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700 Club Canada: August 16, 2013

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HELLO, I'M BRIAN WARREN.

WELCOME TO THE 700 CLUB CANADA.

WE'VE HAD AN AMAZING TIME THIS

WEEK EXPLORING OUR FASCINATION

WITH IDOLS, AND THE HUMAN NEED

TO WORSHIP. WE'VE LOOKED AT

RELIGIOUS IDOLS, AND EVEN SAW

STORIES OF PEOPLE WHO NEARLY

DIED SIMPLY BECAUSE OF

WORSHIPPING THE WRONG THINGS.

ON TODAY'S SHOW, WE'LL LOOK INTO

WESTERN CULTURE AND DISCUSS SOME

OF THE MORE COMMON IDOLS, AND

EVEN UNCOVER SOME OF THE MORE

SURPRISING IDOLS THAT MAY BE

DISTRACTING US FROM OUR

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. WE'VE GOT

TWO AMAZING STORIES WHERE LIVES

WERE CHANGED BY DISCOVERING THE

ONE TRUE GOD. PIERRE JULIAN

BROUGHT HIS VOODOO PRACTICES

WITH HIM WHEN HE MOVED FROM

HAITI. BUT HIS FASCINATION WITH

VOODOO STARTED TO CHANGE THE DAY

HE TURNED ON THE 700 CLUB. AND

RANDY MET GOD AT THE LOWEST TIME

OF HIS LIFE. IF YOU'RE STUCK AT

ROCK-BOTTOM, YOU'LL BE AMAZED AT

HOW EASILY GOD CAN PICK YOU UP.

BUT FIRST, PASTOR AND COMMUNITY

LEADER DAVE CARROLL IS HERE WITH

LAURA LYNN TO EXPOSE SOME OF THE

IDOLS THAT ARE BEING WORSHIPPED

IN OUR CULTURE TODAY.

WE HAVE HAD A GREAT WEEK

TALKING WITH MY VERY COLORFUL

GUEST, DAVE CARROLL, ABOUT

WORSHIP, ABOUT IDOLS, ABOUT OUR

CULTURE. AND YOU KNOW, DAVE,

TODAY YOU ARE IMMERSED IN THE

CULTURE, NOT ONLY WITH THE

AMAZING THINGS THAT YOU DO WITH

CAPTAIN KINDNESS AND THE WORK OF

YOUR CHURCH, BUT ALSO, YOU KNOW,

GOD HAS LED YOU INTO A BROADCAST

MINISTRY, SO TO SPEAK, WHICH,

YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU

BALANCE ALL OF THAT.

WELL, I TRY AND I ASK FOR A

LOT OF GRACE IN MY SLEEP. WITH

THREE KIDS AND THE MINISTRY AND

JOBS, THERE'S A LOT OF TIME. BUT

I ACTUALLY WORK WRITING ADS. I

WORK IN THE ADVERTISING PART OF

BROADCASTING AS MY DAY JOB, AS

MY TENT-MAKING JOB, WHILE I'VE

BEEN ABLE TO CREATE THIS OTHER

THING, AND AT LEAST PUT IT ON

OUR HEARTS. BUT IT'S FASCINATIN,

BECAUSE IN ADVERTISING, YOU ARE

WORKING AT, YOU HAVE TO FIND A

BALANCE BETWEEN SELLING IDOLS IN

SOME PEOPLE'S LIVES, BECAUSE YOU

ANALYZE WHAT MAKES THEM TICK,

WHAT WILL MAKE THEM ACT UPON

WHAT YOU'RE WRITING FOR. AND IT

CAN BE A TRICKY THING.

RIGHT. WHAT THEIR NEED IS,

WHAT THEY ARE SEARCHING FOR,

AND WHAT THEY'RE PASSIONATE

ABOUT. AND THEN YOU'RE TURNING

THAT INTO, "I CAN HELP YOU WITH

THAT." AND YOU'RE WRITING IT FOR

THEM.

AND WE CHATTED ABOUT IT ON

WEDNESDAY, ABOUT THE IDEA OF

"FELT NEEDS," AND ABOUT FINDING

THE "FELT NEEDS" OF SOMEBODY,

MEETING THE "FELT NEEDS," AND

THAT OPENING THE DOOR FOR GOOD

THINGS. IT CAN ALSO OPEN THE

DOOR FOR BAD THINGS IN OUR

WESTERN CULTURE, BECAUSE, I

MEAN, WHEN YOU LOOK AT WESTERN

CULTURE, I THINK THERE ARE

REALLY TWO BIG IDOLS. AND IT'S

SELF AND STUFF. I MEAN, SELF IS

TRULY AN IDOL IN OUR CULTURE.

THE PROPAGATION OF "ME," AND "I

WANT THIS," AND "I NEED THIS,"

AND "I NEED THIS," AND "I NEED

THIS." AND WE'RE BEING SOLD

CONSTANTLY. I MEAN, WE'RE BEING

SO SOLD THAT WE BARELY EVEN

REALIZE THAT WE'RE BEING SOLD.

AND YOU'RE HELPING THEM SELL

IT?

NO, I ONLY DO GOOD STUFF,

LIKE BUTCHERS, AND, YEAH.

OKAY. OKAY. YES, YOU'RE

ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. AND IT'S THE

ETERNAL QUEST, ISN'T IT, THAT WE

WANT WHAT WE WANT. AND WE DON'T

THINK WE'RE GONNA BE HAPPY

UNLESS WE HAVE THAT "STUFF." AND

IT GETS TO BE A LITTLE BIT

OVERWHELMING AT TIMES. AND THE

END OF THAT JOURNEY IS WHAT?

WELL, THE END, IF YOU DON'T

REALIZE THAT IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU,

YOU END UP BEING A VERY, VERY

LONELY PERSON, WITH NOT A LOT OF

PEOPLE AROUND YOU.

MAYBE A LOT OF "STUFF," BUT--

YES. AND NOT EVEN THAT. YOU

KNOW, BECAUSE STUFF GOES AWAY.

STUFF BREAKS. AND WHEN YOU'VE

SOLD SOMETHING OUT THAT YOU CARE

ABOUT, THAT'S ETERNAL, FOR SOME

LITTLE PIECE OF GLITTER, THE

GLITTER GOES AWAY FROM THINGS.

POOL TABLES BREAK DOWN. POOLS

FLOOD. CARS BREAK DOWN. SO

THAT'S WHY, TO ME, IT'S ALWAYS

SO IMPORTANT TO BE ANALYZING

OUR CULTURE, ANALYZING OUR

MOTIVATIONS. WHY ARE WE DOING

WHAT WE'RE DOING? AND WE ALSO

NEED TO BE ABLE TO OPEN UP WIDE

SPACE FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE A GOOD

STORY, BECAUSE WE, IF GOD'S IN

US, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT IS

SPEAKING THROUGH US, HE'S GIVEN

US THE ABILITY TO SHARE THE

GOODNESS OF GOD WITH OTHER

PEOPLE. BUT WE WOULD LOVE TO

JUST GO, "HEY, DON'T WASTE YOUR

MONEY ON THAT. YOU SHOULD GIVE

IT AWAY TO THE POOR." BUT YOU

CAN'T JUST SAY IT, YOU HAVE TO

FIND WAYS TO OPEN UP SPACE.

THERE'S A GREAT YIDDISH WORD

CALLED "FARGANEN." AND THAT'S

WHAT IT MEANS, IT MEANS TO "OPEN

UP WIDE SPACE." AND I'VE THOUGHT

ABOUT THIS WHEN IT COMES TO

COMMUNICATION IN OUR CULTURE,

AND EVEN WITH SOME OF THE SOCIAL

MEDIA STUFF THAT'S GOING ON

THESE DAYS. IN FACT, EVERYONE

HAS A PULPIT, IN MANY WAYS. WE

HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE WITH HOW

WE DISPLAY THE GOSPEL, HOW WE

SHOW THE GOSPEL ON THE STREETS,

HOW WE LIVE THE GOSPEL IN OUR

LIFE, AND HOW WE COMMUNICATE IT

TO OTHER PEOPLE, BECAUSE IF WE

DO IT RIGHT, WE CAN OPEN WIDE

SPACES FOR OTHER PEOPLE TO

EXPERIENCE SOMETHING THAT THEY

WOULDN'T NATURALLY DO. AND

THOSE WHO ARE VERY SELF-ISH, IF

YOU CAN CREATE A CONTEXT FOR

THEM TO BE SELF-LESS, IT CAN BE

ADDICTING, AND TRANSFORMATIONAL.

HM. ABSOLUTELY. AND THE WORD

THAT KEEPS COMING TO MY MIND AS

YOU'RE SPEAKING IS "PURPOSE,"

FINDING OUR PURPOSE. AND

SOMETIMES WITH, YOU KNOW,

FACEBOOK AND TWITTER, PEOPLE

HAVE MADE, LIKE, THAT HAS BECOME

THEIR PLATFORM. AND SO MY

PURPOSE TODAY IS TO TELL

EVERYBODY, YOU KNOW, THAT I'M

HEADING DOWN TO THE DAIRY QUEEN

TO GET, YOU KNOW, TWO SCOOPS

TODAY. YOU KNOW, AND YOU'RE

BLOGGING THAT TO EVERYBODY, AND

SENDING A PICTURE. AND THAT

BECOMES KIND OF A PLATFORM, BUT

WHERE IS THE MEANING? AND UNTIL

SOMEBODY GETS TO THE PLACE THAT

THEY EMBRACE THAT THEY WERE

CREATED FOR A GREAT PURPOSE, AND

YOU WERE TELLING ME, BEFORE WE

STARTED TODAY, THAT GOD KIND OF

KEPT PUTTING YOU INTO

BROADCAST, ALTHOUGH YOU JUST

WANTED TO BE IN MINISTRY, WHICH

SEEMS LIKE A BEAUTIFUL THING.

WHY WOULDN'T GOD JUST WANT YOU

TO BE IN MINISTRY? BUT HIS

PURPOSES ARE GREAT AND

ALL-ENCOMPASSING.

IT'S A REALLY NEAT STORY,

BECAUSE ONE OF THE THINGS I

PERSONALLY CARE THE MOST ABOUT,

AND WE'VE WORKED AT FOR TEN TO

FIFTEEN YEARS IN BRANTFORD, IS

FINDING WAYS TO INFLUENCE THE

MANY SPHERES, OR MOUNTAINS, OR

THOSE DIFFERENT, YOU KNOW, WAYS

TO DESCRIBE IT, OF CULTURE. YOU

KNOW, MEDIA INFLUENCES CULTURE,

AS WE KNOW. GOVERNMENT

INFLUENCES CULTURE, BUSINESS,

EDUCATION, AS WELL AS THE CHURC.

I MEAN, THE CHURCH IS A WAY OF

INFLUENCING A CULTURE, BUT IT'S

NOT THE ONLY WAY. I OFTEN THINK

ABOUT WILLIAM WILBERFORCE, YOU

KNOW, THE SLAVE TRADER GUY FROM

THE AMAZING GRACE MOVIES. BUT

ONE OF HIS MOST LASTING IMPACT

THINGS HE DID, IT WAS 200 YEARS

AGO IN BRITAIN, HE GATHERED THE

CULTURAL ELITES WHO HAD A HEART

FOR TRANSFORMATION, CEO'S, AND

PEOPLE WHO WERE INFLUENTIAL IN

THE COMMUNITY, AND HE CREATED

THE CLAPHAM CIRCLE, WHICH SOUGHT

OUT "TO MAKE GOODNESS

FASHIONABLE," WAS THEIR LITTLE

TERM. AND WHAT ENDED UP

HAPPENING WAS, A HISTORIAN I WAS

READING EARLIER TODAY SAID, "THE

ETHOS OF THE CLAPHAM CIRCLE

BECAME THE SPIRIT OF THE DAY."

THE ETHOS OF THEM BECAME THE

SPIRIT OF THE DAY, AND THEY

FOUND WAYS TO INFLUENCE THE

VARIOUS SECTORS OF SOCIETY TO

MAKE GOODNESS FASHIONABLE, AND

THUS RELEASE GOD INTO THESE

DIFFERENT AREAS. AND WHEN IT

CAME TO BROADCASTING, I'VE

WORKED IN BROADCASTING MY WHOLE

LIFE. YOU KNOW, I'VE WORKED IN

TV, AND RADIO, AND THE MARKETING

SIDE OF IT, IN ALL THESE

DIFFERENT AREAS. WHAT'S NEAT

ABOUT IT IS THAT IT'S GIVEN ME

INFLUENCE IN ONE OF THE OTHER

MOUNTAINS OF INFLUENCE IN OUR

SOCIETY, NOT JUST CHURCH, NOT

JUST GOVERNMENT, AND WE ARE

SEEING REALLY NEAT THINGS IN

THAT, BUT ALSO IN MEDIA, AND

ALSO IN BUSINESS. AND I'M ABLE

TO COMMUNICATE GOD PRINCIPLES

IN DIFFERENT CONTEXTS THAT I

WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ABLE TO IF I

HAD JUST SAID, "NOPE, I'M HEADED

OFF TO A SEMINARY, AND I'M GONNA

DO CHURCH AS I THOUGHT." IN FAC,

WHAT IT DID WAS OPEN UP THE

SPACE WIDER FOR ME TO BE ABLE TO

ACTUALLY DO THE THINGS THAT I

REALLY WANTED TO DO, WHICH IS

INFLUENCE CULTURE FOR JESUS.

HM, EARLIER THIS WEEK, I KNOW

THAT YOU KIND OF ALLUDED A TIME

IN YOUR LIFE WHERE YOU REALLY

REJECTED THE CHURCH. AND PERHAPS

THE CULTURE WAS SOMETHING THAT

AFFECTED YOU, AND MAYBE TOOK

YOU SIDEWAYS. WHAT BROUGHT YOU

BACK?

WHAT BROUGHT ME BACK WAS THE

LADY WHO IS NOW MY WIFE. SHE SAW

ME IN A HISTORY CLASS WHEN I WAS

IN THE FOURTEENTH GRADE. I

FAILED MY FIRST GRADE THIRTEEN.

THAT'S LIKE, TWO-AND-A-HALF

YEARS MORE THAN WHAT MOST PEOPLE

ARE IN HIGH SCHOOL WITH NOW.

AND I HAD JUST DRANK MY WAY

THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. AND SO IT'S

NOT HARD TO IMAGINE WHY I DIDN'T

SUCCEED. SHE SAW ME BROKEN IN

MY HISTORY CLASS. AND SHE LOOKED

AT ME AND SAID, "DO YOU WANT TO

TALK?" AND I REALIZED THAT NO

ONE HAD EVER ASKED ME IF I

WANTED TO TALK. PEOPLE LIKED ME

BECAUSE WAS FUNNY. I WAS A

LIFE-OF-A-PARTY KIND OF GUY. BUT

SHE WAS THE FIRST PERSON WHO

REALLY SAID, "DO YOU WANT TO

TALK?" AND I SPOKE OUT ALL THE

VENOM THAT WAS INSIDE OF ME,

AND SHE GAVE ME GRACE, AND SHE

GAVE ME TIME, AND THEN ONE DAY

SHE GOES, "ALL RIGHT. I'M DONE

LISTENING TO YOU TALK. YOU KNOW

THE ANSWER IS JESUS, DON'T YOU?"

AND I SAID, "YOU KNOW WHAT? IT'S

THE ONLY THING LEFT. AND I KNOW

IT'S TRUE." AND I WENT TO A

CHURCH SERVICE THAT NIGHT, HER

YOUTH GROUP, AND I TOLD THE GUY,

"YOU COULD HAVE BEEN PLAYING

THE SPOONS TONIGHT FOR ALL," I

KNEW THAT I WAS COMING AND I

WAS GOING TO MAKE THIS MY LIFE

FROM HERE ON OUT. AND I GAVE MY

LIFE TO JESUS WHEN I WAS 19

YEARS OLD, FOR REAL. AND I'VE

NEVER LOOKED BACK. AND IT WAS

BECAUSE A PERSON CARED ENOUGH

TO GO OUT OF THEIR WAY TO SHOW

KINDNESS TO SOMEBODY WHO WAS

KIND OF A JERK. AND SHE MARRIED

ME EVENTUALLY, SO SHE DID A GOOD

JOB, YOU KNOW, SHE MUST HAVE

BEEN PLEASED WITH HER WORK.

WELL, I THINK YOU DRESS UP

WELL, DAVE.

WELL, I THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

YOU KNOW, SHE FOUND THAT

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH THEN.

A MAN WHO DRESSES LIKE A

SUPERHERO. THAT IS A CATCH,

RIGHT THERE.

YES, IT REALLY IS. WOW,

INCREDIBLE STORY. THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR TAKING THIS WEEK TO

SHARE WITH US YOUR HEART, YOUR

PASSION, YOUR VISION, AND THE

GREAT WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING

FOR THE COMMUNITY, AND YOUR

HEART OF SERVICE. IT'S A

BEAUTIFUL THING.

IT'S MY PLEASURE. THANKS SO

MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

THANK YOU. COMING UP NEXT,

VOODOO MAGIC IS NO MATCH FOR

THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL.

PIERRE JULIAN GREW UP IN

HAITI. THE SON OF A WEALTHY

LANDOWNER, PIERRE SPENT HIS

DAYS PLAYING OUTDOORS WITH HIS

FRIENDS. BUT THERE WAS ONE

ACTIVITY PIERRE ENGAGED IN THAT

WASN'T SO INNOCENT.

ALMOST EVERYBODY IN MY

COMMUNITY, WE WERE CONNECTED BY

THE FACT THAT WE ALL DO VOODOO

CEREMONIES.

TWO OF PIERRE'S UNCLES WERE

WELL-KNOWN VOODOO PRACTITIONERS.

HIS PARENTS ATTENDED CATHOLIC

CHURCH REGULARLY, BUT THEY ALSO

PRACTICED VOODOO.

THEY WENT TO CHURCH ON

SUNDAYS, BUT WE WOULD RETURN

HOME TO DO CEREMONIES. A LOT OF

HAITIANS BELIEVE THERE IS NO

PROBLEM WITH THEM BEING

CHRISTIAN, GOING TO CHURCH, AND

STILL WORSHIP THE SPIRIT, WHICH

WE CALL RA. WE WOULD DO DANCES,

YOU WOULD SEE PEOPLE DANCING AND

SINGING, AND YOU WOULD SEE THE

SPIRIT ENTERING THE PEOPLE. YOU

WOULD SEE THE CHANGE.

IN 1978 PIERRE IMMIGRATED TO

THE U.S. AND JOINED THE ARMY.

HE WAS IN TRAINING WHEN HE MET

HIS FUTURE WIFE, CAROLINE.

AND WE BECAME FRIENDS. AND

LATER ON THAT FRIENDSHIP

DEVELOPED INTO LOVE.

AS THE RELATIONSHIP

PROGRESSED AND THEY STARTED TO

TALK MARRIAGE, PIERRE TOLD

CAROLINE ABOUT SOME CULTURAL

EXPECTATIONS THAT HE HAD BROUGHT

FROM HAITI.

BUT I TOLD HER THAT WHEN WE

GET MARRIED, SHE'S GONNA BE WIFE

NUMBER ONE, BECAUSE I HAVE TO

HAVE A MISTRESS.

I DID NOT BELIEVE THAT,

BECAUSE HE SAID IN HAITI ALL THE

MEN HAVE MORE THAN ONE WIFE,

AND I WOULD BE WIFE NUMBER ONE,

WHICH IMPLIED A WIFE NUMBER TWO,

THREE, FOUR, EVEN A WIFE NUMBER

FIVE. AND I DIDN'T BELIEVE THAT.

I THOUGHT IT WAS A JOKE. I SAID,

"THIS IS AMERICA. THAT'S HAITI'S

NONSENSE."

CAROLINE CONVINCED HERSELF

THAT PIERRE WAS JOKING, AND THEY

DECIDED TO GET MARRIED. BUT IT

WAS NO JOKE.

THERE WERE HINTS THAT HE WAS

CHEATING ON ME. AND I KEPT

DENYING IT, BECAUSE I DIDN'T

WANT TO BELIEVE IT, BECAUSE HE'S

STILL A GOOD-HEARTED PERSON, IN

SPITE OF THE FACT THAT HE MAY

HAVE HAD SOMEONE.

PIERRE AND CAROLINE STAYED

TOGETHER, DESPITE HIS

INFIDELITIES. THEY ALSO HAD A

SON.

JOSH BROUGHT JOY, BUT THAT

DID NOT CHANGE THE FACT THAT I

STILL WOULD LIKE TO HAVE OTHER

RELATIONSHIPS OUTSIDE OF MY

MARRIAGE.

PIERRE CONTINUED HIS

LIFESTYLE. AND THOUGH IT WAS

HARDER TO PRACTICE IN THE U.S.,

HE CONTINUED TO BELIEVE IN THE

POWER OF VOODOO.

BUT IN THE UNITED STATES, I

DIDN'T HAVE ACCESS TO THE

PRIESTS, AT LEAST GOOD ONES. YOU

KNOW A VOODOO PRIEST TO BE GOOD

IF WHAT HE OR SHE SAYS COME TRU.

EVERY CHANCE HE GOT, PIERRE

VISITED HAITI TO SEE A REAL

VOODOO PRIEST.

EVERY TIME I HAD A CHANCE TO

VISIT ONE, I WOULD GO THERE,

REALLY, SIMPLY TO GET

PROTECTION. I JUST ENJOYED THE

RITUALS.

PIERRE'S WIFE WAS A

CHRISTIAN. SHE KNEW PIERRE HAD

A PAST WITH VOODOO, BUT THOUGHT

IT WAS MORE A CULTURAL THING.

SHE DIDN'T KNOW TO WHAT EXTENT

PIERRE BELIEVED.

I DON'T THINK SHE KNEW AS

MUCH BECAUSE I PROFESSED TO BE A

CHRISTIAN, AS WELL. I JUST

BELIEVE IN VOODOO AT THE SAME

TIME.

CAROLINE AND THEIR SON JOSH

ATTENDED CHURCH REGULARLY, AND

OFTEN ASKED PIERRE TO JOIN THEM.

HE WAS STUBBORN ABOUT IT, BUT

HE DID GO. HE DIDN'T WANT TO BE

THERE.

IF I START AN ARGUMENT ON

SATURDAY NIGHT, WE GET ANGRY

WITH EACH OTHER, AND SHE WOULD

NOT ASK ME TO GO TO CHURCH ON

SUNDAY MORNING. AND I FIND THAT

TO WORK FOR A WHILE.

ONCE PIERRE'S SON WAS OLD

ENOUGH TO SEE WHAT WAS GOING

ON, HE CONFRONTED HIS DAD.

WHEN HE WOKE ME UP AND SAID,

"DAD, THE FAMILY IS GOING TO

CHURCH. GET UP AND GET DRESSED,

AND GO TO CHURCH WITH YOUR

FAMILY." I WAS CONVICTED. AND I

GOT UP AND I WENT TO CHURCH WITH

THEM.

SOON AFTER, PIERRE STARTED

WATCHING THE 700 CLUB.

I WAS CAPTIVATED BY THE 700

CLUB PROGRAM. AND I WOULD NOT

MISS THAT PROGRAM FOR ANYTHING.

AND ONE DAY I SAW A TESTIMONY OF

TWO MEN, ONE JEW AND ONE ARAB.

AND I SAW SOME CHANGES IN THEIR

LIVES THROUGH THEIR TESTIMONY,

HOW JESUS CHRIST HAS CHANGED

THEM. AND I PRAYED. I DID NOT

EVEN KNOW HOW TO PRAY, BUT I

SAID THE SIMPLE THING. I SAID,

"LORD JESUS, I INVITE YOU INTO

MY HEART, JUST THE WAY YOU

CHANGED THOSE TWO MEN, I WANT

TO BE CHANGED." I SAID, "I DON'T

WANT TO BE A SUNDAY-MORNING

CHRISTIAN. YOU KNOW MY LIFE. YOU

KNOW MY ENGAGEMENT INTO VOODOO.

I WANT YOU TO COME INTO MY LIFE

AND FILL ME WITH YOUR POWER."

FROM THAT MOMENT ON, PIERRE

WAS A NEW MAN.

BUT WHEN HE BECAME COMMITTED

TO CHRIST, HE WAS TOTALLY, FULL

OUT, COMMITTED TO CHRIST. THERE

WAS NO TURNING BACK. WHEN SAY

YOU BECOME A NEW CREATURE IN

CHRIST, MY HUSBAND WAS A NEW

CREATURE IN CHRIST.

BUT PIERRE FACED MANY

CHALLENGES AS A CHRISTIAN. AND

HE WAS HAUNTED BY DREAMS OF HIS

PAST.

IT TROUBLED MY SPIRIT. I

WOULD CRY SOMETIMES. AND MY WIFE

DID NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS

GOING ON. AND I WOULD SHARE WITH

HER THE THINGS THAT I HAD DONE

WAY BACK IN THE PAST, THE DEVIL

WOULD BRING BACK TO MY

REMEMBRANCE.

PIERRE ASKED HIS WIFE AND SON

TO PRAY FOR HIM. AS THEY DID, HE

WAS SET FREE.

THE BIBLE SAY WHEN YOU RESIST

THE DEVIL, HE WILL FLEE. IT

FLEES EVERY TIME. AND I'VE BEEN

FREE. THE FIRST 40 YEARS OF MY

LIFE I LIVED FOR SATAN. I DID

THOSE THINGS THAT WERE NOT

PLEASING TO GOD. FOR THE REST OF

MY LIFE, I'M GONNA LIVE FOR

CHRIST. I'M GONNA LET CHRIST

LIVE THROUGH ME.

RECENTLY PIERRE RETIRED FROM

THE U.S. ARMY AFTER 25 YEARS OF

SERVICE, SO HE CAN RETURN TO

HAITI AND PREACH THE GOSPEL.

I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT

NO MATTER WHAT THEIR PAST MAY

HAVE BEEN, THE SINS THEY MAY

HAVE COMMITTED, THE BLOOD OF

JESUS CHRIST IS STRONG AND

POWERFUL ENOUGH TO CLEANSE

THEM.

LAURA LYNN, IT'S AMAZING WHEN

YOU LOOK, EVEN FALSE RELIGION

HAS POWER. BUT THANK GOD FOR

JESUS, BECAUSE IT'S ALL POWER.

IT'S ALL POWER, AND HIS WORD

ALWAYS COMES TO PASS. YOU KNOW,

SEEING JESUS CHANGE LIVES TODAY

AS HE DID OVER 2,000 YEARS AGO

IS THE ONLY REASON THAT BRIAN

AND I ARE HERE. BUT THIS SHOW

DOESN'T EXIST WITHOUT YOUR

PARTNERSHIP. IF YOU'RE WATCHING

THESE INSPIRATIONAL STORIES

TODAY AND THEY'RE AFFECTING YOU,

THEN STAND WITH US AS WE TAKE

THE MESSAGE OF JESUS CHRIST FROM

COAST TO COAST AND HELP MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF SO

MANY CANADIANS. IT'S YOUR

GENEROSITY THAT ALLOWS GOD TO

REACH INTO PEOPLE'S LIVES AND

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YOUNG PEOPLE IN SCHOOLS ON

NATIVE RESERVES IN CANADA WITH

OUR SUPERBOOK OUTREACH PROGRAM.

YOU KNOW, THANK YOU. WHEN YOU

LOOK AT PIERRE'S LIFE, HE SAID

THAT HE WOULD GO TO HAITI

BECAUSE HE WANTED TO FEEL THE

POWER. HE WANTED TO GO BACK AND

PRACTICE THE RITUAL, BECAUSE HE

SAW THE POWER OF GOD AS PEOPLE

WENT INTO THE POOL. YOU KNOW,

YOU COULD SEE THE DEMONIC

OPERATING, BUT YOU COULD ALSO

SEE THE POWER OF THE MOST HIGH

GOD. AND THAT IS TRUE POWER,

AND IT'S ALL POWER. AND IT'S

MADE POSSIBLE BY A RELATIONSHIP

WITH JESUS CHRIST. I WONDER IF

YOU'RE IN THAT POSITION, AS

WELL, RIGHT NOW. YOU'RE

WONDERING, YOU'RE SAYING, "YOU

KNOW WHAT? I'VE BEEN DABBLING

WITH BOTH SIDES OF THE FENCE."

IT TOOK HIS SON TO ACTUALLY

CAUSE HIM TO MAN UP AND SAID

"DAD, IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO LEAD

YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR FAMILY

TO CHURCH. YOU NEED TO START

COMING." THAT MIGHT BE YOU

RIGHT NOW. WHY DON'T YOU PRAY

THIS PRAYER WITH ME? IT'S NOT

MAGIC. IT'S NOT A CHARM, BUT I

GUARANTEE, IF YOU REALLY MEAN

IT, AND YOU SAY IT WITH YOUR OWN

WORDS, GOD IS GOING TO COME INTO

YOUR HEART AND TAKE UP

POSSESSION OF YOUR LIFE, AND

MAKE YOU INTO A NEW CREATION.

PRAY THIS PRAYER: JESUS, I

CONFESS MY SIN. I KNOW THAT

WHAT I'M DOING IS WRONG. I'VE

BEEN MAKING EXCUSES. NOW I TURN

AWAY FROM LIVING MY LIFE ON MY

OWN, AND I ASK YOU TO COME INTO

MY LIFE AND MAKE ME THE PERSON

YOU WANT ME TO BE. THANK YOU, IN

JESUS' NAME. AMEN.

AMEN. YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT

AS BRIAN WAS PRAYING, THERE'S

SOMEONE OUT THERE, AND YOUR

HEART IS BEATING BECAUSE YOU

KNOW THAT GOD IS SPEAKING TO

YOU RIGHT NOW. YOU'VE BEEN

GETTING INTO SOME THINGS, AND

IT'S ACTUALLY QUITE TERRIFYING.

THIS IS YOUR DAY. JESUS CHRIST,

HE IS THE MOST POWERFUL SOURCE

THAT THERE IS IN THIS UNIVERSE,

AND YOU NEED TO TAP INTO THAT.

WELL, UP NEXT, RANDY NEWMAN

ENDS UP IN A PIT OF DESPAIR. AND

THIS IS WHAT GOT HIM OUT.

I CAN REMEMBER WHEN I WAS 16

YEARS OLD, I CAME TO THE

CONCLUSION THAT I WAS GONNA

SPEND AN ETERNITY IN HELL, THAT

IF THIS WAS WHAT CHRISTIANITY

WAS ALL ABOUT, IF THIS WAS LIFE,

I DIDN'T WANT ANYTHING TO DO

WITH IT.

RANDY NEWMAN SPENT FIRST 16

YEARS OF HIS LIFE TRYING TO

PLEASE GOD BY FOLLOWING THE

STRICT RULES LAID DOWN BY HIS

FAMILY AND CHURCH. LOVE DIDN'T

SEEM TO BE A PART OF THE

EQUATION.

HE WAS AN ANGRY GOD, AND HE

DIDN'T LIKE SINNERS. AND I KNEW

THAT I WAS A SINNER. IF YOU WERE

DOING THINGS THAT GOD DIDN'T

LIKE, HE WAS GOING TO SMASH YOU

TO DEATH.

SO RANDY REBELLED, CHASING

AFTER ANYTHING HE THOUGHT WOULD

MAKE HIM A MAN.

JAMES BOND, THAT WAS WHEN

JAMES BOND FIRST CAME OUT. AND

I THOUGHT A REAL MAN WAS JAMES

BOND. HE SMOKED, BACK THEN YOU

SMOKED, DRANK, FIGHT, WENT OUT

WITH GIRLS AND PLAYED AROUND.

RANDY WAS A GOOD ATHLETE, AND

WENT TO COLLEGE TO PLAY FOOTBAL.

I LETTERED ON THE VARSITY AS

A FRESHMAN, BUT THEY THREW ME

OUT BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT TO GO

TO CLASS. AND IT WAS PART OF THE

DEAL THAT I DIDN'T LIKE.

RANDY DROPPED OUT OF COLLEGE

AND TOOK A JOB AS A JANITOR.

THEN A FRIEND AT WORK SHARED

WITH HIM ABOUT A GOD WHO

FORGIVES, A GOD OF LOVE.

I WASN'T BUYING IT, AND I

WASN'T BUYING IT THAT NIGHT.

BUT GOD SHOWED UP. I JUST KNEW

WHO GOD WAS. THIS WAS LIFE, AND

WHERE I WAS HEADED WAS DEATH.

AND I SAID, "WELL, I'M READY TO

ACCEPT CHRIST." AND I GOT DOWN

ON MY KNEES AND ASKED THE LORD

INTO MY LIFE.

RANDY FOUND A NEW PURPOSE IN

LIFE.

I WAS GONNA BE INVOLVED IN

DISCIPLING THE WORLD FOR JESUS

CHRIST.

HE MARRIED AND STARTED

CLASSES AT A BIBLE COLLEGE. HE

WENT INTO FULLTIME MINISTRY AT

HIS CHURCH. BUT THE OLD

COMPULSION TO PLEASE GOD BY

BEING THE PERFECT CHRISTIAN

KICKED IN.

I THOUGHT, "IF THAT'S WHAT

GOD WANTS FROM ME, I'M GONNA BE

THE BEST AT THIS." I WAS GONNA

BE A SUPERSTAR FOR GOD.

STRIVING TO BE PERFECT IN

ALL THESE AREAS OF HIS LIFE ONLY

BROUGHT FRUSTRATION AND DESPAIR.

MY LIFE WAS NOT CHARACTERIZED

BY JOY.

RANDY'S MINISTRY WAS FALLING

APART, AND HIS MARRIAGE WAS

FAILING. SO HE JUST TRIED EVEN

HARDER TO MAKE HIS LIFE WORK.

LATE ONE NIGHT HE REACHED HIS

BREAKING POINT.

I FELT I WAS ONE OF THE MOST

RIGHTEOUS MEN ALIVE, THAT I WAS

A HIGH PERFORMER. BUT THIS FAITH

WAS LEGALISTIC FAITH. MY

CHRISTIANITY WAS DEPENDENT ON

ME. AND REAL CHRISTIANITY ISN'T.

RANDY AND HIS WIFE SOON

DIVORCED. HE LEFT HIS CHURCH

AND TOOK A JOB WITH AN INSURANCE

AGENCY. AT NIGHT, HE PARTIED.

MY LIFE BASICALLY WAS BUILT

ON A LIE. IT WAS A WASTE. AND I

THREW IT OUT. AND BELIEVE ME, I

WAS GONNA MAKE UP FOR LOST

TIME. I WENT EXACTLY THE

OPPOSITE DIRECTION.

HIS WAYWARD LIFESTYLE TOOK

ITS TOLL. HEALTH PROBLEMS AND A

HEFTY DIVORCE SETTLEMENT FORCED

HIM TO DECLARE BANKRUPTCY.

I'VE LOST MY MONEY. MY

RELATIONSHIPS ARE GONE. MY

HEALTH IS GONE, EVERYTHING THAT

I VALUED.

RANDY MOVED INTO A LITTLE

TRAILER IN EAST TEXAS. HE SPENT

A LOT OF TIME FISHING AND

TALKING TO GOD.

ME AND THE LORD, GETTING TO

KNOW WHO HE WAS. HE BECAME MY

BEST FRIEND. AND I BECAME

UNBELIEVABLY INTIMATE WITH THE

LORD.

RANDY BEGAN TO UNDERSTAND

THAT HIS SALVATION DIDN'T DEPEND

ON WHAT HE DID, BUT WHAT JESUS

DID.

HE SAID, "YOU KNOW, RANDY, I

APPRECIATE, YOU KNOW, ALL THAT

YOU'VE DONE, BUT IT'S ALREADY

BEEN DONE." AND SO FOR THE FIRST

TIME IN MY LIFE, AFTER HAVING

LOST EVERYTHING, I FOUND IT.

TODAY RANDY WILL TELL YOU

THAT HE DOES HAVE EVERYTHING.

HE'S HAPPILY MARRIED TO DEBORAH.

AND HE'S BACK IN THE INSURANCE

BUSINESS. THIS TIME HE OWNS THE

COMPANY. BUT MOST OF ALL--

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY

LIFE, I KNOW WHAT JOY IS, AND I

KNOW WHAT JESUS SAID WHEN HE

SAID, "I'VE COME THAT YOU MIGHT

HAVE LIFE, AND HAVE IT MORE

ABUNDANTLY." GOD DOESN'T NEED A

MAN LIKE ME. I NEED A GOD LIKE

HIM.

I LOVE THAT LAST LINE THAT HE

SAID, BRIAN, "GOD DOESN'T NEED A

MAN LIKE ME. I NEED A GOD LIKE

HIM." HE FINALLY FIGURED IT OUT,

YOU KNOW. HE JUST NEEDS GOD.

YEAH. AND RANDY IS A POWERFUL

TESTIMONY. YOU KNOW, WE HOPE

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STORIES THAT GOD IS TRULY

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WELL, THAT STORY WITH RANDY

WAS REALLY SOMETHING. YOU KNOW,

MANY OF US UNDERSTAND WHO MAYBE

GREW UP IN THE CHURCH, OR ARE

INVOLVED IN CHURCHES, THAT

SOMETIMES THERE IS THAT LEGALIS.

THAT LEGALISM THAT RANDY FOUND

RAN HIM INTO THE GROUND. IT LOST

HIS MARRIAGE. AND IN THE END,

ALL OF IT, ALL THE RULES THAT HE

THOUGHT HE HAD TO LIVE BY, WERE

WORTH NOTHING. AS HE HEADED OUT,

YOU KNOW, INTO THE BARS, LOSING

ALL OF HIS CREDIBILITY, AND

JUST, YOU KNOW, LIVING A LIFE

FOR THE ENEMY INSTEAD OF FOR

GOD. SEE, RULES DON'T MAKE A

DIFFERENCE. RELATIONSHIP MAKES A

DIFFERENCE. AND IN FACT, THE

WORD OF GOD SAYS, IN ISAIAH 64,

THAT ALL OF US "HAVE BECOME LIKE

ONE WHO IS UNCLEAN. ALL OUR

RIGHTEOUS ACTS ARE AS FILTHY

RAGS." NO MATTER HOW RIGHTEOUS

WE FEEL THAT WE ARE, BEFORE GOD,

IT'S ALL UNCLEAN. YOU KNOW,

THERE IS NOTHING THAT WE CAN DO

TO DESERVE GOD'S LOVE. IN FACT,

THE WORD SAYS THAT WHEN WE ARE

WEAK, THEN HE IS STRONG, THAT

WHEN WE COME TO HIM IN HUMILITY

SAYING, "GOD I CANNOT DO THIS

LIFE WITHOUT YOU," THAT IS WHEN

GOD CAN BECOME POWERFUL IN OUR

LIVES. AS WE SPEND OUR TIME

THINKING THAT WE HAVE TO FOLLOW

ALL THE RULES, AND WE HAVE TO

LIVE UP TO, YOU KNOW, ALL THE

CHURCH STANDARDS, IT REALLY

BECOMES AN EXERCISE IN FUTILITY,

BECAUSE IT IS NOTHING BUT GOD'S

GRACE AND HIS AMAZING MERCY THAT

CARRIES US THROUGH OUR LIFE. IF

YOU WANT TO BE PERFECT, YOU'LL

SOON FIND THAT YOU END UP

FALLING, AND YOU FIND FAILURE IN

YOUR LIFE. BUT IF YOU WILL JUST

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TO GOD, EVERY FAILURE, EVERY

MISTAKE, TURN IT OVER TO HIM,

THAT'S WHEN HE CAN TAKE IT AND

MAKE SOMETHING MAGNIFICENT OUT

OF IT.

AND THAT GRACE IS AVAILABLE

RIGHT NOW. THE BIBLE SAYS IN 2

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