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700 Club Interactive - The Dollar Club - May 10, 2016

How far can one dollar go? One church says their “Dollar Club” is changing their community. Read Transcript


I'VE BEEN HAVING SUCH A

HARD TIME LATELY.

STRUGGLING TO STAY CLEAN

AND EVERYTHING.

Gordon: A CHURCH

GIVES A PIZZA DELIVERY GUY

A $700 TIP.

IT JUST REALLY, TRULY

AMAZES ME, THAT PEOPLE

THAT DON'T EVEN KNOW ME

WANTED TO HELP ME OUT THAT

MUCH.

Gordon: HEAR HOW THIS

ACT OF GENEROSITY SET HIM

FREE, ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: WELL, WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

IF YOU'VE EVER WORKED A

JOB THAT INVOLVED GETTING

TIPS, YOU KNOW A BIG TIP

CAN MAKE YOUR DAY.

BUT CAN IT CHANGE YOUR

LIFE?

FOR ONE PIZZA DELIVERY GUY

IN MENTOR, OHIO, HIS TIPS

WERE UNDERWHELMING,

TYPICALLY $3 TO $5.

SO YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW HE

FELT WHEN A CHURCH GAVE

HIM A $700 TIP.

Terry: AFTER HE

RETURNED TO HIS CAR, HE

PICKED UP THE PHONE AND

RECORDED THE FOLLOWING

MESSAGE.

YOU'RE ABOUT TO SEE WHY

THIS VIDEO HAS BEEN VIEWED

ALMOST 18 MILLION TIMES.

I JUST FEEL THE NEED TO

SHARE THIS WITH EVERYBODY.

I WORK FOR A PIZZA PLACE,

OBVIOUSLY.

PRETTY MUCH ALL OF YOU

KNOW THIS.

AND WE DON'T OPEN UNTIL

12:00 TODAY, BUT I WAS

ASKED TO COME IN A LITTLE

EARLY FOR A DELIVERY.

SO, UM, I CAME IN.

AND RIGHT AS I GOT IN, WE

LOADED UP MY CAR WITH THE

FOOD, AND I TOOK IT.

AND WHEN I GOT TO THIS

DELIVERY, TO THIS CHURCH,

AND UM...THEY CAME OUT TO

MY CAR.

AND THEY'RE, LIKE, TAKE

ONE PIZZA OUT OF THE SEVEN

OR EIGHT PIZZAS THAT THEY

ORDERED, AND THEY'RE LIKE

BRING IT UP TO THE PASTOR

ON STAGE.

AND I WAS, LIKE, ALL

WEIRDED OUT.

LIKE, WHY?

THIS IS SO WEIRD.

AND THE MOST AMAZING THING

HAPPENED.

THIS WHOLE CHURCH CAME UP

UP...AND GAVE ME OVER $700

FOR A TIP.

IT'S TRULY AMAZING.

I'VE BEEN HAVING SUCH A

HARD TIME LATELY.

JUST STRUGGLING TO STAY

CLEAN AND EVERYTHING.

AND I'M JUST TRYING TO GET

MY LIFE BACK.

AND IT JUST REALLY, TRULY

JUST AMAZES ME THAT PEOPLE

THAT DON'T EVEN KNOW ME

WANTED TO HELP ME OUT THAT

MUCH.

I'M BLESSED.

Terry: WHAT A STORY.

WELL, HERE IS THE BACK

STORY ON THAT.

THE PASTOR OF -- I WANT TO

GET THIS RIGHT --

LIFEPOINT CHURCH IN

MENTOR, OHIO -- THAT

WORKS -- PASTOR KEN WRIGHT

WANTED TO GIVE A SERMON ON

UNITY.

SO ONE OF HIS VISIBLE

POINTS IN THIS MESSAGE WAS

THAT HE SAID WE'RE GOING

TO ORDER A PIZZA TODAY,

AND WE'RE GOING TO GIVE

THE PIZZA DELIVERY GUY

$100.

THEN JEFF LEWIS IS THE GUY

WHO IS DELIVERING THE

PIZZA, AND HE GETS UP

THERE, AND SPUR OF THE

MOMENT, THE PASTOR SAYS,

IS THERE ANYONE ELSE IN

THE CHURCH WHO WOULD LIKE

TO JOIN ME IN TIPPING JEFF

TODAY?

AND PEOPLE GOT OUT OF

THEIR CHAIRS AND STARTED

COMING UP.

AND THE POOR GUY PROBABLY

WONDERED, WHAT IN THE

WORLD IS GOING ON, FIRST

OF ALL I'M STANDING ON A

STAGE IN A CHURCH, AND HE

PROCEEDED TO BE AMAZED AS

PEOPLE CAME UP AND GAVE

AND GAVE AND GAVE, A

DOLLAR EACH, AND BLESSED

HIM ON THAT SUNDAY MORNING

IN A WAY THAT CHANGED HIS

LIFE.

Gordon: IT DID CHANGE

HIS LIFE.

YOU WONDER WHAT WAS GOING

ON?

HOW WERE THINGS ARRANGED

THAT IT WOULD BE HIM?

AND HERE IS OVERWHELMING

GENEROSITY ON BIBLICAL

PROPORTIONS, TO SAY WE

WANT TO ENCOURAGE ONE

ANOTHER TO DO OUTBURSTS OF

LOVE.

SO ALL OF THAT IS

HAPPENING.

HERE IS AN UPDATE ON JEFF.

WHAT HAPPENED AFTERWARDS

IS HE TOOK THAT VIDEO --

THAT VIDEO WENT VIRAL, AND

I THINK 16 MILLION --

Terry: 18 MILLION

PEOPLE HAVE VIEWED IT.

Gordon: AND ONE THE

PERSONS SEEING IT HAPPENED

TO RUN A DRUG REHAB

FACILITY IN CALIFORNIA.

AND DRUG REHAB IS

EXPENSIVE.

WHAT THEY SAID IS, WE WILL

TAKE CARE OF ALL OF THE

EXPENSES.

WE WILL FLY YOU FROM OHIO

TO CALIFORNIA.

AND THEY PUT HIM THROUGH

THE TREATMENT PROGRAM.

AND NOW IT IS WONDERFUL.

HE HAS 152 DAYS CLEAN.

AND THEN ON TOP OF IT --

AND WE'VE GOT A PICTURE OF

IT -- HERE HE IS OUT IN

CALIFORNIA, AND HE IS NOW

AN INTERN, WORKING AS AND

INTERN IN THAT

REHABILITATION CENTER.

TALK ABOUT A CHANGED LIFE.

ALL FROM AN INSPIRATION TO

SAY, WE WANT TO BE

OUTRAGEOUSLY GENEROUS.

AND WE WANT TO DO IT

RANDOMLY.

WWE'RE JUST GOING TO CALL

AND GET THE PIZZA GUY UP

HERE.

AND TO FIND OUT HIS BACK

STORY, AND NOT ONLY THE

BACK STORY, BUT THE

MIRACLE STORY, HERE HE IS

CLEAN, SOBER, AND

DRUG-FREE, AND YOU'RE

GOING, YAY, GOD.

Terry: AS IT IS FOR

MOST OF US, WE THINK

SOMEWHERE E A GREAT IDEA.

AND WE THINK WE'RE GOING

TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

BUT IT WAS

GOD-ORCHESTRATED.

Gordon: I THINK A LOT

OF PASTORS GIVEN THAT IDEA

WILL GO, IT'S A LITTLE

NUTTY, BUT WILL THE CHURCH

GO ALONG WITH IT.

AND THE CHURCH WENT ALONG

WITH IT.

AND THEY WERE OUTRAGEOUSLY

GENEROUS.

Terry: THE DRIVER WAS

JEFF.

THAT HE WAS WORKING THAT

DAY.

AND THE PERSON WHO SAW IT

ONLINE HAPPENED TO RUN A

DRUG REHAB CENTER -- IT IS

FRAUGHT WITH GOD.

Gordon: WE HOPE THAT

THAT KIND OF GIVING IS

SPREADING AND CHURCHES ARE

BECOMING MORE CREATIVE,

FINDING NEW WAYS TO BLESS

PEOPLE IN THEIR

COMMUNITIES.

AT CROSS-POINT CHURCH IN

NASHVILLE, PASTOR PETE

WILSON STARTED "THE DOLLAR

CLUB."

AND HE SAYS A SMALL GIFT

OF ONE DOLLAR CAN IMPACT

PEOPLE IN A BIG WAY.

*

EVERYBODY CAN MAKE A

DIFFERENCE.

IT IS NOT ABOUT EQUAL

GIFTS.

IT IS ABOUT EQUAL

SACRIFICE.

AND SO IF YOU CAN HELP

PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT IF

A SINGLE DOLLAR CAN MAKE

THAT MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE

IN SOMEBODY'S LIFE, WHAT

CAN HAPPEN IN YOUR

COMMUNITY, WHAT CAN HAPPEN

IN OUR CITY, IF WE ALL

STARTED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT

GENEROSITY LOOKED LIKE,

AND WE PULLED OUR

RESOURCES TOGETHER TO

IMPACT THE KINGDOM.

*

THE DOLLAR CLUB IS

BASICALLY THIS IDEA WHERE

EVERYBODY IN OUR CHURCH

COMES TOGETHER AND THEY

GIVE A D.AND W DOLLAR.

AND WE PUT IT ALL INTO ONE

BIG POOL TOGETHER.

AND WE TAKE THAT MONEY AND

WE JUST GO OUT IN OUR

COMMUNITY AND WE JUST

BLESS SOMEBODY WITH IT.

WE DO SOMETHING THAT CAN

REALLY LITERALLY CHANGE

SOMEBODY'S LIFE.

THAT'S WHY WE MAKE IT A

DOLLAR.

WE WANT EVERYBODY TO FEEL

LIKE THEY CAN PARTICIPATE

AND BE A PART OF IT.

A PASTOR FRIEND OF MINE

WAS ACTUALLY DOING

SOMETHING SIMILAR AT HIS

CHURCH.

AND I LOVED THE IDEA,

AGAIN, JUAGAIN, JUST THE

ACCESSABILITY, WHERE

EVERYBODY CAN PARTICIPATE

IN IT.

MY FAVORITE DOLLAR CLUB

EXPERIENCE WAS LAST

CHRISTMAS.

WE WENT AROUND OUR

COMMUNITY DOING RANDOM

ACTS OF KINDNESS.

WE SPENT A HALF DAY AT A

GROCERY STORE, JUST BUYING

PEOPLE GROCERIES.

AND WE WENT TO A GAS

STATION AND JUST BOUGHT

PEOPLE GAS.

WE WENT TO A CHRISTMAS

TREE LOT AND BOUGHT

CHRISTMAS TREES FOR

PEOPLE.

WE WERE ABLE TO PULL THIS

SCHEME OFF WHERE WE WERE

PARTNERING WITH THE LOCAL

POLICE STATION AND HELPED

PEOPLE BUY CHRISTMAS

PRESENTS FOR THEIR KIDS.

AND IT INSPIRED PEOPLE TO

SAY, I CAN GO AND BUY

SOMEBODY'S GROCERIES.

OR I CAN GO AND BUY

SOMEBODY A TANK OF GAS.

IT IS PROBABLY MY FAVORITE

BECAUSE WHAT I SAW IS

PEOPLE STARTED TO TAKE

THIS ON AS THEIR OWN.

IT WAS NO LONGER JUST A

PROGRAM IN OUR CHURCH.

IT WAS A LIFESTYLE TO BE

LIVED OUT.

AND PEOPLE STARTED GOING

OUT IN THE COMMUNITY AND

DOING JUST GREAT THINGS

FOR PEOPLE.

IT WAS A PRETTY COOL

EXPERIENCE.

WE HAVE OPPORTUNITIES

EVERY DAY TO OPEN OUR EYES

AND SEE OPPORTUNITIES

AROUND US, WHERE WE CAN

EXPRESS THE LOVE OF JESUS

IN A VERY TANGIBLE WAY.

I THINK FOR ME, THAT WAS

PROBABLY THE BIGGEST

IMPACT.

IT DIDN'T CHANGE HOW I

VIEWED JESUS.

IT CHANGED HOW I WANTED TO

EXPRESS HIS LOVE EVERY

SINGLE DAY.

Gordon: OPPORTUNITIES

ARE ALL AROUND US, IF

WE'LL JUST OPEN OUR EYES.

JESUS SAYS, LIFT UP YOUR

HEADS AND SEE THE FIELD IS

RIPE TO HARVEST.

HOW YOU CAN ABSOLUTELY

CHANGE A LIFE, AND NOT

JUST HERE TEMPORARILY AND

TANGIBLY WITH RELIEF AND

HELP FOR THEM, BUT

ETERNALLY, TO LET THEM

KNOW THAT GOD LOVES THEM,

AND WE LOVE THEM, TOO.

IT IS A WONDERFUL THING.

Terry: I THINK IT IS

ALSO VERY EMPOWERING TO

US, AS THE CHILDREN OF

GOD.

THERE IS SOMETHING IN

SEEING THAT ON A REGULAR

BASIS AND WATCHING THE JOY

OF THE PERSON RECEIVING,

AND KNOWING YOU HAD A HAND

IN IT.

IT IS REALLY A PRETTY

POWERFUL THING.

Gordon: I LIKE

ANYTHING THAT GETS THE

CHURCH OUTSIDE OF A BUILD.

AND WHETHER THAT IS A

MISSION TRIP OR SUPPORTING

OUT REACREACH IN THE COMMUNITY,

BUT WHEN PEOPLE PHYSICALLY

GO THEMSELVES, TO SAY I

WANT TO BE A PART OF THIS.

AND YOUR BONDED TOGETHER

AS A GROUP, AND IT'S

LEARNING.

YOU LEARN HOW TO DO IT.

YOU LEARN WHAT TO DO.

YOU LEARN WHAT IS

APPROPRIATE.

IT IS NOT SOME STATIC

THING, BUT IT IS GROWING

AND EVOLVING AND IT IS

ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL.

Terry: ONE OF THE

THINGS I LOVED AS WE

WATCHED THAT LAST VIDEO OF

THIS BEING TRANSACTED IN

VARIOUS WAYS WAS THE

PEOPLE TALKED TO THE THE

PERSON THEY WERE DOING

THIS FOR.

THEY DIDN'T JUST

ANONYMOUSLY DO IT.

I MEAN, THERE WAS A COMING

TOGETHER AND A RELATIONAL

THING HAPPENING THERE THAT

WAS PRETTY SPECIAL.

GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR US

TO DO THIS IN OUR OWN

LIVES AS WELL.

STILL AHEAD, IT IS A

NECESSITY OF LIFE, AND YET

OVER A BILLION PEOPLE

DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO IT.

WHAT MOVES ME THE MOST

IS TO THINK ABOUT MOTHERS

LOSING THEIR CHILDREN

BECAUSE OF SOMETHING WE

COULD TAKE CARE OF.

Terry: WATCH ONE

CHURCH BRING WATER TO THE

WORLD, WHEN WE COME BACK.

Terry: WHEN A CHURCH

IN MESQUITE, TEXAS, HEARD

HOW MANY CHILDREN WERE

DYING FROM A LACK OF CLEAN

WATER, THEY WANTED TO DO

SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

SO THEY TEAMED UP WITH CBN

TO BUILD WATER WELLS.

Reporter: EVERY 20

SECONDS ONE CHILD DIES

BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE

ACCESS TO SAFE DRINKING

WATER.

IT IS A TROUBLING NUMBER

THAT TOUCHED THE HARD OF

PASTOR ROD BREWER IN

MESQUITE, TEXAS.

WHAT MOVES ME THE MOST

IS TO THINK ABOUT MOTHERS

LOSING THEIR CHILDREN

BECAUSE OF SOMETHING WE

COULD TAKE CARE OF.

Reporter: PASTOR

BREWER REACHED OUT TO CBN

TO FIND OUT HOW HIS CHURCH

COULD BE A PART OF THE

SOLUTION.

FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES,

MORE THAN 6.2 MILLION

PEOPLE HAVE BENEFIT

FRANCHISE MORE THAN 16,000

WELLS BUILT BY CBN.

CBN HAS THE PERSONNEL,

PROJECTS, AND EQUIPMENT

ALREADY IN PLACE.

SO BY WORKING TOGETHER, WE

CAN BOTH ACCOMPLISH MORE,

ON LESS.

IF A CHURCH HAS A DREAM, A

DESIRE TO DO SOMETHING,

CHANCES ARE CBN IS ALREADY

THERE DOING THE HEAVY

LIFTING, AND BY COMING

TOGETHER, WE CAN BOTH

ACCOMPLISH MORE.

Reporter: PASTOR

BREWER LEARNED THAT ONE

WELL COULD GIVE DESPERATE

COMMUNITIES THE CLEAN

WATER THEY NEED TO SURVIVE

AND THRIVE.

WE THREW IT AROUND THE

STAFF, AND THE NEXT THING

WE KNOW, WE CAME UP WITH

THE DIVISION WE WERE GOING

TO BUILD 25 WELLS OVER THE

NEXT YEAR.

Reporter: THEY WOULD

NEED COMMITMENT AND

SUPPORT FROM THE

CONGREGATION.

ON WORLD WATER DAY IN

2015, PASTOR BREWER AND

CHURCH LEADERS MADE THEIR

APPEAL.

THE STAFF HANDED OUT

BOTTLES OF DIRTY DRINKING

WATER TO SEE FOR

THEMSELVES WERE MILLIONS

HAVE TO DRINK EVERY DAY.

WE BOC I BROKE IT DOWN TO THE

SINGLE MOMS COULD

PARTICIPATE IF THEY GAVE

$3 A WEEK.

WE PUT VALUE ON NO MATTER

WHAT YOUR SOCIAL OR

FINANCIAL STATUS IS.

WE PUT VALUE ON YOU

GETTING ON BOARD AND

PLAYING YOUR PART.

Reporter: THE CHURCH

RESPONDED.

AS THEY CAME DOWN AND

GAVE THEIR COMMITMENT

CARDS, WE HAD MOCK WATER

WELLS UP WITH WATER WELLS

AROUND THEM.

Reporter: AFTER

COUNTING THE CARDS, THE

STAFF WAS ASTONISHED.

THE CHURCH GAVE MORE THAN

ENOUGH TO SURPASS THEIR

GOAL OF 25 WELLS.

IT WAS ONE OF THOSE

MOMENTS WHERE WE SHOT WAY

TOO LOW, AND GOD WAS

CAPABLE OF SO MUCH MORE

THAN WHAT WE DREAMED

ABOUT.

I WAS BESIDE MYSELF.

I HAD TO TAKE OFF RUNNING.

I WAS SO EXCITED.

IT WAS A WONDERFUL, JOYOUS

SUNDAY MORNING AS WE KNEW

WE WERE ON OUR WAY TO

EXCEEDING WHAT WE HAD

PLANNED TO DO.

Reporter: BY THE END

OF THE YEAR, THE CHURCH

SPONSORED 75 WELLS TO BE

CONSTRUCTED IN SEVERAL

COUNTRIES.

A WALL AT THE SANCTUARY

ENTRANCE PUTS THEIR GIVING

INTO PERSPECTIVE, A DROP

OF WATER FOR EACH WELL,

AND FOLEY TOE PHOTOS AND TESTIMONIES

OF THE PEOPLE THEY HELPED.

WE GIVE GOD ALL OF THE

GLORY.

IT IS EXCITING TO KNOW

THIS CHURCH ON THE OTHER

SIDE OF THE WORLD HAS

LITERALLY SAVED THOUSANDS

OF LIVES, OF NOT ONLY

LITTLE KIDS, BUT YOUNG

PEOPLE, MEN AND WOMEN, AND

THE BOYS AND THE GIRLS.

THAT'S A VERY EXCITING

THING.

AND NOT A TEMPORARY THING,

BUT AN ON-GOING THING.

Reporter: THE CHURCH

SAYS PARTNERSHIP WITH CBN

MADE THEIR VISION A

REALITY.

I WOULD CHALLENGE ANY

CHURCH LISTENING TO WHAT

WE'RE SHARING TODAY --

PASTORS, GET A VISION.

MAYBE JUST START WITH ONE

WELL.

IT MAY TAKE YOU A YEAR TO

BUILD ONE WELL.

BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY,

IT WILL BE A GOOD THING.

YOU WILL SAVE LIVES.

Reporter: A LOCAL

CHURCH GOING BEYOND ITS

WALLS AND ABOVE THE LIMIT

TO PROVIDE CLEAN, SAFE

WATER FOR THOSE IN NEED.

WELL, I THINK

PERSONALLY MY RESPONSE IS

JUST A THANKFULNESS FOR

GOD JUST DOING

EXCEEDINGLY, ABUNDANTLY

ABOVE ALL WE COULD THINK

OR EVEN IMAGINE.

Terry: GORDON WAS

TALKING A MOMENT AGO ABOUT

SEEING THE CHURCH COME OUT

OF THE BUILDING.

AND IN THIS SCENARIO AND

IN SO MANY ACTIVE CHURCHES

LIKE IT, WE'RE SEEING THE

WORLD TOUCHED BY PEOPLE

WHO ARE CHALLENGED TO CARE

ABOUT PEOPLE THEY'LL

PROBABLY NEVER MEET.

AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT

UNITY, WHICH SEEMS TO BE

SOMETHING THAT IS HEAVY ON

OUR AGENDA TODAY AS WE

LOOK AT WHAT GOD IS DOING

AROUND THE WORLD, THAT

PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THAT

CHURCH AND CBN IS WHAT

MADE IT ALL HAPPEN.

WE HAVE OFFICES AROUND THE

WORLD.

WE HAVE FEET ON THE

GROUND.

SO WHEN A CHURCH IS

WILLING TO PARTNER WITH

US, THE JOB GETS DONE, AND

IT GETS DONE REALLY WELL.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU

BE A PART OF THAT.

YOU KNOW, WATER IS LIFE.

EVERY ONE OF US NEED IT,

AND SO MANY PEOPLE AROUND

THE WORLD DON'T HAVE IT.

I THINK IT IS A GREAT IDEA

TO KEEP A BOTTLE OF DIRTY

WATER IN FRONT OF YOU TO

REMIND YOU OF WHAT MOST OF

THE WORLD IS DRINKING

TODAY.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A

PARTNER, OUR NOBODY TO

CALL IS 1-888-777-1999. NUMBER TO

CALL IS 1-888-777-1999.

IF YOU OR YOUR CHURCH

WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR A

WELL, WE WOULD LIKE TO

SPONSOR WITH YOU TO MAKE

THAT HAPPEN.

YOU CAN GO TO

CBN.COM/WATER WELLS, TO

FIND OUT MORE.

WATER WELLS IS ONE OF THE

THINGS THAT WE DO, BUT

WE'RE DOING MANY, MANY

OTHER THINGS,

MICROENTERPRISE

OPPORTUNITIES FOR

FAMILIES.

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PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE

HOMES, OR WHO HAVE BEEN

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BRENDAN M MCPHERSON TAKES US

Gordon: IT IS

HISTORY'S FIRST SIBLING

RIVALRY, A JEALOUS OLDER

BROTHER TAKING HIS RAGE

OUT ON HIS YOUNGER

BROTHER.

THE STORY OF CANE AND ABLE

HAS BEEN TOLD FOR

THOUSANDS YEARS.

AND IT IS BEING RETOLD BY

BRENDAN McPHERSON.

Reporter: BRENDAN

McPHERSON IS VICE

PRESIDENT OF THE

FOUNDATION HOME.

EVERY END OF THE

"SUPERBOOK" ENDS WITH THE

SALVATION POEM.

THE POEM HAS BEEN

TRANSLATED INTO MORE 50

LANGUAGES, AND SUNG IN

MORE THAN 30 LANGUAGES.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Reporter: NOW HE HAS

USED HIS WRITING TALENTS

IN HIS NOVEL "CANE."

HE TELLS THE STORY OF THE

FIRST MURDER IN THE BIBLE,

AND THE BIRTH OF AN

UNSTOPPABLE EVIL.

Gordon: BRENDAN

McPHERSON JOINS US NOW.

AND THIS IS A DEPARTURE

FOR YOU.

YOU'VE BEEN INVOLVED WITH

THE SALVATION POEM, AND

YOU'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN

PUTTING TOGETHER

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE,

DISTRIBUTING BOOKS AROUND

THE WORLD.

WHY THE DEPARTURE?

WHY THIS?

I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A HUGE

FAN OF STORY-TELLING.

I JUST REMEMBER WATCHING

"THE LORD OF THE RINGS,"

GROWING UP AND THINKING, I

WANT TO TELL STORIES.

THIS IS JUST COOL.

IT IS SUCH A POWERFUL WAY

TO COMMUNICATE TRUTH.

IT TAKES US OUT OF

OURSELVES AND HELPS US TO

THINK ABOUT THINGS IN A

NEW WAY.

Gordon: WHAT IS IT

ABOUT THE CANE AND ABLE

STORY -- I HEAR YOU'VE

BEEN FASCINATED WITH THIS

STORY SINCE YOU WERE

YOUNG.

FOR ME, IT WAS JUST SO

ODD.

HERE IS THE FIRST FAMILY.

YOU WOULD THINK THEY WERE

PERFECT.

SO THEY WOULD BE IN

UNALITY WITH EACUNITYWITH EACH OTHER.

BUT YOU SEE THIS TERRIBLE

DISHARMONY.

AND CANE DOES THIS

FRACTION IN THE FAMILY.

Gordon: IN THE BOOK,

YOU GET INTO THAT THIS IS

THE BIRTH OF A TERRIBLE

EVIL.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?

WE SEE IN ADAM'S

DECISION THAT, YOU KNOW,

HIS SIN -- THE AFFECTS OF

IT RIPPLE THROUGH ALL OF

HISTORY.

IN THE SAME WAY, I KIND OF

WANTED TO MIRROR THAT IN

HIS SON'S DECISION, AND SO

HOW ADAM'S DECISION ROLLED

OFF ON TO CANE'S DECISION,

AND THERE IS THIS

SNOWBALLING EFFECT OF SIN

THROUGHOUT HISTORY.

OUR SINFUL NATURE, IT

CAN'T BE STOPPED UNTIL THE

LAST ADAM IS WITH JESUS.

Gordon: IN YOUR BOOK,

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THE

FACT THAT GOD IS STILL

SPEAKING TO CANE?

HE HAS JUST MURDERED HIS

BROTHER, AND IT'S AN

INCREDIBLE CONVERSATION.

ABSOLUTELY.

Gordon: AND IT'S LIKE

HE IS NOT MAD AT HIM.

NO.

NO.

HE SEES -- THE STORY OF

CANE AND ABLE FOR ME IS

ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL

PRESENTATIONS OF GOD'S

MERCY.

HERE CANE KILLS HIS

BROTHER, LIES TO GOD'S

FACE, AND GOD STILL GIVES

HIM PROTECTION.

I THINK THAT IS BECAUSE HE

WANTED TO WIN CANE'S

HEART.

FOR ME THAT BECAME REALLY

POWERFUL, BECAUSE I SEE

MYSELF IN ALL OF THIS,

REALLY IN CANE, JUST IN

THE HUMAN NATURE, THE SIN

NATURE, AS SHOWN THROUGH

HIS ACTIONS.

Gordon: YEAH.

THE WHOLE THING OF

CROUCHING BY THE DOOR,

WAITING TO DEVOUR US --

YEAH.

Gordon: AND WE GET IT

IN OUR HEAD THAT SOMEHOW

GOD HAS TO BE MAD.

WE DO.

Gordon: WE JUDGE

OURSELVES.

GOD HAS TO BE MAD AT ME

FOR WHAT I HAVE JUST DONE.

I CAN'T FORGIVE MYSELF, SO

THERE IS NO WAY THAT GOD

WILL FORGIVE ME.

AND WE LOSE SIGHT OF, NO,

HE IS STILL THERE.

HE ABSOLUTELY STILL WANTS

TO TALK TO US.

HE'LL STILL RECEIVE US.

YES.

Gordon: AND HE'LL

STILL FORGIVE US.

HE WANTS THAT

RELATIONSHIP.

YOU'VE GONE EXTRA BIBLICAL

IN THIS.

IT IS A SHORT STORY IN THE

BIBLE, AND YOU'RE TAKING

IT INTO A WHOLE NOVEL.

UH-HUH.

Gordon: AND YOU HAVE

A REDEMPTION STORY AT THE

END OF IT.

WHAT IS THAT?

HOW DO YOU BRING CANE

BACK?

YOU MEAN, HOW DO I SHOW

HIM AS BEING A FIGURE WHO

MAY FIND REDEMPTION?

Gordon: UH-HUH.

REALLY, I THINK IT

WAS -- AS I WAS WRITING

IT, I STARTED, OF COURSE,

SEEING MYSELF IN CANE.

AND THE IDEA OF JESUS, THE

CHRIST COMING, HE IS

PROPHESIED AS COMING IN

GENESIS, IN THE GARDEN

WITH EV AND ADAM.

EVE AND ADAM.

SO I WANTED TO SHOW HOW

JESUS WAS PRESENT THROUGH

ALL OF THIS STORY.

HE WAS PLANNED EVEN BEFORE

CANE WAS BORN.

AND HE WAS THERE.

AND HIS SACRIFICE MATTERS

FOR HIM, TOO.

Gordon: CAN YOU GIVE

VIEWERS A HINT AS TO HOW

YOU END THIS, AND HOW

THAT -- OR DO YOU SAY, NO,

YOU'VE GOT TO GO OUT AND

GET THE BOOK?

I SAY -- OH, THAT'S

HARD.

MAYBE JUST GET THE BOOK.

Gordon: ALL RIGHT,

WE'LL LEAVE YOU WITH A

CLIFCLIFFHANGER THEN.

HAVE YOU A WHOLE SERIES IN

MIND AND THIS IS THE

FIRST.

YEAH.

Gordon: WHERE ARE YOU

GOING WITH THE SERIES?

FOR THE RESTER O REST OF THE

SERIES, IT WILL GO ALL THE

WAY UP TO 2 GENESIS WITH

THE FLOOD.

Gordon: YOU'RE GOING

TO TAKE US THROUGH NOAH?

YUP.

Gordon: AND I ASSUME

YOU'RE GOING TO DO IT ON

NIMROD, THE MIGHTY HUNTER?

YUP.

Gordon: GIVE US A

GLIMPSE INTO THAT WORLD?

YUP -- WELL, I HAVEN'T

QUITE PLOTTED OUT THE

THIRD BOOK, BUT FOR THE

SECOND BOOK, I'M GETTING

REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT.

IT IS KIND OF THE STORY OF

A RELUCTANT PROPHET.

NOAH GOING THROUGH A LOT

OF STRUGGLES AND BEING

MORE OF A CONFLICTED

PERSON.

BUT THEN IN THE END,

BEING -- HONORING GOD WITH

HIS DECISIONS, HOW HE

COMES TO BE THERE.

Gordon: ARE YOU GOING

TO GO INTO HIS

DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY?

YES.

YUP.

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: AND IS THAT

GOING TO BECOME FRUIT FOR

ALL OF US, BECAUSE ALL OF

US COME FROM, TO ONE

DEGREE OR ANOTHER, FROM

SOME KIND OF DYSFUNCTION.

YOU LOOK AT ANY FAMILY,

YOU CAN SPOT A PROBLEM.

ABSOLUTELY.

BUT ALSO FINDING THE

POINTS OF UNITY IN THE

FAMILIES.

FOR CANE, HE DIDN'T REALLY

HAVE MUCH OF IT.

BUT IN THE END, I WANTED

TO SHOW THAT THERE WAS

STILL LOVE THERE.

IT WAS A COMPLICATED

DYNAMIC.

Gordon: THAT'S A

SURPRISING TWIST.

I ALWAYS WONDERED WHY,

WHAT ABOUT NOAH CONVINCED

HIS FAMILY TO JOIN HIM IN

A BOAT?

HOW DID HE PULL THAT ONE

OFF?

I HAVE A HARD ENOUGH TIME

CONVINCING MY KIDS TO GO

ON VACATION WITH US.

AND HERE HE IS GOING TO

SAY, NO, WE'RE ALL GOING

TO GET LOCKED UP INTO THIS

BOAT ON DRY LAND, WITH A

BUNCH OF ANIMALS -- HOW IN

THE WORLD DID HE PULL THAT

ONE OFF?

HOW DID HE DO THAT?

WELL, THE BOOK IS CALLED

"CANE, THE STORY OF THE

FIRST MURDER AND THE BIRTH

OF UNSTOPPABLE EVIL."

IT IS AVAILABLE ON AM ZO.

SAMAZON.SO IF YOU WANT TO ORDER A

COPY, IT IS OUT NOW.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR

PARTNERSHIP WITH THE

SALVATION POEM.

WE APPRECIATE YOU GUYS.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS

WORD FROM LUKE: "GIVE AND

IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU.

A GOOD MEASURE, PRESSED

DOWN, SHAKEN TOGETHER AND

RUNNING OVER WILL BE

POURED INTO YOUR LAP.

FOR WITH THE MEASURE YOU

USE, IT WILL BE MEASURED

TO YOU."

I ENCOURAGE YOU TODAY, BE

THE CHURCH OUTSIDE THE

WALLS.

GO OUT THERE AND FIND

SOMEBODY THAT YOU CAN BE

GENEROUS TO.

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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