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700 Club Interactive: Breaking Barriers - June 9, 2014

He was an atheist who had all the answers till one day he challenged the theory of God. Read Transcript


Gordon: AN ATHEIST ON A

MISSION.

I NEEDED TO CONVINCE HER

ABOUT GOD SO WE COULD BE

HAPPY TOGETHER.

Gordon: GETS MORE THAN

HE BARGAINED FOR.

I SENSED A STRONG WAVE OF

CHILL IN MY CHEST, AND

GRABBING ME BY THE THROAT.

Gordon: SO WHAT GRABBED

HIM ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," WE USE

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OTHER AND EXPLORE TOPICS

THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

WELL, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

AMERICA MAY BE ONE NATION

UNDER GOD, BUT STILL ATHEISM

IS ON THE RISE BOTH HERE AND

AROUND THE WORLD.

Terry: IN FRANCE, 30%

OF THE PEOPLE THERE DON'T

BELIEVE IN GOD.

GIUM WAS ONE OF THEM.

HE SET OUT TO PROVE HIS

THEORY AND CHALLENGED GOD TO

REVEAL HIMSELF.

WHAT HE FOUND CAME AS A

TOTAL SURPRISE.

IT IS A DIFFICULT

POSITION.

NOBODY REALLY SPENDS MUCH

TIME THINKING ABOUT THE

ISSUES.

I WAS ESSENTIALLY PURSUING

MY PLEASURE AND MY HAPPINESS

IN LIFE.

SO I ENDED UP PLAYING THE

PIANO IN A ROCK BAND AND I

PLAYED VOLLEYBALL IN A

NATIONAL LEAGUE, TRAVELLING

THE COUNTRY.

AND PART OF THE FRENCH IDEAL

IAT MY AGE IS TO HAVE

FEMININE CONQUESTS, AND I

NEVER REALLY FELT GUILTY

ABOUT MUCH.

I TRAVELLED ON VACATION TO A

TROPICAL ISLAND IN THE WEST

INDIES.

IT STARTED WITH TWO AMERICAN

TOURISTS IN THERE, AND THEY

WERE ACTUALLY LOST FROM THE

AIRPORT.

SO WE STARTED TALKING, AND I

QUICKLY FOUND OUT THAT THE

ONE THAT I WAS INTERESTED

IN, WHO LIVED IN NEW YORK,

TOLD ME SHE WAS A

CHRISTIAN.

WE STARTED DATING.

AND I CAME BACK TO FRANCE.

SHE FLEW BACK TO NEW YORK.

AND HERE WE WERE IN A LONG

DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP.

SO I JUST NEEDED TO

CONVENIENCE HER OUT OF HER

STUPID BELIEFS ABOUT GOD SO

THAT WE COULD BE HAPPY

TOGETHER.

BUT IF I WAS GOING TO

CRITICIZE CHRISTIANITY, I

NEEDED TO KNOW WHAT IT

ACTUALLY CLAIMS.

I PICKED UP THE BIBLE AND I

STARTED TO READ THE NEW

TESTAMENT.

I FIGURED IF ANY OF THIS IS

TRUE, IT MEANS THAT THERE IS

A GOD CURRENTLY WHO IS

LOOKING DOWN ON US, AND HE

IS PRESUMABLY INTERESTED IN

MY PROJECT, SO I'M GOING TO

PRAY AND ASK HIM TO SHOW

HIMSELF TO ME.

AND NOTHING IS GOING TO

HAPPEN.

SO I STARTED TO PRAY.

ALL RIGHT, GOD, I'M HERE AND

LOOKING INTO THIS

CHRISTIANITY THING.

IF YOU'RE REAL, WHY DON'T

YOU GO AHEAD AND REVEAL

YOURSELF TO ME.

A COUPLE OF WEEKS AFTER I

PRAYED THAT PRAYER, MY

SHOULDER JUST STARTED TO

BURN.

HERE I WAS OFF THE

VOLLEYBALL COURTS FOR A

WINDOW OF A COUPLE OF

WEEKS.

I FIGURED SINCE I'VE BEEN

INVESTIGATING THE

CHRISTIANITY THING, I MIGHT

AS WELL SEE WHAT THESE

CHRISTIANS DO WHEN THEY GET

TOGETHER.

I WALKED IN THERE, THE SAME

WAY YOU WOULD GO TO A ZOO,

TO SEE SOME WEIRD, EXOTIC

ANIMALS THAT YOU'VE SEEN OR

READ IN BOOKS THAT YOU'VE

NOT SEEN IN LIFE.

THE PREACHER PREACHED HIS

MESSAGE, AND I DON'T

REMEMBER A WORD OF WHAT HE

SAID IN HIS MESSAGE.

BUT I FIGURED I'VE SEEN

ENOUGH.

NOW I NEED TO ESCAPE.

I LITERALLY HAD ONE FOOT OUT

THE DOOR, AND I SENSED A

STRONG WAVE OF CHILL IN MY

CHEST, GOING ALL THE WAY TO

MY THROAT, AND GRABBING ME

ON MY THROAT.

AND I WAS FROZEN ON THE

DOORSTEP, WITH CHILLS ALL

AROUND.

I TOOK A SECOND, CLOSED THE

DOOR AND TURNED AROUND AND I

WENT STRAIGHT TO THE HEAD

PASTOR.

SO I SAID, SO YOU BELIEVE IN

GOD?

AND HE LOOKED AT ME AND SAID

YES.

AND I SAID, HOW DOES THAT

WORK OUT?

HE SAID, WE CAN TALK ABOUT

IT.

HE TOOK ME TO HIS OFFICE AND

WE STARTED TO TALK.

HERE WAS A MAN WHO WAS

CLEARLY EDUCATED.

HE WAS NOT OUT OF HIS MIND.

HE WAS SMART AND CAREFUL AND

METICULOUS, AND HE BELIEVES

THAT GOD EXISTS AND JESUS

WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD.

AND I JUST COULDN'T FATHOM

IT.

AND OVER THE COURSE OF

SEVERAL MONTHS AFTER THAT,

WE WOULD JUST MEET

TOGETHER.

I WOULD COME AND BOMBARD HIM

WITH QUESTIONS, AND HE WOULD

PATIENTLY WALK ME THROUGH

THIS.

MY PRAYER AS A UNBELIEVER

STARTED TO SHIFT A LITTLE

BIT, TO, OKAY, GOD, IF

YOU'RE REALLY REAL NOW, AND

THIS STARTS TO MAKE SENSE TO

ME, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO

REVEAL YOURSELF MORE

DIRECTLY SO I'M REALLY

COMFORTABLE JUMPING IN AND

YOU CATCHING ME AND I DON'T

MAKE A FOOL OUT OF ME.

HE REACTIVATED MY

CONSCIENCE.

I CHEATED ON HIS GIRL A

NUMBER OF TIMES, AND THAT

WAS PILING UP AND IT WAS

VERY, VERY WRONG.

ONE DAY I WAS IN MY

APARTMENT, JUST BY MYSELF,

AND THINKING ABOUT THE

THINGS I HAD DONE.

THE THOUGHTS JUST WOULDN'T

GO AWAY.

AND I WAS IN PHYSICAL PAIN

FOR ALL OF THE GUILT I WAS

ASSOCIATING WITH THIS.

THE GOSPEL FINALLY CLICKED

IN THAT PLACE WHERE I

REALIZED THAT IS WHY JESUS

DIED ON THE CROSS.

IT WAS A VERY PERSONAL

THING.

HE DIED TO PAY THE PRICE FOR

MY SIN.

AND I CRIED OUT TO GOD AND

SAID, THAT'S IT.

I GET IT.

I'M ALL IN.

MY HEART WAS SIMPLY SET

FREE.

EVERY TRACE OF GUILT JUST

FLEW AWAY.

I THOUGHT AT THAT TIME,

MISTAKENLY, THAT GOD WANTED

ME TO MARRY THIS GIRL, NOW

THAT EVERYTHING WAS OUT IN

THE OPEN.

SHORTLY AFTER I MOVED TO NEW

YORK, I REALIZED THAT THIS

GIRL AND I WERE ABSOLUTELY

NOT MEANT FOR EACH OTHER.

I EVENTUALLY MET THE WOMAN I

WAS ACTUALLY SUPPOSED TO

MARRY THIS TIME, A WONDERFUL

AMERICAN WOMAN.

WE'VE GOT TWO BEAUTIFUL

BABIES, AND LIFE HAS JUST

TURNED OUT SO MUCH BETTER

THAN I HAD EVER HOPED IT

WOULD BE WHEN I MOVED HERE.

IT IS REALLY EVERYTHING I

COULD HAVE POSSIBLY HAVE

SACRIFICED AND GIVEN ME MUCH

MORE TO BE SATISFIED ABOUT.

I WASN'T SEEKING GOD.

I HATED GOD AND I HATED

RELIGION.

AND GOD IN HIS GRACE WENT

THROUGH ALL OF THIS TO BRING

THE GOSPEL TO ME AND BREAK

DOWN ALL OF MY DEFENCES AND

MAKE ME EMBRACE THE GOSPEL.

ANY PERSON CAN BE CONVERTED

BECAUSE GOD BREAKS DOWN OUR

BARRIERS.

Gordon: AND GOD WILL

BREAK DOWN YOUR BARRIERS,

TOO.

REALIZE HE LEAVES THE 99 TO

PURSUE THE ONE.

TO PURSUE THE ONE THAT HAS

REVIALED HIM, HAS SPOKEN

AGAINST HIM.

WHO HAS THOUGHT, IF I GO TO

THE CHURCH, I'M LIKE GOING

TO THE ZOO.

I WANT TO SEE ALL OF THESE

ANIMALS IN THEIR NATURAL

HABITAT.

NOT REALIZING THAT GOD WAS

AFTER HIM THE WHOLE TIME.

AND GOD IS AFTER YOU.

THAT'S WHY YOU'RE WATCHING

THIS SHOW.

BECAUSE HE IS PURSUING YOU.

HE IS PURSUING YOU WITH A

LOVE YOU CANNOT QUENCH.

THERE IS A PARABLE THAT

JESUS TAUGHT.

YOU FIND IT IN LUKE 18.

THE TRADITIONAL WAY TO VIEW

THIS PARABLE IS IT IS A

PARABLE ABOUT PRAYER, AND

HOW WE OUGHT TO PRAY AND NOT

LOSE HEART.

BUT JESUS TALKS ABOUT AN

UNRIGHTEOUS JUDGE.

AND HE SAID, IN A CERTAIN

CITY THERE WAS A JUDGE WHO

DID NOT FEAR GOD NOR REGARD

MAN.

NOW, THERE WAS A WIDOW IN

THAT CITY, AND SHE CAME TO

HIM SAYING, GET JUSTICE FOR

ME FROM MY ADVERSARY.

AND HE WOULD NOT FOR A

WHILE.

BUT AFTERWARD HE SAID,

WITHIN HIMSELF, THOUGH I DO

NOT FEAR GOD NOR REGARD MEN,

YET BECAUSE THIS WIDOW

TROUBLES ME, I WILL AVENGE

HER, LESS BY HER CONTINUING

COMING SHE WEARY ME.

NOW, IN MOST

INTERPRETATIONS, WE'RE THE

WIDOW, AND WE PRESUME GOD IS

AN UNRIGHTEOUS GOD, BUT

ACTUALLY HE IS NOT.

BUT IF WE CONTINUE TO COME

TO HIM, WE'LL GET IT.

THAT'S WHY IT STARTS OFF

WITH WHY WE SHOULD PRAY AND

NOT LOSE HEART.

BUT LET'S TURN IT AROUND.

WHAT IF WE'RE THE

UNRIGHTEOUS JUDGE?

WHAT IF WE'RE THE ONE THAT

WON'T OPEN THE DOOR?

WELL, JESUS WILL CONTINUE TO

POUND ON THAT DOOR.

HE WILL CONTINUE TO TRY TO

BREAK DOWN THOSE BARRIERS

UNTIL WE OPEN UP TO HIM AND

UNDERSTAND HOW GREAT HIS

LOVE IS FOR US.

AND IF YOU'RE HAVING TROUBLE

WITH THIS INTERPRETATION, I

TAKE YOU TO REVELATION 3:

"BEHOLD I STAND AT THE DOOR

AND KNOCK."

JESUS ISN'T SITTING DOWN,

WAITING.

HE IS COMING.

HE IS STANDING AT THE DOOR

AND KNOCKING.

AND HE IS SAYING, "IF ANYONE

HEAR MY VOICE AND OPEN THE

DOOR, I'LL COME IN."

EVEN IF YOU'RE UNRIGHTEOUS,

EVEN IF YOU DON'T FEAR GOD

OR FEAR MAN, EVEN IF YOU'RE

DOING THINGS, JUST LIKE THAT

MAN IN THE PIECE WE JUST

SAW, WHERE YOU KNOW IT'S

WRONG, HE IS STILL STANDING

AT THE DOOR, KNOCKING,

HOPING, WAITING, WANTING YOU

TO OPEN THE DOOR SO THAT HE

CAN COME IN AND FORGIVE YOU

AND SHOW YOU JUST HOW MUCH

HE LOVES YOU.

IF YOU WANT HELP WITH THIS,

HERE IS THE PRAYER FOR YOU.

IT IS THE SAME PRAYER THE

MAN IN THAT PIECE PRAYED.

JESUS, IF YOU'RE THERE, IF

YOU'RE REAL, COULD YOU SHOW

ME.

HE SAID, I WANT TO TRY THIS

CHRISTIANITY THING.

I WANT TO KNOW.

IF THIS IS TRUE, IF YOU'RE

REAL, IF YOU REALLY ARE GOD

AND YOU REALLY CAME TO SAVE

ME, COULD YOU SHOW ME.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WHEN

PRAY THAT WITH ALL OF YOUR

HEART, YOU'LL FIND HIM.

WE JUST SAW A PIECE WHERE HE

DIDN'T PRAY THAT WITH ALL OF

HIS HEART.

HE WAS JUST WONDERING.

AND EVEN IF YOU'RE JUST

WONDERING, GOD WILL SHOW

UP.

IF YOU JUST OPEN THE DOOR,

HE'LL COME IN.

SO IF YOU WANT HELP WITH

THAT, WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE AND CALL US.

1-800-759-0700.

JUST SAY, I WANT TO KNOW

JESUS.

I WANT TO KNOW IF HE IS

REAL.

WHEN YOU CALL, WE'VE GOT A

FREE PACKET FOR YOU.

IT IS A C.D. TEACHING.

WHAT DO CHRISTIANS BELIEVE?

WHAT ARE THE STRANGE THINGS

THESE PEOPLE DO IN THE ZOO?

IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT

MORE, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

CALL US.

WE'LL SEND IT TO YOU FREE OF

CHARGE.

THE PHONE CALL IS FREE.

THE C.D. IS FREE.

GIVE US A CALL.

TERRY?

Terry: A REMARKABLE

STORY.

COMING UP, WE'RE GOING TO BE

PRAYING FOR YOU, BUT FIRST,

A YOUNG WOMAN WITH A

SHOCKING PLAN FOR HER

COLLEGE CAMPUS.

I WAS GOING TO JUMP OFF

THE ROOF, LANDING INTO THE

STONE COURTYARD, WHERE THERE

WOULD BE A HIGH VISIBILITY

OF MY DEATH.

AND I WAS HOPING TO DO IT ON

MY BIRTHDAY, TO MAKE A

STATEMENT OF HOW UNHAPPY I

WAS THAT I EXIST.

Terry: FIND OUT WHAT

STOPPED HER.

THAT'S NEXT.

Terry: SHELLEY HUNLEY

NEVER HAD MUCH OF A CHANCE

FOR A NORMAL LIFE.

HER INNOCENCE WAS STOLEN

FROM HER WHEN SHE WAS SIX

YEARS OLD.

AFTER THAT, SHELLEY BECAME A

FOUL-MOUTHED ATHEIST WITH A

TOXIC COMBINATION OF RAGE

AND SHAME, AND IT WAS SLOWLY

KILLING HER.

I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN

COLUMBIA.

IT WAS THE MURDER CAPITAL

AND DRUG CA CAPITAL OF THE

WHOLE WORLD.

YOU HAVE DRUG DEALER MONEY

AND THE GUERRILLA GUYS

TRYING TO TAKE OVER THE

GOVERNMENT.

CONSTANTLY WE WERE HEARING

OF PEOPLE KILLED, AND I SAW

PEOPLE KILLED WHEN I WAS

YOUNG.

Reporter: BUT THERE WAS

SOMETHING MORE OMINOUS THAT

THREATENED THIS MISSIONARY

CHILD.

FROM THE AGE OF SIX TO THE

AGE OF 10, SHELLEY HUNLEY

WAS THE VICTIM OF SEXUAL

ABUSE.

THE PERPETRATOR WAS A PRIEST

IN HER OWN CHURCH.

I SUFFERED IN A WITH I

CAN'T ARTICULATE.

IT WAS SEXUAL ABUSE, BUT IT

HISTORY A SADISTIC ELEMENT.

AND THAT WHOLE MESSAGE OF,

YOU KNOW, YOU'RE THE ONE

THAT IS PERVERSE, AND YOU'RE

THE ONE THAT IS MESSED UP --

IT WAS A TERROR ELEMENT, A

SHAME ELEMENT, AND JUST A

SENSE OF BEING TRAPPED, THAT

I CAN NEVER REACH OUT TO

ANYBODY.

NOBODY IS GOING TO

UNDERSTAND.

NOBODY CAN HELP ME.

WHERE I MADE THE FALSE

CONCLUSION IN MY HEART, GOD

HATES ME.

GOD IS WITH HIM, THE ABUSER,

AND HE IS SANCTIONING WHAT

HE IS DOING.

AND EVERYTHING THIS GUY SAYS

I DESERVE.

Reporter: THE ABUSE

ENDED WHEN SHELLEY'S FAMILY

MOVED BACK TO THE UNITED

STATES, BUT THE DAMAGE WAS

DONE.

I'M STEPPING INTO MY

TEENAGED YEARS AS A YOUNG

WOMAN, AND YET I HAVE DEEP

SHAME ISSUES.

I TRIED TO GO FOR GOD, BUT

THE REALITY WAS FROM THAT

INTERNAL MOMENT WHEN I WAS

10 YEARS OLD, THAT GOD HATES

ME, THAT HAD MORE POWER THAN

I KNEW.

Reporter: SHELLEY

IMMERSED HERSELF IN SCHOOL

ACTIVITIES, AND EVEN BECAME

AN ACCOMPLISHED MUSICIAN.

GET THE TOP GRADES, DO

THE SPORTS, DO THE MUSIC AND

THE YOUTH GROUP.

RIGHT IN THE MIDST OF DOING

IT ALL, I WOULD WANDER AWAY

BY MYSELF AND JUST SIT IN A

CORNER OR CRY OR TRY TO

FIGURE OUT WHAT IS WRONG

WITH ME, THAT I DON'T FEEL

THE WAY THAT OTHER PEOPLE

FEEL.

Reporter: AFTER

GRADUATION, SHELLEY'S

PARENTS ENROLLED HER IN A

CHRISTIAN COLLEGE.

SHELLEY BECAME KNOWN AS THE

MOST FOUL-MOUTHED ATHEIST ON

CAMPUS.

PEOPLE WOULD COME UP TO

ME WITH WELL-MEANING THINGS,

OH, YOUR A MISSIONARY KID.

AND I WOULD CUSS THEM UP AND

DOWN AND LEFT AND RIGHT.

Reporter: AS SHELLEY'S

MENTAL ANGUISH WORSENED, SHE

SOUGHT HELP.

I KNEW I WAS COMING APART

AT THE SEEMS SEAMS, SO I

TRIED, BUT I WAS

UNCONSCIONABLE.

AT THIS TIME I WAS CUTTING

IN SELF-MUTILATION.

I WOULD FLY INTO RAGES AND

BREAK EVERYTHING IN MY DORM

ROOM.

I WAS TALKING ABOUT AND

THINKING ABOUT SUICIDE.

Reporter: SHELLEY BEGAN

TO FINALIZE A PLAN TO END

HER SUFFERING.

I WAS GOING TO JUMP OFF

THE ROOF, LANDING INTO THE

STONE COURTYARD, WHERE THERE

WOULD BE HIGH VISIBILITY OF

MY DEATH.

AND I WAS HOPING TO DO IT ON

MY BIRTHDAY, TO MAKE A

STATEMENT OF HOW UNHAPPY I

WAS THAT I EXIST.

Reporter: BUT BEFORE

SHE COULD GET TO THE

ROOF --

THIS OTHER STUDENT FROM

COLLEGE JUST ALL OF A SUDDEN

STANDS IN FRONT OF ME,

BETWEEN ME AND THE TRAP

DOOR.

SHE JUST SAID, LET'S GO TO

THE BATHROOM AND WASH THAT

OFF YOUR HANDS, OKAY?

Reporter: WITH HER

SUICIDE ATTEMPT THWARTED,

SHELLEY WAS PLACED IN A

MENTAL HOSPITAL, ON SUICIDE

WATCH.

I JUST STARTED SOBBING

BECAUSE I WAS THINKING ABOUT

THE SHOELACES.

AND I WAS THINKING HOW LOW

HAVE I GONE THAT I HAVE TO

HAVE SOMEONE TAKE MY

SHOELACES AWAY FROM ME.

IT FELT SO DEMEANING AND

DEGRADING.

AND I STARTED CUSSING OUT

THE PERSON WHO ABUSED ME.

AND I SAID, IF THERE IS A

GOD, YOU HAVE TO SHOW ME

THAT YOU'RE REAL.

AND IT HAS TO BE BETWEEN YOU

AND ME.

I CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT

SOMEBODY ELSE SAYS.

AND YOU HAVE TO SHOW ME THAT

YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT

THIS PAIN.

AND IF YOU CAN'T, I'M

DYING.

Reporter: SHELLEY

DIDN'T KNOW IT, BUT THAT'S

WHEN A GROUP OF STUDENTS AND

TEACHERS BEGAN A PRAYER

VIGIL ON HER BEHALF.

10 DAYS LATER SHELLEY WAS

RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL.

I THINK GOD STARTED

ANSWERING THAT PRAYER.

I THINK A TINY AMOUNT OF

HOPE STARTED CREEPING IN AT

THAT POINT.

Reporter: THE COLLEGE

STUDENTS CONTINUED TO PRAY.

THEY EVEN INVITED SHELLEY TO

A BIBLE STUDY.

I KNOW I OPENED MY MOUTH

TO SAY, NO, I'M NOT GOING TO

THAT BIBLE STUDY.

AND I HEARD MYSELF SAYING,

YES, I WILL BE THERE, AND

WRITING DOWN THE

DIRECTIONS.

Reporter: LATER THAT

DAY, WITH FEAR AND

INTREPIDATION, SHELLEY

OPENED THE DOOR AND HEARD

SOUNDS SHE HAS NEVER HEARD

BEFORE.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I

HAD SEEN PEOPLE WORSHIPPING

WITH THEIR HANDS RAISED,

SINGING THE SONGS TO JESUS

WITH TEARS DOWN THEIR FACE.

AND RIGHT IN THE MIDST OF

THAT, ONE OF THE LEADERS OF

THE BIBLE STUDY SAYS, CAN WE

PRAY FOR YOU?

AND I GO, YEAH, SURE, PRAY

FOR ME.

AND THEY PULLED A CHAIR OUT

IN THE MIDDLE.

I'VE NEVER SEEN THE CHAIR.

I'M WITH FANATICS, AND I

HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WAS GOING

ON.

BUT I OFFERED ONE THOUGHT TO

GOD, IF YOU'RE GOING TO SHOW

YOURSELF TO ME, YOU BETTER

DO IT NOW BECAUSE I WILL

NEVER COME INTO A PLACE LIKE

THIS WITH THESE KINDS OF

PEOPLE.

Reporter: SHELLEY SAYS

THAT GOD RESPONDED TO HER

CHALLENGE THAT NIGHT.

IT WAS LIKE THIS WEIGHT

ON ME.

I WAS LIKE ALL OF A SUDDEN I

WAS IN A ROOM, BY MYSELF,

BEFORE GOD.

AND IT WAS TERRIFYING AND

AWESOME.

AND THE DOMINATING THING

THAT WAS GOING THROUGH MY

MIND AND THROUGH MY EMOTIONS

WAS, OH, MY GOODNESS, I WAS

SO WRONG.

HE EXISTS.

HE EXISTS.

I KNEW WITHOUT ANY SHADOW OF

A DOUBT, HE EXISTED.

AND HE WAS REAL AND HE WAS

PRESENT.

AND I BEGAN TO BREAK DOWN

AND CRY.

THEY LED ME THROUGH THE

PRAYER OF SALVATION.

WHAT I EXPERIENCED IN THAT

MOMENT WAS LIKE A LITTLE

FOUNTAIN OF JOY, JUST A

QUIET LITTLE JOY THAT

STARTED COMING UP IN MY

HEART.

THERE WAS SUCH A RADICAL

SHIFT.

IT WAS FROM DEATH TO LIFE.

AND OUR CAMPUS WITNESSED IT,

AND PEOPLE AROUND ME

WITNESSED IT.

I COULD NOT STOP READING THE

BIBLE.

I WAS JUST LOVING IT.

Reporter: IN THE

ENSUING MONTHS, SHELLEY TOLD

EVERYONE ABOUT WHAT GOD HAD

DONE FOR HER.

SHE BECAME A WORSHIP LEADER

AND BIBLE TEACHER AT THE

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF

PRAYER IN KANSAS CITY.

THE BLOOD OF JESUS IS

ENOUGH.

GOD CAN TAKE AWAY THE PAIN

AND THE SHAME OF IT.

AND HE CAN GIVE YOU A HOPE

AND A REASON TO LIVE.

THE LORD HAS MADE IT RIGHT.

AND HE HAS SHOWN ME MY WORDS

BEFORE HIM.

Terry: GOD LOVES YOU SO

MUCH HE HAS CREATED YOU WITH

SUCH DETAIL.

THE BIBLE SAYS WE'RE

FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY

MADE, AND WE'RE MADE IN HIS

IMAGE AND LIKENESS.

AND THEN WHEN SOMEONE WHO IS

TRAPPED IN SIN THEMSELVES

COMES IN AND MARS THAT IMAGE

AND ROBS OUR INNOCENCE,

TAKES AWAY OUR ABILITY TO

BELIEVE, GOD IS STILL

THERE.

IN THE MIDST OF THE PAIN AND

THE CHAOS, GOD IS STILL

THERE.

YOU CANNOT GO TOO FAR FOR

GOD'S LOVE TO REACH YOU

RIGHT WHERE YOU'RE AT.

MAYBE YOU RELATED TO SOME OF

SHELLEY'S STORY.

MAYBE SOMEWHERE IN YOUR LIFE

SOMEONE WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN

TRUSTWORTHY DEEPLY WOUNDED

YOU.

AND YOU WALKED AWAY.

WALKED AWAY FROM BELIEF.

WALKED AWAY FROM GOD.

WALKED AWAY FROM PEACE AND

EVERYTHING THAT GOD

PROMISES.

SOMETIMES IT IS HARD TO

BELIEVE, WHEN SOMEBODY HAS

ROBBED US OF THOSE THINGS.

BUT HE IS REAL.

JUST LIKE SHE SAID, HE IS

REAL.

AND HE IS PRESENT, AS HE WAS

FOR HER.

IF YOU HAVE A DEEP NEED IN

YOUR LIFE TODAY, I WANT TO

ASK YOU TO GO TO YOUR PHONE

AND MAKE A PHONE CALL.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY WHO

YOU ARE, BUT JUST ASK THE

PERSON ON THE OTHER END OF

THE LINE, WHO HAS ALREADY

FOUND THAT HOPE AND THAT

PEACE IN JESUS, TO PRAY FOR

YOU, RIGHT AT YOUR POINT OF

NEED.

YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU DON'T SAY

WHO YOU ARE, YOU CAN BE

PRETTY HONEST ABOUT YOUR

CIRCUMSTANCES.

GIVE JESUS A CHANCE TO TOUCH

AND HEAL YOUR LIFE, JUST AS

HE DID SHELLEY'S.

JUST AS HE DID GIUM'S IN

THAT FIRST STORY.

OUR NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE, AND

IT IS A FREE NUMBER TO

CALL.

THEY WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU

THE UNBELIEVABLE MESSAGE OF

GOD'S HEALING POWER.

1-888-777-1999.

IF YOU CALL RIGHT NOW,

SOMEONE WILL ANSWER THE

PHONE.

WELL, WE ARE "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," AND WE WANT TO

PRAY FOR YOU.

SO LET'S GO OVER TO JESSICA

AND SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING

ONLINE.

JESS?

TERRY, BRETT WRITES

IN, "MY WIFE HAS A HEART

THAT LOOKS LIKE IT HAS BEEN

SHOT AT WITH A MACHINE GUN.

I'VE TRIED TO TELL HER IF

SHE READS HER BIBLE AND

LET'S THE WORDS RESONATE IN

HER HEART, GOD WILL BEGIN TO

BRING HEALING.

SHE JUST MOCKS ME AND TELLS

ME GOD ALLOWED EVERYTHING TO

HAPPEN, SO HE MUST BE THERE

TO STAY.

I'M SO BROKEN FOR HER AND

FOR US.

PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL

REVEAL HIMSELF TO HER AND

SHE WILL GET DEEP HEALING."

SALLY SAYS, "PLEASE PRAY FOR

MY MOM, WHO IS A

ROSACRUCIAN, SO IS MY

BROTHER AND SISTER.

I AM A CHRISTIAN AND I TRY

TO REASON WITH THEM, BUT

THEY JUST WILL NOT REASON.

PLEASE PRAY THEY WILL ALL

COME TO KNOW JESUS CHRIST AS

THEIR TRUE LORD AND

SAVIOR."

TERRY?

Gordon: BRETT, LET ME

TELL YOU TO JUST TAKE YOUR

WIFE -- IF HER HEART HAS

BEEN RIDDLED LIKE A MACHINE

GUN, SHE IS WOUNDED.

TAKE HER TO THE LORD'S

PRAYER AND RECITE IT TO

HER.

WHY WOULD JESUS ASK US TO

PRAY THAT GOD'S WILL WOULD

BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN

HEAVEN IF GOD'S WILL WILL

ALWAYS ALREADY BEING DONE.

THE FACT IS GOD'S WILL IS

NOT BEING DONE ON EARTH.

HE DOESN'T LIKE DISEASE OR

FAMINE OR WAR OR ALL OF THE

HORRIBLE THINGS THAT HAVE

HAPPENED.

HE DOESN'T WANT THAT.

AND SO JUST EXPLAIN THAT TO

HER.

AND THEN SAY, LET'S PRAY

THAT YOU WOULD HAVE GOD'S

WILL DONE IN YOUR HEART

RIGHT NOW.

IN HEAVEN -- START THINKING

ABOUT THAT, IF GOD'S WILL IS

BEING DONE IN HEAVEN, IN

HEAVEN THERE IS NOBODY SICK,

NOBODY WOUNDED, NOBODY

BETRAYING, NOBODY LONELY,

AND ALL OF THOSE ARE GOD'S

WILL.

SO LET'S PRAY THAT THAT

WOULD HAPPEN.

AND FOR SALLY, I'VE NEVER

BEEN ABLE TO ARGUE ANYONE

INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

YOU CAN ARGUE ALL YOU WANT.

JUST SHOW THEM GOD'S LOVE.

BUT LET YOU BE THE EPISTLE

OF GOD'S LOVE TO YOUR FAMILY

AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

LET'S PRAY.

LORD, WE JUST LIFT UP THESE

PRAYER REQUESTS TO YOU, AND

WE JUST ASK THAT YOUR WILL

WOULD BE DONE ON EARTH, AND

IN OUR HEARTS, AS IT IS IN

HEAVEN.

LORD, WE JUST ASK THAT ALL

DOUBTS, ALL UNBELIEFS, BE

DRIVEN AWAY IN THE PRESENCE

OF YOUR LOVE.

LET YOUR WILL BE DONE, FOR

WE ASK IT IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

AGAIN, IF YOU NEED PRAYER

GIVE US A CALL.

1-800-759-0700.

TERRY?

Terry: CBN'S ANIMATED

PROGRAM "SUPERBOOK" IS

REACHING THE FARTHEST

CORNERS OF THE EARTH AND IS

INTRODUCING STORIES OF THE

BIBLE TO FAMILIES AROUND THE

WORLD.

JUST LIKE MERIANA AND HER

FAMILY.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: RICK AND

MERIANA ARE MISSIONARIES IN

THE REMOTE FAR EAST OF

RUSSIA, NOT FAR FROM THE

ARCTIC CIRCLE.

THEY WORK WITH A PEOPLE

GROUP KNOWN AS THE AVANKI.

MOST LIVE FAR FROM HOME

RAISING REINDEER.

WHILE MOTHERS TAKE CARE OF

THE HOUSEHOLDS, CHILDREN ARE

TYPICALLY LEFT ALONE.

IT BREAKS MY HEART WHEN I

THINK ABOUT THESE KIDS, AND

THE FACT THAT NOBODY CARES

FOR THEM.

I KNOW HOW MUCH THEY NEED

LOVE.

Reporter: MERIANA KNOWS

SHARING THE GOSPEL OF JESUS

CHRIST WITH THESE CHILDREN

AND FAMILIES IS IMPORTANT.

SHE, HERSELF, GREW UP NEVER

EVEN HEARING ABOUT GOD.

BECAUSE IN THE SOVIET UNION,

PRACTICING ANY ORGANIZED

RELIGION WAS FORBIDDEN.

BUT MERIANA KNEW THERE WAS

MORE.

I FELT AS IF THERE WAS

SOMEBODY BESIDE ME.

IT WAS LIKE I I WAS

SEARCHING FOR HIM WITH MY

HEART.

I SAID, I DON'T KNOW YOU

NAME OR WHO YOU ARE, BUT

PLEASE HELP ME LEARN ABOUT

YOU.

Reporter: AND THEN SHE

AND HER BROTHER SAW A

CARTOON ON TELEVISION.

IT WAS CBN'S ORIGINAL

"SUPERBOOK."

[SPEAKING A

FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

THEY TALKED ABOUT GOD AND

ABOUT WHO JESUS WAS.

THEY EVEN PROMISED TO SEND A

BOOKLET ABOUT JESUS TO

ANYBODY WHO WROTE A LETTER.

Reporter: MERIANA WROTE

TO CBN, AND SOON RECEIVED A

BOOKLET THAT CHANGE HER LIFE

FOREVER.

I IMMEDIATELY UNDERSTOOD

THAT JESUS DIED FOR ME.

THAT IS WHY I PRAYED THE

PRAYER WRITTEN IN THE

BOOKLET.

Reporter: MERIANA KEPT

WATCHING "SUPERBOOK" TO

LEARN MORE ABOUT GOD.

NOW SHE SHOWS THE NEW

"SUPERBOOK" TO HER FAMILY.

MY KIDS ENJOY "SUPERBOOK"

VERY MUCH, AND WATCH THIS

CARTOON WITH GREAT DELIGHT.

Reporter: SHE PLANS TO

SHOW THE CARTOONS TO THE

AVENKI CHILDREN, TOO.

WE GET THEM SO I CAN SHOW

THEM TO ALL OF THE CHILDREN

HERE.

I WAS SO EXCITED WHEN I

LEARNED THEY WERE MAKING NEW

"SUPERBOOK" CARTOONS.

I THINK THAT'S WONDERFUL.

I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR

THIS CARTOON.

IT SAVED ME, AND IT MEANS A

LOT TO CHILDREN.

MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU.

Terry: WE HAVE AN

EXCITING OPPORTUNITY TO

REACH THE CHILDREN OF THE

WORLD.

AND OFTEN IN DOING THAT,

THEIR FAMILIES, WHICH IS

QUITE A REMARKABLE OPEN

DOOR, OPEN WINDOW FROM THE

LORD, REALLY.

THE NEW "SUPERBOOK" HAS THE

LATEST ANIMATION.

IT HAS ALL KINDS OF

WONDERFUL ONLINE FOLLOWUP,

GAMES FOR CHILDREN TO PLAY,

MATERIALS AVAILABLE TO

CHURCHES.

WE WANT YOU TO BE A PART OF

THAT.

WILL YOU HELP US REACH THE

CHILDREN OF THE WORLD?

THIS IS GOING TO BE

TRANSLATED INTO 42

LANGUAGES, SO THAT KIDS

EVERYWHERE CAN COME TO KNOW

THE MESSAGE OF GOD'S WORD,

THE STORIES OF THE BIBLE IN

THEIR LANGUAGE.

SO BE A PART OF THAT.

JOIN "THE 700 CLUB."

YOU CAN DESIGNATE YOUR

GIVING TO THE "SUPERBOOK"

PROJECT.

YOU CAN DO THAT BY CALLING

1-888-777-1999, OR LOG ON

TO CBN.COM.

IT'S AN EXCITING

OPPORTUNITY.

GORDON?

Gordon: WE LEAVE YOU

WITH THESE WORDS FROM THE

BIBLE: "NOW ASKS THE BEASTS,

AND THEY WILL TEACH YOU, AND

THE BIRDS OF THE AIR, AND

THEY WILL TELL YOU.

OR SPEAK TO THE EARTH, AND

IT WILL TEACH YOU.

AND THE FISH OF THE SEA WILL

EXPLAIN TO YOU.

WHO AMONG ALL THESE DOES NOT

KNOW THAT THE HAND OF THE

LORD HAS DONE THIS?"

REALIZE TODAY THAT GOD HAS

CREATED ALL THINGS, AND MOST

ESPECIALLY HE HAS CREATED

YOU.

AND HE HAS CREATED YOU AND

GIVEN YOU THE BREATH THAT

YOU HAVE, AND HE HAS DONE IT

FOR A PURPOSE, THAT YOU

WOULD ENJOY ALL OF THE GOOD

THINGS THAT HE HAS CREATED.

GOD BLESS YOU.

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