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700 Club Canada: April 4, 2014

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HELLO. I'M BRIAN WARREN.

AND I'M LAURA-LYNN TYLER

THOMPSON. WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

LAURA-LYNN, HAS YOUR OWN

STRENGTH EVER FAILED?

IT HAS, BRIAN. MY OWN

STRENGTH HAS FAILED ME TIME

AND TIME AGAIN. YOU KNOW, LIKE

YOU, BRIAN, I'M A TOUGH GIRL.

YOU ARE.

AND YOU'RE A TOUGH GUY BUT

I'M GOT A TENACITY ABOUT ME AND

SOMETIMES

I THINK I'VE SEEN THAT.

I'VE MADE THE MISTAKE, YES,

I'VE MADE THE MISTAKE THOUGH

IN MY LIFE OF THINKING THAT IF

I JUST TRY HARDER AND I WANT,

YOU KNOW, SOMETHING TO HAPPEN

AND I'LL JUST DO THIS OR DO

THAT IT'LL ALL WORK OUT. AND

GOD JUST SMACKS US DOWN

BECAUSE REALLY AT THE END OF

THE DAY HE WANTS US TO KNOW

IT'S NOT ABOUT OUR OWN

STRENGTH. IN OUR WEAKNESS HE

BECOMES STRONG.

YOU KNOW, MY STRENGTH HAS

FAILED ME MANY TIMES AS FAR AS

MY OWN STRENGTH BUT I'VE

ENJOYED IT BECAUSE I LOVE

LEARNING DIFFERENT THINGS AND

SINCE I'VE LEFT PROFESSIONAL

ATHLETICS AND, YOU KNOW

THAT TAKES STRENGTH.

THE BENCH PRESS, THE SQUATS,

AND THE 40, ONE OF THE THINGS

THAT I'VE LEARNED MORE THAT

THIS WALK WITH GOD, THIS FAITH

WALK IS ALL ABOUT BEING

INTERDEPENDENT AND BEING ONE

OF HIS DEPENDENTS AND I FOUND

WHEN WE'RE WEAK WE ARE STRONG

BECAUSE GOD IS STRONG INSIDE OF

US AND SO I'VE REALLY

APPRECIATED LEARNING THOSE

MOMENTS AND THE HARDEST THING

IS IS TO REALLY, YOU KNOW,

SHAKE YOUR HEAD AND SAY OKAY

GOD. I LET GO OF THIS THING.

I MEAN DON'T YOU FIND THAT

WHEN GOD HAS TO PUT YOU IN A

FULL NELSON, YOU KNOW, LIKE

WHEN YOU JUST ARE NOT HEARING

HIM THAT HE'S ASKING YOU TO

JUST COMPLETELY SURRENDER WHAT

YOU MIGHT BE FACING SOMETHING

TODAY AND YOU MIGHT BE MAKING

THE MISTAKE OF THINKING THAT

YOUR STRENGTH IS GOING TO FIX

IT BUT IT IS NOT.

CORRIE TEN BOOM SHE, A

FAMOUS MISSIONARY SAID IT THIS

WAY. SHE SAID I TRY TO HOLD

THINGS VERY LOOSELY.

THEREFORE WHEN GOD HAS TO TAKE

MY FINGERS OFF IT HURTS A

WHOLE LOT LESS, YOU KNOW.

RIGHT. THAT'S GOOD.

TODAY WE'LL SEE STORIES OF

PEOPLE WHO NEEDED TO GO TO A

HIGHER POWER IN ORDER TO FIND

STRENGTH.

SOMETIMES LIFE GETS TOUGH

AND MANY TIMES WE REACH THE

END OF OURSELVES. FOR TODD

HOWERTON HIS END CAME AFTER A

LONG BATTLE WITH ADDICTION.

YOU'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENED WHEN

HE WAVED THE WHITE FLAG.

ALSO AN INCREDIBLE STORY

OF FAITH AND PERSEVERANCE FOR

TWO PARENTS OF AN AUTISTIC

CHILD. YOU'LL BE AMAZED AT

WHAT PRAYER CAN DO EVEN IN

THE MOST HOPELESS SITUATIONS.

AND LATER THE STORY ABOUT ONE

COUPLE WHO BUILT AN EMPIRE ONLY

TO WATCH IT ALL COME CRASHING

DOWN BECAUSE OF ONE VERY BAD

DECISION. BUT FIRST TODD

HOWERTON BREAKS FREE FROM A

LIFE OF PAIN.

MUSIC

MY BACK GLASS BROKE AND I

KNEW THEY'RE NOT JUST TRYING

TO SCARE ME. THEY'RE TRYING

TO KILL ME.

TODD HOWERTON HAD ROBBED

HIS DRUG DEALER AND NOW THE MAN

WAS SHOOTING AT TODD.

I REMEMBER THINKING GOD THIS

IS HOW I'M GOING TO DIE AND

I REMEMBER WONDERING WHETHER

OR NOT I WAS GOING TO FEEL THE

GUNSHOT, FEEL THE PAIN BEFORE I

HEARD THE SHOT.

TODD STARTED USING DRUGS AT

13 TO ESCAPE A SHAMEFUL SECRET.

THERE WAS NOBODY THERE TO

RESCUE ME AND I CAN REMEMBER

LOOKING AROUND AND FEELING SO

ALONE.

WHEN HE WAS EIGHT TODD HAD

BEEN PLAYING IN THE WOODS NEAR

HIS HOUSE. HE DIDN'T KNOW

THAT A MAN HAD FOLLOWED HIM

THERE TO MOLEST HIM.

I JUST REMEMBER HIM ASKING

ME TO DO CERTAIN THINGS AND I

DIDN'T. I FELT WEIRD. I FELT

I GUESS YOU'D SAY DIRTY. I HAD

TO HAVE A CONFUSED LOOK ON MY

FACE AND HE SAID WELL DO YOU

KNOW WHAT I MEAN OR SOMETHING

LIKE THAT AND I SAID NO I DON'T

AND SO HE SAID I'LL SHOW YOU.

TODD NEVER SAW THE MAN AGAIN

BUT THE MEMORY OF THAT DAY

CONTINUED TO HAUNT HIM. HE

HAD REOCCURRING NIGHTMARES AS

A RESULT OF THE ABUSE.

A MAN THAT I COULD NEVER

SEE HIS FACE WAS TAKING ME

OUT OF MY HOUSE AND I WAS

TRYING TO SCREAM FOR HELP AND

I COULDN'T. THE SOUND WOULDN'T

COME OUT.

FIVE YEARS LATER WHEN TODD

WAS 13 HIS PARENTS DIVORCED.

THAT SAME YEAR HE STARTED

EXPERIMENTING WITH DRUGS AND

SEX.

AND I REMEMBER THINKING I'M

NORMAL BECAUSE THERE WAS THAT

ADDED LEVEL OF SHAME WHEN I WAS

MOLESTED BECAUSE IT WAS A GUY.

TODD'S DRUG ADDICTION

ESCALATED. HE BEGAN USING

COCAINE INCLUDING CRACK.

THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT

I HAD FELT GOOD SINCE I COULD

REMEMBER.

BUT THE HIGH WAS ONLY

TEMPORARY. TODD HAD ALWAYS

BEEN CLOSE TO HIS MOM SO WHEN

SHE DIED UNEXPECTEDLY TODD

DECIDED TO END HIS LIFE TOO.

I TOOK A RAZOR AND I SLIT MY

WRISTS AND THE NEXT THING YOU

KNOW AFTER THEY STITCHED ME

UP AND TOLD ME HOW LUCKY I WAS

TO BE ALIVE THEY PUT ME IN THE

PSYCHIATRIC WARD AND THAT WAS

A VERY ANOTHER DARK TIME.

TODD WAS RELEASED TWO DAYS

LATER FROM THE HOSPITAL. HE

BEGAN WORKING AT A CALL CENTER

WHERE HE MET DANA. WHEN SHE

BECAME PREGNANT THEY MARRIED

SIX MONTHS LATER. SHE DIDN'T

REALIZE THAT TODD CONTINUED TO

DO DRUGS BUT WHEN TODD'S SON

WAS BORN HE WENT COLD TURKEY.

I SAW HIS LITTLE FINGERS AND

HIS LITTLE TOES AND THE DOCTOR

LET ME CUT THE CORD AND I

REMEMBER THINKING IF I EVER

NEEDED A REASON TO STAY CLEAN

HERE IT IS.

BUT THE NAGGING DESIRE TO USE

COCAINE ALWAYS STAYED WITH

HIM. ONE NIGHT HE GAVE IN

AND WENT ON AN EIGHT-DAY DRUG

BINGE. THAT'S WHEN HIS WIFE,

DANA, REALIZED JUST HOW MUCH

OF A DRUG PROBLEM HE HAD.

HE EXPLAINED TO ME THAT

THERE WAS COCAINE USE AND I'D

NEVER BEEN AROUND THAT. I

DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT

BUT HE PROMISED ME HE NEVER

WANTED IT TO HAPPEN AGAIN. HE

WANTED US TO BE A FAMILY. HE

WANTED TO CONTINUE IN OUR

MARRIAGE AND OF COURSE I

BELIEVED HIM.

BUT TODD DIDN'T KEEP HIS

PROMISE AND LOST HIS JOB

AND AFTER STEALING DRUGS FROM

HIS DEALER HE ENDED UP IN A

HIGH-SPEED CHASE WHERE HE

NEARLY LOST HIS LIFE.

THINK I EVEN PRAYED THAT MY

WIFE WOULDN'T TELL MY CHILDREN

HOW I REALLY DIED.

THE DRUG DEALER WHO SHOT AT

HIM NEVER STOPPED TO SEE IF

TODD HAD BEEN KILLED. IN FACT

TODD WASN'T EVEN INJURED.

YOU WOULD THINK THAT THAT

WOULD BE MY BOTTOM, YOU KNOW,

I JUST HAD A SHOOT OUT AND GOD

JUST SPARED YOUR LIFE AND YOU

NEED TO GET ON YOUR KNEES AND

THANK GOD AND GO GET

STRAIGHTENED OUT BUT ALL I

COULD THINK ABOUT WAS MY NEXT

HIT.

A FEW DAYS LATER TODD WENT

TO A CRACK HOUSE TO GET HIGH

AGAIN. THE POLICE RAIDED THE

PLACE AND TODD WAS ARRESTED.

THE JUDGE SENTENCED HIM TO

TIME IN A CHRISTIAN REHAB

FACILITY. WHILE THERE HE CRIED

OUT TO GOD TO CHANGE HIM.

AND I JUST GOT ON MY KNEES

AND I JUST STARTED TO PRAY AND

I JUST STARTED, YOU KNOW,

BEGGING GOD TO FORGIVE ME,

BEGGING GOD TO HEAR MY PRAYERS,

BEGGING HIM TO JUST TAKE THE

PAIN AWAY. I JUST FELT LIKE HE

REACHED DOWN AND I JUST FELT

LIKE HE HUGGED ME AND I FELT

LIKE SUNSHINE WAS SHINING ON ME

LIKE IT'S A WARM FEELING ALL

OVER.

TODD ASKED GOD TO BE THE

SAVIOR OF HIS LIFE.

MY LIFE WAS WORTHLESS BUT HE

SAID MY LIFE WAS WORTH HIS SON

SO TO HIM IT WAS THE MOST

PRECIOUS THING ON EARTH AND

SO IT WAS EASY AT THAT POINT.

THAT'S A DEAL. YOU HAVE CASH

FOR CLUNKERS.

TODD BEGAN READING THE WORD

EVERY DAY AND ASKED GOD TO

DELIVER HIM FROM HIS ADDICTIONS

FOR GOOD.

AND IT SEEMED ALMOST LIKE

GOD REACHED DOWN WITH SOME

SCISSORS AND CUT THAT THING

THAT HAD BEEN CHASING ME SINCE

I WAS EIGHT YEARS OLD.

THEN TODD FELT THAT GOD WAS

ASKING HIM TO DO SOMETHING HE

NEVER THOUGHT HE COULD DO.

FORGIVE THE MAN WHO MOLESTED

HIM.

GOD TAUGHT ME THAT

FORGIVENESS IS NOT SAYING WHAT

WAS DONE WAS OKAY. GOD NEVER

SAID THAT IT WAS OKAY WHAT THAT

MAN DID TO ME. JESUS DIED FOR

HIM TOO. HE KNEW EVERYTHING

THAT THAT MAN WAS GOING TO DO

AND HE STILL DIED FOR HIM AND

SO I'D BEEN FORGIVEN A WHOLE

LOT AND SO I NEEDED TO FORGIVE.

TODD WAS IN REHAB FOR THREE

MONTHS. AFTER HE WAS RELEASED

DANA ASKED HIM TO MOVE BACK

HOME.

I SEE MY HUSBAND AS A MAN

AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART AND I

SEE HIM AS A FATHER WHO SHOWS

OUR CHILDREN THE WAY TO GO.

I'M SO PROUD OF HIM. IT'S

JUST WE'RE INCREDIBLY BLESSED

AND I COULD NEVER HAVE

ENVISIONED IN MY LIFE WHAT IT

IS TODAY.

THERE IS FREEDOM AND THERE'S

POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS AND

WHEN JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS HE

DIED FOR ALL OUR SINS. HE

DIDN'T JUST DIE FOR THE LITTLE

ONES. HE DIED FOR ALL OF THEM.

HE'S A RESTORING GOD AND HE'S

THE GOD OF THE REDEEMED AND

THE MORE IMPOSSIBLE IT LOOKS

THE MORE GLORY HE'S GOING TO

GET.

COMING UP NEXT ON THE 700

CLUB CANADA. BRIAN AND GINA

WALTON ALWAYS DREAMED OF

HAVING A FAMILY. THEIR FIRST

SON, DEVON, WAS A BREEZE.

THEIR SECOND SON, ETHAN, WAS

MORE OF A CHALLENGE.

TOO OFTEN WE CARRY BAGGAGE

FROM OUR PAST. YOU KNOW WHAT

IT'S LIKE. IT AFFECTS

EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE IN OUR

LIVES. IT'S ALWAYS THERE

WEIGHING US DOWN AND KEEPING

US FROM ACHIEVING TRUE

HAPPINESS. BUT DO YOU KNOW

GOD NEVER MEANT FOR US TO BE

TRAPPED IN THE PAST. YOU CAN

BE FREE OF YOUR BAGGAGE. LEARN

HOW GOD'S FORGIVENESS LEADS TO

CHANGED LIVES AND NEW

BEGINNINGS. CALL THE 700 CLUB.

MUSIC

WHEN ETHAN WAS BORN HE WAS

JUST COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAN

OUR FIRST CHILD.

HE WOULD HAVE MOMENTS OF

OKAY CALMNESS DURING THE DAY

BUT AT NIGHT IT WAS REALLY BAD.

BRIAN AND GINA WALTON

ALWAYS DREAMED OF HAVING A

FAMILY. THEIR FIRST SON,

DEVON, WAS A BREEZE. THEIR

SECOND SON, ETHAN, WAS MORE

OF A CHALLENGE.

IT WAS REALLY BAD. IT WAS

VERY, YOU KNOW, IF HE FELL

ASLEEP FOR 20 MINUTES AND HE'D

WAKE UP SCREAMING AND THEN

WE'D END UP IN A CHAIR ROCKING

HIM AND AS SOON AS WE FELL

ASLEEP AND HE KIND OF QUIETED

DOWN AND AS SOON AS WE STOPPED

ROCKING HE WOULD WAKE UP AGAIN

SCREAMING.

I WOULD TRY TO GET HIS

ATTENTION AND HE WOULDN'T LOOK

AT ME. I WOULD TICKLE HIM AND

I'D SMILE AT HIM AND I'D BRING

OUT THE TOYS AND I WOULD DO

ANYTHING TO GET HIM TO RESPOND

AND HE WOULDN'T.

AS ETHAN GOT OLDER GINA AND

BRIAN WORRIED SOMETHING COULD

BE WRONG. HE WAS NOT ABLE TO

TELL ME WHAT WAS GOING ON.

INSTEAD OF BEING ABLE TO

COMMUNICATE WITH ME AND TELL

ME HE WAS HAVING A HARD TIME

OR THAT HE DIDN'T FEEL WELL HE

WOULD JUST CRY, YOU KNOW, AND

THEN HE WOULD BITE HIMSELF

UNTIL HE WOULD BLEED.

THE DOCTOR REFERRED THEM TO

A SPECIALIST WHO GAVE THEM THE

NEWS THEY DREADED.

HE SAID I'M SORRY TO TELL

YOU THAT LOOKS LIKE YOUR SON

MIGHT HAVE AUTISM.

AND HAVING THE DOCTOR TELL

ME THAT HE HAD AUTISM WAS LIKE

A KICK IN THE STOMACH.

IT'S LIKE THE DOCTOR HANDED

US A SIGN, YOU KNOW, AND HERE'S

YOUR SIGN. THIS IS WHAT YOU

GUYS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL

WITH FOR THE NEXT REST OF YOUR

LIFE.

ONE DOCTOR TOLD THE WALTONS

ETHAN WOULD PROBABLY NEVER

NEVER SPEAK SO WITH LITTLE

HELP OR DIRECTION THEY BEGAN

TO CARE FOR THEIR SON BUT

RAISING ETHAN WAS EXHAUSTING

AND STRESSFUL AND THAT STRAINED

THEIR MARRIAGE.

SO THERE'S A LOT MORE

ARGUMENTS, A LOT MORE

DISAGREEMENTS. I HAVE MY

THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT WE SHOULD

DO. SHE HAS HER THOUGHTS ABOUT

WHAT WE SHOULD DO.

THEN ONE NIGHT THEY REALIZED

THEY WERE UP AGAINST SOMETHING

MORE. GINA SAYS SHE HAD A

VISION OF A DARK PRESENCE IN

HER SON'S ROOM. SHE WOKE UP

IN A PANIC.

I REMEMBER GETTING UP. I RAN

DOWN MY HALLWAY AND I RAN INTO

ETHAN'S ROOM AND I JUST FELL ON

THE FLOOR AND I JUST CRIED. I

CRIED MY EYES OUT.

I PICK HER UP OFF THE FLOOR

AND WE START TALKING AND THEN

SOMETHING WENT OFF IN MY MIND

AT THAT MOMENT AND HER MIND

THAT SAID THIS FIGHT IS AS MUCH

A SPIRITUAL BATTLE AS IT IS A

PHYSICAL BATTLE.

THEY REALIZED ONLY THEIR

FAITH IN GOD COULD HELP THEM

FACE THE CHALLENGES OF RAISING

THEIR SON.

SO THE NEXT MORNING I GOT UP

AND PRINTED OUT A BUNCH OF

BIBLE VERSES. I STARTED

GETTING UP EARLIER AND PRAYING

AND SEEKING GOD AND THEN GINA

STARTED DOING THE SAME THING.

SOON AFTER THAT THEY FOUND AN

AUTISM SPECIALIST, JANELLE

ESPLING.

LOOKING AT ETHAN THEN HE

LOOKED LIKE HE WOULD BE A

STUDENT THAT WOULD PROGRESS

VERY SLOWLY.

JANELLE WAS ALSO A CHRISTIAN

AND LIKE THE WALTONS BELIEVED

PRAYER WAS JUST AS IMPORTANT

AS THERAPY. SHE PRAYED WITH

THE WALTONS DAILY.

WE COULD SEE THAT EVERYTHING

WE WERE DOING WAS WORKING AND

THAT HE WASN'T BECOMING

STAGNANT AND IT DIDN'T LOOK

LIKE HE WAS GOING TO BECOME

STAGNANT ANY TIME SOON.

SOON ETHAN WAS MAKING EYE

CONTACT. HE WAS RESPONSIVE AND

SEEMED TO RECOGNIZE HIS

PARENTS. HE STILL WASN'T

TALKING BUT THAT CHANGED ONE

DAY.

I REMEMBER HIS FIRST WORD.

IT WAS GO AND SO I WOULD WANT

TO HEAR IT ALL THE TIME BECAUSE

I KNEW THAT ONCE WE GOT ONE

WORD COMING OUT OF HIS MOUTH

THAT MORE WAS GOING TO COME

AND HE WAS GOING TO LEARN.

FOR A WHILE HE WOULD JUST

REPEAT WHAT HE HEARD. HIS BIG

BROTHER, DEVON, HELPED HIM

PRACTICE BY TEACHING HIM TO

PRAY.

I GOT HIM TO SAY DEAR JESUS,

THANK YOU FOR MY PARENTS.

BLESS THEM AND IN THE NAME OF

JESUS. AMEN.

THEN FINALLY.

WE TALKED. WE HAD OUR FIRST

CONVERSATION AND HE TOLD ME

WHAT HIS FAVORITE COLOR WAS

AND HE TOLD ME THAT HE LOVED

ME. ALL THE THINGS THAT I HAD

JUST DREAMED OF HEARING GOD

WAS RELEASING AND IT WAS COMING

OUT OF HIS MOUTH.

HE PROGRESSED SO RAPIDLY

THAT BY THE TIME HE WAS FIVE

HE WAS IN A STANDARD

KINDERGARTEN CLASS.

THE ONLY REACTION IS THAT

GOD DID THE MIRACULOUS IN

ETHAN'S LIFE. GOD WAS FAITHFUL

TO HIM AND THAT GINA AND BRIAN

DID EVERYTHING THAT THEY COULD

FOR THEIR SON.

NOW HE'S NINE YEARS OLD

AND TESTS IN THE 99TH

PERCENTILE STATE WIDE. HE

RECENTLY WON THE CALIFORNIA

YOUNG SCHOLARS AWARD.

I LIKE HANGING OUT WITH MY

FRIENDS, HANGING OUT WITH MY

MOM.

ONE OF HIS FAVORITE THINGS

TO DO IS WRESTLE WITH HIS DAD.

DEVON JOINS IN AND BEATS ME

UP. MY DAD GOES EASY ON ME

BECAUSE HE'S REALLY STRONG.

TODAY THE WALTON'S RELISH

THE FAMILY TIMES THEY ALWAYS

LONGED FOR. THEIR BOOK, A

BRAND NEW DAY SHARES THEIR

JOURNEY. MORE THAN ANYTHING

THEY SAY THEY BELIEVE THAT

ETHAN'S STORY IS A MESSAGE

TO THOSE WHO GO THROUGH

DIFFICULT TIMES.

HANG ON TO GOD'S PROMISES

BECAUSE THEY'RE TRUE AND HE'S

FAITHFUL AND HE'S AMAZING.

HE'S GOING TO USE WHATEVER

YOU GO THROUGH TO HELP SOMEONE

ELSE AND TO BRING GLORY TO HIS

NAME.

COMING UP NEXT.

I LET MY GUARD DOWN AND LET

PEOPLE GET CLOSE TO ME AND

CLOSER THAN THEY SHOULD HAVE

BEEN THAN MY OWN DEAR WIFE AND

THEN I ENDED UP IN THE TRAP

WHERE I WAS IN AN IMMORAL

RELATIONSHIP WITH ANOTHER

WOMAN.

WELL, I THINK THE VIDEO IS

VERY POWERFUL. I JUST NEVER

REALIZED THAT GOD USED DREAMS

AS MUCH AS HE DID TO

COMMUNICATE. THE THINGS THAT

THEY TALK ABOUT ON THE DVD,

VISIONS OF THE NIGHT, THEY DO

OCCUR. IT HAPPENED TO ME.

IT'S A VERY POWERFUL VIDEO. IT

PUTS TOGETHER A LOT OF STORIES

THAT YOU HEAR FROM THE BIBLE

AS WELL AS HISTORICAL FIGURES

AND HOW GOD USES DREAMS AND

VISIONS TO DELIVER MESSAGES.

MUSIC

WE FELT GOD WAS PUTTING US

TOGETHER. THERE WAS LESS THAN

A YEAR THAT WE MET AND KNEW

EACH OTHER AND THEN BECAME

HUSBAND AND WIFE.

FROM THE MOMENT THEY MET

DICK AND JOAN DEWERT BELIEVED

THAT GOD HAD DRAWN THEM TO

EACH OTHER AND IMMEDIATELY

AFTER THEIR MARRIAGE THEY FELT

THE CALL TO MINISTRY FULL TIME.

BY 1985 I HAD BECOME A PASTOR

ON STAFF AND THEN BY 1988 A

SENIOR PASTOR.

EVEN WITH THE THRIVING CHURCH

COMMUNITY THEY FELT THE CALL TO

SOMETHING MORE.

WE TOOK AN OFFERING, BOUGHT

A 20-WATT TRANSMITTER AND WE

COULD COVER MAYBE A RADIUS OF

TEN MILES OR SO. IT WAS

JANUARY I THINK IT WAS 14TH

OR 16TH OF 1996 WE WENT ON

AIR.

BUT IT ALMOST DIDN'T HAPPEN.

WE BOUGHT THE CBC MOBILE

THAT THEY USED TO DO THE MOVIE,

COOL RUNNINGS.

YES.

YOU KNOW, I THINK THREE OR

FOUR DAYS BEFORE THE LIVE

BROADCAST I'M ASKING THE

ENGINEERS IS IT GOING TO WORK?

OH, YEAH, WE THINK SO. WE GOT

A LOT OF WORK TO DO. WELL,

WE'RE GETTING DOWN TO THE HOURS

AND THEY'RE TELLING US IT'S

NOT WORKING. WE GOT TOGETHER

AND I THINK WE MIGHT HAVE GONE

INTO THE UNIT AND WE JUST SAID

IN THE NAME OF JESUS WE NEED A

MIRACLE. WE COMMAND YOU TO

WORK AND THE ENGINEER COMES

RUNNING OUT AND HE GOES LIKE

THIS. YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT

JUST HAPPENED. IT JUST STARTED

RUNNING BY ITSELF. IT JUST

STARTED RUNNING AND IT DID.

WE SAW MIRACLE AFTER MIRACLE

AFTER MIRACLE AND THAT'S WHY

LATER THAN WE HAD TO CHANGE

THE NAME TO THE MIRACLE

CHANNEL BECAUSE WE JUST KNEW

THIS THING WAS, THIS WHOLE

THING WAS A MIRACLE.

DICK AND JOAN BELIEVED THAT

GOD WOULD BLESS THEIR WORK

BUT THEY WEREN'T PREPARED FOR

HOW QUICKLY THE MINISTRY WOULD

GROW.

THROUGH THE WHOLE JOURNEY

I HAD TO PUSH SO HARD AND PUSH

AND PUSH TILL THE BREAKTHROUGHS

CAME, UNTIL THE MIRACLES CAME

AND I THINK AT THAT POINT IN

TIME IT HAD TAKEN ITS TOLL.

MUSIC

I LET MY GUARD DOWN AND LET

PEOPLE GET CLOSE TO ME AND

CLOSER THAN THEY SHOULD HAVE

BEEN THAN MY OWN DEAR WIFE AND

THEN I ENDED UP IN A TRAP

WHERE I WAS IN AN IMMORAL

RELATIONSHIP WITH ANOTHER

WOMAN.

I LEARNED OF MY HUSBAND'S

MORAL FAILURE. I DON'T KNOW

WHAT TO SAY OTHER THAN THAT IT

WAS JUST THE MOST HORRIBLE

THING I COULD EVER IMAGINE. I

WAS IN ABSOLUTE TOTAL SHOCK.

I JUST LOOKED AT MY HUSBAND

AND I SAID THIS IS A JOKE,

RIGHT? I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT

AND HE SAID NO IT'S NOT A JOKE.

IT'S TRUE.

DICK'S AFFAIR NOT ONLY

ROCKED HIS FAMILY BUT ALSO

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT THE

MIRACLE CHANNEL. WITHOUT

HESITATION OR EXPLANATION THE

DEWERTS WERE ASKED TO HAND IN

THEIR KEYS AND WALK AWAY FROM

THEIR MIRACLE.

I WAS VERY ANGRY BECAUSE

I HAD LOST OUR DREAM AND IT

WAS THROUGH NO FAULT OF MINE.

I WALKED INTO OUR ACCOUNTANT'S

OFFICE TO HAND IN MY

RESIGNATION, MY LETTER OF

RESIGNATION AND THE KEYS TO

OUR BUILDING WHICH WAS A

MIRACLE. WE HAD PRAYED FOR

THAT BUILDING AND GOD GAVE US

THIS MOST INCREDIBLE GIFT. IT

WAS A 77000 SQUARE FOOT

BUILDING. GOD GAVE IT TO US.

WE HAD PRAYED. WE HAD

ANOINTED IT. WE HAD PRAYED UP

AND DOWN THE WHEELCHAIR RAMP

ON THE WAY IN AND OUT AND WE'D

BELIEVED GOD FOR MIRACLES. AS

PEOPLE WOULD GO IN

WHEELCHAIRS THEY'D COME OUT

HEALED AND WE HAD SUCH BELIEF

AND FAITH AND VISION FOR WHAT

GOD WAS GOING TO DO AND I

WALKED INTO HIS OFFICE AND WE

WERE FRIENDS AND I SAID TO HIM

HERE IS THE SEED.

WITH THEIR LIVES SHATTERED

THE DEWERTS WERE LOST AND JOAN

WAS FACED WITH THE TOUGHEST

DECISION OF HER LIFE.

I CHOSE TO FORGIVE AND I

CHOSE TO STAY WITH MY HUSBAND

AND I CHOSE TO MODEL SOMETHING

DIFFERENT AND I SAID TO MY

FRIENDS SEVERAL TIMES I SAID

IF WE DON'T MODEL SOMETHING

DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE'VE SEEN

IN THE PAST WITH THESE KIND OF

FAILURES OR WHAT THE WORLD

HAS SEEN I SAID WE'RE GOING TO

LOSE OUR OWN CHILDREN TO

CYNICISM. THEY MAY STILL

SERVE GOD BUT IT MAY BE A

LUKEWARM, WITH A LUKEWARM

HEART BECAUSE OF THE CYNICISM

THAT'S IN THEIR HEART OVER

WHAT'S HAPPENED AND IF THAT

HAPPENS OUR GRANDCHILDREN MAY

GROW UP AND NEVER SERVE GOD

AND I SAID I WILL NOT HAVE THAT

KIND OF A LEGACY IN MY FAMILY.

I KNEW THAT GOD WAS GOING TO

BRING US THROUGH. I KNEW THAT

YES THERE HAD TO BE A DEATH AND

A SEASON WHERE GOD STRIPPED US

OF EVERYTHING BUT IN THE END IT

SAYS BUT IF IT DIES IT BEARS

MUCH FRUIT SO I CHOSE TO

FORGIVE AND I CHOSE TO WALK

IN FORGIVENESS AND I CHOSE TO

SEE GOD REDEEM AND IT WAS A

GOOD CHOICE.

MUSIC

BUT ONLY IN THE LAST WHILE I

WOULD SAY YEAR AND HALF TWO

YEARS HAVE WE REALLY SENSED

GOD MOVING US BACK INTO

MINISTRY. WE WANT THE PRESENCE

OF GOD MORE THAN EVER BEFORE.

WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO MINISTER

TO PEOPLE THAT HAVE HURT LIKE

US AND WE DON'T WANT THEM TO

HAVE THE FEELING OF ISOLATION

LIKE WE DID, THE FEELING OF

ABANDONMENT. WE WANT THEM

TO KNOW THAT THEY'RE LOVED.

WE LOVE THEM. WE KNOW GOD

ALWAYS LOVES THEM AND THERE'S

PEOPLE THAT WILL LOVE THEM.

DICK AND JOAN DEWERT, A LOVE

THAT HAS LASTED THROUGH TRIAL

AND PAIN, A LOVE BUILT ON HOPE

AND A LOVE DEEPLY ROOTED IN

GOD.

I MEAN WE REALLY MADE SOME

STRIDES AND BOTH OF US BEGAN

TO FEEL LIKE WOW OUR MARRIAGE

IS BETTER THAN EVER. I FEEL

FREE TODAY. I HAVE NO BURDEN.

I HAVE NO SKELETON IN THE

CLOSET. THERE'S NOTHING THAT

IS THERE AND THAT'S A FREEDOM

THAT IS A DELIGHT.

WHAT A POWERFUL TESTIMONY

OF WHAT GOD CAN DO WHEN WE

TRUST HIM. YOU KNOW, I'D

LIKE TO GET SOMETHING INTO YOUR

HANDS BECAUSE I MEAN I WAS JUST

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FAITH BECAUSE IT'S THE

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AND THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT

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ABSOLUTELY. YOU KNOW, THE

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IS TO LET YOU KNOW THAT GOD IS

DEEPLY COMMITTED TO YOUR LIFE.

SOMETIMES WE THINK THAT GOD

IS A FAR-OFF GOD BUT IN FACT HE

IS A VERY CLOSE GOD. HE'S

CLOSE TO YOUR CIRCUMSTANCE, TO

YOUR SITUATION, TO ANY TRIAL

THAT YOU'RE FACING AND WHEN

BRIAN TALKS ABOUT FAITH WE ARE

HERE TO JOIN OUR FAITH WITH

YOURS. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE A

PRAYER LINE. THAT'S WHY WE

THINK IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT

AND SERIOUS WHEN YOU'RE GOING

THROUGH SOMETHING BECAUSE THE

WORD OF GOD SAYS THAT WHEN WE

JOIN TOGETHER WE CAN MOVE

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YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS

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WE GET A CHANCE TO BLEND FAITH

TOGETHER BECAUSE NO PRAYER NO

POWER, SOME PRAYER SOME POWER,

MUCH PRAYER MUCH POWER. AND

BECAUSE OF YOU SENDING IN YOUR

PRAYER REQUESTS I'D LIKE IF YOU

WOULD JUST WRITE THESE DOWN

AND BLEND YOUR FAITH TOGETHER

WITH US AS WELL AND WE'VE GOT

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ONTARIO. HE'S PRAYING FOR

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LYNN THERE'S ANOTHER ONE HERE

AS WELL.

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OWN FAMILY MEMBER.

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HER BALANCE. COULD YOU ALSO

BLEND FAITH WITH US? LET'S

PRAY TOGETHER. FATHER, IN THE

NAME OF JESUS WE THANK YOU FOR

YOUR WORD THAT GIVES US, LORD,

THE ABSOLUTE CURE THAT IF THE

SAME SPIRIT THAT DWELLS THAT

RAISED CHRIST FROM THE DEAD

DWELLS IN US IN OUR MORTAL

BODY IT SHALL QUICKEN US AS

WELL. SO WE BLEND FAITH

TOGETHER AND WE PRAY NOW

FOR THAT SPIRIT OF INFIRMITY TO

BE BROKEN. WE PRAY FOR THAT

BIPOLAR, LORD, TO BE LIFTED

NOW. THAT SPIRIT OF CONFUSION

WE BIND IT AND WE CAST IT OUT

IN THE NAME OF JESUS AND WE

HOLD A BLOOD-BOUGHT DEED RIGHT

NOW, LORD, FOR YOUR PEOPLE

DECLARING THAT IT HAS BEEN

NAILED TO THE CROSS EVERY

ISSUE AND WHO THE SON SETS

FREE IS FREE INDEED. IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN. WELL, WE SURE DO

LOOK FORWARD TO BEING WITH YOU

ALL AGAIN. IF YOU'VE GOT A

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YOU CALL THE PRAYER LINE

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PARTNERS ARE STANDING BY AND

UNTIL NEXT TIME I'M LAURA-LYNN

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GOD BLESS.

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