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700 Club Interactive - April 13, 2018

Singer-songwriter David Dunn will discuss his faith and how following the Lord led him to write music that honors God and discuss his newest album, Yellow Balloons. Read Transcript


Andrew: HE SUFFERED

Andrew: HE SUFFERED

20 YEARS OF PAIN FROM A

TORN ROTATOR CUFF.

EVEN SHAKING HANDS WITH

SOMEBODY...

Andrew: FIND OUT WHAT

HAPPENED THAT INSTANTLY

TOOK HIS PAIN AWAY.

NO MORE PAIN.

IT WAS GONE.

Andrew:

PLUS...SINGER/SONGWRITER

DAVID DUNN JOINS US TO

SHARE HOW HIS FAITH LED TO

ALL THAT HONORS THE LORD.

> HI, AND THANK YOU FOR

JOINING US ON TODAY'S

SHOW.

DAMIAN JACKSON'S GANG WAS

HIS FAMILY.

WITH THEM HE WOULDN'T BE

REJECTED, HE WOULDN'T BE

ABUSED, AND HE WOULDN'T BE

TOLD BY ANYONE THEY WISHED

HE WAS DEAD.

STILL, HE FELT HIS LIFE

WAS GOING TO COME TO A

TRAGIC END, AND EVEN

WORSE, HE FELT AS IF HE

WOULD BE THE ONE TO MAKE

THAT HAPPEN.

I REMEMBER LITERALLY

EVERY DAY AFTER SCHOOL,

WHEN I WOULD WALK UP TO

THE DOOR AND TURN THE DOOR

KNOB.

I WOULD LITERALLY SIGH.

OKAY.

WHAT AM I WALKING INTO?

Reporter: THINGS WERE

MUCH DIFFERENT NOW FOL

DAMIAN JACKSON.

HIS FAMILY HAD LIVED WELL

IN MIAMI, A LIFESTYLE PAID

FOR BY HIS MOM'S JOB WITH

THE MAFIA.

BUT WHEN SHE STARTED

FEELING PRESSURE BY THE

POLICE, THEY FLED TO A

POOR NEIGHBORHOOD IN

GEORGIA WHEN HE WAS SEVEN.

I DIDN'T SEE MY DAD

AROUND, UNLESS HE WAS HOME

BEATING US.

I WANT TO TALK TO MOM.

NO, SHE IS THERE DRUNK.

SHE WOULD SAY, I HATE YOU,

I WISH I NEVER HAD YOU.

I SHOULD HAVE JUST SHOVED

YOU BACK UP INSIDE OF ME

WHEN YOU CAME OUT.

YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED.

Reporter: HIS SENSE

OF WORTH DIMINISHING,

DAMIAN STARTED GETTING

INTO FIGHTS.

I FELT LIKE I WAS

IMPOSING MY WILL ON THE

FIGHT, AND NOW THEY FEEL

PAIN.

I'M NOT NOTHING.

I CAN DO THIS PERSON, I

CAN DO THAT PERSON.

Reporter: AND HE ALSO

STARTED SMOKING MARIJUANA.

GET HIGH AND STAY HIGH

AND DON'T THINK ABOUT

LIFE.

I DIDN'T LIKE TO SIT BACK

AND THINK HOW MESSED UP MY

FAMILY WAS.

Reporter: THEN WHEN

DAMIAN WAS A TEENAGER, HIS

FATHER ANNOUNCED HE WAS

GAY AND NO LONGER WANTED A

FAMILY.

DAMIAN'S MOTHER TOOK THE

KIDS AND MOVED IN WITH

ANOTHER MAN, BUT HE DIDN'T

WANT A FAMILY, EITHER.

HE WAS SO NASTY.

HE WOULD COMPLAIN ABOUT

EVERYTHING.

UNTIL ONE DAY HE SAID TO

MY MOM, I'M SICK OF THIS.

I DON'T WANT THEM HERE.

YOU HAVE A CHOICE, EITHER

THEY GO OR YOU GO.

AND MY MOM JUST LOWERED

HER HEAD AND SAID, SORRY,

Y'ALL HAVE TO GO.

A DOOR OPENED TO DARKNESS,

AND I JUST WENT AND SAID,

I'M UNLOVED, NO ONE CARES

ABOUT ME, SO I'M GOING TO

KEEP GOING UNTIL I DIE.

SOMEONE IS GOING TO KILL

ME.

AND THEN THIS LIFE WILL BE

OVER.

Reporter: FORCED TO

LIVE ON THE STREETS,

DAMIAN DROPPED OUT OF

SCHOOL AND STARTED SELLING

DRUGS.

HE ALSO JOINED A GANG THAT

AT FIRST FELT LIKE THE

FAMILY HE NEVER HAD.

YOU LAUGH, YOU GET

HIGH, YOU DRINK, YOU RAP,

YOU MAKE JOKES, YOU GO TO

PARTIES, YOU TALK

TOGETHER.

BUT THEN WHEN THE OTHER

SIDE OF IT COMES IN IS

WHEN YOU START TO REALIZE

THIS IS SERIOUS.

WHEN YOU'RE GETTING SHOT

AT, WHEN PEOPLE ARE TRYING

TO KILL YOU.

I WAS ACTUALLY SURE MY

ENTIRE LIFE THAT I WOULD

DIE BEFORE 18.

Reporter: AT ONE

POINT HE DECIDED IT WOULD

BE BETTER IF HE TOOK A

HANDGUN AND DID IT

HIMSELF.

BUT SOMEONE WALKED IN

BEFORE HE COULD PULL THE

TRIGGER.

MY PARENTS DIDN'T CARE,

MY SISTERS DIDN'T CARE,

BROTHERS, UNCLES, NO ONE.

THAT'S WHERE I WAS AT.

I WOULD RATHER DIE THAN TO

LIVE LIKE THIS.

Reporter: AFTER TWO

YEARS LIVING ON THE

STREET, DAMIAN WAS

ARRESTED AND FOUND GUILTY

FOR ATTACKING AN

UNDERCOVER COP.

AT 16 YEARS OLD AND FACING

FIVE YEARS IN PRISON, HE

ASKED FOR HELP FROM

SOMEONE HE HAD REACHED OUT

TO BEFORE.

I ALWAYS SAID THAT

LITTLE QUIT, OH, GOD, HELP

ME GET OUT OF HERE.

I THINK THIS TIME

SINCERELY THE DIFFERENCE

WAS I HAD HAD ENOUGH.

I SAID, LORD, IF YOU A

I SAID, LORD, IF YOU A

I SAID, LORD, IF YOU A

REAL, HELP ME THIS TIME

BECAUSE I NEED TO SEE A

SIGN.

IF YOU GET ME OUT OF HERE,

THAT'S GOING TO BE MY SIGN

TO ME THAT YOU ARE REAL.

AND I PROMISE YOU I'M

GOING TO DO MY PART.

Reporter: THEN

INSTEAD OF PUSHING FOR

JAIL TIME, PROSECUTION

RECOMMENDED DAMIAN BE PUT

ON PROBATION, AND THE

JUDGE AGREED, AND ORDERED

DAMIAN TO GO LIVE WITH HIS

FATHER.

THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME

I SAW GOD WORK IN MY

FAVOR.

I'M, LIKE, OKAY, I THINK

THIS IS MY MIRACLE.

Reporter: AWAY FROM

THE GANG AND DRUGS, DAMIAN

BOUGHT A BIBLE AND STARTED

READING.

BUT HE STILL FELT

SOMETHING WAS MISSING.

I SAID, HOW CAN GOD

ACCEPT ME AND FORGIVE ME

AFTER EVERYTHING I'VE

DONE?

I KNOW THAT MAYBE I HAD A

CHANCE, BUT IT'S LIKE AN

INNER BATTLE.

WHEN HE HELPED ME GET OUT

OF JAIL, I KNEW, OKAY,

THIS HAS TO BE GOD.

BUT THAT DIDN'T MAKE ME

FEEL LIKE, OKAY, I'M

FORGIVEN AND I'M SAVED,

I'M WELCOME.

I STILL WRESTLE EVERY DAY

WITH THE THINGS I'VE DONE.

Reporter: AT CHURCH A

PASTOR STARTED TEACHING

HIM ABOUT GOD'S LOVE AND

FORGIVENESS, BUT EVEN THEN

HE FOUND IT HARD TO

ACCEPT.

EVERY WEEK I WOULD ASK

HIM BECAUSE IT WAS LIKE I

WASN'T BELIEVING THAT HE

HAD ACCEPTED ME YET AND I

WAS REALLY HIS.

I REALIZED I COULDN'T JUST

EXPECT FOR EVERYTHING TO

AUTOMATICALLY FEEL

PERFECT.

I HAD TO BELIEVE.

I HAD TO BELIEVE THAT HE

MADE ME PERFECT.

THAT'S WHEN I SAID, GOD,

I'M NO LONGER IN THIS

GAME.

I'M DONE WITH THIS.

I WANT YOURS.

I WANT MORE OF YOU AND

LESS OF ME FROM NOW ON.

I'M GOING TO PURSUE YOU, I

WANT TO GET CLOSER TO YOU,

AND I WANT TO BRING YOU TO

THIS WHOLE WORLD.

Reporter: HAVING

ACCEPTED GOD'S

FORGIVENESS, DAMIAN WAS

ABLE TO FORGIVE HIS

PARENTS.

AT 21, DAMIAN BECAME A

PASTOR.

IF THEY HAVE GOD IN

THEIR LIVES, THEN THEY CAN

CHANGE.

GOD DIDN'T LOOK AT ME THE

WAY PEOPLE DID.

THEY SAY A CRIMINAL, A

GANG-BANGER, A THUG, A

DANGEROUS GUY.

GOD LOOKED AT ME AND SAW A

HURT CHILD, A HURT SOUL.

I HAD TO FIND MY PEACE AND

MY HAPPINESS IN JESUS.

I HAD TO REALIZE HIS LOVE

IS ENOUGH.

Andrew: WHAT A

REVELATION DAMIAN CAME TO,

THAT HE REALIZED HOW GOD

SAW HIM.

FATHER GOD WHO SAW DAMIAN

AS HIS CHILD, AS HIS

SON -- HE DIDN'T LOOK AT

HIM AND SEE A WRECK OF A

LIFE, JUST A MESS.

HE SAW HIS CREATION, HIS

MASTERPIECE, THE ONE HE

CREATED AND LOVES.

IT IS NATURAL IN DAMIAN'S

LIFE, AFTER ALL HE ENDURED

AT THE HANDS OF OTHERS WHO

WERE SUPPOSED TO BE LOVING

HIM, FOR HIM TO SAY AFTER

ALL OF THE THINGS I'VE

DONE TO COPE WITH THIS, AS

I'VE TRIED TO COPE WITH

THE PAIN I'VE HAD, HOW

COULD GOD LOVE ME?

HOW COULD GOD FORGIVE ME?

THAT'S A NATURAL QUESTION

TO ASK, ISN'T IT?

BECAUSE ON OUR OWN, WE

CAN'T EARN OUR WAY TO

HEAVEN.

BUT IT IS THROUGH JESUS --

THAT'S WHAT DAMIAN

REALIZED -- IT'S THROUGH

JESUS, AND THAT'S WHERE

THE FORGIVE COMES.

THAT'S HOW GOD CAN FORGIVE

US.

FOR THE WORK OF JESUS

CHRIST ON THE CROSS FOR

DAMIAN'S BEHALF AND MY

BEHALF AND YOUR BEHALF,

THAT'S WHAT MAKES

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

POSSIBLE.

THE APOSTLE PAUL TALKED

ABOUT IT, THAT ALL OF US

WHO ARE IN CHRIST ARE A

NEW CREATION.

THE OLD LIFE IS GONE; THE

NEW HAS COME.

THAT'S WHERE WE FIND OUR

IDENTITY AS CHILDREN OF

GOD.

ALL TOO OFTEN WE BASE OUR

SELF-WORTH -- THERE IS A

THEORY THAT WE BASE OUR

SELF-WORTH ON WHAT OUR

PERFORMANCE IS AND WHAT

OTHERS THINK OF US.

AND THAT'S HOW WE DECIDE

WHO WE ARE.

THAT'S NOT WHO WE ARE.

WE ARE GOD'S CHILD.

WE ARE THE ONE JESUS DIED

FOR.

WHILE WE WERE STILL

SINNERS, JESUS WENT TO THE

CROSS BECAUSE HIS LOVE FOR

US IS THAT PROFOUND AND

THAT POWERFUL.

THAT HE WOULD DO

EVERYTHING NECESSARY TO

MAKE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS

FATHER POSSIBLE FOR YOU

AND FOR ME.

AND DAMIAN FOUND THAT.

PERHAPS THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE

FINDING TODAY AFTER SEEING

HIS STORY.

THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO BE

FORGIVEN.

THAT IT IS NEVER TOO LATE

TO TURN TO THE LOVE OF THE

HEAVENLY FATHER AND SAY, I

SURRENDER TO YOU.

IF THAT'S WHERE YOU ARE

TODAY, OR YOU'RE IN A

SITUATION WHERE YOU WANT

TO REDEDICATE YOUR LIFE TO

CHRIST, PRAY WITH ME NOW

AS WE BRING IT TO THE

CROSS.

LORD JESUS, I SEE HOW I

CAN BE A NEW CREATION

BECAUSE OF YOUR SACRIFICE

FOR ME.

AND THIS DAY, RIGHT NOW, I

BRING MY PAIN.

I BRING MY SIN.

I BRING MY HEARTACHE,

FATHER.

I BRING IT TO THE CROSS,

WHERE THE WORK WAS DONE,

THE BLOOD WAS SHED ON MY

BEHALF, SO I CAN SPEND

ETERNITY WITH YOU.

HEAVENLY FATHER, YOU KNOW

MY SIN.

YOU KNOW WHAT NO ONE ELSE

KNOWS.

AND I BRING IT TO YOU NOW,

AND I SURRENDER MY LIFE TO

YOU.

AND I ASK YOU TO LIGHT MY

PATH.

AND I THANK YOU THAT YOU

HAVE PROMISED YOUR HOLY

SPIRIT SO I AM NOT ALONE

ON MY JOURNEY.

AND IT IS IN JESUS' NAME I

PRAY.

AMEN.

WE WOULD LOVE TO PRAY WITH

YOU FURTHER.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

1-800-700-7000 AND SAY, I

JUST PRAYED TO RECEIVE

CHRIST AS MY SAVIOR.

I JUST PRAYED TO

REDEDICATE MY LIFE.

AND WE WOULD LOVE TO

CONTINUE WITH YOU ON THIS

JOURNEY AND PRAY FOR YOU

TODAY.

SO PLEASE GIVE US A CALL.

> STILL AHEAD, THE

SINGER/SONGWRITER BEHIND

"YELLOW BALLOONS," DAVID

DUNN PLAYS FOR US LIVE

WHEN WE COME BACK.

Andrew: ONE OF THE

REVIEWS FOR DAVID DUNN'S

LATEST ALBUM BEGINS BY

SAYING, "TRAGEDY CAN BE

THE CATALYST FOR

CREATIVITY."

THAT SAD FACT HANGS OVER

EVERY ONE OF THE BRILLIANT

TRACKS ON "YELLOW

BALLOONS," DAVID'S THIRD

AND MOST EMOTIONAL TRACK

TO DATE.

HE WAS ON A TRIP VISITING

RELATIVES IN TEXAS, AND

HIS 2-YEAR-OLD NIECE WENT

DOWN FOR A NAP, AND

TRAGICALLY LITTLE MO NEVER

WOKE UP.

THROUGH THAT TRAGEDY,

DAVID LEARNED THAT GOD IS

STILL IN CHARGE OF OUR

LIVES, EVEN WHEN BAD

THINGS HAPPEN.

IN HIS LATEST C.D.,

"YELLOW BALLOONS," DAVID

SHARES THOSE PAINFUL

MOMENTS AND HOW GOD

BROUGHT HIM AND HIS FAMILY

FROM DARKNESS TO A PLACE

OF HOPE.

DAVID DUNN IS HERE WITH US

NOW.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

Andrew: A VERY

TALENTED MUSICIAN,

SINGER/SONGWRITER, BUT IF

YOU FOLLOWED THE FAMILY

TREND, YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN

IN OIL?

VERY TRUE.

I'M A NERDY GUY, AT THE

VERY LEAST.

Andrew: WHAT MADE YOU

JUST SAY, NO, IT IS GOING

TO BE MUSIC FOR ME?

OH, GOD, SUCH A LOADED

QUESTION.

REALLY WHAT IT BOILED DOWN

TO -- BECAUSE I REALLY

LIKE ENGINEERING, I REALLY

DO.

WHAT IT ENDED UP BOILING

DOWN TO WAS INSTANT

GRATIFICATION, IF YOU

WILL, RIGHT?

WHEN I WRITE A SONG AND

RECORD IT AND I PLAY IT OR

SOMEBODY HEARS IT, I GET

TO IMMEDIATELY SEE THE

IMPACT IT HAS ON

SOMEBODY'S LIFE.

AND I THINK BEING A GOOD

ENGINEER OR BEING A GOOD

MAILMAN OR BEING A GOOD

WHATEVER YOU DO, I THINK

THE LORD IS JUST AS HAPPY

WITH THOSE PEOPLE AS HE IS

WITH SOMEBODY WHO IS

VOCATIONALLY A MINISTER.

SO I DON'T WANT TO DEVALUE

ANYBODY ELSE'S CAREER PATH

BECAUSE I THINK THOSE ARE

ALL SO IMPORTANT, BUT I

CAN SEE EXACTLY THE IMPACT

I AM HAVING IN PEOPLE'S

LIVES ALMOST IMMEDIATELY.

Andrew: A LOT OF

PEOPLE GO ON MISSIONARY

TRIPS AND IT IS

LIFE-CHANGING, AND THIS IS

ESPECIALLY TRUE FOR YOU?

YES.

IT WAS A YEAR-LONG ORDEAL,

SO 13 MONTHS OF SLEEPING

ON A FLOOR IN A HUT.

WHAT I WAS TRYING TO DO

WHEN I WAS OVER THERE WAS

MICROFINANCING, TO HELP

END THE POVERTY CYCLE.

AND I'M AN ENGINEER BY

DEGREE, SO I DIDN'T REALLY

KNOW WHAT I WAS DOING.

IT WAS A REALLY TOUGH YEAR

REALLY FOR A BUNCH OF

REASONS, BUT THE MAIN

REASON IS BECAUSE IT

DIDN'T WORK.

IT WAS UNEQUIVACALLY A

FAILURE, BUT NOW IN

HINDSIGHT IT IS PROBABLY

THE BEST YEAR FOR ME AS AN

INDIVIDUAL.

Andrew: DID IT CHANGE

THE WAY YOU WRITE YOUR

MUSIC?

YES.

AND, ALSO, I WOULDN'T BE A

MUSICIAN IF IT WEREN'T FOR

THAT YEAR.

BECAUSE FAILURE IS A PART

OF THIS WORLD I LIVE IN.

BECAUSE WHEN YOU CREATE

ART, YOU'RE PUTTING IT OUT

THERE FOR PEOPLE TO

INGEST, AND THERE IS

ALWAYS A GOOD CHANCE

THEY'RE GOING TO GO, NAH,

AND THAT'S A DIFFICULT

THING TO SWALLOW.

IT'S AN EXTENSION OF ME,

AND IF YOU GO, NAH, I'M

ACTUALLY HAVING TO DEAL

WITH THAT FAILURE.

Andrew: SOMETHING

THAT HAS CERTAINLY CHANGED

YOUR APPROACH TO MUSIC AND

SONGWRITING, AND EVEN YOUR

FAITH, A VERY SPECIAL GIRL

TO YOU, YOUR NIECE,

MARIAH, WHO DIED AT TWO

YEARS OLD.

YEAH.

Andrew: HOW DOES YOUR

FAMILY MOVE ON FROM THAT,

OR CAN YOU MOVE ON?

NO, YOU DON'T REALLY

MOVE ON.

YOU DO COPE, I WOULD SAY.

YOU DEAL WITH WHAT IS

HAPPENING.

YOU EMBRACE THE GRIEF, AND

YOU CIRCLE THE WAG GANS.

WAGONS.

IT IS A BIG THING MY

FAMILY HAS BEEN SAYING,

WE'RE GOING TO CIRCLE THE

WAGONS AND LOVE ON EACH

OTHER.

Andrew: THAT GRIEVING

CYCLE CAN GO ON FOR

YEARS --

WE'RE NOT DECADES PAST,

SO I CAN'T SPEAK INTO

THAT, BUT IT HASN'T

STOPPED, ESPECIALLY FOR MY

SISTER AND MY

BROTHER-IN-LAW.

AND FOR ME, TOO.

I STILL HAVE TO TALK ABOUT

THIS ALMOST EVERY NIGHT.

BUT IT IS MORE OF AN

EMBRACE WHAT IS HAPPENING

RATHER THAN TRYING TO

SHOVE IT IN A CABINET AND

LOCK IT AWAY.

WHICH IS NATURALLY WHAT I

DO AS A MALE, WHICH IS I

PUT IT AWAY AND PRETEND IT

DOESN'T HURT ANYMORE.

Andrew: YOU'RE

HEARTBROKEN ABOUT THAT,

AND YOUR FAMILY IS

HEARTBROKEN, BUT ON THE

OTHER SIDE, YOU AND YOUR

WIFE ARE EXPECTING A

CHILD?

WE'RE PREGNANT.

Andrew: THAT'S A

LIFE-CHANGER.

YEAH.

MARRIAGE IS HARD -- NOT

BECAUSE MY WIFE DOESN'T

MAKE IT EASY, BECAUSE SHE

DOES, BUT SHE IS LITERALLY

A WALKING MIRROR, WHERE I

GET TO LOOK AT MYSELF AND

HOW SELFISH I AM EVERY

DAY, ALL THE TIME, AND

THAT'S NOT AN EASY THING

TO DO.

AND I'M ASSUMING -- I

DON'T KNOW YET -- ASK ME

IN THREE MONTHS -- BUT I'M

ASSUMING HAVING A CHILD

WILL BE TIMES 10.

Andrew: AND YOU'LL

LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR

STRENGTHS AND YOUR

WEAKNESSES --

I'M SURE.

I'M SURE I'M GOING TO LOVE

THAT KID LIKE CRAZY, BUT

I'M SURE THAT I'LL HAVE TO

TAKE AN INDEPTH LOOK AT

MYSELF.

Andrew: AND YOU'LL BE

CAPABLE OF A LOVE YOU

DIDN'T KNOW WAS POSSIBLE.

THAT IS CRAZY, BUT I'VE

HEARD THAT.

Andrew: AND "YELLOW

BALLOONS," HOW DID YOU

COME UP WITH THAT TITLE?

YELLOW BALLOONS ARE

TYPICALLY WHAT YOU LET GO

AT A MEMORIAL SERVICE.

IF YOU LISTEN TO A PROJECT

OF MINE, YOU'RE SORT OF

GETTING A SNAPSHOT INTO MY

EXISTENCE FOR SOME PERIOD

OF TIME.

MOST OF THE PERIOD YOU'RE

HEARING ON "YELLOW

BALLOONS," IS ME GRIEVING

FOR MY NIECE, MARIAH.

SO IT ENDED UP BEING SONGS

ABOUT LITTLE KIDS AND

SONGS ABOUT HEAVEN.

SO ALL OF IT IS INSPIRED

BY MARIAH, AND YELLOW

BALLOONS, WHICH WE

RELEASED AT HER MEMORIAL

SERVICE.

Andrew: THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR JOINING US.

WE'RE GOING TO LET YOU GO

TO SET UP.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON

HIS CAREER, BE SURE TO

CHECK OUT cbn.com AND, AND

HIS LATEST ALBUM IS

"YELLOW BALLOONS," AND YOU

CAN GET IT WHEREVER ALBUMS

ARE SOLD.

AND NOW HERE IS DAVID

PERFORMING ONE OF THE

SONGS, AND ITS CALLED

"MASTERPIECE."

*

*

* STROKES ON A CANVAS

* PAINT ON THE FLOOR

* IN THE HANDS OF AN

ARTIST *

* THEY BECOME SOMETHING

MORE *

* MY LIFE IS A SERIES

* PERFECTION, GOOD-BYE

* MY LIFE IS A WORK THAT

IS UNFINISHED AND A CUP

THAT RUNS DRY *

* YOU MAKE A SYMPHONY FROM

BROKEN MELODY *

*

YOU DO IT BEAUTIFULLY *

* YOU TAKE THE PART OF ME

AND MAKE IT A

MASTERPIECE *

*

*

*

WHEN THE WORK'S IN

PROGRESS *

* NO, NO, IT DOESN'T LOOK

LIKE MUCH *

* I'M IN THE HANDS OF AN

ARTIST *

* EITHER FIGHT OR TRUST

* 'CAUSE MY LIFE IS A

SERIES, AND PERFECTION,

GOOD-BYE *

* MY LIFE IS A WORK, THE

HEART THAT KEEPS GRING, GRINNIN,

THE CUP THAT RUNS DRY *

*

YOU MAKE A SYMPHONY FROM

BROKEN MELODY *

* YOU DO IT BEAUTIFULLY

* YOU TAKE THE PART OF ME

AND MAKE IT A

MASTERPIECE *

* YOU MAKE A MASTERPIECE

*

* PEOPLE CHANGE WHEN THE

PAIN IS STAYING THE SAME

AND IS GREATER *

* I TRY TO FIGURE THE

REASON, BUT I END UP BEING

FRUSTRATED *

* I DREAM OF BEING SO

FINALLY TUNED *

* TO HEAR THE BEAUTY OF

WHAT HE IS DOING TO ME *

* A MASTERPIECE, I'M TRULY

HIS *

* YOU MAKE A SYMPHONY FROM

BROKEN MELODY *

* YOU TAKE A PART OF ME

AND MAKE IT A

MASTERPIECE *

* YOU MAKE A MASTERPIECE

*

*

Andrew: AFTER A FREAK

ACCIDENT, TOM GRACE TORE

HIS ROTATOR CUFF.

AND HE ENDURED THE NEXT 20

YEARS WITH ONLY AN

OCCASIONAL TYLENOL, LIMIT TO

LIMIT THE PAIN.

HE THOUGHT SURGERY WAS IN

HIS FUTURE, UNTIL ONE DAY

WHEN HE WAS WATCHING "THE

700 CLUB."

Reporter: TOM GRACE

HAS SPENT HIS ENTIRE

CAREER AS A LANDSCAPER IN

THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST.

I ENJOY WORKING

OUTSIDE.

I LIKE TRYING TO MAKE

THINGS LOOK NATURAL.

Reporter: BUT IN THE

LATE '90s, WHILE ON THE

JOB, TOM HAD AN ACCIDENT

WITH A WOOD CHIPPER.

THIS PARTICULARLY

CHIPPER WERE ACTUALLY GRAB

WHATEVER YOU HAD.

AND IT WOULD JERK YOUR

ARM.

I ACTUALLY ENDED UP

TEARING THE ROTATOR CUFF.

Reporter: TOM DIDN'T

HAVE ANY MEDICAL INSURANCE

AND COULDN'T AFFORD TO SEE

A DOCTOR, SO HE HAD TO

MANAGE THE PAIN ON HIS

OWN.

PRETTY MUCH WAS CAREFUL

WITH IT, MADE SURE I

DIDN'T HURT IT.

IF I DID, IT WAS PUT HEAT

ON IT AT NIGHT AND LAY

DOWN.

TO TAKE THE WEIGHT OFF OF

IT WHEN I WAS DRIVING, I

SAT WITH MY FISTS DOUBLED

UP ON THE SEAT.

IT MADE IT MORE

COMFORTABLE TO SIT THAT

WAY.

Reporter: OVER THE

YEARS, WHEN THE PAIN GOT

WORSE, TOM WOULD OFTEN

HAVE TO ASK HIS CO-WORKERS

FOR HELP.

WHEN I RAISED IT ABOVE,

OR RUN THE HEDGE TRIMMERS,

THAT WAS A NO-NO.

IT COULD CAUSE PAIN FOR

SEVERAL DAYS.

Reporter: EVENTUALLY

JUST DOING DAY TO DAY

THINGS WERE PAINFUL.

EVEN JUST SHAKING HANDS

WITH SOMEBODY, AND YOU'RE

DONE AND THEY ARE NOT,

THAT WOULD PULL AND CAUSE

THE SHOULDER TO HURT.

IT GOT TO WHERE I DIDN'T

WANT TO LIFT MY ARM.

Reporter: YEARS

LATER, TOM GOT INSURANCE

AND SAW A DOCTOR.

AN M.R.I. CONFIRMED HE HAD

TORN HIS ROTATOR CUFF.

THE NEXT STEP WAS SURGERY,

UNTIL ONE DAY WHEN THE JOB

WAS RAINED OUT AND TOM

DECIDED TO WATCH "THE 700

CLUB."

Gordon: THERE IS

SOMEONE WHO IS ASKING,

PLEASE SAY ROTATOR CUFF.

YOU HAVE A ROTATOR CUFF

INJURY IN YOUR RIGHT

SHOULDER.

THAT KIND OF PEAKED MY

INTEREST.

BUT THEN WHEN HE SAID IT

WAS THE RIGHT SIDE, I JUST

YELLED OUT, YEAH, I'M

CLAIMING IT.

THAT'S MINE.

I'M LIKE A LITTLE KID

AFTER CANDY.

I DECIDED, IF GOD HEALED

ME, MAYBE I OUGHT TO JUST

RAISE MY ARM AND PRAISE

HIM FOR IT.

I RAISED MY ARM AND I KIND

OF LOOKED OVER AT IT, AND

I COULD HEAR IT CRUNCHING,

BUT I HAD IT UP HIGHER

THAN I'VE EVER HAD IT.

I THOUGHT, WOW, NO MORE

PAIN.

PAIN.

IT WAS GONE.

IT WAS GONE.

Reporter: FOR THE

FIRST TIME IN OVER 20

YEARS, HE WORKED ALL DAY

WITHOUT SHOULDER PAIN.

AND THANKS TO GOD'S GIFT

OF HEALING, IT'S NEVER

COME BACK.

IT CHOKES ME UP.

I TELL EVERYBODY.

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER

THEY'RE A CHRISTIAN OR

NOT.

I TELL THEM, HEY, THIS IS

WHAT GOD DID FOR ME.

Andrew: TOM IS A

GREAT WITNESS TO THE POWER

OF GOD.

AFTER SO MANY YEARS, AND

FINALLY HE CAME TO A POINT

WHERE HE CLAIMED THAT WORD

THAT HE HEARD GORDON

PRAYING, THAT WORD OF

KNOWLEDGE.

HE CLAIMED IT.

YOU'RE IN NEED TODAY, AND

WE ALL HAVE NEEDS.

SOME OF THEM ARE PHYSICAL,

WE NEED HEALING.

SOME OF US ARE IN

FINANCIAL TROUBLE, OTHERS

ARE IN DEPRESSION.

AS WE GO THROUGH THIS

JOURNEY OF LIFE, WE COME

UP AGAINST OBSTACLES THAT

CONCERN US AND WEIGH US

DOWN.

AND IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO

PRAY WITH YOU TODAY,

WHATEVER YOUR NEED IS.

AND AS WE CLOSE, I WANT TO

TAKE SOME TIME TO DO THAT.

WE HAVE HEARD SPECIFICALLY

FROM SOME PEOPLE ABOUT

THEIR NEEDS.

AND I WANT TO REMIND YOU

YOU CAN ALWAYS GO TO OUR

Facebook PAGE AND SHARE

ANY REQUEST YOU MAY HAVE,

AND WE'LL BE PRAYING FOR

YOU.

ROSE SAYS, "MY DAUGHTER

JUST PASSED AWAY.

DEAR LORD, PLEASE HELP US

TO GET CUSTODY OF OUR

GRANDCHILDREN, WHO HAVE

BEEN IN OUR HOME FOR FOUR

YEARS.

THEIR FATHER IS A DRUG

ADDICT."

AND SUSIE SAYS, "PLEASE

PRAY FOR MY HEALTH, IT

SEEMS TO BE GETTING

WORSE."

AND LYNNE SAYS, "I'VE BEEN

PRAYING TO GOD TO GIVE ME

THE MEANS TO FIX MY HOME.

I STRUGGLE FROM PAYCHECK

TO PAYCHECK."

YOU HAVE HEARD THESE

NEEDS, AND I WOULD LIKE TO

LIFT THEM TO OUR HEAVENLY

FATHER NOW.

AND WHATEVER YOUR NEED,

LET'S PRAY TO JESUS, AS HE

HEARS US.

FATHER GOD, WE THANK YOU

FOR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU

THROUGH YOUR SON JESUS

CHRIST.

AND WE THANK YOU, JESUS,

YOU ARE CLOSE TO THE

BROKENHEARTED AND YOU HEAL

OUR WOUNDS.

FATHER GOD, YOU HAVE HEARD

THE HEART CRY OF YOUR

PEOPLE.

I LIFT UP ROSE TO YOU,

FATHER GOD, WHO'S DAUGHTER

HAS PASSED AWAY.

SO MANY PARENTS OUT THERE

ARE IN PAIN, ESPECIALLY

LIKE THIS, FATHER GOD,

LOSING A CHILD.

FATHER GOD, WE PRAY FOR

YOUR HOLY SPIRIT TO

INTERVENE AND BRING HOPE

AND HEALING IN JESUS'

NAME.

AND, LORD, WE PRAY FOR

SUSIE AND HER HEALTH.

FATHER GOD, FOR THOSE

WATCHING RIGHT NOW WHO

NEED A TOUCH FROM YOU ON

THEIR BODY, AS THEY TOUCH

THAT AREA OF THEIR BODY

THAT NEEDS HEALING, RIGHT

NOW WE KNOW THAT BY YOUR

STRIPES, JESUS, WE WERE

HEALED, AND WE CLAIM THAT

IN JESUS' PRECIOUS NAME.

AND, FATHER, FOR LYNNE,

REGARDING THE NEEDS FOR

HER HOME, AND FOR ALL

THOSE WHO NEED PROVISION

FROM YOU, LORD, AND

WHATEVER THAT NEED IS,

FATHER WE LIFT IT TO YOU

NOW.

YOU KNOW OUR NEED.

WE KNOW YOUR RESOURCES ARE

AMPLE.

AND, FATHER GOD, WE PRAY

FOR PROVISION NOW.

SO MANY ARE STRUGGLING

WITH FINANCIAL ISSUES,

LORD GOD, AND FEEL

OVERWHELMED BY DEBT,

OVERLOADED WITH BILLS, AND

IT BRINGS ABOUT FEAR.

AND, FATHER GOD, WE COME

AGAINST FEAR.

PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT

FEAR.

YOU HAVE PROMISED US PEACE

AND POWER AND LOVE AND A

SOUND MIND, NOT FEAR.

AND, FATHER GOD, WE ASK

YOU TO INTERVENE IN OUR

NEED RIGHT NOW IN JESUS'

NAME.

> WE LEAVE YOU WITH 1

JOHN 3: 18: "LITTLE

CHILDREN

LET US NOT LOVE

IN WORD OR TALK

BUT IN DEED AND IN TRUTH.

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