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700 Club Interactive - From the Mouths of Babes - February 2, 2016

A radio host hears the voice of God – from the mouth of her four-year-old daughter. Read Transcript


I AM EMPTY INSIDE.

I AM LONELY.

Gordon: A MOTHER ON

THE BRINK.

I HAD ISSUES FROM MY

PARENTS.

> SHE SAID, YOU'RE NOT

ALONE, MAMA, GOD LOVES

YOU.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

> GOOD MORNING AND

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

KIDS ARE MASTER

IMPERSONATORS.

THEY QUICKLY LEARN HOW TO

MIMIC VOCABULARY,

MANNERISMS, AND BEHAVIOR.

THEY WATCH WHAT WE DO AND

THEY DO THE SAME THING.

Terry: THIS NEXT

STORY IS MAKING THE ROUNDS

ON TELEVISION AND SOCIAL

MEDIA AND IT IS TOUCHING

THE HEARTS OF MILLIONS.

KATHRYN AND CALEB RITT

RUSHED TO GET THEIR

2-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER TO BED

LAST SUNDAY AND NEGLECTED

TO SAY THE USUAL BED-TIME

PRAYERS, BUT THEIR

DAUGHTER DIDN'T FORGET.

TAKE A LOOK.

AND JOE AND DANN DANA,

ROBERT, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU GRANDMA.

THANK YOU, CLAY.

THANK YOU, JESUS.

THANK YOU, MY DADDY.

THANK YOU, MY MOMMY.

AMEN.

Gordon: AMEN.

AND AMEN.

KATHRYN AND CALEB HEARD

THEIR TODDLER ON THE BABY

MONITOR, SO THEY RECORDED

IT AND SHARED THE ENTIRE

TWO-MINUTE PRAYER ONLINE.

AND KATHRYN SAYS SHE YOU

YOWASSHOCKED HER DAUGHTER

PRAYED FOR EVERYONE

WITHOUT HELP.

Terry: AND SHE

THANKED GOD FOR ALL OF THE

PEOPLE IN HER LIFE,

INCLUDING SANTA CLAUS.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE THAT

VIDEO, YOU CAN GO TO CALEB

CHAPLIN'S YouTube PAGE

OR YOU CAN GO TO

700clubinteractive.com.

Gordon: LISA SUFFERED

YEARS OF PHYSICAL ABUSE

FROM HER FATHER.

JUST AS SHE WAS ON THE

BRINK OF GIVING UP HOPE,

HER 4-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER

SAID SOMETHING THAT

CHANGED HER LIFE.

LISA LEARNED THAT CHILDREN

HAVE GREAT LESSONS TO

TEACH US, IF WE'LL ONLY

LISTEN.

93.7, WGJC, WITH

ROXANNE AND CHRIS.

Reporter: SPEND A FEW

MOMENTS WITH LISA

RICHARDSON, AND YOU WOULD

THINK SHE HAD THE PERFECT

CHILDHOOD.

BUT NOTHING COULD BE

FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.

MY DAD HAD SOME MENTAL

ILLNESS THAT WENT

UNMEDICATED FOR QUITE A

LONG PERIOD OF TIME.

WE EXPERIENCED SOME

PHYSICAL ABUSE.

HE WOULD GO FROM BEING THE

MOST FUN-LOVING, SUPER

TERRIFIC DAD INTO A

VIOLENT PERSON YOU DIDN'T

WANT TO BE AROUND.

Reporter: AFTER AN

EXTREMELY BAD INCIDENT

WHEN SHE WAS 19, LISA

FINALLY SOUGHT HELP.

I WAS TAUGHT HE WAS

HIGHLY ABUSIVE AND HE

NEEDED TO GO DIRECTLY TO

JAIL.

I WAS AFRAID OF HIM GOING

I WAS AFRAID OF HOW THAT

WOULD IMPACT OUR FAMILY.

Reporter: INSTEAD,

LISA ESCAPED TO COLLEGE.

SHE LANDED A RADIO JOB

RIGHT OUT OF SCHOOL AND

STARTED HER CAREER.

I ALWAYS KNEW THAT

SOMETHING WAS MISSING.

I THOUGHT, WELL, I'M GOING

TO FILL THIS EMPTINESS

THAT I HAVE, THIS FEELING

OF SHAME AND GUILT, THIS

FEELING THAT I DON'T

MEASURE UP.

I'M GOING TO FILL THAT

LONGING WITH PEOPLE.

AND SO THEN I BECAME LIKE

A MAN COLLECTOR.

I WOULD COLLECT MEN.

AND WHEN I DIDN'T LIKE

THEM, I WOULD TOSS THEM

THEM, I WOULD TOSS THEM

OUT.

Reporter: EVEN

MARRIAGE OFFERED LISA NO

FULFILLMENT.

I HAD A BEAUTIFUL RING

BUT FELT SO LONELY, MORE

LONELY THAN WHEN I WAS

SINGLE.

IT FELT LIKE A CONSTANT

GNAWING TO FEEL COMPLETE,

TO BELONG TO SOMEONE.

Reporter: HER CAREER

WAS THE ONLY THING THAT

SEEMED TO BE GOING WELL.

I MOVED ACROSS THE

COUNTRY, AND FOUND THERE

WAS A RADIO STATION IN

BIRMINGHAM THAT NEEDED A

PERSON IN THE MORNING.

GETTING TO INTERVIEW

PRESIDENTS, AND DO SOME

EXCITING INTERVIEWS BACK

STAGE WITH MAJOR ARTISTS,

JUST REALLY HAVE A BALL

WITH MY CAREER.

I HAD A BEAUTIFUL BABY

GIRL.

HAD A GORGEOUS HOUSE.

JUST REALLY WHAT PEOPLE

WOULD LOOK AT AS A VERY

SUCCESSFUL LIFE.

BUT MY MARRIAGE HAD ITS

STRUGGLES.

I HAD MY ISSUES WITH MY

PARENTS, REAL ABANDONMENT

ISSUES WITH THEM.

THEY WOULD COME AND GO OUT

OF MY LIFE.

AND I HAD THAT, AGAIN, A

GNAWING THAT THERE HAD TO

BE SOMETHING MORE.

I'M LONELY.

Reporter: THEN LISA

MET CHRIS.

A CO-WORKER WITH SOMETHING

DIFFERENT.

I KNEW HE WAS A DEVOUT

CHRISTIAN.

I KNEW THAT.

SO I THOUGHT WELL AT ONE

POINT HE'S REALLY GOING TO

TRY TO JUDGE ME.

AND WE'RE GOING TO HEAR A

SPEECH.

AND IT MAY BE A SPEECH

THAT I DON'T REALLY CARE

FOR.

WELL, HE DIDN'T DO THAT.

HE WAS SIMPLY REALLY FUN

TO BE AROUND.

I THOUGHT, THERE IS

SOMETHING SO SPECIAL ABOUT

HIM.

THIS IS A GUY WHO IS JUST

REALLY, REALLY IN LOVE

WITH HIS WIFE.

AND HE WOULD SHARE FUNNY

STORIES ABOUT HIS FAMILY.

THERE IS SOMETHING

DIFFERENT ABOUT HIM.

YOU WANTED WHATEVER HE

HAD.

I WASN'T RAISED IN CHURCH.

DIDN'T GO TO CHURCH.

SO WHY I WOULD PRAY IN THE

BATHROOM I HAD NO IDEA.

BUT THAT'S WHEN I WENT TO

PRAY.

I JUST SAID, LORD, LORD,

IF YOU'RE REAL, IF THERE

REALLY IS A GOD, IF YOU'RE

THERE, YOU'RE GOING TO

HAVE TO SHOW ME.

I AM EMPTY INSIDE.

I AM LONELY.

SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH

ME.

MY LITTLE GIRL IS BUT

THREE AND A HALF, GOING ON

FOUR, SOMEWHERE IN THAT

TIMEFRAME.

SHE HAD BEEN PLAYING ON

THE LOWER FLOOR OF OUR

HOME.

I WALKED INTO THE KITCHEN

AND SAT DOWN, AND SHE CAME

UP AND PUT HER HAND ON MY

KNEE.

AND SHE SAID, YOU'RE NOT

ALONE, MAMA.

AND I SAID, WHAT ARE YOU

TALKING ABOUT?

AND HE SAID, GOD LOVES

YOU.

I SAID, WHO TOLD YOU TO

SAY THAT?

HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT?

AND SHE LOOKED AT ME, AND

SHE SAID GOD PUT IT IN MY

HEAD.

I'M AT THE TABLE, AND I

MEAN IT'S LIKE THE ROOM IS

SPINNING.

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

BECAUSE I ASKED GOD TO

TALK TO ME, AND HE DID.

ALMOST INSTANTLY.

AND THEN I'M THINKING, WHO

DO I TELL?

I THOUGHT, CHRIS MALEFSKI.

HE GOES TO CHURCH.

SO I CALLED HIM, AND I

SAID, CHRIS, DOES GOD

SPEAK TO PEOPLE THROUGH

LITTLE CHILDREN?

AND I SAID, I THINK GOD

JUST TRIED TO TALK TO ME

THROUGH HANNAH.

AND HE SAID, LISA, IF GOD

CAN TALK TO PEOPLE THROUGH

A DONKEY OR BURNING BUSH,

YES, HE CAN TALK TO PEOPLE

THROUGH CHILDREN.

HE SAID GOD JUST SPOKE TO

YOU.

HE HAS THINGS HE WANTS TO

DO WITH YOU IN YOUR LIFE.

AND YOU NEED TO COME TO

CHURCH WITH ME AND MEGAN.

AND I SAID, OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

I GUESS I'M GOING TO

CHURCH.

I LOVED CHURCH.

I LOVED IT FROM DAY ONE.

IT JUST FELT PEACEFUL.

YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU DON'T

BELIEVE, YOU DON'T FEEL

MUCH PEACE.

I DIDN'T.

I ALWAYS FELT LIKE I WAS

STRIVING AND TRYING ALL OF

THE TIME.

Reporter: LISA FELT

BADLY IN LOVE WITH JESUS WITH JESUS,

AND THAT GNAWING FEELING

FINALLY LEFT.

WHEN I FINALLY ACCEPTED

THE LORD AS MY SAVIOR, AND

I TOLD HIM, I NO LONGER

WANT TO BE IN CONTROL OF

MY LIFE; I'M TURNING THAT

OVER TO YOU.

WHAT A RELIEF.

I'M TURNING AWAY FROM THE

PEOPLE AND THE PERSON I

WAS, AND I'M PUTTING YOU

IN CONTROL.

HE WASHED ME AS WHITE AS

SNOW.

HE IS USING ME TO SPEAK TO

AUDIENCES.

EVERY TIME THIS MICROPHONE

IS ON, I GET TO BE

PASTORAL PRAYER TO PEOPLE.

AND PEOPLE HAVE HAD

SIMILAR EXPERIENCES TO

MINE AND THEY CAN IDENTIFY

WITH IT.

WALKING IN A LOT OF

DARKNESS AND LONELINESS

AND WONDERING WHY YOUR

LIFE ISN'T COMPLETE.

NO MATTER HOW DARK IT

SEEMS, NO MATTER WHAT

YOU'VE DONE, NO MATTER

WHERE YOU'VE BEEN, THERE

IS A GOD WHO LOVES YOU,

LOVES YOU ENOUGH TO SEND

HIS SON TO DIE FOR YOU ON

A CROSS.

Gordon: HE LOVES YOU

THAT MUCH.

IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT

ABOUT THAT, THAT GOD LOVES

YOU, AND LOVES YOU INFIN

INFINITELY, LOVES YOU SO

MUCH THAT HE SENT HIS ONLY

BEGOTTEN SON FOR YOU -- IF

YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT ABOUT

THAT, SAY THE SAME PRAYER

THAT LISA PRAYED.

JESUS, IF YOU'RE THERE, IF

YOU CAN REALLY SAVE ME, IF

YOU CAN PULL ME OUT OF

THIS LONELINESS, IF YOU

CAN REALLY CHANGE MY

HEART, CAN YOU WALK WITH

ME, CAN YOU BE WITH ME,

CAN YOU SPEAK WITH ME --

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PRAY

THAT.

IF YOU'RE REAL, COULD YOU

SHOW ME.

IT'S THAT SIMPLE.

AND WHEN YOU PRAY THAT

WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART,

AMAZING THINGS WILL HAPPEN

BECAUSE JESUS PROMISES.

GOD PROMISES THAT WHEN YOU

SEEK HIM WITH ALL OF YOUR

HEART, THEN YOU'LL FIND

HIM.

IF YOU WANT HELP WITH THAT

PRAYER, WE'RE HERE FOR

YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE AND GIVE US A

CALL.

1-888-777-1999.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO JUDGE

YOU.

WE'RE HERE TO TELL YOU

THAT GOD LOVES YOU.

AND HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH,

SO MUCH -- HE LOVES YOU

RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE, BUT

HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH HE

DOESN'T WANT TO LEAVE YOU

THERE.

HE WANTS TO SHOW YOU THAT

YOU'RE MADE FOR A

RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.

NOW, SOMETHING AMAZING

HAPPENED TO ROXANNE.

AND I THINK THIS IS A

LESSON FOR ALL CHRISTIANS,

THAT WE NEED TO REALIZE

THERE ISN'T A HOLY SPIRIT

JUNIOR.

THAT CHILDREN GET DIRECT

ACCESS TO GOD.

AND JESUS SAID THIS ABOUT

CHILDREN, THAT THEY'RE

ANGELTHEY'REANGELS THAT ARE CONSTANTLY

BEFORE THE FATHER.

CONSTANTLY BEFORE THE

FATHER.

SO WHEN YOU HEAR A CHILD

SPEAK, KEEP THESE WORDS IN

MIND, HERE IT IS FROM

MATTHEW 21, AND HE IS

SAYING: "OUT OF THE MOUTH

OF BABES AND SUCKLINGS,

THOU HAS PERFECTED PRAISE.

EVEN THOSE WHO ARE STILL

NURSING, GOD HAS PERFECTED

PRAISE IN THEM.

AND A CHILD CAN LEAD YOU."

A CHILD CAN SHOW YOU THE

WAY.

SO FOR US AS CHRISTIANS,

WE NEED TO KEEP THAT IN

MIND.

AND WE NEED TO TEACH OUR

CHILDREN, SO THAT THE NEXT

GENERATION KNOWS THAT

THERE IS A GOD WHO LOVES

THEM.

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HAVE

ACCESS TO THEM.

HERE IS HOW THAT STILL,

SMALL VOICE CAN BE

ACTIVATED IN YOU.

SO DO THAT.

RESOLVE THAT YOU WANT TO

BE ONE OF THE TEACHERS, TO

LET CHILDREN KNOW THAT

THERE IS A GOD WHO LOVES

THEM.

THAT THEY CAN HAVE DIRECT

ACCESS TO HIMMENT AND THEY

CAN MOVHIM, AND THEYWERE MOVE IN THE POWER

OF

THE HOLY SPIRIT.

TERRY?

Terry: UP NEXT, A MOM

NOTICES SOME WELCOME

CHANGES IN HER 11-YEAR-OLD

SON.

I HAVE SEEN HIM SEEKING

MORE OF GOD, BEING

OBEDIENT, READING THE

BIBLE AND PRAYING AT

NIGHT.

SOMETIMES TOR ME ANSOMETIMES FOR ME AND MY

DAUGHTER AND OUR FAMILY.

Terry: SO WHAT'S

BEHIND THIS TWEEN'S NEW

HABITS?

FIND OUT RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Terry: THIS YEAR

"SUPERBOOK" WILL SHARE THE

GOSPEL IN OVER 40

DIFFERENT LANGUAGES OVER

AROUND THE WORLD.

THESE BIBLE STORIES ARE

ALREADY CHANGING THE LIVES

OF MILLIONS OF CHILDREN,

LIKE THIS YOUNG BOY IN

COSTA RICA.

MY FAVORITE EPISODE IS

IN THE BEGINNING.

I'VE SEEN IT 24 TIMES.

MY FAVORITE SCENE IS WHEN

THE ANGELS SPOKE IN THE

NAME OF THE LORD, GOD.

Reporter: LUIS IS A

DIE-HARD "SUPERBOOK" FAN.

HE FIRST STARTED WATCHING

THE CBN ANIMATED SERIES

WHEN IT AIRED IN COSTA

RICA LAST YEAR.

HE WAS SO TAKEN BY THE

BIBLE STORIES, HE BEGGED

HIS MOM TO BUY THE D.V.D.

FOR HIM.

BUT LUIS AND HIS MOM

WEREN'T PREPARED FOR THE

IMPACT IT WOULD HAVE ON

HIS LIFE.

DURING THE STORY OF

ABRAHAM AND ISAAC, FOR

EXAMPLE, LUIS BECAME SO

TROUBLED HE HAD TO LEAVE

THE ROOM.

WHEN I SAW THE STORY OF

ABRAHAM AND HIS SON,

ISAAC, I WAS SAD.

HE WAS GOING TO SACRIFICE

WHAT HE LOVED MOST IN THE

WORLD.

HE WENT OUT INTO THE

HALLWAY AND KEPT ASKING,

WHY, WHY?

Reporter: DURING

ANOTHER EPISODE, LUIS MADE

A LIFE-CHANGING DECISION.

WHILE WATCHING

"SUPERBOOK," I ASKED JESUS

TO COME INTO MY HEART AND

STAY WITH ME FOREVER.

Reporter: ACCORDING

TO HIS MOM, REBECCA, GOD

HAS USED "SUPERBOOK" TO

CHANGE HER SON'S BEHAVIOR,

TOO.

THE CHANGE IN HIM HAS

BEEN INCREDIBLE.

I HAVE SEEN HIM SPEAKING

MORE OF GOD, BEING

OBEDIENT, READING THE

BIBLE, AND PRAYING AT

NIGHT, SOMETIMES TO FOR ME,

MY DAUGHTER, AND MY

FAMILY.

SOMETHING IN MY HEART

WAS MISSING.

WHEN I WATCHED

"SUPERBOOK," THAT SPACE

WAS FILLED.

BECAUSE "SUPERBOOK" HAS

HELPED ME WITH MY

PROBLEMS.

Reporter: EVEN THE

NEIGHBORS HAVE NOTICED A

DIFFERENCE IN LUIS.

IT IS CLEAR HE HAS

BECOME INTERESTED IN THE

THINGS OF GOD.

I WOULD TELL PARENTS

THAT HAVEN'T SEEN

"SUPERBOOK," TO SIT DOWN

WITH YOUR CHILDREN AND

WATCH IT.

IT IS LIKE SOWING SEEDS

INTO FERTILE GROUND, AND

IT WILL HELP US AS WELL AS

OUR KIDS.

Terry: I WOULD TELL

PARENTS THE SAME THING,

SIT DOWN AND WATCH WITH

YOUR CHILDREN.

BECAUSE WHAT AN

OPPORTUNITY TO INTERACT

WITH THEM, ABOUT THE

THINGS OF GOD, ABOUT THE

STORIES OF THE BIBLE.

THESE STORIES ARE ALL TOLD

VERY BIBLICALLY, CLEARLY.

AND WE WANT YOU TO BE ABLE

TO HAVE THIS FOR YOUR

CHILDREN.

YOU KNOW, THERE IS A

"SUPERBOOK" CLUB.

I WANT TO BE SURE I GET

THE DETAILS OF THIS

STRAIGHT.

WHEN YOU CALL THE

"SUPERBOOK" CLUB, IT IS

$20?

Lehrer Gordon: $25.

AND YOU GET THREE COPIES

OF THE MOST RECENT

EPISODE.

SO YOU GET ENOUGH TO SHARE

WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND

FAMILY AND YOUR CHURCH.

Terry: THIS IS GREAT

FOR GRANDPARENTS BECAUSE

IT IS WONDERFUL TO HAVE A

SET AT YOUR HOURS HOUSE, BUT IT

IS ALSO WONDERFUL TO BE

ABLE TO SEND A SET HOME.

Gordon: AND WE'RE

INTO SEASON THREE.

WE'LL BE FINISHED WITH

SEASON THREE BY THIS

SUMMER.

WE'LL HAVE 39 EPISODES.

AND THE COOL THING RIGHT

NOW IS WHEN YOU JOIN THE

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB,

WE'LL UNLOCK SEASON ONE

AND TWO FOR YOU.

Terry: AWESOME.

SO YOU CAN CATCH UP.

Gordon: AND YOU CAN

HAVE THOSE STREAMED ON ANY

TABLET, SMART PHONE,

KINDLE, ANDROID -- ALL OF

THESE VARIOUS DEVICES, AND

THE KIDS LOVE THAT BECAUSE

THEY GET TO HAVE THE

EPISODE RIGHT ON THEIR

PHONE.

Terry: AND THEY CAN

PLAY GAMES.

Gordon: RIGHT.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GET

THE "SUPERBOOK" APP, AND

IT'S COMPLETELY FREE, AND

SEASON ONE IS COMPLETELY

FREE.

WE INVITE PEOPLE TO JOIN

THE D.V.D. CLUB, BECAUSE

WHEN YOU DO THAT, THE

CONTRIBUTION OF $25 GOES

INTO THE PRODUCTION COSTS.

WE'RE FINISHING SEASON

THREE.

AND WE WANT TO GO INTO

SEASON FOUR.

AND IT ALSO PAYS FOR THE

TRANSLATION COST AND THE

DISTRIBUTION COST.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE

CHILDREN OF THE WORLD GET

THE STORIES OF THE

BIBLE -- JUST IN THAT

STORY THAT WE SAW, THE

TRANSFORMATION THAT

HAPPENS WHEN CHILDREN HEAR

THE GOOD NEWS, AND THEY

RECEIVE IT WILLINGLY AND

OPENLY, AND IT IS A

WONDERFUL THING TO DO.

GIVE US A CALL:

1-888-777-1999.

OR YOU CAN LOG ON TO OUR

WEBSITE,

700clubinteractive.com,

AND THERE WILL BE A PLACE

WHERE WE'LL SHOW YOU WHERE

YOU CAN GET "SUPERBOOK"

AND BE PART OF THE CLUB.

Terry: I WANT TO SAY

"SAMUEL AND THE CALL OF

GOD" IS THE LATEST

EPISODE.

YOU'RE GOING TO WANT THIS

FOR YOUR CHILDREN.

AND WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO GET

THIS INTO COUNTRIES THAT

YOU WOULDN'T NORMALLY BE

ABLE TO GET THE GOSPEL

MESSAGE INTO.

THIS IS EXCITING NEWS.

LOOK AT THAT, ALL AROUND

THE WORLD.

WHEN WE SAY IT, WE MEAN

IT.

AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF

IT.

SO CALL NOW OR LOG ON.

Gordon: STILL TO

COME, WE'LL HEAR FROM A

BOY WHO DIED AND WENT TO

HEAVEN.

I KNEW THAT THE FIRST

PERSON I SAW WAS JESUS.

HE WAS WEARING A WHITE

ROBE WITH A PURPLE SASH.

AND HE JUST CAME DOWN

NICELY AND GRACEFULLY.

Gordon: COLTON BURPO

TELLS US WHY HEAVEN IS FOR

REAL.

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS

THIS STORY.

IT'S UP NEXT.

Gordon: HEAVEN CAN

SEEM VERY FAR AWAY, BUT

FOR ONE LITTLE BOY, HEAVEN

IS VERY REAL.

COLTON BURPO WAS THREE

YEARS OLD WHEN HE GOT A

SNEAK PEEK OF WHAT'S TO

COME.

TAKE A LOOK.

[INAUDIBLE]

HOW OLD ARE YOU TODAY?

THREE.

AND WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

COLTON.

AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

[INAUDIBLE]

WHO IS YOUR MOMMY?

[INAUDIBLE]

WHO IS YOUR DADDY?

[INAUDIBLE]

Reporter: THAT WAS 10

YEARS AGO.

LOOKING AT COLTON NOW, YOU

WOULD NEVER HAVE GUESSED

HE ALMOST DIED IN 2003.

HIS FATHER, TODD, TELLS

ABOUT COLTON'S NEAR-DEATH

EXPERIENCE IN THE BOOK

"HEAVEN IS FOR REAL."

HE STARTED THROWING UP

INTO THE TOILET.

AT FIRST WE WERE, LIKE, HE

HAS THE STOMACH FLU.

Reporter: COLTON'S

CONDITION ONLY GOT WORSE

AS DAYS PASSED.

HIS DOCTOR DISCOVERED HIS

AAPPENDIX HAD BAUERS BURST AND

INFECTION WAS RUNNING

THROUGH THIS BODY.

THEY SEPARATED US FROM

EVERYONE ELSE, AND SOMEONE

ELSE CAME TO US AND SAID,

WE'VE GOT TO DO SURGERY ON

YOUR KID.

IT WAS TOUGH.

SEEING YOUR BOY BE

LIFELESS, WHEN HE WAS A

VERY VIBRANT CHILD.

AND IT WAS AT THAT

MOMENT THAT WE WERE

LOOKING AT EACH OTHER.

I REMEMBER MY WIFE HOLDING

COLTON IN THE HALLWAY,

JUST US.

AND HE WASN'T EVEN MOVING.

I REMEMBER THEM HAULING

THEM AWAY, AND HIM YELLING

AT ME, DADDY, DON'T LET

THEM TAKE ME.

DADDY, DON'T LET THEM TAKE

ME.

AND I WENT BACK TO THE

PRE-OP, WHERE WE HAD LEFT

SOME STUFF.

I WAS FINALLY ALONE AND

SHUT THE DOOR.

AND I JUST BROKE DOWN AND

I WAS MAD AT GOD.

I WAS FRUSTRATED, FED UP.

I REMEMBER TELLING HIM,

GOD, AFTER ALL I'VE DONE

FOR YOU, AND NOW YOU'RE

GOING TO TAKE MY KID?

THIS IS HOW YOU TREAT YOUR

PASTORS.

I WAS CALLING OUR

PRAYER CHAIN, ANYBODY THAT

WOULD BE ON THE OTHER LINE

TO GET COLTON ON THE

PRAYER CHAIN BECAUSE IT

WAS BAD.

WE THERE IN THE WAITING

ROOM FOR AN HOUR AND A

HALF.

I REMEMBER THE NURSE

COMING OUT SAYING, IS

COLTON'S DADDY OUT HERE?

AND I'M, LIKE, YEAH.

AND SHE SAID, COLTON IS IN

RECOVERY AND HE IS

SCREAMING FOR YOU.

AND HE GOES, DAD, DID YOU

KNOW I ALMOST DIED.

AND MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS,

MAYBE YOU OVERHEARD THE

NURSE SAY THAT.

MAYBE HE THEY THOUGHT HE

WAS UNDER ANESTHESIA AND

HE WASN'T.

IT WASN'T UNTIL FOUR

MONTHS AFTER HE WAS OUT OF

THE HOSPITAL THAT WE

FINALLY LISTENED TO OUR

SON.

JESUS AND SOME ANGELS

CAME AND FLEW ME UP TO

HEAVEN.

AND I KNEW THE FIRST

PERSON I SAW WAS JESUS.

HE WAS WEARING WHITE ROBES

WITH A PURPLE SASH.

AND HE JUST CAME DOWN

NICELY AND GRACEFULLY.

WELL, DAD, JESUS HAS

PARKERS.

DAD, JESUS HAS MARKERS.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HE

MEANT.

I FINALLY ASKED THE RIGHT

QUESTION: COLTON, WHERE

ARE JESUS' MARK MARKERS.

AND HE DROPS HIS TOYS AND

HE BENDS OVER AND TOUCHES

THE TOPS OF HIS FEET AND

HANDS AND SAYS, THAT'S

WHERE JESUS' MARKERS WERE,

DAD.

I WAS IN THE THRONE

ROOM OF JESUS, SO I GOT TO

SEE WHAT GOD WAS LIKE.

WHAT GOD DID WAS HE USED

PEOPLE THAT -- PEOPLE OR

THINGS THAT I LIKED TO

CALM ME DOWN.

FROM THERE ON I FELT

BETTER.

AND ONE DAY WE'RE

TRAVELLING TOGETHER AND HE

LOOKS UP AT ME, AND HE

SAID, DAD, YOU USED TO

HAVE A GRANDPA NAMED POP,

DIDN'T YOU?

AND I WAS, LIKE, YEAH.

HE IS REALLY NICE.

REALLY?

>YEAH.YOU USED TO PLAY WITH HIM

ON THE FARM AND SHOOT

STUFF WITH HIM.

HOW DO YOU KNOW?

AND HE SAID, HE TOLD ME.

HE SAID HE WAS HIS

GRANDPA, AND THAT'S WHEN I

MET HIM.

POP, I WAS VERY CLOSE

TO HIM.

HE WAS MY MOST SIGNIFICANT

MALE ROLE MODEL WHEN I WAS

GOING UP.

BUT HE WAS KILLED IN A CAR

WRECK BEFORE I TURNED

SEVEN.

I WAS BUSY PAYING

BILLS, BECAUSE THAT'S MY

JOB.

AND HE CAME UP AND TOLD ME

HE HAD TWO SISTERS.

HE HAD TO SAY IT SEVERAL

TIMES BEFORE HE GOT MY

ATTENTION.

AND I LOOKED AT HIM, AND I

SAID, WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU

HAVE TWO SISTERS?

AND HE SAID, YOU HAD

ANOTHER BABY.

AND I SAID, HOW DO YOU

KNOW YOU HAD TWO SISTERS.

AND HE SAID, SHE TOLD ME.

SHE LOOKED LIKE CASSIE,

BUT SHE HAD BROWN HAIR.

THE FIRST TIME SHE SAW ME,

SHE JUST CAME UP AND

HUGGED ME.

I KNEW IT WAS TRUE

BECAUSE HE SAID, SHE KEPT

HUGGING ME, MOM, AND I

DIDN'T LIKE THAT.

I'M NOT REALLY THE

HUGGING TYPE.

I MISCARRIED THE

WEEKEND OF FATHER'S DAY,

WHICH MADE IT EVEN

ROUGHER.

WE THOUGHT WE HAD GOTTEN

OVER IT, EXCEPT THAT THE

BABY HAD DIED.

WHEN HE SAID HE HAD TWO

SISTERS, I THINK I WAS IN

SHOCK FIRST.

AND THEN TRYING TO

REALIZE, WHAT IS HE

TELLING ME.

AND SO I KNEW HE HAD SEEN

HER.

AFTER HE DESCRIBED HER, HE

SAID, SHE'S JUST WAITING

FOR YOU GUYS TO COME TO

HEAVEN.

AS HE WAS TELLING ME

ABOUT HEAVEN AND ALL OF

THE DETAILS, I ASKED HIM,

DID HE WANT TO COME BACK?

I KNEW I WAS LEAVING

HEAVEN BECAUSE JESUS CAME

TO ME AND SAID, COLTON,

YOU NEED TO GO BACK.

EVEN THOUGH I DIDN'T WANT

TO GO BACK, HE SAID THAT

HE WAS ANSWERING MY DAD'S

PRAYER.

I REMEMBER THAT PRAYER,

THAT IRREVERENT,

DISRESPECTFUL, SCREAMING

AT GOD PRAYER.

Reporter: TODAY

COLTON IS A HEALTHY

13-YEAR-OLD AND SHARES HIS

HEAVENLY JOURNEY WITH

BOLDNESS.

I LEARNED THAT HEAVEN

IS FOR REAL, AND YOU'RE

GOING TO LIKE IT.

Gordon: HEAVEN IS FOR

REAL, AND YOU'RE GOING TO

LIKE IT.

ONE OF THE LESSONS FROM

THIS WONDERFUL STORY IS

THE LESSON A FATHER

LEARNED, THAT GOD HEARS

YOUR CRY.

HE HEARS THOSE PRAYERS OF

DESPERATION.

HE HERE'S THOSE ANGRY

PRAYERS, WHERE YOU'RE

SAYING, GOD, LIFE ISN'T

FAIR RIGHT NOW.

OR, GOD, YOU'RE NOT

RUNNING THE UNIVERSE RIGHT

RIGHT NOW.

YOU'RE NOT DOING IT THE

WAY I WANT OR EXPECTED.

IS THIS HOW YOU TREAT

THOSE KINDS OF PRAYERS?

HE HEARS THEM.

AND CAN YOU GET A GLIMPSE

OF HEAVEN FROM THAT STORY?

CAN YOU GET THE GLIMPSE

THAT GOD IS ABLE TO TAKE

ALL THINGS AND WORK THEM

TOGETHER FOR GOOD FOR YOU

BECAUSE YOU LOVE HIM AND

ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO

HIS PURPOSE.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS

WORD FROM PSALMS: "OUT OF

THE MOUTH OF BABES AND

NURSING INFANTS YOU HAVE

ORDAINED STRENGTH, BECAUSE

OF YOUR ENEMIES, THAT YOU

MAY SILENCE THE ENEMY IN

THE

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