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The Reality of Heaven

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August 30, 2020
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Dr. Jack Graham's mission is to glorify God by introducing Jesus Christ to as Lord to all people.

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The Reality of Heaven

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  • Goodmorning everone andlet me ask that you take your
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  • Bibles and turn to John'sGospel, the fourteenth chapter.
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  • And we begin our series onHEAVEN- five weeks on heaven.
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  • Today the "Reality of Heaven."We'll be talking going forward,
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  • about "The Community of Heaven"- Who's there? What's there?
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  • What's it like? "The Activity ofHeaven" - Have you ever wondered
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  • what you'll be doing for abazillion years, in eternity?...
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  • "The Activity of Heaven." Willwe be perpetually bored, sitting
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  • on a fluffy cloud for the restof eternity? What's going to
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  • happen? So we'll talk about "TheActivity of Heaven." We'll talk
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  • about "The Beauty of Heaven" -Just the colors themselves
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  • described in scriptures areworth a conversation. And we're
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  • going to have that conversationin the message that day. And
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  • then "The Glory of Heaven... TheGlory of Heaven"- Just the
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  • glorious reality of the presenceof God, the presence of Christ.
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  • Now one of my concerns inpreaching a message series on
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  • heaven is that you would think,"Oh boy, here come five weeks of
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  • funeral sermons! [pastorchuckles.] Unfortunately
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  • sometimes the only time we hearabout heaven is at funeral
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  • services. And I've been noticingan unusually trend even at some
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  • funeral services. Heaven barelygets a mention! We talk about
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  • the deceased, we talk about lifeand what happened, but we don't
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  • talk about what's next. Andwe're going to take these five
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  • weeks and we're going to explorethe reality and the priority of
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  • heaven in our lives. I want tohelp you as a believer, or
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  • perhaps, an unbeliever, toenvision heaven through the lens
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  • of Scripture. It begins in theupper room with Jesus. If you
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  • could put your head on the heartof God you would hear His
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  • heartbeat of love for the world,and be close enough to hear what
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  • Jesus says in the upper room. Heis facing the cross, on His way
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  • to the cross. These areturbulent and troubling times
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  • for Jesus Himself who was ... Itwas weighing heavy on Him. He
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  • was about to lay down His lifein sacrifice for the sins of the
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  • world, your sins and mine. Andso in the darkness of that room,
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  • in the darkness of that nightwhen the disciples were crushed
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  • by the news that Jesus was goingaway, our Lord spoke these
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  • words. Verse 1, John 14: 1) "Letnot your hearts be troubled.
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  • Believe in God; believe also inme. 2) In my Father's house are
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  • many rooms. If it were not so,would I have told you that I go
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  • to prepare a place for you? 3)And if I go and prepare a place
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  • for you, I will come again andwill take you to myself, (and
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  • watch this) that where I am(underscore that in your Bible)
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  • where I am there you may bealso. 4) And you know the way to
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  • where I am going." 5) And Thomassaid to him (ever the skeptic)
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  • Thomas said, "Lord, we do notknow where you are going. How
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  • can we know the way?" I'mgrateful that Thomas was willing
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  • to raise his hand and ask aquestion at this point, because
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  • Jesus said one of the mostimportant things recorded in
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  • God's Word in all of history. Hesaid, in verse 6: 6) "I am the
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  • way, the truth, the life. And noone comes to the Father except
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  • by me." Jesus is not a way toheaven, He is "the way, the
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  • truth and the life. And no onecomes to the Father" or the
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  • Father's house apart from Him.Now what do you think about when
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  • you think about heaven? Maybeit's a nebulous afterlife, maybe
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  • a happiness on the other side,or perfection, or just forever
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  • land, or never-never land.There's a lot of sketchy
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  • information out there aboutheaven. Of course, we have a lot
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  • of opinions if you ask peopleabout heaven, 81 percent of
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  • Americans believe in heaven. Asmaller share in this Gallup
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  • poll said... 69 percent saidthey believe in hell. So less
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  • people believe in hell thanthose who believe in heaven. But
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  • what I found interesting in thisparticular survey, that among
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  • the nones, Not n-u-n-s, not thesisters, but the n-o-n-e-s, the
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  • nones describing those who haveno real faith, those who do not
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  • practice religion, those whowould not identify themselves as
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  • a Christian or anything else.They're just none; they got
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  • nothing. Of these, 37 percent...I don't know why... but 37
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  • percent said they believe inheaven. Now how could that be?
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  • Well, God has instinctively putwithin us... we instinctively
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  • believe in a life beyond,because the Scripture says in
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  • the book of Ecclesiastes [3:11]:"He has set eternity in our
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  • hearts." So intuitively,instinctively, people think,
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  • "There must be something else.There must be something more
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  • than this life and beyond myyears on earth. What's next?" We
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  • know we have a now life, butwhat is the next life? And it is
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  • this desire for eternal lifethat sets us apart from all the
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  • animals. Our two Beagle dogs,don't get up thinking every day
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  • about heaven. They just want toknow "Where's the dog bowl?" and
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  • "Please, let me outside." Butanimals... You know, don't think
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  • about these things! But we do!Now some, of course, have shut
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  • out the whole idea of heaven.Steven Hawking who... a
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  • professed atheist and a verybrilliant man in many ways, of
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  • course. He said heaven doesn'texist; he said heaven is a fairy
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  • story. He said humans are but..."Our brain is but a computer.
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  • And when the computer startsbreaking down computers don't go
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  • to heaven; they go to the junkyard." And so some people have
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  • apparently decided that heavendoesn't exist. That it's just a
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  • fairy story. So we're answeringthe question: Is it real? Again,
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  • there are a lot of opinions.There are mysteries and there
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  • are question regarding eternity,and so the media may try to
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  • answer that question. We've allseen movies about heaven and
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  • read books. There are evenpeople [who] report trips to
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  • heaven and coming back. What arewe to think about those kinds of
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  • experiences? So there are... inmusic there's so much music,
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  • even secular music about heavenand the life that is to come.
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  • But let me remind you, the onlyauthority we have and the only
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  • real truth that we have that wecan count on about heaven is
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  • God's inerrant and infallibleword. My opinion must always be
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  • subjective to the reality andthe authority of Scripture. And
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  • while there are many questionsunanswered, there are many
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  • questions that are answeredregarding heaven. Over 600
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  • specific references to heaven inthe Bible. And if you add in the
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  • references to the skies... thespacious skies, the heavenly
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  • bodies around us in ouratmosphere then it's up to 900;
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  • but 600 plus references to theheaven that is to come. If you
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  • started deleting all thereferences to heaven in the
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  • Bible, you would remove theweight of eternity from the
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  • Scriptures. You would take outsome of the most important
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  • passages of scripture and youwould have nothing left of
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  • eternal significance. Now God'sword said in 1 Corinthians 2:9,
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  • that "Eye has not seen, nor earheard, nor has it entered into
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  • the heart of man what God hasprepared for those who love
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  • Him." There's some things we canonly imagine. But that next
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  • verse goes on to say, verse 10,that "God has revealed these
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  • things by His Spirit." And sothe Spirit of God has given us
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  • the Word of God... theScriptures so that we can answer
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  • these important questions. Andit's so very important that we
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  • ask and answer these questions.Why? Well, for one, we all have
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  • a shelf life. One hundred yearsfrom now hardly anyone, if
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  • anyone in this room will stillbe here on this side of
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  • eternity. The fact is, 100percent... 100 percent
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  • everybody's going to die, unlessJesus comes in our generation.
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  • But 100 percent! If you livelong enough, you're going to
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  • die. We're living longer andwe're living better, but we're
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  • still dying. Three people everysecond... [snaps fingers 3
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  • times] Three people everysecond. One hundred and eighty
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  • every minute step into eternity.One hundred and eighty. That
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  • means in the 5 or 6 minutes thatI've been talking then over a
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  • thousand people have steppedinto eternity. That makes it
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  • real, doesn't it? Eleventhousand every hour. That's why
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  • it's so very important, theurgency of our times, because
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  • people are crying and people aredying. In the hour and fifteen
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  • minutes that we will be in thisservice another 11- 12.000
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  • people will stand before God.And the Bible says [Amos 4:12],
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  • "Prepare to meet your God." Aquarter of a million people
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  • every year. I give you thosestartling numbers just to remind
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  • you how important it is, becausethe three score and ten that we
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  • have here... the seventy plussome, if God gives you life
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  • longer, than a lifespan, yetwe're all going to be standing
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  • before God! Because the soul...the spirit, while the body is
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  • dying, the soul and the spiritlives forever! No, we're not
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  • just a computer. We're notanimals who live and die and
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  • disintegrate! We are made in theimage of God! We have eternal
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  • souls! And your soul will nevercease to exist! And you... the
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  • real you, the part of you thatwas made by God forever will
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  • live in eternity either inheaven, and yes, there is a hell
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  • according to Jesus and accordingto the Bible. Now everyone
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  • seemingly wants to go heaven,they just don't want to have to
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  • die to go there. It's like thepastor... was speaking to kids,
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  • a group of kids and vacationBible school and said, "Okay,
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  • kids, okay, kids, how many ofyou want to go to heaven?" All
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  • the kids were raising theirhands... me, me, me! Except one
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  • little boy on the front row. Andthe pastor looked at him and
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  • said, "Son, do you not want togo to heaven when you die?" The
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  • little boy said, "Oh, when youdie! I thought you were getting
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  • up a group to go right now!"[laughter] The fact is we ought
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  • to be ready to go right now, ifGod calls us home. I know you've
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  • got things to do and plans andall the rest, but we ought to
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  • live embracing eternity now!Now! Paul said [Philippians
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  • 1:21], "To live is Christ, andto die is (what?} gain." And he
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  • went on to say [Philippians1:23], "I have a desire to
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  • depart... to leave here and bewith Christ (there's the key)...
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  • and to be with Christ which isfar better." Not a little bit
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  • better, not somewhat better, butway better! Far, far better!
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  • Much more! You best life is notnow! Oh, God's given us a
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  • wonderful life. God has promisedin Christ an abundant life and
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  • we ought to live it to thefullest, and yet, it's the
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  • prospect and the promise ofheaven that gives life meaning,
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  • that gives us purpose, that getsus up and even in troubling
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  • times, in times of tribulation,like the disciples were going
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  • through when they were facingdeath and sorrow and loss, there
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  • is this pledge... this promisethat comes from Jesus Himself
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  • who said, "I go to prepare aplace for you." Stop letting
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  • your heart be troubled. And sowhile our life in the here and
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  • now is important, this is...this is the before-life... this
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  • is the before-life! Theafterlife, our life with Christ,
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  • is coming. He said, "I go toprepare a place for you, and if
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  • I go, I will come again, receiveyou to myself that where I am
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  • there you may be also." It'spersonal. "...where I am, you
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  • may be also." Heaven is relevantto your life. What's real is the
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  • things that will last forever,because 2 Corinthians 4:18 says,
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  • that "the unseen world is whatlast forever." The things that
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  • are seen are transitory...they're temporary. Our body is
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  • breaking down. Right? This oldtent ain't what it used to be.
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  • The bodies in which we areliving and our memories are
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  • fading. I heard about a coupleof couples... old couples that
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  • were going out for dinner. Theycouldn't remember where they
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  • were going. So one of the guyssaid to his buddy, said, "I
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  • know, I know, what was ...what's the name of that flower
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  • that's got a long green stem,and it's got thorns, and it has
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  • petals? What's the name ofthat...?" "You mean a rose?"
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  • "Yeah, yeah, a rose. Hey, Rose,what's the name of that
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  • restaurant that we used to go?"[laughter] Well, then "we will
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  • know even as we are known." Andthere will be precious memories
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  • of life and eternity that wewill share together forever. I'm
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  • telling you, start making yourmemories now! Start preparing
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  • for your life that is to come,because it's the best life and
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  • it's the promise of Christ.Don't let your heart be
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  • troubled. Believe in God;believe in Jesus. And He said
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  • not only is heaven relevant, butheaven is real! He said, "I go
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  • to prepare a place for you... aplace for you!" And the word
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  • there in the original language,place means... place [chuckle]
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  • Topos... Topography comes fromthat word. So heaven is not a
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  • dream state, it's not anethereal existence, nebulous
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  • eternity. It's not never-neverland or a distant planet far,
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  • far away. Jesus said, "I'm goingto prepare a place for you." And
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  • then He said, "In My Father'shouse are many mansions." Now I
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  • know the ESV that we read andsaw earlier says there are many
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  • rooms, and that's because manybelieve the idea of rooms here
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  • is because in the patriarchalsociety a man had a big tent or
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  • a big house, and when the kidswould move in, the kids would
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  • typically come in and move inwith the grandkids. That's still
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  • happens today sometimes, right?You send your kids off and they
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  • keep coming back like boomerangsbut... and that's a good thing!
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  • But anyway they would build thishouse and they would just add on
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  • rooms. So if a wealthy fatherhad a big house he'd just keep
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  • adding on rooms to houseeverybody. The point is that the
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  • Father's house is big enough foreverybody! Well, as I've been
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  • thinking about it, I still likethat King James. Give me those
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  • mansions, all right? [laughter]What would be... what would be
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  • your dream house in heaven? AnneGraham Lotz thought about that
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  • and she asked the question:Would it be a château on the
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  • lake? Would it be a cabin in thewoods? Would it be a cottage by
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  • the sea? Would it be a penthousein the city? Would it be a tent
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  • in the desert? Would it be afarm in the country? Would it be
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  • a palace in a garden? What wouldit be? There are many
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  • descriptions of heaven in theBible. Heaven is called a
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  • garden, a paradise... "Today,"Hesaid to the thief [Luke 23:43],
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  • "you will be with Me inparadise." It's called a
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  • mountain... Mount Zion. Heavenis called a country... a better
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  • country. Heaven is called acity... the New Jerusalem. We
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  • are bound for the city of joy.Heaven is called a kingdom...
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  • We're to [Matthew 6:33] "Seekfirst the kingdom of God", the
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  • kingdom of heaven "and Hisrighteousness." Heaven is called
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  • a throne, heaven is called atabernacle, heaven is called a
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  • temple. And yet the mostendearing and I believe the most
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  • comforting description of all iswhat Jesus said heaven is like.
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  • He said, it's "the Father'shouse." It's home for the
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  • family. When I think about homeI think about security, identity
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  • at home where we are acceptedand loved. I think about peace,
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  • place of rest... home. You say,"that's not my house! My house
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  • is chaos!" [laughter] Work withme here, all right? No,
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  • seriously, heaven is theFather's house where you are
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  • welcomed. You know, your house,your home... if you've got a
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  • really good thing, that's thatplace that they take you in
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  • anytime. It's the Father'shouse. We all have this homing
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  • instinct, this desire for homeand heaven. And Jesus said
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  • there's going to be a placeprepared just for you. We're
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  • just on a journey now. Thisworld is not our home. As the
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  • old song says, "we're justpassing through." And it is our
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  • home in heaven that is soappealing and so attractive,
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  • that we will be forever with theFather and with the family of
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  • faith, including our own familymembers who know and love the
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  • Lord. No wonder a Christian cansay with the apostle
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  • [Philippians 1:21], "To live isChrist; to die is gain." No
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  • wonder we can say heaven is waybetter... much better. And the
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  • reason that we can say that isbecause that's what motivates us
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  • and moves us everyday. Heaven isnot only a destination, it is a
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  • motivation. Count Bismarck ofGermany was reported to have
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  • said, "Without the hope ofeternal life, this life is not
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  • worth the effort of getting upin the morning!" That's a
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  • pessimistic way to live, butit's true. Why would you get up
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  • in the morning if you had nohope for heaven? If you lived
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  • your whole life in despair withno future? Yes, heaven is
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  • relevant! Heaven is real! Andone more thing: heaven is
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  • revealing. Heaven is real; it'snot surreal! But it's also
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  • revealing. And here's whatheaven reveals: the
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  • preoccupation, the praise of allof heaven is to the One who is
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  • upon the throne. God iseverywhere. He is omnipresent,
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  • meaning He is everywhere. Buthaving said that, the Bible says
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  • that He is the Lord of heavenand earth. That our God... His
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  • very presence... think aboutit... His very presence is in
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  • heaven! The Bible puts it thisway in Revelation 21:3: "God
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  • will dwell with them and theywill be His people, and God
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  • Himself will be with them astheir God." And who is this God?
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  • He is the God and Father of ourLord Jesus Christ. He is the
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  • Lion and the Lamb who sits uponthe throne. Worthy is the Lamb!
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  • He is the one that is glorifiedand magnified. All the praise
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  • and all the preoccupation ofheaven goes to Him. And we'll
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  • get the streets of gold andgates of pearl and beautiful and
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  • gorgeous colors beyondimagination. We'll talk about
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  • that. But what makes heavenheaven is Jesus! Heaven is all
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  • about Him! The Father's house!The shepherd put it this way in
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  • the shepherd's Psalm 23: "Surelygoodness and mercy will follow
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  • me all the days of my life, andI will dwell... I will live in
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  • the house of the Lord forever."It's His house! We're headed
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  • home. And when it comes time toleave here, we'll not be leaving
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  • home, we'll be going home...we'll be going home to be with
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  • Him. And that's what is excitingabout heaven. That's why we're
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  • not here to talk in terms offunerals and death and dying,
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  • but in terms of life and ourfuture, the glorious future that
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  • God has planned and prepared foreach one of us who know and love
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  • Him! Heaven reveals, not onlyJesus Himself and who's on the
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  • throne, but who's in the house.Because there will be a
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  • separation between those whoknow and trust Christ and those
  • 00:24:56.084 --> 00:24:59.521
  • who don't. Jesus said there's abroad road and there's a narrow
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  • road. [Matthew 7:13-14] "There'sa broad road that leads to
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  • destruction and there's a narrowroad that leads to life." The
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  • narrow road is Jesus. And if youwant to know how to get to
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  • heaven, Jesus tells us plainlyin 14:6 of John, and that is: "I
  • 00:25:13.535 --> 00:25:18.173
  • am the way, the truth, the life;no one comes to the Father but
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  • by Me." Most of us can quotethat verse, but I want you to
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  • bore down in your brain on thattoday, that Christ and Christ
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  • alone takes us to the Father'shouse. If you were to google
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  • heaven, try to get the map;google heaven, you get Jesus.
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  • It's going to point to Jesus.It's all about Him and going
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  • home to be with Him. Andregardless of your religion or
  • 00:25:50.271 --> 00:25:55.977
  • your religious expression, it'sa relationship with Jesus Christ
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  • that will take you there. "Thatwhere I am... where I am, there
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  • you may be also."
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  • [Music]
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  • Heaven is ourdestination and therefore it is
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  • our motivation, not only thenbut now so the fact that we're
  • 00:26:15.797 --> 00:26:19.834
  • going to heaven just motivatesus to live godly and holy lives
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  • here today, lives that pleaseGod and honor Him. The scripture
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  • says, "he who has this hope inhim, (the hope of heaven)
  • 00:26:28.343 --> 00:26:31.513
  • purifies himself." So, we don'tneed to be guessing about heaven
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  • or wondering about heaven, weneed to start learning about
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  • heaven. When I plan a trip I tryto find out everything about my
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  • destination that I can andcertainly this last trip that we
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  • take into the presence of theLord, we want to know as much as
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  • possible about heaven and that'swhy I've written this book on
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  • heaven. Contact us today forthis book and with your generous
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  • Remember, heaven is thatwonderful place, that glorious
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  • place where God is, where youwill spend the rest of your
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  • eternity, So, once again, call,
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  • write, go online right now andget your copy on "Heaven: Your
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  • Best Life is Yet to Come,"because you'll never think about
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  • heaven in the same way againwhen you really see what the
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  • Bible says.
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