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700 Club Interactive: Lost Yet Found - August 1, 2014

The amazing story of one egotistical young man who met with God while serving a 10-year prison sentence. Read Transcript


Gordon: A MAN WITH NO

REMORSE.

I HIT HIM IN THE HEAD

SEVEN OR EIGHT TIMES WITH A

HAMMER, UNTIL I THOUGHT HE

WAS DEAD.

AND I JUST LEFT.

Gordon: HE HAS A CHANGE

OF HEART.

WHO, OUT OF ANYONE, HAS

THE ABILITY TO CHANGE,

RADICALLY CHANGE, SEVERELY

MESSED UP PEOPLE?

Gordon: FIND OUT HOW 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 LATE, GREAT COLLEGE

BASKETBALL COACH, JIMMY

VALVANO ONCE SAID THAT

EVERYONE SHOULD DO THREE

THINGS EVERY DAY: THINK,

LAUGH, AND CRY.

UNFORTUNATELY, DAVID WOOD

COULDN'T DO ANY OF THOSE

THINGS.

HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AN

ANTI-PERSONALITY DISORDER,

SO HE LIVED WITHOUT

THINKING, LAUGHING, OR

CRYING UNTIL THE DAY HE

LEARNED HOW TO LOVE.

IF MY CHILD DIED, I WOULD

WANT TO CRY MY EYES OUT.

I DON'T THINK I WOULD.

SOCIO PATHS DON'T FORM

NORMAL ATTACHMENTS TO OTHER

PEOPLE.

THEY LACK EMPATHY.

WHEN THEY SEE A PERSON

SUFFERING, THEY DON'T FEEL

BAD OVER IT.

I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY

WHEN EVOLUTIONARY THEORY WAS

LAID OUT FOR US.

AND THEY DISCOVER NEW

TRAITS, AND THOSE EVENTUALLY

TAKE OVER.

I HAD FIGURED WHERE I HAD

REACHED A HIGHER STATE OF

HUMANITY, WHEN I WASN'T HELD

BACK BY EMOTIONS, THE WAY

OTHER PEOPLE WERE.

I CAME TO REGARD ALL OF

THESE LITTLE RULES THAT

PEOPLE TELL YOU TO FOLLOW AS

KIND OF BRAINWASHING ME.

BREAKING INTO PLACES, AND

BREAKING INTO THE SCHOOL OR

STEALING THINGS, I FELT LIKE

I WAS STRIPPING AWAY THESE

LAYERS OF RULES THAT PEOPLE

HAD BEEN IMPOSING ON ME MY

ENTIRE LIFE.

AND IT WAS AN AMAZING

FEELING.

AND IF I REALLY WANTED TO

SORT OF BE FREE OF

EVERYTHING I HAD BEEN

BRAINWASHED INTO THINKING

ABOUT, RIGHT AND WRONG, AND

I DECIDED TO KILL MY DAD.

AND I DECIDED TO DO IT IN A

BRUTAL FASHION.

NOT A GUNSHOT OR ANYTHING; I

WAS GOING TO DO IT WITH A

HAMMER.

WHEN I WALKED UP TO MY DAD,

I'VE GOT A HAMMER EN MY

HAND, AND I HIT HIM IN THE

HEAD SEVEN OR EIGHT TIMES

WITH A BALLPINE HAMMER AND I

JUST LEFT.

ONE OF HIS FRIENDS, JIM,

FOUND HIM, COVERED IN BLOOD,

AND TOOK HIM TO THE

HOSPITAL.

AND I TOLD MY MOM, I MAY

HAVE DONE THIS.

INSTEAD OF TAKING ME TO THE

POLICE OR ANYTHING, SHE TOOK

ME TO A PSYCHIATRIC

HOSPITAL.

THEY MADE A REPORT BASED ON

THE TIME I WAS THERE, AND IT

SAID ANTI-SOCIAL DISORDER.

AND EVENTUALLY VIRGINIA HAD

THEM REMOVE ME FROM THE

PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL AND

TAKE ME TO JAIL.

SINCE MY DAD SURVIVED, I WAS

CONVICTED OF MALICIOUS

WOUNDING.

I WAS SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS

IN PRISON.

THERE WAS A CHRISTIAN NAMED

RANDY.

AND HE WAS A BIT DIFFERENT

FROM EVERYONE ELSE.

AND ONE DAY HE WAS READING

HIS BIBLE, AND I WALKED UP

TO HIM AND I SAID, HEY, YOU

KNOW WHY YOU'RE READING YOUR

BIBLE?

YOU'RE READING YOUR BIBLE

BECAUSE YOU WERE BORN IN THE

UNITED STATES.

IF YOU WERE BORN IN CHINA,

YOU'D BE A BUDDHIST.

IF YOU WERE BORN IN SAUDI

ARABIA, YOU WOULD BE A

MUSLIM.

BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE YOU

BELIEVE WHAT YOU'RE TAUGHT

TO BELIEVE.

I STARTED ARGUING WITH HIM,

AND HE STARTED TEARING ME TO

PIECES.

IT WAS VERY DIFFERENT THAN

OTHER CHRISTIANS I ARGUED

WITH IN THE PAST.

I ENDED UP, FOR A SERIES OF

MONTHS, IN ARGUMENTS ABOUT

CHRISTIANITY VERSUS MY POINT

OF VIEW.

RANDY WAS WINNING THE

ARGUMENTS WE WOULD GET

INTO.

I'M NOT GOING TO BEAT HIM

THIS WAY.

I'M GOING TO HAVE TO REALLY

LEARN THE BIBLE SO I CAN

RESPOND TO HIM.

I REGARDED THAT AS MY

WEAKNESS.

I HAVE TO SAY I WAS

IMPRESSED WITH JESUS.

I WENT TO THINKING I'M THE

BEST PERSON IN THE WORLD TO

THINKING I'M THE WORST

PERSON IN THE WORLD.

THE QUESTION CAME UP EITHER

I'M STUCK LIKE THIS, OR

THERE IS SOMEONE OUT THERE

WHO CAN DEAL WITH THIS.

WHO, OUT OF ANYONE, HAD THE

ABILITY TO CHANGE, RADICALLY

CHANGE, SINCERELY MESSED UP

PEOPLE?

IT'S JESUS OR IT'S NOTHING.

IT'S JESUS OR THERE IS JUST

NO HOPE.

I BOWED DOWN AND I PRAYED,

AND I SAID, GOD, I DON'T

KNOW IF I'M GOING TO BELIEVE

IN YOU TOMORROW, BUT I

BELIEVE IN YOU RIGHT NOW.

IF YOU CAN DO ANYTHING WITH

ME, YOU'RE WELCOME TO IT.

AND I RAN THROUGH THE SORT

OF SINNER'S PRAYER THAT I

HEARD THERE IN THE JAIL.

WHEN I SAT UP, THE WHOLE

WORLD LOOKED DIFFERENT.

IT LOOKED LIKE I WAS IN A

DIFFERENT PLACE, LIKE

EVERYTHING WAS A DIFFERENT

COLOR.

AND I DIDN'T KNOW IF THIS

WAS, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING

WEIRD GOING ON, BUT IT WAS I

DIDN'T WANT TO HURT ANYONE

AT THAT POINT.

AND IT WAS AN AMAZING CALM.

I FELT LIKE I HAD BEEN

PHYSICALLY, NON-STOP

BRAWLING ALL MY LIFE, AND

THEN I FINALLY COULD JUST

SIT DOWN AND REST.

WHILE I WAS IN PRISON, I

THOUGHT IT WOULD BE BAD TO

ACTUALLY CONFESS BECAUSE MY

DAD, AGAIN, HAD NO

RECOLLECTION.

I'M A CHRISTIAN NOW, I CAN'T

SPEND MY ENTIRE LIFE SAYING

I HADN'T DONE SOMETHING I

HAD DONE.

I'M GOING TO WRITE A LETTER

TO MY DAD RIGHT NOW AND LAY

EVERYTHING OUT TO HIM.

HE CAME TO SEE ME AT THE

FIRST CHANCE, AND HE SAID IT

IS OKAY, AND HE FORGIVES

ME.

AND HE TOLD ME, HE SAID, I

REALLY DIDN'T THINK YOU DID

IT.

SO FOR HIM TO HEAR ALL OF

THAT AT ONCE AND FOR HIM TO

FORGIVE ME, IT IS AMAZING

STUFF.

BETWEEN SACRA JAIL AND

PRISON, I WAS LOCKED UP FOR

A LITTLE OVER FIVE YEARS.

I GOT OUT OF PRISON IN 200O

AND STARTED COLLEGE

IMMEDIATELY.

I STARTED ARGUING WITH A

YOUNG WOMAN WHO WAS AN

AGNOSTIC, AND SHE EVENTUALLY

BECAME A CHRISTIAN, AND WE

WERE MARRIED THE FOLLOWING

YEAR.

YOU HAVE KIDS, AND GETTING

TO WATCH THEM GROW UP, AND

GIVEN THE THINGS I HAVE

DONE, I SHOULD NOT BE ABLE

TO HAVE THIS SORT OF NORMAL

LIFE.

IT KIND OF BLOWS ME AWAY.

I WANT PEOPLE OUT THERE TO

KNOW THAT THERE IS A CREATOR

TO THIS WORLD, THAT THERE IS

A POINT TO THIS WORLD, THAT

OTHER PEOPLE ARE IMPORTANT,

THAT IT IS NOT JUST ALL

ABOUT YOU.

JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD,

AND THAT SHOWS THAT THERE IS

A POINT TO EVERYTHING, THAT

THERE IS A CREATOR, THAT HE

DOES CARE ABOUT US, AND THAT

HE ENTERED HIS WORLD TO DIE

FOR US.

AND THAT IS A MESSAGE THAT

MATTERS BECAUSE IT CHANGES

EVERYTHING.

Gordon: THE MESSAGE

THAT MATTERS BECAUSE IT

CHANGES EVERYTHING.

AND THAT THE TH WHOLE POINT

OF THE GOSPEL OF JOHN, AND

THE OPENING.

THE WORD, THE LOGOS, AND

ANOTHER WAY TO TRANSLATE

THAT IS "THE MESSAGE."

THE MESSAGE WAS WITH GOD,

THE MESSAGE WAS GOD, AND THE

MESSAGE CAME HERE AND TOOK

ON FLESH AND DWELLED AMONG

US, SO WE COULD BEHOLD HIM

AND WE COULD SEE WHAT JESUS

WAS LIKE.

JESUS CAME TO REVEAL THE

FATHER, HE CAME TO REVEAL

THE WONDERFUL MESSAGE, THAT

GOD IS LOVE.

HE SO LOVES THE WORLD THAT

HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN

SON, THAT WHO SO EVER --

THAT'S YOU -- WHO SO EVER

BELIEVES IN YOU SHALL NOT

PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING

LIFE.

TO CHANGE WHAT HAPPENED, AND

HOW THE WORLD WAS BROKEN,

AND WHAT WE DID IN THE

GARDEN OF EDEN, BROKEN.

AND ALL CREATION CAME UNDER

A CURSE.

WE HAD THE KNOWLEDGE NOW, OF

GOOD AND EVIL.

AND WITH THAT KNOWLEDGE

CONTINUALLY CHOSE TO DO WHAT

WAS WRONG.

AND SOME OF US, OUR

CONSCIENCE GOT SEARED ALONG

THE WAY.

WE DIDN'T EVEN RECOGNIZE WE

WERE DOING WRONG ANYMORE.

IT JUST SEEMED TO NOT BOTHER

US.

BUT JESUS CAME, AND HE CAME

TO CHANGE ALL THAT.

AND HE CAME TO CHANGE YOU.

AND TO GIVE YOU LIFE AND

LIFE EVERLASTING, TO ROW

REMAKE YOU.

I LOVE DAVID'S PRAYER, IF

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING WITH ME,

THEN TAKE ME.

HERE I AM.

IF YOU CAN DO ANYTHING WITH

ME.

DAVID HAD GIVEN UP ON

HIMSELF.

HE HAD COME TO THAT KIND OF

A BOTTOM, WHERE HE DIDN'T

SEE ANY HOPE, DIDN'T SEE ANY

CHANCE.

BUT HE SAID TO GOD, GOD, I

BELIEVE IN YOU RIGHT NOW.

AND IF THERE IS ANYTHING

THAT YOU CAN DO WITH ME,

THEN DO IT.

TAKE ME.

AND YOU HEARD WHAT HE SAID.

SUDDENLY A CALM CAME OVER

HIM.

HE WAS ABLE TO SIT DOWN AND

REST.

AND ALL THAT BURDEN, ALL

THAT GUILT, ALL OF THAT WAS

TAKEN AWAY.

HE WAS ABLE TO SIT DOWN AND

REST.

AND THAT'S WHAT JESUS

PROMISES, THAT YOU'RE ABLE

TO ENTER INTO HIS REST.

THE REST THAT IS A PEACE

THAT SURPASSES ALL

UNDERSTANDING, WHERE YOU

UNDERSTAND HE HAS YOUR

FUTURE.

YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOUR

PAST HAS BEEN FORGIVEN.

YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN NEWNESS OF

LIFE.

BEHOLD, ALL THINGS ARE MADE

NEW.

AND YOU CAN WALK IN THAT.

YOU CAN WALK IN THAT LIGHT,

WITH THE CONFIDENCE THAT

YOU'LL BE WITH HIM FOR ALL

ETERNITY.

IT'S A WONDERFUL THING.

IT'S WONDERFUL NEWS.

IT'S THE BEST NEWS THE WORLD

HAS EVER HEARD.

NOW, HERE IT IS FOR YOU.

IF YOU WANT THIS, IT'S REAL

EASY.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PRAY

THE SAME WAY DAVID PRAYED.

IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT

YOU CAN DO WITH MY LIFE,

HERE IT IS.

AND JUST SURRENDER.

JUST SAY, LORD, NOT MY WILL,

BUT LET YOUR WILL BE DONE.

IF YOU CAN CHANGE ME, IF YOU

CAN MAKE ME NEW, THEN HERE I

AM.

AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

PRAY THAT, AND ASK FOR IT.

AND HE'LL COME THROUGH.

HE'LL COME THROUGH FOR YOU.

NOW, SOME OF YOU SAY, WELL,

I'VE PRAYED THAT.

AND THEN SOMEWHERE ALONG THE

WAY I DECIDED TO DO

SOMETHING, AND I DECIDED TO

TAKE A WRONG TURN.

WELL, THERE IS HOPE FOR YOU,

TOO.

THAT IF YOU'RE ABLE TO SAY,

JESUS, FORGIVE ME.

COULD YOU CLEANSE ME?

COULD YOU MAKE ME NEW

AGAIN?

HE'LL DO THAT.

THE BIBLE PROMISES IF WE

CONFESS OUR SINS, HE'LL BE

FAITHFUL AND JUSTICE TO

FORGIVE US, AND CLEANSE US

FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

IT IS THAT SIMPLE.

IT IS THAT SAME JAILHOUSE

PRAYER THAT DAVID LEARNED.

HERE I AM.

IF YOU CAN DO ANYTHING WITH

ME, TAKE ME.

IF YOU WANT HELP WITH THIS

PRAYER, IF YOU WANT TO MAKE

THIS DECISION TODAY, ALL YOU

HAVE TO DO IS CALL US.

1-888-777-1999.

WHEN YOU CALL, JUST SAY TO

THE PERSON WHO PICKS UP THAT

PHONE, I WANT TO GIVE MY

LIFE TO JESUS.

I WANT TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN

TODAY.

WHEN YOU CALL, I'VE GOT

SOMETHING FREE FOR YOU.

IT'S A C.D. TEACHING OF WHAT

DO CHRISTIANS BELIEVE?

WHAT ARE THE PILLARS OF THE

FAITH?

HOW DO YOU LIVE THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE?

WHAT IS ALL THIS ABOUT?

HOW DO YOU START.

I ALSO ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET

A COPY OF THE BIBLE.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE ONE, WE

HAVE ONE FREE FOR YOU

ONLINE.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOG ON

TO CBN.COM.

THERE IS A PLACE THERE IN

THE SPIRITUAL LIFE SECTION

WHERE YOU CAN HAVE A BIBLE.

WE CAN TAKE YOU THROUGH THE

BIBLE IN A YEAR.

IT IS THROUGH READING THE

WORD THAT YOU RENEW YOUR

MIND.

I ALSO ENCOURAGE YOU TO JOIN

A LOCAL CHURCH.

IT IS IN THE FELLOWSHIP OF

BELIEVERS THAT WE GROW IN

CHRIST.

BUT IT ALL STARTS WITH THAT

PRAYER AND THAT DECISION.

SO MAKE THAT PHONE CALL

RIGHT NOW.

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, STILL AHEAD, WE'LL

PRAY FOR YOU, PLUS A WOMAN

WHO LOST HER HUSBAND TO

DRUGS, AND THEN SHE TURNED

HER LIFE OVER TO ALCOHOL.

I WAS LEFT TO RAISE OUR

SON BY MYSELF.

AND THE ONLY WAY I COULD

DEAL WITH IT WAS TO DRINK

BECAUSE IT WOULD REALLY NUMB

THE PAIN.

Gordon: HOW THIS

HARD-CORE DRINKER FOUND HER

WAY, UP NEXT.

Gordon: SHARON IS A

SINGLE MOM WHO STARTED EVERY

MORNING WITH ONE THING IN

MIND: SHE WANTED A DRINK.

MOST NIGHTS SHE ENDED THE

DAY DRUNK.

SHARON WENT ON LIKE THIS FOR

YEARS UNTIL SOMETHING SHE

SAW ON TV MADE HER

STONE-COLD SOBER.

Reporter: SHARON

PAYBELL WORKED FOR 20 YEARS

AS A MERCHANT MARINE IN NEW

ORLEANS.

SHE HAD THE MOUTH TO PROVE

IT.

CURSING WAS MY BEST

FRIEND, AND I HAD A LOT OF

FRIENDS WHO CURSED.

THAT WAS THE LANGUAGE WE

USED.

AND I LEARNED HOW TO

INTIMIDATE PEOPLE BY MY

MOUTH.

Reporter: IN 19 98,

HEROIN-ADDICTED HUSBAND WAS

FOUND SHOT TO DEATH IN THE

PROJECTS.

I GOT A PHONE CALL ONE

DAY THAT HE HAD BEEN

KILLED.

I FELT MY WHOLE WORLD COME

DOWN.

I WAS JUST REALLY

DEVASTATED.

AND I WAS LEFT TO RAISE OUR

SON BY MYSELF.

AND THE ONLY WAY I COULD

DEAL WITH IT WAS TO DRINK.

BECAUSE IT WOULD REALLY NUMB

THE PAIN.

Reporter: HER DRINKING

WENT ON FOR YEARS.

SHARON BECAME A FULL-FLEDGED

ALCOHOLIC.

I WENT TO THE CLUB RIGHT

IN THE WORST PART OF TOWN.

AND I JUST DRANK EVERY DAY,

UNTIL I WOULD JUST BE

DRUNK.

I WOULD WAKE UP IN THE

MORNING.

EVEN SOMETIMES WITHOUT

EATING, AND THAT WOULD BE

THE FIRST THING I WOULD

WANT, WAS A DRINK.

MY BODY WOULD JUST NEED A

DRINK.

I DIDN'T WANT TO BE THAT

WAY, BUT I JUST DIDN'T KNOW

HOW TO CHANGE.

Reporter: IN 2005,

HURRICANE KATRINA HIT NEW

ORLEANS.

SHARON AND HER YOUNG SON

RELOCATED TO BATON ROUGE,

WHERE SHE RENTED A SMALL

HOUSE.

I HAD A CHANCE TO SOBER

UP.

AND I WOULD JUST COME HERE

AND PRAY, AND HOPE THAT GOD

WOULD JUST HELP ME TO

REMEMBER THAT I LOST

EVERYTHING I HAD.

I HAD NOTHING.

Reporter: SHE STARTED

READING A BIBLE AND WATCHING

"THE 700 CLUB" EVERY DAY ON

TV.

AND THIS ONE PARTICULAR

DAY, THERE WAS A STORY ABOUT

THIS MAN WHO HAD A DRINKING

PROBLEM, AND HOW GOD HAD

HEALED HIM.

ALL I REMEMBER WAS MY HANDS

WERE UP, AND I WAS ASKING

GOD TO TOUCH ME AND TO HEAL

ME.

AND I FELT THE PRESENCE OF

GOD COME IN THE ROOM.

AND I KNEW THEN THAT IT WAS

OVER.

I FELT THE FREEDOM.

BEFORE I WAS NOT DRINKING

BECAUSE I WAS SCARED.

BUT I FELT GOD WHEN HE

ENTERED MY HEART.

AND THE DESIRE JUST LEFT.

Reporter: SHARON GAVE

HER LIFE TO JESUS AND WAS

INSTANTLY SET FREE FROM HER

ADDICTION TO ALCOHOL.

SHE DIDN'T EVEN REA REALIZE

IT UNTIL A FEW WEEKS LATER.

SOMEBODY OFFERED ME A

DRINK, AND BEFORE I KNEW IT,

I SAID, OH, I DON'T DRINK.

AND THEN WHEN I SAID IT, IT

CAME OUT SO QUICKLY, I WAS,

LIKE, YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT, I

DON'T DRINK.

AND I DON'T WANT TO DRINK.

AND I NEVER THINK ABOUT

DRINKING.

I CAN WALK DOWN THE AISLE IN

THE STORE AND SEE LIQUOR,

AND IT DOESN'T EVEN CROSS MY

MIND.

IT'S LIKE IT NEVER

HAPPENED.

COMPLETE, TOTAL HEALING.

Reporter: SHARON WENT

BACK TO COLLEGE AND RECENTLY

GRADUATED WITH HONORS.

HER SON JUST GRADUATED FROM

HIGH SCHOOL, ALSO WITH

HONORS.

HER LIFE IS BRAND NEW.

SO IS HER MOUTH.

MY MOUTH IS TO BLESS.

MY MOUTH IS TO PRAISE.

MY MOUTH IS USED FOR

WORSHIP.

I THANK GOD FOR HEALING ME.

I THANK GO GOD FOR

DELIVERING ME.

I THANK GO GOD FOR CLEANING

UP MY MOUTH.

BUT MOST OF ALL, FOR JUST

GIVING ME BACK MY MIND.

AND HE SAID, IF I KEEP MY

MIND ON HIM, HE'LL KEEP ME

IN PERFECT PEACE.

AND THE PEACE THAT I HAVE

TODAY, IT'S NOT THE KIND OF

PEACE THAT THE WORLD HAS.

THIS IS A PEACE IN THE MIDST

OF THE STORM.

I STILL CAN TRUST GOD, I

STILL CAN BELIEVE GOD.

AND TODAY HE HAS TURNED MY

WHOLE LIFE AROUND.

Reporter: SHARON

ENCOURAGES PEOPLE WHO WERE

ADDICTED, LIKE SHE WAS, TO

PUT THEIR TRUST IN GOD.

IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOUR

HUSBAND IS A JUNKY.

IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU'RE

AN ALCOHOLIC.

IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU'RE

EVEN STRUGGLING WITH DRUGS.

GOD CAN DELIVER YOU IN THE

MIDST OF IT.

HE CAN TOUCH YOUR HEART.

HE CAN CHANGE YOUR TASTEBUDS.

ONCE YOU CAN GET INTO THE

PRESENCE OF GOD, HE DOES

THINGS THAT NOBODY ELSE CAN

DO FOR YOU.

YOU CAN HAVE A DIFFERENT

LIFE.

Gordon: YOU CAN HAVE A

DIFFERENT LIFE.

REALIZE, IT'S GOOD NEWS.

YOU CAN HAVE A DIFFERENT

LIFE.

IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU'RE

A DRUG ADDICT.

IF YOU'RE AN ALCOHOLIC.

IT DOESN'T MATTER.

IT DOESN'T MATTER TO HIM.

HE IS ABLE TO TAKE ALL OF

THAT.

HE IS ABLE TO CHANGE YOU,

RIGHT DOWN TO YOUR

TASTEBUDS.

WELL, WE'RE "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," AND WE WANT TO

PRAY FOR YOU.

SO LET'S GO OVER TO JESSICA

TO SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING

ONLINE.

GORDON, COLLEEN

POSTS, "MY HUSBAND WAS

ADDICTED TO DRUGS AND

ALCOHOL BEFORE HE BECAME A

CHRISTIAN.

AFTER FOUR YEARS OF

SOBRIETY, HE HAS STARTED

USING AGAIN.

HE SAYS HE MISSES BEING HOME

AND HE LOVES ME, BUT I'M A

RECOVERING ADDICT MYSELF, SO

HE CAN'T BE IN OUR HOME

WHILE HE IS USING.

PLEASE PRAY FOR US.

WE HAVE FIVE PEOPLE AND WE

NEED DELIVERANCE IN OUR

FAMILY."

TERESA ADDS, "PLEASE PRAY

FOR ME AND MY HUSBAND.

I NEED HELP TO OVERCOME AN

ADDICTION AND GET RID OF MY

DEPRESSION.

I ALSO NEED A JOB BECAUSE MY

HUSBAND CAN'T WORK DUE TO

HIS HEALTH.

PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL

PROVIDE ALL OF THESE THINGS

AND HEAL MY HUSBAND."

IF YOU'RE WATCHING AND YOU

CAN RELATE TO THOSE PRAYER

REQUESTS, JOIN IN WITH US.

HEAVENLY FATHER, WE THANK

YOU THAT YOU SENT YOUR SON

TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE.

AND FOR COLLEEN AND FOR

TERESA AND FOR THEIR

FAMILIES, FATHER, WE ASK

THAT YOU COME AND BRING

HEALING AND DELIVERANCE.

FATHER, WE PRAY THAT YOU GO

TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM

AND YOU HEAL THEIR HEARTS,

THAT YOU HEAL THEIR MINDS,

THAT YOU HEAL THEIR BODIES.

THAT YOU WOULD COMPLETELY

REMOVE THE DESIRE FOR DRUGS,

FOR ALCOHOL, LIKE WE SAW IN

THE LAST PIECE, THAT YOU

WOULD CHANGE THEIR

TASTEBUDS.

FATHER, THAT YOU WOULD BRING

HEALING AND HOPE TO THIS

FAMILY.

THAT THEY WOULD REACH OUT TO

YOU, AND SAY, JESUS, EVEN

THOUGH I CAN'T, I KNOW THAT

YOU CAN.

SO, FATHER, WE ASK ALL THESE

THINGS IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

GORDON?

Gordon: WELL, IF YOU

HAVE A PRAYER REQUEST OR A

PRAISE REPORT, LET US KNOW.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO TO

Facebook.COM/"700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE" OR YOU CAN

WRITE TO US ON TWITTER AT 7C

INTERACTIVE.

OR YOU CAN CALL US.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE.

1-888-777-1999.

COMING UP, A YOUNG BOY WHO

WAS ABANDONED.

THERE WERE MANY TIMES I

DIDN'T HAVE ANY FOOD TO

EAT.

Gordon: HEAR HOW HE GOT

FOOD AND A FAMILY.

PLUS, WE'LL BE ANSWERING

YOUR QUESTIONS.

ALL OF THAT IS UP NEXT.

Gordon: TANDEN IS A

YOUNG BOY WITH NO HOME, NO

PARENTS.

IF HE WANTED FOOD, HE HAD TO

FIND IT FOR HIMSELF, AND HE

WASN'T ALWAYS SUCCESSFUL.

Terry: CLIMBING TREES

TO GET FRUIT WAS OFTEN THE

ONLY WAY TANDEN COULD FEED

HIMSELF.

MY FATHER DIED BECAUSE HE

DRANK TOO MUCH.

AFTER HE DIED, MY MOTHER RAN

AWAY.

Terry: TANDEN TRIED HIS

BEST TO MAKE SOME MONEY BY

SELLING FIREWOOD, BUT HE

ONLY MADE ABOUT $1 A WEEK.

TWRA IT WAS NOT EASY TO

GET FOOD FOR LESS THAN 20

CENTS EACH DAY.

THERE WERE MANY TIMES I

DIDN'T HAVE ANY FOOD TO

EAT.

Terry: THEN A PASTOR

BOUT TANDEN A BOAT TICKET SO

HE COULD GO TO A CHILDREN'S

HOME ON THE OTHER SIDE OF

THE RIVER.

IT WAS SPONSORED BY CBN'S

"ORPHANS' PROMISE." ONCE

THERE, HE WAS FED NUTRITIOUS

MEALS AND GIVEN NEW

CLOTHES.

AS SOON AS I GOT THERE, I

HAD NEW PARENTS, AND I MADE

A LOT OF FRIENDS RIGHT

AWAY.

Terry: HE WAS EXCITED

WHEN HE FOUND OUT HE WOULD

BE ABLE TO GO TO SCHOOL.

BUT WHAT HE LEARNED AT THE

CHILDREN'S HOME CHANGED HIS

OUTLOOK ON LIFE.

I HEARD THAT JESUS DIED

ON THE CROSS FOR US.

HE DID THAT SO WE COULD

LIVE.

I WANT TO SERVE JESUS AND

TELL MANY OTHER PEOPLE ABOUT

HIM.

Gordon: YOU CAN BE PART

OF CHANGING LIVES AROUND THE

WORLD.

WE'RE A LOT MORE THAN JUST A

TV SHOW.

WE WANT TO HELP PEOPLE.

AND WE WANT TO HELP PEOPLE

IN NEED.

AND WE ALSO WANT TO PREACH

THE GOSPEL TO THEM, TO BRING

THEM THAT GOOD NEWS THAT GOD

IS NOT MAD AT THEM.

WHAT HE WANTS IS FOR THEM TO

BE WITH HIM FOR ALL

ETERNITY.

IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF

ALL OF THAT, ALL YOU HAVE TO

DO IS JOIN "THE 700 CLUB."

HOW MUCH IS THAT?

$20 A MONTH, 65 CENTS A DAY,

AND YOU JOIN WITH TENS OF

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT

WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN

THE WORLD.

SO IF THAT'S YOU, IF THAT'S

WHAT YOU WANT TO DO, GIVE US

A CALL.

1-800-759-0700.

WELL, WE STILL HAVE TIME FOR

A VIEWER QUESTION, SO LET'S

GO BACK TO JESSICA.

GORDON, JENNIFER WRITES,

"MY SON IS SIX YEARS OLD.

HIS FATHER HAS BEEN IN

PRISON SINCE HIS BIRTH.

HE IS BEING RELEASED SOON,

BUT HE SEEMS TO BE THE SAME

LOST, ANGRY DRUG ADDICT HE

HAS ALWAYS BEEN.

I'M AFRAID TO HAVE HIM SEE

MY SON AND BE A BAD

INFLUENCE.

THE BIBLE SAYS TO SHOW LOVE,

SO AM I SON T WRONG TO KEEP

MY SON FROM HIM?"

Gordon: JENNIFER, I

WOULDN'T LOOK AT IT AS BEING

WRONG, OR SIN.

I WOULD LOOK AT IT WHAT IS

BEST FOR THE CHILD.

IF THE CHILD NOT BE EXPOSED

TO THAT BEHAVIOR, THEN YAY.

YOU'VE GOT TO RAISE YOUR

SON.

BEING A SINGLE PARENT IN

THIS WORLD IS DIFFICULT

ENOUGH.

DO YOU NEED TO SEE THESE

OTHER THINGS ADDED TO IT?

DO YOU NEED TO SEE THE

BEHAVIOR DISORDER IN THE

FATHER, AND I WOULD SAY NO.

AT THE SAME TIME, WALK IN

FORGIVENESS.

I REALLY BELIEVE IN THAT.

I REALLY BELIEVE THAT YOU

SAYING, I SET HIM FREE.

HE OWES NOTHING TO ME.

I'M NOT GOING TO BE

RESENTFUL OF THE BEHAVIOR.

I'M NOT GOING TO BE SOMEHOW

TRAPPED INTO THAT WORLD-WIND

OF ADDICTION.

I DON'T HAVE TO HAVE THAT IN

MY LIFE.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I

FORGIVE HIM.

AND I SET HIM FREE.

YOU'LL FIND THAT WHEN YOU DO

THAT AND YOU DON'T HAVE ANY

HURT OR RESENTMENT -- AND

THAT MAY COME.

YOU MAY HAVE FEELINGS ALONG

THE LINE, LIKE WHY ISN'T HE

HELPING?

WHY ISN'T HE HERE?

AND ALL OF THOSE OTHER

THINGS THAT COME WHEN YOU'RE

A SINGLE PARENT.

SO FORGIVE HIM, SET HIM

FREE, BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO

EXPOSE YOUR SON TO IT.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM LUKE: "FOR THE

SON OF MAN CAME TO SEEK AND

SAVE THOSE WHO ARE LOST."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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