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700 Club Interactive: Hope for the Addict - March 19, 2014

Crystal meth destroyed this addict's life. See how he found new life in Christ. Read Transcript


Gordon: AN ADDICT GOING

NOWHERE FAST.

AND I SAID, WOW, OKAY,

THIS IS IT.

I'M GOING TO DIE.

THIS IS IT, THIS IS WHAT'S

GOING TO KILL ME.

Gordon: WHERE HE FOUND

LIFE 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.

AMERICA IS A MEDICATED

CULTURE AND IT'S LEADING

MILLIONS INTO ADDICTION.

AND THAT ADDICTION IS

COSTING THE COUNTRY MORE

THAN $60O BILLION A YEAR.

AND IT'S NOT JUST THE

FINANCIAL COST, ADDICTION IS

DESTROYING LIVES.

STEVEN McWERTER WAS A

TEENAGER WHEN HE TRIED HIS

FIRST JOINT, AND THAN

MARIJUANA TURNED INTO

COCAINE, AND COCAINE TURNED

INTO HEROIN.

HIS ADDICTION HAD RUINED HIS

LIFE.

*

I'D BEEN UP FOR THREE OR

FOUR DAYS.

IT WAS A SUBTLE, ON THE RIDE

HOME MOMENT, WHERE IT JUST

DAWNED ON ME.

I SAID, WOW, THIS IS IT.

I'M GOING TO DIE.

THIS IS IT.

THIS IS WHAT'S GOING TO KILL

ME.

BUT IT WASN'T ENOUGH TO

SCARE ME INTO QUITTING.

WHEN I WAS 13, I GOT INTO

BANDS.

I STARTED PLAYING MUSIC.

WHEN I WAS 16 OR 17, I WAS

IN A HOUSE BAND FOR A DIVE

BAR.

THAT'S WHEN I STARTED KIND

OF TURNING TO CIGARETTES,

WHICH WENT TO ALCOHOL, AND

THEN IT ESCALATED TO SMOKING

MARIJUANA TO SELLING

MARIJUANA.

YOU'D END UP IN PLACES WHERE

SOMEBODY WOULD BE, LIKE, HEY

SMOKE THAT WITH ME, AND I'LL

SHARE THIS WITH YOU.

THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW

YOU'RE IN A ROOM AND YOU'RE

DOING A DRUG YOU'VE NEVER

DONE BEFORE.

THEN IT JUST BECAME WHO I AM

TO ME, IT BECAME WHAT I DO.

BUT THE DAY THAT SOMEBODY

SAID, HEY, TRY THIS, AND IT

WAS CRYSTAL METH, THAT WAS

ALL SHE WROTE.

I WAS, LIKE, THIS -- I LOVE

THIS.

IT MADE EVERYTHING SEEM FUN

AND EXCITING.

IT MADE EVERYTHING SEEM LIKE

IT WAS OKAY, EVEN THOUGH YOU

KNEW IT WASN'T.

IT TOOK OVER, AGGRESSIVELY

IT TOOK OVERMEN OVER.

I STOPPED CARING ABOUT

MUSIC.

I STOPPED CARING ABOUT

THINGS THAT REALLY MEANT A

LOT TO ME.

PEOPLE WOULD COME UP TO ME

AND SAY TO ME, MAN, YOU'RE

LIKE SKIN AND BONES.

WHAT'S GOING ON?

I MADE A HUNDRED TO UNDER

A HUNDRED POUNDS.

I WAS A WALKING SKELETON.

THERE WAS NEVER A MOMENT

WHEN I HAD ANY CLARITY ABOUT

MY LIFE AND WHAT WAS GOING

ON.

IT WAS HORRIFYING.

I INSTANTLY WANTED TO GO GET

HIGH AGAIN.

WITH THE DRUG, YOU JUST

START DETERIORATING, AND YOU

DON'T REALIZE UNTIL YOU LOOK

UP AND YOU'RE, LIKE, WHAT

HAPPENED?

EVERYTHING IS DARK.

EVERYTHING IS FALLING APART

AROUND ME, BUT I CAN'T STOP

DOING THIS.

IT WAS JUST KIND OF A SUBTLE

MOMENT WHERE IT JUST DAWNED

ON ME.

AND I SAID, WOW, THIS IS

IT.

I'M GOING TO DIE.

THIS IS IT.

THIS IS WHAT'S GOING TO KILL

ME.

MY SISTER WAS INTENSELY

BURDENED TO PRAY FOR ME.

MY BROTHER-IN-LAW CAME TO ME

AND GAVE ME THIS BOOK CALLED

"THE CASE FOR CHRIST," AND I

ACCEPTED IT.

I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHY.

IT WAS, LIKE, 3:00 IN THE

MORNING.

I WAS READING THIS BOOK, AND

EVEN IN THIS DARK SPOT, AS I

WAS READING IT, I JUST FELT

THE TRUTH.

I JUST FELT THE PRESENCE OF

GOD IN THE ROOM.

THE FALSE JOY AND HAPPINESS

I WAS TRYING TO FILL FOR ALL

OF THOSE YEARS ON CRYSTAL

METH, I FELT THAT NIGHT IN

THE PRESENCE OF GOD.

AND IN THAT MOMENT, I SAID,

OKAY, GOD, IF YOU'RE REAL --

AND I BELIEVE YOU'RE REAL,

I'M GOING TO GO AS FAR AS TO

SAY YOU'RE REAL, AND JESUS

IS REAL, I WILL GIVE YOU MY

ENTIRE LIFE.

I WILL STOP EVERYTHING.

BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW.

I DON'T KNOW HOW TO QUIT ALL

OF THIS.

THIS IS ALL I'VE EVER BEEN.

I CAN'T IMAGINE ME APART

FROM IT.

I DON'T KNOW HOW I'M GOING

TO DO IT.

AND A THOUGHT THAT WAS MORE

POWERFUL THAN WORD WORDS --

IT SAID TO ME, YOU DON'T

HAVE TO.

I WILL.

I JUST KNEW HE WAS GOING TO

DO THIS.

THIS IS REAL.

HE CAN REALLY SAVE ME.

THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

I JUST KNEW THAT I KNEW.

AND I QUIT EVERYTHING

OVERNIGHT.

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A DRIVE

TO FIND MY NEXT HIGH, AND

NOW IT HAS BECOME A DRIVE

FOR GOD.

I JUST WANTED TO MEET HIM

AGAIN.

I WANTED TO KEEP GOING AFTER

HIM.

I STARTED WANTING TO EXPRESS

MYSELF AND THIS JOY AND THIS

THING THAT I'M REALIZING.

THIS ABILITY, THIS GIFT,

THIS LOVE FOR MUSIC, HE

BROUGHT IT BACK AND STARTED

ALLOWING ME TO WRITE MUSIC

AGAIN.

TODAY I GET TO WRITE MUSIC

FULL-TIME, CHRISTIAN MUSIC,

WORSHIP MUSIC, FULL-TIME.

I GET TO LEAD WORSHIP,

TRAVELLING AROUND ALL THE

TIME.

WHAT IS AMAZING IS ONLY

GOD -- ONLY GOD COULD HAVE

DONE ALL OF THAT.

I CAN TAKE NO CREDIT FOR ALL

OF THAT.

* THERE IS A REASON TO MOVE

ON *

* THEN YOU REACHED DOWN AND

PULLED ME FROM THE VALLEY *

*

I EXPERIENCED ZACHARIAH

3: 17, AND IT HAS BECOME MY

LIFE VERSE.

"THE LORD, YOUR GOD, IS WITH

YOU.

HE DELIGHTS IN YOU GREATLY.

HE QUIETS YOU WITH HIS

LOVE.

AND HE REJOICES OVER YOUR

SINGING."

FROM THAT NIGHT I REMEMBER

THAT GOD WAS ABLE TO PULL ME

OUT OF THE WRECKAGE.

THIS GOD, THE GOD THAT

SAVES.

* YOU'RE THE GOD THAT

SAVES *

* YOU'RE THE ONE WHO

RESCUES *

* AND YOU RESCUED ME

AND I READ THAT LINE AND

IT SAYS "HE REJOICES OVER

YOU SINGING," IT IS SO

POWERFUL FOR ME.

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS

TOO FAR FOR GOD.

Gordon: THERE IS NO

SUCH THING AS TOO FAR FOR

GOD.

HE REACHES TO THE LOWEST.

AND HE REDEEMS.

THE BIBLE SAYS I MADE MY BED

IN HELL, AND BEHOLD YOU WERE

THERE.

THINK OF THAT KIND OF LOVE,

THAT NO MATTER WHERE YOU

ARE, WHEREVER YOU'RE

STRUGGLING, HE'LL GO TO

YOU.

THE GOSPELS RECORD A TIME

WHERE JESUS TOOK A SPECIFIC

TRIP ACROSS THE SEE OF

GALILEE, TO THE GATHERINGS,

WHICH IS A GENTILE TOWN, A

GREEK AND ROMAN TOWN,

SPECIFICALLY TO FIND A

DEMONIAC IN CHAINS, IN A

GRAVEYARD, TO SET HIM FREE.

THAT'S WHAT JESUS DOES.

HE LEAVES THE 99 TO FIND THE

ONE.

NOW, SO OFTEN IN LIFE,

PARTICULARLY IF WE'RE DOING

THINGS THAT WE KNOW ARE

WRONG, BUT WE CAN'T STOP,

AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS IN

ADDICTION -- YOU CAN'T STOP

ON YOUR OWN.

IT STARTS OFF ALL

INNOCENTLY, YOU TAKE A DRUG,

AND THEN BEFORE YOU KNOW IT,

THE DRUG IS TAKING YOU.

AND JUST LIKE STEVEN, IT

BECOMES PART OF YOUR LIFE,

WHERE IT IS YOU, AND ALL YOU

WANT TO DO IS CHASE THAT

NEXT HIGH.

AND THAT'S ALL YOU DO.

AND SO JUST LIKE THE DEMON

DEMONIAC, YOU'RE IN CHAINS

TO THEM.

YOU GO LIVE UNDER A BRIDGE

FOR THAT.

YOU GO LIVE IN A GRAVEYARD

IF THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES,

BECAUSE YOU CAN'T BREAK

FREE.

AND IN THAT YOU START

THINKING, OH, GOD DOESN'T

WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH

ME.

THERE IS NO WAY OUT FOR ME.

I CAN'T GET FREE OF THIS.

IT'S PART OF ME.

IT'S PART OF MY EVERY DAY.

IT'S PART OF MY THOUGHT

PROCESS EVERY SINGLE DAY.

BUT I'VE GOT GOOD NEWS FOR

YOU.

GOD'S NOT MAD AT YOU.

HE IS ABLE TO CHANGE YOU.

AND WHAT HE DID FOR STEVEN

HE'LL DO FOR YOU, IF YOU

JUST LET HIM.

HERE IS THE LIFE VERSE FOR

STEVEN.

HE SAYS, THIS IS THE GOD

THAT I WORSHIP.

FROM ZEPHANIAH 3: "THE LORD

YOUR GOD IS IN YOUR

MIDST" -- DID YOU MAKE YOUR

BED IN HELL?

HE IS IN THE BAR WITH YOU.

HE IS THERE, HE IS

EVERYWHERE.

HE IS IN YOUR MIDST.

"THE MIGHTY ONE WILL SAVE.

NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR

HIM."

THERE IS NO WAY YOU HAVE

GONE BEYOND HIS GRACE,

BEYOND HIS LOVE.

YOU CAN'T ESCAPE THAT.

BECAUSE THAT'S HIM.

WHEN WE'RE FAITHLESS, HE

REMAINS FAITHFUL.

HE CANNOT DENY HIMSELF.

SO THE MIGHTY ONE WILL

SAVE.

HOW DO YOU GET THAT?

WELL, JUST LIKE STEVEN, YOU

ASK FOR IT.

I LOVE HIS PRAYER.

HE SAID, JESUS, OKAY, YOU'RE

REAL.

YOU'RE HERE.

I DON'T HAVE A WAY OUT OF

THIS.

I CAN'T IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT

DOING DRUGS.

I CAN'T STOP.

BUT I NEED YOU.

CAN YOU FIND -- CAN YOU SHOW

ME THE WAY?

AND I LOVE GOD'S RESPONSE TO

HIM.

I'LL TAKE CARE OF IT.

I'VE GOT HIS.

I CAN CHANGE YOU.

I CAN MAKE YOU NEW AGAIN.

AND WHEN YOU COME TO HIM AND

YOU ASK FOR THAT, JESUS SAYS

THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN

REJOICE.

ZEPHANIAH SAYS GOD HIMSELF

REJOICES OVER YOU WITH

GLADNESS.

AND THEN ALL OF THE TURMOIL,

ALL OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE

GONE WRONG, EVERYTHING

YOU'RE ASHAMED OF, HE'LL

SAY, I'LL QUIET YOU WITH MY

LOVE.

AND HE'LL REJOICE OVER YOU

WITH SINGING.

JUST LIKE A MOTHER ROCKING A

CHILD, SINGING OVER THE

CHILD.

THAT'S WHAT GOD WANTS TO DO

FOR YOU, IF YOU JUST LET

HIM.

IF YOU JUST SAY YES.

LORD, I SURRENDER.

I SURRENDER ALL.

I DON'T WANT MY WAY

ANYMORE.

I WANT YOUR WAY.

I WANT TO BE FREE FROM THESE

CHAINS.

I WANT TO WALK CLEAN.

AND I WANT TO LIVE FOR YOU.

IF YOU DO THAT, AND YOU DO

THAT WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART,

YOU'LL FIND HIM AND YOU'LL

BE FREE.

FOR WHO THE SON SETS FREE IS

FREE INDEED.

IF THIS IS FOR YOU, IF THIS

IS WHAT YOU WANT, AND YOU'RE

NOT PLAYING GAMES WITH GOD,

BUT YOU'RE SERIOUS -- I WANT

TO CHANGE AND I WANT IT TO

HAPPEN TODAY, WE'RE HERE FOR

YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE AND CALL US.

1-888-777-1999.

JUST SAY, I NEED HELP.

AND I NEED SOMEBODY TO

PRAY.

AND I NEED TO PRAY AND ASK

JESUS TO COME INTO MY

HEART.

I NEED TO BE SET FREE.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO JUDGE

YOU.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO CONDEMN

YOU.

WE'RE HERE TO TELL YOU THAT

GOD LOVES YOU.

AND HE WANTS TO DELIVER

YOU.

AND HE WANTS TO SING SONGS

OF REJOICING OVER YOU.

AND HE WANTS TO DO THAT

RIGHT NOW.

SO CALL US.

1-888-777-1999.

IF YOU'VE GOT A LIFE VERSE,

LIKE STEVEN, ALL YOU HAVE TO

DO IS LET US KNOW.

THERE IS A PLACE ON

Facebook FOR "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

WE HAVE OUR OWN PAGE.

JUST GO THERE AND LET US

KNOW, AND LET A LOT OF

PEOPLE KNOW, WHAT IS YOUR

LIFE VERSE?

WHAT LIFE VERSE HAS GOTTEN

YOU THROUGH SOME VERY

DIFFICULT TIMES.

AND WE WANT TO TELL YOUR

STORY AND SHARE IT WITH THE

WORLD.

STILL AHEAD, WE'LL BE

PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR

LOVED ONES WHO ARE

STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION.

BUT FIRST A STORY: AN ADDICT

GOES ON A CRIME SPREE RIGHT

IN THE PARKING LOT OF A

POLICE STATION.

WE HAD THESE LARGE

SURVIVAL KNIVES, AND HE TOOK

THOSE BIG KNIVES AND CUT THE

TIRES ON THE POLICE

CRUISERS.

AND WE FELT LIKE WE DIDN'T

DO A GOOD ENOUGH JOB, SO WE

SLICED THE TIRES ON THE

PERSONAL CARS THAT WERE

PARKED IN THE PARKING LOT.

Gordon: FIND OUT WHAT

HAPPENED NEXT, RIGHT AFTER

THIS.

Gordon: SCOTT HAYES HAS

ONLY ONE REASON FOR WHAT HE

DID THAT NIGHT WHEN HE WAS

JUST 20 YEARS OLD.

IT WASN'T BECAUSE HE WAS

DRUNK.

IT WASN'T BECAUSE HE WAS

HIGH.

SCOTT SAID HE DID IT FOR NO

OTHER REASON THAN TO HAVE A

GOOD TIME.

ANYBODY NEED ANYTHING?

Reporter: PASTOR SCOTT

HAYES IS WELL-LOVED BY THE

PEOPLE OF NEWARK, OHIO.

BUT YEARS AGO, THEY DIDN'T

KNOW SCOTT AS A PASTOR.

THEY KNEW HIM AS A MENACE.

SOME OF THESE HOUSES I

USED TO COME TO AND SELL

EITHER WEED OR COCAINE OR

METH OR A COMBINATION OF

IT.

Reporter: FOR SCOTT,

ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES STARTED

OUT AS ENTERTAINMENT.

WHEN I WAS 14 YEARS OLD,

I FIRST STARTED JUST

DRINKING SOME ALCOHOL.

AND I JUST DID IT A FEW

TIMES, AND THEN IT BECAME AN

EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT THING.

AND THEN ME AND MY BUDDIES,

WE WERE TAKING FLASKS FILLED

WITH LIQUOR TO SCHOOL.

AND THEN WE STARTED SMOKING

WEED.

THAT QUICKLY PROGRESSED TO

L.S.D., PRESCRIPTION PILLS,

AND HEROIN AND COCAINE.

Reporter: BY THE TIME

SCOTT WAS 20 AND JOINED THE

AIR FORCE, HE WAS A HARD-

CORE DRUG USER.

I WOULD SELL DRUGS MAINLY

JUST TO PEOPLE I KNEW IN THE

AIR FORCE.

Reporter: ONE EVENING

HE AND HIS BROTHER WERE

LEAVING A BAR AND GOT INTO A

FIGHT.

THEY WERE BOTH ARRESTED AND

RELEASED LATER THAT NIGHT ON

BOND.

LATER THAT NIGHT THEY WENT

BACK TO THE POLICE

DEPARTMENT, AND THAT'S WHEN

THE REAL TROUBLE STARTED.

WE HAD THESE SURVIVAL

KNIVES AND WE CUT THE TIRES

ON THE POLICE CRUISERS.

AND WE LEFT AND WENT TO

ANOTHER POLICE OFFICER'S

HOUSE AND THREW A CONCRETE

BLOCK THROUGH HIS WINDOW.

AND WE WENT BACK TO THE

STATION AND SLICED THE TIRES

ON THE PERSONAL CARS THAT

WERE PARKED IN THE PARKING

LOT.

Reporter: AS IF THAT

WASN'T ENOUGH, THEY WENT ON

TO THE POLICE SERGEANT'S

HOUSE.

I FIRED FOUR SHOTS

THROUGH THE HOUSE.

IT WAS VERY LOUD, DOGS WERE

BARKING.

I KIND OF LAUGHED.

I ALMOST FELT LIKE I WAS

OUTSIDE OF MY BODY AND I WAS

WATCHING MYSELF IN EVERY

ACTION I WAS DOING.

IT SOUNDS WEIRD, BUT I THINK

I WAS DOING IT TO HAVE A

GOOD TIME.

Reporter: SCOTTP HIS

SCOTT AND HIS BROTHER WERE

ARRESTED AND WENT TO PRISON

FOR 18 MONTHS.

WE WOULD KID WITH SOME OF

THE OTHER INMATES AND SAID,

WE'RE HERE ON THE FAMILY

PLAN.

WE WERE DEFINITELY MAKING

LIGHT OF THE SITUATION.

Reporter: WHEN HE GOT

OUT OF PRISON, SCOTT WAS

DISCHARGED FROM THE AIR

FORCE.

HE COULDN'T KEEP A JOB, SO

HE WENT BACK TO DEALING

DRUGS.

WHEN I FIRST STARTED JUST

SELLING DRUGS, IT WAS JUST

TO SUPPORT MY HABIT, BUT IT

JUST BECOME SUCH QUICK, EASY

MONEY, IT BECOMES AN

ADDICTION IN ITSELF.

I WAS PROBABLY, MAYBE 23 OR

24 YEARS OLD THE FIRST TIME

I DID METH.

AND THAT BECAME MY FAVORITE,

MY DRUG OF CHOICE.

Reporter: OVER THE NEXT

SEVEN YEARS, SCOTT OVERDOSED

TWICE.

I HAD A LOT OF BOUTS WITH

PARANOIA.

YOU THINK SOMEBODY IS ON THE

OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR.

YOU'RE SPENDING LOTS OF

HOURS PACING.

YOU THINK PEOPLE ARE AFTER

YOU.

I HAD A COUPLE OF GUNS,

SEVERAL BOX OF AMMO.

I WAS VERY DELUSIONAL, AND I

BECAME SO OVERWHELMED WITH

IT, I THOUGHT, I MIGHT AS

WELL TAKE MY OWN LIFE.

I WAS IN AN UNFINISHED

BASEMENT, AND I HAD TAKEN A

DOG CHAIN AND TIED IT AROUND

MY NECK AND I STOOD UP ON A

CHAIR.

AND I TOOK THE OTHER END OF

THE CHAIN AND PUT IT ON A

PIPE.

ALL I HAD TO DO WITH KICK

THE CHAIR OUT.

Reporter: SCOTT PASSED

OUT BEFORE HE COULD GO

THROUGH WITH IT.

THEN ONE NIGHT WHEN HE WAS

OUT DRINKING, SHE MET A

WOMAN WHO WAS WAITRESSING,

AND SHE INVITED HIM TO

CHURCH.

THE PEOPLE THAT WENT TO

CHURCH, TO ME, WERE

BIBLE-BEARING PEOPLE.

BUT I WENT THERE BECAUSE I

LIKED HER.

Reporter: SCOTT

CONTINUED SEE BERNICE, BUT

HE CONTINUED DRINKING AND

DOING DRUGS.

HE HID HIS ADDICTIONS FROM

HER, AND THREE WEEKS LATER

THEY GOT ENGAGED.

STILL, BERNICE WOULD BE

WORRIED ABOUT HIM.

HE WOULD BE GONE FOR TWO

OR THREE DAYS AT A TIME AND

I DIDN'T KNOW WHERE HE WAS,

WHAT WAS GOING ON, OR WHAT

HE WAS DOING.

IT WAS VERY SCARY.

Reporter: BERNICE'S

PASTOR TOLD HER SCOTT HAD TO

BE FREE OF DRUGS FOR AT

LEAST A YEAR BEFORE HE WOULD

MARRY THEM.

SCOTT LOVED BERNICE, SO HE

STARTED THE PROCESS.

I KIND OF WAS AT MY

BOTTOM, SO TO SPEAK AT THAT

TIME.

I JUST DIDN'T KNOW HOW DO

YOU DEAL WITH IT WHEN YOU'RE

FEELING ANXIOUS.

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH LIFE ON

LIFE'S TERMS WHEN THINGS ARE

GOING BAD.

HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE WHEN

THINGS ARE GOING GOOD?

APART FROM THE LEARNED

BEHAVIORS OF DRINKING AND

DRUGGING.

WHEN I INVITED CHRIST INTO

MY HEART, TO BE MY LORD AND

SAVIOR, AND TO REALLY GET

DEEP IN PRAYER AND THE

BIBLE, AND BEING AROUND

OTHER CHRISTIANS AND

ACCOUNTABILITY, AND THOSE

THINGS ARE WHAT REALLY

STARTED TO HELP THAT

PROCESS.

Reporter: IN 1999, WHEN

SCOTT HAD BEEN DRUG-FREE FOR

JUST OVER A YEAR, HE AND

BERNICE MARRIED.

SCOTT HISTORY SINCE BECAME

AN ORDAIN MINISTER AND IS

NOW CHAPLAIN OF THE LINCOLN

COUNTY JAIL, WHERE HE WAS

ONCE INCARCERATED.

GOD PLACED ON MY HEART TO

GO OUT AND REACH UT TO THE

OUT TO MEN WHO WERE

EXPERIENCING WHAT I HAD

EXPERIENCED.

I WAS TO BE THE LIVING

VESSEL THAT GOD WAS TO GIVE

THEM TO OFFER HOPE FOR THEM

AND FOR THEIR LIVES.

Reporter: AND SCOTT IS

ALSO FOUNDER OF "LOOK UP

MINISTRIES," THAT PROVIDES

FREE MEALS.

HE IS HUMBLED BY HIS PAST,

BUT HE WANTS MORE THAN

ANYTHING TO SHARE THE NEW

LIFE HE HAS FOUND IN CHRIST

WITH OTHERS.

GUYS AND WOMEN ALIKE IN

THE JAIL SETTING WILL SAY,

HOW CAN YOU PROVE TO ME GOD

IS REAL.

AND I SAY, I REALLY CAN'T.

BUT HERE IS WHAT SOLD ME ON

IT.

I HAVE A SENSE OF PEACE WHEN

I GO TO BED, JUST LIKE WHEN

I GOT UP THIS MORNING.

IT DOESN'T MEAN I DON'T HAVE

A BAD DAY OR AN ARGUMENT

WITH MY WIFE, BUT I HAVE A

SENSE OF PEACE THAT I KNOW

ONLY CAN COME FROM THE POWER

OF CHRIST.

Gordon: AND YOU CAN

HAVE THAT PEACE, TOO.

HOW DO YOU KNOW GOD IS

REAL?

BECAUSE HE SHOWS UP FOR

YOU.

HE COMES FOR.

AND HE GIVES YOU THE PEACE

THAT SURPASSES ALL

UNDERSTANDING.

NOT THE PEACE THE WORLD

GIVES.

BUT THE PEACE THAT ONLY

COMES FROM HIM.

SO NO MATTER WHAT YOU'RE

GOING THROUGH, YOU CAN HAVE

PEACE.

WELL, WE'RE GOING TO PRAY

TOGETHER AND PRAY

SPECIFICALLY FOR YOU.

LET'S GO OVER TO JESSICA TO

SEE IF WE HAVE SOME PRAYER

REQUESTS ONLINE.

GORDON, CHERYL CHATS IN,

"PLEASE PRAY FOR MY DEAR

FRIEND, ERIC.

HE IS NOT JUST A DRUG USER,

BUT IS A DEALER, TOO.

HE IS VERY PROMISCUOUS AND

HAS LOST ALL HIS MONEY.

PLEASE PRAY HE WILL COME

BACK TO GOD."

AND WE HAVE A REQUEST IN

FROM STACEY.

SHE SAYS, "PLEASE PRAY FOR

MY NEPHEW IS ON DRUGS.

HE IS NOT WILLING TO GET THE

HELP HE NEEDS, BUT HE ADMITS

HE HAS A PROBLEM AND WANTS

TO QUIT ON HIS OWN.

WE DON'T KNOW HOW TO HELP

HIM OVERAL OVERCOME HIS

ADDICTIONS.

WE NEED A MIRACLE."

Gordon: STACEY, YOU'RE

ON THE TRACK.

YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO

OVERCOME HIS ADDICTIONS.

HERE IS A GREAT TRUTH: IF AN

ADDICT CAN'T CONTROL THEIR

ADDICTIONS, YOU CAN'T,

EITHER.

WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN IS AN

INWARD CHANGE, AND WE'RE

GOING TO PRAY FOR THAT.

WE'RE GOING TO PRAY FOR

ERIC, WE'RE GOING TO PRAY

FOR STACEY'S NEPHEW, AND

WE'RE GOING TO PRAY FOR YOU,

AND ASK FOR GOD DO DO WHAT

ONLY GOD CAN DO.

WE CAN DO WHAT IS POSSIBLE,

BUT WHEN WE COME TO GOD, HE

CAN DO THE IMPOSSIBLE.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY CAN'T EVER

CHANGE, HE CHANGES IF WE

JUST LET HIM.

LET'S PRAY.

LORD, WE LIFT UP ERIC TO

YOU, WE LIFT UP STACEY'S

NEPHEW, AND WE LIFT UP ALL

OF THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING

WITH ADDICTION AND ARE APART

FROM YOU.

AND WE ASK RIGHT NOW FOR

MESSENGERS AFTER YOUR OWN

HEART TO GO TO HIM AND TO

SHOW THEM YOUR LOVE.

NO CONDEMNATION, BUT YOUR

LOVE, YOUR ACCEPTANCE, YOUR

ABILITY TO CHANGE THEM FROM

THE INSIDE OUT.

AND NOW, LORD, WE ASK FOR

THEIR HEARTS TO TURN.

WE ASK FOR THE CHAINS OF

THIS SLAVERY TO BE BROKEN

OVER THEIR BODIES, OVER

THEIR MINDS, AND OVER THEIR

INNERMOST BEING.

WE COMMAND IT NOW IN JESUS'

NAME.

LEAVE THEM AND NEVER

RETURN.

WE ASK THAT EVEN THE TASTE

FOR IT BE TAKEN AWAY AND

REPLACED BY YOUR LOVE.

AND, LORD, WE JUST LOOK

FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN YOU

REJOICE OVER THEM WITH

SINGING AS THEY HAVE COME TO

YOU FOR SALVATION.

DO IT, LORD, FOR WE ASK IT

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU 24 HOURS

A DAY.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US.

IF YOU'RE HAVING ANY KIND OF

CRAVING AND YOUR WONDERING,

HOW CAN I BREAK FREE?

WE WANT TO PRAY WITH YOU.

ALL HAVE YOU TO DO IS CALL

US.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE.

COMING UP, TWO HOMELESS

SISTERS WHO WERE FORCED TO

EAT OUT OF TRASH CANS.

HERE HOW THEY FOUND A SAFE

PLACE TO LIVE, RIGHT AFTER

THIS.

Gordon: AFTER THEIR

PARENTS DIED, TWO SISTERS IN

INDIA WERE LEFT TO FEND FOR

THEMSELVES.

THEY OFTEN PICKED THROUGH

GARBAGE TO FIND SOMETHING TO

EAT.

THEY DON'T HAVE TO ANYMORE,

THANKS TO VIEWERS LIKE YOU.

Terry: PREANKA AND HER

YOUNGER SISTER, PRIA, LOST

BOTH OF THEIR PARENTS THE

SAME YEAR.

THEIR MOTHER DIED AFTER AN

UNSUCCESSFUL APPENDIX

OPERATION, AND THEIR FATHER

DIED FROM AN ALCOHOL

ADDICTION.

WHEN OUR PARENTS DIED, I

WONDERED, WHO WILL TAKE CARE

OF US.

WE PRAYED TO OUR HINDU GODS,

BUT WE CONTINUED TO SUFFER

SO MUCH.

WE WOULD BE HAPPY WHENEVER

WE GOT A LITTLE FOOD TO

EAT.

Terry: THE TWO GIRLS

THEN HEARD ABOUT JESUS FOR

THE FIRST TIME.

I HAD A FRIEND WHO KNEW

ABOUT JESUS CHRIST.

HE TOLD ME THAT THIS GOD

CAME TO EARTH, WAS KILLED,

AND CAME BACK TO LIFE.

AT FIRST WE DIDN'T BELIEVE

HIM.

BUT THEN WE DECIDED TO GO TO

THE CHURCH WITH HIM.

PRIA AND I PRAYED TO JESUS,

AND HE SPOKE TO US AT

DIFFERENT TIMES.

JESUS TOLD ME, DAUGHTER, YOU

WILL BE USED FOR MY

SERVICE.

Terry: BOTH GIRLS GAVE

THEIR LIVES TO CHRIST.

NOT LONG AFTER THAT,

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" INVITED

THEM TO STAY AT THEIR

CHILDREN'S HOME.

I AM VERY HAPPY.

I RECEIVED MANY BLESSINGS

AND THINGS THAT I THOUGHT I

WOULD NEVER HAVE, LIKE GOOD

FOOD.

Terry: THEY ALSO

LEARNED MANY LESSONS THAT

THEY'LL USE THROUGHOUT THEIR

LIVES.

I'M SO GRATEFUL THAT GOD

HAS BROUGHT US HERE.

I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT

JESUS, HOW TO LOVE MY

BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND HOW

TO READ AND WRITE.

WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE

A TEACHER SO I CAN GIVE ALL

OF THE POOR CHILDREN A GOOD

EDUCATION, JUST LIKE YOU ARE

GIVING ME.

I WOULD FIRST LIKE TO THANK

JESUS FOR EVERYTHING.

AND THEN I WOULD LIKE TO

THANK "ORPHANS' PROMISE" AND

EVERYONE HERE.

THEY LOVE US LIKE THEIR OWN

DAUGHTERS.

Gordon: AND THANK YOU.

IF YOU'RE A MEMBER OF "THE

700 CLUB," THOSE ORPHANS ARE

THINKINTHANKING YOU.

IF YOU'RE NOT A MEMBER, JOIN

WITH US.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE,

1-888-777-1999.

JUST SAY, I WANT TO BE A

MEMBER.

HOW MUCH IS THAT?

JUST $20 A MONTH, 65 CENTS A

DAY, AND YOU JOIN WITH TENS

OF THOUSANDSCH PEOPLE

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO WANT

TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE

WORLD.

IF YOU WANT TO DESIGNATE

YOUR GIFT TO "ORPHANS'

PROMISE," ALL YOU HAVE TO DO

IS SAY I WANT IT TO GO TO

"ORPHANS' PROMISE." IT IS

EASY TO DO.

JUST SAY IT ON THE TELEPHONE

WHEN YOU CALL, OR LOG ON TO

cbn.com, AND THERE IS A

PLACE ON THE GIVING PAGE

WHERE YOU CAN DESIGNATE YOUR

GIFT TO "ORPHANS' PROMISE."

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THE VERSE

FROM ZEPHANIAH: "THE LORD

YOUR GOD, THE MIGHTY ONE

WILL SAVE.

HE WILL REJOICE OVER YOU

WITH GLADNESS.

HE WILL QUIET YOU WITH HIS

LOVE.

HE WILL REJOICE OVER YOU

WITH SINGING."

GOD BLESS YOU, AND JUST

IMAGINE JESUS SINGING OVER

YOU.

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