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October 25, 2020
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Even when times are tough and obstacles are many; purpose gives us the strength to move forward and trust God’s plan for your life.

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  • a haphazard approach to life.
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  • You might feel stuck,but you don't have to be.
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  • Perhaps you're discouraged.
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  • It's time to deal with that.
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  • And if you feel uncertain,you can find clarity.
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  • You may not know what's next,but God does.
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  • He's there waiting for youin your tomorrow,
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  • so step into it and discoverGod's presence and purpose
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  • in your life.
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  • Starting today, starting now,it's time to move forward.
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  • male announcer: It's timewe rise above our circumstances,
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  • conquer our fears,face the future with faith,
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  • prevail over the past, aspireto accomplish greater things,
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  • reclaim our birthright,proclaim his power,
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  • and claim God's promises.
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  • God has more for us.
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  • It's not time to stop.
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  • It's time to move forward.
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  • Today on "Turning Point,"Dr. Jeremiah reminds us
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  • that if we trust God we'll haveno reservations,
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  • we'll not retreat,and have no regrets.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We have to getto the place where we understand
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  • that God has given us a manualand when we're trying to pursue
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  • our dream and we don't knowwhat's next,
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  • we have to realize the answerto what's next is in that book.
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  • And if we will absorb ourselvesin that book,
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  • if we will just allow ourselvesto let that book
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  • wash over our soul,God will show us what to do.
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  • announcer: That's coming upon today's special
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  • "Forward" editionof "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: In just a momentDr. Jeremiah will challenge you
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  • to trust God as you pursueyour purpose
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  • with no reservations,no retreats, and no regrets.
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  • Find this and nine other waysyou can know God's purpose,
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  • feel God's power, and accomplishGod's plan for your life,
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  • in Dr. Jeremiah's new book,"Forward:
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  • Discovering God's Presenceand Purpose in Your Tomorrow."
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  • You'll learn the biblicalstrategy about how to claim
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  • the future God has prepareduniquely for you,
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  • no matter your ageor your circumstance.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Pursue: Chase Your Dream."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Paddy Kellygrew up surrounded by music.
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  • The tenth childin an American family
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  • living in Ireland, he joinedhis older siblings' band,
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  • The Kelly Family,at a young age.
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  • When he was 15, he wrote a songthat propelled the family
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  • to stardom, and the groupbecame a global sensation.
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  • With money and fame camegreat opportunities
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  • like singing in stadiumsto 250.000 screaming fans.
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  • In time, Paddy movedinto a 17th century castle.
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  • He traveled by private planeand helicopter.
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  • His family was near himin his pursuits
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  • and he was never farfrom their love.
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  • Yet, something strange happened.
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  • Paddy felt empty.
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  • He felt lost.
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  • The higher he rose,the lower he felt.
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  • He asked himselfa haunting question:
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  • "If all this doesn'tmake me happy,
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  • then what is the sense of life?
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  • Why do I exist?"
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  • He eventually retiredto a monastery in France,
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  • seeking answers.
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  • Joseph Schooling is one ofthe best swimmers in the world.
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  • His youthful face and friendlygrin make him a crowd favorite,
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  • especially after he wonSingapore's first ever
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  • Olympic gold medal in 2016.
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  • He's one of a small groupof people
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  • who breathe the rarified airof being the best in the world.
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  • But how does it feel to bea gold medalist?
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  • According to Schooling,there's a feeling of emptiness.
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  • Schooling concedeshe didn't know
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  • how to respond to fameand pressure.
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  • "I should have taken more timeaway from the pool," he said.
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  • "I had to change my mindsetas I was no longer chasing;
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  • I was being chased.
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  • I needed to find my 'why'for what I was doing."
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  • Like Paddy Kellyand Joseph Schooling,
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  • millions of people are searchingfor their purpose:
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  • the "Why" of their existence.
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  • Maybe that includes you.
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  • Your purpose is aboutmeaning and motivation,
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  • for purpose stabilizesyour life.
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  • It's the reason behindyour actions and decisions.
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  • It answers that nagging question"Why":
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  • "Why am I pursuing this dream?"
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  • Paddy Kelly knew the "What"of his life: singing.
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  • Joseph knew the "What"of his life: swimming.
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  • But they could, neither one,figure out the "Why."
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  • Was it for applause?Was it for money?
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  • Was it for achievement,self-fulfillment,
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  • national pride?
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  • Do you ever end a day like that?
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  • Do you ever end a dayor the year asking yourself,
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  • "What was all that for?
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  • What did I really accomplish?
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  • What differencedid I truly make?"
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  • When you find your purpose,you stop chasing things
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  • that will never satisfy you.
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  • Instead, you find the joyof pursuing the next steps
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  • God has for you.
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  • What Paddy Kelly andJoseph Schooling longed for,
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  • Jesus possessed.
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  • He knew he wason this Earth for a reason
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  • and he pursued his God-ordainedpurpose at every step.
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  • In Mark 1:38,he told his disciples:
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  • "Let us go into the next town,that I may preach there,
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  • because for this purposeI have come forth."
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  • In John 12:27 he said,"Now my soul is troubled,
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  • and what shall I say?
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  • 'Father, save mefrom this hour'?
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  • But for this purposeI came to this hour."
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  • The Apostle John said,"For this purpose the Son of God
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  • was manifested, that he mightdestroy the works of the devil."
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  • You see, as you readthese passages of Scripture,
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  • you discover Jesus knewhis purpose in life
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  • and he was compelledto fulfill it.
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  • You also can have this senseof certainty to move you
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  • toward your goal andyou can do what Jesus did.
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  • You can live the restof your life with no regrets.
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  • How do you discover your "Why"?
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  • Your journey beginsby committing your life to God.
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  • Present yourself totally to God.
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  • Manny Pacquiao isone of the greatest
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  • professional boxers of all time.
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  • He is the only eight-divisionworld champion
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  • in the history of boxing.
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  • Yet, along with his fame,came gambling, and sex,
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  • and money, and parties.
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  • But his heart was as vacantas a boxing arena
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  • after all the people go awayand the lights are turned off.
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  • He said, "I felt empty.
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  • I had money, I could dowhatever I wanted,
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  • but I was empty in my heart."
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  • One night while walkingin a forest,
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  • the Filipino boxer was convictedabout his lifestyle.
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  • He knelt downand he cried out to God,
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  • asking for forgiveness and help.
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  • He later said he felt likea light was shining on him
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  • as bright as the sun,but he couldn't raise his head.
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  • He was on the ground,crying out to the Lord.
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  • He felt like he was melting.
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  • That night, Christ cameinto Manny Pacquiao's life.
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  • The Lord changed his heart.
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  • Pacquiao's life took onnew meaning.
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  • He became involvedin public service and, today,
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  • he serves inthe Philippine National Senate.
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  • During the coronavirus pandemic,he donated hundreds of thousands
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  • of masks to those in need,along with five buses
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  • to transport healthcareworkers around Manila.
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  • He felt such an immense burdenfor the poor that he determined
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  • to care for them even if he diedin the effort.
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  • He told his constituents:"We should continue praying
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  • and believing in the Lord.
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  • Let's draw strengthand hope from him."
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  • You can't find your purposein life by focusing on yourself
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  • and leaving Godout of the picture.
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  • Pacquiao found that out.
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  • Life isn't about using Godfor your purposes.
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  • It's about God using youfor his purposes.
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  • It's about the Lord Jesusshowing you
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  • how you fit into his plan.
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  • And you do fit in.
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  • He has a lifetime of purposestored up for you and for me.
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  • Perhaps you're thinking,"I'm not sure what I want
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  • in God's plan.
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  • What if I don't like it?"
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  • Oh, you will.
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  • It's what you were made for.
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  • If you don't embrace God's plan,you'll miss the purpose
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  • for which he created you.
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  • The Bible is very clearabout that.
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  • This is what Jesus said.
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  • He said, "I am the lightof the world.
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  • He who follows meshall not walk in darkness,
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  • but have the light of life."
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  • When you follow God's planfor your life,
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  • you will be walking
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  • in the divine wattageof God's light.
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  • There's no other sourceof ultimate purpose.
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  • All pursuits lead to darknessand futility.
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  • If you're still afraid topresent yourself totally to God,
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  • do you think he'll mess upyour life by telling you
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  • to do somethingyou don't wanna do
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  • or go to some placeyou don't wanna go?
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  • I can tell you by my owntestimony that everything
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  • I ever dreamed of doingin my life
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  • I found in God's purpose for me.
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  • I cannot imagine doinganything else than
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  • what I've done as he has led me.
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  • So many of my dreamshave come true,
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  • plus quite a few dreamsI never even knew I had.
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  • So the first step in pursuingyour God-given purpose is
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  • to present yourselftotally to God.
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  • He loves you, he wantsthe best for you.
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  • You can trust him.
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  • Sign your name at the bottomof the page
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  • and watch God fill it in.
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  • The second stepin discovering the "Why"
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  • of your life is coming to gripswith the unique you.
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  • Every single personon this planet can celebrate
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  • their uniqueness because Goddidn't create any two people,
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  • not even identical twins,who are exactly alike.
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  • There's almost always someonewho seems more gifted
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  • or more successful thanyou and if you're not careful
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  • you can slip into imitatingthat person,
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  • even without realizing it.
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  • If you look at somebody elsefor the pattern
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  • of who you should be,you'll miss it because
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  • God made you special and thenhe threw away the plans.
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  • Thank him for your strengths,thank him for your weaknesses.
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  • Make your strengths strongerand work on your weaknesses,
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  • your blessings and your burdens,your gifts and your talents,
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  • your experiencesand your adventures,
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  • all of them are for your use,for his glory,
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  • and they will make you better.
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  • Once you understandthe uniqueness of you,
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  • you'll be well on your wayto pursuing the purpose
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  • God created you for.
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  • So, first of all,present yourself to God
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  • and then realize, "I am a uniquecreation of Almighty God.
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  • He made me alone,threw the plans away.
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  • There's nobody like meon planet Earth.
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  • He has a special thingfor me to do."
  • 00:12:03.939 --> 00:12:06.809
  • And then, thirdly,realize your responsibility.
  • 00:12:06.842 --> 00:12:11.046
  • The next step is to realize thatyour uniqueness implies action.
  • 00:12:11.080 --> 00:12:15.251
  • The Bible says it this way:
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  • "As each one has receivedhis gift,
  • 00:12:16.652 --> 00:12:19.355
  • minister it to one another,as good stewards
  • 00:12:19.388 --> 00:12:22.091
  • of the manifold grace of God."
  • 00:12:22.124 --> 00:12:23.893
  • In other words,God has given you a gift and,
  • 00:12:23.926 --> 00:12:26.862
  • with that gift,comes a responsibility
  • 00:12:26.896 --> 00:12:29.131
  • to use that giftto bless others.
  • 00:12:29.165 --> 00:12:31.700
  • The church is thisbig circle made up
  • 00:12:31.734 --> 00:12:33.769
  • of all of God's childrenand every one of us
  • 00:12:33.803 --> 00:12:36.405
  • has a responsibility.
  • 00:12:36.438 --> 00:12:38.240
  • The Bible says:"A spiritual gift is given
  • 00:12:38.274 --> 00:12:40.876
  • to each of usso we can help each other."
  • 00:12:40.910 --> 00:12:44.046
  • And Jesus said, "I must workthe works of him who sent me
  • 00:12:44.079 --> 00:12:47.817
  • while it is day, for the nightis coming when no one can work."
  • 00:12:47.850 --> 00:12:52.588
  • So let yourself developa sense of responsibility
  • 00:12:52.621 --> 00:12:55.825
  • for reaching othersand serving the world.
  • 00:12:55.858 --> 00:12:58.828
  • And make that decisionbefore night falls on your life,
  • 00:12:58.861 --> 00:13:02.031
  • before it's too late.
  • 00:13:02.064 --> 00:13:03.966
  • Present yourself totally to God,understand your uniqueness,
  • 00:13:03.999 --> 00:13:08.237
  • realize your responsibility,and then pursue God's plan
  • 00:13:08.270 --> 00:13:12.608
  • for your life.
  • 00:13:12.641 --> 00:13:14.343
  • If you've presentedyourself totally to God,
  • 00:13:14.376 --> 00:13:16.512
  • if you've grasped the wonderfulfact of your uniqueness
  • 00:13:16.545 --> 00:13:19.815
  • and you've realized thatyou have a responsibility
  • 00:13:19.849 --> 00:13:22.218
  • to serve the Lord and others,
  • 00:13:22.251 --> 00:13:24.420
  • then you're ready to pursueGod's plan for your life.
  • 00:13:24.453 --> 00:13:28.023
  • And now the task isto chase that plan.
  • 00:13:28.057 --> 00:13:31.327
  • You have to run in the directionyour purpose leads you.
  • 00:13:31.360 --> 00:13:35.331
  • Look around you right now.
  • 00:13:35.364 --> 00:13:37.066
  • Do you see any clues that Godis dropping for you to follow?
  • 00:13:37.099 --> 00:13:41.003
  • Once again, present yourselftotally to God.
  • 00:13:41.036 --> 00:13:43.439
  • Understand you are unique,realize you have
  • 00:13:43.472 --> 00:13:46.575
  • a responsibility,pursue God's plan for your life,
  • 00:13:46.609 --> 00:13:50.145
  • and obey orders from God's Word.
  • 00:13:50.179 --> 00:13:53.983
  • His will for your lifenever deviates
  • 00:13:54.016 --> 00:13:56.452
  • from the Word he has given youin Scripture.
  • 00:13:56.485 --> 00:13:58.687
  • You'll need instructionsfor the journey
  • 00:13:58.721 --> 00:14:00.956
  • and God's instruction manualis your Bible.
  • 00:14:00.990 --> 00:14:05.060
  • Joshua 1:8 says it this way:"The book of the Law shall not
  • 00:14:05.094 --> 00:14:08.530
  • depart from your mouth,but you shall mediate in it
  • 00:14:08.564 --> 00:14:11.800
  • day and night,that you may observe
  • 00:14:11.834 --> 00:14:13.802
  • to do according to all thatis written in it.
  • 00:14:13.836 --> 00:14:16.272
  • For then you will makeyour way prosperous,
  • 00:14:16.305 --> 00:14:18.440
  • and then you will havegood success."
  • 00:14:18.474 --> 00:14:21.777
  • Notice the phrase,"Observe to do."
  • 00:14:21.810 --> 00:14:24.546
  • It's easy to passover these words
  • 00:14:24.580 --> 00:14:26.482
  • like they were unimportantbut this is one
  • 00:14:26.515 --> 00:14:29.051
  • of the great conceptsof the Old Testament.
  • 00:14:29.084 --> 00:14:31.553
  • We're not to read the Biblejust for curiosity
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  • or intellectual reasons.
  • 00:14:34.123 --> 00:14:36.125
  • We're to study itin order to do it.
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  • We're to read it in orderto heed it.
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  • David describes this principlein his first Psalm.
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  • He says: "His delight isin the law of the Lord,
  • 00:14:44.333 --> 00:14:47.903
  • and in his law he meditatesday and night.
  • 00:14:47.937 --> 00:14:51.106
  • He shall be like a tree plantedby the rivers of waters,
  • 00:14:51.140 --> 00:14:54.443
  • that brings forth its fruitin its season,
  • 00:14:54.476 --> 00:14:57.279
  • whose leaf alsoshall not wither;
  • 00:14:57.313 --> 00:15:00.549
  • and whatever he doesshall prosper."
  • 00:15:00.582 --> 00:15:04.153
  • Evangelist Anne Graham Lotzdescribes her strategy
  • 00:15:04.186 --> 00:15:07.289
  • like this.
  • 00:15:07.323 --> 00:15:08.624
  • She says: "I just try tofaithfully follow the Lord,
  • 00:15:08.657 --> 00:15:11.360
  • step by step, day by day.
  • 00:15:11.393 --> 00:15:13.262
  • Ten years from now I just wannalook back and know that
  • 00:15:13.295 --> 00:15:16.498
  • to the best of my abilityI've been obedient to God's call
  • 00:15:16.532 --> 00:15:20.135
  • on my life."
  • 00:15:20.169 --> 00:15:22.104
  • We have to get to the placewhere we understand that God
  • 00:15:22.137 --> 00:15:25.240
  • has given us a manual and whenwe're trying to pursue our dream
  • 00:15:25.274 --> 00:15:28.610
  • and we don't know what's next,we have to realize the answer
  • 00:15:28.644 --> 00:15:31.647
  • to what's next is in that bookand if we will absorb ourselves
  • 00:15:31.680 --> 00:15:36.218
  • in that book, if we willjust allow ourselves to let
  • 00:15:36.251 --> 00:15:39.088
  • that book wash over our soul,God will show us what to do.
  • 00:15:39.121 --> 00:15:43.459
  • I've never asked Godwhat to do next
  • 00:15:43.492 --> 00:15:46.195
  • that he hasn't in somemeaningful way directed me.
  • 00:15:46.228 --> 00:15:50.399
  • And then,serve others selflessly.
  • 00:15:50.432 --> 00:15:54.269
  • Earlier, I talked to youabout uniqueness
  • 00:15:54.303 --> 00:15:57.139
  • in the church whichis the body of Christ,
  • 00:15:57.172 --> 00:16:00.009
  • but your work for the Lordextends beyond the walls
  • 00:16:00.042 --> 00:16:02.644
  • of your church.
  • 00:16:02.678 --> 00:16:04.279
  • The purpose of the church isto prepare followers of Christ
  • 00:16:04.313 --> 00:16:07.116
  • to take the realityof the gospel to the whole world
  • 00:16:07.149 --> 00:16:09.985
  • and all of us are calledto serve and share
  • 00:16:10.019 --> 00:16:13.155
  • with our lost and needy world.
  • 00:16:13.188 --> 00:16:15.791
  • For me, this wasa life-changing concept.
  • 00:16:15.824 --> 00:16:18.594
  • I grew up in a pastor's homebut only later,
  • 00:16:18.627 --> 00:16:21.730
  • as a young adult, did I reallydevelop a biblical awareness
  • 00:16:21.764 --> 00:16:24.800
  • of my responsibility to thosewho do not know Jesus Christ.
  • 00:16:24.833 --> 00:16:29.271
  • And when I figured that out,it changed my life.
  • 00:16:29.304 --> 00:16:32.908
  • We can never truly find purposein life until we realize
  • 00:16:32.941 --> 00:16:37.112
  • we're under orders to obeythe Great Commission:
  • 00:16:37.146 --> 00:16:40.182
  • to go into all the worldand preach the gospel.
  • 00:16:40.215 --> 00:16:42.785
  • And the keyto the Great Commission is
  • 00:16:42.818 --> 00:16:44.853
  • the Great Commandmentwhich tells us
  • 00:16:44.887 --> 00:16:46.688
  • to love our neighbor as ourself.
  • 00:16:46.722 --> 00:16:49.525
  • The greatest continuing joyof being a Christian is
  • 00:16:49.558 --> 00:16:53.328
  • the joy of sharing Christwith others
  • 00:16:53.362 --> 00:16:55.831
  • and serving othersin the body of Christ.
  • 00:16:55.864 --> 00:16:59.368
  • Finally,experience eternal life.
  • 00:16:59.401 --> 00:17:02.037
  • Are you staying focused here?
  • 00:17:02.071 --> 00:17:03.839
  • Present yourself to God,realize you're unique,
  • 00:17:03.872 --> 00:17:07.009
  • recognize you havea responsibility to others,
  • 00:17:07.042 --> 00:17:09.978
  • pursue God's plan for your life,obey orders from God's Word,
  • 00:17:10.012 --> 00:17:14.049
  • serve others selflessly,and experience eternal life.
  • 00:17:14.083 --> 00:17:19.721
  • So let's sum up.
  • 00:17:19.755 --> 00:17:21.523
  • You need a compelling motiveif you're going to develop
  • 00:17:21.557 --> 00:17:23.692
  • an unfolding planfor moving forward in your life.
  • 00:17:23.725 --> 00:17:27.496
  • You need the "Why."
  • 00:17:27.529 --> 00:17:29.498
  • You discover your "Why"by totally presenting yourself
  • 00:17:29.531 --> 00:17:31.733
  • to God and understandingthat he made you uniquely
  • 00:17:31.767 --> 00:17:35.204
  • for a unique work.
  • 00:17:35.237 --> 00:17:37.439
  • You have a God-givenresponsibility
  • 00:17:37.473 --> 00:17:39.475
  • and you need to pursue it.
  • 00:17:39.508 --> 00:17:41.376
  • You need to stayin the Scripture daily,
  • 00:17:41.410 --> 00:17:43.145
  • serve others selflessly.
  • 00:17:43.178 --> 00:17:44.480
  • Jesus said it this way: "I havecome that they may have life,
  • 00:17:44.513 --> 00:17:49.151
  • and that they may have itmore abundantly.
  • 00:17:49.184 --> 00:17:51.820
  • I give them eternal life,and they shall never perish;
  • 00:17:51.854 --> 00:17:55.023
  • neither shall anyone snatch themout of my hand."
  • 00:17:55.057 --> 00:17:58.727
  • That's what everyoneis looking for:
  • 00:17:58.760 --> 00:18:00.963
  • the kind of life that is bothabundant and eternal.
  • 00:18:00.996 --> 00:18:04.600
  • The Israeli statesman,Abba Eban,
  • 00:18:04.633 --> 00:18:06.702
  • wrote about a conversationhe had with Edmund Hillary,
  • 00:18:06.735 --> 00:18:09.872
  • the first man ever to climbMount Everest.
  • 00:18:09.905 --> 00:18:12.741
  • Eban asked the explorer whathe felt when he reached the top.
  • 00:18:12.774 --> 00:18:16.845
  • Hillary said,"The first sentiment
  • 00:18:16.879 --> 00:18:18.614
  • was ecstatic accomplishmentbut then,"
  • 00:18:18.647 --> 00:18:20.749
  • he said, "there camea sense of desolation.
  • 00:18:20.782 --> 00:18:23.785
  • What was there now leftfor me to do?"
  • 00:18:23.819 --> 00:18:27.890
  • Jon Krakauer trekkedto the same summit
  • 00:18:27.923 --> 00:18:30.058
  • years later but the tripwas tragic.
  • 00:18:30.092 --> 00:18:32.828
  • Twelve of his companionswere killed in the descent.
  • 00:18:32.861 --> 00:18:36.064
  • Later, in his book,"Into Thin Air,"
  • 00:18:36.098 --> 00:18:38.433
  • Krakauer describedhow it felt
  • 00:18:38.467 --> 00:18:40.469
  • at the top of Mount Everest.
  • 00:18:40.502 --> 00:18:42.171
  • He said, "I had beenfantasizing,
  • 00:18:42.337 --> 00:18:45.007
  • dreaming about this momentand the release of emotion
  • 00:18:45.040 --> 00:18:48.377
  • that I would feelwhen I finally stood at the top.
  • 00:18:48.410 --> 00:18:51.947
  • But now that I was finally here,actually standing
  • 00:18:51.980 --> 00:18:54.516
  • on the summit of Mount Everest,I just couldn't summon
  • 00:18:54.550 --> 00:18:57.753
  • the energy to care.
  • 00:18:57.786 --> 00:18:59.821
  • I snapped four quick pictures,turned, and headed down.
  • 00:18:59.855 --> 00:19:03.892
  • My watch read 1:17 p.m.
  • 00:19:03.926 --> 00:19:06.695
  • All told, I spent less thanfive minutes
  • 00:19:06.728 --> 00:19:09.331
  • on the roof of the world."
  • 00:19:09.364 --> 00:19:12.167
  • Only the experiences of peoplelike that help us illustrate
  • 00:19:12.201 --> 00:19:17.105
  • the emptiness of our liveswithout God.
  • 00:19:17.139 --> 00:19:20.042
  • If they only knew the truthof 1 John 5:12:
  • 00:19:20.075 --> 00:19:23.245
  • "He who has the Son has life;he who does not have
  • 00:19:23.278 --> 00:19:27.349
  • the Son of God doesnot have life."
  • 00:19:27.382 --> 00:19:31.386
  • God's ultimate purpose for usis to experience, enjoy,
  • 00:19:32.387 --> 00:19:36.858
  • and embody the eternal lifeJesus died to bestow on us.
  • 00:19:36.892 --> 00:19:42.097
  • He fills our emptinesswith himself
  • 00:19:42.130 --> 00:19:44.233
  • and with his glorious willfor each of us.
  • 00:19:44.266 --> 00:19:46.835
  • He fills us with the certainhope of eternal life.
  • 00:19:46.868 --> 00:19:50.872
  • Let me ask you a question.
  • 00:19:50.906 --> 00:19:53.108
  • When does eternal life begin?
  • 00:19:53.141 --> 00:19:55.844
  • When you die?
  • 00:19:55.877 --> 00:19:57.246
  • No, you're livingin eternal life
  • 00:19:57.279 --> 00:19:59.248
  • the minute you believein Christ.
  • 00:19:59.281 --> 00:20:01.216
  • Jesus said,"And this is eternal life,
  • 00:20:01.250 --> 00:20:03.919
  • that they may know you,the only true God,
  • 00:20:03.952 --> 00:20:06.154
  • and Jesus Christwhom you have sent."
  • 00:20:06.188 --> 00:20:08.156
  • Your eternal life beginsthe moment
  • 00:20:08.190 --> 00:20:10.359
  • you put your trust in Jesus.
  • 00:20:10.392 --> 00:20:12.995
  • Did you know that?
  • 00:20:13.028 --> 00:20:14.329
  • Did you realize that you'renot waiting for eternal life,
  • 00:20:14.363 --> 00:20:16.465
  • that you're actually livingin eternal life?
  • 00:20:16.498 --> 00:20:18.934
  • From that moment, you will neverdie and when you accept Christ,
  • 00:20:18.967 --> 00:20:22.771
  • you get life: life abundantand eternal and it begins
  • 00:20:22.804 --> 00:20:26.742
  • the moment you believe.
  • 00:20:26.775 --> 00:20:28.176
  • It's not somethingyou're waiting for,
  • 00:20:28.210 --> 00:20:29.611
  • it's something you're living in.
  • 00:20:29.645 --> 00:20:31.179
  • And to get out of emptinessand into purpose,
  • 00:20:31.213 --> 00:20:33.582
  • you have to go through Jesus.
  • 00:20:33.615 --> 00:20:35.851
  • He's the way, the truth,and the life,
  • 00:20:35.884 --> 00:20:37.753
  • and when you receive himas your Savior,
  • 00:20:37.786 --> 00:20:39.855
  • eternal life beginsat that moment.
  • 00:20:39.888 --> 00:20:42.391
  • It begins right thenand it brings with it
  • 00:20:42.424 --> 00:20:45.727
  • a sense of purposefor the rest of your days.
  • 00:20:45.761 --> 00:20:49.665
  • It's impossible for meto finish this message
  • 00:20:49.698 --> 00:20:51.867
  • without thinkingof a hero of mine.
  • 00:20:51.900 --> 00:20:55.103
  • His name is William Borden.
  • 00:20:55.137 --> 00:20:57.406
  • He died before I was bornbut his biography moved me
  • 00:20:57.439 --> 00:21:00.409
  • like few other books.
  • 00:21:00.442 --> 00:21:02.978
  • And I want to liveby the six famous words
  • 00:21:03.011 --> 00:21:05.614
  • that are attributed to him.
  • 00:21:05.647 --> 00:21:08.283
  • Here's his story.
  • 00:21:08.317 --> 00:21:09.885
  • Borden grew upon Chicago's Gold Coast
  • 00:21:09.918 --> 00:21:12.387
  • where his family owned theBorden Dairy Farm and business.
  • 00:21:12.421 --> 00:21:17.259
  • He was bright,good-looking, and athletic.
  • 00:21:17.292 --> 00:21:20.362
  • He was also a young manwho loved the Lord Jesus Christ
  • 00:21:20.395 --> 00:21:23.665
  • and had grown in Christ underthe influence of his pastor,
  • 00:21:23.699 --> 00:21:26.535
  • Dr. R.A. Torrey.
  • 00:21:26.568 --> 00:21:29.504
  • Borden's graduation presentwas a trip around the world,
  • 00:21:29.538 --> 00:21:32.941
  • and that's where he developeda passion for spreading
  • 00:21:32.974 --> 00:21:35.944
  • the gospel to the regionsbeyond, especially to China.
  • 00:21:35.977 --> 00:21:40.849
  • Later, at a missionaryconference, he was deeply moved
  • 00:21:40.882 --> 00:21:43.518
  • to give his lifeto spreading the gospel,
  • 00:21:43.552 --> 00:21:46.421
  • including his fortunewhich was valued at $50 million.
  • 00:21:46.455 --> 00:21:51.193
  • That was his if he wouldjust wait.
  • 00:21:51.226 --> 00:21:54.996
  • Borden's family supported himin every way and the day came
  • 00:21:55.030 --> 00:21:58.367
  • when he left home and sailedto Egypt for language studies.
  • 00:21:58.400 --> 00:22:01.737
  • Everyone who met himwas charmed by his humility,
  • 00:22:01.770 --> 00:22:04.840
  • his joy, and his love,and most of all,
  • 00:22:04.873 --> 00:22:07.409
  • his passion for Jesus Christ.
  • 00:22:07.442 --> 00:22:09.511
  • Yet, within a month,Borden contracted
  • 00:22:09.544 --> 00:22:11.747
  • spinal meningitis.
  • 00:22:11.780 --> 00:22:13.648
  • He lingered for two weeks andhe passed away at the age of 25.
  • 00:22:13.682 --> 00:22:20.355
  • The sacrifice wasn't wasted.
  • 00:22:20.389 --> 00:22:22.791
  • Borden's story was proclaimedin newspapers around the world,
  • 00:22:22.824 --> 00:22:26.294
  • in books and biographiesand from a thousand pulpits
  • 00:22:26.328 --> 00:22:29.364
  • and lecterns.
  • 00:22:29.398 --> 00:22:31.133
  • Even today,over 100 years later,
  • 00:22:31.166 --> 00:22:33.335
  • the story of William Bordengrips everybody who reads it.
  • 00:22:33.368 --> 00:22:37.472
  • No one knows how manyyoung people
  • 00:22:37.506 --> 00:22:39.808
  • inflamed by his sacrifice,gave their lives to missions.
  • 00:22:39.841 --> 00:22:44.446
  • In the best known biography,"Borden of Yale,"
  • 00:22:44.479 --> 00:22:47.582
  • Mrs. Howard Taylor wrote:"No reserve, no retreat,
  • 00:22:47.616 --> 00:22:52.521
  • no regrets had any place inBorden's consecration to God."
  • 00:22:52.554 --> 00:22:57.192
  • No reserve, no retreat,no regrets.
  • 00:22:57.225 --> 00:23:02.697
  • Many people believe thosesix words were inscribed
  • 00:23:02.731 --> 00:23:05.300
  • in Borden's Biblewhich has been lost to history.
  • 00:23:05.333 --> 00:23:09.271
  • One thing we do know,we do know that those were
  • 00:23:09.304 --> 00:23:12.774
  • the words thatdrove him forward.
  • 00:23:12.808 --> 00:23:15.377
  • Those were the things thatcaused him to pursue his goal.
  • 00:23:15.410 --> 00:23:18.847
  • They were inscribedmaybe not in his Bible,
  • 00:23:18.880 --> 00:23:21.983
  • but certainly in his heart.
  • 00:23:22.017 --> 00:23:23.819
  • That's the way he lived.
  • 00:23:23.852 --> 00:23:25.987
  • He lived with no reserves.
  • 00:23:26.021 --> 00:23:27.422
  • In other words, he didn't takehis family's money.
  • 00:23:27.456 --> 00:23:29.925
  • He lived in such a waythat he would never return
  • 00:23:29.958 --> 00:23:34.229
  • to his home.
  • 00:23:34.262 --> 00:23:35.564
  • No retreats.
  • 00:23:35.597 --> 00:23:36.898
  • He didn't goto the mission field
  • 00:23:36.932 --> 00:23:38.233
  • just to find out if it workedand if it didn't,
  • 00:23:38.266 --> 00:23:39.634
  • come back to his fortune.
  • 00:23:39.668 --> 00:23:42.537
  • I want that to be the wayI pursue my life.
  • 00:23:42.571 --> 00:23:46.341
  • No reserve, no retreat,no regrets.
  • 00:23:46.374 --> 00:23:50.078
  • When you find Jesus Christas your Lord and Savior,
  • 00:23:50.111 --> 00:23:52.914
  • you accept him as the onewho has a plan for your life.
  • 00:23:52.948 --> 00:23:56.585
  • You understand your uniqueness,you begin to pursue everything
  • 00:23:56.618 --> 00:23:59.988
  • God has for you.
  • 00:24:00.021 --> 00:24:02.057
  • You begin to find that coreof who you are
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  • and when you find it,no reserves, no retreats,
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  • and no regrets.
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  • I pray that God will let that bethe message of your life
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  • and mine.
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  • female announcer:Dr. Jeremiah
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  • will 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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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male announcer: Thank youfor watching today.
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  • of Turning Point,which is committed
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  • announcer: And now,with one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If you're seriousabout moving forward,
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  • there is one crucial stepto complete first.
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  • It's step one of this process:knowing Christ as
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  • your personal Lord and Savior.
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  • I hope you're walking stronglywith Christ because faith
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  • in Christ is the starting block
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  • that will keep propelling youforward.
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  • But perhapsyou don't know Christ.
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  • If that's the case, I would liketo introduce you to him today.
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  • The first is a booklet called,"Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • These resources are yours,completely free,
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  • the Jeremiah Study Bible,the culmination of more than
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  • available in NKJV, NIV, and ESV.
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  • Plus, Dr. Jeremiah's"Airship Genesis"
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  • kid's study Bible forthe young ones in your life.
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  • Order a Bible for yourself oras a gift for someone you know.
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  • Next time on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: There isa little space I do have
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  • some control of and it'sthe space of my heart and mind,
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  • and the Bible tells me thatif I fill my heart and my mind
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  • with God's truth, that gives methe greatest advantage
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  • to come through whatever stressI'm going through
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  • and stay positivewith my hands up high.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next timeas Dr. Jeremiah guides you
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  • to discover the powerfuloptimism that only comes
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  • from hope in God,
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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  • ♪♪♪
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