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700 Club Interactive - May 18, 2018

Kevin Sorbo’s wife, Sam, discusses how Jesus spoke in parables to teach truths, and when we serve others we can grow and change the world. Read Transcript


Andrew: ABANDONED BY

HIS DAD AND BULLIED BY

OTHERS.

OTHERS.

I JUST FELT LIKE THERE

WAS A WHOLE IN MY LIFE.

Andrew: HE JOINED A

GANG TO FILL THAT WHOLE.

HE FINALLY HIT A BREAKING

POINT, DESPERATELY PRAYING

FOR HELP.

IT WAS LIKE BEING HIT

WITH THIS AWESOME POWER

THAT I CAN'T DESCRIBE.

Andrew: PLUS,

CO-PRODUCER AND WIFE OF

KEVIN SORBO, SAM SORBO,

JOINS US TO TALK ABOUT

THEIR LATEST MOVIE, "LET

THERE BE LIGHT."

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

HI, AND WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

HE IS CREDITED WITH SAVING

THE LIVES OF OVER

2.4 MILLION BABIES.

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN

ARM RECENTLY MADE HIS

FINAL BLOOD PLASMA

DONATION.

TAKE A LOOK.

>[INAUDIBLE]

MY LUCK CHANGED BACK IN

1951.

THE BLOOD SAVED MY LIFE.

AND SO I THOUGHT, I'D

BECOME A DONOR WHEN I WAS

18.

AND I MADE FIRST DONATION.

AND THEN 60 YEARS LATER,

I'M MAKING MY LAST DOWN

NATION.

GIVING ANTIBODIES TO

PREGNANT WOMEN PREVENTS

THE APPEARANCE OF THE

MATERNAL ANTIBODIES AND

PROVIDES PROTECTION DURING

ANY SUBSEQUENT

PREGNANCIES.

SO MANY OF THESE WOMEN

HAVE MISCARRIAGES.

[INAUDIBLE]

Andrew: WAY TO GO,

JAMES.

OVER 60 YEARS OF DONATING

BLOOD.

AND YOU CAN THINK ABOUT

NOT ONLY HOW HE BLESSED

HOSE MOMSTHOSE MOMS, BUT THROUGH

THE GENERATIONS, HOW HIS

GIFT WILL CONTINUE ON.

> WELL, AT FIRST GLANCE,

IT MIGHT LOOK LIKE THEY'RE

SISTERS, BUT 43-YEAR-OLD

SHEILA IS MOTHER TO

MICHAELA JOHNSON, AND

SURROGATE MOTHER TO HER

GRANDCHILDREN.

THE 37 AND HER HUSBAND

LONGED FOR MORE CHILDREN.

BUT SHE COULDN'T HAVE

MORE.

SO SHEILA DECIDED TO

VOLUNTEER AS A SURROGATE.

AS A MOTHER, YOU WANT

TO SEE YOUR CHILD HAPPY

AND HAVE EVERYTHING IN

LIFE THAT YOU CAN GIVE

THEM.

THIS IS ONE THING I COULD

GIVE HER SHE COULDN'T DO

FOR HERSELF.

I'M TELLING PEOPLE I'M

PREGNANT.

AND THEY'RE, LIKE, YOU'RE

LOOKING GOOD FOR HAVING

TWINS.

AND I SAY, I SHOULD.

BECAUSE MY MOM IS HAVING

MY BABIES FOR ME.

I'VE RAISED MY

CHILDREN.

I'M READY TO ENJOYING

GRANDCHILDREN, ENJOYING

SPOILING THEM AND SENDING

THEM HOME.

Andrew: SOON SHE WILL

BE ABLE TO STEP BACK INTO

HER GRANDMOTHER ROLE.

TWINS, A BOY AND A GIRL,

WILL JOIN THIS FAMILY IN

JULY.

SHEILA PLANS ON THANKING

HER BY TAKING HER ON

VACATION.

> IN RESPONSE TO

CRITICISM FROM HBO's

JOHN OLIVER, "SAVE THE

STORKS" HAS LAUNCHED THE

MOST SIGNIFICANT CAMPAIGN

IN HISTORY.

THEY CLAIMED THAT CRISIS

PREGNANCY CENTERS

DECEPTIVELY STEER WOMEN

AWAY FROM ABORTION.

HE WAS EXPLICITLY MOCKING

"SAVE THE STORKS."

ANTHE GROUP DISMISSED

OLIVER'S PORTRAYAL AS

DISHONEST AND HARMFUL TO

AN EFFORT THAT HAS HELPED

SO MANY WOMEN.

THE "SAVE THE STORK'S"

CAMPAIGN PROVIDES A

RESPONSE TO ALL OF

OLIVER'S EMPTY CLAIMS.

AND IT WENT VIRAL.

PROTESTING SEEMS TO POR

POLARIZE.

THEY DO NOTHING BUT

PROVIDE ARGUMENT, WUT WITHOUT

HELPING THE WOMEN IN NEED.

ANGER AND FEAR AND SHAME

SIMPLY DON'T WORK.

IF WE REALLY WANT TO HELP,

THE ANSWER LIES IN A

SIMPLE HEARTBEAT.

Andrew: YOU CAN WATCH

THE REST OF THEIRED VIDEO

CAMPAIGN BY GOING TO

savethestorks.com.

IT IS A BEAUTIFUL RESPONSE

TO AN ATTACK BY JOHN

OLIVER, WHICH WAS VERY

HATEFUL.

FOR AN ORGANIZATION THAT

HAS A SUCCESS RATE OF FOUR

OUT OF FIVE WOMEN STEPPING

ON TO THAT BUS DECIDING TO

KEEP THEIR BABY, IT IS

REALLY AN INCREDIBLE

MINISTRY.

> WELL, THIS IS A SWEET

STORY BEING SHARED BY

THOUSANDS.

WILWILMA WAS DIAGNOSED WITH

LUNG CANCER TWO YEARS AGO.

AND SOON AFTER WAS YOU

DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST

CANCER.

SHE HAS LIVED IN HER HOUSE

FOR 38 YEARS, AND DOES NOT

WANT TO MOVE.

SHE LOVES HER HOME, HER

INDEPENDENCE, HER YARD,

AND ESPECIALLY HER

NEIGHBORS.

THERE IS ONE SHE IS

ESPECIALLY FOND OF, AND

THAT'S 7-YEAR-OLD CALEB

WHO CHECKS ON HER ALMOST

EVERY DAY.

DARRIEN CAPTURED THE

MOMENT, AND THE

ENCOURAGING MESSAGE SOON

WENT VIRAL.

I HOPE ONE DAY HE REALIZES

THE IMPACT HE HAS MADE ON

HER LIFE, AND MINE AS

WELL.

> A LITTLE GIRL IS ON A

BIG MISSION, AND SHE SAYS

IT IS ONE THAT GOD TOLD

HER TO DO.

8-YEAR-OLD ROSALIND

BALDWIN WANTS TO GIVE OUT

HUGS TO AS MANY POLICE

OFFICERS AS SHE POSSIBLY

CAN.

SHE TRAVELS ALL OVER THE

COUNTRY WITH HER MOTHER TO

SPREAD THE MISSION OF

LOVE.

A YOUNG PERSON LIKE

THAT, SHARING THAT LOVE

THAT SHE HAS FOR POLICE

OFFICERS -- IT REALLY

WARMS OUR HEARTS,

ESPECIALLY ON A DAY LIKE

THIS, WHEN WE'RE

REMEMBERING THOSE THAT

WE'VE LOST.

IT IS A GREAT FEELING

KNOWING THAT SOMEONE YOU

DON'T EVEN KNOW IS

REACHING OUT TO YOU YOU

YOU ANANDBRINGING LOVE.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO

HUG POLICE OFFICERS?

I DIDN'T DECIDE.

GOD DID.

BASICALLY, IT WAS A

SHOOTING IN DALLAS THAT

REALLY BROKE HER HEART.

SHE SAID, MAMA, THEY'RE

KILLING OUR HEROS.

IT HAS BEEN ENLIGHTENING

AND A BLESSING, AND THEY

OBVIOUSLY NEEDED THE LOVE.

Andrew: THEY BUILT A

BRIDGE BETWEEN THE

COMMUNITY AND THE POLICE.

SHE IS INSPIRING US ALL.

> COMING UP LATER, MEET

ACTRESS AND MODEL SAM

SORBO, AND HEAR ABOUT HER

LATEST PROJECT WITH HER

HUSBAND, KEVIN.

THE STAR OF THE MOVIE "LET

THERE BE LIGHT" JOINS US

LIVE AFTER THIS.

Andrew: SAM SORBO

CO-WROTE, PRODUCED, AND

CO-STARRED WITH HER

HUSBAND IN THE FEATURE

FILM "LET THERE BE LIGHT."

IT WAS THE HIGHEST

GROSSING FAITH-BASED FILM

OF 2017.

TAKE A LOOK.

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD

HEARS?

GOD ALWAYS ANSWERS

PRAYERS.

SOMETIMES WE JUST DON'T

UNDERSTAND THE ANSWERS.

Andrew: AFTER THE

SUCCESS OF THE MOVIE "LET

THERE BE LIGHT," SAM AND

KEVIN SORBO RELEASED A

FOLLOWUP BOOK, SHARING

THEMES FROM THE MOVIE,

LIKE FAITH, FAMILY, GRIEF,

FORGIVENESS, AND

REDEMPTION.

"SHARE THE LIGHT" FEATURES

STORIES, SCRIPTURES,

DEVOTIONS, QUESTIONS FOR

REFLECTION, AND OFFERS 40

CHALLENGES THAT ENCOURAGE

US TO TAKE ACTION,

CHANGING OUR WORLD FOR THE

BETTER.

WE'RE THRILLED TO HAVE SAM

SORBO WITH US NOW.

WELCOME BACK.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IT IS GREAT TO BE HERE.

Andrew: I KNOW YOU

ARE ASKED THIS, WHAT IS IT

LIKE WORKING SO CLOSELY,

PROFESSIONALLY, WITH YOUR

SPOUSE.

WELL, THAT'S HOW WE

MET.

SO I PLAYED A PRINCESS ON

HERCULES, AND WE HIT IT

OFF, AND NOW WE'RE MARRIED

AND WE HAVE THREE KIDS.

IT JUST FEELS REALLY

NATURAL.

WE ARE VERY COLLABORATIVE

AND WE'RE VERY COMPATIBLE,

SO IT WORKS FOR US.

Andrew: THIS FILM

REALLY SEEMED TO HAVE THE

TOUCH OF GOD ON IT.

THE FINANCING CAME

QUICKLY --

THE FINANCING CAME

LOOKING FOR US, RIGHT

AFTER I MADE THE AGREEMENT

TO WRITE THE FILM WITH

DAN.

AND THAT JUST NEVER

HAPPENS.

AND OTHER THINGS JUST FELL

INTO PLACE.

AND THERE WERE SOME REALLY

AMAZING MOMENTS ON THE SET

THAT I'M ACTUALLY WRITING

INTO A BOOK RIGHT NOW, OF

JUST AMAZING SORT OF

MIRACLES THAT HAPPENED ON

THE SET DURING THE

SHOOTING.

IT WAS JUST SUCH A

PRIVILEGE TO BE PART OF

THAT.

THAT'S WHY -- THEN THE

FILM CAME OUT AND IT WAS

SO SUCCESSFUL.

IT WAS THE FOURTH HIGHEST

GROSSING FILM -- FAITH

FILM -- LAST YEAR.

AND KEVIN AND I JUST

THOUGHT, THIS IS A GREAT

OPPORTUNITY, TO TAKE THAT

MOMENTUM AND BRING IT OUT

INTO THE PUBLIC SQUARE.

AND THE PACKAGE THAT YOU

SHOWED BEFORE I CAME ON,

OF THE LITTLE GIRL WHO IS

OUT HUGGING POLICEMEN,

THAT COULD BE ONE OF THESE

DEVOTIONS, RIGHT?

IN THE BOOK, "SHARE THE

LIGHT," I'M TALKING ABOUT

WAYS TO BRING YOUR FAITH

OUT AND BRING IT FORWARD

AND SHOW PEOPLE THE LIGHT

THAT YOU HAVE WITHIN.

THAT'S WHAT WE'RE CALLED

TO DO.

AND THAT'S WHAT THAT

LITTLE GIRL IS DOING.

THAT'S WHAT THAT LITTLE

BOY IS DOING WHEN HE

VISITS THE ELDERLY PERSON

NEXT DOOR.

Andrew: THAT'S WHAT

MAKES YOUR DEVOTIONAL

UNIQUE.

A LOT OF DEVOTIONALS ARE

MORE CONCERNED WITH

REASSURANCE OF GOD'S LOVE

FOR US, WHICH IS

WONDERFUL.

BUT YOU'RE VERY

PASSIONATELY TELLING

CHRISTIANS TO GET OUT OF

THE BOX IS LITTLE BIT.

STEP OUTSIDE THE

CHURCH.

Andrew: WHY DON'T WE

DO THAT MORE OFTEN?

WELL, THE CULTURE IS

TELLING US TO SIT DOWN AND

SHUT UP.

THAT'S WHY THE CULTURE IS

TELLING US.

YOU SILLY CHRISTIANS, WHAT

DO KNOW?

EVOLUTION IS TRUE.

AND THIS IS WHAT WE'RE

TEACHING IN OUR SCHOOLS.

THAT'S WHY I'M A

HOME-SCHOOL ADVOCATE.

WHAT THEY'RE TEACHING IN

SCHOOLS IS THAT WE'RE

ACCIDENTS OF NATURAL.

AND SURVIVAL OF THE

FITNESS IS THE LAW OF THE

LAND.

AND IF THAT IS TRUE, THERE

IS NO REASON TO FOLLOW THE

LAW.

IT IS WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME,

BULLY FOR YOU, AND I'M

GOING TO DO WHAT'S GOOD

FOR ME.

UNFORTUNATELY, SOCIETY

WILL CRUMBLE IS THAT'S THE

WAY WE APPROACH THE WORLD.

SO I WANT TO BRING

JUDEO-CHRISTIAN VALUES

BACK INTO THE MARKETPLACE

AS VIABLE ALTE ALTERNATIVES, AS

THE REAL THING.

THERE IS ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE

WHO SUPPORT THAT, BUT

THEY'VE BEEN COWED INTO

BEING SILENT BECAUSE OF

THE POLITICS OF IT.

I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU

SOMETHING, YOU'RE FAITH IS

POLITICS.

THAT'S WHY I DID MY RADIO

SHOW ON POLITICS AND

RELIGION.

RELIGION IS WHO WE ARE AND

WHERE WE'RE GOING, AND

POLITICS IS HOW YOU YOU

GET THERE.

IF YOU SHOW ME A

POLITICIAN WHO MAKES

DECISIONS NOT BASED ON HIS

FAITH, I'LL SHOW YOU A

HYPOCRITE.

Andrew: WHY IS IT SO

IMPORTANT THAT WE RECALL

THAT WE ARE HIS

AMBASSADORS?

OF COURSE, THAT IS THE

REASON FOR THE DEVOTION.

BUT MORE THAN THAT, YOU

TALK ABOUT OTHER DEVOTIONS

BEING ABOUT HOW AM I

DOING?

HOW IS MY RELATIONSHIP

WITH GOD?

THAT'S GREAT.

AND WE NEED THAT.

BUT IF YOU PUT YOUR FEET

INTO ACTION, YOU'RE

EMOTIONS WILL FOLLOW.

THAT'S ONE OF THE SECRETS

OF ACTING.

IF YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO CRY

IN A SCENE AND YO YOU'RE,

LIKE, I DON'T FEEL LIKE

CRYING, START FAKING IT

AND THE EMOTION WILL

FOLLOW.

IT'S A THERAPY FOR

MARRIAGES, TOO, THAT ARE

IN TROUBLE.

START FAKING IT.

DO THINGS THAT ARE LOVING

TOWARDS YOUR SPOUSE, AND

THE LOVE WILL FOLLOW.

OUR EMOTIONS OUGHT TO BE

TEMPERED BY OUR THOUGHTS,

RIGHT?

AND SO IF WE TAKE THAT

ADVICE, THEN WE SHOULD

JUST START ACTING.

ACT LIKE YOU CARE ABOUT

THE WORLD, AND THE WORLD

WILL CARE ABOUT YOU.

Andrew: GREAT

COUNSEL.

IF WE JUST WAITED TO DO

EVERYTHING WHEN WE FELT

LIKE IT, WE WOULDN'T DO

ANYTHING.

EXACTLY.

Andrew: FOR THOSE WHO

HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE --

AAHHH.

Andrew: WELL, THERE

ARE A FEW.

HOW DOES THE DEVOTIONAL GO

WITH THE FILM?

THE FILM COVERS A

COUPLE OF DIFFERENT

THINGS, FATHERHOOD, FAITH,

FAMILY, FORGIVENESS,

DEATH -- LIFE AND DEATH

AND THAT STRUGGLE, GRIEF,

AND THE DEVOTIONAL COVERS

ALL OF THOSE DIFFERENT

THEMES IN DIFFERENT WAYS.

AND IT MENTIONS THINGS

THAT HAPPEN IN THE MOVIE.

SO IF YOU'VE SEEN THE

MOVIE, IT MAKES IT EASIER.

IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE

MOVIE, YOU CAN STILL

FOLLOW ALONG.

IT IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE.

AND IT MAKES SUGGESTIONS

FOR HOW TO GO OUT INTO THE

WORLD, WHETHER IT IS JUST

WITHIN YOUR FAMILY OR INTO

YOUR CHURCH OR INTO THE

WORLD AT LARGE, THE

COMMUNITY.

THERE ARE LOTS OF

DIFFERENT WAYS THAT WE

CAN, AS CHRISTIANS, PUT

FEET TO OUR FAITH.

LET'S GET OUT THERE AND

SHOW THE WORLD THE REASON

FOR THE JOY WE HAVE

WITHIN.

NOT IN A SPIRIT OF FEAR,

BUT IN LOVE AND OF A SOUND

MIND.

Andrew: ONE WAY IS

THROUGH YOU SOCIAL MEDIA?

YES.

JUST POSTING WHAT YOU DID

TODAY THAT BROUGHT JOY TO

YOU OR BROUGHT JOY TO

SOMEBODY ELSE.

WHAT YOU DID TODAY TO

SHARE THIS LIGHT, SO WE

CAN ENCOURAGE AND BOLSTER

EACH OTHER.

WHEN I HEAR ABOUT SOMEBODY

DOING SOMETHING, AND I GO,

THAT WAS ACTUALLY A REALLY

GOOD IDEA, I WANT TO TRY

THAT, RIGHT?

ESPECIALLY IF THEY'RE

TELLING ME, THIS ENDED UP

SO GREAT.

SOMEBODY TOOK MY COFFEE --

I DON'T EVEN ORDER

COFFEE -- I ORDERED HOT

CHOCOLATE AT THE AIRPORT,

AND THEY CALLED MY NAME,

SAM, AND I'VE BEEN

WAITING, AND SOME GUY

WALKED AWAY WITH IT.

AND I WALKED UP AND I WAS

ABOUT TO GO, HEY, BUT I

DIDN'T.

I SAID TO THE GUY,

SOMEBODY TOOK MY HOT

CHOCOLATE, AND I WALKED

OVER TO THE GUY WHO TOOK

IT, AND HE SAID, ARE YOU

SAM, TOO?

AND I SAID, YES.

AND I SAID, I WONDEREDED WONDERED

THEY GAVE ME THIS HOT

CHOCOLATE, TOO.

Andrew: I KNOW YOU

GUYS STAY VERY BUSY.

WE DO.

THERE IS ANOTHER FILM

WE'RE JUST GETTING INTO

PRODUCTION ON.

IT IS A LIGHT-HEARTEDED,

FAITH-BASED CHRISTIAN FILM

THAT I'M VERY EXCITED TO

BRING TO THE MARKETPLACE.

Andrew: WHAT ARE YOU

APPROACHING MORE, DRAMATIC

OR COMEDIC.

THERE IS NO PREFERENCE.

IT HAS GOT TO BE A GOOD

STORY, WELL-TOLD.

SO THAT'S WHAT I'M ABOUT.

GOOD STORY-TELLING, TELL

THEM WELL, MOVE PEOPLE

INTO ACTION.

Andrew: WELL, YOU'RE

A GREAT WRITER.

THANK YOU.

Andrew: YOU AND YOUR

HUSBAND, BOTH.

YES, THANK YOU.

Andrew: I ENCOURAGE

YOU TO GET THIS

DEVOTIONAL.

AND CAN I JUST SAY, I'M

MAKING A CHALLENGE TODAY

FOR PEOPLE TO GO PICK UP

FIVE OF THESE.

THEY'RE NOT THAT

EXPENSIVE.

PICK UP FIVE, GIVE ONE TO

YOUR BEST FRIEND, GIVE ONE

TO SOMEBODY IN YOUR FAMILY

WHO YOU YO THINK NEEDS THIS,

GIVE ONE TO YOUR CHURCH

FOR THEIR LIBRARY, AND PUT

ONE ASIDE AS A HOSTESS

GIFT, AND THEN WHEN YOU GO

TO SOMEBODY'S HOUSE, YOU

CAN BRING UN.

Andrew: AND GET THE

D.V.D., TOO.

SINCE YOU MENTIONED IT,

THIS MAKES A GREAT

FATHER'S DAY GIFT.

PUT AA BO A BOW ON IT, AND BOOM,

YOU'RE DONE.

MEN LOVE THIS MOVIE

BECAUSE IT TALKS ABOUT

FAITH AND FATHERHOOD AND

FAMILY.

Andrew: GREAT TO HAVE

YOU YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Andrew: COMING UP,

THE SECRET LIFE OF A

RESTAURANT COOK.

I WAS A HIGHLY

FUNCTIONAL ALCOHOLIC.

I HAD BOTTLES STASHED ALL

OVER WORK.

IN THE WALK-IN, IN THE

KITCHEN, OUTSIDE IN THE

SHED, I HAD BOTTLES

EVERYWHERE.

Andrew: WE'RE GOING

TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS AFTER

HIS ALCOHOLIC STARTS

COUGHING UP BLOOD.

SEE HOW IT CHANGED HIS

Andrew: WE HAVE AN

AMAZING STORY FOR YOU

NEXT.

BRIAN BRICE WAS AN

ALCOHOLIC, AND HE WORKED

AT A RESTAURANT.

HE CONSUMED A HALF GALLON

OF VODKA A DAY.

THEN ONE DAY HE STARTED

COUGHING UP YOU BLOOD, AND

HE KNEW HIS LIFE WAS NOT

LONG.

I THOUGHT CHRIST WASN'T

FOR ME.

WHEN I WAS AT CHURCH, IT

SEEMED LIKE THEY DIDN'T

WANT ME AROUND.

SO IF THEY DIDN'T WANT ME

AROUND, THEIR GOD MUST NOT

WANT ME AROUND.

Andrew: BRIAN BRICE'S

FATHER LEFT WHEN HE WAS A

SMALL BOY.

I HELD A LOT OF

RESENTMENT AGAINST MY

BIOLOGICAL FATHER.

I GUESS I FELT ABANDONED

FROM HIM.

WHY WASN'T I GOOD ENOUGH

TO STICK AROUND FOR.

I FELT LIKE THERE WAS A

WHOLE AND MY LIFE.

THERE WAS SOMETHING

MISSING.

THERE WAS SOMETHING WRONG

WITH ME.

Andrew: BRIAN'S

MOTHER RAISED HIM AND HIS

STEPFATHER TREATED HIM

WELL, BUT BRIAN ALWAYS

FELT INSECURE.

I FELT LIKE I HAD TO BE

PERFECT, OR MAYBE MY

ADOPTED DAD WOULDN'T STAY

AROUND, EITHER.

Andrew: HIS PARENTS

TOOK HIM TO A WELL-TO-DO

SUBURBAN CHURCH, BUT BRIAN

FELT LIKE HE DIDN'T

MEASURE UP.

IT WAS FOR THE WEALTHY,

THOSE WHO WERE IN A BETTER

POSITION, BUT IT SEEMED

LIKE JESUS DIDN'T REALLY

CARE ABOUT ME.

Andrew: HE WAS OFTEN

BULLIED IN SCHOOL, BUT AS

HE GREW, SO DID HIS ANGER.

THE MORE I GOT BULLIED,

THE MORE I TOOK IT OUT ON

OTHERS.

I WOULD GET INTO FIGHTS.

I ONCE BEAT A MAN'S HEAD

IN WITH A CAN OF CORN.

Andrew: EVENTUALLY HE

JOINED A GANG.

I FELT LIKE I BELONGED.

WE WERE ALL JUST OUT THERE

BROKEN TOGETHER.

IT WAS A PLACE WHERE MY

ANGER AND MY HATRED WAS

ALLOWED TO BE EXPRESSED.

Andrew: HE WAS

ARRESTED SEVERAL TIMES.

AND DID TIME IN BOTH

JUVENILE AND ADULT

CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES.

I GOT INTO TROUBLE ALL

THE TIME.

I STARTED RUNNING AROUND

WITH THE WRONG CROWD.

I WAS IN AND OUT OF JAIL

FROM THE TIME I WAS 14,

TAKING PILLS, USING

COCAINE, AND SMOKING

MARIJUANA AS WELL.

Andrew: BRIAN

EVENTUALLY GOT A JOB

COOKING IN A LOCAL

RESTAURANT, AND HIS GANG

ACTIVITIES SLOWLY SEIZED,

BUT HIS DRINKING DID NOT.

I WAS DRINKING SHOTS

AND BEERS AT THE CLUB

EVERY NIGHT.

THE HALF GALLON OF VODKA

WAS JUST A MINIMUM.

I WAS A HIGHLY FUNCTIONAL

ALCOHOLIC.

IT WAS WORKING 70 TO 90

HOURS A WEEK, 12 HOURS A

DAY, IN A HOT KITCHEN.

I HAD BOTTLES STASHED ALL

OVER WORK, IN THE WALK-IN,

IN THE KITCHEN, IN DRY

STORAGE, OUTSIDE IN THE

SHED.

I HAD BOTTLES EVERYWHERE.

Andrew: BECAUSE OF

HIS ALCOHOL ADDICTION, HE

BEGAN BLEEDING INTERNALLY

AND SUFFERING FROM

NUMEROUS HEALTH PROBLEMS.

I REALIZED THINGS WERE

GETTING TO A BREAKING

POINT.

AND SOMETHING WAS GOING TO

HAVE TO GIVE.

Andrew: IN 2014,

BRIAN SPENT SOME TIME WITH

HIS STEPFATHER AND MOTHER,

WHEN HE CAME HOME,

SOMETHING CHANGED.

I HAD JUST GOTTEN BACK

FROM A VACATION WITH MY

PARENTS.

I HADN'T SEEN THEM FOR

QUITE SOME TIME.

AND I REALIZED THAT I

DIDN'T REALLY HAVE ANY

MEMORIES OF THEM.

I LOOKED BACK ON MY LIFE,

AND I DIDN'T HAVE ANY

MEMORIES OF ANY OF IT.

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL HAD

TAKEN THAT.

I DIDN'T REMEMBER ANY OF

MY LIFE.

I WAS THROWING UP BLOOD

EVERY DAY.

I KNEW I DIDN'T HAVE MUCH

TIME LEFT.

I DIDN'T WANT WHAT LITTLE

TIME I HAD LEFT NOT BEING

ABLE TO MAKE A MEMORY WITH

MY PARENTS.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IT

REALLY CLICKED IN MY LIFE

THAT THEY'RE MORTAL.

I'M MORTAL.

Andrew: ALONE ON HIS

COUCH THAT DAY, BRIAN

PRAYED FOR THE FIRST TIME

SINCE HE WAS A CHILD.

I YELLED OUT FOR JESUS

TO COME INTO MY LIFE.

AND IN THAT MOMENT, CHRIST

ENTERED MY LIFE.

I COULD FEEL HIS MIGHTY

HAND REACH THROUGH AND

SQUEEZE THE EVIL, THE

HATRED, OUT OF MY HEART.

WHEN I FINALLY RECOGNIZED

JESUS CHRIST AS MY LORD

AND SAVIOR, I FELT HIS

PRESENCE IN MY LIFE.

IT WAS LIKE BEING HIT WITH

THIS AWESOME POWER THAT I

CAN'T DESCRIBE.

I WAS ENVELOPED IN LOVE.

Andrew: THAT MORNING

BRIAN WAS DELIVERED FROM

HIS ALCOHOLISM AND HIS

HEALTH BEGAN TO IMPROVE.

I POURED OUT EVERY BIT

OF ALCOHOL I HAD IN THE

HOUSE.

I THREW AWAY ALL OF THE

MARIJUANA I HAD IN THE

HOUSE.

ALL OF MY ADDICTIONS WERE

JUST GONE.

I FELT IMMEDIATELY CLEAN.

I FELT WASH, LIKE SLUDGE

THAT HAS BEEN WRUNG FROM A

SPONGE.

I FELT LIKE A NEW PERSON.

AND I FELT LIKE I HAD A

NEW START.

Andrew: GOD ALSO

RELEASED HIM FROM HIS

ANGER, AND HELPED HIM

FORGIVE HIS FATHER.

FORGIVENESS WAS THE

ONLY WAY THAT I COULD MOVE

FORWARD.

I COULD NO LONGER HOLD ON

TO THE RESENTMENT.

I COULD NO LONGER HOLD ON

TO THE HATE.

AND I DIDN'T NEED IT

ANYMORE.

I FELT FULL IN CHRIST.

Andrew: BRIAN SAYS

GOD IS CONTINUING TO HELP

HIM MATURE IN HIS FAITH.

TODAY HE IS A PASTOR AT

THE FIRST UNITED METHODIST

CHURCH IN DALLAS, TEXAS.

CHRIST WAS THE HAND

REACHING DOWN INTO MY

ABYSS AND INTO MY

DARKNESS, MY SHAME AND MY

PAIN, AND HE PULLED ME

OUT.

AND HE HAS CALLED ME TO BE

THAT HAND TO REACH DOWN

AND HELP OUT OTHERS WHO

ARE LOST IN THEIR

DARKNESS, WHO ARE LOST IN

ADDICTION, WHO ARE LOST IN

PAIN.

AND HE HAS CALLED ME TO BE

FOR HIM HIS BODY, HIS

HANDS AND FEET IN THE

WORLD, TO REVEAL THE LOVE

OF CHRIST.

Andrew: LISTENING TO

BRIAN TALKING ABOUT THE

RESCUE OF GOD REMINDS ME

OF THE PSALMIST WHO SAID,

THE LORD REACHED OUT TO

RESCUE ME; HE PULLED ME

OUT OF THE DEEP WATERS.

AND THAT HAPPENED TO

BRIAN.

CAN YOU THINK ABOUT HIDING

ALCOHOL, TRYING TO GET

THROUGH THE WORKDAY.

MAYBE YOU'RE LIVING LIFE

SIMILAR TO THAT, WHERE

YOU'RE NEXT -- I DON'T

KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

BUT YOU'RE BOUND TO

ADDICTION.

MAYBE IT IS PORNOGRAPHY.

SOMETHING MAY HAVE YOU IN

BONDAGE.

AND YOU NEED TO REMEMBER

IN THAT SEASON OF YOUR

LIFE, YOU CAN CHANGE.

ONE OF THE THINGS WE TEND

TO OVERLOOK IS WE HAVE AN

ENEMY WHO HATES US.

THE BIBLE SAYS HE IS LIKE

A PROWLING LION, LOOKING

FOR SOMEONE TO DEVOUR.

THE BIBLE CALLS HIM A

THIEF, WHO COMES TO STEAL

AND KILL AND DESTROY.

BUT JESUS SAID, I HAVE

COME TO GIVE YOU LIFE TO

THE FULLEST.

AN ABUNDANT LIFE.

WE CAN CHANGE.

YOU NO LONGER NEED TO BE A

SLAVE TO SIN.

THE APOSTLE PAUL TELLS US,

WE CAN BECOME A NEW

CREATION, WHERE THE OLD

HAS GONE AWAY AND THE NEW

HAS COME.

BUT HERE IS THE THING:

YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT THE

RESCUE.

IT IS NOT JUST TO HEAR

ABOUT IT.

YOU HAVE TO COME TO A

POINT WHERE YOU SAY, LORD,

I'VE HAD ENOUGH OF THE

LIFE I'M LIVING.

AND I'M GOING TO TAKE YOU

AT YOUR WORD, JESUS, THAT

I CAN BE A NEW CREATION.

AND I DON'T HAVE TO SPEND

MY DAYS ANYMORE JUST

TRYING TO GET THROUGH TO

MY NEXT HIT OR MY NEXT

DRINK.

I'M GOING TO RELY ON THE

HOLY SPIRIT THAT JESUS

PROMISED.

IF YOU'RE IN THAT SEASON,

WHERE YOU NEED DELIVERANCE

FROM ADDICTION, AND YOU

WANT TO TRUST THE LORD AS

YOUR SAVIOR, IT IS MY

PRIVILEGE TO PRAY WITH YOU

NOW.

LET ME JUST HELP YOU IN

THIS PROCESS OF TURNING IT

OVER TO JESUS CHRIST.

HEAVENLY FATHER, HERE I

AM, AND YOU SEE ME.

YOU SEE THE FILTH I'M IN.

I WANT TO BE A NEW

CREATION, TOO.

I WANT THOSE OLD THINGS TO

PASS AWAY.

I WANT YOU TO MAKE THINGS

NEW FOR ME.

AND I TRUST YOU NOW WITH

MY SOUL, AND I TURN MY SIN

OVER TO YOU.

THIS THING THAT HAS A GRIP

ON ME.

I TRUST YOU WITH MY LIFE,

AND I SURRENDER TO YOU YOU AND

ACCEPT YOU AS MY SAVIOR

TODAY, JESUS.

IN JESUS' NAME, I PRAY.

AMEN.

PLEASE CALL US:

1-800-700-7000.

THERE IS SOMEONE WHO CAN

PICK UP THAT PHONE WHO HAS

PRAYED THAT PRAYER AND

CONTINUE TO MINISTER YOU

THROUGH PRAYER.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

YOU.

> WE END WITH THIS

ACCEPT: "MAY THE LORD

GIVE YOU INCREASE, YOU AND

YOUR CHILDREN.

MAY YOU BE BLESSED BY THE

LORD, AND

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