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The 700 Club - October 5, 2012

Dynamic worship leader Israel Houghton joins us live in The 700 Club studio. Plus, pastor Joey Bonifacio shares how discipleship begins and ends with relationships. Read Transcript


[YELLING]

Gordon: AS GREECE

BURNS, A NEW POWER RISES.

THE COUNTRY IS BEING

LOST.

Gordon: ONE THAT MAY

SEEM FAMILIAR TO EASTERN

EUROPE.

AND THEN A LIVE PERFORMANCE

FROM GRAMMY-WINNER ISRAEL

HOTEN, ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB."

*

[APPLAUSE]

Gordon: WELCOME TO "THE

700 CLUB."

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

TODAY WE START OFF WITH SOME

GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE

ECONOMY.

WE HAVE A SURPRISE NUMBER ON

THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

TODAY.

IT FELL TO 7.8%, AND THAT'S

THAT'S THE LOWEST NUMBER

SINCE JANUARY OF 2009.

Terry: AND THE JOBLESS

RATE COULD BE A KEY FACTOR

IN WHO GETS THE WHITE HOUSE

JOB FOR THE NEXT FOUR

YEARS.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM HAS THE

STORY.

Reporter: UNEMPLOYMENT

HAD BEEN STUCK ABOVE 8% FOR

MORE THAN THREE AND A HALF

YEARS, THE LONGEST STRETCH

SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION.

FOR MOST AMERICANS, THE WEAK

ECONOMY IS EASILY THE NUMBER

ONE ISSUE IN THE

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

THE ECONOMY ALWAYS

MATTERS TO PEOPLE.

THAT'S PROBABLY RIGHT UP

THERE.

THAT'S ONE OF THE TOP ONES.

I NEED TO KNOW WHICHEVER

ONE IS ACTUALLY LISTENING TO

THE AVERAGE PERSON.

THE ONE WHO HAS A FIXED

INCOME.

Reporter: PRESIDENT

OBAMA SAYS HE NEEDS MORE

TIME TO FIX THE ECONOMY

BECAUSE OF THE MESS HE

INHERITED.

President Obama: WHEN I

WALKED INTO THE OVAL OFFICE,

I HAD MORE THAN A TRILLION

DOLLAR DEFICIT GREETING ME.

AND WE KNOW WHERE IT CAME

FROM.

TWO WARS THAT WERE PAID FOR

ON A CREDIT CARD.

TWO TAX CUTS THAT WERE NOT

PAID FOR.

AND THEN A MASSIVE ECONOMIC

CRISIS.

Reporter: BUT MITT

ROMNEY TOLD THE PRESIDENT

HIS PLANS ARE BAD FOR JOBS.

YOU RAISE TAXES, AND YOU

KILL JOBS.

MY PRIORITY IS PUTTING

PEOPLE BACK TO WORK IN

AMERICA.

THEY'RE SUFFERING IN THIS

COUNTRY.

WE'VE GOT 23 MILLION PEOPLE

OUT OF WORK.

Reporter: THE ECONOMY

IS GROWING TOO SLOWLY FOR

BUSINESSES TO ADD NEW

EMPLOYEES.

MANY COMPANIES ARE ALSO

WAITING TO SEE THE OUTCOME

OF THE ELECTION.

MANY U.S. COMPANIES ARE

RELUCTANT TO STEP UP HIRING

OR INVESTING BECAUSE OF THE

YEAR-END FISCAL CLIP, THAT'S

WHEN STEEP SPENDING CUTS AND

TAXES ARE SCHEDULED TO

EFFECT.

UNLESS CONGRESS POSTPONES

THE CUTS, THE ECONOMY COULD

BE PUSHED INTO A PROBLEM.

THE ECONOMY WILL LIKELY BE

ON MOST VOTERS MINDS ON

ELECTION DAY.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS.

Gordon: WELL, THERE IS

GOOD NEWS OUT OF THIS

REPORT.

THE ONLY BAD PART OF IT IS

THE NUMBER OF PART-TIME

WORKERS WENT UP

SIGNIFICANTLY.

WE'LL SEE A LOT OF SPIN AND

THERE WILL BE A LOT OF TALK

AND POLITICS GOING ON ABOUT

THIS.

WE'LL HAVE ONE GROUP OF

PEOPLE GOING TO BE TALKING

ABOUT POLITICS AND POLITICAL

CANDIDATES THIS WEEKEND,

EVEN THOUGH THE I.R.S. SAYS

THEY CAN'T.

LEE WEBB HAS THAT STORY.

Lee: SOME 1400 PASTORS

WILL ENDORSE CANDIDATES FROM

THEIR PULPITS THIS WEEKEND.

IT IS CALLED "PULPIT FREEDOM

SUNDAY."

ORGANIZATIONS, LIKE THE

ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM,

LAUNCHED THE EVENT IN 2008.

IT IS A DIRECT CHALLENGE

FROM INTERNAL REVENUE RULES

THAT PROHIBIT PASTORS FROM

BACKING A CANDIDATE.

THE I.R.S. STOPPED

INVESTIGATIONS AFTER A COURT

CASE IN

2009, AND IT IS

DEVELOPING NEW PROCEDURES

BEFORE IT DOES ANYMORE.

A JUDGE SAYS CHEERLEADERS AT

A TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL CAN

CONTINUE USING BIBLE VERSES

ON THEIR BANNERS FOR TWO

MORE WEEKS.

COONT'S COUNTY BANNED.

STEVE THOMAS EXTENDED A

TEMPORARY ORDER THAT WAS

GRANTED LAST MONTH TO ALLOW

THE BANNERS.

HE SAYS HE STILL NEEDS MORE

TIME TO ISSUE A FINAL

RULING.

RULING.

FINAL.

> RULING.

Lee: A HEARING IN THE

CASE IS SET FOR

OCTOBER 18th, AND WE'LL

KEEP YOU POSTED ON THIS

STORY.

A SECOND FEDERAL LAW SUIT

HAS BEEN FILED AGAINST

CALIFORNIA'S NEW LAW BANNING

THERAPY FOR TEENAGERS WHO DO

NOT WANT SAME-SEX

ATTRACTIONS.

BEGINNING JANUARY 1st,

PROFESSIONAL THERAPISTS

CANNOT TELL ANYONE UNDER THE

AGE OF 18 THAT IT IS

POSSIBLE TO CHANGE THEIR

SEXUAL ORIENTATION.

THE LIBERTY FILED THE SUIT

ON BEHALF OF TWO PARENTS

WHO'S SONS WANT THE

THERAPY.

FOR ABOUT A YEAR NOW, THE

STANTON HEALTH CARE CLINIC

HAS BEEN OFFERING FREE

ALTERNATIVES TO ABORTION IN

BOISE, IDAHO.

THE CLINIC IS LOCATED A FEW

FEET AWAY FROM THE PLANNED

PARENTHOOD.

STANTON SAYS THE WORK IS

PAYING UF AN MIRACULOUS

WAYS.

Reporter: THE

COLLEAGUES OFFER ALMOST

EVERYTHING, EXCEPT

ABORTIONS, THAT YOU CAN GET

AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD, BUT

FOR FREE.

THE THING IS, IF YOU DON'T

CHARGE FOR ABORTIONS AND THE

LIKE, AS PLANNED PARENTHOOD,

IT CAN BE A CHALLENGE PAYING

OFF YOUR $250,000 MORTGAGE.

IT CAME ABOUT AFTER THE

OFFER OF A SPECIAL GRANT.

THE $80,000 CHALLENGE

GRANT TO PAY OFF THE

BUILDING AFTER WE RAISED

$170,000.

BUT IT WAS UNDER THE

CONDITION WE HAVE ONE YEAR

TO DO IT.

Reporter: AND NOW

THEY'RE COMPLETELY DEBT-FREE

AFTER JUST A FEW MONTHS.

WE OWN OUR BUILDING

OUTRIGHT.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD NEXT TO

US HAS A $400,000 MORTGAGE

ON THEIR BUILDING.

Reporter: CBN NEWS IT

WAS INTERVIEWING SOMEONE

RIGHT DOWNTOWN.

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

BOUGHT STANTON A STATE OF

STATE-OF-THE-ART

ULTRASOUND.

AND THEN GAVE THEM A MOBILE

MEDICAL CENTER, SO THEY CAN

TAKE THAT ULTRASOUND ALL

OVER THE STATE.

WE KNOW PLANNED

PARENTHOOD HAS TRIED TO

OPENED UP CENTERS AROUND

IDAHO, AND THEY WANT TO GET

TO THOSE COMMUNITIES.

WE WANT TO GET TO THEM

FIRST.

WE WANT TO BE THAT FIRST

RESPONSE FOR THOSE GIRLS

FACING UNEXPECTED PREGNANCY

SO THEY FULLY GET THE

SUPPORT.

Reporter: BRANDY TOLD

CBN NEWS ABOUT A RECENT

PARTICULARLY CLOSE SAVE.

A WOMAN CALLED STANTON FROM

NEXT DOOR, RIGHT AROUND

9:00 A.M., TO SEE WHAT

STANTON OFFERED FOR FREE.

AND SHE SAID...

I'M HERE WITH MY

DAUGHTER, AND SHE IS

SCHEDULED TO HAVE AN

ABORTION AT PLANNED

PARENTHOOD AT 9:50 A.M.

WE ARE PLANNING ON GOING IN

THERE, BUT I WANTED TO CALL

AND SEE WHAT YOU PROVIDED AT

NO CHARGE.

Reporter: THE CLINIC

MANAGER TALKED THE MOTHER

AND DAUGHTER INTO VISITING

STANTON RIGHT AWAY.

THAT YOUNG WOMAN ENDED UP

CHOOSING LIFE, AND SHE

WALKED NEXT DOOR TO PLANNED

PARENTHOOD, AND SHE

CANCELLED HER APPOINTMENT TO

HAVE AN ABORTION.

THE LAST THING THEY SAW, OUR

SIGN, BEFORE THEY WENT TO

GET THE ABORTION, AND THAT

WAS ENOUGH TO CHANGE THEIR

HEART.

Reporter: PAUL STRAND,

CBN NEWS, WASHINGTON.

Lee: THAT'S A GREAT

STORY.

AND HERE IS ANOTHER STORYP

GOD'S KINGDOM BEING

EXPANDED, THE OWNERS OF A

STORE IN WESTERN

MASSACHUSETTS HAVE GIVEN IT

AWAY.

IT IS A PREP SCHOOL FOUNDED

BY D.L. MOODY BACK IN 1979.

THE FAMILY THAT OWNS "HOBBY

LOBBY," BOUGHT THE PROPERTY

YEARS AGO AND RESTORED IT.

THEIR GOAL, TO FIND A

CHRISTIAN COLLEGE WILLING TO

USE THE CAMPUS FOR GOD'S

GLORY.

THE IDEA OF BEING ABLE TO

BRING SOMEBODY TO THIS

CAMPUS THAT WOULD HONOR THAT

TRADITION AND BE ABLE TO

HAVE AN IMPACT IN THIS WORLD

WITH A CHRISTIAN PURPOSE IS

WHAT WE WERE HOPING TO BE

ABLE TO DO, AND WE'RE

EXCITED THAT WE BELIEVE

GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY WILL

BE ABLE TO DO THAT.

WE WERE VERY HUMBLED.

AT THE SAME TIME, IT WILL BE

A BIG CHALLENGE.

THERE IS A LOT OF WORK TO

DO.

Lee: DR. MULLER SAYS

THEY HOPE TO BEGIN CLASSES

IN THE FALL OF 2014.

THIS IS NOT THE GREEN

FAMILY'S FIRST FORAY INTO

HIGHER EDUCATION.

THEY BAILED OUT ORAL

ROBERT'S UNIVERSITY A FEW

YEARS AGO, AND NOW THAT

CAMPUS IS THRIVING AGAIN.

AS THEY HAVE FOR THE PAST 10

YEARS, CHRISTIANS AROUND THE

WORLD WILL GATHER FOR AN

ANNUAL EVENT BASED ON PSALM

122: 6: "PRAY FOR THE PEACE

OF JERUSALEM."

AND CHRIS MITCHELL HAS THAT

STORY.

Reporter: THIS WEEK

THOUSANDS GRADUATED IN

JERUSALEM'S LARGEST

AUDITORIUM TO PRAY BEFORE

SUNDAY'S MAIN EVENT.

THEY CAME FROM MANY NATIONS,

BUT SHARED A COMMON GOAL.

WE HAVE TO STAND AS

BROTHERS AND SISTERS WITH

ISRAEL.

AND NOT ONLY STAND WITH THEM

AND PRAY WITH THEM, BUT WE

HAVE TO DO SOMETHING.

ESPECIALLY IN SOUTH AFRICA.

WE HAVE TO MAKE A VERY

GOOD EVENT TO LET PEOPLE

KNOW THE IMPLEMENT OF

PRAYING FOR THE PEOPLE OF

JERUSALEM.

IT MEANS PRAY FOR THE

PEOPLE, AND IT MEANS PRAYING

FOR THE PEACE OF THE WORLD.

I THINK IT IS THE HEART

OF GOD.

I THINK THE PEACE OF

JERUSALEM IS THE BASE OF OUR

PRAYERS.

Reporter: CO-FOUNDER

ROBERT STERN SAYS THE WORLD

IS OFTEN CONFUSED ABOUT

JERUSALEM, BUT NOT THOSE WHO

BELIEVE IN THE BIBLE.

YOU'RE HERE BECAUSE YOU

ABSOLUTELY ARE VERY CLEAR

ABOUT JERUSALEM.

YOU'RE HERE BECAUSE YOU KNOW

JERUSALEM AND ISRAEL ARE A

COVENANT OF THE PEOPLE OF

GOD, AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE,

NOW AND FOREVER.

Reporter: BECAUSE OF

THE JEWISH HOLLYWOOD,

ORGANIZERS HELD THE MEETING

EARLIER THIS YEAR.

BUT THE EVENT WILL BE

BROADCAST GLOBALLY ON SUNDAY

WITH MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS,

AND TENS OF THOUSANDS OF

CHURCHES JOINING IN TO PRAY

FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Lee: AND FOR MORE ON

THIS, LET'S GO BACK TO

GORDON.

Gordon: THIS SUNDAY,

SET ASIDE TIME.

BE SURE TO DO THAT AND JOIN

IN THE PRAYER FOR ISRAEL.

THEY'RE NOW FACING THE

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IN

EGYPT.

IN SINAI, THEY'RE FACING

RADICAL GROUPS RIGHT IN THE

WEST BANK, AND IN THE GAZA

STRIP, THEY'RE FACING

CONTINUED -- ALMOST EVERY

WEEK THERE IS A NEW THREAT

COMING OUT OF IRAN, THAT

THEY WANT TO WIPE ISRAEL OFF

THE MAP.

WE NEED TO PRAY, AND PRAY

FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM,

THAT GOD WILL PROTECT THEM.

AND WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF

OUR CAMPAIGN TO PRAY RIGHT

HERE, FOR AMERICA.

IF YOU HAVEN'T MIDDLE IN

YOUR PRAYER REQUEST, JUST

CALL US.

THERE IS STILL TIME.

1-800-759-0700.

AND WE'LL BE ADDING YOUR

REQUESTS TO THE FLAG BEHIND

US, AND PRAYING FOR THEM AND

FOR OUR COUNTRY.

I'VE GOT SOME PRAYER

REQUESTS RIGHT IN FRONT OF

ME.

THIS ONE IS ON THE TOP.

TO BE A NATION THAT STANDS

WITH ISRAEL.

AND PRAY FOR WISDOM FOR OUR

PRESIDENT, AND WE CERTAINLY

AGREE WITH THAT, AND ALL

THOSE IN LEADERSHIP.

WHAT DO

YOU HAVE?

Terry: THIS PERSON IS

SAYING THAT THE UNITED

STATES WOULD

MAKE MORE GOODS

AND REDUCE OUR NEEDS FOR

IMPORTED GOODS.

AND THIS PERSON SAYS, PLEASE

PRAY FOR THE SENSELESS

VIOLENCE IN OUR COUNTRY.

I THINK EVERYBODY WOULD JOIN

WITH THAT.

Gordon: LET'S PRAY FOR

ISRAEL AND AMERICA, AND LIFT

YOUR REQUESTS UP TO THE

LORD.

LORD, WE JOIN WITH ALL OF

THOSE PRAYING FOR ISRAEL,

AND WE JOIN IN YOUR

COMMANDMENT TO PRAY FOR THE

PEACE OF ISRAEL.

WE WOULD ASK THAT YOUR

PEACE, YOUR SHAL SHALOM,

WOULD BE BE THERE.

THAT YOU WOULD LIFT UP YOUR

COUNTENANCE AND THAT YOUR

FACE WOULD SHINE UPON THEM,

AND YOU GIVE THEM PEACE.

WITHOUT YOU, THERE IS NO

PEACE.

WE ASK FOR YOUR PRESENCE TO

BE THERE, AND THAT YOU WOULD

CAUSE YOUR FACE TO SHINE

THERE, AND GIVE THEM PEACE.

AND NOW, LORD, FOR AMERICA,

WE PRAY FOR WISDOM FOR

PRESIDENT OBAMA.

WE PRAY FOR WISDOM FOR THE

SECRETARY OF STATE.

WE PRAY FOR WISDOM IN

CONGRESS.

LORD, WE PRAY FOR UNITY,

THAT THERE WOULD NO LONGER

BE A PARTISAN DIVIDE.

BUT WE PRAY FOR UNITY, THAT

JOINTLY WE COULD JOIN HANDS

TOGETHER AND ONCE AGAIN BE

ONE NATION UNDER GOD AND

SEEK TO SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS

JOINTLY.

LORD, BE WITH US, UNIFY US,

AND GIVE US YOUR PEACE.

FOR WE ASK IT ALL IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

AGAIN, IF YOU WANT TO JOIN

WITH US, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO

IS CALL US.

1-800-759-0700.

THERE IS ALSO A PLACE ON

cbn.com, WHERE IF YOU WANT

TO POST YOUR PRAYER

REQUESTS, YOU CAN.

Terry: AND PAT HAS PUT

TOGETHER A GREAT BOOK FOR

ALL OF US AS WE PRAY FOR OUR

NATION.

IT'S CALLED "STEPS TO

REVIVAL IN AMERICA."

IF YOU HAVEN'T RECEIVED

THIS, CALL THAT TOLL-FREE

NUMBER THAT IS ON YOUR

SCREEN, AND JUST SAY I WOULD

LIKE TO GET A COPY OF "STEPS

FOR REVIVAL IN AMERICA."

IN THE 1930s, THE GERMANS

TURNED TO THE NAZIS, AND

TODAY THE GREEKS MAY BE

DOING THE SAME THING.

THE GREEKS ARE FEELING

LESS IN CONTROL OF THEIR OWN

LIVES.

ANYWHERE THAT HAPPENS, YOU

HAVE A RISE IN THESE KINDS

OF THINGS.

Terry: FIND OUT MORE

ABOUT THE GROUP "GOLDEN

DAWN," AND WHAT THEY HAVE

PLANNED FOR THEIR COUNTRY.

THAT'S NEXT.

Gordon: WELL, ADOLPH

HITLER ROSE OUT OF THE ASHES

OF GERMANY'S ECONOMIC

DISASTER IN THE 1920S.

AND TODAY GREECE IS ALSO

SUFFERING THROUGH A TERRIBLE

FINANCIAL CRISIS.

AND NOW IT IS FACING THE

RISK OF A GROWING NEONAZI

MOVEMENT.

Reporter: IN THE GREEK

TOWN OF ATHENA, MEMBERS OF

"GOLD DAWN" MARCH INTO A

STORE TO SELL THEIR WEARS.

THEY CHECK FOR BUSINESS

PERMITS, AND THEN DESTROYS

THE STANDS OF THOSE WHO

CAN'T PRODUCE A DOCUMENT.

ONE OF THE LEADERS OF THE

RAID SAID THEY DID IT TO

HONOR THE VIRGIN MARY.

AND ON A TALK SHOW, A MEMBER

OF THE "GOLD DAWN" THROWS

WATER IN THE FACE OF ONE.

THE SIGHT OF A MAN HITTING A

WOMAN COST THEM IN THE

POLLS, BUT THEY HAVE ALREADY

REBOUNDED.

GOLDEN DAWN IS RISING UP.

GREEKS ARE FACING AN ACUTE

SHORTAGE OF JOBS, FOOD,

MEDICINE, AND LEADERSHIP.

GREEKS WANT A SAVIOR.

THE ECONOMIC CRISIS HAVE

CAUSED MORE AND MORE GREEKS

TO LOSE FAITH IN THE

POLITICAL CLA CLASS, AND

THEY'RE LOOKING ELSEWHERE

FOR CHANGES.

NOTHING CHANGES.

ONLY WITH A REVOLUTION CAN

THINGS CHANGE.

IF THIS POLITICAL SYSTEM

DOES NOT CHANGE, GREECE WILL

NOT MOVE FORWARD.

Reporter: UNEMPLOYMENT

AMONG YOUNG ADULTS HAS HIT

AN INCREDIBLE 55%.

AND EXPERTS FEAR A REPLAY OF

THE 1930s, WHEN A

DEPRESSION IN GERMANY HELPED

USHER HITLER INTO POWER.

THE OFFICIAL RATE IS BETWEEN

10% AND 12%, BUT IT IS

PROBABLY HIGHER.

IN A NATION WHERE

POLITICIANS DON'T SEEM TO

HAVE AN ANSWER TO A CRISIS

THAT BROUGHT GREECE TO ITS

KNEES, THE APPEAL OF GOLDEN

DAWN IS IT HAS AN ANSWER,

EVEN IF IT IS THE WRONG

ANSWER.

[SPEAKING A

FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Reporter: GOLDEN DAWN

HAS BEGUN TO TAKE

ON SOME

GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONS, EVEN

GIVING OUT FOOD.

GREEK POLICE WHO REPORTEDLY

SUPPORT GOLDEN DAWN IN LARGE

NUMBERS, ARE TELLING

CITIZENS WHO NEED HELP TO GO

TO GOLDEN DAWN.

BUT FOR IMAGES AND REFUGEES,

GOLDEN DAWN IS A NIGHTMARE.

WE INTERVIEWED IMMIGRANTS

WHO HIDE IN THEIR APARTMENT

TO KEEP FROM BEING

ATTACKED.

THEY ESCAPED FROM

AFGHANISTAN, BUT NOW WANT TO

GO HOME.

AND SAY COMING TO GREECE WAS

THE BIGGEST MISTAKE THEY

HAVE EVER MADE.

THIS

IS

VERY BAD.

YOU CAN IMAGINE ONE

POLITICAL PARTY GOING OUT

WITH KNIVES.

THIS IS POLITICS?

THIS IS NOT POLITICS.

Reporter: AT THE

GLEFADA CENTER, HE AND HIS

WIFE MINISTER TO

IMMIGRANTS.

THE PEOPLE YOU TALK WITH,

THEY HAVE A FEAR WHICH THEY

DIDN'T HAVE BEFORE.

THEY'RE HESITANT TO COME OUT

OF THEIR HOUSES BECAUSE NOW

SUDDENLY SOMEBODY MIGHT COME

UP AND BEAT THEM UP.

Reporter: THE FEAR IS

THE ECONOMIC SITUATION WILL

GET SO BAD, THAT GREEKS WILL

CHOOSE A NEW RADICAL WAY,

THE WAY OF GOLDEN DAWN.

I THINK THERE IS A

GROWING FRUSTRATION, THE

SENSE THAT THE COUNTRY IS

BEING LOST.

WHETHER IT IS BEING LOST TO

FOREIGNERS OR BEING LOST TO

HISTORY.

Reporter: AT GLEFADAN

CENTER, THEY MINISTER THAT

THE SOCIETY IS BREAKING

DOWN.

AND TO CHURCH MEMBERS WHO

COULD BE AS RISK TO FAR

RIGHT VIOLENCE.

GREEKS ARE FEELING IN

LESS CONTROL OF THEIR OWN

LIVES.

ANYWHERE THAT HAPPENS, I

THINK YOU HAVE A RISE IN

THESE TYPES OF THINGS.

WE KEPT TALKING IN THE

CHURCH, THERE IS NO CRISIS

WITH GOD.

WE REALLY MUST TRUST HIM

BECAUSE HE HAS PROMISED US

THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO GO

TO BED BEGGING BREAD.

THAT WE WILL HAVE WHAT WE

NEED FOR THE DAY.

Reporter: DANGEROUS

TIMES COULD BE AHEAD FOR

THESE CHRISTIANS AND FOR A

LOT OF GREEKS IF GOLDEN DAWN

EVER RISES TO POWER.

[APPLAUSE AND CHEERS]

[SPEAKING A

FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Reporter: DALE HURD,

CBN NEWS, ATHENS.

Gordon: THERE ARE A LOT

OF LESSONS FROM GREEKS.

YOU GO BACK 2500 YEARS.

THE DAWN OF DEMOCRACY, AND

THE GREEK CITY STATES, AND

THEY LEARNED THE HARD WAY,

THAT ONCE IN A DEMOCRACY,

ONCE THE PEOPLE FIGURE OUT

THAT THEY CAN VOTE

THEMSELVES THE TREASURY,

THAT THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE

IS THE NEXT THING THAT

HAPPENS, AND FOLLOWING THE

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE, THERE IS

TIERNY.

WE HAVE SEEN THAT REPEATED

IN HISTORY AGAIN AND AGAIN

AND AGAIN.

AS SOON AS THE GOVERNMENT

GETS OUT OF CONTROL IN

SPENDING AND TRYING TO MAKE

EVERYBODY IN THE POPULATION

HAPPY -- IT HAPPENED IN

ROME, AND IT HAS HAPPENED IN

EUROPE, AND NOW WE'RE SEEING

IT, YET AGAIN.

ONCE YOU HAVE THAT, ONCE YOU

HAVE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE,

CHANGE IN GOVERNMENT IS THE

NEXT THING TO COME.

AND USUALLY THAT CHANGE IS

VERY BAD BECAUSE IT MEANS A

DICTATOR COMES TO POWER.

TERRY?

Terry: A SOBERING

REPORT.

UP NEXT, THE BIGGEST ALBUM

YET FROM THE LARGEST CHURCH

IN THE NATION.

LAKEWOOD.

ISRAEL HOTEN PERFORMS FOR US

LIVE WHEN WE COME BACK.

Terry: IT'S BEEN FIVE

YEARS SINCE ISRAEL HOTEN

LAST RECORDED A LIVE ALBUM

WITH "NEW BREED," BUT DON'T

SAY HE HAS BEEN ON HIATUS.

HE HAS WON BACK-TO-BACK

GRAMMYS AND PERFORMED IN 700

CONCERTS, AND LED WORSHIP

AROUND THE WORLD.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: ISRAEL HOTEN

HAS LED THOUSANDS THROUGH

THIS MUSIC, BOTH IN HIS

MUSIC CAREER AND AT LAKEWOOD

CHURCH, JOEL OSTEEN'S CHURCH

IN TEXAS.

NOW FOLLOWING TWO

BACK-TO-BACK SOLO ALBUMS,

ISRAEL RETURNS WITH "NEW

BREED" FOR THEIR FIRST LIVE

RECORDING IN TWO YEARS,

"JESUS AT THE CENTER."

Terry: PLEASE WELCOME

BACK TO "THE 700 CLUB,"

ISRAEL HOTEN.

IT'S WONDERFUL TO BE

BACK.

THANK YOU.

Terry: YOU HAVE A

BEAUTIFUL NEW PROJECT, AND

WE'RE GOING TO TELL FOLKS

ABOUT IT IN A LITTLE BIT,

BUT THE TITLE OF YOUR NEW

ALBUM IS "JESUS AT THE

CENTER."

WHAT'S THE SIGNIFICANCE OF

THAT?

I THINK THE SIGNIFICANCE

OF IT IS GETTING BACK TO THE

SIMPLEST OF THIS GOSPEL.

SOMETIMES WE GO ON A QUEST

FOR SOMETHING SO DEEP, WE

ALMOST FOCUS ON IT AND

FORGET JESUS.

WE CAME INTO THE RIDING OF

THESE SONGS SAYING WE'RE NOT

GOING TO DO METAPHOR

GOSPEL.

WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO

PRONOUN GOSPEL.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT JESUS.

IT IS NOT HIDDEN.

YOU KNOW, IT HAS BEEN

AMAZING HOW WHEN I DID OTHER

RECORDS THAT WEREN'T AS

JESUS CENTRIC, YOU KNOW,

BIGGER NETWORKS ARE LIKE,

YEAH, COME ON OUR SHOW.

NOW YOU PUT A RECORD OUT

"JESUS AT THE CENTER," AND

THEY'RE LIKE, WE'LL SEE YOU

ON THE NEXT ONE, WHICH IS

FINE WITH ME.

I KNOW WHAT I'M CALLED TO DO

AND I'M HAPPY TO BE DOING

IT.

Terry: SPEAKING OF

BEING CALLED TO DO, AS A

WORSHIP LEADER, YOU SAY YOU

SHOULD SEE THROUGH THEM.

TALK ABOUT THAT.

I'M ALSO A PUBLISHER AND

A SONGWRITER AND I OWN A

RECORD COMPANY, SO I HAVE A

RESPONSIBILITY TO, SORT OF

THE MARKETING PART OF IT,

BUT WHEN I'M LEADING

WORSHIP, IT CAN'T BE ABOUT

ME.

SO IT'S A WEIRD -- IT'S A

STRANGE QUEST FOR BALANCE

THERE.

BUT ULTIMATELY, I'M AN

USHER.

I WANT TO USHER PEOPLE INTO

THE PRESENCE OF GOD.

Terry: THAT'S A GOOD

WORD FOR IT.

ONE OF YOUR RECENT RELEASES

HAS BEEN ABOUT GLOBAL AND

SOCIAL CONCERNS.

WHY HAVE YOU DECIDED TO DO

THAT?

WELL, VERY SIMPLY, I

THINK US, IN THE WESTERN

WESTERNIZED CHURCH, IF WE'RE

NOT CAREFUL, WE WILL FORGET

WE HAVE A LOT OF OPTIONS AND

A LOT OF DISTRACTIONS.

WE'RE WELL-FED, SO TO

SPEAK.

SO I CAN GET -- I HAVE THE

TENDENCY TO GET COMFORTABLE

PRETTY EASILY.

I HEARD BILL HIBEL SAY YEARS

AGO, IT IS GOOD FOR EVERY

LEADER TO SMELL MISSIONS

EVERY -- ONCE A YEAR.

LET IT GET INTO YOUR SENSES,

LET IT GET UNDER YOUR

FINGERNAILS A LITTLE BIT.

ROMANS 15 SAYS, IN THE

MESSAGE TRANSLATION, THE

STRENGTH THAT WE HAVE IS FOR

SERVICE, NOT STATUS.

SO WHATEVER PLATFORM I'VE

BEEN GIVEN IS NOT SO I CAN

GO, HEY, I'M ON THE

PLATFORM, LOOK AT ME, AND

ACHIEVING NOTORITY, BUT IT

IS REALIZING WHATEVER THAT

INFLUENCE IS STRENGTHENS ME

TO SERVE OTHERS.

Terry: AND WITH OUR

RESPONSIBILITY AS LEADERS

COMES, OR SHOULD COULD, A

CONCERN ABOUT THINGS THAT

ARE SOCIALLY IMPACTING ANY

GROUP OF PEOPLE, OR GLOBALLY

IMPACTING ANY PART OF THE

WORLD.

SO ALL OF THAT MATTERS.

NO QUESTION ABOUT IT.

THE GREATEST JOY OF MY LIFE

IS WATCHING THE LIGHTS COME

ON IN OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES.

AND NOT JUST SAYING, THAT'S

A GREAT SONG AND I'LL BE BE

OFF TO THE NEXT CITY, BUT

REALLY MAKING A DEPOSIT IN

PEOPLE.

THE LAST TIME I WAS HERE, I

SHARED SOMETHING ABOUT MY

MOM.

AND YOU ASKED HAS ANYBODY

STAYED IN TOUCH WITH THE

LADY THAT LED YOUR MOTHER TO

THE LORD.

AND I SAID, WE'VE TRIED, AND

WE LOST TOUCH AFTER YEARS

AND YEARS AND YEARS.

AND YOU SAID THIS, I'M GOING

TO PRAY THAT SHE IS WATCHING

THIS BROADCAST.

Terry: DON'T TELL ME.

LISTEN.

TWO WEEKS LATER, TWO WEEKS

AFTER THAT BROADCAST, WE GOT

A LETTER IN THE MAIL, AND IT

SAID, "I WAS WATCHING "THE

700 CLUB," AND WHEN TERRY

SAID I HOPE THIS WOMAN IS

WATCHING," SHE SAID I FELT

LIKE I HAD TO DO SOMETHING.

AND LITERALLY THAT WEEK THE

LEADER USED JOEL OSTEEN'S

STORY.

AND SHE SAID IF IT WAS

OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA, I

REMEMBER THIS AND THIS, AND

IT WAS HER.

Terry: NO WAY.

SO WE ACTUALLY GOT SOME

FOOTAGE OF US SITTING DOWN,

MY MOTHER AND HER.

THERE IS THE FOOTAGE RIGHT

THERE.

THEY MET AND WE HAD THIS

BEAUTIFUL REUNION BECAUSE OF

THIS SHOW.

BECAUSE YOU SAID I'M GOING

TO PRAY THAT THIS WOMAN IS

WATCHING THE SHOW.

SO IT WAS A BIG DREAM FOR ME

COMING TRUE.

Terry: BECAUSE YOUR MOM

WHO IS INSTRUMENTAL IN YOU

BECOMING A MUSICIAN --

THAT'S RIGHT.

Terry: AND AT ONE

POINT, BY THE STATE, WAS

SAID TO BE AN UNFIT MOTHER.

AND SHE CONTEMPLATED

ABORTION?

SHE CONTEMPLATED

ABORTION, AND THEY WANT

WANTED TO PUT ME IN THE

FOSTER SYSTEM -- SHE WAS 17

YEARS OLD AND MESSED UP ON

DRUGS, BUT GOD WAS SO

MIRACULOUS, AND USING THIS

SWEET LATER, CHARLENE BYRD,

TO CROSS THE STREET AND

LITERALLY CHANGE THE WORLD.

I THINK A LOT OF TIMES WE

THINK I HAVE TO HAVE A

PASSPORT AND CROSS THE WORLD

INTO CHINA OR HAITI TO

REALLY CHANGE THE WORLD, AND

SHE PROVED YOU CAN CROSS THE

STREET AND MAKE THAT

DIFFERENCE.

Terry: AND THAT'S WHAT

A LOT OF THE MESSAGE YOU

SHARE WITH ALL OF US IS,

THAT WE NEED TO BE OUT TO

CHANGE THE WORLD BECAUSE OF

THE CHRIST WHO LIVES WITHIN

US.

TELL ME ABOUT THIS RELEASE.

YOU'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT, I

KNOW.

I'VE BEEN AT LAKEWOOD FOR

11 AND A HALF YEARS, AND

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE

DONE A LIVE RECORDING.

Terry: I LOVE LIVE.

(RECOR RECORDINGS BECAUSE

THERE IS SO MANY ENERGY.

BECAUSE WHEN YOU GO INTO

THE STUDIO, YOU'VE GOT TIME

TO WORK IT OUT.

LIVE, YOU'RE JUMPING AND YOU

HOPE IT CONNECTS.

FOR ME, I WAS ABLE TO HAVE A

BIT OF A HOME-COURT

ADVANTAGE IN THE SENSE A LOT

OF SONGS WE'VE BEEN TEACHING

OVER THE LAST YEAR BEFORE WE

RECORDED THEM.

SO THEY WERE SORT IN THE

LIFE OF THE CHURCH.

Terry: WE COULDN'T HAVE

YOU HERE WITHOUT ASKING YOU

TO SING.

I'M GOING TO RELEASE YOU TO

GO OVER THERE AND GET

READY.

HOW EXCITING TO HEAR THAT

STORY ABOUT HOW GOD ANSWERED

THAT PRAYER.

AND I CAN'T THANK YOU

ENOUGH FOR PRAYING THAT

PRAYER.

Terry: PRAISE THE

LORD.

THIS BEAUTIFUL RELEASE IS

CALLED "JESUS AT THE

CENTER."

IT IS AVAILABLE WHEREVER

MUSIC IS SOLD.

IT COMES AS A DOUBLE C.D.

FEATURING 20 SONGS, AND IT

IS ALSO A D.V.D.

LOOK AT THAT.

IF YOU WANT TO HEAR MORE

FROM ISRAEL, CHECK OUT OUR

"BEHIND THE SCENES" SITE.

BUT RIGHT NOW, FOR ALL OF

US, HERE IS ISRAEL HOTEN

WITH THE SONG "JESUS AT THE

CENTER."

[APPLAUSE]

* JESUS AT THE CENTER OF IT

ALL *

* JESUS AT THE CENTER OF IT

ALL *

* FROM BEGINNING TO THE

END *

* IT WILL ALWAYS BE, AND

IT'S ALWAYS BEEN YOU,

JESUS *

* JESUS, NOTHING MATTERS

* NOTHING IN THIS WORLD WILL

DO *

* JESUS, YOU'RE THE

CENTER *

* AND EVERYTHING REVOLVES

AROUND YOU *

* JESUS, THE CENTER OF MY

LIFE *

* JESUS, BE THE CENTER OF MY

LIFE *

* FROM BEGINNING TO END

* IT WILL ALWAYS BE, IT'S

ALWAYS BEEN YOU, JESUS *

* JESUS, NOTHING ELSE

MATTERS *

* NOTHING IN THIS WORLD WILL

DO *

* JESUS, YOU'RE THE

CENTER *

* AND EVERYTHING RESOLVES

AROUND YOU *

* JESUS, YOU

* FROM MY HEART TO THE

HEAVENS *

* JESUS, BE THE CENTER

* IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU

* YES, IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU

* FROM MY HEART TO THE

HEAVENS *

* JESUS, BE THE CENTER

* IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU

* YES, IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU

* JESUS, BE THE CENTER OF

YOUR CHURCH *

* JESUS, BE THE CENTER OF

YOUR CHURCH *

* AND EBONY WILL BOW, AND

EVERY TONGUE WILL SHOUT AND

TOUCH YOU, JESUS *

* OH, JESUS.

*

* JESUS

* JESUS

* FROM MY HEART TO THE

HEAVENS *

* JESUS BE THE CENTER

* IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU

* YES, IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU

* FROM MY HEART TO THE

HEAVENS *

* JESUS, BE THE CENTER

* IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU

* YES, IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU

* FROM MY HEART TO THE

HEAVENS *

* JESUS BE THE CENTER

IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU *

* YES, IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU

* FROM MY HEART TO THE

HEAVENS *

* JESUS BE THE CENTER

* IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU

* YES, IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU

* OH, JESUS

[APPLAUSE]

Gordon: STILL

AHEAD...PASTOR JOEY

BANAFACIO SHOWS HOW YOU CAN

GROW CLOSER TO GOD, ONE LEGO

BLOCK AT A TIME.

Reporter: WELCOME BACK

TO "THE 700 CLUB."

A FLORIDA COUPLE IS FREE TO

HOLD A BIBLE STUDY IN THEIR

HOME AGAIN.

CITY OFFICIALS IN VENICE,

FLORIDA, HAVE FINED CHAIN

AND MARLENE $250 A DIE FOR

HOLDING THE WEEKLY

GATHERING.

THEY RUN A MINISTRY THAT

ALSO DISTRIBUTES FOOD TO THE

NEEDY, AND SUPPORTS A PRAYER

HOT LINE.

BUT BUILDING INSPECTORS SAY

THEY MADE THE HOUSE A HOUSE

OF WORSHIP AND THAT WAS

AGAINST THE LAW.

THEY CHALLENGED THE LAW.

CITY ATTORNEYS TOOK A SECOND

LOOK AT THE 30-YEAR-OLD

ORDINANCE AND ADVISED

OFFICIALS TO DROP THE CASE.

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

HELPING A FAMILY WHO'S HOUSE

WAS DESTROYED BY HURRICANE

ISAAC.

DANNY AND GINA HUNTER LOST

EVERYTHING WHEN THE STORM

WASHED THEIR HOME FROM ITS

FOUNDATION.

THAT'S WHEN "OPERATION

BLESSING" STEPPED IN WITH AN

EXTREME BLESSING HOME

MAKEOVER.

THERE WAS AN OUTBUILDING ON

THE COUPLE'S PROPERTY THAT

WASN'T DESTROYED BY ISAAC,

SO TEAMS OF VOLUNTEERS

RENOVATED THAT BUILDING AND

TURNED IT INTO A STUDIO

APARTMENT.

IT HAS A FULL BEDROOM,

BATHROOM, KITCHEN, AND

RUNNING ELECTRICITY.

THE HUNTERS WILL LIVE IN THE

APARTMENT WHILE A NEW HOUSE

IS BEING BUILT.

YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT

"OPERATION BLESSING" BY

GOING TO ITS WEBSITE AT

OB.ORG.

GORDON AND TERRY WILL BE

BACK WITH MORE OF "THE 700

CLUB" AFTER THIS.

Gordon: 25 YEARS AGO,

JOEY BONIFACCIO BOUGHT HIS

SONS THEIR FIRST LEGO KITS,

AND IT QUICKLY BECAME THEIR

FAVORITE TOES.

TOYS.

BUT FOR JOEY, THEY ARE

REPRESENTATIONS OF GOD'S

GREATEST COMMANDMENTS.

Reporter: NOT ALL LEGO

PIECES HAVE THE SAME ABILITY

TO CONNECT.

SOME CAN CONNECT MANY OTHER

BRICKS, AND SOME CAN ONLY

CONNECT TO ONE, REGARDLESS

OF THE SHAPE OR SIZE.

EACH LEGO HAS THE ABILITY TO

DO ONE THING, CONNECT.

IN HIS BOOK, "THE LEGO

PRINCIPLE," DR. JOEY

BONIFACCIO THOSE YOU HOW TO

MAKE A DIFFERENCE ONE LEG AT

A TIME.

Gordon: JOEY IS WITH

US.

I HAVE TO DISCLOSE TO

EVERYBODY, HE WAS MY PASTOR

IN MANILA.

WE STARTED OFF IN THE MACATI

SPORTS CLUB WAY BACK IN

1994.

THAT'S RIGHT.

Gordon: AND NOW YOU'VE

BECOME LIKE THE MEGA CHURCH

OF ASIA.

IT IS PRETTY INCREDIBLE FOR

WHAT'S HAPPENED.

FIRST OF ALL, GORDON,

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME ON

THE SHOW.

IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO BE

HERE.

IT IS INTERESTING HOW MANILA

HAS BECOME -- I WOULD RATHER

NOT USE THE WORD MEGA

CHURCH, BUT IF THAT'S THE

WAY IT IS SAID, THERE ARE

NOW 62,000 PEOPLE COMING TO

THE CHURCH, AND THE UNIQUE

THING IS THERE IS 51 PEOPLE

PREACHING.

I ACTUALLY JUST DO TWO

SERVICES.

STEVE MERLAR, OUR FRIEND,

WHO IS THE FOUNDER OF THE

CHURCH, HAS BUILT IT THAT

WAY.

THE IDEA WAS TO CONNECTING

PEOPLE TO GOD AND TO OTHERS,

WHICH IS WHAT THE LEGO

PRINCIPLE IS ABOUT.

Gordon: AND YOU PUT

THIS INTO PRACTICE.

THAT'S HOW YOU WENT FROM --

I THINK WHEN WE STARTED OUT,

THERE WAS, LIKE, 200 PEOPLE,

AND IT HAS GONE FROM THAT TO

62,000, JUST BASED ON THE

LEGO PRINCIPLE.

I WOULDN'T SAY JUST BASED

ON THE LEGO PRINCIPLE.

IT IS BASED ON THE PRINCIPLE

OF JESUS, OF REALLY

CONNECTING TO GOD FIRST.

OUR ABILITY TO CONNECT TO

OTHERS IS HINGED ON THAT

TRUTH.

THE IDEA OF LEARNING TO

TRUST GOD AND TO LOVE GOD,

AND TO ENJOY GOD'S MERCY AND

FORGIVENESS ON A DAILY

BASIS.

IT'S THE VERY REASON WHY

WE'RE ABLE TO CONNECT TO

OTHERS.

APART FROM OUR CONNECTION TO

GOD, WHICH IS WHAT LEGO

BRINGS US, TH THE PNEUMONIC

DEVICE OF CONNECTING AT THE

BOTTOM AND BEING ABLE TO

CONNECT AT THE TOP IS ABOUT

THAT.

IT IS BASICALLY PREACHING TO

YOURSELF THE GOSPEL EVERY

DAY.

THE MORE I REALIZE HOW

LIMITED MY ABILITY TO

CONNECT IS, AND THAT IS ONLY

ENHANCED BY MY CONNECTION

WITH GOD, IT ALLOWS ME TO

CONNECT WITH PEOPLE IN A

VERY BASIC BASIS.

IT IS NOT JUST A PROGRAM,

AND A SYSTEM OF REACHING OUT

TO PEOPLE, BUT SOMETHING

THAT HAPPENS WHEN I'M BUYING

COFFEE AT A COFFEE SHOP, OR

IF I'M INTERCONNECTING WITH

A NEPHEW OR A NIECE.

Gordon: YOU'VE LISTED

IN THE BOOK SOME BUILDING

BLOCKS, THINGS WE NEED TO BE

LOOKING AT IN ORDER TO NOT

JUST ESTABLISH RELATIONSHIP,

BUT CONTINUE IN

RELATIONSHIP.

RIGHT.

Gordon: WHAT ARE THEY?

TRUST IS THE FOUNDATION

OF RELATIONSHIP IN MY

OPINION.

IT IS POSSIBLE TO LOVE

SOMEONE AND YET NOT TRUST

THAT.

IT WAS HE WHO GAVE PSALMS.

WE LEARN TO TRUST HIM AND

WALK IN THAT DAILY TRUST

RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.

WE BEGIN TO ABLE TO TRUST

OTHERS AND WIN THE TRUST OF

OTHERS.

LOVE IS OBVIOUSLY THE

MOTIVATION.

TRUST WOULD BE THE

FOUNDATION, AND LOVE WOULD

BE THE MOTIVATION.

IT IS THE REASON WHY WE'RE

ABLE TO CONNECT WITH

OTHERS.

I BELIEVE, GORDON, THAT

EVERY RELATIONSHIP IS

UNIQUE.

I BELIEVE MY RELATIONSHIP

WITH THE LORD IS NOT THE

SAME AS YOURS IN TERMS OF

SPECIFIC.

BUT THERE ARE UNIVERSAL

THINGS.

TRUST, LOVE -- FORGIVENESS

BEING ONE OF THEM.

VERY OFTEN WE TALK ABOUT

DISCIPLESHIP WITHOUT TALKING

ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF

FORGIVENESS.

KNOWING THAT I'VE BEEN

FORGIVE BY JESUS, THROUGH

JESUS, ALLOWS ME TO ENJOY A

DIFFERENT LEVEL OF

CONFIDENCE, KNOWING THAT I'M

FLAWED.

KNOWING THAT THERE ARE

THINGS ABOUT ME THAT ARE

SELF-CENTERED AND SELFISH,

AND YET BECAUSE I ENJOY THE

TRUTH OF THAT GOSPEL ON A

DAILY BASIS, ALLOWS ME TO

INTERFACE WITH THE WORLD.

SOMETIMES THE DEEMPHASIS ON

THE FORGIVENESS OF GOD DOES

NOT REALLY HELP US.

THE BIBLE SAYS IN ROMANS, IT

IS IN VIEW OF GOD'S MERCY

THAT WE OFFER OUR BODIES AS

SACRIFICES.

WHICH IS A REASONABLE

SPIRITUAL ACT OF WORSHIP.

I BELIEVE THAT IS THE KEY,

WHEN WE DISCIPLE PEOPLE,

WE'RE REALLY GROWING THEM IN

THEIR TRUST OF GOD, AND

THEIR ABILITY TO WIN THE

TRUST OF OTHERS.

IT IS THEIR ABILITY OF TRUST

IN THEIR LOVE OF GOD, AND TO

GROW, AND THE UNDERSTANDING

OF FORGIVENESS, THAT ALLOWS

THEM TO REALLY CONNECT WITH

OTHERS AFFECTIVELY.

Gordon: I WAS READING

YOUR BOOK IN MY QUIET TIME,

AND I WAS CAUGHT ON THE

CHAPTER THAT PEOPLE ARE

VALUABLE, AND HOW MUCH OF A

FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLE THAT

IS.

IF YOU DON'T APPROACH

DISCIPLESHIP, IF YOU DON'T

APPROACH THE RELATIONSHIP

YOU HAVE WITH GOD WITH THAT

SAME VIEW, THAT EVERYONE YOU

MEET IS VALUABLE, AND

INFINITELY SO, YOU'RE REALLY

GOING TO MISS OUT ON ONE OF

THE BASIC PRINCIPLES.

I THINK SOMETIMES WE'RE

OVERALL DISTRACTED BY A LOT

OF OTHER VALUES.

Gordon: YOU THINK?

RATHER THAN PEOPLE.

Gordon: THAT'S AMERICAN

CULTURE, DISTRACTION.

I WAS PICKED UP AT THE

AIRPORT BY ONE OF YOUR GUYS,

ROBERTO, HE WAS ASKING,

COULD I SIT IN FRONT.

AND I SAID, ROBERTO, TELL ME

ALL ABOUT YOUR STORY.

AND I'VE LEARNED --

Gordon: HE'S GOT A

GREAT STORY.

HE HAS AN AMAZING STORY.

AND I LEARNED WHEN I

INTERFACE WITH PEOPLE, IT IS

ALL ABOUT PEOPLE.

IT IS ABOUT EMPOWERING

PEOPLE TO LOVE PEOPLE.

THE REASON WHY THE CHRISTIAN

CHURCH --

Gordon: AND HE WAS

BRAGGING ON YOU YESTERDAY.

WELL, I WAS BRAGGING ON

HIM.

I TOOK A PICTURE OF HIM FOR

INSTAGRAM TO TELL THE WHOLE

WORLD ABOUT THIS GUY.

I THINK WHEN WE GENUINELY

VALUE PEOPLE, THAT'S WHEN

THE CONNECTION HAPPENS.

IT IS WHEN WE EMPOWER THE

CHURCH, WE EMPOWER THE 99%

AND NOT THE HANDFUL OF

FULL-TIME MINISTERS.

IF WE EMPOWER THE CHURCH TO

UNDERSTAND THEY'RE LEGOS, TO

CONNECT WITH GOD AND TO

CONNECT WITH OTHERS, THAT'S

WHEN IT BECOMES EFFECTIVE.

THAT'S WHEN YOU SEE THE KIND

OF GROWTH WE'VE SEEN IN

MANILA.

Gordon: WHY HAVE WE

SORT OF GOTTEN AWAY FROM

THAT?

YOU CAN'T HELP BUT, WHEN YOU

LISTEN TO THE LORD'S PRAYER,

WHEN IT JUST STARTS OUT WITH

OUR FATHER, OUR BREAD, OUR

SIN, IT'S ALL ABOUT

COMMUNITY AND IT IS ALL

ABOUT RELATIONSHIP.

BUT WE SEEM TO HAVE GOTTEN

INTO AN INDIVIDUALIZED

CHRISTIANITY.

ITH IT IS A VALUES

ISSUE.

MATTHEW 6 TELLS US WHERE

YOUR TREASURE IS, WHERE YOUR

VALUES ARE, THERE YOUR HEART

WILL BE ALSO.

100% OF THE DECISIONS WE

MAKE OR VALUE-BASED.

IF WE DECIDED TO NOT READ

OUR BIBLE THIS MORNING, WE

REPLACED IT WITH SOMETHING

MORE VALUABLE, MAYBE THE

NEWS OR THE MARKETS.

KNOWINGLY OR NOT KNOWINGLY.

THE WHOLE POINT WHY WE DO

NOT VALUE PEOPLE IS BECAUSE

WE HAVE KNOWINGLY VALUED

OTHER THINGS.

JESUS WANTS US TO GO BACK TO

THE CENTRAL VALUE OF

RELATIONSHIP.

WE WOULDN'T HAVE THE ABILITY

TO VALUE OTHERS IF WE DON'T

HAVE THE ABILITY TO

UNDERSTAND THAT GOD VALUES

US.

VALUES WORK WHEN YOU'RE ABLE

TO EVALUATE THE HIGHEST

VALUE.

AND THAT DERM THAT

DETERMINES THE LOWEST

VALUE.

IF YOU LOVE GOD, AND YOU

KNOW GOD LOVES YOU, AND YOU

KNOW THAT SOMEONE WHO IS SO

VALUED, VALUES YOU, THEN YOU

CAN LOOK AT OTHERS AND SAY I

VALUE THEM IN THE SAME WAY.

Gordon: WE NEED TO, ON

A DAILY BASE, VALUE WHAT ARE

WE PUTTING INTO ETERNITY.

AND THAT, IF WE REALLY FOCUS

ON THAT, AS OPPOSED TO, YOU

KNOW, JUST THE DAY TO DAY

BUSYNESS, IT WILL CHANGE

US.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?

IN THE BOOK LUKE, IT

TALKS ABOUT THE TWO GREATEST

VALUES WE'RE GOING TO FIND

IN HEAVEN.

I BELIEVE IT IS NOT GOING TO

BE GOLD, BECAUSE THE BIBLE

SAYS THAT'S ASPHALT.

AND IT'S NOT EVEN PRECIOUS

STONES BECAUSE IT'S WHAT

GATES ARE MADE OF.

BUT WHAT WE WILL FIND IS

ULTIMATELY THE MOST

VALUABLE, THE MOST EXCITING

THOUGHT THAT ES NATES

RESONATES IN MY HEART, WHEN

I ENCOUNTER GOD, THERE IS

NOTHING MORE VALUABLE AND

AMAZING.

AND THE SECOND THING THAT

WILL WELCOME US INTO ETERNAL

DWELLINGS ARE THE PEOPLE WE

LIFTED TO THE LORD.

I BELIEVE THOSE ARE THE

VALUES I'M GOING TO

ENCOUNTER IN ETERNITY, AND I

WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SURE

THOSE ARE CLEAR IN MY HEART

WHILE I'M ON EARTH.

AND THE OTHERS, AT SOME

POINT, ARE NOT AS VALUABLE

AS THEOR THEY'RE REPORTED

TO BE.

Gordon: THE ONLY THING

YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE TO

HEAVEN WITH YOU IS THE

PEOPLE THAT YOU'VE LED TO

JESUS.

WHEN YOU KEEP THAT IN MIND,

IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

JOEY'S BOOK IS CALLED "THE

LEGO PRINCIPLE, THE POWER OF

CONNECTING TO GOD AND ONE

ANOTHER."

IT'S AVAILABLE IN BOOKSTORES

AROUND THE WORLD.

JOEY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR

FAMILY AND YOUR LIFE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR

FRIENDSHIP.

Terry: COMING UP, A

PAIR OF SISTERS ARE FORCED

TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES AFTER

THE DEATH OF THEIR MOTHER.

Terry: ALL OVER THE

WORLD, "ORPHANS' PROMISE"

PROVIDES FOOD, SHELTER, AND

EDUCATION FOR AT-RISK

CHILDREN, LIKE THESE TWO

ORPHANED SISTERS FROM SOUTH

AFRICA.

Reporter: WHEN LONA'S

MOTHER DIED A YEAR AGO, SHE

WAS LEFT TO TAKE CARE OF HER

LITTLE SISTER ALONE.

MY MOTHER PROMISED US WE

WOULD HAVE A GOOD LIFE.

IT HURT SO MUCH WHEN SHE

DIED.

I KNEW OUR LIVES WOULD BE

VERY BAD WITHOUT HER.

Reporter: RELATIVES

JUST LET THE GIRLS FEND FOR

THEMSELVES.

IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT.

NOBODY EVEN CARED IF WE HAD

FOOD TO EAT OR NOT.

Reporter: THEN THEY

FOUND PEOPLE WHO DID CARE.

THEY FOUND A CHILDREN'S HOME

SUPPORTED BY "ORPHANS' PROMISE."

WE TOOK THEM IN

IMMEDIATELY.

THE CENTER IS HOME TO DOZENS

OF ORPHANED OR ABANDONED

KIDS.

IT WAS LIKE WE COULD

START OUR LIVES OVER AGAIN.

THE PEOPLE HERE BECAME OUR

NEW FAMILY.

THEY TAKE GOOD CARE OF US.

NOW I CAN DO ALL OF MY

HOMEWORK, AND I'M GETTING

GOOD GRADES IN SCHOOL.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US AND

GIVING US A PLACE TO LIVE.

Terry: EVERY CHILD

WANTS TO KNOW THAT THEY'RE

LOVED AND THAT THEY HAVE A

PLACE TO BELONG.

YOU'RE HELPING "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" DO THAT FOR

CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD.

THESE CHILDREN NOW HAVE A

SAFE PLACE TO LIVE AT,

THEY'RE LOVED BY THE PEOPLE

WHO CARE FOR THEM, AND THEY

HAVE THREE SQUARE MEALS A

DAY.

THEY'RE GETTING EDUCATED,

AND THEY HAVE A HOPE AND A

FUTURE GIVEN TO THEM PIE

PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO LOVE GOD

AND SAY I WANT TO STAND UP

AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

JOIN "THE 700 CLUB."

WHEN YOU JOIN WITH US,

YOU'RE MAKING THAT KIND OF A

DIFFERENCE IN MANY, MANY

WAYS, ACROSS THE UNITED

NATIONS AND AROUND THE

WORLD.

65 CENTS A DAY, $20 A MONTH,

MAKES YOU A "THE 700 CLUB"

MEMBER.

WHEN YOU CALL AND JOIN

TODAY, WE WANT TO SEND YOU,

AS OUR WAY OF SAYING THANK

YOU FOR CARING ABOUT OTHERS,

PAT'S LATEST TEACHING,

"GOD'S PLAN FOR AMERICA, HOW

TO PLAN FOR THE DAY AHEAD."

MAYBE YOU WOULD LIKE A

COUPLE OF EXTRA COPIES, JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB" GOLD.

THAT'S A GIFT OF $40 A

MONTH, AND WHEN YOU DO,

WE'RE GOING TO SEND YOU

THREE.

AND IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF

FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND YOU'D

LIKE MORE, WE'RE GOING TO

ADD TWO MORE TO THAT PACKET

WHEN YOU JOIN THE THOUSAND

CLUB.

MOST OF ALL, YOU'LL HAVE THE

PRIVILEGE OF KNOWING YOU'RE

TOUCHING LIVES OF PEOPLE WHO

ARE DEEPLY, DEEPLY IN NEED

AND WAITING FOR YOU.

SO CALL NOW.

1-800-759-0700.

TIME FOR SOME E-MAIL.

Gordon: YAY!

TIME TO BRING IT ON.

Terry: THAT'S A GOOD

ATTITUDE.

DOROTHY SAYS, "I HAVE A BORN

AGAIN FRIEND WHO IS IN A

CHURCH WHO DO DOES NOT

BELIEVE IN DISPLAYING THE

CROSS.

WHAT SHOULD I DO BECAUSE SHE

MAY BE IN A CULT?"

Gordon: I'M TAKEN BY

THAT IT MIGHT BE A CULT.

THERE ARE PLENTY OF CHURCHES

THAT ARE PERFECTLY FINE

CHURCHES THAT DON'T DISPLAY

THE CROSS.

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR

SCRIPTURE, THERE IS A

WONDERFUL ONE THAT PAUL

WROTE IN CORINTHIANS, WHERE

HE SAID, "I DETERMINED TO

KNOW NOTHING AMONG YOU."

HE HAD JUST COME IN FROM

ATHENS AND PREACHED THE

CEREMONY AT MARS HILL.

AND IT IS INTERESTING FROM

THAT CEREMONY, THERE WAS NO

CHURCH ESTABLISHED.

YOU DON'T SEE THE LETTER TO

THE CHURCH IN ATHENS.

AND I THINK IT IS ONE OF THE

BEST SERMONS OF ALL TIME.

BUT HE WAS GRIEVING THAT HE

HADN'T HAD RESULTS.

AND HE SAID, "I CAME TO YOU

IN FEAR AND TREMBLING, THAT

I WOULD TEACH NOTHING BUT

JESUS CHRIST, AND HIM

CRUCIFIED."

AND THERE IS A POWER OF THAT

THAT CHANGES PEOPLE.

THE GOSPEL IS THE POWER OF

GOD UNTO THE SALVATION.

I'M NOT ASHAMED OF THE

GOSPEL FOR IT IS THE POWER

OF GOD.

I REMEMBER BEING IN FINLAND

AND VISITING AN ANCIENT

CHURCH, THAT HAD BEEN THERE

SINCE THE SEVENTH CENTURY.

THEY GAVE US FREE ACCESS,

AND I WAS ABLE TO -- AND

THEY HAD ONE OF THESE

PULPITS THAT ROSE ABOVE THE

CONGREGATION.

AND YOU HAD TO WALK UP STEPS

TO IT.

AND AS I LOOKED, I SAW THAT

VERSE.

I DIDN'T READ FINNISH, BUT I

KNEW ENOUGH THAT WAS THE

VERSE.

AND THE PREACHER, EVERY TIME

HE WOULD WALK UP TO THAT

PULPIT HAD THAT VERSE IN

FRONT OF HIM, "I RESOLVE TO

TEACH NOTHING BUT CHRIST AND

HIM CRUCIFIED."

FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, IT IS A

STUMBLING BLOCK, AND THEY

DON'T UNDERSTAND IT, BUT IT

IS THE SALVATION OF GOD.

Terry: SHARON SAYS, "IS

IT WISE TO STORE FREES

FREEZE-DRIED FOOD OR IS IT

WRONG NOT TO TRUST GOD."

Gordon: YOU MAY WANT TO

LOOK AT THE DATE ON THAT

STUFF.

ARE YOU PUTTING A LOT OF

MONEY INTO FREEZE-DIED FOOD

THAT YOU STORE AND LET IT GO

BAD, AND LITERALLY YOU'RE

THROWING AWAY YOUR MONEY.

IF YOU WANT TO GET SERIOUS

ABOUT SOME KIND OF

SURVIVALIST THING, I WAS IN

NEW ORLEANS AFTER KATRINA,

AND I SAW WHAT HAPPENED TO A

CITY WITH NO CELL PHONE

SERVICE, NO FOOD, NO FOOD IN

THE GROCERY STORES, AND YOU

COULDN'T CALL ANYBODY FOR

HELP.

YOU COULDN'T DRINK WATER.

YOU COULDN'T EAT.

IF YOU EVER GET INTO THAT

SITUATION, WHAT YOU'VE GOT

IN STORES IS GOING TO GO

REAL QUICK.

SO IF YOU'RE REALLY GOING TO

GET SERIOUS, I HEARD OF A

FAMILY THAT DECIDED TO MOVE

TO NEW ZEALAND.

Terry: THAT'S THE

EXPENSIVE WAY.

Gordon: AND LIVE ON A

FARM.

IF YOU REALLY WANT TO GET

SERIOUS, SAY I'M GOING TO BE

A FARMER FROM NOW ON AND BE

SELF-SUFFICIENT, YOU'RE NOT

GOING TO HAVE ENOUGH TO SEE

YOU THROUGH.

WE LEAVEWITH EPHESIANS: "FOR

BY GRACE YOU'VE BEEN SAVED,

AND NOT OF YOURSELF: IT IS

THE GIFT OF GOD."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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