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November 11, 2019
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Absolute Certainty of Life After Death Part 2

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  • Reverend Britt Dillard: We can all use encouragement, and
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  • we'll find it together today with the Bible-based preaching
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  • and teaching of Dr. Don Wilton, in a very unique situation.
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  • He'll be spending some time like we were last week in the studio
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  • talking about not only the end of the world but the idea that
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  • beyond our life we live here, there really is an absolute
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  • certainty the life after death.
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  • Now, to begin this, if you missed last week,
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  • we got some highlights.
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  • As a matter of fact, like popcorn, you're going to see
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  • pop, pop, pop three key elements that'll help you catch up with
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  • where we are, and then more from Dr. Don about this
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  • wonderful subject.
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  • Dr. Don Wilton: I believe in life after death in Christ.
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  • And so, I sat down and I began to write this book.
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  • And it's just a novel, Christy.
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  • Christy Henderson: Yeah.
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  • Don: But it's a story.
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  • And what I did, God just flowed through me and out of this
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  • experience, my old life experience, came the absolute
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  • certainty of life after death.
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  • Don: Jesus said that there were two people, two men, and
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  • they both lived, they both died.
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  • One went to heaven and one went to hell.
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  • And by the way, Jesus told the story, and all the Bible is
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  • true, but I pay particular attention to the fact that
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  • Jesus said this.
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  • And Jesus never tells us anything that didn't
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  • actually happen.
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  • This was not a fictional character.
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  • Jesus didn't call over the angels and say,
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  • "Angels, come over here.
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  • Help me to make up a story so I can give people like
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  • Dr. Don Wilton something to preach about on
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  • "The Encouraging Word" or to write about in a book."
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  • I take what Jesus said to be what God is saying.
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  • And he told the story about the reality of these two people in
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  • their life after death.
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  • And God brought all of that together in these two main
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  • characters of mine and I tell the story of them living in
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  • their life, where they came from, their perspective, then
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  • how they died and what happened to them after they died.
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  • Christy: Yeah, their choices.
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  • It came from not just their situation, but their choices it
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  • seems like in the two characters.
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  • Don: That is correct. Yeah.
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  • The first part, essentially, and we're
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  • summarizing it, right?
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  • The first part is about these two men, okay, who grow up.
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  • They birth, their growing up and their context.
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  • Very important, who are they?
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  • What made them tick?
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  • They both get sick.
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  • I even described their diseases.
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  • And I consulted the medical community.
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  • I didn't just--I wrote but I wrote with meaning
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  • and with purpose.
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  • What happens to a person when they die?
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  • Now, I want to know that, because we're all going to die.
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  • I've been around death so many years and I have held many, many
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  • hands, and so many of our loved ones.
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  • We want to know.
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  • What is this?
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  • It's this big mystery.
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  • What happens when you die suddenly?
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  • What happens if you get sick and you die slowly?
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  • What happens if you die in pain? What happens?
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  • Well, I just described these two men, my characters,
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  • and the process of dying.
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  • So that's the second part.
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  • The third parts is what happens the moment they die.
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  • Christy: When you read this book, you really get a
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  • sense of urgency.
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  • Would you say that that urgency is directed only to unbelievers
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  • that might be reading this book?
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  • Don: No, Christy, you know that's a great question.
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  • I think the urgency when you read that book, because a lot of
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  • people have told me this, first of all, strikes the heart of
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  • people like me who believe.
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  • I've said to the Lord many times, "Lord, thank you for
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  • giving me that blood clot, thank you for me going
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  • through that surgery, thank you for writing me that in my heart,
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  • thank you for putting me in that bed for two weeks where I
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  • couldn't move, and thank you for letting me write
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  • 'The Absolute Certainty Of Life After Death.'"
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  • Because I believe I did it for one reason,
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  • my daughter, Shelly.
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  • And if that is the only reason, Christy, it was worth everything
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  • I thought I ever did.
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  • Christy: All right.
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  • Well, you might have already seen our interview about, the
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  • first interview anyway, of "The Absolute Certainty Of Life
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  • After Death."
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  • It's a book that Dr. Wilton wrote, and we had a chance to
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  • kind of get your insight, Dr. Wilton, on the characters in the
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  • book, the setting, and the different parts of the book that
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  • really lead us through an incredible journey.
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  • But you talk about journey, and you've had a personal experience
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  • directly related to writing this book that impacted
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  • your own family.
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  • Don: Yeah, you know, and it's just, I'm going to use a phrase
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  • here, but I love talking about the subject, about the absolute
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  • certainty of life after death.
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  • And probably, Christy, as we've been going through this in our
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  • previous talk together, because it's so personal, you know, and
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  • I want you to think about that.
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  • And I think, everyone who's listening today is
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  • thinking personally.
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  • So if you think even of the two characters, you know Billy Bob
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  • and then, and you think of his life alone, he wasn't just an
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  • island unto himself and yet he was.
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  • He was this one person and you and I are that one person.
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  • And the meaning of this book, the subject of it, when Jesus
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  • spoke about two people who lived and died, that's me, that's you.
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  • That's all of us.
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  • You're in this, I'm in this.
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  • You're in it, Christy.
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  • None of us are left outside of the love of God.
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  • Here's what the Bible says, "God so loved the world that he gave
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  • his only begotten Son that whosoever," that's you, that's
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  • you Christy; that's me, Don, "whosoever believes in him will
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  • not die," but will receive the absolute certainty
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  • of life after death.
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  • Christy: Now, when did you receive that personally
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  • in your life?
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  • When did you ask Jesus into your heart?
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  • What's your story?
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  • Don: Well, in many ways, my life is a mix between
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  • the two characters.
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  • Because I grew up in Africa and I grew up in a very exciting
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  • world, an extremely adventurous world, and where we had wide
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  • open spaces, mountains, rivers, and waterfalls.
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  • and beaches and great white sharks.
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  • And we didn't have television.
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  • First TV I ever saw, I was 21 years of age, and you know,
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  • those things just were not part of our life.
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  • Our life was one big adventure, whether it was riding
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  • motorbikes, surfing, fishing, hiking, jumping off this and
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  • doing that.
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  • And so, I grew up in this household where my own mother
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  • and father didn't know Christ but when I was about six years
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  • of age, they both came to know Christ.
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  • So I think of my mom and dad.
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  • My mom and dad without going into any details: businessman,
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  • beautiful wife, home, three wonderful sons, the middle one
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  • was just terrific.
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  • That's me.
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  • And everything that opens and shuts but my dad didn't know
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  • Jesus, and then he gave his life to him.
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  • And you know what?
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  • Four years ago, my dad stepped over into the absolute certainty
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  • of life after death.
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  • The age of almost 90.
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  • He went to heaven.
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  • I know he's there, and I know he's alive and I know he's real.
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  • But there was a time when he didn't.
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  • So I grew up in a home like that, that I, myself did not
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  • know Jesus.
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  • I even went to boarding school in Africa, which is very typical
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  • of the British colonial rule and it's very much so in England
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  • even to this day.
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  • The royal family, you know, Prince Charles and Prince
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  • William, oh, they all had their stints.
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  • So it was very much ingrained into us.
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  • I was--boarding schools up in the mountains of Africa far away
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  • from home.
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  • I was just eight years of age.
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  • And in fact, I remember, as a nine-year-old, making a decision
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  • to give my heart to Jesus as a nine-year-old, okay.
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  • And I don't discount that.
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  • In fact, for me, Christy, what is not known is back there in
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  • the early '60s, I would get on my horse and I would ride up
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  • into the mountains of Zululand by myself.
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  • Way back, we didn't have saddles, and I had a little
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  • record player on my back, and Zulu tracks in the Zulu language
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  • from the Africa Inland Mission.
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  • And I would ride way in the mountains, and Zulu tribesmen
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  • would just gather everywhere, and I would stop and I would
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  • wind up my little record player, and then I would put a
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  • little seven single gospel Zulu record on there, and it would
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  • wind up, and then it would have singing in Zulu, and then
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  • someone would talk about Jesus.
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  • [speaking in foreign language]
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  • I mean I can still speak it. Jesus loves you.
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  • [speaking in foreign language]
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  • Jesus loves you.
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  • And here I am, a 9, 10, 11-year-old boy all on my own.
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  • I'm convinced that that was when God was putting his stamp on me
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  • to go across the nations and tell people about Jesus.
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  • I'm convinced.
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  • However, from the age of 12 to the age of 23, I increasingly
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  • just drifted away.
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  • Got caught up in the wrong crowd, became a teenager.
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  • I describe some of it in some of my characters there.
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  • We were naughty. We got into everything.
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  • I was never bad, never stepped over the line but I got
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  • awfully close.
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  • And I mean, I was interested in school.
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  • I Even flunked out of the eleventh grade completely and I
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  • wasn't, you know, I was an intelligent person.
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  • Christy: That must've been very stressful for parents?
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  • Don: Oh, oh, I can't imagine.
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  • You know, I'd stay out late at night, and get into boxing, and
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  • martial arts and I'd be out running, roaming around the
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  • streets and getting into fights, and all that sort of stuff.
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  • Nobody around me even thought that I belonged to Jesus,
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  • you know.
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  • Now again, I wasn't a deeply cussing, bad living, but there
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  • was no semblance of anything spiritual in my life.
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  • Maybe deep down inside it just bothered me because I think
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  • I knew better.
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  • And my dad was a preacher, right, so I ended up going back
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  • to Civvy Street.
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  • First day, day number one, I come out of the bush and out of
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  • the the desert, the Kalahari and Namib deserts of Southwest
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  • Africa, and I'm tanned like you can't imagine, and I've been in
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  • the bush all these years, and go to church.
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  • And the only reason I went to church, and I'm just confessing,
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  • I'm sorry, it's 'cause the pretty girls went to church.
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  • I'd been out there in the desert long enough, thank you.
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  • And there she was on the second row.
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  • All I could see was the back of her, had no idea I'd be married
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  • to her now for 44 years, and that I'd be so in love with her.
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  • I had no idea but I saw her. I went to church.
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  • God had a purpose going on, and even then, I didn't give my life
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  • to Christ, but boy, did she knock my socks off.
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  • And she lived for the Lord in every way.
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  • And through her influence, and her prayers, and the prayers of
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  • my mother who never stop praying for me, I could feel God
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  • speaking to me and then it happened.
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  • And I went to church one day, and I'm telling you it's as
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  • though Jesus walked on that aisle and stopped right next to
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  • me and said, "Don Wilton, I died for you, and I love you
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  • and without me, you're nothing.
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  • And without me, you cannot go to heaven.
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  • You will go to hell.
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  • It doesn't matter where you've served in the military,
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  • it doesn't matter what kind of veteran you are, doesn't matter
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  • how much money you've got.
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  • It doesn't matter how well you play cricket or rugby,
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  • and it doesn't matter that you've got a beautiful wife.
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  • It doesn't matter what motorcar you drive and it doesn't matter
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  • that your dad is a great preacher.
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  • You don't know me."
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  • And it was right there, I got on my knees and I said,
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  • "Lord Jesus, if I gave my heart to Jesus when I was eight in
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  • boarding school in the mountains of Zululand, I want to thank
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  • you, but I can't get through life on an if.
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  • I need to know.
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  • I don't want to go through life thinking I might go to heaven.
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  • You tell me that I can know that I'm going to heaven, that the
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  • absolute certainty of life after death in Christ is real, that
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  • like Billy Bob, I can die and be transported by the angels.
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  • And in my book, I describe this beautiful scene of this royal
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  • escort coming to pick up this man, and just carry him into the
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  • presence of Jesus before he meets his mother, and the
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  • mansions in heaven, and that beautiful
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  • scene that I described.
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  • Christy: Beautiful beyond belief.
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  • Don: Oh, yeah.
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  • And I hadn't even thought about writing this book,
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  • but I'm telling us what happened to me, Christy.
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  • And I' got on my knees and I trusted Jesus.
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  • My life has never been the same since.
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  • Christy: So that was an eternal choice that you made
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  • that's going to affect you for all eternity.
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  • Don: Absolutely.
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  • Christy: What would you say to someone somebody that says,
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  • "You know, God is a loving God.
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  • He's merciful, he can never send anyone to where Albright
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  • went in the book.
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  • Don: Well, evidently, he does.
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  • He loves us so much that he's provided the means for us
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  • to not go there.
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  • There's been no greater love shown then that Jesus would lay
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  • down his life for the likes of me.
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  • It's the wrong question to say, "Well, you know God loves me.
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  • Therefore, he won't send me there."
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  • That's like turning to you or me as parents with young children
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  • and saying, "How much do you love your kids?"
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  • So here I have, I've got this roadway outside my home, and
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  • there's a lot of traffic on it, and I've got
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  • a three-year-old child.
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  • How do I show my ultimate love?
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  • Ultimate love is that I don't let him go there, and I provide
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  • the means by which a child won't go there.
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  • And what does that mean?
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  • "Take my hand, son.
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  • Take my hand, my daughter.
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  • Cling to me, follow me, listen to me.
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  • I'm your daddy.
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  • I'm your mother."
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  • I build that.
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  • I make it possible for my child not to go.
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  • I don't sit there and say, "Well, there's traffic there.
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  • That car could ride over and seriously hurt my little boy,
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  • my little girl.
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  • So I'm just going to say well, just go ahead and do it."
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  • God loves you, God's loves you, my friend, and he loves me, and
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  • he loves us so much that Jesus came to die for us on a cross,
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  • that he would do that for me.
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  • You know what I've come to discover?
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  • I've come to this, that what Jesus Christ has done for me,
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  • he will do for every single person.
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  • Every single person, regardless.
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  • And you know, when my daughter, Shelley, gave her heart to Jesus
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  • by reading a novel, a book that her dad wrote, you know Christy,
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  • it wasn't really about the book.
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  • It was about the fact that Jesus made possible the means by which
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  • my daughter would see and come to know the love of God
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  • in Christ Jesus.
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  • Christy: How is this book reflected in your life?
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  • Don: Just in a passion.
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  • I don't ever get tired of talking about it.
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  • I don't ever get tired of reading it.
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  • I don't read it to impress myself.
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  • It just reminds me all the time of the incredible precious
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  • privilege that I have with thousands of my fellow partners
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  • and believers, even through "The Encouraging Word" across the
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  • country, of being able to take something like this and give it
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  • to somebody.
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  • Do you know that I've heard great stories of people that
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  • have taken even a novel like this and just left it in a
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  • friend's mailbox and have said nothing.
  • 00:18:29.290 --> 00:18:35.030
  • And the friend came by, opened it up, saw this book, and just
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  • sat there and began to page through it, and the final
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  • analysis, give their heart to Jesus.
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  • So it's just an instrument.
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  • You know, God uses us, you know he'll you when you make a phone
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  • call, when you go and visit somebody, if you serve in a soup
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  • kitchen, if you provide something for people in need,
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  • you offer a helping hand.
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  • And he uses you when you witness, when you speak out,
  • 00:19:07.020 --> 00:19:11.270
  • when you talk.
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  • Say, "Man, I want to invite you to give your heart to Jesus."
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  • He uses people when they go on a mission trip.
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  • He uses people when they give their money to provide for
  • 00:19:18.120 --> 00:19:21.070
  • somebody to go on a mission trip.
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  • We're partnered together.
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  • So I see the absolute certainty of life after death as yet
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  • another link in the beautiful chain of God's grace.
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  • It's just one.
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  • Joining together with hundreds of thousands of other means and
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  • opportunities to make a difference for Christ.
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  • So how is that impacted me, Christy?
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  • It has.
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  • It has because God has shown me that he will take even take
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  • someone like me from the hills of Zululand, and with all the
  • 00:19:56.030 --> 00:20:01.040
  • joys in my life, will gosh, even give me the opportunity
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  • to write a book.
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  • You know what?
  • 00:20:07.240 --> 00:20:09.280
  • Can I tell you something staggering?
  • 00:20:09.290 --> 00:20:12.030
  • I'm not a world-famous novelist.
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  • I'm not a fashionable writer.
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  • I had no aspirations.
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  • You know?
  • 00:20:23.160 --> 00:20:26.210
  • You know it's like, you know I don't have $50 billion.
  • 00:20:26.220 --> 00:20:33.170
  • And I'd like to, if someone would like to put me
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  • to the test.
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  • Christy: Yeah, absolutely.
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  • Don: I'm very happy with what I've got.
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  • I'm not a, you know, number one this and a--that's not
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  • what I do.
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  • I just like to tell people about Jesus, and I'm someone's friend,
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  • and a father, and a son, but boy, that has changed my life.
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  • Christy: Well, Billy Bob kind of reminds me of you because he
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  • was always so enthusiastic to look for that next opportunity
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  • to tell somebody about Jesus.
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  • "And do you know who my best friend?
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  • That was his line.
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  • Don: Yeah, that's right.
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  • Christy: And so he tried to get people to understand how
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  • much they needed Jesus, but Albright never got that point.
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  • Don: He never did.
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  • Christy: He had chances though.
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  • Don: He had plenty of opportunities.
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  • You know, sadly, Christy, I wonder how many people today
  • 00:21:17.130 --> 00:21:27.010
  • are in eternal hell.
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  • They passed by a thousand opportunities to give their
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  • lives to Christ.
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  • Perhaps, sat on their hands.
  • 00:21:36.220 --> 00:21:39.070
  • Perhaps got right up to the edge.
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  • And you know, Christy, that's why this is important for you,
  • 00:21:44.100 --> 00:21:48.210
  • and that's why it's important for every single person who
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  • worships with us and who shares with us.
  • 00:21:52.040 --> 00:21:55.230
  • This is about you.
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  • And that's why I just want to ask you if you'd give your
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  • heart to Jesus.
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  • You know, I'm not asking you to fly to the moon and back.
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  • I'm not asking you to, I'm just asking you to do what Jesus has
  • 00:22:11.110 --> 00:22:19.170
  • done for all of us because he loves you.
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  • That's time, isn't it?
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  • It's time to say yes to Jesus.
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  • And I'm going to tell you something, when you give your
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  • life to Christ, not only do you receive forgiveness,
  • 00:22:30.020 --> 00:22:33.110
  • you're cleansed.
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  • But he enters your heart and he gives you meaning and purpose,
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  • and get this, the Bible says that he writes your name in the
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  • Lamb's book of life.
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  • And once your name is written in God's book, nobody can erase it.
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  • Nobody can take it out.
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  • Isn't that something?
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  • And it means that the instantaneous moment that you
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  • die, you're going to be transported by the angels, right
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  • there, to be seated at the feast table of the king.
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  • Would you give your heart to Jesus?
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  • Would you pray this prayer with me today?
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  • I'm going to pray with you right now.
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  • You pray this prayer, you make this prayer, your prayer.
  • 00:23:14.220 --> 00:23:18.100
  • "Dear God, I know that you love me.
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  • I know and I believe that Jesus died on a cross just for me, and
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  • I know that I'm a sinner.
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  • All of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
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  • Right now, at this moment, I repent of my sin and I confess
  • 00:23:35.070 --> 00:23:41.010
  • all my sin to Jesus because he's the one who died on a cross to
  • 00:23:41.020 --> 00:23:45.260
  • take my sin away.
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  • But I know that he's alive because God raised him
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  • from the dead.
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  • Today, I invite you to come into my heart, I take you into my
  • 00:23:54.100 --> 00:23:59.130
  • life as my Lord and Savior and I know that as I say this, you are
  • 00:23:59.140 --> 00:24:05.210
  • writing my name in God's book in heaven.
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  • Thank you, Jesus, for coming into my heart.
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  • In Jesus name, amen."
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  • God bless you, my friends.
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  • Thank you.
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  • God bless you.
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  • Pick up the phone, call us.
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  • Go to our web, get in touch with us.
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  • We want to send you some great information.
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  • We want to get alongside of you.
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  • Hey, I want to rejoice with you.
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  • Let me hear from you today.
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  • God bless you.
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  • And if I don't see you in Montana, or Utah, or Alabama, or
  • 00:24:39.000 --> 00:24:43.200
  • California, or Massachusetts, or wherever it might that you and I
  • 00:24:43.210 --> 00:24:48.190
  • might be, and I don't ever see you, guess what?
  • 00:24:48.200 --> 00:24:52.270
  • You and I are going to see each other right there in heaven,
  • 00:24:52.280 --> 00:24:57.210
  • seated together, celebrating in God's presence.
  • 00:24:57.220 --> 00:25:02.060
  • That, my friend, is the absolute certainty of life after death.
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  • Britt: In my mind's eye, I see you agree with Doc, "Yes,
  • 00:25:09.220 --> 00:25:11.110
  • I'll see you at that time, that end of the world when we're all
  • 00:25:11.120 --> 00:25:14.080
  • together with Jesus because we belong to Jesus."
  • 00:25:14.090 --> 00:25:16.200
  • Or maybe, you're going, "I don't know if I'm going to be there."
  • 00:25:16.210 --> 00:25:19.150
  • Here's how you know, you give your heart to Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:19.160 --> 00:25:22.200
  • It's a simple as repeating a prayer right after me in your
  • 00:25:22.210 --> 00:25:24.290
  • heart, not about the right words, but about saying,
  • 00:25:25.000 --> 00:25:28.040
  • "Okay God, I believe in you Jesus.
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  • I know you went to the cross of Calvary and Lord I believe that
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  • I need to turn my life over to you.
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  • I'm through trying to run it myself.
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  • I give my life, my heart, my future to you,
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  • in Jesus's name I pray.
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  • Amen."
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  • You know, that first step is critical to just accepting
  • 00:25:46.230 --> 00:25:49.230
  • Christ as your Savior and if you've done that, let us put
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  • some resources in your hands.
  • 00:25:52.130 --> 00:25:53.250
  • Dr. Don has prepared some great stuff that he would love to put
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  • in your hands right now, give us a call, let us send it to you or
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  • visit us online at theencouragingword.org
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  • and begin the next steps.
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  • One of the things we'd like you to know is we'd love to
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  • encourage you, to pray with you and for you.
  • 00:26:05.220 --> 00:26:07.180
  • That phone number, jot it down, store it yourself, 24 hours a
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  • day that will reach you with one of us, ready to talk, to listen,
  • 00:26:10.230 --> 00:26:13.290
  • to pray, to connect with resources.
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  • Just know we are here to encourage you.
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  • Don: Hello, my friends, I want to speak to you personally
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  • today from my heart to yours.
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  • I don't think there is ever a better or more important time
  • 00:26:24.280 --> 00:26:29.050
  • for us to respond to our world by standing up for
  • 00:26:29.060 --> 00:26:33.080
  • righteousness.
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  • Now, with this in mind, I would like to invite you to become an
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  • Encourager ministry partner.
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  • You see, together, we can impact lives both now, and for all time
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  • and all eternity.
  • 00:26:47.220 --> 00:26:49.090
  • "The Encouraging Word" is a viewer and listener supported
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  • ministry, and to know that you are standing with me
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  • financially, enables me to move forward with confidence to do
  • 00:26:57.060 --> 00:27:01.120
  • the work God has called me to do.
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  • So please call the number on your screen and just simply say,
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  • "I want to become an Encourager."
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  • Thank you so much for helping me.
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