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700 Club Interactive - March 14, 2017

Bestselling author Joel Rosenberg will talk about the current situation in the Middle East and his new thriller "Without Warning." Read Transcript


Gordon: INSIDE THE

PAGES OF JOEL C.

ROSENBERG'S LATEST BOOK.

IS THIS CHILLING NOVEL A

PREVIEW OF AMERICA'S FUGE.

PLUS...HEAR HOW THIS DAD

BEAT HIS ADDICTION WHILE

ON THE WAY TO GET DRUNK.

I JUST HEARD, "MICHAEL,

STOP," TO THE POINT WHERE

I LOOKED AROUND AND I WAS,

LIKE, IS THIS REALLY GOD?

Gordon: ALL ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, GOOD MORNING AND

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

INDIA HAS MADE REMARKABLE

STRIDES AT REDUCING POP

VERTPOVERTY, YET 22% OF THE

POPULATION, WELL, THEY

STILL LIVE BELOW THE

POVERTY LINE.

Terry: "COMPASSION

INTERNATIONAL" HAS BEEN

CARING FOR INDIA'S POOREST

CHILDREN FOR OVER 48

YEARS, BUT IT IS GOING TO

CLOSE ITS DOORS IN INDIA

THIS WEEK.

THE MINISTRY HAS WORKED

EVERY ANGLE TO TRY TO STAY

OPEN SINCE INDIA'S

MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS

PUT IT ON A LIST OF

ORGANIZATIONS NEEDING

PRIOR APPROVAL BEFORE

TRANSFERRING FUNDS INTO

THE COUNTRY, AND THE

GOVERNMENT THEN REFUSED TO

GRANT THAT APPROVAL.

THTHE CLOSING WILL SHUT DOWN

CLOSE TO 600 INDIAN STAFF

DEVELOPMENT CENTERS.

THE MOVE COMES AS

CHRISTIANS IN INDIA FACE

GROWING HOS SILLLIT HOSTILITY AND

VIOLENCE.

IT UP FROM NUMBER 31 IN

2013.

Gordon: SOME NEW

SHOWS REVEAL HOW INDIA

IMPACTS THE COURSE OF

WORLD HISTORY.

TBN PARTNERED WITH

"CHRISTIANS IN DEFENSE OF

ISRAEL" AND "LIBERTY

COUNCIL" IN A 13-PART

ORIGINAL SERIES, "WHY

ISRAEL MATTER MATTERS."

THE SHOW IS SHOWING THE

IMPORTANCE OF THE JEWISH

STATE TO NOT ONLY

CHRISTIANS, BUT TO THE

ENTIRE WORLD.

AND HERE AT CBN, WE HAVE

OUR NEXT DOCUDRAMA IN OUR

HANDS, "THE BATTLE FOR

JERUSALEM," AND THAT WILL

BE COMING OUT THE END OF

MAY, THE BEGINNING OF

JUNE, TO CELEBRATE THE

60th ANNIVERSARY OF THE

SIX-DAY WAR.

IT SHOWS THEIR ROLE IN

UNIFYING JERUSALEM, THUS

FULFILLING WORDS OF

PROPHECY, UNTIL THE TIME

OF THE GENTILES IS

FULFILLED THAT JERUSALEM

WILL BE NO LONGER TRODDEN

UNDER THE FOOT OF THE

GENTILES.

SO WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A

GREAT CELEBRATION AND

REMEMBER THE HEROS OF THE

55th PARATROOPER BRIGADE

AND THEIR BATTLE FOR

JERUSALEM.

Terry: I KNOW THAT

WILL BE INSPIRING.

> HERE IS A STORY FOR

YOU: AN OKLAHOMA WEDDING

CAKE COMPANY CALLED LACE

CAKES, COME UP WITH AN

IDEA TO GIVE ONE LUCKY

BRIDE AND GROOM A TOTALLY

FREE CAKE BY ASKING THE

COUPLES TO SUBMIT THREE THEIR

PROPOSAL STORIES.

ONE MAN USED THE BIBLE TO

PULL OFF ONE OF THE MOST

INSPIRING ENGAGEMENTS

PEOPLE HAVE SEEN.

ON THE BIBLE, HE PRINTED

HER FIRST NAME AND HIS

LAST NAME.

HE INSISTED TIFFANY OPEN

THE PEOPL BIBLE TO A PAGE HE HAD

HIGHLIGHTED.

"BUT FROM THE BEGINNING OF

CREATION, GOD MADE THEM

MALE AND FEMALE.

FOR THIS REASON A MAN

SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND

MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO

HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO

SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.

SO THEN THEY ARE NO LONGER

TWO, BUT ONE FLESH.

THEREFORE WHAT GOD HAS

JOINED TOGETHER, LET MAN

NOT SEPARATE."

MATT HAD TIED THE

ENGAGEMENT ROOM TO THE

BOOK MARK, AND HE ASKED IF

SHE WOULD MARRY HIM, AND

OF COURSE SHE SAID YES.

AND AS YOU MIGHT HAVE

GUESSED, TIFFANY AND MATT

WON THE COMPETITION AND

WILL BE GETTING A FREE

WEDDING CAKE.

HALLELUJAH.

THOSE MOMENTS ARE ALWAYS

CHYMKIND OF BREATH-HOLDING.

Gordon: ACTRESS JAMIE

LYNNE SUPERIOR SPEARS SAYS SHE IS

GRATEFUL FOR GOD.

SHE SHARED A PICTURE OF

HER 8-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER

LOOKING HEALTHY AND HAPPY

AFTEAFTER SUFFERING A SERIOUS

A.T.V. ACCIDENT.

SHE SAID, I'M NOT ONE TO

PREACH, BUT WE WERE SHOWN

GOD'S GRACE AND WE STILL

FEEL UNDESERVING OF HIS

MERCY.

I'LL NEVER STOP THANKING

EACH OF YOU FOR YOUR

PRAYERS BECAUSE WE

RECOGNIZE THE MIRACLE IT

CREATED, AND WE BEYOND

BLESSED, AND WE WILL NEVER

FORGET Y'ALL AND GOD'S

UNBELIEVABLE MERCY.

AND THEN THE HASHTAG "GOD

IS GOOD."

HER DAUGHTER MADDII MADDIE

HOSPITALIZED AFTER SHE GOT

INTO AN ACCIDENT.

SHE WAS SUBMERGED ON THE

FAMILY'S PROPERTY BUT HAS

MADE A FULL RECOVERY AND

IS OBVIOUSLY HAPPY AND

SMILING.

Terry: WE WANT YOU TO

KNOW ABOUT MOZIK AND HIS

WIFE, WHO MADE A DECISION

TO INTENTIONALLY FASTER

TERMINALLY ILL CHILDREN.

THEY CONTINUED EVEN AFTER

THEIR OWN SON ADAM WAS

BORN IN 1997, WITH BRIT BRITTLE

BONE DISEASE.

AND DAWN DIED IN 2014,

LEAVING MOZIK TO CONTINUE

THIS WORK ALONE.

HE IS NOW A SINGLE FOSTER

DAD WHO MAKES SICK KIDS'

LIVES BETTER.

HE HAS WATCHED AT LEAST 10

OF THESE CHILDREN DIE.

HE IS CURRENTLY CARING FOR

A GIRL WHO IS DEAF, BLIND,

AND SHE IS PARALYZED, AND

SPENDS 22 HOURS A DAY ON A

FEEDING TUBE.

HE SAYS HE SIMPLY WANTS

CHILDREN TO KNOW THEY ARE

NOT ALONE.

A GO FUND ME PAGE IS SET

UP TO HELP SUPPORT MOZIK,

AND OVER 225,000 DOLLARS

HAS BEEN RAISED OVER THE

LAST FEW MONTHS.

HE HAS BEEN A FOSTER

PARENT FOR TERRIBL TERMINALLY ILL

CHILDREN NOW FOR OVER 20

YEARS.

Gordon: GO, MOZIK.

> COMING UP, AMERICA

BEING BLIND TO A TERROR

ATTACK -- IT IS JO JOEL C.

ROSENBERG'S LATEST PAGE

TURNER ABOUT BEING

Gordon: WHAT IF ISIS

WAS ABLE TO PULL OFF THE

UNTHINKABLE, AN ATTACK ON

THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL?

THAT IS THE PREMISE BEHIND

JOEL C. ROSENBERG'S LATEST

THRILLER, TAKE A LOOK.

WHAT IF THE UNTHINKABLE

HAPPENED, TERRORIST

ATTACKS INSIDE THE

AMERICAN HOMELAND BY THE

ISLAMIC STATE.

FROM JOEL C. ROSENBERG

COME HIS MOST CHILLING

POLITICAL THRILLER YET,

"WITHOUT WARNING."

IT IS ONE OF THE MUST-READ

MUST-READTHIL LERREAD

THRILLERS OF 2017 ALONE.

AVAILABLE NOW.

Gordon: JOEL IS WITH

US HERE.

GREAT TO HAVE YOU BACK.

THANK YOU, GORDON.

GREAT TO BE WITH YOU.

Gordon: YOUR BOOK

MIRRORS THE HEADLINES, AND

LET'S START OFF WITH THE

RISE OF ANTI-SEMITISM HERE

IN THE UNITED STATES WHICH

I THOUGHT WAS UNTHINKABLE,

BUT IT IS NOW ACTUALLY

HAPPENING.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS

BEHIND THEM?

LET'S START WITH WHAT I

DON'T THINK.

I DON'T THINK THIS IS

RELATED TO PRESIDENT

TRUMP.

PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO TAG

HIM AS HAVING INSPIRED

THIS.

HIS DAUGHTER CONVERTED TO

THE JEWISH RELIGION.

SHE MARRIED JARED KUSHNER.

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN A

FRIEND OF PRIME MINISTER

NETANYAHU.

DAVID FRIEDMAN, WHO I

THINK IS GOING TO BE THE

NEW AMBASSADOR TO ISRAEL

IS AN ORTHODOX JEW, IS A

CLOSE FRIEND OF THE

PRESIDENT.

SO IT'S NOT THAT.

BUT I DO THINK THAT DARK

FORCES -- I DON'T THINK IT

IS RELATED TO THE

PRESIDENT.

I THINK IT IS A PROPHETIC

MOMENT.

I THINK WE'RE GOING TO SEE

A RISE IN ANTI-SEMITISM.

WE BEAT IT BACK, BUT WE

HAVE TO REMEMBER AT SOME

.0POINT POINT FIVE MILLION

AMERICAN JEWS WILL BE

HEADING TO THE LAND OF

ISRAEL.

MOST AMERICAN JEWS ARE

THINKING, WHY WOULD I MOVE

TO ISRAEL?

I LOVE ISRAEL, BUT -- THE

BIBLE DOESN'T SAY EXACTLY

HOW IT HAPPENS, BUT I

SUSPECT WE'RE GOING TO BE

IN FOR A HARDED ROAD.

AND IHARD ROAD.

AND IT IS IMPORTANT TOR FOR

CHRISTIANS TO STAND IN

SOLIDARITY WITH THE JEWS.

I SEE DARKNESS STARTING TO

RISE IN THIS COUNTRY.

Gordon: THAT'S ONE OF

THE THEMES YOU'RE BRINGING

OUT.

AS AMERICANS, WE NEED TO

RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS THE

10% MINORITY IN ISLAM THAT

IS DRIVING THE JIHAD.

THEY'RE ACTUALLY AT WAR

WITH THEIR OWN MUSLIM

COMMUNITIES.

THAT'S RIGHT.

WE'RE GOING TO BE

RELIEVING SOME FACT SHEETS

OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS ON

MY WEBSITE.

LOOK AT THE DATA.

THE VAST MAJORITY OF

MUSLIMS, ABOUT 90%,

ACCORDING TO THE POLLING

DATA, HAVE NO SUPPORT FOR

TERRORISM AGAINST

CIVILIANS.

BUT THERE IS A 7% TO 10%

MINORITY THAT MAY NOT ALL

BE INVOLVED IN TERRORISM,

BUT THEY DO SUPPORT THE

ISLAMIC STATE AND ITS

VIOLENCE.

THEY DO SUPPORT SUICIDE

BOMBINGS.

SO THAT IS DANGEROUS

BECAUSE IT IS TRUE, AND

THE PRESIDENT SHOULD SAY,

YES, WE FACE RADICAL

ISLAMIC TERRORISM.

HE IS THE FIRST PRESIDENT

EVER TO SAY.

THAT PRESIDENT BUSH

DIDN'T.

PRESIDENT OBAMA DIDN'T.

BUT IN SAY THAT, THAT IS

SHORTHAND.

HE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY AND

THE RESPONSIBILITY TO

DEFINE IT.

AND TO SAY, 90% OF THE

MUSLIM WORLD WE ARE NOT AT

WAR WITH.

10% DOES SUPPORT THIS -- 7

TO 10%, AND WE NEED TO

WORK WITH OUR MUSLIM

ALLIES AGAINST THIS,

INCLUDING OUR AMERICAN

MUSLIM FRIENDS WHO ARE NOT

OUR ENEMY.

AND AS CHRISTIANS, WE HAVE

TO BE SUPER CAREFUL WITH

OUR LANGUAGE, TO LOVE OUR

NEIGHBORS, AND TO

RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS A

PROBLEM, BUT IT'S A

PROBLEM THAT MUSLIMS ARE

WORRIED ABOUT, ALSO.

AND WE NEED TO JOIN

FORCES.

Gordon: AND THAT'S

THE REASON BUSH AND OBAMA

DIDN'T WANT -- I THINK

OBAMA WAS REAL SINGGLER, SINGULAR

AND DIDN'T WANT TO TAG IT

ALL MUSLIMS.

RIGHT.

WE DIDN'T WANT TO MAKE IT

SEEM LIKE ALL MUSLIMS ARE

A THREAT.

Gordon: LET ME PLAY

THE OTHER SIDE.

THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

REWARDS THE FAMILIES OF

SUICIDE BOMBERS.

IT IS HORRIBLE.

Gordon: THIS IS NOT

NEW, AND NOT JUST ISOLATED

TO THEM.

BEFORE THE INVASION OF

IRAQ, SADDAM HUSSEIN

SUPPORTED THE FAMILIES --

$25,000 BONUSES IF YOU

HAVE A SUICIDE BOMBER IN

YOUR FAMILY.

IT'S HORRIBLE.

Gordon: I STILL HAVE

THE WORDS OF OWE OSAMA BIN

LADEN, THAT FIRST

INTERVIEW AFTER THE

ATTACK, WHERE A JOURNALIST

GOES TO HIM IN A CAVE, AND

HIS FIRST QUESTION IS:

WHAT ARE THE MUL MULLAHS

SAYING IN MECCA AND

MEDINA, AND HE WAS GIVEN

THE ASSURANCE THEY

CONSIDER IT A RIGHTEOUS

ACT.

GIVEN THAT, ISN'T THERE A

FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM WITH

ISLAM?

WELL, YOU CAN GET INTO

THE THEOLOGY, AND HOW

PEOPLE LIKE THE KING OF

JORDAN AND THE PRESIDENT

OF EGYPT WILL SAY TO YOU,

AS MUSLIMS, THIS IS A

MISREADING OF THE TEXT.

AND OTHERS SAY, NO, THAT'S

EXACTLY WHAT THE TEXT SAYS

AND WE SHOULD DO IT.

I'M GOING TO LET THE

MUSLIMS ARGUE AMONGST

THEMSELVES AS A THEOLOGY.

AS A PRACTICAL POLICY

MATTER, YOU ALLY YOURSELF

WITH THE VAST MAJORITY

AGAINST THE VIOLENT

MINORITY, AND YOU WORK

TOGETHER.

THAT'S HOW WE'RE GOING TO

WIN IT LONG-TERM.

BUT IT IS A SERIOUS

PROBLEM BECAUSE IT'S TRUE

TO SAY THAT THE VAST

MAJORITY DON'T BELIEVE

THIS, BUT 10% OF

1.6 BILLION PEOPLE IS

160 MILLION PEOPLE.

THAT'S HALF THE POPULATION

OF THE UNITED STATES.

IF THEY DECIDED TO CREATE

THEIR OWN COUNTRY, LET'S

CALL IT THE RADICAL

POPULATION, IT COULD BE

THE LARGEST COUNTRY ON THE

PLANET.

SO THE MAGNITUDE OF THE

THREAT AGAINST US CANNOT

BE UNDERESTIMATED, AND

THAT'S WHAT BOTH THE NOVEL

IS ABOUT, AND I THINK

THAT'S WHAT THE PRESIDENT

AND HIS TEAM -- WHICH I

THINK IS A VERY IMPRESSIVE

TEAM -- THAT'S WHAT

THEY'RE SAYING.

BUT THEY NEED TO USE THE

BULLY PULPIT TO EXPLAIN IT

TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

THOSE OF US WHO KNOW THIS

ISSUE THINKS THE COUNTRY

ALREADY GETS THIS.

BUT NO PRESIDENT HAS EVER

TALKED ABOUT IT, SO IT'S

TIME.

THAT'S PART OF MY MESSAGE

ON CAPITOL HILL LAST WEEK.

I MET WITH THE

ADMINISTRATION SEVERAL

WEEKS AGO, AND THAT'S WHAT

I'M GOING TO CONTINUE TO

ENCOURAGE THEM.

DON'T ASSUME THE COUNTRY

HAS THOUGHT THIS ALL

THROUGH BECAUSE NO

PRESIDENT HAS EVER TALKED

ABOUT IT.

Gordon: AND DON'T

ASSUME THE COUNTRY IS EVEN

EDUCATED ON WHAT THE BASIC

TENANTS OF ISLAM ARE.

WE SHOULD BE, BUT, I

THINK, SADLY WE'RE NOT.

MY POINT IS IF WE'RE NOT

ENGAGING THE DEBATE -- AND

I THINK THIS WAR ON

TERROR -- YOU'RE NOT GOING

TO WIN IT WITH BULLETS.

WERYOU HAVE TO WIN IT WITH

IDEAS.

THAT'S RIGHT.

I WOULD SAY, THEREFORE,

THERE ARE TWO TRACKS.

THERE IS THE GOVERNMENT

SIDE, ROMANS 13 SPEAKS OF

THAT.

THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T

WIELD THE SWORD FOR

NOTHING.

WE HAVE A NATIONAL

SECURITY ELEMENT, THE ROLE

AND RESPONSIBILITY OF THE

GOVERNMENT TO KEEP US

SAFE.

THE CHURCH'S JOB IS TO GO

TAKE THE GOSPEL AND

CONVERT MUSLIMS.

THAT'S HOW YOU'RE GOING TO

CHANGE, ULTIMATELY,

LONG-TERM, RADICALS INTO

BEING PEOPLE WHO ARE

PEACE-LOVING.

IT IS NOT GOING TO COME

BECAUSE THE STATE

DEPARTMENT COOKS UP SOME

NEW STRATEGY.

THEY SHOULD HAVE NO SOME

STRATEGY, BUT LET'S BE

HONEST, THE CHURCH HAS THE

ANSWER.

WE DON'T WANT THE

GOVERNMENT TO TRY TO

CONVERT PEOPLE.

BUT THE CHURCH CAN'T SAY,

IT IS THE GOVERNMENT'S JOB

TO DEAL WITH RADICAL

ISLAM.

THE CHURCH'S JOB IS TO GO

LOVE THEM AND REACH THEM

WITH THE GOSPEL.

Gordon: AND YOU'RE

LIVING THAT OUT.

I STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND

THAT A MESSIANIC JEW GETS

TO MEET WITH THE KING OF

THEIR COUNTRY.

HE READ IT, AND HE

SEEMED TO BE INTRIGUED

ENOUGH TO INVITE MY WIFE

AND I TO COME FOR FIVE

DAYS, AND TO MEET WITH HIM

AND HAVE LUNCH WITH HIM.

I HAD A TWO AND A HALF

HOUR DINNER IN HIS PRIVATE

PALACE THE NIGHT BEFORE I

LEFT.

HE SENT US ON HIS OWN

HELICOPTER TO GO MEET WITH

GENERALS THAT ARE KEEPING

JORDAN SAFE FROM DAESH,

FROM THE ISLAMIC STATE.

IT WAS THE MOST AMAZING

WEEK OF MY LIFE.

IT IS HARD TO DESCRIBE,

BUT IT TELLS ME WHEN A

JEWISH EVANGELICAL ZIONIST

U.S.-ISRAELI CITIZEN GETS

TO GO MEET WITH A DEFENDER

OF MUHAMMAD, GOD IS UP TO

SOMETHING.

WE DON'T HAVE TO AGREE ON

EVERYTHING.

BUT WE CAN SHOW LOVE AND

RESPECT.

JESUS SAID, LOVE YOUR

NEIGHBOR, AND THEN HE WENT

TO JORDAN.

AND WHAT DID HE DO?

WHEN HE CROSSED THE

JORDAN, HE LIBERATED

PEOPLE FROM DEMON

POSSESSION.

HE PREACHED THE GOSPEL.

AND HE SENT THAT MAN UP IN

THE NORTHERN PART OF

JORDAN WHO BEGGED HIM, LET

ME COME WITH YOU TO ISRAEL

AND BE PART OF YOUR TEAM.

NO, NO, YOU GO BACK AND

TELL YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR

VILLAGES ABOUT ME.

THAT'S THE HOPE.

AND ONLY THE CHURCH CAN DO

IT.

WE DON'T WANT GOVERNMENT

TO BE INVOLVED IN THAT.

AND WE NEED TO LOVE OUR

NEIGHBORS AND OUR ENEMIES

BY RESPECTING THEM,

WORKING TOGETHER ON

POLICY, BUT THEN BEING

BOLD AND LOVING,

COMPASSIONATE ABOUT THE

GOSPEL.

AND WE'RE TRYING TO DO

THAT WITH OUR OWN

MINISTRY, "THE JOSHUA

FUND."

Gordon: AND YOU'RE

DOING A GOOD JOB.

AND YOU HAVE A NEW

PAGE-TURNER, "WITHOUT

WARNING."

JOEL, THANK YOU FOR WHAT

YOU'RE DOING.

THANK YOU, GORDON.

Gordon: ALL RIGHT.

WELL, TERRY, OVER TO YOU.

Terry: WELL, STILL TO

COME, A TEENAGER WITH A

MINIMUM-WAGE JOB, A BABY

ON THE WAY, AND A GROWING

NEED FOR A DRINK.

I GOT WEARY.

I WANTED TO TAKE THE

PRESSURE OFF.

THE ONLY WAY OF ESCAPE

THAT I HAD WAS MY

ADDICTION.

ALCOHOL CONTROLLED MY

LIFE.

Terry: HOW HE BEAT

HIS ADDICTION, NEXT.

WHEN WE COME BACK.

Terry: RESISTING

ARREST, ALLUDING POLICE,

MICHAEL MACELMOR DEVELOPED

QUITE THE RAP SHEET WHILE

A TEENAGER.

HIS LIFE WAS A TOTAL MESS.

BUT THAT ALL CHANGED WHEN

MICHAEL HEARD A VOICE

WHILE HE WAS ON HIS WAY TO

THE LIQUOR STORE.

Reporter: MICHAEL

THOUGHT HE WAS RAISED IN A

LOVING HOME.

THAT ALL CHANGED WHEN HE

WAS 15 YEARS OLD AND HIS

PARENTS DIVORCED.

I WAS REALLY ANGRY WITH

MY MOTHER.

SHE HAD BEEN UNFAITHFUL.

IT HURT -- IT TORE OUR

FAMILY APART.

I WENT TO LIVE WITH MY

BROTHER.

ALL WE THOUGHT ABOUT WAS

GOING ON AND JUST HAVING

FUN.

I DIDN'T WANT TO BE WITH

MY MOTHER BECAUSE I WAS SO

ANGRY WITH HER.

AND I DIDN'T WANT TO BE

WITH MY DAD BECAUSE, WELL,

HE MADE ME GO TO CHURCH.

Reporter: AND MICHAEL

WANTED NO PART OF ANYTHING

THAT HAD TO DO WITH GOD.

GOD MEANT TO ME AN

ANGRY BEING IN THE SKY

THAT WAS READY TO CAST OUT

A LIGHTNING BOARD AT YOU

AT ANY OPPORTUNITY HE

COULD WHEN YOU MESSED UP.

Reporter: BUT HAVING

PUSHED AWAY GOD AND HIS

PARENTS, MICHAEL WAS LEFT

EMPTY AND WITHOUT

DIRECTION.

THERE WAS NO

RESPONSIBILITY.

IT WAS JUST LIVING A PARTY

LIFESTYLE.

I WAS DEAD ON THE INSIDE,

AND I WANTED TO FIND

SOMETHING THAT WOULD BRING

SATISFACTION TO MY LIFE.

Reporter: WHILE IN

HIGH SCHOOL, MICHAEL GOT A

GIRL PREGNANT.

SO HE DROPPED OUT OF

SCHOOL AND FOUND A

MINIMUM-WATCH JOB.

NOW THE 16-YEAR-OLD KID

HAD ADULT RESPONSIBILITIES

WEIGHING HIM DOWN.

I HAVE A FAMILY THAT

I'M TRYING TO PROVIDE FOR,

AND I STILL HAD NO

DIRECTION.

I HAD PANIC ATTACKS

CONSTANTLY.

AND IT CAUSED ANXIETY AND

IT LED TO DEPRESSION.

Reporter: THEN HIS

GIRLFRIEND LEFT HIM AND

TOOK THEIR SON.

TO COPE HE TURNED TO

ALCOHOL.

I GOT WEARY.

AND I WANTED TO TAKE THE

PRESSURE OFF.

AND AT THE AGE OF 19, I

BEGAN TO FALL IN LOVE WITH

THIS ADDICTION OF ALCOHOL.

IT WAS AROUND 2008 THAT I

HAD GOTTEN MY FIRST D.U.I.

AND THEY DID A FIELD

SOBRIETY TEST AND THAT

NIGHT THEY TOOK ME TO

JAIL.

I KNEW MY LIFE WAS GOING

TO DECLINE IN THAT VERY

MOMENT.

THE ONLY WAY OF ESCAPE

THAT I HAD WAS MY

ADDICTION.

ALCOHOL CONTROLLED MY

LIFE.

Reporter: A SHORT

TIME LATER, HE MET MIKE

ROLLENS AT WORK.

HE STANDS UP IN THE

MIDDLE OF A SAFETY

MEETING, AND THIS IS A

CONSTRUCTION SITE.

YOU'VE GOT GUYS THAT ALL

THEY TALKED ABOUT WAS SEX.

ALL THEY TALKED ABOUT WAS

DRINKING AND GETTING HIGH.

THAT WAS THE WORKFORCE.

HE SAYS, PLEASE RESPECT ME

AND DON'T TAKE THE LORD'S

NAME IN VAIN IN FRONT OF

ME.

AND WHEN HE SAID THAT, I

RESPECTED HIM.

Reporter: THAT

RESPECT QUICKLY DEVELOPED

INTO A FRIENDSHIP, AND

THEY OFTEN TALKED DURING

THE WORK BREAKS.

I WANTED TO BE LIKE

HIM.

HE WAS TELLING ME ABOUT

THE THINGS THAT TOOK PLACE

IN HIS LIFE, AND HOW HE

HAD TURNED TO GOD, AND HOW

HE NO LONGER WAS ADDICTED

TO THESE PAIN PILLS, AND

HOW HE WAS FIGHTING

ADDICTION.

AND IT WAS VERY

COMPELLING, BUT AT THE

SAME TIME, I WOULD GO HOME

TO JUST NOTHING.

I WOULD GO HOME TO

DEPRESSION.

EVEN THOUGH MIKE WAS

GIVING ME HOPE AND

SPEAKING LIFE AND TELLING

ME HOW HIS LIFE WAS COMING

TOGETHER, MY LIFE WAS

STILL FALLING APART.

Reporter: HIS FRIEND

GAVE HIM A BIBLE, BUT

MICHAEL THREW IT ON HIS

BED, AFRAID TO FIND OUT

WHAT GOD WOULD THINK OF

HIM.

IN MY MIND, GOD WAS

STILL THIS ANGRY GOD IN

THE SKY THAT WAS READY TO

CONDEMN YOU.

I WOULD COME HOME FROM

WORK, AND I WOULD SEE THAT

BIBLE ON MY BED.

AND I WOULDN'T GO NEAR IT.

I WOULDN'T SLEEP IN MY

BED.

I WOULDN'T GO IN MY

BEDROOM.

I JUST STAYED AWAY FROM

THAT ROOM.

I WAS AFRAID OF GOD.

Reporter: A FEW DAYS

LATER, MICHAEL CAME HOME

FROM WORK, READY FOR A

DRINK.

BUT HE WAS OUT OF ALCOHOL.

HE STARTED TO LEAVE TO GO

BUY SOME WHEN A VOICE

STOPPED HIM.

I JUST HEARD, "MICHAEL,

STOP."

TO THE POINT WHERE I

LOOKED AROUND AND I WAS,

LIKE, IS THIS REALLY GOD?

I JUST FELT IT AGAIN.

I FELT, "MICHAEL, STOP."

THERE WAS SUCH A PRESENCE

OF LOVE, I CAN'T EXPLAIN

IT.

AND I REMEMBER ASKING GOD,

WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO?

I'M CRYING AND I'M ASKING

GOD JUST TO HELP ME.

AND HE IS SAYING, READ,

JUST READ MY WORD.

I'LL SPEAK TO YOU.

Reporter: MICHAEL GOT

THE BIBLE OFF HIS BED AND

STARTED READING THE NEW

TESTAMENT.

HE DISCOVERED A LOVING GOD

THAT HE COULD KNOW THROUGH

JESUS.

AND JESUS SAYS, MANY IN

THAT DAY WILL SAY TO ME,

LORD, DID WE NOT DO MANY

WONDERFUL WORKS IN YOUR

NAME?

AND I WILL DECLARE TO

THEM, I NEVER KNEW YOU.

AND, MAN, WHEN I READ

THOSE WORDS, "I NEVER KNEW

YOU," THAT'S WHAT HE HAD

TO TELL ME.

HE HAD TO TELL ME, HE

NEVER KNEW ME.

HE NEVER HAD A

RELATIONSHIP WITH ME.

I GRABBED THAT BIBLE, AND

I STARTED HUGGING IT AND

HOLDING IT AND CRYING OUT

TO GOD, SAYING GOD, IF YOU

GIVE ME A CHANCE, I'LL

GIVE YOU EVERY BIT OF MY

LIFE.

I SURRENDER.

JUST FORGIVE ME OF MY

SINS.

FORGIVE ME OF EVERYTHING I

HAVE EVER DONE.

I GIVE YOU MY LIFE.

I REMEMBER I CRIED UNTIL

ABOUT 2:00 IN THE MORNING.

I CRIED MYSELF TO SLEEP.

AND I HAD SUCH AN

ENCOUNTER WITH GOD.

HE LOVED ME.

AND HE ACCEPTED ME.

Reporter: MICHAEL

STARTED READING HIS BIBLE

EVERY DAY AND GOING TO

CHURCH.

HE SLOWLY GREW IN HIS

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

I STILL HAD THE

TEMPTATION OF ALCOHOLISM.

I STILL HAD COURT ISSUES.

AND I DIDN'T CARE ABOUT

THE ISSUES BECAUSE THIS

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

SUPERSEDED EVERY ISSUE

THAT I HAD.

I KNEW AS LONG AS I HAD

JESUS, I WAS OKAY.

Reporter: MICHAEL DID

A SMALL AMOUNT OF JAIL

TIME AND GOT HELP FOR HIS

ADDICTION.

TODAY HE IS A PASTOR.

AND HE WANTS EVERYONE TO

EXPERIENCE THE JOY THAT

COMES WHEN THEY PUT THEIR

TRUST IN JESUS.

GOD TODAY IS STILL

PERFORMING MIRACLES.

I WAS STUCK IN ADDICTION.

AND IF GOD CAN SAVE ME, HE

CAN SAVE ANYONE.

KNOW THAT HE WILL GET YOU

THROUGH.

BECAUSE THERE IS NO OTHER

WAY.

AND HE'LL GET YOU EXACTLY

WHERE YOU NEED TO BE IN

YOUR LIFE.

SO THAT PEOPLE WILL SEE

HIS POWER THROUGH YOU.

Terry: WELL, LEFT TO

OUR OWN DEVICES, WE'RE A

MESS, AREN'T WE?

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US.

BUT YOU CAN SEE ON

MICHAEL'S FACE IN THAT

STORY, HOW THE TRUTH OF

THE FACT THAT GOD LOVED

HIM, THAT GOD ACCEPTED HIM

RIGHT WHERE HE WAS,

UNDERSTANDING ALL OF THE

PAST MISTAKES, AND

UNDERSTANDING ALL OF THE

FAILURES, AND YET SEEING

HIS NEED.

I LOVE THAT SONG THAT

WE'VE SONG FOR YEARS, "HE

LOOKED BEYOND MY FAULT AND

SAW MY NEED."

AND THAT IS WHAT GOD DOES

FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF

US.

LET GOD DO THAT FOR YOU

TODAY.

DON'T LET HEAD KNOWLEDGE

ABOUT HIM KEEP YOU FROM

HAVING THAT PERSONAL

INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP THAT

MICHAEL IS TALKING ABOUT

THAT SET HIM FREE.

IT IS AVAILABLE TO ANYONE

WHO CALLS UPON THE NAME OF

THE LORD.

LET TODAY BE THE DAY THAT

YOU DO THAT.

MAYBE THERE IS SOMETHING

SPECIFIC IN YOUR LIFE THAT

YOU NEED PRAYER ABOUT.

MAYBE YOU WOULD LIKE TO

PRAY WITH SOMEONE ABOUT AN

ADDICTION THAT YOU'RE

DEALING WITH.

OUR LINE IS TOLL-FREE.

IT IS OPEN ALL OF THE

TIME.

IT IS 1-800-700-7000.

JUST CALL, AND YOU DON'T

EVEN HAVE TO GIVE YOUR

NAME IF YOU DON'T WANT TO.

JUST SAY, I NEED TO KNOW

JESUS.

WILL YOU PRAY WITH ME

TODAY?

THE PERSON ON THE OTHER

END OF THE LINE HAVE

ALREADY PRAYED THAT

PRAYER, AND YOU WOULD MAKE

THEIR DAY.

SO CALL NOW.

Gordon: FOR THOSE OF

YOU WHO WANT THAT PRAYER,

HERE IS A VERSE FOR YOU

FROM ROMANS 10 KMG 10: "FOR IT IS

BY BELIEVING IN YOUR HEART

THAT YOU ARE MADE RIGHT

WITH GOD, AND IT IS BY

OPENLY DECLARING YOUR

FAITH THAT YOU ARE SAVED."

DO THAT TODAY.

AND GOD BLESS YOU.

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