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700 Club Interactive - November 30, 2016

Bullying and a desire to be part of the “in” crowd leads a young man into drugs and alcohol. Read Transcript


Gordon: FIND OUT HOW

HE GOT A SECOND CHANCE ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: WELL, WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

WE'RE NOW 26 DAYS FROM

CHRISTMAS, AND IF YOU

HAVEN'T STARTED SHOPPING,

NOW IS THE TIME TO GET

WORRIED ABOUT IT.

Terry: YEAH.

Gordon: AND ONE OF

THE EXPECTED TOP SELLERS

AGAIN THIS YEAR -- NO

SURPRISE -- AND IT IS ONE

OF TERRY'S FAVORITES --

VIDEO GAMES.

THE GAMING INDUSTRY TOPPED

$23 BILLION, AND THAT'S

BILLION WITH A "B" IN

2015, AND IT IS REPORTED

THAT 84% OF TEEN BOYS PLAY

VIDEO GAMES, AND HERE IS

ONE THAT WILL SURPRISE

YOU: 70% OF TEENAGED GIRLS

PLAY VIDEO GAMES.

AND "CALL OF DUTY, WARFARE

WARFARE" -- THAT'S ONE OF

TERRY'S FAVORITE TITLES --

Terry: I'M ADDICTED.

Gordon: IF YOU DON'T

KNOW ABOUT THIS FRANCHISE,

YOU NEED TO GET UP WITH

THE TIMES.

SPEAKING OF CHANGE,

THEY'VE ADDED A FEMALE

SOLDIER AS THE LEAD

CHARACTER, AND THE FEMALE

ACTOR PORTRAYING THE LEAD

TRAINED WITH FORMER SEAL

RICHARD HALL, TO MAKE THE

GAME AS REALISTIC AS

POSSIBLE.

MEN AND WOMEN ARE

DIFFERENT, AND THAT'S A

GOOD THING.

IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO

PULL THEM ON TO THE

BATTLEFIELD OVER THE NEXT

FEW YEARS, AND SEE WHAT

THEY BRING TO THE TABLE.

HAVING A FEMALE ROLE

MODEL IS GREAT.

THEY CAN RELATE TO HER.

Gordon: I DON'T KNOW

ABOUT THAT, DO WE NEED

THAT?

Terry: DON'T GET ME

STARTED.

Gordon: I JUST LAID

IT UP FOR YOU ON A

PLATTER.

Terry: YES, YOU DID.

I KNOW FOR SOME PEOPLE IN

FUN AND REALLY RELAXING --

Gordon: HAVE YOU EVER

SEEN SOMEBODY PLAY THAT

GAME?

IT IS NOT RELAXING.

Terry: THAT'S WHAT I

DON'T UNDERSTAND.

BECAUSE IT IS INTENSE.

WHEN I COME OUT OF THE

EVERYDAY GAME, I DON'T

WANT INTENSE.

GIVE ME A CUP OF COFFEE

AND A HALLMARK MOVIE.

> CAN I JUST SAY, WE

HAVE TALKED ABOUT TEENS,

AND WHAT PERCENTAGE OF

TEENS DO THIS.

I KNOW A NUMBER OF -- WHEN

I SAY GROWN MEN, I'M NOT

TALKING ABOUT 20

SOMETHINGS, I'M TALKING

ABOUT 30s AND 40s, AND

DAILY.

I CALL THAT ADDICTION.

I HAVE A COFFEE ADDICTION,

I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT, BUT,

YES, DAILY, WHO PLAY THESE

GAMES.

I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO

UNDERSTAND.

ANY WAY, SPEAKING OF

CHRISTMAS GIFTS, A

NON-PROFIT IS PROVIDING

ADAPTABLE TOYS TO CHILDREN

WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AT NO

COST.

DEANNE AND DEAN HAVE A SON

NAMED MAX, AND THEY

NOTICED HE WASN'T ALWAYS

ABLE TO PLAY WITH TOYS AS

THEY'RE CREATED OUT OF THE

BOX, SO STEVE STARTED

MODIFYING THE TOYS, AND

REALIZED THE FAMILY COULD

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE

LIVES OF OTHERS.

SOON THEY DECIDED TO START

THEIR OWN NON-PROFIT, AND

PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE

WORLD BEGAN SENDING THEIR

TOYS FOR MODIFICATION.

WE CAN ALLOW A SWITCH

TO BE PLUGGED INTO THIS

PORT.

YOU BUY A TOY FOR $80, AND

YOU DON'T KNOW IF IT IS

GOING TO WORK FOR THEM.

ON PREVIOUS CHRISTMASES,

THE CHILD WOULD OPEN THE

TOY AND IT'S NOT A TOY

THEY COULD PLAY WITH.

THEY COULDN'T SQUEEZE THE

BUTTON THAT'S ON THE HAND

OR ON THE TOY.

BY MAKING THIS ADAPTATION,

THEY CAN PUSH THE BUTTON

AND WATCH THE LIGHTS COME

ON.

THESE ARE USED AS A

TOOL TO TEACH, HOW IF I

PRESS THIS SAME BUTTON, IT

WILL ACTIVATE MY

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, THE

SAME WAY IT ACTIVATES MY

TOY.

RIGHT NOW WE CAN

PURCHASE AND SHIP ABOUT

600 TOYS, AND WE HAVE

2,000 REQUESTS.

Terry: WOW!

BUT ONLY A COUPLE LIKE THE

WATSONS COULD REALLY

FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO THIS.

LAST YEAR SANTA'S LITTLE

HACKERS MODIFIED TOYS TO

45 STATES AND EIGHT

COUNTRIES.

AND THEY'RE JUST TRYING TO

KEEP UP WITH THE DEMAND.

Gordon: I CAN'T

APPLAUD THIS STORY MORE.

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE THING

TO DO TO REALIZE, LET'S

NOT LEAVE THEM OUT.

LET'S MODIFY IT.

WE CAN DO THIS AND LET

THEM HAVE A LIFE OF JOY.

Terry: THAT'S EXACTLY

RIGHT.

KUDOS TO THEM.

Gordon: WELL, THE

SEASON OF GIVING DOESN'T

KEEP OTHERS FROM TAKING.

THIS STORY ACTUALLY HAS A

HAPPY ENDING.

A WORLD WAR II VETERAN AND

HIS BEST FRIEND, A

CHIHUAHUA, NAMED LOLA, ARE

REUNITED AFTER SOMEONE

STOLE THE DOG RIGHT OUT OF

THE FRONT YARD.

ROGER SAID A WOMAN CAME TO

HIS HOUSE, CLAIMED TO BE

TAKING THE 12-YEAR-OLD

LOLA TO THE VET, BUT SHE

NEVER RETURNED.

AND ROGER'S STORY MADE

HEADLINES, AND HE RECEIVED

ATTENTION AND SUPPORT, AND

A TEACHER WHO SAW HER

PICTURE FOUND HER IN A

SCHOOL YARD AND CALLED

ROGER WITH THE GOOD NEWS.

AND ANOTHER VETERAN WAS

TOUCHED BY THIS STORY AND

WILLING TO OFFER A $5,000

REWARD FOR LOLA'S RETURN.

WHEN THE DOG WAS FOUND, HE

GAVE THE MONEY TO ROGER TO

PAID FOR DOG FOOD FOR THE

REST OF LOLA'S LIFE.

OH, MY GOD.

GOD BLESS YOU.

I COULD ACTUALLY FEEL

HIS PAIN.

I HAVE SEEN GUYS KILLED IN

THE WAR, AND IT DIDN'T

HURT ME AS MUCH AS IT DID

TO SEE HIM.

MY LOLA CAME BACK TO

ME.

Terry: AMAZING.

Gordon: WHO STEALS A

CHIHUAHUA?

Terry: UNBELIEVABLE,

AND WHY?

I'M SURE LOLA IS

WONDERFUL, BUT FROM A

PERSON WHO HAS OWNERSHIP

AND RELATIONSHIP, IT IS A

LITTLE CRAZY.

HAPPY ENDING, AS YOU SAID.

Gordon: MERRY

CHRISTMAS.

$5,000 IS GOING TO GO A

LONG WAY FOR DOG FOOD.

Terry: EAT WELL,

LOLA.

Gordon: FOR A TINY

LITTLE DOG, THAT IS A LOT

OF FOOD.

Terry: LAST WEEK

STUDENTS AT RIVERE

UNIVERSITY TOOK PART IN AN

ANNUAL TRADITION OF

FEEDING DOZENS OF NEEDY

FAMILIES WITH THEIR

THANKSGIVING BASKET

PROJECT.

BUT WHEN IT CAME TIME TO

PLAY, THERE WAS A PROBLEM.

STUDENTS WERE GOING

THROUGH THE LINE AND THEY

WENT TO PAY, AND MY CARD

GOT DECLINED BECAUSE WE

HAD HIT OUR DAILY LIMIT.

AND A WOMAN CAME OVER AND

ASKED THEM WHAT THEY WERE

UP TO.

AND THEY EXPLAINED THE

THANKSGIVING PROJECT.

AND SHE ACTUALLY OFFERED

TO PAY FOR THE ENTIRE

ORDER.

WE HAVE A NAME, BUT WE

HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO GET

IN TOUCH WITH HER YET.

BUT WE'RE WORKING ON IT.

WE WANT TO GIVE HER A

PROPER THANK YOU.

TO BE THAT SPONTANEOUS AND

CANADA, IKIND, WAS SUCH AN

INSPIRATION TO ME AND MY

STUDENTS.

Gordon: LOVE AND

KINDNESS ALWAYS WIN.

Terry: I DON'T KNOW

WHAT YOUR NAME IS, BUT IF

YOU'RE WATCHING THIS, GOD

BLESS YOU.

YOU ACCOMPLISHED A NUMBER

OF THINGS IN THAT

GENEROSITY.

Gordon: WELL, AS THE

WEATHER COOLS THIS TIME OF

YEAR, FOOTBALL SEASON

BEGINS HEATING UP, AND

TERRY IS A PACKER FAN AND

SHE IS LOVING LIFE THIS

WEEK --

Terry: I KIND OF AM

ON SOME WEEKENDS.

Gordon: LAST WEEKEND

IT WASN'T SO GREAT, BUT

THIS WEEKEND, IT'S ALL

RIGHT WITH THE WORLD.

Terry: SOME DAYS ARE

UP, AND SOME DAYS ARE

DOWN.

Gordon: AND IF YOU

LIVE IN DALLAS, EVERYTHING

IS RIGHT FOR YOU BECAUSE

THE COWBOYS ARE 10 AND 1.

THAT'S A BEST START IN

NEARLY 10 YEARS.

PART OF THAT SUCCESS IS

DUE TO JASON WITTEN.

AND WHILE JASON HAS HIS

SIGHTS SET ON THE SUPER

BOWL, HE IS ALSO TACKLING

THE PROBLEM OF DOMESTIC

VIOLENCE.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: JASON

WITTEN IS CATCHING PASSES

AT A HISTORIC RATE UNDER

THE DALLAS COWBOYS.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THAT

ICONIC LONE STAR ON YOUR

HELMET?

THERE IS A TRADITION

WITH THE STAR.

THIS IS A TEAM THAT WAS

BUILT ON FOUNDATION, TOM

LANDRY.

THE STANDARD HERE IS TO BE

THE BEST IN EVERYTHING YOU

DO.

ON THE FIELD AND HOW YOU

CARRY YOURSELF OFF THE

FIELD AS WELL.

THIS STAR IS GLOBAL.

AND I THINK THERE IS SOME

RESPECT THAT COMES WITH

THAT IN TRYING TO BE YOUR

BEST.

Reporter: THE 14-YEAR

VETERAN IS AMONG THE BEST.

HE RANKED SECOND IN

ALL-TIME CAREER

INSPECTIONS AND RECEIVING

YARDS.

JASON HAS BECOME A

CORNERSTONE FOR THE

COWBOYS' FRANCHISE.

I BELIEVE

WHOLEHEARTEDLY IN THE

PROCESS OF BECOMING GREAT.

GREATNESS IS A

CHARACTERISTIC THAT IS NOT

EASY.

BEING A LEADER, YOU NEED

TO SHOW IT AND DEMAND IT

AND SET THE STANDARD EVERY

DAY.

WHAT WE WANT TO ACCOMPLISH

THROUGH SUCCESS AND ALSO

THROUGH ADVERSE SATELLITE.

ReporterADVERSITY.

Reporter: HE HAD A

STREAK THAT BEGAN BACK IN

2006.

DURABILITY AND

TOUGHNESS, WE HEAR THAT

ABOUT YOU OVER AND OVER.

WHERE DOES THAT COME FROM?

GOD BLESSED ME WITH

THAT.

THAT IS BEING ABLE TO BE

MENTALLY TOUGH AND TO

CONTROL YOUR THOUGHTS, AND

I BELIEVE IN THAT.

TO SEE THROUGH THE DARK

DAYS, AND GOD HAS SHOWN ME

THAT IN MY OWN LIFE.

BECAUSE THAT'S NOT ONLY

HOW YOU PLAY FOOTBALL, BUT

THAT'S HOW YOU LIVE LIFE.

SURPRISINGLY, IT IS AN

ALL PRO STRENGTH HE

DISCOVERED THE HARD WAY,

AWAY FROM THE FOOTBALL

FIELD, AT HOME, AS A BOY,

WHILE ENDURING THE PAIN

AND CONSEQUENCES OF

DOMESTIC ABUSE.

IT IMPACTED MY

CHILDHOOD A LOT.

MY MOM WAS A STRONG WOMAN

TO HANDLE WHAT SHE WENT

THROUGH.

MY DAD IS SOMEBODY WE

LOVED, BUT ON A HANDFUL OF

DAYS, IT WAS YOUR WORST

NIGHTMARE.

THE PAIN WAS DEEP.

IT WAS SOMETHING WE FELT.

SEEING OTHERS GO THROUGH

PAIN, SUCH AS YOUR MOM.

I REMEMBER BEING IN THE

BEDROOM AND THINKING, WHEN

IS THIS GOING TO END?

Reporter: IT DID WHEN

HE WAS 11.

JASON'S MOM LEFT WITH HER

THREE SONS TO MOVE IN WITH

HER PARENTS.

HIS GRANDFATHER BECAME HIS

FATHER FIGURE.

THE LEGENDARY HIGH SCHOOL

FOOTBALL COACH WAS ALSO

THE FIRST TO MENTOR JASON

AS A PLAYER.

THEY WERE JUST A GREAT

EXAMPLE IN OUR LIFE, WHAT

CHARACTERISTICS YOU WANT

TO HAVE.

AND THEY'RE THE ONES WHO

TOOK US TO CHURCH AND LED

US TO A RELATIONSHIP WITH

JESUS CHRIST.

THAT'S WHAT CHANGED OUR

LIFE.

WE'RE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR

THAT.

Reporter: GRATITUDE

THAT IS TURNED TOWARDS

GIVING, REACHING THOUSANDS

OF LIVES.

THE JASON WITTEN

FOUNDATION ASSISTED

FAMILIES AFFECTED BY

ABUSE.

MY SUPPORT IN STOPPING

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN

UNWAVERING.

I THINK AS ATHLETES, I

REALLY BELIEVE BIG,

STRONG, PHYSICAL MEN THAT

HAVE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHTS,

THAT'S OUR PLATFORM, OUR

DUTY, TO SPEAK OUT.

Reporter: THE YOUNGER

VICTIMS, WHAT IS THE

BIGGEST THING THEY'RE

FACING?

THEY FEEL LIKE THEIR

HOPELESS, AND THEY THINK

SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH

THEM.

I JUST TRY TO PROVIDE HOPE

AND SAY YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

YOU ARE SMART.

PROVIDE AVENUES FOR THESE

MOMS TO GET BACK ON THEIR

FEET AND ENCOURAGE THEM

THAT YOUR FAMILY IS GOING

TO BE OKAY.

I THINK THAT COMES WITH

THE PERSPECTIVE OF KNOWING

WHO JESUS CHRIST IS.

HE IS YOUR SAVIOR, AND YOU

HAVE TO HAVE FAITH THAT

GOD'S GRACE IS AMAZING.

Reporter: WITH IT,

JASON HAS LEARNED TO SIDE

STEP THE TRAPPINGS THAT

COME WITH RESENTMENT.

AS I TALK ABOUT MY LIFE

AND OVERCOMING THE

OBSTACLES, I THINK IT WAS

TRULY FINDING FORGIVENESS.

IT ALLOWS YOU TO GROW AND

MOVE FORWARD IN YOUR OWN

LIFE.

IF I DIDN'T HAVE THAT, I

DON'T THINK I WOULD HAVE

HAD THE CAREER I'VE HAD OR

THE FAMILY I HAVE BECAUSE

THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN A

LOT OF RESENTMENT.

I'M THANKFUL FOR BEING

ABLE TO FORGIVE, AND THE

FREEDOM THAT COMES WITH

THAT.

HE IS A SPECIAL PLAYER.

SOME PEOPLE SAY IT, BUT

THEY DON'T NECESSARILY

HAVE THE ACTIONS BEHIND

IT, AND HE DOES.

NO ONE IS PERFECT, BUT

JASON IS ABOUT AS CLOSE AS

I SEE.

Reporter: WHILE THIS

COWBOY GREAT RIDES ON TO

FOOTBALL SUCCESS, THE

TIGHT-END WHO HAS OVERCOME

ADVERSITY IS REDEFINING

WHAT GREATNESS IS.

TO TRULY UNDERSTAND

REDEMPTION, YOU HAVE TO GO

THROUGH IT.

WHEN YOU CONSTANTLY GO TO

YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH

JESUS, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT

HE IS THE WAY.

AND IN MY LIFE, THE

REDEMPTION PART OF IT IS

BEING ABLE TO SAY, WE WENT

THROUGH IT, WE FORGAVE,

AND NOW LOOK AT OUR

FAMILY, LOOK AT OUR LIVES.

IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO

GIVE AND HAVE AN

UNDERSTANDING THAT THAT IS

WHAT GREATNESS IS ALL

ABOUT.

Gordon: INCREDIBLE

WORDS, "THAT'S WHAT

GREATNESS IS ALL ABOUT."

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE

SITUATION, IN THE NATURAL

IT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE.

BUT REALIZE WITH GOD, ALL

THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

WHEN WE'RE DEPENDENT ON

HIM, WHEN WE ACKNOWLEDGE

HIM IN ALL OF OUR WAYS,

THEN HE DIRECTS YOUR PATH.

HE ENABLES YOU TO DO THE

THINGS THAT ARE SEEMINGLY

IMPOSSIBLE.

Terry: YOU KNOW,

THERE WERE TWO LITTLE

SENTENCES TUCKED IN HIS

STORY THAT I THINK SHOULD

ALSO BE MENTIONED.

IT WASN'T EASY.

IT TOOK TIME.

IT'S A PROCESS.

BUT, WOW, HOW WORTH THE

END RESULT.

THAT'S PRETTY SPECIAL.

> WELL, UP NEXT, THEY

TRADED THEIR COMFORTABLE

LIFE IN HOLLAND FOR A MORE

DIFFICULT ROAD IN THEIR

JEWISH HOMELAND.

FIND OUT WHY WHEN WE

Terry: IT CAN BE

TOUGH FOR ANYONE TO START

A NEW LIFE IN A NEW TOWN.

IT'S EVEN TOUGHER IN A NEW

COUNTRY.

AND THAT'S WHAT THE DUTCH

COUPLE IN OUR NEXT STORY

FOUND OUT WHEN THEY MOVED

TO ISRAEL.

AND THE TRANSITION WAS

MUCH MORE DIFFICULT THAN

THEY EXPECTED.

Reporter: IRMA AND

ANDRES LEFT BEHIND A

COMFORTABLE LIFE IN

HOLLAND TO RETURN TO THEIR

JEWISH HOMELAND OF ISRAEL.

IN 2003, WE CAME TO

ISRAEL ON VACATION.

WHEN WE CAME BACK TO

HOLLAND, I WAS HOME SICK

FOR SIX MONTHS, HOME SICK

FOR ISRAEL.

WE STARTED PRAYING ABOUT

IT.

WE KNEW IT WOULD BE

DIFFICULT FINANCIALLY, BUT

WE KEPT FINDING VERSES IN

THE BIBLE ABOUT THE JEWS

COMING BACK TO ISRAEL.

Reporter: EVERY

MORNING, ANDRES SETS OUT

TO WORK AS A FULL-TIME

NURSE, WITH IRMA RUNS A

FOOT CARE CLINIC.

THEY MADE A LOT MORE MONEY

BACK IN HOLLANDE.

HOLLAND.

BUT THE CALL TO STAY IN

ISRAEL WAS STRONG.

EVEN THOUGH IRMA DIDN'T

KNOW SHE WAS JEWISH UNTIL

SHE WAS SEVEN.

MOST OF MY FAMILY DIED

IN AUSCHWITZ.

THOSE WHO SURVIVED THE

HOLOCAUST WERE VERY AFRAID

AND DIDN'T TALK ABOUT OUR

JEWISH HERITAGE.

WHEN I FOUND OUT I WAS

JEWISH, I THOUGHT IT WAS

SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL.

NOW I FEEL IT IS A GREAT

PRIVILEGE TO LIVE HERE

AFTER WE SPENT SO MANY

GENERATIONS AWAY FROM OUR

HOMELAND.

Reporter: TO MAKE

ENDS MEET, THEY REALLY

NEEDED IRMA'S BUSINESS TO

SUCCEED, BUT THEY DIDN'T

HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO

INVEST IN GOOD EQUIPMENT.

I DIDN'T HAVE WHAT I

NEEDED.

I THOUGHT ABOUT CLOSING

THE BUSINESS MANY TIMES,

BUT ANDRES SAYS WE NEEDED

TO MOVE FORWARD.

WHEN GOD CALLS YOU TO

MOVE FORWARD, YOU MUST

MOVE FORWARD.

YOU CANNOT VEER OFF TO THE

LEFT OR RIGHT.

IF YOU DO THAT, YOU WILL

GET LOST.

Reporter: SOME DAYS

WHEN THEY ONLY HAD ENOUGH

MONEY TO BUY FOOD FORD FOR

THEIR CHILDREN, THEY

FASTED AND PRAYED FOR

HELP.

THEY BELIEVE IN JESUS

CHRIST AND ARE PART OF A

MESSIANIC CONGREGATION.

CBN WORKS WITH THAT

CONGREGATION.

SO WHEN WE HEARD ABOUT

THEM, WE WANTED TO HELP.

WE IMMEDIATELY TOOK THE

FAMILY FOOD AND NEW

CLOTHES.

IT WAS WONDERFUL TO

HAVE FOOD FOR THE WHOLE

FAMILY.

AND AFTER I PRAYED ABOUT

NEEDING NEW SHOES, YOU

GAVE US NEW SHOES.

IT IS SO GOOD TO KNOW THAT

CHRISTIANS FROM ABROAD

CARE ABOUT US AND GIVE TO

THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL.

I KNOW THE LORD WILL BLESS

YOU FOR THAT.

Reporter: WE ALSO

KNEW IRMA'S OFFICE NEEDED

SOME WORK, SO WE INSTALLED

A NEW AIR CONDITIONER,

REPLACED PLASTIC

CONTAINERS WITH SHELVING,

AND STOCKED HER OFFICE

WITH PRODUCTS SHE CAN

SELL.

THEN WE GAVE HER THE

EQUIPMENT SHE NEEDS TO DO

HER JOB WELL.

I NEVER DREAMED I WOULD

HAVE ALL OF THIS.

IT IS A BIG BLESSING.

MY ROOM IS SO BEAUTIFUL,

AND NOW MY CLIENTS ARE

VERY COMFORTABLE.

SO IT IS EASY TO SHARE

WITH THEM ABOUT JESUS.

YOUR GIFTS HAVE BEEN A

HUGE BLESSING TO US, AND

THEY ARE CONFIRMATION FROM

THE LORD THAT WE ARE ON

THE RIGHT TRACK.

THERE ARE MANY JEWISH

IMMIGRANT FAMILIES IN NEED

HERE IN ISRAEL.

WHEN PEOPLE GIVE TO CBN,

THEY HELP FAMILIES LIKE

OUR STAY IN ISRAEL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Terry: CBN HAS BEEN

DEEPLY INVESTED IN ISRAEL

FOR DECADES AND DECADES.

AND WE WANT TO SAY THANK

YOU.

IF YOU'RE A "700 CLUB"

PARTNER, YOU HELP US WITH

THE WORK WE'RE DO DOING

THERE, THROUGHOUT THE

MIDDLE EAST, AND IT IS

HAPPENING EVERY DAY.

IN THIS LITTLE FAMILY

RETURNING TO ISRAEL ARE

NOT ONLY FULFILLING

PROPHECY, BUT THEY'RE

BRINGING THE MESSAGE OF

GOD'S LOVE, TO THE PEOPLE

THEY SERVE, THEIR

CHILDREN'S LIVES, THE

FAMILIES THEIR CHILDREN GO

TO SCHOOL WITH.

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GORDON?

Gordon: COMING UP, HE

MADE A DEAL WITH GOD.

I SAID, GOD, IF YOU'LL

TEACH ME TO PLAY THIS

GUITAR AND TO SING AND TO

WRITE SONGS, I'LL DO IT

FOR YOU, FOR YOUR GLORY.

Gordon: FIND OUT HOW

HE BROKE HIS PROMISE AND

ENDED UP IN A DANGEROUS

PLACE.

DON'T GO AWAY.

Gordon: AS A

TEENAGER, STEVE WAS

DESPERATE FOR ACCEPTANCE,

SO HE MADE A DEAL WITH

GOD.

BUT STEVE DIDN'T KEEP UP

HIS END OF THE BARGAIN,

AND YEARS DOWN THE ROAD,

GOD CALLED HIM TO ACCOUNT.

ALL I WANTED WAS TO BE

ACCEPTED BY SOMEBODY WHEN

I WAS GROWING UP, JUST TO

HAVE A TRUE FRIEND AND

HAVE SOMEBODY I KNEW THAT

CARED ABOUT ME FOR WHO I

WAS.

Reporter: STEVE

WALDROP WAS BULLIED FOR

MOST OF THIS CHILDHOOD.

I WAS REALLY SKINNY,

AND GOD BLESSED ME WITH A

BIG NOGGAN, AND I GOT THE

NAME JUGHEAD.

I GOT BEAT UP A LOT AND

PICKED ON A LOT.

Reporter: AT 14,

STEVE FOUND ACCEPTANCE

WHEN HE GAVE HIS LIFE TO

CHRIST AT A SUMMER CAMP.

IT GAVE ME A SENSE OF

HOPE, THAT JESUS TRULY

LOVED ME.

HE DIDN'T CARE IF I WAS

SKINNY OR IF I WAS UGLY.

HE LOVED ME FOR ME.

Reporter: BUT THE

BULLYING INTENSIFIED, AND

STEVE SPENT MORE AND MORE

TIME ALONE.

HE WAS STRUGGLING TO LEARN

THE GUITAR, AND ASKED GOD

TO HELP HIM.

I SAID, GOD, IF YOU'LL

TEACH ME TO PLAY THIS

GUITAR, TO SING AND TO

WRITE SONGS, I'LL DO IT

FOR YOU, FOR YOUR GLORY.

AND GUESS WHAT?

GOD SAID, LET'S DO IT.

BECAUSE FROM THAT DAY,

PLAYING A GUITAR WAS LIKE

SECOND NATURE TO ME.

Reporter: SOON AFTER,

A POPULAR KID FROM SCHOOL

HEARD STEVE PLAYING THE

GUITAR.

HE WAS SO IMPRESSED, HE

INVITED STEVE TO PLAY THE

AT A PARTY THE FOLLOWING

WEEKEND.

I FELT ACCEPTED FOR THE

FIRST TIME.

NOBODY WAS LOOKING AT ME

LIKE THIS BIG-HEADED UGLY

KID ANYMORE.

THEY WERE LOOKING AT ME,

LIKE, WOW, WE LIKE THE WAY

YOU SING.

WE LIKE THE WAY YOU PLAY,

AND YOU'RE PART OF US NOW.

THEY WERE PAYING

ATTENTION.

TO ME.

Reporter: STEVE DRANK

HIS FIRST BEER AND SMOKED

HIS FIRST JOINT THAT

NIGHT.

HE CONTINUED TO PARTY WITH

HIS NEW FRIENDS AND

DROPPED OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL

IN 10th GRADE TO SING

AND PLAY GUITAR AT

HONKY-TONKS.

I COULD ALWAYS HEAR GOD

TELLING ME, THIS IS NOT

WHAT YOU TOLD M ME YOU WOULD

DO.

Reporter: HIS DEEP

VOICE CAUGHT THE ATTENTION

OF A STRIP CLUB OWNER, WHO

OFFERED HIM A JOB AS A

D.J.

SOON STEVE WAS RUNNING THE

PLAYPLACE AND SEVERAL OTHER

CLUBS.

AT 22, HE LEFT MUSIC

BEHIND BUT FELL DEEPER

INTO ALCOHOL AND DRUG

ABUSE.

I HAD ALL OF THE WOMEN

I WANTED, ALL OF THE

COCAINE I WANTED, ALL OF

THE WHISKEY I WANTED -- I

HAD EVERYTHING I WANTED; I

DIDN'T NEED GOD.

Reporter: STEVE

CONTINUED TO WORK IN THE

DARK UNDER BELLY OF STRIP

CLUBS FOR THE NEXT 14

YEARS.

THEN ONE NIGHT A FRIEND

INVITED HIM OVER.

WHEN STEVE ARRIVED AT THE

HOME, A MAN JUMPED HIM AND

BEAT HIM WITH A METAL

PIPE.

I REMEMBER SEEING A

DARKNESS AND FEELING THIS

LONELINESS.

THIS FEELING OF NOTHING.

NO ONE.

NO ANYTHING.

Reporter: HE WOKE UP

IN A HOSPITAL WITH A

DOCTOR STANDING OVER HIM.

HE SAID, I'M NOT A

RELIGIOUS MAN, BUT HE

SAID, I WANT TO TELL YOU

THIS, SOMEBODY UPSTAIRS

WAS LOOKING OUT FOR YOU.

BECAUSE 78% OF THE PEOPLE

WHO TAKE A BLOW TO THE

HEAD LIKE THIS DON'T LIVE

TO TELL ABOUT IT.

Reporter: STEVE

LEARNED AN EX-GIRLFRIEND

HAD SET HIM UP, AND STEVE

LEFT THE HOSPITAL A FEW

DAYS LATER, SET ON

REVENGE.

I GOT MY JACK DANIELS

AND MY .9-MILLIMETER AND

LOADED IT BECAUSE I

INTENDED TO KILL EVERYBODY

IN THAT HOUSE.

Reporter: BUT ON THE

WAY TO HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND'S

HOUSE, HE GOT PICKED UP

FOR SPEEDING.

GOD SAID, STEVE, I LOVE

YOU.

THIS IS NOT THE PLANS I

HAVE FOR YOUR LIFE.

Reporter: STEVE'S

BUSINESS PARTNERS BAILED

HIM OUT THE NEXT DAY, AND

BROUGHT HIM TO THE CLUB TO

LET HIM COOL OFF.

I'M WALKING AROUND WITH

MY GLASS OF WHISKEY IN MY

HAND.

I'M THE BOSS MAN.

I HEAR GOD SAY SOMETHING

TO ME YOU NEVER WANT TO

HEAR GOD SAY.

GOD SAID, STEVE, IT'S NOW

OR NEVER.

I'M TIRED OF PLAYING WITH

YOU.

Reporter: HE FELL TO

HIS KNEES IN THE MIDDLE OF

THE CLUB.

SECURITY GATHERED

AROUND ME BECAUSE THEY

THOUGHT I WAS DYING.

THEY THOUGHT SURELY THIS

LIFESTYLE HAS CAUGHT UP

WITH ME, AND I WAS ON MY

KNEES SAYING, GOD, FORGIVE

ME, LET ME COME HOME.

I GOT UP, AND I PUSHED

EVERYBODY AWAY FROM ME.

I WENT INTO THE OFFICE AND

I CALLED THE OWNER, AND I

SAID, MAN, I QUIT.

AND HE STARTED LAUGHING.

HE SAID, DO YOU NEED MORE

MONEY?

AND I SAID, NO, MAN, I

QUIT.

I JUST GAVE MY LIFE BACK

TO JESUS.

Reporter: STEVE WAS

ABLE TO WALK AWAY FROM THE

CLUBS AND THE DRUGS, BUT

HE STILL WASN'T FREE.

THE FIRST PLACE I WENT

WHEN I LEFT THERE WAS TO

THE LIQUOR STORE AND GOT

ME A BOTTLE OF JACK

DANIELS.

AND I WENT HOME AND PRAYED

AND TOOK A SHOT OF JACK

DANIELS.

I READ MY BIBLE AND I TOOK

A SHOT.

AND I DID THAT UNTIL I

PASSED OUT.

I WOKE UP THE NEXT

MORNING, AND I DID THE

SAME THING.

Reporter: STEVE TRIED

EVERYTHING HE COULD TO

STOP DRINKING, INCLUDING

SEVERAL STINTS IN REHAB.

HE WAS ONLY 38, BUT HE

KNEW HE WAS DYING.

ONE DAY I WAS LOOKING

INTO MY BATHROOM MIRROR,

AND I LOOKED AT MY EYES,

AND I SEEN DEATH.

I ASKED GOD, DON'T LET ME

DIE.

DON'T LET ME DIE.

I'M BACK DOING WHAT YOU

ASKED ME TO DO.

BUT I CAN'T LET GO OF HIS

WHISKEY.

I CAN'T STOP.

AND I FIGURED IT OUT.

I FELL ON MY KNEES.

AND I FOUND THE KEY TO

BREAKING THOSE CHAINS WAS

I SAID, GOD, I CANNOT DO

THIS WITHOUT YOU.

AND GOD BE MY WITNESS,

THERE WAS NEVER ANOTHER

DROP OF WHISKEY THAT

TOUCHED MY LIPS SINCE THAT

DAY.

GOD IMMEDIATELY RELEASED

ME.

FROM THAT CHAIN.

HE BROKE THAT CHAIN.

Reporter: IN 2013, HE

MARRIED KELLY, AND TODAY

THEY TRAVEL THE COUNTRY

SHARING A MESSAGE OF HOPE

AND SECOND CHANCES THROUGH

STEVE'S MUSIC.

JUST AS HE PROMISED.

IT GIVES YOU CHILLS TO

KNOW THAT GOD WOULD USE AN

OLD STRIP CLUB MANAGER,

SOMEONE THAT TURNED

AGAINST HIM, AND NEVER,

EVER STOPPED LIVING HIM.

THAT'S AN AWESOME GOD.

FINALLY SOMEONE LOVED ME

FOR WHO I WAS.

THERE IS THAT FRIEND I WAS

LOOKING FOR.

Gordon: AND HE'LL DO

THE SAME THING FOR YOU.

FINALLY YOU CAN FIND

SOMEONE WHO LOVES YOU FOR

WHO YOU ARE.

WHY?

BECAUSE HE MADE YOU.

BECAUSE HE MADE YOU

UNIQUELY.

HE HAS A PLAN AND A

PURPOSE AND A DESTINY FOR

YOU.

AND DON'T MISS OUT ON ANY

OF IT.

IF YOU THINK YOU'VE GONE

TOO FAR, THAT YOU'VE RUN

AWAY FROM GOD, GOD WON'T

BRING YOU BACK, LET THIS

STORY ENCOURAGE YOU, THAT,

YES, YOU CAN.

GOD IS A GOD OF SECOND

CHANCES, THIRD CHANCES,

FOURTH CHANCES, FIFTH

CHANCES -- YOU CAN GET ALL

OF THE WAY UP TO SEVEN

TIMES 70 CHANCES.

GOD WANTS YOU HOME WITH

HIM.

HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

DO THE SAME THING.

ALL YOU'VE GOT TO DO IS

CRY OUT AND SAY, GOD, WILL

YOU TAKE ME HOME.

IF YOU WANT HELP WITH THAT

PRAYER, IF YOU WANT HELP

WITH FINDING OUT IF GOD

REALLY LOVES YOU, ALL YOU

HAVE TO DO IS CALL US:

1-800-700-7000.

> WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS

WORD FROM EPHESIANS:

"PRAISE BE TO THE GOD AND

FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS

CHRIST, WHO HAS BLESSED US

IN HEAVENLY REALMS WITH

EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING

IN CHRIST."

WE'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW.

GOD BLESS YOU.

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