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700 Club Interactive: It’s Not Too Late - May 8, 2013

Want to punch fear in the face? Jon Accuff, author and motivational speaker, shares how we all can escape the average life. Read Transcript


Gordon: A HOPELESS

ADDICT WITH NOWHERE TO

TURN.

I FOUND MYSELF IN THAT

DARK SPOT, THE THOUGHTS OF

WANTING TO COMMIT SUICIDE.

Gordon: FINDS HOPE IN

AN OLD STORY.

IF JOSEPH CAN FORGIVE HIS

BROTHERS FOR DOING WHAT THEY

HAD DONE, MAYBE THERE WAS

HOPE FOR ME.

Gordon: 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.

WELL, WELCOME TO THE

PROGRAM.

ON ANY GIVEN NIGHT IN

AMERICA, OVER ONE MILLION

PEOPLE WILL BE HOMELESS.

AND WHILE MANY ARE VICTIMS

OF THEIR FINANCIAL

SITUATION, OTHERS ARE

DEALING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

AND ADDICTIONS THAT HAVE

LEFT THEM WITH NOWHERE TO

TURN.

Terry: AS A

PROFESSIONAL CYCLIST, SCOTT

SOUL NEVER IMAGINED HE COULD

BE HOMELESS, HOWEVER, ONE

CHOICE AFTER ANOTHER LED HIM

AWAY FROM HIS CAREER AND TO

THE STREETS.

I JUST WENT DOWNHILL.

I STARTED LIVING ON THE

STREETS IN DALLAS.

I LIVED ON THE STREETS IN

HOUSTON.

I WENT FROM THERE TO

LOS ANGELES, IN DOWNTOWN,

AND LIVED AT SKID ROW

THERE.

AND THEN BACK TO SALT LAKE

CITY.

Reporter: BUT LIFE

WASN'T ALWAYS LIKE THIS FOR

SCOTT SOUL.

AT ONE POINT HE WAS RISING

IN THE RANKS AS A

PROFESSIONAL CYCLIST.

I STARTED WINNING, SO I

THOUGHT I COULD JUST GO OUT

AND START CELEBRATING.

AND IT JUST WENT FROM ONE

CELEBRATION TO SITTING IN A

BAR AND STARTING TO USE

DRUGS ALL THE TIME.

I COULDN'T EVEN GET BACK ON

THE BIKE.

I MEAN, I WOULD TRY, BUT

RIDING THE BIKE AND DOING

HEROIN JUST DIDN'T MIX TOO

WELL.

OUTSIDE OF PHOENIX, ARIZONA,

IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A

PREMIERE EVENT NOT JUST FOR

RACING BUT FOR SPONSORS, AND

I DIDN'T EVEN SHOW UP.

I NEVER WOULD BE ABLE TO GET

ANOTHER SPONSOR AFTER THAT.

IT WAS ALL ONE BIG BLACK

HOLE.

Reporter: SCOTT BEGAN

LIVING ON THE STREETS,

MOVING FROM CITY TO CITY,

STRUGGLING WITH HIS DRUG

ADDICTION.

BUT AT A UNIVERSITY LIBRARY,

HE FOUND HE HAD A SURPRISING

TALENT.

MANY OF THE HOMELESS

WOULD GO TO UNIVERSITIES,

WHETHER IT IS THE LIBRARY OR

WHETHER IT IS COMPUTERS, BUT

I WAS ABLE TO LEARN HOW TO

WEB DESIGN BY TEARING DOWN

WEBSITES AND REBUILDING

THEM.

THEY STARTED ALLOWING ME TO

COME AND SIT IN CLASSES.

AS TIME PROGRESSED, AND I

WAS GETTING BETTER AND I WAS

MAKING MONEY, THEY COULDN'T

UNDERSTAND WHY I WAS STILL

OUT ON THE STREETS.

AND I WOULDN'T TELL THEM I

WAS HAVING A DRUG PROBLEM.

I'D FIGURE OUT A WAY TO HIDE

IT ALL OF THE TIME.

I HAD HOOKED UP WITH AN

INDIVIDUAL WHO HAD AN eBAY

STORE, AND I STARTED HELPING

HIM OUT.

COULD GROW THE BUSINESS AND

I STARTED MAKING MONEY.

IT JUST PUT ME IN A

COMFORTABLE SPOT OF SAYING

I'M 16 AGAIN, AND I CAN GO

CELEBRATE AGAIN.

Reporter: BUT SCOTT'S

NEW SUCCESS COULDN'T PULL

HIM OUT OF HIS DRUG

ADDICTION.

IT TOOK ME THREE OR FOUR

DAYS TO GO THROUGH A

PAYCHECK.

AND I FOUND MYSELF IN THAT

DARK SPOT, THE THOUGHTS OF

WANTING TO COMMIT SUICIDE IF

I DIDN'T FIND SOME HELP.

THERE WAS A COMMUNITY GROUP

THAT MET ON TUESDAY NIGHT,

AND I JUST WALKED IN, AND

THEY ALL PUT THEIR ARMS

AROUND ME AND LOVED ME.

Reporter: THE NEXT

MORNING, SCOTT WAS ADMITTED

INTO A RECOVERY PROGRAM.

HE GOT CLEAN, BUT WAS STILL

DEALING WITH HIS PAST.

THE FIRST 30 DAYS YOU'RE

IN A BLACKOUT PERIOD, SO YOU

HAVE NO CONTACT AS FAR AS

E-MAIL OR PHONE OR ANYTHING

OF THAT SORT.

SO I WAS UP LATE AT NIGHT.

NORMALLY ALL OF YOUR CASE

WORKERS WERE GONE.

WHEN I SAW THE LIGHT, I WAS,

LIKE, I'M OKAY.

I WALKED IN AND SAT DOWN AND

TOLD MY CASE WORKER WHAT WAS

GOING ON IN MY LIFE.

ANTWOIN GAVE ME A STORY IN

GENESIS ABOUT JOSEPH AND

ASKED ME TO READ IT.

IT WAS KIND OF INTERESTING.

I SAT DOWN AND READ IT THAT

NIGHT.

I READ IT THE NEXT DAY.

AND THE THING THAT REALLY

STRUCK ME WAS JOSEPH'S

BROTHERS COMMITTED SO MANY

SINS AGAINST HIM, YET HE WAS

STILL ABLE TO FORGIVE THEM.

AND I COULD RELATE TO THAT

PART OF BEING THOSE BROTHERS

BECAUSE I HAD COMMITTED SO

MANY SINS IN MY LIFE.

AND I WAS JUST, LIKE, WOW,

IF JOSEPH CAN FORGIVE HIS

BROTHERS FOR DOING WHAT THEY

HAD DONE, MAYBE THERE WAS

HOPE FORTUNAT FOR ME.

AND THAT WAS THE MOMENT THAT

I ACTUALLY GOT ON MY KNEES

AT THE UNION GOSPEL MISSION

AND GAVE MY LIFE TO CHRIST.

EVERY MORNING, EARLY IN THE

MORNING, I WOULD WAKE UP AND

GO TO THE WORKOUT ROOM.

I KNEW THERE WAS NOBODY ELSE

WITHIN THE ROOM, BUT I WAS

JUST SITTING THERE AND JUST

CLEARLY RECOGNIZING GOD.

WHEN AN ARM REACHED AROUND

ME AND GRABBED AHOLD OF MY

SHOULDER AND JUST SQUEEZED

IT.

IT SENDS CHILLS DOWN ME

RIGHT NOW.

HUGS JUST CAME.

AND THEN IT WASN'T WORDS.

IT WAS A WHISPER OF A WIND

THAT WAS "I LOVE YOU," AND I

KNEW AT THAT MOMENT THAT

THAT WAS HIS PRESENCE

THERE.

AND IT WAS SOMETHING I

NEEDED.

AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE

ALL NEED, IS IS TO

UNDERSTAND THAT HE LOVES US

ALL OF THE TIME, AND NOT

JUST PART OF THE TIME.

Reporter: SCOTT FINALLY

HAD FOUND THE PEACE HE

LONGED FOR, BUT NOW HE

NEEDED A PURPOSE.

HE FOUND INSPIRATION FROM

HIS TIME ON THE STREETS.

ABOUT FIVE YEARS BEFORE I

CAME HERE TO SEATTLE I WAS

LIVING ON THE STREETS.

I NEEDED A PAIR OF WORK

BOOTS TO BE ABLE TO GO TO

WORK.

I HAD A TEMPORARY JOB.

AFTER 30 DAYS OF ASKING AN

INDIVIDUAL FROM ONE OF THE

ORGANIZATIONS CAME TO ME AND

SHE HAD TEARS IN HER EYES AS

SHE WAS EXPLAINING THIS.

SHE SAID, WE GET CLOTHING,

WE GET FOOD, WE GET

BLANKETS, WE GET HYGIENE

KITS, BUT WE JUST NEVER GET

FOOTWEAR.

MOST PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND

THIS, BUT WHEN YOU'RE ON THE

STREET, THERE ARE TIMES YOU

WOULDN'T BE OUT OF YOUR

SHOES FOR LITERALLY DAYS.

IT STUCK WITH ME.

Reporter: IN 2010,

SCOTT STARTED THE

NON-PROFIT, REDEEMING

SOULS.

AND HIS MISSION IS TO USE

FOOTWEAR TO SPREAD THE

GOSPEL.

AS OF TODAY, WE HAVE DONE

OVER 50,000 PAIRS OF SHOES.

AND IT'S NOT JUST THE

FOOTWEAR.

THAT'S JUST AN AVENUE FOR

THEM TO ASK ME, HOW DID IT

CHANGE YOUR LIFE?

AND THEN A BIG SMILE COMES

ACROSS MY FACE AND I GO, GOD

CARES ABOUT US ALL AND

ALWAYS WILL.

GIVE HIM A CHANCE.

Gordon: WELL, WHAT

SCOTT SAID, HE ALWAYS LOVES

US.

ALWAYS.

YOU CAN DEPEND ON THAT.

YOU CAN RELY ON THAT.

HIS LOVE NEVER FAILS.

HE CAN'T DENY HIMSELF.

WHEN WE'RE FAITHLESS, HE

REMAINS FAITHFUL.

AND WHEN YOU START

UNDERSTANDING THAT, YOU GET

RID OF ALL OF THOSE HORRIBLE

THOUGHTS THAT SOMEHOW GOD

HAS GIVEN UP ON YOU, OR GOD

IS MAD AT YOU, OR GOD

DOESN'T WANT YOU TO TURN

AROUND.

YOU KNOW, THE GOD LORD'S

WILLING KIND OF TALK WE

HAVE.

WE ALL GET INTO THIS

NEGATIVE FEELING AND IT

FEEDS ON ITSELF.

ADDICTIONS THRIVE WITH

THIS.

THRIVE IN

SELF-CONDEMNATION.

IT STARTS OFF AS A WAY,

OKAY, LET'S CELEBRATE.

YOU'VE DONE SOMETHING GOOD.

OR YOU WANT TO HAVE A GREAT

WEEKEND, LET'S GO OUT AND

CELEBRATE.

THEN IT TURNS INTO, WELL,

HOW CAN I MEDICATE THIS

EMOTION.

SOMETHING BAD HAS HAPPENED

TO ME.

PEOPLE AROUND ME DIDN'T

TREAT ME PROPERLY.

SO I'M GOING TO GO MEDICATE

THAT EMOTION AWAY.

AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW,

IT HAS TURNED INTO A CYCLE.

WHETHER IT IS CELEBRATION OR

MEDICATION, YOU JUST CAN'T

SEEM TO GET AWAY FROM IT.

AND EVERY TIME YOU'VE GOT

MONEY, THE FIRST THING

YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT IS HOW

DO I GET IT, HOW DO I GET

EVEN MORE?

THE VERY THING THAT IS

KILLING YOU.

THE VERY THING THAT IS

TAKING YOUR LIFE AWAY BIT BY

BIT.

MAYBE IT IS TAKING YOUR

FAMILY AWAY.

MAYBE IT IS TAKING YOUR

FAMILY AWAY.

MAYBE IT IS TAKING YOUR JOB

AWAY.

IN SCOTT'S CASE, IT TOOK

EVERYTHING AWAY.

AND HE COULDN'T BREAK FREE.

UNTIL HE FOUND THAT LOVE.

THE LOVE THAT SURPASSES ALL

OUR UNDERSTANDING.

AND HE FOUND IT IN A VERY

ODD WAY, IN THE STORY OF

JOSEPH.

HERE IS JOSEPH, HE IS DOING

VERY WELL.

HE IS ONE OF HIS FATHER'S

FAVORITE SONS.

HE HAS THESE GREAT DREAMS

COMING FROM GOD.

HIS BROTHERS GET MAD AT HIM,

THROW HIM IN A PIT, AND SELL

HIM INTO SLAVERY.

AND THEN AFTER HE IS A SLAVE

IN EGYPT, HE RISES IN THIS

WONDERFUL HOUSEHOLD OF ONE

OF THE LEADING CITIZENS OF

EGYPT.

AND THEN IT'S ALL TAKEN AWAY.

WHY?

BECAUSE HE WANTS TO DO THE

RIGHTEOUS THING.

BUT HE IS FALSELY ACCUSED

AND HE IS THROWN INTO

PRISON.

THERE HE RISES AGAIN.

HE HAS GREAT SKILLS.

HE RISES AGAIN.

ONLY TO HAVE IT ALL

ABANDONED AND NOT

REMEMBERED.

THE VERY PEOPLE HE HELPED IN

PRISON DIDN'T, IN TURN, HELP

HIM.

THEY PROMISED THEY WOULD

REMEMBER HIM, BUT THEY

DIDN'T.

UNTIL FINALLY PHARAOH HAS A

DREAM, AND THEN JOSEPH IS

RELEASED, AND HE IS IS ABLE

TO BECOME A PRINCE OF

EGYPT.

NOW, THAT MAY BE A STORY

LIKE YOU'VE GONE THROUGH,

WHERE YOU'VE HAD SUCCESSES,

BUT THEN YOU'VE HAD THESE

MASSIVE FAILURES.

AND MAYBE IT WASN'T JUST.

AND MAYBE IT WASN'T

RIGHTEOUS, AND MAYBE YOU

DIDN'T DESERVE ANY OF IT.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU IS

GOD STILL HAS A PLAN.

AND HE CAN STILL SEE YOU

THROUGH.

AND WHEN WE START REALIZING

THE FINAL VICTORY IS THE

VICTORY OF KNOWING WE WILL

BE WITH HIM FOR ALL

ETERNITY.

THAT EVERYTHING AROUND US IS

PASSING AWAY.

IT'S HERE FOR BUT A MOMENT

AND THEN IT VANISHES.

AND THE ONLY THING THAT

MATTERS IS WHERE WILL YOU

SPEND ETERNITY?

AND UNTIL YOU KNOW THAT

LOVE, YOU WON'T HAVE THE

ASSURANCE OF WHERE YOU'LL

BE.

IF YOU WANT THIS, IF YOU

WANT TO HAVE THAT

EXPERIENCE, IT'S REAL

SIMPLE.

ASK FOR YOU IT.

JESUS, IF YOU'RE REAL, IF

YOU'RE THERE, IF YOU LOVE

ME, IF YOU CAN TURN MY LIFE

AROUND, WELL, I WANT THAT.

I WANT TO KNOW YOU.

I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS

LOVE I HEAR PEOPLE TALK

ABOUT.

I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS

PEACE.

YOU TOOK SCOTT, AND YOU

TURNED HIS LIFE AROUND.

YOU TOOK AWAY THE DRUGS.

YOU GAVE HIM A FUTURE AND

HOPE, AND A WHOLE NEW WAY OF

HELPING PEOPLE.

COULD YOU DO THAT FOR ME?

AND IF YOU PRAY THAT WITH

ALL OF YOUR HEART, HE'LL

ANSWER.

HE'LL COME IN.

HE'LL MAKE YOU NEW AGAIN.

WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR OTHERS,

HE WILL DO FOR YOU BECAUSE

GOD'S LOVE NEVER FAILS.

AND IT WON'T FAIL YOU.

IF YOU WANT HELP WITH THIS

PRAYER, IF THERE ARE THINGS

THAT YOU THINK YOU'VE DONE

THAT CAN'T BE FORGIVEN, I

JUST WANT TO HAVE PEOPLE

SAY, OKAY, I HEAR YOU ON

THAT, BUT JESUS SAYS THERE

IS NO SIN THAT CAN'T BE

FORGIVEN.

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS MAKE A

TOLL-FREE CALL.

1-888-777-1999.

IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, HE

IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO

FORGIVE US AND CLEANSE US

FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

WHEN YOU CALL, I'VE GOT A

FREE PACKET FOR YOU.

IT IS A C.D. TEACHING.

WHAT DO YOU DO NOW?

HOW DO YOU LIVE THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE?

WHAT DO CHRISTIANS BELIEVE?

WHAT ARE THE PILLARS OF THE

CHRISTIAN FAITH?

ALL FREE.

THE PHONE CALL IS-FREE.

MAKE IIS FREE.

MAKE IT NOW,

1-888-777-1999.

Terry: STILL AHEAD,

MEET THE MAN WHO SAYS IT IS

NEVER TOO LATE TO REINVENT

YOURSELF, AFTER THIS.

Gordon: WITH

UNEMPLOYMENT ON THE RISE,

MANY AMERICANS ARE NOT JUST

FORCED TO FIND A NEW JORKS

BU JOB, BUT ALSO A NEW

CAREER.

AS MUCH AS THIS MAY SEEM

LIKE A DAUNTIN DAUNTING

TASK, TODAY'S GUEST BELIEVES

THERE IS NO TIME LIKE THE

PRESENT TO MAKE A FRESH

START.

BEING AWESOME ISN'T THAT

COMPLICATED.

THERE ARE ONLY FIVE THINGS

YOU HAVE TO DO.

AND THEY ARE THE SAME FIVE

THINGS HAVE DONE SINCE THE

DAWN OF TIME.

IN YOUR 20s, YOU ENTER

THIS LAND OF LEARNING.

YOU DON'T KNOW WHO YOU ARE

YET, AND YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT

YOU'RE ALL ABOUT, SO YOU TRY

100 DIFFERENT THINGS.

HAVE YOU A LOT OF DIFFERENT

RELATIONSHIPS AND

FRIENDSHIPS.

AND IN YOUR 30s, YOU ENTER

INTO THIS LAND OF EDITING.

AND YOU SAY I DID THESE

HUNDRED THINGS, AND HERE ARE

THE 10 THAT MATTER MOST.

YOU REALIZE, I CAN'T BE BEST

FRIENDS WITH EVERYTHING.

IN YOUR 40s, YOU GO

THROUGH THIS TIME OF

MASTERING.

YOU DO THE BEST AT YOUR JOB,

YOUR RELATIONSHIPS GO THE

DEEPEST THEY'RE GOING TO

GO.

IN YOUR 50s, ALL OF THE

DECISIONS YOU'VE MADE ALONG

THE WAY START TO COME HOAR.

IN YOUR 60s, YOU ENTER

INTO THIS LAND OF GUIDING,

WHERE YOU REACH BACK AND

HELP PEOPLE DOWN THEIR OWN

ROAD OF AWESOME.

THE GREAT NEWS FOR YOU AND I

IS THAT IT IS NO LONGER

ABOUT WHEN YOU WERE BORN,

BUT ABOUT WHEN YOU DECIDED

TO LIVE.

THERE ARE THREE FACTORS THAT

HAVE TAKEN THE AGE OFF THE

TABLE.

SO WHETHER YOUR 60 OR 40 OR

20, YOU CAN START AND WALK

DOWN THIS ROAD.

THERE ARE SIMPLE RULES AND

SOME SIMPLE IDEAS ALONG THE

WAY THAT WILL GUIDE US.

THAT'S WHAT THIS BOOK IS ALL

ABOUT.

BECAUSE NOW IT IS TIME TO

PUNCH FEAR IN THE FACE.

IT IS TIME TO ESCAPE

AVERAGE.

IT IS TIME TO DO WORK THAT

MATTERS.

AND ABOVE ALL, IT IS TIME TO

START.

Gordon: JOINING US NOW

IS THAT AUTHOR, JOHN ACOFF.

WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

THANKS FOR HAVING ME

BACK.

I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT.

Gordon: WELL, MANY

PEOPLE ARE BEING FORCED TO

REINVENT THEMSELVES THESE

DAYS.

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THEM IS

THE FIRST THING THEY NEED TO

DO TO START DOWN THAT ROAD.

YOU KNOW WHAT THE FIRST

THING IS TO BELIEVE THAT

THEY HAVE THE PERMISSION TO

DO THAT.

A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE SUFFER

FROM FEAR.

FEAR IS SCHIZOPHRENIC.

ONE DAY YOU WAKE UP, AND

FEAR TELLS YOU YOU'RE TOO

YOUNG.

ONE DAY YOU WAKE UP AND IT

TELLS YOU YOU'RE TOO OLD,

YOU MISSED YOUR CHANCE.

AND IF YOU ASK FEAR WHEN WAS

THE RIGHT TIME, THEY SAY,

THERE WERE FIVE MINUTES IN

1977, AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN

MAGICAL, BUT YOU WERE

ASLEEP.

SO MOST OF US HAVE TO DEAL

WITH THE FEARS THAT HAVE

HELD US BACK.

Gordon: I'VE HEARD IT

SAID AMONG THE ELDERLY,

THERE IS A LOT OF REGRET

SOMETIMES THEY DIDN'T TAKE

THAT RISK.

AND THEY DIDN'T PUNCH FEAR

IN THE FACE.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO SORT OF

JUST REALLY OVERCOME IT, TO

SAY I WOULD RATHER LIVE MY

LIFE DOING WHAT I REALLY

WANT TO DO, WHAT IS MY

HEART'S DESIRE.

I WANT TO TAKE THAT RISK.

WHAT SORT OF HELPS THEM GET

OVER THE HUMP?

THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

AND THE GUY I WORK FOR, DAVE

RAMSEY, ALWAYS TELLS ME

INSPIRATION WITHOUT

INSTRUCTION IS USELESS.

WHEN IT COMES TO FEAR, THE

FIRST THING YOU NEED TO DO

IS WRITE THEM DOWN.

IN YOUR HEAD, FEAR IS LOUD

AND CREATIVE.

YOU PUT IT ON A PIECE OF

PAPER, AND YOU CAN SEE HOW

SMALL IT IS.

FEAR HATES THE LIGHT OF

DAY.

AND THE SECOND THING IS YOU

HAVE TO REFUTE IT WITH

TRUTH.

NOT ARGUE WITH IT.

FOR INSTANCE, I WOKE UP ONE

MORNING AT 7:30, AND I FELT

THIS DREAD OF THE WEEK IS

ALREADY OVER.

I'VE MISSED IT.

I'M BEHIND.

I WROTE DOWN A SIMPLE LINE

AND SAID, THAT'S NOT TRUE.

I COULDN'T HAVE MORE WEEK

AHEAD OF ME IF I WANTED TO.

AND THE THING THAT FEAR

FEARS IS COMMUNITY.

FEAR FEARS YOU GETTING

PLUGGED IN WITH A GROUP OF

PEOPLE WHO ARE HONEST ABOUT

THEIR FEARS.

SO THE THIRD THING I

ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO DO IS

SHARE THEM.

WE CREATED A SITE CALLED

nomorevoices.com AND

PEOPLE HAVE TWEETED ME AND

SAID I BURST INTO TEARS WHEN

I WENT BACK TO

nomorevoices.com AND 40

PEOPLE LOGGED IN ON A FEAR I

THOUGHT WAS JUST MY OWN.

Gordon: AND WHAT IS THE

BIGGEST QUESTION WE CAN ASK

OURSELVES?

WHAT BRING US JOY.

JOY IS CONTAGIOUS.

WHEN YOU DISCOVER WHAT IS

YOUR CALL TO DO, YOU WANT TO

HELP EVERYBODY ELSE.

CHRISTIANS HAVE A REALLY

HARD TIME WITH IT.

SOMETIMES WE HAVE MADE GOD

INTO THIS GUY THAT WANTS TO

DO THE WORST THING.

YOUR FEAR IS AS SOON AS YOU

GIVE GOD YOUR LIFE, HE WILL

SAY SELL EVERYTHING YOU OWN

AND GO TO AFRICA AND BE A

MISSIONARY.

MAYBE THAT IS NOT THE PLAN.

WHAT DOES IT SAY TO US IF

GOD DOES THE WORST THING WE

CAN IMAGINE.

SO IN THE PRODIGAL SON

STORY, WE HAVE COME HOME AND

REFUSED THE PARTY BECAUSE IT

IS TOO A NICE.

WHAT A GIFT THAT WE HAVE A

GOD THAT FIXES PROBLEMS WITH

A PARTY.

YOU LOST A MILLION DOLLAR

ACCOUNT, PARTY.

I THINK JOY IS IS IMPORTANT

FOR US TO EXPLORE.

Gordon: WHY IS IT SO

HARD FOR US TO TRUST GOD

WITH OUR FUTURE?

I THINK THAT IS SORT OF THE

ROOT OF THIS FEAR.

HE HAS PUT THESE HEART'S

DESIRES IN US, AND HE

PROMISES US HE WANTS TO GIVE

US OUR HEART'S DESIRE, AND

WHY DO WE FEAR TO TRUST

HIM?

WHAT I'M SEEING IN

COLLEGE, FOR INSTANCE, I

HAVE COLLEGE STUDENTS TELL

ME I WANT TO SERVE GOD, BUT

I LOVE FILM MAKING.

AND WHAT A LIFE THE ENEMY

THAT IS, TO PUT GOD ON ONE

SIDE AND YOUR PASSION AND

YOUR DREAMS OVER HERE.

IT SHOULD BE I LOVE GOD AND

I WANT TO SERVE HIM AND I

LOVE FILM-MAKING AND YOU

REDEEM FILM-MAKING.

WE FORGET THE STORY OF

SAUL.

HARD-DRIVEN, AGGRESSIVE, AND

GOD GETS AHOLD OF HIM AND

MAKES HIM LIVE IN A CAVE,

AND QUIETLY WRITING HYMNS.

NO.

HE SAYS NOW YOUR GOING TO BE

A CHARISMATIC AND AGGRESSIVE

LEADER FOR ME.

MY JOY IS HELPING PEOPLE

FIGURE OUT THAT FORGIVING

OUT WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS

NOT WALKING AWAY FROM GOD,

BUT WALKING TO GOD.

WHO REDEEMS YOUR LIFE.

Gordon: ONE OF THE TOP

QUESTIONS I GET ON THIS

SHOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE

UNEMPLOYED, AND THEY ASK FOR

PRAYER FOR FAVOR IN JOB

INTERVIEWS, AND THEY ASK,

HOW DO I FIND A NEW JOB.

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL

UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS TODAY?

BEING UNEMPLOYED IS THREE

CIRCLES YOU HAVE TO FIGURE

OUT: GEOGRAPHY, INDUSTRY,

AND TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT.

WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR JOB, THAT

FIRST MONTH YOU CAN HAVE A

SMALL GEOGRAPHY CIRCLE.

YOU CAN SAY I ONLY WANT TO

LOOK IN NASHVILLE.

YOU CAN HAVE A SMALL

INDUSTRY, SAYING I ONLY WANT

TO WORK IN MUSIC INDUSTRY.

YOU MAY GO, IT IS MONTH

THREE, I'M GOING TO LOOK IN

NASHVILLE AND MEMPHIS.

AND I'M GOING TO LOOK AT

ADVERTISING AND CORPORATE,

AND I'M GOING TO TAKE SOME

CONTRACT WORK.

WHAT I TELL UNEMPLOYED

PEOPLE IS EXPAND THE

CIRCLES.

A SIMPLE TIP FOR YOUR

RESUME, NEVER PUT YOUR GOALS

ON THE TOP OF YOUR RESUME.

PUT YOUR RESULTS.

ONE SENTENCE FROM EACH JOB

YOU EVER HAD THAT RESULTS.

RESULTS GET READ, BUT HOPES

GET IGNORED.

Gordon: I TELL PEOPLE,

TELL YOUR EMPLOYER HOW

YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE THEM

MORE MONEY.

SHOW ME THE RESULTS.

I AGREE WITH THAT.

EXACTLY.

Gordon: JOHN, THANKS

FOR BEING WITH US, AND

THANKS FOR THE ADVICE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE

SUBJECT, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO

IS GO TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," AND JOHN'S

BOOK, "START," IS AVAILABLE

NATIONWIDE.

TERRY?

Terry: COMING UP, A

LITTLE BOY DIES AND THEN

GETS UP AND WALKS.

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS

THIS.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

Terry: SOCCER IS THE

WORLD'S MOST POPULAR SPORT.

AND ONE NIGERIAN BOY, NAMED

ABRAHAM, SAYS IT IS POPULAR

IN HEAVEN, TOO, BECAUSE ONE

DAY HE PLAYED THERE.

HERE IS HIS STORY.

Reporter: 6-YEAR-OLD

ABRAHAM WAS ALL HIS MOTHER,

ANGEL, HAD.

HER HUSBAND LEFT THEM WHEN

LITTLE ABRAHAM WAS ONLY

THREE MONTHS OLD.

BUT ANGEL'S JOY WAS TAINTED

BY FEAR BECAUSE ABRAHAM WAS

ALWAYS SICK.

I LOVED MY SON SO MUCH

AND I DID ALL I COULD TO

SAVE HIM.

HE SUFFERED FROM ASTHMA

SINCE HE WAS A BABY.

I WORKED VERY HARD DOING

DOMESTIC JOBS JUST TO MA TO

PAY HIS MEDICAL BILLS.

ONE DAY HE WAS VERY PALE.

BY THE TIME THEY CAME TO

THE HOSPITAL, ABRAHAM HAD

ASTHMA AND ANEMIA.

HIS BREATHING WAS LABORED,

AND HIS BODY WAS COLD.

I KNEW HE WOULD NOT SURVIVE,

SO I TOLD THEM TO GO HOME.

Reporter: BUT ABRAHAM

NEVER MADE IT.

HE DIED ON THE WAY HOME FROM

THE HOSPITAL.

WHEN I DISCOVERED HE WAS

DEAD, I WANTED TO DIE

MYSELF.

Reporter: IN THEIR

VILLAGE, IT IS CONSIDERED

TABOO TO BURY SOMEONE ON A

FRIDAY, SO ABRAHAM'S BODY

WAS KEPT UNTIL THE NEXT

DAY.

AS THE MOURNERS GRIEVED,

SOMEONE SAID THEY SHOULD

CALL AN EVANGELIST WHO WAS

SUPPORTED BY CBN.

WHEN THE PASTOR ARRIVED, HE

ENCOURAGED THEM AND SAID

THEY SHOULD BELIEVE IN GOD.

THEN HE SAID A PRAYER AND

PLAYED TAPES OF CBN SHOWS.

I SHOWED THEM THAT A

MIRACLE WOULD HAPPEN AND

ABRAHAM WOULD RESURRECT.

BUT THE VILLAGERS SAID HOW

COULD A PERSON WHO DIED OVER

24 HOURS RISE AGAIN.

BUT I WAS ENCOURAGED THAT

WITH GOD ALL THINGS WERE

POSSIBLE.

Reporter: AS THE CROWD

WATCHED CBN'S TURNING POINT,

ONE OF THE HOSTS BEGAN TO

PRAY FOR MIRACLES.

AT THAT MOMENT, AN AMAZING

THING HAPPENED.

WE WERE ALL SURPRISED TO

SEE THE BODY.

JUST WHEN THEY WERE READY TO

TAKE HIM IN FOR BURIAL, HE

CAME BACK TO LIFE.

THE PEOPLE WERE SHOCKED

AND THEN HE AROSE, AND WE

THANKED GOD.

IT'S NO STORY.

IT HAPPENED.

THE BOY WAS DEAD, BUT AFTER

24 HOURS, HE ROSE UP AGAIN.

Reporter: IMMEDIATELY A

GREAT CELEBRATION BROKE OUT

IN THE VILLAGE.

BECAUSE OF THAT MIRACLE,

DOZENS OF PEOPLE GAVE THEIR

LIVES TO CHRIST, INCLUDING

THE DOCTOR WHO HAD TREATED

ABRAHAM.

I WAS AN IDOL

WORSHIPPERS.

I NEVER KNEW THE POWER OF

GOD.

BUT WHEN I WENT TO THE

VILLAGE AND HEARD ABOUT

ABRAHAM'S MIRACLE, I

ACCEPTED CHRIST.

MANY OF MY DOCTOR FRIENDS

GAVE THEIR LIFE TO CHRIST,

TOO.

Reporter: WHEN ABRAHAM

WENT BACK TO THE HOSPITAL,

THE DOCTOR GAVE HIM A CLEAN

BILL OF HEALTH.

HE DOESN'T EVEN HAVE ASTHMA

ANYMORE.

ABRAHAM HAS VIVID MEMORIES

OF THE TIME HE SPENT IN

HEAVEN.

I WAS AT A PLACE.

EVERYONE THERE WAS NICE.

WE PLAYED SOCCER AGAIN AND I

SCORED.

SO THEY SAID I SHOULD GO

BACK HOME.

THANK GOD FOR CBN

AFRICA.

THIS MIRACLE HAS TRULY

CHANGED OUR LIVES, AND THE

LIVES OF OTHERS.

Terry: ONE LITTLE BOY

IN WHAT SEEMED LIKE A

DISASTER, WHICH TURNED INTO

A MIRACLE.

AND AN ENTIRE COMMUNITY WAS

CHANGED.

HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

IT HAPPENED BECAUSE YOU

SOMEONE BROUGHT THE WORD OF

GOD RIGHT INTO THE MIDST OF

THAT DISASTER, OF THAT GREAT

LOSS, OF THEIR MOURNING.

CBN SENT THAT PASTOR THERE.

HE IS ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO

WORKS WITH US IN THAT

COUNTRY, AND WE WANT TO SAY

THANK YOU.

BECAUSE IF YOU ARE A "700

CLUB" MEMBER, YOU SENT HIM.

THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE

THINGS WE'RE DOING AROUND

THE WORLD.

WE'RE ASKING YOU TO PARTNER

WITH US TO BRING THE LOVE

AND THE MESSAGE OF GOD'S

LOVE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE

WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE OF HIM TO

PEOPLE WHO HAVE SERIOUS

NEED, TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE

HEALTH ISSUES, TO PEOPLE WHO

NEED FOOD, CLOTHING, A SAFE

PLACE TO LIVE, WATER TO

DRINK.

JOIN "THE 700 CLUB."

IT IS 65 CENTS A DAY, $20 A

MONTH, BUT WHEN YOU JOIN,

YOU'LL BE JOINING WITH

THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF

PEOPLE WHO ARE SAYING WE ARE

OUT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

YOU CAN DO ALL OF THIS BY

CALLING THE TOLL-FREE NUMBER

YOU'RE GOING TO SEE ON YOUR

SCREEN RIGHT NOW.

1-888-777-1999.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

AND SAY, I WANT TO JOIN "THE

700 CLUB."

OR YOU CAN LOG ON TO

CBN.COM.

"PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY IT IS

NEVER TOO LATE TO START AND

JUST DO WHAT YOU LOVE.

BUT IT IS NOT THAT SIMPLE.

I'M A SINGLE PARENT WITH TWO

CHILDREN AND CAN'T AFFORD TO

FOLLOW MY DREAM, SO WHAT IS

THE POINT IN DREAMING?"

Gordon: BECAUSE

DREAMING IS WHERE YOU GET

YOUR INSPIRATION AND WHERE

YOU GET YOUR DRIVE.

I HAVE A LOT OF SYMPATHY FOR

YOU, A SINGLE MOM WITH TWO

KIDS.

HERE IS A STORY FOR YOU, A

SINGLE MOM WITH TWO KIDS,

AND SHE GOT THE IDEA TO

FOLLOW HER DREAM.

AND SO SHE SAID, I WANTED TO

COOK.

I WANT TO BE KNOWN AS A

COOK.

SO SHE CREATED A LUNCH

SERVICE FOR THE BUSINESS

DISTRICT WHERE SHE WOULD

HAND DELIVER TO HOME-COOKED

MEALS TO OFFICES IN THE

DOWNTOWN AREA.

IT TURNED INTO A THRIVING

BUSINESS.

AND THAT LADY'S NAME IS

PAULA DEAN.

SO FOLLOW YOUR DREAM, EVEN

WHEN IT SEEMS THAT THERE IS

NO DREAM LEFT.

THIS IS THE WORD FROM ISAIAH

43: "FEAR NOT, FOR I HAVE

REDEEMED YOU.

I HAVE CALLED YOU BY YOUR

NAME.

YOU ARE MINE."

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