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700 Club Interactive - November 16, 2017

Mark Lee, guitarist for “Third Day” shares how the road to success was not without missteps or hardships. Read Transcript


Gordon: THE LEAD

GUITARIST FROM THE

GRAMMY-WINNING BAND,

"THIRD DAY" TAKES US DOWN

"HURT ROAD," AND SHARES

THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF

SUCCESS.

> PLUS...A FREAK

ACCIDENT.

I THOUGHT I WAS GOING

TO DIE IN A SECOND.

Gordon: AT 85 MILES

PER HOUR -- WATCH A

SPLIT-SECOND MIRACLE

UNFOLD ALL ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

WELL, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

HERE IS EFREM GRAHAM WITH

THIS WEEK'S TOP FIVE

TRENDING STORIES.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FIVE...

ON OUR WAY FROM A

ROUND, I DECIDED TO TAKE A

DIFFERENT TRANSPORTATION

THIS TIME.

WE HAD CARS, A TRAIN, AND

A 45 MINUTE BUS RIDE.

OR A SIX MINUTE TRAIN

RIDE, SO WE DECIDED TO HOP

ON THE TRAIN.

Efrem: THAT'S LEBRON

JAMES AND THE CLEVELAND

CAVALIERS RIDING THE NEW

YORK SUBWAY AHEAD OF THEIR

WIN WITH THE NEW YORK

KNICKS.

AND THIS GUY SITTING NEXT

TO LEB BR LEBRON HAD NO IDEA WHO

HE WAS AND GOT UP TO

CHANGE HIS SEAT.

> AT NUMBER FOUR...

COUNTRY STARS JUST

HELPED RAISE A LOT OF

MONEY FOR VICTIMS OF THE

MASS SHOOTING IN LAS

VEGAS.

SUNDAY NIGHT'S NATIONAL

RAISED $4 MILLION.

THIS IS ONE OF THOSE

EVENTS THAT BRINGS IT BACK

TO THE FACT THAT EVEN

THOUGH A COUPLE WEEKS, A

COUPLE MONTHS, HAVE PASSED

ABOUT SOME OF THESE

EVENTS, THEY STILL

ATTENTION AND THEY NEED

RELIEF, AND THEY NEED US

TO RAISE OUR VOICES AND

UNITE TOGETHER.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

THREE...

*

* JESUS, I SURRENDER

Efrem: OPRAH SINGS.

HOME VIDEO RECORDINGS ARE

MAKING THE ROUNDS

FOLLOWING THE MEDIA

MOGUL'S APPEARANCE ON THE

HARRY CONNICK, JR.

YOU CAN DO THE THINGS I

COULDN'T DO -- YOU CAN

SING AND YOU CAN MAKE

MUSIC AND YOU CAN BRING

ENTERTAINMENT AND JOY AND

LAUGHTER TO PEOPLE IN A

WAY THAT REALLY IS ITS OWN

MEDICINE.

*

*

Efrem: AT NUMBER

TWO...

*

Efrem: IT IS

CHRISTMAS IN NOVEMBER

LITERALLY.

MARIAH CAREY'S FEATURE,

MARITIME AL,"ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS"

IS OUT ON D.V.D. DIGITAL

AND ON DEEMED.

>DEMAND.

IT BRINGS YOU BACK TO

THE FIRST TIME YOU HEARD

IT, AND IT BECOMES A PART

OF PEOPLE'S LIVES.

CHOOSE AT LEAST ONE

HOLIDAY MOMENT, AND

HOPEFULLY IT IS A GOOD

MEMORY.

Efrem: AND SPEAKING

OF MUSIC AND MEMORIES,

MARIAH LENDS HER VOICE AND

TALENT TO THE NEW HOLIDAY

FILM "THE STAR."

*

Efrem: WHAT REALLY

AMAZED ME WAS HOW WELL HER

SONG GOES WITH THE MOVIE.

NICELY DONE.

I THOUGHT SO.

"THE STAR" IS A MOVIE

ABOUT THE REAL REASON FOR

THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

AND SINCE IT IS TOLD

THROUGH THE ANIMALS' EYES,

THERE IS A LOT OF FUN FOR

THE FAMILY.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

ONE...

I LIKE THAT, IN MY

TRACK --

Efrem: CHRISTIAN

RAPPER N.F. SPENT A WEEK

IN OCTOBER AS THE

BEST-SELLING MUSICIAN IN

THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.

* I'M MEANT FOR THE KING

Efrem: WITH HIS FIRST

FULL-LENGTH STUDIO ALBUM,,

"FOR I AM A SINNER."

MUSIC IS ALWAYS

COMPETITIVE, SO I LIKE TO

MAKE MUSIC THAT

CHALLENGES.

Gordon: THAT'S A

PRETTY INCREDIBLE STORY.

YOU'VE GOT A CHRISTIAN

RAPPER WHO IS NOW NUMBER

ONE --

Efrem: YES, IN THE

ENTIRE COUNTRY.

AND THE THING ABOUT IT IS

HE IS NEW TO ME.

AND THIS IS HIS THIRD

ALBUM.

I NEVER HEARD OF HIM.

BUT THE MUSIC IS REALLY

GOOD.

HE IS UNASHAMEEDLY A

CHRISTIAN.

BUT HE, LIKE MANY ARTISTS,

RESIST THE TITLE,

CHRISTIAN RAPPER.

HE IS JUST PUTTING OUT

MUSIC AND IT IS CHRISTIAN

BASED.

AND HE SAID HE TRIED BOG A

HARD-CORE RAPPER, BUT I

WASN'T COMFORTABLE AND I

HAVE TO BE WHO I AM CALLED

TO BE.

Gordon: AND THE ALBUM

IS CALLED "PERCEPTION."

WHAT IS YOUR PERCEPTION OF

YOU, AND WHAT IS YOUR

PERCEPTION OF THE WORLD.

I LIKE THAT HE DOESN'T

WANT TO BE LABELLED

CHRISTIAN.

I'M OKAY WITH IT.

HE'S NOT TRYING TO RUN

FROM HIS BELIEFS, BUT AT

THE SAME TIME, ONCE YOU

GET LABELLED THAT, THEN

YOU GET PUT IN A SPECIAL

BIN.

Efrem: YES, I AGREE.

HE JOKED IN AN ARTICLE

WHERE HE WAS ASKED THAT

QUESTION.

AND HE GOES, WHAT WOULD

YOU SAY, YOU WOULD CALL A

CHRISTIAN PLUMPER?

YOU COULD CALL A PLUMPER

WHO IS CHRISTIAN, BUT YOU

JUST CALL A PLUMPER.

Gordon: I KNOW SOME

PLUMBERS WHO ADVERTISE AS

CHRISTIANS --

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: LET'S GO ON

TO OPRAH.

IS SHE GOING TO RELEASE AN

ALBUM?

Efrem: NO.

SHE IS THE FIRST TO ADMIT

SHE IS NOT A SINGER.

Gordon: I BET IT

WOULD BE A TOP SELLER.

Efrem: I'M SURE.

EARLIER IN HER CAREER, HE

REALLY WANTED TO BE A PART

OF THE FILM "THE COLOR

PURPLE," BECAUSE THE BOOK

HAD CHANGED HER LIFE.

SHE MANAGED TO GET AN

AUDITION, BUT HADN'T

HEARD.

SHE WAS LITERALLY ON THE

TRACK RUNNING, AND MAD AT

GOD, WHY HAVEN'T THEY

CALLED ME.

I JUST KNEW YOU SAID THIS

WAS FOR ME.

AND SHE SAID AT THAT

MOMENT CAME TO HER, "I

SURRENDER ALL," AND SHE

REALIZED SHE HAD TO JUST

LET IT GO.

WITHIN HOURS OF HER

LETTING IT GO, SINGING

THAT SONG IN WORSHIP, SHE

GOT A CALL, STEVEN

SPIELBERG WANTS TO SEE YOU

IN HIS OFFICE TOMORROW.

WITHIN HOURS OF HER

SINGING THAT SONG.

Gordon: THAT WAS THE

BREAKTHROUGH.

AS HA THEY SAY, THE REST IS

HISTORY.

SO WHY WAS SHE SINGING IT

NOW WITH HARRY CONNICK,

JR.

Efrem: HARRY CONNICK,

JR. WANTED TO BRING OPRAH

ON TO DO SOMETHING SHE

HADN'T BEFORE.

PRODUCERS ARE ALWAYS

TRYING TO GET SOMETHING

NEW.

AND THIS WAS SOMETHING SHE

HADN'T DONE BEFORE.

AND AFTER IT WAS OVER, SHE

SAID, YOU KNOW, ONLY FOR

YOU.

MUSIC IS A BIG PART OF HIS

SHOW.

BECAUSE THAT'S HIM.

SO MANY OF HIS GUESTS, HE

TRIES TO GET TO PERFORM,

IF THERE IS ANY POSSIBLE

TALENT THERE.

AND IT WAS NICE TO SEE HIM

TAP THAT FROM HER.

Gordon: YEAH.

IS IT GOING VIRAL?

Efrem: IT IS GOING

VIRAL.

HARRY DID NOT OFFICIALLY

PUT OUT ANY VIDEO OF IT.

ALL YOU COULD FIND ONLINE

IS PEOPLE AT HOME WHO SAW

IT IMMEDIATELY STARTED

SHARING IT.

Gordon: THAT'S WHY IT

IS MOVING ALL AROUND.

IT WAS HOME VIDEOED.

> IS THERE HOPE FOR OUR

COUNTRY?

IF THE NUMBER ONE ALBUM IS

BY A CHRISTIAN RAP ARTIST,

IF OPRAH IS SINGING ALL TO

JESUS, "I SURRENDER ALL,"

IS THERE HOPE FOR US?

Efrem: YOU'VE GOT TO

BELIEVE IT.

WE ARE CALLED TO BELIEVE

THERE IS INDEED HOPE.

IT IS A FUN PROCESS EVERY

WEEK FOR ME TO LITERALLY

SCOUR AND LOOK TO SEE WHAT

IS GOING ON THAT SHINES A

LIGHT ON OUR FATHER, WHAT

POINTS US IN A POSITIVE

DIRECTION.

AND WE'RE SEEING THAT FROM

OPRAH THERE, AND EVEN THE

FILM "THE STAR," COMING

OUT THIS FRIDAY.

MARIAH CAREY LENDS HER

VOICE TO IT.

YOU CAN CERTAINLY SEE

GOD'S HAND AT WORK.

SHE WAS TRYING TO WRITE

THIS SONG AND WAS ABLE TO

DO IT IN 48 HOURS.

48 HOURS TO GET THIS SONG

WRITTEN.

AND THE PRODUCER OF THIS

FILM SAID THEY MADE A WISH

LIST OF ALL OF THE PEOPLE

THEY WOULD LIKE TO BE A

PART OF THE FILM.

AND THEY SAID, LET'S ASK

ALL OF THESE PEOPLE,

INCLUDING TYLER PERRY,

OPRAH WINFREY, PATRICIA

HEATON, KELLY CLARKSON,

AND THE LIST GOES ON AND

ON -- LET'S ASK THEM ALL

TO PORTRAY THESE ANIMAL

VOICES IN THIS FILM.

IF THEY SAY NO, THEN WE'LL

GO TO A SECOND STRING.

NO ONE SAID NO.

EVERY ONE, WHEN THEY HEARD

THIS WAS A STORY OF

CHRIST, TOLD THROUGH THE

PERSPECTIVE OF THE

ANIMALS, AND THAT CHRIST

WAS GOING TO BE AT THE

CENTER OF IT, WANTED TO BE

A PART OF IT BECAUSE THE

STORY OF JESUS' BIRTH IS

IN THEIR HEARTS, THEY'RE

BELIEVERS THEMSELVES, AND

THEY ALL SIGNED IN.

AND IT IS WELL-DONE, TOO.

Gordon: HERE IS TO A

BIG HIT.

> IF YOU WANT TO SEE

MORE POSITIVE NEWS AND ALL

OF THE LATEST NEWS THAT WE

SEE, IT SEEMS LIKE THERE

IS A SHOOTING EVERY OTHER

DAY -- IF YOU WANT TO HEAR

SOME POSITIVE NEWS THAT

WILL GIVE YOU HOPE, CHECK

OUT EFREM'S WEEKLY SHOW,

"STUDIO 5," AND IT IS

AVAILABLE ON ROKU, APPLE

TV, OR ON OUR WEBSITE.

> COMING UP, MEET THE

MAN WHO WENT ON TO START A

BAND AND WON FOUR GRAMMY

AWARDS.

MARK LEE SHARES ABOUT THE

HIGHS AND LOWS OF FAITH,

SUCCESS, AND LIFE, RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

Gordon: "THIRD DAY"

GUITARIST MARK LEE HAS

BEEN DEALT SOME ROUGH

BLOWS IN LIFE.

BUT THROUGH IT ALL, HE

LEARNED TO TRUST GOD AND

NEVER IMAGINED ALL THAT

GOD HAD PLANNED FOR HIM.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: MARK LEE IS

A FOUNDING MEMBER AND

GUITARIST OF THE GRAMMY

AWARD-WINNING CHRISTIAN

ROCK BAND "THIRD DAY."

THEY HAVE RELEASED 13

ALBUMS WITH TOTAL SALES OF

ALMOST 8 MILLION.

BUT THE ROAD TO SUCCESS

DIDN'T COME WITHOUT

HEARTACHE.

AT 14 HE WAS HIT BY A

TRUCK AND SEVERELY

INJURED.

TO YEARS LATER, MARK'S DAD

DIED FROM BRAIN CANCER.

INSTEAD OF GIVING UP, HE

CHOSE TO TRUST GOD AND HAS

SEEN AN AMAZING DREAM

UNFOLD OVER THE LAST 25

YEARS.

IN HIS MEMOIR, "HURT

ROAD," HE SHARES TRUE

STORIES OF THE HIGHS AND

LOWS HE'S LEARNED ABOUT

FAITH, SUCCESS, AND LIFE.

Gordon: MARK JOINS US

NOW.

MARK, IT IS A PLEASURE TO

HAVE YOU WITH US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

HAVING ME.

IT IS AN HONOR TO BE HERE.

Gordon: I DIDN'T KNOW

YOU HAD SO MUCH HEARTACHE

IN YOUR LIFE.

READING THROUGH THE

BIOGRAPHY, IF YOU WILL,

YOU KNOW, IT MUST HAVE

BEEN HORRIBLE AT AGE 14 TO

BE HIT BY A TRUCK, AND

THEN YOU'VE GOT TO

SPEND -- HOW MANY MONTHS

WERE YOU IN RECOVERY?

SO I GOT HIT BY A TRUCK

WHEN I WAS 14, MY FRESHMAN

YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL.

AND I BROKE A COUPLE OF

BONES IN MY LEG, AND IT

WAS A REALLY BAD BREAK, SO

I WAS IN AND OUT OF THE

HOSPITAL QUITE A BIT AND

IN AND OUT OF SCHOOL QUITE

A BIT.

SO IT WAS BASICALLY MY

WHOLE FRESHMAN YEAR OF

HIGH SCHOOL THAT WAS THIS

CONFUSING TIME.

IN A LOT OF WAYS IT WAS

THE LOWEST MOMENT OF MY

LIFE, BUT I FEEL LIKE GOD

USED THAT TIME, THE LOWEST

MOMENT OF MY LIFE, FOR HIS

GOOD BECAUSE DURING THAT

TIME, THAT'S WHEN I

STARTED PLAYING GUITAR.

I WAS ALWAYS INTERESTED IN

MUSIC, BUT NOT TO THE

LEVEL OF WANTING TO DO

THAT AS A JOB OR ANYTHING

LIKE THAT.

MY DAD ACTUALLY SAW MY

INTEREST IN MUSIC AND

BOUGHT ME A GUITAR FOR MY

15th BIRTHDAY.

THAT'S WHEN I STARTED

PLAYING GUITAR.

Gordon: YOU WERE

PLAYING VIOLIN BEFORE

THAT?

THAT'S RIGHT.

THAT WAS MY FIRST

INSTRUMENT.

Gordon: WHICH IS A

TOUGH INSTRUMENT.

IT REALLY IS.

IF YOU START WITH

SOMETHING REALLY HARD,

ANYTHING ELSE YOU LEARN

AFTER THAT MIGHT BE A

LITTLE EASIER.

I PLAYED VIOLIN FROM WHEN

I WAS REALLY YOUNG.

AND I MOVED OVER TO

GUITAR --

Gordon: ARE YOU

CLASSICALLY TRAINED?

YES, TO AN EXTENT.

I HAD, YOU KNOW, TEACHERS

AND TOOK LESSONS ALL

THROUGH -- ALL THE WAY

THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL AND

PLAYED IN AN ORCHESTRA AND

THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO, YEAH.

Gordon: THEN AFTER

ALL OF THAT, YOUR DAD GETS

YOU A GUITAR AND THEN HE

GETS BREAS BRAIN CANCER.

YEAH.

I FEEL LIKE GOD USES THESE

TIMES.

IT'S HARD -- AS YOU'RE

GOING THROUGH IT, IT FEELS

LIKE CHAOS.

I'M 14 YEARS OLD, AND IT'S

DURING A TIME WHEN YOU'RE

TRYING TO MAKE DECISIONS

ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO

WITH YOUR LIFE, AND FOR ME

I FEEL LIKE I HAD -- I

CALL IT IN THE BOOK, I

CALL IT SUCKER PUNCH

NUMBER ONE, AND SUCKER

PUNCH NUMBER TWO.

FROM HAVING THE ACCIDENT

AND THEN FINDING OUT T THAT

MY DAD HAD BRAIN CANCER

AND ULTIMATELY DYING FROM

BRAIN CANCER.

BUT I COULD SEE HOW GOD

USED THE TIME -- MY DAD

TOOK OFF WORK TO BE WITH

ME AFTER MY ACCIDENT, AND

IT WAS THIS AMAZING TIME I

SPENT WITH MY FATHER RIGHT

BEFORE HE PASSED AWAY.

HE WAS THE ONE WHO

ENCOURAGED ME TO DO MUSIC.

HE BOUGHT ME THE GUITAR

AND GOT ME ON THAT PATH,

AND WE LOST HIM A COUPLE

OF YEARS LATER.

I STILL CAN LOOK BACK ON

THAT TIME, THAT GOD USED

THAT TIME THAT WE HAD

TOGETHER.

Gordon: DID YOU EVER

ASK GOD WHY?

YOU KNOW, I THINK SO.

AS I WAS FIRST LIVING THAT

OUT, IT WAS SUCH A

CONFUSING AND FRUSTRATING

TIME.

AND I HAVE A TENDENCY TO

GO, GOD, WHY ME, AND WHY

NOW?

A LOT OF TIMES THE ANSWER

IS JUST WAIT, BECAUSE I'VE

GOT SOMETHING THAT IS

GOING TO A LITTLE FARTHER

DOWN THE ROAD.

AND FOR ME, "THIRD DAY"

HAS BEEN TOGETHER FOR 25

YEARS NOW.

I CAN SEE DURING THAT TIME

THAT FELT SO CONFUSING,

WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL

WITH THE ACCIDENT AND

LOSING MY FATHER -- THAT

GOD WAS USING THAT TIME

AND HE WAS ORCH

STRAIGHTING THINGORCHESTRATINGTHINGS FOR H
IS GOOD.

I STARTED PLAYING GUITAR.

NOT LONG AFTER THAT, I MET

UP WITH MAC POWELL, AND WE

STARTED A LITTLE BAND

CALLED "THIRD DAY," AND

NOW WE'RE TOGETHER FOR 25

YEARS.

AND NONE OF THOSE THINGS

WOULD HAVE HAPPENED HAD I

NOT HAD THE ACCIDENT.

Gordon: I READ THIS

STORY, AND I'LL TELL YOU,

FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, THOSE

TWO SUCKER PUNCHES WOULD

HAVE KNOCKED THEM OUT OF

THE GAME.

THEY WOULD HAVE SAID,

WHAT'S THE POINT IN

BELIEVING.

RIGHT.

Gordon: WHAT WAS IT

FOR YOU THAT KEPT YOU?

THERE IS A CONCEPT IN

THE BOOK -- AND I CALL IT

LANDMARKS.

LIKE WHEN YOU'RE READING

THE OLD TESTAMENT, HOW ANY

TIME GOD WOULD TAKE THE

ISRAELITES, AND SOMETHING

SIGNIFICANT WOULD HAPPEN,

AND HE WOULD BE, OKAY, SET

UP A LANDMARK HERE.

AND IT COULD HAVE BEEN A

WELL OR A CROSS ROAD OR

WHATEVER.

AND WE HAVE THOSE SAME

KIND OF THINGS THAT HAPPEN

IN OUR LIVES.

FOR ME IT WAS ALWAYS

MUSIC.

MY PARENTS TOOK ME TO

CHURCH WHEN I WAS A KID.

SO I HAD SUNDAY SCHOOL

TEACHERS AND PEOPLE IN MY

LIFE THAT WERE POURING

INTO ME, YOU KNOW, THE

FAITH ELEMENT THAT IS SO

IMPORTANT.

SO I CAN LOOK BACK AND

SEE, AS I'VE GONE THROUGH

THESE HARD TIMES OF LIFE,

I HAD THOSE LANDMARKS TO

HELP ME GET THROUGH THE

DIFFICULT TIMES.

ALSO, WHEN THINGS ARE

GOING WELL, THESE

LANDMARKS ARE THINGS THAT

WE CAN USE TO SERVE GOD

AND TO ENCOURAGE OTHER

PEOPLE.

Gordon: WELL, I'LL

GIVE YOU THE OTHER SIDE OF

THE ISRAELITE STORY --

WHILE THEY WERE SETTING UP

LANDMARKS, THEY WERE

COMPLAINING ALONG THE WAY.

ABSOLUTELY.

Gordon: AND YOU

DIDN'T.

I FIND THAT ABSOLUTELY

AMAZING.

WELL, YOU KNOW, I

PROBABLY DID AT THE TIME.

AND I THINK THERE IS A,

LIKE -- AND I THINK IT IS

OKAY.

WHEN WE'RE KIND OF IN THE

WEAVE OF IT, FOR US TO

QUESTION GOD AND SAY, WHY

ME, WHY NOW?

BUT THEN WE LOOK THE AT IT

AND GO, WHAT AM I GOING TO

DO WITH THIS NOW?

AND IN MY CASE, IT WAS

NOTHING THAT I DID.

I FEEL LIKE GOD WAS

WORKING THROUGH ME.

I FELT THIS SENSE THAT I

NEEDED TO STAY FAITHFUL.

THAT IT WAS ALL GOING TO

SORT OF WORK ITSELF OUT.

I TALK ABOUT IN THE BOOK

THERE IS THIS IDEA OF

SECRET OPTIONS.

I FEEL LIKE A LOT OF TIMES

WE'RE IN LIFE AND TRYING

TO MAKE A DECISION, AND

WE'RE, LIKE, OKAY, GOD, IT

HAS EITHER GOT TO AND "A"

OR ANSWER "B."

BUT A LOT OF TIMES IF WE

JUST WAIT, THE ANSWER TO

OUR PRAYERS, AS

FRUSTRATING AS IT IS --

THE ANSWER IS WE'VE GOT TO

WAIT A LITTLE BIT.

GOD WILL COME THROUGH WITH

THIS AMAZING SECRET OPTION

THREE THAT WE WOULD NEVER

HAVE EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT

IT, IF WE'LL JUST GIVE HIM

THE CHANCE TO WORK.

Gordon: INSTEAD OF A

BINARY QUESTION, SOMETIMES

IT IS JUST WAIT ON THE

LORD, RENEW YOUR STRENGTH,

AND WAIT FOR HIM TO ACT.

WHEN IT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE,

HE IS THE ONLY ONE THAT IS

GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO IT.

THAT'S RIGHT.

HE'LL MAKE A WAY WHEN

THERE IS NOT A WAY THERE.

Gordon: TALK ABOUT

YOUR FRIENDSHIP WITH MAC.

YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN ON THIS

TRACT TOGETHER NOW 25

YEARS.

WE HAVE BEEN.

AND IN SO MANY WAYS, I

FEEL LIKE GOD CALLED US

TOGETHER AT A CERTAIN TIME

AND IN A CERTAIN PLACE,

THAT WE'RE LIKE THESE

SPIRITUAL BROTHERS.

AND EVEN BEFORE "THIRD

DAY" STARTED, WE WERE JUST

FRIENDS.

WE PLAYED IN SOME GARAGE

BANDS TOGETHER.

BUT GOD WAS DEALING WITH

US REALLY AT THE SAME

TIME.

IT WAS RIGHT AT THE END OF

HIGH SCHOOL, WHERE YOU

HAVE ALL OF THESE BIG

QUESTIONS.

AM I GOING TO GO TO

COLLEGE?

AM I GOING TO JOIN THE

MILITARY?

ALL OF THESE THINGS, AND

IT IS SORT OF CONFUSING.

BUT WE WERE THERE FOR EACH

OTHER DURING THAT TIME.

WE WOULD WORK ON MUSIC AND

WE WOULD KIND OF TALK A

LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT WE

WERE GOING THROUGH AND WE

WOULD PRAY TOGETHER.

AND ONE OF THOSE

CONVERSATIONS ENDED UP

BEING THE BEGINNING OF

"THIRD DAY."

WE WERE PLAYING IN THESE

GARAGE BANDS, AND MAC

WASN'T COMFORTABLE WITH

THE LYRIC.

AND HE WAS, LIKE, I THINK

I'M GOING TO HAVE TO QUIT

THE BAND.

AND IT WAS DEVASTATING

THAT THIS DREAM OF MINE

WAS CIV BEIN KIND OF BEING PULLED

OUT FROM UNDER ME.

AND A COUPLE OF WEEKS

LATER WE WERE HANGING OUT

AT HIS HOUSE, AND I DON'T

KNOW WHERE THIS CAME

WHERE, BUT I SAID, WHAT IF

WE START A CHRISTIAN BAND?

WE CAN SHARE OUR FAITH

THROUGH MUSIC AND STILL

HAVE A BAND AND USE IT

HOPEFULLY TO ENCOURAGE

OTHER PEOPLE.

I WAS VAGUELY AWARE OF

CHRISTIAN MUSIC.

I KNEW CARMA AND AMY

GRANT, BUT I DIDN'T GROW

UP LISTENING TO IT.

IT WAS FUN, THAT AS WE

WERE STARTING A CHRISTIAN

BAND, WE WERE KIND OF

DISCOVERING WHAT THAT

MEANT.

Gordon: YOU KIND OF

REINVENTED IT?

I HOPE SO.

Gordon: I GIVE YOU

GREAT CREDIT FOR DOING

THAT.

GOD IS CERTAINLY WORKING

THROUGH YOU.

THANK YOU.

Gordon: YOU ARE

DEFINITELY PIONEERS.

THEY'RE COUNTING ME OUT ON

TIME, BUT IF YOU WANT TO

LEARN MORE, MARK'S BOOK IS

CALLED "HURT ROAD.

MUSIC, THE MEMORIES, AND

THE MILES BETWEEN."

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE

ABOUT "THIRD DAY," IT IS

AVAILABLE IN STORES

NATIONWIDE.

AND THEIR LATEST ALBUM IS

CALLED "REVIVAL," AND YOU

CAN GET IT WHEREVER MUSIC

IS SOLD.

THANK YOU, MARK, FOR BEING

HERE.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

THIS IS FUN.

Gordon: STILL TO

COME, A YOUNG DRIVER RUNS

OFF THE ROAD, AND HE AND

HIS GIRLFRIEND HEAD

STRAIGHT TOWARDS CONCRETE

PILLARS.

WE HIT THE FOURTH

PILLAR, AND IT ACTUALLY

RIPPED THE TRUCK IN HALF

AND SHOT US UP IN THE TOP.

WE DID A 360.

I THOUGHT I WAS GOING

TO DIE IN A SECOND.

Gordon: SEE HOW THEY

SURVIVED THIS HORRIFIC

CRASH, WHEN WE COME BACK.

SPHWOORMT Gordon: IN THREESECONDS, THAT
'S HOW FAST

IT HAPPENED.

THEY WERE DRIVING HOME

WHEN THEIR TRUCK SLID OFF

THE HIGHWAY AND CRASHED

INTO A CONCRETE PILLAR AT

85 MILES PER HOUR.

THE COUPLE SAYS IT IS A

MIRACLE THEY MADE E IT OUT

ALIVE.

WE WERE ON THE ROAD

BACK FROM MY HOUSE IN

FLORIDA.

WE HAD SPENT THE CHRISTMAS

BREAK AND NEW YEAR'S WITH

MY FAMILY.

WE WERE RIGHT IN MURPHY'S

BURROWBURROUGH, WHICH IS ABOUT

30 MINUTES FROM THE

APARTMENT.

AND I DON'T REMEMBER HOW

IT HAPPENED.

I JUST REMEMBER HITTING A

HARD BUMP, AND I LOOK UP

AND I SAW THE BRIDGE

COMING AT ME IN FRONT OF

ME.

I WAS SOUND ASLEEP IN

THE PASSENGER SEAT, AND I

WOKE UP TO US THE HITTING

THE POLE.

I LOOKED TO MY LEFT,

AND THERE WAS A GUARDRAIL,

AND THERE WAS NO GETTING

BACK ON THE ROAD.

I WAS, LIKE, OKAY, I CAN'T

GET BACK ON THE ROAD.

I HAVE THIS BRIDGE PILLAR

COMING UP IN FRONT OF ME.

I DON'T WANT TO HIT THAT

HEAD-ON, SO I'M GOING TO

TRY AND GO AROUND IT.

I REMEMBER GRABBING THE

WHEEL AND TRYING TO GO

AROUND THE POLE.

ONCE MY TIRES HIT THAT

STEEP HILL RIGHT THERE, IT

THREW ME INTO THE FIRST

PILLAR.

AND THEN AFTER THAT, I

KEPT TRYING TO GET UP ON

THAT EMBANKMENT, AND EACH

TIME IT THREW ME INTO

ANOTHER PILLAR, ANOTHER

PILLAR, ANOTHER PILLAR.

IT IS WEIRD BECAUSE

OBVIOUSLY IT IS, LIKE, A

SCARY THING, BUT I WAS

NEVER SCARED.

I JUST THOUGHT I WAS GOING

TO DIE IN A SECOND.

WE HIT THE FOURTH

PILLAR, AND IT ACTUALLY

RIPPED THE TRUCK IN HALF

AND SHOT US UP INTO THE

TOP.

WE DID A 360 AND LANDED

BACK ON THE BOTTOM, ON THE

FIFTH PILLAR.

I REMEMBER THAT LAST

HIT, AND EVERYTHING WAS

SILENT.

WHEN I REALIZED I COULD

MOVE AND I WAS OKAY, I

LOOKED AT HUNTER AND I

REMEMBER JUST SEEING HIM

UP AGAINST THE STEERING

WHEEL.

AND BLE BLOOD EVERYWHERE.

THINKING HE WAS DEAD AND I

WAS JUST, LIKE, SCREAMING

AND SCARED.

THE NEXT THING I

REMEMBER WAS THE PARAMEDIC

OVER THE TOP OF ME.

I REMEMBER THE LIGHT BEING

IN MY EYES.

WE GOT TAKEN IN

DIFFERENT AMBULANCES, AND

WE DIDN'T GET TO TALK OR

ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

I WAS JUST CONCERNED WITH

KNOWING HE WASN'T DEAD.

WHEN I OPENED MY EYES,

I SAW MY BROTHER.

AND IMMEDIATELY EMOTIONS

STARTED TO COME TO ME.

ONCE I GOT MY BEARINGS

TOGETHER, I WAS, LIKE,

WHERE IS ERICA.

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO SHOW ME

ERIKA.

HUNTER KIND OF SNUCK

OUT AND HE JUST CAME IN.

AND RIGHT WHEN I SAW HIM,

I JUST HAD TEARS BECAUSE

HE WAS WALKING.

AS SOON AS I WALKED IN

AND I HUGGED HER, MY

BROTHER TOOK VIDEO OF IT,

AND LATER HE WENT AND

SCREEN-SHOT IT, SOME OF

THE MOMENTS FROM THAT

VIDEO.

MICHAEL WAS POSTING THE

STORY, AND HE WANTED TO

ADD SOME LOVE TO THE

TIMELINES, AND SHOW THE

MIRACLES THAT HAPPEN, EVEN

THOSE THESE BAD THINGS

HAPPEN EVERY DAY.

AT THIS POINT I'M,

LIKE, OKAY, WE LIVED AND

WE HAD NOTHING WRONG WITH

US, SO IT CAN'T BE THAT

BAD.

AND I WENT AND LOOKED AT

THE TRUCK, AND I'M, LIKE,

HOW DID WE LIVE THROUGH

THIS?

IT WAS LIKE TWO BUBBLES IN

THE TRUCK.

THE BACK SEATS WERE

CRUSHED.

EVERYTHING AROUND THE

TRUCK WERE CRUSHED, EXCEPT

FOR OUR TWO SEATS.

EVEN LOOKING AT THE

PICTURES, I CAN'T REALLY

LOOK AT IT FOR TOO LONG.

IT IS HARD BECAUSE I GO

BACK AND FORTH FROM BEING

THANKFUL TO -- JUST SEEING

THE TRUCK AND LOOKING

AROUND AND SEEING HOW MY

SIDE WAS UNTOUCHED AND HOW

HUNTER'S WAS COMPLETELY

DESTROYED.

BEFORE THE WRECK, I

ALWAYS FOUND MYSELF

WONDERING, I'M NOT THIS

GREAT CHRISTIAN.

IF SOMETHING EVER

HAPPENED, WHY WOULD GOD

PROTECT ME?

AFTER EVERYTHING THAT

HAPPENED, I FOUND A VERY

OVERWHELMING PEACE, THAT,

WOW, I FAILED YOU EVERY

SINGLE DAY LEADING UP TO

THAT WRECK ON NEW YEAR'S

DAY, AND YOU STILL FOUND

IT IN YOUR HEART TO

PROTECT ME.

EVERYONE FALLS SHORT OF

HIS LOVE.

NO MATTER WHAT, HE IS

STILL GOING TO BE THERE TO

CATCH YOU WHEN YOU FALL,

TO PROTECT YOU WHEN THINGS

GO WRONG.

WHEN YOU ARE STRESSED

OUT OR SCARED OF SOMETHING

OR ABOUT TO DIE, LIKE

HUNTER AND I, THERE IS NOT

ONE MOMENT WHERE GOD IS

NOT THERE.

I WANT PEOPLE TO SEE THAT

THROUGH THE ABSOLUTE WORST

OF TIMES, HE HASN'T LEFT.

Gordon: AND HE HASN'T

LEFT YOU.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT HE IS

OUR VERY PRESENT HELP IN

TIME OF TROUBLE.

BUT SO OFTEN WHEN WE GET

INTO TROUBLE, WE START

ASKING WHY?

WE START SAYING, WHY ME?

WE START LOOKING AT IS

THIS SOME KIND OF JUDGMENT

OR IS THIS SOME KIND OF

TEST?

WE'RE LOOKING IN THE WRONG

PLACE.

HERE IS A STORY FROM THE

OLD TESTAMENT.

IT HAS TO DO WITH KING

DAVID, AND IT WAS BEFORE

HE BECAME KING.

IT WAS AFTER HE WAS

ANOINTED.

AND HERE HIS FATHER-IN-LAW

IS TRYING TO KILL HIM.

SO HE IS HIDING OUT, AND

HE IS WITH A BAND OF MEN.

THEY ARE HIS MIGHTY MEN,

HIS WARRIORS.

AND WHILE THEY WERE OFF AT

A ANOTHER BATTLE, THE

PHILISTINES COME AND TAKE

THEIR CAMP AND CAPTURE

THEIR WIVES AND THEIR

CHILDREN.

AND DAVID'S MEN TURN

AGAINST THEM.

AND THE BIBLE SAYS THEY

THOUGHT ABOUT STONING HIM

TO DEATH FOR WHAT HAD

HAPPENED.

AND WHAT DAVID DID WAS

SOMETHING WE SHOULD ALL

DO.

HE TURNED TO THE LORD.

THE BIBLE SAYS HE

STRENGTHENED HIMSELF IN

THE LORD.

SO IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH

DIFFICULT TIMES, NOW IS

THE TIME TO STRENGTHEN

YOURSELF IN THE LORD.

IF YOU NEED HELP WITH

THAT, IF YOU NEED TO

INQUIRE, LORD, GIVE ME A

VERSE, GIVE ME A MOMENT TO

MAKE IT THROUGH THE DAY --

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US: 1-800-700-7000.

AND JUST SAY, I NEED TO

STRENGTHEN MYSELF IN THE

LORD, WOULD YOU PRAY FOR

ME?

> HERE IS A WORD FROM

DEUTERONOMY: "HE IS YOUR

PRAISE AND HE IS YOUR GOD,

WHO HAS DONE FOR YOU THESE

GREAT THINGS AND AWESOME

THINGS, WHICH YOUR EYES

HAVE SEEN."

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