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The 700 Club - November 27, 2012

Former Rutgers linebacker Eric LeGrand was paralyzed after a tackle in 2010. Hear why his outlook remains positive. Plus, Operation Blessing is still in New York helping Hurricane Sandy victims. Read Transcript


Lee: THE SHOCK HEARD

AROUND THE SPORTS WORLD.

IT IS ABOUT TO GRAB.

Lee: A FOOTBALL PLAYER

CUT DOWN IN HIS PRIME.

THEN I CHANGED MY LIFE.

Lee: CAN'T MOVE HIS

LEGS, CAN'T BREATHE ON HIS

OWN.

THE PARALYZED PLAYER WHO

STOOD TALL.

I REALLY BELIEVE THAT GOD

HAS A PLAN FOR ME.

Lee: ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB."

[APPLAUSE]

Pat: THE GOVERNOR OF

NEW YORK HAS SAID THAT SANDY

IS MORE DEVASTATING THAN

KATRINA, AND TO BACK UP THAT

CLAIM, NEW JERSEY AND NEW

YORK ARE REQUESTING FROM THE

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

$71 BILLION, THAT'S "B" FOR

BILLION DOLLARS, TO CLEAN UP

AND RESTORE SOME

INFRASTRUCTURE AFTER THE

DEVASTATION OF SUPERSTORM

SANDY.

Terry: WELL, THE

CLEANUP AND THE RECOVERY

FROM THE HURRICANE WILL TAKE

YEARS.

NEW YORK'S GOVERNOR SAYS THE

DAMAGE FROM SANDY WAS IN

SOME WAYS, AS PAT WAS

SAYING, WORSE THAN KATRINA.

CHARLENE ISRAEL HAS THAT

STORY.

Reporter: SANDY

DESTROYED MORE THAN 300,000

HOUSES IN NEW YORK ALONE.

WITH WIDESPREAD DAMAGE

ACROSS THE STATE.

GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO MET

WITH LOCAL AND STATE

OFFICIALS TO REVIEW DAMAGE

ASSESSMENTS AND DISCUSS THE

COSTS TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE

TO HOUSING, PARKS, AND

INFRASTRUCTURE.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE

BREAKDOWN IN TERMS OF

NUMBERS, OR RECOVERY COST IS

ABOUT $32 BILLION.

ORIGINALLY WE ESTIMATED IT

TO BE ABOUT 30 BILLION.

Reporter: CUOMO SAYS

CONSIDERING THE STATE'S

POPULATION AND THE AMOUNT OF

HOMES AND BUSINESSES

AFFECTED, THE STORM CAUSED

MORE HAVOC THAN HURRICANE

KATRINA.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE

DAMAGE DOWN, THE ECONOMIC

DAMAGE, THE HOUSING DAMAGE,

THE DAMAGE TO COMMERCIAL

PROPERTIES, BECAUSE OF THE

DENSITY OF NEW YORK, THE

NUMBER OF PEOPLE AFFECTED,@G

THE NUMBER OF PROPERTIES

AFFECTED, WAS MUCH LARGER IN

HURRICANE SANDY THAN IN

HURRICANE KATRINA.

AND THAT PUTS THIS ENTIRE

CONVERSATION, I BELIEVE, IN

FOCUS.

Reporter: NEW YORK

MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG

PLANS TO TRAVEL TO

WASHINGTON TO MAKE THE

CITY'S CASE WITH

CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS.

THERE ARE SOME ROUGHLY

6,000 PRIVATELY-OWNED

MULTIPLE RESIDENTIAL

BUILDINGS IN THE AREA HIT

HARDEST, IN QUEENS, ON

STATEN ISLAND, AND IN SOUTH

BROOKLYN.

Reporter: IN

NEIGHBORING NEW JERSEY, THE

STORM CAUSED MASSIVE DAMAGE

TO THE TRANSIT SYSTEM AND

COASTLINE.

TRANSIT IS A $38 BILLION

INDUSTRY FOR THIS STATE.

THE TWO KEY THINGS WILL BE

GETTING OUR RESIDENTS BACK

INTO THEIR HOMES AND GET OUR

TOURISM INDUSTRY REBUILT.

Reporter: RESIDENTS IN

THE STATE NEED LOTS OF

HELP.

95% OF WHAT I OWN IS

DEVASTATED.

Reporter: AND THEY'RE

NOT SURE HOW LONG IT WILL

TAKE FOR THEM TO RECOVER

FROM SANDY.

I DON'T KNOW IF I EVER

WILL.

LIKE, YOU KNOW, I'M PROBABLY

GOING TO TAKE A $200,000

HIT, AND AT 65, THAT'S QUITE

A CHUNK OF YOUR SAVINGS.

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

NEARLY A MONTH AFTER SANDY,

CBN'S "OPERATION BLESSING"

IS STILL ON THE SCENE IN

BOTH NEW YORK AND NEW

JERSEY.

VOLUNTEERS HAVE BEEN

CLEANING HOMES AND

DISTRIBUTING FOOD TO

VICTIMS.

THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING,

VOLUNTEERS SERVED

THANKSGIVING DINNER TO THOSE

AFFECTED BY THE STORM.

CHARLENE ISRAEL, CBN NEWS.

Pat: THANKSGIVING

DINNER WAS A BIG DEAL.

LOTS AND LOTS OF PEOPLE

SHOWED UP.

THERE WERE ABOUT 2500 OR

SO.

Terry: YOU KNOW, WHEN

THERE IS THAT KIND OF

DEVASTATION, IT IS VERY HARD

TO REACH OUT IN ANY WAY THAT

PEOPLE REALLY FEEL IS EASING

THEIR PAIN.

Pat: SURE.

YOU KNOW, WHEN WE BUILD THE

HOUSES, WHICH IS WHAT WE'RE

DOING, AND "OPERATION

BLESSING" HAS GOTTEN A

TREMENDOUS HANDLE ON IT.

BILL HOLDEN, FROM "OPERATION

BLESSING," GOING TO BE HERE

TO TELL US ABOUT WHAT THAT

ORGANIZATION IS DOING.

A LOT OF THESE CHARITIES

COME IN, TAKE PICTURES, AND

LEAVE.

WE DON'T DO IT.

WE DON'T DO IT.

WE STAY THERE.

WE STAY AND HELP.

WE'RE PROBABLY THE LONGEST

SURVIVOR IN NEW ORLEANS TO

HELP THOSE DEVASTATED AREAS,

AND WE'LL BE HELPING THE

PEOPLE IN QUEENS AND STATEN

ISLAND AND OUT IN LONG

ISLAND, LONG AFTER SOME OF

THE OTHER CHARITIES HAVE

PULLED UP STAKES AND LEFT.

WE'RE VERY PLEASED.

BY THE WAY, AS A TREAT, IN

ANSWER TO HIS FANS, WE HAVE

THE SUPER DOG BLUE.

THERE IS BLUE, HAVING A

LITTLE SNACK IN THE GREEN

ROOM.

ISN'T HE MAGNIFICENT?

Terry: HE IS A SWEET

DOG.

Pat: EVERYBODY LOVES

HIM.

BLUE IS THE MASCOT OF

"OPERATION BLESSING."

ISN'T HE SWEET.

ALL RIGHT, BUT FIRST -- DID

YOU EVER WATCH "TWO AND A

HALF MEN?"

Terry: NO, I DID NOT.

Pat: IN ALL OF YOUR

LIFE YOU HAVE NEVER WATCHED

IT?

IT IS ONE OF THE MOST

POPULAR SHOWS ON THE AIR.

BUT IT IS LOADED WITH

INNUENDO.

SO THE CHILD STAR, THE HALF

MAN, WHO WAS A LITTLE BOY,

WHO IS NOW IN COLLEGE OR

POST-COLLEGE, HE HAS SPOKEN

OUT AGAINST HIS OWN TV

SHOW.

LEE WEBB HAS THAT STORY FROM

THE CBN NEWS ROOM.

Lee: THE TEENAGED ACTOR

IN THE CBS COMEDY "TWO AND A

HALF MEN," HAS TOLD PEOPLE

TO TOP WATCHING THE PROGRAM

BECAUSE IT IS QUOTE

"FILTH."

19-YEAR-OLD ANGUS T.JONES

HAS PLAYED THE CHARACTER,

JAKE, SINCE HE WAS 10.

NOW HE SAYS HE WANTS OUT.

JONES ATTENDED A CHRISTIAN

SCHOOL WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER,

BUT SAYS HIS FAITH HAS BEEN

NON-EXIST TENT.

HE HAS HAD A SPIRITUAL

AWAKENING, AND SAYS HE WANTS

TO LEAVE THE SHOW, BUT

CAN'T.

INSTEAD HE IS ENCOURAGING

VIEWERS TO TUNE OUT.

PLEASE STOP WATCHING "TWO

AND A HALF MEN."

I'M ON IT, AND I DON'T WANT

TO BE ON IT.

PLEASE STOP FILLING YOUR

HEAD WITH FILTH.

YOU CANNOT BE A TRUE

GOD-FEARING PERSON AND BE ON

A TELEVISION SHOW LIKE

THAT.

I KNOW I CAN'T.

I'M NOT OKAY WITH WHAT I'M

LEARNING, WHAT THE BIBLE

SAYS, AND BEING ON THAT

TELEVISION SHOW.

Lee: FORERUNNER

CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN

CALIFORNIA POSTED THAT

VIDEO.

JONES ATTENDS A SEVENTH DAY

ADVENTIST CHURCH IN

CALIFORNIA.

Pat: THEY BOUNCED

CHARLIE SHEEN, WHO IS THE

LEAD ACTOR BECAUSE OF HIS

DRUNKEN TIRADES, AND SHEEN

HAS BEEN REPLACED BY ANOTHER

ACTOR WHO GETS $1 MILLION

PER EPISODES.

Terry: WOW.

I GUESS IT IS BECAUSE OF

CONTRACTUAL COMMITMENTS THAT

HE CAN'T WALK FROM THAT?

Pat: THEY'RE GOING TO

TEAR THEIR HAIR OUT.

A FEW EPISODES BACK, THEY

HAD HIM HOOKED UP WITH SOME

STRIPPER TYPE, SO HIS

CHARACTER WAS HAVING AN

AFFAIR.

SO I GUESS HE DOESN'T THINK

THAT'S TOO COOL.

BUT IT'S A VERY POPULAR

SHOW.

CBS HAS GOT THAT, AND THEN

"THE BIG BANG THEORY," WHICH

IS MORE CEREBRAL.

HAVE YOU SEEN THAT?

Terry: NO.

Pat: IT'S ABOUT

SCIENCE.

THESE PEOPLE ARE ALL A BUNCH

OF NERDS.

AND THEY -- IT'S REALLY VERY

FUNNY.

BUT THAT'S THE NUMBER ONE

COMEDY ON CBS, SO "TWO AND A

HALF MEN" HAS BEEN A REAL --

IMAGINE PAYING THE LEAD

ACTOR THAT THEY RECRUITED TO

TAKE CHARLIE SHEEN'S PLACE,

$1 MILLION PER EPISODE.

WELL, THERE IS A REGION IN

SPAIN THAT IS KNOWN AS

CATALONIA, AND YOU PROBABLY

HAVEN'T HEARD MUCH ABOUT

IT.

BUT CATALONIA HAS AS MANY

PEOPLE AS BELGIUM, AND IT

HAS AS MANY AS PORT -- AS

MANY AS PORTUGAL, EXCUSE

ME.

AND LEE HAS MORE ABOUT WHAT

IS GOING ON IN CATALONIA.

Lee: VOTERS IN THAT

REGION OF SPAIN, CATALONIA,

PAT, DELIVERED A MIXED

MESSAGE ON THE ISSUE OF

SECESSION THIS WEEKEND.

A MAJORITY SUPPORTED

POLITICAL PARTIES WHO

FAVORED PULLING OUT OF

SPAIN.

BUT THEY DID NOT MAKE A

CLEAR DECISION ON WHO SHOULD

LEAVE THE SUCESSION.

IT IS UNCLEAR IN CATALONIA

WILL HOLD A REFERENDUM ON

SUCESSION, BUT SOME ANALYSTS

BELIEVE THE CHANCES THAT IT

WILL ARE GETTING BETTER.

THE ROAD TO AN AGREEMENT ON

THE SO-CALLED FISCAL CLIFF

IN WASHINGTON MAY BE BLOCKED

BY AN UNEXPECTED ISSUE.

A CHANGE IN THE SENATE RULE

ON FILIBUSTERS. HARRY REID

AND MITCH McCONNELL ARE AT

ODDS OVER THAT ISSUE.

FILIBUSTERS ALLOW AN

INDIVIDUAL SENATOR TO BLOCK

A RULE OR LAW BY TALKING

ABOUT IT ENDLESSLY.

REID SAYS HE WANTS TO TAKE A

SMALL CHANGE TO THE RULE SO

THE SENATE CAN OPERATE MORE

EFFICIENTLY.

BUT SENATOR McCONNELL SAYS

REID IS TRYING TO GIVE MORE

POWER TO THE DEMOCRATIC

MAJORITY.

HE SAYS IF THEY CANNOT AGREE

ON THE FILIBUSTER, IT WILL

HURT THEIR ABILITY TO WORK

TOGETHER ON THE FISCAL CLIFF

ISSUE.

Pat: LEE, SOME YEARS

AGO, THE DEMOCRATS WERE IN

THE MINORITY, AND THE

REPUBLICANS HAD THE

MAJORITY, AND THEY USED THAT

THREAT OF FILIBUSTER TO

BLOCK COUNTLESS NOMINATIONS

FOR CIRCUIT COURT JUDGES.

SOME OF THESE FINE JUDGES

WERE COMING UP, AND THE

SENATOR FROM NEW YORK

PARTICULARLY LED THE

CHARGE.

AND IT GOT TO BE YOU HAD TO

HAVE A 60-VOTE MAJORITY,

WHICH IS WHAT YOU NEED TO

INVOKE WHAT THEY CALL

CLOSURE, TO SHUT OFF THE

DEBATE.

IT USED TO ME THAT JAMES --

JIMMY STEWARDS -- YOU

REMEMBER "MR. SMITH GOES TO

WASHINGTON," HE WAS ON THE

FLOOR UNTIL HIS VOICE CAME

OUT.

IF THEY LEFT THE FLOOR, THEY

LOST THE PRIVILEGE OF

TALKING.

AND NOW THEY SAY, I'M GOING

TO FILIBUSTER.

THEY JUST ANNOUNCE THEIR

INTENTION, AND THE SENATE

SAYS, OKAY, WE WON'T TAKE

THAT MEASURE UP.

IT ALLOWS A DICTATORSHIP OF

MINORITY.

BUT IT IS INTERESTING THAT

HAVING USED THAT TACTIC SO

SUCCESSFUL, NOW THEY'RE

GOING TO USE WHAT IS CALLED

A NUCLEAR OPTION.

THE RULES ARE GOING TO BE

CHANGED BY THE OPPRESSIVE

REPUBLICAN MAJORITY.

AND NOW THE OPPRESSIVE

DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IS

ANYWAY WE'RE GOING TO USE

THE NUCLEAR OPTION.

AND SENATOR REID IS LAUGHING

QUIETLY BEHIND THE SCENES.

Lee: THE SUPREME COURT

IS REVIVING THE LIBERTY

UNIVERSITY'S -- IT IS

ORDERING THEM TO RULE ON THE

CASE IT PREVIOUSLY DECLINED

TO HEAR.

LIBERTY ARGUED THAT

REQUIREMENTS LIKE THE BIRTH

CONTROL MANDATE VIOLATED THE

FREEDOM.

BUT THE COLLEGE PETITIONED

THE COURT TO REOPEN THE CASE

AGAINST THE CONTRACEPTION

MANDATE.

SEVERAL OTHER RELIGIOUS

ORGANIZATIONS HAVE FILED

SIMILAR CHALLENGES.

WELL, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THE

AMERICAN ACADEMY AND

PEDIATRICS SAYS DOCTORS

SHOULD PRESCRIBE EMERGENCY

CONTRACEPTIVES FOR TEENS,

EVEN BEFORE THEY'RE SEXUALLY

ACTIVE.

THEY SAY DRUGS LIKE PLAN "B"

SHOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE TO

GIRLS UNDER THE AGE OF 17.

IT SAYS IT COULD REDUCE THE

NUMBER OF TEEN PREGNANCIES,

AND EVEN OPEN THE DOOR TO

TALKING WITH THEM ABOUT

ABSTINENCE.

THE PAPER SAID MANY

PEDIATRICIANS DO NOT

PRESCRIBE THE CONTRACEPTIVES

AHEAD OF TIME BECAUSE THEY

DON'T WANT THEM TO BECOME

ACTIVE.

PRO-LIFE ACTIVISTS SAY IT

CAN ACTUALLY CAUSE AN

ABORTION.

PRO-LIFE ACTIVISTS WHO

PROTEST AT ABORTION CLINICS

MAY SIMPLY THINK THEY'RE

EXERCISING FREEDOM OF

SPEECH, BUT A GROWING NUMBER

HAVE BECOME THE TARGETS OF

FEDERAL LAWSUITS.

PAUL STRAND EXPLAINS.

Reporter: FOR DECADES,

PRO-LIFE DEMONSTRATORS HAVE

LINED UP OUTSIDE ABORTION

CLINICS.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY A

CHILD-KILLING INSTITUTION.

Reporter: THE MAJOR ONE

IS FACE.

AND CONVICTED PROTESTORS

HAVE FACED THOUSANDS OF

FINES, AS WELL AS JAIL

TIME.

JUST THE LEGAL COSTS CAN GO

OVER $100,000.

THE FEDS HAVE STEPPED UP THE

NUMBER OF FACE CASES THESE

LAST TWO YEARS.

SOME CONSIDER THIS A BLATENT

CASE OF FEDERAL OVERREACH.

IT IS JUST A SOURCE OF

MISCHIEF BY THE FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT.

Reporter: LAWYER

REBECCA MESSEL REPRESENTS

ONE OF THE FED'S TARGETS,

KEN AND JOE SCOTT.

THEY ARE LONG TIME

PROTESTORS OUTSIDE PLANNED

PLAN IN DENVER.

IN THE OLD DAYS OF OUR

COUNTRY, THEY WOULD THROW

BAPTIST PREACHERS INTO JAIL

FOR EVANGELIZING.

Reporter: AT TAXPAYER

EXPENSE, THE JUSTICE

DEPARTMENT PUT FIVE FEDERAL

PROSECUTORS ON THE JOE SCOTT

CASE.ú

BUT IT WASN'T THAT EASY FOR

KEN, WHO FACED 10 CHARGES OF

OBSTRUCTING THE ENTRANCE TO

THE CLINIC'S PARKING

LOTMENT.

> LOT.

THEY ALLEGED 10 INCIDENTS

OVER TWO YEARS.

Reporter: AND THIS CAN

BE INTIMIDATING.

THEY'RE GOING TO SUE YOU

AND TAKE YOUR INCOME AWAY

FROM YOU OR YOUR POSESSIONS,

AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE

AFRAID OF THAT.

THEY'RE TRYING TO SHUT

DOWN FREE SPEECH AT ABORTION

CLINICS, BUT THEN CECILE

RICHARDS IS ONE OF THE MOST

FREQUENT VISITORS TO THE

WHITE HOUSE.

SO YOU KNOW IT IS HAVING AN

IM PACK.

THERE ARE BABIES KILLING

HERE.

THEY KILLED 25 TO 35 A DAY

HERE.

JESUS SAID BECAUSE THEY

HATE ME, THEY'RE GOING TO

HATE YOU.

I DON'T FEEL LIKE A VICTIM.

I BELONG TO JESUS.

Reporter: LATELY, THE

GOVERNMENT IS HAVING A TOUGH

TIME WINNING THESE CASES.

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

BROUGHT TEN CLAIMS AGAINST

KEN, AND NOT ONE HAD ANY

CLAIM.

HE WROTE, "THE COURT CAN

ONLY WONDER WHETHER HIS

ACTION WAS THE PRODUCT OF A

CONCERTED EFFORT BETWEEN THE

GOVERNMENT AND P.W.C., THE

PREJUDICIAL WOMEN'S

CENTER."

JUSTICE DROPPED THE CASE AND

PAID THE PROTESTORS $120P IN

DAMAGES.

AS FOR THE CHARGE OF CO

COLLUSION, SHE BELIEVES IT

IS A WIDESPREAD ISSUE.

THERE WAS A A DEPARTMENT

IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS

COMMISSION TO BRING THESE

CASES EVEN BEFORE THEY KNEW

OF THESE CASES.

Reporter: BUT FACE ACT

REMAINS ON THE BOOKS.

IT IS DANGEROUS IN SO

MANY WAYS.

IT HAS BEEN USED HERE AND

ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO TRY TO

INTIMIDATE AND PUNISH PEOPLE

FOR EXERCISING THEIR FIRST

AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

Reporter: PAUL STRAND,

CBN NEWS, DENVER.

Lee: PAT, THESE FOLKS

WHO EXERCISE THEIR FIRST

AMENDMENT RIGHTS MUST BE

HAVING AN IMPACT, OR THE

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND

PLANNED PARENTHOOD WOULDN'T

BE ALL UP IN ARMS ABOUT IT.

Pat: WE HAVE WHAT'S

BEEN CALLED THE ABORTION

DISTORTION.

WE HAVE A SOCIETY OF DEATH.

AND THOSE ON THE LEFT CLAIM

TO BE LIBERALS, BUT THEY

WANT DEATH.

THEY WANT TO KILL OFF OLD

PEOPLE OR FACILITATE THE

EUTHANASIA OF OLD PEOPLE.

THEY WANT TO DO AWAY WITH

UNBORN CHILDREN.

AND THEY GET PASSIONATE

ABOUT THE WHOLE THING.

I MEAN, THEY'RE WILD,

LITERALLY WILD.

DEMONSTRATIONS, WHEN THEY GO

OUT AGAINST THE PRO-LIFE

ADVOCATES, AND ALL OF THESE

PRO-LIFERS ARE BASICALLY

SAYING TO THE EXPECTANT

MOTHERS, WOULD YOU PLEASE

THINK A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT

YOU'RE DOING.

WITHIN YOU IS A HUMAN BEING,

AND PERHAPS YOU DON'T WANT

TO TERMINATE ITS LIFE.

THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE DOING.

PERHAPS THERE ARE OTHER WAYS

OF DOING IT.

I THINK THERE ARE OTHER

WAYS.

I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS WE

CAN DO IS DEFUND PLANNED

PARENTHOOD, KEEP IT FROM

GETTING MONEY FROM THE

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

IT IS A HUGE AMOUNT OF

MONEY.

INTERESTING ENOUGH, IN THOSE

BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS A YEAR

OR SO AGO, THE PRESIDENT --

THE PRESIDENT WOULD HAVE

BEEN WILLING TO SHUT THE

GOVERNMENT DOWN IN ORDER TO

PRESERVE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR

PLANNED PARENTHOOD.

WELL, THERE IS A CASE RIGHT

NOW IN CALIFORNIA, AND

ANOTHER ONE IN TEXAS, THAT

IS GOING TO DEAL A BODY BLOW

TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD.

WHY?

BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN

TRIPLING BILLING THE FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT FOR THE SO-CALLED

PROCEDURES THEY DO.

AND IT IS A SCANDAL OF MAJOR

PROPORTIONS.

AND THIS IS A CIVIL

LAWSUIT.

BUT IF YOU WANT TO HURT

SOMEBODY, I THINK A BETTER

WAY OF DOING IT THAN GOING

OUT WITH PLACARDS AND

LADDERS OUTSIDE OF THEIR

BUILDING IS TO CUT THE

SOURCE OF THEIR FUNDS.

Terry: TALK ABOUT

BITING THE HAND THAT FEEDS

YOU.

AS FAR AS THE CALIFORNIA

SITUATION IS CONCERNED.

Pat: THEY'RE NOT

BITING.

THEY'RE GETTING A DOUBLE

HELPING, A TRIPLE HELPING.

AND THE AMERICAN CENTER FOR

LAW AND JUSTICE HAS AN

ACTIVE LAWSUIT IN

CALIFORNIA, AND IT HAS

SURVIVED A CHALLENGE OR SO.

INTERESTLY ENOUGH, THE NINTH

CIRCUIT WAS ON THE SIDE OF

THE ACLJ.

AND THAT HAS OVERCOME

SEVERAL OBJECTIONS, AND IT

LOOKS LIKE IT MAY BE COMING

TO TRIAL.

SO THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

MAJOR DAMAGE, A WHOLE LOT

MORE THAN DEMONSTRATORS WITH

PLACARDS.

Terry: WE'LL KEEP YOU

POSTED.

COMING UP, A CHURCH THAT

TURNED THANKSGIVING INTO AN

EVENT FOR THE ENTIRE

COMMUNITY.

AND LATER, WE'RE GOING TO

TALK WITH THE FOOTBALL

PLAYER WHO WON THE ESPIE

AWARD FOR PERSEVERANCE.

SO STAY TUNED.

Pat: YOU'VE READ ABOUT

IT, YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT IT,

POVERTY, DRUGS, CRIME, ALL

OF THESE HAVE PLAGUED THE

HUNTS POINT COMMUNITY IN THE

BRONX FOR YEARS.

HBO EVEN TOOK ITS CAMERAS

THERE A FEW YEARS AGO TO

DOCUMENT ALL OF THE

PROSTITUTION IN THAT AREA.

NOW ONE CHURCH IN THAT AREA

IS WORKING TO TURN THINGS

AROUND.

AS CHARLENE ISRAEL TELLS US,

IT IS HAVING AMAZING

RESULTS.

Reporter: THESE ARE THE

IMAGES OF HUNTS POINT, WORN

OUT BUILDINGS, STRIP CLUBS,

AND GIRLS WALKING THE

STREETS.

THERE IS A GENERATIONAL

HISTORY IN HUNTS POINT,

NOTORIOUSLY KNOWN FOR

PROSTITUTION, CRIME, DRUGS,

GANGS.

EVEN NOW, SEX TRAFFICKING IS

SUCH A HUGE ISSUE HERE.

Reporter: REGGIE

STUTSMAN IS ON A MISSION TO

PAINT A DIFFERENT PICTURE OF

THE BRONX NEIGHBORHOOD.

HE AND HIS WIFE PLANTED REAL

LIFE CHURCH IN THE HEART OF

HUNTS POINT.

I DIDN'T WANT TO COME

HERE.

IT WASN'T MY VISION AT ALL

TO COME TO HUNTS POINT.

BUT WHEN WE STARTED

MINISTERING HERE TO THE

PROSTITUTES AND THE PIMPS,

THE LORD DIRECTED OUR

HEARTS, CHANGED OUR HEARTS,

FOR HIS PEOPLE.

THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE.

Reporter: FOR THE PAST

TWO YEARS, THEIR CHURCH HAS

TRIED A VARIETY OF WAYS TO

REACH THOSE PEOPLE.

WE WANT TO PREACH THE

GOSPEL, BUT WE WANT TO SHOW

THE GOSPEL.

THEY'VE HEARD THE GOSPEL ALL

THEIR LIVES, BUT THEY

HAVEN'T SEEN IT.

THIS PLACE NEEDS JESUS

MORE THAN EVER BEFORE.

GOD HAS GIVEN US FAVOR WITH

ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE,

REACHING THE COMMUNITY, BUT

WE WANT TO THINK OUTSIDE OF

THE BOX.

Reporter: THAT NEW WAY

OF THINKING PROPELLED THIS

CHURCH OF JUST 30 MEMBERS TO

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE

COMMUNITY.

WE'RE A NEW CHURCH, BUT

IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, WE

HAVE A BIG THANKSGIVING

DINNER, AND IN THE LAST TWO

YEARS, WE'VE HAD OVER 1200

PEOPLE.

Reporter: AND EACH

SCHOOL YEAR, THE CHURCH

DISTRIBUTES HUNDREDS OF

BACKPACKS AND SUPPLIES FOR

LOCAL CHILDREN.

IT IS AMAZING HOW GOD

CONTINUES TO BLESS REAL LIFE

CHURCH AND TO SAY HE CARES

ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY.

Reporter: THEY ALSO

HOSTED A THREE-DAY HEALTH

OUTREACH, REACHING MORE THAN

300 PEOPLE.

FREE EYE EXAMS, FREE EYE

GLASSES, AND DIABETES

TESTING.

Reporter: DR. ANDY

JAMES, A VISION FOR CHRIST,

HEARD ABOUT THE WORK OF THE

BRONX CHURCH AND WANTED TO

HELP.

I BELIEVE THAT'S WHAT

JESUS CALLS US TO DO.

HE WANTS US TO GO AND HELP

OTHERS.

IT IS REALLY ALL ABOUT HIM.

WE CAN HELP PEOPLE SEE

BETTER AND WE CAN HELP

PEOPLE FEEL BETTER.

Reporter: THOSE WHO

ATTENDED WERE OVERWHELMED.

IT TOUCHED MY HEART.

BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER --

BEFORE SHE HAD THE GLASSES

AND SHE WAS PLAYING AT

SCHOOL, AND HER GLASSES

BROKE.

WHEN I WENT BACK TO THE EYE

DOCTOR, THEY SAY OH, YOU

HAVE TO WAIT FOR TWO YEARS,

OTHERWISE YOU PAY -- I'M A

SINGLE MOTHER.

AND IT IS NOT EASY FOR ME.

Reporter: NEEDS LIKE

THAT ARE WHAT MOTIVATE

STUTSMAN AND HIS CHURCH TO

BLANKET THE AREA WITH ACTS

OF LOVE AND PRAYER.

THEY ARE HOPEFUL THEY WILL

SEE THE FRUIT OF THEIR

LABOR.

THIS WAS HANDED OVER TO

US BY OUR GOD.

SO I'M EXPECTING TO SEE BIG

THINGS HAPPENING.

Reporter: SOME OF THOSE

ANSWERS ARE ALREADY TAKING

SHAPE.

LAST NIGHT WE HAD TWO OF

THE WORST DRUG DEALERS IN

HUNTS POINT COME TO THE

ALTER AND GET PRAYED FOR.

I MEAN, WHERE DOES THAT

HAPPEN ACCEPT WHEN THE

CHURCH GOES OUT OF THE

BUILDING AND COMES OUT ON

THE STREETS.

Reporter: DEPUTY

BURROUGH PRESIDENT ARIELLE

GREEN APPLAUDED STUTSMAN AND

HIS TEAM.

WE ARE VERY SUPPORTIVE OF

THE EFFORT THE CHURCHES MAKE

IN ORDER TO IMPROVE THEIR

COMMUNITIES.

THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF

THAT EFFORT.

WE'RE IN A LOCAL CHURCH, NOT

A GREAT CATHEDRAL, BUT JUST

A LITTLE, AVERAGE CHURCH,

WHO SAID WE ARE GOING TO DO

SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

WE ARE GOING TO HELP THESE

PEOPLE REALIZE THAT GOD IS

VERY MUCH ON THE SCENE.

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

PASTOR STUTSMAN AND HIS

CHURCH ARE COMMITTED TO

CONTINUE LIVING OUT THEIR

MOTO, OF SERVING REAL PEOPLE

WITH REAL ISSUES, AND

POINTING THEM TO A REAL

GOD.

CHARLENE ISRAEL, CBN NEWS,

BRONX, NEW YORK.

Pat: FANTASTIC.

WE APPRECIATE PASTOR

STUTSMAN AND THE WORK HE IS

DOING.

CONGRATULATIONS AT THIS

CHRISTMAS TO A SMALL

CONGREGATION THAT IS DOING A

HUGE AMOUNT OF GOOD.

TERRY?

Terry: UP NEXT, A VERY

SPECIAL FRIEND OF "THE 700

CLUB" IS RETURNING TO OUR

SET TODAY.

BLUE IS HERE, AND HE IS

GOING TO UPDATE US ON HIS

LATEST WORK.

YOU WANT TO HEAR WHAT HE HAS

TO SAY, SO DON'T GO AWAY.

Pat: DEVASTATING

SUPERSTORM SANDY, WHEN IT

STRUCK, IT KNOCKED OUT POWER

TO MORE THAN EIGHT MILLION

HOMES.

ONE MONTH LATER, SOME PARTS

OF THE EAST COAST ARE STATE

RECOVERING.

SO "OPERATION BLESSING" IS

STILL ON THE GROUND HELPING

PEOPLE GET THE SUPPLIES THEY

DESPERATELY NEED.

I DON'T SEE A LOT OF NEWS

ABOUT WHAT IS BEING DONE FOR

ROCKAWAY.

WE HEAR ABOUT JERSEY AND

OTHER PLACES.

Reporter: THE

RESIDENTS

OF FAR ROCKAWAY NEW YORK

FEEL LEFT OUT.

WHILE OTHER AREAS OF NEW

YORK HAVE THEIR POWER

RESTORED IN THE AFTERMATH OF

HURRICANE SANDY, THEY'RE

STILL IN THE DARK.

TO MAKE IT WORSE, THEY

WEREN'T EVEN GETTING THE

BASIC NEEDS, LIKE FOOD AND

WATER, THAT IS UNTIL

"OPERATION BLESSING" CAME TO

HELP.

WHEN WE CAME HERE, THE

PEOPLE KIND OF LIT UP.

THEY WELCOMED US IN.

THEY WERE OVERWHELMED THAT

SOMEONE DECIDED TO COME DOWN

HERE TO HELP THEM.

WE WERE THE FIRST TEAM

HERE.

WHEN WE CAME, THEY SAID THEY

HAD NOTHING.

Reporter:

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

PROVIDING PEOPLE WITH THE

THINGS THEY NEED MOST:

CLEANUP KITS, TOILETRIES,

CANNED FOOD AND WATER.

THEY HAVE ALSO BEEN SERVING

HOT MEALS, A WELCOME TREAT

IN TIMES LIKE THESE.

WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

YOUR HELP, FOR THE FOOD, THE

HAMPERS.

WE'RE JUST GRATEFUL.

WE'RE SET UP TO STAY AS

LONG AS WE HAVE THE

RESOURCES, AND AS LONG AS

THERE IS A NEED.

WE REALLY WANT TO BE ABLE TO

MEET THAT NEED.

BECAUSE OF "OPERATION

BLESSING" DISASTER RELIEF,

THE PEOPLE OF ROCKAWAY AND

OTHER COMMUNITIES DON'T HAVE

TO FACE THESE DIFFICULT

TIMES ALONE.

I AM SO HAPPY THAT YOU

GUYS ARE HERE HELPING US.

BECAUSE WE'RE REALLY IN NEED

AT THIS TIME, AND YOU GUYS

HAVE BEEN A BIG BLESSING FOR

US.

I LIKE "OPERATION

BLESSING" BECAUSE WHAT THEY

DO HERE IN THE COUNTRY, AND

WHAT THEY DO AROUND THE

WORLD, THAT'S WHAT MAKES

THIS COUNTRY GREAT.

IT IS NOT JUST LIKE YOU JUST

FEND FOR YOURSELF.

WE HELP EACH OTHER.

YOU HELP YOUR FELLOW MAN.

Pat: WELL, WITH US

RIGHT NOW BY POPULAR DEMAND

IS MY OLD FRIEND BLUE.

BILL, LET ME HAVE HIM.

THERE YOU GO.

Pat: COME HERE, BABY.

COME HERE.

AAHHH.

ALL RIGHT, BLUE, SIT.

DON'T BITE MY HAND.

GOOD GRIEF.

OH, YOUR SO PRETTY.

ISN'T HE GORGEOUS.

HE IS SO BIG.

LIE DOWN, BLUE.

LIE DOWN.

THAT'S A GOOD BOY.

BILL, TELL US ABOUT WHAT

YOU'RE DOING IN NEW YORK.

IT IS REALLY A MESS UP

THERE.

THE DENSITY OF THE

POPULATION IS WHAT MADE THIS

THING AS BAD AS IT IS.

THE DEVASTATION IS FAR

GREATER REALLY THAN WHAT

HAPPENED IN KATRINA BECAUSE

SO MANY PEOPLE WERE

AFFECTED.

WE'RE WORKING NOW IN BREEZY

POINT, AND WE STARTED OUT IN

LOWER MANHATTAN, AND AS THE

POWER WENT ON, WE MOVED, AND

WE'RE WORKING IN STATEN

ISLAND, AND WE'RE IN NEW

JERSEY.

AND WE'RE FOCUSED IN A PLACE

CALLED BREEZY POINT.

AND BREEZY POINT IS A PLACE

WITH ABOUT 2700 HOMES.

MOSTLY FIREMEN, NEW YORK

POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRST

RESPONDERS THAT HAVE LIVED

THERE FOR GENERATIONS, SOME

OF THEM.

EVERY SINGLE HOME WAS

FLOODED.

110 HOUSES WERE BURNED

DOWN.

2700 "THE TRADIN2700

FLOODED, AND WE'RE OUT THERE

HELPING TO ORGANIZE ALL OF

THE VOLUNTEER EFFORTS.

THEY'RE WONDERFUL PEOPLE,

AND THEY'RE HURTING, AND ALL

OF THEIR HOMES ARE FLOODED.

Pat: NOBODY ELSE IS

THERE ACCEPT --

OH, THERE ARE OTHER

PEOPLE THERE.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, AND

THERE ARE A LOT OF LOCAL

VOLUNTEERS.

BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT

IS A PROBLEM WE DON'T HAVE

HOTELS FOR VOLUNTEERS.

Pat: WHAT DO YOU DO?

USE TRAILERS?

NO.

LOCAL VOLUNTEERS ARE SHOWING

UP.

ON THE WEEKENDS, WE MAY GET

400 OR 500 PEOPLE THERE, BUT

DURING THE WEEK WE COULD

REALLY USE HELP.

Pat: YOU WANT

VOLUNTEERS?

YES.

AND ON THE WEBSITE THERE IS

A PLACE.

Pat: IS BLUE HELPING?

BLUE IS HELPING.

WE DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO DRIVE

HIM UP, AND I DIDN'T WANT TO

PUT HIM ON THE AIRPLANE,

INTO THE CARGO.

Pat: I DON'T BLAME

YOU.

HERE.

JUMP.

DO IT ONE MORE TIME.

THAT'S A BOY.

SIT.

GOOD BOY.

ALL RIGHT, BLUE, PLACE.

NO.

YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING

ABOUT, PLACE.

THAT DARN TREAT.

Pat: PLACE.

BLUE, OVER HERE.

Pat: PLACE.

HE GETS THE MESSAGE.

[LAUGHTER]

Pat: YOU ARE SO

PRETTY.

MAN, HE'S PRETTY.

DID YOU BATHE HIM?

HE HAD A SHAMPOO LAST

NIGHT, AND IN THE GREEN

ROOM, HE SAW THE TRAY, AND

HE FELT BECAUSE HE IS THE

ON-AIR TALENT, THAT THOSE

MUFFINS WERE FOR HIM.

Pat: DID HE EAT THEM?

HE TRIED TO, BUT I GOT

THEM.

Pat: BLUE, DO IT

AGAIN.

ALL RIGHT, BUDDY, SIT.

LIE DOWN.

OKAY, THAT'S A BOY.

HERE.

DON'T BITE MY HAND, YOU

SUCKER.

OH, YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL.

YOU LIKE HIM, HUH?

OH, I LOVE HIM.

LAURA AND I HAVE BEEN

MARRIED 40 YEARS, AND WE'VE

HAD DOBERMANS ALL OUR

MARRIED LIFE, AND BLUE IS

THE MOST INCREDIBLE ONE

WE'VE EVER BEEN AROUND.

HE IS A GREAT DOG.

Pat: I RAISED HIM FROM

A BABY, AND HE CERTAINLY --

OH, HE'S GORGEOUS.

YEAH.

Pat: HOW CAN PEOPLE

HELP "OPERATION BLESSING"?

WHAT SHOULD THEY DO?

THE BEST THING THEY COULD

DO, PAT, IS GO TO OUR

WEBSITE, ob.org AND MAKE A

CASH DONATION.

IF THEY CAN COME UP TO

VOLUNTEER, THAT WOULD BE

GREAT.

IN NEW JERSEY, WE CAN PUT

THEM UP IN NE YOU, UP, BUT

IN NEW YORK, WE CAN'T.

WE'RE HOPING THAT A CHURCH

WILL OPEN UP THAT WE CAN PUT

VOLUNTEERS IN.

Pat: THE PEOPLE REALLY

APPRECIATE YOU BEING THERE?

THE PEOPLE -- THIS IS

AMERICANA, AND THESE ARE

HARD-WORKING, MIDDLE INCOME

FAMILIES, THAT REALLY NEED

HELP.

THEY HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED

ANYTHING LIKE THIS, PAT.

Pat:

"OPERATION BLESSING," THE

ADDRESS, "OPERATION

BLESSING," CBN, VIRGINIA

BEACH, AND THERE IS THE

NUMBER.

CBN CENTER.

TURN HIM LOOSE.

SIT.

YES, YOU'RE A GOOD BOY.

I KNOW I'VE GOT TREATS.

LOOK AT HIM.

HE IS GOING TO EAT MY HAND.

YOU KNOW, A DOG LIKE THIS

WOULD GET YOU SCARED, EXCEPT

HE IS SO SWEET.

YOU'RE SUCH A SWEET DOG.

LIE DOWN.

ONE MORE TIME, JUMP OVER MY

LEG.

ONE MORE TIME, BACK OVER.

HE'S SO BIG.

IF I COULD GET A HORSE TO

JUMP LIKE YOU, WE'D WIN THE

OLYMPICS.

OKAY, BILL, GOD BLESS YOU.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WHAT A

TREAT.

HE HAS Facebook FRIENDS.

WHAT DOES HE HAVE, 3500 OR

4,000?

HE HAS 4,025 AS OF THIS

MORNING.

HE COULD USE MORE FRIENDS.

Pat: PEOPLE WRITE HIM

LIKE HE UNDERSTANDS.

THEY EXPLAIN BIBLE THINGS TO

HIM.

YOU ARE SUCH A GOOD BOY.

CAN YOU SHAKE HANDS.

SIT.

SIT.

SHAKE HANDS.

SHAKE --

Pat: HE DOESN'T SHAKE

ANYMORE?

HE'S NOT MUCH ON SHAKING

HANDS.

HE IS CRYING LIKE A LITTLE

GIRL.

Pat: YOU'VE HAD ALL OF

THE TREATS YOU'RE GOING TO

GET.

YOU'LL GET FAT.

YES, YOU'RE A GOOD BOY.

GOD BLESS YOU.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THERE

HE IS.

ISN'T HE BEAUTIFUL.

FOR US DOG-LOVERS -- YES, I

KNOW, LIFE IS TOUGH.

YOU WANT ANOTHER MUFFIN?

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET

ONE.

TERRY, I HATE TO LEAVE

MR. BLUE.

HE IS SUCH A SWEET DOG.

[DOG CRYING SOUNDS]

Pat: WHAT ARE YOU

TALKING ABOUT?

THE MINUTE HE SAW YOU ON

THAT SCREEN, HE ALERTS.

EVERY TIME HE HEARS YOUR

VOICE --

Pat: I WAS HIS DADDY

FOR A NUMBER OF MONTHS, WHEN

HE WAS A LITTLE BABY.

ALL RIGHT, BUDDY.

YOU WANT TO DO THAT PLACE

THING.

ALL RIGHT, BLUE, PLACE.

PLACE.

[LAUGHTER]

HE SAID IT'S NOT BIG

ENOUGH.

Pat: HE DID IT.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, TERRY, I HATE TO LEAVE

THIS SCENE OF DOMESTIC

BLISS, BUT I GUESS WE'RE

GOING TO HAVE TO.

Terry: WE'RE LEAVING IT

FOR A GOOD REASON, BECAUSE

STILL AHEAD, WE HAVE AN

AMAZING STORY, THE ATHLETE

WHO HAS BECOME AN

INSPIRATION JUST BY GOING ON

THE FIELD.

ER LEGAZPI

Reporter: WELCOME BACK

TO WASHINGTON FOR THIS CBN

NEWS BREAK.

UGANDAN LAWMAKERS ARE SET TO

VOTE ON A NEW BILL.

THEY ARE CALLING ON THE

UGANDAN PARLIAMENT NOT TO

PASS IT.

BUT THE SPEAKER SAYS SHE

WANTS THE LEGISLATION TO

PASS BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

HOMOSEXUAL IS ILLEGAL IN

MOST AFRICAN COUNTRIES, AND

IN SEVERAL NATIONS, THE

DEATH PENALTY CAN BE

IMPOSED.

THE FIRST OFFICIAL SIGN OF

CHRISTMAS ARRIVES AT THE

STEPS OF THE U.S. CAPITOL IN

WASHINGTON.

IT TWO THREE WEEKS FOR THE

SPRUCE TO TRAVEL FROM COL

COLORADO TO THE WEST FRONT

LAWN OF THE CAPITOL

BUILDING.

WHEN IT IS FULLY DECORATE IT

WILL BOAST ABOUT 5,000

HAND-CRAFTED ORNAMENTS FROM

ITS NATIVE COLORADO.

THE CERIMONIAL LIGHTING IS

NEXT TUESDAY.

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: MORE THAN 100

YEARS AGO, THE GAME OF

FOOTBALL WAS NEARLY OUTLAWED

BECAUSE IT WAS TOO VIOLENT.

PLAYERS WERE BEING KILLED ON

THE FIELD.

SINCE THEN, CHANGES HAVE

BEEN MADE TO MAKE IT SAFER,

BUT THE GAME IS STILL VERY

DANGEROUS.

SOMETHING THE SPORTS WORLD

WAS REMINDED OF WHEN ERIC

LeGRAND WENT TO MAKE A

TACKLE JUST TWO YEARS AGO.

HE KICKS OFF.

THIS IS A GOOD ONE.

IT'S AT THE FIVE.

OOH, WHAT A GREAT OPEN-FIELD

HIT.

Reporter: THAT WAS THE

MOMENT THAT BROUGHT THE

RUTGERS FOOTBALL FIELD TO A

HALT, AND PUT EVERYTHING

INTO PERSPECTIVE FOR ERIC

LeGRAND.

WHEN YOU HEAR OCTOBER 16,

2010, WHAT GOES ON IN YOUR

MIND?

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT

WILL STICK IN MY HEAD

FOREVER.

THE DAY THAT CHANGED MY

LIFE.

I'M MAKING A TACKLE, AND

BOOM.

THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW, YOU

CAN'T MOVE EVERYTHING.

Reporter: ERIC LIVED 20

MINUTES AWAY FROM RUTGERS.

HE WAS A NATURAL ATHLETE.

BUT THE TIME HE WAS A

FRESHMAN IN HIGH SCHOOL,

COLLEGES WERE ALREADY

SCOUTING HIM.

IN HIS JUNIOR YEAR, ALTHOUGH

HE HAD OTHER OFFERS, HE

ACCEPTED A SCHOLARSHIP TO

PLAY FOR RUTGERS.

I WAS LIKE, THESE PEOPLE

HAVE BEEN WITH ME SINCE MY

FRESHMAN YEAR.

WHEN I WAS TIME FOR ME TO

MAKE MY DECISION, I

WAS, LIKE, THEY REALLY CARE

ABOUT ME, CARE ABOUT MY

GRADES, AND MAKING SURE I'M

QUALIFIED TO COME HERE.

I'VE BEEN UP HERE THOUSANDS

OF TIMES TO COME VISIT.

IT IS 20 MINUTES AWAY FROM

MY HOUSE.

WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE.

PLAYING DIVISIONAL COLLEGE

20 MINUTES FROM YOUR HOUSE.

THIS IS A PERFECT PLACE FOR

ME.

Reporter: BY HIS

SOPHOMORE SEASON AT RUTGERS,

, HE SHOWED A LOT OF

POTENTIAL.

HE PLAYED IN ALL 13 GAMES.

HIS FUTURE LOOKED BRIGHT,

BUT IN HIS JUNIOR YEAR,

DURING THE GAME AGAINST

ARMY, HE HIT THE RUNNER AT

AN AWKWARD ANGLE, THAT LEFT

HIM ON HIS BACK.

I STARTED PRAYING.

OH, MY GOD, IS THIS GOING TO

BE THE END OF ME.

IS IT MY TIME TO COME UP TO

YOU.

I WAS LIKE, GOD, PLEASE LET

ME CATCH A GASP OF AIR SO I

CAN FEEL BETTER.

Reporter: AS YOU'RE

LEAVING THE FIELD, WHAT ARE

YOU THINKING?

I GIVE A THUMBS UP TO THE

CROWD THAT I'M OKAY.

THAT'S WHAT EVERYONE DOES.

BUT THEN I COULDN'T.

AND I FELT LIKE A THOUSAND

POUNDS WERE LAYING ON MY

HAND AND I COULDN'T MOVE

IT.

Reporter: ERIC HAD

FRACTURED HIS C-3 AND C-4

CERVICAL VERTEBRAE, WHICH

CAUSED PARALYSIS FROM THE

NECK DOWN.

HE WAS PLACED ON A

VENTILATOR TO HELP HIM

BREATHE.

IT WAS BREATHING FOR ME

AND I DIDN'T LIKE IT BECAUSE

IT WAS SO UNCOMFORTABLE.

AND THEN IT WAS MAKING

NOISES.

I KNEW I WANTED TO GET THAT

THING OUT.

Reporter: IN ORDER TO

DO THAT, HE ASKED GOD FOR

HELP.

BELIEVE FROM MY PRAYING,

I WILLED THIS THING OUT.

MY DIAPHRAGM WAS PARALYZED,

BUT I WILLED IT AWAY.

I'M TIRED OF IT.

GOD, HELP ME OUT.

AND BEING ABLE TO BREATHE ON

MY OWN AGAIN.

HE LEFT ME WITH THAT

ABILITY.

Reporter: THAT VICTORY

STRENTHENED ERIC'S FAITH.

SO WHEN DOCTORS SAID HE

COULD NEVER WALK AGAIN, IT

HAD NO EFFECT.

BUT I CAME OFF THE

VENTILATOR FIVE WEEKS AFTER

THEY TOLD ME I NEVER WOULD.

Reporter: IT HAS BEEN

TWO YEARS SINCE HIS INJURY,

AND ERIC'S FAITH IS STRONGER

THAN EVER.

IN MAY, HE WAS SYMBOLICLY

SIGNED BY THE TAMPA BAY

BUCCANEERS BY HIS FORMER

COACH AND BUCK'S CURRENT

COACH.

HE ALSO HAS HAD NUMEROUS

ENGAGEMENTS, AND RECEASED

HONORS, INCLUDING THE UNSUNG

HERO AWARD.

DOCTORS AREN'T SURE ABOUT

ERIC'S RECOVERY, HE BELIEVES

THROUGH THIS FAITH IN THE

LORD, HE WILL SOME DAY WALK

AGAIN.

ONCE I STARTED BREATHING

ON MY OWN AGAIN, I'M LIKE

THE SKY IS THE LIMIT.

EVERYTHING IS JUST COMING

BACK.

MAYBE A LITTLE SLOW, BUT

THINGS ARE COMING BACK.

I WAS STARTING TO FEEL A

LITTLE MORE, OVER MY NECK,

MY SHOULDERS.

THAT REALLY KEPT ME

MOTIVATED, TO SEE THAT STUFF

HAPPENING.

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT'S GOING

TO HAPPEN.

THEY DON'T KNOW MY WILL, MY

DETERMINATION, AND MY

FAITH.

MY BELIEF THAT EVERYTHING IS

POSSIBLE, AND EVERYTHING

DOES HAPPEN FOR A REASON.

Reporter: ERIC IS A

BUSY MAN, WHEN HE IS NOT

WORKING ON THIS DEGREE

DEGREE, HE IS SPREADING HIS

FAITH.

HE WANTS TO SPREAD THE

MESSAGE THAT GOD IS STILL IN

CONTROL, AND ALL YOU HAVE TO

DO IS BELIEVE.

I LOOK AT IT, LIKE, WOW,

LOOK WHAT I'VE BEEN ABLE TO

DO.

I'VE DONE MORE IN THE TWO

YEARS THAN MY ENTIRE LIFE

PLAYING FOOTBALL.

IF YOU BELIEVE IN GOD,

ANYTHING IS TRULY POSSIBLE.

I DON'T KNOW WHEN, BUT HE IS

GOING TO GET ME OUT OF THIS

CHAIR.

Terry: FAITH AND

ATTITUDE MAKE AN AMAZING

DIFFERENT.

HIS BOOK IS CALLED "BELIEVE,

AND THE TACKLE THAT CHANGED

MY LIFE."

AND HE HAS A VERSION OF HIS

BOOK GEARED TOWARDS YOUNGER

AUDIENCES, "CALLE CALLED

"BELIEVE."

Pat: WHAT A REMARKABLE

YOUNG MAN.

NERVES REGENERATE.

WE JUST PRAY

HE

WILL GET ALL

OF HIS FUNCTIONS BACK.

WHAT A WONDERFUL YOUNG MAN.

Terry: ABSOLUTELY.

WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON WITH

OUR PROGRAM TODAY.

THANKSGIVING IS OVER.

HERE IS THE QUESTION: HAVE

YOU PUT UP YOUR CHRISTMAS

LIGHTS YET?

WE'LL TELL YOU WHERE THAT

TRADITION STARTED.

AND LATER, PAT IS GOING TO

BRING IT ON WITH YOUR E-MAIL

QUESTIONS, AND GREG WANTS TO

KNOW, "IS PLAYING POKER FOR

PRETEND MONEY A SIN?"

WE'LL BRING IT ON WITH THE

ANSWER TO THAT AND MORE,

AFTER THIS.

Terry: WELL, ACROSS THE

COUNTRY, AMERICANS ARE CHAN

NELSO CHANNELING THEIR

INNER CLARK GRISWALD AND

DECORATING, BUT WHAT REALLY

IS BEHIND THIS TRADITION.

WE ASKED A BEST-SELLING

AUTHOR TO FIND OUT.

NOTHING GETS ME MORE INTO

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS THAN

SEEING ALL OF THESE HOMES

LIT UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS.

I THINK HIS HOME TAKES THE

CAKE.

IT IS PROBABLY THE BRIGHTEST

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

LET ME ASK YOU, WHEN DID

THIS TRADITION OF LIGHTING

UP OUR HOMES BEGIN?

THE 1940s AND '50s IS

WHEN IT REALLY STARTED.

BECAUSE THAT'S WHEN LIGHTS

LIKE THESE CAME DOWN TO

PRICES THAT NORMAL PEOPLE

COULD AFFORD.

WE HAD CARS, AND STATION

WAGONS IN THE '50s AND

'60s, AND WE WOULD GO AND

LOOK AT LIGHTS.

IT STARREDED WHEN MARTIN

LUTHER KINGMARTIN LUTHER

KING TIED A CANDLE ON HIS

TREE.

THAT LIGHT HAS BEEN

ILLUMINATING ALL OVER THE

WORLD.

Reporter: WHITE LIGHTS

HAVE BEEN IN VOGUE FOR THE

PAST FEW YEARS.

BUT I REALLY LIKE THE

COLORFUL LIGHTS.

IS THERE A MEANING BEHIND

THE COLORS?

THE WHITE LIGHT

REPRESENTS THE PURITY OF

CHRIST.

THE WHITE CANDLE THAT MARTIN

LUTHER KING LIT.

AND MY GRANDMA HAD BLUE

LIGHTS, AND THE BLUE LIGHTS

REPRESENT LOVE.

AND THE RED LIGHTS, LIKE

THESE, REPRESENT THE BLOOD

OF CHRIST THAT WAS SHED ON

THE CROSS.

AND WE HAVE THE GREEN LIGHTS

LIKE THE EVER GREEN TREE,

EVERLASTING LIFE.

THINGS THAT DON'T DIE.

AND SO THE LIGHTS HAVE A

GREAT MEANING AND IMPACT

DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

Reporter: AND THE MOST

IMPORTANT MEANING IS THAT

THEY REMIND US OF THE LIGHT

OF THE WORLD, JESUS CHRIST,

AND THE REAL MEANING FOR THE

SEASON.

Reporter: THINK OF

THAT, ONE LITTLE LIGHT

ILLUMINATING IN A MANGER,

AND NOW IT IS ALL OVER THE

WORLD.

Terry: WOW.

Pat: WOW!

Terry: SO YOU PUT

LIGHTS OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSE?

Pat: NO.

Terry: DO YOU PUT

LIGHTS INSIDE YOUR HOUSE?

Pat: NO, I SIT IN THE>c>c

DARK -- I'M SCROOGE.

WE HAVE A CHRISTMAS TREE.

I FINALLY GAVE IN AND WE

HAVE ONE OF THOUGH

ARTIFICIAL TREES.

YOU PLUG IN THE LIGHTS, AND

ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU HAVE

THIS GLORIOUS-LOOKING TREE.

Terry: WE HAVE HAD ONE

OF THOSE FOR YEARS, WHEN OUR

CHILDREN WERE YOUNG.

THE LAST FEW YEARS WE'VE

GONE OUT AND GOTTEN A FRESH

TREE.

I REALLY ENJOY IT.

Pat: WHEN MY CHILDREN

WERE OLDER, TIM AND GORDON,

WE USED TO GO OUT IN THE

WOODS AND CHOP A TREE.

Terry: WOW!

OKAY, YOU WIN.

Pat: OKAY?

YOU'RE FROM WISCONSIN, YOU

MUST GO OUT IN THE SLEIGH

AND THE SNOW IN WISCONSIN

AND CHOP TREES.

Terry: TO GRANDMOTHER'S

HOUSE WE GO.

WE HAVE SOME E-MAIL

QUESTIONS.

THIS FIRST ONE IS FROM GREG,

WHO WANTS TO KNOW, "IS

PLAYING POKER FOR PRETEND

MONEY A SIN?"

Pat: HEAVENS NO.

POKER IS A GAME.

IT IS A GAME OF SKILL.

IT IS A GAME -- THERE IS A

CERTAIN AMOUNT OF LUCK

INVOLVED, BUT IT IS ALSO

SKILL.

IT'S A GAME, BUT I DON'T

ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO PLAY

FOR FOR FUN BECAUSE IT

DOESN'T TAKE YOU LONG BEFORE

YOU PLAY FOR THE REAL

THING.

I PLAYED WHEN I WAS YOUNGER,

AND LET ME TELL YOU, IT IS

AN ADDICTION.

I SPENT ALL NIGHT LOSING MY

MONEY.

Terry: THE ADDICTION IS

YOU'RE GOING TO WIN SOME OF

IT BACK THE NEXT HAND

AROUND?

Pat: GAMBLING IS --

THERE IS A RUSH.

I MEAN, ALL ADDICTIONS COME

ABOUT BECAUSE OF SOME KIND

OF A RUSH.

THAT'S WHAT DRUGS, ALCOHOL,

ETC., DO.

YOU WIN A BIG POT, YAY, BUT

YOU'RE THERE PRAYING TO DRAW

AN INSIDE STRAIGHT, AND

THERE IS A BIG PILE OF MONEY

IN THE MIDDLE.

AND IF YOU WIN, IT'S A

RUSH.

AND IF YOU LOSE IT'S A

RUSH.

Terry: REALLY?

IF YOU LOSE, IT'S A RUSH?

Pat: OF COURSE, LIKE

GOING DOWN A HILL OR A

ROLLERCOASTER.

IF YOU LOSE, YOU DIE.

THEN THE IDIOTS THINK I'M

GOING TO HIT ON THE NEXT

ONE, AND THEN I'M GOING TO

DOUBLE UP AND HIT THE

DEALER.

BY THE WAY, THESE THINGS ARE

FIXED FOR THE HOUSE.

THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS.

Terry: THAT'S WHAT I

SAY.

IF YOU AND I WERE WINNING,

THE HOUSE WOULDN'T BE SO LIT

UP.

MARIA SAYS, "IN ORDER TO

ESCAPE THE PRESSURES OF

LIFE, I WOULD RUN TO THE

CASINOS AND GAMBLE.

I HAVE DONE THIS FOR ABOUT

10 YEARS, WHICH CAUSED ME TO

LOSE A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF

MONEY.

TO MAKE THINGS WORSE, I LIED

TO MY ADULT CHILDREN ABOUT

IT.

I'M IN MY 60s, AND I NEED

TO START OVER.

I'VE ASKED GOD TO FORGIVE ME

AND TAKE THIS OBSESSION AWAY

FROM ME.

WILL GOD FORGIVE ME AND GIVE

ME A CHANCE TO LEAVE AN

HERITANCE TO MY CHILDREN AND

GRANDCHILDREN.

I WOULD HATE TO LEAVE THEM

NOTHING."

Pat: BILL BRANDON SAID

HE LOST, LIKE, $7 MILLION.

IT IS AN ADDICTION.

WILL GOD FORGIVE IT?

DRUG ADDICTION?

YES.

SEX ADDICTION?

YES.

AND HE'LL GIVE YOU A FRESH

START.

BUT IF YOU KEEP THROWING

YOUR MONEY AWAY -- AND IT'S

SO EASY TO DO.

AGAIN, IT'S THAT RUSH, MAYBE

THIS NEXT TIME I'LL HIT.

Terry: WHEN YOU HAVE AN

ADDICTION, YOU SORT OF NEED

HELP WITH THAT.

ISN'T THERE A GAMBLERS'

ANONYMOUS?

Pat: OF COURSE THERE

IS.

BUT IT IS AN OBSESSION.

I HATE TO SEE THIS LOTTERY

BUSINESS.

THE CHANCES OF WINNING THE

LOTTERY, IS LIKE THE SAME

CHANCE YOU HAVE OF BEING HIT

BY A METEOR.

IT IS VERY JUST SLIM.

AND YET PEOPLE IN THESE

STORES ARE PUTTING DOWN

THEIR $5 AND $10 TO GET

THESE LITTLE TICKETS.

IT IS TERRIBLE.

Terry: THIS IS MICHELLE

WHO SAYS, "I HAVE THREE

TEENAGED BOYS AND NOW TWO OF

THEM ARE QUESTIONING THE

BIBLE.

THIS SCARES ME.

THEY TELL ME IF THE BIBLE IS

TRUTH, I SHOULD BE ABLE TO

EXPLAIN DINOSAURS.

EVEN MY HUSBAND IS AGREEING

WITH THEM.

HOW DO I EXPLAIN THINGS TO

THEM THAT THE BIBLE DOESN'T

COVER.

I'M SO AFRAID THEY'RE

WALKING AWAY FROM GOD.

MY BIGGEST FEAR IS NOT

HAVING MY HUSBAND AND

CHILDREN NEXT WITH ME IN

HEAVEN."

Pat: BISHOP USHER, GOD

BLESS HIM, WASN'T INSPIRED

BY THE LORD WHEN HE SAID IT

ALL TOOK 6,000 YEARS.

YOU GO BACK IN TIME, AND

YOU'VE GOT RADIO CARBON AND

YOU'VE GOT THE CARCASSES OF

DINOSAURS FROZEN IN TIME,

OUT IN THE COLD, AS YOU

KNOW.

THEY HAD THAT BIG -- WHAT

WAS IT, THE FIERCE ONE --

Terry: THE

TYRANNOSAURUS?

Pat: YEAH, THE

TYRANNOSAURSUS.

AND THERE WAS A TIME THESE

GIANT REPTILES WERE ON THE

EARTH, AND IT WAS BEFORE THE

TIME OF THE BIBLE.

SO DON'T TRY TO COVER IT UP

AND MAKE LIKE EVERYTHING WAS

6,000 YEARS.

THAT'S NOT THE BIBLE.

THAT'S BISHOP USHER.

SO IF YOU FIGHT SCIENCE,

YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE YOUR

CHILDREN.

I BELIEVE IN TELLING THEM

THE WAY IT WAS.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE

FOR THIS PROGRAM.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

AND, LORD WILLING, WE'LL BE

SEEING YOU TOMORROW ON THIS

EDITION OF "THE 700 CLUB."

BYE-BYE.

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