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700 Club Interactive: The Enlightened Life - Feb. 21, 2014

What does it mean to live an enlightened life? Hear why two former Hindu believers decided to believe in Jesus. Read Transcript


Gordon: COMING UP, THE

PROMISE OF TRUE

ENLIGHTENMENTMENT.

HE WOULD SAY, THREE YEARS

WITH ME, YOU WOULD BE

ENLIGHTENED.

AND THEN HE JACKED IT UP TO

SIX YEARS, AND THEN NINE

YEARS, AND THEN TO THREE

LIFE TIMES.

Gordon: HOW HE FOUND

INNER PEACE.

THERE WAS AN OPENNESS AND

LOVE IN COSMIC PROPORTIONS.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY

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TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME TO

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

IT SOUNDS EASY ENOUGH, FIND

ENLIGHTENMENT AND ENJOY LIFE

FREE FROM PAIN AND

SUFFERING.

Terry: AFTER 28 YEARS

OF SEARCHING, THAT LIFE

STILL ELUDED MICHAEL GRAHAM,

BUT ONE NIGHT HE FOUND IT

WITHOUT EVEN TRYING.

BUDDHISM, HINDUISM, YOGA,

MEDITATION, IT WAS EASTERN

PHILOSOPHY, AND IT WAS THE

PROMISES OF THOSE THINGS

THAT FIRED ME UP,

EXTRAVAGANT PROMISES.

PROMISES OF A LIFE FREE OF

SUFFERING, EXPERIENCE OF THE

ULTIMATE TRUTH.

Reporter: MICHAEL

GRAHAM'S FASCINATION WITH

EASTERN MIS MISTCISM CAME

WHEN HE WAS YOUNG.

15 MINUTES OF CHAPEL

EVERY MORNING, FOUR AND A

HALF HOURS OF CHURCH EVERY

SUNDAY, AND ALL I REMEMBER

IS THE CYSTEIN WINDOWS.

Reporter: HE BEGAN

STUDYING BOOKS ON THE

EASTERN PHILOSOPHY AND

RELIGION THAT HE FOUND IN

HIS FATHER'S LIBRARY.

THEY WERE LIKE BECOMING

SUPERMAN, BEING HAPPY,

OVERCOMING ALL OF YOUR

LIMITATIONS, AND I THOUGHT,

WHOA, WHERE DO I SIGN?

THIS IS JUST WHAT I'M

LOOKING FOR.

Reporter: FOR YEARS,

MICHAEL PRACTICED

MEDITATION, BUT COULDN'T

ACHIEVE THE PEACE AND CALM

HE STRIVED FOR.

I WAS A FAILED ME MEDI

TAITD.

MEDITATOR, THAT'S WHY I

WENT TO INDIA.

HE WAS A CHARISMATIC

CHARACTER.

HE RADIATED SOMETHING.

I SAID, I CAME ALL THE WAY

FROM AUSTRALIA TO LEARN HOW

TO MEDITATE PROPERLY.

AND HE SAID TO THE

TRANSLATOR, DON'T WORRY,

EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE.

Reporter: AFTER 28

YEARS OF PRACTICE, I WAS NOT

ENLIGHTENED, NOR HAD ANYONE

I KNEW COME CLOSE TO IT,

EITHER.

Reporter: HIS GURU

WOULD SAY IT WAS ONLY A

MATTER OF TIME.

HE WOULD SAY THREE YEARS

AND YOU'LL BE ENERO

ENLIGHTENED, AND THEN HE

JACKED IT UP TO SIX YEARS,

AND THEN HE JACKED IT UP TO

NINE YEARS, AND THEN HE

JACKED IT UP TO A LIFETIME.

Reporter: BUT STILL,

MICHAEL PERSISTED.

ONE DAY WHILE MEDITATING, HE

HAD A STRANGE EXPERIENCE.

I WAS LOOKING FOR THE

TRUTH, AND IT TURNS OUT THE

TRUTH FOUND ME.

I WENT INTO ISOLATION FOR 10

DAYS.

AN EXTRAORDINARY THING

HAPPENED.

THE IMAGE OF JESUS CHRIST

FORMED UP INSIDE MY CHEST

CAVITY.

BUT WHAT HAPPENED FOLLOWING

THAT WAS ASTOUNDING.

THERE WAS AN EXPERIENCE

BEYOND WHAT ALL WORDS CAN

TELL.

THERE WAS AN OPENNESS AND

LOVE COMING FROM CHRIST TO

ME OF COSMIC PROPORTIONS,

ALONG WITH AN INVITATION AND

A WELCOME, AS IF TO SAY,

GIVE ME YOUR LIFE AND BREATH

AND I'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU.

Reporter: MICHAEL WAS

STUNNED.

BUT I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO

RESPOND.

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH

THIS?

I DIDN'T HAVE A MAJOR

PROBLEM WITH CHRISTIANITY,

BUT I WAS IN THE INSIDE

TRACK YOGI, THE REAL THING.

I HAD A CHURCH AND A

STAFF -- I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT

TO DO.

Reporter: SO

SEMICONDUCTOSO MICHAEL

CONTINUED WITH HIS

PRACTICE.

BUT WHILE IN THE STATES, HE

SAID HE HAD A REVELATION.

IT WAS THAT EVERYTHING I

HAD DONE, ALL OF THE

DISCIPLINES, THE PRACTICES,

ALL OF THE THOUSANDS OF

HOURS OF MEDITATION, HAD ALL

ADDED UP TO A HUGE, FAT

ZERO.

Reporter: AFTER THAT,

MICHAEL BEGAN LISTENING TO

EVANGELISTS ON THE RADIO

DURING HIS DAILY COMMUTE.

I MUST HAVE LISTENED TO

150 HOURS OF PREACHING.

I BECAME QUITE EDUCATED TO

THE FIRST PRINCIPLES OF

CHRISTIANITY, WHO CHRIST

WAS, AND ALL OF HIS

PROMISES, I HAVE COME THAT

YOU MAY HAVE LIFE AND HAVE

IT MORE ABUNDANTLY -- I

THOUGHT, THIS IS WHAT I'VE

ALWAYS BEEN LOOKING FOR.

I BECAME WELL-INFORMED THAT

ONE DAY I WOULD MAKE UP MY

MIND TO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST

AS MY LORD AND SAVIOR.

Reporter: THE TIME FOR

MICHAEL TO MAKE THAT

DECISION CAME AT A BILLY

GRAHAM CRUSADE.

I SAW A BIG BILLBOARD IN

OAKLAND.

IT WAS 1997, SAYING

SOMETHING ABOUT BILLY GRAHAM

COMING TO TOWN.

I THOUGHT, WHAT A WONDERFUL

OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THIS

DECISION IN FRONT OF A CROWD

OF WITNESSES.

Reporter: AFTER THE

MESSAGE, REVEREND GRAHAM

GAVE AN INVITATION FOR

PEOPLE TO COME FORWARD AND

ACCEPT CHRIST AS THEIR

SAVIOR.

MICHAEL DIDN'T HESITATE.

I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO

GET UP OUT OF YOUR SEAT AND

COME AND STAND HERE IN FRONT

OF THIS PLATFORM.

I WENT DOWN THERE, AND

FROM THAT MOMENT I WAS NEVER

THE SAME AGAIN.

THERE WAS A REST THAT CAME

OVER ME.

IT WAS BEHIND FEELINGS AND

EXPERIENCES, BUT ABOVE ALL,

THIS BEGAN A CHANGE OF HEART

AND MIND THAT I HAD FOUGHT

SO MUCH THROUGH THE EAST

SPIRITUAL DECISION THROUGH

ALL OF THOSE YEARS.

AND IT CAME AS A FREE GIFT

OF CHRIST.

Reporter: NOW AN

AUTHOR, MICHAEL STILL

TRAVELS TO THE MIDDLE EAST

TO TELL HINDUS THAT REAL

PEACE ONLY COMES FROM JESUS

CHRIST.

WHEREVER I AM, I'M

SHARING THE GOSPEL, EITHER

WRITTEN OR SPOKEN.

MY PURPOSE IS TO ACKNOWLEDGE

THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE

SOURCE OF MY LIFE, TO EXTEND

HIS LOVE TO OTHER PEOPLE, TO

PROMOTE THE FACT HE IS

PREEMINENT AND SUPREME.

AND THE FACT THAT THROUGH

HIM SALVATION COMES AND HIM

ALONE.

THIS IS WHAT GIVES ME

MEANING AND PURPOSE.

Gordon: IT IS NOT BY

WORKS, LEST ANYONE SHOULD

BOAST.

THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS.

HERE IS MICHAEL, HE HAS BEEN

MEDITATING FOR YEARS.

HE HAS GOTTEN REALLY GOOD AT

IT.

BUT HE STILL HASN'T FOUND

WHAT HE WAS LOOKING FOR.

HE WAS LOOKING FOR THE

PROMISE OF IT, THAT YOU CAN

TRANSCEND THE REALITY ALL

AROUND YOU.

YOU CAN HAVE THIS SECRET

KNOWLEDGE AND COME TO A

PLACE WHERE YOU'RE NO LONGER

LIMITED BY THINGS.

THAT WAS THE PROMISE.

AND IT NEVER CAME.

HE NEVER REALIZED IT.

AND THEN IT DAWNED ON HIM

THAT NO ONE AROUND HIM, EVEN

THE EXPERTS, HAD REALIZED

IT.

AND THEN HE HAD AN AMAZING

EXPERIENCE.

HE DECIDED HE WAS GOING TO

SEPARATE HIMSELF.

HE WAS REALLY GOING TO FIND

OUT WHAT IS ALL OF THIS

ABOUT?

AND HE HAD A DRAMATIC

ENCOUNTER, NOT BASED ON HIS

MEDITATION, NOT BASED ON HIS

WORK, BUT BASED ON THE FREE

GIFT OF GOD.

HERE IS THE PROMISE, AND YOU

FIND IT IN JOEL 2: "IT SHALL

COME TO PASS AFTERWARD THAT

I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT ON

ALL FLESH" -- THAT INCLUDES

YOU, ALL FLESH -- "YOUR SONS

AND DAUGHTERS SHALL

PROPHECY, AND YOUR OLD MEN

SHALL DREAM DREAMS, AND YOUR

YOUNG MAN SHALL SEE

VISIONS."

AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO

MICHAEL.

HE SAW A VISION.

HE HAD A WAKING DREAM.

AND IN THAT, HE DISCOVERED

THE TRUE SOURCE OF LIFE.

AND THE TRUE SOURCE OF ALL

OF THE PROMISES.

AND THAT CHANGED HIS LIFE.

NOW, HE STILL DIDN'T WANT TO

GO INTO CHRISTIANITY.

HE DIDN'T WANT TO HAVE ALL

OF THE RITUALS, ALL OF THE

THINGS HE GREW UP WITH IN

AUSTRALIA.

AND IT IS AMAZING TO ME, HE

STUCK WITH HIS RITUALS, HIS

BUDDHIST MEDITATIONS, HIS

HINDU MEDITATIONS, HE STUCK

WITH THAT.

WHY?

BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT HE WAS

USED TO.

AND THEN HE CAME TO A

CRUSADE.

AND HE SAID, I WANT TO KNOW

MORE ABOUT THIS.

HE STARTED LISTENING TO THE

PRINCIPLES OF THE BIBLE ON

THE RADIO.

AND THEN HE MADE THE

DECISION.

YEARS AFTER THE REVELATION.

NOW, WHAT ABOUT YOU?

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW?

DO YOU WANT TO HAVE YOUR OWN

EXPERIENCE, WHERE YOU'RE NOT

BASING IT ON WHAT OTHER

PEOPLE SAY.

YOU'RE BASING IT ON WHAT YOU

KNOW.

WELL, HERE IS A PROMISE FOR

YOU.

AND IT'S FOR ALL

CHRISTIANS.

JOHN 14: 21: "HE WHO LOVES

ME WILL BE LOVED BY MY

FATHER.

AND I WILL LOVE HIM AND

MANIFEST MYSELF TO HIM."

JESUS WANTS YOU TO HAVE A

DIRECT RELATIONSHIP WITH

HIM.

NOT SECONDHAND, NOT

THIRDHAND.

HE WANTS TO SHOW UP FOR

YOU.

HE WANTS TO MANIFEST HIMSELF

TO YOU.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO?

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOVE

HIM.

AND THEN I WOULD ADD, ASK

FOR IT.

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THIS,

JESUS, I WANT TO KNOW YOU.

I WANT TO KNOW THAT YOU'RE

REAL.

I WANT TO KNOW THAT YOU'RE

IN MY HEART.

I LOVE YOU, BUT I WANT TO

KNOW.

AND IF YOU PRAY THAT WITH

ALL OF YOUR HEART, THE BIBLE

SAYS WHEN YOU SEEK ME WITH

ALL OF YOUR HEART, THEN

YOU'LL FIND ME.

WHAT ABOUT MICHAEL?

WHY DID IT HAPPEN TO HIM?

YOU CAN GO BACK TO THAT

VERSE IN JOEL, "I'LL POUR

OUT MY SPIRIT TO ALL

FLESH."

HERE IS ANOTHER ONE FOR YOU

IN ROMANS 10: "I WAS FOUND

BY THOSE WHO DID NOT SEEK

ME.

I WAS MADE MANIFEST TO THOSE

WHO DID NOT ASK FOR ME."

JESUS HAS SHEEP NOT OF OUR

FOLDS.

HE WANTS TO GO OUT AND FIND

THE LOST ONES AND BRING THEM

HOME.

HE WANTS TO DO THAT.

HE'LL LEAVE THE 99 TO GO FOR

THE ONE.

SO EVEN THOSE WHO AREN'T

ASKING, WHO HAVE NO IDEA HE

EXISTS, HE IS STILL FOUND BY

THEM.

SO FOR YOU TODAY, IF YOU'RE

INTERESTED IN THIS, TAKE

THAT CHALLENGE.

JESUS, WILL YOU SHOW UP FOR

ME?

WILL YOU MANIFEST YOURSELF

FOR ME?

WILL YOU SHOW ME?

AND IF YOU PRAY THAT, HE'LL

ANSWER.

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YOU WITH THIS, WE'RE HERE

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TERRY?

Terry: COMING UP, A

VILLAGE IS TRANSFORMED AFTER

A HINDU PRAYS.

HEAR HOW THAT HAPPENED,

NEXT.

Terry: WHEN A HINDU

FARMER NEEDED CLEAN WATER,

HE DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING

RADICAL.

HE PRAYED TO THE CHRISTIAN

GOD FOR HELP.

HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED NEXT,

AND HOW HIS PRAYER CHANGED

AN ENTIRE VILLAGE.

Reporter: RAISING

LIVESTOCKS IN THE HILLS OF

NORTHWEST INDIA CAN BE A

VERY DIFFICULT JOB,

ESPECIALLY IF YOU DON'T HAVE

A CLOSE WATER SOURCE.

SOHAN HAD TO WALK TWO MILES

TO GET WATER FOR HIS FAMILY,

CATTLE, AND GOATS.

HE BEGGED HIS HINDU GODS FOR

HELP, BUT NOTHING CHANGED.

THEN A LOCAL PASTOR

ENCOURAGED HIM TO PRAY TO

JESUS.

IN MY HEART, I WOULD PRAY

TO JETE JESUS EVERY

MORNING, NOONTIME, AND

EVENING, FOR WATER CLOSE TO

MY HOME.

Reporter: IT WASN'T

LONG UNTIL SOHAN SAW HIS

PRAYERS ANSWERED.

CBN'S LIVING WATERS TEAM

CAME TO HIS VILLAGE AND

DRILLED A WELL.

THIS WELL IS A BIG

BLESSING TO MY FAMILY AND

VILLAGE.

IT IS ALSO A BLESSING FOR MY

CATTLE AND GOATS.

NOW I CAN BATHE THEM AND

GIVE THEM PLENTY OF WATER TO

DRINK.

I AM SO HAPPY.

Reporter: SOHAN AND HIS

FAMILY GAVE THEIR LIVES TO

CHRIST.

AND THEY WEREN'T THE ONLY

ONES.

168 OTHER VILLAGERS WERE

BAPTIZED BECAUSE THEY SAW

THE WELL AS A TANGIBLE SIGN

THAT GOD IS REAL AND HE

LOVES THEM.

I BELIEVE JESUS CHRIST IS

IS THE ONE TRUE GOD BECAUSE

HE GAVE ME WATER AFTER I

PRAYED FOR A WELL.

MY FAMILY DRINKS WATER FROM

IT, AND THEY ARE HAPPY AND

AT PEACE.

WHEN I DIE, I KNOW I WILL BE

IN HEAVEN WITH JESUS

CHRIST.

Terry: PROVIDING CLEAN

DRINKING WATER, FOOD,

CLOTHING, EDUCATION FOR

CHILDREN, THESE ARE JUST

SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU

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AMAZING LOVE TO THE WORLD.

IT IS 65 CENTS A DAY, $20 A

MONTH, AND YOU'LL BE JOINING

WITH THOUSANDS OF OTHERS WHO

WILL BE DOING ALL OF THAT

AND MORE EVERY DAY.

OUR NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE,

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YOU CAN CALL RIGHT NOW.

GORDON?

Gordon: UP NEXT, HE WAS

A HINDU; SHE WANTED TO BE A

CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY.

AND TOGETHER THEY WERE A

MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN.

HE SAID TO ME, YOU KNOW,

YOU'RE THE FIRST WOMAN I

EVER LOVED.

AND I SAID, OH, I THINK I

LOVE YOU, TOO, ACTUALLY.

AND IT WAS LIKE A ROMEO &

JULIET THING.

WE THOUGHT, THIS COULD NEVER

BE.

Gordon: HEAR HOW A

DREAM BROUGHT THEM

TOGETHER.

UP NEXT.

Terry: THE HINDU

RELIGION HAS OVER

330 MILLION DEITIES.

GENE MARE WAS PLEDGED TO THE

GOD IN CHARGE OF

DESTRUCTION.

FOR YEARS, ANGER PLAGUED HIS

LIFE.

UNTIL HE MET A GIRL IN

COLLEGE NAMED AMY.

Reporter: GENE MARE

GREW UP IN CA KATHMANDU.

WHEN I WAS 13 YEARS OLD,

WE HAD THIS CEREMONY WHERE

YOU ARE DEDICATED TO THE

GODS OF YOUR ANCESTORS, AND

I WAS DEDICATED TO THE GOD

OF DESTRUCTION.

IT IS DEFINITELY A SPIRITUAL

EFFECT ON YOU BECAUSE YOU

HAVE MADE AGREEMENTS NOW.

Reporter: HE HARBORED A

LOT OF ANGER AS HE GOT

OLDER.

ANGER AND A LOT OF

NEGATIVITY ABOUT MYSELF.

MY INNER MAN WAS VERY

DEPRESSING AND GLOOMY.

AND AS THE YEARS WENT BY, I

GOT ANGRIER AND ANGRIER.

Reporter: AS A YOUNG

MAN, HE WANTED TO ATTEND

COLLEGE IN THE UNITED

STATES.

BUT THE ONLY SCHOOL OFFERING

HIM A SCHOLARSHIP WAS A

CHRISTIAN COLLEGE.

AND THEN WHEN I ARRIVED

ON CAMPUS, I REALIZED IT WAS

A FAIRLY RELIGIOUS

INSTITUTION.

THE 20-YEAR-OLD ME THOUGHT

THESE GUYS ARE HYPOCRITES.

ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS

CONVERT ME.

I KIND OF GAVE UP, AND I

SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT, I'M

GOING TO GET A DEGREE OUT OF

THIS THING AND GET OUT OF

HERE.

Reporter: ALONG THE

WAY, HE MET AMY, A CHRISTIAN

WHO MOVED INTO THE APARTMENT

NEXT DOOR.

HE BLEW ME AWAY WITH HIS

KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD AND

POLITICS.

WE STRUCK A REALLY GOOD

FRIENDSHIP.

THINGS DIDN'T BOTHER

HER.

SHE HAD A FREE SPIRIT ABOUT

HERSELF.

Reporter: BUT THERE

WERE PROBLEMS WITH THE

RELATIONSHIP.

HE WAS A HINDU BOY, AND I

WAS CLEAR I WAS GOING TO BE

A MISSIONARY IN BRAZIL.

Reporter: THE WEEK

AFTER GRADUATION, HE HAD A

CONFESSION.

HE SAID TO ME, YOU'RE THE

FIRST WOMAN I EVER LOVED.

AND I SAID, OH, I THINK I

LOVE YOU, TOO, ACTUALLY.

AND IT WAS LIKE A ROMEO &

JULIET THING.

THIS COULD NEVER BE.

Reporter: AFTER

COLLEGE, SILLUS RETURNED TO

NEPAL, WHERE HE WAS EXPECTED

TO MAKE AN ARRANGED

MARRIAGE.

HE RETURNED TO GRADUATE

SCHOOL, AND HE AND AMY DATED

FOR A WHILE, AND THEN THEY

BROKE UP.

SILLUS WAS LONELY AND

DEPRESSED, AND DECIDED TO

VISIT A CHURCH.

THE SPIRITUAL STUFF WAS

WEIGHING ON ME.

I WAS FIGURING OUT HOW TO

DEAL WITH THIS STUFF.

Reporter: IN A MOMENT

OF DESPERATION, SILLUS

DIRECTED HIS QUESTIONS TO

GOD.

WHY ALL OF THIS

DARKNESS?

WHY ALL OF THIS ANGER.

I JUST WANT SOMETHING TO

SAVE ME.

JESUS, IF YOU'RE REAL,

SOMEBODY SAVE ME.

I REMEMBER ASKING A

QUESTION, I SAID: WHY DID

YOU EVEN BRING AMY INTO MY

LIFE?

AND WHEN I ASKED THAT

QUESTION, I HEARD THIS

VOICE.

THE VOICE WAS AUDIBLE.

IT WAS A POWERFUL VOICE.

BECAUSE I LITERALLY TURNED

AROUND.

AND THE ANSWER WAS: BECAUSE

I'M PREPARING HER TO BE YOUR

WIFE.

AND I WASN'T REALLY ASKING

FOR A WIFE, NECESSARILY.

I WAS ASKING FOR SOMEBODY TO

SAVE ME.

Reporter: A FEW MONTHS

LATER, SILLUS KNEW HE

COULDN'T LIVE WITH THE

MISERY ANY LONGER.

I WAS SLEEPING, AND ALL

OF A SUDDEN I WOKE UP, AND I

FELT LIKE THE HOLY SPIRIT

WAS SAYING, NOW IS THE

TIME.

NOW IS THE TIME TO COME INTO

MY KINGDOM.

AT THAT POINT, I SAID, LORD,

I ACCEPT YOU AS MY LORD AND

MY SAVIOR.

I AM YOURS.

PLEASE FORGIVE ME OF ALL OF

MY SINS.

I FELT LIKE THE WEIGHT HAD

BEEN LIFTED.

I FELT LIKE THERE WAS

SOMETHING IN MY SPIRIT THAT

WAS -- IT WAS ALMOST LIKE

THINK OF A REALLY, REALLY

DARK ROOM, AND THEN ALL OF A

SUDDEN, LIKE, A SMALL CRACK

OPENS UP AND LIGHT SHINES

THROUGH.

AND YOU JUST KNOW IT.

THE LORD IS REAL, GOD IS IN

ME, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT IS

LIVING IN ME.

Reporter: TODAY SILLUS

AND AMY ARE MARRIED.

HE IS FREE FROM THE ANGER

THAT RULED HIS LIFE.

I HAVE SEEN IN HIM A

TREMENDOUS, TREMENDOUS

CHANGE, FROM REALLY A LIFE

OF ANGER TO A LIFE OF PEACE

AND JOY AND EAGERNESS TO

SERVE AND TO SHARE WITH

PEOPLE.

HE IS SOFT ANN GENTLE NOW.

THE WAY I SEE HIM DEAL WITH

OUR LITTLE GIRL, HE LOVES

THESE LITTLE GIRLS AND HE

TAKES CARE OF THEM.

JESUS CHRIST TO ME IS --

FIRST OF ALL, HE IS A

FRIEND.

HE WALKS WITH ME.

HE LIVES IN ME.

HE GUIDES ME.

HE IS JUST AMAZING.

HE IS EVERYTHING.

I MEAN, WHEN I'M DOWN HE

PULLS ME UP.

WHEN YOU EARNESTLY SEEK THE

FACE OF GOD AND YOU ARE

SINCERE IN YOUR SEEKING OF

THE FACE OF GOD, GOD SHOWS

UP.

Terry: AMAZING STORY,

ISN'T IT.

YOU KNOW, THERE IS A HUNGER

IN ALL OF US TO KNOW WHY

WE'RE HERE, TO KNOW WHAT

LIFE IS ABOUT.

AND IN MOST INSTANCES, IF WE

ENGAGE IN FAITH THAT IS

RULED BY RELIGION, IT IS

PERFORMANCE-BASED.

WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?

WHERE DO I HAVE TO GO?

HOW DO I HAVE TO PERFORM FOR

YOU, GOD?

IF WE'RE EVEN CONNECTING

WITH GOD.

IN THIS INSTANCE, CAN YOU

IMAGINE HUNDREDS -- HUNDREDS

OF MILLIONS OF DEITIES?

HOW DOES ONE EVEN CONNECT

WITH ANY KIND OF TRUTH IN

THAT.

AND HOW LOST WOULD IT BE TO

FEEL LIKE YOU CAN'T EVER GET

THERE FROM HERE.

NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, IT IS

NEVER GOOD ENOUGH.

THE ANXIETY OF WONDERING WHY

AM I HERE AND WHAT'S MY LIFE

ABOUT?

HOW AM I TO LIVE?

THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE FOR

ALL OF US.

WHAT AM I HERE FOR?

HOW AM I TO WALK THIS OUT?

ONE OF THE THINGS ABOUT

COMING HOME TO THE HEART OF

GOD IS THAT THE ANSWERS COME

WITH HIM.

THE UNDERSTANDING OF WHO HE

IS, AND THAT WEAR CREATED IN

HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS, AND

HE MEETS US RIGHT WHERE

WE'RE AT.

EVEN FOR SILLUS, HE MET HIM

RIGHT WHERE HE WAS AT, AND

THEN BEGAN TO SHOW HIM

TRUTH.

AND GOD WILL DO THAT FOR

YOU, TOO.

NO MATTER WHAT YOUR QUESTION

IS, WHAT IT IS YOU ARE

NEEDING TO KNOW, HE IS THE

GREAT I AM, AND HE CAN FILL

THAT VOID AND EMPTINESS.

AND HE IS A PRAYER AWAY.

CALL UPON ME, HE SAYS OVER

AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN

HIS WORDS.

ASK ME.

SEEK ME.

ONE OF THE THINGS WE WANT TO

ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO IS TO

GET INTO THE WORD OF GOD, TO

COME TO KNOW THE GOD THAT

SILLUS CAME TO KNOW.

GOD HAS A PLAN, AND IT

INVOLVES YOU AND ME, WHO

LOVES US BEYOND ALL

IMAGINING.

IF WOW LIKE TIF YOU WOULD

LIKE TO PRAY WITH SOMEONE,

YOU CAN CALL 1-888-777-1999,

AND YOU CAN PRAY WITH

SOMEONE ABOUT A SPECIFIC

NEED IN YOUR LIFE.

WE DO HAVE SOME QUESTIONS

THAT HAVE COME IN, SINCE

THIS IS "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: ESTHER

SAYS, "MY SON ATTENDS A

CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, AND

RECENTLY THEY ANNOUNCED THEY

WOULD INCORPORATE YOGA INTO

GYM CLASS.

I KNOW ABOUT YOGA'S ROOTS

AND HOW DIFFERENT POSSESS

ARE DONE TO HONOR THEIR

GODS.

I'M TROUBLED BY THIS.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?"

Terry: WELL, TO ME --

TODAY IN OUR CULTURE, YOGA

IS BECOMING QUITE POPULAR

FOR THE STRETCHING PART OF

IT.

I KNOW A LOT OF CHRISTIAN

PEOPLE WHO TAKE YOGA

CLASSES.

THEY DON'T CHANT MANTRAS,

AND THEY'RE NOT DOING

POSITIONS IN HONOR TO

ANYONE.

I THINK GOD IS ALWAYS ABOUT

OUR HEARTS.

WHAT ARE WE DOING SOMETHING

FOR?

THIS IS A GREAT

OPPORTUNITY -- I DON'T KNOW

WHAT AGE YOUR SON IS, BUT TO

TALK TO HIM ABOUT THIS.

THAT'S THE GREAT PRIVILEGE

WE HAVE AS PARENTS, TO

EXPLAIN THESE THINGS TO OUR

KIDS, TO SORT OF ARM THEM

WITH TRUTH AND ENLIGHTENMENT

SO THEY CAN GO INTO

SOMETHING LIKE THIS

UNDERSTANDING THAT THE THING

ITSELF IS NOT BAD.

IT IS THE MEANING BEHIND

IT.

IT IS WHAT MEANING WE GIVE

IT, WHAT VALUE WE GIVE IT.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Gordon: IT MIGHT JUST

BE SEMANTICS.

TRADITIONAL YOGA, I WOULD

TELL CHRISTIANS DON'T DO

THAT BECAUSE THERE IS

CHANTING AND INVOKING

SPECIFIC GODS.

AND IT'S ALL AN AID TO

VISUALIZE THAT GOD.

I DON'T KNOW, MAYBE THE

SCHOOL SHOULD CALL IT

PILATES OR SOMETHING OR

ANOTHER NAME, OR JUST

STRETCHING EXERCISES.

I KNOW SOME MEDITATION

TECHNIQUES, AND WHEN I -- IT

WAS INTERESTING HOW I WAS

USING THAT IN SOME SPIRITUAL

GIFTS CLASSES.

AND WHEN I SAID THIS WAS

CREATED BY A CARDIOLOGIST IN

KENTUCKY IN ORDER TO HELP

PEOPLE RELAX, THEN THE SORT

OF NEW-AGE PART OF IT, AM I

GETTING INTO BUDDHISM PART

OF IT ALL WENT AWAY.

IT IS ALL IN HOW YOU NAME

IT.

Terry: AND HOW YOU USED

IT, I THINK.

HERE IS ANOTHER QUESTION.

THIS ONE IS FROM KATELYN,

SHE SAYS, "MY FRIEND IS A

HINDU.

AND I HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR

A WAY TO CONVINCE HIM THAT

THE TRUE WAY TO GOD IS

THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.

BUT I HAVEN'T HAD MUCH

PROGRESS.

WHAT SHOULD I SAY OR DO?"

Gordon: YOU'RE NOT

GOING TO BE ABLE TO ARGUE

ANYBODY INTO THE KINGDOM OF

GOD.

IT JUST DOESN'T WORK THAT

WAY.

NUMBER ONE, ARE YOU AN

EXAMPLE.

Terry: YEAH, I AGREE.

Gordon: ARE YOU AT

APOSTLE WRITTEN FOR HIM?

ARE YOU THE EXAMPLE OF

LOVE?

AND ARE YOU CREATING AN

ATMOSPHERE AROUND YOU WHERE

THIS FRIEND SAYS, I WANT

THAT.

I DON'T HAVE THAT AND I WANT

THAT.

THAT WOULD BE NUMBER TWO.

AND NUMBER TWO, I REALLY

BELIEVE IN PRAYER.

AND PRAYER FOR SPECIFIC

PEOPLE.

THE APOSTLE PAUL ENCOURAGED

ALL OF US TO PRAY FOR ALL

PEOPLE EVERYWHERE, AND PRAY

THAT THEIR EYES WOULD BE

OPEN, THAT THEY WOULD HAVE A

HEART OF UNDERSTANDING.

PRAY FOR MESSENGERS AFTER

GOD'S OWN HEART TO COME TO

YOUR FRIEND.

PRAY, AND YOU'LL GET THE

RESULTS THAT YOU'RE LOOKING

FOR.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM ACTS 4: "THERE IS

NO SALVATION IN NO ONE

ELSE.

GOD HAS GIVEN NO OTHER NAME

UNDER HEAVEN BY WHICH WE

MUST BE SAVED, AND THAT NAME

IS JESUS CHRIST."

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