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700 Club Interactive: Confessions - February 11, 2013

Join us at Interactive as hosts Gordon Robertson and Terry Meeuwsen discuss the importance of confession. Read Transcript


Terry: A COUPLE CAUGHT

IN A WEB OF DECEIT.

I'M CONCERNED ABOUT ME,

WHAT I WAS DOING.

WHAT DO THEY KNOW?

I COULD HAVE KEPT LYING

AND I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE

BEEN BELIEVED AT THAT

POINT.

Terry: FIND OUT WHAT

HAPPENED WHEN BOTH OF THESE

SECRETS FINALLY CAME OUT OF

THE CLOSET ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: 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.

Terry: HELLO,

EVERYBODY.

WELCOME TO OUR SHOW TODAY.

RECENTLY LANCE ARMSTRONG

SHOCKED AMERICA.

HE CONFESSED HE HAD BEEN

LIVING A LIE, AND DESPITE

YEARS OF DENIAL, HE HAD BEEN

USING PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING

DRUGS THROUGHOUT HIS

CELEBRATED CAREER.

LIKE LANCE, THE COUPLE IN

OUR FIRST STORY, THE COUPLE

HAD A PICTURE-PERFECT IMAGE,

HOWEVER, BEHIND CLOSED

DOORS, THEY WERE KEEPING

SECRETS UNTIL THEY COULDN'T

HIDE THOSE LIES ANY LONGER.

THE FIRST COUPLE YEARS OF

MARRIAGE WERE BRUTAL.

I WAS A VERY EMOTIONAL

PERSON.

I CAME IN SELFISH.

THERE WAS A LOT OF

SARCASM ON HIS PART AND A

LOT OF EMOTION ON MY PART.

I WOULD SAY WITHOUT

EXAGGERATING THAT WE FOUGHT

EVERY DAY.

Reporter: SARAH AND

CHAD COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY

THEIR YOUNG MARRIAGE WAS

FAILING.

AFTER ALL, THEY GREW UP IN

THE CHURCH AND ALWAYS TRIED

TO DO THE RIGHT THING.

IN FACT, CHAD WAS EVEN A

WORSHIP LEADER AT THEIR

CHURCH.

BUT THEY WERE YOUNG, BARELY

21 WHEN THEY MARRIED.

SO WITH THEIR NEWFOUND SENSE

OF FREEDOM FROM THEIR

PARENTS, THEY STARTED TO

EXPLORE A LIFESTYLE THEY

TAUGHT WAS FORBIDDEN.

THE ONLY TIME THEY DIDN'T

FIGHT WAS WHEN THEY WERE

PARTYING.

I CAN REMEMBER A NUMBER

OF TIMES SHOWING UP ON

SUNDAY MORNING AND NOBODY

KNEW, AND PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE

KNOWN.

I WAS BUZZED FROM THE NIGHT

BEFORE.

WE STARTED GOING OUT AND

DANCING AND LIVING AS FREE,

AS FREE AS YOU CAN AND YET

STILL BE MARRIED.

Reporter: AND THEN IT

ESCALATED TO ANOTHER LEVEL,

PORNOGRAPHY.

INSTEAD OF ME SAYING OH,

NO, WHAT ARE YOU DOING, IT

WAS INTERESTING AND

CAPTIVATING.

AND IT WAS SOMETHING I BEGAN

TO DESIRE.

I DON'T THINK WE WERE

WILLING TO ADMIT HOW BAD OFF

WE WERE.

BUT, LIKE I SAID, I HAD

GROWN UP IN THIS PLEASE GOD,

OR DO WHAT WAS RIGHT TYPE OF

MENTALITY, AND ONCE YOU GET

TO A CERTAIN AGE, IT WAS,

LIKE, WHAT'S THE

MOTIVATION.

I HAD BEEN OVERWEIGHT

GROWING UP, AND I LOST ABOUT

60 POUNDS.

BEFORE MEN HAD NEVER LOOKED

AT ME.

AND AFTER THAT POINT, I WAS

GETTING FLIRTED WITH WALKING

DOWN THE STREET.

IT MADE ME FEEL GREAT.

IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE I WAS

FINALLY PRETTY.

I NEVER CALLED MYSELF A

WORKOHOLIC, BUT I BECAME

THAT.

I FOUND THINGS THAT WERE

EXCITING AND PROVIDED

DISTRACTION AND SORT OF

FILLED THE VOID.

Reporter: CHAD STARTED

WORKING AWAY FROM HOME UP TO

FOUR DAYS A WEEK, AND SARAH

STARTED GETTING ATTENTION

FROM ONE OF CHAD'S CLOSE

FRIENDS.

HE WAS ALSO MARRIED.

I STARTED TALKING A LOT

TO THIS OTHER MAN.

WE TALKED ON THE PHONE.

WE HUNG OUT, AND FOR A LONG

TIME IT WAS JUST THIS

FRIENDSHIP, THIS EMOTIONAL

BOND.

Reporter: BUT THAT

EMOTIONAL BOND TURNED INTO

SOMETHING MORE.

I WAS TRYING NOT TO DO

IT.

I WAS TRYING TO BE GOOD, OR

BETTER THAN I WAS, AND THEN

IT KIND OF WENT FULL BORE

INTO A COMPLETELY PHYSICAL

RELATIONSHIP AT THAT POINT.

EVERY TIME I WAS WITH HIM

AND WE DID SOMETHING THAT I

WOULD HAVE HAD TO HIDE FROM

MY HUSBAND, THERE WAS

GUILT.

THERE IS ALWAYS GUILT.

BUT THE GUILT WAS SO MUCH

LESS THAN THE DESIRE.

I HATED MYSELF.

I HATED WHAT I WAS DOING,

BUT I REALLY DIDN'T KNOW HOW

TO GET OUT OF IT.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

I COULDN'T TELL.

IF I TOLD, THEN MY WORLD

WOULD COME CRASHING DOWN.

Reporter: THE AFFAIR

LASTED FOR THREE YEARS,

UNTIL A FRIEND OF SARAH'S

GUESSED HER SECRET, AND

OUTED SARAH TO THEIR

PASTORS.

THE NEXT SUNDAY AFTER

CHURCH, THEIR PASTORS CALLED

CHAD AND SARAH TO THE BACK

OFFICE.

I WAS WORRIED ABOUT ME,

WHAT I WAS DOING.

DID THEY KNOW I WAS LOOKING

AT PORN, AND THAT WE WERE

TOTALLY GETTING HAMMERED ON

THE WEEKENDS.

I'M NOT IN ANY WAY, SHAPE

OR FORM THINKING ABOUT

SARAH.

AND THEY SAID, SARAH, YOU

HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL

CHAD.

I PROBABLY COULD HAVE

KEPT LYING AND BE BELIEVED

BY THEM AND MAYBE EVEN CHAD,

OR I COULD TELL THE TRUTH

AND BE DONE WITH IT, NO

MATTER WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES

WERE.

WHAT I DID IS I DECIDED TO

TELL THE TRUTH.

MY FIRST REACTION -- OR

MY FIRST FEELING WAS JUST

SHOCK.

I DIDN'T KNOW IF I WAS

GOING TO LOSE MY DAUGHTER.

I DIDN'T KNOW IF I WAS GOING

TO LOSE MY HUSBAND.

I DIDN'T KNOW IF I WAS GOING

TO LOSE EVERYTHING

BECAUSE -- BUT -- SORRY.

BUT THAT WAS...BEING DONE

WITH THAT AND BEING RIGHT

WITH GOD AND WITH MY HUSBAND

WAS MORE IMPORTANT.

Reporter: WHILE SARAH

SPENT THE NIGHT AT HER

PARENTS' HOUSE, THE NEXT DAY

THEY MET UP AT THE SCREENING

OF "THE PASSION OF THE

CHRIST."

THEY HAD ALREADY COMMITTED

TO ATTEND THE SCREENING

MONTHS PRIOR.

THE MOST AMAZING THING

HAPPENED, AND WE WERE

SITTING NEXT TO EACH OTHER,

WATCHING THIS FILM, I HAD

JUST CONFESSED TO AN AFFAIR,

AND WATCHING IN GOREY AND

BRILLIANT DETAIL THE BEATING

AND CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS.

I WAS BROKEN UP, BALLING

MY EYES OUT.

I'M SOBBING, AND IT WAS LIKE

THE LORD SORT OF

ORCHESTRATED A MOMENT TO

REMIND ME OF THE EXTENT HE

WENT THROUGH TO RESTORE

RELATIONSHIP WITH ME.

I REALLY COME TO

UNDERSTAND THE GRAVITY OF MY

SIN AND HOW MUCH IT HAD BOTH

HURT JESUS -- IT HURT JESUS,

NOT JUST MY HUSBAND.

BUT IT HAD HURT THE LORD.

HOW COULD I STAND BEFORE

GOD AND SAY THANKS FOR

EVERYTHING YOU DID FOR ME IN

ALL OF MY STUPIDITY, BUT

THIS IS JUST TOO MUCH.

HE WAS VERY SAD, STILL,

BUT HE HAD BEEN BLAMED OF

HIS OWN TRANSGRESSIONS OVER

THE PAST 24 HOURS, AND HE

SAID TO ME --

HOW CAN I NOT FORGIVE YOU

WHEN SO MUCH HAS BEEN

FORGIVEN OF ME?

THAT DAY AND A HALF WAS

THE POINT OF US DECIDING TO

BE DONE -- BOTH OF US, BUT

ME, PARTICULARLY, DECIDING

TO BE DONE WITH AN OLD WAY

OF LIVING, AN OLD WAY, A

SINFUL WAY, A HURTFUL WAY,

AND A SELFISH WAY OF

LIVING.

Reporter: BOTH SARAH

AND CHAD BOTH COMMITTED

THEIR LIVES TO JESUS

CHRIST.

AND CHAD STEPPED DOWN AT

CHURCH WORSHIP LEADER.

IT IS BOTH PEOPLE

COMMITTING, AND COMING TO

THE POINT, NO MATTER WHAT IT

ENTAILS, WE'RE GOING TO MAKE

IT WORK.

WE CUT OUR CABLE.

WE POURED OUT ALL OF OUR

ALCOHOL.

WE STARTED GOING TO MARITAL

MARITAL COUNSELING AND

CHRISTIAN COUNSELLING.

WE CUT ALL OUR TIES.

WE WERE TOGETHER ALL OF THE

TIME.

AS WE GREW TOGETHER AS A

COUPLE IN A PURE WAY, WE

WERE ALSO GROWING CLOSER TO

GOD, TOO.

>

WE DIDN'T FIGHT AND WE

DIDN'T ARGUE.

IT WAS, LIKE, THIS IS

AWESOME.

Reporter: SINCE THEN,

CHAD AND SARAH RENEWED THEIR

WEDDING VOWS.

THEY BOTH REALIZED THAT

THEIR OLD MARRIAGE THAT TO

DIE SO GOD COULD REBUILD A

NEW MARRIAGE.

THE IMAGE I HAVE OF GOD,

WHENEVER I THINK OF GOD, AS

THE SAVIOR, AS THE ONLY

THING THAT HAS EVER BEEN

ABLE TO SAVE ME.

* YOU ARE WORTHY, MORE

WORTHY THAN I KNOW *

THE KEY TO IT ALL IS THAT

YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO DO

WHAT CHRIST DID IN GOING ON

THE CROSS.

YOU THINK OF ONE OF THE

THINGS HE SUFFERED, HE

SUFFERED EMBARRASSMENT, HE

SUFFERED SHAME, THERE WAS

PAIN INVOLVED, THERE WAS

DEATH INVOLVED.

SO IT COMES DOWN TO WHAT ARE

YOU WILLING TO GIVE UP IN

EXCHANGE FOR WHAT HE HAS?

* YOU'RE WORTHY

Terry: IT DOES COME

DOWN TO THAT.

MAYBE ONE OF THE REASONS

THAT IT IS SO DIFFICULT FOR

US TO GIVE UP IS WE DON'T

REALLY EVER DISCOVER OR

THINK ABOUT OR ALLOW THE

TRUTH AND REALITY OF WHAT HE

HAS AND WHAT HE IS TO FULLY

PERMEATE OUR BEINGS, SO WE

SETTLE FOR OTHER THINGS THAT

ARE SO DIMINISHED, SO MUCH

LESS.

WE BUY THE LIES, SO TO

SPEAK.

YOU KNOW, THERE ARE, IN ALL

OF US, THINGS THAT ARE

NEEDS, THINGS THAT ARE

TEMPTATIONS TO US.

AND THE TEMPTATION IS JUST

THAT, IT IS SOMETHING THAT

IS TEMPTING.

LIKE, IT MAKES YOU WANT TO

WANT MORE OF IT.

JESUS SAID HE CAME TO SET

THE CAPTIVE FREE.

WE DON'T HAVE TO BE CAPTIVE

TO THOSE THINGS.

WE WERE NOT CREATED FOR

THAT.

WE WERE CREATED FOR MORE.

SO MUCH MORE.

YOU KNOW, SATAN, GOD'S

ENEMY, IS CALLED THE FATHER

OF LIES.

MAYBE THE BIGGEST LIE HE

TELLS US IS THAT GOD WON'T

BE ENOUGH.

MAYBE THERE ARE THINGS IN

YOUR LIFE TODAY, WHERE

YOU'RE LETTING SOMETHING

ELSE BE AN IDOL IN YOUR

LIFE, INSTEAD OF FINDING

YOUR COMPLETION, YOUR

WHOLENESS, YOUR

SATISFACTION.

IN THE ONLY ONE WHO IS ABLE

TO GIVE IT TO YOU.

YOU KNOW, WE FIND IT IN

RELATIONSHIPS.

WE FIND IT IN SUBSTANCES.

WE FIND IT IN WORK,

SOMETIMES.

SELF-WORTH.

SELF-WORTH, WE'RE ALL

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THAT

WILL MAKE US FEEL GOOD ABOUT

WHO WE ARE.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WE ARE

CREATED IN THE IMAGE AND THE

LIKENESS OF GOD.

SO WHEN WE COME HOME TO THE

HEART OF GOD, THAT'S WHEN WE

FIND OUT WHO WE ARE, AND

ANYTHING BEFORE THAT IS JUST

A SHADOW OF SOMETHING THAT

IS NOT REAL.

WHY DO WE SETTLE FOR SO

LITTLE WHEN WE COULD HAVE IT

ALL?

TODAY, IF YOU'RE STRUGGLING,

I WANT TO SAY TO YOU, COME

HOME TO THE FATHER HEART OF

GOD.

COME HOME TO THE REALNESS OF

WHAT YOU WERE CREATED FOR.

EVERYTHING ELSE IS A

SHADOW.

JUST A SHADOW.

DON'T SETTLE FOR THE LIE.

GO FOR THE REAL.

IT IS AVAILABLE TO ANYONE

WHO WILL ASK.

JUST COME TO THE LORD AND

SAY, GOD -- GOD, I KNOW I

HAVE FALLEN SHORT OF THE

MARK.

I KNOW THERE IS MORE.

I KNOW I CAN BE SET FREE.

YOU CAN BE SET FREE.

THAT'S GOD'S PROMISE FOR

YOU.

THAT'S HIS ABILITY, HIS

POWER.

THAT'S HIS FUTURE FOR YOU,

TO BE SET FREE, TO WALK IN

WHOLENESS.

JESUS SAID THAT I CAME SO

THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE, AND

HAVE IT ABUNDANTLY.

IF YOU'RE NOT LIVING IT

ABUNDANTLY RIGHT NOW, DON'T

SETTLE FOR LESS.

COME TO HIM IN SAYING, GOD,

-- HUMBLE YOURSELF.

HUMBLE YOURSELF.

OUT THE WINDOW WITH PRIDE,

OUT THE WINDOW WITH ANYTHING

THAT IS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE

BEST AND THE REAL.

COME AND SPEAK TO HIM.

HE IS YOUR FATHER.

HE IS YOUR DAD.

HE'S GOT SOMETHING WONDERFUL

FOR YOU.

JESUS IS YOUR SAVIOR.

HE SAVED YOU FROM YOUR SINS,

BUT HE WANTS TO BE YOUR

REDEEMER.

HE WANTS TO BUY BACK WHAT

HAS BEEN LOST, AND GIVE YOU

A WHOLE NEW BEGINNING, A

FRESH START WITH AN ABUNDANT

LIFE.

IF YOU NEED TO PRAY WITH

SOMEONE ABOUT THINGS YOU'RE

STRUGGLING WITH IN YOUR OWN

LIFE RIGHT NOW, YOU CAN CALL

THE TOLL-FREE NUMBER YOU SEE

ON YOUR SCREEN.

1-888-777-1999.

THERE IS NO ONE ON THE OTHER

END OF THE LINE THAT IS

GOING TO JUDGE YOU.

JUST A FRIEND WHO HAS FOUND

THEIR OWN FREEDOM AND

ABUNDANT LIFE, AND THEY

WOULD LOVE TO SHARE THAT

WITH YOU AND TO LEAD YOU TO

WHOLENESS.

CALL NOW.

THAT CALL IS FREE.

WHEN WE COME BACK, ONE

HUSBAND TRIES TO DEFEAT HIS

THREE-YEAR BATTLE WITH

DRUGS.

AFTER THIS.

Terry: DRUG AND ALCOHOL

ADDICTION IS A COMMON

PROBLEM IN UKRAINE, AND FOR

THE MAN IN OUR NEXT STORY,

HIS DRUG HABITS SEEMED

IMPOSSIBLE TO OVERCOME,

UNTIL A CHANCE MEETING LED

HIM TO AN "OPERATION

BLESSING" REHAB CENTRE.

Reporter: TODAY SASHA

IS A HAPPY FAMILY MAN WITH A

GOOD JOB.

SO MOST PEOPLE WOULD NEVER

GUESS JUST A FEW YEARS AGO

HE WAS A DRUG ADDICT.

I WOKE UP EVERY MORNING

THINKING ABOUT WHERE I WOULD

FIND DRUGS THAT DAY.

Reporter: SASHA STOLE

FROM HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY

TO BUYING DRUGS.

EVERY TIME I TRIED TO

QUIT, I GOT VERY SICK.

I WENT TO CENTERS, BUT

NOTHING HELPED.

Reporter: THAT CYCLE

LASTED FOR THREE YEARS,

UNTIL ONE DAY SASHA TALKED

TO AN OLD FRIEND HE HADN'T

SEEN IN A LONG TIME.

THE LAST TIME I SAW HIM,

HE WAS A DRUG ADDICT, TOO,

BUT HE LOOKED GREAT.

I WAS SHOCKED.

I ASKED HIM WHERE HE HAD

BEEN AND HOW HE HAD GOTTEN

BETTER.

Reporter: THE FRIEND

TALKED TO SASHA ABOUT GOD,

AND TOLD HIM ABOUT A REHAB

CENTER SPONSORED BY

"OPERATION BLESSING."

SASHA WENT TO THE CENTER

RIGHT AWAY.

I SAW A BUNCH OF GUYS

THAT USED TO BE ON DRUGS.

THEY WERE RELEASED FROM

THEIR ADDICTIONS AND FREE.

I THOUGHT, I CAN DO THIS,

JUST LIKE THEY DID IT.

I REALIZED GOD WAS MY ONLY

HOPE.

SO I REPENTED AND ASKED HIM

TO FORGIVE ME AND SAVE MY

LIFE.

Reporter: SIX YEARS

HAVE PASSED, AND SASHA IS A

NEW MAN.

HE GOES TO THE CHURCH AND

ALWAYS THINKS ABOUT US.

HE IS A GOOD HUSBAND, AND I

AM SO GLAD THERE ARE PLACES

THAT CAN HELP PEOPLE IN

NEED.

I WAS FREE.

I DIDN'T GO THROUGH

WITHDRAWALS.

I FELT WONDERFUL.

I'M BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL

WIFE AND DAUGHTER.

PRAISE THE LORD.

THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY

LIFE.

Terry: FOR THREE YEARS

SASHA TRIED TO GET FREE FROM

THAT ADDICTION THAT HE HAD

FORMED, THAT HAD TAKEN HOLD

OF HIS LIFE.

HE HAD GONE TO DOCTORS.

HE TRIED WHAT MEDICAL PEOPLE

HAD TO OFFER, AND NOTHING

SET HIM FREE.

AND THEN HE CAME TO A PLACE

WHERE HE HEARD TRUTH.

WHERE HE WAS WITH PEOPLE WHO

PRAYED WITH HIM, WHO PRAYED

FOR HIM, WHO OPENED THE WORD

OF GOD TO HIM.

AND HE WAS SET FREE.

HE WAS SET FREE.

YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES WE SAY,

WHAT AM I TO DO FOR YOU,

LORD?

WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE TO HELP?

NOT EVERYBODY CAN GO EVERY

OVERSEAS, NOT EVERYBODY IS

CALLED TO.

BUT WE CAN ALL DO

SOMETHING.

BE A CENTER.

YOU, WHEN YOU JOIN "THE 700

CLUB," YOU ALLOW US TO KEEP

MINISTRIES LIKE THIS OPEN

AROUND THE WORLD.

THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS

THAT THE "700 CLUB" MEMBERS

ARE DOING.

THERE ARE SOUP KITCHENS.

THERE ARE MEDICAL OUTREACH

PROGRAMS FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE

MEDICAL CONDITIONS.

YOU ARE GIVING EDUCATION TO

YOUNG PEOPLE WHO CAN'T

AFFORD IT OTHERWISE.

YOU'RE HELPING FAMILIES WHO

ARE WITHOUT JOBS WITH

MICROENTERPRISE

OPPORTUNITIES.

YOU ARE TEACHING PEOPLE WHAT

IT IS TO WALK WITH GOD.

HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A

HEAVENLY FATHER?

ALL OF THAT WHEN YOU JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB."

HOW MUCH DOES THAT COST?

65 CENTS A DAY, $20 A

MONTH.

THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF US

WHO HAVE MADE THIS

COMMITMENT, AND WE'RE

LINKING ARMS TOGETHER TO

TOUCH PEOPLE IN THE NAME OF

JESUS.

WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU

INTO THE FAMILY OF

MINISTRIES HERE, AND YOU'LL

BE BLESSED TO FIND OUT HOW

SATISFYING THAT IS TO YOU.

YOU CAN JOIN BY CALLING

1-888-777-1999.

JUST SAY, I WANT TO JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB."

WHEN YOU DO, WE WANT TO SAY

THANK YOU BY SENDING YOU

THIS LATEST TEACHING D.V.D.,

IT'S "LIFE BEYOND THE GRAVE,

PART TWO," AND YOU'RE GOING

TO LOVE THIS.

IT IS VERY, VERY POWERFUL.

MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS OF PEOPLE

WHO DIED.

SOME WENT TO HEAVEN, AND

SOME WENT TO HELL, AND CAME

BACK TO SHARE THEIR STORIES

OF WHAT THEY EXPERIENCED

WHEN THEY VISITED ETERNITY.

AND YOU CAN ALSO JOIN "THE

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A SAILOR GOES AWOL AND THEN

TURNS HIMSELF IN.

FIND OUT WHY.

THAT'S NEXT ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

Terry: JOHN WYLIE

THOUGHT JOINING THE MILITARY

WOULD MAKE HIM.

INSTEAD, IT WASN'T LONG

BEFORE IT BROKE HIM.

MY MOM WAS MARRIED

ULTIMATELY THREE TIMES

THROUGH MY CHILDHOOD, SO I

HAD A LOT OF DADS COMING AND

GOING.

THE DAD WHO HAD THE MOST

INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE WAS A

VIETNAM VET.

HE TAUGHT ME THAT ONLY

WEAK-MINDED PEOPLE WHO

NEEDED A CRUTCH IN LIFE

WOULD NEED GOD.

AND SO THESE WERE

INSTRUCTIONS, THAT IF I WAS

ANY KIND OF A MAN, I WOULD

GROW UP TO BE A MAN WHO

DIDN'T NEED GOD IN MY LIFE.

BY THE TIME I WAS 15, I LEFT

HOME.

WE WOULD SMOKE POT AND

COCAINE AND SPEED AND

L.S.D.

I WAS FILLED WITH HATE.

I KNEW I WANTED TO GO A

DIFFERENT DIRECTION.

I DIDN'T WANT TO CONTINUE TO

BE THE PERSON I HAD BEEN.

SO WITH ALL OF MY BEST

EFFORT, WHEN I WENT INTO THE

MILITARY, I THOUGHT I WOULD

TURN MY LIFE AROUND.

I FOUND OUT IT WAS EXACTLY

THE OPPOSITE.

I WENT AWOL.

WE WERE CRASHED IN THE MOTEL

ROOM, TRYING TO GET SOME

SLEEP.

THERE WAS A KNOCK ON THE

DOOR, AND THERE IS MY

FRIEND, HIS PASTOR WAS

STANDING AT THE DOOR.

HE LOOKS AT ME, AND HE SAYS,

LISTEN, YOU NEED TO GET

RIGHT WITH JESUS.

YOU NEED TO GIVE YOUR LIFE

TO GOD.

THIS GUY GOES THROUGH THE

PLAN OF SALVATION, AND SAYS,

YOU NEED TO ACCEPT JESUS

CHRIST AS YOUR LORD AND

SAVIOR.

DO YOU WANT TO DO IT?

AND I THOUGHT TO MYSELF,

ANYTHING TO GET RID OF YOU.

I DIDN'T MEAN A WORD OF IT.

I WASN'T CONVICTED, DIDN'T

CARE.

I JUST WANTED THE GUY TO

LEAVE THE ROOM.

HE SAID, IN JESUS' NAME,

AMEN.

AND I SAID, IN JESUS' NAME,

AMEN.

WHEN I SAID AMEN, SOMETHING

HAPPENED.

JUST SO QUICK, LIKE THIS

LITTLE -- THE BEST I COULD

DESCRIBE IT WOULD BE LIKE A

JOLT OF ELECTRICITY, LIKE A

WAVE WENT THROUGH MY BODY,

LIKE THAT.

AS FAST AS IT CAME, IT

WENT.

IT KIND OF SHOOK ME A HAIR.

AND THE GUY LEFT.

AND IT KEP KEPT EATING AT

ME, WHAT WAS THAT?

THAT WAS ODD.

THAT WAS WEIRD.

BUT SOMETHING I NOTICED FROM

THAT DAY, I BEGAN TO FEEL

AWKWARD ABOUT THE THINGS I

WAS DOING.

SO MUCH SO THAT I CAME UP

WITH THE IDEA THAT MY ONLY

OPTION WAS TO TURN MYSELF

IN.

I WAS TIRED OF LOOKING OVER

MY SHOULDER EVERYWHERE I

WENT, AND I DIDN'T WANT TO

SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE

THINKING THAT THE MILITARY

OR THE F.B.I. WAS LOOKING

FOR ME.

SO I SHOWED UP AT THE GATE,

THE MILITARY GATE, SAYING,

HEY, I'M JOHN WYLIE AND YOUR

LOOKING FOR ME.

YOU COURT-MARTIALED, AND I

WAS SENTENCED TO DO SIX

MONTHS AT HARD LABOR, WHICH

WAS FOR THE SIX MONTHS OF

MONEY I HAD TAKEN.

SO ONE NIGHT, IN THAT DORM

ATMOSPHERE, GETTING READY TO

HEAD TO MY BUNK, AND I SAW

GUYS IN THE CORNER, AND IT

WAS LIGHTS OUT, AND THEY

WERE READING BIBLES WITH

FLASHLIGHTS.

THIS YOUNG MAN WALKED RIGHT

UP TO ME.

AND HE LOOKED ME RIGHT IN

THE EYE.

AS SOON AS HE BEGAN TO

SPEAK, THE MOMENT THE FIRST

WORD CAME OUT OF HIS MOUTH,

THAT FEELING I HAD BEFORE,

WHEN THAT PASTOR WALKED IN

THE DOOR, NOW IT WAS BACK,

BUT IT WOULDN'T GO AWAY.

THERE WAS LIKE ELECTRICITY

SHOOTING THROUGH MY BODY.

AND HE SAID, GOD KNOWS

EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU.

HE KNOWS EVERYWHERE YOU'VE

BEEN.

EVERY WORD WAS A KNIFE INTO

MY HEART.

AND THIS KID LOOKED AT ME

AND HE SAID, HERE'S THE

DEAL: WHAT IF I'M RIGHT AND

YOU'RE WRONG?

YOU NEED TO GO TO BED AND

THINK ABOUT IT.

AND HE JUST SHUT UP AND

TURNED AROUND AND WALKED

AWAY.

AND SO I BEGAN TO THINK

ABOUT WHAT HE SAID.

WHAT HAPPENED JUST NOW?

WHAT WAS GOING ON WHEN HE

WAS TALKING TO ME?

I REALIZED, OH, MY GOODNESS,

WHAT IF THAT WAS GOD?

WHAT IF MY DAD WAS WRONG?

WHAT IF GOD DOES KNOW

EVERYWHERE I'VE BEEN?

WHAT IF IT'S TRUE?

AND THEN THIS FEAR BEGAN TO

GRIP MY HEART.

AND I BEGAN TO REALIZE HOW

MUCH TROUBLE I WAS REALLY

IN, IF THAT WERE, IN FACT,

TRUE.

AND AT THAT MOMENT, I

BELIEVE GOD GAVE ME THE

GREATEST GIFT OF MY LIFE.

MY CONSCIENCE CAME ALIVE.

BUT ALL OF A SUDDEN DEEP

REMORSE CAME TO ME.

AND I BEGAN TO CRY.

I TOOK MY PILLOW AND I

BURIED MY FACE IN MY PILLOW

SO NOBODY COULD HEAR ME, AND

I BEGAN TO CRY.

AND I PRAYED FOR THE FIRST

TIME IN MY LIFE.

AND AS I PRAYED, I FELT LIKE

I WAS FORSAKING MY FATHER

AND MY UPBRINGING.

AND I PRAYED AND THE WORDS

WERE JUST, LIKE, FALLING

DOWN TO THE GROUND.

AND I PRAYED AND I SAID,

GOD, IF IT'S TRUE, IF YOU DO

KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT ME,

AND IF IT IS TRUE THAT YOU

DID REALLY DIE FOR ME, I AM

SO SORRY.

AND I JUST BALLED MYSELF TO

SLEEP.

I WOKE UP THE NEXT MORNING,

AND I WAS A NEW MAN.

I HAD IN ME A PEACE THAT I

CANNOT DESCRIBE TO YOU.

IT IS BEYOND WORDS.

I FELT CLEAN AND FREE.

THE WORLD LOOKED DIFFERENT

TO ME.

AND I SAID OUTLOUD, THE

FIRST WORDS OUT OF MY MOUTH

WAS, THERE IS A GOD, AND HE

HEARD ME.

AND THE MILITARY WAS, LIKE,

HE WAS LIKE THIS AND NOW HE

IS A JESUS FREAK.

SO I WAS DISCHARGED.

THE SHIRT ON MY BACK, $15 IN

MY POCKET, AND THE WHOLE

WORLD IN FRONT OF ME.

AND NOW I'M PASTORING A

CHURCH THAT IS A FUN RIDE.

ITS D.N.A. IS BIRTHED AND

OUT OF THE SIMPLE WAY I MET

JESUS THAT DAY IN PRISON.

AND THIS CHURCH I PASTOR

TODAY, RIVER CHRISTIAN

FELLOWSHIP, WE'RE

SPIRIT-FILLED, AND WE'RE OUT

THERE RAW, IN THE CITY,

RESCUING HOMELESS FAMILIES,

HELPING THE PROSTITUTES,

SHOWING UP AT CITY HALL TO

HELP THE CITY SOLVE THE

PUBLIC WORKS PROBLEMS,

PICKING UP TRASH ON THE SIDE

OF THE HIGHWAY.

PAINTING WIDOWS HOUSES.

REDEEMING ABANDONED

PROPERTIES IN MY CITY.

WHATEVER I SEE IN MY CITY

THAT I'M ACCOUNTABLE FOR

THAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED,

THERE IS NOTHING THAT THE

RIVER WOULDN'T DO OUR

WOULDN'T BUY OR WOULDN'T GET

INVOLVED IN WITH WHATEVER

GOD PUTS IN OUR POCKET.

IT IS ALL ABOUT LOVE.

AND LOVE ALWAYS WINS AND

NEVER FAILS.

Terry: FOR GOD SO LOVED

YOU THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY

BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHEN YOU

BELIEVE IN HIM, YOU SHALL

NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE

EVERLASTING LIFE.

THAT'S GOD'S PROMISE TO

YOU.

YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN YOU DO

WHAT JOHN DID, WHEN YOU SAY

GOD, TAKE MY LIFE.

GOD, IF YOU'RE REAL, SHOW

ME.

GOD, I'M GETTING SERIOUS

WITH YOU.

YOU ARE GOING TO BE

RADICALLY CHANGED.

WHEN JESUS CHRIST REALLY

COMES INTO A LIFE, IT IS NOT

ABOUT HEAD KNOWLEDGE.

IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT WHAT

YOU BELIEVE.

IT IS ABOUT SURRENDERING,

JUST LIKE HE DID.

IT IS ABOUT THAT DEEP

CONVICTION THAT COMES UPON

YOU.

IT IS ABOUT KNOWING THAT YOU

ARE A SINNER IN NEED OF A

SAVIOR, AND ASKING GOD TO

FORGIVE YOUR SINS.

KNOWING YOU DON'T DESERVE

IT, BUT TRUSTING HIS LOVE

AND HIS MERCY AND HIS GRACE,

AND THEY ARE REAL AND THEY

ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU.

THEY REALLY ARE, YOU KNOW.

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE

YOU'VE BEEN OR WHAT YOU'VE

DONE.

THE CROSS WAS ENOUGH.

JESUS PAID THE WHOLE PRICE

FOR YOU.

AND NOT ONLY PAID THE PRICE

FOR YOU, WHILE YOU WERE

STILL SINNING, HE WAS SAVING

YOU, BUT NOW WANTS TO GIVE

YOU MORE LIFE.

AND NOT JUST ETERNAL LIFE,

AS THOUGH THAT WOULDN'T BE

BE ENOUGH, BUT WANTS TO GIVE

YOU LIFE HERE, A CHANGED

LIFE.

A LIFE THAT MATTERS.

A LIFE FILLED WITH HIS LOVE

SO YOU CAN TURN AROUND AND

REACH OUT AND LOVE OTHER

PEOPLE.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW MORE

ABOUT HOW TO GET THAT LIFE,

CALL THE NUMBER THAT'S ON

YOUR SCREEN.

1-888-777-1999.

WHEN THE PERSON ANSWERS ON

THE OTHER END OF THE PHONE,

JUST SAY, I NEED TO KNOW

JESUS.

WILL YOU PRAY WITH ME.

THEY WOULD LOVE TO DO THAT.

AND THEY'VE GOT A GREAT

LITTLE PACKET, ALSO, FOR

YOU.

IT'S CALLED "A NEW DAY," AND

IT WILL HELP YOU LEARN HOW

DO YOU WALK IN THAT

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD

SO THAT YOU TRULY GROW IN

IT.

WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR

BEING WITH US TODAY.

WE'VE GOT A GREAT PROMISE

FOR YOU FROM THE BOOK OF

ISAIAH: "YOU WILL KEEP HIM

IN PERFECT PEACE, WHO'S MIND

IS STAYED ON YOU BECAUSE HE

TRUSTS IN YOU."

TRUST IN THE LORD TODAY, FOR

TODAY AND YOUR TOMORROW.

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US.

WE LOVE BEING WITH YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT

TIME.

GOD BLESS YOU.

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