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The 700 Club - March 31, 2017

Hear the amazing story of one San Bernadino shooting survivor. Plus, a troubled youth joins a gang in search of acceptance, but something was still missing. Read Transcript


Wendy: TODAY...SHE'S

A WRITER AND A CULTURE

WARRIOR.

> THEN...A SURVIVOR OF

ONE OF THE NATION'S

DEADLIEST TERROR ATTACKS

REMEMBERS THE SHOOTING.

AND I JUST HEAR A BOOM,

BOOM, BOOM, BOOM.

Wendy: AND THE MAN

WHO PULLED THE TRIGGER.

I REMEMBER HIM TELLING

ME, WELL, IT WASN'T IN OUR

PLAN.

*

HELLO, AND WELCOME TO

"THE 700 CLUB."

CONGRESS HAS GIVEN

PRO-LIFE GROUPS A VICTORY.

AND NOW STATES DON'T HAVE

TO GIVE FEDERAL TAXPAYER

DOLLARS TO PLANNED

PARENTHOOD OR OTHER

ABORTION PROVIDERS AFTER A

VERY CLOSE VOTE ON CAPITOL

HILL.

MARK MARTIN HAS THE STORY.

Reporter: THE

REPUBLICAN-LED LEGISLATION

NARROWLY MADE IT THROUGH

THE SENATE ON THURSDAY

WITH THE HELP OF JOHNNY

ISAACSON OF GEORGIA, WHO

RETURNED TO CAPITOL HILL

AFTER BACK SURGERY.

AND THE TIE-BREAKING VOTE

CAST BY MIKE PENCE.

SO THE MEASURE PASSED 51

TO 50.

IN ADDITION TO ALLOWING

STATES TO DENY FEDERAL

FUNDS TO PLANNED

PARENTHOOD AND OTHER

ABORTION PROVIDERS, THE

BILLETS STATES DIVERT THAT

MONEY TO ORGANIZATIONS

THAT DON'T PERFORM

ABORTIONS, LIKE COMMUNITY

HEALTH CENTERS.

THE HOUSE ALREADY APPROVED

THE MEASURE LAST MONTH.

THE BILL NOW GOES TO

PRESIDENT TRUMP, WHO IS

EXPECTED TO SIGN IT.

DEMOCRATS CALLED THE BILL

AN ATTACK ON WOMEN.

SENATOR PATTY MURRAY OF

WASHINGTON LABELLED IT

SHAMEFUL AND DANGEROUS.

IF THE MEASURE BECOMES

LAW, IT WILL GIVE

REPUBLICANS AND PRO-LIFE

GROUPS A VICTORY AFTER THE

HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL

FAILED TO COME TO A PASS

LAST WEEK.

MEANWHILE, SPEAKER PAUL

RYAN HELD A MEETING ON

THURSDAY WITH CONSERVATIVE

LEADERS, INCLUDING

PRO-LIFE LEADERS, TO TALK

ABOUT MOVING THE

REPUBLICAN AGENDA FORWARD.

I ASKED LEADERS OF THE

CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT HERE

IN AMERICA TO COME TODAY

TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE MOVE

FORWARD AND HOW WE ADVANCE

OUR PRINCIPLES.

WE BELIEVE IN THE

PRINCIPLES IN LIBERTY,

FREE MARKETS, LIFE AND THE

CONSTITUTION.

THESE ARE IMPORTANT

PRINCIPLES THAT WE HAVE AN

HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO

MAKE GOOD ON.

Reporter: MARK

MARTIN, CBN NEWS.

Terry: WE DO BELIEVE

IN LIFE.

AND IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT

TODAY IN OUR CULTURE,

PERHAPS THE MOST DANGEROUS

PLACE FOR A CHILD IS IN

THE WOMB OF ITS OWN

MOTHER.

GREAT TO SEE SOMETHING

POSITIVE BEING DONE TO

PERHAPS CHANGE SOME OF

THAT.

> IN OTHER NEWS,

PRESIDENT TRUMP'S NOMINEE

FOR THE SUPREME COURT HAS

GAINED SOME MORE SUPPORT

IN THE SENATE FROM TWO

DEMOCRATS.

EFREM GRAHAM HAS THAT

STORY.

Efrem: JOE MANSION

FROM WEST VIRGINIA AND

HEIDI HIGHCAMP ARE GOING

AGAINST THEIR PARTY BY

ANNOUNCING LIAR VOTE THEIR VOTES TO

APPROVE NEIL GORSUCH FOR

THE SUPREME COURT.

AND BOTH FACE DIFFICULT

RE-ELECTION BATTLES IN

2018.

REPUBLICANS NEED AT LEAST

EIGHT DEMOCRATS TO SUPPORT

GORSUCH TO GET TO THE 60

VOTES NEEDED TO CONFIRM

HIM.

BUT WELL MORE THAN HALF OF

SENATE DEMOCRATS OPPOSE

HIM.

IF REPUBLICANS DO NOT GET

ENOUGH DEMOCRATIC VOTERS,

THEY CAN USE THE NUCLEAR

OPTION AND MOVE AHEAD TO

CONFIRM HIM WITH JUST 51

VOTES.

> NORTH CAROLINA HAS

REPEALED AND REPLACED ITS

STATE'S TRANSGENDER LAW

THAT ATTRACTED NATIONAL

ATTENTION.

IT WAS QUICKLY SIGNED BY

THE NEW DEMOCRATIC

GOVERNOR.

THIS, OF COURSE, WAS A

BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE.

IT REPRESENTS THAT NOBODY

IS 100% HAPPY, BUT I WILL

SAY I'M 95% HAPPY WITH

WHAT THIS BILL DOES.

I THINK IT IS A GREAT STEP

FORWARD.

Efrem: THE MEASURE

REPEALS THE BEST-KNOWN

SECTION OF THE ORIGINAL

LAW, A REQUIREMENT THAT

TRANSGENDER PEOPLE USE THE

BATHROOM AND PUBLIC

RESTROOMS THAT CORRESPOND

TO THE SEX ON THEIR

BIRTHDAY CERTIFICATE.

SUPPORTERS SAID THE

MEASURE WAS NECESSARY FOR

PRIVACY AND TO PROTECT

PEOPLE FROM SEXUAL

PREDATORS.

NOW THE QUESTION IS

WHETHER SOME SPORTS

CHAMPIONSHIPS, BUSINESSES,

AND OTHERS WILL RETURN TO

THE STATE AFTER STAYING

AWAY BECAUSE OF THAT

ORIGINAL BILL.

> PRIME MINISTER

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU'S

SECURITY CABINET APPROVED

ISRAEL'S FIRST NEW

SETTLEMENT IN TWO DECADES.

IT WILL REPLACE AMONA, AN

ISRAELI OUTPOST IN THE

CENTRAL WEST BANK THAT WAS

DEMOLISHED IN FEBRUARY

UNDER ORDER OF THE SUPREME

COURT.

IT WILL BE BUILT NEAR

SHILO IN THE WEST BANK.

PALESTINIANS CLAIM THE

WEST BANK AND EAST

JERUSALEM AS PART OF A

FUTURE STATE.

THE ISRAELIS CAPTURED

THOSE AREAS IN THE 1967

SIX-DAY WAR.

> FOR DECADES, THE TERM

"GENERATION GAP" HAS BEEN

USED TO DEFINE HOW YOUNGER

PEOPLE SEE THE WORLD

COMPARED TO THEIR PARENTS.

THOSE DIFFERENCES RANGE

FROM CULTURE, TO POLITICS,

TO RELATIONSHIPS.

AND IT CAN ALSO APPLY TO

HOW YOUNG PEOPLE SEE

ISRAEL.

ON A RECENT VISIT, SOME

YOUNG PASTORS GOT A

SPECIAL LOOK AT THE

COUNTRY AND ITS HISTORY.

AND THAT'S WHY ONE

MINISTRY IS INTRODUCING

MILLION NIN PASTORMILLENNIAL PASTORS TO TH E

LAND OF THE BIBLE.

WE NEED TO REPRESENT

ISRAEL IN A FRESH LENS AND

TO CULTIVATE THAT HEART.

EAGLE WING'S FOUNDER

ROBERT STERNS BELIEVE

ISRAEL IS TOO OFTEN

PORTRAYED AS A VILLAIN BY

THE MEDIA, AND THE U.N.

AND GROUPS LIKE B.D.S.,

WHICH CALLS FOR BOYCOTT,

DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS

AGAINST THE STATE.

ISRAEL CAN BE PAINTED

AS AT GOLIATH AND THE

PALESTINIANS AS THE DAVID.

SO IT IS REALLY VITAL TO

COME HERE AND UNDERSTAND

THE REALITIES ON THE

GROUND.

Chris: THOSE

REALITIES INCLUDE SEEING

ISRAEL BEYOND THE

HEADLINES AND OTHER NOISE.

MOST PEOPLE IN MY

GENERATION SAY, I'M GOING

TO HAVE TO SEE IT IN ORDER

TO BELIEVE IT.

TO COME HERE, YOU SEE THE

TRUTH.

YOU CONNECT WITH PEOPLE,

YOU TALK WITH PEOPLE, AND

YOU REALLY DO FIND OUT

WHAT IS ACTUALLY GOING ON

HERE.

Chris: SOME FELT THAT

MILLENNIALS, MOTIVATED BY

SOCIAL JUSTICE, THEY

NEEDED TO HEAR THE JEWISH

SIDE OF THE

ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN

CONFLICT.

TAKING THE JOURNEY OF

THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND

BEING ABLE TO WALK THAT

WITH THEM, AND BEING ABLE

TO SAY I STAND WITH THEM.

AFTER SEEING THEIR

JOURNEY, THERE IS NO OTHER

SIDE TO STAND ON.

Chris: THIS RABBI,

ONE OF AMERICA'S LEADING

YOUNG RABBIS, JOINED THIS

GROUP OF EVANGELICAL

PASTORS.

I THINK THAT THEY GET

IT.

AND THE MORE THAT JEWS

REALIZE THEY HAVE BROTHERS

AND FRIENDS IN THE

EVANGELICAL WORLD, AND

PARTICULARLY WITH

MILLENNIALS, I THINK THE

GREATER THE CHANCES OF THE

SUCCESS OF THE STATE OF

ISRAEL AND FOR THE COMING

OF THE MESSIAH.

Chris: MANY FELT IT

WAS TIME TO MAKE THE TRIP

TO ISRAEL.

I WOULD CHALLENGE

EVERYONE TO DO WHATEVER

SACRIFICE THEY HAVE TO

MAKE, WHATEVER THEY HAVE

TO SET ASIDE, TO MAKE THIS

TRIP BECAUSE IT IS

LIFE-CHANGING.

FOR ME, IT HAS

COMPLETELY OPENED UP MY

EYES TO GOD'S PLAN FOR

THIS LAND, GOD'S PLAN FOR

THE JEWISH PEOPLE, GOD'S

PLAN FOR CHRISTIANS AND

THIS PARTNERSHIP THAT HAS

STARTED TO COME TOGETHER,

WHICH IS HISTORY IN THE

MAKING.

Chris: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Efrem: STAND WITH

ISRAEL, IT'S SO NICE TO

SEE YOUNG PEOPLE'S EYES

OPENED.

TERRY?

Terry: THANKS, EFREM.

I'VE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF

GOING THERE NUMEROUS

TIMES, AND NOT ONLY IS A

RICH SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE

FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE

CHRISTIAN BELIEVERS, BUT

THERE IS SO MUCH IN

HISTORY THAT WE ALL NEED

TO KNOW ABOUT.

DON'T JUST TAKE A POSITION

WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING THE

WHY BEHIND IT.

UP NEXT, HE IS A SOCIAL

MEDIA STAR WHO'S COLUMNS

ALMOST ALWAYS SPARKED AN

OUTRAGE.

HE IS MATT RICE.

AND HE IS GOING TO SHOW

YOU HOW THE LEFT IS WAGING

WAR AGAINST OUR CULTURE.

Terry: BLOGGER MATT

WALSH IS MAKING A NAME FOR

HIMSELF AS ONE OF THE MOST

INFLUENTIAL YOUNG VOICES

AMONG CHRISTIAN

CONSERVATIVES.

AND HE HAS A LOT TO SAY

ABOUT THE FUTURE OF

AMERICAN CULTURE.

MATT WALSH IS A

RECOGNIZED WRITER,

BLOGGER, AND SPEAKER,

WHO'S COLUMNS HAVE GAINED

HIM A LARGE NATIONAL

FOLLOWING.

WALSH'S PROVOCATIVE

WRITINGS ARE READ BY

MILLIONS OF PEOPLE A

MONTH, AND HE E ENGAGES WITH

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS

THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA.

HE IS KNOWN AS A FIERCE

AND ARTICULATE DEFENDER OF

TRUTH, MORAL VALUES, AND

THE CHRISTIAN FAITH.

WITH HIS NEW BOOK, "THE

UNHOLY TRINITY, BLOCKING

THE LEFT'S ASSAULT ON

LIFE, MARRIAGE, AND

GENDER," HE WANTS TO

RECLAIM AMERICAN CULTURE.

Terry: MATT WALSH

JOINS US NOW.

WELCOME TO "THE 700 CLUB."

THANK YOU FOR HAVING

ME.

Terry: YOU SAY, IN

YOUR BOOK "THE UNHOLY

TRINITY," THAT IT IS NOW

OR NEVER FOR TRADITIONAL

VALUES.

THAT WE HAVE A WINDOW OF

TIME AND WE NEED TO MAKE

OUR STAND NOW.

WHY DO YOU SAY THAT?

WE'RE NOT GOING TO WIN

THE CULTURE WAR IN THE

NEXT TWO TO FOUR YEARS.

THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS

GOING TO HAPPEN OVER THE

COURSE OF GENERATIONS, IF

WE WIN IT AT ALL.

BUT IN THE NEXT TWO TO

FOUR YEARS, WE HAVE A

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY TO

FINALLY ADVANCE OUR

AGENDA, AT LEAST A LITTLE

BIT THROUGH POLICY AND

THROUGH LAW.

AND I THINK WE HAVE SEEN

THAT SORT OF BEGINNING.

OF COURSE, THE SUPREME

COURT JUSTICE WILL BE A

GOOD STEP IN THAT

DIRECTION.

BUT WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO

MOBILIZE -- FIGURE OUT

WHAT OUR VALUES ARE, WHAT

OUR PRIORITIES SHOULD BE,

AND MOBILIZE AROUND THEM.

AND NOW IS THE TIME TO DO

THAT.

Terry: WHAT YOU JUST

SAID IS EXACTLY WHAT I'D

LIKE TO ASK YOU.

TO FIGURE OUT WHAT OUR

VALUES ARE AND WHAT OUR

FOCUS AND DIRECTION SHOULD

BE -- HOW DID WE GET SO

LOST?

HOW DID WE FORGET WHO WE

ARE?

DID WE EVER KNOW?

OR WERE WE JUST NEVER

CHALLENGED IN IT THE WAY

WE ARE TODAY?

WELL, THAT'S ONE OF THE

PROBLEMS.

YOU HAVE THE LEFT, AND ON

LIFE, MARRIAGE, AND

GENDER, THEY'RE ALL ON THE

SAME PAGE.

IF YOU WANT TO BE PART OF

THAT CLUB, YOU HAVE TO BE

ON THE SAME PAGE WITH

THEM.

WHEN YOU GO TO THE OTHER

SIDE, PARTICULARLY AMONG

CHRISTIANS AND

CONSERVATIVES, IT SEEMS WE

HAVE NO IDEA WHAT OUR

PRIORITIES SHOULD BE.

THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS

I WROTE THE BOOK.

BECAUSE, LOOK, OUR

FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLES

SHOULD BE THE SANCTITY OF

LIFE, OBJECTIVE TRUTH,

GOD, PROTECTING MARRIAGE,

THE FAMILY, AND THE

DEFINITION OF MAN AND

WOMAN.

THESE ARE PRINCIPLES UPON

WHICH THE CIVILIZATION IS

BUILT.

IF THE WORD "CONSERVATIVE"

MEANS ANYTHING, I WOULD

THINK IT MEANS CONSERVING

THOSE TRUTHS.

Terry: YOU CALL IT

THE "UNHOLY TRINITY."

AND ABORTION, YOU SAY IN

YOUR BOOK IT IS THE HIGH

SACRAMENT OF LIBERALISM.

IT IS.

I CALL LIBERALISM A DEATH

CULT BECAUSE THIS PRACTICE

OF KILLING CHILDREN IS FOR

THEM THE FOUNDATION OF

THEIR MOVEMENT.

IT IS THE CENTER PIECE OF

THE CULTURAL WAR.

YOU LOOK WHAT HAPPENS IF

YOU GO UP AGAINST THE

DEALT CULT OF THE ABORTION

INDUSTRY, AND THEY'LL COME

AFTER YOU.

LIKE AT WHAT IS HAPPENING

WITH DAVI DAVID LEIDEN.

THINK ABOUT THE POWER THEY

HAVE GIVEN THEMSELVES OVER

ABORTION.

THEY HAVE SAID THAT LIFE

IS RELATIVE TO HOW

CONVENIENT IT IS TO THOSE

AROUND IT, AND HOW THE

MOTHER FEELS ABOUT IT.

IT DETERMINES THE HUMANITY

OF THE CHILD, AND THAT'S

ENORMOUS POWER.

AND THAT'S WHY THEY'RE

TRYING TO PROTECT IT.

BUT WE HAVE TO HAVE A

LITTLE COURAGE IN THESE

TIMES, I THINK.

Terry: AND SOME OF

THAT HAS INFILTRATED THE

CHURCH AS WELL.

SO YOU'RE SEEING IT IN THE

CULTURE IN GENERAL.

YEAH.

Terry: MARRIAGE IS

THE SECOND PART OF THE

TRINITY, AND YOU TALK

ABOUT THE BREAK DOWN OF

CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE BECAUSE

ONCE WE LOSE ALL OF THAT,

THEN THE CULTURE REALLY

DOES SINK.

WE'RE TO BE THE CITY ON

THE HILL, RIGHT?

YEAH.

Terry: TALK ABOUT THE

ATTACK ON MARRIAGE AND THE

IMPACT THAT HAS HAD ON OUR

CULTURE.

THE MOST TROUBLE ASPECT

TO ME IT APPEARS AMONGST

CHRISTIANS -- IT IS NOT

JUST ON THE LEFT.

CHRISTIANS HAVE THROWN UP

THE WHITE FLAG AND

SURRENDERED ON MARRIAGE.

AT LEAST ON THE LIFE

ISSUE, I THINK GENERALLY

MOST CONSERVATIVE

CHRISTIANS WOULD AGREE IT

IS WRONG TO KILL BABIES.

BUT ON MARRIAGE, MORE AND

MORE I HEAR, EVEN

CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS

SAYING, IT'S LOST.

IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER.

JUST LET IT GO.

MARRIAGE IS -- WE KNOW

THAT THE FAMILY, THE REST RESTS AT

THE FOUNDATION OF

CIVILIZATION.

YOU NEED TO HAVE STRONG

MARRIAGES SO YOU CAN HAVE

STRONG FAMILIES, SO WE CAN

RAISE OUR KIDS.

IT MATTERS.

Terry: BUT WE HAVE TO

THINK ABOUT IT BEFORE WE

DO IT.

HERE WE STAND AT THE

ALTER, MAKING THESE

TRADITIONAL VOWS AND

COMMITMENTS, AND THEN WHEN

THE GOING GETS TOUGH, WE

BAIL.

YEAH.

ABSOLUTELY.

BUT WE HAVE TO FACE AN

UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTH -- AS

CHRISTIANS, WE GAVE UP ON

MARRIAGE WAY BEFORE THIS

GAY MARRIAGE THING

HAPPENED.

MARRIAGE SHOULD BE

PERMANENT AND MARRIAGE

SHOULD BE PROCREATIVE.

WE GAVE UP ON THE

PERMANENT ASPECT OF

MARRIAGE DECADES AGO.

AND EVEN THE CHURCH HAS

SAID, WELL, WHATEVER JESUS

SAID ABOUT HOW A MAN AND

WOMAN ARE ONE -- MAYBE

THAT IS NEGOTIABLE.

IT IS NOT NEGOTIABLE.

YOU STAND AT THE ALTER,

AND YOU GIVE A VOW TO

SOMEBODY, SOMETHING

HAPPENS, AND YOU'RE BINDED

TO THAT PERSON.

AND YOU CAN'T JUST DECIDE

FIVE YEARS LATER, NEVER

MIND.

WE HAVE IRRECONCILABLE

DIFFERENCES IN OUR

MARRIAGE.

THERE ARE IRRECONCILABLE

DIFFERENCES IN EVERY

MARRIAGE, YOU'RE A MAN AND

A WOMAN.

THE WHOLE POINT IS THROUGH

THOSE DIFFERENCES TO FIND

THAT COMMON GROUND AND TO

FIND THAT LOVE.

Terry: SO MANY TIMES

IN OUR CULTURE IT IS

LOOKED AT WHAT IS FAIR.

IT SHOULD BE FAIR TO

EVERYBODY.

WHAT IMPACT DOES SAME-SEX

MARRIAGE HAVE?

ARE WE LOOKING AT IT

THROUGH THE SAME LENS?

IT WAS NEVER LIKE

PEOPLE ON OUR SIDE WERE

SAYING THAT GAY MARRIAGE

SHOULD BE ILLEGAL.

WE NEVER SAID THAT.

IT IS NOT ABOUT FAIRNESS.

IT IS NOT ABOUT RIGHTS.

IT IS ABOUT WHAT IS.

MARRIAGE HAS A CERTAIN

FUNCTION AND A CERTAIN

PURPOSE.

IT DOES SOMETHING.

AND THERE IS ONLY ONE TYPE

OF RELATIONSHIP THAT FALLS

INTO THAT CATEGORY.

Terry: I KNOW THE

THIRD ELEMENT OF YOUR

UNHOLY TRINITY IS GENDER.

WE LIVE IN A DAY AND AN

AGE -- WE JUST SAW IN THE

NEWS HOW MUCH CONFUSION

THAT HAS BEEN STIRRED UP

ABOUT THAT.

TALK ABOUT GENDER AND ITS

IMPACT ON OUR CULTURE.

THIS IS SOMETHING A LOT

OF US DIDN'T THINK WE

WOULD HAVE TO BE TALKING

ABOUT AT UL.

ALL.

UP UNTIL ABOUT 18 SECONDS

AGO, EVERYBODY AGREED A

MAN IS A MAN AND A WOMAN

IS A WOMAN AND YOU USE

DIFFERENT BATHROOMS.

BUT ONCE THEY REFINED

MARRIAGE, THEY SAID, LET'S

MOVE ON AND SAID LET'S

DEFINE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE

A MAN AND A WOMAN.

OUR KIDS ARE GROWING UP,

PARTICULARLY IN PUBLIC

SCHOOLS, AND THEY'RE NOW

IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE IT

IS TAKEN FOR GRANTED THAT

THERE IS NO THING,

ESSENTIALLY, AS BIOLOGICAL

SEX.

IF WE ACCEPT THAT AND

RAISE UP THE WHITE FLAG ON

THAT ONE, THERE IS NOTHING

LEFT.

AT THAT POINT OBJECTIVE

TRUTH IS GONE.

AND WE LIVE IN UTTER MORAL

CHAOS.

Terry: MATT, WHAT DO

WE DO?

I THINK THERE ARE TWO

THINGS WE CAN DO, AND

THERE IS NO MAGIC FLIP TO

SWITCH, BUT THE FIRST IS,

WE, AS CHRISTIANS, NEED TO

KNOW AND UNDERSTAND WHAT

OUR PRIORITIES SHOULD BE.

WHAT ARE THE MOST

IMPORTANT ISSUES BECAUSE

THESE ARE IT.

AND ONCE WE FIGURED THAT

OUT, THE NEXT STEP -- AS I

SAID, THIS IS A

GENERATIONAL STRUGGLE.

WE'RE NOT GOING TO RECLAIM

THE CULTURE IN FOUR YEARS,

MAYBE NOT EVEN 40.

WE HAVE TO RAISE OUR KIDS

IN THE TRUTH, AND THEY

RAISE THEIR KIDS.

AND MAYBE 70 YEARS FROM

NOW, OUR GREAT,

GREAT-GRANDKIDS CAN LOOK

BACK AT US AND SAY, WE

WERE THE ONES WHO STARTED

THAT PROCESS, MAYBE, BUT

THAT'S SOMETHING WE HAVE

TO FIGHT FOR.

Terry: THE CULTURE IS

HAPPENING ALL AROUND US.

THERE IS AN AGENDA, AND

MATT WRITES ABOUT IT IN

"THE UNHOLY TRINITY," AND

IT IS AVAILABLE WHEREVER

BOOKS ARE SOLD.

HIGHLY, HIGHLY

RECOMMENDED.

THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH

US, MALTT.

THANK YOU.

Terry: COMING UP, A

TEAM GOES INSIDE A COMBAT

ZONE TO RESCUE A STRANDED

GIRL AND HER FAMILY.

RIDE ALONG WITH THEM.

THAT'S COMING UP NEXT.

Terry: IN WAR-TORN

UKRAINE, THERE IS A

VILLAGE DESCRIBED AS A

PLACE THAT NEVER SEES THE

TRUTH.

MANY PEOPLE HAVE ESCAPED,

BUT NOT ALL OF THEM.

THAT'S WHY A TEAM FROM

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" DONNED

HARD HATS AND MOBILIZED A

RESCUE MISSION.

Terry: THE WAR IN

UKRAINE HAS DRAGGED ON FOR

MORE THAN TWO YEARS NOW.

THIS VILLAGE IS LOCATED

RIGHT ON THE FRONT LINE.

MOST PEOPLE FLED THIS WAR

ZONE A LONG TIME AGO.

THOSE WHO DIDN'T ARE VERY

POOR AND ARE AFRAID TO

LEAVE.

OUR "ORPHANS' PROMISE"

TEAM HAS BEEN HELPING MANY

FAMILIES IN SAFE ZONES

DURING THE WAR,

DISTRIBUTING BASIC

SUPPLIES ON A REGULAR

BASIS.

AND WE HAVE HELPED

RELOCATE ORPHANS TO SAFER

HOMES.

TODAY OUR TEAM IS

TRAVELLING IN THE

DANGEROUS GREY ZONE, WHERE

AN ARMY ESCORT IS

REQUIRED.

THEIR MISSION IS MORE

DESPERATE.

FINDING FAMILIES WITH

SMALL CHILDREN AND

CONVINCING THEM TO LEAVE.

THEIR SEARCH IS

SUCCESSFUL.

THEY HAVE FOUND THIS

LITTLE GIRL, KATIA.

WE HAVE FOUND HER, AND

YOU CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE HOW

BIG OF A TREASURE WE HAVE

FOUND.

Terry: DESPITE ALL

SHE HAS BEEN THROUGH,

KATIA IS A SURPRISINGLY

HAPPY CHILD.

SHE IS POOR, BUT SHE HAS

HER TREASURES: HER TOYS

AND HER DAD AND MOM.

THE WAR HAS DESTROYED

ALMOST EVERYTHING ELSE.

SHE SHOWS US WHERE THE

SOLDIERS SHOOT FROM, AND

WHERE SHE HIDES, AND HOW

SHE HOLDS HER STUFFED

ANIMALS CLOSE AND WHISPERS

THAT THEM NOT TO BE

AFRAID.

AFTER SOME DISCUSSION, THE

FAMILY HAS ACCEPTED THE

PROPOSAL FOR RELOCATION.

IT'S A BIG DECISION TO

LEAVE THEIR HOME AND ALL

THEY KNOW, BUT THEY

DECIDED THEIR DAUGHTER'S

SAFETY IS MOST IMPORTANT.

Through Translator: A

CHILD SHOULD NOT BE DYING

IN WAR OR BE HOSTAGE OF

CIRCUMSTANCES.

SHE NEEDS TO BE IN SCHOOL,

IN A PEACEFUL TERRITORY,

TO BE ABLE TO PLAY WITH

OTHER CHILDREN, SLEEP

WELL, AND NOT TO HIDE

UNDER A DIRTY BED.

SHE NEEDS TO HAVE A HAPPY

CHILDHOOD, TO BE ABLE TO

FORGET THE TERRORS OF WAR

FOREVER.

Terry: A FEW DAYS

LATER, THE "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" TEAM RETURNS WITH

ITS MILITARY ESCORT.

THEY HAVE PUT ON HARD HATS

AND BULLET-PROOF VESTS.

ON THEIR FIRST VISIT,

RUSSIAN SOLDIERS FIRED

WARNING SHOTS WHEN THEY

VENTURED INTO THE OPEN

FIELD BEHIND KATIA'S

HOUSE.

AND WHILE THE TEAM IS

THERE, THEY HEAR SHOOTING

AGAIN.

IT IS TIME TO QUICKLY PACK

THE FAMILY'S BELONGINGS

AND LEAVE THE AREA.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A

LONG TIME THEY ARE SAFE

FROM ENEMY FIRE, AND KATIA

CLEARLY UNDERSTANDS THE

MAGNITUDE OF THIS MOMENT.

THE FAMILY IS TAKEN TO A

TEMPORARY HOUSING CENTER

FOR DISPLACED PEOPLE.

BUT SOON "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" MOVES THEM INTO

THEIR OWN HOME.

I'M HOME FINALLY.

MY MOM AND DAD STILL CAN'T

BELIEVE THAT THIS IS TRUE.

THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN SO

MUCH KINDNESS BEFORE.

LOOK HOW WONDERFUL OUR

PLACE IS.

IT IS SO PEACEFUL HERE.

AND NO ONE IS SHOOTING.

Terry: LIKE HUNDREDS

OF OTHER CHILDREN RESCUED

BY "ORPHANS' PROMISE" IN

THE MIDST OF THE UKRAINE

WAR, KATIA'S LIFE HAS

DRAMATICALLY CHANGED.

SHE IS SAFE AND SECURE.

BACK IN SCHOOL.

AND HAS A STABLE HOME

LIFE.

MOST OF ALL, SHE HAS A

RENEWED HOPE FOR A BRIGHT

AND HAPPY FUTURE.

> "ORPHANS' PROMISE" IS

CBN'S ARM AND OUTREACH TO

ORPHANED AND VULNERABLE

CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD.

THE STORY OF KATIA AND HER

FAMILY HAS BEEN REPEATED

IN THAT PART OF UKRAINE

OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN THE

LAST COUPLE OF YEARS.

AND OUR PEOPLE HAVE GONE

BACK IN THERE WITH BREAD,

WITH WATER, WITH DIAPERS.

YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU HEAR

ABOUT WAR SOMEWHERE, YOU

DON'T ALWAYS THINK ABOUT

HOW THE PEOPLE'S

DAY-TO-DAY LIFE IS

IMPACTED BY THAT.

I WANT YOU TO KNOW

"ORPHANS' PROMISE"

CONTINUES TO GO IN.

WE CONTINUE TO BRING

THINGS TO PEOPLE IN NEED,

AND TO SUPPORT FAMILIES

LIKE KATIA'S.

TO HAVE A NEW BEGINNING --

HOW DO YOU WALK AWAY FROM

EVERYTHING YOU OWN INTO

NOTHINGNESS.

POVERTY IS A TERRIBLE

THING, BUT YOU AND I CAN

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR

LIVES, IN THE LIVES LIKE

CHILDREN LIKE KATIA,

CHILDREN WHO HAVE NO

FAMILY AT ALL, AND

FAMILIES WHO ARE

DEVASTATED BY THEIR NEED.

BE A PART OF WHAT

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" IS

DOING AROUND THE WORLD.

IT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD

BECAUSE YOU'LL KNOW YOU

ARE TOUCHING AND CHANGING

LIVES THE MOMENT YOU CALL.

OUR NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE:

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JUST CALL AND SAY, I'D

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DOING AROUND THE WORLD.

WE WELCOME YOUR

FRIENDSHIP.

WE WELCOME YOUR GIFTS.

WE WELCOME YOUR PRAYERS

FOR THE CHILDREN WHO ARE

IN NEED.

THEY ARE VOICELESS, AND

THEY NEED YOU AND I TO

STAND WITH THEM.

> WELL, STILL AHEAD, WE

WANT YOU TO MEET THE WOMAN

WHO PLAYED DEAD WHILE TWO

TERRORISTS SPRAYED HER

WORKPLACE WITH 75 ROUNDS.

WHEN ONE OF THEM CAME

BY, AND THEY KICKED ME IN

MY RIGHT LEG, AND THEN I

JUST HEAR A BOOM, BOOM,

BOOM, BOOM.

AND I JUST KNEW IT WAS,

LIKE, OKAY I'M HIT.

I DIDN'T KNOW IF I WAS

GOING TO MAKE IT OR NOT.

Terry: ONE SURVIVOR

TELLS THE REST OF HER

MIRACULOUS STORY, SO DON'T

GO AWAY.

Efrem: AND WELCOME

BACK TO "THE 700 CLUB."

CALIFORNIA IS WELCOMING

SPRING UNDER SEVERAL FEET

OF SNOW, NEARLY EIGHT FEET

IN SOME AREAS.

THE STATE'S SNOW PACK IS

SAID TO BE ONE OF THE

BIGGEST EVER RECORDED, AND

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

REPORTS IT IS LOADED WITH

ENOUGH WATER TO SUPPLY

RESERVOIRS AND RIVERS FOR

MONTHS.

BUT ALSO, THE MELTING SNOW

WILL LIKELY FORCE WATER

OVER THE BANKS AND LIKELY

CAUSE FLOODING.

> THANKS TO "OPERATION

BLESSING," COMMUNITIES ARE

NOW RECEIVING THE CARE

THEY NEED.

AFTER THE DROUGHT

DEVASTATED FARMING AND

CROPS IN THE COMMUNE OF

CONONGO, "OPERATION

BLESSING" HELPED IN TO

HELP FEED THEM, ALONG WITH

TEAMS FROM AN

INTERNATIONAL CENTER,

NIRVASA.

"OPERATION BLESSING"

TRAVELLED THERE WITH A

TRUCK FULL OF EMERGENCY

APPLIES.

THAT FOOD BENEFITED MORE

THAN 300 FAMILIES.

IT IS JUST THE LATEST

EFFORT CARRIED OUT BY

"OPERATION BLESSING" STAFF

IN KENYA, ALONG WITH

RECENT ACTION HELPING

THOSE SUFFERING FROM

STARVATION IN SOUTH SUDAN.

YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT

"OPERATION BLESSING" BY

GOING TO ITS WEBSITE AT

ob.org.

TERRY IS BACK WITH MORE OF

"THE 700 CLUB."

IT IS COMING UP RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

Terry: WE HAVE AN

AMAZING STORY FOR YOU THAT

BEGINS WITH A TERRIBLE

TRAGEDY.

ON DECEMBER 2nd, 2015,

TWO SHOOTERS CARRIED OUT

WHAT WAS AT THE TIME THE

WORST ACT OF TERRORISM ON

AMERICAN SOIL SINCE 9/11.

14 PEOPLE DIED THAT DAY.

AND BY ALL ACCOUNTS, A

SURVIVOR NAMED MICHELLE

FALTIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN

THE 15th AFTER SHE WAS

REPEATEDLY SHOT AT

POINTBLANK.

Reporter: SHORTLY

BEFORE 11 a.m. THE CALLS

CAME IN.

TWO SHOOTERS HAD OPENED

FIRE AT THE INLAND

REGIONAL CENTER IN SAN

BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA.

A FEW HOURS EARLIER, AND A

FEW MILES NORTH, MICHELLE

DEBATED CALLING IN SICK TO

WORK.

YOU KNOW WHEN YOU WAKE

UP SOMETIMES IN THE

MORNING AND YOU KNOW

SOMETHING IS WRONG OR

OFF -- THAT'S JUST KIND OF

HOW I FELT THAT DAY.

I WASN'T FEELING THE BEST,

BUT I WAS, LIKE, YOU KNOW

WHAT, I HAVEN'T TAKEN ANY

DAYS OFF.

I ASKED MY HUSBAND, AND HE

SAID, DO WHATEVER YOU

WANT.

I THOUGHT, YOU KNOW WHAT,

IT IS GOING TO BE A FUN

DAY AND I ACTUALLY ENDED

UP GETTING DRESSED THAT

DAY AND THREW MY HUSBAND A

KISS AND SAID, HOW DO I

LOOK?

AND HE SAID YOU LOOK FINE,

YOU LOOK PRETTY.

Reporter: FOR THE

LAST YEAR, MICHELLE HAD

BEEN WORKING AS AN

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

SERVANT FOR THE COUNTY.

ONE OF HER YOUNG TRAINERS

WAS A YOUNG MAN NAMED SYED

FAROOK.

HE KEPT PRETTY MUCH TO

HIMSELF.

HE SEEMED DISTANT.

I REMEMBER THE DAY I WENT

ON A RIDE-ALONG WITH HIM,

AND HE WAS VERY

INQUISITIVE ABOUT MY

MILITARY SIDE WITH MY

HUSBAND.

HE HAD TOLD ME HE WAS

EXPECTING A BABY.

AND I WAS, LIKE, OH,

CONGRATULATIONS.

BUT HE WAS MORE

DISAPPOINTED ABOUT THE

FACT -- I JUST REMEMBER

HIM TELLING ME, IT WASN'T

IN OUR PLANS.

Reporter: THE

AUTHORITIES WERE STILL

TRYING TO PIECE TOGETHER

THOSE PLANS, BUT THIS IS

WHAT THEY KNOW: ON THE

MORNING OF DECEMBER 2nd,

THAT BABY WAS DROPPED OFF

AT HER GRANDMOTHERS.

AT ABOUT 8:48 a.m., HE

ARRIVED AT WORK AND SAT

DOWN A FEW FEET FROM

MICHELLE.

THE WHOLE TIME HE WAS

KIND OF QUIET.

THE ONLY THING I REMEMBER

IS WHEN HE WAS SITTING

THERE, I REMEMBER HIM

LOOKING AT HIS CELL PHONE.

HE PICKED IT UP AND DID

SOMETHING TO IT, AND THEN

THE NEXT THING I KNEW, I

JUST REMEMBER SEEING HIM

STAND UP AND JUST WALK

AWAY.

Reporter: WHAT

MICHELLE DIDN'T KNOW WAS

THAT SYED FAROOK LEFT

BEHIND A COUPLE OF BAGS

WITH EXPLOSIVES.

20 MINUTES LATER HE

RETURNED WITH HIS WIFE,

BOTH DRESSED IN TACTICAL

GEAR AND ARMED TO THE

TEETH.

ALL OF A SUDDEN I HEAR

GUNFIRE.

I LOOKED BEHIND ME, AND I

NOTICED THAT THE DOOR HAD

A CRACK, LIKE IT WAS

PROPPED OPEN.

I JUST SAW A PERSON

STANDING THERE.

I SAW HIM LIFT THE RIFLE

UP AND START SPRAYING THE

ROOM FROM RIGHT TO LEFT.

I GOT DOWN ON THE FLOOR

REAL QUICK.

TRIED TO GET OUT OF THE

WAY, AND LAID THERE AS IF

I WAS DEAD ALREADY, LIKE

HE ALREADY HAD SHOT ME.

I JUST REMEMBER THE FIRE

WENT ON FOR, I FOR -- IT SEEMED

LIKE FOREVER LONG TO ME.

AND THE NEXT THING I KNOW,

THE FIRING STOPPED.

Reporter: HE AND HIS

WIFE WERE CARRYING BULLETS

DESIGNED FOR MAXIMUM

DAMAGE.

THEY FIRED OFF 75 ROUNDS

BEFORE FLEEING.

BUT BEFORE THEY LEFT, THEY

PAID ONE MORE VISIT TO

MICHELLE.

THAT'S WHEN ONE OF THEM

CAME BY AND KICKED ME IN

MY RIGHT LEG.

AND I JUST HEAR A BOOM,

BOMBOOM, BOOM, BOOM.

I JUST KNEW, OKAY, I'M

HIT.

I DIDN'T KNOW IF I WAS

GOING TO MAKE IT OR NOT.

I JUST LAID THERE, AND THE

FIRST THING I DID WAS I

TURNED TO GOD.

I STARTED PRAYING.

I TOLD HIM -- I SAID, GOD,

I'M READY.

I'M READY TO GO HOME WITH

YOU.

I'M OKAY WITH THAT.

BUT IF IT'S NOT MY TIME, I

JUST ASK THAT YOU PROTECT

ME, THAT YOU SHIELD ME,

THAT YOU KEEP ME SAFE AND

YOU KEEP EVERYBODY IN

HERE, THAT IT IS NOT THEIR

TIME, KEEP THEM SAFE,

PROTECT THEM.

I JUST KEPT TALKING TO HIM

AND PRAYING OVER AND OVER.

I WAS BREATHING VERY

HEAVILY AT FIRST.

AND I SAID, GOD, PLEASE

HELP ME STAY CALM.

BE ADVISED THAT ONE

SUSPECT FLED IN A BLACK

S.U.V., WESTBOUND.

WE DO NOT KNOW IF WE STILL

HAVE AN ACTIVE SHOOTER.

WE SUPPOSEDLY STILL HAVE

TWO DOWN INSIDE.

WE'LL BE MAKING ENTRY.

Reporter: WITHIN

MINUTES, HUNDREDS OF

OFFICERS WERE ON THE

SCENE, BUT SYED FAROOK AND

HIS WIFE WERE ALREADY

GONE.

IT IS BELIEVED THEY TRIED

AND FAILED TO DETONATE THE

PIPE BOMBS THEY LEFT

BEHIND.

BACK AT THE CENTER,

MICHELLE TRIED TO MOVE.

I HAD NO IDEA HOW MANY

PEOPLE WERE KILLED RIGHT

NOW.

IT WAS LITERALLY LIKE I

WAS IN A MOVIE.

THE NEXT THING I KNOW, THE

COPS SHOWED UP.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHO THEY

WERE AT FIRST.

I WAS SCARED BECAUSE I

JUST SAW THEM WITH A BUNCH

OF GUNS, AND I THOUGHT,

OH, GREAT, MORE PEOPLE IN

HERE TO SHOOT US.

I JUST REMEMBER HEARING

THEM SAY, IF YOU'RE

INJURED OR HURT AND YOU

CAN WALK, LET'S GO.

IF NOT, JUST STAY THERE.

WE'RE GOING TO BRING HELP.

AND I SAID TO MYSELF, I'M

INJURED.

I KNOW IT IS GOING TO BE

HARD TO WALK.

I NEED TO GET OUT OF HERE.

AND I GRABBED MY PURSE AND

I RAN OUT.

Reporter: 15 MINUTES

AFTER THE ATTACK, SYED

FAROOK'S WIFE PLEDGED HER

ALLEGIANCE TO ISIS.

HE LOOKED AT ME, AND HE

WAS LIKE, SWEETHEART, YOU

NEED TO GET DOWN, YOU'RE

HIT.

HE SAID IT VERY NERVOUS,

AND I LOOKED UP AND I

SAID, CALM DOWN.

ONCE I'M DOWN, THAT'S IT.

I WON'T BE ABLE TO GET UP

BECAUSE I WAS LOSING

FEELING IN MY LEGS AND

EVERYTHING.

Reporter: MICHELLE

WAS RUSHED TO THE SAN

BERNARDINO MEDICAL CENTER.

THIS DOCTOR WAS ON DUTY.

ONCE SHE ARRIVED, SHE

HAD A LOT OF GUNSHOT

WOUNDS, EIGHT TO 10, MAYBE

MORE, IN HER FLANK.

SHE HAD ABDOMINAL

INJURIES, AND SHE NEEDED

EMERGENCY SURGERY.

I WENT TO SHAKE HIS

HAND, AND THE DOCTOR PUT

MY HAND TO THE SIDE AND HE

KISSED ME ON THE FOREHEAD

AND HE LOOKED AT ME AND HE

SAID, I'VE GOT THIS.

YOU'RE GOING TO BE OKAY.

AND I REMEMBER I STARTED

TO CRY AND I SAID, OKAY,

THANK YOU.

I KNEW I WAS GOING TO BE

OKAY.

I KNOW I'M IN GOOD HANDS.

I KNOW THAT GOD IS WITH ME

AND GOD SENT THEM ALL FOR

ME FOR A REASON.

Reporter: SOMETIME

AROUND 3 p.m. A TIP LED

POLICE TO SYED FAROOK'S

HOUSE.

HE AND HIS WIFE FLED IN A

RENTED S.U.V., READY TO

MAKE THEIR LAST STAND.

RIGHT NOW WE HAVE ONE

DOWN OUTSIDE THE CAR.

ONE DOWN INSIDE THE CAR.

Reporter: AROUND THAT

SAME TIME, MICHELLE WOKE

UP FROM SURGERY AND

LEARNED THE IDENTITY OF

HER ATTACKERS.

HONESTLY, WHEN I FIRST

FOUND OUT, I GET REALLY

MAD.

I'M, LIKE, WHY DID HE HAVE

TO DO THIS.

BUT THEN I HAVE TO STOP

AND I PRAY AND I SAY, YOU

KNOW WHAT, I HAVE TO

FORGIVE HIM BECAUSE THAT'S

WHAT GOD WOULD DO.

IF I WERE TO FORGIVE HIM,

EVEN THOUGH I DON'T LIKE

WHAT HE DID AND I DON'T

AGREE WITH ANY OF IT, IT'S

GOING TO HELP ME MOVE ON

WITH EVERYTHING IN MY

LIFE.

IT'S GOING TO HELP ME

HEAL.

IF I DON'T, IT'S JUST

GOING TO ONLY MAKE THINGS

WORSE.

IT IS GOING TO MAKE ME

KEEP THAT ANGER AND THAT

HATRED, AND THAT'S NOT

WHAT I WANT.

Reporter: 14 PEOPLE

DIED DURING THE SAN

BERNARDINO SHOOTING.

MICHELLE WAS SHOT

POINTBLANK.

BY ALL ACCOUNTS, SHE

SHOULD HAVE BEEN NUMBER

15.

THE AMAZING THING IS

GOD'S GRACE BECAUSE WHEN I

WAS IN THE ROOM, WHEN I

WAS LAYING THERE ON THE

FLOOR, WHEN I SAID THAT

PRAYER, I LITERALLY FELT

THIS SHIELD OVER MY BODY.

WHEN HE OR SHE SHOT ME

LESS THAN THREE FEET AWAY,

THEY MISSED.

AND I TELL EVERYBODY IT IS

BECAUSE I HAD GOD'S SHIELD

OVER MY BODY PROTECTING

ME.

HE WAS ANSWERING MY

PRAYERS.

HE TOLD ME IT WAS NOT MY

TIME.

HE HAS SOMETHING BETTER

PLANNED FOR ME.

Reporter: TODAY,

MICHELLE IS STILL UNDER

DOCTOR'S CARE.

SHE HOPES TO RETURN TO HER

JOB SOON.

EVERY NOW AND THEN, SHE

HAS FLASHBACKS AND

SLEEPLESS NIGHTS.

STILL, MICHELLE IS ALIVE

AND STRONGER THAN EVER.

BEFORE THE WHOLE

INCIDENT, I ACTUALLY

STARTED QUESTIONING MY

FAITH.

I STARTED FEELING LIKE

IT'S NOT ENOUGH.

BUT WHEN THIS HAPPENED,

WITHOUT QUESTION I TURNED

TO GOD.

IT MADE ME REALIZE THAT MY

FAITH WASN'T WEAK.

IT'S EVEN BECOME MORE

STRONGER SINCE THIS WHOLE

THING.

HE WAS WITH ME THAT

MORNING WHEN I WAS STARTED

TO DECIDE NOT TO GO TO

WORK.

AND WHEN THE WHOLE THING

STARTED HAPPENING, HE WAS

BY MY SIDE.

AND I TURNED TO HIM RIGHT

AWAY, AND I KNEW GOD WAS

WITH ME THE WHOLE TIME.

HIS GRACE IS WHY I'M STILL

HERE.

Terry: AN AMAZING

STORY, ISN'T IT?

YOU KNOW, LIFE IS

UNPREDICTABLE, AT BEST.

WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY IN

THE NOW TO KNOW OUR GOD,

TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE WERE

CREATED WITH INTENTION AND

WITH PURPOSE IN MIND.

WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO

FORM A RELATIONSHIP WITH

THE ONLY ONE WHO, WHEN

WE'RE CAUGHT IN LIFE'S

UNPREDICTABLE

CIRCUMSTANCES, WILL BE

THERE WITH US.

THAT'S WHAT MICHELLE

EXPERIENCED.

SHE EXPERIENCED THE

HEALING, CALMING,

PEACE-FILLED PRESENCE OF

THE CREATOR OF THE

UNIVERSE.

WHO KNEW HER BY NAME, KNEW

THE NUMBER OF HAIRS ON HER

HEAD, AND WAS NOT

SURPRISED BY WHAT HAPPENED

THAT DAY.

EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS.

I REMIND YOU OF THOSE

THINGS BECAUSE LIFE GIVES

SOME PRETTY THINGS TO US

ALONG THE WAY.

IT IS GOOD TO KNOW THAT

GOD IS IN OUR TOMORROW,

THAT HE GOT THERE AHEAD OF

US, AND IT'S ALL GOOD.

HE HAS GOT YOUR BACK.

BUT THERE IS MORE TO THIS

STORY THAN THAT.

YOU SEE, MICHELLE WAS WISE

ENOUGH AFTER THE FACT THAT

KNOW THAT SHE COULD HAVE

BEEN TOTALLY BOUND UP,

TOTALLY DEVASTATED BY AND

DOMINATED BY

UNFORGIVENESS.

YOU KNOW, GOD ASKS US TO

FORGIVE BECAUSE IT FREES

US.

AND SHE SAID SO

ELOQUENTLY, I WASN'T

SAYING I AGREED WITH THIS

MAN, WITH HIS WIFE, WITH

THEIR BELIEFS, WITH THEIR

PURPOSE, OR WHAT THEY DID.

I WAS SAYING, I DON'T WANT

MY HEART TO BE FILLED WITH

HATRED OR WITH ANGER.

SHE WAS FREE TO GO ON AND

LIVE HER LIFE AND TO LIVE

IT WELL.

SO I WANT TO SAY TO YOU

TODAY, IF YOU'RE

STRUGGLING IN YOUR OWN

LIFE WITH A LOT OF ANGER

MANAGEMENT ISSUES, USUALLY

YOU CAN TRACK THAT BACK TO

SOMETHING SOMEONE DID TO

YOU, SOMETHING THAT WAS

UNFAIR.

SOMETHING THAT WAS

UNINITIATEDED BINITIATED BY YOU.

SOMETHING THAT WAS

HURTFUL.

SOMETHING THAT MIGHT HAVE

EVEN COST YOU SOMETHING

GREAT, AS IT DID MICHELLE.

GOD TODAY IS ASKING YOU TO

TRUST HIM, TO TRUST HIS

WAY, AND TO FORGIVE.

WILL YOU DO THAT RIGHT

NOW?

JUST ASK HIM.

JUST SAY, GOD, I DON'T

FEEL LIKE I CAN DO THIS,

BUT I'M GOING TO DO IT

BECAUSE YOU TELL ME TO,

AND I'M ASKING YOU TO HELP

ME WITH IT.

JUST SPEAK THE WORDS: I

FORGIVE SO AND SO, AND I

RELEASE THEM.

THERE IS A FREEDOM THAT

COMES WITH THAT.

AND THERE IS AN

OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO

MOVE FORWARD, FOR YOU TO

LIVE IN THAT FREEDOM, FOR

YOU TO LIVE IN THAT

WHOLENESS.

IT DOESN'T EXCUSE WHAT THE

PERSON DID TO YOU THAT WAS

UNFAIR.

BUT IT RELEASES YOU FROM

THEM.

THAT PERSON NO LONGER HAS

A HOOK IN YOU.

YOU CAN SIMPLY WALK AWAY

AND BEGIN TO LIVE YOUR

LIFE WITH A NEW

UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT

MEANS TO BE TRULY FREE.

THAT'S WHAT JESUS SAID, I

CAME TO SET THE CAPTIVE

FREE.

HE SAID HE CAME TO SHOW US

HOW TO LIVE.

IF HE COULD FORGIVE WHAT

WAS DONE TO HIM, SURELY

YOU AND I CAN FORGIVE WHAT

OTHERS HAVE DONE TO US.

IF YOU NEED TO PRAY WITH

SOMEONE ABOUT SOMETHING

THAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR

LIFE, AND YOU'RE

STRUGGLING WITH IT, CALL

OUR TOLL-FREE NUMBER:

1-800-700-7000.

AND, BY THE WAY, WHEN YOU

CALL, IF YOU'D LIKE TO

KNOW WHAT THE WORD OF GOD

HAS TO SAY ABOUT

FORGIVENESS, WE'VE GOT A

GREAT LITTLE PAMPHLET FOR

YOU.

IT IS CALLED JUST THAT,

"FORGIVENESS," AND IT'S

FILLED WITH WONDERFUL,

WONDERFUL THOUGHTS FROM

THE WORD OF GOD.

AND WE'D LIKE TO SHARE

THAT WITH YOU.

CALL RIGHT NOW.

IT'S FREE.

WE WANT TO HELP YOU MOVE

INTO THAT NEXT STEP OF

FREEDOM IN YOUR LIFE.

> UP NEXT, A DROPOUT WHO

WANTED TO BE A TOUGH GUY,

BUT THERE WAS JUST ONE

PROBLEM.

I WANTED TO BE THAT

GUY, THAT, HEY, YOU DON'T

MESS WITH ABRAHAM OR HE IS

GOING TO GET YOU, WHEN IN

REALITY I WAS SCARED.

Terry: HE IS NOT

SCARED ANYMORE, BUT HE

ALSO IS NOT TRYING TO BE

TOUGH ANYMORE.

YOU'LL SEE WHAT CHANGED,

WHEN WE COME BACK.

Terry: ABRAHAM

LEARNED AT A YOUNG AGE HOW

TO FIGHT, STEAL, AND DEAL.

HE WAS ON THE FAST-TRACK

TO PRISON UNTIL A STRANGER

INVITED HIM SOMEWHERE

ELSE.

I WAS AT THE TOP OF OUR

WOODEN STEPS, AND I

REMEMBER LOOKING DOWN THE

STEPS AND SEEING MY DAD

WITH HIS HANDS AROUND MY

MOM'S NECK.

MY MOM WAS BASICALLY

FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE.

Reporter: GROWING UP,

ABRAHAM LIVED IN CONSTANT

FEAR AND CHAOS.

HIS FATHER WAS AN ABUSIVE

ADDICT, AND HIS MOTHER

SUFFERED THE CONSEQUENCES.

THEY DIVORCED WHEN ABRAHAM

WAS SIX, FORCING HIS MOM

TO TAKE ON THREE JOBS TO

PROVIDE FOR HIM AND HIS

SISTER.

MY MOM WAS WORKING ALL

THE TIME.

MY DAD'S NOT PRESENT.

I WAS JUST SO AFRAID.

I WAS ALONE.

I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE I HAD

ANYBODY I COULD TURN TO.

Reporter: AT SCHOOL

ABRAHAM WAS BULLIED FOR

BEING POOR, WHICH MADE HIM

FEEL EVEN MORE ISOLATED

AND ALONE.

I STARTED DEVELOPING

ANGER ISSUES.

I FELT LIKE IT WAS ME

AGAINST THE WORLD.

I STARTED STEALING,

STARTING FIGHTS, TRYING TO

BE THIS BIG, MEAN, STRONG

MAN, BUT REALLY INSIDE I

WAS STRUGGLING.

I WAS JUST THIS LITTLE BOY

THAT WAS FEARFUL OF NOT

BELONGING, FEELING

TEMPORARY, LIKE I HAD NO

LASTING PURPOSE.

Reporter: HE WAS IN

MIDDLE SCHOOL WHEN HIS

MOTHER REMARRIED, BUT HIS

STEPFATHER WAS COLD AND

VERBALLY ABUSIVE.

UNDER HIS ROOF, ABRAHAM

GREW MORE DESPERATE TO

FIND A PLACE TO FIT IN,

AND TO PROTECT HIMSELF

FROM ANYONE WHO TRIED TO

HURT HIM.

IT WAS THEN HE FOUND A

GANG.

I STARTED FINDING

CROWDS I COULD HANG AROUND

WHERE I FELT PROTECTED.

WHO HAD THIS BIG

REPUTATION OF DON'T MESS

WITH THIS GUY OR HE'S

GOING TO GET YOU.

I WANTED TO BE THAT GUY,

THAT, HEY, YOU DON'T MESS

WITH ABRAHAM OR HE IS

GOING TO GET YOU, WHEN IN

REALITY I WAS SCARED.

Reporter: BY 15, HE

HAD DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL,

WAS RUNNING WITH A GANG

AND DEALING DRUGS.

WHILE IT GAVE HIM A SENSE

OF SECURITY AND BELONGING,

ANOTHER FEAR EMERGED.

I HAD A GREAT FEAR I

WOULD KIND OF FLOAT

THROUGH AND LIVE AND DIE

AND THAT'S IT.

THERE WAS REALLY NO

MEANING IN MY LIFE.

Reporter: WHEN HE WAS

18, ABRAHAM WAS ARRESTED

ON POSSESSION CHARGES.

SOMEONE ELSE TOOK THE RAP,

AND HE GOT OFF WITH JUST

ONE YEAR OF PROBATION.

AFTERWARDS HE ATTEMPTED TO

GET HIS LIFE STRAIGHT.

AS MUCH AS I WANTED TO

CHANGE, I COULDN'T CHANGE

MYSELF.

I HAD ALL OF THIS FEAR,

ALL OF THIS HURT, ALL OF

THIS ANGER, ALL OF THIS

SENSE OF WANTING TO BELONG

AND FIT IN, BUT EVERYTHING

I TRIED, NOTHING WORKED.

NOTHING WORKED.

SO I FIGURED, WELL, I'LL

TRY SELLING A LITTLE BIT

MORE DRUGS.

Reporter: ONE

SATURDAY ABRAHAM WAS

WALKING THE STREETS,

LOOKING TO MAKE A SCORE.

HE HAD JUST PASSED BY A

CHURCH WHEN AN OLDER WOMAN

APPROACHED HIM AND INVITED

HIM TO THE SUNDAY CHURCH

SERVICE.

ABRAHAM WAS TAKEN BY HER

KINDNESS AND SAID YES,

HOPING HE MIGHT MAKE A NEW

FRIEND.

THE NEXT DAY, WHEN HE WENT

INTO THE CHURCH, HE

EXPERIENCED SOMETHING HE

NEVER HAD BEFORE.

I'M WALKING IN, RIGHT

AT TIME OF PRAYER.

AS MANY PEOPLE AS WERE IN

THERE, I FELT ALONE.

BUT I'M FEELING A SENSE OF

LIGHTNESS, LIKE, OH, THIS

IS PRETTY NICE.

NOW I'M HEARING THIS

MESSAGE, THERE IS PURPOSE,

THERE IS HOPE.

AND I'M, LIKE, HE'S

SPEAKING TO ME.

IT WAS THE THING I WAS

HUNGERING FOR AND

THIRSTING FOR ALL THESE

YEARS.

I WAS, LIKE, THIS IS IT.

I HAVE TO COME BACK.

Reporter: THAT NIGHT

HE RETURNED FOR THE

EVENING SERVICE.

GOD HIMSELF CAME TO ME

RIGHT THERE AND LET ME

KNOW I'M WHO YOU HAVE BEEN

SEARCHING FOR.

I'M THE BELONGING THAT YOU

NEED.

HE SHOWED ME HE WAS THERE

WITH ME THE WHOLE TIME.

HE TOOK MY LONELINESS AND

FILLED IT WITH HIS LOVE.

HE FILLED IT WITH HIS

GRACE.

AND I WAS, LIKE, ALL

RIGHT, LORD, THIS IS IT.

I WANT YOU AND I DON'T

WANT ANYTHING ELSE.

Reporter: AT THAT

MOMENT, ABRAHAM FOUND

WHERE HE BELONGED, IN THE

ARMS OF HIS HEAVENLY

FATHER.

IN THE FOLLOWING YEARS, HE

REALIZED HIS PURPOSE AND

BECAME A PREACHER.

HE EVEN FOUNDED A CHURCH,

WHICH CONTINUES TO GROW.

THESE DAYS HE KEEPS PRETTY

BUSY AS A HUSBAND AND

FATHER OF FIVE, AND HE

CREDITS GOD FOR ALL OF IT.

JESUS CHRIST LITERALLY

CAME INTO MY LIFE AND

SPOKE LIFE INTO ME.

HE STEPPED IN AND SHOWED

ME, LIKE, I WAS HERE THE

WHOLE TIME.

I HAVE A PURPOSE FOR YOU.

I HAVE A DESTINY FOR YOU.

THERE IS NOTHING ANYONE

ELSE COULD HAVE DONE.

ONLY GOD CAN DO IT.

Terry: YOU KNOW WHAT

JESUS SAYS IN HIS WORD?

HE SAYS, I CAME THAT YOU

MIGHT HAVE LIFE AND THAT

YOU MIGHT HAVE IT

ABUNDANTLY.

ABUNDANTLY -- THAT MEANS

MORE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE.

MORE GOODNESS.

MORE TRUTH.

MORE RELATIONSHIP.

GOD WANTS YOU TO THRIVE,

NOT TO FEEL LIKE YOU'VE

BEEN LEFT OUT IN THE COLD.

AND MANY TIMES THINGS THAT

HAVE HAPPENED TO US NOT OF

OUR OWN CHOOSING -- THIS

IS A GUY WHO HAS A YOUNG

BOY IS BORN INTO A FAMILY

WHERE THERE ARE ISSUES

THAT SCAR HIS HEART, THAT

SCAR HIS MIND.

BUT GOD WAS ON A SEARCH

FOR HIM.

THE BIBLE ALSO SAYS THAT

THE GOOD SHEPHERD WILL

LEAVE HIS FLOCK TO GO

AFTER ONE LITTLE SHEEP

THAT IS LOST BECAUSE IT IS

NOT HIS INTENTION THAT

ANY, ANY SHOULD GO WITHOUT

KNOWING HIM.

OFTEN WE RUN FROM GOD

BECAUSE WE DON'T

UNDERSTAND HIM.

GOD IS RUNNING AFTER YOU

TODAY IN EVERY STORY THAT

YOU'VE HEARD ON THIS

PROGRAM.

IT IS GOD WHISPERING TO

YOUR HEART.

SO MY PRAYER FOR YOU TODAY

IS THAT HE'LL OPEN THE

EYES OF YOUR HEART, THAT

HE'LL OPEN THE EARS OF

YOUR UNDERSTANDING, SO YOU

CAN HEAR WHAT WE'RE SAYING

ABOUT THE GOODNESS OF GOD,

ABOUT HIS FATHER HEART.

HE IS A GOOD, GOOD FATHER,

AND HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH.

DON'T STAY AWAY.

DON'T BE AFRAID.

COME CLOSE.

HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN

OFFER YOU HEALING AND

FORGIVENESS AND WHOLENESS,

AND NO MATTER WHERE YOU'VE

BEEN OR WHAT YOU'VE DONE,

WITH JESUS CHRIST YOU GET

A WHOLE NEW BEGINNING.

WOULD YOU LIKE THAT?

YOU CAN START RIGHT NOW.

JUST PRAY WITH ME.

STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING FOR

A MOMENT.

JUST QUIET YOUR SOUL AND

SAY THIS: JESUS, I AM LOST

AND IN NEED OF A SAVIOR.

AND I WANT TO COME HOME TO

YOU TODAY.

I NEED FORGIVENESS FOR MY

SINS.

I'VE DONE SO MANY THINGS

THAT ARE WRONG.

YOU KNOW THEM ALL.

WOULD YOU FORGIVE ME?

I RECOGNIZE THAT YOUR

DEATH ON THE CROSS WAS TO

COVER MY SIN.

AND I RECEIVE YOU TODAY.

COME INTO MY HEART.

TEACH ME HOW TO LIVE FOR

YOU.

SHOW ME THE WAY.

I ASK IT IN YOUR NAME,

JESUS.

AMEN.

IF YOU'VE JUST PRAYED THAT

PRAYER, YOU'VE BEGUN AN

AMAZING JOURNEY.

WE'VE GOT A LITTLE PACKET

CALLED "A NEW DAY," AND IT

WILL TELL YOU HOW DO YOU

WALK WITH CHRIST AND HOW

DO YOU GROW IN THIS

RELATIONSHIP.

CALL AND ASK FOR IT.

> WE WANT TO SHARE WITH

YOU 2 CORINTHIANS: "NOW

THE LORD IS THE SPIRIT,

AND WHERE THE SPIRIT OF

THE LORD IS, THERE IS

FREEDOM."

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