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The 700 Club - Dec. 6, 2013

Author William Federer shares the history of St. Nicholas and other Christmas traditions. Plus, drugs, crime and hate were just the beginning of Tracy's problems, but God had the answer. Read Transcript


LIVE

AT THE NORTH POLE, BUT THAT

DOESN'T MEAN THERE WASN'T A

SAINT NICK.

GET THE REAL STORY BEHIND

SANTA CLAUS.

I HATED EVERYBODY.

Gordon: AND HIS BODY

WAS HIS BILLBOARD.

HOW THIS TATTOOED DRUG LORD

GOT CLEAN.

AND I THOUGHT, WHAT WAS

THAT?

I WANT TO HEAR MORE OF

THIS.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB."

*

[APPLAUSE]

Gordon: WELL, WELCOME

TO "THE 700 CLUB."

TODAY THE WORLD IS

REMEMBERING NELSON MANDELA.

THE MAN WHO WENT FROM

PRISONER TO PRESIDENT IN

SOUTH AFRICA.

Terry: HE LED THE

MOVEMENT TO BRING DOWN THAT

COUNTRY'S SEGREGATION, AND

THE SYSTEM OF APARTHEID, AND

HE DID IT IN THE END BY

BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER.

CHARLENE ISRAEL HAS THE

STORY.

Reporter: TODAY SOUTH

AFRICA IS A HEARTBROKEN

COUNTRY.

NELSON MANDELA PASSED AWAY

PEACEFULLY ON THURSDAY, AT

THE AGE OF 95.

HE IS NOW RESTING.

HE IS NOW AT PEACE.

OUR NATION HAS LOST ITS

GREATEST SON.

OUR PEOPLE HAVE LOST A

FATHER.

Reporter: ACROSS THE

GLOBE, NATIONAL LEADERS AND

ORDINARY CITIZENS ALIKE ARE

MOURNING AND CELEBRATING

MANDELA.

President Obama: A

MORAL GIANT WHO EMBODIED THE

GIGNITY AND HAD THE COURAGE

AND HOPE TO BRING ABOUT

JUSTICE IN NOT ONLY SOUTH

AFRICA, BUT TO INSPIRE

MILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD.

HE WAS A HUMAN

INSPIRATION.

Reporter: BISHOP T.J.

JAKES SAID "I AM DEEPLY

SADDENED TO HAVE LOST SUCH A

PERSON.

NELSON MANDELA EMBODIED THE

VERY ESSENCE OF SERVANT

LEADER."

AND THE LEGACY OF THE MAN

WHO TAUGHT THE WORLD TO

TRANSPORT ANGER INTO HOPE

WILL LIVE ON.

MANDELA GREW UP FEELING THE

SHACKLES OF THE BRUTAL

SYSTEM.

FOR 20 YEARS, HE LED A

NON-VIOLENT CAMPAIGN AGAINST

THE GOVERNMENT.

IN 1964, HE WAS SENTENCED TO

LIFE IN PRISON FOR PLANNING

TO TOPPLE THE GOVERNMENT.

WHEN HE WAS FINALLY RELEASED

IN 1990, HE HAD A MUCH MORE

TOLERANT ATTITUDE TOWARDS

HIS OPPONENT IN THE

GOVERNMENT.

NELSON MANDELA UNDERSTOOD

WE CANNOT HOLD THEE GRUDGES

IF WE HOPE TO GO FORWARD.

THERE MUST BE SOME

FORGIVENESS.

IT IS NOT JUSTICE THAT'S

GOING TO CURE THE

DISTORTIONS OF HUMAN

COMMUNITY.

IT IS THE FORGIVENESS OF

SIN.

HE WAS ABLE TO FORGIVE.

Reporter: IN 1994,

MANDELA'S DREAM WAS REALIZED

WHEN BLACK SOUTH AFRICANS

CAST THEIR FIRST BALLOTS,

AND MANDELA BECAME SOUTH

AFRICA'S FIRST VICE

PRESIDENT.

HE STEPPED DOWN IN 1999,

HANDING POWER OVER TO THE

NEXT GENERATION.

HE IS CERTAIN TO BE

REMEMBERED NOT ONLY FOR HIS

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND COURAGE,

BUT FOR HIS CHARACTER AND

BELIEF IN FORGIVENESS AND

RECONCILIATION.

CHARLENE ISRAEL, CBN NEWS.

Gordon: THAT CHARACTER

WAS FORMED IN OVER TWO

DECADES IN PRISON, WHERE HE

WAS BEATEN, HE WAS TORTURED,

LITERALLY, BY THE GUARDS.

AND HE CAME TO A CONCLUSION

IN THAT PRISON CELL THAT HE

WAS THE CAPTAIN OF HIS

SOUL.

AND IF HE WAS GOING TO EVER

GET OUT OF THIS, HE WOULD

HAVE TO FORGIVE AND HE WOULD

HAVE TO LET ALL OF THESE

GRUDGES AND THESE HURTS GO.

AND SO INSTEAD OF RULING OUT

OF ANGER AND SOMEHOW

RETRIBUTION, HE RULED OUT OF

LOVE.

AND HE WAS ABLE TO UNITE A

COUNTRY THAT HAD BEEN SO

DEEPLY DIVIDED, WITH SO MANY

WOUNDS, AND BRING THEM INTO

THE 21st CENTURY.

IT IS AN INCREDIBLE LEGACY.

A MAN WHO IS CERTAIN WORTHY

OF ADMIRING AND WORTHY OF

EMULATING.

AND WHEN WE ALL REALIZE IT

SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL IT IS

DONE, AND THAT WAS ONE OF

HIS MOTTOS, WELL, WE CAN GET

THINGS DONE.

AND WE'RE THE CAPTAIN OF OUR

OWN SOULS.

DON'T JUST ADMIRE HIM AS A

HERO; EMULATE HIM.

HE FOUND A WAY TO FORGIVE.

HE FOUND A WAY TO

RECONCILE.

AND HE FOUND A WAY TO MOVE

ON, WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY WHAT

WE NEED HERE IN AMERICA.

ONE OF OUR PROBLEMS HERE IS

OBAMACARE.

AND A NEW REPORT MAY EXPLAIN

WHY OBAMACARE GOT OFF TO

SUCH A BAD START.

JOHN JESSUP HAS THAT STORY

FROM OUR NEWS BUREAU IN

WASHINGTON.

JOHN?

Reporter: THAT'S RIGHT,

GORDON.

PRESIDENT OBAMA NEVER MET

ONE-ON-ONE WITH HEALTH AND

HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY

KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, FOR MORE

THAN THREE YEARS BEFORE

OBAMACARE'S DISASTEROUS

LAUNCH.

THAT'S A FINDING BY THE

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY

INSTITUTE.

THE GROUP'S PRESIDENT SAYS

WITH SUCH AN IMPORTANT

PROJECT ON THE LINE, ONE

WOULD EXPECT REGULAR

MEETINGS TO CHECK ON

OBAMACARE'S PROGRESS.

BUT THE REPORT SAYS,

ACCORDING TO THE WHITE

HOUSE'S OWN CALENDAR, THAT

NEVER HAPPENED.

MARY, JOSEPH, AND THE BABY

JESUS APPEARED BEFORE THE

SUPREME COURT THIS WEEK.

BUT IT HAD NOTHING TO DO

WITH A COURT CASE.

IT WAS ALL ABOUT CELEBRATING

THE BIRTH OF A SAVIOR YOUR,

SAVIOR, AND THE RELIGIOUS

RIGHT.

Reporter: ONCE AGAIN,

CAPITOL HILL WAS TREATED TO

THE SIGHT OF A DONKEY,

SHEPHERD, SHEEP, AND

WISEMEN.

FLANKED BY CONGRESS ON ONE

SIDE AND THE SUPREME COURT

ON THE OTHER, THESE HUMANS

AND ANIMALS GATHERED TO

CELEBRATE CHRIST'S BIRTH

WITH A LIVING NATIVITY

SCENE.

THERE IS NOTHING MORE

WONDERFUL THAN ANIMALS

WANDERING THROUGH CAPITOL

HILL, BUT IT HAS A SERIOUS

PURPOSE.

WE ARE SECURING FOR

OURSELVES A LIBERTY, WHICH

IS ENSHRINED IN THE

CONSTITUTION, AND THAT IS A

LIBERTY OF FREEDOM OF

RELIGION.

FOR UNTO YOU IS BORN THIS

DAY IN THE CITY OF DAVID A

SAVIOR, WHICH IS CHRIST THE

LORD.

Reporter: THE CLERGY

RESPONS IS URGING PEOPLE TO

DO THE PERMITS TO DO SIMILAR

SCENES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

THESE LIVING NATIVITY

PARTICIPANT WERE MAKING A

POWERFUL POINT TO THESE MOST

POWERFUL AMERICANS.

BY DISPLAYING THE GOSPEL

AT CHRISTMASTIME, WE'RE

REMINDING ALL OF OUR

LEGISLATORS AND OUR

JURORISTS, WHO ARE

RESPONSIBLE FOR LAW AND

PUBLIC POLICY, WE ARE,

INDEED, A NATION UNDER A

HIGHER AUTHORITY, THE

AUTHORITY OF GOD, TO WHOM WE

ALL MUST MAKE ACCOUNT.

Reporter: PAUL STRAND,

CBN NEWS, CAPITOL HILL.

CHRISTMAS SIGNS ARE

POPPING UP OVER REDMOND FOR

SEVERAL YEARS IN A ROW.

WHILE SOME PEOPLE ARE TAKING

ISSUE WIT IT, SOME PEOPLE

ARE FINE WITH IT.

THEY SAY "IT IS OKAY TO SAY

MERRY CHRISTMAS."

I FEEL IT IS OKAY TO SAY

MERRY CHRISTMAS OR HAPPY

HANUKKAH, ON HOLIDAYS I

DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT PEOPLE

CELEBRATE.

IT IS LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE

IS FREE TO EXPRESS THEIR

OPINION, WHY CAN'T

CHRISTIANS?

THE SIGNS ARE PLACED IN

THE CITY RIGHT-OF-WAY, AND

THEY ARE AVAILABLE FOR FREE

SPEECH.

THIS IS A FORM OF FREE

SPEECH, LIKE POLITICAL SIGNS

ARE AND OTHER SIGNS.

SO FAR NO GROUP OR CHURCH

HAS TAKEN OWNERSHIP OF THE

SIGNS.

THE MAYOR SAYS HE HAS NO

PLANS TO TAKE THEM DOWN.

THE BRUTAL COLD WEATHER IS

STILL GRIPPING MUCH OF THE

COUNTRY.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

ISSUED STORM AND ICE

WARNINGS FROM TEXAS TO

INDIANA.

SOME PARTS OF THE MIDWEST

EXPECT TO SEE SEVERAL INCHES

OF SNOW.

THE STORM SYSTEM HAS ALREADY

BLASTED THROUGH THE PLAINS

WITH SUB ZERO TEMPERATURES,

DUMPING ONE TO TWO FEET OF

SNOW.

GROCERY STORIES ARE SELLING

OUT AS PEOPLE STOCK UP ON

FOOD AND SUPPLIES.

AND CITRUS GROWERS ARE

TRYING TO PROTECT THEIR

CROPS FROM FREEZING.

AS THE STORM MOVES EAST, ICE

STORM WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT

AND POWER OUTAGES ARE

EXPECTED.

THE DEATH TOLL IN THE

PHILIPPINES FROM TYPHOON

HAIYAN HAS REACHED 1500.

HER IS LUCILLE TALUSEN.

Reporter: IT IS A

WELCOME SIGN OF NEW LIFE.

TYPHOON VICTIMS UP ON THEIR

FEET, CLEARING RUBBLE AND

GETTING CASH FROM WORK

THROUGH A U.N. DEBRIS

REMOVAL PROGRAM.

THIS MAKES DEVASTATED AREAS

MORE ACCESSIBLE FOR

MUCH-NEED ENEEDED

HUMANITARIAN HELP AND

SUPPLY.

VILLAGE LEADER EDDIE SARANO

IS SADDENED OVER THE DEATH

OF 129 RESIDENTS, MOSTLY

MEN.

I PERSUADED THE PEOPLE TO

EVACUATE, BUT THE MEN CHOSE

TO STAY BEHIND TO GUARD

THEIR HOME AGAINST LOOTERS.

ONE SURVIVOR SAYS WHEN HE

FINALLY DECIDED TO LEAVE, IT

WAS TOO LATE.

WIND AND WAVES WERE ALREADY

OVERPOWERING AND DANGEROUS.

THE STRONG CURRENT SWEPT

ME ONE KILOMETRE AWAY.

I WAS PRAYING TO GOD TO

FORGIVE MY SINS.

I REALLY THOUGHT I WOULD NOT

SURVIVE.

Reporter: ALDWIN AND

HIS FAMILY LOST SOME 300

HOMES.

DESPITE THE INCONVENIENCE OF

LIVING IN MAKESHIFT

SHELTERS, AND LAKE OF BASIC

NEEDS, LIKE WATER.

SO FAR CBN DISASTER RELIEF

HAVE HELPED MORE THAN 50,000

PEOPLE HERE.

THEY HAVE PROVIDED FEEDING,

MEDICAL MISSIONS, AND TRAUMA

COUNSELLING.

THE EFFORTS ARE CONTINUING

SIMULTANEOUSLY IN HARD-HIT

AREAS.

THE MAYOR IS GRATEFUL FOR

THE PARTNERSHIP WITH CBN.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK

CBN.

I'M NOT SURPRISED YOU ARE

HERE.

ACTUALLY, I WAS EXPECTING

YOU TO COME AND BE PARTNERS

IN BUILDING THIS CITY.

Reporter: THE MAYOR IS

OPTMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE.

GOD IS DOING THIS, AND

IT'S A TURNAROUND.

A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE NEW

LIVES, AND LIVES HAVE

CHANGED.

LIFE IS SO SHORT.

AND I TELL THEM, YOU KNOW,

THERE IS A PURPOSE, WHY WE

ALL LIVED.

AND LET'S LIVE THAT

PURPOSE.

Reporter: THE

DEVASTATION LEFT BY TYPHOON

HAIYAN WAS CATASTROPHIC AND

HISTORIC, BUT THE FILIPINO

PEOPLE ARE DETERMINED THAT

WITH GOD'S HELP, THEY WILL

ONCE AGAIN RISE ABOVE THESE

TRYING TIMES.

LOSLUCILLE TALUSEN, CBN

NEWS, TACLOBAN,

PHILIPPINES.

CBN HAS HELPED MORE THAN

50,000 PEOPLE IN TACLOBAN

OVER ALL, AND OVER 90,000

PEOPLE OVERALL.

Gordon: AND WE'RE

MAKING PLANS NOW ON HOW TO

EXTEND THAT AID OVER THE

COMING MONTHS.

BECAUSE AS WE TRANSITION

FROM IMMEDIATE DISASTER

NEED, WHICH IS THE BASICS,

FOOD, WATER, MEDICINE, HOW

ARE THESE PEOPLE GOING TO

FIND SHELTER FOR

THEMSELVES?

HOW ARE THEY GOING TO HAVE

LIVELIHOOD.

THAT CITY OF TACLOBAN IS

200,000 PEOPLE AND IT HAS

BEEN ABSOLUTELY WIPED OFF

THE MAP.

IT NO LONGER EXISTS.

THERE AREN'T STRUCTURES THAT

YOU CAN INHABIT THERE

ANYMORE.

BUT THE PEOPLE ARE THERE.

AND YOU HEARD THE SPIRIT IN

THEM.

THEY WANT TO REBUILD AND

THEY NEED OUR HELP.

IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF

THE ON-GOING RELIEF EFFORT,

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GIVE

TO CBN INTERNATIONAL

DISASTER RELIEF.

CBN CENTER, VIRGINIA BEACH,

VIRGINIA.

YOU CAN CALL US RIGHT NOW,

1-800-759-0700.

JUST SAY YOU WANT TO GIVE TO

CBN DISASTER RELIEF FUND.

OR YOU CAN JUST LOG ON TO

THE INTERNET.

THERE IS A PLACE THERE ON

THE GIVING PAGE WHERE YOU

CAN DESIGNATE YOUR GIFT TO

DISASTER RELIEF.

DO IT NOW.

CALL US NOW,

1-800-759-0700.

TERRY?

Terry: COMING UP, A

TROUBLING TREND ON THE

INTERNET.

PARENTS USING MESSAGE BOARDS

TO ADVERTISE ADOPTED

CHILDREN THEY NO LONGER

WANT.

SEE HOW ONE COUPLE RESCUED A

CHILD AT RISK, WHEN WE COME

BACK.

*

Terry: A RECENT

INVESTIGATION INTO

INTERNATIONAL ADOPTIONS CAME

UP WITH A DISTURBING REPORT:

A GROWING NUMBER OF PARENTS

ARE USING THE INTERNET TO

GET RID OF CHILDREN ADOPTED

FROM ABROAD.

AND AS CHARLENE ISRAEL

REPORTS, NOT ONLY IS THAT A

DOUBLE TRAGEDY FOR THESE

CHILDREN, IT CAN ALSO BE

DOWNRIGHT DANGEROUS.

Reporter: EVAN JONES

ENJOYS SPENDING TIME WITH

HIS FAMILY.

BUT LIFE HASN'T ALWAYS BEEN

CARE-FREE FOR THE UKRAINIAN

TEENAGER.

HIS MOTHER DIED WHEN HE WAS

EIGHT.

AND THEN EVAN AND HIS SISTER

WENT TO LIVE WITH HIS

GRANDMOTHER.

WHEN SHE COULD NO LONGER

CARE FOR THEM, THEY WERE

PLACED IN AN ORPHANAGE.

HE LEFT THE INSTITUTION WHEN

A U.S. COUPLE WHO HAD HOSTED

HIM ONE CHRISTMAS DECIDED TO

ADOPT HIM.

IT WAS REALLY AMAZING

WHEN I ACTUALLY GOD A

FAMILY.

I REALIZED GOD ANSWERED MY

PRAYER.

AND I HAD A LITTLE BROTHER

AND A SISTER AND ANOTHER

BROTHER.

SO IT WAS LIKE A COMPLETE

FAMILY, LIKE I IMAGINED.

Reporter: EVAN MOVED

WITH HIS NEW FAMILY TO

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA.

BUT IT WASN'T THE HAPPY

ENDING OF HIS DREAMS.

HIS PARENTS QUICKLY LEARNED

THEY WEREN'T FULLY PREPARED

TO TAKE CARE OF EVAN, AND

THEY SEARCHED FOR A NEW

FAMILY TO TAKE HIM IN.

EVAN'S STORY IS NOT UNIQUE.

AN 18-MONTH INVESTIGATION BY

REUTERS UNCOVERED PARENTS

USING INTERNET MESSAGE

BOARDS TO ADVERTISE UNWANTED

ADOPTED CHILDREN.

IT IS A PRACTICE KNOWN AS

REHOMING.

MOST OF THE ONLINE POSTS

FEATURED CHILDREN 6 TO 14,

WHO HAD BEEN ADOPTED FROM

COUNTRIES SUCH AS CHINA,

RUSSIA, ETHIOPIA, AND

UKRAINE.

THE REPORT FOUND THESE

TRANSACTIONS TAKING PLACE ON@

EIGHT YAHOO MESSAGE BOARDS.

ONE WHO ADOPTED A GAD

GUADALAJARAN READS, "I AM

ASHAMED TO SAY IT, BUT WE DO

TRULY HATE THIS BOY."

SOME OF THE CHILDREN ENDED

UP IN UNSAFE SITUATIONS.

CHILDREN WERE PLACED WITH

PEDOPHILES AND WITH PEOPLE

WHO HAD PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEMS

AND VIOLENT TENDENCIES.

Reporter: A LIBERIAN

TEAM SAYS HER ADOPTED

PARENTS GAVE HER AWAY WHEN

SHE WAS 13.

SHE SAYS HER NEW GUARDIANS

TOLD HER TO SLEEP IN THE

NAME BED WITH THEM, AND THE

NEW MOM SLEPT WITHOUT

CLOTHING.

A GIRL ADOPTED FROM RUSSIA

WAS SENT TO THREE DIFFERENT

HOMES IN THE U.S. OVER A

SIX-MONTH PERIOD.

CHUCK JOHNSON OF THE

NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR

ADOPTION SAYS THAT WHILE THE

MAJORITY OF ADOPTIONS WORK

OUT WELL, HE CALLS THE ONES

UNCOVERED IN THE NEWS

INVESTIGATION TROUBLING.

IT IS A DOUBLE TRAGEDY,

BECAUSE WHEN YOU CONSIDER

THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT THE

CHILD ENDURED --

Reporter: HE URGES

FAMILIES CONSIDERING

ADOPTION TO DO THEIR

RESEARCH, ESPECIALLY IN

INTERNATIONAL ARRANGEMENTS.

THAT INCLUDES THEIR ADOPTION

AGENCY AND PERSPECTIVE

CHILD'S BACKGROUND.

AND FAMILIES SHOULD ALSO BE

PREPARED TO DEAL WITH THE

EMOTIONAL SCARS SUFFERED BY

MANY ORPHANS.

THAT'S SOMETHING EVERY

FAMILY HAS TO REALIZE, THAT

IT IS VERY LIKELY THAT THE

CHILD THEY ADOPT WILL HAVE

SOME SPECIAL NEEDS.

Reporter: LAST

DECEMBER, RUSSIA BANNED

ADOPTIONS BY AMERICANS AFTER

AN AMERICAN FAMILY SENT A

7-YEAR-OLD BOY BACK TO

RUSSIA ON A PLANE, ALL BY

HIMSELF.

ADOPTION EXPERTS SAY IN MANY

CASES OVERWHELMED PARENTS

DON'T KNOW THERE IS HELP.

FOR THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO

RELINQUISH THEIR.

(RIGHTS, THERE IS A SAFE WAY

TO DO SO THROUGH ADOPTION

DISSOLUTION.

IT WILL BE DONE UNDER

PROFESSIONAL CARE WITH

SOCIAL WORKERS AND

COUNSELLORS AND COURTS, ALL

MAKING SURE THAT THE

CHILDREN'S BEST INTERESTS

ARE PARAMOUNT IN WHEREVER

THEY GO.

Reporter: EVAN IS

REAPING THE BENEFITS OF SUCH

AN ARRANGEMENT.

DAVID AND JULIE JONES HEARD

ABOUT HIS NEED FOR A NEW

HOME THROUGH AN

INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION

SUPPORT GROUP.

WE HAD 11 FAMILIES

SAYING, WE CAN'T DO THIS.

WE NEED HOPE.

Reporter: THE JONES AND

THEIR TEENAGED SON GREW A

BOND WITH EVAN, THAT GREW

STRONGER OVER TIME.

I REALLY LIKED THEM.

OVER TIME I BEGAN TO CALL

THEM MOM AND DAD.

Reporter: THE JONESES

EVENTUALLY ADOPTED EVAN.

WE DID ALL OF THIS WITH

THE CONSENT OF THE OTHER

PARENTS, AND WITH LAWYERS IN

BOTH STATES.

WE COVERED OUR BASES EVERY

WAY THAT WE KNEW THAT WE

SHOULD.

Reporter: HE SAYS HE

HAS NO HARD FEELINGS TOWARDS

HIS PREVIOUS FAMILY.

WHILE THE FAMILY DIDN'T WANT

TO DO AN ON-CAMERA

INTERVIEW, THEY GAVE US THIS

STATEMENT: "EVAN IS AND

ALWAYS WILL BE A MEMBER OF

OUR EXTENDED FAMILY.

IN FACT, WE CONSIDER THE

ENTIRE JONES FAMILY TO BE A

PART OF OUR EXTENDED

FAMILY.

OUR CHILDREN THINK OF EVAN

AS A COUSIN OF SORTS NOW,

AND WE HOPE WE WILL ALWAYS

HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH

EVAN."

MEANWHILE, THE JONESES ADMIT

TAKING EVAN IN HAS ITS

CHALLENGES, BUT THEY ARE

COMMITTED.

WE WILL NOT TELL YOU THAT

WE HAVE NOT RAISED OUR

VOICES IN OUR HOME, BECAUSE

WE HAVE.

BUT ONCE WE HAVE BEEN ABLE

TO, WITH GOD'S HELP, SAY,

OKAY, GOD, WHAT IS IT IN ME

THAT IS PUSHING THAT BUTTON,

AND GOD REVEALS IT AND WE

CAN REPENT AND BE HEALED

OURSELVES, THEN WHEN THE

CHILD GETS ANGRY AND WE

DON'T GET ANGRY, THAT'S WHEN

THE HEALING BEGINS.

Reporter: AND THAT

MAKES EVAN EVEN MORE

GRATEFUL.

THERE HAS BEEN REALLY BAD

MOMENTS, BUT THEY HAVE STILL

KEPT ME AND LOVED ME AND

CARED FOR ME.

AFTER THOSE THINGS WERE

OVER, THEY WOULD TREAT ME

THE SAME WAY THEY TREATED ME

BEFORE.

Reporter: CHARLENE

ISRAEL, CBN NEWS.

Terry: YOU KNOW, ONE OF

THE CHALLENGING THING THAT

IS INVOLVED IN THE WHOLE

ADOPTION ISSUE IS I THINK

PEOPLE GO WITH GOOD

INTENTIONS, THEIR HEARTS ARE

TOUCHED.

BUT THAT IS VERY DIFFERENT

THAN TAKING ON THE LONG-TERM

COMMITMENT OF RAISING AND

LOVING A CHILD AND MAKING

HIM OR HER YOUR OWN, A PART

OF YOUR FAMILY, GIVING THEM

HOPE AND A FUTURE.

BECAUSE SO MANY FAMILIES

HAVE STRUGGLED THAT HAVE

ADOPTED WITH GOOD

INTENTIONS, "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" HAS PUT TOGETHER

WHAT WE HAVE CALLED "THE

ADOPTION R.X.."

ONE OF THE MAIN PEOPLE

INTERVIEWED ON THIS IS

DR. KAREN PERVIS.

SHE IS AN EXPERT FROM TEXAS

CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY.

SHE TALKS ABOUT THE FACT

THAT ANY CHILD THAT COMES

FROM AN ORPHANAGE OR AN

ADOPTIVE BACKGROUND IS A

CHILD THAT HAS WHAT SHE

CALLS COMES FROM A HARD

PLACE.

SO KNOW IF GOD HAS CALLED

YOU TO DO THIS, ARM YOURSELF

WITH INFORMATION.

THIS IS AVAILABLE ON THE

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" WEBSITE.

YOU CAN GO TO cbn.com AND

FOLLOW IT TO "ORPHANS'

PROMISE," AND THEN YOU'LL

FIND THIS MR.

THIS THERE.

I SUGGEST IF YOU'RE

CONTEMPLATING ADOPTION, GET

AHOLD OF THIS AND LISTEN TO

IT.

AND YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO

KNOW YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY ONE

WHO IS GOING THROUGH THE

CHALLENGES OF RAISING A

HEALTHY, HAPPY FAMILY.

IT CAN BE DONE.

Gordon: IF YOU'RE NOT

INTERESTED IN ADOPTING, BUT

WANT TO HELP WITH ORPHANS

AROUND THE WORLD, YOU CAN DO

IT THROUGH "ORPHANS' PROMISE."

AND THERE IS A WAY WHERE

YOU CAN GIVE.

IF YOU'RE NOT INTERESTED IN

ADOPTION BUT YOU ARE

INTERESTED IN HELPING

ORPHANS, THAT'S A WONDERFUL

WAY TO DO IT.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE,

1-800-759-0700.

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" IS NOW

WORKING IN OVER 50 DIFFERENT

NATIONS, INCLUDING RIGHT

HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF

AMERICA, TO HELP CHILDREN IN

NEED.

AND IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART

OF THAT, JUST GIVE TO THEM.

JUST CALL US OR LOG ON TO

CBN.COM.

UP NEXT, HE WAS MEAN, HE WAS

CRUEL, AND HIS TATTOOS TOLD

HIS STORY.

I WANTED EVIL.

I WANTED MEAN AND EVIL STUFF

ON MY ARMS.

I WANTED TO DESTROY

EVERYBODY.

Gordon: SEE HOW HE

ALMOST DESTROYED HIMSELF,

UNTIL A VOICE SET HIM

STRAIGHT.

Gordon: TRACY WAS NOT

THE KIND OF GUY WHO'S PATH

YOU WOULD WANT TO CROSS.

WITH HIS BODY COVERED IN

TATTOOS, HE WAS DOWNRIGHT

SCARY.

FOR 20 YEARS, HE WREAKED

HAVOC WHEREVER HE WENT.

THEN ONE DAY POLICE STORMED

HIS HOUSE WITH GRENADES, AND

THE GIG WAS UP.

THE TATTOOS TELL THE

STORY OF HIS LIFE.

THESE SKULLS -- THESE

WERE HOW I FELT IN MY LIFE.

I WANTED EVIL.

I WANTED MEAN, EVIL STUFF ON

MY ARMS.

Reporter: TRACY KOVAC

WAS A DRUG ADDICT, A WANTED

CRIMINAL, AND FULL OF HATE

AND RAGE.

THIS IS THE SYMBOL OF

CHAOS, WHICH MY LIFE IN MY

HEAD, WAS NOTHING BY CHAOS.

Reporter: THE CHAOS

STARTED EARLY IN THIS LIFE.

AFTER HIS FATHER LEFT, TRACY

WATCHED HELPLESSLY AS HIS

MOTHER'S NUMEROUS DRUNKEN

BOYFRIENDS ABUSED HER.

AND THEN SHE MARRIED ONE OF

THEM AND LEFT HER SON WITH A

NEIGHBOR.

I KEPT ASKING THE LADY,

WHAT HAPPENED TO MY MOM.

SHE SAID, SHE IS NOT COMING

BACK FOR YOU.

AND SHE STARTED BEATING ME

UP.

Reporter: HIS FATHER

EVENTUALLY TOOK HIM TO LIVE

WITH HIM, BUT HE WAS ALSO

ABUSIVE.

AND TRACY FELT EVEN MORE

ALONE.

AT THIS POINT, I SHUT

DOWN.

I DIDN'T WANT TO TALK TO

ANYBODY OR COMMUNICATE WITH

ANYBODY.

I FELT NOBODY LOVED ME.

Reporter: EVENTUALLY

TRACY MOVED OUT AND REUNITED

WITH HIS MOTHER, BUT THINGS

WERE ABOUT TO GET WORSE.

MY MOTHER STARTED GOING

OUT WITH THIS BIKER GUY, AND

HE INTRODUCED ME TO METH.

IN THAT GROUP OF PEOPLE, THE

MORE DRUGS AND ALCOHOL YOU

DID, THE COOLER YOU WERE.

Reporter: AT 17, HE

LANDED IN JUVENILE HALL FOR

BREAKING AND ENTERING.

HE COULD HAVE BEEN RELEASED

INTO HIS MOTHER'S CUSTODY.

SHE SAID, NO, I CAN'T

TAKE YOU, AND SHE TURNED

AROUND AND WALKED OUT.

I WAS IN SUCH A RAGE BECAUSE

I COULDN'T BELIEVE SHE LEFT

ME AGAIN.

AND NOW I WAS IN JUVENILE

HALL UNTIL I WAS 18 YEARS

OLD BECAUSE I HAD NO ONE TO

GET RELEASED TO.

I HAD NO PARENTS.

I WANTED TO DESTROY

EVERYBODY.

Reporter: AFTER HIS

RELEASE, TRACY BECAME

ADDICTED TO CRYSTAL METH.

WITH A TWISTED SENSE OF

JUSTICE, HE STARTED ROBBING

DRUG DEALERS.

THE DRUG ADDICTS WERE

JUST ABUSIVE, TO THEIR KIDS

AND TO THEIR WOMEN.

AND HERE I AM DOING MORE

DRUGS THAN MOST OF THESE

PEOPLE, AND MY SICK MIND, I

THOUGHT THIS IS GOING TO BE

MY WAY OF GIVING BACK TO

THIS SITUATION, BUT AT THE

SAME TIME GET MY DRUGS AND

NOT GO BACK TO JAIL.

IF I ROB A DRUG CONNECTION,

WHO IS GOING TO TELL ON ME.

PEOPLE SAY, WHO DO YOU THINK

YOU ARE?

AND I TELL THEM, I'M GOD,

THAT'S WHO I AM.

Reporter: HE HAD

NUMEROUS RUN INS WITH THE

LAW.

I HATED EVERYBODY.

I TOOK IT OUT ON BLACKS,

JEWS.

I WANTED TO GET BIG AND

MEAN.

AND BEING IN THIS GROUP OF

PEOPLE, I KNEW THEY ALWAYS

HAD MY BACK.

Reporter: AT HOME,

PARANOIA KEPT HIM ON EDGE.

HE SEPARATED HIMSELF FROM

HIS FRIENDS AND STAYED

HIGH.

THERE CAME A POINT WHERE

I DID DRUGS SO MUCH, I WAS

INJECTING UP TO AN OUNCE OF

METH A DAY.

I FELT I COULDN'T SLEEP.

I COULDN'T TRUST EVERYBODY.

THE COPS HATED ME.

THE ROBBERS HATED ME.

EVERYBODY HATED ME.

Reporter: EVENTUALLY

TRACY BAR BARRICADED

HIMSELF IN A HOUSE.

WHEN THE POLICE EVENTUALLY

CAUGHT UP WITH HIM, THEY

BOTHER KNOCKING.

5:30 IN THE MORNING, A

CAR CAME THROUGH MY GATE.

THEY BUSTED MY HOUSE OPEN,

LOOKING FOR A METH LAB AND A

CHOP SHOP.

Reporter: AT 41 YEARS

OLD, TRACY FACED UP TO 100

YEARS FOR DRUG CHARGES AND

BREAKING PAROLE.

YET HE FELT HE NEVER TRULY

HAD A CHANCE TO LIVE.

I SPENT ME WHOLE LIFE

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING, AND

NOW I'M GOING TO SPEND THE

REST OF MY LIFE IN PRISON.

I NEVER FOUND WHAT I WAS

LOOKING FOR.

I WAS JUST BROKEN.

Reporter: ONE DAY A

FELLOW INMATE INVITED HIM TO

A CHAPEL SERVICE.

TRACY SAW IT AS A WAY TO GET

OUT OF HIS CELL, SO HE

ACCEPTED.

I NEVER TOUCHED A BIBLE

IN MY LIFE.

HE STARTED READING OUT OF

THE BIBLE.

AND I THOUGHT, WHAT WAS

THAT?

I WANT TO HEAR MORE OF

THIS.

Reporter: TRACY SAYS

THE PREACHER'S WORDS STIRRED

SOMETHING IN HIS HEART.

I COULD ALMOST HEAR GOD

TELLING ME, UNTIL YOU

ACKNOWLEDGE ME AS YOUR LORD

AND SAVIOR, NOTHING WILL

EVER WORK FOR YOUR LIFE.

Reporter: THE NEXT DAY

ANOTHER INMATE SPOKE WITH

TRACY AND HELPED HIM

UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT GOD'S

FORGIVENESS.

I GAVE MY LIFE TO THE

LORD, AND AT THAT POINT I

WAS JUST CRYING EVERY DAY.

BECAUSE ALL OF THIS STUFF

WAI CAME BACK AT ME.

ALL OF THIS STUFF I DID IN

MY LIFE WAS COMING AT ME.

I FELT SO SORRY AND SO BAD

FOR THE STUFF I HAD DONE.

HE WOULD TELL ME, THE LORD

FORGIVES YOU.

Reporter: TRACY SAYS

THAT IN CHRIST, HE FOUND

ANOTHER WAY TO LIVE.

I REALIZED THE WHOLE TIME

I WASN'T FIGHTING AGAINST

PEOPLE, I WASN'T FIGHTING

AGAINST ANYBODY.

I WAS BLOCKING GOD FROM

COMING INTO MY LIFE.

Reporter: THEN CAME AN

UNBELIEVABLE TURN OF

EVENTS.

EVIDENCE AGAINST TRACY WAS

PROVEN TO BE FALSE, AND THE

SENTENCE WAS REDUCED.

AFTER SERVING ONLY TWO

YEARS, TRACY WAS A FREE

MAN.

THAT WAS NOTHING I DID.

IT WAS WHAT GOD DID TO

PREDIC PROTECT ME.

I ENDED UP GOING TO TEEN

CHALLENGE.

Reporter: TRACY IS

STILL DRUG-FREE AND GOES

BACK TO TELL INMATES ABOUT

JESUS CHRIST.

I GOT APPROVED TO GO BACK

INTO THE SAME JAIL I WAS IN

TO TALK TO THESE GUYS.

I WANT TO SHAKE THEM AND GO,

GUYS, GOD IS REAL.

Reporter: TODAY TRACY

IS MARRIED TO DEBRA.

FOREVER THEY FOUND PEACE AND

ACCEPTANCE THROUGH A

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

I AM SO IN AWE OF THE

LORD FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE IN

MY LIFE.

THE BIBLE TELLS US THE LORD

WILL SEPARATE YOUR SINS AS

FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE

WEST, AND THAT IS ABSOLUTELY

TRUE FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE IN

MY LIFE.

Gordon: YOU CAN SEE THE

JOY ON TRACY'S FACE BECAUSE

HE KNOWS ALL OF THE BAD

THINGS HAVE BEEN SEPARATED

FROM HIM.

AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM

THE WEST.

THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS,

THAT HE IS ABLE TO

COMPLETELY CLEANSE YOU, MAKE

YOU NEW AGAIN.

GIVE YOU A HOPE, GIVE YOU A

FUTURE.

REVEAL TO YOU THE PLANS THAT

HE HAS MADE FOR YOU, AND

THEN SET YOU FREE SO THAT

YOU CAN PURSUE THEM.

IF YOU WANT THAT, YOU HAVE

TO DO THE SAME THING THAT

TRACY DID.

NOW, TRACY HEARD A VOICE,

AND THE VOICE WAS VERY

SPECIFIC.

UNTIL YOU SAY, UNTIL YOU

CONFESS THAT I'M LORD AND

SAVIOR -- THAT WAS THE

CONDITION.

AND IT REQUIRED FOR HIM TO

HUMBLE HIMSELF, TO SAY, I'M

NOT LORD OF MY LIFE.

I DIDN'T CREATE ME.

MY WAY ISN'T WORKING OUT.

PERHAPS I SHOULD TRY GOD'S

WAY.

HERE IS WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS

ABOUT IT.

IT'S IN ROMANS 10: 9: "IF

YOU CONFESS WITH YOUR

MOUTH" - MOUTH, THE LORD

JESUS, THE ANOINTED ONE,

MESSIAH, AND BELIEVE IN YOUR

HEART THAT GOD HAS RAISED

HIM FROM THE DEAD, YOU WILL

BE SAVED."

IT'S THAT SIMPLE.

IT IS NOT SOME COMPLICATED

THING.

AND JUST LIKE TRACY, YOU

DON'T HAVE TO CLEAN YOURSELF

UP FIRST.

YOU JUST HAVE TO BOW YOUR

HEAD, ACKNOWLEDGE THAT HE IS

LORD.

ACKNOWLEDGE THAT HE CAME AND

HE DIED FOR YOU.

AND HE DIED SO THAT YOUR

SINS COULD BE SEPARATED FROM

YOU, THAT YOU COULD HAVE A

REBIRTH, A NEW BEGINNING.

AND HE DIDN'T STOP THERE.

HE ROSE AGAIN FROM THE

GRAVE.

AND THAT SAME RESURRECTION

POWER CAN BE WORKING IN YOUR

LIFE.

I DON'T CARE HOW FAR YOU'VE

GONE.

I DOUBT YOU'VE GONE AS FAR

AS TRACY.

HERE HE SAYS I'M INJECTING

AND OUNCE OF METHAMPHETAMINE

A DAY.

YOU CAN HAVE THAT

BREAKTHROUGH.

YOU CAN HAVE THAT NEW

BEGINNING.

IF YOU JUST ASK.

SO IF THIS IS FOR YOU, IF

THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT, DON'T

CHANGE THE CHANNEL.

DON'T DECIDE I'M GOING TO GO

DO SOMETHING ELSE.

RIGHT NOW SAY I WANT A NEW

BEGINNING.

I WANT THAT.

I WANT TO KNOW THAT JESUS IS

REAL, THAT HE CAN CHANGE

PEOPLE, THAT HE CAN CHANGE

MY HEART, THAT HE CAN

FORGIVE ME.

HE CAN SET ME FREE.

AND IF YOU WANT THAT, BOW

YOUR HEAD.

LET'S PRAY TOGETHER AND LET

JESUS WHAT HE DID FOR

TRACY.

HE'LL DO IT FOR YOU IF YOU

JUST ASK.

PRAY WITH ME.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT, SAY

HIS NAME OUT LOUD.

JESUS, I CONFESS NOW THAT

YOU ARE MY LORD, YOU ARE MY

SAVIOR, YOU'RE THE ANOINTED

ONE, YOU'RE THE ONE THAT

CAME TO SAVE THE WORLD.

AND SO, JESUS, I BELIEVE IN

MY HEART THAT YOU WERE SENT

FOR ME.

THAT GOD HAS RAISED YOU FROM

THE DEAD, AND THAT SAME

RESURRECTION POWER CAN

CHANGE ME.

SO, JESUS, COME INTO MY

HEART.

FORGIVE ME OF MY SINS.

SET ME FREE.

AND GIVE ME A HOPE AND A

FUTURE.

AND IF YOU'LL DO THIS, I

WANT TO FOLLOW YOU ALL THE

DAYS OF MY LIFE.

HEAR MY PRAYER, FOR I PRAY

IT IN JESUS' NAME.

FATHER, FOR THOSE WHO JUST

PRAYED, LET YOUR ANOINTING

FLOW OVER THEM.

LET THEM KNOW THE PEACE THAT

SURPASSES ALL

UNDERSTANDING.

LET THEM KNOW THAT THEY'VE

BEEN FORGIVEN AND SET FREE

NOW.

FOR WE ASK IT IN JESUS'

NAME.

IF YOU PRAYED WITH ME, WHAT

I WANT YOU TO DO NOW IS

CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH THAT

YOU DID THAT.

AND WE'VE MADE IT EASY FOR

YOU.

IT IS A TOLL-FREE CALL.

1-800-759-0700.

WHEN YOU CALL, I'VE GOT

SOMETHING FOR YOU.

IT'S A FREE PACKET.

IT IS A C.D. TEACHING ON

WHAT DO YOU DO NOW?

HOW DO YOU LIVE THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE?

WHAT TRACY DID WAS HE WENT

INTO TEEN CHALLENGE.

AND HE LEARNED HOW TO LIVE

ON THE STREETS WITH JESUS.

AND YOU NEED TO DO THAT.

AND WE ALSO ENCOURAGE YOU TO

JOIN A LOCAL CHURCH.

GO THROUGH WATER BAPTISM.

IT IS ALL PART OF GROWING IN

CHRIST, BEING PART OF A

COMMUNITY OF OTHER

BELIEVERS.

BUT START IT WITH THAT PHONE

CALL.

MAKE IT NOW.

1-800-759-0700.

TERRY, OVER TO YOU.

Terry: WELL, STILL

AHEAD, WHAT DOES SANTA HAVE

IN COMMON WITH THE ELEPHANT

AND THE MULE?

YOU'LL FIND OUT WHEN AUTHOR

BILL FEDERER JOINS US TO

PROVE THAT THERE REALLY IS A

SANTA CLAUS.

SO STAY TUNED.

WELCOME BACK TO

WASHINGTON FOR THIS CBN

NEWSBREAK.

THERE IS NOW A BIBLE APP

JUST FOR KIDS.

THE CREATORS OF UVERSION,

THE HUGELY POPULAR MOBILE

APP HAS COME OUT WITH ONE

GEARED FOR KIDS, AGES 4

THROUGH 10.

IT CAN BE DOWNLOADED ON

APPLE, ANDROID, AND SOME

KINDLE DEVICES.

IT HAS ALREADY BEEN

DOWNLOADED A MILLION TIMES

SINCE IT WAS MADE AVAILABLE

ON THANKSGIVING DAY.

THE APP WAS DEVELOPED IN

COLLABORATION WITH THE

INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY "ONE

HOPE," WHICH SAYS IT HAS

TOUCHED NEARLY A BILLION

YOUNG LIVES WITH GOD'S

WORD.

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

STILL ON THE GROUND IN

WASHINGTON, ILLINOIS.

THE COMMUNITY WAS DEVASTATED

AFTER A TORNADO LAST MONTH.

LISA IS A NURSE, AND SHE AND

HER FAMILY LOST EVERYTHING

IN THE STORM, INCLUDING ALL

OF HER CLOTHES AND WORK

SUPPLIES.

O.B. STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS

GAVE HER A GIFT BASKET WITH

NEW SCRUBS, GIFT CARDS AND

OTHER USEFUL ITEMS.

TODAY "OPERATION BLESSING"

HAS DELIVERED MORE THAN

57,000 POUNDS OF FOOD AND

RELIEF SUPPLIES TO NEEDY

FAMILIES, AND NEARLY 500

VOLUNTEERS HAVE SERVED MORE

THAN 1500 HOURS, HELPING

RESIDENTS SALVAGE

BELONGINGS, CLEAN UP DEBRIS,

AND PRAY FOR THOSE IN NEED.

YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT

"OPERATION BLESSING" BY

GOING TO THEIR WEBSITE AT

OB.ORG.

GORDON AND TERRY WILL BE

BACK WITH MORE OF "THE 700

CLUB" RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Terry: THE ICONIC REPLY

"YES, VIRGINIA, THERE IS A

SANTA CLAUS," HAS BEEN PART

OF OUR POPULAR CULTURE SINCE

1897.

BUT THE FACT HELPED THE

ORIGIN AND HISTORY OF OLD

SAINT NICK ARE NOT AS WELL

KNOWN, TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: FOR

CENTURIES, THE LEGEND OF

SANTA CLAUS HAS CAPTURE THE

IMAGINATION OF CHILDREN

AROUND THE WORLD.

BUT THE QUESTION IS ALWAYS

THE SAME: IS SANTA CLAUS

REAL?

AUTHOR WILLIAM FEDERER SAYS

THERE REALLY WAS A SANTA

CLAUS.

HIS NAME WAS NICHOLAS.

A BISHOP IN THE 4th

CENTURY A.D.WHO GAVE

PRESENCE TO THE POOR.

STORIES OF HIS GENEROUS LIFE

WERE EMBELLISHED INTO

LEGEND, AND TODAY HE IS THE

STLAWSANTA CLAUS TODAY.

HIS BOOK SEPARATES FACT FROM

FICTION WITH THE STORY OF

SLAWS, ANSANTA CLAUS.

Terry: PLEASE WELCOME

TO "THE 700 CLUB," WILLIAM

FEDERER.

HAPPY TO BE HERE.

Terry: THE TITLE OF

YOUR BOOK "THERE REALLY IS A

SLAWS,SANTA CLAUS," TELL US

ABOUT THE RESAINT NICK.

REAL SAINT NICK.

HE IS THE MOST POPULAR

GREEK ORTHODOX SAINT.

AND HE LIVED AROUND 200

A.D., WHEN THERE IS 10 MAJOR

PERSECUTIONS OF CHRISTIANS.

HIS PARENTS DIED, LEFT HIM

WITH A LARGE AMOUNT OF

MONEY.

SO HE WOULD GO INTO TOWN AND

HELP THE POOR ANONYMOUSLY.

AND A MERCHANT IN THE TOWN

HAD GONE BANKRUPT, AND BACK

THEN THEY WOULDN'T JUST TAKE

YOUR HOUSE, BUT THEY WOULD

TAKE YOUR

CHILDREN.

HE THOUGHT IF HE COULD HURRY

UP AND MARRY HIS DAUGHTERS

OFF, THE CREDITORS WOULDN'T

TAKE HIM.

UNFORTUNATELY, HE DIDN'T

HAVE ENOUGH MONEY FOR

DOWERY.

NICHOLAS HEARD THE STORY,

AND PUT THE MONEY IN A SHOE

WHICH WAS BY THE FIREPLACE.

AND SO THAT'S THE ORIGIN OF

THE TRADITION OF SECRET

GIFT-GIVING ON THE

ANNIVERSARY OF NICHOLAS'

DEATH, WHICH 300 A.D.

Terry: I THINK A LOT OF

CHRISTIAN FAMILIES STRUGGLE

WITH THE WHOLE SANTA CLAUS

THING AND TAKING CHRIST OUT

OF CHRISTMAS, BUT WE TOLD

OUR KIDS ABOUT SAINT NICK

AND HE WAS REALLY REAL.

HOW DID THE LEGACY OF WHO HE

WAS AND WHAT HE DID PASS

DOWN OVER THE CENTURIES?

IT IS A FASCINATING STORY

I GO THROUGH IN THE BOOK.

HE GOES ON TO BECOME THE

BISHOP OF MIRA, WHICH WAS A

CAPITAL IN THE SOUTHWEST

AREA OF TURKEY.

BUT THEN THE ROMAN EMPEROR

WAS CAPTURING THEM AND

KILLING THEM.

HE WAS AWAITING DEATH WHEN

CON CONSTANTIME BECAME THE

EMPEROR.

AND HE PREACHES AGAINST

PAGANISM.

THE APOSTLE PAUL PREACHED

THERE IN ACTS 19.

NICHOLAS PREACHES AND THEY

EVENTUALLY TEAR THE TEMPLE

DOWN.

THEN THERE IS THE ARYAN

LEGACY, AND THEY SPLIT THE

CHURCH, SAYING JESUS WAS

LESS THAN GOD.

AND THEY ORDER THE BISHOPS

TO GO TO SETTLE IT, AND

NICHOLAS WAS SO UPSET AT HIM

FOR STARTING THIS, HE

SLAPPED HIM ACROSS THE

FACE.

SO JOLLY OLD SAINT NICK HAD

IS A LITTLE TEMPER.

THERE WAS A STORM, AND THE

SHIPS COULDN'T COME BACK.

HE PRAYS AND THEY COME

BACK.

ANOTHER IS THEY DON'T HAVE

ENOUGH FOOD, AND HE TALKED

SOME SAILORS INTO DIVIDING

THEIR GRAIN.

VLADIMIR THE GREAT CONVERTS

TO GREEK ORTHODOX

CHRISTIANITY, AND HE ADOPTS

NICHOLAS AS THE PATRON

SAINT.

AND MUSLIMS VADE INVADED

WHAT IS TODAY TURKEY.

AND THEY WOULD DIG UP THE

BONES AND GIVE THEM TO THE

DOGS.

SO THEY MOVED THE BONES OVER

TO BAR.

The Judge ARI, ITALY.

AND SORT OF IN PROTEST IS

WHAT ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

DID.

Terry: LET'S MOVE FROM

THE SAINT NICK CLA SAINT

NICK FROM OLD.

THERE IS SOMETHING HE HAS IN

COMMON WITH THE MULE.

ST. FRA THE GERMANS

LIKED THE GIFT-GIVING, SO HE

MOVED IT TO

DECEMBER 25th.

AND THE GERMAN PRO

PRONUNCIATION IS CHRIST

CHILD, AND IT BECOMES

CHRISTMAS.

THE PURITANS AND PILGRIMS

DID NOT CELEBRATE

CHRISTMAS.

IT WAS THE DUTCH THAT

BROUGHT IT TO NEW

AMSTERDAM.

AND THEY CHANGED THE OUTFIT

FROM A BISHOP OUTFIT TO A

DUTCH OUTFIT.

LONG TRUNK HOSE, A LEATHER

BELT.

AND IT WAS THEN WHERE

CLEMENT MOORE DOES THE POEM,

HE IS A HEBREW PROFESSOR IN

NEW YORK.

AND HE S SHRINKS IN SIZE.

AND YOU WONDER WHERE DID HE

TAKE UP TOBACCO, THAT WAS

FROM THE AMERICAN INDIANS.

Terry: THAT WAS OKAY

BACK THEN.

AND THEN THE ELEPHANT AND

THE MULE, THOMAS NAST, SHE

WAS THE ILLUSTRATORS FOR

HARPER'S WEEKLY MAGAZINE.

HE IS THE FIRST ONE TO PUT A

NORTH POLE SIGN BEHIND SAINT

NICK.

THE BIBLICAL THEME WAS JESUS

WOULD RETURN AT THE END OF

THE WORLD TO JUDGE THE

LIVING AND THE DEAD, RIDING

A WHITE HORSE WITH THE

SAINTS WITH HIM.

NICHOLAS WAS A SAINT, SO HE

WOULD BE RIDING BACK WITH

JESUS.

IN THE GREEK TRADITION,

SAINT NICK COMES BACK EVERY

YEAR FOR A MINI JUDGMENT.

AND THEN YOU HAVE THE LAMBS

BOOK OF LIFE, AND THAT TURNS

INTO THE ELVES KEEPING THE

BOOK OF THE NAUGHTY AND THE

NICE.

AND HEAVEN TURNS INTO THE

NORTH POLE.

YOU CAN SEE WHERE THESE

BIBLICAL SCENES BEGIN.

AND COCA-COLA OBVIOUSLY HAD

THEIR ARTISTS DOING SANTA

CLAUS DRINKING COKE.

BUT WHEN YOU GO BACK TO THE

ORIGINAL GUY, HE WAS A VERY

GODLY MAN.

Terry: IT IS AN AMAZING

STORY OF THE DIFFERENCE ONE

MAN CAN MAKE, BUT ALSO

AMAZING IS HOW THAT LEGEND

HAS COME DOWN OVER THE

YEARS.

THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS LIFE,

BUT THE THEN THE LEGEND

THAT HAS GROWN INTO WHAT

MANY OF US KNOW TODAY.

YOU DON'T KNOW THE TIP OF

THE ICEBERG NOTHING YOU HAVE

RED BILL'S BOOK.

IT WOULD MAKE A GREAT

HOLIDAY GIFT FOR SOMEONE OR

YOUR LIST.

IT IS CALLED "THERE REALLY

IS A SANTA CLAUS."

IT IS ALWAYS GREAT TO SEE

YOU.

THANK YOU, TERRY.

Terry: STILL AHEAD,

RED, WHITE, BLUE, AND GREEN,

WHAT'S THE MEANING BEHIND

THE DIFFERENT COLORS OF

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS.

YOU'RE GOING TO FIND OUT.

BUT FIRST, CHRISTMAS COMES

EARLY FOR A GROUP OF KIDS

WITH THE SURPRISE OF

"SUPERBOOK."

SO STAY TUNED FOR IN.

Gordon: EVERY YEAR THE

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB IN

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, HOST A

CHRISTMAS PARTY.

THIS TIME THEY ADDED A

LITTLE "SUPERBOOK" TO THEIR

CELEBRATION.

TAKE A LOOK.

* JOY TO THE WORLD

Reporter: THE ANNUAL

CHRISTMAS PARTY AT THE BOYS

AND GIRLS CLUB IN NORFOLK,

VIRGINIA, IS ALWAYS A

SPECIAL TREAT.

THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS,

GREG SHIVERS, SAYS THERE IS

MUCH MORE TO IT THAN JUST

ANOTHER HOLIDAY PARTY THE.

WE WANT TO TEACH THEM

ABOUT THE BIRTH OF CHRIST.

AT THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB,

WE BELIEVE IN GOD.

WE TRY TO TEACH OUR

CHILDREN, IF YOU PUT HIM OUT

IN FRONT, EVERYTHING WILL

WORK OUT FINE.

Reporter: CBN NEWS

REPORTER CHARLENE ISRAEL WAS

THE PARTY ORGANIZER.

I GROUP UP IN THIS VERY

COMMUNITY, RIGHT ACROSS THE

STREET.

THIS

IS A WONDERFUL

EVANGELISTIC OPPORTUNITY FOR

PEOPLE TO HEAR THE GOSPEL,

SOME FOR THE FIRST TIME.

Reporter: WHILE

CHARLENE WAS PLANNING THE

PARTY, SHE HAD AN IDEA.

LIKE A LIGHTBULB JUST

WENT OFF IN MY HEAD, WHAT

BETTER WAY TO DO THAT THAN

"SUPERBOOK."

THE CHRISTMAS "SUPERBOOK"

STORY IS A GREAT WAY FOR

THESE KIDS TO HEAR WHAT THE

TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS IS

ALL ABOUT.

Reporter: THE PARTY WAS

FILLED WITH FUN ACTIVITIES.

AFTERWARDS EVERYONE SETTLED

DOWN TO WATCH "SUPERBOOK,"

"THE FIRST CHRISTMAS."

AND BEHOLD, YOU WILL

CONCEIVE IN YOUR WOMB AND

BRING FORTH A SON AND SHALL

CALL HIS NAME JESUS.

Reporter: THE KIDS AND

ADULTS LOVED THE STORY.

DORIS BROUGHT HER TWO

GRANDSONS.

SHE WAS ESTATIC ABOUT

"SUPERBOOK."

IT IS A TOOL THAT WE CAN

USE AS A BASIC TEACHING TOOL

FOR THE TEACHING OF THE

BIBLE TO CHILDREN AT A YOUNG

AGE, AND TO BRING THIS

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. ON THEIR

LEVEL, AND THEY GOT IT.

JESUS WAS COMING FOR ALL

OF THE KIDS.

Reporter: WHO IS JESUS'

FATHER?

GOD.

Reporter: MOST

IMPORTANTLY, "SUPERBOOK"

HELPS OPEN THE DOOR FOR

THESE KIDS TO MAKE JESUS A

PART OF THEIR LIVES.

DEAR GOD.

DEAR GOD.

I INVITE YOUR SON,

JESUS.

I INVITE YOUR SON JESUS.

INTO MY HEART.

INTO MY HEART.

Reporter: EACH FAMILY

RECEIVED THE D.V.D. "THE

FIRST CHRISTMAS" TO ENJOY

AND EXPERIENCE THE TRUE

MEANING OF CHRISTMAS.

WE WANT THESE KIDS TO

HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS,

AND WE WANT THEM TO KNOW

THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE

REASON FOR THE SEASON.

THAT'S WHAT ALL OF THIS IS

ABOUT TONIGHT.

Gordon: IF YOU WANT TO

BE SAINT NICK THIS

CHRISTMAS, WE'VE GOT A VERY

SPECIAL OFFER FOR YOU.

WE'VE GOT THE LATEST

EPISODE, WHICH IS THE STORY

OF NOAH AND THE ARK.

AND WE'LL SEND YOU THREE

COPIES OF THAT WHEN YOU JOIN

THE "SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB,

AND AS A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS

BONUS, BECAUSE I LIKE TO BE

SAINT NICK, TOO, WE'RE GOING

TO SEND YOU THREE MORE

D.V.D.s OF THE FIRST

CHRISTMAS EPISODE.

YOU CAN HAVE NOT JUST NOAH

AND THE ARK, BUT YOU CAN

HAVE THE FIRST CHRISTMAS.

YOU CAN HAVE LOTS OF

STUFFING STUFFERS, ALL IF

YOU JOIN THE "SUPERBOOK"

D.V.D.

HOW MUCH IS THAT?

IT IS $25, AND EVERY FOUR TO

SIX WEEKS, WHEN WE PUT OUT A

NEW EPISODE OF "SUPERBOOK,"

YOU'LL BE FIRST IN LINE TO

RECEIVE THREE COPIES OF

THAT.

AND YOUR GIFT -- IT'S A

DONATION -- GOES INTO THE

PRODUCTION OF "SUPERBOOK"

AND INTO THE TRANSLATION AND

DISTRIBUTION AROUND THE

WORLD.

SO FAR -- THIS IS OUR LAUNCH

YEAR.

SO FAR 33 MILLION VIEWERS

HAVE SEEN EPISODES OF

"SUPERBOOK."

AND WE'RE DOING IT IN

TAGALOG NOW FOR THE

PHILIPPINES, AND IN

INDONESIA, FOR THOSE IN

INDONESIA, AND WE'RE DOING

IT IN AFRICA NOW, AND

THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST,

IN ARABIC, AND FOR IRAN IN

FARSI.

AND WE'RE LAUNCHING

LATIN-AMERICA.

ALL MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE

PEOPLE LIKE YOU CARE ENOUGH

TO GIVE TO SAY, YES, LET'S

GET THE STORIES OF THE BIBLE

TO THE CHILDREN OF THE

WORLD.

LET'S DO IT IN A WAY THEY

CAN UNDERSTAND AND

APPRECIATE.

IF THAT'S YOU, JOIN WITH

US.

JOIN THE "SUPERBOOK" D.V.D.

1-800-759-0700.

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, HAVE YOU

PUT UP YOUR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

THIS YEAR?

UP NEXT, WE'RE GOING TO TELL

YOU WHERE, WHEN, AND HOW

THIS TRADITION STARTED.

SO STAY WITH US.

Terry: ACROSS THE

COUNTRY, AMERICANS ARE

CHANNELING THEIR INNER CLARK

GRISWALD AND DECKING THEIR

HOMES WITH CHRISTMAS

LIGHTS.

BUT WHAT IS BEHIND THIS

TRADITION.

WENDY GRIFFITH ASKS

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR ACE

COLLINS TO FIND OUT.

Wendy: ACE, NOTHING

GETS ME MORE IN THE SPIRIT

OF CHRISTMAS THAN SEEING ALL

OF THESE HOMES LIT UP FOR

THE HOLIDAYS.

I THINK THIS HOME TAKES THE

CAKE.

IT IS PROBABLY THE BRIGHTEST

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

WHEN DID THIS TRADITION OF

LIGHTING UP OUR HOMES

BEGIN?

REALLY THE 1940S AND

'50s IS WHEN IT REALLY

STARTED BECAUSE LIGHTS CAME

TO THE PRICES PEOPLE COULD

AFFORD.

WE WERE AN AUTOMOTIVE AGE

BACK THEN, AND WE WOULD PILE

IN THE CARS AND GO LOOKS AT

LIGHTS IN THE

NEIGHBORHOODS.

BUT IT REALLY STARTED WITH

MARTIN LUTHER KING BECAUSE

HE TIED A CANDLE ON HIS

TREE.

AND WHEN HE DID THAT, I

DOUBT HE ENVISIONED ALL OF

THIS TAKING PLACE.

BECAUSE THAT CANDLE AND TREE

TO HIM REPRESENTED THE LIGHT

OF CHRIST.

THAT LIGHT HAS BEEN

ILLUMINATING THE WORLD EVER

SINCE.

AND THESE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

REPRESENT THAT

ILLUMINATION.

Wendy: WHITE LIGHTS

HAVE BEEN IN VOGUE FOR THE

PAST FEW YEARS, BUT I LIKE

THE COLORED LIGHTS.

IS THERE A MEANING BEHIND

THE COLORS?

THERE IS.

THE WHITE LIGHT REPRESENTS

THE PURITY OF CHRIST.

BUT THERE ARE ALSO BLUE

LIGHTS.

MY GRANDMA ALWAYS HAD BLUE

LIGHTS.

AND THE BLUE LIGHTS

REPRESENT LOVE.

THEN YOU'VE GOT THE RED

LIGHTS THAT REPRESENT THE

BLOOD OF CHRIST THAT WAS

SHED ON THE CROSS.

AND WE HAVE THE GREEN LIGHTS

THAT REPRESENT LIKE THE EVER

GREEN TREE, EVERLASTING

LIFE, THINGS THAT DON'T DIE

IN BLEAK TIMES.

Wendy: AND THE MOST

IMPORTANT MEANING IS THEY

REMIND US OF THE LIGHT OF

THE WORLD, JESUS CHRIST, AND

THE REAL MEANING FOR THE

SEASON.

THINK OF THAT, ONE LITTLE

LIGHT ILLUMINATING IN A

MANGER THAT HAS COME TO GLOW

ALL AROUND THE GLOBE, EVEN

BRIGHTER THAN THE LIGHTS

WE'RE SEEING TONIGHT.

Terry: THERE YOU HAVE

IT, IT IS THE TRUTH.

ACE COLLINS' BOOK IS CALLED

"STORIES BEHIND THE GREAT

TRADITIONS OF CHRISTMAS."

ANOTHER GOOD STOCKING

STUFFER.

AVAILABLE WHERE BOOKS ARE

SOLD.

Gordon: IF YOU KNOW

SOMEBODY WHO IS REALLY INTO

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS.

LET US KNOW.

THERE ARE PEOPLE WE KNOW

THAT GO SORT OF OVER

BOARD --

Terry: AND WE'RE GLAD

THEY DO.

BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE TO,

AND WE VISIT THEIR HOUSE.

Gordon: WE GO DRIVE AND

LOOK AT IT.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM JESUS, FROM JOHN

8: "I AM THE LIGHT OF THE

WORLD.

HE WHO FOLLOWS ME SHALL NOT

WALK IN DARKNESS BUT HAVE

THE LIGHT OF LIFE."

THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON,

REMEMBER THAT, THAT JESUS

CAME THAT WE MIGHT HAVE THE

LIGHT OF LIFE.

FOR TERRY AND ME AND ALL OF

US HERE AT "THE 700 CLUB,"

GOD BLESS YOU AND MERRY

CHRISTMAS.

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