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The 700 Club - March 23, 2012

Bernie Miller was a radio fixture of the 70's and 80's Mo-Town scene, but he was missing peace in his life. Read Transcript


I HAVE BEEN IN HORRIBLE,

EXCRUCIATING PAIN FOR FOUR

STRAIGHT MONTHS.

Reporter: JOHN TESH

TELLS ALL.

THE PAIN IS REAL.

PEOPLE ARE LIKE, TAKE A PAIN

PILL.

THAT'S LIKE TAKING AN

ASPIRIN WHEN YOU BROKE YOUR

LEG.

Reporter: AND YOU'LL

NEVER BELIEVE HOW BAD IT

GOT.

SHE CAUGHT ME ON THE

FLOOR ABOUT 2:00 IN THE

MORNING AND I COULDN'T

BREATHE.

Reporter: JOHN TESH

MAKES A STUNNING CONFESSION

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB."

IT PUTS EVERYTHING INTO

PERSPECTIVE.

Gordon: WELCOME TO "THE

700 CLUB."

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A JOB

THESE DAYS, YOU CAN EXPECT

BUSINESSES TO START

SEARCHING IN INTERNET TO

LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU.

BUT NOW SOME COMPANIES ARE

TAKING THE NEXT STEP.

YOU COULD BE ASKED FOR YOUR

Facebook NAME AND

PASSWORD.

Terry: IS THAT A BREACH

OF PRIVACY, AND IS IT EVEN

LEGAL?

TYLER JAMES HAS THAT STORY.

Reporter: IT IS NO

SECRET THAT Facebook IS

FAIR GAME TO PROS

SPECULATIVE EMPLOYERS.

YOU'LL HAVE TO ASSUME

THAT THEY'RE GOING TO LOOK

AT THAT MESSAGE.

Reporter: BUT NOW MANY

HAVE IT SET TO PRIVATE.

WHICH MEANS THEY CAN'T SEE

PERSONAL PICTURES AND TAT

STATUS UPDATES.

SOME COMPANIES ARE DEMANDING

MORE ACCESS.

IT IS TOO FAR FOR

EMPLOYERS TO ASK FOR YOUR

PERSONAL PASSWORD.

THAT IS CROSSING THE LINE

BETWEEN YOUR BUSINESS AND

PERSONAL LIFE.

Reporter: BUSINESSES

SAY PEOPLE ALWAYS HAVE THE

RIGHT TO REFUSE GIVING UP

THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION.

BUT MANY JOB-SEEKERS WILL

FEEL THE PRESSURE TO GIVE IN

AND GIVE THE INFORMATION.

I CAN SAY I CAN'T GIVE

YOU MY PASSWORD, BUT I CAN

DIRECT YOU TO MY

Facebook.

Reporter: THE LAW SAYS

ANYONE CAN'T ACCESS AN

ACCOUNT PROPOSING TO SOMEONE

ELSE.

LEGISLATION FOCUSES ON THE

LEGALITY OF THE NEW

PRACTICE.

IF PASSED, IT WOULD BAN

AGENCIES FOR ASKING FOR

ACCESS TO SOCIAL NETWORK

ACCESS.

NOW THE OFFICIALS SAY THE

DECISION TO HAND OVER A

PASSWORD IS ALWAYS UP TO THE

JOB-SEEKER.

I WOULD BE TAKEN ABACK.

I WOULD SAY, I'M NOT REALLY

COMFORTABLE WITH THAT, BUT

IF YOU LIKE, I COULD

PROBABLY BRING BRING UP MY

ACCOUNT FOR YOU.

Gordon: THAT'S THE

LEAST INVASION, TO SAY I

WON'T GIVE YOU THE PASSWORD

SO YOU CAN HAVE ONGOING

ACCESS --

Terry: I THINK IT IS

OVER THE EDGE.

Gordon: WOULD YOU BRING

UP THE ACCOUNT TO SAY HERE,

I'LL LET YOU LOOK AT IT

RIGHT NOW?

Terry: MAYBE I'M WRONG,

BUT I THINK OF Facebook AS

A PERSONAL -- I DON'T KNOW,

MAYBE IT MEANS DIFFERENT

THINGS TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE,

BUT PEOPLE SHARE WHAT THEY

WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH

FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

I DON'T THINK A PERSON

HIRING YOU HAS ANY RIGHT --

Gordon: KIND OF LIKE

BRINGING YOUR EMPLOYER INTO

YOUR HOME.

Terry: EXACTLY.

WE'RE MEETING FACE TO FACE,

SO WHY DO YOU NEED TO LOOK

AT MY Facebook.

Gordon: WHAT ABOUT

POLICE MATTERS?

Terry: WHEN YOU'RE

TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO

DEAL WITH SECURITY AND

AUTHORITY AND WHO WILL CARRY

ARMS, I THINK THAT'S A

DIFFERENT BALLGAME.

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT

Facebook, BUT I THINK WE

MAYBE NEED TO DO A FEW MORE

SECURITY CHECKS THAN WE DO

WITH PEOPLE.

Gordon: THE RIGHT TO

PRIVACY IS NOW GUARANTEED BY

THE CONSTITUTION, DESPITE

WHAT YOU MAY THINK.

AND I THINK THIS MAY BE ONE

WHERE WE NEED SOME

LEGISLATION.

LEE WEBB HAS THE REST OF OUR

TOP STORIES FROM THE CBN

NEWS ROOM.

Reporter: GORDON,

WHITNEY HOUSTON DIED FROM

ACCIDENTAL DROWNING.

BUT CHRONIC COCAINE USE AND

HEART DISEASE WERE

CONTRIBUTING FACTORS IN HER

DEATH.

THE DRUG WAS FOUND IN HER

SYSTEM WHEN SHE DROWNED IN A

HOTEL BATHTUB ON

FEBRUARY 11th.

HER FAMILY THEN RELEASED A

STATEMENT SAYING WE ARE

SADDENED TO LEARN OF THE

TOXICOLOGY RESULTS, ALTHOUGH

WE ARE GLAD TO NOW HAVE

CLOSURE.

AMERICANS AND RALLYING

ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO

PROTEST PRESIDENT OBAMA'S

CONTRACEPTION MANDATE.

THAT MEASURE REQUIRES

RELIGIOUS GROUPS TO PROVIDE

COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE,

INCLUDING ABORTION-INDUCING

DRUGS.

RALLIES ARE BEING HELD IN

140 CITIES FROM COAST TO

COAST, AND IN ALASKA AND

HAWAII.

THE EVENT IS CALLED "STAND

UP FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM."

RELIGIOUS SPEAKERS WILL

SPEAK OUT ABOUT THE

MANDATE.

WE WILL HAVE COVERAGE OF THE

EVENTS ON CBNNEWS.COM.

A NEW MOVIE HITS THEATERS

THIS WEEKEND, AND IT IS

MAKING A BUZZ IN THE

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY.

IT IS CALLED "OCTOBER BABY,"

AND IT IS INSPIRED BY THE

TRUE STORY OF A YOUNG GIRL

WHO SURVIVES AN ABORTION AND

LATER GOES ON A SEARCH FOR

HER BIRTH MOTHER.

WENDY GRIFFITH SAT DOWN WITH

SOME OF THE CAST AND CREW.

"OCTOBER BABY" IS THE

STORY OF HANNAH, A

19-YEAR-OLD GIRL.

SHE LEARNS SHE IS ADOPTED

AND WAS NEVER TOLD BECAUSE

SHE IS THE SURVIVOR OF AN

ABORTION.

THIS IS MY CHANCE TO FIND

OUT WHO I REALLY AM.

Reporter: JOHN AND HIS

BROTHER ANDREW HAD THEIR

BACKGROUND IN MUSIC VIDEOS,

BUT FELT COMPELLED TO MAKE

"OCTOBER BABY" THEIR FIRST

FEATURE FILM.

IT IS INSPIRED BY A TRUE

STORY.

WHEN I HEARD HER SPEAK FOR

THE FIRST TIME -- SHE HAS

SINCE BECOME A VERY DEAR

FRIEND -- I WAS SHATTERED.

I DIDN'T KNOW THERE WAS SUCH

A THING AT ABORTION

SURVIVORS.

I THOUGHT WE HAD TO DO

SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

"OCTOBER BABY" IS

DEFINITELY A MOVIE WHERE YOU

LAUGH AND YOU DO CRY.

IT IS SUCH A HEAVY ISSUE, IT

NEEDED TO BE A COMING OF

AGE.

Reporter: SHERRY RIGBY

PLAYS HANNAH'S BIRTH MOTHER,

A ROLE THAT HITS VERY CLOSE

TO HOME FOR THE ACTOR

ACTRESS, WHO HERSELF HAD AN

ABORTION.

I READ THE SCRIPT AND WAS

READING SOMETHING THAT

PARALLELLED MY LIFE.

I REALIZE THAT GOD WAS WEST

WEAVING THIS TAPESTRY OF MY

LIFE.

Reporter: ONE OF THE

MORE EMOTIONAL MOMENTS IS

WHEN HANNAH FINALLY FINDS

HER BIRTH MOTHER.

I GUESS I CAME HERE

BECAUSE I HOPED THAT MEANT

SOMETHING FOR YOU.

HE GAVE ME THAT COMPLETE

FORGIVENESS.

HE MET ME, SO TO SPEAK, AT

THE WELL.

AND HE GAVE ME THAT LOVE AND

GRACE AND TO REALLY

UNDERSTAND FORGIVENESS AND

TO SAY, IT'S OKAY.

Reporter: THE IRWIN

BROTHERS SAY THEY'RE BIGGEST

HOPE IS THAT THE MOVIE WILL

MAKE PEOPLE REALLY THINK

ABOUT THE ISSUE OF LIFE.

AND I HOPE THAT PEOPLE

GOING TO SEE THIS MOVIE

WILL -- THAT IT WILL CHANGE

THE WAY PEOPLE THINK ABOUT

LIFE.

Reporter: THE MOVIE

DEBUTS IN SELECT THEATERS

THIS WEEKEND.

WENDY GRIFFITH, CBN NEWS.

Reporter: BY THE WAY,

RIGBY SHARES HER PERSONAL

TESTIMONY AT THE END OF THE

MOVIE.

AND 10% OF THE PROFITS FROM

THE MOVIE WILL GO TO PRO

LIFE, ADOPTION GROUPS.

Gordon: I HOPE THIS

REALLY TAKES OFF.

I HOPE A LOT OF PEOPLE SEE

IT.

IT IS ONE THING TO SORT OF

TALK IN TERMS OF THE

POLITICS OF ABORTION, BUT

WHEN YOU LOOK AT AN ABORTION

SURVIVOR, WHO IS NOW AN

ADULT AND HEAR HER STORY AND

WHAT SHE WENT THROUGH, IT

WILL DEFINITELY MAKE A

BELIEVER OUT OF YOU IN TERMS

OF THE IMPACT OF THIS.

Terry: I SAW THE

MOVIE.

VERY WELL DONE.

VERY WELL DONE.

IT'S NOT -- EVERYBODY OUGHT

TO SEE IT, REALLY.

BECAUSE THE MESSAGE ABOUT

FORGIVENESS IS FOR ALL OF

US.

Gordon: YES, IT IS.

THERE ARE TWO ABORTION

SURVIVORS IN THIS MOVIE, AND

YOU NEED TO SEE BOTH OF

THEM.

WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE OF

"THE 700 CLUB" RIGHT AFTER

THIS.

*

Announcer: COMING

UP...

I WAS A DISEMBODIED

VOICE.

Reporter: A RECORD

EXECUTIVE WHO WORKED WITH

THE JACKSONS AND LUTHER

VANDROSS.

I HAD NEVER SEEN THAT

MUCH MONEY IN MY ENTIRE

LIFE.

I WORKED ALL OF THESE YEARS

TO GET HERE, AND THERE IS

SOMETHING MISSING.

Announcer: MONDAY, HE

CHEATED ON HIS WIFE FOR

SEVEN YEARS.

WHAT WAS ON THE INTERNET

EVENTUALLY LED TO ME GOING

OUT TO THE CRUISE AREAS.

EVENTUALLY LED TO ME MEETING

UP AT HOTELS.

Announcer: WATCH WHAT

HAPPENS WHEN HIS WIFE FINDS

OUT.

PLUS, BLUEGRASS FROM DAILY

NEWS.

MONDAY ON "THE 700 CLUB."

Gordon: BARNEY WAS A

MUSIC PRODUCER WHO BLEW

THROUGH MONEY AS FAST AS HE

MADE IT.

HE SAYS HE WAS EMPTY INSIDE,

UNTIL ONE MORNING WHEN HE

WAS ALONE IN HIS HOTEL ROOM

AND HE TURNED ON THE TV.

Reporter: BERNIE

DELIVERED A

NEWSPAPER TO A RADIO STATION

IN BALTIMORE.

HE CALL THE ATTENTION OF

JAMES BROWN AT WEBB, WHO

ASKED BERNIE TO RECORD A

PUBLIC SERVICE

ANNOUNCEMENT.

BERNIE WAS ONLY 15, AND HE

WAS HOOKED.

I WAS A DISEMBODIED

VOICE.

I LOVED BEING BEHIND THE

MICROPHONE AND NOT BEING

SEEN, AND DOING THINGS AND

SAYING THINGS IN A CERTAIN

WAY THAT WOULD ENCOURAGE

PEOPLE.

Reporter: BY HIS 20s,

BERNIE WAS LIVING OUT HIS

WILDEST RADIO DREAMS, AND

WORKING FOR A TOP THREE

MARKET IN CHICAGO.

HE WAS SWEPT UP IN A

WORLD-WIND OF SUCCESS,

MONEY, AND GLAMOUR.

MY LIFESTYLE IN THE RADIO

BUSINESS WAS FAST LANE,

FILLED WITH A LOT OF DRUGS,

GROUPIES, AND A LOT OF

MONEY, TOO, CAN BE MADE.

WHAT YOU DO WITH THE MONEY

IS ONE THING, AND WHAT YOU

DO WITH THE GROUPIES WAS

ANOTHER THING.

IT WAS CALLING UP PROS

SUBSTITUTES AND HAVING --

PROSTITUTES, AND HAVING

PEOPLE COME OVER AND USING

AND ABUSING DRUGS.

IT IS A DOG EAT DOG WORLD.

AND I HAD TO BE ACCLIMATED

TO THAT.

WHEN THAT HAPPENS, YOU USED

THINGS TO GIVE YOU A BOOST.

I USED COCAINE TO GIVE ME A

BOOST.

I USED MARIJUANA TO RELAX.

IT IS SUCH A VICIOUS CYCLE.

Reporter: HE WAS

OFFERED A JOB IN NEW YORK,

ANOTHER TOP THREE MARKET.

DURING THAT TIME, HE BEGAN

TO WRITE MUSIC, WITH CREDITS

SUCH AS "I CAN'T TAN STAND

THE RAIN."

I REMEMBER THE ROYALTY

CHECK THAT I HAD GOT.

IT WAS LIKE $19,000.

I HAD NEVER SEEN THAT MUCH

MONEY IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.

I USED EVERY DROP OF IT ON

DRUGS.

Reporter: IN 1987, SONY

RECORDS OFFERED BERNIE A

POSITION AT V.P. OF A AND

R.

HIS SIX-FIGURE SALARY AND

MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET WAS

ALL HE THOUGHT HE EVER

WANTED.

BUT ONE DAY BERNIE REALIZED

IT WASN'T ENOUGH.

I WOKE UP AFTER BEING

THERE FOR A YEAR AND SAID,

IS THIS IT?

I WORKED ALL THESE YEARS TO

GET HERE, AND THERE IS

SOMETHING MISSING.

THERE WAS A VOID IN MY

LIFE.

THE NIGHT BEFORE, I KNEW I

WAS WATCHING AN X-RATED

MOVIE, AND I KNEW THAT.

I DON'T KNOW IF I ROLLED

OVER ON THE REMOTE

CONTROL -- I DON'T KNOW WHAT

HAPPENED -- BUT I WOKE UP

THAT MORNING AND I TURNED

THE TV ON AND IT WAS "THE

700 CLUB."

AND THERE WAS SOMEONE ON

THERE SAYING THERE IS

SOMEONE WHO IS STRUGGLING

RIGHT NOW.

AND YOU ARE AT A POINT IN

YOUR LIFE WHERE YOU HAVE

MADE IT, YOU'VE DONE ALL OF

THE THINGS YOU'VE WANTED TO

DO, BUT THERE IS SOMETHING

THAT IS MISSING.

AND I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT

THAT SOMETHING MISSING IS

JESUS.

AND HE PURPOSELY PUT A

CHRIST-SHAPED VACUUM IN YOUR

LIFE.

THE NEXT THING I KNEW, I WAS

ON MY KNEES, ASKING THE LORD

TO COME INTO MY LIFE AND TO

SAVE ME.

THERE WAS A TOTAL

PERSONALITY CHANGE, SO TO

SPEAK.

I FOUND MYSELF NOT WANTING

TO DO THE THINGS I USED TO

DO.

I ASKED THE LORD TO TAKE THE

TASTE OF CIGARETTES AND

ALCOHOL AND ANY OTHER

SUBSTANCES OUT OF MY

TASTEBUDS.

AND HE DID.

AND AS I THINK ABOUT THAT

MOMENT, THINGS HAVE CHANGED

IN MY LIFE.

Reporter: AFTER BERNIE

GAVE HIS LIFE TO CHRIST, HE

FOUND IT DIFFICULT TO

CONTINUE HIS WORK WITH THE

RECORD LABEL.

THE NEXT YEAR, SONY DECIDED

NOT TO RENEW HIS CONTRACT.

AND BERNIE MILLER MOVED TO

CHATTANOOGA TO BECOME A

CHRISTIAN RADIO ANNOUNCER.

EVENTUALLY BERNIE ATTENDED

SEMINARY AND BECAME A

FULL-TIME PASTOR.

ALL OF THE GOLD RECORDS,

ALL OF THE FAMOUS PEOPLE

THAT I'VE KNOWN MEAN NOTHING

TO ME COMPARED TO THE

RELATIONSHIP I FOUND BY

WATCHING "THE 700 CLUB."

AND ANYONE WHO'S HURTING,

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS WANT

JESUS.

AND WHEN I WAS AT THE TOP OF

MY CAREER, I DIDN'T REALLY

NEED ANYTHING, BUT THERE WAS

A VOID IN MY LIFE.

YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE A LOT OF

MONEY, YOU'RE VERY

SUCCESSFUL, BUT ALL OF THOSE

THINGS DON'T MEAN ANYTHING

TO YOU.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU

TILL HAVE A VOID IN YOUR

LIFE.

AND THAT VOID IS A

RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

CHRIST.

THAT'S THAT SAME VOID THAT I

HAD.

AND YOU WON'T BE HAPPY UNTIL

YOU DO WHAT I DID, AND THAT

IS, ASK HIM TO BE YOUR LORD

AND SAVIOR.

Gordon: MAYBE YOU'RE

LIKE BERNIE AND YOU JUST

SORT OF STUMBLED ACROSS THIS

SHOW, AND YOU'RE WONDERING,

CAN THAT BE TRUE?

IS REALLY THE SOLUTION TO

THE EMPTINESS IN MY LIFE --

IS THAT REALLY TRUE?

WELL, THE BIBLE SAYS --

YOU'LL FIND IT I IN

ECCLESIASTES, KING SOLOMON

WROTE IT -- HE SAYS THAT GOD

HAS PUT ETERNITY IN OUR

HEARTS.

YOU MAY BE TRYING TO FILL

THAT UP WITH SOMETHING

ELSE.

YOU MAY BE TRYING TO SAY,

OKAY, I'LL BE AS SUCCESSFUL

AS I CAN, OR I'LL FILL IT UP

WITH MONEY, OR I'LL FILL IT

UP WITH DRUGS.

I'LL FILL IT UP WITH

ALCOHOL.

I'LL FILL IT UP WITH

RELATIONSHIPS.

I'LL TRY TO FIND SOME KIND

OF MEANING IN ALL OF THAT.

AND YOU KNOW, IF YOU'VE BEEN

THERE -- YOU KNOW THERE IS

NO MEANING.

THAT IT'S ALWAYS A CONTINUE

YOU'LL CHASE.

THAT YOU NEVER REALLY FIND

WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR.

YOU NEVER FIND THAT

SATISFACTION.

YOU NEVER FIND PEACE.

YOU NEVER FIND REST FOR YOUR

SOUL.

YOU DON'T FIND IT.

BUT JESUS IS SAYING TO YOU,

AND HE IS DOING IT RIGHT

NOW, COME TO ME.

ALL WHO ARE WE'REY AND HEAVY

LADEN, AND I WILL GIVE YOU

REST.

YOU CAN FIND PEACE FOR YOUR

SOUL.

YOU CAN FIND IT IN HIM.

WHY?

BECAUSE YOU WERE MADE FOR

HIM.

THE REASON HE PUT ETERNITY

IN YOUR HEART IS SO THAT HE

COULD FILL IT UP.

IT IS WHEN YOU FIND THE

RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM THAT

YOU FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING

FOR.

NOW, THE WORLD WILL TELL YOU

THAT RELATIONSHIP MEANS THAT

YOU'VE GOT TO GIVE UP A

BUNCH OF THINGS, AND YOU CAN

NEVER HAVE FUN AGAIN.

WELL, I'M HERE TO ASSURE IT

IS THE GREATEST ADVENTURE

YOU COULD EVER HAVE, WHERE

YOU'VE COME TO KNOW YOUR

CREATOR.

YOU CAN HEAR HIS VOICE.

YOU CAN HAVE THIS GUIDANCE

IN YOUR LIFE.

AND IF YOU LIVE FOR HIM --

NOT LIVE FOR YOURSELF, BUT

IF YOU LIVE FOR HIM, AND IF

YOU SEEK HIS RULES, HIS

KINGDOM FIRST, THEN ALL THIS

OTHER STUFF GETS ADDED UNTO

YOU.

AND YOU FIND THE JOY.

YOU FIND THE PEACE.

AND LIFE BECOMES A GREAT

ADVENTURE.

AND EVERY DAY YOU START

WAKING UP, GOD, WHAT DO YOU

WANT ME TO DO TODAY?

WHO DO YOU WANT ME TO MEET

TODAY?

HOW CAN I INFLUENCE SOMEBODY

FOR YOU TODAY?

WHAT GOOD THINGS DO YOU HAVE

WHEN

YOU HAVE THIS RELATIONSHIP,

HE COMES, AND IT IS A DAILY

THING.

HIS MERCY IS NEW EVERY

MORNING.

YOU CAN BE A NEW CREATION

EVERY SINGLE DAY.

YOU CAN HAVE JOY, YOU CAN

HAVE PEACE, AND YOU CAN HAVE

LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY.

NOW, IF THIS IS FOR YOU, IF

YOU WANT TO LEAVE WHAT

YOU'RE DOING NOW AND FIND

HIM, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

ASK.

AND HERE IS THE PROMISE FROM

JESUS: "BEHOLD, I STAND AT

THE DOOR AND KNOCK.

IF ANYONE -- ANYONE" --

THAT'S YOU --" HEARS MY

VOICE AND OPENS THE DOOR,

I'LL COME IN."

SO IF YOU'RE "ANYONE," DON'T

CHANGE THIS CHANNEL.

DON'T SPEND ANOTHER DAY --

YOU ALREADY KNOW IT'S NOT

GOING TO LEAD YOU ANYWHERE.

FIND HIM AND HE'LL LEAD YOU

WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.

AND HE'LL GIVE YOU THE

DESIRES OF YOUR HEART IF YOU

JUST LET HIM.

SO RIGHT NOW, DON'T TURN

AWAY.

DON'T CHANGE THIS CHANNEL.

BUT RIGHT NOW BOW YOUR

HEAD.

AND PRAYER A VERY SIMPLE

PRAYER, AND LET JESUS DO ALL

OF THE REST.

PRAY WITH ME.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT, SAY

HIS NAME, SAY IT OUT LOUD --

JESUS, I COME TO YOU, AND I

HEAR THAT YOU CAN CHANGE MY

LIFE.

THAT YOU CAN GIVE ME

PURPOSE, THAT YOU CAN GIVE

ME PEACE.

SO, JESUS, RIGHT NOW I OPEN

THE DOOR, AND I ASK THAT YOU

COME IN, AND THAT YOU MAKE

ME NEW AGAIN.

AND, JESUS, YOU KNOW THE

THINGS THAT I HAVE DONE

WRONG.

AND I ASK RIGHT NOW THAT YOU

FORGIVE ME.

AND FOR ANYONE WHO HAS HURT

ME, I FORGIVE THEM.

AND I SET THEM FREE BECAUSE

I WANT TO BE FREE.

JESUS, COME INTO MY HEART,

CHANGE MY LIFE.

GIVE ME PEACE.

LET ME FIND REST FOR MY

SOUL.

FOR I ASK IT IN JESUS'

NAME.

CFATHER, FOR THOSE WHO JUST

PRAYED, I ASK FOR A BAPTISM

IN YOUR LOVE.

I ASK THAT THEY WOULD KNOW

THAT THEIR PRAYER HAS BEEN

HEARD AND HAS BEEN ANSWERED

TODAY.

FILL THEM WITH YOUR HOLY

SPIRIT.

FILL THEM WITH LOVE.

AND GIVE THEM THE PEACE THAT

THEY LONG FOR.

DO IT, LORD, FOR WE ASK IT

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT IF

YOU'LL BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART

AND THEN CONFESS WITH YOUR

MOUTH, YOU SHALL BE SAVED.

WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO IS DO

THAT, JUST TELL SOMEBODY.

I MADE IT EASY FOR YOU.

YOU JUST HAVE TO MAKE A

TOLL-FREE PHONE CALL.

1-800-759-0700 IS THE

NUMBER.

AND CALL AND JUST TELL

SOMEBODY, I JUST PRAYED.

I JUST ASKED JESUS INTO MAY

HEART.

WHEN YOU CALL, WE HAVE A

FREE PACKET FOR YOU.

IT'S CALLED "A NEW DAY."

AND THERE IS A C.D.

TEACHING, HOW TO LIVE THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE.

WHAT DO YOU DO NOW?

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET A

COPY OF THE BIBLE AND START

READING IT.

START WITH THE GOSPEL OF

JOHN.

READ IT EVERY DAY.

IT IS THROUGH HIS WORD YOU

HAVE A RENEWING OF YOUR

MIND, A RENEWING OF YOUR

SPIRIT.

WE ALSO ENCOURAGE YOU TO

JOIN(ky A LOCAL CHURCH.

GO THROUGH WATER BAPTISM.

IT STARTS WITH A PHONE CALL

AND TELLING SOMEBODY RIGHT

NOW, I JUST PRAYED.

1-800-759-0700.

TERRY, OVER TO YOU.

Terry: STILL AHEAD, SHE

WAS KNOWN AS THE MADAM OF

MUSTANG, A MULTI-MILLION

BROTHEL OUTSIDE OF VEGAS.

I WAS ALL ABOUT THE

MONEY, THE POWER.

I FIGURED ANYONE COULD BE

BOUGHT.

SO IF I WAVED A $100 BILL,

THEN YOU WOULD DO AS I SAY.

Terry: SEE WHY THIS

MADAM QUIT THE BUSINESS.

THAT'S COMING UP.

I FINALLY GOT TO THE

POINT WHERE THERE WASN'T

ENOUGH COCAINE AND THERE

WASN'T ENOUGH ALCOHOL.

Announcer: WELCOME TO

"THE 700 CLUB."

THEY STARTED DISCUSSING

BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM, A

NEED TO PRAY FOR THIS GUY.

COME ON, GOD, GIVE ME THE

BUZZ.

I WAS JOKING AROUND.

I WAS DARING GOD.

THEY FINISHED PRAYING, AND

BEN SAYS THE GUY WE WERE

PRAYING FOR DIDN'T GET THE

BUZZ HE WAS LOOKING FOR.

MY HEART STOPPED.

HE SPOKE TO ME THAT NIGHT,

AND HE SAID WHEN YOU'RE

SERIOUS.

I WENT SCREAMING OUT THE

NAME OF JESUS TO SAVE ME.

I REMEMBER WHAT BEN SAID,

AND I SCREAMED OUT, JESUS,

JESUS, HELP ME.

SAVE ME.

THE VERY SECOND I DID

THAT -- IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE

IN MIRACLES, THEN DON'T

BELIEVE IN ME BECAUSE I AM

ONE.

I FELT BLESSED.

Reporter: WELCOME BACK

TO "THE 700 CLUB."

THAN 900 WOMEN DIED

LAST YEAR FROM OTTER

KILLINGS IN PAKISTAN, THAT'S

ACCORDING TO THE ANNUAL

RECORD FROM THE HUMAN RIGHTS

COMMISSION OF PAKISTAN.

IT FINDS AMONG THOSE KILLED,

93 WERE MINORS, AND SEVEN

CHRISTIANS ALSO REPORTEDLY

AMONG THE DEAD.

NEARLY 600 OF THE WOMAN

KILLED WERE ACCUSED OF

HAVING ILLICIT RELATIONS,

AND MORE THAN 200 WERE

MURDERED FOR MARRYING

WITHOUT PERMISSION.

PEOPLE GATHERED AROUND THE

WORLD ON THURSDAY TO

CELEBRATE WORLD WATER DAY.

IT IS A DAY MEANT TO DRAW

ATTENTION TO THE WORLDWIDE

WATER CRISIS.

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

WORKING TO SAVE LIVES BY

PROVIDING CLEAN DRINKING

WATER FOR PEOPLE AROUND THE

WORLD.

LAST MONTH, IN INDIA ALONE,

THEY DRILLED 28 WELLS.

AND THEY ALSO PROVIDE WATER

PURIFICATION SYSTEMS.

YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT

"OPERATION BLESSING" BY

GOING TO ITS WEBSITE AT

OB.ORG.

GORDON AND TERRY WILL BE

BACK WITH MORE OF "THE 700

CLUB" AFTER THIS.

*

Terry: AS THE MADAM TO

500 PROS SUBSTITUTES,

SHARNEL SUTY WAS THE HIGH

FLIGHT IN THE 1990s.

AND THEN SUDDENLY IT WAS ALL

STRIPPED AWAY.

SHARNEL WAS LEFT WITH

NOTHING.

Reporter: TUCKED AWAY

ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF LAS

VEGAS IS THIS BROTHEL.

ITS FIRST OWNER, JOE, WAS

INSTRUMENTAL IN LEGALIZING

PROS SUBSTITUTION IN THE

'70s.

SHARNEL WAS THE MADAM OF THE

RANCH, AND RAN THE ESTATE

WITH 500 PROSTITUTES.

SHE WAS ALSO JOE'S

MISTRESS.

TOGETHER THEY RAN THE MOST

PROFITABLE BROTHEL IN

NEVADA.

I WAS ALL ABOUT THE

MONEY, THE POWER.

I FIGURED ANYONE COULD BE

BOUGHT.

IF I WAVED A $100 BILL, YOU

WOULD DO AS I SAY.

Reporter: SHARNEL'S

JOURNEY TO THIS POWERFUL

POSITION STARTED AS A YOUNG

GIRL.

HER MOTHER WAS A BLACKJACK

DEALER, LEAVING SHARNEL AND

HER BROTHER HOME ALONE.

AND HER BROTHER HAD LOTS OF

PARTIES.

AND SHARNEL WAS INTRIGUED

UNTIL THE DAY SOMEONE RAPED

HER.

I FELT SHAMEFUL, I FELT

GUILTY.

I FELT LIKE I DID THIS.

Reporter: AT 16,

SHARNEL DECIDED TO RUN AWAY

AND HITCHED A RIDE WITH A

TRUCKER, NOT CARING WHERE

SHE WOULD END UP,.

I HAD NO CLUE WHAT I WAS

GETTING INTO.

WHEN I WENT TO THE TRUCK

STOP, KNOCKED ON THE DOOR,

AND GOT IN WITH HIM, I

DIDN'T HAVE A PLAN.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WOULD BE

THE ULTIMATE RESULT OF WHAT

I HAD JUST CHOSE.

Reporter: WU WHAT

SHARNEL DIDN'T KNOW, THE

TRUCKER EXPECTED HER TO

SLEEP WITH HIM AND HIS

FRIENDS.

THEY HAD THIS PARTY AND

THEY ALL CAME INTO THE

ROOM.

AND THE NEXT THING I KNOW,

THEY'RE TAKING TURNS, ONE

AFTER ANOTHER ON ME.

TO THIS DAY, IT'S REALLY

JUST RIPPED MY HEART OUT.

TO THINK THAT MEN, EVEN

THOUGH I COULD LOOK AT MY

PAST AND KNOW THAT I LOOKED

OLDER AND WHATEVER, I WAS

MORE MATURE, BUT TO KNOW

THAT NOT JUST ONE MAN, BUT

FIVE MEN COULDN'T MAKE A

DECISION THAT THIS IS A

YOUNG GIRL.

THIS COULD BE YOUR

DAUGHTER.

Reporter: SEVERAL YEARS

LATER, SHARNEL MET JOE, THE

BROTHEL OWNER.

WHEN HE OFFERED HER A

POSITION AT THE BROTHEL, SHE

JUMPED AT THE CHANCE.

SHARNEL BECAME THE MADAM OF

MUSTANG, YET BEHIND THE

MONEY AND POWER, SHE

SUPPRESSED A HUGE AMOUNT OF

SHAME.

I FELT A LOT OF DISGUST.

I HATED MYSELF.

Reporter: IN 1999, JOE

WAS CONVICTED OF TAX EVASION

AND FLED THE COUNTRY.

THE I.R.S. CLOSED THE RANCH,

AND SHARNEL LOST

EVERYTHING.

I WAS AT THE END OF MY

ROPE.

TIRED OF FIGHTING ALL MY

LIFE, AND EVERYTHING BEING

SO BAD ALL MY LIFE.

I COULDN'T SEE WHY -- I MEAN

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE FOR ME

TO BE ALIVE?

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE FOR ME

TO CONTINUE LIVING IN THIS

WORLD IF I CONSTANTLY HAVE

TO BATTLE.

SO WHAT I DID WAS, I TOOK A

BRAND NEW PRESCRIPTION

BOTTLE OF 100-MILLIGRAM

ELAVIL, AND I SLIT MY WRISTS

AND WAS HOPING TO CALL IT

QUITS.

Reporter: THE SUICIDE

ATTEMPT PUT SHARNEL IN A

COMA FOR EIGHT DAYS.

WHEN HE AWOKE, SHE HAD ONE

THOUGHT.

I WAS SO MAD THAT I HAD

HAD TO STAY ON THIS PLANET

AND CONTINUE FEELING PAIN

AND PEOPLE HURTING ME.

Reporter: DOCTORS SENT

HER HOME TO RECOVER ON BED

REST.

ONE DAY, WHILE WATCHING TV,

SHE STUMBLED ON A MAN

TELLING HOW HE ACCEPTED

JESUS CHRIST AS HIS SAVIOR.

HIS STORY INTRIGUED

SHARNEL.

I'VE TRIED EVERYTHING

ELSE, AND NOTHING HAS

WORKED.

AND THERE IS NOTHING OUT

THERE THAT I WANT, BECAUSE I

DON'T WANT TO BE HERE,

BECAUSE I'VE TRIED IT ALL.

SO I'VE GOT TO TRY THIS ONE

LAST THING.

I'VE GOT TO TRY.

Reporter: SHARNEL ASKED

FOR FORGIVENESS, AND INVITED

JESUS CHRIST INTO HER LIFE.

I FELT RENEWED,

REFRESHED, HOPEFUL, FREE.

EVERYTHING FROM MY PAST THAT

WAS FOUL, THAT WAS PAINFUL,

THAT WAS DEATH, THAT WAS

HUMILIATING, THAT WAS SHAME,

THAT WAS GUILT.

HE WIPED IT ALL AWAY, HE

WASHED IT ALL AWAY, BY THAT

PRAYER OF ME ASKING HIM INTO

MY HEART.

Reporter: SHARNEL FOUND

A CHURCH HOME AND SURROUNDED

HERSELF WITH CHRISTIAN

FRIENDS.

GRATEFUL TO BE AWAY FROM THE

SHAME CONNECTED TO THE SEX

INDUSTRY, SHE WAS EXCITED TO

START HER OWN MINISTRY..

SHE NOW REACHES OUT TO

OTHERS, SHARING HER STORY.

NOTHING THEY'VE DONE IS

SO SHAMEFUL THAT GOD WON'T

FORGIVE THEM.

THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN

GIVE ME WHAT CHRIST GAVE ME

WHEN I ASKED HIM INTO MY

Terry: YOU KNOW, A

GREAT SAINT IN THE BODY OF

CHRIST, CORY TENBALM, ONCE

SEA THERE IS NO PIT SO DEEP

THAT GOT GO GOD IS NOT

DEEPER STILL.

WHATEVER CIRCUMSTANCES YOU

FIND YOURSELF IN, MAYBE

YOU'RE FED UP WITH THE WHOLE

JOURNEY, MAYBE YOU'VE

THOUGHT OF TAKING YOUR

LIFE.

PRESENTS ITSELF.

LIVE IN A

BEAUTIFUL GARDEN AND TO HAVE

US WHOLLY AND

COMPLETELY.

BUT HE LOVED US SO MUCH THAT

HE SAID, I'M GOING TO MAKE A

WAY TO HAVE THAT FELLOWSHIP,

THAT RELATIONSHIP, WITH MY

CHILDREN, THE ONES I'VE

CREATED.

SOMETIMES THINGS HAPPEN TO

MAR OUR

MARER OF LIFE, BECAUSE

IT IS PLEASURE TO PUT US

UNDER A BURDEN OF SHAME AND

DISGUST.

SOMETIMES THAT HAPPENS

BECAUSE WE MAKE MORE CHOICES

OURSELVES.

BUT LISTEN, HERE IS THE

GREAT NEWS: YOU GET TO

CAN'T GET GOOD

HE PAID THE PRICE FOR ME AND

FOR YOU.

HE DID IT BECAUSE HE IS

MERCIFUL AND GRACIOUS AND

LOVING.

TO OUR

SO HERE IS THE QUESTION --

HE IS WILLING TO REACH DOWN

INTO THE PIT THAT HAS BECOME

YOUR LIFE.

WILL YOU REACH UP AND GRAB

HIS HAND?

WILL YOU SAY YES TO HIM

TODAY?

WILL YOU TAKE THE NEW

BEGINNING THAT HE OFFERS

YOU?

IT'S THERE FOR THE ASKING.

THAT'S NOT THE QUESTION.

THE QUESTION IS YOU, WHAT

WILL YOU DO WITH IT?

YOU SAY, WELL, WHAT DO I

HAVE TO DO?

WELL, YOU JUST SAY YES.

YOU SAY YES, AND YOU HUMBLE

YOURSELF TO SAY, I NEED

YOU.

I HUMBLE YOURSELF TO SAY,

I'M WILLING TO PUT ASIDE

EVERYTHING THAT IS OF ME,

EVERYTHING THAT HAS BEEN

DONE TO ME, EVERYTHING THAT

I AM, BECAUSE I WANT ALL

THAT YOU ARE.

WHEN WE COME TO CHRIST, WE

GIVE HIM ALL THAT WE ARE.

AND IN RETURN, HE GIVES US

ALL THAT HE IS.

DO YOU WANT TO PRAY WITH ME

RIGHT NOW?

KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT

YOU.

I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT

HOW TO DO THIS, BUT I'M

COMING TO YOU TODAY IN

DESPERATE NEED, FILLED WITH

SHAME AND DISGUST OVER WHAT

I'VE BECOME.

FILLED WITH BITTERNESS

BECAUSE OF WHAT HAS BEEN

DONE TO ME.

FILLED WITH SELF-HATRED AND

LOATHING BECAUSE OF WHAT

I'VE DONE.

I NEED A FRESH BEGINNING.

I'M TAKING YOU AT YOUR WORD

TODAY.

AND I'M ASKING YOU TO GIVE

ME THAT NEW START.

JESUS, WILL YOU BE MY

SAVIOR?

OH, I KNOW I NEED YOU.

I KNOW I'M A SINNER.

I'M CONFESSING ALL OF MY SIN

TO YOU TODAY.

EVERY BRI BIT OF IT, EVERY

DARK CORNER OF MY LIFE.

I WANT YOU TO TAKE IT ALL.

WASH ME CLEAN.

GIVE ME A FRESH BEGINNING.

FILL ME WITH YOUR HOLY

SPIRIT.

TEACH ME YOUR WAYS AND HOW

TO LIVE FOR YOU.

TO BE KNOWN AS

BELONGING TO YOU.

I WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT

THAT MEANS, WHAT IT MEANS TO

BE FORGIVEN, WHAT IT MEANS

TO BE LOVED AND TO BE ABLE

TO LOVE FREELY AND WHOLLY,

TO BE HEALED COMPLETELY.

AND IN RETURN, LORD, I GIVE

YOU EVERYTHING THAT I AM AND

ME.

THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME SO

MUCH THAT YOU STOOD BY, EVEN

IN MY DEEPEST NEED.

I SAY YES TO YOU, YES.

IN JESUS' NAME I PRAY.

AMEN.

IF YOU'VE JUST PRAYED THAT

PRAYER, THEN YOU'VE BEGUN

THE RELATIONSHIP.

YOU'VE MADE THE COMMITMENT.

SO WHAT DO YOU DO NOW?

WE'VE PUT A FREE PACKET

TOGETHER FOR YOU.

IT'S CALLED "A NEW DAY," AND

IT'S FILLED WITH INFORMATION

ABOUT HOW TO GROW IN YOUR

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

WHAT HAPPENS NOW?

THIS IS YOURS FOR THEING

ASKING.

THE NUMBER IS EVEN

TOLL-FREE.

1-800-759-0700.

WHEN YOU CALL, JUST SAY, I

THIS

OUT TO YOU RIGHT AWAY.

THERE IS LOTS MORE STILL TO

COME ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB."

WE'LL BE BACK RIGHT AFTER

THIS.

Announcer: COMING UP

LATER...

I HAD HAD BEEN IN

HORRIBLE, EXCRUCIATING PAIN

FOR FOUR STRAIGHT MONTHS.

Reporter: THE SECRET

AGONY OF JOHN TESH.

THE PAIN IS REAL.

AND PEOPLE ARE LIKE, TAKE A

PAIN PILL.

THAT'S LIKE TAKING AN

ASPIRIN WHEN YOU BROKE YOUR

LEG.

THAT STUFF DOESN'T WORK.

SHE CAUGHT ME ON THE FLOOR

ABOUT 2:00 IN THE MORNING

AND I COULDN'T BREATHE.

Announcer: JOHN TESH

MAKES A STUNNING

CONFESSION.

*

Gordon: IN MANY ARAB

COUNTRIES, PEOPLE WITH

DISABILITIES OFTEN SPEND

THEIR LIVES AT OUTCASTS,

WITH LITTLE CHANCE OF GOING

TO SCHOOL OR FINDING A JOB.

THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE

CASE FOR A PALESTINIAN GIRL

NAMED TAMARA WITHOUT HELP

FROM "OPERATION BLESSING."

Reporter: TAMARA ALWAYS

WALKS AROUND ON HER TOES,

LIKE A LITTLE BALLERINA.

SHE WAS BORN WITH A

DISABILITY THAT AFFECTS HER

FEET.

SO WHEN SHE WAS

ONE-WEEK-OLD, HER MOTHER

ABANDONED HER.

HEAN TOOK HER IN.

I LOVE HER.

I'M RAISING HER AS MY OWN

DAUGHTER.

AND I'M DOING EVERYTHING I

CAN TO GIVE HER A BETTER

LIFE.

SHE'S MY BABY.

IT'S THAT SIMPLE.

Reporter: SHE KNOWS HER

DAUGHTER NEEDS EXPENSIVE

SURGERY, BUT HEAN DOESN'T

HAVE A STUDY JOB OR A

REGULAR INCOME.

I COULD DO CRAFTS AT

HOME, BUT I DON'T HAVE THE

MONEY TO GET STARTED.

Reporter: IN THE

KITCHEN, THEIR CUPBOARDS ARE

BARE.

SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT

HOW DIFFICULT MY LIFE IS,

AND I DON'T WANT TO LIVE

ANYMORE.

BUT I GO TO CHURCH AND I

PRAY FOR MY DAUGHTER.

Reporter: HER BIGGEST

WORRY IS ABOUT WHAT WILL

HAPPEN TO TAMARA.

RIGHT NOW SHE IS TOO YOUNG

TO KNOW SHE IS DIFFERENT

FROM ANYONE ELSE.

HERE IN THE WEST BANK,

GROWING UP WITH JUST A MINOR

DISABILITY LIKE THIS ONE

WOULD MEAN IN SCHOOL OTHER

CHILDREN WOULD TEASE AND

MAKE FUN OF HER EVERY SINGLE

DAY.

AND WHEN SHE GOT OLDER, IT

WOULD BE HARD FOR HER TO

FIND WORK OR GET MARRIED AND

HAVE A FAMILY OF HER OWN.

WHAT THIS PRECIOUS LITTLE

GIRL DOESN'T REALIZE IS

TODAY "OPERATION BLESSING"

IS GOING TO CHANGE HER LIFE

FOREVER.

"OPERATION BLESSING" PAID

FOR SURGERY TO FIX TAMARA'S

FEET.

AND WE BOUGHT HEAN ENOUGH

FOOD TO FILL HER CABINETS

AND DRAWERS.

AND WE GOT HER SET UP WITH

EVERYTHING SHE NEEDS TO MAKE

JEWELRY AT HOME.

AND SINCE MOM GOT WORK

TABLES, WE GAVE TAMARA A

COZY NEW BED AND BLANKETS

SHE LOVED.

JUST A FEW MONTHS AFTER HER

SURGERY, TAMARA WAS LEARNING

HOW TO WALK NORMALLY.

SOON SHE'LL BE RUNNING AND

JUMPING WITH THE REST OF THE

KIDS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN

HER LIFE.

TAMARA IS DOING REALLY

WELL.

SHE RUNS AND JUMPS AND

DANCES A LOT.

AS A MOTHER, I'M VERY

EXCITED.

NO ONE CAN UNDERSTAND HOW

HAPPY I AM.

I THANK GOD FOR ANSWERING

OUR PRAYERS.

AND I ALWAYS THANK GOD FOR

"OPERATION BLESSING" AND

EVERYONE THAT HELPED.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

Gordon: GLU GOD BLESS

YOU.

AND THANK YOU.

IF YOU'RE A MEMBER OF "700

CLUB," YOU'RE A PART OF

THAT.

A PORTION OF EVERY GIFT GOES

INTO "OPERATION BLESSING" TO

HELP PEOPLE AROUND THE

WORLD.

WE'RE NOT JUST A TV SHOW.

WE WANT TO REACH OUT TO

PEOPLE.

WE WANT TO HELP PEOPLE.

AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT

WHEN YOU JOIN WITH US.

NOW, HOW MUCH IS IT TO JOIN

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IF YOU WOULD LIKE THOSE, ASK

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WHEN YOU -- IF YOU WANT TO

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ABOVE, WE WANT TO HELP

PEOPLE IN ISRAEL.

IF THAT'S YOU, IF YOU WANT

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TERRY?

Terry: UP NEXT, JOHN

TESH REVEALS HIS BIGGEST

SECRET.

WHEN YOU GET TAKEN DOWN

LIKE THAT, IT PUTS

EVERYTHING INTO

PERSPECTIVE.

Terry: SO WHAT KNOCKED

HIM DOWN?

YOU'LL FIND OUT.

OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH

JOHN TESH IS NEXT.

PLUS, WE'RE GOING TO BE

PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR

NEEDS, SO STAY WITH US.

*

Terry: WELL, FANS OF

JOHN TESH KNOW THAT HE

SUFFERED FROM BACK PAIN NOT

LONG AGO, BUT THEY DIDN'T

KNOW HOW BAD IT WAS.

NO ONE KNEW.

FOR MONTHS TESH STRUGGLED

THROUGH UNBEARABLE PAIN, AND

AS HE TOLD SCOTT ROSS, THAT

PAIN NEARLY COST HIM TO TAKE

HIS LIFE.

Reporter: HIS OBITUARY

WOULD HAVE READ "CELEBRITY

JOHN TESH COMMITS SUICIDE BY

DROWNING OFF THE JERSEY

SHORE."

WHEN PAIN TAKES YOUR

FAITH AWAY -- IT REALLY

CAN -- THE ONLY THING THAT

IS LEFT IS THE PEOPLE WHO

BELIEVE IN YOU, WHO CAN HELP

KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO GOD.

Reporter: HE HAS ALWAYS

HAD THE MIDAS TOUCH.

JOHN TESH'S CAREER IN

BROADCASTING AND

ENTERTAINMENT HAS GARNERED

HIM A HOST OF ACCOLADES.

THREE GOLD RECORDS, TWO

GRAMMY NOMINATIONS, SIX

EMMYS, AND AN ASSOCIATED

PRESS AWARD FOR

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM,

JUST TO NAME A FEW.

EVERYBODY REMEMBERS HIM AS

THE POPULAR COHOST OF

ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT.

HE STUNNED A LOT OF VIEWERS

BY LEAPING OUT OF

BROADCASTING INTO HIS FIRST

PASSION, MUSIC.

I'M THE POSTER BOY FOR

QUIT YOUR JOB, FOLLOW YOUR

DREAMS.

Reporter: NOW HE IS

PERFORMING LIVE ON STAGE AND

SPEAKING ON THE AIRWAVES

FROM HIS OWN RADIO SHOW

"INTELLIGENCE FOR YOUR

LIFE."

WE TALKED ABOUT A LOT OF

RANGE OF TOPICS FROM SOCIAL

NETWORKING TO HUMANITARIAN

RELIEF.

SO I WAS SHOCKED, FOR THE

FIRST TIME PUBLICLY, JOHN

BROUGHT UP HOW A BACK INJURY

TOOK HIM ON A DARK JOURNEY

OF EXCRUCIATING PAIN AND

HOPELESSNESS.

I HAD A PIECE OF DISC

MATERIAL IN MY SPINE CAME

OFF ON MY NERVE ROUTE AND

PARALYZED ME.

I STARTED A NEW JOURNEY.

Reporter: AS THE PAIN

GOT PROGRESSIVELY WORSE,

JOHN DID HIS RADIO SHOW ON

HIS BACK.

HE TRIED KEEPING HIS

SUFFERING IN PERSPECTIVE.

NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT

OTHER PEOPLE HAVE TO GO

THROUGH, BUT THE PAIN IS

REAL.

AND PEOPLE ARE LIKE, TAKE A

PAIN PILL.

I WAS IN ONE OF THESE PAIN

CENTERS, WHO GIVE THE

EPIDURALS, AND THAT IS LADY,

I LATER FOUND OUT, HAS BEEN

IN PAIN FOR 20 YEARS.

AND SHE LOOKS OVER AT ME AND

SHE SAYS, OH, YOUR SUCH A,

YOA YOUNSTER AT THIS AND

YOU'LL GET YOUR SPINE FIXED

AND YOU'LL BE OUT OF HERE.

AND I'LL STILL BE HERE.

CONSIDER YOURSELF BLESSED.

YOU KNOW WHAT?

I'M GOING TO PRAY FOR YOU

RIGHT NOW.

AND I'M THINKING, THIS

WOMAN, WHO KNOWS THROUGH

FAILED BACK SURGERY, SHE

WILL LIVING THAT LIFE, AND

SHE STILL HAD HAD THE ENERGY

TO PRAY FOR ME.

I FELT PRETTY HORRIBLE AT

THAT MOMENT.

Reporter: JOHN SAYS

PAIN BECAME THE FOCUS OF HIS

LIFE.

I WAS IN SO MUCH PAIN.

I COULDN'T TAKE PAIN PILLS

BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T WORK.

CONNIE IS SUCH A TROUPER,

BUT I DON'T THINK SHE KNEW

HOW BAD IT WAS UNTIL SHE

CAME IN AND CAUGHT ME -- I

NEVER HAD AN ANXIETY

ATTACK -- I NEVER HAD ONE

BEFORE -- SHE CAUGHT ME ON

THE FLOOR AT 2:0:00 ON THE

FLOOR AND I COULDN'T

BREATHE.

SHE KNEW WHAT TO DO.

SHE HAD ME BREATHE INTO THE

PAPER BAG.

Reporter: JOHN SAID HE

HAD SUPPORT FROM HIS WIFE

CONNIE, AND Facebook FANS

OFFERED PRAYERS.

STILL THE PAIN SCREAMED

LOUDER.

AND I HAD BEEN IN

HORRIBLE, EXCRUCIATING SPAIN

FOR FOUR STRAIGHT MONTHS.

AND I LOSS THE USE OF MY

LEFT LEG.

I WAS IN A WHEELCHAIR, AND I

COULDN'T PLAY MUSIC

ANYMORE.

Reporter: JOHN

CONVINCED HIMSELF THE ONLY

WAY TO STOP THE PAIN WAS TO

TAKE HIS OWN LIFE.

HE PLANNED TO GET DRUNK AND

LET THE OCEAN TAKE HIM

UNDER.

THE DOCTOR SAID YOU CAN'T

GO IN THE WATER BECAUSE YOU

WON'T BE ABLE TO MAKE IT

OUT.

I'M CRAWLING IN THE WATER

BECAUSE OF MY LEG.

I HAD DOWNED ABOUT A HALF

BOTTLE OF VODKA AND I'M IN A

WETSUIT, HEADING TO THE

JERSEY SHORE, GOING TO GO

FOR A SWIM.

WHAT I WAS TRYING TO DO WAS

KILL MYSELF BECAUSE I JUST

COULDN'T TAKE THE PAIN

ANYMORE.

Reporter: JOHN'S

SUICIDE ATTEMPT ENDED IN THE

ARMS OF HIS SON, GIB.

HE GRABBED ME AND SAID,

YOU WANT TO GO FOR A SWIM.

AND I SAID, YEAH.

HE TOOK ME AND HELD ME IN

THE WATER AS THE WAVES

WASHED OVER ME AND THE TEARS

CAME DOWN.

I REALIZED THAT I HAD A LOT

TO LIVE FOR.

Reporter: A SUCCESSFUL

BACK SURGERY EVENTUALLY

RESTORED JOHN'S HEALTH.

WHEN YOU GET TAKEN DOWN

LIKE THAT, IT PUTS

EVERYTHING INTO

PERSPECTIVE.

Reporter: AND YOU'RE

HEALED NOW?

I AM.

Reporter: SO THE PRAYER

WORKED?

THE PRAYER WORKED.

AND EVERYBODY WAS PRAYING

FOR ME.

Reporter: WHAT DID YOU

LEARN IN THAT KIND OF

SUFFERING?

I LEARNED THE POWER OF

INTERSESORY PRAYER, AND I

LEARNED YOU CAN NEVER DO IT

ALONE.

Reporter: AND YOUR

FAITH IS INTACT NOW?

MORE THAN EVER.

MORE THAN EVER.

I TRIED EVERYTHING, AND THE

ONLY THING THAT WORKS FOR ME

IS JESUS CHRIST.

I GUARANTEE YOU AT 58 YEARS

OLD, I TRIED EVERYTHING.

NEW AGE, THIS, THAT, AND THE

ONLY THING THAT WORKS IS A

CONNECTION TO GOD.

Terry: HE IS THE SOURCE

OF EVERYTHING.

HE'S THE SOURCE OF ALL

THAT'S CREATED, THE SOURCE

OF POWER THAT HEEL HEALS

US, THAT MOVES IN OUR LIFE.

THIS IS DAVID, HE LIVES IN

GARDENDALE, ALABAMA.

HE DEVELOPED A HERNIA IN HIS

CHEST IN 2005.

AND THAT ACTUALLY PROTRUDED

AND COULD BE SEEN AND FELT.

WHENEVER HE ATE SPICY FOODS,

HE SAID HE WOULD EXPERIENCE

A BURNING SENSATION.

HE DIDN'T WANT TO FACE AN

OPERATION, SO HE ENDURED

THIS CONDITION FOR THE NEXT

SEVEN YEARS.

LAST JANUARY HE WAS WATCHING

THIS SHOW.

GORDON, YOU SAID IN AN ACT

OF FAITH, LAY YOUR HAND ON

THAT AREA THAT NEEDS

HEALING, AND SAY OUT LOUD,

BY HIS STRIPES, I AM HEALED,

AND THEN ACT IT.

DAVID DID THIS, AND HE SAYS

WHEN HE LOOKED IN THE

MIRROR, HE NO LONGER SAW THE

KNOT IN HIS CHEST, NOR COULD

HE FEEL IT.

AND SINCE THAT DAY HE HAS

NOT HAD ANY PROBLEM.

Gordon: HERE IS

BEATRICE FROM OKLAHOMA.

SHE WENT TO THE DOCTOR

BECAUSE SHE WAS HAVING

TERRIBLE PAIN AND CRACKLING

IN HER RIGHT EAR.

HE PRESCRIBED HER WITH A

SEVERE INFECTION AND

PROVIDED MEDICATIONS.

AFTER TWO MONTHS, THE

MEDICATIONS WERE NOT

RELIEVING HER SYMPTOMS, AND

SHE BEGAN HAVING LOSS OF

HEARING IN THAT EAR.

AND ONE DAY SHE WAS WATCHING

"THE 700 CLUB."

AND TERRY, YOU HAD A WORD OF

KNOWLEDGE.

AND YOU SAID, SOMEONE HAS A

HEARING ISSUE.

YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR A

CRACKLING SOUND IN YOUR EAR

AS GOD RESTORES THAT FOR

YOU.

BEATRICE PUT ONE HAND OVER

HER EAR, AND RAISED HER

OTHER HAND TO GOD, AND SAID,

"BY JESUS' STRIPES, I AM

HEALED."

HER EAR BECAME WARM, AND ALL

OF THE PAIN AND CRACKLING

WERE GONE, AND SHE COULD

HEAR.

SHE HAS HAD NO MORE SYMPTOMS

SINCE THAT DAY.

I BELIEVE WHEN WE DO THE

THINGS THE BIBLE SAYS TO DO,

WE'LL GET THE SAME RESULTS

THE BIBLE SAYS WE'LL GET.

THE BIBLE SAYS IF TWO OR

MORE AGREE TOUCHING

ANYTHING -- THESE ARE THE

WORDS OF JESUS: "IF TWO OR

MORE AGREE, TOUCHING

ANYTHING, IT SHALL BE

DONE."

AND THE REASON PETER SAID

"BY HIS STRIPES WE WERE

HEALED," IS BECAUSE IT HAS

ALREADY HAPPENED.

THE CROSS IS ALREADY AN

ESTABLISHED FACT.

YOU, IN AN ACT OF FAITH, LAY

THAT AREA THAT NEEDS

HEALING, AND WHETHER YOU'VE

HAD PAIN FOR SEVEN DAYS OR

TWO MONTHS OR TWO YEARS OR

SEVEN MINUTES, LET'S BELIEVE

GOD.

AND LET'S BELIEVE THAT BY

HIS STRIPES, WE WERE

HEALED.

IT IS ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED.

WE JUST HAVE TO RECEIVE IT.

WE JUST HAVE TO BELIEVE TO

RECEIVE IT.

NOT SOME HOPE FOR, NOT SOME

KIND OF PRETEND, BUT

UNDERSTAND THAT ITS THERE.

THAT HE CAN BE TOUCHED WITH

YOUR INFIRMITY, AND THAT HE

IS TAKING IT ALL.

IF HE IS TAKING IT, YOU

DON'T HAVE TO BEAR IT ANY

LONGER.

LET'S PRAY.

LORD, AS PEOPLE ARE LAYING

HANDS ON THAT AREA OF THE

BODY, WE JUST COME TOGETHER

WITH THEM.

AND TOGETHER WE SAY OUT

LOUD, BY HIS STRIPES I AM

HEALED.

AND IN JESUS' NAME, BE

HEALED AND BE SET FREE FROM

PAIN AND FROM DISEASE AND

FROM CANCER AND FROM

INFIRMITY.

BE RESTORED.

JESUS CAME THAT YOU MIGHT

HAVE LIFE AND HAVE IT MORE

ABUNDANTLY.

JESUS CAME TO SET THE

CAPTIVE FREE.

JESUS CAME THAT YOU MIGHT BE

HEALED, BODY, SOUL, AND

SPIRIT.

SO BE HEALED NOW IN THE NAME

OF JESUS.

THERE IS SOMEONE WITH A LEFT

SHOULDER INJURY, AND IT IS

CAUSING YO YOU NUMBNESS

DOWN INTO YOUR FINGERS, AND

GOD IS JUST HEALING AND

RESTORING.

BEGIN TO MOVE THAT ARM.

WHAT YOU COULDN'T DO BEFORE,

DO IT NOW AND RECEIVE

HEALING INTO THAT SHOULDER.

TERRY?

Terry: THIS IS NOR

MULTIPLE PEOPLE, NOT ONE

PERSON.

BUT YOU HAVE BEEN HAVING

ANXIETY ATTACKS SO

TERRIFYING TO YOU.

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE

ANOTHER ONE AGAIN.

AND YOU'VE FELT THE MOVE OF

GOD UPON YOU WHEN GORDON WAS

SPEAKING THOSE SCRIPTURES.

JUST RECEIVE THE PEACE OF

CHRIST.

Gordon: THERE ARE MANY

PEOPLE WITH BACK PROBLEMS

BEING HEALED RIGHT NOW.

BEGIN TO MOVE AND TWIST AND

BEND OVER AND RECEIVE

HEALING INTO YOUR BACK RIGHT

NOW IN JESUS' NAME.

WE ALWAYS REJOICE.

IF YOU WANT SOMEONE TO SHARE

A TESTIMONY WITH, GIVE US A

CALL, 1-800-759-0700.

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT

WEEK.

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