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700 Club Interactive: Hope and a Future - March 18, 2013

See how one family found hope in the midst of tragedy on today’s 700 Club Interactive. Read Transcript


ONE BABY FIGHTS FOR SURVIVAL.

AND SHE SAYS HE HAS A GRAND

TOUR IN 4 OR 3 METERS, AND...

FIND OUT HOW HIS FAMILY,

OVER CAME EVERY OBSTACLE, ON

THE NEXT 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.

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WELCOME TO THE SHOW, WE HAVE

HEARD THAT FAITH COMES BY

HEARING AND, HEARING FROM THE

WORDS.

AND WHAT WORDS YOU LISTEN TO

CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE

FAMILY IN OUR FIRST STORY KNOW

ALL TOO WELL.

WHEN JOHN AND PATTY SANDREL

DISCOVERED THEIR GRANDSON HAD A

BRAIN TUMOR ALL THAT THEY COULD

DO WAS HOLD ON TO THE WORDS

THAT THEY READ IN THE BIBLE,

WATCH THIS.

QUIET, NOT MUCH BOTHERED HIM.

WE WERE JUST STARTLED.

WE WERE JUST STARTLED TO KNOW,

YOU HEAR PEOPLE SAY BRAIN TUMOR

AND OBVIOUSLY CONQUERS UP THE

WORSE THING POSSIBLE.

HE IS PRETTY YOUNG AND SO WE

TOOK A VERY ACTIVE ROLE IN

RAISING HIM AND CARING FOR HIM

AND JUST BEING AROUND HIM.

HE WAS A GOOD LITTLE GUY.

HE SLEPT WELL.

HE ATE WELL.

HE WAS A GOOD BABY.

ABOUT TEN MONTHS OLD, HE HAD

GOTTEN AN EAR INFECTION.

AND HE JUST STARTED ACTING A

LOT DIFFERENT THAN NORMAL.

A LOT MORE FUSSY, CRYING A LOT

MORE.

SO THE DOCTOR SAID THAT WE HAVE

FOUND WHAT THE PROBLEM IS.

AND SHE CALLED ME IN AND SHOWED

ME THE X-RAY AND SHE SAID, HE

HAS GOT A BRAIN TUMOR ABOUT

FOUR CENTIMETERS, AND IT STEM

IN THE BACK OF HIS BRAIN.

THEY TOOK HIM TO IC RIGHT

AWAY, AND THEY HAD HIM IN

SURGERY.

ONCE WE GOT THROUGH THE

INITIAL PHASE AND THE INITIAL

PANIC, WE ALL STARTED PRAYING,

WE PASSED THE WORD AROUND, WE

ARE CALLING FRIENDS AND FAMILY

AND TELLING THEM SO THEY COULD

BE IN PRAYER.

THE FIRST THING THEY DID IS

TEMPORARY SHUNT BECAUSE THE

BRAIN TUMOR WAS BLOCKING FLUID

FROM DRAINING IN HIS BRAIN, TWO

AND A HALF WEEKS AFTER THE

TEMPORARY SHUNT WAS PLACED THEY

DID WHAT WAS CALLED A

RESECTION, WHERE THEY TRIED TO

GO IN AND GET THE MAJORITY OF

THE TUMOR OUT, IT WAS INTWINED.

THEY GOT PROBABLY 95 PERCENT

OF THE TUMOR.

IT WAS NEAR HIS SPINAL CORD AND

IF THEY HAD DONE ANYTHING MORE

THEY COULD HAVE DAMAGED HIS

SPINAL CORD AND CAUSED

PERMANENT PHYSICAL DAMAGE AND

HAD TO STOP.

THEY CALLED US INTO A

MEETING, THE SURGEON AND THE

MEDICAL PEOPLE CALLED US ALL IN

AND SAID THIS IS VERY SERIOUS.

HE BASICALLY HAS A TEN TO 30

PERCENT CHANCE OF LIVING.

THE TYPE OF TUMOR THAT HE

HAD IS SO AGGRESSIVE THAT EVEN

THROUGH CHEMO IT CAN GROW AND

EVEN WITH THE TREATMENT, IT HAS

A LARGE POTENTIAL FOR PROBLEMS,

PHYSICAL PROBLEMS LATER, THERE

WAS ROUGHLY 6 ROUNDS OF CHEMO

THAT HE WOULD NEED TO GO

THROUGH.

AND I JUST THOUGHT, OKAY, I

AM JUST GOING TO LISTEN TO ALL

OF THIS.

BUT, I'M GOING TO CLING TO

GOD'S WORD.

THAT I WAS GOING TO LEAD ON

JEREMIAH 29-11 AND IT WAS GOING

TO BE THE SCRIPTURE THAT WE

WERE GOING TO HANG OUR HAT ON,

NO MATTER WHAT THEY TOLD US

THAT, YOU DON'T LEAVE A

10-MONTH-OLD BABY ALONE IN THE

HOSPITAL AND WE NEEDED TO CALL

ON OUR FRIENDS AND OUR CHURCH

FAMILIES TO HELP US OUT.

EACH ROUND OF CHEMO WOULD BE

APPROXIMATELY A MONTH PERIOD OF

TIME AND IF YOU GO HOME, WE

WILL COME HOME FOR A COUPLE OF

DAYS AND HE WOULD GET SICK OR

RUN A FEVER OR VOMIT OR

WHATEVER AND WE WOULD NEED TO

TAKE HIM BACK.

OUT OF THE WHOLE PERIOD OF TIME

FROM OCTOBER TO JUNE, WE WERE

HOME MAYBE A TOTAL OF TEN DAYS.

WE SPENT MANY TIMES AT THE

HOSPITAL THINKING HE MAY BE AN

INVALID HE MAY BE IN A

WHEELCHAIR, HE MAY NOT BE ABLE

TO HEAR.

HE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO EAT, DID

HE NOT EAT FOR TEN MONTHS.

YOU KNOW?

WE DID NOT KNOW IF HE WOULD

ALWAYS HAVE A FEEDING TUBE AND

HE DIDN'T KNOW WHERE WE WOULD

BE AT THE END OF THIS.

IT WAS SCARY.

IT WAS REALLY SCARY.

JEREMIAH 29:11-13.

AND WE PICKED THE SCRIPTURE

OUT AND I DECIDED THAT WE WOULD

PUT IN A BANNER TO PUT IN THE

ROOM TO STAY FOCUSED ON THAT.

WHEN WE GOT HOME AFTER ALL

OF THE CHEMO, LANDON WAS IN

ISOLATION FOR 90 DAYS.

WENT BACK FOR A ROUTINE

FOLLOW UP, MRI IN AUGUST AND

THEY DISCOVERED THAT THERE WAS

JUST A MISS ALIGNMENT AT THE

TOP OF HIS SPINE AT THE VERY

BASE OF HIS NECK.

BUT DISCOVERED THAT HE HAD AN

INSTABILITY OF THE SPINE, AND

THEY DID NOT WANT TO DO THE

SURGERY AND FUSE THE SPINE

BECAUSE THAT WOULD PUT A METAL

ROD IN THERE WHICH WOULD BLOCK

THE SITE OF ANY TUMOR THAT WAS

THERE.

THEY DECIDED TO PUT THE

BRACE ON HIM SO THEY BUILT A

CUSTOM MADE BRACE THAT HE WORE

24/7, ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF

LATER, THE BRACE REDUCED TO A

NECK BRACE, SO IT WAS, IT

ADJUSTED TO HIS NECK.

AND WE WERE GOING FOR THE MRIS

EVERY THREE MONTHS AND THEN

EVENTUALLY, FOR THREE MONTHS,

WENT TO SIX MONTHS.

AND THE SIX MONTHS WENT TO 9

MONTHS.

AND 9 MONTHS WENT TO A YEAR.

AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED AS A

RESULT OF THE CERVICAL SPINE

INSTABILITY HIS BONE IS FUSED

TOGETHER AND IT HAS GROWN AND

IT HAS STABILIZED AND HE NEVER

NEEDED THE SURGERY.

HE NEVER HAD IT.

SOMETIMES I JUST LOOK AT HIM

AND I JUST SAY THANK YOU, GOD.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORD.

AND THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DID

HERE.

HE IS IN SECOND GRADE, HE IS

DOING GREAT.

I LIKE MATH, AND ART.

MATH AND ART, I LIKE MUSIC, I

LIKE COMPUTERS.

I CAN PLAY THE WII BASEBALL.

I LIKE GOING OUTSIDE AND PLAY.

HE HAS PLAYED A COUPLE OF

SEASONS OF SOCCER.

I CAN KICK THE BALL AROUND

HE DO TENNIS AND RIDE BIKES,

NORMAL KIDS STUFF.

I STILL CAN'T RIDE STRAIGHT.

I PRAY AT CHURCH, I PRAY AT

ONCE AT HOME.

I ALSO PRAY AT NIGHT.

ABOUT FAITH, YOU KNOW, A

LONG TIME AGO I WAS GIVING UP.

I HAVE LEARNED TO REALLY,

REALLY TRUST IN GOD'S WORD AND

TO RELY ON IT.

AND WHEN I HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO

HOLD ON TO, I HOLD ON TO GOD'S

WORD, BECAUSE HIS WORD IS TRUE.

AN AMAZING STORY.

THIS REPORT WILL YOU BELIEVE

THAT WE WILL BELIEVE THE REPORT

OF THE LORD.

AND I KNOW THAT IN SOME

CIRCUMSTANCES THAT GETS VERY

DIFFICULT.

AND THERE HAS BEEN MORE THAN

ONE OCCASION WHERE I AM PRAYING

FOR SOMEBODY WHO IS ON A

RESPIRATOR AND THE MERE SOUND

OF THAT MACHINE MAKES IT VERY

HARD TO PRAY THROUGH AND TO

PRAY TO GET A MIRACLE.

WHAT HAPPENED TO LANDEN IS AN

ABSOLUTE MIRACLE AND HOW MANY

TIMES ALONG THAT JOURNEY WAS

THERE A TEMPTATION TO GIVE UP?

HOW MANY BAD REPORTS CAN YOU

GET FROM A DOCTOR BEFORE YOU

START SAYING, WELL, THIS CASE

IS HOPELESS.

BUT THIS FAMILY DID NOT DO THAT

AND THEY HAD A WONDERFUL VERSE

AND IT IS FROM JEREMIAH 29, FOR

I KNOW THE THOUGHTS THAT I

THINK TOWARD YOU SAYS THE LORD.

THOUGHTS OF PEACE, NOT OF EVIL,

TO GIVE YOU A FUTURE AND A HOPE.

THEN YOU WILL CALL UPON ME AND

GO AND PRAY TO ME AND I WILL,

LISTEN TO YOU AND YOU WILL SEEK

ME AND FIND ME WHEN YOU SEARCH

FOR ME WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART.

NOW THOSE PLANS ARE FOR

EVERYONE.

GOD'S MADE EVERYONE UNIQUELY.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT HE HAS

CREATED GOOD WORKS FOR US TO

WALK INTO.

HE CREATED THOSE WORKS BEFORE

HE EVEN LAID THE FOUNDATION FOR

THE WORLD.

AND HE DID IT SO THAT YOU WOULD

HAVE A HOPE AND A FUTURE.

NOW, WHAT IS THE CONTEXT OF

JEREMIAH 29?

THIS IS THE WEEPING PROPHET

JEREMIAH, THIS IS THE PROPHET

SAYING THAT THE BABALONIANS ARE

GOING TO COME AND GOING TO

DESTROY JERUSALEM AND THEY ARE

GOING TO DESTROY THE

TEMPERATURE.

THE TEMPERATURE OF SOLOMEN AND

THEY ARE GOING TO TAKE US AWAY

IN CAPTIVITY AND LEAD US BACK

TO BABYLONY WHERE WE WILL BE

THEIR SLAVES THAT WAS PROFITCY

AND HE ALSO THAT THIS IS FOR A

SHORT TIME.

THIS IS FOR 70 YEARS AND THEN

IS HE END OF THAT TIME HE WILL

LEAD YOU BACK, ALTHOUGH THE

TEMPLE WILL BE REBUILT AND

THOSE ARE THE PROMISE, NOW WHO

GOT THAT PROMISE?

DANIEL SAID, I UNDERSTOOD FROM

THE SCHOOL OF JEREMIAH, THAT

THE 70 YEARS WERE COMPLETED.

WHAT DID HE DO?

HE WENT AND HELD ON TO THAT

VERY VERSE, I KNOW THE PLANS

THAT I HAVE FOR YOU.

PLANS TO GIVE YOU A HOPE, AND A

FUTURE.

NOW IMAGINE HOW HOPELESS IT WAS

FOR THOSE SLAVES IN BABYLON WHO

WERE... HOW DO YOU EVER GET

BACK TO ISRAEL?

HOW DO YOU EVER RECOVER FROM

THIS?

HOW DO YOU EVER HAVE A HOME?

HOW DO YOU EVER HAVE A HOPE AND

A FUTURE?

YOUR LIFE IS IN A SLAVE.

YOUR CHILDREN ARE SUBJECT TO

THE WHIMS OF THEIR OWNERS.

BUT DANIEL FOUND THE STRENGTH

TO BELIEVE IT.

TO HOPE AGAINST HOPE, AND HE

PRAYED AND THERE WAS A

RESTORATION, AND A RESTORATION

OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL, AND

THE TEMPLE.

THAT HAS HAPPENED SEVERAL TIMES

IN HISTORY.

WHERE THERE IS A RESTORATION OF

ISRAEL.

SO, REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU ARE

GOING THROUGH, REGARDLESS OF

WHAT DOCTORS REPORTS ARE,

WHETHER CIRCUMSTANCES YOU ARE

IN, YOU CAN HOLD ON TO THAT

PROMISE THAT GOD HAS A HOPE AND

A FUTURE.

HE HAS GOOD THINGS FOR YOU TO

WALK INTO, IF YOU WILL JUST

DARE TO BELIEVE AND NOT LOOK AT

THE CIRCUMSTANCE, OR THE

SITUATION, OR THE DOCTOR'S

REPORT, BUT FOR LANDEN HERE IS

A BABY, AND THIS BABY HAS A

HOPE AND A FUTURE, BECAUSE THAT

IS THE PROMISE OF GOD ALL

MIGHTY AND WE ARE GOING TO

BELIEVE IT NO MATTER WHAT THE

DOCTORS SAY, NO MATTER WHAT

HAPPENS IN CHEMOTHERAPY, NO

MATTER WHAT HAPPENS IN SURGERY,

NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS WITH

BRACES, AND SPINAL CORDS THAT

ARE NOT GOING TO FORM PROPERLY.

THOSE KINDS OF THINGS WE ARE

GOING TO PUT THEM AWAY, AND WE

ARE GOING TO HOLD ON TO THE

HOPE AND THE FUTURE THAT GOD

ALMIGHTY HAS PROMISED FOR US.

YOU CAN DO THAT TOO.

BUT IT TAKES A RISK.

I WOULD LIKE TO SAY FAITH IS A

RISK.

RELYING ON GOD IS A RISK.

SO OFTEN WE WANT TO RELY ON OUR

OWN EFFORTS, WHAT DOCTORS SAY

THEY CAN AND CANNOT DO.

WE WANT TO LOOK AT OUR OWN BANK

ACCOUNT AND LOOK AT OUR OWN

INCOME.

WE WANT TO LOOK AT THINGS FROM

A NATURAL STANDPOINT AND LET

THOSE THINGS INFLUENCE OUR

FAITH.

BUT WHEN WE LOOK TO THE HOPE

AND THE FUTURE, AND WE LOOK TO

THE PROMISE OF GOD, WHEN WE

LOOK TO WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE

POSSIBLE, WELL THEN WE GET THE

FAITH THAT WE NEED.

FAITH COMES BY HEARING, AND

HEARING BY THE WORD.

WELL IF THERE IS A VERSE, THAT

HAS CHANGED YOUR LIFE, WE WANT

TO HEAR FROM YOU.

AND TELL YOUR STORY.

ALL THAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO

TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND TELL

US WHAT SITUATION YOU ARE IN,

AND WHAT SCRIPTURE PULLED YOU

THROUGH.

TERRY?

WELL, STILL AHEAD, A COUPLE

HAS TOLD THAT THEIR BABY HAS NO

HOPE OF SURVIVAL.

FIND OUT WHAT GAVE THEM A

REASON TO CELEBRATE AFTER THIS.

THIS IS THE AMERICAN BIBLE

CHALLENGE.

FROM THE CREATORS OF EXTREME

MAKE OVER HOME EDITION COMES A

SHOW 45 YEARS IN THE MAKING.

HERE IS THE PAGE OF ISAAC'S

FATHER.

WHAT IS HIS NAME.

ABRAHAM.

RIGHT.

THIS THURSDAY,

WINNING HAS NEVER FELT SO

GOOD.

THESE PEOPLE ARE PLAYING TO

BLESS SOMEBODY ELSE.

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THE AMERICAN BIBLE

CHALLENGE, PREMIERS THURSDAY AT

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I STARTED FEELING PAIN

BETWEEN MY SPINE AND MY

SHOULDER ELD BLADE ALL THAT I

HAD WAS PAIN AND NO RELIEF.

THERE WAS A SIZEABLE MASS,

CONSISTING OF CANCER.

AND IN THE UPPER RIGHT LUNG AND

THAT IS COMPLEX, THAT IS TOUGH

STUFF.

I WAS WALKING, TALKING, BUT, I

DIDN'T KNOW HOW SICK I WAS.

I REMEMBER SEEING THE AD FOR

CANCER TREATMENT CENTERS OF

AMERICA AND I THOUGHT, THIS IS

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AND ALSO SEARCH FOR

PARTICIPATING PLANS.

THE GAME PLAN WAS

CHEMOTHERAPY AND RADIATION

THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE PERIOD AND

IT WAS AN AGGRESSIVE PLAN OF

ATTACK.

WE GAVE HIM CHEMOTHERAPY AND

RADIATION.

HE WAS AMAZING AND TOLERATED

TREATMENT EXTREMELY WELL.

CANCER TREATMENT CENTERS OF

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IT THE MOMENT THAT YOU CALL OR

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GEORGE HAS A LIFE THAT I NEVER

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HAVE.

WITH THE TEAMWORK, THE

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CARE THAT NEVER QUITS.

HAVING A BABY SHOULD BE ONE

OF THE HAPPIEST MOMENTS IN A

PARENTS' LIFE, HOWEVER FOR ONE

COUPLE IN CHINA IT WAS THEN

THEY WERE TOLD TO START

PREPARING AT THEIR BABY'S BIRTH

TO START PREPARING FOR THEIR

BABY'S DEATH.

THEY WERE THRILLED WHEN

THEIR SON HOSHUN WAS BORN UNTIL

THEY HEARD THAT HE HAD A HOLE

IN HIS HEART.

WHEN THE DOCTOR TOLD ME HOW

HE HAD HEART DISEASE MY WORLD

FELL APART.

IT WAS OUR WORST NIGHTMARE.

I WAS SO WORRIED ABOUT MY

BROTHER, EVERY TIME HE CRIED,

IT MADE ME CRY TOO.

AND HOSHUN CRIED ALL OF THE

TIME.

HE COULD NOT BREATHE, AND HE

WOULD CHOKE ON HIS TEARS.

I WAS SO SCARED THAT HE WOULD

CHOKE TO DEATH IN HIS SLEEP.

THE HOLE IN HIS HEART GREW

BIGGER, AND SINCE HIS POOR

PARENTS COULD NOT AFFORD

SURGERY, THEY KNEW THEY WOULD

SOON LOSE THEIR SON.

THEN, JUST AS THEY WERE ABOUT

TO GIVE UP HOPE, THEY HEARD

ABOUT CBN'S MISSION TO HELP

NEEDY CHILDREN LIKE THEIRS.

WHEN CBN SAID THEY WOULD

HELP US WITH SURGERY, I ALMOST

SHOUTED WITH JOY.

THIS MEANT THAT MY SON WOULD

LIVE.

A DOCTOR REPAIRED THE HOLE

IN HOSHUN'S HEART AND

REPOSITIONED HIS ARTERY.

TODAY, YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW HOW

CLOSE THIS PRECIOUS LITTLE BOY

ONCE CAME TO LOSING HIS LIFE.

MY SON IS HEALTHY AND HAPPY

NOW.

I NEVER THOUGHT THAT SUCH A

WONDERFUL THING WOULD HAPPEN TO

MY FAMILY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVING

HEART FOR MY SON.

YOUR HELP HEALS MY BROKEN HEART

AND MADE ME WHOLE AND STRONG

AGAIN.

AND NOW, MY LITTLE BROTHER,

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SAVING

HIS LIFE.

THANK YOU, IF YOU ARE A

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TERRY?

WELL, COMING UP, A HISPANIC

TEEN WHO WAS PICKED ON IN

SCHOOL UNTIL HE STARTED HIS OWN

GANG.

CALLING ME BENER OR WET BAG,

HOW COULD THEY TREAT ME LIKE

THIS?

NO MATTER WHAT I HAD MY HOME

BOYS, REGARDLESS OF WHAT

HAPPENED.

AND IT BECAME INSTANTLY VIOLENT.

HEAR HOW THIS TOUGH GUY WAS

BROUGHT TO HIS KNEES BY HIS OWN

MOTHER.

THIS IS THE AMERICAN BIBLE

CHALLENGE.

FROM THE CREATIVE EXTREME

MAKE OVER COMES A GAME SHOW 340

YEARS IN THE MAKING.

HERE IS THE FACEBOOK PAGE OF

ISAAC'S FATHER, WHAT IS HIS

NAME.

ABRAHAM.

ABSOLUTELY RIGHT

THIS THURSDAY, GET READY TO

WIN THE MONEY.

WINNING NEVER HAS FELT SO

GOOD.

THESE PEOPLE ARE PLAYING TO

BLESS SOMEBODY ELSE.

THE AMERICAN BIBLE

CHALLENGE, PREMIERS THURSDAY AT

8:00, 7:00 CENTRAL ONLY ON GSN.

AND AS A DRUG DEALER, DAVID

SOLD METH, AND NEGOTIATED DEALS

DIRECTLY WITH MEXICAN CARTELS,

HIS WIFE WAS A ROLLER COASTER.

BUT THERE WAS ONE THING IN HIS

LIFE THAT WAS CONSTANT.

THE PRAYERS OF DAVID'S MOTHER.

THEY ARE CALLING ME NAMES,

THEY ARE CALLING ME BEANER WET

BAG, HOW COULD THEY TREAT ME

LIKE THIS?

I DID NOT UNDERSTAND BECAUSE OF

THE WAY THAT I WAS... THE RACE

THAT I WAS BORN INTO?

DAVID GREW UP IN A CHRISTIAN

HOME IN CALIFORNIA, BUT ANGER

OVER RACE DISCRIMINATION THAT

HE FELT TURNED INTO HATE.

HE STARTED A GANG.

NO MATTER WHAT I HAD MY HOME

BOYS REGARDLESS OF WHAT

HAPPENED.

AND IT BECAME, INSTANTLY

VIOLENT.

STABBINGS, JUMPING, BEAT UP,

HOUSES VANDALIZED.

AS AN OUTLET FOR HIS ANGER

HE STARTED TO RAP ABOUT GANG

LIFE AND HE HAD A FOLLOWING

AMONG THE YOUTH IN NORTHERN

CALIFORNIA.

IT WAS A RELEASE FOR ME.

SOMEHOW I WAS ABLE TO POUR

MYSELF IN THAT AND SO I WAS

JUST WIDELY EMBRACED AND I

LOVED IT, I LOVED THE

ATTENTION, AGAIN, THAT POWER

THAT CAME WITH IT.

DAVID STARTED SELLING DRUGS

TO MAKE ENDS MEET.

THE MONEY WAS JUST

OUTRAGEOUS, WITH

METHAMPHETAMINE.

I KNEW THAT THE DRUG CARTELS IN

MEXICO WERE BRINGING IT IN, AND

MY ENTIRE THING WAS HOW DO I

GET METH TO SOMEBODY THAT IS

BRINGING IT DIRECTLY FROM

MEXICO AND I FINALLY WORKED UP

TO THAT POINT, TO WHERE I WAS

GETTING IT AT A PRICE THAT WAS

JUST COMPLETELY, WHERE I COULD

JUST MAKE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.

MONEY WAS POURING IN, BUDAH

HAVE

BUT, DAVID SAID THAT HIS LIFE

WAS EMPTY AND WITHOUT MEANING

IT WAS DARK AND EVIL AND

NEVER SATISFYING.

I HAD FAME, I HAD FANS, BUT I

DID NOT HAVE PEACE.

I BEGAN GETTING CHECKS,

10,000 $15,000 CONTINUOUSLY

WITH MY MUSIC BUT IT WAS NEVER

ENOUGH.

IT JUST FELT AS IT FEELS EMPTY,

I WAS CHASING SOMETHING THAT I

COULD NOT CATCH.

HIS MOTHER KNEW HIS LIFE WAS

OUT OF CONTROL SHE ASKED GOD

FOR HELP.

SHE NEVER STOPPED PRAYING

FOR ME.

AS A MATTER OF FACT SHE HAD A

VERSE SHE ALWAYS TOLD ME, IT

WAS JOSHUA, AS FOR ME AND MY

HOUSE, WE SHALL SERVE THE LORD.

I ALWAYS BELIEVED IN GOD AND I

ALWAYS HAD RESPECT FOR GOD AND

REVERENCE FOR GOD AND I DID NOT

WANT TO SERVE GOD I WANTED TO

LIVE MY LIFE.

NOT ONLY WAS A DRUG DEALER AND

A DANG MEMBER, BUT THE MUSIC

THAT I WAS DOING AT THAT TIME

ALSO AND I DID NOT WANT TO GIVE

ANY OF THAT UP.

EVERY DAY HE LIVED WITH THE

IDEA THAT HIS LIFE AND HIS

CRIMINAL EMPIRE COULD COME TO

AN END.

I DID NOT CARE ANY MORE.

I DID NOT CARE, SO MANY THINGS

THAT HAVE HAPPENED BY THIS

TIME, WITH MY FRIENDS, SO MANY

THINGS HAVE HAPPENED WITH MY

GANG, I HAD LOST A FEW FRIENDS,

A FEW OF THEM GOT MURDERED BY

THIS POINT.

SO SELLING DRUGS, RISKING

PRISON, WAS JUST AN EVERY DAY

PART OF LIFE.

IT WAS NORMAL TO GO TO PRISON

AND IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF

TIME WHEN I WOULD.

HE DID NOT KNOW IT YET, BUT

SEVERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT

AGENCIES WERE BUILDING A CASE

AGAINST HIM.

THE SELL OF METH TO AN UNDER

COVER AGENT LANDED HIM IN

PRISON FOR SIX YEARS.

DAVID WAS FINALLY READY TO

SURRENDER TO GOD.

I REMEMBER THEY PUT IN ME

SOLITARY CONFINEMENT BECAUSE OF

THE TIES THAT I HAD TO PRISON

GANGS AND IT WAS THERE IN THAT

CELL THAT I REMEMBERED THE

CHANGE FROM MY FATHER TO BEING

AN ALCOHOLIC TO NEVER DRINKING.

I REMEMBERED TO THIS DAY, I

SAID, LORD, IF YOU CAN CHANGE

ME THE WAY YOU CHANGED MY

FATHER, THEN CHANGE ME.

BECAUSE I CAN'T CHANGE.

AND IT WAS AT THAT POINT THAT I

SURRENDERED AND IT WAS AS IF

THOUSANDS OF POUNDS LIFTED OFF

OF ME.

HATE, ANGER, VIOLENCE, LUST,

JUST ALL OF THESE THINGS THAT I

WAS CARRYING, JUST LIFTED OFF

OF ME.

AND IT WAS JUST THE MOMENT

AMAZING THING THAT I HAD EVER

FELT.

AND I ALWAYS REMEMBERED ONE

OF THE VERSES THAT MY MOTHER

WOULD TELL ME THAT I WOULD READ

AS A CHILD AND IT SAID THAT GOD

SAID THAT I WILL TAKE OUT YOUR

STONY HEART AND I WILL PUT IN A

HEART OF FLESH AND I WILL PUT

MY SPIRIT, A NEW SPIRIT IN YOU.

THAT IS WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR,

I WAS NOT LOOKING TO BE A

BETTER PERSON ON THE OUTSIDE, I

WAS LOOKING FOR LIGHT TO BE ON

THE INSIDE WHERE THERE WAS

DARKNESS AND THERE WAS

EMPTINESS, THAT IS WHAT I

WANTED AND THE ONLY ONE THAT I

KNEW COULD DO THAT WAS JESUS

CHRIST.

HE WAS THE ONLY ONE.

HE IS THE ONLY ANSWER.

DAVID WENT THROUGH BIBLE

COLLEGE WHILE IN PRISON AND WAS

RELEASED IN 2009.

HE PASTORS A CHURCH IN MODESTO

CALIFORNIA AND HE IS THANKFUL

FOR HIS MOTHER'S PRAYERS ALL OF

THOSE YEARS

SHE THEY EVER GAVE UP, I

ACCEPTED CHRIST AT 32 YEARS OLD

AND MAYBE IT WAS NOT AS FAST AS

SHE WOULD HAVE LIKED.

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT PRAYERS ARE

ALWAYS HEARD.

THE BIBLE SAYS, THAT THOSE

PRAYERS THAT GOD HEARS EVERY

PRAYER AND SEES EVERY TEAR.

SO I WOULD SAY, FOR ANY PARENT

OUT THERE, THAT HAS SOMEBODY

THAT IS IN GANGS, THAT IS IN

DRUGS, DON'T GIVE UP.

BECAUSE GOD IS STRONGER THAN

THE DRUGS, AND GOD IS STRONGER

THAN THE GANGS.

IT DOES NOT MATTER HOW DEEP THE

CRIME, HOW DEEP THE SIN YOU

MIGHT THINK, WE ALL NEED A

SAVIOR, THE WORLD NEEDS A

SAVIOR AND THAT SAVIOR IS JESUS

CHRIST.

THAT IS A WORD FOR ALL OF

US, ISN'T IT?

WE ALL NEED A SAVIOR.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT EVERY ONE

OF US HAS SINED AND FALLEN

SHORT.

YOU KNOW IN DAVID'S LIFE, I

THINK THAT ONE OF THE MOST

INTERESTING THINGS IS THAT HE

WAS MAKING A LOT OF MONEY IN

HIS OWN WORDS, HE WOULD HAVE

BEEN CONSIDERED A SUCCESS, BUT

IN SPITE OF ALL THAT HE HAD, HE

SAID I DIDN'T HAVE ANY PEACE.

I DIDN'T HAVE ANY PEACE.

THIS IS WHAT GOD'S WORD SAYS,

GOD HIMSELF SAYS, I WILL KEEP

HIM IN PERFECT PEACE WHOSE MIND

IS STAYED ON ME BECAUSE HE

TRUSTS IN ME.

HOW CAN YOU KEEP YOUR MIND

STAYED ON JESUS?

HOW CAN YOU KEEP YOUR MIND ON

THE WORD OF GOD IF YOU DON'T

KNOW HIM?

I LOVE THE FACT THAT DAVID'S

MOM KEPT PRAYING, KEPT PRAYING,

KEPT PRAYING, WHEN NO ONE

LOOKED LIKE IT WAS CHANGING.

WHEN THERE DIDN'T APPEAR TO BE

ANY HOPE, SHE TRUSTED IN THE

POWER OF THE WORD OF GOD.

TODAY, MAY YOU HAVE SOMEBODY

THAT YOU ARE PRAYING FOR IN

YOUR LIFE, AND YOU DON'T SEE

ANY CHANGE, YOU DON'T SEE HOW

IT COULD POSSIBLY HAPPEN, DON'T

GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE UP.

MAYBE YOU ARE LIKE DAVID, MAYBE

YOU ARE LOOKING AT YOUR OWN

LIFE AND YOU ARE SAYING, I HAVE

DONE ALL OF THIS STUFF AND I

HAVE GOT NOTHING.

NO PEACE OF HEART, NO PEACE OF

MIND.

YOU CAN CHANGE THAT RIGHT NOW.

IT IS ONE PRAYER AWAY.

THE PRAYER THAT DAVID PRAYED IS

THE PRAYER THAT WE ALL HAVE TO

COME TO AT SOME POINT IN OUR

LIVES WHEN WE ARE REALLY

SURRENDERING TO GOD.

I CAN'T DO THIS ON MY OWN, GOD.

I CAN'T MAKE IT.

I DON'T KNOW HOW TO MAKE ALL OF

THIS WORK.

I DON'T KNOW WHO I AM AND I

NEED YOU.

YOU KNOW, THAT POINT IN MY OWN

LIFE, I HAD TO COME TO TERMS

WITH THE FACT THAT I WAS A

SINNER IN NEED OF A SAVIOR AND

THERE WERE A LOT OF THINGS THAT

I NEEDED TO ASK GOD TO FORGIVE.

EVERY DAY WE NEED TO PRAY THAT

PRAYER, EVEN AFTER WE COME TO

HIM, JESUS FORGIVE MY SINS.

MAKE ME A NEW PERSON.

HE DELIGHT TO DO THAT.

THIS IS WHY JESUS CAME, SO THAT

YOU AND I COULD HAVE NEW LIFE,

A FRESH BEGINNING, FORGIVENESS,

EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT OF

GOD SO THAT WE CAN LIVE

DIFFERENTLY.

THE WORDS OF THE BIBLE COME

ALIVE RIGHT OFF THE PAGE ONCE

YOU HAVE MADE A COMMITMENT LIKE

THAT BECAUSE GOD IS TALKING TO

YOU NOW.

AND HE IS TALKING TO YOU TODAY.

AND COMMIT YOUR LIFE TO JESUS,

JUST SAY GOD, I CAN'T DO THIS

ANY MORE.

I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS ANY

MORE.

I WANT YOU, I NEED YOU, PLEASE,

COME INTO MY HEART AND MY LIFE.

DELIVER ME FROM MY SINS.

GIVE ME A FRESH BEGINNING, FILL

ME WITH YOUR HOLY SPIRIT.

HE IS THERE, ASK HIM.

HE IS WAITING FOR YOU TO SAY,

YOU HAVE ENTRY INTO MY HEART

AND MY LIFE, LORD, YOUR LIFE

WILL BE CHANGED JUST LIKE

DAVID'S WAS.

IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING SPECIFIC

IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU LIKE TO

PRAY WITH YOU CAN CALL THE

NUMBER.

888-777-1999.

THE FRIEND ON THE OTHER END WHO

ANSWERS THAT LINE IS SOMEONE

WHO HAS ALREADY PRAYED THE

PRAYER THAT WE ARE TALKING

ABOUT AND WOULD LOVE TO PRAY

WITH YOU TODAY.

GORDON IN

I HAVE QUESTIONS, AND LET'S

GO OVER TO MICHELLE IN THE CHAT

ROOM.

BECKY SAYS THAT I HAVE BEEN

PRAYING FOR GOD FOR MOVE ME AND

OPEN DOORS FOR A NEW JOB.

I HAVE BEEN PRAYING, OVER AND

OVER AGAIN, THAT GOD HAS GIVEN

ME A HOPE AND A FUTURE, BUT

NOTHING HAS HAPPENED.

I FEEL LIKE A FAILURE, AND

HOPELESS.

HOW CAN I KEEP HOLDING ON WHEN

I WANT TO GIVE UP?

WELL, WHY DON'T YOU CHANGE

WHAT YOU ARE PRAYING.

IF ONE IS NOT WORKING FOR YOU,

AND YOU SAY THAT YOU ARE

CLAIMING THIS, THAT I HAVE A

HOPE AND A FUTURE, BUT THEN YOU

SAY I'M A FAILURE AND I AM

HOPELESS.

AND SO YOU ARE CONFESSING, YOUR

UNBELIEFS.

SO GO AT IT FROM A DIFFERENT

VERSE.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR GOD TO

GIVE YOU A NEW JOB, AND TO OPEN

DOORS FOR YOU, THEN ONE THING

THAT YOU COULD USE IS FAVOR.

AND SO, HERE IS A NEW ONE FOR

YOU.

PROVERBS, 3:, 3-4.

LET LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS NEVER

LEAVE YOU, THEN YOU WILL HAVE

FAVOR WITH GOD AND MAN.

SO THERE IS SOMETHING VERY

ACTIVE THAT YOU CAN DO, LET

LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS NEVER

LEAVE YOU.

SO, WHO CAN YOU LOVE TODAY?

WHO CAN YOU BE FAITHFUL TO?

HOW CAN YOU SHOW UP AND

DEMONSTRATE THE LOVE OF GOD

FOR SOMEONE?

YOU CONTINUE TO DO THAT AND

THAT IS SOMETHING MORE THAN

JUST PRAYING, THAT IS OUT THERE

DOING IT AND SEE IF YOU DON'T

THEN GET FAVOR.

THE OTHER THING THAT I ALWAYS

ADVISE PEOPLE WHO WERE LOOKING

FOR JOBS, MAKE SURE THAT YOU

CAN SIT IN THE OTHER MAN'S

CHAIR, IF YOU WILL, AND WHAT IS

GOING TO MAKE HIM GIVE YOU A

JOB?

NOTHING.

YOU HAVE GOT TO PROVE TO HIM

THAT YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE HIM

MONEY.

THAT IT IS GOING TO BE IN HIS

FINANCIAL INTEREST TO HIRE YOU,

IF YOU CAN DO THAT, YOU WILL

GET THE JOB.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS WORD

FROM MATTHEW, 19, JESUS SAID

LET THE CHILDREN COME TO ME,

DON'T STOP THEM.

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN BELONGS

TO THOSE WHO ARE LIKE THESE

CHILDREN, GOD BLESS YOU.

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