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The 700 Club - September 20, 2012

Best-selling author Max Lucado joins CBN's 51 Days of Prayer for America and emphasizes the importance of God's grace. Plus, Grant Bolt's day started off with adventure, it ended near death at the bottom of a mine shaft. Read Transcript


THEY CALL HIM THE

KINGPIN, A RETIREE WHO WAS

THROWN IN JAIL FOR A

CLERICAL ERROR HE DIDN'T

MAKE.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN

SO

MANY

RESPECTS

HAS JUST

RUN AMUCK.

Reporter: PLUS...

I REALIZED THE ROPE HAD

SNAPPED.

AN ADVENTURE TURNS

DEADLY.

I REMEMBER THINKING, IF

YOU DON'T DO SOMETHING, I'M

GOING TO DIE.

I REMEMBER HIM LOOKING AT

ME, AND SORT OF SLUGGING HIS

HOLDERSHOULDERS AND SAYING

THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO.

*

[APPLAUSE]

Pat: WELCOME, LADIES

AND GENTLEMEN, TO THIS

EDITION OF "THE 700 CLUB."

GET READY TO GET SHOCKED.

DO YOU WANT TO GET SHOCKED?

WE'VE GOT A SHOCKING STORY.

A NICE, OLD MAN WHO LIKES TO

GROW ORCHIDS IN HIS HOME,

FEDERAL AGENTS COME TO HIS

HOME AND ARREST HIM AND PUT

HIM IN PRISON.

WHAT DID HE DID?

WELL, HE DIDN'T FILL OUT HIS

FORMS RIGHT.

OH, THAT'S THE CRIME?

WELL.

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS

SOMETHING ELSE GOING.

KRISTI, LET ME ASK YOU,

YOU'RE AN INTELLIGENT YOUNG

LADY, RIGHT?

Kristi: I BELIEVE SO.

Pat: IF YOU WANTED TO

STOP GUN VIOLENCE IN MEXICO,

WOULD YOU GET A WHOLE BUNCH

OF AUTOMATIC WEAPONS AND

SNEAK THEM ACROSS THE BORDER

TO GUN TRAFFICKERS SO YOU

COULD CATCH THEM?

Kristi: OF COURSE.

DOESN'T THAT MAKE SENSE FOR

ALL OF US.

Pat: FAST AND FURIOUS.

WELL, THE JUSTICE

DEPARTMENT, THEY HAD IT ALL

WORKED OUT, AND IT'S BEEN A

MASSIVE COVER-UP.

THEY SENT GUNS TO MEXICO'S,

TRACK THEM, AND THEN CAPTURE

THE CRIMINALS USING THE GUNS

WHO WERE USING THE GUNS.

ALONG THE WAY, A BORDER

PATROL AGENT GOT KILLED, AND

THAT IS TOUGH LUCK.

AFTER YEARS OF WAFFLING, THE

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS

FINALLY SAY, M MIA COPA,

WE'RE GUILTY.

Kristi: AND THERE ARE

SEVERAL WRONGS, FROM ERRORS

IN JUDGMENT TO MANAGEMENT

FAILURES.

DALE HERD HAS MORE ON WHAT

IS BEING CALLED THE FAST AND

FURIOUS SCANDAL.

Reporter: 14 FEDERAL

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS

HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDED FOR

DISCIPLINE, INCLUDING THE

HEAD OF THE JUSTICE

DEPARTMENT'S CRIMINAL

DIVISION.

IN THE WAKE OF THE BOTCHED

GUN TRAFFICKING OPERATION

KNOWN AS FAST AND FURIOUS.

IT PUT THOUSANDS OF GUNS

INTO THE HANDS OF MEXICAN

DRUG CARTELS.

ONE OF THE GUNS WAS USED IN

THE KILLING OF A BORDER

PATROL AGENT IN ARIZONA, WHO

CIEDIED IN A SHOOTOUT.

THE DEFENC DEFENSE

IDENTIFIED PROBLEMS AT ALL

AREAS.

LARRY PRATT, EXECUTIVE

DIRECTOR OF GUN OWNERS OF

AMERICA, DOESN'T TRUST THE

REPORT.

THE WOLF HAS REPORTED

FROM THE CHICKEN COUP, THERE

IS NOBODY HERE BUT US

CHICKENS.

THE FACT IS WE KNOW FROM

DOCUMENTS, ACTUAL E-MAIL

THAT WAS SENT BACK AND FORTH

WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF

JUSTICE, THAT FAST AND

FURIOUS WAS A DELIBERATE

POLICY OF PLACING GUNS INTO

THE HANDS OF THE MEXICAN

CARTEL, IN ORDER THAT THE

MURDER RATE WOULD GO UP, SO

THAT COULD BE USED AS A

PREDICATE FOR MORE GUN

CONTROL.

Reporter: THE CHAIRMAN

OF THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT AND

GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE,

DARYDARRELL ISSA SAID IT

WAS A TOTAL DISREGARD FOR

SAFETY.

THE REPORT SAID THAT DEPUTY

ASSISTANT ATTORNEY-GENERAL

DAVID WEINSTEIN WAS IN A

POSITION TO STOP THE

PROGRAM, BUT TOOK NO

ACTION.

WEINSTEIN HAS RESIGNED, BUT

MORE ARE TO BLAME.

WE KNOW FROM THE

HEARINGS, MANY MORE THAN

MR. WIN WEINSTEIN WERE

INVOLVED IN THIS SCANDAL.

LANNY BREUER IS BEING

PROSECUTED AND THAT WOULD BE

FOR PERJURY AND OBSTRUCTION

OF JUSTICE.

Pat: THANKS, DALE.

DID YOU GET THAT LITTLE

ASIDE THERE?

THE REASON THEY DID IT WAS

TO FLOOD THE COUNTRY WITH

GUNS SO THAT THE INCIDENCE

OF GUN VIOLENCE WOULD GO UP

SO THERE COULD BE GUNS

PASSED IN THE UNITED STATES

OF AMERICA TO LIMIT THE

OWNERSHIP OF GUNS.

THAT'S WHAT WAS GOING ON,

ACCORDING TO WHAT WAS JUST

SAID ON THAT INTERVIEW WE

HAD.

IT WAS A SURREPTITIOUS

ATTEMPT TO VIOLENT THE

SECOND AMENDMENT OF FREEDOM

TO AMERICANS, BY FLOODING

MEXICO WITH WEAPONS.

SHOCKING?

YES.

AND THE HOLDER IS STILL

STONEWALLING, STILL HAS A

CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS

CITATION, BUT THE JUSTICE

DEPARTMENT DOESN'T WANT TO

COME CLEAN, AND IT IS TRYING

TO INVESTIGATE ITSELF, AND

IT IS NOT GOING TO WORK.

NEVERTHELESS, ONE MORE THING

THAT HAS GONE ON WITH THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

LEE WEBB HAS MORE OF OUR TOP

STORIES FROM THE CBN NEWS

ROOM.

LEE?

Lee: PAT, PRESIDENT

OBAMA'S HEALTH

CARE OVERALL

PLAN IS EXPECTED TO HIT

NEARLY SIX MILLION AMERICANS

WITH A TAX PENALTY, MOST IN

THE MIDDLE CLASS.

THAT PENALTY GOES INTO

EFFECT IN 2016.

ANYONE WITHOUT HEALTH

INSURANCE WILL BE CHARGED.

THE AVERAGE PENALTY, $1200.

A SPOKESPERSON FOR OBAMA

SAYS ONLY AMERICANS WHO CAN

AFFORD TO BUY INSURANCE WILL

FACE THE PENALTY.

MITT ROMNEY, THOUGH, SAYS

INSURANCE MANDATES SHOULD BE

UP TO EACH STATE.

A TEXAS CHEERLEADING SQUAD

IS BANNED FROM MAKING

RUN-THROUGH BANNERS WITH

SCRIPTURES ON THEN.

THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT

MADE THE DECISION AFTER

SOMEONE COMPLAINED ABOUT A

SIGN THAT READ "I CAN DO ALL

THINGS THROUGH CHRIST, WHICH

STRENGTHENS ME."

THE SQUAD SAID THEY JUST

WANTED INSPIRING MESSAGES,

AND MANY IN THE SMALL TOWN

OR STANDING BEHIND THE

CHEERLEADERS.

AND KELLY SHACKLEFORD SAYS

THE RELIGIOUS RIGHTS OF

STUDENTS ARE PROTECTED.

A KOSHER GROCERIES STORE WAS

BOMBED NEAR PARIS.

THEY BELIEVE IT IS TIED TO

THE VIOLENT PROTEST AROUND

THE WORLD.

AND THEY SAY IT'S A MOVE

THAT WILL SPARK MORE

VIOLENCE IN THE MUSLIM

WORLD.

THE FRENCH PRIME MINISTER

CONDEMNED IT AND CALLED IT A

CATASTROPHE.

SCHOOLS IN ABOUT TWO

COUNTRIES WERE CLOSED AS A

PRECAUTION.

GARY LANE REPORTS IT COULD

BE MORE ABOUT AN UPCOMING BE

DEBATE AT THE UNITED NATIONS

THAN A FILM ABOUT MOHAMMED.

Reporter: THE U.N.

PRESIDENT OPENED THE 67th

SESSION OF THE UNITED

NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

THE FIRST MEETING OF THE

GENERAL ASSEMBLY IS CALLED

TO ORDER.

Reporter: ADDRESSING

THE VIOLENCE AND PROTESTS IN

THE MIDDLE EAST, VAN KI MOON

TOLD MEMBER THAT THEY FACE

AN URGENT AGENDA, ONE WHERE

CALM VOICES MUST

PREVAILMENT.

> PREVAIL.

WE WANT YOU TO SPEAK UP

WITH MUTUAL RESPECT AND

UNDERSTANDING OF THE VALUES

AND BELIEFS OF OTHERS.

THE UNITED NATIONS ITSELF

MUST RISE TO THE MOMENT.

Reporter: BUT FOR

LEADERS LIKE HEZBOLLAH ASAM,

MUTUAL RESPECT MEANS

SHUTTING DOWN FREE SPEECH, A

VALUE AT THE HEART OF

WESTERN DEMOCRACIES.

AT THIS GATHERS IN BEIRUT,

HE CALLED ON THE

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO

ADOPT A LAW THAT WOULD

PROHIBIT ATTACKS AGAINST ANY

DIVINE RELIGION.

EACH YEAR MUSLIM NATIONS

OFTEN LED BY PAKISTAN, THEY

WANT THE UNITED NATIONS TO

PASS A DEFAMATION OF

RELIGION LAW.

THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER

WESTERN DEMOCRACIES HAVE

BEATEN BACK THOSE EFFORTS.

THE HUDSON INSTITUTE'S NINA

SHAY SAYS THE GOVERNMENT

NEEDS TO RESPOND BY

DEFENDING FREE SPEECH.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

HAS RESPONDED VERY WEAKLY SO

FAR.

IN FACT, THEY'VE HAVE GIVEN

THE WRONG SIGNAL.

THEY HAVE GIVEN THE SIGNAL

THAT WILL REGULAR SPEECH IN

ISLAM, AND THAT'S NOT THE

AMERICAN WAY.

THE AMERICAN WAY IS TO

PROTECT FREE SPEECH, EVEN

WHEN SOME PEOPLE FIND IT

INSULTING.

Lee: IT MIGHT BE

HELPFUL IS BAN KI-MOON WILL

DEFINE MUTUAL RESPECT FOR

US.

Pat: THEY'RE NOT GOING

TO DO IT.

THE BIG THING IS SUSAN RICE

OF THE UNITED STATES,

AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N., SAYS

THE REASON FOR ALL OF THESE

PROTESTS IS BECAUSE OF SOME

FILM THAT PROBABLY NOBODY

HAS EVER SEEN THAT SHOWED UP

ON YouTube.

IT'S RIDICULOUS.

NOW THE TRUTH IS COMING

OUT.

THEY WERE ORGANIZED

PROTESTS, THAT WERE

PROTESTING THE REST OF SHEIK

BECAUSE OF THE BOMBING OF

THE BUILDINGS IN NEW YORK.

THEY WANTED HIS RELEASE.

THEY HAD AUTOMATIC WEAPONS,

AND LARGE-SCALE ATTACK

WEAPONS.

THIS WASN'T JUST A PEACEFUL

PROTEST.

IT HAS BEEN TOTALLY

MISCHARACTERIZED BY THE

GOVERNMENT, AND NOW THE

GOVERNMENT IS BACKTRACKING

BECAUSE THEY'RE SO CAUTIOUS

ABOUT SAYING ANYTHING THAT

WILL OFFEND ISLAM.

THE TRUTH IS WE OUGHT TO BE

ABLE TO DISCUSS WHAT

MOHAMMED SAID, WHETHER IT IS

TRUE OR FALSE.

WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO

ANALYZE HIS STATEMENTS IN

THE QURAN, JUST LIKE WE

WOULD ANY OTHER RELIGIOUS

BOOK.

IT DOESN'T MEAN WE SHOULD

HAVE CARTOONS OF MOHAMMED

RUNNING AROUND NAKED.

I THINK THAT IS AN INSULT,

AND THE FRENCH PUBLICATION

SHOULDN'T BE DOING IT.

BUT, THEFERLS NEVERTHELESS,

TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT

MOHAMMED IS NOT NECESSARILY

AN ASSAULT ON ISLAM.

FREE PEOPLE SHOULD BE ABLE

TO SPEAK FREELY.

ALTHOUGH I DON'T AGREE WITH

ALL OF IT, WENDELL HOMES DID

SAY THE BEST TESTER OF TRUTH

IS IN THE MARKETPLACE.

AND I THINK THE

MARKETPLACE -- THE MUSLIMS

ARE TERRIFIED OF THE

MARKETPLACE.

THEY DON'T WANT FREE

EXPRESSION.

WELL, LET'S SEE A CASE OF

SOMEBODY WHO IS GOING TO BE

KILLED BECAUSE HE EMBRACED

CHRISTIANITY AND REFUSED TO

RENOUNCE IT.

LEE?

Lee: PASTOR US YUSEF

NARDARKHANI HAS WRITTEN A

THANK YOU LETTER.

THE LETTER BEGINS WITH PSALM

115: "NOT TO US, LORD, NOT

TO US, BUT TO YOUR NAME BE

GLORY, FOR YOUR FAITHFULNESS

AND FOR YOUR GLORY."

AND HE SAID "I'M ESPECIALLY

GRATEFUL FOR GOD'S GOODNESS

THAT CHARACTERIZED THE TIME

OF MY DETENTION IN IRAN.

INDEED, I HAVE BEEN PUT TO

THE TEST, BUT I HAVE NEVER

FELT LONELINESS, BECAUSE I

FELT ALL OF THE ENERGY OF

THOSE WHO OBEYED THEIR

CONSCIOUS AND FOU FOUGHT

FOR THE RIGHTS OF ALL HUMAN

BEINGS.

THANKS TO THESE EFFORTS, I

AM BY MY WONDERFUL WIFE AND

MY CHILDREN."

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS

NOT RESPONDED TO RELEASING A

CONTRACT WORKER.

HE WAS JAILED IN CUBA FOR

BRINGING INTERNET EQUIPMENT

INTO THAT COUNTRY.

AND HE HAS BEEN WASTING AWAY

IN A PRISON CELL FOR MORE

THAN TWO YEARS.

GARY LANE SPOKE TO HIS WIFE,

JUDY, WHO JUST RETURNED FROM

VISITING HER HUSBAND IN

HAVANA, AND SHE WAS STARTLED

BY HIS LOOKS.

HE WAS SKIN AND BONES.

I HATE THE WORD

CONCENTRATION CAMP VICTIM,

BUT THAT WAS THE FIRST THING

THAT CAME TO MY MIND.

HE HAS A GROWTH ON HIS

SHOULDER, AND HE HAS VERY

BAD ARTHRITIS.

TO BE HONEST, I'M VERY

DISAPPOINTED IN WHAT IS

GOING ON WITH THE STATE

DEPARTMENT AND THE WHITE

HOUSE.

I FEEL THEY COULD BE PUTTING

ON MUCH MORE PRESSURE,

WORKING MUCH HARDER.

Lee: AND MRS. GROSS IS

ENCOURAGING U.S. CITIZENS TO

PRESSURE THE STATE

DEPARTMENT AND ASK THEIR

SENATORS TO SIGN A LETTER,

ASKING THE CUBAN PRESIDENT

TO RELEASE ALLEN GROSS.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HIM

AND HIS CONDITION, LOG ON TO

GARY LANE'S BLOG, "THE

GLOBAL LANE," IT'S CALLED

A CBS CBNNEWS.COM.

Pat: YOU KNOW, LEE, ALL

OF THIS HAS COME TOGETHER,

THE ARAB UPRISINGS -- ALL OF

THIS HAS COME TOGETHER TO

DROP OBAMA'S OPINION IN

FOREIGN POLICY BY 11% IN THE

POLLS.

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAY

SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH OUR

FOREIGN POLICY, AND, I MIGHT

ADD, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE

RIGHT.

KRISTI?

Kristi: UP NEXT, PAT,

THE FEDERAL PRISON IN FORT

WORTH HAS HOUSED MURDERERS,

RAPISTS, AND NOW A

70-YEAR-OLD GARDENER.

I WAS TELLING THEM I WAS

GUILTY OF THINGS I WASN'T

GUILTY OF, BUT I DIDN'T HAVE

ANY CHOICE.

Kristi: HEAR THIS MAN'S

CRIME AND WHY YOU COULD BE

GUILTY OF ONE, TOO, WITHOUT

EVEN KNOWING IT.

Pat: LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN, I WANT TO PREFACE

THE NEXT STORY BY SAYING IN

FAINFATICALLY I'M FOR LAW

ENFORCEMENT, AND I THINK WE

NEED TO STAND WITH THEM.

BUT WHAT I HAVE FOUND THAT

IS THE EXTENSION OF THE

CRIMINALIZATION OF OUR LAWS

HAS BROUGHT A BAD NAME TO

LAW ENFORCEMENT.

IT HAS MADE A HORRIBLE MESS

OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, HAS

ADDED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO

THE EXPENSES WE HAVE.

AND HAS RESULTED IN THE

CRIMINALIZATION OF INNOCENT

PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THIS

LAND.

AND WE FIND THAT ONE SIMPLE

MISTAKE IN THIS BUREAUCRATIC

NIGHTMARE CAN LAND YOU ON

THE WRONG SIDE OF THE LAW.

GOVERNMENT POWER, FRANKLY,

IN AMERICA IS OUT OF

CONTROL.

AND ORDINARY AMERICANS ARE

NOW PAYING THE PRICE.

FOR MONTHS WE BROUGHT YOU

STORIES ABOUT WHAT'S

HAPPENING IN OUR EXCLUSIVE

SERIES CALLED "A NATION OF

CRIMINALS."

GEORGE NARIS IS THE LATEST

EXAMPLE.

HE WAS GOING ABOUT WHAT HE

LOVED ONE DAY, WHEN FEDERAL

AGENTS, WITH WEAPONS,

AUTOMATIC WEAPONS, FLAP

JACKETS, SWARMED INTO HIS

HOME IN A TERRIFYING RAID.

JOHN JESSOP HAS HIS SHOCKING

STORY.

Reporter: GEORGE AND

CATH N CATHY NARIS ENJOY A

QUIET LIFE AT HOME, JUST

OUTSIDE HOUSTON.

I'M GOING TO BRING YOU

SOME DIRT.

Reporter: ON MOST DAYS,

YOU CAN FIND GEORGE PUTTING

HIS GREEN THUMB IN THE

BACKYARD.

IS THIS YOUR OASIS?

IT REALLY IS, MY

GET-AWAY.

Reporter: AFTER

RETIREMENT, GEORGE BEGAN A

NURSERY FROM HIS HOME

GARDEN, PICKING UP COSTUMERS

FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY.

THEN LIFE QUICKLY CHANGED

NINE YEARS AGO, WHEN THREE

PICKUP TRUCKS WITH ARMED

AGENTS DREW INTO HIS

DRIVEWAY.

THEY HAD GUNS, AND I

THOUGHT I BETTER OPEN THE

DOOR FOR THESE PEOPLE.

I OPENED THE DOOR, AND THE

FIRST GUY TOOK MY NECK UNDER

HIS ELBOW AND PINNED ME

AGAINST THE WALL.

Reporter: GEORGE SAYS

THEY SEARCHED HIS HOUSE

WITHOUT A CLUE OF WHAT THEY

WERE LOOKING FOR.

THEY TOOK 37 BOXES OF

RECORDS.

THEY TOOK MY COMPUTER,

THEY TOOK MY CUSTOMER LIST,

AND THEY TOOK MY PLANT

LIST.

I COULDN'T CONDUCT ANY

BUSINESS WITHOUT SOME

PAPERWORK.

THEY PUT ME OUT OF

BUSINESS.

Reporter: GEORGE SAYS

IT TOOK THREE MONTHS AND THE

UNSEALING OF AN INDICTMENT

TO LEARN WHY HE WAS THE

TARGET OF A FEDERAL

INVESTIGATION.

NEARING 70 AT THE TIME, THIS

TEXAS GRANDFATHER SAW HIM

FACING HARD TIME AND HEAVY

FINES FOR SELLING FLOWERS.

THE INDICTMENT CHARGED

GEORGE WITH MULTIPLE COUNTS

OF VIOLATING INTERNATIONAL

WILDLIFE LAW, SAYING HE IN

PORTED SPECIES AND HID IT.

THEY WOULD TELL HOW BAD I

WAS, I WAS A KINGPIN

SMUGGLER, AND THAT WAS

SELLING MY ILLEGAL ORCHIDS

AT EXORBITANT PRICES TO

HIGH-END BUYERS.

AND THERE WASN'T A THING I

EVER SOLD MORE THAN $30.

Reporter: GEORGE BLAMES

HIS LEGAL STRUGGLE ON A

CLERICAL MISTAKE.

HIS SUPPLIERS SIMPLY FILLED

OUT THE WRONG PERMITS.

AND HE CONTENDS THE FLOWERS

WERE GROWN IN A GREENHOUSE,

NOT TAKEN FROM THE WILD.

BUT HE PLEADED GUILTY FROM

SEVEN COUNTS OF ENDANGERED

SPECIES ACT.

WHY GIVE UP HIS RIGHT TO A

FREE TRIAL?

GEORGE HAD RUN OUT OF MONEY

AFTER REMORTGAGING THEIR

HOUSE AND SPENDING THEIR

ENTIRE SAVINGS ON LAYERS.

LAWYERS.

THAT WAS THE WORST PART,

STANDING THERE AND TELLING

THEM I WAS GUILTY.

I WAS TELLING THEM I WAS

GUILTY OF THINGS I WASN'T

GUILTY OF, BUT I DIDN'T HAVE

ANY CHOICE.

Reporter: GEORGE SPENT

HIS SENTENCE AT A FEDERAL

FACILITY IN FORT WORTH.

AND EVERY WEEKEND, HIS WIFE,

CATHY, DRIVE EACH WAY TO SEE

HIM.

SHE LOGGED 45,000 MILES ON

THE FAMILY CAR.

ALL THE WHILE, GEORGE'S

HEALTH, PHYSICALLY AND

EMOTIONALLY, WERE ON THE

DECLINE.

THE HUSBAND THAT WENT IN

THERE DIDN'T COME BACK.

THE HUSBAND THAT I STARTED

WITH.

NOT ONLY DID HE LOSE

HIMSELF, BYTE I LOS BUT I

LOST HIM, TOO.

Reporter: CATHY SAYS

GORGEOUS' DIABETES AND

EYESIGHT LACKED THE MEDICAL

CARE.

TO WHATEVER THAT

INDIVIDUAL DID SOMETHING

WRONG, WITH THEIR PAPERWORK,

WHETHER IT WAS DELIBERATE,

WHETHER IT CAUSED CONFUSION,

WHETHER HE PROFITED FROM IT,

HE IS NOT A THREAT TO

SOCIETY WHERE I NEED TO BE

SPENDING MY TAX DOLLARS TO

INVEST IN HIS FOOD AND AIR

CONDITIONING AND TELEVISION

AND HI REMOVAL FROM

SOCIETY.

Reporter: LEGAL EXPERTS

PINNEPOINT TO CASES LIKE

LAW TO HIGHLIGHT A GROWING

LAW THAT MAKES THE NATION A

NATION OF CRIMINALS.

CRITICS BELIEVES CONGRESS

WRITES SO MANY FEDERALIZED

CRIMINAL LAWS, IT BECOMES

TOO EASY TO VIOLENT ONE AND

NEVER KNOW IT.

ALL OF A SUDDEN THING

THAT WOULD ROUTINELY BE

CIVIL ACTIONS BECOME

CRIMINAL ACTIONS.

Reporter: HE IS

EXERCISING HIS RIGHT TO

SPEAK OUT.

HE AND CATHY TRAVEL TO

WASHINGTON TO TESTIFY ABOUT

THEIR ORDEAL.

IT REALLY DOES MATTER TO

US THAT WE HAVE SOME WAY TO

SAY WHAT HAPPENED SO MAYBE

IT WILL STOP HAPPENING TO

OTHER PEOPLE.

Reporter: BUT THE WIFE

WHO SAYS SHE LOST A PART OF

HER HUSBAND, FEELS HER

SITUATION PROVES SHE'S LOST

EVEN MORE.

THE COUNTRY THAT I GREW

UP IN WAS NOT LIKE THIS.

AND I'VE LOST THE COUNTRY I

LOVE.

AND I DON'T KNOW HOW TO HELP

GET IT

BACK.

Reporter: THEY'VE TRIED

TO MOVE ON, THOUGH, GETTING

RID OF MUCH OF THE ORIGINAL

GREENHOUSE AND LEAVING

THE

ORCHID BUSINESS ALL

TOGETHER.

WHILE GEORGE STILL FEEDS HIS

PASSION FOR PLANTING, HE

ALSO CARRIES A FEELING THAT

THE NIGHTMARE WOULD HAPPEN

AGAIN.

I STOPPED DRIVING BECAUSE

I WAS WORRIED I WOULD HAVE

AN ACCIDENT, AND THAT WOULD

LEAD TO A TRAIL BACK TO

PRISON.

IT COST US $110,000 THE

FIRST TIME.

WE DON'T

HAVE THAT KIND OF

MONEY ANYMORE.

Reporter: JOHN JESSOP,

CBN NEWS, HOUSTON.

Pat: IF THAT DOESN'T

MAKE YOUR BLOOD BOIL, I

DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL.

HOW INSANE.

HOW UTTERLY INSANE.

I WAS ON A SELECT COMMITTEE

TO INVESTIGATE THE

VICTIMIZATION AND WHAT WAS

GOING ON WITH VICTIMS OF

CRIME.

AND WE HEARD TESTIMONY THAT

IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THERE

WERE ROUGHLY 550, OR 560

VIOLENT CRIMINALS IN THE

WHOLE CITY.

AND IF THEY WERE LOCKED UP

PERMANENTLY, CRIME WOULD

DIMINISH DRAMATICALLY.

BUT WHAT DOES SOME

70-YEAR-OLD MAN WITH

DIABETES -- HOW IS HE GOING

TO HURT YOU GROWING SOME

ORCHIDS, GOING TO HURT YOU

BECAUSE HE DIDN'T FILL OUT

THE RIGHT PAPERWORK.

AND HAVING TO SPEND 17

MONTHS OF HIS TIME FOR

WHAT?

FOR WHAT?

IT IS TIME WE STOPPED THIS

NONSENSE BECAUSE WE'RE ALL

HAVING TO PAY THE BILL FOR

IT, NOT ONLY IN BROKEN

LIVES, BUT IN WHAT IT COSTS

US IN TAXES.

THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT WE'VE

GOT TO PAY YOUR FAIR

SHARE -- FAIR SHARE FOR

WHAT?

FOR THIS BUREAUCRATIC

NONSENSE.

KRISTI, I GET UPSET.

Kristi: I CAN TELL

YOU'RE RILED UP, BUT I WATCH

THE STORIES, AND HOW CAN YOU

NOT.

THINK ABOUT THE MANPOWER,

THE MONEY IT TAKES EVEN TO

JUST MAKE THE ARREST.

THIS IS MY THING, WE'RE

WATCHING THE STORY AND THINK

THIS MAKES NO SENSE.

THERE HAS TO BE SOME PERSON

IN GOVERNMENT WHO LOOKS AT

THE PAPERWORK AND SAYS, DO I

ARREST THE DRUG DEALER AND

RAPIST, OR DO I ARREST THIS

GARDENER?

OKAY, THE GARDENER.

WHERE DOES SENSE COME INTO

PLAY.

Pat: AND THE POLICE ARE

ALL DRESSED UP IN THEIR FLAP

JACKETS AND AUTOMATIC

WEAPONS AND THEY COME

STORMING IN AND PIN HIM

AGAINST THE WALL -- WHAT ARE

THEY THINKING?

IS THERE NO COMMON SENSE?

WELL, THAT'S WHAT THIS

SERIES IS ABOUT.

NOTIFY YOUR CONGRESSMAN, AND

SAY YOU'VE HAD ENOUGH OF

THIS.

THIS TOUGH ON CRIME BUSINESS

SOUNDED REALLY GOOD FOR THE

CONSERVATIVES 20, 30 YEARS

AGO, BUT IT HAS GONE OUT OF

CONTROL.

OKAY.

Kristi: YOU SAID IT FOR

US ALL.

COMING UP, A BRUSH WITH

DEATH AT THE BOTTOM OF A

MINE SHAFT.

I REMEMBER OPENING MY

EYES AND LOOKING AROUND, AND

FOR A SPLIT SECOND, I

THOUGHT WAS DEAD.

I DIDN'T HAVE ANY PAIN.

I REMEMBER YELLING THAT I

WAS ALIVE.

Kristi: SEE HOW THIS

MAN SURVIVED A FREE FALL

120 FEET, AFTER THIS.

*

Kristi: ISN'T THAT A

BEAUTIFUL FLAG.

WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR

ANNUAL SEVEN DAYS OF BLAZE

CELEBRATION.

EVERY DAY THIS WEEK, THE

STAFF AT CBN AND REGENT

UNIVERSITY GATHER TOGETHER

FOR A SPECIAL CHAPEL SERVICE

WHERE WE PRAY FOR YOU, OUR

CBN PARTNERS.

YESTERDAY WE WERE LED IN

PRAYER BY REGENT PRESIDENT

CARLOS CAMPO, AND THEN WE

HEARD A MESSAGE FROM AUTHOR

WILLIAM FEDER RER.

FATHER, WE KNOW THAT

THESE PRAYERS ARE BEYOND

WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE, LORD.

LORD, WE LOVE YOU AND THANK

YOU FOR WHO YOU ARE IN OUR

LIVES, AND WE HAVE COMPLETE

TRUST IN YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE

A GOD WHO'S TESTIMONY IS YES

AND AMEN.

WE PRAY TOGETHER IN JESUS

PRECIOUS NAME.

AMEN.

WHEN THERE IS CRISIS, WE

HUMBLE OURSELVES AND TURN TO

GOD.

MAYBE GOD IS ALLOWING THESE

CRISES TO GET OUR

ATTENTION.

SO THERE IS PLAN "A" AND

PLAN "B."

PLAN "A" IS GOD BLESSES US

SO MUCH WE TURN TO HIM OUT

OF GRATEFULNESS.

IF THAT DOES NOT WORK, THERE

IS PLAN "B."

HE WITH HOLDS THE BLESSINGS

AND WE TURN TO HIM OUT OF

DESPERATION.

RIGHT?

EASY WAY AND HARD WAY.

I DON'T KNOW IF OUR COUNTRY

HAS BEEN DOING PLAN "A," SO

MAYBE THERE'S PLAN "B," BUT

IT IS IN TIMES OF CRISIS

PEOPLE TURN TO CHRIST.

Kristi: AND IN ADDITION

TO OUR PARTNERS, WE WILL BE

PRAYING FOR AMERICA, FROM

NOW UNTIL ELECTION DAY.

WE WANT YOU TO JOIN US.

JUST CALL US AT

1-800-759-0700 AND WE'LL

SEND YOU THIS FREE PACKET.

Pat: WE RECEIVED ABOUT

55,000 PEOPLE, THE NUMBER OF

PEOPLE WHO ARE PRAYING.

PEOPLE ARE REALLY CONCERNED

ABOUT THIS NATION.

Kristi: AS THEY

SHOULD.

Pat: ABSOLUTELY.

IT IS A TIME OF CRISIS.

Kristi: AND THEN WRITE

DOWN YOUR PRAYER REQUESTS

AND SEND IT IN.

WE'RE GOING TO ADD IT TO OUR

PRAYER FLAG RIGHT BEHIND

US.

SEE THAT RIGHT BEHIND US?

WE'RE GOING TO STICK IT ON

THAT FLAG UNTIL WE FILL IT

UP AND THEN SOME.

Pat: AND WE'RE GOING TO

JOIN HANDS RIGHT NOW.

FOLKS, WHEREVER YOU ARE,

THIS IS YOUR COUNTRY.

AND IF YOU LIVE OVERSEAS

SOME PLACE, AMERICA IS STILL

THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE

HOPE OF THE FREE WORLD.

AND IF AMERICA GOES DOWN,

WHO IS THE CHAMPION WHO WILL

FIGHT FOR LIBERTY AND

JUSTICE?

WHERE ARE THEY?

THIS IS IT.

FATHER, WE JOIN WITH

THOUSANDS IN THIS COUNTRY

AND AROUND THE WORLD, THAT

WE WOULD PRAY FOR AMERICA.

WE ASK FOR A GREAT SPIRITUAL

AWAKENING.

WE ASK FOR A MOVE OF GOD.

WE PRAY, LORD, AS SINNERS,

THAT YOU WOULD FORGIVE THE

SINS OF THESE PEOPLE.

WE'VE BROKEN YOUR COVENANT,

WE'VE VIOLATED YOUR LAWS,

AND, LORD, FORGIVE US AND

CLEANSE US AND HEAL OUR

LAND.

BRING HEALING.

GIVE US RIGHTEOUS LEADERS,

LORD.

SELECT

LEADERS TO LEAD THIS

LAND

WITH

WISDOM AND

RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND BLESS THE

PEOPLE, LORD, THAT WE MIGHT

SERVE YOU WITH A GLAD AND

JOYOUS HEART.

THANK YOU, LORD, FOR HEARING

OUR PRAYER.

THANK YOU FOR BRINGING

REVIVAL TO AMERICA, IN

JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

Kristi: AMEN.

Pat: AND AMEN.

OKAY.

BY THE WAY, SOMETHING IS

GOING TO HAPPEN TOMORROW.

WE'RE BUILDING A CHAPEL AT

REGENT UNIVERSITY, ALONG

WITH A DIVINITY SCHOOL, AND

TOMORROW THE STEEPLE GOES UP

ON THE CHAPEL.

IT WILL BE A VERY EXCITING

MOMENT.

THE GREAT BIG STEEPLE IS

GOING UP.

AND THEN THERE IS A BUCKET.

AND THEY'RE GOING TO PUT ME

IN A BUCKET.

AND LIFT THE BUCKET UP --

Kristi: AND WHAT ARE

THEY GOING TO DO WITH YOU IN

THAT BUCKET?

Pat: WE'RE GOING TO PUT

A CROSS ON THE STEEPLE WAY

ON TOP, AND THEY WANT TO

JEOPARDIZE ME.

Kristi: YOU'LL BE

FINE.

Pat: I'LL BE FINE.

ONE OF THE MOST ENDEARING

SYMBOLS OF AMERICA IS CALLED

MT. RUSHMORE.

THE FACES OF FOUR PRESIDENTS

CARVED INTO MT. RUSHMORE.

A FEW MILES, GRANT AND HIS

WERE EXPLORING AN OLD MINE

SHAFT.

THEY WANTED TO SEE WHAT WAS

INSIDE.

GRANT SAW IT UP CLOSE AFTER

THE ROPE HE WAS USING

SNAPPED.

ALL OF THOSE THOUGHTS

COME TO YOUR MIND, IT'S

GOING TO BE TERRIBLE.

I'M PROBABLY GOING TO DIE.

NORMALLY WHEN YOU'RE

THINKING STUFF LIKE THAT,

YOU WAKE UP AND IT WAS A BAD

DREAM AND YOU'RE FINE.

Reporter: GRANT WASN'T

DREAMING.

HIS DA DAY STARTED OFF WITH

AN ADVENTURE AND ENDED UP IN

A MINE.

WE USED THIS MINE SHAFT

TO THROW SOME OLD TREES IN

IT AND STUFF. IT ALWAYS HAD

BEEN AROUND.

Reporter: GRANT AND HIS

BUDDIES RIGGED RACKS TO THE

FRONT BUMPER OF HIS TRUCK.

THEY USED THE TRUCK TO LOWER

THEM INTO THE 130-FOOT-DEEP

SHAFT.

ON THE WAY OUT, THE ROPE

SUDDENLY GOT SLACK.

HIS BROTHER, LINDEN, WAS

DRIVING THE TRUCK.

WHEN THE ROPE CAME OFF,

IT CAME TO THE WINDSHIELD,

AND THAT'S WHEN I REALIZED

THE ROPE SNAPPED.

Reporter: THE ROPE FLEW

PAST HIS BUDDY, JOSH.

I REMEMBER THINKING, IF

YOU DON'T DO SOMETHING, I'M

GOING TO FALL AND DIE.

I REMEMBER LOOKING AT HIM

AND SORT OF SHRUGGING HIS

SHOULDERS, AND SAYING THERE

IS NOTHING I CAN DO.

Reporter: GRANT BEGAN

FREE FALLING DOWN THE SIDE

OF THE SHAFT, THE HEIGHT OF

A NINE STORY BUILDING.

THEY RAN TO GET GRANT'S

DAD.

MY FIRST REACTION WAS I

STARTED TO PANIC.

YOU COULD NOT FALL DOWN

THERE AND NOT GET HURT.

Reporter: GRANT TOOK A

FEW HARD HITS ON THE WAY

DOWN.

I CAME TO A SUDDEN STOP,

AND I REMEMBER OPENING MY

EYES AND LOOKING AROUND.

FOR A SPLIT SECOND, I

THOUGHT I WAS DEAD.

I DIDN'T HAVE ANY PAIN.

I REMEMBER STARTING TO FEEL

MY BODY, MY SHOULDERS AND MY

ARMS, TO SEE IF THERE WAS

BROKEN BONES.

Reporter: HE REALIZED

HIS KNEE WAS SEVERELY

INJURED.

I REMEMBER YELLING AT

THETO THE TOP OF MY LUNGS,

I WAS ALIVE.

AND I COULDN'T HEAR BACK

BECAUSE IT WAS SO FAR.

FINALLY AFTER TWO OR THREE

TIMES OF YELLING, I HEARD A

RESPONSE.

I HAVE ALL OF THESE

TERRIBLE THOUGHTS, HE IS

GOING TO BE IN A WHEELCHAIR

THE REST OF HIS LIFE.

AND HE IS ALIVE, BUT HOW

LONG IS HE GOING TO LIVE.

Reporter: THE GUYS

REHARNESSED THE ROPE AND

PULLED HIM UP.

IT WAS A SLOW PROCESS AS

GRANT BRACED HIS KNEE WITH

HIS LEG.

IT WAS A TRAUMATIC,

TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE PULLING

HIM OUT OF THERE.

AS I GOT TO THE TOP, THEY

ALL GRABBED ME AND PULLED ME

OUT.

I LAID ON THE SIDE AND THE

MINE AND JUST REGROUPED.

I WAS SO THANKFUL TO BE OUT

OF THAT MINE AND BE ALIVE.

Reporter: THEY RUSHED

GRANDER T GRANT TO THE

HOSPITAL AN HOUR AWAY.

THEY STARTED TO WORK ON

HIM AND ASKED WHAT HAPPENED

AND THEN SAID YOU'VE GOT TO

BE KIDDING.

THEY SAID WE'VE GOT TO X-RAY

YOUR WHOLE BODY BECAUSE IF

YOU FELL THAT FAR, YOU COULD

BE HURT EVERYWHERE.

THEY X-RAYED HIM AND SAID IT

IS UNBELIEVABLE YOU'RE IN

ONE PIECE HAVING FALLEN THAT

FAR.

Reporter: HIS MOTHER

THANKED GOD HE WAS ALIVE.

I WAS SURE I WAS GOING TO

FAINT.

I JUST COULD NOT BELIEVE I

HAD A SON THERE THAT ONLY

HAD A BROKEN LEG AND WAS

ABLE TO GET OUT OF A PICKUP,

AND HE HAD JUST FALLEN

130 FEET.

AND I WOULD SEE THE HOSPITAL

AND I WOULD LOOK AT IT AND

SEE HE WAS ON THE EIGHTH

FLOOR, AND I WOULD LOOK UP

AT THE EIGHTH FLOOR,

THINKING HE FELL THAT FAR.

AND I'M GOING TO VISIT HIM

AND THE HOSPITAL, AND I

SHOULD BE PLANNING HIS

FUNERAL TODAY.

GOD, WHY HAVE YOU BLESSED

ME?

WHY?

I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND.

WHAT A TREMENDOUS MIRACLE

THIS WAS, TO HAVE OUR SON

LIVE THROUGH THIS IMPOSSIBLE

FALL AND NOT HAVE ANYTHING

MORE THAN THAT HAPPEN TO

HIM.

WE JUST PRAISE GOD THAT HE

SPARED HIS LIFE.

HE FELL 100 PLUS FEET AND

HE IS NOT DEAD AND HE IS

TALKING TO US.

IT WAS THE PRIEW PURE GRACE

OF GOD.

Reporter: AMAZINGLY,

GRANT HAD ONLY A SHATTERED

KNEE.

BUT WITH SURGERY AND TIME,

HIS KNEE WAS RESTORED 100%.

THE POSSIBILITIES WERE

ENDLESS.

I'M SURE I COULD IN A

WHEELCHAIR, OR I COULD BE

DEAD.

I'M THANKFUL TO GOD THAT I'M

ABLE TO DO THINGS WITH MY

WIFE THAT I MIGHT NOT HAVE

BEEN ABLE TO DO.

I HAVE A SENSE THAT GOD IS

WITH US, AND GOD IS WITH ME

AFTER GOING THROUGH THIS.

I'M ALIVE.

I'VE BEEN GIVEN A SECOND

CHANCE AT LIFE THAT I

SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN GIVEN,

AND IT OPENS YOUR EYES.

Pat: A SECOND CHANCE AT

LIFE.

A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE.

IT OPENS YOUR EYES.

FOLKS, DON'T WAIT FOR SOME

TRAGEDY.

OPEN YOUR EYES TO WHAT GOD

HAS DONE.

GIVE HIM PRAISE AND THANKS.

START THE DAY WITH

THANKSGIVING, AND END THE

DAY WITH PRAISE AND

THANKSGIVING.

THANK HIM FOR THE LIFE YOU

HAVE, THANK HIM FOR YOUR

WIFE, YOUR HUSBAND, YOUR

CHILDREN, YOUR PARENTS,

WHOEVER.

THANK YOU FOR THIS GREAT

LAND WE LIVE IN.

THANK YOU FOR HIS BLESSING.

WE HAVE SOME PRAYER

REQUESTS.

SOMEBODY HAS A MENTAL AND

EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL

HEALING FOR THREE SONS AND A

HUSBAND.

THE WHOLE FAMILY IS MESSED

UP SOME WAY OR ANOTHER.

HERE IS SOMEBODY THAT SAYS

THAT MY FINANCES AND GRA

GRANDDAUGHTER'S TUITION

WON'T COME THROUGH.

Kristi: I HAVE SOMEONE

WHO WANTS HEALING FOR THREE

PINCHED NERVES AND

ARTHRITIS, AND ANOTHER

PRAYING FOR MY WIFE TO BE

HEALED FROM M.S.

LOOK AT THIS PILE.

Pat: WE HAVE 80,000

PRAYER REQUESTS -- WHAT AM I

SAYING?

40 -- 50,000 THAT HAVE COME

IN.

WE'RE GOING TO PRAY FOR

THESE REQUESTS SYMBOLICLY,

AND I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO

JOIN WITH

US.

KRISTI AND I ARE GOING TO

PRAY TOGETHER AND WE'RE

GOING TO BELIEVE GOD.

FATHER, WE'RE SURROUNDED.

Kristi: YES, FATHER

GOD.

Pat: WE'RE SURROUNDED

BY ANGELS, WE'RE SURROUNDED

BY YOUR PRESENCE, AND WE'RE

SURROUNDED BY THE PRAYERS OF

THOUSANDS OF PRAYING

PEOPLE.

LORD, WE HOLD BEFORE YOU THE

NEEDS OF THESE PEOPLE WHO

HAVE ASKED FOR PRAYER.

LORD, THEY NEED MONEY, THEY

NEED PEACE, THEY NEED

HEALING IN THEIR BODIES,

THEY NEED FAMILY TIES TO BE

STRESTRENGTHENED, AND THEY

NEED THE PRESENCE OF GOD.

LORD, WE ASK YOU TO DO A

MIRACLE IN EACH OF THEIR

LIVES.

I BELIEVE GOD IS GOING TO

GIVE A REVELATION.

THERE ARE SOME OF YOU WHO

ARE PRAYING FOR A REVELATION

OF GOD'S PRESENCE.

AND HE IS GOING TO SHOW YOU

HIS POWER AND PRESENCE.

YOU WILL HAVE A REVELATION

OF HIS WILL IN YOUR LIFE.

THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO

HAPPEN RIGHT NOW AS WE'RE

PRAYING.

KRISTI.

Kristi: I KEEP HEARING

THE WORD "STRIFE."

THERE IS SOMEONE OUT THERE

WHO IS PRAYING FOR YOUR

FAMILY.

BECAUSE OF THE STRIFE, THERE

IS A DIVISION IN YOUR

FAMILY.

THE LORD IS GOING TO HEAL

THAT.

FORGIVENESS IS GOING TO FLOW

THROUGH BECAUSE GOD IS GOING

TO ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS

BECAUSE YOU'VE HONORED HIM.

THANK YOU, LORD.

Pat: YOU'RE IN A NECK

BRACE RIGHT NOW.

IT'S LIKE YOU'VE HAD NECK

SURGERY OF SOME KIND.

RIGHT NOW GOD HAS JUST

HEALED YOU.

YOU'LL FEEL LIKE AN ELECTRIC

SHOCK GOING THROUGH YOUR

NECK.

YOU JUST GOT HEALED.

Kristi: THE LORD IS

HEALING SOMEONE, YOUR

FINGERS -- I DON'T KNOW IF

IT IS YOUR THUMB -- THE LORD

IS HEALING YOU.

Pat: YOU'RE ASKING FOR

LEADERSHIP, AND GOD IS GOING

TO GIVE YOU LIGHTER O LIGHT

ON YOUR PATH.

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

WE NEED YOU TO CALL US, AND

JOIN 50,000, WHO SAY YES,

WE'RE GOING TO PRAY FOR

AMERICA.

CALL IN RIGHT NOW, AND YOU

CAN LOG ON TO cbn.com, OR

WHATEVER IS CONVENIENT, BUT

WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU.

YOU NEED TO BE ENLISTED AS

AN ARMY OF PRAYER PARTNERS.

KRISTI, IT IS GOOD.

TODAY WE HAVE A WONDERFUL

GUEST.

Kristi: WE HAVE A GREAT

GUEST.

HE HAS BEEN DUBBED AMERICA'S

PASTOR BY CHRISTIANITY.

AND HIS BOOKS HAVE SOLD MORE

THAN 80 MILLION COPIES.

MAX LEUCADIA IS HERE.

HE JOINS US TO TELL US ABOUT

GOD'S GREATEST INVENTIONS.

Lee: WELCOME BACK TO

"THE 700 CLUB."

A GAY RIGHTS ORGANIZATION

CLAIMS THAT CHICK-FIL-A HAS

PLEDGED TO STOP MAKING

DONATIONS TO ORGANIZATIONS

THAT OPPOSE GAY MARRIAGE.

THE GROUP CALLED "CIVIL

RIGHTS AGENDA," SAYS IT

WORKED CLOSELY IN

NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN

CHICK-FIL-A AND A CHICAGO

ALTER MAN WHO OPPOSED A

CHICK-FIL-A RESTAURANT IN

HIS DISTRICT.

THE GROUP SAYS A LETTER

REPORTEDLY SIGNED BY A

COMPANY EXECUTIVE TO THE

ALDERMAN READS, THE WIND

SHAPE FOUNDATION IS NOW

TAKING A MUCH CLOSER LOOK AT

THE ORGANIZATIONS IT

CONSIDERS HELPING, AND IN

THAT PROCESS WILL REMAIN

TRUE TO ITS STATED

PHILOSOPHY OF NOT SUPPORTING

ORGANIZATIONS WITH POLITICAL

AGENDA.

CHICK-FIL-A STARTED THE WIND

SHAPE FOUNDATION TO DEVELOP

LEADERS AND SOCIAL

INSTITUTIONS.

A.P. REPORTS THE COMPANY

ISSUED A STATEMENT WEDNESDAY

SAYING "IT WILL LEAVE THE

POLICY DEBATE OF THE

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE TO THE

GOVERNMENT AND THE POLITICAL

ARENA."

A PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL BOARD

VOTED TO REPLACE A

PRE-MEETING PRAYER WITH A

MOMENT OF VIOLENCE.

THE FREEDOM FROM RELIGION

FOUNDATION THREA THREATENED

TO SUE.

AT FIRST THE SCHOOL BOARD

REFUSED TO CHANGE ITS

POLICY, BUT THE SCHOOL BOARD

SUPERINTENDENT SAYS THEY

RELENTED AFTER COMING TO THE

CONCLUSION THEY WOULD LOSE

IF THEY FOUGHT THE LAWSUIT.

YOU CAN ALWAYS GET THE

LATEST NEWS BY GOING TO OUR

WEBSITE AT CBNNEWS.COM.

PAT AND KRISTI WILL BE BACK

WITH MORE OF "THE 700 CLUB"

AFTER THIS.

Kristi: WELCOME BACK TO

"THE 700 CLUB."

WE ALL KNOW GOD CREATED THE

HEAVENS AND THE EARTH, AND

HE ALSO CREATED THE BIRDS

AND THE AIR AND THE ANIMALS

ON THE LAND, NOT TO MENTION

ALL OF MANKIND.

BUT OUT OF EVERYTHING GOD

CREATED, AUTHOR MAX LEUCADA

SAYS THERE IS ONE THING THAT

STANDS ABOVE THE REST.

TAKE A LOOK.

GRACE.

WE TALK AS THOUGH WE

UNDERSTAND THE TERM.

THE BANK GIVES US A GRACE

PERIOD.

THE SEEDY POLITICIAN FALLS

FROM GRACE.

MUSICIANS SPEAK OF A GRACE

NOTE.

WE DESCRIBE AN ACTRESS AS

GRACIOUS, A DANCER AS

GRACEFUL.

WE USE THE WORD FOR

HOSPITALS.

BABY GIRLS, KINGS, AND

PRE-NATAL PRAYERS.

WE TALK AS THOUGH WE KNOW

WHAT GRACE MEANS.

BUT DO WE REALLY UNDERSTAND

IT?

Kristi: I LOVE IT.

WELL, THERE IS ONE OTHER USE

FOR THE WORD GRACE, AND ITS

THE TITLE OF MAX'S NEW BOOK

CALLED "GRACE, MORE THAN WE

DESERVE, GREATER THAN WE

IMAGINE."

MAX, WELCOME BACK TO "THE

700 CLUB."

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

IT IS SO GOOD TO SEE YOU.

Kristi: ABSOLUTELY.

LET'S JUMP RIGHT IN.

WHEN WE THINK ABOUT GRACE,

WE THINK ABOUT UNMERITED

FAVOR.

BUT TELL ME --

IT IS CERTAINLY PART

THAT.

Kristi: YES.

AND YET GRACE IS MORE

THAN JUST GOD GETTING US TO

HEAVEN.

IT HAS TO INCLUDE, ALSO, GOD

GETTING HEAVEN INTO US.

IT IS THE IDEA OF, IN HIS

RADICAL COMMITMENT, TO

REDEEM FOR HIMSELF HIS

PEOPLE, AND CHANGE THEM FROM

START TO FINISH, AND EQUIP

THEM TO REIGN WITH HIM

FOREVER.

I DO CALL IT GOD'S BEST

IDEA, BECAUSE IT IS UNLIKE

ANY THING OR ANY RELIGION OR

PHILOSOPHY HAS EVER

CREATED.

EVERY OTHER RELIGION, SINCE

THE HISTORY OF THE DAWN OF

TIME HAS SAID, OKAY, GOD, IF

WE DO THIS, MAYBE YOU'LL

NOTICE US.

CHRISTIANITY SAYS GOD,

YOU'VE NOTICED US AND YOU

YOU LOVE US, AND NOW WE'RE

GOING TO GO OUT AND SERVE

YOU.

IT IS THE GREATEST DISCOVERY

OF SCRIPTURE.

Kristi: IT IS.

IT IS BEAUTIFUL.

I GOT SAVED WHEN I WAS FIVE

YEARS OLD, BUT IT WASN'T

UNTIL THE LAST COUPLE OF

YEARS THAT I REALLY

UNDERSTOOD THE GRACE OF GOD,

THE HEART OF GOD.

YOU'VE EXPERIENCED SOME OF

THE SAME.

EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE WRITTEN

ALL OF THESE BOOKS AND HAVE

KNOWN THE LORD FOR YEARS,

LET'S TALK ABOUT YOUR OWN

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD'S

GRACE.

I THINK THE THING I'M

TRYING TO GET MY HEAD AROUND

RIGHT NOW -- ALWAYS THE

CAVEAT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT

GRACE: WE HAVE A THIMBLE,

AND GOD'S GRACE IS THE

PACIFIC OCEAN.

IT IS GOING TO BE BIGGER

THAN ANY OF US CAN EVER

IMAGINE.

HERE IS WHAT STRIKES ME

ABOUT GRACE, AND, THAT IS,

GOD IS NOT CONTENT JUST TO

PAY FOR US OR SEND HIS SON

TO DIE FOR US, KRISTI, HE

WANTS TO LIVE IN US.

THE PROMISE OF SCRIPTURE IS

GOD MOVES INTO OUR LIVES.

HE LITERALLY REMOVES THE OLD

SELF AND PLACES A RADICAL

NEW NATURE WITHIN US.

THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, "IF

ANYONE IS IN CHRIST, THAT'S

A BRAND NEW CREATION."

SO I'M LOOKING AT A BRAND

NEW CREATION, AND SO ARE

YOU.

AND GOD IS WORKING WITHIN US

AND HE IS CHANGING US.

AND ANYONE WHO GIVES THEIR

HEART TO GOD CAN BELIEVE

THAT GOD RETURNS THE FAVOR,

AND GOD PLACES HIS HEART

WITHIN THAT PERSON.

AND THE HEART WILL GROW AND

GROW AND GROW AND CHANGE

THAT PERSON BECAUSE OF WHAT

GOD IS DOING, NOT BECAUSE OF

WHAT WE DO.

AND THIS IS WHY WE CALL

IT -- WHY THE BIBLE CALLS IT

GRACE.

IT'S A GIFT.

Kristi: YOU MENTIONED A

KEY WORD.

YOU TALK ABOUT THE HEART.

HOW CAN WE GET THE THE HEART

OF GOD.

I WAS READING IN REVELATIONS

ABOUT IT, BE HOT, BE COLD,

BUT DON'T BE LUKE WARM.

I FEEL LIKE SO MANY PEOPLE

DON'T UNDERSTAND THE HEART

OF GOD ANYMORE.

WELL, I THINK WE BEGIN BY

UNDERSTANDING.

FOR LACK OF UNDERSTANDING,

PEOPLE PERISH.

UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD IS UP TO

HERE.

UNDERSTAND THAT GOD JUST

DIDN'T BRING US A NEW SYSTEM

OF DOs AND DON'Ts.

WE'VE TRIED THAT, AND THAT

DIDN'T WORK.

WHAT GOD BRINGS AND WHAT GOD

OFFERS IS A SUPER NATURAL

IMPLANTATION OF HIMSELF

WITHIN US.

CHRISTIANITY FROM START TO

FINISH IS A SUPER NATURAL

THING.

THIS IS A MIRACLE WE'RE

TALKING ABOUT; IT IS A GIFT

OF GOD.

WHEN PEOPLE SAY WHAT CAN I

DO TO GET GRACE, I DON'T

KNOW QUITE HOW TO ANSWER

THAT BECAUSE REALLY GRACE

GETS US.

WE TRUST IT, WE RECEIVE IT,

WE BELIEVE IT.

EVERYTHING ABOUT

CHRISTIANITY SAYS SUBMIT,

TRUST, AND RECEIVE, AND THEN

LET GOD BEGIN TO WORK IN

US.

AND THEN, SECONDLY, WE GROW

IN GRACE.

WE TRY TO UNDERSTAND GOD'S

GRACE MORE.

FOR MOST OF US, IT IS

TRUSTING, AND BELIEVING THAT

GOD FORGIVES US AND HE CAN

CHANGE US.

Kristi: DO YOU THINK

SOMETIMES PEOPLE TAKE

ADVANTAGE OF GOD'S GRACE.

FOR INSTANCE, THEY WALK IN

SIN BUT THEY SAY GOD'S GRACE

WILL FORGIVE ME.

ABSOLUTELY.

BUT LET ME TELL YOU

SOMETHING, WHERE HONEST

GRACE HAPPENS, HOLINESS

HAPPENS.

HOLINESS ALWAYS FOLLOWS

GOD'S GRACE.

THERE MAY BE A SEASON,

KRISTI, WHERE A PERSON YOUNG

IN FAITH AND NEW TO GRACE,

WILL SAY BECAUSE I KNOW GOD

WILL FORGIVE ME, I WILL DO

THIS.

BUT IF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS IN

THAT PERSON, THEY WILL FEEL

CONVICTION IN THEIR HEART.

AND THEY WON'T ABUSE THAT

GRACE FOR LONG.

BECAUSE WHERE THERE IS

HONEST GRACE, THERE IS A

DESIRE FOR HOLINESS.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT GRACE

BECOMES OUR TEACHER.

IT TEACHES US TO LIVE IN ALL

HOLINESS.

SO IT'S A RISK, ISN'T IT?

Kristi: IT IS.

IT'S A RISK.

WHEN YOU TEACH GRACE, YOU

RISK SOMEBODY ABUSING IT.

BUT, LISTEN, GOD IS WILLING

TO TAKE THAT RISK WITH US.

SO LET'S LET GRACE DO ITS

WORK.

Kristi: AND GOD IS THE

GREATEST EXAMPLE OF GRACE.

BECAUSE NOT ONLY DOES HE

EXTEND HIS LOVE, HIS MERCY,

AND HIS FAVOR ON US, BUT HE

EXPECTS US TO DO THE SAME

FOR OTHERS.

GREAT POINT.

Kristi: NOT FOR

NOTHING, BUT WE'RE THE ONES

WHO SHOOT OUR OWN A LOT,

DON'T WE?

WE DO.

Kristi: HOW CAN WE HAVE

MORE GRACE TOWARDS OUR

FELLOW BROTHER.

AS WE RECEIVE GOD'S

GRACE, WE BECOME

GRACE-GIVERS.

THE GREAT PICTURE IN THE

BIBLE IS JESUS WASHING THE

FEET OF THE DISCIPLES, AND

HE SAID YOU GO AND DO

LIKEWISE.

SO AS WE LET CHRIST WASH OUR

FEET, AS WE LET HIM TOUCH

THE DIRTY, GRIMEY, STINKY

PART OF OUR LIVES, HE

CHALLENGES US.

YOU GO AND YOU BECOME A

GIVER OF GRACE.

I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO,

ON A REGULAR BASIS, LET

JESUS WASH OUR FEET,

SYMBOLICLY CLEANSE US AND

FORGIVE US.

HE SAID, IF YOU DON'T LET ME

CLEANSE YOU, YOU CAN'T BE A

PART OF ME.

SO ALLOWING HIM TO FORGIVE

US IS A NECESSARY PART OF

OUR DAILY WALK WITH CHRIST.

LISTENERS SHOULD SAY, LORD,

I'M GOING TO LET YOU FORGIVE

ME.

WHAT I DID WAS WRONG.

BUT CLEANSE ME.

AND JUST THAT PRAYER SOFTENS

OUR HEART.

AND THEN ALLOW THAT GRACE

FLOW INTO THE PEOPLE WE ARE

HARD TO FORGIVE.

Kristi: WHEN YOU THINK

ABOUT GRACE, THE ESSENCE OF

IT IS LOVE.

NO MATTER HOW MANY POOR

CHOICES AND BAD DECISIONS

AND STILL STUPID STUFF WE

DO, GOD STILL LOVES US.

HE HAS LOOKED AT OUR

LIVES FROM START TO FINISH.

HE SAW THE DAY WE WERE

BORN.

HE KNOWS THE DAY WE'LL DIE.

HE HAS LOOKED AT OUR LIVES

FROM START TO FINISH, AND HE

SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT?

I WANT THAT PERSON IN MY

KINGDOM.

GRACE INCLUDES THIS.

LET'S REMEMBER THAT GRACE IS

NOT JUST A GET OUT OF HELL

FREE CARD.

Kristi: I LIKE THAT.

IT IS A DECISION OF GOD

TO REDEEM FOR HIMSELF PEOPLE

WITH WHOM HE WILL REIGN FOR

ETERNITY.

GRACE IS NOT JUST ABOUT GOD

GLOSSING OVER OUR MISTAKES.

GRACE IS ABOUT GOD MOVING

INTO OUR HEARTS IN A RADICAL

FASHION, TO GET US TO THE

POINT THAT HE WILL COMPLETE

THE WORK HE HAS DONE IN US.

GRACE IS PREPARING US FOR

ETERNITY.

THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID, "IT

IS NO LONGER I WHO LIVE, BUT

CHRIST WHO LIVES IN ME."

HE HAS GROWN TO THE POINT

WHERE THERE IS LESS PAUL AND

MORE CHRIST.

THAT'S ALL WHERE WE WANT TO

BE.

Kristi: PRAISE GOD.

I COULD KEEP GOING AND GOING

AND LISTENING.

JUST LOG ON TO cbn.com AT

NOON EASTERN STANDARD TERM

TODAY.

WHY?

BECAUSE MAX WILL BE LEADING

OUR ALL-STAFF CHAPEL

SERVICE.

AND I'LL BE IN THE FRONT

ROW.

WE'RE GOING TO BE STREAMING

IT LIVE ON OR WEBSITE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING

WITH US.

IT IS MY PRIVILEGE.

Kristi: MY SON HAS

KNOWS LITTLE D.V.D.s WITH

HERMI AND WORMI.

HIS BOOK IS CALLED "GRACE,

MORE THAN WE DESERVE AND

MORE THAN WE CAN IMAGINE."

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

KRISTI, THANK YOU.

Pat: ONE OF THE GREAT

AUTHOR, WE APPRECIATE MAX

LEUCADA.

STILL TO COME, WE'LL BRING

IT ON WITH YOUR E-MAIL

QUESTIONS.

JARED SAYS, "I'VE BEEN

BATTLING AN ADDICTION FOR

FOUR YEARS.

I READ MY BIBLE, I GO TO

CHURCH, BUT I CAN'T OVERCOME

IT.

WHAT CAN I DO?"

WE'LL TACKLE JARED'S

QUESTION WHEN WE COME BACK

AND WE'LL BRING IT ON.

Kristi: HERE WE GO,

LIVE TV.

JARED WRITES AND SAYS, "I'VE

BEEN BATTLING DIABETES FOR

OVER FOUR YEARS NOW.

I READ MY BIBLE AND GO TO

CHURCH.

HOWEVER, I'M STRUGGLING WITH

FOLLOWING THROUGH WITH THE

STEPS.

CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME AND

TELL ME WHAT TO DO TO DEFEAT

THIS ADDICTION?"

Pat: JARED, THE PROBLEM

IS YOU ARE TRYING TO FIGHT

THE ADDICTION YOURSELF.

YOU KNOW, THERE IS SUCH A

THING, WE WERE JUST TALKING

ABOUT GRACE, AND YOU TURN IT

OVER TO THE LORD.

LET THE LORD DO IT.

EVERYTHING ABOUT HEALING,

EVERYTHING ABOUT MIRACLES IS

ALL BY THE GRACE OF GOD.

THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID DID

YOU DO THAT THROUGH THE

WORKS OF THE LORD OR HEARING

OF FAITH?

IT'S FAITH.

SO YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD IS

GOING TO SETTE SET YOU

FREE.

AND THEN YOU BEGIN TO PRAISE

HIM AND THANK HIM DAY BY

DAY.

AS FAR AS AN ADDICTION, YOU

FORM A HABIT IN 21 DAYS, AND

YOU BREAK A HABIT IN 21

DAYS.

SO FOR THE NEXT 21 DAYS, YOU

DON'T SMOKE, DRINK, WATCH --

WHATEVER IT IS THAT YOU'VE

GOT THE PROBLEM WITH, YOU

DON'T DO IT.

EACH DAY I BELONG TO JESUS,

AND I'M GOING TO PRAY TO

JESUS.

THIS DAY I'M NOT GOING TO

GIVE INTO THAT ADDICTION

THIS DAY.

NOT NEXT YEAR.

NOT NEXT WEEK.

NOT FOREVER.

JUST THIS DAY I'M NOT GOING

TO DO IT.

NEXT DAY, NEXT DAY, AFTER 21

DAYS -- I SMOKED TWO AND A

HALF PACKS OF CIGARETTES A

DAY.

DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY.

I SAW WHAT IT DID TO PEOPLE,

AND I WAS IN LAW SCHOOL, AND

I PUT OUT A CIGARETTE, BUT

THE FIRST DAY WAS TOUGH.

THE NEXT DAY, AND THE NEXT

DAY, AND AFTER 21 DAYS OR

SO, I GOT SO I COULDN'T

STAND THE SMELL OF THEM, AND

I WAS SET FREE AND I HAVEN'T

SMOKED SINCE.

SO THAT'S THE WAY IT IS.

YOU GET RID OF THE

CIGARETTES, YOU GET RID OF

THE COKE, THE MARIJUANA, THE

SEX TAPES, WHATEVER IT IS

THAT IS BUGGING YOU.

GET THEM OUT OF YOUR SIGHT,

AND THEN EACH DAY.

NEXT QUESTION.

Kristi: CHRISTINA SAYS,

"I WATCH YOUR SHOW AND SEE

PEOPLE BEING BLESSED BECAUSE

THEY TITHE.

I WANT TO TITHE BUT MY

HUSBAND WON'T LET ME.

HE SAYS WE NEED ALL OF THE

MONEY WE HAVE.

I WAS REALLY BUMPED WHEN HE

SAID THIS, AND I WANT GOD TO

BLESS US, BUT MY HUSBAND IS

THE HEAD OF THE HOUSE, AND

DOES JESUS KNOW MY HEART?"

Pat: HE KNOWS YOUR

HEART, DARLING, BUT YOU'RE

GOING TO BE SUFFERING

BECAUSE YOU'VE GOT A BAD

HUSBAND.

AND YOUR HUSBAND IS BRINGING

A CURSE ON YOUR FAMILY.

YOU MIGHT TELL HIM THAT YOU

WATCHED THIS SHOW AND I SAID

HE IS BRINGING A CURSE ON

YOU, AND MAYBE HE'LL

LISTEN.

PROBABLY NOT, BUT HE MIGHT.

IF YOU'VE GOT SOME MONEY OF

YOUR OWN, YOU CAN TITHE OUT

OF THAT, IF YOU HAVE AN

ALLOWANCE, YOU CAN TITHE OUT

OF THAT.

BUT YOU CAN'T FORCE YOUR

HUSBAND TO DO WHAT HE

DOESN'T WANT TO DO.

YOU REMEMBER NABEL AND HIS

WIFE, HE SAID HIS NAME IS

FOLLY AND HE IS A FOOL.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM EPHESIANS: "FOR

IT IS BY GRACE THAT YOU'VE

BEEN SAVED AND NOT THROUGH

YOURSELF.

IT IS A GIFT OF GOD."

WE'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW.

BYE-BYE.

Kristi: GOOD DEAL.

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