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700 Club Interactive: NFL Kickoff Extravaganza - Sept. 2, 2013

Pro-quarterback turned algebra teacher and coach, Jon Kitna shares about mentoring high school students who live at and below the poverty line. Read Transcript


Terry: COMING UP,

FORMER QUARTERBACK JOHN

KITNA CONTINUES LIFE AFTER

THE NFL.

THAT IS ALWAYS WHAT MY

WIFE AND I DREAMED ABOUT.

Terry: WHILE LEADING

THE TEAM DOWN THE FIELD.

80% OF OUR STUDENTS HAVE

NO FATHER AT HOME, AND 75%

ARE AT OR BELOW THE POVERTY

LINE.

Terry: ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: 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.

Terry: HI, EVERYBODY.

WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

AND HAPPY LABOR DAY.

YOU KNOW, TODAY MARKS THE

UNOFFICIAL END OF SUMMER.

THAT'S KIND OF SAD.

BUT HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS:

FOOTBALL IS NOW IN SEASON.

AS A GREENBAY GIRL, I

REJOICE AT THIS TIME.

I BET YOU DO.

AND YOU ARE JOINING US

TODAY, ANDREW KNOX, USED TO

BE SPORTS REPORTER --

IT WAS THE SECOND BEST

JOB AT THE MINISTRY.

I WON'T SAY THE FIRST.

I GOT TO GO TO SOME SUPER

BOWLS AND I GOT TO GO TO

LAMBERT THEATRE AND

GREENBAY.

Terry: IT IS CERTAIN

HISTORY, AND GREENBAY IS ONE

OF THEM.

IF YOU'RE FROM GREENBAY,

EVERY YEAR IS A GOOD SHOT.

THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR

WHERE EVERYBODY THINKS THEY

HAVE A CHANCE, ESPECIALLY IN

THE NFL.

Terry: THIS MAKES FALL

SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD

TO, IF YOU'RE A FOOTBALL

FAN.

ABSOLUTELY.

PEOPLE ARE VERY EXCITED

ABOUT THE UPCOMING SEASON.

AND WHILE FOOTBALL PLAYERS

CAN ENJOY THE SPOILS OF LIFE

DURING THEIR PLAYING CAREER,

THE SAD TRUTH IS MANY OF THE

GUYS IN THE NFL WIND UP

BANKRUPT, DIVORCED, AND

HOOKED ON DRUGS AFTER THEY

RETIRE.

BUT NOT JOHN PITMA.

HE HAS RETURNED TO THE

FOOTBALL FIELD, HIS HIGH

SCHOOL FIELD.

TOM BRINGS US HIS ENDURING

STORY.

Reporter: QUARTERBACK

JOHN PITMA WAS THE ENGINE

THAT DREW THE BALL DOWN THE

FIELD.

HE PLAYED ON FOUR DIFFERENT

TEAMS UNTIL THE AGE OF 39.

AND AS BOTH A STARTER AND

BACKUP.

I CAME IN JUST TRYING TO

MAKE IT A YEAR.

MAKE IT ON ONE WEEK TO THE

NEXT.

IT TURNED INTO 16 YEARS.

Reporter: A 16-YEAR

EDUCATION IN A BROADER FIELD

OF LIFE.

ARMING HIM WITH SKILLS THAT

WOULD PREPARE HIM FOR HIS

NEXT CAREER IN THE

CLASSROOM.

THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE

WITH SO MUCH PAIN THAT JUST

COVER IT UP.

THAT'S WHY 80% OF GUYS IN

THE NFL, ONE YEAR AFTER THEY

RETIRE ARE DIVORCED, HOOKED

ON DRUGS OR A COMBINATION OF

THE THREE.

WHAT I SAW WAS A LOT A MEN

MAYBE AT A YOUNG AGE DIDN'T

LEARN CHARACTER AND

INTEGRITY AND WHAT IT MEANS

TO BE REAL.

Reporter: BEING REAL

AND DEMONSTRATING FAITH

CHISELED JOHN'S REPUTATION.

HE RETIRED AS A DALLAS

COWBOY IN 2012.

TIMING AND HIS MATH

EDUCATION DEGREE BROUGHT HIM

BACK HOME TO TACOMA,

WASHINGTON.

HE WAS HIRED AT LINCOLN

HIGH, THE SAME SCHOOL WHERE

HE GRADUATED AND PLAYED

QUARTERBACK.

TEACHING WAS MY AVENUE TO

HAVE AN IMPACT ON YOUNG MEN

AND WOMEN.

THAT'S ALWAYS WHAT MY WIFE

AND I DREAMED ABOUT.

Reporter: LIKE A

HURRY-UP OFFENSE, THE KITNAS

WERE ALL IN.

JOHN TEACHES ALGEBRA AND

COACHES FOOTBALL.

GINNY WORKS IN THE OFFICE.

AND THEY ARE A RARITY IN THE

LINCOLN HIGH CAMINO,

REFLECTING HOPE FOR A LOVING

FAMILY.

80% OF STUDENTS HAVE NO

FATHER AT HOME.

AND 75% OF THEM ARE AT OR

BELOW THE POVERTY LINE.

A STUDENT THAT SAYS IN FULL

TEARS BETWEEN ALL OF THE

OTHERS, EVERY DAY I HAVE TO

CHOOSE, AM I EATING OR IS MY

MOM EATING.

THAT'S HARD TO HEAR.

AND TO HEAR ANOTHER KID SAY,

COACH, I HEAR YOU ABOUT THE

HOMEWORK AND STUFF, BUT WHEN

I GO HOME, MY MOM AND DAD

ARE TELLING ME, SHUT YOUR

BOOKS AND GO OUT ON THE

STREETS AND SELL DRUGS AND

GET US SOME MONEY.

Reporter: JOHN WANTED

TO MORE THAN TEACH AND

COACH.

HE WANTED TO STRENGTHEN THE

STRIDE FOR AN UPHILL CLIMB.

THE KIDS THAT MAYBE HAD

FALLEN BEHIND THE FIRST

SEMESTER, AND SO THERE WAS

SOME HARD KIDS IN THAT ONE,

HARD.

AND RAYSHON MILLER WAS ONE

OF THOSE.

THE FIRST DAY HE GOT

HERE, HE WAS LIKE, MAN, I'M

NOT GOING TO LET YOU FALL.

AND WE WENT ON FROM THERE.

Reporter: RAYSHON'S

GRADES HAVE IMPROVED, ALONG

WITH HIS DETERMINATION AND

OUTLOOK.

HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT,

MAN?

CAN YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE?

OH, YEAH.

AT FIRST, I'M JUST NOT OUT

IN THE STREETS DOING WHAT I

WANT.

I TRY TO SEE MYSELF DOING

WHAT COACH KITNA DID TO ME,

CHANGING ME AND TRYING TO

HELP OTHERS.

Reporter: THE SENIOR

RUNNINGBACK NOW TAKES A LEAD

AMONG HIS TEAMMATES,

TRANSLATING TOUGH LOVE

DURING PRACTICE FOR PLAYERS

WHO TURN THEIR BACK ON COACH

KITNA.

I WAS GETTING AFTER THE

SAFETY.

AND HE IS PULLING BACK AND

PULLING BACK, AND HERE IS

RAYSHON MILLER FROM 20 YARDS

AWAY.

YOU NEED TO TURN AROUND AND

LOOK AT HIM BECAUSE HE IS

DOING IT BECAUSE HE LOVES

YOU.

HE IS DOING IT BECAUSE HE

LOVES YOU.

WHEW!

I LOVE THESE KIDS.

I LOVE THEM.

AND I ALWAYS TELL THEM TO

NEVER, EVER, EVER MISTAKE MY

PASSION -- QUIT LIVING

BENEATH YOUR STANDARDS --

FOR A LACK OF LOVE.

Reporter: IT HAS BECOME

THE TOUGHEST PASS ATTEMPT OF

JOHN'S CAREER, A DAILY,

DARING THROW THAT CUTS

THROUGH LIFE-LONG NEGLECT

AND NEED.

TO GIVE LOVE.

I'M ASKING YOU TO COMMIT

EIGHT WEEKS OF YOUR SUMMER

TO COME IN AND WORK OUT AND

LIFT WEIGHTS.

WHEN WE LIFT WEIGHTS, THE

WALLS ARE SWEATING, AND THIS

KID ALMOST PASSES OUT IN THE

CLASS.

WHAT HAPPENED?

COACH, I AIN'T ATE SINCE

YESTERDAY.

Reporter: JOHN'S

DEDICATION GOES BEYOND A

MEAL.

HE EMPOWERS STUDENT ATHLETES

WITH PRINCIPLES TO SUSTAIN

THEM FOR LIFE.

REAL MEN IS THE FOUNDATION

OF THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM THAT

ENTHUSIASTICALLY CARRIES

OVER TO THE STUDENT BODY.

A REAL MAN REJECTS

PASSIVITY, ACCEPTS

RESPONSIBILITY AND LEADS

COURAGEOUSLY.

AND A REAL MAN CAN ONLY BE A

REAL MAN IF HE SURROUNDS

HIMSELF BY OTHER REAL MEN.

BECAUSE IF NOT, AT SOME

POINT HE WILL COMPROMISE IN

AND OF HIMSELF.

DO THE RIGHT THING.

BE REAL.

Reporter: JOHN'S CLASS

EARNED THE SECOND HIGHEST

ALGEBRA SCORE OF ANY CLASS

AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL

YEAR.

FROM THE FOOTBALL FIELD TO

THE LINCOLN HIGH HALLWAYS,

LEADERS ARE EMERGING.

PUT THEM IN THE HUDDLE,

AND PUT THEM IN CHARGE.

START SERVING.

YOU WANT AN IN-ROW OF

PEOPLE, START SERVING.

IT IS WHAT JESUS DID.

YOU WANT TO BEAT ME IN YOUR

RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST,

START SERVING.

YOU WANT TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE ELSE'S

LIFE?

START SERVING.

AND THEN ONCE YOU DO THAT,

YOU GET TO SEE GOD AT WORK

BECAUSE GOD IS SERVING.

HE IS THE REAL DEAL.

Terry: THAT IS

POWERFUL.

HE SAID THE CHURCH IS

LIKE -- HE SAID THE CHURCH

IS LIKE A TEAM THAT HUDDLES

BUT NEVER RUNS A PLAY.

WE GET TOGETHER SUNDAY

MORNING, WE HUDDLE TOGETHER,

BUT WE NEVER RUN PLAYS.

AND THIS GUY -- HOW MANY OF

US WOULD RETIRE AND SAY,

GIVE ME YOUR TOUGHEST TASK,

I WANT TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE.

GIVE ME THE TOUGHEST STUFF

YOU'VE GOT AND I WANT TO BE

INVOLVED IN IT.

Terry: YOU KNOW WHAT I

LOVE ABOUT THIS, WHAT HE DID

PROFESSIONALLY PRIOR TO THIS

IN SPORTS GIVES HIM SUCH

PLATFORM, GIVES HIM SUCH

ACCESS, YOU KNOW, TO THE

ADMIRATION OF THE YOUNG

PEOPLE.

AND HE COULD TAKE THAT BALL

AND RUN WITH IT, SO TO

SPEAK, WITH AN UNRELENTING

PASSION AND DETERMINATION.

WOW!

AND YOU CAN SEE THAT WHAT HE

IS INVESTING IN THESE KIDS

IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

AND IT OUGHT TO BE A MESSAGE

TO ALL OF US ABOUT THE

YOUNGER GENERATION.

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO BE THERE.

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO BRING THE

MESSAGE.

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO STAY.

YOU KNOW, THE STAYING POWER

OF A FLESH AND BLOOD

LEADER.

IT REALLY DOES SPEAK TO

THE CHURCH TODAY, DOING

SOMETHING, GETTING INVOLVED

AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

AND THIS IS A GUY WHO COULD

JUST ENJOY RETIREMENT.

HE SAID, GIVE ME THE

TOUGHEST CHALLENGE YOU HAVE,

I WANT TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE.

WHEN YOU HEAR WHAT THESE

KIDS STRUGGLE WITH.

Terry: WHAT IS THE MOST

SIGNIFICANT NEED THEY HAVE?

FOOD.

IN AMERICA.

UNBELIEVABLE.

UNBELIEVABLE.

HATS OFF TO HIM.

THAT'S A GREAT STORY AND

ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE REST OF

US.

WE'VE GOT A GREAT STORY

COMING UP AS WELL.

WE HAVE THE STORY ABOUT A

GENTLEMAN WHO TIED THE NFL

RECORD WITH A 63-YARD FIELD

GOAL.

HE ALSO LOST MILLIONS IN A

PONZI SCHEME.

HE SHARES THE HIGHS AND LOWS

OF HIS FOOTBALL CAREER, UP

NEXT.

DAVID ACRES HAS BEEN A

PANTHER, A REDSKIN, AN

EAGLE, 49er, AND NOW A

LION.

HE IS TIED FOR THE LONGEST

FIELD GOAL IN NFL HISTORY.

DURING HIS 15 YEARS IN PRO

FOOTBALL, HE HAS EXPERIENCED

THE HIGHS AND LOWS BOTH ON

AND OFF THE FIELD.

WATCH THIS.

[CHEERING]

ACRES HAS GOT HIM.

HE HAS GOT A BIG PLAY.

MY FIRST KICKOFF IN A

REGULAR SEASON NFL GAME,

WENT DOWN TO ABOUT THE

10-YARD LINE.

NOT THAT GREAT A DISTANCE,

BUT A LOT OF HANG TIME.

STEVE FOR THE TEE OFF,

CATCHES IT, AND HE CUTS IT

OUT TO HIS RIGHT AND HE IS

GOING 90 YARDS FOR A

TOUCHDOWN ON MY FIRST

KICKOFF IN THE NFL.

IT IS, LIKE, WELCOME.

Reporter: PLACE KICKER

DAVID ACRES' NFL DEBUT WITH

THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS ONLY

GOT WORSE.

I HAD A KICKOFF RETURN,

MISSED TWO FIELD GOALS, AND

I HAD TO DO AN ON-SIDE KICK

WE DID NOT GET.

NEEDLESS TO SAY, I WAS CUT

THE NEXT DAY.

Reporter: IN JUST ONE

GAME, IT SEEMED THAT DAVID'S

DREAM OF BEING AN NFL KICKER

ENDED BEFORE IT EVEN GOT

STARTED.

BUT THEN HE GOT A SECOND

CHANCE.

HE WAS PICKED UP BY

PHILADELPHIA.

FOR THE NEXT 11 YEARS WAS ON

TOP OF THE WORLD, RACKING UP

FIVE PRO BOWL SELECTIONS.

HE WAS ALSO RAISING THREE

KIDS WITH HIS WIFE, ERICA,

AND GROWING IN HIS

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

LIFE WAS GOOD.

EVERYTHING IN OUR LIFE

WAS GOING PEACHY.

I MEAN FINANCIALLY WE WERE

DOING GREAT, OUR KIDS ARE

HEALTHY, WE'RE HAPPY.

I'VE GOT A GREAT CAREER

GOING ON.

I'VE GOT A LOVELY WIFE.

OUR MARRIAGE IS STRONG.

EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL.

Reporter: BUT STORMS

WERE ON THE HORIZON, AND

DAVID WOULD FIND OUT HOW

MUCH HE NEEDED GOD.

IT STARTED IN 2009.

DAVID HAD BEEN PUTTING MONEY

AWAY INTO WHAT SEEMED TO BE

A SOLID INVESTMENT FOR

RETIREMENT.

I STARTED GETTING CALLS

AT THE PLACE WHERE I HAD MY

INVESTMENTS.

IT LOOKED LIKE THERE WAS

SOME ILLEGAL THINGS THAT

WERE GOING ON.

AND SO --

Reporter: DAVID HAD

FALLEN INTO A PONZI SCHEME,

AND WAS ONE OF 300 PEOPLE

WHO WERE VICTIMIZED.

HE SAYS HE LOST CLOSE TO

$5 MILLION.

I WAS, LIKE, HOW DO WE

LOSE EVERYTHING I WORKED

FOR.

I FINALLY MAKE THE DREAM TO

PLAY AND THE NFL, DO OF ALL

THIS.

I HAVEN'T LIVED OUTSIDE MY

MEANS.

I DON'T HAVE THE FERRARIS,

AND ALL OF THE DIFFERENT

CARS AND BLOWN IT ON JEWELRY

OR WHATEVER.

NOW I WISH I WOULD HAVE.

SOMEBODY IS GETTING A CHANCE

TO DO THAT, NOT ME.

SO IT WAS VERY, VERY

FRUSTRATING.

LIKE A WHY GOD MOMENT.

Reporter: STILL REELING

FROM THIS FINANCIAL WIPEOUT,

DAVID HAD A ROUGH START TO

THE 2010 SEASON.

BUT HIS WIFE GAVE HIM THE

ENCOURAGEMENT HE NEEDED.

MY WIFE IS LIKE, YOU KNOW

WHAT?

HAVE SOME FAITH.

GOD IS GOING TO HOLD YOU

WITH THIS.

THIS IS GOOD.

YOU'RE GOING TO BE FINE.

Reporter: DAVID TOOK

THOSE WORDS TO HEART.

AND A WEEK LATER HAD THE

FIRST PERFECT GAME OF HIS

CAREER.

EVERY FIELD GOAL I MADE

WAS, LIKE, 40 SOMETHING

YARDS.

I HAD ALL TOUCHBACKS, BOTH

DIRECTIONS OR INTO THE

WIND.

IT WAS A GREAT DAY.

I COME BACK IN THINKING MY

WIFE WAS GOING TO SAY, THAT

A WAY.

AND SHE GOES, DON'T YOU EVER

DOUBT GOD AGAIN.

THAT WAS HER TEXT TO ME.

Reporter: BUT DAVID

WOULD HAVE TO TRUST GOD FOR

SOMETHING FAR MORE IMPORTANT

THAN A FOOTBALL GAME.

HIS 6-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER

HAYLEY WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A

RARE FORM OF CANCER, AND HIS

LEFT OVARY HAD TO BE

REMOVED.

THE TIMING COULDN'T HAVE

BEEN WORSE.

FROM THE TIME OF THE

DIAGNOSIS TO THE TIME OF THE

SURGERY, I HAD TO PLAY A

GAME.

Reporter: AND NOT JUST

ANY GAME.

THE EAGLES FACED THE PACKERS

IN THE PLAYOFFS.

SUPER BOWL WAS ON THE LINE.

DAVID'S CONCERN FOR HIS

DAUGHTER CLOUDED HIS

PERFORMANCE.

I HAD A HORRIBLE GAME.

I MISSED TWO KICKS.

MY WIFE SAID I WAS NEVER

MENTALLY THERE.

I ALWAYS THOUGHT I COULD PUT

STUFF AWAY.

MAYBE I DIDN'T ON THAT DAY.

WE LOST BY FIVE POINTS.

I MISSED TWO FIELD GOALS.

AS ANDY REED SAID, YOU DO

THE MATH.

Reporter: LATER THAT

YEAR, DAVID LEFT THE

EAGLES.

BUT THINGS STARTED LOOKING

UP.

BY NOW HIS DAUGHTER HAD

COMPLETELY RECOVERED, AND HE

GOT PICKED UP BY THE

49ers.

AND HE TIED THE NFL RECORD

WHEN HE KICKED A 63-YARD

FIELD GOAL.

63 YARDS FROM DAVID

ACRES.

Reporter: BUT MORE

STORMS WERE ON THE WAY.

I FELT LIKE I'M JUST

NEVER GETTING OUT OF ONE.

I HAVE A PEAK, AND THEN

THUNDER AND LIGHTNING

AGAIN.

BUT TO SAY MY FAITH WAS

CHALLENGED WOULD BE PUTTING

IT LIGHTLY.

Reporter: THE FOLLOWING

SEASON, DAVID HAD DOUBLE

HERNIA SURGERY, AND HIS

PERFORMANCE SUFFERED.

I WAS A MESS.

THEY BROUGHT GUYS IN TO

COMPETE IN THE PLAYOFFS.

IT WAS, LIKE, WHAT'S GOING

ON HERE.

YOU KNOW?

AND TO ME, THE BIGGEST HURT

WAS HURTING MY TEAM, LETTING

THEM DOWN.

Reporter: BUT THE TEAM

DID MAKE IT TO THE SUPER

BOWL, AND DAVID PULLED IT

TOGETHER, MAKING ALL THREE

OF HIS FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS.

STILL, SAN FRANCISCO LOST

28-23.

I CAN TELL YOU AT THE END

OF THE SUPER BOWL, I CRIED

BECAUSE I THINK THE WHOLE

EMOTION OF THE YEAR CAME

DOWN ON ME.

Reporter: ONCE AGAIN,

HE WAS RELEASED.

AND SINCE THEN HAS SIGNED

WITH DETROIT.

DAVID SAYS THAT OVER THE

YEARS, HE HAS LEARNED TO

TRUST THAT GOD WILL GUIDE

HIM THROUGH LIFE'S STORMS,

BUT ADMITS IT IS STILL

TOUGH.

I READ ROMANS 5, 3

THROUGH 5, TALKING ABOUT

REJOICE IN THE TRIALS AND

SUFFERING.

WHO REJOICES IN TRIALS AND

SUFFERING?

IT IS BRUTAL.

Reporter: BUT HE SAYS

IT IS THE NEXT VERSE IN

ROMANS 5 THAT IS A KICKER.

BECAUSE THROUGH THAT IS

THE PERSEVERANCE.

AND I CAN MAKE THAT SAME

UNDERSTANDING IN MY FOOTBALL

LIFE.

BECAUSE WITHOUT

PERSEVERANCE, THREE TIMES

GETTING CUT, AND NOW FOUR

TIMES, IF YOU DON'T

PERSEVERE AND GET THROUGH

THAT, THEN YOU DON'T HAVE

THAT REFINING PERIOD.

AND THE REFINING PERIOD IS

DEVELOPING YOUR CHARACTER.

AND IT IS THROUGH GOD AND

HOPE HOPE THROUGH JESUS

THAT GIVES US THAT, THE

GRACE THAT YOU CAN FALL BACK

ON.

DAVID REALLY HITS ON

SOMETHING WHEN HE SAYS, WHO

CAN REJOICE IN SUFFERINGS?

WHO DOES THAT?

THAT'S A DIFFICULT THING.

THAT'S A CHOICE WE HAVE TO

MAKE, ISN'T IT?

AND, YOU KNOW, THE VERSES

THAT DAVID TALKED ABOUT,

ROMANS 5, 3 THROUGH 4 SAY:

"WE ALSO GLORY IN

TRIBULATIONS OR REJOICE IN

SUFFERING, KNOWING THAT TRIB

BUTION PRODUCES

PERSEVERANCE, AND PER

PERSEVERANCE CHARACTER, AND

CHARACTER JOY."

OUR HOPE AND OUR JOY ARE THE

FOUNDATION, WHEN WE ACCEPT

JESUS CHRIST AS OUR SAVIOR.

HAPPINESS IS WHAT WE SEEK A

LOT OF THE TIME, AND OUR

HAPPINESS IS REALLY DICTATED

BY OUR CIRCUMSTANCES.

AND SO THE BIBLE SAYS THAT

THE HOPE AND JOY WE SEEK IS

FOUND IN JESUS CHRIST.

BUT WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE'RE

GOING THROUGH SUFFERING?

WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THE

WORDS THAT JESUS SAID.

HE SAID, "IN THIS WORLD YOU

WILL HAVE TROUBLE."

I THINK A LOT OF US

SOMETIMES THINK THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE IS A

GUARANTEE WE'RE NOT GOING TO

HAVE STRESS, WE'RE NOT GOING

TO HAVE BURDENS OR

DISAPPOINTMENTS OR FAILURES

OR MONEY TROUBLES OR

SICKNESS.

BUT JESUS SAID, "IN THIS

WORLD YOU WILL HAVE

TROUBLE."

AND I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT

FOR US TO CONSIDER THE NEXT

VERSE THAT PAUL WRITES.

HE SAYS, "NOW HOPE DOES NOT

DISAPPOINT BECAUSE THE LOVE

OF GOD HAS BEEN POURED OUT

IN OUR HEARTS BY THE HOLY

SPIRIT WHO WAS GIVEN TO

US."

I THINK THE HOLY SPIRIT IS

THE KEY IN REJOICING IN OUR

SUFFERINGS.

JESUS NOTED THAT HIS

DISCIPLES WERE GRIEVING.

AND HE SAID, YOU GRIEVE

BECAUSE I'M GOING AWAY AND I

WON'T BE WITH YOU ANY

LONGER.

BUT IT IS BETTER FOR YOU

THAT I LEAVE BECAUSE THE

COUNSELLOR WILL COME TO YOU,

AND THAT COUNSELLOR IS THE

HOLHOLY SPIRIT.

SO THE HOLY SPIRIT MAY BE A

PRETTY MAGNIFICENT THING IF

JESUS SAID IT IS BETTER FOR

YOU THAT I LEAVE SO YOU CAN

HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT.

IT IS LIKE JESUS DID A LOT

OF WORK FOR US, AND THE HOLY

SPIRIT DOES A LOT OF WORK IN

US.

IN THE MIDST OF OUR

SUFFERING, IT IS IMPORTANT

TO PRAY BECAUSE EVEN IF HE

DOESN'T CHANGE OUR

CIRCUMSTANCES, GOD IS

CHANGING US IN THE PROCESS.

PERHAPS IT IS CHANGING US

THAT WILL BRING ABOUT A

CHANGE IN OUR

CIRCUMSTANCES.

TERRY, THINK ABOUT THE

WITNESS WE CAN BE.

WHEN OTHER PEOPLE SEE US IN

SUFFERING, AND THE FACT WE

MAKE A CHOICE TO REJOICE, IT

SPEAKS VOLUMES TO PEOPLE.

Terry: I THINK IT ALSO

MATURES US.

DON'T YOU THINK IT IS SO

EASY TO SORT OF GET ALONG

WITH A MODERATE RELATIONSHIP

WITH THE LORD WHEN

EVERYTHING IS GOING WELL.

BUT GOD REALLY GETS OUR

ATTENTION IN THE STRUGGLES,

IN THE HEART BREAKS, IN THE

LOSSES, AND THEN DOES A

DEEPER WORK IN US.

AND IF THAT'S WHAT WE'RE

HERE FOR AND WHAT THIS IS

ALL ABOUT, KNOWING HIM MORE

AND TRUSTING HIM MORE, THEN

THAT'S PART OF THE REJOICING

OVER ALL OF THAT.

THAT WE ARE BEING DRAWN INTO

HIM, LOOKING MORE LIKE HIM,

RELYING ON HIM MORE.

AND HE WANTS US TO PURSUE

HIM.

AND A LOT OF TIMES,

ESPECIALLY IN THE UNITED

STATES, THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

SEEKS PLEASANT

CIRCUMSTANCES.

IF I'M LIVING A COMFORTABLE

LIFE, GOD IS BLESSING ME AND

I'M PLEASING HIM.

Terry: ME, TOO.

I LIKE THAT.

I THINK IT IS NATURAL FOR

ALL OF US.

AND RIGHTLY SO, GOD DOES

WANT US TO ENJOY THOSE

MOMENTS.

BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING, TO

KNOW HIM AND TO KNOW HIS

HEART, AND HOW MUCH STORIES

LIKE THE ONE WE JUST SAW

REALLY CALL US TO THAT

DEEPER PLACE.

STILL AHEAD, WE'RE GOING TO

TAKE YOU TO A SPORTS CAMP

WHERE THE FUN GETS STARTED

AFTER THE KIDS LEAVE THE

STADIUM.

FIND OUT WHY.

THAT'S NEXT.

Terry: WELL, RECENTLY

KIDS IN HOUSTON GOT TO WATCH

EPISODES OF "SUPERBOOK" AT A

SUMMER SPORTS CAMP, AND THEY

LOVED IT.

TAKE A LOOK FOR YOURSELF.

Reporter: THERE IS

NEVER A DULL MOMENT FOR THE

KIDS WHO COME TO UNIVERSITY

BAPTIST CHURCH'S SPORTS CAMP

IN HOUSTON, TEXAS.

AND WHEN IT IS TIME FOR A

BREAK, THE GANG HEADS

UPSTAIRS FOR LESSON TIME.

I'LL TAKE YOU ON WITH ONE

HAND.

Reporter: THE CHURCH

USES CBN'S "SUPERBOOK" TO

TEACH THE KIDS ABOUT GOD.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN TODAY

ABOUT DAVID AND GOLIATH?

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH

GOD.

DAVID'S BROTHER DIDN'T

BELIEVE HE COULD KILL

GOLIATH, BUT HE TRUSTED IN

GOD AND WENT OUT THERE AND

FOUGHT AND KILLED HIM.

GREAT ANSWER.

Reporter: CHILDREN'S

MINISTRY DIRECTOR KAREN

MURPHY SAYS THE KIDS LOVE

LESSON TIME.

I'VE USED VIDEO SERIES IN

THE PAST, AND IT HAS NOT

GOTTEN THE ATTENTION OF THE

KIDS OR OF THE PARENTS LIKE

"SUPERBOOK" DID.

Reporter: CBN'S

NATIONAL CHURCH

REPRESENTATIVE BRAD GOODALE

SAYS HE IS THRILLED THE NEW

HIGH DEFINITION ANIMATION

SERIES IS BEING USED LIKE

THIS.

"SUPERBOOK" IN ITSELF,

AND WATCHING IT AT HOME, IS

POWERFUL.

BUT WHEN WE'RE ABLE TO BRING

IT INTO A CHURCH SETTING, ON

THE BIG SCREEN, AND YOU HAVE

THE DYNAMICS OF EVERYTHING

HAPPENING AROUND YOU, THERE

IS GREAT SYNERGY.

AND WE SEE GREAT DECISIONS

MADE BY KIDS IN LEARNING THE

BIBLE AND IN GIVING THEIR

HEART TO CHRIST.

Reporter: GREG AND

BECKY AMES BRING THEIR KIDS

TO SPORTS CAMP, AND THEY

VOLUNTEER, SO THEY WATCH

"SUPERBOOK," TOO.

WE HAVE A 6-YEAR-OLD AND

A 9-YEAR-OLD, AND IT IS

SOMETHING WE COULD WATCH

TOGETHER.

WE COULD WATCH IT AS A

FAMILY AND THEN DISCUSS WHAT

WE SAW, AND BOTH KIDS

ENJOYED IT.

NOW THAT I'VE SEEN

"SUPERBOOK," I KNOW THAT NO

MATTER WHAT YOU DO, YOU CAN

TRUST GOD.

Reporter: AND

"SUPERBOOK" HAS A BRAND NEW

EPISODE READY FOR EVERYONE

TO ENJOY, "THE 10

COMMANDMENTS."

CBN CONTINUES THEIR

COMMITMENT TO "SUPERBOOK,"

TO WIN KIDS TO CHRIST.

WE LOVE "SUPERBOOK"!

Terry: THE CAMP LOOKS

FABULOUS, DOESN'T IT.

I WOULD LIKE TO GO.

BUT WHAT I'M REALLY EXCITED

ABOUT IS THAT "SUPERBOOK"

THAT THESE KIDS HAVE BEEN SO

IMPACTED BY IS GOING AROUND

THE WORLD.

IT IS BEING TRANSLATED INTO

ALL KINDS OF LANGUAGES.

CHILDREN ALL AROUND THE

GLOBE ARE GOING TO

UNDERSTAND THE WORD OF GOD,

UNDERSTAND THE STORIES OF

THE BIBLE.

UNDERSTAND THE CALL OF GOD

UPON THEIR HEARTS AND THEIR

LIVES.

WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO BE A

PART OF THAT.

I THINK IT IS REALLY AN

AMAZING OPPORTUNITY FOR UL

OF US.

ALL OF US.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO BE SURE

YOUR CHILDREN, YOUR

GRANDCHILDREN, YOUR

NEIGHBORS HAVE A CHANCE TO

ENJOY THE SERIES, YOU DO

THAT BY JOINING OUR

"SUPERBOOK" CLUB.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

THE NUMBER ON JOUR SCREEN.

YOU SEE THE "SUPERBOOK"

CLUB, AND THE NUMBER

1-888-777-1999.

JUST CALL AND ASK ABOUT IT.

THERE IS A CLUB THAT YOU

JOIN, WHERE ABOUT EVERY SIX

WEEKS, AND YOU DO IT BY

USING YOUR CREDIT CARD.

EVERY SIX WEEKS WHEN A NEW

EPISODE COMES OUT, IT IS

CHARGED TO YOUR CREDIT CARD,

AND YOU AUTOMATICALLY

RECEIVE IT IN THE MAIL.

OR IF YOU WOULD LIKE ONE

EPISODE FOR YOUR CHILDREN,

THEY ARE $25 AN EPISODE.

CAN I JUST SAY SOMETHING

REAL QUICK.

I HAVE BOYS SEVEN AND SIX,

AND A 2-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER,

BUT THOSE BOYS LOVE

"SUPERBOOK."

IT REALLY IS FANTASTIC.

Terry: THE QUALITY IS

SOMETHING REALLY TO BE

ENJOYED.

YOU'LL ENJOY WATCHING IT

WITH YOUR KIDS, AND KNOW

THEY'RE WATCHING SOMETHING

THAT IS SIGNIFICANT AND

MATTERS.

GIVE US A CALL AND LET US

KNOW YOU'D LIKE TO BE PART

OF THAT.

WE HAVE MEGAN, AND SHE

SAYS, "MY HUSBAND AND I BOTH

COME FROM BROKEN HOMES.

MY HUSBAND'S PARENTS IN

PARTICULAR WERE AND ARE VERY

HOSTILE TOWARDS EACH OTHER.

NOW WE'RE HAVING PROBLEMS IN

OUR OWN MARRIAGE.

NEITHER OF US WANT TO PUT

OUR KIDS THROUGH A DIVORCE,

BUT WE CAN'T KEEP IGNORING

THE PROBLEMS.

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN IT IS

TIME TO GIVE UP AND WHEN IT

IS TIME TO KEEP TRYING?"

Terry: I THINK IT IS

ALWAYS TIME TO KEEP TRYING.

GOD DOESN'T GIVE U UP ON

US, AND WE CAN'T GIVE UP ON

EACH OTHER.

AND THEY MAY ALSO NEED TO

CONSIDER THAT SOMETIMES THE

EMOTIONS THAT CAME NATURALLY

WHEN YOU WERE FIRST WITH

EACH OTHER, YOU HAVE TO WORK

OUT AND YOU HAVE TO GENERATE

THOSE EMOTIONS.

Terry: MARRIAGE IS

TOUGH.

BUT IF YOU'RE IN A CHURCH,

THERE IS USUALLY MARITAL

COUNSELLING AVAILABLE

THROUGH YOUR CHURCH.

BE SURE YOU'RE WITH A

CHRISTIAN COUNSELLOR WHO CAN

SHARE THE WORD OF GOD WITH

YOU.

AND FIND SOMEBODY WHO WILL

GIVE YOU THINGS TO WORK ON

THAT CAN CHANGE THOSE

BEHAVIOR PATTERNS THAT

ANDREW WAS TALKING ABOUT,

THINGS YOU GREW UP & WHAT

YOU LEARNED.

THERE IS A BETTER WAY.

GOD DOESN'T CALL US TO

ANYTHING HE DOESN'T EQUIP US

FORE.

PSALM 55: "CAST YOUR BURDEN

ON THE LORD AND HE SHALL

SUSTAIN YOU.

HE SHALL NEVER PERMIT THE

RIGHTEOUS TO BE MOVED."

LIVE RIGHTEOUSLY FOR HIM.

HE SAYS, OBEY ME IF YOU LOVE

ME.

LIVE RIGHTEOUSLY FOR THE

LORD AND CHANGE YOUR WORLD.

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME, GOD

BLESS YOU.

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