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700 Club Interactive: Free in Jail - Dec 9, 2013

How can you pray for someone who is guilty of a crime? Hear one family's answer. Read Transcript


Gordon: COMING UP, A

SON FACES LIFE IN PRISON.

HE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF

FIRST-DEGREE MURDER.

Gordon: AND HIS PARENTS

PAY FOR THE CRIME.

THERE IS NEVER A PLACE

WHERE YOU SAY OKAY, WE'LL

JUST LIVE OUR LIVES NOW AND

JUST BE HAPPY.

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.

GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME TO

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

JASON KENT WAS IN LOVE.

HE ADORED HIS NEW WIFE AND

HER DAUGHTERS AND WAS

WILLING TO DO ANYTHING TO

PROTECT THEM.

Terry: SO WHEN JASON

LEARNED THAT HIS FAMILY WAS

IN DANGER, HE TOOK MATTERS

WHO HIS OWN HANDS AND WOUND

UP GETTING A LIFE SENTENCE.

IF I HAD TO EXPLAIN WHAT

LED TO MY CRIME, IT REALLY

IS AN ISSUE OF FUNDAMENTAL

CHOICE OF DO YOU TRUST GOD

OR DO YOU DOUBT GOD?

HE NEVER GOT INTO

TROUBLE.

HE WAS EASY TO RAISE.

WE DIDN'T EVEN NEED TO GIVE

HIM A CURFEW BECAUSE HE

ALWAYS WAS IN ON TIME, AND

HE WENT TO BED SO HE COULD

GET UP EARLY AND STUDY.

I ALWAYS WANTED TO GO IN

THE MILITARY, SINCE I WAS A

LITTLE KID.

I GOT A TOUR OF THE NAVAL

ACADEMY AT A ANNAPOLIS.

CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE

UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY

IS THAT DAY WHEN ALL OF THE

MIDSHIPMENTS THROW THEIR

HATS INTO THE AIR.

IT WAS A FUN THING TO SEE.

IT SEEMED LIKE LIFE COULD

NOT BE ANY BETTER THAN

THIS.

I'M IN ORLANDO, AND I

SPENT A LOT OF TIME GOING TO

CHURCH, AND I DEVELOPED A

LOT OF FRIENDSHIPS WITH A

LOT OF THE PEOPLE THERE.

AND ONE OF THEM GREW INTO A

BEST FRIENDSHIP, AND THAT

WAS WITH APRIL.

WE HAD A PHONE CALL THAT

THERE WAS A GIRL THERE THAT

HE HAD NOTICED, AND THE GIRL

HAD TWO LITTLE KIDS.

JASON SAID, MOM AND DAD,

MY ORDERS HAVE CHANGED.

APRIL AND I ARE IN LOVE, AND

WE WANT TO GET MARRIED.

SO WE CAN GO TOGETHER.

I LOVED THESE GIRLS ALMOST

INSTANTLY.

I NEVER WOULD HAVE

PURSUED MARRIAGE WITH THEIR

MOTHER IF I DIDN'T LOVE THEM

AS MY OWN.

THEY GOT DEEP DOWN INTO MY

HEART.

JASON WOULD CALL HOME,

AND HE SEEMED VERY OBSESSED

WITH FEAR THAT THE

BIOLOGICAL FATHER, WHO HAD

MULTIPLE ALLEGATIONS OF

ABUSE AGAINST HIM WAS ABOUT

TO GET UNSUPERVISED

VISITATION.

WE HAD PUT TOGETHER A

CHRONOLOGY OF ABUSE.

THAT WAS REALLY HARD TO DO.

THAT BEGAN A DOWNWARD SPIRAL

OF OBSESSING OF I'VE GOT TO

MAKE SURE MY DAUGHTERS ARE

SAFE.

TO COUNTER-MAN MY LACK OF

PEACE, THERE WAS A SELF,

INTERNAL DIALOGUE THAT WAS

SAYING, YOU DON'T HAVE TO

LIKE IT.

YOU JUST HAVE TO DO IT.

WE HEARD THE PHONE RING

AND IT STARTLED BOTH OF US

BECAUSE WE WERE ASLEEP.

I LOOKED AT THE LOOK, AND IT

SAID 12:35 a.m..

IT WAS OUR

DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, AND SHE WAS

CRYING, AND SHE SAID JASON

WAS ARRESTED FOR MURDER.

OUR SON HAD PULLED THE

TRIGGER IN THE PARKING LOT

AND A MAN HAD DIED.

I JUST REMEMBER

VISUALIZING THAT MY

DAUGHTERS SAYING, DADDY,

ISN'T THERE ANYTHING YOU

COULD HAVE DONE TO MAKE US

SAFE.

AND WHEN IT HAPPENS,

ESPECIALLY OVER SOMETHING

YOU OBSESSED OVER SO LONG,

IT ALMOST SEEMS LIKE YOU

WATCHED A MOVIE, AND YOU'RE

LIKE, DID THAT REALLY

HAPPEN?

DID THAT REALLY TAKE PLACE?

BUT IT DEFINITELY IS NO

DREAM, AND A MAN IS DEAD.

WE PRAYED A LOT BECAUSE

YOU CAN'T SLEEP VERY WELL,

AND AS SOON AS YOU WAKE UP,

THEN IT HITS YOUR MIND

AGAIN.

THAT MY SON IS IN JAIL IN

ORLANDO, FLORIDA.

HAVING BEEN ARRESTED FOR

FIRST-DEGREE MURDER.

THIS OTHER FAMILY IS JUST

PREPARING FOR A FAMILY, AND

THEN THEY HAD A FUNERAL.

THEIR SON HAS BEEN BURIED.

AND SO WE'RE PRAYING FOR

THAT FAMILY, AND PRAYING FOR

OUR SON, PRAYING FOR OUR

DAUGHTER-IN-LAW.

I HAD A INSTINCTIVE DRIVE

INSIDE THAT I REALLY NEED TO

HEAR FROM GOD.

I NEED TO HAVE SOME GUIDANCE

BECAUSE I'M LOST AND I'M

ADRIFT.

I GAINED A LOT OF COMFORT

FROM THE SCRIPTURE THAT GOD

CHASENS THOSE WHOM HE

LOVES.

BECAUSE TO ME IT MEANT LOVE

NOT THROWN AWAY.

THE FINAL VERDICT WAS

READ ON A FRIDAY AFTERNOON,

AFTER THE JURY WAS IN

DELIBERATIONS FOR ABOUT FOUR

HOURS.

AND THE VERDICT WAS READ

THAT HE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF

FIRST-DEGREE MURDER.

AND THE JUDGE SAID, I

SENTENCE YOU, JASON PAUL

KENT, TO LIVE OUT THE REST

OF YOUR NATURAL LIFE IN A

FLORIDA STATE PEN

PENITENTIARY.

YOU ARE TRYING TO HOLD

YOURSELF TOGETHER.

YOU DON'T REALIZE ALL OF THE

CONSEQUENCES OF YOUR ACTIONS

IN THAT ONE MOMENT.

YOU KNOW, IN THE BEGINNING

IT IS EXTREMELY STRESSFUL,

GOING TO VISITS, BECAUSE OF

ALL OF YOUR EMOTIONS, AND

WHAT YOU DON'T HAVE, THAT

YOU CAN'T GO HOME WITH

THEM.

AND SAYING GOOD-BYE.

THAT MENTAL WHIPLASH, WHERE

NOW YOU'RE GOING BACK TO THE

COMPOUND.

A HARDNESS COMES BACK OVER

YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO

DEAL WITH A HARD

ENVIRONMENT.

HE'LL BE 39 YEARS OLD.

SO THE THOUGHT OF HIM, IS HE

GOING TO BE THERE WHEN HE IS

49, WHEN HE IS 59 YEARS

OLD?

AND SO ON.

AND AT SOME POINT, CAROL AND

I WILL DIE AND GO TO

HEAVEN.

AND WHAT'S GOING TO TAKE

PLACE?

WHO IS GOING TO GO AND SEE

HIM AT THAT POINT?

AND YOUR SO AWARE OF THE

PASSING OF TIME.

AND THAT FOR HIM, THIS WILL

BE THE PLACE THAT HE DIES,

APART FROM A MIRACLE.

AND SO THERE IS NEVER A

PLACE WHERE YOU SAY, OKAY,

WE'LL JUST LIVE OUR LIVES

NOW AND JUST BE HAPPY.

THERE IS A SADNESS.

I DON'T HAVE A

RELATIONSHIP TODAY WITH MY

WIFE OR MY DAUGHTERS.

THEY'VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT,

DEFINITELY.

AND, AGAIN, IT'S MY FAULT.

THEY'VE BEEN THROUGH SO

MUCH.

I WROTE SOME LETTERS TO MY

VICTIMS.

I DON'T KNOW IF THEY EVER

GOT THEM.

AND I'M SORRY FOR THE PART

THAT I'VE HAD TO PLAY IN

CAUSING SUCH PAIN AND LOSS

TO THEM.

AND I RECOGNIZE THAT THERE

IS NOTHING -- MY APOLOGY

WON'T BRING ANYTHING BACK,

BUT I KNOW GOD CAN BRING

HEALING THERE, EVEN IN THE

BROKEN PIECES.

AND HE HAS DONE THAT IN MY

LIFE.

THAT'S MY HEART'S DESIRE FOR

THEM.

I CONTINUE TO ASK GOD

SOME OF THE WHY QUESTIONS

WHEN I FEEL DISPAIR COMING

ON.

AND I WISH I COULD TELL YOU

I HAVE A GREAT ANSWER FROM

HIM.

ALL I KNOW IS THAT HE NEVER

WASTES SORROW.

WE LIVE IN A WORLD THAT

IS FULL OF PAIN AND

SUFFERING AND SIN AND MAYHEM

AND MURDER.

AND I'VE HAD MY PART TO PLAY

IN THAT.

AND I LONG FOR A PLACE WHERE

WE DON'T HAVE ANY OF THAT.

AND I CLING TO THE FACT

THAT GOD IS GOD.

HE IS GOD, AND I AM NOT.

AND AS LONG AS I KNOW THAT A

BETTER DAY IS COMING AND

LIFE IS SHORT, AND I'M GOING

TO BE AT HOME IN HEAVEN WITH

MY SON WALKING IN FREEDOM

ONE DAY, AND IF I CAN CLING

TO AN ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE, I

CAN MAKE IT.

Gordon: CLINGING TO AN

ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE.

AND IT'S NOT ONE YOU

NECESSARILY HAVE TO CLING

TO, AS MUCH AS YOU NEED TO

KEEP SIGHT OF, THAT LIFE IS

VERY SHORT.

BUT THE DECISIONS WE MAKE

HERE DO HAVE ETERNAL

CONSEQUENCES.

AND JASON'S DECISION

AFFECTED NOT JUST HIS OWN

LIFE, IT AFFECTED THREE

OTHER FAMILIES.

IT AFFECTED THE FAMILY OF

THE DECEASED.

IT AFFECTED HIS NEW FAMILY.

AND THE DAUGHTERS THAT HE

WAS TRYING TO PROTECT.

DID THIS ACT REALLY PROTECT

THEM.

AND THEN HIS OWN FAMILY AND

HIS OWN PARENTS, AND THE

GRIEF THAT THEY HAVE TO DEAL

WITH, KNOWING THAT, YES,

WHEN HE'S 39, AND WHEN HE'S

49, AND WHEN HE'S 59, HE'S

STILL GOING TO BE IN JAIL,

STILL PAYING A PENALTY FOR

KILLING SOMEBODY ELSE.

THE QUESTION IS: WHAT DO YOU

DO WITH THIS?

AND HOW DO YOU PRAY?

AND SPECIFICALLY, HOW DO YOU

PRAY FOR THE GUILTY?

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DONE

TERRIBLE THINGS THAT DESERVE

PUNISHMENT?

WELL, WE HAVE A GREAT

ILLUSTRATION FROM THE BIBLE,

AND IT COMES FROM LUKE 23,

AND HERE IS THE SCENE: JESUS

IS BEING CRUCIFIED.

HE IS PAYING THE PENALTY FOR

ALL SINS, FOR ALL PEOPLE,

FOR ALL TIME.

HE WHO LIVED THE SINLESS

LIFE, HE IS THE ONE

PROPHESIED OF.

HE IS THE ONE THAT EXISTED

THROUGHOUT ALL ETERNITY AND

DECIDED TO HUMBLE HIMSELF

AND COME TO EARTH, BE BORN

IN A MANGER, LIVE LIFE JUST

LIKE YOU AND I DO, SUBJECT

TO EVERY TEMPTATION THERE

IS, AND YET WITHOUT SIN.

AND THEN HE OFFERS HIMSELF

AS A SACRIFICE, TO SAY I'LL

TAKE CARE OF ALL OF THIS.

I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT

PEOPLE CAN BE WITH ME FOR

ALL ETERNITY, THAT THEY CAN

ENJOY PARADISE WITH ME.

SO THIS IS THE SCENE.

HANGING NEXT TO HIM ON ONE

SIDE IS A THIEF.

HANGING TO THE OTHER SIDE IS

ANOTHER THIEF.

THEY'VE BOTH BEEN CONDEMNED

TO DEATH.

AND HERE IS WHAT THE BIBLE

SAYS: ONE OF THE CRIMINALS

HANGING BESIDE HIM SCOFFED,

AND SAID, YOU'RE THE

MESSIAH, ARE YOU?

PROVE IT BY SAVING YOURSELF

AND US, TOO, WHILE YOU'RE AT

IT.

HERE IS A PICTURE OF SOMEONE

WHO HAS ALLOWED BITTERNESS,

HAS ALLOWED NO HOPE OF THE

FUTURE TO ENTER INTO THEIR

SOULS, INTO THEIR VERY

THOUGHT PROCESS, SO THEY

COULD NO LONGER HOPE.

AND HANGING ON A CROSS IN

ROMAN TIMES, YOU CAN KIND OF

SEE WHY THAT WOULD HAPPEN TO

SOMEBODY.

AND SO HE IS SAYING, PROVE

IT.

GOD, IF YOU'RE THERE, PROVE

IT.

BUT THE OTHER CRIMINAL

PROTESTED.

DON'T YOU FEAR GOD, EVEN

WHEN YOU'VE BEEN SENTENCED

TO DIE?

WE DESERVE TO DIE FOR OUR

CRIMES.

BUT THIS MAN HASN'T DONE

ANYTHING WRONG.

THEN HE SAID, JESUS,

REMEMBER ME WHEN YOU COME

INTO YOUR KINGDOM.

AND JESUS REPLIED, I ASSURE

YOU TODAY YOU WILL BE WITH

ME IN PARADISE.

THAT'S A GREAT PRAYER.

JESUS, REMEMBER ME WHEN YOU

COME INTO YOUR KINGDOM.

AND THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE.

AND THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN THOSE WHO MAKE IT

AND THOSE WHO DON'T.

AND IF YOU'RE IN PRISON FOR

CRIMES THAT YOU COMMITTED,

INSTEAD CHALLENGING GOD,

PROVE IT, JUST ACKNOWLEDGE

HIM AND PRAY THAT SAME

PRAYER.

AND IF YOU'RE LOVED ONES ARE

IN PRISON, PRAY THAT OVER

THEM, THAT THEY WOULD COME

TO THE UNDERSTANDING THAT

THERE IS AN ETERNITY, THAT

THERE TIME HERE IS VERY

SHORT.

BUT THERE IS AN ETERNITY

THAT IS COMING THAT IS VERY

LONG.

AND TO GAIN ENTRANCE TO IT,

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

BELIEVE.

BELIEVE IN JESUS, THE ONE

PROPHESIED OF, THE ONE WHO

CAME AND LIVED THE SINLESS

LIFE.

HIS BLOOD WAS PRECIOUS, AND

WHEN HE OFFERED HIMSELF AS

THAT SACRIFICE TO SIN, HE

SAW HIS DESCENDENTS, AND HE

WAS SATISFIED.

HE SAW FROM THE CROSS THE

RESULT THAT WOULD HAPPEN,

THAT YOU AND I WOULD BE ABLE

TO BELIEVE AND BE ABLE TO

SPEND ALL ETERNITY WITH

HIM.

SO IF YOU'RE WONDERING IN

DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES HOW

TO PRAY, WELL, PRAY FOR

THAT.

LORD, REMEMBER ME WHEN YOU

COME INTO YOUR KINGDOM.

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, COMING UP,

AN EIGHT-TIME INMATE WHO

PLANNED TO LEAVE PRISON IN A

BOX.

HEAR WHAT SAVED HIS LIFE.

THAT'S NEXT.

.

Terry: JAMIE MONTEO IS

WHAT YOU WOULD CALL A CAREER

CRIMINAL.

HE SPENT MOST OF HIS LIFE IN

AND OUT OF JAIL, AND HE

MIGHT HAVE DIED THERE, TOO,

UNTIL HE WATCHED A PROGRAM

PRODUCED BY CBN.

Reporter: JAMIE MONTEO

STARTED HIS LIFE OF CRIME AT

AGE 15.

BY THE TIME HE TURNED 40, HE

HAD BEEN INCARCERATED EIGHT

TIMES FOR SERIOUS CRIMES.

NOW A POLICE STING HAD

CAUGHT HIM AGAIN, AND HE WAS

CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING AND

SENT BACK TO JAIL.

THE FIRST DAY IN PRISON

WAS TERRIBLE.

I BEGAN TO CRY.

THE NEXT DAY I TRIED TO HANG

MYSELF.

I WAS DOING IT WHEN OTHER

PRISONERS CAME TO STOP ME.

Reporter: ONE MORNING

HE WATCHED A CBN PROGRAM,

VIDAURA IN HIS CELL.

HE SAW THE STORY OF A MAN

MUCH LIKE HIMSELF, AND

WONDERED IF GOD COULD CHANGE

HIM, TOO.

I SAID, GOD, THE SAME

THING YOU GAVE TO THIS MAN,

I BEG YOU, PLEASE GIVE IT TO

ME, TOO.

I FELT MY LIFE CHANGE AT

THAT MOMENT.

Reporter: BY THE END OF

THAT PROGRAM, HE REMEMBERED

THE PEOPLE FROM "THE 700

CLUB" PRAYER CENTRE WHO CAME

TO VISIT THE PRISON.

THAT MEET JAMIE MET WITH ONE

OF THEM.

THIS COUNSELLOR TAUGHT ME

TO READ THE BIBLE, AND ALSO

PAT ROBERTSON'S

BOOK, "ANSWERS."

Reporter: HE GREW AS A

CHRISTIAN, AND TWO YEARS

LATER HE WAS RELEASED FROM

PRISON.

HE BECAME A PASTOR AND IS

BUILDING A CHURCH THAT SEATS

5,000 PEOPLE.

I GIVE THANKS FOR

VIDADURA AND "THE 700 CLUB,"

THAT MADE ME SOMEONE HE CAN

USE FOR HIS GLORY.

Terry: VIDADURA IS JUST

ONE OF THE INTERNATIONAL

PROGRAMS IN THE LANGUAGE OF

THE PEOPLE IT IS REACHING,

THAT CBN PRODUCES ALL AROUND

THE WORLD, BRINGING THE

MESSAGE OF GOD'S LOVE, THAT

THERE IS FORGIVENESS, AND

GOD HAS A NEW BEGINNING FOR

EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US.

THAT IS ONE OF THE OUT

REACHES OF CBN.

AND WE ALSO SPEAK INTO THE

LIVES OF PEOPLE IN NEED IN

VERY PRACTICAL WAYS, WITH

FOOD TO EAT, CLOTHING,

HOMES, SHELTER, THE KINDS OF

THINGS SOMETIMES PEOPLE JUST

NEED A HELPING HAND WITH IN

ORDER TO STEP UP INTO

ANOTHER LEVEL IN THEIR

LIVES.

IT IS ALL DONE, EVERYTHING

IS DONE, WITH THE MESSAGE OF

THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST.

THAT YOU'D LIKE TO BE A PART

OF THAT, YOU REALLY CAN BE A

WORLD-CHANGER.

THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF US

WHO ARE COMMITTED TO DOING

THAT.

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN THE

FAMILY OF MINISTRIES HERE.

65 CENTS A DAY, $20 A MONTH,

MAKES YOU A "700 CLUB"

MEMBER.

CALL THE NUMBER ON YOUR

SCREEN, 1-888-777-1999.

AND JUST SAY, I WANT TO JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB," AND WE SAY

THANK YOU.

GORDON?

Gordon: STILL AHEAD, A

PRISONER WHO NEVER THOUGHT

HE WOULD SEE THE LIGHT OF

DAY.

THE THREE TIMES A WEEK I

WAS LED OUT FOR A SHOWER, I

HAD TO BE IN CHAINS AND

BILLY SHACKLES.

I KIND OF FELT LIKE, WELL,

THIS IS WHAT I'M DESTINED

FOR.

Gordon: THE MIRACLE

THAT SET HIM FREE, AFTER

THIS.

Terry: TODAY TODD AIRE

IS ONE OF THE FRIENDLIEST

GUYS YOU'LL EVER MEET.

BUT FOR YEARS BEHIND BARS,

TODD WAS KNOWN AT S.S.R.,

WHICH STANDS FOR SUBSTANTIAL

SECURITY RISK.

HE FULLY BELIEVED HE WOULD

BE KILLED IN PRISON, AND HE

VOWED TO TAKE A WHOLE BUNCH

OF MEN WITH HIM WHEN HE

DIED.

Reporter: WHEN TODD

AIRE BREATHS THE

PINE-SCENTED WOODS OF

NORTHERN ARIZONA, IT IS NOT

JUST CLEAN AIR HE SMELLS.

IT IS THE SMELL OF FREEDOM.

AFTER MAKING SOME TRAGIC

CHOICES AS A YOUNG MAN, TODD

SPENT 17 YEARS BEHIND BARS.

I KNEW GOD.

I KNEW HIS PRESENCE.

I KNEW -- I NEVER DID ONE

THING IN MY LIFE THAT WAS

WRONG THAT I DIDN'T KNOW WAS

WRONG.

BUT I CHOSE THE WORLD, AND

IT TOOK ME DOWN A BAD PATH.

Reporter: TODD BEGAN

DRINKING AND DOING DRUGS BY

THE TIME HE WAS 12.

HE HAD A RESTLESS SOUL, AND

DURING HIS TEENS HE

HITCHHIKED ACROSS THE

COUNTRY SEVERAL TIMES.

THEN ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY,

1986, WHEN HE WAS JUST 24,

HIS LIFE CHANGED FOREVER.

TODD SHOT AND KILLED A MAN

WHO WAS ABUSING A RELATIVE.

HE THEN DROVE STRAIGHT TO

THE POLICE STATION AND

TURNED HIMSELF IN.

I DID WHAT I DID, AND I

WASN'T HIDING FROM ANYBODY.

AND SO I WAS WILLING TO PAY

THE COST FOR IT.

BUT I HAD NO IDEA OF THE

COST, OF JUST HOW HIGH IT

WOULD BE.

Reporter: TODD RECEIVED

A 27-YEAR SENTENCE AND WAS

SENT TO A FEDERAL PRISON IN

SOUTH CAROLINA.

PRISON LIFE IS HARD.

AND THE VIOLENT GENERALLY

EXCEL.

I LOST HOME, YOU KNOW.

IT'S A ROUGH ENVIRONMENT.

AND I WAS TOLD PRETTY EARLY

ON THAT BECAUSE OF MY PRIDE,

THAT I PROBABLY WOULDN'T

LIVE THROUGH IT.

I HAD A GOAL, WHEN MY DAY

COME, WHEN THEY TOOK ME OUT,

I WAS GOING TO TAKE A WHOLE

BUNCH OF THEM WITH ME.

Reporter: IN PRISON,

TODD STARTED BUYING AND

SELLING DRUGS AND DEVELOPED

A REPUTATION FOR HIS

RUTHLESSNESS.

ONE TIME HE NEARLY KILLED

ANOTHER INMATE IN A KNIFE

FIGHT AND WAS PUT INTO

SOLITARY CONFINEMENT.

I WAS WHAT THEY CALLED

S.S.R., WHICH STANDS FOR

SUBSTANTIAL SECURITY RISK.

IT MEANT THAT THE THREE

TIMES A WEEK I WAS LET OUT

FOR A SHOWER, I HAD TO BE IN

CHAINS AND BILLY SHACKLES.

I DIDN'T THINK I WOULD EVER

SEE THE OUTSIDE WORLD

AGAIN.

I LOST ALL HOPE.

I JUST KIND OF FELT LIKE,

WELL, THIS IS WHAT I'M

DESTINED FOR.

Reporter: TODD ALWAYS

KEPT A BIBLE IN HIS CELL.

BUT HE SAYS HE SELDOM READ

IT.

I LOOKED AT IT ONE DAY.

IT WAS LAYING OVER THERE

WITH DUST ON IT ABOUT THAT

THICK.

LORD, I SAID, I KNOW THERE

IS PEACE IN THEM WORDS.

AND, MAN, I NEED SOME

PEACE.

I'M JUST SICK IN MY HEART.

I SAID, BUT, LORD, THAT

BIBLE IS KIND OF HARD TO

UNDERSTAND.

IF I HAD SOMETHING TO HELP

ME UNDERSTAND IT, I WOULD

TRY TO READ IT.

AND THEN THE VERY NEXT DAY I

GET AN MANILA ENVELOPE IN

THE MAIL, AND IT IS A BOOK,

"KNOWING AND EXPERIENCING

GOD."

AND A LITTLE CAPTION "HOW TO

UNDERSTAND YOUR BIBLE."

SO I KNEW THAT GOD HEARD

ME.

Reporter: THAT BOOK

FROM CAME FROM TODD'S AUNT

AND UNCLE.

THEY HAD BEEN PRAYING FOR

HIM FOR YEARS.

FOR TODD, IT WAS A

LIFE-CHANGING MOMENT.

WHEN I GOT THAT BOOK AND

I KNEW THAT GOD HAD HEARD

ME, AND THAT MORE THAN THAT,

HE JUST WASN'T THROUGH WITH

ME, THAT WAS IT, MAN.

I BROKE DOWN AND I BALLED

FOR ABOUT TWO DAYS.

I JUST SAID, I'M YOURS,

MAN.

IF YOU, THE MAKER OF HEAVEN

AND EARTH, THIS WONDERFUL,

MERCIFUL, KIND GOD CAN STILL

LOVE ME AFTER THE MONSTER I

HAD BECOME, I'M ON YOUR

TEAM, BRO, YOU KNOW?

I'M YOURS.

SEND ME WHERE YOU'LL SEND

ME.

I'LL GO.

ASK ME TO DO WHATEVER IT

IS.

I DON'T CARE HOW HARD IT IS,

I'LL DO IT.

GOD JUST STARTED TEACHING ME

HOW TO MINISTER.

Reporter: TODD

CONTINUED TO PRAY AND STUDY

HIS BIBLE IN HIS CELL.

ONE HOT SUMMER DAY ANOTHER

INMAT INMATE BORROWED HIS

FAN.

HE CALLS ME AND SAYS,

HEY, MAN, DO YOU WANT YOUR

FAN BACK.

AND THE LORD SPOKE TO MY

HEART AND HE SAID, GIVE IT

TO HIM.

AND I'M THINKING, LORD, GIVE

IT TO HIM?

IT IS 100° IN HERE.

ARE YOU CRAZY.

AND HE SAID, YOU'VE BEEN

TELLING HIM WHAT JESUS WOULD

DO.

IT IS TIME YOU SHOW HIM WHAT

JESUS WOULD DO.

AND IT JUST BLEW HIM AWAY.

Reporter: AND THEN AN

AMAZING THING HAPPENED.

IT COOLED OFF, AND I BET

YOU I WASN'T BUT 70° IN THAT

CELL.

THROUGH THAT LITTLE BIT OF

OBEDIENCE, GOD STARTED

MANIFESTING HIMSELF.

Reporter: TODD STARTED

SHARING WITH THE OTHER

INMATES WHAT HE LEARNED IN

THE BIBLE ABOUT JESUS.

EACH TIME I WOULD DO

SOMETHING LIKE THAT, I WOULD

GROW SPIRITUALLY, AND MY

FAITH WOULD GET STRONGER.

AND HE WOULD GIVE ME THESE

BEAUTIFUL MIRACLES TO SAY

GOOD JOB.

ONE TIME I SAID, LORD, I'M

SO TIRED OF LOOKING AT ALL

OF THIS WIRE AND THESE

FENCES AND CONCRETE.

I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SEE

SOMETHING PRETTY.

IT DIDN'T NO LONGER GET OUT

OF MY MOUTH, THEN THREE

DOVES CAME IN FRONT OF MY

CELL.

AND THOSE SAME DOVES CAME

EVERY DAY UNTIL I GOT OUT.

AS I STARTED SEEKING AND

SEARCHING FOR HIM, HE

STARTED REVEALING HIS BEAUTY

AND HIS WONDER AND HIS

MAJESTY.

BUT MORE THAN THAT, HE WAS

COMMUNING WITH ME.

THE GOD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH

WAS COMMUNING WITH THIS OLD

CONVICT DOWN THERE.

Reporter: THE DRASTIC

CHANGE IN TODD'S CHARACTER

GOT THE ATTENTION OF THE

OTHER INMATES.

THE OLD-TIMERS -- WHEN I

GOT MY HEART RIGHT WITH THE

LORD, INSTEAD OF SHUNNING

ME, THEY SURROUNDED ME.

THEY WAS TICKLED FOR ME,

MAN.

THEY WAS HAPPY FOR ME.

THEY SAW THE PEACE AND THE

JOY IN MY HEART.

AND IT GAVE THEM HOPE.

Reporter: IN 2003, TODD

WAS GRANTED EARLY PAROLE DUE

TO GOOD BEHAVIOR.

SHORTLY AFTER, HE MET AND

MARRIED LAURIE AND THEY

STARTED A FAMILY.

THE COUPLE AND THEIR

DAUGHTER RECENTLY MOVED TO

ARIZONA, WHERE THEY MANAGE

CAMP GRACE, A SUMMER CAMP

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

I GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD,

AND HE IS NOT LIMITED.

HE HAS GIVEN US THE HOLY

SPIRIT, BUT IT IS TIME THAT

ME AND YOU AND OTHERS STEP

UP TO THE PLATE AND WALK IN

THE FAITH THAT IS OURS, WALK

IN THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT

THAT IS OURS.

Reporter: TODD BELIEVES

HIS FREEDOM FROM PRISON WAS

A MIRACLE, AND HE STILL

BELIEVES IN A GOD THAT MAKES

MIRACLES HAPPEN EVERY DAY.

ONE OF THE REASONS NOBODY

GETS TO SEE THE MIRACLES OF

GOD IS BECAUSE THEY DON'T

PUT THEIR FULL TRUST IN

HIM.

LEARN TO TRUST HIM.

PUT YOUR FAITH IN HIM.

HE'LL PROVIDE FOR YOU, MAN.

HE WON'T JUST PROVIDE FOR

YOU, HE WILL BLESS YOUR

SOCKS OFF.

BUT YOU'VE GOT TO TRUST

HIM.

Terry: HOW DOES THAT

HAPPEN?

HOW DOES SOMEBODY WITH A

27-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE AND

A PRETTY BAD RECORD IN

MAKING CHOICES IN THIS LIFE

BEFORE THAT, SOMEBODY WHO IS

A SUBSTANTIAL SECURITY RISK

IN PRISON, WHO ALMOST KILLS

A GUY WITH A KNIFE, SO MUCH

ANGER, SO MUCH HOPELESSNESS,

HOW DOES THAT TURNAROUND

HAPPEN?

THAT'S THE TRANSFORMING

POWER OF JESUS CHRIST.

YOU CAN'T GO TOO FAR TO GET

AWAY FROM THE LOVE OF GOD,

AND YOU CAN'T DO TOO MUCH

BAD STUFF TO SEPARATE YOU

FROM THE POTENTIAL, THE

POSSIBILITY OF BEING SET

FREE IN THAT LOVE OF GOD.

LISTEN, I DON'T KNOW WHERE

YOU'RE AT TODAY OR WHAT'S

GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE, BUT

IT IS NEVER JUST CHANCE THAT

YOU'RE WATCHING A PROGRAM

WHERE GOD SENDS A MESSAGE

LIKE THIS INTO YOUR LIFE.

YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES MIGHT NOT

BE THE SAME AS TODD'S, BUT

YOUR HOPELESSNESS MIGHT BE.

GOD IS THE SAME YESTERDAY,

TODAY, AND FOREVER, AND HE

IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS.

SO WHAT HE DID FOR TODD, HE

IS WILLING AND HAPPY TO DO

FOR YOU.

DO YOU WANT TO BE SET FREE?

YOU KNOW YOU NEED TO HUMBLE

YOURSELF LIKE TODD DID.

TODD CAME TO THE END OF

HIMSELF AND FELL ON HIS FACE

BEFORE GOD, AND SAID IF YOU

CAN STILL LOVE A SINNER LIKE

ME, TAKE WHAT I AM AND WHO I

AM AND MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF

MY LIFE.

CRY OUT TO GOD YOURSELF

TODAY, ASK HIM FOR THAT.

HE IS THERE, WAITING TO HEAR

FROM YOU, KNOCKING ON THE

DOOR OF YOUR HEART WITH THE

SAME POWER TO FORGIVE AND

TRANSFORM AND CHANGE YOUR

NOW AND YOUR TOMORROW.

CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD

AND YOU WILL BE SAVED.

IF YOU WANT SOMEONE TO PRAY

WITH YOU, THERE IS OUR

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GORDON?

Gordon: WELL, WHAT A

WONDERFUL STORY OF FREEDOM

THAT COMES, AND HERE IS THE

WORD FROM JOHN 8: 36: "

THEREFORE, IF THE SON MAKES

YOU FREE, YOU SHALL BE FREE

INDEED."

UNDERSTAND THAT NO MATTER

WHERE YOU ARE, NO MATTER IF

YOU'RE IN A PRISON CELL, GOD

IS MAKE YOU FREE.

NOT AS THE WORLD MAKES FREE,

BUT AS HE DOES, WHERE IN

YOUR SPIRIT YOU HAVE

RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, PEACE

THAT SURPASSES ALL

UNDERSTANDING, AND JOY.

JOY UNSPEAKABLE AND FULL OF

GLORY.

AND IT CAN HAPPEN RIGHT

WHERE YOU ARE.

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