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The 700 Club - December 18, 2012

University of Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones shares how he found purpose in God after hitting rock bottom. Plus, Operation Blessing helps the Marines with 'Toys for Tots.' Read Transcript


Reporter: OKLAHOMA'S

LANDRY JONES, THE MAN WHO

TOOK HIS TEAM

TO THREE

BALLGAMES AND SET THE RECORD

FOR PASSING YARDS.

HEAR WHY HE SAID THE

ACCOLADES AREN'T ENOUGH.

I FELT LIKE I WASN'T A

MAN ANYMORE.

Terry: PLUS, WHY

IRANIANS ARE FLEEING THEIR

HOMELAND.

I HAD TO LEAVE MY

PARENTS, SO I LOST MY HOME

AND MY FAMILY.

Terry: ON TODAY'S "THE

700 CLUB."

*

[APPLAUSE]

Pat: WELL, WELCOME,

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, TO

THIS EDITION OF "THE 700

CLUB."

LAST FRIDAY EVIL CAME TO

NEWTON, CONNECTICUT.

BUT TODAY GOOD IS

FLOURISHING, THANKS TO THE

WORK OF A RAPID RESPONSE

TEAM OF CHAPLAINS.

Terry: THESE

COUNSELLORS ARE BRINGING

SPIRITUAL COMFORT AND

SUPPORT TO THE GRIEVING

COMMUNITY, WITH THE HELP OF

SOME FOUR-FOOTED FRIENDS.

YOU, INDEED, WOULD BE

MORE THAN ADEQUATE.

Reporter: THE DAY

BEGINS WITH PRAYER, PRAYER

FOR ONE ANOTHER AND THE

COMMUNITY THEY'VE ADOPTED.

SEE YOU OUT THERE.

BE CAREFUL.

Reporter: THEY'RE

CHAPLAINS FROM THE BILLY

GRAHAM ASSOCIATION RAPID

RESPONSE TEAM.

THE FIRST GROUP ARRIVED IN

IN NEWTON, JUST HOURS AFTER

THE TRAGEDY.

I THINK OF WORDS LIKE

INTENSE AGONY, EMOTIONAL

AGONY, PAIN, THAT WITH GOD'S

GRACE, HE CAN HEAL.

AND THERE IS HOPE.

Reporter: MANY WORKED

IN THE PAST AS POLICE

OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS, AND

E.M.S.

THAT SERVICE HELPED THEM

IMMEDIATELY START

ADMINISTERING TO THE MEN AND

WOMEN RESPONDING TO A

NIGHTMARE.

NOW THEY'RE REACHING OUT

TO

ANYONE WHO NEEDS THEIR

HELP.

IT REALLY IS BOTHERING

ME.

I COULDN'T SLEEP LAST

NIGHT.

Reporter: THE CHAPLAIN

TEAM HAS RESPONDED TO OTHER

MASS SHOOTINGS, VIRGINIA

TECH, AND THE THEATER

SHOOTING IN AURORA.

BUT THE FACT THAT SO MANY OF

THE VICTIMS HERE IN NEWTON

WERE SO YOUNG MAKES THIS

TRAGEDY, THIS RESPONSE,

DIFFERENT.

ALL OF US ARE GRIEVING.

AND ONE PARTICULAR CHAPLAIN

SHARED, I DON'T KNOW IF I

COULD GO ON.

AND HERE WE ARE IN OUR

THIRD, FOURTH DAY.

AND -- BUT WE ALSO KNOW WITH

THE LORD'S STRENGTH AND HIS

HELP, WE CAN GET THROUGH

IT.

I MADE THE COMMENT, IF YOU

AREN'T BROKEN, IF YOU AREN'T

GRIEVING, YOU PROBABLY

SHOULDN'T BE HERE.

BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE THE

COMPASSION OF CHRIST COMES

OUT, IS

THROUGH OUR OWN

BROKENESS.

Reporter: GRETCHEN IS A

FIREFIGHTER FOR IN

PENNSYLVANIA.

SHE IS ALSO A FORMER TEACHER

WHO FELT

LED

TO NEWTON.

EVIL WAS IN THIS TOWN ON

FRIDAY, BUT LOOK AT THE GOOD

HERE TODAY.

GOD IS WITH THESE PEOPLE

VERY EVIDENTLY.

IT'S AN OUTWARD SHOW THAT

NORMALLY IS KEPT PRIVATE.

AND IT'S GOOD THAT PEOPLE

ARE TOGETHER.

Reporter: YOU CAN'T

WANDER FAR FROM THE SCHOOL

BEFORE BUMPING INTO ONE OF

THESE, COMFORT DOGS.

QUIETLY LENDING AN EAR TO

SCRATCH.

THEY'RE BRIDGES FOR

MINISTRY.

THEY'RE GIFTS FROM GOD.

THEY'RE THE GIFT TO TOUCH

PEOPLE.

DOGS ARE SAFE.

THEY SHOW UNCONDITIONAL

LOVE.

WE'LL SEE PEOPLE WHO WILL BE

HAPPY AND START PETTING THE

DOG AND THEY'LL BREAK DOWN

AND START HUGGING THE DOG.

OR THEY'LL COME SAD AND

LEAVE HAPPY.

Reporter: WHILE

CHAPLAINS CAN HELP, AND

THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE

AFFECTED BY THE CRIME THAT

THEY THOUGHT NEVER COULD

HAPPEN HERE.

JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS,

NEWTON, CONNECTICUT.

Pat: IT WAS SAD, IN A

SUPREME COURT DECISION SOME

YEARS AGO -- WE ARE A

RELIGIOUS PEOPLE WHO'S

INSTITUTIONS REDISPOSE THE

EXISTENCE OF A SUPREME

BEING.

WHETHER IT IS CONNECTICUT,

TEXAS, COLORADO, CALIFORNIA,

WHEREVER IT IS, AMERICANS

ARE A RELIGIOUS PEOPLE.

AND IN TIMES OF CRISIS, THEY

TURN TO A SUPREME BEING WHO

IS ALL EYES AND ALL GOOD AND

ALL KNOWING.

I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR THE MEN

OF GOD WHO ARE WORKING NOW

IN CONNECTICUT TO HELP THOSE

WHO ARE GRIEVING.

BECAUSE GRIEF IS REAL.

AND AT THE SAME TIME, THE

HOPE WE HAVE IN JESUS CHRIST

IS MORE REAL.

AND SO I'M DELIGHTED.

NOW, THE ONE THING WE DON'T

WANT OUT OF THIS TRAGEDY IS

A KNEE-JERK REACTION, ON

ACCOUNT OF ONE CRAZY GUY WHO

HAD A SLIGHT THE DERANGED

MOTHER, WHO GOES ON A

SHOOTING RAMPAGE.

NOW THE NATION IS LOOKING

FOR ANSWERS IN THE WAKE OF

THIS TRAGEDY, AND LEE WEBB

HAS MORE ON THAT.

LEE, WHAT DO YOU HAVE?

Lee: A LOT OF FOLKS ARE

SAYING THAT THE MASSACRE AT

SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MAY BE A GAME CHANGER FOR

GUN CONTROL.

SOME GUN RIGHTS ADVOCATES

ARE SHOWING A CHANGE OF

HEART.

BUT OTHERS SAY THE MASS

SHOOTINGS IN RECENT YEARS

POINT TO ANOTHER PROBLEM: A

GROWING CULTURE OF VIOLENCE

IN AMERICA.

THEY POINT TO INCREASINGLY

REALISTIC AND GRAPHIC

VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES AND

ENTERTAINMENT.

I SPENT ENOUGH TIME ON

THIS QUESTION OF VIOLENCE IN

THE ENTERTAINMENT CULTURE TO

REACH THIS CONCLUSION: THAT

THE VIOLENCE IN THE

ENTERTAINMENT CULTURE,

PARTICULARLY WITH THE

EXTRAORDINARY REALISM TO

VIDEO GAMES AND MOVIES,

ETC., DOES CAUSE VULNERABLE

YOUNG MEN, PARTICULARLY, TO

BE MORE VIOLENT.

Lee: MENTAL HEALTH

EXPERTS ARGUE THAT THESE

MASS SHOOTINGS HAVE ANY

DEMSIONS.

NO SINGLE FACTOR CAN BE

BLAMED.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF THE

SHOOTER, ADAM LANZA SAY HE

SUFFERED FROM A PERSONALITY

OR MENTAL DISORDER.

IT APPEARS WASHINGTON IS

GETTING CLOSER TO A DEAL TO

AVOID THE FISCAL CLIFF.

PRESIDENT OBAMA RESPONDED TO

JOHN BOEHNER'S OFFER WITH A

NEW OFFER ON MONDAY.

OBAMA WANTS TO NOW INCREASE

TAX RATES FOR THOSE EARNING

MORE THAN $400,000 A YEAR.

THAT IS A STEP DOWN FROM

RAISING TAXES ON FAMILIES

MAKING MORE THAN $250,000,

BUT IT IS NOT THE $1 MILLION

SALARY CAP THAT JOHN BOEHNER

OFFERED.

THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN ALSO

PROPOSES $800 BILLION IN

CUTS TO PROGRAMS.

Pat: YOU WISH SOMEWHERE

ALONG THE WAY THE PRESIDENT

WOULD SAY WHAT IS GOOD FOR

THE ECONOMY.

HE IS NOT SAYING THAT.

HE KEEPS TALKING ABOUT TAX

FAIRNESS.

FORGET TAX FAIRNESS.

IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE.

YOU HAVE A TAX RATE, AND

PEOPLE PAY THEIR TAXES UNDER

THE RATE.

SO WHAT IS FAIR?

FAIR IS WHAT THEY PAY.

WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS LOWER

YOUR ECONOMY.

WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS MAKE

JOBS.

WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS BUILD

PROSPEROUS BUSINESSES, AND

TO EMPLOY PEOPLE, AND GROW

THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT

SO THIS COUNTRY IS MORE

PROSPEROUS.

THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT TO DO.

NOT WORRY SO MUCH I WEREN'T

WANT TO STICK IT TO THIS

GROUP BECAUSE THEY'RE

NOT, QUOTE,"PAYING THEIR

FAIR SHARE."

THAT IS ILLOGICAL AND IT

DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE.

AT THE SAME TIME, WE HAVE TO

RECOGNIZE WE'RE OWING HUGE

AMOUNTS OF MONEY TO FOREIGN

COUNTRIES, OWING HUGE

AMOUNTS OF MONEY ON OUR

DEALT.

AND WE'VE GOT TO DEAL WITH

SPENDING.

AND IF THE PRESIDENT USES

SMOKE AND MIRRORS, AND SOME

OF IT IS SMOKE AND MIRRORS,

AND THEY COUNT THE END OF A

WAR AS BEING A REDUCTION IN

SPENDING, LIKE IT IS SOMEHOW

VIRTUOUS, WELL, THAT IS NOT

ENOUGH.

BUT, ANY WAY, THEY'RE

GETTING THERE.

AND WE'LL ALL BREATHE EASIER

UNTIL THE NEXT CRISIS.

I THINK JOHN BOEHNER IS

SHOWING GREAT STATESMANSHIP,

AND HOPEFULLY THE

PRESIDENT -- HE HAS DONE ONE

OF THE NEGOTIATING TRICKS

PEOPLE DO.

YOU MAKE AN ABSOLUTELY

OUTRAGEOUS PROPOSAL, AND

THEN PEOPLE NEGOTIATE OFF OF

THAT.

AND HE SAYS, LOOK, I'M

MAKING CONCESSIONS.

WELL, CONCESSIONS TO BEING

REASONABLE -- IN ANY EVENT,

IF THEY GET TOGETHER, I

THINK AMERICANS WILL BREATHE

A SIGH OF RELIEF.

Lee: PAT, SOME TAXES

ARE EXPECTED TO GO UP, NO

MATTER WHAT.

AND SPENDING CUTS ARE

COMING, TOO, THAT COULD

SPELL DISASTER FOR STATES

ALREADY SUFFERING WITH

ECONOMIC PROBLEMS.

HEATHER CELLS REPORTS ON THE

ANXIETY IN CALIFORNIA.

Reporter: CALIFORNIA

BOASTS THE LARGEST ECONOMY

IN THE U.S., AND THE EIGHTH

LARGEST ECONOMY IN THE

WORLD.

BUT THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

STANDS AT 10.1%.

AND THEY FEEL THE STANDOFF

COULD SERIOUSLY HURT

CALIFORNIA'S EFFORTS AT

ECONOMIC RECOVERY.

MOST PEOPLE THINK THAT

THE ECONOMY WOULD BE DRAWN

INTO RECESSION.

AND THAT WOULD AFFECT THE

STATE'S ECONOMY AND

REVENUES, AND RESULT IN

BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF LESS

TAX REVENUE FOR THE STATE.

Reporter: HERE IS WHAT

COULD HAPPEN: MORE THAN

200,000 PEOPLE LOSE THEIR

JOBS.

THE STATE WOULD LOSE UP TO

$4.5 BILLION IN FEDERAL

FUNDS, AND THE STATE BUDGET

COULD SHRINK BY $11 BILLION

OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT

AREAS, DEFENSE CONTRACTORS.

CUTS IN MILITARY SPENDING

COULD KILL 135,000 JOBS IN

CALIFORNIA ALONE.

ACROSS THE STATE, ACTIVISTS

ARE PRESSING WASHINGTON FOR

A DEAL AS 360,000 UNEMPLOYED

CALIFORNIANS CONSIDER THE

PROSPECT OF LOSING

BENEFITS.

IF THE ECONOMY CONTINUES

TO SLOW AS MUCH AS IT IS

NOW, IT WILL BE HARD FOR ME

TO FIND A JOB, IF FIND ONE

AT ALL.

Reporter: AND

CALIFORNIANS FACE A DOUBLE

WHAMMY ON TAXES.

AND VOTERS APPROVED A SALES

TAX I INCREASE OF ONE

QUARTER OF 1% FOR 2013.

IF LAWMAKERS DON'T ACT,

THEY'LL GET HIT WITH HIRE

INCOME TAXES AS WELL.

HEATHER CELLS, CBN NEWS.

Lee: THE PEOPLE OF

HAWAII AND LAWMAKERS IN

WASHINGTON ARE MOURNING THE

DEATH OF SENATOR DANIEL

INOWA.

HE DIED MONDAY OF

RESPIRATORY

COMPLICATIONS.

THE DEMOCRAT SPENT 50 YEARS

IN THE U.S. SENATE.

MAKING HIM THE LONGEST

SERVING SENATOR AT THE TIME

OF HIS DEATH.

HE BROKE BARRIERS AS THE

FIRST JAPANESE PERSON TO

SERVE IN CONGRESS.

HE WON THE MEDAL OF HONOR

DURING WORLD WAR II AND LOST

AN ARM IN THAT BATTLE.

HE PLAYED KEY ROLES IN THE

WATERGATE SCANDAL.

AND PRESIDENT OBAMA HAILED

HIM AS A, QUOTE,"TRUE

AMERICAN HERO."

PAT?

Pat: I'LL ADD MY VOICE

TO THAT.

HE WAS ONE OF THE MOST

GRACIOUS GENTLEMEN YOU COULD

EVER MEET.

HE WAS VERY GENTLE AND

WISE.

AND HE HAD THE CONGRESSIONAL

MEDAL OF HONOR, WHICH IS THE

HIGHEST AWARD WE CAN GIVE

FOR MILITARY VALOR.

SO DESPITE WHAT WAS BEING

DONE TO JAPANESE-AMERICANS

IN THE INTERMMENT CAMPS, HE

CAME FORWARD AS A TRUE

AMERICAN HERO.

AT 88, HE PASSED AWAY.

BUT HE WILL CERTAINLY BE

MISSED.

HE SERVED WITH MY FATHER IN

THE UNITED STATES SENATE.

THEY WERE GOOD FRIENDS.

AND I THINK THAT I HE IS

JUST ONE OF THOSE GIANTS

THAT HAVE COME ACROSS THE

SCENE IN AMERICAN POLITICAL

LIFE THAT WE ALL WISH WERE

STILL IN OFFICE.

AND WE MOURN HIS PASSING.

THERE IS SOMETHING UNUSUAL

THAT HAS HAPPENED.

AND IMMIGRANT OF INDIAN

ANCESTRY HAS APPOINTED AN

AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO THE

UNITED STATES SENATE FROM

GUESS WHERE?

SOUTH CAROLINA.

Lee: SOUTH CAROLINA

GOVERNOR NIKKI HALEY

ANNOUNCED SHE WILL APPOINT

TIM SCOTT TO THE SENATE.

SCOTT IS A TEA PARTY

FAVORITE.

HE WILL REPLACE JIM DEMINT,

WHO IS LEADING IN FEBRUARY

TO HEAD UP THE HERITAGE

FOUNDATION.

SCOTT IS GIVING CREDIT TO

HIS MOTHER, JESUS CHRIST,

AND A CHRISTIAN MENTOR FOR

HIS SUCCESS.

SCOTT WILL BECOME THE ONLY

AFRICAN-AMERICAN SERVING IN

THE U.S. SENATE.

AND HE'LL BE THE SOUTH'S

FIRST BLACK REPUBLICAN

SENATOR SINCE RECONSTRUCTION

IN THE 1800s.

MORE THAN 40 CASES HAVE BEEN

FILED AGAINST THE

PRESIDENT'S CONTRACEPTION

MANDATE.

IT IS THE PART OF OBAMACARE

THAT FORCES EMPLOYERS TO

COVER ABORTION-CAUSING

CONTRACEPTIVES IN THEIR

HEALTH CARE PLANS.

IT EVEN APPLIES TO COMPANIES

AND MINISTRIES WITH SERIOUS

RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS.

PAUL STRAND WAS ON HAND AS

TWO CHRISTIAN COLLEGES ARGUE

FOR THEIR RIGHT TO SUE.

Reporter: AS FAR AS HE

IS CONCERNED, HE WAS

BATTLING FOR THE RELIGIOUS

LIBERTY OF ALL AMERICANS.

THEY OBJECT TO THE OBAMA

CARE THAT THEIR HEALTH CARE

PAYS FOR CONTRACEPTIONS.

THIS BRINGS TOGETHER A

CATHOLIC AND EVANGELICAL

COLLEGE.

SHOWING THAT IT IS NOT JUST

A MATTER FOR CATHOLICS OR

JUST ABOUT CONTRACEPTION.

IT IS A CASE WHERE THE

GOVERNMENT CAN FORCE YOU TO

SAY WE'RE GOING TO FORCE YOU

TO BREAK YOUR FAITH OR

YOU'LL FACE A FINE.

TO MY KNOWLEDGE, THIS IS

THE LARGEST NUMBER OF

LAWSUITS FILED AGAINST THE

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON A

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY ISSUE IN

THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY.

THE PRINCIPLE THAT WILL

BE SET DOWN IN THESE CASES,

WE HOPE, WILL PROTECT PEOPLE

FROM HAVING THEIR RELIGIOUS

BELIEFS VIAL LATED AND

COERCCOERCED BY

HEAVY-HANDED GOVERNMENT.

THERE IS A FUNDAMENTAL

ISSUE HERE HAS AFFECTS ALL

OF US.

Reporter: HERE AT THE

WASHINGTON, D.C. CIRCUIT

COURT OF APPEALS, THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION ARGUES THE

COLLEGES SHOULDN'T BE ABLE

TO SUE RIGHT AWAY BECAUSE IT

IS PROMISING TO WORK ON SOME

SORT OF ACCOMMODATION FOR

THOSE OBJECTERS.

THEY MADE THAT PROMISE

BACK IN MARCH.

GOVERNMENT CANNOT REGULATE

ON PROMISE.

GOVERNMENT CANNOT REGULATE

BY SAYING TRUST US.@

Reporter: DUNCAN SAYS

THE CLUTCHES HAV COLLEGESú

HAVE TO PREPARE NOW FOR

FISCAL FINES.

THEY HAVE TO PREPARE FOR

FINES ON THE ORDER OF

$100,000 FOR WHEATON.

Reporter: SO FAR THE

OBJECTION FROM THE OBAMA

WITH RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS,

LUMP, YOU'LL HAVE TO FOLLOW

THE RULES.

BUT THE ACTUAL FATE OF THE

H.H.S. MANDATE IS FAR FROM

SETTLED.

PAUL STRAND, REPORTING FROM

THE WASHINGTON, D.C. COURT

APPEALS.

Lee: PAT, YOU'RE THE

CHANC CHANCELLOR OF REGENT

UNIVERSITY, AND WHAT ARE

YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS?

Pat: I THINK THESE

MANDATES ARE OUTRAGEOUS.

THE LIBERALS WANT TO FORCE

PEOPLE THEM TO DO WHAT THEY

WANT THEM TO DO.

THERE IS NOTHING LIBERAL

ABOUT IT.

THEY WANT TO FORCE YOU INTO

THEIR MOLD.

WHATEVER THEY THINK IS

RIGHT.

THEY'RE GOING TO USE THE

POWER OF THE STATE TO COERCE

YOU.

AND IF YOU WILL NOT DO IT,

THEY'LL PUT YOU IN JAIL OR

THEY'LL FINE YOU OR SOMEHOW

PENALIZE YOU.

THAT'S WHAT WE'RE FACING

HERE.

I THINK SOONER OR LATER,

PEOPLE HAVE GOT TO RECOGNIZE

IT.

I AM ASTOUNDED IN THIS LAST

ELECTION THAT CATHOLICS

DIDN'T MAKE MORE OF A STIR,

AND THEY WEREN'T MORE VOCAL

IN TERMS OF WHERE THEY

VOTED.

THAT HEALTH CARE BILL WAS A

MOMONSTROSITY.

NANCY PELOSI SAID WE'VE GOT

TO VOTE FOR IT SO WE CAN

FIND OUT WHAT IS IN IT.

WHAT A RIDICULOUS THING TO

SAY.

BUT SHE SAID IT.

SHE IS THE SPEAKER OF THE

DEMOCRATIC HOUSE.

YOU'VE GOT TO VOTE FOR IT SO

WE SEE WHAT IS IN IT.

2600, 2700 PAGES OF GLOBAL

GOBBLEDY GOOP, AND IT

DOESN'T SPELL OUT EXACTLY

WHAT THEY ARE.

YOU'VE GOT ALL KINDS OF

WAIVERS AND ALL KINDS OF

CONFUSION.

IT IS AN MONSTROSITY.

BUT IT WAS AN ATTEMPT FOR

THE SO-CALLED LIBERALS TO

TAKE OVER THE ECONOMY.

THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT TO

DO.

THEY WANT TO CONTROL YOUR

LIFE. AND WE WANT, THE

CONSERVATIVES WANT,

FREEDOM.

THEY WANT TO BE FREE TO

PURSUE THE GOD-GIVEN

INSTINCTS IN THEIR HEART.

BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT THE

PROGRESSIVES WANT.

KEEP IN MIND, THIS IS

SOCIALISM.

THIS IS THE HEAVY HAND OF A

NANNY STATE.

THIS IS JUST WHAT YOU'LL

HAVE UNDER MARKSISM, AND

THAT'S WHAT THESE PEOPLE

WANT.

IF YOU'RE A FREEDOM-LOVING

INDIVIDUAL, YOU DON'T WANT

THAT.

YOU WANT FREEDOM.

SO IT DIDN'T SEEM TO MAKE

ANY DIFFERENCE IN THE LAST

ELECTION.

MAYBE AMERICANS DON'T CARE

ANYMORE.

LET'S HOPE THEY DO.

TERRY?

Terry: UP NEXT, A

CHURCH IN EAST BERLIN, WHO'S

CONGREGATION HAS BEEN

DOUBLED BY, GET THIS, A

FORMER MUSLIM.

AND THEN LATER ON, TOP

COLLEGE QUARTERBACK LANDRY

JONES WILL TALK ABOUT HOW HE

ALMOST GAVE UP ON THE GAME

AND HIMSELF.

Pat: WELL, AS FAR AS

RELIGIOUS MATTERS GO,

EUROPE, ONCE THE CRADLE OF

CHRISTIAN THOUGHT, HAS BEEN

CALLED NOW THE NEW DARK

CONTINENT.

CHURCH ATTENDANCE IS

EXTREMELY LOW, ESPECIALLY IN

THE OFFICIAL STATE

CHURCHES.

BUT SPIRITUAL REVIVAL HAS

COME TO SOME GERMAN

CHURCHES.

FROM WHAT SOURCE?

MUSLIM CONVERTS FROM IRAN.

DALE HERD REPORTS FROM

BERLIN.

Reporter: PARTS OF

GERMANY ARE AMONG THE MOST

GODLESS AREAS IN THE WORLD.

POLLING SHOWS THAT BELIEF IN

GOD IN THE OLD EAST GERMANY

IS ONLY 13%.

BUT CHURCH ATTENDANCE IS

GROWING HERE, THANKS TO

FORMER MUSLIMS FROM IRAN.

PERSIAN CONQRANTS GROW.

SUDDENLY NEW PEOPLE

STARTED COMING EVERY WEEK

AND ASKED TO THE BAPTIZED.

IN THE BEGINNING, ONLY FIVE

OR SIX IRANIANS CAME.

THEY WERE EASY TO SPOT, AND

WE GOT TO KNOW THEM.

AND OVER TIME, THEY BROUGHT

THEIR FRIENDS AND

NEIGHBORS.

Reporter: GERMANY HAS

EXPERIENCED A SEARCH IN

ISLAM THIS YEAR.

MUSLIMS CONDUCTED A

NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGN TO GIVE

AWAY QURANS, IN A COUNTRY

THAT HAS LARGELY TURNED ITS

BACK ON CHRISTIANITY.

BUT ISLAMIC CURDS HAVE

ALREADY EXPERIENCED ISLAM IN

THEIR NATIVE LAND.

MICHAEL ASKED THAT WE

DISGUISE HIS FACE TO PROTECT

HIS FAMILY IN IRAN.

I MET A FEW TIMES WITH

FRIENDS IN TEHRAN, AND THERE

WE SPOKE ABOUT JESUS.

AND WE TRIED TO DO A BIBLE

STUDY SOMETIMES WITHOUT AN

ACTUAL BIBLE.

Reporter: ALL OF THE

PERSIANS WE TALKED TO

ACCEPTED CHRIST IN IRAN, AND

THEN HAD TO EITHER FLEE OR

RISK PRISON OR DEATH.

I WAS ON MY WAY TO A

HOUSE CHURCH MEETING WHEN I

SAW POLICE OUTSIDE THE

FLAT.

SO I DIDN'T GO IN.

AND LATER I CALLED MY

MOTHER.

SHE SAID THE POLICE WERE

HERE LOOKING FOR YOU.

SO MY FAMILY HELPED ME FLEE

THE COUNTRY.

WHEN I WAS IN IRAN, I

WANTED TO BECOME A

CHRISTIAN, BUT IT'S REALLY

DIFFICULT TO LEARN ABOUT

CHRISTIANITY IN IRAN.

IT IS FORBIDDEN FOR A MUSLIM

TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN.

IT WAS REALLY DIFFICULT.

I HAD TO LEAVE MY PARENTS.

SO I LOST MY HOME AND MY

FAMILY.

Reporter: ROSEMARY SAYS

THE PERSIANS WERE SURPRISED

TO FIND SO MANY GERMANS

DISINTERESTED IN

CHRISTIANITY.

MOST OF THEM BECAME

CHRISTIANS IN IRAN, AND KNOW

MORE ABOUT CHRISTIANITY THAN

YOU WOULD EXPECT.

THEY ARE AHEAD OF US, IN A

RESPECT, BECAUSE THEY HAVE

ALREADY BEEN PERSECUTEED FOR

JESUS CHRIST.

AND THEY FELT THAT A LOT OF

GERMANS ARE CHRISTIANS IN

NAME ONLY AND THEY TAKE

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR

GRANTED.

Reporter: SOME GERMANS

ARE SUSPICIOUS OF THE

CONVERSIONS, BECAUSE BEING

BAPTIZED CAN HELP THEM STAY

IN GERMANY, RATHER THAN

BEING DEPORTED.

I DID SUSPECT THAT SOME

OF THEM WANTED TO BE

BAPTIZED SO THEY COULD STAY

IN GERMANY.

BUT THAT HAS BEEN THE CASE

FOR ONLY A FEW.

IN FACT, SOME HAVE COME BACK

TO OUR FAITH AND BAPTISM

CLASS FOR THE FOURTH TIME.

Reporter: IT IS NOT

KNOWN HOW MANY HAVE

CONVERTED AND JOINED

CHURCHES IN JOHN F. KENNEDY,

IN GERMANY.

AT THE HOUSE OF GOD'S HELP,

IT HAS REINVIGORATED THE

CONGREGATION.

DALE HERD, CBN NEWS.

Pat: A CLOUD NO BIGGER

THAN GOD'S HAND.

THAT'S EXCITING NEWS.

Terry: COMING UP, THE

SUNAR WHO WAS NAMED THE TOP

QUARTERBACK IN OKLAHOMA.

LANDRY JONES TELLS HOW A

BASKETBALL STAR CHANGED HIS

LIFE.

*

Pat: WELL, THE REGULAR

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON IS

OVER.

THE ARMY-NAVY GAME WAS THE

LAST ONE.

AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO

THE BOWEL GAMES.

I'M NOT SURE THEY HAVE

SELECTED ALL OF THE

CONTESTANTS, BUT MOST OF THE

BOWL CONTESTANTS ARE BEING

NAMED.

IN A FEW WEEKS, OKLAHOMA

QUARTERBACK LANDRY JONES AND

TEXAS A&M HEISMAN TROPHY

WINNER JOHNNIE MANSELL, WILL

GO HEAD TO HEAD IN ONE OF

THE BIGGEST STAGES IN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL.

THE AT&T COTTON BOWEL.

IT IS THE FOURTH BOWEL GAME

ATTENDANCE FOR LANDRY, AND

JUST A FEW YEARS AGO, HE

THOUGHT ABOUT ENDING HIS

FOOTBALL CAREER AND HIS

LIFE.

Reporter: OKLAHOMA

QUARTERBACK LANDRY JONES IS

ONE OF THE TOP COLLEGE

Q.B.s IN THE COUNTRY.

HE HAS LED THE SOONERS TO

THREE BOWEL GAME VICTORIES.

AND, YES, WITH ALL OF THAT

SUCCESS, IT IS HARD TO

BELIEVE THAT HE ONCE

CONSIDERED HIMSELF AS

NOTHING MORE THAN A

FAILURE.

I GREW UP IN CHURCH, BUT

I SHOULDN'T REALLY -- I DID

ACCEPT CHRIST, BUT IT WAS

ONE OF THOSE THINGS I DIDN'T

KIND OF WALK IT OUT.

I DIDN'T KNOW REALLY WHO I

WAS AND WHAT I STOOD FOR.

I FELT EMASCULATED.

I FELT LIKE I WASN'T A MAN

ANYMORE.

FELT LIKE I WASN'T GOOD

ENOUGH FOR PEOPLE.

Reporter: LANDRY HAS

BEEN PLAYING FOOTBALL SINCE

THE FIRST GRADE.

BY THE TIME HE WAS A SENIOR

IN HIGH SCHOOL, HE WAS A

FRIDAY NIGHT CELEBRITY.

AND THINGS WERE GOING SO

WELL, HE FELT HE REALLY

DIDN'T NEED GOD.

IT WAS ALWAYS, LIKE, WHY,

WHAT'S THE NEED?

IF I HAVE EVERYTHING I WANT

TO HAVE IN THIS LIFE, WHAT'S

THE NEED FOR HAVING GOD OR

ANYTHING LIKE THAT?

Reporter: JUST BEFORE

HE GRADUATED FROM HIGH

SCHOOL, LANDRY COMMITTED TO

PLAY FOR OKLAHOMA.

THAT'S WHERE A HARSH REALITY

SET IN.

I GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL

EARLY.

SO I CAME IN IN THE MIDDLE,

IN JANUARY, AND ALL OF THE

GUYS IN '07 HAD THEIR

FRIENDS AND HAD THEIR

CLICHES GOING.

Reporter: THAT WAS

SOCIALLY, BUT IT WAS EVEN

WORSE WITH FOOTBALL BECAUSE

OKLAHOMA ALREADY HAD A

STARTING QUARTERBACK IN

NUMBER 14, SAM BRADFORD.

AND LANDRY THOUGHT IT WOULD

BECOME A STARTER BY JUST

SIMPLY SHOWING UP.

MY MINDSET WAS I WOULD

COME IN AND START.

I NEVER DID REACH THAT GOAL,

AND IT SHOOK ME.

IT WAS HARD FOR ME TO

COMPREHEND AND UNDERSTAND

WHAT WAS GOING ON.

Reporter: HOW DID YOU

HANDLE THAT?

ALL OF MY IDENTITY WAS IN

FOOTBALL AND GIRLS.

AND THOSE ARE WORLDLY

THINGS.

AND I HAD NOTHING TO THROW

BACK ON.

Reporter: LANDRY THREW

HIMSELF INTO THE PARTY

LIFESTYLE, LOOKING TO

SUPPRESS WHAT HE WAS

FEELING.

IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU WERE

TRYING TO CREATE THE SAME

ATMOSPHERE YOU HAD IN HIGH

SCHOOL?

RIGHT.

I JUST FELT EMPE EMPTY.

Reporter: IT WAS AT

THAT TIME LANDRY MET

WHITNEY, A RISING BASKETBALL

STAR.

THERE WAS A LIGHT INSIDE

OF HER, A JOY THAT NEVER

SEEMED TO RUN OUT.

I STARTED DIGGING DEEPER,

AND I FOUND OUT THAT SHE WAS

A CHRISTIAN, AND SHE HAS

BEEN WALKING HER FAITH OUT.

Reporter: WHEN LANDRY

WENT HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

BREAK, HE COULDN'T HELP

THINKING ABOUT WHITNEY AND

HER FAITH.

BEING AROUND HIS FAMILY

AGAIN BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES

OF HOW HE WAS RAISED.

ALL OF MY THINGS FROM MY

CHILDHOOD AND ABOUT GOD, AND

HOW IMPORTANT OF HAVING THAT

RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM CAME

FLOODING BACK INTO MY

MEMORY.

THAT'S WHEN GOD REALLY

GRABBED MY HEART AND WAS

KIND OF AFTER ME.

Reporter: LANDRY PRAYED

AND REDEDICATED HIS LIFE TO

THE LORD.

AND EVEN EVERYTHING BEGAN TO

MAKE SENSE.

EVERY TIME I PRAYED, I

WOULD HEAR, YOUR MY SON,

YOUR THE SON OF GOD.

THAT'S ALL I WOULD HEAR,

YOU'RE MY SON AND I'M PROUD

OF YOU.

THAT THEME OF I'M A SON OF

GOD WAS ALWAYS WHAT GOD WAS

SPEAKING TO ME IN THAT FIRST

COUPLE OF MONTHS WHEN I

STARTED THAT RELATIONSHIP

WITH HIM.

Reporter: TOWARDS THE

END OF THE NEXT SEASON,

SENIOR QUARTERBACK SAM

BRADFORD SUFFERED A SERIES

OF INJURIES BEFORE LEAVING

FOR THE NFL, AND LANDRY WAS

GIVEN HIS SHOT.

I WAS, LIKE, TEACH ME,

MOLD ME.

SHOW ME HOW TO LEAD THESE

GUYS AND WHY I PLAY FOOTBALL

AND WHAT IS MY PURPOSE IN

THIS SPORT.

AND BEING A QUARTERBACK IS

KIND OF WHAT GOD PUT ME IN

IN MOLDING MEN AND SHOWING

THEM HOW TO BE MEN OF GOD.

Reporter: LANDRY IS NOW

IN HIS SENIOR YEAR, IN

PURSUIT OF HIS FOURTH BOWEL

GAME CHAMPIONSHIP WITH HIS

EYES ON THE NFL.

AND IF YOU'RE WONDERING WHAT

HAPPENED TO WHITNEY, THEY

WERE MARRIED THIS LAST

JULY.

AND HE SAYS HIS NUMBER ONE

PRIORITY IS TO MODEL HOW TO

BE A GODLY MAN.

WHENEVER I THINK ABOUT

JESUS AND WHAT HE DID ON THE

CROSS, THE WORD THAT ALWAYS

COMES BACK TO ME IS, "I'M

THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE

LIFE."

HE IS TRUTH, HE IS THE WAY,

HE IS THE LIFE.

IF YOU WANT LIFE AND YOU

WANT TRUTH, YOU FIND JESUS,

AND THAT'S ALL WRAPPED UP IN

ONE PERSON.

Pat: YOU ARE MY SON,

AND I'M PROUD OF YOU.

ISN'T THAT INTERESTING?

THE GUY IS AWAY FROM GOD,

BUT DOES GOD COME AND REBUKE

HIM, SAYING YOU SINNED?

THAT'S NOT THE WAY THE

FATHER DOES IT.

HE DRAWS US WITH CORDS OF

LOVE.

HE DRAWS US WITH LOVE.

AND THEN HE TELLS US ABOUT

HIS LOVE.

HOW HE GAVE HIS OWN SON TO

DIE THAT YOU AND I MIGHT

LIVE.

AND HIS SON SAID, "I AM THE

WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE

LIFE.

NOBODY COMES TO THE FATHER

BUT BY ME."

"I'M THE WAY."

SO HERE YOU HAVE A STAR

QUARTERBACK, PROBABLY THE

TOP ONE IN THE NATION, WHO

SAYS JESUS IS EVERYTHING.

HE IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH,

AND THE LIFE.

LET ME ASK YOU SOMETHING, DO

YOU KNOW THE LOVE OF GOD

WHICH PASSES UNDERSTANDING?

IT IS SO GREAT YOU CAN'T

UNDERSTAND IT.

THE BIBLE SAYS "EYE HASN'T

SEEN IT, EAR HASN'T HEARD

IT, NEITHER HAS IT ENTERED

INTO THE HEART OF MAN WHAT

GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THEM

THAT LOVE HIM."

IT IS SO WONDERFUL, WE CAN'T

CONCEIVE OF IT, ACCEPT THE

HOLY SPIRIT REVEALS IT.

I WANT TO ASK YOU RIGHT NOW,

AS WE APPROACH CHRISTMAS,

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW THE

SON OF GOD?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE BORN

AGAIN?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE JOY

AND PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE?

IF YOU WOULD, I WANT YOU TO

JUST PRAY A SIMPLE PRAYER,

AND I WANT YOU TO LET JESUS

GET INSIDE, IN YOUR HEART.

I WANT YOU TO PRAY WITH ME.

PRAY WITH YOUR MOUTH, PRAY

WITH YOUR HEART, AND MEAN

WHAT YOU SAY.

RIGHT NOW.

WHEREVER YOU ARE, MEN AND

WOMEN, BOYS AND GIRLS,

TOGETHER, SOME OF YOU,

HUSBAND AND WIFE.

BOW YOUR HEAD RIGHT NOW.

PRAY THESE WORDS.

JESUS -- DO IT NOW!

JESUS, I KNOW YOU DIED FOR

ME, AND I KNOW THAT YOU ROSE

AGAIN THAT I MIGHT LIVE

FOREVER.

AND SO, LORD JESUS, AT THIS

MOMENT I OPEN THE DOOR OF MY

HEART TO YOU.

AND I ASK YOU, COME IN, TAKE

OVER MY LIFE, AND FROM THIS

MOMENT I RECEIVE THE LOVE OF

GOD.

AND I WILL LIVE FOR YOU AND

I WILL SERVE YOU AL OF THE

DAYS OF MY LIFE.

THANK YOU, JESUS, THAT

YOU'VE HEARD MY PRAYER.

AND THANK YOU, LORD, THAT

YOU'VE COME INTO MY HEART.

AND FOR THOSE WHO PRAYED

WITH ME, I WANT TO PRAY FOR

YOU.

FATHER, RIGHT NOW, MAY THE

POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OF

GOD COME INTO THEIR LIVES,

INTO EACH ONE.

IN THE NAME OF JESUS, BE

FILLED WITH HIS SPIRIT.

AMEN.

AND AMEN.

I WANT TO GIVE YOU

SOMETHING.

YOU JUST PRAYED WITH ME --

IT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT

PRAYER YOU'VE EVER PRAYED.

I HAVE SOMETHING CALLED A

NEW DAY.

IT IS A LITTLE C.D. IN HERE

THAT TELLS YOU WHAT YOU JUST

DID.

IT TELLS YOU WHAT IT MEANS

TO BE BORN AGAIN.

IT TELLS YOU WHAT AN

EXCHANGED LIFE IS.

IT TELLS YOU THE FACT THAT

JESUS IS COMING AGAIN.

IT TELLS YOU THE SIGNS OF

THE TIMES.

ALL OF THIS IS HERE IN THIS

LITTLE C.D.

I'LL GIVE IT TO YOU FREE.

YOU CALL AND SAY, LOOK, I

PRAYED WITH PAT.

I GAVE MY HEART TO THE

LORD.

WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO

CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS.

AS BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN.

1-800-759-0700.

IT IS A TOLL-FREE NUMBER.

CALL NOW.

THIS IS ABSOLUTELY FREE.

NO FINANCIAL OBLIGATION

WHATSOEVER.

EVEN IF YOU DON'T WANT TO

GIVE US YOUR NAME, THAT'S

FINE, TOO.

BUT IF YOU WANT THIS BOOK,

YOU'LL HAVE TO TELL US HOW

TO SEND IT.

BUT OTHER THAN, JUST CALL

AND SAY I PRAYED WITH PAT.

I'M NOW A CHILD OF GOD.

1-800-759-0700.

COUNSELLORS ARE HERE WHO

LOVE YOU.

ALL RIGHT, TERRY HAS GOT

MORE.

Terry: WELL, STILL

AHEAD, IT'S ONE OF OUR

FAVORITE CHRISTMAS CAROLS,

BUT THERE WAS A TIME WHEN IT

WAS SUNG IN SECRET.

LEARN ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS.

THAT'S LATER ON TODAY'S "THE

700 CLUB."

PLUS WE HAVE YOUR E-MAIL

QUESTIONS, LIKE THIS ONE

FROM JIM, WHO WANTS TO KNOW

"IS THERE SUCH A THING AS AN

UNFORGIVABLE SIN IN GOD'S

EYES?"

STANDARD FOR THASTAY TUNED

AS WE BRING IT ON.

Reporter: WELCOME BACK

TO WASHINGTON FOR THIS CBN

NEWS BREAK.

A NEW STUDY SHOWS MORE

CHILDREN ARE NOW BORN

OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE.

THAT REPORT RELEASED BY THE

NATIONAL MARRIAGE PROJECT IN

THE INSTITUTE FOR AMERICAN

VALUES.

IT FOCUSES ON WHAT IT CALLS

MIDDLE AMERICA, AND NEARLY

60% OF AMERICANS WHO

COMPLETE HIGH SCHOOL BUT NOT

COLLEGE.

AMONG THAT GROUP, 44% OF

CHILDREN ARE NOW BORN

OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE.

THAT'S UP 13% SINCE THE

1980s.

STUDY CO-AUTHORITY BRAD WILL

COX SAYS MARRIAGE IN MIDDLE

AMERICA IS AT A TIPPING

POINT, WITH UNWED CHILD

BEARING THREATENING TO

BECOME THE NEW NORM.

CHILDREN RANGED OUTSIDE OF

MARRIAGE ARE MORE LIKELY TO

SUFFER FROM A RANGE OF

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL

PROBLEMS.

POPULAR CHRISTIAN RADIO HOST

FRANK PATORI DIED ON MONDAY

FROM INJURIES HE RECEIVED IN

A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.

FOR NINE YEARS, HE HOSTED A

SHOW OUTSIDE OF LOS ANGELES,

TURNING IT INTO ONE OF THE

LARGEST CHRISTIAN TALK SHOWS

IN AMERICA.

SOME SAY HE PROPHESIED HIS

DEATH HOURS BEFORE THE

ACCIDENT THAT EVENTUALLY

TOOK HIS LIFE.

HE SAID RIDING A MOTORCYCLE

ON THE FREEWAY IS A

DANGEROUS ACTIVITY THAT

COULD COST HIM HIS LIFE.

HE ALSO PITCHED FOR THE

CINCINNATI REDS.

HE WAS 55 YEARS OLD.

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.

Pat: LORDS ARE LEAPING

AND MAIDS ARE MILKING, AND

PARPARTRIDGES ARE SINGING.

WHAT'S THE STORY BEHIND THE

LYRICS?

KRISTI WATTS FOUND OUT, WITH

A LOOK AT WHAT IS GOING ON

BEHIND THE CHRISTMAS

TRADITIONS.

Kristi: ALL RIGHT, ACE,

WE CANNOT HAVE A CHRISTMAS

PARTY AT MY HOUSE WITHOUT

SINGING THE 12 DAYS OF

CHRISTMAS.

DO YOU KNOW THEM, BY THE

WAY?

OH, YES.

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS.

AND ISN'T IT THE SILLIEST

SONG?

IT IS SILLY, BUT IT IS

FUN.

IF YOU SING IT AND KNOW

WHAT IS BEHIND IT, IT IS

REALLY A SERIOUS CHURCH.

WHEN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WAS

OUTLAWED IN ENGLAND, THEY

WENT UNDERGROUND AND

TEACHING THEIR DOGMA.

THE ENGLISH PEOPLE WERE

SINGING THE SONG WITHOUT

KNOWING WHAT IT MEANT.

BUT THE CATHOLIC CHILDREN

KNEW WHAT IT MEANT.

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

STARTS ON CHRISTMAS EVE AND

GOES TO THE DAY OF

EPIPHANY.

Kristi: YOU KNOW WHAT

I'VE ALWAYS WONDERED ABOUT,

EIGHT MAIDS A-MILKING.

THEY WERE THE LOWEST JOB

IN ENGLAND, THE LOWEST OF

THE LOW, AND CHRIST CAME NOT

ONLY FOR THE KINGS, BUT ALSO

THE LOW.

FIVE GOLDEN RINGS?

THE FIRST FIVE BOOKS OF

THE OLD TESTAMENT.

THE TORAH.

AND 11 PIPERS.

11 DISIPLES WHO TOOK THE

WORD OUT.

THERE WEREN'T 12, THERE WERE

11.

MY FAVORITE IS PROBABLY THE

PARTRIDGE IN THE PEAR TREE

BECAUSE IT IS THE ONLY ONE

ON THE PLANET WHO WILL LAY

DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS NEST.

WHO LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR

US?

CHRIST.

Kristi: YOU CAN GIVEN A

WHOLE NEW MEANING FOR ONE OF

MY FAVORITE SONGS.

THAT WE'RE GOING TO SING

REAL QUICK.

12 DRUMMERS DRUMMING, 11

PIPERS PIPING.

10 LORDS ALEAPING.

EIGHT MAIDS A MILKING.

SIX GEESE LAYING, FIVE

GOLDEN RINGS.

FOUR TURTLE DOVES, THREE

FRENCHES FRENCHS, AND TWO

TURTLE DOVES, AND A

PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE.

Pat: I NEVER THOUGHT OF

THAT AS TEACHING CATHOLIC

DOCTRINE.

Terry: I LOVE THAT.

Pat: ACE COLLINS HAS A

BOOK CALLED "THE STORIES

BEHIND THE GREAT TRADITIONS

FOR CHRISTMAS."

I THINK IT WILL BE A NICE

STOCKING STUFFER.

YOU CAN GET THIS WHERE BOOKS

ARE SOLD, AND WHAT A NICE

GUY.

INTERESTING.

Terry: HE HAS SHOWN SO

MANY FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT

THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY WITH

US, I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE

THAT BOOK.

Pat: WE LIVE IN AN AREA

RIGHT NEAR WILLIAMSBURG,

WHICH HAS ALL OF THAT

ENGLISH LOOK.

THE BUILDINGS LEND

THEMSELVES TO ALL OF THAT

KIND OF DECORATION WITH THE

YULE LOG.

BUT WE TAKE SO MANY

TRADITIONS FROM ENGLAND.

THAT ONE SONG THAT THE KIDS

SING, "ASHES TO ASHES AND WE

ALL FALL DOWN."

"RING AROUND THE ROSIE."

Terry: YUP.

Pat: DO YOU KNOW WHAT

THAT IS ALL ABOUT?

IT HAS TO DO WITH THE END OF

THE WORLD.

THE COLLAPSE OF THE WORLD.

ASHES TO ASHES, WE'LL ALL

FOUALL FALL DOWN.

THESE ARE TAUGHT TO KIDS.

BUT GOOD FOR ACE, AND NOW

YOU KNOW ABOUT WHAT THOSE

MILK MAIDS WERE DOING.

TERRY, YOU'RE NEXT.

Terry: THIS CHRISTMAS

IS GOING TO BE MUCH MERRIER

FOR MANY, MANY CHILDREN,

BECAUSE OF THE COMBINED

EFFORTS OF THE MARINES, THE

SALVATION ARMY AND

"OPERATION BLESSING."

TAKE A LOOK.

CAN I DO THAT?

Terry: WHEN YOU SEE

PEOPLE HELPING OTHER PEOPLE,

YOU SEE A LOT OF SMILES.

AT THIS YEAR'S TOYS FOR TOTS

CHRISTMAS DEPOT IN VIRGINIA

BEACH, PARENTS WHO COULDN'T

OTHERWISE PROVIDE GIFTS FOR

THEIR CHILDREN WENT HOME

WITH A BASKETFUL.

EVEN MORE IMPORTANT, EACH

PERSON LEFT KNOWING THAT

SOMEONE CARES.

I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

I THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM

OF MY HEART.

Reporter: THE CHRISTMAS

DEPOT IS A COMBINED EFFORT

OF A NUMBER OF

ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING

"OPERATION BLESSING," THE

U.S. MARINES, AND THE

SALVATION ARMY.

THIS YEAR WE'VE DONATED

OVER $10,000 WORTH OF CANNED

GOODS AND FOOD ITEMS.

IT WILL GO IN A FOOD BOX

THAT ALL OF THE FAMILIES

THAT GO THROUGH THE LINES

TODAY AND THROUGHOUT THE

WEEK WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE

HOME WITH THEM.

WE ALSO PROVIDED A LARGE BOX

TRUCK FROM THE MARINES,

THEIR TOYS FOR TOTS

PROGRAM.

WE DROP OFF THE BOXES AND

THEN ORGANIZE THE TOYS AND

SET UP THE SHELVING, AND

HELP PUSH CARTS AND ALL OF

THAT STUFF.

WE FIND FAMILIES THAT ARE

NEEDING SCHOOL SUPPLIES.

AND THROUGH THAT PROCESS, WE

ALSO IDENTIFY NEEDS FOR

CHRISTMAS.

I WAS A 19-YEAR-OLD

MOTHER, AND MY HUSBAND WAS

IN COLLEGE, AND I WAS ASKED

TO COME DOWN TO A PLACE LIKE

THIS AND RECEIVE TOYS.

Reporter: MORE THAN

20,000 PEOPLE IN TIDEWATER,

VIRGINIA, WILL BE REACHED BY

THIS SIX-DAY EVENT, AND

GIVEN ITEMS THEY WOULD

OTHERWISE DO WITHOUT.

GRACIAS.

MUCHOS GRACIAS.

THANK YOU FOR

EVERYTHING.

THANK YOU, GOD.

MAY GOD KEEP US ENCOURAGED

AND HAPPY WITH OUR

FAMILIES.

THEY'VE GOT NICE TOYS IN

THERE.

IT IS REALLY NEAT.

MY 9-YEAR-OLD LOVES IT WHEN

SHE UNWRAPS HER PRESENTS.

I WOULD REALLY RATHER THEY

DO THIS BECAUSE IF THEY

WOULDN'T HAVE DONE IT, I

DON'T KNOW WHAT I WOULD HAVE

DONE FOR MY KIDS FOR

CHRISTMAS.

Terry: I WISH YOU COULD

HEAR THE THINGS I HEAR SO

OFTEN WHEN I'M OUT IN THE

FIELD.

IF IT HADN'T BEEN FOR YOU, I

DON'T KNOW WHAT I WOULD HAVE

DONE.

NOT ME, BUT YOU.

IF YOU'RE A "THE 700 CLUB"

MEMBER, YOU'RE ONE OF THE

PEOPLE MAKING THIS HAPPEN.

NOT JUST HERE IN THE UNITED

STATES, BUT LITERALLY AROUND

THE WORLD.

IT IS 65 CENTS A DAY, $20 A

MONTH, BUT YOU CAN MAKE SUCH

A DIFFERENCE.

WILL YOU GO TO YOUR PHONE

AND CALL RIGHT NOW?

OUR NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE.

1-800-759-0700.

CALL AND SAY I WANT TO JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB."

WHEN YOU DO, OUR WAY OF

SAYING THANK YOU IS TO SEND

YOU PATS TEACHING, "HOW TO

PREPARE FOR AMERICA."

AND IF YOU'RE ALREADY A "700

CLUB" MEMBER, WATCH FOR THIS

MAILING.

BECAUSE INSIDE OF THIS IS A

WONDERFUL DEVOTIONAL CALLED

"QUIET MOMENTS IN HIS

PRESENCE."

THIS GOES OUT TO ALL OF OUR

"700 CLUB" MEMBERS.

AND IT HELPS TO KEEP JESUS

THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.

WE WANT YOU TO HAVE THAT.

UP NEXT, ONE OF THE MOST

POPULAR SEGMENTS OF OUR SHOW

"BRING IT ON."

AND JENNA WANTS TO KNOW IF

YOU HAVE TWO SAVED PEOPLE,

AND ONE FEELS CONVICTED TO

BE A FUNDAMENTALIST -- AND

WHAT IS CONVICTED TO BE AN

EVANGELICAL, HOW CAN THEY BE

TOGETHER?"

AND LATER, THE F.F.H. BAND

SINGS ABOUT SILENT NIGHT.

* ONE SILENT NIGHT

* WHEN ALL IS CALM, WHEN ALL

IS BRIGHT *

Terry: SOME OF YOU SINT

E-MAIL QUESTIONS, AND WE

WANT TO TAKE SOME TIME TO

ADDRESS THOSE TODAY.

PAT, THIS FIRST ONE IS FROM

JIM, WHO SAYS, "IS THERE

SUCH A THING AS AN

UNFORGIVABLE SIN IN GOD'S

EYES?"

Pat: THE ACTUAL SPIRIT

OF IT IS THEY CLAIMED HE HAD

AN EVIL SPIRIT.

BUT MOST BIBLE SCHOLARS SAY

THE ONE SIN IS REFUSING TO

WOOING THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE

HOLY SPIRIT.

IF YOU REFUSE THE WOOING OF

THE HOLY SPIRIT IT IS

UNFORGIVABLE BECAUSE YOU

HAVE NOT ASKED FOR

FORGIVENESS.

WHEN YOU DO IT RIGHT DOWN TO

THE WIRE, THE GREEK ASPECTS

YOU DID IT ONE TIME.

THAT'S THE WAY IT IS WRITTEN

IN THE GREEK.

I JUST DON'T BELIEVE THAT

SQUARES WITH ANYTHING ELSE

IN THE BIBLE.

BECAUSE GOD IS INFI BECAUSE

GOD IS INFINITELY

FORGIVING.

AND SO THE FACT THAT YOU

SPOKE ONE WORD AND, BANG,

YOU'RE IN HELL -- IT JUST

DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY.

THAT'S WHAT IT IS, YOU

RESIST THE WOOING OF THE

HOLY SPIRIT AND IT IS

UNFORGIVING BECAUSE YOU

HAVEN'T ASKED FOR

FORGIVENESS.

Terry: THIS IS JENNA

WHO SAYS, "IF YOU HAVE TWO

SAVED PEOPLE AND ONE FEELS

CONVICTED BY GOD TO BE A

FUNDAMENTALIST, AND THE

OTHER IS CONVICTED TO BE AN

EVANGELICAL, HOW CAN THEY

BOTH BE RIGHT?"

Pat: PAUL SAID, WE

SHOULD BE EAGER TO MAINTAIN

THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT IN

THE BONDS OF PEACE UNTIL WE

COME TO A PERFECT MAN, TO

THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH.

WE HAVEN'T YET COME TO THE

KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH.

WE'RE NOT TOGETHER.

THERE ARE MANY, MANY, MANY

SECTS OF CHRISTIANITY.

SEVERAL HUNDRED.

BUT THE MOST PEOPLE THING IS

JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOUR

SINS.

HE ROSE AGAIN, ACCORDING TO

THE SCRIPTURES.

THAT IS WHAT IS IMPORTANT.

TO SAY GOD -- GOD DIDN'T

CAUSE PEOPLE TO HAVE THESE

DIVISIONS.

IT IS THEIR OWN SELFISHNESS

AND THE PRIDE.

THEY THINK WHAT I'VE GOT IS

THE END OF IT.

I HAVE STUDIED AND I KNOW

THE TRUTH AND YOU DON'T KNOW

THE TRUTH.

AND MY TRUTH IS BETTER THAN

YOUR TRUTH.

THAT'S PRIDE.

SO DON'T TELL ME GOD CAUSED

THIS ONE TO BE

A, QUOTE,"FUNDAMENTALIST AND

THIS ONE TO BE AN

EVANGELICAL."

NO, NO.

YOU DID THAT.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING,

EAGER TO MAINTAIN THE-INITY

OF THTHE UNANIMITY OF THE

SPIRIT IN THE BONDS OF

PEACE.

Terry: LACEY SAYS, "I

WANT GOD IN MY LIFE, BUT HE

NEVER SHOWS ME.

MY MAIN QUESTION IS WHY CAN

EVERYONE ELSE FEEL HIM BUT I

CAN'T?"

Pat: I DON'T KNOW WHAT

IT IS THAT IS GOING ON IN

YOUR LIFE.

I MAY BE WAY OFF THE MARK,

BUT I DO BELIEVE THAT IF I

WERE YOU -- THE ANSWER TO

THIS ONE IS GET A PEN AND

PAPER, BIBLE, GET ON YOUR

KNEES, AND SAY, GOD, SEARCH

ME AND TRY ME AND KNOW MY

THOUGHTS.

AND EVERY TIME YOU FEEL

SOMETHING YOU'RE DOING IS

WRONG, WRITE IT DOWN.

AND WHEN IT IS ALL FINISHED,

YOU SAY, I CONFESS TO THESE,

I TURN AWAY FROM THEM, AND

THROW THEM AWAY.

Terry: AND ACCEPT THE

FORGIVENESS.

Pat: ACCEPT THE

FORGIVENESS.

I RECEIVE FORGIVENESS.

Terry: THIS IS DESTINY,

THIS IS A BIT OF A SAD

QUESTION, "HOW LONG WILL

HEAVEN LAST AND WILL WE BE

BORED IN HEAVEN?

I CRY EVERY DAY ABOUT IT

BECAUSE I'M SCARED TO DIE.

CAN YOU HELP?"

Pat: IT IS GOING TO BE

WONDERFUL.

CAN YOU IMAGINE FOOD SO

DELICIOUS THAT PEOPLE WOULD

KILL ON EARTH TO GET ONE

TASTE OF A PIECE OF FOOD.

THE COLORS ARE GOING TO BE

SO VIBRANT YOUR SENSES WILL

BE OVERWHELMED WITH THE

BEAUTY.

THAT THERE BE CONSTANT JOY

AND CONSTANT PEACE AND ALL

KINDS OF THINGS TO DO.

MAYBE GOD WILL GIVE YOU A

PLANET.

THERE ARE PLENTY OF THEM OUT

THERE.

IF YOU'RE BORED, HERE IS

MARS.

Terry: RULE A PLANET.

Pat: WE WILL JUDGE THE

ANGELS.

THERE WILL BE A WHOLE LOT TO

DO, BUT IT IS GOING TO BE SO

GLORIOUS.

IT WILL BE SO WONDERFUL.

EVERYTHING -- EVERY SENSE

THAT YOU HAVE EVER SENSED OF

PLEASURE WILL BE HEIGHTENED

10,000 TIMES.

IT WILL BE SO GLORIOUS.

EYE HASN'T SCENE, EAR HASN'T

HEARD, EITHER HAS ENTERED

THE HEART OF MAN WOULD GOD

HAS PREPARED FOR THEM.

IT IS WONDERFUL.

LORD, MY FOOT.

BUT HELL -- TED TURNER SAID

HEAVEN IS GOING TO BE

BORING -- BUT ME TELL YOU,

GETTING BURNED IN THE FIRE

DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY,

THAT'S AWFUL.

AND THAT'S THE WAY IT IS

GOING TO BE.

AWFUL.

YOU DON'T WANT THAT.

TOMORROW, A WOMAN HAD PAIN

FOR 12 YEARS.

TALK ABOUT THE 12 DAYS OF

CHRISTMAS, 12 YEARS.

SHE GOT MIRACULOUSLY HEALED

IN AN INSTANT.

AND TODAY WE LEAVE YOU WITH

AN ORIGINAL CHRISTMAS SUNG

FROM THE BAND "FAR FROM

HOME."

HERE IS F.F.H., FAR FROM

HOME, SINGING "ONE SILENT

NIGHT."

*

* QUIET NIGHT

* THE STARS IN THE LAND AND

THE SEA *

* ALL WERE ENJOYING THE

QUIET NIGHT *

* AND THE WIND GREW WINTER

AND SWEET *

* THROUGH THE MANGER

* SMALL

* OVER ONE LITTLE TINY

HEARTBEAT THAT WOULD SAVE US

ALL *

* ONE SILENT NIGHT

* ONE HOLY NIGHT

* WHEN ALL WAS CALM

* WHEN ALL WAS BRIGHT

* WITH NO ONE TO KNEEL

* AND NO ONE TO SING

* HEAVEN CAME DOWN

* AND CHANGED EVERYTHING

* LET ALL THE EARTH

* RECEIVE HER KING

* HIS LOVE IS THERE HOLDING

HER CLOSE *

* ROCKING THE SAVIOR

* SWEET BABY JESUS

*

YOU NEED ALL THE REST YOU

CAN GET *

* THERE ARE PEOPLE IN

NEED *

* FOR A MOMENT, TO FILL

* AFTER MIDNIGHT

* THE SAVIOR

* ONE SILENT NIGHT

* ONE HOLY NIGHT

* WHEN ALL WAS CALM

* WHEN ALL WAS BRIGHT

* WITH NO ONE TO KNEEL

* AND NO ONE TO SING

* HEAVEN CAME DOWN

* AND CHANGED EVERYTHING

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