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Matthew Barnett: God's Perfect Plan for Your Life

Author Matthew Barnett discusses following God's purposes into His perfect plan for your life. Read Transcript


Wendy: 19 YEARS AGO,

MATTHEW BARNETT PULLED OFF

THE INTERSTATE INTO A DAIRY

QUEEN.

HE DECIDED TO QUIT, TO GIVE

UP ON HIS VISION TO PLAN A

CHURCH IN THE HEART OF L.A.

MATTHEW MADE SEVERAL MORE

SIMILAR STOPS IN THE DAYS

AHEAD, BUT HE ALWAYS TURNED

BACK.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: MATTHEW

BARNETT IS PASTOR OF THE

HISTORIC TEMPLE IN

LOS ANGELES, ONE OF THE

FASTEST GROWING CHURCHES IN

AMERICA.

LIKE HIS FATHER, MEGA CHURCH

PASTOR TOMMY BARNETT,

MATTHEW HAD LONG DREAMED OF

PASTORING A LARGE CHURCH.

BUT WHEN HE LANDED IN A

DWINDLING, IMPOVERISHED

CHURCH ON L.A.'S SKID ROW,

HE WAS READY TO QUIT.

HE SAYS IT WAS THEN THAT GOD

GAVE HIM A VISION TO START A

CHURCH THAT NEVER SLEEPS.

OUT OF THAT VISION, CAME

"THE DREAM CENTER."

TODAY THERE ARE 180 DREAM

CENTERS AROUND THE COUNTRY,

THAT SERVE MORE THAN 50,000

PEOPLE A WEEK.

BUT IT IS NOT JUST A

HANDOUT.

THOSE WHO COME ARE ASKED ONE

QUESTION THEY DON'T EXPECT:

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM?

Wendy: AND PLEASE

WELCOME BACK TO "THE 700

CLUB," PASTOR MATTHEW

BARNETT.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

IT IS GOOD TO BE WITH

YOU.

Wendy: I LOVE THE DAIRY

QUEEN STORY.

SO MANY OF US ALMOST THREW

IN THE TOWEL.

YOU ALMOST QUIT THE VISION

THAT GOD PUT IN YOUR HEART.

YOU PROBABLY SAID FIVE

TIMES, I'M OUT OF HERE.

I'M ON MY WAY BACK TO

PHOENIX.

WHAT HAPPENED?

MY DAD ALWAYS SAYS

WANTING TO QUIT IS A SIGN OF

SUCCESS BECAUSE IT MEANS YOU

HAVE SOMETHING TO QUIT.

SO YOU CAN REJOICE SOMETIMES

WHEN YOU WANT TO QUIT.

BECAUSE IT MEANS THERE IS

SOMETHING VALUABLE IN YOUR

LIFE.

I WAS 20 YEARS OF AGE, CAME

TO L.A., AND I WAS TRYING TO

PASTOR A TRADITIONAL CHURCH

IN A CITY THAT WAS BROKEN

DOWN.

SEVERAL TIMES I WENT DOWN TO

10 FREEWAY TO GO BACK HOME

TO THE SAFE CONFINES OF A

SAFE CHURCH IN PHOENIX,

ARIZONA.

I SAID, GOD, I'M GOING TO

QUIT.

BUT BEFORE I QUIT, I'M GOING

TO GO TO DAIRY QUEEN AND

HAVE A BLIZZARD BEFORE I

QUIT.

AND THEN I WOULD SAY, GOD,

I'LL GIVE YOU ONE MORE DAY.

AND NOW I'VE GIVEN HIM 19

YEARS.

THE BIBLE SAYS HIS MERCIES

ARE NEW EVERY SINGLE DAY,

AND THAT'S TRUE.

SOMETIMES YOU ONLY HAVE ONE

MORE DAY TO GIVE GOD, BUT

THAT MAY BE THE DAY TO GET

YOU OVER THE HUMP.

AND ONE DAY YOU'LL WAKE UP

AND 19 YEARS LATER, YOU KEPT

GIVING GOD ONE MORE DAY.

Wendy: WHAT S IS YOUR

FAVORITE BLIZZARD FLAVOR?

THE HEATH BAR, OF

COURSE.

Wendy: TODAY YOUR DREAM

CENTER SERVES 50,000

PEOPLE.

YOU USED TO SERVE, LIKE,

20.

NOW, WHAT IS THE QUESTION

THAT YOU ASK PEOPLE, THE

SURPRISING QUESTION THAT YOU

ASK EVERYBODY THAT COMES TO

THE DREAM CENTER?

WELL, A LOT OF PEOPLE

COME TO THE DREAM CENTER,

AND WE ASK THEM, WHEN

THEY'RE HOMELESS, THEY'RE IN

THE CARS, THEY HAVE

NOTHING.

A FAMILY WILL SHOW UP, AND

EVERYTHING IS GONE.

AND THE FIRST QUESTION WE EX

PEOPL ASK PEOPLE WHO HAVE

LOST EVERYTHING IS VERY

SIMPLE: WHAT IS YOUR DREAM.

CAN I BE HONEST WITH YOU?

THAT QUESTION SHOCKED

PEOPLE.

HOW CAN YOU ASK ME WHAT MY

DREAM IS WHEN I'M TRYING TO

OVERCOME A 20-YEAR ADDICTION

OR LIVING OUT OF MY CAR.

BUT THAT'S THE QUESTION

WE'RE NEED TO ASK.

WE'RE NOT TRYING TO MINISTER

TO PEOPLE'S NEED.

WE'RE TRYING TO MINISTER TO

THEIR DREAM.

WE, AS THE BODY OF CHRIST

CAN GRAB THEM BY THE HAND

AND WE CAN TALK ABOUT

GETTING PEOPLE THROUGH

COLLEGE AND TAKING A

HOMELESS FAMILY AND GETTING

THEIR G.E.D., AND STARTING

TO PROCESS A FULL

RESTORATION FOR THE GLORY OF

GOD.

THAT'S WHY WE ASK IN THE

BOOK -- WE TELL PEOPLE TO

JUST START THINKING ABOUT

SOMETHING MORE FOR THEIR

LIFE.

IF WE ONLY MINISTER TO

PEOPLE'S NEED, WE'LL BE

TAKING CARE OF THEIR NEEDS

FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE.

BUT IF WE GET INTO THEIR

POTENTIAL, WE CAN GET INTO

THEIR GOD-GIVEN DESTINY.

Wendy: TELL US,

MATTHEW, ABOUT SOME OF THE

INCREDIBLE DREAMS FOR PEOPLE

THAT HAVE COME TRUE, FOR

SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE

BEEN HOMELESS -- WELL, TELL

US.

WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO HAVE

LIVED UNDER BRIDGES FOR

DECADES.

AND YOU SAY HOW IN THE WORLD

CAN THAT PEOPLE EVER

CHANGE.

AND NOW THESE PEOPLE HAVE

GONE TO COLLEGE.

WE HAD A MAN WHO WAS

HOMELESS FOR 15 YEARS,

LIVING UNDER THE BUSHES,

WENT TO THE DREAM CENTER,

GOT A MEAL, AND NOW HOMELESS

BARRY, WHO WAS LIVING UNDER

THE BRIDGE, ALL THE WAY UP

TO 60 YEARS OF AGE, AND NOW

IS ONE OF THE PASTORS ON OUR

STAGE.

SOMETIMES YOU DRIVE BY AND

YOU THINK, THAT PERSON IS

TOO FAR GONE, BUT WE HAVE

SEEN SUCH A DRAMATIC

TRANSFORMATION TO WHERE WE

NO LONGER ASK THAT

QUESTION.

THAT HOSPITAL IS A BEACON OF

HOPE.

WE BELIEVE THERE IS NOT ONE

PERSON WHO IS TOO FAR GONE

FOR OUR GOD TO RESTORE.

Wendy: YOU HAVE WRITTEN

THIS BOOK "GOD'S CHANGE FOR

YOU, FINDING LASTING CHANGE

IN JESUS," AND WHY IS IT

HARD FOR PEOPLE TO

UNDERSTAND?

BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE THINK

THEIR DREAM IS OVER.

THEY'VE GONE THROUGH

CRUSHING CIRCUMSTANCES OR

DEFEAT.

THE BOOK IS ABOUT A BROKEN

DREAM.

AND HOW YOU GIVE GOD THAT

BROKEN DREAM, HE MIGHT

RESTORE THAT DREAM DIFFERENT

THAN ANY WAY YOU CAN

IMAGINE.

I NEVER IMAGINED THAT WE

WOULD BE MINISTERING TO

HOMELESS PEOPLE OR PEOPLE

WHO HAD A DRUG ADDICTION.

I NEVER USED DRUGS IN MY

LIFE.

BUT WE TALK ABOUT PEOPLE

DISCOVERING THEIR DREAM IN

THE MIDDLE OF BROKENNESS.

WHEN YOU THINK MAYBE YOUR

LIFE IS OVER, YOU HAVE

NOTHING LEFT TO GIVE GOD BUT

BROKEN PIECES, THAT'S

USUALLY WHAT HE IS LOOKING

FOR TO BUILD THE DREAM HE

HAS FOR YOU.

MY DREAM DIED, AND I'M GLAD

IT DID BECAUSE GOD PUT

TOGETHER SOMETHING SO

AMAZING.

THE BOOK IS ENCOURAGING

PEOPLE WHO FEEL LIKE

EVERYTHING IS DEAD, AND JUST

LOOK AROUND AND SUBMIT

WHATEVER YOU HAVE LEFT TO

GOD.

AND YOU MAY DISCOVER THE

DREAM YOU WERE BORN TO LIVE

FOR, GOD'S DREAM.

Wendy: I TWEETED

YESTERDAY A QUOTE FROM YOUR

BOOK, "A BROKEN DREAM IS

REALLY THE WAY TO A BETTER

DREAM, GOD'S DREAM."

I THINK I'M GETTING IT

RIGHT.

THAT'S RIGHT.

GOD DOESN'T DESTROY DREAMS

AT ROCK BECOME.

HE RECREATES THEM.

I WAS A PASTOR, I WAS 20,

AND I PUT EVERYTHING ON THE

WALL.

THIS HAS GOT TO HAPPEN THE

FIRST YEAR.

I WAS ADDICTED TO THE

TIMETABLE.

AND ONE DAY GOD SAID, THROW

THAT AWAY.

IN ALL OF YOUR WAYS,

ACKNOWLEDGE HIM.

Wendy: THAT IS SO HARD,

ISN'T IT?

AND HE SHALL DIRECT YOUR

PATH.

ALL I HAVE TO DO IS

ACKNOWLEDGE HIM AND HE IS

GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THE

PATH.

LITTLE DID I REALIZE THIS

PATH WOULD BE THE MOST

INCREDIBLE PATH.

TRAFFICKING VICTIMS,

HOMELESS PEOPLE, ALL OF THE

PEOPLE WE'RE MINISTERING TO

ON A DAILY BASIS WERE NEVER

IN THE ORIGINAL PLAN, BUT

THEY WERE IN GOD'S PLANS.

Wendy: YOU JUST

CELEBRATED 19 YEARS AT THE

DREAM CENTER.

AND WE SPENT THE WHOLE

19th YEAR LIVING ON THE

STREETS HOMELESS, AND

SERVING PEOPLE, AND DOING A

24-HOUR OUTREACH.

WE WENT ALL OVER THE CITY,

LOVING PEOPLE, SERVING

PEOPLE, AND MAKING A

DIFFERENCE.

I FELT ON A 19th

ANNIVERSARY, OTHER THAN

HAVING A PARTY AND A CAKE,

LET'S GO OUT THERE AND DO

SOMETHING THAT DEFINES WHO

WE ARE.

WE DID A 24-HOUR OUTREACH

THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE CITY

OF LOS ANGELES.

Wendy: MATTHEW'S BOOK

IS CALLED "GOD'S DREAM FOR

YOU," AND IT IS AVAILABLE

FOR YOU WHEREVER BOOKS OR

SOLD.

AND WE HAVE AN EXCLUSIVE

INTERVIEW WITH MATTHEW, AND

TO WATCH THAT, LOG ON TO

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