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700 Club Interactive: Saved From Divorce - Feb. 14, 2014

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Gordon: A NEW MARRIAGE,

HEADING FOR DIVORCE.

WE BEGAN TO FIGHT AND

FIGHT AND FIGHT, RIGHT

AROUND MY SON, AND PUNCHED

HOLES AND SMASHED THINGS.

YOU DON'T GET ALONE, YOU

GET DIVORCED.

Gordon: HOW THEY FOUND

PEACE AND LOVE 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.

WELL, WELCOME TO THE

PROGRAM.

BACK IN THE 1950s, 20% OF

MARRIAGES ENDED IN DIVORCE.

NOW 60 YEARS LATER, THAT

NUMBER HAS GROWN TO OVER

50%.

Terry: WHEN BRIAN

SUMNER MET THE LOVE OF HIS

LIFE, HE NEVER EXPECTED TO

BECOME ONE OF THE 50% WHO'S

MARRIAGE FAILS.

HOWEVER, HIS DIVORCE WAS

JUST THE BEGINNING OF HIS

LOVE STORY.

WHEN I FIRST MET BRIAN,

HE WAS ONLY, LIKE, 15 YEARS

OLD, I THINK.

BEING TWO YEARS OLDER THAN

HIM, I THOUGHT HE WAS 1 I

THOUGHT IT WAS LIKE 10, SO I

WASN'T INTERESTED IN HIM AT

THE TIME.

I FELT I HAD EXPLISHED

ACCOMPLISHED SOME THINGS IN

MY LIFE.

IT HAD BEEN A COUPLE OF

YEARS, AND WE MET AGAIN, AND

I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT WAS

HIM.

HE WAS LIKE A TOTALLY

DIFFERENT PERSON.

HE WAS JUST NOT LIKE ANYONE

I HAD EVER MET.

THERE WAS JUST SOMETHING

SPECIAL ABOUT HIM.

THERE WAS JUST A KIND OF

LOVE AND ATTRACTION, A BOND,

AND IT JUST CLICKED REALLY

QUICK.

AND IT FELT RIGHT RIGHT

AWAY.

I HAD TO GO ON A TRIP, I

THINK, FOR MAYBE A FEW DAYS,

AND IT WAS SO HARD FOR US TO

BE APART.

I WAS, LIKE, OKAY, WHAT DO

YOU THINK ABOUT GETTING

MARRIED?

HE PROPOSED TO ME DOWN AT

THE BEACH, AND THE NEXT DAY

WE WERE DRIVING TO LAS

VEGAS, LITERALLY.

AND SO WE JUST SPENT EVERY

WAKING MOMENT TOGETHER AND

JUST -- WE JUST, LIKE, NEVER

WANTED TO BE APART.

SHORTLY AFTER BEING MARRIED,

WE DECIDED WE WANTED TO HAVE

A BABY.

NOW MY FOCUS WASN'T ON BRIAN

100%.

I NOW HAD TO GIVE MY

ATTENTION TO SOMEONE ELSE

WHO NEEDED ME.

WE'RE STILL SO YOUNG.

I'M 19 AND SHE IS 21.

IT JUST CAUSED FRICTION.

IT CAUSED US TO START

ARGUING.

WE JUST BEGAN TO FIGHT

AND FIGHT AND FIGHT, RALLY

AROUND MY SON, AND PUNCHED

HOLES AND SMASHED THINGS.

I SAW IT WAS AFFECTING

DAKOTA.

AND HE WAS A VERY MELLOW

BABY, BUT BECAUSE OF OUR

CONSTANT FIGHTING, I COULD

SEE IT WAS AFFECTING HIS

BEHAVIOR.

I WAS BEGINNING TO THINK,

I DON'T WANT TO BE AROUND

THIS PERSON.

SHE IS CONSTANTLY TEARING ME

DOWN.

YOU KNOW, IF YOU DON'T

GET ALONG, YOU GET

DIVORCED.

I'M OVER THIS.

AND AS WE'RE SEPARATING AND

WE'RE GETTING DIVORCED, I

MOVED INTO AN APARTMENT WITH

OTHER SKATERS AT THE TIME.

AND I WAS, LIKE, I'M GOING

TO FOCUS ON ME AND SKATING.

I LOOKED AT THIS PERSON

AND IT WAS ALL COMING TO AN

END.

IT WAS VERY EMOTIONAL,

BECAUSE I LOOKED AT HIM AND

I LOVED HIM, BUT WE WERE

BOTH STILL STRUGGLING WITH

HAVING A KID.

WE WERE JUST SO

EMOTIONAL.

WE LOVED EACH OTHER.

HE FINALLY FOUND A HOUSE,

AND SO HE ASKED ME AND

DAKOTA TO MOVE BACK IN WITH

HIM AT THAT TIME.

OKAY, BABE, WHY DON'T WE

JUST LIVE TOGETHER FOR HIS

SAKE.

THERE WAS STILL FIGHTING AND

CHAOS.

AND I'M ANGRY AND FRUSTRATED

AND STILL DEALING WITH THE

REALITY OF WHAT IS GOING

ON.

I'M, LIKE, OKAY, GOD, WELL,

WHOEVER YOU ARE, YOU KNOW

WHERE I AM.

HAMMER, BUDDHA, JESUS,

MARY -- I SAID, I'M GOING TO

PROVE THAT GOD IS NOT REAL

BECAUSE I'M OVER THIS.

READING THE BIBLE -- I

PROBABLY READ IT TWO OR

THREE TIMES.

WITHIN THAT COURSE OF SEVEN

MONTHS OF JUMPING AROUND,

GOD WAS JUST DEALING WITH

ME.

YOU'VE LIED AND YOU SINNED

BEFORE GOD, WHO IS GOOD.

YOU HAVE FALLEN, AND YOU

NEED HELP.

AND YOUR LIFE IS CHAOS

BECAUSE OF IT.

THAT'S WHY MY MARRIAGE IS

THE WAY IT IS.

I PRAYED FOR 40 MINUTES, AND

I FELT THE PRESENCE OF GOD.

I FELT THIS MOMENT OF MY

EYES BEING OPEN, MY HEART

BEING TRANSFORMED.

HE SHOWED UP.

I SAID, GOD, I'LL GIVE YOU

MY LIFE.

I'LL GET BAPTIZED, I'LL GO

AROUND THE WORLD, I'LL

REMARRY THIS WOMAN, I'LL DO

WHATEVER YOU WANT.

AND I CAN'T BELIEVE PEOPLE

DON'T KNOW JESUS.

THE CHANGE IN BRIAN WAS

SO DRASTIC THAT IT WAS KIND

OF CONTAGIOUS, I GUESS.

THERE JUST BECAME

THIS, LIKE, PEACE OVER HIM.

I BECAME A LITTLE CURIOUS

ABOUT WHAT HE WAS REALLY

DOING.

BECAUSE HE WOULD GO TO

CHURCH ALL OF THE TIME.

THE LAST TIME HE INVITED ME,

I WOULD GO TO CHURCH WITH

HIM, AND IT WAS A POWERFUL

BUT SIMPLE MESSAGE OF THE

CROSS.

I REMEMBER HIM TALKING ABOUT

JESUS, AND HOW JESUS HAD

DIED FOR OUR SINS.

AND IT REALLY SPOKE TO MY

HEART.

AND I'VE SEEN IT A MILL

MILLION TIMES, THE ALTER

CALL, BUT SOMETHING IN ME

WAS PULLING ME TOWARDS

THERE.

I REMEMBER PRAYING, I DO

WANT TO BE SAVED TODAY, BUT

I CAN'T GO DOWN THERE.

MAYBE ANOTHER TIME.

AND I JUST KIND OF SAT

BACK.

AND THEN I SAW THE PASTOR

LOOKING AT ME, AND HE WAS

TALKING TO ONE OF MY

FRIENDS.

HE ASKED HER TO COME GET

ME.

HE GOES, I REALLY FELT GOD

SPEAKING TO ME.

HAVE YOU EVER GIVEN YOUR

LIFE TO CHRIST?

AND I WAS, LIKE, NO.

AND HE WAS, LIKE, TODAY IS

YOUR DAY.

I WAS JUST, LIKE, CRYING AND

IT WAS MIND-BLOWING.

IT JUST FELT REALLY SECURE

AND SAFE.

I THOUGHT, THIS IS ALL IT

IS.

IT IS SO SIMPLE.

AND SO WHEN WE FOUND CHRIST,

WE REALIZED HE HAS A PLAN

FOR OUR LIVES.

WE WERE, AT THAT TIME,

WE'RE DIVORCED, BUT WE LOVE

EACH OTHER AS A COVENANT OF

MARRIAGE.

I SAID, LORD, IF YOU WANT US

TO DO THIS, I SAID I'LL DO

THIS.

AND SHE COMES OUT OF HER

HOUSE AND SHE SAYS, LET'S

JUST GET MARRIED TONIGHT.

AND I THOUGHT, OKAY, IF YOU

WANT TO GET MARRIED IN A

PASTOR'S APARTMENT TONIGHT,

THAT DOES SOUND LIKE GOD.

WE REMARRIED IN OUR OLD

PASTOR'S BACKYARD.

IT WAS LIKE A TURNING POINT

AGAIN IN OUR LIVES.

THERE IS NO TURNING BACK AT

THIS POINT.

THERE IS NOT GOING TO BE

ANOTHER DIVORCE.

WE ARE REALLY GOING TO

RECONNECT AND DO THIS THE

RIGHT WAY, GOD'S WAY.

SINCE BEING REMARRIED, WE

HAD TWO MORE CHILDREN.

THREE KIDS, 12, 6, AND

3.

AND WE ARE GETTING

INVOLVED IN MARRIAGE

MINISTRY, TO BECOME

MENTORS.

SO WE CAN JUST SHARE OUR

STORY AND JUST TRY AND HELP

OTHERS WHO MIGHT BE

STRUGGLING WITH SOMETHING

THAT WE WENT THROUGH.

13 YEARS LATER, WE'VE GOT

MATCHING TATTOOS ON OUR

WRISTS AND WE'VE GOT NEW

RINGS.

WE'RE DOING IT ALL.

IT IS NOT HOPELESS.

LIKE, IF YOU'RE IN A

RELATIONSHIP OR YOUR MARRIED

AND IT SEEMS LIKE THERE IS

NO OTHER WAY BUT DIVORCE,

THAT THERE IS A WAY.

IF YOU PUT YOUR FAITH IN

CHRIST, THAT WITH HIM ALL

THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

Gordon: WITH HIM, ALL

THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

AND MARRIAGES CAN BE

RESTORED.

GOD LOVES MARRIAGE.

HE IS THE ONE THAT STARTED

ALL OF THIS.

AND WHY DOES HE HATE

DIVORCE?

HE SAYS IT VERY CLEARLY IN

THE BIBLE, BECAUSE HE WANTS

RIGHTEOUS CHILDREN.

AND I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE,

IF YOU TRY TO DO THINGS FOR

THE SAKE OF THE CHILDREN,

THAT MAY BE A GOOD REASON,

BUT IT IS NOT GOING TO GET

YOU THERE.

IT IS NOT GOING TO GET YOU

TO WHERE YOU NEED TO BE.

WHAT DO YOU NEED?

YOU NEED JESUS IN YOUR

MARRIAGE.

AND WHEN YOU HAVE HIM, AND

EVERYONE PUTTING HIM FIRST,

WELL THEN THINGS START TO

COME TOGETHER.

I KNOW FOR ME, MARRIAGE WAS

A REAL EYE-OPENER.

I LIKE TO SAY, LOVE IS

BLIND; MARRIAGE IS THE

EYE-OPENER.

AND I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND HOW

SELFISH I WAS UNTIL I GOT

MARRIED.

AND THEN I REALLY DIDN'T

UNDERSTAND IT UNTIL I HAD

CHILDREN.

AND NOW SUDDENLY ALL THAT

WAS MINE, EVERYTHING I HELD

DEAR, WASN'T MINE ANYMORE.

AND I HAD TO LEARN TO GIVE

IT AWAY, AND GIVE IT TO

THEM, WHETHER IT WAS MY

TIME, MONEY, MY SUBSTANCE,

MY ATTENTION, EVERYTHING.

AND WHEN YOU GET TO THAT

PLACE OF SURRENDER AND

YOU'RE SAYING, JESUS, I

FOLLOW YOU, I WANT TO HAVE

YOU IN MY MARRIAGE, I WANT

TO HAVE YOU IN MY HEART,

WELL, THAT'S THE POINT WHEN

YOU CAN FIND TRUE SUCCESS

AND TRUE RESTORATION.

TERRY, I KNOW YOU'VE SAID

BEFORE TO ME YOU DIDN'T

TRUST ANYBODY WHO WAS A

MARRIAGE COUNSELLOR UNLESS

THEY WERE FIRST MARRIED 25

YEARS.

THEY HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS

INVOLVED.

WHY DID YOU SAY THAT?

Terry: WELL, YOU KNOW,

I THINK THIS IS ONE OF THOSE

THINGS THAT IS SO EASY TO

TALK ABOUT.

IT IS WHY WE GO TO THE

ALTER, OR WHEREVER WE GET

MARRIED, THE BEACH, WHEREVER

TODAY, AND WE SAY THESE

VOWS, BUT WE REALLY DON'T

GET IT UNTIL WE WALK IT

OUT.

Gordon: WHEN YOU GO TO

MARRIAGES NOW, DO YOU TAKE

PITY ON THEM?

Terry: I'M A LITTLE

FRAYED FOR THEM.

Gordon: I'M GOING, THEY

HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY'RE

GETTING INTO.

Terry: BUT I DO THINK

THERE IS SOMETHING TO BE

SAID ABOUT THE TRADITIONAL

MARRIAGE VOW.

I GET THAT EVERYBODY LOVES

THE FLOWERINESS OF WRITING

THEIR FEELINGS, BUT THAT FOR

BETTER, FOR WORSE, IN

SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH,

UNTIL DEATH DO WE PART,

PRETTY MUCH COVERS IT.

Gordon: FORSAKING ALL

OTHERS --

Terry: YEAH.

Gordon: THOSE ARE REAL

AND THOSE ARE COMMITMENTS.

AND LOVE AND MARRIAGE, THE

ROMANTIC SIDE OF IT, THE I

CAN'T SPEND A WEEKEND

WITHOUT YOU SIDE OF IT, OVER

25 YEARS, YOU GO, WAIT A

MINUTE, WHERE IS THAT?

AND THEN YOU REALLY START

LEARNING ABOUT HEBREW

CONCEPTS, THE COVENANT LOVE,

THE COMMITMENT THAT I'M

THERE, AND SO YOU CAN COUNT

ON ME.

AND TODAY I'M CHOOSING, AND

TOMORROW I WILL CHOOSE

AGAIN, AND NEXT WEEK I'LL

CHOOSE AGAIN.

AND YOU CAN COUNT ON THAT.

Terry: YOU KNOW, YOU

WERE TALKING ABOUT

SELFISHNESS, AND I THINK

THAT THAT IS WHAT WE

SURRENDER TO WITH CHRIST,

AND IT'S WHAT WE SURRENDER

TO WITH EACH OTHER.

IT'S NO LONGER ME, BUT WE.

NO LONGER ME, BUT HE.

Gordon: NOT MY WILL.

Terry: YEAH.

THOSE ARE EASY THINGS TO

SAY.

Gordon: WHICH HAS A

HUSBAND, YOU TEND TO SAY A

LOT.

Terry: I THINK HIS WIFE

MUST SAY THAT A LOT.

Gordon: YES, DEAR,

WIVES DO IT, TOO.

Terry: COMING UP,

DISCOVER THE KEY TO LIVING

HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

THAT'S NEXT ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Terry: EARLIER IN THE

SHOW, WE TALKED ABOUT THE

STAGGERING DIVORCE

STATISTICS.

SOME CHOOSE TO LIVE TOGETHER

TO AVOID A FAILED MARRIAGE.

BUT AS PAUL STRAND EXPLAINS,

STAYING IN LOVE FOR A

LIFETIME ISN'T AS HARD AS

YOU MIGHT THINK.

*

Reporter: THESE DAYS

MARRIAGE GETS A BAD RAP.

MORE AND MORE ATTENTION IS

PAID TO DIVORCE STATISTICS,

AND YOU RARELY HEAR OR SEE

ANY COUPLES LIVING THEIR

DREAM FOR A LIFETIME.

THE CLICHE IS IN AMERICAN

SUBURBS LIKE THESE, PEOPLE

ARE LEADING LIVES OF QUIET

DESPERATION.

BUT THE FACT IS MANY AREN'T

DESPERATE AT ALL.

AND THEY'RE LIVING IN REALLY

HAPPY MARRIAGES THAT WILL

LAST A LIFETIME.

AND NOW THERE IS A BOOK THAT

SHARES THE SECRETS OF HOW

THEY STAY HAPPY AND MARRIED

FOREVER.

ATLANTA'S FELLKI AND HER

HUSBAND, JEFF, HAVE WRITTEN

BEST-SELLERS LIKE "FOR WOMEN

ONLY," AND "FOR MEN ONLY."

WHAT SHE FOUND, HAPPY

COUPLES SHARE A FEW KEY

ATTITUDES.

SHE TEACHES THAT ANYONE CAN

LEARN THEM.

THE FIRST OF THE HAPPY

HABITS, BELIEVE THE BEST OF

YOUR SPOUSE.

NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS,

CHOOSING TO BELIEVE THEY

CARE FOR YOU TURNS ALMOST

ANY SITUATION POSITIVE.

JEFF LEARNED THIS FROM HIS

OWN EXPERIENCE.

I KNEW I COULD TRUST

HER.

I KNEW SHE HAD MY BEST

INTEREST.

I KNEW THAT SHE LOVED ME,

AND I WOULD BELIEVE THE

BEST.

THE HAPPIEST COUPLES GO,

OKAY, THEY COULDN'T HAVE

MEANT IT.

THEY LOVE ME, AND LET'S MOVE

ON.

IT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE

WHEN YOU ASSUME THE BEST.

Reporter: THE RESEARCH

INCLUDES KEVIN AND SABRINA.

THEY WENT ALL IN.

THERE IS NO ESCAPE ROUTE OR

ANY THOUGHT OF THE "D" WORD

FOR DIVORCE.

AND KEVIN DESCRIBES THE

RESULTS OF NOT GOING ALL

IN?

GOD HAS DESIGNED IT TO BE

COMPLETE INTIMACY.

YOU CAN'T HAVE INTIMACY IF

YOU HAVE SECRET POCKETS.

Reporter: SABRINA

CREDITS GOING ALL IN FOR

THEIR 27-YEAR UNION.

I BELIEVE WE ARE HAPPIER

NOW THUNDE THAN WE'VE EVER

BEEN.

Reporter: AND LET HIM

KNOW YOU APPRECIATE IT.

SAYING IT TO A GUY, THAT

IS HIS EQUIVALENT TO "I LOVE

YOU."

Reporter: AND MEN,

DON'T BE AFRAID OF PUBLIC

AFFECTION, LIKE PUTTING AN

ARM AROUND HER.

AND MEN NEED TO LEARN HOW TO

QUICKLY GET OUT OF A BAD

MOOD.

SO WHEN HE MAKES AN

EFFORT TO PULL HIMSELF OUT

OF THE FUNK, AND TO NOT BE

GRUMPY, IT IS, LIKE, WHEW,

THIS ISN'T GOING TO GO IN A

BAD DIRECTION.

Reporter: AND NOW

UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS.

BECAUSE IF YOU'RE SPOUSE

CAN'T REALISTICALLY MEET

YOUR EXPECTATIONS, THEN YOU

CAN'T EVER REALLY BE HAPPY

WITH HIM.

SABRINA CAME INTO THE

MARRIAGE WITH THIS PROBLEM.

HER EXPECTATIONS TOWARDS

ME THAT I HAD NO IDEA THEY

WERE THERE.

THERE WAS RESENTMENT THAT

BEGAN TO BUILD UP BECAUSE

SHE WOULD SAY, HE SHOULD

KNOW THIS, AND I DIDN'T.

THERE WAS THIS WEDGE AND

WALL BETWEEN US THAT HE

COULDN'T COMPREHEND AND I

COULDN'T COMPREHEND HE

COULDN'T COMPREHEND.

Reporter: FALKY SAYS

THE RESEARCH SAYS WITHOUT A

DOUBT THAT THE HABITS

HIGHLIGHTED IN THE BOOK WILL

BE JOYFUL.

THEY WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW

THIS TRUTH, THAT THE 50%

DIVORCE RATE IS A MYTH.

ABOUT 80% THRIVE AND

SURVIVE.

NOT A MEASLY HALF.

MOST MARRIAGES DO MAKE

IT.

MOST MARRIAGES ARE HAPPY.

IT IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

FEELING.

LIKE, YOU KNOW WHAT?

STATISTICALLY WE'RE GOING TO

BE FINE.

Reporter: THE REALITY

IS YOU HAVE NO REASON TO BE

FATALISTIC.

EVERY COUPLE HAS IT IN THEIR

POWER TO MAKE THEIR MARRIAGE

ONE THAT TRULY CAN BE CALLED

HIGHLY HAPPY.

PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS,

REPORTING FROM ATLANTA,

GEORGIA.

Terry: IF YOU WOULD

LIKE TO READ MORE ABOUT

THIS, SHANTI'S BOOK IS

AVAILABLE WHENEVER BOOKS

WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD.

Gordon: THE FIRST TIP

IS A GOOD ONE, THINK WELL OF

YOUR SPOUSE.

DON'T THINK THEY HAVE A BAD

MOTIVATION.

BECAUSE IF YOU DO THAT,

THINGS START TO GO

DOWNHILL.

WE'RE GOING TO PRAY FOR

MARRIAGES, AND THIS IS "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE," WHERE WE

GET TO INTERACT WITH YOU.

AND WE'VE GOTTEN SOME PRAYER

REQUESTS ON THIS.

JODY SAYS, "MY MARRIAGE IS

FALLING APART BECAUSE WE

CAN'T MAKE ENDS MEET.

EVERY MONTH WE RUN OUT OF

MONEY BEFORE THE NEXT

PAYCHECK ARRIVES.

I'VE BEGGED GOD TO HELP US

TO NO AVAIL.

PLEASE PRAY WE MAKE IT

THROUGH THIS TOUGH TIME."

CORA WRITES IN, "MY HUSBAND

AND I HAVE TWO CHILDREN.

WE CAME THROUGH A HARD TIME

CONCERNING MY HEALTH.

I HAVE A BLOOD DISORDER AND

BECAUSE OF THIS I HAD A

HYSTERECTOMY AND A

MASTECTOMY.

MY HUSBAND JUST TOLD ME HE

WANTS A DIVORCE.

PLEASE PRAY FOR ME AND MY

MARRIAGE.

MARRIAGE."

ANOTHER IS, "MY HUSBAND IS

IN THE ARMY AND THE BIGGEST

PROBLEM WE HAVE IS

INFIDELITY.

I'VE CAUGHT HIM WITH OTHER

WOMEN.

HE HAS BEEN REMORSEFUL EVERY

TIME, AND HE PROMISES HE

WILL CHANGE, BUT NOTHING

EVER CHANGES FOR LONG.

PLEASE PRAY THAT THIS CYCLE

ENDS."

LET'S PRAY RIGHT NOW.

IF YOU NEED HELP IN YOUR

MARRIAGE, WE'RE HERE FOR

YOU, 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN

DAYS A WEEK.

AND WE BELIEVE IN PRAYER AND

WE BELIEVE IN MARRIAGE.

AND WE BELIEVE THAT PRAYER

CAN CHANGE MARRIAGE,

PARTICULARLY WHEN A HUSBAND

AND WIFE AGREE TO PRAY

TOGETHER.

SO JOIN WITH US, AND LET'S

CREATE A GREAT CIRCLE OF

PRAYER FOR THESE REQUESTS

THAT HAVE COME IN, AND FOR

YOU.

GOD WANTS YOU TO BE HEALTHY,

HE WANTS YOU TO BE HAPPY,

AND HE WANTS YOU TO HAVE A

GOOD MARRIAGE.

HE WANTS WONDERFUL FAMILIES

AND HE WANTS RIGHTEOUS

CHILDREN.

AND BECAUSE HE WANTS ALL OF

THAT, IF YOU COME TO HIM

WITH A REQUEST FOR YOUR

MARRIAGE, HE'LL ANSWER IT.

LET'S PRAY.

LORD, WE LIFT THESE REQUESTS

TO YOU RIGHT NOW, AND WE

PRAYER FOR HEALING.

WE PRAY FOR FINANCES.

WE PRAY FOR RESTORATION.

WE PRAY FOR HEARTS THAT ARE

LOYAL TO YOU AND FAITHFUL TO

YOUR COVENANT AND TO THE

COVENANT THEY MADE WITH

THEIR SPOUSE.

AND, LORD, I ASK THAT LOVE

WOULD BE RESTORED, THAT THE

HEARTS OF HUSBANDS WOULD

TURN TO THEIR WIVES, AND

WIVES TO THEIR HUSBANDS.

I PRAY THAT THERE WOULD BE A

UNITY AND AN INTIMACY AND A

DEEP TO RELATIONSHIP AND A

SHARING, ONE WITH ONE

ANOTHER.

LORD, RESTORE FAMILIES.

BE WITH THEM IN THEIR TIME

OF NEED.

AND WE ASK THAT YOU WOULD

BLESS THEM, AND YOUR

PRESENCE WOULD INVADE EVERY

ROOM IN THEIR HOUSE, EVERY

THOUGHT IN THEIR MINDS, AND

THEIR HEARTS WOULD BE TENDER

BEFORE YOU.

DO IT, LORD, FOR WE ASK IT

IN JESUS' NAME, AMEN.

AGAIN, IF YOU NEED PRAYER,

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

AND WE DELIGHT IN PRAYING

FOR YOU.

JUST GIVE US A CALL.

IT'S TOLL-FREE.

1-888-777-1999.

AND IF YOU'RE HAVING

PROBLEMS IN YOUR MARRIAGE,

WE'VE GOT A FREE PACKET FOR

YOU.

IT'S CALLED "LOVE AND

MARRIAGE," AND WE CAN E-MAIL

IT TO YOU RIGHT AWAY IF YOU

JUST GIVE US A CALL, AND

GIVE US YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS,

AND YOU CAN HAVE IT TODAY.

CALL US NOW.

1-888-777-1999.

TERRY?

Terry: COMING UP, HE

WAS A WITCH DOCTOR AND HE

WAS A CHRISTIAN.

FIND OUT HOW THEY FOUND TRUE

LOVE AFTER THIS.

Terry: ANDREW WAS A

WITCH DOCTOR IN NIGERIA AND

HIS WIFE WAS A CHRISTIAN.

THEIR MARRIAGE SEEMED

DESTINED FOR FAILURE UNTIL

THEY TURNED ON THE

TELEVISION AND SAW A

FAMILIAR FACE.

Reporter: ANDREW IS

GRATEFUL FOR MANY THINGS IN

HIS LIFE, HIS WIFE,

CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, AND

THE FARM THEY RUN TOGETHER.

I LOVE MY LIFE.

I HAVE A WONDERFUL FAMILY.

AND I HAVE PEACE.

Reporter: BUT NOT LONG

AGO ANDREW'S LIFE WAS VERY

DIFFERENT.

AS A YOUNG MAN, ANDREW HAD

JOINED A CULT.

LED BY A MAN NAMED JOHN

ALIPO.

HE ORDAINED ME AS AN

AGENT OF THE DEVIL.

I PRACTICED BLACK MAGIC AND

CAST SPELLS ON PEOPLE.

Reporter: ANDREW'S WIFE

WAS A CHRISTIAN.

SHE SPENT 12 YEARS PRAYING

FOR HER HUSBAND'S

SALVATION.

HE FINALLY GOT TIRED OF HER

PRAYERS AND KICKED HER OUT

OF THE HOUSE.

HER PRAYERS STOOD IN THE

WAY OF MY IDOL WORSHIP.

Reporter: BUT ANDREW

SAYS HE STILL LOVED HIS WIFE

AND VISITED HER.

ONE DAY WHILE HE WAS AT HER

HOME, HE TURNED ON THE

TELEVISION AND SAW HIS

FORMER CULT LEADER, JOHN

ALIPO.

HE HAD SEEN "THE 700 CLUB"

AND GIVEN HIS LIFE TO

CHRIST.

NOW HIS STORY WAS AIRING ON

"THE 700 CLUB."

ANDREW KNEW GOD WAS CALLING

HIM TO MAKE THE SAME

DECISION.

AS I PRAYED, I FELT LIKE

I WAS IN COLD WATER.

ALL OF THE ANGER LEFT ME.

I EXPERIENCED PEACE AND

JOY.

Reporter: ANDREW GAVE

UP BLACK MAGIC AND THE

OCCULT AND ASKED FOR HIS

WIFE TO FORGIVE HIM.

MY PRAYERS WERE

ANSWERED.

MY HUSBAND HAD BECOME A

CHRISTIAN, AND NOW WE

EXPERIENCE PEACE AND LOVE AS

A FAMILY.

BECAUSE OF CBN, MANY

PEOPLE LIKE ME HAVE ACCEPTED

JESUS CHRIST.

GOD BLESS YOU.

Terry: IT'S A WONDERFUL

THING TO KNOW, ISN'T IT,

THAT WHILE WE ARE ENJOYING

TIME WITH EACH OTHER AND

PRAYING FOR EACH OTHER

TODAY, SOMEONE ON THE OTHER

SIDE OF THE WORLD IS

WATCHING "THE 700 CLUB"

BRING THEM THE MESSAGE OF

GOD'S LOVE.

IF YOU'RE A "700 CLUB"

MEMBER, YOU'RE A PART OF

MAKING THAT POSSIBLE.

ALONG WITH ALL OF THE OTHER

OUTREACHES THAT HAPPEN FROM

HERE.

WE WANT TO INVITE YOU TO

JOIN WITH US IN MAKING THAT

KIND OF A DIFFERENCE.

OUR NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE.

IT'S 1-888-777-1999.

YOU CAN CALL AND SAY, I WANT

TO JOIN "THE 700 CLUB."

IT'S 65 CENTS A DAY, $20 A

MONTH, AND THAT MAKES YOU A

MEMBER.

YOU'LL BE JOINING WITH

THOUSANDS OF OTHER PEOPLE

WHO ARE OUT TO CHANGE THE

WORLD WITH THE LOVE OF JESUS

CHRIST, WITH THE MESSAGE OF

GOD'S LOVE.

YOU CAN ALSO JOIN US BY

LOGGING ON TO CBN.COM.

DO IT NOW.

GORDON?

Gordon: WE'VE GOT SOME

TIME FOR SOME CHAT QUESTIONS

THAT HAVE COME IN FROM OUR

CHATROOM.

LYNNE WRITES IN, "MY HUSBAND

IS ADDICTED TO PORN.

AM I JUSTIFIED IN LEAVING

HIM, OR DO I HAVE TO STAY

MARRIED TO HIM?"

WELL, THAT'S REALLY A

QUESTION FOR YOU, LYNNE.

IN TERMS OF THE BIBLE, HAS

HE COMMITTED ADULTERY?

I THINK HE HAS IN HIS

HEART.

SO IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A

WAY OUT AND ARE WONDERING IS

THIS A BIBLICAL REASON FOR

DIVORCE, YOU KNOW, I THINK

ON A LEGAL BASIS.

BUT WHAT IS YOUR HEART

TELLING YOU?

AND FOR HIM, YOU'VE GOT TO

UNDERSTAND WHAT HOSEA SAYS

ABOUT IDOLTRY AND NEW WINE

WITH MORALITY, AND YOUR

HUSBAND'S HEART IS

ENSLAVED.

MEDICAL SCIENCE IS NOW

BACKING THAT UP, THAT THERE

IS SOME KIND OF STRANGE,

ADDICTIVE CHEMICAL THAT IS

RELEASED IN BRAINS WHEN THEY

WATCH THIS KIND OF STUFF.

YOU LITERALLY BECOME

ADDICTED TO IT.

SO WHAT DOES HE WANT?

DOES HE WANT TO STAY

ADDICTED?

OR DOES HE WANT TO BE FREE?

AND IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A

WAY OUT, IF HE WANTS TO STAY

ADDICTED, WELL, THEN I THINK

YOU'RE JUSTIFIED.

BUT WHAT IS YOUR HEART

SAYING?

IF YOU'RE STILL IN LOVE,

THEN HOLD ON TO HOPE AND

HOLD ON TO RESTORATION.

LINDA WRITES IN, "I'VE BEEN

SEPARATED FOR THREE YEARS,

AND MY HUSBAND WANTS TO

RECONCILE.

HE CHEATED ON ME, BUT HAS

NEVER TOLD ME HE IS SORRY.

WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE THIS

RIGHT?"

WELL, LINDA, THE SAME

ANSWER.

WHAT DOES YOUR HEART SAY?

IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU WANT TO

RECONCILE.

AND YOUR HUSBAND IS PROBABLY

JUST LIKE ALL HUMANS.

HE IS NOT A MIND READER.

SO IF YOU HAVE PRE

PRECONDITIONS FOR THAT

RECONCILIATION, IT IS TIME

TO SIT DOWN.

IT IS TIME TO TALK THROUGH

THEM.

IT IS TIME TO EXPRESS YOU'VE

NEVER TOLD ME THAT YOU WERE

SORRY.

I DON'T KNOW YOUR HEART.

I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN TRUST

YOU.

YOU MAY WANT TO DO THAT WITH

A MARRIAGE COUNSELLOR

BECAUSE THERE MAY BE OTHER

ISSUES.

INFIDELITY DOESN'T HAPPEN

OVERNIGHT.

WHAT IS THE ROOT CAUSE?

AND I WOULD LOOK AT THAT.

IF YOU WANT TO RECONCILE,

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM COLOSSIANS:

"SINCE GOD CHOSE YOU TO BE

THE HOLY PEOPLE HE LOVES,

YOU MUST CLOTHE YOURSELF

WITH TENDERNESS, KINDNESS,

HUMILITY, GENTLENESS, AND

PATIENCE."

IF YOU DO ALL OF THAT,

YOU'LL HAVE A GREAT

MARRIAGE.

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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