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The 700 Club - January 4, 2013

Matthew McPheron made a mess of his life through his addiction and stealing, see how God was his escape. Plus, see how a prayer heard on The 700 Club healed Stephen Marvin’s hand instantly. Read Transcript


Lee: FROM DEALING

DRUGS --

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I

WANT TO DO.

I WANT TO BE A CRIMINAL.

Lee: TO STEALING CARS.

THEY NEED A NISSAN, AND

HE SAID, THEY'RE GOING TO

GIVE $1500 FOR THE PERSON

THAT GETS IT.

Lee: ONE CROOK REACHES

THE BALM. BUT TOM.

HOMELESS, SLEEPING IN A

GARBAGE BAG.

THIS IS WHERE YOU BELONG.

THIS IS WHER WHAT YOU

DESERVE.

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Gordon: WELCOME TO "THE

700 CLUB."

THIS IS A VERY TOUGH WAY TO

START THE NEW YEAR.

AND MANY ACROSS THE COUNTRY

ARE SUFFERING WITH THE FLU.

FAR MORE CASES ARE BEING

REPORTED THAN NORMAL FOR

THIS EARLY IN THE FLU

SEASON.

Kristi: WOULD THIS BE A

BAD TIME TO SAY YOU WERE ONE

OF THEM, GORDON?

Gordon: YEAH, I GOT THE

FLU FOR CHRISTMAS.

I'M ON MY WAY TO RECOVERY,

BUT IT WAS NOT FUN.

Kristi: PRAISE GOD.

I'M KNOCKING ON WOOD

SOMEWHERE.

Gordon: IT HASN'T HIT

YOU?

Kristi: STAY AWAY FROM

ME.

THE FLU IS SPREADING, AND

GEORGE THOMAS TELLS WHAT YOU

CAN DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF.

George: IT IS AN EARLY

OUTBREAK, AND ACROSS THE

COUNTRY, HOSPITALS ARE BEING

HIT HARD.

THEY ACHE ALL OVER.

THEY HAVE FEVERS, THEY'RE

CONGESTED, AND THEY HAVE

COUGHS.

A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE THESE

SAME SORT OF SYMPTOMS THAT

WE SEE ALL THROUGHOUT THE

DAY AND THROUGHOUT THE

NIGHT.

George: DOCTORS SAY THE

FLU SEASON HASN'T HIT THIS

HARD IN A DECADE.

IN ARIZONA LAST YEAR, THERE

WERE ONLY 18 CASES OF FLU.

DAY, 790.

IN NEW YORK, 80 CASES OF

FLU: TODAY, ALMOST 4,000.

AS THE NUMBER OF CASES

INCREASE, EMERGENCY ROOMS

ARE BECOMING OVERRULED.

NOT ONLY IS IT THE FLU

SEASON, THE E.R. IS ALSO

HANDLING ALL OF THE OTHER

CASES, AND EVERYTHING ELSE

THAT COMES INTO THE E.R. ON

AN ANNUAL BASIS.

Reporter: THE SOUTHEAST

HAS BEEN HIT ESPECIALLY

HARD.

IN THE WAKE OF THE BUSY

TRAVEL SEASON, IT IS QUICKLY

SPREADING ACROSS THE

COUNTRY.

FOR THOSE WHO GOT THE FLU

SHOT AND ARE STILL COMING

DOWN WITH THE FLU, EXPERTS

SAY SOME PEOPLE DON'T

RESPOND TO THE FLU VACCINE

AND SOME PEOPLE STILL AREN'T

PROTECTED.

BUT DOCTORS SAY IT IS STILL

IMPORTANT TO GET THE SHOT

BECAUSE YOUR SYMPTOMS MAY

NOT BE SEVERE IF YOU GET THE

SHOT.

I WOULD ENCOURAGE

EVERYONE, NOT JUST FOR THEM,

BUT FOR THEIR NEIGHBORS AND

RELATIVES TO GET THE FLU

SHOT.

Reporter: EXPERTS SAY

ALONG WITH THE FLU SHOT, IT

IS IMPORTANT TO WASH YOUR

HANDS AND AVOID LARGE GROUPS

OF PEOPLE TO AVOID

INFECTION.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS.

Gordon: IF YOU HAVE THE

FLU, THE BEST THING YOU CAN

DO IS STAY HOME AND AVOID

INFECTING OTHER PEOPLE.

PLEASE DON'T GO TO THE

EMERGENCY ROOM.

FRANKLY, THERE IS NOTHING

THERE THEY CAN DO FOR YOU.

ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WITH THE

FLU IS THERE IS NO CURE,

OTHER THAN PLENTY OF FLUIDS,

BED-REST, AND TAKE TWO

ASPIRIN AND CALL ME IN THE

MORNING.

OUR NEXT STORY, PRESIDENT

OBAMA.

HE IS SPEAKING OUT ABOUT

MILITARY CHAPLAINS AND

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE.

LEE WEBB HAS THAT STORY FROM

THE CBN NEWS ROOM.

Lee: THE PRESIDENT

CRITICIZED A SO-CALLED

CONSCIENCE CLAUSE WHEN HE

SIGNED THE NEW DEFENSE

SPENDING BILL.

THAT CLAUSE IS DESIGNED TO

PROTECT MILITARY CHAPLAINS

WHO OBJECT TO PERFORM

SAME-SEX MARRIAGES.

IT SAYS THEY DO NOT HAVE TO

PERFORM SAME-SEX MARRIAGES

IF THEY OBJECT TO IT AT

BIBLICAL GROUNDS.

AT THE SIGNING, HOWEVER,

PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS THE

CONSCIENCE PROVISION IS

UNNECESSARY AND

ILL-ADVISED.

ADDING THAT HE REMAINS

COMMITTED TO PROTECTING THE

RIGHTS OF GAY AND LESBIAN

MILITARY SERVICES.

A NEW FATHER IS SHOWING THE

WORLD A PHOTO THAT CAPTURES

THE MIRACLE OF LIFE.

A BABY HOLDING ON TO THE

DOCTOR'S HAND DURING A

C-SECTION.

ALICIA ATKINS WAS IN THE

OPERATING ROOM, HER HUSBAND

STANDING BY WITH THE CAMERA,

READY TO CATCH THE FIRST

IMAGE OF HIS NEW DAUGHTER.

THEY WEREN'T EXPECTING

THIS.

STILL 15 SECONDS AWAY FROM

BEING BORN, THE BABY REACHED

UP AND GRABBED THE DOCTOR'S

FINGER.

AMAZING.

HER DAD CAPTURED THE PICTURE

AT THAT MOMENT, AND THAT

PICTURE WAS GIVEN TO THE

DOCTOR AS A GIFT.

HE SAYS HE HAS NEVER HAD

SUCH AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE.

IMAGES LIKE THAT ARE TURNING

THE TIDE IN THE ABORTION

DEBATE.

MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE

BECOMING PRO-LIFE, AND EVEN

TO"TIME MAGAZINE" IS

RECOGNIZING IT.

THE COVER SAYS, "40 YEARS

AGO ABORTION RIGHTS

ACTIVISTS WON A VICTORY WITH

ROE VS. WADE, AND THEY'VE

BEEN LOSING EVER SINCE."

MANY ABORTION CLINICS ARE

CLOSING BECAUSE OF PRO-LIFE

SERVICES THAT GIVE CHOICES

TO PEOPLE.

AND PEOPLE LIKE SUSAN

B.ANTHONY WERE DECIDEDLY

PRO-LIFE.

YOUNG CHRISTIANS NEED TO GET

INVOLVED AGAINST SLAVERY AND

HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

THAT'S THE CHALLENGE GIVEN

TO COLLEGE-AGE CHRISTIAN

STUDENTS THE AT THE PASSION

20-18 CONFERENCE IN

ATLANTA.

THERE ARE 27 MILLION PEOPLE

HELD I IN VARIOUS FORMS OF

SLAVERY AROUND THE WORLD.

BUT HE TOLD THE STUDENTS

THAT THEY CAN, BY GOD'S

GRACE, BE THE GENERATION

THAT ENDS SLAVERY.

CONGRESS HAS BEGUN ITS NEW

TERM, FACING ISSUES LIKE GUN

CONTROL AND SOME OLD ONES,

LIKE GOVERNMENT SPENDING.

JOHN JESSUP HAS THAT STORY.

Reporter: ON A BRIGHT

AND SUNNY DAY INSIDE THE

WASHINGTON BELTWAY,

LAWMAKERS OLD AND NEW ALIKE

TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE AND

OFFICIALLY KICKED OFF THE

START OF THE 113th

CONGRESS BY ELECTING THEIR

LEADERS.

JOHN BOEHNER KEEPS HIS JOB

AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.

WHILE SOME APPEAR HOPEFUL,

OTHERS ARE NOT.

ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF WHAT

IS ON THEIR PLATE AND THE

PUBLIC SENTIMENT ABOUT

POLITICS IN WASHINGTON.

AT 18% APPROVAL, LAWMAKERS

ARE HURT.

IT DOESN'T HELP THAT THE

LAST SESSION OF CONGRESS WON

THE DISTINCTION OF BEING THE

LEAST PRODUCTIVE CONGRESS IN

65 YEARS.

THIS MORNING SOME ON CAPITOL

HILL STARTED THE FIRST DAY

AT A BIPARTISAN PRAYER

SERVICE, WHERE THE HOUSE

CHAPLAIN REMINDED THEM THEY

ARE CALLED TO BE SERVANTS.

THAT EACH MEMBER MIGHT --

MIGHT FULLY UNDERSTAND WHO

THEY ARE, WHAT THEY ARE

CALLED TO BE.

YOU KNOW, SOMEONE MUCH

GREATER THAN THEY MIGHT BE

ABLE TO IMAGINE THEMSELVES

TO BE NOW.

NOT BECAUSE THEY'VE GOT

POWER, AND NOT BECAUSE

THEY'VE GOT AUTHORITY, BUT

BECAUSE THEY HAVE

SERVANTHOOD.

Reporter: BUT THE

PARTIES REMAIN DEEPLY

DIVIDED OVER KEY ISSUES,

LIKE GUN CONTROL,

IMMIGRATION REFORM,

JUMP-STARTING THE ECONOMY,

AND TACKLING THE MASSIVE

$16.4 TRILLION DEBT AND

DEFICIT SPENDING.

JOHN JESSUP, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Lee: AMERICANS ARE

SPLIT ON HOW THE NATION'S

OBESITY EPIDEMIC SHOULD BE

HANDLED.

A THIRD OF THE AMERICANS SAY

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE

DEEPLY INVOLVED IN CURBING

OBESITY.

BUT A SIMILAR NUMBER SAY THE

GOVERNMENT SHOULD PLAY

LITTLE OR NO ROLE.

THE OTHERS, UNDECIDED.

AMERICANS BLAME TV AND FAST

FOOD FOR FUELING THE

OBESITY, BUT THREE-QUARTERS

REJECT LIMITING WHAT FOODS

PEOPLE CAN BUY.

A NEW TAKE ON A CHRISTIAN

CLASSIC HAS BEEN COMING TO

THEATERS AROUND THE

COUNTRY.

THE SKEW TAPE LETTERS IS ONE

OF C.F. LEWIS' INFLUENTIAL

WORKS.

IT IS A TALE OF SPIRITUAL

WARFARE FROM A DEMON'S POINT

OF VIEW.

IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO LIFE

ON STAGE.

AND THE AGE-OLD MESSAGE

CONTINUES TO LEAD VIEWERS TO

THE LIGHT BY FIRST

INTRODUCING THEM TO

DARKNESS.

Reporter: MAX

McCLEAN'S ADAPTATION OF

THE SCREW TAPE LETTERS HIT

THE STAGE IN 2006, AND

PERFORMANCES HAVE BEEN

SELLING OUT EVER SINCE.

HE PLAYS THE LEAD ROLE OF

"SCREW TAPE," SATAN'S

HELPER.

SO THE CHALLENGE FOR

McCLEAN WAS TAKING THIS

BOOK OF 31 LETTERS THAT

SCREW TAPE WROTE TO HIS

PROTEGE, WORMWOOD, AND

TRANSFORM IT INTO A STAGE

PRODUCTION THAT WOULD

CAPTIVATE HIS AUDIENCE.

HE KNEW HE SOMETHING SPECIAL

WITH THE CHARACTER, SCREW

TAPE.

THE CHARACTER SCREW TAPE

IS ONE OF THE GREAT

CHARACTERS OF THE 21st

CENTURY.

Lee: THE ONLY OTHER

PERSON ON STAGE WITH SCREW

TAPE IS HIS ASSISTANT, TOAD

PIPE.

THE STORY IS A

PREDATOR/PRAISE STORY.

IN THE SCRIPTURES, THEY TALK

ABOUT SATAN MASQUERADES AS

AN ANGEL OF LIGHT.

SO THERE IS SOMETHING

APPEALING ABOUT HIS OUTWARD

CHARACTER.

Lee: BUT SOMETHING GOES

WRONG ALONG THE WAY.

DESPITE SCREW TAPE'S BEST

EFFORTS, HIS PATIENT GOES

FROM INDIFFERENCE TO

DEVOUT.

WHAT LEWIS IS TRYING TO

SAY, THOSE CHOICES THAT WE

MAKE, THEY'RE INFLUENCED,

YOU KNOW, BY EVIL POWERS, BY

GOOD POWERS.

AND WHO ARE YOU GOING TO

LISTEN TO.

Lee: McCLEAN BELIEVES

THAT IN WRITING "SCREW TAPE"

LETTERS, LEWIS WAS FORCED TO

DIG INTO HIS OWN PATTERNS.

NOW DECADES LATER, THE SHOW

LEADS AUDIENCES TO EXAMINE

THEMSELVES IN THE SAME WAY.

I WASN'T REALLY

ANTICIPATING HOW PEOPLE

REACT TO THE END OF THE

STORY.

AND I DON'T WANT TO GIVE IT

AWAY, BUT IT REALLY HAS THIS

TRIUMPH OF GOOD OVER EVIL

THAT REALLY GRABS PEOPLE.

IN A WAY THAT IS ONE OF THE

UNEXPECTED CONSEQUENCES.

Lee: NOW, "THE SCREW

TAPE" LETTERS TOUR WILL

VISIT MORE THAN 50 MAJORñ

CITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY,ñ

AND YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE BY

GOING TO OUR WEBSITE ATñ

CBNNEWS.COM.ññ

GORDON, MY WIFE AND Iñ

WATCHED IT -- McCLEAN ISñ

TERRIFIC, AND IT IS A

COMPELLING STORY IN THE

BOOK, AS WELL AS ON STAGE.

Gordon: I WOULD

ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GET A

COPY OF THE BOOK AND READ

IT.

IT IS AN EYE-OPENING

EXPERIENCE.

WHEN YOU START TO UNDERSTAND

JUST HOW SUBTLE THE ENEMY

CAN BE SOMETIMES.

YOU KNOW, HE DOESN'T ALWAYS

COME IN HIS FULL GARB.

HE DOES LIKE TO MASQUERADE,

AND ONE OF THE GREAT

MASQUERADES HE LOVES TO DO

IS HAVE US BELIEVE HE

DOESN'T REALLY EXIST.

KRISTI?

Kristi: BUT HE DOES.

UP NEXT, THE FUTURE OF FAITH

IN AMERICA, AND IT'S GOOD

NEWS FROM A GALLOP POLL.

BUT LATER ON "THE 700 CLUB,"

A YOUNG MAN WHO ENDS UP

HOMELESS AND SLEEPING IN A

TRASH BAG.

THE PLASTIC KEPT ME WARM,

YOU KNOW.

BUT IT SMELLED LIKE TRASH.

AND I REMEMBER THINKING TO

MYSELF, YOU KNOW, THIS IS

WHERE YOU BELONG.

THIS IS WHAT YOU DESERVE.

Kristi: BUT SEE HOW A

$10 BILL GIVES THIS MAN A

NEW LEASE ON LIFE.

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Gordon: IN 1966, "TIME

MAGAZINE" ASKED THE

QUESTION: IS GOD DEAD?

WELL, NEARLY 50 YEARS LATER,

A NEW BOOK PRESENTS PROOF

THAT GOD IS VERY MUCH ALIVE

TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.

AND AS PAUL STRAND REPORTS,

THE AUTHOR BELIEVES THOSE

NUMBERS WILL GROW EVEN MORE

IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

Reporter: THE NEW

BOOK'S TITLE SAYS IT

ALL, "GOD IS ALIVE AND

WELL."

AND FRANK NEWPORT, HEAD OF

THE GALLOP, HAS THE NUMBERS

TO PROVE IT.

WE HAVE WELL OVER 90% OF

AMERICANS IN OUR SURVEY

QUESTIONS SAY THEY BELIEVE

IN GOD.

SO RIGHT THERE IS EVIDENCE

THAT, AT LEAST IN THE MINDS

OF THE MAJORITY OF

AMERICANS, GOD IS QUITE

ALIVE.

Reporter: THE BOOK'S

FINDINGS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF

RELIGION IN AMERICA REST ON

MORE THAN 300,000 INTERVIEWS

CONDUCTED LAST YEAR AND IN

EARLIER YEARS.

SOME HAVE DECLARED THIS A

POST-CHRISTIAN AGE, BUT

NEWPORT SAYS NOT ACCORDING

TO THE DATA.

75% TO 80% OF AMERICANS

AND CHRISTIANS.

AMERICANS ARE RELIGIOUS AND

MAY BECOMING MORE RELIGIOUS

IN THE COMING YEARS.

Reporter: THE NEW

PRESIDENT OF THE COALITION

FOR AMERICA SHOWS A BIG

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN

CHURCH-GOERS AND BELIEVERS.

AMONG THE PROTESTANTS YOU

HAVE ABOUT 30% WHO GO AND

DON'T BELIEVE IN GOD.

Reporter: SHE CITES HER

OWN EXPERIENCE AS A

NON-BELIEVER, GOING TO

CHURCH.

I WENT AS AN EARLY TEEN

WITH GIRLFRIENDS.

I LIKED THE SOCIAL SIDE OF

IT AND GOT COKE AND LAY'S

POTATO CHIPS.

Reporter: SHE SAYS THE

NUMBER OF NON-AFFILIATED HAS

SOARED TO 20%, AND IT HAS

DOUBLED AMONG THE YOUNG.

THERE ARE QUITE A NUMBER

OF 10, 12, 14, 15-YEAR-OLDS

THAT WILL COME OUT AND SAY

THEY'RE ATHEIST.

WE CALL THAT THE RISE OF

THE NUNS.

NOT LIKE THE U.S. LYING THE

FLYING NUN, BUT PEOPLE WHO

SAY WHAT IS YOUR RELIGIOUS

IDENTITY, THEY SAY THEY

DON'T HAVE ANY.

AGE 23 IS THE LEAST

RELIGIOUS AGE, FROM 18 TO

DEATH.

Reporter: BUT HE SAYS

FAITH AND CHURCH ATTENDANCE

PICKS UP AS AMERICANS MARRY

AND HAVE KIDS AND AGE.

NEWPORT BELIEVE AS WORD OF

HIS GETS AROUND, IT MAY MAKE

RELIGION EVEN MORE POPULAR.

OTHER REASONS HE SEES A

BRIGHT FUTURE FOR FAITH,

THOSE OVER 60 ARE SIMPLY

MORE RELIGIOUS.

AND BABY-BOOMERS ARE

BEGINNING AN EXPLOSION.

AND MANY ARE IN THE BIBLE

BELT, AND NEWCOMERS TEND TO

PICK UP

THE REGIONAL

CULTURE.

BUT ROGERS LOOKS AT OTHER

WESTERN NATIONS AND THINKS

AMERICA MAY FOLLOW THEM AND

LOSE THEIR FAITH.

WE HAVE COUNTRIES IN

EUROPE, WHERE YOU HAVE ONLY

16% OF THE COUNTRY THAT

BELIEVE IN GOD.

Reporter: NEWPORT JUST

DIDN'T BUY IT.

I WOULDN'T SAY WE'RE

MOVING INTO A POST-CHRISTIAN

OR POST-RELIGION ERA.

ROGERS SAYS OF THE NUNS,

THEY ARE --

THEY ARE CONSIDERED THE

LARGEST RELIGION IN THE

DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

THE DELEGATES DOWN AT THE

DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION WANTED

NO MENTION IN THEIR

PLATFORM.

HE STARTED TALKING ABOUT

HOW IN HIS VIEW RELIGION

TRANSLATES INTO BASICALLY

DEMOCRATIC POSITIONS ON

ISSUES, LIKE QUALITY AND

COMPASSION FOR THE POOR, AND

THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND THAT SUGGESTED TO ME THE

POSSIBILITY THAT THE

DEMOCRATS MAY GET THE

CONTEST FOR THE RELIGIOUS

VOTER IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

Reporter: ROGERS

COUNTED IT IS STILL ABOUT

WING WINNING, AND SHE SAYS

THE G.O.P. COURTING THE

YOUNGER PEOPLE.

THEY'RE LOOKING AT THE

DEMOGRAPHICS, AND SEEING THE

GROWING NUMBER, ESPECIALLY

UNDER 30, AND THEY WOULD

LIKE TO STAY IN BUSINESS AND

WIN ELECTIONS.

Reporter: FOR MORE THAN

90% OF THE

PEOPLE WHO

BELIEVE IN

GOD,

BUT ONE

OF

THE

FASTEST GROWING GROUPS

IS THOSE WHO HAVE NO

RELIGION AT ALL.

PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Gordon: ALL IT WILL

TAKE IS TO HAVE CHILDREN.

THAT'S THE EASIEST WAY TO

GET SOMEBODY ON THEIR KNEES

CRYING OUT.

YEAH, AGE 23 IS THE AGE THAT

YOU'RE MOST LIKELY TO BE

ATHEIST, WELL, START HAVING

CHILDREN, AND YOU'LL START

WONDERING, OKAY, HOW DO I

RAISE THEM.

I NEED HELP IN THIS

EQUATION, AND I NEED GOD.

KRISTI?

Kristi: DO YOU SEE ME

NODDING MY HEAD?

THAT IS SO TRUE.

GORDON, I GOT SAVED WHEN I

WAS FIVE YEARS OLD, BUT WHEN

I HIT THAT 23 MARK --

Consuelo:

Gordon: YOU GO TO

COLLEGE AND YOU THINK YOU

KNOW EVERYTHING?

Kristi: YOU THINK YOU

KNOW EVERYTHING AND THE

WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER AND YOU

KNOW EVERYTHING.

LIVE ONE MORE YEAR AND

YOU'LL BE CRYING OUT.

Gordon: IN MY TEEN

YEARS, MY PARENTS DIDN'T

KNOW A THING, AND BY THE

TIME I HIT MY 30s, THEY

WERE WISE.

Kristi: EXACTLY.

AND DID YOU CALL UP SAYING,

DADDY, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

MOMMY, WHAT DO YOU THINK.

WE'RE GOING TO SWITCH GEARS

A LITTLE.

A DRUG

ADDICT THAT PRAYED

FOR $10 FOR HIS NEXT FIX.

I LOOKED OFF IN THE

DISTANCE, AND THERE IS A $10

BILL, AND THERE IS A GOD.

MY WHOLE LIFE I'VE WAITED

FOR YOU TO SHOW YOURSELF,

AND HERE YOU ARE NOW GIVING

ME A $10 BILL FOR DOPE.

Kristi: BUT SEE HOW HE

RECEIVED MUCH MORE THAN

MONEY AFTER THIS.

Gordon: AFTER HIS

MOTHER ABANDONED HIM,

MATTHEW FELT AS IF HE HAD

LOSER WRITTEN ALL OVER HIM.

HIS LIFE HAD GONE FROM BAD

TO WORSE.

HE ENDED UP HOMELESS,

SLEEPING IN A TRASH BAG,

UNTIL HE SPOTTED A $10 JUST

LYING ON THE GROUND.

I REMEMBER MY FIRST NIGHT

ON THE STREET.

AND IT WAS COLD OUT THAT

NIGHT.

AND I REMEMBER GOING TO A

PLAYGROUND AND TRYING TO

HUDDLE UP IN THE JUNGLE

GYM.

I SEEN A TRASH CAN OFF IN

THE DISTANCE.

AND I SAID, YOU KNOW, IT'S

PROBABLY A GOOD IDEA TO GO

TAKE THELINER FRO THE LINER

FROM THAT TRASH CAN AND

SLEEP INSIDE THE PLASTIC.

Reporter: AS A BY,

MATTHEW PROBABLY NEVER

THOUGHT HE WOULD END UP LIKE

THIS, BUT HE DID.

MATTHEW GREW UP NEAR

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO.

HE HAD A GOOD RELATIONSHIP

WITH HIS FATHER, WHO WAS A

FIREFIGHTER AND LATER A

PASTOR.

BUT HE DIDN'T FEEL THE SAME

ABOUT HIS MOTHER.

SHE WOULD PUT ME BEHIND A

DOOR WITH LEGOS AND LEAVE ME

THERE AND NOT EVEN TALK TO

ME.

IT REALLY PUT ME IN A PLACE

WHERE I THOUGHT IT WAS MEANT

TO BE ABANDONED AND

REJECTED.

Reporter: EVENTUALLY

HIS MOTHER LEFT.

HIS FATHER LATER REMARRIED,

AND MATTHEW FINALLY BEGAN TO

OPEN UP TO HIS STEPMOTHER,

BUT THEN SHE WAS DIAGNOSED

WITH A TERMINAL ILLNESS.

I REALLY TOOK A

SELF-PERSPECTIVE LIKE I'M

BEING ABANDONED AGAIN.

IT MADE THOSE WALLS GO RIGHT

BACK UP.

Reporter: AFTER LOSING

A MOTHER FOR THE SECOND

TIME, MATTHEW, WHO WAS NOW

IN HIGH SCHOOL, TURNED TO

DRUGS TO EASE THE PAIN.

I FELT HURT.

I FELT LOST.

AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO

DO.

BUT I KNEW, YOU KNOW, FOR

ME, AT THAT AGE, GOING TO

CHURCH DIDN'T WORK FOR ME.

WHAT WORKED WAS, YOU KNOW,

PUTTING A HAZE IN FRONT OF

ME SO THAT I DIDN'T HAVE TO

DEAL WITH REALITY.

Reporter: MATTHEW SOLD

DRUGS AS A TEENAGER AND THEN

MOVED ON TO STEALING CARS.

ONE NIGHT I WAS AT A

PARTY, AND I WAS GETTING

DRUNK, AND THERE WAS A

GENTLEMAN THAT SAID, OH, YOU

KNOW, I HAVE A BUDDY WHO

RUNS A CHOP SHOP.

AND THEY NEED A NISSAN.

AND THEY'RE GOING TO GIVE

$1500 FOR THE PERSON THAT

GETS IT.

THAT'S LIKE THREE WEEKS

WORTH OF SELLING DOPE.

Reporter: AFTER SEVERAL

YEARS OF STEALING CARS, HE

WAS ARRESTED AND SENT TO

PRISON.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS

LIFE, HIS CONSCIENCE STARTED

TO BOTHER HIM.

WHEN I WAS IN PRISON, I

HAD A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TO

REFLECT AND THINK ABOUT THE

THINGS THAT I HAD DONE, THE

PEOPLE THAT I HAD HURT, AND

IT CONSUMED ME.

Reporter: WHEN HE WAS

RELEASED, MATTHEW DECIDED HE

NO LONGER WANTED TO STEAL

CARS.

WITH NO INFLUX OF CASH, HE

LOOKED FOR A CHEAP WAY TO

GET HIGH, AND FOUND ONE,

HEROIN.

THREE MONTHS INTO

SHOOTING HEROIN, I FOUND

MYSELF WITH NOTHING, BROKE

AND HOMELESS.

I HAD LIONELL FINALLY

REACHED THE PLACE I LONGED:

HOMELESS, STRUNG OUT ON

DOPE, SLEEPING IN A TRASH

CAN LINER, AND THE PLASTIC

KEPT ME WARM.

BUT IT SMELLED LIKE TRASH.

AND I REMEMBER THINKING TO

MYSELF, YOU KNOW, THIS IS

WHERE YOU BELONG.

THIS IS WHAT YOU DESERVE.

Reporter: ONE EVENING

MATTHEW WAS OUTLOOKING FOR

HIS NEXT FIX.

I WAS WALKING NORTHBOUND

ON SIXTH AVENUE, AND I

STARTED PRAYING, SAYING, YOU

KNOW, LORD, PLEASE, JUST

GIVE ME $10 SO I CAN BUY A

SHOT OF DOPE.

AND I LOOK

OFF

IN THE

DISTANCE, AND I SEE

SOMETHING THAT LOOKS TO BE

CURRENCY.

IN ABOUT 10 YARDS I COULD

SEE A 10 ON IT.

AND IT'S A $10 BILL.

AND I SAID, THERE IS A GOD.

MY WHOLE LIFE I'M WAITING

FOR YOU TO SHOW YOURSELF,

AND HERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW

GIVING ME

A $10 BILL FOR

DOPE.

Reporter: THE $10 BILL

WAS PHONY, BUT WHAT WAS

INSIDE WAS WORTH FAR MORE.

I REALIZED IT IS NOT A

REAL $10 BILL.

IT IS A FAKE $10 BILL.

I SAID, LORD, I KNOW YOU

DIDN'T LOVE ME.

I KNEW YOU WEREN'T GOING TO

GIVE ME $10.

AND INSIDE OF IT IS THE FULL

BOOK OF PROVERBS, PULLED OUT

OF THE MINIATURE LITTLE

TESTAMENTS.

AND I TOOK THAT BOOK OF

PROVERBS WITH ME THAT

NIGHT.

AND I READ THAT NIGHT ABOUT

WISDOM.

Reporter: MATTHEW SAID

THAT EVENING WAS A TURNING

POINT IN HIS LIFE.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY

LIFE, I REMEMBER THINKING

THAT THERE IS A GOD AND HE

IS PRESENT IN MY LIFE.

I THOUGHT HE HAD A WARPED

SENSE OF HUMOR, YOU KNOW.

I WOULD HAVE PREFERRED A

REAL $10 BILL, BUT THIS IS

ONE POINT WHERE IT WAS

EVIDENT, YOU KNOW, THAT THE

HAND OF GOD WAS WORKING IN

THIS SITUATION.

AND I FELT THE LORD SAYING

THAT I'M ALWAYS WITH YOU.

I'M NEVER GOING TO ABANDON

YOU.

I'M NEVER GOING TO REJECT

YOU.

Reporter: HE STARTED

GOING TO CHURCH AND STUDYING

THE BIBLE, AND LATER WENT

THROUGH A SUCCESSFUL

RECOVERY PROGRAM.

SOON AFTERWARD HE MET AND

MARRIED JENNIFER.

TODAY MATTHEW HELPS JENNIFER

RUN THE FACILITY IN TUCSON

FOR RECOVERING WOMEN.

IT IS ONE OF THE MOST

POWERFUL THINGS ABOUT BEING

A BELIEVER IN CHRIST, ABOUT

BEING A CHRISTIAN.

WE'RE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY

TO REACH OUT INTO THE

DARKNESS AND OFFER PEOPLE

LIFE.

WE'RE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY

TO REACH OUT TO PEOPLE WHO

ARE INCAPABLE OF LOVING

THEMSELVES.

AND OFFERING THEM AN

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE THAT IS

SO GREAT

THAT IT

CAN'T

BE

DENIED.

Reporter: MATTHEW SAYS

HIS PURPOSE IN LIFE IS TO

USE HIS EXPERIENCES TO SHARE

CHRIST WITH OTHER ADDICTS.

I KNOW THE CREATOR OF

HEAVEN AND EARTH, I KNOW THE

GOD WHO HUNG THE STARS IN

THE SKY, WHO KNOWS THE

NUMBER OF HAIRS ON MY HEAD.

WHAT GREATER STATEMENT CAN

BE MADE?

IF WE TRULY BELIEVE THAT

THIS IS THE GOD THAT WE

WORSHIP, HOW CAN WE EVER

DOUBT THAT HE IS NOT GOING

TO WORK IN OUR LIFE?

Gordon: HE WANTS TO

WORK IN YOUR LIFE.

HE WANTS TO WORK ALL THINGS

TOGETHER FOR YOUR GOOD.

NOW, WHO DOES HE DO THAT

FOR?

WELL, HE DOES IT FOR PEOPLE

WHO LOVE HIM AND ARE CALLED

ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.

NOW, UNDERSTAND THAT

REGARDLESS OF WHO'S REJECTED

YOU IN YOUR LIFE -- MAYBE IT

WAS YOUR PARENTS, MAYBE IT

WAS SOMEBODY YOU LOVED.

REGARDLESS OF THAT

REJECTION, GOD SAYS TO YOU,

I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU, NOR

FORSAKE YOU.

YOU'RE MINE.

YOU'RE MINE.

YOU'RE IN MY RIGHT HAND.

NOTHING CAN SNATCH YOU

AWAY.

NOTHING CAN SEPARATE YOU

FROM THE LOVE OF GOD.

NOW, MAYBE YOU'RE LIKE

MATTHEW.

MAYBE YOU WALKED AWAY.

MAYBE YOU INTERNALIZED ALL

OF THOSE HURTS.

AND YOU CHOSE TO TRY TO

MEDICATE THEM AWAY, INSTEAD

OF LOOKING AT THEM AND

SAYING, WELL, THEY MAY HAVE

REJECTED ME, BUT GOD HASN'T

REJECTED ME.

GOD LOVES ME.

GOD WANTS ME.

GOD WANTS ME TO BE WITH HIM

FOR ALL ETERNITY.

I CHOOSE THAT.

MAYBE LIKE MATTHEW YOU

DIDN'T CHOOSE THAT.

YOU WENT AFTER THINGS THAT

WOULD MAKE THOSE FEELINGS GO

AWAY.

EXCEPT THEY DIDN'T GO AWAY.

IT WAS ONLY TEMPORARY.

AND WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE

MORNING, IT IS STILL YOU.

AND THOSE FEELINGS ARE STILL

THERE.

AND YOU HAVEN'T FOUND THE

ANSWER.

WELL, I'VE GOT GOOD NEWS FOR

YOU.

JESUS IS THE ANSWER.

HE CAN HEAL THAT.

HE CAME TO HEAL THE

BROKENHEARTED, TO BIND UP

THEIR WOUNDS, TO LET THEM

KNOW HOW MUCH HE LOVES

THEM.

THAT WHILE YOU WERE YET A

SINNER, WHILE YOU WERE STILL

AWAY FROM HIM, WHILE YOU

WERE PURSUING YOUR OWN

THING, HE DIED FOR YOU.

AND THIS IS THE LOVE THAT HE

HAS FOR YOU.

AND IT IS ABLE TO CONQUER

ANYTHING.

HIS LOVE NEVER FAILS, AND IT

WON'T FAIL YOU.

NOW, WHAT DOES IT TAKE?

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO?

WELL, IT'S VERY SIMPLE.

YOU ASK.

YOU SAY, JESUS, COME IN.

COME INTO MY HEART.

MAKE ME NEW AGAIN.

IF YOU'RE STRUGGLING WITH

ADDICTIONS, HE'LL TAKE

THEM.

HE'LL TAKE THEM ALL AWAY.

IF YOU'RE STRUGGLING WITH

FEELINGS OF ANXIETY,

REJECTION, HE'LL TAKE THEM

ALL AWAY.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK.

SO IF THIS IS FOR YOU, IF

THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT, JUST

BOW YOUR HEAD, PRAY A VERY

SIMPLE PRAYER, AND JUST RELY

ON HIM, RELY ON THE LOVE

THAT HE SO FREELY GIVES, AND

LET IT CHANGE YOU.

AND IT WILL CHANGE YOU FROM

THE INSIDE.

IF THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT,

LET'S PRAY.

DON'T TURN AWAY.

DON'T CHANGE THE CHANNEL.

LET'S PRAY.

AND LET'S BELIEVE GOD.

PRAY WITH ME.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT, JUST

SAY HIS NAME.

SAY IT OUT LOUD.

JESUS, I COME TO YOU, AND I

NEED HEALING FOR MY HEART.

SO, JESUS, COME IN AND TAKE

THAT PAIN AWAY.

AND TAKE ALL THAT REJECTION

AWAY.

AND LET ME KNOW THAT I'M

ACCEPTED BY YOU.

JESUS, I WANT YOU IN MY

LIFE.

I WANT YOU IN MY HEART.

I WANT YOU TO MAKE ME NEW

AGAIN.

SO COME IN.

FORGIVE ME OF THE THINGS

THAT I'VE DONE WRONG.

CHANGE ME FROM THE INSIDE

OUT.

AND, JESUS, I WANT TO FOLLOW

YOU ALL THE DAYS OF MY

LIFE.

HEAR MY PRAYER.

COME INTO MY LIFE.

FOR I ASK IT IN JESUS'

NAME.

FATHER, FOR THOSE WHO JUST

PRAYED, I ASK FOR A BAPTISM

IN YOUR LOVE.

I ASK THAT YOU FILL THEM TO

OVERFLOWING WITH YOUR LOVE

AND YOUR ACCEPTANCE AND YOUR

FORGIVENESS.

DO IT NOW, FOR WE ASK IT ALL

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU PRAYED WITH ME, I

WANT YOU TO DO SOMETHING.

I WANT TO YOU MAKE A

TOLL-FREE PHONE CALL.

THE NUMBER IS ON YOUR

SCREEN.

1-800-759-0700.

JUST CALL AND SAY, I

PRAYED.

I PRAYED WITH THAT GUY ON

TV, AND I WANT TO HAVE JESUS

IN MY HEART.

WHEN YOU CALL, I'VE GOT

SOMETHING FOR YOU.

IT'S A FREE PACKET.

THERE IS A C.D. TEACHING.

HOW TO LIVE THE CHRISTIAN

LIFE.

WHAT DO YOU DO NOW?

WHAT DO CHRISTIANS BELIEVE?

WHAT ARE THE FOUNDATION OF

THE FAITH?

I WANT YOU TO HAVE IT.

IT IS ABOUT AN HOUR LONG.

BUT IT WILL TELL YOU HOW TO

GET STARTED AND WHAT TO DO

NEXT.

SO MAKE THE PHONE CALL.

1-800-759-0700.

KRISTI, OVER TO YOU.

Kristi: THANK YOU,

GORDON.

WELL, STILL AHEAD, MEET A

BOY WHO DRESSES UP AS HIS

FAVORITE SUPER HERO EVERY

SINGLE DAY, AND SEE HOW A

CARTOON MADE A HUGE

DIFFERENCE IN HIS LIFE.

LATER ON IN THE "THE 700

CLUB," A MAN LOST THE USE OF

HIS LEFT HAND FOR TWO YEARS,

BUT SEE HOW HE WAS HEALED IN

AN INSTANT.

Lee: WELCOME BACK TO

"THE 700 CLUB."

PRISON AUTHORITIES IN IRAN

REPORTEDLY ARE DENYING

MEDICAL

CARE

TO AN

IMPRISONED PASTOR.

THE PASTOR

IS DETERIORATING

RAPIDEDLY.

HE SUFFERS FROM ACUTE STOCK

ULCERS, INTERNAL BLEEDING

AND A BLOOD

INFECTION.

PRISON OFFICIALS WILL

NOT

ALLOW HIM TO HAVE MEDICAL

TREATMENT

AND EVEN CANCELLED

AN

OPERATION TO HELP HIM.

HE IS

SERVING A FIVE-YEAR

SENTENCE FOR ACTIONS AGAINST

THE ISLAMIC STATE.

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

HELPING

ORPHANS STRUGGLING

TO SURVIVE IN THE JUNGLES OF

THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF

CONGO.

O.B. PARTNERED WITH A

CENTER.

AND IT PROVIDES FOOD,

MEDICINE, AND A CHANCE TO

LEARN.

"OPERATION BLESSING" HELPED

DISPANEXPAND THE CENTER,

ADDING SHOWERS, BATHROOMS, A

DINING HALL AND A KITCHEN.

AND THEY PROVIDED SUPPLIES

LIKE MATTRESSES.

150 GIRLS HAVE BEEN RESCUED

FROM THOSE JUNGLES.

YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT

"OPERATION BLESSING" BY

GOING TO THEIR WEBSITE AT

OB.ORG.

STAY TUNED, GORDON AND

KRISTI WILL BE BACK WITH

MORE OF "THE 700 CLUB" AFTER

THIS.

Gordon: LIKE MANY

CHILDREN, 4-YEAR-OLD LEVI

LIKES TO COPY WHAT HE SEASON

TV.

AND THANKS TO CBN'S

"SUPERBOOK," HE HAS A GREAT

EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW.

MOST LITTLE BOYS HAVE A

FAVORITE SUPER HERO.

FOR 4-YEAR-OLD LEVI, IT

HAPPENS TO BE HIS FAVORITE

BIBLE CHARACTER.

I'M DAVID.

Reporter: LEVI LOVES TO

WATCH "SUPERBOOK'S" EPISODE

OF DAVID AND GOLIATH.

AS HE WATCHED THE D.V.D.

OVER AND OVER, AND I

LISTENED TO THE QUESTIONS HE

WAS ASKING ME, I RECOGNIZED

THAT HE WAS REALLY ABSORBING

THE STORY.

HE SAW THE STRENGTH IN

DAVID, AND DAVID BEING A

LITTLE GUY, HE SAW THAT GOD

USED HIM AND THAT HE WAS A

BRAVE WARRIOR.

AND THAT REALLY STRUCK LEVI

BECAUSE LEVI WANTS TO BE A

STRONG, BRAVE WARRIOR.

DAVID WAS BIG BECAUSE HE

KNEW GOD WAS WITH HIM.

THE DAVID AND GOLIATH

STORY WAS A STORY IN WHICH

THERE REALLY NO CHANCE FOR

DAVID TO WIN, AND THERE

REALLY WAS NO CHANCE WITHOUT

GOD.

FOR HIM TO BE ABLE TO SEE

THAT, AND SEE THE STONES,

AND SEE THE ANIMATION, IT

REALLY BROUGHT IT TO LIFE

FOR HIM.

Reporter: MIKE AND

SARAH DON'T ALLOW MUCH

TELEVISION IN THEIR HOME,

HOWEVER, "SUPERBOOK" IS AN

EXCEPTION.

I LOVE "SUPERBOOK"

BECAUSE IT'S MY FAVORITE.

Reporter: BECAUSE OF

"SUPERBOOK," LEVI HAS

LEARNED ABOUT SCRIPTURE, AND

EVEN MEMORIZED THE SALVATION

POEM AT THE END OF THE

VIDEO.

AT THE END, IT SAYS,

JESUS YOU DIED UPON A CROSS

AND ROSE AGAIN TO SAVE THE

LOST.

FORGIVE ME NOW OF ALL MY

SINS, COME MAKE MY DAY, DO

OVER.

CHANGE MY LIFE AND MAKE IT

NEW.

AND HELP ME, LORD, TO LIVE

FOR YOU.

YOU HAVE TO ASK PEOPLE IF

THEY KNOW JESUS.

I KNOW HE IS IN MY HEART,

AND I REALLY LOVE HIM.

Reporter: LEVI WEARS

THE DAVID COSTUME HIS MOM

MADE FOR HIM EVERY DAY.

BUT HE DIDN'T JUST WANT TO

LOOK LIKE DAVID ON THE

OUTSIDE.

HE WANTED DAVID'S

ANOINTING.

I WANTED TO JUST BE

ANOINTED BECAUSE DAVID GOT

ANOINTED.

HE ASKED ME IF HE COULD

BE ANOINTED WITH OIL, AND

WOULD HE GLOW LIKE DAVID

DID.

BECAUSE IN THE D.V.D., DAVID

GLOWS.

I TOLD HIM THAT'S THE HOLY

SPIRIT.

AND I TOLD HIM, YES, HE

WOULD GLOW.

WE MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO SEE

IT, BUT THE HOLY SPIRIT ON

HIM MAKES HIS LIFE GLOW.

LEVI WAS VERY SINCERE IN

WHAT HE WAS SAYING.

HE WAS REALLY INTERESTED AND

FIRM THAT HE WANTED TO DO

SOMETHING FOR GOD.

AS OPPOSED TO, HEY, I THINK

IT IS A NICE IDEA TO GET OIL

POURED ON MY HEAD.

Reporter: HIS PARENTS

HAVE BEEN ABLE TO USE

"SUPERBOOK" TO TEACH LEVI

LIFE LISTENS.

IT MEANS A LOT THAT THE

PEOPLE WHO WORK ON

"SUPERBOOK" REALLY SPEND

THEIR TIME AND EFFORT

RESEARCHING IT.

THEY RESEARCH THE FIELD.

THEY RESEARCH ISRAEL.

THEY RESEARCH THE DETAILS

THAT ARE REALLY IMPORTANT,

THAT REALLY CAN MEAN A LOT.

IT MEANS A LOT TO ME THAT

THEY DO THAT, SO WE DON'T

HAVE TO EXPLAIN, WELL, IT

REALLY WASN'T LIKE THAT.

AND THEY'RE JUST KIND OF

TAKING SOME CREATIVE

LIBERTY.

MY SON, LEVI, REALLY TAKES

IN THESE STORIES, AND HE

TAKES EVERYTHING TO HEART,

AND HE TAKES IT AS TRUTH

WHEN HE IS WATCHING IT.

SOME PEOPLE DON'T KNOW

JESUS, SO YOU HAVE TO TELL

THEM ALL ABOUT JESUS.

AND THEY'RE GOING TO DECIDE

THAT THEY'RE GOING TO LOVE

JESUS AND OBEY HIM.

Gordon: PEOPLE HAVE TO

LOVE JESUS.

WE WANT TO TAKE THE STORIES

OF THE BIBLE TO THE CHILDREN

OF THE WORLD.

AND YOU LOOK AT LEVI'S

STORY, AND HE GOT IT.

HE GOT THAT STORY.

HE UNDERSTOOD IT, AND HE

INTERNALIZED IT AND SAID I

WANT TO BE JUST LIKE DAVID.

IF YOU WANT TO HAVE YOUR

CHILDREN HAVE THE STORIES OF

THE BIBLE, WHAT WE INVITE

YOU TO DO IS JOIN THE

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB.

AS WE'RE PRODUCING THESE

EPISODES, WE NEED HELP IN

THE PRODUCTION COSTS.

AND SO WE'RE ASKING FOR YOUR

PARTICIPATION, WHEN YOU DO,

YOU'RE FIRST IN LINE WHEN

THE STORIES COME OUT.

RIGHT NOW WE HAVE THE STORY

OF JACOB AND ESOB.

AND WHEN YOU SIGN UP, WE

GIVE YOU NOT JUST ONE COPY;

WE GIVE YOU THREE.

SO YOU CAN GIVE THEM AWAY TO

FRIENDS, FAMILY, YOUR

CHURCH, SUNDAY SCHOOL.

WE WANT TO GET THE STORIES

OF THE BIBLE OUT TO THE

CHILDREN OF THE WORLD.

AND YOUR GIFT GOES INTO THE

PRODUCTION COSTS, THE

TRANSLATION COSTS, THE

DISTRIBUTION COSTS OF THE

SERIES.

WE'RE GOING TO, THIS YEAR,

HAVE IT IN 38 DIFFERENT

LANGUAGES.

WE'RE GOING TO START

BROADCASTING AROUND THE

WORLD, THROUGHOUT AFRICA,

LATIN-AMERICA, THE MIDDLE

EAST.

THERE ARE THE AREAS WHERE

WE'LL INITIATE THE BROADCAST

OF THE PROGRAM AND YOU CAN

SEE, WE'RE GOING TO COVER

THE WORLD.

OUR GOAL IS FOR 300 MILLION

CHILDREN TO SEE THIS SERIES

OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF

IT.

SO CALL US AND SAY, YES, I

WANT TO JOIN THE "SUPERBOOK"

D.V.D. CLUB.

THE NUMBER IS ON THE

SCREEN.

IT IS TOLL-FREE,

1-800-759-0700.

JUST SAY, I WANT TO BE A

PART OF IT.

IF YOU DON'T WANT TO JOIN

THE CLUB, AND YOU JUST WANT

THE STORY OF JACOB AND ESOB,

SEND $25 AND WE'LL GET THE

EPISODE OUT TO YOU.

IF YOU GO ON THE WEBSITE,

YOU CAN SEE THE PAST

EPISODES.

LORD WILLING, WE'RE GOING TO

GO TO 104, SO WE CAN HAVE

TWO YEARS OF WEEKLY

BROADCAST SO THE CHILDREN OF

THE WORLD GET THE STORIES OF

THE BIBLE.

BE PART OF IT.

CALL US.

1-800-759-0700.

Kristi: I LOVE THAT.

THE BIBLE SAYS TRAIN UP THE

CHILD IN THE WAY THEY SHOULD

GO, AND WHEN THEY GROW UP,

THEY SHALL NOT DEPART.

I HAVE ONE QUESTION NOW --

Gordon: DOES CHASE LIKE

IT?

Kristi: HE GENUINELY

DOES.

AND I JUST GOT MINE IN THE

MAIL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,

AND IT'S GOING TO STAY WITH

ME.

NORMALLY I TAKE IT TO THE

SUNDAY SCHOOLS AND THE

CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS, AND THEY

ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.

AND HERE IS MY QUESTION:

WHERE DID THAT LITTLE BOY

GET THAT COSTUME?

Gordon: HIS MOTHER MADE

IT.

SO MAYBE IF YOU ASK NICELY,

CHASE --

Kristi: I WAS TALKING

ABOUT ME.

WE AI ALL WANT TO BE SUPER

HEROS.

Gordon: WHO IS GOLIATH

IN YOUR LIFE?

Kristi: BROTHER, YOU

DON'T WANT TO KNOW.

[LAUGHTER]

Kristi: ON THAT NOTE --

WE'LL TALK LATER.

Gordon: ARE YOU SAYING

I'M BIG?

Kristi: I'M NOT SAYING

YOUR BIG.

HAVE YOU HEARD OF SOMETHING

CALLED A TRIGGER FINGER?

STEVEN MARTIN FOUND OUT THE

HARD WAY.

I JUST SORT OF GRABBED

HER BY THE SCRUFF OF THE

NECK, BUT IN DOING THAT,

SOMETHING HAPPENED IN MY

HANDS AND IT KIND OF SNAPPED

AND I COULDN'T RELEASE MY

FINGERS.

Kristi: SEE HOW THIS

MAN SUFFERED FOR TWO YEARS,

BUT WAS HEALED IN AN

INSTANT.

PLUS, WE'LL BE PRAYING FOR

YOU AND YOUR NEEDS.

SO WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T GO

AWAY.

Kristi: MARTIN WAS

EXPECTING TO SPEND SOME TIME

WITH HIS FAMILY, RELAXING IN

A JACUZZI, BUT, INSTEAD, AN

INJURY STOLE HIS GOOD TIME

AND ROBBED HIM OF THE USE OF

HIS HAND.

AS A FAMILY, WE WERE

ENJOYING THE JACUZZI.

WE HAD A GERMAN SHEPHERD

DOG, AND SHE WAS NIPPPING AT

THE BUBBLES, AND WE WERE

AFRAID SHE WOULD BITE ONE OF

THE BOYS.

I GRABBED HER BY THE SCRUFF

OF THE NECK, BUT IN DOING

THAT, SOMETHING HAPPENED IN

MY HAND, AND IT KIND OF

SNAPPED AND I COULDN'T

RELEASE MY FINGERS.

Reporter: IN AN

INSTANT, STEVEN MARTIN LOST

THE USE OF HIS LEFT HAND.

I HAD TROUBLE EVEN

HOLDING A GLASS.

BECAUSE YOU DO EVERYTHING

WITH YOUR THUMB AND YOUR

FINGER, I COULDN'T GRASP

ANYTHING.

Reporter: WHEN HIS HAND

DIDN'T GET ANY BETTER,

STEVEN WENT TO THE DOCTOR.

THE DOCTOR TOLD ME AT

THAT POINT, THE ONLY WAY TO

REPAIR WHAT I HAD, WHICH HE

REFERRED TO AS TRIGGER

FINGER, WAS THROUGH

SURGERY.

THAT WASN'T AN OPTION.

HAND SURGERY WAS IN THE TENS

OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, AND

IT WAS SOMETHING WE COULDN'T

AFFORD.

Reporter: STEVEN DIDN'T

HAVE ANY MEDICAL INSURANCE,

SO HE BEGAN TAKING

OVER-THE-COUNTER PAIN

MEDICATION TO TAKE THE PAIN

AWAY.

THE MEDICATION WOULD JUST

TAKE THE EDGE OFF.

YOU LEARN TO WORK AROUND IT

AND LIVE WITH THE PAIN.

YOU DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER

CHOICE.

Reporter: STEVEN PRAYED

EVERY NIGHT FOR GOD TO HEAL

HIS HAND.

HE ALSO FOUND ENCOURAGEMENT

BY WATCHING "THE 700 CLUB."

ONE DAY, OUT OF THE BLUE,

TERRY GOES, I SEE A MAN WITH

HIS HAND.

AND SHE SEEMED CONFUSED, AND

SHE SAYS, IN THE SHAPE OF A

CLAW.

THERE IS SOMEONE, YOU

HAVE A PROBLEM WITH YOUR

HAND, AND IT GETS LOCKED

INTO A CLAW CLAW-LIKE

POSITION.

AND GOD IS HEALING YOU RIGHT

NOW.

I'M LIKE, IT HAS GOT TO

BE ME.

IT WAS INSTANTANEOUS.

AND I COULD MOVE MY HAND

WITH NO PROBLEM.

I BELIEVE IN PRAYER, BUT

WHEN IT HELPS TO YOU, IT IS

AMAZING.

Reporter: STEVEN AND

KAREN WERE AMAZED THAT

STEVEN COULD OPEN HIS HAND

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TWO

YEARS.

I IMMEDIATELY CALLED THE

PHONE AND TOLD PEOPLE,

STEVEN WAS USING HIS HAND.

AND I WAS CRYING.

IT WAS VERY EXCITING.

Reporter: ONE OF THE

FIRST THINGS STEVEN WAS ABLE

TO DO THAT HAD BEEN

IMPOSSIBLE BEFORE, WAS SHOOT

HIS COMPOUND BOW.

IT ALLOWED ME TO PICK UP

ACTIVITIES I WASN'T ABLE TO

DO, AND TO WORK ON THE CAR

WITH MY KIDS.

IT ALLOWED ME TO HAVE THAT

BONDING THAT A FOOTE FATHER

NEEDS TO HAVE WITH YOUNG

TEENAGERS.

I'M PROOF THAT GOD IS ACTIVE

TODAY AND TOMORROW.

YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE THE

SCRIPTURES.

HE SAYS HE WANTS TO HEAL

YOU.

GOD HEALS.

Kristi: GOD DOES HEAL.

AND HE IS WAITING TO HEAL

YOU.

IN FACT, WHAT ARE YOU

STANDING IN AGREEMENT FOR

RIGHT NOW?

WHAT ARE YOU PRAYING FOR?

BECAUSE WHATEVER YOU'RE

PRAYING FOR NOW, GORDON AND

I WILL STAND IN AGREEMENT

WITH YOU.

WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU

WITH SOME ENCOURAGING

WORDS.

ONE FROM MELISSA FROM

OREGON.

SHE HAD A MAMMOGRAM THAT

REVEALED A SPOT ON HER RIGHT

CHEST.

AT THE NEXT MAMMOGRAM, THE

SPOT HAD ENLARGED, SO THE

DOCTOR SCHEDULED A BIOPSY.

A WEEK BEFORE THE EXAM, LISA

WAS WATCHING "THE 700

CLUB."

SHE SAW A WOMAN WHO WAS

HEALED OF BREAST CANCER.

AND GORDON SAID, YOU HEARD

THIS STORY AND YOU'RE

CLAIMING IT FOR YOURSELF.

THE LUMP IS DISAPPEARING IN

JESUS' NAME.

LISA CLAIMED IT FOR

HERSELF.

WHEN THE RESULTS OF THE

BIOPSY RETURNED, GUESS

WHAT?

THERE WAS NO TRACE OF CANCER

WHATSOEVER.

Gordon: AMEN.

HE SENT HIS WORD AND HEALED

THEIR ASSE DISEASE.

THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE IS ALL

ABOUT.

HE SENDS HIS WORD TO HEAL,

TO GIVE PEOPLE THAT

WONDERFUL FAITH TO BELIEVE

IT COULD BE ME.

IT COULD BE ME.

IT COULD BE ME.

IT HAPPENED TO ME.

I LOVE THAT.

WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOU, IT

IS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE.

AND WHEN YOU SEE IT

HAPPENING WITH OTHER PEOPLE,

SAY, THAT'S ALL NICE FOR

THEM.

JUST START BELIEVING NOW,

IT'S FOR YOU.

HEALING IS FOR YOU.

JESUS CALLED IT THE

CHILDREN'S BREAD.

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND YOU'RE A

CHILD OF GOD, AND GOD,

YOU'RE HEAVENLY FATHER,

WANTS TO PROVIDE FOR EVERY

NEED.

HE WANTS TO DO IT FOR YOU.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO ARGUE HIM

INTO IT.

HE WANTS TO DO IT.

AND WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND

THAT, THEN YOU GET ALL OF

THE FAITH YOU NEED FOR

HEALING.

THIS IS FROM DEBBIE FROM

OHIO.

SHE HAD EXTREME PAIN IN HER

LEFT INNER EAR FROM AN

INFECTION.

SHE HAD DIFFICULTY HEARING.

SHE HAD PAIN, RINGING IN HER

EAR FOR THREE MONTHS.

ONE DAY KRISTI HAD THIS WORD

OF KNOWLEDGE.

THERE IS A PERSON WITH A

SEVERE EAR INFECTION.

SO MUCH THAT YOU CAN'T HEAR

OUT OF IT.

AS SOON AS YOU PLACE YOUR

HAND ON THAT EAR, YOU'RE

GOING TO HEAR A POP.

THERE WILL BE DRAINAGE, AND

YOU WILL BE HEALED IN THE

NAME OF JESUS.

DEBBIE PUT HER HAND ON HER

EAR, AND THERE WAS A POP,

AND SHE FELT WARMTH AND

DRAINAGE, AND THE PAIN AND

RINGING LEFT, AND SHE COULD

HEAR WITHOUT ANYMORE

SYMPTOMS.

NOW, START BELIEVING THAT'S

FOR YOU.

AND IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE

BELIEVING, THE BIBLE SAYS

LOOK UNTO JESUS, THE AUTHOR

AND FINISHER OF YOUR FAITH.

SO LOOK TO HIM AND SEE HIM,

AND UNDERSTAND THAT BY HIS

STRIPES YOU WERE HEALED.

AND START ASKING YOURSELF

THIS QUESTION: DO THE ROMAN

SOLDIERS HAVE TO BEAT HIM

ANYMORE?

DO ANYMORE NAILS HAVE TO GO

INTO HIM?

DOES HE HAVE TO HANG ON THE

CROSS ANY LONGER?

LOOK TO HIM, THE AUTHOR AND

THE FINISHER OF YOUR FAITH.

AND WHEN HE SAID ON THE

CROSS, IT IS FINISHED, IT

WAS FINISHED FOR YOU.

IT WAS DECIDED THAT DAY THAT

YOUR ILLNESS IS FINISHED AND

COMPLETED AND DONE.

HE BORE YOUR ILLNESS.

HE CARRIED AWAY YOUR PAIN,

YOUR INFIRMITY.

THESE ARE THE WORDS OF THE

BIBLE.

AND YOU CAN BELIEVE THEM.

AND THEN LOOK TO HIM GOING

FURTHER TO SAY THAT HIS BODY

RESTED IN HOPE, AND THEN HE

WAS RAISED ON THE THIRD

DAY.

AND THEN THE BIBLE SAYS THAT

SAME RESURRECTION POWER IS

IN YOU.

NOW, JUST RELY ON THAT.

DON'T THINK FAITH IS

SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO DRUM

UP.

I LIKE TO TELL PEOPLE, I

DON'T HAVE ANY FAITH.

I JUST KNOW SOME GREAT

FACTS.

AND HERE ARE SOME GREAT

FACTS: JESUS DIED FOR YOU

AND HE DIED FOR ME.

AND HE DID IT SO THAT WE

WOULDN'T HAVE TO CARRY PAIN

AND ILLNESS AND DISEASE.

HE DID IT ALL FOR US.

AND HE DID IT OUT OF LOVE.

AND THAT SAME RESURRECTION

POWER IS AVAILABLE TO YOU

AND ME TODAY.

SO, KRISTI AND ARE GOING TO

PRAY.

YOU'RE GOING TO PRAY.

WE'RE ALL GOING TO BELIEVE.

AND THE BIBLE SAYS WHEN TWO

OR MORE AGREE, TOUCHING

ANYTHING, IT SHALL BE DONE.

SO YOU, AS AN ACT OF FAITH,

LAY YOUR HAND ON THAT AREA

OF YOUR BODY THAT NEEDS

HEALING.

KRISTI AND I WILL AGREE, AND

YOU'LL BE TOUCHING, AND THE

BIBLE WILL DO ALL OF THE

REST.

LORD, WE JUST LIFT THE NEEDS

OF THE AUDIENCE TO YOU.

AND WE COME TOGETHER IN

AGREEMENT, BELIEVE --

BELIEVING THAT BY YOUR

STRIPES WE'RE HEALED.

BELIEVING THAT YOU RELIEVE

ALL OUR DISEASES.

AND YOU SENT YOUR WORD SO WE

WOULD BELIEVE AND BE

HEALED.

SO, LORD, AS PEOPLE ARE

LAYING HANDS ON THAT AREA OF

THE BODY THAT NEEDS HEALING,

WE COME INTO AGREEMENT WITH

THEM, AND WE SAY OUT LOUD,

BE HEALED AND BE MADE WHOLE

IN THE NAME OF JESUS.

THERE IS SOMEONE, YOU'RE

LAYING YOUR HAND ON YOUR

THROAT.

YOU'VE LOST YOUR VOICE.

AND YOU'VE GOT DAMAGE TO

YOUR VOICE BOX, YOUR VOCAL

CHORDS, AND GOD IS HEALING

THEM.

HE IS ABLE TO GROW BACK WHAT

IS LACKING.

AND IN JESUS' NAME BE HEALED

NOW AND RECEIVE IT NOW IN

THE NAME OF JESUS.

KRISTI, WHAT DO YOU HAVE?

Kristi: THERE IS A

PERSON, YOUR LOWER BACK,

IT'S AS THOUGH YOU TURNED IT

AND WRENCHED IT, AND THE

LORD IS HEALING THAT NOW.

AND THERE IS ANOTHER PERSON

WITH A URINARY INFECTION,

AND THE LORD IS HEALING THAT

RIGHT NOW IN THE NAME OF

JESUS.

Gordon: THERE IS

SOMEONE WHO HAS THE INITIAL

DIAGNOSIS OF M.S., AND

YOU'RE IN FEAR RIGHT NOW.

GOD IS HEALING AND RESTORING

YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM.

IT IS NO LONGER GOING TO

ATTACK YOUR BODY.

IN JESUS' NAME, BE HEALED

FROM THAT.

NO MORE NUMBNESS, NO MORE

TINGLING NOW, IN THE NAME OF

JESUS.

THERE IS SOMEONE ELSE,

YOU'VE GOT A BLOOD

DISORDER.

WHERE YOU HAVE A LOW WHITE

CELL COUNT, AND YOU'RE VERY

CONCERNED.

YOU'RE VERY SUSCEPTIBLE TO

INFECTION, AND GOD IS

HEALING AND RESTORING YOUR

IMMUNE SYSTEM.

JUST RECEIVE IT NOW IN

JESUS' NAME.

Kristi: THERE IS A

YOUNG LADY, YOU'VE BEEN

DIAGNOSED WITH SCOLIOSIS.

AND IT IS SOMETHING YOU'VE

HAD ALL YOU'RE LIFE.

TODAY IS THE DAY, YOU SAID

IF YOU CALL IT OUT, I WILL

BELIEVE.

AND THE LORD IS

STRAIGHTENING UP YOUR

SPINE.

WHAT YOU COULD NOT DO

BEFORE, DO IT NOW IN JESUS'

NAME.

Gordon: AMEN.

IF YOU'VE BEEN TOUCHED BY

GOD, WE WANT TO SHARE IN

YOUR GOOD REPORTS.

SO CALL US NOW,

1-800-759-0700.

HERE ARE THE WORDS FROM

JAMES.

"THE PRAYER OF FAITH WILL

HEAL THE SICK, AND THE LORD

WILL RAISE THEM UP."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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