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The 700 Club - August 29, 2013

NASCAR driver Blake Koch shares his faith journey and how God has blessed his life. Plus, a gangster thought he was larger than life, but a conviction for murder put him in prison where true freedom was waiting. Read Transcript


SHE'S GOT A 3.9 G.P.A.,

AND WILL HAVE A BACHELOR'S

IN PSYCH.

NOT BAD FOR A 14-YEAR-OLD.

I JUST COMPLETED THE

WORK, LIKE THE REST OF THE

STUDENTS.

Lee: PLUS, THE NEED FOR

SPEED.

AS FAST AS I POSSIBLY

CAN, AND MAKE A LIVING DOING

IT.

Lee: WE'LL GO BEHIND

THE WHEEL WITH NASCSR'S

BLAKE COOK.

AND THEN, HIS GANG WANTED

PEACE.

I FINALLY GOT AHOLD OF

ABOUT TWO GUNS.

Lee: HE WANTED WAR.

WENT BACK TO THE PARTY,

AND HE SHOT THE PLACE UP.

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[APPLAUSE]

Pat: WELCOME TO THIS

EDITION OF "THE 700 CLUB."

YOU KNOW, WE'VE ALL BEEN --

WELL, ACCLAIMING THE EL

ELOQUENCE OF MARTIN LUTHER

KING, AND THE GREAT MARCH ON

WASHINGTON.

AND WHEN I THINK OF THE

ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF

MINORITIES, I'M LOOKING AT

THE PERSON WE'VE GOT TODAY.

THIS GIRL HAD A MOTHER WHO

RECOGNIZED HER GENIUS, BUT

THE KID HAS AN I.Q. THAT IS

EQUAL TO, LIKE, MOZART AND

NEWTON.

199.

IT IS OFF THE CHARTS.

AND WE'RE GOING TO TALK

ABOUT IT.

ISN'T THAT AMAZING?

Terry: YES.

I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HER

MOTHER ATE.

Pat: BROCCOLI.

BUT THE THING IS SHE

RECOGNIZED IT, AND

HOME-SCHOOLED HER.

THIS IS AN AMAZING, AMAZING

PERSON.

AND WE'VE GOT SOME OTHER

EXCITING THINGS.

BUT IN THE NEWS, OF COURSE,

THAT CRAZY MUSLIM WHO

MASSACRED PEOPLE AT FORT

HOOD.

HE HAS NOW BEEN SENTENCED TO

DEATH BY LETHAL INJECTION.

BUT SOME PEOPLE QUESTION IF

THE GOVERNMENT COULD HAVE

STOPPED THE ATTACK BEFORE IT

HAPPENED.

Terry: NOW MAJOR NIDAL

HASAN'S CASE FACES YEARS,

MAYBE EVEN DECADES OF

APPEALS.

CHARLENE ISRAEL HAS THE

STORY.

Reporter: IT'S A

SENTENCE FOUR YEARS IN THE

MAKING.

THIS HAS BEEN A VERY LONG

AND EXHAUSTING PROCESS.

WE ARE TIRED.

WE ARE HURT.

BUT WE ARE RESOLVED.

JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED.

Reporter: THE SAME JURY

THAT CONVICTED MAJOR NIDAL

HASAN ON 13 COUNTS OF

PRE-MEDITATED MURDER, CHOSE

THE DEATH PENALTY OVER LIFE

IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE.

MANY WORRIED THAT A DEATH

SENTENCE IS EXACTLY WHAT

HASAN WANTED IN HIS QUEST

FOR MARTYRDOM.

ONLY WEEKS AGO, HE STANDBY

DEFENSE TEAM ASKED TO BE

RELIEVED BECAUSE THEY FELT

HASAN WAS SEEKING A GUILTY

VERDICT.

BUT VICTIMS SAY IT IS A

SENTENCE THEY'LL ACCEPT.

IT WAS A CONCERN OF SOME,

BUT I'M FINE WITH THAT

BECAUSE IT WILL TAKE A VERY

LONG TIME FOR HIM TO BE

EXECUTED.

AND IT IS A MUCH DIFFERENT

PUNISHMENT THAN LIFE WITHOUT

PAROLE.

Reporter: THEY SAY IT

IS A SENTENCE THAT FITS THE

HEINOUSNESS OF THE CRIME.

AMONG THOSE KILLED, A

PREGNANT MOTHER WHO PLEADED

FOR HER UNBORN CHILD BEFORE

HASAN KILLED HER.

NOW THAT THIS PHASE OF THE

VICTIM'S QUEST FOR JUSTICE

IS OVER, MANY ARE TURNING

THEIR ATTENTION TO ANOTHER

ISSUE: A CIVIL CASE AGAINST

THE GOVERNMENT.

THEY SAY THE ATTACKS SHOULD

BE RECLASSIFIED AS

COMBAT-RELATED INSTEAD OF

WORK-PLACE VIOLENCE, TO MAKE

VICTIMS ELIGIBLE FOR MORE

MEDICAL BENEFITS, AND TO

RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO FOUGHT

BACK WITH MILITARY

DECORATIONS.

DURING HIS TRIAL, HASAN

STATED HER ATTACKED THE

UNARMED SOLDIERS IN ORDER TO

PROTECT MUSLIM INSURGENTS IN

IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN.

ANYONE WHO WOULD USE

THEIR RELIGION TO COMMIT

ACTS OF TERRORISM SERVES NO

GOD EXCEPT THEIR OWN

HATRED.

Reporter: A MAGAZINE

RECENTLY REPORTED ON F.B.I.

E-MAILS THAT SHOW HASAN WAS

ON THE GOVERNMENT'S RADAR,

NEARLY A YEAR BEFORE THE

MASSACRE.

THEY INTERCEPTED SEVERAL

E-MAILS BETWEEN HASAN AND

ANWAR AL-AWAKI.

I THINK A LOT OF THE RED

FLAGS WERE IGNORED.

IN THIS AREA OF EXTREMISTS,

WE HAVE TO TAKE NOTE OF

THOSE PRACTICING THAT TYPE

OF BEHAVIOR.

Reporter: THE F.B.I.

DECIDED AGAINST INTERVIEW

HASAN OR HIS SUPERIORS

BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T WANT THE

INVESTIGATION TO HARM

HASAN'S CAREER.

ONE AGENT DESCRIBED THE CASE

AS POLITICALLY SENSITIVE.

CHARLENE ISRAEL, CBN NEWS.

Pat: THANKS, CHARLENE.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WHEN

ARE WE GOING TO WAKE UP AND

RECOGNIZE THAT POLITICAL

CORRECTNESS IS GOING TO KILL

THIS NATION.

WE MUST FIGHT AGAINST

ENEMIES, PEOPLE WHO WANT TO

DESTROY US.

AND WE CANNOT CONTINUALLY

KEEP SILENCE BECAUSE OF THIS

PERNICIOUS DOCTRINE THAT WE

CALL POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.

WELL, THERE IS SOMETHING

ELSE THAT IS PERHAPS

PERNICIOUS.

THERE WAS GAS, CHEMICAL GAS,

ON INNOCENT CIVILIANS IN

SYRIA.

THE QUESTION NOW IS WHO DID

IT?

SOME THINK THE GOVERNMENT,

UNDER THE CURRENT REGIME WAS

NOT RESPONSIBLE.

IT MAY HAVE BEEN SOME

TERRORISTS TRYING TO PUT THE

BLAME ON THE ASSAD REGIME.

WELL, THE UNITED STATES MAY

NOT BE RUSHING TO LAUNCH A

MILITARY STRIKE, EVEN THOUGH

WE'VE BEEN PROMISED SUCH A

THING.

LEE WEBB HAS MORE ON THAT

STORY FROM THE CBN NEWS.

HERE IS LEE.

Lee: PAT, THE PRESIDENT

STILL HAS NOT DECIDED HOW TO

RESPOND TO THE CHEMICAL

WEAPONS ATTACKS ON CIVILIANS÷

IN SYRIA.

HE SAYS THERE IS NO DOUBT

THAT THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT,

IN HIS MIND, USED THE

WEAPONS ON HIS OWN PEOPLE.

HE SAYS ANY AMERICAN

RESPONSE WOULD SEND A STRONG

SIGNAL TO SYRIAN PRESIDENT

BASHAR al-ASSAD.

THE PENTAGON HAS POSITIONED

A FIFTH USE DESTROYER ARMED

WITH CRUISE MISSILES OFF

SYRIA'S COAST.

U.S. OFFICIALS BELIEVE

ASSAD'S FORCES WERE LIKELY

RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT

CHEMICAL WEAPONS' ATTACK,

BUT THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

REPORTS THAT REMAINS

UNCERTAIN.

MEANWHILE, 100 MEMBERS OF

CONGRESS SAY THEY WANT TO

VOTE BEFORE ANY MILITARY

STRIKE.

ISRAEL IS PREPARING FOR A

WORST-CASE SCENARIO IF THE

U.S. DOES LAUNCH AN ATTACK

ON SYRIA.

A STRIKE COULD BEEN

RETALIATION ON THE JEWISH

STATE.

CHRIS MITCHELL HAS THAT

STORY FROM JERUSALEM.

Reporter: THE ISRAELI

ARMY STEPPED UP ITS ALERT

LEVEL, DEPLOYING AIR

DEFENCES AROUND THE

COUNTRY.

ISRAELI CIVILIANS ARE ALSO

FLOCKING TO GET THEIR GAS

MASKS.

THIS IS ONE OF THE MANY GAS

MASK DISTRIBUTION CENTERS

THROUGHOUT ISRAEL.

IT IS ABOUT A THREE OR

FOUR-HOUR WAIT TO GET YOUR

GAS MASK HERE.

MANY ISRAELIS FEEL IF THE

BASHAR ATTACK DOESN'T MIND

USING CHEMICAL WEAPONS

AGAINST HIS OWN PEOPLE, HE

WON'T MIND KILLING

ISRAELIS.

BUT MOST ISRAELIS ARE

STAYING CALM.

IT IS SCARY.

KIND OF WORRYING.

WE'RE VERY CLOSE BY.

AND I HOPE THINGS SORT OUT

PEACEFULLY.

I'VE LIVED HERE 43

YEARS.

I WOULD IMAGINE THAT I WOULD

BE STUPID NOT TO BE

CONCERNED.

AFRAID, WELL, NO.

YOU KNOW, WE ARE A VERY

SMALL COUNTRY.

ISRAEL IS VERY SMALL.

BUT GOD TAKES CARE OF

ISRAEL.

Reporter: BENJAMIN

NETANYAHU URGED ISRAELIS TO

MAINTAIN THEIR DAILY

ROUTINES, BUT WARNED ISRAEL

IS READY FOR ACTION.

"WE ARE READY FOR ANY

SCENARIO, AND WE'RE READY TO

RESPOND AGAINST ANY THREAT,

AND RESPOND STRONGLY AGAINST

ANY THREAT TO HARM ISRAELI

CITIZENS."

DESPITE THE WARNING, MANY

BELIEVE THAT CHANCES ARE LOW

THAT ISRAEL WILL GET DRAGGED

INTO A WAR WITH SYRIA.

IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE

NATURE OF THE STRIKE.

IF IT IS BASICALLY A

PUNITIVE MEASURE, NOTHING

WILL HAPPEN.

IF IT GOES AFTER

DECAPITATING THE REGIME,

ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN.

Reporter: MIDDLE EAST

EXPERT MICHAEL WALANSKI SAYS

HASAN IS AFRAID.

THEY'LL TRY TO STAY AWAY

FROM ISRAEL UNLESS THEY'RE

SUICIDAL OR THEY KNOW

THEY'RE GOING DOWN.

Reporter: STILL, HE

SAYS, THIS IS THE MIDDLE

EAST, AND ANYTHING COULD

HAPPEN.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Lee: GOSPEL SINGER

DONNIE MCCLURKIN WAS SET TO

APPEAR AT A CONCERT HONORING

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

BUT THE MAYOR OF WASHINGTON

DISINVITED HIM.

MCCLURKIN SAYS GOD DELIVERED

HIM FROM HOMOSEXUALITY, AND

HE TALKED WITH EPHRAIM

GRAHAM DURING THE

CELEBRATION.

Reporter: THOUSANDS

ANSWERED DONNIE MCCLURKIN'S

ANNUAL CALL TO NEW YORK

CITY.

IT IS THE 10th YEAR FOR

THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE,

DESIGNED TO UNITE PEOPLE OF

ALL DENOMINATIONS.

JESUS MADE THE

STATEMENT.

HE SAID, "THE HOUSE THAT IS

DIVIDED AGAINST ITS OWN SELF

WON'T BE ABLE TO STAND."

WE'VE GAINED THE

COMMERCIALITY OF RELIGION,

BUT WE LOST THE POWER.

AND WE DON'T FELLOWSHIP.

IT'S QUITE OFTEN YOU'LL FIND

THE PASTORS REALLY DON'T

FELLOWSHIP UNLESS THEY'RE

TRYING TO DO SOMETHING

POLITICAL.

Reporter: THIS YEAR'S

CONFERENCE COMES ON THE

HEELS OF SOME UNEXPECTED

POLITICAL CONTROVERSY FOR

THE NEW YORK PASTOR.

JUST WEEKS AGO, THE

WASHINGTON, D.C. MAYOR'S

OFFICE WITHDREW ITS

INVITATION FOR THE GOSPEL

ARTIST TO PERFORM AT A

CONCERT, HONORING THE 50th

ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARTIN

LUTHER KING, JR. "I HAVE A

DREAM" SPEECH.

I WAS VERY GOOD AND

PERSONAL FRIENDS WITH

CORETTA SCOTT KING FOR

YEARS.

Reporter: STILL, THE

MAYOR'S OFFICE WITHDREW ITS

INVITATION BECAUSE OF

PROTESTS FROM THE GAY

COMMUNITY.

IN OBJECTION TO MCCLURKIN'S

TESTIMONY OF BEING DELIVERED

FROM HOMOSEXUALITY.

MCCLURKIN'S ANSWER TO THE

PROTEST: LOVE.

I SPEAK THE TRUTH, THAT

SIN IS OF NOT OF GOD.

AND IT IS NOT RIGHT, AND GOD

DIDN'T CALL US TO SIN.

BUT AS FAR AS THE PEOPLE, NO

MATTER WHO YOU ARE AND NO

MATTER WHO YOU LOVE, I'M NOT

GOING TO BASH YOU.

I'M GOING TO LOVE ON YOU,

AND I'M GOING TO CONTINUE TO

SHOW YOU THE LOVE, EVEN IF

YOU NEVER CHANGE.

BECAUSE LOVE IS NOT LOVE IF

IT IS CONDITIONAL.

Reporter: HE EVEN HAD A

CHANCE TO DEMONSTRATE THAT

LOVE.

IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL OF THE

D.C. UPROAR, A GAY MAN

APPROACHED HIM FOR PRAYER AT

A NEW YORK HOTEL.

YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT I

THINK ABOUT THIS AT ALL.

YOU KNOW WHAT I THINK,

JAMES?

I THINK GOD IS IN LOVE WITH

JAMES.

I THINK GOD LOVE JAMES, AND

I THINK I LOVE JAMES, TOO.

AND HE CRIED IN MY ARMS.

WE PRAYED AGAIN, AND I LET

HIM GO.

AND I WENT UPSTAIRS IN MY

ROOM, AND I SAID, GOD, YOU

ARE SO AWESOME.

Reporter: AND THIS

WEEKEND THE PASTOR SHARED

THAT SAME MESSAGE OF GOD'S

LOVE TO THOUSANDS.

THE CALL TO MINISTRY IS

SO STRONG, AND IT IS SUCH AN

HONOR.

I DON'T WANT TO COMMERCIAL

COMMERCIALIZE IT.

I DON'T WANT IT TO BE

SOMETHING THAT IS SLICKED

DOWN AND MADE PALATABLE TO

THE PEOPLE.

I WANT IT TO BE IN ITS RAW

FORM.

I WANT IT TO REACH THE

MASSES WITH THE LOVE OF

JESUS CHRIST.

PURE, UNCONDITIONAL, RAW.

Reporter: EPHRAIM

GRAHAM, CBN NEWS.

Lee: AND EPHRAIM TELLS

US MCCLURKIN ALSO RECEIVED

SIGNIFICANT REPORT ON SOCIAL

MEDIA AFTER THE D.C.

CONTROVERSY.

SOME OF THAT SUPPORT IS FROM

THE GAY AND LESBIAN

COMMUNITY, WE'RE TOLD.

EIGHT YEARS AFTER HURRICANE

KATRINA SLAMMED INTO THE

GULF COAST, NEW ORLEANS IS

ON THE REBOUND.

PARTS OF THE CITY STILL SHOW

SIGNS OF INCREDIBLE DAMAGE.

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WERE

TRAPPED IN THEIR HOMES WHEN

THE LEVEES BROKE AND

FLOODWATERS BROKE.

KATRINA'S DAMAGE ESTIMATES

GO AS HIGH AS $150 BILLION,

WHEN YOU INCLUDE ALL OF THE

REBUILDING THAT HAS BEEN

NECESSARY.

BUT LOUISIANA GOVERNOR BOBBY

JINDAL CALLS NEW ORLEANS

AMERICA'S COMEBACK CITY,

PAT.

Pat: IT CERTAINLY IS.

LEE, WE HAD A SIGNIFICANT

PRESENCE DOWN THERE.

A LOT OF PEOPLE CAME IN, I'M

SORRY TO SAY, AND, WELL,

THEY HAD NEWS CREWS WITH

THEM, AND THEY HAD

PHOTOGRAPHERS.

AND THEY TOOK PICTURES.

AND THEY STOOD IN FRONT OF

DESOLATED BUILDINGS.

AND THEN THEY GOT ON THEIR

PLANES AND WENT BACK HOME.

WE STAYED MONTH AFTER MONTH

AFTER MONTH, REBUILDING

HOUSES, FEEDING THE PEOPLE.

ADMINISTRATING IN HOSPITALS,

AND HELPING PEOPLE IN EVERY

WAY POSSIBLE.

AND I THINK THAT HAS HAD A

LASTING IMPACT.

AND WHEN I SAY "WE," I'M

TALKING ABOUT "OPERATION

BLESSING," PRIMARILY.

BUT WE CARED ABOUT NEW

ORLEANS, AND WE WERE

THRILLED TO BE PART OF THAT

EFFORT AFTER KATRINA.

BUT THE RESPONSE OF FEMA AND

SOME OF THE FEDERAL PEOPLE

IN THERE WAS JUST ABSOLUTELY

APPALLING.

IT WAS APPALLING.

AND IT WAS GRAFT RIDDEN.

IT WAS CONFUSED.

IT WAS BUREAUCRATIC

OVERLAY.

IT WAS JUST HORRIBLE WHAT

HAPPENED.

BUT THE PEOPLE ARE COMING

BACK, AND I'M DELIGHTED THAT

THE GOVERNOR JINDAL SAID IT

IS A COMEBACK CITY.

AND WE APPLAUD NEW ORLEANS.

THEY ARE SO NICE WHEN YOU GO

DOWN THERE.

Terry: IT IS A

BEAUTIFUL CITY.

IT IS A CITY OF GREAT

HISTORY.

AND, OF COURSE, THE SAINTS

WERE A BIG PART OF

CELEBRATING THAT COMEBACK.

Pat: WELL, DREW BREES,

THEY PAID HIM BIG BUCKS TO

DO THAT.

Terry: AND HE HAS

PERFORMED.

Pat: AND HE HAS

PERFORMED.

Terry: COMING UP, THE

COLLEGE STUDENT WHO IS NOT

EVEN OLD ENOUGH TO DRIVE.

I JUST COMPLETED THE

WORK, LIKE THE REST OF THE

STUDENTS.

Terry: MEET THE

14-YEAR-OLD WHO IS GIVING

DU DUGGI HOUSER A RUN FOR

HIS MONEY.

THAT'S NEXT.

Pat: WHERE DOES GENIUS

COME FROM?

THE PEOPLE LIKE MOZART.

THE PEOPLE LIKE NEWTON AND

OTHERS.

INCREDIBLE GENIUS.

WHERE DOES IT COME FROM.

I WAS READING IN DANIEL, AND

IT SAYS YOU HAVE WITHIN YOU

THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLY GOD.

YOU CAN UNDERSTAND

MYSTERIES.

AND THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO CAN

DO THAT.

IT IS SO NICE TO MEET A

REAL, NICE, NORMAL KID.

AS KIDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

ARE HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL,

ONE 14-YEAR-OLD IS AN

EXCEPTION.

SHE IS PREPARING TO GRADUATE

FROM COLLEGE.

CHARLENE ISRAEL BRINGS US

THIS AMAZING STORY FROM

GREAT LAKES, ILLINOIS.

Reporter: LIKE MOST

14-YEAR-OLD GIRLS, DESALANI

LIKES TO HAVE FUN.

YET, WHILE MOST GIRLS HER

AGE ARE ENTERING THEIR

FRESHMAN YEAR OF HIGH

SCHOOL, COMPLETE WITH

DISCUSSIONS ABOUT BOYS AND

ALL OF THE LATEST FASHIONS,

THIS TEEN HAS BEEN FOCUSED

ON MORE IMPORTANT MATTERS,

ATTENDING COLLEGE.

SOMETHING SHE STARTED AT AGE

11.

SIMILAR TO ANY

ENVIRONMENT, BUT THIS

ENVIRONMENT WAS FULL OF

LEARNING.

I LOOK FORWARD TO IT.

Reporter: THIS IS

DESALANA'S MOTHER.

SHE SAYS SHE NOTICED HER

DAUGHTER'S PASSION FOR

LEARNING WHILE

HOME-SCHOOLING HER.

I STARTED READING TO HER

MY COLLEGE BOOKS, AND SHE

UNDERSTOOD THE COLLEGE

MATERIAL AT SIX YEARS OLD,

EIGHT YEARS OLD.

OUR FIRST TOPIC THAT I

READ ABOUT WAS ABOUT

CONSCIOUSNESS, AND I THOUGHT

THAT WAS VERY INTERESTING TO

STUDY.

Reporter: THAT

QUICKNESS FOR LEARNING

ENCOURAGED HER MOM TO ENROLL

HER IN A LOCAL COLLEGE.

ACADEMICALLY AND MENTALLY

SHE WAS PREPARED FOR IT.

I DIDN'T WANT TO PUT A CAP

ON IT AND HINDER HER AND

LIMIT HER.

IF SHE WAS ABLE TO

ACCOMPLISH IT, I WENT ON AND

ENCOURAGED HER TO GO AHEAD

AND MAKE THE MOST OF IT.

Reporter: WHILE MANY

SEE HER APTITUDE AS

EXTRAORDINARY, THIS GIRL

GENIUS SEES HER COLLEGE

EXPERIENCE AS NOTHING

SPECIAL.

I WAS TREATED AS NORMAL

IN THE CLASS.

A LOT OF CLASSES DIDN'T PAY

ATTENTION TO MY AGE.

I JUST COMPLETED THE WORK

LIKE THE REST OF THE

STUDENTS.

Reporter: WITH A HIGHER

I.Q., DESALANA SAYS SHE FELT

AT EASE TO CONTINUE THE

CLASSES.

THERE WERE SOME

ASSIGNMENTS THAT REQUIRED

FIVE PAGES OF WORK, AND I@ñ@ñ

WENT WAY OVER THE AMOUNT.

Reporter: SHE IS A

MEMBER OF HER SCHOOL'S HONOR

COLLEGE, AND SERVES AS A

STUDENT SENATOR.

HER DAY BEGINS WITH PRAYER

AND BIBLE STUDY WITH HER

FAMILY, WHICH SHE SAYS IS

THE KEY TO HER ACADEMIC

SUCCESS.

I THANK GOD FOR THAT

BECAUSE HE HAS GIVEN ME THE

ABILITY TO LEARN.

PROVERB 28: 5, IT SAYS THEY

SEEK THE LORD TO UNDERSTAND

ALL THINGS.

I'M VERY THANKFUL FOR THAT.

WE DIDN'T PLAN ON IT, BUT

IT IS GOD'S GLORY TO GIVE US

THE WISDOM TO EVEN GO

THROUGH THIS.

Reporter: HER CLEAR

BEGAN HERE AT COLLEGE OF

LAKE COUNTY.

SHE WENT ON TO ATTEND

CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY,

WHERE SHE IS SET TO RECEIVE

A BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN

PSYCHOLOGY WITH A 3.9

G.P.A.

AS AMAZING AS THAT ALL IS,

SHE SAYS HER JOURNEY OF

LEARNING IS FAR FROM OVER.

I PLAN TO GO TO GRADUATE

SCHOOL AND GET A DOCTORATE

IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY.

SHE IS VERY DETERMINED TO

HELP OUT THE YOUNG PEOPLE,

AND JUST PEOPLE IN GENERAL.

Reporter: HOWEVER,

THERE IS ONE THING SHE HOPES

TO DO BEFORE HEADING TO GRAD

SCHOOL.

TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE.

Reporter: DESALANA'S

GOAL IS TO ONE DAY OPEN A

CLINIC WITH HER MOTHER, WHO

IS CURRENTLY PURSUING A

GRADUATE DEGREE IN CLINICAL

PSYCHOLOGY, ALONG WITH HER

OLDER BROTHER, JEREMY, ALSO

A PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR.

AND WHILE SOME SAY THE

14-YEAR-OLD COLLEGE GRADUATE

HAS MISSED OUT ON JUST BEING

A KID, SHE WHOLEHEARTEDLY

DISAGREES.

I DON'T FEEL LIKE I

MISSED OUT AT ALL.

I DO ENJOY HOBBIES.

AND I FEEL LIKE I LIVE A

VERY PURPOSEFUL LIFE.

Reporter: CHARLENE

ISRAEL, CBN NEWS, ILLINOIS.

Pat: SHE HAS A 199

I.Q., WHICH IS JUST OFF THE

CHARTS.

JUST A HANDFUL HAVE EVER

ACHIEVED THAT KIND OF

LEVEL.

SHE IS JUST A KID.

OF COURSE, YOU DON'T GET

ANYMORE I.Q. AS YOU GET

OLDER.

ANYWAY, SHE IS

UNBELIEVABLE.

Terry: AND HATS OFF TO

HER PARENTS FOR THE WAY THEY

NURTURED HERE.

Pat: YOU THINK, THEY

GREW UP IN A FAIRLY HUMBLE

HOUSEHOLD, BUT HER MOTHER

HAS COLLEGE EDUCATION AND

RECOGNIZED THE GENIUS IN HER

CHILD.

I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THE

GREAT TRAGEDIES IN AMERICA.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE

UNDERPERFORMERS AT THE

BOTTOM END THE SCALE, BUT

THOSE AT THE TOP, THEY NEED

SPECIAL TRAINING, AND

THEY'RE BORED TO DEATH, AND

THEN BEFORE YOU KNOW IT,

THEY HAVE DISCIPLINE

PROBLEMS.

WE NEED TO CULTIVATE THEM.

THESALONIA, WHAT A GREAT

NAME.

HATS OFF.

AND AFTER THE MARTIN LUTHER

KING, JR. CELEBRATION, THIS

IS THE KIND OF ACHIEVEMENT

THAT MINORITIES NEED.

GOD BLESS HER.

Terry: HER WHOLE FAMILY

SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF HER

AND THEMSELVES FOR THE ROLE

THEY PLAYED.

UP NEXT, A NASCAR DRIVER WHO

LET JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL.

IT IS ALL ABOUT PUTTING

THE CAR IN GOD'S HANDS.

PUT THIS CAR WHERE YOU WANT

IT, IS MY PRAYER.

Terry: WE'RE GOING TO

RIDE SHOTGUN WITH SPEEDSTER

BLAKE COOK.

AND LATER, PAT WILL ANSWER

QUESTIONS FROM YOU, OUR

VIEWERS.

NANCY SAYS, "DO YOU BELIEVE

IN THE TRINITY?

I'VE HEARD THAT THE PAGANS

PAGANS BELIEVED IN THREE

GODS."

WE'RE GOING TO ANSWER

QUESTIONS, SO DON'T GO

AWAY.

Terry: WELL, BLAKE COOK

IS NO STRANGER TO SHARP

TURNS, HIGH SPEEDS, AND

PASSING OTHER CARS WITHOUT

SIGNALLING.

BUT FOR BLAKE, IT IS NOT A

WICKED CASE OF ROAD RAGE.

IT IS JUST ANOTHER DAY AT

THE OFFICE.

I GET TO GET IN A RACE

CAR AND GO AS FAST AS I

POSSIBLY CAN AND MAKE A

LIVING DOING IT.

Reporter: BLAKE COOK IS

A NASCAR DRIVER.

THE LOVE OF RACING STARTED

AS A BOY.

MOTOR BIKES WERE THE LOVE

OF MY LIFE GROWING UP FROM

THE TIME I WAS 13 TO 17

YEARS OLD.

I WAS ON THE ROAD WITH MY

FAMILY.

Reporter: HE WAS RAISED

IN A CHRISTIAN HOME, BUT HE

SAYS HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH

GOD WAS A DISTANT SECOND TO

HIS LOVE FOR MOTE

MOTOCROSS.

BEFORE I WOULD TAKE OFF,

I WOULD SAY A PRAYER AND BOW

MY HEAD, BUT I DIDN'T REALLY

HAVE THAT ONE-ON-ONE

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

IT WAS ALMOST LIKE, NOW IS

THE TIME I NEED YOU, LORD.

I'M GOING TO RISK MY LIFE,

BUT WHEN I'M DONE, I'LL TALK

TO YOU NEXT WEEK WHEN I'M

BACK ON THE STARTING LINE.

Reporter: AFTER SEVERAL

TEARS TO HIS A.C.L., BLAKE'S

MOTOCROSS CAREER WAS OVER,

BUT HIS FOOTE FATHER

SUGGESTED ANOTHER HOBBY.

HE BOUGHT HIS RACE CAR,

AND HE WAS, DO YOU LIKE IT?

I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT, AND

AFTER DRIVING THAT TRUCK,

PEOPLE SAID, YOU'RE REALLY

GOOD.

YOU CAN MAKE SOMETHING OF

IT.

AND I HEARD WITH GOD, ALL

THINGS ARE POSSIBLE, AND I

REALLY TOOK IT TO HEART.

WHEN I HAD MY FIRST SHOT TO

RACE IN NASCAR, I REALLY

WASN'T THAT NERVOUS.

I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO

SHIFT.

BECAUSE MY RACE CARS AT HOME

WERE ALL AUTOMATICS.

I GOT TO THE RACE FOR THE

FIRST TIME, AND I KNEW IT

WAS GOING TO BE A MANUAL

TRANSMISSION, BUT I KNOW GOD

OPENED THIS DOOR.

FEAR WASN'T AN OPTION.

AND THEN I QUALIFIED IN

CALIFORNIA, AND THEN THE

NASCAR CANYON SERIES.

Reporter: BLAKE SAYS HE

MADE HIS CHRISTIAN FAITH A

PRIORITY AND PUT HIS TRUST

IN JESUS.

IT'S A REALLY PERSONAL,

ONE-ON-ONE RELATIONSHIP.

THAT REALLY STARTED WHEN I

WAS ABOUT 20 YEARS OLD.

WHEN I STOPPED CLENCHING THE

HOLY SPIRIT AND STARTED

LISTENING, AND READING THE

WORD MORE AND STUDYING AND

REALLY PURSUING CHRIST.

Reporter: HE SAYS HIS

CHRISTIAN FAITH HAS HELPED

BRING STABILITY TO A CAREER

THAT CAN END IN A MINUTE.

SHORTLY AFTER I GOT

MARRIED, I LOST MY

SPONSORSHIP.

WORRYING DOES NOT ADD A

SINGLE DAY TO OUR LIVES,

JESUS TELLS US.

I KNOW THAT GOD IS GOING TO

TAKE CARE OF ME, AND HE IS

GOING TO PROVIDE MY DAILY

BREAD.

WHAT HAS REALLY HELPED ME

WITH THAT IS SURROUNDING

MYSELF WITH GREAT PEOPLE WHO

ON THE SAME MINDSET.

HAVING FELLOWSHIP, BUILDING

EACH OTHER UP, AND ALSO

SPEAKING TRUTH INTO EACH

OTHER'S LIVES.

Reporter: AFTER A BRIEF

PITSTOP FROM RACING, BLAKE

WAS BACK IN THE DRIVER'S

SEAT.

HE IS NOW SPONSORED BY

COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL,

AND ENTHUSIASTICALLY SPEAKS

ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH

JESUS WHEREVER HE CAN.

HE HAS GIVEN ME THAT

PLATFORM THAT PEOPLE LISTEN

TO ME.

AND I FEEL LIKE I HAVE A

GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO TELL

PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS THROUGH

THAT.

IT IS HARD FOR ME NOT TO

TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THE PERSON

I LOVE.

EVERY RESPONSE USUALLY HAD

JESUS INVOLVED IN IT.

Reporter: BLAKE SAYS HE

KEEPS HIS LIFE AND HIS RACE

CAR IN GOD'S CAPABLE HANDS.

I HAVE TO FULLY SURRENDER

EVERYTHING TO LET GOD WORK

IN MY LIFE.

IT IS NOT A ROUTINE.

IT IS NOT A SUPERSTITIOUS

THING, THAT IF I DON'T PRAY,

I'M NOT GOING TO PERFORM.

IT IS ALL ABOUT PUTTING THE

CAR IN GOD'S HANDS.

PUT THIS CAR WHERE YOU WANT

IT, IS MY PRAYER.

NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, I

KNOW I'VE SAID THAT PRAYER

AND IT IS IN THIS HANDS.

Terry: UNRVEL.

UNBELIEVABLE.

NOW, YOU'RE A GUY WHO LIKES

TO DRIVE FAST, AND NOT JUST

ON THE RING ROAD.

Pat: THEY GAVE ME, AS A

PRESENT, THE PETTY DRIVING

EXPERIENCE.

AND I WENT DOWN TO

CHARLOTTE, AND THEY HAVE

THAT INCREDIBLE MOTOR

TRACK.

AND SO I

GOT

TO GET IN --

Terry: WHAT WAS THAT

LIKE?

Pat: WELL, IT'S

SOMETHING ELSE.

I DROVE 30 LAPS, AND YOU GO

UP -- YOU NEVER

PUT

THE

BRAKES ON, EVER.

YOU GET UP TO THE TOP OF

THAT THING, IT'S WAY UP

HIGH.

AND YOU LET IT UP JUST A TAD

OFF THE GAS, AND YOU TAKE

THE CURVE, AND THEN YOU

FLOOR IT AND COME DOWN THAT

STEEP HILL.

I TRIED MY BEST TO GET THAT

THING, I THINK THEY PUT A

GOVERNOR ON MY THING.

I COULD ONLY GO 145 MILES

PER HOUR, WHICH ISN'T ALL

THAT FAST.

Terry: ONLY 145, HOW

DISAPPOINTING.

Pat: I DID MY BEST.

IT WAS A LOT OF FUN.

Terry: THE POWER OF

THAT --

Pat: I SAID, YOU GO UP

THAT BANK, AND WHAT IF IT

KEEPS GOING AND FLIES OFF

THE TOP?

HE SAYS HIS CAR HAS SO MUCH

WEIGHT ON IT, IT IS NEVER

GOING TO GO OVER THAT RACE

TRACK.

Terry: YOU'RE A

TRUSTING SOUL.

Pat: IT WAS FUN.

Terry: I GUESS IT WOULD

BE.

IT IS AN AMAZING JOB TO BE

ABLE TO DO WHAT THIS YOUNG

GUY DOES FOR A LIVING.

Pat: THEY DRIVE AT 185,

190 MILES PER HOUR REGULAR,

200, AND YOU GET CRACKED UP

IN ONE OF THOSE THINGS, IT

COULD RUIN YOUR DAY.

Terry: ABSOLUTELY.

IT IS WONDERFUL HE GIVES GOD

THE GLORY IN THE MIDDLE OF

ALL OF THAT.

WE HAVE TIME FOR SOME E-MAIL

QUESTIONS.

PAT, THIS FIRST ONE IS FROM

NANCY, WHO SAYS, "DO YOU

BELIEVE IN THE TRINITY?

THE PAGAN BELIEVED IN THREE

GODS, AND I HEARD DIFFERENT

CHURCHES BELIEVE IN THREE

GODS.

OUR JESUS, THE HOLY SPIRIT

AND GOD ONE, OR ARE THEY

THREE SEPARATE BEINGS?"

Pat: THE TRINITY IS A

DIFFICULT THING TO

UNDERSTAND, BUT WE CERTAINLY

BELIEVE IN IT.

I BELIEVE IN THE FATHER, THE

SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT,

ETERNALLY EXISTENT IN ONE

PERSON.

THREE SEPARATE BEINGS.

THE FATHER, THE CREATIVE

MIND.

THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE AGENT

OF CREATION.

AND THE SON IS THE ONE WHO

IS IN CHARGE OF MAKING IT

ALL HAPPEN.

IT IS SO EASY TO SAY, YEAH,

IT IS LIKE WATER, ICE, AND

SO FORTH --

Terry: AND STEAM.

Pat: AND STEAM.

NO, IT'S NOT.

BECAUSE THEY NEVER BECOME --

IF YOU GET WATER AND MAKE IT

INTO ICE --

Terry: IT IS ONE

THING.

Pat: YOU CHANGE IT FROM

WATER AND IT BECOMES ICE.

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND JESUS

AND GOD ARE ALL TOGETHER.

YOU FIND IT IN THE BIBLE,

AND YOU FIND IT IN THE

BAPTISM OF JESUS.

WHERE THE SON IS BEING PUT

UNDER THE WATER.

THERE IS A VOICE FROM HEAVEN

SAYING, THIS IS MY BELOVED

SON, WITH WHOM I'M REAL

PLEASED.

AND THEN THERE IS A DOVE

RESTING ON HIS SHOULDERS,

AND THERE IS THE TRINITY.

THEY EACH HAVE SEPARATE

IDENTITIES.

YES, JESUS IS GOD.

THAT'S WHERE WE GO WRONG SO

MANY TIMES BECAUSE WE THINK

HE IS NOT.

Terry: I THINK C.S.

LOSE IN MERE CHRISTIANITY

DID SUCH AN EXCELLENT JOB OF

DESCRIBING THE TRINITY.

Pat: IT IS A

THEOLOGICAL CONUNDRUM.

IF YOU GET A BEAM OF LIGHT

AND YOU RUN IT THROUGH A

PRISM, YOU'VE GOT ONE LIGHT

AND THEN IT BREAKS UP INTO

VARIOUS COMPONENTS.

IT IS SORT OF THE SAME

THING.

Terry: CALEB SAYS, "MY

COUSIN IS NOT SAVED AND

SUFFERS FROM DEPRESSION AND

SELF-MUTILATION.

TUESDAY NIGHT SHE SENT A

TEXT TO ME ASKING HOW I

COULD EVER BELIEVE IN GOD.

I TOLD HER TO MEET ME ON

FRIDAY AND I WILL HELP HER

UNDERSTAND AND SHOW HER

HOW.

I CAN TELL SHE IS

DESPERATELY LOOKING FOR

ANSWERS.

HOW DO I EXPLAIN TO HER, HER

QUESTION OF HOW GOD WOULD

KEEP LETTING HER HARM

HERSELF?"

Pat: THE COUSIN HAS

FREE WILL.

SHE CAN CUT HERSELF.

WHY WOULD GOD INTERVENE.

WHY DIDN'T GOD KEEP ME FROM

CUTTING MYSELF -- THAT'S

NONSENSE.

YOU ARE IN CHARGE.

YOU HAVE FREEDOM.

THAT'S THE WONDERFUL THING

ABOUT BEING A HUMAN BEING.

WE HAVE THE FREEDOM TO LOVE

HIM, AND WE HAVE THE FREEDOM

TO BREAK HIS LAWS.

AND YOU HAVE THE FREEDOM TO

EXALT THE SELF THAT YOU HAVE

OR YOU CAN DESTROY IT.

I THINK WHAT YOU'VE GOT TO

UNDERSTAND IS THAT GOD LOVES

YOU.

AND YOU ENTER INTO HIS

LOVE.

AND THEN YOU HAVE

SELF-FULFILLMENT IN WAYS

YOU'VE NEVER DREAMED

POSSIBLE.

BUT DON'T SAY WH WHY

DOESN'T GOD STOP ME?

HE HAS GIVEN YOU FREE WELL.

Terry: AND YOU TALK A

LOT ABOUT THE CHEMICALS IN

THE BODY BEING OUT OF

BALANCE AND DEPRESSION.

Pat: SHE OUGHT TO HAVE

A GLUCOSE INTOLERANCE

FIRST.

THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT

DEPRESSION IS NOT JUST A BAD

MOOD.

IT IS CHEMICALLY INDUCED.

BUT YOU DON'T NEED TO HAVE A

PSYCHIATRIST O PUTTING YOU

ON THE COUCH TALKING ABOUT

HOW YOU HATE

YOUR MOTHER.

Terry: "ISN'T HAVING A

WORD OF KNOWLEDGE THE SAME

AS BEING A FORTUNE-TELLER,

BESIDES ONE IS FROM GOD AND

ONE IS FROM SATAN."

Pat: I DON'T KNOW IF

FORTUNE-TELLERS ARE FROM

SATAN.

THERE COULD BE A MECHANIC

BEHIND THE SCENES MAKING THE

THING DISAPPEAR.

THE WORD OF KNOWLEDGE IS ONE

OF THE ENABLEMENTS OF THE

HOLY SPIRIT.

THEY USE THE TERM

"CHARISMATA" IN THE GREEK,

AND IT IS A SPECIFIC WORD

ABOUT A SPECIFIC THING.

THERE IS A WORD OF WISDOM,

WHICH GIVES YOU AN INSIGHT

INTO THE FUTURE.

BUT THIS IS IN LIGHT OF

GLORIFYING GOD.

AND THE OTHER, IF THERE IS

ANY VALIDITY TO IT, IT COMES

FROM THE SOUL.

ONE COMES FROM THE SPIRIT,

AND ONE COMES FROM THE

SOUL.

AND THE SOUL IS ALWAYS

SUBJECT TO DEMONIC POWER,

SUBJECT TO PRIDE AND

ARROGANCE AND SO FORTH.

WE'RE NEVER TOLD TO STIR UP

OUR SOULS OR PSYCHIC

ABILITIES, BUT WE'RE TOLD TO

GLORIFY THE SPIRIT.

Terry: A VIEWER

SAYS, "I WANT TO TITHE, BUT

MY HUSBAND DOESN'T AGREE.

I DO NOT HAVE CONTROL OF OUR

FINANCES.

IN FACT, HE HAS ALLOWED ME

TO GIVE ONLY A SMALL

OFFERING EACH WEEK.

I WANT HIM TO GIVE, AND TO

GIVE CHEERFULLY.

WHENEVER I HAVE SOME EXTRA

CASH, I GIVE IT.

BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE

TO DO.

MY PASTORS SAY TO TRUST IN

GOD AND THEY DO NOT PRESSURE

ME AT ALL."

Pat: THEY SHOULDN'T

PRESSURE YOU.

YOU'RE UNDER SUBMISSION TO

YOUR HUSBAND IN THAT

PARTICULAR RELATIONSHIP, AND

YOU'RE DOING THE RIGHT

THING.

BUT WHAT YOUR HUSBAND IS

DOING IS CURSING YOUR

FAMILY.

MAYBE GET THE BOOK OF

MALACHI AND SHOW HOW IT SAYS

A MAN ROBS GOD.

AND YOU CAN SAY IN YOUR

EYES, YOU'RE ROBBING GOD,

AND GOD DOESN'T LIKE IT.

AND YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO

PROSPER AS LONG AS YOU DO

THIS.

GOD SAYS, I'LL OPEN THE

WINDOWS OF HEAVEN AND POUR

YOU OUT SUCH A BLESSING YOU

CAN'T CONTAIN IT.

AND SAY, DO YOU WANT THIS?

OR DO YOU WANT TO HAVE

TROUBLE ALL OF THE TIME.

BECAUSE YOU'RE BRINGING A

CURSE ON OUR FAMILY BECAUSE

YOU ARE STEALING FROM GOD.

BUT YOU, AS HIS WIFE, THERE

IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO EXCEPT

TALK TO HIM AND DO A LOT OF

PRAYING.

Terry: AND GIVE WHAT

SHE IS GIVING.

Pat: GIVE OF YOUR OWN

MONEY AND GOD WILL BLESS

YOU.

Terry: THAT'S ALL THE

TIME WE HAVE FOR TODAY, BUT

WE THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR

QUESTIONS.

STILL AHEAD, THEY WENT FROM

HOMELESS AND LIVING ON FOOD

STAMPS TO RUNNING A MILLION

BUSINESS.

GET THE SECRET TO THEIR

SUCCESS WHEN WE RETURN.

WELCOME BACK TO

WASHINGTON FOR THIS CBN NEWS

BREAK.

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN

KERRY IS ASKING IRAN TO

RELEASE THREE U.S.

CITIZENS.

ONE OF THEM IS CHRISTIAN

PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI.

PASTOR ABERDINI IS A DUAL

U.S.-IRANIAN CITIZEN.

HE HAS SPENT ALMOST ONE YEAR

IN PRISON IN IRAN, SENTENCED

ON CHARGES RELATED TO HIS

RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.

KERRY IS APPEALING TO IRAN'S

NEW LEADER, SAYING THAT

PRESIDENT ROUHANI HAS

EXPRESSED INTEREST IN

PROVING IRAN'S RELATIONS

WITH THE U.S.

NEW YORK AND MASSACHUSETTS

COULD BE THE NEXT STATES TO

BAN WHAT IS KNOWN AS

CONVERSION THERAPY.

IT IS TREATMENT TRYING TO

HELP KIDS WITH SAME-SEX

ATTRACTION.

THEY ARE CONSIDERING

MEASURES TO OUTLAW THE

PRACTICE.

JUST LAST WEEK, NEW JERSEY

GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE

SIGNED A MEASURE BANNING IT

IN THAT STATE.

CURRENTLY CALIFORNIA IS THE

ONLY OTHER STATE TO DO SO.

WELL, YOU CAN ALWAYS GET THE

LATEST FROM CBN NEWS BY

GOING TO OUR WEBSITE AT

CBNNEWS.COM.

PAT AND TERRY WILL BE BACK

WITH MORE OF "THE 700 CLUB"

RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Pat: WELCOME BACK.

YOU'RE WATCHING "THE 700

CLUB."

WE'RE DELIGHTED TO HAVE ALL

OF YOU WITH US.

YOU KNOW, AMERICA IS A LAND

OF OPPORTUNITY.

AND WE SHOULD ALL BE

THANKFUL TO GOD FOR THE

TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITIES

BEFORE US.

NOW, I WANT TO SHOW YOU A

COUPLE, JAMES AND ANGELA

HUGHES, WHO ARE NOW RUNNING

A MILLION DOLLAR HOME

INSPECTION BUSINESS.

BUT JUST A FEW YEARS AGO,

THEY WERE SELLING THEIR OWN

HOME, DECLARING BANKRUPTCY,

AND LIVING ON UNEMPLOYMENT.

Reporter: AS A YOUNG

COUPLE, JAMES AND ANGELA

HUGHES INVESTED THEIR LIFE

SAVINGS TO LAUNCH A BUSINESS

IN THE HOME HEALTH CARE

FIELD.

IT WAS ALL CONSUMING.

WE NO LONGER HAD ANY TIME

FOR CHURCH, FOR PRAYER,

FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER

BELIEVERS.

WE WEREN'T TITHING.

Reporter: DESPITE ALL

OF THEIR HARD WORK AND THE

INCOME POURING IN, THEY

WEREN'T MAKING A PROFIT.

IT WAS VERY HARD AS A

MAN.

AND FROM, I GUESS, A

STANDPOINT OF JUST BEING A

PROVIDER.

NO MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY

WE WOULD MAKE, AT THE END OF

THE MONTH, THERE WAS MORE

MONTH THAN THERE WAS MONEY.

WE LEARNED VERY QUICKLY

WITHOUT DOING THINGS THE

LORD'S WAY JUST DOESN'T

WORK.

Reporter: THEY HAD TO

EVENTUALLY CLOSE THE

BUSINESS AND DECLARE

BANKRUPTCY.

WE LOST EVERYTHING, EVEN

OUR VEHICLES.

WE DIDN'T HAVE A VEHICLE.

WE DIDN'T HAVE A HOME

ANYMORE.

WE WERE SELLING OUR

FURNITURE.

WE LOST EVERYTHING.

WE HAD TO FILE FOR

UNEMPLOYMENT.

WE HAD TO APPLY FOR FOOD

STAMPS.

Reporter: THE COUPLE

DESPERATELY CRIED OUT TO GOD

FOR HELP.

I REMEMBER GETTING ON OUR

KNEES IN THE LIVING ROOM AND

HOLDING HANDS.

AND I REMEMBER WHEN I GOT

OFF OF MY KNEES, AFTER

SAYING THAT PRAYER, I JUST

FELT A WEIGHT, YOU KNOW, BE

LIFTED.

AND MAYBE TWO OR THREE DAYS

AFTER THAT PRAYER, WE WERE

WATCHING "THE 700 CLUB," AND

PAT ROBERTSON WAS TEACHING

ON THE LOSSES OF

RECIPROCITY.

Pat: THE ACTION YOU

NEED TO TAKE, HE SAYS GIVE.

AND IT REALLY KIND OF

DAWNED ON US THAT THIS IS

WHAT GOD WANTS US TO DO.

AND FROM THERE, THAT'S WHEN

WE STARTED TITHING.

Pat: WITH THE SAME

MEASURE THAT YOU USE, IT

WILL BE MEASURED BACK TO

YOU.

THAT'S THE LAW OF

RESIPROCITY.

Reporter: JAMES AND

ANGELA WERE SO COMMITTED TO

THE BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES THEY

HAD JUST LEARNED, THEY BEGAN

TITHING TO THEIR LOCAL

CHURCH AND GIVING TO "THE

700 CLUB" FROM THEIR

UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS.

SOON, THE DOORS OPENED UP

FOR THE HUGHES TO START A

NEW BUSINESS, INSPECTING

HOMES FOR BANKS.

THE ORDERS BEGAN POURING

IN.

HE WANTS US TO HAVE FAITH

IN HIM.

Reporter:

IN 2012, THE

HUGHES' COMPANY

GROSSED OVER

A MILLION DOLLARS.

TODAY THEY'RE MEMBERS OF THE

"700 CLUB'S" CHAIRMAN'S

CIRCLE.

TAKE HIM AT HIS WORD.

IT IS SOMETHING WE ALL HAVE

TO LEARN HOW TO DO, ME,

ANGELA, AND ALL OF THE

VIEWERS, WE NEED TO LEARN

HOW TO TAKE GOD AT HIS

WORD.

Pat: I LOVE HIM.

WHAT IS THE OPPORTUNITY?

GOD IS WAITING TO HELP YOU.

HE IS WAITING TO BLESS YOU.

HE IS WAITING TO MAKE YOU

PROSPEROUS.

HE WANTS US -- WHY WOULDN'T

WOULD GOD WANT HIS PEOPLE TO

LIVE IN SUFFERING AND

POVERTY?

HE DOESN'T.

THAT'S NOT GOD'S WILL.

THESE ARE HIS CHILDREN.

SO JAMES AND ANGELA SAID,

OKAY, WE'RE GOING TO DO IT.

IF YOU WANT TO BEGIN, WHERE

DO YOU START?

THE BIBLE SAYS GIVE, AND IT

WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU,

PRESSED DOWN, RUNNING OVER.

YOU TAKE A STEP OUT, AND

WATCH WHAT GOD WILL DO.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO GIVE,

WE WANT TO GIVE YOU

SOMETHING CALLED "POWER FOR

LIFE" TEACHINGS.

WE HAVE CHAPELS HERE AND I

DO TEACHING, AND GORDON DOES

TEACHING, AND THE STAFF IS

THERE, AND YOU GET THAT

WONDERFUL FEELING OF FAITH

THAT BUILDS UP, AND THE

STAFF IS PRAISING THE LORD

TOGETHER.

ALL OF THAT IS ON THESE

LITTLE TEACHINGS.

NOT ONLY CAN YOU BE A "700

CLUB" MEMBER, BUT YOU CAN

TELL YOUR BANK TO CREDIT

THAT TO CBN, AND BECAUSE IT

SAVES US MONEY, WE CAN SEND

YOU THESE TEACHINGS EVERY

MONTH.

IT WILL BE A BLESSING.

WE WORK TOGETHER.

IT IS CALLED SIMBIOSIS.

Terry: UP NEXT, AN

IMMIGRANT WHO FOUND A HOME

IN AMERICA WITH AN ASIAN

GANG.

WE WILL EVEN DIE FOR EACH

OTHER OR DIE FOR THE GANG.

SO WE ROBBED, WE FOUGHT, WE

STOLE -- WE DID EVERYTHING.

Terry: HEAR WHAT

HAPPENED WHEN OTHER GANG

MEMBERS TRIED TO DECLARE A

TRUCE, AFTER THIS.

Pat: GLAD TO HAVE YOU

WITH US.

YOU'RE WATCHING "THE 700

CLUB."

WE'RE SO HAPPY TO HAVE YOU

HERE, AND WE'RE HERE TO

BLESS YOU AND TEACH YOU SOME

THINGS AND SHOW YOU SOME

THINGS, AND HOPEFULLY

ENTERTAIN YOU AND DO ALL

KINDS OF GOOD THINGS.

I WANT TO TELL YOU A STORY

THAT WILL THRILL YOU.

THE YOUNG MAN IN OUR NEXT

STORY JOINED AN ASIAN GANG

WHEN HE WAS JUST A

TEENAGER.

NOT LONG AFTER THAT, HE

LANDED BEHIND BARS.

AND THAT'S WHERE HE FOUND

TRUE FREEDOM.

GUESS WHAT?

HE READ A BOOK ABOUT AL

CAPONE'S GET-AWAY DRIVER.

Reporter: THE ING

FAMILY, WITH THEIR SIX

CHILDREN, MOVED TO HOUSTON,

TEXAS, IN 1978, AS CAMBODIAN

REFUGEES FROM THE VIETNAM

WAR.

THEIR YOUNGEST SON WAS ONLY

THREE.

AND HE FOUND IT MORE A PLACE

OF FEAR THAN REFUGE.

THINGS WERE ROUGH GROWING

OUUP BECAUSE WE DIDN'T

UNDERSTAND THE CULTURE.

WE WERE TOLD BY OUR

NEIGHBORS AND CLASSMATES IN

COLORFUL LANGUAGE TO GO

HOME.

WE'RE NOT WANTED HERE.

Reporter: OUTSIDE THE

HOME, VANA FACED RACISM.

INSIDE THE HOME, HE WAS A

VICTIM OF DOMESTIC

VIOLENCE.

IF WE DID SOMETHING THEY

THOUGHT WAS WRONG, IT WOULD

LEAD TO PHYSICAL AND VERBAL

ABUSE.

AS I GOT OLDER, I STARTED

LOOKING FOR TROUBLE.

I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO VENT MY

ANGER.

Reporter: WHEN THE

FAMILY MOVED TO CALIFORNIA

IN 1992, VANA TOOK HIS ANGER

TO THE STREETS OF FRESNO.

HIS OLDER BROTHER JOINED AN

ASIAN GANG, AND VANA SOON

FOLLOWED.

WE WERE VERY, VERY

CLOSE.

I ALWAYS THOUGHT OF HIM AS A

TOUGH GUY, A GUY YOU DIDN'T

WANT TO MESS WITH.

IT WAS SOMETHING TO DO,

SOMETHING TO BE A PART OF.

WE HAVE CAMARADERIE.

WE DO EVERYTHING TOGETHER.

WE LIVED THAT CODE OF WE

WILL EVEN DIE FOR EACH OTHER

OR DIE FOR THE GANG.

WE ROBBED AND STOLE -- WE

DID EVERYTHING.

Reporter: IN 1993, VANA

WAS DEEP IN THE GANG LIFE,

AND ATTENDED A GANG PEACE

PARTY WHEN RIVAL GANG

MEMBERS GOT TOGETHER TO CALL

A TRUCE.

WHEN I SAW MY ENEMIES, IT

WAS LIKE I WAS A BULL AND I

SAW RED.

I TOTALLY IGNORED THE

PURPOSE OF GOING THERE.

I DID THAT BY CUSSING THEM

OUT, AND TELLING THEM WHO I

WAS, AND THIS IS WHO WE

ARE.

ONE OF THE RIVAL GANG

MEMBERS, THEY GOT TIRED OF

IT, AND SO HE GAVE ME A GOOD

PUNCH IN THE FACE.

AND THEN WE LEFT THE SCENE

OF THE PARTY.

WE FINALLY GOT AHOLD OF

ABOUT TWO GUNS, WENT BACK TO

THE PARTY, AND WE SHOT THE

PLACE UP.

Reporter: VANA AND

FELLOW GANG MEMBERS SHOT UP

THE PARTY IN A DRIVEBY AND

MURDERED A RIVAL GANG

MEMBER.

AUTHORITIES ARRESTED VANA IN

1994, AND TRIED HIM AS AN

ADULT.

VANA WAS CONVICTED OF

SECOND-DEGREE MURDER.

I THOUGHT ABOUT MY LIFE,

AND I WAS, LIKE, WHY AM I IN

THIS PLACE, WHERE I'M FACING

25 TO LIFE.

HOW DID I GET HERE?

Reporter: WHILE

INCARCERATED, VANA STARTED

LOOKING FOR ANSWERS IN HIS

CULTURAL RELIGION OF

BUDDHISM.

I WAS, LIKE, YOU KNOW

WHAT?

MAYBE IT IS BECAUSE I WASN'T

TRUE TO BUDDHA.

I VISITED THE TEMPLE EVERY

OTHER WEEKEND JUST TO HELP

GET MY LIFE BACK IN ORDER.

THERE WAS NO POWER IN

BUDDHISM.

I WAS SEARCHING FOR IT.

I WAS TRYING TO GET OUT, BUT

I COULDN'T.

Reporter: DURING THIS

TIME, VANA'S CELL MATE BEGAN

TO TELL HIM ABOUT JESUS.

THE GUY'S NAME WAS

GABRIEL, AND HE KNEW AT THE

TIME I WAS SEARCHING FOR

PEACE, AND HE JUST TOLD ME

ABOUT THE LOVE OF GOD.

AND I TOLD HIM ABOUT

BUDDHA.

AND SO WE WOULD HAVE THESE

RELIGIOUS DIALOGUES.

HE WOULD JUST TELL ME ABOUT

HOW JESUS CAME ON THE CROSS

TO DIE FOR ME, AND HOW BY

HIM BEING THE PERFECT

SACRIFICE, HE IS ABLE TO

FORGIVE THE SINS OF THE

WORLD.

AND SO THAT STUCK OUT FOR

ME.

Reporter: A PRISON

CHAPLAIN ALSO BRINGING VANA

BOOKS ABOUT FORMER GANG

MEMBERS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES

TO CHRIST.

I READ ABOUT AL CAPONE'S

GET-AWAY DRIVER, AND IN

READING THAT, IT IS WHERE I

READ A VERSE, JOHN 15: 16,

AND THE VERSE READ: "FOR YOU

DID NOT CHOOSE ME, BUT I

CHOSE YOU."

THESE PEOPLE WHO HAD

COMMITTED CRIMES MORE

HEINOUS THAN I -- SOME WERE

ROBBERS, THIEVES, AND A LOT

OF THEM WERE MURDERERS, AND

THEY KNEW THE GRACE OF

JESUS.

I READ ABOUT THE GRACE OF

JESUS, AND HOW JESUS MET

THEM IN THEIR PRISON CELL

AND THEIR JAIL CELL, AND HE

FORGAVE THEM.

AND I'M THINKING, WOW, IF

GOD CAN FORGIVE HIM, AND IF

GOD SENT JESUS TO DIE FOR

THEM, HE DID IT FOR ME.

I WOKE UP A BROTHER THAT WAS

WITNESSING TO ME FOR THE

LAST FEW MONTHS, AND I SAID,

HEY, GABRIEL, I WANT TO GIVE

MY LIFE TO GOD.

FROM THERE I WAS EXCITED.

I WAS EXCITED BECAUSE NOW I

KNEW THAT SOMETHING AS

SPECIAL AS THE GIFT OF

SALVATION SHOULD NOT BE

BOTTLED UP.

AND SO I JUST STARTED

TELLING EVERYBODY ABOUT

JESUS.

Reporter: AFTER

BECOMING A CHRISTIAN, VANA

RENOWNED HIS GANG TIES.

HE WAS ABLE TO STRIKE A PLEA

BARGAIN AND WAS MOVED TO THE

CALIFORNIA YOUTH AUTHORITY

UNTIL HE WAS 25 YEARS OLD.

IN 2001, VANA WAS RELEASED.

JESUS GAVE ME THE POWER

TO WALK AWAY.

JESUS GAVE ME THE POWER TO

GIVE MY ALLEGIANCE TO HIM.

AND SO THAT'S HOW I WAS ABLE

THROUGH CHRIST TO LEAVE THE

GANG LIFE.

Reporter: TODAY VANA IS

MARRIED AND HAS A SON.

HE WORKS AS A PASTOR AND

YOUTH COUNSELLOR IN THE SAME

NEIGHBORHOOD IN FRESNO THAT

HE USED TO TERRORIZE AS A

GANG MEMBER.

THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN HURT,

IF THEY WANT TO BE RELEASED

FROM ALL OF THE VENOM AND

PAIN THAT THEY HAVE -- IT'S

NOT GOING TO GO AWAY HOLDING

ON TO IT.

THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN HAVE

TRUE HEALING IS THROUGH

JESUS CHRIST.

Pat: WHAT A GREAT

TESTIMONY.

LISTEN, JESUS TOLD US HOW TO

HAVE MIRACLES.

YOU FIND IT IN THE BOOK OF

MARK.

IT IS A DESCRIPTION OF HOW

YOU CAN HAVE MIRACLES.

AT THE END END OF THAT

TEACHING, HE SAID, WHEN YOU

STAND PRAYING, IF YOU HAVE

OUGHT AGAINST ANY, FORGIVE,

SO THAT YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER

MIGHT FORGIVE YOU.

WE CANNOT HOLD GRUDGES.

WE CANNOT GO TO WAR.

WE CANNOT HAVE WARS WITH OUR

NEIGHBORS.

WE CANNOT HAVE WARS WITH OUR

SPOUSES.

WE CANNOT HAVE WARS WITH OUR

PARENTS.

IF YOU WANT TO HAVE

MIRACULOUS POWER OF GOD, YOU

HAVE TO HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF

FORGIVENESS.

FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE HURT

YOU, WHATEVER IT IS.

JESUS CHRIST WAS ON THE

CROSS, AND HE'D BEEN NAILED

THERE BY CRUEL PEOPLE.

THEY WERE MOCKING HIM AND

MAKING FUN OF HIM.

AND WHAT DOES HE DO?

HE SAYS, "FATHER, FORGIVE

THEM FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT

THEY'RE DOING."

WELL, VANA WAS IN A

SITUATION WHERE HE WANTED TO

HURT PEOPLE.

SO MANY PEOPLE ARE FILLED

WITH RAGE AND ANGER.

SPOUSES DON'T TALK TO EACH

OTHER.

CHILDREN ARE DRIVEN TO THE

POINT OF REBELLION, AND THEY

SCREAM OUT, "I HATE YOU,"

AND THEY RUN IN THEIR ROOM

AND SLAM THE DOOR.

WE HAVE THESE HOSTILITIES

BUILT UP.

NEIGHBORS ARE HOSTILE.

WHEN YOU THINK OF THE DAMAGE

THAT WAS DONE -- THINK OF

THIS CASE.

THERE WAS A MURDER.

THE GANG MEMBERS START

SHOOTING EACH OTHER, AND

BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, SOMEBODY

WAS HURT.

SOMEBODY WILL BE HURT IF YOU

HAVE ANIMOSITY.

WHAT YOU NEED TO PRAY TO

GOD, I WANT TO FORGIVE.

YES, IT IS JUSTIFIABLE --

THAT'S NOT THE ISSUE,

WHETHER YOUR RIGHT OR WRONG,

BUT WHETHER OR NOT GOD LOVES

YOU AND YOU WANT TO RELAY

HIS LOVE TO SOMEBODY ELSE.

WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE

MESSENGERS OF HIS LOVE.

THAT'S WHAT OUR PRAYER IS

FOR YOU.

THAT'S ALL OF THE TIME FOR

TODAY'S PROGRAM.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM THE PSALM, PSALM

91: "FOR HE SHALL GIVE HIS

ANGELS CHARGE OVER YOU, TO

KEEP YOU IN ALL YOUR WAYS."

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING

WITH US.

WE'LL BE WITH YOU TOMORROW.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A SALUTE

TO OUR DEAR FRIEND LEE

WEBB.

I THINK TOMORROW WILL BE HIS

LAST DAY.

WE'RE SADDENED OF HIS

LEAVING BECAUSE HE HAS ADDED

SO MUCH TO THIS PROGRAM.

BUT HE IS GOING TO DO OTHER

THINGS.

TOMORROW WE WILL SALUTE LEE

WEBB.

UNTIL THEN, THIS IS PAT

ROBERTSON, AND FOR TERRY AND

LEE, GOOD-BYE AND GOD BLESS

YOU.

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