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700 Club Interactive: Free to be Forgiven - Feb. 17, 2014

See how failure saved one man’s life. Read Transcript


Gordon: HE WAS A

RESPECTED JUDGE WHO HAD

MASTERED THE LAW.

I WOULD STEP IN, NIGHT

AND SHINING ARMOR, AND SAVE

THE DAY FOR EVERYONE.

PLAY BY MY RULES.

Gordon: HOW HE FOUND

GRACE ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

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WITH A SMACK OF HIS GAVEL,

JUDGE ELWIN NAHU COULD

DECIDE A PERSON'S FATE.

HE ALONE DETERMINED WHO WAS

INNOCENT AND WHO WASN'T.

HOWEVER, DURING HIS TIME ON

THE BENCH, ELWIN COULDN'T

WRAP HIS MIND AROUND ONE

THING, THAT HE WAS THE ONE

WHO WAS REALLY GUILTY.

ALL RISE.

Reporter: ELWIN NAHU

WAS PROUD TO WEAR THE ROBE

OF A CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE.

AFTER ALL, HE DESERVED IT.

HE WORKED HARD, PLAYED BY

THE RULES, AND WON.

AS AN ATHLETE, HE ALWAYS HAD

A FIERCE DESIRE TO WIN.

AND HE WAS SMART.

SMART ENOUGH TO CRUISE

THROUGH COLLEGE WITH LITTLE

EFFORT.

HE EVEN GOT INTO LAW SCHOOL,

BUT THAT'S WHERE THINGS

CHANGED.

I WOULD CUT OUT OF CLASS,

THE SAME THAT I DID IN

UNDERGRAD, THINKING I COULD

CARRY ON IN LAW SCHOOL.

Reporter: BUT HE

COULDN'T.

HE FLUNGED A CLASS AND THE

SCHOOL THREATENED TO DISMISS

HIM.

ELWIN REFUSED TO ACCEPT

FAILURE AND CAME UP WITH A

PLAN.

I FIGURED OUT A WAY ON

HOW I COULD GET THROUGH

THESE CLASSES, AND I FOUND

OUT SEVERAL RULES AND

PRINCIPLES I NEEDED TO

APPLY, AND IT BECAME A GAME

TO ME.

IF I KNOW THE GAME, IF I

KNOW THE RULES, I CAN PASS.

AND I DID.

Reporter: ELWIN

BELIEVED HE COULD APPLY THAT

SAME STRATEGY TO ANY AREA OF

LIFE AND SUCCEED.

HE EVEN MARRIED WHILE IN LAW

SCHOOL, JUST TO PROVE IT.

EVERYONE SAID WE WERE TOO

YOUNG.

AND THE MORE PEOPLE TOLD ME

I COULDN'T DO IT, THAT IT

WOULDN'T BE SUCCESSFUL, THE

COMPETITIVE EDGE KICKED IN

AND I WAS OUT TO PROVE THEM

WRONG.

Reporter: THE COUPLE

DIVORCED AFTER SEVEN YEARS

AND SHARED CUSTODY OF THEIR

6-YEAR-OLD SON, BRANDON.

ELWIN REFUSED TO ACCEPT ANY

BLAME FOR THE BROKEN

MARRIAGE.

IT'S FAILURE.

BUT IT WASN'T MY FAULT.

I PLAYED BY MY SET OF

RULES.

AND IT WAS HER.

MY PERCEPTION AT THE TIME,

IT WAS BECAUSE OF WHAT SHE

FAILED TO DO THAT CREATED

THIS BREAKUP.

Reporter: ELWIN'S

PROFESSIONAL LIFE AS A

LITIGATOR WAS SOARING.

HIS DRIVE TO WIN MADE HIM A

POWERHOUSE IN THE

COURTROOM.

I LOVED TRIAL WORK.

TO SEE THE JURY COME TO A

DECISION THAT YOU HAD BEEN

ADVOCATING, EVEN THOUGH YOU

DIDN'T STAND A CHANCE

WALKING THROUGH THAT

COURTROOM.

Reporter: HIS SUCCESS

AS A LAWYER EVENTUALLY

LANDED HIM AN APPOINTMENT AS

A CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE.

HIS PERSONAL LIFE, ON THE

OTHER HAND, WAS A MESS.

HE REMARRIED INTO A BLENDED

FAMILY, AND WAS DETERMINED

TO MAKE IT WORK, HIS WAY.

I STEP IN, NIGH KNIGHT

IN SHINING ARMOR, SAVE THE

DAY FOR EVERYONE, PLAY BY MY

RULES.

Reporter: BUT THAT ONLY

CREATED TENSION.

TO MAKE THINGS WORSE, HE

DAMAGED HIS RELATIONSHIP

WITH HIS SON, BRANDON.

HERE I AM, A PERSON WHO

TRIED TO CREATE THE RULES

AND PLAY BY THE RULES, AND

EVEN THOUGH I DID, IT'S

FALLING APART.

IT WASN'T LIKE WHEN I GOT

THE "F" IN LAW SCHOOL, I

COULD COME BACK STRONGER.

THIS I'M GETTING ANOTHER

"F," AND WHAT DO I DO.

DO?

Reporter: ELWIN

DIVORCED AGAIN AND MOVED IN

WITH HIS PARENTS.

I REMEMBER MY DAD SAYING

TO ME ONE DAY, WHAT'S WRONG

WITH YOU, MAN?

WHAT DO YOU WANT?

YOU'RE LIVING AT HOME

AGAIN.

AND I JUST BEGAN WONDERING

WONDERING.

IT WAS, WHAT'S WRONG WITH

THE WORLD.

AND I COULDN'T PUT MY FINGER

ON IT.

Reporter: ONE AFTERNOON

WHILE STUCK IN A HONOLULU

TRAFFIC JAM, ELWIN WAS

LISTENING TO A RECORDED

SERMON A FRIEND HAD GIVEN

HIM.

HE LIKED THE SERMON SO MUCH,

HE DECIDED TO VISIT THE

CHURCH.

WHEN THE WORSHIP WAS

DONE, AS THE PASTOR STARTED

TO SPEAK, IT WAS AS IF THE

ROOM JUST EMPTIED, AND THERE

WAS NOBODY THERE.

HE WAS TALKING JUST TO ME.

AND I THOUGHT, THIS IS

INSANE.

Reporter: THE

EXPERIENCE STAYED WITH HIM,

SO HE WENT BACK.

HE STILL REMEMBERS WHAT THE

PASTOR SAID.

HE SAID, GOD MAY HAVE

ORCHESTRATED EVERY MOMENT IN

YOUR LIFE FOR YOU TO BE HERE

TO RECEIVE THE FORGIVENESS

OF JESUS CHRIST.

WHOA!

THAT EXPLODED BECAUSE FOR

THE VERY FIRST TIME I CAME

TO REALIZE THAT IT WASN'T

ANYONE ELSE WHO WAS WRONG.

IT'S ME.

THAT I NEEDED FORGIVENESS.

Reporter: ELWIN

REALIZED THAT FORGIVENESS

COMES THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.

HE ALSO FELT HE NEEDED TO

SET SOME THINGS RIGHT.

I NEEDED TO NOT ONLY

RECEIVE FORGIVENESS FROM THE

LORD, BUT TO GO AND ASK FOR

FORGIVENESS FROM NOW MY TWO

EX-WIVES.

AND THAT WAS AN INTERESTING

JOURNEY.

Reporter: HE ALSO ASKED

HIS SON, BRANDON, TO FORGIVE

HIM BECAUSE HE FELT LIKE HE

HAD FAILED HIM AS A FATHER.

BUT ELWIN SAYS GOD HAD

ALREADY BEEN AT WORK IN

BRANDON'S HEART.

AND I CAN STILL HEAR HIS

VOICE.

HE SAID, I LOV I LOVE YOU;

ALL IS FORGIVEN; LET'S START

OVER.

AND TO ME, IF GOD CAN DO

THAT, THEN GOD CAN DO

ANYTHING.

Reporter: FOR TWO AND A

HALF YEARS, ELWIN CONTINUED

SERVING IN THE CIRCUIT

COURT.

HE REMARRIED AND HE AND HIS

WIFE JOY FELT IT WAS TIME

FOR HIM TO LEAVE THE BENCH.

TODAY HE PASTORS A YOUNG,

GROWING CHURCH, WITH HIS

SON, BRANDON.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS

THAT GOD HAS SHOWN ME

THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE

JOURNEY IS THAT LIFE IS NOT

ABOUT ME.

IT'S ABOUT THE PARADOX OF

DYING TO SELF BEFORE YOU CAN

LIVE.

THAT LED ME TO REALIZE THAT,

YOU KNOW, SUCCESS IS NOT

NECESSARILY ABOUT WHERE YOU

ARE AND THE POSITION YOU

HOLD AND THE MONEY YOU

MAKE.

LIFE IS MORE ABOUT

SIGNIFICANCE AND HOW YOU CAN

CONTRIBUTE NOW TO SOMEONE

ELSE'S LIFE.

Gordon: THE PARADOX OF

DYING TO SELF SO THAT YOU

CAN LIVE.

AND FOR ELWIN, FROM THE

OUTSIDE, HE HAD THE SUCCESS

THAT THE WORLD OFFERED.

HAD HE EXPERIENCED FAILURE?

YES, BUT HE HAD COME BACK

FROM THAT.

AND FROM THE WORLD'S

STANDPOINT, TO MAKE IT TO BE

A JUDGE, WELL, THAT'S A BIG

THING.

AND YOU CAN TAKE A LOT OF

PRIDE IN THAT.

BUT HE FOUND THAT IT WAS

EMPTY.

AND THAT EVEN THOUGH HE WAS

GOOD AS A LAWYER, IT WAS

EMPTY.

AND IT HAD NO SIGNIFICANCE

FOR HIM.

AND THEN THE PARADOX: CAN

YOU DIE TO YOURSELF?

CAN YOU DO TO YOUR EGO?

CAN YOU DIE TO YOURSELF

FIRST AND THEN ASK FOR

FORGIVENESS?

AND THEN ELWIN HAD TO DIE A

SECOND TIME AND GO TO HIS

EX-WIFE'S ANEX-WIVES AND

SAY, WILL YOU FORGIVE ME.

AND THEN TO GO TO HIS SON

AND SAY, WILL YOU FORGIVE

ME.

AND THEN TO REALIZE IT'S NOT

OVER YET.

YOU HAVE TO DIE EVERY DAY.

YOUR SIGNIFICANCE, DOES IT

COME FROM ACHIEVEMENT OR

DOES IT COME FROM WHAT YOU

DID IN SERVING OTHERS AND

HOW YOU LIVE FROM DAY TO

DAY?

WELL, LET'S TALK ABOUT DYING

TO SELF.

LET'S LOOK TO JESUS, THE

EXAMPLE FOR ALL OF US.

AND YOU FIND IT IN MATTHEW

16: "FROM THAT TIME JESUS

BEGAN TO SHOW TO HIS

DISCIPLES THAT HE MUST GO TO

JERUSALEM AND SUFFER MANY

THINGS FROM THE ELDERS AND

CHIEF PRIESTS AND SCRIBES

AND BE KILLED, AND BE RAISED

ON THE THIRD DAY.

THEN PETER TOOK HIM ASIDE

AND BEGAN TO REBUKE HIM,

SAYING, FAR BE IT FROM YOU,

LORD, THAT THIS SHOULD

HAPPEN TO YOU.

AND HE TURNED AND SAID TO

PETER, GET BEHIND ME, SATAN,

YOU ARE AN OFFENSE TO ME,

FOR YOU ARE NOT MINDFUL OF

THE THINGS OF GOD, BUT THE

THINGS OF MAN."

NOW, HERE IS PETER, HE IS A

LOYAL DISCIPLE, AND HE IS

SAYING TO JESUS, DON'T DO

THIS.

YOU'RE THE KING.

YOU'RE THE MESSIAH.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO DIE.

YOU'RE LIVING THE PERFECT

LIFE.

SEE ALL OF THE MIRACLES

YOU'RE DOING.

SEE HOW GREAT YOU ARE.

BUT JESUS SAYS, NO, THIS

ISN'T THE WAY.

I WON'T BE ABLE TO BRING

FORGIVENESS TO ALL PEOPLE

FOR ALL TIMES UNLESS I DO

THIS, UNLESS I DO THE WILL

OF THE FATHER.

UNLESS I DO WHAT WAS

FORETOLD LONG AGO THROUGH

THE PROPHET.

AND THEN JESUS SAID

SOMETHING TO ALL OF HIS

DISCIPLES, NOT JUST TO

PETER.

AND THIS WOULD INCLUDE YOU.

IN ANYONE DESIRES TO COME

AFTER ME, LET HIM DENY

HIMSELF AND TAKE UP HIS

CROSS AND FOLLOW ME.

FOR WHOEVER DESIRES TO SAVE

HIS LIFE WILL LOSE IT.

BUT WHOEVER LOSES HIS LIFE

FOR MY SAKE WILL FIND IT.

FOR WHAT PROFIT IS IT TO A

MAN IF HE GAINS THE WHOLE

WORLD AND LOSES HIS OWN

SOUL, FOR WHAT WILL A MAN

GIVE IN EXCHANGE FOR HIS

SOUL?

NOW, IN WALKING OUT THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE, THAT'S

SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO DO

EVERY DAY.

AND IF YOU THINK IT'S A

ONE-TIME EVENT, YES,

SALVATION IS A ONE-TIME

EVENT.

BUT WALKING AND BEING A

DISCIPLE OF JESUS AND

FOLLOWING HIM, WELL THAT'S

WHEN IT TURNS INTO DYING

DAILY.

1 JOHN, THIS IS ONE OF THE

DISCIPLES OF JESUS, THE

BELOVED ONE, THE ONE WHO

LAID HIS HEAD ON THE CHEST

OF JESUS AT THE LAST SUPPER,

THE ONE WHO WAS VERY CLOSE

TO HIM.

AND HE GIVES US THREE THINGS

TO WATCH OUT FOR IN THE

WORLD: THE LUST OF THE

FLESH, THE LUST OF THE EYES,

AND THE PRIDE OF LIFE.

ALL THREE OF THEM ARE NOT OF

THE FATHER BUT OF THE

WORLD.

AS A CHRISTIAN, YOU MAY SAY,

OKAY, I'VE GOT THAT LUST OF

THE FLESH UNDER CONTROL.

I'M NOT DOING THE THINGS I

USED TO DO.

I'VE TAMED THAT.

BUT THEN YOU'VE GOT TO

CONSIDER THE LUST OF THE

EYE.

DO YOU LOOK AT THINGS AND

WISH YOU HAD THEM?

DO YOU ENVY?

ARE YOU JEALOUS OF THE

THINGS THAT OTHER PEOPLE

HAVE?

WELL, MAYBE EVEN YOU HAVE

CONQUERED THAT.

MAYBE YOU SAY THE ONLY THING

I DESIRE IS TO BE WITH

JESUS.

I DESIRE TO SERVE OTHERS.

I'VE CONQUERED THAT.

BUT THEN THAT THIRD ONE,

AND, BOY, THIS IS A TOUGH

ONE -- IT HAS BEEN A TOUGH

ONE FOR ME -- THAT PRIDE OF

LIFE WHERE YOU START

THINKING, I'VE CONQUERED THE

LUST OF THE FLESH, I'VE

CONQUERED THE LUST OF THE

EYES WITH JESUS' HELP, I'VE

GOT A HANDLE ON THAT, I MUST

BE SOMETHING BIG.

AS SOON AS YOU DID THAT,

PRIDE COMES IN.

AND IT IS THAT PRIDE OF LIFE

WHERE YOU PREFER YOURSELF,

YOU'RE LOOKING FOR

RECOGNITION.

AND WHEN YOU DON'T GET THAT,

YOU'RE DISAPPOINTED.

AND INSTEAD OF LOOKING TO

JESUS AND REALIZING HE WAS

BETRAYED BY EVERYONE, HE WAS

ABANDONED.

NO ONE WAS THERE FOR HIM.

AND THERE WAS NO

RECOGNITION.

AND HERE HE DIES, EXPOSED ON

A CROSS.

WAS THERE ANY PRIDE OF LIFE

IN HIM?

NO.

HE WANTED TO SERVE THE

FATHER.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS BECAUSE

HE DIED, HE WAS ABLE TO

BRING LIFE TO YOU AND ME.

AND THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS FOR

YOU.

WHEN YOU RESOLVED I'M GOING

TO DIE FOR JESUS, I'M GOING

TO CARRY A CROSS AS AN

EXAMPLE AND WHAT HE DID,

WELL, THEN YOU WALK INTO

SOME WONDERFUL THINGS.

AND THINGS THE WORLD KNOWS

NOTHING ABOUT.

BUT I'M HERE TO TELL YOU, IT

WILL SATISFY YOUR SOUL.

HERE ARE SOME GUIDELINES TO

WATCH FOR.

IF YOU DO THESE THINGS,

YOU'LL DO WELL.

IT IS FROM ROMANS 12: "BE

KINDLY, AFFECTIONATE TO ONE

ANOTHER WITH BROTHERLY LAW,

IN HONOR, GIVING PREFERENCE

TO ONE ANOTHER" -- NOT TO

YOURSELF, BUT TO OTHERS.

"DON'T LACK INDULGENCE, BE

FERVENT IN SPIRIT, SERVING

THE LORD, REJOICING IN HOPE,

CONTINUING STEADFASTLY IN

PRAYER, DISTRIBUTING TO THE

NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE, GIVEN

TO HOSPITALITY.

BLESS THOSE WHO PERSECUTE

YOU.

BLESS AND DO NOT CURSE."

IF YOU DO THOSE THINGS, AND

IF YOU STUDY THEM, THEN YOU

LEARN FIRSTHAND WHAT IT IS

TO DIE TO SELF BUT BE REBORN

INTO NEW LIFE.

A LIFE WHERE THERE IS NO

ENVY, THERE IS NO JEALOUSY.

AND THERE IS JUST

RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, AND

JOY.

IF YOU WANT HELP WITH

THAT -- AND I REALIZE ALL

CHRISTIANS EVERYWHERE

STRUGGLE WITH THIS -- ONE OF

THE BIG MISTAKES IN THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE IS TO THINK,

WELL, I'VE GOT THIS MADE.

UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A

DAILY THING.

THIS IS SOMETHING YOU HAVE

TO SAY, NOT MY WILL, BUT

YOUR WILL WILL BE DONE, AND

THAT'S A DAILY THING.

AND WE'RE HERE FOR YOU AND

WE WANT TO PRAY FOR YOU.

WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU.

SO IF YOU NEED PRAYER, IF

THERE IS ANYTHING YOU'RE

STRUGGLING WITH AND YOU JUST

NEED ANOTHER CHRISTIAN TO

POUR YOUR HEART TO AND SAY,

I NEED PRAYER FOR THIS, I

NEED HELP WITH THIS, GIVE US

A CALL.

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, STILL AHEAD, A DOC

WITH STEADY HANDS AND A

WANDERING EYE.

I ENJOYED BEING PURSUED.

I ENJOYED THE DEFEATING THAT

I WAS GETTING FOR MY EGO AND

MY PRIDE.

Gordon: HOW THEY SAVED

THEIR MARRIAGE, LATER ON

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

-WATCH WHAT

Gordon: BEING A DOCTOR

IS ONE OF THE MOST STRESSFUL

JOBS IN AMERICA.

DR. MATT MORLAND KNOWS THIS

FROM EXPERIENCE.

HOWEVER, HIS WIFE HAD A JOB

JUST AS STRESSFUL, BEING

MARRIED TO HIM.

YOU BECOME THE PERSON WHO

HAS ALL OF THE ANSWERS.

PRIDE STARTED TO CREEP IN.

I WAS DOING SOMETHING NOBLE,

LIKE TAKING CARE OF PEOPLE.

Reporter: DR. MATT

MORLAND WAS DOING HIS

RESIDENCY AT A LOCAL

HOSPITAL.

IT WAS A STRESSFUL JOB THAT

DEMANDEDEMANDED MOST OF HIS

TIME.

IT TAKES A TOLL ON EVEN

PEOPLE AROUND YOU, YOUR

FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

BECAUSE EVEN WHEN YOU'RE

AWAY FROM WORK, YOU'RE NOT

REALLY THERE.

Reporter: HIS WIFE,

SARAH, WAS PREPARED FOR THE

LONG HOURS HE SPENT AT THE

HOSPITALMENT.

THI HOSPITAL.

THIS WAS A JOB

DESCRIPTION, SO I WAS AWARE

OF IT.

THE HARD THING WAS BEING A

SINGLE PARENT.

Reporter: SHE AND MATT

SPENT LITTLE LIFE TOGETHER,

OR AS A FAMILY, AND IN TIME

THEY DRIFTED FURTHER APART.

WE HAD GOTTEN TO THE

PLACE EVEN WHEN HE WAS HOME,

I WOULD BE IN ONE ROOM,

DOING MY OWN THING, AND HE

WOULD BE IN HIS ROOM, DURING

SOMETHING ELSE.

THERE WASN'T FIGHTING

BECAUSE THERE WASN'T

COMMUNICATION.

Reporter: MATT

DEVELOPED RELATIONSHIPS WITH

HIS CO-WORKERS AT THE

HOSPITAL, AND ONE WOMAN IN

PARTICULAR.

THEY BEGAN FLIRTING AND

SPENDING TIME TOGETHER.

I ENJOYED BEING PURSUED.

I ENJOYED THE FEEDING I WAS

GETTING FOR MY EGO AND MY

PRIDE.

Reporter: BOTH MATT AND

SARAH HAD GROWN UP IN THE

CHURCH, BUT HE ADMITS THAT

THE BUSIER HE GOT, THE LESS

TIME HE SPENT WITH GOD.

THINGS WE TEND TO

STRUGGLE WITH BECOME MORE

ENTICING, THINGS LIKE LUST.

Reporter: THE

CO-WORKERS FLIRTED FOR FOUR

OR FIVE MONTHS BEFORE THE

RELATIONSHIP TURNED

PHYSICAL.

I DISTINCTLY REMEMBER,

WHEN I WAS WALKING AWAY,

THINKING HOW DO THIS

HAPPEN?

HOW IN THE WORLD DID I GET

TO THIS POINT?

IT WAS A VERY NAUSEATING AND

DISGUSTING FEELING.

AND YOU WOULD THINK THAT

WOULD BE ENOUGH TO STOP.

Reporter: BUT IT WASN'T

ENOUGH TO MAKE HIM STOP THE

RELATIONSHIP.

I CAN HONESTLY SAY DURING

THAT TIME THAT I LOVED MY

WIFE.

I REMEMBER DISTINCTLY, IN

MOMENTS WHERE I WAS BEING

UNFAITHFUL, THINKING AT THAT

MOMENT, THIS IS NOT RIGHT.

I SHOULD NOT BE DOING THIS.

Reporter: AFTER NINE

MONTHS OF AN ON AGAIN/OFF

AGAIN AFFAIR, MATT COULDN'T

TAKE THE GUILT ANYMORE.

HE TURNED TO GOD, DESPERATE

FOR A WAY OUT.

I HAD BEEN FIGHTING THE

LORD AND FIGHTING IT AND

FIGHTING IT, AND IT WAS LIKE

ALL OF A SUDDEN THE LORD WAS

STANDING THERE WITH OPEN

ARMS.

AND I PRAYED, IF YOU WANT ME

TO SAY ANYTHING TO SARAH

ABOUT THIS, PLEASE LET ME

KNOW.

MAKE IT HAPPEN BEFORE WE GO

TO BED.

Reporter: THAT NIGHT

THEY WATCHED A MOVIE AND

THEN GOT READY FOR BED.

I WALKED OUT OF THE

BATHROOM, AND I JUST LOOKED

AT HIM AND I SAID, IS THERE

ANYTHING GOING ON WITH THIS

PERSON?

AND IT TOOK HIM A WHILE TO

ANSWER, BUT THAT'S WHEN, YOU

KNOW, HE CAME OUT AND TOLD

ME EVERYTHING THAT HAD GONE

ON.

Reporter: THEY WERE UP

ALL NIGHT AS MATT CONFESSED

HIS UNFAITHFULNESS TO

SARAH.

EVERYTHING IN HER LIFE

WAS CRASHING DOWN.

IT WAS A MIX OF ANGER, AND A

MIX OF HURT, AND THERE WAS

DEFINITELY SOME LOVE IN

THERE.

I DID A LOT OF TALKING

AND A LOT OF CRYING.

HE KNEW HE HAD HURT ME.

HE KNEW THAT I WAS BROKEN

BECAUSE OF THIS.

AND HE KNEW THAT HIS ACTIONS

HAD BEEN THE CAUSE OF ALL OF

THAT.

Reporter: MATT'S

BROKENNESS OVER HIS SIN

ENCOURAGED SARAH THEY COULD

TRY TO REBUILD THEIR

FAMILY.

HE HAD BEEN LED DOWN A

PATH THAT FOREVER CHANGED

US, BUT WHO HE WAS, AND WHO

THE PERSON I MARRIED WAS

STILL THERE AND WAS STILL MY

BEST FRIEND.

AND I WANTED TO REGAIN

THAT.

Reporter: THE MORLANDS

BEGAN SPENDING MORE TIME

TOGETHER AND WENT FOR

CHRISTIAN COUNSELLING.

I THINK UNTIL YOU'RE IN A

SITUATION LIKE THIS, I THINK

SOMEWHERE WHERE YOU'RE FACED

WITH THE CHOICE, I CAN

HARBOR ALL OF THIS ANGER AND

GRIEF AND RAGE AND LET IT

DESTROY ME, OR I CAN CHOOSE

TO FORGIVE.

I'M STILL AMAZED THAT SHE

TRUSTS ME.

TRUST IS NOT SOMETHING THAT

IS EITHER THERE OR NOT

THERE; IT'S A PROCESS.

AND WE'RE CONTINUING ON THAT

PROCESS OF BUILDING MORE AND

MORE AND MORE TRUST.

Reporter: MATT AND

SARAH REALIZED THE

IMPORTANCE OF RECOMMITTING

THEIR LIVES AND THEIR

RELATIONSHIP TO CHRIST.

JUST ASK THE LORD.

SAY, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET

OUT OF THIS.

I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO IT.

YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO

THIS FOR ME.

AND WHEN I FINALLY DID THAT,

IT ALLOWED ME TO STEP OUT OF

THAT, AND TO STEP OUT OF IT

FULLY, NOT JUST

TEMPORARILY.

THIS WHOLE EXPERIENCE HAS

GROWN MY FAITH.

TREMENDOUSLY.

I BELIEVE -- I THINK I

BELIEVED BEFORE, BUT I

REALLY BELIEVE IN A GOD WHO

IS IN THE BUSINESS OF

RESTORATION.

AND HE WANTS TO RESTORE US.

THAT'S HIS HEART.

THAT'S WHERE HIS HEART IS,

IS THAT HE KNOWS THAT WE'RE

A LOST PEOPLE.

HE KNOWS THAT WE MAKE

MISTAKES, BUT HE WANTS TO

REBUILD THAT.

AND HE WANTS TO REBUILD IT

WITH HIS VISION IN MIND.

Gordon: WE'RE GOING TO

PRAY FOR MARRIAGES.

AND PART OF MARRIAGE IS

BEING ABLE TO DIE TO SELF.

TO DIE TO YOUR OWN

AMBITION.

EVEN TO DIE TO YOUR OWN

NEEDS.

WHERE YOU GIVE YOURSELF

TOTALLY.

AND WHEN YOU DO, SOME

MARVELOUS THINGS CAN

HAPPEN.

HERE WITH MATT AND SARAH,

HOW COULD THIS MARRIAGE BE

PUT BACK TOGETHER?

BUT WITH GOD, THERE IS A

WAY.

AND SARAH KNEW, IF I WANT TO

HOLD ON TO BITTERNESS, IF I

WANT TO HOLD ON TO ANGER,

THAT IS JUST GOING TO LEAD

ME INTO DESTRUCTION.

IF I CAN TRULY FORGIVE, AND

FOR MATT MAT T TO SAY, I

NEED TO REPENT, I NEED TO

CHANGE.

AND WHEN HE SHOWED HOW SORRY

HE WAS, NOT JUST TO SARAH,

BUT TO GOD HIMSELF, THAT'S

WHEN THE MIRACLE HAPPENED.

WE'RE GOING TO PRAY.

BEFORE WE PRAY, WE'VE GOT

PRAYER REQUESTS.

GINA SAYS, "MY HUSBAND AND I

MARRIED REALLY YOUNG.

HE JUST HAD GOTTEN SAVED,

AND WAS REALLY EXCITED TO

SERVE GOD.

10 YEARS OF DISAPPOINTMENT

WITH FRIENDS AND THE CHURCH,

HE NOW CLAIMS TO BE AN

ATHEIST.

HE NOW DOESN'T EVEN WANT TO

TALK TO OUR CHILDREN ABOUT

GOD.

PLEASE PRAYER FOR US."

AND TONY WRITES, "I'VE BEEN

MARRIED FOR 29 YEARS, AND

NOT ONCE HAS MY HUSBAND

WANTED MY INPUT WITH HIS

BUSINESS.

I OFFERED ADVICE, BUT IT IS

ALWAYS IGNORED.

HE HAS LIED TO ME,

OVERLOOKED ME, STOLEN FROM

ME.

PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL

MOVE IN OUR MARRIAGE, OR I

CAN'T SEE A FUTURE."

LORD, WE LIFT THESE TO YOU,

AND WE LIFT ALL MARRIAGES TO

YOU, AND WE JUST ASK FOR

YOURPIES PEACYOUR PEACE TO

COME, AND THAT YOUR WILL

WOULD BE DONE, AND THAT

HUSBANDS WOULD LEARN TO DIE

FOR THEIR WIVES, AS YOU

LOVED THE CHURCH AND WERE

WILLING TO DIE FOR YOUR

CHURCH.

LET HUSBANDS LEARN THAT.

AND MAY WIVES TURN AND MAY

RESPECT BE RENEWED, MAY LOVE

BE RENEWED.

AND MAY THE BONDS OF

MARRIAGE BE STRONG AND

STABLE.

BRING THEM HAPPINESS, LORD.

BRING THEM RIGHTEOUSNESS,

PEACE, AND JOY.

AND LET YOUR SPIRIT DWELL IN

THEIR MIDST.

WE ASK IT ALL IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU WANT PRAYER WITH YOUR

MARRIAGE, JUST GIVE US A

CALL.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE.

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, COMING UP, SEE HOW TWO

SMALL GOATS MADE A HUGE

DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A

LITTLE GIRL.

HER STORY, WHEN WE COME

BACK.

Gordon: HERTAD

ABANDONED HIS FAMILY FOR

ANOTHER WOMAN, AND HER

MOTHER WAS CONFINED TO A

SICK BED.

SO SINALI HAD TO GIVE UP HER

DREAM OF GOING TO SCHOOL.

THEN VIEWERS LIKE YOU TURNED

HER LIFE AROUND.

MY FATHER USED TO COME

HOME DRUNK AND BEAT MY

HOTTE MOTHER BLACK AND

BLUE.

IF I TRIED TO STOP HIM, HE

WOULD BEAT ME, TOO.

LATER HE LEFT US AND MARRIED

ANOTHER WOMAN.

Terry: YEARS OF ABUSE

LEFT HER MOTHER BEDRIDDEN

AND UNABLE TO WORK.

I HAD NO OTHER CHOICE BUT

TO DROP OUT OF SCHOOL AND

TAKE CARE OF MY MOTHER AND

OUR HOME.

BUT I REALLY WANTED TO STUDY

AGAIN.

Terry: SINALI AND HER

MOTHER PRAYED TO THEIR HINDU

GODS FOR HELP, BUT NOTHING

CHANGED.

ONE DAY WHILE SINALI WAS

COLLECTING FIREWOOD IN THE

JUNGLE, SHE NOTICED SOME

CHILDREN IN SCHOOL

UNIFORMS.

THEY WERE GOING TO A

PLACE THAT LOOKED LIKE A

SCHOOL.

THE PASTOR THERE TOLD ME

ABOUT THE AFTER-SCHOOL

PROGRAM THAT WAS SPONSORED

BY CBN.

HE SAID I COULD GO THERE FOR

FREE.

Terry: THEN SHE ASKED

THE PASTOR FOR ONE MORE

THING.

I ASKED THE PASTOR TO

COME TO MY HOME AND PRAY FOR

MY MOTHER.

MY MOTHER AND I WERE

SURPRISED WHEN HE STARTED TO

FEEL A LITTLE BETTER.

AND COULD SIT UP ON HER

OWN.

Terry: SINALI'S FAITH

IN JESUS GREW STRONGER AS

SHE READ THE BIBLE AND HEARD

STORIES ABOUT HIM AT THE

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM.

IT WASN'T LONG UNTIL SHE

ACCEPTED JESUS AS THE ONE

TRUE GOD.

SHE CONTINUED TO PRAY FOR

HER MOTHER AND ENCOURAGED

HER TO DO THE SAME.

THEN CBN'S MEDICAL TEAM CAME

TO THEIR VILLAGE AND GAVE

SINALI'S MOTHER ANTIBIOTICS,

VITAMINS, AND PAINKILLERS.

WHEN I WAS REALLY SICK,

THE CBN MEDICAL TEAM HELPED

ME.

I COMPLETELY RECOVERED AND

I'M ABLE TO WORK AGAIN.

BECAUSE OF THE HELP, WE

STARTED GOING TO CHURCH.

THERE I REALIZED THAT JESUS

DIED ON THE CROSS FOR MY

SINS, AND I ACCEPTED JESUS

AS MY SAVIOR.

Terry: WE ALSO GAVE

THEM WHAT THEY NEEDED TO

MAKE A BETTER INCOME.

THEY SURPRISED US BY

GIVING US TWO NICE GOATS.

WE WILL BREED THEM AND SELL

THEM.

CBN GAVE US EVERYTHING.

Gordon: JOIN WITH US.

JOIN IN EVERYTHING WE'RE

DOING AROUND THE WORLD.

IT IS BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE

YOU WHO CARE ENOUGH TO GIVE

THAT WE'RE ABLE TO DO ALL OF

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WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM 1 PETER 5: "ALL

OF YOU SERVE EACH OTHER IN

HUMILITY.

GOD OPPOSES THE PROUD, BUT

FAVORS THE HUMBLE."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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