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The 700 Club - Nov. 1, 2013

Craig is an avid mountain climber, but in 2002 he took a 100 foot plunge that changed his life forever. Plus, Sherry suffered a knee injury that caused her significant pain. A prayer on The 700 Club ushered in a miracle healing. Read Transcript


I PULLED INTO THE ANCHOR,

UNHOOKED MY HARNESS FROM IT,

AND SAT BACK.

Gordon: AND EXPERT

CLIMBER TAKES A 100-FOOT

TUMBLE.

I LOST SO MUCH BLOOD, AND

BOTH WERE PULVERIZED.

Gordon: HIS LONG ROAD

BACK TO THE MOUNTAIN ON

TODAY'S "THE 700 CLUB."

SOMETIMES THE PAIN IS SO

BAD, YOU'RE THROWING UP AND

YOU CAN'T EVEN TALK.

IT SOMETIMES KNOCKS YOU

OUT.

*

[APPLAUSE]

Gordon: WELL, WELCOME

TO "THE 700 CLUB."

TODAY WE'RE GOING TO THE

MIDDLE EAST WHERE MUSLIMS IN

SYRIA ARE NOT ONLY FIGHTING

AGAINST THEIR OWN

GOVERNMENT, THEY'RE ALSO

ATTACKING CHRISTIANS.

Wendy: THAT'S RIGHT.

THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS HAVE

FLED FROM THEIR HOMES DURING

THE CIVIL WAR, BUT SOME HAVE

STAYED.

AND THEY'RE STILL GOING TO

CHURCH IN THE MIDST OF THE

VIOLENCE.

DALE HURD HAS THE STORY.

[BELL RINGING]

Reporter: IN A COUNTRY

TORN BY A VIOLENT CIVIL WAR,

THE SOUND OF A CHURCH BELL

RINGING STANDS IN STARK

CONTRAST TO THE SOUNDS OF

GUNFIRE AND BOMBS THAT HAVE

BECOME THE NORM.

MANY CHRISTIANS HAVE FLED

SYRIA.

OTHERS STAND THEIR GROUND.

RISKING THEIR LIVES TO

ATTEND CHURCH.

EVEN WHEN THEY HEARD

BOMBS AND SHELLINGS, AS YOU

SEE, THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE

IN THE CHURCHES BECAUSE THEY

SEE THE ONLY HOPE IN THE

PRAYER.

Reporter: CHRISTIANS

ARE ONE OF THE LARGEST

RELIGIOUS MINORITIES IN

SYRIA.

THEY MAKE UP ABOUT 10% OF

THE COUNTRY'S POPULATION OF

23 MILLION PEOPLE.

AND THEY FOUND THEMSELVES

CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE

BRUTAL CIVIL WAR.

SUNNI-LED REBELS FIGHTING

THE GOVERNMENT HAVE

REPEATEDLY SHELLED

PREDOMINANTLY CHRISTIAN

NEIGHBORHOODS IN DAMASCUS.

AND al-QAEDA-LINKED

FIGHTERS HAVE DESECRATED

CHRISTIANS IN AREAS THEY

HAVE SEIZED.

SAMI AMIR IS A CHRISTIAN

FROM EASTERN DAMASCUS.

THEY ARE TARGETING

SPECIFICALLY A CHRISTIAN

AREA.

THEY WANT PEOPLE TO GO OUT,

OR MAYBE THEY WANT THEM TO

BE WITH -- AGAINST THE

REGIME.

Reporter: THE ATTACK ON

CHRISTIANS HAS SYRIA'S

RELIGIOUS MINORITIES DEEPLY

CONCERNED ABOUT THE GROWING

ROLE OF ISLAMIC EXTREMISM

AMONG THE REBELS FIGHTING

PRESIDENT BASHAR

al-ASSAD'S REGIME.

THE ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS TOOK

OVER THE VILLAGE OF MALULA

LAST MONTH.

HE AND HIS WIFE CRAWLED INTO

A SMALL HOUSE NEXT TO THE

CHURCH.

THEY HID FOR THREE DAYS,

UNTIL THE SHOOTING STOPPED.

USEF SAYS THE JIHADISTS

SHOUTED, ANYONE WHO WANTS TO

CONVERT TO ISLAM IS GOOD.

OTHERWISE THEY WILL BE

KILLED.

AT LEAST 32 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN

KILLED IN OTHERS INJURED IN

THE RECENT WEEKS IN THE

CHRISTIAN DISTRICT OF

ALKATTA.

MANY CHRISTIANS TRIED TO

STAY NEUTRAL, BUT AS REBEL

FORCES HAVE BECOME DOMINATED

BY MUSLIM JIHADIS,

CHRISTIANS OFTEN HAVE TO

SIDE WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

Gordon: THE ARAB SPRING

PROMISE OF DEMOCRACY IS

QUICKLY EVAPORATED, AND IT

LOOKS LIKE IN EVERY ONE OF

THESE COUNTRIES, WHETHER IT

IS EGYPT, AND NOW SYRIA, THE

PROMISE OF DEMOCRACY IS NOW

GONE IN THE WAKE OF THE

ISLAMISTS TAKING OVER THESE

REBEL FORCES.

AND THE CASUALTIES, THE

NUMBER ONE CASUALTY, IS THE

DECIMATION OF CHRISTIAN

COMMUNITIES IN EGYPT.

IN IRAQ, THE CHRISTIANS HAVE

BEEN DRIVEN OUT OF THAT

COUNTRY.

AND NOW WE'RE SEEING IT IN

SYRIA.

SOME OF THE OLDEST CHRISTIAN

COMMUNITIES IN THE WORLD.

REMEMBER, DAMASCUS HAS HAD

CHRISTIANS FOR 2,000 YEARS,

AND THEY'RE ALL BEING DRIVEN

OUT BECAUSE OF THESE

JIHADISTS.

LET'S PRAY FOR THEM.

BUT ALSO, LET'S SEE IF WE

CAN'T FIND SOME WAY TO

PROTECT THEM SO THEY CAN

STAY IN THEIR OWN HOMES.

WELL, HERE IN THE UNITED

STATES, THE FIRST NUMBERS

ARE IN FOR OBAMACARE.

AND THEY'RE RATHER

UNDERWHELMING.

JOHN JESSUP HAS THAT STORY

FROM WASHINGTON.

Reporter: THAT'S RIGHT,

GORDON.

ONLY A HANDFUL OF AMERICANS

SIGNED UP FOR OBAMACARE THE

FIRST DAY THE WEBSITE

OPENED.

THE NEW INFORMATION, ONCE

AGAIN, HAS PUT THE WHITE

HOUSE ON THE OFFENSIVE, AS A

NEW POLL SHOWS THE THE

PUBLIC HAS A NEGATIVE VIEW

OF THE LAUNCH.

Reporter: REPUBLICANS

SAY THE NUMBERS TELL IT

ALL.

THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT

COMMITTEE HAS RELEASED

DOCUMENTS FROM INSIDE THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

THEY SHOW IT WAS NEARLY

IMPOSSIBLE TO SIGN UP FOR

THE FIRST SEVERAL DAYS ON

THE healthcare.gov

WEBSITE.

BY THE END OF THE FIRST DAY,

ONLY SIX PEOPLE, THAT'S

ACROSS THE ENTIRE COUNTRY,

WERE ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY

SIGN UP FOR INSURANCE.

AND BY THE END OF THE SECOND

DAY, AFTER MILLIONS OF

ATTEMPTS TO LOG ON, ONLY 248

PEOPLE WERE ENROLLED.

I TRIED, LIKE, FIVE TIMES

WITHIN AN HOUR AND THEN I

WOULD JUST GIVE UP.

I GAVE UP.

I JUST KEPT SPINNING.

NOTHING HAPPENED.

YOU WOULD NEVER, EVER SEE

THIS IN PRIVATE ENTERPRISE,

AND THIS IS AN ARGUMENT FOR

WHY YOU SHOULDN'T TURN OVER

SOMETHING SO PRECIOUS AS

YOUR HEALTH CARE TO THE

GOVERNMENT.

Reporter: THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION CALLS THE

NUMBERS UNOFFICIAL.

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

SECRETARY KATHLEEN SEBELIUS

TOLD ACROSS THE WEBSITE'S

PROBLEMS MAKE EARLY DATA

UNRELIABLE.

REGARDLESS, THE FIRST MONTH

OF OBAMACARE WAS VIEWED BY A

MAJORITY OF AMERICANS AS A

DISASTER.

A SURVEY RELEASED THIS

MORNING FROM THE KAISER

FAMILY FOUNDATION SHOWS 80%

OF THOSE POLLED HAVE A

NEGATIVE IMPRESSION OF

OBAMACARE'S IMPLEMENTATION.

14% SAY IT'S GOING WELL.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS.

A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT

HAS RULED MOST OF THE NEW

RESTRICTIONS ON ABORTIONS IN

TEXAS CAN GO INTO EFFECT

IMMEDIATELY.

THAT MEANS A THIRD OF THE

STATE'S ABORTION CLINICS

WON'T BE ABLE TO PERFORM

THEM STARTING AS SOON AS

TODAY.

GREG ABBOTT CALLS THE RULING

A VINDICATION.

HE SAYS IT WILL PROTECT THE

HEALTH AND SAFETY OF TEXAS

WOMEN.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD PROMISES

TO CONTINUE THE LEGAL

FIGHT.

PRO-LIFERS WENT TO CAPITOL

HILL TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST

PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND

OBAMACARE.

Reporter: CROSSES

FILLED THE LAWN ACROSS THE

CAPITOL BUILDING AS QUIET

TESTIMONY TO A SPECIFIC KIND

OF DEATH.

WE BILLED THIS AS WHAT IS

THE MOST SCARY THING IN

WASHINGTON, D.C. TODAY?

THE MOST SCARY THING IS OUR

GOVERNMENT GIVES

$540 MILLION TO AN

ORGANIZATION THAT KILLS 915

CHILDREN A DAY.

THAT'S OVER 335,000 A YEAR.

Reporter: THAT

ORGANIZATION IS PLANNED

PARENTHOOD.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD DOES

AN ABORTION EVERY 95

SECONDS.

Reporter: STUDENTS FOR

LIFE HELPED SPONSOR THIS

DISPLAY, AND IMPORTANT

BECAUSE STUDENT-AGED

COSTUMERS FOR ABORTION BUT

ALSO THE BIGGEST PRO-LIFE

GENERATION.

THIS IS A GENERATION

BEING DIRECTLY TARGETED BY

PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND THE

ABORTION INDUSTRY.

IRONICALLY, THOUGH, THIS IS

THE GENERATION THAT IS

PRO-LIFE.

THEY'RE LEAST LIKELY TO

ACTUALLY FAVOR ABORTION.

BECAUSE WE'VE SEEN THIS

THROUGH THE ULTRASOUNDS OF

OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN

THE WOMB.

WE ALL KNOW WHAT

PARTIAL-ABORTION IS.

Reporter: PRO-LIFERS

YOUNG AND OLD KEEP TALKING

ABOUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD

BECAUSE MOST AMERICANS DON'T

KNOW ABOUT IT.

60% OF THE AMERICAN

PUBLIC DOESN'T KNOW THAT

PLANNED PARENTHOOD PROVIDES

ABORTIONS.

Reporter: AND 70% OF

AMERICANS SAY THEY'RE

AGAINST PUBLIC FUNDING OF

ABORTIONS.

KATHLEEN SEBELIUS WAS JUST

ON CAPITOL HILL TESTIFYING

SHE IS NOT SURE ABOUT

ABORTION IN OBAMACARE.

ABORTION IS COVERED IN

OBAMACARE, AND TAXPAYERS ARE

GOING TO BE FUNDING IT.

WHAT IS REALLY INTERESTING

IS THAT THE SECRETARY

HERSELF WROTE A MEMO

MANDATING THAT ALL INSURANCE

PROVIDERS COVER PLANNED

PARENTHOOD AND THEIR

SERVICES.

Reporter: THESE

PRO-LIFE GROUPS WANTED TO

MAKE SURE THEY WANTED TO PUT

UP THE CROSSES ON CAPITOL

HILL BECAUSE IT IS CONGRESS

THAT PAYS FOR IT.

915 CHILDREN DIE A DAY

BECAUSE OF PLANNED

PARENTHOOD, AND YOU HELP DO

IT, YOU HELP FUND THIS

ORGANIZATION.

Reporter: WITH

OBAMACARE, THE TRAGEDY IS

THAT MONEY TO PLANNED

PARENTHOOD WILL ONLY

INCREASE.

Reporter: PAUL STRAND,

CBN NEWS, WASHINGTON.

THOUSANDS OF CHURCHES

ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE

OBSERVING ORPHAN SUNDAY THIS

WEEKEND.

IT IS MEANT TO HELP

CHRISTIANS TO CONSIDER

ADOPTING.

STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN AND

HIS WIFE ADOPTED THREE GIRLS

FROM CHINA, BUT LOST ONE

TRAGICALLY FIVE YEARS AGO.

ABORTIO AGO.

AIRLINES HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE

GREEN LIGHT TO EXPAND THE

USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES

ANY TIME DURING FLIGHT.

THE FEDERAL AVIATION

ADMINISTRATION HAS CHANGED

RULES THAT HAVE BEEN IN

PLACE FOR ABOUT 50 YEARS.

A COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS

DETERMINED MOST COMMERCIAL

AIRLINES CAN HANDLE THE

RADIO DEVICES'

INTERFERENCE.

SO PEOPLE CAN WATCH MOVIES

AND PLAY GAMES, BUT STILL NO

TALKING IN FLIGHT.

TO THE NO TALKING RULE, ALL

I HAVE TO SAY IS HALLELUJAH

TO THAT.

Gordon: AND I DON'T

THINK YOU CAN GET A SIGNAL

AT 40,000 FEET.

BUT IT IS GOOD NEWS FOR

THOSE OF US WHO TRAVEL A

GREAT DEAL.

YOU'LL BE ABLE TO HAVE YOUR

OWN DEVICES.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT

THIS?

Wendy: WELL, LIKE JOHN,

I'M GLAD PEOPLE AREN'T GOING

TO BE TALKING.

EVEN IF I'M OUTTAKEING A

WALK IN THE EVENING, AND

PEOPLE ARE TALKING ON THEIR

CELL PHONE, EVEN ON THE

OTHER SIDE OF THE SIDEWALK,

YOU CAN HEAR THEY'RE WHOLE

CONVERSATION.

THEY'RE SCREAMING.

SO I'M GLAD ABOUT THAT.

COMING UP, A RISKY CLIMB

THAT LED TO A 100-FOOT

FREEFALL.

I LOST SO MUCH BLOOD.

BOTH LEGS WERE PULVERIZED.

IT WAS LIKE THESE WAVES OF

PAIN.

YOU FELT LIKE YOU WOULD COME

OUT OF IT FOR A BIT, AND THE

NEXT WAVE WOULD TAKE YOU ALL

THE WAY BACK DOWN.

Wendy: WATCH THIS MAN'S

FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL, AND SEE

WHY HE SAYS HIS ACCIDENT WAS

A GIFT.

Gordon: A CALCULATED

RISK, THAT'S HOW CRAIG

DESCRIBES ROCK-CLIMBING.

FOR YEARS IT WAS SECOND

NATURE TO HIM, AND QUENCHED

HIS THIRST FOR ADVENTURE.

THEN ONE DAY IT NEARLY

KILLED HIM.

Reporter: FRANKY

MARTINO IS AN EXPERT

ROCK-CLIMBER.

HE STARTED CLIMBING IN HIS

20s, AND SAYS HE KNEW

RIGHT AWAY THIS IS SOMETHING

HE WANTED TO DO FOR THE REST

OF HIS LIFE.

WHEN I WENT CLIMBING FOR

THAT FIRST TIME, IT

CLICKED.

IT MADE PERFECT SENSE TO

ME.

I UNDERSTOOD HOW I NEEDED TO

MOVE, AND HOW THE ROCK

PUSHED ME THIS WAY OR THAT

WAY, AND I NEEDED TO DO THIS

TO COUNTERACT THAT.

Reporter: HE MOVED TO

COLORADO SO HE COULD CLIMB

IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS.

HE SAYS THE REWARDS OF

NAVIGATING A DIFFICULT CLIMB

CLIMB OUTWEIGH THE RISK.

YOU'RE ALWAYS MANAGING

RISK, TRYING TO MINIMIZE IT,

AND MAKING SURE THAT THINGS

ARE WORKING IN YOUR FAVOR.

YOU'RE SOLVING PROBLEMS.

YOU'RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT

HOW TO MOVE UPWARD

EFFICIENTLY.

Reporter: IN 2002,

WHILE CLIMBING WITH HIS

FRIEND, STEVE, A

MISCOMMUNICATION ALMOST

CAUSED CRAIG HIS LIFE.

STEVE DISCONNECTED FROM THE

SAFETY ROPE AT THE BOTTOM AS

HE PREPARED TO CLIMB UP.

THIS SENT CRAIG FREE FALLING

100 FEET TO THE GROUND

BELOW.

I PULLED INTO THE ANCHOR,

CHECKED IT ONCE MORE,

UNCLIPPED MY HARNESS FROM IT

AND JUST SAT BACK.

WHEN I SAT BACK, I JUST

STARTED FALLING.

Reporter: CRAIG'S BODY

SMASHED INTO THE ROCKS

BELOW, CRUSHING BONES AND

VERTEBRA, AND SEVERING AN

ARTERY IN HIS RIGHT LEG.

HIS FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL WAS

JUST BEGINNING.

I'M BLEEDING ALL OVER THE

PLACE.

I LOST SO MUCH BLOOD.

BOTH FEET WERE PULVERIZED.

WE'RE FOUR MILES INTO THE

BACK COUNTRY.

I'M REALLY INJURED.

HE HAS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO

GET ME OUT OF THERE.

WHAT DO WE DO NEXT?

Reporter: STEVE CALLED

9-1-1, AND A MASSIVE EFFORT

TO GET CRAIG'S BODY OFF THE

MOUNTAIN BEGAN.

AFTER FIVE LONG HOURS AND

THE HELP OF 20 RESCUERS, HE

WAS AIRLIFTED TO A COLORADO

HOSPITAL.

THEY OFFERED CINDY, CRAIG'S

WIFE, LITTLE HOPE.

THIS WAS VERY SERIOUS.

HE MIGHT NOT EVEN MAKE IT.

THAT, TO ME, IS A REALLY

HARD THING TO COME TO TERMS

WITH.

Reporter: CRAIG HAD

EMERGENCY SURGERY AND SPENT

THE NEXT FIVE DAYS IN I.C.U.

ON A VENTILATOR.

HE A BROKEN NECK AND RIBS,

PUNCTURED LUNGS, CRUSHED

VERTEBRA, AND SHATTERED

FEET.

HIS LIFE HUNG IN THE

BALANCE.

IT WAS LIKE THESE WAVES

OF PAIN.

YOU WOULD COME OUT OF IT FOR

A BIT, AND THE NEXT WAVE

WOULD TAKE YOU RIGHT BACK

DOWN.

SOMETIMES THE PAIN IS SO

BAD, YOU'RE THROWING UP AND

YOU CAN'T EVEN TALK.

Reporter: THE

ADVENTUROUS LIFE HE LOVED SO

MUCH APPEARED TO BE GONE

FOREVER.

I GOT INTO THIS QUESTION

OF, WHY DID THIS HAPPEN?

WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO

WITH ALL OF THIS?

I'VE GOT THIS HEAVY, HEAVY

TRAUMA NOW THAT I WASN'T

EXPECTING.

MY LIFE IS NOT ANYTHING LIKE

WHAT I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING

TO BE.

DIDN'T KNOW IF I WAS EVER

GOING TO WALK, GET OUT OF

BED, GET OUT OF A

WHEELCHAIR.

I WENT FROM THIS LIFE OF

CLIMBING AND OUTDOOR FUN AND

FAMILY TO THIS WORLD OF JUST

DARK PAIN AND CONFUSION.

Reporter: CRAIG WAS A

CHRISTIAN, BUT HIS

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD HAD

NOT BEEN A PRIORITY FOR SOME

TIME.

WHILE IN THE HOSPITAL, HE

FOUND A CHRISTIAN DEVOTIONAL

BOOK AND OPENED IT UP TO THE

DATE OF THE ACCIDENT.

THE MESSAGE SPOKE RIGHT TO

HIS SITUATION.

SO I OPEN UP TO

JULY 21st, AND IT SAYS HOW

FAR DOES GOT HAV DOES GOD

HAVE TO GO TO GET YOUR

ATTENTION.

I REMEMBER THINKING, WHAT

ARE THE PRIORITIES IN YOUR

LIFE?

IS GOD YOUR FIRST PRIORITY?

THE THIRD PRIORITY?

THE SEVENTH?

WHERE IS HE?

Reporter: THERE IN HIS

HOSPITAL BED, CRAIG

SURRENDERED HIS SITUATION TO

HIS LIFE AND TO GOD.

I CHOSE TO RUN TO GOD

BECAUSE I REALIZED I

COULDN'T SOLVE IT ON MY

OWN.

THERE IS NO WAY.

THIS HOLE IS SO WAY, THERE

IS NO WAY I'M GOING TO CLIMB

OUT OF IT ON MY OWN.

PLEASE STEP IN AND GUIDE ME

THROUGH THIS.

BOOM, GOD WAS THERE.

FROM THAT DAY TO THIS DAY

GOD HAS PUT THE RIGHT PEOPLE

IN MY PATH.

GOD KEPT PROVIDING AND

PROVIDING AND PROVIDING.

Reporter: CINDY ALSO

TURNED TO GOD FOR THEIR

NEED.

BEFORE THE ACCIDENT, IT

WAS EASY TO TREAT GOD AS A

ACCESSORY BECAUSE I DIDN'T

NEED HIM.

BUT HE MOVED TO BEING THE

CENTRAL PART OF MY LIFE

AFTER THIS ACCIDENT.

I NEED HIM BECAUSE I'M NOT

GOING TO SURVIVE THIS

WITHOUT HIM.

Reporter: NEWS OF

CRAIG'S ACCIDENT SPREAD

AROUND THE WORLD.

HIS EMPLOYER, A CHRISTIAN

PUBLISHER, ASKED CHRISTIANS

EVERYWHERE TO PRAY FOR

CRAIG.

THE BODY OF CHRIST IS SO

FAR-REACHING AND CARES SO

MUCH, IT IS SO EMPOWERING AS

A PERSON WHO IS TRYING TO

HEAL.

YOU REALIZE, WOW, I HAVE ALL

OF THESE PEOPLE PULLING FOR

ME.

THAT IS AN INCREDIBLE

FEELING.

Reporter: CRAIG'S

RECOVERY WAS LONG AND

PAINFUL.

HE SPENT OVER TWO MONTHS IN

THE HOSPITAL, AND MONTHS

LATER HAD TO HAVE HIS RIGHT

LEG AMPUTATED BELOW THE

KNEE, BUT SAYS GOD HAS BEEN

WITH HIM EVERY STEP OF THE

WAY.

GOD WAS THERE FROM THE

TIME I LEFT THE LEDGE TO THE

TIME I'M STANDING HERE IN

FRONT OF YOU.

GOD HAS BEEN SO INSTRUMENTAL

IN MY RECOVERY.

WHAT A GIFT EVERY PART OF

THIS IS.

THE PAIN IS A GIFT.

THE HEALING IS A GIFT.

MY FAMILY IS A GIFT.

MY LIFE IS A GIFT.

AND YOU REALIZE THAT, GOOD

AND BAD, IT IS ALL ROLLED

INTO THAT ONE PACKAGE OF

BEING HUMBLE, BEING

THANKFUL, AND JUST THANKING

GOD EVERY DAY.

YOU KNOW, I'M AN INCREDIBLY

BLESSED PERSON.

I'M ABLE TO LOOK AT MY LIFE

AND GO, OH, MY GOSH, LOOK AT

WHAT GOD HAS DONE.

I'M HUMBLED AND INCREDIBLY

THANKFUL FOR IT ALL.

Reporter: CRAIG

CONTINUES TO ROCK CLIMB

USING A PROSTHETIC LIMB AND

CUSTOM CLIMBING SHOE.

HE HAS CLIMBED EL CAPITAN IN

YOSEMITE MARSHAL PARK.

CRAIG AND CINDY SAY THEY ARE

GLAD GOD HAS WALKED WITH

THEM THROUGH BOTH THE

VALLEYS AND THE PEAKS OF

LIFE.

HE AS ALLOWED THOSE

THINGS TO HAPPEN FOR A VERY

IMPORTANT REASON, WHICH IS

VERY VALUABLE AND IMPORTANT

REASON, WHICH IS TO DRAW US

TO JESUS.

IF I WAS GOING TO GO BACK

AND REVERSE IT AND HAD IT

NOT HAPPEN, I DON'T KNOW IF

I WOULD HAVE LEARNED THE

LESSONS I'VE LEARNED.

BEING DISABLED, I'VE LEARNED

WHAT GOD CAN DO, AND THAT

DEPTH PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE

BEEN THERE.

AND I REALLY, REALLY LOVE

THAT DEPTH.

I THINK IT IS SO FASCINATING

AND SO AMAZING.

AND I DON'T THINK I WOULD

CHANGE THAT EVER.

Gordon: CRAIG AND CINDY

FOUND THAT THROUGH THEIR

SUFFERING, THEY FOUND A

DEPTH OF RELATIONSHIP WITH

JESUS.

THAT THEY HADN'T KNOWN

BEFORE.

WHEN WE LOOK AT SORT OF THE

GREAT QUESTIONS: WHY DO BAD

THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD

PEOPLE?

WHY IS THERE TRAGEDY?

WHY ARE ALL OF THESE RANDOM

EVENTS GOING ON?

WHAT IS ALL OF THIS?

IS GOD BEHIND IT?

THE SCRIPTURE IS VERY CLEAR

THAT GOD HAS PROGRAMMED

CHANCE IN THE UNIVERSE.

HERE IT IS FROM ECCLESIASTES

9: 11: "I RETURN THAT THE

RACE IS NOT TO THE SWIFT NOR

THE BATTLE TO THE STRONG NOR

BREAD TO THE WISE NOR RICHES

TO MEN OF UNDERSTANDING NOR

FAVOR TO MEN OF SKILL.

BUT TIME AND CHANCE HAPPEN

TO THEM ALL."

CRAIG WAS VERY SKILLED AT

MOUNTAIN CLIMBING.

BUT FAVOR WASN'T ON HIM.

TIME AND CHANCE HAPPENED TO

HIM.

THE MAN HE WAS DEPENDING TO

HOLD THE ROPE TOOK A BREAK.

AND HERE HE IS ON A LEDGE,

AND HE LEANS BACK INTO THAT

ROPE ONLY TO FIND IT IS NO

LONGER THERE.

NOW, IS GOD RESPONSIBLE FOR

THAT?

I WOULD SAY NO.

TIME AND CHANCE.

TIME AND CHANCE HAPPENED TO

HIM.

TIME AND CHANCE HAPPEN TO US

ALL, AND THAT'S PART OF

GOD'S PLAN.

AND WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND

THAT.

SO OFTEN WHEN BAD THINGS

HAPPEN, WE TAKE A VERY

NEGATIVE VIEW OF IT.

IF IT HAPPENS TO OTHER

PEOPLE, WE SAY, WELL, IT'S

GOD JUDGMENT ON THEM.

IF IT HAPPENS TO US, THEN WE

SAY, WELL, WE'RE IN A TIME

OF TESTING.

AND NOT LOOKING AT, WELL,

THERE WAS CHANCE IN THE

UNIVERSE.

AND SOMETIMES THAT CHANCE

COMES IN OUR FAVOR, AND

SOMETIMES IT DOESN'T.

WE CAN LEARN FROM THE PHIL

PHILITINS IN THIS.

IN 1 SAMUEL 6, THEY HAD

TAKEN THE ARC OF THE

COVENANT, AND THEY FOUND A

WAY TO DEFEAT THE

ISRAELITES, AND THEY

CAPTURED THE ARC.

AND ALL KINDS OF BAD THINGS

WERE HAPPENING TO THEM.

AND THEY WONDERED, IS THIS

THE JUDGMENT OF THE LORD?

OR IS THIS SOME KIND OF

CHANCE HAPPENING.

THEY TOOK THE ARK AND SET IT

ON GOLD, AND THEY SENT IT ON

ITS WAY.

AND THEY SAID, WE'RE GOING

TO LET CHANCE PLAY HERE AS

WELL.

IF IT GOES UP TO ITS OWN

TERRITORY, THEN GOD HAS DONE

US THIS GREAT EVIL.

BUT IF NOT, WE SHALL KNOW

THAT IT IS NOT HIS HAND THAT

HAS STRUCK US.

IT HAPPENED TO US BY

CHANCE.

WELL, IN THAT STORY, THE

CART WENT BACK THE WAY GOD

WANTED IT TO.

AND THE PHILISTINS KNOW THIS

WASN'T ANY CHANCE.

THIS WAS THE JUDGMENT OF GOD

ON THEM.

NOW, CRAIG AND CINDY FOUND A

GREAT TRUTH.

THAT IN THE SUFFERINGS OF

LIFE YOU ACTUALLY DRAW

CLOSER TO GOD.

IT'S AMAZING THAT HE WARNS

US THAT WHEN WE COME INTO

THE LAND AND WE PROSPER AND

WE START TO THINK THAT IT IS

OUR OWN EFFORT THAT MADE ALL

OF THIS POSSIBLE, WELL

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