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700 Club Interactive: Back to Church - December 6, 2012

National Back to Church Sunday representative Eric Abel shares about his viral video "Rapping Pastors" and how churches can reach today's youth Read Transcript


Gordon: COMING UP, FIND

OUT WHAT YOU'RE MISSING AT

CHURCH.

* YOU AIN'T NEVER SEEN A

CHURCH LIKE THIS *

* WE'VE GOT LIGHTS, CAMERAS,

AND PLENTY OF ACTION *

Gordon: ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY

FOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORE

TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

Gordon: WELCOME TO THE

PROGRAM AND THANKS FOR

JOINING US.

A 2012 GALLOP POLL REPORTS

THAT MANY AMERICANS CLAIM TO

BE CHURCH-GOERS, BUT WHEN

YOU DIG A LITTLE DEEPER,

POLLSTERS DISCOVER THAT,

WELL, PEOPLE ARE LYING ABOUT

THEIR CHURCH ATTENDANCE.

IN REALITY, LESS THAN 25% OF

AMERICANS GO TO CHURCH ON A

REGULAR BASIS.

ONE ORGANIZATION IS TRYING

TO CHANGE THOSE STATISTICS,

WITH A LITTLE HUMOR,

COMBINED WITH SOCIAL MEDIA.

*

* WE'RE GOING BACK TO

CHURCH *

* WELL, ALL RIGHT

* CHECK IT

* BACK TO CHURCH ON

SUNDAY *

* THAT'S WHAT'S UP

* WE GOT LIGHTS, CAMERAS,

PLENTY OF ACTION *

* GOT MY TRUCK STOLEN

* AND I'M A PREACHER FROM AN

OUTPASS *

* SO BEFORE I'M THROUGH WITH

IT *

* MAKE IT TO CHURCH, MAN,

EVERYBODY'S DOING IT *

* WE'VE GOT JAY ON THE

PIPES, LAYING IT DOWN *

* EVERYBODY KNOWS

* I RUN THIS TOWN

* GIVE ME SOME WATER AND

I'LL BAPTIZE YA *

* NOW BUST OUT A HYMNAL

* WE'RE GOING BACK TO

CHURCH *

* BACK TO CHURCH

* WE GOING BACK TO CHURCH

* EVERYBODY IN THE NATION,

FIND A LOCATION *

* BACK TO CHURCH

*

WE GOING BACK *

* YO, I GET IT

* MAYBE A SMALL CHURCH IS

MORE YOUR GAME *

* AND EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR

NAME *

* BACK TO CHURCH, IT'S A

CELEBRATION *

* WHATCHA WAITING FOR,

HERE'S YOUR INVITATION *

* WE GET, WOW

* GOT YOU DANCING IN THE

AISLE *

*

SAYING, OOH, CHILD *

* CAN I GET AN AMEN FROM THE

BACK SEAT *

* AMEN

* BACK TO CHURCH ON

SUNDAY *

*

* TIME FOR A COMEBACK

* WE GOING BACK TO CHURCH

* BACK TO CHURCH.

* WE GOING BACK TO CHURCH

* ALL OF THE PEOPLE GET TO A

STEEPLE *

* BACK TO CHURCH

*

BACK TO CHURCH *

* WE GOING BACK TO CHURCH

* EVERYBODY IN THE NATION

FIND A LOCATION *

* WE'RE GOING BACK

Gordon: PLEASE WELCOME

THE CREATOR OF THE BACK TO

CHURCH RAP.

ERIC ABLE.

ERIC, WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

Gordon: WHY DID YOU

CREATE THE RAPPING PASTOR'S

VIDEO?

IT IS AMAZING HOW IT HAS

GONE VIRAL.

WE'VE GOTTEN OVER 500,000

VIEWS ON YouTube AND

OTHER CHURCHES HAVE SEEN

IT.

IT ALL STARTED WITH THE

STRATEGY THAT WE WANTED TO

INVITE PEOPLE IN AMERICA

BACK TO CHURCH.

IT WAS ALL PART OF NATIONAL

BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY, WHICH

IS AN ANNUAL EVENT IN

SEPTEMBER.

WE ASKED OURSELVES, HOW

COULD WE GET PEOPLE BACK TO

CHURCH?

WHAT COULD WE DO TO PAINT A

PICTURE OF THE CHURCH IS

RELEVANT FOR EVERYDAY LIFE

AND SOMETHING THAT IS FUN AS

WELL.

AND WE THOUGHT ABOUT IN

TERMS OF THE DEEP-CHURCHED

AN DEEP-CHURCHED, AND THE

UNCHURCHED, AND WE WANTED A

DAY WHERE THEY COULD COME TO

CHURCH AND KNOW MANY OTHERS

WOULD BE PARTICIPATING IN

THAT.

AND WE ALSO WANTED TO

PERSUADE MEN.

PUT THE FAM IN THE VAN.

IF WE CAN GET THE MEN TO

COME TO CHURCH, THEN THE

FAMILY WILL FOLLOW.

Gordon: HOW EFFECTIVE

IS IT?

HAVE YOU SEEN ANY

INCREASES?

OH, YEAH.

WE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF

PARTICIPATING CHURCHES, AND

THEY ALL SAID BY FAR IT WAS

THE MOST USEFUL TOOL THEY

USED TO REACH OUT TO THEIR

COMMUNITY.

PARTICIPATING CHURCHES WERE

RECORDING A 38% I INCREASE

IN AN ATTENDANCE ON THAT

SUNDAY.

I BELIEVE IT HELPS PEOPLE TO

RECONSIDER COMING BACK TO

CHURCH IN A WAY THAT THEY

NEVER HAVE BEFORE.

I PULLED ONE QUOTE OFF THE

Facebook, AND YOU CAN

GOING TO Facebook AND

YouTube AND SEE PEOPLE

TALKING ABOUT IT.

COLIN CAMPBELL WRITES, "THIS

VIDEO HONESTLY MOTIVATED ME

TO ATTEMPT TO GO BACK TO

CHURCH.

I'M A LITTLE SCARED, THOUGH,

BECAUSE I'M AFRAID OF BEING

JUDGED.

BUT THIS VIDEO MAKES IT A

LITTLE LESS SCARY TO GO FAC

BACK TO CHURCH."

SO WE'RE SEEING SOME GREAT

COMMENTS.

Gordon: IT IS

INTERESTING, HE WAS WORRIED

ABOUT BEING JUDGED.

THE STATS ARE SHOWING THAT

2% OF AMERICANS WHO ARE

GOING TO CHURCH -- ONLY 2%

OF THEM INVITE

NON-CHRISTIANS.

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS?

THE STUDY SHOWED THAT

RESEARCH.

IT SHOWED THAT NOT ONLY 2%

ARE NOT INVITING, BUT 82% OF

PEOPLE WOULD COME TO CHURCH

IF SIMPLY INVITED BY A

FRIEND.

I THINK SOME OF IT COULD BE

CHURCHES ARE JUST NOT

PROMOTING IT.

THEY'RE NOT REALLY

ENCOURAGING THEIR

PARISHIONERS TO INVITE

PEOPLE.

BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY IS A

GREAT EXCUSE TO INVITE

FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND

NEIGHBORS.

I BELIEVE THAT IS ONE

REASON, CHURCHES REALLY

AREN'T TALKING ABOUT IT.

Gordon: HOW DO WE GET

PEOPLE GOING TO CHURCH

INTERESTED IN -- I DON'T

HAVE ANOTHER WORD FOR IT,

MARKETING.

IN THE EARLY TIMES, PEOPLE

WOULD GO HOUSE TO HOUSE AND

DO IT THAT WAY.

WHAT CAN WE DO TO INSPIRE

PEOPLE TO SORT OF RETURN

BACK TO THAT?

I THINK PART OF IT IS

PEOPLE REALLY ENJOY THEIR

CHURCHES.

THEY FIND GREAT COMFORT

THERE AND GREAT ENTHUSIASM

AND GREAT COMMUNITY.

IT IS JUST A MATTER OF HOW

CAN WE GET PEOPLE TO

COMMUNICATE THAT LOVE OF

CHURCH TO THEIR NEIGHBORS

AND FRIENDS.

IF YOU LOOK BACK IN THE NEW

TESTAMENT, OF COURSE, GOD

USED CHURCH GROWTH IN A

COUPLE OF DIFFERENT WAYS.

ONE, THE GROWTH FROM OUTSIDE

IN.

AS MORE PEOPLE CAME TO

CHURCH, THE NEW TESTAMENT

CHURCH SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE

WORLD.

BUT, REALLY, I THINK IT IS

GOING TO TAKE GROWTH FROM

WITHIN.

AND GOD SEEMS TO USE THAT,

TOO.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE BOOK OF

ACTS, ACT 2, IN THE EARLY

CHURCH, WHERE THEY SAID THEY

DEVOTED THEMSELVES TO THE

FELLOWSHIP, AND THEY WERE

REALLY INTO THEIR CHURCH.

AS THEY GREW SPIRITUALLY,

NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN THE

CHURCH GREW, AND THAT VERSE

ALSO TALKS ABOUT HOW THE

CHURCH GREW IN NUMBERS.

SO I THINK THERE IS THIS

INTERESTING MIX THAT GOD

USES, THE SPIRITUAL CHURCH

WITHIN THE CHURCH TO REALLY

GROW THE CHURCH IN

ATTENDANCE AND MULTIPLY THE

CHURCH.

WE HAVE A PROGRAM CALLED

"THE 30 DAY CHURCH

CHALLENGE."

THEY TAKE THE BASIC

PRINCIPLES FROM ACTS 2 AND

REALLY HELPS THE

CONGREGATION TO ENGAGE IN

CHURCH.

Gordon: WHAT HAVE YOU

GOT PLANNED FOR 2013?

WE'RE SUPER EXCITED ABOUT

2013.

WE REALIZE THAT THE LORD IS

IN CONTROL OF IT ALL.

IT'S OUR VISION TO HAVE

20,000 PLUS CHURCHES

INVOLVED IN "BACK TO CHURCH

SUNDAY," AND LAST YEAR IT

WAS ABOUT 13,000 CHURCHES.

WE'VE GOT MORE RESOURCES AND

VIDEOS AND GRAPHICS, AND

POSTCARD MAILINGS, AND

THINGS THAT CHURCHES CAN USE

TO REACH OUT TO THEIR

COMMUNITY.

SO A LOT OF NEW IDEAS, BUT

WE'RE HOPING FOR ABOUT

20,000 CHURCHES TO GET

INVOLVED.

Gordon: ALL RIGHT,

ERIC.

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND

OUT MORE, YOU CAN EITHER GO

TO OUR WEBSITE,

700clubinteractive.com, OR

backtochurch.com AND YOU

CAN GET MORE INFORMATION.

COMING UP, FROM ANCIENT

ARCHITECTURE TO TALKING

ROBOTS.

GET A LOOK AT WHAT GOES INTO

EVERY EPISODE OF

"SUPERBOOK."

THAT'S UP NEXT.

Gordon: IN THE MOVIE

"BEN HUR," THE ROMANS FIGHT

A FLEET.

IN 10 COMMANDMENTS, MOSES

STARTS WALKING OUT OF EGYPT

IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.

THESE ARE JUST EXAMPLES OF

HOW HOLLYWOOD DOESN'T ALWAYS

DO ITS HOMEWORK WHEN IT

COMES TO BIBLICAL EPICS.

BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY

ABOUT THOSE BLUNDERS WHEN

WATCHING THE NEW

"SUPERBOOK."

I AM TAKING YOU TO MEET A

MAN WHO STOOD UP FOR WHAT HE

BELIEVED WAS RIGHT.

Reporter: WHEN YOU'RE

WATCHING "SUPERBOOK," YOU'RE

NOT JUST WATCHING ANIMATED

BIBLE STORY.

YOU'RE ALSO WATCHING ONE OF

THE MOST ACCURATE PORTRAYALS

OF THE ANCIENT MIDDLE EAST

EVER PUT INTO A CARTOON.

IT APPEARS WE'RE IN

ANCIENT BABYLON.

Reporter: EVERY DETAIL

HAS BEEN CHECKED FOR

ACCURACY, FROM THE CLOTHES

TO THE ARMOR, AND IF THEY

DIDN'T HAVE IT BACK THEN,

THEY'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE IT

IN "SUPERBOOK."

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS SHOT.

IT'S ONLY UP THERE FOR A FEW

SECONDS, SO IF YOU BLINK,

YOU MIGHT MISS IT.

BUT THAT MASSIVE BLUE

STRUCTURE IS CALLED THE

ISHTAR GATE.

BUILT IN 575 B.C., AND

FAITHFULLY RECONSTRUCTED BY

OUR "SUPERBOOK" ANIMATORS

2500 YEARS LATER.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THAT GATE

IS STILL AROUND.

ONLY IT IS NOT IN BABYLON

ANYMORE.

IT IS NOW STANDING IN A

MUSEUM IN GERMANY.

OUR PRODUCERS SAW THE GATE

AND MADE SURE WHEN WE DREW

IT, WE HAD THE RIGHT COLORS,

THE RIGHT SIZE, AND ALL OF

THOSE LINES ON THE WALL

FACING IN THE RIGHT

DIRECTION.

Gordon: AND THE REASON

IS WE WANT TO LET CHILDREN

KNOW THAT THIS IS A REAL

PLACE AND A REALTIME, AND

THIS IS AN HISTORICAL EVENT

THAT HAPPENED.

Reporter: AND IT IS NOT

JUST THE BACKGROUND.

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF

THIS OUTRAGE?

TAKE THIS HANDSOME

FELLOW.

HE WAS A RAINING MONARCH

BETWEEN 522 AND 486 D.C.

HE IS BELIEVED TO BE THE GUY

IN CHARGE OF BABYLON IN THE

YEARS AFTER THE JEWISH

EXILE, AND HE IS THOUGHT TO

BE THE DARIUS REFERRED TO IN

THE BOOK OF DANIEL.

YOU ARE THE WISEST OF ALL

MEN IN MY KINGDOM.

Reporter: AND THAT'S

ACTUALLY THE WAY HE LOOKS.

EVEN A KING CAN BE

UNCERTAIN ABOUT WHAT IS

RIGHT.

Gordon: THE MORE

HISTORICALLY ACCURATE WE CAN

MAKE THEM, THE LONGER THE

SERIES WILL LAST.

Reporter: BUT IT IS NOT

JUST THE LOOK THAT IS

IMPORTANT.

THE FOUNDATION OF ANY

"SUPERBOOK" EPISODE IS THE

BIBLE STORY.

WHETHER IT IS DANIEL IN THE

LION'S DEATH, OR MOSES, OR

CREATION.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT

THE STORY BEING TOLD BY US

MATCHES UP WITH THE STORY

THAT IS BEING TOLD IN THE

BIBLE, EVEN THE DIALOGUE,

WHICH COMES DIRECTLY FROM

THE SCRIPTURES.

I HAVE BEEN FOUND

INNOCENT IN HIS SIGHT.

Reporter: ULTIMATELY,

THE GOAL OF "SUPERBOOK" IS

TO TEACH KIDS AROUND THE

WORLD ABOUT THE BIBLE.

THAT'S WHY THIS SERIES WILL

BE TRANSLATED INTO 1 18

LANGUAGES.

WE HOPE IN THE NEXT FEW

YEARS, 300 MILLION CHILDREN

WILL HEAR STORIES THROUGH

"SUPERBOOK," AND MANY OF

THOSE KIDS WILL BE HEARING

ABOUT THE BIBLE FOR THE

FIRST AND ONLY TIME THROUGH

THIS PROGRAM.

THAT'S WHY WE'RE SUCH A

STICKLER FOR ACCURACY.

WE JUST ADDED THE TALKING

ROBOT.

Gordon: IF YOU WANT TO

TAKE THE BIBLE TO THE

CHILDREN OF THE WORLD,

THAT'S OUR GOAL.

OUR GOAL IS OVER THE NEXT

FIVE YEARS, 300 MILLION

CHILDREN WATCHING

"SUPERBOOK" EPISODES AROUND

THE WORLD.

WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF

TRANSLATING THE SERIES INTO

38 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE

LAUNCH IN THE FIRST AND

SECOND QUARTER OF NEXT YEAR,

2013.

AND WE'RE JUST IN

ANTICIPATION OVER WHAT'S

GOING TO HAPPEN, HOW A WHOLE

GENERATION CAN KNOW THE

STORIES OF THE BIBLE.

NOW, WHAT DO WE NEED?

WE NEED HELP WITH THE

PRODUCTION COSTS.

THESE ARE EXPENSIVE EPISODES

TO MAKE.

AND WE'VE GOT A VERY SPECIAL

CHRISTMAS OFFER FOR YOU.

WE'VE GOT THE LATEST

EPISODE, WHICH IS THE LAST

SUPPER, AND WE'RE GOING TO

PAIR THAT WITH THE FIRST

CHRISTMAS, WHICH WE OFFERED

BEFORE, BUT WE'RE GOING TO

OFFER IT AGAIN.

SO YOU CAN HAVE PLENTY OF

STOCKING STUFFERS, AND WE'RE

INVITING YOU TO JOIN THE

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB.

THAT MEANS FOR A GIFT OF

$25, WE'LL SEND YOU NOT JUST

ONE COPY OF THE D.V.D.,

WE'LL SEND YOU THREE.

AS NEW EPISODES ARE CREATED,

YOU'LL BE FIRST IN LINE TO

GET THEM.

AND YOU'LL GET THREE

VERSIONS, SO YOU CAN HAVE

PLENTY TO SHARE WITH YOUR

RELATIVES, FAMILY, WITH

CHURCH, SUNDAY SCHOOLS,

CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS.

WE WANT TO GET THE STORIES

OF THE BIBLE OUT.

THE SPECIAL OFFER FOR

CHRISTMAS IS YOU GET THE

LATEST EPISODE, "THE LAST

SUPPER," YOU GET THREE

VERSIONS OF THAT, AND YOU

GET "THE FIRST CHRISTMAS,"

AND THREE VERSIONS OF THAT

AS WELL.

SO YOU'VE GOT PLENTY OF

STOCKING STUFFERS FOR THIS

CHRISTMAS.

DO IT NOW.

CALL US, 1-888-777-1999, OR

YOU CAN LOG ON TO

CBN.COM.

AND IF YOU DON'T WANT TO

JOIN THE "SUPERBOOK" D.V.D.

CLUB, YOU CAN JUST GET "THE

LAST SUPPER" AS A SINGLE

EPISODE FOR A ONE-TIME GIFT

OF $25.

UP NEXT, MTV CAME CALLING,

AND CHRIS ANSWERED.

TWO MONTHS LATER, HIS SHOW

WAS CANCELLED.

I WAS LIKE, MAN, I

THOUGHT THIS WAS GOING TO BE

THE THING.

NOW I'M A COLLEGE DROPOUT,

AND THE SHOW DIDN'T GET

WORKED OUT.

AND I'M, LIKE, I HAVE

NOWHERE TO GO.

Gordon: WATCH HOW

LOSING HIS JOB LED TO

FINDING HIS CALLING, AFTER

THIS.

Gordon: WELL, YOU MIGHT

RECOGNIZE CHRIS GRAVY IF

YOU'RE A FAN OF MTV'S ROAD

RULES.

BUT WHEN HE READ HIS BIBLE

ON THE SET, HE GOT LOTS OF

QUESTIONS FROM HIS FELLOW

CAST MEMBERS, AND HE WAS

ALWAYS EAGER TO TELL THEM

ABOUT THE JOURNEY THAT

BROUGHT HIM FULL CIRCLE.

EVERY BOY WANTS HIS

FATHER IN HIS LIFE.

Reporter: CHRIS'

PARENTS DIVORCED WHEN HE WAS

5.

THEY MOVED FROM THEIR TEXAS

HOME TO INDIANA.

IT IS HARD NOT TO BE

AROUND BOTH PARENTS AT THE

SAME TIME.

GROWING UP, MY PARENTS GOT

MARRIED TO NEW PEOPLE.

Reporter: CHRIS' NEW

STEPFATHER WAS YOU ABUSIVE.

CHURCH BECAME HE AND HIS

MOTHER'S REFUGE.

CHURCH WAS REPRESENTED TO ME

A TURN OR BURN THING.

GIVE YOUR LIFE TO CHRIST OR

YOU'RE GOING TO BURN

FOREVER.

Reporter: CHRIS FOUND A

POSITIVE OUTLET IN SPORTS.

I TRIED TO KEEP MY NOSE

IN SPORTS AND TRY TO EXCEL.

ONCE HIGH SCHOOL WAS OVER, I

WENT TO COLLEGE THAT DIDN'T

HAVE SPORTS ANYMORE.

IT STARTED OFF WITH ME

HAVING A FEW DRINKS.

AND THE DRINKING STARTED

BECOMING HEAVILY, AND THAT

WASN'T MAKING ME HAPPY

ANYMORE.

SO I STARTED DOING ILLEGAL

DRUGS AND PRESCRIPTION

PILLS, THINGS LIKE THAT, AND

IT KIND OF JUST MORPHS INTO

THE NEXT THING.

THIS ISN'T MAKING ME HAPPY,

SO MAYBE I'LL TRY THIS.

I FOUND MYSELF IN NUMEROUS

RELATIONSHIPS, SEARCHING FOR

SOMETHING TO FILL A HOLE IN

MY LIFE.

Reporter: IN HIS JUNIOR

YEAR OF SCHOOL, CHRIS' AUNT

OFFERED HIM A JOB IN

CALIFORNIA AND A PLACE TO

LIVE.

TWO WEEKS LATER, CHRIS

DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL AND

HEADED WEST.

I THOUGHT, MAYBE IF I GO

TO CALIFORNIA, I CAN GET IN

ENTERTAINMENT, AND MAYBE

THAT WILL BE THE THING THAT

FILLS THAT HOLE, THAT VOID

IN MY LIFE.

Reporter: CHRIS

AUDITIONED AND WAS CAST IN

AN MTV REALITY SHOW.

AND A FEW MONTHS LATER, IT

WAS CANCELLED.

WHEN I GOT TO CALL, IT

DEFINITELY SHOOK ME.

NOW I'M A COLLEGE DROPOUT,

THE SHOW DIDN'T WORK OUT,

AND I HAVE NOWHERE TO GO.

Reporter: CHRIS' LONG

LOST DAD HEARD ABOUT THE

SITUATION AND FOR THE FIRST

TIME REACHED OUT TO HELP.

MY DAD CALLED ME AND SAID

I HAVE A JOB FOR YOU IN

NASHVILLE.

I PACKED UP MY JEEP AND

DROVE DOWN TO NASHVILLE AND

MOVED IN WITH MY DAD FOR THE

FIRST TIME SINCE I WAS 5.

Reporter: CHRIS WORKED

AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT, WHERE

HE PARTIED WITH ALL OF THE

EMPLOYEES AFTER HOURS.

ALL ACCEPT ONE, A WOMAN

NAMED VERNA.

SHE BEGAN A FRIENDSHIP

WITH ME AND WOULD ENCOURAGE

ME, HEY, CHRIS, THERE IS

SOMETHING BETTER FOR YOU.

Reporter: VERNA INVITED

CHRIS TO CHURCH, AND

EVENTUALLY HE AGREED TO GO.

I JUST SAT THERE AND

LISTENED, AND THE ROOM WAS

FULL OF COLLEGE STUDENTS,

FULL OF PEOPLE 20 SOMETHING,

19, 25.

IT WAS TOTALLY REAL.

THESE PEOPLE WEREN'T FAKING

IT.

THEY WEREN'T PUTTING ON A

SHOW.

IT WAS LIO, LIKE, THEY WERE

PRAISING AND SHOUTING TO GOD

BECAUSE OF HOW HE CHANGED

THEIR LIVES.

THERE WAS DEFINITELY A

NATURAL DRAW, AND I WAS

LIKE, I WANT THIS.

Reporter: SEVERAL WEEKS

LATER, CHRIS WENT BACK TO

CHURCH AFTER A WEEK OF

PARTYING.

I BEGAN TALKING TO GOD.

THE FIRST REAL CONVERSATION

I HAD WITH HIM PROBABLY MY

WHOLE LIFE.

YOU'RE REAL.

JESUS, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID

FOR ME.

I REALIZE IT NOW.

AND I'M SORRY.

AND WILL YOU FORGIVE ME?

AND WILL YOU BE MY LORD?

AND WILL YOU TAKE MY LIFE?

AND WILL YOU LEAD MY LIFE?

AND SO IT WAS THERE, ON THE

CORNER IN DOWNTOWN

NASHVILLE, BY MYSELF.

IT WASN'T DOWN IN FRONT OF

SOME CHURCH, OR IN FRONT OF

A GROUP OF PEOPLE.

IT WAS JUST ME AND GOD, AND

WE BEGAN OUR RELATIONSHIP

THEN.

Reporter: CHRIS SAYS

GOD PROVIDED OPPORTUNITIES

FOR HIM TO LIVE OUT HIS

DREAM.

MTV PRODUCERS RECAST HIM IN

THE NEW ROAD SERIES.

AND YOU MAY RECOGNIZE HIM

FROM "BATTLE OF THE SEXES"

TOO.

I GOT TO SHARE CHRIST

WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE.

ALL OF MY CAST MEMBERS WOULD

SIT DOWN AND COME AND TALK

TO ME AND ASK ME QUESTIONS.

Reporter: CHRIS MET HIS

FUTURE WIFE AT CHURCH.

I MET HIM THAT MONTH HE

GOT SAVED.

SO I ONLY SAW THIS

PASSIONATE, ON-FIRE CHRIS,

AND I ONLY HEARD STORIES OF

THE PREVIOUS LIFE.

I THINK THAT MADE IT A WHOLE

LOT EASIER FOR ME TO GO,

OKAY, THIS IS WHO HE IS

NOW.

AND GOD HAS FORGIVEN ALL OF

THAT.

GOD ORCHESTRATED OUR STORY,

NOT ONLY OUR LOVE STORY, BUT

OUR LIFE STORY.

Reporter: LESS THAN A

YEAR LATER, THE TWO WERE

MARRIED.

AND CHRIS NOW HAS A CHANCE

TO BE THE FATHER HE ALWAYS

LONGED FOR.

HIS SON, CADEN IS 2, AND A

SECOND CHILD IS ON THE WAY.

MORE AND MORE, I'M

UNDERSTANDING THE LOVE AND

COMPASSION SIDE OF GOD, AND

THE LOVE AND MERCY HE HAS

FOR ME.

AND LEARNING MORE AND MORE

WHAT IT MEANS TO TRUST HIM

AS MY PROVIDER.

AND TRUST HIM AS THE ONE WHO

IS GOING TO OPEN AND SHUT

THE DOORS.

HE'S MY DAD.

HE'S MY FATHER.

Gordon: AND HE'LL DO

THE SAME THING FOR YOU,

HE'LL BE YOUR DAD.

WE CALL OUR CREATOR DADDY.

OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN

HEAVEN.

OUR OMBA, OUR FATHER.

WE GET TO DO THAT.

IT IS A GREAT PRIVILEGE THAT

WE HAVE.

IT IS A GREAT JOURNEY.

IT IS AN ADVENTURE, WHERE

YOU START RELYING ON HIM,

AND YOU KNOW THAT HE IS

WATCHING OVER YOU.

AND HE HAS GOT PLANS FOR

YOU.

HE'S GOT DOORS HE WANTS TO

OPEN FOR YOU.

HE WANTS TO GIVE YOU

OPPORTUNITY.

HE CAME THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE

LIFE AND HAVE IT MORE

ABUNDANTLY.

NOW, WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO

GET IT?

ALL YOU'VE GOT TO DO IS

ASK.

THE SAME THING THAT CHRIS

DID.

HE JUST BOWED HIS HEAD AND

SAID FORGIVE ME, RESTORE ME,

COME INTO MY LIFE, BE PART

OF ME NOW.

I WANT TO HEAR YOUR VOICE.

I WANT TO LIVE FOR YOU.

AND WHEN YOU DO THAT, YOU

GET INTO A WONDERFUL

RELATIONSHIP THAT WE WERE

MADE FOR.

AND WHEN YOU START

UNDERSTANDING THAT, THAT WE

WERE MADE FOR A RELATIONSHIP

WITH OUR HEAVENLY FATHER,

THEN LIFE STARTS TO GET REAL

SIMPLE.

AND YOU START UNDERSTANDING,

ALL I HAVE TO DO IS TRUST

HIM.

IF HE TELLS ME TO DO

SOMETHING, THERE IS GOING TO

BE A BLESSING THERE.

SO I'M JUST GOING TO TRUST

HIM.

AND WHEN YOU DO THAT, AN

INCREDIBLE LIFE OPENS UP FOR

YOU.

ADVENTURES THAT YOU'VE NEVER

DREAMED YOU WOULD EVER DO,

HE'LL HAVE YOU DO.

HE'LL HAVE YOU GO PLACES.

HE'LL HAVE YOU MEET PEOPLE.

HE'LL OPEN DOORS OF

OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU.

HE WANTS TO BLESS YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK

HIM IN.

NOW HERE IS THE PRAYER --

IT'S VERY SIMPLE.

JESUS, IF THIS IS REAL, IF

YOU'RE REALLY THERE, IF YOU

REALLY WANT TO HAVE A

RECALLS WITH ME, IF YOU

REALLY LOVE ME, COULD YOU

SHOW ME.

COULD YOU MAKE ME NEW

AGAIN?

CAN I KNOW YOUR LOVE?

CAN I BE FORGIVEN?

IF YOU PRAYED THAT WITH ALL

OF YOUR HEART, HE'LL ANSWER

YOU, HE'LL COME IN.

AND WHAT HE DID FOR CHRIS,

HE'LL DO FOR YOU.

HE'LL TURN YOUR LIFE

AROUND.

IF YOU WANT SOMEONE TO HELP

YOU PRAY, ALL YOU'VE GOT TO

DO IS CALL US,

1-888-777-1999.

WHEN YOU CALL, JUST SAY I

WANT TO PRAY AND ASK JESUS

TO COME INTO MY HEART.

FOR EVERYBODY THAT CALLS,

WE'VE GOT A FREE PACKET FOR

YOU.

IT IS CALLED "A NEW DAY."

IN THERE IS A C.D. TEACHING,

ABOUT AN HOUR, 70 MINUTES

LONG.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

WHAT DO CHRISTIANS BELIEVE?

HOW DO YOU LIVE THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE?

WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT?

THERE IS ALSO A BOOKLET WITH

BIBLE VERSES IN IT.

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO WHAT

CHRIS DID, WHICH IS GET

INVOLVED IN A LOCAL CHURCH.

GET A BIBLE.

START READING IT.

START RENEWING YOUR MIND

THROUGH SCRIPTURE.

THAT'S HOW YOU DO IT.

YOU READ THE BIBLE EVERY

DAY.

AND PRAY AND ASK JESUS TO

TALK TO YOU AND TO BE WITH

YOU.

IF YOU DO THAT, HE'LL DO

IT.

BUT MAKE THAT PHONE CALL.

WE WANT TO GET THIS PACKET

TO YOU FREE.

THE PACKET IS FREE AND THE

PHONE CALL IS FREE.

JUST GIVE US A CALL.

1-888-777-1999.

WE'VE GOT SOME CHATS.

LET'S GO TO DIMITRI IN THE

CHATROOM.

STEPHANIE CHATS IN AND

SAYS, "I HAVE BEEN CHECKING

OUT NEW CHURCHES, AND ONE

WAS SO PERFORMANCE-DRIVEN,

AND THE OTHER WAS SO

OLD-FASHIONED.

WHY SHOULD I BOTHER WHEN IT

SEEMS NO ONE KNOWS HOW TO BE

NORMAL?"

Gordon OH, THERE ARE

PLENTY THAT KNOW HOW TO BE

NORMAL.

THERE ARE EXTREMES.

AND SOME PEOPLE ACTUALLY

LIKE THE OLD-FASHIONED

CHURCH.

THEY REALLY APPRECIATE THAT

KIND OF FELLOWSHIP.

SOME LIKE THE SUPER

PERFORMANCE CHURCH.

YOU'LL FIND ONE THAT YOU

LIKE.

BUT I'LL GIVE YOU A BIT OF

ADVICE: STOP LOOKING FOR THE

PERFECT ONE BECAUSE AS SOON

AS YOU JOIN IT, IT WON'T BE

PERFECT ANYMORE.

THERE ARE NO PERFECT CHUMPS,

BU CHURCHES, BUT THERE ARE

WONDERFUL FELLOWSHIPS.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM JOHN 3: "FOR GOD

SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE

GAVE HIS ONLY SON SO

EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM

WILL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE

ETERNAL LIFE."

THAT'S THE HOPE OF OUR

SALVATION.

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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