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700 Club Interactive: Hooked On Technology - October 23, 2012

Author of Hooked Gregory Jantz shares about the pitfalls of media, technology and social media. Read Transcript


Lee: 70% OF AMERICANS

CAN'T GO AN HOUR WITHOUT

IT.

THE ADDICTION THAT MAY HAVE

TAKEN OVER THE LIVES OF YOUR

FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

♪♪♪

[APPLAUSE]

Gordon: WELL, WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

TECHNOLOGY HAS MADE IT

EASIER FOR US TO CONNECT,

COMMUNICATE, AND SOCIALIZE.

BUT THE PROBLEM WITH THESE

THINGS, ALL THESE ADVANCES

CAN ALSO BE DAMAGING.

AS IT HAS INTRODUCED PHRASES

SUCH AS "CRACKBERRY" AND "I

iPAD ENVY" TO THE ENGLISH

LANGUAGE.

♪♪♪

YEAH, JUST ONE.

I'LL BE THERE IN FIVE.

MOM, HE'S DOING IT

AGAIN.

NO, IT'S NOT WHAT IT

LOOKS LIKE.

Gordon: WELL, JOINING

US NOW IS AUTHOR AND COUNSEL

ER GREG GARY.

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT

TOPIC.

Gordon: YOU TELL US

THAT SMARTPHONES ARE KIND OF

LIKE L.S.D.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?

WE'RE SEEING MORE AND

MORE FOLKS WHO TRULY ARE

ADDICTED TO TECHNOLOGY.

75% OF THE FOLKS WE WORK

WITH CANNOT PUT DOWN THEIR

DEVICE FOR ONE DAY WITHOUT

CHECKING IT.

AND WE'RE FINDING PEOPLE

WITH TRUE ANXIETY DISORDER.

BY THAT, WHAT I MEAN IS THEY

GET PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS IF

THEY CAN'T GET TO THEIR

DEVICE.

Gordon: I'LL TELL YOU A

STORY OF ONE OF MY FRIENDS

WHO SECRETLY TOOK HIS

SMARTPHONE AND HE LITERALLY

STARTED TO GET ALL KINDS OF

ANXIETY BECAUSE HE COULDN'T

FIND IT.

YES.

Gordon: AND IT WAS KIND

OF ODD, AND THE MORE HE GOT

DISTRESSED, IT WAS JUST A

SPACE OF ABOUT 90 SECONDS.

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: AND HE COULDN'T

FIND IT, AND I GAVE IT BACK

TO HIM.

HE DIDN'T TALK TO ME FOR A

WHILE AFTER THAT.

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: WHY DO WE GET

ADDICTED TO IT?

WHY DO WE HAVE FEELINGS OF

ANXIETY IF WE CAN'T FIND OUR

PHONE OR GO FOR A PERIOD OF

TIME WITHOUT CHECKING OUR

E-MAIL?

YOU KNOW, GORDON, THAT'S

A GREAT QUESTION.

ONE THE REASONS IS WE

ACTUALLY FIND OURSELVES

ADDICTED IN A SENSE BECAUSE

WE LIVE IN A ONE-CLICK

SOCIETY, SO EVERYTHING IS

INSTANT.

AND THE TECHNOLOGY TEACHES

US TO HAVE WHAT I CALL LOW

IMPULSE CONTROL.

WE ACTUALLY HAVE TROUBLE

CONTROLLING OUR IMPULSES.

THAT SAID, ONE OF THE THINGS

WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO DO IS

BALANCE TECHNOLOGY IN OUR

LIVES.

MY CONCERN IS EVEN WHAT

WE'RE MODELING FOR OUR

KIDS.

Gordon: THERE IS A NEW

STUDY COMING OUT OF STANFORD

HOW YOUNG MEN, BECAUSE

THEY'RE SPENDING SO MANY

HOURS DOING VIDEO GAMES, AND

FRANKLY SO MANY HOURS

WATCHING INTERNET PORN, THAT

THEIR ABILITY TO INTERACT

WITH FEMALES IS AT RISK

NOW.

ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THAT?

I AM FAMILIAR WITH THAT.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT

WE SAYS IS FOR PEOPLE THAT

DEVELOP PRIMARILY VIRTUAL

RELATIONSHIPS, NOT TRUE,

REAL RELATIONSHIPS, THEY

DON'T GO THROUGH THE NORMAL

RELATIONSHIP STAGES.

ONLINE, ON Facebook -- I

LOOK PERFECT ONLINE.

WE ALWAYS PRESENT OUR VERY

BEST.

THAT SAID, WE FIND OURSELVES

MORE AND MORE MOVING TOWARDS

THESE VIRTUAL RELATIONSHIPS,

WHICH MANY TIMES TAKE US

WHERE WE DON'T REALLY WANT

TO GO.

THE AVERAGE AGE OF EXPOSURE

TO PORNOGRAPHY ON THE

INTERNET IS ACTUALLY 11

YEARS OLD.

Gordon: THAT IS A

SHOCK.

I DIDN'T KNOW THAT STAT.

YEAH.

Gordon: I'VE HEARD IT

IS AS HIGH AS 50% OF MALES,

25% OF FEMALES HAVE A

PROBLEM WITH ONLINE

PORNOGRAPHY.

AND THE NUMBERS ARE

GROWING.

THEY ARE GROWING, YES.

Gordon: IT IS STARTING

TO GET STAGGERING, AND THERE

IS AN ADDICTION THERE, TOO,

THAT IS EVEN SEPARATE FROM

THE WHOLE TECHNOLOGY

ADDICTION.

ABSOLUTELY.

Gordon: WHY DO -- I'VE

NOTICED A PHENOMENON WHERE

TEXTING SEEMS TO BE TAKING

OVER FOR CONVERSATION.

WE'RE LITERALLY HAVING

PEOPLE IN THE SAME ROOM

TEXTING EACH OTHER AS

OPPOSED TO TALKING.

ARE WE FUNDAMENTALLY

CHANGING OUR SOCIAL

INTERACTIONS AS A CULTURE?

OH, MY GOODNESS, I MUST

TELL YOU FROM PERSONAL

EXPERIENCE.

I HAVE TO BOYS, I KNEW I HAD

A PROBLEM WHEN AT THE DINNER

TABLE, THEY'RE TEXTING BACK

AND FORTH TO EACH OTHER.

YES.

AND OUR YOUNG PEOPLE DON'T

USE A CELL PHONE TO MAKE

PHONE CALLS.

THEY USE THE CELL PHONE FOR

TEXTING.

I CALLED MY SON THE OTHER

DAY.

HE DIDN'T ANSWER, BUT HE

TEXTED ME BACK AND SAID,

DAD, WHAT DO YOU WANT?

THE TEXTING HAS ITS OWN

UNIQUE LANGUAGE, AS WELL.

IF YOU DON'T KNOW THE

LANGUAGE OF TEXTING, THERE

IS A GENERATION GAP THERE.

Gordon: YOU'RE BOOK

ALSO POINTS OUT THERE

ANOTHER FACTOR HERE.

THE TECHNOLOGY IS ACTUALLY

INCREASING STRESS,

INCREASING ANXIETY.

FOR US.

HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN?

WELL, THE STRESS AND

ANXIETY -- ONE OF THE THINGS

THAT HAPPENS, GORDON, IS WE

FIND OURS -- HERE IS MY

SMARTPHONE RIGHT HERE.

WE FIND OURSELVES, IF WE

CAN'T GET TO THIS THING, IT

CREATES THESE PHYSICAL

SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY.

HOW THIS DEVELOPS IS WE KEEP

THIS WITH US.

I HAVE CLIENTS WHO COME TO

SEE US.

THEY ACTUALLY SLEEP WITH

THEIR SMARTPHONE, WITH THEIR

DEVICE, BECAUSE THEY DON'T

WANT TO MISS A TEXT.

THAT'S A PROBLEM.

Gordon: YEAH, I WOULD

SAY THAT'S A PROBLEM.

WHAT CAN WE DO TO GET TO

WHAT -- I GUESS

OLD-FASHIONED CONNECTIONS,

OLD-FASHIONED CONVERSATION,

REAL INTERPERSONAL

CONNECTING WITH ANOTHER

PERSON?

HOW CAN WE GET THERE?

ONE OF THE THINGS I WANT

TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE

DOING IS THAT WE ARE

ACTUALLY SPENDING MORE TIME

WITH OUR REAL RELATIONSHIPS,

IN PERSON, VERSUS OUR

VIRTUAL RELATIONSHIPS.

TAKE ONE DAY, MAYBE IT IS

GOING TO BE SUNDAY, AND DO A

TECHNOLOGY DETOX.

TAKE THAT DAY AND SET IT

ASIDE.

AND DON'T INVOLVE YOURSELF

WITH TECHNOLOGY FOR ONE

DAY.

SEE HOW YOU FEEL.

SEE IF THERE ARE PHYSICAL

SYMPTOMS?

DO YOU FEEL EMOTIONALLY

DISCONNECTED?

BUT ALLOW THAT JUST AS A

PLACE OF STARTING.

ONE OF THE THINGS I WANT YOU

TO DO IS WHEN YOU'RE WITH

PEOPLE, REALLY BE WITH

THEM.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN WITH

SOMEBODY AND THEY'RE TEXTING

AWAY AT THEIR DEVICE, AND

THEY LOOK UP AT YOU AND THEY

GO, WHAT DID YOU SAY?

BE PRESENT IN REALITY WITH

RELATIONSHIPS.

Gordon: NO MORE

MULTI-TASKING.

ALL RIGHT.

GOOD TIP.

THANK YOU.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO FIND OUT

MORE ABOUT GREG'S WORK, YOU

CAN GO TO

700CLUBINTERACTIVE.COM.

AND HIS BOOK "HOOKED" IS

AVAILABLE WHEREVER BOOKS ARE

SOLD.

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US

TODAY.

THANK YOU, GORDON.

Gordon: YOU'VE HEARD

HOW ADDICTIVE TEXT MESSAGING

CAN BE, AND THIS ONE TEXT

MESSAGE IN THIS NEXT STORY

HELPED SAVE A YOUNG WOMAN'S

LIFE.

FIND OUT HOW AFTER THIS.

Gordon: WELL, TODAY

WE'VE BEEN DISCUSSING THE

DANGERS OF TECHNOLOGY.

HOWEVER, IN INDONESIA, IT

WAS A TEXT MESSAGE THAT

SAVED ONE GIRL'S LIFE.

WATCH THIS.

Reporter: HANNAH WAS

ONLY 15 WHEN SHE LEFT HER

VILLAGE AND MOVED TO THE

CITY TO FIND WORK.

HER PARENTS WERE SIMPLY TOO

POOR TO CONTINUE PROVIDING

FOR HER.

I FELT LIKE A STRANGER IN

JAKARTA.

I DIDN'T KNOW ANYONE.

EVERYTHING WAS SO

DIFFERENT.

Reporter: HANNAH FOUND

WORK AS A LIVE-IN

HOUSEKEEPER.

ONE NIGHT AFTER WORK, SHE

FOUND CBN'S SALUCCI

PROGRAM.

HANNAH BEGAN WATCHING IT

EVERY NIGHT.

I WAS INTERESTED IN THE

STORIES.

I COULD IDENTIFY WITH THE

PEOPLE IN THEM.

Reporter: AFTER

WATCHING ONE EVENING, HANNAH

FELL ASLEEP AND BEGAN TO

DREAM.

I DREMPT THAT I WAS IN A

PLACE I HAD NEVER SEEN

BEFORE.

THEN SUDDENLY A BIG CROSS

WAS IN FRONT OF ME.

I FELT VERY PEACEFUL.

Reporter: THE NEXT

MORNING HANNAH WONDERED WHY

THE DREAM MEANT.

SO SHE SENT A TEXT MESSAGE

TO CBN.

A PRAYER COUNSELLOR

CONTACTED HANNAH AND BEGAN

TO TELL HER ABOUT GOD.

SOON THE TEENAGER PRAYED TO

RECEIVE JESUS AS HER

SAVIOR.

WHEN I PRAYED WITH CBN, I

FELT HAPPY IN MY HEART.

I STARTED BELIEVING THAT

JESUS TRULY EXISTS.

I THOUGHT, THIS COULD BE THE

START OF A NEW LIFE FOR ME.

Reporter: WITHIN A FEW

DAYS, SOMEONE FROM CBN MET

WITH HANNAH, HELPED HER TO

FIND A CHURCH, AND BROUGHT

HER A NEW BIBLE.

CBN IS SO AMAZING.

THROUGH THEIR MINISTRY, A

LOT OF PEOPLE ARE FINDING

JESUS AS SAVIOR.

I'M SO THANKFUL FOR THEM.

Gordon: THAT'S WHAT

WE'RE ABOUT HERE AT CBN.

WE WANT TO PREACH THE

GOSPEL, THE GOOD NEWS,

AROUND THE WORLD.

AND WE WANT TO DO IT IN

THEIR OWN LANGUAGE.

SO WE VIEW OUR ROLE AS

TRAINING AND EQUIPPING

CHRISTIANS IN THEIR OWN

CULTURE HOW TO DO CHRISTIAN

TELEVISION.

AND THEN SHOWING STORIES OF

WHAT JESUS IS DOING NOT HERE

IN AMERICA, BUT RIGHT THERE

IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY, WITH

PEOPLE THAT LOOK LIKE THEM,

TALK LIKE THEM.

WE WANT TO MAKE IT

CULTURALLY RELEVANT SO THEY

CAN HEAR AND UNDERSTAND THE

GOOD NEWS.

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IT.

BECAUSE A PORTION OF EVERY

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CBN INTERNATIONAL TO DO JUST

THAT.

WE HAVE 15 PRODUCTION

CENTERS SCATTERED AROUND THE

WORLD.

WE'RE TRAINING LOCAL

CHRISTIANS HOW TO DO

CHRISTIAN TELEVISION.

ALL IT TAKES IS FOR YOU TO

SAY, YEAH, I WANT TO JOIN.

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COMING UP, A KILLER HABIT.

I WOULD BE ON FIVE

NARCOTICS AND A FIFTH OF

WHISKEY EVERY DAY.

I COULDN'T GO ANY LOWER THAN

I FELT.

I WAS ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATED,

HEARTBROKEN, ASHAMED OF

MYSELF.

Gordon: THIS WOMAN'S

WAKEUP CALL NEXT ON "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: WHEN WE'RE

CHILDREN, WE OFTEN DON'T

CONTROL THE THINGS THAT

HAPPEN AROUND US, AND WE

SOMETIMES GET INTO SOME VERY

BAD REACTIONS.

FOR AMANDA, WHAT HAPPENED TO

HER WAS HER PARENTS'

DIVORCE, AND IT LED HER

STRAIGHT DOWN A ROAD TO A

LIFE OF ADDICTION.

WATCH THIS.

SHE IS YOUR PROBLEM.

I DON'T REMEMBER ANY OF

THE TIMES OF MY PARENTS

BEING THERE.

NOT ONE, SINGLE TIME.

I WAS JUST SAD.

Reporter: AMANDA

HERRING'S PARENTS DIVORCED

WHEN SHE WAS FIVE.

SHE WENT TO LIVE WITH HER

FATHER, WHO REMARRIED.

AMANDA DIDN'T FEEL LIKE SHE

FIT IN WITH THE NEW FAMILY

AND FELT NEGLECTED.

I FELT VERY

INSIGNIFICANT, REALLY

INSECURE.

IT WAS AWFUL.

I FELT VERY FORGOTTEN.

Reporter: WHEN SHE GOT

OLDER, SHE MET A YOUNG MAN

WHO SHOWERED HER WITH

ATTENTION.

HE WAS ALSO RICH AND BOUGHT

AMANDA LOTS OF GIFTS.

SHE DIDN'T KNOW WHERE SHE

GOT HIS MONEY UNTIL SHE

OVERHEARD HIM YELLING ON THE

PHONE.

AND I WAS, LIKE, WHO WERE

YOU TALKING TO.

AND HE WAS CUSSING, MAD, AND

THAT'S WHEN I FOUND OUT.

HE SAID, I SELL DOPE.

MY MOM'S A CRACKHEAD, AND

SHE BROKE INTO MY ROOM AND

STOLE ALL OF MY DOPE.

AND I WAS JUST LIKE, WOW.

Reporter: HER BOYFRIEND

WAS A NOTORIOUS DRUG

DEALER.

I KNEW THAT IT WAS WRONG,

NOT ONLY MORALLY WRONG, BUT

CRIMINALLY WRONG.

SO I GUESS IT WAS MAYBE

EXCITING.

WOW, THIS IS A WHOLE WORLD I

NEVER KNEW ABOUT.

THERE IS A LOT OF MONEY

INVOLVED, A LOT OF FLASHY

STUFF, JEWELRY, CARS.

Reporter: AMANDA FOUND

HERSELF DEEP IN THE DRUG

WORLD, AND WRAPPED UP IN HER

BOYFRIEND'S OBSESSION WITH

HER.

SHE THOUGHT IT WAS CHARMING

UNTIL THE BOYFRIEND

THREATENED TO KILL A MUTUAL

FRIEND.

HE THOUGHT THE FRIEND TRIED

TO RAPE AMANDA.

SHE TRIED TO CONVINCE HIM IT

WAS NOT TRUE.

BUT HE DIDN'T BELIEVE HER.

HE WAS PLANNING TO KILL

THIS GUY.

HE WAS NOT HIDING HIS

FEELINGS ABOUT THIS.

SO HE CALLED HIM TO THE

PARK.

AND WHEN HE GOT TO THE PARK,

THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW, HE

STARTED SHOOTING HIM.

HE SHOT HIM FIVE TIMES.

AFTER THE FIFTH SHOT, HE WAS

DEAD.

Reporter: AMANDA'S

BOYFRIEND WAS SENTENCED TO

24 YEARS IN PRISON.

WHEN HER FATHER FOUND OUT,

HE DISOWNED HER AND BLAMED

HER DRUG-RELATED LIFESTYLE

ON THE MURDER OF AN HONEST

MAN.

HE TOLD ME THAT I WAS

BETTER OFF DEAD.

THAT HE NEVER WANTED TO SEE

ME AGAIN.

IT WAS THE WORST THING I HAD

EVER -- THE WORST THING IN

MY LIFE.

Reporter: AMANDA RELIED

ON DRUGS AND ALCOHOL TO NUMB

ALL EMOTIONS.

I WENT FROM SMOKING WEED

TO SNORTING COCAINE TO

POPPING ECSTASY PILLS.

I WOULD DO THEM ALL IN ONE

DAY.

I WOULD BE ON FIVE NARCOTICS

AND A FIFTH OF WHISKEY IN A

DAY.

Reporter: THEN AMANDA

GOT PREGNANT.

SHE MANAGED TO STOP THE

DRUGS AND DRINKING UNTIL THE

BABY WAS BORN, AND THEN GAVE

THE BABY TO HER MOTHER.

AMANDA KNEW IT WAS THE BEST

THING FOR HER DAUGHTER.

IT WAS VERY DEPRESSING TO

BE OFF AWAY FROM HER AND

WONDERING, WHAT'S MY BABY

THINKING?

WHAT IS GOING THROUGH HER

MIND?

DOES SHE MISS ME?

YOU KNOW, DOES SHE THINK I'M

NEVER GOING TO COME AROUND?

DOES SHE THINK WE'RE NOT

NORMAL?

IS SHE GLAD I'M NOT AROUND?

Reporter: AMANDA'S

WORRY DIDN'T STOP HER DAILY

SELF-DESTRUCTION.

I WOULD BUY EVERY

DRUG AND JUST DO THEM, DO

THEM, DO THEM.

DRINKING WHISKEY, I COULD

NOT FUNCTION WITHOUT IT.

DIDN'T KNOW HOW I WOULD

SURVIVE A DAY WITHOUT IT.

I HAD TO HAVE IT,

PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY AND

MENTALLY, HAD TO HAVE IT.

I KNEW I COULDN'T GAIN

ANYTHING FROM THIS TYPE OF

LIFESTYLE.

IT WAS SO HARD BEING AWAY

FROM MY DAUGHTER, BUT

KNOWING I WAS ANY KIND OF

GOOD EXAMPLE THAT NEEDED TO

BE AROUND HER.

IN MY MIND, I WAS JUST

TRASH.

Reporter: WHEN HER

CHILD GOT OLDER, AMANDA

DECIDED SHE WANTED A SECOND

CHANCE AND ASKED TO MOVE IN

WITH HER MOM AND DAUGHTER.

SHE TRIED TO STOP DRINKING.

BUT ONE DAY SHE PASSED OUT

DRUNK.

HER DAUGHTER THOUGHT SHE WAS

DEAD.

TERRIFIED, THE LITTLE GIRL

RAN THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD

ASKING FOR HELP.

I WAS SO HEARTBROKEN,

ASHAMED OF MYSELF.

I WAS SO SAD THAT I PUT HER

IN A POSITION TO BE SCARED

THAT HER MOM WAS GOING TO

DIE AND SHE WAS GOING TO

HAVE TO DEAL WITH A DEAD

MOM.

THAT WAS HORRIFYING.

I COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT MY

9-YEAR-OLD HAD TO DEAL WITH

THAT BECAUSE OF ME.

IT SCARED ME TO DEATH.

AND I BEGGED GOD NOT TO LET

THAT HAPPEN.

I BEGGED GOD TO SAVE MY

LIFE.

AND I WAS SO REPENTANT, AND

I WAS JUST READY TO LET

HIM -- I JUST SURRENDERED.

I WAS READY TO LET HIM WORK

ON ME.

I KNEW HE COULD.

EVERYTHING I HAVE EVER KNOWN

ABOUT GOD AND HIS GOODNESS

AND HIS GRACE AND HIS MERCY

IMMEDIATELY CAME TO ME RIGHT

THEN.

THAT DAY I KNEW WITHOUT A

DOUBT THAT GOD WAS GOING TO

SAVE MY LIFE.

I KNEW THAT HE WAS GOING TO

HELP ME, AND THAT I WAS

GOING TO BE FINE.

EVERYTHING RIGHT THEN JUST

CAME TO ME AND I KNEW THAT

IT WAS OVER.

THAT LIFE WAS OVER.

AND THE NEW LIFE WAS

BEGINNING.

Reporter: AMANDA WENT

TO A CHRISTIAN TREATMENT

FACILITY.

THERE SHE BEGAN A NEW LIFE.

IT WAS JUST UNBELIEVABLE

SATURATION WITH THE WORD OF

GOD.

GENUINE, WONDERFUL,

WONDERFUL PROGRAM.

NOTHING BUT THE LORD.

Reporter: AMANDA SOON

MET TREY AND BECAME HIS

WIFE.

THEY HAD THREE MORE CHILDREN

TOGETHER, AND THEY BOTH WORK

IN FULL-TIME MINISTRY.

I'M IN AWE DAILY, JUST

GRATEFUL AND IN AWE AND

HUMBLED, THANKFUL, AMAZED.

ANYONE CAN BE SAVED AND CAN

BE USED BY GOD IF I CAN, FOR

SURE.

Gordon: AND YOU CAN BE

SAVED.

YOU KNOW, THE BIBLE SAYS

"WHO SO EVER."

"FOR GOD SO LOVED THE

WORLD --" THAT MEANS YOU --

"THAT HE SENT HIS ONLY

BEGOTTEN SON THAT WHOM SO

EVER BELIEVED IN HIM, WOULD

HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE."

IF YOU'RE IN AN ADDICTION,

YOU'RE NOT HAVING

EVERLASTING LIFE.

YOU'RE HAVING EVERLASTING

ADDICTION.

AND EVERY DAY YOU WAKE UP

AND GO, OH, NO, AM I GOING

TO DO THIS AGAIN TODAY?

AND MAYBE LIKE AMANDA, YOU

CAN'T STOP.

YOU DON'T KNOW HOW, YOU

LITERALLY HAVE TO LIVE LIFE

DROP BY DROP.

BUT YOU CAN CHANGE.

THERE IS A SAVIOR.

HE DOES WANT TO COME TO

YOU.

HE DOES LOVE YOU.

JUST AS YOU ARE RIGHT NOW.

HE HASN'T GIVEN UP ON YOU.

HE WANTS YOU TO JUST ASK HIM

FOR HELP.

AND WHEN YOU DO, HE'LL

COME.

AND HE'LL PROVIDE IT, AND

HE'LL OPEN THE DOOR.

NOW, SOME OF YOU, IF YOU'VE

GOT SEVERE ADDICTIONS, YOU

NEED TO GO INTO A TREATMENT

CENTER.

YOU NEED TO BE IN A SAVE,

PROTECTED ENVIRONMENT WHERE

YOU DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO

CHEMICALS AND ALCOHOL AND

CAN BE FREE.

CAN HAVE A PERIOD OF TIME

WHERE YOU'RE BODY ADJUSTS,

AND IT'S IN A SUPERVISED

ENVIRONMENT.

BUT THAT CAN ALL HAPPEN FOR

YOU.

IF YOU JUST SAY YES.

IF YOU JUST SURRENDER.

AND SAY, GOD, NOT MY WILL

ANYMORE.

LET YOUR WILL BE DONE IN MY

LIFE.

LET YOUR PLAN COME TO PASS

IN MY LIFE.

AND IF YOU'LL DO THAT, HE'LL

COME.

HE'LL COME.

HE'LL BE THERE FOR YOU.

HERE IS THE PRAYER FOR YOU,

AND IT'S A VERY SIMPLE ONE:

JESUS, IF YOU'RE THERE --

YOU CAN EVEN SAY, I SAW WHAT

YOU JUST DID FOR AMANDA, CAN

YOU DO THAT FOR ME?

JESUS, IF YOU'RE THERE, IF

THIS IS TRUE, IF YOU CAN

HELP ME, WILL YOU DO THAT?

WILL YOU COME TO ME?

WILL YOU SHOW UP FOR ME?

AND WILL YOU CHANGE MY

LIFE?

AND IF YOU PRAY THAT WITH

ALL OF YOUR HEART, HE'LL

COME.

HE'LL BE YOUR SAVIOR, YOUR

MESSIAH.

HE'LL CHANGE YOU AND CHANGE

YOUR HEART AND CHANGE YOUR

WAYS.

IT'S THAT SIMPLE.

IT'S NOT COMPLICATED.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WHEN YOU

TURN TO ME WITH ALL OF YOUR

HEART, WHEN YOU SEEK ME WITH

ALL OF YOUR HEART, THEN I'LL

BE FOUND.

AND YOU CAN TRUST THOSE

WORDS.

BECAUSE THOSE WORDS ARE

TRUE.

BELIEVE THEM.

BELIEVE ON THE ONE THAT HE

SENT AND YOU'LL BE SAVED.

IF YOU WANT HELP, IF YOU

NEED SOMEONE TO PRAY WITH

YOU, WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

AND WE'RE HERE FOR YOU 24

HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A

WEEK.

AND IT'S A TOLL-FREE

NUMBER.

SO IF YOU NEED SOMEBODY TO

AGREE WITH YOU IN PRAYER,

JUST CALL.

1-888-777-1999.

AND IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH

ADDICTION AND YOU'RE TRYING

TO GET FREE.

REALIZE THAT NUMBER IS

THERE.

YOU CAN HAVE SOMEBODY --

WE'RE NOT HERE TO JUDGE

YOU.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO CONDEMN.

WE'RE HERE TO PRAY.

WE'RE HERE TO LOVE YOU JUST

AS JESUS LOVES U.THAT'S WHAT

YOU.

THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO DO.

SO IF YOU'RE HAVING TROUBLES

AND YOU'RE BEING TEMPTED,

JUST PICK UP THE PHONE AND

SAY, LOOK, I'M HAVING A

COMPULSION AND I NEED

SOMEBODY TO PRAY THROUGH

IT.

THERE IS THIS WONDERFUL

PRAYER LINE, AND WE'LL AGREE

WITH YOU IN PRAYER.

JUST TRY IT AND SEE AND YOU

CAN BE FREE.

THIS IS "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," WHERE WE WANT

TO INTERACT WITH YOU.

WE'VE GOT AN IN-BOX QUESTION

FROM SARAH.

"TWO YEARS AGO I STARTED

TAKING PAIN MEDS FOR A

CHRONIC BACK PAIN CAUSED BY

A TUMOR PRESSING ON THE

BOTTOM OF MY SPINE.

I WOULD LIKE TO STOP TAKING

THEM NOW BUT I'M ADDICTED.

CAN YOU PLEASE PRAY FOR ME,

FOR STRENGTH TO GET OFF?"

Gordon: SARAH, I WILL

DO THAT FOR YOU.

BUT I WANT YOU TO GO TO THE

DOCTOR AND LET HIM KNOW

YOU'RE ADDICTED AND YOU WANT

TO GET OFF.

SOMETIMES WITH NARCOTICS,

YOU NEED TO GO TO A DOCTOR.

SOMETIMES BLOOD PRESSURE CAN

SPIKE WHEN YOU GO OFF A

MEDICATION.

I SPONSOR FOR NARCOTIC

ADDICTION, YOU NEED MEDICAL

CARE WHEN YOU GET OFF.

LORD, WE PRAY FOR SARAH, AND

WE PRAY FOR HER ADDICTION.

AND FOR HER BACK TO BE

PAIN-FREE.

YOU'RE NOT ONLY ABLE TO

BREAK ADDICTIONS, BUT FOR

THESE PRESSURES, SO THEY NO

LONGER HAVE EFFECT ON HER

SPINE.

WE BELIEVE IN YOUR SACRIFICE

AND THE STRIPES THAT HAVE

HEALED HER.

AND WE ASK FOR THAT NOW IN

JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

WELL, LET'S GO OVER TO THE

CHATROOM.

I THINK WE HAVE ONE QUICK

CHAT.

WE HAVE JULIA WHO

SAYS, "I HAVE A TEENAGED SON

WHO SPENDS HOURS PLAYING

VIDEO GAMES.

HE BARELY INTERACTS WITH

ANYONE.

WHAT CAN WE DO TO GET HIM

INTERESTED IN SOMETHING THAT

IS GOOD FOR HIM?"

Gordon: LOCK UP THE

VIDEO GAME AND YOU'LL SEE.

IT WILL TAKE A BIT OF TIME.

LOCK IT UP.

IF HE IS SPENDING HOURS,

THAT'S NOT LIVING.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE

FOR THIS PROGRAM.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM JAMES: "HUMBLE

YOURSELF BEFORE GOD.

RESIST THE DEVIL AND

HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU.

COME CLOSE TO GOD, AND GOD

EMBED THIS VIDEO


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