00:43:41.257
  • Revelation 2:10: "Do not fear
  • 00:43:41.290 --> 00:43:43.026
  • any of these thingswhich are about to suffer.
  • 00:43:43.059 --> 00:43:44.594
  • Indeed, the devil
  • 00:43:44.627 --> 00:43:45.928
  • is about to throw some of youinto prison,
  • 00:43:45.962 --> 00:43:47.296
  • that you may be tested,
  • 00:43:47.330 --> 00:43:48.631
  • and you will havetribulation ten days.
  • 00:43:48.665 --> 00:43:49.999
  • Be faithful unto death,
  • 00:43:50.033 --> 00:43:51.501
  • and I will give youthe crown of life."
  • 00:43:51.534 --> 00:43:53.903
  • Now watch this.
  • 00:43:53.936 --> 00:43:55.238
  • The crown of life is givenin recognition of enduring
  • 00:43:55.271 --> 00:43:58.474
  • and triumphing over trialand temptation and persecution,
  • 00:43:58.508 --> 00:44:02.545
  • even to the point of martyrdom.
  • 00:44:02.578 --> 00:44:05.348
  • The motivation has to belove for Christ.
  • 00:44:05.381 --> 00:44:08.651
  • When you go throughthe struggles
  • 00:44:08.685 --> 00:44:10.753
  • and the persecutionsthat so many have gone through
  • 00:44:10.787 --> 00:44:13.623
  • to preserve our faith,
  • 00:44:13.656 --> 00:44:15.491
  • many of those peoplewill be walking around
  • 00:44:15.525 --> 00:44:17.560
  • in the early days of heaven
  • 00:44:17.593 --> 00:44:19.429
  • with this particularcrown of life
  • 00:44:19.462 --> 00:44:21.130
  • because theysuffered persecution
  • 00:44:21.164 --> 00:44:22.865
  • for the cause of Christ.
  • 00:44:22.899 --> 00:44:24.300
  • And I believethat in our culture today,
  • 00:44:24.333 --> 00:44:26.335
  • there are manywho are entrusted
  • 00:44:26.369 --> 00:44:28.604
  • with a great dealof suffering.
  • 00:44:28.638 --> 00:44:29.939
  • Many of you have too.
  • 00:44:29.972 --> 00:44:31.874
  • You go through itwith the right spirit.
  • 00:44:31.908 --> 00:44:33.376
  • You don't always ask him why,
  • 00:44:33.409 --> 00:44:34.711
  • but you walk throughthe suffering and the trial
  • 00:44:34.744 --> 00:44:36.846
  • and you carry yourselfas a person of integrity
  • 00:44:36.879 --> 00:44:39.649
  • and a manor a woman of God.
  • 00:44:39.682 --> 00:44:41.350
  • Someday you'll standbefore the Bema seat
  • 00:44:41.384 --> 00:44:43.653
  • and God'll say, "You took itand you took it well
  • 00:44:43.686 --> 00:44:48.391
  • and you honored mein the midst of it
  • 00:44:48.424 --> 00:44:50.093
  • and here's the crown of life."
  • 00:44:50.126 --> 00:44:53.463
  • Charles Wesley wrotea little hymn
  • 00:44:53.496 --> 00:44:54.897
  • that I've never heardsung before,
  • 00:44:54.931 --> 00:44:56.466
  • but these are the words:"In hope of that immortal crown
  • 00:44:56.499 --> 00:45:00.203
  • I now the cross sustain,
  • 00:45:00.236 --> 00:45:02.672
  • and gladly wander up and down
  • 00:45:02.705 --> 00:45:04.373
  • and smile at toil and pain.
  • 00:45:04.407 --> 00:45:07.343
  • I suffer outmy three-score years
  • 00:45:07.376 --> 00:45:09.378
  • till my Deliverer come
  • 00:45:09.412 --> 00:45:11.047
  • and wipe awayhis servant's tears
  • 00:45:11.080 --> 00:45:13.349
  • and take his exile home."
  • 00:45:13.382 --> 00:45:16.652
  • The crown of life.
  • 00:45:16.686 --> 00:45:17.987
  • And then the last one isthe crown of glory
  • 00:45:18.020 --> 00:45:20.957
  • in 1 Peter 5: 4, and I'ma little excited about this
  • 00:45:20.990 --> 00:45:23.292
  • 'cause this isthe preacher's crown.
  • 00:45:23.326 --> 00:45:25.795
  • This is what it says:
  • 00:45:25.828 --> 00:45:27.130
  • "And when the Chief Shepherdappears,
  • 00:45:27.163 --> 00:45:28.931
  • you will receivea crown of glory
  • 00:45:28.965 --> 00:45:30.266
  • that does not fade away."
  • 00:45:30.299 --> 00:45:31.601
  • This crown is for those
  • 00:45:31.634 --> 00:45:33.402
  • who are faithful shepherdsof the people of God
  • 00:45:33.436 --> 00:45:36.105
  • and for Christian leaders.
  • 00:45:36.139 --> 00:45:37.740
  • He has oneout of the five crowns
  • 00:45:37.774 --> 00:45:39.709
  • that is reserved for thosewho are in leadership
  • 00:45:39.742 --> 00:45:42.678
  • and who are shepherds of people.
  • 00:45:42.712 --> 00:45:44.013
  • And you know what,you don't have to be a pastor
  • 00:45:44.046 --> 00:45:45.681
  • or even on a staff.
  • 00:45:45.715 --> 00:45:47.016
  • Maybe you shepherda small group.
  • 00:45:47.049 --> 00:45:49.185
  • Those of youwho are facilitators
  • 00:45:49.218 --> 00:45:50.787
  • and you shepherdthat group and you care about
  • 00:45:50.820 --> 00:45:52.822
  • all the peoplethat come every week.
  • 00:45:52.855 --> 00:45:54.157
  • You know who they are,what their names are,
  • 00:45:54.190 --> 00:45:56.125
  • what their challenges are,
  • 00:45:56.159 --> 00:45:57.460
  • and you pray for themand you shepherd them,
  • 00:45:57.493 --> 00:45:58.995
  • you're in the runningfor the shepherd's crown,
  • 00:45:59.028 --> 00:46:01.764
  • for the crown of glory.
  • 00:46:01.798 --> 00:46:03.800
  • Now, have you got all those?Those are just a few.
  • 00:46:03.833 --> 00:46:05.568
  • Those are the fivethat are mentioned by name
  • 00:46:05.601 --> 00:46:07.170
  • in the New Testament.
  • 00:46:07.203 --> 00:46:08.504
  • That'll give you some ideawhat this is all about.
  • 00:46:08.538 --> 00:46:10.406
  • This is not about beinga Christian.
  • 00:46:10.439 --> 00:46:12.141
  • You already are a Christianor you wouldn't be there.
  • 00:46:12.175 --> 00:46:14.143
  • If you were not a Christian,you will not be
  • 00:46:14.177 --> 00:46:15.645
  • in front of the judgment seatof Christ.
  • 00:46:15.678 --> 00:46:17.413
  • There's another judgment calledthe Great White Throne Judgment
  • 00:46:17.446 --> 00:46:20.283
  • that comes a lot later;and if you're not a Christian,
  • 00:46:20.316 --> 00:46:22.385
  • you'll get to standbefore that one,
  • 00:46:22.418 --> 00:46:24.120
  • but I wanna tell you something,you don't wanna be there.
  • 00:46:24.153 --> 00:46:26.556
  • You wanna be at this one
  • 00:46:26.589 --> 00:46:28.624
  • because youwill already be saved,
  • 00:46:28.658 --> 00:46:29.959
  • you will already be in heaven,
  • 00:46:29.992 --> 00:46:31.294
  • and the Bible says some of youare gonna get to heaven yet
  • 00:46:31.327 --> 00:46:33.296
  • so as by smoke or fire,
  • 00:46:33.329 --> 00:46:34.997
  • in other words,you're gonna skip into heaven
  • 00:46:35.031 --> 00:46:36.899
  • with the smell of smokeon your clothes.
  • 00:46:36.933 --> 00:46:38.568
  • I mean,that's kind of how it is.
  • 00:46:38.601 --> 00:46:40.803
  • But you're gonna bein heaven, amen?
  • 00:46:40.837 --> 00:46:42.839
  • Amen, but you know what?
  • 00:46:42.872 --> 00:46:44.173
  • I don't wanna be therelike that, do you?
  • 00:46:44.207 --> 00:46:46.943
  • I'm gonna tell youa couple of reasons why
  • 00:46:46.976 --> 00:46:48.744
  • as we come to the endof this message.
  • 00:46:48.778 --> 00:46:50.580
  • But I wanna give yousome applications
  • 00:46:50.613 --> 00:46:52.048
  • of how this works for us today.
  • 00:46:52.081 --> 00:46:53.616
  • Let's take note.
  • 00:46:53.649 --> 00:46:54.951
  • Number one: "Rememberthat the Lord your--
  • 00:46:54.984 --> 00:46:57.653
  • the Lord himself isyour chief reward."
  • 00:46:57.687 --> 00:47:00.189
  • Don't ever forget that.
  • 00:47:00.223 --> 00:47:01.524
  • Whatever else youmay get in heaven,
  • 00:47:01.557 --> 00:47:03.759
  • the Lord himself isyour chief reward.
  • 00:47:03.793 --> 00:47:05.561
  • In Genesis 15:1, we read:
  • 00:47:05.595 --> 00:47:07.663
  • "After these thingsthe Word of the Lord
  • 00:47:07.697 --> 00:47:09.131
  • came to Abram in a vision,saying, 'Do not be afraid.
  • 00:47:09.165 --> 00:47:11.500
  • I am your shield, and I amyour exceeding great reward.'"
  • 00:47:11.534 --> 00:47:14.937
  • How many of you knowthe Lord God
  • 00:47:14.971 --> 00:47:16.272
  • is your great reward?
  • 00:47:16.305 --> 00:47:17.974
  • If you never got anything else,you get the Lord,
  • 00:47:18.007 --> 00:47:19.542
  • you got it all, right, amen?
  • 00:47:19.575 --> 00:47:24.413
  • Remember, the Lord himselfis your chief reward.
  • 00:47:24.447 --> 00:47:27.049
  • Number two:"Resist doing works outwardly
  • 00:47:27.083 --> 00:47:30.486
  • just for the purposeof getting an award."
  • 00:47:30.519 --> 00:47:33.322
  • The book of Matthew,the Lord Jesus
  • 00:47:33.356 --> 00:47:34.991
  • has some interesting thingsabout posturing.
  • 00:47:35.024 --> 00:47:37.093
  • I mentioned that earlier.Posturing and spinning.
  • 00:47:37.126 --> 00:47:39.228
  • Did you know Christiansare good at that?
  • 00:47:39.262 --> 00:47:41.264
  • We're really good at posturingand spinning and playacting.
  • 00:47:41.297 --> 00:47:45.468
  • Listen to this, Matthew 6:1:"Take heed that you
  • 00:47:45.501 --> 00:47:48.237
  • do not do your charitable deedsbefore men,
  • 00:47:48.271 --> 00:47:51.240
  • to be seen by them.
  • 00:47:51.274 --> 00:47:53.309
  • Otherwise you have not--no reward
  • 00:47:53.342 --> 00:47:55.478
  • from your Father in heaven.
  • 00:47:55.511 --> 00:47:56.812
  • But when you doa charitable deed,
  • 00:47:56.846 --> 00:47:58.247
  • do not let your left hand knowwhat your right hand is doing,
  • 00:47:58.281 --> 00:48:00.650
  • that your charitable deedmay be in secret;
  • 00:48:00.683 --> 00:48:03.185
  • and your Fatherwho sees in secret
  • 00:48:03.219 --> 00:48:05.388
  • will reward you himself openly."
  • 00:48:05.421 --> 00:48:09.492
  • If you serve the Lordjust so you can get a reward,
  • 00:48:09.525 --> 00:48:12.895
  • it indicates that youdon't understand Christianity.
  • 00:48:12.929 --> 00:48:14.764
  • Why do you serve the Lord?Because you love him.
  • 00:48:14.797 --> 00:48:17.533
  • And these rewards,these heavenly Oscars,
  • 00:48:17.566 --> 00:48:20.336
  • are for peoplewho take it to the next level
  • 00:48:20.369 --> 00:48:22.538
  • and throw themselvesinto serving the Lord
  • 00:48:22.571 --> 00:48:24.507
  • with all of their hearts.
  • 00:48:24.540 --> 00:48:25.841
  • I don't know very many people.
  • 00:48:25.875 --> 00:48:27.176
  • I've never heardvery many people
  • 00:48:27.209 --> 00:48:29.011
  • even mentionwho are serving the Lord
  • 00:48:29.045 --> 00:48:30.680
  • just to get a reward.
  • 00:48:30.713 --> 00:48:32.014
  • Somebody put it this way:"In theory it might be possible
  • 00:48:32.048 --> 00:48:34.550
  • to pursue eternal rewardswith fleshly motives;
  • 00:48:34.583 --> 00:48:37.386
  • however, I've never met anyone
  • 00:48:37.420 --> 00:48:38.921
  • I've sensed was guiltyof doing so.
  • 00:48:38.955 --> 00:48:41.190
  • I've never heard someone say,
  • 00:48:41.223 --> 00:48:42.525
  • 'I'm a missionaryin the deep dark jungle
  • 00:48:42.558 --> 00:48:44.694
  • because when I get to heaven
  • 00:48:44.727 --> 00:48:46.028
  • I want a mansion that's biggerthan the Joneses'.'"
  • 00:48:46.062 --> 00:48:48.931
  • I never heardanything like that, have you?
  • 00:48:48.965 --> 00:48:52.001
  • For myself,I can't ever remember thinking,
  • 00:48:52.034 --> 00:48:54.370
  • "If I witness to that guy,God's gonna owe me big time."
  • 00:48:54.403 --> 00:48:57.840
  • I mean,you don't think that way.
  • 00:48:57.873 --> 00:48:59.742
  • You see, that'swhat he's talking about.
  • 00:48:59.775 --> 00:49:01.077
  • Don't do your servicebecause you'd say,
  • 00:49:01.110 --> 00:49:03.312
  • "Oh, I'm gonna get this,"or "I'm gonna get that."
  • 00:49:03.346 --> 00:49:04.947
  • You know,if you're really an athlete,
  • 00:49:04.981 --> 00:49:07.850
  • you don't run for the trophy.
  • 00:49:07.883 --> 00:49:09.685
  • You run for the joy of the raceand for the discipline
  • 00:49:09.719 --> 00:49:13.589
  • and for the victorythat comes in your heart.
  • 00:49:13.622 --> 00:49:15.624
  • The trophy's just somethingto keep around and remind you
  • 00:49:15.658 --> 00:49:18.294
  • of the blessing of beingin the race itself.
  • 00:49:18.327 --> 00:49:22.732
  • And then reflecton the ultimate goal
  • 00:49:22.765 --> 00:49:25.101
  • of any rewardsthat you will receive.
  • 00:49:25.134 --> 00:49:28.671
  • What are we gonna dowith these crowns?
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  • I don't knowwhat they're gonna look like,
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  • but let me tell youwhat we're gonna do with them.
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  • Watch this:"And the 24 elders fell down
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  • before him who sitson the throne
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  • and worship himwho lives forever and ever,
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  • and they cast their crownsbefore the throne, saying:
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  • 'You are worthy, O Lord,
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  • to receive glory and honorand power;
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  • for you created all things,
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  • and by your will they existand were created.'"
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  • Did you know that that'sgonna happen in heaven?
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  • After we get all our rewards
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  • and we're gonna beso excited about it,
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  • then we're gonna see Jesusand we're gonna take
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  • the only thing we havethat's in heaven beside us,
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  • which is the crown he gave us
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  • and we're gonna fall downat his feet
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  • and give it to himand say "Thank you, Lord,
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  • for helping me to be here.
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  • Thank you, Lord,for paying for my sin.
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  • Thank you, Lord,for being my Redeemer.
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  • I haven't got much to give you,but here's my crown,"
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  • and, friend, I don't wanna beleft out of that, do you?
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  • I don't wanna be standingin the background
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  • watching everybodythat I knew on this earth
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  • bringing their crowns
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  • and giving themto the Lord Jesus
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  • and, because I wasso lazy as a Christian,
  • 00:50:26.929 --> 00:50:30.399
  • so undisciplinedas a child of God,
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  • I've got nothing to offer.
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  • That would be a moment,and I'll tell you what.
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  • That is before hewipes away all tears.
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  • He wipes away all tearsafter this is over
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  • 'cause there are gonna be tearsat that moment, I promise you.
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  • Well, I'm pretty excitedabout heaven
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  • and what the Lordhas in store for us.
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  • There's a storythat I've heard over the years.
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  • I almost didn't wanna tell itto you
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  • because I'm suresome of you have heard it,
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  • but I don't know a better storyto end this sermon with
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  • than this one,so listen up.
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  • There wasan old missionary couple
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  • who had been workingin Africa for years,
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  • and they were returningto New York City to retire.
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  • They had no pension,their health was broken,
  • 00:51:13.943 --> 00:51:17.680
  • they were defeated,discouraged, and afraid.
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  • They discoveredas they got aboard ship
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  • that they had bookedthe same ship
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  • as President Teddy Roosevelt
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  • who was returningfrom Africa
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  • and one of his big gamehunting expeditions.
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  • No one paid attention to them.
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  • They watched the fanfare
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  • that accompaniedthe president's entourage
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  • with passengers trying to catcha glimpse of this great man
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  • wherever he was aboard ship.
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  • As the ship movedacross the ocean,
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  • the old missionarysaid to his wife,
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  • "Something's wrong.
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  • Why should we have givenour lives
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  • in faithful service for Godin Africa all these many years
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  • and have no one carea thing about us?
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  • Here this man comes backfrom a hunting trip
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  • and everybody makes muchover him,
  • 00:51:58.754 --> 00:52:00.689
  • but nobody givestwo hoots about us."
  • 00:52:00.723 --> 00:52:04.527
  • And this dear man's wifesaid,
  • 00:52:04.560 --> 00:52:05.861
  • "Honey, you shouldn't feelthat way."
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  • "I can't help it," he said.
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  • "Doesn't seem right."
  • 00:52:10.166 --> 00:52:12.768
  • Well, the shipdocked in New York.
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  • A band was waitingto greet the president.
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  • The mayor and other dignitarieswere there.
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  • Papers were fullof the president's arrival,
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  • but not one single personnoticed this missionary couple.
  • 00:52:21.210 --> 00:52:25.214
  • They slipped off the ship,
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  • found a cheap flaton the east side,
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  • hoping the next day to seewhat they could do
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  • to make a livingin the city of New York.
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  • That night,
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  • this missionary man'sheart broke.
  • 00:52:35.057 --> 00:52:38.227
  • He said to his wife,"I can't take this.
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  • God is not treating us fairly."
  • 00:52:41.130 --> 00:52:44.967
  • His wife replied, "Why don't youjust go in the bedroom,
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  • tell that to the Lord?"
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  • Boy, are you fortunate if youhave a wife like that.
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  • Short time later, he came outfrom the bedroom
  • 00:52:53.742 --> 00:52:56.545
  • and now his facewas completely different.
  • 00:52:56.579 --> 00:52:59.582
  • His wife asked,"Honey, what happened?"
  • 00:52:59.615 --> 00:53:04.019
  • He said, "Well, the Lordsettled it with me.
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  • I told him how bitter I wasthat the president
  • 00:53:06.655 --> 00:53:08.624
  • should receivethis tremendous homecoming
  • 00:53:08.657 --> 00:53:10.492
  • when no one met usas we returned home.
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  • And when I finished,
  • 00:53:13.195 --> 00:53:14.496
  • it seemed as though the Lordput his hand on my shoulder
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  • and simply said,'But you're not home yet.'"
  • 00:53:17.399 --> 00:53:22.104
  • You're not home yet.
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  • It's rewarding to serve Christ,and there are many rewards
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  • that we receive in this life:people being thankful,
  • 00:53:28.677 --> 00:53:32.248
  • letters of appreciation,
  • 00:53:32.281 --> 00:53:34.083
  • testimonies from the baptisterythat we've had a little part in,
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  • but I wanna tell you something.
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  • All the awardsare not given out down here.
  • 00:53:39.154 --> 00:53:41.757
  • The best awardsare being reserved
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  • for the award ceremonyin the heavens.
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  • If you've been servingthe Lord faithfully
  • 00:53:46.629 --> 00:53:48.130
  • and nobody seems to be noticing,
  • 00:53:48.163 --> 00:53:49.465
  • just rememberyou're not home yet,
  • 00:53:49.498 --> 00:53:52.234
  • and there's something coming
  • 00:53:52.268 --> 00:53:53.569
  • that youdon't wanna miss out on.
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  • Don't you just lovethe Lord today?
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  • And don't you wanna servehim, amen, amen?
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return in a moment
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  • to close today's programright after this.
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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: Becausesome of the rewards
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  • God has planned for Christianswon't be realized until heaven,
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  • sometimes it's easyto lose sight of them,
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  • but there is one rewardthat is ours right now,
  • 00:55:40.542 --> 00:55:43.278
  • and that is the rewardof fellowship with Jesus Christ.
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  • And the more closely wefollow him as his disciple,
  • 00:55:46.849 --> 00:55:50.185
  • the more rewarding
  • 00:55:50.219 --> 00:55:51.520
  • our relationship with himbecomes.
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  • The first step in enjoyingthat reward is accepting
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  • God's gift of salvationthrough faith in Christ.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: There will bethe presence of light
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  • throughout the city
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  • that emanatesfrom the throne of God
  • 00:56:55.317 --> 00:56:56.885
  • where sits the Lambwho is the Lord Jesus.
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  • The Bible saysthat in that city,
  • 00:57:00.222 --> 00:57:02.491
  • he will be the light,
  • 00:57:02.524 --> 00:57:05.060
  • and there will be no needfor any other light
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  • because the brillianceof the light of the Lord Jesus
  • 00:57:07.062 --> 00:57:09.498
  • in his glorification will fillthe city with brilliance.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next timefor Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "The Heavenly City,"here on "Turning Point."
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  • ♪♪♪
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