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The 700 Club - Jan. 31, 2014

An autism diagnosis for 18-month-old Roman set the stage for a miracle. Through hard work and prayer, Roman’s mother Elizabeth never gave up on her son and today he is a gifted 11-year old. Read Transcript


HEAD TO AMERICA'S BOOM

TOWN.

THIS IS NOT A BOOM THAT

IS GOING TO FIZZLE.

PEEKIN PEOPLE ARE

STRIKING IT RICH IN NORTH

DAKOTA.

THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO

GET IN ON THE CUSP OF

SOMETHING.

BUT NOT EVERYONE IS HAPPY

ABOUT IT.

THESE GUYS CAN TAKE

ADVANTAGE OF YOU.

PLUS, A MUSICAL PRODIGY.

IT IS A GOD-GIVEN

TALENT.

FROM A BOY ONCE CALLED

AUTISTIC.

I WAS GOING TO GIVE UP.

THE AMAZING TURNAROUND.

ONLY GOD CAN HEAL LIKE

THAT.

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB."

Gordon: WELCOME TO "THE

700 CLUB."

THE SOUTH IS FINALLY THAWING

OUT FROM THAT HISTORIC

WINTER STORM.

Wendy: HERE IN

VIRGINIA, "OPERATION

BLESSING" IS HELPING THE

CITIES IN THE NORTH DIG OUT

BY THOSE WHO WERE TRAPPED BY

THE SNOW.

DALE HURD HAS THE STORY.

Reporter: MILD RECORD

MAKES A WELCOME RETURN TO

THE SOUTH, HELPING WITH

RECOVERY EFFORTS FOR ONE OF

THE WORST WINTER STORMS TO

HIT THE AREA IN MANY YEARS.

IT WAS NOT ONLY A DISASTER

FOR STATE AND LOCAL

GOVERNMENT, BUT FOR

BUSINESSES LARGE AND SMALL,

AS COSTUMERS AND WORKERS

WERE FORCED TO STAY HOME.

IN THE ATLANTA AREA,

HUNDREDS OF DRIVERS HAVE

BEEN RECONNECTED WITH THEIR

ABANDONED CARS.

SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED, BUT

OTHERS WERE TOLD TO GO TO

WORK.

I'M THE GOVERNOR.

THE BUCK STOPS WITH ME.

I ACCEPT THE RESPONSIBILITY

FOR IT.

Reporter: THIS KIND OF

THING HAS HAPPENED BEFORE.

WHEN ALL OF HOUSTON GOT ON

THE ROADS TO EVACUATE RIGHT

BEFORE HURRICANE RITA IN

2005.

THE GRIDLOCK WAS DEADLY.

ONE EXPERT SAYS THE LESSON

IS THAT CITIES HAVE TO HAVE

A PLAN.

ATLANTA DID NOT

UNDERSTAND THAT SNOW IS THE

ENEMY UNLESS YOU'RE ON A SKI

SLOPE.

WHATEVER WAS DONE WAS

DONE IN RESPONSE TO THE

CRISIS, NOT BECAUSE THERE

WAS A PLAN.

Reporter:

"OPERATION BLESSING" AND THE

CITY OF NORFOLK, VIRGINIA,

HAD A PLAN, CALLED

"OPERATION SNOW BUDDY," IN

WHICH TEAMS OF WORKERS

HELPED DIG OUT THOSE MOST IN

NEED.

I WAS WATCHING TV, AND

THEY WERE REPORTING THE

WEATHER.

AND THEY MENTIONED YOUR

NAME, AND SO I CALLED, AND

HERE YOU ARE.

THANK YOU.

Reporter:

"OPERATION BLESSING" ALSO

PROVIDED 20 TONS OF ROCK

SALT TO HELP CLEAR

SIDEWALKS.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

Gordon: WHICH DISASTER

STRIKES, WE WANT TO STRIKE

BACK WITH LOVE AND

DISASTER.

IF YOU WANT TO GIVE TO THE

"OPERATION BLESSING"

DISASTER RELIEF FUND, ALL

YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL US.

1-800-759-0700.

WELL, IN OTHER NEWS,

CHRISTIANS ARE TRYING TO

BRING PEACE TO THE CRISIS IN

UKRAINE.

JOHN JESSUP HAS THAT STORY

FROM OUR NEWS BUREAU IN

WASHINGTON.

JOHN?

Reporter: GORDON, WHILE

UKRAINE HAS BEEN ON THE

VIRGE OF A POSSIBLE CIVIL

WAR IN RECENT WEEKS,

CHRISTIANS THERE ARE PRAYING

AROUND THE CLOCK FOR A

PEACEFUL RESOLUTION, AND

THEY'RE ALSO SPREADING THE

GOSPEL IN THE MIDST OF

CHAOS.

GEORGE THOMAS HAS THAT STORY

FROM KIEV.

George: WEARING VESTS

THAT SAY "PRAY FOR UKRAINE,"

OLI AND HIS FRIEND HAVE

WALKED THESE STREETS AROUND

INDEPENDENT SQUARE, THE

EPICENTER OF THE POLITICAL

CRISIS, NUMEROUS TIMES.

THERE IS A MIXTURE OF

HOPE AND FEAR.

PEOPLE AREN'T SURE ABOUT THE

FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY.

George: CBN NEWS WENT

ALONG AS THEY DELIVERED HOT

TEA TO NUMEROUS AREAS.

THEY MEET WITH PRO AND

GOVERNMENT DEMONSTRATORS.

INCLUDING THE POLICE.

Reporter: THE CHURCH

HAS TO PLAY A PART.

WE HAVE TO BE SALT AND

LIGHT.

George: WE ARE IN

DOWNTOWN KIEV, HUNDREDS OF

UKRAINIAN SOLDIERS READY, AT

GUARD, SUITED UP AND READY

TO DO BATTLE.

ON THIS SIDE, YOU HAVE

DOZENS OF BURNED OUT BUSES,

HUNDREDS OF TIRES, AND

BARRICADES THAT HAVE BEEN

SET UP FOR THE OPPOSITION

FORCES.

TODAY, MORE THAN TWO MONTHS

AFTER UKRAINE STARTED THIS

CRISIS, THE NATION REMAINS

AT A STANDSTILL, AS THE

POLITICAL FOLKS TRY TO COME

UP WITH SOME KIND OF A

RESOLUTION, PASTOR OLI HAS

ANOTHER SOLUTION.

IT IS A SPIRITUAL ONE AND IT

IS CENTERED AROUND PRAYER.

OLI IS A YOUTH PASTOR AT ONE

OF THE LARGE EVANGELICAL

CHURCHES.

HE ERECTED THIS CHURCH TENT

IN THE HEART OF THE PROTESTS

MORE THAN TWO MONTHS AGO,

WHEN HIS COUNTRYMEN TOOK TO

THE STREETS DEMANDING

CHANGES IN THE GOVERNMENT.

OUR MAIN MESSAGE IS THAT

GOD IS THE ONLY ANSWER.

NOT POLITICS, NO VIOLENCE.

WE HAVE TO RELY ON HIM TO

SEE US THROUGH THIS CRISIS.

George: TENS OF

THOUSANDS OF ANTI-GOVERNMENT

PROTESTORS HAVE FLOODED THE

CITY.

ZENI SAYS THE POLITICAL

UNCERTAINTY HAS LEFT MANY

DISILLUSIONED.

SHE SPENDS HER TIME ON THE

STREETS HANDING OUT COPIES

OF THE NEW TESTAMENT AND

GOSPEL OF JOHN.

IT IS -23° AND COLD OUT

HERE, BUT THE INCONVENIENCE

IS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY TO

SHOW THE PEOPLE THE GOSPEL.

George: THERE IS AN

ARMY OF CHRISTIAN VOLUNTEERS

WORKING 24 HOURS A DAY,

PRAYING AND HANDING OUT FREE

FOOD.

MARIA IS A MOTHER OF TWO

FROM KIEV.

PROTESTORS HAVE BEEN ON

THE STREETS IN FREEZING

CONDITIONS FOR MONTHS.

SO WHEN THEY COME FOR A CUP

OF TEA, I ENCOURAGE THEM,

SAYING, GOD BLESS YOU.

WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU AND

YOUR COUNTRY.

DON'T GIVE UP.

George: THE PASTOR SAYS

MANY HAVE STOPPED BY THE

TENT AND MANY HAVE GIVEN

THEIR LIVES TO JESUS

CHRIST.

I'M PRAYING FOR GOD TO

BRING RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE TO

OUR GOVERNMENT.

George: I ASKED THE

PASTOR HOW LONG HE PLANS TO

STAY OUT ON THE STREETS OF

KIEV.

AND HE SAID, AS LONG AS IT

TAKES TO BRING PEACE TO OUR

COUNTRY.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS,

KIEV, UKRAINE.

Reporter: CONCERN OVER

EXTREMISTS PLANNING ATTACKS

AT THE UPCOMING OLYMPICS HAS

THE GOVERNMENT ON ALERT.

THE U.S. OFFICIALS SAY THE

WORRY SHOULD NOT SO MUCH

SURROUND THE OLYMPIC SITES,

BUT THE CONCERN SHOULD BE ON

AREAS AROUND THE GAMES.

THE GREATER THREAT IS TO

SOFTER TARGETS IN THE

GREATER SOCHI AREA AND IN

THE OUTSKIRTS, BEYOND SOCHI,

WHERE THERE IS A SUBSTANTIAL

POTENTIAL FOR A TERRORIST

ATTACK.

Reporter: ON THURSDAY,

RUSSIAN AUTHORS OBTAINED TWO

BROTHERS WITH TIES TO A

TERRORIST GROUP THREATENING

TO ATTACK THE GAMES.

THEY ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE

TWO BROTHERS WHO ATTACK A

TRAIN STATION IN VOLGOGRAD

LAST MONTH.

HERE AT HOME, PEOPLE ARE

GETTING READY FOR THE

BIGGEST SPORTING EVENT OF

THE YEAR, AND, OF COURSE,

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE

SUPERBOWL.

NEW JERSEY IS LOOKING TO

WELCOME THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE,

BUT AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING

AT HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

THEY HELD A HEARING ON HUMAN

TRAFFICKING AND HEARD

TESTIMONY OF A SEX

TRAFFICKING SURVIVOR.

WITHIN HOURS OF RUNNING

AWAY, I WAS FORCED INTO

PROSTITUTION, ON THE STREETS

AND IN THE CASINO HOTELS AND

MOTELS OF ATLANTIC CITY, NEW

JERSEY.

36 HOURS LATER, I WAS

ARRESTED BY POLICE AND

TREATED LIKE A CRIMINAL.

THE ONLY STANDARD THAT

FITS THE CRIME OF HUMAN

TRAFFICKING IS ZERO

TOLERANCE.

AND IT MUST BE ENFORCED BY

ARRESTS OF THOSE ENGAGED IN

THIS MODERN TRADE.

Reporter: THE AVERAGE

AGE WHEN MOST PEOPLE ARE

FORCED INTO PROSTITUTION

HERE IN THE U.S. IS 13 TO 14

YEARS OLD.

CONGRESSMAN SMITH SAYS THE

GOVERNMENT MUST WORK HARDER

TO SEND SEX TRAFFICKING.

SCIENTISTS HAVE DISCOVERED A

SURPRISING NEW METHOD OF

TURNING ORDINARY CELLS INTO

STEM CELLS.

LORI JOHNSON HAS THAT

STORY.

Reporter: AMERICAN AND

JAPANESE RESEARCHERS FOUND

THAT BY TAKING ORDINARY

BLOOD CELLS FROM THE SPLEENS

OF MICE AND EXPOSING THEM TO

ACIDIC LIQUIDS FOR 30

MINUTES, AMAZINGLY, THOSE

CELLS WERE TURNED INTO STEM

CELLS.

THAT MEANS THEY WERE

REVERSED INTO AN UNDECIDED

STATE WHERE THEY COULD BE

REPROGRAMMED INTO ANY TYPE

OF HEALTHY CELL TO GROW AND

REPAIR PARTS OF THE BODY

THAT ARE DAMAGED.

WHEN I ENCOUNTERED THIS

NEWS, IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE.

AND THEN I AM GOING TO SHOW

THE RESULTS.

AND I FOUND THAT IT CAN BE

GOOD.

Reporter: RESEARCHERS

ARE STUDYING WHETHER THE

TECHNIQUE WORKS IN HUMAN

CELLS.

IF IT DOES, THERE COULD BE A

FAST, CHEAP, AND ETHICAL WAY

TO GROW TISSUE TO TREAT

ILLNESSES LIKE DIABETES,

PARKINSON'S DISEASE OR

HUNTINGTON'S DISEASE, WHICH

IS WHAT MICHAEL HINSHAW

HAS.

I COULDN'T EVEN STAND

STILL TALKING TO YOU.

YOU CAN SEE I'M SHAKING

NOW.

Reporter: THERE IS EVEN

HOPE IT COULD RESTORE A

SENSE OF TOUCH TO PEOPLE

WITH PARALYSIS.

IMAGINE NOT BEING ABLE TO

TOUCH YOUR CHILD.

IMAGINE NOT BEING ABLE TO

TOUCH YOUR SPOUSE.

HOW DEVASTATING THAT WOULD

BE.

Reporter: THIS NEW

METHOD OF HARVESTING STEM

CELLS IS GOOD NEWS FOR

PEOPLE WITH ETHICAL CONCERNS

ABOUT GETTING THEM FROM

HUMAN EMBRYOS.

BUT IT RAISES NEW CONCERNS

ABOUT OPENING A PATHWAY TO

CLONING PEOPLE.

SINCE STEM CELLS HAVE THE

ABILITY TO REGENERATE THE

BODY, THAT TECHNOLOGY COULD

BE USED IN MANY WAYS.

LORI JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

Reporter: THE EUROPEAN

UNION IS WORKING ON A PLAN

TO LET POLICE STOP CARS BY

REMOTE CONTROL.

IT IS PART OF A MOVE FOR

MORE SURVEILLANCE AND

TRACKING MEASURES BY LAW

ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.

THE PLAN CALLS FOR ALL

EUROPEAN CARS TO BE FITTED

WITH A SPECIAL DEVICE THAT

WOULD SHUT OFF THE GAS TO

THE ENGINE AND TURN OFF THE

IGNITION, SO POLICE WOULD BE

ABLE TO STOP CARS REMOTELY

FROM A REMOTE CONTROL RULE.

GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG GROUPS

ARE ALREADY SPEAKING OUT

AGAINST IT, AND ONE

CONSERVATIVE MEMBER OF THE

BRITISH PARLIAMENT WARNED

THAT SUCH MEASURES ARE

LEADING TO GOVERNMENT BY AN

UNACCOUNTABLE SECRETIVE

GROUP.

I CAN'T IMAGINE THAT BEING

OKAY WITH PEOPLE HERE IN THE

U.S.

Gordon: I USED TO THINK

IT WOULDN'T BE OKAY FOR THE

PEOPLE IN THE U.S. TO GIVE

THE GOVERNMENT ALL OF THEIR

TRACKING INFORMATION, ALL OF

THEIR MEDI DATA FROM PHONE

CALLS, BUT WE SEEM TO BE

WILLING TO DO THAT.

WE'RE COMING INTO AN AGE

WHERE IT IS A SURVEILLANCE

SOCIETY, WHEREVE WHERE

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US ARE

CONTINUALLY SURVEILLED BY

THESE PROGRAMS AND THE DATA

PROGRAMS, AND IF THE

GOVERNMENT EVER WANTS TO

LOOK AT US, THEY'LL KNOW

EXACTLY WHAT IS ON

YOUR iPOD PLAY LIST.

Wendy: DO YOU THINK

PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO GIVE

UP SOME OF THAT INFORMATION

IN HOPES THAT TERRORISM WILL

NOT COME TO OUR COUNTRY?

Gordon: WELL, THE

STUDIES JUST PROVED THAT ALL

OF THIS N.S.A. MEDI DATA

COLLECTION HASN'T LED TO A

SINGLE TERRORIST ATTACK.

AND YET WE'RE STILL SAYING

IT IS OKAY TO TAKE IT.

Wendy: I GOTCHA.

COMING UP, IT IS A MODERN

DAY GOLD RUSH AS A NEW

GENERATION OF PROSPECTORS

ARE FINDING A FORTUNE

BETWEEN THE PLAINS OF NORTH

DAKOTA.

THIS IS NOT A BOOM THAT

IS GOING TO FIZZLE IN THREE

OR FOUR OR FIVE YEARS.

THIS IS GOING TO BE A

30-YEAR BOOM.

Wendy: SEE HOW THE OIL

BOOM HAS TRANSFORMED ONE

STATE.

THAT'S NEXT.

*

Gordon: WELL, YOU MAY

NOT THINK OF NORTH DAKOTA AS

THE LAND OF PROSPERITY.

FOR MANY YEARS IT WASN'T.

AND THEN CAME THE OIL BOOM.

DAVID BRODY SHOWS US WHAT

HAPPENED AND HOW IT HAS

TURNED THE STATE AROUND.

David: HISTORY BOOKS

TELL US ABOUT THE FAMOUS

CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH IN THE

1800s, WHEN PEOPLE HEADED

WEST TO STRIKE IT RICH.

WELL, WELCOME TO WESTERN

NORTH DAKOTA, WHERE AN OIL

RUSH IS ON FOR PEOPLE LIKE

CURTIS HANZEL.

THIS IS NOT A BOOM THAT

IS GOING TO FIZZLE IN THREE

OR FOUR OR FIVE YEARS.

THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG

TIME, 30-YEAR BOOM.

David: THIS BIG BOOM

COVERS MORE THAN 200,000

SQUARE MILES IN THE BOCCAN

OIL FIELDS.

THIS ISN'T A BEVERLY

HILLBILLY STRIKE BECAUSE THE

OIL IS IN UNDERGROUND ROCK.

NEW DRILLING TECHNOLOGY,

CALLED FRACKING, MEANS THAT

THE ROUGHLY

170 BILLION BARRELS OF CRUDE

OIL CAN NOW BE UNEARTHED.

OIL PRODUCTION HAS ZOOMED UP

600% IN THE LAST SEVEN

YEARS, PUTTING NORTH DAKOTA

AS THE SECOND LARGEST

OIL-PRODUCING STATE IN THE

NATION BEHIND ONLY TEXAS.

WE'RE HERE ON AN ACTIVE RIG

AND THE BOCCAN OIL FIELDS OF

WESTERN NORTH DAKOTA.

THERE ARE ABOUT 180O SO OIL

RIGS HERE IN THE STATES.

ONE REASON MANY FAMILIES ARE

COMING HERE TO THE WESTERN

PART OF THE STATE IS BECAUSE

OF ALL OF THE ECONOMIC

OPPORTUNITIES.

IN MANY OIL OPERATIONS,

WORKERS KEEP THEIR FAMILIES

AND HOME IN ANOTHER STATE,

BUT IN THIS CASE MANY

FAMILIES CHOOSE TO LIVE HERE

PERMANENTLY.

CURTIS HANZEL LEFT HIS UTAH

REAL ESTATE JOB AND BROUGHT

HIS FAMILY HERE TWO YEARS

AGO.

I REALIZED THAT THIS WAS

AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET IN ON

THE CUSP OF SOMETHING THAT I

THINK WILL BE GOOD FOR US IN

THE LONG WRONG.

David: IT HAS BEEN

GOOD FOR THE HANZEL FAMILY

AND MANY OTHERS.

THE AVERAGE OIL WORKER OUT

HERE MAKES $112,000.

BEGINNERS START AT $66,000.

THE POPULATION INCREASE

MEANS MORE DEMAND.

SO THE LOCAL McDONALD'S

AND WAL-MART ARE HIRING

WORKERS STARTING AT $14 AN

HOUR.

AND MANY TIMES THEY ADD A

HEALTHY SIGNING BONUS JUST

FOR AGREEING TO WORK THERE.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE

NUMBER OF NORTH DAKOTA

MILLIONAIRES HAS CLIMBED

RAPIDLY.

LAST YEAR THE STATE RANKED

43rd IN MILLIONAIRE

HOUSEHOLDS.

NOW THEY'RE UP TO 29th ON

THE LIST AND CLIMBING.

WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LIVE

VERY COMFORTABLY, ENJOY SOME

THINGS, FOR INSTANCE,

VACATIONS AND THOSE KINDS OF

THINGS, AND STILL PUT A GOOD

CHUNK OF MONEY AWAY FOR THE

FUTURE.

David: AND THERE IS

MORE ECONOMIC GOOD NEWS

HERE, A STAGGERING LOW 3%

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE.

75,000 JOBS CREATED IN THE

LAST FEW YEARS, AND A STATE

ECONOMY GROWING AT FIVE

TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE.

ALL OF THIS HAS LED TO SOME

GROWING PAINS, HOWEVER.

DENNIS JOHNSON IS MAYOR OF

DICKINSON, A TOWN WHERE THE

OIL BOOM HAS BEEN A MIXED

BLESSING.

THE MAJORITY OF THE

PEOPLE, PROBABLY SOMEWHERES

AROUND 60% TO 70% ARE

POSITIVELY IMPACTED BY THE

OIL DEVELOPMENT.

BUT THERE IS PROBABLY A

MINORITY OF 30% TO 40% THAT

IT IS A NEGATIVE IMPACT.

David: TAKE HOUSING

FOR EXAMPLE.

THE DEMAND IS SO GREAT THAT

TWO BEDROOM APARTMENTS THAT

USED TO RENT FOR $500,

THEY'RE NOW GOING FOR CLOSE

TO $2500.

IT HAS INCREASED THE

HOUSING COSTS QUITE A BIT.

I FEEL SORRY FOR THE PEOPLE

WHO DON'T HAVE THE BIG OIL

JOBS.

David: AND THE

INCREASE IN PEOPLE HAS LED

TO MORE CRIME, ESPECIALLY

AMONG THE YOUNG, SINGLE MEN,

HOPING TO STRIKE IT RICH.

WHEN GIRLS COME OUT HERE

NOW, LIKE I DID WHEN I FIRST

GOT OUT HERE, AND I'M VERY

QUICKLY REASSURING THEM THEY

NEED TO BE VERY CAREFUL

BECAUSE THESE GUYS WILL TAKE

ADVANTAGE OF YOU.

David: THERE IS NO

DOUBT THIS BOCCAN OIL FIELD

AREA HAS CHALLENGES, BUT FOR

CURTIS HANZEL AND FAMILIES

LIKE HIS, THE POSITIVES

SURELY OUTWEIGH THE

NEGATIVE.

IF WE DO OUR PART, GOD

WILL TAKE CARE OF US.

WE'VE HAD TO PUT THAT TO THE

TEST A NUMBER OF TIMES.

I DON'T WANT TO MAKE IT

SOUND LIKE IT IS ROUTINE,

BUT FOR MY WIFE AND I, IT

WAS JUST ANOTHER CHALLENGE.

David: THAT CHALLENGE

IS PROVING FRUITFUL FOR THE

THOUSANDS STRIKING IT RICH

IN THE OIL FIELDS OF NORTH

DAKOTA.

DAVID BRODY, CBN NEWS, IN

WESTERN NORTH DAKOTA.

Gordon: WELL, NORTH

DAKOTA IS HAVING A BOOM.

AND WHETHER YOU'RE IN THE

OIL INDUSTRY OR NOT, I'M

HEARING HOTEL PRICES ARE

GOING THROUGH THE ROOF UP

THERE BECAUSE ALL THESE NEW

WORKERS NEED SOME PLACE TO

LIVE.

SO IT IS AN AMAZING THING

ALL BECAUSE OF NEW

TECHNOLOGY IN OIL

EXTRACTION.

WENDY, YOU GOING TO MOVE TO

NORTH DAKOTA?

Wendy: YUP, I'M PACKING

MY BAGS RIGHT AFTER THE SHOW

TODAY.

THERE'S OIL THERE.

Gordon: THERE IS TV

HERE.

Wendy: TRUE.

I'LL STAY HERE.

UP NEXT, A MOTHER IS TOLD

WHY HER 18-MONTH-OLD SON HAS

BEEN ACTING STRANGELY.

WHEN THEY SAID THE WORD

"AUTISM," I WAS TERRIFIED.

I THOUGHT THAT WAS THE END.

I THOUGHT WE HAD LOST HIM

FOR GOOD.

Wendy: HEAR HOW HE MADE

A RECOVERY AND STUNNED

DOCTORS ALONG THE WAY.

Gordon: WELL, TOM

THOMAS EDISON WAS DYSLEXIC,

AND THE PARENTS OF ALBERT

EINSTEIN THOUGHT HE WAS A

LITTLE SLOW.

THOSE MEN OVERCAME THEIR

DISABILITIES AND BECAME

GREAT.

ROMAN SCOTT DID THE SAME

THROUGH THE POWER OF

PRAYER.

*

AFTER I PRACTICED THIS

SONG A COUPLE OF TIMES, I'M

ABLE TO PLAY IT.

Reporter: AT JUST 11

YEARS OLD, ROMAN SCOTT IS A

GIFTED PIANIST.

RICARDO MATTHEW, THIS PIANO

TEACHER, AGREES.

THE TALENT THAT ROMAN HAS

IS A GOD-GIVEN TALENT.

Reporter: PERHAPS WHAT

IS EVEN MORE AMAZING, IS

THAT FOR THREE YEARS OF THIS

LIFE, ROMAN STRUGGLED WITH

PERVASIVE

DEVELOPMENTAL

DELAY, A FORM OF AUTISM.

HIS PARENTS, TOM AND

ELIZABETH, REALIZED

SOMETHING WASN'T RIGHT WHEN

ROMAN WAS 14 MONTHS OLD.

BESIDES HIS INABILITY TO

TALK, THEY HAD OTHER

CONCERNS.

HE CONSTANTLY CHOKED ON

FOOD.

HE ROLLED HIS HANDS AROUND

IN CIRCLES.

AND HE WAS FIXATED ON

CEILING FANS, FLAGS, AND

LIGHTS.

AND HE STARTED RUNNING LAPS

AROUND OUR FAMILY ROOM.

Reporter: ELIZABETH

TOOK ROMAN TO A PEDIATRICIAN

IN DESOTO, TEXAS.

ROMAN WAS NOW 18 MONTHS

OLD.

ROMAN WAS NOT REALLY

TALKING.

AND HE WAS SENSITIVE ABOUT

BEING TOUCHED.

AND SO INITIALLY I HAD A LOT

OF CONCERNS ABOUT ROMAN'S

ABILITY TO GET BETTER.

WHEN THEY SAID THE WORD

"AUTISM," I WAS TERRIFIED

AND DEVASTATED.

THAT WAS SOMETHING I JUST

DID NOT WANT TO BEAR BECAUSE

I KNEW HOW DIFFICULT THAT

WOULD BE.

MY FIRST REACTION WAS OF

CONCERN, BUT AT THE SAME

TIME, IN THE BACK OF MY

MIND, THERE WAS A CALMING

FEELING THAT SOMEHOW AFTER

TIME ROMAN WOULD OUTGROW

IT.

Reporter: ELIZABETH AND

TOM BEGAN PRAYING DAILY FOR

GOD TO HEAL THEIR SON.

I WAS PRAYING TO GOD AND

ASKING HIM, PLEASE, PLEASE

HELP ME WITH THIS, AND

PLEASE HELP MY SON TO GET

BETTER.

IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS

BIGGER THAN ME AND BIGGER

THAN MY FAMILY COULD SOLVE,

AND I WAS JUST PRAYERFUL

THAT GOD WOULD HANDLE IT.

Reporter: MEANTIME,

ROMAN NEEDED FULL-TIME

SPEECH AND OCCUPATIONAL

THERAPY.

THE INSURANCE DIDN'T COVER

THE $82,000 A YEAR IT WOULD

COST.

SO ELIZABETH QUIT HER JOB,

AND WITH THE GUID GUIDANCE

OF A THERAPIST, SHE BEGAN

WORKING WITH HER SON.

SHE DEVELOPED 90 ACTIVITIES

TO HELP ROMAN WITH HIS MOTOR

AND SENS SENSEABILITY.

THERE WERE DAYS WHEN I

HAD IT, I DID FEEL LIKE I

WAS GOING TO GIVE UP.

Reporter: WITH EACH

PASSING DAY, ROMAN STARTED

TO OVERCOME HIS CHALLENGES.

ELIZABETH CONTINUED TO PRAY

EVERY DAY.

AFTER TWO AND A HALF YEARS,

ALMOST ALL OF HIS SYMPTOMS

WERE GONE, AND IT SEEMED

THAT ROMAN WOULD BE

SYMPTOM-FREE.

THEN WITHOUT WARNING, HE HAD

THE WORST TANTRUM HE HAD

EVER HAD.

OVER THE NEXT FOUR DAYS, HE

COULDN'T BE CONSOLED.

HE WAS, LIKE, DON'T TOUCH

ME!

DON'T TOUCH ME!

I CAN'T!

DON'T!

AND HE WAS JUST CRYING AND

SCREAMING, AND I THOUGHT

THAT WAS THE END.

I THOUGHT WE HAD LOST HIM

FOR GOOD.

AND I SAID, WHY NOW?

HE WAS ALMOST THERE.

HE WAS ALMOST HEALED.

THAT REALLY BROUGHT ME TO MY

KNEES AND I WAS TERRIFIED.

Reporter: SHE TOTALLY

SURRENDERED EVERYTHING TO

GOD, INCLUDING THE

POSSIBILITY OF HER SON NEVER

GETTING HEALED.

I SAID, LORD, WHATEVER

BE, HELP ME TO LEARN A KNEW

A NEW WAY IF THIS IS THE

LIFE YOU HAVE FOR HIM.

Reporter: ROMAN

EVENTUALLY CALMED DOWN AND

ELIZABETH RESUMED WORKING

WITH HIM.

THEN ON HIS FOURTH BIRTHDAY,

SHE AND HER HUSBAND TOOK HIM

TO THE DOCTOR WHERE THEY

HEARD THE NEWS THAT THEY HAD

BEEN WAITING FOR: ROMAN HAD

NO MORE SIGNS OF AUTISM.

I REMEMBER JUST CRYING IN

THE CAR.

AND I SAID, THIS IS IT?

HE IS FINISHED?

YOU NEED NO MORE THERAPY.

THAT'S SOMETHING ONLY GOD

CAN DO.

ONLY GOD CAN HEAL LIKE

THAT.

Reporter: IT HAS BEEN

EIGHT YEARS SINCE ROMAN WAS

FIRST DIAGNOSED, AND TODAY

HE IS STILL SYSTEM-FREE.

HE HAD 45 DIFFERENT

SYMPTOMS, AND AFTER THREE

YEARS OF INTENSIVE THERAPY,

WITH NO MEDICATION, ROMAN

WAS SYMPTOM-FREE.

LOOKING AT ROMAN TODAY, NO

ONE WOULD DIAGNOSE HIM WITH

AUTISM.

Reporter: ROMAN HAS

EXCELLED IN EVERY AREA

DOCTORS THOUGHT HE WOULD

NEVER EXCEL IN.

IN FACT, HE IS IN THE

TALENTED AND GIFTED PROGRAM

AT THE PUBLIC SCHOOL AND IS

IN THE TOP 5% OF HIS CLASS.

HIS FAVORITE SUBJECT IS

TECHNOLOGY.

IN OUR TECHNOLOGY CLUB,

WE TAKE APART COMPUTERS.

IMMEDIATELY UPON MEETING

HIM, I KNEW HE WAS SOMETHING

SPECIAL.

SO ROMAN IS A STRAIGHT "A"

STUDENT.

HE IS VERY CORDIAL, VERY

FRIENDLY WITH ME AND HIS

CLASSMATES.

Reporter: ELIZABETH AND

TOM BELIEVE THEIR SON'S

HEALING IS A MEDICAL

MIRACLE.

THEY KNOW THE THINGS THAT

PLAYED THE MOST IMPORTANT

PART IN ROMAN'S RECOVERY WAS

PRAYER AND TRUSTING GOD TO

DO THE IMPOSSIBLE.

ELIZABETH HAS WRITTEN A BOOK

AND A COMPANION GUIDE OF

ACTIVITIES SHE TAUGHT HER

SON DURING HIS JOURNEY OF

HEALING.

TODAY WHEN I LOOK AT

ROMAN, HE IS EVERYTHING I

COULD EVER IMAGINE AND

MORE.

HE HAS SURPASSED ALL OF MY

HOPES AND DREAMS.

IT IS REALLY RARE TO HAVE

A CHILD RECOVER FROM AUTISM,

ESPECIALLY AN AUTISM THAT

WAS AS SEVERE AS MINE.

ONLY GOD COULD DO SUCH AN

AWESOME THING.

EVEN THOUGH PEOPLE DON'T

THINK IT IS POSSIBLE, WITH

CHRIST ALL THINGS ARE

POSSIBLE.

I AM ETERNALLY GRATEFUL AND

SO THANKFUL FOR WHAT HE HAS

DONE.

HE IS AWESOME.

Gordon: WHEN THE ANGEL

ANNOUNCED TO MARY SHE WAS

GOING TO HAVE A CHILD, SHE

SAID, HOW COULD THIS BE?

I'VE NEVER KNOWN A MAN.

AND GABRIEL ASSURED HER,

WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE

POSSIBLE.

SO IN YOUR NEED RIGHT NOW,

START THINKING HOW BIG IS

POSSIBLE?

HOW BIG IS THAT?

HOW BIG IS YOUR GOD?

IS HE BIGGER THAN WHATEVER

YOUR NEED IS?

BECAUSE IF YOU FOCUS IN ON

THAT NEED AND YOU KEEP

WORRYING ABOUT THAT NEED,

YOU'RE NEGLECTING THE SOURCE

OF ALL LIFE, ALL

CREATIVITY.

EVERYTHING WE SEE IN THE

UNIVERSE.

AND SO HOW BIG IS THAT, AND

HOW BIG IS THAT POSSIBLE FOR

YOU.

SO OFTEN THE DOCTORS CAN

GIVE US A VERY NEGATIVE

REPORT, AND WE HEAR THAT

WORD "INCURABLE," AND WE GO,

OH, NO, I'M GOING TO HAVE

THIS FOR THE REST OF MY

LIFE.

WELL, NO.

WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE

POSSIBLE TO THEM THAT

BELIEVE.

SO GET YOUR MIND OFF YOUR

NEED AND LOOK TO JESUS, THE

AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF YOUR

FAITH.

THE ALPHA AND OMEGA.

THROUGH HIM ALL THINGS CAME

INTO BEING.

AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT HIM,

YOU GET ALL OF THE FAITH

THAT YOU NEED.

NOW, WENDY AND I ARE GOING

TO PRAY.

AND WE'RE GOING TO PRAY FOR

YOU.

BUT START LOOKING TO HIM.

WHEN YOU HEAR HIS WORD, WHEN

YOU SENSE HIS PRESENCE, WELL

THEN YOU GET INTO THE

POSSIBLE.

EVERYTHING CAN BE POSSIBLE

TO THEM THAT BELIEVE.

BEFORE WE PRAY, WE WANT TO

ENCOURAGE YOU.

HERE ARE SOME OTHER

MIRACLES.

BILLY OF KATIE, TEXAS, WENT

ON A WALKING TORE TOUR, AND

SHE INJURED HER ANKLE, AND

SHE HAD DIFFICULTY WALKING.

THEN SHE DECIDED TO CALL

"THE 700 CLUB" PRAYER

CENTER.

SHE HAD SOMEONE AGREE WITH

HER.

THAT SAME NIGHT SHE WAS

AWAKENED TO A TINGLING

FEELING AND SHE SAID, GOD

HEALED ME.

IN THE MORNING, SHE WAS ABLE

TO RESUME EXERCISE, AND SHE

IS WALKING OVER 10,000 STEPS

EACH DAY.

THAT'S WONDERFUL.

Wendy: THAT'S A LOT OF

STEPS.

9-YEAR-OLD VIVIENNE OF

WASHINGTON WAS PLAYING ON A

CHAIR WHEN SHE FELL AND HURT

HER KNEE AND IT SWELLED TO

TWICE ITS SIZE.

AFTER HER MOTHER APPLIED AN

ICE PACK FOR HER KNEE, SHE

TURNED ON A PREVIOUSLY

RECORDED "THE 700 CLUB."

AT THAT POINT YOU SPOKE A

WORD OF KNOWLEDGE SAYING YOU

ARE EXPERIENCING SHARP PAINS

IN YOUR RIGHT KNEE AND GOD

HAS JUST HEALED YOU.

VIVIENNE SAID, COULD THAT BE

FOR ME?

HER MOTHER SAID TO CLAIM

THAT WORD.

AND WHEN SHE STOOD UP, THE

PAIN WAS GONE AND SHE WAS

ABLE TO WALK.

HER MOTHER CHECKED HER RIGHT

KNEE AND FOUND HER SWELLING

WAS COMPLETELY GONE.

I LOVE WHEN GOD USES OUR

PRE-RECORDED SHOWS.

Gordon: THERE IS NO

TIME OR DISTANCE WITH THE

HOLY SPIRIT.

REALIZE THAT, THAT HE CAN

REACH THROUGH TIME, HE CAN

REACH THROUGH ANY SPACE, AND

REACH TO YOU BECAUSE HE IS

RIGHT THERE WITH YOU.

NOW, WE'RE GOING TO AGREE,

AND THE PEOPLE SAYS WHEN TWO

OR MORE AGREE TOUCHING

ANYTHING, IT SHALL BE DONE.

THE BIBLE SAYS WHEN TWO OR

MORE ARE GATHERED TOGETHER

IN MY NAME, THERE I AM IN

THE MIDST OF THEM.

SO IF JESUS IS HERE, THEN

ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

AND ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS

REACH OUT AND TOUCH HIM.

SO LET'S DO THAT AND LET'S

AGREE.

NOW, IN AN ACT OF FAITH, LAY

YOUR HAND ON THE AREA OF

YOUR BODY THAT NEEDS

HEALING.

IF IT IS THROUGHOUT YOUR

BODY, LAY YOUR HAND ON TOP

OF YOUR HEAD.

IF THERE ARE PEOPLE AROUND

YOU, ASK THEM, WOULD YOU

PRAY FOR ME.

WOULD YOU COME AND LAY HANDS

ON ME?

AND THE PRAYER OF FAITH WILL

RAISE YOU UP.

LET'S PRAY.

LORD, WE LIFT THE NEEDS OF

THE AUDIENCE TO YOU RIGHT

NOW.

AND WE REACH OUT WITH HANDS

OF LOVE AND COMPASSION.

AND WE REACH OUT IN FAITH TO

YOU.

AND WE ASK NOW FOR THEIR

HEALING.

Wendy: YES, LORD.

Gordon: AND WE DECLARE

OVER THEM, BY THE STRIPES OF

JESUS CHRIST YOU ARE

HEALED.

Wendy: THANK YOU, GOD.

Gordon: YOU WERE

HEALED, AND WE BELIEVE IT

NOW.

AND WE RECEIVE IT NOW.

BECAUSE JESUS IS RIGHT HERE

WITH US.

LORD, DO MIRACLES.

AND, LORD, ESPECIALLY FOR

PARENTS WHO ARE CRYING OUT

FOR THEIR CHILDREN, FOR

GRANDPARENTS WHO ARE CRYING

OUT FOR THEIR GRANDCHILDREN,

STRETCH FORTH YOUR HAND TO

DO WONDERS, SIGNS, AND

MIRACLES, FOR WE ASK IT IN

JESUS' NAME.

THERE IS SOMEONE, YOU'RE

PRAYING FOR A CHILD WITH

EPILEPSY, AND

GOD HAS HEARD

YOUR CRY.

AND HE IS HEALING NOW.

Wendy: THERE ARE PEOPLE

WITH A CHRONIC URINARY TRACT

INFECTIONS, AND YOU'VE BEEN

GOING TO DOCTORS, TRYING TO

GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS.

THE LORD IS TOUCHING YOU

NOW

AND YOU ARE BEING MADE WHOLE

IN THAT

AREA.

Gordon: FOR THE ONE

PRAYING FOR THE EPILEPTIC,

THERE IS A FEAR OF

RECURRENCE.

GOD JUST

WANTS THAT

FEAR TO

GO AWAY

RIGHT

NOW.

PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT ALL

FEAR.

SO WE

JUST BIND THAT FEAR

NOW IN JESUS'

NAME.

AND NO MORE EXPECTATION OF

ANOTHER

SEIZURE, BUT

EXPECTATION OF

LIFE AND JOY

AND HEALTH IN

THE HOLY

SPIRIT.

BE GONE NOW IN JESUS' NAME.

THERE IS SOMEONE, YOU'VE GOT

SEVERE PAIN IN

YOUR LEFT

KIDNEY, AND

GOD HAS JUST

HEALED THAT

AND

RELEASED YOU

FROM THAT.

BEGIN TO REJOICE FOR WHAT HE

IS DOING FOR

YOU.

SOMEONE ELSE

WITH LOWER BACK

PAIN

CAUSED BY

STRAIN, AND

GOD'S

HEALING YOU AND JUST

RELEASING ALL OF

THOSE

MUSCLES.

JUST RELAX INTO

THAT HEALING

RIGHT NOW.

IN JESUS' NAME.

Wendy: THERE ARE

COUPLES, AND YOU'VE BEEN

CRYING OUT FOR A BABY, AND

YOU'RE HAVING INFERTILITY

PROBLEMS.

THE LADIES, PUT YOUR HANDS

ON YOUR BELLIES, AND GOD IS

HEALING THAT RIGHT

NOW.

Gordon:

LORD,

WE THANK

YOU, FOR YOU

ARE

THE

HEALER.

YOU

ARE THE RESTORER.

YOU CAME TO TAKE ALL OF OUR

SIN, ALL OF

OUR DISEASE, AND

RESTORE US INTO RIGHT

RELATIONSHIP WITH

YOU.

NOW MAY

YOUR PEACE BE ON US

AND BE

IN US, FOR WE ASK IT

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

Wendy: AMEN.

Gordon: IF YOU'VE BEEN

HEALED, WE WANT TO SHARE IN

YOUR GOOD REPORT.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US.

1-800-759-0700.

AND IF YOU NEED HEALING,

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU 24 HOURS

A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US.

1-800-759-0700.

WENDY?

Wendy: STILL AHEAD,

WE'RE LIVE WITH EVANGELIST

DUCK SHEET.

AND STILL AHEAD, HOW THE

PRAYERS OF ONE GIRL SAVED

HER AND THE REST OF HER

FAMILY AS WELL.

AND WELCOME BACK TO "THE

700 CLUB."

LAWMAKERS IN SOUTH DAKOTA

HAVE REJECTED A MEASURE THAT

WOULD HAVE PROTECTED CLERGY

AND RELIGIOUS GROUPS WHO

OPPOSE GAY MARRIAGE.

OPPONENTS SAY THE STATE

CONSTITUTION PREVENTS

PASTORS WHO DON'T WANT TO

PERFORM SAME-SEX WEDDINGS.

SO THE SENATE JUDICIARY

COMMITTEE KILLED THE BILL.

"OPERATION BLESSING" TEAMS

ARE STILL WORKING IN THE

PHILIPPINES TO HELP VICTIMS

OF TYPHOON HAIYAN.

THANKS TO A PARTNERSHIP,

TEAMS ARE PROVIDING

FISHERMEN WITH INTO BOATS

AND CONDUCTING MEDICAL AND

DENTAL CLINICS FOR

CHILDREN.

THEY'RE ALSO WORKING ON A

HOUSE-BUILDING PROJECT AND

PROVIDING SAFE DRINKING

WATER.

IN THE FUTURE, "OPERATION

BLESSING" PLANS TO REBUILD A

COMMUNITY SCHOOL SO THAT THE

CHILDREN CAN CONTINUE THEIR

EDUCATION.

REMEMBER, YOU CAN FIND OUT

MORE ABOUT "OPERATION

BLESSING" BY GOING TO ITS

WEBSITE, OB.ORG.

GORDON AND WENDY ARE COMING

BACK WITH MORE OF "THE 700

CLUB" RIGHT AFTER THIS.

*

Gordon: WHEN THE FATHER

IN OUR NEXT STORY GOT HURT,

HE LOST HIS ABILITY TO WORK

AND SUPPORT HIS FAMILY.

SO HIS DAUGHTER PRAYED FOR A

MIRACLE, AND HERE IS HOW

THEY GOT ONE.

Reporter: BELLA LIVES

NEAR THE SOUTHEAST COAST OF

INDIA.

HE PROVIDED FOR HIS WIFE AND

TWO CHILDREN BY WEAVING

FENCES, USED IN BUSINESSES

AND STREAMS.

BUT HIS BUSINESS CAME TO AN

ABRUPT END WHEN A MOTORCYCLE

HIT HIM.

I HAD TO STAND FOR LONG

PERIODS OF TIME TO DO MY

JOB.

BUT IT HURT TOO MUCH AFTER

THE ACCIDENT.

I SPENT A LOT OF MONEY ON

MERCHANDISE, AND I

EVENTUALLY RECOVERED.

BUT I DIDN'T HAVE ANY MONEY

LEFT TO BUY THE STICKS AND

ROPES NEEDED TO MAKE THE

FENCES.

I FELT HELPLESS.

Reporter: HIS WIFE

BEGAN WORKING IN THE FIELDS,

BUT SHE ONLY EARNED $1 A

DAY.

HIS DAUGHTER ALSO PITCHED IN

BY CARRYING BRICKS AND SAND

AT CONSTRUCTION SITES.

BUT THEY WERE STILL BARELY

GETTING BY.

I HAD TO STOP GOING TO

SCHOOL.

I HAD TO DO IT SO WE COULD

EAT.

Reporter: EVERYONE IN

HIS FAMILY IS HINDU, EXCEPT

HIS DAUGHTER.

SHE BECAME A CHRISTIAN AFTER

MISSIONARIES AND A LOCAL

PASTOR TOLD HER ABOUT

JESUS.

WHENEVER I THINK THAT, I

PRAY TO JESUS TO SOLVE OUR

PROBLEMS.

SO I PRAYED

FOR MY DAD'S

JOB.

Reporter: HER PASTOR

TOLD CBN ABOUT THEIR

SITUATION.

SOON CBN TOOK SUPPLIES TO

HIM SO HE COULD RESTART HIS

BUSINESS.

I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT

WHEN YOU GAVE US THESE

GIFTS.

IT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE

NEEDED.

Reporter: A FEW WEEKS

LATER WE VISITED THE FAMILY

TO SEE HOW THEY WERE DOING.

YOU GAVE US OUR LIFE

BACK.

YOU NOT ONLY MADE IT

POSSIBLE FOR US TO HAVE

THREE HOT MEALS A DAY, BUT

YOU ALSO GAVE US PEACE.

NOW I CAN PAY FOR MY

CHILDREN'S FUTURE.

Reporter: AFTER FINDING

OUT THAT IT WAS AN ANSWER TO

HIS DAUGHTER'S PRAYER, HE

DECIDED TO TAKE HIS WIFE AND

SON TO HER CHURCH.

WE ARE TRULY BLESSED TO

LEARN MORE ABOUT JESUS

CHRIST.

EVERYONE IS SHOWING US SO

MUCH LOVE.

EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED.

I'M NOW GOING BACK TO

SCHOOL.

I PRAYED FOR JESUS

GOODNESS.

I WILL ALSO BE GRATEFUL

TO YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Gordon: AND THANK YOU.

IF YOU'RE A MEMBER OF "THE

700 CLUB," YOU'RE PART OF

BLESSING THAT FAMILY.

A PORTION OF EVERY GIFT GOES

INTO THE WORK OF CBN

INTERNATIONAL TO HELP PEOPLE

AROUND THE WORLD.

IF YOU'RE NOT A MEMBER, JOIN

WITH US NOW.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE,

1-800-759-0700.

WHEN YOU JOIN, WE'VE GOT

SOMETHING NEW FOR YOU,

"VISIONS OF THE NIGHT," HOW

GOD SPEAKS IN VISIONS AND

DREAMS.

AND IF YOU JOIN AT "THE 700

CLUB" GOLD, WE'LL NOT JUST

SEND YOU ONE, BUT WE'LL SEND

YOU THREE COPIES.

IF YOU JOIN AT THE THOUSAND

CLUB LEVEL, WE'LL SEND YOU

FIVE COPIES.

DO IT NOW, 1-800-759-0700.

WENDY?

Wendy: STILL AHEAD,

TODAY HE IS A PASTOR AND AN

EVANGELIST, BUT 40 YEARS

AGO, HE WAS A COLLEGE KID

RUNNING AWAY FROM GOD.

DOUG SHEET TELLS US ABOUT

HIS RETURN TO FAITH, NEXT.

Wendy: IN 1973, DUTCH

SHEETS WAS TRAVELLING FAST

BUT GOING NOWHERE.

HE WAS TRYING TO RUN FROM

GOD.

BUT AS IT TURNS OUT, GOD

STILL FOUND HIM.

JOINING US NOW FOR MORE OF

THAT STORY IS DOUG SHEETS,

HE IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

OF "CHRIST FOR THE NATION'S

INSTITUTE," AND THE AUTHOR

OF THE NEW BOOK, "THE

PLEASURE OF HIS COMPANY."

WELCOME BACK TO "THE 700

CLUB."

IT IS GREAT TO SEE YOU.

THANK YOU, WENDY.

Wendy: WE GO WAY BACK.

WE DO.

WE'VE HAD SOME PRAYER

ADVENTURES TOGETHER.

Wendy: YOU'RE NEW BOOK

SOUNDS AMAZING.

YOU GREW UP THE SON OF A

PASTOR, AND FOR SOME REASON

I HAD FORGOTTEN THAT.

BUT SOMETHING HAPPENED IN

YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU WERE JUST

17, THAT SHOOK YOUR WORLD.

WHAT HAPPENED?

MY DAD ENDED UP GETTING

INVOLVED WITH HIS SECRETARY

AND ULTIMATELY DIVORCED MOM

AND MARRIED HER.

AND I ALWAYS SAY THAT GOD

HEALED THOSE RELATIONSHIPS.

AND I HAVE A GOOD

RELATIONSHIP WITH MY DAD IN

THESE LATTER YEARS, AND EVEN

WITH MY STEPMOM.

BUT AT THE TIME, IT

SHATTERED EVERYTHING.

HE WAS MY CONCEPT.

THIS IS WHAT GOD IS LIKE.

Wendy: HE'S A

PASTOR --

YEAH.

AND A GREAT PREACHER, AND

VERY COMMITTED FOR MOST OF

THOSE YEARS.

AND I SAW GOD DO INCREDIBLE

MIRACLES THROUGH HIS

MINISTRY.

SO HE WAS ON A PRETTY HIGH

PEDESTAL.

I LITERALLY SAW BLIND EYES

OPENED, AND I SAW A LITTLE

BOY TAKE BRACES OFF AND RUN

FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND

CANCERS HEALED.

SO DAD WAS UP THERE ON THIS

PEDESTAL, AND WHEN HE FELL,

IT WAS DEVASTATING TO ME.

Wendy: HOW BAD DID IT

GET, AS FAR AS THE

BITTERNESS YOU STARTED TO

FEEL AT THAT POINT?

I WAS AN ANGRY YOUNG

MAN.

WHEN I SAW MY MOTHER JUST

DEVASTATED AND DESTITUTE.

SHE ALWAYS WORKED JUST AS

HOME, SUPPORTING HIM, AND

SHE WAS THINKING, HOW DO I

PAY BILLS.

AND ONE NIGHT SHE THREW

HERSELF IN MY ARMS WEEPING

AND SAID I DON'T REALLY WANT

TO LIVE.

Wendy: TWO YEARS LATER,

DUTCH, YOU WERE IN A BAR,

AND YOU HAD A FEW BEERS --

I HAD SOME JOINTS.

I WAS HIGH.

AND I DID INHALE.

Wendy: THE BAR WAS

CALLED THE BOAR'S HEAD, AND

YOU HEARD A VOICE IN YOUR

HEAD.

AND WHAT DID THAT VOICE SAY

TO YOU?

AND HE SAID TO ME, WHAT

ARE YOU DOING HERE?

I HAD RUN SO HARD FOR TWO

YEARS, AND I WAS SO

REBELLIOUS AND SO ANGRY,

ANGRY.

I USED TO LOVE TO GET IN THE

PRESENCE OF CHRISTIANS AND

JUST SWEAR AND CURSE.

I WAS SO BITTER AT GOD AND

ANYTHING THAT HAD TO DO WITH

CHURCH.

AND I STOOD THERE HIGH AS A

KITE, JUST LISTENING TO

MUSIC, AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I

HEARD THE LORD SAY, WHAT ARE

YOU DOING HERE?

THIS IS NOT WHO YOU ARE.

Wendy: WOW!

AND MY FIRST RESPONSE TO

THE LORD WAS -- BECAUSE I

KNEW IT WAS GOD.

I KNEW HE WAS TALKING TO

ME.

AND I LOOKED AROUND AND I

SAID, WHAT ARE YOU DOING

HERE?

Wendy: WHAT ARE YOU

DOING HERE?

[LAUGHTER]

AND I WAS INSTANTLY

SOBER.

I WALKED OUTSIDE AND INJURE

BEGAN TO DIALOGUE.

IT WAS REALLY THE FIRST TIME

THAT I HAD COME TO A POINT

WHERE MY HEART WAS SOFTENING

AND GOD COULD REALLY GET

PAST THAT SHELL OF ANGER AND

BITTERNESS AND BEGIN TO TALK

TO ME.

AND HE SAID, YOU KNOW, THIS

IS NOT WHO YOU ARE, AND THIS

WILL NEVER BE WHO YOU ARE.

AND I KNEW IT WAS TRUE.

I KNEW INSTANTLY THAT THERE

IS A PART OF ME I THOUGHT

WAS DEAD THAT ISN'T.

Wendy: IT WAS PROBABLY

A RELIEF AT THAT POINT.

IT WAS A RELIEF, BUT IT

WAS CONFUSING.

HOW COULD HE CHASE ME INTO A

PLAYS LIKE THIS.

Wendy: THAT'S HOW GOOD

HE IS.

HE GOES AFTER THAT ONE.

I WASN'T AFRAID OF HELL.

I DON'T THINK ANYBODY COULD

HAVE BROUGHT ME BACK INTO

CHURCH OR A CHRISTIAN WALK

WITH FEAR, BUT THE FACT THAT

HE WOULD CHASE ME INTO THAT

PLACE, AND THAT HE WASN'T

ANGRY WITH ME, JUST MESSED

WITH ME.

IT STARTED ME ON A TWO-MONTH

JOURNEY.

I HAD A LOT OF TALKS WITH

THE LORD.

AND I WOULD LAY IN BED AND

THINK.

AND A LOT OF TIMES WHEN YOU

DON'T KNOW PEOPLE ARE

THINKING ABOUT GOD, THEY

ARE.

I WOULD STILL GO OUT WITH MY

FRIENDS AND PARTY, BUT THEY

WOULDN'T KNOW I WOULD GO

BACK TO MY ROOM.

AND WHEN THEY WERE ALL GONE,

I WAS THINKING.

THAT STARTED ME ON A

JOURNEY.

TWO MONTHS LATER I

RECONNECTED WITH GOD, AND

I'VE BEEN RUNNING HARD AFTER

GOD EVER SINCE.

Wendy: YOU ABSOLUTELY

HAVE.

WE'RE GOING TO FAST FORWARD

TO YOUR LATEST, AMAZING

BOOK, "THE PLEASURE OF HIS

COMPANY."

TELL US ABOUT THIS, WHY DOES

GOD WANT TO HANG OUT WITH

US, DUTCH?

BECAUSE HE IS SUCH A

RELATIONAL GOD.

WE GET RELIGIOUS, AND WE

PURSUE RELIGION.

WE THINK HE IS RELIGION, AND

HE IS NOT.

HE WAS COMFORTABLE WITH A

PROSTITUTE MAKING HER WAY

INTO HIS HOUSE AND BATHING

HIS FEET WITH HER TEARS.

I WOULD JUST BE APPALLED.

AND HE JUST ACCEPTED IT.

WHEN I STARTED, I REMEMBER

THINKING FOR THE FIRST 17

YEARS OF MY LIFE I KNEW

GOD.

I WAS SAVED.

I WENT TO CHURCH EVERY

WEEK.

AND I REALIZED WHEN I CAME

BACK TO HIM AND REALLY

CONNECTED AT A HEART LEVEL,

I HAD THIS AWFUL REALIZATION

I HAVE NEVER HAD A

CONNECTION.

I'VE NEVER BEEN IN A PLACE

WHERE I JUST CONNECTED WITH

GOD IN AN INTIMATE WAY.

AND THAT MESSED WITH ME

BECAUSE ALL OF A SUDDEN I

REALIZED IT'S AVAILABLE.

Wendy: DO YOU THINK

MOST PEOPLE, WE WANT TO KNOW

GOD?

AND THERE SEEMS TO BE A

MOVEMENT RIGHT NOW, I KNOW

EVEN AT MY CHURCH IN

VIRGINIA BEACH, THE PASTOR

IS DOING A SERMON ON KNOWING

GOD.

WE'RE SO BUSY AND WE MAKE SO

MANY EXCUSES.

HOW DO WE MAKE THE TIME TO

KNOW HIM AND ENJOY THE

PLEASURE OF HIS COMPANY?

I THINK IT STARTS WITH

SEVERAL THINGS.

IT STARTS BY KNOWING THERE

IS SOMETHING MORE THAN A

RELIGIOUS DUTY TO HAVE

DEVOTIONS OR QUIET TIME.

WHEN I REALIZED, WAIT A

MINUTE, IF I GET QUIET AND

REALLY LEARN TO LISTEN, HE

WILL SPEAK TO ME.

Wendy: AND YOU SAY IN

YOUR BOOK, HE IS REALLY THE

MOST INTERESTING PERSON IN

THE WORLD TO HANG OUT WITH.

ABSOLUTELY.

Wendy: THERE IS NO ONE

LIKE HIM?

COME ON, WE'RE TALKING

CREATOR HERE.

WE'RE TALKING GOD.

WHEN HE STARTS BRINGING YOU

INTO HIS WORLD, YOU REALIZE

I CAN HAVE A FRIENDSHIP, AND

I MEAN THAT LITERALLY.

I CAN HAVE A FRIENDSHIP WITH

GOD, HEAR HIS VOICE.

HE WILL TALK WITH ME.

HE WILL SHARE WITH ME HIS

HEART, WHAT HE'S THINKING.

IT JUST CHANGES EVERYTHING.

Wendy: DUTCH, YOU HAVE

BEEN A PRAYER WARRIOR.

AND YOU SAY WE ARE GETTING

READY AS A NATION TO GO INTO

THE THIRD GREAT AWAKENING

WITH SIGNS OF WONDERS.

YOU SAY WE'RE ALREADY SEEING

THOSE EVEN IN AMERICA.

IS THAT TRUE?

IT IS TRUE.

I'VE SEEN MORE MIRACLES IN

THE LAST YEAR THAN I HAVE

SEEN MAYBE IN THE LAST 20.

I'VE SEEN AUTISM HEALED.

I'VE SEEN CANCER HEALED.

ONE FRIEND OF MINE PRAYED

FOR A LADY WITH CANCER.

SHE WAS SO EATEN UP WITH

CANCER, AND THEY GAVE HER NO

HOPE.

THE GUY SHE WORKED FOR WAS A

MUSLIM.

HE GOT SAVED.

HE WAS A DOCTOR.

HE SAID, OKAY, I'VE SEEN THE

REPORTS.

I KNOW THERE WAS NO HOPE.

I HAVE SEEN THE NEW REPORTS,

THERE IS NO CANCER IN YOU.

MY GOD HAS NEVER HEALED

ANYBODY.

SO HE SAID, I WANT JESUS.

AND THEN HE OWNED AN

ABORTION CLINIC, AND HE SHUT

THE ABORTION CLINIC DOWN

BECAUSE JESUS CAME INTO HIS

HEART.

I'M SEEING THESE THINGS

REGULARLY.

I'VE SEEN TUMORS DISAPPEAR.

I'VE SEEN PEOPLE HEALED OF

BLOOD DISEASE AND

S.T.D.s.

BUT I'VE SEEN MORE IN THE

LAST, PROBABLY YEAR, THAN

I'VE SEEN IN THE LAST 20.

AND I'M HEARING OTHER

BROTHERS AND SISTERS SAY THE

SAME THING.

MEN AND WOMEN SAYING I'M

SEEING MORE MIRACLES NOW

THAN IN THE LAST 20 YEARS.

WE'RE MOVING INTO THIS

AWAKENING.

Wendy: THIS IS VERY

GOOD NEWS, ESPECIALLY

STARTING A NEW YEAR AND JUST

WHAT WE NEED RIGHT NOW.

IT IS WONDERFUL TO SEE YOU

AGAIN.

DUTCH, THANKS FOR BEING WITH

US.

THE BOOK IS CALLED "THE

PLEASURE OF HIS COMPANY."

AND IT'S AVAILABLE IN STORES

NATIONWIDE.

COMING UP, WE'RE GOING TO

"BRING IT ON" WITH YOUR

QUESTIONS, SO DON'T GO

AWAY.

*

Wendy: AND WE'RE BACK,

AND IT IS TIME FOR YOUR

E-MAIL QUESTIONS.

"BRING IT ON," AND GORDON IS

HERE TO ANSWER SOME PRETTY

TOUGH QUESTIONS.

SOMEONE WRITES, "HOW COME IN

THE BIBLE, JESUS NEVER

REFERS TO HIMSELF AS THE SON

OF GOD?"

Gordon: WELL, AN

ANONYMOUS, HE DOES.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE THESE

WEIRD RUMORS GETS

CIRCULATED.

IT IS INTERESTING HOW YOU

PHRASE THE QUESTION, AND IT

ASSUMES THE TRUTH AND IT IS

NOT TRUE.

HERE IT IS AT JOHN 4, THE

WOMAN SAID TO HIM: "I KNOW

THAT THE MESSIAH IS COMING,

WHO IS CALLED CHRIST.

WHEN HE COMES HE WILL TELL

US ALL THINGS.

JESUS SAID TO HER, I, WHO

SPEAK TO YOU, AM HE."

IN THE SAME GOSPEL, 10th

CHAPTER: "THEN THE JEWS

SURROUNDED HIM AND SAID TO

HIM, HOW LONG DO YOU KEEP US

IN DOUBT?

IF YOU ARE THE CHRIST, TELL

US PLAINLY."

JESUS ANSWERED THEM, "I TOLD

YOU AND YOU DO NOT BELIEVE.

THE WORKS THAT I DO IN MY

FATHER'S NAME, THEY BEAR

WITNESS OF ME."

SAME CHAPTER, THE JEWS

ANSWERED HIM: "FOR A GOOD

WORK WE DO NOT STONE YOU,

BUT FOR BLASPHEMY, BECAUSE

YOU, BEING A MAN, MAKE

YOURSELF GOD."

JESUS ANSWERED THEM, "IS IT

NOT WRITTEN IN YOUR LAW I

SAID YOU ARE GOD.

IF HE CALLED THEM GODS TO

WHOM THE WORD CANNOT BE

BROKEN.

DO YOU SAY OF HIM, WHOM THE

FATHER SANCTIFIED AND SENT

INTO WORLD YOU ARE

BLASPHEMYING BECAUSE I SAID

I AM THE SON OF GOT."

MARK 14: "THE HIGH PRIEST

ASKED OF HIM, ARE YOU THE

CHRIST, THE SON OF THE

BLESSED?"

JESUS SAID, "I AM."

SO FOR ALL OF YOU WHO SAID

JESUS NEVER SAID HE WAS THE

SON OF GOD, THAT'S EXACTLY

THE REASON HE WAS CRUCIFIED,

WHEN HE WENT TO THE HIGH

PRIEST AND SAID I AM.

THAT WAS THE SIN THAT GOT

HIM CRUCIFIED.

SO THERE IS YOUR ANSWER.

Wendy: EXTENT.

FRAN RIGHTS, "I WENT TO HEAR

A FAIRLY WELL-KNOWN TV

PASTOR.

MY MOTHER AND I WEP WENT UP

FOR PRAYER, AND HE PRAYED

FOR MY MOTHER, AND HE SAID

HE COULDN'T PRAY FOR ME AND

SAID I KNEW WHY.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHY & I STILL

DON'T KNOW WHY.

DID JESUS EVER REFUSE TO

PRAYER FOR SOMEONE?

WAS THIS MINISTER BIBLICAL

IN HIS ACTIONS?"

Gordon: FRAN, WALK IN

LOVE AND FORGIVENESS.

IF I WERE YOU, I WOULD HAVE

ASKED HIM RIGHT THEN, WHAT

DO YOU MEAN?

I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU WON'T

PRAY FOR ME.

DOES THE BIBLE SAY PRAY FOR

ALL MEN?

YES.

IT WAS THE A ADMONITION OF

THE APOSTLE PAUL.

WE'RE SUPPOSED TO PRAY FOR

ALL MEN, IN ALL

CIRCUMSTANCES, REGARDLESS IF

THEIR BELIEVERS OR

UNBELIEVERS OR IF THEY'RE IN

SIN OR NOT IN SIN.

THAT'S THE BIBLICAL

COMMANDMENT.

Wendy: AMY WRITES, "MY

HUSBAND WAS BORN IN A MUSLIM

FAMILY BUT BECAME A BELIEVER

ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO.

WE HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING THE

BUSINESS OF CHANGING THE

NAME OF GOD TO ALLAH FOR

PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

YOU HAVE SEVERAL STORIES OF

MUSLIM CONVERTS IN THE

MIDDLE EAST.

I CAN'T TELL WHAT THEY ARE

SAYING, BUT I'M WONDERING

WHAT THEY CALL GOD."

Gordon: AMY, THE VERY

FIRST TRANSLATION THAT WE

HAVE THAT CAME OUT OF A

MONASTERY IN SINAI, ST.

CATHARINES MONASTERY.

IT IS TRANSLATED INTO ARABIC

AND IT USES THE WORD "ALLAH"

AS GOD.

YOU CAN GET INTO CONTROVERSY

BECAUSE THAT WORD HAS SOME

VERY DEFINITE CONNOTATIONS

THESE DAYS.

SO THERE -- IT SEEMS TO

CONTINUALLY SWIRL.

REGARDLESS OF CULTURE, THERE

HAS BEEN A HUGE FIGHT ABOUT

THE NAME OF GOD IN CHINESE.

AND PEOPLE FELL OUT OF FAVOR

AND WERE DISFELLOWSHIPPED

BECAUSE OF THE USE OF

DIFFERENT CHINESE WORDS FOR

THE NAME OF GOD.

REALIZE THIS, THE GERMAN

GOD, FROM WHERE WE GET THE

ENGLISH GOD, DOESN'T APPEAR

IN EITHER THE OLD OR NEW

TESTAMENT, AND YET WE USE IT

AND ACKNOWLEDGE IT AS THE

RIGHT TRANSLATION.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM 1 CORINTHIANS:

"LOVE BEARS ALL THINGS,

BELIEVES ALL THINGS, HOPES

ALL THINGS, ENDURES ALL

THINGS."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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