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700 Club Interactive: Breaking Bad - Feb. 25, 2014

Hear what happened when this real "breaking bad" man finally broke down. Read Transcript


Gordon: COMING UP --

MY HEART BEGAN TO RUSH.

Gordon: BURNED ALIVE.

LIKE THE TRAILER IGNITED

IN FLAMES.

Gordon: A METH HEAD'S

BRUSH WITH DEATH --

JUST LET ME DIE.

Gordon: -- ON THE NEXT

"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.

HELLO, AND WELCOME TO "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

THE TV SERIES "BREAKING BAD"

IS ALL ABOUT A CHEMISTRY

TEACHER WHO IS DIAGNOSED

WITH AN INOPERABLE LUNG

CANCER AND HE TURNED TO A

LIFE OF CRIME BY PRODUCING

AND SELLING METHAMPHETAMINES

JUST TO SECURE HIS FAMILY'S

FINANCIAL FUTURE.

Terry: RODNEY HAD NO

SUCH ULTERISTIC MANNERS, AND

HE SACRIFICED EVERYTHING IN

PURSUIT OF THE DRUG, UNTIL

THE NIGHT IT ALL BACKFIRED.

I'M IN A SMALL TRAILER,

COOKING METHAMPHETAMINES.

THE FUMES BUILT UP, AND A

SPARK WENT OFF A HEAT LAMP

LAMP.

Reporter: AS A YOUNG

MAN, RODNEY WILLIAMS

BELIEVED GOD HAD A PLAN FOR

HIS LIFE, BUT HE WASN'T SURE

HE COULD CARRY IT OUT, OR

EVEN IF HE WANTED TO.

THERE WAS A BATTLE GOING

ON, AND I FELT LIKE I WASN'T

STRONG ENOUGH TO WIN THAT

BATTLE, AND I KIND OF QUIT

ON GOD.

I SAID, I'LL BE BACK LATER.

KIND OF LIKE THE PRODIGAL

SON, I'M GOING TO SOW MY

OATS AND SEE THE WORLD.

AND WHEN I'M STRONG ENOUGH,

I'LL COME BACK.

Reporter: BY THE TIME

RODNEY REACHED HIGH SCHOOL,

HE WAS A DRUG ADDICT AND

ALCOHOLIC, CHASING HIS NEXT

HIGH.

WE BEGAN BREAKING INTO

HOMES AND GETTING ALCOHOL

AND GETTING DRUNK.

I WAS EXPERIMENTING AND

TRYING ALL OF THESE

DIFFERENT THINGS I THOUGHT

WOULD SATISFY AND MAKE ME

HAPPY.

Reporter: RODNEY GOT A

JOB AND EVENTUALLY MARRIED,

BUT EVEN THE BIRTH OF HIS

SON DIDN'T CHANGE HIS

FOCUS.

MY MIND NEEDED TO BE

GOING TOWARDS MY KID AND MY

FAMILY, BUT INSTEAD IT WAS

TOWARDS GETTING HIGH.

IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE

ADDICTION, TAKING CARE OF MY

GOD, WHICH WAS THE ALCOHOL,

THE DRUGS AND THE GAMBLING.

Reporter: A SHORT TIME

LATER, RODNEY'S WIFE

DIVORCED HIM, AND HE TRIED

TO NUMB THE PAIN THE ONLY

WAY HE KNEW HOW.

IF I WOULD JUST STAY

HIGH, AND MY OWN LITTLE

WORLD, EVERYTHING IS OKAY.

YOU'LL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES

TO STAY IN THIS LITTLE WORLD

BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO GO

OVER HERE AND DEAL WITH

LIFE.

THE INITIAL HIGH IS

AWESOME.

IT DOESN'T TAKE LONG.

AND AS YOU CONTINUE TO TRY

TO DO IT, IT BEGINS TO

DIMINISH, AND BEFORE YOU

KNOW IT, YOU'RE IN THIS

BONDAGE WHERE YOU'RE DOING

IT JUST TO FUNCTION.

Reporter: RODNEY WAS

WITH A FRIEND ONE NIGHT WHEN

HE WAS INTRODUCED TO METH.

WE'RE JUST RIDING AROUND

AND SNORTING WHAT WE THOUGHT

WAS COCAINE, WHICH WAS

METHAMPHETAMINES, AND AFTER

SNORTING ABOUT THREE AND A

HALF GRAMS, MY HEART BEGAN

TO RUSH, AND I FELT THE

BLOOD JUST PUMPING THROUGH

MY VEINS.

Reporter: HIS FIRST

EXPERIENCE WITH METH NEARLY

KILLED HIM.

THE INCIDENT WAS ONE OF OVER

A DOZEN DRUG OVER DOSES.

EVENTUALLY RODNEY DECIDED HE

NEEDED HELP AND WENT THROUGH

REHAB, BUT IT DIDN'T WORK.

HE EVEN TRIED GOING BACK TO

CHURCH.

I EVEN PRAYED A PRAYER OF

REPENTANCE, BUT IN REALITY

THERE WAS NO HEART CHANGE.

I REALLY WAS NOT PREPARED TO

GIVE UP THE LIFESTYLE WAS

LIVING.

Reporter: RODNEY'S

ADDICTIONS SOON CONSUMED

EVERYTHING HE HAD LEFT.

I HAD A GOOD GOVERNMENT

JOB, AND ON THE WAY HOME, I

THOUGHT, I'M NOT GOING BACK

THERE.

I'M GOING TO COOK

METHAMPHETAMINES AND SELL

IT.

THAT WAS MY MENTALITY.

I LOST MY HOME.

I WAS FINDING DIFFERENT

PLACES TO GO AND COOK IT.

MY LAST NIGHT AS A DRUG

ADDICT, I'M HIGH, I'VE BEEN

UP FOR DAYS.

I'M IN A SMALL TRAILER.

I'M PARANOID, I'VE GOT THE

DOORS BOLTED DOWN IN THE

TRAILER.

I'M COOKING

METHAMPHETAMINES, AND THE

FUMES BUILT UP, AND THE

SPARK WENT OFF THE HEAT

LAMP.

AND THE TRAILER IGNITED AND

THE FLAMES -- IT WAS LIKE I

WAS SURROUNDED.

I COULDN'T GET OUT BECAUSE

THE DOOR WAS LOCKED.

I BEGAN UNLOCKING THE DOORS

AND I RAN OUTSIDE ON FIRE.

I WAS STANDING OUT THERE

2:00 IN THE MORNING ALL

BURNED UP.

I'M HOMELESS.

I'VE LOST EVERYTHING I'VE

GOT.

MY FAMILY DOES NOT LIKE ME

BECAUSE I'VE BURNED THEM SO

MANY TIMES.

Reporter: RODNEY

STUMBLED TO A NEIGHBOURING

HOUSE FOR HELP.

AS THE PEOPLE SPED HIM TO

THE HOSPITAL, HE BEGAN TO

THINK ABOUT HIS LIFE.

I WAS JUST MISERABLE.

DEATH WOULD HAVE BEEN A

VICTORY AT THAT TIME.

I FELT LIKE, JUST LET ME

DIE.

IT WAS LIKE THE LIGHT TURNED

ON.

I REMEMBER THE LORD THAT HAD

COMFORTED ME AS A CHILD, I

TURNED TO HIM AND CRIED OUT

TO GOD, CRIED OUT TO JESUS,

AND HE COULD TAKE MY EAR,

WHATEVER, AND I MADE AN

UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER TO

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Reporter: RODNEY WAS IN

THE HOSPITAL FOR WEEKS, AND

UNDERWENT SKIN GRAFTS FOR

SECOND AND THIRD-DEGREE

BURNS.

WHEN HE WAS RELEASED, HE

WENT BACK TO REPAB REHAB,

BUT THIS TIME THINGS WERE

DIFFERENT.

I'M READING THE BIBLE,

AND GOD IS SHOWING ME STUFF

THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND

I'M CONFESSING IT AND HE IS

TRANSFORMING ME, RENEWING MY

MIND, AND SETTING ME FREE.

Reporter: HE RECOVERY

WAS NOT ALWAYS EASY, BUT

RODNEY SAYS GOD HELPED HIM

GET THROUGH IT.

THROUGH A LOT OF MY WEAK

POINTS, GOD WAS THERE TO

CARRY ME AND SEE ME

THROUGH.

I'M SO THANKFUL HE IS GOD

AND HE DOES THAT.

Reporter: RODNEY WENT

ON TO SEMINARY AND HAS BEEN

A PASTOR SINCE 2006.

HE IS NOW REMARRIED AND HAS

A FAMILY.

I'VE GOT SUCH A GREAT

LIFE.

THERE ARE ALWAYS STRUGGLES,

BUT I'VE GOT A GREAT LIFE.

GOD IS ALWAYS FAITHFUL.

WHEN I DID GIVE IT ALL TO

HIM, IT WAS A LOT DIFFERENT

THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE.

I THOUGHT I WOULD NOT BE

HAPPY AND MISERABLE, GIVING

IT ALL TO HIM.

AND GOD HAS PROVEN ME

WRONG.

I AM HAPPY.

IT IS NOT WHAT I THOUGHT IT

WAS GOING TO BE.

IT IS GREAT.

Reporter: RODNEY

ENCOURAGES OTHERS TO TRUST

GOD WITH THEIR LIVES.

MANY TIMES I WANTED TO

MAKE DEALS WITH GOD, BUT

WHEN YOU'RE PREPARED TO

SURRENDER ALL, JUST GIVE HIM

YOUR LIFE AND GOD CAN TAKE

IT AND HE CAN CHANGE IT, AND

HE CAN GIVE YOU A VICTORY

THAT YOU CAN NEVER IMAGINE.

Gordon: HE CAN GIVE YOU

A VICTORY THAT YOU COULD

NEVER IMAGINE.

I THINK RODNEY'S IDEA ABOUT

WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE A

CHRISTIAN, WHAT IT'S LIKE TO

BE IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH

JESUS -- IT'S LIKE A LOT OF

PEOPLE.

YOU THINK ABOUT ALL YOU HAVE

TO GIVE UP, AND ALL OF THE

GOOD THINGS YOU'RE GOING TO

MISS OUT ON, ALL OF THE GOOD

TIMES YOU'RE GOING TO NOT BE

PART OF.

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE PART

OF THE IN CROWD ANYMORE, ALL

OF THOSE THINGS.

BUT RODNEY'S LIFE -- LET IT

BE AN EXAMPLE FOR YOU.

IF YOU THINK THAT THE WORLD

HAS SOMETHING TO OFFER, AND

YOU IF THINK THAT SOMEHOW

TAKING DRUGS IS GOING TO

MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER, WELL,

THINK AGAIN.

FIRST YOU TAKE THE DRUG, AND

THEN THE DRUG TAKES YOU.

AND IT TAKES YOU PLACES YOU

NEVER THOUGHT YOU WOULD GO.

LIKE RODNEY, YOU CAN BURN

YOUR FAMILY.

YOU CAN BURN UP YOUR LIFE.

ALL IN THE PURSUIT OF A

DRUG.

ALL IN THE PURSUIT OF

ALCOHOL.

ALL IN THE PURSUIT OF

SOMETHING.

NOW, FOR SOME OF YOU IT IS

NOT DRUGS AND ALCOHOL.

IT IS OTHER THINGS.

IS IT SEX?

IS IT SUCCESS?

IS IT MONEY?

WELL, YOU NEED TO KNOW NONE

OF THAT WILL SATISFY.

THE WORLD MAKES LOTS OF

PROMISES.

BUT IT NEVER DELIVERS.

WHEN JESUS MAKES A PROMISE,

HE DELIVERS.

AND HIS PROMISE TO YOU IS

RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, AND

JOY.

THE RULES, IF YOU WILL,

AREN'T TO KEEP YOU FROM GOOD

THINGS.

THEY'RE TO KEEP YOU FROM

SOME VERY BAD THINGS.

SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE

SUCCESS.

NOT IN THE WORLD'S TERMS,

BUT IN TERMS THAT SATISFY

THE INNER LONGINGS OF YOUR

HEART.

YOU'RE NOT GIVING UP

ANYTHING.

YOU'RE GETTING LIFE.

AND YOU'RE GETTING IT MORE

ABUNDANTLY.

AND YOU'RE GETTING IT FOR

ALL ETERNITY.

SO STOP LOOKING AT THE

SACRIFICE AND START LOOKING

AT THE JOY SET BEFORE YOU.

AND NOW GREAT THAT IS AND

HOW WONDERFUL THAT IS.

AND THEN YOU START

UNDERSTANDING WHAT WILL IT

PROFIT A MAN IF HE GAINS THE

WHOLE WORLD AND LOSES HIS

OWN SOUL?

AND THEN YOU UNDERSTAND IT'S

THROUGH GIVING AWAY LIFE

THAT YOU GET LIFE

ETERNALLY.

BE LIKE RODNEY -- DON'T MAKE

BARGAINS WITH GOD, DON'T TRY

TO DEAL WITH GOD.

JUST SURRENDER AND SAY, I

TRUST YOU.

I TRUST IN EVERYTHING YOU

WANT FOR ME.

AND I GIVE IT ALL TO YOU.

I DON'T WANT TO KEEP ANY OF

IT BACK.

I WANT ALL MY LIFE UNDER

YOUR CONTROL, YOUR

DIRECTION.

WHEN YOU DO THAT, THAT'S

WHEN RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE,

AND JOY COME.

SO IF YOU WANT TO TRY THIS,

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU 24 HOURS

A DAY.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL

YOU HIT BOTTOM.

YOU CAN DO IT RIGHT NOW.

DON'T LET ANOTHER DAY GO

BY.

AND YOU CAN CALL US.

1-888-777-1999.

THERE IS SOMEONE ON THE

OTHER END OF THAT PHONE THAT

HAS PRAYED THE SAME PRAYER.

ALL YOU HAVE TO SAY IS, I

WANT TO FIND JESUS.

I WANT TO KNOW HIM.

I WANT TO SURRENDER MY LIFE

TO HIM.

AND IF YOU'RE WONDERING IS

IT REAL?

IS THERE REALLY A GOD?

DOES HE REALLY CARE FOR ME?

DOES HE REALLY LOVE ME?

HERE IS THE PRAYER FOR YOU.

JESUS, IF YOU'RE THERE, IF

YOU DIED FOR ME, IF YOU CAME

FOR ME, IF YOU LOVE ME, IF

YOU'RE REAL, COULD YOU SHOW

ME?

COULD YOU SHOW UP FOR ME?

COULD YOU TAKE MY LIFE AND

USE IT?

AND IF YOU PRAY THAT WITH

ALL OF YOUR HEART, HE'LL

ANSWER.

HE'LL COME IN.

HE'LL SHOW YOU THE WAY.

SO MAKE THAT CALL.

DO IT RIGHT NOW.

1-888-777-1999.

TERRY?

Terry: COMING UP, A

MOTHER WHO RISKED EVERYTHING

TO PROTECT HER FAMILY FROM

HER HUSBAND.

HER STORY OF SURVIVAL IS

NEXT.

SO DON'T GO AWAY.

Terry: INSIDE OF

ARMENIA, DRUG USE IS ON THE

RISE, AND SO IS THE NUMBER

OF DRUG ADDICTS.

THIS EPIDEMIC IS TAKING ITS

TOLL ON THE COUNTRY, AND

TEARING FAMILIES THERE APART.

Reporter: FOR YEARS,

VAL AND HER HUSBAND HAD A

LOVING MARRIAGE.

THEN HE HAD AN AFFAIR IN

THEIR HOME, RIGHT IN FRONT

OF HER.

HE DRANK AND USED DRUGS AND

PHYSICALLY ABUSED HER.

HE DIDN'T GIVE US MONEY

FOR FOOD, AND WE WOULD OFTEN

GO HUNGRY.

HE HIT ME OFTEN AND WOULD

BANG MY HEAD ON THE FLOOR.

I WOULD CRY, DON'T BEAT MY

MOM.

IT WAS HORRIBLE.

Reporter: VAL WAS

ABUSED SO BADLY, SHE BEGAN

TO LOSE HER EYESIGHT.

SHE FEARED FOR HER

DAUGHTER'S LIFE, SO SHE

PACKED THEIR THINGS AND

LEFT.

I WASN'T GOING TO WAIT

FOR HIM TO HURT OUR

DAUGHTER.

Reporter: VAL COULDN'T

FIND A JOB BECAUSE OF HER

VISION.

SHE AND HER DAUGHTER

COULDN'T EVEN AFFORD BASIC

NECESSITIES, SO THEY STARTED

GETTING FOOD AND CLOTHING

THROUGH AN "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" PROGRAM FOR AT RISK

YOUTH AND FAMILIES IN NEED.

EVERY TIME THEY VISITED,

THEY INVITED BOTH OF US TO

CHURCH.

Reporter: AT THE YOUTH

CENTER, SERNA STUDIED

ENGLISH, STUDIED COMPUTER

SKILLS, AND HEARD ABOUT THE

LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST.

I LEARNED THAT JESUS CAN

STILL HELP PEOPLE.

SO I ASKED HIM TO HELP MY

MOM AND ME.

Reporter: VAL STARTED

GOING TO CHURCH WITH SERENA,

BUT WITHOUT THE ABILITY TO

WORK, SHE WAS IN DANGER OF

LOSING HER DAUGHTER TO

SOCIAL SERVICE.

SO "ORPHANS' PROMISE" TOOK

HER TO AN EYE CLINIC AND

GAVE HER SURGERY.

I COULDN'T BELIEVE MY

DREAMS WERE STARTING TO COME

TRUE, I COULD SEE GOOD

AGAIN.

Reporter: SOON VAL'S

EYESIGHT WAS GOOD AGAIN AND

SHE COULD WORK.

MY EYE SITE WAS RESTORED,

AND I HAVE A JOB, ALL THANKS

TO YOUR HELP.

BECAUSE OF YOU, I CAN TAKE

CARE OF MY DAUGHTER AND

THINK ABOUT OUR FUTURE.

I'M VERY GRATEFUL.

YOU CHANGED OUR LIVES.

YOU HELPED BOTH OF US SO

MUCH.

THANK YOU.

Terry: SOMETIMES YOU

FIND YOURSELF IN A DESPERATE

SITUATION, SO DESPERATE THAT

YOU CAN'T SEE ANY HOPE

ANYWHERE.

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" IS COMING

INTO THE LIVES OF FAMILIES,

LIKE THIS LITTLE FAMILY IN

ARMENIA, AND SAYING, WE WANT

TO KEEP YOU TOGETHER.

THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF

THOUSANDS OF KIDS IN

ORPHANAGES, NOT BECAUSE

THEY'RE NECESSARILY TRUE

ORPHANS, BUT THEIR FAMILIES

HAVE BEEN BROKEN UP BECAUSE

OF DRUGS, BECAUSE OF

ALCOHOL, BECAUSE OF

POVERTY.

PART OF WHAT WE DO IS A

PROJECT CALLED "KEEPING

FAMILIES TOGETHER."

YOU MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR US

TO DO THAT WHEN YOU JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB."

WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR

YOUR SUPPORT OF CBN'S

"ORPHANS' PROMISE,"

"SUPERBOOK," AND THE OTHER

THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING

AROUND THE WORLD, WHICH ARE

NOT JUST TEACHING CHILDREN

HOW TO HAVE HOPE AND HOW TO

DREAM, BUT ALSO TEACHING

THEM ABOUT THE INCREDIBLE

LOVE OF GOD, AND A FATHER

WHO WILL NEVER LEAVE THEM.

WON'T YOU JOIN "THE 700

CLUB" RIGHT NOW.

65 CENTS A DAY, $20 A MONTH,

THAT MAKES YOU A "700 CLUB"

MEMBER.

YOU CAN DO THAT BY GOING TO

YOUR PHONE AND CALLING

1-888-777-1999.

CALL NOW.

WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU,

AND THERE ARE SO MANY

CHILDREN WAITING TO HAVE YOU

COME ALONGSIDE OF THEM AND

MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

GORDON?

Gordon: AND IF YOU WANT

TO DESIGNATE YOUR GIVE TO

"ORPHANS' PROMISE," YOU CAN

DO THAT EASILY, JUST BY

GOING TO cbn.com, AND ON

THE GIVING PAGE, YOU CAN

GIVE DIRECTLY TO "ORPHANS' PROMISE."

AND 100% OF YOUR GIFT WILL

GO INTO THAT WORK.

SO IF YOU WANT TO DO THAT,

JUST LOG ON TO cbn.com, OR

JUST SAY, WHEN YOU CALL, I

WANT TO GIVE TO "ORPHANS' PROMISE."

WHEN WE COME BACK, A METH

HEAD'S NOT SO PERFECT PLAN

TO BEAT HIS DRUG ADDICTION.

I TOOK MY WEDDING RING

OFF AND PUT IT ON THE NOTE,

AND I TOOK A PISTOL AND PUT

THE GUN TO MY HEAD.

Gordon: FIND OUT WHAT

STAYED HIS HAND AND SAVED

HIS LIFE.

THAT'S UP NEXT.

Terry: FOR EIGHT

MINUTES, BRANDON KING WAS

KING OF THE WORLD, AT LEAST

THAT'S HOW HE FELT AFTER

TAKING METH FOR THE FIRST

TIME.

BUT SOON THOSE DRUGS RIPPED

EVERYTHING AWAY FROM

BRANDON, AND THAT'S WHEN HE

FIGURED THE ONLY WAY TO GET

THE DRUGS OUT OF HIS BODY

WAS TO PUT THE BULLET INTO

HIS HEAD.

I WROTE A NOTE TO MY WIFE

SAYING, TELL CLAYTON ON LOVE

HIM AND I'M SORRY, AND I

TOOK MY WEDDING RING OFF AND

TOOK A PISTLE AND PUT THE

GUN TO MY HEAD.

Reporter: BRANDON

STERNS WAS TIRED, TIRED OF

HIS EIGHT-YEAR ADDICTION TO

METHAMPHETAMINES, AND

LETTING HIS FAMILY DOWN.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LIVE

ANYMORE.

Reporter: BRANDON GREW

UP IN A GOOD FAMILY THAT

ATTENDED CHURCH REGULARLY.

ONE DAY ON HIS WAY HOME FROM

CHURCH, HIS MOTHER STOPPED

THE CAR TO HAVE A HEART TO

HEART TALK WITH HER SON.

SHE WAS TELLING ME ABOUT

THE GOSPEL, AND IT WAS THAT

DAY I ACCEPTED GOD IN MY

HEART.

Reporter: HE GREW IN

HIS FATE, BUT LATER TOOK A

DETOUR DOWN SOME VERY DARK

ROADS.

WHEN HE WAS 18, SOMEONE

INTRODUCED HIM TO

METHAMPHETAMINE.

METHAMPHETAMINE HAS AN

EIGHT MINUTE HIGH.

AND PEOPLE CHASE THAT

EIGHT-MINUTE HIGH FOR THE

REST OF HIS LYSIT WAS HIS

LIFE.

Reporter: HIS JOURNEY

INCLUDED ARRESTS AND SEVERAL

TRIPS TO THE EMERGENCY

ROOM.

IF IT WASN'T GOING INTO

THE HOSPITAL, I WAS GOING TO

JAIL FOR POSSESSION OF

METHAMPHETAMINE, FOR FALSE

INFORMATION TO POLICE

OFFICERS.

UPON BEING ARRESTED, I WOULD

BE THROWN IN DRUG COURT

PROGRAMS.

MY PARENTS SPENT $7,000, AND

TOOK ME DOWN TO A PLACE DOWN

IN FRESNO TO TRY TO GET ME

CLEANED UP, AND NOTHING

WOULD EVER BE ABLE TO

DELIVER ME FROM THE GRIP

THAT METHAMPHETAMINE HAD ON

MY LIFE.

Reporter: BRANDON

ALMOST DIED TWICE AS A

RESULT OF THIS DRUG ABUSE.

I HAD ACTUALLY MIXED SOME

MARIJUANA WITH SOME

METHAMPHETAMINE AND ENDED UP

SMOKING IT, AND I HAD A BAD

REACTION TO IT.

I WAS TOLD BY THE NURSE, IF

YOU DON'T BEAR DOWN AND

RESET YOUR HEART, THE BLOOD

PRESSURE IS 220 OVER 110,

YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A HEART

ATTACK AND CODE ON THIS

TABLE.

Reporter: DURING THIS

TIME BRANDON MET AND MARRIED

SARAH.

THAT WORLD TO ME WAS SO

FAR OFF, IT WASN'T A REALITY

TO ME.

I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT THE

DRUG WORLD WAS AND WHAT IT

ENTAILED.

ABOUT FOUR YEARS I DRUG

HER THROUGH LITERAL HEL.

I WOULD ALWAYS LOSE MY

JOBS.

I WOULD BE GONE TWO OR THREE

DAYS, AND I WOULD SAY I'M

HELPING A FRIEND PUT A

STEREO IN, AND THE NEXT

THING YOU KNOW I'M DOWN IN

THE VALLEY WITH SOMEBODY

PICKING UP A LARGE AMOUNT OF

DRUGS.

EVERY TIME HE TOLD ME HE

WAS SORRY AND I'M DONE, I

BELIEVED HIM.

Reporter: ESSENTIALLY

BRANDON LOST HELP AND BEGAN

TO KILL HIMSELF.

I JUST THOUGHT OF MY MOM

FINDING ME OUT THERE, AND

THE LAST THING SHE SAW WAS

HER SON WITH HIS HEAD BLOWN

OFF AND I COULDN'T DO IT.

Reporter: BRANDON WAS

PUT ON THE COUNTY'S MOST

WANTED LIST FOR GRAND THEFT

BURGLARY AND AUTO THEFT, ALL

STEMMING FROM THE DRUG

ADDICTION.

I WAS RUNNING.

EVERYWHERE I WENT, PEOPLE --

THEIR HOUSE WAS BEING

RAIDED, THEIR BUSINESS WAS

BEING RAIDED.

EVERY TIME I WOULD LEAVE A

PLACE, THE POLICE WERE

HITTING THE PLACE IN

MINUTES.

Reporter: BRANDON WAS

RIDING IN A CAR WHEN HE

NOTICED THE RED LIGHTS.

I TOOK THE LAST CIGARETTE

I ACTUALLY SMOKED OUT OF MY

MOUTH AND PUT IT ON THE

GROUND, AND THEY THREW ME IN

THE POLICE CAR.

AND THAT DAY, ON THAT ROAD,

I JUST LEANED MY HEAD

AGAINST THE COP CAR WINDOW,

AND I SAID, LORD, I DON'T

WANT TO BE THIS PERSON

ANYMORE.

THIS IS NOT WHAT I WANT TO

BE.

AND I NEED YOU TO CHANGE

ME.

Reporter: BRANDON WAS

CONVICTED AND SENTENCED TO

FOUR YEARS IN JAIL.

WHILE HE WAS THERE, SARAH

FILED FOR DIVORCE.

IT WAS FOUR YEARS OF

EMPTY PROMISES.

AND WHEN I WENT TO PRISON,

THAT WAS IT.

IT WAS OVER.

NOBODY IN HER RIGHT MIND CAN

STAY WITH SOMEBODY LIKE

THAT.

IT WAS ABSOLUTELY A -- JUST

A HORRIBLE TIME IN MY LIFE.

Reporter: ONE NIGHT

BRANDON HAD A VISION FROM

GOD.

I SAW SOMEBODY STANDING

IN FRONT OF ME WITH THEIR

BACK TURNED TO ME.

I COULD ONLY SEE FROM THE

SHOULDERS DOWN.

IT LOOKED LIKE AN OLDER,

BROWN TYPE OF GARMENT, AND A

HAND REACHED BACK AND

MOTIONED ME WITH HIS FINGERS

AND SAID FOLLOW ME.

FOLLOW ME.

HE SAID THAT THREE TIMES.

AND I TOOK A STEP TO FOLLOW

HIM, AND THE VISION ENDED.

Reporter: IN THAT

MOMENT, BRANDON DEDICATED

HIS LIFE TO CHRIST.

SO I CHOSE TO FOLLOW

AFTER THE LORD, DIG IN HIS

WORD AND SEEK AFTER HIM LIKE

I HAVE NEVER SOUGHT AFTER

ANYTHING IN MY LIFE.

Reporter: BRANDON WAS

RELEASED AFTER JUST THREE

YEARS, AND FOUND SOME STRONG

CHRISTIAN MEN TO MENTOR

HIM.

I'M ABSOLUTELY BLOWN AWAY

IN THE WORK THAT THE LORD

HAS DONE IN JUST OVER NINE

YEARS OF MY LIFE.

36 MONTHS OF THAT WAS IN

PRISON.

Reporter: SARAH AND

BRANDON RECONCILED AND

REMARRIED.

TODAY HE IS THE PASTOR OF A

GROWING CHURCH IN

CALIFORNIA, AND FINALLY

KNOWS WHAT IT REALLY MEANS

TO BE FREE.

HE HAS THE KEY THAT

UNLOCKS EVERY DOOR.

HE IS THE DELIVERER.

HE IS THE STRONG TOWER.

HE IS THE COMFORTER.

HE IS THE KEEPER OF HIS

PEOPLE.

HE IS THE SON OF THE LIVING

GOD.

HE IS GOD IN THE FLESH.

AND HE IS ABSOLUTELY

EVERYTHING.

IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW FAR

YOU'VE GONE, HOW LONG YOU'VE

BEEN THERE, IF YOU CALL OUT

TO GOD, NO MATTER WHERE

YOU'RE AT, HE WILL ANSWER

YOU.

GOD IS NEVER SO FAR AWAY

THAT YOU CAN'T FIND HIM OR

YOU CAN'T CALL TO HIM.

Terry: BRANDON'S STORY

IS HARDLY UNIQUE.

HEHERE IS WHAT ONE OF OUR

FRIENDS ON Facebook SAID:

"I WAS ADDICTED TO METH AND

DETAILING $30,000 WORTH OF

DRUGS EVERY WEEK.

I THOUGHT I HAD THE WORLD BY

THE TAIL, BUT IT HAD ME BY

THE NECK UNTIL JESUS GOT ME

BY MY HEART.

PRAISE GOD, I'M NOW SAVED."

SADLY, THERE ARE STILL

MILLIONS OF OTHERS TRAPPED

IN THEIR ADDICTIONS.

CYNTHIA WRITES, "PLEASE

INCLUDE IN YOUR PRAYERS MY

FRIEND ERIC WHO IS JOBLESS

AND WHO IS INTO JOB USING

AND PUSHING."

Gordon: LET'S PRAY FOR

PEOPLE WHO ARE TRAPPED IN

THIS.

IF YOU'RE NOT, YOU PROBABLY

KNOW SOMEBODY WHO IS.

MAYBE THEY'RE A FAMILY

MEMBER.

AND IF THEY ARE A FAMILY

MEMBER, YOU'RE GOING THROUGH

IT WITH THEM, WHETHER YOU

REALIZE IT OR NOT.

THEIR BEHAVIOR IS AFFECTING

YOU.

LET'S JUST PRAY FOR YOU,

LET'S PRAY FOR THEM, AND

LET'S PRAY FOR ADDICTION TO

BE BROKEN IN THEIR LIVES.

PRAY WITH US.

LORD, WE LIFT UP THOSE WHO

ARE IN THE SHACKLES OF

ADDICTION, WHO'S HEARTS ARE

ENSLAVED TO DRUGS AND

ALCOHOL, AND WE JUST BREAK

THAT OVER THEM NOW.

IN JESUS' NAME.

AND, LORD, WE ASK THAT YOU

TAKE THEIR HEARTS AND REFORM

THEM SO THEY NO LONGER LOVE

THE THING THAT IS KILLING

THEM.

BUT THEY WOULD LOVE YOU, THE

GIVER OF LIFE.

SO BE WITH THEM.

WE ASK THAT YOU WOULD SEND

MESSENGERS AFTER YOUR OWN

HEART TO THEM.

THAT WOULD SHARE WITH THEM

THE GOOD NEWS.

THAT WOULD LOVE THEM.

NOT JUDGE THEM, NOT CONDEMN

THEM, BUT LOVE THEM AND LET

THEM KNOW THAT YOU LOVE

THEM, TOO.

AND NOW FOR FRIENDS AND

FAMILY MEMBERS WHO ARE

SUFFERING THEIR OWN

CONSEQUENCES, FROM LOVED

ONES WHO ARE ADDICTED, BE

WITH THEM.

COMFORT THEM.

LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU ARE

THE ANSWER TO THEIR NEED.

AND SUPPLY ALL THEIR NEEDS.

SUPPLY THEIR FINANCES.

GIVE THEM SECURITY.

AND MOST OF ALL, LORD, GIVE

THEM PEACE OF MIND, THAT YOU

HAVE THEIR FUTURE.

WE ASK IT ALL IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, WE'RE

HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US.

AND WE'RE HERE FOR YOU 24

HOURS A DAY.

AND IF YOU'RE SUFFERING WITH

ADDICTION, AND YOU JUST WANT

SOMEONE TO PRAY YOU THROUGH

A CRAVING, WE'RE HERE FOR

YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US.

1-888-777-1999.

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, WE HAVE

SOME QUESTIONS FROM OUR IN

BOX.

SUSAN SAYS, "MY SON HAS BEEN

A CRACK ADDICT FOR ABOUT 10

YEARS.

HE WOULD RATHER LIVE ON THE

STREETS THAN TRY TO STOP.

AS A MOTHER, I'M TORN

BETWEEN BEING BROKEN FOR HIM

AND SO ANGRY THAT I DON'T

WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH

HIM.

AM I WRONG FOR FEELING THIS

WAY?"

AND SHARON SAYS, "MY HUSBAND

IS A RECOVERING DRUG

ADDICT.

HE SAYS HE CAN WATCH A TV

COMMERCIAL AND HAVE IT

TRIGGER HIS DESIRES.

SOMETIMES HE LEAVES AFTER

THAT AND I DON'T SEE HIM FOR

DAYS.

WE HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN I

HAVE TO PROTECT FROM HIS

BEHAVIOR.

DO I MAKE HIM LEAVE?"

Gordon: I'M NOT GOING

TO TELL YOU TO MAKE HIM

LEECH.

YOU'VE GOT TO COME TO YOUR

OWN CONCLUSION.

ALL THE EMOTIONAL TURMOIL

YOU'RE FEELING IS NORMAL.

I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET

INTO A SUPPORT GROUP WITH

OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS OF

ADDICTS.

THEY'RE AVAILABLE.

AL-ANON IS ONE OF THE

LEADERS.

AND JUST -- YOU NEED SOMEONE

TO TRY TO WALK THROUGH.

FOR THE MOTHER, LOOK AT THE

STORY OF THE PRODIGAL, WHERE

THE FATHER LETS THE PRODIGAL

GO AND THEN WAITS FOR HIM TO

RETURN.

THAT COULD BE AN INSPIRATION

TO YOU.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM PETER: "CAST ALL

YOUR ANXIETY ON HIM BECAUSE

HE CARES FOR YOU."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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