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The 700 Club - June 6, 2014

William’s god was money, but it cost him far more than it ever gave him. Plus, Andrew and Danielle share the story of how their family miraculously survived an F-5 tornado. Read Transcript


Gordon: ARE YOU SAVING

ENOUGH FOR YOUR RETIREMENT?

47% STAND SOME DECENT

CHANCE OF RUNNING SHORT OF

MONEY IN RETIREMENT.

Gordon: HEAR HOW TO

LIVE OUT YOUR GOLDEN YEARS

IN THE BLACK.

I WAS THE GUY WHO HAD

EVERYTHING.

Gordon: A HOT-SHOT

INVESTOR LOSES MILLIONS, AND

THEN HIS FREEDOM.

IT GOT TO THE POINT OF NO

RUSSIAN.

Gordon: PLUS A FAMILY

RIDES OUT A DEADLY TORNADO

FROM THE CENTER OF THE

STORM.

WE HAD NO IDEA THAT WHAT

WAS HAPPENING WAS HAPPENING

RIGHT THEN.

*

Gordon: WELL, WELCOME

TO "THE 700 CLUB."

70 YEARS AGO, ON JUNE 6,

1944, ALLIED TROOPS STORMED

THE BEACHES OF NORMANDY.

Terry: THOUSANDS OF

BRAVE MEN SACRIFICED THEIR

LIVES ON THAT DAY.

TODAY THE WORLD PAUSES TO

REMEMBER THOSE WHO DIED, AND

TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE

MEMBERS OF THE GREATEST

GENERATION WHO ARE STILL

WITH US.

CHARLENE AARON HAS MORE.

Reporter: THOUSANDS

GATHERED ON THE NORTHERN

SHORES OF FRANCE THIS

MORNING, TO MARK THE 70th

ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOST

DECISIVE EVENTS IN HUMAN

HISTORY, D-DAY.

AND SOME OF THOSE AGING

VETERANS ALSO RETURNED FOR A

HEROS' WELCOME FROM WORLD

LEADERS, INCLUDING FROM

PRESIDENT OBAMA.

President Obama: WHAT

MORE MANIFESTATION OF

AMERICA'S COMMITMENT TO

HUMAN FREEDOM THAN THE SIGHT

OF WAVE AFTER WAVE AFTER

WAVE OF YOUNG MEN BOARDING

THOSE BOATS TO LIBERATE

PEOPLE THEY HAVE NEVER MET.

Reporter: JUNE 6th,

1944, IT WAS THE LARGEST

INVASION BY SEA EVER

ASSEMBLED, AGAINST A REGIME

THAT DEFINED MODERN EVIL,

HITLER'S GERMANY.

AND MOST OF THE BOYS WHO

LANDED FIRST ON OMAHA BEACH

DIDN'T COME HOME.

MICHAEL VERNILLO, SON OF

IMMIGRANT PARENTS FROM

PITTSBURGH, CAME IN THE

SECOND WAVE OF TROOPS, AND

HE WAS SCARED.

I DIDN'T THINK I WOULD

COME ALIVE, BECAUSE THE MEN

WERE DEAD.

THEY HAD TO REMOVE THEM WITH

BULLDOZERS SO WE COULD LED.

Reporter: DWIGHT

D.EISENHOWER MADE THE

FATEFUL DECISION TO MARCH.

AND NEARLY EVERYTHING WAS

STACKED AGAINST THEM,

BRITISH, AMERICAN, FRENCH

AND CANADIANS COMING

ASHORE.

AND SOME NEARLY DROWNED,

AND THERE WAS A LITTLE WEE

BOAT THERE TO TAKE US TO

SHORE, AND I WAS UP TO

WATER, HERE.

Reporter: IN THE U.K.,

A GROUP OF BRITISH AND

AMERICAN VETERANS GATHERED

FOR ANOTHER CHANNEL CROSSING

70 YEARS LATER.

I'VE NEVER SEEN THIS

SIGHT, AND I NEVER WILL

AGAIN.

Reporter: THIS WEEK ON

THE COAST OF FRANCE,

CEREMONIES TO HONOR THE

DWINDLING NUMBERS STILL

ALIVE WHO SACRIFICED FOR

FREEDOM.

BILL COLWELL WAS 16 WHEN HE

LANDED AT NORMANDY.

THIS MEANS A LOT FOR

PEOPLE WHO FOUGHT OVER

HERE.

THE PEOPLE ARE SO GRACIOUS.

THEY CANNOT DO ENOUGH FOR

US.

Reporter: THESE WEEK

FRANCE BESTOWED ON THESE AND

OTHERS A MEDAL OF THE LEGION

OF HONOR.

I FOUGHT EVERY BATTLE IN

FRANCE.

I LOST ALL OF MY OFFICERS.

THEY WERE ALL KILLED.

MY CAPTAIN AND TO OFFICERS

WERE ALL KILLED.

Reporter: AND FOR A FEW

DAYS, AT LEAST, A GRATEFUL

WEST REMEMBERS.

CHARLENE AARON, CBN NEWS.

Gordon: A GREAT THANK

YOU TO THE GREATEST

GENERATION IN AMERICAN

HISTORY, A GENERATION THAT

LIBERATED EUROPE.

I LOVE THE CELEBRATIONS.

AND THE ONE I LOVE THE MOST

IS A FELLOW NAMED JIM

"PEE-WEE" MARTIN.

AND HE PARACHUTED INTO

NORMANDY AT THE AGE OF 23.

WELL, HE DID IT AGAIN TODAY

AT THE AGE OF 93, AND HE IS

CELEBRATING IN A VERY UNIQUE

WAY.

IN OTHER NEWS, A CHRISTIAN

COLLEGE IS REELING AFTER A

DEADLY SHOOTING YESTERDAY.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM HAS MORE ON

THAT STORY FROM THE CBN NEWS

ROOM.

EPHRAIM?

Reporter: GORDON,

STUDENTS AND STAFF AT

SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY

ARE GRIEVING AF AFTER A

DEADLY SHOOTING ON CAMPUS.

THE GUNMAN KILLED ONE

STUDENT AND WOUNDED THREE

OTHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY,

BUT QUICK-THINKING STUDENTS

HELPED TO SAVE LIVES DURING

THAT ATTACK.

ONE STUDENT PEPPERSPRAYED

THE STUDENT WHEN HE STOPPED

TO RELOAD THE SHOTGUN.

AND SEVERAL OTHERS PINNED

HIM TO THE GROUND.

BUT FOR THE GREAT

RESPONSE BY THE PEOPLE AT

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY, THIS

INCIDENT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

MUCH MORE TRAGIC.

WE'RE A COMMUNITY THAT

RELIES ON JESUS CHRIST FOR

STRENGTH, AND WE WILL NEED

THAT AT THIS POINT IN TIME.

Reporter: THE SUSPECT

WERE ARRESTED AND BOOKED ON

MURDER CHARGES.

THE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING

A MOTIVE FOR THAT SHOOTING.

DEADLY WEATHER TOUR THROUGH

A LARGE PART OF THE

HEARTLAND, WITH RAGING

FLOODWATERS AND AT LEAST ONE

TORNADO.

MARK MARTIN HAS THIS STORY.

Reporter: SEVERE

THUNDERSTORMS PUMMELLED THE

DENVER METRO AREA.

DRIVERS MOVED SLOWLY THROUGH

HIGH WINDS, GOLFBALL-SIZED

HAIL, EVEN SNOW.

IN JONESBORO, ARKANSAS,

POLICE SAY A 74-YEAR-OLD

RETIRED POLICE OFFICER DIED

WHEN A TREE FELL ON HIS

HOUSE.

IT'S, LIKE, I'M SCARED,

YOU KNOW.

BECAUSE I LIVE HERE AND I'VE

GOT A REAL BIG MAGNOLIA, AND

I DON'T WANT IT TO GO INTO

MY HOUSE, EITHER.

Reporter: IN THE TOWN

OF BLACKROCK, ARKANSAS,

POLICE REPORTED A WOMAN DIED

WHEN A TREE FELL ON THE CAR

SHE WAS IN DURING THE

STORM.

AND THEN THERE WAS INTENSE

FLOODING.

IN SOUTHERN TENNESSEE, THE

HIGHWAY PATROL REPORTS A

72-YEAR-OLD MAN DIED WHEN

HIS CAR WAS SWEPT

DOWNSTREAM, AS HE APPARENTLY

TRIED TO CROSS A FLOODED

ROADWAY.

AND THE SEARCH RESUMES TODAY

FOR A 6-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO WAS

SWEPT AWAY BY FLOODWATERS.

HIS MOTHER HAD HIM IN HER

ARMS AND LOST HER GRIP.

THE FAMILY IS VERY, VERY

DISTRAUGHT, WHICH IS VERY

UNDERSTANDABLE.

I WOULD BE THE SAME WAY IF

IT WAS MY CHILD.

WE'RE A TIGHT COMMUNITY,

ESPECIALLY DOWN HERE AT

BEAVER DAM, AND WE'RE ALL

JUST PRAYING WE CAN REALLY

FIND HIM.

Reporter: FURTHER NORTH

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

CONFIRMED A TORNADO TOUCHED

DOWN OUTSIDE SIOUX FALLS,

SOUTH DAKOTA, BUT NO

INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

MARK MARTIN, CBN NEWS.

Reporter: A TEMPORARY

VICTORY FOR NEARLY 200

CATHOLIC EMPLOYERS IN

OKLAHOMA.

A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS STOPPED

THE U.S. GOVERNMENT FROM

FORCING THAT TO PROVIDE

INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR BIRTH

CONTROL.

THEY FILED THE SUIT IN

NORTH.

THEY ARGUED OBAMACARE'S

CONTRACEPTION MANDATE FORCES

THEM TO VIOLATE THAT

RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.

THIS IS THE LATEST IN A LONG

CHAPTER OF THIS BATTLE,

GORDON?

Gordon: IT IS A LONG

CHAPTER.

AND IT IS A TEMPORARY

VICTORY.

YOU WONDER WHY THERE WASN'T

AN EXCEPTION FOR FREEDOM OF

RELIGION IN THE ACT?

WHY DO WE HAVE TO LITIGATE

THIS THROUGH THE COURT

SYSTEM?

EVEN IF IT MAY BE TEMPORARY,

LET'S PRAY IT BECOMES

PERMANENT.

TERRY?

Terry: MANY AMERICANS

LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN

THEY CAN FINALLY RETIRE.

SOME CAN'T AFFORD THAT

LUXURY.

PEOPLE SPEND MORE TIME

PLANNING THEIR NEXT VACATION

THAN THEIR RETIREMENT.

Terry: WE'LL TELL YOU

SOME OF THE MISTAKES PEOPLE

MAKE WHILE SAVING FOR THEIR

RETIREMENT.

FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN AVOID

THEM.

THAT'S NEXT.

Gordon: WELL, WHEN IT

COMES TO RETIREMENT, MANY

AMERICANS ARE NOT PREPARED.

EXPERTS SAY ALMOST HALF OF

US WON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY

TO LIVE ON.

SO WE SENT HEATHER CELLS TO

FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN AVOID

COMMON MISTAKES AND MAKE

SURE YOU'RE SAVING ENOUGH.

Reporter: LITTLE

ANDERSON IS NOT EVEN ONE

YEAR OLD, AND HIS PARENTS

ARE ALREADY SAVING FOR HIS

COLLEGE AND THEIR

RETIREMENT.

IT'S ALWAYS BEEN A

PRIORITY BECAUSE THAT'S THE

WAY I WAS BROUGHT UP.

Reporter: FOR MANY

AMERICANS, THOUGH,

RETIREMENT SAVINGS ARE NOT A

REALITY, AND ONE BIG REASON

IS OUR SOCIETY PROMOTES

SPENDING, INSTANT

GRATIFICATION.

WE ABSOLUTELY ENCOURAGED

TO SPEND, RATHER THAN SAVE.

THERE ARE ENCOURAGEMENTS IN

THE TAX CODE, ENCOURAGEMENTS

ON THE TV EVERY NIGHT.

Reporter: ADAM OVERSEES

THE CONFIDENT SURVEY, A

FIXTURE FOR YEARS.

THE GOOD NEWS MANY SAVE FOR

RETIREMENT.

THE BAD NEWS, THOSE WHO SAVE

DON'T SAVE ENOUGH.

WE ESTIMATED THAT 53%

WILL HAVE ENOUGH, AND WILL

NOT RUN SHORT OF MONEY IN

RETIREMENT.

THAT MEANS THAT 47% STAND A

DECENT CHANCE OF RUNNING

SHORT IN RETIREMENT.

Reporter: SOME CALL

THOSE CRISIS NUMBERS.

ADAMS DOESN'T GO THAT FAR,

BUT NOTES IF INDIVIDUALS

DON'T PLAN FOR THE FUTURE,

IT WILL COST THE REST OF

US.

AT SOME LEVEL, MANY OF

THEM, AS THEY ARE TODAY,

WILL BE DEPENDENT ON THE

GOVERNMENT SOCIAL SAFETY

NETS, SOCIAL SECURITY,

MEDICARE, MEDICAID.

THOSE PROGRAMS HAVE COST.

Reporter: THE

RETIREMENT SURVEY REAL VEALS

SOME OF THE BIGGEST SAVINGS

MISTAKES THAT PEOPLE MAKE,

THEY INCLUDE SIMPLY NOT

SAVING AND NOT SAVING

ENOUGH.

FINANCIAL ADVISOR ROBIN TOLL

SAYS MANY PEOPLE LACK IN

OVERALL PLAN.

PEOPLE SPEND MORE TIME

PLANNING THEIR NEXT VACATION

THAN THEY DO RETIREMENT.

Reporter: ANOTHER

COMMON MISTAKE, NOT KNOWING

HOW MUCH YOU NEED TO SAVE.

ADAMS THINKS FOR MANY

PEOPLE, THE FEAR OF NEEDING

A HUGE AMOUNT FOR

RETIREMENT, PREVENTS THEM

FROM EVEN FIGURING OUT THAT

NUMBER.

I THINK THEY'RE AFRAID TO

KNOW WHAT THAT NUMBER IS.

I COME BACK WITH A

QUESTION SAYING, YOU TELL ME

HOW LONG YOU PLAN TO LIVE,

AND WHAT YOUR MONTHLY

EXPENSES ARE.

PRETTY MUCH IT CAN BE

CALCULATED OUT.

Reporter: CHOOSE TO

SAVE.COM CAN H.I.V HELP YOU

QUICKLY FIGURE OUT A COURSE

OF ACTION.

FROM THE START OF THEIR

MARRIAGE, EDDIE AND AMANDA

STARTED SAVING.

AMANDA SAYS HE WAS INSPIRED

BY FRIENDS AND "THE 700

CLUB".

I LEARNED A LOT FROM

BEING AROUND DIFFERENT

PEOPLE.

AND EVEN PAT, ON A SHOW,

SAID IF YOU'LL START SAVING

THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY, 25

YEARS FROM NOW, YOU'LL HAVE

A NICE LITTLE NEST EGG.

Reporter: AND THE

COUPLE ADDS TO THEIR SAVINGS

WHEN HE GETS OVERTIME PAY.

AND THEY TRY TO LIVE

FRUGALLY.

SHE TESIS ME BECAUSE

TEASES ME BECAUSE I TAKE MY

LUNCH TO WORK.

Reporter: AND THE

COUPLE HAVE KEPT SAVING EVEN

DURING THE BAD TIMES.

THAT'S ANOTHER MISTAKE,

HOLDING OFF SAVINGS WHEN THE

MARKETS ARE DOWN.

TOLL SAYS MANY DEVELOPED

THAT MINDSET DURING THE

RECENT RECESSION.

PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HESITANT

TO SAVE BECAUSE THEY SAY,

HEY, I BUILT THIS MONEY UP

AND I LOST IT.

BUT SINCE MARCH OF 2009, THE

STOCK MARKET HAS GONE UP

OVER 200%.

Reporter: ANOTHER TRAP,

OVER ESTIMATING HOW LONG YOU

WILL WORK.

THE SURVEY SHOWED VERY

CONSISTENTLY THAT WORKERS

CONSISTENTLY THINK THEY'RE

GOEGAN TO WORK LONGER THAN

RETIREES TELL US THEY WERE

ACTUALLY ABLE TO WORK.

Reporter: FOLLOW THESE

TIPS: PLAN ON LIVING LONGER

THAN YOU THINK YOU MILITANT,

AS LIFE SPANS CONTINUE TO

GROW.

SAVE EXTRA FOR HEALTH CARE

BECAUSE THOSE COSTS ARE

TOUGH TO ESTIMATE.

MAXIMIZE YOUR EMPLOYERS 401K

MATCH, AND LOOK INTO A ROTH

RETIREMENT ACCOUNT.

AND, LASTLY, KNOW WHY YOU

ARE SAVING.

PAINT A PICTURE OF YOUR

RETIREMENT.

IT WILL SHARPEN YOUR FOCUS

AND MOTIVATION.

FOR THE WILLIAMS, INVESTING

IS PART OF LIVING A GODLY

LIFE, AND SAVING, EVEN WHILE

STARTING THEIR FAMILY,

BRINGS PEACE.

THE ONE THING THAT WE'VE

ALWAYS SAID IS WE WILL

ALWAYS BE GOOD STEWARDS OF

WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US, AND

WE'LL ALWAYS, I THINK,

MAINTAIN THAT MONEY IN A WAY

THAT WOULD BE GLORIFYING

GOD.

NOT LIVING OUTSIDE OUR

MEANS.

FOR ME IT IS ENERGIZING

TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE SO MUCH

TIME, AND IT IS SO FAR IN

THE FUTURE, BUT IT DPIFS US

GIVER GIVES US A LOT OF

TIME TO CONTINUE TO ADD TO

OUR SAVINGS.

FOR ME, THAT IS

ENCOURAGEMENT.

Reporter: IN FACT, THE

WILLIAMS ARE EVEN THINKING

BEYOND RETIREMENT, AND

THEY'RE FOLLOWING PROVERBS

15: 22, WHICH SAYS A GOOD

MAN LEAVES A GOOD

INHERITANCE FOR THEIR

CHILDREN.

AND THAT MEANS LEAVING

SOMETHING FOR LITTLE

ANDERSON, BUT FOR HIS

CHILDREN AS WELL.

Gordon: WE CAN NEVER

SAY IT ENOUGH, YOU HAVE TO

SAVE FO FOR ENCOURAGEMENT.

I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO

FOLLOW THIS RULE, AND IT'S

CALLED THE 10, 10, 80 RULE.

YOU LIVE ON 80% OF YOUR

INCOME.

YOU DON'T ACCUMULATE CREDIT

CARD DEBT.

YOU LIVE WITHIN THAT 80%.

AND THEN YOU HONOR GOD WITH

10%.

YOU TITHE.

YOU WANT THE BLESSINGS OF

GOD IN YOUR LIFE.

AND THEN YOU PAY YOURSELF.

SAVE 10%.

DON'T THINK OF IT AS

SAVINGS.

THINK OF IT AS PAYING

YOURSELF.

THAT YOU'RE ACCUMULATING

ASSETS FOR YOUR FUTURE.

AND WHETHER THAT FUTURE IS

COLLEGE FOR YOUR CHILDREN,

WEDDINGS FOR YOUR DAUGHTERS,

OR YOUR OWN RETIREMENT, WE

ALL NEED TO BE SAVING, AND

THIS NEEDS TO BE PART OF

EVERY PAYCHECK, EVERY SINGLE

MONTH.

PART OF YOUR LIVES, THAT YOU

ARE PAYING YOURSELF.

IF YOU DO THAT, IT WON'T

TAKE LONG.

MAYBE 10 YEARS, 20 YEARS,

BUT JUST IMAGINE A 30-YEAR

PERIOD WHERE YOU'RE SAVING

10% OF YOUR INCOME FOR YOUR

FUTURE, WHAT KIND OF NEST

EGG CAN YOU BUILD UP?

YOU WON'T BE PART OF THAT

50% THAT DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH

TO RETIRE ON.

TERRY?

Terry: UP NEXT, A

FINANCIAL GURU WINDS UP IN

FEDERAL PRISON.

I JUST GOT SO DEEP INTO

IT.

IN ORDER TO NOT HURT ONE

PERSON, I WENT OUT AND HURT

SOMEBODY ELSE.

I WAS VERY DISHONEST WITH A

LOT OF PEOPLE VERY CLOSE TO

ME.

Terry: HEAR HOW HE

BECAME RICH AFTER LOSING

MILLIONS.

THAT'S NEXT.

Gordon: WILLIAM'S JOB

WAS TO MAKE MONEY, AND HE

WAS GREAT AT IT.

HE SACRIFICED EVERYTHING AND

POCKETED MILLIONS ALONG THE

WAY.

SO WHEN THE MARKET CRASHED,

WILLIAM LOST MORE THAN HIS

BANK ACCOUNT.

IT WASN'T UNLIKE ME TO

WORK 10 TO 12-HOUR DAYS FIVE

TO SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

I COULD SAFELY SAY THAT

MONEY BECAME MY GOD.

Reporter: WILLIAM

SERRELS WAS IN HIS EARLY

20s WHEN HE DECIDED TO DO

WHATEVER IT TOOK TO MAKE A

LOT OF MONEY, AND HAVE THE

THINGS THAT CAME WITH IT.

I WAS THE GUY WHO HAD

EVERYTHING.

I HAD THE BIG HOUSE, THE BIG

JOB, THE BIG CAR.

Reporter: EVEN THOUGH

HE WAS MARRIED AND STARTING

A FAMILY, HIS PURSUIT OF THE

DOLLAR CAME FIRST.

HE QUICKLY MOVED UP THE

CORPORATE LADDER.

AND IN TIME, YOU KNOW, I

WENT FROM A STOCKBROKER TO

MR. SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

WITH SEVERAL OFFICES UNDER

MY CONTROL.

AND WITH THAT CAME A LOT OF

MONEY.

Reporter: HIS WIFE GREW

TIRED OF TAKING A BACK SEAT

WHILE WILLIAM BUILT HIS

FINANCIAL EMPIRE.

SEVERAL TIMES, I MEAN,

YOU'RE GOING TO REGRET, THE

DAY WILL COME, THESE KIDS

ARE SMALL, AND YOU NEED TO

SPEND TIME WITH THEM.

AND I KEPT GOING AND GOING

AND GOING.

Reporter: WILLIAM'S

DRIVE TO MAKE MONEY HAD

TURNED INTO AN OBSESSION.

IT IS A BIG CYCLE.

YOU GET NOT NECESSARILY JUST

ADDICTED TO MAKING MONEY,

BUT THE THINGS THAT COME

WITH IT AND THE DRIVE TO

MAKE MORE.

IT IS LIKE A COMPETITION.

IT IS KEEP UP WITH THE

JONESES ON STEROIDS.

Reporter: THEN IN 2000,

THE STOCK MARKET CRARBLED

CRASHED AND WILLIAM LOST

MILLIONS.

HIS REACTION WAS CONSISTENT

WITH HOW HE DID THINGS.

IT WAS MORE LIKE A

GAMBLER'S ADDICTION.

AND WHEN GAMBLERS LOSE, THEY

FEEL BRIGHTER DAYS ARE

COMING AND THEY START

CHASING.

I WAS CONSTANTLY LOOKING FOR

THIS REBOUND.

Reporter: HE TURNED HIS

ENERGIES TO REBUILDING HIS

EMPIRE.

SOON AFTER HIS WIFE LEFT AND

THEY DIVORCED.

RIGHTLY SO, SHE HAD HAD

ENOUGH, AND WE DIVORCED.

Reporter: BUT WILLIAM

WASN'T MAKING MONEY LIKE HE

DID IN THE 1990s, SO HE

COMPROMISED.

I STARTED BORROWING MONEY

TO REINVEST THAT MONEY.

I'M GOING TO BORROW THE

MONEY, PAY "X" INTEREST, AND

MAKE IT BACK IN THE STOCK

MARKET AND REPAY EVERYBODY

AND GO OFF UNTIL THE THINGS

RETURN BACK TO NORMAL.

Reporter: THEY DIDN'T.

STILL, WILLIAM CONTINUED

INVESTING FAMILIES' AND

FRIENDS' MONEY, HOPING THE

MARKET WOULD TURN AROUND.

BUT IN TRUTH, THERE WOULD BE

NO PAYOFF.

I JUST GOT SO DEEP INTO

IT, AND IN ORDER TO NOT HURT

ONE PERSON, I WENT OUT AND

HURT SOMEBODY ELSE.

IT ABSOLUTELY SPUN OUT OF

CONTROL, TO THE POINT WHERE

IT GOT TO THE POINT OF NO

RETURN.

Reporter: WILLIAM LOST

MILLIONS OF INVESTMENT

DOLLARS.

WHEN YOU TAKE A

COMBINATION OF PRIDE,

STUPIDITY, AND EGO, THOSE

THREE THINGS REALLY DON'T

SIT WELL TOGETHER.

I WAS VERY DISHONEST WITH A

LOT OF PEOPLE VERY CLOSE TO

ME.

Reporter: HE REALIZED

IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME

BEFORE AUTHORITIES WOULD

CATCH UP WITH HIM.

IT GOT TO THE POINT WHERE

I HAD HAD ENOUGH, AND I JUST

COULDN'T DO IT ANYMORE.

I HAD TO STOP THE TRAIN, GET

OFF, FACE THE MUSIC, AND

WHILE DOING THAT, FACE THE

CONSEQUENCES.

Reporter: ON

SEPTEMBER 20th, 2006,

WILLIAM TURNED HIMSELF IN.

HE SERVED 52 MONTHS IN

FEDERAL PRISON FOR WIRE

FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING.

IT GAVE HIM TIME TO THINK

ABOUT HIS LIFE AND FUTURE.

THE BOMB FOR ME WAS THAT

WILLIAM SERRELS ISN'T THE

CENTER OF EVERYTHING.

Reporter: IN PRISON,

WILLIAM MET CHRISTIANS AND

HAD QUESTIONS ABOUT JESUS

CHRIST.

IN TIME, HE STARTED

ATTENDING A BIBLE STUDY,

WHERE HE LEARNED ABOUT

FAITH.

I KEPT READING THE BIBLE,

READING THE BIBLE, SPENDING

MORE TIME WITH CHRISTIANS,

AND MY FAITH CONTINUED TO

GROW.

AND I JUST -- TO ME, FAITH

IS THAT ABSOLUTE SENSE OF

CERTAINTY THAT GOD IS WHO HE

IS, HE IS GOING TO DO WHAT

HE SAYS HE IS GOING TO DO.

AND WE ALL HAVE ACCESS TO

THAT THROUGH HIS SON WHO

DIED FOR ALL OF US, EVEN

GUYS IN PRISON.

Reporter: EVENTUALLY

WILLIAM GAVE HIS LIFE TO

JESUS CHRIST.

HE THEN STARTED MAKING

THINGS RIGHT WITH PEOPLE HE

HURT.

AND ACCEPTING GOD'S

FORGIVENESS.

FOR ME TO CARRY THAT ON

FOR YEARS WAS RIGHT IN THESE

PEOPLE'S FACES.

IT IS SOMETHING I HOPE I CAN

DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO EARN

THAT RESPECT BACK.

I'M STILL IN TOUCH WITH A

LOT OF THESE PEOPLE, AND

RECEIVED A LOT OF

FORGIVENESS, BUT AT THE SAME

TIME, I WANT TO WORK HARD TO

MAKE EVERYTHING RIGHT.

Reporter: AFTER SERVING

THREE YEARS, HE MADE AMENDS

WITH HIS EX-WIFE AND

RECONCILED WITH HIS THREE

DAUGHTERS.

MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY

THREE DAUGHTERS IS BETTER

THAN IT HAS O EVER BEEN.

I TOLD THEM EVERYTHING.

Reporter: TODAY WILLIAM

IS A SUCCESSFUL AUTHOR AND

IS IN THE PROCESS OF PAYING

BACK THE MONEY HE TOOK.

WHILE HE ADMITS HE IS NOT

PERFECT, HE PUTS HIS ENTIRE

FAITH IN GOD.

I CONSIDER MYSELF TO BE A

WORK IN PROGRESS, AND I

STILL STRUGGLE WITH A LOT OF

THINGS FROM MY PREVIOUS

LIFE.

RIGHT NOW WHEN I WAKE UP

EVERY MORNING, THE FIRST

THING I DO IS PRAY AND READ

MY BIBLE, AUTOMATIC.

AND MY RELATIONSHIP WITH

JESUS IS MORE OF A HE IS

WALKING RIGHT BESIDE ME.

AND WHEN I GET IN THESE

SITUATIONS, I ALMOST STEP

BACK AND LET HIM STEP IN

FRONT OF ME AND SAY, WHAT

WOULD YOU DO HERE?

AND DON'T GET ME WRONG,

THERE ARE SITUATIONS WHERE I

SKIP OVER HIM AND MAKE

MISTAKES ALL OF THE TIME,

BUT HE IS RIGHT WITH ME.

HAVING HIM RIGHT BY MY SIDE

IS A HUGE ADVANTAGE TO WHERE

I WAS BEFORE.

Gordon: AND HE'LL BE

WITH YOU, TOO.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK

HIM.

HE SAYS IT CLEARLY, THAT HE

IS STANDING AT THE DOOR AND

KNOCKING.

IF ANYONE -- ANYONE -- HEAR

MY VOICE AND OPEN THE DOOR,

I'LL COME IN.

AND THAT'S YOU.

HE WANTS TO COME IN, AND HE

WANTS TO HAVE FELLOWSHIP

WITH YOU.

HE WAN WANTS TO BE YOUR ALL

IN ALL.

THAT'S WHAT HE MADE US FOR.

WHEN YOU LOOK BACK AT THE

GREAT DREAM GOD HAD FOR US,

THAT WE WOULD BE IN A

GARDEN.

HE WOULD COME DOWN IN THE

COOL OF THE EVENING AND TALK

WITH US.

THAT'S HIS DREAM.

AND THE WONDERFUL NEWS IS HE

HASN'T GIVEN UP ON THAT

DREAM.

AND HE HASN'T GIVEN UP ON

YOU.

MAYBE YOU'RE LIKE WILLIAM.

MAYBE YOU'VE DONE SOME

THINGS THAT YOU'RE ASHAMED

OF, YOU DIDN'T WANT YOUR

CHILDREN TO KNOW.

THE GOOD NEWS IS GOD CAN

FORGIVE YOU OF ALL OF THAT.

HE CAN SET YOU FREE FROM

GUILT, FROM SHAME, FROM

CONDEMNATION.

HE CAN SET YOU ON A PATH.

YES, THAT PATH CAN BE

DIFFICULT.

RECONCILIATION, CONFESSION,

RESTORATION, ALL OF THOSE

THINGS.

HE WANTS US TO DO THOSE.

BUT IT ALL STARTS WITH A

VERY SIMPLE PRAYER.

JESUS, IF YOU'RE THERE, IF

THIS IS REAL, IF YOU REALLY

CAN CHANGE MY LIFE, WOULD

YOU SHOW ME?

WOULD YOU SHOW UP FOR ME?

AND IF YOU PRAY THAT WITH

ALL OF YOUR HEART, HE'LL

ANSWER.

HE'LL COME IN.

HE'LL BE A SAVIOR FOR YOU.

SO I WANT YOU TO DO THAT

RIGHT NOW.

DON'T CHANGE THE CHANNEL.

IF YOU NEED A CHANGE IN YOUR

LIFE, IF YOU NEED TO START

OVER, JESUS WILL DO THAT FOR

YOU.

YOU LITERALLY CAN BE BORN

AGAIN, REGENERATED FROM YOUR

INNERMOST BEING.

SO IF YOU WANT THIS, DON'T

CHANGE THE CHANNEL.

BUT RIGHT NOW JUST BOW YOUR

HEAD.

LET'S PRAY A VERY SIMPLE

PRAYER AND LET JESUS DO ALL

OF THE REST.

PRAY WITH ME.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT, SAY

HIS NAME.

SAY IT OUT LOUD.

JESUS, I HEAR THAT YOU WANT

TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH

ME.

I HEAR THAT YOU CAME TO SAVE

ME.

TO PAY THE PRICE FOR ALL THE

THINGS THAT I'VE DONE

WRONG.

SO, JESUS, IF THAT'S REAL,

WOULD YOU DO THAT FOR ME?

WOULD YOU SAVE ME?

WOULD YOU FORGIVE ME?

AND, JESUS, IF YOU'LL DO

THIS, I WANT TO FOLLOW YOU,

I WANT TO BE WITH YOU, FOR

ALL OF THE DAYS OF MY LIFE.

HEAR MY PRAYER, FOR I PRAY

IT IN JESUS' NAME.

FATHER, FOR THOSE WHO JUST

PRAYED, I ASK FOR A BAPTISM

IN YOUR LOVE.

I ASK THAT RIGHT NOW THEY

WOULD KNOW THAT THEIR PRAYER

HAS BEEN HEARD AND HAS BEEN

ANSWERED.

FILL THEM NOW WITH YOUR

FORGIVENESS AND WITH YOUR

HOLY SPIRIT, FOR WE ASK IT

ALL IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU PRAYED WITH ME, THERE

IS ONE MORE STEP I WANT YOU

TO TAKE.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT IF

YOU'LL BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART

AND THEN CONFESS WITH YOUR

MOUTH, YOU SHALL BE SAVED.

AND THAT'S WHAT I WANT YOU

TO DO.

I WANT YOU TO SAY, I JUST

PRAYED.

I JUST ASKED JESUS TO COME

INTO MY HEART.

THERE WILL BE SOMEBODY ON

THE OTHER END OF THAT PHONE

CALL.

THE PHONE CALL IS FREE.

1-800-759-0700.

WE'LL BE GLAD TO PRAY WITH

YOU.

AND WE'VE ALSO GOT SOMETHING

FREE FOR YOU.

IT IS A C.D. ON HOW TO LIVE

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.

IT IS CALLED "A NEW DAY."

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US AND WE'LL SEND IT RIGHT

OUT.

SO DO IT NOW,

1-800-759-0700.

TERRY?

Terry: STILL AHEAD, A

FAMILY TRIES TO SEEK SHELTER

FROM A TORNADO AND RUNS

RIGHT INTO ITS PATH.

ALL OF THE LIGHTS WENT

OUT AND I WAS IMMEDIATELY

THROWN DOWN ON THE FLOOR.

THIS WHOLE HOSPITAL WAS

BEING TORN TO SHREDS AROUND

ME.

Terry: THEY SURVIVED

ONE OF THE MOST DEADLIEST

TORNADOES IN AMERICAN

HISTORY.

THAT'S LATER ON TODAY'S

SHOW.

AND WELCOME BACK TO "THE

700 CLUB."

THERE ARE NEW REVELATIONS IN

THE VETERANS AFFAIRS HEALTH

CARE SCANDAL.

WE NOW KNOW AN ADDITIONAL 18

VETERANS DIED AFTER LONG

WAITS FOR CARE AFTER THAT

V.A. FACILITY IN PHOENIX.

IT IS THE LATEST IN A

GROWING SCANDAL ABOUT DELAYS

AND COVERUPS AT V.A.

HOSPITALS AND CLINICS

NATIONWIDE.

A REPORT BY THE V.A.'s

INSPECTOR GENERAL LAST WEEK

FOUND 1700 PHOENIX AREA

VETERANS HAD BEEN, QUOTE,"AT

RISK OF BEING LOST OUR

FORGOTTEN."

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

PROVIDING LIFE-SAVING WATER

TO THE ISLAND OF ST. HELENE

IN HONDURAS.

"OPERATION BLESSING" SET OUT

TO COMPLETE A WELL SYSTEM BY

PURCHASING MISSING

COMPONENTS AND THEN

ENGINEERING AND INSTALLING

THE ENTIRE SYSTEM.

HARD-WORKING VILLAGERS

JOINED IN, PROVIDING MUCH OF

THE LABOR.

THEY HELPED DIG THE DITCHES

TO LAY PIPING TO EACH AND

EVERY ISLAND HOME ON THAT

ISLAND.

YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT

"OPERATION BLESSING" BY

GOING TO ITS WEBSITE,

OB.ORG.

GORDON AND TERRY WILL BE

BACK WITH MORE OF "THE 700

CLUB" RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Gordon: WELL, ANDY AND

MARIANNE WEREN'T JUST DOWN

TO THEIR LAST BOTTOM

DOLLAR.

THEY WERE DOWN TO THEIR LAST

ROLL OF TOILET PAPER.

AND THE COUPLE NEEDED A

FINANCIAL MIRACLE, AND HERE

IS HOW THEY GOT IT.

Reporter: EARLY IN ANDY

AND MARIANNE'S MARRIAGE,

THINGS WERE GOING QUITE

WELL.

THEY OWNED A SUCCESSFUL

PIZZA FRANCHISE, AND

MARIANNE WAS DESIGNING AND

SELLING HANDBAGS O ON THE

SIDE, AND THEY HAD THEIR

FIRST CHILD, ETHAN.

WE ALWAYS MADE SURE THE

BILLS WERE PAID AND WE HAD

MORE FOR TRIPS.

Reporter: MARIANNE FELT

THEY SHOULD TITHE ON THEIR

INCOME, BUT ANDY THOUGHT THE

MONEY SHOULD BE USED FOR

OTHER THING.

WE COULD PAY FOR SCHOOL

OR BUY GROCERIES.

Reporter: SEVERAL

COMPETITORS SET UP SHOP

NEARBY, AND SALES

PLUMMETTED.

EVENTUALLY THEY HAD $40,000

IN BUSINESS DEBT.

WHEN WE HAD TO FILE FOR

BANKRUPTCY, IT IS BASICALLY

I FAILED.

IT COULDN'T GET ANY WORSE.

Reporter: ANDY TOOK A

SALES JOB AT A

TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY,

BUT STILL HAD TO WORK

PART-TIME AT A PIZZA

COMPANY.

AND BY NOW THEY HAD THEIR

SECOND CHILD, SOFIA.

AND MARIANNE BROUGHT IN WHAT

SHE COULD FROM THE HANDBAG

BUSINESS.

IT WOULD GET TO THE POINT

WHERE WE WOULD BE DOWN TO

THE LAST ROLL OF TOILET

PAPER.

IT WAS EXCRUCIATING FOR ME

TO MAKE THE PHONE CALL TO

ANDY ON HIS WAY HOME FROM

WORK, BECAUSE IT WOULD

PROBABLY BE THE LAST COUPLE

OF DOLLARS HE HAD IN HIS

WALLET.

Reporter: THE COUPLE

STRUGGLED FOR YEARS.

AND THEN ANDY HEARD THE

PASTOR TALK ABOUT TITHING.

AND HE DECIDED TO TRY IT.

I GO, GOD, I CAN'T DO

THIS ON MY OWN.

LET'S SEE WHAT YOU'VE GOT.

Reporter: SOON ANDY

LANDED A NEW JOB IN SALES,

MAKING DOUBLE HIS PREVIOUS

INCOME.

NOW HE TITHED OFF EVERYTHING

HE MADE.

GOD WAS PROVIDING EVEN

MORE FOR ANDY TO HANDLE IN A

WAY NOT ONLY GETTING US

COMPLETELY DEBT-FREE, BUT

FOR US TO SAVE.

Reporter: LATER THAT

YEAR, MARIANNE BECAME A CBN

PARTNER.

WITHIN WEEKS, AN ONLINE

STORE BOUGHT HANDBAGS FOR

THEIR ONLINE STORE.

WITHIN A YEAR, THEY PAID OFF

ALL OF THEIR DEBT AND ARE

EVEN DEBT-FREE.

AND THEY DOUBLED THEIR

GIVING TO CBN.

JUST LET GOD BE PART OF

YOUR LIFE.

THE MORE WE GIVE, THE

MORE WE REAP.

MY HUSBAND AND I AND OUR

FAMILY IS LIVING PROOF THAT

WHEN YOU GIVE, YOU CAN'T

OUTGIVE GOD BECAUSE HE IS

GOING TO PROVIDE MORE YOU

COULD EVER ASK FOR OR

IMAGINE.

Gordon: DO YOU WANT THE

ASSURANCE THAT GOD IS WITH

YOU AND HE IS WATCHING OVER

YOUR FINANCES?

WELL, IF YOU WANT THAT, YOU

HAVE TO DO IT HIS WAY.

YOU HAVE TO SAY, OKAY, I'M

GOING TO GIVE.

I'M GOING TO TITHE.

AND I'M GOING TO DO IT

REGULARLY AND CONSISTENTLY.

WHEN YOU DO IT THAT WAY,

THAT'S WHEN THE BLESSINGS

HAPPEN.

THAT'S WHEN YOU HAVE THE

CONFIDENCE GOING FORWARD IN

ANY BUSINESS VENTURE, THAT

YOU HAVE THE FAVOR OF GOD

BECAUSE HIS WORD OVER YOU

WILL BE TRUE.

HE WILL OPEN THE WINDOWS OF

HEAVEN AND POUR OUT A

BLESSING YOU CANNOT

CONTAIN.

IF YOU WANT TO START A

LIFESTYLE OF TITHING, OF

GIVING, GIVE US A CALL.

1-800-759-0700.

JUST SAY, I WANT TO JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB."

HOW MUCH IS THAT?

JUST $20 A MONTH, 65 CENTS A

DAY.

SOME OF YOU CAN SAY, I WANT

TO JOIN AT "700 CLUB" GOLD.

THAT'S $40 A MONTH.

AND THEN WE HAVE A THOUSAND

CLUB, WHICH IS A THOUSAND

DOLLARS A YEAR, AND THAT

BREAKS OUT TO JUST $84 A

MONTH.

IF YOU WANT TO JOIN AND BE

PART OF EVERYTHING WE'RE

DOING, CALL US AND JOIN.

DO IT NOW.

1-800-759-0700.

WHEN YOU CALL, ASK FOR

PLEDGE EXPRESS.

THAT'S ELECTRONIC MONTHLY

GIVING.

THE BANK DOES ALL OF THE

WORK.

THERE ARE NO CHECKS TO

WRITE, NOTHING TO MAIL IN.

WE CAN SEND IN, AS OUR GIFT

TO YOU, "POWER FOR LIFE,"

MONTHLY TEACHING C.D.s.

SO IF YOU WOULD LIKE THOSE,

ASK FOR PLEDGE EXPRESS WHEN

YOU CALL.

TERRY?

Terry: UP NEXT,

SURVIVORS FROM THE JOPLIN

TORNADO REMEMBER BEING

CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE

STORM.

AS SOON AS I WALKED IN,

THE LIGHTS WENT OUT.

I HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS

HAPPENING.

Terry: SEE THE MIRACLE

THAT REUNITED THIS FAMILY,

NEXT.

Terry: THREE YEARS AGO,

DANIELLE THOUGHT HER LIFE

WAS ABOUT TO END.

SHE WAS LYING ON THE FLOOR,

WITH HER BODY PROTECTING HER

BABY, WHILE AN F-5 TORNADO

CAME SLAMMING THROUGH THE

WALLS AROUND HER.

SHE HAD BECOME SEPARATED

FROM HER HUSBAND AND THEIR

3-YEAR-OLD, AND SHE NEVER

EXPECTED TO SEE THEM AGAIN.

THIS IS HER FAMILY'S

ASTOUNDING STORY.

Reporter: ON MAY

22nd, 2011, ANDREW AND

DANIELLE STAMMER WERE

DRIVING TO A FRIEND'S HOME

WITH THEIR TWO CHILDREN,

WHEN THEY HEARD TORNADO

SIRENS.

I HEARD THERE WAS A

TORNADO POSSIBILITY, JUST A

WARNING COMING THROUGH THE

NORTH SIDE, THE TOP OF

JOPLIN, WHERE WE WERE

HEADING.

Reporter: THE COUPLE

SOON HEARD A SECOND STORM

CELL WAS HEADING TO THE

MIDDLE OF JOPLIN.

THEY DECIDED TO TAKE SHELTER

AT THE HOSPITAL WHERE ANDREW

WAS EMPLOYED.

BUT THEY FIRST STOPPED BY

THEIR HOME FOR PERSONAL

BELONGINGS.

I WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE

HAD OUR ESSENTIAL THINGS,

LIKE THEIR PASSPORTS AND

BIRTH CERTIFICATES.

THERE WAS REALLY NO FEAR

AT ALL.

EVERY OTHER STORM THAT CAME

THAT CIRCLED JOPLIN WOULD

EITHER RUN TO THE NORTH OR

THE SOUTH.

WE HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS

HAPPENING WAS HAPPENING

THEN.

Reporter: AS THEY BEGAN

THEIR DRIVE TO THE JOPLIN

HOSPITAL, THEY REALIZED HOW

QUICKLY THE STORM WAS

APPROACHING.

I DIDN'T SEEN ANYBODY

OUTSIDE.

THERE WAS JUST THIS QUIET.

BUT THEN WE CAN SEE A WALL

OF BLACK IN FRONT OF US.

THERE WAS NO WIND.

EVERYTHING WAS STILL AND

QUIET, BUT EVERYTHING WAS

CHARGED.

I COULD FEEL THE CHARGE.

THERE WAS JUST, OUT OF THE

BLACK SKY, THIS SHOOT OF

LIGHT GOING STRAIGHT UP.

THEY CALL THEM POWER

SURGES.

THAT'S ONE OF THE INDICATORS

THAT A TORNADO IS ON THE

GROUND.

I PRAYED OUT LOUD, LORD,

PLEASE PROTECT OUR FAMILY.

WE'RE IN OVER OUR HEADS

HERE.

Reporter: THE FAMILY

MADE IT TO THE ENTRYWAY TO

THE HOSPITAL WITH MINUTES TO

SPARE.

DANIELLE GRABBED 1-YEAR-OLD

ETHAN AND RAN INSIDE.

THE WIND WAS SO STRONG,

ANDREW WAS HAVING A HARD

TIME GETTING INTO THE

BUILDING.

SHE WAS HUNCHED OVER WITH

EMILY, WHO WAS THREE YEARS

OLD AT THAT TIME, TRYING TO

GET INTO WHERE WE WERE.

Reporter: WHEN ANDREW

MADE IT INSIDE, THEY

REALIZED THAT THE HOSPITAL

WAS ON LOCKDOWN, AND THEY

WERE UNABLE TO GET PAST THE

ENTRYWAY.

I BASICALLY WAS THINKING,

I NEED TO GET MY FAMILY TO

SAFETY, AND THIS IS NOT

SAFE.

I HAD EMILY IN MY LEFT HAND,

AND I STARTED SLAMMING

MYSELF AGAINST IT.

AFTER SIX OR SEVEN TIMES,

THE DOOR BROKE OFF THE

TRACK.

Reporter: THE COUPLE

SLIPPED UNDERNEATH THE

CRACKED DOOR SECONDS BEFORE

AN F-5 TORNADO, ONE OF THE

DEADLIEST IN HISTORY,

SLAMMED DIRECTLY INTO THE

HOSPITAL.

AS SOON AS I SLIPPED

UNDER THAT DOOR, ALL OF THE

LIGHTS WENT OUT, AND I WAS

IMMEDIATELY THROWN DOWN ON

THE FLOOR.

THE WHOLE HOSPITAL WAS BEING

TORNADO INTO SHREDS AROUND

ME.

AS SOON AS I WALKED IN, THE

LIGHTS WENT OUT AND I HAD NO

IDEA WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM.

I WAS PICKED UP OFF MY

FEET, WENT ABOUT 10 OR

15 FEET ACROSS THE FLOOR AND

GOT SLAMMED INTO THAT DOOR.

ALL THE WHILE, I WAS STILL

HOLDING EMILY.

AND THEN THE NEXT THING I

KNEW I WAS ON THE BOTTOM

STAIR, THE OUTSIDE

STAIRCASE, WITH MY DAUGHTER

UNDERNEATH ME.

Reporter: IN THE MIDST

OF THE RAGING STORM, THE

COUPLE CRIED OUT TO GOD.

I WAS JUST CRYING OUT,

GOD, SAVE US.

PLEASE HELP.

PEACEFUL.

I THOUGHT, OKAY, THIS IS HOW

MY STORY ENDS.

I NEVER KNEW HOW IT WAS

GOING TO BE.

AS YOU SINGING, I THOUGHT,

YOU KNOW WHAT, I BELIEVE

THEY'LL FIND HIM AND HE'LL

BE OKAY.

Reporter: ST. JOHN'S

HOSPITAL WAS SEVERELY

MANGLED BY THE STORM.

UPPER STORIES COMPLETELY

DESTROYED.

CARS IN THE HOSPITAL PARKING

LOT WERE TOSSED AND DIS

FIGURED BEYOND RECOGNITION.

WHEN I COULD NOT FIND MY

WIFE AND SON, I WAS VERY

NERVOUS.

I JUST WANTED TO BE BACK

WITH HER.

SO I JUST WENT BACK INTO THE

HOSPITAL.

THE DOOR WAS ALREADY OPEN.

I DON'T KNOW IF I CALLED OUT

FOR HER OR SHE CALLED OUT

FOR ME.

Reporter: BUT ANDREW

AND DANIELLE STAMMER'S

PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED.

THEY SUCCESSFULLY HELD THEIR

CHILDREN IN THEIR ARMS, AND

THE FAMILY WALKED AWAY WITH

ONLY MINOR CUTS AND

BRUISES.

WE FINALLY GOT BACK

TOGETHER, AND IT WAS -- I

BELIEVE I REMEMBER HUGGING

HER.

IT WAS VERY SHORT-LIVED, OUR

REUNION.

Reporter: AFTER THEIR

REUNION, THE COUPLE HAD TO

QUICKLY FACE THE REALITY OF

THE STORM AND ITS WIDESPREAD

DESTRUCTION.

IT JUST LOOKED LIKE A

TOTALLY DIFFERENT

LANDSCAPE.

THERE WAS NO HOUSES.

THERE WERE TREES THAT WERE

NOT THERE ANYMORE, AND AS

FAR AS THE EYE COULD SEE.

Reporter: THEY SAY

WHILE PRAYER OFFERED THEM

SUPER NATURAL PROTECTION

DURING THE STORM, IT ALSO

BROUGHT COMFORT IN THE

AFTERMATH.

IT WAS INTERESTING

BECAUSE BOTH OF US HAD THE

SAME REACTIONS TO IT ALL,

REPLAYING WHAT COULD HAVE

HAPPENED, AND BOTH OF US

FOUGHT AGAINST IT AND

PROCLAIMED TRUTH A WINNER.

NEITHER OF US HAD NIGHTMARES

ABOUT THE TORNADO AFTER

THAT, AT ALL.

Reporter: THOUGH THE

FAMILY LOST THEIR HOME AND

THEIR CARS AND ALL OF THEIR

BELONGINGS THAT DAY, THEY

SAY THEY ARE STILL THANKFUL

FOR THE BLESSINGS THEY HAVE,

AND THE HELP THEY RECEIVED

FROM OTHERS.

IT PROVES THAT PEOPLE ARE

SO BEAUTIFUL.

PEOPLE CAME TO OUR HOUSE TO

HELP US.

PEOPLE WHO WE DIDN'T KNOW

WERE DOING OUR LAUNDRY.

PEOPLE WERE EVERYWHERE,

LINING THE STREETS, DOING

WHAT THEY COULD TO HELP.

I THOUGHT, OKAY, I'M TAKING

NOTES.

BECAUSE WHEN SOMEONE ELSE IS

SUFFERING, I WANT TO DO

THESE KIND OF THINGS.

Reporter: DANIELLE

WROTE ABOUT THE MIRACULOUS

SURVIVAL IN HER BOOK

"SINGING OVER ME."

THEY HOPE THE BOOK WILL SHOW

OTHERS HOW PRAYER BROUGHT

THEM PROTECTION, COMFORT,

AND THE STRENGTH TO CARRY ON

DESPITE THE TORNADO.

IN THE MIDST OF HIM

SAVING US, HE HAS GIVEN US

THIS GIFT OF THIS STORY THAT

WE HAVE.

THE STORY OF TRIUMPH THROUGH

TRAGEDY, AND SURVIVAL IN THE

MIDST OF HORRENDOUS

CIRCUMSTANCES.

THE HOPE THAT I HAVE FOR THE

FUTURE, THE HOPE THAT I HAVE

FOR NOW, IS SO MUCH

GREATER.

I DEFINITELY SAW HE IS

NEAR ME, WHETHER I LIVE OR

WHETHER I DON'T LIVE.

I KNOW THAT GOD HEARD US.

I DEFINITELY BELIEVE THAT

PRAYER CHANGES THE WORLD.

Terry: TRIUMPH OVER

TRAGEDY AND

SURVIVAL OVER

CIRCUMSTANCES THAT SEEMED

UNBEARABLE.

THAT'S OUR GOD.

YOU KNOW, HE IS WITH US.

HE IS FOR US.

HE IS IN US.

HE IS ALL AROUND US.

WE ARE NEVER WITHOUT HIS

PRESENCE.

WITHOUT HIS POWER OR HIS

PEACE IN THE MIDST OF

CIRCUMSTANCES.

AND SO TODAY WE WANT TO TAKE

SOME TIME TO PRAY FOR YOU IN

WHATEVER SITUATION YOU FIND

YOURSELF, JUST TO ENCOURAGE

YOU IN YOUR FAITH.

I'D LIKE TO SHARE AN ANSWER

TO PRAYER.

THIS IS ERNIE FROM LAS

VEGAS, NEVADA.

HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH SEVERE

KIDNEY DISEASE, WHICH

ACTUALLY CAUSED WEAKNESS IN

HIS LEGS AND AN UNUSUAL

TASTE IN HIS MOUTH.

HIS SPECIALIST RECOMMENDED

DIALYSIS OR A KIDNEY

TRANSPLANT.

SO HE CHOSE TO PUT HIS NAME

ON A TRANSPLANT LIST AND

WAIT.

NEARLY A YEAR LATER, HE

HEARD YOU, GORDON, GIVE A

WORD OF KNOWLEDGE.

YOU SAID, "SOMEONE WITH

KIDNEY DISEASE AND IS

AWAITING A TRANSPLANT, GOD

IS HEALING YOU."

HE SAID, THAT'S MINE.

HE FELT STRE STRENGTH TO

HIS LEGS.

AT HIS NEXT APPOINTMENT, HIS

DOCTOR SAID, YOUR SITUATION

IS STRANGE.

YOU'RE KIDNEYS HAVE GOTTEN

BETTER WHEN THEY SHOULD HAVE

GOTTEN WORSE AND HE WAS

GIVEN A GOOD REPORT AFTER A

FOLLOWUP ULTRASOUND.

Gordon: THAT IS A

MIRACLE.

JOANNE, FROM FARMINGTON,

SUFFERED FROM OSTEOPOROSIS,

AND SHE WAS IN HER

MID-20s.

SHE CONTINUED TO WORK,

ALTHOUGH SHE HAD FREQUENT

PROBLEMS WITH HER BACK.

AS A NURSES' AIDE, SHE WAS

HELPING TO LIFT A PATIENT

WHEN SOMETHING SNAPPED IN

HER BACK.

X-RAYS SHOWED HE HAD BROKEN

THREE BONES IN HER SPINE.

HER BONE SPECIALIST OFFERED

LITTLE HOPE FOR ANY

PERMANENT END TO HER PAIN.

THEN ONE DAY JOANNE WAS

WATCHING "THE 700 CLUB,"

AND, TERRY, YOU HAD A WORD

OF KNOWLEDGE.

"OSTEOPOROSIS PAIN IS

GONE."

JOANNE JUMPED UP AND SAID,

I'M CLAIMING THIS FOR

MYSELF.

SHE FELT A WARMTH AND A POP,

AND THE PAIN WAS GONE.

SHE THEN BENT OVER AND

TOUCHED HER TOES, AND

STARTED JUMPING UP AND DOWN

WITH JOY.

SUPPOSEDLY SHE HAS THREE

DISCS BROKEN, BUT SHE IS

JUMPING U UP AND DOWN WITH

JOY.

AFTER A WEEK, SHE CALLED CBN

TO GIVE GOD PRAISE FOR HER

HEALING.

THAT'S ONE OF THE KEYS HERE,

GIVE HIM PRAISE.

GIVE HIM PRAISE.

WHAT WAS DANIELLE DOING IN

THE MIDDLE OF THAT STORM?

SHE WAS SINGING PRAISE

SONGS, WHATEVER CAME TO HER

HEART.

SHE SAID, I JUST WANT TO

PRAISE GOD.

IF THIS IS THE LAST BREATH

I'M TAKING, I WANT WITH MY

BREATH TO BE PRAISING THE

LORD.

WHEN YOU DO THAT, YOU OPEN

ONE OF THE GREAT SECRETS OF

THE UNIVERSE.

GOD IN HABITS THE PRAISES OF

HIS PEOPLE.

AND THEN YOU FIND SOMETHING

ELSE, THAT HE IS SINGING

SONGS OF DELIVERANCE OVER

YOU.

SO OFTEN WHEN WE GET INTO

DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES, WE

WANT TO BLAME GOD.

YOU KNOW, GOD, YOU'RE NOT

RUNNING THE UNIVERSE RIGHT

FOR ME TODAY.

INSTEAD OF PRAISING HIM.

AND PRAISING HIM FOR THE

VERY BREATH THAT YOU HAVE,

FOR THE LIFE THAT YOU HAVE.

SO IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR

NEED, IF YOU'VE GOT A NEED,

WE'RE GOING TO PRAY.

IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR NEED,

START THINKING OF THINGS

THAT YOU CAN PRAISE HIM

FOR.

PRAISE HIM FOR YOUR LIFE.

PRAISE HIM FOR YOUR FAMILY.

PRAISE HIM FOR ALL OF THE

GOOD THINGS HE HAS DONE.

AS YOU BRING THOSE TO MIND,

START REALIZING THAT THE GOD

THAT HAS SEEN YOU THIS FAR

ISN'T GOING TO ABANDON YOU

NOW.

AND THE MORE YOU PRAISE HIM

AND LET PRAISE JUST FILL

YOUR VERY BEING, HE WILL

THEN IN HABI INHABIT THOSE

PRAISES, AND YOU CAN ASK

WHATEVER YOU WANT.

WHATEVER YOU WANT.

THESE ARE THE WORDS OF

JESUS, "IF YOU ASK ANYTHING

IN MY NAME, I'LL DO IT."

SO LET'S DO THAT.

LET'S JUST PRAISE HIM.

AND IN THE PRAISE, LET'S

PRAY.

LET'S GO BOLDLY TO THE

THRONE OF GRACE BECAUSE IT

IS GRACE THAT WE'RE LOOKING

FOR.

LET'S GO BOLDLY AND ASK HIM

AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

LET'S PRAY.

LORD, WE JUST COME TO YOU

WITH THANKSGIVING.

AND, LORD, WE PRAY

ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WITH

CHRONIC ILLNESS, THAT HAVE

BEEN ENDURING PAIN FOR

YEARS.

FOR THE CHRONICALLY SICK.

WE JUST LIFT THEM UP TO YOU

AND ASK THAT THE PEACE THAT

SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING

WOULD FILL THEM.

THAT JOY UNSPEAKABLE WOULD

FILL THEM.

THAT THEY WOULD PRAISE YOU

WITH THEIR BREATH AND

UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE

GREAT.

AND YOU ARE GOOD.

AND WE JOIN WITH YOUR SONG

OF DELIVERANCE OVER THEM.

AND WE SAY OVER THEM, BE

HEALED NOW, IN JESUS' NAME.

BE SET FREE FROM THIS NOW.

LET THE PAIN JUST DROP OFF

OF YOU.

AND NO LONGER AFFLICT YOU.

LET THERE BE CLEAR REPORTS

FROM YOUR DOCTOR, GOOD

REPORTS OF WHAT GOD HAS DONE

FOR YOU.

THERE IS SOMEONE, YOU'VE GOT

CHRONIC PAIN THROUGHOUT YOUR

SPINE, BUT IT IS

PARTICULARLY IN THE MIDDLE

OF THE SPINE.

AND IT'S LIKE SHACKLES.

YOU JUST FEEL BOUND BY IT.

AND GOD IS BREAKING THAT

OFF.

IT'S LIKE HE IS BREAKING OFF

EACH VERTEBRA, AND EACH

VERTEBRA IS COMING FREE.

AND YOU'RE FEELING NEW

MOVEMENT.

AND YOU'RE FEELING IT

LITERALLY MOVE IN YOUR

BACK.

GOD IS HEALING YOU AND

RESTORING YOU.

AND YOU'RE GOING TO BE

PAIN-FREE FROM THIS MOMENT

FORWARD.

HE HAS DONE A GREAT MIRACLE

FOR YOU.

JUST PRAISE HIM FOR IT AND

RECEIVE IT NOW, IN JESUS'

NAME.

TERRY?

Terry: THERE IS SOMEONE

ELSE, YOU HAVE A LUNG

CONDITION.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS, BUT

IT HAS REALLY HAMPERED YOUR

CAPACITY TO BREATHE FULLY

AND DEEPLY.

YOU ALWAYS FEEL COMPRISED,

LIKE YOUR SHORT OF BREATH.

TAKE A DEEP BREATH RIGHT

NOW.

GOD HAS JUST HEALED YOU AND

YOUR LUNGS ARE COMPLETELY

OPENED.

Gordon: THERE IS

SOMEONE ELSE, YOU'VE BEEN

DIAGNOSED WITH LUNG CANCER

IN THE LOWER RIGHT LOBE OF

YOUR RIGHT LUNG.

AND GOD IS HEALING IT RIGHT

NOW.

HE IS TAKING THAT CANCER AND

THAT MASS.

GO BACK AND GET CHECKED

AGAIN BECAUSE GOD HAS DONE A

WONDERFUL MIRACLE FOR YOU.

JUST TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND

REALIZE THAT THAT PAIN IS

NOT THERE.

YOU'VE BEEN BREATHING

SHALLOW IN ORDER TO AVOID

THE PAIN.

BREATHE IN DEEPLY AND

REALIZE YOU'VE BEEN

WONDERFULLY HEALED.

Terry: THERE IS SOMEONE

ELSE, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM

WITH YOUR INTESTINES.

YOU'VE HAD IT FOR MANY

YEARS.

YOU HAVE, LIKE, CROHN'S

SYSTEMS AND CRAMPING AND

PAIN.

AND IT IS LIFE-ALTERING.

AND GOD IS TOUCHING AND

DOING A CREATIVE MIRACLE.

YOU WILL BE COMPLETELY

HEALED.

IT WILL BE AS THOUGH YOU

NEVER HAD IT.

Gordon: THERE IS A TEAR

IN THE LEFT TENDON, AND GOD

IS RESTORING THAT, LITERALLY

KNITTING THAT BACK

TOGETHER.

GOD IS HEALING YOU, SETTING

YOU FREE FROM ALL OF THAT,

SO THAT YOU CAN WALK

NORMALLY AGAIN.

Terry: SOMEONE ELSE,

YOUR JAW IS OUT OF

ALIGNMENT, AND IT IS PAINFUL

IN CHEWING AND EATING.

GOD IS HEALING THAT FOR YOU

AND IT WILL LITERALLY

REALIGN ITSELF.

Gordon: LORD, WE THANK

YOU, FOR YOU'RE THE HEALER,

THE DELIVERER AND THE

SAVIOUR.

WE THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT

YOU'VE DONE.

IN JESUS' NAME, WE PRAY.

AMEN.

IF YOU'VE BEEN TOUCHED BY

GOD, SEND US A REPORT.

WE ALWAYS LIKE TELLING

PEOPLE ABOUT WONDERFUL

MIRACLES THAT ARE HAPPENING

TODAY BECAUSE JESUS IS THE

SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND

FOREVER.

WE WANT TO LET PEOPLE KNOW

HE IS STILL A GOD OF

MIRACLES.

SO GIVE US A CALL.

1-800-759-0700.

AND IF YOU NEED PRAYER, WE

BELIEVE IN PREVAILING

PRAYER.

WE NEED THE PRAYER THAT

HOLDS ON FOR THE ANSWERS.

SO IF YOU WANT US TO PRAY

FOR YOU, WE'RE HERE FOR YOU

24 HOURS A DAY.

ALL HAVE YOU TO DO IS CALL

US.

STILL TO COME, WE'LL BE

ANSWERING YOUR E-MAIL

QUESTIONS.

DON'T GO AWAY.

Terry: LET'S TAKE A

COUPLE OF MINUTES TO ADDRESS

SOME OF THE E-MAIL QUESTIONS

YOU SENT IN.

THIS FIRST ONE SAYS, "I KNOW

AS CHRISTIANS WE SHOULD

FAST, BUT I'VE NEVER FASTED

BEFORE.

WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO

BEGIN?

DO WE GIVE UP ALL FOOD, OR

DO WE EASE INTO IT BY GIVING

UP SOMETHING THAT IS

IMPORTANT TO US?"

Gordon: NANCY, IF

YOU'RE NEW TO IT, BY ALL

MEANS EASE INTO IT.

YOU CAN FAST ALL KINDS OF

THINGS.

MY MOTHER IS BIG ON EVERY

YEAR SHE WANTS TO FAST OFF

ALL SWEETS AND DOES THAT FOR

THE SEASON OF LENT.

I'VE SEEN ALL KINDS OF

DIFFERENT FASTS.

BUT I'VE ALSO SEEN SOME

EXTREME ONES.

SO IF YOU DO FAST, MAKE SURE

YOU DRINK FLUIDS.

DON'T EVER GO WITHOUT WATER

BECAUSE THAT CAN BE

LIFE-THREATENING TO YOU.

AND DON'T FAST TO GET POWER

OR SOMEHOW TO GET CLOSER TO

GOD.

FAST TO DENY YOUR FLESH.

THAT SHOULD BE THE REASON

THAT YOU DO IT.

Terry: THIS IS

CHRISTOPHER WHO SAYS, "NI

FRIEND HAS BEEN LEGALLY

SEPARATED FOR MORE THAN FOUR

YEARS BECAUSE HER HUSBAND

LEFT HER FOR ANOTHER WOMAN.

I'VE KNOWN HER FOR THREE

YEARS AND I'M CRAZY ABOUT

HER.

THE ONLY REASON THEY'RE

LEGALLY MARRIED IS BECAUSE

THEY IS SAVING FOR THE

DIVORCE.

SHE SAYS SHE WANTS A

RELATIONSHIP WITH ME BUT SHE

WANTS TO WAIT UNTIL SHE IS

LEGALLY DIVORCED.

DOES GOD STILL CONSIDER HER

MARRIED OR IS IT OKAY TO

DATE?"

Gordon: CHRISTOPHER, I

THINK YOU ALREADY KNOW THE

ANSWER BECAUSE YOU'RE

ANSWERING THE QUESTION.

IT IS NOT OKAY.

SHE IS STILL MARRIED.

I KNOW SOME THINGS HAVE

CREPT INTO THE CHURCH THAT

WE WANT TO BE ALL FORGIVING

AND EVERYTHING IS OKAY, BUT

NO.

YOU WILL BE VIOLATING THE

SEVENTH COMMANDMENT.

GO READ MATTHEW 5, AND HEAR

WHAT JESUS WOULD HAVE TO SAY

ABOUT IT.

PLEASE DON'T DO THAT.

DON'T VIOLATE YOUR OWN

CONSCIENCE.

WHATEVER IS NOT OF FAITH IS

SIN.

WE LEAVE YOU TODAY WITH

THESE WORDS FROM PSALMS:

"MAY HE GRANT YOU ACCORDING

TO YOUR HEART'S DESIRE AND

FULFILL ALL YOUR PURPOSE."

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