My trip to TBN
January 29, 2010
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Matt and Laurie invited me to come down and to talk about Shepherd of the Hills Church, and they told me that they have visited here on several occasions. I have always been a little hesitant because there are so many people on TBN whose theology is different than mine, yet the opportunity to talk about JESUS with the world was the only reason I needed to accept the invitation.
I admit I was a little nervous, because whenever I preach I always have my notes written out in a manuscript manner. (This is a result of preaching 5 times every weekend and not wanting to forget an important thought, which is easy to do.) So, when the interview began I thought we were going to go off of a set of questions that I was prepared to answer, and right off the bat Matt throws me a curve ball and asks me to say whatever I want.
So I started talking about the last thing that I read in my Bible, a verse that mentions that “you will once again be able to distinguish between the righteous and the unrighteous.” I didn’t even know if it made any sense at all, but it was from my heart.
I enjoyed meeting the singer named JAVEN, who lives here in the valley and hopefully we can have him come sing here at Shepherd sometime in the near future. The song he sang before I came on was POWERFUL; so you might want to start watching at 8:00 p.m.
There was a studio audience and I could sense and feel that they were praying for me, so I felt I connected with them, and the entire night I could not stop smiling! They kept asking me what was so funny and I simply said, “I’m just happy to be here.”
One funny thing before the show started: All the people who were going to be interviewed met for a few moments, and Matt asked me in front of everyone if I had ever read the book “The Shack,” to which I responded “NO,” primarily because I don’t care to read fiction. I’m just not a fiction guy. Little did I know that the gentleman to my right was the AUTHOR of THAT book, and it has sold 14 MILLION copies. So, they were all looking at me strange.
Tonight is also the opening of a movie called “The Preachers Kid,” which was produced by TBN, and it’s the story of the Prodigal Son, except it’s told in a more modern setting. I for one think that the story of the Prodigal Son might be the greatest story in the Bible, and so I hope if you can find the time that you’ll get out and support this movie.
Byron Davis and Will Wright on our staff both rode to Costa Mesa with me, and I enjoyed the time of fellowship with them. They both have such good hearts. Looking back on the evening, everyone I came in contact with had such sweet attitudes. At the very end of the taping, Matt asked me to stick around and pray for the studio audience that had been sitting for over 2 hours; so I stayed and prayed for them and for all who will be watching tonight’s show.
It was a great opportunity, and I hope I had a chance to say something to help someone become more like Jesus.
Be blessed and thank you for letting me share.