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700 Club Interactive - February 21, 2017

Retired Navy Admiral and Senate chaplain Barry Black discusses how to thrive in turbulent times. Read Transcript


Gordon: RELIGIOUS

LIBERTY UNDER ATTACK.

HE TRUST TRIED TO BE

OPEN.

Gordon: WE'LL DISCUSS

THE CHANGING CLIMATE IN

TODAY'S AMERICA.

PLUS UNITED STATES

SENATE CHAPLAIN AND

RETIRED NAVY ADMIRAL BARRY

BLACK JOINS US TO TALK

ABOUT THRIVING IN A

THREATENING WORLD.

ALL OF THAT AND MORE ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

THE WASHINGTON SUPREME

COURT RULED UNANIMOUSLY

THAT FLORA STUTSMAN

VIOLATED AN

ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW

BACK IN 2013, WHEN SHE

DECLINED CREATING FLORAL

ARRANGEMENTS FOR A

SAME-SEX WEDDING.

STUTZMAN IS NOW IN DANGER

OF LOSING ALL OF HER

BUSINESS AND PERSONAL

ASSETS, EXCEPT FOR HER

HOME.

AND THE COURT RULED THAT

HER CREATIVE EFFORTS

CONSTITUTED CONDUCT NOT

SPEECH, AND THE LAW

PROTECTS PATRONS, NOT

BUSINESS OWNERS.

HER ATTORNEYS SAID THEY

WILL APPEAL THIS DECISION

ALL THE WAY TO THE U.S.

SUPREME COURT.

HERE IS ANOTHER SIDE OF

THIS, AND IT'S AN UPDATE

ON A STORY WE'VE BEEN

COVERING: DR. ERIC WALSH,

WHO WORKED FOR THE GEORGIA

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, HE

ALSO HAPPENED TO BE A LAY

MINISTER.

BACK IN 2014, A GEORGIA

OFFICIAL, ONE OF HIS

BOSSES, ASKED HIM TO

SUBMIT HIS SERMONS FOR

REVIEW.

WELL, HE COMPLIED.

AND THEN WAS FIRED A WEEK

LATER.

WELL, WALSH FILED A

LAWSUIT ON HIS OWN AGAINST

THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH,

ALLEGING HIS FIRING WAS AN

ATTACK ON RELIGIOUS

LIBERTY.

WELL, THE STATE OFFICIALS

RECENTLY SETTLED THAT

LAWSUIT FOR $225,000.

AND WALSH'S DEFENSE TEAM,

THE FIRST LIBERTY

INSTITUTE, SAID, "THIS IS

A CLEAR AND RESOUNDING RIC

TORY FOR RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

WE ALWAYS KNEW THE LAW WAS

ON OUR SIDE, SO WE ARE

PLEASED THAT THE STATE OF

GEORGIA AGREED TO SETTLE

THIS CASE AND CLEAR

DR. WALSH'S GOOD NAME."

WELL, THIS GIVES US AN

INSIGHT OF WHERE WE'RE

GOING LEGALLY IN THE

UNITED STATES.

AT WHAT POINT IN TIME DOES

OUR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM,

WHICH INCLUDES THE ABILITY

TO HOLD TO ORTHODOX

CHRISTIANITY, WHICH SAYS

QUITE CLEARLY IN THE NEW

TESTAMENT, SEXUAL

IMMORTALITY IS NOT PART OF

THE CHRISTIAN FAITH.

YOU SHOULDN'T ENGAGE IN A

MORAL SEXUAL BEHAVIOR.

THAT SHOULDN'T BE

APPROVED.

THAT IS NOT PART OF

CHRISTIANITY.

SO WHERE IS THE DIVIDE?

AND THESE TWO CASES SEEM

TO POINT IN THE DIRECTION

THAT THE COURTS ARE GOING

TO BE TAKING.

IF YOU'RE A FLORIST OR A

BAKER, IF YOU'RE A

CANDLESTICK-MAKER, IF YOU

WILL, IF YOU'RE THOSE

THINGS, YOU'RE PROVIDING A

SERVICE TO THE GENERAL

PUBLIC THAT YOU CHARGE

MONEY FOR, THEN COURTS ARE

GOING TO COME DOWN REALLY

HARD ON YOU IF YOU TRY TO

DRAW A LINE TO SAY, WELL,

I'M AN ARTIST.

I DON'T DO THAT FOR

SAME-SEX WEDDINGS.

THE OTHER SIDE OF IT, YOU

HAVE THE RIGHT OF FREE

SPEECH.

AND YOU HAVE THE RIGHT OF

FREEDOM OF RELIGION.

AND THE STATE CANNOT

DISCRIMINATE AGAINST YOU

FOR YOUR RELIGIOUS

BELIEFS.

BUT LET ME UNDER LINE,

THAT'S THE STATE.

I THINK ONE OF THE KEY

THINGS HERE IS HIS

EMPLOYER WAS THE STATE OF

GEORGIA.

WE HAVE YET TO SEE A

DISCRIMINATION CASE BASED

ON SAME-SEX COUPLES, IF

YOU BELIEVE THAT'S WRONG

AND YOU SAY THAT IN YOUR

WORKPLACE, AND IT'S A

PRIVATE EMPLOYER, WELL NOW

WHAT HAPPENS?

AND WHERE DO WE GO WITH

THAT KIND OF LAWSUIT?

WE'RE STILL SORTING ALL OF

THIS OUT.

IT IS GOING TO BE A VERY

INTERESTING TIME FOR OUR

CULTURE AND A VERY

INTERESTING TIME FOR

CHRISTIANS.

> WELL, LATE LAST YEAR A

37-YEAR-OLD WORLD CHAMPION

BOXER, MANNY PACIOU,

PURCHASED 1,000 HOMES TO

BE BUILT FOR THE POOR IN

HIS PHILIPPINE HOME TOWN.

HE WENT BACK AT IT AGAIN.

RECENTLY HE PAID FOR

ANOTHER 100 HOMES IN THE

PHILIPPINES.

HE IS A CHRISTIAN.

AND HE GREW UP IN THE

IMPOVERISHED AREA, AND HE

WAS QUOTED AS SAYING, "I

WILL NEVER FORGET WHERE I

CAME FROM.

I THANK GOD FOR ALLOWING

ME TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE."

AND THAT'S A WONDERFUL WAY

TO LOOK AT IT.

"I THANK GOD THAT HE HAS

ALLOWED ME TO HELP

OTHERS."

AND WHILE WE'RE TALKING

ABOUT GIVING, A CALIFORNIA

COUPLE IS USING $20,000 --

THEY HAD SET ASIDE THE

MONEY FOR THEIR WEDDING.

BUT INSTEAD PAYING FOR THE

WEDDING, THEY DECIDED TO

PROVIDE 40,000 MEALS FOR

HUNGRY CHILDREN IN AFRICA.

THE COUPLE DECIDED THE

TRADITIONAL WEEK-LONG

INDIAN WEDDING CELEBRATION

WAS UNNECESSARY,

ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY

CONSIDERED THE CHILDREN OF

CAMEROON WHO ARE SUFFERING

BECAUSE OF THE PRESENCE OF

BOKO HARAM.

WELL, THE COUPLE'S GOAL TO

RAISE ONE MILLION MEALS

BEFORE THEIR CIVIL SERVICE

CEREMONY LAST VALENTINE'S

DAY.

IT'S NEVER BEEN EASIER

TO DONATE.

YOU HAVE 20 TIMES MORE

SMARTPHONES IN THE WORLD.

CHILDREN WHO DON'T HAVE

A VOICE AND THEY DONT HAVE DON'T

HAVE ADVOCATES, AND TO

BRING AWARENESS TO THAT IS

VERY GRATIFYING.

Gordon: WELL, THE

COUPLE DIDN'T HIT THE

MILLION MARK, BUT THEY

WERE ABLE TO RAISE ENOUGH

MONEY FOR 200,000 MEALS.

AND WHAT A WELFARE THING WONDERFUL THING

TO DO.

WHAT A WONDERFUL WEDDING

PRESENT.

WEDDINGS HAVE BECOME

REMARKABLY EXPENSIVE IN

OUR CULTURE TODAY.

INSTEAD OF SPENDING THAT

MONEY ON LOTS OF FLOWERS

AND A REALLY BIG CAKE,

THEY DECIDED, LET'S HELP

OTHERS.

LET'S HELP THE POOR.

THAT'S A WONDERFUL

BEGINNING TO A NEW

MARRIAGE.

> UP NEXT, HE IS THE

CHAPLAIN OF THE UNITED

STATES SENATE.

FIND OUT WHY BARRY BLACK

SAYS IN SPITE OF OUR

TURBULENT TIMES, THERE IS

NOTHING TO FEAR.

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS

THIS INTERVIEW.

DON'T GO AWAY.

Gordon: WELL, OR

COUNTRY AND THE WORLD ARE

IN THE MIDST OF TES TURBULENT

TIMES.

THE CHAOS OF THIS LAST

ELECTION CYCLE IS OVER --

AT LEAST I THINK IT IS

OVER.

BUT POLITICAL BATTLES AND

INTENSE DIVISION, WELL, IT

CONTINUES.

ONE MAN IS DOING HIS BEST

TO BRING OUR NATION'S

LAWMAKERS TOGETHER.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: HE IS THE

SPIRITUAL LEADER FOR SOME

OF THE MOST POWERFUL

PEOPLE IN THE UNITED

STATES.

SENATE CHAPLAIN BARRY

BLACK IS NOT ONLY THE

PASTOR FOR 100 SENATORS,

HE ALSO MINISTERS TO

CAPITOL HILL EMPLOYS AND

THEIEMPLOYEES ANDTHEIR FAMILIES.

HIS RECENT PRAYER SERMON

DREW PRAISE FROM THE

PRESIDENT HIMSELF.

FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN

LETTING OUR VOICES BE

HEARD ON EARTH IS THE

OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE OUR

VOICES HEARD IN HEAVEN.

Reporter: IN HIS NEW

BOOK, "NOTHING TO FEAR,"

THE CHAPLAIN SHARES HIS

SEVEN PRINCIPLES THAT WILL

HELP US FACE A CHANGING

WORLD.

Gordon: WELL, IT IS A

GREAT HONOR TO HAVE THE

SENATE CHAPLAIN BARRY BACK

WITH US.

YOU HAVE BECOME A VIRAL

SENSATION.

YOUR ADDRESS AT THE

NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST

HAS TAKEN THE INTERNET BY

STORM.

WERE YOU SURPRISED BY

THAT?

WELL, I THINK IT'S

GREAT THAT WE NOW HAVE A

GOOD VIRUS, YOU KNOW?

[LAUGHTER]

BUT, YES, I'M SURPRISED

AND I'M NOT SURPRISED.

THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF

PEOPLE PRAYING FOR ME.

AND THERE IS NO WAY THAT

THE SOVEREIGN GOD OF THE

UNIVERSE IS GOING TO

IGNORE THAT KIND OF

INTERCESSION.

SO IN SPITE OF THE FAULTY

VESSEL, HE DECIDED TO

HONOR THE PRAYERS OF THE

SAINTS.

AND I THANK GOD FOR THEIR

INTERCESSION.

THEY MADE THEIR VOICES

HEARD IN HEAVEN.

Gordon: DID YOU FEEL

ANY SPECIAL INSPIRATION

DURING IT?

I DID.

I DID.

I COULD FEEL THE

ANOINTING.

I LITERALLY, GORDON,

STEPPED INTO THE

ANOINTING.

IT WAS EXTEMPORANEOUS AND

IMPROMPTU, WHICH YOU DON'T

DO WHEN YOU HAVE AN

AUDIENCE THE SIZE OF THE

NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST,

AND THE PRESIDENT AND THE

KING OF JORDAN AND THE

VICE PRESIDENT AND THE

MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THERE.

BUT THE HOLY SPIRIT SAID,

TRUST ME WITH THIS ONE,

AND I SAID SURE.

Gordon: YOU CAN TRUST

HIM.

YOU CAN TRUST HIM.

> I THINK YOU'VE WRITTEN

AN INCREDIBLY TIMELY BOOK,

"NOTHING TO FEAR."

JUST YESTERDAY I WAS

READING.

BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING.

IT ONLY MAKES IT WORSE.

AND THE MORE I THOUGHT

ABOUT THAT VERSE, THE MORE

I REALIZED I ALLOWED

ANXIETY OVER THE FUTURE

AND THE PRESENT TO

OVERWHELM ME, AND THAT

ANXIETY ACTUALLY STARTS TO

DENY THAT GOD IS IN

CONTROL AND THAT HE HAS

THE POWER TO SEE YOU

THROUGH.

THAT'S PHILIPPIANS 4:

6, AND THAT'S ONE OF MY

FAVORITE BIBLE VERSES, AND

7 KIND OF PUTS THE ICE

CREAM ON THE TOP OF IT.

IT SAYS, "HAVE NO ANXIETY

ABOUT ANYTHING, BUT PRAY

ABOUT EVERYTHING."

SO THERE IS THAT MAKE YOUR

VOICE HEARD IN HEAVEN

AGAIN.

"WITH THANKSGIVING."

SO GRATITUDE.

IT ENABLES OUR PRAYERS TO

ASCEND.

"IN EVERYTHING GIVE

THANKS, FOR THIS IS THE

WILL OF GOD CONCERNING YOU

AND CHRIST JESUS."

BUT THEN THE PROGRAMS IS,

"AND THE PEACE THAT

TRANSCENDS HUMAN

UNDERSTANDING WILL GUARD

YOUR HEART."

SO YOU HAVE A SENTINEL AT

YOUR HEART WHEN YOU USE

YOUR ANXIETIES AS

AMMUNITION AND MATERIAL

FOR YOUR PRAYERS.

I USED TO HAVE A COUPLE OF

MINUTES WORTH OF DECENT

PRAYER MATERIAL UNTIL I

STARTED PRAYING MY

ANXIETIES, PARTICULARLY

DURING THE PARENTING

YEARS, THE TEEN YEARS.

Gordon: THAT WILL

EXPAND YOUR PRAYER LIFE.

OH, YES.

YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF

MATERIAL FOR PRAYER THEN.

I FOUND THAT PEACE -- GOD

BASICALLY SAYS, GORDON,

I'VE GOT THIS.

AND I THINK IT IS

GOD-HONORING, WHEN WE

PERMIT HIM TO PLACE US IN

HIS WILL.

AND AS PROVERBS 5: 6 SAYS,

"DIRECT OUR PATH."

WE USED TO SAY WHEN I WAS

COMING UP, TAKE GREYHOUND

AND LEAVE THE DRIVING TO

US.

GOD WANTS US TO LEAVE THE

DRIVING OF OUR LIVES TO

HIM.

HE WILL DIRECT OUR PATHS.

Gordon: YOU'RE LIKE A

WALKING CONCORDANCE.

I CAN SAY ANYTHING, AND

YOU CAN COME BACK WITH A

DIRECT QUOTE.

HOW DID YOU GET THAT?

WELL, THE MONETARY

INCENTIVE THAT MY MAMA

PROVIDED MY SIBLINGS AND

ME, IF WE WANTED NICKELS,

WE HAD TO KNOW THE WORD OF

GOD.

BUT THEN A PASSION FOR THE

WORD, BECAUSE IT IS

ADDICTIVE.

HEBREWS 4 SAYS: "IT IS A

DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS

AND THE INTENTS OF THE

HUMAN HEART."

WE DO NOT SO MUCH SEARCH

THE WORD AS THE WORD

SEARCHES US.

IT IS LIKE A HEAT-SEEKING

MISSILE.

I LOVE THE BOOK OF

PROVERBS.

I THINK IT IS THE GREATEST

SUCCESS MANUAL EVER

WRITTEN.

THE VERSES ARE SHORT, AND

THAT'S WHY I FELL IN LOVE

WITH THEM, BECAUSE THE

NICKELS MY MOTHER WOULD

GIVE US FOR BIBLE VERSES

WERE EASIER TO GET WITH

THE BOOK OF PROVERBS.

I THOUGHT I HAD A TREASURE

TROVE OF SECRETS I DIDN'T

WANT TO SHARE.

IMAGINE IT SAYING TO A KID

IN THE INNER CITY, "SHOW

ME A MAN DILIGENT IN HIS

BUSINESS.

HE WILL STAND BEFORE KINGS

AND NOT ORDINARY PEOPLE."

IMAGINE READING THAT AND

SAYING, REALLY?

I JUST HAVE TO THROW SOME

WORK AT IT AND ONE DAY I

WILL STAND BEFORE KINGS

AND QUEENS AND NOT

ORDINARY PEOPLE.

WOW!

THAT WAS SO SPECIAL FOR

ME.

AND SO THOSE MAXUMS

LITERALLY TRANSFORM YOUR

LIFE, I THINK.

Gordon: YOU WERE IN

YOUR MOTHER'S WOMB WHEN

SHE WAS BAPTIZED, WHICH I

FIND INCREDIBLE.

IT SEEMS TO HAVE MARKED

YOU.

YES.

Gordon: THAT IT WAS

AN EXPERIENCE NOT JUST FOR

HER, BUT FOR BOTH OF YOU,

AND MARKED YOU FOR

SERVICE.

DID YOU JUST GROW UP WITH

THAT KNOWLEDGE?

SHE DID NOT TELL ME

UNTIL I SHOWED A TANGIBLE

INCLINATION TO

SPIRITUALITY.

SHE WAS BAPTIZED WHILE

PREGNANT WITH ME.

WHEN SHE WAS IMMERSED, SHE

PRAYED FOR AN ANOINTING ON

HER UNBORN CHILD.

THE MINISTER TALKED ABOUT

JEREMIAH 1: 5: "WHILE YOU

WERE IN YOUR MOTHER'S

WOMB, I KNEW YOU."

NOT JUST KNEW YOU, BUT SET

YOU APART, GORDON.

MY GOD, TO BE A PROPHET TO

THE NATION.

AND SHE CLAIMED THAT

PROMISE.

SO HERE IS THIS KID COMING

OUT, FOURTH CHILD, GETTING

HIS OLDER SIBLINGS

TOGETHER TO PLAY CHURCH.

HE IS ALWAYS THE PREACHER.

MY FAVORITE SERMON WAS

CALLED "DIRT," A ONE WORD

SERMON, BUT YOU HAD TO SAY

AMEN TO EVERY "DIRT."

AND SO IT WAS OBVIOUS HERE

IS A CHILD WHO HAS SPECIAL

SPIRITUAL PROCLIVITY.

GOD HAS ANSWERED MY

PRAYER.

LATER SHE TOLD ME ABOUT IT

AND SHE SAID, THE

ANOINTING OF GOD IS ON

YOUR LIFE.

I RAN FROM THE MINISTRY.

EVERY PREACHER I KNEW WAS

POOR.

POVERTY IS AN ACQUIRED

TASTE.

[LAUGHTER]

I SAID, I'M GOING TO

FLEE FROM THIS, AND I RAN

AND RAN.

BUT GOD CAUGHT UP WITH ME.

Gordon: HE DID,

INDEED.

AND HE LET ME KNOW THAT

IF YOU'RE IN HIS WILL --

YOU KNOW IT, GORDON, IT

DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER

THAN THAT.

Gordon: IT DOESN'T.

I HAVE A SIMILAR STORY.

I RAN.

I RAN HARD.

AND I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT

IT IS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS

MADE FOR.

THERE YOU GO.

Gordon: IF YOU'RE A

PROPHET TO THE NATION,

YOU'RE A IN VERY UNIQUE

POSITION.

DO YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR

THOSE SENATORS TODAY?

WELL, JEREMIAH IS THE

PROPHET TO THE NATION, BUT

I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY --

Gordon: YOU'RE

CLAIMING THAT.

NO.

MY MOTHER CLAIMED THAT

PROMISE.

Gordon: HER PRAYERS

GOT ANSWERED.

THOSE ARE GA GARGANTUON

SHOES.

MY PRAYER IS TO IMPLEMENT

2 CHRONICLE 7: 14.

WE HAVE SENATORS WHO

GATHER EVERY WEEK IN A

PRAYER BREAKFAST, AND WE

HAVE SENATORS GATHER EVERY

WEEK AT A BIBLE STUDY.

THEY ARE GOD'S PEOPLE.

THEY ARE CALLED BY HIS

NAME.

DAH.

HUMBLE YOURSELF.

PRAY.

LET'S GET SOME FERVENTCY

GOING.

INTENSITY MATTERS, GORDON.

SEEK MY FACE.

TURN FROM YOUR EVIL WAYS,

GORDON.

WE'VE DEVIATEDED FROM

BIBLICAL ADMONITION IN AN

ALMOST PATHOLOGICAL WAY.

Gordon: WE SEEM AS A

CULTURE AFRAID TO CALL

THINGS SIN.

YEAH.

YEAH.

YEAH.

CALLING SIN BY ITS RIGHT

NAME -- WE'VE GOT

EUPHEMISMS FOR SIN.

THEN WILL THE SOVEREIGN

GOD OF THE UNIVERSE

LISTEN.

HIS ARMS ARE NOT SHORT

THAT HE CAN'T REACH US.

HIS EARS ARE NOT HEAVEN.

YOUR INIQUITIES HAVE

SEPARATED YOU FROM GOD.

THEN WILL I HEAR FROM

HEAVEN.

FORGIVE YOUR SINS -- WHAT

A GIFT -- COVERED WITH THE

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF OUR LORD

AND HEAL YOUR LAND.

AND HE CAN BRING HEALING

LIKE NO ONE.

MY WORD TO THE NATION,

GORDON, IS THERE IS A BALM

IN GILIAD, BUT WE ARE

RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING

IT TO OUR LAND.

Gordon: I LIKE TO

TELL PEOPLE, YOU CAN'T BE

TOO DEAD FOR A

RESURRECTION.

HALLELUJAH.

PRAISE THE LORD.

AND ELIJAH, DEAD, IN THE

SESEPLACHA, AND A CORPSE IS

THROWN IN THERE, AND A

DEAD MAN IS RAISED TO LIFE

BY TOUCHING A DEAD MAN

BECAUSE OF THE ANOINT

TOGETHER WAS ON THAT MAN'S

LIFE.

AND HE ASKED FOR A DOUBLE

PORTION OF THE SPIRIT OF

ELIJAH.

HALLELUJAH.

DON'T GET ME.

I'M TRYING TO KEEP IT

DOWN.

Gordon: I WILL REMIND

YOU THAT JESUS SAID: "THE

LEAST IN THE KINGDOM OF

HEAVEN IS GREATER THAN THE

GREATEST PROPHET."

PRAISE GOD FOR THAT.

REMEMBER, THE APOSTLE PAUL

SOCIALISTSAID, "I AM LESS THAN THE

LEAST."

Gordon: ALL RIGHT.

WE'LL TRADE VERSES ON

HUMILITY.

BUT IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR

A WARFARE MANUAL, HOW TO

PUT THAT INTO PRACTICE,

THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU,

"NOTHING TO FEAR."

KEEP THAT VERSE IN MIND,

"IF MY PEOPLE, WHO ARE

CALLED BY MY NAME" -- IF

YOU CALL YOURSELF

CHRISTIAN, GET READY TO

HUMBLE YOURSELF BECAUSE WE

NEED TO ASK GOD TO COME

AND HEAL OUR LAND.

CHAPLAIN, THANK YOU FOR

BEING HERE AND THANK YOU

FOR THE BOOK.

GOD BLESS YOU.

Gordon: COMING UP, A

ROUTINE RIDE ON A

MOTORCYCLE CHANGES HIS

LIFE.

I WAS KNOCKED

UNCONSCIOUS, AND I WAS

UNDERNEATH THE TRUCK FOR

QUITE A WHILE.

Gordon: FIND OUT WHAT

HAPPENED AFTER HIS GRIM

PROGNOSIS WHEN WE RETURN.

Gordon: SOMETIMES GOD

USES EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES

TO WAKE US UP TO HIMSELF.

THAT'S JUST WHAT HAPPENED

TO MICHAEL PRUETT.

MICHAEL WAS A CHRISTIAN,

BUT IT WOULD TAKE A

HORRIFIC MOTORCYCLE

ACCIDENT TO REMOVE HIM

FROM THE THRONE OF HIS OWN

LIFE.

TAKE A LOOK.

I COULDN'T SWERVE ONE

WAY OR THE OTHER.

I COULDN'T GET OUT OF THE

WAY.

THE ONLY THING I COULD DO

WAS DROP THE MOTORCYCLE.

Reporter: MICHAEL

PRUETT WAS A STRUGGLING

REAL ESTATE AGENT IN

WYOMING.

HE WAS NEWLY MARRIED TO

DAWN, BUT OVERWHELMED WITH

FINANCIAL ISSUES AND

PRIORITIES.

I WAS TRYING TO CONTROL

MY OWN LIFE.

I WAS TRYING TO CONTROL

THE OUTCOMES.

THE THINGS THAT GAVE ME

SELF-CONFIDENCE WERE

MATERIAL THINGS, MONEY,

SUCCESS, GETTING A SALE,

THINGS LIKE THAT.

Reporter: IN THE

SUMMER OF 201 2012, HE WAS ON

HIS WAY HOME FROM SHOWING

A HOUSE WHEN A TRUCK

PULLED OUT IN FRONT OF HIS

MOTORCYCLE.

HE WAS NOT WEARING A

HELMET.

WE ENDED UP IN A

HEAD-ON COLLISION, AND I

ENDED UP UNDER HIS TRUCK

FOR QUITE A WHILE.

Reporter: MEMBERS OF

A NEARBY FIRE DEPARTMENT

WITNESSED THE ACCIDENT

FROM A RESTAURANT AND

SPRANG INTO ACCIDENT.

WE WALKED UP AND WE SAW

A PATIENT LAYING IN A POOL

OF BLOOD WITH HALF OF HIS

SCALP MISSING.

IT WAS A GRUESOME SCENE.

THERE WAS A LOT OF BLOOD.

WE HAD A SUSPICION THERE

MIGHT BE A SPINE INJURY.

THE BEST WE COULD DO FOR

HIM WAS GET HIM TO A

HIGHER LEVEL OF CARE.

Reporter: HE WAS

RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL.

BACK AT THEIR HOME,

MICHAEL'S WIFE, DAWN,

COULD HEAR THE SIRENS.

I HEARD ANOTHER ONE AND

ANOTHER ONE, AND IT

ESCALATED TO THE POINT

WHERE I KNEW SOMETHING

SERIOUS WAS GOING ON.

I INSTANTLY KNEW IT WAS

MICHAEL, AND I TRIED TO

TEXT HIM.

I REMEMBER PACING BACK AND

FORTH, SAYING OUT LOUD,

ANSWER THE TEXT.

ANSWER THE TEXT.

Reporter: JUST THEN

THE HOSPITAL CALLED,

TELLING DAWN W WHAT SHE

ALREADY KNEW.

SHE DROVE TO THE HOSPITAL

AND WAS OVERWHELMED WHEN

SHE SAW MICHAEL'S

CONDITION.

IT WAS TERRIFYING.

IT WAS A TERRIFYING

MOMENT, AND I FELT SO

HELPLESS.

AND THERE WAS NOTHING I

COULD DO, ABSOLUTELY

NOTHING.

AND IN THAT MOMENT, I

THOUGHT, HEY, DAWN, THE

ONE THING YOU CAN DO IS

YOU CAN PRAY.

AND YOU NEED TO CALL

PEOPLE THAT CAN COME AND

PRAY WITH YOU.

Reporter: A HALF HOUR

LATER, THE E.R. WAS FILLED

WITH FRIENDS PRAYING FOR

HIS HEALING.

WHEN DAN AND I ARRIVED

AT THE HOSPITAL, WE LAID

HANDS ON MICHAEL TO PRAY

FOR THE POWER OF GOD'S

HEALING.

THE WAY WE KNOW HOW TO DO

THAT IS TO LAY HANDS AND

PRAY.

THAT'S THE POWER THAT WE

HAVE AS CHRISTIANS AND AS

BELIEVERS, THAT GOD HAS

GIVEN US.

Reporter: AN M.R.I.

SHOWED HE SHATTERED PARTS

OF HIS SPINAL COLUMN, AND

HIS SPINAL CORD WAS

PARTIALLY SEVERED.

WHEN THE DOCTOR CAME IN

THAT LAST TIME AND LOOKED

AT ME, I COULD TELL BY THE

LOOK IN HIS FACE THAT HE

THOUGHT THAT THIS WAS

GOING TO HAVE A VERY GRIM

OUTCOME.

Reporter: MICHAEL

NEEDED CARE BEYOND WHAT

THE LOCAL HOSPITAL COULD

PROVIDE.

AS HE WAS PREPPED FOR A

LIFE FLIGHT FOR A HOSPITAL

IN SALT LAKE CITY, HIS

WIFE AND FRIENDS GOT IN

THE WAY.

THEY WERE FINALLY

READY, AND WE FELT LED WE

NEEDED TO LAY HANDS ON HIM

ONE MORE TIME BEFORE THEY

ROLLED HIM OUT TO THE

CHOPPER, AND WE HELD HIM

UP.

THE MEDICAL PEOPLE

THOUGHT WE WERE INSANE AND

THEY WERE IRRITATED

BECAUSE WE WERE BLOCKING

THEIR MEDICAL CARE.

AND WE DIDN'T CARE.

THAT'S WHAT WE WERE GOING

TO DO, WE WERE GOING TO

PRAY.

Reporter: IN SALT

LAKE CITY, THE SPINAL

SURGEON PREPPED FOR A

HIGH-RISK SURGERY.

IT WAS A VERY DIFFICULT

SPINE FRACTURE.

THIS INJURY IS REALLY VERY

DANGEROUS.

AND WE SEE ALMOST NOBODY

THAT IS NOT PARALYZED THAT

COMES IN WITH THAT KIND OF

INJURY.

THE TREATMENT THAT HE HAS

TO HAVE MIGHT MAKE HIM

ACTUALLY WORSE.

Reporter: DAWN

CONTINUED TO PRAY.

I KNEW IN MY SOUL THAT

THIS WOULD TAKE A

SPIRITUAL HEALING FOR

MICHAEL TO BE FULLY

RESTORED.

Reporter: MICHAEL'S

SISTER JOINED DAWN IN

PRAYER, WITH A KIND OF

POWER DAWN HAD NOT KNOWN

SINCE BECOMING A CHRISTIAN

A FEW YEARS EARLIER.

SHE WAS INVITING THE

HOLY SPIRIT TO COME IN

THERE AND TO ADMINISTER

ALL OF THE RESTORATION AND

PEACE AND GRACE AND

HEALING THAT GOD PROMISES

US EVERY DAY.

SHE JUST GRABBED AHOLD OF

IT AND BROUGHT IT INTO

THAT ROOM FOR HER BROTHER.

Reporter: AFTER

SEVERAL TENS HOURS, DAWN

WAS TOLD THE SURGERY WAS

SUCCESSFUL.

AS MICHAEL BEGAN HIS

RECOVERY, DAWN SAYS HER

FAITH BEGAN TO CHANGE.

IT FUNDAMENTALLY

CHANGED THE WAY I WALK IN

MY RELATIONSHIP WITH

JESUS.

I GUESS IT IS LIKE THE GOD

OF THE BIBLE THAT YOU READ

ABOUT AND THAT YOU KNOW IS

TRUE, AND THAT YOU BELIEVE

IN AND THAT YOU

SURRENDERED YOUR LIFE TO

AND RELY ON FOUR SALVATION

BECAMFOR SALVATIONBECAME REAL.

HE CAN DO ALL THINGS IF

YOU ASK AND YOU SURRENDER.

Reporter: WHEN HE

AWOKE, MICHAEL SAYS A

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WAS

LIKE NEVER BEFORE.

IT HA IT HAS BROUGHT ME SO

MUCH CLOSER IN MY

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

I HAVE GOTTEN OFF THE

THRONE OF MY LIFE AND PUT

JESUS CHRIST ON THE THRONE

OF MY LIFE.

Reporter: OVER THE

NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS, HIS

PHYSICAL HEALING WENT

BEYOND WHAT ANYBODY

THOUGHT WAS POSSIBLE.

HE IS COMPLETELY

HEALED, SIMPLY BY THE FACT

THAT HE COULD HAVE BEEN

PARALYZED US BY US TRYING

TO FIX HIM.

IT IS TRULY A MIRACLE.

I DON'T KNOW HOW OR WHY HE

IS FULLY WALKING AND HAS

NO BRAIN DAMAGE AND HAS NO

LOSS OF MOTOR FUNCTION

WHATSOEVER.

Reporter: IN HIS BOOK

"THE HARD ROAD," MICHAEL

SAYS GOD USED THE ACCIDENT

AND HIS RECOVERY TO BRING

ORDER AND PEACE TO HIS

ENTIRE FAMILY.

GOD CAN MAKE GREAT

THINGS OUT OF VERY

DIFFICULT TIMES IF WE

PRESS INTO HIM AND LEAN ON

HIM AND BRING HIM INTO OUR

SITUATIONS.

THE MORE I LOOKED AT

EVERYTHING SURROUNDING

THIS AND EVERYTHING THAT

HAPPENED, THE MORE I SAW

GOD'S FINGERPRINT ALL OVER

THIS.

HE IS PRESENT.

HE IS REAL.

HE HAS NOT CHANGED AT ALL.

HE IS THE SAME AS HE

WAS -- JESUS CHRIST IS THE

SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND

FOREVER.

HE HAS NOT CHANGED.

AND HE IS STILL PRESENT IN

OUR LIVES.

AND HE STILL LOVES AND

CARES FORCE US.

Gordon: AND HE IS

STILL DOING MIRACLES

TODAY.

HE IS THE SAME YESTERDAY,

TODAY, AND FOREVER.

YOU CAN SEE HIM IN THIS

WORD.

YOU CAN SEE HIM ALL AROUND

YOU.

YOU CAN SEE HIM IN YOU.

BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT

HAPPENS WHEN YOU'RE A

BELIEVER.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, WE'RE

HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THEFON PHON THE PHONE AND CALL US:

1-800-700-7000.

JUST SAY, I HAVE A PROBLEM

THAT ONLY GOD CAN SOLVE.

AND LET'S GO TOGETHER.

TOGETHER, THE PRAYER OF

AGREEMENT WILL HAVE

WONDERFUL EFFECT.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER CALL

US, 1-800-700-7000.

> WE LEAVE YOU WITH A

WORD FROM JOSHUA: "HAVE I

NOT COMMANDED YOU: BE

STRONG AND COURAGEOUS, DO

NOT BE AFRAID, DO NOT BE

DISCOURAGED, FOR THE LORD

YOUR GOD WILL BE WITH YOU.

YOU."

"PROMOS,"

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