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700 Club Interactive - December 5, 2016

“God’s Not Dead” star David A.R. White shares his journey to Hollywood, and encourages viewers to never give up on their God-given dreams. Read Transcript


Gordon: HE'S BEST

KNOWN FOR HIS ROLE IN THE

"GOD'S NOT DEAD SERIES."

HOW DAVID A.R. WHITE'S

JOURNEY TOOK HIM FROM A

MENNONITE BRINGING IN

KANSAS TO HOLLYWOOD.

IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT

A MENNONITE IS, THE

MENNONITES MAKE THE

MORMONS LOOK LIKE A PACK

OF HELLS ANGELS.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

WE'LL START WITH SOME

TRENDING STORIES.

THE I.R.S. HAS DENIED A

CHARITABLE-BASED COFFEE

SHOP TAX-EXEMPT STATUS.

THEY EXPLAINED IT WOULD BE

GIVING AWAY 100% OF THEIR

PROFITS MINUS CAPITAL

EXPENSES TO NEED LE NEEDY LOCAL

AND INTERNATIONAL

MINISTRIES, BUT THE I.R.S.

SAID NO, AND IT REJECTED

THE REQUEST, COMPARING THE

MODEL TO THAT OF A

COMMERCIAL BUSINESS.

IT CLOSED THE LETTER BY

STATING: "THE OPERATION OF

YOUR COFFEE SHOP TO RAISE

FUNDS IS A COMMERCIAL

ACTIVITY, NOT A CHARITABLE

ACTIVITY."

AND, TERRY, THIS IS ONE

WHEN I ACTUALLY THINK THE

I.R.S. GOT IT RIGHT.

Terry: I WAS GOING TO

SAY, MR. LAWYER, COME

FORTHWITH WISDOM.

Gordon: A COFFEE SHOP

IS A COFFEE SHOP IS A

COFFEE SHOP.

IF YOU'RE SELLING COFFEE,

YOU'RE SELLING COFFEE, AND

IF THERE IS PROFIT TO BE

MADE -- THERE ARE

COMPANIES WHERE CHARITABLE

ORGANIZATIONS CAN GET

INVOLVED IN PROFITABLE

BUSINESS, BUT EVEN THAT

INCOME IS CALLED UNRELATED

BUSINESS INCOME AND

SUBJECT TO TAX.

Terry: LOTS OF

BUSINESSES CHOOSE A

CHARITY THAT REFLECTS

THEIR INTEREST OR CONCERN.

YOU KNOW EVERY TIME YOU

BUY A CUP OF COFFEE OR

THIS PRODUCT --

Gordon: A PORTION OF

THAT IS GOING TO CHARITY.

Terry: IT IS A LITTLE

DIFFERENT TAX STRUCTURE.

> WELL, YOU HAVE

PROBABLY HEARD THE TERM,

"THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS."

AND REGARDLESS OF WHERE

YOU LAND ON THE

DISCUSSION, SANTA CLAUS

HAS GENERALLY BEEN LEFT

ALONE.

WELL, ONE SCHOOL DISTRICT

IN OREGON HAS BANNED ALL

HOLIDAY SYMBOLS AT SCHOOL,

INCLUDING SAINT NICK.

THIS UPSET SOME PARENTS.

THE SCHOOL'S

ADMINISTRATION DIRECTOR

SAYS THE DISTRICT DOESN'T

WANT ANY GROUP TO FEEL

EXCLUDED.

MERCY.

IT WAS A NOTIFICATION

TO STAFF, NOT EEN EVEN TO

PARENTS, TO MAKE SURE THEY

WERE BEING SENSITIVE AND

THOUGHTFUL AS THEY ENTER

THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

Terry: WOW.

Gordon: I DON'T KNOW.

WE MIGHT HAVE GOTTEN TOO

SENSITIVE.

Terry: IF SOMEBODY

ELSE HAS A CELEBRATION,

CINCO DE MAYO OR WHATEVER

THEY'RE CELEBRATING, I CAN

APPRECIATE THAT.

WHY CAN'T PEOPLE JUST

APPRECIATE AND ENJOY

CHRISTMAS WITHOUT BEING

OFFENDED BY IT?

Gordon: I DON'T THINK

CINCO DE MAYO IS GOING TO

BE A TARGET ANY TIME SOON.

THE THING THAT UPSETS ME

IS IT TENDS TO BE TARGETED

AT CHRISTIANS.

Terry: AGAIN, RIGHT.

Gordon: LIKE THE U.S.

COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS

SEEMED TO HAVE A

PARTICULAR TARGET IN MIND,

SAYING CHRISTIANITY IS

INHERENTLY THESE THINGS.

AND IF YOU CLAIM CHRISTIAN

SUPREMACY, IT IS

INHERENTLY ANTI-OTHER

GROUPS.

YOU GET TO THE POINT WHERE

YOU'RE FORCED IN THE

PUBLIC SQUARE TO SAY WE

NOW DENY THE FAITH.

WHICH I, FRANKLY, DON'T

UNDERSTAND.

IF WE HAVE TRUE FREEDOM OF

RELIGION, IT MEANS YOU GET

TO HOLD THESE TRUTHS.

YOU GET TO HAVE FREEDOM OF

CONSCIENCE.

AND CERTAINLY FREEDOM OF

CELEBRATION.

YOU DON'T SEE THE SAME

TACTICS AGAINST OTHER

RELIGIONS.

YOU DON'T SEE THE U.S.

COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS

COMING OUT AND SAYING

SHAR'IA LAW IS INHERENTLY

BIGOTTED.

YOU DON'T SAY THAT.

Terry: NO, YOU DON'T

SAY THAT OUT LOUD.

Gordon: YOU SAY IT IT

IS INHERENTLY SEXEST, YOU

DON'T HEAR THAT.

Terry: I THINK IT IS

SO SAD WE CREATE SUCH A

HOMOGENOUS DEGREE --

Gordon: I THINK IT IS

ARTIFICIALLY SANITIZED IN

THE NAME OF TOLERANCE AND

SENSITIVITY.

BUT WHO IS BEING SENSITIVE

TO THE VERY REAL NEEDS OF

CHRISTIANS, AND THE

PURPOSE FOR THE SEASON,

THE REASON THAT WE HAVE

THE CHRISTIAN HOLIDAY,

WHICH IS TO CELEBRATE THE

BIRTH OF THE SAVIOR.

IT IS THE REASON WE CALL

IT "THE YEAR OF OUR LORD."

OUR CALENDAR IS BASED ON

CHRISTIANITY --

Terry: THAT'S

PROBABLY NEXT.

Gordon: WE'RE GOING

TO CHANGE THE CALENDAR?

Terry: PROBABLY.

Gordon: THE BIBLE HAS

SOMETHING VERY SPECIFIC

ABOUT PEOPLE WHO CHANGE

DATES AND TIMES.

Terry: DO YOU THINK

WE, AS BELIEVERS, DON'T

STAND UP AND SAY ENOUGH ON

OUR END ABOUT BEING

OFFENDED?

Gordon: I THINK OVER

THE PAST FEW DECADES,

WE'VE BEEN THE FROGS IN

THE SLOW BOIL.

BUT --

Terry: ENOUGH OF THAT

POT, CAN I SAY.

Gordon: AND NOW FOLKS

ARE NOW SPEAKING OUT.

AND DO I HAVE -- IN THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

DO I HAVE FREEDOM OF

CONSCIENCE?

CAN I HOLD TO MY FAITH AND

BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT IT?

Terry: AND AM I

WILLING TO STAND UP AND BE

COUNTED IF I FEEL LIKE I'M

NOT?

Gordon: THAT'S A

TOUGH ONE.

Terry: THERE YOU GO.

Gordon: WELL, THE

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT IS ALIVE

AND WELL IN WISCONSIN, AS

IT SHOULD BE FOR ALL

CHEESEHEADS BECAUSE

HISTORIC LAMBO FIELD IS

NOW THE SITE WHERE

VOLUNTEERS COLLECTED AND

LOADED HUNDREDS OF DONATED

CHRISTMAS TREES.

ISN'T THAT A WONDERFUL

SYMBOL?

AND THEY PUT THEM INTO

TRUCKS TO BE DELIVERED TO

U.S. SERVICE MEMBERS AND

MILITARY FAMILIES BOTH AT

HOME AND ABROAD.

THE TREES COME FROM ALL

OVER THE STATE, AND

VOLUNTEERS WERE HAPPY TO

HELP.

I'M SO THANKFUL FOR THE

VETERANS AND THE MEN

OVERSEAS AND THE WOMEN

OVERSEAS AND AT HOME THAT

ARE PROTECTING US AND

GIVING US OUR FREEDOMS.

Gordon: THIS IS THE

12th CONSECUTIVE YEAR

FOR THE "TREES FOR TROOPS"

PROGRAM IN THE GREENBAY

AREA.

AND NATIONWIDE, AN AVERAGE

18,000 TREES ARE COLLECTED

AND DELIVERED EACH YEAR.

THAT IS A WOW.

THAT'S A VERY WONDERFUL

THING.

Terry: IT REALLY IS.

Gordon: MERRY

CHRISTMAS TO EVERYBODY AT

LAMBO FIELD.

Terry: I KIND OF

MARVEL AT THE

LIFE-LONGVITY OF A TREE

THAT HAS BEEN CUT DOWN,

THAT THEY CAN BE SHIPPED

PLACES, SENT PLACES, STAY

WRAPPED UP, AND THEY'RE

STILL BEAUTIFUL.

Gordon: YOUR TREE

DOESN'T LAST?

Terry: MY TREE LAST

24/7, 365 --

Gordon: YOU HARVEST

THE TREE FROM THE ATTIC

EVERY YEAR.

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: YOU DO

CHRISTMAS THE EASY WAY.

Terry: HO-HO-HO.

NO WATERING FOR ME.

[LAUGHTER]

Terry: SPEAKING OF

DONATED TREES, THIS ONE IN

ROCKEFELLER PLAZA,

MEASURES NEARLY 100 FEET

TALL AND WEIGHS 14 TONS.

THE TREE CAME FROM THE

BACKYARD OF CRAIG AND

ANGIE IKELER.

WE DIDN'T HAVE THE

SPACE IN OUR BACKYARD.

IT OUTGREW IT.

FOR US TO BE ABLE TO

DONATE IT TO THE

ROCKEFELLER CENTER, THERE

ARE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE

ENJOYING THIS EVENT AND

THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAY

SEASON.

THERE WILL BE THOUSANDS OF

PICTURES TAKEN IN FRONT OF

THAT TREE.

Gordon: THE BACKYARD

HAS BEEN RECLAIMED.

Terry: IT IS

BEAUTIFUL.

BARREN, NO DOUBT, WITH THE

SIZE OF A TREE LIKE THAT

BEING REMOVED.

I WONDER HOW YOU DONATE

THAT?

Gordon: TERRY HAS AN

ARTIFICIAL TREE HE WANTS

TO DONATE.

Terry: NO, SHE

HASN'T.

IT IS STICKING IN MY

LIVING ROOM.

Gordon: IT WILL

REAPPEAR EVERY YEAR.

> HERE IS A SERIOUS

STORY: LAST WEEK FIRES

RIPPED THROUGH THE SMOKY

MOUNTAINS, CAUSING

WIDESPREAD DAMAGE.

SEVERAL PEOPLE LOST THEIR

LIVES, WHILE AS MANY AS

14,000 WERE FORCED TO

EVACUATE THEIR HOMES.

STRUCTURES IN THE POPULAR

AREAS OF GATLINBURG AND

PIGEON FORGE WERE BURNED,

BUT NO DAMAGE WAS DONE TO

DOLLYWOOD.

Terry: WHILE HELPING

THE GROUNDS TEAM CLEANUP,

A DOLLYWOOD EMPLOYEE FOUND

SOMETHING THAT GAVE HIM

GOOSE BUMPS.

A SINGLE BIBLE PAGE LAY

UNDER A BENCH, NOT ALWAYS

LEGIBLE, BUT A FEW

PASSAGES WERE.

JOEL 1: 15: "THE DAY OF

THE LORD IS NEAR, THE DAY

WHEN DESTRUCTION COMES

FROM THE ALMIGHTY, AND HOW

TERRIBLE THAT DAY WILL

BE."

> TO YOU, LORD, I CALL

FOR FIRE HAS DEVOURED THE

PAST CHERPASTURES AND WILLEDNESS."

HOW STRANGE.

Gordon: TO HAVE A

SCRIPTURE GIVES YOU HOPE

THAT, YES, GOD IS STILL ON

THE THRONE.

Terry: IT IS A GOOD

THING TO REMEMBER WHEN

YOU'RE IN TRAUMA AND WHEN

DIFFICULTIES ARISE, THAT

WE ARE SURPRISED BY IT,

BUT GOD IS NOT.

Gordon: RIGHT.

AND HE HAS ACTUALLY

WRITTEN WORDS THAT WE CAN

FIND COMFORT.

IRREMEMBEI REMEMBER BEING IN

KATRINA, AND READING A

PASSAGE FROM JEREMIAH.

THERE WEREN'T ANY BIRDS.

AND YOU'RE IN LOUISIANA,

THERE AREN'T ANY IN INSECTS,

SO NOTHING.

AND I READ A PASSAGE THAT

SAID, "THE BIRDS NO LONGER

SING."

AND I'M GOING, OKAY.

IT ACTUALLY GAVE ME HOPE.

HERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE

DEVASTATION OF KATRINA,

THAT THE WINDS AND THE

WATER HAD LITERALLY DRIVEN

OUT ALL OF THE BIRDS OF

THE AIR AND, AMAZINGLY,

ALL OF THE INSECTS.

TO HAVE A WORD FROM THE

LORD, YES, THERE IS HOPE.

Terry: I AM THE GOD

WHO SEES YOU.

> WELL, COMING UP, HE IS

A CHRISTIAN ACTOR AND

DIRECTOR, AND HAS AN

ENCOURAGING MESSAGE ABOUT

NEVER GIVING UP ON YOUR

GOD-GIVEN DREAMS.

DAVID A.R. WHITE JOINS US

NEXT, SO DON'T GO AWAY.

Terry: WELL, OUR NEXT

GUEST HAS STARRED IN 20

FEATURE-LIKE FILMS,

INCLUDING "GOD IS NOT

DEAD."

HIS LIFE IN HOLLYWOOD WAS

JUST A DREAM, BUT BECAME A

REALITY.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: DAVID A.R.

WHITE IS ONE OF THE MOST

RECOGNIZABLE ACTORS IN

FAITH-BASED FILMS.

HE IS BEST KNOWN FOR HIS

ROLE IN THE "GOD'S NOT

DEAD" SERIES.

HE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE IN

THE MOVIES.

I WAS RAISED AS A

MENNONITE IN A SMALL TOWN

OUTSIDE OF DODGE CITY,

KANSAS.

THE MENNONITES MAKE THE

MORMONS LOOK LIKE A PACK

OF HELLS ANGELS.

Reporter: IN HIS

BOOK, "BETWEEN HEAVEN AND

HOLLYWOOD," DAVID SHARES

HOW HE MADE IT FROM CANTSZ KANSAS

TO CALIFORNIA, AND HOW HE

OVERCAME THE ROADBLOCKS TO

SUCCESS WITHOUT GIVING UP

ON HIS FAITH.

Terry: JOINING US NOW

IS DAVID A.R.WHITE.

IR. WHITE.

IT IS GREAT TO HAVE YOU

HERE.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING

ME.

Terry: YOU GREW UP IN

A MENNONITE COMMUNITY.

A LOT OF PEOPLE AREN'T

FAMILIAR WITH THAT, BUT IT

IS VERY CONSERVATIVE.

WHERE DID THE DREAM FOR

HOLLYWOOD COME FROM?

WELL, I WAS SITTING ON

A TRACTOR IN THE MIDDLE OF

A WHEAT FIELD --

Terry: AS THE STORY

GOES.

EXACTLY, AS THE STORY

GOES.

I HAD THIS DREAM FROM JUST

AN EARLY AGE.

AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO

DO WITH IT BECAUSE I

DIDN'T KNOW ANY ACTORS.

WE BARELY HAD A DRAMA

PROGRAM GROWING UP.

I HAD SEEN ONE MOVIE IN

THE THEATER THE FIRST 18

YEARS OF MY LIFE.

Terry: ONE MOVIE IN

18 YEARS.

IN THE THEATER.

NOW, I HAD SEEN SOME OTHER

MOVIES ON TELEVISION,

BECAUSE THE MENNONITES

AREN'T QUITE LIKE THE

AMISH.

WE DO HAVE ELECTRICITY.

AND WE DIDN'T HAVE TO WEAR

THE HATS.

[LAUGHTER]

BUT, EVEN STILL, I WAS

MASSIVELY CONSERVATIVE.

Terry: YOU WEREN'T

ENCOURAGED BY YOUR FAMILY

TO PURSUE THIS DREAM, BUT

IT KIND OF STAYED HUNKERED

INSIDE OF YOU?

I COULDN'T GET RID OF

IT, YEAH.

Terry: IT IS NOT JUST

THE STORY OF YOUR OWN

JOURNEY -- IT CERTAINLY IS

THAT -- BUT IT IS ALSO THE

WISDOM YOU GLEANED ALONG

THE WAY.

BECAUSE YOU HAD THE DESIRE

IN URE HEART YOUR HEART, BUT IT

WASN'T LIKE IT HAPPENED

OVERNIGHT.

A LOT OF UPS AND DOWNS

AND HUMILIATING

EXPERIENCES ALONG THE WAY.

Terry: WHAT WAS THE

HARDEST THING ABOUT THE

WAIT?

I HAVE A CHAPTER CALLED

"DON'T HATE THE WAIT."

Terry: WE ALL HATE

THE WAIT.

AND YET GOD HAS A WAY

OF PUTTING US IN A WAITING

ROOM TO STRETCH US, TO

TEACH US THAT FAITH IS THE

ASSURANCE OF THINGS HOPED

FOR AND THE CONVICTION OF

THINGS NOT YET SEEN.

I THINK HE WANTS TO MOLD

US AND SHAPE US TO BE HIS

PEOPLE.

FOR ME, ONE OF THE HARDEST

THINGS WAS, RIGHT OUT OF

THE GATE I WAS REALLY

FORTUNATE.

I GOT ON A HIT SHOW CALLED

"EVENING SHADE" WITH BURT

REYNOLDS.

BUT IT WASN'T UNTIL MY

LATE 20s, ABOUT 25 TO

30, WHICH WERE MY KIND OF

DESERT YEARS.

I COULDN'T GET A JOB.

I STILL WORKED SOME, BUT

YOU COULDN'T GET A JOB TO

SAVE YOUR LIFE.

Terry: NOT A LEG UP.

EXACTLY.

I KEPT GOING DOWN.

AND AROUND THAT TIME, I

WENT THROUGH THE PERIOD

OF, LIKE, LORD, HOLLYWOOD

WANTS TO THROW A LOT OF

THINGS AT YOU FROM AN

EARLY AGE WHEN YOU'RE

THERE.

AND FOR ME IT WAS, LIKE,

LORD, DO I BELIEVE WHAT I

BELIEVE BECAUSE IT WAS

INGRAINED IN ME AT AN

EARLY AGE, OR ARE YOU

REALLY REAL?

IN THE MIDST OF MY

DISPAIR, IN THE MIDST OF

THAT, HOW DID YOU LET ME

TASTE MY DREAM IF YOU'RE

ONLY GOING TO TAKE IT

AWAY?

Terry: A LOT OF

PEOPLE GO THROUGH THAT.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU

AND A MAJORITY OF THE

PEOPLE IS YOU STUCK WITH

THE DREAM.

A LOT OF PEOPLE MAY HAVE

SAID, THIS ISN'T FOR ME.

I'M OUT OF HERE.

WHAT MADE YOU STAY?

FIRST OF ALL, I BENT MY

KNEE TO THE LORD.

PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY WHAT IS

THE SECRET OF YOUR

SUCCESS?

I MEET LESLIE NIELSEN

THE FIRST DAY, AND I SAID

WHAT IS THE SECRET OF YOUR

SUCCESS -- FOR YOU "NAKED

GUN" FANS.

HE SAID PERSEVERANCE.

NEVER GIVE UP.

NEVER GIVE UP.

YOU'LL HAVE YOUR UPS AND

YOU'LL HAVE YOUR DOWNS.

AND I THINK THAT IS THE

WAY IT IS IN LIFE AS

BELIEVERS, IN OUR

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE

LORD.

Terry: AND THEN YOU

ADD AN ELEMENT TO IT AS

YOU WRITE ABOUT IT, AND IT

WAS KIND OF A REVELATION,

I THINK, THAT MAYBE WE'RE

ALL SUPPOSED TO COME TO,

BUT YOU WERE ON A JOURNEY

FROM A CAREER STANDPOINT,

BUT YOU WERE ON A JOURNEY

WITH GOD THAT WAS FAR

BIGGER AND BROADER THAN

THAT.

AND DOES THAT KIND OF PUT

THE CAREER IN PERSPECTIVE

THEN?

WELL, THAT'S WHAT --

IT'S, LIKE, SO HOW DO YOU

KNOW IF THAT DREAM IS

INSIDE OF YOU, AND WHAT IS

THE SECRET OF YOUR

SUCCESS?

I THINK THE SECRET OF MY

SUCCESS IS THE SAME AS

EVERYBODY'S.

I LET GO OF WHAT I WANTED

FOR MYSELF.

I LET GO OF WHAT I WANTED

FOR MYSELF.

AND IN THAT TIME, WHEN I

FINALLY DID THAT -- GOD

CALLS US TO BEND OUR KNEE.

AS WE GET MORE SUCCESSFUL,

AND AS WE ACCOMPLISH

THINGS IN OUR OWN

STRENGTH, WE START TO DO

THAT LESS AND LESS.

FOR ME IT WAS, LIKE, THAT

DOWNWARD SPIRAL.

THE BOTTOM WAS WHEN I

FINALLY SAID, LORD, I LET

GO OF WHAT I WANT AND I

WANT TO DO WHAT YOU WANT.

AND THEN HE STARTED TO

GIVE ME THESE DREAMS,

THESE DESIRES ABOUT THE

WHOLE CHRISTIAN FILM

INDUSTRY, AND THE HUNGER

THAT I HAD -- I HAD IT

ORIGINALLY TO GO INTO

PRODUCING.

I HAD IT ALL ALONG.

I KIND OF COVERED IT UP BY

WHAT I THOUGHT I WAS

SUPPOSED TO BECOME AND DO.

IN THE MIDST OF THAT,

PUREFLIX CAME OUT OF THAT,

AND I STARTED PRODUCING

FILMS.

IT WASN'T AN EASY ROAD.

SOME WENT UP.

SOME WENT DOWN.

IN 2005 WE ESTABLISHED

PUREFLIX, AND BY '07 -- IT

WAS OUR SECOND OR THIRD

YEAR, AND THE IRONY IS GOD

SAID, GO COME BECOME A

DISTRIBUTOR.

I DON'T WANT YOU TO DEPEND

ON THOSE STUDIOS BECAUSE

THEY'RE NOT GOING TO LINE

UP WITH THE EVANGELISTIC

MOVIES.

AND WHAT WE DIDN'T DOE OUT

ODO OUTOF THE GATE IS WE DIDN'T

DO THAT.

I THOUGHT, IF WE GIVE IT

TO A STUDIO, IT WILL BE

BIGGER.

Terry: THEY KNOW HOW

TO DO THIS.

YEAH.

AND WE DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO

DO THIS.

WE WEREN'T DESTINED TO DO

THAT.

MAYBE WE SHOULD GIVE IT TO

THEM.

AND IT DIDN'T GO WELL.

IN '07 AND '08, WE WENT

WITHOUT A SALARY FOR TWO

YEARS.

I LEARNED MY WIFE REALLY

DID LOVE ME.

Terry: THAT'S ONE WAY

TO FIND OUT.

WE SOLD EVERYTHING I

HAD EARNED UP TO THAT

POINT, BUT GOD HAS A WAY.

GOD IS FAITHFUL.

AND THROUGH IT ALL, WE

CONTINUED ON THIS LITTLE

THING OF RELEASING THESE

D.V.D.s.

AND YOU CAN ALWAYS LOOK TO

THE LEFT AND RIGHT AND GO,

WOW, I WOULD LOVE TO BE IN

THE THEATERS AND DOING BIG

MOVIES LIKE THE KENDRICKS

WERE DOING AT THAT TIME

WITH "FIREPROOF" AND

"COURAGEOUS."

BUT IT WASN'T OUR TIME.

WHEN "GOD IS NOT DEAD"

CAME AROUND, WE BELIEVE

THAT THE LORD SAID, WE

WANT YOU TO PUT THIS MOVIE

INTO THE THEATERS.

IT WASN'T EASY.

THE MAINSTREAM TURNED IT

DOWN.

WE HAD TO RAISE $7 MILLION

TO PUT IT IN.

AGAIN, IT WAS THE

FAITHFULNESS OF GOD.

IT CAME IN THE WEEK

BEFORE.

WE BASICALLY HAD OUR

COMPANY ON THE BLOCKS TO

MORTGAGE IT AGAIN TO

BASICALLY DO IT, AND, OF

COURSE, THE REST IS

HISTORY.

Terry: YOU KNOW,

THERE IS OUR PLAN AND THEN

THERE IS GOD'S PLAN.

AND HIS IS ALWAYS SO MUCH

BIGGER AND BETTER THAN

OURS.

IT USUALLY BEGINS WITH

PUTTING YOUR ISAAC ON THE

ALTER AND SAYING, I'M

LETTING GO, GOD.

SHOW ME YOUR PLAN.

THE BOOK IS CALLED

"BETWEEN HEAVEN AND

HOLLYWOOD," AND IT IS HAS

FUN AND IT IS FILLED WITH

WISDOM.

AND YOU CAN PICK IT UP NOW

WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD.

DAVID, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR BEING WITH US.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING

ME.

Gordon: COMING UP,

SHE FOUND A WAY TO SPEND

MORE TIME WITH HER

GRANDCHILDREN.

I SEE MY GRANDCHILDREN

LAUGHING AND TOTALLY

INVOLVED WITH THE STORY.

YOU HAVE SOMETHING LIKE

"SUPERBOOK" THAT BRINGS

LIGHT, THAT WILL

COUNTER-BALANCE THE

DARKNESS THAT HAS COME

INTO THEIR LIFE.

Gordon: THAT'S THE

POWER OF "SUPERBOOK."

DON'T GO AWAY, WE'LL HAVE

IT NEXT.

Gordon: "SUPERBOOK"

IS CHANGING LIVES ALL

AROUND THE WORLD.

HERE IS A FAMILY IN

AMERICA THAT IS CREATING A

"SUPERBOOK" LEGACY.

MATT OLSEN AND HIS SIX

BROTHERS WERE RAISED WITH

THE ORIGINAL "SUPERBOOK"

SERIES, AND NOW A NEW

GENERATION OF OLSONS ARE

FOLLOWING IN HIS FOOTSTEPS

AND BEYOND.

Reporter: GRANDMA

OLSON KNOWS HOW TO THROW A

PARTY.

POP A LITTLE POPCORN AND

PUT IN A "SUPERBOOK"

D.V.D.

I SEE MY CHILDREN

SMILING AND LAUGHING,

TOTALLY INVOLVED WITH THE

STORY.

IT MAKES THE BIBLE COME

ALIZER.

I CAN REALLY FEEL IT.

WHAT'S NEXT?

WHAT'S NEXT?

I JUST WANT TO LEARN A

LOT.

WE LOOK UP WHAT

"SUPERBOOK" MOVIE WE'RE

GOING TO BE WATCHING, AND

IT WILL BE EXACTLY TRUE

WITH THE BIBLE.

Reporter: THAT'S

SOMETHING GRANDMA OLSON'S

SON LOVES ABOUT

"SUPERBOOK."

STUDYING THE BIBLE

MYSELF, I SEE THINGS ON

THE SCREEN AND I'M, LIKE,

HEY, THAT'S ACTUALLY IN

THE BIBLE.

AND THEY'RE ACCURATELY

PORTRAYING THE DETAILS.

IT REALLY GETS MY KIDS

INTERESTED, AND I LOVE IT.

Reporter: TODAY MAT

MATT'S KIDS HAVE THE

"SUPERBOOK."

IT TELLS YOU ABOUT THE

CHARACTERS, THE ARTIFACTS,

AND THE GAMES ARE AWESOME.

IT IS AN AWESOME PLACE TO

GO TO ON THE PHONE.

YOU CAN GO ON THERE ANY

TIME YOU WANT TO.

IF YOU'RE FEELING AFRAID

OR SOMETHING IS GOING

ON...

THERE IS SO MUCH

DARKNESS IN THE VIDEOS AND

SOME OF THE THINGS THAT

THE KIDS WATCH, AND SO

MUCH VIOLENCE AND

IMMORTALITY, AND YOU HAVE

SOMETHING LIKE "SUPERBOOK"

THAT BRINGS LIGHT, AND IT

WILL COUNTER-BALANCE THE

DARKNESS THAT HAS COME

INTO THEIR LIFE.

Reporter: AND GRANDMA

OLSON IS GLAD HER

PARTNERSHIP WITH CBN IS

BRINGING "SUPERBOOK" AND

THE STORIES OF THE BIBLE

TO THE CHILDREN OF THE

WORLD.

IT SEEMS TO BE ACCEPTED

WITH ALL GOVERNMENTS, EVEN

THOSE YOU THINK WOULD NOT

ACCEPT IT.

THEY'RE ACCEPTING

"SUPERBOOK."

THIS WILL BRING A LOT OF

THE KIDS INTO THE KINGDOM.

PLUS, IT WILL HELP THEM

WHEN THEY'RE OLDER.

THEY'LL REMEMBER THESE

THINGS THEY LEARNED, AND

THEY CAN TRUST THEIR

HEAVENLY FATHER TO LEAD

THEM AND TAKE CARE OF

THEM.

* CHANGE MY LIFE AND MAKE

IT NEW *

* AND HELP ME, LORD, TO

LIVE FOR YOU *

Reporter: JUST ONE

QUESTION.

DO YOU KNOW WHEN

THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE

THEIR NEXT "SUPERBOOK"

MOVIE?

Gordon: WELL, THE NEW

ONE IS OUT.

IT IS THE STORY OF KING

SOLOMON.

AND YOU CAN HAVE IT IF YOU

JOIN THE "SUPERBOOK"

D.V.D. CLUB.

AND YOU CAN SPEND MORE

TIME WITH YOUR

GRANDCHILDREN.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF

SHARING THE STORIES OF THE

BIBLE WITH THE CHILDREN OF

THE WORLD.

WE'RE UP TO 42 LANGUAGES

NOW, ON OUR WAY TO 50.

IT IS AMAZING WHAT HAPPENS

WHEN WE JOIN TOGETHER TO

SAY YES.

IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART

OF IT, GIVE US A CALL.

1-800-700-7000.

AND SAY, YES, I WANT TO

JOIN THE "SUPERBOOK"

D.V.D. CLUB.

TERRY?

Terry: AFTER 15

YEARS, BARBARA ALLEN'S

CHRONIC PAIN WAS ONLY

GETTING WORSE.

IT WAS SO BAD SHE EVEN

BEGAN TO FEAR FOR HER

LIFE.

AND THEN ONE DAY BARBARA

HAD A SUPERNATURAL

ENCOUNTER THAT LEFT HER

HEALED, FREE FROM FEAR,

AND HAPPIER THAN EVER.

I WAS COMING HOME FROM

MY MOTHER'S HOUSE AND I

FELT A TINGLING IN MY

BONES.

IT GOT TO A STAGE IN MY

LIFE WHERE I WOULD BE

WATCHING TV, AND I'D HAVE

TO PUT A COVER OVER MY,

AND WRAP MYSELF IN A

COVER, JUST TO KEEP MY

ARMS FROM NOT PAINING ME

SO MUCH.

I WAS WONDERING, IS IT

BECAUSE OF THE COLD

WEATHER, WHY MY ARMS ARE

HURTING SO MUCH?

EVEN WHEN IT WAS REALLY

HOT, MY ARMS WERE STILL

HURTING.

I THOUGHT IT WAS A DISEASE

THAT WAS SPREADING

THROUGHOUT ALL OF MY BODY.

I WAS ABSOLUTELY

TERRIFIED.

I LIVED WITH THE PAIN FOR

15 YEARS.

UP UNTIL THE LAST YEAR,

THERE WAS AN INTENSITY.

WHAT I FOUND WAS THE -- MY

FINGERS WERE TURNING IN,

MY SMALL FINGERS.

BUT I RELATED THAT TO

ARTHRITIS.

AT NIGHTTIME, MY FINGERS

WOULD SEIZE UP.

II SAID TO MY HUSBAND, I

THINK THIS IS IT.

I THINK I'M GOING TO DIE.

AND I WAS SITTING ON THE

SEAT, WRAPPED UP WITH THE

BLANKET AROUND ME, AND I

WAS WATCHING "THE 700

CLUB."

AND I SHOUTED OUT, GOD

HEAL MY HANDS.

I STRETCHED OUT MY HANDS

LIKE THAT, AND I SAID,

GOD, HEAL ME.

AND GORDON SAID...

Gordon: THERE IS

SOMEONE, YOU'VE GOT AN

ARTHRITIC CONDITION.

IT HAS AFFECTED YOUR

MOBILITY IN BOTH OF YOUR

HANDS.

IT IS LIKE YOUR IMMUNE

SYSTEM IS ATTACKING THE

JOINTS.

AND GOD IS HEALING YOU.

HE IS TAKING THAT AWAY.

HE IS GIVING IT BACK TO

YOU.

AND INSTANTLY THE PAIN

HAD GONE AWAY, STRAIGHT

AWAY.

IT WAS AS THOUGH GORDON

AND GOD WERE CONNECTED

TOGETHER.

I PULLED MY ARMS UP AND

DOWN AND BACK AND FORTH,

AND THERE WAS NO TINGLING

PAIN WITHIN MY BONES.

THE WHOLE THING OF I'M

GOING TO DIE, THAT WASN'T

A PROBLEM AGAIN.

IRJUSI JUST FELT REASSURED

STRAIGHT AWAY, WITHOUT A

DOUBT.

I'M TELLING YOU, IT HAS

REALLY CHANGED MY

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE

LORD.

IT IS LIKE THERE IS

NOTHING IN THIS WORLD

IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO DO.

I'M A NEW WOMAN.

I DEAL WITH THINGS A LOT

DIFFERENT.

I DEAL WITH MY FAMILY A

LOT DIFFERENT.

I'VE GOT A LOT MORE

COMPASSION FOR PEOPLE.

GOD IS REAL.

THAT'S ALL I'VE GOT TO

SAY, GOD IS REAL.

GOD IS REAL.

Gordon: HE IS REAL.

AND THE GREAT NEWS IS HE

WANTS TO HAVE THAT

CONNECTION WITH YOU, TO

SHOW HIMSELF REAL.

THE BIBLE SAYS THE EYES OF

THE LORD GO TO AND FRO

OVER THE WHOLE WORLD.

THAT MEANS THEY'RE OVER

YOU.

OVER THE WHOLE WORLD.

TO DO WHAT?

TO SHOW HIMSELF STRONG.

WHO DOES HE DO THAT FOR?

TO THOSE WHO HEARTS ARE

LOYAL TO HIM.

HE IS JUST A PRAYER AWAY.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

REACH OUT AND TOUCH, AND

YOU CAN GET AN ANSWER TO

PRAYER.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, WE'RE

HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE AND CALL US:

1-800-700-7000.

> HERE IS WORD FOR YOU

FROM PSALMS: "HE HEALS THE

BROKENHEARTED AND BINDS UP

THEIR WOUNDS."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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