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700 Club Interactive: The Case for Christ - April 2, 2015

Best-selling author Eric Metaxas tells us how a mysterious dream changed his life. Read Transcript


Gordon: THERE ARE SOME

Gordon: THERE ARE SOME

THINGS THEY DON'T TEACH YOU

IN SCHOOL.

WHO AM I?

WHERE AM I GOING?

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF

LIFE?

Gordon: ERIC HAD TO GET

THOSE ANSWERS IN THE MOST

UNUSUAL PLACE.

IT JUST COMPLETELY BLEW

MY MIND.

Gordon: HIS STRANGE

DREAM, ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY

FOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORER

TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

WELL, WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

EVERY EASTER SEASON PEOPLE

ARE SEARCHING, AND WE'RE NOT

JUST TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE

LOOKING FOR EASED EGGS.

THIS TIME OF YEAR, MEN AND

WOMEN ON THE FRINGES OF

FAITH WILL TAKE A PERSONAL

JOURNEY, SEARCHING FOR

MEANING AND SEARCHING FOR

GOD.

Terry: TODAY ERIC

MATACSUS IS THE BEST-SELLING

AUTHOR, HE HAS HOSTED A

PRAYER BREAKFAST WITH

PRESIDENT OBAMA, AND HE HAS

BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR

EXCELLENCE BY PRESIDENT

BUSH.

HE IS A LEADING INTELLECTUAL

IN CHRISTIAN CIRCLES, ALL

BECAUSE HE WENT SEARCHING

FOR THE TRUTH AND FOUND IT

IN A MYSTERIOUS DREAM.

I WAS ALWAYS THE SMART

KID.

I GOT STRAIGHT "A"s.

AND SO I WAS LIKELY TO GET

TO YALE.

THEY SAY IT THE BEST

EDUCATION YOU CAN GET.

BUT IT IS NOT BECAUSE IT

DOESN'T ANSWER QUESTIONS

LIKE: WHO AM I?

WHERE AM I GOING?

WHAT IS THE MEANING

OF LIFE?

WHEN I GRADUATED, I WAS

LOST.

I CAME UP WITH THIS IMAGE OF

ICE, AND BELOW THE ICE IS

THE CONSCIENCE, OR THE GOD

FORCE.

SO DRILL THROUGH THE ICE AND

REACH WHAT WE CALL GOD OR

THE ENERGY FORCE.

IT MADE SENSE TO ME AT THE

TIME.

WELL, ONE NIGHT I HAD THIS

DREAM.

AND IN THE DREAM, I'M

STANDING ON THE SURFACE, THE

APPROACH SURFACE OF

CANDLEWOOD LAKE IN

CONNECTICUT, WHERE I GREW

UP.

WE'RE ICE FISHING AND THERE

IS A HOLE IN THE ICE.

I LOOK DOWN AND I SEE A FISH

STICKING ITS NOSE OUT OF THE

HOLE.

IF YOU EVER ICE FISHED, YOU

KNOW NEVER HAPPENS.

I REACH DOWN AND PICK IT UP,

AND IT IS THIS PICK ROLL OR

PIPE, AND IT IS A

BRONZE-GREEN COLOUR.

BUT IN THE SUNLIGHT, IT

LOOKED GOLDEN.

THEN I REALIZE IT ISN'T

GOLDEN, BUT IT IS A REAL

FISH.

SUDDENLY IN THE DREAM, IT

DROPPED INTO MY HEAD THAT

GOD WAS SPEAKING.

AND I REALIZED THAT GOD HAS

JUST ONE-UPPED ME WITH MY

OWN SYMBOL SYSTEM.

HE SAID TO ME, ERIC, YOU

WANTED TO TOUCH INERT WATER,

TO TOUCH THIS COLLECTIVE

UNCONSCIOUS.

I HAVE SOMETHING MORE THAN

YOU.

I HAVE MY SON, JESUS CHRIST,

THE SON OF GOD, OUR SAVIOR,

A LIVING PERSON.

IN THE DREAM I SUDDENLY

REALIZED THAT GOD WAS

SPEAKING TO ME AND TELLING

ME JESUS IS LORD.

I WAS FLOODED WITH JOY IN

THE DREAM.

I KNEW MY SEARCH WAS OVER.

THIS DREAM WAS JESUS

SPEAKING TO ME ABOUT

HIMSELF, USING THE

VOCABULARY OF MY OWN HEART.

THIS IDEA I HAD, I'VE NEVER

SHARED THAT WITH A SOUL.

IT WOULD MEAN NOTHING TO

ANYONE IN THE WORLD.

BUT IT COMPLETELY BLEW MY

MIND AND I WAS FLOODED WITH

JOY.

THE NEXT DAY I WENT TO WORK

AND I TOLD MY FRIEND.

AND HE SAYS, WHAT DO YOU

THINK IT MEANS?

I SAID, I KNOW WHAT IT

MEANS, I HAVE ACCEPTED

JESUS.

BEFORE THEY WOULD HAVE MADE

ME CRINGE, BUT 26 YEARS AGO,

THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING AND

IT WAS A TRUE MIRACLE.

FOR ME, THE MOST IMPORTANT

PART OF TELLING MY TESTIMONY

IS THAT GOD KNOWS US BETTER

THAN WE KNOW OURSELVES.

AND HE CAN SPEAK TO US IN A

WAY THAT IS INDIVIDUAL.

HE DOESN'T JUST SPEAK TO US

GENERALLY.

THIS IS NOT A

ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL, RIGHT OFF

THE RACK THING.

HE WANTS TO SPEAK TO US AS

TO WHAT IS ON OUR HEARTS.

Gordon: WE WERE MADE TO

HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM.

IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN, HE

WOULD COME DOWN IN THE COOL

OF THE EVENING AND SPEAK

WITH US FACE TO FACE.

HE WANTS TO DO THAT.

YOU'RE MADE FOR THAT.

IF YOU HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT IT,

IF YOU HAVE DOUBTS, IS THERE

A GOD, WHAT IS HE LIKE,

WELL, LOOK TO JESUS.

HE IS THE EMBODIMENT OF

GOD.

HE IS GOD COME TO EARTH TO

DWELL WITH US.

THAT'S HIS NAME.

EMMANUEL.

IT MEANS "GOD WITH US."

REALIZE, HE WANTS TO COME

TALK TO YOU.

IF YOU HAVE DOUBTS, HERE IS

A SIMPLE PRAYER: JESUS, IF

YOU'RE THERE, COULD YOU SHOW

ME?

IF YOU CAME FOR ME, IF YOU

WANT A RELATIONSHIP WITH ME,

COULD YOU SHOW ME?

COULD YOU SHOW UP FOR ME.

IF YOU PRAYED THAT WITH ALL

OF YOUR HEART, THE BIBLE

SAYS WHEN YOU SEEK ME WITH

ALL OF YOUR HEART, THEN

YOU'LL FIND ME.

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, LIKE ERIC,

JIM WARNER WALLACE WENT

SEARCHING FOR GOD.

BUT HE DIDN'T GET AN ANSWER

IN A DREAM.

INSTEAD, JIM USED HIS SKILLS

AS A HOMICIDE DEDUCT TIFF

DETECTIVE, AND TRIED TO

UNCOVER THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT

THE BIGGEST MURDER OF ALL

TIME.

Reporter: THERE IS NO

STATUTE OF LIMITATION ON

MURDER.

AND THE ONES THAT ARE

UNSOLVED GO INTO A COLD CASE

FILE.

IN TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA,

THOSE CASES LANDED ON THE

DESK OF JIM WARNER WALLACE.

IN THE END, YOU'RE TRYING

TO FIGURE OUT WHAT JUST

HAPPENED HERE, AND

CONSTANTLY ENTERING EACH

SCENE AND ASKING, WHAT

REALLY HAPPENED HERE?

USING THE EVIDENCE AVAILABLE

TO YOU.

THESE ARE CASES THAT WERE

GIVEN UP FOR LOSS.

NOBODY HAD ANY EXPECTATIONS

OF EVER SOLVING THOSE

CASES.

Reporter: JIM STARTED

IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AS A

PATROL OFFICER.

A SECOND GENERATION COP, HE

WORE HIS BADGE PROUDLY.

BY HIS 30s, HE WAS

PROMOTED TO DETECTIVE.

AND HE WAS A LOVING HUSBAND,

DEDICATED FATHER, AND A

DEVOUT ATHEIST.

I WAS HAPPY LIVING WITH

THE IDEA WHEN I CLOSED MY

EYES, I WOULD GO BACK TO THE

DIRT.

THE IDEA OF A LIFE AFTER

THIS WAS MEANINGLESS TO ME.

IF YOU TOLD ME I WAS A

SINNER, I WOULD HAVE LAUGHED

AT YOU.

I KNOW WHAT SINNERS

LOOK LIKE, I TAKE THEM TO

JAIL.

Reporter: HE OPENLY

MOCKED PEOPLE OF FAITH,

ESPECIALLY CHRISTIANS.

I THOUGHT IT WAS A

THEOLOGY I COULD NOT BE PART

OF.

REASON AND OBSERVATION AND

SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION WOULD

EVENTUALLY HAVE ANSWERS FOR

ALL OF THE QUESTIONS I HAD

ABOUT LIFE.

Reporter: THERE WAS ONE

FRIEND WHO KEPT INVITING JIM

AND HIS WIFE, SUSIE, TO GO

TO CHURCH.

SHE WANTED TO GO BECAUSE SHE

BELIEVED IN GOD, AND SHE

FELT HER CHILDREN

SHOULD GO TO CHURCH LIKE SHE

AND HER FAMILY DID.

I NEVER READ THE BIBLE.

I DIDN'T HAVE THE

UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT ALL

MEANT.

I WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE

THAN HAPPY TO GO TO CHURCH

WITH MY WIFE, AS LONG AS I

CAN GO AS AN ATHEIST.

THE PASTOR WAS ABLE TO

COMMUNICATE A MESSAGE THAT

WAS REALLY GEARED FOR THE

KIND OF SELFISH,

SELF-FOCUSED ATHEIST THAT I

WAS.

IN THE SENSE HE WAS ABLE TO

INTEREST ME IN JESUS AS A

SMART GUY.

Reporter: JIM WAS

INTRIGUED, SO HE BOUGHT A $6

BIBLE.

I WASN'T ABOUT TO SPEND

ANY MORE THAN $6 ON THIS.

I WAS LOOKING FOR THE RED

LETTERS.

I WANTED TO SEE WHAT JESUS

HAS TO SAY.

IF HE'S GOT SOME WISDOM TO

SHARE, LET'S HEAR IT.

Reporter: JIM PUT HIS

TRAINING AS A DETECTIVE TO

WORK AND POURED OVER THE

GOSPELS.

HE DISCOVERED THAT IN HIS

LINE OF WORK WAS CRITICAL TO

ANY INVESTIGATION:

EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNTS.

YOU HAVE MULTIPLE EYE

WITNESSES WHO SEE THE SAME

EVENT, THEY NEVER TELL YOU

THE SAME STORY.

BUT THEY GIVE YOU

CHARACTERISTICS THAT CAN BE

PUT TOGETHER LIKE A

PUZZLE.

IN THE BIBLE, I SAW SOME

THINGS THAT WORKED

TOGETHER.

SO I WAS WILLING TO TAKE A

STAB AT IT TO SEE IF IT

WOULD HOLD UP.

THIS WAS INTRIGUING TO ME

BECAUSE IT WAS A CLAIM ABOUT

AN EVENT THAT OCCURRED OR

DIDN'T OCCURRED IN THE

ANCIENT PAST, AND THAT WAS

SOMETHING I COULD TEST.

Reporter: AND JIM

LOOKED INTO THE WRITINGS OF

OTHER ANCIENT HISTORIANS TO

VERIFY THE ACCOUNTS HE FOUND

IN THE BIBLE.

I THINK AS I WENT THROUGH

THAT PROCESS OF DIGGING,

LOOKING AT LANGUAGE, LOOKING

AT THE TEMPLATE I USED TO

EVALUATE EYE WITNESSES, I

BECAME MORE COMFORTABLE THAT

THOSE WERE ACCURATE,

RELIABLE EYE-WITNESS

ACCOUNTS.

WE WERE BOTH LEARNING SO

MUCH AT THE SAME TIME.

Reporter: WHEN JIM'S

'S ATHEISM

COULDN'T WITHSTAND, HE HAD

TO LOOK AT THE TRUTH.

I REALIZED I'M NOT GOD.

AND REALIZING, I'M A MESS.

THERE IS A LOT I HAD TO

CHANGE.

A LOT I'M NOT PROUD OF.

A LOT THAT I NEED

FORGIVENESS FOR.

Reporter: JIM, THE GOOD

GUY, NEEDED A SAVIOR, TOO.

I, FOR A LOT OF YEARS,

WORKED HARD TO RESIST GOD'S

SPIRIT.

AT SOME POINT, I JUST SAID,

OKAY, I'M DONE.

I BELIEVE IT, I'M IN.

I SUBMITTED EVERYTHING TO

HIM.

I SUBMITTED EVERYTHING TO

CHRIST.

I SUBMITTED EVERY WAKING

THOUGHT.

I EVEN FELT LIKE I WAS

GETTING TO WITNESS A MIRACLE

UNFOLD RIGHT BEFORE ME.

IT WAS JUST AMAZING.

THE FIRST THING THAT

CHANGED FOR ME WAS A SENSE

THIS HUGE SEPARATION I HAD

ALWAYS DRAWN FROM THE PEOPLE

WHO ARE ONE SIDE OF THE BARS

AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ON

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BARS

VANISHED.

I HAVE BECOME A MUCH MORE

FORGIVING PERSON, I HOPE,

BECAUSE I'M CONSTANTLY

REMINDING MYSELF OF MY NEED

FOR FORGIVENESS.

Reporter: HE WENT ON TO

DEFEND HIS FAITH AS A

CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST.

TOGETHER, HE AND SUSIE HAVE

BUILT THEIR LIFE ON THE

TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD.

GOD KNEW ME.

AND I THINK GOD REACHED ME

THROUGH THAT EVIDENCE.

FOR FOLKS LIKE ME, I NEEDED

TO BE REACHED THIS WAY.

I'M ONLY A CHRISTIAN TODAY

BECAUSE IT'S TRUE.

Gordon: AND HE'LL TAKE

WHATEVER WAY IT TAKES FOR

YOU TO BE REACHED.

REALIZE HE'LL DO THAT.

HE'LL LEAVE THE 99 TO GO

LOOK FOR THE LOST.

HE'LL LEAVE EVERYTHING TO GO

SEARCH JUST FOR YOU.

THAT'S ONE OF THE AMAZING

THINGS THAT THE CREATOR OF

THE UNIVERSE -- THE BIBLE

SAYS BY HIM AND THROUGH HIM,

ALL THINGS WERE MADE.

HE LEFT HEAVEN.

HE LEFT ETERNITY.

TO BE BORN IN A STABLE, TO

DWELL IN TIME.

TO LIVE AS YOU AND I LIVE.

AND HE DID IT ALL FOR YOU.

AND HE TELLS YOU, IF YOU'RE

THE ONLY ONE TO BELIEVE, HE

STILL WOULD HAVE COME.

YOU'RE WORTH IT.

HE DIDN'T COME FOR MILLIONS

OR BILLIONS.

HE CAME FOR YOU.

YOU'RE THAT PRECIOUS TO

HIM.

HE ESTEEMS YOU THAT

MUCH.

WHEN YOU HAVE RECEIVED HIM,

WHEN YOU HAVE THAT ASSURANCE

THAT HE IS THERE, AND YOU

START UNDERSTANDING THINGS

IN THE LIGHT OF HIS

PRESENCE, WELL, THEN, YES,

THE BARS DISAPPEAR AND YOU

START TO UNDERSTAND THAT

WE'RE ALL EQUAL.

WE'RE ALL THE SAME BLOOD.

WE ALL HAVE THE SAME

HEAVENLY FATHER.

WE'RE ALL EQUAL IN HIS

SIGHT.

HE LOVES US ALL.

AND IT'S THE MOST INCREDIBLE

ADVENTURE YOU CAN TAKE.

WHEN YOU GET HOOKED UP WITH

GOD, WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND

YOUR PURPOSE, WHEN YOU

UNDERSTAND HE UNIQUELY MADE

YOU, HE UNIQUELY MADE THINGS

FOR YOU TO DO, HE CREATED

GOOD WORKS FOR YOU TO WALK

IN FROM THE BEGINNING OF

TIME.

ALL FOR YOU.

ALL CAREFULLY SHAPED FOR

YOU.

IF YOU WANT THIS, IF YOU

WANT TO KNOW THAT JESUS IS

REAL AND THAT HE'LL COME TO

YOU TODAY, ALL YOU HAVE TO

DO IS PICK UP A PHONE AND

CALL SOMEBODY AND SAY, I

WANT TO MEET JESUS TODAY.

I WANT TO KNOW THAT HE IS

REAL.

I WANT TO KNOW THAT HE IS MY

SAVIOR.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US: 1-888-777-1999.

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, STILL

AHEAD, A MUSLIM BOY LEARNS

SOMETHING LIFE-CHANGING IN

SCHOOL.

AND THEN A JOGGER WHO RUNS

SMACK DAB INTO AN F-4

TORNADO.

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS

Terry: INDONESIA IS THE

WORLD'S LARGEST MUSLIM

NATION.

BUT THANKS TO A SCHOOL THERE

PROVIDED BY CBN, CHILDREN

THERE ARE HEARING THE NAME

OF JESUS FOR THE VERY FIRST

TIME.

Reporter: WHEN

13-YEAR-OLD KERATIN WAS

SEVEN, HE TO DROP OUT OF

SCHOOL.

HIS PARENTS COULDN'T AFFORD

IT.

I WISH THEY HADN'T SAID I

HAD TO QUIT SCHOOL.

I WANTED TO CONTINUE.

Reporter: THEN

ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO, HE AND

HIS PARENTS HEARD ABOUT A

SCHOOL PROVIDED BY CBN.

I REALLY LIKE GOING HERE

BECAUSE THE TEACHERS ARE

KIND AND THE OTHER KIDS ARE

NICE TO ME, TOO.

Reporter: KERATIN SAID

WHILE HE ATTENDED THE

SCHOOL, HE RECEIVED

SOMETHING ELSE BY CBN.

I HAD BEEN SUFFERING WITH

A HERNIA, AND THE PAIN WAS

BAD.

MY BROTHERS TOLD MY TEACHER,

AND THEN THEY PROVIDED ME

WITH FREE SURGERY.

NOW I'M NO LONGER IN PAIN.

Reporter: THEN DURING

AN AFTERNOON PROGRAM, THE

MUSLIM TEEN LEARNED ABOUT

JESUS.

BEFORE ATTENDING THE CBN

SCHOOL, I HAD NEVER HEARD

ABOUT JESUS.

THEY TOLD US THAT JESUS DIED

FOR OUR SINS ON THE CROSS.

Reporter: IT DIDN'T

TAKE LONG FOR KERATIN TO

PRAY TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN.

I PRAYED TO ACCEPT JESUS

INTO MY HEART.

I THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR

HELP.

YOU GAVE ME FREE SURGERY AND

A SCHOOL TO ATTEND.

THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.

Terry: SHOWING THE LOVE

OF GOD TO PEOPLE HAS SUCH A

DEEP IMPACT ON THEIR

HEARTS.

AND IN THIS SCENARIO, YOU

ALSO ALLOWED THIS YOUNG BOY

TO HAVE AN EDUCATION, SO HE

CAN MOVE FORWARD, AND HAVE

AN IMPACT IN HIS NATION.

WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU IF

YOU'RE A "700 CLUB" MEMBER,

BECAUSE YOU MADE THAT

HAPPEN.

IF YOU'RE NOT A "700 CLUB"

MEMBER, YOU CAN JOIN WITH

THE REST OF US.

WE'RE OUT TO TOUCH THE WORLD

ALL AROUND THE WORLD,

BRINGING FRESH WATER,

EDUCATION, MICROENTERPRISE

OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES

THAT ARE IN POVERTY.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN WITH

US?

IT IS JUST 65 CENTS A DAY,

$20 A MONTH.

BUT THOUSANDS OF US TOGETHER

ARE TOUCHING THE WORLD.

AND WE INVITE YOU TO BE PART

OF THAT.

YOU CAN DO THAT BY CALLING

THE TOLL-FREE NUMBER ON

YOUR: 1-888-777-1999.

OR YOU CAN DO IT BY LOGGING

ON TO CBN.COM.

WE'D LOVE TO INVITE YOU TO

DO IT THAT WAY.

WHEN YOU JOIN, OUR WAY OF

SAYING THANK YOU IS TO SEND

YOU "BE HEALED."

THIS IS PAT ROBERTSON'S

LATEST D.V.D.

AND WE THINK YOU'LL BE

BLESSED BY IT.

HE TALKS ABOUT THE HEALING

POWER OF JESUS CHRIST, AND

HOW TO TAP INTO THAT.

AND THERE ARE SOME AMAZING

TESTIMONIES ON HERE THAT

WILL BUILD YOUR FAITH, AND

CAUSE YOU TO WANT TO SHARE

THIS WITH PEOPLE IN YOUR

LIFE.

THIS IS YOURS WHEN YOU

CALL.

SO LET US HEAR FROM YOU

RIGHT NOW.

GORDON?

Gordon: STILL AHEAD, A

RUNNER HAS A BRUSH WITH

DEATH ON GOOD FRIDAY.

I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT A

TORNADO WARNING.

WHEN IT HIT ME, IT WENT FROM

10 OR 15 MILES PER HOUR, THE

WIND, TO 200 MILES PER HOUR

ALL AT ONCE.

Gordon: SEE HOW HE

Terry: IN APRIL 2009, A

KILLER TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN

IN CENTRAL TENNESSEE.

FOR MORE THAN 20 MILES, IT

SPLINTERED TREES, TOPPLED

HOMES, AND LITERALLY

DESTROYED EVERYTHING IN ITS

PATH, EXCEPT FOR DAVID

YONG.

Reporter: ON THE

AFTERNOON OF GOOD FRIDAY,

DAVID YONG DROVE TO HIS

FAVORITE RUNNING TRAIL NEAR

HIS HOME.

DAVID IS A PASTOR AND WANTED

TIME TO PRAY AND PREPARE FOR

THE UPCOMING CHURCH

SERVICES.

HE BEGAN HIS RUN, DESPITE

THE OMINOUS CLOUDS ON THE

HORIZON.

I KNEW THERE WERE STORMS

COMING, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW WE

HAD A TORNADO-WATCH AND

CERTAINLY DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT

A TORNADO WARNING.

Reporter: DAVID DIDN'T

KNOW IT, BUT THE FULL FORCE

OF AN EF-4 TORNADO WAS

HEADED FOR HIM.

I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO

START TO RAIN, AND I WAS

THINKING, I'VE BEEN LOOK ARE

FOR A GOOD SURVIVAL

SITUATION, SO I WAS LOOKING

FORWARD TO IT.

Reporter: BUT HE

PANICKED, AND HYPOTHERMIA

STEPPED IN.

EVER SINCE THAT DAY, I

HAVE BEEN SAYING TO GOD,

DON'T EVER LET ME PANIC.

Reporter: WHEN DID YOU

REALIZE YOU WERE IN

TROUBLE.

I COULD HEAR THE RUMBLE,

AND I KEPT SAYING, THERE IS

NO WAY THIS IS A TORNADO.

Reporter: MY

13-YEAR-OLD SON WOULDN'T SIT

DOWN.

INSTEAD, HE STOOD UP AND HE

WAS PACING BACK AND FORTH.

AND SEVERAL SAID, YOU NEED

TO COME HERE WITH US.

AND HE KEPT SAYING, IF IT'S

OKAY WITH YOU, I NEED TO

PACE AND PRAY FOR MY DAD,

PRAYING SPECIFICALLY FOR

ME.

THEY DIDN'T KNOW I WAS OUT

ON THE TRAIL.

Reporter: AS THE

TORNADO APPROACHED, DAVID

WRAPPED HIMSELF AROUND A

NEARBY TREE.

I BEGAN TO HEAR THE

FOREST EXPLODE, AND THE

SOUND OF THE TREES CRASHING

WAS UNBELIEVABLE.

IT WAS A THOUSAND TREES

EXPLODING ALMOST ALL AT

ONCE.

IT WAS ALMOST DEAFENING, THE

SOUND OF THE TREES.

WHEN IT HIT ME, IT WENT FROM

10 OR 15 MILES PER HOUR TO

200 MILES PER HOUR ALL AT

ONCE.

Reporter: BUT YOU

DIDN'T LET GO?

I DIDN'T LET NO.

WHEREVER THE TREE WAS GOING,

I WAS GOING.

Reporter: DAVID HELD

TIGHT AS THE WIND LIFTED HIS

BODY UP IN THE AIR.

AND THEN THE EYE OF THE

TORNADO PASSED AROUND ME.

I CURLED AROUND THE TREE

AGAIN, AND AS I LOOKED UP,

IT WAS THE MOST PHENOMENAL

THING I HAD EVER SEEN.

IT WAS PEACEFUL AND TOP.

AND THE DEBRIS DIDN'T MOVE

TO THE LEFT OR THE RIGHT.

IT MOVED UP AND DOWN.

MY FIRST THOUGHT IT WAS, I'M

IN HEAVEN AND THESE ARE

ANGELS PERFORMING A BALLET.

I LOOKED UP AND I REMEMBER

FEELING WARM AND LOVED.

AND THINKING TO MYSELF, THIS

IS THE GREATEST GOD COULD

HAVE EVER HAVE GIVEN ME.

Reporter: YOU FELT THE

LOVE OF GOD IN THE EYE OF A

TORNADO?

IT'S HARD TO EXPLAIN

THAT, BUT IT'S TRUE.

I FELT GOD'S LOVE RIGHT IN

THE MOMENT OF THE TORNADO.

Reporter: BUT HIS

MOMENT OF TRANQUILITY WAS

SHORT-LIVED.

WHEN THE BACK WALL HIT,

IT BEGAN TO DROP THINGS.

IT FELT AS IF THE TREES WERE

BEING THROWN ON THE GROUND

HARD.

I KEPT THINKING, THIS IS

UNBELIEVABLE.

OF ALL THINGS, I'M IN THE

MIDDLE OF A TORNADO.

BY THE TIME THE BACK WALL

HAD HIT ME, I KEPT THINKING,

I WON'T MAKE IT MUCH LONGER

IF THIS KEEPS GOING.

Reporter: TWO TREES

SMACKED DOWN ON DAVID, ONE

HIT HIS HEAD, GIVING HIM A

CONCUSSION.

BUT HE WAS ALIVE.

AS THE TORNADO PASSED, DAVID

SCRAMBLED TOWARDS THE DEBRIS

AND MADE HIS WAY UP TO THE

STREET.

THE REALITY OF WHAT JUST

HAPPENED BEGAN TO SINK IN.

IT LOOKED LIKE A NUCLEAR

BOMB HAD GONE OFF.

JUST 30 SECONDS BEFORE THERE

HAD BEEN A BEAUTIFUL FOREST,

AND NOW IT APPEARED THAT

EVERY TREE IN THE FOREST WAS

DOWN.

THERE WAS TWISTED DEBRIS

EVERYWHERE.

PIECES OF BUILDINGS -- HUGE

CHUNKS OF BUILDINGS.

THE ENTIRE SIDE OF A SEMI

TRACTOR-TRAILER WAS AROUND A

TREE.

Reporter: HE MADE HIS

WAY TO THE STREET.

AND THEN HE WAS RUSHED TO

THE HOSPITAL BY PEOPLE WHO

FOUND HIM.

THEY PUT SEVEN OR EIGHT

STAPLES IN MY HEAD.

I WOULD HAVE BLOOD TO

DEATH.

THEY WRAPPED MY LEG UP, AND

IT MAY HAVE BEEN A HAIRLINE

FRACTURE, BUT NOTHING

SERIOUS.

Reporter: EASTER

SUNDAY, DAVID WENT OUT AND

PREACHED A CEREMONY.

WHAT WAS YOUR MESSAGE?

THE MESSAGE IS: NO MATTER

HOW BAD THE STORM IS, CHRIST

IS RISEN.

HOLDING ON TO THAT TREE IN

THE MIDDLE OF THE STORM IS A

WONDERFUL METAPHOR FOR

LIFE.

IF WE CLING TO THE CROSS OF

CHRIST, HOLDING ON TO THAT

TREE, EVEN IF YOU DON'T KNOW

WHAT IS COMING NEXT,

REGARDLESS OF HUGE DEBRIS IS

SLAMMING AROUND YOU, YOU

HANG ON TO THAT TREE, AND

GOD IS GOING TO TAKE CARE OF

IT.

Terry: EVEN IN THE EYE

OF THE STORM, CHRIST IS

RISEN.

THERE ARE MANY OF YOU TODAY

WHO I KNOW HAVE THINGS IN

YOUR LIFE THAT YOU WOULD

LIKE TO PRAY FOR.

WE WANT TO TAKE SOME TIME TO

DO THAT RIGHT NOW.

I'M GOING TO SEND THIS OVER

TO JESS.

WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE

E-MAILING THEIR PRAYER

REQUESTS, HOPING FOR A

MIRACLE.

"PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR FRIEND

BOB, WHO HAS CANCER IN HIS

ESOPHAGUS."

AND DEANNA SAYS, "I'VE HAD A

POSITIVE TEST FOR AN

AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE.

THERE IS NO TREATMENT AND NO

CURE.

I'VE HAD BAD REACTIONS TO

THE MEDICATIONS THEY HAVE

GIVEN ME.

I HAVE CHILDREN AND A

HUSBAND WHO NEED ME.

PLEASE PRAY FOR MY

DELIVERANCE AND COMPLETE

HEALING."

AND HELEN SAYS, "AFTER TWO

BRAIN SURGERIES TO REMOVE A

MALIGNANT BRAIN SURGERY, I

NOW HAVE RADIATION AND CHEMO

TREATMENT TO DESTROY THE

OTHER CANCEROUS CRELINGS.

CELLS.

I ASK GOD TO STAND BY ME

THROUGH EVERY STEP AND I BE

RESTORED TO PERFECT

HEALTH."

WE'RE GOING TO PRAY FOR

THESE PRAYER REQUESTS.

IF YOU NEED A MIRACLE,

PLEASE JOIN WITH US.

FATHER, WE THANK YOU, THAT

AS WE SAW IN THAT LAST

TESTIMONY ABOUT THE TORNADO,

THAT NO MATTER GOES AROUND

US IN LIFE, NO MATTER WHAT

DEBRIS IS SLAMMING AROUND

US, FATHER, WE CAN CLING TO

THE CROSS.

FATHER, WE THANK YOU THAT BY

JESUS DYING AND RISING

AGAIN, HE DEFEATED SIN.

HE DEFEATED SICKNESS.

HE DEFEATED ALL OF THE

RESULTS AND THE CONSEQUENSES

OF SIN.

THAT WE CAN STAND BEFORE YOU

IN CONFIDENCE, KNOWING IT IS

YOUR DESIRE FOR US TO LIVE

AN ABUNDANT LIFE.

FATHER, FOR BOB AND HELEN,

WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH

CANCER, FATHER, WE ASK THAT

YOU TOUCH THEM RIGHT NOW.

THAT YOUR KINGDOM WERE COME

IN THEIR BODY, AND YOUR WILL

WOULD BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT

IS IN HEAVEN.

WHERE THERE IS NO SICKNESS,

WHERE THERE IS NO CANCER.

FATHER, WE THANK YOU THAT

THE BLOOD OF JESUS CAN

RESTORE THEIR BODIES

TO PERFECT HEALTH.

FOR DEANNA, WHO IS SCARED OF

THIS AUTOIMMUNE DEC.

DISEASE.

WE DECLARE OVER HER THAT BY

YOUR WORD SHE IS HEALED.

AMEN.

Gordon: IF YOU NEED

PRAYER, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO

IS CALL US, 1-888-777-1999.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM JOHN: "EVERYONE

WHO LIVES IN ME AND BELIEVES

IN ME WILL NEVER DIE."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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