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700 Club Interactive: Aaron Shust - October 30, 2014

How singer/songwriter Aaron Shust discovers joy and trust in God, through life’s many challenges. Read Transcript


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Andrew: GOOD MORNING,

AND WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

WE HAVE A GREAT SHOW FOR YOU

TODAY.

WE'RE GOING TO HEAR HOW A

HIT SONG HELPED SAVE THE

MARRIAGE OF ONE CHRISTIAN

ARTIST.

PLUS, WE'LL MEET ONE HALF OF

A COMEDY DUO.

FIRST WE'RE GOING TO SIT

DOWN WITH AARON SHUTS.

HE WAS A WORSHIP LEADER IN

GEORGIA.

A FEW YEARS LATER, HE HAD

THE NUMBER ONE CHRISTIAN

ALBUM IN THE COUNTRY.

WHETHER HE IS SINGING ON THE

SHOW OR SINGING IN HIS HOME,

HIS JOB REMAINS THE SAME.

Reporter: AARON'S SONGS

REFLECT HIS FAITH IN THE

LORD, ESPECIALLY WHEN HE IS

FACING CHALLENGES.

LIKE WHEN AARON AND HIS WIFE

SARAH NEARLY LOST THEIR

SECOND SON, NICKY, AND,

AGAIN, WHEN THEIR THIRD SON,

MICHAEL, WAS BORN WITH DOWN

SYNDROME.

ON HIS LATEST ALBUM,

"MORNING RISES," AARON SINGS

WITH A RENEWED PASSION TO

PRAISE GOD IN THE MIDST OF

THE STRUGGLE, NO MATTER WHAT

THE OUTCOME.

Andrew: AARON SHUTZ IS

JOINING US NOW.

THANKS FOR BEING ON "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

GREAT TO BE HERE.

Andrew: AS A WORSHIP

LEADER AND CHRISTIAN MUSIC

ARTIST, YOUR SONGS BRING

PEOPLE JOY.

A LOT OF PEOPLE MAY BE

SURPRISED TO KNOW SOME OF

YOUR GREATEST SONGS WERE

WRITTEN IN SERIOUS AND DEEP

PAIN.

IT MAKES ME THINK OF JOB,

AND THE STORY OF JOB.

WHENEVER HE WENT THROUGH

WHAT HE WENT THROUGH, HE

RESPONDED IN WORSHIP.

IT SAYS HE DROPPED TO HIS

KNEES AND WORSHIPPED.

HE SAYS THE LORD GIVES AND

THE LORD TAKES AWAY.

I HAVE THREE CHILDREN, AND

TWO OF THEM HAVE SPENT QUITE

A BIT OF TIME IN THE

HOSPITAL WITH QUESTIONABLE

OUTCOMES.

AND THANKFULLY AT THE END OF

THE STORY, I CAN SAY THEY'RE

HOME, THEY'RE HAPPY, AND

THEY'RE HEALTHY.

WE HAD OPPORTUNITIES TO

RESPOND.

WE CAN RESPOND WITH DOUBT

AND QUESTIONS, OR WE CAN

RESPOND WITH, I DON'T KNOW

WHAT YOU'RE DOING, GOD, BUT

I'M GOING TO CHOOSE TO

WORSHIP YOU.

Andrew: YOU HAD

CHALLENGES WITH YOUR SECOND

SON, AND YOU SAW HEALING.

AND THEN YOUR THIRD SON

COMES ALONG, AND TELL US

WHAT HAPPENED?

MICHAEL WAS BORN, AND

FOUR MINUTES AFTER HIS

BIRTH, THEY INFORMED US HE

HAS DOWN SYNDROME, AND WE

DIDN'T KNOW THAT.

THAT WAS A WEIGHT TO CARRY.

WE ARE NOW PARENTS OF A DOWN

SYNDROME CHILD AND WILL BE

FOR AS LONG AS GOD ALLOWS

HIM TO LIVE.

TWO OPEN-HEART SURGERIES.

IT WAS A LOT.

AND THE FIRST COUPLE OF

DAYS, I MEDITATED ON THE

PROMISES OF WHO GOD WAS.

I HAD JUST BEGUN TO WRITE A

SONG TWO DAYS BEFORE HE WAS

BORN, AND THE WORDS WERE,

"YOU WON'T ABANDON, YOU

WON'T DECEIVE, YOU'LL NEVER

DESERT US, YOU'LL NEVER

LEAVE."

BUT TO CLING TO THE PROMISES

OF WHO GOD IS IS SO

IMPORTANT IN TIMES WHEN YOU

DON'T KNOW WHAT IS GOING

ON.

Andrew: DID YOU HAVE

DAYS WHERE YOU COULDN'T

WRITE MUSIC BECAUSE THE PAIN

WAS TOO GREAT?

NO, I WOULDN'T SAY THAT.

BECAUSE AS A WORSHIP LEADER,

I GREW UP IN THE CHURCH.

I HAVE FAITH IN WHO GOD IS,

AND I LOVE TO SING TO GOD.

WHETHER IT IS A HYMN OR A

CHORUS, SO I BEGAN TO

WORSHIP THOSE OPPORTUNITIES

TO RESPOND THAT WAY.

I DON'T WRITE STORIES ABOUT

WHAT JUST HAPPENED.

BUT I WRITE OUT OF MY

RESPONSE TO -- HOW DO I

RESPOND TO GOD AT THIS

MOMENT.

Andrew: WHEN MICHAEL

WAS BORN AND YOU FIND OUT

ABOUT HIS CONDITIONS, HOW

DID IT AFFECT YOUR

MARRIAGE?

IT MADE US STRONG.

IT REALLY, REALLY DID.

I IMAGINE SOME MARRIAGES CAN

SEPARATE.

WE'VE HEARD STORIES OF ABOUT

HOW THAT COULD HAPPEN, BUT

WE FELT, WE'RE PARTNERS.

EVEN AT THE END OF AN

ARGUMENT -- PEOPLE ARGUE,

RIGHT -- BUT WE SAY, HEY, I

LOVE YOU.

WE'RE PARTNERS.

YOU AND ME, WE MADE A VOW.

AS WE WALKED THROUGH THIS

DARK JOURNEY, NOT KNOWING

WHAT THE FUTURE IS GOING TO

HOLD, WE SAID, WE'RE GOING

TO DO THIS TOGETHER.

THAT'S WHAT WE DO AS HUSBAND

AND WIFE.

WE LOVE EACH OTHER.

AND WE DREW A LOT OF

STRENGTH OFF OF EACH OTHER.

Andrew: YOU MENTIONED

JOB WHEN WE STARTED

TALKING.

ANY OTHER SCRIPTURES THAT

STOOD OUT?

I THINK OF JOHN 16: 33,

WHERE HE SAYS, "IN THIS

WORLD YOU WILL HAVE TROUBLE,

BUT TAKE HEART FOR I HAVE

OVERCOME THE WORLD."

I LOVE THAT.

I WOULDN'T SAY THAT JESUS

WAS COCKY, BUT THERE IS SUCH

A CONFIDENCE.

HE SAYS, TAKE HEART, I'VE

OVERCOME THE WORLD.

Andrew: AND SOMETIMES

WE LOSE THAT CONFIDENCE IN

HIM AND FORGET WHAT HE

PROMISED US.

YES.

THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO BE

REMINDED OF THE TRUTH.

AS I SING SONGS AND WRITE

SONGS FOR THE CHURCH, I WANT

THEM TO BE INSTILLED WITH

THE TRUTH BECAUSE WE NEED

THAT REMINDER.

REMINDER.

Andrew: WHEN YOU SIT

DOWN TO WRITE SONGS, DO YOU

SIT DOWN AND SAY, HOLY

SPIRIT SPEAK TO ME.

OR DO YOU SIT DOWN WITH IT

ROLLING AROUND IN YOUR HEAD

AND YOU WANT TO GET IT OUT?

I THINK IT IS A BLANKET

INSPIRATION THAT THE SPIRIT

GIVES ME, BY GIVING ME SONGS

AT 2:00 IN THE MORNING,

SOMETIMES WHEN I'M DRIVING

TO THE GROCERY STORE.

IT IS JUST AN IDEA.

THERE IS A PHRASE AND A

CHORUS.

AND THEN WE COLLABORATE, AND

WE SIT DOWN OVER A CUP OF

COFFEE, AND THEN WE PRAY,

HOLY SPIRIT, COME AND FILL

OUR MIND WITH WORDS.

HELP US AS WE DEVELOP THIS

SONG AND COMPLETE THIS

SONG.

Andrew: AM I WRITE THAT

ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST HITS,

YOU WROTE THE CHORUS A YEAR

AND A HALF AFTER YOU STARTED

WORKING ON THE SONG?

YES.

THE SONG IS "MY GOD," AND I

SANG IT IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA,

FOR A YEAR AND A HALF.

THERE WAS SO MUCH ENERGY IN

THE LYRIC, BUT NOT IN THE

MUSIC.

SO A YEAR AND A HALF LATER I

WAS SITTING AT A RED LIGHT,

AND I WROTE THE CHORUS

BEFORE THE LIGHT TURNED

GREEN.

THANK GOODNESS THERE WAS A

WENDY'S NAPKIN IN MY CAR.

I THINK RADIO EMBRACED IT

BECAUSE THE CHURCH WAS

EMBRACING IT, AND A LITTLE

BIT OF VICE VERSA.

Andrew: YOU'VE GOT A

LOT OF STORIES TO TELL, BUT,

AM I CORRECT, YOU'RE NOT

SEEKING TO TELL STORIES IN

YOUR WORSHIP.

WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO?

I AM TRYING TO GIVE A

VOICE TO PEOPLE WHO

WORSHIP.

PEOPLE WHO SAY, I LOVE

WORSHIP MUSIC.

AS WE ALL ATTEMPT, AS

HUMANS, TO ENGAGE WITH GOD.

WE OFTEN ENGAGE WITH GOD

ONLY WHEN WE'RE ANGRY WITH

GOD.

OR WHEN WE HAVE TOO MANY

QUESTIONS, GOD, I NEED YOUR

HELP NOW.

AS WE CONTINUE TO PURSUE IN

ENGAGING WITH GOD, SOMETIMES

WE DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY.

SO I TRY TO COME UP WITH

WORDS AND LYRICS BASED ON

THE TRUTH FOUND IN THE WORD

OF GOD THAT ALLOWS THE

SINGER OR THE LISTENER TO

HEAR THE WORDS OF TRUTH.

Andrew: LAST QUESTION:

MICHAEL IS TWO NOW.

HOW IS HE?

HE IS DOING GREAT.

HE IS CONTINUING TO WALK.

HE IS DEFINITELY DELAYED,

BUT WE HAVE A THERAPIST WHO

COMES TWICE A WEEK.

AND MY WIFE IS A HERO.

SARAH DOES A GOOD JOB JUST

LOVING ON HIM.

AND HE HAS A GREAT SMILE.

I LOOK FORWARD TO LEARNING

SO MUCH ABOUT GRACE AND LOVE

AND MERCY FROM MY SON,

MICHAEL.

Andrew: THANK YOU FOR

BEING WITH US.

YOU CAN WATCH HIM PERFORM

"GOD OF BRILLIANT LIGHT,"

AND THAT C.D. IS AVAILABLE

WHEREVER MUSIC IS SOLD.

AND WHILE YOU'RE SHOPPING,

DON'T FORGET TO PICK UP A

COPY OF HIS CHRISTMAS C.D.

IT'S CALLED "UNTO US."

WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE," UP NEXT.

UP NEXT, BEHIND THE MUSIC OF

SANTUS WHEEL.

* LEAD ME WITH STRONG

HANDS *

* STAND UP WHEN I CAN'T

Andrew: THE STORY

BEHIND THEIR HIT SONG, ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

Andrew: THE GROUP

SANCTUS REAL STARTED IN

1996.

THEY RELEASED A STRING OF

NUMBER ONE HITS AND BECAME

ONE OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN

CHRISTIAN MUSIC.

WHILE IT LOOKED LIKE MATT

WAS A BIG SUCCESS, LIFE AT

HOME WAS A DIFFERENT STORY.

MARRIAGE STARTED OUT WITH

MATT AND HIS WIFE, SARAH.

THE FIRST FOUR YEARS I

WAS FULL-TIME ON THE ROAD

WITH THE BAND, SARAH WAS

WITH ME.

WE HAD A GREAT TIME ON

THE ROAD, BUT RESOLVING

CONFLICT ON THE ROAD WAS

REALLY DIFFICULT.

WE REALLY DIDN'T HAVE

MUCH PRIVACY.

AND IT REALLY, I THINK,

CAUSED US TO NOT HAVE

HEALTHY COMMUNICATION.

AND BECAUSE OF THAT, I THINK

WE WOULD KIND OF BOTTLE UP A

LOT OF OUR FEELINGS, A LOT

OF OUR FRUSTRATIONS THAT WE

WOULD HAVE.

IT CAN KIND OF CAUSE A

PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE TYPE OF

COMMUNICATION.

Andrew: LIFE CHANGED

DRAMATICALLY FOR THE COUPLE

WHEN SARAH GOT PREGNANT WITH

THEIR FIRST CHILD.

I REMEMBER BEING IN THE

BACK OF A SHE CHEVY VAN,

WAY BACK, SLEEPING ON A

SLEEPING BAG SIX MONTHS

PREGNANT AND BOUNCING

AROUND, AND THINKING TO

MYSELF, I CAN'T DO THIS

ANYMORE.

THAT'S WHEN I THREW IN THE

TOWEL AND I STAYED HOME TR

FROM THAT POINT FORWARD.

IT WAS HARD FOR ME NOT TO

HAVE HER ON THE ROAD

ANYMORE.

AND IT WAS HARD FOR HER NOT

TO BE OUT, SEEING NEW THINGS

AND MEETING NEW PEOPLE.

Reporter: IT WAS ALSO

DIFFICULT FOR BOTH OF THEM

TO ADJUST WHEN MATT CAME

HOME AFTER THE BABY WAS

BORN.

THE HARD PART ABOUT

TRAVELLING ALL OF THE TIME,

TOO, IS WHEN YOU COME HOME,

YOU LITERALLY JUST WANT IT

TO BE PERFECT.

BECAUSE YOU DREAM OF GETTING

BACK IN YOUR HOUSE, SEEING

YOUR FAMILY.

SO YOU ALWAYS WANT TO MAKE

THE MOST OF THE LITTLE TIME

THAT YOU HAVE.

THE EXPECTATIONS, FOR ME,

WERE THAT I WOULD COME HOME

AND IT WOULD JUST BE A PLACE

OF REST AND REFUGE.

I HAD THE

MENTALITY, LIKE, MY TIME IS

OVER.

AND YOU'RE UP.

LIKE, YOU'VE GOT TO DO ALL

OF THE GRUNT WORK.

IT'S YOUR TURN.

I WALKED THROUGH THE DOOR

WITH BOTH OF US HAVING GREAT

EXPECTATIONS ON EACH OTHER.

AND WHEN WE FELT THAT

DISAPPOINTMENT, WE STARTED

TO VENT OUR FEELINGS AND OUR

FRUSTRATION.

IT WOULD BE REALLY EASY FOR

THOSE ARGUMENTS TO GET OUT

OF CONTROL, FOR OUR EMOTIONS

TO GET OUT OF CONTROL REALLY

QUICKLY.

WE HAD EXPECTATIONS THAT

SEEMED LOGICAL AND

ACCEPTABLE TO HAVE TOWARDS

EACH OTHER, AND THEN WE

WOULD FAIL EACH OTHER, AND

THEN WE WOULD GROW

BITTERNESS AND CONTEMPT.

AND IT WAS SO DECEIVING.

IT REALLY HID ITSELF WELL.

IT IS REALLY HARD TO CALL

OUT YOUR OWN CONTEMPT FOR

SOMEONE BECAUSE YOU FEEL YOU

HAVE A RIGHT TO IT.

IT GOT TO A PLACE WHERE

THIS CYCLE THAT WE WERE IN

OF ARGUING JUST FELT LIKE WE

JUST COULD NOT GET ALONE.

Reporter: MATT AND

SARAH WERE COMMITTED TO

MAKING THEIR MARRIAGE WORK,

SO DIVORCE WAS NOT AN

OPTION.

THEY LAID ASIDE THEIR

BITTERNESS, WENT TO

COUNSELLING, AND TRIED TO

TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THEIR

FAULTS.

BUT SARAH STILL FELT

SOMETHING WAS MISSING.

WE WERE STARTING TO MAKE

CHANGES, AND I SAID, THAT'S

FANTASTIC.

BUT I SAID, I REALLY NEED

YOU TO BE THE LEADER IN OUR

HOME.

THAT WAS THE DAY THAT GOD

USED HER SPECIFIC WORDS TO

REALLY BREAK MY HEART, AND

TO REALLY FEEL INSIDE OF ME

WHAT HE HAD ALREADY BEGUN,

IN TERMS OF JUST TEACHING ME

TO BE MORE TEACHABLE.

IN TERMS OF THE KIND OF MAN

THAT I AM, THE KIND OF

LEADER THAT I AM FOR A

FAMILY.

THAT DAY THAT WE HAD THAT

CONVERSATION IS THE DAY I

SAT DOWN AND LOOKED AROUND

ME, AND I LOOKED AT THE

PICTURES OF HER SMILING AND

OUR KIDS SMILING.

AND I LOOKED AT OUR WEDDING

DAY.

AND MY HEART REALLY ACHED

BECAUSE I FELT AS THOUGH I

HADN'T SEEN THAT GLOW IN A

LONG TIME.

AND I JUST WANTED IT BACK SO

DESPERATELY.

AND I JUST CRIED OUT TO GOD

IN THAT SONG THAT

AFTERNOON.

* LEAD ME WITH STRONG

HANDS *

* STAND UP WHEN I CAN'T

I STARTED EXPRESSING HER

HEART AND WHAT MY KIDS MIGHT

SAY TO ME ONE DAY IF I'M NOT

A GOOD LEADER TO THEM.

AND REALLY EXPRESSING MY

HEART TO JUST BE THE KIND OF

MAN WHO FIGHTS FOR MY

FAMILY.

NOT BY BEING STUBBORN, BUT

BY LAYING IT ALL DOWN AT THE

FEET OF CHRIST AND SAYING,

LORD, YOU KNOW WHAT?

I'M WEAK AND YOUR STRONG.

EVERY BREATH IS GOING TO

HAVE TO BE GRACE FROM YOU TO

BE THIS MAN.

* O FATHER, SHOW ME THE WAY

TO LEAD *

THE WHOLE SONG "LEAD ME,"

ABOUT BEING A LEADER, IS

ULTIMATELY ME SAYING, I

CAN'T DO THIS BY MYSELF.

I'M LEADING MY FAMILY BY

SAYING, FATHER, LEAD ME

BECAUSE I'M NOT CAPABLE OF

THIS.

EVEN THAT UNDERSTANDING,

WHEN SOMEBODY SAYS, I KNOW

I'M THIS WAY AND I REALLY DO

WANT TO CHANGE.

THAT REALLY HELPED US MOVE

FORWARD, WHEN WE FINALLY

ACCEPTED OUR WEAKNESSES,

EVEN THOUGH WE THOUGHT WE

WERE ALL ALONG.

Reporter: TODAY MATT

AND SARAH'S MARRIAGE IS

STRONGER THAN EVER.

THEIR RELATIONSHIP WAS

TESTED AGAIN EARLIER THIS

YEAR WHEN THEIR THIRD CHILD,

BOMAN, WAS BORN WITH A

SERIOUS HEART DEFECT.

WE'RE LEARNING HOW TO

DOYLE DEA DEAL WITH THAT

CONFLICT BETTER.

IT REALLY PREPARED US

BECAUSE THERE IS SO MUCH

STRESS IN HAVING A SICK

CHILD.

THERE IS A GOD ORDAINED

PURPOSE FOR WHAT WE WENT

THROUGH.

HE IS PULLING US THROUGH IT

AND SHOWING US HIS GRACE.

NOW I THINK WHEN THERE IS

CONFLICT WE UNDERSTAND THERE

IS HOPE HERE, THERE IS A

PURPOSE.

IT IS NOT THE END OF THE

WORLD.

WE CAN WORK THIS OUT.

IT GIVES US THAT MUCH MORE

HOPE AND THAT MUCH MORE FUEL

TO JUST KEEP WORKING THROUGH

IT IN WAYS THAT GLORIFY THE

LORD MORE AND MORE.

IT'S GOD'S GRACE.

IN OUR WEAKNESS, HE IS

STRONG.

Andrew: MATT AND SARAH

EACH HIT ON SOMETHING THAT

IS SO CRUCIAL IN MARRIAGE.

WE COME INTO MARRIAGE WITH

EXPECTATIONS.

AND WHEN THE EXPECTATIONS WE

HAVE ARE NOT THE REALITY, IT

LEADS TO HOSTILITY.

AND ONE THING WE NEED TO DO

WITH OUR SPOUSE IS SIT DOWN

AND SAY, HERE HAS BEEN MY

EXPECTATION.

WHETHER IT IS REASONABLE AND

REALISTIC OR NOT, HERE IS

WHERE MY FRUSTRATION IS.

AND UNTIL THAT TIME, WE

CARRY THIS BITTERNESS

AROUND.

IF YOU'RE IN A MARRIAGE THAT

YOU NEED PRAYER FOR, WE

INVITE YOU TO GIVE US A CALL

AT "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

1-888-777-1999.

SOMEONE IS HERE TO PRAY FOR

YOU IF YOU NEED PRAYER FOR

YOUR MARRIAGE.

UP NEXT, A CHILD STAR WHO

HAD IT ALL AND THEN LOST

IT.

THIS WASN'T WHAT I

EXPECTED FOR MY LIFE.

I REMEMBER GOING UP TO THE

TOP OF THE HOTEL AND

LITERALLY IT WAS I WAS ABOUT

TO JUMP.

Andrew: CAL MITCHELL

SHARES THE PRICE OF FAME.

THAT'S COMING UP NEXT.

Andrew: AS A TEENAGER,

CAL MITCHELL HAD HIS OWN

SHOW ON NICKELODEON.

AND ONE OF OUR BIGGEST FANS

IS JESSICA.

YOU USED TO LOVE THAT STHOA

SHOW?

I DID.

GROWING UP WITH IT WAS SO

MUCH FUN.

Andrew: AND OFF THE AIR

YOU WERE SINGING CAL'S

SONG.

AS A RESULT OF CAL'S FAME

AND A LOT OF MONEY AND A

NICE HOUSE, AND ANYONE WHO

HAS WATCHED V.H.'s BIOPS

KNOWS THAT CHILD STARS MAY

HAVE TOO MUCH, TOO SOON.

AND IT HAD HIM CONTEMPLATING

SUICIDE.

I DEFINE FAME AS A

TRICK.

IT WILL GAS YOU UP TO THINK

THAT I DID THIS, AND IT

SHOULDN'T BE ABOUT YOU.

AT THE AGE OF 14, I WAS

LIVING ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF

CHICAGO.

I GOT ON A SHOW CALLED "ALL

THAT."

Reporter: YOU DIDN'T

REALLY KNOW HOW BIG THAT

SHOW WAS GOING TO BE?

EVEN FOR THE PRODUCERS,

ALL OF US WERE, LIKE, WOW!

Reporter: AS A

SOPHOMORE IN HIGH SCHOOL,

CAL MITCHELL STARRED ON A

NUMBER ONE SHOW.

SOON HE HAD A SPINOFF SHOW

AND A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE.

I HAD A HOUSE, HANGING

OUT ON MY OWN.

I STARTED COLLEGE AND GOT

THE SHOW ON THE AIR.

PRETTY MUCH I COULD DO WHAT

I WANTED.

A LOT OF TIMES IN THE

ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS, THEY

GLORIFY SEX AND DRUGS.

AND IT'S GLORIFIED LIKE

CRAZY.

Reporter: FAME WAS GOD

TO CAL MITCHELL.

HE HAD HIS CHOICE OF WOMEN.

WHILE HE STARTED GETTING

SERIOUS WITH ONE GIRL, THE

LURE OF FAME WAS TOO MUCH TO

HANDLE.

I GOT DRUNK, RIGHT, AND I

GOT HIGH FOR, LIKE, THE

FIRST TIME.

WE STARTED GOING THROUGH THE

YELLOW PAGES.

AND WE WERE LIKE, LET'S JUST

CALL SOME CALL GIRLS JUST

FOR FUN.

I ENDED UP HAVING SEX WITH

ONE OF THE GIRLS.

Reporter: CAL FELT

GUILTY AND CALLED HIS

GIRLFRIEND TO APOLOGIZE AND

CONFESS.

BUT SHE HAD A CONFESSION OF

HER OWN.

I TOLD HER WHAT HAD

HAPPENED, AND SHE TOLD ME

THAT SHE WAS PREGNANT WITH

MY BABY.

AND SO I FLIPPED OUT.

TO BE B YOUNG, YOU KNOW, IN

COLLEGE, ON A TELEVISION

SHOW, AND YOU ALSO HAVE

SOMEONE PREGNANT AT THIS

POINT, AND YOU'RE ON A KIDS'

SHOW.

THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME I

STARTED DEALING WITH

SUICIDAL EMOTIONS.

AND SHE SAID, LET'S GET AN

ABORTION.

AND I AGREED AS WELL, TO GET

THE ABORTION, TOO.

IT WAS BOTH OF OUR

DECISIONS.

SHE SAID THAT, YOU KNOW,

THAT ABORTION THAT WE HAD

WAS ACTUALLY FROM ANOTHER

MAN.

IT WASN'T YOURS.

SO AT THAT MOMENT, IT WAS

JUST, LIKE, NOW I'M MARRIED

TO THIS PERSON.

AND LITERALLY THROUGH THAT

MARRIAGE, WE WENT THROUGH A

LOT.

IT WAS LITERALLY, LIKE, OKAY

W, WE WENT INTO IT WITH ALL

OF THESE LIES AND DECEPTION

AND HURT AND PAIN.

DO YOU REALLY LOVE THIS

PERSON?

DOES THIS PERSON REALLY LOVE

YOU?

Reporter: CAL DECIDED

TO STAY WITH HIS WIFE.

THEY HAD TWO KIDS TOGETHER.

BUT CAL'S WIFE CONTINUED TO

BE UNFAITHFUL.

AND THEN CAL'S SHOW GOT

CANCELLED.

AT THIS POINT THE SHOW

ENDED.

I STARTED TO TAKE OTHER

ROLES, BUT IT STARTED TO

BASICALLY HAVE AN UP AND

DOWN EFFECT AS FAR AS

CAREER-WISE.

I WAS MORE UPSET AT MYSELF.

IT WASN'T LIKE CAL MITCHELL,

THE ACTOR, THIS, THAT, AND

THE OTHER.

IT WAS, LIKE, WHAT HAPPENED

TO YOUR LIFE?

WHAT ARE YOU DONE?

I HAVE TO SAVE IT.

EVEN FOR MY CHILDREN, I HAVE

TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO.

IT WAS A LOT OF PRESSURE.

HE BASICALLY TOLD ME, LOOK,

MAN, SHE'S PREGNANT.

WE'RE TIRED OF THIS.

I WANT TO BE WITH HER.

AND THIS IS WHAT IS GOING

ON.

I REMEMBER GOING UP TO THE

TOP OF THE HOTEL AND

LITERALLY I WAS ABOUT TO

JUMP.

BECAUSE OF THE FACT I WANTED

TO PRESS AN OFF SWITCH.

I FELT LIKE THERE NEEDED TO

BE AN OFF SWITCH.

THIS WASN'T WHAT I EXPECTED

FOR MY LIFE.

AND I LITERALLY WANTED IT TO

END THAT NIGHT.

Reporter: CAL DECIDED

TO DIVORCE HIS WIFE AND A

CUSTODY BATTLE BEGAN.

THEY SAID, LOOK, WE'RE

GOING TO FREEZE VISITATION.

THERE WON'T BE ANYMORE UNTIL

YOU GUYS FIGURE THIS OUT.

THE HURTFUL PART ABOUT IT IT

WAS THAT SHE WAS ALLOWING MY

KIDS TO GO TO THE STOP WHERE

I'M SUPPOSED TO PICK THEM

UP, WITHOUT LETTING THEM

KNOW THAT VISITATION HAD

STOPPED AT THAT POINT.

SO TO THEM, IT WAS, DADDY'S

NOT SHOWING UP.

I WENT THROUGH A STATE OF

TOTAL DEPRESSION.

I ENDED UP SEEING MYSELF IN

A ONE-BEDROOM APARTMENT IN A

NEIGHBORHOOD I WOULDN'T HAVE

BEEN IN BEFORE.

I DIDN'T HAVE A CAR.

I LOST SO MUCH MONEY WITH

THE COURTS AND CHILD

SUPPORT, SO MUCH TO THE

POINT WHERE IT WAS JUST A

LITTLE BIT OF MONEY IN THE

BANK ACCOUNT.

I REMEMBER THE ELECTRICITY

WENT OUT, AND I JUST CRIED.

I JUST SAT THERE ON THE

FLOOR AND IT WAS, LIKE,

EVERYTHING WAS TAKEN AWAY.

Reporter: WITH NO

MONEY, NO FAMILY, AND NO

FRIENDS, CAL MET A MINISTER

WHO SHOWED HIM THERE WAS

MORE TO LIFE THAN FAME.

THE ONLY PERSON I COULD

TURN TO AT THAT POINT WAS

CHRIST.

I STARTED GOING TO THIS

CHURCH.

THINGS STARTED TO CHANGE IN

MY LIFE.

I SAID, OKAY, THAT'S IT, I'M

GIVING UP DRINKING.

I FORGAVE MY EX-WIFE.

I LET GO OF THE ANGER.

AND WHAT'S BEAUTIFUL ABOUT

ALL OF THIS, TOO, AS THIS

WAS GOING ON, I DEVELOPED A

FRIENDSHIP WITH MY NOW

WIFE.

I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER LOVE

AGAIN, YOU KNOW, AT ALL.

BUT I LOVED AGAIN, AND MY

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.

I'M HAPPY.

Reporter: TODAY CAL IS

MARRIED.

HE STILL MAKES MOVIES AND

STARS IN TV SHOWS.

HE TALKS TO TEENAGERS ABOUT

THE VALUE OF ABSTINENCE AND

HAS A MESSAGE FOR THOSE

PURSUING FAME.

I FEEL LIKE SO MANY

CELEBRITIES, THEY'LL JUST

SHOW YOU WHO THEY ARE ON

STAGE.

WE GO THROUGH A LOT.

I FELT THAT IF KIDS AND FANS

ACTUALLY KNEW THAT, THEY CAN

LOOK AT THEMSELVES AND SAY,

YOU KNOW WHAT?

I CAN GET THROUGH WHAT I'M

GOING THROUGH.

ME COMING FROM CHICAGO AND

BEING ON TELEVISION WAS

THROUGH THE PURPOSE OF GOD.

NOW THERE IS SO MUCH PURPOSE

TO LIFE AND SO MUCH THAT

NEEDS TO BE DONE IN THE BODY

OF CHRIST, AND I'M GLAD TO

BE A PART OF IT.

Andrew: WE HEARD CAL

TALK ABOUT HU H HOW HE

WANTED TO JUST HIT THE STOP

BUTTON.

BUT WE CAN'T DO THAT, CAN

WE?

CIRCUMSTANCES ARE HARD, BUT

ONE THING WE CAN DO IS START

OVER.

WE CAN EVEN GO BACK TO THE

FAITH IN CHRIST, MAYBE WE

KNEW PREVIOUSLY, OR BECOME A

NEW CREATION IN CHRIST

JESUS.

IF WE BUILD OUR LIFE ON A

WEAK FOUNDATION, AND OUR

FAME GOES AWAY, OUR MONEY

GOES AWAY, OR RELATIONSHIPS

GO AWAY, WE'RE LEFT WITH

JUST A CRUMBLED MESS.

BUT IF WE PUT OUR FOUNDATION

ON JESUS CHRIST, WE ALWAYS

HAVE THAT FAITH TO STAND ON,

AND HIS GRACE TO DEPEND

UPON.

JESSICA IS OVER IN OUR

CHATROOM.

WE JOKED EARLIER ABOUT HOW

YOU WERE SUCH A BIG FAN OF

CAL'S.

DID YOU KNOW HIS WIFE HAD

TAKEN THAT TURN?

I WAS THINKING THE SAME

THING.

I GREW UP WATCHING CAL ON

TV, THINKING HE IS THE MOST

HAPPY-GO-LUCKY PERSON THAT

YOU WOULD EVER SEE ON TV.

TO HEAR HIS TESTIMONY AND

SEE WHAT WAS REALLY GOING ON

BEHIND THE SCENE, IT WAS

SUCH A BEAUTIFUL, VULNERABLE

TESTIMONY TO SAY, YOU KNOW

WHAT?

I DIDN'T HAVE IT TOGETHER.

AND I HIT ROCK BOTTOM, TOO.

AND WE ALL GET TO THAT PLACE

WHERE IT IS EITHER JESUS OR

NOTHING.

WE CAN'T HIT THE OFF SWITCH,

BUT WE CAN HIT THE RESET

BUTTON.

Andrew: YOU CAN TELL

THAT CAL HAS COME FROM

SOMETHING VERY DIFFICULT AND

BEEN REDEEMED THROUGH THE

POWER AND LOVE OF JESUS.

WE THANK YOU FOR JOINING US

TODAY ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

AND WE'RE HERE EVERY

WEEKDAY, SO BE SURE TO TUNE

IN OR SET YOUR D.V.R.s SO

YOU WON'T MISS AN EPISODE.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH MATTHEW 5:

16: "LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE

BEFORE MEN, THAT THEY MAY

SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS AND

GLORIFY YOUR FATHER IN

HEAVEN."

AND TODAY, ALSO, WE HAVE

SEEN STORIES OF MARRIAGES

BEING RESTORED.

IF YOU'RE IN A MARRIAGE THAT

NEEDS HELP, THAT NEEDS A

TOUCH FROM GOD, WE ENCOURAGE

YOU TO GIVE US A CALL AT

1-888-777-1999.

THERE IS POWER IN PRAYER,

AND GOD CAN DO THE

MIRACULOUS IN YOUR LIFE AND

IN YOUR MARRIAGE AND YOUR

HEALTH.

FOR JESSICA,I'M AN ANDREW

KNOX, AND WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT

TIME ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

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