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A Promise Saved Their House

Steve and Jackie worried about losing their dream home after Steve lost his job. See how a promise they made led to them keeping their house. Read Transcript

NARRATOR: Jackie and Steve Bentz were excited about their move

to Florida in 1996.

Steve was starting a new job as a finance

manager for a technology company in Tallahassee.

And the couple had bought a farm, Jackie's childhood dream.

But just shy of a year on the job, Steve was let go.

My life was a train wreck at that point.

We weren't prepared, as so many people aren't.

I looked for work.

And there was just nothing to be had.

It got really bad.

NARRATOR: With Steve's unemployment check

as their only steady income, the family used credit cards

and even started selling possessions to get by.

But each month, they got further behind on their mortgage.

Losing my home was my biggest fear.

And security is really important to me.

If other things went, that was one thing,

but the house-- losing the house would

have been the worst thing.

NARRATOR: Then one evening, Jackie was at a church service

when it dawned on her that they hadn't been tithing.

And I sensed the Lord impressed me

that I needed to make a covenant with Him.

He impressed me that if I brought

my tithe, that He would always make sure my mortgage was paid.

NARRATOR: Jackie gave that night,

and convinced Steve they needed to tithe on everything,

including his unemployment checks.

He admits it took time for him to trust God.

I said, God, you want me to give this money today,

you show me that I'm supposed to give this money today.

And by golly, there'd be something that day.

So it was like, yeah, we can trust Him on this.

NARRATOR: They still faced challenges,

but were encouraged every time they had the money

to pay their mortgage.

I'm not sure how God did it.

There was no paycheck.

There was no specific way to bring in money.

But every month, it was there.

I don't-- it's amazing.

NARRATOR: Steve had been out of work

six months when he landed an accounting job at a state

college, just before unemployment benefits ran out.

STEVE BENTZ: Absolutely, I know it came from God, just

because it was too perfect.

It's interesting how God makes what looks like a bad situation

into a really good situation.

But it was because we started paying attention and putting

Him first.

NARRATOR: And working at the college

opened the door for Steve to get his engineering degree,

which led to a higher paying job.

The couple paid off their credit card debt

and also started giving beyond their tithe.

And in 2003, they became CBN Partners.

STEVE BENTZ: You plant the seed where it's going to grow.

And the 700 Club has-- they have a proven track record.

You know, they're helping people and getting God's word

out there.

NARRATOR: The Bentz's are still excited about having

their farm.

And are thankful for God's faithfulness.

STEVE BENTZ: God says test Me in this.

And we've tested Him, and He never fails.

He's always there.

That to me is proof positive.

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