"Mom and dad were only going to have three kids and if little Frank would've survived then I would've never had the joys that I've had on this earth. I would have never been able to marry my little Debbie, Jo, and adore her for all these years. I would have never been able to be a dad to my four kids who I absolutely adore. I would never been able to be dead to my 11 going on 20 grandkids."

Family Discussions:

  1. What will you do when you get to heaven?
  2. What are you going to do today to thank the man who died for you?

Transcription:

00:14          Hey, let me ask you a question today. When you get to heaven, if you met somebody who gave their life for you, if you met somebody who literally died so that you could have life on this earth, what would you do when you met that person in heaven? Well, I'm going to tell you about somebody today that I don't think I've ever talked about publicly before, but he gave his life for me. We're in Luke chapter 23 verse 46 and it says this about Jesus's last moment on this earth. "And Jesus crying out with a loud voice said, father into thy hands, I commit my spirit and saying this, he breathed his last." My mom and daddy were married just before World War II, and my daddy fought in World War II. In fact, he fought in World War II for four or five years. First he taught hand to hand combat and taught soldiers how to survive in battle. And then he fought on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific ocean. And during their first few years of marriage, they didn't see each other very much. They were very difficult and perilous days. But during that time, my mom was overjoyed when she became pregnant with her first son, and they knew the second that baby was born that it was a baby boy and they were going to call him Frank. And they loved that baby with their whole heart. Something was wrong with that baby. And within just a few hours after birth, that baby perished and they had a little tiny little coffin for that baby. And that baby's gravestones stands as testimony of that brave little soldier who gave his life for somebody and that somebody was me.
 
01:55          You see, mom and dad were only going to have three kids and if little Frank would've survived then I would've never had the joys that I've had on this earth. I would have never been able to marry my little Debbie, Jo, and adore her for all these years. I would have never been able to be a dad to my four kids who I absolutely adore. I would never been able to be dead to my 11 going on 20 grandkids. And all the other fun things around with the Kamps and the events and things that I've been blessed to be a part of. But that little guy died for me. And you know what? When I get to heaven, he's going to be the first person I'm going to find. I'm going to thank that boy. Well, you probably have somebody who died for you. In fact, I guarantee you had somebody who died for you. His name was Jesus and you know the difference between Jesus and Frank. Frank didn't know he's going to die for me. But from all of eternity, Jesus knew he was going to be on that cross.
 
02:48          He knew from the time of creation when God said they were going to create somebody in our image according to our likeness, he knew he was giving them freedom. And he knew down deep in his heart that man would choose to sin. That man would choose to fall away from God. And that if those men were going to go to heaven and those women were going to go to heaven, they're going to need a savior. And so Jesus picked the appropriate time in history when crosses were the way to die, when he would give his life on that cross for you. What are you gonna do when you get to heaven? Can you imagine that people that will be surrounding him and running up to him and hugging him? Thanking him. Appreciating him. What will you do when you get to heaven? But more importantly, what are you going to do today to thank the man who died for you?
 

"Have you ever wondered when can death be a good thing? Have you ever wondered when a funeral can be really and truly a celebration for real?"

Family Discussion:

  1. What does it mean to you that that thief heard those words from Jesus the savior?

Transcription:

00:13          Have you ever wondered when can death be a good thing? Have you ever wondered when a funeral can be really and truly a celebration for real? Well, today's passage will help you understand that. It's in Luke chapter 23 verse 43 and if you've ever lost a loved one, or if there's someone in your life now that you love a lot, who you feel like is on the brink of death, hopefully today's devotional will be comforting to you as it is to me. Jesus is on the cross. There's a thief beside him and the thief sees Jesus and he recognizes who he is. And he puts this tiny seed of faith in the heart of the only one that can save him. And the thief says, Jesus, will you remember me when you come into your kingdom? And Luke 23:43 says, "and Jesus said to him, truly, truly, I say to you today, you shall be with me in paradise."
 
01:08          You know, I watched my daddy die and I watched my daddy go to heaven and I hated to see my daddy die. But Oh, how that man wanted to be with Jesus. It was time for him to go. One of our great counselors here at Kanakuk worked at a wilderness kamp we have called K-Wet on the edge of the Lake where kids go out and they camp out for a night or two and do wakeboarding and barefoot skiing and doing fun things with sailboats. But this guy had a granddad who loved Jesus. I mean, he'd love Jesus with everything that was with him. And on his death bed in the hospital, the granddad had a chair next to his bed and people would come to visit the granddad all the time, but they couldn't sit in that chair because in a very kind, polite way, he would say, please don't sit there. That's where Jesus is sitting. And one night, the family was out of the room getting something to eat. And when they came back in, the man was dead, but his head wouldn't laying on the pillow where he'd been laying for several weeks. His head was laying in the chair. His head was laying in Jesus's lap. Be assured, if you have faith in Jesus, that's where your head will lay. And that's where you'll breathe your last breath. It won't be on a pillow, it won't be in a chair, but your head will be in Jesus's lap because just as it was to the thief, when you place the tiny seed of faith that you have, and if you're like me, sometimes you feel like that's all you have to offer. But he says, if you place that tiny seed of faith in him that to be absent from the body, scripture says, we'll be present with the Lord. That you'll only blink your eyes one time and you'll open your eyes again and the presence of God.
 
02:53          And so let me ask you this, as you feel some days as I do, like you're the thief on the cross with nothing to offer at all. What does it mean to you that that thief heard those words from Jesus the savior? When he put his faith in him today, you shall be with me in paradise. You're my son now after this ordeals over today on this cross. You're going home with me now. Take that truth and go hug somebody today.
October 29, 2019

Not My Will - Luke 22:42

" I believe it was the toughest moment of Jesus's life. I believe it was absolutely the most difficult moment he ever faced. He was in the garden the night before his crucifixion."

Family Discussion:

  1. What heavy stone did Jesus carry with him throughout his life?
  2. How did his willingness to do his Father's will influence everything Jesus did?

Transcription:

00:14          I believe it was the toughest moment of Jesus's life. I believe it was absolutely the most difficult moment he ever faced. He was in the garden the night before his crucifixion. And this is what he parade. In Luke 22:42, he says this, Oh, what love our savior has. Oh my goodness what love for you He has. He says this, "Father, if you're willing, remove this cup from me. Yet not my will, but yours be done." You know, scripture is clear from the first chapter of Genesis that Jesus, God, and the Holy spirit has been one United forever. In John chapter one, it says in the beginning was the word. That's Jesus. He was with God. He was God. He was with God from the beginning. And yet Jesus knew as He was praying in the garden, agonizing to the point where sweat came out of his brow, like drops some blood.

01:04          Scripture says that Jesus says, God, please, there's gotta be another way. There's got to be another way. But you know what? It's not my will. For years I've taken on the form of man. It's not my will that matters, but it's your will and your will be done. Because Jesus knew on the next day that he and God are going to be separated for the first time in all of eternity. And then I don't know if you know what it's like to be separated from your dad when you needed him the most. And I probably only know a small fraction, you know, the first time I got cancer and then the second time I got cancer, Oh, would it have been great to have my daddy there? But you know what? When Jesus got on that cross and he became sin, as Isaiah said, that he literally became clothed with your sin and my sin and God's still in his holiness, you know, somehow turned his back, somehow God in his holiness could not look upon the sin that Christ had become. And Jesus cried out, my God, my God, why has thou forsaken me? And you can almost hear him scream in the darkness of that cloud that broke out over his head. Dad, where's my dad? Where's my dad? Where's my dad? And I believe there was the most agonizing thing in the most agonizing day of his life.
 
02:30          So my question to you is this, what heavy stone did Jesus carry with him throughout his life? And how did his willingness to do his Father's will influence everything Jesus did? And when Jesus is being honest about his feelings, saying, God, if there's any other way to do these, please, when I submit my will to you, not my will but thine be done. Here's the application. If Jesus can do that, if he could do that for you, what do you need to do in submission to him?

"One time when my daughter was 14 years old, she and I built a clothing company. Believe it or not. We were trying to build a camp for inner city kids. And we certainly did not have the money to do that. We need to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. And this little girl began to dream up these clothing ideas. And she began to tell the world in newspapers and on television around the world about her desire to build this clothing company to build a camp for inner city kids."

Family Discussion:

  1. How much of Judas do you see in you?
  2. Why is it impossible to point your finger at that man?
  3. How can you be different from the way the real Judas' life?
  4. How can your life and more like Peters'?

Transcription:

00:13          You know of all the things that I admire about the men and women who fight on the battlefields around this world for our freedom and for the freedom of others is the spirit of Valor. It's the spirit of truth. It's men and women who would rather give their lives than betray their nation than betray the men and women they fight with. Listen to Luke chapter 22 verses 21 through 23. This is the night before Jesus is crucified and he tells a foreboding tale. He says, "Behold, the hand of one betraying me is with mine on the table. For indeed, the son of man is going as it has been determined. But woe to that man by whom he is betrayed. And they begin to discuss among themselves which one of them it might be who he was speaking of, who was going to do this thing."

 
01:04          One time when my daughter was 14 years old, she and I built a clothing company. Believe it or not. We were trying to build a camp for inner city kids. And we certainly did not have the money to do that. We need to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. And this little girl began to dream up these clothing ideas. And she began to tell the world in newspapers and on television around the world about her desire to build this clothing company to build a camp for inner city kids. And indeed, she raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and gave every penny of it to build the first Kids Across America Kamp in Southwest Missouri. For which now over a hundred thousand kids from the city have come and had a bubble bath of Jesus and the joy of their life. But one of the TV shows she was on was to tell the truth.
 
01:53          And I remember they land her up with two other teenagers and the other two masqueraded themselves as the real Jamie Jo White, the real one who had built this clothing company that was selling, you know, clothes in department stores around the country. And it was really interesting because she didn't fool anybody. I think she got one vote against her, but the girl couldn't lie and the other girls weren't very good at trying to lie. And so to tell the truth. Everybody, you know, except for one of the guests agreed that she was indeed the real Jamie Jo White. Well, that summer we did a tell the truth at camp and we did a roleplay of to tell the truth. And the one we were portraying was Judas Iscariot. And you know what was interesting when we said, the real Judas Iscariot please stand up. Not only did three of the three actors stand up, but one at a time, everybody in the stands, there were probably 500 people watching students begin to stand up and said, I'm Judas Iscariot. No, I'm Judas Iscariot. It was a humbling night as 500 students stood up and said, I am Judas Iscariot. Because indeed there's been a time, it probably everybody's life as a follower of Christ, that we too, have betray Jesus. That we didn't keep our word. We didn't live with the integrity that would be asked of us as a Christian. We didn't represent Christ with our friends, but thanks be to God that even though the real Judas went out and hung himself, there were people like Peter who also denied Jesus, but they went out and they repented and they'd begin to lead the world to God.
 
03:30          You see, Judas' last act doesn't have to be shame. Judas' last act could be a repentant heart, a heart that says, I'm sorry and a heart that goes out and represents Christ for the rest of his life. So may the real Judas Iscariot please stand up. Well, if you're standing like me, you don't have to stand forever. You can receive the grace of Christ and you can sit down now and you can say by the grace of Christ and by his forgiveness, I don't have to do that again. I don't have to betray him again. I can bring honor back into my life. And here's my question and this honest, humbling question, but how much of Judas do you see in you and why is it impossible to point your finger at that man? But by the grace of God, how can you be different from the way the real Judas' life? How can your life and more like Peters'? Because even though maybe you've denied him, now you can turn in the opposite direction and live for Christ. How are you going to do that today?

"I know from coming home to my kids after long trips on the road, the joy that was in my home when daddy came home. Y'all, I would bring them treats, I bring them surprises."

Family Discussion:

  1. Do you have fear or do you have joy about the end times and the second coming of Christ?
  2. What do you need to do today?

Transcription:

00:13          You know what? It is amazing for me to take Time Magazine in one hand or USA today in one hand and take scripture in the other hand and see the two saying exactly the same thing. And the writer of Time and Newsweek and USA today has no clue that all they're doing is writing about what scripture says over and over again. It's the favorite subject in scripture. I understand it's been talked about in scripture more than anything else on earth. And it's the coming of the Son of Man. The second coming of Jesus. Listen to Luke chapter 21 verse 27 and 28 and then down to verse 36 and Jesus said this "Then" and he's talking about after all these things that I'm going to share with you in a minute, "then they will see the son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads because your redemption is drawing near." And then he says in verse 36, "but keep on the alert at all times praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place and stand before the Son of Man."
 
01:21          You know what? It takes hours to talk through the second coming of Christ and all the prophecies that predict His coming. But I'll tell you folks, I wouldn't be surprised if he comes back today. Would not be surprised at all. You know, he talks about an earth that's going to be full of earthquakes. He talks about an earth that's going to be shattered by Wars and rumors of Wars. He talks about the day when the gospel of the kingdom of Jesus is going to be preached to the whole world. He talks about a day when people are going to be falling away from the faith because of sorcery and witchcraft and seances and Satan worshiping, palm reading and works of darkness. He talks about a day when the airways will be filled with music about supernatural things and there's about 35 or 40 other prophecies that he talks about. But it all boils down to the day that he says, you know what? I came once. I was crucified. I was resurrected. But lift up your heads because I'm coming back again.
 
02:27          And I know from coming home to my kids after long trips on the road, the joy that was in my home when daddy came home. Y'all, I would bring them treats, I bring them surprises. When I travel for a week or two, man, between my professional life, I'd go shopping, you know. I'd go buy stuff. I go buy stuff for Debbie Jo. And I bought stuff for the kids. Because when I came home and I want it be a party. I want it to be a celebration. And I believe Jesus wants the exact same thing. And so he says you know in 1 Thessalonians chapter 40, he says, "for the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout." And I believe that shout is going to be a personal invitation. If you're a true believer, it's going to be an invitation to you. With a trumpet of God, he said, the dead in Christ will rise first and we who are alive and remain will be caught up, raptured, caught up together to meet them in the clouds. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
 
03:26          And then he says in that passage, therefore comfort one another with these words, daddy's coming home. Daddy's coming home. It may be today, it may be tomorrow. It may be a hundred years, but daddy's coming home. So lift up your heads because your redemption is drawing near. Here's my question for you today. Do you have fear or do you have joy about the end times and the second coming of Christ? And then the last question to take it home is this, what do you need to do? What do you need to do today? So that if you're positive, he's coming back today, you'll have nothing but fear. I mean nothing but joy, your life, and you'll be looking for him. Just, you know, like the best dad that could possibly ever think of. He's coming home to bring you all, but all the young surprising gifts that you can ever imagine.

"You wanna know who the toughest man I ever met is? And you wanna know who the richest woman on earth is? "

Family Discussion:

  1. Why do you think Jesus was so impressed by the widow's gift of two small copper coins?
  2. What are just a couple of ways that you can give everything you've got today?
  3. What do you think the results will do?

Transcription:

00:13          You wanna know who the toughest man I ever met is? And you wanna know who the richest woman on earth is? Well, I'm gonna tell you today, it's in Luke chapter twenty-one verse one through four and scriptures says this, it says, "and Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury and he saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And he said, truly, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them for they out of their surplus, put in an offering, but she, out of her poverty, put in all that she had to live on."
 
00:45          To Jesus. On that day, she was the richest woman on earth. The toughest man I ever met. His name is Lyle Snike. You know what? He's been the best in America and his sport more than once. He makes his living on the back of a snorting beast. He goes to work in old, worn out jeans and he steps in piles of manure at his office place. He's eats his lunch with the back of spitting Cowboys. He digs deep in a Brown paper bag every day. He pulls out, bologna on a piece of Texas toast. He grins, he takes a bite. He pays his entry fees with the money he's earned shoeing horses. He gets on, he rides, he falls, he lands on his head. The next time he rides, he's wearing a knee, knee brace. The next time he stays on, sometimes he works all night and he comes home poor, dirty, but his wife Kathy, she adores him. Sasha, his little girl, she loves to feel the bump of the broken collarbone. Lyle loves Jesus. Lyle lives life eight seconds at a time and Lyle gives everything he has every time he gets back on one of those premium bulls and Lyle Snike has probably led more men to Christ in his profession probably than any men I know on earth.
 
02:01          You know what? Sometimes success is measured in small increments. Why do you think Jesus was so impressed by the widow's gift of two small copper coins? And the second question today is this man giving your all comes in many different forms, doesn't it? Name a couple. You know what are just a couple of ways that you can give everything you've got today? And then, and then when you do, what do you think the results will do? And here's the lifeline. You know what if in your family, what if in your home you gave 100% to the other people in your hands? What do you think your family would look like?
 

"You ever wonder why they put pictures of presidents on our coins? Well, I'm not sure but it didn't start with the United States of America. And when I look at one, I think of a picture of Caesar because of this parable that's been told thousands of times."

Family Discussion:

  1. What was Jesus's attitude towards authority?
  2. What's your attitude toward authority?
  3. What does it mean to bear the image of God?
  4. What does it mean to render to Caesar what Caesar's in your life today?
  5. What does it mean to render to God what belongs to God?

Transcription:

00:14          You ever wonder why they put pictures of presidents on our coins? Well, I'm not sure but it didn't start with the United States of America. And when I look at one, I think of a picture of Caesar because of this parable that's been told thousands of times. We're in Luke chapter 20, verse 21 and on. And it says this, "the question Jesus saying, teacher, we know that you speak and teach correctly and you're not partial to any but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not? But he detected their trickery and he said to them, show me a denarius. Whose likeness and whose inscription does it have? They said, Caesars. And he said to them, then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and render to God the things that are God's."
 
01:09          You know what I think about when I think about that passage? I think about playing under a coach and I think if Jesus was on the football field or basketball quartered, or dance team, or in the French club you're in or whatever it is that you're in, in school. I believe he would say, give that coach everything you got. I think he would say in the classroom, give that teacher everything you've got. I'd say he would say to you in the home, you know, give your parents your allegiance, give them your obedience. I would think he would say to you in the marketplace, he would say to you, man, give that boss an honest day's work and then give him some more. I think he would say to you as a church member, I think he would say, man, your pastor deserves your loyalty. Give him your loyalty. But then I think he would say to you and me as followers of Christ, you know, give God your heart. Give him everything you have.
 
02:06          And you know, what's awesome? You know, what's awesome? Every great athlete I've ever seen, and every great scholar student I've ever seen. And certainly every great Patriot that I've ever seen. You know, they understand Jesus' principle. You know, first thing, give it all to God. Give it all to God. Give him everything you got. But then to the coach, to the pastor, to the, to the professor, to the boss, and the job giving everything you've got. And you know what, to me, it spells greatness in everything you do. So render under Caesar what is Caesar's, but render under God what is God's. You know, the questions I'd ask you today is this, what was Jesus's attitude towards authority? And what's your attitude toward authority? What does it mean to bear the image of God? And what does it mean to render to Caesar what Caesar's in your life today? And what does it mean to render to God what belongs to God?

"I was on a long trip. I'd been away from home for a week or two. My four kids were asleep in their beds at 3:00 AM and they knew I was coming home that night. And so they put up a poster that to me testifies of the last chapter of the last poster in the Bible. Daddy's home, Yippee."

Family Discussion:

  1. Are you gonna be ready to meet Him?

Transcription:

00:13          Today, you get to see the last picture of the last word of the book, and it is the most beautiful picture in the world. And I want to tell you something. I've seen it. I know what it looks like in Revelation 22:20-21. It's going to look like this! I was on a long trip. I'd been away from home for a week or two. My four kids were asleep in their beds at 3:00 AM and they knew I was coming home that night. And so they put up a poster that to me testifies of the last chapter of the last poster in the Bible. Daddy's home, Yippee. One of my kids wrote. Another one wrote, "we missed you daddy, welcome home." And then another one wrote, "I love you my daddy." There's no more affectionate words in the world. I'm so glad you're here. The next morning, my littlest boy Cooper came up and he said, "Hey dad, what'd you bring me?"
 
01:09          And I said, "I brought you me." And he said, "I know, but what'd you bring me?" He wanted some stuff. Well, when your daddy comes home, I've got these, these pile of, you know, gold coins in front of me. Your daddy's going to have a Satchel full of gold coins. The only gold that we'll spend eternity and that gold is eternity with Christ. Daddy's coming home. Revelation 22 verses 20 and 21 "he who testifies to these things says this. Yes I am coming quickly." And John said, "Amen. Come Lord Jesus, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all."
 
01:50          Daddy is coming home. And the only thing, the question that matters. The only question that matters at the end is are you gonna be ready to meet Him? Cause when you love your daddy, you can't wait for your daddy to come home. Amen. Come Lord Jesus.

"The story goes of three riders who were riding through a desert. And when they had come to the end of themselves and had run out of food and run out of water, they encountered three other riders who were riding in the opposite direction on their camels. And the three riders who were coming to encounter these three men said, "well, what's it like on the other side of the desert?"

Family Discussion:

  1. How much are you putting in your backpack and will you be happy or will you be sad when you reach the oasis of Eternal Life with Christ?

Transcription:

00:13          The story goes of three riders who were riding through a desert. And when they had come to the end of themselves and had run out of food and run out of water, they encountered three other riders who were riding in the opposite direction on their camels. And the three riders who were coming to encounter these three men said, "well, what's it like on the other side of the desert?" And the three riders said "between here and the oasis that you'll find in a two day ride, there is a dry river bed. And in that dry riverbed, there are stones take the stones. And when you get to the oasis, you'll be happy and sad." And then the three riders rode away. Well, sure enough, about a day's journey, the three riders in the desert came to the river bed and there were stones just as they had been told. And one of them took some of the stones and put them in his backpack. One of the riders took as many stones he could, and he filled his lap even though he was tired and wary. And their stones were heavy. He filled everything he had in his saddlebags that were beside him. And one writer said, "you know what? I don't have the energy to pick up any stones." Well, in one more day, just as they had been told, they came to the oasis and they were happy and they were sad because when they came to the oasis, they looked down and saw that the stones were rich gold nuggets. They were happy because they had some. But they were sad because they didn't have more. And so it is with the book of Revelation. When you read it, you're happy and you're sad. You're happy because of the love of Jesus that's in your heart and that you get to win it at the Great Victory Party. But there are those who are sad because they didn't pick up the gold along the way.
 
02:00          Chapters 22, verse seven says this, "And behold, I'm coming quickly. Blessed is he, his backpack is full of gold. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book." And then verse 12 says, "For behold, I'm coming quickly and my reward is with me to render to every man according to what he has done." The story goes, and I believe it's historical of Augustine, you know, now, one of the most, you know, noted and famous, you know, writers and followers of Christ that ever lived. But one time, Augustine was a womanizer. At one time, Augustine had elicit relationships with women. But Augustine went to England where he received Christ at a crusade and then Augustine went home a new man. And he went back to one of his old, you know, stomping grounds.
 
02:53          And as Augustine was walking down the road, one of his old girlfriends came up behind him and she tapped him on the shoulder and he turned around to see one of his old girlfriends. And she said, "Augustine Augustine, it is me." And Augustine simply turned around and looking at her eyes. And he says, "but it is not me." He had literally become a brand new man in Christ. He had picked up the gold. He had filled his backpack in his heart with the gold of Christ. And even though this person made herself available to him, and she said, "it is I." He said, "it is not I. I have a brand new heart." And so 2 Corinthians 5:17 concludes today when it says, "if any man is in Christ, he's a brand new creation. All things have gone. Behold, the new has come." My question to you today is this, the gold is in the river bed. How much are you putting in your backpack and will you be happy or will you be sad when you reach the oasis of Eternal Life with Christ?

"I have a friend who is a fired up Christian businessman in Dallas, Texas, and he was in a head on collision and his in his car began to burn, but he couldn't get out of the car. And he said, Joe, he said, I felt like I was living in hell. He said, I was trapped and I couldn't get out. And he said, I was, I was being consumed with fire."

Family Discussion:

  1. What is your prayer need to look like before God?

Transcription:

00:14          If you've ever wondered what the final judgment of God is going to look like, here is the description and if you've ever wondered who will be judged at the end and what will happen to those that are condemned. Here is the final judgment. Revelation chapter 21 verse eight and it says this, "but for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and adulterers and all liars, their part will be in the lake that Burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." We learned yesterday that heaven is going to be unbelievably beautiful and hell is going to be indescribably sad and destructive. I have a friend who is a fired up Christian businessman in Dallas, Texas, and he was in a head on collision and his in his car began to burn, but he couldn't get out of the car.
 
 01:05          And he said, Joe, he said, I felt like I was living in hell. He said, I was trapped and I couldn't get out. And he said, I was, I was being consumed with fire. Well, fortunately there were some rescuers on the scene that yanked him out of that car before the flames actually got to his face and began to burn his body. But he said it changed my life. And he was already the most fired up Christian Guy that, you know, you can imagine. But living in a picture of hell, being trapped, you know, in fire and having nobody with him alone in that fire he saw literally a picture of hell. And this verse describes, you know, who falls in the judgment and it talks about people in all sorts of walks with sin. But I think there's a distinction that you and I've got to understand today.
 
01:55          You know, Romans 3:23 says all have sinned. You know, we all slip and fall. But it says we don't practice that sin. There's a difference between slipping. There's a difference between, you know, accidentally sinning and continuing to live in sin. And scripture is clear, men and women, that when someone gives their heart to Christ, that they have a heart that wants to get out of that sin. Like the student at the University of Alabama at the college event that we did. As he came to the cross with hundreds of other students around him. Weeping at the cross. And he gave his heart to Christ and I threw my arms around and gave him a big victory hug.
 
02:46          But he knew when Christ gave him a new heart that he wouldn't practice that sin anymore. And I called him two years later and I said, Ben, are, are you clean? He said, absolutely. He wasn't going to be one who's going to be judged for practicing sin because the heart of Christ gave him the freedom to get out of that sin and to never go back again. So the great verse in Romans is in Romans 5:8 and it says, even though we were yet sinners, even though we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. So you and I've got to get on our knees today and say, Jesus, show me. Do I have a new heart? You know, do I have a heart that wants to practice sin or do I want to have a heart that wants to confess my sin and to receive your grace and to receive your forgiveness so that that judgment will not be a judgment for me? By the grace of God. He will pass you through judgment into eternal life. And so my question for you today is this. When you get on your knees tonight before bed, you know, what is your prayer need to look like before God? And maybe you need to do that prayer right now.

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