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Episode: “Toward the Unknown”
Seeking a wife for Isaac, Abraham trusted that God would lead him to the perfect mate. Rebekah showed faith when she accompanied a stranger to an unseen land and husband. Following the Lord always leads to the perfect outcome.
Series: “Faith for the Future”
Our Journey with the Patriarchs
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob displayed their faith in God by taking small steps and sometimes leaps of faith. Oftentimes, these actions dramatically altered the course of their lives, while redirecting them toward greater dependence on the Lord. In this ten part series, Dr. Jeffrey Seif takes us through strategic events in their lives while Dr. Barri Seif (Jeff’s wife) provides a personal perspective. This ten part series also includes discussions with David and Kirsten Hart as well as dramatic reenactments filmed in Israel.

Caption transcript for Faith for the Future: “Toward the Unknown” (5/10)

  • 00:00 ♪♪♪
  • 00:03 David Hart: Welcome to "Our Jewish Roots."
  • 00:05 ♪♪♪
  • 00:12 David: Now faith is the assurance
  • 00:13 of things hoped for, the conviction of things
  • 00:16 not seen, for by it the men of old received divine approval.
  • 00:22 For whatever was written in former days was written
  • 00:24 for our instruction, that through endurance
  • 00:28 and through the encouragement of the Scriptures
  • 00:31 we might have hope.
  • 00:32 ♪♪♪
  • 00:36 "Faith for the Future:
  • 00:38 Our Journey with the Patriarchs."
  • 00:44 David: Thank you so much for joining us today.
  • 00:45 I'm David Hart.
  • 00:47 Kirsten Hart: I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 00:48 Jeffrey Seif: And I am Jeffrey Seif.
  • 00:50 Guys, for Isaac, I think his mother was something
  • 00:53 like an anchor for him and when she went on,
  • 00:56 he was rudderless and it was time to find a wife for him.
  • 01:00 Kirsten: 'Cause we can help those boys move along,
  • 01:02 don't we, the women?
  • 01:04 Jeffrey: And women really do, you know?
  • 01:05 Behind every good man is a better woman.
  • 01:07 Kirsten: But there's also a covenant.
  • 01:09 I mean, there is a covenant promise that Isaac
  • 01:11 had to carry on.
  • 01:13 I mean, you can't see the children as many
  • 01:15 as the stars like Abraham's covenant
  • 01:17 through Isaac if you don't have a wife.
  • 01:19 Jeffrey: That's true.
  • 01:20 One of the benefits, one of the many.
  • 01:22 Kirsten: Ha, ha, just one.
  • 01:23 David: Our drama today is about Isaac in need of a wife.
  • 01:26 Let's go to that right now.
  • 01:28 ♪♪♪
  • 01:33 narrator: "And Abraham sent his servant to the land
  • 01:36 of his brother, Nahor, to find a wife for his son, Isaac."
  • 01:40 ♪♪♪
  • 01:48 [speaking in Hebrew]
  • 02:24 ♪♪♪
  • 02:37 Jeffrey: Two words: [speaking in Hebrew] in Hebrew.
  • 02:41 "Behold Rebekah." Words of destiny.
  • 02:47 People looking for love today in all the wrong places,
  • 02:50 in all the wrong ways.
  • 02:51 For those looking for guidance, faith-filled guidance,
  • 02:55 this is a story for you.
  • 02:59 If you have a daughter, a sister, a friend, a woman,
  • 03:05 a man, you make sure you send them a link to this program.
  • 03:09 At a simple level, it started off as something as simple
  • 03:12 as this: pouring water.
  • 03:16 And I want to explore this story.
  • 03:20 I need you to have a Bible in hand please and, by the way,
  • 03:23 whenever you tune to this program,
  • 03:24 you might want to have one because I like to refer to it.
  • 03:27 The 24th chapter.
  • 03:30 The background here, there's a man,
  • 03:32 40 years of age, hasn't launched yet.
  • 03:35 His father who's restless to get on with the future,
  • 03:38 seems like he carries that restlessness his whole life.
  • 03:41 He says, "Well, you know, Mom's died.
  • 03:43 This might be a good time to find a woman
  • 03:47 for my son Yitzhak."
  • 03:49 Now, I think so.
  • 03:51 Now, personally, I would have been interested before 40.
  • 03:54 And I'm a little jealous, to tell you the truth.
  • 03:56 Here it's time for this man to find a woman and so
  • 03:59 what happens is Abraham sends someone else to cut the deal.
  • 04:04 For me, I had to go do it on my own, to tell you the truth.
  • 04:06 I wish I had somebody.
  • 04:08 A father like this, believe me, I could have used.
  • 04:11 Well, he sends him but what's interesting here:
  • 04:15 he goes on a journey from [speaking in Hebrew]
  • 04:18 Canaan, to [speaking in Hebrew], Syria.
  • 04:19 It's a long trip.
  • 04:21 Takes ten camels with him, laden with gold, you know, a Rolex,
  • 04:26 you know, a title deed to a house in Malibu,
  • 04:28 you know, some goodies.
  • 04:30 But it's all cloaked under, you know, under sacks.
  • 04:33 People don't know what the man has, but he does have means.
  • 04:35 But he's not advertising.
  • 04:37 And indeed, you wouldn't if you were out there on the road.
  • 04:39 You don't want brigands to come and take what you got.
  • 04:42 In any case, he makes his way there, we're told in chapter 24,
  • 04:46 verse 10, with his camels, and in verse 12, hear me.
  • 04:50 He says something that many people don't say.
  • 04:54 He's on an assignment to find a woman and he says,
  • 04:59 "Please," he speaks to the Lord.
  • 05:01 "Please make something happen for me today."
  • 05:06 That's what he's looking for.
  • 05:08 "God," you know, "I want you to go before me in this endeavor."
  • 05:12 A lot of people say, a good-looking gal, they go,
  • 05:14 "That's what I'm talking about," and they're off to the races.
  • 05:17 You know, forget 20 years of Sunday school,
  • 05:20 they'll get rid of it on the quick.
  • 05:22 "Ah, that's what I'm talking about," and off they go.
  • 05:24 "Lord, I wanna see you in this."
  • 05:29 And what he does--now, here's a man who's a stranger.
  • 05:33 Nobody knows him. He shows up.
  • 05:36 And we're told in the literature,
  • 05:38 he came in the evening time, in verse 11.
  • 05:41 So you figure people have already done their work
  • 05:44 by this time.
  • 05:45 He shows up and his prayer is, "Lord, I got something I'd like
  • 05:51 you to do," and he holds out a litmus test and he says,
  • 05:55 "By virtue of your so doing, you'll demonstrate kindness
  • 06:01 and graciousness."
  • 06:02 He wants confirmation from heaven for this
  • 06:06 very important earthly business: finding a woman.
  • 06:11 While he's still praying in verse 15,
  • 06:15 [speaking in Hebrew].
  • 06:16 All of a sudden, this woman shows up.
  • 06:19 Now, what he does, it's very interesting.
  • 06:21 He goes to her and, in verse 17, he says to her, "Please."
  • 06:26 Now, she's there at the end of the day,
  • 06:28 finishing up her chores.
  • 06:30 You know, they got up early in the morning.
  • 06:31 They, you know, they worked through the day.
  • 06:34 It's evening time. She's there, just finishing up.
  • 06:36 And a perfect stranger comes up and says,
  • 06:38 "Hey, lady, can you help out a little bit?
  • 06:40 You know, I'm a little thirsty.
  • 06:41 You got a bucket there."
  • 06:43 She pours for him, a stranger.
  • 06:47 But that wasn't it alone.
  • 06:49 The litmus test, not only would she show kindness to a stranger,
  • 06:54 but similarly, the question is: "Will this woman also,"
  • 06:59 in verse 19, "draw water for the camels until they've finished."
  • 07:05 Now, these camels have gone hundreds of miles
  • 07:07 and camels are like tractor trailers of the desert.
  • 07:13 It's not like--it's not like topping off the tank
  • 07:15 of a motorcycle, you understand?
  • 07:16 They carry a lot of gallons.
  • 07:18 And here's a woman at the end of the day, one bucket at a time.
  • 07:22 What does this say about her?
  • 07:24 She cares about animals, she cares about strangers,
  • 07:27 she's entrepreneurial, she's industrious.
  • 07:30 There's a kind of beauty there that, indeed, is quite telling.
  • 07:36 What is a--what is a good kind of woman?
  • 07:38 She's hardworking, she's just not sitting around looking
  • 07:41 for love to show up in her life.
  • 07:43 She's being loving in life.
  • 07:45 And what happens is a special guy, Isaac,
  • 07:49 and we wanna find a special gal.
  • 07:51 Note the description here.
  • 07:53 She's kind toward animals, she's kind toward strangers,
  • 07:56 she's industrious, she's entrepreneurial.
  • 07:58 That was the sign.
  • 08:03 And it's all attested by a simple act
  • 08:05 of the not-so-simple task of drawing water.
  • 08:09 I mention this.
  • 08:10 She put it in the well, one bucket at a time.
  • 08:13 How many times do you think that bucket would have gone
  • 08:15 into the well to fill up one camel, never mind ten?
  • 08:18 She's not doing it for her father, for her brother.
  • 08:20 She's doing it for a perfect stranger at the end of the day.
  • 08:23 If she was tired, believe me, I've been tired one or two times
  • 08:25 in my life, but this woman has an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • 08:30 I'm telling you, if you're looking for God to show up
  • 08:33 in the future, learn a lesson from what we're looking at
  • 08:35 in the past right now.
  • 08:38 By all means, please, people sit around and depress,
  • 08:40 "Oh God, when are you gonna show up?"
  • 08:42 Go on a journey, be industrious, seek the Lord,
  • 08:45 and see what comes as a result of it.
  • 08:48 And I'll tell you what happens here.
  • 08:49 All of a sudden, with this activity, the fella,
  • 08:54 Eliezer, realizes that there's providence, there's destiny,
  • 08:58 in this arrangement.
  • 08:59 And then he takes off the little gold, you know,
  • 09:02 accoutrement here, a couple bracelets of gold,
  • 09:06 all of a sudden he decks her out with bling.
  • 09:10 Oh, what a story.
  • 09:12 And you know, this story isn't just to learn about
  • 09:13 what happened yesterday.
  • 09:15 It's a story to learn about how to behave today.
  • 09:18 We walk by faith, we look for God's guidance.
  • 09:22 We have faith for the future.
  • 09:24 And you know what?
  • 09:25 When it comes to the business of love, even if you've had a bad
  • 09:28 past, I want you to know he can bring it about afresh because
  • 09:32 I believe that there's a God of the future and those that have
  • 09:34 faith in him for the future, well, you know, the promise:
  • 09:38 Seek and you shall find.
  • 09:40 God bless.
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  • 10:16 David: "Our Jewish Roots" is more than
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  • 10:23 Kirsten: On Facebook and Twitter,
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  • 10:50 David: On our last tour to Israel we had a family
  • 10:52 that they made their Israel trip a family reunion.
  • 10:55 I thought that was so awesome that they were together
  • 10:58 in Israel.
  • 10:59 Had another couple, it was their anniversary.
  • 11:01 If you have an anniversary coming up,
  • 11:03 make it a family reunion.
  • 11:04 We'd love for you to join us, and your family,
  • 11:06 on a trip to Israel.
  • 11:08 Join us.
  • 11:09 Kirsten: Great idea. David: Yeah.
  • 11:11 Jeffrey: And if you can't make it to Israel,
  • 11:13 help us bring Israel to you.
  • 11:17 There's a lot of great stuff out there in Christian television,
  • 11:21 great anointed music, and great preaching
  • 11:24 and teaching from great churches.
  • 11:27 We do it all from the land itself.
  • 11:30 Now, how's that for a platform?
  • 11:33 It takes money to get there, whether it's for you to go
  • 11:36 as a family or whether to send our crew over there.
  • 11:39 It's expensive and we're not asking individuals to pay a lot.
  • 11:44 If everyone could just do a little.
  • 11:47 The thing that I like least in Christian television
  • 11:51 is asking for money, but it's something that needs to be done.
  • 11:54 If I'm not willing to do it, we need to get someone
  • 11:57 who will because there's bills to be paid.
  • 12:00 Please, if you find value in Israel, if you find value
  • 12:05 in the Savior of Israel and for the world,
  • 12:08 please help us tell the story of the Savior
  • 12:11 in his ancestral homeland and bring it to the world.
  • 12:15 A generous donation today helps us to do just that
  • 12:20 and I know God will bless you for so doing.
  • 12:22 Kirsten: There is value in what we bring as a program.
  • 12:26 There is also value in being generous to someone.
  • 12:30 We'll see that now as we meet the beautiful Rebekah
  • 12:34 at the well, followed by the beautiful Dr. Barri Seif,
  • 12:38 giving her special insight into this story.
  • 12:41 ♪♪♪
  • 12:51 ♪♪♪
  • 13:49 Barri Seif: Finding love at the watering hole.
  • 13:53 "Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match.
  • 13:57 Find me a find and catch me a catch."
  • 14:01 One of my most favorite songs from my most favorite musical,
  • 14:06 "Fiddler on the Roof."
  • 14:08 When Jeff and I went to see that just a few years ago,
  • 14:11 I think we knew every word from the musical
  • 14:15 and it was just a delight.
  • 14:17 I love that song because, for 62 years,
  • 14:20 I was single and I waited for God to make me a match.
  • 14:25 So it's special here to see the servant of Abraham.
  • 14:29 He's been given an assignment: Be a matchmaker.
  • 14:33 And so the servant finds himself by a watering hole
  • 14:38 and he's praying.
  • 14:40 And I love this, that he prays and even before
  • 14:44 he's finished praying, voila: Rebekah shows up.
  • 14:49 She's gonna water all of the thirsty camels,
  • 14:53 and the servant was quite impressed.
  • 14:57 And God worked in a divine way to bring all that together.
  • 15:01 I like to say that God answers prayer two ways:
  • 15:07 Yes, or "I have a better idea."
  • 15:10 Now, the yes answers from God and when they come immediately,
  • 15:14 they're great and we love them, don't we?
  • 15:16 But the "I have a better idea" answers from God take time.
  • 15:23 And God wants to build Christ-likeness in us
  • 15:27 that we have to be conformed to Messiah, to walk in his ways
  • 15:32 and those prayer requests take longer, I know from experience.
  • 15:38 I wanted to be married.
  • 15:40 I didn't have a servant at the watering hole
  • 15:43 to put me together.
  • 15:46 I didn't join dating groups,
  • 15:48 I didn't join online Internet things.
  • 15:50 I waited for God to answer my prayer.
  • 15:54 Like Adam, I mean, and Eve, I went to sleep like Eve
  • 15:58 and I waited for my Adam and God brought my Adam
  • 16:02 in the form of Jeff Seif.
  • 16:04 God was the best matchmaker.
  • 16:06 And we can trust him.
  • 16:11 Kirsten: By the twinkle in Barri's eye,
  • 16:14 I think she likes you a little bit.
  • 16:17 Jeffrey: Well, I think she does and I just--
  • 16:18 I just love her. It's a true story.
  • 16:20 It's not fabricated for television.
  • 16:22 You hear this stuff about, "Oh, they look so good on TV,"
  • 16:24 and then they're getting divorced.
  • 16:26 No, it's better than what we say it is.
  • 16:28 David: It's a true love story.
  • 16:29 Jeffrey: It really is a love story.
  • 16:31 There's a God story in the love story too,
  • 16:33 and it's a pleasure to work with her.
  • 16:35 I'm so pleased that you get to experience her,
  • 16:37 just for a few moments.
  • 16:39 I get her for life. She is really just--
  • 16:42 Kirsten: Well, here's what I see in Barri.
  • 16:43 Rebekah was extremely giving and gentle and kind,
  • 16:48 and I see that in your wife too.
  • 16:50 And she's a treasure for us to know as a friend also.
  • 16:53 Jeffrey: Yeah, you know, I say if someone has a problem
  • 16:56 with me, they're probably right.
  • 16:58 If someone's angry at Barri, it's definitely their problem.
  • 17:01 David: We continue now our story of Isaac and Rebekah
  • 17:04 in Part 2 of our drama.
  • 17:06 Let's go there right now.
  • 17:08 ♪♪♪
  • 17:12 narrator: And Abraham's servant spent the night
  • 17:14 in the home of Abraham's brother, Nahor.
  • 17:18 He told the family about the reason for coming
  • 17:20 and how the Lord had led him to this very place
  • 17:23 to find a wife for Isaac.
  • 17:26 The God of his master, Abraham, had been faithful,
  • 17:29 for the family had agreed to the terms, saying,
  • 17:32 "This thing was from the Lord."
  • 17:34 ♪♪♪
  • 17:44 ♪♪♪
  • 18:19 Jeffrey: Personally, I love Christmas music.
  • 18:24 There's just something about it, and there's a song,
  • 18:26 "What child is this?"
  • 18:30 Of course, referencing the Christ child.
  • 18:32 I'm interested in what woman is this.
  • 18:36 To whom am I referring to?
  • 18:39 Rebekah.
  • 18:41 She meets a guy at the well.
  • 18:43 He tells a story, gives her a couple bracelets,
  • 18:47 and this woman is game to take a leap of faith
  • 18:52 to go with a man she doesn't know to a place
  • 18:55 she's never been in order to wed a guy she's never met.
  • 18:58 And I don't think he had a photograph of him to show her.
  • 19:03 A woman will do this certainly is a woman of faith
  • 19:09 that she'd take that leap.
  • 19:13 And I'm not suggesting it, by the way.
  • 19:15 I'm just trying to climb into her world a little bit,
  • 19:19 because there is something about walking by faith
  • 19:22 into the future.
  • 19:24 There is something a little adventurous about it,
  • 19:27 a little daring about it, a little bit of throwing
  • 19:31 some caution to the wind.
  • 19:33 Of course, she hears a story here about confirmation.
  • 19:36 There was prayer, she showed up as an answer to it.
  • 19:40 She assumes that Eliezer isn't being disingenuous.
  • 19:44 She realizes that he comes from means to take care of her.
  • 19:48 And so, I mean, there are a number of things
  • 19:51 there but beyond the beauty that is her, if you'll permit,
  • 19:57 I principally want to alight upon the matrix
  • 20:02 from which she comes.
  • 20:04 The world from which she emerges,
  • 20:06 and I want you to see the kind of dignity
  • 20:09 and respect that is shown her.
  • 20:13 There's something beautiful about this woman,
  • 20:16 there's something beautiful about where she came from.
  • 20:18 And why do I say that?
  • 20:20 Because they didn't just pawn her off.
  • 20:22 They didn't just sell her off and say,
  • 20:24 "Look, this guy's got money, diamonds, gold, silver.
  • 20:27 Hey, you, sweetheart, take a walk.
  • 20:29 You know, we're the recipient of all of this," no.
  • 20:33 They all heard the arrangement, but what did they do?
  • 20:37 They asked her for her consent after ten days.
  • 20:42 You know, "Oh, yeah, I'll do it, I'll do it."
  • 20:44 But then you can think about it for a couple of days
  • 20:46 and change your mind.
  • 20:47 The point is they didn't push her.
  • 20:50 They respected her.
  • 20:53 They let her make a decision.
  • 20:55 They didn't push her around.
  • 20:57 If you look in 24, verse 57:
  • 21:00 "The said, 'We'll call the young woman
  • 21:04 and let's ask her opinion.'"
  • 21:08 Oh, I don't wanna be redundant but I love that.
  • 21:11 You know, respecting her voice, not manipulating, not cajoling.
  • 21:19 Letting her participate in her own destiny.
  • 21:23 Now, in antiquity, women were kind of like bought and sold,
  • 21:26 basically, but there's a kind of respect here that is
  • 21:31 way ahead of its time and what does she say?
  • 21:35 At the end of verse 58 in response to the question,
  • 21:39 "What do you think, Rivkah?"
  • 21:41 She says, in Hebrew, "[speaking in Hebrew]"
  • 21:43 "I will go," let's do it.
  • 21:46 And off she goes, following God into an unknown future.
  • 21:51 I like her.
  • 21:52 And I'll tell you when I look at her and her husband,
  • 21:54 I think opposites attract because, personally,
  • 21:57 Isaac doesn't strike me as particularly adventurous.
  • 22:01 I think that--when I look at the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac,
  • 22:05 and Jacob, there's a lot about Abraham,
  • 22:07 there's a lot about Jacob.
  • 22:08 Very little about Isaac.
  • 22:10 There's a story about the knife, you know, on Moriah and then
  • 22:13 there's a story about the wife, and that's about it.
  • 22:16 And there's a guy here at 40, you know, I mean,
  • 22:21 he's not here to defend himself but I kind of look at him
  • 22:23 as a failure to launch, quite frankly.
  • 22:26 That you have to send a messenger to go get
  • 22:28 a 40-year-old, you know, the 40-year-old virgin,
  • 22:30 you have to go find a woman for.
  • 22:32 Personally, I would have been-- tugging on Dad's--
  • 22:36 "Hey, Dad, let's get over this thing,"
  • 22:37 if that's the way you're gonna do it."
  • 22:40 And plus, and we'll get to this in another time.
  • 22:41 That when she finally does come, that he brings her into his
  • 22:45 mother's tent and is comforted for his mother's passing.
  • 22:48 It seems that Mom's death precipitates, "Well, you know,
  • 22:53 we got to get a wife for Isaac," you know, "to replace Mom."
  • 23:02 Now, God bless Barri.
  • 23:04 We'll go out to eat. I'll eat too much and I'll say,
  • 23:06 "Honey, why did you let me do that?"
  • 23:08 And she'll say, "Well, I'm not your mother."
  • 23:10 Now, we're just playing there, of course.
  • 23:13 But I mention that here because, I don't know,
  • 23:17 there's a little subtle nuance.
  • 23:19 He's looking for someone to replace Mom.
  • 23:21 Look, we all have human weaknesses.
  • 23:23 Personally, I think that Isaac has some faith going for him,
  • 23:28 but frankly, I think his wife has more.
  • 23:30 That's my opinion.
  • 23:31 I'll get to the other side of the grave,
  • 23:32 and they'll sort it out with me.
  • 23:34 And then I'll get viewer mail that doesn't like my point,
  • 23:36 but one of the benefits of being a professor is
  • 23:38 you get to profess, you know,
  • 23:40 like a doctor in front of my name.
  • 23:41 I'm not telling you it's the gospel.
  • 23:43 I'm just telling you it's the way I see it.
  • 23:44 Now, there's a beautiful story of faith here
  • 23:46 and let's just end on that note.
  • 23:48 That is to say, there is a woman who's willing.
  • 23:52 She has a sense of God in her affairs.
  • 23:56 She doesn't understand everything but there's something
  • 23:58 in her that prompts her, and faith has that risk factor.
  • 24:04 I don't wanna--I don't wanna overstate the point.
  • 24:06 I don't want you to go off and marry people you don't know,
  • 24:08 don't like, because,
  • 24:09 "But I think God wants me to do it."
  • 24:10 Yeah, well, what do you wanna do?
  • 24:12 You have to be able to weigh in on the affirmative
  • 24:15 and she does that here.
  • 24:16 It's a great story.
  • 24:18 I don't know about you, but I like seeing God working
  • 24:22 in people's affairs.
  • 24:24 It's a beautiful story.
  • 24:26 It's a beautiful woman.
  • 24:27 She's joining herself to destiny.
  • 24:30 Divine promises are given to her.
  • 24:32 The future is going through her.
  • 24:34 This is a woman who walks by faith and is believing God
  • 24:39 as she walks away into an uncertain future.
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  • 25:27 David: Please remember, we depend on tax-deductible
  • 25:29 donations from viewers like you.
  • 25:33 Kirsten: Rebekah was about to walk into an unknown future,
  • 25:38 but she had faith that God would sustain her through this time
  • 25:43 and also bring about Isaac as her dream man.
  • 25:47 But she took a leap of faith.
  • 25:49 We take a leap of faith in accepting the Lord
  • 25:51 into our lives, also.
  • 25:52 We don't know what our future lies.
  • 25:54 Jeffrey: Indeed, I think of the marriage ceremony
  • 25:55 when she puts her hand in his.
  • 25:57 And that's what the Lord beckons us to do,
  • 26:00 for us to put our hand into his and then take a step together
  • 26:04 on the altar and see where it leads.
  • 26:06 There are many Christian people who you know, I would imagine,
  • 26:09 who've testified to the fact that good things came
  • 26:12 as a result of that decision.
  • 26:14 It's not that they were lucky.
  • 26:16 It's that they were wise.
  • 26:17 They made an executive decision to seek first his kingdom.
  • 26:21 If you're at a place in life where your kingdom's
  • 26:24 not doing so good, let me encourage you to seek his.
  • 26:26 And the way you find him is on your knees, calling up to him,
  • 26:30 asking for help, forgiveness, and then making your way
  • 26:33 to a Bible-believing church.
  • 26:35 It all starts there.
  • 26:36 Yes, David?
  • 26:38 David: It's so good.
  • 26:39 Kirsten ends our program today with a beautiful hymn.
  • 26:41 I love the chorus of this hymn that says, "And the joy we share
  • 26:45 as we tarry there, none other has ever known."
  • 26:48 You won't hear the whole song right now.
  • 26:49 You can find it on YouTube, but right now, Kirsten,
  • 26:53 end this program, and also we end with--
  • 26:55 Jeffrey: Shaalu shalom Yerushalayim.
  • 26:58 Kirsten: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
  • 27:01 ♪♪♪
  • 27:03 ♪ And he walks with me, and he talks with me ♪
  • 27:11 ♪ and he tells me I am his own ♪
  • 27:20 ♪ And the joy we share as we tarry there ♪
  • 27:31 ♪ none other has ever known ♪
  • 27:44 ♪♪♪
  • 27:54 ♪♪♪

Episodes in this series

  1. Stepping Out in Faith
  2. Conflicting Directions and Destinations
  3. Delivering the Unexpected
  4. Sacrifice and Loss
  5. Toward the Unknown
  6. Love and Marriage
  7. Not by Sight
  8. Life’s Detours
  9. Patient Endurance
  10. Stepping Closer to Destiny

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