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David Jeremiah

Discovering God’s Presence and Purpose in Your Tomorrow

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Forward by David Jeremiah is a motivational guide that teaches readers how to move past their fears and live a more fulfilling life. With biblical wisdom and personal anecdotes, the author inspires readers to embrace change and pursue their dreams.

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    The Bible teaches us to hold on to our dreams.

    King David had a great dream: to build a temple for the Lord at the top of Jerusalem’s Mount Moriah.

    For centuries, Israel had worshiped at the tattered remnants of the tabernacle, the elaborate tent constructed in Moses’s time. But King David dreamt of a permanent place to worship God. He began to imagine a beautiful temple.

    Without some kind of dream, we’re lost. The Bible tells us, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” When we have no idea about the kind of future we want, we flounder.

    The key message here is: The Bible teaches us to hold on to our dreams.

    Before you pursue your dream, try to envision it. Take a concrete example: without a blueprint for a house, you can’t build that house. And without a vision of that house, you can’t draw a blueprint. Your life is the house and you have to envision its shape.

    Think of a great modern dreamer like Steve Jobs. He could envision what people needed and then build the technology to enrich their lives. He could see what wasn’t there, and what should be there.

    King David was able to imagine the temple on Mount Moriah in just the same way. It wasn’t an abstract thing, this temple. It filled his mind, in all of its details. He imagined it as being more opulent than the beautiful palace he lived in, with its bulwarks and paneled walls.

    David also discovered the difficulties of pursuing a dream. When he spoke with God about building the temple, God told him he wouldn’t be allowed to do it, as he’d been a man of war and shed blood. Instead, God told him it would be his son, Solomon, who’d build the temple.

    David could have fallen into despair and defeat – it had been his dream, after all. But instead, he resolved to do all he could to help his son succeed. There’s a great lesson here. Sometimes, your dreams might not work out exactly as you pictured them. But that doesn’t mean you give up on them. Instead, you grasp the new possibilities that are offered and focus on them.

    Pursuing a dream is hard – nobody said it would be easy. Nothing worthwhile ever is!

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    What is Forward about?

    Forward (2020) shows you how you can discover God in your life right now. Bible teacher David Jeremiah explains how Biblical wisdom can be used to attain focus and purpose, helping you on to great personal accomplishment and fulfillment.

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    Forward (2021) by David Jeremiah is a book that explores how to overcome fear and embrace a hopeful future. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Packed with insightful wisdom and practical advice, it empowers readers to face challenges courageously and move forward in life.
    • Through biblical teachings, personal stories, and historical examples, the book offers a unique perspective on finding hope amid adversity.
    • With its engaging narrative and thought-provoking insights, the book is anything but boring, ensuring an enjoyable and enlightening reading experience.

    Who should read Forward?

    • Anyone curious about discovering God in their lives
    • Christians looking for an injection of faith
    • Those curious about the life philosophy of American evangelists

    About the Author

    David Jeremiah is an evangelical preacher from Ohio. He’s the founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries, which air his sermons. He’s also senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, a Southern Baptist megachurch in El Cajon, California. He served on President Trump’s evangelical advisory board.

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    What is the main message of Forward?

    The main message of Forward is to have hope and trust in God's plan for our lives.

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    Is Forward a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Forward is a compelling book that offers inspirational insights and encourages personal growth.

    Who is the author of Forward?

    Forward is written by David Jeremiah.

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