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700 Club Interactive: Making a Deal with God - April 18, 2013

Is God a dealmaker? Find out why or why not as Gordon Robertson shares what Scripture has to say about it. Read Transcript


Gordon: A MOM SO

DESPERATE FOR MONEY SHE

BECAME A PROSTITUTE.

I HAD NO HEART LEFT.

AND I DIDN'T WANT TO BE

LIVING ANYMORE.

EVERY JOHN THAT YOU'RE

WITH, IT CHIPS AWAY AT YOUR

SOUL, AND IT TAKES A PIECE

OF YOUR SOUL.

Gordon: THE DEAL THAT

RESTORED HER BODY AND SOUL,

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 SHOW.

TODAY WE'RE GOING TO BE

TALKING ABOUT MAKING A

BARGAIN WITH GOD.

AND I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE,

WHEN WE GET IN TROUBLE, WE

ALL DO THE SORT OF JAILHOUSE

PRAYER.

WHERE WE SAY, LORD, IF YOU

GET ME OUT OF THIS, THEN

I'LL DO SUCH AND SUCH AND SO

AND SO.

WE MAKE A BARGAIN.

AND WE SOMEHOW THINK THAT

GOD CAN BE BOUGHT.

WELL, TODAY WE'RE GOING THE

TALK ABOUT THAT ISSUE, AND

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY

ABOUT IT.

BUT BEFORE WE GET TO THAT,

WE'RE GOING TO SHOW YOU A

STORY.

AND HERE IS A GAL NAMED

TANYA.

AND SHE WAS A SINGLE MOTHER,

AND SHE DIDN'T HAVE ANY WAY

TO MAKE MONEY.

SO SHE MADE A BARGAIN, NOT

WITH GOD, BUT WITH THE

DEVIL, BY SAYING, I'LL GO

OUT AND PROSTITUTE MYSELF,

AND THAT WILL BE THE WAY I

MAKE MONEY SO I CAN SUPPORT

MY CHILDREN.

WELL, HER BARGAIN GOT HER IN

TROUBLE BECAUSE HER VERY

PROFESSION BECAME THE REASON

SOMEONE SAID YOU NO LONGER

SHOULD HAVE CUSTODY OF THOSE

CHILDREN.

THAT DROVE HER BACK TO GOD,

AND SHE MADE A BARGAIN WITH

GOD THAT GOT HER THE CUSTODY

SHE WAS LOOKING FOR AND ALSO

SAVED HER SOUL.

I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE

LOVED.

AND I WAS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR

MY FATHER'S ACCEPTANCE.

AND I GREW UP THINKING ABUSE

WAS NORMAL.

THAT'S ALL I HAD SEEN.

Reporter: THE ONLY TIME

TANYA'S ALCOHOLIC FATHER

GAVE HER ATTENTION WAS WHEN

HE BEAT HER.

WHEN SHE WAS 11, CANADIAN

SOCIAL SERVICES GAVE HER MOM

A CHOICE: HER HUSBAND OR HER

CHILD.

AND I REMEMBERED HOW MUCH

IT HURT WHEN I WAS IN THE

COURTROOM AND MY MOM CHOSE

MY DAD OVER ME AND LET ME GO

TO FOSTER CARE.

AND I FELT SO ABANDONED.

I WAS PUT IN 13 DIFFERENT

FOSTER HOMES IN ONE YEAR.

AND I WAS MOVING AROUND

FASTER THAN I COULD UNPACK

MY SUITCASE.

Reporter: SHE WAS AWARD

OF THE STATE THROUGH HER

TEENS, AND HAD A CHILD AT

17.

IN HER 20s, SHE WAS

PREGNANT AGAIN AND GOT

MARRIED.

I MARRIED SOMEBODY THAT

WAS JUST LIKE MY FATHER.

EVERY DAY HE WAS TELLING ME,

YOU KNOW, I WAS STUPID.

I WAS UGLY.

I WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH.

I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE I WAS

WORTHY OF BEING LOVED BY

ANYONE.

Reporter: SHE MOVED

WITH HER KIDS TO A WOMEN'S

SHELTER TO ESCAPE THE

VIOLENCE.

BUT HER HUSBAND CHALLENGED

HER FOR CUSTODY.

TANYA NEEDED $7,000 TO

RETAIN A LAWYER, SO SHE

LOOKED FOR A JOB.

AND AN AD IN THE PAPER

CAUGHT HER EYE.

THE AD SAID, EARN THE SUM

OF UP TO $1500 A DAY.

FEMALE-OWNED AND OPERATED,

FUN, FAMILY WORK

ENVIRONMENT.

I THOUGHT, THAT SEEMS ALMOST

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.

Reporter: IT WAS.

THE FUN, FRIENDLY JOB WAS

PROSTITUTION.

TANYA TOOK THE JOB.

I REMEMBER COMING HOME

THAT NIGHT, AFTER MAKING MY

FIRST $1,700, AND I JUMPED

IN THE SHOWER AND I JUST

COULDN'T STOP SCRUBBING MY

BODY ENOUGH.

I JUST FELT SO DIRTY.

Reporter: SHE

PROSTITUTED HERSELF FOR

SEVERAL YEARS, AND WENT

DEEPER INTO THE SEX

INDUSTRY.

SHE EVENTUALLY OWNED SEVERAL

BROTHELS, WITH HUNDREDS OF

GIRLS WORKING FOR HER.

BUT HER NEW LIFESTYLE TOOK A

TOLL.

MY SPIRIT WAS BROKEN.

I JUST -- YOU KNOW, ON THE

OUTSIDE, ACCORDING TO THE

WORLD, I APPEARED TO HAVE IT

ALL.

BUT INSIDE, I HAD NOTHING.

I HAD NO HEART LEFT.

AND I DIDN'T WANT TO BE

LIVING ANYMORE.

EVERY JOHN THAT YOU'RE WITH,

IT CHIPS AWAY AT YOUR SOUL,

AND IT TAKES A PIECE OF YOUR

SOUL.

AND EVENTUALLY YOU'RE

WALKING DEAD.

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

THE CUSTODY BATTLE LASTED

FOUR YEARS.

WORD HAD GOTTEN TO THE

COURTS AND MEDIA ABOUT

TANYA'S LINE OF WORK.

HER CHANCES OF GETTING

CUSTODY OF HER CHILDREN WERE

SLIM, AND SHE KNEW IT.

TANYA MADE A DEAL WITH GOD.

I WAS ANGRY AT GOD MY

WHOLE LIFE.

IF GOD WAS REAL, WHY WOULD I

HAVE HAD THIS CHILDHOOD.

AND MY GRANDMOTHER WAS ON

HER DEATH BED.

AND SHE KEPT TELLING ME,

TANYA, YOU'VE GOT TO GIVE

YOUR LIFE TO GOD.

AND I'D SAY I HATE GOD.

AND SHE SAID, GOD NEVER

TURNED HIS BACK ON YOU,

TANYA.

YOU TURNED IT ON HIM.

HE WILL ALWAYS BE THERE.

SO ONE NIGHT I WAS ON MY

KNEES, AND I WAS WEEPING,

AND I WAS, LIKE, GOD, I

DON'T LIKE YOU.

I HATE YOU RIGHT NOW.

WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN?

BUT I KEEP HEARING ABOUT

YOU.

AND IF YOU GIVE ME CUSTODY

CUSTODY, THEN I'LL BELIEVE

YOU'RE REAL BECAUSE IT WILL

BE A MIRACLE.

AND IF YOU DO, I'LL GIVE MY

LIFE TO YOU.

I WOKE UP THE NEXT DAY, AND

I WAS READING THE PAPER, AND

IT SAID, "PORN INDUSTRY MOM

WINS SOLE CUSTODY."

AND I THOUGHT, WOW, IF

THEY'RE GIVING IT TO PORN

STARS, MAYBE I HAVE A

CHANCE.

AND I READ A LITTLE FURTHER,

TANYA YELLOW GOT FULL

CUSTODY.

AND MY HEART JUST STOPPED.

AND I WAS, LIKE, I CALLED MY

LAWYER.

HE SAID, I DIDN'T GET A

CHANCE TO GET TO THE PHONE

BECAUSE I WAS IN COURT.

AND GOD HAD GIVEN ME FULL

CUSTODY.

Reporter: TANYA SHUT

DOWN HER BROTHELS AND WALKED

AWAY FROM HER LIFE AS A

MADAM.

SHE GAVE HER LIFE OVER TO

GOD AND STARTED GOING TO

CHURCH.

GOD'S ALWAYS THERE

EXTENDING HIS HAND.

WE JUST DON'T TAKE IT.

AND I REALIZE THAT NOW,

LOOKING BACK, THAT GOD WAS

ALWAYS THERE FOR ME.

IT'S ME THAT TURNED MY BACK

ON HIM.

BUT WHEN YOU TURN TO GOD, HE

IS ALWAYS THERE.

AND HE CAN TAKE ALL THE

HARDSHIPS, AND HE CAN TURN

IT AROUND FOR HIS GLORY.

Reporter: TANYA REACHES

OUT TO SOME OF THE SAME

PEOPLE SHE WORKED WITH IN

THE BROTHELS, WITH THE HOPE

SHE FOUND IN JESUS CHRIST.

WHEN I'M WORKING WITH

THESE PEOPLE, WOMEN THAT ARE

BEING BOUGHT AND SOLD EVERY

DAY, AND THEY HAVE NO HOPE,

AND THEN I SEE THEM LED TO

CHRIST, AND NOW SAVED,

THERE'S NO BETTER JOY THAN

THAT, TO KNOW THAT I -- GOD

USED ME TO HELP THEM GET OUT

OF THAT.

NOW THAT THE LORD HAS COME

INTO MY LIFE, I KNOW I HAVE

A PURPOSE.

AND A CALLING.

AND I KNOW THAT I'M WORTHY

OF BEING LOVED.

AND I KNOW THAT THERE IS A

GOD.

JESUS LOVES ME MORE THAN I

EVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE.

Gordon: JESUS DOES LOVE

YOU.

I LOVE TANYA'S STORY.

AND HOW SHE HAS FINALLY COME

TO THE REALIZATION SHE

DIDN'T NEED TO MAKE THE

BARGAIN WITH GOD.

ALL SHE HAD TO DO WITH

BELIEVE HIM, AND BELIEVE HIS

COVENANT.

IT IS THE COVENANT THAT

JESUS MADE WHEN HE LIFTED

THE CUP OF BLESSING THE LAST

SUPPER, AND SAID THIS IS THE

NEW COVENANT IN MY BLOOD,

AND IT IS THE PROMISE THAT

HE'LL SAVE, HE'LL DELIVER,

HE'LL HEAL, HE'LL BE YOUR

ALL IN ALL IF YOU JUST LET

HIM.

NOW, LET'S LOOK AT WHAT THE

BIBLE SAYS ABOUT MAKING

BARGAINS WITH GOD.

AND I FIND IT AMAZING THAT

ONE OF THE FIRST BARGAINS

YOU FIND IS ACTUALLY A

PATRIARCH.

IT IS JACOB.

THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC,

AND JACOB.

AND JACOB MADE A BARGAIN

WITH GOD ABOUT WHAT WERE THE

CONDITIONS FOR HIM SAYING

GOD WAS GOD.

YOU FIND IN GENESIS 28,

JACOB HAD A DREAM, AND THIS

IS WHERE WE GET JACOB'S

LADDER.

AND IN THE DREAM, GOD SAYS

TO HIM -- HE STANDS AT THE

TOP OF THE LADDER AND SAYS

TO HIM, "I AM THE LORD GOD

OF ABRAHAM, YOUR FATHER, AND

THE GOD OF ISAAC.

THE LAND ON WHICH YOU LIE, I

WILL GIVE TO YOU AND YOUR

DESCENDENTS, AND YOU SHALL

SPREAD ABROAD TO THE WEST,

THE EAST, THE NORTH AND THE

SOUTH, YOU AND YOUR SEED,

AND ALL OF THE FAMILIES OF

THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED.

BEHOLD I AM WITH YOU AND

WILL KEEP YOU WHEREVER YOU

GO, AND WILL BRING YOU BACK

TO THIS LAND FOR I WILL NOT

LEAVE YOU UNTIL I HAVE DONE

WHAT I HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU."

WELL, THAT'S AN AMAZING

PROMISE.

IF YOU EVER HAVE A DREAM

WHERE GOD MAKES A PROMISE

LIKE THAT, WELL, YOU CAN

BANK ON IT.

IT IS AMAZING WHAT JACOB

DID.

HE AWOKE FROM THE SLEEP, AND

IT SAYS IN GENESIS 28, THAT

THE LORD IS IN THIS PLACE.

I DIDN'T KNOW IT.

HOW AWESOME IS THIS.

AND THIS IS THE HOUSE OF

GOD.

THIS IS THE GATE OF HEAVEN.

AND SO HE ROSE.

HE TOOK THE STONE THAT HE

HAD SLEPT ON.

HE SET IT UP AS A PILLAR,

AND POURED OIL ON TOP OF

IT.

AND THEN HE CALLED THE NAME

OF THE PLACE BETHEL, WHICH

MEANS HOUSE OF GOD.

SO HE RENAMED THE PLACE.

THEN HE SAYS SOMETHING VERY

INTERESTING.

HE MAKES A VOW.

IT IS GENESIS 28: 28-21: "IF

GOD WILL BE WITH ME AND KEEP

ME IN THE WAY THAT I'M GOING

AND THEN GIVE ME BREAD TO

EAT AND CLOTHING TO PUT ON

" -- SO JACOB IS VERY

INTERESTED AT THIS POINT IN

TIME WITH WHAT IS GOING ON

WITH HIS PHYSICALLY, WILL I

HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT AND

CLOTHES TO WEAR -- "AND COME

BACK TO MY FATHER'S HOUSE IN

PEACE, THEN THE LORD SHALL

BE MY GOD."

SO HE IS MAKING A BARGAIN,

ISN'T HE?

HE IS IS SAYING, THAT WAS A

NICE PROMISE, GOD, BUT HERE

ARE THE CONDITIONS OF ME

MAKING YOU GOD.

SO YOU CAN SEE EVEN HIS

UNBELIEF AT THE PROMISE IN

THE BARGAIN THAT HE HAS

MADE.

THAT'S ONE OF THE KEY

POINTS.

AND WHEN YOU BARGAIN WITH

GOD, IT ACTUALLY SHOWS

YOU'RE UNBELIEF.

THE AMAZING THING IS GOD

TOOK JAKE AT HI JACOB AT

HIS WORD AND HELD HIM TO THE

BARGAIN.

GENESIS 21: 13: "I AM THE

GOD OF BETHEL."

I AM THE GOD OF THAT PLACE

WHERE YOU ANOINTED THE

PILLAR AND YOU MADE A VOW TO

ME.

"NOW ARISE, GET OUT OF HIS

LAND AND RETURN TO THE LAND

OF YOUR FAMILY."

SO GOD HELD JACOB TO HIS

BARGAIN AND SAID, NOW YOU'VE

GOT TO START DOING WHAT YOU

SAID YOU WOULD DO.

AND, JACOB, IT'S NOW TIME

FOR YOU TO RETURN.

EVEN THOUGH THAT WAS HIS

PROMISE, AND HE PROMISED

I'LL BE WITH YOU UNTIL I

FULFILL EVERYTHING I'VE SAID

ABOUT YOU.

JACOB STILL FELT THE NEED TO

MAKE A BARGAIN.

NOW, THIS IS WHAT MOSES SAID

ABOUT MAKING BARGAINS.

DEUTERONOMY 23: "WHEN YOU

MAKE A VOW TO THE LORD YOUR

GOD, YOU SHALL NOT DELAY TO

PAY IT, FOR THE LORD YOUR

GOD WILL SURELY REQUIRE IT

OF YOU.

AND IT WILL BE A SIN TO

YOU."

SOLOMON GOES FURTHER AND

SAYS, "WHEN YOU MAKE A VOW

TO GOD, DO NOT DELAY TO PAY

IT, FOR HE HAS NO PLEASURE

IN FOOLS.

PAY WHAT YOU HAVE VOWED.

BETTER NOT TO VOW THAN TO

VOW AND NOT PAY."

I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU.

YOU DON'T NEED TO MAKE A

BARGAIN WITH GOD.

THE BARGAIN HAS ALREADY BEEN

MADE.

AND MADE BY HIM.

WHERE HIS BARGAIN IS I WILL

BLESS YOU, I WILL SAVE YOU,

I WILL FORGIVE YOU, I WILL

FILL YOU WITH MY HOLY

SPIRIT, I WILL GIVE THE

GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT.

SPIRIT, I WILL GIVE YOU THE

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT, AND I

WANT YOU TO BE WITH ME FOR

ALL ETERNITY.

WELL, THAT'S A BARGAIN AND A

HALF, AND IT DOESN'T REQUIRE

ANYTHING ON OUR PART BUT TO

BELIEVE IT.

AND THE MORE YOU TRY TO CUT

BARGAINS WITH GOD, YOU KNOW,

I'LL CHANGE, I'LL DO THIS IF

YOU DO THIS, YOU'RE ACTUALLY

PROFESSING HOW MUCH YOU

DON'T BELIEVE THE COVENANT

THAT JESUS LAID OUT IN HIS

BLOOD.

THIS IS THE NEW COVENANT IN

MY BLOOD.

TRUST HIM.

YOU CAN COUNT ON HIS

UNFAILING LOVE.

YOU CAN COUNT THAT HE WANTS

TO GIVE YOU A HOPE AND A

FUTURE.

YOU CAN COUNT THAT WHEN YOU

CALL TO HIM, HE WILL ANSWER

YOU AND SHOW YOU GREAT AND

MIGHTY THINGS.

YOU CAN COUNT THAT HE WANTS

TO GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF

YOUR HEART.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SAY,

ALL THE PROPOSITIONS

PROPOSITIONPROMISES OF GOD

ARE YES AND AMEN.

AND WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND ALL

OF THE BARGAINING HAS

ALREADY BEEN MADE, AND MADE

IN HIS BLOOD, WELL THEN

THERE IS NO NEED FOR YOU TO

BARGAIN ANYTHING, OTHER THAN

TO SAY MY LORD AND MY GOD, I

BELIEVE.

STILL AHEAD, A MUSLIM SEES A

VISION OF JESUS.

AND HEAR WHAT JESUS SAID TO

HIM WHEN WE COME BACK.

Gordon: WHEN AN

INDONESIAN MAN, NAMED

SUANDI, LOST ALL HIS MONEY,

HE MADE A DEAL WITH GOD.

IF YOU HELP ME, I'LL FOLLOW

YOU.

THAT'S WHEN SUWANDI HAD A

VISION THAT DID MORE THAN

JUST SOLVE HIS MONEY

PROBLEMS, IT CHANGED HIS

LIFE.

Reporter: WHEN SUWANDI

REALIZED HE HAD FALLEN FOR A

SCAM, HE COULDN'T BELIEVE

IT.

A SO-CALLED INVESTMENT MEANT

TO HELP HIS FAMILY

FINANCIALLY HAD ACTUALLY

DRIVEN HIM DEEPER INTO

DEBT.

I HAD INVESTED IN WHAT I

THOUGHT WAS A LEGITIMATE

COMPANY.

Reporter: TWO WEEKS

AFTER HE HANDED OVER THE

CASH, SUWANDI READ IN THE

NEWSPAPER THAT THE BUSINESS

HAD BEEN SCAMMING PEOPLE.

SUWANDI BEGAN TO WORRY ABOUT

HOW HE WOULD REPAY HIS DEBTS

TO THE BANK AND TO THE

RELATIVES HE BORROWED FROM.

ONE NIGHT HE TURNED ON

SALUCCI, A CBN TELEVISION

PROGRAM THAT MEANS

SOLUTIONS.

THAT NIGHT ON SALUCCI WAS

THE STORY ABOUT A YOUNG

WOMAN WHO WAS SERIOUSLY

ILL.

BUT SHE PRAYED TO GOD AND

EXPERIENCED A MIRACLE.

Reporter: ALTHOUGH IT

WAS THE FIRST TIME HE HAD

EVER WATCHED A CBN PROGRAM,

SUWANDI DECIDED TO PRAY WITH

THE HOSTS.

I PRAYED TO JESUS CHRIST,

TO THE GOD THAT SALUCCI

MENTIONED IN THE PROGRAM.

I SAID, GOD, IF YOU REALLY

ARE THE SAVIOR, PLEASE HELP

ME WITH MY PROBLEMS.

IF YOU DO, I PROMISE I WILL

BE YOUR FAITHFUL FOLLOWER.

Reporter: AFTER

PRAYING, SUWANDI SAYS HE

SUDDENLY SAW A PERSON

STANDING IN FRONT OF HIM.

I SAW A MALE SPEAKER

WEARING A WHITE GARMENT.

HE WAS LIFTING UP ONE HIS

HANDS.

HE SAID, I AM ABLE TO LIFT

THE BURDEN FROM YOU.

Reporter: THE NEXT

MORNING SUWANDI SENT A TEXT

MESSAGE TO CBN SHARING HIS

EXPERIENCE, AND ASKING FOR

PRAYER.

ONE WEEK LATER, SUWANDI

LANDED A NEW JOB AS A

DRIVER, WHICH PAID HIM TWICE

WHAT HE MADE AT HIS PREVIOUS

JOB.

AND THAT HELPED HIM TO BEGIN

PAYING OFF HIS DEBTS.

SUWANDI THEN JOINED A LOCAL

CHURCH, AND SOON HIS WHOLE

FAMILY WAS FOLLOWING JESUS.

IT WAS SALUCCI THAT

INTRODUCED ME TO JESUS

CHRIST.

EVERYTHING I HAVE BECOME IS

BECAUSE OF GOD, WHO I GOT TO

KNOW THROUGH CBN'S SALUCCI.

Gordon: GOD IS NOT

LOOKING FOR A BARGAIN.

HE IS LOOKING FOR OUR LOVE.

HE DOESN'T WANT US LOVING

HIM OUT OF OBLIGATION, BUT

BECAUSE OF HIS LOVE TO US.

IT IS THE LOVE OF GOD THAT

LEADS TO REPENTANCE, AND ALL

WE HAVE TO DO IS BELIEVE

THAT.

AND WHEN SUWANDI BELIEVED

IT, AMAZING THINGS

HAPPENED.

GOD LIFTED THE BURDEN.

NOW, HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE IN

A MUSLIM COUNTRY, FOR

SUWANDI TO HEAR THAT KIND OF

MESSAGE?

WELL, IT IS BECAUSE OF

PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT SAY,

YES, WE WANT TO GET THE GOOD

NEWS OUT.

WE WANT THE GOSPEL PREACHED

AROUND THE WORLD.

IF THAT'S YOU, JOIN WITH

US.

JOIN "THE 700 CLUB."

WE'RE A LOT MORE THAN JUST A

TV SHOW.

WE WANT TO REACH OUT WITH

HANDS OF LOVE AND COMPASSION

TO PEOPLE WHO ARE HURTING

AROUND THE WORLD, AND

SMEACIAESPECIALLY WE WANT

TO TELL THEM THE GOOD NEWS

THAT JESUS LOVES THEM, JESUS

HAS SAVED THEM, AND IT'S THE

BEST NEWS THE WORLD HAS EVER

SEEN.

IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF

IT, GIVE US A CALL.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE,

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JUST SAY I WANT TO JOIN "THE

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HOW MUCH IS THAT?

JUST $20 A MONTH, 65 CENTS A

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OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO

WANT TO SEE THE GOOD NEWS

SPREAD AROUND THE WORLD.

IF THAT'S YOU, CALL US.

WHEN YOU CALL, ASK FOR

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THAT'S ELECTRONIC MONTHLY

GIVING.

THE BANK DOES ALL OF THE

WORK.

THERE ARE NO CHECKS TO

WRITE.

WE SAVE SO MUCH ON THE

PROCESSING, WE CAN SEND YOU

"POWER FOR LIFE" MONTHLY

TEACHING C.D.s.

SKATEBOARDER CHRISTIAN WAS

FLYING HIGH AT THE PEAK OF

HIS CAREER.

HE WAS BREAKING WORLD

RECORDS AND RECEIVING MAJOR

ENDORSEMENTS WITH CONVERSE

AND SWATCH.

BUT FAME, WELL THAT WASN'T

ENOUGH.

IN HIS SPARE TIME, DRUGS,

ALCOHOL, PARTIES, THEY ALL

CONSUMED HIM, AND IT DIDN'T

TAKE LONG BEFORE HIS SC

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

LANDED HIM IN JAIL.

DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES

BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO GO

REAL FAST.

*

IN MY CAREER, VERTICAL

SKATEBOARDING WAS THE

SPORT.

IT WAS THE DISCIPLINE IN

SKATEBOARDING.

IT WAS IN THE SCHOOLS.

SO MY CAREER REALLY -- IT

GENERATED SO FAST AND

ADVANCED SO QUICKLY, IT WAS

ALMOST LIKE EVEN SHOT

THROUGH A CANNON.

AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I'M

ABOUT TO BE ONE OF THE BEST

SKATEBOARDERS IN THE WORLD.

MY PASSION FOR SKATEBOARDING

WHEN I FIRST STARTED WAS

GENUINE, SINCERE.

IT WAS PURE.

I WAS MAKING $20,000,

$30,000, $40,000 A MONTH ON

SPONSORSHIPS, LITERALLY

CLOTHING, SHOES, WHEELS,

TRUCKS.

AND AS I GOT OLDER, THINGS

CHANGED.

I STARTED LIKING THE

LIMELIGHT.

I STARTED CRAVING IT.

I WAS LIVING THIS ROCK STAR

LIFESTYLE.

THE FIRST DRUG THAT I TRIED

WAS MARIJUANA.

THEN IT ENDED UP GOING INTO

ACID, MUSHROOMS, COCAINE,

QUAALUDES.

THE BLACK BEAUTIES TO PINK

HEARTS, 20/20s.

WE POURED THESE THINGS OUT

AND SOLD THEM AT THE CLUBS

AT 15 YEARS OLD.

I HAD DONE HEROIN.

I DID CRACK COCAINE, AND

KNOWN OF THE DRUGS REALLY

HOOKED INTO ME LIKE CRYSTAL

METHAMPHETAMINE DID.

ADDICTION FEELS LIKE YOU

HAVE IT ALL UNDER CONTROL,

AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN

YOU'RE SO DEPENDENT UPON IT

THAT YOU CAN'T EVEN WAKE UP

WITHOUT IT.

YOU CAN'T GO TO SLEEP

WITHOUT IT.

YOU CAN'T LEAVE THE HOUSE

WITHOUT IT.

YOU DON'T WANT TO GO

ANYWHERE BEFORE DOING IT.

AND THAT'S WHEN IT HAS GOT

CONTROL OVER YOU.

IT BAME BECOMES YOUR

MASTER.

I WOULD SAY, TOMORROW I'LL

QUIT.

TOMORROW I'LL QUIT.

TOMORROW, TOMORROW,

TOMORROW, AND IT JUST NEVER

HAPPENS.

I DECIDED TO TAKE CRYSTAL

METH ON AN AIRPLANE TO

HONOLULU, HAWAII.

AND THERE WAS ALL THESE

DETECTS, ALL THESE

UNDERCOVER AGENTS SITTING

THERE WAITING FOR ME.

THAT'S WHEN I REALIZED I'M

IN TROUBLE.

AND WHEN I FINALLY GOT INTO

THE CELL, AND ACTUALLY THE

INMATES TOLD ME, YOU'RE

LOOKING AT 10 YEARS,

CHRISTIAN, AND ALL OF A

SUDDEN I WAS THINKING, I'M

NEVER GOING TO GET OUT OF

HERE.

*

* TO THE BACK-DOOR MAN WITH

A BACK-DOOR PLAN *

* HEADING FOR JUDGMENT

DAY *

WHEN YOU GO TO JAIL, THEY

ALWAYS GIVE YOU A FIRST

PHONE CALL.

AND I WAS GOING TO CALL MY

GIRLFRIEND AND SAY, LOOK, I

DON'T KNOW IF I'M GOING TO

MAKE IT.

I'M LOOKING AT 10 YEARS.

AND SHE WAS, LIKE, I DON'T

KNOW HOW WE'RE GOING TO GET

THEW THIS, BUT WE'VE GOT TO

TRUST IN GOD.

GET A BIBLE, CHRISTIAN.

I TAKE THE BIBLE, AND I'M

THINKING, WHERE DO I START.

I FLIP THROUGH THE PAGES,

AND I GOT TO KINGS.

AND I THOUGHT, WOW, I CAN

IDENTIFY WITH KINGS BECAUSE

I THOUGHT IT WAS THIS KING

OF SKATEBOARDING.

KING DAVID SAYS IF YOU'LL

FOLLOW THE LORD ALL OF THE

DAYS OF YOUR LIFE, OBEY HIS

COMMANDMENTS, HIS STATUTES

AND HIS PRECEPS, THE LORD

WILL BE WITH YOU.

I COMPLETELY GET IT.

I SAID, GOD, IF YOU'RE REAL,

WILL YOU HELP ME.

THAT NIGHT I BELIEVE THAT

THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME IN, AND

HE SPOKE INTO MY HEART.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY

LIFE I FELT LIKE I WAS

FREE.

MEANING I HAD VICTORY.

AND WHEN I GOT THERE, I WAS

LOOKING AT 10 YEARS.

I GOT MY SENTENCE REDUCED TO

FIVE, AND THAT'S HALF OF

WHAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO GET.

AND HAVING SPENT THAT FIVE

YEARS IN PRISON, TIME DIDN'T

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ME.

I TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE

TIME, TO CONTINUALLY GROW IN

MY FAITH AND MATURE AND

CULTIVATE THAT RELATIONSHIP

WITH JESUS.

WHO WOULD HAVE EVER THOUGHT

THAT A SKATEBOARDER, YOU

KNOW, DRUG ADDICT, WANNABE

ROCK STAR COULD BE USED BY

GOD ONE DAY.

BUT HERE I AM SAYING, USE MY

LIFE, GOD.

AND GOD IS USING EVERY

AVENUE TO BE ABLE TO PREACH

THE GOSPEL.

I WANT THEM TO SEE JESUS IN

ME.

AND I'M JUST SO THANKFUL TO

JUST BE ABLE TO USE ALL OF

MY GIFTS AND TALENTS TO BE

ABLE TO REPRESENT GOD'S

KINGDOM HERE ON THIS EARTH.

Gordon: I WANT THEM TO

SEE JESUS IN ME.

AND JUST IMAGINE BEING ABLE

TO SEE THAT FROM YOUR HEART

AND MEAN IT.

AND HAVE IT BE REAL.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A

RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS,

START ONE TODAY.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PRAY

THE SAME SIMPLE PRAYER THAT

CHRISTIAN PRAYED.

JESUS, IF YOU'RE REAL, IF

THIS IS TRUE, IF YOU REALLY

WANT TO FORGIVE ME, IF YOU

REALLY WANT TO SAVE ME, IF

YOU REALLY WANT TO BE IN MY

LIFE, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO

GUIDE ME, SHOW ME.

CAN YOU SHOW UP FOR ME?

AND IT'S AMAZING WHAT

HAPPENS WHEN YOU PRAY THAT.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WHEN YOU

SEEK HIM WITH ALL OF YOUR

HEART -- ALL OF YOUR

HEART -- THEN YOU'LL FIND

HIM.

FOR CHRISTIAN, THAT TOOK A

TIME IN JAIL.

WHERE HE FINALLY GOT REAL

AND SAID, THE LIFE I'VE BEEN

LIVING, IT'S NOT WORKING.

BUT HERE IS A BIBLE.

HERE IS WHAT THE BIBLE

SAYS.

HERE IS A PROMISE FROM THE

BIBLE.

I'M GOING TO TAKE THAT, AND

I'M GOING TO SAY, JESUS, IF

THIS IS TRUE, I WANT THIS.

I WANT THIS FOR ME.

AND IF YOU DO THE SAME

THING, HE'LL SHOW UP FOR

YOU.

HE CAN LITERALLY CHANGE YOUR

LIFE AND TURN IT AROUND.

HE CAN INFLUENCE EVERYTHING

ABOUT YOU.

HE CAN WORK ALL THINGS

TOGETHER FOR GOOD.

FOR WHO?

FOR THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE HIM

AND ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO

HIS PURPOSE.

ARE YOU CALLED?

YES.

THAT'S WHY YOU'RE LISTENING

RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THE CALL

HAS GONE FORTH.

TODAY IS THE DAY OF

SALVATION.

THE CALL IS OUT THERE.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SAY

JESUS, I WANT TO LOVE YOU.

I WANT TO KNOW YOU.

WILL YOU COME TO ME?

IF THAT'S YOU, CALL US.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE,

1-888-777-1999.

JUST SAY TO THE PERSON WHO

ANSWERS THAT CALL, THAT MADE

THE SAME PRAYER, I WANT TO

FIND JESUS TODAY.

I'VE HEARD HE IS REAL.

I'VE HEARD HE CAN CHANGE

ME.

I WANT THAT.

WHEN YOU CALL, WE'VE GOT A

FREE PACKET FOR YOU.

IT'S CALLED "A NEW DAY" IN

IT IS A TEACHING ON WHAT DO

THE CHRISTIANS BELIEVE.

WHAT IS THE FOUNDATION OF

THE CHRISTIAN FAITH?

WHAT ARE THE PIL PILLARS,

THAT WE SAY THESE ARE THE

IMPORTANT THINGS THAT

CHRISTIANS BELIEVE.

AND ONCE YOU BECOME A

CHRISTIAN, HOW DO YOU LIVE

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.

IT'S ALL FREE.

THE PHONE CALL IS FREE.

THE PACKET IS FREE.

1-888-777-1999.

THIS IS "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," SO WE'RE GOING

TO MARGUERITE IN THE

CHATROOM.

THIS IS FROM CALEB, "I

KNOW THAT GOD HAS A PLAN FOR

ALL OF US, BUT I ALSO KNOW

THAT EVERY DECISION WE MAKE

AND EVERY EVENT IN OUR

LIVES, WHETHER GOOD OR BAD,

CAN CHANGE US.

SO MY QUESTION IS, DOES

GOD'S PURPOSE FOR US EVER

CHANGE?"

Gordon: I SENSE A LOT

OF CONDEMNATION IN YOUR

QUESTION, THAT YOU'RE

CONDEMNING YOURSELF, AND

YOU'RE STARTING TO LOOK AT

EVERY SINGLE ACT YOU'VE EVER

DONE.

TAKE HEART THAT GOD WORKS

ALL THINGS TOGETHER FOR

GOOD, FOR THEM THAT LOVE HIM

AND ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO

HIS PURPOSE.

SO IF THAT'S YOU, HE CAN

EVEN TAKE YOUR MISTAKES AND

WORK THEM TOGETHER FOR

GOOD.

HE CAN TAKE EVEN THE GROSS

GROSSEST SIN -- WE JUST SAW

A STORY OF EXTREME DRUG

ADDICTION.

BUT THAT IS NEW FUELING I'M

GOING TO REACH DRUG ADDICTS

AND BRING THEM INTO THE

KINGDOM.

REALIZE GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU

NEVER CHANGES.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM GALATIANS: "IF

YOU'VE BEEN CALLED IN

FREEDOM TO SERVE ONE ANOTHER

IN LOVE."

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