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700 Club Interactive: Homeless For the Holidays - January 3, 2013

See how homelessness takes on a whole new meaning for families during the holidays. Read Transcript


Gordon: COMING UP, HOPE

FOR THE HOMELESS.

I'VE BEEN ON THE STREET

FOR ONE YEAR AND A MONTH.

TODAY, WHEN I LEAVE THIS

INTERVIEW WITH YOU, I'M

GOING TO GET MY PLACE.

Gordon: FIND OUT HOW

ONE RESTAURANT IS FEEDING

SOULS AND CHANGING LIVES 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.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE

CORNER, AND FOR MANY,

THEY'RE STRUGGLING

FINANCIALLY, BUYING PRESENTS

IS THE LAST THING ON THEIR

MINDS.

INSTEAD, THEY'RE DOING

WHATEVER THEY CAN JUST TO

KEEP A ROOF OVER THEIR

HEAD.

Terry: MEET JIM NOBLE,

A MAN WHO IS TRYING TO

DECREASE HOMELESSNESS IN

AMERICA, ONE MEAL AT A

TIME.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA,

IS A BUSTLING HOT SPOT IN

THE SOUTH.

HOMES OF MAJOR BANKING

CORPORATIONS AND FORTUNE 500

COMPANIES.

IN THE HEART OF IT ALL, ON

THE CORNER OF WEST TRADE AND

CHURCH STREET STANDS A

RESTAURANT.

WITHIN, AN UNASSUMING MAN

WITH A PLAN TO SEE LIVES

CHANGED.

FEEDING THE POOR AND

TAKING CARE OF THOSE LESS

FORTUNATE IS NOT A GOOD

IDEA, IT IS A REQUIREMENT

FOR US AS BELIEVERS.

Reporter: JIM NOBLE HAS

BEEN IN THE RESTAURANT

BUSINESS FOR ALMOST 30

YEARS.

THAT KNOWLEDGE, COUPLED WITH

A CHRIST MINDET MINDSET, IS

WHAT SETS THIS APART FROM

THE REST.

THE MISSION IS TO GIVE

PEOPLE HOPE AND A SECOND

CHANCE IN LIFE.

MY NAME IS RONNIE.

I'VE BEEN HERE FOR SEVEN

MONTHS.

I MOVED HERE FROM NEW

ORLEANS.

A LOT HAPPENED IN NEW

ORLEANS, A WENT THROUGH

HURRICANE KATRINA.

AND IT STARTED A DOWNWARD

SPIRAL FOR ME, WHICH I NEVER

QUITE GOT OUT OF.

KING'S KITCHEN IS A

NON-FOR PROFIT RESTAURANT, A

501 FAITH-BASED RESTAURANT,

AND IT OPERATES AS A

RESTAURANT AND ALSO AS A

MINISTRY.

WE TAKE ALL OF THE PROFITS

THAT WE GENERATE, AND POOR

IT BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY

TO HELP FEED THE POOR.

SECONDLY, WE HAVE A

RESTORATION PROGRAM.

WE CALL IT KING'S KITCHEN

RESTORATION PROGRAM.

WE HELP PEOPLE GET OFF THE

STREET AND GET OFF DRUGS,

WHATEVER, AND GIVE THEM A

SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE.

THEY GO THROUGH A ONE YEAR

PROGRAM, AND BIBLE STUDYING

FIVE DAYS A WEEK, AND THERE

ARE SOCIAL SKILLS TRAINING

AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

COURSES.

ONE OF THE MOST IMPACT FULL

THINGS IS WALKING THROUGH

CHRIST WITH THE PEOPLE.

ESPECIALLY FOR THE PEOPLE WE

REACH OUT TO.

WITH THE LOVE OF CHRIST AND

SHARING WITH MOST PEOPLE

THAT MOST DON'T EVEN LOOK IN

THE EYE.

Reporter: KING'S

KITCHEN IS MEETING PRACTICAL

NEED WITH FOOD AND LIFE

SKILLS, BUT FEEDING THE SOUL

HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN

SEEING LASTING RESULTS.

PART OF THE VISION FOR

WHAT WE HAD WHEN WE CAME TO

DO KING'S KITCHEN WAS TO DO

A CHURCH.

WE'VE BEEN MEETING SINCE

JANUARY OF 2011.

IT'S NOT ME OR OUR TEAM;

IT'S GOD.

ONLY GOD CAN CHANGE A HEART

AND CHANGE A LIFE.

I'VE BEEN ATTENDING THE

KING'S KITCHEN PROGRAM NOW

FOR A MONTH AND BIBLE STUDY

FOR FIVE MONTHS.

I'VE BEEN ON THE STREET FOR

ONE YEAR AND A MONTH.

PASTOR NOBLE SAID ONE SUNDAY

MORNING, HE SAID, IF YOU'LL

GIVE GOD ONE YEAR, JUST ONE

YEAR, NO-HOLDS-BARRED, IT

WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

SO I MADE THAT CHOICE FIVE

MONTHS AGO, AND IT HAS BEEN

A WORLD-WIND EVER SINCE.

TODAY, WHEN I LEAVE THIS

INTERVIEW WITH YOU, AFTER

ONE YEAR AND ONE MONTH, I'M

GOING TO GET MY PLACE.

IT'S AN AMAZING THING.

I OFFERED TO GIVE HIM ONE

YEAR, AND IT ONLY TOOK SIX

MONTHS.

IT'S NICE TO FEED PEOPLE,

BUT REALLY TO SEE THEIR

HEARTS CHANGED OR TOUCHED

AND BE SURPRISED BY THE LOVE

OF GOD, IS REALLY STRONG.

WE'VE SEEN HEALINGS TAKE

PLACE AND DELIVERANCES TAKE

PLACE.

A LONG STORY SHORT, I

TOOK THE BIBLE STUDY.

AND I TOLD HER MY EARDRUM

HAD BEEN PUNCTURED, AND

IMMEDIATELY SHE CAME AND PUT

HANDS ON ME AND PRAYED OVER

ME.

IT WAS AWESOME.

I WAS HEALED.

GOD WORKS WONDERS.

IN EVERYBODY'S LIVES.

HE IS OUT HERE FOR

EVERYONE.

Reporter: MUCH HAS BEEN

ACCOMPLISHED IN DOWNTOWN

CHARLOTTE, BUT THE SECRETARY

OF KING'S KITCHEN HAS NOT

BEEN WITHOUT STRUGGLE.

ONE OF THE INITIAL

CHALLENGES WE HAD AT KING'S

KITCHEN WAS TO RAISE THE

FUNDS.

AND WE STARTED FUNDRAISING

PROBABLY TWO YEARS BEFORE WE

EVER OPENED THE DOORS.

ANY TIME IN ANY MINISTRY OR

BUSINESS, FINANCES ARE

ALWAYS A CHALLENGE, BUT THE

GOOD THING IS WE EXPANDED IT

AND ADDED THE KING'S BAKERY,

AND WE'RE DEBT-FREE HERE,

AND THAT'S WONDERFUL.

Reporter: WHEN ASKED

WHAT IT TAKES TO BE OBEDIENT

TO GOD'S CALLING ON YOUR

LIFE --

IF THERE IS SOMETHING YOU

CAN PROBABLY PULL OFF ON

YOUR OWN, IT MAY NOT BE GOD

CALLING YOU.

BUT IF HE IS ASKING YOU TO

DO SOMETHING YOU KNOW YOU

CAN'T DO, THEN IT IS

PROBABLY GOD.

YOU'LL HAVE TO DEPEND ON A

LOT OF LEADERS WHO AREN'T

HERE YET.

BUT WE TAKE IT ONE WEEK AT A

TIME, ONE DAY AT A TIME, AND

KEEP PUSHING THE ENVELOPE

FOR WHAT GOD HAS CALLED US

TO DO.

Gordon: INCREDIBLE

WORDS, AND INCREDIBLE

MINISTRY.

THAT'S MORE THAN JUST A

HANDOUT.

THAT'S "WE CAN CHANGE YOUR

LIFE."

I LOVE THAT CHALLENGE: JUST

GIVE GOD A YEAR.

SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO

YOU.

HERE IS A MAN WHO SAID,

OKAY, I'LL DO SIX MONTHS,

AND HE WENT FROM

HOMELESSNESS TO HAVING A

HOME.

HE WAS GOING TO LEAVE THE

INTERVIEW TO GO GET HIS OWN

PLACE.

AND HERE HE IS WITH A HOPE

AND A FUTURE.

AND THAT'S WHAT GOD WANTS TO

DO.

HE WANTS TO GIVE YOU A HOPE

AND A FUTURE.

AND THROUGH THAT, USE YOU TO

BE A BLESSING TO OTHERS.

I MEAN, HERE IS JIM NOBLE,

WHO HAS BEEN IN THE BUSINESS

FOR 30 YEARS.

TERRY, I'LL TELL YOU, I'VE

NEVER HEARD OF A NON-PROFIT

RESTAURANT.

Terry: I ABSOLUTELY

LOVE THIS CONCEPT.

I THINK IT IS -- IS HE

APPROPRIATELY NAMED OR

WHAT?

JIM NOBLE IS A NOBLE MAN.

Right Hon Jean.

Gordon: PROVIDING

WAGES, PROVIDING TRAINING,

LEADERSHIP FROM JOHN

MAXWELL, TO TAKE THE

HOMELESS AND SAY YOU CAN BE

A LEADER.

Terry: BELIEVING IN

PEOPLE WHEN THEY WEREN'T

EVEN BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES.

AWESOME.

Gordon: IF YOU WANT

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT

KING'S KITCHEN, IT IS

AVAILABLE FOR YOU AT

CBN.COM.

AND WE'LL TAKE YOU TO IT.

Terry: WHEN WE COME

BACK, A DISABLED MAN GETS

THE HELP HE NEEDS IN THE

WAKE OF SUPER STORM SANDY.

THAT'S WHAT'S NEXT ON "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Terry: HURRICANE SANDY

HAS LEFT MANY HOMELESS AND

DESPERATE, AND JUST BEFORE

THE HOLIDAYS.

RIGHT NOW I WANT YOU TO MEET

A MAN WHO LIVED THROUGH THE

DEVASTATION OF SUPE SUPER

STORM SAND TEE.

SANDY.

TREES CAME CRASHING THROUGH

HIS HOUSE, AND HE AND HIS

WIFE HAD NOWHERE TO STAY.

Reporter:

"OPERATION BLESSING" HAS

BEEN ON THE GROUND, HELPING

PEOPLE PUT THEIR LIVES BACK

TOGETHER.

WHEN WE ARRIVED, AND TO

THIS DAY, WE'RE THE ONLY

OPERATION HERE OF THIS

MAGNITUDE, HERE TO HELP

THEM.

AND WE LITERALLY -- THE

MINUTE WE WALKED INTO THE

CHURCH, WE WERE GREETED WITH

JUST GREAT TEARS, I MEAN,

SOBS FROM EVERYBODY SAYING,

SOMEBODY HAS FINALLY COME TO

HELP US.

SOMEBODY CARES.

Reporter: AL CAPRIOTI,

WHO LOST BOTH LEGS DUE TO

COMPLICATIONS TO DIABETES,

HAD NOWHERE TO TURN WHEN

SEVERAL TREES CRASHED DOWN

ON HIS HOME.

INSURANCE CLAIMS WOULD TAKE

TIME, AND WITH WATER

DRIPPING INTO HIS HOUSE, HE

WAS OUT OF OPTIONS.

AND IT CAME THROUGH THE

BACK BEDROOM.

IT BLEW MY SKYLIGHT OUT, AND

IT CAUSED A LEAK IN THE ROOF

OVER HERE, JUST BELOW MY

BED.

THAT'S WHERE I WAS

SLEEPING.

I STARTED GETTING WET.

MY WIFE WAS UPSET.

AND WHAT ARE WE GOING TO

DO?

I AIN'T GOT THIS KIND OF

MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF THIS.

Reporter: A FRIEND TOLD

HIM THAT "OPERATION

BLESSING" WAS IN THE AREA,

HELPING PEOPLE RECOVER FROM

THE STORM.

WE GAVE THEM A CALL AND

THEY WERE HERE.

WOW!

THEY SAID THEY CAN REMOVE

THESE TREES OFF THE ROOF.

I SAID, ARE YOU SURE?

THERE IS ONE TREE THAT IS

AWFUL BIG.

HE GOES, WE'LL TAKE CARE OF

IT.

AND THEY CAME IN HERE WITH A

CREW, AND THEY KNOCKED THAT

TREE RIGHT OUT.

Reporter: WITHIN HOURS,

"OPERATION BLESSING"

VOLUNTEERS SHOWED UP AND

REMOVED THE TREES.

THEN THEY NAILED A TARP IN

PLACE TO KEEP THE RAIN AND

SNOW OUT UNTIL INSURANCE

COULD REPLACE THE ROOF.

I WAS OVERWHELMED.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY.

THANK YOU IS NOT ENOUGH.

AND THEN THEY PRAYED WITH

US.

AND I KNEW RIGHT THERE AND

THEN THAT THAT WAS IT.

THAT WAS HIM.

HE WAS IN MY HOUSE.

MAKING SURE EVERYBODY WAS

SAFE.

BECAUSE GOD DOES TAKE CARE

OF HIS OWN.

Reporter: THROUGH YOUR

DONATIONS, "OPERATION

BLESSING" WILL CONTINUE TO

WORK IN LITTLE LAKE HARBOR

AND OTHER DEVASTATED

COMMUNITIES, HELPING

FAMILIES IN THEIR DESPERATE

TIME OF NEED.

THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU

DID.

IT WAS A BLESSING THAT YOU

WERE HERE.

I MEAN, REALLY.

I NEVER THOUGHT WOULD EVER

HAPPEN TO ME.

I BELIEVE THAT WHEN YOU

CAN'T HANDLE IT NO MORE,

THERE IS ONLY ONE SET OF

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND, AND

THAT'S THE LORD'S.

Terry: YOU KNOW, WHEN

NATURAL DISASTERS HAPPEN, IT

IS BIG NEWS FOR A FEW DAYS.

AND THEN LIFE GOES ON, AND

THEN WILL IS BIG NEWS ON THE

OTHER SIDE OF THE GLOBE, AND

BIG NEWS IN ANOTHER PART OF

THE UNITED STATES.

IT IS EASY TO FORGET THAT WE

STILL HAVE AMERICANS IN THE

NORTHERN EASTERN CORRIDOR

WHO ARE SUFFERING.

THE HOLIDAY IS UPON US.

ONE OF THE THINGS I WANT TO

SAY TO YOU IS WHEN YOU JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB," WE'RE JUST

NOT MEETING THE NEEDS OF

PEOPLE WHO ARE IN

THIRD-WORLD COUNTRIES.

WE'RE HERE FOR OUR OWN

FOLKS, RIGHT HERE AT HOME IN

THE U.S.A.

WILL YOU HELP US TO CONTINUE

TO BE THERE.

WE DON'T LEAVE WHEN OTHERS

ARE LONG GONE.

WE STAY FOR THE LONG HAUL,

UNTIL WE'VE KNOWN WE HAVE

DONE EVERYTHING WERE CAN DO

FOR THE PEOPLE GOD HAS

PLACED IN OUR PATH.

JOINING "THE 700 CLUB" MAKES

THAT POSSIBLE.

IT IS 65 CENTS A DAY, $20 A

MONTH, AND YOU BECOME PART

OF AN ARMY OF PEOPLE WHO

REALLY ARE OUT TO CHANGE THE

WORLD.

YOU CAN'T IMAGINE THE

SATISFACTION YOU'LL FEEL,

KNOWING THAT YOU'VE MADE A

BIG DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S

LIVES.

NOT ONE PERSON, BUT MANY,

MANY PEOPLE.

SO WILL YOU CALL TODAY AND

JOIN WITH US.

IF YOU'RE ALREADY A "700

CLUB" MEMBER, I BELIEVE THE

HOLIDAY IS THE TIME TO SAY,

GOD, DO YOU WANT ME TO GO UP

TO ANOTHER LEVEL.

WE HAVE LOTS OF LEVELS.

WHEN YOU CALL THAT NUMBER ON

THE SCREEN, THE PERSON ON

THE OTHER END WILL BE HAPPY

TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE

OPPORTUNITIES TO DO

SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR

OTHERS.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE,

1-888-777-1999.

WHEN YOU JOIN "THE 700

CLUB," WE WANT TO SEND YOU

PAT'S LATEST TEACHING.

IT IS CALLED "GOD'S PLAN FOR

AMERICA."

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE DAYS

AHEAD.

YOU REALLY WANT TO GET AHOLD

OF THIS.

IT IS A WONDERFUL,

ENCOURAGING, HOPE-FILLED

MESSAGE PUT TOGETHER FOR

YOU.

GORDON?

Gordon: STILL AHEAD, HE

HOPED TO BE AN OLYMPIC SKI

RACER.

INSTEAD, HE WOUND UP A

DUMPSTER DIVER.

I HAD TO SURVIVE.

AND THE ONLY WAY I KNEW HOW

WAS TO GET FOOD OUT OF

DUMPSTERS, AND TO LIVE OUT

OF THEM.

I WAS ABSOLUTELY LIKE AN

ANIMAL.

I WASN'T LIKE A HUMAN

BEING.

Gordon: FIND OUT WHY

THIS MAN TRASHED HIS FUTURE

WHEN WE COME BACK.

Gordon: SCOT SCOTT

ARNOLD WAS ONCE AN OLYMPIC

SKIER, HOWEVER, HIS PLANS

WERE DERAILED, AND HE ENDED

UP LIVING OUT OF THE

DUMPSTER FOR YEARS.

MY NAME IS SCOTT ARNOLD,

AND I USED TO BE A DUMPSTER

DIVER.

I HAD TO SURVIVE, AND THE

ONLY WAY I KNEW HOW WAS TO

GET FOOD OUT OF DUMPSTERS

AND TO LIVE OUT OF THEM.

Reporter: FOR YEARS,

SCOTT ARNOLD SPENT HIS DAYS

WANDERING AROUND IN THE

SCORCHING ARIZONA SUN,

RUMMAGING THROUGH DUMPSTERS,

AND SLEEPING IN ALLEYS AND

RAVINES.

IT WAS A FAR CRY FROM THE

LIFE SCOTT THOUGHT HE WOULD

HAVE AS A BOY.

I ASPIRED TO GREATNESS,

TO HAVING A LIFE OF WINNING,

OF BEING SUCCESSFUL.

OF TRAVELLING THE WORLD AND

REPRESENTING MY COUNTRY AS,

YOU KNOW, A GOLD MEDALIST IN

THE OLYMPICS.

THOSE WERE THINGS THAT WERE

SPOKEN INTO MY LIFE AT A

YOUNG AGE.

I REALLY BELIEVED THEY WERE

ACHIEVABLE FOR ME.

Reporter: HE HOPED TO

BE AN OLYMPIC SKI RACER.

HE TRAINED WITH THE SWISS

NATIONAL SKI TEAM AND WON

THE CUP IN COLORADO.

BUT WHEN SCOTT'S PARENTS

TOOK A HIT AND THEY COULDN'T

PAY FOR THE TRAINING

ANYMORE, HE WAS PULLED FROM

THE SCHOOL AND PUT NI A

PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL.

THEY THOUGHT IT WOULD PUT

HIM ON TRACK, BUT IT

DIDN'T.

WHEN I DIDN'T HAVE SKIING

TO BE THE CENTER OF MY LIFE,

I STARTED TO FLOUNDER.

Reporter: ON THE

SLOPES, AND HE SPENT ONLY

THREE OR FOUR HOURS IN

SCHOOL EACH DAY.

AND NOW HE WAS EXPECTED TO

BE BESIDE HARVARD HOPEFULS.

I NEVER MEASURED UP.

I WAS AS INTELLIGENT AS THE

REST OF MY CLASSMATES.

THE FEAR OF FAILURE IN MY

LIFE BEGAN TO SET IN AND

GRAB AHOLD OF ME.

Reporter: SO SCOTT

TURNED TO ALCOHOL TO ESCAPE

HIS INSECURITIES.

I WAS NOT YOUR AVERAGE

DRINKER.

I WAS A TORE UP FROM THE

FLOOR UP DRUNK.

THERE WAS NEVER ONE OR TWO

FOR ME.

IT WAS A DOZEN OR MORE.

Reporter: AND THEN

THERE WAS THE DRUGS.

SOMETIMES IT WAS MARIJUANA,

SOMETIMES COCAINE AND

L.S.D.

AND OVER TIME, HE STARTED

USING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.

PERCOCET, HYDROCODONE.

IT HELPED KEEP MY NUMB.

Reporter: THE GUILT OF

MULTIPLE D.U.I.s, NEAR

DEATH ACCIDENT, A BROKEN

MARRIAGE, AND THE

DISAPPOINTMENT IT BROUGHT TO

HIS PARENTS.

HE TRIED TO STOP DRINKING

AND USING DRUGS MANY TIMES,

AND EVEN WENT TO TRY TO BE

AN OLYMPIC SKIER.

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL ALWAYS

GOT IN MY WAY.

I ALWAYS GOT LURED BABBLING

TO THAT THOUGH THOUGHT --

LURED BACK TO THAT THOUGHT I

COULD DRING OR DRUG A LITTLE

BIT.

AND IT NEVER WORKED.

I WASN'T LIKE A HUMAN

BEING.

Reporter: WHAT FINALLY

BROKE THE CYCLE WAS AN

ENCOUNTER IN THE COUNTY

JAIL.

IT WAS AFTER YEARS OF

LIVING OUTSIDE.

I HAD MENTAL PROBLEMS.

I WAS TALKING TO MYSELF ALL

OF THE TIME.

I WAS THE MOST DEPRESSED

HUMAN ON THE PLAC THE FACE

OF THE PLANET.

I FELT LIKE I WAS DYING.

I WENT OUT INTO WHERE THEY

HAD THE JAILHOUSE LIBRARY.

THEY PUSH IT AROUND ON A

CART.

AND THERE WAS A BIBLE ON

THAT CART.

AND IT HAD -- IT WAS A BIBLE

ABOUT BREAKING THE CHAINS IN

YOUR LIFE.

I CRIED OUT TO JESUS CHRIST

DESPERATELY, AND I GOT ON MY

HANDS AND KNEES AND I BEGGED

HIM TO COME INTO MY LIFE.

AS SOON AS I CRIED OUT TO

GOD LIKE THAT, LIKE I MEANT

IT, MY HEART CHANGED.

IT WAS LIKE A SWITCH WENT

ON.

I FELT LOVE.

I FELT THE LOVE OF JESUS

CHRIST REPLACE EVERY NEED

THAT I EVER HAD TO USE DRUGS

AND ALCOHOL.

I DIDN'T HAVE TO BE PERFECT

ANYMORE, BECAUSE ONLY HE IS

PERFECT.

AND HE BEGAN TO SPEAK TO

ME.

CLEARLY I HEARD THE VOICE OF

GOD SAYING, READ YOUR

BIBLE.

Reporter: AFTER HIS

RELEASE, SCOTT WENT THROUGH

INTENSE COUNSELLING AND

BIBLE STUDY.

TODAY HE SAYS HE HAS FREEDOM

AND TRUE SUCCESS.

HE IS MARRIED, HAS A HOME

AND A FAMILY, AND WORKS FOR

A REHABILITATION CENTER,

WHERE HE HELPS OTHERS OUT OF

THE LIFESTYLE HE ONCE

LIVED.

I LOOK BACK AT THOSE

DUMPSTERS AND THOSE PLACES

WHERE I USED TO SMOKE CRACK

AND DRINK, AND IT'S LIKE A

DREAM.

IT'S LIKE A NIGHTMARE THAT

USED TO HAPPEN IN MY LIFE.

I'M OVERWHELMED WITH THE

INCREDIBLE POWER AND THE

GRACE AND MERCY OF MY LORD

AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST.

BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING

I COULD EVER TELL ANYBODY IS

THAT OBEDIENCE TO JESUS

CHRIST AND HIS WORD IS THE

KEY THAT UNLOCKS EVERY

STRONGHOLD THAT SATAN TRIES

TO HOLD ON US.

ANYBODY WHO BELIEVES THEY

CAN FIND ANY FULFILLMENT

OUTSIDE OF CHRIST IS LOST,

BECAUSE THERE IS NO OTHER

WAY TO HEAVEN BUT THROUGH

THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.

GOD IS REAL.

JESUS CHRIST IS THE ANSWER.

Gordon: WHAT AN

INCREDIBLE STORY.

HERE IS SOMEBODY THAT

LITERALLY HAS THROWN THEIR

LIFE AWAY.

UNCONTROLLABLE URGE TO DRINK

AND TO DRUG.

AND THAT LIE, I CAN DO A

LITTLE BIT.

I CAN CONTROL THIS.

KNOWING ALL ALONG THAT, NO,

YOU'RE NOT.

AND, YEAH, YOU'RE GOING TO

BE THE FIRST ONE AT THE

PARTY, AND YOU'RE GOING TO

BE THE LAST ONE TO LEAVE.

AND YOU'RE GOING TO RUN INTO

TROUBLE WITH THE POLICE.

YOU'RE GOING TO RUN INTO

TROUBLE WITH YOUR MARRIAGE.

AND YOU'RE GOING TO END OF

LOSING YOUR FUTURE.

BUT IT ALL TURNED AROUND, IT

ALL TURNED AROUND FOR

SCOTT.

WHAT TURNED IT AROUND?

A VERY SIMPLE PRAYER: JESUS,

COME INTO MY HEART.

MAKE ME NEW.

TAKE THIS AWAY FROM ME.

AND THEN A DEDICATION TO DO

WHAT GOD TOLD HIM TO DO.

GOD TOLD HIM, READ YOUR

BIBLE.

YOU CAN SEE IT FROM SCOTT'S

BIBLE.

HE IS READING IT.

HE IS MARKING IT.

HE HAS TABS ALL THROUGH IT.

HE KNOWS THE THINGS THAT

WILL BREAK THE CHAINS THAT

WERE AROUND HIS HEART,

AROUND HIS MIND, AROUND HIS

FUTURE.

AND NOW HE HAS GOT WHAT GOD

PROMISES, WHICH IS A HOPE

AND A FUTURE AND A FAMILY.

THAT'S WHAT GOD WANTS TO

DO.

HE WANTS TO GIVE YOU THAT.

HE HAS PLANS FOR YOU.

HE HAS GOOD THINGS FOR YOU

TO DO.

THINGS HE CREATED FOR YOU TO

DO BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF

TIME.

THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS.

BEFORE HE EVEN MADE

ANYTHING, HE WAS THINKING

ABOUT YOU.

AND THINKING ABOUT THE PLANS

THAT HE HAD FOR YOU, THE

GOOD WORKS THAT YOU COULD

DO.

NOW, WHAT DOES IT TAKE?

PRAY THE SAME PRAYER THAT

SCOTT PRAYED.

DON'T TURN AWAY.

DON'T SPEND ANOTHER DAY

CHASING WHAT YOU KNOW DOES

NOT SATISFY.

YOU CAN BE FREE.

THOSE CHAINS CAN COME OFF OF

YOU.

YOU CAN LIVE A LIFE.

YOU CAN HAVE A HOPE.

YOU CAN HAVE A FUTURE.

IF YOU JUST ASK FOR IT.

SO IF THIS IS FOR YOU, DON'T

CHANGE THE CHANNEL.

BUT RIGHT NOW, BOW YOUR HEAD

AND LET'S PRAY AND LET GOD

DO ALL OF THE REST.

WHAT HE DID FOR SCOTT, HE

WILL DO FOR YOU.

HE WANTS TO DO FOR YOU.

BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU JUST

THE SAME WAY.

LET'S PRAY.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT, SAY

IT OUT LOUD.

JESUS, I COME TO YOU, AND I

ASK THAT YOU TAKE AWAY FROM

ME THE DESIRE TO DRINK, THE

DESIRE TO USE DRUGS, THE

DESIRE TO THROW MY FUTURE

AWAY.

I ASK YOU TO TAKE THAT AWAY

FROM ME.

AND I ASK THAT YOU COME INTO

MY HEART AND MAKE ME NEW

AGAIN.

AND RESTORE ME TO WHAT YOU

ORIGINALLY PLANNED, WHAT YOU

INTENDED.

AND, JESUS, I WANT TO FOLLOW

YOU, I WANT TO BE WITH YOU,

ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE.

HERHEAR MY PRAYER.

COME INTO MY HEART.

FORGIVE ME OF THE THINGS

THAT I'VE DONE WRONG.

AND MAKE ME NEW.

AND I ASK IT ALL IN JESUS'

NAME, AMEN.

FATHER, FOR THOSE WHO JUST

PRAYED, I ASK FOR A BAPTISM

IN YOUR LOVE.

I ASK THAT YOU CLEANSE THEM,

MAKE THEM NEW AGAIN.

GIVE THEM A NEW DESIRE IN

THEIR HEART.

SET THE CAPTIVES FREE, FOR

WE ASK IT ALL IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU PRAYED WITH ME, THE

BIBLE SAYS THE NEXT STEP YOU

HAVE TO TAKE IS TO CONFESS

WITH YOUR MOUTH THAT YOU'VE

DONE THAT, THAT YOU PRAYED.

THAT YOU ASKED JESUS TO COME

INTO YOUR HEART.

THE BIBLE SAYS IF YOU

BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART AND

THEN CONFESS WITH YOUR

MOUTH, YOU SHALL BE SAVED.

SO MAKE A TOLL-FREE CALL.

1-888-777-1999.

JUST SAY I PRAYED WITH THAT

GUY ON TV.

I ASKED JESUS TO COME INTO

MY HEART.

I'VE GOT A FREE PACKET FOR

YOU.

IT'S CALLED "A NEW DAY."

AND THERE IS A C.D.

TEACHING.

WHAT DO YOU DO NOW?

HOW DO YOU LIVE THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE?

WHAT DO CHRISTIANS BELIEVE?

WHAT ARE THE PRINCIPLES OF

THE CHRISTIAN FAITH?

WHAT ARE THE FOUNDATIONS, IF

YOU WILL, WHAT IT MEANS TO

BE A CHRISTIAN.

IT IS ALL FREE.

THE PHONE CALL IS FREE.

THE PACKET IS FREE.

CALL US NOW.

1-888-777-1999.

THIS IS "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," WHERE WE LIKE

TO INTERACT WITH OUR

AUDIENCE.

AND WE'VE GOT SOME CHATS.

LET'S GO OVER TO WES IN THE

CHATROOM.

GORDON, MARIE SAYS A

REPAIRMAN TOOK OUR MONEY BUT

NEVER COMPLETED THE JOB.

MY HUSBAND IS NOT SAVED AND

HAS BECOME VERY ANGRY AND

WON'T LET GO OF IT.

WHAT CAN I SAY TO HELP

HIM?"

Gordon: HAVING THIS

KIND OF OF ANGER AND

BITTERNESS IS LIKE DRINKING

POISON AND EXPECTING THE

OTHER PERSON TO GET SICK.

THIS REPAIRMAN IS LONG

GONE.

HE HAS TAKEN YOUR MONEY AND

DEFRAUDED YOU.

WHAT HE DID WAS BAD.

BUT IF YOU HOLD ON TO THAT

GRUDGE AND ARE SEEKING

REVENGE, ALL IT IS GOING TO

DO IS POISON YOUR LIFE AND

TURN INTO BITTERNESS.

AND MEDICAL SCIENCE IS

SHOWING A LOT OF OUR

STRESS-RELATED ILLNESSES ARE

ALL RELATED TO

UNFORGIVENESS.

YOU'RE HOLDING ON TO THINGS

THAT ARE LITERALLY KILLING

YOU, RAISING YOUR BLOOD

PRESSURE, DOING ALL KINDS OF

BAD THINGS TO YOUR BODY.

SO TELL HIM THAT.

TELL HIM TO STOP DRINKING

THE POISON AND SEE WHAT

HAPPENS.

SEE IF THAT CONNECTS WITH

HIM.

AND TAKE IT TO THE NEXT

LEVEL, WHERE YOU ASK HIM,

CAN YOU FORGIVE HIM?

CAN YOU SET HIM FREE FROM

THAT?

AND JUST SEE WHAT HAPPENS

WHEN YOU JUST START SAYING

IT.

I FORGIVE THEM.

I SET THEM FREE.

THEY DON'T OWE ME ANYTHING.

I WANT TO GO ON WITH LIFE.

AND IT OPENS UP THESE

WONDERFUL DOORS FOR YOU.

WHERE IF YOU CAN TRULY

FORGIVE FROM YOUR HEART,

THEN YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER

DOES ALL KINDS OF WELFARE

BLESSINGS FOR YOU.

WE'VE GOT A PHONE CALL.

THIS IS TAMARA FROM SOUTH

CAROLINA.

HI, TAMARA.

Caller: HI.

Gordon: HOW CAN WE PRAY

FOR YOU?

Caller: I'VE HAD A

REALLY ROUGH LAST YEAR.

I SAW SOMETHING ON

HOMELESSNESS, AND JUST DUE

TO DRUGS AND FOUL DECISIONS,

AND FALLING INTO THE TRAPS

OF THE DEVIL, I'VE ENDED UP

WITH MY CHILDREN IN PRIMARY

CUSTODY OF MY EX-HUSBAND,

WHO IS A CURRENT DRUG

ADDICT, AND HIS MOTHER, WHO

IS NOT -- SHE WASN'T FIT TO

RAISE HER OWN CHILDREN.

SHE CAN BE A VERY CRUEL

PERSON.

BUT BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE A

HOME TO FIGHT FOR A PLACE TO

BRING MY CHILDREN, THEY NOW

HAVE PRIMARY CUSTODY -- OR

HE DOES.

I HAVE SECONDARY CUSTODY.

BUT WHAT I'M PRYIN PRAYING

FOR IS -- BECAUSE I'VE

TURNED MY LIFE AROUND.

I CAME THROUGH A YEAR OF

DRUG ABUSE AND BEING

PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY

AND SEXUALLY ABUSED BY A

BOYFRIEND WHO FORCED ME INTO

PROSTITUTION, AND

HOMELESSNESS WAS

INEVITABLE.

I'VE TURNED MY LIFE AROUND

AND GIVEN IT TO GOD.

HE HAS WORKED SO

MIRACULOUSLY ON HEALING ME,

AND HELPING ME DEVELOP TO

BECOME A BETTER PERSON, BUT

I NEED A MIRACLE FROM GOD.

I NEED A HOME AND A VEHICLE,

TO ESTABLISH MYSELF SO I CAN

TAKE MY CHILDREN BACK TO

WHERE THEY BELONG, AND

THAT'S BEING RAISED IN A

CHRISTIAN AND LOVING

ENVIRONMENT.

Gordon: AMEN.

TAMARA, HOW LONG HAVE YOU

BEEN SOBER?

Caller: UM, IT'S BEEN

PROBABLY ABOUT THREE MONTHS

NOW.

IT'S BEEN A WHILE.

I JUST HAD LEFT MY

EX-BOYFRIEND BACK IN -- I

THOUGHT I WAS ABL FINALLY

ABLE TO ESCAPE FROM HIM IN

AUGUST.

Gordon: WELL,

CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING

SOBER FOR THREE MONTHS.

THAT MEANS YOU'VE BROKEN THE

CYCLE, AND YOU CAN LIVE

CLEAN.

Caller: YES.

Gordon: LET ME JUST

PRAY FOR YOU AND ASK THAT

GOD WOULD BLESS YOU AND GIVE

YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR

HEART.

IF YOU WANT TO RAISE YOUR

CHILDREN, THAT'S A GREAT

DESIRE.

AND GOD WANTS TO HELP YOU DO

THAT.

SO LET'S PRAY FOR YOU.

LORD, WE JUST LIFT TAMARA TO

YOU AND WE JUST THANK YOU

FOR HER.

AND THANK YOU FOR WHAT

YOU'VE DONE FOR HER AND HOW

YOU'RE CROWNING HER WITH

RIGHTEOUSNESS AND WITH PEACE

AND WITH JOY IN THE

KNOWLEDGE OF YOU.

AND, LORD, WE JUST PROCLAIM

OVER HER THAT HER FUTURE IS

IN YOUR HANDS.

AND SHE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE

ANXIOUS FOR ANYTHING.

SHE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE

ANXIOUS FOR HER FOOD, FOR

HER CLOTHING, FOR HER

HOUSING.

SHE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE

ANXIOUS BECAUSE WE KNOW

YOU'RE WATCHING OVER HER AND

YOU'RE CARING FOR HER.

AND YOU'LL GUIDE HER AND

DIRECT HER.

AND SO, LORD, WE JUST

PROCLAIM OVER HER A PLACE TO

LIVE.

AND WE ASK THAT YOU OPEN

THAT DOOR.

WE ALSO ASK FOR A VEHICLE SO

SHE CAN GET AROUND TOWN AND

SHE CAN GET TO AND FROM A

JOB.

AND SHE CAN HAVE THE NORMAL

THINGS.

IN LIFE.

AND, LORD, WE JUST ASK FOR

HER CHILDREN, THAT THEY

WOULD BE RESTORED TO HER.

THAT THERE WOULD BE PEACE IN

HER HOME.

AND, LORD, ALL THESE PRIOR

RELATIONSHIPS, WE JUST

CANCEL THEM OVER HER.

AND YOU'RE ABLE TO MAKE HER

NEW.

AND SO WE JUST DECLARE AND

BEHOLD ALL THINGS ARE MADE

NEW IN TAMARA'S LIFE, AND

THAT YOUR PEACE WILL BE WITH

HER, AND SHE'LL BE SECURE IN

THE KNOWLEDGE THAT YOU'LL

NEVER LEAVE HER, YOU'LL

NEVER FORSAKE HER, YOU'LL

NEVER GIVE HER UP.

SO JUST BE WITH HER AND

ENCOURAGE HER.

BLESS HER, LORD, FOR WE ASK

IT ALL IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

TAMARA, ARE YOU IN A

CHURCH?

Caller: YES, SIR.

I DO ATTEND A CHURCH.

AS A MATTER OF FACT,

YESTERDAY WAS -- I SERVED

GOD AS A YOUNG PERSON, AND

YESTERDAY WAS THE FIRST TIME

IN MANY YEARS THAT I

ACTUALLY FELT THE MOVE OF

THE HOLY SPIRIT IN ME AS IN

FEELING THE ACTUAL MOVEMENT

OF THE FIRE OF GOD IN MY

HEART.

AND HE HAS BEEN RESTORING SO

MUCH TO ME IN MY SPIRITUAL

WORLD.

AND RIGHT NOW, YOU KNOW, I'M

NEEDING A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP

WITH HIM, AND I NEED THE

PHYSICAL THINGS THAT YOU

HAVE TO HAVE IN ORDER TO BE

ABLE TO HAVE YOUR CHILDREN.

YOU KNOW?

Gordon: I KNOW.

DOES THE PASTOR KNOW ABOUT

YOUR SITUATION?

Caller: YES, HE DOES.

IT IS A VERY SMALL CHURCH.

Gordon: WELL, HE WHO

HAS BEGUN A GOOD WORK IN YOU

WILL BE FAITHFUL TO COMPLETE

IT.

Caller: YES, SIR.

Gordon: AND SO HE HAS

BEGUN IT.

HE IS GOING TO BE FAITHFUL

AND HE IS GOING TO COMPLETE

IT.

Caller: YES, SIR.

THANK YOU.

Gordon: THANKS FOR

CALLING, TAMARA.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE

FOR THIS PROGRAM.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM GALATIANS 6: "LET

US NOT GROW WEARY WHILE

DOING GOOD, FOR IN DUE

SEASON, WE SHALL REAP IF WE

DO NOT LOSE HEART."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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