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700 Club Interactive - Be Light - April 29, 2016

Learn how to shine God's beauty, truth and hope into a darkened world. Read Transcript


WE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE

WORLD.

WE ARE A CITY ON A HILL.

Gordon: HAD IS

AMERICA'S MOST INFLUENTIAL

LATINO EVANGELICAL LEADER.

WE ARE PEOPLE OF THE

WORD.

WE ARE SALT AND LIGHT.

Gordon: REVEREND

SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ SHOWS US

HOW TO BE A LIGHT IN A

DARKENED WORLD, ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

WELL, GOOD MORNING, AND

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

WE CAN'T DENY THAT WE'RE

ALL LIVING THROUGH SOME

DARK TIMES.

WE HAVE TERRORIST ATTACKS,

SEX TRAFFICKING SEEMS TO

BE ON THE RISE, AND THE

RACIAL DIVIDE HAS BEEN

COMPLOADINEXPLODING IN OUR COUNTRY.

AND THEN YOU ADD TO THAT

INTOLERANCE, AND THAT'S

JUST FEW OF THE ISSUES

WE'RE FACING TODAY.

Terry: AND AS

CHRISTIANS, WE KNOW WE ARE

TO BE A LIGHT IN THIS

WORLD, BUT HOW DO WE

ACTUALLY DO THAT.

REVEREND SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ

SAYS THERE ARE MANY WAYS

TO SHINE GOD'S LIGHT AND

HOPE IN THIS WORLD.

Reporter: REVEREND

RODRIGUEZ HAS BEEN CALLED

THE LEADER IN THE

EVANGELICAL WORLD.

WE ARE HERE TO BRING

LIGHT INTO THE KINGDOM OF

DARKNESS, IN THE NAME OF

JESUS.

WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR

NOT, EVERYONE HERE TONIGHT

IS HISPANIC.

Reporter: AND HE IS

THE PASTOR OF NEW SEASONS

CHRISTIAN WORSHIP CENTER

IN SACRAMENTO.

WE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE

WORLD.

WE ARE A CITY ON A HILL.

WE ARE PEOPLE OF THE WORD.

WE ARE SALT AND LIGHT.

Reporter: IN HIS BOOK

"DELIGHT," REVEREND

RODRIGUEZ USES THE ANNUAL ANALOGY

OF SPIRITUAL LIGHT TO

DELIVER THE MESSAGE OF

HOPE TO A DARKENED WORLD.

Gordon: JOINING US

NOW IS RESEARCHED SAMUEL

RODRIGUEZ.

IT'S GREAT TO BE HERE.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

Gordon: I HAVE TO

START OFF WITH A DARK

QUESTION BECAUSE I'M

GETTING IT A LOT AND

YOU'RE GETTING IT A LOT,

AND PEOPLE ARE ASKING, WHY

IS IT SO SEEMINGLY SO DARK

RIGHT NOW?

IS THIS SOME KIND OF

END-TIME EVENT.

AND HOW DO YOU BE

CHRISTIAN WITH WHAT IS

GOING ON IN OUR WORLD

TODAY?

THERE IS A BIT OF ES

ESCOTOLOGY REGARDING THE

END TIMES.

CHRIST SPOKE ABOUT THESE

DAYS INDEED.

BUT IT IS LIKEWISE THE

LACK OF PROPHETIC

LEADERSHIP.

I THINK THE CHURCH BECAME

COMPLACENT.

THE NUMBER ONE PROBLEM IS

COMPLACENT AND COMFORTABLE

CHRISTIANITY.

WE DRANK THE KOOL-AID.

WE WERE MORE INTERESTED IN

THE DIMETRICS OF MEN

RATHER THAN LIFTING UP THE

ONE WE FOLLOW.

THERE IS NO SUCH ANIMAL AS

COMFORTABLE CHRISTIANITY.

I THINK THE PROBLEM IS A

LUKE-WARM CHURCH.

WE'RE DRINKING THE

KOOL-AID.

THIS IS ELIJAH AND

JEZEBELLE.

HERE IS JEZEBELLE KILLING

THE PROPHETIC VOICES, AND

DOING IT LITERALLY.

WE HAVE THE REALITY OF

ISIS AND THE DECAPITATION

OF CHRISTIANS AROUND THE

WORLD, THE SPIRIT OF

JEZEBELLE, AND THEN THE

SPIRIT OF AHAB IN THE

WORLD, WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO

BE PROVIDING LEADERSHIP TO

US, AND THEY'RE

MARGINALIZING THE

CHRISTIAN VOICE.

SO THAT'S THE CLARION

COOL.

IF WE WOULD WAKE UP AND

STOP PLAYING POLITICS WITH

CHRISTIANITY, AND BE MORE

PROPHETIC AND LESS

POLITICAL, WE COULD TURN

ON THE LIGHT AND DARKNESS

WOULD FLEE.

Gordon: I THINK

YOU'RE HITTING THE NAIL ON

THE HEAD ON THIS.

I VIEW IT AS WE'VE GOTTEN

TRAPPED IN OUR THINKING TO

POLITICAL SOLUTIONS.

AND SOMEHOW A POLITICAL

LEADER IS GOING TO LEAD US

OUT OF THIS, AS OPPOSED TO

OUR BEDROCK FAITH.

IT'S THE CHURCH --

Gordon: AND THE

CHURCH NEEDS TO LEAD

SOCIETY, NOT THE OTHER WAY

AROUND.

UNCLE SAM MAY BE OUR

UNCLE, BUT HE WILL NEVER

BE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.

I THINK WE HAVE UBER

DEPENDENCY ON POLITICS.

WE HAVE CREATED A GOD OUT

OF OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM.

AND WE HAVE PLACED ALL OF

THE EGGS IN THAT BASKET.

AND ABSOLUTELY NOT.

IT IS THE CHURCH.

POVERTY IN AMERICA, THE

CHURCH.

RACIAL RECONCILIATION --

HEY, IT DID NOT WORK.

ALL OF A SUDDEN IN THE

PAST FIVE YEARS, HERE WE

GO AGAIN.

IT'S ALL OVER AGAIN.

Gordon: IT IS ALL AN

ILLUSION.

ARE YOU GOING TO

LEGISLATE RACIAL

RECONCILIATION?

NO.

THE CHURCH HAS TO ANOINT

IT.

IT HAS THE IMPETUS TO

BRING ABOUT HEALING.

THE ANSWER IS THE CHURCH

OF JESUS CHRIST.

BUT WE'RE NOT ACTING AS

THE CHURCH RIGHT NOW.

WE'RE ACTING AS A

MARGINALIZED, FETAL

POSITION, DEPRESSED,

RATHER THAN THE VIBRANT

LIVING CHURCH.

WE HAVE TO RECONCILE OUR

ESCOTOLOGY OVER MYTHOLOGY.

LORD JESUS, COME.

I ADHERE TO IT.

AMEN.

BUT WHILE THE CHURCH IS

WAITING FOR CHRIST TO COME

DOWN, JESUS IS WAITING FOR

HIS CHURCH TO STAND UP.

AND WE HAVE TO GET THIS

RIGHT IN OUR GENERATION.

IF NOT, DARKNESS WILL

PREVAIL FOR GENERATIONS TO

COME.

THIS IS A CRITICAL HOUR.

IT IS WHAT WE DO THIS VERY

HOUR THAT WILL DETERMINE

WHETHER OR NOT MY TWO

LITTLE GRANDKIDS WILL

ACTUALLY HEAR THE

PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL OF

JESUS CHRIST IN AMERICA IN

A FREE SOCIETY, WHERE

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

CONTINUES TO THRIVE.

Gordon: WHERE IT IS

OPEN.

YES.

Gordon: LET ME HIT

YOU WITH A COMPLICATED

QUESTION, ONE I THINK THE

RELIANCE ON POLITICS -- I

GREW UP WITH SORT OF -- IN

A POLITICALLY-MOTIVATED

FAMILY, AND I REMEMBER

JIMMY CARTER RUNNING AS

BORN AGAIN, AND THAT WAS A

BIG DEAL.

AND IT DIDN'T WORK.

AND REAGAN CAME OUT OF

NOWHERE, MORAL MAJORITY,

AND SUDDENLY IT IS WORKING

AND AMERICA IS ONCE AGAIN

GETTING GREAT AGAIN.

AND YOU'RE LOOKING AT A

RETURN TO MORALITY DURING

THE REAGAN YEARS.

I THINK THAT LULLED US

INTO A FALSE HOPE THAT

SOMEHOW THERE WAS A

POLITICAL SOLUTION.

LET'S GATHER AT

WASHINGTON, D.C., AND

LET'S PRAY.

GOD WILL HEAR AND HE'LL

GIVE US RIGHTEOUS

LEADERSHIP.

THE OTHER PART OF IT IS,

IF YOU'RE EXPECTING THE

SOON RETURN OF JESUS, IT

SORT OF GIVES YOU AN OUT,

THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO --

WHY VOTE?

Gordon: WELL, WHY

DOES SOMETHING IN THE

CULTURE --

HE'S COMING.

Gordon: YEAH.

WHY GET REALLY HEAVILY

INVOLVED EITHER IN SOCIAL

JUSTICE OR IN MISSIONS IF

IT IS ALREADY DONE?

AND WE'RE JUST WAITING.

THAT WORLD VIEW IS

DANGEROUS.

NOT THE WORLD VIEW THAT

THE LEADING CHRIST IS

RETURNING.

WE ALL BELIEVE CHRIST IS

RETURNING.

AMEN.

BUT WE HAVE TO FUNCTION AS

A COUNTER-CULTURAL

NARRATIVE, ENGAGED WITH

THE LOVE AND TRUTH OF

CHRIST THAT WILL LEAD TO

CULTURAL REPARATION.

FIRST YOU'RE HATED BY THE

CULTURE, BUT THROUGH THE

GRACE AND POWER OF GOD,

WITH THE TRUTH OF CHRIST,

YOU'RE GOING TO ENGAGE THE

CULTURE.

WE ABANDONED HOLLYWOOD AND

POLITICS FOR SO LONG

BECAUSE THEY WERE SO EVIL.

BUT NOW WE'RE SEEING THE

RECONNECTING WITH

HOLLYWOOD, BE IT MARK AND

ROMA AND OTHERS -- BUT IT

IS ABOUT CULTURAL

REFORMATION.

I THINK WE CAN REFORM THE

CULTURE.

YOU SAY, WE'RE MORE

MARGINALIZED NOW THAN EVER

BEFORE --

Gordon: I AGREE WITH

YOU.

AND THE ISSUE IS HOW.

HOW.

Gordon: AND CAN WE

ENERGIZE ENOUGH TO SAY

NOW.

AND WE HAVE TWO

AUDIENCES, ONE IS THE

CHRISTIAN CHURCH, AND

COMPELLING THEM AND

PERSUADING THEM WITH GRACE

AND LOVE THIS IS THE

QUINTESSENTIAL HOUR OF

MOBILIZATION.

AND COMFORTABLE

CHRISTIANITY IS OFFICIALLY

OVER.

THEN WE HAVE TO SPEAK TO

THE WORLD THAT WE'RE NOT

THIS PROTESTING GROUP OF

ANGRY INDIVIDUALS THAT

HATES EVERYTHING.

AND WE LOVE PEOPLE.

AND WE WANT TO SHOW YOU

THE LOVE OF CHRIST.

SO WE WANT TO -- THE ERA

OF ANGRY EVANGELISM IS NOW

DEAD.

IT'S OVER.

BUT NOW --

Gordon: I HOPE.

I STILL HEAR IT.

BUT IT HAS TO BE OVER.

AND WE'RE GOING TO REPLACE

IT WITH THIS APATHETIC

CHURCH?

NO.

IT IS A LOVING,

TRUTH-TELLING,

DR. MARTIN

LUTHER KING, JR. SORT OF

CHURCH THAT WANTS TO

CHANGE THE WORLD.

WE MUST DO THIS.

IT'S ALL BY TURNING ON THE

LIGHT.

Gordon: LET'S TAKE

ONE AREA, RACIAL

RECONCILIATION.

HOW CAN THE CHURCH LEAD IN

THAT?

THE AVERAGE BELIEVER, WHAT

WOULD YOU SAY THEY COULD

DO PRACTICALLY?

ONE, PRAY FOR RACIAL

RECONCILIATION.

SECOND, LOOK AT YOUR OWN

HEART AND MIND AND LIFE.

YOU'RE PUTTING ME IN A

PRECARIOUS SITUATION

BECAUSE I'M GOING TO SPEAK

TRUTH TO POWER.

HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU'RE NOT

A RACIST IF YOUR A

CHRISTIAN.

THERE IS A WAY OF

MEASURING IT, AN

ASSESSMENT.

IF YOU SAY, LOOK, I

BELIEVE ALL PEOPLE WERE

CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF

GOD.

THAT'S CUTE AND ADORABLE.

BLACK, WHITE -- IT DOESN'T

SUFFICE.

IF YOU HAVE NO PROBLEM

WHATSOEVER SEEING YOUR

CHILD MARRIED TO SOMEONE

FROM ANOTHER RACE, THAT'S

YOUR LITMUS TEST.

IF YOU STILL HESITATE, OR

THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF

AN AAHHH WHEN YOU SEE URE

CHILD MARRY AN

AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR AN

ASIAN, THEN YOU NEED TO

REPENT.

YOU NEED TO REPENT OF

RACISM.

BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE

DAY, YOU HAVE TO BE OPEN,

CAN I HAVE BLACK OR WHITE

OR YELLOW GRANDKIDS, AND

THERE IS NO SORT OF ANGST.

WE'RE ALL CREATED IN THE

IMAGE OF GOD, AND WE'RE

ALL AMERICANS.

AND WE'RE ALL CHRISTIANS.

LET'S EMBRACE THEM.

SO WE DO IT BY REPENTING

OUR OWN HEARTS AND BY

LOOKING AT OUR CHURCHES,

AND SAYING IF WE LIVE IN

AN AREA WHERE 35% IS

AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND MY

CHURCH IS 100% WHITE,

THERE NEEDS TO BE PUSH

BACK.

YOU NEED TO SAY, PASTOR,

WE'RE LIVING IN 2016, I'M

A CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVE,

HOWEVER, WE'RE NOT

REFLECTIVE OF THE

COMMUNITY WE'RE SERVING.

WHAT WOULD IT TAKE FOR US

TO REACH THE ENTIRE

COMMUNITY.

AND WE NEED TO SPEAK OUT

ON ISSUES.

WHEN THERE IS A RACIAL

INJUSTICE TAKING PLACE, BE

IT ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

LET ME DO SOMETHING EDGY

AND CONTROVERSIAL.

THERE ARE LATINOS THAT ARE

RACIST.

AND THERE ARE BLACKS WHO

ARE RACIST.

THERE ARE ASIANS WHO ARE

RACIST.

WHITES WHO ARE RACIST.

RACISM IS A SIN.

IT IS A BY-PRODUCT OF THE

SINFUL NATURE OF MAN.

THERE IS RACISM ALL

AROUND.

WE NEED TO PUSH BACK

AGAINST RACISM IN THE NAME

OF JESUS.

Gordon: AMEN.

WE WERE SUPPOSED TO TALK

ABOUT A BOOK, BUT WE

DIDN'T AND WE DID ALL AT

THE SAME TIME.

IT IS ALL IN THERE.

Gordon: IF YOU WANT

TO KNOW MORE, THE BOOK IS

CALLED "BE LIGHT," AND IT

WILL GIVE YOU PRACTICAL

THINGS OF WHAT YOU CAN DO

AS A CHRISTIAN IN TODAY'S

FALLEN WORLD TO BE THAT,

TO BE THE LIGHT.

THAT'S WHAT JESUS CALLS US

TO BE, THE LIGHT AND THE

SALT.

AND IT IS AVAILABLE

WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD.

THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH

US.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING

ME.

Gordon: TERRY, OVER

TO YOU.

Terry: COMING UP,

DEVASTATION IN ECUADOR.

HER CHILDREN WERE DYING

BECAUSE THEY HAD NOTHING

TO DRINK.

Terry: SEE HOW

VIEWERS LIKE YOU ARE BEING

A LIGHT AND HELPING THE

VICTIMS OF THE RECENT

EARTHQUAKE, RIGHT AFTER

THIS.

Terry: IN RECENT

NEWS, THE COUNTRY OF

ECUADOR DECLARED EIGHT

DAYS OF NATIONAL MOURNING

AS THE DEATH TOLL FROM

THIS MONTH'S EARTHQUAKE

CONTINUES TO RISE.

MORE THAN 100 ARE STILL

MISSING, AND THE COUNTRY

IS BEING HIT WITH

AFTERSHOCKS.

IMAGINE HOW FRIGHTENING

THAT MUST BE.

MEANWHILE, CBN DISASTER

RELIEF TEAMS ARE

TRAVELLING TO REMOTE AREAS

WHERE AID HAS BEEN SLOW TO

ARRIVE.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: IN THIS

COMMUNITY IN ECUADOR, FAR

FROM ANY LARGE CITIES,

RELIEF EFFORTS HAVE BEEN

HAMPERED BY BADLY DAMAGED

ROADS AND AIRPORT RUNWAYS.

THIS IS WHERE WE MET

ESMIRNA, A PASTOR'S WIFE,

WHO OPENED HER HOME TO

EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS WHO

LOST EVERYTHING.

THERE WERE FOUR

FAMILIES STAYING WITH US,

AND WE HELP ANYONE WHO

NEEDS US.

Reporter: MANY PEOPLE

ARE STILL IN NEED OF FOOD

AND SAFE PLACES TO SLEEP.

MOSQUITOS CARRYING

DISEASES ARE STILL A

PROBLEM.

THERE WERE SOME

PEOPLE -- THEY HAD SIGNS

SAYING, GIVE US WATER,

PLEASE.

ONE WOMAN SAID HER

CHILDREN WERE DYING

BECAUSE THEY HAD NOTHING

TO DRINK.

Reporter: MANY

DONATIONS SIMPLY SIT ON

RUNWAYS WITH NO WAY TO GET

THEM TO THE PEOPLE IN

NEED.

PEOPLE HAVE BEEN

DRINKING DIRTY WATER THEY

FIND IN THE STREETS.

Reporter: THAT'S WHEN

CBN STEPPED IN.

FIRST WITH HELP FROM TWO

PILOTS AND THIS SMALL BUSH

PLANE THAT WE BROUGHT FROM

AMERICA TO ECUADOR.

WE WERE ABLE TO FLY IN

WATER PURIFICATION UNITS

TO ESMIRNA'S COMMUNITY.

THIS BACKPACK DEVICE CAN

TAKE UNSAFE WATER AND

PURIFY IT AND MAKE IT SAFE

FOR DRINKING.

WHEN I HEARD YOU WERE

COMING, I WAS SO HAPPY.

AND THEN I HEARD YOU HAD A

WATER PURIFYER, AND I

COULDN'T BELIEVE IT.

Reporter: THEY

TRAINED HER AND OTHERS HOW

TO OPERATE AND SET UP THE

WATER PURIFYER.

IT WILL PROVIDE MORE THAN

ENOUGH WATER FOR HER AND

THE REFUGEES LIVING IN HER

HOME.

AND THIS ONE UNIT WILL

FILTER ENOUGH WATER FOR

EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY

TO HAVE FRESH, CLEAN WATER

TO DRINK, TO 600 GALLONS A

DAY.

WE'LL BE ABLE TO GIVE

FREE WATER TO ANYONE WHO

NEEDS IT.

THIS WILL BE AN AMAZING

MINISTRY TOOL FOR US TO

REACH THE COMMUNITY.

IF I COULD SAY SOMETHING

TO THE PEOPLE WHO DONATED

THIS MACHINE, FIRST I

WOULD HUG AND KISS THEM.

THEN I WOULD SAY THANK YOU

SO MUCH.

THIS IS AN AMAZING

BLESSING FOR US.

THANK YOU.

Terry: YOU KNOW, IT

HAS BEEN DECADES SINCE AN

EARTHQUAKE OF SUCH LARGE

MAGNITUDE HAS HIT THAT

AREA.

THE EARTHQUAKE HAS KILLED

CLOSE TO 700 PEOPLE, AND

LEFT NEARLY 17,000 PEOPLE

WOUNDED.

AND THOSE NUMBERS MAY

INCREASE AS THERE ARE MANY

STILL MISSING.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE

AN IMPACT -- WHEN YOU SEE

SOMETHING LIKE THIS

HAPPEN, DOESN'T IT RAISE

UP SOMETHING INSIDE OF YOU

THAT SAYS, WHAT CAN I DO?

YOU CAN DO SOMETHING.

YOU CAN CALL OUR TOLL-FREE

NUMBER AND JOIN "THE 700

CLUB."

BECAUSE WE ARE INVOLVED IN

HELPING PEOPLE IN THESE

KINDS OF DISASTERS

WHENEVER THEY OCCUR, AND

WE STAY FOR THE LONG HAUL,

UNTIL THINGS ARE

STRAIGHTENED OUT.

BE A PART OF THAT.

IT IS 65 CENTS A DAY, $20

A MONTH IF YOU WOULD LIKE

TO JOIN "THE 700 CLUB."

WE HAVE A DISASTER RELIEF

PROGRAM SPECIFICALLY YOU

CAN GIVE TO IF YOU CHOOSE.

OR YOU CAN LOG ON TO

700clubinteractive.com

AND GIVE ONLINE IF YOU

PREFER TO DO IT THAT.

BUT DO SOMETHING TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE BECAUSE THE

CALL IS ON US.

WE ARE CALLED TO BE LIGHT,

AS THE DISCUSSION IS JUST

HEARD, AND THIS IS A GREAT

OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT,

NOT JUST IN ECUADOR, BUT

LITERALLY AROUND THE

WORLD.

CALL RIGHT NOW:

1-888-777-1999.

JUST SAY, I WANT TO JOIN

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

WHEN YOU DO, WE'RE GOING

TO SEND YOU "HEAVEN," WHAT

GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE

WHO LOVE HIM."

AND YOU'RE GOING TO BE SO

ENCOURAGED BY THIS.

WE WANT YOU TO HELP US

HELP OTHERS.

SO CALL NOW.

GORDON TREG.

Gordon? Gordon: STILL TO

COME, AN ACCIDENT TOOK HIS

SISTER'S LIFE, AND

POSSIBLY HIS ABILITY TO

WALK AGAIN.

I WAS SCARED THAT I

MIGHT HAVE TO BE IN A

WHEELCHAIR.

THEY TOLD ME, I MIGHT NOT

BE ABLE TO PLAY SPORTS

AGAIN.

I MIGHT NOT BE EVER ABLE

TO WALK AGAIN.

Gordon: SEE HOW THIS

TEEN BOY DEFIED THE ODDS.

Gordon: AFTER LOSING

HIS SISTER I AND A LARGE

PORTION OF HIS BRAIN IN A

HORRIFIC CAR ACCIDENT,

DOCTORS TOLD TRISTAN

OWENS, HE MAY NEVER WALK

AGAIN.

BUT TRISTAN BELIEVED IN

SOMETHING BIGGER THAN THE

DOCTOR'S DIAGNOSIS.

TAKE A LOOK.

IT WAS A NORMAL

MORNING, AND THE DOORBELL

STARTED RINGING.

I WENT TO THE FRONT DOOR

AND NOTICED IT WAS MY

NEIGHBOR.

AND SHE SAID, YOUR KIDS

HAVE BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT.

THE DOCTOR COMES OUT

AND HE SAID SHE HAS

SUFFERED A DEVASTATING

BRAIN INJURY.

I KNOW WHAT DEVASTATING

MEANS.

WE HAD THE FUNERAL FOR

SASHA ON SATURDAY.

AND THEN OUR TOTAL

CONCENTRATION WAS ON

TRISTAN'S HEALTH.

THEY WERE MONITORING HIS

BRAIN AND TOLD US IF IT

DIDN'T QUIT, HE WAS GOING

TO HAVE TO DO SURGERY.

HE DOES HAVE A BLOOD

CLOT AND I'LL PROBABLY

HAVE TO REMOVE PART OF THE

BRAIN, AND THAT PART OF

THE BRAIN CONTROLS THE

LEFT SIDE.

THERE IS A VERY GOOD

POSSIBILITY HE'LL BE

PARALYZED, AND MAY NOT

HAVE ANY PURPOSEFUL

MOVEMENT ON THE LEFT SIDE.

AFTER GETTING THE NEWS

ABOUT SASHA, I THINK I

TOLD HIM, I DON'T CARE.

IF HE CAN SAVE HIS LIFE,

I'LL CARRY HIM WHEREVER HE

NEEDS TO GO.

WE WERE THREE AND A HALF

WEEKS INTO THE INDUCED

COMA, AND THEY TOOK HIM

OFF THE VENTILATOR ONE

TIME BECAUSE HE WAS TRYING

TO TALK TO US.

IT WAS SURE A BLESSING

WHEN WE HEARD HIM SPEAK.

IT WAS GREAT JOY.

WHEN I FIRST WOKE UP

FROM MY COMA, I WOKE UP

AND THE WHOLE RIGHT SIDE

OF MY BRAIN IS COMPLETELY

DEAD.

THERE IS NOTHING THERE.

IT BROKE ME DOWN BECAUSE I

WAS THINKING, WHAT AM I

GOING TO DO WITH JUST THE

LEFT SIDE OF MY BRAIN.

IT'S NOT VERY FUNCTIONAL.

I WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO

WALK AGAIN.

THEY TOLD ME, I MIGHT NOT

BE ABLE TO PLAY SPORTS

AGAIN.

SO I WAS SCARED I WASN'T

GOING TO BE THE SAME KID I

WAS.

I WAS SCARED THAT I MIGHT

HAVE TO BE IN A

WHEELCHAIR.

AND WHEN MY PARENTS TOLD

ME MY SISTER DIED -- I HAD

THIS FEELING ALREADY SHE

WAS GONE.

GROWING UP, SASHA WAS

PRETTY MUCH MY IDOL.

I WORE THE SAME NUMBER AS

HER IN SPORTS.

SASHA WAS ALWAYS AT MY

PRACTICES.

SHE WANTED THE BEST FOR ME

IN MY LIFE.

SHE ALWAYS PUSHED ME TO BE

THE BEST.

AND WHEN I DIDN'T WANT TO,

SHE GOT ON ME FOR IT.

SHE GAVE ME THE DRIVE.

SHE WAS THERE WITH ME.

ANY TIME SHE COULD GO, SHE

WOULDN'T MISAN EVENT.

MISS AN EVENT.

I TOTALLY TRUST IN GOD,

AND I TOLD GOD, WHATEVER

HE DECIDES, I'M GOING TO

BE HAPPY WITH MY LIFE.

THEY TOLD US, WE'RE

GOING TO GO GET THE REHAB

LADIES AND GET HIM UP AND

LET HIM WALK THIS

AFTERNOON.

AND I'M THINKING, HIS

69 POUNDS AND YOU COULD

WRAP YOUR FINGERS AROUND

HIS ANKLES, AND THEY'RE

GOING TO TRY TO GET HIM TO

WALK.

BUT THEY DID.

IT WASN'T A BEAUTIFUL

WALK, BUT IT WAS A WALK.

WHENEVER I GOT UP OUT

OF THE BED AND I WALKED

DOWN THAT HALLWAY, I GOT

IT IN MY HEART AND MY

MIND, THAT WHATEVER I SET

MY MIND TO DO, I'M GOING

TO DO IT AND I'M GOING TO

DO IT THE BEST I CAN.

I'M NEVER GOING TO GIVE

UP.

I HAD TO LEARN EVERYTHING

OVER AGAIN, HOW TO WRITE

AND READ.

THEY HAD THESE PUZZLES

WITH SHAPES.

I HAD TO PUT WHERE THE

CIRCLE WAS, AND PUT THE

SQUARE WHERE THE SQUARE

WAS.

I LEARNED HOW TO TIE MY

SHOE.

I STRUGGLED WITH THAT A

LOT O.

IT FRUSTRATED ME SHOULD

REALIZE I COULDN'T DO THAT

LIKE I USED TO.

I REALLY PRACTICED AT IT.

BEING ABLE TO TIE YOUR

SHOES AND BEING ABLE TO

BUTTON YOUR SHIRT DOESN'T

MEAN YOU'LL BE ABLE TO GO

BACK AND PLAY SPORTS.

AND TRISTAN HAD PLAYED AT

A VERY HIGH LEVEL,

ESPECIALLY IN THE BASEBALL

FIELD.

AND HE WORKED EXTREMELY

HARD.

THE DOCTORS TOLD ME I

WOULD NEVER DO IT AGAIN,

BUT I BELIEVED IN GOD.

IT WAS A SUNNY DAY, AND

I WAS GOING FOR A WALK,

AND TRISTAN GOES, I'LL

JUST GO WITH YOU, MOM.

SO WE WENT TO THE TRACK.

AND HE TOOK OFF RUNNING.

I WAS WALKING BEHIND HIM,

AND I THOUGHT, OH, MY

GOSH, THERE IS SOME TALENT

THERE.

SHE WAS, LIKE, YOU'RE

GOING TO GO OUT FOR TRACK

AND SEE IF YOU LIKE IT.

MY VERY FIRST RACE, THERE

WERE 40 OR 50 GUYS IN THE

800, AND I TOOK OFF.

HE WAS, LIKE, IN THE

MIDDLE OF THE PACK, AND

BEFORE I KNEW IT, I WAS ON

THE PHONE WITH DOUG

SAYING, YOU'RE NOT GOING

TO BELIEVE THIS.

TRISTAN IS LEADING.

I WAS, LIKE, I REALLY

LIKE THIS.

THIS IS FUN.

HE ENDED UP GETTING

SECOND THAT DAY.

IN THAT MOMENT, I

REALIZED THAT WAS WHAT I

WAS GOING TO DO WITH MY

LIFE.

I WAS GOING TO BE A

DISTANT RUNNER.

WE WERE THE CONFERENCE

CHAMPIONS.

WE WON EVERY TRACK EVENT.

THE SPRING OF HIS

FRESHMAN YEAR, HE WAS THE

3200-METER STATE CHAMPION.

HE WENT ON IN HIS HIGH

SCHOOL CAREER TO WIN THREE

MORE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

AND NEVER SINGLED A MEET

THAT HE WASN'T ON THE

PODIUM.

TODAY HE IS A FRESHMAN IN

COLLEGE ON A FULL TRACK

AND FIELD SCHOLARSHIP.

THE THING THAT

ENCOURAGED ME THE MOST WAS

GETTING UP OUT OF THAT

HOSPITAL BED AND BEING

ABLE TO DO ALL OF THAT

STUFF.

AND I GO BACK TO THAT A

LOT.

THE DOCTORS TOLD ME I

SHOULDN'T BE ABLE TO WALK,

THAT I SHOULD BE

PARALYZED.

I JUST THINK GOD WAS WITH

ME THE WHOLE TIME.

EVERY RACE THAT I RUN, GOD

IS ALWAYS WITH ME.

WE FOUND OUT THROUGH

SOME RESEARCH, THAT THE

NEUROSURGEON WHO HAD DONE

THE SURGERY IS CONSIDERED

TO BE ONE OF THE TOP

NEUROSURGEONS IN THE

NATION.

AND HE EXPLAINED TO US

MEDICAL SCIENCE COULD

PROBABLY EXPLAIN SOME OF

THE REGENERATION THAT

TRISTAN HAD, BUT TRISTAN

REALLY IS A MIRACLE.

THE REASON I RUN IS, I

DO IT FOR ME AND I ALSO DO

IT FOR MY SISTER, SASHA.

I MADE CUSTOM SHOES, AND

THEY'RE PINK AND BLACK.

I KNOW SHE IS WITH ME

EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

SHE WOULD BE PROUD OF ME

NO MATTER WHAT I DID.

CHRIST DOES STRENGTHEN ME

EVERY DAY AND LEADS MOO ME

INTO THE PATH I'M TAKING.

HE HAS WON OVER 275

MEDALS, AND HE IS JUST

GETTING STARTED.

NO MATTER WHAT YOU'RE

GOING THROUGH WITH YOUR

LIFE, YOU NEVER WANT TO

GIVE UP ON GOD.

THERE IS ALWAYS A BRIGHTER

SIDE THAN THE DARK SIDES

THAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH.

Gordon: THERE IS PART

OF THIS STORY WHERE YOU

START WONDERING, WHAT AM I

DOING WITH A FULL BRAIN.

IF HE CAN DO THAT WITH A

HALF A BRAIN, WHAT'S GOING

ON HERE.

TOLD HE WOULD NEVER WALK

AGAIN, AND HERE IS

RUNNING, AND RUNNING WITH

GLORY.

WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR HIM,

IT'S AMAZING.

WHEN WE GET HOOKED UP WITH

GOD, MIRACLES HAPPEN.

MIRACLES HAPPEN.

WITH MAN IT SEEMS

IMPOSSIBLE.

BUT WE NEED TO KEEP IN

MIND WITH GOD ALL THINGS

ARE POSSIBLE.

NO MATTER WHAT'S BEEN TOLD

TO YOU.

IT'S WHAT YOU BELIEVE.

WHEN JESUS HEALED THE

SICK, HE ALWAYS TOLD THEM

YOUR FAITH HAS MADE YOU

WHOLE.

HE WOULDN'T TAKE CREDIT

FOR IT.

HE WOULD GIVE THEM THE

HONOR OF KNOWING IT WAS

THEIR FAITH THAT DID IT.

NOW, WHAT IS THAT?

AND WHERE DOES FAITH COME

FROM?

WELL, DON'T THINK IT IS

SOMETHING YOU DRUM UP, OR

SOMETHING YOU MAKE UP, OR

THAT IT IS SOMEHOW WILL

POWER OR ANYTHING LIKE

THAT.

IT IS RELYING ON HIM.

IT IS AN AMAZING TWO-WAY

STREET, WHERE HE AWARDS

YOUR FAITH, BUT YOUR FAITH

IS SOLELY ON HIM.

IT IS NOT ON YOUR PRAYER.

IT IS NOT ON WHAT YOU HAVE

DONE RIGHT IN YOUR LIFE OR

HOW MANY GOOD THINGS YOU

HAVE DONE -- NONE OF THAT.

IT IS ALL ABOUT WHAT JESUS

DID ON THE CROSS FOR YOU

AND JUST RECEIVING THAT

AND RESTING IN IT.

WE'RE GOING TO PRAY FOR

YOU, AND BEFORE WE PRAY,

WE'VE GOT SOME PRAYER

REQUESTS THAT HAVE COME

IN.

Terry: CATHY WRITES

IN THAT HER HUSBAND AND

FATHER BOTH HAVE CANCER.

SHE SAYS OUR TRUST IS IN

THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD

OF LORDS, AND WE KNOW HE

WILL NEVER LEAVE US OR

FORSAKE US, BUT WE ASK YOU

TO PRAY FOR US.

WE DO COMMIT TO DO THAT,

CATHY, TODAY.

AND MARIE SAYS I HAVE A

SLIPPED DISC, ACID REFLUX,

AND A GALLSTONE AND I'VE

BEEN PRAYING IT WOULD ALL

GO AWAY.

TRINITY SAYS, "PLEASE PRAY

FOR MY FRIEND, AMELIA, AND

SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A

CANCER.

PRAY SHE WILL RECEIVE A

MIRACLMIRACULOUS HEALING AND

THROUGH THAT RECEIVE

SALVATION."

Gordon: LORD, WE LIFT

THESE NEEDS TO YOU AND WE

SYMBOLICLY LAY HANDS ON

THEM RIGHT NOW.

WE ASK THE GOD OF ALL

HOPE, THE GOD OF ALL

COMFORT, THE GOD OF ALL

FAITH, WOULD VISIT THEM

NOW.

THAT THEY MAY LOOK TO YOU,

THE AUTHOR AND THE

FINISHER OF OUR FAITH.

WE RELY ON YOU.

WE RELY ON THE FINISHED

WORK.

SO STRETCH FORTH YOUR HAND

AND HEAL.

AND FOR THOSE WATCHING

RIGHT NOW AND BELIEVING

AND TRUSTING IN YOU, WE

SAY TO THEM, AND WE SAY

TOGETHER, OU OUT LOUD, BE

HEALED AND BE MADE WHOLE,

BY THE BLOOD OF TH THE LAMB,

BY THE STRIPES ON THE

CROSS.

WE RECEIVE IT NOW IN

JESUS' NAME.

THERE IS SOMEONE, YOU'RE

DEBATING, DO YOU CALL IN

OUR WRITE IN AND YOU HAVE

MIGRAINE HEADACHES.

GOD IS RELIEVING YOU FROM

THAT IN JESUS' NAME.

BE RESTORED AND BE MADE

WHOLE.

WE THANK YOU FOR IT.

AMEN.

AND AMEN.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS

WORD FROM MATTHEW: "YOU

ARE THE LIGHT OF THE

WORLD.

A CITY THAT IS SET ON A

HILL CANNOT BE HIDDEN, NOR

DO THEY LIGHT A LAMP AND

PUT IT UNDER A BASKET, BUT

ON A LAMP STAND, AND IT

GIVES LIGHT TO ALL WHO ARE

IN THE HOUSE."

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