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700 Club Interactive: The Transformed Life - April 15, 2014

Are you looking for a change in your life? See how you can find the transformation that you've been looking for. Read Transcript


Gordon: A TEENAGER

MAKES A DEVASTATING

RECOVERY.

I FOUND MY FATHER, DEAD

FROM A HEART ATTACK.

HE LEFT ME $70,000, AND

WITHIN A YEAR AND A HALF, I

SPENT IT ALL ON DRUGS.

Gordon: HOW HE TURNED

HIS LIFE AROUND, 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.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

WE ALL HAVE A PURPOSE IN

LIFE.

BUT CHRIS DOO DIDN'T FEEL

THAT WAY.

HE WAS BORN WITH A SPEECH

IMPEDIMENT, AND HE HATED HIS

LIFE.

AND SOON BLEW THROUGH HIS

ENTIRE INHERITANCE ON

DRUGS.

I THOUGHT I WAS BORN WITH

NO PURPOSE IN LIFE.

I WAS ALWAYS A REAL LITTLE

CHILD.

I NEVER FELT OKAY IN MY OWN

SKIN.

WHEN I WAS ABOUT 12 YEARS

OLD, I REMEMBER COMING HOME

FROM SCHOOL ONE DAY, AND

JUST RUNNING UPSTAIRS AND

HITTING MY KNEES AND JUST

CRYING OUT TO GOD AND

BEGGING HIM TO STILL THIS

EMPTINESS IN MY HEART, TO

TAKE AWAY THIS SPEECH

IMPEDMENT, OR TO JUST KILL

ME.

MY VIEW OF LIFE WAS I WOULD

LIVE 50 TO 80 YEARS AND I

WOULD DIE.

AND IF THAT WAS THE CASE, I

WAS GOING TO TRY TO GET AS

MUCH PLEASURE AS I COULD IN

THAT SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME.

I WAS BLESSED WITH PARENTS

WHO JUST LOVED ME

INCREDIBLY.

I NEVER LACKED FOR ANYTHING

AS A CHILD.

BUT WHEN I STARTED GOING

DOWNHILL, THEY JUST DIDN'T

KNOW HOW TO HANDLE ME.

I STARTED SMOKING WEED AT 15

YEARS OLD, AND SOON I WAS

COMPLETELY ENSLAVED TO

SHOOTING HEROIN EVERY SINGLE

DAY.

I JUST KEPT FEELING MORE

EMPTY AND MORE HOPELESS.

WHEN I WAS 19 YEARS OLD, I

FOUND MY FATHER, DEAD FROM A

HEART ATTACK, IN OUR

APARTMENT.

HE LEFT ME $70,000, AND

WITHIN A YEAR AND A HALF I

SPENT IT ALL ON DRUGS.

ONE EVENING MY MOM ASKED ME

OVER FOR DINNER AND ASKED ME

IF I WAS WILLING TO GIVE

LIFE ONE MORE CHANCE.

SO IT WAS THE VERY NEXT DAY

I ENDED UP IN FLORENCE, AT A

DRUG AND ALCOHOL REHAB

CENTER.

JUST OVER 100 POUNDS, BARELY

EXISTING.

I WAS A WRECK.

JUST SWEATING AND SHAKING

FROM THE WITHDRAWALS.

ONE OF THE OTHER RESIDENTS

CAME UP AND ASKED ME TO GO

TO A CHRISTMAS SERVICE AT

NEW SPRINGS.

I WASN'T RAISED IN THE

CHURCH AT ALL.

BUT I HAD HEARD ABOUT JESUS

BEFORE.

BUT THIS TIME WAS COMPLETELY

DIFFERENT.

I REMEMBER SITTING IN THE

SERVICE, MY MIND WAS RACING,

MY HEART WAS RACING, BUT

JUST FEELING GOD PRESSED IN

THROUGH ALL OF THAT

CLOUDINESS.

I REMEMBER TERRY GAVE THE

INVITATION TO ASK JESUS INTO

YOUR LIFE, AND TO RAISE YOUR

GLOWSTICK ABOVE YOUR HEAD.

AT FIRST I WOULDN'T DO IT,

BUT RIGHT AT THE VERY LAST

MINUTE, I BROKE THE

GLOWSTICK, AND RAISED IT

ABOVE MY HEAD, AND I

ACCEPTED JESUS INTO MY LIFE

AT THAT MOMENT.

PRAISE GOD FOR WHAT YOU

JUST DID.

GOD'S SPIRIT LIVING IN ME

KEEPS ME HUNGRY TO GROW

CLOSER TO HIM.

I WAS BLESSED WITH THE

OPPORTUNITY TO GO BACK TO

THE TREATMENT CENTER TO HOLD

BIBLE STUDIES, AND TO SEE

LIFE CHANGES HAPPENING

THERE.

LIFE TODAY IS TOTALLY

DIFFERENT.

THE EMPTINESS I ONCE HAD IS

NO LONGER THERE.

THE JOYLESS MISERY I WAS

LIVING IN HAS BEEN REPLACED

WITH THE THE PLEASURES OF

GOD.

THE SATISFACTION I WAS

LOOKING FOR IN DRUGS AND

ALCOHOL HAS BEEN COMPLETELY

SATISFIED IN JESUS.

THE BIGGEST STRUGGLE I HAD

WAS MY SPEECH IMPEDIMENT IN

MY LIFE, BUT THROUGH HIS

LOVE AND HIS GRACE AND HIS

PEACE HE HAS LOOSENED MY

TONGUE.

AND I WHOLEHEARTEDLY BELIEVE

HE IS GOING TO USE HIS

HEALING IN MY VOICE TO LEAD

HUNDREDS, AND EVEN

THOUSANDS, OF PEOPLE TO

HIM.

Gordon: CHRIS HAD AN

INCREDIBLE TURNAROUND.

AND THAT TURNAROUND IS

AVAILABLE TO ALL BECAUSE GOD

LOVES HIS CHILDREN.

AND THAT MEANS YOU.

HERE IS WHAT HE DOES.

HERE IS ONE OF THE GREAT

PROMISES.

YOU'LL FIND IT IN 1 SAMUEL

2: "HE RAISES THE POOR FROM

THE DUST AND LIFTS THE

BEGGER FROM THE ASH HEAP."

TO DO WHAT WITH THEM?

WELL, HE SETS THEM AMONG

PRINCES AND MAKES THEM --

MAKES THEM INHERIT THE

THRONE OF GLORY.

ISN'T THAT INCREDIBLE, WHAT

HE DOES?

HE PUTS YOU WITH PRINCES.

HE SAYS, YOU'RE MINE.

YOU'RE PART OF A NOBLE BIRTH

BECAUSE YOU'RE A CHILD OF

GOD.

NOW, CHRIS, HERE HE IS, HE

IS GROWING UP REJECTED.

HE HAS A SPEECH IMPEDIMENT.

HE IS THINKING HE IS

DEFECTIVE.

WHEN HE LOOKS IN THE MIRROR,

HE DOESN'T LIKE WHAT HE

SEES.

AND HE GIVES UP.

AND HE STARTS MEDICATING ALL

OF THAT.

THAT'S WHAT DRUG ADDICTION

IS, YOU'RE MEDICATING

SOMETHING.

YOU'RE TRYING TO DRIVE

SOMETHING AWAY.

YOU'RE TRYING TO RETREAT

INTO A NUMBNESS SO THAT YOU

DON'T FEEL ANYMORE.

YOU DON'T EXPERIENCE LIFE

ANYMORE.

ALL OF THE DISAPPOINTMENTS

OF YOUR LIFE GO AWAY.

AND IF YOU'RE EVER INVOLVED

IN DRUGS, YOU KNOW THAT

DOESN'T HELP.

YOU STILL WAKE UP YOU.

YOU STILL WAKE UP WITH YOUR

PROBLEMS.

AND THEN IT'S GOTTEN WORSE

BECAUSE ALL OF YOUR MONEY IS

GOING INTO YOUR MEDICATION.

AND IT'S NOT GOING INTO

LIFE.

AND PRETTY SOON YOU LOSE

YOUR FAMILY.

AND THEN YOU LOSE YOUR

SO-CALLED FRIENDS.

AND AT THE END OF THAT ROAD,

YOU LOSE YOUR LIFE.

BUT JESUS DIDN'T COME FOR

THAT.

HE CAME FOR YOU.

SO THAT HE COULD GIVE YOU

LIFE AND LIFE MORE

ABUNDANTLY.

NOW, HE TURNED CHRIS' LIFE

AROUND, AND HE GAVE HIM

PURPOSE AND GAVE HIM A HOPE

AND A FUTURE.

SOMETHING CHRIS COULDN'T SEE

BEFORE.

HE GAVE HIM A VOISEY.

VOICE.

AND HE'LL DO THAT FOR YOU.

HERE IS THE INCREDIBLE

PROMISE OF LIFE IN CHRIST.

THIS IS THE WORDS OF THE

APOSTLE PAUL IN CORINTHIANS:

"THEREFORE, IF ANYONE" --

THAT'S YOU -- "IF ANYONE IS

IN CHRIST, IS A NEW

CREATION, OLD THINGS HAVE

PASSED AWAY" AND WITH CHRIS,

THAT WAS THE OLD DESIRE FOR

DRUGS.

IT ALL WENT AWAY.

HIS HEROIN ADDICTION WENT

AWAY.

IT PASSED AWAY.

IT DIED.

"AND BEHOLD ALL THINGS HAVE

BECOME NEW."

IT'S A NEW DAY FOR CHRIS.

NOW ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD,

WHO HAS RECONCILED US TO

HIMSELF THROUGH JESUS

CHRIST.

AND HAS GIVEN US THE

MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION.

AND CHRIS LOOKED FORWARD TO

THAT.

GOD TURNED HIM AROUND.

GOD CREATED ALL THINGS NEW

FOR HIM.

OLD THINGS ALL PASSED AWAY.

GAVE HIM A VOICE.

AND WHAT DOES CHRIS WANT TO

DO WITH THAT VOICE?

HE WANTS TO LEAD OTHER

PEOPLE.

LET THEM KNOW THERE IS A

JESUS WHO CAN HEAL YOU, WHO

CAN SET YOU FREE.

WHO CAN FORGIVE YOU, WHO CAN

MAKE YOU NEW AGAIN.

THAT IS THE MINISTRY OF

RECONCILIATION.

AND THAT'S OUR PURPOSE.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT GOD'S

PLAN -- WHAT WAS GOD'S

PLAN?

WHAT DID HE WANT?

WELL, HE WANTED TO CREATE A

GARDEN AND THEN PUT YOU AND

ME IN THAT GARDEN.

SO HE COULD COME DOWN IN THE

COOL OF THE EVENING AND TALK

WITH US.

AND HAVE US EXPERIENCE

THINGS.

ALL WE HAD TO DO WAS NAME

THINGS IN THAT GARDEN.

THAT'S ALL WE HAD TO DO.

WE MESSED IT UP.

AND WE DID WHAT HE TOLD US

NOT TO DO.

BUT THE AMAZING THING TO ME

IS GOD DIDN'T GIVE UP ON

US.

HE DIDN'T GIVE UP ON THAT

DREAM OF HAVING US IN A

GARDEN, WHERE HE COULD COME

DOWN AND TALK TO US.

SO HE SENT HIS SON, JESUS,

TO PAY THE PRICE, TO PAY THE

PENALTY, TO RECONCILE US

WITH HIM.

AND HAVING DONE THAT, HE NOW

SENDS US OUT, AS HIS

CHILDREN, AS HIS SONS AND

DAUGHTERS, TO RECONCILE

OTHERS TO HIM.

WHAT A GREAT PURPOSE.

WHAT A GREAT MINISTRY.

AND THE AMAZING THING IS HE

TRUSTS US WITH THAT.

IT'S ONE THING FOR US TO

SAY, I BELIEVE IN GOD.

BUT THE BETTER THING, AND

THE GREATER THING, GOD

BELIEVES IN YOU.

HE BELIEVES IN WHAT YOU'RE

ABLE TO DO.

HE BELIEVES THAT IF YOU GET

INTO A RELATIONSHIP WITH

HIM, ALL THINGS CAN BE MADE

NEW.

ALL YOUR PATHS -- IT WILL

ALL GO AWAY.

AND A WHOLE NEW DAWN, A

WHOLE NEW CREATION WILL

SPRING UP IN FRONT OF YOU.

AND HE WANTS TO DO THAT FOR

YOU EVERY DAY.

IF YOU JUST TRUST HIM AND

LEAN INTO HIM.

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE, IF

YOU WANT TO HAVE AN

EXPERIENCE, JUST LIKE CHRIS

DID -- HE WAS IN A MEETING,

AND HE RAISED HIS HAND AND

BROKE A GLOWSTICK OVER HIS

HEAD AND ASKED JESUS TO COME

INTO HIS HEART, YOU CAN DO

THAT.

AND IT'S REAL EASY.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP A PHONE AND CALL US.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE.

IT IS ON THE SCREEN.

1-800-759-0700.

1-888-777-1999.

ALL YOU HAVE TO SAY IS, I

WANT TO KNOW, IS JESUS

REAL?

WILL HE COME INTO MY HEART?

CAN HE MAKE ME NEW AGAIN?

CAN HE DO THIS FOR ME?

AND SOMEONE WILL BE ON THAT

LINE THAT WILL PRAY WITH

YOU.

WHO HAS PRAYED THE SAME

PRAYER, HAD THE SAME

EXPERIENCE THAT CHRIS HAD,

AND THEY'LL WALK YOU THROUGH

THE STEPS OF HOW YOU CAN

KNOW JESUS AND KNOW HIM

TODAY, NOT SOME FAR OFF

TIME, BUT KNOW HIM TODAY.

IF YOU WANT THAT, CALL US

NOW.

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, COMING UP, A

PROFESSIONAL CYCLIST WITH A

DRUG ADDICTION.

OUTSIDE OF PHOENIX,

ARIZONA, IT WAS SUPPOSED TO

BE A PREMIER EVENT FOR NOT

JUST RACING, BUT FOR

SPONSORS, AND I DIDN'T EVEN

SHOW UP.

RIDING A BIKE AND DOING

HEROIN DIDN'T MIX TOO WELL.

Gordon: SEE HOW HE

FINALLY TURNED HIS LIFE

AROUND, AFTER THIS.

Gordon: SCOTT SOLE HAD

A FUTURE AS A PROFESSIONAL

CYCLIST, UNTIL THE DAY HE

FAILED TO SHOW UP FOR A

RACE.

SCOTT COULD NO LONGER HIDE

HIS RUN-AWAY DRUG ADDICTION,

FROM THAT DAY FORWARD, HE

COULDN'T EVEN RIDE A BIKE.

IT JUST WENT DOWNHILL.

I STARTED LIVING ON THE

STREETS.

IN DALLAS, I LIVED ON THE

STREETS, AND IN HOUSTON.

I WENT FROM THERE TO

LOS ANGELES, DOWNTOWN, AND

LIVED IN SKID ROW THERE, AND

BACK TO SALT LAKE CITY.

Reporter: BUT LIFE

WASN'T ALWAYS LIKE THIS FOR

SCOTT SOLE.

AT ONE POINT HE WAS RISING

IN THE RANKS AS A

PROFESSIONAL CYCLIST.

I STARTED WINNING, SO I

THOUGHT I COULD JUST GO OUT

AND START CELEBRATING.

IT JUST WENT FROM ONE

CELEBRATION TO SITTING IN A

BAR AND STARTING TO USE

DRUGS ALL OF THE TIME.

I COULDN'T EVEN GET BACK ON

A BIKE.

I MEAN, I WOULD TRY BUT

RIDING A BIKE AND DOING

HEROIN JUST DIDN'T MIX TOO

WELL.

OUTSIDE OF PHOENIX, ARIZONA,

THERE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A

PREMIER EVENT FOR NOT JUST

RACING, BUT FOR SPONSORS.

AND I DIDN'T EVEN SHOW UP.

I NEVER WOULD BE ABLE TO GET

ANOTHER SPONSOR AFTER THAT.

IT WAS ALL ONE BIG, BLACK

HOLE.

Reporter: SCOTT BEGAN

LIVING ON THE STREETS,

MOVING FROM CITY TO CITY,

STRUGGLING WITH HIS DRUG

ADDICTION.

BUT HE FOUND OUT HE HAD A

TALENT.

MANY OF THE HOMELESS

WOULD GO TO THE UNIVERSITY,

WHETHER IT WAS THE LIBRARIES

OR COMPUTERS.

AND I WAS ABLE TO TEAR DOWN

WEBSITES AND REBUILD THEM.

THEY STARTED ALLOWING ME TO

COME IN AND SIT IN CLASSES.

AS TIME PROGRESSED AND I WAS

GETTING BETTER, AND I WAS

MAKING MONEY, THEY COULDN'T

UNDERSTAND WHY I WAS STILL

ON THE STREETS.

AND I WOULDN'T TELL THEM I

WAS HAVING A DRUG PROBLEM.

I WOULD FIGURE OUT A WAY TO

HIDE IT ALL OF THE TIME.

I HAD HOOKED UP WITH AN

INDIVIDUAL WHO HAD AN eBAY

STORE, AND I STARTED HELPING

THEM OUT, TO GROW THE

BUSINESS, AND I STARTED

MAKING MONEY.

IT JUST PUT ME IN A

COMFORTABLE SPOT OF SAYING,

I'M SUCCEEDING AGAIN, I CAN

GO CELEBRATE AGAIN.

Reporter: BUT SCOTT'S

NEW SUCCESS COULDN'T PULL

HIM OUT OF HIS DRUG

ADDICTION.

IT TOOK ME THREE OR FOUR

DAYS TO GO THROUGH A

PAYCHECK.

AND I JUST FOUND MYSELF IN

THAT DARK SPOT.

THE THOUGHTS OF WANTING TO

COMMIT SUICIDE IF I DIDN'T

FIND SOME HELP.

THERE WAS A COMMUNITY GROUP

THAT MET ON TUESDAY NIGHT,

AND I JUST WALKED IN.

AND THEY ALL PUT THEIR ARMS

AROUND ME AND LOVED ME.

Reporter: THE NEXT

MORNING SCOTT WAS ADMITTED

INTO A RECOVERY PROGRAM.

HE GOT CLEAN BUT WAS STILL

DEALING WITH HIS PAST.

THE FIRST 30 DAYS YOU'RE

IN A BLACKOUT PERIOD.

SO YOU HAVE NO CONTACT AS

FAR AS E-MAIL OR PHONE OR

ANYTHING OF THAT THE SORT.

SO I WAS UP LATE AT NIGHT.

NORMALLY ALL OF YOUR CASE

WORKERS ARE GONE.

AND I SAW THE LIGHT, AND I

SAID, I'M OKAY.

SO I WALKED IN AND I SAT

DOWN AND TOLD MY CASE WORKER

WHAT WAS GOING ON IN MY

LIFE.

AND ANTOINE GAVE ME A STORY

IN GENESIS ABOUT JOSEPH AND

ASKED ME TO READ IT.

IT WAS KIND OF INTERESTING.

I SAT DOWN AND READ IT THAT

NIGHT.

I READ IT THE NEXT DAY.

AND THE THING THAT REALLY

STRUCK ME WAS JOSEPH'S

BROTHERS COMMITTED SO MANY

SINS AGAINST HIM, AND YET HE

WAS STILL ABLE TO FORGIVE

THEM.

AND I COULD RELATE TO THAT

PART OF BEING THOSE BROTHERS

BECAUSE I HAD COMMITTED SO

MANY SINS IN MY LIFE.

AND I WAS, LIKE, WOW, IF

JOSEPH COULD FORGIVE HIS

BROTHERS FOR DOING WHAT THEY

HAD DONE, MAYBE THERE WAS

HOPE FOR ME.

THAT WAS THE MOMENT I

ACTUALLY GOT ON MY KNEES AND

GAVE MY LIFE TO CHRIST.

EVERY MORNING, EARLY IN THE

MORNING, I WOULD WAKE UP AND

GO TO THE WORKOUT ROOM.

I KNEW THERE WAS NOBODY ELSE

WITHIN THE ROOM.

BUT I WAS JUST SITTING

THERE.

AND JUST CLEARLY RECOGNIZING

GOD WHEN AN ARM REACHED

AROUND ME AND GRABBED A HOLD

OF MY SHOULDER AND JUST

SQUEEZED IT.

WHEW, IT SENDS CHILLS DOWN

ME RIGHT NOW.

THIS HUG JUST CAME.

AND THEN IT WASN'T WORDS.

IT WAS A WHISPER OF A WIND

THAT WAS "I LOVE YOU."

AND I KNEW AT THAT MOMENT

THAT THAT WAS HIS PRESENCE

THERE.

AND IT WAS SOMETHING I

NEEDED.

AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE

ALL NEED, IS TO UNDERSTAND

THAT HE LOVES US ALL OF THE

TIME AND NOT JUST PART OF

THE TIME.

Reporter: SCOTT FINALLY

HAD FOUND THE PEACE HE

LONGED FOR, BUT NOW HE

NEEDED A PURPOSE.

HE FOUND INSPIRATION FROM

HIS TIME ON THE STREETS.

ABOUT FIVE YEARS BEFORE I

CAME HERE TO SEATTLE, I WAS

LIVING ON THE STREETS.

I NEEDED A PAIR OF WORK

BOOTS TO BE ABLE TO GO TO

WORK.

I HAD A TEMPORARY JOB.

AFTER 30 DAYS OF ASKING, AND

INDIVIDUAL FROM ONE OF THE

ORGANIZATIONS CAME TO ME AND

SHE HAD TEARS IN HER EYES,

AND SHE SAID WE GET CLOTHING

AND FOOD AND HYGIENE KITS,

BUT WE JUST DON'T GET

FOOTWEAR.

MOST FOLKS DON'T UNDERSTAND

IT, BUT WHEN YOU'RE ON THE

STREET, THERE ARE DAYS WHEN

YOU WOULD NOT BE OUT OF YOUR

FEET FOR DAYS AT A TIME.

Reporter: HE STARTED

THE MISSION "REDEEMING

SOLES."

AND AS OF TODAY, WE'VE

DONE 50,000 PAIRS OF SHOES.

IT IS NOT JUST THE FOOTWEAR

FOR ME.

THAT'S AN AVENUE FOR THEM TO

ASK ME A QUESTION, HOW DID

YOUR LIFE CHANGE?

AND ONCE THEY ASK THAT, A

BIG, HUGE SMILE COMES ACROSS

MY FACE.

AND I SAY THAT GOD DOES CARE

AND HE CARES ABOUT US ALL,

AND HE ALWAYS DOES AND

ALWAYS WILL.

GIVE HIM A CHANCE.

Gordon: ALL YOU HAVE TO

DO IS GIVE HIM A CHANCE.

SCOTT GAVE HIM A CHANCE WHEN

HE SHOWED UP AT THAT MISSION

AND SAID, I'LL GO INTO A

30-DAY PROGRAM WHERE I WON'T

GET E-MAIL, I WON'T GET

PHONE CALLS, I WON'T LEAVE

THE BUILDING, I WON'T GO

BACK OUT ON THE STREET.

I WON'T GO BACK INTO MY

ADDICTION.

IF YOU GIVE GOD 30 DAYS, HE

CAN TAKE YOUR LIFE AND

TRANSFORM IT.

AND MAKE YOU NEW AGAIN.

THAT'S WHAT HE DOES.

HE'LL TAKE YOU OUT OF THE

ASH HEAP AND PUT YOU WITH

PRINCES.

HE'LL GIVE YOU A MINISTRY OF

RECONCILIATION.

FOR SCOTT, HE SAW A HUGE

NEED.

IT'S SOMETHING SIMPLE,

SHOES.

BUT BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN

THERE, BECAUSE HE HAD

EXPERIENCED IT, WELL, THAT

BECAME A REAL HEART NEED FOR

HIM; HOW CAN I SOLVE THIS

PROBLEM?

I CAN'T SOLVE ALL OF THE

PROBLEMS, BUT, GOD, WITH YOU

I CAN SOLVE THIS ONE.

AND HE PICKED IT, AND GOD

ENABLED HIM TO DO THAT.

NOW, IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH

ADDICTION, IF RIGHT NOW YOU

CAN'T STOP AND YOU KNOW IT'S

DESTRUCTIVE AND YOU KNOW

IT'S KILLING YOU, YOU KNOW

IT HAS ALREADY DESTROYED

YOUR LIFE, WELL, WE'RE GOING

TO PRAY AND WE'RE GOING TO

ASK GOD TO INTERVENE ON YOUR

BEHALF.

SO THAT IF YOU'RE HAVING

TROUBLE GETTING INTO A

TREATMENT PROGRAM, WE'RE

GOING TO ASK THAT THAT DOOR

OPEN FOR YOU.

IF YOU'RE HAVING TROUBLE

JUST SAYING, DO I

SURRENDER?

WILL I GIVE GOD THAT 30

DAYS, WHERE I LET HIM TURN

ME AROUND?

NOT MY WAY, NOT BASED ON MY

WILL POWER, BUT BASED ON

WHAT HE IS ABLE TO DO.

THAT SURRENDER THAT IS

NEEDED, WHERE IT'S, LORD, I

CAN'T DO THIS.

THAT ADMISSION THAT YOU

CAN'T DO IT, BUT HE CAN.

WE'VE GOTTEN SOME PEOPLE WHO

HAVE SENT IN PRAYER

REQUESTS.

HERE IS ONE BY ELLIE; "THE

LAST TIME I STOPPED

DRINKING, MY BODY WENT INTO

SEIZURES.

I FEEL POWERLESS, BUT I

DESIRE SO MUCH TO FIND A NEW

DIRECTION IN MY LIFE.

I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO STUDY

LAW BUT THINK MAYBE I'VE

RUINED MY BRAIN.

PLEASE PRAY THAT I WILL BE

HEALED AND FREE FROM THIS

ADDICTION."

ELLIE, YOU'RE RIGHT THERE AT

THAT FIRST STEP.

BUT FOR YOU, IF YOU'RE GOING

THROUGH SEIZURES WHEN YOU

STOP DRINKING, YOU NEED TO

STOP WITHIN A MEDICAL

FACILITY.

THERE ARE PLACES IN EVERY

SINGLE CITY IN AMERICA WHERE

YOU CAN GO.

AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

SAY, I HAVE A MEDICAL ISSUE

HERE.

YOU CAN EVEN GO INTO AN

EMERGENCY ROOM.

AND SAY, WHEN I STOP

DRINKING, I GO INTO

SEIZURES.

THEY'LL TAKE YOU IN AND

THEY'LL GIVE YOU THE MEDICAL

CARE YOU NEED TO GET THROUGH

THAT SEIZURE TIME.

AND THEN YOU NEED TO SPEND

30 DAYS IN A TREATMENT

FACILITY.

THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT WILL

HELP YOU.

AND GOD WILL HELP YOU FIND

THOSE PEOPLE.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

SURRENDER.

JUST SAY, NOT WITH

WILLPOWER.

DON'T BE AFRAID.

GOD HAS A WAY FOR YOU.

VALERIE SAYS, "MY HUSBAND

PASSED AWAY SEVEN YEARS AGO,

AND IT HAS BEEN A STRUGGLING

EVER SINCE.

I'M SO LONELY EVERY DAY.

I TAKE PEN MEDICATION TO

NUMB MY PAIN, BUT I KNOW

THIS IS WRONG.

PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL

COME AND HEAL MY HEART AND

GET ME OFF THE MEDS."

NUMBER ONE, STOP TAKING THE

MEDS.

STOP TAKING IT.

AND INSTEAD OF PAIN

MEDICATION, GO INTO PRAYER

AND ASK GOD TO COME AND

VISIT YOU.

HE COMFORTS THE

BROKENHEARTED.

HE IS WITH YOU.

HIS NAME IS THE BALM OF GILLIAD.

THE BALM FOR YOUR SOUL, FOR

YOUR SPIRIT, FOR YOUR

HEART.

HE IS ABLE IF YOU'LL LET

HIM.

IF YOU NEED THIS, PRAY WITH

ME AND LET'S JUST AGREE

TOGETHER.

AND LET'S BELIEVE THAT GOD

CAME, JESUS CAME, TO SET THE

CAPTIVES FREE.

AND SO IF YOU'RE CAPTIVE IN

ADDICTION, HE CAME FOR YOU.

TO SET YOU FREE.

LET'S PRAY.

LORD, WE JUST LIFT UP THOSE

WHO ARE SUFFERING WITH

ADDICTION.

SUFFERING WITH THE

CONDEMNATION OF IT, THE

GUILT, THE SHAME OF IT.

AND WE JUST ASK THAT YOU

WOULD BREAK THE BONDS NOW IN

JESUS' NAME AND SET THEM

FREE.

AND, LORD, I ASK FOR THEIR

HEARTS TO BE HEALED.

THEIR SPIRITS TO BE

RESTORED.

THEIR SOULS TO BE ENLARGED,

TO BECOME GREAT AGAIN.

LET THEM HAVE LIFE AND LIFE

MORE ABUNDANTLY.

AND, LORD, WE JUST BREAK

OVER THEM LONELINESS,

REJECTION, THE SENSE OF

BEING AN OUTCAST.

AND WE ASK THAT YOU WOULD

PLACE THEM IN FRIENDSHIPS

AND COMMUNITIES AND IN

FAMILIES.

THAT THEY WOULD KNOW THAT

YOU'RE WATCHING OVER THEM

AND THAT YOU'LL PROVIDE FOR

THEIR EVERY NEED EVERY DAY,

DAY BY DAY.

LORD, MAKE THE WAY PLAIN FOR

THEM.

SEND MESSENGERS AFTER YOUR

OWN HEART TO ENCOURAGE

THEM.

AND TO BE WITH THEM.

AND WE ASK THAT EVEN THE

TASTE FOR IT, THE DESIRE FOR

IT, WOULD BE TAKEN NOW.

AND NO LONGER BE WITH THEM.

THAT THAT DESIRE WOULD LEAVE

AND NEVER RETURN.

DO IT, LORD, FOR WE ASK IT

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, WE'RE

HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US.

SO IF YOU'RE STRUGGLING WITH

A DESIRE OR COMPULSION, JUST

WANT SOMEONE TO PRAY WITH

YOU, AND PRAY YOU THROUGH

THAT, WE'RE HERE.

AND IT'S A TOLL-FREE

NUMBER.

IT IS OUR HONOR, OUR

PRIVILEGE TO PRAY FOR YOU.

SO ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

CALL US.

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, IN MANY CULTURES,

GYPSIES ARE CONSIDERED

SOCIAL OUTCASTS, SO IT IS

HARD FOR THEM TO FIND WORK

OUTSIDE THEIR CAMPS.

THAT'S WHY CBN IS HELPING

GYPSY FAMILIES IN UKRAINE

START BUSINESSES OF THEIR

OWN.

Reporter: FOR

GENERATIONS, GYPSY FAMILIES

IN UKRAINE HAVE LIVED IN A

CYCLE OF POVERTY.

CHRISTINA'S LIFE HAS BEEN

FILLED WITH NEED AND

HUNGER.

EVERYTHING IS SO HARD

HERE.

WHEN I GET OLDER AND HAVE

CHILDREN, I REALLY WANT MORE

FOR THEM.

I DON'T WANT THEM TO

EXPERIENCE WHAT I WENT

THROUGH.

Reporter: SO SHE WORKS

HARD IN SCHOOL AND WANTS TO

GET A GOOD JOB WASN'T DAY.

I LEARNED IN THE SIXTH

GRADE WHAT I WANTED TO

BECOME.

A HAIRDRESSER, WHEN I GROW

UP.

I ASKED FOR MY PARENTS TO

PAY FOR MY HAIRDRESSING

COURSES, BUT THEY SAID WE

DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY FOR

FOOD, LET ALONG CLASSES.

Reporter: CHRISTINA

GOES TO A CHURCH SUPPORTED

BY CBN, AND SHE GAVE HER

LIFE TO CHRIST AND IS NOW IN

ONE OF THE WORSHIP GROUPS.

*

I KEEP ASKING GOD TO HELP

MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE.

Reporter: AT ONE OF OUR

SUMMER CAMPS IN UKRAINE,

CHRISTINA MET A VOLUNTEER

WHO WAS TEACHING PEOPLE TO

CUT HAIR.

SHE REALIZED CHRISTINA HAS A

NATURAL TALENT FOR THIS KIND

OF WORK.

THOUSANDS OF GYPSY FAMILIES

LIVE IN CAMPS LIKE THIS, IN

WESTERN UKRAINE, CONSIDERED

SOCIAL OUTCASTS BY SOCIETY.

IT IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR

THEM TO FIND WORK OUTSIDE

THE CAMP.

THAT'S WHY WE'RE HELPING

CHRISTINA TO LEARN JOB

SKILLS SHE CAN USE PRIORITY

HERE IN HER OWN COMMUNITY.

WE BOUGHT HER ALL OF THE

TOOLS SHE NEEDED TO START

HER OWN BUSINESS.

NOW SHE IS EARNING EXTRA

MONEY FOR HER FAMILY, AND WE

HELPED HER FAMILY START

FARMING POTATOES.

BECAUSE OF YOU, WE'RE NO

LONGER HUNGRY.

OUR DREAMI DREAMED OF BEING

A HAIRDRESSER FOR A LONG

TIME, BUT NOW IT IS A

REALITY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

HELPING US.

Gordon: AND THANK YOU.

IF YOU'RE A MEMBER OF "THE

700 CLUB."

IF YOU'RE NOT A MEMBER, JOIN

WITH US.

IT IS JUST $20 A MONTH, 65

CENTS A DAY.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS WORD

FROM CORINTHIANS: "THEREFORE

IS ANYONE IN IS CHRIST, HE

IS A NEW CREATION.

OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED

AWAY.

BEHOLD, ALL THINGS HAVE

BECOME NEW."

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