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700 Club Interactive -February 23, 2017

Studio 5’s Efrem Graham talks about this week’s top five stories from the world of faith and entertainment. Read Transcript


Gordon: HE WAS A

TOUGH GUY WITH AN EVEN

TOUGHER ATTITUDE.

I WASN'T GOING TO ALLOW

THEM TO TAKE WHAT WAS

MINE.

THIS WAS MINE.

IF IT MEANT ME KILLING YOU

FOR IT, SO BE IT.

I WAS A MACHO GUY, BUT

INSIDE I WAS A SCARED

LITTLE PUNK.

Gordon: FIND OUT HOW

THIS FELON FOUND FREEDOM

INSIDE A JAIL.

THAT AND MORE ON TODAY'S

"70"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

WELCOME TO THE SHOW, LET'S

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS WEEK'S

TOP FIVE TRENDING STORIES.

Efrem: COMING IN AT

NUMBER FIVE THIS WEEK...

WE'RE BETTER LOOKING

THAN IN THE MOVIES,

ANYWAY.

[LAUGHTER]

Efrem: ASHTON KUTCHER

IS TRYING TO SHINE A LIGHT

ON SEX TRAFFICKING.

MAYBE ONE OF THE

GREATEST HONORS IN MY LIFE

TODAY IS TO BE HERE.

Reporter: KUTCHER

TESTIFIED NOT AS AN ACTOR,

BUT AS A CO-FOUND OF

THORN.

I'VE BEEN ON F.B.I.

RAIDS WHERE I HAVE SEEN

THINGS THAT NO PERSON

SHOULD EVER SEE.

Efrem: AND NOW TO

NUMBER FOUR...

THERE ARE MANY

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE

HISTORY OF THE EARTH.

WHERE DID IT COME FROM?

Efrem: THIS NEW

DOCUMENTARY DIVES INTO THE

FIRST BOOK OF THE BIBLE,

SEEKING TO ANSWER THE

QUESTION: IS GENESIS

HISTORY?

DALE PACKET NARRATES AND

HOSTS THE DOCUMENTARY.

> IS GENESIS HISTORY?

IT IS A GREAT QUESTION,

IS IT NOT?

BECAUSE WE'RE IN A BIG

BATTLE OVER THAT NOW.

I BELIEVE THE ANSWER IS

YES.

Efrem: "IS GENESIS

HISTORY" HITS THEATERS FOR

ITS ONE-NIGHT SHOWING

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd.

> COMING IN AT NUMBER

THREE THIS WEEK...

THE NOMINEES FOR THE

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN

ACTOR IS BA ALBERTSONS FINNES

AND TOM JONES AND SIDNEY

PORTIER.

THE WINNER IS SIDNEY

PORTIER.

Efrem: THE FIRST

AFRICAN-AMERICAN ACTOR TO

TAKE HOME THE OSCAR FOR

BEST ACTOR TURNS 90.

AMEN.

AMEN!

* AMEN, AMEN, AMEN

Efrem: THE ACTOR AND

ACTIVIST CELEBRATED THE

MILESTONE WITH FRIENDS AND

FAMILY, INCLUDING HIS

WIFE, SIX DAUGHTERS, EIGHT

GRANDCHILDREN, AND THREE

GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN.

EACH AND EVERY ONE OF

US BRINGS ALONG FOR THE

RIDE OUR OWN UNIQUE GIFT.

Efrem: THAT BRINGS US

TO NUMBER TWO...

*

Efrem: POP STAR

BRITNEY SPEARS' TWITTER

FEED HAS MORE FOCUS ON

SCRIPTURE THESE DAYS,

SHARING BIBLE VERSES WITH

FANS, LIKE THIS TWEET FROM

PSALM 126, AND THIS ONE

FROM THE SIXTH CHAPTER OF

LUKE.

IN AN INTERVIEW WITH "Z"

MAGAZINE, SHE ANSWERED

CRITICS SAYING, I HAVE MY

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND

MYSELF, AND THAT'S WHAT

MATTERS TO ME.

I REALLY DON'T CARE WHAT

MOST PEOPLE THINK.

> AND NOW TO NUMBER

ONE...

WHAT DO YOU DO AFTER

THE OSCARS?

IF YOU'RE LUCKY, YOU GO TO

THE GOVERNOR'S BALL, THE

OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY OF

THE ACADEMY AWARDS.

AND THEY ARE ALREADY

CHILLING THE CHAMPAGNE.

Efrem: THE COUNTDOWN

TO OSCAR GOLD IS IN FULL

SWING.

IT LOOKS LIKE IT COULD BE

A BIG NIGHT FOR "LA LA

LAND," WITH A RECORD 14

NOMINATIONS THIS YEAR.

I GOT A CALLBACK.

COME ON.

FOR WHAT?

THE TV SHOW I WAS

TELLING YOU ABOUT.

CONGRATULATIONS, THAT

IS INCREDIBLE.

Gordon: ALL RIGHT.

EFREM IS HERE AND WE'RE

GOING TO TALK ABOUT --

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO TALK

ABOUT FIRST?

Efrem: FIRST, HAPPY

BIRTHDAY TO SIDNEY

PORTIER.

TURNING 90.

LET'S GIVE HIM CREDIT.

Gordon: HOW MUCH OF

AN INFLUENCE DO YOU THINK

HE HAS HAD ON OUR CULTURE?

Efrem: OH, MY, SUCH A

HUGE INFLUENCE, AND ON

HOLLYWOOD AS WELL.

ACTORS HAVE SUCH REVERENCE

FOR HIM.

TO THIS DAY, THAT 1964

SPEECH, WHEN HE ACCEPTED

THE BEST ACTOR, IT HAS

STILL GONE DOWN AS ONE OF

THE BEST OSCAR SPEECHES

EVER.

HE HAS INFLUENCED MY WORK

ETHIC, WATCHING HOW DOGGED

HE WAS, GOING FROM A

JANITOR TO CLEANING UP A

THEATER TO ACTUALLY ACTING

ON STAGE.

I THOUGHT, IF HE CAN DO

THAT, I HAVE NO EXCUSE IN

THE WORLD.

HE CAME FROM THE BAHAMAS

TO AMERICA.

Gordon: AND A BIG

SOUL, VERY BIG.

Efrem: INDEED.

Gordon: LET'S TALK

ABOUT THE OSCARS.

ARE YOU INVITED TO THE

GOVERNOR'S BALL?

Efrem: NO.

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: WE NEED TO

START A SOCIAL MEDIA

CAMPAIGN.

Efrem: I'M ALL FOR

THAT.

IT IS ALL YOU CAN EAT --

Gordon: HOW DO YOU

GET TO THE GOVERNOR'S

BALL?

HOW DO YOU GET IN CONTACT

WITH THEM?

Efrem: PLEASE, INVITE

ME.

I WANT TO GO.

THIS YEAR THERE IS A LOT

OF BUZZ --

Gordon: YOU SHOULD GO

COVER IT?

Efrem: I WILL DO

THAT, TOO.

THIS YEAR'S AWARDS, A LOT

OF BUZZ AROUND BECAUSE

THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT

FILMS UP FOR CONTENTION.

I LITERALLY JUST SPOKE TO

THE SENIOR EDITOR OF

"ROTTEN TOMATOES," AND SHE

SAYS THE 14 THAT "LA LA

LAND" IS UP FOR, THEY

COULD SERIOUSLY WIN ALL

14.

Gordon: SERIOUSLY RUN

THE TABLE?

Efrem: THEY THINK

THEY CAN.

THEY SAY THERE MAY BE AN

UPSET, BUT IT WOULD

PROBABLY COME WITH BEST

PICTURE, AND IT WOULD BE

"MOONLIGHT."

BUT THEY REALLY THINK IT

IS GOING TO SWEEP PRETTY

MUCH EVERY CATEGORY.

Gordon: WOW!

. Gordon: THAT WOULD BE

AMAZING.

Efrem: AND HONORS,

TOO, TO MEL GIBSON FOR

"HACKSAW RIDGE," AND

GETTING SEVERAL

NOMINATIONS.

I THINK IT OPENS THE DOOR

FOR HIM TO RETURN.

AND HEE HAS BEEN PROMISING

US "RESURRECTION."

SO LET'S SEE.

Gordon: HE IS OUT

THERE SAYING, I'M GOING TO

DO THIS, AND WE ALL WAIT.

> BRITNEY SPEARS, WHAT

IS GOING ON?

IS SHE A CHRISTIAN?

Efrem: YOU KNOW, SHE

WAS RAISED IN THE BAPTIST

CHURCH.

AND FOR PERIODS THERE,

WHEN SHE WAS GOING

THROUGH -- I DON'T KNOW IF

IT WAS DEPRESSION OR

MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, AND

SHE WAS EXPERIMENTING WITH

KABBALAH AND THINGS OF

THAT NATURE, BUT OF LATE

SHE HAS REALLY, REALLY

BEEN FOCUSING ON GOD AND

SCRIPTURE.

IF YOU LOOK AT HER TWITTER

FEED, LITERALLY YOU SEE

SCRIPTURE AFTER SCRIPTURE.

AND SHE IS SAYING, THIS IS

ONE I SHOULD LIVE BY.

IN THIS INTERVIEW WITH "Z"

MAGAZINE LAST SPRING, SHE

ANSWERED CRITICS WHO HAVE

BEEN CRITICAL OF HER LIFE

AND THE FACT THAT THINGS

FELL APART, BUT SHE HAS

GOT IT ALL BACK TOGETHER

AGAIN.

AND SHE SAID, NO, IT IS MY

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THAT

MATTERS MOST.

JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS

AGO, HER FAMILY SUFFERED A

HUGE TRAGEDY.

HER NIECE WAS IN AN A.T.V.

ACCIDENT ON THEIR

PROPERTY, LITERALLY NEAR

DEATH, AND BRITTNEY GOES

TO SOCIAL MEDIA SAYING I

NEED ALL OF MY FANS

PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE, AND

HERE WE ARE THAT CHILD WAS

CRITICAL BUT GOING TO MAKE

IT.

IF YOU LOOK AT HER SOCIAL

MEDIA, IT REFLECTS A

CHANGED PERSON.

I WOULD SAY ALMOST DAILY

SHE IS GIVING CREDIT TO

GOD AND ALLOWING HER TO

HAVE A SECOND CHANCE AT A

CAREER AND FOR HER FAMILY.

Gordon: IF YOU RAISE

UP A CHILD IN THE WAY THEY

SHALL GO, THEY WILL NOT

DEPART --

Efrem: I HAVE SEVERAL

IN MY FAMILY WE'RE HOLDING

OUT FOR.

Gordon: THEY MAY

WANDER OFF AND MAY BE

WORKING ON THEIR

TESTIMONY --

Efrem: YOU GOT IT.

I LIKE THAT, WORKING ON

THEIR TESTIMONY.

Gordon: AS A

PRODIGAL, I WOULD SAY YES,

YOU CAN FIND R REDEMPTION.

Efrem: I AM, TOO.

MY GRANDMOTHER NEVER GAVE

UP.

I'M GLAD TO BE BACK.

Gordon: WHAT DO YOU

THINK IS GOING TO HAPPEN

TO BRITTNEY HAS THIS

BECOMES MORE AND MORE

PUBLIC.

IS THIS GOING TO HURT HER

CAREER?

IS THERE A BACKLASH?

Efrem: I DON'T

FORESEE IT HURTING HER

CAREER, BUT THERE WILL BE

BACKLASH.

JUST THE OTHER DAY, THEY

THOUGHT A CELEBRITY WAS

SLAMMING HER AND MAKING

JOKES ABOUT HER, BUT HER

FAN BASE CAME TO HER

DEFENSE AND RALLIED AROUND

HER AND REALLY SHUT THAT

DOWN IMMEDIATELY.

SO IT IS NICE TO SEE THAT.

AND I ONLY SEE A

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THAT

GROWS CLOSER FOR HER.

MY HOPE IS EVENTUALLY WE

THEN BEGIN TO SEE IT IN

THE MUSIC TO THE MASSES,

THROUGH HER.

SHE IS VERY, VERY

TALENTED, A TALENTED

SINGER, A TALENTED DANCER,

AND A TALENTED SONGWRITER.

WOWE WOULD LOVE TO SEE THAT.

Gordon: WHAT IS GOING

ON?

MORE AND MORE PEOPLE THAT

YOU DIDN'T THINK ARE NOW

SAYING THEY ARE, AND

INCREASINGLY TURNING TO

SCRIPTURE IN THEIR SOCIAL

MEDIA FEEDS IN WHAT THEY

DO.

I THINK THE GREAT THING

ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA IS IT

ALLOWS YOU TO SORT OF PEEK

BEHIND AND SAY, OKAY, WHAT

IS HAPPENING.

AND HERE YOU'RE FINDING

FAITH.

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY.

ABSOLUTELY.

I THINK FOR MANY, IT IS A

MOVE AWAY FROM RELIGION,

AND THEY'RE GETTING MORE

FOCUSED ON RELATIONSHIP

AND REALIZING I DON'T HAVE

TO BE PERFECT.

I CAN CERTAINLY BE ON THE

ROAD TO TRYING TO BE AS

GOOD AS I CAN BE, BUT I

DON'T HAVE TO SUFFER THE

JUDGMENT AND THE SCRUTINY

THAT SOME RELIGIONS WILL

PUT ME UNDER.

AND IT IS MORE ABOUT MY

PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH

GOD.

AND I DON'T MIND SHARING

THAT WITH YOU, LETTING YOU

KNOW I'M A WORK IN

PROGRESS.

AND I THINK ESPECIALLY IN

THE WORLD OF HOLLYWOOD AND

ENTERTAINERS, AND HAVING

HAD THE THE OPPORTUNITY TO

SIT DOWN WITH THEM, AND

SOME WHO GO PUBLIC, AND

SOME WHO SAY, I DON'T WANT

TO TALK ABOUT IT PUBLICLY

RIGHT NOW.

THEY FOCUS MORE ON THEIR

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, AND

LESS ON RELIGION.

THE NICE THING ABOUT THIS,

THERE ARE MINISTERS IN

HOLLYWOOD WHO ARE HOSTING

INSIDE THEIR HOME CIRCLES

WHERE THESE CELEBRITIES

CAN COME, BE THEMSELVES,

TALK IT OUT, GO THROUGH

SCRIPTURE, NO CAMERAS, AND

HAVE A SAFE PLACE TO BE.

BECAUSE CHURCHES AND THOSE

OF US WHO RECEIVE IT CAN

ALSO BE VERY CRITICAL.

I'VE SEEN HEARTBREAK FOR

MANY AT THE HANDS --

Gordon: AND I DON'T

GET THAT FROM SCRIPTURE.

THE APOSTLE PAUL SAYS, I

HAVEN'T ARRIVED.

AND IF HE HASN'T ARRIVED,

GUESS WHAT, WE HAVEN'T,

EITHER.

BUT WHY DO WE -- IT SEEMS

TO BE AN AUTOMATIC REFLEX

THAT ONCE SOMEONE DECLARES

I'M A BELIEVER, I BELIEVE

THAT JESUS DIED FOR MY

SINS, WE SUDDENLY THEN

EXPECT THAT THEY WILL NOW

LIVE A PERFECT LIFE.

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE THAT

COMES FROM.

IT IS VERY FRUSTRATING TO

ME.

I ALWAYS SAY TO PEOPLE,

THINK ABOUT YOUR OWN LIFE.

IF YOU'RE TRULY HONEST

WITH YOURSELF AND YOU LOOK

IN THE MIRROR, ARE THERE

NOT THINGS YOU HAVE YET TO

OVERCOME, YET TO CONQUER

IN YOUR LIFE.

IF GOD CAN FORGIVE YOU AND

STILL WORK WITH YOU, WHY

CAN'T YOU THINK HE COULD

WORK WITH THEM?

Gordon: I'M DOING A

BIG DIVE BACK INTO THE

KENORAH, AND WHEN YOU

START EXAMINING HEART

MOTIVATIONS, NOT JUST THE

CONDUCT, BUT WHAT ARE YOU

THINKING IN YOUR HEART.

THAT IS WHERE SIN COMES

FROM, IT COMES OUT OF YOUR

HEART.

HAS MY HEART REALLY BEEN

TRANSFORMED?

WOW, YOU CAN HAVE BAD

MORNINGS.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS THIS

THING IS WORTHY OF ALL

ACCEPTANCE.

JESUS DIED FOR SINNERS, OF

WHOM I AM CHIEF.

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY.

I'M READING ABOUT DAVID,

AND I'M THINKING, YOU SAID

THIS IS MAN AFTER YOUR OWN

HEART IN ALL OF THE STUFF

THAT HE HAS DONE -- ALL

RIGHT, THERE IS HOPE FOR

ME, LORD.

Gordon: AND WE STILL

SING HIS SONGS.

AND HE WAS A VERY

PUBLIC -- HE WAS VERY

PUBLIC.

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY.

Gordon: HE WAS ALL OF

THE ABOVE.

Efrem: HE WAS ALL OF

THE ABOVE.

Gordon: WELL, IT'S

GREAT HAVING YOU WITH US.

IF YOU WANT THE LATEST ON

POSITIVE AND UPLIFTING

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS, EFREM

HOSTS A WEEKLY SHOW CALLED

"STUDIO 5."

YOU CAN WATCH IT ON ROKU,

APPLE TV OR GOING TO

CBN.GOV /"STUDIO 5."

> UP NEXT, FIND OUT HOW

OTHERS ARE JOINING THIS

GIRL WHEN WE RETURN.

Gordon: CHILDREN ALL

OVER THE WORLD ARE

LEARNING THE STORIES OF

THE BIBLE THROUGH CBN'S

ANIMATED PROGRAM,

"SUPERBOOK."

IN INDONESIA, ONE LITTLE

GIRL IS USING THE SHOW TO

START A BIBLE STUDY FOR

HER FRIENDS.

Reporter: 8-YEAR-OLD

JADE FELL IN LOVE WITH

CBN'S "SUPERBOOK" THE VERY

FIRST TIME SHE SAW IT.

SHE EVEN ASKED HER DAD TO

BUY SOME EPISODES.

AND WE ENDED UP BUYING

THREE "SUPERBOOK," DAVID

AND GOLIATH, CREATION, AND

LET MY PEOPLE GO.

Reporter: SHE SHARED

THE STORIES WITH HER

COUSINS, AND HAD AN IDEA.

I ASKED MY FATHER IF WE

COULD START A BIBLE STUDY

WITH "SUPERBOOK."

I THOUGHT, WOW, MAYBE

GOD IS GOING TO DO

SOMETHING THROUGH HER.

Reporter: HE GAVE HER

ONLY ONE CONDITION.

IF SHE WAS GOING TO

START A GROUP, SHE WAS NOT

ALLOWED TO GATHER KIDS

FROM CHURCH.

IT HAD TO BE KIDS FROM HER

SCHOOL OR THE COMMUNITY.

Reporter: JADE

INVITED SOME KIDS FROM HER

SCHOOL IN INDONESIA, AND

WITH THE HELP OF HER MOM

GOT EVERYTHING READY.

SIX GIRLS CAME TO THE

FIRST MEETING.

SOME OF THEM DON'T KNOW

JESUS.

AND THEY'RE MOSTLY ISLAM,

BUDDHA, AND HINDU.

Reporter: WORD BEGAN

TO SPREAD AT SCHOOL.

SOON A TOTAL OF 17 GIRLS

STARTED TO COME TO WATCH

MORE NEW EPISODES OF

"SUPERBOOK."

WE WATCHED "DANIEL AND

THE LION'S DEN," AND I

ASKED THEM HOW COULD

DANIEL STAY ALIVE IN THE

LION'S DEN, AND THEY SAID

BECAUSE HE HAS JESUS.

AND I ASKED THEM IF THEY

WANTED TO HAVE JESUS, AND

THEY SAID YES.

SO WE PRAYED AND THEY

RECEIVED JESUS.

Reporter: JADE'S MOM

RECORDED THESE IMAGES ON

HER PHONE AS MANY OF THE

GIRLS PRAYED TO BECOME

CHRISTIANS DURING THE

MEETING.

MANY OF THE KIDS COME

TO JADE'S GROUP, WHO HAVE

NOW GIVEN THEIR LIVES TO

JESUS AND ARE BEGINNING TO

READ THEIR BIBLES AND

GETTING CLOSE TO GOD.

AND GOD WILL BE ONE OF THE

GREATEST TOOLS THAT HAS

EVER BEEN PROVIDED TO

CHILDREN'S MASTER, THROUGH

THE BODY OF CHRIST.

FOR THE FIRST TIME OUR

CHILDREN HAVE A TOOL IN

THEIR HAND THAT THEY CAN

USE TO AFFECTIVELY REACH

OTHER CHILDREN.

WHAT WE REALIZE THROUGH

JADE IS EVEN AN 8-YEAR-OLD

IS ABLE TO START A GROUP

AND ALLOW GOD TO WORK

THROUGH HER.

GOD CAN USE ANYBODY WHO IS

WILLING TO BE A VESSEL TO

HIM.

Gordon: GOD CAN USE

ANYBODY.

HE WANTS TO HAVE THE

LITTLE CHILDREN COME TO

HIM.

HE WANTS TO SEE THEM

RAISED UP IN THE KNOWLEDGE

OF HIM.

HE WANTS THAT RELATIONSHIP

WITH HIM.

AND HERE IS HOW YOU CAN BE

INVOLVED, HOW YOU CAN BE

INVOLVED IN SENDING

"SUPERBOOK" AROUND THE

WORLD.

WE'RE CLOSING IN ON OUR

GOAL OF 50 LANGUAGES FOR

SEASON ONE.

AND THERE IS A BROADCAST

MAP, SHOWING ALL OF THE

DIFFERENT PLACES WHERE

WE'RE SENDING THE STORIES

OF THE BIBLE.

WE'RE GIVING THEM OUT TO

THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT,

AND NOT JUST SEND IT TO

THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD,

FOR YOUR GIFT INTO THIS

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB,

WE'RE GOING TO SEND YOU

NOT JUST ONE COPY, BUT

THREE COPIES OF THIS

WONDERFUL NEW D.V.D.

CALLED "SUPERBOOK" EXPLORE

ROR.

EXPLORER.

ONE IS CALLED "THE

PRODIGAL SON, SON," AND THE

OTHER IS CALLED "THE ROAD

TO DAMASCUS."

AND WE'LL HAVE INDEPTH

DISCUSSIONS ON WHAT THE

BIBLE STORY MEANS.

ALL OF THAT WILL BE

ANIMATED WITH GIZMO

LEADING THE DISCUSSION.

AND THEN WE'LL HAVE THE

ARCHEOLOGY OF THE EPISODE.

HOW MUCH IS THIS?

JUST $25.

AND YOUR GIFT WILL GO INTO

THE PRODUCTION COSTS, THE

DISTRIBUTION COSTS, THE

TRANSLATION COSTS, TO GET

THE STORIES OF THE BIBLE

AROUND THE WORLD.

AND THE BEST PART IS

YOU'LL GET THREE COPIES TO

SHARE WITH YOUR FAMILY,

YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR CHURCH,

SO THAT THE CHILDREN ALL

AROUND YOU CAN HAVE THESE

STORIES AS WELL.

SO BE A PART OF IT.

CALL US: 1-800-700-7000.

AND JUST SAY, I WANT TO

JOIN THE "SUPERBOOK"

D.V.D. CLUB.

WELL, COMING UP, HE WAS

A DRUG DEALER, SHOWING NO

SIGNS OF STOPPING.

I WAS ANGRY, MAN.

I WAS A MAD YOUNG MAN.

BUT NOW I LIVED IN PRISON,

SO THE FEAR OF PRISON

WASN'T ENOUGH TO GET ME TO

STOP AT THIS POINT.

Gordon: FIND OUT WHAT

CHANGED HIS MIND AND HIS

Gordon: JARED WAS A

THEMETH COOK AND HE WAS GOOD

AT IT.

AND WHILE HE GOT RICH

MAKING AND DEALING DRUGS,

HE ALSO HAD TO PAY A HEAVY

PRICE.

I WAS SO JUNG JUNKED UP WITH

CHEMICALS, I DIDN'T KNOW

WHAT FEELINGS WAS.

ALCOHOL TOLD ME WHEN TO GO

TO BED, AND WHEN TO WAKE

UP.

AND DRUGS TOLD ME WHEN TO

STEAL AND FIGHT.

IT WAS MY MASTER, AND I

OBEYED IT.

Reporter: HOUSTON

JARED GREW UP IN A

CHRISTIAN HOME, BUT HE

FOUND DRUGS, ALCOHOL, AND

GAMBLING.

HE MADE FAST CASH SELLING

METH, AND BEFORE LONG, HE

WAS USING HIS OWN PRODUCT.

I LIKED THE WAY I FELT.

I COULD GAMBLE NOW INSTEAD

OF FOR 12 HOURS AND HAVING

TO GO TO SLEEP, I COULD

GAMBLE FOR THREE DAYS.

ALL I HAD TO DO WAS JUST

SNORT A LITTLE OF THIS.

AND THAT JUST BECAME MORE

AND MORE.

AND IT JUST CONSUMED ME.

IT CONSUMED EVERYTHING

AROUND ME.

AND IT AFFECTED ME AND

EVERYONE AROUND ME.

IT BECAME CO CONTAGIOUS.

I WAS THE MAN.

Reporter: HIS METH

EMPIRE GREW THROUGH HIS

CONNECTIONS WITH A BIKER

GANG, BUT BAD COMPANY AND

DRUG USE LED TO FEAR AND

PARANOIA.

I TOTED PISTOLS AROUND

A LOT.

I WASN'T SO MUCH AFRAID OF

THE POLICE, BUT OF THAT

PERSON WHO WAS GOING TO

PUT THAT GUN TO MY HEAD

AND ROB ME.

I WASN'T GOING TO ALLOW

THEM TO TAKE THIS -- THIS

WAS MINE.

IF IT MEANT ME KILLING YOU

FOR IT, SO BE IT.

Reporter: TO HOUSTON,

TIME IN JAIL OR

COURT-ORDERED REHAB WAS

JUST A COST OF DOING

BUSINESS.

BUT AS THE STATE'S WAR ON

DRUGS RAMPED UP, SO DID

HOUSTON'S PRISON TIME.

WE WERE MANUFACTURING

METH THAT NIGHT, AND ABOUT

DAYLIGHT THAT MORNING,

RIGHT BEFORE WE WRAPPED IT

UP, THE SHERIFF'S

DEPARTMENT KICKED IN THE

FRONT DOOR.

AND IT WASN'T NO

SMALL-TIME JAIL ANYMORE.

THEY WAS TIRED OF THE

EPIDEMIC OF

METHAMPHETAMINE IN

ARKANSAS.

I DONE THREE AND A HALF

YEARS IN PRISON.

I WAS A MACHO GUY, BUT

INSIDE I WAS A SCARED

LITTLE PUNK.

I'M MAD BECAUSE I'M IN

JAIL.

I'M ANGRY BECAUSE I GOT

BUSTED.

I'M JUST TORMENTED ON THE

INSIDE BECAUSE MY LAWYERS

CAN'T GET ME OUT OF THIS.

AND ON TOP OF ALL THAT,

ALL THE MOTORCYCLE GUYS,

THEY TURNED THEIR BACK ON

MY IMMEDIATELY.

NOW I'M IN JAIL GETTING

WHOOPED.

AND I'M 25 YEARS OLD, MAN.

AND INSIDE THERE WAS

ALWAYS SOMETHING THAT DREW

ME THAT THIS AIN'T WHAT

YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE

DOING.

Reporter: WHEN HE GOT

OUT OF PRISON, HE LIVED

WITH HIS BROTHER, WHO ALSO

COOKED METH.

HOUSTON FELT POWERLESS TO

ESCAPE THE LIFESTYLE, AND

MOVED AWAY HOPING FOR A

NEW START.

HIS BROTHER CONTINUED THE

BUSINESS UNTIL ONE DAY HE

VANISHED.

THEY FOUND REMNANTS OF

WHAT THEY THINK WAS HIM.

THE MOTORCYCLE GANG THAT

DISPOSED OF THINGS.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT LAYS

ON MY MIND BECAUSE I

INTRODUCED HIM TO THAT.

THERE ISN'T A DOUBT IN MY

MIND THAT I INTRODUCED HIM

TO THE PERSON WHO KILLED

HIM.

I WAS ANGRY.

I WAS A MAD YOUNG MAN.

BUT NOW I HAD LIVED

THROUGH PRISON, SO THE

FEAR OF PRISON WASN'T

ENOUGH TO GET ME TO STOP

AT THIS POINT BECAUSE I

LIVED THROUGH IT ALREADY.

THE FEAR OF O.D.-ING

WASN'T ENOUGH.

Reporter: HE MOVED TO

TENNESSEE WHILE ON PAROLE,

BUT FAILED SEVERAL DRUG

TESTS.

HE WAS SENTENCED TO SEVEN

YEARS IN PRISON.

HE TRIED EVERY AVENUE TO

GET THE SENTENCE

SUSPENDED, EVEN APPEALING

TO "TEEN CHALLENGE."

FINALLY GOD GOT ME IN

THAT SMALL, STILL LITTLE

PLACE, WHERE I COULD HEAL

HIS VOICE.

AND HE SAID, COME TO ME.

HE INVITED ME TO COME TO

HIM.

I WILL NEVER FORGET IT.

I CRIED OUT TO GOD, AND I

SAID, GOD HELP ME.

I WAS USED UP AND WASHED

UP AND STEPPED ON.

I WAS FORGIVEN.

AND I FELT ANY KIND OF

URGES OF BONDAGE OF DRUG

ADDICTION OR ALCOHOLISM --

I HAD SO MANY ISSUES.

I WAS SET FREE FROM IT.

IT WAS JUST LIKE A CURTAIN

LIFTED OFF OF ME.

A 2,000 POUND ELEPHANT OFF

MY BACK.

Reporter: HE BEGAN

FASTING AND SPENT HOURS IN

PRAYER AND BIBLE READING.

HE SAYS THE LOVE OF GOD

FINALLY FILLED THE EMPTY

HOLE IN HIS LIFE.

I LOOKED FOR LOVE IN

THE DRUGS AND THE

GAMBLING, AND IT WAS ALL

TEMPORARY.

I LOOKED FOR IT IN WOMEN

AND ALCOHOL.

IT'S ALL TEMPORARY.

I LOOKED FOR IT IN A

MOTORCYCLE CLUB, OR IN

THIS WHITE RACIAL GANG.

AND IT WAS ALL TEMPORARY.

I COULD ONLY FIND SOME

PEACE AND JOY FOR A LITTLE

WHILE, AND THEN IT WAS

GONE, USED UP.

JIM BEAM LET ME DOWN.

COCAINE LET ME DOWN.

JESUS CHRIST HAS NEVER LET

ME DOWN, NEVER.

Reporter:

MIRACULOUSLY AFTER NINE

MONTHS IN JAIL, HE WAS

ACCEPTED INTO A ONE-YEAR

TEEN CHALLENGE PROGRAM,

AND A NEW JUDGE SUSPENDED

HIS SENTENCE.

HE SAYS THE TIME WITH TEEN

CHALLENGE GAVE HIM A NEW

VISION FOR HIS LIFE.

IT SAVED MY LIFE.

JESUS DELIVERED ME.

HE GOT ME IN A PLACE WHERE

I COULD BE BROKEN.

HE DELIVERED ME.

AND HE GAVE ME A

FOUNDATION THAT I COULD

BUILD ON AND I HAVE BEEN

BUILDING ON.

THE FREEDOM -- THE BIBLE

TALKED ABOUT IT IN JESUS

CHRIST.

I FELT IT WASN'T JUST SOME

WORDS ON A PAPER OR SOME

PREACHER PREACHING TO ME.

Reporter: HOUSTON NOW

SERVES AS A YOUTH PASTOR

IN HIS CHURCH AND IS

MARRIED TO LANA, THE LOVE

OF HIS LIFE.

HE ALSO WORKS WITH "TEEN

CHALLENGE," SHARING WITH

OTHERS THE TRUE IDENTITY

HE FOUND IN JESUS CHRIST.

I'M NOT A DRUG ADDICT.

I'M NOT AN ALCOHOLIC.

I'M NOT A CONVICTED FELON.

I'M THE SON OF THE ONE

TRUE GOD.

INSTEAD OF LOOKING AT

CHRISTIANITY, AT THE

THINGS THAT I CAN'T DO AS

A CHRISTIAN, I LOOK AT THE

FREEDOM THAT I HAVE IN IT

AS BEING A CHRISTIAN, AND

I WALK IN THAT FREEDOM.

AND I WALK IN THAT MERCY

AND THAT GRACE.

I WANT TO TELL EVERYONE IN

THE WORLD ABOUT IT.

Gordon: HOUSTON HAS

FOUND THE SECRET -- THE

SECRET TO LIFE.

TO LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY.

THAT IT IS FREEDOM.

SO OFTEN WE LOOK AT WHAT

WE THINK IS CHRISTIANITY,

AND WE LOOK AT IT AS A

BUNCH OF THOU SHALT

NOTs, BUT WHEN YOU LOOK

BEHIND IT AND SAY, THERE

IS A RELATIONSHIP HERE

WITH MY CREATOR, THESE

THINGS ARE TO KEEP ME BAD

THINGS.

THIS IS TO KEEP ME ON THE

PATH OF LIFE.

AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT

THAT WAY, THEN YOU REJOICE

IN THE FREEDOM YOU NOW

HAVE.

WHAT THE WORLD OFFERS,

WHATEVER IT IS, WHETHER IT

IS DRUGS OR ALCOHOL OR SEX

OR FAME OR MONEY OR ANY OF

THESE THINGS, WITHOUT GOD,

THEY ARE ALWAYS GOING TO

TURN INTO A BONDAGE.

FIRST YOU TAKE THEM, AND

THEN THEY TAKE YOU.

BUT WITH GOD ALL THINGS

CAN BE POSSIBLE.

YOU CAN HAVE FREEDOM.

YOU CAN HAVE LIFE AGAIN.

AND YOU CAN HAVE AN

IDENTITY AS A CHILD OF

GOD.

NOT AN IDENTITY AS A

SLAVE, THAT YOU'RE SOMEHOW

AN ALCOHOLIC OR AN ADDICT

OR WHATEVER IS THE

AFFLICTION.

YOU CAN CHANGE THAT AND BE

HIS CHILD.

HOW DO YOU GET IT?

THE SAME WAY HOUSTON DID.

HE GOT ALONE.

HE GOT INTO THAT PLACE

WHERE IT WAS JUST HIM AND

GOD.

AND HE HEARD THAT VOICE.

COME TO ME.

THAT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU.

AND HERE IS THE PRAYER:

JESUS, IF YOU'RE REAL, IF

YOU'RE THERE, IF YOU

REALLY CAME FOR ME, COULD

YOU SHOW ME.

COULD YOU SHOW UP FOR ME.

IF YOU NEED HELP WITH THAT

PRAYER, WE'RE HERE FOR

YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE AND CALL:

1-800-700-7000.

HERE IS A PSALM FOR YOU:

"SEARCH ME, O GOD, AND

KNOW MY HEART.

TEST ME AND KNOW MY

ANXIOUS THOUGHTS.

SEE IF THERE IS ANY

OFFENSIVE WAY IN ME, AND

LEAD ME IN THE WAY

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