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July 31, 2020
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Learn how the Bible will change your life during this special Turning Point event; filmed at Madison Square Garden.

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  • ♪ Your grace is enough ♪
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  • ♪ We're coming home ♪
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  • ♪ We're coming home ♪
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  • ♪ We're coming home ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ I can only imagine ♪
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  • ♪ What it will be like ♪
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  • ♪ When I walk ♪
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  • ♪ By your side ♪
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  • ♪ I can only imagine ♪
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  • ♪ What my eyes will see ♪
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  • ♪ When your face ♪
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  • ♪ Is before me ♪
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  • ♪ I can only imagine ♪
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  • ♪ I can only imagine ♪
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  • ♪ You sing ♪
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  • ♪ Surroundedby your glory ♪
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  • ♪ What will my heart feel? ♪
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  • ♪ Will I dancefor you, Jesus ♪
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  • ♪ Or in awe of yoube still? ♪
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  • ♪ Will I standin your presence ♪
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  • ♪ Or to my kneeswill I fall? ♪
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  • ♪ Will I sing hallelujah? ♪
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  • ♪ Will I be ableto speak at all? ♪
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  • ♪ I can only imagine ♪
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  • ♪ I can only imagine ♪
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  • ♪ I can only imagine ♪
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  • ♪ When that day comes ♪
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  • ♪ And I find myself ♪
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  • ♪ Standing in the sun ♪
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  • ♪ I can only imagine ♪
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  • ♪ When all I will do ♪
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  • ♪ Is forever ♪
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  • ♪ Forever worship you ♪
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  • ♪ I can only imagine,yeah ♪
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  • ♪ I can only imagine ♪
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  • ♪ Sing it loud ♪
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  • ♪ Surroundedby your glory ♪
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  • ♪ What will my heart feel? ♪
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  • ♪ Will I dancefor you, Jesus ♪
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  • ♪ Or in awe of yoube still? ♪
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  • ♪ Will I standin your presence ♪
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  • ♪ Or to my kneeswill I fall? ♪
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  • ♪ Will I sing hallelujah? ♪
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  • ♪ Will I be ableto speak at all? ♪
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  • ♪ I can only imagine,yeah ♪
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  • ♪ I can only imagine ♪
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  • ♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah ♪
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  • ♪ Surroundedby your glory ♪
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  • ♪ What will my heart feel? ♪
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  • ♪ Will I dancefor you, Jesus ♪
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  • ♪ Or in awe of yoube still? ♪
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  • ♪ Will I standin your presence ♪
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  • ♪ Or to my kneeswill I fall ♪
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  • ♪ Will I sing ♪
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  • ♪ I can only imagine ♪
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  • ♪ Yeah, yeah ♪
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  • ♪ I can only imagine ♪
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  • ♪ Yeah, yeah ♪
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  • ♪ I can only imagine ♪
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  • ♪ Oh yeah ♪
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  • ♪ I can only imagine ♪
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  • ♪ I can only imagine ♪
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  • ♪ Oh yeah ♪
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  • ♪ I can only imagine ♪
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  • ♪ And I can only imagine ♪
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  • ♪ When all I will do ♪
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  • ♪ Is forever ♪
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  • ♪ Forever worship you ♪
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  • ♪ And I can only imagine ♪♪
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  • [audience cheering]
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  • [audience cheering]
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:Jack McDonald was born
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  • in San Mateo, California.
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  • He was a military brat
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  • who grew upall over the United States.
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  • Finished high schoolin New Jersey,
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  • attended collegeat Michigan State,
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  • where he eventually flunked out.
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  • Ultimately, he marriedand returned to California,
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  • where he became a buyerfor Macy's department stores.
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  • The pressure of his jobwas incredible,
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  • and he responded to hison-the-job pressure
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  • by drinking heavily
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  • and making a seriesof very bad decisions,
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  • which eventually landed himin jail.
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  • In fact, he spent time in jailin five different states.
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  • He became a fugitive,
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  • he changed his nameand his life story
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  • with each new personthat he met
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  • so that the warrantsthat were out for him
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  • couldn't be traced to him.
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  • In 1980, he wentto the phone book
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  • and picked a nameout of the phone book
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  • to make it his own.
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  • He decided to call himselfJeff Andrews because
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  • maybe A is the first letterin the alphabet.
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  • From that moment on,
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  • that eventually becamehis legal name.
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  • But he continued to run.
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  • And wherever he went,
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  • he was lookingover his shoulders.
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  • And one day,
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  • he just got tiredof the whole thing,
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  • and he turned himself in,believe it or not,
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  • and began servinghis sentence
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  • in Danbury, Connecticut.
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  • As he tells the story,
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  • some guy named Gideongave him a New Testament.
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  • And one nightat 3 o'clock in the morning,
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  • he took that little bookto the back of his cell and,
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  • by the lightof the full moon,
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  • he began to read it.
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  • As he read, something hit himlike a thunderbolt,
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  • and he knew instantlythat this little book was true.
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  • He received Jesus Christas his personal Savior.
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  • And to makea very long story short,
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  • he's now the vice presidentof a computer company,
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  • where he's workedfor the last 17 years,
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  • and a part of the ministry
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  • of Charles Colson'sprison fellowship
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  • for the last 13 years.
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  • There are many stories like thatthat I could have told you.
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  • The Bible's always beena difference-maker,
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  • making bad people good,and good people better.
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  • The Bible's pages glowwith the grace of God,
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  • provide hope and meaning
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  • for everyonewho will look to it for help.
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  • The Bible's powerto transform lives
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  • is best describedin the last half
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  • of one of the most beautifulpsalms in the Bible.
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  • More than any other psalm,
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  • Psalm 19 reflects the beautyand splendor of Hebrew poetry.
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  • C.S. Lewis believedthat this psalm
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  • was the greatest poemin the Psalms,
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  • and one of the greatest lyricsin all of the world.
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  • Now, the Hebrew poets weredifferent than our poets today.
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  • They knew how to arrangetheir message
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  • so that it was setin exquisite color.
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  • And through the useof comparison and contrast,
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  • they brought truth forwardso that the message
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  • was actually enhanced
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  • by the structurethat was given to it.
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  • Let me show you what I mean.
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  • Here are the wordsof David's tribute to the Bible
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  • found in Psalm 19:7 through 11.
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  • But they're not writtenin prose,
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  • they're written in a chart.
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  • And I'd like to read themfrom the chart,
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  • they're exactly the way they arein the Bible.
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  • "The law of the Lord is perfect,converting the soul.
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  • The testimonyof the Lord is sure,
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  • making wise the simple.
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  • The statutesof the Lord are right,
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  • rejoicing the heart.
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  • The commandmentof the Lord is pure,
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  • enlightening the eyes.
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  • The fear of the Lord is clean,enduring forever.
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  • And the judgments of the Lordare true and righteous.
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  • Moreover by themyour servant is warned,
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  • and in keeping themthere is great reward."
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  • Now, the Hebrew poetswould tell you
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  • read this psalm acrossand then read it down.
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  • Read it down the columnsthat are there.
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  • If you want to know
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  • what the psalmist thinksabout the Bible,
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  • here are some synonymshe created for it.
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  • He said the Bible isthe law of the Lord,
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  • it is the testimony of the Lord,it's the statutes of the Lord,
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  • it's the commandmentof the Lord,
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  • it's the fear of the Lord,it's the judgments of the Lord.
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  • These are all synonymsfor the Bible.
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  • And these six synonymsportray the Bible
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  • not just as a book to be read,but a book to be obeyed.
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  • Judgments and statutesand laws,
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  • these are things we obey.
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  • In the second column,
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  • the psalmist adds adjectivesfor the Bible.
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  • He says, "This is whatthe Bible is like,"
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  • and he gives us six words.
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  • It is perfect, it is sure,it is right, it is clean,
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  • and it istrue and righteous.
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  • But it is not until youget to the final column
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  • that you understand
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  • what the psalmistreally wanted us to take away
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  • from Psalm 19:7 through 11.
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  • He wants us to knowwhat the Bible will do for us.
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  • And more than anything else,this is why I've been involved
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  • in this projectover these years,
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  • because I so believe
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  • in the power of the Bibleto change lives.
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  • Here in this text,
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  • we are told a number of thingsabout the Bible
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  • and what it will do.
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  • First of all,it will restore your soul.
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  • "Converting the soul," it says.
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  • The Bible is God's agentof salvation.
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  • Did you know that you
  • 00:14:10.065 --> 00:14:11.367
  • cannot become a Christianwithout the Bible?
  • 00:14:11.400 --> 00:14:13.736
  • You say, "Well, I know somebodythat didn't even have a Bible,
  • 00:14:13.769 --> 00:14:15.571
  • and they became a Christian."
  • 00:14:15.604 --> 00:14:16.906
  • Well, if they becamea Christian,
  • 00:14:16.939 --> 00:14:18.240
  • it was because of somethingthat came out of the Bible
  • 00:14:18.274 --> 00:14:21.577
  • because you cannot becomea Christian without the Bible.
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  • We would not know how to knowGod without the Bible.
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  • We can know God existsthrough his creation,
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  • but we cannot knowhow to know God
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  • unless God reveals himselfto us.
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  • And in the Bible,he has done just that.
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  • He has given to useverything that we need to know
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  • to become a Christian.
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  • This book is God's agentof salvation.
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  • And the message of Christianitycan only be found in one place.
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  • It's not in a history book;it's in God's book.
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  • Peter says it this way,"We are born again
  • 00:14:52.508 --> 00:14:55.377
  • through the Word of God,which lives and abides forever."
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  • And the Bible also renewsyour mind.
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  • "The testimonyof the Lord is sure,"
  • 00:15:02.584 --> 00:15:04.119
  • said the psalmist,"making wise the simple."
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  • The Bible will give youpractical guidance
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  • that you need to knowhow to do life.
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  • So many times,I have read the Word of God
  • 00:15:12.728 --> 00:15:14.863
  • and found myself thinking,"Oh man, I better not do that,"
  • 00:15:14.897 --> 00:15:19.368
  • or, "I better do thisa different way."
  • 00:15:19.401 --> 00:15:22.471
  • The Bible is God's wisdom to us,
  • 00:15:22.504 --> 00:15:25.174
  • wisdom to help usto know how to do life.
  • 00:15:25.207 --> 00:15:29.178
  • And the Bible isGod's owner's manual.
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  • I don't want to go too fardown that road because I know
  • 00:15:31.747 --> 00:15:34.149
  • how most of us treatthose owner's manuals.
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  • But let me suggest to youthat you should read the Bible
  • 00:15:37.419 --> 00:15:39.989
  • because if you don't,you will wish you had.
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  • The Bible, the psalmist says,will rejoice your heart.
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  • That's right out of the text.
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  • "The statutesof the Lord are right,
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  • rejoicing the heart," Psalm 19.
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  • Did you know that the Bible
  • 00:15:53.936 --> 00:15:55.237
  • is one of God's best waysto lift your spirit?
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  • When you're down, when you'retroubled, where do you go?
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  • I always tell people youwon't find a lot of help
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  • in Leviticus,but go to the Psalms.
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  • Go to the Psalms,and there you will find truth
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  • that will just lift your spirit.
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  • One day, an Australian womannamed Darlene Zschech
  • 00:16:10.019 --> 00:16:12.421
  • was battling depression.
  • 00:16:12.454 --> 00:16:14.390
  • It was back in 1993,to be exact,
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  • and her burdenswere just overwhelming.
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  • There seemed no solutionfor her problems.
  • 00:16:18.827 --> 00:16:20.829
  • But her family wasa Christian family,
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  • and Darlene had begun to learnthe power of the Bible;
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  • so that day,she reached for her Bible.
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  • And as she pored over Psalm 96,
  • 00:16:28.203 --> 00:16:30.973
  • the Lord used his Wordto meet her needs.
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  • Nearby her at the time wasan old piano that her parents
  • 00:16:33.642 --> 00:16:37.613
  • had given to her when shewas five years old.
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  • Going over to the piano,
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  • she began to improvisethis song based on Psalm 96.
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  • And as she praised the Lord,her depression began to lift,
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  • and her faith and her joyin the Lord returned.
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  • Little did she knowthat the song she wrote
  • 00:16:52.227 --> 00:16:54.396
  • would becomeone of the most popular
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  • praise and worship songsof all time.
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  • We sing it in allof our churches these days,
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  • it's called "Shout to the Lord."
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  • And when we sing that song,we need to remember
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  • that it was writtenby someone who was depressed
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  • until they read the Psalms.
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  • When you readthe Word of God,
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  • it will lift your spirit,that's what David says.
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  • And it will also refocusyour vision.
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  • Notice verse 8, he says,
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  • "The commandment of the Lordis pure,
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  • enlightening your eyes."
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  • God's Word gives usclarity of vision.
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  • Is there anything we need morein this life today
  • 00:17:25.794 --> 00:17:28.230
  • than to be ableto see things as they are?
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  • If you see things as they are,
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  • you can stay outof a lot of trouble.
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  • I heard a sportscaster this week
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  • that I listen to sometimeson the radio
  • 00:17:36.205 --> 00:17:37.940
  • talking about a guy,and he said about this guy
  • 00:17:37.973 --> 00:17:40.442
  • that he was the presidentof the state of denial.
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  • And I know a lot of peoplethat live in that state,
  • 00:17:44.913 --> 00:17:46.849
  • who are citizensof the state of denial,
  • 00:17:46.882 --> 00:17:48.550
  • don't you?
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  • But you can't livein the state of denial
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  • if you read the Bible.
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  • The Biblewill bring you up short,
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  • it will help you to see yourselfas you really are,
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  • and it will refocus your vision.
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  • And it will reinforce your life.
  • 00:17:58.293 --> 00:18:00.095
  • Notice, "The fear of the Lordis clean, enduring forever."
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  • Forever, something that lasts,what do you know about that?
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  • I was watching CNN one night,
  • 00:18:10.172 --> 00:18:12.307
  • and some personalitieswere interviewing a preacher.
  • 00:18:12.341 --> 00:18:15.544
  • I always thought that wasa really risky thing to do
  • 00:18:15.577 --> 00:18:17.513
  • to let CNN interview youif you're a preacher,
  • 00:18:17.546 --> 00:18:20.149
  • but this guy was braveand he decided to do it.
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  • And during the interview,
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  • the interviewer saidto the preacher, and I quote,
  • 00:18:25.654 --> 00:18:28.157
  • "When are you Christians
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  • going to drag your Bibleinto the 21st century?"
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  • end of quote.
  • 00:18:34.163 --> 00:18:35.931
  • Now, I knew immediatelythat the interviewer
  • 00:18:35.964 --> 00:18:37.466
  • had never read the Bible.
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  • I knew that immediately.
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  • The Bible speaksto the issues of our day,
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  • and the fact that we don't likewhat it has to say
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  • does not render it irrelevant.
  • 00:18:45.207 --> 00:18:48.410
  • There's a tremendous needfor change,
  • 00:18:48.443 --> 00:18:51.380
  • but it is not the Biblethat needs to change.
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  • We need to drag our cultureback in line with the Bible,
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  • don't you know, yeah.
  • 00:18:55.717 --> 00:19:01.023
  • And then the psalmist said
  • 00:19:01.056 --> 00:19:02.357
  • that the Biblewill replace your doubts.
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  • "The judgment of the Lord istrue and righteous altogether."
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  • In this life, there arenot many things
  • 00:19:08.964 --> 00:19:10.265
  • you can know for surethat are true.
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  • You think you do.
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  • Sometimes, you think youknow something's true,
  • 00:19:13.802 --> 00:19:15.337
  • and you find out it's not.
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  • Every part of God's Word,all of it,
  • 00:19:17.839 --> 00:19:19.708
  • from the beginningto the end, is true.
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  • And I make that statement
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  • as a man who has watchedin history
  • 00:19:23.378 --> 00:19:24.980
  • as minds far more brilliantthan mine would ever be
  • 00:19:25.013 --> 00:19:28.584
  • who have triedto destroy the Bible,
  • 00:19:28.617 --> 00:19:30.686
  • saying it is fullof contradictions
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  • and it doesn't haveany integrity,
  • 00:19:32.454 --> 00:19:34.489
  • it seems like every time theyset out to destroy the Bible,
  • 00:19:34.523 --> 00:19:37.292
  • they end up becomingfollowers of Christ.
  • 00:19:37.326 --> 00:19:40.262
  • Because they examinethe evidence
  • 00:19:40.295 --> 00:19:41.597
  • and they findout the evidence is worthy.
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  • When you read the Bible,you can have the confidence
  • 00:19:44.766 --> 00:19:46.635
  • that it has withstood centuriesof attempts to discredit it.
  • 00:19:46.668 --> 00:19:50.038
  • People still read it.
  • 00:19:50.072 --> 00:19:51.373
  • Why do they--if a bookis no longer relevant,
  • 00:19:51.406 --> 00:19:53.508
  • why would you read it?
  • 00:19:53.542 --> 00:19:55.177
  • But it is relevant,and we know it's relevant.
  • 00:19:55.210 --> 00:19:57.012
  • Something witnessesin your heart that says,
  • 00:19:57.045 --> 00:19:59.881
  • "Wow, this is different.
  • 00:19:59.915 --> 00:20:01.683
  • This is true.
  • 00:20:01.717 --> 00:20:03.452
  • This must be a God book."
  • 00:20:03.485 --> 00:20:05.988
  • And the Bible will reorderyour values.
  • 00:20:06.021 --> 00:20:07.656
  • Notice verse 10,
  • 00:20:07.689 --> 00:20:08.991
  • "More to be desired are theythan gold,
  • 00:20:09.024 --> 00:20:11.693
  • yea, than much fine gold;
  • 00:20:11.727 --> 00:20:13.095
  • sweeter also than honeyand the honeycomb."
  • 00:20:13.128 --> 00:20:17.332
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:20:17.366 --> 00:20:18.667
  • It means the Bible'sfar more value
  • 00:20:18.700 --> 00:20:20.002
  • than we give it credit to be.
  • 00:20:20.035 --> 00:20:22.504
  • One of my friends and a pastor
  • 00:20:22.537 --> 00:20:25.240
  • who's retired from the churchnow but continues to write,
  • 00:20:25.274 --> 00:20:28.243
  • is a manby the name of John Piper.
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  • And he madethe following comments
  • 00:20:30.112 --> 00:20:31.413
  • about this particular verse.
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  • He said, "If you have a choice
  • 00:20:32.914 --> 00:20:34.683
  • between the Word of Godand gold,
  • 00:20:34.716 --> 00:20:37.152
  • choose the Word of God.
  • 00:20:37.185 --> 00:20:38.520
  • If you have a choice
  • 00:20:38.553 --> 00:20:39.855
  • between the Word of Godand much gold,
  • 00:20:39.888 --> 00:20:42.190
  • choose the Word of God.
  • 00:20:42.224 --> 00:20:43.525
  • And if you have a choice
  • 00:20:43.558 --> 00:20:44.860
  • between the Word of Godand much fine gold,
  • 00:20:44.893 --> 00:20:46.895
  • choose the Word of God.
  • 00:20:46.928 --> 00:20:48.263
  • The point is plain.
  • 00:20:48.297 --> 00:20:49.598
  • The benefits of knowingand doing the Word of God
  • 00:20:49.631 --> 00:20:51.533
  • are greaterthan all that money can buy.
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  • If you're tempted,"he went on to say this,
  • 00:20:55.070 --> 00:20:57.706
  • and this is a pretty bold thingfor him to say, he said,
  • 00:20:57.739 --> 00:21:00.709
  • "If you're tempted to readthe stock page
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  • before you read the Biblein the morning,
  • 00:21:02.344 --> 00:21:04.012
  • remind yourself that this is notvery shrewd behavior.
  • 00:21:04.046 --> 00:21:07.749
  • It's like the child who choosesthe penny over the dime
  • 00:21:07.783 --> 00:21:10.319
  • because it's bigger.
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  • Adults look onand shake their heads,
  • 00:21:13.021 --> 00:21:14.589
  • and try to teach childrenhow to see
  • 00:21:14.623 --> 00:21:16.058
  • what is really more valuable.
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  • There is no doubtthe way the angels in heaven
  • 00:21:17.893 --> 00:21:19.995
  • look downat childish businessmen
  • 00:21:20.028 --> 00:21:21.530
  • who study the stock pagebefore they study the Bible.
  • 00:21:21.563 --> 00:21:25.534
  • There's a difference, however,
  • 00:21:25.567 --> 00:21:27.336
  • in that the benefitsof the Word of God
  • 00:21:27.369 --> 00:21:29.271
  • over the benefits of goldare greater than ten to one."
  • 00:21:29.304 --> 00:21:33.408
  • And that doesn't mean youshouldn't study the stock page
  • 00:21:33.442 --> 00:21:36.111
  • and learn all you canabout the financial world.
  • 00:21:36.144 --> 00:21:38.347
  • But when you mix inthe truth of God's Word,
  • 00:21:38.380 --> 00:21:40.782
  • it takes itto an entirely different level.
  • 00:21:40.816 --> 00:21:43.318
  • And I know so many peoplehave told me that
  • 00:21:43.352 --> 00:21:45.654
  • from their own experience.
  • 00:21:45.687 --> 00:21:47.923
  • And then the Biblewill redirect your path.
  • 00:21:47.956 --> 00:21:50.926
  • "Moreover by themyour servant is warned."
  • 00:21:50.959 --> 00:21:53.562
  • Did you know the Bibleis full of warnings?
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  • That's why some peopledon't like to read it,
  • 00:21:55.230 --> 00:21:56.865
  • because it tells them not to dosomething that they want to do.
  • 00:21:56.898 --> 00:21:59.935
  • But you know,
  • 00:21:59.968 --> 00:22:01.269
  • if youreally think this through,
  • 00:22:01.303 --> 00:22:02.604
  • warnings are great value to us.
  • 00:22:02.637 --> 00:22:06.441
  • Warnings keep us out of trouble.
  • 00:22:06.475 --> 00:22:09.444
  • Warnings protect us from danger.
  • 00:22:09.478 --> 00:22:13.014
  • We used to have a discussionamong our pastors
  • 00:22:13.048 --> 00:22:15.083
  • some years back
  • 00:22:15.117 --> 00:22:16.418
  • about what we doin preaching,
  • 00:22:16.451 --> 00:22:19.588
  • as opposed to what we doin counseling.
  • 00:22:19.621 --> 00:22:21.790
  • And we came upwith this little image
  • 00:22:21.823 --> 00:22:23.258
  • that maybe helps us.
  • 00:22:23.291 --> 00:22:25.127
  • The preacher of the Word of Godin today's world
  • 00:22:25.160 --> 00:22:27.028
  • takes the Scriptureand opens it up,
  • 00:22:27.062 --> 00:22:28.797
  • and he puts signs of warningdown in the sand
  • 00:22:28.830 --> 00:22:31.299
  • to tell people,"Don't go this way,
  • 00:22:31.333 --> 00:22:32.934
  • you're going over the cliff."
  • 00:22:32.968 --> 00:22:35.237
  • So often,our counseling ministries
  • 00:22:35.270 --> 00:22:36.705
  • run ambulance servicesat the bottom of the cliff.
  • 00:22:36.738 --> 00:22:40.475
  • Now, there's nothing wrongwith either one.
  • 00:22:40.509 --> 00:22:42.544
  • But isn't it much better
  • 00:22:42.577 --> 00:22:43.879
  • not to have to usethe ambulance service
  • 00:22:43.912 --> 00:22:45.680
  • by just taking noteof the Word of God?
  • 00:22:45.714 --> 00:22:47.549
  • And one of the reasons whyour culture is where it is today
  • 00:22:47.582 --> 00:22:50.218
  • is because so many peoplerefuse, absolutely refuse
  • 00:22:50.252 --> 00:22:52.988
  • to stand up in their pulpitand say,
  • 00:22:53.021 --> 00:22:54.856
  • "This is wrong, don't do this.
  • 00:22:54.890 --> 00:22:57.125
  • This is what God says."
  • 00:22:57.159 --> 00:22:59.928
  • And you don't have to be--
  • 00:22:59.961 --> 00:23:01.663
  • you don't have to bemean-spirited about it--
  • 00:23:01.696 --> 00:23:03.498
  • or mean-spirited about itor angry.
  • 00:23:03.532 --> 00:23:05.634
  • All you've got to dois just reflect
  • 00:23:05.667 --> 00:23:06.968
  • what the Word of God says.
  • 00:23:07.002 --> 00:23:08.303
  • The Bible will tell you
  • 00:23:08.336 --> 00:23:09.638
  • when something'sgoing to get you in trouble.
  • 00:23:09.671 --> 00:23:11.039
  • And if you wantto get in trouble, go for it,
  • 00:23:11.072 --> 00:23:12.507
  • but get ready to ridein the ambulance, right?
  • 00:23:12.541 --> 00:23:16.678
  • And the Bible will rewardyour obedience.
  • 00:23:16.711 --> 00:23:19.214
  • It says here, "And in keepingthe things of the Bible,
  • 00:23:19.247 --> 00:23:22.050
  • there is great reward."
  • 00:23:22.083 --> 00:23:23.819
  • I stand here today
  • 00:23:23.852 --> 00:23:25.153
  • after 40 yearsof studying this book
  • 00:23:25.187 --> 00:23:27.122
  • and doing my very bestto follow its truth to tell you
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  • it's the most rewarding thingyou can ever do
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  • to know that you'rein the will of God,
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  • to know that you're doing
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  • what you believeGod wants you to do.
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  • I remember when I first startedto travel years ago,
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  • and we started our televisionand radio ministry,
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  • and I was traveling.
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  • I went througha little period of fear
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  • because I would geton an airplane,
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  • and I wasn't worriedso much about me,
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  • but I had a young family,
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  • and I would just go througha little fear
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  • that something might happen
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  • and I'd leave my childrenwithout a father,
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  • my wife without a husband.
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  • One day, a friend of mine,
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  • who was a real studentof the Word of God,
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  • gave me a little saying,and I put it in my Bible,
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  • and this is what it says.
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  • "God's manin the center of God's will
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  • is immortal until Godis done with him."
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  • Did you ever think about that?
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  • God's manin the center of God's will
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  • is immortaluntil God is done with him.
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  • One of these days,God'll be done with me.
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  • And when he is, I'm gone.
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  • But as long as I stayin his will,
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  • I can live and be useful,
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  • and have the joy of the Lordin my heart.
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  • I'm telling you, what we havedone to produce
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  • the Jeremiah Study Bible
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  • is the greatest workwe could ever do.
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  • Long after I'm gone,
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  • people will be readingthis Bible
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  • the One he sent the Biblefor us to read about,
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  • and that's the personof Jesus Christ.
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  • Thank you very much.
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