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700 Club Interactive: The Price of Fame - August 1, 2013

Kel Mitchell, known for "Kenan and Kel" and "Good Burger," talks about teenage stardom and the price of fame Read Transcript


Gordon: HE'S A CHILD

STAR WHO HAD IT ALL.

I GOT A SHOW ON THE AIR,

PRETTY MUCH I COULD DO WHAT

I WANTED.

Gordon: BUT HIS DREAM

SOON BECAME A NIGHTMARE.

I REMEMBER GOING UP TO

THE TOP OF THE HOTEL AND

LITERALLY, LIKE, NOTHING,

WANTING TO JUMP.

Gordon: MEET THE REAL

SHELL MITCHELL 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.

PEOPLE FLOCK TO HOLLYWOOD,

SEEKING FAME AND FORTUNE.

SOME NEVER MAKE IT PAST THE

FIRST AUDITION, WHILE OTHERS

HIT THE BIG TIME.

LIKE KEL MITCHELL.

Terry: HOWEVER, HE SOON

DISCOVERED THAT HE HAD TOO

MUCH, TOO SOON, AND DESPITE

HIS FAME, HIS LIFE WAS

FALLING APART.

I WOULD DEFINE FAME IS IN

A TRICK.

FAME IS SOMETHING THAT WILL

GASH YOU UP TO THINK I DID

THIS, AND PEOPLE KNOW WHO I

AM NOW, AND IT SHOULDN'T BE

ABOUT YOU.

AT THE AGE OF 14, I WAS

LIVING ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF

CHICAGO.

I GOT ON A SHOW CALL "ALL

THAT."

WE DIDN'T KNOW, AS FAR AS A

CAREER MOVE, HOW BIG THAT

SHOW WAS GOING TO BE.

EVEN FOR THE PRODUCERS --

ALL OF US WERE LIKE WOW.

Reporter: AS A

SOPHOMORE IN HIGH SCHOOL,

KEL MITCHELL STARRED ON THE

NUMBER ONE SHOW ON THE

NICKELODEON CHANNEL.

SOON HE HAD A SPINOFF SHOW

IN AND A MAJOR MOTION

PICTURE.

I HAD A HOME OF MY OWN.

I GOT THE SHOW ON THE AIR,

AND I COULD PRETTY MUCH DO

WHAT I WANTED.

A LOT OF TIMES IN THE

ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS, THEY

GLORIFY SEX AND DRUGS.

IT IS GLORIFIED LIKE CRAZY.

Reporter: FAME WAS GOD

TO KEL MITCHELL.

HE HAD HIS CHOICE OF WOMEN.

WHILE HE STARTED GETTING

SERIOUS WITH ONE GIRL, THE

LURE OF FAME WAS TOO MUCH TO

HANDLE.

I GOT DRUNK, RIGHT, AND I

GOT HIGH FOR, LIKE, THE

FIRST TIME.

WE STARTED GOING THROUGH THE

YELLOW PAGES.

AND WE WERE, LIKE, LET'S

JUST CALL SOME CALL GIRLS

JUST FOR FUN.

I ENDED UP HAVING SEX WITH

ONE OF THE GIRLS.

Reporter: KEL FELT

GUILTY AND CALLED HIS GULF

TO APOLOGIZE AND CONFESS.

BUT SHE HAD A CONFESSION OF

HER OWN.

I TOLD HER WHAT HAD

HAPPENED, AND SHE TOLD ME

SHE WAS PREGNANT WITH MY

BABY.

I FLIPPED OUT.

TO BE YOUNG, IN COLLEGE, AND

THEN ON A TELEVISION SHOW,

AND THEN YOU ALSO HAVE

SOMEONE PREGNANT AT THIS

POINT, AND YOU'RE ON A KIDS'

SHOW.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I

STARTED DEALING WITH

SUICIDAL EMOTIONS.

AND SHE SAID, LET'S GET AN

ABORTION.

AND I AGREED AS WELL, TO GET

THE ABORTION, TOO.

IT WAS BOTH OF OUR

DECISIONS.

SHE SAID THAT, YOU KNOW,

THAT ABORTION THAT WE HAD

WAS ACTUALLY FROM ANOTHER

MAN.

IT WASN'T YOURS.

SO AT THAT MOMENT, IT WAS

JUST, LIKE, OKAY, NOW I'M

MARRIED TO THIS PERSON, AND

LITERALLY THROUGH THAT

MARRIAGE, WE WENT THROUGH A

LOT.

BECAUSE IT WAS LITERALLY

LIKE WE WENT INTO IT WITH

ALL OF THESE LIES AND

DECEPTIONS AND HURT AND

PAIN.

DO YOU REALLY LOVE THIS

PERSON?

DO THIS PERSON LOVE YOU?

DID YOU TAKE THE TIME TO

EVEN FIND OUT WHO THAT WAS?

Reporter: KEL DECIDED

TO STAY WITH HIS WIFE, AND

THEY HAD TWO KIDS TOGETHER,

BUT KEL'S WIFE CONTINUED TO

BE UNFAITHFUL.

AND THEN KEL'S SHOW GOT

CANCEL.

AT THIS POINT, THE SHOW

ENDED.

I STARTED TO TAKE OTHER

ROLES, BUT IT STARTED TO

BASICALLY HAVE AN UP AND

DOWN EFFECT, AS FAR AS

CAREER-WISE.

I WAS MORE UPSET AT MYSELF.

IT WASN'T LIKE KEL MITCHELL,

THE ACTOR, AND THIS, THAT,

AND THE OTHER, IT WAS, LIKE,

KEL MITCHELL, THE MAN, WHAT

HAS HAPPENED TO YOUR LIFE.

I HAVE TO SAVE IT, EVEN FOR

MY CHILDREN.

I HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO

DO.

IT WAS A LOT OF PRESSURE.

HE BASICALLY TOLD ME, LOOK,

MAN, SHE'S PREGNANT.

WE'RE TIRED OF THIS.

I WANT TO BE WITH HER, AND

THIS IS WHAT IS GOING ON.

I REMEMBER GOING UP TO THE

TOP OF THE HOTEL AND

LITERALLY WAS, LIKE,

THINKING TO JUMP.

I WANTED TO PRESS AN OFF

SWITCH.

I FELT LIKE THERE NEEDED TO

BE AN OFF SWITCH.

I LITERALLY WANTED TO END IT

AT THAT POINT.

I LITERALLY DID.

Reporter: KEL DECIDE

DECIDEDECIDED TO DIVORCE

HIS WIFE, AND A CUSTODY

BATTLE BEGAN.

HE SAID WE ARE GOING TO

FREEZE VISITATION UNTIL YOU

FIGURE THIS OUT.

AND SHE WAS ALLOWING MY KIDS

TO GO TO THIS STOP WHERE I

WAS SUPPOSED TO PICK THEM

UP, WITHOUT LETTING THEM

KNOW THAT VISITATION HAD

STOPPED AT THAT POINT.

SO TO THEM, IT WAS DADDY IS

NOT SHOWING UP.

I WENT THROUGH A STATE OF

TOTAL DEPRESSION.

I ENDED UP SEEING MYSELF IN

A ONE-BEDROOM APARTMENT IN A

NEIGHBORHOOD THAT I WOULDN'T

HAVE BEEN IN BEFORE.

I DIDN'T HAVE A CAR.

I LOST SO MUCH MONEY WITH

THE COURT AND CHILD SUPPORT,

TO THE POINT WHERE IT WAS

JUST A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY

IN THE BANK ACCOUNT.

I REMEMBER THE ELECTRICITY

WENT OUT AND I JUST CRIED.

I SAT THERE ON THE FLOOR AND

IT WAS, LIKE, EVERYTHING WAS

TAKEN AWAY.

Reporter: WITH NO

MONEY, NO FAMILY, AND NO

FRIENDS, KEL MET A MINISTER

WHO SHOWED HIM THERE WAS

MORE TO LIFE THAN FAME.

THE ONLY PERSON I COULD

TURN TO AT THAT POINT WAS

CHRIST.

I STARTED TO GO TO THIS

CHURCH, AND THINGS STARTED

TO CHANGE IN MY LIFE.

I SAID, THIS IS IT.

I GAVE UP DRINKING, I

FOREGAVE MY EX-WIFE, AND I

LET GO OF THE ANGER.

WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL ABOUT ALL

OF THIS, TOO, AS THIS WAS

GOING ON, I DEVELOPED A

FRIENDSHIP WITH MY NOW

WIFE.

I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER LOVE

AGAIN, YOU KNOW, AT ALL.

BUT I LOVED AGAIN, AND MY

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.

I'M HAPPY.

Reporter: TODAY KEL IS

MARRIED.

HE STILL MAKES MOVIES AND

STARS IN TV SHOWS.

HE TALKS TO TEENAGERS ABOUT

THE VALUE OF ABSTINENCE AND

HAS A MESSAGE FOR THOSE

PURSUING FAME.

I FEEL LIKE SO MANY

CELEBRITIES, THEY'LL JUST

SHOW YOU WHO THEY ARE ON

STAGE.

AND WE GO THROUGH A LOT, AND

I FELT THAT IF TEENS AND

KIDS AND FANS ACTUALLY KNEW

THAT, THEY CAN LOOK AT

THEMSELVES AND GO, OKAY, YOU

KNOW WHAT?

I CAN GET THROUGH WHAT I'M

GOING THROUGH.

ME COMING FROM CHICAGO AND

BEING ON TELEVISION IS

THROUGH THE GRACE OF GOD.

AND NOW THERE IS SO MUCH

THAT THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE

IN THE BODY OF CHRIST, AND

I'M GLAD TO BE A PART OF

IT.

Gordon: YOU CAN BE GLAD

TO BE A PART OF IT, TOO.

YOU CAN ACTUALLY COME OUT OF

DEPRESSION AND HAVE A HOPE

AND A FUTURE.

HOW DO YOU DO IT?

WELL, YOU DO EXACTLY WHAT

KEL DID.

HE GOT TO THE POINT WHERE HE

HAD NO PLACE TO TURN BUT

JESUS.

AND WHEN HE DID THAT AND

SAID I SURRENDER, I'VE TRIED

TO DO IT ON MY OWN, I'VE

TRIED TO DO IT MY WAY, I

SURRENDER -- AND NOT JUST A

LITTLE BIT, BUT I SURRENDER

ALL, AND THAT'S WHEN THE

TURN HAPPENS.

JESUS IS ABLE TO MAKE YOU

NEW AGAIN.

HE IS ABLE TO GIVE YOU A

FRESH START.

HE IS ABLE TO COMPLETELY

CHANGE YOU.

WHERE THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID,

"BEHOLD ALL THINGS ARE MADE

NEW."

HE IS ABLE TO DO THAT.

NOW, WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO

GET IT?

THE SAME THING KEL WENT

THROUGH.

ARE YOU AT THE POINT WHERE

YOUR OWN PLANS AND YOUR OWN

WAYS OUT HAVEN'T WORKED

OUT?

AND ARE YOU READY TO GET TO

THAT POINT OF SURRENDER, TO

SAY TO JESUS, I'VE TRIED IT

MY WAY.

CAN I TRY IT YOURS NOW?

CAN I SURRENDER ALL TO YOU

AND LET YOU DO IT FOR ME?

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE THAT

STEP, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

BOW YOUR HEAD AND PRAY A

VERY SIMPLE PRAYER.

AND JESUS PROMISES HE'LL

COME IN.

HE SAYS, "BEHOLD I STAND AT

THE DOOR AND KNOCK.

IF ANYONE HEAR MY VOICE AND

OPEN THE DOOR, I'LL COME

IN."

IT'S THAT EASY.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO OPEN.

SO PRAY WITH ME.

AND LET'S PRAY TOGETHER, AND

LET JESUS DO FOR YOU WHAT HE

DID FOR KEL.

HE IS NO RESPECTER OF

PERSONS.

HE'LL TAKE YOU JUST AS YOU

ARE.

AND HE IS ABLE TO MAKE ALL

THINGS NEW.

LET'S PRAY.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT, SAY

IT OUT LOUD.

JESUS, I COME TO YOU TODAY

AND I NEED A CHANGE.

I NEED A CHANGE IN MY HEART,

A CHANGE IN MY LIFE, A

CHANGE IN MY FUTURE.

SO, JESUS, HEAR MY PRAYER.

FORGIVE ME OF THE THINGS

THAT I'VE DONE WRONG.

SET ME FREE.

AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, COME

INTO MY HEART AND MAKE ME

NEW AGAIN.

GIVE ME THE PEACE AND THE

JOY AND THE HOPE AND THE

FUTURE THAT YOU'VE

PROMISED.

JESUS, DO THIS FOR ME.

FOR I ASK IT IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT IF

YOU'LL BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART

AND THEN CONFESS WITH YOUR

MOUTH, YOU SHALL BE SAVE.

WE'VE MADE IT EASY FOR YOU

TO DO JUST THAT.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS MAKE A

TOLL-FREE CALL.

THE NUMBER IS ON THE

SCREEN.

1-888-777-1999.

JUST SAY, I PRAYED WITH THAT

GUY ON TV, AND I WANT TO LET

PEOPLE KNOW I ASKED JESUS TO

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TERRY?

Terry: COMING UP, FIND

OUT HOW A BOOKIE BECAME AN

HONEST BUSINESSMAN, RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

Gordon: WELL, THE

PARENTS OF THE NIGERIAN MAN

IN OUR NEXT STORY, GAVE HIM

THE NAME OJUBERE, BUT THE

PEOPLE WHO KNEW HIM AROUND

TOWN HAD A DIFFERENT NAME

FOR HIM, TROUBLE.

Reporter: HE HAD A BAD

REPUTATION ALL OVER TOWN.

PEOPLE WERE AFRAID OF

ME.

WHEN THEY SAW ME WALKING

THEIR WAY, THEY WOULD SAY

"TROUBLE IS COMING," AND

RUN.

Reporter: HE LED A WILD

LIFE, SPENDING EVERYTHING HE

MADE ON DRINKING, SMOKING,

AND PARTIES.

I WANTED TO STOP LEADING

SUCH A BAD LIFE, BUT I

REALIZED THAT IN SPITE OF

ALL OF THE POWER I FELT, I

HAD NO POWER TO CHANGE MY

EVIL WAYS.

Reporter: HE STARTED

BORROWING MONEY TO SUPPORT

HIS HABITS, AND WAS SOON

DEEPLY IN DEBT AND

DEPRESSED.

EVERYONE HAD DESERTED

ME.

I WAS ALONE.

I OWNED NOTHING.

AND I COULDN'T EVEN AFFORD

TO EAT OR DRINK.

Reporter: THEN ONE DAY

A PASTOR INVITED HIM TO A

MEETING WHERE TAPES OF CBN

PROGRAMS WOULD BE SHOWN.

MANY PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN

TO ME ABOUT GOD, BUT THIS

WAS DIFFERENT.

SO I DECIDED TO GO, TO SEE

FOR MYSELF.

Reporter: DURING THE

SHOW, THE HOST BEGAN TO

PRAY.

I IMMEDIATELY FELT A

STRANGE PRESENCE LEAVE ME.

I KNEW WHAT HAD TORMENTED ME

ALL MY LIFE WAS FINALLY

GONE.

Reporter: HE PRAYED AND

ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST AS HIS

SAVIOR.

I WAS FLOODED WITH JOY.

INSTEAD OF BEING FILLED WITH

FRIGHT, I FELT HUMBLE AND

HAPPY.

Reporter: FRIENDS LIKE

SUNDAY, WHO HAVE KNOWN O JUB

BARE FOR YEARS, ATTEST TO

THE CHANGE IN HIM.

EVERYONE USED TO BE

SCARED OF HIM, BUT NOW HE IS

A FRIEND TO EVERY PERSON HE

MEETS.

I WILL NEVER FORSAKE

GOD.

MY HOUSEHOLD AND I WILL

SERVE HIM.

Reporter: HE IS NOW

MARRIED TO TALUA, AND THEY

HAVE A BABY GIRL.

"OPERATION BLESSING" GAVE

HIM MONEY HE NEEDED TO START

HIS CAR-WASHING BUSINESS.

I WILL ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

TO CBN.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THESE

GOOD THINGS YOU HAVE DONE

FOR US, FOR MY SALVATION,

AND FOR ESTABLISHING A

BUSINESS FOR US.

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TERRY?

Terry: COMING UP, WHAT

IS IT LIKE TO BE MARRIED TO

THE FRONT MAN OF ONE OF THE

BIGGEST BANDS IN CHRISTIAN

MUSIC?

I REMEMBER BEING IN THE

BACK OF A CHEVY VAN, IN THE

WAY BACK, WHERE THERE IS NO

SEATS, SLEEPING ON A

SLEEPING BAG, SIX MONTHS

PREGNANT AND BOUNCING

AROUND, AND JUST THINKING TO

MYSELF, I CAN'T DO THIS

ANYMORE.

Terry: HEAR WHAT KEPT

THIS ROCKY MARRIAGE TOGETHER

WHEN WHE COME BACK.

Terry: THE GROUP SANTOS

REAL STARTED IN 1996, WHEN A

COUPLE OF TENTH GRADERS GOT

TOGETHER AND FORMED A BAND.

LED BY SINGER MATT

HAMMOND,THEY RELEASED A

STRING OF HITS AND BECAME

ONE OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN

CHRISTIAN MUSIC.

BUT WHILE IT LOOKED LIKE

MATT WAS A BIG SUCCESS, LIFE

AT HOME WAS A DIFFERENT

STORY.

Reporter: MARRIAGE

STARTED OUT AS AN ADVENTURE

FOR MATT AND HIS WIFE,

SARAH.

THE FIRST FOUR YEARS WE

WERE FULL-TIME ON THE ROAD

AS A BAND, SARAH WAS WITH

ME.

WE HAD A LOT OF GREAT

TIMES.

OUR RELATIONSHIP GREW

IMMENSELY.

RESOLVING CONFLICT ON THE

ROAD WAS REALLY DIFFICULT.

WE REALLY DIDN'T HAVE

MUCH PRIVACY.

AND IT REALLY, I THINK,

CAUSED US TO NOT HAVE

HEALTHY COMMUNICATION.

AND BECAUSE OF THAT, I THINK

WE WOULD KIND OF BOTTLE UP A

LOT OF OUR FEELINGS, A LOT

OF OUR FRUSTRATIONS THAT WE

WOULD HAVE.

IT CAN KIND OF CAUSE A

PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE TYPE OF

COMMUNICATION.

Reporter: LIFE CHANGED

DRAMATICALLY FOR THE

HAMMONDS WHEN SARAH GOT

PREGNANT WITH THEIR FIRST

CHILD.

I REMEMBER BEING IN THE

BACK OF A CHEVY VAN, IN THE

WAY BACK, WHERE THERE ARE NO

SEATS, SLEEPING ON A

SLEEPING BAG, SIX MONTHS

PREGNANT, AND BOUNCING

AROUND, AND I SAID, I CAN'T

DO THIS ANYMORE.

AND THAT'S WHEN I THREW IN

THE TOWEL.

I STAYED HOME FROM THAT

POINT FORWARD.

IT IS HARD FOR US TO

CHANGE OUR LIVES LIKE THAT.

IT WAS HARD FOR ME NOT TO

HAVE HER ON THE ROAD

ANYMORE, AND I IT WAS HARD

FOR HER NOT TO BE OUT SEEING

NEW THINGS AND MEETING NEW

PEOPLE.

Reporter: IT WAS ALSO

DIFFICULT FOR BOTH OF THEM

TO ADJUST WHEN MATT CAME OM

AFTER THE BABY WAS BORN.

THE HARD THING ABOUT

TRAVELLING ALL OF THE TIME

IS WHEN YOU COME HOME, YOU

LITERALLY JUST WANT IT TO BE

PERFECT BECAUSE YOU DREAM OF

GETTING BACK IN YOUR HOUSE,

SEEING YOUR FAMILY.

SO YOU ALWAYS WANT TO MAKE

THE MOST OF THE LITTLE TIME

THAT YOU HAVE.

THE EXPECTATIONS, FOR ME,

WERE THAT I WOULD COME HOME

AND IT WOULD JUST BE A PLACE

OF REST AND REFUGE.

I HAD THE

MENTALITY, LIKE, MY TIME IS

OVER AND YOU'RE UP.

LIKE, YOU'VE GOT TO DO ALL

OF THE GRUNT WORK.

IT'S YOUR TURN.

I WALKED THROUGH THE DOOR

WITH BOTH OF US HAVING GREAT

EXPECTATIONS ON EACH OTHER.

AND WHEN WE FELT THAT

DISAPPOINTMENT, AND WE

STARTED TO VENT OUR FEELINGS

AND FRUSTRATION, IT WOULD BE

REALLY EASY FOR THOSE

ARGUMENTS TO GET OUT OF

CONTROL, FOR OUR EMOTIONS TO

GET OUT OF CONTROL REALLY

QUICKLY.

WE HAD EXPECTATIONS THAT

SEEMED LOGICAL AND

ACCEPTABLE TO HAVE TOWARDS

EACH OTHER, AND THEN WE

WOULD FAIL EACH OTHER.

AND THEN WE WOULD GROW

BITTERNESS AND CONTEMPT.

IT WAS SO DECEIVING.

IT REALLY HID ITSELF WELL.

IT IS REALLY HARD TO CALL

OUT YOUR OWN CONTEMPT FOR

SOMEONE BECAUSE YOU FEEL YOU

HAVE A RIGHT TO IT.

IT GOT TO A PLACE WHERE

THE CYCLE THAT WE WERE IN OF

ARGUING JUST FELT LIKE WE

COULD NOT GET ALONG.

Reporter: MATT AND

SARAH WERE COMMITTED TO

MAKING THEIR MARRIAGE WORK,

SO DIVORCE WAS NOT AN

OPTION.

THEY LAID ASIDE THEIR

BITTERNESS, WENT TO

COUNSELLING, AND TRIED TO

TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THEIR

FAULTS, BUT SARAH STILL FELT

SOMETHING WAS MISSING.

WE WERE STARTING TO MAKE

CHANGES, AND I THOUGHT,

THAT'S FANTASTIC, BUT I

REALLY NEED YOU TO BE THE

LEADER IN OUR HOME.

THAT WAS THE DAY THAT GOD

USED HER SPECIFIC WORDS TO

REALLY BREAK MY HEART, AND

TO REALLY FEEL INSIDE OF ME

WHAT HE HAD ALREADY BEGUN.

IN TERMS OF JUST TEACHING ME

TO BE MORE TEACHABLE, IN

TERMS OF THE KIND OF MAN I

AM, THE KIND OF LEADER I AM,

FOR MY FAMILY.

THE DAY WE HAD THAT

CONVERSATION, IS THE DAY I

SAT AROUND AND LOOKED AROUND

ME, AND I LOOK AT ALL OF THE

PICTURES AROUND THE HOUSE, I

LOOKED AT HER SMILING AND

THE KIDS SMILING, AND I

LOOKED AT OUR WEDDING DAY,

AND MY HEART REALLY ACHED

BECAUSE I FELT AS THOUGH I

HADN'T SEEN THAT GLOW IN A

LONG TIME.

AND I JUST WANTED IT BACK SO

DESPERATELY.

AND I JUST CRIED OUT TO GOD

IN THAT SONG THAT

AFTERNOON.

* LEAD ME WITH STRONG

HANDS *

* STAND UP WHEN I CAN'T

I STARTED EXPRESSING HER

HEART AND WHAT MY KIDS MIGHT

SAY TO ME ONE DAY IF I'M NOT

A GOOD LEADER TO THEM.

AND REALLY EXPRESSING MY

HEART TO JUST BE THE KIND OF

MAN WHO FIGHTS FOR MY

FAMILY.

AND NOT BY FIGHTING -- NOT

BY BEING STUBBORN, BUT

FIGHTING BY JUST LAYING IT

ALL DOWN AT THE FEET OF

CHRIST, AND SAYING, LORD,

YOU KNOW WHAT?

I'M WEAK.

YOU'RE STRONG.

EVERY BREATH IS GOING TO

HAVE TO BE GRACE FROM YOU TO

BE THIS MAN.

* O FATHER, SHOW ME THE WAY

TO LEAD THEM *

THE WHOLE SONG "LEAD ME,"

ABOUT BEING A LEADER, IS

ULTIMATELY IN THE END SAYING

I CAN'T DO THIS BY MYSELF.

I'M LEADING MY FAMILY BY

SAYING, FATHER, LEAD ME

BECAUSE I'M NOT CAPABLE OF

THIS.

JUST THAT UNDERSTANDING,

WHEN SOMEBODY SAYS, I KNOW

I'M THIS WAY AND I REALLY DO

WANT TO CHANGE.

THAT REALLY HELPED US MOVE

FORWARD, WHEN WE FINALLY

ACCEPTED OUR WEAKNESSES,

EVEN WHEN WE THOUGHT WE WERE

ALL ALONG.

Reporter: TODAY MATT

AND SARAH'S MARRIAGE IS

STRONGER THAN EVER.

THE RELATIONSHIP WAS TESTED

AGAIN EARLIER THIS YEAR WHEN

THEIR THIRD CHILD WAS BORN

WITH A SERIOUS HEART

DEFECT.

I THINK FEELING LIKE WE

WERE IN A GOOD PLACE IN OUR

MARRIAGE, AND WE'RE LEARNING

HOW TO DEAL WITH THAT

CONFLICT BETTER, IT REALLY

PREPARED US BECAUSE THERE IS

SO MUCH STRESS IN HAVING A

SICK CHILD.

THERE WAS A PURPOSE FOR

WHAT WE WENT THROUGH, A

GOD-ORDAINED PURPOSE, AND HE

IS PULLING US THROUGH IT AND

HE IS SHOWING US HIS GRACE.

NOW I THINK WHEN THERE IS

CONFLICT, WE UNDERSTAND, YOU

KNOW, THERE IS HOPE HERE.

THERE IS A PURPOSE.

IT IS NOT THE END OF THE

WORLD.

WE CAN WORK THIS OUT.

IT GIVES US THAT MUCH MORE

HOPE AND THAT MUCH MORE FUEL

TO JUST KEEP WORKING THROUGH

IT IN WAYS THAT GLORIFY THE

LORD MORE AND MORE.

IT IS JUST GOD'S GRACE.

IN OUR WEAKNESS, HE IS

STRONG.

Terry: GOD'S GOT A

PLAN.

GOD'S GOT A PLAN FOR IT

ALL.

WE WERE CREATED TO LIVE IN

RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM AND IN

RELATIONSHIP WITH EACH

OTHER.

IS IT EASY?

NO.

YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS

MATT SAID WAS HE CAME TO A

PLACE WHERE HE SAID I'M

GOING TO LAY IT ALL DOWN.

GOD WAITS FOR US TO COME TO

THAT PLACE.

TO COME TO THE END OF US SO

THAT WE UNDERSTAND HOW

INCREDIBLY DEEPLY WE NEED

HIM.

AT THE SAME TIME, HE NEVER

CALLS US TO ANYTHING THAT HE

DOESN'T GIVE US PROVISION

FOR.

AND MOST OF THE TIME, THE

PROVISION IS HIM.

HE IS ALL THAT WE NEED IN

EVERY AREA OF OUR LIVES.

WHEN WE COME TO THE END OF

US, THAT'S WHERE HE BEGINS.

HE IS STANDING THERE

WAITING, WAITING FOR YOU TO

DO WHAT GORDON TALKED ABOUT

DOING A FEW MINUTES AGO.

TO JUST SAY COME IN.

COME IN.

I'M DONE.

I CAN'T DO THIS ANYMORE.

I WANT YOU.

I WANT TO DO IT YOUR WAY.

SO GOD IS SPEAKING THAT TO

YOU TODAY.

MAYBE YOU'RE STRUGGLING IN

YOUR MARRIAGE, LIKE MATT AND

SARAH WERE.

MAYBE YOU'VE GOT A SICK

CHILD AND THERE IS ALL KINDS

OF PRESSURE, AND MANY

UNKNOWN FACTORS INVOLVED IN

THAT.

AND YOU'RE FILLED WITH

ANXIETY, FEAR, WORRY.

FOR EVERY ONE OF US, IT IS A

DIFFERENT THING.

BUT THE RESULT NEEDS TO BE

THE SAME.

THE RESULT NEEDS TO BE THAT

WE COME TO THE END OF US AND

WE BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND THAT

THAT'S WHERE REAL LIFE

BEGINS, THE KIND OF ABUNDANT

LIFE THAT JESUS TALKED

ABOUT.

WHERE HE COMES IN AND HE IS

OUR GRACE.

HE IS OUR MERCY.

HE IS OUR STRENGTH.

HE IS THE ONE WHO COMES IN

AND WIPES AWAY FEAR AND

REPLACES IT.

REPLACES IT WITH FAITH.

THE ONE WHO TEACHES US WHAT

IT MEANS TO LET GO OF BEING

SELF-CENTERED, SELF-FOCUSED,

AND TO TRULY LOVE AND CARE

ABOUT EACH OTHER.

HE IS THE ONE WHO CHANGES

US, WHO SAYS I'VE GOT A

BETTER WAY, A BETTER PLAN.

AND SO TODAY THE QUESTION

ISN'T WHETHER GOD IS ABLE TO

DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN

YOUR LIFE.

HE IS MORE THAN ABLE.

THE QUESTION IS: ARE YOU

READY TO INVITE HIM IN TO DO

THAT KIND OF WORK?

IT IS AS SIMPLE AS TALKING

TO HIM.

IT IS A RELATIONSHIP.

HE WANTS TO COMMUNICATE WITH

YOU, AND HE WANTS YOU TO

RECOGNIZE HE IS HERE AND

COMMUNICATE WITH HIM.

SO JUST INVITE HIM.

ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR

SHORTCOMINGS, THE PLACES

YOU'VE FALLEN DOWN.

ASK HIM FOR FORGIVENESS.

YOU GET A WHOLE NEW

BEGINNING WITH HIM.

THE BIBLE SAYS IF ANY MAN OR

WOMAN IS IN CHRIST, THEY

BECOME A BRAND NEW

CREATION.

OLD THINGS PASS AWAY, AND

EVERYTHING BECOMES BRAND

NEW.

THAT'S FOR YOU TODAY.

ASK HIM TO COME IN, FORGIVE

YOUR SINS, TO BE THE LORD OF

YOUR LIFE.

TO BEGIN TO SHOW YOU AND

TEACH YOU HOW TO LIVE IN HIM

AND WITH HIM AND FOR HIM.

AND HE WILL BE FAITHFUL TO

PRODUCE THAT IN YOU.

IF YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC NEED

AND YOU WOULD LIKE TO TALK

TO SOMEONE, PRAY WITH

SOMEONE ABOUT IT, CALL THAT

TOLL-FREE NUMBER ON YOUR

SCREEN.

1-888-777-1999.

THE PERSON WHO SAYS HELLO ON

THE OTHER END IS SOMEONE WHO

HAS ALREADY PRAYED THAT

PRAYER, AND THEY'RE THERE

TODAY WAITING FOR YOU.

SO CALL.

Gordon: LET'S GO TO

DIMITRIA IN THE CHATROOM.

NATALIE SAYS, "MY

DAUGHTER -- I'M CONVINCED

SHE IS GOING TO MAKE A VIDEO

ON YouTube, AND SHE

THINKS SHE WILL BE FAMOUS.

SHE SPENDS ALL OF HER TIME

TRYING TO GET NOTICED AND

I'M CONCERNED.

SHOULD I DO SOMETHING?"

Gordon: I WOULD JUST

LET HER GO.

I LIKE THE JOY OF YOUTH.

I LIKE SHE IS A ASPIRING TO

THIS.

SOME THINGS YOU HAVE TO

LEARN ON YOUR OWN.

ONE IS THAT IT CAN BE REALLY

HARD TO MAKE IT.

YOU GET INTO THE WHOLE

UNIVERSE OF YouTube, AND

IF YOU THINK ONE VIDEO IS

GOING TO GO VIRAL, THEN HOW

DO YOU REPEAT THAT?

AND FOR EVERY BIEBER AND

GANGNAM STYLE THAT MAKES IT

AND MAKES A CAREER OUT OF

IT, HOW MANY OTHERS DIDN'T?

SO ALLOW YOUR CHILDREN TO

EXPERIMENT, AND I REALLY

BELIEVE IN ENCOURAGING

CHILDREN.

SO ENCOURAGE HER AND THEN

SORT OF WALK HER THROUGH THE

PROCESS.

LET'S GO BACK TO DIM DIM

DIMITTRIA.

SHE SAYS, "I'VE LEAD

WORSHIP AT MY CHURCH, BUT

I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A

PROFESSIONAL SINGER.

EVERY TIME I TRY TO STRIKE

OUT ON MY OWN, SOMETHING

ALWAYS HAPPENS.

HOW CAN I TELL IF GOD WANTS

ME TO PURSUE IT OR GIVE UP

ON IT?"

Gordon: FIND OUT WHAT'S

YOUR HEART'S DESIRE.

GOD WANTS TO GIVE YOU YOUR

HEART'S DESIRE.

THAT SAID, I'VE HEARD THE

MUSIC BUSINESS IS 90%

BUSINESS AND 10% TALENT.

THE BEST WAY TO CRACK IN,

WRITE A HIT SONG.

AND IF YOU'RE A WRITER,

YOU'LL FIND A LOT OF PEOPLE

WILL COME YOUR WAY.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE

FOR THIS PROGRAM.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM JOHN 16: "I HAVE

SAID THESE THINGS IN YOU

THAT IN ME YOU MAY HAVE

PEACE.

IN THE WORLD, YOU WILL HAVE

TRIBULATION.

SO TAKE HEART.

I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD

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