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700 Club Interactive - Frequency - December 14, 2016

Robert Morris, best-selling author and pastor of Gateway Church in Dallas, Tx., shares various ways God communicates with us. Read Transcript


Gordon: GOD IS

SPEAKING ALL THE TIME.

THE QUESTION IS: CAN YOU

HEAR HIM?

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR WOB

BERROBERTMORRIS SAYS YOU CAN HEAR

GOD'S VOICE IF YOU'LL TUNE

INTO THE RIGHT FREQUENCY.

FIND OUT O HO HOW ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

WE'RE GOING TO ANSWER THE

QUESTION: DOES GOD STILL

SPEAK TODAY?

AND IF THE ANSWER IS YES,

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN, AND

WHAT DO IT MEAN FOR YOU?

WELL, THE WORLD MILITANT

THINK IT SOUNDS CRAZY, BUT

THE TRUTH IS YOU WERE

CREATED TO BE IN

RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR

CREATOR.

AND HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF

A HAPPY MARRIAGE OR A

FRIENDSHIP WHERE ONE

PERSON DID ALL OF THE

TALKING?

THEN WHY WOULD GOD CREATE

US FOR A RELATIONSHIP BUT

NEVER TALK TO US?

THE GOOD NEWS IS GOD WANTS

TO TALK TO YOU, AND AS

PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS SAYS,

WE CAN LEARN TO HEAR HIS

VOICE.

Reporter: ROBERT

MORRIS IS THE SENIOR

PASTOR OF "GATEWAY CHURCH"

IN TEXAS.

IN "THE BLESSED LIFE," HE

REACHES MILLIONS OF PEOPLE

ALL OVER THE WORLD.

HE SAYS DAILY PRAYER IS

ESSENTIAL IN A CHRISTIAN'S

LIFE.

YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE

YOUR CHILDREN OR

GRANDCHILDREN MONTHLY OR

ANNUALLY.

YOU WANT TO SEE THEM ON A

REGULAR BASIS.

GOD WANTS TO SEE AND TALK

TO HIS CHILDREN EVERY DAY.

Reporter: IN HIS NEW

BOOK "FREQUENCY," ROBERT

ENCOURAGES US TO OPEN OUR

SPIRITUAL EARS, TUNE INTO

GOD'S AIRWAVES, AND HEAR

HIS VOICE.

Gordon: WELL, JOINING

US NOW IS PASTOR ROBERT

MORRIS.

HE IS THE PASTOR OF

"GATEWAY CHURCH" IN

DALLAS, AND AUTHOR OF

"FREQUENCY."

LET'S GET RIGHT INTO IT.

FROM A WORLD STANDPOINT, A

PHRASE I KEEP HEARING

AGAIN AND AGAIN FROM

INCREASINGLY AN ATHEISTIC

CULTURE, WE HAVE THIS

IMAGINARY FRIEND.

THAT GOD IS NOT REAL, AND

HE IS THIS IMAGINARY

FRIEND.

WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THAT?

OBVIOUSLY WE KNOW GOD

IS REAL BECAUSE WE HAVE A

PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH

HIM.

I ACTUALLY SHARED A WHILE

BACK THAT I DON'T BELIEVE

THAT SOMEONE COULD

LEGITIMATELY SAY THERE IS

NO GOD.

AND HERE IS THE REASON.

I HAVE A FRIEND NAMED TOM

LANG.

IF A PERSON SAID TO ME,

THERE IS NO TOM LANG, MY

ANSWER WOULD BE, HAVE YOU

MET EVERYBODY IN THE

WORLD?

DO YOU HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE

TO MAKE THAT STATEMENT?

NO ONE HAS.

I CAN SAY LEGITIMATELY

THERE IS A TOM LANG

BECAUSE I HAVE PERSONALLY

MET HIM.

NO ONE KNOWS EVERY FACT OF

THE UNIVERSE OR EVERY FACT

OF LANGUAGE.

AND THEY CAN SAY, HOW CAN

YOU SAY THAT?

BECAUSE I HAVE MET HIM.

HE IS A PERSONAL GOD AND A

COMMUNICATIVE GOD AND HE

CREATED US IN HIS IMAGE,

SO IT MAKES SENSE HE WANTS

TO LISTEN TO US AND TALK

TO US.

Gordon: AND I TAKE

THAT LINE AND ADD TO IT,

NOT ONLY HAVE I HEARD FROM

HIM, HERE IS WHAT HAS

HAPPENED BECAUSE I HAVE.

I HAVE PROOF.

I HAVE EVIDENCE.

I DIDN'T MAKE THIS UP.

THIS REALLY HAPPENED.

I REALLY GOT HEALED.

I REALLY GOT SET FREE.

THERE WAS SOME INCREDIBLE

MIRACLES THAT HAPPENED TO

ME BECAUSE GOD WAS

SPEAKING.

RIGHT.

YEAH.

Gordon: WHAT DO YOU

SAY TO CHRISTIANS, THOUGH,

WHO SAY THAT'S AN

INFREQUENT OCCURRENCE,

THAT WAY BACK WHEN, 10

YEARS AGO, 20 YEARS AGO, I

HEARD THE VOICE OF GOD,

BUT I'M NOT HEARING HIM

NOW -- WHAT WOULD YOU SAY

TO THAT?

WE HAVE RECORDS OF

CONVERSATIONS ALL THROUGH

THE OLD TESTAMENT, ALL

THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT,

OF GOD SPEAKING TO PEOPLE.

AND YET NOW WE HAVE THE

INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT.

SO WHY WOULD THE

INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT

SPEAK LESS NOW THAN HE

SPOKE BEFORE.

JESUS HIMSELF, WHEN HE WAS

PREPARING THE DISCIPLES

THAT HE WAS GOING AWAY,

JOHN 13, 14, 15, AND 16 --

HE IS TELLING THEM LIT BE

HARD FOR YOU GUYS TO

BELIEVE, BUT IT IS BETTER

IF I GO AWAY SO HE CAN

COME.

HE MAKES THIS STATEMENT,

JOHN 16: "I STILL HAVE

MANY THINGS TO SAY TO YOU,

BUT YOU CANNOT HEAR THEM

NOW.

HOWEVER, WHEN THE SPIRIT

OF TRUTH HAS COME, HE WILL

GUIDE YOU IN ALL THINGS,

AND HE WILL SPEAK TO YOU

AND HE WILL TELL YOU

THINGS TO COME."

SO JESUS IS TELLING US,

LISTEN, PART OF THE HOLY

SPIRIT'S FUNCTION IS TO

SPEAK TO YOU.

AND I BELIEVE GOD WANTS TO

SPEAK TO US EVERY DAY.

I DON'T THINK IT'S LIKE

SOME PEOPLE GET A MESSAGE

A MINUTE.

I THINK WE NEED TO GET

CAUTIOUS OF THAT.

GOD, SHOULD I PUT SALT ON

MAY FOOD?

WELL, YOU CAN READ

READER'S DIGEST FOR THAT.

BUT HE DOES WANT TO SPEAK

TO US.

NOT JUST TO GIVE US

INSTRUCTION.

BUT LIKE WITH MOSES AND

ABRAHAM, IT SAYS THEY WERE

FRIENDS OF GOD'S.

I THINK HE WANTS TO BE A

FRIEND.

HE WANTS TO BE OUR BEST

FRIEND.

Gordon: HOW DO YOU

DEVELOP A LIFESTYLE WHERE

YOU GET THAT ON A REGULAR

BASIS, AND YOU CAN COUNT

ON IT?

IT IS NOT GOING TO BE AN

ON AGAIN/OFF AGAIN THING,

YOU CAN COUNT ON IT.

THAT'S A GREAT

QUESTION.

I THINK IT IS SPENDING

TIME WITH HIM.

SO MANY TIMES WE HAVE OUR

PRAYER AND BIBLE STUDY

TIME INSTEAD OF SIMPLY

GOING INTO A ROOM TO TALK

TO GOD.

GOD IS A PERSON.

IF I CONDUCTED MY MARRIAGE

LIKE THAT, AND I SAID,

LISTEN, ONCE A WEEK, I'LL

READ A LETTER YOU WRITE TO

ME, YOU KNOW, I WOULDN'T

HAVE A GOOD MARRIAGE.

BUT I WANT TO TALK TO HER

EVERY DAY.

SO WHEN MY WIFE, DEBBIE,

CALLS ME ON THE PHONE, I

KNEW WHO IT WAS BECAUSE I

SPEND A LOT OF TIME WITH

HER.

WHEN YOU'RE DOING

SOMETHING, AND THAT

LITTLE, GORDON, HEY, YOU

KNOW IT'S GOD BECAUSE YOU

SPENT TIME WITH HIM.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE

DEVELOP A DAILY TIME WITH

GODMENT AND IGOD.

AND IT MAY NOT BE EVERY

DAY, BUT A CONSISTENT TIME

WITH GOD.

Gordon: SET AN

APPOINTMENT, AND SAY, GOD,

I'M SHOWING UP.

AND I'M PRAYING YOU SHOW

UP.

AND HE'S GOING TO SAY, I'M

ALWAYS HERE.

AND THAT WE'RE TUNING IN

TO SAY THAT THIS IS OUR

TIME TOGETHER.

HOUR IMPORTANT IS IT TO

HAVE THAT -- YOU SAID A

ROOM.

JESUS TALKED ABOUT WHEN

YOU GO INTO THE CLOSET.

HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO

HAVE A DESIGNATED PLACE --

IT'S MORE THAN JUST A

DESIGNATED TIME, BUT YOU

HAVE A PLACE --

I THINK IT IS

IMPORTANT.

IF YOU GO BACK TO A

FRIENDSHIP OR MARRIAGE, IF

YOU SAID, LET'S HAVE

LUNCH, YOU SET A PLACE.

YOU SET THE PLACE AND THE

TIME.

NOW, HOWEVER, GOD IS OMNI

PRESENT.

WE KNOW THAT SO IF YOU'RE

DRIVING IN THE CAR AND YOU

GET A PHONE CALL AND IT IS

A BAD REPORT FROM THE

DOCTOR, YOU CAN TALK TO

HIM RIGHT THEN.

BUT IF YOU SET THAT

APPOINTMENT -- EVERY TIME

WE SET AN APPOINTMENT, IT

MEANS A TIME AND PLACE.

YOUR iPHONE OR

SMARTPHONE ASKS FOR THE

PERSON AND THE PLACE AND

THE TIME AND THE PLACE.

IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT

TO DO THAT AND TO GET INTO

THAT HABIT.

Gordon: HOW HAS

LISTENING TO GOD'S VOICE

CHANGED YOUR CHURCH?

WELL, IT HAS CHANGED

OUR CHURCH IN MANY WAYS.

I EVEN JOKED WITH THE

CHURCH ONE TIME.

I SAID, HOW DO I LEAD THE

CHURCH?

I SAID, OBVIOUSLY, IT IS

MY INTELLECT AND DON'T

FORGET MY GOOD WORKS --

AND IF THAT'S THE CASE,

THEY'RE ALL THINKING, OH,

NO.

JESUS SAID, MY SHEEP HEAR

MY VOICE AND THEY FOLLOW

ME.

AND TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE

WHO IS NOT A MINISTER, HE

DIDN'T SAY, MY SHEPHERDS

HEAR MY VOICE.

I HEAR GOD BECAUSE I'M A

SHEEP.

I'M A SHEEP, TOO.

IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT,

EVEN IN THE START OF THE

CHURCH, FRIENDS WERE

TELLING ME, YOU OUGHT TO

PLAN A CHURCH AND BE A

PASTOR.

MY PASTOR WAS TELLING ME,

YOU NEED TO BE A PASTOR.

BUT I HAD THIS HOLY FEAR

COME OVER ME.

AND I SAID, I NEED TO HEAR

FROM GOD.

SO I WENT AWAY AND TOOK

TIME AND SPENT TIME, AND

GOD SPOKE TO ME

SPECIFICALLY.

WHEN WE HAD 108 THE FIRST

SUNDAY, I KNEW I HEARD

GOD.

WHEN WE HAD 68 THE SECOND

SUNDAY, I HAD TO GO BACK

TO, I HEARD GOD TO DO

THIS.

Gordon: ONE OF THE

THINGS I'M PICKING UP IS

THE HUMILITY AND HOW

IMPORTANT IS THAT, TO

MAINTAIN THAT?

THAT WHEN YOU'RE HEARING

FROM THE LORD, SO OFTEN IT

CAN CUT THE OTHER WAY.

AND I HEAR THAT.

THUS SAYETH THE LORD.

AND HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO

KEEP THAT?

WELL, JAMES SAYS GOD

RESISTS THE PROUD.

AND SOME VERSIONS SAY

"OPPOSES."

AND THAT GREEK WORD

ACTUALLY COMES FROM A

SPORTS TERM.

IT IS LIKE PLAYING ON THE

OPPOSITE TEAM.

SO WHAT HAPPENS IS GOD

GIVES US THE BALL AND

SAYS, LISTEN, YOU RUN WITH

THE BALL, AND YOU JUST

STAY BEHIND ME.

AND THEN YOU MAKE THE

TOUCHDOWN AND EVERYBODY

CHEERS.

AND YOU LEAD A LIFE GROUP,

AND THEY SAY, BOY, YOU'RE

REALLY GOOD AT THIS.

OR YOU TEACH A SUNDAY

SCHOOL CLASS AND THEY SAY,

YOU'RE REALLY GOOD AT

THIS.

AND THEN AFTER A FEW

YEARS, GOD HANDS YOU THE

BALL AND SAYS, RUN WITH

IT.

AND WE SAY, OKAY, YOU CAN

SIT THIS ONE OUT.

BUT GOD DOESN'T SIT IT

OUT.

HE TURNS AROUND AND PLAYS

ON THE OPPOSING TEAM.

HE LINES UP AGAINST US AND

TACKLES US.

THE REASON IS BECAUSE HE

DOESN'T WANT THE ENEMY

TACKLING US AND MAYBE

TAKING US OUT.

GOD WILL TACKLE US FOR OUR

GOD TO SAY, LISTEN, YOU

CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT ME.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO

KEEP HUMILITY IN OUR LIFE,

BECAUSE GOD RESISTS THE

PROUD BUT GIVES GRACE TO

THE HUMBLE.

Gordon: AND HIS

STRENGTH IS ALWAYS MADE

PERFECT IN OUR WEAKNESS.

THE MORE WE RECOGNIZE

THAT, THE MORE WE GET

STRENGTH.

AND THE MORE WE RECOGNIZE

ALL OF IT IS A GIFT, LIFE,

BREATH, EVERYTHING --

EVERY HAIR ON YOUR HEAD IS

A GIFT, AND THAT WILL KEEP

YOU IN RIGHT RELATIONSHIP.

> WELL, WE COULD TALK

FOR A LONG TIME, BUT I'M

TOLD WE'VE GOT TO WRAP.

JUST GET A COPY OF THIS

BOOK "FREQUENCY, TUNE IN

AND HEAR GOD," AND IT'S

AVAILABLE WHEREVER BOOKS

OR SOLD.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

GORDON, THANK YOU SO

MUCH.

Gordon: WELL, WE

ASKED A 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO

REPENT?

IT MEANS KIND OF COME

AWAY FROM YOUR EVIL WAYS

AND TURN BACK TO GOD.

Gordon: COMING UP,

WE'LL SHOW YOU A CARTOON

THAT HELPS CHILDREN LIKE

ADDIE UNDERSTAND AND ENJOY

THE BIBLE.

SO STAY WITH US.

Gordon: WILL AND

SANDRA'S CHILDREN LOVE TO

WATCH TV.

AND THEN THEY IMITATE WHAT

THEY SEE.

AND THAT'S JUST FINE WITH

THEIR PARENTS SINCE THE

KIDS ARE USUALLY WATCHING

BIBLE STORIES FROM CBN'S

"SUPERBOOK."

Reporter: WILL AND

SANDRA BERNSTEIN FROM

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOVE

TEACHING THEIR KIDS ABOUT

GOD.

THEY ALSO LOVE THE HELP

THEY GET FROM CBN'S

"SUPERBOOK."

I FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEM

WATCHING CBN BECAUSE IT IS

INSTILLING VALUES I WANT

THEM TO LIVE BY.

Reporter: WHEN WILL

HEARD ABOUT THE NEW

"SUPERBOOK," HE COULDN'T

WAIT TO TELL SANDRA.

HE LOVED THE ORIGINAL

SERIES AS A BOY.

MY DAD WOULD GET UP

WHATEVER TIME IT WAS ON

AND RECORD THEM.

WE WATCHED THEM ALL

GROWING UP.

Reporter: SO THEY

SIGNED UP FOR THE NEW

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB.

EVER SINCE THEN, THE

KIDS HAVE JUST BEEN REAL

EXCITED TO WATCH EVERY

"SUPERBOOK" THAT HAS COME

IN THE MAIL.

Reporter: THEY WERE

IMPRESSED RIGHT AWAY BY

THE QUALITY.

ESPECIALLY WITH THESE

NEW "SUPERBOOK"S BECAUSE

THEY'RE SO DETAILED.

Reporter: ADDIE SAYS

SHE LOVES "SUPERBOOK" AND

HAS LEARNED A LOT, LIKE

WHAT IT MEANS TO REPENT.

IT MEAN TO LIKE COME

AWAY FROM YOUR EVIL WAYS

AND TURN BACK TO GOD.

Reporter: ADDIE

WASN'T THE ONLY ONE

LEARNING.

AW I WAS VERY IMPRESSED,

QUITE HONESTLY.

I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THE

BIBLE.

SO TO WATCH THAT WITH

ADDIE AND TO LEARN WITH

HER, AS WELL AS TO SEE HER

PASSION, IS VERY COOL TO

ME.

IT WAS PRETTY INSPIRING.

Reporter: TRUETT IS

TWO, AND HE REALLY LOVES

THE STORIES.

HE REALLY GETS INTO

DAVID AND GOLIATH.

HE GETS REALLY INTO THE

STORIES.

HE'LL THROW SOMETHING AT

ME OR HIT ME WITH THE

SWORD.

Reporter: THE

BERNSTEINS ALSO ENJOY THE

EXTRAS ON THE "SUPERBOOK"

WEBSITE, LIKE THE GAMES.

ADDIE INSISTS ON BEING THE

FIRST ONE TO THE MAILBOX

WHEN IT IS TIME FOR

ANOTHER EPISODE TO COME.

AS PARENTS AND CBN

PARTNERS, WILL AND SANDRA

ARE GRATEFUL FOR

"SUPERBOOK," FOR THEIR

KIDS AND CHILDREN AROUND

THE WORLD.

I DON'T THINK THERE IS

A BETTER INVESTMENT OUT

THERE.

JUST FOR THE LIFE LESSONS

AND BIBLICAL STORY.

I WOULD SAY IT IS

INVALUABLE.

IT IS A POSITIVE THING

THAT IS GOING OUT TO OTHER

CHILDREN IN THE WORLD, TO

HELP THEM COME TO JESUS'

LOVE.

Gordon: IF YOU WANT

TO GET THESE FOR THE

CHILDREN IN YOUR FAMILY,

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS JOIN

THE "SUPERBOOK" D.V.D.

FOR A GIFT OF $25, WE'LL

SEND YOU THE LATEST

EPISODE, WHICH IS THE

STORY OF DAVID AND SAUL.

YOU'LL GET THREE COPIES SO

YOU CAN SHARE IT WITH

OTHERS.

AND YOUR GIFT OF $25 GOES

INTO THE PRODUCTION COSTS,

THE TRANSLATION COSTS, THE

DISTRIBUTION COSTS.

WE'RE AIMING FOR 50

LANGUAGES THIS YEAR.

WE'VE ALREADY COMPLETED

38.

HERE IS A BROADCAST MAP OF

WHERE IT IS BEING

BROADCAST AROUND THE

WORLD.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF

SHARING THE STORIES OF THE

BIBLE WITH THE CHILDREN OF

THE WORLD BY JOINING THE

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D.

SO, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

CALL US: 1-800-700-7000.

SAY, I WANT TO JOIN THE

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB.

IF YOU WANT TO GET CAUGHT

UP ON THE EPISODES WHEN

YOU JOIN THE CLUB, WE'LL

UNLOCK SEASON ONE, THE

FIRST 13 EPISODES.

ALL OF THAT WILL BE FREE

AS PART OF THE iPHONE

APP.

IT IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR

ANY SMARTPHONE, ANDROID,

AS WELL AS KINDLE DEVICES,

SO YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO

13 EPISODES WHEN YOU JOIN.

AND YOU CAN GET CAUGHT UP

WITH PAST EPISODES, IF YOU

WANT TO LOOK AT THE OTHER

ONES IN SEASON TWO AND

THREE.

IT IS ALL AVAILABLE FOR

YOU ONLINE.

JUST GO TO cbn.com, AND

YOU CAN SEE THEM THERE.

BUT JOIN.

BE A PART OF THE

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB.

1-888-777-1999.

> STILL AHEAD, A TOUGH

GUY WHO HAD MET HIS MATCH.

I HAD ALREADY LEARNED

THERE WAS NOBODY TO HELP

ME.

Gordon: HEAR HOW THIS

BIKER BEAT HIS BIGGEST

ADVERSARY, WHEN WE COME

BACK.

Gordon: DUG DODGE HAD

A SIMPLE JOB: BEAT THE

OTHER GUY UP.

THAT WAS HIS ROLE AS THE

EENFORCER FOR A BIKER GANG.

WHILE HIS FELLOW BIKERS

WANTED HIM TO BE A

FIGHTER, DOUG WANTED HIS

GANG TO BE HIS FAMILY.

PEOPLE ASK ME, WHAT

DOES AN ENFORCEMENT FOR A

MOTORCYCLE CLUB MEAN?

I WAS THE GUY WHO CAME TO

SEE YOU WHEN ALL OF THE

TALKING WAS OVER.

THE SATISFACTION I GOT

FROM FIGHTING WAS A SENSE

OF BEING ABLE TO TAKE CARE

OF MYSELF.

Reporter: THAT WAS

SOMETHING DOUG DODGE

LEARNED EARLY IN LIFE.

HE LIVED IN A HOME WITH

ALCOHOLIC PARENTS AND AN

ABUSIVE FATHER.

HIS ONLY ESCAPE WAS WHEN

THE CHURCH BUS TOOK HIM

AND HIS BROTHER TO CHURCH.

I REMEMBER SINGING

SONGS ABOUT JESUS ON THIS

BUS.

AND I REMEMBER DOWNSTAIRS,

IN THE CLASSROOM, THERE

WAS A PICTURE OF JESUS ON

THE WALL.

AND I WANTED TO JUST CRAWL

UP IN THAT PICTURE AND NOT

GO HOME.

Reporter: WHEN DOUG

WAS 11, HIS FATHER SHOT

AND WOUNDED A MAN, LANDING

HIM IN PRISON.

BUT DOUG'S MOTHER WAS

UNFIT TO CARE FOR DOUG AND

HIS SIBLINGS, AND HAD TO

PUT THEM IN FOSTER CARE.

IN ONE OF THESE HOMES,

DOUG WAS MOLESTED.

AND I DID NOT TELL

ANYBODY.

I ALREADY LEARNED THAT

THERE WAS NOBODY TO HELP

ME.

I FELT ASHAMED AND JUST

HELPLESS.

Reporter: DOUG

DECIDED THAT THE ONLY ONE

WHO COULD TAKE CARE OF HIM

WAS HIMSELF.

TO DO THAT, HE RELIED ON

THE ONLY THING HE LEARNED

FROM HIS DAD, HOW TO

FIGHT.

I REMEMBER FIGHTING

THREE TIMES IN ONE DAY.

IT WAS SOMETHING I DID

WELL.

THAT'S WHY MY HANDS ARE

ALL BUSTED UP NOW.

Reporter: LIKE HIS

DAD, THE TROUBLED TEENAGER

TOOK OUT HIS ANGER ON

OTHERS.

THEN AT 18, HE SHOT A MAN

DURING A BAR FIGHT.

IN A PLEA AGREEMENT, HE

RECEIVED 15 YEARS FOR

ATTEMPTED MURDER.

HE FELT THE ONLY WAY TO

SURVIVE WAS THROUGH

VIOLENCE AND INTIMIDATION.

MY REPUTATION IN PRISON

WAS IF I WANTED SOMETHING

THAT BELONGED TO YOU, I

WOULD TAKE IT FROM YOU.

THEN I WOULD HOPE YOU HAD

A PROBLEM WITH THAT SO I

COULD TAKE EVEN MORE FROM

YOU.

Reporter: AFTER

SERVING SEVEN YEARS, DOUG

WAS RELEASED AND JOINED A

MOTORCYCLE GANG CALLED

"THE RIDERS."

HE READILY EMBRACED THE

LIFESTYLE AND HIS ROLE OF

ENFORCER, BUT FOR DOUG, IT

FILLED A MUCH DEEPER NEED.

YOU'RE A FAMILY.

THERE IS A GROUP OF PEOPLE

THAT ARE GOING TO ACCEPT

ME THE WAY I AM, AND

THEY'RE GOING TO LOVE ME

AND PROTECT ME.

ALL OF THESE THINGS I HAD

NEVER GOTTEN FROM A

FAMILY.

Reporter: BUT AFTER

10 YEARS, DOUG BECAME

DISENCHANTED, SO HE LEFT

THE CLUB AND STARTED USING

METH.

IT WAS JUST TO NUMB ALL

OF THE SENSES.

HERE I AM THIS GROWN MAN,

AND YET AGAIN LET DOWN BY

THE WORLD, LOOKING FOR

THIS FAMILY I SO WANTED.

Reporter: IT WASN'T

UNTIL A FRIEND DIED FROM A

DRUG OVERDOSE THAT HE

DECIDED TO GO INTO A DRUG

TREATMENT PROGRAM.

BUT WHEN THE DIRECTOR TOLD

THEM THAT STATISTICALLY

ONE IN 20 WILL STAY CLEAN,

HE BECAME DESPERATE.

THERE WAS A DISTANCE TO

ME.

I WENT THERE KNOWING --

KNOWING THAT IF I DIDN'T

GET FIXED SOMEHOW, I WAS

EITHER GOING TO KILL

MYSELF BY THE STUFF I WAS

SHOOTING IN MY ARM, OR

SOMEBODY WOULD PUT A

BULLET IN ME FOR THE STUFF

I WAS DOING ON THE STREET.

Reporter: DOUG WENT

HOME.

HE REMEMBERED THOSE DAYS

AS A BOY IN CHURCH AND

PRAYED TO GOD.

I SAID, I DON'T KNOW

WHAT I'M SUPPOSED TO DO,

BUT I NEED SOME HELP.

AND GOD MADE A DEAL WITH

ME THAT NIGHT.

HE SAID, IF YOU'LL BELIEVE

IN JESUS CHRIST, MY SON,

AND TRUST IN HIM, HE SAID,

I'LL PROVE TO YOU THAT I'M

IN CHARGE.

AND I WAS INSTANTLY

DELIVERED FROM ALCOHOL,

DRUGS, ADULTERY,

EVERYTHING THAT THE WORLD

HAD OFFERED TO ME BEFORE

THAT DAY.

Reporter: DOUG BEGAN

READING THE BIBLE AND

SPENDING TIME WITH A

CHRISTIAN NEIGHBOR TO

LEARN MORE ABOUT GOD.

FOUR MONTHS LATER HE WENT

TO CHURCH AND PROFESSED

HIS FAITH IN CHRIST.

WHEN I WAS AT THE ALTER

AND I PUBLICLY GAVE MY

HEART TO JESUS CHRIST AND

ACCEPTED HIM INTO MY LIFE,

I FELT HIM SAY TO ME, YOU

HAVE FINALLY MADE IT TO

THE FAMILY THAT YOU'VE

ALWAYS LONGED TO BE IN.

YOU'VE ARRIVED.

WE'RE GOING TO GIVE YOU

THE LOVE AND ALL THE

THINGS THAT YOU HAVE

WANTED SINCE YOU WERE A

LITTLE BOY.

Reporter: TODAY DOUG

IS MARRIED TO TONYA AND

HAS A FAMILY.

HE STARTED A CHRISTIAN

MOTORCYCLE MINISTRY CALLED

"FORGED BY FIRE."

IF YOU WANT A SECOND

CHANCE ON LIFE, IF YOU

WANT HOPE, IF YOU WANT

JOY, JESUS CHRIST IS WHO

YOU NEED TO TALK TO.

Gordon: HE'S THE ONE

YOU NEED TO TALK TO.

WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT

HEARING THE VOICE OF GOD,

THAT GOD ACTUALLY WANTS TO

SPEAK TO YOU.

AND HE IS NOT THE FAR AWAY

GOD.

HE IS NOT A GOD SOMEWHERE

WAY OFF IN HEAVEN THAT

DOESN'T CARE ABOUT YOU.

HE IS THE GOD RIGHT NEXT

TO YOU.

THE ONE IN WHOM WE LIVE

AND BREATHE AND HAVE OUR

BEING.

HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE,

ALWAYS AROUND YOU.

EVEN IN THE MOST DIFFICULT

CIRCUMSTANCES.

EVEN WHEN YOU ARE RUNNING

HARD AWAY FROM HIM.

HE WAS STILL THERE.

THE PSALMIST SAID,

"BEHOLD, I MADE MY BED IN

HELL, AND BEHOLD, YOU WERE

THERE."

HE IS ALWAYS THERE.

AND HE IS ALWAYS STANDING.

HE IS ALWAYS KNOCKING.

AND HE IS ALWAYS SPEAKING.

AND HE SAYS TO YOU, "IF

ANYONE" -- THAT'S YOU --

"HEAR MY VOICE AND OPEN

THE DOOR, I'LL COME IN."

AND THEN IT IS MORE THAN

THAT.

HE SAYS, "I'LL SUP WITH

YOU, I'LL HAVE A MEAL

TOGETHER WITH YOU."

YOU'LL BE PART OF MY

FAMILY AND WE'LL DO THIS

REGULARLY.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF ME.

YOU JUST HEARD THE STORY

OF DOUG.

HE GREW UP IN AN ALCOHOLIC

HOME.

HE HEARD ABOUT JESUS, BUT

IT SEEMED FAR AWAY.

IT SEEMED IMPOSSIBLE TO

CLIMB UP INTO THAT LAP.

IT JUST WASN'T EVER GOING

TO HAPPEN.

AND THEN THINGS WENT FROM

BAD TO WORSE BECAUSE HIS

DAD GOES TO JAIL, AND HIS

MOM CAN'T KEEP THE KIDS.

HE GOES INTO FOSTER CARE

AND HE GETS MOLESTED.

ULTIMATELY HE ENDS UP IN

JAIL.

ULTIMATELY HE ENDS UP AT

THE END OF HIMSELF.

AND HE DECIDES, I NEED

GOD.

I NEED TO HEAR.

AND THEN HE HEARD A VOICE

SAY TO HIM, I'LL PROVE TO

YOU THAT I'M IN CHARGE.

I'LL PROVE IT TO YOU.

AND HE STARTS ON A

JOURNEY.

FOUR MONTHS LATER HE GOES

TO A CHURCH AND HE SAYS, I

MADE A PROFESSION THERE, I

MADE IT PUBLIC THAT I

BELIEVE.

I MADE THAT PUBLIC.

AND THEN GOD SPEAKS TO HIM

AGAIN.

THE FAMILY YOU'VE ALWAYS

LOOKED FOR, YOU HAVE

FINALLY MADE IT TO THE

FAMILY YOU'VE ALWAYS

WANTED.

YOU'VE FINALLY GOT THERE.

THESE ARE MESSAGES THAT

GOD WANTS TO GIVE TO YOU.

IF YOU JUST OPEN THAT DOOR

AND LET HIM.

SO IF THIS IS FOR YOU, IF

TODAY YOU WANT TO KNOW GOD

IS REAL, HE ANSWERS

PRAYER.

WHEN YOU OPEN THAT DOOR,

HE'LL WALK IN.

IF YOU WANT THAT, DON'T

TURN AWAY.

RIGHT NOW BOW YOUR HEAD,

PRAY WITH ME, AND LET

JESUS DO ALL OF THE REST.

LET'S PRAY.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT, SAY

HIS NAME.

SAY IT OUT LOUD.

JESUS, I OPEN THAT DOOR TO

YOU NOW.

I OPEN MY HEART.

I OPEN MY LIFE.

AND I ASK THAT YOU COME

IN.

AND, JESUS, I ASK NOW THAT

YOU WOULD FORGIVE ME OF

ALL THE THINGS THAT I'VE

DONE WRONG.

SET ME FREE FROM THEM.

AND PUT ME ON THE PATH TO

FOLLOW YOU.

JESUS, I WANT YOU IN MY

LIFE.

DO IT NOW, FOR I ASK IT IN

JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU PRAYED WITH ME,

MAKE THAT PROFESSION OF

FAITH.

LET SOMEBODY ELSE KNOW.

CALL US: 1-888-777-1999.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THE

VERSE FROM JOHN WE TALKED

ABOUT: "MY SHEEP HEAR MY

VOICE, AND I KNOW THEM AND

THEY FOLLOW ME."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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