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700 Club Interactive: Love & War - September 7, 2012

Gordon Robertson and Terry Meeuwsen chat with authors John and Stasi Eldredge about their book, ‘Love and War.’ Read Transcript


HI EVERYBODY. WELCOME TO

"THE 700 CLUB INTERACTIVE".

WELL, FRANK SINATRA'S SONG

"LOVE

AND MARRIAGE" IS ABOUT THE

SIMPLICITY OF GETTING MARRIED

AND GETTING MARRIED AND THE

STATISTICS SHOW THAT MOST FIRST

TIME MARRIAGES DON'T LAST.

AND THE COUPLE YOU'RE ABOUT

TO MEET SHOULD HAVE BEEN ONE OF

THOSE STATISTICS. AFTER THEY

WERE MARRIED CHAD AND SARAH

BEGAN TO REBEL FROM THE WAY

THEY

WERE RAISED. FOR THE FIRST

TIME

IN THEIR LIVES THIS COUPLE

TURNED TO PARTYING AND

PORNOGRAPHY AND NOT AFTER LONG

THEIR MARRIAGE WAS IN TROUBLE.

THE FIRST YEARS WAS BRUTAL.

I WAS SELFISH.

THERE WAS THING GOING ON.

THEY COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY

THEIR YOUNG MARRIAGE WAS

FAILING. AFTER ALL THEY GREW

UP IN THE CHURCH

AND HE WAS A LEADER IN THE

CHURCH YET THEY WERE YOUNG AND

THEY BEGAN TO EXPLORE A

LIFESTYLE THEY WERE TAUGHT WAS

FORBIDDEN. THE ONLY TIME THEY

DIDN'T FIGHT IS WHEN THEY WERE

PARTYING.

I REMEMBER SHOWING UP ON A

SUNDAY MORNING AND NO ONE NEW

AND THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN KNOWN

AND WE DOING THAT.

WE WE WERE FREE.

AND IT ESCALATE TO ANOTHER

LEVEL PORNOGRAPHY.

AND IT WAS SOMETHING I BEGAN

TO DESIRE. I DON'T THINK WE

WERE WILLING TO ADMIT HOW BAD

OFF WE WERE, BUT LIKE I SAID I

GREW UP IN THIS PLEASE GOD OR

PLEASE DO WHAT WAS RIGHT TYPE

OF

MENTALITY AND ONCE YOU GET TO A

CERTAIN AGE IT'S LIKE WHAT IS

THE MOTIVATION ANYMORE? I HAD

BEEN OVER WEIGHT GROWING UP AND

LOST 60 POUNDS BEFORE AND MEN

NEVER LOOKED AT ME AND AFTER

THAT POINT I GOT FLIRTED WITH

WALKING DOWN THE STREET. IT

MADE ME FEEL GREAT AND THAT I

WAS PRETTY.

I WAS NEVER A WORKAHOLIC AND

I WENT INTO THAT AND FOUND

THINGS THAT FILLED THE VOID.

CHAD BEGAN WORKING AWAY FROM

HOME FOUR DAYS A WEEK.

AND SARAH GOT ATTENTION FROM

ONE OF HIS FRIENDS. HE WAS

ALSO

MARRIED.

AND I TALKED TO THIS OTHER

MAN. WE TALK TOED PHONE AND

HUNG OUT AND IT WAS A

FRIENDSHIP, THIS EMOTIONAL BOND.

BUT THAT TURNED INTO

SOMETHING MORE.

I TRIED NOT TO DO IT. I WAS

TRYING ON BE BETTER THAN I WAS

AND IT WENT FULL INTO A

COMPLETE

PHYSICAL RELATIONSHIP AT THAT

POINT. EVERY TIME I WAS WITH

HIM AND WE DID SOMETHING THAT I

WOULD HAVE HAD HIDE FROM MY

HUSBAND THERE WAS GUILT. THIS

WAS ALWAYS GUILT BUT THE GUILT

WAS SO MUCH LESS THAN THE

DESIRE. I HATED MYSELF. I

HATED WHAT I WAS DOING BUT I

DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO GET OUT IT.

I COULDN'T TELL. IF I TOLD MY

WORLD COME CRASHING DOWN.

THE AFFAIR LASTED THREE

YEARS

UNTIL A FRIEND CAUGHT ON AND

CALLED THEM OUT TO THE PASTOR

.

THE PASTOR CALLED THEM IN.

I WAS LIKE WHAT DO THEY

KNOW?

I AM NOT THINKING ABOUT SARAH

AT

ALL AND THEY SAID "SARAH, YOU

HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL CHAD".

I COULD HAVE KEPT LYING AND

I

PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN

BELIEVED AT THAT POINT AND EVEN

CHAD OR I COULD BE DONE WITH IT

NO MATTER THE CONSEQUENCES AND

I

DECIDED TO TELL THE TRUTH.

MY FIRST REACTION OR MY

FIRST

FEELING WAS JUST SMOKE.

I DIDN'T KNOW IF I WAS GOING

TO LOSE MY DAUGHTER. I DIDN'T

KNOW IF I WAS GOING TO LOSE MY

HUSBAND. I DIDN'T KNOW IF I

WAS

GOING LOSE EVERYTHING -- SORRY,

BUT THAT WAS -- BEING DONE WITH

THAT AND BEING RIGHT WITH GOD

AND WITH MY HUSBAND WAS MORE

IMPORTANT.

WHILE SARAH SPENT THE NIGHT

AT HER PARENT'S HOUSE THEY MET

UP AT THE SCREENING OF "THE

PASSION OF THE CHRIST". THEY

COMMITTED TO ATTEND MONTHS

PRIOR.

THE MOST AMAZING THINGS

HAPPEN AND WE WERE SITTING NEXT

TO EACH OTHER AND I ADMITTED TO

THE AFFAIR AND SEEING THE

BEATING AND CRUISE FISSION OF

JESUS.

AND I AM SOBBING AND THE

LORD

ORCHESTRATED A MOMENT TO REMIND

ME OF THE EXTENT HE WENT TO

RESTORE A RELATIONSHIP WITH ME.

I CAME TO UNDERSTAND THE

GRAVITY OF MY SIN AND HOW MUCH

IT BOTH HURT JESUS -- NOT JUST

MY HUSBAND BUT IT HAD HURT THE

LORD.

HOW CAN I STAND BEFORE LORD

AND THANKS FOR WHAT YOU DID FOR

ME AND MY STUPORRITY BUT THIS

WAS TOO MUCH.

HE WAS STILL SAD BUT HE WENT

OVER HIS TRANSFORMATION IN THE

LAST 24 HOURS AND HE SAID --

HOW CAN I NOT FORGIVE YOU

WHEN I HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN.

AND THAT WAS THE DAY FOR US

BOTH DECIDING TO BE DONE --

BOTH

OF US, BUT ME PARTICULARLY A

HURT WAY OF LIFE, A SELFISH WAY

OF LIVING.

BOTH COMMITTED THEIR LIVES

TO

JESUS CHRIST THAT DAY. CHAD

STEPPED DOWN AS WORSHIP LEADER

THAT DAY.

IT'S BOTH PEOPLE COMING TO

THE POINT AND WHATEVER IT

ENTAILS WE WILL MAKE IT WORK.

WE CUT THE CABLE, POORED OUT

THE ALCOHOL. HE WENT TO

COUNSELING.

HE CLEANED EVERYTHING OUT

SPIRITUALLY PHYSICALLY, CUT ALL

TIES. WE WERE TOGETHER ALL THE

TIME.

AND AS WE GREW CLOSER

TOGETHER IN A PURE WAY WE WERE

GROWING CLOSER TO GOD TOO.

WE DIDN'T FIGHT. THIS WAS

AWESOME.

SINCE THEN THEY HAVE RENEWED

THEIR MARRIAGE VOWS AND THEY

REALIZED THE OLD MARRIAGE HAD

TO

DIE TO REBUILD THE NEW MARRIAGE.

WHEN I THINK THE GOD AS A

SAVIOR, AS THE SAVIOR, AS THE

ONLY THING THAT'S BEEN ABLE TO

SAVE ME.

THE KEY TO IT ALL IS THAT

YOU

HAVE TO BE WILLING TO DO WHAT

CHRIST DID IN GOING TO THE

CROSS, AND YOU THINK ABOUT ONE

OF THE THINGS HE SUFFERED. HE

SUFFERED EMBARRASSMENT, SHAME.

THERE WAS PAIN AND DEATH

INVOLVED SO IT COMES DOWN TO

WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE UP

IN EXCHANGE FOR WHAT HE HAS?

WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE

UP? THE APOSTLE PAUL TALKED

ABOUT THIS AND "I WAS WILLING

TO

SUFFER THE LOSS OF ALL THINGS"

AND OFTEN IN CHRISTIANITY TODAY

YOU HAVE TO ASK THE QUESTION,

WHAT DID YOU LOST? WHAT DID

YOU

GIVE UP? PAUL SAID I SUFFERED

THE LOSS OF ALL THINGS I MIGHT

GAIN, CHRIST AND GOES ON TO SAY

AND SHARE WITH HIM THE

FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERING,

AND

IF WE THINK CHRISTIANITY IS

SOMETHING CASUAL WELL WE'RE

MISSING THE MARK. CHRISTIANITY

REQUIRES -- YEAH, REQUIRES THAT

YOU GET TRANSPARENT. IT

REQUIRES THAT YOU TURN FROM THE

THINGS THAT YOU USED TO DO. IT

REQUIRES YOU CRUCIFY AND THAT

YOU BECOME IDENTIFIED WITH HIM,

WITH JESUS, ON THE CROSS, BUT

THEN IT DOESN'T STOP THERE.

THEN YOU IDENTIFY HIM -- WITH

HIM IN THE RESURRECTION AND

JUST

AS YOU SAW WITH CHAD AND SARAH,

YES, THERE WAS A RESURRECTION,

A

RESURRECTION OF THEIR MARRIAGE,

OF THEIR JOY, OF THEIR PEACE.

NOW FOR YOU WHETHER YOU'RE

MARRIED OR NOT MARRIED I HAVE

ONE QUESTION FOR YOU. ARE YOU

RIGHT WITH GOD? ARE THINGS

THERE RIGHT? ARE YOU AT LEAST

TRANSPARENT WITH HIM? THAT YOU

KNOW THE POWER OF CONFESSION?

YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR

INNER MOST BEING WHEN YOU GET

THAT JUNK OUT? SIN LIKES TO

HIDE. IT LOVES THE DARKNESS,

BUT WHEN WE BRING IT INTO HIS

WIFE LIGHT, AND WE HAVE OUR

FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM RESTORED,

AND EVERYTHING ELSE COMES

TOGETHER. MAYBE YOUR LIKE CHAD

AND SARAH ON THE SURFACE AND

YOU'RE GOING TO CHURCH. YOU'RE

DOING THE CHRISTIAN THING BUT

ON

THE WEEKENDS THINGS AREN'T

RIGHT

AND YOU KNOW IT. AND YOU'RE

WONDERING HOW DO I GET FREE?

MAYBE YOU ARE LIKE SARAH, THE

FORCE OF THE TERMTATION WAS

GREATER THAN THE FORCE OF YOUR

GUILT. YOU COULD BE FREE. YOU

CAN WALK FREE FROM THAT AND YOU

COULD LIVE A LIFE OF SIMPLICITY

WHERE YOU AND GOD ARE ONE, AND

YOUR BACK IN RELATIONSHIP WITH

HIM. NOW, IF YOU WANT THIS ALL

YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL A

TOLL-FEE PHONE NUMBER. THE

NUMBER IS ON THE SCREEN.

1-800-777-1999. THERE WILL BE

SOMEBODY ON THE OTHER END OF

THAT LINE WHO IS WILLING TO

TALK

WITH YOU. IF YOU THINK YOU

NEED

TO CONFESS YOU DON'T NEED TO

LEAVE YOUR NAME. I BELIEVE IN

THE POWER OF CONFESSION. THE

BIBLE SAYS CONFESS YOUR SINS TO

ONE ANOTHER AND WHEN YOU DO

THAT

YOU GET FREE FROM THEM. YOU

GET

RESTORED. YOU FIND PEACE. YOU

FIND MERCY. YOU FIND LOVE, SO

IF THAT IS YOU, IF THAT'S WHAT

YOU'RE LOOKING FOR MAKE THAT

PHONE CALL, 1-800-777-1999.

JUST SAY "I WANT TO COME HOME.

I WANT WANT TO LIVE A

TRANSPARENT LIFE AGAIN. I WANT

TO BE NEW AGAIN. I WANT THE

JOY

OF MY SALVATION AGAIN". DO IT.

CALL RIGHT NOW. WHEN WE COME

BACK AUTHORS STACY AND JOHN

ELDRIDGE ARE HERE ON SKYPE AND

WILL DISCUSS THE BATTLES OF

THEIR OWN MARRIAGE AFTER THAT.

HELLO I AM TERRY MEEUWSEN.

DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE OVER

148 MILLION ORPHANS IN THE

WORLD

TODAY BUT IT WAS THREE LITTLE

GIRLS THAT TAUGHT ME ABOUT THIS

PLIGHT. EIGHT YEARS AGO MY

HUSBAND AND I WERE IMMERSED IN

THE ACTIVITIES OF A ORPHANAGE

AND I SAW THE UTTER LONELINESS

AND THE REJECTION AND

OVERWHELMING

DESIRE TO LOVE AND FROM IT GREE

A MINISTRY ORPHANS PROMISE AND

WE'RE HELPING MANY CHILDREN IN

COUNTRY AND I AM ASKING YOU TO

JOIN WITH ME ANDK BECOME

FAMILIES TO THESE CHILDREN AND

WILL YOU CALL THE NUMBER ON THE

SCREEN RIGHT NOW AND EVERY

CHILD

DESERVES A CHANCE TO BE HAPPY.

SUPER KIDS.COM. WE HAVE

THIS

FOR KIDS TO LEARN THE BIBLE IN

A

NEW WAY.

THEY WILL LOVE IT. THE

ABILITY TO CREATE YOUR OWN

CHARACTERS. WE HAVE A PLACE TO

LISTEN TO SUPER BOOK ON RADIO.

IT'S THE SERIES THAT TEACHES

THESE STORIES AND ALL THE WAY

THROUGH CREATION THROUGH

CHRIST'S RETURN.

THE WEBSITE TEACHES LIFE

LESSONS ALSO. PARENTS CAN

SPEND

TIME LEARNING ABOUT THE BIBLE.

IT'S TOTALLY GOSPEL CENTERED

AND YOU WILL HELP BRING GOD'S

WORLD ALL OVER THE WORLD.

WE'RE REACHING A NEW

GENERATION WITH THE GOSPEL OF

JESUS CHRIST. TODAY WE CAN

GIVE

THE TRUTH OF THE BIBLE IN A FUN

AND EXCITING WAY THAT WILL

CHANGE THEIR LIVES.

JOHN AND STACY ELDRIDGE ARE

KNOWN FOR THEIR BOOKS AND WHAT

YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW THEY HAVE

CONSIDERED DIVORCE THEMSELVES,

NOT ONCE BUT TWICE. PLEASE

WELCOME TO "THE 700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE". WELCOME TO BOTH

YOU. GOOD TO HAVE YOU.

THANKS FOR HAVING US.

CAN I ASK YOU TO TALK ABOUT

WHAT YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH, THE

STRUGGLE YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH

IN YOUR OWN RELATIONSHIP WITH

EACH OTHER.

ABSOLUTELY.

YOU BET.

I LOVE THAT TESTIMONY THAT

WE

JUST LISTENED TO AND IT'S NEVER

TOO MUCH, TOO LATE FOR GOD. WE

WERE REALLY INVOLVED IN OUR

CHURCH TOO. WE LOOKED REALLY

GOOD FROM THE OUTSIDE AND WE

WERE BLIND SIDED WITH HOW HARD

MARRIAGE IS, ONCE YOU GET INTO

THE REALITY OF IT, AND WE WERE

BARELY THREE YEARS IN WHEN I

BROUGHT UP THE SUBJECT OF

DIVORCE WITHION AND I THOUGHT

WE

WERE LIVING TWO SEPARATE LIVES.

RIGHT. NOBODY WAS HAVING AN

AFFAIR. NOBODY WAS THROWING

DISHES, BUT IN MANY WAYS I WAS

HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH MY WORK.

BUSY AT CHURCH AND FEELING

GREAT

MYSELF. I CAME INTO MARRIAGE

AS

A BOY IN A MAN'S BODY AND I

DON'T THINK THE TWO OF US KNEW

WHAT WE WERE REALLY IN FOR AND

WE WERE BARELY THREE YEARS IN

AND TALKING DIVORCE.

NOW THE D WORD COMES COMES

INTO YOUR CONVERSATION. YOU'RE

STILL YOUNG AND BASICALLY NEWIE

WEDS AND WHAT DID YOU DO TO

BEGIN TO FIX IT?

WELL, IT WAS PRETTY

DRAMATIC.

YOU THROW THE WORLD OUT THERE

AND A BOMB THAT GOES OFF AND

LETS YOU KNOW THINGS ARE

SERIOUS. THIS ISN'T GOING IN

THE DIRECTION WE DREAMED OF,

LONGED FOR AND I WAS REALLY

LONELY IN OUR MARRIAGE AND TO

BE

LONELY IN YOUR MARRIAGE IS

AWFUL. A LOT OF PEOPLE

UNDERSTAND THAT. WHAT JOHN AND

I DID IS WE SOUGHT COUNSELING.

WE DIDN'T DO MARRIAGE

COUNSELING AS MUCH AS

INDIVIDUAL

COUNSELING BECAUSE WE KNEW WHAT

WE WERE DEALING WITH WAS REALLY

ALMOST HARDLY ABOUT THE

MARRIAGE

AT ALL. IT WAS ABOUT THE

BAGGAGE THAT WE BROUGHT INTO

IT.

WE COME FROM ALCOHOLIC

FAMILIES.

I HAD MAJOR ABANDONMENT WOUNDS

AS A BOY AND I HAD MADE THIS

VOW

WHEN I THINK I WAS TEN YEAR'S

OLD. I WILL NEVER TRUST ANYONE

AGAIN, AND I BECAME A CHRISTIAN

AT 19 AND IT WAS A DRAMATIC

CONVERSION. I MEAN I CAME IN

FROM THE DRUG WORLD AND HEAVY

CULTURE AND I WAS IN 100% FOR

JESUS, BUT BECOMING A CHRISTIAN

DOESN'T NECESSARILY TAKE THOSE

WOUNDS AWAY. YOU HAVE TO GO

BACK WITH CHRIST AND DEAL WITH

THOSE THINGS, AND SO THAT WAS

REALLY THE JOURNEY FOR OUR

DEALING AND KIND OF THE

EARTHQUAKE THIS IS NOT WORKING.

YOU NEED TO LOOK AT YOUR LIFE.

YOU REALLY DO, AND I THINK

AS

YOU'RE SAYING THAT HOW MANY

PEOPLE WANT TO RUN FROM THE

PAIN

INSTEAD OF GOING BACK AND

WORKING THEIR WAY THROUGH IT.

DO PEOPLE WHO ARE WITH US RIGHT

NOW WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? HOW DO

YOU ENCOURAGE SOMEONE TO MOVE?

JOHN ESPECIALLY I THINK MEN ARE

NOT APT TO GO FOR COUNSELING

THAN WOMEN BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE

THINK IF I GO TO COUNSELING

THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH

ME. I'M A CRAZY PERSON. HOW

DO

YOU ENCOURAGE PEOPLE FOR THAT?

WHEN YOU RUN FROM YOUR PAIN

YOU'RE RUNNING FROM YOUR

HEALING

AND YOU DON'T WANT TO DO THAT.

YOU'RE NEVER TOO MUCH FOR GOD.

WE ARE ALL OF US BROKEN PEOPLE.

EVERYBODY.

SO IT'S NOT A STRANGE THING,

BUT WHAT WOULD YOU SAY AS A MAN?

THE REASON WE WROTE "LOVE

AND

WAR" AND THE

DEVOTIONAL AND EVERYBODY IS

BROKEN AND EVERYBODY IS A MESS

AND IN THE CHURCH AND OUTSIDE

BUT I THINK MOST PEOPLE IN THE

CHURCH DON'T REALIZE THAT THE

OFFER OF JESUS IS THE HEALING

OF

YOUR BROKENNESS. LIKE THAT WAS

HUGE FOR ME. I HAD THE

FORGIVENESS PIECE AND I WAS

GRATEFUL BUT THERE WAS MORE.

JESUS SAID I CAME TO FREE THE

BROKEN HEARTED AND SET THE

CASKET FREE. I WANT THAT. I

WANT TO BE WHOLE. GUYS, DON'T

YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY?

YEAH, IT'S LIKE HAVING A

GREAT BIG PRESENT AND NOT

UNWRAPPING IT.

EXACTLY, YEAH.

I UNDERSTAND THAT THE

CHRISTIAN DIVORCE RATE IS

APPROXIMATELY 41% AND YOU WERE

TALKING HOW YOU WERE STRUGGLING

IN YOUR MARRIAGE AND ACTIVE IN

CHURCH PARTICIPATION AT THAT

TIME. WHAT CAN THE CHURCH DO

THAT WOULD HELP PEOPLE GET REAL

IN THEIR RELATIONSHIPS AND FIND

THE KIND OF ABUNDANT LIFE THAT

JESUS TALKED ABOUT?

WELL, I THINK THE FIRST

THING

IS WHAT YOU'RE DOING HERE IS

PULL BACK THE CURTAINS. PULL

THE SHAME OFF. IT'S HARD FOR

EVERYONE AND BE UP FRONT AND

SAY

THAT. PROVIDE A CONTEXT AND

ATMOSPHERE WHERE WE CAN SHOW

OUR

WOUNDS AND SCARS AND BRING THEM

TOGETHER BEFORE JESUS. NONE OF

US ARE DONE YET. WE ARE ALL ON

THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION. SO

HONESTY --

IT'S HUGE. WHAT YOU'RE

DOING

NEEDS TO BE THE CULTURE OF

CHURCH AND HONESTY BECAUSE

PEOPLE PICK UP ON IT AND CAN I

BE HONEST HERE OR FAKE IT.

THEY HAVE TO HIDE IT.

WHAT'S THE CULTURE OF THE

CHURCH AND IF WE CAN HAVE A

CULTURE OF HONESTY. THIS IS

THE

BEST THING WE DID IN OUR

MARRIAGE AND A CULTURE OF

HONESTY. OUR SONS GREW UP THIS

WAY. THAT'S ALL THEY KNOW AND

RELATIONSHIP INTEGRITY AND NO

ONE IS FAKING IT.

YOU CAN'T HAVE REAL WITHOUT

BEING HONEST. THERE IS A BOOK

"LOVE AND WAR" AND THE

DEVOTIONAL FOR COUPLES AND BOTH

OF THEM ARE AWESOME. BOTH ARE

ABLE AT STORES NATIONWIDE.

STACY AND JOHN THANKS FOR BEING

WITH US TODAY AND WHAT YOU'RE

DOING AND MAKING A HUGE

DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF

PEOPLE MARRIED AND CONSIDERED

MARRIAGE.

THANK YOU.

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US.

GORDON.

A MAN IN DARKNESS RECEIVES

THE GIFT OF SIGHT RIGHT AFTER

THIS.

HI. I I WANT YOU TO KNOW

YOU

CAN INTERACT WITH THE CLUB

INTERACTIVE AND YOU CAN SCRIEP

IN.

THANKS FOR PRAYING PER ME.

MY

PLEASURE. YOU CAN EVEN CALL

US.

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I WANT TO TAKE YOU TO INDIA

AND MEET SOMEONE LOSING HIS EYE

SIGHT AND JOB BUT TODAY HE HAS

BOTH THANKS TO OPERATION

BLESSING.

HE LIVES IN INDIA. AFTER

DOCTORS DIAGNOSED HIM WITH

LEPACY HE LOST HIS FAMILY AND

JOB.

WHEN I COULDN'T GO ON I MET

NUNS WHO GIVE ME A PLACE TO

LIVE

AND WORK.

HE WORKED AS A LANDSCAPER

UNTIL HE STARTED TO GO BLIND.

WHEN I COULDN'T SEE WHAT I WAS

DOING THE NUNS SAID THEY WOULD

HAVE TO LET ME GO. IF I LOST

THIS JOB I WOULD HAVE TO BEG ON

THE STREETS. I FELT LIKE DYING.

HE HAD CATARACTS IN BOTH

EYES

AND EVEN IF HE HAD THE SURGERY

MOST DOCTORS WOULD REFUSE TO

OPERATE BECAUSE OF THE LEPERACY

AND THE SISTERS CONTACTED THE

ONLY ORGANIZATION THEY KNEW

WOULD HELP.

I CONTACTED OPERATION

BLESSING TO HELP AND THEY

SCHEDULED HIM FOR SURGERY.

DURING THE OPERATION THE

SISTERS PRAYED FOR HIS SIGHT TO

BE RENEWED. AFTER THE

BANDSAGES

WERE REMOVED HE HAD 20-20

VISION.

I HAVE GOLDEN VISION. CAN I

DO MY JOB WITH CONFIDENCE AND

THANKS TO THE OPERATION BY

OPERATION BLESSING.

AND THANK YOU IF YOU'RE A

MEMBER OF THE "THE 700 CLUB".

YOU'RE PART OF BRINGING THAT

BLESSING TO SOMEONE HALFWAY

AROUND THE WORLD ON THE COAST

IN

INDIA AND THERE WASN'T A WAY

BUT

GOD MADE A WAY AND HE MADE A

WAY

BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE YOU CARED

TO

GIVE. IF YOU'RE NOT A MEMBER

OF

THE "THE 700 CLUB" WE INVITE

YOU

TO JOIN. WE'RE MORE THAN A TV

SHOW. WE WANT TO REACH OUT

WITH

LOVE AND COMPASSION AROUND THE

WORLD AND CAN YOU BE A PART OF

IT IF YOU JOIN. HOW MUCH IS

IT?

$20 A MONTH, 65 CENTS A DAY AND

CALL US RIGHT NOW

1-800-777-1999. JUST SAY YES,

I

WANT TO BE A MEMBER OF THE "THE

700 CLUB". WHEN YOU CALL ASK

FOR PLEDGE EXPRESS. THE BANK

DOES ALL THE WORK. WE DO SO

MUCH ON THE PROCESSING WE ARE

ABLE TO SEND BACK TO YOU "POWER

OF LIFE" CD AND SIGN UP FOR

PLEDGE EXPRESS AT

1-800-777-1999. WE HAVE TIME

FOR A PHONE CALL. HERE IS JOHN

FROM MARYLAND.

HI GORDON. HOW ARE YOU

DOING

TODAY?

I AM WELL, WHAT CAN WE DO

FOR

YOU?

BY THE WAY I LOVE THE SHOW

AND IT GIVES ME SO MUCH

ENCOURAGEMENT.

THANK YOU.

ABOUT NINE MONTHS AGO I UPON

DWD A NEUROLOGICAL PROBLEM AND

I

HAVE BEEN -- IT'S MUST BE

OBSCURE BECAUSE I WENT TO SIX

DOCTORS TO FIND OUT WHAT IT WAS

AND NONE OF THEM COULD FIND

OUT,

A LOT OF SPECIALISTS, AND I

HAVE

TAKEN ABOUT MAYBE 11 DIFFERENT

TYPES OF MEDICINES AND RIGHT

NOW

I'M ON MEDICINE MEANT FOR

EPILEPSY AND KIND OF MAKES IT

WORSE, SO I JUST NEED PRAYER.

I

WANT TO BE HONEST. I AM

STRUGGLING WITH THINGS, BUT I

KNOW THERE IS A LITTLE RAY OF

HOPE THAT I HAVE IN MY HEART

AND

I JUST FELT LIKE I SHOULD CALL

SO I AM REACHING OUT TO JUST

TRY

TO FIND SOLUTION.

OKAY JOHN. GOD WORKS WITH

LITTLE RAYS OF HOPE, AND YOU

JUST NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT

FAITH IS THE SUBSTANCE OF

THINGS

HOPE FOR, SO YOU HAVE THAT

LITTLE RAY OF HOPE, AND THAT'S

ALL YOU NEED. THAT'S ALL YOU

NEED. AND GOD CAN DO A WHOLE

LOT WITH THAT LITTLE RAY. NOW,

HOW DOES THIS THING MANIFEST

ITSELF? IS IT PAINFUL?

IT'S ALWAYS A LITTLE BIT

PAINFUL LIKE A ONE, LIKE THE

DOCTOR ASKED ME. SOMETIMES IT

CAN GO INTO SHOOTING OR BURNING

PAIN.

ARE YOU PAIN RIGHT NOW.

JUST MILDLY.

OKAY. HERE IS A GOOD PRAYER

FOR YOU. LORD I BELIEVE HELP

MY

UNBELIEF AND RIGHT NOW WE ASK

FOR JOHN AND WE JUST ASK THAT

YOUR PRESENCE WOULD MANIFEST,

AND IT WOULD JUST FILL HIM, AND

REVEAL TO JONATHAN HE'S THE

TEMPLE OF THE WHOLLY SPIRIT.

REVEAL TO HIM THE GREAT MYSTERY

FROM THE AGES. CHRIST IN JOHN,

THE HOPE OF GLORY. THAT YOU'RE

IN HIM. THAT YOU'RE AROUND

HIM.

YOU'RE ABOVE HIM, BELOW HIM, IN

FRONT OF HIM AND BEHIND HIM AND

WHEN HE HAS YOU HE HAS ALL THE

HEALING HE NEEDS SO WE COME

AGAINST THAT PAIN NOW IN JESUS'

NAME. YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO

EXIST IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD.

AND

YOU MUST LEAVE HIS BODY NOW,

AND

NEVER RETURN. WE SPEAK TO THAT

IN JESUS' NAME BE NORMAL. BE

MORAL. NO MORE BURNING, NO

MORE

SHOOTING PAIN. NO MORE PAIN AT

ALL IN THE NAME OF JESUS. AND

NOW I JUST ASK FOR A SUPER

NATIONAL PEACE TO COME ON JOHN

NOW AND A MANTEL OF PEACE, A

BLANKET OF PEACE SURROUNDING

HIM

TO LET HIM KNOW THAT GOD HAS

HIS

FUTURE AND GOD HAS GIVEN HIM

THAT RAY OF HOPE. GOD HAS

PLANS

FOR HIM TO GIVE HIM A HOPE AND

A

FUTURE AND WE JUST ASK THAT

PEACE TO JUST SETTLE ON HIM AND

TAKE AWAY ALL WORRY, ALL

DISENCOURAGEMENT. IN JESUS'

NAME. AMEN.

AMEN.

WOW, DID YOU FEEL ANYTHING

JOHN?

I CAN'T SAY I ACTUALLY DID,

BUT I FELT THE PEACE AND YOUR

PRAYER IS SOMETHING BEING

SURROUNDING ME AND THE PEACE.

I

FEEL THE PEACE.

WELL, THAT'S FEELING

SOMETHING.

I KNOW GOD IS HEALING ME AND

I AM HEALED. I'M NOT SURE -- I

WON'T BE ABLE TO SOONER OR

LATER

AND IT COMES AND GOES.

YEAH.

ARE YOU STILL IN PAIN?

NOT ESPECIALLY.

OKAY. ALL RIGHT. WHEN YOU

STARTED THE CALL WERE YOU IN

PAIN?

MILDLY.

MILDLY?

YES.

OKAY. LORD, I BELIEVE HELP

MY OWN BELIEF. THAT'S A GOOD

PRAYER FOR JOHN.

THAT'S RIGHT. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SHOW. YOUR

EXCELLENT SHOW AND THANK YOU FOR

PRAYING FOR ME.

GOD BLESS YOU.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE

AND LEAVE YOU WITH THIS WORD.

YOU WILL HAVE PERFECT PEACE AND

ALL THAT TRUST IN YOU WHOSE

THOUGHTS ARE FIXED ON YOU. GOD

BLESS. WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN

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