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700 Club Interactive: Making a Deal with God - August 22, 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 TO

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.

SHE DIDN'T HAVE ANY WAY TO

MAKE MONEY.

SO SHE MADE A BARGAIN, NOT

WITH GOD, BUT WITH THE

DEVIL, BY SAYING, OKAY, 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.

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.

I FELT SO ABANDONED.

I WAS PUT IN 13 DIFFERENT

FOSTER HOMES IN ONE YEAR.

AND I WAS MOVING AROUND

FASTER THAN, YOU KNOW, 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.

AN AD IN THE PAPER CAUGHT

HER EYE.

AND THE AD SAID, EARN THE

SUM OF UP TO $1500 A DAY.

FEMALE-OWNED AND OPERATED,

FUN, FRIENDLY, SAFE WORK

ENVIRONMENT.

I THOUGHT, WOW, 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 $750, 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 THE

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 THAT CHILDHOOD.

MY GRANDMOTHER WAS ON HER

DEATHBED, AND SHE KEPT

TELLING ME, TANYA, YOU HAVE

TO GIVE YOUR LIFE TO GOD.

AND I WOULD SAID GOD?

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.

LIKE, WHY DID THIS HAPPEN?

YOU KNOW?

BUT I KEEP HEARING ABOUT

YOU.

AND IF YOU GIVE ME 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 SOUL CUSTODY.

AND I THOUGHT, WOW, IF THEY

START GIVING IT TO PORN

STARS, MAYBE I HAVE A

CHANCE.

AND I READ A LITTLE FURTHER,

AND TANYA FEELLO GOT FULL

CUSTODY.

AND MY HEART JUST STOPPED.

AND I CALLED MY LAWYER.

AND HE SAID I DIDN'T GET A

CHANCE TO GET TO THE PHONE

BECAUSE I WAS IN COURT, BUT

IT WAS FULL CUSTODY.

Reporter: TANYA WALKED

AWAY FROM HER LIFE AS A

MADAM, AND SHE GAVE HER LIFE

OVER TO GOD AND STARTED

GOING TO CHURCH.

GOD IS ALWAYS THERE

EXTENDING HIS HAND, AND WE

JUST DON'T TAKE IT.

I REALIZE THAT NOW, LOOKING

BACK ON HIM, GOD WAS ALWAYS

THERE FOR ME.

IT WAS ME WHO 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

IS NO BETTER JOY THAN THAT.

TO KNOW THAT 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 WHO 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 WAS

BELIEVE HIM, AND BELIEVE HIS

COVENANT.

AND IT IS THE COVENANT THAT

JESUS MADE WHEN HE LIFTED

THE CUP OF BLESSING THE LAST

SUPPER, AND SAID, "THIS IS

THE NEW CO COVENANT IN MY

BLOOD."

AND IT'S THE PROMISE THAT

HE'LL SAVE, HE'LL DELIVER,

HE'LL HEAL, HE'LL BE YOUR

ALL IN ALL IF YOU JUST LET

HIM.

LET'S LOOK AT WHAT THE BIBLE

SAYS ABOUT MAKING BARGAINS

WITH GOD.

I FIND IT AMAZING THAT ONE

OF THE FIRST BARGAINS YOU

FIND IS A PATRIARCH.

IT'S JACOB.

THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC,

AND JACOB.

AND JACOB MADE A BARGAIN

WITH GOD ABOUT WHAT WERE THE

CONDITIONS FOR HIM SAYING

GOD LOVES 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, 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, ALSO, YOUR

DESCENDENTS SHALL BE AS THE

DUST OF THE EARTH.

YOU SHALL SPREAD ABROAD TO

THE WEST, THE EAST, THE

NORTH AND THE SOUTH, YOU AND

YOUR SEED.

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.

THAT'S AN AMAZING PROMISE.

IF YOU EVER HAVE A DREAM

WHERE GOD MAKES A PROMISE

LIKE THAT, YOU CAN BANK ON

IT.

IT IS AMAZING WHAT JACOB

DID.

HE AWOKE FROM THE SLEEP AND

SAID IN GENESIS 28, THAT THE

LORD IS IN THIS PLACE, AND I

DIDN'T KNOW IT.

AND HOW AWESOME IS THIS.

AND THIS IS THE SHOWS OF

GOD.

THIS IS THE GATE OF HEAVEN.

SO HE AROSE AND HE TOOK THE

STONE 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 OFED GOD.

SO HE RENAMED THE PLACE.

AND THEN IT SAYS HE MAKES A

VOW.

"IF GOD WILL BE WITH ME --"

EVEN THOUGH GOD JUST

PROMISED THAT.

"IF GOD WILL BE WITH ME AND

KEEP ME IN THE WAY THAT I'M

GOING, AND GIVE ME BREAD TO

EAT AND CLOTHING TO PUT

ON" -- SO JACOB IS VERY

INTERESTED IN 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 MYED GOD.

SO HE IS MAKING A BARGAIN

WITH GOD.

HE IS SAYING, THAT WAS A

NICE PROMISE, BUT HERE ARE

THE CONDITIONS OF ME MAKING

YOU GOD.

YOU CAN SEE EVEN HIS

UNBELIEF AT THE PROMISE IN

THE BARGAIN HE HAS MADE.

THAT IS ONE OF THE KEY

POINTS.

WHEN YOU BARGAIN WITH GOD,

IT ACTUALLY SHOWS YOUR

UNBELIEF.

THE AMAZING THING IS THAT

GOD TOOK JACOB AT HIS WORD

AND HELD HIM TO THE

BARGAIN.

YOU FIND THAT IN GENESIS 31:

13: "I AM THE GOD OF

BETHEL."

HE SAYS I AM THE GOD OF THAT

PLACE WHERE YOU ANOINTED THE

PILLAR AND WHERE YOU MADE A

VOW TO ME.

"NOW ARISE AND GET OUT OF

THIS 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 IS 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, AND

YOU FIND IT IN DEUTERONOMY

23: "WHEN YOU MAKE A VOW TO

THE LORD YOUR GOD, YOU SHALL

NOT DELAY TO PAY IT.

FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD SHALL

SURELY REQUIRE IT.

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 FILL YOU WITH MY HOLY

SPIRIT, I WILL GIVE YOU THE

GIFTS OF THE 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.

IT DOESN'T REQUIRE ANYTHING

ON OUR PART BUT TO BELIEVE

IT.

THE MORE YOU TRY TO CUT

BARGAINS WITH GOD, I'LL

CHANGE, I'LL DO THIS IF YOU

DO THIS, YOU'RE ACTUALLY

PROFESSING HECHO YOU DON'T

BELIEVPROFESSING 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 OF THE PROMISES OF GOD

ARE YES AND AMEN FOR THOSE

WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS.

AND WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THE

BARGAIN THAT HAS ALREADY

BEEN MADE, AND ALREADY BEEN

MADE IN HIS BLOOD, THEN

THERE IS NO NEED FOR YOU TO

BARGAIN ANYTHING, OTHER THAN

SAY, MY LORD AND MY GOD, I

BELIEVE.

STILL AHEAD, A MUSLIM SEES A

VISION OF JESUS.

HERE WHAT JESUS SAID TO HIM

WHEN WE COME BACK.

Gordon: WHEN AN

INDONESIAN MAN NAMED SUANI

LOST ALL HIS MONEY, HE MADE

A DEAL WITH GOD.

IF YOU HELP ME, I'LL FOLLOW

YOU.

THAT'S WHEN SUANDI HAD A

VISION THAT DID MORE THAN

JUST SOLVE HIS MONEY

PROBLEMS, IT CHANGED HIS

LIFE.

Reporter: WHEN SUANDI

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.

SUANDI BEGAN TO WORRY ABOUT

HOW HAD WOULD REPAY HIS

DEBTS TO THE FAMILY AND

FRIENDS HE BORROWED FROM.

ONE NIGHT HE TURNED ON

SALUCCI, A PROGRAM THAT

MEANS SOLUTIONS.

THAT NIGHT THERE WAS A

STORY ABOUT A WOMAN WHO WAS

SEVERELY ILL, BUT SHE

DEPENDED ON GOD AND

EXPERIENCED A MIRACLE.

Reporter: ALTHOUGH IT

WAS THE FIRST TIME HE HAD

EVER WATCHED A CBN PROGRAM,

SUANDI 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 A SAVIOR, PLEASE HELP ME

WITH MY PROBLEMS.

IF YOU DO, I PROMISE I WILL

BE YOUR FAITHFUL FOLLOWER.

Reporter: AFTER

PRAYING, SUANDI SAID HE SAW

A PERSON IN FRONT OF HIM.

I SAW A MALE SPEAKER

WEARING A WHITE GARMENT.

HE WAS LIFTING UP ONE OF HIS

HANDS.

Reporter: THE NEXT

MORNING, SUANDI SENT A TEXT

MESSAGE TO CBN SHARING HIS

EXPERIENCE AND ASKING FOR

PRAYER.

ONE WEEK LATER, SUANDI

LANDED A NEW JOB AS A

DRIVER, WHICH PAID HIM TWICE

WHAT HE MADE AT HIS PREVIOUS

JOB.

THAT HELPED HIM TO BEGIN

PAYING OFF HIS DEBTS.

SUANDI 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 OUR BARGAIN.

HE IS LOOKING FOR OUR LOVE.

HE DOESN'T WANT US LOVING

HIM OUT OF OBLIGATION, BUT

BECAUSE OF HIS LOVE OF US.

IT IS THE LOVE OF GOD THAT

LEADS TO REPENTANCE.

AND ALL WE HAVE O DO I TO

DO IS BELIEVE THAT.

AND WHEN SUANDI BELIEVED

THAT, AMAZING THINGS

HAPPENED.

GOD LIFTED THE BURDEN.

HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE, IN A

MUSLIM COUNTRY, FOR SUANDI

TO HEAR THAT KIND OF

MESSAGE?

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SKATEBOARDING LEGEND

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 WASN'T ENOUGH.

IN HIS SPARE TIME DRUGS,

ALCOHOL, PARTIES, THEY ALL

CONSUMED HIM.

IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG BEFORE

HIS 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 COOL.

IT WAS GRINDING AND

COAXING.

SO MY CAREER REALLY

GENERATED SO FAST AND

ADVANCED SO QUICKLY, IT WAS

ALMOST LIKE GETTING 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 AND SINCERE.

IT WAS JUST PURE.

I WAS MAKING $20,000,

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

SPONSORSHIP.

WHETHER IT WAS CLOTHING,

SHOES, WHEELS, TRUCKS.

AND AFTER I GOT OLDER,

THINGS CHANGED.

I STARTED LIKING THE

LIMELIGHT.

I STARTED CRAVING THE

APPLAUSE.

I WAS LIVING THIS ROCK-STAR

LIFESTYLE.

THE FIRST DRUG I TRIED WAS

MARIJUANA AND IT ENDED UP

GOING INTO ACID, MUSHROOMS,

COCAINE, QUAALUDES.

SPEED, BLACK BEAUTIES, TO

PINK HEARTS, 20/20s.

I MEAN, WE ORDERED THESE

THINGS OUT OF MAGAZINES AND

SOLD THEM AT THE CLUBS AT 15

YEARS OLD.

I HAD DONE HEROIN, I DID

CRACK COCAINE.

AND NONE OF THE DRUGS REALLY

HOOKED INTO ME LIKE CRYSTAL

METHAMPHETAMINE DID.

ADDICTION FEELS LIKE,

YOU KNOW, 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 ITS GOT

CONTROL OVER YOU.

IT BECOMES YOUR MASTER.

I WOULD SAY, TOMORROW I'LL

QUIT.

TOMORROW I'LL QUIT.

TOMORROW, TOMORROW AMERICAN

STOC, TOMORROW, TOMORROW,

TOMORROW.

AND IT JUST NEVER HAPPENED.

I DECIDED TO TAKE CRYSTAL

METH ON AN AIRPLANE TO

HONOLULU, HAWAII, AND THERE

WERE ALL OF THEE DETECTIVES,

ALL OF THESE UNDERCOVER

AGENTS SITTING THERE WAITING

FOR ME.

AND THAT'S WHEN I REALIZED

I'M IN TROUBLE.

AND WHEN I FINALLY GOT INTO

THE CELL, AND ACTUALLY THE

INMATES TOLD ME, LOOK,

YOU'RE LOOKING AT 10 YEARS,

CHRISTIAN.

AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I'M

THINKING, MAN, I'M NEVER

GOING TO GET OUT OF HERE.

*

* TO THE BACK DOOR MAN WITH

THE BACK DOOR PLAN *

* HEADED FOR THE JUDGMENT

DAY *

WHEN YOU GO TO JAIL, THEY

ALWAYS GIVE YOU A FIRST

PHONE CALL.

AND I WAS GOING TO CALL MY

GIRLFRIEND.

I'M SAYING, 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

THROUGH THIS, BUT WE'VE GOT

TO TRUST IN GOD.

SHE SAID, GET A BIBLE.

I TAKE A BIBLE TO MY CELL,

AND I'M THINKING WHERE DO I

START.

I FLIPPED THROUGH THE PAGES

AND I GOT TO KINGS.

AND I'M THINKING, I CAN

IDENTIFY WITH KINGS BECAUSE

I THOUGHT I 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 PRECEPS,

THE LORD WILL BE WITH YOU.

I WAS, LIKE, I COMPLETELY

GET IT.

I SAID, GOD, IF YOU'RE REAL,

WILL YOU HELP ME?

AND 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 FULL

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.

YOU KNOW, WHO WOULD HAVE

EVER THOUGHT THAT A

SKATEBOARDER/DRUG ADDICT/

/WANNABE ROCK STAR COULD BE

USED BY GOD, AND HERE HE IS

USING MY LIFE.

I WANT PEOPLE TO SEE JESUS

IN ME.

I'M SO THANKFUL TO BE ABLE

TO USE ALL OF MY GIFTS AND

TALENTS TO BE ABLE TO

REPRESENT GOD'S KINGDOM HERE

ON EARTH.

Gordon: I WANT THEM TO

SEE JESUS IN ME.

JUST IMAGINE BEING ABLE TO

SAY 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

THIS 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 IS 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.

AND 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.

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 THAT 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, WHO 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 PILLARS THAT WE

SAY THESE ARE THE REALLY

IMPORTANT THINGS THAT

CHRISTIANS BELIEVE.

THERE IS ALSO WHAT DO YOU DO

NOW ONCE YOU'VE BECOME A

CHRISTIAN?

HOW DO YOU LIVE THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE?

IT IS ALL FREE.

THE PHONE CALL IS FREE.

THE PACKET IS FREE.

CALL US NOW.

1-888-777-1999.

THIS IS "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," SO WE'RE GOING

TO MARGUERITE IN THE

CHATROOM.

CALEB SAYS, "I FLOW 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

STARTING TO LOOK AT EVERY

SINGLE THING YOU'VE 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, YOU CAN

EVEN TAKE YOUR MISTAKES AND

WORK THEM TOGETHER FOR

GOOD.

HE CAN TAKE EVEN THE

GROSSEST SIN -- WE JUST SAW

A STORY OF EXTREME DRUG

ADDICTION, BUT THAT IS NOW

FUELING I'M GOING TO GO

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 TO LIVE

IN FREEDOM, NOT FREEDOM TO

SATISFY YOUR SINFUL NATURE,

BUT FREEDOM TO SERVE ONE

ANOTHER IN LOVE."

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