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The 700 Club - Jan. 10, 2014

Katherine's massive stroke should have killed her, but after a miraculous recovery it gave the Wolf family a platform to proclaim the healing power of Christ to millions. Plus, Michael felt rejected by everyone and turned to drugs to fill the ... Read Transcript


AT 26 YEARS OLD, I HAD A

MASSIVE STROKE AND ALMOST

DIED.

I KNEW SOMETHING WAS

REALLY WRONG.

THE SURGERY THAT WAS

SUPPOSED TO LAST EIGHT HOURS

LASTED 16.

IT WAS THE NORMAL.

THIS IS WHAT I DO NOW.

THE DAYS GOD MADE A

MISTAKE.

I SHOULD HAVE DIED.

THE THERAPIST TOLD ME TO

PREPARE MYSELF FOR THE

WORST.

THERE IS PURPOSE IN ALL

OF THIS.

JUST WAIT; YOU'LL SEE.

*

Gordon: WELL, WELCOME

TO "THE 700 CLUB."

THIS WINTER BROKE

RECORD-BREAKING COLD TO

PARTS OF AMERICA.

AND IT HAS ALSO BROUGHT THE

FLU.

THE VIRUS HAS SPREAD ACROSS

THE COUNTRY.

Terry: TEXAS HAS SEEN

THE WORST OUTBREAK SO FAR.

AT LEAST 21 PEOPLE HAVE

DIED.

CAITLIN BURKE HAS THE

STORY.

Reporter: FEVER,

CHILLS, AND MUSCLE ACHES,

ALL TELLTALE SIGNS OF THE

FLU.

HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY WE'RE

ENTERING THE HIGH POINT OF

FLU SEASON, AND THE NUMBER

OF CASES ARE SPIKING ACROSS

THE COUNTRY.

THE NUMBER OF POSITIVE

FLU TESTS WE'VE HAD IN THE

LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS ARE UP

ABOUT EIGHT TIMES WHAT THEY

WERE IN EARLY DECEMBER.

WITHOUT A DOUBT, WE'RE

SEEING A LOT OF FLU.

THE REPORTS WE'RE GETTING

FROM THE EMERGENCY ROOMS IS

THE FLU.

Reporter: H1N1 CAUSED

THE WORLDWIDE EPIDEMIC BACK

IN 2009.

AND IT IS HITTING YOUNG

PEOPLE THE HARDEST.

YOUNG ADULTS, HEALTHY

ADULTS, HAVE BEEN IMPACTED

TREMENDOUSLY IN TERMS OF THE

ILLNESS.

Reporter: THIS YEAR'S

STRAIN IS AFFECTING SOME WHO

EVEN GOT THEIR FLU SHOT.

BUT LORI JOHNSON SAYS THE

VACCINE IS STILL YOUR BEST

DEFENSE AGAINST THE FLU.

Reporter: IT IS NOT TOO

LATE TO GET THE FLU SHOT.

BUT KEEP IN MIND IT TAKES

TWO WEEKS FOR THE FLU SHOT

TO TAKE EFFECT.

THIS IS WHY WE SOMETIMES

HEAR PEOPLE SAY, "I GOT THE

FLU SHOT AND THEN I GOT THE

FLU," AND IT IS BECAUSE THEY

GOT THE FLU BETWEEN THAT

TWO-WEEK WINDOW OF WHEN THEY

GOT THE SHOT AND WHEN THEY

GOT THE FLU.

HEALTH OFFICIALS RECOMMEND

WASHING YOUR HANDS OFTEN,

GETTING PLENTY OF SLEEP, AND

TAKING YOUR VITAMINS.

CAITLIN BURKE, CBN NEWS.

Gordon: I ENCOURAGE

EVERYONE TO GET A FLU SHOT

THIS YEAR.

I GOT MINE FOR THE FIRST

YEAR, BECAUSE I GOT THE FLU

THREE TIMES LAST YEAR.

WITH THE STRAINS THAT ARE

GOING AROUND TODAY,

PARTICULARLY H1N1, I

ENCOURAGE EVERYONE, AND I'M

JOINED WITH THE GOVERNMENT

ON THIS ONE.

THEY SAY ANYONE BEYOND AN

INFANT NEEDS TO GET A FLU

SHOT EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

IN OTHER NEWS, THE SUPREME

COURT IS TAKING UP AN

IMPORTANT CASE INVOLVING THE

PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT AND

FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

JOHN JESSUP HAS THAT STORY

FROM OUR NEWS BUREAU IN

WASHINGTON.

Reporter: GORDON, THE

HIGH COURT WILL BE HEARING A

CASE ABOUT SO-CALLED BUBBLE

ZONES, THOSE ARE AREAS

AROUND ABORTION CLINICS IN

MASSACHUSETTS, WHERE

PRO-LIFERS AREN'T ALLOWED TO

TALK TO WOMEN WHO WANT TO

GET AN ABORTION.

BUT THEY SAY THAT TAKES AWAY

THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT

TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

Reporter: IF YOU TRY TO

CHANGE A WOMAN'S MIND ABOUT

AN ABORTION AND CROSS THIS

LINE OUTSIDE A CLINIC IN

MASSACHUSETTS, YOU CAN ENT

UP IN JAIL.

SEVEN YEARS AGO, THE STATE

DECLARED 35-FOOT BUBBLE

ZONES TO KEEP THOSE AWAY(Ñ(Ñ

FROM THOSE ENTERING ABORTION

CLINICS.

NOW THE SUPREME COURT WILL

TAKE UP WHETHER THOSE ZONES

VIOLATE THE RIGHT OF FREE

SPEECH.

IT TAKES AWAY THAT PERSON

TO PERSON ASPECT OF IT AND

PUTS YOU AT A DISTANCE.

Reporter: RAY BELIEVES

THAT PRO-LIFE ADVOCATES HAVE

SAVED HUNDREDS OF LIVES.

AND THE BUBBLE ZONE TAKES

THAT AWAY.

YOU HAVE TO YELL AT THEM

AS THOUGH YOU'RE IN

OPPOSITION TO THEM, AND

YOU'RE NOT.

YOU'RE TRYING TO SAVE THAT

CHILD IN THE WOMB.

Reporter: ANY PRO-LIFE

AMERICAN ON THIS SIDE OF

THAT LINE CAN SAY ANYTHING

THEY WANT.

BUT IF THEY STEP OVER THIS

LINE, NOW IT IS ILLEGAL

SPEECH.

WE PRAY THAT THIS FREEDOM

MAY BE WON.

Reporter: REVEREND PAUL

SHANK WON A SIMILAR CASE ALL

THE WAY TO THE SUPREME

COURT.

IMAGINE CALLING OUT TO

SOMEONE FROM 35 FEET AWAY IN

PUBLIC SPACE, NO LESS.

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO CARRY ON

THE KIND OF QUIET

CONVERSATION THAT A

SITUATION THIS DIRE

DESIRES.

Reporter: JEFF AND

TRISHA WERE FIVE MONTHS AWAY

FROM GETTING MARRIED, WHEN

THEY FOUND THEY WERE

PREGNANT.

WHICH THEY THOUGHT WOULD BE

HUMILIATING IF THEY

ANNOUNCED IT AT THEIR

WEDDING.

WE WERE CONVINCED IT WAS

JUST A BLOB OF TISSUES.

Reporter: AND NOW THEY

SAY THEY BELIEVE SOMEONE

INTERVENING WOULD HAVE

CHANGED THEIR MIND ABOUT THE

ABORTION.

IF SOMEONE WOULD HAVE

STAYED WITH US, STOOD IN THE

GAP, I BELIEVE WE WOULD HAVE

A 20-YEAR-OLD LITTLE GIRL

HERE TODAY.

Reporter: EVIDENCE

PROOFS THAT A HEART TO HEART

TALK COULD MAKE THE

DIFFERENCE.

GOD PROMPTED LINDA TO CALL

HER DAUGHTER ONE NIGHT, AND

SHE DISCOVERED HER DAUGHTER

WAS AT AN ABORTION CLINIC.

I SAID, GOD DOESN'T MAKE

MISTAKES.

YOU NEED TO SAVE THIS BABY.

Reporter: LINDA'S

DAUGHTER SAVED HER OWN CHILD

AND MORE.

SHE LEFT THERE.

BUT BEFORE HE LEFT, SHE

SPOKE TO TWO OTHER GIRLS

ABOUT SAVING THEIR BABIES,

TOO.

Reporter: AND SCIENCE

GIVES PRO-LIFERS INFORMATION

TO SHARE.

LINDA IS ANOTHER MARYLAND

PRO LIFE.

A BABY AT SIX WEEKS HAS A

BILLION CELLS, AND HIS

D.N.A. HAS MORE INFORMATION

THAN ANY WORD EVERY

SPOKEN -- EVERY WORD EVER

SPOKEN BY EVERY HUMAN BEING

SINCE THE GIERG OF TIME.

BEGINNING OF TIME.

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

THE FIGHT GOES ON TO PUT A

NEEDLE IN THE 35-FOOT

BUBBLE.

I HAVE ALWAYS SAID A

WOMAN DOESN'T HAVE AN

ABORTION BECAUSE SHE HAS A

CHOICE.

SHE IS MAKING AN ABORTION

BECAUSE SHE HAS NO CHOICE.

AND THE PRO-LIFE IS OFFERING

HER THE SUPPORT SHE NEEDS TO

GIVE HER CHILD LIFE.

WELL, YOU CAN'T DO THAT FROM

35 FEET AWAY.

Reporter: PAUL STRAND,

CBN NEWS, BOSTON.

Reporter: TURNING

OVERSEAS NOW, FOR NEARLY

2700 YEARS, A TRIBE INSIDE

INDIA KEPT THEIR JEWISH

ROOTS.

MANY BELIEVE THEY'RE PART OF

THE LOST TRIBES OF ISRAEL,

AND NOW THEY'RE RETURNING TO

THEIR ANCIENT HOMELAND.

AND THIS RETURN IS ALSO SEEN

AS BIBLICAL PROPHECY.

Reporter: BROTHER FOUND

BROTHER AND FAMILY MEMBERS

OF ALL AGES REUNITED

RECENTLY AT TEL AVIV'S

BENGORIAN AIRPORT.

THEY'RE PART OF THE LOST

TRIBE RETURNING FROM INDIA

BACK TO ISRAEL.

THE TERM GOES BACK TO

ANCIENT TIME WHEN THE 12

TRIBES WERE VANISHED FROM

THE LAND.

MICHAEL FRAWND HAS WORKED

FOR YEARS TO BRING ABOUT

THESE MOMENTS.

HE BELIEVES IT FULFILLS

BIBLICAL PROPHECY.

WE ARE WATCHING AS

PROPHECY COMES TO LIFE

BEFORE OUR EYES.

GOD REMEMBERS HIS PROMISES

TO HIS PEOPLE ISRAEL.

GOD IS FAITHFUL, AND HE IS

GATHERING HIS CHILDREN IN

FROM ALL OVER THE EARTH.

Reporter: THIS IS THE

SECOND PART OF A

LONG-AWAITED MIGRATION.

NEARLY 2,000 TRIBE MEMBERS

LIVE IN ISRAEL, BUT SIX

YEARS AGO, THE GOVERNMENT

STOPPED THEIR RETURN.

NOW THE GOVERNMENT WILL

PERMIT ALL OF THE BENE

MANOSHE, ABOUT 7,000, TO

RETURN.

AFTER 2,700 YEARS OF

EXILE, THEY ARE COMING

BACK.

WE WILL COME BACK, THE

FIRST.

WE DID IT.

Reporter: THE ASSYRIAN

EMPIRE UNVEILED THE TRIBE

ALMOST 3,000 YEARS AGO.

ALTHOUGH THEY SETTLED IN

NORTHEAST ISRAEL, TRIBE

MEMBERS KEPT THEIR ROOTS FOR

MORE THAN 2,000 YEARS.

SEVERAL CHRISTIAN

ORGANIZATIONS HELPED BRING

THEM HOME.

I'M GRATEFUL TO GOD.

I'M GRATEFUL TO OUR PARTNERS

OUT THERE, JEWS AND

CHRISTIANS, WHO STAND WITH

US, WHO PRAYED FOR US, AND

WHO HELPED TO FACILITATE

THIS MIRACLE.

I'M GRATEFUL TO CBN, TO

GORDON ROBERTSON AND MICHAEL

LITTLE, AND THE WHOLE TEAM

THERE.

WE SUPPORT THE ALIAH, THE

JEWISH PEOPLE, BECAUSE WE

BELIEVE IT IS THE HAND OF

GOD.

THE LORD SAID THAT HE

SCATTERED THE JEWISH PEOPLE,

BUT HE WOULD NEVER LEAVE

THEM SCATTERED AMONG THE

NATIONS.

HE WOULD ALWAYS COME AND

FIND THEM, EVEN IF THEY WERE

SCATTERED TO THE ENDS OF THE

EARTH.

AND HE SAID, I'M GOING TO

BRING YOUR SONS FROM THE

EAST, IN THE BOOK OF ISAIAH,

AND THESE ARE CERTAINLY

JEWISH PEOPLE, ANCIENT

ISRAELITE TRIBES THAT ARE

COMING HOME FROM THE EAST.

IT IS SOMETHING THEIR

ANCESTORS DREAMED ABOUT FOR

2,700 YEARS.

AND DESPITE BEING CUT OFF

FROM THE REST OF THE PEOPLE

OF ISRAEL FOR SO LONG, THE

NAMNOMEN ASHIR NEVER FORGOT

WHO THEY WERE AND WHERE THEY

DREAMED OF ONE DAY

RETURNING.

AND NOW, THANK GOD, THEY'RE

BACK HOME.

Reporter: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Reporter: SUCH AN

INCREDIBLE STORY, GORDON.

IT IS QUITE A THING TO

BEHOLD THE EXCITEMENT IN THE

FACES OF THE PEOPLE IN

CHRIS' STORY.

Gordon: IT IS GREAT TO

SEE PROPHECY FULFILLED.

IN OUR GENERATION, WE'VE HAD

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO SEE

THAT.

ISRAEL, PROPHECY BEING

FULFILLED BEFORE OUR VERY

EYES.

TERRY?

Terry: UP NEXT, THEY'VE

BEEN CALLED THE GUARDIAN

ANGELS OF THE SEA.

GOD HAS A HIGHER CALLING

FOR ME.

AND FOR ME, IT IS JUMPING

OUT OF HELICOPTERS.

Terry: FIND OUT WHAT IT

TAKES TO BECOME A COAST

GUARD RESCUE SWIMMER.

THAT'S NEXT.

Gordon: COAST GUARD

RESCUE SWIMMERS HAVE A HARD

TIME.

THEY JUMP FROM HELICOPTERS

INTO FRIGID WATERS TO RESCUE

PEOPLE.

AND AS MARK MARTIN SHOWS US,

IF THEY AREN'T TRAINED

PROPERLY, IT CAN MEAN THE

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND

DEATH.

YOU HAVE 10 MINUTES TO

COMPLETE THE EVOLUTION.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

NO.

Reporter: A RESCUE

SWIMMER CANDIDATE PREPARES

FOR A MAJOR MILESTONE IN A

GRUELING 24-WEEK TRAINING

PROGRAM.

CHECK YOUR FINS.

CHECK YOUR TRITAN.

Reporter: ONE OF THE

ROUGHEST TESTS IS WHAT IS

CALLED "THE NON-COMPLIANT

SURVIVOR TEST."

AFTER JUMPING OFF THIS

15-FOOT PLATFORM INTO THE

POOL BELOW, THE RESCUE

SWIMMER MUST GET CONTROL OF

THE UNRESPONSIVE SWIMMER,

AND PUT THAT SWIMMER INTO

THIS RESCUE HARNESS.

PLAYING THE VICTIM, AN

INSTRUCTOR AT THE AVIATION

TECHNICAL TRAINING CENTER IN

ELIZABETH CITY, NORTH

CAROLINA.

OTHERS GRADE THE TEST FROM

INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE POOL,

CRITIQUING EVERY MOVE.

THE RESCUE SWIMMER GETS

THREE TRIES.

THEY'VE ALREADY IN TESTED 10

WEEKS IN THE MOST DEMANDING

TRAINING PROGRAM IN THE

COAST GUARD.

PROXIMATELY 65% TO 70%

WILL NOT MAKE IT THROUGH THE

PROGRAM.

ALTHOUGH WE GET SOME

INCREDIBLY GIFTED ATHLETES

INTO OUR PROGRAM, THE

TOUGHEST PART OF THIS

TRAINING IS DEFINITELY IN

THE POOL.

IT IS A COMBINATION OF

PERSISTENCE AND COURAGE.

AND SOME OF THE STUDENTS

HAVE IT, AND SOME DON'T.

IF THEY DO, WE CAN ENHANCE

IT.

IF THEY DON'T, THERE IS

NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO GIVE

THEM THAT.

BUT WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN

FOR THOSE WHO ARE DETERMINED

TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE

PROGRAM TO SEE THEY WILL

SUCCEED.

Reporter: THAT INCLUDES

22-YEAR-OLD TYLER POOLE, ONE

TO PASS THE TEST.

IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO IT,

GO WHOLE HEARTED.

FOR ME, THERE IS NOTHING

ELSE.

I'M STUCK IN THE COAST GUARD

FOR ANOTHER FIVE YEARS, AND

THERE IS NOTHING ELSE HERE I

WANT TO DO BESIDES BE A

RESCUE SWIMMER.

IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO IT, GO

ALL THE WAY.

Reporter: POOLE SAYS

THE 2006 FILM "THE

GUARDIAN," INSPIRED HIM TO

BE A COAST GUARD RESCUE

SWIMMER.

CHIEF TIM KESE IS ONE OF THE

INSTRUCTORS.

I'M COINED THE PHRASE "WE

ARE THE GUARDIAN ANGELS."

PEOPLE ARE OUT THERE IN

DISTRESS, IT IS DARK AND

STORMY.

THEY'RE AT THEIR MOST WORST,

AND THEY'RE MORE THAN LIKELY

PRAYING TO JESUS TO SAVE

THEM.

AND WHO COMES OVERHEAD,

THEIR GUARDIAN ANGEL IN AN

ORANGE HELICOPTER.

A COAST GUARD RESCUE

SWIMMER.

Reporter: IN 2011, THE

COAST GUARD REPORTED IT

SAVED THE LIVES ABOUT THREE

OUT OF FOUR PEOPLE IN THE

WATER.

THEY SAVE APPROXIMATELY 850

LIVES EACH YEAR.

IN 2005, THE NUMBER SPIKED

TO 7,500.

THE MAST MAJORITY BEING

HURRICANE KATRINA VICTIMS.

KESE KNOWS FIRSTHAND THE

IMPORTANCE OF THE JOB.

HIS CHRISTIAN FAITH ALSO

MOTIVATES HIM TO SEE

RECRUITS SUCCEED.

I PRAY EVERY DAY FOR

THESE STUDENTS.

I GET ON MY KNEES IN MY

OFFICE BEFORE THEY COME OUT

AND GET IN THE POOL, AND I

ASK FOR HIS GUIDANCE, AND

HIS HOLY GRACE.

WE NEED THESE INSTRUCTORS.

Reporter: PETTY OFFICER

ROB MORGAN SAYS IT IS ABOUT

80% OF THE TOTAL.

AND HE SAYS A REVAMPED

TRAINING PROGRAM WILL HELP

GROW THAT NUMBER, WITHOUT

COMPROMISING SKILL LEVEL.

I THINK THE WAY WE'VE

REDESIGNED THIS PROGRAM HAS

DONE A GOOD JOB OF BUILDING

THESE STUDENTS OUT, RATHER

THAN WEEDING THEM OUT AND

THEY'RE ACTUALLY GETTING

STRONGER, THE ONES THAT ARE

FOCUSED.

Reporter: AND A NEW

MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR

TRAINING BUILDING CAN BE AT

TRIBUTEED ATTRIBUTED.

IT CONTROLS DOZENS OF SOUND

EFFECTS, THUNDER, ROTORS,

JETS, FOG HORNS, AND SIRENS,

JUST TO NAME A FEW.

28-YEAR-OLD GRAHAM MCGINNIS

RECENTLY GRADUATED FROM THE

RESCUE SWIMMERS SCHOOL.

IT WAS HIS SECOND TRY.

BUT HIS PERSEVERANCE PAID

OFF.

NEW ORLEANS IS HIS NEXT

ASSIGNMENT.

I LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT

MYSELF, AND I'VE LEARNED SO

MUCH ABOUT THE POWER OF GOD,

AND WHAT HE REALLY CAN DO

WHEN YOU NEED HIM THE MOST,

ESPECIALLY.

SO...IT'S BEEN A BIG

JOURNEY.

IT HAS BEEN A LOT FOR ME.

Reporter: A LOT OF

PRAYER FOR YOU?

ABSOLUTELY.

ABSOLUTELY.

IT'S AMAZING WHERE YOU CAN

SQUEEZE IN A PRAYER.

AS LONG AS YOU'VE GOT A

SPARE SECOND, YOU'VE GOT

TIME TO MAKE A PRAYER.

Reporter: LIKE KESE,

MCGINNIS IS A CHRISTIAN.

HE SAYS HE WAS EIGHT YEARS

OLD WHEN HE KNEW HE WANTED

TO BE A RESCUE SWIMMER.

GOD HAS A HIGHER CALL FOR

ME.

AND FOR ME IT IS JUMPING OUT

OF HELICOPTERS.

Reporter: AND RESCUING

THOSE IN THE WATERS BELOW.

MARK MARTIN, CBN NEWS,

ELIZABETH CITY, NORTH

CAROLINA.

Gordon: I'M FAIRLY

CERTAIN WHAT THOSE YOUNG MEN

HAVE I DON'T HAVE.

YOU WERE A LIFEGUARD.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE?

Terry: WAS A

LIFEGUARD -- NOT IN A LAKE

OR EVEN AN OCEAN.

JUST POOL AREAS.

THERE WERE RESCUES, BUT THE

INTERESTING THING THAT IT IS

REALLY AN ENDURANCE THING.

SEEING THEM SWIMMING THOSE

LAPS BACK AND FORTH.

YOU CAN'T MAKE THAT UP LAST

MINUTE, WHEN YOU NEED IT.

IT IS REALLY A TOUGH

SCENARIO.

THESE GUYS ARE SOMETHING

ELSE.

COMING UP, A YOUNG MOTHER IS

CRIPPLED IN HER PRIME BY A

STROKE.

HEAR WHY SHE STILL HAS HOPE,

WHEN WE COME BACK.

Gordon: THROUGHOUT THE

YEARS, "THE 700 CLUB" HAS

BROUGHT YOU STORIES OF

INCREDIBLE MIRACLES,

MIRACLES OF HEALING.

MIRACLES OF DELIVERANCE.

MIRACLES OF RESCUE, ANGELS

APPEARING, STORIES OF PEOPLE

WHO SURVIVED AGAINST ALL

ODDS, EVEN AFTER DOCTORS

GAVE UP ON THEM.

STILL, AS WE ALL KNOW, LIFE

DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK OUT THAT

WAY.

SOME PEOPLE STILL GET SICK

AND STAY SICK.

ACCIDENTS HAPPEN.

AND EVEN OUR FRIENDS, OUR

FAMILY, THEY DIE.

SO HOW ARE WE, AS

CHRISTIANS, SUPPOSED TO

RESPOND WHEN HEALING, THE

RESCUE DOESN'T HAPPEN?

WELL, FOR ONE FAMILY IN

CALIFORNIA, THE ANSWER IS

HOPE.

HI.

THAT'S WEIRD.

HI, I'M KATHRYN WOLF, AND AT

26 YEARS OLD, I HAD A

MASSIVE BRAINSTEM STROKE AND

ALMOST DIED.

MY NAME IS JAY WOLF,

AND -- WHAT WAS THE OTHER

QUESTION?

I FORGOT.

SO KATHRYN AND I ARE BOTH

FROM THE DEEP SOUTH.

WE WENT TO COLLEGE TOGETHER

AT SANFORD UNIVERSITY.

FRESHMAN YEAR WE MET IN THE

CAFETERIA, AND WE BONDED

OVER OUR FOOD THERE.

AND I WEASELED MY WAY INTO

HER AFFECTIONS OVER SOME

TIME.

AFTER WE GRADUATED COLLEGE,

WE HAD A HUGE BLOWOUT

WEDDING THAT FALL.

DEEP SOUTH, ALL OF THE

FAMILY.

IN THAT DAY, ON

NOVEMBER 6, 2004, THE DAY OF

THIS RADICAL LOVE STORY OF

DEVOTION, OF HANGING IN

THERE WITH SOMEONE FOR

WORSE, IN SICKNESS,

FOREVER.

WHERE THERE CULTURE DOESN'T

EVEN UNDERSTAND IN REGARDS

TO MARRIAGE.

[BABY CRYING]

IT'S OKAY.

OUR LIFE WAS WONDERFUL.

AND I WAS DOING SOME

COMMERCIAL MODELING AND JAY

WOULD BE BOOKED ON MODELING

GIGS WITH ME TO BE A

MOTHER-SON TEAM.

AND WE WERE LIVING A DREAM.

ALL OF THAT CHANGED PRETTY

RADICALLY ONE MORNING IN

APRIL.

I WAS COOKING, AND MY HANDS

WENT NUMB.

MY ARMS WENT NUMB.

MY LEGS WENT NUMB.

I LOOKED AT HER PUPILS,

AND THEY WERE COMPLETELY

DILATED AND BLACK, AND I

KNEW SOMETHING WAS REALLY

WRONG.

AND I YELLED AND SCREAMED

OVER HER.

AND I CALLED 9-1-1

IMMEDIATELY.

IT WAS QUITE A CRITICAL

SITUATION, WITH A BLEEDING

OF THAT MAGNITUDE, AND WITH

THAT INFORMATION.

MOST UNFORTUNATELY DIE WHEN

THEY ARRIVE IN THAT

CONDITION.

THE SURGERY THAT WAS

SUPPOSED TO LAST EIGHT HOURS

LASTED 12, AND THEN

ULTIMATELY 16.

SO I GOT BY MYSELF IN THE

PRAYER CHAPEL AT UCLA AND I

BEGAN PRAYING AND CRYING

THROUGH THE BOOK OF JOB AND

ROMANS.

THE MORNING OF APRIL 22nd,

DR. GONZALEZ CAME OUT INTO

THE WAITING ROOM AS THE SUN

WAS RISING, AND HE WAS

ABSOLUTELY JUST TIRED AND

EXHAUSTED.

AND HE SAID, WELL, SHE

SURVIVED THE SURGERY.

BUT THERE WILL BE DEFICITS.

WE JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT

THOSE WILL BE YET.

SHE MAY BE IN A VEGETATIVE

STATE OR PARALYZED, BUT SHE

IS ALIVE.

AROUND ONE OR TWO HOURS

AFTER FINISHING THE SURGERY,

I RECEIVED A CALL FROM THE

NURSES OF THE I.C.U., AND I

WAS EXPECTING THE WORST.

BUT THE NURSES WERE

ABSOLUTELY SURVIVED.

THEY WERE CALLING ME BECAUSE

KATHRYN WAS FOLLOWING

COMMANDS.

THEY WERE ASKING HER TO SHOW

TWO FINGERS, AND SHE WAS

DOING THAT.

AND I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT.

NORMALLY THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN

TO PATIENTS THAT UNDERGO A

SURGERY OF THIS MAGNITUDE.

SO I RAN TO I.C.U. TO SEE

HER, AND THERE SHE WAS,

FOLLOWING COMMANDS.

AND THAT WAS THE FIRST OF

MANY MIRACLES THAT HAPPENED

WITH KATHRYN.

WAKING UP IN THE ACUTE

REHAB ALMOST TWO MONTHS

AFTER MY BRAINSTEM STROKE

WAS SURREAL IN EVERY SENSE

OF THE WORD.

I JUST COULDN'T, LIKE, CATCH

ON.

LIKE, OH, OKAY, THIS IS WHAT

I DO NOW, I LAY HERE.

THE DAYS AND NIGHTS AND

WEEKS AND MONTHS.

AND WHILE I WAS OKAY,

ENGAGING AND EMBRACING MY

NEW LIFE, THERE WAS THIS

STRANGE, HORRIBLE SADNESS.

BECAUSE OF THE TRACH, AND

ALSO SOME PARALYSIS IN HER

MOUTH AND ON HER TONGUE, SHE

REALLY COULDN'T SPEAK.

SIMILAR TO HER LOVE OF FOOD,

KATHRYN ALSO LOVED TO TALK.

ANYBODY WHO KNOWS HER WOULD

SAY THAT.

SO I WOULD USE A LETTER

BOARD.

AND I WOULD TYPE WITH MY

WORKING LEFT HAND, LETTERS

THAT WOULD SPEAK WORDS.

SO I WOULD FRANTICALLY, OVER

AND OVER CRANK OUT ON THAT

LETTER BOARD, "I'M THE SAME

ON THE INSIDE.

I'M THE SAME ON THE INSIDE.

I'M THE SAME ON THE

INSIDE."

ALMOST FOUR MONTHS AFTER

KATHRYN'S STROKE, WE MADE

THE DECISION TO MOVE TO CASA

KALINA.

WHICH IS A LONGER TERM

THERAPY CENTER.

THE THERAPISTS THERE SAT ME

DOWN AND SAID TO PREPARE

MYSELF FOR THE WORST-CASE

SCENARIO, WHICH FOR KATHRYN

IS SHE WOULD PROBABLY NEVER

EAT AGAIN.

EATING IS SO MUCH MORE

THAN JUST FOOD CONSUMPTION.

EATING IS LIFE.

EATING IS WHAT HUMANS DO;

IT'S HOW THEY SOCIALIZE.

WHEN YOU CAN'T EAT, IT IS

VERY, VERY ISOLATING BECAUSE

YOU'RE NO LONGER A

PARTICIPANT IN LIFE; YOU'RE

WATCHING LIFE.

SO JAY AND I RETURNED TO OUR

LITTLE HOUSE RIGHT OUTSIDE

OF THE REHAB.

AND MY IN-LAWS HAVE FLOWN

IN.

AND NOW I LOOKED UP, AND MY

THREE SISTER-IN-LAWS ARE

PLAYING WITH MY SONS.

AND I'M THINKING, GOD MADE A

MISTAKE.

I SHOULD HAVE DIED.

I CAN'T EAT.

I CAN'T WALK.

I CAN'T TAKE CARE OF MY

SON.

MY FACE IS MESSED UP.

I CAN'T HEAR.

I CAN'T SEE.

I CAN'T DO ANYTHING.

SURELY THIS IS NOT RIGHT.

THIS IS A MISTAKE.

AND BEFORE THAT THOUGHT

BEGAN TO FULLY LAND, I HAD

THIS MOMENT OF KATHRYN, ARE

YOU CRAZY?

I KNOW BETTER THAN YOU

KNOW.

I'M GOD.

YOU'RE NOT.

A.

AND, (B), I DON'T MAKE

MISTAKES.

THERE IS PURPOSE IN ALL OF

THIS.

JUST WAIT AND YOU'LL SEE.

AND AFTER A YEAR IN THAT

REHAB, I GOT TO LEAVE.

AND I HEALED TREMENDOUSLY.

BUT NOTHING IS PERFECT.

AND I DOUBT IT WILL EVER BE

PERFECT AGAIN, AND,

ACTUALLY, IT WAS NEVER

PERFECT BEFORE.

I GOT TO EAT ON MARCH 5th,

2009, AND IT WAS A GLORIOUS

DAY WHEN I COULD EAT.

AFTER 11 MONTHS OF NO FOOD.

I BEGAN TO WALK AGAIN

EXACTLY 18 MONTHS AFTER MY

BRAIN RUPTURE.

IN OCTOBER OF 2010, I WENT

IN FOR MY ROUTINE CHECKUP

WITH MY NEUROSURGEON, AND

THIS IS TWO AND A HALF YEARS

ALMOST AFTER THE RUPTURE OF

MY BRAINSTEM, AND HE HELD

BACK TEARS AS HE TOLD US

THAT I HAVE A SMALL ANEURYSM

BEHIND MY LEFT EYE.

I WANT TO COMMUNICATE TO YOU

THAT I DON'T HANG OUT AT

THAT PLACE OF FEAR, OF

QUESTIONING WHAT MIGHT

HAPPEN.

I THINK THERE IS SOMETHING

PROFOUND ABOUT HOPE.

I THINK THERE IS SOMETHING

SO MEANINGFUL WHEN YOU CLING

TO SOMETHING BEYOND WHAT YOU

KNOW AND UNDERSTAND.

AND WHEN THAT'S IN THERE,

DEEP IN YOUR HEAD AND IN

YOUR HEART, AND YOU BELIEVE

IT WITH EVERY OUNCE OF YOUR

BODY, SOMETHING HAPPENS.

WHERWHEN UT IT HURTS THE

MOST, HOPE HEALS.

Gordon: HOPE HEALS.

WHAT AN AMAZING MESSAGE.

WHAT AN AMAZING STORY.

DOCTORS WILL TELL YOU THAT

KATHRYN IS A MIRACLE, THAT

SHE SHOULD HAVE DIED.

VERY FEW SURVIVE A BRAINSTEM

ANEURYSM WITH THAT AMOUNT OF

BLEEDING AND THAT AMOUNT OF

VASCULAR DAMAGE.

AND THEN TO NOT JUST

SURVIVE, BUT BE ABLE TO

TALK, BE ABLE TO WALK, BE

ABLE TO EAT.

ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE

MIRACLES.

BUT, AT THE SAME TIME, IT IS

NOT COMPLETE.

AND SHE'S NOT PERFECTLY

HEALED.

AND I LOVE HER HONESTY WITH

THAT.

AND HER HONESTY SAID, WELL,

IT WASN'T PERFECT BEFORE.

BUT WHAT DO WE DO WHEN LIFE

COMES AT US SO HARD, WHEN IT

LOOKS LIKE THERE IS DISASTER

ALL AROUND?

WHAT DO WE DO?

WELL, THE BIBLE TEACHES US

THAT THERE ARE THINGS THAT

WE CAN DO, EVEN WHEN IT

SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE.

IN THE SEVENTH CHAPTER OF

ISAIAH, THERE IS AN

INTERESTING SCENARIO GOING

ON.

THE KING OF JUDAH, JUDAH AND

ISRAEL WERE DIVIDED.

AND THE KING OF JUDAH HEARD

A RUMOR THAT ISRAEL WAS

GOING TO ALLY ITSELF WITH

ASSYRIA IN MARCH AND WAGE

WAR AGAINST JUDAH.

AND HIS HEART LITERALLY

MELTED.

AND IT MELTED IN FEAR.

AND A PROPHET CAME TO HIM

AND ASSURED HIM THAT, NO,

THIS WASN'T GOING TO

HAPPEN.

AND HE STILL DOUBTED.

THE KING STILL DOUBTED.

AND HERE IS WHAT GOD HAD TO

SAY FROM THE KING, ISAIAH 7:

9: "IF YOU DO NOT STAND FIRM

IN YOUR FAITH, YOU WILL NOT

STAND AT ALL."

AND FOR KATHRYN, THERE COULD

HAVE BEEN A TIME WHERE SHE

SAID, I GIVE UP.

AND FOR YOU IN YOUR LIFE,

MAYBE THERE WAS A TIME WHEN

YOU SAID, MAYBE I SHOULD

GIVE UP.

BUT GOD SAYS, IF WE DON'T

STAND FIRM IN OUR FAITH, WE

WON'T STAND AT ALL.

NOW, HOW DO YOU GET IT?

AND WHAT IS FAITH?

WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?

WELL, HEBREWS GIVES US A

GLIMPSE INTO IT IN THE

11th CHAPTER, "FAITH IS

THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS

HOPED FOR, AND THE EVIDENCE

OF THINGS NOT SEEN."

WITH KATHRYN, SHE STILL HAS

THAT HOPE.

IT IS THAT SUBSTANCE OF

THINGS HOPED FOR, THAT

INTANGIBLE SUBSTANCE.

YOU KNOW IT WHEN YOU SEE

IT.

YOU KNOW IT WHEN YOU DON'T

HAVE IT.

BUT WHEN YOU DO HAVE IT, AND

YOU HAVE THAT SUBSTANCE OF

THINGS HOPED FOR, WELL

THAT'S WHEN THE MIRACLES

HAPPEN AND CONTINUE TO

HAPPEN.

HOW DO YOU GET IT?

HEBREWS ANSWERS THAT, TOO,

IN THE 12th CHAPTER, VERSE

2.

YOU LOOK TO JESUS, THE

AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR

FAITH.

WHO FOR THE JOY THAT WAS SET

BEFORE HIM ENDURED THE

CROSS, DESPISING THE SHAME,

AND HAS SAT DOWN AT THE

RIGHT HAND OF THE THRONE OF

GOD.

NOW, HERE IS JESUS.

HE IS THE SON OF GOD.

HE HAS LIVED A PERFECT

LIFE.

HE HASN'T DONE ANYTHING

WRONG.

AND YET HE IS CRUCIFIED.

IF THERE WAS ANYONE WHO HAD

JUSTIFICATION FOR BEING MAD

AT GOD, FOR BEING MAD AT

CIRCUMSTANCES, FOR

WONDERING, WHAT DID I DO TO

DESERVE THIS, WAS JESUS.

BUT HERE HE WAS, AND HE WENT

THROUGH THAT.

AND HE DIDN'T CARE ABOUT THE

SHAME.

HE DIDN'T CARE ABOUT THE

REPROACH.

WHAT WAS HE LOOKING TO?

HE WAS LOOKING TO YOU AND

ME, THAT IF HE DID THIS, IF

HE OFFERED HIS LIFE AS A

SACRIFICE FOR US, IF HE WENT

THROUGH THAT SHAME AND THAT

PAIN, THEN YOU AND I COULD

BE WITH HIM FOR ALL

ETERNITY.

THE BIBLE SAYS THIS.

53rd CHAPTER OF ISAIAH:

"WHEN HE OFFERS HIS SOUL AS

A SACRIFICE FOR SIN, HE

SHALL SEE HIS DESCENDENTS,

AND HIS SOUL WILL BE GLAD."

JESUS REJOICED ON THE CROSS

FOR WHAT HE WAS DOING FOR

YOU AND ME.

SO IN OUR TRIBULATION, IN

OUR AFFLICTION, DO WE LOOK

FORWARD TO THE JOYS SET

BEFORE US?

ARE WE ABLE TO ENDURE?

AND EVEN IF WE DO HAVE

FAITH, DO WE THEN HAVE A

WHOLE BOATLOAD OF DOUBT?

AND DOUBT IS THE KILLER.

DOUBT IS THE ONE THAT

DEPRIVES US OF THE JOY SET

BEFORE US.

THERE IS A STORY IN THE

BIBLE ABOUT A LITTLE BOY,

DEMON-POSSESSED, AND THE

DISCIPLES COULDN'T DO

ANYTHING.

AND THE FATHER BROUGHT THE

BOY TO JESUS.

SAYING, YOUR DISCIPLES

COULDN'T DO ANYTHING.

AND HE ASKED HIM A QUESTION:

IF YOU CAN DO ANYTHING, HAVE

COMPASSION ON US AND HELP

US.

JESUS SAYS TO HIM, "IF YOU

CAN BELIEVE ALL THINGS ARE

POSSIBLE TO HIM WHO

BELIEVES."

IMMEDIATELY THE FATHER OF

THE CHILD CRIED OUT AND SAID

WITH TEARS, "LORD, I

BELIEVE.

HELP MY UNBELIEFS."

WHEN YOU'RE FACING THE

IMPOSSIBLE, THAT'S A GOOD

PRAYER TO HAVE: LORD, I

BELIEVE; HELP MY UNBELIEF.

WHEN YOU'RE IN HIS PRESENCE,

WHEN HIS GLORY IS

SURROUNDING YOU, WHEN ALL OF

THESE QUESTIONS, ALL OF

THESE CONCERNS, ALL OF THESE

COMPLAINTS, THEY ALL FADE

AWAY.

AND THE UNBELIEF DROPS OFF

OF US.

SO LOOK TO THAT.

LOOK TO THE JOY SET BEFORE

YOU, THAT THERE WILL COME A

TIME IN HEAVEN WHERE THERE

ARE NO TEARS, THERE IS NO

DEATH, THERE IS NO ILLNESS,

THERE IS NO HEARTACHE, THERE

IS NO LONELINESS.

LOOK TO THAT AND LET YOUR

FAITH BE COMPLETE IN HIM.

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IT ALLOWED THEM TO SEE THE

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GORDON AND TERRY WILL BE

BACK WITH MORE OF "THE 700

CLUB" RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Terry: IT'S ONE THE

MOST COMMON NEW YEAR'S

RESOLUTIONS, BECOME A BETTER

PERSON IN THE NEW YEAR.

HERE IS HOW ONE HOME HAS

BEEN HELPING PEOPLE DO JUST

THAT FOR 25 YEARS.֖

NEW LIFE HOME FOR WOMEN

AND CHILDREN IN MANCHESTER,

NEW HAMPSHIRE, IS A FREE

CHRISTIAN TREATMENT CENTER

THAT OFFERS HOPE TO WOMEN

STRUGGLING WITH DESTRUCTIVE

LIFESTYLES.

ALL THAT IS REQUIRED THAT

THEY COMMITMENT TO

RECLAIMING THEIR LIVES.

WOMEN IN THE PROGRAM LEARN

BASIC SKILLS, SUCH AS HOME

CARE, BUDGETING, AND

DISCIPLESHIP.

AND MOTHERS CAN BRING THEIR

CHILDREN WITH THEM.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GRACE

FERSATO EXPLAINS.

IT IS SUCH A HEALING

PROCESS FOR BOTH MOMS AND

CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY GROW

TOGETHER, THEY LEARN

TOGETHER.

Terry: CBN HAS

PARTNERED WITH NEW LIFE HOME

FOR OVER 25 YEARS, PROVIDING

HELP WHEN IT IS NEEDED

MOST.

CBN HAS BEEN SUCH A

WONDERFUL SUPPORT TO US.

THERE WERE CRITICAL TIMES IN

THIS MINISTRY THAT I DON'T

KNOW HOW WE WOULD HAVE

CONTINUED ON.

THE NEED FOR FOOD, THROUGH

"OPERATION BLESSING," WHEN

WE PUT ON AN ADDITION,

ADDING SIX MORE BEDROOMS,

AND CBN CAME ALONGSIDE OF US

SO THAT MORE WOMEN AND

CHILDREN CAN FIND MU LIFE

NEW LIFE IN CHRIST.

Terry: ONE OF THESE

WOMEN IS ROSE.

SHE GREW UP IN THE FOSTER

CARE SYSTEM, AND CAME TO NEW

LIFE HOME AFTER TRYING TO

COMMIT SUICIDE.

THIS PLACE IS LIKE NO

OTHER.

FOR THE FIRST TIME I HAVE A

FAMILY THAT COMES ALONGSIDE

AND SUPPORTS ME, THAT

ENCOURAGES ME, THAT PRAISED

ME THROUGH MY TOUGH TIMES.

I WAS TOLD I WOULD NEVER

GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL.

TO STEP OUT AND TO ACTUALLY

WALK ACROSS THE STAGE AND

GET MY BACHELOR'S DEGREE, I

CAN'T EVEN EXPLAIN THAT

FEELING OF, GOD, YOU DID

THIS BECAUSE I KNEW IN

MYSELF I COULDN'T DO IT.

AND THAT GOD WOULD SEE ME

AND GOD WOULD HELP ME TO

BECOME SOMETHING MORE THAN

ANYBODY ELSE THOUGHT I WOULD

BE.

Terry: NOW ROSE IS

PURSUING HER MASTER'S DEGREE

IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY.

SHE IS GRATEFUL TO CBN

PARTNERS FOR HELPING TO

SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF NEW

LIFE HOME.

IT IS BECAUSE OF THEM I

HAVE A SECOND CHANCE AT

LIFE.

I HAVE A NEW OPPORTUNITY AND

HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.

IF I DIDN'T COME HERE, I

WOULDN'T BE ALIVE.

I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE TAKEN

MY LIFE.

IF PEOPLE ARE GIVING TO

CBN, THEY ARE ACTUALLY

GIVING TO MINISTRIES JUST

LIKE THIS.

THEY ARE GIVING HOPE TO

WOMEN AND ALLOWING THEM THE

OPPORTUNITY TO FIND NEW

LIFE.

Terry: WOULDN'T YOU

LIKE TO BE A PART OF THAT?

WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO KNOW

YOU COULD MAKE THAT KIND OF

A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF

A YOUNG GIRL?

SOMETIMES WHEN PEOPLE MAKE

CHOICES THAT GET THEM IN

TROUBLE, OR THE VICTIM OF

THINGS THAT PUT THEM IN

COMPROMISING SITUATIONS,

WHAT THEY NEED IS SOMEONE

WHO CAN LOOK AT THEM AND SEE

THE PROMISE IN THEM, OFFER

AN EXTENDED HAND AND SAY,

THERE IS HOPE FOR YOUR

FUTURE.

THAT IS REALLY THE MESSAGE

OF OUR SHOW TODAY.

THERE IS HOPE FOR YOUR

FUTURE.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF ALL OF

THAT.

AND THAT'S WHY WE ASK YOU TO

JOIN "THE 700 CLUB."

WE'RE REACHING OUT TO PEOPLE

IN NEED HERE AT HOME AND

AROUND THE WORLD EVERY

SINGLE DAY.

JOINING "THE 700 CLUB" IS A

COMMITMENT OF 65 CENTS A

DAY, $20 A MONTH.

YOU'LL BE JOINING WITH

THOUSAND OS OF PEOPLE WHO

ARE OUT TO TOUCH THE LIFE OF

OTHERS WITH THE SAVING

MESSAGE OF THE LOVE OF GOD.

HOW DO YOU JOIN?

YOU CALL THAT TOLL-FREE

NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN.

1-800-759-0700.

JUST CALL AND SAY, I WANT TO

JOIN "THE 700 CLUB."

AND WHEN YOU CALL, IF YOU

USE SOMETHING WE CALL PLEDGE

EXPRESS WHEN YOU JOIN,

THAT'S ELECTRONIC MONTHLY

GIVING.

IT MEANS YOUR BANK DOES ALL

OF THE WORK.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE

ENVELOPES, STAMPS.

IT IS ALL DONE FOR YOU.

OUR WAY OF SAYING THANK YOU

FOR HELPING US SAVE SOME OF

THE COSTS BEHIND THE SCENES

IS TO SEND YOU "POWER FOR

LIFE" TEACHINGS EVERY

MONTH.

WE ENJOY THEM HERE AT CBN,

AND WE WANT YOU TO HAVE

THEM.

CALL THAT NUMBER RIGHT NOW.

JUST SAY, I WANT TO JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB," AND WE

WELCOME YOU TO THE FAMILY OF

MINISTRIES HERE.

GORDON?

Gordon: WELL, STILL

AHEAD, AN ADDICT COMES

HOME.

I SHOWED UP ON MY

PARENTS' DOORSTEP,

180 POUNDS, BASICALLY

TOTALLY EMACIATED.

AND I BASICALLY SAID, IF YOU

DON'T TAKE ME IN, I'M GOING

TO DIE.

Gordon: HEAR THE WORDS

THAT SAVED HIS LIFE, WHEN WE

COME BACK.

Terry: EARLIER, WE

SHOWED YOU A STORY OF A MOM

WHO HAS BEEN HOPING FOR A

HEALING.

WHEN MICHAEL WAS ADDICTED TO

CRACK AND DETOXING IN REHAB,

HE NEEDED HOPE TO SAVE HIS

LIFE.

SO I'M SMOKING CRACK ALL

DAY, AND SHOOTING KETAMINE

AT NIGHT.

EVERYTHING IN MY SYSTEM WAS

SHUTTING DOWN.

AND I JUST REMEMBER, LIKE,

TO MY MOM, LOOKING AT HER

FOR THE FIRST TIME AND

SAYING, YOU KNOW, IF I DON'T

GET HELP, I'M GOING TO DIE.

WE GREW UP A NORMAL,

RED-BLOODED AMERICAN

FAMILY.

I HAD ONE OLDER BROTHER.

MY MOM AND MY DAD AND

MYSELF, AND MY BROTHER, AND

THERE WAS A LOT OF JOY AND

LAUGHTER.

THEN SOMETHING STARTED TO

CHANGE.

MY MOM BECAME BORN AGAIN.

BUT MY DAD FELT VERY

STRONGLY HE HAD TO COMPETE

WITH JESUS, AS FAR AS FROM A

RELATIONSHIP STANDPOINT.

WE HAD COME HOME FROM

SCHOOL, AND I JUST REMEMBER

THE LOOK ON MY MOM'S FACE,

AND WE KNEW.

I REMEMBER LOOKING AT MY MOM

AND SAYING, DADDY IS GONE

AGAIN, ISN'T HE?

SURE ENOUGH, HE WAS.

PART OF THE SETTLEMENT WITH

MY DAD AT THAT TIME WAS THAT

HE WOULD GET TO HAVE THE

KIDS ON THE WEEKEND OR EVERY

OTHER WEEKEND.

IT STARTED TO TURN VIOLENT.

IT SEEMED LIKE BEATINGS

BECAME THE NORM.

HE LIKED TO DRINK, HIS MAIN

THING WAS GAMBLING.

I FOUND MYSELF AS A BOY, 8,

9, 10, GROWING UP IN BARS.

I DIDN'T WANT TO TELL

ANYBODY.

I WAS TERRIFIED OF MY DAD

PHYSICALLY.

I HAD A LOVE FOR JESUS AS A

SMALL CHILD.

BUT AS I GOT OLDER, I JUST

COULDN'T REALLY HANDLE THE

REJECTION.

HOW COULD THERE BE A LOVING

GOD, WHO I CAN'T SEE, IF MY

OWN FATHER CAN'T LOVE ME.

THAT BECAME A VERY CONSTANT

THEME AND I BECAME VERY

ANGRY AT GOD.

AFTER I GRADUATED HIGH

SCHOOL, I STARTED TO GET

INVOLVED WITH ACID, L.S.D.,

MUSHROOMS, ANGEL DUST,

P.C.P.

IT JUST STARTED TO BECOME A

BLACK HOLE.

I JUST COULD NOT STAND BEING

SOBER.

MY MOTHER MADE A DECISION,

WHEN MY DAD LEFT, THAT SHE

WAS GOING TO RAISE HER

CHILDREN.

SHE NEVER DATED ANYONE,

NEVER BROUGHT A MAN HOME.

AROUND 21, SHE DECIDED SHE

WAS GOING TO GET MARRIED.

I REMEMBER, THIS IS A

CONVERSATION MY MOTHER SAID

TO ME BEFORE SHE GOT

MARRIED.

IT WAS, SON, I LOVE YOU,

I'LL DO ANYTHING IN THE

WORLD FOR YOU, BUT UNTIL

YOU'RE READY TO GET HELP, I

CAN'T HELP YOU.

SHE MADE A DECISION AT THAT

TIME TO SEVER TIES.

SHE SAID, IF YOU'RE GOING TO

LIVE THIS LIFESTYLE, YOU'RE

GOING TO HAVE TO DO IT BY

YOURSELF.

AND THE ONE CONSTANT IN MY

LIFE WAS MY MOTHER.

SHE WOULD NEVER LEAVE ME,

AND NOW SHE IS ABANDONING

ME.

DOING WHATEVER IT TOOK TO

GET HIGH BECAME THE WAY TO

GET HIGH.

I WAS LIVING AT A GIRL'S

HOUSE, IN THEIR BASEMENT.

THEIR PARENTS LIVED ON THE

MAIN FLOOR, SMOKING WEED,

AND THE COUSIN SMOKED

CRACK.

I REMEMBER HIM SAYING, WHY

DON'T YOU TRY THIS.

AND I STARTED SMOKING

CRACK.

TWO OR THREE YEARS WENT BY,

AND THE SITUATION GOT SO

PAINFUL, I PACKED UP WHAT I

HAD, AND SHOWED UP ON MY

PARENTS' DOORSTEP, BASICALLY

180 POUNDS, EMACIATED, AND I

SAID, IF YOU DON'T TAKE ME

IN, I'M GOING TO DIE.

IN 2003, I FOUND MYSELF IN

REHAB.

I CAN REMEMBER SITTING THERE

THE FIRST NIGHT IN REHAB,

AND SAYING, YOU KNOW, GOD,

IF YOU'RE REAL, I NEED TO

KNOW YOUR REAL.

I KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF

STORIES IN THIS BOOK.

BUT IF I DON'T READ

SOMETHING THAT GIVES ME SOME

KIND OF HOPE, I JUST DON'T

THINK I'M GOING TO MAKE IT.

I HAPPENED TO COME ACROSS

PSALM 143, AND I'M READING

IT, AND IT TALKS ABOUT HOW

DAVID, HIS ENEMIES HAD

CAUGHT HIM AND DRAGGED HIM

DOWN INTO THE PIT.

AND JUST HOW HE REMEMBERED

ALL OF THE GOOD THINGS THE

LORD HAD DONE IN HIS LIFE.

HOW IF HE SPARED HIM, HE

WOULD LIVE FOR HIM AND HE

WOULD GIVE HIS LIFE FOR

HIM.

TWO MORE DAYS GO BY, AND I'M

READING THAT PSALM EVERY

NIGHT.

AND THE THIRD NIGHT, JESUS

JUST REVEALED HIMSELF TO

ME.

I GAVE MY LIFE TO JESUS THAT

NIGHT, AND IN AN INSTANT,

EVERY BIT OF SHAME AND GUILT

AND CONDEMNATION I HAD HAD

OVER MY LIFE WAS BROKEN.

MY SINS WERE FORGIVEN.

THE THING THAT I KNEW FOR

THE FIRST TIME WAS THAT THIS

WASN'T ABOUT MY MOTHER, THIS

WASN'T ABOUT RELIGION.

THIS WASN'T ABOU ABOUT

ANYTHING OTHER THAN JESUS

CHRIST BEING MY SAVIOR.

IF YOU'RE OUT YOU'RE OUT

THERE STRUGGLING WITH

ADDICTION, I WOULD TELL YOU

THERE IS HOPE.

I WOULD TELL YOU PLAIN OUT,

FRANKLY, JESUS CHRIST IS THE

ONLY ANSWER.

HE IS THE ONE WHO CAN REDEEM

YOUR LIFE FROM THE MOST

BROKEN, DARKENED PIT YOU

COULD CONCEIVABLY BEEN IN.

Terry: MICHAEL HAS SAID

IT ALL.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU ARE

TODAY.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE

LONGING OF YOUR HEART IS OR

HOW MUCH ROAD YOU'VE

TRAVELLED TRYING TO FIGURE

OUT HOW TO FILL THAT

EMPTINESS INSIDE OF YOU.

IT IS A WEARING, GRINDING,

WEARYING THING, ISN'T IT?

BUT TODAY GOD IS SPEAKING TO

YOU.

SAYING, COME HOME.

COME HOME TO MY HEART.

YOU HAVE A FATHER WHO HAS

NEVER LEFT YOU, WHO HAS

ALWAYS BEEN THERE.

AS MUCH AS GOD OFFERS US,

ALL THAT WE NEED TO FILL

THAT HOLE, TO FEEL COMPLETE.

WE HAVE TO LET HIM.

WE HAVE TO RECEIVE IT.

IT IS NOT A QUESTION OF

WHETHER IT IS AVAILABLE TO

YOU OR NOT.

THE QUESTION IS WILL YOU

TAKE IT?

WILL YOU RECEIVE HIM?

IT IS NOT ABOUT RELIGION.

IT IS NOT ABOUT MEASURING UP

TO A SET OF RULES.

IT IS ABOUT A RELATIONSHIP.

GOD, THE CREATOR OF THE

UNIVERSE, WANTS TO HAVE A

LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU.

AND HERE IS THE THING, IT

MAY BE HARD FOR YOU TO

BELIEVE THAT BECAUSE YOU

REALIZE WHAT A RETCH YOU

ARE.

I KNOW; I WAS THERE, TOO.

THAT'S THE MIRACLE.

THAT'S THE MIRACLE.

THAT HE LOVES US RIGHT WHERE

WE ARE.

THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO

MEASURE UP.

WE DON'T HAVE TO GET GOOD

ENOUGH.

THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS

WE REALLY CAN'T.

WHAT HE IS SAYING IS, LET ME

COME IN.

LET ME FILL YOU.

LET ME CHANGE THE THINGS IN

YOU THAT NEED CHANGING.

LET ME HEAL THE THINGS IN

YOU THAT NEED HEALING.

FROM YOUR PAST, FROM YOUR

OWN POOR CHOICES.

PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY,

EMOTIONALLY, LET ME LOVE

YOU.

LOTS OF TIMES WHEN LIFE HAS

DISAPPOINTED US, WE KIND OF

PUT UP THIS WALL, THIS

GUARD, AND WE DON'T LET

ANYONE COME IN.

THIS ISN'T JUST ANYONE.

THIS IS THE ONE WHO CREATED

YOU.

HE KNOWS EVERY FIBER OF YOUR

BEING.

AND TODAY YOU CAN SAY YES

AND RECEIVE MORE THAN YOU

COULD HAVE EVER HOPED OR

EXPECTED.

WHEN MICHAEL WAS AT THE

WORST OF HIS ADDICTION,

NOBODY LOOKING AT HIM WOULD

HAVE BELIEVED THAT GOD COULD

HAVE CHANGED THAT.

BUT GOD DID BECAUSE HE IS

ABLE AND BECAUSE MICHAEL

CAME TO THE END OF HIMSELF

AND CRIED OUT FOR MERCY AND

FOR GRACE.

AND YOU CAN DO THAT TODAY.

JUST STOP WHAT YOU'RE

DOING.

WHY WOULD YOU NOT GIVE GOD

THE SAME OPPORTUNITY YOU'VE

GIVEN EVERYONE AND

EVERYTHING ELSE IN YOUR

LIFE?

LET'S PRAY TOGETHER.

GOD, I NEED YOU.

I NEED YOU RIGHT NOW.

I NEED TO KNOW YOU'RE REAL.

I NEED TO SEE YOU AT WORK IN

MY LIFE.

I AM OPENING MY HEART TO

YOU.

I'M CONFESSING MY SINS.

YOU KNOW THEM ALL.

THEY'RE DISGUSTING.

THEY'RE UGLY.

I DON'T EVEN WANT TO THINK

ABOUT THEM, BUT I LAY THEM

BEFORE YOU AND I CONFESS I'M

A SINNER IN NEED OF A

SAVIOR.

O JESUS, THANK YOU FOR DYING

FOR ME.

TODAY COME INTO MY HEART.

TEACH ME.

CHANGE ME.

LOVE ME.

SHOW ME HOW TO LIVE FOR

YOU.

MAKE ME WHOLLY YOUR OWN.

I GIVE YOU EVERY PART OF MY

LIFE.

TENDERIZE MY HEART THAT THE

PART OF ME THAT HAS BECOME

SO JADED SO WOUNDED AND SO

ISOLATED, OPEN ME UP AND

FILL ME WITH THE LIGHT OF

YOUR LOVE.

I WANT TO LIVE FOR YOU.

IN JESUS' NAME I PRAY.

AMEN.

IF YOU NEED INFORMATION ON

HOW TO GROW IN YOUR

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD,

"A NEW DAY" IS A PACKET PUT

TOGETHER FOR YOU.

CALL THAT NUMBER ON YOUR

SCREEN AND SAY, I JUST

PRAYED THAT PRAYER AND I

WOULD LIKE THE "NEW DAY"

PACKET.

"GOD IS MY SALVATION AND MY

GLORY, THE ROCK OF MY

STRENGTH, AND MY REFUGE IS

IN GOD."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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