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The 700 Club - October 4, 2012

'Biggest Loser' Pete Thomas joins us to discuss his dramatic weight loss and how how he's kept it off. Plus, Aaron Enous had a tough childhood and was uncertain if God even existed until he had a vision that changed everything. Read Transcript


HE'S THE BIGGEST, BIGGEST

LOSER.

PETE THOMAS SHARES HOW HE

DROPPED MORE THAN 180 POUNDS

AND HOW HE KEPT IT OFF AFTER

THE CAMERAS STOPPED

ROLLING.

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[APPLAUSE]

Pat: WELCOME, LADIES

AND GENTLEMEN, TO THIS

EDITION OF "THE 700 CLUB."

I GUESS THE LIBERAL PUNDITS

ARE SHELL-SHOCKED AT THE

PERFORMANCE OF THEIR

CHAMPION LAST NIGHT IN THAT

DEBATE.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY CLEANED HIS

CLOCK, AS THE SAYING GOES,

AND IT WAS EVERYBODY THAT IS

JUMPING ON THE PRESIDENT,

BUT IT IS DEBATE NUMBER ONE,

LIKE THE FIRST QUARTER.

Terry: PEOPLE ARE

SAYING THAT ROMNEY WENT ON

THE DEFENSIVE AGAINST THE

PRESIDENT, AND OBAMA MADE A

POOR JOB OF MAKING HIS

CASE.

DAVID BRODY HAS THIS LOOK AT

THE DEBATE AND WHERE THE

RACE GOES FROM HERE.

Reporter: THE DEBATE

HERE IN DENVER TURNED

QUICKLY FROM SMILES AND

HANDSHAKES TO A PASSIONATE

AND AGGRESSIVE MITT ROMNEY,

LAYING OUT THE CASE THAT THE

LAST FOUR YEARS UNDER

PRESIDENT OBAMA HAVE BEEN A

MAJOR FAILURE.

WHEN THE PRESIDENT TOOK

OFFICE, 32 MILLION PEOPLE ON

FOOD STAMPS, 47 MILLION ON

FOOD STAMPS TODAY.

ECONOMIC GROWTH THIS YEAR,

SLOWER THAN LAST YEAR, AND

SLOWER THAN THE YEAR

BEFORE.

GOING FORWARD WITH THE

STATUS QUO IS NOT GOING TO

CUT IT FOR THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE, WHO ARE STRUGGLING

TODAY.

Reporter: THE PRESIDENT

SEEMED ON THE DEFENSIVE ALL

NIGHT, BUT SAID THAT

ROMNEY'S TAX PLAN CALLS FOR

A TAX CUT THAT FAVORS THE

WEALTHY THEE.

WHAT I SAID IS I WOULDN'T

PUT IN PLACE A TAX CUT THAT

ADDS TO THE DEFICIT.

President Obama: FOR 18

MONTHS HE HAS BEEN RUNNING

ON THIS TAX PLAN.

NOW, FIVE WEEKS BEFORE THE

ELECTION, HE IS SAYING HIS

BIG, BOLD IDEA IS NEVER

MIND.

Reporter: AND ROMNEY

SAYS UNDER THE PRESIDENT,

TRILLIONS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO

THE ECONOMIC DEBT,.

I THINK IT IS A MORAL

ISSUE.

I THINK IT IS NOT MORAL FOR

MY GENERATION TO SPEND MORE

THAN WE TAKE IN, KNOWING

THAT THE BURDENS WILL BE

PASSED ON TO THE NEXT

GENERATION, AND THEY'LL BE

PAYING THE INTEREST ALL

THEIR LIVES.

Reporter: THE PRESIDENT

BLAMED THE MESS ON THE

ECONOMIC MESS HE INHERITED.

WHEN I WALKED IN THE OVAL

OFFICE, I HAD MORE THAN A

TRILLION DOLLAR DEBT.

WE KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM,

TWO WARS PAID FOR ON A

CREDIT CARD, TWO TAX CUTS

THAT WERE NOT PAID FOR, AND

A WHOLE BUNCH OF PROGRAMS

THAT WERE NOT PAID FOR.

AND THEN A MASSIVE ECONOMIC

CRISIS.

Reporter: AND THEN

THERE WAS THE DEBATE OVER

OBAMACARE.

ROMNEY PICKED THE NEW HEALTH

CARE LAW APART ON A NUMBER

OF LEVELS, AND SAID ONE

MAJOR PROBLEM WAS HOW THE

PRESIDENT RAMMED IT THROUGH

CONGRESS.

Reporter: INSTEAD

BRINGING AMERICA TOGETHER,

YOU PUSHED THROUGH SOMETHING

THAT YOU AND NANCY PELOSI

AND HARRY REID THOUGHT WAS

THE BEST ANSWER.

President Obama: THIS

WAS A BIPARTISAN IDEA, IN

FACT IT WAS A REPUBLICAN

IDEA.

AND MITT ROMNEY SAID WHAT WE

DID IN MASSACHUSETTS COULD

BE A MODEL FOR THE NATION.

Reporter: ALL THE

TOPICS HAD ONE THEME

THROUGHOUT THEM: WHAT THE

ROLE OF THE FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE.

ROMNEY WAS ARGUING FOR A

LIMITED APPROACH, AND THE

PRESIDENT MAKING THE CASE

FOR A LARGER ROLE.

President Obama: WE

WANT TO GIVE THESE GATEWAYS

OF OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL

AMERICANS, BECAUSE IF ALL

AMERICANS ARE GETTING

OPPORTUNITY, WE'RE ALL GOING

TO BE BETTER OFF.

LOOK BEHIND US, THE

CONSTITUTION AND THE

DECLARATION OF

INDEPENDENCE.

THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO

PROMOTE AND PROTECT THE

PRINCIPLES.

Reporter: WITH DEBATE

NUMBER ONE WRAPPED UP, THE

ATTENTION NOW TURNS TO THE

CAMPAIGN TRAIL.

THE PRESIDENT WILL BE IN

COLORADO ON THURSDAY.

COLORADO IS A STATE THAT

MITT ROMNEY HAS A SLIT LEAD

IN.

AND MITT ROMNEY WILL BE IN

VIRGINIA, WHERE THE

PRESIDENT HAS A SLIGHT

LEAD.

TIME NOW OF THE ESSENCE, AS

EARLY VOTING HAS STARTED IN

MORE THAN HALF THE STATES.

DAVID BRODY, CBN NEWS IN

DENVER, COLORADO.

Pat: YOU CAN ALWAYS GET

DAVID'S LATEST POLITICAL

REPORTS ON "THE BRODY FILE"

ON cbn.com, AND YOU CAN

WATCH "THE BRODY FILE" ON

FRIDAYS AT 9:30 A.M. ON THE

ABC FAMILY CHANNEL.

TERRY, I WAS VERY IMPRESSED

WITH MITT'S PERFORMANCE.

BUT HIS HANDLERS HAD SAID,

LOOK, TONE IT DOWN.

DON'T GO AFTER ANY MAJOR

THRUST.

HE WAS GIVEN A SOFTBALL

QUESTION BY JIM LEHRER, THE

MODERATOR, TELL US ABOUT

GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS.

TH REGULATIONS OF THE

COMMERCE.

BUSINESSES ARE BEING

REGULATED TO DEATH.

ROMNEY, INSTEAD OF ANSWERING

THAT QUESTION, SAID, I THINK

WE SHOULD HAVE REGULATION.

OF COURSE, IF YOU'RE GOING

TO PLAY A FOOTBALL GAME, YOU

NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE RULES,

AND YOU NEED TO HAVE

REFEREES WHO NOW HOW TO CALL

THE DOWNS AND THE BALLS AND

ALL OF THAT.

Terry: UH-HUH.

Pat: SO HE DUCKED IT.

BUT DOES THAT MEAN AS HE

GOVERNS, HE IS GOING TO BE

AS QUICKLY MODEST.

I DON'T THINK WE'RE GOING TO

SEE A ROBUST RONALD REAGAN,

BUT WE'RE GOING TO SEE AN

INTELLIGENT, HONORABLE MAN

TAKE OVER THE REINS.

IT SEEMS LIKE THIS IS THE

STEP HE NEEDED TO

BREAKTHROUGH ALL OF THE

MIASMA THAT WAS CAUSED BY

ALL OF THE NEGATIVE

COMPAIGNS OBAMA HAS PUT ON

THE AIRWAVES.

I THINK IT ONLY TAKES A

COUPLE OF PERCENTAGE POINTS

AND YOU'RE OVER THE TOP.

Terry: HIS EXPERIENCE

AND BUSINESS BACKGROUND

REALLY CAME THROUGH LAST

NIGHT.

EVERYONE SAYS THE NUMBER ONE

TOPIC ON EVERYONE'S MINDS IS

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, AND HE

SEEMS TO KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT

HAPPEN.

Pat: OBAMA HAS NEVER

CREATED A JOBS IN HIS LIFE.

LIFE.

HE DOESN'T NO HOW.

THERE WILL BE ANOTHER ONE,

AND HE CAN RECOVER AND MAYBE

COME BACK MUCH STRONGER, BUT

NEXT TIME WILL BE ON FOREIGN

POLICY, AND I THINK OBAMA IS

QUITE VULNERABLE IN THIS

AREA AS WELL.

BUT MITT HAS TO BE CAREFUL

THAT HE DOESN'T START

TALKING ABOUT BASHING

CHINA.

BIG, BIG MISTAKE.

AND YOU'VE GOT TO BE CAREFUL

THAT YOU DON'T LOOK LIKE

YOU'RE GOING TO START

ANOTHER WAR.

THAT IS WHAT THEY DID TO

GOLDWATER, HE LOVES ME, AND

BOOM.

HE WANTS TO AVOID THAT

MANTRA.

IF THINGS CONTINUE TO GO AS

THEY ARE, THE POLLS ARE IN

HIS FAVOR, THE MOMENTUM IS

IN HIS FAVOR, AND THIS

DEBATE DID IT FOR HIM.

WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

REGARDLESS OF WHO WINS THIS

ELECTION, POLITICIANS IN

WASHINGTON WILL HAVE TO MAKE

SOME VERY, VERY TOUGH

DECISIONS ON TAXES AND

SPENDING BY THE END OF THIS

YEAR.

LEE WEBB HAS THAT STORY FROM

THE CBN NEWS ROOM.

HERE IS LEE.

Lisa: PAT, MEMBERS OF

CONGRESS ARE WORKING ON

LEGISLATION TO AVOID A

BUDGET CRISIS.

THE "NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTS

SENATORS ARE PURSUING

OPTIONS, LEGISLATIVELY, TO

KEEP MASSIVE TAX HIKES AND

GOVERNMENT SPENDING CUTS

FROM HAPPENING NEXT YEAR.

JOHN WAGGI HAS MORE ON THE

IMPACT ON WHAT SOME ARE

CALLING TAX MAGDEDDON.

CURTIS DEBAY IS WITH THE

HERITAGE FOUNDATION.

A TAX HIKE THAT HIGH IN

ONE YEAR IS SIMPLY

UNPRECEDENTED.

IT WILL TAKE AN ENORMOUS

CHUNK OF MONEY OUT OF THE

FAMILIES THAT EARN THE

INCOME AND GIVE IT TO

CONGRESS TO SPEND.

Reporter: NOT ONLY WILL

THE BUSH TAX CUTS END, BUT

MUCH MORE.

THE PAYROLL TAX WILL JUMP

FROM 4.6% TO 6.6%.

THE REPAIR OF THE MARRIAGE

PENALTY WILL DISAPPEAR,

MEANING MANY MARRIED COUPLES

WILL SUDDENLY HAVE TO PAY

MORE TAXES.

MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS WILL

BE TREATED THEY'RE RICH IN

THE EYES OF THE I.R.S. AND

TAXED MUCH MORE.

70% DIRECTLY FALLS ON

MIDDLE AND LOW INCOME

TAXPAYERS.

Reporter: BUT NOT

EVERYONE SEES HIKING TAXES

NEXT YEAR IS A BAD THING.

RAISES TAXES IN THE

SHORT-TERM, AND SPENDING IT,

PARTICULARLY AT THE TOP END,

WILL PRODUCE MORE JOBS.

WE HAVE A LOT OF WEALTHY

PEOPLE SITTING ON THEIR

MONEY.

Reporter: BUT DEBAY

SAYS IT IS THE THREAT OF TAX

HIKES THAT KEEPS BUSINESSES

FROM INVESTING.

THEY DON'T KNOW WHETHER

TO ADD NEW WORKERS OR MAKE

NEW INVESTMENTS, SO THEY'RE

HOLDING BACK AND WAITING.

Reporter: HE WORRIES

WITHOUT NEW TAX CUTS, IT

WILL DEVASTATE PUBLIC

SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, AND

MORE.

FOOD STAMPS, AND AID FOR

THE VULNERABLE, SENIORS AT

THE END OF THEIR LIFE --

WE'RE TOO RICH OF A SOCIETY

TO MAKE THOSE KINDS OF

CUTS.

Reporter: CONGRESS AND

THE PRESIDENT TOGETHER COULD

STOP TAX MAGGEDDON, BUT WITH

THE STAKES SO HIGH BEFORE

THE ELECTION, NOTHING IS

LIKELY TO HAPPEN.

Lee: THE REAL QUESTION

IS: DO WE HAVE POLITICIANS

IN WASHINGTON WITH THE

POLITICAL BACKBONE TO DO THE

RIGHT THING?

Pat: YOU SEE HOW THEY

DEMOGOGUE ON ANYBODY WHO

BEGINS TO SAY ANYTHING ABOUT

REGULATING THE FLOW OF

SPENDING.

IMMEDIATELY THE ADS HIT THE

AIRWAVES, THEY WANT TO TAKE

AWAY THE LIGHTS ON THE

NATIONAL MONUMENT, AND IT

GOES ON AND ON.

THEY'LL TAKE YOUR SCHOOL

LUNCHES AWAY.

THE POOR LITTLE KIDS ARE

GOING TO STARVE, AND YOU'RE

NOT GOING TO HAVE ANY

TEACHERS.

IT GOES ON AND ON AND ON.

THE LIBERAL PEOPLE SAY WHY

SHOULD WE STEP INTO THAT

VORTEX.

IT HAS GOT TO BE BIPARTISAN

AGREEMENT.

THE PRESIDENT HAD AN

AGREEMENT, BOLES/SIMPSON,

AND HE IGNORED IT.

THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT

SUBMITTED BUT ONE BUDGET.

THE BUDGET WAS

OVERWHELMINGLY -- I THINK IT

WAS 97% VOTED DOWN BY THE

DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED

CONGRESS.

THEY SAID THIS IS

RIDICULOUS.

WE CAN'T EVEN CONSIDER IT.

SO THE SENATE HAS NOT PASSED

A BUDGET IN THE LAST THREE

YEARS.

NO BUDGET.

NO BUDGET TO RUN THE

GOVERNMENT ON.

AND THEY DON'T WANT TO TAKE

A STAND ON ANYTHING.

AND THE PARTISANSHIP IS SO

SO RANCOROUS, AND THERE HAS

GOT TO BE SOMETHING ABOUT

PUTTING THE NATION FIRST,

AND WE DON'T HAVE IT.

ALL WE HAVE A PARTY

INTEREST.

COMING OUT OF THIS ELECTION,

IF ONE PARTY WINS A DECISIVE

VICTORY, MAYBE WE CAN HAVE A

CHANGE.

WE'RE IN FOR A REALLY ROUGH

PATCH AS A NATION BECAUSE A

HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF

CANNOT STAND.

THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS,

AND IT IS TRUE.

IT IS A GREAT TRUTH.

A KINGDOM DIVIDED AGAINST

ITSELF CANNOT ENDURE.

LEE?

Lee: PAT, IRANIAN RIOT

POLICE HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED AT

KEY INTERSECTIONS IN THE

CAPITAL CITY OF TE TEHRAN.

THAT COMES AFTER POLICE

CLASHED WITH PROTESTORS

ANGRY WITH THE IRANIAN'S

ECONOMY.

THE ECONOMY PLUNGED BY MORE

THAN A THIRD IN LESS THAN A

WEEK.

MANY LOW INCOME IRANIANS CAN

NO LONGER AFFORD IMPORTANT

FOOD ITEMS, LIKE CHICKEN AND

LAMB, AND AUTHORITIES ARE

TRYING TO CLAMP DOWN ON

BLACK MARKET MONEY

EXCHANGERS.

MANY ANALYSTS BLAME IT ON

THE SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN'S

NUCLEAR PROGRAM.

AND SOME SAY POOR GOVERNMENT

POLICIES HAVE MADE THE

CRISIS WORSE.

MAYBE THERE IS A PEACEFUL

WAY, INTERNALLY, OF DEALING

WITH IRAN AFTER ALL, PAT?

Pat: LEE, I'VE BEEN

SAYING THIS FOR SOME TIME.

THERE ARE MANY IRANIANS WHO

ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE.

THEY LOVE AMERICA.

THEY LOVE GOD.

THEY'RE GOOD PEOPLE.

AND THEY HATE THE MALAHS,

AND THE MALAHS HAVE PUT IN A

REGIME THAT IS NOT GOING TO

WORK.

WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT IT?

BEGINNING A WAR WOULD BE

COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE BECAUSE

IT WILL MOBILIZE THE

DISSIDENT PEOPLE IN FAVOR OF

THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE OF A

WAR.

THE LABOR UNIONS WOULD

STRIKE, GO ON A PROLONGED

STRIKE, AND MOVE TO

OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT.

THE COLLEGE STUDENTS WOULD

BEGIN TO STRIKE AND

OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT.

IF THERE WAS A CONCERTED

EFFORT TO MOBILIZE THE

DISSIDENTS, THAT WHOLE

COUNTRY COULD SEE A REGIME

CHANGE.

BUT WHEN THEY HAD A CHANCE,

AFTER THE LAST ELECTION, AND

THERE WERE PEOPLE IN THE

STREETS AND THERE WAS A REAL

MOVEMENT TO DO THAT, WHAT

DID OUR PRESIDENT DO?

NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY

NOTHING.

BUT NOW IS A CHANCE.

NOW IS WHY I HAVE NOT BEEN

IN FAVOR OF A BOMBING

CAMPAIGN IN RELATION TO

THEIR NUCLEAR FACILITY

BECAUSE IT WOULD BE FAR, FAR

BETTER TO SEE A PEACEFUL, OR

EVEN A VIOLENT OVERTHROW OF

THEIR GOVERNMENT AND A

REGIME CHANGE.

LEE?

Lee: THE PRESIDENT OF

CHICK-FIL-A HAS VOICED HIS

SUPPORT FOR BIBLICAL

FAMILIES.

HE IS SPEAKING OUT AGAIN.

SOME LIBERALS CRITICIZED DAN

CATHY THIS SUMMER WHEN HE

SAID THE FAST FOOD CHAIN IS

GUILTY AS CHARGED FOR

SUPPORTING PRO FAMILY GROUPS

THAT OPPOSE SAME-SEX

MARRIAGE.

CATHY SAID FAMILIES ARE VERY

IMPORTANT TO OUR COUNTRY.

THEY'RE IMPORTANT TO ALL OF

US WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT

BEING ABLE TO HANG ON TO OUR

HERITAGE.

WE SUPPORT BIBLICAL FAMILIES

WHO HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PART OF

THAT.

THE NUMBER OF SEVERELY OBESE

AMERICAN ADULTS HAS

SKYROCKETED IN THE LAST

DECADE.

RESEARCHERS FROM RAND

CORPORATION FOUND 6.6% OF

ADULTS WERE 100 POUNDS OR

MORE OVERWEIGHT.

UP FROM 3.9% IN 2000.

THAT IS NEARLY A 70%

INCREASE IN JUST 10 YEARS.

MORE THAN 15 MILLION PEOPLE

ARE NOW CLASSIFIED AS

SEVERELY OBESE.

RESEARCHERS POINT OUT THIS

LEVEL OF OBESITY OFTEN

EFFECTS QUALITY OF LIFE AND

LEADS TO OTHER MEDICAL

CONDITIONS.

FOR EXAMPLE, TYPE 2

DIABETES, HEART DISEASE, AND

CERTAIN TYPES OF CANCER.

70% INCREASE IN 10 YEARS,

PAT, IT'S AMAZING.

Pat: IT IS HORRIBLE.

BUT THE FOOD WE EAT -- I

DON'T EAT FAST FOOD.

DO YOU EAT THAT STUFF?

OH, CHICK-FIL-A, YAY, WE'VE

GOT TO SUPPORT THAT.

Terry: I THINK THAT IT

IS INTERESTING THAT THAT

STATISTIC IS WHAT IT IS

BECAUSE THERE IS SO MUCH

MORE INFORMATION OUT TODAY

ABOUT HOW TO EAT HEALTHY,

AND I THINK A LOT OF

MANUFACTURERS ARE TRYING TO

GIVE US THINGS THAT MEET

THAT STANDARD.

Pat: YOU'VE GOT TO MEET

THE LABELS.

THEY'RE LOADED WITH SUGAR.

WHEN YOU SEE HIGH FRUCTOSE

CORN SYRUP, AND ALL OF THOSE

OTHER NAMES FOR SUGAR, THAT

ARE PUT IN ALMOST

EVERYTHING, THAT SETS UP A

CRAVING.

AND THE FAST FOOD

MANUFACTURERS KNOW EXACTLY

WHAT THEY'RE DOING.

THEY USED TO CALL CERTAIN

SNACKS -- THEY CALLED THEM

BEER SNACKS BECAUSE THEY

WERE LOADED WITH SALT AND

MADE PEOPLE THIRSTY, AND

MADE THEM WANT TO EAT THE

PRETZELS AND THEN DRINK A

BEER.

IT WAS DELIBERATE.

Terry: YES.

WE'VE HAD LOTS OF EXPERTS ON

THIS PROGRAM WHO HAVE TALKED

ABOUT THE DELIBERATE MOVE TO

THAT END.

Pat: SURE.

BUT NOT ONLY ARE WE GETTING

BLOATED WITH FINANCES, WE'VE

GOT A BLOATED DEBT, BLOATED

FAT PEOPLE -- IT JUST SHOWS

THAT WE HAVE LOST OUR SENSE

OF SELF-CONTROL IN OUR

NATION BECAUSE WE'RE --

WHERE THERE IS NO KNOWLEDGE

OF GOD, THE PEOPLE RUN

AMUCK.

THE BIBLE SAYS WHEN THERE IS

NO VISION, BUT IT MEANS A

VISION OF GOD.

WE DON'T HAVE THAT SENSE OF

SELF-RESTRAINT THAT IS

ATTACHED TO A HEALTHY

SOCIETY.

IT'S A SHAME.

WE'RE GOING TO INTRODUCE YOU

TO A MAN WHO BEAT THE ODDS

AND WON THE BIGGEST LOSER.

IT'S A FANTASTIC STORY, AND

TERRY IS GOING TO TELL US

ABOUT IT.

Terry: THAT IS COMING

UP.

BUT, ALSO, THIS FEATURE: HE

MAY HAVE LOST HIS LEG IN A

WAR, BUT THAT HAS NOT

STOPPED HIM FROM RUNNING FORz6

HOPE.

WE WANT YOU TO HEAR HIS

STORY, AND THAT'S COMING UP

NEXT.

Pat: WELL, WELCOME

BACK, THE DAY AFTER THE

DEBATE, AND PEOPLE ARE STILL

IN THE DEBATE MODE.

YOU KNOW, TERRY, I USED TO

DRIVE AROUND -- WHEN I WAS

IN COLLEGE, I SOWED MY SHARE

OF OATS.

Terry: I HEARD.

Pat: WILD OATS, LOTS

AND LOTS OF THEM.

AND AS I DROVE AROUND IN THE

HILLS OF THE SHENANDOAH

VALLEY, THERE WERE THESE

BILLBOARDS, "PREPARE TO MEET

YOUR GOD."

I MEAN GREAT, BIG ONES.

AND YOU WOULD THINK --

Terry: BETTER GET MY

ACT TOGETHER.

Pat: GET RID OF THAT

BEER.

BUT IF YOU WERE TO DIE,

WOULD YOU BE READY TO FACE

GOD, PREPARED TO MEET YOUR

GOD?

WELL, THAT QUESTION BECAME

VERY REAL TO A SOLDIER IN

LEBANON WHEN A LANDMINE

EXPLODED UNDER HIS FEET.

DURING A WAR.

GARY LANE SHOWS US HIS LIFE

WAS TRANSFORMED AND WHAT HE

IS DOING WITH IT TODAY.

Reporter: LEBANESE

AMERICAN ELIAH HISPANI NEVER

DREAMED HE WOULD LIVE IN

MILWAUKEE, AND HE NEVER

IMAGINED HE WOULD BE RUNNING

A MARATHON.

MY MAIN INSPIRATION IS

JESUS.

THIS IS WHY I'M DOING THIS,

BECAUSE OF HIM AND HE

CHANGED MY LIFE.

Reporter: HIS LIFE

JOURNEY BEGAN HALF A WORLD

AWAY IN LEBANON.

THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY,

MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE MANY

TIMES.

AND TO SEE THIS LEBANON,

GORGEOUS.

AND THIS COUNTRY IS REALLY

IN MY HEART.

Reporter: RAISED IN A

CHRISTIAN CULTURE, HE GREW

UP PEACEFULLY WITH HIS

MUSLIM NEIGHBORS.

THESE PEOPLE, THEY WERE

MY -- THEIR CHILDREN WERE MY

BEST FRIENDS.

WE JUST LOVED TO BE TOGETHER

AND HAVE FUN.

Reporter: SOME WERE

PALESTINIAN, NOT LEBANESE.

PALESTINIANS CAME TO OUR

COUNTRY AS REFUGEES.

WE HOSTED THEM.

WE LIKED THEM.

WE SYMPATHIZED WITH THEM.

AND NOW THEY TURN AGAINST US

AND THEY WANT TO KILL US.

Reporter: CIVIL WAR

BROKE OUT IN 1975, WHEN THE

PALESTINIAN LIBERATION

ORGANIZATION AND ITS MUSLIM

BACKERS ATTACKED ISRAEL AND

CHRISTIAN VILLAGES IN

LEBANON.

I'LELI JOINED THE SOUTHxyxy

LEBANON PARTY.

I WANT TO PROTECT MY

IDENTITY AS A CHRISTIAN AT

THAT TIME, AND THE PEOPLE OF

MY COUNTRY.

Reporter: THE LEBANESE

CIVIL WAR TOOK ITS TOLL,

SURROUNDING HIM WITH DEATH

AND DESTRUCTION.

YOU DON'T KNOW IF YOU

WILL DIE TODAY OR TOMORROW.

SO I START HATING MYSELF.

NOT ONLY HATING MY ENEMY.

SO I START DRINKING TO

FORGET.

I DIDN'T CARE ABOUT LIFE.

I DIDN'T CARE ABOUT IF I

WILL DIE OR LIVE.

Reporter: ELI'S

THINKING CHANGED QUICKLY,

AFTER HIS COMMANDER ORDERED

HIM TO DISARM ENEMY

ROCKETS.

THAT'S WHEN A LANDMINE

EXPLODED RIGHT BENEATH HIS

FEET.

I START THINKING, I'M

GOING TO DIE.

HOW CAN I FACE GOD RIGHT

NOW.

HE IS GOING TO JUDGE ME.

I WAS SO AFRAID.

JESUS, IF YOU ARE ALIVE,

SAVE ME.

I DON'T WANT TO GO TO HELL.

Reporter: ELI'S LIFE

WAS SPARED.

HE LOST HIS LEFT LEG, BUT

GAINED SALVATION.

CALLED TO MINISTRY, HE

EVENTUALLY JOINED "YOUTH

WITH A MISSION."

AND HE LATER ATTENDED BIBLE

CEMETERY IN BEIRUT.

AND IT IS HERE WHERE HE

STUDIED AND LEARNED IT WAS

NO LONGER SAFE FOR HIM TO

REMAIN IN LEBANON.

SO HE PACKED UP HIS FAMILY

AND LEFT THE COUNTRY OF HIS

BIRTH AND HEADED FOR

AMERICA.

HE NOW SERVES AS A NATION'S

PASTOR AT MILWAUKEE'S EAST

CHURCH.

HOME TO CHRISTIANS FROM 60

COUNTRIES.

I WANTED TO EQUIP THE

CHURCH, HAVE THE CHURCH

UNDERSTAND MORE HOW TO WORK

CROSS-CULTURALLY, HOW TO

LOVE PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT

COUNTRIES.

Reporter: ELI SAYS GOD

GAVE HIM A MISSION TO DO

SOMETHING BIGGER, TO SHARE

HIS HEART WITH THE NATIONS.

NOT ONLY WITH THE PEOPLE

FROM EAST VILLAGE CHURCH,

BUT WITH THE ENTIRE

COMMUNITY OF MILWAUKEE.

EACH YEAR HE SPONSORS AND

PARTICIPATE IN A CHARITABLE

MARATHON RACE CALLED

"RUNNING FOR HOPE."

THE IDEA CAME AS HE PLAYED

SOCCER WITH HIS SONS.

WHY I DON'T RUN?

WHY I DON'T START AN

ORGANIZATION CALLED "RUNNING

FOR HOPE?"

Reporter: RAISING MONEY

TO SHIP WHEELCHAIRS AND

PROSTHETICS TO PEOPLE IN THE

MIDDLE EAST.

CBN NEWS TALKED TO THIS

YEAR'S PARTICIPANTS.

I WANTED TO RUN WITH ELI

BECAUSE HE RUNS WITH ONE

LEG.

Reporter: HE TELLS HIS

STORY IN THE BOOK "THE GOOD

SOLDIER."

HE HOPES TO RETURN TO

LEBANON SOME DAY TO BRING

WHEELCHAIRS AND OTHER

THINGS, BUT THAT IS UNLIKELY

TO HAPPEN AS LONG AS

HEZBOLLAH DOMINATES THE

COUNTRY.

I WANT TO SHARE MY STORY

AND HELP PEOPLE, BUT THESE

PEOPLE NEED GOD MORE THAN

ANY BECAUSE WE HAD WAR.

THESE PEOPLE ARE WALKING AND

BROKEN AND SUFFERING.

AND THEY ARE STILL

SUFFERING.

THERE IS A LOT OF THE HATE

AND REVENGE.

AND WE NEED GOD.

Reporter: IN THE

MEANTIME, ELI SAYS HE

CONTINUE THE ANNUAL

MARATHON.

AND HE WANTS TO ENCOURAGE

OTHERS TO WIN LIFE'S

SPIRITUAL RACE.

YOU HAVE TO HAVE

INSURANCE AND HAVE THIS

RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST IN

ORDER TO WIN THE RACE.

AND I KNEW IN HEAVEN MY LEG

WOULD COME BACK.

AND I CAN RUN AND I CAN

FLY.

I CAN ENJOY THIS BODY.

THAT'S MY HOPE.

Reporter: GARY LANE,

CBN NEWS, MILWAUKEE.

Pat: THANKS, GARY.

WHAT A STORY OF HOPE AND

VICTORY.

AND HE'S AN INSPIRATION TO

ALL OF US.

RE TALKING

ABOUT THE OUTRAGEOUS

PERCENTAGE OF OBESITY IN THE

COUNTRY, AND I THINK OUR

NEXT GUEST HAS SOME

ANSWERS.

HE WON $100,000 BY LOSING

185 POUNDS.

PETE THOMAS SHARES HOW HE

KEEPS THE WEIGHT OFF SEVEN

YEARS AFTER "THE BIGGE

LOSER."

Pat: HE'S HERE.

Terry: WELL, WHEN PETE

THOMAS WAS A KID, FOOD WAS

HARD TO COME BY IN HIS

HOUSE..

BY THE TIME HE STARTED

BOUNCING AROUND FOSTER

HOLES, PETE WAS WOLFING DOWN

FOOD WHENEVER IT WAS

AVAILABLE.

THAT WAS THE BEGINNING OF A

LONG STRUGGLE WITH HIS

WEIGHT.

ONE THAT DIDN'T REALLY END

UNTIL PETE BECAME A

CONTESTANT ON "THE BIGGEST

LOSER."

Reporter: PETE THOMAS

WEIGHED MORE THAN

400 POUNDS, HAD A 60-INCH

WEIGHT AND WAS 50% BODY FAT

WHEN HE LANDED A SPOT ON

"THE BIGGEST LOSER."

AFTER TWO AND A HALF MONTHS,

PETE WAS VOTED OFF.

BUT THAT DIDN'T STOP HIM.

PETE STUCK TO HIS PLAN AND

LOST A TOTAL OF 185 POUNDS,

MAKING HIM THE MOST

SUCCESSFUL BIGGEST LOSER OF

ALL TIME.

IN HIS BOOK "LOSE IT FAST,

LOSE IT FOREVER," PETE

SHARES HOW YOU CAN THROW OUT

GIMMICK DIETS AND FROZEN

FOOD FOR THE REST OF YOUR

LIFE.

Terry: PLEASE WELCOME

BACK TO "THE 700 CLUB," THE

AUTHOR OF "LOSE IT PAST,

LOSE IT FOREVER," PETE

THOMAS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I'M GLAD TO BE HERE.

Terry: YOU WERE HERE

SIX YEARS AGO.

TELL US WHAT IS GOING ON IN

YOUR LIFE.

?

IN THAT TIME, I HAVE KEPT

IT OFF BY LOTS OF STUDY AND

WITH THE PHYSICAL SIDE THAT

IS REQUIRED TO LOSE THE

WORK, AND THE SPIRITUAL

SIDE.

I HAD TO BELIEVE THAT THE

LORD WANTED ME TO BE HEALTHY

FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.

THOSE THINGS HAVE BEEN

COMBINED INTO THE BOOK.

Terry: AND SOME OF IT

IS TAKING CARE OF EMOTIONAL

BUSINESS.

ALMOST EVERYBODY I KNOW THAT

STRUGGLED WITH WEIGHT,

WHETHER THEY'VE BEEN

SUCCESSFUL LOSING IT OR NOT

ACKNOWLEDGES THAT FOOD

REALLY ISN'T THE ISSUE.

IT IS THE ISSUE BEHIND THE

FOOD.

TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR

LIFE GROWING UP.

BECAUSE YOU CAME THROUGH

SOME DIFFICULT THINGS?

ABSOLUTELY.

MY MOTHER STRUGGLED MENTAL

ILLNESS, AND BECAUSE OF

THAT, WE WERE TRANSIENT,

GOING FROM ONE CITY TO

CITY.

AND SO BECAUSE OF THAT, I

ATE 10 TIMES OF FOOD

WHENEVER IT WAS AVAILABLE.

AND AS AN ADULT, I THOUGHT

IF I'M GOING TO KEEP THE

WEIGHT OFF -- I CALL IT

MASTERING YOUR MIND.

WE KNOW THAT SCRIPTURE

TALKS, AS A MAN THINKS, SO

IS HE.

SO I HAD TO CHANGE THE WAY I

THOUGHT ABOUT MYSELF, AND

REALLY THAT CAME -- I

REALIZED THAT THE LORD CAN

REDEEM US FROM ANYTHING.

HE CAN ALWAYS REDEEM ME FROM

THE WEIGHT.

THAT'S WHAT I TRY TO SHARE

WITH OTHERS TODAY.

Terry: IS IT ODD WHEN

YOU LOOK -- THERE IS THE

PICTURE OF THE YOU NOW, BUT

BEHIND IT IS THE PERSON THAT

YOU WERE BEFORE.

IT DOESN'T EVEN LOOK LIKE

THE SAME PERSON.

IT IS BIZARRE.

I SAID TO MY HUSBAND, WOW,

IS THAT TWO DIFFERENT

PEOPLE.

IS THAT WEIRD FOR YOU TO

SEE?

IT'S NOT TOO WEIRD.

THAT'S THE REDEMPTIVE POWER

OF CHRIST.

WE CAN HAVE THIS HORRIBLE

UPBRINGING, AND WE CAN

STRUGGLE WITH THE WAY WE

WERE, BUT GOD CAN DEEM

REDEEM US.

I LOOK AT THAT AND SAY THERE

IS THE INNER PIGGY IN ME

TRYING TO GET OUT, BUT I'M

GOING TO KEEP HIM AT BAY

BECAUSE OF THE PRINCIPLES I

PUT IN THE BOOK.

Terry: HOW DID YOU GET

TO "THE BIGGEST LOSER?"

I REALLY BELIEVED THAT MY

PURPOSE AND DESTINY IN LIFE

REQUIRED ME TO BE HEALTHY,

AND I'M SAYING THIS WHEN I'M

OVER 400 POUNDS.

I SENT IN A VIDEO, AND I

BELIEVE IT WAS IN GOD'S PLAN

THAT I WOULD END UP GOING ON

TO THE SHOW.

I TOOK ALL OF THESE BEFORE

PICTURES IN 2001 AND 2002,

BEFORE THE SHOW WAS EVER

AROUND, BECAUSE I SAID I'M

GOING TO LOSE THIS BEAT

WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF.

WHO WOULD EVER GUESS I WOULD

HAVE ENDED UP ON "THE

BIGGEST LOSER," AND SHEDDING

THE WEIGHT IN FRONT OF

THOUSAND.

Terry: THAT'S A HARD

JOB.

I WATCH FOLKS AND I THINK,

WOW, THAT TAKES A TREMENDOUS

COMMITMENT, A TREMENDOUS

EFFORT.

AT ONE POINT, YOU'RE OFF THE

SHOW BUT YOU HAVEN'T LOST

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO

LOSE?

ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

Terry: HOW DID YOU DO

IT WHEN YOU WEREN'T BEFORE

SOMEBODY HOLDING YOU

ACCOUNTABLE?

HOW DID YOU LOSE IT?

THE BIBLE SAYS TWO ARE

BETTER THAN ONE.

I USED THOSE BASIC

PRINCIPLES.

I HAD A TEAM AROUND ME ONCE

I GOT HOME.

I MADE SURE PEOPLE WOULD

MEET ME AT THE GYM, AND HOLD

ME ACCOUNTABLE WITH MY

NUTRITIONAL PLAN.

I DID SOME OF THE SAME

THINGS I LEARNED FROM THE

SHOW AND I LEARNED FROM THE

SCRIPTURES, AND I APPLIED

THEM ON A DAILY BASIS.

AND I LOST 200 POUNDS ON

MY OWN AT HOME.

AND KEPT IT OFF FOR SEVEN

YEARS.

THAT'S A TESTAMENT OF THE

WORK I PUT IN, AND THE FACT

I'M ABLE TO SHARE THAT WITH

OTHERS AND TO HELP THEM GET

THE WEIGHT OFF AND KEEP IT

OFF.

THAT'S A TESTAMENT.

Terry: PEOPLE I KNOW

THAT HAVE LOST LARGE AMOUNTS

OF WEIGHT, THEY YO-YO.

YOU DIDN'T DO THAT?

YES.

AND PART OF THAT IS WE HAVE

SO MUCH INFORMATION.

AND WE JUST HAVE TIPS.

I HAVE THIS THEORY, TIPS ARE

FOR KIDS.

ONE OF THE MAIN THINGS I

TEACH IS NEVER, EVER START A

DIET OR NUTRITION PLAN THAT

YOU CAN'T MAINTAIN FOR THE

REST OF YOUR LIFE.

IF YOU THINK OF THAT, YOU'RE

NOT GOING TO DO THE COOKIE

DIET, THE DIET THAT REQUIRES

ME TO DRINK JUST SHAKES.

YOU DEVELOP A PERSONALIZED

PROGRAM THAT WILL FIT IN FOR

ALL PEOPLE.

Terry: YOU SAID YOU HAD

TRIED PRIOR TO THIS TO LOSE

WEIGHT.

YOU ALMOST BUILD UP EVEN

MORE DISCOURAGEMENT ONCE

YOU'VE HAD A FAILURE.

WHAT DO YOU SAY TO PEOPLE

WHO TRIED AGAIN AND AGAIN.

HOW DO YOU GET THEM ON THE

WAGON THAT GETS OVER THE

FINISH LINE?

I SAY MOTIVATION NEEDS

EDUCATION.

YOU HAVE TO SAY I'M GOING TO

EDUCATE MYSELF ON BASIC

NUTRITION.

I'M 6' 5" AND I'M A MALE, IF

I WERE TO GIVE YOU MY

PROGRAM WOULDN'T FIT IF YOU

WERE A WONDERFUL HOUSEWIFE

HERE IN TOWN.

SO WHAT I TRY TO DO IS GUIDE

PEOPLE THROUGH DEVELOPING A

PERSONALIZED APPROACH TO

THEIR WEIGHT LOSS, AND MORE

IMPORTANTLY, THEIR WEIGHT

MAINTENANCE.

THREE-QUARTERS OF THE BOOK

IS ON WHAT I CALL DEVELOPING

"FOREVER HABITS."

AND YOU APPLY THEM

AGGRESSIVELY AND THAT ALLOWS

YOU TO KEEP THE WEIGHT OFF

FOREVER.

Terry: DID YOU SEE

YOURSELF THE WAY YOU REALLY

WERE AT THE PEAK OF YOUR

WEIGHT GAIN?

I WAS ALWAYS VERY

POSITIVE.

I SAW MYSELF AS BEING BIG.

BUT THERE WAS SO MUCH

MISINFORMATION ABOUT SHOULD

I DO THIS OR THAT?

I TRIED EVERYTHING, AND

NOTHING STUCK UNTIL I GOT

SOME BASICS ON THE BIGGEST

LOSER AND BEGAN TO STUDY ON

MY OWN AND REALLY RESEARCH

THE PSYCHOLOGIST OF CHANGE.

THE NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

AND EXERCISE SCIENCE AT

HOME.

THAT ALLOWED ME TO KEEP THE

MOTIVATION GOING AND THEN IT

BECAME HABIT.

Terry: YOU'RE A BIG

GUY --

YES, MA'AM.

Terry: AND YOU CAN

REALLY PUT THE WEIGHT ON

BEFORE YOU EVER KNOW IT.

AT WHAT POINT DID YOU SAY,

WOW, I'VE GOT A PROBLEM?

I SAID IT ALL ALONG.

I REMEMBER SAYING AT 30, IF

I'M THIS WEIGHT ALL ALONG,

I'M IN TROUBLE.

I WALKED FOR 30 MINUTES A

DAY AND LOST 10 POUNDS.

IT WAS FRUSTRATING BECAUSE I

WEIGHED 400 POUNDS.

THE INFORMATION IS SO

SCATTERED.

THERE IS SO MUCH

MISINFORMATION.

I'M A DIFFERENT APPROACH.

THE PERSON THAT MOST OF US

SHOULD BE LISTENING TO IS

SOMEONE WHO HAS WALKED THE

PATH WE HAVE WALKED AND THAT

WAY YOU GET THE INFORMATION

YOU NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

Terry: TELL ME WHAT

YOU'RE DOING TODAY.

BECAUSE THIS HAS CHANGED

YOUR LIFE NOT JUST IN A

PHYSICAL FORM, BUT YOUR

WORK.

WHICH IS ANOTHER

TESTIMONY IN ITSELF, BUT WE

DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THAT.

I TRAVEL THE COUNTRY AND

TALK TO EMPLOYEES, AND I

SPEAK TO CHURCHES.

MY REAL DESIRE IS TO

MOTIVATE SAINTS, CHRISTIANS,

TO REALLY LIVE OUT THEIR

PURPOSE.

YOU HAVE TO REALIZE THAT

YOUR HEALTH IS VITALLY

IMPORTANT IF YOU'RE GOING TO

BE LONG-TERM SUCCESSFUL.

IF YOU'RE GOING TO

COMPLETELY FULFILL YOUR

DESTINY, YOU HAVE TO HAVE

YOUR HEALTH IN ORDER.

THAT'S WHAT WE TRY TO

MINISTER.

Terry: YOU TALK ABOUT A

FOUR-POINT HEALTH PLAN TO

GET THERE.

IT'S YOUR POWER, YOUR

PLAN, PURSUIT, AND YOUR

PURPOSE.

SO YOUR POWER DEALS WITH THE

MENTAL SIDE OF IT.

AS A MAN THINKS, SO IS HIS

HEART.

HAVE YOU TO HAVE FOCUS.

IF YOU DON'T KNOW EXACTLY

WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO,

YOU'RE GOING TO GO WITH

EVERY WIND.

YOU NEED TO BE SPECIFIC.

AND THEN YOU NEED YOUR

PLAN.

A PLAN THAT FITS YOU AND

YOUR INDIVIDUAL LIFE.

HOW EXACTLY DO YOU WORK

OUT.

AND THEN WE TALK ABOUT YOUR

PURSUIT.

ONCE YOU KNOW THESE OTHER

THINGS, YOU CAN REALLY APPLY

IT AGGRESSIVELY.

AND WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR

PURPOSE, WE NEED TO REALIZE

WE HAVE UNIQUE PURPOSE IN

CHRIST, EACH AND EVERY ONE

OF US.

AND YOU NEED TO BE HEALTHY

TO FULFILL THAT UNIQUE

PURPOSE.

WHETHER YOU'RE AN EXECUTIVE

MOMMY OR AN EXECUTIVE IN A

CORPORATION.

YOU HAVE TO BE HEALTHY.

Terry: I THINK OF HOW

DIFFERENT YOUR LIFE WOULD BE

HAD YOU NOT PURSUED THIS

WITH GUSTO AND PASSION?

PETE, WE WANT TO THANK YOU.

LISTENING TO THOSE

STATISTICS ON OBESITY, IT IS

OBVIOUS THIS IS SOMETHING

THE WHOLE COUNTRY NEEDS TO

KNOW.

THE BOOK IS CALLED "LOSE IT

FAST, LOSE IT FOREVER."

IT IS NOT ONE OF THOSE

QUICK, EASY FIX BOOKS.

IT IS WILL MAKE A

DIFFERENCE.

IT IS AVAILABLE IN STORES

NATIONWIDE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH,

TERRY.

GOD BLESS YOU.

Terry: PAT?

Pat: WHAT AN

INSPIRATION FOR EVERYBODY.

THIS IS AN INSPIRATIONAL

PROGRAM, ONE AFTER THE

OTHER.

COMING UP LATER, WE'RE GOING

TO BE ANSWERING QUESTIONS

FROM OUR IN-BOX.

CONNIE SAYS, "EVERYONE KEEPS

TALKING ABOUT A WORLDWIDE

FINANCIAL RUN.

I ALREADY LIVE PAYCHECK TO

PAYCHECK, SO HOW CAN I BE

PREPARED?"

STAY TUNED AS WE BRING IT

ON.

PLUS, WE'LL BE PRAYING FOR

OUR COUNTRY.

SO DON'T GO AWAY.

Reporter: WELCOME BACK

TO WASHINGTON FOR THIS CBN

NEWS BREAK.

ANOTHER CHRISTIAN-OWNED

BUSINESS HAS FILED A LAWSUIT

AGAINST THE CONTRACEPTIVE

MANDATE TIED TO OBAMACARE.

THEY SAY PROVIDING PILLS

THAT INDUCE ABORTION WOULD

VIOLATE ITS RELIGIOUS

VALUES.

THE ALLIANCE DEFENDING

FREEDOM FILED A SUIT CALLING

IT, QUOTE,"RIDICULOUS AND

ARBITRARY FOR A COMPANY TO

DECIDE A COMPANY ISN'T

ELIGIBLE FOR AN EXEMPTION."

THE GROUP SAYS BIBLE

PUBLISHERS SHOULD BE FREE TO

DO BUSINESS ACCORDING TO THE

BOOK THEY PUBLISH.

A CHRISTIAN GROUP IS TRYING

TO OVERTURN THIS NEW LAW.

STARTING JANUARY 1st,

PROFESSIONAL THERAPISTS CAN

NO LONGER TELL ANYONE UNDER

THE AGE OF 18 IT IS POSSIBLE

TO CHANGE SEXUAL

ORIENTATION.

THEY NAMED A PLAINTIFF WHO

SAYS HE BENEFITED FROM THE

THERAPY, AND A PSYCHIATRIST

WHO IS ALSO A THERAPIST AND

A CHURCH PASTOR IN SAN

DIEGO.

THE INSTITUTE SAYS THE LAW

VIOLATES THE FIRST AMENDMENT

AND EQUAL PROTECTION

RIGHTS.

CALIFORNIA IS THE ONLY STATE

TO BAN CONVERSION THERAPY.

WELL, YOU CAN ALWAYS GET THE

LATEST FROM CBN NEWS BY

GOING TO OUR WEBSITE AT

CBNNEWS.COM.

PAT AND TERRY WILL BE BACK

WITH MORE OF "THE 700 CLUB"

RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Terry: WELL, RONALD

REAGAN ONCE SAID, IF WE EVER

FORGET THAT WE ARE ONE

NATION UNDER GOD, THEN WE'LL

BE A NATION GONE UNDER.

SO WE HERE AT THE CHRISTIAN

BROADCASTING NETWORK HAVE

LAUNCHED A "PRAY FOR

AMERICA" CAMPAIGN.

WE'RE GOING TO BE PRAYING

FOR OUR COUNTRY ALL THROUGH

ELECTION DAY, AND WE'D LOVE

TO HAVE YOU JOIN IN WITH

US.

GIVE US A CALL AT

1-800-759-0700, OR REGULAR

NUMBER, AND TELL THE PERSON

ON THE OTHER LINE THAT YOU

WANT TO PRAY, TOO.

AND THEN YOU'RE REQUESTS

WILL BE ADDED TO THE PRAYER

FLAG THAT YOU SEE BEHIND

US.

SO WE WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU

A COUPLE THAT WE HAVE

TODAY.

I HAVE SOMEONE HERE WHO IS

ASKING FOR HELP FOR THE

HOMELESS, FOR FOOD, FOR

SHELTER, FOR JOBS.

THAT IS CERTAINLY NEEDED.

SOMEONE ELSE SAYING MY

PRAYER FOR AMERICA IS

PROTECTION FROM HARM BY

SEVERE WEATHER.

Pat: WE HAVE ABOUT

119,000 PEOPLE WHO SAID THEY

WILL BE PRAYING.

IT IS A WAY FOR OUR NATION

TO RETURN TO A BIBLICAL

FOUNDATION.

FOLKS, I DON'T WANT TO SEE

US GET TO BE LIKE GREECE OR

SPAIN OR ANY OF THESE OTHER

COUNTRIES THAT ARE GOING

INTO DEEP DEPRESSION AND

CHAOS.

THIS IS A GREAT NATION.

BUT PART OF THE WORLD IS IN

FLAMES, WITH BITTER, BITTER

RANCOR.

AND WE NEED THE POWER OF

GOD.

IF WE COME BACK TO THE

BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS, WE CAN

RECEIVE THAT BECAUSE GOD

WILL BLESS US IF WE OBEY

HIM.

TERRY AND I ARE GOING TO

JOIN HANDS TOGETHER.

PLEASE JOIN WITH US FOR THIS

MOMENT BECAUSE WE'RE PRAYING

ALL THE WAY TO THE

ELECTION.

FATHER, WE CALL TO YOU THIS

GREAT LAND.

IT WAS ESTABLISH BY PEOPLE

WHO LOVE YOU AND IT WAS A

COVENANT THEY MADE WITH

YOU.

WE ASK YOU TO HELP US RENEW

THAT COVENANT, FORGIVE THE

SINS OF YOUR PEOPLE, AND

BRING US TO A PLACE WHERE WE

WILL BE PLEASING IN YOUR

SIGHT, SO THAT YOU WOULD

BLESS THIS LAND.

GOD, WE NEED A REVIVAL.

SEND A POWERFUL REVIVAL TO

THIS NATION, WE PRAY.

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

AND AMEN.

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, COMING UP,

WE'RE GOING TO BE PUTTING

PAT ON THE SPOT.

HE WILL BE ANSWERING YOUR

E-MAIL QUESTIONS, AND LATER

WE'LL HEAR HOW "OPERATION

BLESSING" WOULDN'T LET A

HURRICANE RAIN ON ONE

COUPLE'S WEDDING DAY.

THAT'S ALL WITH US, SO STAY

WITH US.

Pat: WELL, WE'RE

CONTINUING THIS THURSDAY

POST-DEBATE EDITION OF "THE

700 CLUB."

WHEN HURRICANE ISAAC SLAMMED

INTO THE GULF COAST, IT

DESTROYED THE HOME OF GLORIA

AND COLLIN COLIN.

BUT "OPERATION BLESSING" WAS

ON THE SCENE.

AND "OPERATION BLESSING"

HELPED THEM START A WHOLE

NEW LIFE.

Reporter: THERE WEREN'T

MANY MEMORIES FOR GLORIA AND

COLIN ARSAMOND.

THEY LOST THEIR HOME WHEN

HURRICANE ISAAC HIT

LOUISIANA.

SOME OF THE WALLS HAD

CAVED IN, THE CEILING HAD

FELL IN FROM THE RAIN.

THERE IS A LOT OF MUD -- YOU

HAVE THAT IN THE HOUSE.

EVERYTHING IN THE HOUSE IS

SATURATED WITH FILTTH.

Reporter: THINGS WERE

ESPECIALLY HARD FOR COLLINS,

WHO HAS STAGE FOUR CANCER.

HE WASN'T ABLE TO MAKE IT TO

THE INTERVIEW BECAUSE THE

MOLD AND BACTERIA ARE A

THREAT TO HIS SYSTEM.

HE CAME ONE DAY -- HE HAD

TO PHYSICALLY SEE IT TO

BELIEVE IT.

I TELL YOU WHAT, WE DIDN'T

KNOW WHERE TO TURN.

Reporter: GLORIA AND

COLLINS HAD BIG PLANS TO

RENEW THEIR MARRIAGE VOWS.

THEN THE HURRICANE HIT.

THEY HAD BEEN MARRIED BY A

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE AND

WANTED A CHURCH WEDDING, BUT

THE STORM PUT THEIR PLANS ON

HOLD INDEFINITELY.

WHEN HURRICANE ISAAC HIT,

THEY GRABBED WHAT THEY COULD

AND EVACUATED.

WHEN "OPERATION BLESSING"

HELPED THEM, COLLINS HAD ONE

REQUEST.

I LEFT OUR WEDDING RING

SITTING ON THE NIGHT STAND.

THE ONLY THING HE ASKED THAT

WE GET OUT OF THE HOUSE WAS

OUR WEDDING RING.

Reporter: THEN THE

"OPERATION BLESSING" CREW

BEGAN THE WORK OF HELPING

THEM PIECE THEIR LIFE

TOGETHER.

WE GUTTED THEIR HOME SO THEY

COULD REBUILD IT.

AS THE VOLUNTEERS CLEANED

OUT THE DEBRIS, THEY FOUND

THE RING.

I'M SO GLAD WE FOUND

THAT.

Reporter: THEN

"OPERATION BLESSING" HAD

ANOTHER SURPRISE FOR THE

COUPLE.

WITH HELP FROM MANY LOCAL

BUSINESSES, WE GAVE THEM A

WEDDING TO REMEMBER.

MY FAVORITE MOMENT WAS

HEARING HIM SAY "I DO" AGAIN

FOR THE SECOND TIME.

LAST NIGHT WAS MORE THAN I

EVER COULD HAVE DREAMED OF.

THE PERFECT WEDDING.

I WANTED SOMETHING VERY

SIMPLE.

JUST MY WEDDING, THAT'S ALL

I EVER WANTED.

AND LAST NIGHT WAS LIKE A

FAIRYTALE.

IT IS A BLESSING JUST TO

KNOW "OPERATION BLESSING."

IT IS HEART-WARMING TO KNOW

THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT

THERE TO DO THESE KINDS OF

THINGS.

Pat: IT IS SO GOOD WE

COULD HELP THEM.

TERRY, THEY WANTED SUCH A

SIMPLE THING.

TO RECONFIRM THEIR VOWS,

THEIR LOVE FOR EACH OTHER.

AND IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL.

Terry: UH-HUH.

YOU KNOW, SOME OF THESE

STORMS AND HURRICANES, THE

THINGS THAT HAPPEN, NATURAL

DISASTERS, ARE SO LIFE

INTERRUPTING.

CERTAINLY LIFE IN LOST IN

THEM, BUT THE DEVASTATION OF

BEING LEFT WITH A HOME LIKE

THAT --

Pat: WE WORKED VERY

MUCH DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS

AFTER KATRINA, AND WE STAYED

THERE WITH "OPERATION

BLESSING" MONTH AFTER MONTH,

AND I WAS IN ONE OF THE

HOUSES WE WERE REHABING, AND

I HAD A MASK ON AS WE WERE

TAKING OUT THE MOLD.

BUT IT DIDN'T MATTER.

THAT STUFF GETS TO YOU AND

GIVES YOU A HEADACHE AND IT

IS TERRIBLY SICKENING.

THEY CAN'T LIVE IN IT.

THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING THE

WORK -- IT IS VERY HARD FOR

THEM.

BUT WE GUT THOSE HOUSES AND

TAKE ALL OF THE MOLD OUT AND

PUT UP DRYWALL AND ALL OF

THAT, AND THEY WERE

HABITABLE HOUSES AGAIN.

WE HELPED A NUMBER OF THEM.

I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY, BUT

IT WAS QUITE A FEW.

WELL, WE HAVE SOME

QUESTIONS, AND SO I AM

SITTING HERE ON THE HOT

SEAT.

Terry: YOU ARE ON THE

HOT SEAT.

YOU READY?

Pat: GO.

Terry: THIS IS FROM

CONNIE, PAT, WHO SAYS,

"EVERYONE KEEPS TALKING

ABOUT A WORLDWIDE FINANCIAL

RUIN THAT COULD HAPPEN

SOON.

I'M SINGLE, AND I LIVE

PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK.

I DON'T HAVE MUCH IN

SAVINGS.

HOW DOES SOMEONE IN MY

SITUATION PREPARE FOR THIS?

HOW DO YOU PREPARE IF YOU'RE

ALREADY BAD OFF NOW?"

Pat: WELL, YOU

SHOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN IN

THIS CONDITION.

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN SAVING

ALONG THE WAY.

Terry: THAT'S SUCH A

HARD THING FOR PEOPLE TO DO

WHEN MONEY IS TIGHT.

Pat: I KNOW IT IS

HARD.

BUT YOU HAVE TO SAY THERE

ARE CERTAIN THINGS I CAN'T

AFFORD.

I DON'T WANT TO SEEM

JUDGEMENTAL, BUT CABLE TV

COST $40, $50 A MONTH.

WE'VE SEEN INTERVIEWS OF

POOR PEOPLE LIVING IN THE

SLUMS IN NEW YORK WHO HAD

CABLE TV AND SEVERAL OTHER

THINGS.

AND PEOPLE HAVE GOT TO SAY,

I MAYBE CAN'T AFFORD THE

CAR.

MAYBE I CAN'T AFFORD THESE

OTHER THINGS.

OF COURSE, GOD WANTS PEOPLE

TO HAVE GOOD THINGS LIKE

THIS, AND THERE IS NOTHING

WRONG WITH IT.

BUT YOU'RE ASKING ME HOW TO

GET BACK IN SHAPE.

DO NOT GO INTO DEBT, IF YOU

CAN POSSIBLY HELP IT.

GET OUT OF DEBT.

PAY OFF YOUR DEBTS AS BEST

YOUR ABLE, OR HAVE ENOUGH

CASH RESERVES THAT YOU CAN

TAKE CARE OF THE DEBTS IF

YOU HAVE TO.

I REALLY THINK GOLD OR

SILVER, BUT THE BIBLE SAYS

THAT GOLD AND SILVER CANNOT

SAVE YOU IN THE DAY OF GOD'S

WRATH.

THE BIGGEST THING IS TO

TRUST IN THE LORD AND BEGIN

GIVING TO HIM.

I DO THINK TO CUT BACK ON

YOUR SPENDING TO THE POINT

WHERE YOU'RE AHEAD OF OF THE

GAME.

EVEN HOW DIFFICULT THAT IS

INITIALLY, IT WILL BE MORE

EASY AS YOU GET ALONG THE

WAY.

START BUILDING UP SOME KIND

OF A SMALL NEST EGG.

Terry: A LITTLE BIT AT

A TIME.

Pat: A LITTLE BIT AT A

TIME.

IN ORDER TO DO THAT, YOU MAY

HAVE TO CUT BACK ON THINGS

THAT YOU THINK ARE

ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.

IT IS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT,

BUT YOU CAN DO IT.

IT WILL HAPPEN FASTER THAN

YOU REALIZE.

AND THEN YOU BEGIN TO GET

AHEAD.

BUT DO NOT GO OUT WITH SOME

BIG PURCHASES.

DON'T GET YOURSELF DEEPLY IN

DEBT BECAUSE THE HEAVILY

INDEBTED PEOPLE ARE GOING TO

GET HURT THE MOST.

Terry: IAN SAYS, "AS A

CHRISTIAN, I'VE BEEN DOING

MY DUTY BY GIVING TO CHURCH,

AND I'VE BEEN REPORTING

THOSE OFFERINGS ON MY

TAXES.

BUT I WONDER IF THAT MEANS

THAT I AM, QUOTE,"CLAIMING

MY REWARD HERE."

"AS CHRISTIANS, SHOULDN'T WE

BE GIVING IN SECRET, BUT

KEEPING IT SECRET IS AN ACT

OF FAITH.

I WOULD LIKE SOME ADVICE ON

WHAT I'M SUPPOSED TO DO

HERE."

Pat: THE BIBLE, IT'S

NOT A BOOK OF RULES.

WHAT IT IS -- IT SAYS

WHATEVER IS NOT OF FAITH IS

A SIN.

IF YOU FEEL IT IS WRONG TO

CLAIM DEDUCTIONS, BY ALL

MEANS DON'T CLAIM THEM.

I THINK YOU SHOULD.

I CLAIM -- IF THE GOVERNMENT

MAKES IT AVAILABLE, I DO

BECAUSE THAT MEANS YOU'VE

GOT MORE MONEY TO GIVE AWAY

AND USE FOR IMPORTANT

THINGS.

Terry: WHEN THE BIBLE

TALKS ABOUT THE RIGHT HAND

NOT KNOWING WHAT THE LEFT

HAND IS DOING, ISN'T IT

TALKING ABOUT BRAGGING --

Pat: OF COURSE IT IS.

BUT I THINK THE FACT THAT

THIS IS A MEANS OF GETTING

ADDITIONAL INCOME WHICH YOU

CAN USE TO DO WORTHWHILE

THINGS, I WOULDN'T FEEL BAD

ABOUT TAKING AUTHORIZED

DEDUCTIONS FROM TAXES.

IN OTHER WORDS, YOU ARE NOT

PAYING TAXES.

YOU'RE NOT BRAGGING ABOUT

YOUR GIVING.

WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS I AM

DOING THIS IN LIEU OF PAYING

TAXES FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO

WASTE.

Terry: THIS IS NICK WHO

SAYS, "DO YOU THINK IT IS

POSSIBLE FOR GOD TO HOLD

BACK OR CANCEL A BLESSING.

I KNOW SEVERAL PREACHERS WHO

WENT INTO THE MINISTRY

BECAUSE THEY SAY GOD WAS

CALLED TO THEM.

BUT AFTER YEARS OF BEING

ADDED, THEY HAVEN'T SEEN A

BLESSING IN THEIR CHURCHES.

IS IT POSSIBLE GOD IS

HOLDING BACK BECAUSE OF SIN

IN THEIR LIVES?"

Pat: ONLY GOD KNOWS.

BUT I WOULD TELL EVERYBODY

ABOUT THE MINISTRY.

IF THERE IS ANYTHING YOU CAN

DO TO MAKE YOU HAPPY,

BESIDES GOING INTO THE

MINISTRY, DON'T GO INTO THE

MINISTRY.

Terry: REALLY?

Pat: UNLESS THERE IS A

CALL OF GOD.

PAUL SAID I AM CONSTRAINED.

I HAVE A CALL OF GOD TO DO

THIS.

IF YOU DO, THE DIFFICULT

DAYS, YOU JUST GO THROUGH

THEM.

I HAD A CALL OF GOD ON

TELEVISION, AND IT WAS HELLA

CIOUOUS IN THOSE DAYS, BUT

THE CALL WAS DIFFICULT, AND

PROSPERITY AND BLESSING

CAME.

AND IT WILL COME IF YOU'RE

IN THE WILL OF GOD.

BUT I CAN'T --

Terry: ONLY YOU CAN

JUDGE THAT.

Pat: I CAN'T SAY WHAT

IS IN SOMEBODY'S HEART.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE

FOR THIS PROGRAM.

TOMORROW, A LIVE PERFORMANCE

FROM ISRAEL HOTEN, AND TODAY

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM PSALMS: "YOU LOVE

LORD, AND REACH TO THE

HEAVENS, AND YOUR

FAITHFULNESS REACHES TO THE

SKIES."

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