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The 700 Club - August 8, 2014

Richard, Tanya and Pierce Curren discuss how God uses animals to demonstrate his love for creation. Plus, a prison fight over stale bread opens John's eyes to the need for a better life. Read Transcript


THERE WAS SOMETHING IN ME

THAT WANTED TO SIN.

Gordon: HOOKED ON

COCAINE.

I WOULD ROB SOMEBODY OR

STEAL TO GET MORE.

Gordon: AN ADDICT

FINALLY BOTTOMS OUT.

I HAVE FALLEN AS LOW AS I

CAN GET.

Gordon: AND THEN TAKE A

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE.

THE CURRAN FAMILY JOINS US

LIVE, ALONG WITH THEIR SCALY

FRIEND.

Gordon: WELL, WELCOME

TO "THE 700 CLUB."

PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS THE

UNITED STATES IS PREPARED TO

USE MILITARY FORCE IN IRAQ

TO PREVENT GENOCIDE AND ALSO

STOP THE RADICAL ISLAMISTS

FROM ADVANCING INTO THE

NORTHERN PART OF THE

COUNTRY.

Terry: TENS OF

THOUSANDS OF RELIGIOUS

MINORITIES TARGETED BY THE

TERRORISTS ARE TRAPPED IN

THE MOUNTAINS, AND THE U.S.

IS ALREADY AIR DROPPING

HUMANITARIAN AID TO HELP

KEEP THOSE REFUGEES ALIVE.

GARY LANE HAS THE STORY.

Reporter: SPEAKING FROM

THE WHITE HOUSE THURSDAY

NIGHT, PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS

AMERICA IS COMING TO HELP

STRANDED IRAQIS.

President Obama: THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

CANNOT TURN A BLIND EYE.

WE CAN ACT, CAREFULLY AND

RESPONSIBLY TO PREVENT A

POTENTIAL ACT OF GENOCIDE.

Reporter: WHEN THE

ISLAMIC FIGHTERS POTENTIALLY

OVERRAN THE SOUN OF SINJAR,

SOME 50,000 REFUGEES RAN FOR

THE MOUNTAINS.

SOME WOMEN WERE TAKEN AS SEX

SLAVES.

THIS IS A DESPERATE

SITUATION, PARTICULARLY FOR

THE CHILDREN.

WE KNOW THAT 40 CHILDREN

HAVE ALREADY DIED.

THAT'S THE NUMBERS WE CAN

CONFIRM, AND IT IS PROBABLY

MUCH MORE THAN THAT.

THE SITUATION FOR THAT IS

THEY'RE ON THE MOUNTAINS,

THE SIDES OF THE MOUNTAINS,

AND THEY'VE GOT NO

VEGETATION, NO FOOD, WATER,

OR MEDICAL SUPPLIES.

Reporter: PRESIDENT

OBAMA ORDERED HUMANITARIAN

AIR DROPS TO SUSTAIN THE

DESPERATE AND DYING

YAZIDIS.

AND THE PRESIDENT SAYS THE

U.S. WILL NOT HESITATE TO

LAUNCH MILITARY AIR STRIKES

AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE

FIGHTERS IF THEY ADVANCE TO

ERBIL.

THEY HAVE ALREADY EJECTED

THE YAZIDIS FROM THE NORTH

WESTERN CITIES OF SINJAR AND

ZUMAR.

THE ISLAMIC STATE IS

FIGHTING TO CONTROL THE

NEARBY MOSUL DAM.

AND THAT WOULD GIVE IT

CONTROL OF THE WATER AND

ELECTRICITY FLOWING INTO

MOSUL AND OTHER PARTS OF THE

NORTHERN NINEVEH PLAINS.

AND AT LEAST 100,000

CHRISTIANS HAVE FLED QARA

QARAQOSH.

CBN DISASTER RELIEF HAS

PROVIDED MANY OF THE PEOPLE

WITH REQUESTED ITEMS LIKE

SOAP AND TOWELS, MATTRESSES,

PILLOWS, AND POWDERED MILK.

AND THE ISLAMIC STATE IS

GAINING MORE TERRITORY IN

SYRIA AND IT HAS MOVED INTO

LEBANON.

THIS CITY IS PREDOMINANTLY

SUNNI MUSLIM, AND SOME ARE

SUPPORTERS OF THE ISLAMIC

STATE, AND THE

AL-BAGDADI.

AND BACK IN BAGHDAD, PERHAPS

IT WAS THE TEARFUL PLEA OF

THIS YAZIDI LAW MAKER THAT

INSPIRED U.S. ACTION.

OUR FAMILIES HAVE BEEN

SLAUGHTERED.

SET ASIDE YOUR POLITICAL

DIFFERENCES IN THE NAME OF

HUMANITY.

I CALL UPON ALL OF YOU TO

SAVE US.

TO SAVE US!

Reporter: A PLEA THAT

HAS FINALLY FOUND A RESPONSE

FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.

Gordon: GARY LANE IS

WITH US HERE FOR MORE ON

THIS STORY.

GARY, WE HEARD THAT TEARFUL

PLEA.

WHAT IS THE REALITY ON THE

GROUND HERE?

Reporter: THE REALITY

ON THE GROUND IS YOU STILL

HAVE AT LEAST 25,000 YAZIDIS

IN THE MOUNTAINS, EXPOSED TO

THE ELEMENTS.

MANY ARE STARVING.

MANY ARE WITHOUT WATER.

THE U.S. IS STARTING TO DO

SOME AIR-DROPS, BUT IT IS

NOT GOING TO BE ENOUGH.

WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS GET

THEM OUT OF THE MOUNTAINS

AND INTO SAFE SHELTERS.

Gordon: WE HEARD

REPORTS LAST MONTH OF THIS

SAME GROUP, ISIS, CRUCIFYING

CHRISTIANS IN SYRIA.

Reporter: BEHEADING AS

WELL.

Gordon: AND IS THE

PLIGHT OF THESE RE REFUGEES

EITHER STAY IN THE MOUNTAIN

AND STARVE OR COME DOWN AND

BE BEHEAD ED.

Reporter: IF THEY COME

DOWN, YOU HAVE TO CONVERT TO

ISLAM.

IF YOU DON'T, YOU PAY A TAX

AND LIVE UNDER SHARI'A LAW.

AND THE THIRD THING IS YOU

LEAVE.

WHERE ARE THEY GOING TO GO.

ERBIL IS PROBABLY THE LAST

PLACE, AND THAT IS UNDER

THREAT NOW.

OR YOU DIE.

Gordon: WHAT IS THE

STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE OF THIS

DAM IN MOSUL?

THE DAM CONTROLS THE

HYDRO ELECTRIC AND THE WATER

IN THAT ENTIRE REGION, IN

THE NORTHERN NINEVEH PLAINS

AND FLOWING DOWN TO

BAGHDAD.

WHAT THE ISLAMIC STATE WANTS

TO DO IS CONTROL THE

ELECTRIC, CONTROL THE

WATER.

IF THEY FEEL THREATENED, WHO

IS TO SAY THEY WON'T BLOW UP

THE DAM.

IF THAT HAPPENS, THE WHOLE

AREA WILL BE FLOODED, AND

ALSO ALL THE WAY DOWN TO

BAGHDAD BECAUSE IT IS ALL

ALONG THE TIGRIS RIVER.

THE TIGRIS RIVER WILL

OVERFLOW ITS BANKS AND IN

EVEN BAGHDAD THEY'LL HAVE

FLOODING.

Gordon: IN TERMS OF A

REGIONAL CONFLICT, HOW BIG

OF A THREAT TO YOU SEE

HERE?

YOU LOOK AT THIS GROUP AND

IT IS RARE TO SEE AN

ALLIANCE OF OTHER MUSLIMS

AGAINST THEM, BUT SAUDI

ARABIA HAS PLEDGED A BILLION

DOLLARS TO HELP LEB NAN

LEBANON WITH ITS ARMED

FORCES RESIST IT.

AND IRAN IS SAYING THESE

GUYS ARE REAL TROUBLE.

AND THEY'RE MOBILIZING.

WHAT'S THE REGIONAL THREAT?

Reporter: WELL, THIS

GROUP HAS REPLACED

AL-QAEDA AS THE MOST

SERIOUS THREAT IN THE

REGION.

THEY NOW CONTROL ONE-THIRD

OF SYRIA, THEY CONTROL A

QUARTER OF IRAQ, AND NOW

THEY'RE ALREADY MOVING INTO

LEBANON, AS WE HAD IN THAT

REPORT, THEY'RE CAUSING

PROBLEMS THERE IN A TOWN

CALLS ARSIL, AND THEY'RE

STILL THERE.

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO

ABOUT IT?

MANY OF THE KURDISH PEOPLE I

TALKED TO WHEN I WAS THERE A

MONTH AGO, THEY SAID TWO

THINGS: NUMBER ONE, THE U.S.

NEEDS TO SUPPORT THE

PESHMERGA, GIVE THEM HEAVY

ARMS AND WEAPONS.

THEIR WEAPONRY IS OUTDATED.

AND THEY TOLD ME, LOOK, IF

MALIKI STEPS DOWN IN

BAGHDAD, ALL OF THIS WILL BE

RESOLVED.

I THINK THAT IS KIND OF

SIMPLISTIC, BUT POLITICALLY

IT WOULD GO A LONG WAY.

Gordon: HASN'T THE HEAD

OF ISIS ALREADY DECLARED THE

CALIPHATE?

Reporter: SURE.

Gordon: AND DECLARED

HIMSELF TO BE THE RULER?

Reporter: BUT HOW MUCH

SUPPORT WILL HE HAVE TH IN

THE LONG RUN.

THE CALIPHATE IS RECEIVING

SUPPORT FROM SOME OF THE

BAPTIST PEOPLE BECAUSE

MALIKI HAS KEPT ALL OF THE

OIL MONEY FOR THE SHI'AS AND

HIS CRONIES.

NOTHING HAS GONE INTO THE

WESTERN PART, THE NORTHERN

PART OF THE AREA WHERE THE

SUNNIS ARE, AND THEY WANT A

PIECE OF THE PIE.

Gordon: DO YOU THINK

LIMITED AIR STRIKES IS GOING

TO WORK?

IS THAT GOING TO HELP AT

ALL?

Reporter: WELL, I THINK

IT WOULD HELP DETER THEM

FROM THE ISLAMIC STATE

FORCES FROM MOVING INTO

ERBIL, IF WE DID THAT, TO

KEEP THEM OUT OF THERE.

BUT IN THE LONG RUN, NO.

Gordon: ALL RIGHT.

GARY, THANK YOU FOR BEING

WITH US.

THIS IS A SERIOUS

SITUATION.

WHENEVER YOU SEE SAUDIS AND

IRANIANS ALIGNING TOGETHER

AGAINST A GROUP, THAT LES

YOLET'S YOU KNOW HOW

SERIOUS IT IS.

ISIS IS ISLAM AND ITS RAW

STATE.

WHEN THEY PROCLAIM A

CALIPHATE, THEY'RE NOT

JOKING.

THEY REALLY MEAN IT.

AND WHEN THEY GO IN TO

CLEANSE AN AREA FROM

NON-MUSLIMS, THEY REALLY

MEAN IT, TOO.

THEY'RE NOT PLAYING GAMES.

AND WHEN YOU SEE

CRUCIFIXIONS, WHEN YOU SEE

BEHEADINGS IN THE NAME OF

ALLAH, YOU NEED TO GET

INFORMED ON WHAT IS THAT

ABOUT?

WHAT'S THE BASIS FOR THIS?

WE'VE GOT SOMETHING FOR YOU,

AND IT'S CALLED "ISLAM,

RELIGION OF PEACE OR WAR?"

IT IS FREE FOR YOU.

HERE IS A QUOTE FROM IT, "WE

ARE NOT AFRAID OF DEATH, BUT

WE DESIRE IT.

HOW WONDERFUL DEATH IS.

LET US DIE IN REDEMPTION FOR

MUSLIMS.

JIHAD IS OUR COURSE OF

ACTION, AND DEATH IN THE

CAUSE OF ALLAH ARE MOST

PRECIOUS WISH."

GET INFORMED.

WE'RE IN LITERALLY A WAR OF

IDEAS.

AND IF YOU THINK DYING IN

THE NAME OF ALLAH IS YOUR

TICKET TO HEAVEN, YOU NEED

TO THINK AGAIN.

WE NEED TO BE INFORMED ABOUT

WHAT THEY REALLY BELIEVE.

SO IF YOU WANT IT, JUST GIVE

US A CALL.

WE CAN E-MAIL IT TO YOU OR

MAIL IT TO YOU, OR YOU CAN

DOWNLOAD IT FROM CBN.COM.

WELL, IN OTHER NEWS, THE

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION IS

NOW CALLING THE EBOLA

EPIDEMIC AN INTERNATIONAL

HEALTH EMERGENCY.

JOHJOHN JESSUP HAS THAT

STORY FROM OUR NEWS BUREAU

IN WASHINGTON.

John: GORDON, THE WORLD

HEALTH ORGANIZATION TOOK

THAT ACTION AFTER A RARE

TWO-DAY MEETING.

THE W.H.O. IS CALLING FOR AN

EXTRAORDINARY RESPONSE TO

STOP THE DISEASE FROM

SPREADING.

MEANWHILE, MEMBERS OF

CONGRESS HELD A HEARING

ABOUT THE DISEASE'S

DEVASTATION, HEARING

DIRECTLY FROM THE LEADERS OF

SAMARITAN'S PURSE AND

S.I.M.

THOSE ARE THE ORGANIZATIONS

WHO'S MISSIONARIES

CONTRACTED EBOLA.

THERE IS NO WAY TO COUNT

ALL OF THE PEOPLE DYING OF

EBOLA IN THE VILLAGES AND

REMOTE AREAS.

IF WE DO NOT FIGHT AND

CONTAIN THIS DISEASE IN WEST

AFRICA, WE WILL BE FIGHTING

IT IN MULTIPLE OTHER

COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.

AND THE TRUTH IS, THE CAT IS

MOST LIKELY ALREADY OUT OF

THE BAG.

John: HE SAID I THINK

WE'RE GOING TO SEE THE DEATH

TOLL IN NUMBERS WE CAN'T

EVEN IMAGINE RIGHT NOW.

HAMAS HAS SHATTERED A

THREE-DAY CEASE-FIRE WITH

ISRAEL.

TERRORISTS LAUNCHED AT LEAST

20 ROCKETS INTO SOUTHERN

ISRAEL TODAY, CAUSING LITTLE

DAMAGE SO FAR.

ISRAEL RESPONDED WITH AIR

STRIKES AND ARTILLERY FIRE.

HAMAS SAYS IT WOULD RESUME

ATTACKS IF ISRAEL DOESN'T

END THE BLOCKADE OF GAZA'S

SEAPORT.

YOU MAY SOON HAVE PRIVATE

E-MAIL AT HOME THAT IS TRULY

PRIVATE.

ÍYAHOO AND GOOGLE ARE

WORKING TO COME UP WITH AN

E-MAIL THAT IS HACKER

PROOF.

THIS PROJECT COMES AS WEB

BUSINESSES ARE TRYING TO

COME UP WITH WAYS TO PROTECT

PRIVATE COMMUNICATIONS FROM

INTERNET SPYING.

THE FACT YOU HAVE THESE TWO

GIANTS WORKING COLLABORATELY

TOGETHER, SHOWS O HOW

SERIOUSLY THEY'RE TAKING

THIS PRIVATE ISSUE.

Gordon: THEY ARE TAKING

IT SERIOUSLY.

BUT WE HAVE TO LEARN ABOUT

THE COMPANY LAVABIT.

THEY WERE ISSUED A SUBPOENA

FOR THEIR KEYS, ENCRYPTION

KEYS.

INSTEAD OF TURNING THEM

OVER, THEY MADE A DECISION

TO GO OUT OF BUSINESS AND

SHUTTER IT.

WE CAN TALK PRIVACY, BUT IN

THE END, CAN UNCLE SAM GET

THOSE ENCRYPTION KEYS BY WAY

OF A SUBPOENA?

ONCE THEY HAVE THE KEYS,

THEY HAVE THE OPENING FOR

EVERY ONE OF THE E-MAILS

THAT USES THAT KEY AS AN

ENCRYPTION.

CAN IT BE SECURE?

IT WILL BE BETTER THAN WHAT

WE HAVE, BUT ULTIMATELY, I

THINK THE N.S.A. IS STILL

LOOKING OVER YOUR SHOULDER.

TERRY?

Terry: UP NEXT, A CRY

FOR HELP FROM A SINGLE DAD

WHO IS RAISING HIS AUTISTIC

SON BY HIMSELF.

CHALLENGING, OVERWHELMING

AND DEPRESSING, AND

SOMETIMES IT SEEMED LIKE IT

WOULD JUST BE AN ULTIMATE

FAILURE.

Terry: WATCH HOW BOTH

FATHER AND SON GET THE

SUPPORT THEY NEED, AFTER

THIS.

Gordon: WELL, PARENTING

A CHILD IS A HUGE JOY, AND A

TREMENDOUS RESPONSIBILITY.

AND IF THAT CHILD HAS

SPECIAL NEEDS, IT CAN BE

OVERWHELMING, ESPECIALLY FOR

SINGLE PARENTS.

PAUL STRAND BRINGS US A

STORY OF A PLACE THAT HAS

BECOME A HAVEN FOR

SPECIAL-NEEDS CHILDREN AND

THEIR PARENTS.

Reporter: WHEN THIS

MILITARY COUPLE GAVE BIRTH

TO A SON WITH AUTISM, THEY

FELT THEY COULD HANDLE IT

BECAUSE THEY HAD EACH

OTHER.

TOGETHER

WE CAN BEAT

THIS.

WE'VE GOT

THIS.

WE'LL DO IT TOGETHER, YOU

KNOW.

THERE WON'

T BE ANY

CHALLENGE

THAT HE FACES THAT WILL BE

THAT GREAT THAT THE TWO OF

US WON'T B

E

ABLE TO HANDLE.

Reporter: BUT AN

UNEXPECTED CHALLENGE CHANGED

ALL OF THAT.

ANTONIA, WHO CAME UP THEIR

MILITARY CAREER TO TAKE CARE

OF THEIR SON, DIED FROM AN

AGGRESSIVE CANCER.

ABOUT SIX WEEKS AFTER SHE

FOUND OUT, THINGS GOT

WORSE.

AND IT WAS VERY QUICK, VERY

UNEXPECTED.

Reporter: SPIRITUALLY,

GARY COULD HARDLY HANDLE

ANTONIA'S DEATH.

IT PLASTERED MY FAITH.

Reporter: THIS BUSY

SOLDIER STRUGGLED ON ALONE

AND FOUND SINGLE PARENTING

ALMOST TOO MUCH.

CHALLENGING,

OVERWHELMING, DEPRESSING,

AND SOMETIMES IT JUST SEEMED

THAT IT WAS GOING TO JUST BE

AN ULTIMATE FAILURE.

Reporter: GARY AND HIS

SON, CHRISTIAN, LIVED IN

NEAR ISOLATION BECAUSE IT

WAS HARD GOING OUT WITH THE

BOY OR FINDING PEOPLE WHO

UNDERSTAND HIM.

UNFORTUNATELY, PEOPLE DO

JUDGE YOUR CHILD.

Reporter: THEN GARY

FOUND A PLACE WHERE

CHRISTIANS LOVE CHILDREN

WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, WHILE

GIVING THEIR PARENTS A

MUCH-NEEDED BREAK.

WE'RE TAKING CARE OF THE

MOST VULNERABLE.

Reporter: JILL'S HOUSE

IS NAMED AFTER SENIOR PASTOR

LON SOLOMON AND HIS WIFE,

BRENDA.

SHE HAD 17 SEIZURES,

WHICH CAUSED SEVERE BRAIN

DAMAGE.

Reporter: CARING FOR

HER TURNED INTO A 24-HOUR A

DAY JOB.

JUST BEING DESPERATE FOR

A NIGHT OF SLEEP, SOMETHING,

A BREAK, IS WHAT LED THEM TO

THINK, WE NEED TO DO

SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR

FAMILIES JUST LIKE OURS,

BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING OUT

THERE THERE EXISTS FOR

THEM.

ROR FOR PARENTS OF

SPECIAL-NEEDS CHILDREN,

THEIR CARE CAN OFTEN BECOME

LIKE A FULL-TIME JOB, EVEN

AROUND THE CLOCK ONE.

AND IT IS HARD TO FIND HELP,

BECAUSE HOW MANY

BABY-SITTERS HAVE THE

SPECIAL TRAINING TO CARE FOR

SUCH CHILDREN.

AND IF YOU CAN'T GET BREAKS,

YOU, YOURSELF, CAN SPIRAL

INTO A BONE-WEARY

DEPRESSION.

Reporter: SO JILL HOUSE

IS A MODEL FOR FACING

MINISTRY ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

IT HAS BOTTOM A SANCTUARY

FOR THE FAMILY LIKE THE

JOYS.

THEY FOUND OUT BOTH THEIR

KIDS SUFFER FROM A GENETIC

DISORDER, STEALING THEIR

MENTAL ABILITIES, AND LIKELY

TO KILL THEM BEFORE THEY

REACH ADULTHOOD.

IT WAS A DARK DAY WHEN THEY

HEARD THE NEWS.

SHANNON'S FIRST QUESTION

TO A ROOM OF DOCTORS WAS, IS

SHE GOING TO DOCTOR.

AND THE DOCTOR MATTER OF

FACTOR SAID YES.

WAVERLY WAS IN THE BACK

SEAT, SINGING "IF YOU'RE

HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT,"

WHICH WAS JUST HEARTBREAKING

TO SEE HER SWEET LITTLE FACE

AND THE REAR MIRROR IN THE

BACK SEAT SINGING AS IF

NOTHING HAD HAPPENED.

Reporter: THEN CAME THE

SAME INFORMATION ABOUT

OLIVER.

AND SHANNON TRADED HER

OUTSIDE CAREER FOR

ALL-CONSUMING CARE AND

THERAPY.

WE HAD ALMOST 400

DOCTORS' APPOINTMENTS.

Reporter: THE DAYS AND

NIGHTS THEY STAY AT THEIR

HOUSE, IT HELPS THEM BE

BETTER PARENTS.

IT ALLOWS US TO SEE THEM

HAVE EXPERIENCES WE THOUGHT

THEY WOULD NEVER HAVE.

THEY GET TO HAVE SLEEPOVERS

AND GO TO DAY CAMS.

CAMPS.

Reporter: THE MCNEILS

GLADLY ACCEPT THE HELP

BECAUSE THEY KNOW THE ODDS

ARE STACKED AGAINST THEM.

HAVE A SPECIAL NEEDS

CHILD, THE LOSS GOES UP.

AND HAVING TWO, THE LOSS

GOES UP HIGHER.

THEY'VE BEEN GIVEN A VERY

PRECIOUS GIFT OF LIFE

THEY'RE LIVING VERY WELL AND

WITH DIGNITY, AND THEY TOUCH

A LOT OF PEOPLE.

Reporter: AND THEY SEE

THEIR CHILDREN BRING OUT THE

BEST IN SOME PEOPLE.

LIKE THOSE CARE-GIVERS AT

JILL'S HOUSE, AND THOSE WHO

REACH OUT TO HELP OTHERS

WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.

I LOVE FINDING THOSE

MOMENTS OF GRACE AND BEAUTY

THAT OUR KIDS KIND OF HAVE

INSPIRED.

Reporter: DAFRON

SUGGESTS LETTING GOD REACH

YOU IN THE BEST WAY, TO

REACH OUT TO FAMILIES AND

FRIENDS WHO MAY BE IN

SIMILAR SITUATIONS.

YOU DON'T SEE THESE

FAMILIES OUT AND ABOUT

BECAUSE IT IS DIFFICULT FOR

THEM TO BE THERE.

START SOMETHING SIMPLE.

Reporter: ONE PLAN

INCLUDES USING CHRISTIAN

CAMP FACILITIES DURING THEIR

OFF-SEASON, BECAUSE THEY'RE

READY-MADE GET-AWAYS FOR

CARE AND REST.

IF YOU REACH OUT, YOU'LL

FIND SURPRISES.

LIKE CARING FOR SEAN, WHO

WAS TOLD HE WOULD LIKELY

NEVER SPEAK, AND THEN SAID

HIS FIRST TWO WORDS, JILL'S

HOUSE.

OR MAX, BORN WITHOUT EYES

AND NEARLY DEAF, DISPLAYING

HIS MUSICAL GIFTS AT JILL'S

HOUSE.

MATT McNEILL BELIEVES

THERE ARE FEW DEEDS MORE

DIVINE THAN REACHING OUT TO

THESE KIDS.

JESUS SAID, WHAT YOU DO

TO THE LEAST OF THESE, YOU

DO UNTO ME.

IT IS HARD TO FIND MORE THE

LEAST OF THESE THAN A KID

WHO IS BORN WITH EVERYTHING

SORT OF STACKED AGAINST

THEM.

Reporter: IT IS A

READY-MADE MISSION FOR

CARING HEARTS.

PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS,

JILL'S HOUSE, McCLAIN,

VIRGINIA.

Gordon: WHAT A

WONDERFUL WORK JILL'S HOUSE

IS DOING.

IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT MORE

INFORMATION, AND HOW CAN YOU

USE THIS AS A MODEL FOR YOUR

COMMUNITY, ALL YOU HAVE TO

DO IS GO TO CBNNEWS.COM.

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, COMING UP,

A BOA CONSTRICTOR NAMED

CUPCAKE.

NO JOKE.

STAY TUNED FOR A WALK ON THE

WILD SIDE WITH THE HOST OF

SCALY ADVENTURES.

.

Terry: PIERCE SPERAN

GOT HIS FIRST PET SNAKE WHEN

HE WAS JUST 9 YEARS OLD.

AND TODAY THE 13-YEAR-OLD

HANDLES ALL KINDS OF CREEPY

CRITTERS, AND HIS MOM AND

DAD ARE BOTH PART OF THE

ACT.

Reporter: IN 2012,

PIERCE AND HIS DAD, RICHARD,

FILMED SOME CREATURES IN

FRONT OF A ZOO.

THEY BECAME POPULAR

COMMERCIAL SPOTS.

AND THEY LED TO THEIR OWN TV

SHOT.

>.

TODAY, RICHARD, SONYA AND

PIERCE TAKE A WALK ON THE

WIDE SIDE.

Terry: THE CURRANS ARE

WITH US NOW.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Terry: AND YOU, TOO.

PIERCE, INTRODUCE US TO YOUR

FRIEND HERE.

THIS IS SPIKE, A GREEN

IGUANA.

AND HE HAS THREE EYES.

YOU SEE THE TWO THERE, BUT

HE HAS ONE UP HERE.

HE IS NOT REALLY HAPPY RIGHT

NOW, BUT THAT HELPS HIM

SENSE LIGHT AND DARK

WHENEVER SOMETHING COMES

OVER HIM.

Terry: WHEN HE DOES

THAT WHEN YOUR PETTING HIM,

DOES THAT MEAN HE LIKES IT?

WHEN HE FLAPS THAT, HE IS

TELLING ME TO BACK OFF, THAT

HE IS THE MAN.

HE IS ON TV.

Terry: SPIKE IS

BEAUTIFUL.

HE'S GORGEOUS.

HE IS ACTUALLY SHEDDING ON

HIS HEAD, SO ALL OF THESE

PINES WILL BE PRISTINE AND

SHED.

Terry: HOW LONG HAVE

YOU HAD HIM?

GOING ON THREE YEARS.

Terry: HAVE YOU EVER

BEEN BITTEN?

I'VE BEEN BITTEN SEVERAL

TIMES, AND HERE.

IT TOOK SIX MONTHS TO TRAIN

HIM BECAUSE HE WASN'T NICE.

AND WE TELL KIDS THAT IN OUR

SHOWS, JUST BECAUSE SOMEBODY

ISN'T NICE AT FIRST, IT CAN

BE DUE TO WHAT THEY'VE HAD

TO GO THROUGH.

Terry: IT'S A LIFE'S

LESSON?

YES.

AND WE TALK ABOUT

BULLIES --

Terry: USING

ANIMALS --

YES, TO TEACH KIDS.

Terry: AND YOU HAVE A

BOA CONSTRICTOR WITH YOU.

AND TWO

NAMES -- THEY DON'T

GO TOGETHER.

CUPCAKE.

EXPLAIN THAT.

THIS IS GOLIATH, AND HE

IS A COLOMBIAN BOA

CONSTRICTOR.

THIS IS HIS VERY BEST

FRIEND.

HE IS THE MASCOT OF OUR

TV SHOW.

HE IS ALSO THE SWEETEST BOA

ON THE PLANET.

[LAUGHTER]

Terry: HAVE YOU ALWAYS

LOVED SNAKES?

OH, YES, I ALWAYS HAVE.

I FIRST WAS INTERESTED IN

DINOSAURS, WHICH LED TO MY

INTEREST IN REPTILES.

Terry: REALLY.

THAT WOULD BE A NATURAL

TRANSITION, WOULDN'T IT?

OH, YES.

Terry: TELL ME ABOUT

CUPCAKE, BECAUSE SHE IS

RATHER LARGE.

SHE IS A COLOMBIAN

RED-TAILED BOA, LIKE

GOLIATH.

WE GAVE HER THAT NAME

BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES WHAT

WE DO ON OUR SHOW IS HELP

KIDS OVERCOME FEARS.

AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE

AFRAID OF SNAKES.

AND I ALWAYS SAY, COME HERE,

KIDS.

AND I SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT HIS

NAME IS?

AND THEY SAY, WHAT?

AND I SAY CUPCAKE.

YOU DON'T WANT TO SAY, HERE,

HOLD KILLER.

AND SHE GETS A CHANCE TO GO

INTO SHRINERS HOSPITAL.

Terry: AND, RICHARD,

PEOPLE THINK SNAKES ARE

SLIMEY, BUT THEY'RE SMOOTH

AND COOL AND BEAUTIFUL.

QUITE LOVELY.

YES.

Terry: WHAT HAVE YOU

GOT THERE?

I HAVE A TICKLE.

HE IS A BEARDED DRAGON.

I DID NOT NAME HIM.

MY MOM DID.

TICKLE IS A SWEETHEART.

HE IS A GRANDPA.

HE WAS PASSED DOWN FROM A

LITTLE BOY WHO PASSED AWAY

OF LEUKEMIA, AND SO HE IS

QUITE OLD.

HE LOVES TO DO PRETTY MUCH

NOTHING BUT SLEEP.

Terry: MY SON HAD A

BEARDED DRAGON NAMED SPIKE,

ACTUALLY.

DOES HE EAT CRICKETS?

YES, HE DOES.

HE LOVES CRICKETS AND MEAL

WORMS AND FRUITS AND

VEGGIES.

AND THESE GUYS, WHERE THEY

COME FROM, THEY'LL PUFF UP

THEIR BODY.

WHENEVER IT IS EARLY AND

THEY WANT TO CATCH THE

SUNLIGHT, THEY'LL POSITION

THEIR BODY, FILL IT UP WITH

AIR, AND THEY'LL TURN IT TO

FACE THE SUN SO THEY CAN

CATCH THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT.

Terry: I DIDN'T KNOW

THAT.

IT'S SO COOL.

Terry: SO WHAT IS

THIS?

THIS IS WILLIE.

HE IS A LEOPARD GECKO.

AND ISN'T HE BEAUTIFUL?

Terry: HE'S BEAUTIFUL.

TERRY, WHAT IS REALLY

COOL ABOUT THIS ANIMAL THAT

WE GET TO SHARE THROUGH THE

SHOW, GOD HAS GIVEN ALL OF

THESE ANIMALS AMAZING

CAMOUFLAGES.

AND WHEN HE SHEDS HIS SKIN,

HE EATS IT.

WHICH IS REALLY DISGUSTING

FOR US, BUT IT PROTECTS THEM

FROM PREDATORS.

Terry: AS A MOM WHO

DOESN'T LIKE TO CLEAN, I CAN

APPRECIATE IT.

IS HE FULL-SIZED?

JUST ABOUT.

HE'LL GROW A LITTLE

BIGGER, BUT THEY ACTUALLY

REACH ADULT SIZES IN SIX

MONTHS.

SO HE IS PRETTY MUCH MAXED

OUT.

THAT TAIL IS WHERE THEY

STORE THEIR FAT.

THEY CAN GO A MONTH OR TWO

WITHOUT EATING.

THAT TAIL WILL GET REALLY

FAT AND THEY'LL FEED OFF THE

FAT.

THIS ONE WE THOUGHT YOU

MIGHT WANT TO HOLD BECAUSE

SHE IS LITTLE.

THIS IS BLOSSOM, AND

SHE'S ANOTHER ONE WE USE

WITH YOUNG CHILDREN.

THAT IS A COMMON CORN

SNAKE.

THE COLORATION ISN'T MUCH

DIFFERENT FROM WHAT YOU

WOULD FIND IN YOUR YARD.

SHE IS A HARMLESS PET.

THEY DON'T REALLY HAVE

TEETH, SO IT IS A GREAT

STARTER SNAKE.

HE ACTUALLY LIVES WITH

FOUR OTHER CORN SNAKES IN

ONE CAGE.

THEY ARE VERY

COMMUNAL-MINDED.

WHEN IT WAS JUST THREE CORN

SNAKES, THE TWO MALES --

WHEN THE FEMALE WOULD SHED,

THE TWO OF THEM WOULD WRAP

AROUND THE FEMALE AND COVER

HER AND HIDE BECAUSE THEY

KNEW TO PROTECT THE FEMALE.

Terry: SHE TICKLES.

SHE IS A SWEETHEART.

Terry: SHE IS

BEAUTIFUL.

WHAT HAVE YOU GOT THERE?

THIS IS ARLO.

HE IS OUR BOX TURTLE.

HE IS A SWEETHEART.

HE LOVES TO WALK A LOT.

THEY ONLY HAVE ONE

DIRECTION, AND THAT'S

FORWARD.

OH, YES.

HE'LL MAKE SEVERAL LAPS

AROUND MY ROOM EVERY DAY.

HE'S VERY BEAUTIFUL.

Terry: I WOULD LIKE TO

SEE YOUR ROOM.

IT'S SCARY.

TELL HER HOW MANY SNAKES AND

REPTILES --

WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 37

SPECIES.

COME ON OVER, AND YOU CAN

SEE.

Terry: MANY PEOPLE HAVE

WATCHED YOUR SCALY

ADVENTURES SHOW.

YOU'RE ON REGULARLY.

IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD THE FUN

OF SEEING IT -- ARE YOU

GOING UP MY SLEEVE?

[LAUGHTER]

Terry: TONYA, YOU HAVE

ANOTHER MINISTRY BECAUSE YOU

HAD A REALLY SERIOUS HEALTH

SCARE.

TELL US ABOUT THAT.

THIS YEAR WILL BE 10

YEARS AGO I WAS IN A COMA.

STAFF BACTERIA WAS BLOWN

INTO MY LUNGS AND I WAS

GIVEN TWO HOURS TO LIVE.

PIERCE WAS FOUR YEARS OLD,

AND THEY TOLD RICK TO BRING

HIM INTO THE HOSPITAL TO SAY

GOOD-BYE TO ME.

GOD SAVED MY LIFE IN A

MIRACULOUS WAY.

AND THEN EVERY DOCTOR KEPT

GIVING ME PRESCRIPTION AFTER

PRESCRIPTION, AND BY JANUARY

'07, I ALMOST KILLED MYSELF

BECAUSE I WAS 18 PILLS.

I WAS A TEACHER, AND HE WAS

IN SALES, SO WE WEREN'T

TRAINED FOR THIS.

BUT WE STARTED OUR

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

CALLED "BOUNDLESS LIMITS,"

AND THEN THROUGH PIERCE'S

PASSION OF REPTILES --

BECAUSE I HOME-SCHOOL HIM --

WE STARTED MAKING --

Terry: I COULD TELL

THAT.

GOOD VOCABULARY.

-- WE STARTED MAKING HOME

VIDEOS THAT BLOSSOMED INTO

THIS.

Terry: I WANT PEOPLE TO

KNOW YOU HAVE WRITTEN A

BOOK, AND ITS CALLED "ON

COURSE, STRATEGIES FOR

SUCCESSFUL LIVING."

IT IS A REALLY ENCOURAGING

BOOK.

TO FIND OUT HOW TO GET A

COPY, LOG ON TO CBN.COM.

AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW YOU

CAN WATCH THE CURRANS EVERY

SATURDAY, "SCALY ADVENTURES."

AND WE HAVE A CHRISTIAN

ROCK BAND, AND SO IT IS COOL

MUSIC.

AND EVERY SHOW HAS AN

UNDERLYING MESSAGE OF

OVERCOMING FEARS AND

FOLLOWING THEIR DREAMS.

Terry: THANK YOU FOR

BEING HERE.

THANK YOU.

Gordon: STILL AHEAD, NO

ELECTRICITY, NO RUNNING

WATER.

THIS MOTHER OF 11 PRAYED

DESPERATELY FOR A NEW

HOUSE.

SEE HOW SHE GOT ONE, COMING

UP.

AND WELCOME BACK TO "THE

700 CLUB."

PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI'S

CHILDREN ARE SENDING

PRESIDENT OBAMA AN EMOTIONAL

MESSAGE, ASKING HIM TO HELP

BRING THEIR FATHER HOME.

HE HAS BEEN IN PRISON IN

IRAN FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS,

ENDURING TORTURE FOR HIS

CHRISTIAN FAITH.

HIS WIFE HAS DESPERATELY

FOUGHT TO GET HIM BACK.

NOW THEIR CHILDREN ARE

JOINING THEIR PLEA.

HER PLEA.

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

HELPING IMMIGRANT CHILDREN

AND HONDURAN FAMILIES TRYING

TO CROSS THE BORDER INTO THE

U.S. TO GET BACK HOME.

WORKING WITH THOSE, THE

HONDURAN GOVERNMENT TEAMS

HAVE SET UP RECEIVING AREAS

FOR CHILDREN TO PLAY WHILE

THEIR PARENTS ARE BEING

PROCESSED BACK INTO THE

COUNTRY, AND HELPING THESE

FAMILIES TO GET BACK ON

THEIR FEET AS WELL.

MARIA WAS RECENTLY DEPORTED

AFTER REACHING THE U.S. WITH

HER INFANT SON.

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

EQUIPPING HER WITH ALL OF

THE TOOLS AND SUPPLIES SHE

NEEDS TO START HER OWN

TORTILLA BUSINESS.

REMEMBER, YOU CAN FIND

OUT

MORE

ABOUT "OPERATION

BLESSING" BY GOING

TO ITS

WEBSITE,

OB.ORG.

GORDON AND TERRY ARE BACK

WITH MORE OF "THE 700 CLUB"

RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Terry: VE VERA OMEN

LIVES IN EXTREME POVERTY IN

UKRAINE.

SHE IS THE MOTHER OF 11

CHILDREN, AND YET WHEN A

YOUNG GIRL LOST BOTH OF HER

PARENTS, VERA COULDN'T

RESIST OPENING HER HEART AND

HOME TO THAT CHILD.

Reporter: VERA HAS 11

CHILDREN.

THE YOUNGEST FOUR LIVE AT

HOME.

THEY HAVE NO ELECTRICITY OR

RUNNING WATER, AND AN OLD

STOVE BARELY KEEPS THE HOUSE

WARM.

VERA'S HUSBAND IS DISABLED

AND SHE CAN'T FIND STEADY

WORK.

SOMETIMES I GO WEEKS

WITHOUT WORK.

SOMETIMES I'M FORCED TO BEG

BECAUSE WE MUST FEED OUR

CHILDREN.

TODAY THEY HAD NOTHING TO

EAT YET, AND I DON'T HAVE

ANYTHING TO FEED THEM.

Reporter: SHE RELIES ON

HER FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST

EVERY DAY.

AND THAT'S GIVEN HER A

COMPASSIONATE HEART.

RECENTLY I TOOK IN A GIRL

WHO HAD NO FATHER OR

MOTHER.

SHE LIVED HERE AND THERE A

FEW DAYS AT A TIME, AND I

FELT SORRY FOR HER.

I KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO

LIVE THAT WAY.

SHE IS A GOOD GIRL.

Reporter: FOR YEARS

VERA HAS PRAYED FOR A BETTER

HOME.

I DO NOT HAVE MONEY FOR A

GOOD HOUSE.

ALL I WANT ARE A FEW BEDS, A

TABLE, AND A CABINET.

THOSE THINGS ARE TOO

EXPENSIVE FOR ME.

BUT I KNOW WITH GOD, ALL

THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

I BELIEVE GOD IS KIND AND HE

WILL NOT FORSAKE US.

Reporter: WITHOUT A

BETTER HOUSE.

WE KNEW THAT ALL OF THE KIDS

WERE IN DANGER DANGER OF

BEING TAKEN BY SOCIAL

SERVICES AND PUT INTO AN

ORPHANAGE.

WE WANTED TO KEEP THIS

FAMILY TOGETHER, SO CBN'S

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" BUILT

THEM A NEW HOME AND GAVE

EVERYONE NEW BEDS.

NOW I KNOW GOD HAS HEARD

MY PRAYERS.

SEEING THE NEW HOUSE FILLS

ME WITH PRIDE AND JOY.

I LIKE OUR NEW HOUSE.

WE HAVE PLACES TO PLAY AND

SLEEP.

THIS HOUSE IS A LOT

BETTER THAN WHAT WE HAD

BEFORE.

I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE

WHO HELPED US.

FROM THE PEOPLE WHO DONATED

MONEY TO THE ONES WHO BUILD

THE HOUSE.

EVERY NIGHT I THANK GOD FOR

THIS BLESSING.

Terry: THERE ARE

164 MILLION ORPHANS IN THE

WORLD.

ONE OF THE PROJECTS THAT

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" HAS IS

CALLED "KEEPING FAMILIES

TOGETHER."

WE LIKE CHILDREN TO STAY

WITH THEIR FAMILIES IN

HEALTHY SITUATIONS.

IN VERA'S CASE, SHE LOVED

HER CHILDREN.

SHE JUST DIDN'T HAVE WHAT

SHE NEEDED TO RAISE THEM

WELL.

YOU'RE HELPING US TO DO THAT

THERE IN UKRAINE AND IN MANY

OF THE NATIONS AROUND THE

WORLD.

SHE IS ALSO TAKING IN A

CHILD WHO HAD NOWHERE ELSE

TO GO.

BECAUSE THIS IS A WOMAN WHO

IS A BRIGHT LIGHT IN HER

COMMUNITY.

SO HELP US TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF

CHILDREN IN NEED.

HELP US TO KEEP FAMILIES

TOGETHER.

AND HELP YOU US TO FIND

HOMES FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE

SEARCHING AND HAVE NOWHERE

TO BELONG.

WE WELCOME YOUR HELP WITH

ALL OF THAT.

SO JOIN US TODAY.

E CAYOU CAN GIVE YOUR GIFT

BY CALLING 1-800-759-0700.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU

PARTNER WITH US.

GORDON?

Gordon: UP NEXT, THE

PEACE OF BREAD BRINGS A

PRISONER TO HIS SENSES.

I JUST HAD THIS VISUAL,

AND I HAVE FALLEN AS LOW AS

I CAN GO.

Gordon: HEAR THE PRAYER

THAT PICKED HIM UP, AFTER

THIS.

Gordon: JOHN BERA SOLD

DRUGS AND STOLE TO FEED HIS

HABIT.

YET YEARS BEFORE HE STARTED

USING COCAINE, JOHN WAS

HOOKED ON SOMETHING ELSE.

HE WAS ADDICTED TO SIN.

THERE WAS SOMETHING IN ME

THAT WANTED TO SIN.

I COULDN'T WAIT TO SMOKE

POT.

I COULDN'T WAIT TO DRINK.

I COULDN'T WAIT TO HAVE

SEX.

ALL OF THOSE THINGS, THEY

WERE AT THE FOREFRONT OF MY

MIND.

Reporter: JOHN BARO WAS

RAISED BY HIS TEENAGED

MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER.

HE SAYS HE DEPUTY HAVE A

DIDN'T HAVE A FATHER TO LOOK

UP TO, AND THERE WAS NO

STRUCTURE AT HOME.

I THINK I WAS LACKING IN

THE AREA OF HAVING A

BALANCED HOME, WITH A

BALANCED MOTHER AND FATHER.

THERE WAS PROBABLY A LOT OF

INSECURITY THERE.

Reporter: LEFT TO HIS

OWN DEVICES, HE BEGAN

EXPERIMENTING WITH SEX,

ALCOHOL, AND DRUGS.

BY 14, HE WAS ADDICTED TO

ALL THREE.

I JUST LOVED IT.

IT WAS JUST GREAT.

DRINKING A BEER, AND THE

NEXT THING YOU KNOW I DRANK

A FEW AND A SIX-PACK AND

THEN I'M DRUNK.

Reporter: THEN HE

STARTED GETTING INTO TROUBLE

WITH THE LAW.

HE WAS IN AND OUT OF

JUVENILE DETENTION FOR

RUNNING AWAY, DOING DRUGS

AND STEALING.

ONE NIGHT A MAN SPOKE AT THE

DETENTION CENTER AND HE

SPOKE ABOUT HE OVERCAME HIS

ADDICTIONS THROUGH TEEN

CHALLENGE.

I REMEMBER I COULDN'T

WAIT FOR HIM TO QUIT

SPEAKING BECAUSE I WANTED TO

GO TO MY CELL AND CRY.

Reporter: HIS DESIRE TO

CHANGE WAS SHORT-LIVED.

HE CONVINCED HIS PROBATION

OFFICER TO GIVE HIM A CHANCE

AT TEEN CHALLENGE, BUT AFTER

ONLY SIX MONTHS, HE LEFT AND

WENT BACK TO USING AND

SELLING DRUGS.

STILL, HE COULDN'T ESCAPE

WHAT HE LEARNED ABOUT GOD

WHILE HE WAS THERE.

THAT WAS THE HOOK THAT

WAS REALLY SET, WHAT I SAW

AT TEEN CHALLENGE.

THAT EXPOSED ME TO THE REAL

CHRIST.

AND SO FROM THAT DAY

FORWARD, I KNEW WHO GOD WAS,

AND SO I WAS JUST RUNNING

FROM HIM.

Reporter: OVER THE NEXT

SEVERAL YEARS, JOHN WAS IN

AND OUT OF JAIL FOR VARIOUS

CRIMES.

EVERY TIME HE WAS LOCKED UP

AND RELEASED, HE WOULD FIND

MORE TROUBLE.

I WOULD DRINK TOUCH TOO

MUCH AND THEN I'D DO

COCAINE.

AND I WOULD DO THAT UNTIL MY

MONEY WAS GONE.

AND THEN I WOULD ROB OR

STEAL TO GET MORE.

Reporter: AND THEN HE

ROBBED A CONVENIENCE STORE

AND HE WAS GIVEN A TWO-YEAR

SENTENCE.

ONE DAY HE WAS CAUGHT

SELLING MARIJUANA TO A

CELLMATE, AND THAT GOT HIM

SOLITARY FOR 28 DAYS.

THERE HE READ THE BIBLE.

HE SAYS HE WAS ASHAMED OF

THE HARM HE CAUSED HIMSELF

AND OTHERS.

I WAS, LIKE, MAN, IF GOD

CAN FORGIVE DAVID, OF

PREMEDITATED MURDER AND

ADULTERY, SURELY HE CAN

FORGIVE ME.

Reporter: HE SAYS HE

CAME TO HIS SENSES WHEN A

STALE PIECE OF BREAD FELL

OFF A SERVING CART.

IT WAS LAYING THERE AND

THE WHEELS RAN OVER IT, AND

GUYS STARTED THROWING THEIR

BLANKETS OUT THERE TO GRAB

THAT BREAD.

I JUST HAD THIS VISUAL, AND

IT WAS LIKE, WHAT ARE HAVE

YOU FALLEN TO.

I'VE FALLEN AS LOW AS I CAN

GO.

Reporter: WITH NOWHERE

TO RUN, GO JOHN TALKED TO

GOD.

STRENGTHEN ME.

HELP ME, FORGIVE ME.

I CAN'T DO THIS WITHOUT

YOU.

IMMEDIATELY, IN THAT JAIL

CELL, I LITERALLY CRIED

TEARS.

AND I SAID, LORD, I DON'T

WANT TO DO THIS ANYMORE.

THERE WAS THIS REFRESHING

FEELING THAT CAME OVER ME.

THERE WAS THIS FEELING OF

REDEMPTION.

UP UNTIL THAT TIME, YOU

KNOW, I KIND OF LIVED THE

MOTO OF

THE NIKE COMMERCIAL,

"JUST DO IT."

THAT HAD TAKEN ME TO A PLACE

I DIDN'T LIKE.

SO WHEN I BROKE FREE OF

THAT, SO TO SPEAK, AND CRIED

OUT TO THE LORD, THAT

FREEDOM CHANGED ME.

Reporter: FOR THE

REMAINDER OF HIS SENTENCE,

JOHN BEGAN TO MEMORIES

SCRIPTURE AND PRAYED EVERY

DAY.

I THANKED GOD FOR THE

PENITENTIARY.

IT SAVED ME.

IN ISOLATION, IT HELPED ME.

BECAUSE IT STOPPED ME LONG

ENOUGH TO HEAR THE VOICE OF

GOD AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

SPOKE TO ME.

Reporter: FOR SEVERAL

YEARS HE WORKED TO BEAT HIS

ADDICTIONS, AND NOW HE HAS

BEEN ALCOHOL AND DRUG-FREE

FOR NEARLY 15 YEARS.

REDEMPTION FOR ME WAS A

BETTER WAY.

INTO PLACES, NO PLAYMATES,

NEW PLAYGROUNDS, CHANGING MY

ENVIRONMENT.

Reporter: TODAY JOHN IS

AN AUTHOR, MINISTER, AND

FAMILY MAN.

HE IS RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL

BUSINESS, USING MASONRY

SKILLS HE LEARNED IN

PRISON.

AND THROUGH "A BETTER WAY

MINISTRY," HE PROVIDES

SHELTER AND RESOURCES FOR

MEN AS THEY OVERCOME THEIR

CHALLENGES.

MY PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE

HAS CHANGED.

EVERYTHING HAS BRIGHTENED

UP.

I DO FULLY BELIEVE THAT ALL

THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR

GOOD FOR THOSE WHO LOVE THE

LORD.

EVERYTHING.

EVEN THE BAD THINGS WE GO

THROUGH, OUR FAILURES, OUR

MISTAKES -- ALL I CAN DO IS

PRAISE GOD EVERY DAY FOR

WHAT HE HAS DONE.

Gordon: THE SAME THING

CAN HAPPEN TO YOU.

YOU CAN HAVE THAT CHANGE.

YOU CAN HAVE THAT

TURNAROUND.

YOU CAN HAVE A NEW LIFE.

JOHN USED A WORD,

"REDEMPTION," AND HE KEPT

SAYING IT, REDEMPTION,

REDEMPTION.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

IN ANCIENT TIMES, REDEMPTION

WAS WHEN YOU BOUGHT BACK A

SLAVE.

YOU REDEEMED SOMEONE OUT OF

SLAVERY AND YOU SET THEM

FREE.

YOU PAID THE PRICE FOR IT.

AND THAT'S WHAT JESUS DID

FOR US.

BECAUSE WE'RE ALL SLAVES TO

SIN.

WE ALL HAVE COMPULSIONS.

IN JOHN'S LIFE, HE KEPT

SAYING, I'M JUST GOING TO DO

IT.

I'M JUST GOING TO DO IT.

AND IT'S THE SAME STORY, YOU

START OFF THINKING, OKAY, I

CAN DO THIS AND I CAN PUT IT

DOWN.

BUT IT'S SO TRUE.

YOU START TAKING DRUGS, AND

PRETTY SOON DRUGS START

TAKING YOU.

AND YOU LOSE CONTROL.

AND YOU NO LONGER LIVE, BUT

YOU'RE A SLAVE TO IT.

AND IT'S THE SAME FOR ANY

SIN.

IT'S NOT JUST THE HARD

DRUGS.

IT'S ANY SIN.

YOU ENGAGE IN IT LONG

ENOUGH, AND IT BECOMES A

COMPULSION.

AND YOU CAN'T GET FREE.

YOUR TRAPPED.

THE BIBLE SAYS YOU'RE

ENSNARED BY IT, YOU'RE

CAPTURED BY IT.

JESUS SAID HOWEVER SINS

BECOMES A SLAVE TO SIN.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS JOHN

WAS REDEEMED.

THE PRICE WAS PAID.

WHEN WAS IT PAID?

2,000 YEARS AGO.

BEFORE YOU WERE EVEN BORN.

WE DIDN'T THINK UP

SALVATION.

GOD DID.

BECAUSE HE KNEW WE NEEDED

IT, AND WE NEED IT TO BE

REDEEMED.

WE NEEDED THE PRICE TO BE

PAID SO THAT WE COULD LIVE

FREE AND LIVE FOR HIM.

NO LONGER SLAVES TO SIN, BUT

FREE IN CHRIST, IN THE

LIBERTY THAT HE SO FREELY

GIVES.

NOW, WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO

GET IT?

WELL, THE SAME THING THAT

JOHN DID.

WHEN YOU COME TO YOURSELF.

THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS

IN THE PARABLE OF THE

PRODIGAL.

THAT HERE HE WAS, HE WAS

FEEDING PIGS, AND HE HAD AN

IDEA, THAT WOULD BE GOOD TO

EAT.

AND THEN HE HAD A MOMENT

WHERE HE CAME TO HIMSELF AND

HE REALIZED HOW FAR HE HAD

FALLEN.

AND IN THAT MOMENT HE CRIED

OUT.

AND THAT'S WHAT JOHN DID, HE

CRIED OUT.

THAT'S WHAT YOU CAN DO.

YOU CAN CRY OUT.

I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS

ANYMORE.

THE SAME PRAYER.

I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS

ANYMORE.

JESUS, SET ME FREE.

AND IF YOU PRAY THAT, HE'LL

COME.

HE'LL REDEEM YOU.

HE'LL SET YOU FREE.

HE'LL GIVE YOU A NEW MIND.

HE'LL TAKE AWAY THE

CRAVING.

HE'LL TAKE AWAY THE

COMPULSION.

AND HE'LL SET YOU FREE.

AND THE BIBLE SAYS, WHO THE

SON SETS FREE IS FREE

INDEED.

IF YOU WANT THIS, DON'T

CHANGE THE CHANNEL.

LET TODAY BE THE DAY WHERE

YOU SAY, I WANT TO BE FREE.

I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS

ANYMORE.

I WANT TO HAVE A NEW LIFE.

IF YOU WANT IT, BOW YOUR

HEAD.

LET'S PRAY TOGETHER.

IT IS A SIMPLE PRAYER.

AND IF YOU PRAY IT WITH ALL

OF YOUR HEART, HE'LL

ANSWER.

HE'LL COME.

JUST TRUST HIM.

LET'S PRAY.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT, SAY

IT OUT LOUD.

JESUS, I WANT TO BE SET

FREE.

I DON'T WANT TO LIVE THIS

WAY ANYMORE.

I DON'T WANT TO DO THESE

THINGS ANYMORE.

I WANT TO BE FREE.

SO, JESUS, FORGIVE ME.

FORGIVE ME OF ALL OF THE

THINGS THAT I'VE DONE

WRONG.

AND TAKE THESE COMPULSIONS

FROM ME.

I DON'T WANT TO DO THEM

ANYMORE.

AND, JESUS, IF YOU DO THIS,

I WANT TO FOLLOW YOU ALL THE

DAYS OF MY LIFE.

HEAR MY PRAYER.

SET ME FREE, FOR I PRAY IT

IN JESUS' NAME.

FATHER, I PRAY NOW FOR THOSE

WHO JUST PRAYED WITH ME.

I PRAY NOW THAT THESE

SHACKLES WOULD BE BROKEN OFF

OF THEM.

THAT THEY WOULD BE SET FREE

NOW, IN YOUR NAME.

AND I ASK THAT YOU FILL THEM

WITH YOUR HOLY SPIRIT AND

WITH THE LOVE THAT COMES

FROM YOUR HEART.

LET THEM KNOW THAT THEIR

PRAYER HAS BEEN HEARD AND

HAS BEEN ANSWERED, AND THEY

ARE ACCEPTED INTO YOUR

FAMILY NOW.

FOR I ASK IT IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU PRAYED WITH ME, THE

BIBLE SAYS THE NEXT STEP IS

TO CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH.

IF YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART

AND THEN CONFESS WITH YOUR

MOUTH, YOU SHALL BE SAVED.

SO PICK UP THE PHONE.

GIVE US A CALL.

1-800-759-0700.

JUST SAY, I JUST PRAYED.

I ASKED JESUS INTO MY

HEART.

I WANT TO BE REDEEMED.

WHEN YOU CALL, I'VE GOT

SOMETHING FOR YOU.

IT'S A C.D. TEACHING ON HOW

YOU LIVE THE CHRISTIAN

LIFE.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN PRINCIPLES

OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH.

IT'S ALL FREE.

THE PHONE CALL IS FREE.

NO FINANCIAL OBLIGATION AT

ALL.

WE'LL SEND IT TO YOU.

WE WANT TO GET YOU THIS

INFORMATION.

SO CALL US NOW.

1-800-759-0700.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH

MORE OF "THE 700 CLUB," SO

STAY WITH US.

COMING UP LATER...WE'LL

"BRING IT ON" WITH YOUR

E-MAIL QUESTIONS, SO DON'T

GO AWAY.

Gordon: JOIN THE

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB, AND

HELP US GET THE STORIES OF

THE BIBLE TO THE CHILDREN OF

THE WORLD.

SO FAR WE'VE GOT 22

DIFFERENT LANGUAGES AROUND

THE WORLD.

THE SERIES IS A HIT IN THE

PHILIPPINES, IN INDONESIA,

AND THROUGHOUT THE ARAB

WORLD.

WE'RE GETTING LOTS OF HITS

ON OUR WEBSITE IN ARABIC,

AND IT IS ALL POSSIBLE

BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE YOU CARE

ENOUGH TO GIVE.

SO IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART

OF IT, TAKING THE STORIES OF

THE BIBLE TO THE CHILDREN OF

THE WORLD, JOIN THE

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB.

RIGHT NOW WE'RE ISSUING THE

STORY OF JOB.

YOU CAN HAVE ONE FOR YOUR

FAMILY AND TWO MORE TO

SHARES WITH OTHERS.

AND YOU'LL GET THE HERO PACK

IF YOU JOIN THE CLUB.

THE STORY OF DAVID AND

GOLIATH.

THE STORY OF DANIEL AND THE

LION'S DEN.

AND THEN ESTHER, FOR SUCH A

TIME AS THIS.

SO YOU GET SIX D.V.D.s FOR

A GIFT OF $25 WHEN YOU JOIN

THE "SUPERBOOK" CLUB.

SO CALL US NOW,

1-800-759-0700.

NOW WE HAVE SOME TIME FOR

SOME E-MAILS.

LET'S "BRING IT ON."

Terry: EVIE SAYS, "THE

QUESTION WAS POSED ON THE

FRONT OF CHRISTIANITY.COM,

AND SO I FIGURE IT WAS FAIR

GAME.

WOULD JESUS HANG OUT AT A

TRIP CLUB?"

Gordon: THAT'S A

PROVOCATIVE TITLE, WOULD

JESUS HANG OUT AT A STRIP

CLUB.

IF YOU'RE FEMALE AND YOU

HAVE A HEART FOR THE WOMEN

WHO ARE INVOLVED IN THAT --

AND YOU NEED A HEART FOR

THEM BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF

THEM, THE STORIES ARE

HORRIBLE.

ABUSE, MOLESTATION, WHAT HAS

GOTTEN THEM TO THAT POINT,

WHERE THEY WANT TO USE THEIR

BODIES AS A WAY TO EARN

MONEY -- IF YOU HAVE A HEART

FOR THEM AND ARE WILLING TO

TAKE ON A VERY DIFFICULT

MINISTRY, THEN PLEASE GO FOR

IT.

VISIT THEM, LOVE ON THEM,

LET THEM KNOW THEY'RE

ACCEPTED.

LET THEM KNOW THAT THERE IS

ANOTHER WAY.

IF YOU'RE A MAN, STAY HOME.

DON'T GO THERE.

ALL RIGHT.

Terry: YES.

I'LL LET YOU FLY ON THAT.

I THINK HE LOVES STRIPPERS.

I THINK HE LOVES THE PEOPLE

WHO GOES THERE.

I DON'T THINK HE WOULD HANG

OUT THERE.

Gordon: JESUS CAN BE IN

YOU.

AND IF YOU FEEL CALLED TO

THAT MINISTRY, GO.

IF A MAN COMES TO ME AND

SAYS, I FEEL CALLED TO THAT

MINISTRY, I WOULD SAY, NO,

YOUR NOT.

IT'S NOT FOR YOU.

Terry: DON'T BELIEVE

THAT.

I AGREE WITH YOU

WHOLEHEARTEDLY.

THAT'S ALL OF THE TIME WE'VE

GOT FOR TODAY.

Gordon: ALL RIGHT.

TUNE IN NEXT WEEK, WHERE

TERRY SAYS I DUCK ANOTHER

QUESTION.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM MARK 9: "ALL

THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO HIM

WHO BELIEVES."

AND THAT'S A GREAT WORD OF

FAITH.

"ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE."

THE ONLY THING THAT LIMITS

GOD IS OUR FAITH.

GOD BLESS YOU.

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