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700 Club Interactive: All Things Work Together - Feb. 6, 2014

Does joy really come in the morning? See how blessing could be closer to you than you think. Read Transcript


Gordon: HER MARRIAGE

WAS IN TROUBLE.

I DIDN'T WANT TO BE

MOLDED AND SHAPED.

I'M THE POWERFUL PERSON, NOT

WE, BUT ME.

Gordon: AND SHE WAS

FACING A DEATH SENTENCE.

WHAT'S THE BAD NEWS?

HE GOES, I THINK YOU HAVE

LEUKEMIA.

AND HE SAID, WHAT'S WORSE, I

THINK YOU HAVE ABOUT TWO

WEEKS TO LIVE.

Gordon: HOW HER

TOUGHEST TRIAL LED TO HER

GREATEST LESSON 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.

WELL, WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD THE

SAYING, GOD WORKS EVERYTHING

FOR GOOD.

AND YET IN TOUGH TIMES, IT'S

VERY HARD TO BELIEVE.

Terry: VERA KIRKPATRICK

WAS HAVING A TOUGH TIME.

HER MARRIAGE WAS FALLING

APART.

AND THEN SHE WAS TOLD SHE

MAY ONLY HAVE TWO WEEKS TO

LIVE.

THANKFULLY HER STORY DOESN'T

END THERE, BECAUSE WHAT

ALMOST KILLED HER ACTUALLY

SAVED HER.

COMING FROM A BACKGROUND

OF A BROKEN HOME, A

FATHERLESS HOME, AND WE WERE

POOR.

THERE WERE SIX KIDS.

WE HAD NOTHING.

SO MY WHOLE IDEA WAS, IF I'M

SUCCESSFUL AND I HAVE

FINANCES, THEN PEOPLE WON'T

LOOK AT ME AS A POOR

ORPHAN.

THEY'LL SEE MY SUCCESS.

Reporter: VERA

KIRKPATRICK MADE A NAME FOR

HERSELF SELLING ART.

BY HER MID-20s, SHE WAS

THE SUCCESSFUL WOMAN SHE

ALWAYS DREAMED OF BECOMING.

I WANTED TO CREATE MY OWN

RULES.

MY OWN WORLD, YOU KNOW.

Reporter: VERA MET JOHN

KIRKPATRICK AND THEY

MARRIED.

JOHN'S FAITH IN GOD WAS

STRONG, AND HE TRIED TO

SHARE IT WITH HIS WIFE.

I FOUND SOMEONE THAT WAS

REALLY INTO ME, THAT LOVED

ME, THAT WOULD DO ANYTHING

FOR ME.

Reporter: VERA AND JOHN

MOVED TO HAWAII AND INVESTED

IN TWO ART GALLERIES.

TOGETHER THEY BECAME EVEN

MORE SUCCESSFUL.

BUT VERA FELT THE EMPTINESS

THAT HAD HAUNTED HER

CHILDHOOD.

SHE DECIDED JOHN WAS THE

PROBLEM.

JOHN ENDED UP PUTTING ME

ON A PEDESTAL.

AND THAT WAS GOOD FOR A

WIECIALTION BU WHILE, BUT

THEN I GOT TIRED OF THAT.

Reporter: JOHN COULDN'T

UNDERSTAND WHY VERA DIDN'T

APPRECIATE HIS ATTENTION.

I THOUGHT SHE WAS WRONG.

I KNEW SHE NEEDED ME AND

WHAT I COULD PROVIDE WAS

VALUABLE.

Reporter: VERA SAW IT

AS CONTROL.

I DIDN'T WANT TO BE

MOLDED AND SHAPED.

I'M THE POWERFUL PERSON.

NOT WE, BUT ME.

Reporter: THE YEARS

PASSED, THE MARRIAGE

SUFFERED.

EVEN AS THEY RAISED THREE

CHILDREN, VERA THOUGHT ABOUT

LEAVING JOHN.

BUT BY THE SUMMER OF 2009,

VERA WOULD NEED JOHN MORE

THAN EVER.

HER ROUTINE PHYSICAL

REVEALED TROUBLING NEWS.

YOU KNOW, YOU HAVEN'T

BEEN HERE IN SIX YEARS.

I'M GOING TO DO A ROUTINE

BLOOD TEST.

Reporter: VERA WAS

NEVER SICK AND WORKED OUT

TWICE A DAY.

SHE SAYS THE RESULTS OF HER

BLOOD WORK WERE LIKE A PUNCH

IN THE STOMACH.

I'VE GOT SOME BAD NEWS.

AND I SAID, WHAT'S THE BAD

NEWS?

HE GOES, I THINK YOU HAVE

LEUKEMIA.

AND I'M LIKE WHAT'S

LEUKEMIA?

I'M THINKING FOR A MINUTE.

I'M, LIKE, WAIT, IS THAT A

CANCER?

AND HE SAID, YEAH.

AND HE SAID, WHAT'S WORSE, I

THINK YOU HAVE ABOUT TWO

WEEKS TO LIVE.

Reporter: SHE WANTED A

SECOND OPINION, SO

ONCOLOGIST ANTHONY DESALVO

WAS CALLED IN.

HE CONFIRMED THE RESULTS.

ACUTE LEUKEMIA IN THE

ABSENCE OF URGENT TREATMENT

IS RAPIDLY FATAL.

IT IS TYPICALLY WITHIN WEEKS

WITHOUT TREATMENT YOU WILL

DIE.

Reporter: VERA NEEDED

MORE THAN SUCCESS NOW.

SHE NEEDED GOD.

SHE HAD ATTENDED CHURCH ALL

HER LIFE BUT DIDN'T KNOW IF

GOD WOULD LISTEN.

I'M TELLING YOU THAT AT

THAT MOMENT EVERYTHING JUST

FELL FOR ME.

IT WAS LIKE THE BAGS, THE

CLOTHES, THE MATCHING PURSE

AND SHOES -- NONE OF THAT

MATTERED.

OKAY, GOD, WAIT A MINUTE.

I'M AT A CROSS-ROADS HERE.

ARE YOU REAL?

CAN I CALL ON YOU?

ARE YOU ABLE?

ALL THESE STORIES AND ALL OF

THESE THINGS, IS THAT FOR

REAL MY WHOLE LIFE?

ARE YOU MAD AT ME?

WILL YOU EVEN LISTEN TO ME

NOW?

I'VE BEEN DOING EVERYTHING

ON MY OWN TERMS.

THE FIRST THING I DID WAS

REACHED OUT FOR A LIFESAVER,

AND THAT WAS GOD.

SO I WENT BACK TO MY ROOTS

BECAUSE I WASN'T GOING TO

SAVE MYSELF.

AND, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN PUT

YOUR TRUST IN MEDICINE, BUT

THE ULTIMATE HEALING IS

GOING TO HAVE TO BE GOD.

Reporter: WITHIN TWO

DAYS FAMILY WAS CALLED IN TO

TAKE CARE OF THE CHILDREN.

VERA AND JOHN FLEW TO

SEATTLE, WHERE THEY MET

DR. JOHN PAGEL WITH THE FRED

HUTCHISON CANCER RESEARCH

CENTER.

HE ASSESSMENT OF VERA'S

PROBLEM, A.M. L., WASN'T

PROMISING.

IT WAS REALLY HIGH RISK.

SO WE TREATED HER WITH A

NOVEL REGIMEN OF

CHEMOTHERAPIES.

AND WE WEREN'T REALLY SURE

IF IT WOULD WORK.

BUT WE DID FEEL IT WAS

IMPORTANT FOR HER, GIVEN THE

HIGH-RISK NATURE OF HER

DISEASE.

Reporter: BEFORE THE

TREATMENTS BEGAN, JOHN

BELIEVED GOD GAVE THEM A

PROMISE.

WHEN THE DOCTORS COME IN,

THEY HAVE TO TELL YOU ALL OF

THE WORST-CASE SCENARIOS.

AND IT WAS LIKE WHATEVER

THEY SAID, IT DIDN'T

MATTER.

BECAUSE GOD SAID SHE'S GOING

TO LIVE.

SHE'S GOING TO LIVE.

THE SCRIPTURE, JEREMIAH

29: 11: "FOR I KNOW THE

PLANS TO HAVE FOR YOU, NOT

TO HURT YOU OR TO HARM YOU,

BUT TO GIVE YOU A HOPE AND A

FUTURE."

I TOOK THAT LITERALLY.

Reporter: FOR MONTHS,

VERA SUFFERED THROUGH

AGONIZING CHEMOTHERAPY

TREATMENTS.

JOHN STAYED BY HER SIDE AND

BELIEVED GOD FOR HER

HEALING.

THE CHILDREN FLEW TO SEATTLE

TO SPEND TIME WITH HER, BUT

THE DAYS GREW DARKER AND

DARKER.

I WAS JUST OVERWHELMED,

AND IN MY POCKET, I DON'T

KNOW IF I HEARD SOMETHING OR

WHATEVER, BUT I REACHED IN

MY POCKET AND GOT MY PHONE

OUT, AND THEY WERE, LIKE,

THIS IS THE CBN PRAYER

LINE.

Reporter: JOHN AND VERA

RELIED ON THE CBN PRAYER

LINE FOR THEIR SUPPORT.

BUT FOR A STAFF MEMBER TO

CALL THEM JUST AMAZED JOHN.

I WAS, LIKE, GOD YOU KNEW

AT THE EXACT MOMENT.

Reporter: THEY REJOICED

WHEN VERA WENT INTO

REMISSION, BUT HER BATTLE

FOR LIFE WERE LONG FROM

OVER.

I THINK THE LONG-TERM

SUCCESS WAS NOT GOOD WITHOUT

A STEM CELL TRANSPLANT.

Reporter: THE SEARCH

FOR A DONOR WENT WORLDWIDE.

DAYS PASSED, AND VERA

WAITED.

THE WHOLE TIME YOU'RE

JUST GOING, IF I CAN GET

THROUGH THIS AND GET THE

TRANSPLANT, I'M GOING TO

LIVE.

SO YOU JUST GO INTO SURVIVAL

MODE.

Reporter: FINALLY A

DONOR WAS FOUND.

SO WE HAD TO USE AN

ALTERNATIVE DONOR THAT

WASN'T COMPLETELY MATCHED.

THAT WAS ALSO VERY HIGH RISK

AND MORE CHALLENGING.

Reporter: THE SAME

MONTH VERA WAS DIAGNOSED

WITH LEUKEMIA, A MAN NAMED

DIMITRI WAS VOLUNTEERING A

SALIVA SAMPLE IN TEL AVIV.

21 DAYS AFTER THE

TRANSPLANT, VERA LEFT THE

CAMPUS TO BE MONITORED

OFF-CAMPUS.

I PERSONALLY BELIEVE GOD

HAD HIS WONDERFUL HANDS ALL

OVER VERA.

YOU COULD SEE IT EVERY

SINGLE DAY, WHEN YOU SAW

HER.

Reporter: AFTER SEVEN

MONTHS, VERA FINALLY

RETURNED HOME TO HAWAII.

DR. ANTHONY DESALVO TOOK

OVER HER CARE.

IT IS AMAZING.

I'VE SENT QUITE A FEW PEOPLE

FOR TRANSPLANTS, AND I'VE

NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE

VERA.

I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYBODY

RECOVER SO QUICKLY AND SO

PROFOUNDLY.

Reporter: JOHN AND VERA

SAY THE PROMISE GOD GAVE

THEM CAME TO PASS.

I THINK THE MESSAGE, TO

ME, WAS IF GOD GIVES YOU A

PROMISE, TRUST IN THAT

PROMISE BECAUSE IT WILL COME

TO PASS.

NO MATTER WHAT THE

CIRCUMSTANCES SAY, TRUST IN

WHAT GOD HAS SPOKEN TO YOU.

IT IS A BEAUTIFUL LOVE

AFFAIR WITH GOD.

AND HE MENDED MY BROKEN

HEART.

HE FIXED MY MARRIAGE AND

BRINGS PEACE AND JOY TO MY

HOME, TO MY STORES, MY

GALLERIES, AND HE HAS

RADICALLY CHANGED THE

CHILDREN'S HEARTS THROUGH

GOD.

AND EVEN MY LITTLE

9-YEAR-OLD, SAYS, JESUS

HEALED MY MOMMY'S BLOOD, AND

HE DID.

THIS JOURNEY CONTINUES.

IT'S ALL UPWARD AND ONWARD,

AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT GOD

HAS IN STORE, BUT I'M PRETTY

SURE IT'S A GOOD THING.

I'M PRETTY SURE IT'S A GOOD

THING.

Gordon: AND YOU CAN BE

ASSURED THAT IT'S A GOOD

THING.

HE HAS GOOD PLANS FOR YOU.

AND JUST LIKE VERA, HE CAN

MEND A BROKEN HEART.

HERE IS THE VERSE THAT GOT

HER THROUGH.

IIT IS A LIFE VERSE.

JEREMIAH 29: 11: "FOR I KNOW

THE THOUGHTS THAT I THINK

TOWARDS YOU, SAYS THE LORD,

THOUGHTS OF PEACE AND NOT OF

EVIL, TO GIVE YOU A FUTURE

AND A HOPE."

AND VERA SAID, THAT'S THE

VERSE FOR ME.

THAT'S THE PROMISE THAT GOD

HAS GIVEN TO ME.

I'M GOING TO HAVE A FUTURE.

I'M GOING TO HAVE A HOPE.

AND EVEN THOUGH THE DOCTORS

SAY I'VE GOT TWO WEEKS, I'VE

GOT A FUTURE THAT IS GOING

TO LAST A LOT LONGER THAN

TWO WEEKS.

AND IT GOT HER THROUGH.

AND IT GOT HER THROUGH TO A

MIRACLE.

THAT TWO WEEKS TURNED INTO

CANCER-FREE.

AND THAT SAME THING CAN

HAPPEN TO YOU IF YOU FOLLOW

THE SAME PRINCIPLES.

IF YOU DO THE SAME THING.

I BELIEVE THAT IF WE FOLLOW

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE BIBLE

AND WE DO THE THINGS THAT

HAPPEN TO THE PEOPLE IN THE

BIBLE, WE'LL GET THE SAME

RESULT.

THERE IS SOMETHING BEHIND

THAT JEREMIAH 29: 11 THAT A

LOT OF US DON'T WANT TO LOOK

AT.

AND THAT WAS A PROMISE THAT

AFTER THE EXILE, AFTER BEING

SENT AWAY TO BATTLE, AFTER

JERUSALEM WOULD BE

DESTROYED, AFTER THE TEMPLE

WOULD NO LONGER BE THERE,

AFTER ALL OF THAT, THEN

WOULD COME THE HOPE AND THE

FUTURE.

AND FOR VERA'S LIFE, IT WAS

GROWING UP POOR.

BEING HURT WHEN SHE WAS

BROKENHEARTED.

IT WAS ALL OF THAT.

AND INSTEAD TURNING TO GOD,

INSTEAD TURNING TO THE

ANSWER, SHE THOUGHT SHE HAD

LIFE UNDER CONTROL, THAT SHE

COULD MAKE IT ON HER OWN.

AND BECAUSE SHE GREW UP

POOR, SHE THOUGHT MONEY WAS

THE ANSWER, CAREER WAS THE

ANSWER, SUCCESS WAS THE

ANSWER.

IF YOU HAVE THOSE THINGS,

ALL THESE BAD THINGS THAT

HAPPEN WHEN YOU'RE POOR

AREN'T GOING TO HAPPEN TO

YOU.

AND SHE DIDN'T REALIZE MONEY

IS NOT THE SOURCE.

MONEY IS NOT THE ANSWER.

AND THEN IN THE MIDDLE OF

HER DISEASE SHE TURNS AND

SHE SAYS, GOD, WHERE ARE

YOU?

AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO

THE ISRAELITES IN THE MIDDLE

OF THEIR EXILE, THEY TURNED,

GOD, WHERE ARE YOU?

AND YOU HAVE THE GREAT

PRAYER OF DANIEL, WHERE HE

CALCULATED THE NUMBER OF

YEARS WRITTEN IN THE SCROLL

OF JEREMIAH, AND HE SAYS,

THE TIME IS FULFILLED.

IT IS TIME FOR US TO

RETURN.

IT IS TIME FOR US TO CONFESS

OUR SINS AND ASK GOD FOR THE

MIRACLE.

WELL, FOR YOU THAT TIME IS

NOW.

REGARDLESS OF THE DIFFICULT

CIRCUMSTANCES YOU'RE GOING

THROUGH, LOOK TO AND LOOK

THROUGH TO THE ANSWER.

WHO IS THAT?

IT'S JESUS.

HE IS THE ANSWER TO EVERY

HUMAN NEED.

AND WHEN YOU PUT HIM FIRST

AND YOU SEEK THE KINGDOM OF

GOD FIRST, THEN ALL THESE

OTHER THINGS WILL BE ADDED

UNTO YOU.

IF YOU WANT TO START DOING

THAT, DO WHAT VERA DID.

SHE CALLED A TOLL-FREE

NUMBER.

HER AND JOHN SAID, WE'RE

GOING TO START ASKING FOR

PRAYER.

AND WE'RE HERE FOR YOU 24

HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A

WEEK.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO JUDGE

YOU.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO CONDEMN

YOU.

WE'RE HERE TO TELL YOU THAT

GOD HAS A HOPE AND A PURPOSE

AND A FUTURE JUST FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS REACH

OUT TO HIM.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TURN.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SAY

YES.

SO IF YOU WANT TO DO THAT,

GIVE US A CALL.

1-888-777-1999.

HERE IS THE PRAYER FOR YOU:

GOD, IF YOU'RE THERE, IF

YOU'RE REAL, IF YOU REALLY

LOVE ME, IF YOU REALLY WANT

ME, COULD YOU SHOW ME?

COULD YOU SHOW UP FOR ME?

AND IF YOU MAKE THAT CALL,

THEY'LL BE SOMEBODY ON THE

OTHER END OF THAT LINE WHO

HAS PRAYED THE SAME PRAYER,

HAD THE SAME EXPERIENCE,

KNOWS THAT GOD IS REAL, AND

HE IS THE ANSWER TO EVERY

HUMAN NEED.

SO IT'S THERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL.

SO DO IT NOW.

1-888-777-1999.

LATER IN THE PROGRAM, WE'RE

GOING TO BE PRAYING FOR

NEEDS.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER FOR

HEALING, WE'RE GOING TO BE

DOING THAT.

TERRY AND I ARE GOING TO BE

AGREEING, AND AGREEING FOR

YOU.

SO STAY TUNED.

TERRY?

Terry: UP NEXT, A WOMAN

WHO LIVED PAYCHECK TO

PAYCHECK.

FIND OUT HOW SHE FINALLY

BROKE THAT CYCLE.

THAT'S NEXT.

Terry: AROUND

THREE-QUARTERS OF AMERICANS

ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO

PAYCHECK.

MICHELLE CAMBRICK USED TO BE

ONE OF THEM UNTIL SHE HEARD

A MESSAGE THAT LED HER TO,

QUOTE,"A WORLD-WIND OF

FINANCIAL BLESSINGS."

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: MICHELLE

CAMBRICK IS A SUCCESSFUL

INSURANCE ANALYST, BUT HER

FAVORITE THING TO DO IS GIVE

TO OTHERS.

IT HASN'T ALWAYS BEEN THAT

WAY.

THERE WAS A TIME IN HER LIFE

WHEN SHE DIDN'T THINK SHE

COULD GIVE.

I LIVED FROM PAYCHECK TO

PAYCHECK.

I WAS VERY KIND OF FRUGAL

ABOUT MY MONEY.

I DIDN'T SPEND A LOT.

Reporter: MICHELLE

BELIEVED GIVING WAS A GOOD

THING TO DO, BUT RARELY DID

IT OUT OF FEAR OF NOT HAVING

ENOUGH LEFT OVER.

I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THAT

EVERYTHING THAT I HAD GOD

HAS GIVEN TO ME.

Reporter: THAT

UNDERSTANDING CAME WHEN

MICHELLE HEARD A MESSAGE ON

TITHING AND GIVING.

IT REALLY RESONATED WITH

ME.

THAT IF I WAS GOING TO OBEY

HIM, IT HAD TO BE ALSO

INCLUDING MONEY.

Reporter: MICHELLE KNEW

IN HER HEART WHAT SHE NEEDED

TO DO, BUT SHE STILL DIDN'T

THINK SHE COULD AFFORD TO

TITHE.

SO THE FEAR WAS A

FACTOR.

AND I REALLY HAD TO STEP OUT

ON FAITH.

I MEAN, THE RESULTS WERE

IMMEDIATE.

Reporter: MICHELLE SOLD

HER HOME AND MADE A $100,000

PROFIT.

SHE TITHED RIGHT OFF THE

TOP.

I WROTE THAT CHECK FOR

10% OF THOSE PROCEEDS, AND

IT JUST STARTED A WORLD-WIND

OF BLESSINGS AND INCREASE

AND PROSPERITY IN MY LIFE.

I KNEW THAT GOD HAD BROKEN

THE BACK OF POVERTY.

AND LIVING FROM CHECK TO

CHECK IN MY LIFE.

Reporter: TODAY

MICHELLE STILL LOVES TO GIVE

TO OTHERS, AND SHE IS A "700

CLUB" PARTNER.

SHE ALSO HAS A SIDE JOB AS A

LICENSED PERSONAL TRAINER.

WHAT HE HAS SHOWED ME IS

THAT AS I SOW, HE GIVES ME

WHAT I NEED TO INVEST.

IT WORKS.

Terry: IT IS ALL ABOUT

TRUSTING HIM.

IT IS NOT BECAUSE GOD NEEDS

OUR MONEY.

IT ALL BELONGS TO HIM

ANYWAY.

HE IS GIVING US 90% AND

SAYING, I WANT YOU TO GIVE

10% BACK.

BUT WHAT HE IS REALLY SAYING

IS, WILL YOU TRUST ME?

SOMETIMES THE BIGGEST

BLESSINGS COME WHEN IT LEAST

LOOKS LIKE WE CAN AFFORD TO

TRUST HIM, AND WE STEP OUT

IN FAITH AND DO THAT

ANYWAY.

I WANT TO CHALLENGE YOU TO

PUT GOD TO THE TEST AS HE

TELLS US TO.

DO WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS TO DO

REGARDING GIVING.

IT IS ALSO A WAY THAT GOD

USES TO TOUCH AND MEET THE

NEEDS OF PEOPLE ALL AROUND

THE WORLD.

IT LINKS US TOGETHER AS

FAMILY WHEN WE SHARE THAT

COMMON FAITH AND THE PROMISE

OF GOD AND THAT COMMON

VISION TO BE USED BY HIM TO

MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

CALL NOW, AND JOIN "THE 700

CLUB," AND IT WILL BE A

BLESSING TO KNOW YOU'RE

TOUCHING THE NEEDS OF

OTHERS.

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GORDON?

Gordon: STILL AHEAD, A

MAN WHO THOUGHT HIS LIFE WAS

OVER DISCOVERS THAT IT IS

ONLY THE BEGINNING.

HIS STORY IS NEXT, SO DON'T

GO AWAY.

Gordon: TODAY WE'VE

BEEN TALKING ABOUT GOD USING

EVERYTHING IN OUR LIVES FOR

GOOD, EPTH EVEN THE TIMES

OF SUFFERING THE JOE PARKER

KNOWS THAT FROM EXPERIENCE.

HE IS AN OBSESSIVE

SNOWBOARDER.

SO WHEN HE WIPED OUT, HE

THOUGHT HIS LIFE HAD COME TO

AN END.

IN FACT, HIS LIFE WAS

SAVED.

GROWING UP IN SEATTLE,

WASHINGTON, THE WINTERS ARE

PRETTY GNARLY.

AND IN ABOUT 1990, MY BUDDY

HAD LIKE THIS SNOWBOARD.

SO I ASKED TO BORROW IT.

AND WE WENT UP TO MT. RAIN

MT. RAINIER AND WE HIKED

AROUND AND I STARTED

SNOWBOARDING.

SNOWBOARDING WASN'T EVEN A

SPORT.

IT BECAME WHO I WAS.

WHEN I TURNED 16, I DROVE A

SUBARU STATIONWAGON, AND

NOBODY DROVE THOSE CARS, BUT

I DID BECAUSE IT HELD ALL OF

MY GEAR.

I WANTED EVERYBODY TO KNOW I

WAS A SNOWBOARDER BECAUSE IT

WAS THE FIRST THING IN MY

LIFE I WAS DECENT AT.

SO EVERYTHING I DID WAS

SNOWBOARDING.

ALL OF MY FRIENDS, WE WERE

STARTING TO GET

SPONSORSHIPS.

TO US IT WAS EVERYTHING.

WE BUILT THIS JUMP, AND

EVERYBODY WAS TRYING TO

OUTDO EVERYBODY ELSE.

I JUMPED IN AND WENT TOO

BIG.

I CAME DOWN RIGHT ON TOP OF

IT.

AND FROM ABOUT 15, 16,

17 FEET, JUST FLAT.

I THOUGHT I BROKE MY BACK

AND I COULDN'T FEEL MY

LEGS.

I WAS IN AND OUT OF SHOCK.

AND THEN I WOKE UP, AND

DOCTORS AND NURSES WERE ALL

OVER ME.

AND THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT

HELICOPTER TRANSPORT.

SO I KNEW I WAS HURT.

I WAS JUST A KID, FREAKING

OUT.

I WAS IN THE AMBULANCE, BUT

THE FIRST HOSPITAL I WAS

SUPPOSED TO GO TO COULDN'T

TAKE ME BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T

HAVE THE CAPACITY TO TREAT

MY INJURY.

AND THEN I'M EN ROUTE TO

ANOTHER HOSPITAL, AND THEY

COULDN'T TREAT ME.

I DIDN'T BREAK MY BACK, BUT

THE MUSCULAR DAMAGE WAS

PRETTY BAD.

DOCTORS WERE, LIKE, YOU NEED

TO TAKE A YEAR OFF OF YOUR

SPORT.

YOU'RE 18 YEARS OLD, AND YOU

NEED TO REHABILITATE THIS

INJURY OR YOU'RE GOING TO BE

FEELING THIS THE REST OF

YOUR LIFE.

I REMEMBER HEARING THAT AND

THINKING, I CAN'T STOP

SNOWBOARDING FOR A YEAR.

THIS IS WHAT I'M KNOWN FOR.

I CAN'T STOP DOING THIS.

I GREW UP IN A CHRISTIAN

FAMILY, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW

HOW TO BE A CHRISTIAN FOR

ME.

MY FAMILY WOULD VACATION AT

THIS CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE

CENTER.

FOOLISHLY, I THOUGHT IF I

CAN'T SNOWBOARD, I'M GOING

TO SURF.

WE WERE ON VACATION, AND

THEY SAID, HEY, WE'RE HIRING

TO FINISH THE SUMMER OUT AND

WE NEED SOME STAFF.

AND I'M THINKING, I CAN TURN

THIS ONE-WEEK SURF TRIP INTO

A TWO MONTH SURF TRIP.

SO I MOVED TO CANNON BEACH,

OREGON.

AND I SUFFERED MY BRAINS OUT

AND I GOT TO KNOW THIS GUY

BRETT.

HE GOES, HEY, ME AND MY

ROOMMATE PRAY EVERY NIGHT.

WE WANT YOU TO COME AND HANG

WITH US.

THEY WOULD SIT AROUND AND

PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER.

AND IT JUST THREW ME FOR A

LOOP.

I WAS, LIKE, I'VE NEVER SEEN

ANYTHING LIKE THIS.

BRETT SHARED THE REAL JESUS

WITH ME.

BECAUSE THE JESUS I KNOW AND

THE GOSPEL I KNOW, HE

PROBABLY HATES ME BECAUSE

I'M A BAD KID.

AND I'M NOT ONLY BAD, I'M

HAPPY BEING BAD.

BUT THIS JESUS BRETT WAS

SHARING WITH ME WAS A GOD

WHO TRULY LOVED ME AND WHO

ACCEPTED ME.

AND HIS WHOLE DEAL WASN'T TO

MAKE MY LIFE MORE DIFFICULT

AND RELIGIOUS.

AND THE THING THAT THREW ME

FOR A LOOP IS HE WANTED TO

CALL ME FRIEND.

I RECEIVED JESUS AS MY LORD

AND SAVIOR.

AND I ENROLLED AT THIS BIBLE

COLLEGE BECAUSE THERE WAS A

ONE-YEAR BIBLE COLLEGE.

SO I TURNED THIS TWO-WEEK

VACATION INTO TWO MONTHS TO

A YEAR LONG.

I'M KIND OF SELFISH.

I KIND OF HAD IT OUT WITH

GOD.

IT WAS A STORMING NIGHT.

I FELT BIKE BARTAMOUS IN

ACCEPT.

JESUAMOUS IN SCRIPTURE.

AND JESUS IS WALKING BY, AND

HE IS CALLING OUT, HEAL ME.

HE SAYS, IF YOU ARE WHO YOU

SAY YOU ARE, HERE I AM.

I'M BROKE AND I NEED

HEALING.

THAT NIGHT ON THE BEACH WAS

KIND OF LIKE THAT.

IF YOU'RE REALLY THE GOD OF

THE UNIVERSE, IF YOU'RE

REALLY THE ONE WHO WANTS TO

SAVE ME AND HEAL ME, HERE I

AM.

YOU'VE GOT NINE MONTHS.

DO YOUR BEST OR I'M DONE

WITH THIS CHRISTIAN THING.

AS A SNOWBOARDER AND AS

SNOWBOARDING BEING MY IDOL

AND MY GOD, AND THIS GOD WHO

LET ME DOWN HORRIBLY, GOD

REALLY MEA MET ME THAT YEAR

THAT I WAS THIS AIMLESS KID

RUNNING THROUGH LIFE, TRYING

TO FILL AN EMPTY VOID.

TO HEAR I HAD A PLAN, THAT

WAS RADICAL FOR ME.

THAT BEGAN, YOU KNOW, A

SERIES OF MOMENTS IN MY LIFE

WHERE THE TRANSFORMATION WAS

JUST THAT CHISEL THAT

STARTED CHISELING AWAY AT MY

LIFE.

I STARTED TO CARE LESS ABOUT

WHAT PEOPLE THOUGHT ABOUT

ME.

I JUST STARTED TO CARE FOR

ANOTHER PEOPLE.

SO I WANT TO SHARE THAT WITH

KIDS, TELLING THEM ABOUT THE

REAL JESUS.

SO ONE DAY SOME OF MY

BUDDIES AND I WERE TALKING

ABOUT HOW COOL IT WOULD BE

TO MAKE AN EVANGELISTIC

SNOWBOARD FILM.

WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WE WERE

DOING.

BUT WE STARTED THIS MINISTRY

CALLED "THE NATION'S

FOUNDATION."

WE'VE TOURED AROUND THE

WORLD.

WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO SHARE

JESUS WITH ROUGHLY 130,000

PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD,

SNOWBOARDERS, PREDOMINANTLY,

AND 26 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES,

AND WE'RE JUST BLOWN AWAY.

WHAT I'VE COME TO FIND OUT

IS THAT SNOWBOARDING IS NOT

BAD.

GOD CREATED ME TO LOVE

SNOWBOARDING.

SO WHEN GOD GAVE ME

SNOWBOARDING BACK, IT WAS

JUST A THRILL.

IT WAS EXCITING.

BECAUSE I NEVER STOPPED

BEING A SNOWBOARDER, AND HE

CREATED ME THAT WAY.

GOD WANTS TO SAVE

SNOWBOARDERS, AND I'M JUST

SO BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO SIT

FRONT AND CENTER AND GET TO

BE PRESENT WHEN HE DOES THAT

NOW.

Gordon: AND HE'LL DO

THAT FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS DO THE

SAME THING.

DO WHAT BLIND BARTAMOUS

DID.

HE IS A BLIND MAN AND HE

HEARS JESUS GOING BY.

AND HE CRIES OUT TO HIM, SON

OF DAVID HAVE MERCY ON ME.

PEOPLE ARE TELLING HIM TO

HUSH UP.

THE MASTER DOESN'T HAVE TIME

FOR YOU.

HE KEEPS CRYING OUT ALL THE

MORE.

IT MAKES HIM CRY OUT ALL THE

MORE.

WHAT IS AMAZING TO ME IS

WHEN JESUS SAYS COME HERE,

HE ASKS HIM, WHAT DO YOU

WANT ME TO DO?

AND BARTAMOUS SAID, THAT I

MAY HAVE MY SIGHT.

IT'S A WONDERFUL PRAYER.

HAVE MERCY ON ME.

THE MESSIAH, JESUS, SON OF

GOD, THE ANOINTED ONE, HAVE

MERCY ON ME.

WELL, WE'RE GOING TO PRAY.

BEFORE WE PRAY, WE'VE GOTTEN

SOME PRAYER REQUESTS IN FROM

OUR Facebook PAGE.

TINA SAYS, "I NEED PRAYERS

TODAY.

I KNOW THAT GOD CAN USE ANY

SITUATION FOR OUR GOOD.

BUT I'M GOING THROUGH A

REALLY TOUGH TIME.

I RECENTLY LOST MY MOM AND

NOW MY MARRIAGE OF 19 YEARS

HAS FALLEN APART.

I BELIEVE GOD'S WITH ME, BUT

SOMETIMES I DON'T FEEL HIM

AROUND ME.

I NEED ENCOURAGEMENT

TODAY."

WE'RE GOING TO BE PRAYING

FOR YOU, TINA.

AND WE'VE GOT DANA, "I LOST

MY HUSBAND TO CANCER JUST

TWO WEEKS AGO.

PLEASE PRAY FOR MY FAMILY IN

MY TIME

LAME, WE COMMAND THAT

LAMENESS TO LEAVE HIS BODY

NOW, AND WE ASK THAT HE

WOULD STAND UP AND WALK.

THE MIRACLES YOU DID 2,000

YEARS AGO, YOU'RE DOING

TODAY.

SO SON OF DAVID, THE

ANOINTED ONE, HAVE MERCY ON

US.

AND PROVIDE HEALING TODAY.

WE ASK IT IN JESUS' NAME.

TERRY, GOD HAS GIVEN YOU

SOMETHING.

Terry: LORD, WE JUST

PRAY FOR DANA, FOR THIS

GRIEF THAT HAS ENVELOPED

HER, THAT THE JOY OF THE

LORD WOULD BE HER STRENGTH,

THAT YOU WOULD JUST DEPOSIT

YOUR SPIRIT IN HER NOW.

AND, GOD, SHE WAS ARISE WITH

THE LIGHT OF GIZES SHINING

JESUS SHINING ON HER.

LORD, WE THANK YOU.

Gordon: AMEN AND AMEN.

IF YOU'VE BEEN TOUCHED BY

GOD, WE WANT TO SHARE IN

YOUR GOOD REPORT.

IF YOU HAVE A LIFE VERSE YOU

WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, LET US

KNOW.

WE CLOSE WITH THIS WORD FROM

JEREMIAH: "I KNOW THE

THOUGHTS THAT I THINK

TOWARDS YOU, SAYS THE LORD,

THOUGHTS OF PEACE AND NOT OF

EVIL, TO GIVE YOU A FUTURE

AND A HOPE."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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