Rock Church – Christine Caine – Freedom


DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY
SERVICES. I’LL BRING IT UP CLOSE FOR YOU. FACTS. NAME. HOW ARE YOU DOING, ROCK
FAMILY, I HOPE THAT YOU ARE READY TO GET BLOWN UP. DYNAMITE IS GETTING READY TO
WALK OUT ON THE STAGE. YOU HAVE HEARD HER PREACH MANY
TIMES. SHE’S PART OF THE HILLSONG
PASTORAL FAMILY. HER MAIN MESSAGE, THE MAIN
BATTLE THAT SHE FIGHTS IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING. SHE’S FOCUSED ON DELIVERING
PEOPLE FROM HUMAN TRAFFICKING. SHE HAS WRITTEN SEVERAL BOOKS,
“STOP ACTING LIKE A CHRISTIAN, JUST BE ONE.” THE LAST TIME I HEARD HER PREACH
SHE HAD 50 POINTS IN HER MESSAGE, AND SHE GOT THEM ALL
DOWN IN THE TIME. IT WAS POWERFUL. GIVE A STRONG, INCREDIBLE
STANDING OVATION, INTRODUCTION WELCOME TO MY SISTER CHRISTINE
CAINE. [MUSIC] YOU GUYS ARE ON FIRE.
PLEASE BE SEATED. HOW FANTASTIC. I LOVE YOU ALL ALREADY. MAN, AFTER PASTOR MILE’S
INTRODUCTION, I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR MYSELF SPEAK. WHO IS HE TALKING ABOUT? THIS IS MY HONOR AND MY FAMILY’S
HONOR TO BE WITH YOU TODAY. I KNOW YOU’RE KIND OF LIKE
EVERYWHERE, YOU’RE NORTH, ONLINE, AND THIS CHURCH IS LIKE
GOD, OMNIPRESENT. WE ARE EVERYWHERE ALL AT THE
SAME TIME. I’M LOVING ALL OF THAT. WE HAD A FANTASTIC 8:00 SERVICE,
BUT THEY TOLD ME THAT CHURCH DOESN’T REALLY START UNTIL THE
10:00 SERVICE. IT’S A WHOLE OTHER LEVEL WITH
YOU PEOPLE. YOUR CHURCH, YOU’RE JUST SETTING
THE PACE IN SO MANY WAYS, SO MANY OF US IN THE CHURCH WORLD
AROUND THE WORLD HAVE KIND OF BEEN LEANING IN AND LOOKING AT
WHAT GOD IS DOING THROUGH THIS PLACE, AND JUST REACHING SO MANY
PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY. YOUR PASTOR’S ABSOLUTELY
FANTASTIC. YOU OUGHT TO THANK GOD THAT
YOU’RE PLANTED IN SUCH A GREAT CHURCH UNDER GREAT LEADERSHIP
DOING SUCH GREAT STUFF. I LOVE THAT. IT’S AWESOME. I’M GOING TO SHOW YOU MY FAMILY. I’M HERE WITH THE MOST SINGLE
RAVISHING PIECE OF FLESH ON PLANET EARTH, WHICH IS MY
HUSBAND. HE’S HOT. WE’VE BEEN MARRIED FOR 17 YEARS
WHICH HAS BEEN FANTASTIC, AND GETTING BETTER AND BETTER AND
BETTER. THAT IS MY LITTLE CATHERINE
BOBBI WHO IS 11 GOING ON 17. MY LITTLE SOPHIA JOYCE IS
HANGING OVER HER DAD. SHE IS SEVEN, AND THEY ARE THE
DELIGHT OF MY LIFE. I CALL THEM THE ALFA AND OMEGA. MY HUSBAND IS THE 12TH OF 13
LIVING CHILDREN, AND I KNOW, ALL THE WOMEN ARE LIKE, WHOA, AND
HIS MOTHER HAD 15 FULL-TERM PREGNANCIES IN 17 YEARS, WHICH
IS JUST LIKE SHOULD BE ILLEGAL. THERE WAS, LIKE, NO TELEVISION
IN THAT PART OF AUSTRALIA. EVERY TIME I’M AROUND HER I’M
LIKE, THAT IS ALFA AND OMEGA. I’VE GUN AND I ENDED. I DON’T KNOW IF SHE THINKS I’M A
REAL WOMAN OR NOT, THAT’S OKAY. I HAD MY FIRST AT 35 AND MY
SECOND AT 40, I’M ALREADY GOING TO BE 158 AT HER 21ST. I HAD GRANDMOTHER’S DAY AT
SCHOOL A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. THIS WAS HILARIOUS. WE WENT TO GRANDMA’S DAY. I’M THE MOTHER, BUT THEIR
GRANDPARENTS LIVE IN AUSTRALIA. I’M IN A ROW WITH FIVE WOMEN,
AND THE OTHER FOUR WERE GRANDMOTHERS WHO WERE YOUNGER
THAN ME. I SAID, LOOK STRAIGHT AHEAD,
CHRISTINE, THAT’S FINE. DO I LOOK LIKE I’M ALMOST 50? RIGHT ANSWER. I DON’T REALLY CARE. I’M JOKING. I AM FROM THE HILLSONG CHURCH
PART OF THE TEACHING TEAM. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF HILLSONG
MUSIC IN THIS HOUSE? YEAH, YOU WILL LOVE THAT IN THIS
PLACE. I SAID TO THE FIRST SERVICE,
PEOPLE GET REALLY PUMPED WHEN A CHICK FROM HILLSONG COMES
BECAUSE THEY THINK I’M GOING TO SING, SHOUT TO THE LORD. IF I SING SHOUT TO THE LORD,
YOU’RE ALL GOING TO CRY TO THE LORD. THAT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. I’M GOING TO SPEAK A LOT. I’M GREEK AND A WOMAN, I SPEAK
HARD, FAST AND CONTINUOUS. YOU WILL NOT FALL ASLEEP. MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE HAD A
GREAT PRIVILEGE OF HEADING UP THE 21 CAMPAIGN. I’M NOT GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT
TODAY. GOD BLESSED US FOR THE PAST FIVE
YEARS. I’VE BEEN TRAVELING AND DOING
EVANGELISM, GOD INTERRUPTS US, AS OH HE DOES IN LIFE, AND THAT
BECAME MY FAMILY’S LIFE, AND THEN WE STARTED THE CAMPAIGN
FIVE YEARS AGO. I WAS ON MY WAY TO A CONFERENCE
IN EASTERN EUROPE, AND I SAW SOME POSTERS OF YOUNG WOMEN AND
CHILDREN. I COULDN’T IGNORE, AND I
COULDN’T PRETEND THAT THE FASTEST GROWING CRIME IN THE
WORLD IS THE CRIME OF HULK TRAFFICKING. IT’S INCOMPREHENSIBLE TO ME TO
SAY THAT IN MY LIFETIME SLAVERY WOULD BE THE FASTEST CRIME ON
EARTH. WE COULD NOT STEP BY AND JUST
WATCH IT. I COULDN’T BE THE PRIEST WHO
SEES THE MAN STANDING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND JUST WALK
BY BECAUSE I WAS GOING ON TO MY RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL, AND I
COULDN’T HELP THE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT PART OF OUR MINISTRY BUT THE
SUBJECT OF OUR MINISTRY. I COULD NOT STOP AND TAKE TIME
TO GET INVOLVED. I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW WHAT HUMAN
TRAFFICKING WAS THOSE YEARS AGO, BUT ANY WAY BY GOD’S GRACE
IN 2008 WE STARTED THE OPERATION. AND BY THE GRACE OF GOD WE’RE IN
TEN NATIONS, AND WE’VE HAD HUNDREDS OF GIRLS RESCUED AND
DOZENS OF RESCUERS IN JAIL, TRANSITION HOMES, RESTORATION
PROGRAMS, AND GOD HAS DONE AMAZING, AMAZING THINGS. SO YOU COULD GO ONLINE TO THE A
21 CAMPAIGN.ORG AND CHECK THAT OUT IF YOU ARE KIND OF
INTERESTED. I’M HERE TO PREACH THE WORD OF
GOD. I LOVE SUNDAYS. I LOVE THE HOUSE OF GOD. ANYONE READY FOR A WORD FROM THE
LORD THIS MORNING? THAT’S WHAT WE’RE HERE FOR. I WANT YOU TO TURN WITH ME TO
THE BOOK OF EXODUS 8. AND THEN TURN TO YOUR NEIGHBOR
AND SAY YOU’RE THE HOTTEST LOOKING THING I’VE SEEN ALL
MORNING. ANYONE LOOKING AT THE HOTTEST
LOOKING THING ALL MORNING. IF ANYONE WANTS TO CHANGE SEATS
WE’RE VERY ACCOMMODATING AT THE ROCK AND WE LOVE ARRANGED
MARRIAGES. EXODUS 8. THE BIBLE SAYS THEN THE LORD
SAID TO MOSES, GO TO PHARAOH AND SAY TO HIM, THIS IS WHAT THE
LORD SAYS. LET MY PEOPLE GO SO THAT THEY
MAY WORSHIP ME. IF YOU REFUSE TO LET THEM GO I
WILL PLAGUE YOUR WHOLE COUNTRY WITH FROGS. LET ME JUST STOP THERE AND JUST
PREACH THE REST OF THE MORNING BECAUSE IF YOU HAVE A THOUGHT
THAT GOD WAS BORING, IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME IN CHURCH, AND
IF YOU’RE STILL HUNGOVER FROM LAST NIGHT, WHAT IS THIS GOD
LIKE? A GOD THAT WOULD PLAGUE A
COUNTRY WITH FROGS. THAT’S VERY RANDOM AT 10:00 IN THE MORNING. WHAT PLAGUE WILL I SEND? FROGS, RIGHT, LET’S JUST GO ON. THE NILE WILL TEEM WITH FROGS. THEY’LL COME UP INTO YOUR
PALACE, YOUR BEDROOM, THAT WOULD BE REALLY ATTRACTIVE WHEN YOU
WANT TO GO TO BED, ON TO YOUR BED AND INTO THE HOUSES OF YOUR
OFFICIAL, AND ON YOUR PEOPLE. I WOULD NOT BE IMPRESSED. AND INTO YOUR OVENS, AND
KNEADING TROUGHS, AND I WOULDN’T NOTICE BECAUSE I DON’T OPEN MY
OVEN. YOU’RE, LIKE, OKAY. MY DAUGHTER WAS AT SCHOOL, AND
THE TEACHERS LET ALL THE LITTLE SCHOOLS SAY WHAT IS YOUR
FAVORITE THING FOR YOUR MOTHER TO MAKE. KIDS ARE SAYING LASAGNA AND
CAKE. MY DAUGHTER RAISES HER HANDS AND
SAYS, MY MOTHER MAKES GREAT RESERVATIONS. THE LORD SAID TO MOSES, TELL
AARON TO STRETCH OUT YOUR HAND WITH YOUR STAFF OVER STREAMS AND
CANALS AND PONDS AND MAKE FROGS COME UP ON THE LAND OF EGYPT. THE FROGS CAME UP AND COVERED
THE LAND. BUT THE MAGICIANS DID THE SAME
THING WITH THEIR SECRET ARTS. THEY ALSO MADE FROGS COME UP. THE LORD SAID TO MOSES AND
AARON, PRAY TO THE LORD TO TAKE THE FROGS AWAY FROM ME AND MY
PEOPLE, AND I WILL LET YOUR PEOPLE GO TO OFFER SACRIFICES TO
THE LORD. MOSES SAID TO PHARAOH, I LEAVE
YOU THE HONOR OF SETTING THE TIME FOR ME TO PRAY FOR YOU AND
YOUR OFFICIALS AND YOUR PEOPLE, THAT YOU AND YOUR HOUSES MAY BE
RID OF THE FROGS EXCEPT FOR THOSE WHO REMAIN IN THE NILE. TOMORROW, MOSES SAID IT WILL BE
AS YOU SAY SO THAT YOU MAY KNOW THAT THERE IS NO ONE LIKE THE
LORD OUR GOD. THE FROGS WILL LEAVE YOU, YOUR
HOUSES, I COULDN’T OFFICIALS, YOUR PEOPLE, THEY WILL REMAIN
ONLY IN THE NILE. THEN MOSES CRIED OUT TO THE LORD
ON THE FROGS THAT HE BROUGHT ON TO PHARAOH. AND THE LORD DID WHAT MOSES
ASKED. THEY WERE PILED INTO HEAPS, AND
THE LAND WREAKED OF THEM. I BET YOU FEEL BLESSED THAT YOU
CAME TO CHURCH THIS MORNING TO HEAR ABOUT THE FROGS WHERE THE
LAND WREAKED OF THEM. LET ME GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF
CONTEXT. THE 430 YEARS THAT CHILDREN OF
ISRAEL WERE IN BONDAGE, IN SLAVERY, IN CAPTIVITY CRYING OUT
TO GOD TO SET THEM FREE FROM INCREDIBLY HARSH CONDITIONS. PHARAOH’S HEART WAS EXTREMELY
HARD. THE LORD IN THIS PORTION OF THE
BIBLE SENT TEN PLAGUES IN ORDER TO SOFTEN PHARAOH’S HEART SO
THAT HE WOULD LET THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL GO. SO RIGHT HERE WE PICK IT UP IN
THE MIDST OF ONE OF THE PLAGUES THAT GOD SENT, WHICH IS THE
PLAGUE OF FROGS. I CAN THINK OF NOTHING WORSE. I’M REALLY NOT INTO ANIMALS, AND
ESPECIALLY THOSE KINDS OF ANIMALS. I’M NOT A FROG PERSON. IF YOU ARE, MORE POWER TO YOU. HERE GOD SAYS I’M GOING TO SEND
FROGS. I’M GOING TO INFEST THE LAND,
THE RIVER, ALL OF EGYPT WITH FROGS. THIS SCRIPTURE TELLS US CLEARLY
THERE WERE FROGS EVERYWHERE THEY WENT. INTO THEIR KITCHENS, THE
BEDROOMS, THE BATHROOMS, THE STREETS, EVERYWHERE PEOPLE WENT
THERE WAS A FROG THERE WAS HERE A FROG, THERE A FROG, EVERYWHERE
A FROG WHERE PEOPLE WENT. PHARAOH’S WIFE, I’M CONVINCED
MUST HAVE BEEN TICKED OFF WITH ALL THE FROGS. SHE WENT TO HER HUSBAND, AND THE
ONLY THING WORSE THAN A PLAGUE OF FROGS IS A NAGGING WOMAN. HE CALLS MOSES IN AND SAID, I’M
DONE. WOULD YOU TALK TO YOUR GOD AND
TELL HIM HE WINS. I’LL LET THE ISRAELITES GO. I’LL LET YOUR PEOPLE GO IF HE
WOULD JUST DEAL WITH THESE FROGS. AND SO MOSES SAYS, ABSOLUTELY. YOU TELL ME WHEN TO PRAY TO MY
GOD SO THAT MY GOD CAN GET RID OF THE FROGS. NOW WE ALL KNOW, OBVIOUSLY IF
YOU’VE SUMMONED ME IN WE ALL KNOW THAT GOD CAN GET RID OF THE
FROGS. WE ALL KNOW THAT GOD IS WILLING
TO GET RID OF THE FROGS. WE ALL KNOW THAT GOD WANTS TO
GET RID OF THE FROGS, SO TELL ME, PHARAOH, WHEN WILL I PRAY TO
GOD FOR GOD TO GET RID OF THE FROGS? WE HAVE A LAND THAT IS INFESTED
WITH FROGS. WE HAVE A GOD THAT IS WELL ABLE
TO DEAL WITH THE FROGS. AND WE HAVE A PHARAOH THAT JUST
NEEDS TO SAY WHEN WE NEED TO DO TO DEAL WITH THE FROGS. TO ME IS THE WEIRDEST VERSE IN
THE BIBLE, THE VERSE HAS ONLY THREE WORDS, AND THERE IS ONLY
ONE OF THOSE WORDS THAT I WANT TO FOCUS ON TODAY, SO IN VERSE 9
MOSES SAID TO PHARAOH, I LEAVE TO YOU THE HONOR OF SETTING THE
TIME FOR ME TO PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR OFFICIALS SO THAT WE CAN
GET RID OF THE FROGS. I LEAVE TO YOU THE HONOR OF
SETTING THE TIME FOR ME TO PRAY. AND THEN IN VERSE 10 WHAT DOES
THE BIBLE SAY? TOMORROW. I JUST WANT TO YOU PAUSE AND
THINK ABOUT THIS. THAT GOD CAN GET RID OF THE
FROGS. GOD WANTS TO GET RID OF THE
FROGS. MOSES IS SAYING WE CAN DO THIS
AT ANY TIME. WHEN DO YOU WANT TO DO IT? PHARAOH GOES, TOMORROW. I JUST WANT TO ASK THE QUESTION,
WHAT WOULD IMPLORE THE MAN TO WANT TO SPEND ONE MORE NIGHT
WITH THOSE FROGS? THE QUESTION THIS MORNING,
CHURCH, IS NOT WHY PHARAOH ALL THOSE YEARS AGO WANTED TO SPEND
ONE MORE NIGHT WITH THE FROGS. MY QUESTION IS WHAT ARE THE
FROGS THAT ARE IN US, AROUND US, UPON US THAT WE CARRY WITH US
EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT GOD IS WILLING TO DEAL WITH, GOD IS
WELL ABLE TO DEAL WITH, THAT GOD WANTS TO SET US FREE FROM. ONE OF THOSE FROGS WE CARRY AND
SIT IN CHURCH WEEK AFTER WEEK, LISTEN TO SERMON AFTER SERMON. WE READ CHRISTIAN BOOK AFTER
CHRISTIAN BOOK, WE LIVE TO DVD AFTER DVD. WE GET WISE COUNSEL AFTER WISE
COUNSEL. WE THINK THAT’S A GREAT POINT,
AND I’LL DO IT TOMORROW. I’M CONVINCED 99% OF THE REASON
PEOPLE DON’T STEP INTO THEIR GOD-PURPOSED DESTINY IS NOT OUT
OF WILLINGNESS TO WANT TO DO THAT, BUT THIS THOUGHT, I’LL DO
IT TOMORROW. I HEAR THAT SERMON ON ENVY,
DEALING WITH MY ADDICTIONS, DEALING WITH IT, I LIKE WHAT SHE
SAID. I LIKE WHAT HE SAID. I THINK THAT’S REALLY TRUE. I’M GOING TO DEAL WITH IT, AND
I’M GOING TO DEAL WITH IT TOMORROW. WE THINK BECAUSE WE DECIDED TO
DEAL WITH IT TOMORROW WE THINK WE’VE ALREADY DEALT WITH IT. THEN 20 YEARS LATER WE FIND THAT
WE HAVE THE SAME OLD FROGS, AND WE’RE DOING THE SAME OLD LAPSE
AROUND THE SAME OLD MOUNTAINS OF GREED, LUST, AND ENVY. WE NEED TO GET HEALTHY. GUESS WHEN WE’RE ALL GOING TO
THE GYM? TOMORROW. I’M GOING TO GET FIT AND HEALTHY
AND I’M GOING TO EAT LESS CHIPS AND SALSA AND I’LL EAT CELERY
STICKS AND CARROT STICKS, AND I’LL DO IT TOMORROW. I’VE GOT ISSUES IN MY MARRIAGE
THAT ARE NOT GREAT. BUT WE’LL DEAL WITH IT TOMORROW. NOW I NEED TO CUT OFF THIS
ADULTEROUS AFFAIR, AND I REALLY INTEND TO DO THAT, BUT I’LL DO
THAT TOMORROW. I KNOW I NEED TO DEAL WITH THIS
ADDICTION, AND ITS RIPPING MY LIFE APART, MY FINANCES APART,
MY FAMILY APART, BUT I’LL DEAL WITH IT TOMORROW. I KNOW I NEED TO DEAL WITH THIS
UNFORGIVENESS AND BITTERNESS THAT I’VE BEEN CARRYING AROUND
FOR 20 YEARS, AND I’LL DO T BUT I’LL DO IT TOMORROW. I KNOW I HAVE THIS SHAME, GUILT
AND CONDEMNATION. I’LL DEAL WITH IT, BUT I’LL DEAL
WITH IT TOMORROW. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS GUESS WHAT,
WHEN WE WAKE UP TOMORROW IT’S TODAY. WHEN WE WAKE UP TOMORROW. BECOMES DAY AND THEN I’LL DEAL
WITH IT TOMORROW. THEN WE DISCOVER WE NEVER DEALT
WITH ANYTHING BECAUSE WE ALL THOUGHT IT WOULD HAPPEN
TOMORROW. BUT TOMORROW BECOMES DAY
TOMORROW. AND UNLESS TODAY WE CHOOSE TO
DEAL WITH YESTERDAY, WE NEVER WILL STEP INTO TOMORROW. MOST PEOPLE EXIST IN TODAY BUT
LIVE IN YESTERDAY, AND NEVER STEP INTO THE TOMORROW THAT GOD
HAS FOR THEM. GOD SAYS, I KNOW THE PLANS I GOT
FOR YOU. THERE ARE PLANS TO PROSPER YOU,
NOT TO HARM YOU. PLANS TO GIVE A HOPE. PLANS TO GIVE A FUTURE. BUT YOU WILL NEVER STEP INTO
THOSE PLANS IF YOU DON’T DEAL WITH YESTERDAY TODAY SO THAT YOU
CAN HAVE TOMORROW. AND SO PHARAOH SAYS, I’LL DEAL
WITH MY STUFF TOMORROW. IF YOU AND I AS A CHURCH OF
JESUS CHRIST ON THE EARTH TODAY, WE DON’T HAVE TOMORROW. AND OUR WORLD CANNOT WAIT FOR US
TO DEAL WITH OUR STUFF TOMORROW. WE NEED TO DEAL WITH IT TODAY
BECAUSE GOD HAS SUCH A PLAN, SUCH A PURPOSE AND SUCH A
DESTINY FOR US. WHEN I LOOK AT THE GRACE OF GOD
AND WHAT THE LORD HAS AS PART OF MY PURPOSE AND DESTINY. HERE WE’RE LEADING THE A 21
CAMPAIGN AND SEEING THOSE RESCUED ALL OVER THE WORLD,
TRAFFICKERS ARE PUT IN JAIL BY GOD’S GRACE, TO BE ABLE TO HAVE
THE MARRIAGE THAT WE HAVE, TO BE ABLE TO BE THE MOTHER AND WIFE
THAT GOD HAS ENABLED ME TO BE. I’LL TELL YOU ABOUT MY STORY SO
YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT A MIRACLE MY WHOLE LIFE IS. IF AT SOME POINT WHEN I WAS
SITTING AT CHURCH, IF I DIDN’T MAKE A DECISION THAT WHAT THAT
PREACHER WAS TALKING ABOUT WAS SOMETHING I WAS GOING TO DEAL
WITH TODAY, I’D STILL BE SITTING IN THE GRANTED STANDS OF CHURCH
LIFE LIKE SO MANY CHRISTIANS WATCHING SOMETHING THAT I SHOULD
BE PARTICIPATING IN. BECAUSE I NEVER GOT OVER MY
UNFORGIVENESS, MY BITTERNESS, I NEVER GOT OVER MY SHAME, MY
GUILT, MY PAIN I NEVER GOT OVER MY DEFEAT. I NEVER GOT OVER MY PAST. SO MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE THERE. SO MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN
YESTERDAY EVEN THOUGH THEIR BODIES EXIST TODAY AND NEVER
STEP INTO TOMORROW. IF I COME DOWN TO THE ROCK
CHURCH TO HELP ONE PERSON SAY FINALLY TODAY I’M GOING TO DEAL
WITH MY YESTERDAY SO I CAN STEP INTO THE FULLNESS OF WHAT GOD
HAS FOR ME TOMORROW, THEN THIS WHOLE TRIP IS WORTH IT. I GREW UP IN SIDNEY, AUSTRALIA. SYDNEY IS A BEAUTIFUL CITY. I GREW UP IN THE SECOND
GENERATION MIGRANT GREEK, ENGLISH IS MY SECOND LANGUAGE
WAS ENGLISH. I GREW UP IN A CULTURE THAT IN
NO WAY ESTEEMED WOMEN. IN A CULTURE WHERE WOMEN HAD TO
BE LITTLE BREEDING MACHINE. THAT WOULD BE ABOUT IT. THERE WAS NO SENSE THAT SHE
COULD DO ANYTHING MORE THAN THAT. IN THE POOREST ZIP CODE OF MY
STATE, THE THIRD POOREST, WE CALL IT LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA,
THE THIRD POOREST ZIP CODE IN THE NATION, IN A GOVERNMENT
ASSISTED HOUSING ESTATE. PRETTY MUCH EVERY WEEK OF MY
LIFE FROM THE TIME I WAS AT LEAST THREE TO MY MID TEENS I
WAS SEXUALLY ABUSED AT THE HANDS OF FOUR MEN WEEKLY AND OFTEN
SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK. NOW, THAT MESSES WITH YOU WHEN
THAT HAPPENS. THE REASON WHY IT’S SO QUIET IN
THIS CHURCH IS YOU DON’T NEED TO BE A PROPHET TO REALIZE, WHETHER
YOU’RE WATCHING ME ONLINE, WHETHER YOU ARE ON ANOTHER
CAMPUS, THE FACT IS THAT IT’S SO QUIET BECAUSE SO MANY OF US KNOW
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO HAVE BEEN IN SOME WAY TO BE ABUSED. THE WORD ABUSE IS TO USE AN
OBJECT FOR A PURPOSE FOR WHICH IT WAS DESIGNED. FOR 12 YEARS I WAS USED FOR A
PURPOSE IN WHICH GOD NEVER DESIGNED ME. IT MESSES UP YOUR SELF-ESTEEM,
YOUR VALUE, YOUR SECURITY. I WAS A YOUNG WOMAN SO FULL OF
ANGER, SO FULL OF SHAME, SO FULL OF CONDEMNATION, SO FULL OF
GUILT. AND SO FULL OF UNFORGIVENESS AND
SO FULL OF BITTERNESS. MOST YOUNG WOMEN WITH MY KIND OF
BACKGROUND DON’T NORMALLY END UP DOING THIS. THEY END UP DRUG DEPENDENT,
ALCOHOL DEPENDENT, CONFUSED WITH THEIR GENDER ACTIVITY. THAT’S NORMALLY WHAT HAPPENS
WITH SOMEONE WITH MY KIND OF BACKGROUND. SO MY YESTERDAY WAS VERY MESSED
UP. I WAS A YOUNG WOMAN HEADED DOWN
A REALLY WRONG TRAJECTORY. I WORE THE CLOAK OF VICTIMHOOD
WELL. WASN’T MY FAULT I GREW UP POOR. IT WASN’T MY FAULT I GREW UP A
MIGRANT. IT WASN’T MY FAULT I GREW UP A
WOMAN. IT WASN’T MY FAULT THAT I BREW
UP ABUSED. YOU BECOME ACCUSTOMED TO THEM,
AND YOU BLAME EVERYBODY. I WAS A MARGINAL, DEPRESSED,
MIGRANT CHICK. YOU PUT A LABEL ON SOMEONE AND
SAY I’M GOING TO PAY YOU TO REMAIN A VICTIM FOR THE REST OF
YOUR LIFE. SO MANY OF US ACCEPT THE LABELS
THAT PEOPLE PUT ON US. WE THINK, I KNOW GOD MEANT
SOMETHING DIFFERENT BUT I’LL CHANGE THAT TOMORROW. ON MY 33RD BIRTHDAY I GOT A CALL
FROM MY BROTHER GEORGE. HE WAS 35 AND I WAS 33. HE SAID, I JUST GOT A LETTER
FROM THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT AND IT SAYS I’VE BEEN ADOPTED. I LAUGHED WHEN HE SAID THAT. YOU KNOW WHEN YOU GROW UP WITH
YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, YOU SAY, YOU’RE ADOPTED. BUT WHEN YOU GET A GOVERNMENT
LETTER THAT SAYS YOU REALLY ARE, YOUR MOTHER SAID DON’T BE
STUPID: I SAID CALL THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES
AND TELL THEM THAT THEY SENT IT TO THE WRONG PERSON AND THEN
CALL ME BACK. 15 MINUTES LATER HE CALLED ME
BACK, BUT THIS TIME HE IS SOBBING. CHRIS, IT’S TRUE. THEY TOLD ME THE NAME OF MY
BIOLOGICAL MOTHER, MY BIOLOGICAL FATHER. I THOUGHT I WAS IN A MONTY
PYTHON MOVIE. I COULD NOT BELIEVE THIS. MY DAD DIED WHEN I WAS 19. I’M THINKING THAT MY BROTHER IS
GOING TO RACE TO MY MOTHER’S HOUSE, AND THING COULD HAPPEN,
AND MY MOM MIGHT HAVE A HEART ATTACK BECAUSE THIS 35-YEAR-OLD
FAMILY SECRET IS ABOUT TO COME OUT. SO I JUMP IN MY CAR. I RACE TO MY MOM’S HOUSE. MY BROTHER IS ALREADY ON THE
WAY. I GET TO MY MOM’S HOUSE. WALK INTO THE LOUNGE ROOM JUST
AS MY BROTHER IS GIVING MY MOM THIS PIECE OF PAPER, THIS
DOCUMENT FROM THE GOVERNMENT. I SAW MY MOTHER TAKE IT, LOOK AT
T AND THERE WAS THIS MOMENT OF HESITATION IN HER EYES. I THOUGHT, OH MY WORD, THIS IS
TRUE. I COULD JUST SEE. MY MOM JUST STARTED CRYING. SHE SAID, GEORGE, I’M SO SORRY. ALL THE ADOPTIONS IN AUSTRALIA
35 YEARS AGO, ALL THE ADOPTIONS WERE CLOSED ADOPTIONS. WE NEVER THOUGHT YOU WOULD FIND
OUT. BEFORE YOUR FATHER DIED, THE
FINAL THING I PROMISED HIM WAS THAT I WOULD NEVER TELL YOU. SO I TORE UP ALL THE PAPERWORK
AND I THREW IT AWAY. IT WAS JUST A MOMENT, CHURCH,
I’M WATCHING THIS PLAY OUT LIKE A MOVIE IN FRONT OF MY EYES. YOU KNOW, MY MOM STARTS CRYING. MY BROTHER’S CRYING. THE DOG IS CRYING. SNOT IS FLYING ON ME, IT’S THE
BIG FAT GREEK THING. WHAT DO YOU DO? YOU GO TO THE KITCHEN TO GET
BAKLAVA AND COFFEE. 15 MINUTES LATER MY MOM WALKS
BEHIND ME. SHE SAID, CHRISTINA, SINCE WE’RE
TELLING YOU THE TRUTH, DO YOU WANT TO KNOW THE WHOLE TRUTH? I’M TWO WEEKS OUT FROM MY
33RD BIRTHDAY, I DON’T KNOW WHY I SAID THAT, I TURNED AROUND AND
SAID, I’VE BEEN ADOPTED, TOO. WITH TEARS STREAMING DOWN HER
FACE, SHE NODDED HER HEAD, YES. I WAS STUNNED. FOR THE FIRST–I DIDN’T SAY
ANYTHING FOR THE FIRST FEW MINUTES WHICH IS IN AND OF
ITSELF A MIRACLE. THE FIRST THING THAT CAME OUT OF
MY MOUTH, THE FIRST THING I SAID, AM I STILL GREEK? BECAUSE I WAS CALLED NAMES IN
SCHOOL FOR A LOT OF YEARS, AND I WANTED TO KNOW THAT THERE WAS A
REASON FOR ALL OF THAT TAUNTING. AM I STILL GREEK? RIGHT THERE IN MY GREEK ORTHODOX
MOTHER’S KITCHEN, THE NEXT THING THAT CAME OUT OF MY MOUTH RIGHT
THERE, OH WELL, BEFORE I WAS FORMED IN MY MOTHER’S WOMB,
WHOEVER’S WOMB THAT WAS, HE KNEW ME. HE KNEW MY INNER MOST PARTS. HE FASHIONED ALL OF MY DAYS
BEFORE THERE WAS ONE OF THEM. I’M FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY
MADE. EVERY FACT THAT I THOUGHT TO BE
TRUE ABOUT MY LIFE CHANGED. WHAT MY NAME WAS. WHAT MY HERITAGE WAS. EVERY FACT THAT I THOUGHT TO BE
TRUE UP TO 33 YEARS OLD CHANGED. AND TO THIS MORNING I STILL
DON’T KNOW THE FACTS SURROUNDING MY CONCEPTION. I DON’T KNOW IF I WAS THE RESULT
OF AN ONE NIGHTSTAND OR PERHAPS AN ONGOING ADULTEROUS AFFAIR OR
THE RESULT OF A RAPE. ALTHOUGH I DON’T KNOW THE FACTS
I DISCOVERED THERE IS A FORCE ON THE PLANET MUCH HIGHER THAN THE
FACTS, AND IT’S CALLED THE TRUTH OF THE WORD OF GOD. IN EPHESIANS 2:10 DOES NOT SAY
THAT I’M THE WORKMANSHIP OF A RAPE. OR AN ADULTEROUS AFFAIR. IT SAYS I’M HIS WORKMANSHIP, AND
WE’RE CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS FOR GOOD WORKS PREPARED
BEFOREHAND, AND THAT YOU AND I SHOULD WALK IN THEM. ALTHOUGH I WAS SHOCKED THAT DAY,
GOD WAS NOT SHOCKED. HE KNEW FROM THE BEGINNING OF
TIME, AND WE’RE NOT A PRODUCT OF TIME. WE’RE A PRODUCT OF ETERNITY. GOD HAS PLUCKED US OUT OF
ETERNITY AND POSITIONED US IN TIME, AND GAVE US STRENGTHS AND
TALENT. HE SENT AN ASSIGNMENT WHEN I WAS
THREE YEARS OLD, GOD SAID TO JESUS WOULD YOU GO TO EARTH SO
THAT CHRISTINE AND ALL HUMANITY COULD HAVE FORGIVENESS, AND FOR
A WHOLE NEW LIFE AND A REDEMPTION. I’M LIVING PROOF THAT YOU CAN
START BAD AND FINISH GOOD IN JESUS CHRIST. THAT IS THE GOOD NEWS OF THE
GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, WHAT THE ENEMY MEANT FOR EVIL THAT GOD
CAN TURN AROUND AND WORK IT TOGETHER FOR GOOD. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THIS
ABUSED, UNNAMED, UNWANTED, ADOPTED KID COULD BE USED BY GOD
TO NOT ONLY BE RESCUED BY HIM, BUT THEN TURN AROUND AND OPEN UP
THE PRISON DOORS AND RESCUE OTHERS. THE VERY THING THAT THE ENEMY
WANTED TO TAKE ME OUT WITH IS THE VERY THING THAT GOD IS USING
TO RESCUE A GENERATION ON THE EARTH. I FEEL LIKE JOSEPH IN GENESIS
50:20 HE SAID TO HIS BROTHERS, YOU MEANT THIS FOR EVIL AGAINST
ME, BUT GOD, HE MEANT IT FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE, TO SAVE MANY
PEOPLE ALIVE. I GUARANTEE YOU THE DEVIL
REGRETS THE DAY HE EVER TOUCHED ME. I BET YOU HE WISHES HE LEFT ME
ALONE BECAUSE I WILL SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE MAKING HIM PAY
FOR WHAT HE DID BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT BEING MORE THAN A CONQUEROR
IS. THAT’S WHAT BEING MORE THAN A
CONQUEROR IS. SO THERE CAME A TIME, THOUGH, I
HAD TO DECIDE THAT I WAS GOING TO DEAL WITH THOSE FROGS TODAY. BECAUSE IF I DIDN’T, I WOULDN’T
BE DOING THE DESTINY THAT GOD HAD FOREORDAINED FOR MY LIFE. HE HAS A PLAN AND PURPOSE FOR
EVERY ONE OF OUR LIVES WITHOUT EXCEPTION. WHILE WE KEEP THINKING I’LL DEAL
WITH THE STUFF TOMORROW, OR WHILE WE KEEP EXCUSING THE
THINGS THAT KEEP US SEPARATED FROM THE PURPOSES OF GOD, WHILE
WE KEEP THINKING IT’S NOT MY FAULT, I’M A VICTIM, WELL, THE
TRUTH IS AT SOME POINT YOU GOT TO MAKE A DECISION THAT SAYS
JESUS CHRIST DIED ON A CROSS, AND THE POWER OF THAT BLOOD CAN
SET ME FREE. BUT IF I DON’T STEP INTO THAT
FREEDOM, HOW AM I GOING TO SET OTHERS FREE? AND THE DEVIL WOULD LOVE TO YOU
CARRY THE FROGS OF YOUR PAST INTO YOUR PRESENT SO YOU NEVER
STEP INTO YOUR FUTURE. YOU KNOW WHAT, OTHER CHRISTIANS
WILL KEEP YOU IN THAT PLACE, TOO. OH, THAT’S OKAY, YOU DON’T KNOW
WHAT HAPPENED TO HER. SHE CAN’T SUBMIT TO A CHURCH. SHE CAN’T SUBMIT TO MALE
LEADERSHIP BECAUSE SHE WAS ABUSED. SHE’S THIS, SHE’S THAT. BUT JESUS SAID I CAME TO MAKE
HER WHOLE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE WITH THE
FROGS OF YOUR PAST IF YOU’RE WILLING TO EMBRACE THE CLOAK OF
VICTORY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. YOU CAN FIND A WHOLE NEW WAY OF
LIVING IN YOUR FUTURE AND YOU CAN FULFILL THE PLAN AND DESTINY
THAT JESUS CHRIST HAS FOR YOUR LIFE. LET ME SHOW YOU THE BEST WAY TO
DO THIS. IT’S THE BEST WAY I KNOW HOW. TO LET GO THE FROGS OF YOUR PAST
IN YOUR PRESENT SO YOU CAN WALK INTO THE FUTURE. YOU MUST MAKE A DECISION THAT
YOU’RE GOING TO BELIEVE THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD OVER THE
FACTS OF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCE. IF YOU AND I ARE GOING TO
CONTINUE TO BRING THE GOSPEL TO OUR GENERATION IN A RELATIVE
SOCIETY, A PLURALISTIC WORLD, THE BIBLE SAYS THE TRUTH WILL
MAKE YOU FREE. YOU AND I HAVE TO BEAR WITNESS
TO THAT TRUTH BY SHOWING A GENERATION THROUGH OUR LIFE THAT
THIS STUFF REALLY WORKS. I DON’T HAVE TO CARRY THE FROGS
OF MY PAST INTO MY FUTURE BECAUSE I ABIDE IN THE WORD. I BELIEVE THE WORD, AND
TRADITION TRUTH SETS ME FREE. LET ME SHOW YOU SIMPLY IN FIVE
MINUTES HOW THIS WORKS PRACTICALLY. WHEN I RECEIVED MY DOCUMENTS
ABOUT A YEAR AFTER I FOUND OUT I WAS ADOPTED, IT’S SO WEIRD
GETTING A BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND SOCIAL WORKER REPORT WHEN YOU
THOUGHT YOU HAD ONE FOR 30 YEARS. THIS IS MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE
WHEN I GOT IT. SEE IF THERE IT’S GOT CHILD’S
NAME UNNAMED. WHO ON EARTH HAS TYPED ON THEIR
BIRTH CERTIFICATE, UNNAMED. NOT EVEN A NAME. GIVEN A NUMBER, 1966. THAT’S WHY TO ME WHEN WE TALK
ABOUT TRAFFICKING IT’S NOT JUST 27 MILLION SLAVES. IT’S NOT A NUMBER TO ME. ING IN IS EVERY A NUMBER TO ME. 40,000 CHILDREN DYING OF
PREVENTIBLE DISEASES TODAY IS IN THE A NUMBER TO ME. 3 BILLION PEOPLE NOT KNOWING
JESUS IS NOT A NUMBER TO ME. BECAUSE YOU SEE, I WAS THAT
NUMBER. MERRY CHRISTMAS ARE
DEHUMANIZING. THE MINUTE–A NUMBER IS
DEHUMANIZING. AND EVERY HUMAN BEING IS CREATED
IN THE IMAGE OF GOD. NOTHING IS NAMELESS IN GOD. I WAS A NUMBER. BUT WHEN YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THE
SLAVES CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD, SUDDENLY IT’S NOT OKAY TO
SLEEP WILLING TO PRETEND THAT THE WORLD IS NOT DIEING. THERE ARE 3 BILLION PEOPLE GOING
TO A CHRISTLESS ETERNITY. IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO THROW NUMBERS
OUT AND GO TO SLEEP AS IF IT DOESN’T MATTER. BUT THERE IT IS. THE FACTS. THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY
SERVICES SAYS THAT I’M UNNAMED, BLACK AND WHITE. SO MANY OF US DEFINE OUR LIVES. WHAT DOES THE GOVERNMENT SAY,
THE MEDIA SAY, WHAT DO MY PARENTS SAY, THE TEACHERS SAY,
WE LIMIT AND DEFINE OUR DESTINY, WE CARRY THOSE FROGS BASED ON
LOOK AT THE FACTS, CHRISTINE. I’M LOOKING AT THE FACTS. THAT’S MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE. TWO WEEKS BEFORE I WAS BORN THIS
IS WHAT THEY WROTE ABOUT MY MOM. ROYAL HOSPITAL FOR WOMEN. IF YOU BRING THAT UP CLOSE IT
SAYS THIS, SHE DOES NOT SEEM TO BE TO EMOTIONALLY INVOLVED WITH
THE CHILD. SHE SEEMS TO WANT TO GET IT ALL
OVER AND DONE WITH AND GET BACK TO WORK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I’M LOOKING AT A DOCUMENT THAT
SAYS, YOU’RE UNWANTED CHRISTINE. SEE, CHRISTINE, NO WONDER YOU’RE
ABUSED FOR 12 YEARS, YOUR MOTHER DIDN’T EVEN WANT YOU. SHE DIDN’T EVEN GIVE YOU A NAME. YOU’RE JUST A NUMBER. NO WONDER THAT HAPPENED TO YOU. I GOT THAT IN WRITING. I WANT TO SHOW YOU ANOTHER
DOCUMENT ON THE 28TH OF MARCH 1993. AT THE TIME I WAS RUNNING ONE OF
THE LARGEST COMMUNITY BASE YOUTH CENTERS IN AUSTRALIA. WHO WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT WAS
SETTING ME UP TO RUN NOW BY THE GRACE OF GOD WHAT HAS BECOME ONE
OF THE LARGEST ANTI-TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONS IN THE WORLD. WHO WOULD HAVE KNOWN. BUT BACK THEN WHEN I WAS RUNNING
IT, THIS CAME FROM THE DEAN OF THE SOCIAL WORK SCHOOL AT THE
MOST PRESTIGIOUS SCHOOL IN OUR NATION. STUDENTS WANT TO DO THEIR
INTERNSHIP AT OUR ORGANIZATION. BUT WE WERE FAITH BASED. THEY CALLED ME IN FOR A BIG
MEETING TO BASICALLY SAY THEY WERE NOT GOING TO GIVE US ANY
MORE STUDENTS FOR OUR PLACEMENT. THEY USED THE EXCUSE THAT I ONLY
HAD AN ENGLISH AND ECONOMIC HISTORY DEGREE SO I COULD COUNT
TO TEN AND READ GOLDEN BOOKS BUT I DIDN’T HAVE A SOCIAL WORK
DEGREE, SO I COULD NEVER BUILD AN NGO BASED ON THE
QUALIFICATIONS THAT I HAD. THIS IS WHAT THE EXPERTS SAID IN
1993. IT’S NOW 2013, 20 YEARS LATER
RUNNING ONE OF THE LARGEST ORGANIZATIONS. NOW THEY SAY I WOULD STRONGLY
URGE YOU TO TAKE TIME OUT. THE COMMENTS I MADE MAY BE
DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO DIGEST. I SEE YOU AS A YOUNG WOMAN WITH
ENORMOUS POTENTIAL, AND I SINCERELY HOPE YOU WILL ENHANCE
YOUR APTITUDE BY STUDYING. BASICALLY, YOU’RE A LOSER,
YOU’RE NOT QUALIFIED. THAT’S WHAT THIS MEANS. THERE ARE THESE DOCUMENTS. THIS IS WHAT WE BUILD OUR LIVES
ON. SOMEONE WHO SAYS YOU’RE DUMB AND
STUPID. SOMEONE WHO SAYS YOU’RE USELESS. SOMETHING THAT WAS DONE. WE DEFINE OUR LIVES IN OUR
SOCIETY BY THESE SORT OF FACTS. LOOK AT WHAT THE BLACK AND WHITE
PAPER IS. I COULD HAVE ALLOWED THOSE FACTS
TO DEFINE ME. I’M NOT IGNORANT OF THOSE FACTS. UNNAMED. UNWANTED, UNQUALIFIED. GOVERNMENT AND IF THE GOVERNMENT
SAYS IT IT’S GOT TO BE TRUE. THERE IS THE MEDICAL PROFESSION,
THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, AND WE ALLOW SO MANY OF THOSE THINGS TO
DEFINE US, TO BECOME THE LOUD FROGS IN OUR LIFE THAT ALLOW OUR
PAST TO LIMIT OUR PRESENT, WHICH STOPS US FROM MOVING INTO OUR
FUTURE. AND WE GO, WELL LOOK AT THE
FACTS, CHRISTINE. I FEEL A SENSE AND CALL OF GOD,
BUT LOOK AT THE FACTS. LOOK AT THE BLACK AND WHITE
PAPER. WELL, I FOUND MYSELF ANOTHER
BLACK AND WHITE PAPER. I FOUND MYSELF ANOTHER BLACK AND
WHITE PAPER, AND IT’S A WHOLE LOT MORE POWERFUL THAN THE
FACTS. IT’S CALLED THE TRUTH. AND IT TAKES AS MUCH FAITH TO
BELIEVE THE TRUTH AS IT DOES THE AND THE FACTS SAY THAT I’M
UNNAMED. BUT THE FACTS SAY I’M UNNAMED. BUT ISAIAH SAID, FROM THE WOMB
OF YOUR MOTHER I HAVE KNOWN YOUR AND THE FACTS SAY YOU’RE
UNWANTED. BUT THE IT SAYS BEFORE YOU WERE
BORN I WANTED YOU. AND THE FACTS SAY I’M
UNQUALIFIED. BUT THE LORD SAID THOSE WHO HE
CALLS HE MAKES QUALIFIED. IN JESUS’ NAME, CHURCH, IN
JESUS’ NAME. YOU KNOW, GOD HAS SUCH A
POWERFUL PLAN, PURPOSE, AND DESTINY FOR EVERY SINGLE LIFE. WITHOUT EXCEPTION. THE ENEMY COMES TO DO ONLY ONE
THING, TO STEAL, KILL, AND DESTROY THE FUTURE HE HAS FOR
YOU. BUT THE BEST WAY TO STEP INTO
YOUR GOD-ORDAINED FUTURE AND DESTINY IS TO SURRENDER YOUR
HEART AND LIFE AUTHENTICALLY TO THE LORD LEADERSHIP OF JESUS
CHRIST. THIS IS NOT SOME PEP RALLY TALK. I ENCOUNTERED A LIFE
TRANSFORMING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE RESURRECTED SAVIOR, JESUS
CHRIST, AND THE SAME GOD THAT STEPPED INTO THE LIFE OF THIS
UNNAMED, UNWANTED, ABUSED ADOPTED CHICK FROM THE OTHER
SIDE OF THE WORLD AND GAVE FORGIVENESS FOR MY PAST, A BRAND
NEW START, AND A HOPE FOR THE FUTURE. THAT SAME GOD IS IN THIS PLACE
RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW. READY TO DO THE SAME FOR YOU. DO YOU KNOW HIM? NOT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HIM. IT’S AMAZING HOW MANY PEOPLE GO
TO CHURCH, NOT HOW MANY PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT GOD, BUT ARE YOU
WILLING TO LIVE FOR JESUS. IT’S JESUS CONNECTS US TO GOD. AND IT’S JESUS WHO CONNECTS US
TO THE POWER OF GOD. DON’T LEAVE THIS BUILDING
THINKING I’LL GET AROUND TO THAT TOMORROW. BUT SAYING TODAY, TODAY I’M
GOING TO HAVE A FRESH START WITH JESUS CHRIST. TODAY I’M GOING TO SURRENDER MY
HEART AND MY LIFE TO THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST EITHER
FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME OR MAYBE YOU ONCE WALKED WITH GOD. BUT IF YOU’VE BEEN AWAY FROM
HIM, COLD IN YOUR HEART OR BACKSLIDDEN, THIS MORNING YOU’RE
GOING TO MAKE A DECISION TO STOP RUNNING FROM GOD TO COME TO GOD
AND MAKE YOUR PEACE WITH GOD. MAYBE YOU’VE BEEN SITTING IN
CHURCH FOR WEEKS, MONTHS, YEARS, BUT IF YOU’RE HONEST, YOU’VE
BEEN AWAY FROM HIM. YOU’RE NOT REALLY SURRENDERED
YOUR HEART TO HIM. WHY DON’T YOU MAKE A DECISION
THIS MORNING TO MOVE FROM RELIGION TO AN AUTHENTIC
RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST? THERE IS SO MUCH AHEAD FOR YOU. FRIEND, WHETHER YOU’RE IN THIS
ROOM, WHETHER YOU’RE ON NORTH CAMPUS, WHETHER YOU’RE ONLINE,
I’M SPEAKING TO YOU RIGHT NOW. ARE YOU LIVING FOR JESUS? AND IF YOU’RE NOT RIGHT HERE,
RIGHT NOW, TODAY, NOT TOMORROW, TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION. TODAY IS YOUR DAY WITH DESTINY. I WANT EVERY HEAD BOWED, EVERY
EYE CLOSED WHEREVER YOU ARE, FROM THE BALCONY TO UP NORTH,
ONLINE. I’M NOT TALKING TO THE PERSON
NEXT TO YOU, I’M TALKING TO YOU. ARE YOU LIVING FOR JESUS? THIS MORNING YOU SAY, CHRIS, I
WANT WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT? I WANT A FRESH START WITH JESUS
CHRIST. I WANT TO MAKE MY PEACE WITH
JESUS CHRIST, EITHER FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME OR I’VE BEEN
AWAY AND COLD IN MY HEART I WANT WHAT YOU GOT. I WANT A FRESH START WITH JESUS. I WANT TO PRAY WITH YOU. IF YOU SAY, CHRIS, INCLUDE ME IN
THAT PRAYER, JUST SO I KNOW WHO I’M PRAYING FOR RAISE YOUR HAND
REALLY HIGH. REALLY HIGH. I’M SEEING YOU, EVEN IF YOU’RE
ONLINE, YOU’RE ON NORTH CAMPUS, I WANT YOU TO RAISE YOUR HAND
AND SAY, YES, CHRIS, I’M SEEING YOU ALL OVER THE BUILDING. THERE ARE SO MANY UP IN THE
BALCONY, ON THE FLOOR. WILL YOU STAND WHERE YOU ARE? I WANT TO PRAY FOR YOU, THERE
ARE TOO MANY FOR ME TO INDIVIDUALLY RUN OUT. WOULD YOU PLEASE STAND? I WANT TO PRAY WITH YOU WHERE
YOU ARE. COME DOWN AND STAND HERE. I’M GOING TO PRAY WITH EVERY ONE
OF YOU. I WANT YOU TO COME AND SAY,
EXCUSE ME. MOVE OUT OF THE ROW, I WANT YOU
TO COME. THIS IS WONDERFUL. COME AND SAY YES TO JESUS
CHRIST. I’M GOING TO PRAY. I’M GOING TO WAIT FOR YOU FROM
UP ON THE BALCONIES FROM WHEREVER YOU ARE. I WANT YOU TO COME FORWARD AND
SAY YES TO JESUS. THAT’S IT. HOW WONDERFUL IS THIS? COME ON. WHEN WE SAY YES TO JESUS CHRIST,
THAT’S WHAT WE LIVE FOR. THIS IS AWESOME, FRIEND, COME. COME TO JESUS. THAT’S WHAT WE LIVE FOR IN THIS
PLACE. THAT’S AWESOME. HOW ARE YOU? ALL OF YOU GUYS, THAT’S IT, KEEP
COMING. WE LOVE THIS. PEOPLE COMING FROM THE
BALCONIES. I’M WAITING FOR YOU. THAT’S WHAT WE LIVE FOR. IT’S AWESOME. HOPE ALL OVER. SO GLAD YOU GIRLS CAME, WELL
DONE, WELL DONE. THIS IS WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO. I WANT THE WHOLE CHURCH TO STAND
HERE FOR A MOMENT. I WANT YOU TO DO THIS IN FAITH
WITH ME BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT WE LIVE FOR. PEOPLE BEING CONNECTED WITH
JESUS CHRIST. I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU DO IT IN
THIS CHURCH, BUT FOR A MINUTE I’M GOING TO DO IT HOW I DO IT
AT HOME BECAUSE WE’RE ALL PART OF ONE BIG FAMILY. WHAT WE DO AT THIS MOMENT IS WE
ALL BOW OUR HEADS TOGETHER AND PRAY WITH ALL OF YOU GUYS. WE PRAY A PRAYER OF AFFIRMATION
IN AGREEMENT AS THEY’RE SAYING YES TO JESUS. THE BIBLE SAYS IF YOU BELIEVE IN
YOUR HEART AND CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH THAT JESUS IS LORD YOU ARE
SAVED. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU
MAKE A DECISION, YOU INHERIT A FAMILY. THAT’S OKAY IF YOU DON’T LIKE
ONE OR TWO, THERE ARE ONES THAT WE DO LIKE AND ITS LIKE ANY
FAMILY REUNION. WE PRAY THIS WITH CONVICTION OUT
LOUD. I WISH YOU COULD ALL SEE WHAT I
SEE HERE. PEOPLE, TEARS, NEVER TAKE FOR
GRANTED THIS MOMENT WHEN PEOPLE SAY YES TO JESUS. BECAUSE I SAID YES IN THAT
MOMENT I’M ABLE TO STAND IN THIS MOMENT TODAY. GOD HAS GOT A GREAT FUTURE FOR
EVERY ONE OF YOU. WHY DON’T WE ALL BOW OUR HEADS. WE’RE PRAYING FOR JESUS. DEAR JESUS, I’M STANDING HERE
THIS MORNING BECAUSE I RECOGNIZE MY NEED FOR YOU. I ASK THAT YOU WOULD FORGIVE ME
FOR ALL OF MY SINS, THAT YOU WOULD GIVE ME A BRAND NEW START
TODAY AND A HOPE FOR THE FUTURE. I WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN. A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST EVER
SINGLE DAY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN AND AMEN. HOW AWESOME IS GOD. THANK YOU, CHRISTINE. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE
STANDING RIGHT HERE IF PHILIPPIANS 1:27 IT SAYS
WHATEVER HAPPENS NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, LIVE YOUR LIFE IN
A MANNER THAT IS WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. RIGHT NOW YOU MADE THAT
DECISION. YOU SAID, NO MATTER WHAT IS
GOING ON I WANT TO FOLLOW YOU, I WANT TO BE CLOSER WITH YOU. I WANT TO WALK WITH YOU. I WANT TO CELEBRATE THAT WITH
YOU. I’M GOING TO HAVE YOU GUYS GO TO
THE LEFT. IF YOU DON’T HAVE A BIBLE WE
WANT TO GIVE YOU ONE. IT DOESN’T STOP HERE. THE GOSPEL GETS BIGGER AND
BIGGER. IT’S A PROCESS. IT’S A JOURNEY WITH CHRIST. AMEN? IF YOU COULD HELP ME CELEBRATE
WITH CHRIST, IF YOU’LL JUST GO TO THE SIDE HERE,
GOD BLESS YOU GUYS.

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