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700 Club Canada: Dec. 9, 2013

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HELLO. I'M BRIAN WARREN.

AND I'M LAURA-LYNN TYLER

THOMPSON. WELCOME TO THE 700

CLUB CANADA.

LAURA-LYNN, WHAT WOULD YOU

CONSIDER A DISASTER?

A DISASTER? WELL, I PRETTY

MUCH GO THROUGH THAT WEEKLY.

MY FIRE ALARM GOES OFF A LOT AT

THE HOUSE AND IT'S HOW THE KIDS

KNOW THAT DINNER'S READY BUT

THE PROBLEM IS--

LAURA, SEE I'M NOT A BETTING

MAN BUT I THOUGHT YOU WERE

GOING TO SAY A WARDROBE

MALFUNCTION OR SOMETHING ELSE

BUT--

ALSO IF MY HEEL BREAKS AT

THE MALL THAT'S BAD. HOW DO

YOU GET THROUGH IT.

THOSE ARE DISASTERS.

THEY ARE. DO YOU HAVE A

DISASTER?

WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT? I

ACTUALLY HAD ONE AND IT WAS

RIGHT ABOUT THE TIME THAT I WAS

GETTING READY TO PREACH AND I

HAD TO RUN TO THE WASHROOM AND

I RIPPED MY ZIPPER AND I HAD TO

GO BACK OUT AND LIKE OH--

OH, WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?

GOT TO BE MORE CAREFUL. SO

I STAYED IN FRONT OF THE PULPIT

AND THE LECTERN I GUESS THE

WHOLE TIME AND DID A LOT OF

HAND GESTURES AND I'M A LITTLE

ANIMATED WHEN I PREACH BUT

ANYWAY THAT WAS A DISASTER

FOR ME. DON'T TELL ANYBODY

WHAT I JUST DID. NOW ON

TODAY'S SHOW WE'LL SEE TWO

POWERFUL STORIES WHERE GOD

RESCUED PEOPLE. HE DIDN'T

RESCUE ME AT THAT TIME BUT HE

GAVE ME A PULPIT ON THE VERGE

OF SELF DESTRUCTION.

IF YOU'VE MADE A FEW MISTAKES

IN YOUR LIFE AND FEEL LIKE IT

HAS GOTTEN OUT OF CONTROL THEN

JEFF AND MELISSA COON'S STORY

WILL SHOW YOU THAT IT IS NEVER

TOO LATE TO START OVER AND GOD

CAN TURN ALL THINGS AROUND.

HE REALLY CAN. YOU'LL ALSO

HEAR FROM GREG HANSERT, A MAN

FORCED TO DEAL WITH THE

CONSEQUENCE OF A DRUG-INFUSED

LIFESTYLE THAT HIT A LITTLE TOO

CLOSE TO HOME AND YOU'LL SEE

THE UNLIKELY WAY THAT HE GOT

OUT OF TROUBLE.

AND JOE AMARAL WILL BE

WITH US AGAIN AS PART OF HIS

ONGOING SERIES, UNCOVERING

HIDDEN TRUTHS FOUND IN THE

BIBLE BUT FIRST NO MARRIAGE IS

BEYOND SAVING. JUST ASK JEFF

AND MELISSA COON.

MUSIC

TWENTY-FOUR YEAR-OLD SINGLE

FATHER, JEFF COONS, THOUGHT HE

WAS MARRYING AN 18-YEAR-OLD

SINGLE MOTHER WHEN HE SAID

I DO TO MELISSA. SHE WAS

ACTUALLY 16 AND ILL-PREPARED TO

BE A WIFE, MUCH LESS A MOTHER.

I EVEN GOT PREGNANT AT 14,

HAD MY FIRST SON, MICHAEL, WHEN

I WAS 15 AND MADE THE DECISION

THAT I WASN'T GOING TO ADOPT

OUT. I WAS GOING TO BE A MOM.

ALL THAT WAS MISSING TO

COMPLETE MELISSA'S FAIRY TALE

WAS A HUSBAND.

NOW I NEED A DADDY. I NEED

NEED A FAMILY AND HERE IT IS

A 15, 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL WITH

THIS MENTALITY SO I MET JEFF.

IT WAS MARCH 25 WHEN I

THINK WE FIRST WENT OUT AND

THEN WE WERE MARRIED BY

MAY 16.

AFTER THE WEDDING THE REALITY

OF BEING A WIFE AND MOTHER

MADE MELISSA DESPERATE FOR

HER TEENAGE INDEPENDENCE.

INSTEAD OF BEING RESPONSIBLE

AND BEING A WIFE AND DOING WHAT

I WAS SUPPOSED TO DO, I WAS OUT

PARTYING. I WAS SNEAKING OUT

OF THE HOUSE. I WAS LYING TO

HIM. I WAS STEALING HIS MONEY.

I STARTED SLEEPING AROUND.

IN AN ATTEMPT TO KEEP

MELISSA FROM LEAVING HOME FOR

DAYS AT A TIME JEFF ENCOURAGED

HER TO GET HIGH AND PARTY AT

HOME.

SHE WOULD STILL LEAVE EVEN

AFTER I LET HER START PARTYING

AT HOME AND SHE'D BE GONE FOR

A WEEK BUT I'D ALWAYS FIND HER.

I DID EVERYTHING UNDER THE

SUN BUT HEROIN AND CRYSTAL

METH WAS MY DRUG OF CHOICE.

THIS PATTERN CONTINUED FOR

YEARS. JEFF DECIDED IF HE

COULDN'T GET MELISSA TO

CONFRONT HER ADDICTION, HE

MIGHT AS WELL JOIN THE PARTY.

SHE WAS DOING A LOT OF

COCAINE AND THEN IT TURNED TO

CRACK AND THEN I WAS MORE

DOING SPEED.

JEFF HAD HIS OWN PROBLEMS.

HE HAD BATTLED ANGER ISSUES ALL

OF HIS LIFE. MIXED WITH DRUG

USE IT WAS A PRESCRIPTION FOR

VIOLENCE AND MELISSA WAS

OFTEN THE RECIPIENT OF HIS

RAGE.

I GUESS I WAS PRETTY VIOLENT.

I COULD GO OFF AND JUST, YOU

KNOW, LOSE IT.

WE FOUGHT ALL THE TIME.

WE FOUGHT ALL THE TIME. IT

WAS TOXIC. IT WAS A TOXIC

RELATIONSHIP.

IN A MOVE THAT SENT JEFF

TO HIS BOILING POINT, MELISSA

HAD AN AFFAIR WITH ONE OF

JEFF'S CLOSE RELATIVES.

I WAS SO INTO THAT OTHER

RELATIONSHIP THAT I MOVED OUT

AND THIS OTHER PERSON WAS A

DRUG ADDICT SO IT WORKED OUT

PERFECT.

I GOT ARRESTED THREE TIMES

IN ONE WEEK FOR GOING

AFTER HIM. I MEAN I WANTED

TO KILL HER AND I REALLY WANTED

TO KILL HIM.

AFTER A COUPLE OF WEEKS

TEMPERS COOLED AND MELISSA

RETURNED TO HER DYSFUNCTIONAL

LIFE WITH JEFF.

I'VE BEEN WITH JEFF MOST OF

MY LIFE AND I LOVED HIM IN A

SICK, TWISTED WAY BUT I LOVED

HIM.

IN NO TIME THE FIGHTING

AND DRUG ABUSE RESUMED BUT THE

HARD LIVING WAS FINALLY TAKING

A PHYSICAL TOLL ON JEFF.

WE'D BEEN PARTYING VERY

HEAVY FOR PROBABLY THREE OR

FOUR MONTHS. WE WERE DOING

CRYSTAL METH AT THAT TIME. MY

BODY JUST FINALLY COULDN'T

TAKE IT ANY MORE.

HE ALMOST OD'D AND ENDED

UP IN THE HOSPITAL AND TOLD

ME, MELISSA, GO HOME AND FLUSH

EVERYTHING

WHEN I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL

I CRIED OUT AND I SAID, GOD, I

SAID, JESUS, I SAID YOU JUST

GET ME THROUGH THIS AND YOU

KEEP ME ALIVE, I SAID I'LL

NEVER DO IT AGAIN. THAT'S

IT AND I DIDN'T DO IT AGAIN.

JEFF SAYS HE WAS INSTANTLY

DELIVERED FROM DRUG ADDICTION.

HIS ANGER ISSUES SEEMED TO

VANISH TOO.

GOD HAD TAKEN THE ANGER OUT

OF MY HUSBAND, YOU KNOW,

TOTALLY MIRACULOUSLY.

JEFF REDEDICATED HIS

CHILDHOOD COMMITMENT TO CHRIST

AND EVEN FELT CALLED TO THE

MINISTRY. MELISSA, HOWEVER,

WAS HAVING A GREATER STRUGGLE.

SHE WAS NO LONGER UNFAITHFUL

TO JEFF BUT SHE COULDN'T KICK

HER ADDICTION TO DRUGS.

SO FINALLY I JUST STARTED

LOOKING THROUGH THE HOUSE

AND FOUND, YOU KNOW,

PARAPHERNALIA AND STUFF THAT

SHE HAD HIDDEN AND SO THEN

I KNEW SHE WAS DOING IT AND

THAT ENDED UP IN A HUGE FIGHT.

AND I LEFT THE HOUSE AND

I WENT ON A TWO-WEEK DRUG

BINGE.

SOON MELISSA WAS OUT OF MONEY

AND NEEDED A FIX.

I CAME HOME AND JEFF WASN'T

THERE AND SO I WAS CALLING HIM

DEMANDING HIM TO COME HOME

AND LET ME IN MY HOUSE AND I

WANTED MONEY AND I PROCEEDED

TO TRY AND KICK IN MY DOOR AND

HE CALLED THE POLICE ON ME

WHICH HE'D NEVER DONE.

SHE WASN'T ARRESTED FOR

DRUGS. THEY ACTUALLY JUST

ARRESTED HER FOR DISORDERLY

CONDUCT AND I WAS SO MAD AT

HIM AND HE LOOKED OUT AND HE

GOES, MELISSA, I HAVE A CALL TO

BE A PASTOR. YOU HAVE A CALL.

GET CLEAN OR GET OUT.

WHILE MELISSA SAT IN JAIL

SHE LAMENTED THE MESS HER LIFE

HAD BECOME. IN HER DESPERATION

SHE RECALLED THE CHRISTIAN

FAITH SHE HAD BEEN RAISED WITH

AND CRIED OUT TO GOD.

I SAID YOU'VE GOT TO TAKE

THIS FROM ME. I CAN'T DO THIS

ALONE AND I REMEMBER THE

SCRIPTURE, CAST ALL YOUR CARES

UPON HIM. HE CARRIES YOUR

YOKES AND YOUR BURDENS AND I

HELD GOD TO HIS WORD. I SAID

YOU GET ME CLEAN CAUSE I

CANNOT DO THIS AND I WENT TO

SLEEP AND I WOKE UP AND IT

WAS GONE.

AFTER 10 YEARS OF LIVING IN A

DRUG-INDUCED HAZE, MELISSA

SAYS SHE EXPERIENCED A MIRACLE

THAT NIGHT. SHE'S BEEN CLEAN

EVER SINCE. THEIR THREE OLDEST

BOYS ARE NOW ADULTS AND TODAY

JEFF AND MELISSA LIVE IN LOS

ANGELES WITH THEIR EIGHT-YEAR-

OLD SON, ALEX. THE COUPLE HELP

OTHER ADDICTS LIVING ON THE

STREETS OF LA.

THERE'S HOPE. EVEN IF YOU'RE

HIGH RIGHT NOW, YOU KNOW,

THERE'S STILL HOPE AND THERE'S

STILL GOD. HE'S STILL OUT

THERE.

GOD NEVER GIVES UP NO MATTER

WHAT, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE.

PSALMS 139 IS MY FAVORITE. IT

TALKS ABOUT YOU CAN GO TO THE

ENDS OF THE EARTH, TO THE

DEPTHS OF THE SEA. WHEREVER

WE ARE GOD FINDS US.

WELL, IF THAT DOESN'T GIVE

YOU HOPE I DON'T KNOW WHAT

WILL. THERE SEEMS LIKE THERE

WOULD BE NO SOLUTION FOR THE

COON'S. THAT WAS A DISASTER

WAITING TO HAPPEN AS THEY JUST

SPIRALED, YOU KNOW, INTO ONE

TERRIBLE EPISODE AFTER

ANOTHER. YOU THOUGHT HOW COULD

GOD POSSIBLY RESCUE THIS BUT

YOU KNOW WHAT? THERE IS

NOTHING TOO GREAT FOR GOD. AS

THEY DESCRIBE THEIR STORY THEY

JUST FELT LIKE THEY WERE IN A

SEA AND THAT ALL WAS LOST AND

THAT THERE WAS NO WAY THAT GOD

WOULD EVEN FIND THEM BUT YOU

KNOW WHAT? OUR GOD IS GREATER.

HE'S GREATER THAN ANY

CIRCUMSTANCE AND ANY PAIN, THAN

ANY TRAGEDY THAT WE GO THROUGH.

IN FACT THE WORD OF GOD SAYS IN

EPHESIANS 3 VERSE 17, 18, AND

19 THAT CHRIST MAY DWELL IN

YOUR HEARTS THROUGH FAITH,

THAT YOU BEING ROOTED AND

GROUNDED IN LOVE IT'S THE LOVE

OF GOD THAT YOU MAY BE

ABLE TO COMPREHEND WITH ALL

THE SAINTS WHAT IS THE WIDTH

AND THE LENGTH AND THE DEPTH

AND THE HEIGHT, TO KNOW THE

LOVE OF CHRIST WHICH PASSES

KNOWLEDGE. YOU SEE, THE LOVE

OF GOD IT GOES PAST KNOWLEDGE.

IT GOES PAST YOUR CIRCUMSTANCE.

TODAY IT MIGHT LOOK LIKE THINGS

ARE BAD. YOU MIGHT BE FACING

SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY

DIFFICULT. PERHAPS YOUR

HUSBAND IS GOING THROUGH AN

ADDICTION OF SOME KIND AND

YOU'RE THINKING, GOD, I DON'T

KNOW THAT THERE IS ANY HOPE

HERE. WOULD YOU TAKE COURAGE,

WOULD YOU TAKE STRENGTH FROM

THE STORY THAT YOU JUST SAW

AND WOULD YOU TAKE STRENGTH

FROM THE WORD OF GOD BECAUSE

IT SAYS NOW TO HIM WHO IS

ABLE TO DO EXCEEDINGLY

AND ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL

THAT WE ASK OR THINK ACCORDING

TO THE POWER THAT WORKS IN US.

GOD IS A GREAT GOD. HE IS A

POWERFUL GOD. IF YOU'LL TURN

YOUR SITUATION OVER TO HIM HE

CAN GO ABOVE AND BEYOND ALL

YOU CAN ASK OR THINK.

I'VE GOT SOMETHING THAT I'D

LOVE TO GET INTO YOUR HANDS.

IT'S ABOUT MARRIAGE. FROM A

PASTOR'S HEART LET ME ASK YOU

A QUESTION. ARE YOU WILLING TO

DO IT GOD'S WAY? I KNOW

YOUR HUSBAND MAY NOT BE THERE.

YOUR WIFE MAY NOT BE WATCHING

THIS AT TIME BUT GOD WANTS TO

START WITH YOU. IF YOU'LL

START IN YOUR HEART, HE'LL

START AND DO THE GREATEST

WORK IN YOUR HOME BUT IT

STARTS NOW. CALL THE NUMBER

ON THE SCREEN. I WANT TO PRAY

WITH YOU EVEN IN THIS MOMENT.

LET'S PRAY. JESUS, I CAN'T DO

THIS ANYMORE. LORD, I AM ROCK

BOTTOM. IT'S NOT HER. IT'S

NOT HIM. IT'S ME STANDING IN

THE NEED OF PRAYER. WOULD

YOU COME INTO MY HEART? I WANT

TO BE A CHRISTIAN. I WANT YOU

TO SAVE ME. I BELIEVE YOU

DIED ON CALVARY. I CONFESS MY

SIN. MAKE ME THE PERSON YOU

WANT ME TO BE AND LORD PLEASE

HELP MY MARRIAGE. IN JESUS'

NAME. AMEN.

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MUSIC

IT IS GOD'S WILL THAT YOU

WOULD LIVE IN ABUNDANCE IN

A SPACIOUS PLACE. IT WAS THE

VERY FIRST COMMAND THAT GOD

GAVE MANKIND TO BE FRUITFUL.

GOD INTENDS OUR FEET TO LAND

IN A SPACIOUS PLACE IN AN

ENLARGED TERRITORY. WE

SOMETIMES HAVE FAITH FOR ONE

LITTLE TINY STEP AT A TIME AND

WHEN THAT'S ALL WE'VE GOT

IT'S OKAY BUT REMEMBER

WHO HE IS. HE IS NOT A SMALL

POWERLESS GOD. HE IS MIGHTIER

AND FAR GREATER THAN OUR HUMAN

MIND CAN COMPREHEND. HE

ORCHESTRATES A VAST DESTINY

AND DEVISED PLANS THAT ASTOUND

THE BRILLIANT. PSALMS 147:5

SAYS GREAT IS OUR LORD AND

OF GREAT POWER. HIS

UNDERSTANDING IS INEXHAUSTIBLE

AND BOUNDLESS. DO YOU BELIEVE

THAT ABOUT HIM? BECAUSE IF YOU

DO THEN ACCORDING TO YOUR FAITH

BE IT SO TO YOU. IF THIS IS

TRUE DARE TO BELIEVE FOR MORE.

GIVE HIM MORE OF YOURSELF

AND SEE WHAT HE'LL DO. PRAY

LARGER PRAYERS KNOWING THAT

HE IS A GOD OF GREAT

EXPLOITS SURE TO OPEN WIDE

DOORS THAT NO MAN CAN SHUT.

WALK FEARLESSLY WITH POWER

BOLDLY KNOWING THAT YOU ARE

ANOINTED TO DO DAMAGE TO AN

ENEMY KINGDOM IN JESUS'

NAME. IN PSALMS 31:8 DAVID

DECLARED A PRAYER THAT WE CAN

ALSO ASSERT. YOU HAVE NOT

GIVE ME INTO THE HANDS OF THE

ENEMY BUT HAVE SE MY FEET IN

A SPACIOUS PLACE. WE HAVE ALL

HAD ENEMIES, PEOPLE WHO DO NOT

BELIEVE IN US. THEY'VE SAID

HURTFUL THINGS TO DIMINISH OUR

CAUSE BUT GOD SAYS THIS. THERE

IS NO MAN WHO IS IN CHARGE OF

YOUR LIFE. YOU ARE GOD'S. YOU

ARE HIDDEN UNDER THE SHADOW OF

THE ALMIGHTY AND IF WE WILL

SEEK HIM WE WILL FIND HIM.

PSALMS 118:5 STATES WHEN HARD

PRESSED I CRIED TO THE LORD.

HE BROUGHT ME INTO A SPACIOUS

PLACE. A SPACIOUS PLACE IS

WHERE YOUR DESTINY WILL

FLOURISH AND GROW. IT'S A

DWELLING OF PROVISION AND

INFLUENCE THAT IS BOUNDLESS

AND THIS PLACE IS GIVEN TO

THOSE WHOM GOD DELIGHTS

IN. PSALMS 18:19 SAYS HE

BROUGHT ME INTO A SPACIOUS

PLACE. HE RESCUED ME BECAUSE

HE DELIGHTED IN ME. I DON'T

KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I WANT

GOD TO DELIGHT IN ME.

SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO GO

THROUGH SOME SMALL AND

AWFUL PLACES WHERE GOD

CRUSHES SOME IMPURITIES OUT OF

US. DURING THAT TIME YOU THINK

THAT YOU'LL NEVER COME OUT OF

IT ALIVE. IT'S DARK. IT'S

GLOOMY AND YOU CAN'T SEE WHAT

GOD IS DOING BEHIND THE SCENES

ON YOUR BEHALF BUT IF YOU WILL

JUST STAY THE COURSE, STAY IN

FAITH, RELENTLESSLY PURSUE

GOD'S VINDICATION AND HIS

GRACE FOR YOUR SITUATION YOU

WILL LIVE TO SEE HIS

REDEMPTION IN YOUR SITUATION.

SOMETIMES THE DIFFICULTIES

BREAK US. THEY BRING A

HUMILITY THAT GOD CAN FINALLY

USE AND THEN MIRACULOUSLY IN

A SEASON WHEN WE SUBMIT TO A

LOWER PLACE THAN WE HAD HOPED

WOULD BE SUPERNATURAL

OCCURRENCES REVEAL THAT ALL

ALONG GOD WAS CREATING A

SPACIOUS PLACE FOR YOUR

DESTINY TO REIGN THAT WILL BE

FAR GREATER THAN YOU COULD HAVE

IMAGINED OR DREAMED.

MUSIC

AMEN. YOU KNOW, YOU MIGHT BE

GOING THROUGH SOMETHING RIGHT

NOW. JOHN 10:10. THE ENEMY

COMES TO KILL, STEAL, AND

DESTROY BUT JESUS SAID I CAME

THAT YOU MAY HAVE LIFE AND LIFE

MORE ABUNDANTLY. LET ME GIVE

YOU A SECRET. GOD MADE YOU IN

HIS IMAGE AND HIS LIKENESS

AND THE EARTH HE GAVE DOMINION

TO YOU MAN BUT THE HEAVENS

MAN CAN GET TO THE MOON BUT

HE CAN'T GET TO THE GLORY OF

GOD BECAUSE IT REQUIRES

OBEDIENCE AND THEREFORE

THE SUPERNATURAL IS UNLOCKED

WHEN YOU COME TO GOD

ACCORDING TO HIS WORD IN

OBEDIENCE. YOU HAVE BEEN

BORN AGAIN ARE NATURALLY

SUPERNATURAL SO THE GREATER THE

ADVERSITY THE GREATER THE

REWARD. GOD HAS SOMETHING

SPECIAL FOR YOU. YOU MIGHT

FEEL LIKE YOU'VE JUST HAD THE

STUFFING KNOCKED OUT OF YOU

BUT THE GRACE OF GOD IS

GREATER THAN YOUR PROBLEMS.

YOUR PROMISE IS AHEAD. LET

ME PRAY. FATHER, I PRAY FOR

THAT MAN AND WOMAN. NOW WE

BLEND FAITH AND ASK THAT YOUR

FIRE WOULD COME UPON THEM

AND YOUR GREATER PURPOSE FOR

THEIR DESTINY WOULD BE

REALIZED. IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN. IF YOU RECEIVED IT CALL

THE NUMBER ON THE SCREEN. UP

NEXT, MORE HIDDEN SECRETS FOUND

IN THE BIBLE. THIS IS JOE

AMARAL.

RECENTLY WE WERE TALKING

THE DEATH OF JESUS AND

SPECIFICALLY THE TIMING OF THE

DEATH OF JESUS AND WE SAW HOW

IT TIED IN TO TRADITION OF THE

TIME. IT TIED INTO THE LOCAL

PRACTICE OF THE TIME BUT

AFTER JESUS DIED SOMETHING

ELSE HAPPENED AND AGAIN WE

READ IT IN THE GOSPELS AND WE

THINK WOW THAT'S AMAZING.

THAT'S AN INCREDIBLE ACT BUT WE

DON'T REALLY THINK TOO MUCH

MORE OF IT. THE SCRIPTURE

MENTIONS THAT THE TIME OF

JESUS' DEATH THAT THE VEIL IN

THE TEMPLE WAS TORN IN TWO.

NOW IT DOESN'T JUST SAY TORN

IN TWO BUT TORN FROM THE TOP

TO THE BOTTOM. NOW I DON'T

KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I DON'T

KNOW A LOT ABOUT MATERIAL. I

DON'T KNOW A LOT ABOUT SEWING

PATTERNS OR CLOTHING SO IT

DIDN'T REALLY MATTER TO ME

THAT THE VEIL TORE FROM THE

TOP TO THE BOTTOM, BOTTOM

TO THE TOP. WHAT DO I CARE?

BUT AS I UNDERSTAND A PRACTICE

FROM THE FIRST CENTURY IT

BEGINS TO MAKE A LOT MORE

SENSE. YOU SEE THE TOP OF THE

VEIL WAS SUPER REINFORCED

BECAUSE IT HAD TO HOLD ITS

OWN WEIGHT AS IT HUNG ON

THESE RODS IN THE TEMPLE AND SO

THE TOP OF IT WAS SUPER

ENFORCED. IT WAS VERY STRONG

AND IT WAS I MEAN ABSOLUTELY

IMPOSSIBLE TO TEAR FROM THE

TOP TO THE BOTTOM BUT YET

THAT'S WHAT THE GOSPEL RECORDS.

NOW WE KNOW THAT DURING THE

TIME OF PASSOVER BECAUSE OF

JOSEPHUS FLAVIUS WHO IS A

HISTORIAN FROM THAT ERA, HE

TELLS US THAT OVER A MILLION

PEOPLE CAME TO THE TEMPLE

EVERY YEAR TO WITNESS PASSOVER.

NOW WHY DOES THAT MATTER?

WELL, IF A FAMILY HAD ABOUT

FOUR PEOPLE IN IT AND YOU'D

SACRIFICE ONE LAMB FOR EVERY

HOUSEHOLD THAT'S ABOUT 250000

LAMBS THAT WERE SLAUGHTERED

EVERY YEAR FOR THE TIME OF

PASSOVER. CAN YOU IMAGINE

THE CHAOS? CAN YOU IMAGINE

HOW MUCH BLOOD WOULD HAVE

BEEN POURING AND SOMETHING

HAPPENS THEN WHEN JESUS DIES

THAT A LOT OF TIMES WE DON'T

ALWAYS PICK UP ON BUT IF WE GO

BACK TO JEWISH CULTURE

SOMETHING IS REALLY GOING TO

COME ALIVE FOR US. TO THIS

DAY IF A FATHER, AN ORTHODOX

JEWISH FATHER, IF HE LOSES HIS

SON, IF HE LOSES HIS FIRSTBORN

SON AS AN ACT OF MOURNING, AS

AN ACT OF GRIEF WHAT THAT

FATHER DOES IS HE TAKES HIS

ROBE AND HE TEARS IT IN A

VERY PARTICULAR FASHION. THE

FATHER TAKES HIS PRAYER SHAWL

OR HE TAKES THE ROBE THAT HE'S

WEARING AND FROM THE TOP TO

THE BOTTOM HE RENDERS IT AND

HE TEARS IT IN TWO AND AS HE

DOES THAT THAT'S A SIGN TO LET

PEOPLE KNOW THAT HE HAS LOST

HIS SON. THINK ABOUT IT GUYS.

REMEMBER YESTERDAY WE TALKED

ABOUT JESUS HEARING THE VOICE

OF HIS FATHER ON THE CROSS THAT

PASSOVER HAD COME TO A

CONCLUSION. THINK NOW THAT AS

THE VEIL TORE FROM TOP TO

BOTTOM THAT MEANT THAT GOD

THE FATHER HAD LOST HIS SON.

LOOK AT WHAT IT SAYS IN

MATTHEW 27:54 THAT WHEN THE

CENTURION AND THOSE WHO WERE

WITH HIM WERE GUARDING JESUS

THEY SAW THE EARTHQUAKE AND

ALL THAT HAD HAPPENED THEY WERE

TERRIFIED AND EXCLAIMED SURELY

HE WAS THE SON OF GOD. GOD

HAD TORN HIS VEIL BECAUSE HE

HE'D LOST HIS SON, JESUS, THE

SON OF GOD.

I JUST LOVE WHEN JOE OPENS

UP THE SCRIPTURES. YOU KNOW,

WHEN WE LOOK AT TEARING OF

THE VEIL AND THE PRIESTHOOD

WAS IN DECLINE DURING THE

TIMES OF CHRIST AND GOD DID

NOT WANT THEM TO TEAR THEIR

GARMENTS BUT THAT'S WHEN

GOD ACTUALLY TORE HIS GARMENT

BECAUSE OF HIS SON BUT HE

OPENED UP A LIVING WAY SO WE

CAN COME IN.

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UP NEXT GREG HANSERT WAS

ATTRACTED TO EASY MONEY BUT

WASN'T READY FOR THE

CONSEQUENCES.

MUSIC

GREG HANSERT ONCE THOUGHT

HE WAS BULLET PROOF.

AT THE TIME I WAS A HOT

HEAD. I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD

GET SHOT AT.

BUT HE WAS WRONG. ONE DAY

A STRAY BULLET HIT HIM WHILE HE

WAS STANDING ON A STREET

CORNER.

I GOT HIT HERE IN THE CHEST

BUT THE BULLET WENT TO THE ARM.

THAT WAS A MIND-BLOWING

EXPERIENCE. I'VE BEEN SO IN A

SITUATION WHERE I SHOULD BE

DEAD. I SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN

THE PEN AND I WALKED SCOTT

FREE.

GREG WAS RAISED IN A TOUGH

NEIGHBORHOOD IN EAST NASHVILLE.

HIS PARENTS WERE CHRISTIANS

AND HIS MOTHER TRIED HER BEST

TO SHIELD HIM FROM THE

INFLUENCES LURKING OUTSIDE

THEIR DOOR.

SHE WAS VERY STRICT. SHE

DROVE US TO CHURCH EVERY

SUNDAY AND SHE JUST DIDN'T

ALLOW ME GOING NOWHERE NEAR

THE (INAUDIBLE).

AS A YOUNG MAN GREG BECAME

CURIOUS OF HIS SEEMED TO BE

MAKING A LOT OF EXTRA MONEY.

I WAS JUST HANGING OUT WHEN

HE WAS MAKING MONEY AND I

WAS LIKE WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

HE WAS LIKE SELLING THIS

LITTLE WHITE STUFF. I WAS LIKE

THAT'S ALL?

GREG BEGAN SELLING COCAINE

WHEN HE WAS STILL IN HIGH

SCHOOL. ALWAYS A HARD WORKER

GREG USED HIS LAWN SERVICE TO

HIDE HIS DRUG DEALING FROM

HIS MOTHER.

IT WAS DONE AS A COVER. THEY

HAD LAWN SERVICES. WE PRETTY

MUCH DIDN'T CUT NO GRASS BUT

THAT GAVE ME AN EXCUSE FOR

BEING AWAY FROM THE HOUSE.

YOU'D LEAVE WITH A LAWN MOWER

IN THE MORNING TIME. YOU COME

BACK WITH SOMEBODY'S MONEY

NO MATTER HOW MANY YARDS YOU

CUT.

SOON HE HAD CREATED A SMALL

DRUG EMPIRE.

AS I STARTED MAKING MONEY

I WOULD RUN SHIFT MEANING THAT

I HAD SEVEN GUYS THAT WAS

TRYING TO SELL DRUGS. AS LONG

AS YOU BUY FROM ME I CAN

PUT YOU UP IN A HOUSE TO WHERE

YOU COULD SELL THE DOPE RIGHT

OUT FOR A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF

TIME OR YOU CAN TAKE THE WHOLE

BLOCK.

AS GREG'S REPUTATION SPREAD

WOMEN BEGAN THROWING THEMSELVES

AT HIM. HE FATHERED SIX

CHILDREN WITH FOUR DIFFERENT

WOMEN. LATER HE MARRIED ONE

OF THEM AND THE TWO BEGAN

RAISING THEIR CHILDREN IN EAST

NASHVILLE. ONE DAY GREG

HEARD A NOISE WHILE HIS

CHILDREN WERE OUTSIDE PLAYING.

THERE WAS A SHOOTING OUTSIDE

AND THERE WAS A GUY RUNNING

THROUGH THE ALLEY. LOOKED

AROUND THE HOUSE FOR MY KIDS.

I DIDN'T SEE THEM SO I COME

OUTSIDE. SEE MY KIDS OUT SO

I WAS JUST CAUGHT UP IN THE

CROSSFIRE. I JUST WENT TO RUN

AND GET MY KIDS AND TRYING TO

GET THE OTHER NEIGHBORHOOD

KIDS OUT.

GREG PULLED THEM TO SAFETY

AMIDST A FLURRY OF GUNFIRE.

ONCE HE HAD THEM INSIDE HE

REALIZED THAT A BULLET HAD

GRAZED HIS FOREHEAD.

I FELT MY HEAD. IT WAS KIND

OF BLOOD AND MY WIFE CAME

AND GRABBED ME. CAME IN THE

HOUSE.

THIS SECOND NEAR MISS WAS A

WAKE-UP CALL FOR GREG.

I WAS MAINLY WORRIED ABOUT

NOT SEEING MY KIDS NO MORE

BECAUSE THEY WERE SO YOUNG.

ANYTIME GREG WAS ARRESTED FOR

SELLING DRUGS, THE CHARGES

NEVER STUCK. HE DID, HOWEVER,

END UP DOING TIME IN THE

COUNTY JAIL FOR TRAFFIC

VIOLATIONS. WHILE HE WAS THERE

GREG BEGAN TO EXAMINE HIS

LIFE.

I HAD LIKE A OUT-OF-BODY

EXPERIENCE MEANING THAT I'M

IN JAIL AND IT'S LIKE I'M THERE

PHYSICALLY BUT YET I COULD

SEE MYSELF STANDING ON THE

OUTSIDE OF IT AND I COULD SEE

HOW I PLAYED A PART OF WHAT'S

GOING ON.

WHILE HE WAS IN JAIL TWO MEN

SHARED CHRIST WITH GREG.

AND WE WAS PRAYING EVERY DAY,

READING THE BIBLE EVERY DAY AND

WHEN I GOT OUT I SAID THIS DAY

FORWARD I WILL SERVE THE LORD.

THAT'S WHEN I STARTED MAKING

CHANGES AND JUST CHANGED

MY ENVIRONMENT AND I WENT TO

WHAT I CALL A TWO-YEAR DETOX.

THAT'S WHERE I JUST WENT

WORK, HOME, AND CHURCH.

THE CHANGE IN HIS

ENVIRONMENT HELPED MATURE

GREG AND OVER TIME HE WAS

ABLE TO GROW IN HIS FAITH.

TODAY HE VOLUNTEERS HIS TIME

MINISTERING TO INNER CITY KIDS.

WE JUST TALK ABOUT WHAT'S

GOING ON OUT HERE IN THE WORLD

AND HOW TO DEAL WITH CERTAIN

THINGS, YOU KNOW, DRUGS AND

SEX, GUNFIRE, ROBBING,

STEALING, GRADES, SCHOOL,

HIP-HOP, YOU KNOW, WE JUST

GOT A CURRICULUM AND STUFF WE

JUST TALK ABOUT SO I WROTE A

PROGRAM AND I BASED EVERYTHING

OFF OF PROVERBS CAUSE THAT'S

THE BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE AND

WISDOM AND I TEACH KIDS THAT

YOU HAVE A CHOICE. NO MATTER

WHAT YOUR SITUATION IS YOU

HAVE A CHOICE AND I FEEL IF YOU

TEACH KIDS OR EVEN ADULTS THAT

IF THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT THEIR

CHOICES ARE AND THEIR

CONSEQUENCES ARE YOU'LL START

MAKING BETTER DECISIONS.

GREG BELIEVES THAT GOD

SPARED HIS LIFE SO THAT HE

COULD SHARE HIS STORY WITH

YOUNG PEOPLE.

NOW I UNDERSTAND THAT JESUS

DIED FOR OUR SINS. MY PURPOSE

IN LIFE IS TO GIVE MY

TESTIMONY. WHENEVER YOU GET

DOWN DON'T TURN TO MAN. TURN

TO GOD AND GOD GIVES YOU THE

WHATEVER. YOU GOT GOD. HE

AIN'T GOING TO LET YOU GO.

MUSIC

YOU KNOW, GREG, HE'S SO

TYPICAL. HE REMINDS ME OF SO

MANY YOUNG MEN THAT JUST

WALK AROUND AND THINK THAT HE

CAN LIVE A DOUBLE LIFE AND I

MIGHT BE TALKING TO ONE OF

THOSE DOUBLE AGENTS RIGHT NOW

BUT HE HAD THAT BUSINESS ON

THE SIDE WHERE HE WAS CUTTING

GRASS BUT IT WAS JUST A FRONT

FOR WHAT HE WAS DOING WITH HIS

DRUGS AND HIS MOTHER WAS

PRAYING AND EVERYONE WAS

PRAYING. NOW THAT'S THE MOST

POWERFUL THING THAT CAN HAPPEN

BECAUSE WHEN YOU BEGIN TO PRAY

AND WHEN MAMMA BEGINS TO PRAY

THINGS START TO HAPPEN. SEE

GREG DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THAT

EASY MONEY WASN'T REALLY

EASY AT ALL. IT ACTUALLY HAD A

PRICE TO IT. I WANT TO GET

SOMETHING INTO YOUR HANDS

BECAUSE YOU MIGHT BE

IDENTIFYING EXACTLY WHAT

GREG HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT

AND HE SAID IF GOD CAN DO IT

FOR ME HE CAN DO IT FOR

ANYBODY AND MY LIFE NOW

IS TO SHARE MY TESTIMONY. HE

REMINDS ME OF WHAT THE

SCRIPTURE SAYS IN MARK CHAPTER

8 AND IT SAYS IT IN VERSE 35

AND 36. LISTEN TO WHAT IT

SAYS. FOR WHOEVER DESIRES TO

SAVE HIS LIFE WILL LOSE IT BUT

WHOEVER LOSES HIS LIFE FOR MY

SAKE AND THE GOSPEL WILL SAVE

IT. WATCH THIS. FOR WHAT WILL

IT PROFIT A MAN, A WOMAN, IF HE

GAINS THE WHOLE WORLD AND HE

LOSES HIS OWN SOUL. DO YOU

KNOW HOW MUCH YOUR SOUL IS

WORTH? IT IS PRICELESS BECAUSE

GOD SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON

FOR YOUR SOUL BUT WHAT IF IT IS

REALLY TRUE THAT GOD IS GOING

TO JUDGE EVERYTHING THAT WE'VE

DONE AND HE KNOWS EVERYTHING

THAT WE'VE GONE THROUGH. THE

GOOD NEWS THAT WHILE THERE'S

BREATH IN YOUR LUNGS, GOD WILL

FORGIVE YOU IF YOU WILL JUST

ACCEPT HIS FREE GIFT THAT COST

HIM EVERYTHING. PRAY THIS

PRAYER. JESUS, I SURRENDER.

COME INTO MY LIFE. MAKE ME

WHAT YOU WANT ME TO BE. IN

JESUS' NAME I PRAY. AMEN.

IF YOU FEEL THAT TUG ON YOUR

HEART TODAY WHEN BRIAN WAS

PRAYING THAT PRAYER AND YOU

KNOW THAT HE IS ABSOLUTELY

SPEAKING TO YOU GIVE US A

CALL. PRAYER PARTNERS ARE

STANDING BY. 1-855-759-0700.

GOD HAS GOT A SPECIAL MOMENT

SET ASIDE WHERE YOU AND HIM

ARE GOING TO DO SOME BUSINESS

AND IT IS GOING TO CHANGE YOUR

LIFE.

AND TODAY I REALLY BELIEVE

WHAT GOD HAS DONE JUST LIKE

GREG'S STORY AND WE'VE BEEN

TALKING ABOUT DESTRUCTIVE

HABITS AND THINGS THAT WE'VE

BEEN DOING AND TEMPTATION

COULD BE THOSE THINGS THAT

ARE DRAWING YOU RIGHT NOW

BUT GOD CAN TURN IT AROUND

AS WELL AND HE'S NOT JUDGING

YOU. HE'S NOT ANGRY AT YOU BUT

WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS YOU

HAVE TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP

BECAUSE HE'S ALREADY TAKEN THE

99. YOU KNOW, WE SURE ENJOY

BEING WITH YOU AND BEING ABLE

TO SHARE ALL THIS WITH YOU.

NOW IF YOU HAVE STORY YOU'D

LIKE TO SHARE THE ADDRESS IS

GOING TO APPEAR RIGHT AFTER THE

SHOW IS OVER AND WE WANT TO

SEE YOU AGAIN REAL SOON SO

UNTIL NEXT TIME I'M BRIAN

WARREN.

AND I'M LAURA-LYNN TYLER

THOMPSON. HAVE A WONDERFUL

DAY, CANADA.

GOD BLESS.

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