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700 Club Interactive: The Nativity - December 10, 2012

See what the first Christmas was really like, as we take a look into the true history of this holiday. Read Transcript


Gordon: COMING UP, THE

STORY BEHIND THE FIRST

CHRISTMAS.

ON THE WALL OF THE TEMPLE

IS AN I INSCRIPTION.

THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO SEE THE

SIGN IN THE STARS OF THE

NIGHT ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE

LOOKING FOR IT.

Gordon: IN THE RACE TO

FIND THE MESSIAH 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

SHOW.

EVERY CHRISTMAS WE CELEBRATE

THE BIRTH OF CHRIST 2,000

YEARS AGO IN BETHLEHEM.

Terry: A THOUSAND YEARS

BEFORE THAT, JEWISH PROPHETS

FORETOLD THE BIRTH OF THE

MESSIAH.

TODAY GORDON TAKES A LOOK AT

ONE ARCHEOLOGICAL DISCOVERY

AND HOW IT CHANGED THE

COURSE OF HISTORY.

Reporter: THE BIRTH OF

A BABY, A SMALL EVENT THAT

BECAME THE TURNING POINT IN

WORLD HISTORY.

2,000 YEARS AGO, THE MESSIAH

ARRIVED ON EARTH.

AND ONLY A FEW PEOPLE SAW

THE SIGN.

THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO SEE

THE SIGN IN THE STARS OF THE

NIGHT ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE

LOOKING FOR IT.

Gordon: THE ONES WHO

SAW THE SIGN WERE THE WISE

MEN FROM THE EAST.

THEIR SEARCH FOR THE KING OF

THE JEWS BROUGHT THEM TO THE

PALACE OF HAROD THE GREAT.

THE IRONY IS, OF COURSE,

THAT THEY HAVE SEEN A STAR

THAT THEY ASSOCIATE WITH THE

RISING OF A KING OVER

JACOB.

Gordon: SO WHO EXACTLY

WERE THE WISE MEN WHO CALLED

ON KING HAROD, AND WHY DID

THEY SEEM TO KNOW JEWISH

PROPHECY BETTER THAN THE

JEWS.

THE ANSWER MAE LIE ON A

3,000-YEAR-OLD INSCRIPTION

DISCOVERED IN JORDAN.

IN 1967, ARCHEOLOGISTS FIND

THE REMAINS OF AN ANCIENT

TEMPLE.

ON THE WALL OF THE TEMPLE

WAS AN INSCRIPTION OF

BAYLON, THE PROPHET.

Gordon: BAYLOM, THE SON

OF BAY OR, VISITED BY AN

JOINT VENTUR AN ANGEL AND.

ONLY SMALL FRAGMENTS OF THE

INSCRIPTION HAVE SURVIVED.

IT IS WRITTEN IN ARMAIC, AND

IT TALKS ABOUT FIRE AND

JUDGMENT ON THELAND OF CANE

CANIN.

BAYLOM'S PROPHECY IN THE

BOOK OF NUMBERS, DELIVERED

BY THE STAR OF JACOB, THE

JEWISH MESSIAH.

A TOTALLY DIFFERENT

CONTEXT, AN ARCHEOLOGICAL

CONTEXT, WITH A STORY ABOUT

HIM THAT IS NOT THE BIBLICAL

STORY.

BUT IT SHOWS US THAT HIS

REPUTATION AS A PROFESSIONAL

FORETELLER EXISTED

THROUGHOUT THE EASTERN SIDE

OF THE JORDAN, WHAT WE WOULD

CALL THE TRANS JORDAN.

Gordon: IT IS ONE OF

THE FEW PROPHETS WITH

ARCHEOLOGICAL PROOF OF HIS

EXISTENCE.

I THINK IT IS EXCITING.

IT LEADS CREDIBILITY TO

MATTHEW'S STORY BECAUSE IT

IS PEOPLE COMING FROM THAT

SIDE OF THE RIVER.

Gordon: THEY LED THE

MEN TO LOOK FOR A STAR, NLT

STAR LED THEM TO JERUSALEM.

THIS IS THE TOWER OF DAVID,

THE SPOT WHERE HAROD'S

PALACE ONCE STOOD, A PLACE

HISTORIANS CALLED WONDEROUS

BEYOND WORDS.

IT WAS HEAR THAT HARROD

SUMMONED THE WISE MEN TO A

SECRET MEETING.

THE STORY IS THEY COME TO

THE KING OF THE JEWS,

HARROD, WHO DOES NOT KNOW

HIS OWN SCRIPTURES, AND HAS

TO ASK HIS COUNSELLORS AND

ADVISORS TO SEARCH THE

JEWISH SCRIPTURES, WHILE

THEY WHO ARE GENTILES AND

FOREIGNERS, KNOW THE

PROPHECY OF BAYLOM.

Consuelo: HIS MEN FOUND

A 700-YEAR-OLD CLUE FROM THE

PROFIT MICAH.

THAT LED THEM TO THE

BIRTHPLACE OF THE MESSIAH.

THEY WENT TO BETHLEHEM AND

FOUND JOSEPH, MARY, AND

JESUS.

THEY BROUGHT GOLD,

FRANKINCENSE AND MURRH.

GIFTS THAT WERE DESCRIBED BY

THE PROPHETS, HUNDREDS OF

YEARS EARLIER.

BUT WHILE THEY WORSHIPPED

JESUS, HARROD PLANNED TO

KILL HIM.

NOWADAYS, IF WE TO MEET

HARROD THE GREAT, WE WOULD

THINK HE SUFFERED FROM

SEVERE PARANOIA AND NEEDED

MEDAL TREATMENT AND A GOOD

PSYCHIATRIST.

Gordon: THE WISE MEN

ONLY FUELED HIS PARANOIA.

THEY WERE KNOWN AS THE

KING-MAKERS OF THE EAST, AND

NOW THEY WERE IN HARROD'S

PALACE, LOOKING FOR THE ONE

WHO HAD BEEN BORN KING OF

THE JEWS.

HARROD SAW THEIR VISIT AS A

THREAT.

THIS IS JUST WHO HARROD

IS.

HE IS A CONVERT, WITH NO

ACTUAL JEWISH BLOOD, WHO IS

ALWAYS FEARFUL.

DOESN'T TRUST ANYONE.

LOVED HIS WIFE SO MUCH, HE

KILLED HER.

LOVED HER TO DEATH, I SAY.

Gordon: HARROD ORDERED

A MASSACRE IN BETHLEHEM.

EVERY MALE UNDER THE AGE OF

TWO WAS KILLED.

AN EVENT THAT WAS PROPHESIED

BY JEREMIAH, MORE THAN 600

YEARS BEFORE IT HAPPENED.

JOSEPH AND MARY FLED TO

EGYPT, A JOURNEY PREDICTED

BY THE PROPHET HOSEA, AND

FULFILLED IN THE GOSPEL OF

MATTHEW.

HOSEA 11: 1 SAYS, "WHEN

ISRAEL WAS A CHILD, I LOVED

HIM."

SOME SAY MATTHEW MISQUOTED

HOSEA TERRIBLY.

"WHEN ISRAEL WAS A CHILD, I

LOVED HIM."

JUST AS IT HAPPENED TO

ISRAEL, SO IT HAPPENED TO

THE MESSIAH.

YOU HAVE THIS PATTERN OVER

AND OVER IN THE SCRIPTURES.

Gordon: NOWHERE IS THE

PROMISE OF THE MESSIAH MORE

POWERFUL THAN IN THE BOOK OF

ISAIAH.

HE SPOKE OF A CHILD, BORN OF

A VIRGIN, A SON CALLED

WONDERFUL COUNSELLOR, MIGHTY

GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, AND

PRINCE OF PEACE.

THE WORDS OF ISAIAH WERE

COPIED BY SCRIBES, HIDDEN IN

CAVES, AND PROTECTED FOR

MORE THAN 2,000 YEARS.

WHEN THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS

WERE REDISCOVERED, THE BOOK

OF ISAIAH WAS FOUND

COMPLETELY INTACT.

I WOULD SAY THE ONE

SCROLL THAT HAS HAD MORE

IMPACT UPON THE WORLD THAN

ANY OTHER SCROLL THAT WAS

FOUND HERE IS THE GREAT

ISAIAH SCROLL.

Gordon: THIS IS THE

OLDEST KNOWN COPY OF THE

BOOK OF ISAIAH, AND IT IS

THE ONLY ONE WE HAVE TODAY.

THAT EXISTED BEFORE THE

BIRTH OF CHRIST.

THERE WE HAVE A SCROLL

FROM AROUND 100 B.C. THAT IS

NEARLY AS WELL-PRESERVED AS

IT WAS IN THE DAYS THAT IT

WAS BEING READ.

OTHERWISE, THE NEXT COPIES

OF THE BOOK OF ISAIAH COME

FROM A THOUSAND YEARS

LATER.

AND WITH THIS, WE ARE GOING

TO BE ABLE TO SAY, NOW AND

FOR ALL TIME, THAT WE HAVE

THE TEXT THAT EXISTED FROM

2,000 YEARS AGO.

Gordon: FROM THE DESERT

CAVES, NEAR THE DEAD SEA, TO

THE RUINS OF AN ANCIENT

TEMPLE IN JORDAN, THE STORY

OF THE MESSIAH WAS ETCHED IN

STONE AND WRITTEN ON

PARCHMENT HUNDREDS OF YEARS

BEFORE JESUS WAS BORN.

AND NOW THE GENTILES CAN SAY

TO ZION, ARISE, SHINE, FOR

YOUR LIGHT HAS COME.

AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD IS

RISEN UPON YOU.

Gordon: IT IS THE

GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD.

THIS CHRISTMAS, SPEND TIME

WITH YOUR FAMILY GOING

THROUGH THESE PROPHECIES.

IT REALLY REINFORCES YOUR

FAITH.

WHEN YOU FIND JESUS IN THE

OLD TESTAMENT, WHEN YOU FIND

OUT HOW SPECIFICALLY HIS

BIRTH, HIS LIFE, HIS

MIRACLES, HIS DEATH AND

RESURRECTION FULFILLED THE

WORDS OF THE PROPHETS, AND

HE TOLD HIS DISCIPLES, I

HAVE TO FULFILL THESE

THINGS, THAT'S WHY I'M HERE,

TO FILL FULL THE WORD OF

GOOD.

AND YOU FIND EVEN IN HIS

NAME HOW HE IS FULFILLING

OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECY.

HOW HE SHALL BE CALLED

WONDERFUL, AND HOW THAT

RELATES BACK TO JACOB

WRESTLING WITH GOD, AND GOD

NAMING HIM ISRAEL.

AND JACOB ASKS HIM, WHAT IS

YOUR NAME, AND HE SAYS,

CAN'T YOU SEE HOW IT IS

WONDERFUL.

HOW JESUS FULFILLED

JEDADIAH, TO KING DAVID,

THAT YOUR SON WILL BE CALLED

JEDADIAH, WHICH MEANS

BELOVED OF GOD.

AND HOW JESUS, WHEN HE WAS

BAPTIZED, FULFILLED THAT.

A VOICE FROM HEAVEN, SAYING

THIS IS MY BELOVED SON, IN

WHOM I AM WELL-PLEASED.

LISTEN TO HIM.

WHEN YOU FIND JESUS IN THE

OLD TESTAMENT, IT WILL

ENCOURAGE YOUR FAITH.

I LIKE TO TELL PEOPLE, THE

LONGER I'M A CHRISTIAN, THE

MORE JEWISH I BECOME.

HOW I TREASURE THE OLD

TESTAMENT AND THE TORAH, AND

HOW ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE

FULFILLED.

AND COMING UP, WE'LL BRING

YOU TO THE BIRTHPLACE OF

JESUS, BETHLEHEM, TO BRING

HOPE TO THE WOMEN WHO WERE

DESPERATE FOR HELP.

Terry: SINCE 1978,

"OPERATION BLESSING" HAS

HELPED MORE THAN 200 MILLION

PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD.

NOW WE'RE WORKING IN THE

STATE OF ISRAEL.

AND WE'RE REACHING OUT NOT

TO JUST ISRAELIS, BUT TO

PALESTINIANS IN GAZA AND THE

WEST BANK.

ONE OF OUR FIRST STOPS WITH

A GIRLS HOME IN BETHLEHEM.

AT FIRST GLANCE, IT IS

HARD TO TELL THESE GIRLS

CAME FROM HOMES WHERE THEY

WERE BEATEN AND ABUSED, BUT

TODAY THEY HAVE A SAFE PLACE

TO LIVE AT THE BETHLEHEM

GIRLS' HOME.

THIS HOME IS THE ONLY

HOUSE IN ALL OF PALESTINE

FOR SUCH GIRLS.

Reporter: SHE IS THE

DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL AFFAIRS

FOR THE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM.

SHE KNOWS FIRSTHAND MONEY IS

TIGHT FOR THIS

GOVERNMENT-RUN HOME, AND THE

NEEDS ARE GREAT.

WE LIVE IN A VERY

SITUATION HERE.

AND THE BUILDING WAS VERY

BAD.

Reporter: IN THE

WINTER, THIS OLD STONE

BUILDING GETS VERY COLD.

THE GIRLS SLEEP ON BEDS

COVERED WITH WORN-OUT

SHEETS.

SOME EVEN USE TOWELS AS

BLANKETS.

AND THE CABINETS WHERE THEY

KEEP THEIR CLOTHES ARE

BROKEN AND FULL OF

SPRINTERS.

RECENTLY, THE GIRLS' HOME

GOT A VISIT FROM "OPERATION

BLESSING."

WHILE THE GIRLS WERE AWAY AT

SCHOOL ONE DAY, OUR TEAM OF

VOLUNTEER WENT TO WORK.

WE GAVE THE GIRLS WARM

BEDDING AND RUGS AND BRAND

NEW WOODEN CABINETS.

A FEW HOURS LATER, THE GIRLS

CAME HOME TO SEE THEIR NEW

ROOMS.

[CHEERING]

WHEN I WALKED IN HERE, I

COULDN'T BELIEVE IT.

THE ROOMS WERE SO DARK

BEFORE.

AND NOW THEY ARE SHINING.

"OPERATION BLESSING" -- I

CAN SEE THAT THEY ARE ONE OF

THE FEW ORGANIZATIONS THAT,

IN A SHORT TIME, THEY THINK

ABOUT US AND THEY PROMISE US

AND THEY SHOW IT.

THANK YOU VERY, VERY

MUCH.

Terry: WE'RE REACHING

OUT AND MEETING PEOPLE RIGHT

AT THEIR POINT OF NEED, AND

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YOU SEE THERE, AS WELL AS

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THE WORLD, ARE BEING TOUCHED

WITH HOPE AND THE

OPPORTUNITY FOR A FUTURE.

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GORDON?

Gordon: LET'S TAKE A

MOMENT TO PRAY FOR ISRAEL IN

THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON.

PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF

JERUSALEM.

THERE IS SO MUCH TURMOIL IN

THAT REGION.

RECENT ROCKET ATTACKS, SO

MUCH UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE

FUTURE OF ANY KIND OF PEACE

PROCESS.

THE BIBLE IS TRUE, PEOPLE

ARE GOING TO SAY PEACE,

PEACE, WHERE THERE IS NO

PEACE.

WE NEED THE PRINCE OF PEACE

TO COME AND ESTABLISH PEACE

OVER JERUSALEM.

LET'S PRAY FOR THAT.

LORD, WE JUST LIFT ISRAEL TO

YOU RIGHT NOW.

AND WE SPECIFICALLY PRAY FOR

THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HURTING,

WHO ARE LIVING IN FEAR AND

BOTH SIDES, WHETHER THEY'RE

IN THE WEST BANK OR IN GAZA

OR IN JERUSALEM AND TE TEL

AVIV, THROUGHOUT ISRAEL,

PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN FEAR OF

ROCKET ATTACKS AND SUICIDE

BOMBINGS.

LORD, WE JUST ASK FOR

PEACE.

WE ASK FOR PEACE OVER

JERUSALEM.

WE ASK FOR PEACE TO COME TO

THAT REGION.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE ASK

FOR YOU TO COME.

FOR WITHOUT YOU, THERE WILL

BE NO.

SO COME QUICKLY, LORD

JESUS.

ESTABLISH PEACE IN YOUR CITY

ONCE AGAIN, FOR WE ASK IT IN

JESUS' NAME.

AMEN, AND AMEN.

TERRY?

Terry: UP NEXT, WE'VE

GIVEN YOU THE STORY BEHIND

THE FIRST CHRISTMAS,

HOWEVER, THERE ARE FEW WHO

KNOW WHERE AMERICA'S POPULAR

HOLIDAY TRADITIONS COME

FROM, FROM SANTA CLAUS TO

THE CHRISTMAS TREE, DISCOVER

THEIR HISTORY AFTER THIS.

Terry: EVERY CHRISTMAS,

WE RECEIVE E-MAILS WITH

SIMILAR QUESTIONS, WHY DO WE

CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH A

CHRISTMAS TREE, AND WHO WAS

SAINT NICK.

AND WE ASKED TWO ACADEMIC

SCHOLARS TO TELL US THE

HISTORY BEHIND SOME OF

CHRISTMAS' MOST POPULAR

TRADITIONS.

WHEN WE LOOK AT THE

CHRISTMAS TREE, WE LOOK

BEFORE EVEN CHRISTIANITY

DEVELOPED.

SIGNIFICANT GREENERY, AND WE

CAN SEE IN IT EGYPT, AND

PEOPLE IN THE WINTER MONTHS

BROUGHT PALMS INSIDE, AND WE

CAN SEE IT IN ROME AND

NORTHERN EUROPE.

AND IN THE MIDDLE AGES,

WHEN THEY BEGAN THEIR GUILD

MYSTERY PLAY.

EACH GUILD WOULD PUT ON A

PLAY.

ONE OF THE PLAYS THEY PUT ON

WAS ADAM AND EVE.

AND THEY WOULD HAVE THE

PARADISE TREE, WHICH

REFERRED TO THE TREE IN THE

GARDEN IN WHICH EVE PLUCKED

THE APPLE.

AND WE HAVE THE IMAGE OF THE

CHRISTMAS PYRAMID, WHICH WAS

A TRIANGULAR WOODEN SHAPE,

AND THEY WOULD PUT

DECORATIONS ON EVER GREENS,

BULBS, CANDIES, ALL KINDS OF

TREATS FOR THE KIDS AND

EVERYONE ELSE.

AND THESE TWO MERGED

TOGETHER.

AND AS THEY MERGED TOGETHER,

YOU HAVE THE CHRISTMAS

TREE.

IN SOME RESPECTS, ALL OF

THIS GOES BACK TO WILLIAM

THE GREAT, WHO TALKED ABOUT

THE IMPORTANCE OF CLAIMING

OTHER PEOPLE'S TRADITIONS

AND WORKING WITH THEM.

ST. NICHOLAS IS FASCINATING

FOR SO MANY REASONS.

HE GREW UP IN A RICH FAMILY,

AND HIS PARENTS DIED WHEN HE

WAS FAIRLY YOUNG.

BECAME A BISHOP AT AN

EXTREMELY YOUNG AGE AND IT

WAS EXTREMELY

WELL-RESPECTED.

MY FAVORITE STORY OF HIM WAS

OF THE STOCKING.

ALLEGEDLY THERE WAS AN

IMPOVERISHED MAN WHO HAD

THREE DAUGHTERS, AND HE

DIDN'T HAVE THE MONEY FOR

THEIR DOWERY.

AND WITHOUT DOWERYS, THEY

WOULD HAVE TO WALK THE

STREETS.

AND ST ST. NICHOLAS HEARD

ABOUT THIS.

AND WHEN THE DAUGHTERS HUNG

THEIR STOCKINGS UP AT NIGHT,

HE CAME AND PUT COINS IN

THEIR STOCKINGS.

IT MIGHT HAVE COME THROUGH

THE CHIMNEY, WHO KNOWS.

BUT SOMEHOW THE COINS GOT IN

THEIR STOCKINGS AND GAVE THE

GIRLS DOWERIES SO THEY WOULD

COULD MARRY.

ONE OF MY FAVORITE

STORIES IS THE CANDY CANES.

THEY WERE DEVELOPED IN 1670

1670 AT THE COLOGNE

SERVICE.

DURING THE SERVICE, THE

CHILDREN WERE UNRULY, AND TO

KEEP THEM QUIET, THEY WOULD

GIVE THEM WHITE STICKS OF

CANDY.

AS TIME WENT ON, YOU WOULD

HAVE PE PEPPERMINT FOR

PURIFICATION AND

WINTERGREEN.

IT WAS THIS TIME TO GIVE

THEM THE SYMBOL OF THE

SHEPHERD'S CROOK, THAT

JESUS, AS THE GOOD SHEPHERD,

WILL BE WITH YOU AND TAKE

CARE OF HIS SHEEP, OF WHOM

YOU ARE ONE.

I THINK MY FAVORITE WOULD

BE JUST THE NATIVITY SCENE

IN GENERAL.

WHICH WE DON'T SEE COME

ABOUT UNTIL ST. FRANCIS.

AND ST. FRANCIS WAS TRYING

TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO TELL

THE CHRISTMAS STORY,

PARTICULARLY FOR PEOPLE WHO

DON'T READ.

AND I SAW ONE WITH SANTA AND

FROSTY, AND THEN THE

ANIMALS -- THE ANIMALS WERE

ADDED LATER.

THEY WERE IN GOSPELS THAT

NEVER MADE IT INTO THE NEW

TESTAMENT.

IF WE TAKE THE ANIMALS OUT,

AND WE LOOK AT THE WISE MEN,

WHO REALLY CAME LATER.

AND THE SHEPHERD, WHO HAD A

PRETTY LOUSY REPUTATION IN

THEIR DAY, AND WE'RE LEFT

WITH MARY, WHO IS YOUNG AND

PREGNANT, AND I THINK WHEN

YOU STOP THERE AND TAKE A

PHOTOGRAPH OF THAT, WE CAN

COME TO A REAL GOOD

UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT

CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT.

Terry: I KNOW THAT

THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO

STRUGGLE WITH SOME OF THE

POPULAR THINGS THAT WE DO TO

CELEBRATE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE

CHRISTMAS TREE COMING OUT OF

THE TRADITION -- I MEAN,

PAGAN THINGS.

Gordon: SUPPOSEDLY

LUTHER, YOU KNOW, SOLEMNIZED

IT BY SAYING WE'RE SHOWING

THE REBIRTH.

Terry: I THINK IT IS

ALL IN THE INTENT.

Gordon: THE ENGLISH

CULTURE DIDN'T HAVE

CHRISTMAS TREES UNTIL THE

GERMANS CAME TO

WILLIAMSBURG.

THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME IN

THE AMERICAN COLONY.

SO WE GOT CHRISTMAS TREES.

Terry: I OFTEN THINK

ABOUT MANY OF THE THINGS WE

DO TO CELEBRATE, THE

INTENTION BEHIND IT IS WHAT

VALIDATES WHATEVER IT IS

WE'RE CELEBRATING.

Gordon: I WOULD BE

CAREFUL WITH, SAY, SANTA

CLAUS AND FROSTY THE

SNOWMAN -- THEY'RE WONDERFUL

STORIES, BUT I THINK YOU

NEED TO BE SPECIFIC WITH THE

KIDS THAT THIS IS A MYTH.

I GOT IN TROUBLE IN

KINDERGARTEN WHEN I STARTED

TELLING ALL OF THE OTHER

KIDS, SANTA CLAUS IS A

MYTH.

HE IS NOT GOING TO LAND ON

YOUR ROOF TONIGHT.

Terry: WHY AM I NOT

SURPRISED YOU WOULD BE THE

ONE OUT OF THE CLASS.

Gordon: THE TEACHER HAD

TO SAY, NO, NO, NO.

YOU SHOULDN'T BE THE ONE

BREAKING THE NEWS.

BUT MY FATHER WAS REAL

INSISTENT WITH US THAT HE

WANTED TO MAKE SURE WHEN IT

WAS A MYTH, THAT WE KNEW IT

WAS A MYTH.

AND WHEN WE GREW UP AND

FOUND UP IT WASN'T A MYTH,

THAT SOMEHOW OR ANOTHER OUR

FAITH WOULDN'T BE AFFECTED.

THAT WE WOULD KNOW CHRISTMAS

IS ABOUT JESUS, AND THE

BIRTH OF A MIRACLE TOLD WHO

WAS FORETOLD BY JEWISH

PROPHETS WHO CAME TO SAVE

THE WORLD.

Terry: YEAH.

HE IS REAL.

Gordon: AND WE DATE OUR

CALENDAR ON HIS BIRTH.

AND IT'S THE GREATEST STORY

STORY THE WORLD'S EVER

HEARD.

SO HE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE

GOT THAT.

BUT WE DID HAVE A CHRISTMAS

TREE.

AND MY MOM REALLY LIKED

CHRISTMAS TREES.

AND WE WOULD READ THE ACROSS

STORY --

Terry: MOST OF THE

THINGS I KNOW THAT YOUR

FOLKS DO TO CELEBRATE ALL

HAVE SPIRITUAL

SIGNIFICANCE.

AND YOUR MOM PAINTS ANGELS

AND DECORATES HER TREE WITH

THAT.

THAT'S WHAT I'M SAYING, IT'S

THE SYMBOL BEHIND WHAT WE

DO.

SANTA -- I DID THE SAME

THING WITH MY CHILDREN.

KIDS CAN STILL HAVE FUN WITH

IT.

Gordon: YOU WERE A

BAH-HUMBUG --

Terry: I DIDN'T HAVE

REBELLIOUS CHILDREN LIKE

YOU, WHO INSISTED ON TELLING

THE WHOLE CLASS.

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: WE'RE GOING TO

TAKE A CALL.

HERE IS GINA FROM FLORIDA.

HI, GINA.

Caller: HI, GORDON, HI

TERRY.

Gordon: HOW CAN WE PRAY

FOR YOU?

Caller: I'M CALLING

BECAUSE I NEED HEALING.

I'VE BEEN BATTLING FIBER

FIBER MA FIBROMYALGIA.

I'M FIGHTING DEPRESSION.

AND I LOST MY ESTRANGED DAD

AND IT HAS COMPOUNDED MY

SITUATION.

I'M VERY ANXIOUS

CONSTANTLY.

I'VE BEEN PRESCRIBED

MEDICATION, BUT THE SIDE

EFFECTS ARE HORRENDOUS.

I'M NOT SLEEPING, AND I WAKE

UP AND MY MIND IS GOING A

MILE A MINUTE.

Gordon: GINA, WHY WERE

YOU ESTRANGED FROM YOUR

FATHER?

MY PARENTS GOT DIVORCED

WHEN I WAS 3, AND MY FATHER

WAS A MUSLIM.

SO I DIDN'T SEE HIM FOR A

LOT, LIKE SINCE I WAS 15.

IT WAS ROUGH, REALLY ROUGH.

SO HIS DEATH OPENED A LOT OF

STUFF.

Gordon: HAVE YOU

FORGIVEN THEM FOR THIS

DIVORCE?

Caller: UM, YEAH, I

GUESS.

I FORGIVE THEM FOR THE

DIVORCE.

IT WAS HARD TO FORGIVE HIM

FOR NOT BEING INVOLVED IN MY

LIFE.

JUST NOT BEING THERE.

Gordon: SOMETIMES,

GINA, WE'VE GOT TO REPARENT

OURSELVES.

AND WHEN YOUR FATHER IS NOT

WITH YOU, YOU HAVE TO LOOK

TO YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER TO

FILL THE GAP.

AND HE PROMISES HE'LL DO

THAT.

YOU KNOW, HE PROMISES THAT

HE WILL RAISE THE ORPHAN

UP.

AND HE FULFILLS THAT

PROMISE.

AND SOMETIMES WHEN A PARENT

IS ABSENT, AND YOU'RE

WONDERING -- AND I KNOW

YOU'VE THOUGHT THIS, IS IT

MY FAULT?

WHY DOESN'T HE WANT TO SPEND

TIME WITH ME?

YOU'VE GOT TO TURN TO YOUR

HEAVENLY FATHER BECAUSE YOUR

EARTHLY FATHER JUST CAN'T

GIVE IT TO YOU.

AND YOU'VE GOT TO TURN TO

YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER FOR

THAT PEACE AND THAT

SATISFACTION.

AND, GINA, I THINK THE THING

YOU REALLY NEED IS HIS

LOVE.

THAT YOU WOULD JUST FEEL

THAT.

I CAN TELL IN YOUR VOICE --

YOU'RE IN PAIN RIGHT NOW,

AREN'T YOU?

Caller: A LOT.

A LOT OF PAIN.

Gordon: ALL RIGHT.

LET'S JUST PRAY.

LORD, WE JUST ASK THAT YOUR

LOVE WOULD REACH DOWN, AND

FAITH WORKS THROUGH LOVE,

AND SO WE JUST ASK FOR YOUR

LOVE TO COME AND BAPTIZE

GINA AND JUST SURROUND HER

WITH YOUR PRESENCE, AND FILL

HER WITH THE PRESENCE OF THE

FATHER.

AND JUST LET HER KNOW HOW

MUCH YOU LOVE HER, HOW MUCH

YOU CHERISH HER, HOW MUCH

YOU CHERISH EVERY WORD.

JUST BE WITH HER.

AND NOW WE COME AGAINST THIS

PAIN.

AND WE REBUKE IT.

AND WE SAY YOU MUST LEAVE

HER BODY NOW.

BY THE STRIPES OF JESUS

CHRIST, GINA WAS HEALED, IS

BEING HEALED, AND WILL STAY

HEALED FROM THIS MOMENT

FORWARD.

AND WE BREAK OFF OF HER

ANXIETY AND FEAR, AND WE

JUST SAY THAT LOVE WILL CAST

ALL THAT OUT.

SO JUST -- LORD, LET HER

FIND ACCEPTANCE IN YOU, OPEN

ARMS IN YOU, FULFILLMENT IN

YOU, AND WE ASK IT ALL IN

JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

AND AMEN.

PRAISE GOD.

Caller: THANK YOU.

Gordon: I FELT THAT

ONE.

Caller: THANK YOU.

Gordon: IT'S GOOD TO

HEAR YOU LAUGH, GINA.

Caller: YES, IT IS.

Gordon: HOW DO YOU

FEEL?

Caller: I FEEL GOD'S

PRESENCE.

Gordon: AMEN.

ALL RIGHT.

HE WANTS TO BE YOUR DADDY.

THAT'S WHAT HE SAYS.

I WANT TO BE YOUR ABBA

FATHER, AND YOU CAN CALL HIM

DADDY.

AND WHEN YOU CALL TO HIM IN

THAT TONE, DADDY, HE'LL

COME.

HE'LL COME.

THANKS FOR CALLING.

ENJOY THIS.

Caller: THANK YOU.

GOD BLESS YOU.

Gordon: AND KEEP IN

MIND, HE'LL NEVER LEAVE

YOU.

HE'LL NEVER FORSAKE YOU.

HE IS ALWAYS THERE.

HIS LOVE IS ALWAYS THERE.

Caller: THANK YOU.

Gordon: ALL RIGHT.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE

FOR THIS PROGRAM.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM LUKE 2: "SUDDENLY

THERE WAS WITH THE ANGEL A

MULTITUDE OF THE HEAVENLY

HOSTS, PRAISING GOD AND

SAYING GLORY TO GOD IN THE

HIGHEST, AND ON EARTH,

PEACE, GOOD WILL TOWARDS

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