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700 Club Interactive - December 1, 2017

Dawn was addicted to drugs since she age 17. She moved deeper into a cycle of addiction and prostitution until she found love and worth in Jesus Christ. Read Transcript


Gordon: SHE SPENT 26

YEARS ADDICTSED TO DRUGS.

MY LIFE BEGAN TO SPIRAL

OUT OF CONTROL.

Gordon: AND ENDED UP

IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT.

I JUST REALLY DIDN'T

KNOW HOW TO HELP THE PAIN.

Gordon: SEE HOW SHE

WENT FROM DRUG ADDICT TO

EVANGELIST.

> PLUS...WHAT MOTIVATES

CHRISTIANS TO BE LIVING

SACRIFICES.

YOU ARE TRANSFORMED BY

THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND.

Gordon: ALL ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

NBC FIRED HOST OF THE

"TODAY SHOW" MATT LAUER

THIS WEEK AFTER

ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL

MISCONDUCT.

IT CONFIRMED AT LEAST TWO

EMPLOYEES HAVE COME

FORWARD WITH COMPLAINTS,

AND "VARIETY" RELEASED A

REPORT DETAILING A

MONTH-LONG INVESTIGATION

INTO MATT LAUER'S

BEHAVIOR, CITING TO

INTERVIEWS WITH AT LEAST

THREE PEOPLE WHO

IDENTIFIED THEMSELVES AS

VICTIMS OF MATT LAUER.

A COLLEAGUE HAD COME

FORWARD REPORTING BEHAVIOR

IN VIOLATION OF OUR

COMPANY'S STANDARDS.

HOW DO YOU RECONCILE YOUR

LOVE FOR SOMEONE WITH THE

REVELATION THAT THEY HAVE

BEHAVED BADLY?

I TEXTED HIM THIS

MORNING AND I SAID, I

ADORE YOU.

NO PERSON IS PERFECT IN

THIS WORLD.

NOBODY IS.

WE HAVE ALL SINNED AND

FALLEN SHORT OF THE GLORY

OF GOD, IS WHAT SCRIPTURE

SAYS.

WHAT WE NEED NOW IS

FORGIVENESS AND MERCY FOR

ONE ANOTHER.

WE DON'T NEED TAUNTS OR

EGGLINESS.

UGLINESS.

WE HAVE ENOUGH OF THAT IN

THE WORLD.

I SEND OUT MY THOUGHTS TO

THAT PERSON, AND MAY GOD

HEAL HIM, AND I SEND LOVE

TO MATT AND HIS WIFE AND

THEIR FAMILY AND MAY THEY

HEAL.

THE ONLY THING I'VE BEEN

ASSURE OF IN MY LIFE IS

ONLY GOD CAN HEAL IT.

THERE IS NO BAD TIME TO

REACH OUT FOR HELP.

NHIS HELP, NO

BAD TIME.

Gordon: HE SAYS,

THERE ARE NO WORDS TO

EXPRESS MY SORROW AND

REGRET FOR THE PAIN I HAVE

CAUSED OTHERS BY WORDS AND

ACTIONS.

TO THE PEOPLE I HAVE HURT,

I AM TRULY SORRY.

REPAIRING THE DAMAGE WILL

TAKE A LOT OF TIME AND

SOUL-SEARCHING, AND I'M

COMMITTED TO TAKING THAT

TIME TO BEGIN THAT EFFORT.

I AM HUMBLED.

I'M THANKFUL TO BE

SURROUNDED BY THE PEOPLE I

LOVE."

> HIS FIRING COMES AFTER

CHARLIE ROSE WAS FIRED

FROM CBS AFTER SEVERAL

WOMEN CAME FORWARD WITH

ACCUSATIONS OF SEXUAL

HARASSMENT.

WHAT DO WE DO?

CERTAINLY YOU CAN POINT A

FINGER AT THE PERMISSIVE

SOCIETY THAT WE LIVE IN

WHERE SEXUAL PROMISCUITY

SEEMS TO BE THE NORM.

AND HAVE WE CREATED WORK

ENVIRONMENTS WITH THAT

PERMISSIVE?

HAVE WE CREATED THE WORK

ENVIRONMENT WHERE

ESSENTIALLY IT IS LIKE A

FRAT HOUSE?

AND WHAT DO YOU DO WITH

THAT?

AND WHERE DO YOU GO WITH

THAT?

LET'S LOOK AT HISTORY.

IN HISTORY, CHRISTIANITY

ARROWS IN A GREEK CULTURE.

AND IN THE GREEK CULTURE,

SEXUAL PERMISSIVENESS WAS

THE NORM.

THE APOSTLE PAUL, WHEN HE

PREACHED IN CORINTH, HE

ESTABLISHED A CHURCH, AND

WHAT WAS CONSIDERED THE

VAGUEST AND THE ANCIENT

WORLD.

YOU CAN STILL GO TO THE

RUINS IN CORINTH AND FIND

A MARBLE PLAQUE THAT SAYS,

"THIS WAY TO THE PORNO."

THIS WAY TO WHERE THE --

WHERE YOU CAN GO BUY SEX.

THAT WAS JUST PART OF IT.

AND WITHIN GREEK CULTURE,

THEY VIEWED SEXUAL DESIRE

JUST LIKE HUNGER.

AND IF YOU'RE HUNGRY, YOU

GO EAT.

IF YOU HAVE SEXUAL DESIRE,

YOU GO HAVE SEX.

WELL, CHRISTIANITY BROUGHT

A DIFFERENT MESSAGE, THAT,

NO, WE'RE MADE IN THE

IMAGE OF GOD.

WE SHOULDN'T DEBASE

OURSELVES.

WE SHOULDN'T ACT LIKE

ANIMALS.

WE SHOULD HAVE A HIGHER

STANDARD AND RESERVE

SEXUAL ACTIVITY FOR

MARRIAGE.

PERHAPS IN WHAT IS GOING

ON CURRENTLY IN OUR

CULTURE, WE CAN TAKE

ANOTHER LOOK AT THAT.

AND MAYBE THAT IS THE

BETTER IDEA.

IN THE ANCIENT WORLD, THAT

IDEA WON OUT.

THAT WAS CONSIDERED A

BETTER WAY TO GO.

AND SEX CONFINED TO THE

SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE.

WE'LL SEE.

WE'VE CERTAINLY COME A

LONG WAY IN THE PAST 50

YEARS, AND SEXUAL

PERMISSIVENESS IS THE

NORM.

CAN WE TAKE THE PENDULUM

BACK TO SAY, MAYBE WE'VE

GOT WAY TOO FAR AND WE

NEED TO BRING IT BACK?

TIA MOREY IS BEST KNOWN

FOR PLAYING ALONGSIDE HER

SISTER IN THE SHOW,

"SISTER, SISTER."

AND NOW A BATTLE AGAINST A

DEBILITATING DISEASE HAS

PUT HER IN THE SHOT LIGHT

AGAIN.

TIA SUFFERS FROM

ENDOMETRIOSIS.

BUT THE 39-YEAR-OLD AND

HER HUSBAND OF 10 YEARS

HAVE RELIED ON THEIR FAITH

IN GOD AND BEAT THE ODDS,

AND NOW THEY ARE THANKING

GOD FOR THEIR SECOND

MIRACLE BABY.

HER HUSBAND POSTED ON

TWITTER: "THANKING GOD FOR

MY FAMILY, HIS PRESENCE

OVER ME, AND HIS BEAUTIFUL

JOY OF BUNDLE THAT IS

COMING.

MORE LIFE AND MORE OF

EVERYTHING."

DWRTIONCONGRATULATIONS TO THAT

WONDERFUL COUPLE.

> RESEARCH SHOWS THAT

ONE HOUR OF BAREFOOT

CONTACT WITH THE EARTH

IMPROVES INFLAMMATION OF

BLOOD FLOW.

THE RESEARCH CALLS IT

"EARTHING," AND SOME CALL

IT GROUNDING.

THERMAL IMAGING SHOWED

CLEARLY IMPROVED

CIRCULATION THROUGHOUT THE

TORSO AND FACE, AND

ENHANCED FLOW OF BLOOD TO

THE HEAD.

THE RESULTS OF THIS

INNOVATIVE STUDY

DEMONSTRATES THAT EVEN ONE

HOUR OF CONTACT WITH THE

EARTH MAY IMPROVE BLOOD

CIRCULATION IN THE BODY

AND FACE, AND IT HELPS THE

FASCIAL SKIN TO REPAIR.

IT IS SOMETHING TO

REMEMBER.

THE NEXT TIME YOU'RE

OUTDOORS, TAKE YOUR SHOES

OFF AND TRY IT.

I USE THIS AS A JET LAG

CURE, IF YOU WILL.

IF YOU TAKE A REALLY LONG

FLIGHT, LIKE I TAKE TO

ASIA, WHERE YOU'RE IN AN

AIRPLANE FOR 14 HOURS.

GETTING OUT IS MORE THAN

JUST GETTING YOUR TOES IN

THE SAND.

IT IS SOMETIMES JUST GOING

OUT TO A PARK AND LAYING

OUT UNDERNEATH THE TREE

WILL DO IT.

IT IS WONDERFULLY

RESTORATIVE TO GET OUT

INTO NATURE.

SO I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO

DO IT.

> 12-YEAR-OLD DANIEL

GALLONER FROM OHIO

RECENTLY PLAYED ON ONE OF

THE WORLD'S MOST

PRESTIGIOUS STAGES,

CARNEGIE HALL.

*

I NEVER IMAGINED BEING

ABLE TO PLAY AT CARNEGIE

HALL, MUCH LESS LESSON TO

A CONCERT HERE.

IT IS SUCH A BLESSING.

Gordon: WELL, DANIEL

IS NOT ONLY A PIANO

PRODIGY, HE IS ALSO A

CANCER SURVIVOR.

AS AN INFANT, HE WAS

DIAGNOSED WITH STAGE 4

NEUROBLASTOMA.

NEUROBLASTOMA, AT WENT

POINT GIVEN OAT ONLY A 25%

CHANCE OF SURVIVAL.

HIS DOCTORS ENCOURAGED

PLAYING THE PIANO, AND

ONCE DANIEL STARTED, HE

COULDN'T STOP, AND WE'RE

SO GLAD HE DIDN'T.

YOU'RE GIVEN 25% CHANCE TO

LIVE, AND YOUR MUSIC

PLAYING IS PART OF YOUR

OVERALL THERAPY --

CONGRATULATIONS TO HIM.

> DISNEY PIXAR'S MOVIE

"COCO," BROUGHT IN $

$71.5 MILLION, MAKING IT

THE FOURTH BEST TIME

THANKSGIVING OPENER.

BEFORE YOU TAKE YOUR KIDS

TO SEE THE FILM, "FOCUS ON

THE FAMILY'S" "PLUGGED IN"

IS CAUTIONING CHRISTIANS

ABOUT THE SPIRITUAL WORLD

VIEW DEPICTED IN THE

MOVIE.

I HAVE TO SEE.

I HAVE SING.

I HAVE TO PLAY.

THE MUSIC, IT IS NOT JUST

IN ME; IT IS ME.

IN "COCOA," A YOUNG BOY

NAMED MIGUEL LOVES MUSIC.

HIS FAMILY, NOT SO MUCH.

NO MUSIC.

NO MUSIC.

IN FACT, A RELATIVE WHO

ONCE LEFT THE FAMILY FOR A

MUSICAL CAREER IS THOUGHT

OF AS A VILLAIN, BUT

MIGUEL HOPES TO PLAY HIS

MUSIC NONETHELESS.

FIRST HE HAS TO MAKE IT

PAST A CELEBRATION.

IN THIS INDIGENOUS

RELIGIOUS TRADITION, THE

LIVING HONOR THE DEAD AT

CEMETERIES ONE SPECIAL DAY

OUT OF THE YEAR, BRINGING

PICTURES AND OFFERING FOOD

AND GIFTS TO DECEASED

ANCESTORS.

BUT WHEN MIGUEL TRIES TO

TAKE A FAMED MUSICIAN'S

GUITAR FROM THE CRYPT

CELEBRATING HIS LIFE, HE

SUDDENLY FINDS HIMSELF

TRANSPORTED TO THE LAND OF

THE DEAD.

ALL RIGHT, MOVE ALONG.

I'M SORRY.

WHAT'S GOING ON?

I'M JUST SPINNING.

[YELLING]

DO YOU MIND?

Reporter: AND HE MUST

SOMEHOW GET HIS DEAD

ANCESTORSANCESTOR'S HELP TO FIND

HIS WAY BACK HOME.

ANYTHING TO DECLARE?

AS A MATTER OF FACT...

Reporter: IT IS FULL

OF VIBRANT COLOR AND

VIBRANT CHARACTERS.

AND IT HIGHLIGHTS THE

IMPORTANCE OF FAMILIES IN

MANY WAYS.

BUT THERE ARE SOME ISSUES

IN PLACE.

THE MOVIE SERVES ALMOST AS

A SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON OF

SORTSORTS WITH A SPIRITUAL

WORLD VIEW THAT AT ODDS

WITH CHRISTIANITY.

SO I'M GIVING "COCOA" TWO

AND A HALF GUITAR STRINGS

OUT OF FIVE FOR

FAMILY-FRIENDLINESS.

FOR AN INDEPTH REVIEW OF

THIS FILM OR ANYTHING ELSE

AT YOUR LOCAL BOX OFFICE,

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT

"PLUGGED IN."

I'M CHERYL FOR "FOCUS ON

THE FAMILY'S" "PLUGGED IN"

MOVIE REVIEW.

Gordon: THERE IS A

WORD OF WARNING ON FILMS

THAT ARE OUT TODAY.

I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE AND

FAMILIES TO TRAIN THEIR

CHILDREN UP IN THE

SCRIPTURES.

AND THAT WAY WHEN YOU'RE

EXPOSED TO THESE OTHER

THINGS, YOU CAN ALWAYS

POINT BACK TO THE TRUTH

AND SAY, WELL, THAT'S NOT

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS.

> UP NEXT, A WOMAN WHO

SOLD HER BODY TO SATISFY

HER DRUG ADDICTION.

I THOUGHT THAT MY LOOKS

WERE THE ONLY THING THAT I

HAD GOING FOR ME.

Gordon: BUT NOT

ANYMORE.

WATCH HOW SHE WENT FROM A

STRAIGHTJACKET IN SOLITARY

CONFINEMENT TO EARNING A

Ph.D.

ALL OF THAT AND MORE WHEN

WE COME BACK.

Gordon: DAWN KNIGHTEN

WAS A DRUG ADDICT FOR 26

YEARS.

TO FEED HER HABIT, SHE

SOLD HER BODY, AND THEN

DAWN SANK TO THE LOWEST OF

THE LOW.

HOMELESS, SHE LIVED IN AN

ABANDONED BUILDING WITH NO

ELECTRICITY, NO WATER, AND

THEN THROUGH THE KINDNESS

OF STRANGERS, DAWN FOUND

HER WAY OUT.

Reporter: AS A CHILD,

DAWN KNIGHTEN WAS THE GIRL

WHO FELT LIKE SHE NEVER

FIT IN.

I ALWAYS WANTED PEOPLE

TO LIKE ME.

I THOUGHT THAT MY LOOKS

WERE THE ONLY THING THAT I

HAD GOING FOR ME.

I HAD VERY LOW SELF-WORTH,

VERY LOW SELF-ESTEEM.

Reporter: HER PARENTS

DIVORCED WHEN SHE WAS

YOUNG.

DAWN KNEW THAT THEY LOVED

HER, BUT WITH HER MOM

WORKING TWO JOBS, DAWN WAS

ON HER OWN MUCH OF THE

TIME.

THERE WAS AN ABSENCE OF

MOTIVATION AND AFFECTION.

I HAD A VOID INSIDE ME TO

FIT IN.

I BEGAN TO LOOK FOR THAT

AFFECTION AND THAT LOVE IN

ALL OF THE WRONG PLACES.

Reporter: DAWN

STARTED GETTING INTO

FIGHTS AND CHASING BOYS.

AT 14, SHE MET HER HIGH

SCHOOL SWEETHEART, AND

THEY BEGAN USING AND

SELLING DRUGS.

TRYING TO PLEASE

PEOPLE, TRYING TO FIT IN,

WANTING PEOPLE TO LIKE ME.

I WAS FEELING LIKE I WAS

DIFFERENT, BUT WHEN I WAS

DOING DRUGS AND SELLING

DRUGS, PEOPLE LIKED ME AND

THEY WANTED TO BE AROUND

ME BECAUSE THEY WANTED

WHAT I HAD.

Reporter: AT 17, DAWN

MARRIED AND HAD A BABY.

THEN JUST TWO YEARS LATER

HER HUSBAND WAS KILLED IN

A CAR ACCIDENT.

I WAS DEVASTATED.

I FELT LIKE THAT I HAD

LOST THE LOVE OF MY LIFE.

I WAS MAD ATE AT GOD.

I WAS MAD AT THE WORLD.

AND MY LIFE BEGAN TO

SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL.

MY DRUG ADDICTION GOT A

LOT WORSE.

I JUST REALLY DIDN'T KNOW

HOW TO HELP THE PAIN THAT

I WAS FEELING AT THE TIME.

Reporter: IN THE

YEARS THAT FOLLOWED, DAWN

WENT THROUGH SEVERAL

MARRIAGES.

SHE ALSO STARTED WORKING

IN STRIP CLUBS AND FOR

ESCORT SERVICES.

I WOULD LATCH ON

WHOEVER AND WHATEVER I

COULD JUST TO MAKE ME FEEL

LIKE SOMEBODY CARED ABOUT

ME.

AND IT JUST LED ME FROM

HURT AFTER HURT.

JUST TIME AFTER TIME AFTER

TIME OF GETTING IN CARS

WITH MEN THAT WOULD ABUSE

ME AND BEAT ME AND BREAK

MY JAW, BREAK MY NOSE.

I WAS SO HOPELESS.

Reporter: OVER THE

YEARS, DAWN WAS IN AND OUT

OF JAIL, OFTEN HOMELESS,

AND ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A

FIX.

MY DRUG ADDICTION HAD

GOTTEN SO OUT OF CONTROL

THAT I COULDN'T GO 15

MINUTES WITHOUT HAVING A

NEEDLE IN MY ARM OR

SMOKING CRACK.

Reporter: SHE FELT

SHE WAS BEYOND EVEN GOD'S

HELP.

I HAD THOUGHT ALL

THROUGH MY LIFE THAT JESUS

WAS LIKE THIS ABRAHAM

LINCOLN GUY, SITTING IN

THIS BIG CHAIR WITH A LIST

OF THINGS I DID WRONG.

I JUST NEVER FELT LIKE I

COULD EVER MEASURE UP TO

BE SOMEBODY THAT GOD WOULD

LOVE.

Reporter: BUT THEN AT

40 YEARS OLD, AFTER 26

YEARS OF ADDICTION, SHE

REALIZED GOD WAS THE ONLY

ONE WHO COULD HELP.

I WAS JUST CRYING OUT

TO GOD IN THE MIDDLE OF

THE NIGHT.

LIVING IN A HOUSE WITH NO

ELECTRICITY AND WATER, AND

GOD PUT IT ON MY HEART TO

GO TO A CHURCH HERE IN

DAYTONA, AND THEY HAD A

HOMELESS OUTREACH AND THEY

GAVE ME A SHOWER, CLEAN

CLOTHES, AND THEY FED ME

BREAKFAST.

AND THEY DID A BIBLE

STUDY.

AND WHEN THE PASTOR

PREACHED HIS MESSAGE AND

DID AN ALTER CALL, I RAN

TO THE ALTER WITH A CRACK

PIPE IN MY HAND, AND I

CRIED OUT TO GOD, I'M SICK

AND TIRED OF LIVING THIS

LIFE.

AND THE PASTOR'S WIFE CAME

DOWN AND SHE PRAYED FOR

ME.

I WENT BACK TO TH THE STREET,

BUT SOMETHING HAD CHANGED

FOR ME.

I KNEW THERE WAS A GLIMMER

OF HOPE IN MY LIFE THAT

DAY, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW HOW

TO KEEP IT.

Reporter: TWO WEEKS

LATER, DAWN WAS ARRESTED.

KICKING AND SCREAMING AS

SHE WAS TAKEN INTO JAIL,

SHE WAS PUT IN A

STRAIGHTJACKET AND SENT TO

SOLITARY CONFINEMENT.

I KNEW I NEEDED JESUS

MORE THAN I HAD EVER

NEEDED HIM BEFORE IN MY

LIFE.

HE JUST POURED HIS LOVE IN

MY BROKEN PLACES.

AND I BEGAN TO SURRENDER.

I BEGAN TO SURRENDER MY

MIND, YOU KNOW, MY WILL,

AND MY EMOTIONS TO HIM.

I CRIED OUT AND I SAID,

EVERYTHING THAT I AM AND

EVERYTHING I HAVE, I'LL

GIVE TO YOU.

I SAW HIM AS A FATHER,

WITH HIS ARMS OPEN WIDE.

AND HE WAS RUNNING TO ME.

AND AS HE HELD ME AND

CARESSED ME AND TOLD ME

HOW MUCH HE LOVED ME, HE

TOLD ME I WAS HIS

FAVORITE.

Reporter: WHEN DAWN

WAS RELEASED FROM SOLITARY

CONFINEMENT, SHE BEGAN TO

STUDY THE BIBLE.

AS SHE SERVED HER ONE-YEAR

PRISON SENTENCE, SHE GREW

IN HER FAITH AND NEVER

CRAVED DRUGS AGAIN.

WHEN HE GAVE ME A NEW

PERSPECTIVE OF LIFE, I

BEGAN TO HAVE MY EYES ON

HIM.

AND, YOU KNOW, I KNEW THAT

I HAD WORTH BECAUSE HE

LOVED ME.

Reporter: AFTER HER

RELEASE IN 2007, DAWN

ENROLLED IN BIBLE COLLEGE

AND WENT ON TO EARN HER

Ph.D.

SHE HAS REBUILT

RELATIONSHIPS WITH ALL OF

HER CHILDREN.

AS AN EVANGELIST AND

COUNSELLOR, SHE MINISTERS

TO WOMEN IN PRISON.

THEREFORE ANYONE BE IN

CHRIST, THEY ARE A NEW

CREATION.

OLD THINGS PASSED AWAY,

AND ALL THINGS BECOME NEW.

KNOWING I WAS ONCE A

PROSTITUTE, HE WASHED ME

CLEAN.

MY WORTH NOW WAS FROM HIM.

Gordon: YOUR WORTH IS

WHO YOU ARE.

YOU WERE MADE IN THE IMAGE

OF GOD.

AND WHEN GOD BREATHE ON

ADAM, ADAM BECAME A LIVING

SOUL.

AND YOU ARE A DIRECT LINK

BACK TO THAT.

YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD,

WHETHER YOU REALIZE IT OR

NOT.

AND AS HIS CHILD, HE LOVES

YOU INFINITELY.

SO MUCH SO THAT HE SAYS,

I'LL TAKE CARE OF IT.

I WILL PAY THE PRICE.

I WILL TAKE ALL OF THE SIN

UPON MYSELF.

JUSTICE WILL BE DONE, AND

I WILL BE THE ONE WHO

RECEIVES IT.

WHY DOES HE DO THAT?

BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU.

HE LOVES YOU.

MORE THAN YOU CAN EVER

POSSIBLY KNOW, HE LOVES

YOU.

THERE IS AN OCEAN OF LOVE

WAITING FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GIVE

HIM SOME KIND OF SIGN,

SOMETHING, THAT I WANT TO

TURN.

MAYBE YOU'RE LIKE DAWN,

AND YOU'RE SICK AND TIRED

OF BEING SICK AND TIRED.

AND YOU WANT A NEW LIFE.

YOU WANT TO SAY, HOW DO I

LEAVE THIS STUFF BEHIND

AND MOVE FORWARD AND BE

FREE OF IT?

I'VE GOT GREAT NEWS FOR

YOU: JESUS WILL DO THAT

FOR YOU.

HE IS WAITING.

HE IS LOOKING.

HE IS HOPING THAT YOU'LL

HEAR, YOU'LL UNDERSTAND,

AND YOU'LL TURN SO THAT HE

CAN HEAL YOU.

IF YOU WANT THIS, DON'T

TURN AWAY.

IT'S A VERY SIMPLE PRAYER.

JESUS, IF YOU'RE REAL, IF

YOU'RE REALLY THERE, COULD

YOU SHOW UP?

COULD YOU SHOW UP FOR ME?

AND IF YOU PRAY THAT WITH

ALL OF YOUR HEART, HE'LL

HEAR, HE'LL ANSWER, HE'LL

RESPOND, AND HE'LL SET YOU

FREE.

IF YOU WANT THIS, ALL YOU

HAVE TO DO IS PICK UP THE

PHONE AND CALL.

THERE WILL BE SOMEBODY ON

THE OTHER END OF THAT LINE

THAT WILL SAY, HOW CAN I

PRAY FOR YOU?

AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

SAY, I WANT TO FIND JESUS

TODAY.

I WANT TO BE SET FREE.

I WANT TO KNOW HIM.

THE NUMBER IS ON THE

SCREEN: 1-800-700-7000.

WELL, COMING UP...

THE THING THAT

SCRIPTURE CALLS US TO, THE

ACTION IS US GIVING

OURSELVES TO GOD.

Gordon: PASTOR KEN

GRAVES EXPLAINS WHAT IT

MEANS TO BE A LIVING

SACRIFICE UNTO THE LORD.

THAT'S AFTER THE BREAK.

GOORNLT Gordon: ROMANS 12

CALLS CHRISTIANS TO

PRESENT OURSELVESS AS A

LIVING SACRIFICE.

IT IS A PHRASE THAT

CONFUSES SOME PEOPLE, AND

A TOPIC PASTOR KEN GRAVES

WANTS TO HELP CHRISTIANS

UNDERSTAND.

IN ROMANS 12 -- THE

PASSAGE IS PROBABLY

FAMILIAR TO MOST EVERY ONE

OF US CHRISTIANS, IS A

STATEMENT I'VE BEEN

TEACHING.

BY THE MERCIES OF GOD, YOU

PRESENT YOUR BODIES AS A

LIVING SACRIFICE, HOLY.

DO NOT CONFORM TO THIS

WORLD, BUT BE TRANSFORMED

BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR

MIND, THAT YOU MAY PROVE

WHAT IS GOOD AND

ACCEPTABLE IN THE PERFECT

WORLD OF GOD.

COMMONLY, SUCH A PASSAGE

USED BY OUR PASTOR TO

ENCOURAGED PEOPLE TO BE

DIFFERENT -- CERTAINLY

THAT IS LEGITIMATE.

BUT THE WUN THE ONE THING MOST

FREQUENTLY MISSED IS THE

WORD "THEREFORE."

I BESIEGE YOU THEREFORE.

I BESIEGE YOU IN LIGHT OF

WHAT I'VE BEEN WRITING.

THERE ARE THREE PRIMARY

MOTIVATIONS THAT ALL OF US

ARE COMPELLED BY: TO

EITHER DO WHAT WE DO, OR

TO NOT DO WHAT WE DO NOT

DO, BUT THERE IS, FIRST OF

ALL, THE MOTIVATION OF THE

FEAR OF CONSEQUENCES.

CERTAINLY NO ONE GAVE US

MORE DETAILED WARNINGS

ABOUT ETERNAL DAMNATION

THAN THE SON OF GOD.

THEN THERE IS THE

MOTIVATION OF THE PROMISE

OF REWARD, THE PROMISE OF

BLESSING.

SO THE FEAR OF

CONSEQUENCES IS A

LEGITIMATE MOTIVATOR, AND

THE PROMISE OF REWARD,

ALSO LEGITIMATE.

BUT THE HIGHEST MOTIVATION

OF ALL IS WHAT I BELIEVE

THE APOSTLE PAUL, BY THE

HOLY SPIRIT, DRAWS OUR

ATTENTION TO HERE IN THIS

TEXT.

THE HIGHEST MOTIVATION OF

ALL IS LOVE.

PROBABLY BEST ASSOCIATED

WITH GRATITUDE.

THE APOSTLE PAUL WROTE 11

CHAPTERS BEFORE THAT

STATEMENT, I BESIEGE YOU

THEREFORE BRETHREN BY THE

MERCIES OF GOD, IN LIGHT

OF THE MERCIES OF GOD.

IN LIGHT.

IN LIGHT OF 11 CHAPTERS OF

THE PROCLAMATION OF ALL

THAT HAS BEEN DONE THROUGH

JESUS CHRIST.

FOR US, WHAT GOD HAS DONE,

WHO GOD IS IN HIS

GREATNESS AND HIS GLORY,

THE WONDER OF IT ALL.

THAT SHOULD BE THE THING

THAT AFFECTS US.

THE THING THAT THE

SCRIPTURE CALLS US TO, THE

ACTION THAT IS REASONABLE

SERVICE IS US GIVING

OURSELVES TO GOD.

EVEN OUR BODIES.

PRESENTING THEM AS A

LIVING SACRIFICE.

REASONABLE SERVICE.

IT IS LIKE THE LEAST WE

CAN DO.

WE OWE THE GOD WHO GAVE US

LIFE.

Gordon: WELL, IT IS

TIME TO PRAY FOR PEOPLE.

AND WE'VE GOTTEN SOME

PRAYER REQUESTS IN.

HERE IS ONE FROM CARY.

"PLEASE PAY FOR MATEO, HE

HAS AGGRESSIVE CANCER AND

HE IS 10 MONTHS OLD."

AND THEN "MY GRANDFATHER

NEEDS HEALING FROM CROHN'S

DISEASE."

AND ONE SAYS, "PLEASE PRAY

THAT MY FAMILY WILL BE

RECONCILED BY CHRISTMAS."

AND "PLEASE BLESS MY

DAUGHTER AND SON-IN-LAW

WITH A BABY.

THEY'VE BEEN TRYING FOR SO

LONG."

LET'S LIFT THESE ALL UP TO

THE LORD AND REALIZE THAT

HE CARES FOR US.

HE LOVES US

UNCONDITIONALLY, THAT HE

NUMBERS THE VERY HAIRS ON

OUR HEAD, AND HE WANTS TO

BE OUR ALL IN ALL.

THERE ARE SO MANY

DIFFERENT NAMES FOR GOD IN

THE OLD TESTAMENT.

HE IS OUR HEALER.

HE IS OUR PROVIDER.

HE IS OUR ALL-SUFFICIENT

ONE.

AND THEN THE NAMES OF

JESUS, THAT HE IS

EMMANUEL.

HE IS GOD WITH US.

SO LET'S REACH OUT.

LET'S GET THAT POWER THAT

COMES FROM HIM.

IF YOU HAVE A PRAYER NEED

IN YOUR LIFE, JOIN WITH

US.

IF YOU DON'T, PRAISE GOD

FOR THAT AND JOIN IN AND

PRAY FOR OTHERS.

LET'S CREATE A GREAT

CIRCLE OF PRAYER FOR

PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEED.

LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, WE JUST

COME TO YOU.

WE COME TO YOU BY THE

AUTHORITY GIVEN TO US AS

BELIEVERS IN YOUR SON,

JESUS CHRIST.

THAT HE IS THE ONE WHO

FORGIVES ALL OUR

INEQUITIES, AND WHO HEALS

ALL OUR DISEASES.

SO WITH THAT ANOINTING,

WITH THAT FORGIVENESS, WE

COME BOLDING TO THE THRONE

OF GRACE.

AND WE ASK SPECIFICALLY

FOFORFOR MATEO THAT YOU WOULD

HEAL HIM, AND HEAL HIS

TINY BODY OF ALL OF THIS

CANCER NOW IN JESUS' NAME.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE CROHN'S

DISEASE, FOR THOSE WHO

HAVE SEPARATED LOVED ONES

WHO ARE FACING A CHRISTMAS

ALONE, FOR THOSE WHO ARE

ASKING FOR CHILDREN,

ASKING FOR THE POWER TO

GIVE LIFE, WE COME INTO

AGREEMENT WITH THEM.

AND WE SAY BE HEALED, BE

RESTORED, BE FRUITFUL AND

MULTIPLY.

WE COME INTO AGREEMENT

WITH YOUR WILL, AND WE ASK

THAT YOUR WILL WOULD BE

DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN

HEAVEN.

FOR THESE PEOPLE WHO HAVE

CALLED FOR PRAYER.

LORD BLESS THEM.

BLESS THEM EXCEEDINGLY,

ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL THEY

COULD EVER ASK OR THINK,

FOR WE ASK IT IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, WE'RE

HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US: 1-800-700-7000.

> HERE IS A WORD: "BUT

YOU, OH, LORD, ARE A

SHIELD ABOUT ME, MY GLORY

AND THE LIFTER OF MY

HEAD."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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