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700 Club Interactive - March 9, 2017

Efrem Graham visits to discuss this week’s top five trending stories in the world of entertainment. Read Transcript


Andrew: HE WAS THE

WORLD'S FASTEST MAN.

BECAUSE I ASKED GOD FOR

IT.

I ASKED GOD TO MAKE ME

FAST.

Andrew: HE WAS

WILLING TO DO ANYTHING TO

BE THE BEST.

WHY NOT TAKE SOMETHING

TO WIN?

Andrew: UNTIL HE WAS

CAUGHT AND STRIPPED OF HIS

MEDALS.

I JUST TOLD MYSELF,

LIFE IS OVER.

Andrew: FIND OUT HOW

HE GOT HIS LIFE BACK ON

TRACK ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

*

Andrew: WELL, GOOD

MORNING AND WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THIS

WEEK'S TOP FIVE TRENDING

STORIES.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FIVE, KENDRICK GOES

GOSPEL.

*

* I KNOW GOD

Efrem: KENDRICK LAMAR

SAYS HIS NEXT ALBUM WILL

FOCUS ON GOD.

*

Efrem: IN AN

INTERVIEW WITH THE "NEW

YORK TIMES," LAMAR SAID

WE'RE IN A TIME WHEN WE

EXCLUDE ONE MAJOR

COMPONENT OUT OF THIS

WHOLE THING CALLED LIFE:

GOD.

NOBODY SPEAKS ON IT

BECAUSE IT IS ALMOST IN

CONFLICT WITH WHAT IS

GOING ON IN THE WORLD,

WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

AND THE SYSTEM.

*

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FOUR, THE POP GAME.

I'M A FOUR-TIMES

GRAMMY-WINNER, AND STILL

COUNTING.

Efrem: THE HIT-MAKER

BEHIND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE,

DESTINY'S CHILD AND KATY

PERRY IS LOOKING FOR THE

NEXT BIG POP STAR.

> WHAT SETS THIS

COMPETITION APART FROM ANY

OTHER COMPETITION OUT

THERE?

ALL OF THESE KIDS, TO

ME -- I FEEL LIKE GOD

MAYBE CHOSE THEM.

Efrem: THESE ARE

TEENAGED YouTube

STARS, COMPETING ON HIS

LABEL.

IT IS A BLESSING TO BE

A PART OF THEIR LIVES.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

THREE, WEDDING BELLS RING,

TIMES TWO.

GOSPEL SINGER TASHA COBBS

IS NOW TASHA COBBS

LEONARD.

CONGRATULATIONS ARE ALSO

IN ORDER FOR R & B SINGER

T YRESTYRESE MARRIED.

> AT NUMBER TWO,

DISHWASHER BECOMES OWNER.

ONE OF THE WORLD'S TOP

RESTAURANTS HAS PROMOTED

ITS LONG-TIME DISHWASHER

TO BECOME A CO-OWNER OF

THE BUSINESS.

Efrem: THIS IS THE

FAMED RESTAURANT, WHERE

ITS OWNERS HAVE PROMOTED

ALI SONKO, THE IMMIGRANT

FROM GAMBIA, AND HE IS NOW

OWNER.

> AND AT NUMBER ONE, A

MILLION DOLLAR GIFT.

CHANCE THE RAPPER'S BIG

DONATION, $1 MILLION TO

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR

ARTS PROGRAMS.

Efrem: THE

GRAMMY-WINNING ARTIST

ANNOUNCED HIS MILLION

DOLLAR GIFT.

I'M PROUD TO ANNOUNCE

THAT I AM DONATING

$1 MILLION TO C.P.S.

[APPLAUSE]

Efrem: FOLLOWING

FAILED TALKS WITH

ILLINOIS' GOVERNOR TO

RESTORE MORE THAN

$200 MILLION TO THE CITY

SCHOOLS' BUDGET.

THIS CHECK I DONATED IS

A CALL TO ACTION.

I'M CHALLENGING MAJOR

COMPANIES AND CORPORATIONS

IN CHICAGO AND ALL ACROSS

THE U.S. TO DONATE AND TO

TAKE ACTION.

Andrew: JOINING US

NOW IS THE HOST OF "STUDIO

5," EFREM GRAHAM.

AND, EFREM, CHANCE THE

RAPPER IS REALLY MAKING

WAVES.

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY.

ABSOLUTELY.

THE DECISION TO GIVE

$1 MILLION CAME LITERALLY

AFTER FAILED TALKS WITH

THE GOVERNOR.

THE GOVERNOR TWEETS HIM

CONGRATULATIONS AFTER HE

WINS THE GRAMMY, AND HE

RESPONDS, I'D LIKE TO MEET

WITH YOU.

SO THE MEETING DOES

HAPPEN.

THE CITY SCHOOLS ARE

MISSING SOME $200 MILLION.

IT HAS TRIGGERED FE FURLOUGHS

AND LAYOFFS.

WHEN HE COULD NOT COME TO

TERMS WITH THE GOVERNOR,

HE DECIDED TO DO

$1 MILLION HIMSELF.

AND HE HAS CHALLENGED

OTHER CELEBRITIES IN THE

CHICAGO AREA TO GET ON

BOARD AND DO THE SAME.

AND THE MILLION DOLLARS

THAT HE IS DONATING IS

COMING FROM TICKET SALES

FROM HIS UPCOMING TOUR.

A MILLION DOLLARS.

Andrew: IT IS KIND.

IT IS GENEROUS.

IT IS A LOVING ACT, AND IT

ALSO MAKES A POINT.

Efrem: IT DOES MAKE A

POINT.

HE IS LITERALLY PUTTING

HIS MONEY WHERE HIS MOUTH

IS.

HE IS SAYING, THIS IS

IMPORTANT TO ME.

I WANT TO SEE SOMETHING

HAPPEN.

UNFORTUNATELY, CHICAGO

SCHOOLS ARE STRUGGLING.

THEY ARE SOME OF THE

HARDEST-WORKING TEACHERS,

BUT ALSO SOME OF THE

LOWEST PAID.

HE WANTS TO SEE THAT

CHANGE.

HE WENT TO CHICAGO

SCHOOLS, AND LITERALLY

GREW UP JUST THREE BLOCKS

FROM WHERE HE MADE THAT

DONATION.

AND HE IS GIVING $10,000

TO SPECIFIC SCHOOLS TO DO

SOME WORK.

THE FIRST CHECK WENT TO

THAT VERY SCHOOL HE WAS AT

ON MONDAY.

Andrew: KENDRICK

LAMAR IS SURPRISING

PEOPLE, ISN'T HE?

Efrem: WHEN CHANCE

THE RAPPER WON THE GRAMMY

AWARD, LAMAR TWEETED A

MESSAGE TO HIM SAYING,

CONGRATULATIONS, GOD IS ON

THE MOVE.

AND NOW HE REVEALS IN THE

"NEW YORK TIMES" THAT HIS

NEXT ALBUM IS GOING TO

FOCUS ON GOD.

HIS LAST ALBUM HAD HINTS

AND MENTIONS OF GOD, BUT

HE SAID HIS FOCUS THERE

WAS ON THE PROBLEMS THAT

EXIST IN THE WORLD.

HIS NEXT ALBUM HE WANTS TO

FOCUS ON THE SOLUTION,

WHICH HE FEELS IS GOD.

HE TALKS ABOUT, IN

INTERVIEWS, HIS

GRANDMOTHER BEING HIS

INSPIRATION, AND HIS

GRANDMOTHER EVEN TELLING

HIM ABOUT GOD AND THE

RAPTURE, AND HIM BEING

INSPIRED ABOUT THAT.

AND I PERSONALLY SHARED

THAT SAME EXPERIENCE,

BEING INTRODUCED TO GOD BY

MY GRANDMOTHER.

Andrew: IS THERE

SOMETHING SPECIFIC FOR

KENDRICK LAMAR THAT SHE

CHOSE THIS TIME?

Efrem: I THINK SO.

SEEING WHAT HAPPENED WITH

CHANCE THE RAPPER.

HE IS LOOKING AT HIS

SIBLINGS, AND THINKING,

SOME DAY I'M GOING TO HAVE

A CHILD.

IT COULD BE A DAUGHTER WHO

IS GOING TO LOOK AT ME AS

AN EXAMPLE.

I WANT TO BE THAT EXAMPLE,

AND I WANT TO DO THINGS

THAT SHE CAN BE PROUD OF.

Andrew: TIMBALAND'S

NEW SHOW, HOW IS IT GOING

TO BE DIFFERENT FROM THE

BOYS ON "AMERICAN IDOL."

THE FIVE CONTESTANTS HE

HAS CHOSEN ALREADY HAVE

PLATFORMS.

YouTube AND SOCIAL

MEDIA HAS REALLY CHANGED

THE GAME IN THE MUSIC

INDUSTRY.

MANY INDEPENDENT ARTISTS

ARE BIRTHED THERE BECAUSE

THEY HAVE A FOLLOWING AND

A FAN BASE.

ALL FIVE OF THOSE HAVE A

HUGE FAN BASE ON

YouTube AND Facebook

ALREADY.

HE IS NOW TRYING TO GROOM

THEM TO BE THE NEXT BIG

POP STAR, TO BE SIGNED TO

HIS LABEL.

WITH MANY OF THESE

TALENTS, WE OFTEN SEE A

LOT OF THEM HAVE REAL

CLOSE TIES TO THE CHURCH.

THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS

THAT ATTRACTED ME TO THIS

STORY.

GRANT, I THINK FROM

MISSOURI, HE HAS DONE

WORSHIP LEADING AND TALKS

ABOUT HIS FAITH INITIALLY

IN THE VERY FIRST EPISODE.

Andrew: AND WHETHER

THEY WIN OR NOT, THE OTHER

FOUR WILL SKYROCKET.

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY.

THEY'VE ALREADY GOT A

PLATFORM.

IF HE DOESN'T PICK THEM UP

ON HIS LABEL, OTHERS WILL

LIKELY DO THE SAME.

Andrew: EFREM, HAVE

YOU EVER WORKED IN A

RESTAURANT?

Efrem: I HAVE NOT.

I'M GRATEFUL TO SAY I HAVE

NOT.

I DON'T THINK I CAN DO IT.

I REMEMBER WHEN MY MOM WAS

SAYING, GET A JOB AS A

KID.

AND I THOUGHT, I'M GOING

TO GET A JOB, BUT I CAN'T

DO FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS.

Andrew: I JUST WASHED

SOME DISHES, AND TO HEAR

THIS WONDERFUL STORY ABOUT

THE DISHWASHER BECOMING A

PART OWNER NER.

OWNER.

Efrem: THIS GENTLEMAN

HAS BEEN A DISHWASHER

THERE FOR 14 YEARS.

AND WHEN YOU INTERVIEW THE

OWNERS, THEY ALL AGREE

THAT HIS PRESENCE IN THE

RESTAURANT MAKES A

DIFFERENCE.

AND TO NOT HAVE HIM

AROUND, WHEN HE IS NOT

THERE, THEY CAN FEEL THE

IMPACT.

SO THE RESTAURANT RIGHT

NOW IS UNDER RENOVATION,

BUT WHEN IT OPENS AGAIN,

ALI SANKO WILL BE PART

OWNER OF THIS RESTAURANT.

Andrew: 14 YEARS

WASHING DISHES.

I WONDER IF HE SAW THIS

COMING?

Efrem: I DON'T THINK

HE SAW IT COMING.

THE RESTAURANT, FROM

WATCHING THINGS INSIDE, IT

VERY MUCH REFLECTS A

FAMILY, BUT I DON'T THINK

HE SAW OWNERSHIP IN HIS

FUTURE.3W

HE IS ACTUALLY AN

IMMIGRANT FROM GAMBIA TO

THAT AREA.

SO NICE TO SEE HIM RISE TO

THIS.

Andrew: A COUPLE OF

WEDDINGS MAKING NEWS.

Efrem: TASHA COBBS

MARRIED A PRODUCER, SHE

ACTUALLY WORKED WITH HIM.

SHE MARRIED HIM AND

TWEETED THAT PHOTOGRAPH.

NOT MANY PEOPLE KNEW THAT

WEDDING WAS COMING, EXCEPT

THOSE CLOSEST TO HER.

Andrew: DID YOU KNOW

IT WAS COMING?

Efrem: I DIDN'T KNOW.

I FOLLOWED HER ON SOCIAL

MEDIA THE OTHER NIGHT AND

THOUGHT, OH, SHE GOT

MARRIED.

AND TYRESE GOT MARRIED ON

VALENTINE'S DAY, AND DID

NOT REVEAL IT TO ANYONE

UNTIL SEVERAL WEEKS LATER.

HE WAS ADVISED BY CREFLO

DOLLAR.

AND HE PERFORMED THE

WEDDING AND ALSO SERVED AS

THEIR COUNSELLOR BEFORE

THEY GOT MARRIED.

Andrew: WHAT DID YOU

THINK ABOUT HIS

PRE-MARITAL ADVICE, BE IN

THE PRESENT?

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY.

PEOPLE LIKE HIM, PEOPLE

WHO ARE GO-GETTERS AND

ALWAYS TRYING TO DO THE

NEXT BEST THING, WE TEND

TO FOCUS ON WHAT IS AHEAD.

MY WIFE AND I ALWAYS DO

THAT.

WE JUST MOVED INTO OUR

HOUSE, AND SHE IS

THINKING, FOR OUR NEXT

HOUSE -- AND I THINK, WE

JUST MOVED INTO THIS

HOUSE.

Andrew: IF YOU WANT

ALL OF THE LATEST ON

POSITIVE AND UPLIFTING

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS, EFREM

HOSTS "STUDIO 5," AND YOU

CAN WATCH IT ON ROKU,

APPLE OR cbnnews.com.

> UP NEXT, MEET THE

9-YEAR-OLD WHO IS CHANGING

THE WORLD ONE FRIEND AT A

TIME.

AND SHE GETS HER

INSPIRATION FROM HER

FAVORITE SHOW.

DON'T GO AWAY.

Andrew: I'D LIKE TO

INTRODUCE YOU TO A

9-YEAR-OLD NAME RAINY.

SHE LIVES IN INDONESIA,

WHERE THE MUSLIM

POPULATION IS NEARLY 90%.

SHE IS A CHRISTIAN WHO

LOVES "SUPERBOOK" AND

CAN'T WAIT TO SHARE THE

GOOD NEWS WITH HER MUSLIM

FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS.

Reporter: 9 IAR 9-YEAR-OLD

RAINY LOVED "SUPERBOOK"

FROM THE FIRST TIME SHE

SAW IT.

SHE WAS ESPECIALLY TOUCHED

WHEN HER SUNDAY SCHOOL

TEACHER SHOWED THE EPISODE

"HE IS RISEN."

I KNEW HE DIED BECAUSE

HE LOVES US.

I WANTED MY FRIENDS TO

KNOW THIS, TO.

Reporter: RAINY

DECIDED TO HAVE A

"SUPERBOOK" PARTY AT HER

HOUSE.

I ASKED HER IF SHE

WANTED TO INVITE HER

MUSLIM FRIENDS TO COME TO

OUR HOUSE TO WATCH THE

"SUPERBOOK" STORY.

SHE SAID YES.

SHE WAS SO EXCITED.

I PREPARED THE

INVITATIONS AND HANDED

THEM OUT.

SOME OF THEM CAME TO MY

HOUSE TO WATCH "SUPERBOOK"

WITH ME.

Reporter: AT THE END

OF THE EPISODE, SOME OF

RAINY'S MUSLIM COUSINS AND

FRIENDS HAD QUESTIONS.

WHEN THEY SAW JESUS

BEING NAILED TO THE CROSS,

THEY ASKED, RAINY, WHO IS

THAT?

I SAID, THAT'S JESUS.

AND THEN THEY ASKED, WHO

IS JESUS?

I SAID, JESUS IS MY GOD,

THE GOD I WORSHIP.

HE IS KIND AND HE LOVES US

ALL.

I WAS WATCHING THE

CHILDREN AS THEY WATCHED

"SUPERBOOK."

AT THE END, RAINY SAID,

JESUS DIED SO OUR SINS CAN

BE FORGIVEN.

IF YOU BELIEVE IN JESUS,

HE WILL SAVE YOU FROM YOUR

SINS.

I THINK RAINY IS VERY

BRAVE.

I'M SO PROUD OF HER.

Reporter: RAINY'S

FRIENDS AND COUSINS WANTED

TO SEE MORE EPISODES OF

"SUPERBOOK," SO SHE

INVITED THEM TO SUNDAY

SCHOOL.

NOW FIVE OF THEM ATTEND

WITH HER EVERY WEEK.

I'M VERY HAPPY THAT MY

FRIENDS COME TO CHURCH

WITH ME NOW.

I WANT THEM TO KNOW MORE

ABOUT JESUS AND TO LOVE

HIM.

I'M SO THANKFUL FOR

"SUPERBOOK."

Andrew: OUT OF THE

MANY OUTREACHES CBN DOES,

"SUPERBOOK" PERHAPS IS THE

MOST EXCITING AS CHILDREN

AROUND THE WORLD LEARN THE

TRUTH ABOUT JESUS CHRIST

AND THE STORIES FROM THE

BIBLE.

AND, YOU KNOW, OFTEN EVEN

AS ADULTS, WE'RE NOT SURE

HOW TO SHARE OUR FAITH.

AND WE CAN SEE THE EXAMPLE

OF THIS LITTLE GIRL WHO

HAS THE BOLDNESS AND THE

COURAGE AND THE JOY IN HER

HEART TO SAY, I WANT MY

FRIENDS, MY MUSLIM

FRIENDS, TO LEARN ABOUT

JESUS, AND SHE DOES IT

THROUGH "SUPERBOOK."

I CAN TELL YOU AS A DAD OF

THREE, MY CHILDREN LOVE

"SUPERBOOK."

AND WHENEVER THE NEW ONES

COME OUT, WE LIKE TO

GATHER TOGETHER AND WATCH

THEM.

IT LEADS TO GREAT

DISCUSSIONS FOR OUR FAMILY

ABOUT WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE

IN THE BIBLE?

WHAT IS JESUS' ROLE IN OUR

LIFE TODAY?

AND "SUPERBOOK" IS SO

WELL-DONE.

WE WANT TO COVER THE WORLD

WITH THE MESSAGE OF

"SUPERBOOK."

IN DOZENS OF LANGUAGES.

YOU CAN JOIN THE

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB.

YOU CAN CALL

1-800-700-7000.

OR LOG ON TO

700clubinteractive.com.

AND JUST SAY, I WANT TO BE

A PART OF THE "SUPERBOOK"

D.V.D. CLUB.

WHEN YOU DO SO, WE WILL

SEND YOU THE NEWEST

EPISODE, NEBUCHADNEZZAR'S

DREAM.

AND WE'LL RUSH THAT OUT TO

YOU, AND YOU CAN JOIN WITH

US IN SPREADING THE GOSPEL

TO CHILDREN AROUND THE

WORLD.

> COMING UP, WINNING

OLYMPIC GOLD WASN'T ENOUGH

FOR THIS TRACK STAR.

HE WANTED TO BE THE

FASTEST MAN ALIVE.

AND HE WAS WILLING TO DO

ANYTHING TO GET THERE.

A LOT OF FIGHTS.

IF I'VE ALREADY SOLD

MYSELF TO THE DEVIL TO

WIN, WHY NOT TAKE

SOMETHING TO WIN?

Andrew: WE'RE GOING

TO FIND OUT HOW FAR HE

Andrew: JESUS ASKED

THIS QUESTION: WHAT WOULD

IT PROFIT A MAN TO GAIN

THE WHOLE WORLD AND LOSE

HIS SOUL?

TIM MONTGOMERY WAS FAST.

HE COMPETED AND WON A

SILVER AND GOLD MEDAL IN

THE OLYMPICS, BUT HE

WANTED MORE.

AND HE WAS WILLING TO SELL

HIS SOUL TO GET IT.

> TIM MONTGOMERY HAD ONE

GOAL IN LIFE: TO BE THE

FASTEST MAN IN THE WORLD.

AND HE WAS WILLING TO DO

WHATEVER IT TOOK TO GET

THERE.

ACTUALLY, I WOULD SELL

MY SOUL TO THE DEVIL.

Andrew: IN HIS HOME

TOWN IN SOUTH CAROLINA,

TIM GREW A REPUTATION AS

THE FASTEST KID IN TOWN.

IN HIS MIND, IT WAS AN

ANSWER TO PRAYER.

BECAUSE IE I ASKED GOD FOR

IT.

I ASKED GOD TO MAKE ME

FAST.

Andrew: AS A RISING

TRACK STAR, TIM WAS PROUD

WHEN HE LETTERED IN TRACK

AS AN EIGHTH GRADER.

BUT BY HIGH SCHOOL, THAT

WASN'T ENOUGH.

WHEN I SAW MYSELF ON

THE FRONT PAGE, THAT

CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR ME.

IT WAS NOT ABOUT THE

LETTERMAN JACKET NO MORE.

IT WAS ALL ABOUT MAKING

THE FRONT PAGE.

Andrew: AND THEN IN

COLLEGE, HE SET THE

WORLD'S JUNIOR RECORD.

I HAD ADIDAS CALLING

ME, NIKE CALLING ME.

Andrew: HE LATER LOST

THAT TITLE ON A

TECHNICALITY.

THE TRACK WAS THREE

CENTIMETRES SHORT.

HE WAS UPSET AT FIRST, BUT

HE SIGNED A $250,000

CONTRACT WITH AS ASICS TO GO

RACE OVERSEAS.

THE SATISFACTION WAS TO

WAKE UP AND GO BUY WHAT

YOU WANT TO BUY.

BUT THEN IT WAS OVER.

I'VE GOT TO FIND THE NEXT

RACE BECAUSE I JUST BOUGHT

THIS $15,000 WATCH.

Andrew: HE EARNED A

GOLD MEDAL IN 2,000 AS A

MEMBER OF THE 400 RELAY

TEAM, BUT HE WANTED MORE.

I WANTED TO BE KNOWN AS

THE GREATEST EVER.

Andrew: TO HIM, THAT

MEANT EARNING THE TITLE OF

FASTEST MAN IN THE WORLD.

TIM WOULD DO ANYTHING TO

GET IT, EVEN IF HE HAD TO

CHEAT TO WIN.

A LOT OF FIGHTS.

IF I'M READY TO SELL MY

SOUL TO THE DEVIL TO WIN,

WHY NOT TAKE SOMETHING TO

WIN.

Andrew: THAT

SOMETHING WAS STEROIDS.

THE ONLY THING HOLDING HIM

BACK WAS FEAR OF GETTING

CAUGHT.

THEN HE MET VICTOR CONTE,

WHO CLAIMED TO HAVE DRUGS

THAT WERE UNDETECTABLE.

SO DESPERATE, TIM

CONVINCED HIMSELF IT WAS A

DIVINE APPOINTMENT.

THE FIRST THING I SAID

IS, IT'S GOT TO BE FROM

GOD.

HOW DO I RUN INTO A GUY

THAT HAS SOMETHING THAT

COULD BEAT BEING DETECTED?

I SAID, EVERYONE IS DOING

IT.

I SAID, I'VE BEEN BLESSED

BY GOD, AND HERE WE GO.

Announcer: MONTGOMERY

WINS IT!

9.78 IS THE WORLD RECORD.

Andrew: IN 2002, TIM

ACHIEVED HIS GOAL.

HE BECAME THE FASTEST MAN

IN THE WORLD.

I JUST HEAR THIS CROWD

JUST ROARING AND ROARING.

I LOOK BACK, AND THE CLOCK

SAID 9.78.

Andrew: BUT HIS

VICTORY WAS SHORT-LIVED.

AND EVERYTHING WENT

BLACK.

Andrew: WHEN VICTOR

CONTE HAD BEEN ARRESTED,

AND TIM WAS IMPLICATED,

ALONG WITH MARION JONES,

HE WAS SERVED A SUBPOENA

TO GO BEFORE A GRAND JURY.

I TOLD MYSELF, I SAID,

WHAT DO THEY HAVE?

I HAVE NEVER TESTED

POSITIVE.

WHAT DO THEY HAVE?

Andrew: THEY HAD LAB

SAMPLES FROM BOTH TIM AND

MARION.

IT WAS ENOUGH.

THE U.S. ANTI-DOPING

AGENCY SUSPENDED TIM FROM

COMPETITION FOR FOUR

YEARS, AND STRIPPED ALL

RECORDS AND AWARDS FROM

2001, INCLUDING HIS

COVETED TITLE.

TIM SAID HE TURNED TO THE

ONE THING HE THOUGHT COULD

REPEAL THE DECISION.

I GOT MONEY.

I GOT THE BEST LAWYERS.

I SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT?

I AIN'T GOING TO GO TO GOD

ON THIS ONE.

I'M GOING TO MONEY.

Andrew: BUT THE

APPEAL DRAGGED ON FOR

YEARS AND HE WAS OUT OF

MONEY.

HE GOT INVOLVED IN A

COUNTERFEIT CHECK RING AND

HE EVEN BEGAN DEALING

HEROIN.

IN 2008, HE WAS ARRESTED

AND SITTING IN JAIL.

I JUST TOLD MYSELF,

LIFE IS OVER.

I WAS GOING TO GET TO

PRISON, TRY TO FIND A WAY

TO DIE.

Andrew: LOCKED UP IN

THE PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA,

JAIL, HE SAID HAD HAD NO

HOPE, UNTIL HE BEGAN TO

TALK TO GOD.

I THANKED GOD.

I ASKED FOR FORGIVENESS.

I SAID, I KNOW I CAME TO

YOU A LOT OF TIMES, AND I

KNOW I LIED TO YOU A LOT

OF TIMES.

BUT ON THIS DAY RIGHT

HERE, LORD, I PRAY THAT

YOU FORGIVE ME.

Andrew: TIM

RECOMMITTED HIS LIFE TO

JESUS CHRIST.

AS HE READ HIS BIBLE AND

PRAYED, HE SAID HIS

OUTLOOK BEGAN TO CHANGE

BECAUSE HE LET GOD WORK IN

HIS LIFE.

HE ALSO BEGAN TO

EXPERIENCE IT.

IT'S A FEELING THAT'S

KIND OF -- IT CHANGES

THINGS INSIDE OF YOU.

IT'S WAY BEYOND THE

FEELING THAT I FEEL WHEN

I'M ON THE PODIUM AND I

SAYING THE STAR SPANGLE

BANNER.

IT IS WAY BEYOND THAT.

IT IS A FEELING OF I CAN

REST NOW.

Andrew: TIM SERVED

FOUR AND A HALF YEARS IN

PRISON.

AND TODAY HE IS MARRIED TO

JAMALI, RAISING A FAMILY

AND TRAINING YOUNG PEOPLE

IN TRACK AND FIELD.

I CAME BACK OUT HERE

AND I SAID, I'VE GOT TO GO

SEE THE TRACK.

WHEN I CAME BACK TO THE

TRACK, AND IT DIDN'T MAKE

ME FEEL LIKE I USED TO

FEEL, I SAID, THANK YOU,

GOD.

I SAID, THANK YOU, GOD.

THE ONLY TASTE AT YOUR

MOUTH OF WANTING TO WIN IS

GOD.

Andrew: TIM

MONTGOMERY, A LIFE

REDEEMED.

A LIFE REDEEMED.

YOU SEE THE SMILE ON HIS

FACE.

HE SUFFERED THE

CONSEQUENCES OF A BAD

PAST.

BUT THE CONDEMNATION IS

GONE.

IN OUR OWN LIVES, A LOT OF

TIMES THERE ARE

CONSEQUENCES TO OUR SIN

AND THE BAD DECISIONS THAT

WE MAKE, BUT THROUGH JESUS

CHRIST, THE CONDEMNATION

IS REMOVED.

DID YOU HEAR WHEN HE WAS

CONSIDERING STEROIDS AND

GETTING THAT EXTRA EDGE IN

COMPETITION, THAT HE

THOUGHT IT WAS

UNDETECTABLE.

THAT'S WHAT HE WAS TOLD.

IT WILL BE UNDETECTABLE;

NO ONE WILL KNOW.

WHEN WE REFLECT UPON THIS,

WE HAVE AN ENEMY, SATAN,

WHO LIES TO US TO GET US

TO ENGAGE IN SIN.

TIM SAID AT THAT MOMENT,

REGARDING THIS SUBSTANCE,

THAT IT MUST BE FROM GOD.

LOOKING BACK, WE SEE THE

ABSURDITY OF THAT.

AND IN OUR OWN JOURNEYS,

GOD WILL NEVER LEAD US TO

SIN.

NEVER.

IT'S NEVER IN HIS PLAN.

THERE IS NEVER ANY

BENEFIT.

YOUR ENEMY WANTS TO

DESTROY ANY CONNECTION,

ANY RELATIONSHIP WITH

ALMIGHTY GOD.

AND THAT ENEMY IS SATAN.

AND HE WILL LIE TO YOU AND

TELL YOU SIN WILL BE

UNDETECTABLE.

NO ONE WILL KNOW.

IT WON'T BE DESTRUCTIVE.

YOU DESERVE IT.

IT WILL SATISFY.

BUT IT WON'T.

IT WON'T.

HE LIES TO YOU.

AND THE TRAGIC THING, I

THINK, ABOUT TIM'S STORY

IS WHEN HE FOUND HIMSELF

IN THE PIT, HE SAID, I'M

NOT GOING TO GO TO GOD

WITH THIS.

SUCH A SAD STATEMENT.

AND SO THE PERCEPTION AND

THE ROOT THAT'S THE

FURTHEST FROM WHAT GOD

WOULD WANT.

WE GET IN THAT TRAP, DON'T

WE?

I'M NOT GOING TO GO TO GOD

WITH THIS.

EITHER WE THINK HE DOESN'T

CARE, OR WE THINK WE'RE

NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

OR WE THINK WE'VE SLID TOO

FAR TO BE REDEEMED AND

KNOW HIS GRACE.

I'M NOT GOING TO GO TO GOD

WITH THIS.

IF I CAN TELL YOU ONE

THING TODAY, PLEASE

UNDERSTAND GO TO GOD WITH

IT.

HE WANTS YOU TO.

HE DESIRES THAT YOU DO SO.

HE CREATED YOU TO BE IN

RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.

HE DIDN'T CREATE YOU TO BE

CAST AWAY FROM HIM.

JESUS CHRIST SAID IN THE

BOOK OF JOHN, "WHOEVER

COMES TO ME, I WILL NEVER

DRIVE AWAY."

I WILL NEVER REJECT.

I WILL NEVER CAST OFF.

IT'S NOT HIS CHARACTER.

IF YOU THINK YOU'RE TOO

FAR GONE TO KNOW THE LOVE

OF CHRIST, THAT THINKING

IS WRONG.

HE DESIRES RELATIONSHIP

WITH YOU.

HE DESIRES TO EXTEND

FORGIVENESS TO YOU.

WE HAVE TO COME TO THE

REALIZATION THAT HE WANTS

US SOMETIMES MORE THAN WE

EVEN WANT HIM.

I'M SO GLAD TIM CAME TO

THE REALIZATION THAT I CAN

GO TO GOD WITH THIS, AND

IT CHANGED HIS LIFE.

AND HE IS EXPERIENCING THE

GRACE AND LOVE AND POWER

OF GOD.

REALIZE THAT, JESUS WILL

NEVER DRIVE YOU AWAY.

IF YOU WANT SOMEONE TO

PRAY WITH YOU ABOUT

WHATEVER YOUR NEED IS,

PERHAPS IT IS SIN YOU'RE

STRUGGLING WITH, PERHAPS

IT'S ADDICTION, PERHAPS

IT'S EVEN FINANCIAL

PROBLEMS, TROUBLE IN

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS --

WE'VE DONE THINGS THAT

HAVE BROUGHT BAD

CONSEQUENCES FOR US.

IT IS OUR PRIVILEGE TO

PRAY WITH YOU.

GIVE US A CALL AT

1-800-700-7000.

AND SAY, HERE IS MY NEED.

HERE IS MY DESPERATION.

I NEED SOMEONE TO PRAY

WITH ME TODAY.

WE LEAVE YOU TODAY WITH

PSALM 119: 18: "OPEN MY

EYES THAT I MAY SEE

WONDERFUL THINGS IN YOUR

LAW."

YOU MAY RECALL TIM SAID IN

THAT STORY HE BECAME

BLIND.

HE COULDN'T SEE.

LET'S LET THE WORD OF GOD

AND THE LOVE OF JESUS

LIGHT OUR PATHS.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US

TODAY.

UNTIL NEXT TIME, I'M

ANDREW KNOX, AND WE'LL SEE

YOU TOMORROW

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