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700 Club Interactive : When Heaven Invades Earth - June 23, 2014

Is God judging the world today? Pastor David Addesa answers that question and more, as he shares how his faith was challenged when his only son was struck by lightning. Read Transcript


Gordon: A YOUNG TEEN IS

STRUCK BY ONE MILLION BOLTS

OF ELECTRICITY.

THE NEUROLOGIST TOLD US

THERE WAS NO HOPE.

I REMEMBER HIM SAYING

SPECIFICALLY, I DON'T SEE

ANY LIGHT AT THE END OF THE

TUNNEL.

Gordon: HOW ONE FAMILY

FOUND HOPE WHEN THEY THOUGHT

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 THE SHOW.

THEY SAY LIGHTNING DOESN'T

STRIKE THE SAME PLACE

TWICE.

THE FACT IS, IT IS RAREç FORç

LIGHTNING TO STRIKE EVEN

ONCE.

BUT TELL THAT TO THE ODDESA

FAMILY AFTER THEIR SON,

NOAH, WENT OUT TO PLAY ONE

DAY ON A CLOUDY AFTERNOON.

I JUST HAD GOTTEN HOMEçç

FROM SUBSTITUTE TEACHING

THAT DAY, AND I WAS TAKING

OFF MY SHOES AND I WAS

LOOKING OUT THE BACK WINDOW,

AND I SAW MY SON GET

STRUCK.

MY TWO DAUGHTERS WERE HOME

AS WELL.

WE RAN OUT AND HE HAD BEEN

THROWN INTO THE GARDEN, AND

WE TRIED TO REVIVE HIM.

FROM THE GET-GO, THE

NEUROLOGIST TOLD US THERE

WAS NO HOPE.

I REMEMBER HIM SAYING

SPECIFICALLY, I DON'Tç SEEç

ANY LIGHT AT THE END OF THE

TUNNEL.

THAT PHRASE IS BURNED IN MY

SOUL.

WE HAD -- WHAT THE

DOCTORS WERE TELLING US IS

THAT WE SHOULD REALLY PUT

NOAH IN A HOME.

AND THAT BRINGING HIM HOME

WITH US WOULD PRETTY MUCH

DESTROY OUR FAMILY.

IN A MOMENT OF WEAKNESS,

WEç DIDç AT LEAST ACKNOWLEDGE

THAT THEY SUGGESTED WE LOOK

AT ST. MARY'S LOCALLY HERE.

IT IS A FOR SEVERELY

DISABLED CHILDREN, WHEN

PARENTS HAVE NO HOPE.

WE LEFT THERE AND AFTER

ABOUT 10 MINUTES, WE SAID

WHAT ARE WE GOING HERE?

WE HAVE HOPE.

HIS NAME IS JESUS.

EVERY DAY WE HAVE HOPE.m

AND EVEN THOUGHç WE MAY NOT

SEE NOAH BE THE WAY I DESIRE

HIM TO BE, EVERY DAY HOLDS

HOPE THERE WILL BE NOTHING

NEW, SOMETHING DIFFERENT,

SOMETHING BETTER.

BECAUSE MY HOPE ULTIMATELY

COMES FROM HIM.

AND WHEN YOUR HOPE COMES

FROM HIM, YOU CAN HANDLE

ANYTHING HERE ON EARTH,

WHETHER YOUCY SEE IT OR YOU

DON'T SEE IT.

I DISCOVERED A FATHER

THAT IS SO AMAZING AND SO

GRACIOUS AND sOç LOVING(ç THAT

EVEN IN THE MIDST OF THE

PERSONAL CHALLENGES, NOAH'S

STAGNATED PROGRESS, MY

FATHER IN HEAVEN HAD NOTHING

TO DO WHATSOEVER WITH THE

TRAGEDY.

HE DIDN'T SEND IT.

IT WAS NOT IN HIS WILL.

HE WASN'T TRYING TO

DISCIPLINE ME.

BUT, IN FACT, THERE IS AN

ENEMY THAT INFLICTS AND

KILLS AND STEALS AND

DESTROYS GOD'S PEOPLE.

AN"ç THATç BECAME TOBERMORI OF

A REALITY TO ME THAN EVER

BEFORE.

HEALING AND WHOLENESS AND

HOPE ARRIVED.

Gordon: PLEASE WELCOME

THE AUTHOR OF "HAS EVERYBODY

INVADED EARTH," OUR DEAR

FRIEND, PASTOR ODESSA.

WELCOME TO THEy

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THANKç YOU.

Gordon: YOU HAVE TO ASK

THE AGE OLD QUESTION: WHY DO

BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO REALLY

GOOD PEOPLE?

DID YOU EVER ASK THAT, AND

IF SO, DID YOU GET AN

ANSWER?

I ASKED IT A LOT IN THE

BEGINNING.

MY BREAKTHROUGH CAME REALLY

WITH LOOKING AT MATTHEW 11,

THE STORY OF JOHN THE

BAPTIST, WHEN HE WAS IN A

HARD PLACE IN PRISON, FACING

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, AND

SENDINGç DISCIQéES TO JESUS,

ASKING THE SAME QUESTION.

THE WHY QUESTION SOMETIMES

NEVER GETS ANSWERED THIS

SIDE OF ETERNITY.

THROUGH MY JOURNEY WITH NOAH

I NO LONGER ASK IT ANYMORE.

I JUST ASK, WHAT'S NEXT,

LORD?

BECAUSE THE WHY QUESTION, IF

YOU LET IT PONDER LONG

ENOUGH, YOU BEGIN TO BUILD

ARGUMENTS WITH THEruJy

Gordon:ç A DEAR FRIEND

OF MINE SAID, EVEN ASKING

WHY IS ARGUMENTATIVE.

AND IF YOU GET ARGUMENTATIVE

WITH GOD, YOU'RE ON THE

LAUGHING END OF THAT

EQUATION.

YEAH.

Gordon: HOW HAS YOUR

JOURNEY SHAPED YOUR VIEW OF

GOD AND HIS SOVEREIGNTY?

WELL, IT'Sç PRETTYyU

HELPED ME TO MAKE SOME

DEFINITIVE STANCES IN MY

LIFE AS IT RELATES TO GOD.

I USED TO PONDER THINGS LIKE

CATASTROPHES AND CALAMITIES

ON THE EARTH.

THERE WAS PROBABLY A SEASON

OF MY LIFE WHERE I ACTUALLY

WOULD SAY, WELL, GOD DID

THAT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT,

AND I GUESS HE IS JUST DOING

IT AGAIN.

BUT MY JOURNEY WITH NOAH HAS

PRETTY WELL HELPED ME TOç

REDEFINE THATç AND TO

UNDERSTAND THAT'S NOT THE

WAY GOD OPERATES ON THE

EARTH TODAY, AND SO IT HAS

ALL CHANGED FOR ME.

Gordon: HOW DO YOU LOOK

AT IT NOW?

2 CORINTHIANS 9: 14: "FOR

GOD WAS IN CHRIST, BY

RECONCILING THEMSELVES TO TO

IF GOD IWç NOT LOOKING AT

THEIR TRANSGRESSIONS AGAINST

THEM, HE IS NOT LOOKING TO

JUDGE ANYBODY.

BUT WE HAVE AN INCREDIBLE

MESSAGE SAYING GOD IS

WAITING FOR YOU.

I KNEW THAT GOD WASN'T

JUDGING ME.

HE WASN'T DISCIPLINING ME.

HE IS NOT AB ABUSIVE.

ABUSIVE.

IT ALL GOT RESOLVED OVER

TIME THAT WAY.

Gordon: THERE IS AN OLDçç

ADAGE WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN

TO OTHER PEOPLE, IT IS

JUDGMENT.

BUT WHEN IT HAPPENS TO US,

IT IS A TEST.

EXACTLY.

Gordon: IT BECOMES VERY

SITUATIONAL.

HOW DID YOU FIND THE GRACE

TO RISE ABOVE THAT?

BECAUSE HERE YOU HAVE A

SITUATION, IT'S AS OLD AS

GREEK CIVILIZATION, ZUESS

THROWING THUNDER BOLTS.ç

HOWç DID YOU RISE ABOVE THAT

TO GET A DIFFERENT VIEW.

AND HOW LONG WAS THAT

JOURNEY?

I WOULD SAY A MATTER OF A

COUPLE OF MONTHS.

WHEN I WAS READING 1

CORINTHIANS 12, PAUL WAS

ADDRESSING THE CHURCH AND

BASICALLY SAYING HE WAS

ADDRESSING PEOPLE THAT

BELIEVED IN GREEK

MYTHOLOGY.

AS HE BEGAN TO DESCRIBE THE

FACT THAT NO ONE CAN CALL

JESUS LORD ACCEPT BY THE

SPIRIT.

AND NO ONEç CANç CALL HIM

CURSED BY THE SPIRIT.

HE BEGINS TO ADDRESS THE

FACT THAT IN REALITY THERE

IS ONE GOD, THERE IS ONE

SPIRIT.

THERE AREN'T MULTIPLE GODS

WARING AGAINST EACH OTHER.

IT WAS EASY FOR ME TO COME

TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THESE

KINDS OF THINGS DON'T OCCUR,

AT LEAST IN A CHRISTIAN

MINDSET, BECAUSE GOD IS

ONE.

I DON'T LOOK AT IT THAT WAY

ANYMORE.

I DON'T SEE ITç AS Aç BATTLE

BETWEEN ENTITIES LIKE THAT.

IS THAT ANSWERING YOUR

QUESTION?

Gordon: YES.

SO IT IS PRETTY SET IN MY

MIND NOW.

Gordon: HOW HAS IT

CHANGED YOUR VIEW ON

HEALING?

ACTUALLY, THAT'S AN

INTERESTING QUESTION.

NOAH'S EARLY JOURNEY -- THIS

OCCURRED, WHEN THE LIGHTNING

STRUCK HIM, IT BLEW HIS

EARDRUM OUT AND HIS RIGHT

EYE WAS PRETTYç WELL GONE.ç

THAT HAPPENED ON A FRIDAY,

AND BY SUNDAY, THE EAR,

NOSE, AND THROAT GUY WAS

EXAMINING HIM, AND THEY PUT

THE SCOPE IN HIS EAR AND HE

DIDN'T MOVE.

HE WOULD NORMALLY JUMP.

HE DID MULTIPLE

EXAMINATIONS, AND WENT TO

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BED.

CHART AND SAID, MAYBE WE

MADE A MISTAKE HERE.

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH

THIS BOY'S EAR.

WE HAD A MOMENT OF

BREAKTHROUGH FOR US, SAYING

THAT IS PRETTY AMAZING.

AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED

WITH THE EYE.

I WON'T GET INTO THAT, BUT

THE OPHTHALMOLOGIST CAME IN

AND BROUGHT ALL OF THESE

LASER THINGS.

SO WE SAT THERE AND THOUGHT,

THIS IS THE BEGKn

RESTORATION.

EVERYTHING JUST WENT VERY

SLOWLY.

SO ALL OF MY THEOLOGY ON

HEALING KIND OF WENT OUT THE

WINDOW.

AND I'M REALIZING THE

MYSTERY OF MY CHRISTIAN

FAITH IS WHO I AM.

THERE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE

MYSTERIES.

I JUST LOOK AT WHAT GOD IS

DOING, AND I DON'T FOCUS ON

WHAT HE IS NOT DOING.

HEALINGçç IS -- I'M AS STRONG

AN ADVOCATE OF PRAYING FOR

THE SICK AS I EVER HAVE

BEEN, BUT I HAVE TAKEN MY

FORMULAS AND PUT THEM ON THE

SHELF BECAUSE THEY DON'T

WORK.

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: I SAY, THE MORE

I LEARN ABOUT HEALING, THE

MORE GOD WANTS TO CHANGE

IT.

AND HE IS ALWAYS DOING

SOMETHING NEW.

AND I'VE HAD TO LEARN THAT

THE WORDS OF JESUS ARE

REALLY TRUE.

I SEE THE FATHER'Sç WORK INç

OUR WORK.

WHEN YOU'RE FOLLOWING HIS

LEADING AND HIS PROMPTING,

YOU ALWAYS ARE WALKING IN

THE MIRACULOUS.

AND SOMETIMES TRYING TO

FORCE THINGS IS NOT THE BEST

WAY TO DO IT.

BUT I STILL PRAY FOR THE

SICK.

ABSOLUTELY.

AND WE STILL PRAY FOR NOAH.

Gordon: AND I STILL

BELIEVE IN MIRACLES, AND I

STILL BELKe,

FOR NOAH.

YES.

Gordon: THAT GOD IS

ABLE.

THERE IS A MYSTERY SOMETIMES

TO THE TIMING OF IT.

YES.

Gordon: IT IS A

PROFOUND INSIGHT YOU HAVE IN

TERMS OF JOHN THE BAPTIST.

HERE IS JOHN IN PRISON, AND

HIT IS LIKE HE LITERALLY

GIVES UP THAT JESUS IS THE

MESSIAH.

AND HE SENDS THE QUESTION,

ARE YOU THE MANç OR DOç WE

LOOK FOR ANOTHER.

AND HE GOT THE DIRECTION

FROM GOD AL ALMIGHTY THAT

THIS IS HIS SON, JESUS.

AND THERE WAS A COMPLETE

REVELATION, BEFORE I

EXISTED, HE EXISTED.

THAT HE IS THE PRE-EXISTENT

ONE, AND BY HIM ALL THINGS

ARE CREATED.

SO HE HAD THISç MAGNIFICENTç

REVELATION, BUT IN THE

MIDDLE OF HIS DISPAIR, IN

THE MIDDLE OF A PRISON.

HE WAS WONDERING, CAN YOU

MOVE THIS UP?

CAN YOU ACCELERATE THAT?

EXACTLY.

Gordon: AND THE OUTCOME

FOR HIM WASN'T GOOD.

UH-UH.

NO.

Gordon: ARE YOU OKAY IF

THE OUTCOME FOR NOAH ISN'T

GOOD?

YOU KNOW, A MUTUAL FRIEND

OF OURS, CHRISçç DUE PRE.

WE WERE HAVING LUNCH AND HE

NOTICED MY WIFE WASN'T WITH

ME FOR A COUPLE OF THE EARLY

EVENTS.

HE WAS KIND OF CURIOUS TO

THAT.

I SAID, I NEGLECTED TO TELL

YOU THE STORY OF MY SON.

AND SO I BEGAN TO TELL HIM

THE STORY OF MY SON, NOAH.

HE PUT HIS FORK AND KNIFE

DOWN AND AFTER A WHILE HE

SAID, HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

AND I SAID, DO WHAT?

HEç SAID, HOWç DO YOU PASTOR A

CHURCH AND WALK THE WALK YOU

DO, AND HAVE A SON LIKE

NOAH.

I SAID, BECAUSE THE LORD

ALLOWS ME TO HAVE OCCASIONAL

MELTDOWNS.

THAT WILL MEAN AT TIMES I

LITERALLY HAVE A MELTDOWN

BEFORE THE LORD.

I'LL WEEP AND I'LL CRY AND

JUST HAVE A TIME WHERE ALL

OF A SUDDEN WHEN I GO

THROUGH THAT, THERE IS A

RELEASE THAT HAPPENS.

IT JUST LIFTS OFF OF ME.ç

I'M NEVER MGRD THAN A COUPLE

OF WEEKS AWAY FROM TEARS,

BUT THAT IS EXTREMELY

IMPORTANT FOR ME.

IT IS THE WAY GOD MADE ME

AND HE HELPS ME TO GET

STRONGER SOMEHOW.

IT'S VERY STRANGE, BUT

THAT'S A JOURNEY THAT KEEPS

ME GOING FORWARD.

Gordon: HOW ARE YOU

DIFFERENT NOW IN MINISTERING

TO OTHERS?

I FOUND A GREAT

BREAKTHROUGH WHEN I MINISTER

OUT OF MY BROKENNESS.

REALLY THAT Ks THEç THEME OF

MY LIFE NOW.

WHENEVER I HAVE MOMENTS OF

BROKENNESS, IT SEEMS TO BE

ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE

TIMES OF MINISTRY FOR ME.

I DON'T DENY IT, AND PEOPLE

CAN RELATE TO THE

BROKENNESS.

THEY SEEM TO RECEIVE MORE.

Gordon: I KNOW EVEN IN

MY LIFE, I HAVE A MOTTO FOR

IT, THAT GOD HAS TO BREAK ME

IN ORDER TO USE ME.

THERE YOU GO.

Gordon: AND IT'S IN MY

ACCEPTINGçç THAT AND SAYING,

LORD, WHATEVER YOU WANT IS

OKAY.

I'M OKAY WITH THAT.

YES.

Gordon: BECAUSE I KNOW

YOUR INTENTIONS FOR ME ARE

GOOD.

AND IN THE END, ALL THINGS

ARE GOING TO WORK TOGETHER

FOR GOOD, AND I TRUST YOU.

YES.

Gordon: AND THERE IS AN

ABANDONMENT OF YOUR WILL IN

THAT.

YES.

Gordon: IT'S NOT MY

WILL, BUT LET YOUR WILL BE

DONE.

JOB IS MY HEROJez THATç

ONE, THOUGH HE SLAY ME, YET

I WILL PRAY HIM.

Gordon: I IMAGINE YOU

SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN JOB?

YES.

Gordon: YOU'VE BECOME

AN EXPERT.

WELL, WE'RE OUT OF TIME, BUT

I ENCOURAGE YOU THAT IF

YOU'VE HAD TRAGEDY, IF

YOU'VE GONE THROUGH PAIN,

THIS BOOK WILL MINISTER TO

YOU.

"HAS HEAVEN INVADEDç EARTH?"

WEBSITE.

JUST GO TO

700CLUBINTERACTIVE.COM.

DAVID, GOD BLESS YOU.

THANK YOU.

Gordon: COMING UP, A

YOUNG GIRL IS REJECTED BY

HER FATHER AND LEFT IN

POVERTY.

FIND OUT HOW SHE FELT HOPE

FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME.

RIGHT AFTER THIS.

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Gordon: THE DAUGHTER IN

OUR NEXT STORY WAS ABANDONED

BY HER FATHER, AFTER HE LEFT

HER MOTHER FOR ANOTHER

WOMAN.

THIS YOUNG WOMAN WAS

DEVASTATED, UNTIL SHE FOUND

HELP AT A SUMMER CAMP.

Terry: FOR YEARS, SA

MING WALKED AROUNDç WITHç HER

HEAD DOWN AND A DEEP SADNESS

INSIDE.

MY DAD LEFT MY MOTHER FOR

ANOTHER WOMAN WHEN I WAS 12

YEARS OLD.

HE HAD A SON WITH HER, SO HE

DISOWNED US AND TOOK

EVERYTHING WE HAD.

Terry: MING TRIED TO

FIND A JOB TO HELP WITH THE

FAMILY FINANCES, BUT NO ONE

WOULD HIRE THE YOUNG GIRL.

SHE KNEW SHE HAD TO DROP OUT

OF SCHOOL BECAUSE HER MOM

COULD NO LONGER AFFORD TO

PAY FOR HER SCHOOLçç FEES.

WE BARELY HAD ENOUGH

MONEY FOR FOOD AND CLOTHES.

THEN "OPERATION BLESSING"

CAME TO MING'S CLASS WITH A

SUMMER CAMP.

ONE OF THE "OPERATION

BLESSING" COUNSELLORS TOOK A

SPECIAL INTEREST IN HER.

SHE WAS SO LOVING, I FELT

LIKE I COULD TRUST HER.

SO I TOLD HER ABOUT MY

FATHER AND HOW I WAS GOING

TO HAVE TO QUIT SCHOOL.

Reporter:

"OPERATION BLESSING" OFFERED

TO

MONTH IT TAKES FOR MING TO

STAY IN SCHOOL AND TOLD HER

ABOUT SOMEONE THAT COULD

CHANGE HER LIFE.

SHE TOLD ME HOW JESUS

DIED FOR MY SINS, AND THAT

EVEN THOUGH MY FATHER LEFT

ME, I COULD HAVE A HEAVENLY

FATHER WHO WOULD ALWAYS BE

THERE FOR ME.

I HAD NEVER HEARD ABOUT THIS

GOD BEFORE.

Terry: MING PRAYED TO

BECOME A CHRISTIAN.

AND TODAY IS FULL OF HOPE

FOR THE FUTURE.çç

SHE IS ALWAYS SMILING.

I NEVER THOUGHT THERE WOULD

BE SOMEONE TO CARE FOR US

LIKE "OPERATION BLESSING"

DOES.

Terry: MING IS NO

LONGER THE BROKEN GIRL SHE

USED TO BE.

NOW SHE HAS FRIENDS AND A

CONFIDENCE SHE NEVER HAD

BEFORE.

THANK YOU TO "OPERATION

BLESSING" FOR EVERYTHING.

WITHOUT YOU I WOULD NOT HAVE

THIS GREAT LIFE.

AND I NEVER WOULD HAVE MET

MYçç HEAVENLY FATHER.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Gordon: AND THANK YOU,

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ALL YOU'VE GOT TO DO IS PICK

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COMING UP NEXT, HE WENT INTO

THE HOSPITAL TO HAVE A

KIDNEY STONE REMOVED, AND HE

WOUND UP IN HEAVEN.

EVERYTHING IS ALIVE.

NOTHING IS DEAD.

I DON'T MEAN JUST ALIVE,

LIKE GRASS.

IT IS INTELLIGENT,ç IT CANó0@&C @&C"P%MOVE.

IT THINKS.

AND SOMEONE SAYS, WELL,

THAT'S WAY OUT THERE.

IT WAS WAY OUT THERE FOR ME,

TOO, TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH.

Gordon: WHY THIS MAN

TOOK A TRIP TO HEAVEN, AND

WHY HE CAME BACK DOWN TO

EARTH, AFTER THIS.

çççççç

Gordon: DEAN BRAXTON

CHECKED INTO THE HOSPITAL TO

HAVE A KIDNEY STONE

REMOVED.

BUT HE WOKE IN A PLACE ONLY

COULD BE DESCRIBED AS OUT OF

THIS WORLD.

DEAN WANTED TO STAY THERE,

BUT INSTEAD HE CAME BACK TO

TELL ALL OF US THAT HEAVEN

IS REAL.

I COULDN'Tç CATCH MYç

BREATH.

IT WAS GETTING SHALLOWER AND

SHALLOWER.

AND I REMEMBER SAYING TO

MYSELF, I AM DYING.

AND THEN HIS TEMPERATURE

DROPPED.

AND I LOOKED AT THE

DOCTOR, AND I SAID, WHAT'S

WRONG WITH HIM?

HIS HEART STOPPED.

AND HE SAYS, WELL, WE

NEED TO INTUBATE YOUR

HUSBAND RIGHT NOW OR ELSE HE

COULD DIE.

AND THEN WE STARTEDñr DOINGç

THE CHEST COMPRESSIONS.

Reporter: DEAN

BRAXTON'S SYSTEM WAS

SHUTTING DOWN.

IT STARTED AS A ROUTINE

PROCEDURE TO REMOVE A KIDNEY

STONE, AND NOW HE WAS

DYING.

DR. EMMANUEL WAS ON DUTY AT

THE CRITICAL CARE UNIT AT

ST. FRANCIS ON FEDERAL WAY

IN WASHINGTON.

HE EXPLAINSçç WHAT WENT

WRONG.

FOR HIM, IT WAS NOT GOD

BECAUSE OF THE BACTERIA.

Reporter: DEAN'S BODY

WENT INTO MULTI-ORGAN

FAILURE AND HIS HEART

FLATLINED.

THEY WORKED FURIOUSLY TO

REVIVE HIM.

DEAN'S WIFE, MARILYN,

PRAYED.

I SAID, LORD, YOU SAID IN

YOUR WORD THAT YOU HAVE COME

TOç GIVEç LIFE AND LIFE

ABUNDANTLY.

AND I CLAIM THAT ABUNDANT

LIFE FOR HIM.

Reporter: AT TIMES THE

UNIT WAS IN CHAOS AS THEY

WORKED TO SAVE DEAN'S LIFE.

BUT HE WAS EXPERIENCING

SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT.

I WASN'T AFRAID.çç

IT WAS, LIKE, I'M GOING

HOME.

Reporter: DEAN BELIEVES

HE WENT TO HEAVEN.

WHEN I FIRST ENTERED IN,

IT WAS JUST BRIGHT.

IT WASN'T SO MUCH WHAT I SAW

AS MUCH AS WHAT I

EXPERIENCED.

THE FIRST THING I PERCEIVED

WAS EVERYTHING WAS RIGHT.

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG

HERE.

ANDZÑ SAIDç THERE IS PEACE.

THERE IS A SCRIPTURE IN THE

BIBLE IN PHILLIPIANS, PEACE

THAT SURPASSES

UNDERSTANDING, AND THAT'S

WHAT IS GOING ON THERE.

IT IS LANDSCAPE, BUT MORE

BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS

ALIVE.

NOTHING IS DEAD.

I DON'T MEAN JUST ALIVE LIKE

GRASS.

I MEAN IT IS INTELLIGENT.

IT CAN MOVE.

IT THINKS.

AND SOMEONE SAYS, WELL, THAT

IS WAY OUT THERE.ç

WELL, IT

FOR ME, TOO, TO TELL YOU THE

TRUTH.

WE'VE GOT A PULSE.

Reporter: DEAN SAYS HE

FELT LIKE HE WAS BEING

PULLED BACK INTO HIS BODY.

THEN HE FLATLINED A SECOND

TIME.

AGAIN, HE WAS IN HEAVEN.

THIS TIME HE SAW JESUS.çç

THE FIRST THING THAT

COMES TO ME IS HE IS

BRIGHT -- JUST LIKE JOHN

SAYS, HE IS BRIGHTER THAN

THE NOON-DAY SUN.

AND THE NEXT PHRASE I SAY I

WISH PEOPLE COULD GRAB IT,

AND IT'S THIS ONE: AND WE

COULD LOOK AT HIM.ç

WHAT YOU'REç LOOKING AT IS

NOT JUST THE PHYSICAL PART,

BUT YOU'RE EXPERIENCING THE

LOVE HE HAS FOR YOU.

IT IS LIKE HE ONLY LOVES YOU

AND NO ONE ELSE.

AND I SAW HIM COMMUNICATING

TO ANGELS.

HE WOULD JUST LOOK AT THEM.

AND THEY WOULD ACKNOWLEDGE

RECEIVING HIS INFORMATION,

BOW BEFORE HIM, LIKE THIS,

AND THEN BACK OUT.

AND IT WAS, LIKE,ç WHOA!ç

Reporter: DEAN ADMITS

HE DIDN'T WANT TO COME

BACK.

AND I'M GOING TO TELL YOU

THE TRUTH, I WAS HAPPY.

I WAS PLANNING ON STAYING,

YOU KNOW.

AND PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY,

DIDN'T YOU LOVE YOUR WIFE

AND YOUR CHILDREN?

YES, I LOVE THEM PROBABLY

MORE THAN I EVER COULD.

BUT I WAS THINKING, YOU COME

HERE.

YOU COME HERE WHERE

EVERYTHING IS RIGHT.

Reporter: ANDç THENç DEAN

SAW FAMILY HE HADN'T SEEN IN

A LONG TIME.

AND YET ON THE OTHER SIDE

OF JESUS WAS MY FAMILY.

MY GRANDMOTHER, MARY, BUT

WITH HER WERE OTHER

RELATIVES.

AND SOME I HAD RECOGNIZED.

I HAD BEEN ON THIS PLANET

WHEN THEY WERE HERE.

BUT THEN THERE WAS

GENERATION AFTER GENERATION

AFTER GENERATION AFTER

GENERATION OF THOSE THAT

ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST AS

LORD ANDçç SAVIOR, THAT HELPED

TO PRODUCE ME ON THIS

PLANET, THEY CAME TO GREET

ME IN.

AND IT WAS, LIKE, GOD.

Reporter: WHILE DEAN

WAS IN HEAVEN, MARILYN

CONTINUED ASKING GOD FOR A

MIRACLE.

I PURPOSED IN MY HEART

THAT WHATEVER THE OUTCOME, I

WAS GOING TO FOLLOW GOD ALL

THE WAY.

Reporter: AFTER AN HOUR

AND 45 MINUTES, DEAN CAME

BACK WITH Açç WEAK BUT STEADY

HEARTBEAT.

BUT THE BACTERIA HAD TONE

DONE A LOT OF DAMAGE, AND HE

HAD TO GO ON DIALYSIS.

I DID NOT THINK HE WAS

GOING TO SURVIVE.

AND IN A WAY I TOLD HIS WIFE

THAT, THAT NOW WE HAVE TO

JUST PRAY AND WAIT BECAUSE

THERE IS NOTHING ELSE I CAN

DO.

I BELIEVE IN HEALING.

I BELIEVE THAT GOD IS Açç

HEALER.

AND I WAS TRUSTING GOD FOR

DEAN'S HEALING.

Reporter: THREE DAYS

LATER, DEAN WOKE UP.

HE WAS SO EAGER.

WE'VE GOT TO GET PEOPLE

SAVED.

WE'VE GOT TO LET PEOPLE KNOW

ABOUT JESUS.

Reporter: DESPITE

DOCTORS' CONCERNS THAT

DEAN'S PROLONGED ORDEAL

WOULD LEAVE HIM IMPAIRED OR

EVEN WORSE, THERE ARE NO

SIGNS THAT DEAN EVEN HAD A

BRUSH WITH DEATH.

HE IS THE PICTURE OF

HGa

INçFACT, THE STAFF AT

ST. FRANCIS HOSPITAL DUBBED

HIM "THE MIRACLE MAN."

HE IS A MIRACLE.

THERE IS NO QUESTION ABOUT

IT.

THAT HE IS TALKING, THAT HE

HAS NO BRAIN DAMAGE.

BUT THIS IS VERY EXCEPTIONAL

BECAUSE HE WAS REALLY,

REALLY DEAD FOR A LONG

TIME.

Reporter: SO WHAT DOES

A MAN DO WHO HAS EXPERIENCED

HEAVEN AND STILL WANTS TO BE%

THERE?

SOMETHING THAT KEEPS HIS

FEET FIRMLY PLANTED.

I FELT LIKE HE WAS

SAYING, I NEED YOU THERE

MORE THAN I NEED YOU THERE.

AN HERE.

AND I BEGAN TO UNDERSTAND

HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS POR ME

FOR ME TO COMPLETE WHAT GOD

WANTS ME TO DO HERE.ç

I TELL M]ST OF THE TIME, I'M

ON MY WAY HOME.

DON'T GET ME WRONG.

I'M ON MY WAY HOME.

THIS IS THE PATHWAY MY

FATHER SAYS I HAVE TO GO TO

GET HOME.

Gordon: WE ARE ALL ON

OUR WAY HOME.

THE BIBLE SAYS WE'RE

SOJOURNERS HERE O ON THIS

PLANET.

WE'RE HERE FOR A VERY BRIEF

PERIOD OF TIME WHEN YOU

COMPAREç IT TOç ETERNITY.

THIS IS BUT A MOMENT.

AND WE'RE ALL STRANGERS, AND

SOJOURNERS.

AND THIS REALLY ISN'T OUR

HOME.

WHERE IS OUR HOME?

IT'S WITH OUR FATHER, OUR

HEAVENLY FATHER.

AND HE IS THE ONE THAT HAS

CREATED US, AND HE HAS

CREATED US TO DO GOOD

WORKS.

AND WHEN YOU START

UNDERSTANDING THAT, JUST

WRAP YOUR MIND AROUND THIS

WONDERFUL VERSE, THAT BEFOREt FOUNDATIONç OF THE WORLD,

GOD CREATED GOOD WORKS FOR

US TO WALK INTO.

SO ASK YOURSELF THIS

QUESTION: TODAY, ARE YOU

READY?

IF YOUR TIME, IF YOUR

SOJOURN ON THIS PLANET IS

OVER, ARE YOU READY?

AND DO YOU KNOW IF YOU'LL

SPEND ETERNITY WITH JESUS?

HE'S THE ONE, HE'STHEç WAY,

THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.

AND NO ONE COMES TO THE

FATHER BUT BY HIM.

AND THE AMAZING THING IS

LOVED US SO MUCH, THAT WHILE

WE WERE YET SINNERS, HE HAS

DIED FOR US.

AND HE HAS TAKEN AWAY ALL OF

OUR SIN.

NOW, HOW DO YOU GET THAT?

YOU GET IT BY BELIEVING ON

HIM.çç

BY BELIEVING THAT JESUS IS

THE SON OF GOD, THAT BY HIM

AND THROUGH HIM ALL THINGS

ARE CREATED.

HE WAS THE PREEXISTENT ONE.

HE WASN'T JUST BORN IN A

STABLE IN BETHLEHEM.

HE CAME AND HE WAS PART OF

CREATION.

HE WAS PART OF GOD'S GREAT

PLAN FOR REDEMPTION.

THAT WE WOULD YET AGAIN BE

WITH HIM IN A WONDERFUL

GARDEN, AND HEç WOULDç BE OUR

FATHER AND WE WOULD BE HIS

CHILDREN.

IF YOU DON'T KNOW IF YOU'RE

SAVED, GIVE US A CALL.

WE'D BE GLAD TO SORT OF WALK

YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS AND

GIVE YOU THE VERSES FROM THE

BIBLE THAT WE STAND ON.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE.

1-888-777-1999.

AND WE'VE GOT A PACKET FOR

YOU CALLED "A NEW DAY."

IT IS A C.D. TEACHING ON

WHAT DO CHRISTIANS BELIEVE?

HOW DO YOUç;H&IVE THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE?

IT'S ALL FREE.

THE PHONE CALL IS FREE.

MAKE IT NOW.

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, LET'S GO OVER TO

MARGUERITE IN OUR SHAT

ROOM.

GORDON THIS IS FROM

RODNEY.

"I HEARD SOMEONE SAY THE

OTHER DAY THAT GOD DOESN'T

ALWAYS HEAL.

THAT GOD SOMETIMES USES

PEOPLE AND THEIR MISFORTUNES

TO BE MIRACLES FOR SOMEONE

ELSE.

I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND

IF GOD LOVES US AND HE CAN

HEAL, THEN WHY DOESN'T HE?"

Gordon: IT IS AN

AGE-OLD QUESTION.

MY RESPONSE IS THIS: JESUS

WENT ABOUT DOING GOOD, AND

YOU FIND THIS IN ACTS 10.

JESUS WENT ABOUT DOING GOOD,

HEALING ALL WHO WERE

OPPRESSED BY THE DEVIL.

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THE

SOURCE OF THE FLICTIOçç

AFFLICTION THAT WE'RE UNDER

HERE ON THIS PLANET, THAT

THAT'S A DEMONIC SOURCE,

THEN LOOK TO THE SOURCE OF

HEALING.

LOOK TO JESUS, THE AUTHOR

AND THE FINISHER OF OUR

FAITH.

I'VE BEEN IN MEETINGS WHERE

MIRACLES ARE JUST HAPPENING,

AND THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF

HEALINGS GOING ON, JUST

LITERALLY POPPING OFF.

AND SOME PEOPLE, IN THE

MIDDLE OF THAT SAMEç MEETINGç

ARE NOT GETTING HEALED.

WHY?

I DON'T KNOW.

I DON'T KNOW.

IT IS A GREAT MYSTERY TO

ME.

AND WHY SOME PEOPLE SEEM TO

FIND THE FAITH TO BELIEVE,

AND BELIEVE FOR JUST

INCREDIBLE MIRACLES.

EVEN THAT STORY WE JUST SAW,

HERE IS A WIFE WHO BELIEVED

HER HUSBAND WOULD BE RAISED

FROM THE DEAD.

AND THE DOCTOR SAID HE WAS

DEAD FOR A VERY LONGç TIME.ç

SHE BELIEVED AND GOT HER

HEALING.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM JEREMIAH 1: "I'VE

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