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700 Club Interactive : Masks - June 18, 2014

She was one person during the day and another at night. See what happened when she took off her mask. Read Transcript


Gordon: IT CAN BE HARD

TO KEEP UP WITH THE

JONESES.

WHEN IT COMES TO GOD, JUST

BE YOU.

PLEASE DON'T PUT ON A MASK.

PLEASE DON'T PRETEND.

TAKING OFF THE MASK, 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.

WELL, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION

HAS GROWN UP.

AND FROM SOCIAL JUSTICE TO

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY, THEY ARE

CHANGING THE FACE OF OUR

WORLD.

Terry: MILLENNIALS TRY

TO BE REAL, FROM THEIR

FRIENDSHIPS TO THE ORGANIC

FOOD THEY EAT.

SO MANY ARE TURNED OFF WHEN

THEY GO TO CHURCH AND FIND

PEOPLE HIDING BEHIND MASKS.

HERE IS THE FUNNY THING

ABOUT PEOPLE: WE ALL LIKE TO

LOOK GOOD, TO MAKE A GOOD

IMPRESSION, TO SHOW EVERYONE

ELSE WE HAVE IT ALL

TOGETHER.

EVEN THOUGH NONE OF US DO.

THE ONLY WAY TO PULL THIS

OFF IS TO PUT SOMETHING ELSE

ON, AND THAT SOMETHING IS

CALLED A MASK.

A MASK CAN HELP YOU GET A

JOB.

I HAVE OVER 12 YEARS OF

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

EXPERIENCE.

PLAYING VIDEO GAMES IN MY

PARENTS BASEMENT.

AND IT CAN MAKE YOU LOOK

SMARTER.

TO MAXIMIZE CORPORATION

SYNERGY.

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M

SAYING.

I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU'RE

SINGLE.

AND I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT

YOU'RE 25.

I'M NOT SINGLE.

I'M NOT 25.

WE USE OUR MASKS TO

IMPRESS PEOPLE.

THIS IS GORGEOUS.

IT WAS LIKE ONLY THIS BIG.

IT'S EXPENSIVE, BUT IT IS

THE BEST.

THERE IS SO MUCH DEBT.

WE USE THEM TO FOOL

PEOPLE.

I THOUGHT I WAS GOING THE

SPEED LIMIT, OFFICER.

AND WE EVEN USE THEM TO

PROTECT PEOPLE WE LOVE.

THAT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL.

I'M PRETTY SURE YOU'RE

TONE DEAF.

I'M JUST GOING TO WALK TO

SCHOOL TODAY BECAUSE I'M

KIND OF EMBARRASSED TO BE

SEEN WITH YOU.

YOU SOUND LIKE A GREAT

GUY.

WHAT ARE YOU THINKING.

YOU DO NOT LOOK FAT IN

THOSE JEANS, THAT'S WHY THEY

CALL IT A MUFFIN TOP.

WE ALL WEAR MASKS FROM

TIME TO TIME, BUT THE

CRAZIEST PLACE IS IN

CHURCH.

HELLO, BROTHER!

GREETINGS TO YOU, ON THIS

DAY THE LORD HAS MADE.

I'M FINE.

HE HAS BLESSED ME SO

WONDERFULLY.

AND MAKE LIKE EVERYTHING

IS PERFECT.

THINGS ARE GREAT.

BUT BEHIND EVERY PERFECT

MASK, THERE IS A PERFECTLY

MESSED UP LIFE.

PEOPLE HAVE HEARTS THAT ARE

CONFUSED, ADDICTED,

HOPELESS, HELPLESS, AND

HURTING.

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BUT HERE IS THE THING:

THIS IS THE EXACTLY THE KIND

OF LIFE WHERE GOD SHOWS UP.

THE ONE THING GOD CAN'T WORK

WITH IS A MASK.

SO AROUND HERE WE HAVE A

SAYING, "IT'S OKAY TO NOT BE

OKAY."

NOBODY'S PERFECT --

BUT GRACE IS AVAILABLE.

WE BELIEVE GOD LOVES US

NOT IF OR BECAUSE, BUT HE

LOVES US ANYWAY.

WE ALL LIKE TO LOOK GOOD TO

OTHERS, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO

GOD, THE BEST IMPRESSION YOU

COULD MAKE IS TO JUST BE

YOU.

Gordon: THOSE ARE WORDS

TO LIVE BY, WHEN IT COMES TO

GOD, JUST BE YOU.

PLEASE DON'T PUT ON A MASK.

PLEASE DON'T PRETEND,

BECAUSE HE SEES YOU AND SEES

IT ALL.

HEBREWS 4: "THE WORD OF GOD

IS LIVING AND POWERFUL."

START UNDERSTANDING WHO THE

WORD IS.

WHEN YOU GET THAT STRAIGHT,

THAT THE WORD BECAME FLESH,

THAT MEANS THE WORD IS

JESUS, AND THE WORD OF GOD

IS LIVING AND POWERFUL.

IT IS SHARPER THAN ANY

TWO-EDGED SWORD, PIERCING

EVEN TO THE DIVISION OF

JOINTS AND MARROW, AND IS

THE DISCERNER OF THE

THOUGHTS AND INTENTS OF THE

HEART.

THERE IS NO CREATURE HIDDEN

FROM HIS SIGHT, BUT ALL

THINGS ARE NAKED AND OPEN TO

THE EYES OF HIM TO WHOM WE

MUST GIVE ACCOUNT.

HE KNOWS THE INTENTS OF YOUR

HEART.

HE KNOWS WHAT YOU'RE

THINKING.

THE AMAZING THING IS WE AS

HUMANS CAN SOMEHOW HIDE FROM

HIM.

THAT SOMEHOW OR ANOTHER WHAT

WE'RE DOING HE IS NOT

NOTICING.

AND IT GOES ALL THE WAY BACK

TO THE GARDEN OF EDEN.

WHEN ADAM AND EVE, THEY ATE

OF THE TREE, AND THEIR EYES

WERE OPEN AND THEY

UNDERSTOOD NOW GOOD AND

EVIL.

THE FIRST INSTINCT THEY HAD

WAS TO HIDE.

THEY COVERED THEMSELVES.

THEY MADE MAKESHIFT

GARMENTS, AND THEY COVERED

THEMSELVES AND TRIED TO HIDE

FROM GOD.

AND GOD COMES TO THE GARDEN,

ADAM, WHERE ARE YOU?

NOW, HE WASN'T ASKING THE

QUESTION TO FIND OUT WHERE

ADAM WAS.

HE ALREADY KNEW.

WHAT HE WAS ASKING, ADAM,

WHERE ARE YOU, SO ADAM WOULD

UNDERSTAND WHERE HE WAS.

AND HOW THE SEPARATION HAD

ALREADY HAPPENED.

AND THAT QUESTION EXTENDS

THROUGH THE AGES, TO YOU AND

ME.

AND HE KNOWS YOU BY NAME AND

HE IS CALLING YOU BY NAME,

ASKING THE SAME THING.

WHERE ARE YOU?

AND WHERE ARE YOU IN

RELATION TO ME.

WHEN YOU START EXAMINING THE

INTENTS OF YOUR HEART, YOUR

MOTIVATION, WHAT'S DRIVING

YOU, AND COMPAI COMPARE

THAT WITH THE WORD OF GOD,

LET IT DIVIDE YOU, JOINT AND

MARROW, SOUL AND SPIRIT --

LET IT CUT RIGHT TO THE

QUICK, SO YOU UNDERSTAND

YOU'RE NAKED BEFORE HIM.

HE SEES IT ALL.

AND IT IS UP TO YOU TO GET

THE INTENT OF THAT HEART

RIGHT.

JESUS HAD SOME VERY SPECIAL

WORDS FOR PEOPLE WHO HAD AN

OUTWARD SHOW OF

RIGHTEOUSNESS BUT INWARDLY

WERE CORRUPT.

YOU FIND IT IN MATTHEW 23:

"WHOA TO YOU, SCRIBES AND

FARC PHARISEES, HYPOCRITES,

BECAUSE YOU ARE LIKE

WHITE-WASHED TOMBS, WHICH

APPEAR CLEAN OUTWARDLY, BUT

INSIDE ARE FULL OF DEAD

MAN'S BONES."

YOU OUTWARDLY APPEAR

RIGHTEOUS TO MEN, BUT INSIDE

YOU ARE FULL OF HYPOCRISY

AND LAWLESSNESS.

DON'T LET THAT BE SAID OF

YOU.

GET RIGHT BEFORE HIM.

UNDERSTAND THAT HE WILL

FORGIVE ANY SIN.

HE WILL SET YOU FREE FROM

IT, BUT YOU HAVE TO CHANGE

AND YOU HAVE TO SAY I WANT

THE INTENSE OF MY HEART, THE

MEDITATION OF MY HEART, TO

BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR

SIGHT.

WELL, WE'VE GOT SOME

QUESTIONS ON THIS TOPIC, SO

LET'S GO OVER TO JESSICA TO

FIND OUT MORE.

Reporter: WELL, GORDON,

WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE

ASKING QUESTIONS ON OUR

Facebook PAGE.

ANNA WRITES IN, "I'M A QUIET

PERSON AND I DON'T LIKE

SHARING MUCH ABOUT MYSELF.

MY PASTOR SAYS I NEED TO

LOOSEN UP AND LET PEOPLE

IN.

BUT I'M HAPPY NOT TALKING

VERY MUCH.

I LOVE GOD AND I WANT TO

HONOR MY LEADERS, BUT HOW

CAN I DO SOMETHING THAT

FEELS UNNATURAL TO ME."

GORDON?

Gordon: YOU SOUND LIKE

AN INTROVERT, AND YOU'RE

TALKING TO ONE RIGHT NOW.

I DON'T FEEL COMFORTABLE IN

LARGE GROUPS WITH LOTS OF

SMALL TALK.

THAT'S JUST NOT ME.

BUT WHAT I DO RELISH, AND I

WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO,

IS FIND FRIENDSHIPS WHERE

YOU CAN HAVE DEEP, INVOLVING

CONVERSATION.

AND MAKE THAT A SPECIAL

TASK, WHERE YOU CAN FIND

SOMEONE YOU CAN BE YOU

WITH.

AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO PUT ON

A MASK, AND YOU DON'T HAVE

TO PRETEND.

AND YOU CAN BE VERY REAL.

AND WHEN YOU FIND THOSE,

THOSE ARE TREASURES.

AND THEY'RE MORE VALUABLE

THAN ANY GOLD.

SO SEEK THAT OUT AND SEEK

THOSE KINDS OF FRIENDSHIPS

OUT.

YOU'LL FIND THEM VERY

MEANINGFUL AND VERY

REWARDING, AS YOU LIVE.

LET'S GO BACK TO JESSICA FOR

ANOTHER QUESTION.

GORDON, MIKE ASKS, "HOW

CAN YOU TELL IF YOU'RE

WEARING A MASK OR NOT.

MY WIFE THINKS I'M HIDING

PAIN FROM THE PAST BY

HELPING OTHERS.

I DID HAVE A PAINFUL

CHILDHOOD, BUT I GENTLY

GENUINELY LIKE HELPING OTHER

PEOPLE.

IS SHE RIGHT?"

Gordon: MIKE, THE FACT

YOU'RE ASKING THE QUESTION,

AND IF YOU WONDER, THEN IT

IS PROBABLY SOMETHING YOU

NEED TO LOOK AT YOURSELF.

A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE

GONE THROUGH TRAUMA EXHIBIT

WHAT IS CALLED RESCUING

BEHAVIOR.

THEY FIND OTHER PEOPLE IN

TRAUMA BECAUSE THEY KNOW

WHAT IT IS LIKE, AND THEY

WANT TO RESCUE THEM OUT OF

IT.

THAT'S A GOOD THING TO DO,

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, YOU

HAVE TO BE JUDICIOUS WITH

IT.

AND YOU HAVE TO REALIZE YOUR

OWN LIMITS AND THE LIMITS OF

WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THEM.

SOME PEOPLE HAVE PROBLEMS

THAT ONLY CHANGE WHEN THEY

CHANGE.

WHEN THEY HAVE A CHANGE OF

HEART, THEY COME TO THAT

UNDERSTANDING THAT THE

BIGGEST PROBLEM IN THEIR

LIFE IS THEM.

AND THEY HAVE TO CHANGE

THEIR ORIENTATION AND THEIR

OUTLOOK TOWARDS LIFE.

THOSE PEOPLE, IF YOU TRY TO

RESCUE THEM, YOU'RE JUST

CONTINUING THE SAME PATTERN

OF BAD BEHAVIOR.

AND YOU'RE BEING AN

ENABLER.

BUT OTHER PEOPLE GENUINELY

NEED HELP.

AND IF YOU CAN BE A HELP TO

THEM -- BUT YOU NEED TO TAKE

A LOOK AT WHY AM I DOING

THIS?

AND IF YOU'RE DOING IT TO

MAKE UP FOR TRAUMA WITHIN

YOUR CHILDHOOD, GO FIX THAT

FIRST.

ASK WHERE GOD WAS DURING

THAT TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE.

WHAT WAS HE FEELING AND WHAT

WAS HE THINKING?

YOU'LL FIND THAT IT IS

WONDERFUL.

YOU'LL FIND IT IS A BALM TO

YOUR SOUL TO UNDERSTAND THAT

THAT WASN'T GOD'S WILL, AND

GOD DIDN'T ALLOW THAT TO

HAPPEN.

IT WAS SOMEBODY ELSE'S

SELF-WILL.

AND WHEN YOU CAN COME TO THE

POINT, AS JESUS DID, FATHER,

FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY DIDN'T

KNOW WHAT THEY WERE DOING,

THEY DIDN'T KNOW THAT

DECADES LATER I WOULD BE

CARRYING THIS BURDEN -- THEY

DIDN'T KNOW.

WHEN YOU CAN GET TO THAT

FORGIVENESS, YOU'LL BE FREE

OF THE MASK.

WE'VE GOT ONE MORE

QUESTION.

LET'S GO BACK TO JESSICA.

WENDY WRITES IN, "I LOVE

MY JOB, BUT THERE IS A LOT

OF COMPETITION.

I FEAR IF PEOPLE KNEW THE

REAL ME, THEY WOULD FIND A

WAY TO GET RID OF ME.

SO I PUT ON A FACE.

IS THAT WRONG?"

GORDON?

Gordon: IN THE

WORKPLACE, THAT'S ONE OF THE

PRIME PLACES THAT PEOPLE PUT

ON MASKS.

IT DEPENDS IF YOU'RE A

CUSTOMER OR NOT, BECAUSE

YOU'RE GOING TO GET A LOT OF

MASKS IF YOU'RE A CUSTOMER,

BECAUSE THEY'RE ALL TRYING

TO GET THE SALE, GET THE

DEAL DONE.

BUT YOU'RE WONDERING IF YOU

SHOW THE REAL ME, YOU'VE GOT

SOME SELF-IMAGE ISSUES THAT

I REALLY THINK YOU NEED TO

DEAL WITH.

BECAUSE THE REAL YOU IS

WONDERFUL, AND IT'S

FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY

MADE BY A LOVING HEAVENLY

FATHER.

NOW, YOU HAVE TO FIND YOUR

IDENTITY IN HIM.

AND WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO

BE A CHILD OF GOD.

YOU KNOW, IF YOU'RE BENT ON

SAYING I'M NO GOOD, WELL,

THAT'S NOT WHAT THE WORD OF

GOD SAYS.

THE WORD OF GOD SAYS YOU'RE

INFINITELY VALUABLE, AND HE

PAID THE INFINITE PRICE SO

YOU'D BE WITH HIM FOR ALL

ETERNITY.

HE WANTS YOU TO COME INTO

YOUR FULLNESS.

HE WANTS YOU TO LEAVE BEHIND

ANYTHING THAT WOULD HIND AND

PRESS OER, AND PRESS ON TO

THAT HIGH GOAL, WHICH IS

JESUS CHRIST, WHICH MEANS

YOU GET TO BE LIKE HIM.

SO PURSUE THAT.

FIND THAT REAL YOU IN

JESUS.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

AND THEN YOU WON'T BE AFRAID

ANYMORE AND YOU WON'T HAVE

TO PUT ON A MASK.

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, STILL

AHEAD, THEY HAD THE MONEY,

THE HOME, AND THE PRESTIGE,

AND A TON OF BAGGAGE.

OUR MARRIAGE WAS IN

SHAMBLES.

WE HAD NO PEACE IN OUR

HEART, IN OUR HOME.

Terry: HOW THEY FOUND

TRUE RICHES AFTER THIS.

Terry: IN 2006,

AMERICA'S HOUSING MARKET WAS

AT ITS PEAK, AND SO WAS

DEBRA'S REAL ESTATE

BUSINESS.

BUT WHEN THE BUBBLE BURST A

FEW YEARS LATER, DEBRA AND

HER HUSBAND FOUND THEMSELVES

$5 MILLION IN DEBT.

Reporter: BEFORE 2009,

DEALLE AND DEBRA LIVED LIFE

SUCCESSFULLY.

AND HE OWNED A HOBBY SHOP

UNTIL HE SOLD IT AND HE

DECIDED TO STAY HOME WITH

THEIR TWO CHILDREN.

I WAS VERY DRIVEN.

I WAS ALL ABOUT ACQUIRING

THE NEXT DEAL.

Reporter: AND SHE

DEVELOPED SEVERAL AFFLUENT

SUBDIVISIONS, AND IN 2006,

THE COUPLE BOUGHT TWO

ADDITIONAL PROPERTIES WITH

PLANS TO DEVELOP THEM AS

WELL.

BUSINESS WAS BOOMING.

Reporter: AS THE

COUPLE'S BUSINESS EXPLODED,

SO DID THEIR LIFESTYLE.

EVERYONE IN TOWN COULD SEE

THEIR 4600 DREAM HOME FROM

THE MAIN ROAD.

WE BECAME CONSUMED WITH

WHAT WE THOUGHT WE NEEDED TO

HAVE TO BE HAPPY.

IT WAS BASICALLY STUFF.

Reporter: IN 2009, THE

HOUSING MARKET CRASHED AND

THEIR BUSINESS BASICALLY

DRIED UP OVERNIGHT.

ALL OF THE FIELD PEOPLE

WE WORKED WITH QUIT OR WENT

BANKRUPTCBANKRUPT OR BOTH.

IT WAS LITERALLY THAT ONE

DAY WAS FINE AND THE NEXT

DAY IT JUST DIED.

Reporter: THEY WERE

QUICKLY BURIED IN AN

IMPOSSIBLE AMOUNT OF DEBT.

THE BANKS DEVELOPED PAYMENTS

FOR THE LOANS THEY HAD TAKEN

OUT FOR THEIR DEVELOPMENTS.

THREE, FOUR, FIVE MILLION

DOLLARS OF DEBT WE WERE IN.

IT CAUSED A LOT OF FEAR,

ALMOST PANIC.

Reporter: DEBRA SHIFTED

HER REAL ESTATE APPROACH,

AND D.L. STARTED WORKING

OVERNIGHT AT A SHIPPING

COMPANY, WHERE HE IS STILL

WORKING TODAY.

BUT IT WASN'T ENOUGH.

THEY HAD TO SELL THEIR HOME

AT A HUGE LOSS.

THEN IN 2010, THEY DECLARED

PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY.

WHEN THEY MOVED THEIR FAMILY

OF FOUR INTO A 1,000 SQUARE

FOOT HOME, THE COUPLE FELT

DEFEATED.

OUR MARRIAGE WAS IN

SHAMBLES.

WE PUT GOD ON THE BACK

BURNER.

THAT'S WHAT CAUSED US TO

UNRAVEL.

WE REALIZED, THIS IS WRONG.

THIS IS NOT WORKING.

WE HAD NOPIES PEAC NO PEACE

IN OUR HEART OR IN OUR

HOME.

WE MADE A COMMITMENT TO

EACH OTHER AND TO GOD WE

WERE GOING TO FOLLOW HIM NO

MATTER WHAT.

Reporter: D.L. AND

DEBRA DID AGREE ON ONE

THING, THEY WOULD KEEP ON

TITHING, DESPITE THEIR

FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES.

THEY BEGAN TO WATCH "THE 700

CLUB," AND EVENTUALLY BECAME

PARTNERS.

THERE WERE SO MANY

STORIES ON THERE THAT GAVE

ME HOPE, THROUGH GOD'S WORD,

THAT PEOPLE HAD BEEN THROUGH

THE SAME KIND OF EXPERIENCES

THAT WE HAD GONE THROUGH.

IT JUST ENCOURAGED US.

Reporter: WITH THEIR

NEW FOCUS, AMAZING THINGS

STARTED TO HAPPEN IN THAT

1,000 SQUARE FOOT HOME.

IT HEALED US.

AND MOVING TO THAT SMALL

HOME, WITH LESS PRESSURE, IT

MADE US APPRECIATE THE

IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE.

Reporter: DEBRA'S

BUSINESS EVENTUALLY STARTED

TO REBOUND.

AND WITHIN TWO YEARS OF THE

BANKRUPTCY, THEY BOUGHT A

LARGER HOME.

TODAY THEY LIVE FOCUSED ON

GOD, NOT WORRIED ABOUT WHAT

THEY CAN GET, BUT WHAT THEY

CAN GIVE.

GOD HAS DOUBLED OUR

FINANCES.

OUR FINANCES HAVE BEEN

RESTORED BECAUSE OF HIM.

AND I BELIEVE IT IS BECAUSE

OF US CONTINUING TO TITHE

AND PUTTING GOD FIRST IN OUR

LIVES.

Terry: GOD HAS SUCH AN

AMAZING PLAN FOR US.

HE HAS AN ANSWER FOR OUR

EVERY NEED.

HE IS THE ANSWER.

AND SO OFTEN WE GO ABOUT

DOING OUR OWN THING.

IN THIS INSTANCE, ACQUIRING

STUFF AND GATHERING DEBT AT

THE SAME TIME.

AND YET GOD IS A REDEEMER OF

ALL THAT IS LOST ALWAYS.

IF WE'LL JUST COME TO HIM.

HE SAYS, LET ME HELP YOU.

HE WANTS TO HELP US.

HE IS AVAILABLE TO US.

AND THEN HE SETS UP SOME

GUIDELINES AND SOME

PRINCIPLES.

YOU SEE, ONCE WE BELONG TO

HIM AND HE IS PROVIDING FOR

US, THEN HE WANTS TO WORK

THROUGH US TO REACH AND MEET

THE NEEDS OF OTHER PEOPLE.

TODAY YOU CAN BE A PART OF

STARTING THAT JOURNEY FOR

YOURSELF.

YOU HEARD THIS COUPLE TALK

ABOUT HOW GOD TURNED THEIR

LIVES AROUND.

$5MILLION IN DEBT, AND GOD

SHOWED THEM HOW TO COME OUT

OF THAT, AND IS NOW USING

THEM TO TOUCH OTHER PEOPLE'S

LIVES.

TO GIVE -- THEY'VE BECOME

GIVERS INSTEAD OF

ACQUIRERS.

AND GOD IS SPEAKING THAT TO

EACH ONE OF US.

HE GIVES US AN UNBELIEVABLE

AMOUNT OF BLESSING.

HE SAYS, I CAN USE YOU IN

THE LIVES OF OTHER PEOPLE.

WE WANT TO INVITE YOU TO BE

A PART OF THAT TODAY.

THAT'S WHAT WE DO HERE AT

CBN, WE'RE ABOUT GIVING TO

OTHER PEOPLE.

ABOUT MEETING THE NEEDS OF

THE LIVES OF OTHERS.

WHEN WE DO THAT TOGETHER, WE

CAN REALLY REACH OUT TO THE

WORLD IN A BIG DAY.

WAY.

TO JOIN "THE 700 CLUB," IT'S

65 CENTS A DAY, $20 A

MONTH.

WE LOVE GOD.

WE WANT TO WALK ACCORDING TO

HIS PRINCIPLES, AND WE WANT

HIM TO RULE AND REIGN IN OUR

LIFE, BUT WE WANT HIM TO

TOUCH THE LIVES OF OTHER

PEOPLE.

YOU CAN CALL 1-888-777-1999,

OR YOU CAN JOIN "THE 700

CLUB" BY LOGGING ON TO

CBN.COM.

BUT DO ITDAY TODAY BECAUSE

IT TODAY BECAUSE YOU CAN

REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Gordon: COMING UP, A

MOTHER WHO NEVER LET HER

GUARD DOWN.

AS LONG AS I WOULD STAY

IN THE THINGS OF GOD,

EVERYBODY WOULD THINK I WAS

A PERSON OF GOD.

Gordon: WHAT HAPPENED

WHEN SHE FINALLY TOOK OFF

THE MASK, AFTER THIS.

Terry: BY DAY, CASEY

PLAYED THE ROLE OF A LOVING

WIFE AND MOTHER, BUT AT

NIGHT SHE MORVE MORPHED

INTO A STRANGER.

CASEY LIVED THIS DOUBLE LIFE

FOR YEARS UNTIL HER SECRET

IDENTITY WAS BUSTED BY HER

HUSBAND.

Reporter: WHEN CASEY

VAN NORMAN WAS 13, HER

PARENTS DIVORCED.

AS A CHILD, NOT HAVING MY

FATHER PRESENT, JUST THAT

QUESTION OF WHY WAS I NOT

ENOUGH.

YOU KNOW?

SO 13, 14, 15, I REALLY

WRESTLED WITH THIS FEELING

OF INSECURITY OF

UNWORTHINESS.

Reporter: THOSE

FEELINGS WOULD ONLY GET

WORSE.

CASEY BECAME A CHRISTIAN AND

AT 15 ATTENDED A CONFERENCE,

WHERE SHE MADE A PROMISE TO

GOD TO SAVE HERSELF FOR

MARRIAGE.

A FEW MONTHS LATER, SHE WAS

RAPED BY AN OLDER MAN.

WHAT I REALLY FELT IN

THAT MOMENT WAS THAT I HAD

KEPT MY PROMISE, BUT GOD HAD

NOT KEPT HIS.

AND HE HAD FAILED ME.

AND SO I JUST DECIDED THAT

IF THAT'S WHAT HE WAS GOING

TO DO TO ME, WATCH WHAT I

WAS ABOUT TO DO TO HIM.

Reporter: SOON CASEY

WAS TAKING DRUGS AND HAVING

SEX.

SHE ALSO STARTED CUTTING AND

BECAME BULEMIC.

I USED EVERY BAND-AID YOU

COULD THINK OF: SEX,

ALCOHOL, DRUGS, POPULARITY.

Reporter: AFTER YEARS

OF STRUGGLING, CASEY

RECOMMITTED HER LIFE TO

CHRIST AND STARTED TURNING

HER LIFE AROUND.

SHE MET AND MARRIED JUSTIN

AND HAD TWO CHILDREN, BUT

SHE HADN'T LEARNED TO ACCEPT

GOD'S GIFT OF LOVE.

I WANTED TO WORK FOR

HIM.

I WANTED TO EARN THAT LOVE.

AS LONG AS I COULD STAY BUSY

IN THE THINGS OF GOD,

EVERYBODY WOULD THINK I WAS

OF GOD.

Reporter: AS MUCH AS

SHE TRIED, SHE COULDN'T GET

RID OF THE FEELINGS OF

INSECURITY AND WORTHINESS

AND SOON TURNED TO OLD

HABITS.

DURING THE DAY, I WOULD

LIVE WHAT LOOKED TO BE THIS

RIGHTEOUS, MORAL LIFE.

AND AT NIGHT, I WOULD BE A

COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PERSON,

CUTTING MY ARMS JUST TO

EXPERIENCE ONE MOMENT OF

POWER, STICKING MY FINGER

DOWN MY THROAT.

Reporter: JUSTIN ADMITS

HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS

HAPPENING TO HIS WIFE.

I WAS BUSY PROVIDING FOR

OUR FAMILY, TRYING TO EARN A

GOOD LIVING.

WE WERE TEACHING SUNDAY

SCHOOL AND DOING THINGS AS A

CHURCH.

I BASICALLY STOPPED BEING

ROMANTIC WITH CASEY.

I STOPPED TAKING HER OUT ON

DATES.

Reporter: BUT A FELLOW

CHURCH MEMBER WAS READY TO

GIVE CASEY ALL OF THE

ATTENTION SHE WANTED.

ANOTHER MAN BEGAN TO

PURSUE ME, BEGAN TO NOTICE

THINGS THAT JUSTIN DIDN'T

SEEM TO NOTICE ANYMORE.

AND I RESPONDED.

Reporter: IT WAS THE

BEGINNING OF A THREE-YEAR

LONG AFFAIR.

EVENTUALLY JUSTIN UNCOVERED

IT WHILE GOING THROUGH SOME

PHONE RECORDS.

THOUGH IT WAS HARD, JUSTIN

FORGAVE HIS WIFE.

IN THAT MOMENT, IT ALL

BECAME VERY CLEAR TO ME THAT

I WAS AS MUCH AT FAULT IN

LEDING THE GUARD DOWN AND

THE BOUNDARIES DOWN THAT WE

SHOULD HAVE HAD IN OUR

MARRIAGE THAT WE DIDN'T.

Reporter: BUT CASEY WAS

STILL OVERCOME WITH GUILT.

I WAS SO DISGUSTED WITH

MYSELF.

AND I REALLY BELIEVED THAT

MY FAMILY AND MY HUSBAND

WOULD BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT

ME.

I POPPED A BOTTLE OF XANAX

AND A WHOLE THING OF ALCOHOL

AND PRAYED TO END IT.

Reporter: AT THAT

MOMENT, A CLOSE FRIEND

HAPPENED TO BE OUT RUNNING

ERRANDS.

HE PUT IT ON MY FRIEND'S

HEART TO SPECIFICALLY AND

URGENTLY GET TO CASEY'S

HOUSE.

THE HOUSE WAS NOT LOCKED.

I WAS THERE, AND I WAS

PASSED OUT.

I KNOW IF I STAYED IN THAT

WAY FOR ANY AMOUNT LONGER,

MY HEART WOULD HAVE

STOPPED.

GOD USED HER HAS A VESSEL TO

SAVE MY LIFE.

Reporter: AS SHE

RECOVERED PHYSICALLY AND

EMOTIONALLY, JUSTIN WAS

THERE BY HER SIDE.

CASEY SAID HIS RESPONSE

HELPED HER TO FINALLY

UNDERSTAND GOD'S LOVE.

I'D BEEN A CHRISTIAN ALL

OF THIS TIME.

AND I DIDN'T FULLY GRASP

GRACE.

AND FOR HIM TO LOOK AT ME

AND SAY, CASEY, I DON'T KNOW

HOW TO NOT LOVE YOU.

THIS WAS THE SPIRIT OF GOD

IN HIM, OFFERING ME

FORGIVENESS AND GRACE SO

THAT I WOULD EXPERIENCE

GRACE.

AND NOW I GET TO GO AND TELL

EVERYONE THIS STORY, THAT

GOD IS SAYING THESE WORDS TO

YOU, WHICH IS, I DON'T KNOW

HOW TO NOT LOVE YOU.

Reporter: CASEY SAYS

SHE STOPPED CUTTING AND WAS

FREED FROM HER STRUGGLE WITH

BULEMIA.

SHE AND JUSTIN THEN BEGAN

RESTORING THEIR MARRIAGE.

WE BEGAN TO WEED OUT

CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS,

PLACED SHIR HIGHER

BOUNDARIES IN OUR

RELATIONSHIP AND

COMMUNICATE.

INTIMACY IS WAY STRONGER

NOW THAN IT EVER WAS.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT A

MARRIAGE, IT IS THE ONE

THING ON PLANET EARTH THAT

GOD HAS GIVEN US TO LOOK AT

AND SAY, THIS IS HOW I LOVE

MY CHURCH.

Reporter: CASEY AND HER

HUSBAND NOW WORK ON A RANCH

IN TEXAS THAT SAVES WOMEN

FROM SEX TRAFFICKING.

AND CASEY IS A FEATURED

SPEAKER.

SHE SHARES HER STORY SO

OTHERS MAY EXPERIENCE THE

GIFT OF GOD'S LOVE.

HE IS IN CONTROL OF EVERY

MOMENT.

HE IS THE AUTHOR OF OUR

LIVES.

WHEN YOU BEGIN TO EXPERIENCE

HIM ON THAT LEVEL,

EVERYTHING CHANGES.

IT IS SO EMPOWERING.

IT SETS US FREE TO TRULY

LIVE.

Terry: YOU WON'T FIND

THAT KIND OF LOVE ANYWHERE

ELSE.

GOD IS AFTER YOUR HEART.

AND IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE

YOU'VE BEEN OR WHAT YOU'VE

DONE.

HE LOVES YOU.

WELL, WE'VE RECEIVED YOUR

PRAYER REQUESTS.

LET'S GO BACK OVER TO

JESSICA FOR MORE.

Reporter: TERRY, AL

ALANA POSTS, "PLEASE PRAY

FOR MY SON, JAMES.

HE HAD A TROUBLED CHILDHOOD

AND NOW HE WEARS A MASK TO

HIDE THE PAIN.

HIS MARRIAGE IS ON THE ROCKS

AND NOW HE IS PULLING AWAY

FROM US.

PLEASE PRAY TO GOD TO SET

HIM FREE."

ROBERT SAYS, "I FEEL LIKE I

WEAR A MASK.

I LOST MY JOB AND MY

MARRIAGE ENDED, AND I BARELY

MAKE IT AT TIMES.

I'M VERY LONELY, BUT I CAN'T

LET PEOPLE SEE WHAT IS GOING

ON.

PLEASE PRAY."

GORDON?

Gordon: WELL, LET'S

JOIN IN PRAYER NOW.

LORD, WE LIFT UP ROBERT AND

JAMES FOR YOU.

FOR JAMES, WE JUST ASK THAT

THE PRODIGAL WOULD COME

HOME, THAT HE WOULD

UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS A

PLACE FOR HIM IN YOUR

HOUSE.

THAT YOU HAVE A SPECIAL ROOM

JUST FOR HIM.

AND, LORD, WE JUST ASK FOR

ROBERT, THAT YOU WOULD

ENCOURAGE HIM AND BLESS HIM,

LORD GOD.

MAGNIFY YOURSELF IN HIM, FOR

WE ASK IT IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

Terry: AMEN.

Gordon: IF YOU HAVE

PRAYER REQUESTS ON THIS

TOPIC, IF YOU FEEL LIKE

YOU'RE WEARING A MASK AND

YOU'RE WONDERING HOW CAN I

GET FREE, WE'RE HERE FOR

YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE AND CALL US.

1-888-777-1999.

THERE WILL BE SOMEBODY ON

THE OTHER END OF THAT LINE

WHO'S BEEN THROUGH A LOT AND

KNOWS HOW GOD CAN SET ANYONE

FREE.

SO ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

GIVE US A CALL.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM ROMANS: "FOR I AM

PERSUADED THAT NEITHER DEATH

NOR LIFE NOR ANGELS NOR

PRINCIPALITIES, NOR INNINGS

PRESENT NOR THINGS TO COME

NOR ANY OTHER CREATIVE THING

SHALL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US

FROM THE LOVE OF GOD, WHICH

IS IN CHRIST J

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