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700 Club Interactive: - April 10, 2014

What do you do when your spouse is out of control? How you can overcome addiction in your marriage. Read Transcript


Terry: THEY FELL IN

LOVE AND THEN HIT ROCK

BOTTOM.

I WASN'T REALLY LOOKING

TO BE A DAD.

NO, I WAS TOO BUSY GETTING

HIGH.

THERE WAS NO ONE -- IN

FACT, EVEN SOME CHRISTIANS

WOULD SAY W WE WOULD

SURVIVE.

Terry: HOW THEY LIVED

HAPPILY EVER AFTER ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," WE USE

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THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

Terry: GOOD MORNING,

AND THANKS FOR BEING WITH US

TODAY.

GETTING MARRIED CAN BE A

DREAM COME TRUE, FROM THE

PERFECT WEDDING DAY TO THE

BEGINNING OF A NEW LIFE

TOGETHER.

BUT FOR STEVE AND

CHRISTINA, THEIR MARRIAGE

SEEMED DOOM FROM THE START.

HE WAS A CONVICTED FELON,

AND SHE WAS A RECOVERING

ADDICT.

HOWEVER, THEY SURVIVED DRUG

ABUSE AND DOMESTIC

VIOLENCE.

AND HERE IS HOW THEY FOUND

THEIR HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

IN OUR MARRIAGE,

EVERYTHING BY THE WORLD'S

STANDARDS WAS ABSOLUTELY

AGAINST US.

THERE WAS NO ONE -- IN FACT

EVEN SOME CHRISTIANS -- WHO

WOULD SAY WE WOULD SURVIVE.

Reporter: STEVEN AND

CHRISTINA MARRIED THREE

MONTHS AFTER THEY MET.

HE WAS A METH USER WHO HAD

DONE PRISON TIME FOR

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE

HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, AND IT WAS

ANYTHING BUT THERE.

WE MARRIED QUICKLY, IN

CO-DEPENDENCE AND IN AN

UNHEALTHY EMOTIONAL STATE.

AFTER WE GOT MARRIED, I WAS

PREGNANT.

WITH THAT EXCITEMENT WAS

HELL.

I WASN'T REALLY LOOKING

TO BE A DAD.

NO, I WAS TOO BUSY GETTING

HIGH.

Reporter: STEVEN WAS

ORPHANED AS A CHILD, AND

NEVER LEARNED TO DEAL WITH

CONFLICT.

IT WAS SO FRUSTRATING TO

NOT BE ABLE TO VOICE MY

EMOTIONS BECAUSE I DIDN'T

KNOW WHAT FRUSTRATION,

IRRITATION, LOVE,

COMPASSION, CONCERN LOOKED

LIKE.

SO IT WAS FROM ZERO TO

ANGER, AND I WOULD EXPLODE.

Reporter: EARLY INTO

THEIR MARRIAGE, STEVEN'S

ANGER ERUPTED.

I CAN'T REMEMBER ALL THAT

HAPPENED, BUT I HAD -- I

LAID MY HAND ON MY WIFE.

AND SHE FELL ON THE GROUND.

HE DRANK ALCOHOL, AND I

THINK HE BLACKED OUT AND

STARTED BEATING ME.

HE BROKE MY FACE.

AND IN FRONT OF THE KIDS.

AND HE ENDED UP GOING TO

PRISON FOR A SHORT WHILE.

Reporter: AS PART OF

HIS SENTENCE, STEVEN WENT TO

COUNSELLING AND TOOK STEPS

TO RESTORE THEIR MARRIAGE.

HE WANTED OUR MARRIAGE TO

BE SUCCESSFUL.

HE HAD NO CLUE HOW.

I THINK HE HAD HAD

COUNSELLING BEFORE FOR

AGGRESSION, BUT THIS TIME HE

WENT INTO IT WITH A WANT TO,

I WANT TO GET ON THE OTHER

SIDE OF ANGER.

THE MARRIAGE WAS NOT

GOING GOOD AT ALL.

I WAS WILLING TO TRY

ANYTHING.

Reporter: ONE AFTERNOON

STEVEN NOTICED A CHURCH NEAR

HIS SON'S SOCCER PRACTICE.

HE WALKED IN AND ASKED TO

TALK TO THE PASTOR.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHY I WENT

INTO THAT CHURCH.

I JUST KNEW I NEEDED HELP.

I LOOKED INTO HIS EYES AND

SAID, I NEED HELP.

HE SAID, YOU NEED JESUS.

Reporter: CHRISTINA MET

STEVEN AT THE CHURCH WITH

DIVORCE PAPERS IN HAND.

SHE WASN'T CONVINCED THE

CHURCH OFFERED A SOLUTION.

TWO PASTORS HAD BEEN

MEETING WITH HIM AT THAT

PRAYER TIME.

AND AT THAT PRAYER, I

FELT PEACE.

I FELT REAL PEACE.

I FELT COMFORT THAT THERE

WAS HOPE FOR MY MARRIAGE.

I TOLD HIM, I SAID, ALL

RIGHT, THIS IS FINALLY IT.

THIS IS THE ALL-BOTTOM LOW.

YOU SAY YOUR GOD CAN FIX IT,

WELL, YOU HAVE HIM FIX IT.

OTHERWISE, HERE IS THE

PAPERS.

I'M DONE.

Reporter: EVEN THOUGH

SHE WAS HESITANT AT FIRST,

THEY STARTED ATTENDING

CHURCH AND MARRIAGE

COUNSELLING.

SOON BOTH BECAME CHRISTIANS

AND SAW POSITIVE CHANGES IN

THEIR LIVES.

THE CHANGE IN MY HEART IS

WHEN I THINK WE REALLY

STARTED COMING TOGETHER.

I CONSISTENTLY, YOU KNOW,

PRAYED TO GOD.

I CONSISTENTLY LET HIM SHAPE

AND MOLD ME.

WHEN WE SINCERELY DECIDED

TO LET GOD ACTUALLY DO THE

WORK AND SIT BACK AND BE

OBEDIENT TO WHAT HIS

INSTRUCTIONS WERE, THINGS

WERE BROKEN OFF.

PERMANENTLY.

DRUG ADDICTION, BROKEN OFF.

PHYSICAL ABUSE, BROKEN OFF.

THERE WAS A LOT OF BAD

BEHAVIORS BROKEN OFF

COMPLETELY.

Reporter: AND THEY ALSO

COMMITTED TO A 10-WEEK

MARRIAGE COUNSELLING COURSE

WHICH GAVE THEM TOOLS TO

COMMUNICATE.

IT WAS SO HARD, BUT IT

WAS THE FIRST TIME WE EACH

LOOKED AT OURSELVES

HONESTLY.

AND IT WAS SCARY, AND IT WAS

A MESS.

AND AS A WOMAN, ONE OF THE

FIRST THINGS I LEARNED THAT

WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT WAS

LETTING GOD DEAL WITH STEVEN

IN GOD'S WAY AND NOT IN MY

WAY.

AND THAT'S WHEN I STARTED

APPRECIATING SEEING WHAT GOD

WAS DOING.

IT TOOK A LOAD OFF, AND THE

RESULTS WERE WAY BETTER.

Reporter: TODAY THEIR

MARRIAGE IS HAPPY AND

HEALTHY.

THEY SAY PUTTING JESUS AT

THE CENTER OF THEIR LIVES

HAS BEEN THE KEY TO THEIR

SUCCESS.

ALL OF MY HOPE COMES FROM

HIM.

HE CONTINUES TO GIVE ME

HOPE.

STUFF TODAY THAT WOULD HAVE

KNOCKED ME DOWN YEARS AGO, I

DON'T EVEN WOBBLE TODAY.

I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO

LIVE WITHOUT HIM, AND I KNOW

WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE WITH

HIM.

AND IT'S AMAZING.

YOU HAVE TO KNOW GOD FOR

GOD.

AND LET GOD BE GOD.

OTHERWISE THINGS WILL NOT

CHANGE.

SO I'M VERY, VERY THANKFUL

THAT I WAS BLESSED TO SEE

THOSE MOMENTS WITH GOD.

AND NOW I'M THINKING, OH,

YES.

Reporter: STEVEN AND

CHRISTINA SAY THEY ARE

GRATEFUL THEY SERVE A GOD

WHO RESTORES BROKEN LIVES.

SHE'S A GREAT WIFE.

SHE'S MY FRIEND.

SHE'S MY BEST FRIEND.

SHE'S BEAUTIFUL.

SHE'S GOT A LOT OF PATIENCE

TO PUT UP WITH ME.

YES, I HAVE AN AMAZING

HUSBAND.

AND, YES, I'M MORE IN LOVE

WITH HIM TODAY THAN I HAVE

EVER BEEN.

BUT I'M EXCITED BECAUSE HOW

MANY GENERATIONS FORWARD DO

I GET TO SEE.

SO IT IS OUTSIDE OF JUST OUR

MARRIAGE NOW.

WE STARTED INCLUDING BIBLE

STUDIES FOR OUR CHILDREN

EVERY DAY.

AND WE GET EXCITED BECAUSE

NOW IT IS STARTING TO LIVE.

JESUS IN THE MIDDLE OF

OUR MARRIAGE.

IF I TRUSTED JESUS IN MY

LIFE, AND SHE TRUSTED JESUS

IN ME, THEN THERE IS NOTHING

HER AND I CAN'T GET

THROUGH.

NOTHING.

WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE

POSSIBLE.

THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT

THAT.

YOU KNOW, TERRY, STEVEN

AND CHRISTINA'S MARRIAGE IS

INTERESTING BECAUSE THEIR

MARRIAGE STARTED OFF

HORRIBLE AND THEN GOT

BETTER.

A LOT OF MARRIAGES, IT'S

GREAT IN THE BEGINNING,

RIGHT, AND IT'S KIND OF THE

HONEYMOON PHASE, AND THEN

CONFLICT ARISES.

OUR EXPECTATIONS, FAIR OR

UNFAIR MAY NOT BE MET.

Terry: THEY CAME TO THE

END OF EACH OTHER A LITTLE

SOONER BECAUSE OF THE

CONFLICT.

IT IS ASTONISHING TO SEE THE

CAPACITY OF GOD TO CHANGE A

HEART.

IT IS NOT CHANGING

CIRCUMSTANCES.

IT IS NOT JUST TAKING THE

DRUGS AWAY.

IT IS A HEART ATTITUDE

CHANGE, AND A FAMILY

RESTORED.

HOW EXCITING IS THAT.

THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE WHEN

JESUS IS INVOLVED.

I THINK IT WAS ANDY STANLEY

WHO SAID, WE'RE NOT TO BE

COMMITTED TO A MARRIAGE.

WE ARE TO BE COMMITTED TO A

PERSON.

AND THAT TESTIMONY REALLY

SHOWS THAT.

THERE IS AN INTERESTING

CHAPTER IN PROVERBS,

PROVERBS 24: "I WENT PAST

THE FIELD OF A SLUGGER, PAST

THE VINEYARD OF SOMEONE WHO

HAS NO SENSE.

THORNS HAD COM COME UP

EVERYWHERE, THE GROUND WAS

COVERED WITH WEEDS, AND THE

STONE WALL WAS IN RUINS.

I APPLIED MY HEART TO WHAT I

OBSERVED AND LEARNED A

LESSON FROM WHAT I SAW.

A LITTLE SLEEP, A LITTLE

SLUMBER, AND POVERTY WILL

COME ON YOU LIKE A FEAST AND

POVERTY LIKE AN ARMED MAN."

IT IS INTERESTING BECAUSE WE

CAN SLEEP-WALK THROUGH A LOT

OF LIFE.

WE CAN COME UP WITH EXCUSES

AS TO WHY OUR SPOUSE DOESN'T

UNDERSTAND ME, AND WE CAN

COME UP WITH THE REASONS NOT

TO ENGAGE, AND WE SEE THE

WEEDS GROWING AND THE THORNS

GROWING UP, AND WE NEED TO

TEND TO OUR MARRIAGES.

Terry: AND IN ALL OF US

EXIST THINGS THAT NEED TO BE

CHANGED, THINGS THAT NEED TO

BE MONITORED.

THAT KIND OF STANDING GUARD

THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.

AND THINGS THAT GOD WANTS TO

FASHION IN US TO BE

DIFFERENT.

I MEAN, USUALLY WE DO POINT

AT THE OTHER PERSON.

AND THE REASON WE DO THAT IS

BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT TO

HAVE TO CHANGE.

YES, TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY

FOR A NEW BEGINNING, AND NOT

JUST A NEW START, BUT

DEEPENING.

YOU SEE IN WHAT THIS COUPLE

SHARED, I THINK THE RICHNESS

THAT EVERYONE IS HUNGRY FOR

IN THEIR MARRIAGE.

WHERE YOU VALUE THE OTHER

PERSON.

AND KEEPING WITH ANDY'S

COMMENT, IT'S NOT I'M GOT TO

SIT IN HERE AND HANG ON,

LIKE A BULLDOG ON A PANT

LEG.

I'M GOING TO LOVE THIS MAN

OR WOMAN I'VE CHOSEN TO BE

COMMITTED TO THEM, AND I'M

GOING TO SEE THE GOOD IN

THEM AND INVEST MYSELF.

IT IS HARD WORK.

IT IS HARD WORK.

A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK A FAIR

MARRIAGE IS 50/50.

REALLY, IDEALLY, IT'S I'M

FOR YOU 100%.

THIS MARRIAGE IS 100% TO

NOTHING.

NOT 50/50.

THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE.

Terry: WHEN YOU START

PLAYING THAT GAME OF

BALANCING WHO IS GETTING THE

MOST OUT OF THIS, YOU NEVER

WIN.

AND THE STORY SHOWS,

THOUGH, THROUGH PRAYER AND

REFLECTING ON WHAT GOD IS

TRYING TO DO THROUGH US, NOT

JUST HOW HE IS GOING TO FIX

OUR SPOUSE, WE CAN SEE SOME

REAL HEALING.

Terry: AND, BOY, HE

WANTS OUR MARRIAGES TO BE

HEALTHY.

HE WANTS OUR KIDS TO GROW UP

WITH A PICTURE OF

WHOLENESS.

AS SHE SAID IN THAT STORY,

NOW WE GET TO SEE THE REAL

EFFORT AT WORK IN THE

GENERATIONS TO COME.

AND ISN'T THAT WHAT WE ALL

WANT?

UP NEXT, A FASHION

PHOTOGRAPHER WHO REACHED THE

TOP OF HIS FIELD AND NEARLY

THREW IT ALL AWAY FOR CRACK

COCAINE.

I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO

DIE AS A DRUG ADDICT.

MY FAMILY HAD DISOWNED ME.

THE DRUG HAD SUCH CONTROL

OVER ME THAT I COULD NOT

STOP.

Terry: HEAR HOW HE

CLEANED UP.

THAT'S NEXT.

Terry: BRAD GUYS

DREAMED OF BEING A TOP

PHOTOGRAPHER IN NEW YORK

CITY, AND IT DIDN'T TAKE

LONG FOR THAT DREAM TO COME

TRUE.

BUT THE MORE SUCCESSFUL HE

BECAME, THE MORE CRACK

COCAINE TOOK OVER HIS LIFE.

I GRADUATED FROM ART

COLLEGE, AND I DECIDED TO GO

TO NEW YORK CITY.

AND NEW YORK CITY WAS, LIKE,

THE PREMIER PLACE TO BE A

COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHER.

THE FIRST WEEK I ACTUALLY

OPENED UP THE DOORS TO THE

STUDIO I HAD THREE NATIONAL

AD COMPAIGNS.

ALL OF A SUDDEN MY LOVE FOR

PHOTOGRAPHY JUST GOT DROWNED

BY ALL OF THIS WORKED.

I WAS WORKING SO HARD AND

LONG HOURS THAT I HAD NO

SOCIAL LIFE.

ONE OF MY CLASSMATES WAS A

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER, AND HE

NEEDED A PLACE TO STAY, TO

SLEEP, AND I PUT HIM UP ON

MY COUCH IN MY APARTMENT.

AND WE DECIDED TO START

GOING OUT TONIGHT CLUBS.

AND I REMEMBER THAT WAS THE

FIRST TIME I DID COCAINE.

THERE WAS THIS ONE TIME WE

WERE INVITED BACK TO A

PENTHOUSE APARTMENT.

AND I REMEMBER THAT WAS THE

FIRST NIGHT I TRIED

FREE-BASING CRACK COCAINE.

AND I INSTANTLY -- I MEAN I

INSTANTLY GOT ADDICTED TO

IT.

WHEN I DID FREE BASE, IT WAS

LIKE A RUSH, AND YOU

CONSTANTLY WANTED ANOTHER

AND ANOTHER AND ANOTHER.

I WAS ENTANGLED, AND IT WAS

AWFUL.

I CAPITOL GET OU COULDN'T

GET OUT OF IT.

I STARTED PAWNING MY CAMERA

EQUIPMENT.

I STARTED LYING, CHEATING,

ANYTHING TO GET DRUGS.

I STARTED REELING NOT

SHOWINREALLY NOT SHOWING UP

FOR JOBS.

IT GOT SPREAD AROUND NEW

YORK THAT I WAS A DRUG

ADDICT, AN ACTIVE DRUG

ADDICT, AND MY WORK STARTED

TO FALL OFF.

IT WAS BAD.

YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT

AT THAT POINT IN TIME, I HAD

GIVEN UP ALL HOPE.

I HAD GIVEN UP ALL HOPE OF

RECOVERY.

I THOUGHT I I WAS GOING TO

DIE AS A DRUG ADDICT.

MY FAMILY HAD DISOWNED ME.

THEY HAD WRITTEN ME A LETTER

SAYING YOU'RE NO LONGER OUR

CHILD.

THE DRUG HAD SUCH CONTROL

OVER ME THAT I COULD NOT

STOP.

I WENT INTO MY BEDROOM TO

SEE -- I SAT DOWN ON MY BED

AND I PULLED OUT THE MONEY

OUT OF MY POCKETS TO SEE HOW

MUCH CRACK I COULD GO BUY.

AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I HEARD

THE DEMONIC VOICES.

AND I LOOKED UP, AND I

LOOKED AT MY WALLS, AND I

SAW THE SATANIC SYMBOLS.

AND I WAS, LIKE, OH, MY

GOSH, AND I STARTED SHAKING

UNCONTROLLABLY.

I WAS SO SCARED.

AND I JUST SAID, GOD, IF

YOU'RE REAL I NEED YOU NOW.

I REALLY NEED YOU NOW, GOD.

PLEASE SHOW ME THAT YOU'RE

REAL.

I'VE ALWAYS BELIEVED IN YOU,

GOD.

I'VE ALWAYS BELIEVED IN

YOU.

AND THE NEXT THING THAT

HAPPENED WAS THIS INCREDIBLE

WARM, PEACEFUL FEELING CAME

OVER ME.

AND I CLOSED MY EYES AND I

JUST PUT MY ARMS OUT TO MY

SIDE.

IT WAS THE MOST WONDERFUL

FEELING I'VE EVER HAD IN MY

LIFE.

IT WAS THE HOLY SPIRIT

TOUCHING ME.

AND I SAID, GOD, YOU JUST

PROVED TO ME THAT YOU'RE

REAL.

BUT, GOD, I'M A DRUG

ADDICT.

I HEAR THE LORD CLEAR AS DAY

JUST SAY, BRAD, YOU DON'T

HAVE TO SAY NO TO DRUGS

ANYMORE.

I'LL SAY NO FOR YOU.

I DIED FOR YOUR SINS.

THAT WAS IT.

I WAS -- THE LORD CAME INTO

MY LIFE.

THE NEXT DAY I WAS CLEAN.

I DIDN'T DO DRUGS AGAIN.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT HE'LL

RESTORE THE YEARS THAT THE

CANKOR WORM ATE AWAY.

AND HE HAS DONE THAT.

HE HAS RESTORED AND GIVEN ME

A WONDERFUL LIFE, A

WONDERFUL WIFE AND TWO

KIDS.

GOD CAN DO IT.

IT MAY SEEM IMPOSSIBLE.

YOU MAY THINK THAT YOU CAN

NEVER, EVER GET OUT OF YOUR

ADDICTION, AND THERE IS NO

HOPE FOR YOU, BUT THERE IS.

AND IT IS THROUGH GOD.

THROUGH CHRIST JESUS.

AND HE IS ABLE.

HE IS TOTALLY ABLE.

Terry: HE IS ABLE.

THIS IS "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," AND MANY OF

YOU HAVE SUBMITTED PRAYER

REQUESTS FOR FRIENDS AND

FAMILY, AND SOMETIMES FOR

YOURSELVES.

LET ME START WITH CHARLOTTE

WHO SAYS, "PRAY FOR MY

DAUGHTER WHO HAS BEEN

FIGHTING ADDICTION FOR TWO

YEARS.

SHE IS NOW SEVEN MONTHS

PREGNANT, AND THE BABY IS IN

DANGER.

PLEASE PRAY THAT SHE'LL BE

FREE FROM HER ADDICTION AND

THAT THE BABY WILL ARRIVE

SAFELY."

THANK YOU, TERRY.

FAMILIES ARE IN REAL

DESPERATE NEED.

COLLEEN WRITES, "PLEASE PRAY

FOR MY 17-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER

WHO HAS ALMOST DIED BECAUSE

OF USING DIRTY NEEDLES.

SHE STRUGGLED WITH OPIATES

AND OTHER HARD CHEMICALS.

PLEASE PRAY THAT SHE WILL BE

ADDICTION-FREE AND THAT HER

BODY WILL HEAL.

I'M A RECOVERING METH ADDICT

AS WELL, SO I KNOW GOD CAN

DO GREAT THINGS."

AND ANOTHER WRITES,

"PLEASE PRAY I WILL BE ABLE

TO OVERCOME LUSTFUL

THOUGHTS.

I NEED TO STOP USING PORN,

AND I DON'T KNOW HOW."

ALL OF THIS SEEMS TO BE

ABOUT ADDICTION, ABOUT SIN

OVERTAKING US.

THAT'S WHAT IT DOES.

YOU KNOW, YOU START ONE

THING -- WE JUST HEARD THAT

IN BRAD'S STORY.

YOU GO TO A PARTY AND YOU

DECIDE TO TRY SOMETHING, AND

ALL OF A SUDDEN YOUR LIFE IS

NOT YOURS ANYMORE.

WE HAVE THAT SAYING, SIN

WILL TAKE YOU FURTHER THAN

YOU EVER THOUGHT YOU WOULD

GO, AND IT WILL CAUSE YOU TO

DO THINGS YOU NEVER THOUGHT

YOU WOULD DO, AND IT WILL

KEEP YOU LONGER THAN YOU

EVER THOUGHT YOU WOULD

STAY.

BUT PRAYER CHANGES THINGS.

SO TODAY WE WANT TO TAKE A

FEW MINUTES TO PRAY FOR EACH

OF YOU.

LET ME START WITH

CHARLOTTE.

FATHER, WE BRING CHARLOTTE'S

DAUGHTER BEFORE YOU.

GOD, YOU ARE THE GIVER OF

LIFE.

THIS IS A MOM WHO IS CRYING

OUT FOR THE LIFE OF HER

DAUGHTER.

GOD, WE STAND IN THE GAP.

WE STAND IN THE GAP WHERE

HER DAUGHTER IS NOT ABLE TO

MAKE THIS DECISION FOR

HERSELF AT THIS POINT.

JESUS, WOULD YOU INTERVENE?

WOULD YOU JUST MEET HER

RIGHT AT THE PLACE SHE IS AT

AND STOP HER IN HER TRACKS.

WE PRAY FOR HER PREGNANCY,

LORD, AND SHE HAS BEEN

UNWISE IN THE USE OF DRUGS.

WE ASK YOU TO PROTECT THAT

BABY, GOD.

WE PRAY THAT THERE WOULD BE

A HEALTHY BABY BORN AND THE

DELIVERY WOULD BE SMOOTH.

GOD, THAT YOU WOULD JUST

INTERVENE IN THIS FAMILY'S

NEED.

THAT WE WOULD SEE YOUR TRUTH

COME TO REST IN THE LIFE OF

THIS CHILD.

BOTH OF THESE CHILDREN,

REALLY.

A 17-YEAR-OLD CHILD AND A

BRAND NEW LIFE.

GOD, HAVE YOUR WAY IN BOTH

OF THEM.

BREAK THE CURSE OVER THEM

RIGHT NOW.

IN JESUS' NAME WE PRAY.

THANK YOU, LORD.

WE COME TO YOUR THRONE

BOLDLY ON BEHALF OF COLLEEN

PRAYING FOR HER DAUGHTER.

WE REBUKE THAT ADDICTION IN

JESUS' NAME.

FATHER, GOD, WE PRAY YOUR

HOLY SPIRIT INTERCEDES AND

YOUR SPIRIT OF LOVE AND

COMPASSION OVERTAKES

COLLEEN'S DAUGHTER AND

DELIVERS HER FROM ADDICTION

IN THE NAME OF JESUS.

Terry: AND, LORD, WE

BRING THEOZI BEFORE YOU AS

HE IS SAYING, I HAVE A PORN

ADDICTION AND I WANT TO

CHANGE.

SO HE IS COMING TO YOU

TODAY, LORD.

AND WE COME AS FRIENDS

ALONGSIDE OF HIM, AND WE

LIFT UP HIS HANDS BEFORE YOU

AND SAY, GOD, SET HIM FREE

NOW IN JESUS' NAME.

JUST PRAY THAT THE THOUGHTS

THAT HAVE PERMEATED HIS

MIND, THE THINGS THAT HAVE

BEEN IN HIS HEART, GOD, THAT

DESIRE FOR SOMETHING THAT

HAS SO TAKEN HOLD IN HIS

LIFE, BREAK THAT OFF OF HIM

NOW.

IN JESUS' NAME WE PRAY,

SPIRIT OF LUST BE GONE.

WE ASK, GOD, THAT YOU REDEEM

WHAT THE ENEMY HAS STOLEN

FROM HIM, THE YEARS AND THE

PEACE OF HEART AND PEACE OF

MIND, AND THAT THE JOY OF

THE LORD WOULD BE HIS

STRENGTH, AND HE WOULD BE

ABLE TO REST IN PEACE AS HE

RESTS IN YOU, FATHER.

SET FREE AND WHOLE WITH A

NEW BEGINNING.

THANK YOU, GOD.

THANK YOU FOR EACH OF

THESE.

WE ASK THAT YOU WOULD LET

THE ROOT OF YOUR LOVE GO

DEEP DOWN INTO THEIR LIVES.

THANK YOU, FATHER.

FATHER, TERRY AND I PRAY

FOR THE THOUSANDS PRAYING

WITH US AT THIS MOMENT, FOR

EITHER THEMSELVES OR THE

FAMILY MEMBERS THEY CARE

FOR.

WE SPEAK RIGHT NOW.

THEY WILL NOT BELIEVE THE

LIE OF THE ENEMY WHO COMES

TO TELL THEM THEY ARE NOT

GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE GRACE OF

GOD, THAT THEY ARE NOT GOOD

ENOUGH FOR DELIVERANCE FROM

ADDICTION OR THE GRACE OF

JESUS CHRIST.

WE LIFT THOSE TWO YOU NOW,

FATHER GOD.

AND OUR FAITH IS STRONG.

WE BELIEVE IN YOU FOR

DELIVERANCE IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

Terry: AMEN.

THANK YOU FOR PRAYING

WITH US.

IF YOU NEED MORE PRAYER,

GIVE US A CALL AT

1-888-777-1999.

THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE HERE

TO PRAY WITH YOU.

STILL AHEAD, ONE COUPLE

LEARNS IT IS NOT WHAT YOU

GET, BUT WHAT YOU GIVE THAT

MATTERS.

THAT'S AFTER THIS.

Terry: TODAY GEORGE AND

IRENE MEDLEY RUN A

SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS, AND IN

THEIR SPARE TIME, THEY SET

UP A FOOD BANK IN THEIR

COMMUNITY.

IT WASN'T LONG AGO THAT

IRENE HAD TO GET HELP FROM A

FOOD BANK HERSELF WHILE

GEORGE WAS IN PRISON.

Reporter: GEORGE MEDLEY

RUNS A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR

AUTO RECYCLING COMPANY IN

DENVER, COLORADO.

HE DOESN'T CARE MUCH ABOUT

MONEY, BUT HE DOES CARE

ABOUT GIVING MONEY AWAY.

MONEY IS A TOOL.

MONEY IS NOT MY GOD.

GOD HAS GIVEN US ACCESS TO

MONEY THAT WE CAN SOW INTO

THE LIVES OF OTHER PEOPLE.

Reporter: QUITE A

CHANGE FOR A MAN WHO WAS

ONCE A DRUG-ADDICTED

CRIMINAL.

I WAS A VERY GREEDY

PERSON, I MADE MONEY OFF THE

BACKS OF OTHER PEOPLE'S

ADDICTIONS AND I DIDN'T HAVE

ANY CONSCIENCE ABOUT IT.

HE HAD BEEN ARRESTED

DOZENS OF TIMES.

AND I BAILED HIM OUT EACH

TIME.

AND I PRAYED THAT THIS TIME

WOULD BE DIFFERENT.

Reporter: THE ONLY

SOURCE OF LEGITIMATE INCOME

FOR GEORGE, HIS WIFE IRENE

AND THEIR GROWING FAMILY WAS

A SMALL TOW TRUCK.

IRENE TOOK TO THE WHEEL WHEN

GEORGE WAS IN JAIL.

BARELY ABLE TO PAY THE

BILLS, SHE RELIED ON FOOD

BANKS.

WAITING IN A FOOD BANK

LINE TO GET SOME FOOD

BECAUSE MY BUDGET WAS, LIKE,

$30 A MONTH FOR FOOD.

Reporter: IN 2004,

GEORGE WAS ARRESTED FOR THE

LAST TIME.

AND FOR THE FIRST TIME, HE

DIDN'T BLAME ANYBODY BUT

HIMSELF.

POORNTION I

I REALIZED I WAS THE ONE

THAT HAD A PROBLEM.

SOMEBODY LEFT A LITTLE BIBLE

TRACK ON THE FLOOR OF THE

JAIL CELL, AND I READ IT.

AND I OPENED A BIBLE UP, AND

GOD STARTED REMINDING ME OF

ALL OF THE CROOKED THING I

DID.

AND I CRIED OUT TO GOD AND

ASKED HIM TO FORGIVE ME, AND

HE DID.

Reporter: GEORGE'S NEXT

MESSAGE WAS ABOUT GIVING TO

OTHERS.

I WOULD GET MY

COMMISSARY, AND I WOULD GIVE

IT TO PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T HAVE

ANYTHING.

Reporter: EIGHT MONTHS

LATER GEORGE WAS RELEASED

FROM PRISON.

HER JOURNEY FROM GREED TO

MORE GENEROUS GIVING BECAME

ASTONISHING TO IRENE.

THERE WERE TIMES WHEN

GEORGE WOULD SAY, THE LORD

WANTS ME TO GIVE THIS TRUCK

TO SOMEONE.

AND I THOUGHT, AS LONG AS HE

IS BEING DIRECTED BY GOD, I

DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH

THAT.

I COULD TRUST HIM.

Reporter: THEN GEORGE

SAYS HE RECEIVED A PLAN FROM

THE LORD.

THAT HE WOULD GIVE ME THE

AUTOMOTIVE BUSINESS THAT I

COULD USE AS A RESOURCE TO

HELP PEOPLE.

Reporter: TWO YEARS

LATER, GEORGE LAUNCHED METAL

MOVERS.

THE COMPANY MADE A $500,000

PROFIT THE NEXT YEAR.

THAT'S WHEN GEORGE DEDICATED

50% OF HIS WAREHOUSE SPACE

TO BUILD A CHURCH, COMPLETE

WITH A FOOD BANK FOR THE

NEEDY.

GEORGE SAYS AS THEIR PROFITS

INCREASED, SO DID THEIR

GIVING.

LAST YEAR 40% OF THEIR

PROFITS WENT TO HELP

OTHERS.

THAT IS A HEFTY SUM,

CONSIDERING LAST YEAR'S

PROFITS WERE $9 MILLION.

HE HAS DEFINITELY

PROVIDED FOR US FINANCIALLY,

BUT HE HAS ALSO ALLOWED ME

AND MY WIFE TO USE THOSE

RESOURCES TO HELP A LOT OF

PEOPLE.

AND WE SPEND A LOT OF MONEY

DOING THAT.

I DON'T CARE IT IF TOOK A

MILLION DOLLARS TO SAVE ONE

SOUL.

THAT SOUL IS WORTH A MILLION

DOLLARS.

I WAS GREEDY MONEY.

I WOULD DO ANYTHING TO GET

IT.

BUT GOD BROKE THAT SPIRIT OF

GREED I HAD AND REPLACED IT

WITH THE SPIRIT OF

GENEROSITY.

Terry: GEORGE AND IRENE

WERE FOREVER CHANGED AND NOW

ARE BEING USED BY GOD TO

FOREVER CHANGE THE LIVES OF

OTHER PEOPLE.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A

PART OF WHAT WE DO HERE AT

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IT IS $20 A MONTH, AND WE

WELCOME YOU.

THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF US

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THE TRUTH OF GOD.

ANDREW?

THANK YOU, TERRY.

WE HAVE TIME TO TAKE SOME

QUESTIONS.

LET'S GO TO JESSICA.

HEATHER CHATS IN "DURING

THE PAST YEAR, I HAVE TRIED

SEVERAL TIMES FROM STOP

OVEREATING, AND I'M AFRAID

THAT I WILL DIE EARLY.

I DON'T KNOW HOW TO STOP.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT

SURGERY?

PRAYER DOES NOT SEEM TO

HELP."

TERRY AND I CHATTED ABOUT

THIS WHEN WE SAW THIS

QUESTION COME IN.

THE PERCEPTION IS IT IS

EASY, YOU CAN DO IT, AND

MAYBE IT IS A LACK OF

COMPASSION SOMETIMES.

Terry: AND I KNOW A LOT

OF PEOPLE WHO HAD THE

SURGERY YOU'RE TALKING

ABOUT, AND BECAUSE THEY

DIDN'T ADDRESS THE ISSUE

THAT LED TO THE OVEREATING,

THEY LOST THE WEIGHT AND

THEN GAINED IT BACK.

I WOULD SUGGEST COUNSELING

WITH SOMEONE TO IDENTIFY WHY

YOU EAT, AND THEN REPLACING

THAT WITH GOD IN YOUR LIFE

COULD TURN THINGS AROUND FOR

YOU.

AND IT IS CERTAINLY

DISCOURAGING TO HEAR HEATHER

SAY THAT PRAYER HASN'T

WORKED.

I'M NOT TRYING TO SUGGEST

WHAT SHE HAS DONE WELL OR

POORLY IN REGARD TO HER

PRAYER.

IT MAY BE HELPFUL TO SAY,

OKAY, LORD, I'M NOT HEARING

FROM YOU.

PERHAPS IT IS MORE JUST

SEEKING TO HEAR FROM GOD.

WE TEND TO MEASURE RESULTS

BY, LITERALLY, BY THE

PHYSICAL RESULT, BUT GOD MAY

BE TRYING TO DO SOMETHING

HERE IN THIS SITUATION.

Terry: GETTING TO THE

HEART OF THE MATTER, THAT'S

WHEN PRAYER STARTS TO WORK.

WHEN WE HIT ON THAT NUGGET

OF TRUTH, WE LET GOD SPEAK

IT FOR US.

YOU MIGHT HAVE JUST BEEN

PRAYING BY YOURSELF, AND

THINKING, OH, GOD, PLEASE, A

MIRACLE, BUT HE WANTS TO DO

SOMETHING DEEPER THAN JUST

HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT OR

CHANGE THE WAY THAT YOU

EAT.

GET IN WITH A GOOD

COUNSELLOR OR FRIENDS WHO

CAN HELP YOU WITH THAT.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT

TIME.

THANKS F

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