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The 700 Club - April 7, 2017

Experience the true story of an atheist journalist who became a best-selling Christian author. Plus, the Emmy-winning host Ernie Johnson and the curveball that changed his life. Read Transcript


Gordon: TODAY, THE

INSIDE TRUE STORY OF AN

ATHEIST JOURNALIST WHO

BECAME A BEST-SELLING

CHRISTIAN AUTHOR.

WRITE THE STORY, WIN OR

LOSE.

Gordon: CBN NEWS GETS

AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT THE

UP COMING FILM, "THE CASE

FOR CHRIST."

PLUS...EMMY JOHNSON, AND

THE CURVEBALL THAT CHANGED

HIS LIFE ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB."

I DON'T KNOW HOW ELSE

TO COME OUT AND SAY IT.

*

Gordon: WELL, WELCOME

TO "THE 700 CLUB."

PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SURPRISE

ATTACK HAS MADE IT CLEAR:

HE WON'T TOLERATE SYRIA

USING CHEMICAL WEAPONS ON

INNOCENT CIVILIANS.

AND HE IS CALLING ON OTHER

NATIONS TO HELP STOP THE

SLAUGHTER IN THAT COUNTRY.

Terry: MANY COUNTRIES

APPROVE THE PRESIDENT'S

ACTION, BUT A FEW, LIKE

RUSSIA, CRITICIZED IT.

CHARLENE AARON HAS THE

STORY.

Charlene: THE U.S.

LAUNCHED 59 TOMAHAWK

CRUISE MISSILES AT SYRIA,

FROM TWO WARSHIPS, IN

RESPONSE TO ITS CHEMICAL

WEAPONS ATTACK THAT KILLED

DOZENS OF CIVILIANS.

President Trump:

TONIGHT I ORDERED A

TARGETED MILITARY STRIKE

ON THE AIR FIELD IN SYRIA,

FROM WHERE THE CHEMICAL

ATTACK WAS LAUNCHED.

Charlene: PRESIDENT

TRUMP AT HIS FLORIDA

RESORT SAID THERE WAS NO

DOUBT BASHAR al-ASSAD

WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE

USE OF ILLEGAL SARIN GAS

AGAINST HIS OWN PEOPLE.

THE PRESIDENT HAD BEEN

CLEARLY AFFECTED BY THE

PICTURES OF SUFFERING

CHILDREN FROM THE DEADLY

CHEMICAL STRIKE.

President Trump: EVEN

BEAUTIFUL BABIES WERE

CRUELLY MURDERED IN THIS

VERY BARBARIC ATTACK.

NO CHILD OF GOD SHOULD

EVER SUFFER SUCH HORROR.

Charlene: OFFICIALS

SAY THE MISSILES WERE

AIMED AT THE AIR BASE THAT

WAS HOME TO THE WAR PLANES

THAT CARRIED OUT THE

CHEMICAL ATTACKS EARLIER

THIS WEEK, KILLING MORE

THAN 70 PEOPLE.

THE STRIKE RECEIVED BOTH

BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND

CRITICISM ON CAPITOL HILL.

REPUBLICAN SENATORS JOHN

McCAIN AND LIND LINDSEY

GRAHAM APPLAUDED THE

ACTION.

WE SALUTE THE SKILL AND

THE PROFESSIONAL OF THE

U.S. ARMED FORCES WHO

CARRIED OUT TONIGHT'S

STRIKES IN SYRIA.

ACTING ON THE ORDERS OF

THEIR COMMANDER IN CHIEF,

THEY HAVE SENT AN

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: THE

UNITED STATES WILL NO

LONGER STAND IDLY BY

ASSADSAD SLAUGHTERS

INNOCENT SYRIANS WITH

CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND

BARREL BOMBS, THE SENATORS

SAID.

BUT REPUBLICAN SENATOR

RAND PAUL TWEETED: "WHILE

WE ALL CONDEMN THE

ATROCITIES IN SYRIA, THE

UNITED STATES WAS NOT

ATTACKED."

SOME APPLAUDED THE

PRESIDENT'S MOVE, WHILE

OTHERS SAID HE NEEDS TO

CONSULT WITH CONGRESS ON

FUTURE MILITARY ACTION.

THE KREMLIN IS CONDEMNING

THE MILITARY STRIKE,

CALLING IT AGGRESSION

AGAINST A SOVEREIGN NATION

IN VIOLATION OF

INTERNATIONAL LAW.

PENTAGON OFFICIALS SAY

RUSSIA WAS INFORMED BEFORE

THE ATTACK.

THE PRESIDENT ALSO SAID,

WE ASK FOR GOD'S WISDOM.

AND HE SAID THE WORLD

NEEDS TO WORK TOGETHER TO

STOP THE BLOODY FIGHTING

IN SYRIA.

President Trump:

TONIGHT I CALL ON ALL

CIVILIZED NATIONS TO JOIN

US IN SEEKING TO END THE

SLAUGHTER AND BLOODSHED IN

SYRIA.

AND ALSO TO END TERRORISM

OF ALL KINDS AND TYPES.

Charlene: CHARLENE

AARON, CBN NEWS.

Gordon: WELL, THERE

WAS ANOTHER PIECE TO

DONALD TRUMP'S SPEECH LAST

NIGHT THAT I DON'T THINK

ANY OTHER NEWS

ORGANIZATION IS GOING TO

SHOW YOU.

BUT WE'RE GOING TO SHOW IT

TO YOU, AND WE'RE GOING TO

DO THAT RIGHT NOW.

President Trump: WE

ASK FOR GOD'S WISDOM AS WE

FACE THE CHALLENGE OF OUR

VERY TROUBLED WORLD.

WE PRAY FOR THE LIVES OF

THE WOUNDED AND FOR THE

SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAVE

PASSED.

AND WE HOPE THAT AS LONG

AS AMERICA STANDS FOR

JUSTICE AND PEACE AND

HARMONY WILL IN THE END

PREVAIL.

Gordon: I THINK WE

CAN ALL JOIN WITH THAT

PRAYER, THAT WE NEED TO

STAND FOR JUSTICE.

THERE WAS A LINE, IT WAS

DRAWN IN THE SAND, IF YOU

WILL, BY THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION.

AND THEN SYRIA CROSSED

THAT LINE AND THERE WAS NO

RETALIATION.

THERE WAS NO JUDGMENT, IF

YOU WILL, FOR CROSSING IT.

THEY DID THIS THREE YEARS

AGO.

AND WE BLINKED.

AND HERE THEY'RE DOING IT

AGAIN.

AND HERE WE'RE RESPONDING.

WE NEED TO PRAY FOR GOD'S

WISDOM.

AND WE ALSO NEED TO ACT

JUSTLY.

LOVE MERCY AND WALK HUMBLY

BEFORE THE LORD OUR GOD.

PLEASE BE IN PRAYER FOR

OUR LEADERS.

BE IN PRAYER FOR OUR

PRESIDENT.

BE IN PRAYER FOR ALL

MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND

THE SENATE.

NOW, MORE THAN EVER, IN

OUR TROUBLED WORLD, WE

NEED GOD AND HIS WISDOM.

> WITH US NOW FOR MORE

ON THE MISSILE STRIKE IN

SYRIA IS GARY LANE.

AND LATER JOINING US ON

CAPITOL HILL WILL BE OUR

POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT

DAVID BRODY.

GARY, WHAT IS YOUR OPINION

ON THIS?

HOW IS THE WORLD GOING TO

LINE UP?

ARE THEY GOING TO BE WITH

US ON THIS?

OR ARE THEY GOING TO SAY,

NO, YOU CAN'T VIOLATE

SYRIA'S SOVEREIGNTY?

Reporter: I WOULD SAY

THE SUNNI ARAB STATES ARE

LINING UP WITH US.

AND THOSE WHO ARE AGAINST

US, OF COURSE, IRAN AND

RUSSIA.

ALSO, THE WESTERN EUROPEAN

GOVERNMENTS.

I THINK THERE IS GOING TO

BE A CONSENSUS THAT TRUMP

WILL SEEK ON TAKING FUTURE

ACTION.

Gordon: WHAT ABOUT

RUSSIA ON THIS ONE?

THEY HAVE A STRATEGIC BASE

NOW IN SYRIA.

DO YOU THINK THEY'RE GOING

TO TRY TO PROTECT THE

SYRIAN REGIME?

ARE THEY GOING TO TRY TO

PROTECT THEIR INTERESTS

THERE?

Reporter: THEY'RE

GOING TO TRY TO DO BOTH.

I THINK THEIR INTEREST IS

TRYING TO KEEP ASSAD IN

POWER.

BUT THEY ARE LIKELY TO

BEEF UP THE ANTI-AIRCRAFT

SYSTEMS THAT SYRIA HAS.

THEY'VE ALREADY CANCELLED

THE OPEN-SKIES AGREEMENT

THAT THEY HAD WITH THE

UNITED STATES.

AND WHAT THAT IS IS AN

AGREEMENT WHERE THE U.S.

CAN HIT ISIS TARGETS IN

THE NORTH OF SYRIA, AND

NOT RUN INTERFERENCE WITH

RUSSIA OR SYRIAN PILOTS IN

THE OPEN SKIES THERE.

NOW RUSSIA IS SAYING THAT

IS DEAD.

SO WHAT HAPPENS NOW,

GORDON, IF WE END UP DOING

ANOTHER STRIKE?

WHAT IF WE HIT RUSSIAN

TROOPS ON THE GROUND?

WHAT IF WE DESTROY ONE OF

THEIR PLANES ACCIDENTALLY?

Gordon: WELL, THERE

WAS NOTICE THAT WENT TO

RUSSIA SPECIFICALLY.

Reporter: YES, THERE

WAS.

BUT YOU KNOW, ACCIDENTS

CAN HAPPEN AND IT COULD

EASILY ESCALATE.

Gordon: THEY HAVE A

MILITARY CAPABILITY TO

STOP OUR CRUISE MISSILES?

NO, THEY DON'T HAVE

THAT CAPABILITY, NOT IN

SYRIA, A AS FAR AS WE

KNOW.

Gordon: I ASSUME

WE'LL WATCH FURTHER

STRIKES, IF ASSAD

CONTINUES TO ATTACK --

Reporter: FROM SHIPS.

Gordon: IF THEY DON'T

HAVE THE CAPABILITY OF

STOPPING IT, WHAT DO YOU

THINK WOULD BE THEIR NEXT

MOVE?

Reporter: RUSSIA'S

NEXT MOVE?

Gordon: YEAH.

Reporter: WELL, LOOK,

THERE IS GOING TO BE A LOT

OF PRESSURE ON THEM.

THEY HAVE ALREADY SAID

THEIR SUPPORT FOR ASSAD

ISN'T UNCONDITIONAL.

THEY'VE BEEN NEGOTIATING

WITH RUSSIA AND IRAN AND

SYRIA -- THE THREE OF THEM

HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATING ALSO

WITH TURKEY, TO END THIS

WAR.

BUT THOSE TALKS HAVE GONE

NOWHERE, GORDON.

THE PRESIDENT KNOWS THAT.

HE WANTS TO BRING AN END

TO THIS WAR.

WE'RE GOING ON TO SIX

YEARS NOW.

AND NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE

TO STOP IT.

IT HAS BEEN GETTING WORSE.

WE SAW MAJOR STRIKES IN

ALEPPO SEVERAL MONTHS AGO,

AND THIS THING HAS NOT

COME TO AN END.

NOW, THE OPPOSITION SAYS

ASSAD HAS TO GO.

WE CAN'T HAVE ANY POST-WAR

SYRIA WITHOUT ASSAD IN

POWER.

Gordon: NOW THE U.S.

HAS SAID THE SAME THING.

PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID THE

SAME THING.

Reporter: SO HOW DO

WE GET HIM OUT OF THERE?

Gordon: IS RUSSIA IN

DANGER OF BECOMING FURTHER

ISOLATED FROM THE WORLD

COMMUNITY?

ARE THEY GOING TO BE

TAGGED AS SOME KIND OF

EVIL EMPIRE, BACKING A

DICTATOR WHO WANTS TO USE

CHEMICAL WEAPONS.

Reporter: I THINK

THEY ALREADY ARE.

THEY SEE THAT.

THEY SEE THEY'RE BEING

LABELLED.

WHY DID THEY MAKE THE

STATEMENT THAT THEIR

SUPPORT FOR ASSAD IS NOT

NECESSARILY UNCONDITIONAL.

I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO

SEE THEM STARTING TO

DISTANCE THEMSELVES.

THEY HAVE NOT BEEN SO

OPPOSED TO SEEING SOMEONE

ELSE COME INTO POWER

THERE, BUT IT IS JUST WHO?

WHO WOULD REPLACE ASSAD?

WHAT KIND OF GOVERNMENT

WOULD YOU HAVE?

Gordon: THAT'S THE

OPEN QUESTION FOR ALL OF

US.

> LET'S GO TO DAVID

BRODY ON CAPITOL HILL.

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN

CONGRESS?

WHAT IS THEIR REACTION TO

THIS?

David: GORDON, IT IS

NOT EVERY DAY WHERE YOU

SEE PAUL RYAN, THE SPEAKER

OF THE HOUSE, AND NANCY

PELOSI ACTUALLY AGREE.

WHILE PAUL RYAN IS

AGREEING A LOT MORE WITH

THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS IN

SYRIA THAN NANCY PELOSI,

THERE IS AT LEAST SOME

AGREEMENT FROM LEADERSHIP

ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE

THAT DONALD TRUMP DID WHAT

HE NEEDED TO DO.

CHUCK SCHUMER IS CALLING

IT THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

NANCY PELOSI IS CALLING

THE STRIKES IN SYRIA A

PROPORTIONAL RESPONSE.

THOSE ARE HER WORDS.

SO ANY TIME YOU GET ANY

SORT OF COVER FROM

DEMOCRATS AT THE HIGHEST

RANKS OF CONGRESS, THAT'S

A GOOD DAY IF YOUR THE

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED

STATES.

HAVING SAID THAT,

OBVIOUSLY THERE IS A LOT

OF VARYING OPINIONS ALL

OVER THE GAMUT UP HERE.

WE DID SPEAK TO MARCO

RUBIO THIS MORNING.

WITH DONALD TRUMP IT IS

ALWAYS AN EARLY MORNING

WAKEUP CALL, FOR SURE.

WE TALKED TO RUBIO ABOUT

ALL OF THIS, INCLUDING THE

ACTUAL SPECIFIC ATTACK IN

SYRIA, AND HE TALKED ABOUT

IT BEING A HOPEFUL AND A

PROUD MOMENT.

HAVE A LOOK.

INNOCENT MEN AND WOMEN

AND CHILDREN WERE GASSED

AND KILLED.

AND LAST NIGHT THE UNITED

STATES -- AND THEY SHOULD

BE VERY PROUD OF THIS --

OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN

UNIFORM UNDER THE COMMANDS

OF THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF,

TOOK ACTION TO REMOVE THE

ABILITY OF ASSAD TO DO

THAT.

HE STILL HAS OTHER AIR

BASES HE CAN USE.

BIS THIBUT THIS IS AN AIR BASE HE

HAS BEEN USING TO CONDUCT

SARIN GAS ATTACKS.

AND WE DESTROYED THAT AIR

BASE.

SO THE UNITED STATES TOOK

AWAY THE ABILITY HE HAD TO

COMMIT THOSE SORTS OF

ATROCITIES.

David: ONE OF THE

OTHER QUESTIONS I ASKED

MARCO RUBIO WAS ABOUT

RUSSIA.

AND HE SAID IT IS ABOUT

TIME RUSSIA RUSSIA SHOULD SHOULD BE

CONCERNED ABOUT US,

INSTEAD OF THE OTHER WAY

AROUND.

Gordon: THERE SEEMS

TO BE A TENDENCY TO

ISOLATE, AND THEN THE

COMMENT, WE WEREN'T

ATTACKED, SO WHY ARE WE

ATTACKING?

IS THAT GOING TO GET ANY

TRACTION HERE?

David: YES.

IT IS ALREADY GETTING

TRACTION.

WE TALKED ABOUT NANCY

PELOSI AND CHUCK SCHUMER

IN SUPPORT.

BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF

VOICES UP HERE, SENATOR

RAND PAUL AND McCAIN AND

OTHER FOLKS ON THE

REPUBLICAN SIDE ALL

SAYING, HEY,

MR. PRESIDENT, IF YOU'RE

GOING TO DECLARE WAR, IF

YOU'RE GOING TO DO

SOMETHING THAT RELATES TO

A WAR-TYPE OF ACTION, YOU

NEED TO COME TO CONGRESS.

WELL, WE KNOW FROM 1973

THIS HAS BEEN DEBATED TIME

AND TIME AGAIN.

PRESIDENT OBAMA DIDN'T

FEEL LIKE HE NEEDED IT.

AND CLEARLY PRESIDENT

TRUMP DIDN'T, EITHER.

THE QUESTION BECOMES: WHAT

IS WAR?

WHAT IS AN ACTIVE

AGGRESSION?

AND THERE ARE NATIONAL

EMERGENCIES AND THERE IS

SOME LEEWAY THERE.

THIS WILL BE A BIG PART OF

THE DISCUSSION.

THE QUESTION GOING FORWARD

IS HOW LONG DOES THIS

CONTINUE?

WHAT DOES THE ESCALATION

LOOK LIKE A WEEK FROM NOW,

A MONTH FROM NOW, SIX

MONTHS AND BEYOND, AND

THAT'S THE BIG UNKNOWN UP

HERE ON CAPITOL HILL.

Gordon: I THINK WE

CROSSED THAT A LONG TIME

AGO WITH THE WAR POWERS

ACT.

WHAT ABOUT JUST ENFORCING

INTERNATIONAL LAW?

ARE YOU SEEING ANY

RESPONSE FROM CONGRESS

THAT WHEN A GOVERNMENT

USES A BANNED SUBSTANCE,

CHEMICAL WEAPONS, SARIN

GAS IS ABSOLUTELY BANNED.

NO ONE HAS A RIGHT TO USE

IT IN ANY CONFLICT.

WHAT ABOUT THAT ARGUMENT,

THAT WE NEED TO ENFORCE

INTERNATIONAL LAW?

David: IT IS

INTERESTING, YOU'RE

HEARING SOME OF THAT TALK

ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE.

BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE

DEMOCRATS, ESPECIALLY THE

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS,

ELIZABETH WARREN AND SOME

OF THE OTHER FOLKS

COMPLAINING ABOUT HUMAN

RIGHTS, AND CHEMICAL

WEAPONS AND GASES USED ON

THEIR OWN PEOPLE, AND

THESE ARE THE FOLKS

SAYING, ACTUALLY,

PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS WRONG

TO DO WHAT HE DID BASED ON

THE FACT THAT HE NEEDS TO

COME TO CONGRESS FIRST.

SO THEY'RE KIND OF, IN

ESSENCE, BY PASSING THAT

ISSUE.

I THINK THE MAIN TRACTION

UP HERE WILL BE MORE THE

CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY,

AND NOT SO MUCH WITH THE

INTERNATIONAL LAW NORMS.

Gordon: DAVID, THANK

YOU FOR THE COMMENTARY.

GARY, THANK YOU.

TERRY, WHAT'S COMING UP?

Terry: COMING UP, LEE

STROBEL REFLECTS ON THE

NEW MOVIE BASED ON HIS

BEST-SELLING BOOK "THE

CASE FOR CHRIST."

TO SEE YOUR LIFE PUT ON

A SCREEN, THOSE EMOTIONAL

MOMENTS OF THE GOOD, THE

BAD, AND THE UGLY -- TO

SEE THAT RELIVED IS

DIFFICULT FOR US TO WATCH.

Terry: WE'LL TAKE YOU

ON THE SET WHERE CBN'S

CAMERAS HAD EXCLUSIVE

ENTRY, AFTER THIS.

Gordon: IN 1979, LEE

STROBEL WAS AN ATHEIST AND

A SWORN ENEMY OF RELIGION.

AND THEN HIS WIFE BECAME A

CHRISTIAN, AND SO HE WENT

ON A TWO-YEAR

INVESTIGATION TO PROVE

THAT HER FAITH WAS A WORK

OF FICTION.

HE NEVER COULD HAVE

PREDICTED HOW THAT JOURNEY

WOULD END.

AND AS EFREM GRAHAM SHOWS

US, HIS REAL-LIFE STORY IS

NOW A MAJOR MOTION

PICTURE.

THERE WERE SO MANY

REASONS WHY I DIDN'T WANT

THERE TO BE A GOD.

BECAUSE I DID NOT WANT TO

BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

Efrem: MILLIONS READ

LEE STROBEL'S "THE CASE

FOR CHRIST."

AND IT IS NOW A MOVIE.

I SPENT MY ENTIRE

CAREER AS A JOURNALIST,

UNCOVERING THE TRUTH,

UNTIL THE DAY MY WIFE

PRESENTED ME WITH THE

BIGGEST STORY OF MY LIFE.

> I'M NOT GOING TO LOSE

MY WIFE AND MY KIDS TO

SOME THING I CAN'T EVEN

REASON WITH.

AND WHAT HAPPENED NEXT

CHANGED ME FOREVER.

TO SEE YOUR LIFE PUT ON

A SCREEN, NOT JUST RANDOM

THINGS FROM YOUR LIFE, BUT

THOSE EMOTIONAL MOMENTS OF

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE

UGLY, THE CONFLICT THAT WE

HAD AFTER LESLIE GAME A

CHRISTIAN AND I WAS STILL

AN ATHEIST, THE

ARGUMENTS -- TO SEE THAT

RELIVED IS DIFFICULT TO

WATCH.

THERE IS A SCENE WHERE

LEE HAS THIS BIG ARGUMENT

WITH HIS DAD.

AND THAT HAPPENED ON THE

EVE OF GRADUATION FOR HIM.

WHEN THAT ARGUMENT WAS

OVER, HE CAME OVER TO MY

HOUSE.

SO I HEARD ALL ABOUT IT.

BUT THIS WAS THE FIRST

TIME I ACTUALLY OBSERVED

IT.

AFTER WE TALKED ABOUT

HISTORICAL RESURRECTION --

THE EMPTY TOMB IS BASED

ON EVIDENCE.

Efrem: THEIR REAL

LIFE UNFOLDED IN THE WINDY

CITY, CHICAGO.

BUT THE "CASE FOR CHRIST"

HAPPENED HERE IN THE

ATLANTA AREA, OFTEN CALLED

THE HOLLYWOOD OF THE

SOUTH.

OUR CAMERAS WERE THE ONLY

ALLOWED ONSET.

A RE-CREATION OF THE

CHICAGO TRIBUNE NEWSROOM,

WHERE LEE, AN

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER,

BEGAN PUTTING FAITH ON

TRIAL.

YOU WANT YOUR WIFE

BACK.

WELL, NOT EVERYBODY GETS

EVERYTHING THEY WANT.

STOP BLAMING ME AND THE

CHURCH AND GOD AND DO YOUR

JOB.

STACK UP THE EVIDENCE,

FOLLOW THE FACTS, AND

WRITE THE STORY, WIN OR

LOSE.

Efrem: ACTOR MIKE

VOGEL PLAYS THE ROLE OF

LEE.

HE CHATTED BETWEEN TAKES,

AND STILL IN HIS 1970s

WARDROBE.

IT HAS BEEN FUN.

IT IS GREAT AS AN ACTOR,

WHENEVER YOU GET TO DO A

TRANSFORMATION LIKE THIS,

BECAUSE IT REALLY HELPS

THROW YOU INTO THE PART.

Efrem: LEE'S

TRANSFORMATIONAL STORY

REALLY BEGINS THE DAY HIS

WIFE FALLS IN LOVE WITH

ANOTHER MAN, JESUS.

COUGH, BABY.

COUGH, BABY.

OKAY.

OKAY.

JUST BREATHE.

I DON'T KNOW HOW TO THANK

YOU.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO THANK

ME.

SHE'S GOING TO BE FINE

NOW.

WE'RE SO LUCKY.

WELL, IT'S NOT LUCK.

IT'S JESUS.

[INAUDIBLE]

LESLIE BECAME A

CHRISTIAN, AND LEE THOUGHT

HIS WORLD WAS ENDING.

SHE DROPPED A BOMB ON HIM,

RIGHT?

HE IS THIS VERY MUCH

RADICAL ATHEIST WHO HAD NO

LOVE FOR THE CHURCH, NO

LOVE FOR CHRISTIANITY AT

ALL.

AND HIS WIFE COMES HOME

AND SAYS, I'M A CHRISTIAN

NOW.

WHEN LESLIE TOLD ME SHE

HAD BECOME A CHRISTIAN,

THE FIRST WORD THAT WENT

THROUGH MY MIND WAS

DIVORCE.

BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT TO

BE MARRIED TO A CHRISTIAN.

I WAS AN ATHEIST.

I THOUGHT THAT

CHRISTIANITY WAS BASED ON

WISHFUL THINKING, ON

LEGEND, ON MYTHOLOGY, ON

MAKE-BELIEVE.

AND I DIDN'T WANT HER TO

TURN INTO SOME HOLY ROLLER

THAT I DIDN'T MARRY.

I MARRIED THE ONE LESLIE.

IT WASN'T IN THE DEAL TO

CHANGE.

SO I THOUGHT, I'M JUST

GOING TO WALK OUT.

Efrem: BUT INSTEAD OF

WALKING OUT, HE LAUNCHES

AN INVESTIGATION.

THE CRUCIFIXION OF

JESUS IS ONE OF THE BEST

TESTED EVENTS IN THE

ANCIENT WORLD.

THERE IS NO HISTORICAL

EVIDENCE OF ANYONE EVER

SURVIVING, BEFORE THE

LORD, OF CRUCIFIXION.

IF YOU WILL, THE FINAL

NAIL IN THE COFFIN IS

THIS.

WHEN THE SOLDIERS

THRUST THEIR FINGERS

BETWEEN JESUS' RIBS, DO

YOU KNOW WHAT CAME OUT?

BLOOD AND WATER.

IT IS AS A RESULT OF DEATH

BY ASPHYXIATION.

THIS IS NOT A CONDITION

THAT ANYONE COULD FAKE.

SO TO ANSWER YOUR

QUESTION: YES, IT IS MY

MEDICAL OPINION THAT JESUS

CHRIST DIED ON THAT CROSS.

Efrem: BUT BEYOND

MEDICINE AND SCIENCE, IT

IS THE HEART OF LEE'S WIFE

THAT LEADS HIM TO THE

ANSWERS HE NEEDS.

SHE REFUSED TO STOP

PRAYING UNTIL HER HUSBAND

FOUND THE GOD SHE HAD.

THERE REALLY WAS THE

POSITIVE CHANGES IN HER

CHARACTER AND VALUES THAT

I FOUND WINSOME AND

ATTRACTIVE OVER TIME.

IN THE PREVIOUS

GENERATIONS, A APOLOGETICS

WAS ABOUT PUTTING SOMEONE

UP AGAINST A WALL AND

MACHINE-GUNNING THEM WITH

ANSWERS.

THAT DOESN'T WORK ANYMORE.

IT IS ABOUT CONVERSATION

AND DIALOGUE AND RELATING

TO EACH OTHER.

THE LOVE STORY THAT IS

AT THE HEART OF THIS MOVIE

IS WHAT REALLY DRAW ME TO

IT.

THE STORY WAS TAKING A

VERY HONEST APPROACH TO

FAITH, BUT THAT THE

EMOTIONAL STAKES WERE

EMBEDDED IN A HUSBAND AND

WIFE WHO ARE SEPARATED BY

HER BELIEF AND ULTIMATELY

BROUGHT BACK TOGETHER AS

HE FINDS A COMMON BELIEF.

Efrem: THIS IS A LOVE

STORY THAT RAISES THE HARD

QUESTIONS.

IF THE RESURRECTION OF

JESUS DIDN'T HAPPEN...

Efrem: WITHOUT FEAR

OF THE ANSWERS.

EFREM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS,

ATLANTA.

Gordon: WHAT A

WONDERFUL MOVIE.

A WONDERFUL MOVIE COMING

OUT OF PUREFLIX.

THEY'VE DONE SO MANY GOOD

THINGS, SO MANY GOOD

MOVIES OVER THE PAST FEW

YEARS.

YOU STAND BACK AND APPLAUD

THEM.

"THE CASE FOR CHRIST"

OPENS TODAY AROUND THE

COUNTRY.

TO FIND A THEATER NEAR

YOU, JUST GO TO OUR

WEBSITE AT cbnnews.com.

Terry: UP NEXT, AT

HOME WITH THE HOST OF

"INSIDE THE NBA."

ON THE OUTSIDE, IT

WOULD APPEAR THAT WE'VE

GOT IT ALL.

AND I KIND OF FOLLOWED MY

SCRIPT AT THAT POINT.

A BEAUTIFUL WIFE, A GREAT

JOB, A BOY AND A GIRL.

WHY MESS WITH THAT?

Terry: ERNIE JOHNSON

ANSWERS THAT QUESTION WITH

THE STORY OF HIS

UNSCRIPTED LIFE, WHEN WE

COME BACK.

Terry: ERNIE JOHNSON

IS THE FACE OF TURNER

SPORTS.

HE IS BEST KNOWN AS THE

HOST OF "INSIDE THE NBA."

WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW IS

THAT ERNIE'S LIFE

OFF-CAMERA IS ANYTHING BUT

SCRIPTED.

RECENTLY HE SAT DOWN WITH

REPORTER WILL DAWSEN TO

DISCUSS HIS FAITH,

ADOPTING AND RAISING A

SPECIAL-NEEDS CHILD, AND

HIS OWN BATTLE WITH

CANCER.

Reporter: HE IS ONE

OF THE MOST RESPECTED

BROADCASTERS IN SPORTS.

BEST KNOWN FOR THE NINE

TIME EMMY AWARD-WINNING

"INSIDE THE NBA."

WITH SHAQUILLE O'NEAL.

WE'RE JUST LIKE FOUR

GUYS SITTING AROUND IN THE

LIVING ROOM WATCHING THE

GAME.

Reporter: MUCH OF THE

SHOW'S APPEAL LIES IN ITS

OFF-BEAT, UNSCRIPTED

NATURE, LED BY ERNIE, WHO

GAVE ME A TUTORIAL WITH

HIS SIGNATURE BOW TIE.

THIS IS THE TRADEMARK

NBA BOW TIE.

THIS IS PRESSURE NOW.

THAT'S ONE TAKE.

I DEEM TO TELL YOU, THAT

WAS ICE WATER IN THE

VEINS.

ERNIE JOHNSON GIVES UP

A SINGLE --

Reporter: HE WAS A

MAJOR LEAGUE PITCHER AND

LATER BECAME THE VOICE OF

THE ATLANTA BRAVES ON TBS,

GIVING ERNIE, JR. A FRONT

ROW SEAT FOR BASEBALL AND

A LOVE FOR SPORTS.

YOU GO DOWN TO THE

FIELD AND YOU'RE HANGING

OUT IN THE BATTING CAGE,

AND HANK AARON IS ASKING

YOU HOW YOUR LITTLE LEAGUE

IS DOING?

Reporter: ERNIE WOULD

FOLLOW IN HIS FATHER'S

FOOTSTEPS, NOT IN

BASEBALL, BUT IN

BROADCAST.

WORKING HIS WAY UP THROUGH

SMALL MARKET STATIONS.

THAT'S WHEN HE MET CHERYL.

THE TWO MARRIED.

IN 1990, ERNIE GOT HIS BIG

BREAK WHEN T.N.T. ASKED

HIM TO BECOME THE NBA

HOST.

ON THE OUTSIDE, IT

WOULD APPEAR THAT WE'VE

GOT IT ALL.

I KIND OF FOLLOWED MY

SCRIPT AT THAT POINT.

BEAUTIFUL WIFE, GREAT JOB,

A BOY AND A GIRL THAT WE

HAD.

YOU KNOW, WHY MESS WITH

THIS?

Reporter: THAT'S WHEN

THE SCRIPTED LIFE BECAME

UNSCRIPTED.

CHERYL SEES THIS ABC

SPECIAL ON 20/20 ABOUT

THESE ROMANIAN ORPHANS,

BEING WEAR HOUSED.

I SAID, I THINK WE'RE

SUPPOSED TO ADOPT A

ROMANIAN CHILD, AND HE

LAUGHED.

I KIND OF SHOOK MY HEAD

AT FIRST.

WE TOLD THE ADOPTION

AGENCY WE'RE LOOKING FOR A

LITTLE GIRL UNDER A YEAR

OLD, NO PERMANENT

HANDICAPS, THAT WE COULD

GIVE A FRESH START IN THE

UNITED STATES.

IT TURNS OUT THIS FIRST

CHILD SHE SEES IN AN

ORPHANAGE IS THIS LITTLE

BOY WHO WAS ALMOST THREE.

HIS LITTLE LEGS WERE

CURLED UP AND HE COULDN'T

SPEAK.

AND I CALLED ERNIE FROM

ROMAINROMANIA, AND I SAID I SAW

THIS LITTLE BOY.

HE DOESN'T MEET ANY OF THE

CRITERIA, BUT I DON'T

THINK I CAN LIVE MY LIFE

WONDERING WHAT HAPPENS TO

HIM.

AND I CAN HEAR IN HER

VOICE THAT HER HEART HAS

BEEN MOVED IN A WAY I'VE

NEVER SEEN IT.

I SAID, BRING HIM HOME.

Reporter: MICHAEL

JOHNSON CAME HOME IN 1991,

AND WAS DIAGNOSED WITH MUS

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY.

DOCTORS SAID HE WOULD

NEVER WALK AND TALK TO

ANYONE.

HE CERTAINLY WALKS AND

TALKS TO EVERYBODY.

HE BECOMES THIS

REMARKABLE INFLUENCE ON

PEOPLE BECAUSE HE HAS THIS

TREMENDOUS SPIRIT.

Reporter: TWO YEARS

LATER, ERNIE AND CHERYL

ADOPTED AGAIN.

WHILE LIFE AND HOME WERE

BUSY, ERNIE'S CAREER

COULDN'T HAVE BEEN BETTER.

THE ONLY THING MISSING WAS

CHURCH.

ERNIE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE

GOOD FOR THE KIDS.

IT TURNS OUT HE WAS THE

ONE WHO WAS AFFECTED.

WE WALKED IN, AND IN

THE FIRST TWO WEEKS, I WAS

GETTING PIERCED.

AND THE MORE I HEARD, AND

THE MERE FACT I WAS

OPENING THE BIBLE AT THE

AGE OF 41 -- WHY HAVE I

KEPT THIS HIDDEN AWAY AND

CLOSED FOR SO LONG.

SO IT WENT FROM A

ME-CENTERED EXISTENCE TO A

CHRIST-CENTERED EXISTENCE.

Reporter: 2008 WAS A

BIG YEAR FOR THE NBA.

ERNIE COULD HAVE BEEN MORE

EXCITED.

BUT DAYS BEFORE THE GAME,

HE LEARNED SOMETHING THAT

WOULD MAKE 2003 A BIG YEAR

FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS.

I WAS SHAVING ON THIS

SIDE, AND I COULD SEE A

BUMP THAT WOULD RAISE WHEN

I MOVED MY FACE LIKE THIS

TO DO THIS, AND I THOUGHT,

THAT'S STRANGE.

I CAME UP WITH A MILLION

THINGS IT COULD BE, AND I

SAID, IT WILL GO AWAY ON

ITS OWN.

AND IT DIDN'T.

Reporter: ERNIE

FINALLY DECIDED TO GET IT

CHECKED OUT.

HE THOUGHT IT WAS A

BENIGN CAROTID TUMOR.

Reporter: BUT AT

LEAST IT ALLEVIATED YOUR

FEARS THAT IT WASN'T

CANCER.

YEAH, BECAUSE HE USED

THE WORD "BENIGN."

BUT HE SAID, IF YOU WANT A

SECOND OPINION, I CAN SET

THAT UP FOR YOU.

Reporter: THE SECOND

OPINION CONFIRMED HIS

WORST FEARS.

ERNIE HAD NON-HODGKINS

LYMPHOMA, .

NOW HE HAD TO BREAK THE

NEWS TO CHERYL AND THE

KIDS.

I SAID, IT'S CANCER.

I DON'T KNOW HOW ELSE TO

COME OUT AND SAY IT.

I DON'T WISH THAT ON ANY

PERSON.

HE WAS SCARED AND WE

WERE ALL SCARED.

Reporter: ERNIE

SOUGHT ADVICE FROM HIS

PASTOR, BUT HE REALLY JUST

WANTED TO VENT.

I SAID, KEVIN, RIGHT

NOW WHAT I WANT TO DO IS

PUNCH GOD RIGHT IN THE

NOSE.

WHERE ARE WE RIGHT NOW?

ARE WE TRUSTED WITH A

QUESTION MARK?

AND HE IS WRITING THIS

STUFF DOWN ON A STARBUCKS

NAPKIN.

ARE WE GOING TO TRUST GOD

IF?

ARE WE GOING TO TRUST

WHEN?

ARE WE GOING TO TRUST GOD

WITH A QUESTION MARK?

OR ARE WE GOING TO TRUST

GOD PERIOD?

WE'RE LOOKING AT JOHN 9,

AND I'M LOOKING AT JESUS

WITH THE DISCIPLES AND THE

BLIND MEN AT THE SIDE OF

THE ROAD.

AND JESUS IS SAYING,

YOU'RE ASKING THE WRONG

THING, GUYS.

NOT WHY DID THIS HAPPEN,

BUT HOW IS MY FATHER GOING

TO USE IT?

AND FROM THAT DAY ON, THAT

BECAME MY MANTRA: TRUST

GOD, PERIOD.

Reporter: ERNIE,

THERE WAS A TIME DURING

THAT PROCESS THAT YOU

BECAME RESOLVED TO BEATING

THIS THING?

SURE.

Reporter: ONCE YOU'RE

TOLD AFTER THOSE TESTS,

HERE IS WHAT YOU'VE GOT

AND HERE'S WHAT YOU'RE

GOING TO DO, THEN YOU PUT

YOUR HEAD DOWN AND GO AND

YOU COMPETE.

Reporter: AND THAT'S

EXACTLY WHAT HE DID.

ERNIE'S CANCER BATTLE WAS

VERY PUBLIC.

AND WITH A RENEWED TRUST

IN GOD, HE NEVER MISSED A

SHOW.

THANKS TO ALL YOU GUYS

AND EVERYBODY OUT THERE

WHO SENT ME E-MAILS AND

LETTERS AND PHONE CALLS.

Reporter: DEALING

WITH HIS CANCER HEAD-ON,

THROUGH TREATMENTS, ERNIE

GOT THE NEWS IN 2007 HE

WAS CANCER-FREE.

THINGS WERE BACK ON TRACK.

BUT IN 2011 HIS DAD AND

BEST FRIEND PASSED AWAY.

AS HE CAME TO GRIPS WITH

THE LOSS OF HIS FATHER,

JUST TWO MONTHS LATER

ERNIE GOT A CALL, HIS SON

MICHAEL'S LIFE WAS IN

DANGER.

SHE'S ON THE PHONE WITH

ME AND SHE HAS A DOCTOR

THERE, AND SHE SAYS, WE

NEED PERMISSION TO

INTUBATE.

AND I SAID, IF WE DON'T,

AND HE SAID, YOUR SON IS

GOING TO DIE.

Reporter: MICHAEL WAS

PUT ON A VENTILATOR.

HE WOULD SPEND THE NEXT

NINE WEEKS IN A HOSPITAL

BEFORE COMING HOME.

HE WOULD NEVER COME OFF

THE VENTILATOR, SO THEY

TURNED HIS BEDROOM INTO AN

I.C.U. UNIT.

WE WANT HIM AS LONG AS

WE CAN HAVE HIM.

WE'VE GOT TO DO

EVERYTHING WE CAN WITH

MICHAEL.

WE'VE GOT TO SCRATCH EVERY

ITCH AND TAKE CARE OF

EVERY NEED.

FOR US, THERE IS SOMETHING

THAT IS DEEPLY SPIRITUAL

THERE BECAUSE YOU WAKE UP

IN THE MORNING TO SERVE.

AND WHILE CHERYL AND I

HAVE GONE INTO THAT WHOLE

ADOPTION THING SAYING

MAYBE WE CAN DO SOMETHING

FOR SOMEBODY ELSE TO GIVE

THEM A BETTER LIFE, HE HAS

DONE MORE FOR US THAN WE

COULD EVER DO FOR HIM.

WHEN I SEE THE IMPACT HE

HAS HAD WITH HIS LIMITED

ABILITIES, AND WHEN I LOOK

AT MY EPISODE WITH CANCER,

IT IS JUST ANOTHER PAGE IN

THIS STORY THAT GOD HAS

WRITTEN FOR MY LIFE.

WHEN YOU SEE WHAT HE'S

DONE IN THE PAST, YOU SAY,

OKAY, I'M GOING TO TRUST

AGAIN.

I'M NOT GOING TO TRUST IF.

HEY, GOD, IF THIS TEST

COMES BACK OKAY, YOU AND

ME, WE'RE BOYS -- IT'S NOT

A QUESTION MARK, NOT A

COMMA, NO AN IF, NOT A

WHEN.

IT'S TRUST GOD, PERIOD.

Terry: TRUST GOD,

PERIOD.

BOY, WHAT A MESSAGE FOR

ALL OF US.

AND WHAT A VISIBLE VISUAL

MESSAGE OF THE VALUE OF

LIFE, THE POWER AND THE

IMPACT OF A PERSON TO MAKE

A DIFFERENCE, BOTH MICHAEL

AND ERNIE AND HIS WIFE.

ERNIE JOHNSON HAS WRITTEN

A BOOK, AND IT'S CALLED

"UNSCRIPTED: THE

UNPREDICTABLE MOMENTS THAT

MAKE LIFE EXTRAORDINARY."

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.

Gordon: STILL AHEAD,

A HORSE TRAINER INJURIES

HIS BACK CLEANING THE

BARN.

WHEN I LIFTED IT UP, I

HEARD A POP AND FELT A

SHARP PAIN IN THE BACK.

VERY SHORTLY AFTER THAT, I

STARTED DEVELOPING A SHARP

PAIN DOWN THE BACK OF MY

LEG.

Gordon: SEE HOW THIS

MAN'S PAIN VANISHES IN AN

INSTANT.

WELCOME TO WASHINGTON

FOR THIS CBN NEWSBREAK.

THE STAGE IS SET FOR NEIL

GORSUCH TO BE CONFIRMED AS

THE NEXT SUPREME COURT

JUSTICE.

SENATE REPUBLICANS

TRIGGERED THE NUCLEAR

ACTION TO CONFIRM HIM, AND

THAT MEANS HE ONLY NEEDS A

SIMPLE MAJORITY, 51 VOTES

INSTEAD OF 60.

GORSUCH GOT CAUGHT UP IN A

PARTISAN SHOWDOWN.

DEMOCRATS LABELLED HIM

OUTSIDE THE MAINSTREAM,

WHILE MITCHELL McCONNELL

CALLED THAT NOTION, QUOTE,

"OUT OF TOUCH."

> BEFORE EBOLA STRUCK

THIS COUNTRY, THE MOTHER,

WHO'S NAME IS SARAH, WAS A

BAKER.

BUT AFTER THE OUTBREAK,

HER BUSINESS COLLAPSED AND

SHE LOST HER ONLY SOURCE

OF INCOME.

"OPERATION BLESSING" SAW

HER NEED AND STEPPED IN

WITH A BRAND NEW OVEN AND

SUPPLIES SO SHE COULD

START HER OWN BAKING

BUSINESS.

SHE GOT TO WORK RIGHT

AWAY, AND THE MONEY SHE

EARNS NOW HELPS HER TAKE

CARE OF HER FAMILY.

YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE

ABOUT "OPERATION BLESSING"

ON ITS WEBSITE, ob.org.

GORDON AND TERRY WILL BE

BACK WITH MORE OF "THE 700

CLUB" RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Gordon: SARAH IS A

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR.

AND TODAY SHE LIVES IN

ISRAEL.

SHE STILL SUFFERS THE

EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL

SCARS FROM HER TIME SPENT

IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP,

BUT EVEN THOUGH SHE IS A

WIDOW, SHE IS NOT ALONE.

ALL OF HER NEEDS ARE BEING

MET, THANKS TO PEOPLE LIKE

YOU.

Reporter: SARAH LOVES

TO WALK TO THE GARDEN NEAR

HER APARTMENT IN ISRAEL,

BUT SOME DAYS IT IS JUST

TOO HARD FOR HER TO MAKE

IT.

SHE SUFFERS FROM THE

TRAUMA SHE EXPERIENCED

DURING THE HOLOCAUST IN

UKRAINE.

I WAS NINE YEARS OLD

WHEN THE NAZIS CAME TO OUR

VILLAGE.

WE WERE FORCED TO MARCH TO

A CONCENTRATION CAMP WITH

NO HOUSING, JUST OPEN SKY.

I STILL REMEMBER THE

CONSTANT HUNGER AND THE

COLD GROUND WHERE WE SLEPT

NIGHT AFTER NIGHT.

Reporter: MANY OF HER

FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS

DIED DURING THE HOLOCAUST,

BUT SHE LIVED TO SEE

LIBERATION.

SHE LATER MARRIED A FELLOW

SURVIVOR SHE MET IN THE

GHETTO, AND TOGETHER THEY

MOVED TO ISRAEL.

LIVING IN ISRAEL WAS

OUR DREAM.

BUT NOW I'M A WIDOW AND MY

BODY ACHES FROM THOSE DAYS

IN THE CONCENTRATION CAMP.

I LOVE TO WALK, BUT I

CAN'T GO VERY FAR ANYMORE.

Reporter: SO CBN

ISRAEL BOUGHT SARAH A

WALKER, WITH A CHAIR SHE

CAN FOLD OUT WHEN SHE GETS

TIRED.

EVERY-MINUTE EVERY MINUTE I HAVE IS

IMPORTANT TO ME.

AND WITH THIS GIFT, I CAN

GO WHEREVER I WANT.

IT MEANS SO MUCH.

IT MEANS FREEDOM.

Reporter: WE ALSO GOT

HER A WASHING MACHINE FOR

HER APARTMENT, AND WE TAKE

HER FOOD EVERY WEEK.

CBN ISRAEL EVEN PUTS ON

PARTIES FOR HOLOCAUST

SURVIVORS A FEW TIMES EACH

YEAR, SO THEY CAN

SOCIALIZE AND FEEL A SENSE

OF COMMUNITY.

LONELINESS IS NOT A

GOOD THING.

SO EACH TIME I GET

TOGETHER WITH MY FRIENDS,

IT IS LIKE OPENING A

WINDOW TO THE WORLD.

THE SUPPORT YOU GIVE US IS

BOTH PHYSICAL AND

EMOTIONAL.

HAVING SOMEBODY REMEMBER

US AND CARE ABOUT US, WE

FEEL IT.

ALL I CAN SAY IS THANK YOU

VERY MUCH.

Gordon: AND IF YOU'RE

A MEMBER OF "THE 700

CLUB," THAT THANK YOU GOES

TO YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, FOR

WITHOUT YOU, NONE OF THIS

IS POSSIBLE.

AND YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND

A PORTION OF EVERY GIFT

YOU GIVE TO "THE 700 CLUB"

GOES INTO THE WORK OF CBN

INTERNATIONAL.

ANOTHER PORTION GOES INTO

THE WORK OF "OPERATION

BLESSING."

AND YOU'RE HELPING PEOPLE

AROUND THE WORLD.

IF YOU'RE NOT A MEMBER,

JOIN WITH US.

IT IS JUST $20 A MONTH.

THAT BREAKS OUT TO 65

CENTS A DAY.

AND YOU JOIN WITH TENS OF

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT

SAY, YES, I WANT TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD

TODAY.

I WANT TO BE THERE FOR

PEOPLE IN NEED.

IF THAT'S YOU, CALL US

RIGHT NOW: 1-800-700-7000.

AND SAY, I WANT TO JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB."

WHEN YOU CALL AND JOIN,

WE'VE GOT SOMETHING FOR

YOU.

IT'S A WONDERFUL D.V.D.

SERIES BASED ON MY

FATHER'S BEST-SELLING --

"NEW YORK TIMES"

BEST-SELLING BOOK, "THE

SECRET KINGDOM."

HERE IN THIS D.V.D., HE

GOES THROUGH AND BREAKS

DOWN EACH CHAPTER IN HIS

BOOK, "THE SECRET

KINGDOM," TO GIVE YOU THE

INSIGHTS IN THAT BOOKMENT

I WANBOOK.I WANT YOU TO HAVE IT.

IT IS YOURS WHEN YOU JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB."

SO CALL US:

1-800-700-7000.

AND IF YOU WANT TO

DESIGNATE YOUR GIFT TO CBN

ISRAEL, TO HELP HOLOCAUST

SURVIVORS IN ISRAEL, TO

BRING US WONDERFUL NEWS

STORIES FROM OUR JERUSALEM

NEWS BUREAU, TO HELP US

WITH ALL WE DO IN ISRAEL,

YOU CAN DESIGNATE YOUR

GIFT.

THERE IS A PLACE AT

cbn.com WHERE YOU CAN DO

THAT ON THE GIVING PAGE.

AND YOU CAN ALSO WRITE US.

OR JUST SAY, WHEN YOU

CALL, I WANT TO GIVE TO

CBN ISRAEL.

1-800-700-7000.

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, UP NEXT,

A BULGING DISC LEAVES A

MAN IN CRIPPLING PAIN.

IT FELT LIKE THERE WAS,

LIKE, A KNIFE IN THE BACK

OF MY THIGH WITH EACH

STEP.

AT SOME POINT I GOT TO

WHERE I COULDN'T DRIVE,

COULDN'T WALK VERY LONG

DISTANCES, AND EVEN

STANDING WAS PAINFUL, AND

SITTING WAS PAINFUL.

Terry: SEE WHAT GETS

THIS HORSE-LOVER BACK IN

THE SADDLE PAIN-FREE.

PLUS WE'RE GOING TO BE

PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR

NEEDS, SO STAY WITH US.

Terry: A "SUPERBOOK"

Terry: A "SUPERBOOK"

D.V.D. MEMBERSHIP IS A

GREAT EASTER GIFT FOR YOUR

CHILDREN OR YOUR

GRANDCHILDREN.

AND IF YOU JOIN TODAY,

WE'RE GOING TO SEND YOU

THREE D.V.D.s OF OUR

NEWEST EPISODE, "LAZARUS,"

AND THREE D.V.D.s OF

"THE LAST SUPPER," AND

THREE D.V.D.s OF "HE IS

RISEN."

THAT'S NINE D.V.D.s WHEN

YOU JOIN THE "SUPERBOOK"

D.V.D. CLUB.

AND THEN EVERY FOUR WEEKS,

YOU'LL RECEIVE THREE

COPIES OF THE NEW EPISODE.

AND YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE

DEBITED FOR $25.

AND YOU CAN STREAM SEASON

ONE AND SEASON TWO FOR

THREE.

YOU CAN DO THAT BY CALLING

1-800-700-7000.

OR YOU CAN GO TO cbn.com

AND JOIN RIGHT NOW.

GREAT IDEA FOR THE

HOLIDAY.

GORDON?

Gordon: WELL, JESSE

HAS SPENT A LIFETIME

TRAINING HORSES, BUT NOT

LONG AGO HE THOUGHT HIS

RIDING DAYS WERE OVER.

A BACK INJURY THREATENED

TO KEEP JESSE OUT OF THE

SADDLE FOR GOOD, UNTIL THE

DAY HIS WIFE TURNED ON

"THE 700 CLUB."

Reporter: JESSE HAS

BEEN TRAINING HORSES FOR

OVER 30 YEARS.

ONE DAY HE WAS CLEANING

OUT THE STALLS AND PUTTING

MANURE INTO BINS.

I GOT TO THE SIXTH OR

THE SEVENTH ONE, AND WHEN

I LIFTED IT UP, I FELT A

POP AND FELT A SHARP PAIN

IN THE LOWER BACK.

Reporter: WHEN HE GOT

HOME, HE TOLD HIS WIFE,

CHARMAINE.

I LOOKED AT HIS BACK

AND SAW IT WAS A LITTLE

SWOLLEN.

SHORTLY AFTER THAT, I

STARTED DEVELOPING A SHARP

PAIN DOWN THE BACK OF MY

LEG.

SO I WENT TO THE DOCTOR.

THE DOCTOR GAVE ME AN

EXAMINATION AND INDICATED

TO ME THAT IT LOOKS LIKE

YOU MAY HAVE SEVERELY HURT

THAT MUSCLE AND YOU MAY

HAVE A PINCHED NERVE.

Reporter: THE DOCTOR

PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS FOR

SPAIPAIN AND SWELLING, BUT

THEY ONLY WORKED

TEMPORARILY.

SO I WENT BACK TO THE

DOCTOR, AND SHE SAID YOU

NEED TO SEE A SPECIALIST.

Reporter: AN M.R.I.

SHOWED A BULGING DISC.

GIVEN THE OPTION OF SHOTS

OR SURGERY, HE OPTED FOR

SHOTS.

BUT WHEN THEY WORE OFF, IT

WAS WORSE.

I GOT TO THE POINT

WHERE I COULDN'T DRIVE,

COULDN'T WALK VERY LONG

DISTANCES.

EVEN STANDING WAS PAINFUL

AND SITTING WAS PAINFUL.

Reporter: JESSE WENT

BACK TO THE SPECIALIST AND

MADE AN APPOINTMENT FOR

SURGERY.

THAT WAS A REALLY,

REALLY DIFFICULT TIME.

BECAUSE I HAD TO WRESTLE

WITH NOT ONLY BEING ABLE

TO ENJOY RIDING, WHICH I

HAD DONE FOR 30 YEARS, I

WAS WRESTLING ALMOST WITH

MY MORTALITY.

I WAS, LIKE, WOW, AM I

GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO

MUCH OF ANYTHING.

Reporter: DURING THIS

TIME, CHARMAINE HAD BEEN

PRAYING FOR HER HUSBAND.

I HAD FAITH HE WOULD

GET BETTER.

Reporter: ONE DAY SHE

CAME HOME AND TURNED ON

"THE 700 CLUB."

GORDON AND TERRY WERE

HAVING WORDS OF KNOWLEDGE

FOR VIEWERS.

I WAS THINKING, I'M NOT

SO SURE I BELIEVE THAT

PEOPLE RECEIVE THESE KINDS

OF HEALINGS, BUT WHAT DO I

HAVE TO LOSE BY JUST

GIVING IN AND GIVING IT A

TRY.

Gordon: THERE IS

SOMEONE, YOU'VE GOT A

PINCHED NERVE IN YOUR

BACK.

SO I ACTUALLY PUT MY

HAND OVER THE BACK AND I

CLOSED MY EYES AND I LET

MYSELF BE IMMERSED IN THE

PRAYER.

Gordon: GOD IS

HEALING THAT.

THERE IS NUMBNESS, THERE

IS PAIN, WEAKNESS, AND GOD

IS RESTORING ALL OF THAT

FOR YOU RIGHT NOW.

IT WAS ONE OF THOSE

CALMING KIND OF THINGS

THAT CAME OVER ME THAT

REALLY MADE ME FEEL REALLY

GOOD AND WARM.

AND JUST FOR THE FIRST

TIME RELIEVED.

HE DID NOT IMMEDIATELY

SHARE IT WITH ME.

BUT WHEN HE FINALLY SHARED

IT WITH ME, I WAS LIKE

HALLELUJAH, YOU'RE HEALED.

HE HAD SURGERY SCHEDULED

AND I SAID, CANCEL THE

SURGERY.

Reporter: JESSE STILL

TOOK A LITTLE MORE

CONVINCING.

I STILL FELT LIKE IT

WAS GOING TO COME BACK.

I SAID TO THE

ANESTHESIOLOGIST, I DON'T

THINK HE NEEDS SURGERY

TODAY.

AND I EXPLAINED THE

REASONS WHY.

AND HE SAID, I GUARANTEE

HE IS NOT GOING TO BE

HEALED LIKE THAT.

IT WOULD BE THROUGH

MEDICINES, THROUGH

SURGERY, THROUGH

TREATMENTS LIKE THIS.

SO WHEN THE DOCTOR CAME

IN, HE BEGAN TO EXAMINE

HIM, DID SOME TESTS, AND

THEN HE LOOKED AT HIM AND

SAID, WHY ARE YOU HAVING

SURGERY TODAY?

AND I CLAPPED MY HANDS AND

DID LIKE THIS BECAUSE THAT

WAS CONFIRMATION TO HIM.

ONCE I HEARD IT FROM

THE DOCTOR SAYING MAYBE WE

SHOULDN'T DO THIS SURGERY,

I REALLY RECOGNIZED MY

BLESSINGS AND THAT I'D

BEEN HEALED.

Reporter: JESSE GOT

BACK IN THE SADDLE AS SOON

AS HE COULD.

TODAY HE IS STILL RIDING

AND STILL PAIN-FREE.

YOU KNOW, I HAVE

CHALLENGES, WHERE IT'S,

LIKE, GOD, I WANT IT NOW,

BUT WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR

GOD'S PERFECT TIMING

BECAUSE HIS TIMING IS

ALWAYS BEST.

Gordon: HIS TIMING IS

ALWAYS BEST.

BUT REALIZE THAT TODAY IS

THE DAY OF SALVATION.

LET TODAY BE THE DAY.

THAT WONDERFUL WORD BEHIND

SALVATION, AND IT MEANS

WHOLENESS.

WITHIN IT IS HEALING.

WITHIN IT IS THE PEACE

THAT SURPASSES ALL

UNDERSTANDING.

WHEN YOU GET INTO THE

PRESENCE OF GOD, HE ALWAYS

WANTS TO HEAL.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BARGAIN

WITH HIM.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BEG HIM.

HE ALWAYS WANTS TO HEAL.

THE KEY IS TO GET INTO HIS

PRESENCE.

I LOVE THE HONESTY OF

JESSE.

HE IS WATCHING A TV SHOW,

AND HE SAYS, I'M NOT SURE

THIS IS REAL.

AND EVEN AFTER IT HAPPENS,

HE'S, LIKE, I DON'T KNOW

IF I SHOULD CANCEL THE

SURGERY.

AND THEY TALK TO THE

ANESTHESIOLOGIST, AND HE

SAYS YOU DON'T GET HEALED

THAT WAY.

BUT THEN THE DOCTOR SAYS,

WHY ARE YO YOU HAVING THE

SURGERY?

YOU CAN GO GET

CONFIRMATION.

IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, WHEN

THEY WERE HEALED OF

LEPROSY, THEY PRESENTED

THEMSELVES TO THE PRIEST.

GET THE CONFIRMATION.

WHATEVER YOU NEED TO WALK

FORWARD WITH GOD, GET IT,

WHATEVER THAT IS.

BUT RIGHT NOW, IF YOU'RE

SUFFERING, REALIZE THIS:

IN HEAVEN, NO ONE IS

SUFFERING.

THERE IS NOBODY SICK,

NOBODY IN PAIN, NOBODY

POOR, NOBODY LONELY.

THOSE THINGS JUST DON'T

EXIST IN HEAVEN.

JESUS TOLD US TO PRAY

THIS: THAT GOD'S WILL

WOULD BE DONE ON EARTH AS

IT IS IN HEAVEN.

DON'T THINK FOR A MINUTE

IT IS GOD'S WILL FOR YOU

TO BE SICK.

NO, IT IS NOT.

IT IS NOT GOD'S WILL FOR

BAD THINGS TO HAPPEN TO

PEOPLE.

NOT HIS WILL.

HIS WILL IS IN HEAVEN.

AND WHEN YOU SEE THAT, YOU

GET THE FAITH YOU NEED TO

START BELIEVING FOR IT

HERE.

AND JESUS SAYS WE'RE

SUPPOSED TO PRAY THAT WAY.

LET'S PRAY FOR HIS WILL TO

BE DONE IN YOUR BODY

TODAY.

THE PRICE HAS ALREADY BEEN

PAID.

THE BARGAIN HAS ALREADY

BEEN MADE.

IT WAS MADE ON A CROSS

2,000 YEARS AGO.

ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS

RECEIVE IT.

SO TERRY AND I ARE GOING

TO PRAY.

YOU JOIN WITH US.

LET'S JUST BELIEVE AND SEE

WHAT GOD WILL DO FOR YOU

TODAY.

LET'S PRAY.

LORD, WE LIFT THOSE WHO

ARE IN NEED AND

SPECIFICALLY THOSE WHO ARE

IN PAIN NOW.

THOSE WHO HAVE INFIRMITY,

THOSE WHO HAVE CHRONIC

ILLNESS, THOSE WHO HAVE

BEEN DIAGNOSED BY DOCTORS,

SAYING YOU'RE INCURABLE,

WE DON'T HAVE THINGS FOR

YOU.

LORD, WE LIFT THEM ALL TO

YOU.

AND WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE

THE HEALER.

YOU ARE THE RESTORER.

WE SEE YOUR WILL BEING

DONE IN HEAVEN.

AND SO NOW, IN AN ACT OF

FAITH, WE LAY HANDS ON

THAT AREA OF THE BODY THAT

NEEDS HEALING, AND WE SAY

OUT LOUD TO IT, WILL OF

GOD BE DONE, KINGDOM OF

HEAVEN COME.

AND THIS ILLNESS AND THIS

PAIN LEAVE NOW.

IN JESUS' NAME.

YOU HAVE NO MORE

AUTHORITY.

YOU HAVE NO MORE DOMINION.

YOU MUST LEAVE NOW IN THE

NAME OF JESUS.

AND NOW JUST LIFT YOUR

HANDS TO HIM, BEGIN TO

PRAISE HIM FOR WHAT HE IS

DOING, WHAT HE HAS ALREADY

DONE, AND WHAT HE IS ABOUT

TO DO.

JUST PRAISE HIM FOR THE

MIRACLE THAT IS HAPPENING

RIGHT NOW IN YOUR BODY.

THERE IS SOMEONE, YOU ARE

LAYING YOUR LEFT HAND ON

THE BACK OF YOUR NECK AND

DOWN INTO YOUR SPINE AND

SHOULDER, AND YOU JUST

FELT ALL OF THAT LEAVE.

IT IS LIKE EVERYTHING CAME

INTO ALIGNMENT.

THERE IS A PEACE THAT IS

SURPASSES ALL

UNDERSTANDING, JUST

FLOWING ALL OVER YOU.

JUST REJOICE IN THIS

TREMENDOUS MIRACLE THAT IS

HAPPENING FOR YOU.

THAT NECK PAIN IS GONE

FOREVER.

IT IS NEVER GOING TO COME

BACK.

THAT SPINE IS GOING TO BE

IN PERFECT ALIGNMENT.

EVERYTHING CONCERNING YOUR

BODY NOW IS BEING HEALED.

JUST RECEIVE IT NOW IN

JESUS' NAME.

THERE IS MUN ELSE SOMEONE ELSE,

YOU'VE GOT A PROBLEM WITH

YOUR RIGHT SHOULDER.

IT'S RELATED TO A SPORTS

INJURY THAT HAPPENED LONG

AGO, WHEN YOU WERE IN HIGH

SCHOOL, AND GOD IS HEALING

ALL OF IT NOW.

HE IS ABLE TO RECREATE

TENDONS FOR, RECREATE

MUSCLE, EVEN, AND GOD IS

JUST RESTORING ALL OF

THAT.

EVERYTHING CONCERN THAT

SHOULDER IS NOW HEALED IN

JESUS' NAME.

BEGIN TO DO WHAT YOU

COULDN'T DO BEFORE, AND

RECEIVE IT NOW.

TERRY?

Terry: THERE IS

SOMEONE ELSE, YOU HAVE A

BURNING IN YOUR THROAT.

IT'S ALL -- IT STARTED OUT

AS ALLERGIES, BUT NOW YOU

HAVE A FULL-BLOWN

INFECTION IN YOUR BODY.

GOD IS HEALING THAT FOR

YOU RIGHT NOW.

YOU'VE TRIED THE

MEDICATION, AND NOTHING

HAS WORKED.

JUST LIFT UP YOUR HANDS

AND RECEIVE IT.

YOU'RE HEALED IN JESUS'

NAME.

Gordon: THERE ARE

PEOPLE WITH BLOCKAGES IN

YOUR INTESTINES, AND IT IS

RELATED TO SCAR TISSUE.

AND GOD IS TAKING ALL OF

THAT SCAR TISSUE AWAY NOW

IN JESUS' NAME.

ANYONE WITH

DIVERTICULITIS, ANY OF THE

BLOCKAGES, IN JESUS' NAME

BE RESTORED NOW AND BE

WHOLE, AND BE ABLE TO EAT

WHATEVER YOU WANT.

GOD IS HEALING YOU,

RESTORING YOU NOW, IN

JESUS' NAME.

Terry: SOMEONE ELSE,

YOU HAVE BOTH YOUR ANKLES

ARE VERY, VERY WEAK,

UNUSUALLY WEAK, AND YOU

HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THEM

THAT AFFECTS EVERYTHING

ABOUT MOBILITY IN YOUR

LIFE.

GOD IS HEALING YOU AND

STRENGTHENING YOU NOW.

STAND UP AND WALK, YOU'RE

MADE WHOLE IN JESUS' NAME.

Gordon: MANY PEOPLE

ARE CALLING OUT WITH LOWER

BACK PAIN, AND GOD IS

HEALING THAT AND RESTORING

YOU IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN AND AMEN.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, ALL

YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL YOU

US: 1-800-700-7000.

HERE IS A WORD FROM

ISAIAH: "AND BY HIS

STRIPES WE ARE HEALED."

HALLELUJAH.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT

WEEK.

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