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700 Club Interactive:Thanksgiving - November 21, 2012

Celebrate Thanksgiving with us at Interactive as we see what it means to be thankful. Read Transcript


Gordon: COMING UP, THE

UNTOLD STORY OF THE VERY

FIRST THANKSGIVING.

THEY SAY AFTER TWO AND A

HALF MONTHS, THEY WERE TOLD

BY THE LONDON COMPANY, ONCE

THEY ARRIVED AT THE BERKELEY

SITE, TO KNEEL AND PRAY AND

GIVE THANKS FOR THEIR SAFE

PASSAGE, AND TO DO THAT

ANNUALLY.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY

FOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORE

TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

TODAY WE'RE GOING TO BE

TALKING ABOUT THANKSGIVING.

AND ALL OF US, YOU KNOW,

WENT THROUGH SCHOOL AND WE

WERE ALL TAUGHT THAT

THANKSGIVING IS ALL ABOUT

PILGRIMS, THE PLYMOUTH

COLONY, SOMETHING THAT

HAPPENED UP IN

MASSACHUSETTS.

HOWEVER, SOME HISTORIANS

BELIEVE THAT THE FIRST

THANKSGIVING ACTUALLY

HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THAT

ONE, AT THE FUTURE HOME OF

TWO U.S. PRESIDENTS.

Reporter: THANKSGIVING

IS A BELOVED AMERICAN

HOLIDAY, CELEBRATED FOR

CENTURIES.

BUT DID THE TRADITION REALLY

START WITH THE PILGRIMS?

OR EARLIER?

TWO YEARS BEFORE PLYMOUTH,

ALONG THE BANKS OF THE JAMES

RIVER, THERE WAS BERKELEY.

WHERE HISTORY COMES TO

LIFE.

WHEN I WAS A BOY, I

STARTED HEARING ABOUT

BERKELEY PLANTATION, AND

CAPTAIN JOHN WOODLEAF, AND

HOW HE CAME OVER FROM

ENGLAND.

THERE WERE FOUR GENTLEMEN

THAT MET IN LONDON IN 1618

TO TRY TO DEVELOP A TRIP

ACROSS THE ATLANTIC TO THE

NEW WORLD.

THEY WANTED TO SET UP A

VIRGINIA COLONY HERE IN

BERKELEY.

THEY HAD BEEN GIVEN A GRANT

OF 8,000 ACRES IN THE

VIRGINIA COLONY BY THE KING,

KING JAMES, AT THE TIME.

AND THREE MILES OF

WATERFRONT.

THEY WANTED TO ESTABLISH A

SETTLEMENT IN ORDER TO

PRODUCE CROPS AND GOODS TO

SHIP BACK TO ENGLAND, AND

BECOME A PROFIT-MAKING

VENTURE HERE.

THEY SAILED FOR TWO AND A

HALF MONTHS ACROSS THE

ATLANTIC OCEAN, AND LANDED

HERE AT BERKELEY PLANTATION

ON DECEMBER 4th, 1619, AND

ON ORDERS FROM LONDON HELD

THE FIRST THANKSGIVING IN

AMERICA.

THEY WERE TOLD BY THE LONDON

COMPANY, ONCE THEY ARRIVED,

AT THE BERKELEY SITE, TO

KNEEL AND PRAY AND GIVE

THANKS FOR THEIR SAFE

PASSAGE, AND TO DO THAT

ANNUALLY FROM THAT POINT ON,

WHICH THEY DID.

UNTIL THE INDIAN MASSACRE OF

1622.

Reporter: BERKELEY

PLANTATION HAS BEEN A

CONTINUOUS PART OF AMERICA'S

HISTORY SINCE ITS

SETTLEMENT.

ONCE A SUCCESSFUL TOBACCO

PLANTATION, IT WAS ALSO THE

FIRST COMMERCIAL SHIPYARD ON

THE JAMES RIVER.

IT'S HOME TO TWO U.S.

PRESIDENTS.

WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON AND

BENJAMIN HARRISON.

DURING THE CIVIL WAR IT WAS

A SIGNIFICANT MILITARY EN

CAMPMENT, WITH THE FAMILIAR

TUNE, TAPS WAS COMPOSED AND

FIRST PLAYED.

OVER THE NEXT 75 YEARS, THE

PLANTATION CHANGED HANDS

NUMEROUS TIMES AND WAS

FORGOTTEN.

THEN JOHN JAMIESON, A FORMER

UNION DRUMMER BOY, PURCHASED

THE PLANTATION FOR ITS

TIMBER.

IT WAS IN RUINS, AND

BEYOND FIXING, EVERYONE

SAID.

THE RESTORATION OF ALL OF

THIS, WHAT YOU SEE TODAY, IS

ENTIRELY DUE TO MY PARENTS.

THEY SPENT 70, 80 YEARS OF

THEIR LIVES REALLY DOING IT

FOR VIRGINIA AND DOING IT

FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND

THE WORLD.

WE REALLY CONSIDER OURSELVES

NOT THE OWNERS OF BERKELEY,

BUT WE CONSIDER OURSELVES

THE STEWARDESSES, THE

KEEPERS OF THIS PLACE THAT

HAS SO MUCH HISTORY.

IN 1932, DR. RYAN TOLLER,

HE ACCIDENTALLY UNCOVERED

THE PAPERS AT THE NEW YORK

PUBLIC LIBRARY.

THEY WERE THE SHIP'S

MODERATE LOG.

IT DOCUMENTED THE TRIP

OVER FROM ENGLAND TO THE

BERKELEY SITE, AS WELL AS

THE ENACTMENT OF

THANKSGIVING THAT WAS HELD

HERE.

THERE IT WAS, AND IT WAS

A HUGE SURPRISE.

NO ONE KNEW THAT AMERICA'S

FIRST VIRGINIA -- FIRST

THANKSGIVING WAS HERE AND IN

VIRGINIA.

BEGINNING IN 1958, THE

JAMIESON FAMILY INVITED THE

WOODLEY FAMILY TO THE

PLANTATION TO OBSERVE THE

THANKSGIVING.

AND IT GREW INTO MORE OF A

FESTIVAL.

SENATOR JOHN J.WICKER WAS

VERY INSTRUMENTAL IN

PROMOTING THE FESTIVAL AND

THE FACT THAT THE FIRST

THANKSGIVING WAS HELD IN

VIRGINIA.

ON NOVEMBER 5th, 1963,

PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S

PROCLAMATION FOR

THANKSGIVING FOR THE NEXT

YEAR.

AND HE STATED THAT VIRGINIA

AND MASSACHUSETTS WERE SITES

OF THANKSGIVING, BUT HE DID

RECOGNIZE VIRGINIA, AND HE

PUT IT FIRST BEFORE HE DID

MASSACHUSETTS, WHICH, I

THINK, GAVE VIRGINIA ITS

RIGHTFUL PLACE IN HISTORY.

THE MISSION OF OUR

ORGANIZATION, THE VIRGINIA

THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL, IS TO

EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON THE

HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF

THE FIRST THANKSGIVING IN

AMERICA.

THIS IS NOT SOMETHING

THAT OUR FAMILY HAS DONE.

WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN INVOLVED,

BUT THESE PEOPLE,

VIRGINIANS, WHO CARE ABOUT

VIRGINIA AND CARE ABOUT ITS

HISTORY, AND HOPEFULLY THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL COME

HERE AND HAVE A GOOD DAY AND

HAVE THEIR LITTLE HISTORY

WITH THEIR FAMILY AND

EXPERIENCE THIS BEAUTIFUL

SETTING ON THE JAMES RIVER.

IF I MAY BE SO BOLD, I WOULD

LIKE TO WISH ALL OF AMERICA

A HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM

THE PLACE IT REALLY DID

FIRST OCCUR.

Gordon: I IMAGINE FOLKS

IN MASSACHUSETTS WILL STILL

ARGUE ABOUT IT.

REGARDLESS OF WHERE IT FIRST

BEGAN, I THINK THE TRADITION

IS IMPORTANT, AND AN

IMPORTANT PART OF AMERICAN

CULTURE.

AND SO THIS THANKSGIVING,

WHEN YOU GATHER WITH YOUR

FAMILY HOPEFULLY AROUND A

NICE ROAST TURKEY, YOU GIVE

THANKS, TOO, AND REMEMBER

HOW IT FIRST STARTED, BOTH

IN MASSACHUSETTS, WHERE IT

WAS THANKSGIVING FOR GOD

HAVING GOTTEN THEM THROUGH,

AND THEN IN BERKELEY,

THANKSGIVING FOR SAFE

PASSAGE ACROSS THE ATLANTIC,

AND IT WAS IN INSTITUTED AS

AN ANNUAL OBSERVANCE, THAT

WE SHOULD GIVE THANKS.

WHO DO WE GIVE THANKS TO?

WE GIVE THANKS TO ALMIGHTY

GOD.

SO THIS THANKSGIVING, MAKE

SURE YOU DO THAT, AND THANK

HIM FOR ALL THAT HE HAS

DONE, FOR THE LIFE, THE

BREATH THAT YOU HAVE, FOR

THE FAMILY THAT YOU HAVE,

FOR ALL OF THE WONDERFUL

THINGS HE HAS PROVIDED FOR

US ALL.

STILL AHEAD, AN AWKWARD

FAMILY REUNION.

I REMEMBER WALKING UP

BEHIND HIM, LIKE, ALL RIGHT,

THIS IS MY PAYBACK TIME.

WHEN I WALK UP TO THIS DUDE,

I'M GOING TO PUNCH HIM IN

THE FACE.

Gordon: A FATHER AND

SON COME FACE TO FACE FOR

THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS.

NEXT ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: RAPPER NIGEL

ANDERSON CHOSE THE STAGE

NAME LEGEND BECAUSE IT IS

HIS NAME SPELLED BACKWARDS.

AND HE TELLS HOW HIS LIFE

TURNED AROUND AFTER SEEING

HIS FATHER FOR THE FIRST

TIME IN 15 YEARS.

Reporter: HE EXPLODED

ON TO THE MUSIC SCENE IN

2009.

HIS REAL NAME IS NIGEL

ANDERSON.

GROWING UP, HE WAS ALWAYS IN

CHURCH, BUT HIS HOME LIFE

WAS FAR FROM PEACEFUL.

MY FATHER WAS AN

ALCOHOLIC.

HE ENDED UP GETTING ADDICTED

TO DRUGS, AND SOME HARD

STUFF, AND YOU KNOW, MY

MOTHER WAS SHELTERING ME

FROM IT, SO I WAS NEVER

REALLY EXPOSED TO THOSE

THINGS.

BUT HE WOULD COME HOME DRUNK

AND HIGH, AND SHE WAS

GETTING EMOTIONALLYLY ABUSED

BECAUSE OF THAT.

NOT PHYSICALLY, BUT

EMOTIONALLY.

SHE WAS GOING TO REHAB,

TRYING TO WORK HER HARDEST

TO SAVE HER MARRIAGE.

Reporter: BUT DESPITE

HIS MOTHER'S BEST EFFORTS,

NOTHING CHANGED AND HE

DECIDED TO LEAVE.

SHE DIDN'T WANT TO HOLD

ON TO THAT RELATIONSHIP AT

THE RISK OF ENDANGERING MY

LIFE.

Reporter: OVER THE NEXT

15 YEARS, NIGEL RARELY SAW

HIS FATHER, AND EACH PASSING

YEAR, THE ANGER AND

BITTERNESS WITHIN HIM GREW.

MOST PEOPLE WHO KNOW ME

SAY I WAS A GOOD GUY, KIND

OF CHILL, BUT ON THE INSIDE,

I WAS DYING.

I WAS HURTING.

* IT'S LIKE THE WEIGHT OF

THE WORLD IS ON MY

SHOULDERS *

Reporter: HE STARTED

PARTIESING AND SLEEPING

AROUND TO DEAL WITH HIS

PAIN.

I JUST GOT TO THE POINT

WHERE I DECIDED, YOU KNOW, I

WAS SO HURT BY DAD NOT

CARING, OR NOT CARING ENOUGH

TO BE TRUTHFUL WITH ME.

I WAS LIKE, WHATEVER, MAN.

I'M GOING TO DO WHAT I WANT

TO DO.

Reporter: THEN HE BEGAN

TO MAKE MUSIC.

I BEGAN TO MAKE BEATS.

I FOUND I WAS GOOD AT MAKING

BEATS.

I DECIDED TO DIVE

WHOLEHEARTEDLY IN MUSIC

RAPPING ABOUT ANYTHING.

Reporter: HE WANTED TO

MAKE A GOOD LIFE FOR HIMSELF

AND HIS FAMILY.

GETTING A JOB AT A FINANCE

COMPANY BROUGHT HIM A GOT

OPPORTUNITY.

I WAS BROUGHT UNDER THE

WING OF A VERY PROMINENT

PERSON IN THE COMPANY.

IT WAS LIKE A QUICK RISE TO

FAME.

Reporter: WHEN HIS BOSS

GOT CAUGHT DEFRAUDING THE

COMPANY, NIGEL WENT DOWN

WITH HIM.

HE WAS OUT OF A JOB AND LET

DOWN BY A ROLE MODEL ONCE

AGAIN.

AT THE END OF THE DAY,

AND YOU OPEN YOUR EYES AND

YOU SAW YOU WERE MANIPULATED

INTO BUILDING UP SOMEBODY

ELSE'S POCKETS, YOU BEGIN TO

REALIZE, WOW, I'VE BEEN LIED

TO AGAIN.

Reporter: SHORTLY

AFTER, HE RECEIVED A LETTER

FROM HIS FATHER, INVITING

HIM TO LUNCH.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT I WAS

GOING TO DO, BUT I KNEW THE

END RESULT OF WHATEVER I DID

I WANTED HIM TO FEEL SOME

PAIN.

I WANTED HIM TO SUFFER.

I REMEMBER WALKING UP

BEHIND HIM, AND AT FERS IT

WAS TEARS IN MY -- AT FIRST

IT WAS TEARS IN MY EYES.

AND THEN IT TURNED INTO

ANGER.

I WAS LIKE, ALL RIGHT, THIS

IS MY PAYBACK TIME.

WHEN I WALK UP TO THIS DUDE,

I'M GOING TO PUNCH HIM IN

THE FACE.

WHEN I APPROACHED HIM, HE

TURNED AROUND AND I SAW A

MAN IN HIS 50s THAT LOOKED

LIKE HE WAS IN HIS 80s,

AND HE SAID HE WAS SORRY.

ALL OF THAT ANGER TURNED TO

PITY IMMEDIATELY.

I SAID, DAD, I FORGIVE YOU.

THE BEAUTIFUL THING ABOUT

THAT MOMENT WAS, THAT WAS

THE FIRST TIME THAT I THINK

I EVER FELT SOMEBODY ELSE

EXPERIENCE FREEDOM.

Reporter: A FEW MONTHS

LATER, HIS DAD PASSED AWAY.

NIGEL BEGAN TO PONDER WHAT

HAPPENS AFTER DEATH.

HE BEGAN TO SEEK GOD FOR

ANSWERS.

I DECIDED THAT I NEEDED

TO KNOW WHO THIS GUY GOD

WAS.

I CRIED OUT TO HIM, AND I

TOLD HIM, I NEED YOU.

IF YOU'RE REALLY THERE, I

NEED YOU TO TALK TO ME.

Reporter: NIGEL

SURRENDERED HIS JOB TO GOD,

AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR MUSIC

BEGAN TO OPEN UP.

DOORS OPENED.

GOD CONNECTED ME TO PEOPLE.

I STILL HAVE GREAT

RELATIONSHIPS TO THIS DAY.

I GET TO SEE GOD DO FOR

SOMEBODY ELSE WHAT HE DID

FOR ME.

Reporter: TODAY NIGEL

IS MARRIED, AND HE AND HIS

WIFE ARE EXPECTING THEIR

FIRST CHILD.

WITHOUT HAVING A NATURAL

FATHER, I KNOW I'M GOING TO

BE A GOOD FATHER TO MY CHILD

BECAUSE GOD HAS BEEN A GOOD

FATHER TO ME.

HE GIVES US EVERYTHING WE

NEED.

AND HE TOSSES IN BONUSES AND

WANTS THAT WE DON'T EVEN

DESERVE, JUST TO KIND OF

WINK AT US AND SAY, I LOVE

YOU.

Gordon: HE DOES WINK AT

US, JUST TO SAY I LOVE YOU.

THAT'S A LOVING, HEAVENLY

FATHER.

A LOT OF US HAVE GONE

THROUGH PROBLEMS WITH OUR

PARENTS.

MAYBE NOT AS SEVERE AS

NIGEL, WHERE DRUGS AND

ALCOHOL LITERALLY DEPRIVED

HIM OF A DAD.

BUT REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOUR

SITUATION IS WITH YOUR

BIOLOGICAL PARENTS, YOU'VE

GOT ANOTHER PARENT, AND

THAT'S GOD.

AND HE'S YOUR FATHER.

AND HE WANTS TO PROVIDE FOR

YOU.

NOW, LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED

TO NIGEL'S LIFE.

HE GREW UP BITTER.

WHERE IS GOD IN ALL OF

THIS?

WHERE IS DAD?

AND HE STARTS, AS MUCH AS

HIS MOTHER WANTS TO KEEP HIM

FROM THINGS, HE STARTS

PURSUING THOSE SAME THINGS

SHE IS TRYING TO KEEP HIM

FROM.

HE IS LOOKING FOR

ACCEPTANCE.

HE IS LOOKING FOR ACCEPTANCE

IN THE BUSINESS WORLD, IN

THE MUSIC WORLD, IN THE

PARTY WORLD, AND ALL OF

THOSE THINGS, AND HE IS NOT

ABLE TO FIND IT.

HE IS NOT ABLE TO FIND THAT

PEACE.

AND THEN AN AMAZING THING

HAPPENS.

ALL OF THAT ANGER COMES TO

THE FOREFRONT WHEN HE

FINALLY DOES MEET HIS FATHER

AFTER 15 YEARS.

AND HE SEES HIM, AND HE SEES

WHAT DRUGS AND ALCOHOL HAVE

DONE TO HIM.

AND NOW A MAN IN HIS 50s

LOOKS LIKE A MAN IN HIS

80s, AND HE IS ABLE TO

FIND WITHIN HIMSELF THE

ABILITY TO FORGIVE HIM AND

TO SAY, OKAY, I NOW

UNDERSTAND.

I NOW UNDERSTAND.

YOU DIDN'T HAVE CONTROL OVER

YOUR ADDICTION, I DIDN'T

HAVE CONTROL OVER YOUR

ADDICTION.

AND BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T HAVE

CONTROL, YOU COULDN'T BE

THERE FOR ME.

AND THAT ENABLED SOMETHING

INCREDIBLE TO HAPPEN.

HERE IS THE PROMISE, AND YOU

FIND IT IN ISAIAH 44, AND

THIS IS FROM GOD: "I WILL

POUR WATER UPON HIM WHO IS

THIRSTY."

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO FOR GOD

TO BE POURING WATER ON YOU

IS TO JUST SAY I'M THIRSTY.

WE GET INTO THIS WRONG

CONCEPT OF GOD, THAT SOMEHOW

OR ANOTHER BECAUSE WE MADE

SO MANY MISTAKES, WE'VE

MESSED UP SO MUCH, THAT HE

CAN'T POSSIBLY LOVE US

ANYMORE.

AND SO WE GET IN HIS MINDSET

THAT WE'VE GOT TO WORK FOR

IT.

THAT WE'VE GOT TO MAKE UP

FOR IT.

WE'VE GOT TO GET THE GOLD

STAR.

WE'VE GOT TO CLEAN UP.

WE'VE GOT TO DO WHAT'S

RIGHT.

AND THEN IF WE DO ENOUGH OF

THAT, GOD WILL FINALLY SMILE

ON US AND SAY, OKAY,

WELL-DONE.

YOU KNOW, YOU'RE DOING

GOOD.

WELL, THAT'S NOT THE GOOD

NEWS AT ALL.

AND IT'S NOT BY WORKS, LESS

ANYONE SHOULD BOAST.

IT IS ENTIRELY THE GRACE OF

GOD.

AND WHAT HAPPENED TO NIGEL

CAN HAPPEN TO YOU, WHERE GOD

WILL LITERALLY START RAINING

ON YOU, RAINING REVELATION

ON YOU, RAINING GOD WINKS ON

YOU, RAINING BLESSINGS ON

YOU.

ALL BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU.

HE LOVES YOU.

AND WHEN WE FINALLY

UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S THE

GRACE OF GOD, WELL THEN WE

FINALLY TURN.

AND THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE

SAYS.

IT'S THE LOVE OF GOD.

IT'S THE GRACE OF GOD, THAT

LEADS TO REPENTANCE, THAT

WONDERFUL GREEK WORD, LEADS

TO THE TURN.

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO

NIGEL.

WHEN HE WAS ABLE TO GIVE

FORGIVENESS TO HIS FATHER,

THEN HE STARTED SAYING, I

BET GOD IS ABLE TO DO THAT

FOR ME, TOO.

AND HE STARTED LOOKING FOR

GOD.

AND THE BIBLE SAYS WHEN YOU

SEEK HIM WITH ALL OF YOUR

HEART, YOU'LL FIND HIM.

AND YOU'LL FIND WHAT YOU'VE

BEEN MISSING ALL OF THIS

TIME.

THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE OF

YOUR LOVING HEAVENLY

FATHER.

WHERE LITERALLY YOU WERE

MADE FOR THAT.

YOU ARE MADE TO BE JUST

UNCONDITIONALLY LOVED FOR

WHO YOU ARE.

BECAUSE YOUR FEARFULLY AND

WONDERFULLY MADE.

YOU'RE UNIQUE.

YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE IN THE

UNIVERSE JUST LIKE YOU.

NOBODY ELSE IS LIKE YOU.

YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE.

AND GOD INFINITELY VALUES

YOU.

SO MUCH SO THAT HE IS

WILLING TO FORGIVE YOU FOR

ANYTHING YOU HAVE DONE

WRONG.

HE WANTS TO HAVE A

RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU.

HE WANTS TO SET YOU FREE.

HE WANTS TO PUT YOU ON A

PATH THAT WILL SATISFY YOUR

INNER MOST DESIRES, YOUR

LONGINGS.

HE WANTS TO SATISFY YOU WITH

GOOD THINGS.

AND THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE

SAYS.

NOW, HOW DO YOU GET IT?

WELL, IT'S A VERY SIMPLE

THING: ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

ASK FOR IT.

IT CAN BE A VERY SIMPLE

PRAYER.

JESUS, IF YOU'RE THERE, AND

IF THIS IS REAL, AND THIS

GOOD NEWS IS REALLY FOR ME,

YOU REALLY WANT TO FORGIVE

ME, YOU REALLY WANT TO SAVE

ME, YOU REALLY WANT TO BE

WITH ME, WELL, THEN, OKAY.

I OPEN MY HEART TO YOU.

I ASK THAT YOU COME IN.

AND IF YOU'LL DO THAT AND

PRAY WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART,

HE'LL ANSWER.

AND HE'LL SHOW UP FOR YOU.

AND HE'LL POUR WATER ON YOUR

THIRST, SO MUCH SO THAT YOU

WON'T EVER THIRST AGAIN.

THAT'S HOW MUCH HE LOVES

YOU.

AND THAT'S WHAT HE WANTS TO

DO FOR YOU.

HE WANTS TO TRANSFORM YOU.

SO IF THIS IS FOR YOU, IF

THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT, ALL

YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL US.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE.

1-888-777-1999.

JUST SAY, I WANT TO ASK

JESUS INTO MY HEART.

I WANT TO KNOW HIM.

IF THIS IS REAL, I WANT TO

KNOW, AND I WANT TO KNOW

TODAY.

WHEN YOU CALL, WE'VE GOT

SOMETHING FOR YOU.

IT'S CALLED A NEW DAY.

AND THERE IS A C.D. TEACHING

ON WHAT DO CHRISTIANS

BELIEVE.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A

CHRISTIAN?

HOW DO YOU LIVE THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE.

IT'S ALL FREE.

THE PHONE CALL IS FREE.

THE PACKET IS FREE.

CALL US.

1-888-777-1999.

COMING UP, INSIDE EDITION

ANCHOR DEBORAH NORVILLE

SHARES A SECRET TO GOOD

HEALTH, AND IT DOESN'T

INVOLVE DIETING.

FIND OUT HER SECRET LATER ON

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: INSIDE EDITION

ANCHOR, DEBORAH NORVILLE,

SAYS SHE FOUND AN EASIER WAY

TO BE HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER

WITHOUT DIET AND EXERCISE.

I'M ALL FOR THAT.

SHE TALKED TO OUR OWN LISA

RYAN ABOUT THE TWO WORDS

THAT CHANGED HER LIFE AND

HOW THEY CAN CHANGE YOURS.

Reporter: INSIDE

EDITION HOST, DEBORAH

NORVILLE, HAS DONE MOST

EVERYTHING FOR THE SAKE OF

TELEVISION.

FROM EXPLORING AND DRIVING A

SUBMARINE TO SPENDING FIVE

DAYS IN JAIL.

SHE WAS A PARKING GARAGE

ATTENDANT FOR A DAY, AND

EVEN WASHED DISHES AT A BUSY

NEW YORK DELI.

RECENTLY I HAD A CHANCE TO

TALK WITH HER ON THE

BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE OF

GRATITUDE.

I ALWAYS HAD A SENSE THAT

MY LIFE GOES BETTER WHEN I

FOCUS ON WHAT IS WORKING, AS

OPPOSED TO THE SOMETIMES

LONG LIST OF STUFF THAT

ISN'T WORKING.

Reporter: IT SEEMS LIKE

SUCH A SIMPLE CONCEPT, AND

YET IT IS PROFOUND.

BUT IT REALLY IS A BIBLICAL

PRINCIPLE?

IF YOU'RE A BORN AGAIN

CHRISTIAN, YOU KNOW

THESSALONIANS 5 COMMANDS YOU

TO GIVE THANKS FOR

EVERYTHING, IN ALL THINGS

GIVE THANKS.

THAT IS PART AND PARCEL OF

EVERYTHING YOU DO EVERY

DAY.

EVERY PRAYER I'VE MADE HAS

STARTED, DEAR LORD, THANK

YOU.

Reporter: IT ENCOURAGES

PEOPLE TO FOCUS ON THE GOOD,

BY WRITING DOWN THREE THANKS

THANK YOUS EVERY DAY.

YOU DON'T WANT IT TO BE A

BURDEN.

IT SHOULD BE SOMETHING THAT

IS UPLIFTING.

I STARTED DOING IT DAY IN

AND DAY OUT LAST FEBRUARY.

IT WAS GREAT, IT WAS

UPLIFTING.

IF NOTHING ELSE, IT WAS A

WONDERFUL MEMORY FOR ME OF

SOME OF THE GREAT HIGHLIGHTS

OF MY LIFE THAT WOULD

OTHERWISE BE FORGOTTEN.

Reporter: YOU'LL BE

HAPPY TO KNOW MY FAMILY AND

I STARTED THE THANK YOU

CHALLENGE LAST NI.

NEITHER.

SO MANY TIMES WE, AS

PARENTS, THINK WE HAVE DONE

A GREAT JOB IF WE CAN TEACH

OUR KIDS TO SAY THANK YOU

AND PLEASE.

WE, AS PARENTS, NEED TO

MAKE SURE OUR CHILDREN LOOK

AT STUDENTS AS A GOOD

PLACE.

AND ONE OF MY KIDS SAYS HIS

THREE GOOD THINGS WERE

ALWAYS SOMETHING THAT

HAPPENED AT HOME.

AND I SAT WITH HIM AND SAID,

DID YOU SIT WITH ANYBODY AT

LUNCH.

AND HE SAID, YEAH.

SO AND SO.

AND HE'S GOT THIS BRAND NEW

VIDEO GAME AND HE INVITED ME

TO PLAY ON FRIDAY.

I SAID THAT'S ONE.

AND DO YOU HAVE DESSERT

TODAY?

OH, THEY GAVE US THE

BIGGEST BROWNIES.

THEY WERE SO GOOD.

I SAID TWO.

KEEP GOING.

BUT I'M DRAGGING IT OUT OF

HIM.

AT ANY POINT DURING THE DAY,

DID THE TEACHER CALL ON

YOU?

DID YOU GET IT RIGHT?

NOT ONLY DID I GET IT RIGHT,

FOUR BOYS IN FRONT OF ME GOT

IT WRONG.

AND HOW DID YOU FEEL?

I FELT SO SMART, MOM, AND

I DON'T USUALLY FEEL SMART

AT SCHOOL.

AND I THOUGHT, NOT ONLY DID

SCHOOL START NOT BEING A

PLACE WHERE GOOD THINGS

DON'T HAPPEN, HIS GRADES

WENT UP.

Reporter: DEBORAH

POINTS THAT THERE IS

SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT

IMPROVING YOUR ATTITUDE CAN

IMPROVE YOUR OVERALL

HEALTH.

EACH ONE IS FOOTNOTEED,

AND EACH ONE HAS A SEPARATE

RESEARCH STUDY THAT BACKS IT

UP.

IF I SAY TO YOU, THANK YOU

POWER WILL MAKE YOU

PHYSICALLY STRONGER, YOU

WILL EXERCISE ON AVERAGE AN

HOUR AND A HALF LONGER EACH

WEEK.

IF I TELL YOU THAT THE SAME

MINDSET THAT YOU GET WHEN

YOU'RE PRACTICING THANK YOU

POWER CAN HELP YOU REDUCE

THE PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF

STRESS, YOU WILL LOWER YOUR

BLOOD PRESSURE.

YOU WILL BE ABLE TO REDUCE

YOUR HEART RATE.

SO THIS IS A HEAVILY

RESEARCHED PROJECT THAT IS

WRAPPED IN THE GUISE OF AN

UPLIFTING, SPIRITUAL BOOK,

THAT I THINK -- NO, THAT I

FLOW I KNOW IS MAKING A

MEANINGFUL DIFFERENCE IN

PEOPLE'S LIVES.

Reporter: NOW, ARE SOME

PEOPLE JUST BORN -- ARE THEY

JUST NATURALLY MORE GRATEFUL

AND OPTMISTIC, OR IS IT A

LEARNED QUALITY?

ABSOLUTELY.

THAT'S ONE OF THE MOST

EXCITING THINGS I LEARNED IN

MY RESEARCH.

THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO

WILL ALWAYS SEE THE GLASS AT

HALF FULL, UNBELIEVABLY

OPTMISTIC, AND LL YEAH YAY

FOR THEM.

BUT IF YOU'RE ONE OF THOSE

PEOPLE WHO TENDS TO BE THE

NANCY NEGATIVE OF THE WORLD,

YOU CAN CHANGE.

AND HERE IS HOW YOU DO IT --

IT'S VERY SIMPLE -- FIND ONE

THING TODAY THAT MADE YOUR

LIFE BRIGHTER.

Gordon: GOOD WORD FOR

THANKSGIVING, FIND ONE THING

YOU'RE THANKFUL FOR AND GIVE

THANKS.

UNDERSTAND IT IS THE KEY TO

GETTING INTO GOD'S

PRESENCE.

WE ENTER INTO HIS COURTS

WITH PRAISE, AND INTO HIS

PRESENCE WITH THANKSGIVING.

AND WHEN YOU GET THAT

PRINCIPLE, TO JUST THANK HIM

FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR

YOU.

THEN YOU ANTICIPATE THE

FURTHER BLESSINGS THAT HE IS

ABLE TO PROVIDE.

AND SO LET YOUR REQUESTS BE

MADE KNOWN WITH

THANKSGIVING.

AND WHEN YOU DO IT THAT WAY,

IT COMES OFF A WHOLE LOT

DIFFERENT AND IT ENCOURAGES

YOUR FAITH.

IT IS TIME TO TAKE SOME

PRAYER CALLS.

WE HAVE GOT DEBRA FROM

CANADA ON THE LINE.

HI, DEBRA.

Caller: HELLO.

Gordon: HI.

HOW CAN WE PRAY FOR YOU?

Caller: HI.

YES.

I NEED PRAYER.

I'M A GROWN ADULT, AND THE

LORD OPENED UP THE DOOR FOR

ME FIVE YEARS AGO TO GO BACK

TO SCHOOL, AND HE OPENED ALL

OF THE DOORS.

SO I GRADUATED FROM THE

UNIVERSITY TWO WEEKS AGO,

AND NOW I'M PRAYING THAT GOD

WILL OPEN UP A DOOR FOR A

JOB.

AND, YOU KNOW, MY HEART IS

TO HELP PEOPLE, SO THE

PROGRAM I TOOK WER WAS

URBAN INNER CITY STUDIES,

DEALING WITH POVERTY AND

ISSUES.

AND I BELIEVE THE LORD IS

STRATEGICALLY PLACING ME TO

GO TO SCHOOL TO TAKE THIS

BECAUSE HE WANTS TO USE ME.

I BELIEVE THAT WITH ALL MY

HEART, AND I WOULD REALLY

LIKE PRAYER THAT GOD WOULD

OPEN UPT DOOR FO UP THE

DOOR FOR ME TO WORK RIGHT

NOW.

Gordon: DO YOU WANT TO

BE A SOCIAL WORKER?

Caller: IT'S NOT A

SOCIAL WORKER -- IT'S LIKE

BEING A SOCIAL WORKER, BUT

I'LL DEAL WITH COMMUNITIES

AND DEALING WITH POVERTY AND

HOUSING ISSUES.

THAT'S MY HEART.

I HAD AN OKAY-PAYING JOB

BEFORE, AND GOD KIND OF

MOVED ME OUT OF THERE AND HE

OPENED ALL OF THE DOORS FOR

MY EDUCATION.

Gordon: IF HE OPENED

ALL OF THOSE DOORS, HE'LL

CONTINUE OPENING THEM FOR

YOU.

Caller: AND I JUST WANT

PRAYER AND ENCOURAGEMENT.

Gordon: LORD, WE LIFT

DEBRA TO YOU RIGHT NOW AND

WE SPEAK ENCOURAGEMENT DEEP

WITHIN HER SPIRIT.

FIRST, WE THANK YOU FOR HOW

YOU PROVIDED FOR HER

EDUCATION, AND YOU OPENED

ALL OF THOSE DOORS, SO WE

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

AND NOW WE THANK YOU IN

ADVANCE FOR OPENING DOORS

FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

THAT SHE WOULD SEE THE PLAN

AND SEE WHAT TO DO AND SEE

WHERE TO GO SO THAT

COMMUNITIES COULD BE

TRANSFORMED, THAT PEOPLE,

FAMILIES, COULD FIND

HOUSING.

THAT THERE WOULD BE HOUSING

FOR SINGLE MOMS.

THAT THERE WOULD BE A

BLESSING FOR HER.

WE JUST ASK FOR THAT

EMPLOYMENT DOOR TO OPEN FOR

HER, AND IT WOULD BECOME

PLAIN FOR HER QUICKLY,

LORD.

AND WE ASK FOR A QUICK WORK

TO BE DONE IN HER LIFE, AND

THAT SHE WOULD KNOW THAT SHE

WOULD KNOW THAT SHE WOULD

KNOW THAT YOU'RE IN IT.

NOW, GIVE HER THIS, LORD.

GIVE HER THE DESIRES OF HER

HEART, FOR WE ASK IT ALL IN

JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

Caller: AMEN.

THANK YOU.

I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU

ALL.

I WANT TO BLESS YOU.

I AM SO HAPPY THAT I HAVE,

YOU KNOW -- THAT THE UNITED

STATES OF AMERICA IS MY

NEIGHBOR TO THE SOUTH.

Gordon: WE'RE HAPPY

THAT YOU'RE A NEIGHBOR TO

THE NORTH.

Caller: I JUST LOVE YOU

AND I LOVE THE STATES AND I

GO SHOPPING DOWN ACROSS THE

BORDER.

AND I JUST LOVE THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE.

WHEN I GO DOWN THERE, I

ALWAYS GET TREATED WELL,

TOO.

Gordon: THESE DAYS IT

IS A WHOLE LOT CHEAPER

BECAUSE THE CANADIAN DOLLAR

IS --

Caller: YEAH, EXACTLY.

WHEN I GO THERE, THEY GO,

OH, YOU'RE FROM CANADA.

THEY'RE SO NICE TO US.

WE ALWAYS GET TREATED

REALLY, REALLY WELL.

Gordon: I CAN TELL YOU

ALL OF MY TRIPS TO CANADA,

I'VE BEEN TREATED VERY WELL

AS WELL.

Caller: I'M SO GLAD.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I FEEL SO UP LIFTED AND

ENCOURAGED.

Gordon: THANK YOU.

THANKS FOR CALLING.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE

FOR THIS PROGRAM.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM GALATIANS: "DON'T

GET TIRED OF DOING WHAT IS

GOOD.

DON'T GET DISCOURAGED AND

GIVE UP, FOR WE WILL REAP A

HARVEST OF BLESSING AT THE

APPROPRIATE TIME."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAINCH

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