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The 700 Club - March 8, 2013

The founder of Christian reggae group Christafari shares his story of drugs, Rastafarianism, and finding Jesus. Plus, take a look at the latest episode of Superbook, titled, 'He Is Risen,' just in time for Easter. Read Transcript


Lee: AT HOME WITH THE

FOUNDER OF CHRISTAFAI.

HIS JOURNEY FROM A POTHEAD.

I WAS GROWING MARIJUANA

IN MY PARENTS' BACKYARD.

I WAS DEALING MARIJUANA.

I WAS A MESSED UP KID.

Lee: AND HOW HE

REVOLUTIONIZED REGGAE ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB."

REGGAE MUSIC IS

INHERENTLY SPIRITUAL.

*

Gordon: WELCOME TO "THE

700 CLUB."

ONE WEEK AGO TODAY AUTOMATIC

SPENDING CUTS WENT INTO

EFFECT IN WASHINGTON, AND

THE PRESIDENT WARNED THEY

WOULD CAUSE SERIOUS PROBLEMS

FOR AMERICANS.

Kristi: THE

ADMINISTRATION EVEN CUT BACK

TOURS ON THE WHITE HOUSE.

BUT CONSERVATIVES AND EVEN

THE NEWS MEDIA ARE ASKING IF

SOME OF THE BUDGET CUTS WERE

JUST MOTIVATED BY POLITICS.

JOHN WAGGI

HAS THE STORY.

Reporter: PRESIDENT

OBAMA'S POLITICAL OPPONENTS,

AND EVEN SOME IN THE MEDIA,

WANT TO KNOW IF THE MANDATED

CUTS ARE BEING USED TO SCARE

UP PUBLIC OPPOSITION TO MORE

FEDERAL BELT-TIGHTENING.

WITH THE PRESIDENT'S OFFICE

ANNOUNCING IT WOULD CANCEL

SPRING VISITS TO THE WHITE

HOUSE, THE WALL STREET WALL

STREET PUBLISHED AN

EDITORIAL CALLED "HASHTAG,

SEQUESTER THIS," WHERE WILL

IT PUNISH THE CHILDREN OF

AMERICA, RATHER THAN THE

PEOPLE WHO WILL ATTEND A

CONFERENCE WHO WILL SAMPLE

TASTY DISHES PREPARED BY

SPECIAL GUESTS' CHEFS.

AN ABC REPORTER ASKED THE

AGRICULTURE SECRETARY IF IT

IS TIME TO STOP DOING OIL

PORTRAITS OF FORMER

SECRETARIES AT $22,000 A

POP.

I THINK THAT IS A

SMALL-BALL KIND OF

QUESTION.

Reporter: AND DAVID

CURLY HAD HIS PHOTO BLOWN UP

AT COSCO FOR UNDER $100.

THE QUESTIONS MAY BE TAKING

THEIR TOLL AS PRESIDENT

OBAMA ABANDONED HIS TAKE NO

PRISON STRATEGY.

THE HOUSE'S TOP DEMOCRAT,

NANCY PELOSI, APPROVED.

I ALWAYS THINK IT IS VERY

IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THE

MOTIVATION OF MEMBERS AND

WHAT THE POSSIBILITIES ARE

IN TERMS OF COURAGE.

Reporter: HOUSE SPEAKER

JOHN BOEHNER EXPRESSED

SURPRISE THAT THE PRESIDENT

CHANGED TACTICS FROM

CAMPAIGN EVENTS AROUND THE

COUNTRY TO SITTING DOWN AND

TALKING WITH LAWMAKERS.

I THINK IT IS A SIGN, A

HOPEFUL SIGN, AND I'M

HOPEFUL SOMETHING WILL COME

OUT OF IT.

BUT IF THE PRESIDENT

CONTINUES TO INSIST ON TAX

HIKES, I DON'T THINK WE'RE

GOING TO GET VERY FAR.

IF THE PRESIDENT DOESN'T

BELIEVE WE HAVE A SPENDING

PROBLEM, I DON'T KNOW IF

WE'RE GOING TO GET TOO FAR.

BUT I'M OPTMISTIC.

Reporter: DESPITE THE

CURRENT CAMARADERIE, ANOTHER

EXTENSION OF THE DEBT LIMIT

LIES AHEAD NEXT MONTH,

LEAVING BOTH SIDES BRACING

FOR ANOTHER BATTLE.

JOHN WAGGI, CBN NEWS.

Gordon: AT LEAST

THEY'RE TALKING WITH ONE

ANOTHER.

THAT'S AN IMPROVEMENT.

BUT IF THEY CAN EVER GET

TOGETHER ON A BUDGET THAT

ACTUALLY CUTS SPENDING, THAT

WILL BE A TRUE MIRACLE.

THE WHITE HOUSE HA HAS

ANOTHER POLITICAL PROBLEM ON

IT'S HANDS.

Lee: GORDON, THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION IS POSTPONING

AN AWARD FOR AN EGYPTIAN

WOMAN'S RIGHTS ACTIVIST

BECAUSE OF ANTIAMERICAN AND

ANTI-SEMITIC COMMENTS.

SHE WAS GOING TO BE ONE OF

THE 10 RECIPIENTS OF THE

INTERNATIONAL COURAGE AWARD,

BUT IT FOUND THAT EAST

IBRIHAM SUPPORTED THE

ATTACK, AND SHE AT

ATTRIBUTED ALL

CRIMES

AGAINST SOCIETY TO JEWS.

SHE DENIES WRITING THOSE

MESSAGES.

SHE CLAIMS HER TWITTER

ACCOUNT WAS HACKED.

BUT ILLINOIS DEMOCRATIC

SENATO

R MARK KIRK

CALLS THAT

CLAIM DUBIOUS.

AND SHE REFUSES TO APOLOGIZE

FOR HER ANTI-ZIONIST

STATEMENTS.

OSAMA BIN LADEN'S SON-IN-LAW

FACES A JUDGE IN NEW YORK

FOR CONSPIRING TO KILL

AMERICANS.

SOME REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS

ARE RAISING QUESTIONS ABOUT

THE WAY THE ADMINISTRATION

IS HANDLING THIS

HIGH-PROFILE PRISONER.

CHARLENE ISRAEL HAS THAT

STORY.

Reporter: THE ARREST OF

SULAIMAN ABBU GAITH IS A

MAJOR CUE FOR THE U.S.

HE IS CONSIDERED A KEY

TARGET.

BUT A GROUP OF REPUBLICAN

LAWMAKERS ARE NOT

CELEBRATING YET.

THEY CALL THE NEW YORK CITY

TRIAL BY A FEDERAL JUDGE BAD

PRECEDENT.

WE ARE SETTING A NEW

PRECEDENT THAT WILL COME

BACK TO BITE US.

YOU'RE PUTTING PEOPLE LIKE

THIS INTO FEDERAL COURT,

GIVING THEM THE SAME

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AS AN

AMERICAN CITIZEN.

Reporter: GRAHAM, ALONG

WITH CENTER KELLY AYOTTE

SAYS HE SHOULD BE

INTERROGATED.

THEY ACCUSE THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION FROM GOING

AROUND CONGRESS AND SNEAKING

THE TERRORIST SUSPECT INTO

NEW YORK CITY.

HE WAS CAPTURED IN TURKEY

AND TRANSFERRED TO JORDAN.

ACCORDING TO THE U.S.

OFFICIALS, THE C.I.A. HAS

BEEN TRACKING HIM FOR YEARS,

AS HE MOVED FROM AFGHANISTAN

TO IRAN AND THEN TO TURKEY.

THIS IS A MAN WHO IS IN

THE INNER CIRCLE OF BIN

LADEN'S al-QAEDA

OPERATIONS, AND WE HAVE HIM

ALIVE AND HE IS TALKING.

Reporter: HE HAS

REVEALED CURRENT STATUSES.

ERIC HOLDER SAYS,

QUOTE,"THIS ARREST SENDS AN

UNMISTAKABLE MESSAGE.

THERE IS NO CORNER OF THE

WORLD WHERE YOU CAN ESCAPE

FROM JUSTICE, BECAUSE WE

WILL DO EVERYTHING UNOUR

POWER TO HOLD YOU

ACCOUNTABLE TO THE FULLEST

EXTENT OF THE LAW."

ABU GAITH APPLAUDED THE

ATTACKS OF 9/11, AND WARNED

THERE WOULD BE MORE.

CHARLENE ISRAEL, CBN NEWS.

Lee: FORMER PRESIDENT

BILL CLINTON SAYS THE U.S.

SUPERIOR COURT SHOULD

OVERTURN THE DEFENSIVE

MARRIAGE ACT.

HE SIGNED THAT

LAW

IN 1996

WHEN HE

WAS PRESIDENT.

IT SAYS THAT MARRIAGE IS

BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE

WOMAN.

THAT MEANS A

STATE WHERE GAY

MARRIAGE

IS

ILLEGAL DOES NOT

HAVE TO RECOGNIZE GAY

MARRIAGE

FROM ANOTHER

STATE.

IT ALSO MEANS GAY MARRIED

COUPLES

DON'T RECEIVE

FEDERAL BENEFITS.

CLINTON NOW BELIEVES THE LAW

DISCRIMINATES AGAINST

SAME-SEX COUPLES AND CALLS

IT

UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

PRO-CHOICE ACTIVISTS WILL

CHOOSE A NEW LAW THAT LIMITS

ABORTIONS.

IT BANS ABORTIONS AFTER 12

WEEKS OF PREGNANCY

IF AN

ULTRASOUND SHOWS THAT

THE

UNBORN BABY HAS A HEART

BEAT.

THE ACTIVIST SAYS THE NEW

LAW

VIOLATES ROE VS. WADE,

THE SUPREME COURT DECISION

THAT LEGALIZED ABORTION

NATION WADE.

ARKANSAS

LEGISLATORS WHO

VOTED FOR THE

LAW EXPECTED A

LEGAL CHALLENGE.

FRANCE WILL START PULLING

ITS TROOPS OUT

OF THE

AFRICAN

NATION OF MALI NEXT

MONTH.

BUT THAT ISLAMIC THREAT

REMAINS VERY REAL, AND

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

THERE

TO FEED AND ASSIST

THOSE CAUGHT UP IN THIS

CONFLICT.

GARY LANE HAS MORE FROM

BOMAKO, MALI.

Reporter: CBN NEWS

JOINED A GROUP OF REFUGEES.

MOST LED THE ISLAMIC

TAKEOVER OF THE NORTHERN

CITY OF GOU.

THEY STILL DEPEND ON THE

GENEROSITY OF OTHERS TO HELP

FEED THEIR CHILDREN.

ALI WAS PREGNANT WHEN THEY

MADE THE TRIP.

HER BABY WAS BORN WITH AN

ABDOMINAL HERNIA.

HE UNDERWENT SURGERY, BUT

HIS CONDITION HAS NOT

IMPROVED.

"OPERATION BLESSING" ASKED

THIS DOCTOR TO EXAMINE

LITTLE ABDU.

HE SAYS THIS BABY HAS AN

INFECTION, AND HIS INTESTINE

CAN COME OUT AGAIN.

HIS MOM IS NOW WAITING FOR

RESULTS FROM AN TESTER.

HE MAY NEED ANOTHER

SURGERY.

SHE SAYS, I AM GRATEFUL TO

YOU FOR THE FOOD YOU

PROVIDED, AND ALSO FOR

CONCERN FOR MY BABY.

NOT ONLY ARE REFUGEES AND

VICTIMS OF THE WAR BEING FED

AND CARED FOR, BUT CBN IS

DOING WHAT IT CAN TO CHANGE

THE LIVES OF YOUNG WOMEN.

19 IAR19-YEAR-OLD PATAMA

WILL GRADUATE FROM THIS

SEWING SCHOOL.

SHE HOPES TO STARTS HER OWN

SEWING SHOP AND HOPES TO BE

A BLESSING TO OTHERS.

14 YOUNG WOMEN STARTED

CLASSES, AND TODAY MORE THAN

120 STUDENTS ARE ENROLLED

HERE.

THEY ATTEND CLASSES FOR

THREE YEARS.

ASTORI SAYS WITHOUT JOB

SKILLS, MANY OF THESE YOUNG

WOMEN WOULD TURN TO

PROSTITUTION TO SUPPORT

THEIR FAMILIES.

DIVORCED WOMEN ALSO RECEIVE

TRAINING HERE.

WHEN A WOMAN IS DIVORCED,

WITH THREE, FOUR, FIVE

CHILDREN, AND SHE CAN'T EARN

HER OWN LIFE, THAT IS

MISERY.

Reporter: SOME OF THESE

STUDENTS ARE NON-CHRISTIANS,

AND ATTORI OFTEN READS BIBLE

STORIES TO THEM.

WE HAVE RECEIVED SOME AS

CHRISTIANS, AND THEY FOLLOW

THE LORD AND WANT TO GO TO

CHURCH.

Reporter: SO IN A SIM

OF WAR, CBN IS HELPING

MALIANS RECEIVE WHAT THEY

NEED, AND SPIRITUAL TRUTH

FOR ETERNITY.

GARY LANE, CBN NEWS, MALI.

Lee: THE REAL PICTURE

OF

THE GOSPEL, TO SEE GOD

TAKING WHAT WAS ONCE BROKEN

AND PUTTING IT BACK TOGETHER

AGAIN.

IF YOU WANT TO HELP OUT

WITH "OPERATION BLESSING,"

WE IN VIOLENT YOU T --

INVITE YOU TO DO SO,

1-800-759-0700.

JUST SAY I WANT TO GIVE TO

"OPERATION BLESSING"

DISASTER RELIEF.

WHETHER THE DISASTERS ARE

HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OR

FROM AROUND THE WORLD, AND

WHETHER IT IS FROM NATURAL

DISASTER OR THE DISASTER OF

WAR, WE WANT TO BE THERE AND

HELP PEOPLE.

IF YOU WANT TO DO THAT, YOU

CAN GIVE TO "OPERATION

BLESSING," DISASTER RELIEF

FUND.

CBN CENTER, VIRGINIA BEACH,

VIRGINIA, OR YOU CAN CALL US

AND SAY I WANT TO DESIGNATE

MY GIFT TO "OPERATION

BLESSING" DISASTER RELIEF.

KRISTI?

Kristi: GOOD DEAL.

COMING UP, THE 15-YEAR-OLD

HONOR STUDENT WHO WAS GUNNED

DOWN ONE MILE FROM THE

PRESIDENT'S CHICAGO HOME.

SEE HOW A GROUP CALLED GRIP

IS TACKLING GANG VIOLENCE IN

THE WINDY CITY.

AND THE FOUNDER OF

CHRISTIANFARI TALKS ABOUT

WHAT CHANGED HIS LIFE.

.

Gordon: CHICAGO IS

KNOWN FOR ITS HIGH RATE OF

GANG VIOLENCE AND MURDER.

THE NEW YEAR BROUGHT THE

CITY ITS DEADLIEST JANUARY

IN MORE THAN A DECADE.

BUT AS EPHRAIM GRAHAM

REPORTS, THERE IS ANOTHER

APPROACH ON THE WAY TO FIGHT

THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE DEADLY

VIOLENCE.

Reporter: MORE THAN 40

PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SHOT.

Reporter: IT IS AN

UNFORTUNATE REALITY, AS

RELIABLE AT THE MORNING

SUNRISE.

A NEW DAY BRINGS ANOTHER

TALE OF GUN VIOLENCE IN

CHICAGO.

THIS MORNING A

17-YEAR-OLD BOY IS DEAD

AFTER AN ARGUMENT ON THE

COURSE.

IT TEARS YOU UP.

Reporter: RICARDO

MARTINEZ'S SON SERVED TWO

TOURS IN IRAQ.

AFTER RETURNING HOME, HE WAS

SHOT WHILE SITTING IN HIS

CAR.

THE CONVICTED GUNMAN THOUGHT

HE WAS A RIVAL GANG MEMBER.

THAT WAS ALMOST SEVEN YEARS

AGO.

YOU GET UP AND YOU GO TO

WORK AND YOU CRY ALL DAY

WHILE YOU'RE WORKING.

AND THEN YOU GET HOME AT

NIGHT, AND YOU LOOK AT THE

NEWS, AND IT JUST FEELS LIKE

THEY KILLED YOUR SON AGAIN

WHEN YOU SEE ANOTHER PARENT

GOING THROUGH THE SAME

THING.

THERE IS NOT A DAY THAT

GOES BY THAT I DON'T SHED A

LITTLE BIT OF A TEAR.

I HONESTLY DON'T SEE THERE

EVER BEING THE DAY.

Reporter: THE CHICAGO

POLICE STILL SEARCH FOR THE

PERSON WHO SHOT MONICA'S SON

12 TIMES AS HE WALKED HOME

FROM SCHOOL IN 2009.

GAMES, LIKE IT IS A

TROPHY, ALMOST.

HOW DO YOU PREPARE YOURSELF

FOR THAT.

Reporter: AND WEEKS

AGO, TANITA COFIELD FOUND

HERSELF FACED WITH THE SAME

REALITY.

MY SON WAS SHOT IN THE

HEAD.

AND HE ALSO HAD A GUNSHOT

WOUND IN HIS LEFT HIP.

SO THAT TORE ME APART.

Reporter: CHICAGO SAW

MORE THAN 500 MURDERS IN

2012.

AND IN THE FIRST MONTH OF

THIS YEAR, MORE THAN 40.

THAT'S THREE TIMES WHAT NEW

YORK CITY SAW IN THE VERY

SAME MONTH.

AS THAT DEATH COUNT

CONTINUED TO RISE, NUMBER 42

SPARKED OUTRAGE FROM THE

WINDY CITY TO THE WHITE

HOUSE.

A 15-YEAR-OLD HONOR STUDENT

GUNNED DOWN AT THIS PARK,

ONLY A MILE FROM THE

PRESIDENT'S CHICAGO HOME.

AND JUST AFTER SHE PERFORMED

AT HIS INAUGURATION, ALONG

WITH HER SCHOOL'S MARCHING

BAND.

SHE AND HER FRIENDS SIMPLY

WANTED SHELTER FROM THE

RAIN.

A RIVAL GANG DETERMINED,

WRONGFULLY, THAT THESE

INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE

STANDING AT THAT SPOT, WERE

MEMBERS OF A GANG AND FIRED

INTO THE CROWD.

Reporter: THE MAYOR PUT

MORE POLICE OFFICERS ON THE

STREET, BUT THIS PROBLEM IS

BIGGER THAN THE C.P. D..

D.

A JANITOR BY NIGHT, ANDREW

HOLMES WORKS AS A COMMUNITY

ACTIVIST BY DAY.

I'M ON A MISSION NOW TO

JUST TRY TO CALM DOWN SOME

OF THIS GUN VIOLENCE,

BECAUSE I'VE BEEN ON BOTH

SIDES.

Reporter: HOLMES TAKES

CRIME TIPS CALLS, FOLLOWS

THE LEAD, AND VISITS CRIME

SCENES, TO COMFORT VICTIMS

AND THEIR FAMILIES.

PHOTOS OF 4-YEAR-OLD VICTIMS

COVER HIS DEATH.

THIS IS PERSONAL.

HE WAS SHOT IN GANG

CROSS-FIRE MORE THAN 18

YEARS AGO AND NEARLY DIED.

IT WAS TOUGH.

STILL TOUGH NOW, WHEN YOU

THINK ABOUT IT.

Reporter: THAT PAIN

DRIVES HOLMES TO ALSO REACH

OUT TO GANG MEMBERS.

THEY OFTEN CALL HIM PREACHER

MAN, BECAUSE HE IS ARMED

WITH A MESSAGE OF HOPE, EVEN

WHEN CONVINCING THEM TO TURN

THEMSELVES INTO POLICE.

IF YOU'RE COMING UP WITH

A GANG MENTALITY LIFESTYLE,

YOU CAN'T POSSIBLY RAISE A

SON OR A DAUGHTER.

YOU CANNOT BE A FATHER.

THAT'S NOT A FATHER FIGURE.

Reporter: SCRIPTURE

CALLS FOR BELIEVERS TO

DEFEND THE CAUSE OF THE

FATHERLESS.

THAT'S WHAT PUSHES THESE MEN

AND WOMEN TO TACKLE THIS

CITY'S RISING GANG

VIOLENCE.

AT THE BEGINNING OF THE

YEAR, I HAD A CLOSE FRIEND

OF MINE WHO WAS GUNNED DOWN

SEVEN TIMES, SHOT, FOR

MISTAKEN IDENTITY.

Reporter: KEITH WITLEY

WORKS IN A OUTREACH PROGRAM

CALLED GRIP.

IT PARTNERS WITH CHICAGO

CHURCHES TO PUT YOUNG MEN

AND WOMEN IN CONTACT WITH

CHRISTIAN MENTORS.

YOU'RE GETTING THE 2 A.M.

PHONE CALL AND YOU NEED TO

RESPOND, BUT IT IS ALSO

INVITING KIDS OVER FOR MOVIE

NIGHT.

Reporter: MENTOR

DIRECTOR BRIAN DIDE TAKES

THE MINISTRY A STEP

FURTHER.

HE LIVES AND PASTORS A HOUSE

CHURCH IN WEST GARFIELD

PARK, ONE OF THE AREAS HIT

HARDEST BY THE VIOLENCE.

BULLETS RIPPED THROUGH HIS

HOME THE NIGHT HIS FAMILY

MOVED IN.

WE STAY UP ALL NIGHT

PRAYING TO GOD, SINGING HIS

PRAISES, AND THANK YOU HIM

FOR SAFETY IN THE MIDST OF

IT.

ABOUT 5:00 IN THE MORNING,

MY WIFE LOOKS AT ME IN THE

EYES AND SAYS, BRIAN, I KNOW

WHAT THE WORLD SAYS WE

SHOULD DO, BUT THIS

CONVINCES WE NEED TO STAY.

Reporter: THAT WAS

EIGHT YEARS AGO.

[YELLING]

Reporter: MONDAY

NIGHTS, GRIP BRINGS HUNDREDS

OF KIDS AND THEIR MENTORS

TOGETHER FOR FUN, GAMES,

PRAYER, AND BIBLE STUDY.

THE WEEKLY CELEBRATION IS

CALLED SLAM.

AND IT'S LOADED WITH LIFE

MESSAGES.

JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE IN A

MESS AND A PREDICAMENT NOW,

DOESN'T MEAN IT IS ALWAYS

GOING TO BE LIKE THAT.

Reporter: FAITH AND

HOPE THAT CAN GENERATE THE

POWER TO RISE ABOVE THE

VIOLENCE.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS,

CHICAGO.

Gordon: I LOVE THIS

STORY, THE CHURCH IN

ACTION.

WHEN YOU SEE CHRISTIANS RISE

UP TO MEET THE CHALLENGE.

AND, BOY, THE CHALLENGE IN

OUR SOCIETY WITH THE

FATHERLESS GENERATION, WHEN

YOU START UNDERSTANDING THAT

THE MAJORITY OF HOMES HAS A

SINGLE PARENT.

THAT'S A HUGE STATISTIC.

AND THAT MEANS A WHOLE

GENERATION IS GROWING UP

WITHOUT A FATHER IN THE

HOME.

IF THE CHURCH CAN DO IT, AND

RISE TO THAT OCCASION, WHAT

A WONDERFUL THING AND WHAT A

WONDERFUL WITNESS.

PLEASE DON'T WAIT FOR THE

GOVERNMENT TO DO IT.

BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T

BE A FATHER.

CAN'T BE A MENTOR.

CAN'T REALLY HELP THIS

SITUATION.

BUT IF WE CAN DO IT, AND THE

CHURCH CAN DO IT, THEN WE

CAN SEE INCREDIBLE RESULTS

IN A TURNAROUND IN OUR

CULTURE.

WHAT A WONDERFUL STORY.

Kristi: THAT IS.

I WAS THINKING ABOUT THAT

LINE, DON'T LET WHERE YOU

COME FROM DETERMINE WHERE

YOU'RE GOING.

THAT'S THE ESSENCE OF IT,

GORDON.

NO MATTER IF YOU GREW UP IN

A SINGLE-PARENT HOME OR YOU

GREW UP IN A GANG, IT

DOESN'T MATTER WHERE YOU

CAME FROM.

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST CAN

GIVE YOU NEW AND ESPECIALLY

YOUR FOOTSTEPS.

COME ON, BROTHER, DON'T GET

ME STARTED.

UP NEXT, HIS BAND,

CHRISTIANFARI HAS TOURED 63

COUNTRIES, AND IT ALL

STARTED WITH A FAMILY

VACATION.

MY PARENTS CAME TO ME AND

SAID, WHERE DO YOU THINK WE

SHOULD GO?

AND, OF COURSE, I SAID

JAMAICA.

MY NEIGHBOR WAS JAMAICAN,

AND I LOVE MARIJUANA.

Kristi: HE REVEALS HOW

HE WENT FROM A ROSTAFARIAN

TO A CHRISTAFARIAN AFTER

THIS.

Gordon: IN 1990, MARK

MOORE JOINED THE CHRISTIAN

REGGAE BAND, CHRISTAFAI.

THEY HAVE PERFORMED IN 52

COUNTRIES SINCE THEN.

ONE OF THEIR MESSAGES IS TO

REACH PEOPLE WITH THE LOVE

OF JESUS CHRIST.

MARK KNOWS ALL ABOUT IT

BECAUSE BEFORE HE WAS EVEN

17 YEARS OLD, HE WAS A HUGE

FAN OF THE LIFESTYLE

HIMSELF.

IT WAS IN REGGAE MUSIC

THAT I THOUGHT THAT I FOUND

THE PERFECT MARRIAGE OF

USING THE DRUG OF MY CHOICE

AND A MUSIC THAT QUOTED FROM

THE BIBLE, WHICH IS WHAT MY

PARENTS WERE ALWAYS HAVING

ME READ.

Reporter: MARK MOORE IS

THE LEAD VOCALIST AND

FOUNDER OF THE BAND

CHRISTAFAI.

REGGAE QUOTES SCRIPTURE

ALL OF THE TIME.

OBVIOUSLY, THEY MISQUOTE

SCRIPTURE.

BUT THEY BASICALLY SAY IT IS

OKAY TO SMOKE MARIJUANA, AND

YOU DO THAT TO GET CLOSER TO

GOD.

Reporter: MARK GREW UP

SOUTH OF L.A. IN THE

1980s, WHERE HE SAYS HE

WAS A CLASSIC CALIFORNIA

STONER.

IN MY EARLY PRE-TEENS AND

TEENAGED YEARS, I BECAME A

REAL REBEL.

IT STARTED OFF WITH

MARIJUANA AND ESCALATED TO

COCAINE, AND EVENTUALLY TO

CRACK AND CRYSTAL METH.

I WAS GROWING MARIJUANA IN

MY PARENTS' BACKYARD.

I WAS DEALING MARIJUANA.

I WAS A MESSED UP KID.

Reporter: HIS PARENTS

WERE CHRISTIANS, BUT MARK

SAYS HE COULDN'T RELATE TO

THEM.

I COULDN'T RELATE TO THE

TRUE JOY THAT WAS INSIDE OF

THEM BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE

THAT INSIDE OF ME BECAUSE I

WAS USING DRUGS.

AS I LOOK BACK ON MY LIFE, I

REALIZED THERE WERE TWO

CRUCIAL THINGS THAT WOULD

CAUSE SOMEONE TO DO DRUGS OR

TO STRAY AWAY.

ONE IS TRYING TO FIT IN.

IN MY CASE, I WAS TRYING TO

FIT IN WITH AN OLDER CROWD.

I WAS TRYING TO BE

ACCEPTED.

AND THE OTHER IS TRYING TO

ESCAPE.

Reporter: THE REFERENCE

TO GET MARK INTO A DRUG

REHAB PROGRAM WERE

UNSUCCESSFUL.

ONCE MARK RAN AWAY FOR AN

ENTIRE SUMMER.

I STARTED TO FIND THE

PARTIES, AND I WOULD SPEND

THE NIGHT AT THE PARTIES.

THAT WAS EASY TO DO IN THE

SUMMER.

BUT NOT SO MUCH AFTER THAT.

SOMETIMES I WOULD WAKE UP ON

THE BEACH.

Reporter: MARK'S

PARENTS EVENTUALLY TALKED

HIM INTO COMING HOME.

THEY SAID, JUST COME BACK

HOME.

WE JUST NEED YOU BACK HOME.

WE WANT YOU TO BE SAFE.

WE WANT YOU TO BE HEALTHY.

SO I ACCEPTED THEIR

INVITATION, AND ONLY ONE

PRETEXT, THAT EVERY

WEDNESDAY I WOULD SIT RIGHT

HERE IN THIS LIVING ROOM AND

THEY WOULD HAVE ME READ THE

BIBLE WITH THEM AND SHARE

THE WORD OF GOD WITH ME.

Reporter: WHEN MARK WAS

16, HE DISCOVERED HIS TRUE

PASSION DURING A FAMILY

VACATION.

ONE YEAR I REMEMBER MY

PARENTS CAME TO ME AND SAID,

WHERE DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD

GO?

OF COURSE, I SAID JAMAICA.

MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR WAS

JAMAICAN, AND I LOVED

MARIJUANA.

AND I KNEW THAT JAMAICA WAS

WELL-KNOWN FOR ITS

HIGH-GRADE MARIJUANA.

Reporter: BUT POT

WASN'T THE ONLY THING ABOUT

JAYMJAMAICA THAT FASCINATED

MARK.

THAT'S WHERE I GOT

INTRODUCED TO REGGAE MUSIC.

IT WAS IN JAMAICA THAT THIS

BUG STARTED IN ME TO DO

REGGAE MUSICMENT AND

EVENTUALLY I WOULD START TO

WRITE SONGS.

Reporter: MARK'S DRUG

USE CONTINUED THROUGH HIGH

SCHOOL.

THEN ONE SUMMER, HIS PARENTS

TALKED HIM INTO GOING TO A

CHRISTIAN CAMP IN

CALIFORNIA.

THERE HE MET A CAMP

COUNSELLOR NAMED MARCUS.

ONE THING THAT DREW ME TO

MARCUS IS WE LIKED THE SAME

MUSIC AND WE HAD THE SAME

PAST.

WE HAD SO MUCH IN COMMON.

ONE DAY I LOOKED AT HIM AND

I SAID, THERE IS SOMETHING

DIFFERENT BETWEEN YOU AND

I.

AND HE LOOKED AT ME WITH THE

LOVE OF CHRIST AND HE DIDN'T

GIVE ME A LONG SERMON.

HE JUST SAID, IT IS THE LOVE

OF GOD.

IT WAS THEN I REALIZED HE

HAD SOMETHING I NEEDED.

HE HAD SOMETHING I WAS

SEARCHING FOR FOR ALL THESE

YEARS.

HE HAD HOPE IN HIS LIFE, HE

HAD A FUTURE.

RIGHT AFTER MARCUS SAID IT

WAS THE LOVE OF GOD, I HAD

HEARD A MODERN DAY RENDITION

OF THE PRODIGAL SON.

HE HAD RUN AWAY AND DONE

DRUGS, AND YET HIS FATHER

ACCEPTED HIM WITH OPEN

ARMS.

AND I REALIZED NOT ONLY HAD

MY EARTHLY FATHER ACCEPTED

ME WITH OPEN ARMS, BUT MY

HEAVENLY FATHER HAD.

SO I FELL ON MY KNEES AND

PRAYED THE SINNER'S PRAYER.

BUT THIS TIME IT WAS

DIFFERENT.

I WAS GOING TO READ THE

BIBLE EVERY DAY AND I WAS

GOING TO SUBMERGE MYSELF

WITH THE WORD.

Reporter: WHEN MARK GOT

HOME FROM VACATION, HE

STUDIEDED BIBLE.

ONE OF THE COOLEST THINGS

ABOUT WHAT MARCUS SAID TO ME

IS HE DIDN'T PREACH THE

GOSPEL TO ME.

HE GAVE AN ANSWER BECAUSE I

ASKED A QUESTION.

AND I WOULDN'T HAVE ASKED

THE QUESTION IF I DIDN'T SEE

A MANIFESTATION OF CHRIST IN

HIM THAT DREW ME.

Reporter: AND MARK

CREDITS THE POWER OF PRAYING

PARENTS IN HIS EVENTUAL

TURNAROUND.

MY PARENTS NEVER GAVE UP

ON ME.

THEY WERE RELENTLESS.

THEY PURSUED ME IN LOVE AND

DISCIPLINE.

UNITED AS A FRONT, THEY CAME

TO ME WITH THE LOVE AND

COMPASSION OF CHRIST.

Reporter: LATER THAT

YEAR, MARK SHARED HIS

TESTIMONY AT ANOTHER

CHRISTIAN CAMP.

THERE IS A CASUAL REMARK BY

A WORSHIP TEAM LEADER

CHANGED THE COURSE OF HIS

LIFE.

I ASKED THE WORSHIP TEAM

AT THE CAMP IF THEY COULD

BACK ME AND DO SOME REGGAE.

THEY SAID, WE WILL TRY.

IT WAS PRETTY EMBARRASSING.

SO THEY SAID YOU'RE NOT A

ROSTAFARI, YOU'RE A

CHRISTAFAI.

Reporter: SINCE THEN

MARK AND HIS BAND HAVE

CREATORED 16 ALBUMS, AND WON

NUMEROUS AWARDS.

WE PLAYED BEFORE THE

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED

STATES AND TWO OLYMPIC

GAMES, AND OUR LATEST ALBUM

IS NUMBER TWO ON THE

BILLBOARD CHARTS.

Reporter: DURING THAT

TIME, MARK ALSO MET AND

MARRIED SINGER ABBEY.

WHO SINGS AND PERFORMS WITH

HIM IN CHRISTAFARI.

A SIMPLE YOUTH CAMP

THROUGH A MAN JUST GIVING AN

ANSWER TO HIS FAITH.

WE'RE TOURING THE WORLD

DOING THE MUSIC THAT WE

LOVE, WITH A WIFE THAT I

LOVE, FOR A LORD THAT I

LOVE, MINISTERING TO PEOPLE

THAT I LOVE.

IT'S A WILD RIDE.

IT'S AN ADVENTURE.

IT IS THE BEST DECISION I

EVER MADE.

[APPLAUSE AND CHEERS]

Gordon: IT IS AN

ADVENTURE FOLLOWING CHRIST.

IT IS AN ADVENTURE.

UNDERSTAND THAT.

UNDERSTAND THAT JESUS CAME

THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE LIFE AND

HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY.

HE CAME TO GIVE YOU A HOPE

AND A FUTURE.

AND HOW DO YOU GET THAT?

WELL, YOU JUST ASK.

IF YOU'VE GONE OFF INTO THE

THINGS OF THE WORLD LIKE

MARK DID, YOU ALREADY KNOW

THAT WHATEVER THE WORLD HAS

TO OFFER WEARS OFF.

IT MAY BE PLEASURE FOR A

MOMENT, BUT THEN YOU WAKE UP

AND YOU STILL HAVE THE SAME

PROBLEMS THAT YOU DID THE

DAY BEFORE, THE MONTH

BEFORE, THE YEAR BEFORE.

NOTHING HAS CHANGED.

AND IT HAS GOTTEN WORSE.

AND YOU MAY WANT TO ESCAPE.

YOU MAY WANT TO DO WHATEVER

THE WORLD SAYS THIS WILL

BRING YOU A MOMENTARY

PLEASURE, BUT THE TRUE THING

THAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR IS

THAT LOVE.

AND IT IS THE LOVE THAT WILL

NEVER GO AWAY.

IT WILL NEVER WEAR OFF.

IT WILL BE WITH YOU.

IT WILL SUSTAIN YOU.

AND JESUS PROMISES HE'LL

NEVER LEAVE YOU.

HE'LL NEVER FORSAKE YOU.

HE WANTS TO BE YOUR SAVIOR.

HE WANTS TO BE YOUR

MESSIAH.

AND GOD WANTS TO BE YOUR

FATHER.

BECAUSE HE IS.

AND WE WERE CREATED IN HIS

IMAGE, AND HE HISTORY A ZEAL

FOR US THAT CAN'T BE

QUENCHED.

THIS IS LOVE.

THAT WHILE WE WERE YET

SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR

US.

NOW, YOU MAY THINK THAT

SOMEHOW OR ANOTHER YOU HAVE

TO MAKE YOURSELF GOOD ENOUGH

FOR GOD TO LOVE YOU.

STOP DOING THAT.

BECAUSE THAT'S NOT THE

BIBLE.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WHILE WE

WERE YET SINNERS -- THAT

MEANS RIGHT NOW -- GOD LOVES

YOU.

AND HE WANTS TO COME TO YOU

AND GIVE YOU EVERYTHING

YOU'RE LOOKING FOR.

THAT EMPTINESS INSIDE, HE

WANTS TO FILL IT WITH HIS

LOVE IF YOU JUST LET HIM.

SO JUST LIKE MARK, DO WHAT

MARK DID.

HE GOT DOWN ON HIS KNEES.

HE ASKED JESUS TO COME INTO

HIS HEART AND FORGIVE HIM,

AND HE ASKED GOD TO SHOW HIM

THAT LOVE.

THAT LOVE HE SAW IN MARCUS.

HE WANTED THAT, AND GOD

WANTS TO GIVE YOU THAT, IF

YOU JUST ASK HIM.

SO IF THIS IS FOR YOU, IF

THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT, DON'T

CHANGE THIS CHANNEL.

LET TODAY BE THE DAY THAT

YOU SAY OKAY, I WANT TO TRY

THIS.

I WANT TO SEE WHAT KIND OF

ADVENTURE GOD HAS FOR ME.

SO IF YOU WANT IT, RIGHT NOW

BOW YOUR HEAD.

CLOSE YOUR EYES AND SAY A

WONDERFUL, SIMPLE PRAYER,

AND LET GOD DO FOR YOU WHAT

HE HAS DONE FOR OTHERS.

PRAY WITH ME.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT, SAY

IT OUT LOUD.

JESUS, I COME TO YOU, AND I

ASK RIGHT NOW THAT YOU

FORGIVE ME, THAT YOU WOULD

CLEANSE ME AND MAKE ME NEW.

AND, JESUS, FILL THAT

EMPTINESS INSIDE OF ME.

FILL ME WITH YOUR LOVE AND

WITH YOUR FORGIVENESS.

AND WITH YOUR MERCY.

AND, JESUS, I WANT TO FIND

THE ADVENTURE THAT YOU HAVE

FOR ME.

I WANT TO KNOW THE PLANS AND

THE FUTURE AND THE HOPE THAT

YOU HAVE FOR ME.

SO OPEN MY UNDERSTANDING.

OPEN MY EARS THAT I CAN HEAR

YOU.

AND LET ME SENSE YOUR LOVE

RIGHT NOW.

AND, JESUS, IF YOU'LL DO

THIS, I WANT TO FOLLOW YOU

ALL OF THE DAYS OF MY LIFE.

HEAR MY PRAYER, FOR I PRAY

IT IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

FATHER, FOR THOSE WHO JUST

PRAYED, I ASK FOR AN

OUTPOURING OF YOUR LOVE.

I ASK THAT YOU WOULD JUST

FILL THEM TO OVERFLOWING,

THAT THEY WOULD BE

SURROUNDED BY YOUR LOVE.

FILL THAT EMPTINESS INSIDE

THEM.

FILL IT TO OVERFLOWING.

FOR I ASK IT IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU PRAYED WITH ME, THERE

IS ONE MORE THING I WANT YOU

TO DO.

I WANT YOU TO LET SOMEBODY

KNOW THAT YOU DID.

FOR THE BIBLE SAYS THAT IF

YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART

AND THEN CONFESS WERE YOU

YOUWITH YOUR MOUTH, YOU

SHALL BE PAID.

SO MAKE A TOLL-FREE CALL,

1-800-759-0700, AND SAY I

PRAYED WITH THAT GUY ON TV.

WHEN YOU CALL, I'VE GOT

SOMETHING I WANT YOU TO

HAVE.

AND IT'S FREE.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS MAKE A

PHONE CALL AND WE'LL SEND IT

OUT TO YOU.

IT IS CALLED "A NEW DAY."

IN HERE IS A C.D. TEACHING

ON WHAT DO YOU DO NOW?

HOW DO YOU LIVE THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE?

I ALSO ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET

INVOLVED WITH A GROUP OF

CHRISTIANS AND JOIN A

CHURCH.

IT IS WITH THE FELLOWSHIP OF

JESUS.

AND DO WHAT MARK DID.

HE SAID, I'M GOING TO READ

THE BIBLE EVERY DAY.

IT IS THROUGH THE READING OF

THE WORD THAT YOU GET TO

KNOW ABOUT JESUS AND GOD THE

FATHER.

YOU READ THE BIBLE OF IT,

AND MAKE A HABIT OF IT AND

DO IT EVERY DAY.

MAKE THE PHONE CALL,

1-800-759-0700.

KRISTI, OVER TO YOU.

Kristi: THANK YOU,

GORDON.

STILL AHEAD, JUST IN TIME

FOR EASTER.

A SNEAK PEEK AT THE LATEST

EPISODE OF "SUPERBOOK."

STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF

"HE IS RISEN."

AND SEE HOW A WOMAN WHO WAS

IN PAIN FOR 12 YEARS

RECEIVES A MIRACLE.

PLUS WE'RE GOING TO BE

PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR

NEEDS.

SO WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T GO

AWAY.

Lee: WELCOME BACK TO

"THE 700 CLUB."

STUDENTS AT A MASSACHUSETTS

CHARTER SCHOOL WILL PERFORM

A BIBLICAL PLAY OF GENESIS

WITH GAY CHARACTERS.

IT IS A 1998 COMEDY CALLED

"THE MOST FABULOUS STORY

EVER TOLD."

MANY SAY IT IS OFFENSIVE TO

CHRISTIANS.

IN A LETTER TO PARENTS,

THOUGH, ADMINISTRATORS OF

THE PIONEER VALLEY

PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL SAID

THE PLAY IS CONSISTENT WITH

THE SCHOOL'S PHILOSOPHY AND

APPROPRIATE FOR A HIGH

SCHOOL AUDIENCE.

THEY ADMIT RECEIVING E-MAIL

POSITIONS AND PHONE CALLS

PROTESTING THE PLAY.

20 STUDENT VOLUNTEERS FROM

THE ATLANTA-BASED MASTERS

COMMISSION JOINED CBN'S

"OPERATION BLESSING" FOR A

MAJOR OUTREACH IN

CALIFORNIA.

THEY SPENT A WEEK PROVIDING

SCHOOL TO THE HOMELESS.

AND THEY HELPED WITH

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AND OTHER

EVENTS DESIGNED TO BLESS

PEOPLE IN NEED.

THE TEAMS WORKED

WITH FIVE

"OPERATION BLESSING" GROUPS

AND SERVED MORE THAN

A

THOUSAND FAMILIES IN A

WEEK.

YOU CAN

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT

"OPERATION BLESSING" BY

GOING

TO ITS WEBSITE AT

OB.ORG.

STAY

TUNED,

GAR GORDON AND

KRISTI WILL BE BACK WITH

MORE OF "THE 700 CLUB" AFTER

THIS.

*

Gordon: WELL, EASTER IS

THREE WEEKS FROM SUNDAY, AND

THE LATEST EPISODE OF

"SUPERBOOK" IS AVAILABLE

JUST IN TIME.

IT'S CALLED "HE IS RISEN,"

AND HERE IS A PREVIEW FROM

THE NEW D.V.D.

JOHN, I'VE SEEN HIM!

HE IS ALIVE.

ALIVE?

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

HOW CAN THAT BE?

STAY HERE.

EXACTLY WHAT DID YOU

SEE?

I COULDN'T SLEEP.

I WENT TO THE TOMB.

[SOBBING]

WOMAN, WHY ARE YOU

WEEPING?

THEY HAVE TAKEN THE

LORD'S BODY OUT OF THE TOMB,

AND WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY

HAVE PUT HIM.

WHY ARE YOU CRYING?

WHO ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

IF YOU HAVE TAKEN HIM

AWAY, TELL ME WHERE YOU HAVE

PUT HIM, AND I WILL GO AND

GET HIM.

MARY, DO NOT CLING TO ME

FOR I HAVE NOT YET ASCENDED

TO MY FATHER.

BUT GO FIND MY BROTHERS AND

TELL THEM, I AM ASCENDING TO

MY FATHER AND TO YOUR

FATHER, AND TO MY GOD AND TO

YOUR GOD.

Gordon: THAT IS JUST A

SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE LATEST

D.V.D. IN THE "SUPERBOOK"

SERIES.

WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT

IT.

THE FIRST SEASON IS NOW

COMPLETED.

WE'RE LAUNCHING INTO THE

SECOND SEASON IN THE COMING

MONTHS.

OUR FIRST INTERNATIONAL

BROADCAST IS GOING TO HAPPEN

ON EASTER SUNDAY IN MEXICO,

WHERE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A

SPANISH VERSION OF THE

"SUPERBOOK" SERIES BROADCAST

NATIONWIDE THERE.

WE'VE GOT A WHOLE

"SUPERBOOK" WEEK COMING UP

ON ABC FAMILY.

WHERE CHILDREN OFF ON SPRING

BREAK GET TO WATCH THE

STORIES OF THE BIBLE.

WE'RE ASKING FOR YOU TO

HELP, TO BE PART OF THE

PRODUCTION OF THE SERIES AND

THE TRANSLATION.

WE'RE GOING TO BE

TRANSLATING IT INTO 38

DIFFERENT LANGUAGES,

TRANSLATING IT THROUGHOUT

THE WORLD, THROUGHOUT

LATIN-AMERICA, AND IN ASIA.

IT IS INCREDIBLE, THE PLANS

THAT ARE UNFOLDING THIS YEAR

AS WE RELEASE "SUPERBOOK"

FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE

WORLD.

OUR GOAL OVER THE NEXT FIVE

YEARS IS FOR 300 MILLION

CHILDREN TO SEE THE STORIES

OF THE BIBLE IN THEIR OWN

LANGUAGE.

AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF

IT.

SO WHAT ARE WE ASKING FOR?

WE'RE ASKING YOU TO JOIN THE

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB.

THAT'S A GIFT OF $25.

IT ALL GOES INTO THE

PRODUCTION OF "SUPERBOOK,"

THE TRANSLATION,

DISTRIBUTION OF THE SERIES.

AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT

FOR $25.

WHENEVER WE RELEASE A NEW

EPISODE, YOU'LL BE FIRST IN

LINE TO GET IT.

NOT ONLY WILL YOU GET ONE,

BUT YOU'LL GET THREE COPIES

OF THE D.V.D. SO YOU CAN

SHARE IT WITH YOUR CHURCH,

WITH FAMILY.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT.

AND FOR THIS EASTER, WE HAVE

A VERY SPECIAL OFFER.

WHEN YOU JOIN THE

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB,

YOU'LL GET THREE COPIES OF

"HE IS RISEN," AND AS A

BONUS, THREE ADDITIONAL

D.V.D.s OF THE LAST

SUPPER.

SO YOU CAN HAVE BOTH THE

LAST SUPPER AND "HE IS

RISEN" FOR YOR EASTE YOUR

EASTER AND YOUR

GRANDCHILDREN.

HELP US GET THE STORIES OF

THE BIBLE TO THE CHILDREN OF

THE WORLD.

CALL US, 1-800-759-0700.

Kristi: YOU KNOW WHAT I

WAS THINKING AS YOU WERE

TALKING, EVEN THOUGH I KNOW

SO MANY ANIMATIONS WERE

GEARED TOWARDS KIDS, I DON'T

KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I LOVE

WATCHING ANIMATED MOVIES.

SO WHEN I TAKE MY SON TO THE

MOVIES OR IF I SIT DOWN WITH

HIM AND WATCH "SUPERBOOK," I

LOVE IT.

AND THE THING I LOVE ABOUT

"SUPERBOOK" IS THAT THE

ANIMATION IS TOPS.

Gordon: WE PUT A LOT OF

EFFORT INTO IT.

THIS HAS BEEN A LABOR OF

LOVE OVER THE YEARS.

WHEN THE BIBLE CHARACTERS --

WHEN THEY'RE TALKING,

THEY'RE TALKING VERSES FROM

THE BIBLE.

WHEN WE DO THE TRANSLATION,

WE GET THE MOST POPULAR

TRANSLATION FOR THAT CULTURE

OF THE BIBLE.

AND THAT BECOMES THE DIAL

DIAL -- DIALOGUE FOR THE

BIBLICAL CHARACTERS.

WE'VE DONE A LOT OF RESEARCH

INTO THE ARCHEOLOGY AND INTO

THE THEOLOGY, AND WHEN THE

BIBLE CHARACTERS ARE

TALKING, THEY'RE TALKING

VERSES FROM THE BIBLE.

Kristi: AND WHAT PEOPLE

DON'T KNOW IS I ASKED

GORDON, DURING THE

COMMERCIAL, IF I COULD BE A

VOICE OF ONE OF THE

CHARACTERS.

SO WHEN YOU CALL IN AND

DONATE, SAY TO HAVE KRISTI

BE A VOICE.

WE'LL DISCUSS IT.

ANYWAY, COMING UP, A RUNNER

WITH A PAINFUL PROBLEM.

I ACQUIRED WHAT IS A

RUNNER'S FRACTURE IN MY

FOOT.

THE DOCTOR SAID I HAD BEEN

RUNNING ON A BROKEN FOOT'S

FOR AT LEAST 10 YEARS.

Kristi: UNTIL IT

DISAPPEARED IN AN INSTANT.

SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE

COME BACK.

Kristi: EVERY WOMAN WHO

HAS EVER PUT ON HEELS TALLER

THAN TWO INCHES WILL BE ABLE

TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION, IF

YOU'RE FEET HURT, YOU HURT

ALL OVER.

RUNNER TONYA KIMBERLY CAN

SYMPATHIZE.

WITH EVERY STEP, SHE FELT

PAIN ALL OVER FOR 12 YEARS.

UNTIL ONE DAY WHEN SHE

WATCHED "THE 700 CLUB."

I ALWAYS ENJOYED RUNNING,

SINCE I WAS PROBABLY IN MY

20s.

I ACQUIRED WHAT WAS A

RUNNER'S FRACTURE IN MY

FOOT.

AND THE DOCTOR HAD SAID THAT

I HAD ACTUALLY BEEN RUNNING

ON A BROKEN FOOT FOR AT

LEAST TWO YEARS.

UNFORTUNATELY, ONE OF THE

THINGS ALONG WITH THAT WAS

THAT I GOT ARTHRITIS IN THAT

SAME FOOT, IN MY RIGHT

FOOT.

THEY SAID THAT IS SOMETHING

I WOULD ALWAYS HAVE TO DEAL

WITH.

AND I RECEIVED A CORTISONE

SHOT TO TRY TO DEADEN THE

PAIN, BUT THAT WAS ONLY A

TEMPORARY FIX.

IN TOTAL, ABOUT 12 YEARS OF

PAIN.

JUST CONSISTENTLY.

NEVER ONE DAY WITHOUT THE

PAIN.

JUST ONE DAY, WATCHING "THE

700 CLUB," AND TERRY HAD A

WORD OF KNOWLEDGE.

SHE WAS PRAYING.

AND EVERY TIME I WOULD HEAR

THEM START TO PRAY, I WOULD

SIT DOWN.

AND THEY ALWAYS SAY, GRAB

THAT AREA OF YOUR BODY THAT

YOU NEED PRAYER FOR.

AND SO I DID.

I GRABBED MY FOOT AND I PUT

ONE HAND OVER MY HEART.

AND SHE SAID, YOU KNOW, YOUR

TOES ARE HURTING, AND THE

LORD IS TAKING THAT FROM YOU

RIGHT NOW.

Terry: YOU HAVE A FOOT

PROBLEM.

IT'S WITH THE BONES IN YOUR

TOES.

GOD IS HEALING THAT FOR

YOU.

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE

THAT PAIN ANYMORE.

I JUST OPENED MY EYES ALL

OF A SUDDEN, AND I LOOKED AT

THE TV, AND I SAID, THAT'S

FOR ME.

AND I JUST STARTED THANKING

THE LORD FOR IT RIGHT AWAY.

I STOOD UP AND BELIEVING

THAT I WAS HEALED.

AND I DIDN'T HAVE ANY PAIN.

SO I EVEN THOUGHT TO MYSELF

RIGHT AWAY, OH, THAT'S MIND

OVER MATTER MAYBE.

BUT I'M LIKE, I DON'T HAVE

ANY PAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME

IN 12 YEARS.

NOW I CAN ACTUALLY MOVE MY

TOE, WHICH IS SOMETHING

BRAND NEW.

I COULD NEVER DO THAT.

AND IT'S PROBABLY THE MAIN

THING THAT BILL WAS ABLE TO

SEE EVIDENCE WHEN I TOLD

HIM.

HE IS KIND OF, LIKE,

REALLY?

SHE TOOK HER SHOE OFF AND

SHE WAS MOVING HER TOE

FREELY.

AND I DIDN'T SEE THIS

REDNESS AND SWOLLEN AND THE

VEINS JUST POPPED OUT ON

TOP -- THAT WAS ALL GONE.

IT IS WONDERFUL TO BE

ABLE TO RUN.

I LIKE TO RUN A FEW TIMES A

WEEK.

ABOUT FIVE TO SEVEN MILES.

SO I REALLY AM VERY THANKFUL

THAT I CAN GET BACK INTO THE

LIFESTYLE OF DOING THAT.

I WAS JUST AMAZED THAT,

WOW, THESE THINGS REALLY DO

HAPPEN.

GOD IS NOT JUST A BIG

GOD.

HE'S A LITTLE GOD, TOO.

YOU KNOW, HE CARES ABOUT THE

BIG STUFF, BUT HE LOVES US

ENOUGH TO CARE ABOUT THE

LITTLE STUFF.

THAT IS TRULY, TRULY

AMAZING.

Kristi: WHEN I WAS

LISTENING TO HER, I WAS

THINKING, IT IS EASY TO LOOK

AT THAT WONDERFUL MIRACLE

AND THINK IT IS ALL ABOUT

HEALING.

BUT IT IS REALLY ALL ABOUT

THE LOVE OF GOD.

DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH GOD

LOVES YOU.

HE DOESN'T WANT YOU TO

SUFFER.

HE DOESN'T WANT YOU TO BE IN

PAIN.

HE DOESN'T WANT THOSE ISSUES

THAT YOU'RE DEALING WITH

RIGHT NOW -- HE DOESN'T WANT

THOSE TO BURDEN YOU.

WHY?

BECAUSE GOD IS LOVE AND HE

LOVES YOU.

WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT

THOSE PRAYERS THAT YOU'RE

PRAYING, GOD WILL ANSWER

THAT THEM.

CHRISTINE FROM DELAWARE

SUFFERED SOME PAIN, AND HER

DOCTORS FOUND ONE OF HER

KIDNEYS HAD A STONE.

AND SHE WAS WATCHING THE

"THE 700 CLUB," AND SHE

HEARD GORDON SAY YOU'VE GOT

TREMENDOUS KIDNEY PAIN, AND

YOU'RE LOOKING AT SURGERY.

RIGHT NOW THAT PAIN HAS LEFT

YOU, AND GO BACK AND GET

TESTED AND REALIZE THAT GOD

HAS HEALED YOU.

CHRISTINE AND HER HUSBAND

HAD LAID HANDS ON HER SIDE,

AND WHEN GORDON SPOKE THE

WORD, SHE FELT A WARM

SENSATION AND THE PAIN

STOPPED.

WHEN SHE WENT TO THE DOCTOR,

HE SAID THERE IS NO STONE TO

BE RETRIEVED.

Gordon: HERE IS ROSA

FROM SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA.

HE HAD TINGLING AND NUMBNESS

IN HER RIGHT HAND, AND SHE

WAS DIAGNOSED WITH

TENDONITIS AND CAR CARPAL

TUNNEL.

AND SHE HAD TO QUIT HER

JOB.

ONE DAY SHE WAS WATCHING

"THE 700 CLUB," AND, KRISTI,

YOU SAID THERE IS SOMEONE

WITH NUMBING IN YOUR FINGERS

AND YOUR HANDS.

RIGHT NOW PUT YOUR HANDS

TOGETHER, AND AS YOU

COLLAPSE YOUR HANDS

TOGETHER, YOU'RE GOING TO

FEEL THE POWER AND THE

PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

THROUGH YOUR BODY, AND YOU

ARE HEALED.

WHAT YOU COULD NOT DO BEFORE

YOU DO BY FAITH.

WELL, ROSA CLAIMED HER

HEALING.

IN THE NEXT DAY, THE

TINGLING, NUMBNESS, PAIN AND

SWELLING, ALL GONE.

AND SHE HASN'T HAD TO SEE

HER DOCTOR SINCE.

THAT IS MARVELOUS.

GOD LOVES YOU!

UNDERSTAND THAT.

HE NUMBERS THE HAIRS ON YOUR

HEAD.

HE IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT

YOU, AND HE WANTS TO COME TO

YOU.

AND IF YOU HAVE THE FAITH TO

BELIEVE THAT YOUR SINS ARE

FORGIVEN, YOU HAVE ALL OF

THE FAITH YOU NEED TO

BELIEVE FOR HEALING.

BECAUSE THE SAME THING THAT

TOOK AWAY YOUR SINS -- JESUS

DIED ON THE CROSS, AND IT

TOOK AWAY YOUR DISEASES,

TOO.

GOD WANTS TO HEAL YOU.

JUST BELIEVE THAT.

WE'RE GOING TO PRAY.

IN AN ACT OF FAITH, LAY YOUR

HAND ON THAT AREA OF THE

BODY THAT NEEDS HEALING.

IF IT IS THROUGHOUT YOUR

BODY, LAY YOUR HAND ON YOUR

CHEST OR ON YOUR HEAD.

AND TO THE PEOPLE AROUND

YOU, ASK THEM TO COME AND

PRAY FOR YOU.

LET'S JUST BELIEVE.

MAKE IT VERY SIMPLE, DON'T

MAKE IT COMPLICATED.

JUSJUFT TRUST IN HIM AND

LET HIM DO IT AND HE WILL.

LORD, WE LIFT THE NEEDS OF

THE AUDIENCE TO YOU RIGHT

NOW, AND AS PEOPLE ARE

LAYING HANDS ON THAT AREA OF

THE BODY THAT NEEDS HEALING,

WE COME INTO AGREEMENT WITH

THEM AND WE SPEAK OVER THEM,

BE HEALED NOW IN JESUS'

NAME, AND BE EVERY BIT

WHOLE.

FROM THE TOP OF THEIR HEADS

TO THE SOLES OF THEIR FEET,

LET THERE BE HEALING

COURSING THROUGHOUT THEIR

BODIES NOW IN JESUS' NAME.

YOU BORE OUR SICKNESS.

YOU BORE OUR DISEASE.

YOU TAKE EVERY PAIN IN

JESUS' NAME.

BE HEALED.

THERE IS SOMEONE WITH

CHRONIC MIGRAINES AND YOU'RE

HAVING ONE RIGHT NOW IN THE

FRONT OF YOUR HEAD, AND GOD

JUST TOOK IT ALL AWAY.

AND THAT JUST LEFT YOU.

IT FELT LIKE SOMETHING JUST

LIFTED OFF OF YOU.

AND GOD HAS HEALED YOU.

AND YOU CAN BE ASSURED NOW

THAT THOSE MIGRAINES WON'T

COME BACK.

THERE IS A WOMAN, AND YOU'RE

SAYING THE SOLES OF YOUR

FEET -- YOU'VE GOT PROBLEMS

WITH FALLEN ARCHES IN BOTH

FEET.

IT IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR YOU

TO WALK.

VERY PAINFUL.

GOD IS HEALING YOU NOW.

HE IS ABLE TO RESTORE, IN

JESUS' NAME, AND ALL OF THAT

PAIN IS LEAVING YOU RIGHT

NOW.

BE HEALED NOW.

KRISTI?

Kristi: THERE IS A

PERSON -- I DON'T KNOW HOW

YOU DID IT, BUT YOUR THUMB,

YOU DAMAGED IT AND EVEN THE

NAIL, AND THERE IS AN

INFECTION AND IT IS

THROBBING.

YOU HAVE YOUR OTHER HAND ON

IT.

THE LORD IS NOT JUST TAKING

THE THROBBING AWAY, BUT HE

IS HEALING YOU IN THE MIGHTY

NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.

AND THERE ANOTHER PERSON,

AND IT IS NOT A SINUS

INFECTION, BUT IT IS AT THE

BRIDGE OF YOUR NOSE.

AND THE LORD IS HEALING THAT

RIGHT NOW IN THE MIGHTY NAME

OF JESUS.

Gordon: LORD, WE THANK

YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE THE

HEALER.

WHEN WE RECEIVE YOU, WE

RECEIVE ALL THAT YOU NEED.

YOU ARE THE ANSWER TO EVERY

HUMAN NEED.

WE THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU'VE

DONE IN JESUS' NAME.

Kristi: THANK YOU,

LORD.

AMEN.

Gordon: IF YOU'VE BEEN

TOUCHED BY GOD, WE WANT TO

SHARE IN YOUR GOOD REPORT,

SO GIVE US A CALL,

1-800-759-0700.

IF YOU NEED SOMEBODY TO

AGREE WITH YOU IN PRAYER --

SOMETIMES THERE IS A

PERSISTENCE IN PRAYER.

JESUS GAVE US WONDERFUL

PARABLES OF PEOPLE WHO KEPT

PRAYING, KEPT KNOCKING AND

KEPT SEEKING.

WE'RE HERE 24 HOURS A DAY,

SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, AND WE'RE

HERE TO PRAY WITH YOU.

GIVE US A CALL,

1-800-759-0700.

WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE OF

"THE 700 CLUB," ANSWERING

YOUR QUESTIONS, RIGHT AFTER

THIS.

Kristi: OH, IT'S TIME

FOR E-MAIL.

I WAS SITTING HERE ENJOYING

THE MUSIC.

WE'RE GOING TO BRING IT OVER

TO YOUR E-MAIL QUESTIONS.

WE'RE GOING TO JUMP IN WITH

DAVID WHO SAYS, "I HAVE MANY

QUESTIONS ABOUT SCRIPTURES

IN THE BIBLE.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE SCRIPTURE

DESCRIBING GOD AS A JEALOUS

GOD.

ISN'T JEALOUSY A WRONG

EMOTION FOR US.

IS IT ACCEPTABLE FOR GOD AND

NOT US.

HELP ME EXPLAIN THIS AND

GIVE ME A QUICK

EXPLANATION."

Gordon: DAVID, YOU'VE

GOT TO LOOK AT THE WORD IN

CONTEXT.

YOU'RE READING AN ENGLISH

VERSION OF THE BIBLE, WHICH

ISN'T THE LANGUAGE IT WAS

WRITTEN IN.

SO YOU'VE GOT TO GO BACK TO

THE ROOT, AND THAT HEBREW

FOR JEALOUS CAN ALSO BE

TRANSLATED ZEALOUS.

THAT THERE IS A ZEAL THAT

GOD HAS FOR US.

IT CAN GO BOTH WAYS.

WHEN YOU READ IT IN CONTEXT,

THEN YOU REALLY UNDERSTAND

IT.

SO WHAT'S THE CONTEXT?

THERE IS A CONTEXT FOR A

JEALOUS GOD, YOU FIND IT IN

EXODUS 20, AND IT IS THE

VERY FIRST TIME GOD IS

DESCRIBED THIS WAY, AND IT

IS IN THE 10 COMMANDMENTS.

AND THE VERY FIRST

COMMANDMENT, AND THIS PHRASE

FOLLOWS THAT, IS, DON'T

WORSHIP IDOLS.

DON'T MAKE THEM.

FOR I AM A JEALOUS GOD.

HE IS A ZEALOUS GOD.

WHAT HE IS SAYING IS DON'T

CALL ANOTHER MAN DADDY.

HE IS SAYING, DON'T MAKE AN

IDOL AND BOW DOWN TO THAT

BECAUSE I AM YOUR FATHER.

IT IS NOT SOME KIND OF

STRANGE HUMAN JEALOUSY.

IT IS THE NATURAL FEELING OF

A FATHER AND HIS LOVE AND HI

ZEAHIS ZEAL FOR HIS

CHILDREN.

HE WANTS THEIR LOVE TO BE TO

HIM EXCLUSIVELY.

I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET

A CONCORDE DANCE IF YOU WANT

TO LEARN MORE.

YOU CAN FOLLOW THAT WORD

THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURES.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM 2 KINGS 20: "I

HAVE HEARD YOUR PRAYERS, I

HAVE SEEN YOUR TEARS, SURELY

I WILL BLESS YOU."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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