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700 Club Interactive: It’s Never Too Late - Oct. 3, 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 A 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 ON SKID ROW THERE,

AND 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 WOULD JUST GO OUT

AND START CELEBRATING.

AND IT JUST WENT FROM ONE

CELEBRATION TO SITTING IN A

BAR AND STARTING TO USE

DRUGS ALL OF THE TIME.

I COULDN'T EVEN GET BACK ON

THE BIKE.

I MEAN, I WOULD TRY, BUT

RIDING A 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 WAS THE LIBRARY

OR WHETHER IT WAS THE

COMPUTERS, BUT I WAS ABLE TO

LEARN HOW TO WEB DESIGN BY

TEARING DOWN WEBSITES AND

REBUILDING THEM.

THEY STARTED ALLOWING ME TO

COME IN 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 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 TO GROW THE

BUSINESS, AND I STARTED

MAKING MONEY.

IT JUST PUT ME IN A

COMFORTABLE SPOT OF SAYING,

I'M SUCCEEDING AGAIN, I CAN

GO CELEBRATE AGAIN.

Reporter: BUT SCOTT'S

NEW SUCCESS COULDN'T PULL

HIM OUT OF HIS DRUG

ADDICTION.

IT TOOK ME, LIKE, THREE

OR FOUR DAYS TO GO THROUGH A

PAYCHECK.

I JUST 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.

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.

YOU HAVE NO CONTACT, AS FAR

AS E-MAIL OR PHONE OR

ANYTHING OF THIS SORT.

SO I WAS UP LATE AT NIGHT.

NORMALLY ALL OF YOUR CASE

WORKERS ARE GONE.

WHEN I SAW THE LIGHT, I

SAID, OKAY, I'M OKAY.

SO I WALKED IN, AND I SAT

DOWN AND I TOLD MY CASE

WORKER WHAT WAS GOING ON IN

MY LIFE.

AND QUANG GAVE ME A STORY IN

GENESIS ABOUT JOSEPH.

AND ASKED ME TO READ IT.

AND 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 HAVE 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 FOR ME.

AND THAT WAS THE MOMENT THAT

I ACTUALLY GOT ON MY KNEES

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.

WHEW!

IT SENDS CHILLS DONE M DOWN

ME RIGHT NOW.

A HUG 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 IS SOMETHING THAT WE

ALL NEED, IS TO UNDERSTAND

HE LOVES US ALL 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 JUST 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

IT, BUT WHEN YOU'RE ON THE

STREET, THERE ARE TIMES THAT

YOU MAY NOT BE OUT OF YOUR

SHOES FOR LIGHTE LATERALLY

DAYS.

Reporter: IN 2010,

SCOTT STARTED THE NON-PROFIT

"REDEEMING SOLES."

AS OF TODAY, WE'VE DONE

OVER 50,000 PAIRS OF SHOES.

IT'S NOT SO MUCH THE

FOOTWEAR FOR ME.

THAT IS JUST AN AVENUE FOR

THEM TO ASK ME A QUESTION,

HOW DID YOUR LIFE CHANGE?

AND ONCE THEY ASK THAT, THE

BIG, HUGE SMILE COMES ACROSS

MY FACE, AND I JUST GO,

LIKE, GOD DOES CARE AND HE

CARES ABOUT US ALL.

AND HE ALWAYS HAS AND ALWAYS

WILL.

GIVE HIM WHAT YOU HAVE.

Gordon: WHAT SCOTT

SAID, HE ALWAYS LOVES US,

ALWAYS.

YOU CAN DEPEND ON THAT.

YOU CAN RELY ON 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.

IF THE GOD LORD'S WILLING

KIND OF TALK THAT WE ALL

HAVE.

AND 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.

AND THEN IT TURNS INTO,

WELL, HOW CAN I MEDICATE

THIS EMOTION.

SOMETHING BAD HAS HAPPENED.

THE 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 THAT.

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

CHILDREN AWAY.

MAYBE IT IS TAKING YOUR JOB

AWAY.

AND 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

REALLY 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.

AFTER HE IS A SLAVE IN

EGYPT, HE RISES IN THIS

WONDERFUL HOUSEHOLD OF ONE

OF THE LEADING CITIZENS OF

EGYPT.

AND THEN IT IS ALL TAKEN

AWAY.

WHY?

BECAUSE HE WANTS TO DO THE

RIGHTEOUS THING.

BUT HE IS FALSELY ACCUSED.

HE IS THROWN INTO PRISON.

THERE HE RISES AGAIN.

HE HAS GREAT SKILLS, AND 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 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 MOWING 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 IS REAL

SIMPLE.

ASK FOR 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, YOU TURNED

HIS LIFE AROUND.

YOU TOOK AWAY THE DRUGS.

YOU GAVE HIM A FUTURE AND A

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'S 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 HAVE DONE

THAT CAN'T BE FORGIVEN, I

JUST WANT TO HAVE PEOPLE

SAY, OKAY, I HERE 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 IT NOW,

1-888-777-1999.

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, 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 JOB,

BUT ALSO A NEW CAREER.

AND AS MUCH AS THIS MAY SEEM

LIKE A DAUNTING TASK,

TODAY'S GUEST BELIEVES THERE

IS NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT

TO MAKE A FRESH START.

BEING AWESOME ISN'T THAT

COMPLICATED.

IN FACT, THERE ARE ONLY FIVE

THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO. IT

IS THE SAME FIVE THINGS

PEOPLE HAVE DONE SINCE THE

DAWN OF TIME TO BE AWESOME.

THEY USED TO BE BASED ON

YOUR AGE.

IN YOUR 20s, YOU ENTER

THIS LAND OF LEARNING.

YOU DON'T KNOW WHO YOU ARE

OR WHAT YOU'RE ALL ABOUT.

SO YOU TRY 100 DIFFERENT

THINGS.

HAVE YOU A LOT OF DIFFERENT

RELATIONSHIPS AND

FRIENDSHIPS.

IN YOUR 30s, YOU ENTER

INTO THIS LAND OF EDITING,

YOU SAY, I DID THESE 100

THINGS, AND HERE ARE THE 10

THAT MATTER MOST.

YOU START TO REALIZE, I

CAN'T BE BEST FRIENDS WITH

EVERYBODY.

IN YOUR 40s, YOU GO

THROUGH THIS TIME OF

MASTERING.

THAT'S WHEN YOU GET THE BEST

AT YOUR JOB, YOU MAKE THE

MOST MONEY, AND YOUR

RELATIONSHIPS GO THE DEEPEST

THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO GO.

IN YOUR 50s, ALL OF THE

DECISIONS YOU'VE MADE ALONG

THE WAY START TO COME HOME.

IN YOUR 60s, YOU REACH

BACK AND HELP PEOPLE DOWN

THEIR OWN ROAD TO AWESOME.

THE GOOD NEWS, AND THE GREAT

NEWS FOR YOU AND I, IS THAT

IT IS NO LONGER ABOUT WHEN

YOU WERE BORN.

IT IS NOW 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.

YOU CAN WALK DOWN THIS ROAD,

AND THERE ARE SOME SIMPLE

RULES AND IDEAS ALONG THE

WAY THAT WILL GUIDE US.

THAT'S WHAT THIS BOOK

STARTED 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: WELL, JOINING

US NOW IS THAT AUTHOR, JOHN

ACUFF.

WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

THANKS FOR HAVING ME

BACK.

I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT.

Gordon: ALL RIGHT.

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?

WELL, 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

AND YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH

EXPERIENCE.

ONE DAY YOU WAKE UP AND IT

TELLS YOU YOU'RE TOO OLD,

AND YOU MISSED YOUR CHANCE.

IF YOU ASK FEAR WHEN IS THE

RIGHT TIME TO TAKE THIS

DREAM, IT WOULD SAY THERE

WAS ABOUT FIVE MINUTES IN

1977, BUT YOU WERE ASLEEP.

THE FEARS HOLD US BACK.

Gordon: I'VE HEARD IT

SAID AMONG THE ELDERLY THERE

IS A LOT OF REGRET,

SOMETIMES, THAT 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'D RATHER LIVE MY LIFE

DOING WHAT I REALLY WANT TO

DO.

WHAT'S MY HEART'S DESIRE.

I WANT TO TAKE THAT RISK.

WHAT SORT OF HELPS THEM GET

OVER THE HUMP?

THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

THE GUY I WORK FOR, DAVE

RAMSEY, ALWAYS TELLS ME

INSPIRATION WITHOUT

INSTRUCTION IS USELESS.

THERE ARE SOME VERY

PRACTICAL THINGS IN MY BOOK

ABOUT THAT.

WERWHEN IT COMES TO FEARS,

THE FIRST THING YOU HAVE TO

DO IS WRITE THEM DOWN.

IN YOUR HEAD, FEAR IS LOUD.

YOU PUT IT ON A PIECE OF

PAPER, YOU CAN SEE HOW SMALL

IT IS.

THAND THE SECOND THING IS

YOU NEED TO DEFEAT IT WITH

THE TRUTH.

FOR INSTANCE, I WOKE UP ONE

MORNING AT 7:30, AND I FELT

THIS DREAD OF THE WEEK IS

ALREADY OVER, AND I'VE

MISSED IT.

I WROTE DOWN A SIMPLE LINE

THAT SAID, THAT'S NOT TRUE.

I CAPITO COULDN'T HAVE MORE

WEEK AHEAD OF ME.

AND THE THIRD THING IS FEAR

IS COMMUNITY.

THE THIRD THING I ENCOURAGE

PEOPLE TO DO IS SHARE THEM.

WE CREATED A SITE CALLED

nomorevoices.com AND YOU

CAN SHARE YOUR FEAR AND

CLICK ME, TOO.

AND PEOPLE TWEETED ME AND

SAID I WENT BACK TO A FEAR

AND 40 PEOPLE CLICKED ON A

FEAR THAT I THOUGHT WAS MINE

ALONE.

Gordon: WHAT'S THE

BIGGEST QUESTION A PERSON

CAN ASK THEMSELVES?

WHAT GIVES ME THE MOST

JOY.

WE SOMETIMES THINK JOY IS

SELFISH, BUT IT IS

CONTAGIOUS.

CHRISTIANS HAVE A REALLY

HARD TIME WITH IT.

SOMETIMES WE HAVE MADE GOD

INTO THIS GOD THAT LIKES TO

DO THE WORST THING FOR US.

IF YOU'VE BEEN TO CHURCH ONE

TIME, YOUR FEAR IS AS SOON

AS YOU GIVE GOD YOUR LIFE,

HE WILL SAY SELL EVERYTHING

YOU OWN AND BECOME A

MISSIONARY IN AFRICA.

MAYBE THAT IS NOT THE PLAN.

WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT OUR

GOD IF THE FIRST THING HE

DOES TO US IS THE WORST

THING WE COULD IMAGINE.

I THINK WITH THE PRODIGAL

SON STORY, WE HAVE COME HOME

AND REFUSED THE STORY

BECAUSE IT IS TOO NICE.

WHAT A GIFT THAT WE HAVE A

GOD WHO FIXES PROBLEMS WITH

A PARTY.

NOBODY AT WORKS SAYS, YOU

LOST A MILLION DOLLAR

ACCOUNT, PARTY!

Gordon: WHY IS IT SO

HARD FOR US TO TRUST GOD

WITH OUR FUTURE?

I THINK THAT IS THE ROOT OF

THESE FEARS.

HE PUT THESE HEART'S DESIRES

IN US, AND HE PROMISES US HE

WANTS TO GIVE US OUR HEART'S

DESIRE.

WHY DO WE FEAR TO TRUST

HIM?

WHAT I'M SEEING IN

COLLEGE, I'LL HAVE COLLEGE

STUDENTS TELL ME, I WANT TO

SERVE GOD, I LOVE HIM AND

WANT TO BE PART OF HIS

KINGDOM WORK, BUT I LOVE

FILM-MAKING.

AND WHAT A LIFE THE ENEMY

THAT IS.

TO PUT GOD ON ONE SIDE AND

YOUR PASSION AND 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 FORECAST THE STORY OF

PAUL.

SAUL, HARD-DRIVEN, GOD GETS

AHOLD OF HIM AND MAKES HIM

LIVE IN THE CAVE AND DO THE

OPPOSITE OF HIS

PERSONALITY?

NO.

HE SAYS YOU'RE GOING TO BE A

HARD-DRIVEN CHARISMATIC

LEADER FOR ME.

MY PURPOSE IS TO LET YOU

FIGURE OUT FIGURING OUT WHAT

YOU WANT TO DO IS NOT

WALKING AWAY FROM GOD; IT IS

WALKING INTO THAT.

Gordon: ONE OF THE TOP

QUESTIONS I GET ON THIS

SHOW, AND IT SEEMS TO BE

ALMOST EVERY DAY, A LOT OF

PEOPLE ARE UNEMPLOYED, AND

THEY ASK FOR FAVOR, PRAYER

FOR FAVOR IN JOB

INTERVIEWS.

THEY ASK HOW DO I FIND A NEW

JOB.

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL

UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS TODAY?

BEING UNEMPLOYED IS ABOUT

THEIR CIRCLES, 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 CIRCLE,

SAYING I ONLY WANT TO WORK

IN NASHVILLE.

BUT THE LONGER YOU GO

UNEMPLOYED, YOU HAVE TO

EXPAND YOUR CIRCLE.

YOU MAY GO, IT IS MONTH

THREE, I'M GOING TO LOOK IN

NASHVILLE AND MEMPHIS, AND

I'M GOING TO LOOK AT

CORPORATE AND I'M GOING TO

TAKE SOME CONTRACT WORK.

A SIMPLE TIP FOR YOUR

RESUME, NEVER PUT YOUR GOALS

AT THE TOP OF YOUR RESUME.

THOSE ARE EMPTY WORDS.

PUT YOUR RESULTS.

CREATE A SHARP PARAGRAPH

WHERE IT TALKS ABOUT

RESULTS.

RESULTS GET READ, BUT GOALS,

WHICH EVERYBODY CAN WRITE,

GET IGNORED.

Gordon: I LIKE TO TELL

PEOPLE, TELL ME HOW YOU'RE

GOING TO MAKE MONEY FOR YOUR

PRIOR.

EMPLOYER.

IT'S THE BEST WAY TO GET

EMPLOYED.

IF YOU TELL THEM HOW YOU CAN

HELP THEM MAKE MONEY, IT

WILL SHOW YOU THE RESULTS.

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: 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 NIGERIA 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 DID ALL I COULD TO SAVE

HIM.

HE SUFFERED FROM ASTHMA

SINCE HE WAS A BABY.

I WORKED VERY HARD FARMING

AND DOING DOMESTIC JOBS,

JUST TO PAY HIS MEDICAL

BILLS.

ONE DAY HE WAS VERY PALE AND

BARELY BREATHING.

BY THE TIME THEY CAME TO

THE HOSPITAL, ABRAHAM HAD

ASTHMA, TUBERCULOSIS, 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 IS

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 STARTED

HURTLING INSULTS AT ME

SAYING HOW COULD A PERSON

WHO DIED OVER 24 HOURS AGO

RISE AGAIN.

BUT I WAS ENCOURAGED WITH

GOD ALL THINGS ARE

POSSIBLE.

Reporter: AS THE CROWD

WATCHED CBN'S "TURNOUT

POINT," ONE OF THE HOSTS

BEGAN TO PRAY FOR MIRACLES.

AT THAT POINT, AN AMAZING

THING HAPPEN.

WE WERE ALL SURPRISED TO

SEE THE BODY.

JUST WHEN THEY WERE READY TO

TAKE HIM AWAY FOR BURIAL, HE

CAME BACK TO LIFE.

THE PEOPLE WERE SHOCKED,

AND THEN HE AROSE AND WE

THANKED GOD.

IT IS 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

AND NEVER KNEW ABOUT THE

POWER OF GOD.

I ACCEPTED CHRIST.

Reporter: WHEN ABRAHAM

WENT BACK TO THE HOSPITAL,

THE DOCTOR GAVE HIM A CLEAN

BILL OF HEALTH.

HE DOESN'T EVEN HAVE ASTHMA

ANYMORE.

ALTHOUGH HE CAN HARDLY

REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO

BE SICK ALL OF THE TIME,

ABRAHAM HAS VIVID MEMORIES

OF THE TIME HE SPENT IN

HEAVEN.

I WAS AT A PLACE.

AND EVERYONE THERE WAS FUN.

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,

AND WHAT SEEMED LIKE A

DISASTER TURNED INTO A

MIRACLE, AND AN ENTIRE

COMMUNITY WAS CHANGED.

HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

IT HAPPENED BECAUSE 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 THAT WE'RE DOING

AROUND THE WORLD.

WE'RE ASKING YOU TO PARTNER

WITH US IN WHAT WE DO, 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'S 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 DO ALL OF THIS BY

CALLING THE TOLL-FREE NUMBER

YOU'RE GOING TO SEE ON YOUR

SCREEN RIGHT NOW.

IT IS 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.

GORDON?

Gordon: WELL, LET'S GO

OVER TO DIMITRIA IN THE

CHATROOM.

DEBBIE SAYS, "PEOPLE

ALWAYS SAY IT IS NEVER TOO

LATE TO START AND TO 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'S 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, IF YOU'RE A SINGLE MOM

WITH TWO KIDS, BUT HERE IS A

STORY FOR YOU.

THERE WAS A SINGLE MOM WITH

TWO KIDS, AND SHE GOT THE

IDEA TO FOLLOW HER DREAM.

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 HOME COOKED

MEALS TO OFFICE IN THE

DOWNTOWN AREA.

WELL IT TURNED INTO A

THRIVING BUSINESS.

IT TURNED INTO A HUGE

SUCCESS.

AND THAT LADY'S NAME IS

PAULA DEEN.

SO FOLLOW YOUR DREAM, EVEN

WHEN IT SEEMS THERE IS NO

DREAM LEFT.

THIS IS A WORD FOR YOU FROM

ISAIAH 43: "FEAR NOT FOR I

HAVE REDEEMED YOU.

I HAVE CALLED YOU BY YOUR

NAME.

YOU ARE MINE."

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