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700 Club Interactive: Misty Edwards: What’s The Point? - April 8, 2013

Worship leader and songwriter Misty Edwards opens up about her passion, inspiration and secret battle with cancer. Read Transcript


Gordon: IT'S A QUESTION

THAT HAS PUZZLED GREAT

THINKERS FROM THE BEGINNING

OF TIME, WHAT'S THE POINT?

WHEN YOU THINK YOU MIGHT

DIE, THAT IS ACTUALLY A

GIFT.

CAN I FULFILL MY LIFE'S

PURPOSE AT 19.

Gordon: HEAR HOW MISTY

EDWARDS DISCOVERED THE

ANSWER TO THE MEANING OF

LIFE, 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.

WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.

MISTY EDWARDS IS KNOWN AS

ONE OF THE MAIN WORSHIP

LEADERS AT THE INTERNATIONAL

HOUSE OF PRAYER.

HER UNIQUE MUSIC IS HEARD

ALL OVER THE WORLD, BUT WHAT

MANY FANS DON'T KNOW IS THAT

MISTY QUIETLY FOUGHT A SIX

AND A HALF YEAR BATTLE WITH

CANCER.

THROUGH THE ILLNESS, SHE WAS

ABLE TO DISCOVER THE ANSWER

TO LIFE'S MOST DIFFICULT

QUESTION.

AS A TEENAGER, MISTY

EDWARDS WANTED TO CHANGE THE

WORLD, BUT SHE HAD NO IDEA

HOW.

IT WASN'T UNTIL SHE BEGAN TO

WRITE MUSIC THAT SHE

DISCOVERED THE WAY TO

PEOPLE'S HEARTS.

SINCE THEN, SHE HAS BROUGHT

GENERATIONS TO GOD THROUGH

HER MUSIC, WITH SONGS LIKE

"YOU WON'T RELENT," "MY SOUL

LONGS FOR YOU," AND "ONLY A

SHADOW."

MISTY KEPT HER LYRICS

FOCUSED ON ONE THING.

BUT WHAT MANY DON'T KNOW IS

SHE BATTLED AND OVERCAME

CANCER.

Gordon: PLEASE WELCOME

MISTY EDWARDS.

IT IS AN HONOR TO HAVE YOU

WITH US.

IT IS AN HONOR TO BE

HERE.

Gordon: HOW DID YOU

FIGHT CANCER AND HOW DID YOU

BEAT IT?

I WAS 19 THE FIRST TIME I

WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER.

I WENT THE MEDICAL ROUTE.

I DID SURGERIES AND DID

CHEMOTHERAPY, AND LOST ALL

OF MY HAIR AT 19 YEARS OLD.

AND I PRAYED AND FOUGHT FOR

HEALING AT THE SAME TIME.

SO I THINK BETWEEN GOD AND

THE DOCTORS, I S EVENTUALLY

OVERCAME IT.

AND IT GREW BACK SIX YEARS

LATER, TO MY SURPRISE.

I THOUGHT I WAS DONE WITH IT

AT 19.

SO WHEN I CAME BACK SIX

YEARS LATER, I WAS IN A

WHOLE DIFFERENT WRESTLING

MATCH.

Gordon: DID YOU EVER

GET INTO, WHY, GOD?

WHY IS THIS BACK?

YEAH.

WHEN I WAS 19 AND I WAS JUST

DIAGNOSED WITH IT, I CAME

OUT AN INTENSE SEASON WITH

THE LORD, GOING THROUGH MIKE

NICOL'S CLASS IN THE PSALM

OF SOLOMON.

AND THAT AWAKENED MY HEART

TO THE LORD.

AND IF YOU'RE INTERACTING

WITH ME, I WAS CARRIED.

THE SECOND TIME IT CAME

BACK, AFTER DOING THE HOUSE

OF PRAYER AND BEING IN THE

HOUSE OF MINISTRY, I HAD

DIFFERENT QUESTIONS.

IT WAS WHAT DID I DO WRONG?

I'M PRAYING AND STANDING FOR

HEALING, AND WHY AREN'T YOU

HEALING ME.

THAT WAS A VERY DIFFERENT

WRESTLING FOR ME.

Gordon: AND WHAT WAS

THE ANSWER TO THAT?

HE IS MYSTERIOUS, IF I

CAN JUST BE HONEST.

SOMETIMES HE HEALS AND

SOMETIMES HE DOESN'T.

BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY,

HE IS GOOD.

I ALWAYS HAD A CRY FOR

ETERNITY ON MY HEART, EVEN

FROM THE TIME I WAS FIVE,

THINKING ABOUT FOREVER.

BUT WHEN I WAS 19, AND THEN

SIX AND A HALF YEARS LATER,

WHEN YOU THINK YOU MIGHT

DIE, THAT IS ACTUALLY A

GIFT.

BECAUSE THE TRUTH IS WE'RE

ALL GOING TO DIE.

BUT WHEN YOU'RE ACTUALLY A

YOUNG ADULT AND HAVE YOU TO

THINK, WHAT IF I DIE?

WHAT THAT DID TO ME IS CAN I

FULFILL MY LIFE'S PURPOSE AT

19, IF I DIE AT 19.

CAN I FULFILL MY LIFE'S

PURPOSE AT 24, WHEN IT CAME

BACK.

DID I HIT THE MARK?

DID I GIVE GOD WHAT HE WAS

LOOKING FOR?

I COULD FACE HIM IN SIX

MONTHS.

IS HE GOING TO GIVE ME THE

THUMBS UP?

IT WAS SUCH A BENEFICIAL

TIME IN MY LIFE OF

EXERCISING THAT MUSCLE OF

WHY I WAS EVEN ALIVE.

Gordon: I KNOW IN MY

OWN LIFE, MY NEAR-DEATH

EXPERIENCES WERE PROFOUND

REVELATION.

THERE WAS COMMUNICATION WITH

HIM ON A LEVEL OF INTIMACY

THAT I DON'T NORMALLY HAVE.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS

ABOUT DEATH, BUT IT SORT OF

FOCUSES YOUR ATTENTION ON

ALL OF THE TEMPORAL, AND AM

I READY?

THAT'S RIGHT.

AND THAT'S A GIFT.

Gordon: AM I READY?

AND THE LAST TIME THROUGH,

HE OPENED UP WHAT THE THIEF

ON THE CROSS DID.

THERE IS AN INTIMACY IN

SUFFERING THAT YOU SHARE

WITH HIM.

UH-HUH.

Gordon: AND HE FEELS

ALL OF THAT PAIN THAT YOU'RE

GOING THROUGH.

AND HE FELT IT ALL ON THE

CROSS.

YES, I BELIEVE THAT.

Gordon: IN YOUR BOOK,

YOU REALLY GO INTO PSALM

45.

WHY?

PSALM 45 IS ONE OF MY

ALL-TIME FAVORITE PSALMS.

IT TALKS ABOUT THE BEAUTY OF

JESUS, AND THE MAGESTY OF

JESUS, AND HOW OUR HEARTS

WILL OVERFLOW AS WELL -- I

BELIEVE PSALM 45 IS THE

FATHER SINGING ABOUT THE

SON.

BUT AS WE STUDY THAT AND

SING THAT SONG, OUR HEARTS

COME INTO COMMUNITY WITH THE

FATHER.

WE GET CAUGHT UP WITH THE

FELLOWSHIP OF THE BURNING

HEART IN THE WAY WE WERE

CREATED FOR.

OUR VERY FRAME WAS MADE FOR

FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD.

IN THAT PSALM, YOU CAN SEE

THAT.

AND THEN THE FATHER TURNS

HIS ATTENTION TO US.

IT IS LIKE HE SHOUTS OVER

THE BALCONY OF HEAVEN AND

SAYS, DO YOU WANT TO KNOW

HOW TO WIN THIS MAN'S HEART,

THIS MAN WHO HAPPENS TO BE

GOD.

ABANDONMENT, WHOLE

HEARTEDNESS, FORGET YOUR OWN

PEOPLE, YOUR FATHER'S HOUSE,

AND GIVE IT ALL.

THIS IS WHAT HE IS ATTRACTED

TO, SO TO SPEAK.

Gordon: IS THAT THE KEY

TO THE SONG YOU'RE GOING TO

SING?

YES.

Gordon: BECAUSE YOU'RE

LITERALLY SINGING VERSES

FROM PSALM 45.

YES.

Gordon: WHEN I WAS

PRAYING FOR THIS INTERVIEW,

I REALLY GOT THE SENSE YOU

ARE LIKE THE SONS OF GORE

WHO WROTE THAT SONG.

THEY WERE THE GAITKEEPERS. GATEKEEPERS.

AND IN SONG, GOD WOULD

LITERALLY COME DOWN AND IN

HABIT THAT SONG AT THE GATE,

AT THE DOOR TO THE MEETING.

I REALLY HAVE A SENSE THAT

THAT'S YOU.

OH, WOW.

Gordon: YOUR MUSIC IS

IS LITERALLY A BRIDGE

BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH,

AND GOD WANTS YOU TO KNOW

THAT HE COMES AND INHABITS

YOUR SONG.

AS YOU SING, HE IS

INHABITING THE MUSIC.

WOW, THAT'S THE BEST

COMPLIMENT BY FAR.

THAT'S THE CRY IN MY HEART.

Gordon: HOW DID YOU

ARRIVE AT THE POINT?

AT THE POINT?

Gordon: IN TALKING TO

CHRISTIANS TODAY I'M REALLY

GETTING ALMOST A SENSE OF

FRUSTRATION.

WHEN IS GOD GOING TO WRAP

THIS UP?

YES.

Gordon: WHEN ARE WE

GOING TO SEE HIM, AND CAN WE

PLEASE HURRY THIS UP, WHICH

IS KIND OF SIMILAR TO

REVELATION.

THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DEAD ARE

CRYING OUT TO GOD CONSTANTLY

UNDER THE THRONE.

HOW LONG.

HOW LONG.

Gordon: HOW HAVE YOU

COME TO PEACE WITH THAT?

I'M AN ANALYTICAL

THINKER, AND I'M A WRESTLER,

AND SO I UNDERSTAND THIS

FRUSTRATION VERY WELL.

AND THE THING THAT -- I JUST

SET MY HEART WHEN I WAS 18,

19, EVEN BEFORE THE WHOLE

CANCER THING, TO DEAL WITH

GOD.

I GREW UP IN A CHRISTIAN

HOME.

I KNEW WHERE I WAS GOING

WHEN I HAD DIED, BUT I HAD

NO CLUE WHY I WAS HERE.

I WAS LIVING IN A SMALL

TOWN.

EVERYTHING I TOUCHED SEEMED

SMALL AND INSIGNIFICANT.

I SAID, I HAVE TO LOOK AT

GOD AND FIND OUT WHAT HE

WANTS.

I WILL NEVER FIND WHAT I'M

LOOKING FOR UNTIL I KNOW

WHAT HE IS LOOKING FOR.

HE IS CREATOR.

I HAD THE GUTS TO LOOK AT

GOD AND GO, WHAT DO YOU

WANT?

AND HE SAYS IT IN

DEUTERONOMY, AND HE ALSO

SAYS IT IN MATTHEW, YOU

SHALL LOVE THE LORD, YOUR

GOD, WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART

AND YOUR STRENGTH.

AND IT ALL BECAME SO

SIMPLE.

HE SEARCHES THE HEART, AND

HE IS WATCHING.

SO THE APPLAUSE THAT I'M

LIVING FOR IS NOT THE

OPINION OF MAN, MY PARENTS,

THE MY TEACHERS, EVEN THE

VOICE IN MY OWN HEAD.

THE APPLAUSE I'M LIVING FOR

IS HIM, AT THE END OF THE

DAY.

HE IS GOING TO SAY DID YOU

LEARN TO LOVE.

IT IS NOT HOW MANY STADIUMS

DID YOU FILL, HOW MUCH MONEY

DID YOU MAKE, NOT EVEN HOW

MANY PEOPLE DID YOU IMPACT,

BUT DID YOU LEARN TO LOVE.

Gordon: TOTAL

ABANDONMENT.

TOTAL ABANDONMENT AND

SERVANTHOOD AND TOTAL

HUMILITY AND MEEKNESS -- THE

THINGS THAT MAKE US GO UGH.

AND BEFORE HIS EYES, BEFORE

THE AUDIENCE OF ONE, IT

TOTALLY CHANGED MY LIFE.

Gordon: I IMAGINE IT

DID.

TOTALLY.

EVERYTHING MATTERED ALL OF A

SUDDEN.

Gordon: ARE YOU ABLE TO

FIND THE ETERNITY IN THE

MOMENT?

YES.

THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE

THINGS.

AS SOMEONE WHO LOVES

ETERNITY, YOU HAVE A

TENDENCY TO LOOK FORWARD AND

ENDURE THE MOMENT AND HOLD

YOUR BREATH.

BUT ETERNITY IS ANYTHING

THAT LASTS FOREVER.

AND HE SAID A CUP OF COLD

WATER IN HIS NAME, HE WOULD

REMEMBER AND REWARD.

SUDDENLY THE ROUTINE,

MUNDANE, BORING LIFE THAT I

WAS LIVING BECAME EPIC

BECAUSE HE IS WATCHING AND

HE IS REMEMBERING.

AND IT WASN'T ABOUT LEADING

WORSHIP AT A BIG

CONFERENCE.

THAT LEFT ME EMPTY.

WHAT I FEEL IS WHEN I FEEL

THE HEAT OF HIS GAZE ON MY

HEART.

EVERY TIME I LAY DOWN AT

NIGHT AND I GO, OH, I REALLY

WANT TO BE YOURS.

HE LITERALLY SEES IT, AND

SUDDENLY MY LIFE -- ETERNITY

NOW, IT MATTERS NOW.

Gordon: THE EYES OF THE

LORD GO TO AND FRO OVER THE

WHOLE EARTH TO SHOW HIMSELF

STRONG.

SHOWING HIMSELF STRONG TO

YOU.

HOW DO YOU WRITE YOUR

SONGS?

I WRITE MY SONGS IN THE

PRAYER ROOM.

I LEAD TWO TO FOUR HOURS AT

THE KEYBOARD.

WE'LL TAKE THE SCRIPTURE AND

SING SPONTANEOUSLY ABOUT

IT.

USUALLY I'LL GET A CHORUS

AND TAKE IT INTO A PRACTICE

HOUSE TO WORK IT OUT.

BUT MOST OF THEM ARE BORN IN

A SPONTANEOUS MOMENT.

THEY'RE BIRTHED IN PRAYER

AND IN THE WORD.

Gordon: AND IN THE

PRESENCE?

YEAH.

Gordon: YOU'RE GOING TO

SING FOR US.

I'M GOING TO RELEASE YOU TO

SING.

GET THIS BOOK "WHAT'S THE

POINT."

MISTY'S BOOK, IT IS

AVAILABLE AT BOOKSTORES

NATIONWIDE.

AND SHE HAS A NEW

C.D./D.V.D. OF WHY WORSHIP.

IF YOU WANT MORE INFORMATION

ON THAT, GO TO

700CLUBINTERACTIVE.COM.

HERE IS MISTY EDWARDS

SINGING "I WILL WASTE MY

LIFE."

*

* I WILL WASTE MY LIFE

* AND I'LL BE TESTED AND

TRIED *

* BUT NO REGRETS INSIDE OF

ME *

* JUST TO FIND THEM AT YOUR

FEET *

* JUST LET ME FIND THEM AT

YOUR FEET *

* AND IN MY FATHER'S

HOUSE *

* I'LL LEAVE MY MOTHER

* I LEAVE WHAT I HAVE

KNOWN *

* AND I'LL HAVE NO OTHER

* OH, HOW I LOVE YOU

* AND THERE IS NO COST TOO

HIGH *

* AND THERE IS NO LOVE OF

HOW I LOVE YOU *

* I WANT TO TAKE YOUR

NAME *

* OH, HOW I LOVE YOU *

* I WANT TO CLING TO YOU

* JESUS

* JUST LET ME CLING TO

YOU *

* JESUS

* I'LL SAY GOOD-BYE TO MY

FATHER, MY MOTHER *

* I'LL TURN MY BACK ON EVERY

OTHER LOVE *

* AND I WILL PRAISE ON

YOU *

*

I WILL PRAISE ON YOU,

LORD *

* I'LL SAY GOOD-BYE TO MY

FATHER AND MOTHER, AND I'LL

TURN MY BACK *

* ON EVERY OTHER LOVE

* AND I WILL PRAISE ON

YOU *

*

* AND I PRAISE ON YOU

* I PRAISE ON YOU

* AND ON AND ON AND ON

* FOR I LOVE YOU

* AND THERE IS NO CAUSE

* OH, HOW I LOVE YOU

* AND THERE IS NO LOVE

* OH, HOW I LOVE YOU

* I WANT TO TAKE YOUR

NAME *

* OH, HOW I LOVE YOU

* I WANT TO CLING TO YOU

* JESUS

* JUST LET ME CLING TO

YOU *

* JESUS

* WHERE YOU GO, I WILL

FOLLOW YOU *

* BECAUSE YOU ARE MY

WORLD *

* AND ITS YOUR EYES I'M

LIVING FOR *

* IT'S YOUR EYES I'M LIVING

FOR *

* IT'S YOUR EYES I'M LIVING

FOR *

*

OOH, YEAH *

Gordon: "SUPERBOOK" IS

MORE THAN JUST A CARTOON.

IT HELPS CHILDREN LEARN

VALUABLE LIFE LESSONS, LIKE

SOME OF THEIR FAVORITE BIBLE

CHARACTERS.

Reporter: SHERRY AND

JOHN DESCRIBE THEIR

6-YEAR-OLD SON, JOEL, AS FUN

AND OUTGOING.

SO WHEN IT WAS TIME TO SIGN

UP FOR THEIR CHURCH'S EASTER

PROGRAM, THEY WERE SURE JOEL

WERE JUMP AT THE CHANCE.

THERE WAS JUST ONE PROBLEM.

HE HAS A FEAR OF STANDING

IN FRONT OF A GROUP OF

PEOPLE AND PERFORMING.

Reporter: JOEL HAD HIS

OWN WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW HE

FELT.

FRIGHTENED.

TERRIFIED.

Reporter: ALTHOUGH JOHN

AND SHERRY TRIED AND TRIED

TO CONVINCE HIM THAT IT

WOULD BE FUN, JOEL WOULD

HAVE NO PART OF IT.

THE OTHER KIDS PRACTICED

FOR TWO MONTHS, AND I

REFUSED.

Reporter: ABOUT THAT

TIME, JOEL AND HIS SISTER

STARTED LOOKING

"SUPERBOOK."

JOEL LOVED WATCHING THE

"SUPERBOOK" CHARACTERS,

CHRIS, JOY, AND GIZMO.

WE PUT IT IN, AND HE

WATCHED IT OVER AND OVER AND

OVER.

AND SO THERE OUR DAUGHTER,

SALA.

AND THEY WATCHED IT PROBABLY

50 TIMES THAT FIRST WEEK, AT

LEAST.

Reporter: PRETTY SOON

HE MEMORIZED THE WHOLE

EPISODE WORD FOR WORD.

THAT GAVE JOHN AN IDEA.

MY HUSBAND SAID TO JOEL,

LOOK, JOEL, CHRIS WAS AFRAID

TO PERFORM, BUT WHAT DID

DAVID TELL HIM?

HE SAID, HE SHOULD DO IT

FOR GOD.

AND MY HUSBAND SAID, THAT'S

RIGHT.

YOU SHOULDN'T BE AFRAID OF

PERFORMING BECAUSE IF YOU'RE

DOING IT FOR GOD, THERE IS

NOTHING TO BE AFRAID OF.

Reporter: THEN ON

EASTER MORNING, A CHILD

DECIDED TO DROP OUT OF THE

PROGRAM.

THE CHILDREN'S PASTOR

WALKED UP TO MY WIFE AND

SAID JOEL WANTS TO PERFORM.

AND HE SAID HE WANTED TO DO

IT FOR GOD AND HE WAS NOT

GOING TO BE AFRAID.

MY HUSBAND AND I CRIED

BECAUSE WE KNEW HOW MUCH

COURAGE IT TOOK FOR HIM TO

EVEN SAY THAT.

Reporter: AFTER JUST 10

MINUTES OF PRACTICE, JOEL

PERFORMED HIS PART PER

PERFECTLY.

JOEL SAYS WATCHING

"SUPERBOOK" TAUGHT HIM NOT

TO BE AFRAID AND TO JUST

TRUST GOD.

WE STARTED WATCHING

"SUPERBOOK" AND THAT

ENCOURAGED ME.

Gordon: GOD WANTS TO

ENCOURAGE CHILDREN, AND WE

WANT TO GET THE STORIES OUT

TO THEM.

IT WILL BRING THEM LIFE.

IT WILL BRING THEM TRUTH.

WE'RE ASKING YOU IF YOU WANT

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YOU CAN BE PART OF THE

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IF THAT'S YOU, CALL US.

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WE'RE STARTING SEASON TWO.

IF YOU WANT TO GET CAUGHT UP

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WELL, A FEW YEARS AGO,

LEGENDARY GOSPEL ARTIST

TIMOTHY WRIGHT WAS KILLED BY

A DRUNK DRIVER.

SHORTLY BEFORE HE DIED, HE

MADE ONE LAST REQUEST TO HIS

SON.

HEAR HIS LAST WISHES, UP

NEXT.

Gordon: TODAY SOME OF

HISTORY'S GREATEST HEROS AS

YOU'VE NEVER SEEN THEM

BEFORE.

BUT NOAH GOT DRUNK.

JEREMIAH, HE SAID HE WAS TOO

YOUNG.

JOSEPH, GREAT HERO OF THE

FAITH, HE WAS ABUSED AS A

CHILD.

HEAR HOW GOD USED THEM

ANYWAY, ON THE NEXT "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: DERRICK WRIGHT

WANTED TO BE JUST LIKE HIS

DAD, BUT AS HIS DAD LAY

DYING IN HIS BED, HE ASKED

DERRICK FOR SOMETHING THAT

DERRICK JUST COULDN'T DO.

DERRICK WRIGHT DOESN'T JUST

PLAY THE DRUMS FOR A

LIVING.

IT'S IN HIS D.N.A.

AS THE SON OF THE LATE

REVEREND TIMOTHY WRIGHT, WHO

IS KNOWN TO MANY AS THE

GODFATHER OF GOSPEL MUSIC,

DERRICK WAS DESTINED TO BE A

MUSICIAN.

*

Reporter: HE WAS ONLY

12 WHEN HE MADE HIS DRUMMING

DEBUT PLAYING IN HIS

FATHER'S BAND.

THEY WEREN'T EXPECTING

THAT FROM A 12-YEAR-OLD

KID.

Reporter: OVER THE

YEARS, HE HONED HIS CRAFT

AND BECAME AN A-LIST DRUMMER

FOR ARTISTS LIKE TONI

BRAXTON, ALICIA KEYS AND

OTHERSMENOTHERS.

IN 2006, HE LANDED A

POSITION AS MUSIC DIRECTOR

FOR THE FAMOUS ADELE.

STILL, DERRICK DOESN'T ALLOW

HIMSELF TO GET CAUGHT UP IN

THE BUSINESS OF SHOW

BUSINESS.

INSTEAD, HE SAYS DRUMMING IS

A WAY TO CONNECT WITH GOD.

I CAN SIT ON THE DRUMS,

AND IT'S ALMOST LIKE WHEN

YOU GO INTO YOUR PRAYER

CLOSET, AND THAT IS YOUR

PLACE OF COMFORT AND YOU CAN

GO TO GOD AND PRAY.

SOMETIMES I SIT THERE ON THE

DRUMS AND PUT MY HEAD DOWN

AND JUST PRAY BEFORE I EVEN

PLAY.

IT IS JUST A GOOD FEELING

THAT YOU GET.

YOU FEEL LIKE GOD HAS GOT

YOUR BACK.

Reporter: HIS FAMILY

LIFE IS CENTERED ON GOOD,

TOO.

HE MARRIED HIS HIGH SCHOOL

SWEETHEART, AND THEY HAVE

TWO KIDS, AND ONE ON THE

WAY.

SHE IS NOT WITH ME

BECAUSE OF THE GLITZ AND

GLAMOUR.

SHE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT

THAT.

SOMETIMES SHE LET'S ME KNOW

SHE DIDN'T CARE ABOUT THAT.

SHE REALLY HAS MY BACK.

SOMETIMES SHE PRAYS WITH ME,

COVERING ME, TOO.

AND I LOVE HER FOR THAT.

Reporter: DERRICK SAYS

MOST OF HIS LIFE WENT PRETTY

SMOOTHLY UNTIL JULY 4th,

2008.

HIS BROTHER CALLED HIM AND

TOLD HIM THEIR FATHER,

MOTHER, AND 14-YEAR-OLD

NEPHEW HAD BEEN HIT BY A

DRUNK DRIVER.

HE ALSO TOLD HIM THEIR

MOTHER HAD DIED AT THE

SCENE.

THE NEXT THING I KNOW,

I'M SPEEDING DOWN THE

HIGHWAY, TRYING TO GET

THERE, TO SEE IF THIS IS

TRUE BECAUSE I'M NOT

BELIEVING IT.

MY WIFE JUST GRABS MY HAND

AND STARTS PRAYING WITH ME.

Reporter: HIS NEPHEW

DIED A DAY LATER, AND HIS

FATHER WAS IN CRITICAL

CONDITION.

DERRICK STARTED TO BURN WITH

ANGER.

I WAS LIKE, HOW CAN GOD

DO THIS TO US?

MY LITTLE NEPHEW WAS 14

YEARS OLD.

HOW COULD THAT HAPPEN?

Reporter: HE SAT AT HIS

FATHER'S BEDSIDE FOR MONTHS

AND LISTENED TO HIM SING.

HIS FATHER ALSO TALKED ABOUT

FORGIVING THE PERSON WHO WAS

RESPONSIBLE.

BUT DERRICK COULDN'T

UNDERSTAND WHY HIS FATHER

WOULD FORGIVE SOMEONE WHO

KILLED THEIR FAMILY.

THE FORGIVENESS, THAT

MADE ME GO WOW.

YOU ARE SITTING ON YOUR

DEATHBED RIGHT NOW, AND YOU

FORGAVE THE PERSON THAT DID

THIS?

Reporter: DERRICK

STARTED HAVING LONG TALKS

WITH GOD.

AND HE OFTEN THOUGHT ABOUT

HIS FATHER'S EXAMPLE OF

FORGIVENESS.

SEEING HOW HE COULD BE IN

THIS SITUATION, AND HE STILL

FORGAVE.

I WAS, LIKE, WOW, THAT'S THE

MAN I WANT TO BE LIKE.

I WANT TO BE ABLE TO LOVE

AND FORGIVE, JUST LIKE THIS

MAN RIGHT HERE, LIKE MY

FATHER.

Reporter: IN TIME,

DERRICK WAS ABLE TO FOLLOW

HIS FATHER'S EXAMPLE.

I HONESTLY CAN SAY THAT I

FORGIVE THE GUY, THE YOUNG

MAN THAT WAS DRIVING DRUNK

ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE

ROAD.

I FORGIVE HIM.

Reporter: SEVEN MONTHS

LATER, HIS FATHER PASSED

AWAY.

BY THEN DERRICK HAD MADE HIS

PEACE WITH GOD.

GOD WAS DOING IT FOR ME,

I FELT LIKE, SO HE COULD

TURN CERTAIN THINGS AROUND

IN MY LIFE.

*

Reporter: NOW DERRICK

WAS MORE FOCUSED ON SHARING

GOD'S LOVE WITH OTHERS, AND

DECIDED TO PRODUCE A GOSPEL

ALBUM THAT WOULD DO JUST

THAT.

THE ALBUM IS CALLED

"DRIVEN."

IT SEEMED LIKE I HAD TO

PUSH TO DO IT, AND I CALLED

IT "DRIVEN," BECAUSE IT WAS

SOMETHING THAT WAS DRIVING

ME.

Reporter: DERRICK ALSO

CONTINUES HIS FATHER'S MUSIC

LEGACY IN NEW YORK.

HE WORKS AT A CHURCH IN

BROOKLYN WHERE HE ENCOURAGES

THEM THROUGH MUSIC.

AND ACROSS TOWN, HE DIRECTS

A 300-VOICE CHOIR AT HIS

FATHER'S FORMER CHURCH.

MY GOAL IS NOT TO BE A

HOUSEHOLD NAME FOR ME, BUT

EVERYBODY CAN KNOW GOD.

JUST SO THEM THAT GOD IS

GOOD, AND GOD CAN SAVE AND

HE CAN HEAL AND HE CAN

FORGIVE.

HE CAN MAKE YOU FORGIVE

ANYTHING THAT YOU WENT

THROUGH.

JESUS IS THE ANSWER, AND HE

ALWAYS WAS, AND HE ALWAYS

WILL BE.

Gordon: JESUS IS THE

ANSWER.

WITHOUT HIM, YOU CAN'T

REALLY FORGIVE FROM THE

HEART.

BUT THROUGH HIM, YOU CAN.

IMAGINE HIM HANGING ON A

CROSS, DYING, AND HE

SAYS, "FATHER, FORGIVE THEM

FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY

DO."

THAT YOUNG MAN WHO WAS

DRIVING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF

THE ROAD, DRIVING AFTER

BEING DRUNK, YOU CAN SAY,

WELL, THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR

THAT.

AND THERE ISN'T.

BUT HE HAD NO IDEA -- HE HAD

NO IDEA HOW THAT JOURNEY

WOULD END.

AND TO BE ABLE TO FORGIVE

HIM, AND FORGIVE HIM FROM

THE HEART, IS A REAL

MIRACLE.

IF YOU NEED TO FORGIVE

SOMEONE, I WOULD ENCOURAGE

YOU TO DO THAT, AND TO DO IT

OUT LOUD.

AND IF YOU NEED HELP WITH

FINDING THE GRACE TO

FORGIVE, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO

IS CALL US.

AND WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU 24 HOURS

A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

AND I HAVE FOUND IN MY OWN

LIFE, SOMETIMES FORGIVENESS

IS A PROCESS, BUT IT STARTS

WITH YOU SAYING IT OUT

LOUD.

AND SO IF YOU WANT TO SORT

OF PRACTICE THAT, GIVE US A

CALL.

1-888-777-1999.

AND JUST SAY, I'VE GOT

BITTERNESS, I'VE GOT ANGER,

I'VE GOT HURT.

I'M STILL GRIEVING.

I NEED TO FORGIVE, AND WILL

YOU HELP ME?

WILL YOU PRAY WITH ME SO

THAT WE, TOGETHER, CAN

FORGIVE?

THIS IS "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," WHERE WE

INTERACT WITH YOU.

LET'S GO OVER TO DIMITRIA IN

THE CHATROOM.

WE HAVE A COUPLE OF

CHATS, BUT TINA IS ASKING US

TO PRAY FOR HER.

"MOST OF MY YEARS I HAVE

PRAYED TO FALL ASLEEP AND

NOT WAKE UP.

I HAVE CANCER AND CHRONIC

PAIN IN MY SHOULDER, NECK

AND KNEES FROM AN ACCIDENT.

I SELDOM LEAVE MY HOUSE AND

I STRUGGLE WITH THOUGHTS OF

RIDING IN A CAR."

Gordon: THE FIRST

THING, HAVE YOU FORGIVEN THE

PERSON WHO CAUSED THAT

ACCIDENT.

WHEN YOU DO THAT, YOU CAN BE

SET FREE FOR A LOT OF

THINGS.

LET'S PRAY FOR YOUR

HEALING.

LORD, WE LIFT JEAN TO YOU

AND WE ASK THAT YOU TAKE

AWAY THAT CANCER FROM YOUR

BODY NOW.

AND YOU TAKE AWAY ALL OF

THAT PAIN FROM HER NECK, HER

BACK, AND HER SHOULDER, AND

YOU REMOVE IT ALL NOW IN

JESUS' NAME.

JEAN, BE HEALED.

BE SET FREE, AND WALK FREELY

WITH NO FEAR.

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE

FOR THIS PROGRAM, WE LEAVE

YOU WITH THESE WORDS FROM 1

CHRONICLES: "LET THE WHOLE

EARTH SING TO THE LORD.

EACH DAY PROCLAIM THE GOOD

NEWS HE SAYS.

PUBLISH HIS GOOD DEEDS AMONG

THE NATION.

TELL EVERYONE ABOUT THE

AMAZING THINGS HE DOES."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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