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Lifting a $300,000 Debt Off Their Shoulders

Cody and Cheri were convinced that they had to spend money to make money – only the money didn’t come in. Despite mind-boggling debt, they turned their business around and now live debt free. Watch and learn what they did Read Transcript


Reporter: CODY CLEMENS

SAYS IN THE EARLY '90s,

GOD GAVE HIM AN IDEA FOR A

CARTRIDGE DISPLAY BUSINESS.

BUT HE NEEDED MONEY TO GET

STARTED.

HIS WIFE, SHERRY, EXPLAINS.

WE HAD A COMMERCIAL

BANKER TO GIVE US SOME

FINANCIAL ADVICE, TO NEVER

USE YOUR OWN MONEY, AND

ALWAYS LOSE SOMEBODY

ELSE'S.

THAT WAY IF YOU LOST

EVERYTHING, YOU WOULDN'T

LOST WHAT YOU HAVE.

Reporter: SO THE

CLEMENS BOUGHT EVERYTHING ON

CREDIT CARDS.

IT BECAME A HABIT THAT WAS

HARD TO BREAK.

I WAS SPENDING A LOT OF

MONEY, BUT I COULD NEVER GET

OUT OF DEBT.

AND GOD GAVE US A

WARNING, YOU'VE GOT TO GET

RID OF YOUR DEBT OR I CAN'T

USE YOU.

Reporter: THEY TOOK

MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN

HANDS, AND MADE AN EXPENSIVE

AD IN A MAGAZINE AD.

ONE DAY BEFORE THE TRAGIC

EVENTS OF 9/11.

ALL OF THEIR SALES CAME TO A

HALT.

TO THIS DAY, WE HAVEN'T

GOTTEN A SINGLE SALE FROM

THAT AD.

Reporter: ONE DAY THEY

STARTED READING ABOUT THE

PRINCIPLES OF TITHING AND

BEGAN GIVING REGULARLY.

I WANTED TO MAKE SURE

EVERY SINGLE TIME GOD WAS

PAID FIRST BEFORE ANYTHING

ELSE.

THAT REVOLUTIONIZED OUR

WHOLE LIFE.

Reporter: SHERRY

BELIEVES GOD TOLD THEM TO

PAY OFF THEIR MORTGAGE

BEFORE THEIR CREDIT CARDS.

WHEN I WAS QUESTIONING

GOD ABOUT IT, HE SAID, NO, I

WANT YOU TO PAY OFF YOUR

HOUSE FIRST.

BECAUSE I WANT TO GET THE

GLORY AND NOT MAN'S WISDOM.

I DISAGREED WITH HER.

I TURNED HIM OVER TO GOD,

AND SAID, GOD, YOU DEAL WITH

HIM.

Reporter: CODY

REFINANCED HIS HOUSE, BUT

ALL OF HIS ATTEMPTS FELL

THROUGH.

AND ONE DAY SOMETHING

CHANGED.

I HA HAVE NO IDEA HOW IT

HAPPENED.

ONE DAY I WOKE UP AND

THOUGHT WE HAVE TO PAY OFF

THIS HOUSE.

IT WAS MY IDEA.

Reporter: THE CLEMENS

WORKED HARD AND PAID OFF

THEIR HOUSE.

BUT THEIR PROBLEMS WEREN'T

OVER.

WEREN'T OVER.

THEIR COSTUMERS STOPPED

PAYING.

HE GAVE US THE EVIDENCE

THAT HE WAS FAITHFUL.

HANG IN THERE, AND HE'LL

PULL US THROUGH THAT FIRE.

Reporter: CODY AND

SHERRY WERE FAITHFUL, AND

THEY CONTINUED TO TITHE AND

TRUST, AND FINALLY A

BREAKTHROUGH.

THE ORDERS STARTED COMING

IN.

PEOPLE WOULD PAY ON TIME.

PEOPLE WOULD PAY EARLY.

IT WAS JUST WONDERFUL.

IT ONLY CAME TOGETHER

WHEN WE REALLY UNDERSTOOD

WHAT HIS DESIRE WAS AND WE

GOT INTO AGREEMENT WITH

HIM.

Reporter: THROUGH THE

YEARS, CODY AND SHERRY HAVE

CONTINUED TO GIVE TO THEIR

CHURCH AND TO CBN.

WHEN WE STARTE START

STARTED SOWING INTO CBN

LAVISHLY, WE STARTED TO SEE

BLESSINGS COMING INTO OUR

LIVES.

Reporter: TODAY THEY

ARE DEBT-FREE AND THEIR

BUSINESS IS THRIVING.

IF YOU DON'T PLANT A

SEED, NOTHING WILL GROW.

IT DOESN'T MATTER IF 100 OR

1,000 -- THE SIZE DOESN'T

MATTER.

IT IS THE SIZE OF YOUR

OBEDIENCE AND STEPPING OUT.

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