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700 Club Interactive: Independence Day 2014 - July 4, 2014

We celebrate our nation’s birthday! Edgar Harrell was in the Pacific when his ship went down. He spent four days in shark-infested waters… You won’t believe how he survived! Plus – are you tough enough to make it as a Navy SEAL? Find out! Read Transcript


Gordon: SURROUNDED BY

SHARKS --

THIS IS THE END OF LIFE.

Gordon: -- AND ANGELS.

I JUST LOOK UP AND SAY,

THANK YOU, LORD.

Gordon: ONE VET SHARES

HIS STORY 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, GOOD MORNING AND

WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

WE ARE IN OUR NATION'S

CAPITAL TO WISH OR COUNTRY A

HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

AND TODAY WE WANT TO

CELEBRATE OUR INDEPENDENCE

BY THANKING THE MEN AND

WOMEN OF OUR ARMED FORCES,

VETERANS LIKE EDGAR HAROLD.

HE SERVED IN THE NAVY DURING

WORLD WAS TWO, AND IWORLD

WAR II AND IS ONE OF THE

SURVIVORS OF ONE OF THE

WORST DISASTERS.

Reporter: EDGAR HEARD

ABOUT THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC

ON THE RADIO.

AFTER HEARING REPORTS OF

MARINES LOSING THEIR LIVES,

HE WANTED TO HELP.

I THOUGHT, I'M 18 YEARS

OLD, AND I ALREADY

REGISTERED FOR THE DRAFT.

I THOUGHT, NOW, I DON'T WANT

TO WAIT AND BE DRAFTED.

I WANT TO GET IN THE MARINE

CORPS.

Reporter: THE HEAVY

CRUISER, THE U.S.S.

INDIANAPOLIS, BECAME HIS

HOME.

WHEN I SAW THAT BIG

INDIANAPOLIS, YOU CAN

IMAGINE A COUNTRY BOY, WHAT

HE THOUGHT.

Reporter: HAROLD SAW

FIERCE COMBAT ON THE SHIP.

THE 89-YEAR-OLD VIVIDLY

RECALLS ONE HORROWING

INCIDENT WHEN A JAPANESE COM

KAMIKAZE PLANE STRUCK THEM.

I REMEMBER THINKING, LIFE

IS OVER.

THIS IS THE END OF LIFE.

Reporter: HAROLD

SURVIVED THAT ATTACK, BUT

NINE OF HIS SHIP MATES DID

NOT.

THE INDIANAPOLIS HAD TO

RETURN TO THE STATES FOR

REPAIRS.

EVENTUALLY IT LEFT SAN

FRANCISCO BAY, HEADING BACK

TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC ON WHAT

WOULD BE ITS FINAL

MISSIONS.

ON BOARD, IMPORTANT

COMPONENTS OF THE ATOMIC

BOMBS THAT WOULD BE DROPPED

ON HER HIROSHIMA AND

NAGASAKI.

HAROLD SAYS THEIR NEXT

ASSIGNMENT WAS TO HEAD TO

THE PHILIPPINES TO PREPARE

FOR THE MAIN INVASION OF

JAPAN.

CAPTAIN MCVEIGH ASKED FOR

AN ESCORT.

AND THEY TELL HIM, YOU DON'T

NEED AN ESCORT.

WELL, MAY I SAY THEY WERE

NOT TELLING THE TRUTH.

THEY COULD HAVE SAID YOU

NEED AN ESCORT.

WHY?

BECAUSE FOUR DAYS BEFORE WE

LOST A DESTROYER, THE U.S.S.

UNDERHILL.

WE LOST 129 BOYS.

AND WE WERE TO GO THROUGH

THAT VERY AREA.

Reporter: WHY NAVY

LEADERS MADE THAT DECISION,

HAROLD SAYS, REMAINS A

MYSTERY.

AND THAT BRINGS US TO

JULY 30th, 1945.

A JAPANESE SUBMARINE SPOTS

THE INDIANAPOLIS IN THE

PHILIPPINE SEA AND FIRES A

SPREAD OF TORPEDOS.

TWO HIT THEIR MARK, AND IN

LESS THAN 15 MINUTES, THE

SHIP GOES DOWN.

AROUND 900 OF THE NEARLY

1200-MAN CREW SURVIVED THE

INITIAL ATTACK, FIND

THEMSELVES OIL-SOAKED, MANY

WITH INJURIES, CLINGING TO

K-POD LIFEJACKETS IN THE

SHARK-INFESTED WATERS.

I THOUGHT OF MOM AND DAD

BACK HOME.

I THOUGHT OF SIX YOUNGER

BROTHERS, AN OLDER SISTER

AND A YOUNGER SISTER, AND I

THOUGHT OF THIS CERTAIN

BRUNETTE THAT SAID THAT SHE

WOULD WAIT FOR ME.

AND I TOLD THE LORD, I DON'T

WANT TO DIE.

I WANT TO LIVE.

Reporter: HAROLD, WHO

WAS 20 AT THE TIME, SAYS HE

BEGAN TO THINK OF

SCRIPTURES.

I'LL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR

FORSAKE YOU.

SEEMINGLY, THAT CAME TO

MIND.

NO AUDIBLE IS VOICE, BUT I

KNEW THAT THE LORD WAS

SPEAKING TO ME.

LORD, YOU'RE SPEAKING TO MY

HEART.

I'M GOING TO MAKE IT.

WELL, I DIDN'T KNOW I'M

GOING TO BE OUT THERE FOUR

AND A HALF DAYS.

Reporter: FOUR AND A

HALF DAYS OF UNBELIEVABLE

HORROR.

NO FOOD, NO WATER, AND YET

SURROUNDED BY WATER IN ALL

DIRECTIONS, ALONG WITH

SHARKS.

HE SAYS SHIPMATES NOT IN

THEIR RIGHT MIND, SOME

BECAUSE THEY WERE INJURED,

AND OTHERS BECAUSE THEY

DRANK SALTWATER, BEGAN TO

HALLUCINATE.

HE LEAVES THE GROUP, AND

HE GETS OUT 50, 75 YARDS,

AND YOU HEAR A

BLOOD-CURDLING SCREAM, AND

YOU SEE THE K-POD GO OVER,

AND THEN THE K-POD BRINGS

THAT BODY BACK UP.

BUT BY NOW, ALL OF THE

BLOOD, AND MORE SHARKS, MORE

FINS, AND THEY ARE FIGHTING

OVER WHAT WAS THERE.

Reporter: DESPITE

WITNESSING SCENES LIKE THAT,

HAROLD REFUSED TO GIVE UP

HOPE.

HE BELIEVES GOD DIRECTED HIM

AND SEVERAL OF HIS BUDDIES

TO A CRATE OF ROTTEN

POTATOES.

THE HEARTS OF THE POTATOES

WERE STILL EDIBLE.

AND HE BELIEVES GOD SENT A

SMALL RAIN CLOUD ONE DAY TO

PROVIDE DESPERATELY NEEDED

WATER.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

THANK YOU, LORD.

THANK YOU, LORD.

AND THAT LITTLE RAIN CLOUD

COMES OVER AND YOU GET A FEW

DROPS OF -- MAYBE A FEW

TABLESPOONS FULL OF WATER.

Reporter: THE BRUTAL

CONDITIONS TOOK THEIR TOLL.

THE NUMBER OF SAILORS AND

MARINES DWINDLED DOWN TO A

LITTLE MORE THAN 300.

FINALLY A PLANE FLEW OVER

THE AREA, LOW TO THE WATER.

A MIRACLE, BECAUSE THE

PILOT, LIEUTENANT WILBUR

GLEN, WASN'T LOOKING FOR THE

SURVIVORS.

HE DID NOT EVEN KNOW THEY

WERE MISSING.

NO ONE DID.

LIEUTENANT WYNN GOES AND

OPENS THE BOMBAY DOOR AND

JUST A FLASH, HE LOOKS DOWN

AT THE OCEAN BELOW.

AND WHAT HE SAW WAS AN OIL

SLICK.

Reporter: FLYING EVEN

LOWER, WYNN SAYS SHARKS AND

SHARKS ATTACKING SURVIVORS.

HE RADIOS FOR HELP, AND

EVENTUALLY 317 CREW MEMBERS

OF THE U.S.S. INDIANAPOLIS

ARE PULLED FROM THE WATER.

HAROLD SPENT MONTHS IN

HOSPITALS RECOVERING.

AFTER EVERYTHING HAROLD WENT

THROUGH, IT IS EASY TO SEE

WHY HE IS A DECORATEED

MARINE.

HE WAS EVEN AWARDED A PURPLE

HEART.

"THE PURPLE HEART IS AWARDED

BY THE OFFICER IN COMMAND TO

EDGAR ALVIN HAROLD FOR

WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION

AGAINST AN ENEMY OF THE

UNITED STATES ON

JULY 30th, 1945."

HE WENT ON TO MARRY OLA, THE

BRUNETTE WHO WAITED FOR

HIM.

TODAY, JUST 36 SURVIVORS OF

THE INDIANAPOLIS, THE WORST

NAVY DISASTER IN THE HISTORY

OF THE UNITED STATES, ARE

ALIVE.

HAROLD SHARES HIS STORY OF

GOD'S PROVIDENCE AT SCHOOLS

AND CHURCHES.

HE CALLS IT A MINISTRY.

HE AND HIS SON, DAVID, ALSO

CHRONICLED THE UNFORGETTABLE

STORY IN A NEW BOOK, "OUT OF

THE DEPTHS."

THERE IS NOT A DAY THAT

GOES BY, MANY, MANY TIMES A

DAY, I LOOK UP AND SAY,

THANK YOU, LORD.

Reporter: MARK MARTIN,

CBN NEWS, CLARKSVILLE,

TENNESSEE.

Gordon: THIS JULY

FOURTH, THIS INDEPENDENCE

DAY, LET'S REMEMBER THOSE

WHO HAVE SACRIFICED SO THAT

YOU AND I COULD HAVE

INDEPENDENCE IN THIS GREAT

LAND OF OURS.

YOU CAN ALWAYS HEAR MORE

GREAT STORIES ABOUT OUR

VETERANS AND OUR NATIONS'

HEROS BY GOING TO

CBN.COM.

WELL, COMING UP, GET A TASTE

OF WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A

U.S. NAVY SEAL.

IN ACTUAL SEAL TRAINING,

EXERCISES LIKE THIS ARE

DESIGNED TO TEACH THESE GUYS

WHAT THEY'RE CAPABLE OF AND

PUSH THEM BEYOND THEIR

PHYSICAL LIMITS.

THAT'S WHY ONLY ABOUT 20% OF

THEM ACTUALLY MAKE IT TO THE

END OF THE SEAL TRAINING.

Gordon: WE'LL TAKE YOU

THROUGH THE NAVY SEAL

EXPERIENCE, UP NEXT.

Gordon: THE NAVY SEALS

REACH SUPER HERO STATUS IN

THE EYES OF AMERICANS AFTER

THEY TRACKED DOWN OSAMA BIN

LADEN.

AND THE COUNTRY REMAINS

FASCINATED WITH THESE ELITE

SPECIAL FORCES.

AS CHUCK HOLTON FOUND OUT,

MANY PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW

WHAT IT TAKES TO BE PART OF

THEIR TEAM.

Reporter: THE U.S. NAVY

SEALS ARE LEGENDARY FOR

THEIR TOUGHNESS AND

TENACITY.

THESE HIGHLY TRAINED

WARRIORS SPEND YEARS HONING

THEIR SKILLS ON LAND, SEA,

AND AIR.

AS A FORMER ARMY RANGER, I

WANTED TO FIND OUT IF SEAL

TRAINING WAS AS TOUGH AS

ANYONE SAYS.

BUT I'M NOT ABOUT TO JOIN

THE NAVY TO FIND OUT.

THIS IS THE EXTREME SEAL

EXPERIENCE.

SITUATED JUST OUTSIDE

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, THE

WEEK-LONG COURSE GIVES

REGULAR FOLKS A TASTE OF THE

REAL THING.

I ASKED TO STENCIL MY

T-SHIRT WITH MY LAST NAME SO

I COULD REMEMBER WHO I AM.

Reporter: I WANTED TO

SEE IF I TILL HA STILL HAD

WHAT IT TAKES, SO I SIGNED

UP.

15 OTHERS SIGNED UP FOR THE

FIRST DAY, FROM ALL

BACKGROUNDS.

A RETIRED NAVY SEAL, SENIOR

CHIEF DON SHIPLEY, ONES THE

PROGRAM WITH OTHER SEALS.

ALL THE INSTRUCTORS ARE

FORMER SEALS.

WE'VE ALL DONE "HELL WEEK,"

AND WE KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO

GET THROUGH THAT TRAINING.

Reporter: THE EXTREME

SEAL EXPERIENCE STARTS WITH

A SURPRISE WAKEUP CALL AT

0:230.

2:00 IN THE MORNING, TIME

TO GET COMFORTABLE BEING

UNCOMFORTABLE.

Reporter: I KNEW A

LONG, HARD DAY WAS ON THE

HORIZON.

THE WEEK-LONG COURSE STARTS

WITH OVER 24 HOURS OF

GRUELING PHYSICAL AND MENTAL

CHALLENGES.

OKAY, IT'S TIME TO GO,

GET ON THE BUS.

THE FIRST DAY OF TRAINING

WE RUN DOWN HERE IS CALLED

"HELL NIGHT," AND IT'S A

SIMULATION OF "HELL WEEK AND

BUDS."

BUDS STANDS FOR BASIC

UNDERWATER DEMOLITION

SCHOOL.

ALL NAVY SEALS MUST

COMPLETE.

THE MOST INTENSE PART, HELL

WEEK.

132 HOURS THAT PUSH MEN PAST

THEIR BREAKING POINTS.

MUCH OF IT DONE IN THE COLD

OCEAN WATER.

MOST WHO ENTER THE SCHOOL

DROP OUT DURING THIS PHASE.

IF I WAS RUNNING ACTUAL

SEAL TRAINING BACK HERE, I

WOULD BE BACKING AMBULANCES

IN HERE EVERY DAY.

Reporter: THE NEXT 24

HOURS WERE NON-STOP ACTION.

STARTING WITH A 10-MAN

PADDLE, AND NAVIGATING THE

RIVER IN COMPLETE DARKNESS

WAS MORE DIFFICULT THAN I

ANTICIPATED.

IT IS A PRETTY GOOD

TEAMWORK EXERCISE, TRYING TO

GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER AND

TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW

WE'RE GOING TO WORK TOGETHER

TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

Reporter: WE ENDED UP

IN FRONT OF A STAGNANT,

ALGAE-INFESTED POND.

AND THEN THE FUN BEGAN.

NOTHING LIKE POND SCUM FOR

BREAKFAST.

BUT THERE IS A METHOD TO THE

MADNESS.

SPECIAL OPERATORS CAN'T

AFFORD TO BE SQUEAMISH.

I GET THE FEELING IT IS

GOING TO GET A LOT HARDER

FROM HERE.

Reporter: NEXT CAME

LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF

PHYSICAL TRAINING, OR P.T.

> IT IS HUNDREDS OF SITUPS

AND WHATEVER ELSE THE

INSTRUCTORS CAN DREAM UP.

AND THE ART OF CAMOUFLAGE IS

REALLY IMPORTANT AS SEALS

MUST REGULARLY OPERATE

BEHIND ENEMY LINES.

HOW MUCH ARE THEY PAYING

ME FOR THIS?

ONE, TWO, THREE!

Reporter: AND BEFORE

EVERY NEW ACTIVITY, MORE

PHYSICAL TRAINING.

ALL OF THESE GUYS BEHIND ME

HAVE COME FROM ALL OVER THE

UNITED STATES AND CANADA,

AND PAID BETWEEN $1500 AND

$3,000 FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS

OF TRAINING TO FIND OUT ONE

THING, AND THAT'S IF THEY

HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A

NAVY SEAL.

BACK STRAIGHT.

HEADS UP.

Reporter: IF THE

PUSHUPS WEREN'T PERFECT, WE

HAD TO START OVER.

LONG P.T. IS DESIGNED TO

FORCE THE MEN TO WORK AS A

TEAM UNDER VERY ARDUOUS

CONDITIONS.

THE COURSE ISN'T JUST ABOUT

RUNNING AND PUSHUPS.

WE ALSO LEARNED SOME COMBAT

SKILLS, LIKE HAND TO HAND

COMBAT, AND HOW TO

TRANSITION SILENTLY FROM

WATER TO LAND.

IN ACTUAL SEAL TRAINING,

EXERCISES LIKE THIS ARE

DESIGNED TO TEACH THESE GUYS

WHAT THEY'RE CAPABLE OF, AND

TO PUSH THEM BEYOND THEIR

PHYSICAL LIMITS.

THAT'S WHY ONLY ABOUT 20% OF

THEM ACTUALLY MAKE IT TO THE

END OF SEAL TRAINING.

ALL RIGHT.

SO WE'LL HIT THESE TWO

DANGER CROSSINGS.

Reporter: THE HIGHLIGHT

OF "HELL NIGHT" IS A

SIMULATED MISSION.

IT IS THE PAYOFF FOR ALL OF

THE HARD WORK.

THE GUYS MUST USE ALL OF THE

SKILLS LEARNED THROUGHOUT

THE DAY TO COMPLETE THE

OPERATION.

THESE WEEKEND WARRIORS GET

PAINTED UP, PADDLE DOWN

RIVER UNDER THE COVER OF

DARKNESS, HIKE THROUGH DENSE

FOREST.

A SMALL TASTE OF WHAT LIFE

MUST BE LIKE AS A REAL NAVY

SEAL.

FOR THESE GUYS, THIS IS

BETTER THAN SPENDING

VACATION SITTING ON THE

BEACH.

THE REWARD IS KNOWING THEY

CHALLENGED THEMSELVES AND

MADE IT THROUGH.

GOING BACK HOME WITH A

LITTLE MORE SELF-CONFIDENCE,

SOME INCREDIBLE MEMORIES,

AND A GREATER RESPECT FOR

THE SACRIFICES MADE BY OUR

NATION'S SPECIAL OPERATORS.

CHUCK HOLTON, CBN NEWS,

CHESAPEAKE, VIRGINIA.

Gordon: I HOPE YOU HAVE

A BETTER IDEA OF THE

SACRIFICES THAT GO INTO THE

TRAINING OF OUR SPECIAL

FORCES, WHETHER IT IS THE

RANGERS OR THE NAVY SEALS,

JUST HOW HARD IT IS TWO TO

TO BECOME ONE.

WE HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU:

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO

BECOME A NAVY SEAL?

AND YOU CAN TELL US EITHER

WHY OR WHY NOT.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO TO

OUR Facebook PAGE AT

Facebook.COM/"700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

WELL, YOU CAN'T HAVE A

FOURTH OF JULY WITHOUT

FIREWORKS.

UP NEXT, WE'LL SHOW YOU WHAT

IT TAKES TO LIGHT UP THE

SKY.

PLUS SEE HOW VIEWERS LIKE

YOU ARE HELPING THE

HOMEFRONT.

ALL OF THAT AND MORE AFTER

THIS.

Gordon: WELL, LIKE MANY

IN THE MILITARY, JAMIE

JACKSON HAD A HARD TIME

FINDING A CIVILIAN JOB WHEN

HER TOUR OF DUTY ENDED.

AND AS A SINGLE MOM, JAMIE

DIDN'T EVEN HAVE THE MONEY

TO BUY BEDS FOR HER

CHILDREN.

SHE HAD NOWHERE TO TURN, SO

WE DECIDED TO GIVE HER AND

HER FAMILY SOME MUCH-NEEDED

HELP.

Reporter: JAMIE JACKSON

IS A BUSY LADY.

SHE IS A SINGLE MOM, RAISING

FIVE ACTIVE BOYS.

JAMIE WAS CALLED UP BY THE

AIR FORCE RESERVES AND

SERVED HER COUNTRY AS AN

ACTIVE DUTY AIRMAN FOR SEVEN

YEARS.

SHE NOW WORKS FULL-TIME AND

REMAINS IN THE AIR FORCE

RESERVES.

JUST BEING A SINGLE MOM

IN GENERAL OF FIVE BOYS IS A

LOT.

Reporter: EVEN WITH HER

SALARY AND RESERVE PAY

COMBINED, JAMIE SAYS

PROVIDING FOR HER FAMILY IS

TOUGH.

IN FACT, TWO OF HER BOYS

SLEEP ON ONE LOVE SEAT, AND

ONE TEEN SLEEPS ON A

TODDLER-SIZED MATTRESS.

ON TOP OF THAT, JAMIE'S

DISHWASHER BROKE AND HER VAN

NEEDED NEW BRAKES.

ALSO, SHE OWED $3500 IN BACK

PAYMENT ON HER MORTGAGE.

SHE TOLD HER PASTOR THAT SHE

GOT BEHIND AFTER SHE GOT

BACK TO ACTIVE DUTY AND

FOUND OUT HER FORMER

EMPLOYER DIDN'T HOLD HER

JOB.

SOMETIMES IT IS A

STRUGGLE.

Reporter: PASTOR REGGIE

MAKEMASON SAYS JAMIE COULD

REALLY USE THE HELP.

CBN COMING ALONGSIDE

CAVALRY CHAPEL IS JUST

AMAZING TO US.

Reporter: A TEAM OF

VOLUNTEERS ARRIVED AND

HELPED JAMIE WITH SIMPLE

HOME REPAIRS AND BOUGHT HER

A NEW DISHWASHER.

AND THEN CAVALRY AND CBN

TOOK HER TO A STORE AND BOUT

BOUGHT THE THREE BEDS FOR

THE BOYS WHO DIDN'T HAVE A

BED.

I DIDN'T KNOW THERE WERE

PEOPLE OUT THERE WILLING TO

OPEN UP THEIR HEARTS.

Reporter: AND CAVALRY

AND CBN SAID THEY WERE

PAYING TO FIX HER BRAKES.

AND THERE WAS ONE MORE

SURPRISE.

THANKS TO CHRISTIAN

BROADCAST NETWORK, WE'RE

GOING TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR

$3500 BILL THAT IS DUE.

NOW YOU'RE FULLY CAUGHT UP.

YOU'VE BEEN SERVING YOUR

COUNTRY FAITHFULLY.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO

SAY.

THANK YOU.

YOU'RE VERY WELCOME.

I AM VERY GRATEFUL THAT

THEY WOULD OPEN UP THEIR

HEARTS TO ME AND OTHER

FAMILIES IN THE FUTURE.

IT IS AWESOME.

Gordon: IF YOU WANT TO

BE PART OF HELPING MILITARY

FAMILIES, WE HAVE A PROGRAM

CALLED "HELPING THE

HOMEFRONT," WHERE WE REACH

OUT WITH HANDS OF LOVE AND

COMPASSION TO HONOR THEIR

SERVICE BECAUSE THEY ARE

SERVING, AND WE'RE NOW

CONCLUDING ONE OF THE

LONGEST WARS IN THE HISTORY

OF AMERICA.

AND YOU START THINKING OF

THE NUMBER OF TORE TOURS

THAT THESE MEN AND WOMEN

HAVE PUT IN, THREE, FOUR,

FIVE, SIX TOURS OF DUTY.

IS THERE STILL A CIVILIAN

JOB FOR THEM BACK HOME?

AND THE ANSWER IS NO.

SO WE WANT TO HELP THEM AND

WE WANT TO BE A PART OF

HELPING THEM.

IF THAT'S YOU, ALL YOU HAVE

TO DO IS CALL THE NUMBER ON

YOUR SCREEN.

1-888-777-1999.

SAY, YES, I WANT TO BE

HELPING THE HOMEFRONT.

I WANT TO GIVE TO THAT.

THERE IS ALSO AN ADDRESS YOU

CAN WRITE TO, CBN CENTER IN

VIRGINIA BEACH OR YOU CAN GO

TO CBN.COM, AND ON THE

INTERNET, ON THE GIVING PAGE

ON cbn.com, THERE IS A

PLACE WHERE YOU CAN

DESIGNATE YOUR GIFT TO

"HELPING THE HOMEFRONT."

DO IT NOW.

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, ON THIS FOURTH OF

JULY, WE WANT TO TAKE SOME

TIME TO PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY

AND FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN

WHO HAVE MADE OUR FREEDOM

POSSIBLE.

SO LET'S DO THAT RIGHT NOW.

LORD, WE JUST LIFT UP

AMERICA TO YOU.

AND WE ASK ESPECIALLY FOR

THE MEN AND WOMEN SERVING IN

OUR ARMED FORCES, THAT YOU

WOULD BE WITH THEM.

AND WE LIFT UP THEIR

FAMILIES TO YOU AND ASK FOR

PEACE AND FOR COMFORT AND

FOR PROVISION, THAT YOU

WOULD SUPPLY ALL THEIR NEEDS

ACCORDING TO YOUR RICHES AND

GLORY.

AND NOW, LORD, FOR AMERICA,

WE ASK THAT WE WOULD TURN TO

YOU TODAY, AND WE WOULD

THANK YOU FOR ALL THE

WONDERFUL BLESSINGS THAT YOU

HAVE SO FREELY GIVEN US.

LET US NEVER FORGET THAT

YOU'RE THE SOURCE OF OUR

FREEDOM.

YOU'RE THE SOURCE OF ALL OF

OUR PROSPERITY, ALL THAT WE

HAVE.

SO WE THANK YOU TODAY.

AND WE THANK YOU FOR

AMERICA.

CONTINUE TO BLESS US, LORD.

AND LET US BE ONE NATION

UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH

LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR

ALL.

WE ASK IT ALL IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE

IN A PRAYER FOR AMERICA,

GIVE US A CALL.

AND IF YOU NEED PRAYER, GIVE

US A CALL. WE'RE HERE FOR

YOU 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN

DAYS A BEC WEEK.

IT IS OUR HONOR AND

PRIVILEGE TO PRAY FOR YOU.

SO IF YOU NEED IT, REACH OUT

AND CALL US.

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, FOR MILLIONS OF

AMERICANS, THERE IS NO

BETTER WAY TO CONCLUDE

FOURTH OF JULY THAN WITH AN

EPIC FIREWORKS SHOW.

BUT WHERE DID THIS TRADITION

COME FROM?

TAKE A LOOK.

*

I LOVE FIREWORKS!

THEY'RE AWESOME!

AND THEY GO BOOM.

Reporter: EVEN AFTER

THOUSANDS OF YEARS,

FIREWORKS STILL CAPTIVATE,

AMAZE, AND TERRIFY SPEC ANY

OTHE SPECTATORS AROUND THE

GLOBE.

IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE

FIRST FIREWORKS APPEARED IN

ANCIENT CHINA BEFORE THE

INVENTION OF GUN POWER.

PEOPLE WOULD PUT GREEN

BAMBOO INTO THE RESEP

RECEPTACLE, CREATING A

BOOM.

FIREWORKS MADE THEIR WAY TO

EUROPE WHEN MARCO POLO

BROUGHT THEM FROM THE ORIENT

IN 1292.

DURING THE RENAISSANCE IN

EUROPE, THE ITALIANS

DEVELOPED FIREWORKS'

DISPLAYS INTO A TRUE ART

FORM.

WHEN THEY CAME TO AMERICA,

THEY BROUGHT THEIR FIREWORKS

WITH THEM.

ONE SUCH MAN I WAS MACHINSO

SORA GUY.

SORAGUY.

AND HE BROUGHT FIREWORKS TO

THE COUNTRY.

AND TODAY THEY CONTINUE THE

TRADITION.

RIGHT NOW I HAVE THE CREW

BASICALLY RUNNING THE GUNS

OUT TO BUILD THE SHOW.

Reporter: ON THIS DAY,

HIS CREW IS HARD AT WORK IN

THE TOWN OF COLONIAL BEACH,

VIRGINIA.

THE SETUP FOR A SPECTACULAR

DISPLAY NOT ONLY TAKES

MUSCLE, BUT TEAMWORK.

AFTER ALL, THESE

PRYOTECHNICIANS ARE HANDLING

EXPLOSIVES AND ENJOYING

EVERY BIT OF IT.

AT FIRST YOU GET THE

JITTERS, BUT THEN THAT ALL

WORKS OUT AND NOW IT IS SHOW

TIME.

Reporter: ERIC SAID IN

HIS 10 PLUS YEARS OF

EXPERIENCE WITH

PRYOTECHNIQUES, FIREWORKS

CHOREOGRAPHED WITH MUSIC ARE

HANDSDOWN THE FAVORITE WITH

AMERICANS.

WHILE PRYOTECHNIC CREWS

SOMETIMES WILL LIGHT THE

SHOW BY HAND, MOST OF THEM

ARE IGNITED ELECTRONICALLY,

WHICH MAKES THEM SAFER.

AND IT'S ALL DONE BY A

SWITCH PANEL.

WHAT MAKES A PERFECT SHOW

WOULD BE WHEN THE SHOW GOES

OFF, OF COURSE, FLAWLESSLY,

AND THE CROWD JUST GOES

CRAZY AT THE VERY END OF THE

SHOW.

Reporter: TODAY WE

CELEBRATE OUR COUNTRY'S

INDEPENDENCE, AND WE'LL END

OUR CELEBRATION WITH A

SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS

DISPLAY, JUST LIKE THE

REPATRIOTS DID OVER 200

YEARS AGO.

Gordon: IT IS THE

HISTORY OF FIREWORKS.

IT IS ALWAYS GOOD TO KNOW

WHY WE DO CERTAIN THINGS,

WHAT THERE ARE TRADITIONS.

IT IS ONE THING TO ENJOY

THEM, BUT WHEN YOU

UNDERSTAND THE REASONS BY

THEM AND HOW THE TRADITION

CAME TO BE, IT IS ALWAYS

WONDERFUL.

WE'VE GOT SOME TIME FOR YOUR

QUESTIONS.

ANGELA SAYS, "WHAT CAN WE DO

TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR

TRADITIONAL CHRISTIAN VALUES

WILL NOT BECOME OBSOLETE AND

VANISH FROM OUR SOCIETY AND

GOVERNMENT?"

ANGELA, THERE ARE TWO MAIN

WAYS: ONE, LIVE THEM.

YOU MAY BE THE ONLY WITNESS

THAT SOMEBODY EVER SEES.

YOU'RE THE APISTLE THAT IS

WRITTEN BY GOD TO THE

WORLD.

SO LIVE THOSE VALUES.

DON'T JUST TALK ABOUT THEM,

BUT LIVE THEM.

AND PEOPLE WILL SEE THROUGH

YOUR LIVING WHAT A

DIFFERENCE IT MAKES.

AND WHY ARE YOU SO

DIFFERENT.

THE SECOND IS IN

ACKNOWLEDGING THAT YOU NEED

TO BE MAKING DISCIPLES.

THAT'S THE COMMANDMENT FROM

JESUS.

GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES.

SO IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE A

CITY, A NEIGHBORHOOD, A

NATION, YOU DO IT ONE AT A

TIME.

AND IT'S ALL ABOUT MAKING

DISCIPLES FOR FUTURE

GENERATIONS.

THE NEXT QUESTION COMES IN

FROM TRINITY: "HOW CAN WE

HOLD OUR POLITICIANS

ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR

ACTIONS, ESPECIALLY IF

THEY'RE NOT HOLDING TRUE TO

THEIR CAMPAIGN PROMISES?"

WELL, TRINITY, WELCOME TO

POLITICS.

POLITICIANS THROUGHOUT

AMERICAN HISTORY HAVE NOT

NECESSARILY HELD TO THEIR

PROMISES WHEN THEY GET

ELECTED.

THE GOOD NEWS IS THIS IS A

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, AND SO

WE GET TO THROW THE BUMS OUT

EVERY TWO YEARS IF WE WANT

TO.

THAT TAKES A LOT OF WORK.

SO IF YOU WANT TO HOLD

POLITICIANS ACCOUNTABLE, GET

VOSMEINVOLVED IN THE

PROCESS.

IT IS MORE THAN JUST

VOTING.

I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO

VOTE, BUT YOU NEED TO GET

INVOLVED AT THE COUNTY LEVEL

AND THE DISTRICT COMMITTEE

LEVEL.

THOSE ARE WHERE YOU CAN

REALLY HAVE AN IMPACT AND

REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM CORINTHIANS 3:

"NOW THE LORD IS THE

SPIRIT.

AND WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE

LORD IS, THERE IS LIBERTY."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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