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700 Club Canada: May 21, 2013

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HELLO, I'M BRIAN WARREN.

AND I'M LAURA-LYNN TYLER

THOMPSON. WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

LAURA-LYNN, YOU KNOW WE ALL

BEAT OURSELVES UP, BUT HAVE YOU

EVER BEATEN YOURSELF UP OVER

A FAILURE?

OH, HO. I WROTE A BOOK ON

IT, BRIAN. MY BOOK'S CALLED

RELENTLESS REDEMPTION, BECAUSE

I NEEDED REDEMPTION. I AM

JUST, YOU KNOW, I WAS BORN OF

MISSIONARY PARENTS, AND YET MY

LIFE TOOK SO MANY TRAGIC TURNS.

IT WAS DEVASTATING. I SPENT

YEARS IN DEPRESSION. I THOUGHT

THAT GOD COULD NEVER USE ME,

COULD NEVER FORGIVE ME, THAT I

HAD DISQUALIFIED MYSELF FROM

THE GRACE AND THE MERCY AND THE

CALL OF GOD. AND IT WAS

ABSOLUTELY DEBILITATING. BUT,

IT CHANGED IN A NIGHT. AND IT

WAS THE NIGHT THAT I UNDERSTOOD

THAT, IF CHRIST HAD PAID SUCH A

HIGH PRICE FOR ME, IT WAS MY

ARROGANCE ONLY THAT WOULD

TO RECEIVE THAT. AND WHEN I

RECEIVED IT BY FATE, BRIAN, IT

SET ME FREE.

WELL, TODAY, IF THAT'S YOUR

STORY AS WELL, ON TODAY'S SHOW,

YOU'LL SEE THAT YOU ARE NOT

ALONE, IF YOU'VE FAILED A FEW

TIMES IN LIFE. BUT IF YOU'RE

STRUGGLING TO MOVE BEYOND YOUR

FAILURES, WE HAVE A COUPLE OF

POWERFUL STORIES TO INSPIRE YOU

TO GET UP AND TRY AGAIN.

ALL THIS WEEK, WE'RE LOOKING

AT WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN

OVER COMER. WHETHER IT'S

FAILURE, FEAR, OR DEPRESSION,

WE KNOW THAT GOD CAN TURN ANY

SITUATION AROUND. AND TODAY,

YOU'LL SEE PROOF.

UM-HUM. OLGA BREESKIN TALKS

ABOUT HER LIFE AT THE TOP, AS

ONE OF MEXICO'S BIGGEST SUPER

STARS. AND YOU'LL BE AMAZED AT

HOW QUICKLY IT ALL CAME

CRASHING DOWN.

HMM. AND SPUD ALFORD THOUGHT

A DEVASTATING INJURY WOULD BE

THE END OF HIS OLYMPIC DREAMS.

BUT IT ONLY LED TO AN EVEN

WORSE DISCOVERY. AND SUDDENLY,

HE HAD A NEW GOAL: SURVIVAL.

AND I'LL BE SITTING DOWN WITH

EMOTIONAL HEALTH EXPERT, DR.

GRANT MULLEN. IT'S A GREAT

TIME, AS HE HAS SOME

ENCOURAGING ADVICE TO HELP YOU

LIVE A LIFE OF PURPOSE, EVEN

IF YOU'RE STRUGGLING TODAY.

YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS IT.

BUT, FIRST, OLGA BREESKIN'S

INCREDIBLE FALL FROM THE

MOUNTAIN TOP AND WHERE SHE

FOUND THE STRENGTH TO START

CLIMBING UP AGAIN.

MUSIC

I CREATED A CHARACTER THAT IT

WAS SENSUAL, IT WAS ELEGANT,

IT WAS REVEALING. IT WAS A

LITTLE BIT OF MIX OF COOCHY

COOCHY, WITH A LITTLE BIT OF

SEXY ATTITUDE. AND I BECAME

SUPER OLGA OVERNIGHT.

SUDDENLY, I GOT TWO AND THREE

CARS. INSTEAD OF A LITTLE,

HORRIBLE APARTMENT, I HAVE A

MANSION. NOT EVEN ONE, I HAVE

TWO OR THREE. UNA GUITARRA,

UNA MUCHACHA, TA-TA TA-TA

TA-TA. THE CHARACTER WAS

OVERALL THERE WAS WORKING.

MUSIC

TWO SHOWS A DAY, TWELVE SHOWS A

WEEK. MONEY, MONEY, MONEY.

TOURS, FEATHERS, NOW I NEED

DANCERS. NOW MORE DANCERS.

NOW, LET ME HAVE SOMETHING NEW:

ANIMALS. I HAVE EVERYTHING I

WAS DREAMING. BUT I FEEL LIKE

A KIND OF EMPTINESS IN MY

HEART. WHY I FEEL SAD? THIS

IS NO REASON. SO I WAS TRYING

FILL THAT HOLE IN MY HEART. I

FELL INTO THE ALCOHOL. I WAS A

DRUG ADDICT. I WAS AN

ALCOHOLIC. PEOPLE DIDN'T

NOTICE THAT I WAS DRUNK.

ALMOST, NOT EVERY SHOW IN TV,

BUT VERY, VERY OFTEN.

MUSIC

I HAD SIX FEMALE DANCERS, FOUR

MALE DANCERS, A MARIACHI BAND.

I WAS SO HAPPY, BECAUSE I

THOUGHT THIS IS WHAT I WAS

WAITING ALL MY LIFE. MY DREAM

CAME TRUE. I WILL BE THE QUEEN

OF LAS VEGAS.

MUSIC

AND I DID THE SAME PATTERN,

TRIED TO FILL THE HOLE IN MY

HEART WITH ALCOHOL. AND I

STARTED HAVING ANXIETY ATTACKS,

PANIC ATTACKS, NIGHTMARES,

DEPRESSION.

MUSIC

WHEN I LOST MY LAST HOME, I

RENTED OUT ONE ROOM IN LAS

VEGAS. BUT HE WAS SO

EMBARRASSED FOR THE DIVA OF THE

VIOLIN, WHO CAME IN 1988 WITH A

MANSION, WITH MONEY, WITH A

FORTUNE, TO LIVE IN THIS ROOM.

I DIDN'T HAVE ANY SAVINGS. I

DIDN'T HAVE ANY PROPOSALS, I

DIDN'T HAVE ANY CONTRACTS, I

DIDN'T HAVE ANY HOPE. SO, IN

OTHER WORDS, I HAD NOTHING.

MUSIC

SHE SAID, "SISTER, SOMEBODY

LOVES YOU VERY MUCH." AND I

SAID, "I DON'T THINK SO." SHE

SAID, "YES. I KNOW YOU'RE

BROKE. BUT I ALREADY SENT YOU

SOME MONEY THROUGH WESTERN

UNION. PICK UP THAT MONEY AND

COME TO SAN DIEGO FOR A

CHRISTIAN RETREAT." SO, THE

DAY AFTER, INSTEAD OF BEING AT

THE CEMETERY, I WAS IN JESUS'

HEART.

MUSIC

I FELL IN LOVE WITH JESUS

CHRIST. AND I CHANGED MY LIFE.

HE GAVE ME THE HOPE THAT NOT

EVERYTHING WAS LOST. HE SAID,

"NO, THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A

NEW LIFE."

MUSIC

I ONLY LIVE TO WORSHIP JESUS

CHRIST. THAT'S ALL I WANT.

THAT'S ALL MY HOPE. THAT'S ALL

MY HAPPINESS. THAT HOLE THAT

WAS INTO MY HEART, NOW IS THE

HOUSE -- IS THE HOME FOR JESUS

CHRIST. BECAUSE HE LIVES HERE.

MUSIC

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE STORY.

YOU KNOW, SO MANY OF US HAVE

HAD DREAMS IN OUR HEARTS. SOME

OF US WANT TO BE, YOU KNOW, THE

NEXT GREATEST SINGER. SOME OF

US WANT TO MAKE MOVIES. I HAD

A FRIEND WHO REALLY, REALLY

WANTED TO GET INTO ACTING, AND

WAS CONVINCED THAT, YOU KNOW,

THAT THEY WOULD MAKE IT TO

HOLLYWOOD. AND I EVEN HAVE

ANOTHER FRIEND WHO MADE IT TO

HOLLYWOOD. BUT THERE IS A

CAUTION IN THE WORD OF GOD.

MATTHEW 16:26 SAYS, "FOR WHAT

WILL IT PROFIT A MAN, IF HE

GAINS THE WHOLE WORLD AND

FORFEITS HIS LIFE?" HIS

BLESSED LIFE IN THE KINGDOM OF

GOD. WHAT DOES IT PROFIT YOU,

IF YOU GAIN ALL OF THAT STUFF,

AND, YET, YOU LOSE YOUR OWN

SOUL? AND, YOU KNOW, OLGA WAS

IN THAT POSITION, WHERE SHE WAS

BEGINNING TO GET A MEASURE OF

FAME. HER DREAMS WERE COMING

TRUE. AND SHE JUST STARTED

THINKING SHE WAS UNSTOPPABLE.

BUT ALL OF THIS DISTRACTION,

DECEPTION, DECEIT, CAME INTO

HER LIFE. WHAT IS THE

DECEPTION THAT THE ENEMY WOULD

PUT BEFORE YOU TODAY? BECAUSE

HE KNOWS YOU. HE KNOWS HOW TO

PUSH YOUR BUTTONS. AND I'M NOT

SAYING THAT GOD DOESN'T WANT TO

FULFILL YOUR DREAMS. BUT WHAT

IS THE DISTRACTION THAT THE

ENEMY USES TO KEEP YOU FROM

FULFILLING YOUR DESTINY IN A

GOD-GIVEN AND BEAUTIFUL AND

HOLY WAY? THERE IS A TRUTH,

THAT SIN IS -- IT'S WONDERFUL

FOR A SEASON. BUT THE END, IN

THE END, THE WAYS OF SIN LEADS

TO DEATH. AND, TODAY, GOD HAS

A PLAN THAT IS MIRACULOUS AND

AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL FOR YOU.

AND I ASK YOU TO EXAMINE, WHAT

IS THAT DISTRACTION? AND CAN

YOU TURN THAT OVER TO GOD?

TODAY, LAURA-LYNN IS DIRECTLY

SPEAKING TO SOMEONE. YOU KNOW,

YOU MAY ASK A QUESTION. I

DON'T WANT TO DO WHAT OLGA DID,

I WANT TO MAKE IT. WELL, THIS

IS HOW YOU MAKE IT. MATTHEW

6:33, "SEEK YE FIRST THE

KINGDOM OF GOD, AND ALL ELSE

SHALL BE ADDED." I'VE GOT

SOMETHING I'D LOVE TO GET INTO

YOUR HANDS. A NEW DAY. GOD

HAS A NEW DAY FOR YOU, AND IT

STARTS TODAY. YOU MIGHT HAVE

BEEN FLICKING PAST THIS

CHANNEL. YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN

SOMEONE THAT'S JUST BACKSLID.

BUT, TODAY, I AGREE THAT WHAT

LAURA-LYNN IS SAYING, THAT GOD

WANTS TO DO SOMETHING

MARVELOUS FOR YOU. WHY DON'T

YOU OPEN UP YOUR HEART? PRAY

THIS PRAYER WITH ME. IF YOU

IDENTIFY WITH WHAT SHE WAS

SAYING, SAY IT THIS WAY.

JESUS, I'M TIRED OF DOING

THINGS MY OWN WAY. TODAY, I

SURRENDER. I CONFESS MY SIN.

I OPEN UP MY HEART AND I ASK

YOU TO BE MY LORD AND TO BE MY

SAVIOR. I CONFESS MY SIN AND I

TURN FROM THEM, AND ASK YOU TO

MAKE ME INTO WHAT YOU WANT ME

TO BE, IN JESUS' NAME. AMEN.

AMEN. GIVE US A CALL AT

1-855-759-0700. PRAYER

PARTNERS ARE STANDING BY. UP

NEXT, DR. GRANT MULLEN AND

BRIAN DISCUSS WAYS TO OVERCOME

FAILURE AND LIVE THE LIFE THAT

WERE MADE TO LIVE.

MUSIC

WELCOME BACK. YOU KNOW,

DR. GRANT MULLEN, WE ARE HERE

TALKING ABOUT EMOTIONAL

DISORDERS. WE'RE TALKING ALSO,

THIS ENTIRE WEEK, ABOUT

SPECIFICALLY LOOKING ON THE

INSIDE AT WHAT HEALTH AND ALSO

WHAT WHOLENESS LOOKS LIKE.

TODAY, I'D LIKE TO ZONE IN A

LITTLE BIT CLOSER TO HOME, AND

I THINK IT'S A SUBJECT THAT SO

MANY OF US DEAL WITH. AND

IT'S FAILURE, AND WHY SO MANY

BELIEVING BELIEVERS ARE NOT

LIVING IN VICTORY. SO I WANT

TO JUMP RIGHT IN, BECAUSE THIS

IS SO MEATY. AND I HOPE YOU'RE

TAKING NOTES AS WELL. AND, IF

YOU HAVEN'T GOT IT ALREADY,

IT'S CALLED EMOTIONALLY FREE,

DR. GRANT MULLEN. IT'S A GREAT

BOOK, VERY PRACTICAL HOW TO'S,

AND IT DEALS WITH THOSE ISSUES

THAT WE DON'T REALLY LIKE TO

TALK ABOUT EVEN IN CHURCH

COMMUNITIES. BUT WE'RE

UNVEILING IT TODAY. FAILURE.

WHY AREN'T SO MANY CHRISTIANS

AND PEOPLE LIVING IN VICTORY?

WELL, THIS LIVING IN VICTORY

IS A SLOGAN THAT MANY OF US

HAVE BEEN RAISED IN, BECAUSE

WE'VE BEEN RAISED IN THE

CHURCH. BUT THEN AN AWFUL LOT

OF PEOPLE I FOUND IN MY OFFICE,

THE CHRISTIANS WHO CAME TO SEE

ME, WEREN'T LIVING IN VICTORY.

BUT THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHY THEY

WEREN'T. THEY WERE JUST

FRUSTRATED AND FEELING FAILURE.

AND MANY OF THEM SAID, OR

THOUGHT, AT LEAST, THIS WASN'T

WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR. YOU

KNOW, THEY TOLD ME THAT, WHEN

I BECAME A CHRISTIAN, IT WOULD

BE ALL PEACE, LOVE, JOY AND

VEGGIE TALES. AND IT JUST

DIDN'T WORK OUT THAT WAY.

AND WHAT I'VE NOTICED THROUGH

MY OBSERVATIONS, BUT ALSO MY

OWN EXPERIENCE, NOT LIVING IN

VICTORY FOR A LONG TIME OF MY

LIFE, IS THAT CHRISTIANS AREN'T

LIVING IN VICTORY, BECAUSE THEY

ARE UNAWARE OF WHAT'S HOLDING

THEM BACK. AND THAT --

EXPLAIN THAT A BIT, NOW.

YES, YOU SEE, IT'S THEIR

EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE IS HOLDING

THEM BACK. SEE, WHAT THEY

DON'T REALIZE IS THAT GOD WANTS

US TO BE MORE THAN SAVED. HE

WANTS US TO BE SAVED AND

TRANSFORMED. BUT WHAT WE'VE

MISUNDERSTOOD, IS THAT

SALVATION IS THE END OF OUR

JOURNEY. YOU KNOW, I WAS UNDER

THE IMPRESSION, ONCE YOU GET

SAVED, WELL THEN YOU JUST SORT

OF COAST UNTIL YOU GO TO

HEAVEN. WHEREAS, REALLY,

SALVATION IS THE GATEWAY TO A

WHOLE NEW LIFESTYLE. IT'S

JUST -- IT'S A GATEWAY TO THE

KINGDOM LIFESTYLE, WHICH IS

TRANSFORMATION. GOD WANTS US

TO BE TRANSFORMED. BUT, WE

CAN'T BE HEALED OF A PROBLEM

WE DON'T KNOW WE HAVE.

YOU KNOW, I LIKE THE

NOMENCLATURE THAT YOU'RE USING

AS FAR AS A GATEWAY. BECAUSE I

THINK SO MANY TIMES, WE'RE

STUCK AT THE DOOR AND WE NEVER

GO THROUGH THE HOUSE. JESUS

SAID, "THE ENEMY COMES TO

KILL, STEAL AND DESTROY. BUT I

HAVE COME THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE

HAVE THE LIGHT, AND LIGHT MORE

ABUNDANTLY. LET'S TALK ABOUT

GOING THROUGH THIS GATE, AND

WHAT VICTORY REALLY LOOKS LIKE

ONCE YOU GET PAST THE DOOR.

WELL, TO ME, GOING IN THE

GATE IS THE ACT OF SALVATION.

WE ENTER THE KINGDOM THROUGH

CHRIST. OUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN.

AND THEN WHAT HE WANTS TO DO IS

BEGIN A TRANSFORMATION PROCESS.

SO THE OLD WORD FOR THAT WAS

SANCTIFICATION. BUT

TRANSFORMATION IS EASIER TO

UNDERSTAND. AND

TRANSFORMATION, TO ME, IS TO BE

HEALED BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT.

AND SO THE HOLY SPIRIT WANTS TO

WORK IN OUR HEARTS, IF WE GIVE

HIM PERMISSION TO TRANSFORM US.

WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT? HOW

COME PERMISSION IS SO

IMPORTANT? BECAUSE THAT'S

GOOD.

WELL, THEY HAD TO GIVE HIM

PERMISSION TO BE SAVED. YOU

KNOW. YOU HAD TO CHOOSE

SALVATION. YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE

TRANSFORMATION. SO IT'S A FREE

GIFT. THERE'S NO EXTRA CHARGE.

SO JESUS IS OFFERING US

TRANSFORMATION, ONCE WE'RE HIS

CHILDREN IN HIS KINGDOM. BUT

WE HAVE TO PERMIT IT. SO IF WE

SAY, I'M SAVED, I'M FINE,

THAT'S GOOD ENOUGH, THEN WE

STOP. WE JUST REMAIN INFANT

CHRISTIANS FOR THE REST OF OUR

LIVES, WHEN GOD'S CALLING IS

TO MATURE CHRISTIANS, WHICH

INVOLVES PERSONAL

TRANSFORMATION. AND SO,

PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION, I HAVE

LEARNED, IS GETTING RID OF OUR

EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE. IN OTHER

WORDS, THE THINGS THAT WE

BELIEVE, THAT SHAPE OUR

PERSONALITY, THAT ARE HOLDING

US BACK. AND THAT ALL COMES

FROM HOW WE WERE RAISED AND OUR

PAST. SO, WHEN THINGS HAPPENED

HAPPENED TO US IN OUR

PAST -- WELL, ACTUALLY, THINK OT

THIS WAY. OUR PERSONALITY IS

SHAPED BY THE EVENTS OF OUR

PAST BUT, MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE

CONCLUSIONS THAT WE MADE ABOUT

THOSE EVENTS. AND THIS, THEN,

WILL DETERMINE HOW WE HANDLE

FAILURE. SO THAT, IF YOU HAD A

VERY WONDERFUL UPBRINGING, AND

YOU WERE ALWAYS AFFIRMED AND

BLESSED AND ENCOURAGED, WHEN

YOU HIT FAILURE, YOU'LL JUST

SAY, WELL, YOU KNOW, IF I LOST

MY JOB, I'LL FIND ANOTHER.

BUT IF YOU WERE RAISED IN A

DYSFUNCTIONAL HOME THAT YOU'RE

A LOSER, YOU'RE AN IDIOT,

YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO AMOUNT TO

ANYTHING, THEN WHEN YOU LOSE

YOUR JOB, IT'S OVERWHELMING

PARALYSIS. AND SO WHAT GOD

WANTS TO DO IS TO HEAL THOSE

WOUNDING EVENTS OF OUR PAST.

REMOVE THOSE LIES THAT WE'RE A

LOSER. REPLACE IT WITH HIS

TRUTH OF HOW IMPORTANT AND

SPECIAL WE ARE TO HIM, SO THAT

WHEN WE HIT THE UPS AND DOWNS

OF LIFE, OUR TRUST LEVEL

DOESN'T COLLAPSE. THAT WE CAN

STILL TRUST GOD. WE KNOW THAT

HE'S HOLDING OUR HAND, AND WE

CAN COPE WITH FAILURE, BECAUSE

WE'VE DEALT WITH OUR BAGGAGE.

I LIKE THAT, BECAUSE I THINK

SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE THIS THING

OVER THEM, I'M A LOSER, I'M A

LOSER.

IT'S HUGE. IT'S HUGE.

AND I CAN'T WIN. SO THERE'S

EVEN A SYNDROME. I KNOW, YOU

KNOW, WHEN PEOPLE CONFRONT

SITUATIONS, THEY SAY, "OH, HERE

WE GO AGAIN, AND I'M NOT GOING

TO WIN." INSTEAD OF A LIVER.

I'M TALKING ABOUT, HE SAID

THAT, "I CAME THAT YOU MIGHT

LIFE." A LIVER, AND NOT

NECESSARILY A LOSER. GIVE US

SOME PRACTICAL STEPS. WHAT DO

WE DO? HOW DO WE --

HOW DO WE GET OUT OF THAT?

HOW DO WE GET OUT OF THAT?

HOW DO WE GET OUT OF THAT

CYCLE?

YEAH, FIRST RECOGNIZE, WE ALL

HAVE EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE. WE'VE

ALL BEEN RAISED IN IMPERFECT

HOMES, AND WE LIVE IN AN

IMPERFECT WORLD.

RIGHT. GET OVER IT.

THAT'S RIGHT. SO GOD WANTS

WANTS TO TAKE AWAY OUR SINS AND

OUR BAGGAGE. SO WHAT HE WANTS

TO DO IS TO HEAL THOSE MEMORIES

AND FILL US WITH HIS TRUTH.

NOW, FOR SOME PEOPLE, THEY'RE

GOING TO NEED TO SEE A

COUNSELOR. IF THEY'VE REALLY

SUFFERED A LOT OF ABUSE AND

NEGLECT, THEY MIGHT HAVE TO SEE

A COUNSELOR.

AND, AS A MENTAL HEALTH

PRACTITIONER, YOU KNOW, YOU SEE

A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT COME IN.

I MEAN, YOU LOOK AT ALL THE

AREAS, SO THEY CAN

SELF-DIAGNOSE, BUT ALSO HAVE A

PROFESSIONAL DIAGNOSE THEM AS

WELL.

YES, AND CERTAINLY IF THEY

HAVE DEPRESSION, ANXIETY OR

MOOD SWINGS, THAT'S AN ENORMOUS

PROBLEM THAT WILL KEEP YOU IN

YOUR BAGGAGE. SO, IN MY BOOK,

ON MY WEBSITE, I'VE GOT LOTS OF

INFORMATION ON HOW TO ASSESS

YOURSELF FOR DEPRESSION,

ANXIETY AND MOOD SWINGS. BUT

FOR EVERYONE WHO DOESN'T HAVE

THAT, IS TO RECOGNIZE THAT THEY

ARE IN A TRANSFORMATION JOURNEY

THAT LASTS OUR WHOLE LIFE. AND

TO GIVE GOD PERMISSION TO SHOW

THEM AREAS WHERE THEY NEED

HELP. SO, SOME WILL NEED TO

SEE A COUNSELOR. OTHERS WILL,

TALK, TALK TO A TRUSTED FRIEND.

BUT ALLOW GOD TO HEAL THOSE

MEMORIES, EXTRACT THE LIES AND

FILL YOU WITH TRUTH. BECAUSE

IT'S THE LIES THAT YOU BELIEVE

THAT MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE A

LOSER.

YEAH. I'VE FOUND, AS A

PASTOR, WE NEED REPLACEMENT

THERAPY. WE NEED TO TAKE THAT

AWAY AND HAVE A POSITIVE

EXPERIENCE AS WELL, AND

RECOGNIZE THAT CHRIST IS THERE

WITH US. AND HE WAS THERE WHEN

WE WERE GOING THROUGH THAT AS

WELL. CAN YOU JUST TALK INTO

CAMERA? SOMEONE'S PROBABLY

SAYING, COULD I START THE

PROCESS NOW?

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY. BECAUSE

SO MANY PEOPLE THINK YOU'RE A

LOSER. AND THAT IS A LIE THAT

WAS IMPLANTED IN YOU WHEN YOU

WERE GROWING UP. AND SATAN IS

USING THAT AGAINST YOU TO HOLD

BACK FROM EVERYTHING THAT GOD

WANTS FOR YOU. AND SO, WHY

DONE WE JUST PRAY, RIGHT NOW?

SO, JUST GIVE JESUS PERMISSION.

SO, FATHER, WE JUST COME BEFORE

YOU RIGHT NOW, AND WE ADMIT

THAT WE CARRY BAGGAGE. AND WE

ARE NOT THE PEOPLE THAT YOU

WANT US TO BE. AND YOU WANT TO

SET US FREE. SO WE JUST GIVE

YOU PERMISSION TO BRING TO MIND

MEMORIES FROM THE PAST, LIES

THAT WE BELIEVE THAT YOU WANT

TO HEAL. AND WE GIVE YOU

PERMISSION TO START THAT

HEALING PROCESS TODAY. AMEN.

AMEN! WELL, IT'S A GREAT

BOOK, EMOTIONALLY FREE, DR.

GRANT MULLEN. I'M SO ENJOYING

IT. THANK YOU, GRANT.

OH, YOU'RE WELCOME.

WELL, COMING UP NEXT, A

DEVASTATING INJURY LEADS TO A

DEVASTATING DIAGNOSIS. THIS IS

SPUD ALFORD, HOW HE HELD ON TO

HOPE.

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SPUD ALFORD'S LIFE ALWAYS

REVOLVED AROUND ATHLETICS. IN

HIGH SCHOOL, HE EXCELLED IN

TRACK, FOOTBALL AND BASEBALL,

AND WENT ON TO PLAY AT THE

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN

MISSISSIPPI. THEN, ONE DAY IN

1976, HE SAW SOMETHING ON TV

THAT WOULD CHANGE HIS LIFE.

I WAS WORKING AT SEARS,

PAYING MY WAY THROUGH COLLEGE,

AND HAPPENED TO NOTICE IN THE

IN THE APPLIANCE CENTER, A TV,

A FELLOW BY THE NAME OF BRUCE

JENNER. I'D NEVER WATCHED THE

OLYMPIC GAMES BEFORE, NEVER

HEARD THE WORD DECATHLON. BUT

I FELL IN LOVE WITH WHAT I SAW

AS HE CARRIED THE AMERICAN FLAG

AROUND THE TRACK THAT

PARTICULAR DAY.

HE BEGAN TRAINING IMMEDIATELY

FOR THE 1980 OLYMPICS, AND

SPENT THE NEXT FOUR YEARS

PREPARING FOR MOSCOW. WHILE

PARTICIPATING IN THE TRIALS IN

EUGENE, OREGON, HOWEVER, HIS

PLANS WERE DERAILED.

I GOT THROUGH EIGHT EVENTS,

AND GOT TO THE NINTH EVENT,

WHICH IS THE JAVELIN. IN THE

JAVELIN, YOU'VE GOT THIS BOOT

THAT HAS SPIKES IN THE HEEL.

SO, WHEN YOU PLANT YOUR FOOT,

YOU BETTER MAKE SURE IT'S WHERE

YOU WANT IT. AND I PLANTED,

AND MY KNEE JUST EXPLODED TO

THE LEFT. AND, YOU KNOW, THERE

I LAY IN FRONT OF 30,000

PEOPLE; AND, BASICALLY, THE

DREAM ENDED THERE.

PRESIDENT CARTER ANNOUNCED

THAT YEAR, THAT THE U.S. WOULD

BE BOYCOTTING THE MOSCOW

OLYMPICS, BECAUSE OF THE SOVIET

INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN. BUT

THAT WAS THE LEAST OF SPUD'S

CONCERNS. THAT SAME YEAR, HE

BEGAN TO FEEL A CHRONIC PAIN IN

HIS GROIN.

YOU KNOW, I WAS SO FOCUSED ON

THAT GOLD MEDAL AND MY TASK AT

HAND, THAT DECATHLETES WERE SO

USED TO PAIN EVERY DAY, THAT IT

WAS JUST ONE MORE PAIN. SO I

JUST LET IT GO FOR, ACTUALLY,

ONE YEAR.

SPUD EVENTUALLY SAW HIS

DOCTOR, WHO EXAMINED HIM AND

DID A CAT SCAN. THE NEWS WAS

NOT GOOD.

THEY CAME INTO MY ROOM WITH

MY PARENTS AND A PREACHER.

AND, OBVIOUSLY, I KNEW THEY

WEREN'T BRINGING FOOTBALL

SCORES. AND THE DOCTOR WALKS

OVER TO MY BED AND HE SAID,

"SPUD, WE HAVE FOUND A

GRAPEFRUIT SIZED TUMOR UNDER

YOUR RIGHT RIBCAGE. IT'S MUCH

WORSE THAN WE THOUGHT."

SADLY, SPUD WAS SO FOCUSED ON

AN OLYMPIC MEDAL, HE HAD BEEN

USING ANABOLIC STEROIDS DURING

HIS TRAINING, WHICH MAY HAVE

CAUSED THE TUMOR. THE DOCTOR

PRESCRIBED MAJOR SURGERY. AND

SPUD PREPARED FOR THE WORST.

LATER THAT EVENING, HE RECEIVED

A VISIT FROM AN OLD FRIEND.

ABOUT 30 MINUTES LATER, THIS

FELLOW CAME WALKING INTO MY

ROOM, BOBBY BANKS FROM

HATTIESBURG, MISSISSIPPI. WE

KNEW EACH OTHER. HE SAID HE

WAS AT HOME DOING HIS DEVOTION

WITH HIS FAMILY, AND HE FELT

LIKE THE LORD SPOKE TO HIM, NOT

AUDIBLY, AND SAID, "I WANT YOU

TO GO TO FORREST GENERAL

HOSPITAL. SPUD'S THERE WITH

CANCER. I WANT YOU TO GO PRAY

FOR HIM. I'M GOING TO HEAL HIM

TONIGHT.

BANKS LAID HANDS ON SPUD,

PRAYING FOR HIS HEALING.

HE PRAYED THIS INCREDIBLE

PRAYER FOR ME, UNLIKE I'D EVER

HEARD BEFORE. THE SINCERITY IN

HIS VOICE AND THE WAY HE -- HE

JUST LOOKED AT ME. AND I SORT

OF PEPPED UP. AND THE NEXT DAY

OR SO, THEY CAME INTO MY ROOM,

AND SAID, "WE'VE GOT TO MARK

YOU FOR AN EXTENSIVE SURGERY."

DOCTORS THEN PERFORMED A

SECOND CAT SCAN.

AND THEY DID THE CAT SCAN

AGAIN, AND CAME INTO MY ROOM

THAT EVENING AND SAID, "SPUD,

IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THERE'S A

TUMOR THERE, TODAY. WE'RE NOT

REALLY SURE WHAT'S HAPPENED.

WE BELIEVE IT'S THERE. THESE

MACHINES GENERALLY DON'T MAKE

A MISTAKE. I ACTUALLY SAW BOTH

X-RAYS. I SAW THE MASS. AND

IT WAS CLEAR THIS TIME.

HE UNDERWENT CHEMOTHERAPY

FOR A SHORT PERIOD AS A FOLLOW

UP. BUT THE TUMOR HAS NEVER

REAPPEARED. EVEN AFTER THIS

MIRACLE, THOUGH, SPUD STILL

TRIED TO HOLD GOD AT ARMS

LENGTH. HE BEGAN WORKING TO

REHABILITATE HIS KNEE, AND

STARTED TRAINING FOR THE 1984

OLYMPICS. HE ALSO BEGAN TO

DRIFT FROM GOD.

BUT THE FURTHER I GOT AWAY

FROM THAT EVENT, THE MORE I GOT

BACK INTO THE NORMAL WAY I FELT

ABOUT TRAINING AND LIFE AND--

LOOKING STRONG, SPUD ALFORD

HAS THE LEAD. FORMER

ALL-AROUND ATHLETE WINS THE

THE SECOND HEAT.

I WAS ON THE CAMPUS OF

SOUTHERN MISS. ONE DAY, AND I

WAS IN FRONT OF THE STUDENT

UNION, IN MY CAR. AND I HEARD

THIS GENTLEMAN SINGING, ON HIS

GUITAR, OUT IN FRONT, THERE, ON

THE LAWN.

A YOUNG EVANGELIST NAMED RICE

BROOKS WAS THERE SPEAKING TO

ANYONE WHO WOULD LISTEN.

I LISTENED TO THE SONGS AND I

BEGAN TO CRY. AND WHEN RICE

BROOKS GOT UP THERE WITH HIS

BIBLE, AND BEGAN TO PREACH

THE WORD UNLIKE I'D EVER HEARD

BEFORE IN MY LIFE, I KNOW THAT

THAT DAY, MY LIFE WOULD NEVER

BE THE SAME.

BROOKS INVITED THE STUDENTS

TO A MEETING THAT NIGHT, WHERE

SPUD ACCEPTED CHRIST.

AND I JUST, MAYBE FOR THE

FIRST TIME EVER, EARNESTLY,

SPOKE WITH GOD, AND SAID,

"I BELIEVE IN YOU. I'VE ALWAYS

BELIEVED IN YOU. I JUST --

THINGS I WANTED TO DO FIRST,

THAT I THOUGHT WERE MORE

IMPORTANT THAN MAKING YOU

COMPLETE LORD OF MY LIFE."

SPUD'S OLYMPIC DREAMS

EVENTUALLY FADED, AND HE WENT

THROUGH SEVERAL CHALLENGES IN

HIS PERSONAL LIFE. HE THEN

MOVED TO GEORGIA, AND MARRIED

KATHY. SPUD ALWAYS DREAMED OF

STARTING A BUSINESS THAT

INVOLVED HIS LOVE FOR SPORTS.

ONE EVENING IN 1989, HE GOT AN

IDEA, AND ZELOSPORT WAS BORN.

THE COMPANY DEVELOPED A BOARD

GAME BASED ON FINGER FOOTBALL,

AND HAS SINCE EXPANDED INTO

SOCCER, BASEBALL AND GOLF.

ALTHOUGH THE COMPANY HAS FACED

SOME CHALLENGES, GOD HAS PROVEN

HIMSELF TIME AND TIME AGAIN.

YOU KNOW GOD'S JUST CONTINUED

TO BLESS EVERYTHING THAT WE'VE

DONE, BECAUSE WE'VE KEPT HIM IN

THE MIDDLE OF EVERYTHING THAT

WE'VE DONE. HE SITS AT OUR

BOARD ROOM, HE DIRECTS

EVERYTHING THAT WE DO.

SPUD SAYS HE HAS FINALLY

LEARNED TO TRUST GOD IN EVERY

AREA OF HIS LIFE.

YOU KNOW, I'VE TRIED A LOT OF

THINGS IN SPUD'S ABILITY, IN MY

LIFE, FROM THE DECATHLON TO

RELATIONSHIPS, TO COMPANIES,

AND I FAILED AT MOST. AND I

EVENTUALLY REALIZED THAT, YES,

HE IS, IN FACT, CONCERNED ABOUT

EVERYTHING IN OUR LIVES.

HE ALSO SHARES HIS TESTIMONY

EVERY CHANCE HE GETS, TO HELP

HIM REMEMBER THE THINGS GOD HAS

DONE IN HIS LIFE.

I ALWAYS TELL THEM, WHEN I

START, "IT'S PROBABLY GOING TO

DO MORE FOR ME THAN IT IS FOR

YOU, TODAY. BECAUSE WHAT IT'S

GOING TO DO FOR ME IS HELP ME

TO REMEMBER, LAYING IN THAT

HOSPITAL BED, WHAT I WENT

THROUGH, WHAT I LOST, AND WHAT

I'VE GAINED BY ALLOWING THE

LORD TO TAKE OVER IN MY LIFE.

YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU LOOK AT

SPUD, YOU COULD SEE THE END.

AND IT'S GOOD, BECAUSE GOD SEES

THE END FROM THE VERY

BEGINNING. GOD SAW THAT ALL

ALONG FOR SPUD ALFORD. BUT IT

WAS INTERESTING, IT WAS BOBBY

BANKS, EVEN IN THAT TIME WHEN

THAT TUMOR WAS SO BIG, THAT HE

CAME AND HE SAID, "THE LORD

TOLD ME TO COME HERE." HE

PRAYED FOR HIM. HE WAS HEALED.

BUT IT TOOK A WHILE FOR HIM TO

ACTUALLY RECEIVE WHAT GOD WAS

DOING.

HM. SOMETIMES IT DOES TAKE

A WHILE. SPUD ALFORD KNOWS

THAT THERE'S NO BETTER WAY TO

LIVE THAN GOD'S WAY. AND, YOU

KNOW WHAT? THAT'S WHY WE ARE

HERE TODAY AND EVERY DAY. THE

700 CLUB CANADA'S MISSION IS TO

LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT GOD

LOVES THEM. AND HE WILL BE

THEIR HOPE AS WELL. WE TAKE

THIS SERIOUSLY, AND WE INVEST

RESOURCES AND FINANCES INTO

BRINGING YOU THIS MESSAGE

EVERY SINGLE DAY. THE TRUTH IS

THAT WE CANNOT DO IT WITHOUT

YOU. WE NEED YOUR PARTNERSHIP.

IF YOU ARE SOMEONE WHO CAN SAY

I SEE THE IMPACT THAT YOU'RE

HAVING AND I AM GOING TO JOIN

MY SUPPORT TO YOURS, SO THAT

THE NAME OF JESUS WILL BE TOLD

ACROSS THIS LAND, WOULD YOU

CALL US RIGHT NOW? IF YOU KNOW

THAT GOD'S POWER CHANGES LIFE,

THEN PLEASE HELP US TO CONTINUE

TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT HIM.

INVEST WITH US. LINK ARMS WITH

US. WE ARE BRINGING THE POWER

OF THE CROSS INTO PEOPLE'S

LIVING ROOMS, BECAUSE WE KNOW

THAT SOME OF THEM MAY NEVER

GRACE THE STEPS OF A CHURCH.

BUT, JUST BY TURNING ON THEIR

TELEVISION, THEY'LL HEAR ABOUT

JESUS. YOUR HELP WILL CONTINUE

TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.

WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP.

WHY DON'T YOU CALL RIGHT NOW?

YOU KNOW, WHEN I LOOK AT SPUD

ALFORD, AND I THINK ABOUT THE

HOSPITAL. SEEING THAT TUMOR

AND HIM RUNNING AGAIN. HE SAID

HE SAID, "I BELIEVED IN GOD. I

JUST NEVER WANTED TO GIVE HIM

ALL OF MY LIFE AND RECEIVE IT."

BUT IT WAS RICE BROOKS AND

EVANGELISM, AN EVANGELIST, BUT

IT'S BRIAN WARREN, NOW ON THE

700 CLUB CANADA IS ASKING YOU

THE QUESTION, "DO YOU REMEMBER

WHAT GOD GOT YOU OUT OF? AND

YOU WENT BACK? WHY DON'T YOU

GIVE GOD ALL OF YOU?" BECAUSE,

THE WAY SPUD SAID IT IS THIS:

GOD HAD TO BE THE CENTER OF OUR

BUSINESS AND CENTER OF

EVERYTHING IN ORDER FOR US TO

BE ANYTHING. RIGHT NOW, I HAVE

SOMETHING. THE FULLNESS OF

GOD. BUT I'M GOING TO PRAY

THIS PRAYER WITH YOU. BECAUSE

I BELIEVE THIS IS THE TIME FOR

YOU, PRODIGAL SON, PRODIGAL

WOMAN, TO COME BACK TO GOD.

GOD IS A MASTER OF THE

COMEBACK. LET'S PRAY. JESUS,

I PRAYED BEFORE, BUT I REALLY

MEAN IT TODAY. WOULD YOU COME

INTO MY LIFE? SAVE ME. I GIVE

YOU ALL OF ME. I CONFESS MY

SIN AND I TURN FROM THEM. IN

JESUS NAME. NOW HOLY SPIRIT,

I PRAY THAT YOU WOULD COME UPON

THEM MIGHTILY, IN THE NAME OF

JESUS, LET THIS DAY BE THE DAY.

IN JESUS' NAME.

IF YOU JUST PRAYED THAT

BRIAN, WOULD YOU CALL US AT

1-855-759-0700. PRAYER

PARTNERS ARE STANDING BY.

TO CONTACT US MAIL, CHRISTIAN

BROADCASTING ASSOCIATES,

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OR VISIT US AT 700CLUB.CA.

MUSIC

I COULD HEAR THESE MOANS AND

THESE CRIES.

AND I COULD FEEL MY BODY

LEAVING.

IT WAS PITCH BLACK DARK.

THAT WAS THE MOMENT WHERE I

UNDERSTOOD WHAT DEATH WAS.

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