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700 Club Interactive: March Madness 2015 - March 17, 2015

Baylor’s Isaiah Austin was supposed to be a first round NBA draft pick – but shortly before his big day, he received an earth-shattering diagnosis. Read Transcript


Gordon: 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.

Gordon: WELL, WELCOME

TO "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

TODAY IS PROBABLY THE LAST

DAY THAT YOU BASKETBALL FANS

WILL STILL HAVE A BRACKET

INTACT.

MARCH MADNESS COMMENCES IN

DAYTON, OHIO, TODAY.

THE STARS OF TOMORROW ARE

ALL WAITING FOR THEIR ONE

SHINING MOMENT.

AND YET PERHAPS THE BEST

ATHLETE OF THEM ALL WILL BE

SITTING ON A BENCH AND OUT

OF UNIFORM.

BAYLOR'S ISAIAH AUSTIN HAS

NBA TALENT.

HE WAS EXPECTED TO BE

DRAFTED LAST YEAR.

UNTIL HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH

A RARE DISEASE.

IN SPITE OF IT ALL, HE HAS

HANDLED HIMSELF WITH TRUE

CLASS.

AND TOM BURING BRINGS US HIS

INSPIRING STORY.

Reporter: INSIDE BAYLOR

UNIVERSITY'S ARENA ARE

BASKETBALL DREAMS, AS

PLAYERS TAKE THEIR HOPES FOR

A SPIN, GETTING A SHOT TO

EARN AN NBA CAREER.

FEW COME CLOSE, EVEN FEWER

GET THERE.

BUT NONE CAN MATCH THE

JOURNEY OF ISAIAH AUSTIN.

I WAS THE KID THAT WANTED

TO STAY IN THE GYM FIVE,

SIX, SEVEN HOURS LONGER THAN

AT KIDS WOULD.

THE LOVE FOR THE GAME

FLOWING THROUGH YOUR BODY.

I ALWAYS FELT IT.

I ALWAYS WANTED TO HAVE A

BASKETBALL AND MY

HAND.

Reporter: ISAIAH'S

FAMILY MOVED TO TEXAS.

WHEN HE ARRIVED, HE WAS HARD

TO MISS.

EVERYBODY WANTED HIM ON

THEIR TEAM, AND PEOPLE WERE

COMING TO WATCH ME.

Reporter: ISAIAH BECAME

A TOP FIVE RECRUIT.

ON THE COURT AT 7' 1,"

NOT MANY PEOPLE CAN HANDLE

THE BALL AND SHOOT IT LIKE

HE CAN.

HE IS A GREAT TEAMMATE.

A HUMBLE GUY, A SERVANT

GUY.

HE HAD A DETERMINATION ABOUT

HIM.

I'M LOCKED IN ON ONE

GOAL, AND THAT'S TO WIN, AND

TO DO WHATEVER I CAN WITH MY

TEAMMATES AND FOR MY

TEAMMATES.

Reporter: HE WENT TO

THE NBA DRAFT BUT CHANGED

HIS MIND BECAUSE OF A

SHOULDER INJURY.

HIS PHYSICALITY GREW.

AND HE INTENSIFIED HIS

DREAM.

I WASN'T LISTENING TO THE

OUTSIDE CHIRPS.

EVERY DAY I CAME INTO THE

GYM, MY TRAINER WOULD TELL

ME EVERY DAY I'M BECOMING A

LOT BETTER THAN I WAS.

THAT WOULD FUEL ME TO KEEP

GOING HARD.

Reporter: ISAIAH WAS

AMONG THE PRE-DRAFT BUZZ,

UNTIL AN UNPREDICTABLE

BOUNCE SUDDENLY SHUT IT

DOWN.

DOCTORS SAID THEY FOUND

SYMPTOMS FOR MARVAN

SYNDROME.

IT MAKES THE HEART

SUSCEPTIBLE TO RUPTURE.

ISAIAH WOULD NO LONGER PLAY

COMPETITIVELY.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY BROKE THE

NEWS TO HIM.

EVERYBODY WAS THERE, MY

COACHING STAFF, MY MOM, MY

LITTLE BROTHER AND SISTER,

MY GIRLFRIEND AND PASTORS,

AND I REMEMBER SEEING ONE

FACE.

AND THAT WAS MY MOM'S FACE,

RED, EYES SWOLLEN AND TEARS

RUNNING DOWN HER CHEEK.

THAT'S WHEN IT HIT ME.

I ASKED MY MOM, I SAID, IS

IT WHAT I THINK IT IS?

AS SOON AS WE MADE EYE

CONTACT, I BROKE DOWN.

I STARTED CRYING.

IT WAS THE TOUGHEST MOMENT

I'VE EVER HAD TO HEAR IN MY

LIFE.

Reporter: WHEN YOU CAN

FEEL GOD'S PRESENCE ALL

NIGHT LONG IN PRAYERS AND

SONGS, AND IT KEPT IT MOVING

IN A MANNER AND A DIRECTION

THAT I THINK IT WAS PLEASING

TO GOD.

HIS CONDITION BECAME

HEADLINES.

HIS TWITTER RESPONSE WENT

VIRAL.

HE WAS INVITED TO THE NBA

DRAFT AS ADAM SILVER

ANNOUNCED A CEREMONIAL PICK,

HONORING ISAIAH.

FOR THE NEXT PICK IN THE

2014 NBA DRAFT, THE NBA

SELECTS ISAIAH AUSTIN.

GOD WILL NEVER BRING YOU

TO ANYTHING HE CAN'T BRING

YOU THROUGH.

THERE WERE TOUGH TIMES IN MY

LIFE, BUT AT THE SAME TIME,

HE HAS BROUGHT ME THROUGH.

FINDING OUT ABOUT MARFAN'S

HAS GIVEN ME A CHANCE TO

SPREAD HIS WORD, SPREAD THE

GOSPEL, AND TO TOUCH PEOPLE

AROUND THE WORLD WITH MY

STORY.

AND LET THEM KNOW THEY'RE

GOING TO FIGHT THROUGH

ADVERSITY IN THEIR LIFE, BUT

THEY HAVE TO KEEP FAITH IN

GOD AND TRUST IN HIM.

Reporter: IT TURNS OUT

ISAIAH'S ABILITY TO LOOK

PAST HARDSHIP HAS BECOME THE

BIGGEST PLAY OF HIS CAREER.

IRONICALLY, HIS FOCUS

OUTLOOKED WAS HONED AS A

TEAM WHILE PLAYING HIS

BASKETBALL BLIND IN ONE

EYE.

AT ONE OF THE WARMUPS IN

ONE OF MY EIGHTH GRADE

GAMES, I WENT UP FOR A

ROUTINE DUNK, AND I CAME

DOWN AND WAS SEEING RED.

I THOUGHT IT WAS ADRENALIN.

SO I DIDN'T REALLY WORRY

ABOUT IT UNTIL THE NEXT

MORNING WHEN I WOKE UP AND

IT WAS STILL THERE.

THAT'S WHEN I WAS RUSHED IN

FOR EMERGENCY SURGERY.

Reporter: IT WAS THE

FIRST OF FOUR SURGERIES ON

HIS RIGHT EYE, THE SAME EYE

THAT WAS STRUCK BY A

BASEBALL AS A 10-YEAR-OLD.

NONE OF THE PROCEDURES

RESTORED HIS EYESIGHT.

ISAIAH LEARNED TO ADJUST HIS

SHOT.

HE KEPT IT SECRET BEFORE

REVEALING HIS HANDICAP

PUBLICLY MIDWAY THROUGH HIS

COLLEGE SOPHOMORE SEASON.

WHAT HAS THE LOSS OF VISION

PROVIDED FOR YOU?

CONFIDENCE AND STRENGTH.

I FEEL LIKE I WASN'T REALLY

A CONFIDENT PERSON.

LOSING MY VISION IN MY EYE

MADE ME HAVE TO DEVELOP A

CONFIDENCE.

GOD PUTTING ME THROUGH THOSE

FOUR SURGERIES JUST MADE ME

A STRONGER, MENTALLY TOUGHER

PERSON, MATURE ENOUGH TO

HANDLE THE NEWS I RECEIVED.

HE WAS LEADING ME UP TO

THIS, GIVING ME THE THINGS

THAT I NEEDED TO GO THROUGH

THIS AND TO PUSH THROUGH

THIS, TO SHOW PEOPLE THAT IF

YOU TRUST IN HIM AND

BELIEVE IN HIM, EVERYTHING

WILL BE ALL RIGHT.

Reporter: AS A PUBLIC

SPEAKER, ISAIAH IS IN

DEMAND.

ESTABLISHING HIS FOUNDATION

TO RAISE SUPPORT AND

AWARENESS ABOUT MARFAN'S

SYNDROME.

ISAIAH IS WORKING TOWARD HIS

DEGREE WITH A JOB OFFER FROM

THE NBA.

I SAY LIFE ISN'T FAIR,

AND IF LIFE ISN'T WHAT YOU

WANT IT TO BE, YOU'RE NOT IN

CONTROL OF IT.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I

TRUSTED GOD, AND I TRUSTED

THAT GOD WOULD GIVE ME

DIFFERENT OPPORTUNITIES IN

MY LIFE TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN

A DIFFERENT MANNER AND A

DIFFERENT WAY.

Reporter: THERE ARE

ONLY A FEW PLAYERS WHO CAN

PLAY AND THE NBA, AND THERE

ARE EVEN FEWER WHO ARE

CALLED FOR SOMETHING LIKE

THAT.

ISAIAH AUSTIN, WHO

WALKED BY FAITH AND NOT BY

SIGHT.

REBOUNDING IN HIS OWN LIFE,

AND NOW SCORING IN THE LIVES

OF OTHERS.

GOD IS THE ONE IN MY

LIFE.

HE HAS DONE SOMETHING FOR ME

THAT I DON'T THINK

BASKETBALL EVER WOULD HAVE

DONE FOR ME.

IT WOULDN'T HAVE CHANGED MY

HEART.

I COULDN'T BE MORE THANKFUL

FOR THIS POSITION I'M IN.

BECAUSE HIM PUTTING ME

THROUGH THIS FIRE HAS

BROUGHT ME TO THE LIGHT.

I KNOW HE IS MY SALVATION.

I KNOW THAT AT THE END OF

THE DAY, I'M BEING THE

SERVANT THAT HE WANTS ME TO

BE.

Gordon: WHAT AN

INCREDIBLE YOUNG MAN.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, I

KNOW THAT I'M BEING THE

SERVANT HE WANTS ME TO BE.

THE APOSTLE PAUL TALKED

ABOUT THIS, TALKED ABOUT HOW

OUR OUTWARD BODIES ARE

PERISHING.

BUT THROUGH THAT PROCESS,

THROUGH THAT DENIAL OF THAT,

OUR INNER MAN, OUR INNER

BEING IS BEING RAISED UP

INTO HIS LIKENESS.

WE ARE ALL GOING THROUGH

THAT PROCESS.

ISAIAH -- IT HAPPENED TO HIM

VERY YOUNG.

IT HAPPENED TO HIM VERY

TRAGICALLY.

BUT ALL OF US ARE GOING

THROUGH THAT.

ALL OF US ARE HAVING OUR

OUTWARD BODIES PERISH.

WE CALL IT THE AGING

PROCESS.

BUT IN THAT, ARE WE

ACCEPTING THAT WHATEVER WE

SEE AROUND US, WHATEVER

GOALS WE HAVE ON THIS EARTH,

ALL OF THAT IS FADING.

ALL OF THAT IS PERISHING.

AND START THINKING THAT

WAY.

THAT EVERYTHING YOU SEE, ALL

OF THE WORLD'S SUCCESS, ALL

THAT IT HAS TO OFFER, ALL OF

IT IS GOING TO GO AWAY.

WHAT IS GOING TO REMAIN?

WHAT IS GOING TO BE

ETERNAL?

AND WHEN YOU THINK ON THOSE

THINGS, THEN JUST LIKE

ISAIAH, YOU CAN SAY, I JUST

WANT TO BE KNOWN FOR ONE

THING: I WANT TO BE KNOWN AS

GOD'S SERVANT.

I WANT TO BE OBEDIENT TO

HIM.

I WANT HIM TO DEVELOP MY

INNERMOST BEING SO THAT I

CAN BE WITH HIM FOR ALL

ETERNITY.

WELL, ISAIAH'S STORY IS JUST

ONE OF MANY GREAT FEATURES

THAT YOU CAN FIND ON OUR

WEBSITE.

AND THEY'RE EASY TO FIND,

TOO.

JUST GO TO

700CLUBINTERACTIVE.COM.

CLICK ON THE INSPIRATIONAL

TAB UNDER OUR STORIES

SECTION, AND YOU'LL FIND A

WHOLE LIST OF WONDERFUL

STORIES THAT WILL INSPIRE

AND ENCOURAGE YOU.

STILL AHEAD, A HEART DEFECT

SIDELINES A PAIR OF TWINS,

AND WORST OF ALL, THEIR

PARENTS COULDN'T AFFORD

SURGERY.

WATCH HOW THEY BEAT THE

ODDS, UP NEXT.

Gordon: WHEN THE LEE'S

DAUGHTER WAS BORN WITH A

SERIOUS HEART DEFECT, THEY

WORKED HARD TO PAY FOR THE

SURGERY SHE NEEDED.

STILL, THEY COULDN'T MAKE

ENOUGH MONEY, AND SOON

THEY WERE RUNNING OUT OF

TIME.

Terry: AS TWINS, YAYU

AND YAFAY SHARE EVERYTHING,

FROM THE WAY THEY LOOK, TO

THEIR TOYS.

IF SHE WANTS ONE OF MY

TOYS, I ALWAYS GIVE IT TO

HER BECAUSE I LOVE MY

SISTER.

YAFAY IS MY FRIEND FOREVER.

Terry: THEY BOTH HAD

HEART COMPLICATIONS, TOO.

DOCTORS FOUND A HOLE IN

YAYU'S HEART WHEN SHE WAS

ONE.

BUT IT NATURALLY CLOSED UP

WHEN SHE WAS FIVE.

THAT'S WHEN MR. AND MRS. LEE

FOUND OUT THAT YAFAY HAD TWO

HOLES IN HER HEART.

IT HIT ME LIKE A ROCK.

SHE DIDN'T LOOK OR ACT SICK

LIKE HER SISTER HAD BEEN, SO

I NEVER GUESSED SHE HAD

HEART TROUBLE, TOO.

I FELT SO BAD FOR YAFAY,

BUT I HAD TO BE STRONG

BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER WAS

COUNTING ON ME.

Terry: THE LEES KNEW

YAFAY NEEDED HEART SURGERY

TO SURVIVE, BUT AS HARD AS

MR. LEE WORKS IN A FURNITURE

FACTORY, HE ONLY MAKES $ 327

A MONTH.

WE STILL DECIDED TO SAVE

EVERY PENNY TO GET OUR

DAUGHTER'S SURGERY.

WE NEVER EVEN WENT OUT TO

EAT.

Terry: AS TIME WENT ON,

MR. AND MRS. LEE STARTED

WORRYING MORE ABOUT THEIR

DAUGHTER'S FUTURE.

I WAS WORRIED THAT SHE

WOULD FAINT FROM HER HEART

CONDITION.

THE DOCTOR TOLD ME WE

WOULD BE LUCKY IF YAFAY

LIVED TO BE 20 WITHOUT

SURGERY.

Terry: THEN THE COUPLE

HEARD THAT CBN WAS COMING TO

THEIR VILLAGE.

CBN CALLED ME AND SAID

THEY HAD ARRANGED FOR AN

EXPERT TO TAKE CARE OF MY

DAUGHTER.

I WAS SO HAPPY, IT WAS LIKE

I WAS A BIRD RELEASED FROM A

CAGE.

Terry: THE LEES

BREATHED A SIGH OF RELIEF

WHEN YAFAY CAME OUT OF A

VERY SUCCESSFUL SURGERY.

YAYU COULDN'T STOP HUGGING

HER TWIN SISTER.

I WAS SO HAPPY WHEN YAFAY

CAME OUT OF THE HOSPITAL,

AND MY PARENTS WERE, TOO.

NOW WE CAN RIDE BIKES AND

PLAY TOGETHER.

THANK YOU, CBN.

YOU HAVE SAVED MY DAUGHTER'S

LIFE, AND YOU HAVE CHANGED

ME FROM A WORRYING MOTHER

INTO A HAPPY MOM.

I HOPE THAT CBN WILL BE

AROUND A LONG TIME SO THAT

YOU CAN HELP MORE AND MORE

CHILDREN LIKE YAFAY TO HAVE

A BETTER LIFE.

Gordon: IF YOU'RE A

MEMBER OF "THE 700 CLUB,"

THANK YOU.

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A LONG TIME.

BROADCASTING THE GOOD NEWS

HERE IN AMERICA AND ALSO

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WORLD.

WE HAVE 15 DIFFERENT

PRODUCTION CENTERS, ALL

TEACHING LOCAL CHRISTIANS

HOW TO PREACH THE GOSPEL IN

THEIR OWN LANGUAGE, USING

TESTIMONIES OF WHAT GOD IS

DOING IN THEIR NATION, NOT

SOME FAR AWAY PLACE OR FAR

AWAY TIME, BUT WHAT GOD IS

DOING TODAY.

AND YOU'RE PART OF ALL OF

IT.

A PORTION OF EVERY GIFT GOES

INTO THE WORK OF CBN

INTERNATIONAL, TO BLESS

PEOPLE VERY TANGIBLY, AS YOU

JUST SAW IN THAT WONDERFUL

SEGMENT, AND ALSO TO PREACH

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WHEN YOU JOIN AT $20 A

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THIS, "BE HEALED."

MY FATHER, PAT ROBERTSON,

WENT INTO THE STUDIO WITH

SCOTT ROSS TO PUT DOWN WHAT

ARE THE PRINCIPLES IN THE

BIBLE FOR HEALING.

HOW DO YOU PRAY FOR THE

SICK?

HOW DO YOU RECEIVE HEALING

INTO YOUR OWN LIFE?

WHAT ARE THE SECRETS

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WELL, COMING UP NEXT, A

BASKETBALL STAR WHO TOOK HIS

GAME TO A HIGHER COURT.

WE'LL HEAR FROM KANSAS

JAYHAWKS' STAR WAYNE SIMEON,

SO DON'T GO AWAY.

Gordon: A FEW YEARS

AGO, THE KANSAS JAYHAWKS

WERE LED BY TWO-TIME

ALL-AMERICAN WAYNE SIMEON.

AND WHILE HE WAS ONE OF THE

BEST PLAYERS TO STEP ON TO

THE COURT, HE SAYS HIS

IDENTITY IS FOUND IN

SOMETHING ELSE.

Reporter: WAYNE SIMEON

PLAYED FOR THE LOVE OF THE

GAME.

BUT THERE WAS A TIME WHEN

BASKETBALL WAS MUCH MORE

THAN A GAME.

BASKETBALL WAS AN IDOL IN

MY LIFE.

IT WAS MY GOD BECAUSE IT WAS

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO

ME.

Reporter: IT WASN'T

ALWAYS THAT WAY.

RAISED IN THE TOWN OF

LEVENWORTH, KANSAS, WAYNE

WAS A NATURAL ATHLETE WHO

ENJOYED HOOPS AT AN EARLY

AGE.

JUST THE APPRECIATION OF

THE TEAM AND THE NEED TO BE

ABLE TO WORK WITH OTHERS

TOWARDS A COMMON GOAL,

TOWARDS SOMETHING BIGGER

THAN YOURSELF.

Reporter: IN HIGH

SCHOOL, HIS FOCUS ON TEAM

STARTED TO CHANGE WHEN HE

BEGAN GETTING RECOGNITION AS

AN ALL-AMERICAN AND TOP

COLLEGE RECRUIT.

IT BECAME THE NUMBER ONE

THING IN MY LIFE.

IT BECAME MY IDENTITY.

WHERE I IDENTIFIED MYSELF

WITH HOW I PERFORMED ON THE

COURT.

Reporter: THAT ATTITUDE

ONLY GOT WORSE WHEN HE WENT

TO THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

ON A FULL RIDE.

IT WAS ALL ABOUT ME.

I WOULD STEP ON ANYONE TO

REACH THE GOAL OR A DREAM OR

AN AMBITION.

Reporter: AND HE ALSO

GOT CAUGHT UP IN THE HYPE OF

BEING THE BIG MAN ON

CAMPUS.

I BEGAN TO INDULGE IN

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL AND

PARTYING.

I THOUGHT THAT'S WHAT

COLLEGE STUDENTS DID, WE

WOULD DRINK A LOT, BINGE

DRINK, GOING OUT TO THE

PARTIES, GOING TO THE CLUBS,

HOOKING UP WITH GIRLS.

Reporter: STILL, HE

MANAGED TO EXCEL ON THE

COURT WHILE HITTING THE

PARTY SCENE.

EVENTUALLY THE BUZZ OF BEING

A BIG-TIME COLLEGE STAR

STARTED TO WEAR OFF.

I REALLY BOUGHT INTO THE

LIE THAT THIS WAS WHAT LIFE

WAS LIKE.

THIS WAS LIFE TO THE FULLEST

AS A TOP ATHLETE ON THE

COLLEGE CAMPUS.

BUT IN MY HEART, I KNEW I

WAS MADE TO LIVE FOR

SOMETHING GREATER THAN

THAT.

AND IT REALLY FELT LIKES I

HAVEN'T TAPPED INTO THE REAL

REASON WHY I WAS MADE.

Reporter: WAYNE PULLED

BACK FROM THE PARTYING.

ABOUT THIS TIME A CAMPUS

PASTOR APPROACHED HIM AND

SPOKE TO HIM ABOUT JESUS.

HE SHARED WITH ME THAT

NOT ONLY HAD GOD TRANSFORMED

HIS LIFE, BUT GOD WANTED TO

DO THE SAME FOR ME, TOO.

I WAS REALLY BLOWN AWAY BY

THAT BECAUSE I THOUGHT STUFF

LIKE THAT ONLY HAPPENED IN

THE BIBLE.

Reporter: THEY BEGAN

STUDYING THE BIBLE TOGETHER,

AND WAYNE MET OTHER

CHRISTIAN STUDENTS.

I BEGAN TO SEE THE LIFE

OF CHRIST ON THE PAGE OF THE

GOSPEL.

I BEGAN TO SEE THE LIFE OF

THESE OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE ON

THE COLLEGE CAMPUS, LIVING

FOR GOD, IN A CULTURE THAT

TELLS THEM IT IS IMPOSSIBLE

TO DO SO.

THAT IS SOMETHING THAT

REALLY CAPTURED MY HEART.

Reporter: LATER, AT A

CHRISTIAN YOUTH CONFERENCE,

WAYNE MADE HIS DECISION.

I FOUND MYSELF IMMERSED

IN THIS ENVIRONMENT OF YOUNG

PEOPLE WORSHIPPING AND

LOVING GOD AND LOVING ONE

ANOTHER.

DURING THAT TIME I GAVE MY

LIFE TO THE LORD.

Reporter: NOW WAYNE

PLAYED WITH A GREATER

PURPOSE.

IT IS NOT ABOUT THE

APPLAUSE OF THE CROWD OR

REACHING AN NBA GOAL OR A

STAT SHEET, BUT IT IS TO

HONOR THE ONE WHO SACRIFICED

HIS LIFE AND DIED FOR ME.

Reporter: WHEN THE 6'

9" FORWARD BECAME A

FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICK BY

THE MIAMI HEAT, HE WAS PART

OF THE 2006 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

SQUAD.

AFTER PLAYING FIVE YEARS,

ONE YEAR IN SPAIN, HE WALKED

AWAY FROM THE GAME HE

LOVED.

HE ALSO MARRIED KATIE AND

STARTED A FAMILY, AND IS NOW

THE CAMPUS PASTOR AT THE

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS.

GOD GAVE ME A NEW TEAM TO

PLAY FOR.

I LIVE THIS LIFE WITH MY

WIFE AND FAMILY AND A TEAM

OF OTHERS WHO ARE GOING OUT

TO FULFILL THE GREAT

COMMISSION, WHICH IS TO MAKE

DISCIPLES OF ALL OF

NATIONS.

Reporter: FANS STILL

RECOGNIZE WAYNE AS A LOCAL

HERO, BUT HE KNOWS GOD HAD

THE GREATEST PLAN FOR HIM

ALL ALONG.

MY PLANS WERE SO MUCH

SMALLER THAN WHAT GOD REALLY

HAD FOR ME.

IT IS GREAT TO BE ABLE TO

SEE, THROUGH EXPERIENCE,

THAT HE IS OUR GREATEST

REWARD.

HE IS OUR HIGHEST TREASURE.

Gordon: HE IS OUR

GREATEST TREASURE.

HE IS OUR HIGHEST TREASURE.

REALIZE THAT.

THAT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH

YOUR CREATOR IS WHAT YOU'RE

MADE FOR.

AND OUR INHERITANCE IS

ALWAYS IN HIM.

WE SO OFTEN GET DISTRACTED

WITH THE TEMPORARY, WITH

WHAT IS HERE IN TIME.

AND WE LOSE SIGHT OF THE

FACT THAT ETERNITY IS A VERY

LONG TIME.

SO WHERE ARE YOU STORING

THINGS?

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL

SATISFY YOU?

IF YOU THINK IT'S FAME,

WELL, YOU'RE WRONG.

IF YOU THINK IT'S MONEY --

DO YOU THINK SOMEHOW IT IS

SUCCESS AND POWER, THOSE

THINGS?

IT IS THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH

HIM THAT SERVICE.

SATISFIES.

WE'VE HAD TWO STORIES ON

TODAY'S SHOW, ONE OF A

BASKETBALL PLAYER WHO'S

DREAM GOT SHATTERED, AND

ANOTHER ONE WHO WENT AND

LIVED THAT DREAM.

BUT BOTH OF THEM SAY THE

GREATEST THING FOR ME IS A

RELATIONSHIP WITH MY

CREATOR.

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HIM, NOT

SOME CASUAL THING, BUT YOU

REALLY WANT TO HAVE A

RELATIONSHIP WHERE YOU CAN

SAY, THIS IS TRUE FOR ME.

THE WORDS THAT JESUS SAID,

MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE,

WHERE YOU KNOW HIM AND YOU

KNOW HIS VOICE AND YOU HAVE

HIS LEADING IN YOUR LIFE --

IF YOU WANT THAT, HERE IS

THE PRAYER FOR YOU: JESUS,

IF YOU'RE THERE, IF THIS IS

REAL, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO

TALK TO ME, IF YOU REALLY

WANT TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP

WITH ME, COULD YOU SHOW ME?

COULD YOU FORGIVE ME?

COULD YOU SET ME FREE?

COULD YOU MAKE ME NEW

AGAIN?

AND IF YOU PRAYED THAT WITH

ALL OF YOUR HEART, HE'LL

ANSWER.

AND HE'LL COME FOR YOU.

THE BIBLE SAYS HE LEAVES THE

99 TO GO FIND THE ONE.

AND THAT'S YOU.

YOU CAN BE THE ONE.

AND YOU CAN BE THE ONE

TODAY.

IF YOU NEED HELP WITH THIS

PRAYER, WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE AND CALL US.

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, STILL AHEAD, WE'LL

ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS, PLUS

WE'LL BE PRAYING FOR YOU.

SO DON'T GO AWAY.

Gordon: WE HERE AT "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE" HAVE BEEN

GETTING YOUR QUESTIONS

ACROSS SOCIAL MEDIA, SO

LET'S GO TO JESSICA TO

FIND OUT MORE.

HERE IS AN E-MAIL FROM

JOHN.

HE SAYS, "I'VE SEEN MANY

POWERFUL STORIES ON YOUR

SHOW OF PEOPLE WHO WERE

MIRACULOUSLY HEALED.

IN ONE CASE A RELATIVE

PRAYED FOR SOMEONE SUFFERING

FROM CANCER.

MY QUESTION: ARE DISEASES

LIKE THAT CURED FROM A

SPECIFIC PRAYER?

WHAT ARE WAYS TO PRAY FOR

LOVED ONES SUFFERING FROM

TERMINAL CANCER?"

GORDON?

Gordon: JOHN, THERE

AREN'T ANY MAGIC PRAYERS.

THIS ISN'T SOME KIND OF

MAGIC SPELL.

GO TO MARK 11, AND JESUS

GIVES THE KEYS TO MIRACLES.

AND THE MIRACLE WAS A TREE

HAD BEEN WITHERED UP FROM

THE ROOT, AND THE DISCIPLES

WERE AMAZED AT THAT.

AND JESUS SET IT OUT CLEARLY

IN TWO STEPS -- WELL, THREE

STEPS.

THE FIRST STEP IS, HAVE

FAITH IN GOD.

DON'T HAVE FAITH IN YOUR

PRAYER.

CERTAINLY DON'T HAVE FAITH

IN A PERSON.

HAVE FAITH IN GOD.

GOD IS THE SOURCE OF ALL

MIRACLES.

SECOND, BELIEVE THAT YOU

HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED, AND

THEN YOU WILL HAVE IT.

THAT'S PRETTY CLEAR.

BELIEVE YOU'VE ALREADY

RECEIVED.

IF YOU STILL DON'T THINK YOU

HAVE IT, YOU DON'T HAVE THAT

FAITH THAT OVERCOMES.

SO WHEN WERE YOU HEALED?

2,000 YEARS, WHEN JESUS'

STRIPES DID IT.

THE BIBLE USES THE PAST

TENSE, "BY HIS STRIPES WE

WERE HEALED."

SO REALIZE IT HAS ALREADY

HAPPENED.

AND THE THIRD THING, IF

THERE IS ANY UNFORGIVENESS

IN YOUR LIFE, GET RID OF

IT.

YOU WANT TO STAND CLEAN

BEFORE THE LORD.

SO FOLLOW THOSE THREE STEPS,

AND YOU'LL GET THE ANSWERS

TO PRAYERS.

WELL, WE WANT TO SHOW YOU AN

EXAMPLE OF HOW TO DO THIS,

SO LET'S GO BACK OVER TO

JESSICA TO READ SOME PRAYER

REQUESTS.

BECKY SAYS, "MY PRECIOUS

MOM WAS DIAGNOSED WITH

CANCER WEEKS AGO.

SHE WATCHED YOUR SHOW FOR

MANY, MANY YEARS, AND SHE

WANTED YOU TO PRAY FOR HER.

HER NAME IS EVE.

OUR FAMILY BELIEVES IN THE

POWER OF PRAYER.

WE SERVE A MIGHTY GOD, AND I

HUMBLY ASK THAT YOU PRAY FOR

HER HEALING THROUGH HIM."

WELL, WE'RE GOING TO PRAY

FOR YOU.

AND IF YOU ARE SOMEONE YOU

KNOW NEEDS PRAYER, JOIN WITH

US.

HEAVENLY FATHER, WE THANK

YOU THAT WE CAN PRAY,

KNOWING THAT YOU ARE WILLING

TO HEAL.

FATHER, WE ASK YOU RIGHT NOW

TO TOUCH BECKY'S MOTHER.

WE ASK THAT YOUR KINGDOM

WOULD COME AND YOUR WILL

WOULD BE DONE IN HER BODY

RIGHT NOW, ON EARTH AS IT IS

IN HEAVEN.

WE THANK YOU THAT BY THE

STRIPES OF JESUS WE ARE

HEALED.

AND FOR ALL THOSE WATCHING,

LORD, WE PRAY THE SAME

PRAYER, THAT YOU WOULD TOUCH

THEM NOW IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

GORDON?

Gordon: ALL RIGHT,

BECKY.

GIVE US A GOOD REPORT ABOUT

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO EVE.

WE'RE ALL PRAYING FOR HER

QUICK AND SPEEDY RECOVERY,

THAT SHE COME BACK

CANCER-FREE.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM PROVERBS 3:

"TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL

YOUR HEART AND LEAN NOT ON

YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING.

IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE

HIM, AND HE SHALL DIRECT

YOUR PATHS."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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