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In my youth I was fascinated by inventors and adventurers. I often read books from the public library about the accomplishments of such notable figures as Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Edmund Hillary and the Wright Brothers.

Available at that time was the We Were There series, consisting of 36 historical novels for young people written between 1955 and 1963. These books told inspiring, entertaining stories based on true historic events. Titles included We Were There With Lewis and Clark, We Were There at the First Airplane Flight and We Were There With Byrd at the South Pole.

While reading this series of books and others, I keenly desired to set off on an exciting adventure. Nevertheless as a boy, my escapades went no farther than my own neighborhood! As I entered my 20s, however, something extraordinary happened. I was introduced to what will be the greatest adventure of all time! I'd like to tell you about it because you can participate.

In fact, all people, young and old, rich and poor, from every culture and land can eventually join in. Contemplating this adventure can energize one's mind and heart. It promises infinite potential beyond the bounds of human imagination. This adventure, brought to us from the very Creator of the universe, will pale into insignificance every past human exploit or achievement!

Nothing can compare to this adventure

Remarkably, human beings, even with their marvelous intelligence and creative ability, cannot begin to imagine what God is preparing for them. The apostle Paul wrote: "What God has planned is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard. It has never even entered our minds" (1 Corinthians 2:9 1 Corinthians 2:9But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.
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Indeed, what God intends seems utterly preposterous to those who have not yet had their minds opened to understand it! "But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (1 Corinthians 2:14 1 Corinthians 2:14But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
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To be sure, spiritual insight from God is the critical element in comprehending this coming extraordinary adventure. While human beings concentrate most of their thoughts on temporary, physical concerns and interests, God's thinking revolves around what is spiritual and eternal: "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:9 Isaiah 55:9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
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An awesome future inheritance

Most people have no clue as to their incredible potential. They are completely unaware of the "unseen" (2 Corinthians 4:18 2 Corinthians 4:18While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
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(English Standard Version). However, our Creator has for now called a small number of people to grasp His spiritual knowledge (1 Corinthians 2:10 1 Corinthians 2:10But God has revealed them to us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
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). Even though He has not revealed every detail to them, they are offered an exhilarating glimpse of a thrilling and supremely productive future (1 Corinthians 13:12 1 Corinthians 13:12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
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). "He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son" (Revelation 21:7 Revelation 21:7He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
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What did He mean? Will a person literally inherit the billions upon billions of stars? Does "all things" include everything seen and unseen? Absolutely! In the original Greek language the term "all things" is derived from the word panta, meaning the totality of the creation (John 1:3 John 1:3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
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). While human beings presently have dominion over the earth, it is just a tiny precursor to the astounding adventure yet to come (Genesis 1:28 Genesis 1:28And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.
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; Hebrews 2:6-8 Hebrews 2:6-8 [6] But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that you are mindful of him? or the son of man that you visit him? [7] You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, and did set him over the works of your hands: [8] You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
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To all those who love and obey Him, our eternal Father offers the marvelous opportunity to live, create and flourish with Him in His divine family for all eternity (1 Peter 1:4 1 Peter 1:4To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you,
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; Romans 6:23 Romans 6:23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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). But to experience that future, each person must undergo a dramatic change from mortal life to immortality at the time of the resurrection of the dead (John 10:28 John 10:28And I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
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; 1 Corinthians 15:50-52 1 Corinthians 15:50-52 [50] Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. [51] Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, [52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
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). At that very moment those who are God's children will be completely transformed to be like Him (1 John 3:2 1 John 3:2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
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The Eternal God's radiant appearance

What is the Eternal God like? The patriarch Moses wanted to know and said to Him, "Please, show me Your glory" (Exodus 33:18 Exodus 33:18And he said, I beseech you, show me your glory.
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). Because God's appearance is so amazingly radiant He told Moses, "You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live" (Exodus 33:20 Exodus 33:20And he said, You can not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
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; Exodus 34:29-35 Exodus 34:29-35 [29] And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses knew not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. [30] And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come near him. [31] And Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned to him: and Moses talked with them. [32] And afterward all the children of Israel came near: and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in mount Sinai. [33] And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a veil on his face. [34] But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the veil off, until he came out. And he came out, and spoke to the children of Israel that which he was commanded. [35] And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face shone: and Moses put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.
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In the first chapter of the book of Revelation, the glorified, resurrected Jesus Christ gave the apostle John a look at His form through a vision: "His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were bright like flames of fire. His feet were as bright as bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves . . . and his face was as bright as the sun in all its brilliance" (Revelation 1:14-16 Revelation 1:14-16 [14] His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; [15] And his feet like to fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. [16] And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shines in his strength.
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God's faithful saints will take on His appearance when they are granted everlasting life at the resurrection of the dead (Colossians 1:12 Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks to the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
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; Daniel 12:2 Daniel 12:2And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
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). Jesus Christ "will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body" (Philippians 3:21 Philippians 3:21Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like to his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things to himself.
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). For those given this fabulous, new spiritual existence, death, sorrow, crying and pain will forever be a thing of the past (Revelation 21:4 Revelation 21:4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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). Just how wonderful and gratifying will this eternal spiritual life be? King David described it as enjoying "pleasures forevermore" (Psalms 16:11 Psalms 16:11You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures for ever more.
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Amazing abilities and opportunities

Each new spirit being will be given awesome capabilities. Imagine, for example, having the ability to walk through solid objects or materialize out of nowhere as Christ did when He appeared to His disciples after His resurrection (Matthew 24:13-43 Matthew 24:13-43 [13] But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved. [14] And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then shall the end come. [15] When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoever reads, let him understand:) [16] Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: [17] Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: [18] Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. [19] And woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! [20] But pray you that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: [21] For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. [22] And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. [23] Then if any man shall say to you, See, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. [24] For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. [25] Behold, I have told you before. [26] Why if they shall say to you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. [27] For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. [28] For wherever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together. [29] Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: [30] And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. [31] And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. [32] Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near: [33] So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. [34] Truly I say to you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. [35] Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. [36] But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. [37] But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. [38] For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, [39] And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. [40] Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. [41] Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. [42] Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord does come. [43] But know this, that if the manager of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
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). Envision being able to travel swiftly throughout the universe at what could be called the speed of thought (John 20:11-19 John 20:11-19 [11] But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher, [12] And sees two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. [13] And they say to her, Woman, why weep you? She said to them, Because they have taken away my LORD, and I know not where they have laid him. [14] And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. [15] Jesus said to her, Woman, why weep you? whom seek you? She, supposing him to be the gardener, said to him, Sir, if you have borne him hence, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away. [16] Jesus said to her, Mary. She turned herself, and said to him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. [17] Jesus said to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brothers, and say to them, I ascend to my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. [18] Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the LORD, and that he had spoken these things to her. [19] Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the middle, and said to them, Peace be to you.
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). Imagine having the capacity to know and recite the names of each of the billions of stars in the universe (Psalms 147:4-5 Psalms 147:4-5 [4] He tells the number of the stars; he calls them all by their names. [5] Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
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Besides having these aptitudes, the new immortal beings will be accomplishing wonderful, creative work and service just as God does. Jesus said, "My Father has been working until now, and I have been working" (John 5:17 John 5:17But Jesus answered them, My Father works till now, and I work.
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). Upon being changed into glorious beings, God's children will not then go away to live in heaven in a passive, uneventful future. Rather, they will be actively leading and aiding human beings here on the earth. As angels proclaim to God about those who are saved, "You have made them a kingdom of priests to serve our God, and they shall rule on earth" (Revelation 5:10 Revelation 5:10And have made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
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Priests are leaders and teachers. Along with Christ they will wisely instruct people in God's way of life and administer His laws for 1,000 years (Isaiah 30:20-21 Isaiah 30:20-21 [20] And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not your teachers be removed into a corner any more, but your eyes shall see your teachers: [21] And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.
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; Revelation 20:6 Revelation 20:6Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
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). They will work to establish and preserve righteousness, peace and prosperity throughout the world (Romans 8:21 Romans 8:21Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
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). Even then, the adventure is just beginning, as we inherit the entire universe.

So, the greatest adventure of all time awaits all those who deeply love, honor and obey God.

Preparing is an adventure in itself

This brings us to some crucial questions.

How can you participate in what God is planning?

What can you do to share in His unparalleled opportunities to serve, grow and create?

Actually, preparing for this coming great adventure is an adventure in itself. Any meaningful human endeavor requires good planning and vigorous effort. And the same goes for readying yourself to serve with Christ in His coming government.

It all begins with God's calling, which only the Father can initiate (John 6:44 John 6:44No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
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). After God opens your mind to comprehend His truth, you are faced with a choice. Either you can continue pursuing your old, sinful ways, or you can respond to Him through repentance of your sins and obedience to His commandments (1 Peter 1:22 1 Peter 1:22Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit to unfeigned love of the brothers, see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently:
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; Psalms 119:172 Psalms 119:172My tongue shall speak of your word: for all your commandments are righteousness.
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After repentance—turning your life around to seek God above all else—you are then baptized. In doing so you fully accept Jesus Christ as your Savior while recognizing that it is only through His life, death and resurrection that you have spiritual deliverance (Acts 4:12 Acts 4:12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
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; Philippians 2:9-11 Philippians 2:9-11 [9] Why God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: [10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; [11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
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After baptism you immediately receive God's remarkable gift of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands by His ministry (1 Timothy 4:4 1 Timothy 4:4For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
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; Philippians 4:6 Philippians 4:6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
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). Your aim is to completely follow Jesus' example of love toward God and others (Ephesians 2:10 Ephesians 2:10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.
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; Philippians 2:5 Philippians 2:5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
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This process of spiritual transformation begins preparing you for the coming supreme adventure of everlasting life and service in the Kingdom of God. This goal should motivate you far beyond any endeavor you might find exciting or attractive in this physical life!

Face the challenges and keep on toward the goal

Of course, before embarking on this new spiritual journey you will need to carefully "count the cost" since there will be difficulties and challenges ahead (Luke 14:28-33 Luke 14:28-33 [28] For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits not down first, and counts the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? [29] Lest haply, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, [30] Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. [31] Or what king, going to make war against another king, sits not down first, and consults whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that comes against him with twenty thousand? [32] Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an ambassador, and desires conditions of peace. [33] So likewise, whoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple.
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; Ephesians 6:12 Ephesians 6:12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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You must never forget that, at least for the time being, the entire world is trapped in a colossal, satanic deception from which you have been freed through God's grace (1 John 5:19 1 John 5:19And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.
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; Revelation 12:9 Revelation 12:9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
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; Ephesians 2:1-10 Ephesians 2:1-10 [1] And you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; [2] Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience: [3] Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. [4] But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, [5] Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved;) [6] And has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: [7] That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. [8] For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast. [10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.
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). Each day you will need to "put on the whole armor of God" and live by faith in order "to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one" (Galatians 2:20 Galatians 2:20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
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; Ephesians 6:11 Ephesians 6:11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
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, Ephesians 6:16 Ephesians 6:16Above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
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Through God's powerful help you will need to focus your mind and heart significantly more on His interests and much less on your own (Psalms 121:1-2 Psalms 121:1-2 [1] I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where comes my help. [2] My help comes from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
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; Matthew 6:25 Matthew 6:25Therefore I say to you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
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; Matthew 16:23 Matthew 16:23But he turned, and said to Peter, Get you behind me, Satan: you are an offense to me: for you mind not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
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). Although you currently have important physical responsibilities, including family, school or work, these must never supersede your immensely greater mission to "seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness" (Matthew 6:33 Matthew 6:33But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.
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The goal of participating in the coming great adventure in God's Kingdom, with its splendid rewards and opportunities, must fill you completely (2 Timothy 4:17 2 Timothy 4:17Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
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). This will help us to endure. "Since we are [God's] children, we will share his treasures—for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later" (Romans 8:17-18 Romans 8:17-18 [17] And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. [18] For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
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, New Living Translation, 1996).

So the greatest adventure of all time is coming! I'm preparing to participate. Will you join me?

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