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700 Club Interactive - May 29, 2017

Sentenced to life in prison at age 17 for a murder he didn’t commit and released 35 years later, Gene McGuire shares his journey from ruin to redemption. Read Transcript


THEY'RE ON THE RADIO,

WE'RE UNDER HEAVY FIRE.

WE NEED YOU HERE NOW.

Gordon: CHRIS

REMEMBERS 13 HURS IN

BENGHAZI.

I SAID AS LONG AS I'M

DOING THE RIGHT THING, GOD

WILL TAKE CARE OF ME.

AND I KNEW GOD HAD.

Gordon: PLUS, HE IS

FINALLY FREE AFTER SERVING

35 YEARS FOR A MURDER HE

DIDN'T COMMITMENT.

GENE MCGUIRE JOINS US

LIVE.

> GOOD MORNING AND

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

TODAY IS MEMORIAL DAY, AND

WE WANT TO HONOR THOSE WHO

GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR OUR

FREEDOM.

Terry: HERE IS A

VIDEO FEATURING POWERFUL

WORDS FROM ONE OF THE

GREATEST PATRIOTS AMERICA

HAS EVER KNOWN: PRESIDENT

RONALD REAGAN.

TODAY IS THE DAY WE PUT

ASIDE TO REMEMBER FALLEN

HEROS, AND TO PRAY THAT NO

HEROS WILL EVER HAVE TO

DIE FOR US AGAIN.

THEY CHOSE TO REJECT THE

FASHIONABLE SKEPTICISM OF

THEIR TIME.

THEY CHOSE TO BELIEVE AND

ANSWER THE CALL OF DUTY.

THEY STOOD FOR SOMETHING.

AND WE OWE THEM SOMETHING.

FREEDOM AND THE DIGNITY

OF THE INDIVIDUAL HAVE

BEEN MORE AVAILABLE AND

ASSURED HERE THAN IN ANY

OTHER PLACE ON EARTH.

THE PRICE FOR THIS FREEDOM

AT TIMES HAS BEEN HIGH,

BUT WE HAVE NEVER BEEN

UNWILLING TO PAY THAT

PRICE.

AS FOR THE ENEMIES OF

FREEDOM, THOSE WHO ARE

POTENTIAL ADVERSARIES,

THEY WILL BE REMINDED THAT

PEACE IS THE HIGHEST

ASPIRATION OF THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE.

WE WILL NEGOTIATE FOR IT,

SACRIFICE FOR IT; WE WILL

NOT SURRENDER FOR IT NOW

OR EVER.

WE MUST REALIZE THAT NO

WEAPON IN THE ARSENALS OF

THE WORLD IS SO FORMIDABLE

AS THE WILL AND MORAL

COURAGE OF FREE MEN AND

WOMEN.

IT IS A WEAPON OUR

ADVERSARIES IN TODAY'S

WORLD DO NOT HAVE.

IT IS A WEAPON THAT WE AS

AMERICANS DO HAVE.

WITH GOD'S HELP, WE CAN

AND WILL RESOLVE THE

PROBLEMS WHICH NOW

CONFRONT US.

AND AFTER ALL, WHY

SHOULDN'T WE BELIEVE THAT?

WE ARE AMERICANS.

AT THEGRAPH THE GRAVE OF A HERO

WE END NOT WITH SORROW AT

THE INEVITABLE LOSS, BUT

WITH THE CONTAGION OF HIS

COURAGE AND WITH THE KIND

OF DESPERATE JOY, WE GO

BACK TO THE FIGHT.

Gordon: THAT IS

INCREDIBLY STIRRING WORDS

AND REMARKABLY APPROPRIATE

FOR OUR DAY AS WE'RE

FACING INCREDIBLE THREATS

TO FREEDOM AROUND THE

WORLD.

AND INCREDIBLE PERSECUTION

FOR CHRISTIANS AROUND THE

WORLD.

LET US REMEMBER TODAY,

MEMORIAL DAY -- LET US

REMEMBER THE SACRIFICE OF

THE GENERATIONS THAT HAVE

GONE BEFORE US, HOW THE

FREEDOM WE CURRENTLY

ENJOY, WE'RE IN DEBT TO

THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR

LIVES, GAVE OF THEMSELVES,

SO THAT WE COULD BE FREE

TODAY.

Terry: A POWERFUL

VIDEO.

WE WANT TO THANK THE SKIT

GUYS WHO PROVIDED THAT FOR

US.

SINCE IT IS MEMORIAL DAY,

WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO

ENCOURAGE YOU TO TAKE SOME

TIME TODAY TO HONOR A

VETERAN.

WE HAVE SOME WAYS YOU

MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO THAT.

Gordon: IT COMES FROM

CHRISTIANHEADLINES.COM.

IT SUGGESTS SEVEN THINGS

YOU CAN DO, STARTING WITH

THIS: FIND A VETERANS'

NURSING HOME IN YOUR AREA.

STOP BY AND THANK THEM FOR

THEIR SERVICE.

THAT WOULD BE A GREAT

THING.

Terry: AND VISIT A

NATIONAL CEMETERY BECAUSE

THE GRAVES OF VETERANS

THAT HAVE PASSED IN

SERVICE AND AFTERWARDS ARE

USUALLY MARKED.

Gordon: THAT WOULD

DEFINITELY GIVE YOU PAUSE

AND ALLOW YOU TO LET THAT

SINK IN, AS YOU SEE THAT.

WHEN I LIVED IN MANILA,

THERE WAS A U.S. CEMETERY

THERE AT FORT BONIFACCIO,

AND JUST TO GO THERE AND

SPEND TIME AND SEE THE

MEMORIALS TO THOSE WHO

LOST THEIR LIVES IN WORLD

WAR II.

HERE IS NUMBER THREE: MAKE

A DONATION TO A MILITARY

ORGANIZATION.

THERE ARE LOTS OF THEM OUT

THERE.

AND CHOOSE ONE AND HELP

OUR VETERANS, PARTICULARLY

THE ONES WHO HAVE COME

HOME WITH WAR WOUNDS AND

INJURIES.

HOW CAN WE HELP THOSE WHO

HAVE HELPED US?

Terry: OR YOU COULD

PUT TOGETHER A CARE

PACKAGE AND SEND IT TO A

SOLDIER THAT IS ON ACTIVE

DUTY RIGHT NOW.

I CAN'T IMAGINE ANYTHING

THAT WOULD MEAN MORE TO A

SOLDIER OUT ON THE FIELD

SOMEWHERE THAN TO GET

SOMETHING IN THE MAIL THAT

REALLY MATTERS TO THEM.

AND, YOU KNOW, MANY OF US

THINK THAT MEMORIAL DAY IS

ABOUT COOKOUTS AND HAVING

AN EXTRA VACATION DAY.

AND WHILE WE ENJOY THAT,

WHY NOT TAKE SOME TIME TO

LEARN THE HISTORY OF

MEMORIAL DAY.

Gordon: AND THAT'S A

WONDERFUL THING TO DO,

LOOK AT OUR HISTORY.

HOW DID IT COME TO BE?

AND USE IT AS A DAY TO

HONOR OUR VETERANS.

> WELL, HERE IS ANOTHER

SUGGESTION: ATTEND A

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE.

THEY ARE HAPPENING ACROSS

THE COUNTRY.

JUST GOOGLE MEMORIAL DAY

SERVICES, AND YOU'LL FIND

LOTS OF WEBSITES THAT LIST

SERVICE LOCATIONS AND

TIMES NEAR YOU.

Terry: AND NUMBER

SIX: TAKE TIME TO TEACH

YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT

MEMORIAL DAY.

YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE

THINGS THAT I THINK IS SO

SIGNIFICANT AND NEEDED TO

KEEP OUR FREEDOM WHAT IT

IS IS TO REMEMBER THE

PAST, REMEMBER WHERE WE'VE

COME FROM, THE SACRIFICE

OF THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN

THEIR LIVES FOR FREEDOM.

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN THAT.

Gordon: AND HERE IS

THE LAST ONE: PRAY FOR

VETERANS AND THEIR

FAMILIES.

AND LET'S JUST TAKE A

MOMENT RIGHT NOW TO DO

JUST THAT.

LORD, WE LIFT UP THE

VETERANS, WE LIFT UP THOSE

WHO HAVE SPENT TIME IN

BATTLE.

AND WE LIFT UP THE ACTIVE

DUTY SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN

WHO ARE DOING SO MUCH TO

HELP US HERE AT HOME.

AND, LORD, WE ALSO LIFT UP

THEIR FAMILIES.

AND WE RECOGNIZE THAT THEY

ARE SERVING, TOO.

AND THEY ARE GIVING OF A

PARENT.

THEY'RE ALLOWING EITHER

THEIR PARENTS OR THEIR

CHILDREN TO GO OFF INTO

ACTIVE DUTY.

LORD, REMEMBER THE

FAMILIES TODAY AND BRING

THEM COMFORT AND SECURITY,

FOR WE ASK IT IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

AND AMEN.

WELL, WHEN TERRORISTS

ATTACKED THE UNITED STATES

DIPLOMATIC COMPOUND IN

BENGHAZI BACK IN 2012, SIX

MEMBERS OF A SECURITY TEAM

FOR THE C.I.A. STEPPED UP

TO DEFEND HUNDREDS OF

AMERICANS.

THEIR STORY WAS LATER TOLD

IN THE MOVIE "13 HOURS."

CHRIS TANTON, FORMER ARMY

RANGER, AND ONE OF THE

C.I.A. SECURITY

CONTRACTORS SAYS IN THE

MIDST OF THE BATTLE, HE

FELT GOD'S PRESENCE.

MY NAME IS CHRIS

PERANTO, AND CODE NAME WAS

TONTO.

I WAS IN THE U.S. ARMY.

I WAS WITH THE 75 RANGER

REGIMEN.

GROWING UP, GOD WAS A PART

OF MY LIFE, AND SO WAS THE

CHURCH.

BUT I WAS A KID.

I DIDN'T WANT TO BE AT

CHURCH.

I WANTED TO BE OUTSIDE

PLAYING, AND I WANTED TO

BE OUT RUNNING AROUND ON

SUNDAY AND NOT IN CHURCH.

WE'RE ADRENALIN JUNKIES.

WE LIKE IT, THAT FEELING

OF ALWAYS BEING UP HERE.

IT MAKES THE WORLD SO MUCH

MORE BEAUTIFUL WHEN YOUR

ADRENALIN IS ALWAYS UP

HERE.

DOING THESE DEPLOYMENTS

AND GOING OVERSEAS AND

GETTING IN THESE FIRE

FIGHTS, OR JUST NORMAL

CRISIS SITUATIONS, YOU

REALIZE THAT IT IS A

LIFE-DEATH SITUATION.

GET TO BENGHAZI, A LOT

MORE DANGEROUS.

WE WERE CONTRACTED DIRECT

THE FOR THE F.B.I.

IT HAD BEEN ATTACKED

PRIOR, WITH I.E.D.s, ON

THE EXTERIOR WALLS.

THEY WERE SEEING IF THERE

WOULD BE A RESPONSE.

WHEN WE WERE TOLD TO NOT

HELP ON THOSE ATTACKS,

THAT JUST EMBOLDENED THEM.

THEY SAID, LOOK AT THIS,

WE HAVE BLOWN UP THE

COMPLEX TWICE AND NO

RESPONSE.

THE AMBASSADORS ARE COMING

IN.

THE NIGHT WAS A PLANNED

ATTACK.

THE MORNING BEFORE, THEY

WERE DOING RECONNAISSANCE,

TAKING PICTURES OF THE

FACILITY AND THE FRONT

GATE.

BEING THREE-QUARTERS OF A

MILE AWAY, WHEN THE FIRING

STARTS, IT IS LIKE BEING

DOWNSTAIRS.

YOU'LL BE ABLE TO HEAR IT

AND SEE IT.

SHAR'IA AND al-QAEDA,

THEY HAD SO MUCH FIRE

POWER, THEY COULD HAVE

COME IN AND DESTROYED

EVERYTHING.

FIVE MINUTES IN, WE WERE

TOLD TO WAIT.

10 MINUTES IN, WE WERE

TOLD TO STAND DOWN.

IMAGINE IT WAS YOUR FRIEND

OR FAMILY MEMBER, AND

THEY'RE ON THE RADIO,

WHERE ARE YOU?

WE ARE UNDER HEAVY FIRE.

THE CONS SO CONSOLE HAS BEEN

OVERRUN.

WE NEED YOU HERE NOW.

WHEN WE HEARD ON THE RADIO

FROM ALEC HENDERSON, AND

HE SAID, IF YOU DON'T GET

HERE, WE'LL ALL GOING TO

DIE.

EVERYBODY SWITCHED, LIKE,

THE HELL WITH THIS, WE'RE

GOING.

WE'RE DONE LISTENING.

GET IN THE CAR.

LET'S GO.

AND THAT WAS IT.

THEY'RE COMING AT US WITH

SMALL ARMS AND WE COULD

FIGHT THAT ALL NIGHT UNTIL

WE RAN OUT OF AMMO.

BUT THEY WERE GOING TO

FIGURE IT OUT AND COME AT

US WITH SOMETHING BIGGER,

LIKE A TECHNICAL, WHICH IS

A HEAVY TRUCK.

AT THE CONSULATE, WE GOT

ATTACKED THE SECOND TIME.

AND I REMEMBER BULLETS

FLYING.

AND WHEN BULLETS GO BY

YOU, THAT SMACK AND CRACK

BECAUSE OF THE HIGH

VELOCITY ROUND.

IT STARTED OFF WITH, I

DON'T THINK WE'RE GOING TO

GET ANY HELP.

SUPPORT IS NOT COMING.

NOBODY IS COMING.

WHEN YOU FEEL LET DOWN,

YOU HAVE TO HAVE FAITH IN

THE LORD.

AND IF I DIE AND ON THIS

BATTLEFIELD TODAY, MAY I

DIE IN PEACE WITH YOU.

I STARTED SHOOTING AND I

WAS OUT IN THE OPEN, NO

COVER.

I FEEL SAFE WHEN BULLETS

ARE DYING.

I SAID, AS LONG AS I'M

DOING THE RIGHT THING, GOD

WILL TAKE CARE OF ME.

I KNEW GOD HAD ME.

YOU KNOW IT.

IT FEELS LIKE A WARM

BUBBLE THAT IS AROUND YOU.

YOU'RE SAFE, NOTHING IS

GOING TO TOUCH YOU.

I'VE FELT IT WHERE HE'S

NOT BEEN THERE.

IT DOESN'T MATTER; YOU

KEEP GOING.

SOMETIMES YOU FEEL LIKE

THERE IS THAT EXTRA

PROTECTION, AND IT'S NOT

MY TIME TO DIE RIGHT NOW,

AND THAT'S HOW I FELT.

THAT'S WHEN I REALLY FELT

LIKE GOD CAME INTO MY

LIFE.

MY FAITH IS 100 TIMES

STRONGER, AND HE IS STILL

THERE WITH US.

HE'S ALWAYS TAKING CARE OF

US.

Gordon: LET'S PRAY

FOR THAT SAME PROTECTION

TO BE OVER OUR NATION,

OVER OUR SOLDIERS AS

THEY'RE IN ACTIVE DUTY.

> WELL, COMING UP, A

17-YEAR-OLD IS SENTENCED

TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR A

CRIME HE DIDN'T COMMIT.

AFTER THE BREAK, GENE

MCGUIRE SHARES WHY HE IS

NOT ANGRY THAT HE SPENT 35

YEARS IN PRISON.

IF YOU WANT TO HEAR THIS

AMAZING STORY, DON'T GO

AWAY.

Terry: GENE MCGUIRE

WAS IN THE WRONG PLACE AT

THE WRONG TIME, AND FOR

THAT HE SPENT THE NEXT 34

YEARS, NINE MONTHS, AND 15

DAYS BEHIND BARS.

Reporter: IN 1977,

GENE MCGUIRE, A

17-YEAR-OLD STAR ATHLETE,

WENT INTO A BAR WITH HIS

24-YEAR-OLD COUSIN, BOBBY.

HE HAD NO IDEA BOBBY WAS

ABOUT TO ROB THE PLACE.

BOBBY ENDED UP STABBING

THE BARTENDER TO DEATH.

GENE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF

SECOND-DEGREE MURDER AND

WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN

PRISON.

AFTER SERVING 35 YEARS, HE

WAS RELEASED.

BUT GENE ISN'T ANGRY WITH

HIS COUSIN OR THE COURT

SYSTEM.

HE FORGAVE THEM YEARS AGO.

IN HIS BOOK "UNSHACKLED,"

HE SHARES WHAT HELPED HIM

BECOME FREE EVEN WHILE HE

WAS STILL BEHIND BARS.

Terry: GENE MCGUIRE

IS WITH US TODAY.

WELCOME.

IT IS GOOD TO HAVE YOU

WITH US.

IT IS A PLEASURE TO BE

HERE.

THANK YOU, TERRY.

Terry: I THINK OF

WHERE I WAS AT 17 YEARS

OLD, AND HOW YOUNG AND

IMMATURE I WAS IN

DECISION-MAKING.

YOU WENT OUT FOR A NIGHT

OF FUN WITH AN OLDER

COUSIN YOU ADMIRED AND

LOOKED UP TO.

AND PART OF THE EXCITEMENT

OF THE EVENING WAS YOU

WERE UNDER-AGE AND YOU

WERE GETTING INTO A PLACE

YOU KNEW WOULD SERVE YOU.

AND YOU HAD A STEPBROTHER

WITH YOU, SID.

YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE JUST

GOING TO HAVE A FUN NIGHT

OUT.

SHOOTING SOME POOL AND

DRINKING, YES.

BUT ABOUT 20 MINUTES INTO

THAT, MY COUSIN SAID, HEY,

I'M GOING TO ROB THIS

PLACE.

WHETHER HE THOUGHT ABOUT

IT BEFORE OR IT HAPPENED

AT THAT MOMENT, ALL I KNOW

HE WANTED TO ROB THE

PLACE.

I KNEW WE WEREN'T GOING TO

DO IT.

SO WE AGREED TO LEAVE.

Terry: YOU AND SID,

JOR HALF-BROTHER?

YES.

AND MY COUSIN WENT BACK

INTO THE CAR, AND INSTEAD

OF COMING OUT WITH THE

MONEY, HE ENDED UP KILLING

THE OWNER.

AND I STUCK AROUND AND

FOLLOWED WITH HIM AND WENT

TO NEW YORK CITY FOR A FEW

DAYS UNTIL I TURNED MYSELF

IN.

Terry: TURNING

YOURSELF IN WAS CERTAINLY

THE RIGHT THING TO DO, BUT

A CHALLENGING THING TO DO.

AT THAT POINT IN THE

STORY, YOU REALLY THOUGHT

YOU WOULD COME BACK, KIND

OF TELL THEM YOUR STORY

AND SAY, I WASN'T REALLY

INVOLVED IN THE MURDER AT

ALL, AND YOU WOULD GO HOME

WITH YOUR MOM AND GET A

GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP

FINALLY.

IT DIDN'T WORK OUT THAT

WAY.

NO.

I WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED

WITH HOMICIDE, AND PLACED

IN A JUVENILE CENTER.

AND NINE MONTHS LATER,

THROUGH COUNSEL OF THE

PUBLIC DEFENDER -- WITH

HIS COUNSEL, I PLED GUILTY

TO MURDER.

HE TOLD ME I WOULD BE OUT

IN 10 YEARS, AND THE

BOTTOM LINE WAS I WAS

SENTENCED BEFORE MY 18th

BIRTHDAY TO LIFE WITHOUT

PAROLE.

IT WAS A RUDE AWAKENING

WHEN I GOT TO THE STATE

PENITENTIARY, AND THEY

SAID, YOUNG BUCK, YOU'RE

GOING TO DIE IN HERE.

YOU'RE NOT GETTING OUT IN

10 YEARS.

Terry: WHAT WENT

THROUGH YOUR MIND AT THAT

POINT?

YOU'RE 18, AND MOST PEOPLE

ARE STILL PRETTY IMMATURE,

AND YOU'RE FACING A LIFE

SENTENCE.

WHAT WAS IN YOUR MIND AND

HEART AT THAT TIME?

IT WAS EMBARRASSING --

ONE, I HAD TO DEAL WITH

THE SHAME AND THE GUILTY GUILT OF

THAT, AND THAT KIND OF

CONSUMED ME.

HOW COME I DIDN'T SAY NO

AND RUN.

WHAT WAS I THINKING.

AND ALCOHOL BETHRONES THE

ALERT MIND.

IT TOOK ME SOME YEARS

BEFORE I COULD GRASP I DID

NOT HAVE THE JUDGMENT OR

THE MORAL COMPASS.

I WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR

EVERY DECISION, BUT I

DIDN'T HAVE THE MORAL

COMPASS TO DO ANYTHING BUT

WHAT I DID.

Terry: THERE IS A

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE

NINE MONTHS SITTING IN

JAIL AND THEN GOING OFF TO

THE REAL DEAL.

YES.

FROM JUVENILE CENTER, 15,

TO STATE PRISON, WHERE

THERE IS 2500 AND IT IS

VIOLENT.

Terry: HARD-CORE.

IT IS.

AND THERE IS A LOT OF GANG

ACTIVITY.

THERE WAS A LOT OF

FIGHTING.

AND YOU HAD TO FIGHT YOUR

WAY THROUGH THERE.

AND KIND OF ESTABLISH

YOURSELF.

Terry: PROVE YOUR

MEDDLE.

IT IS ME OR YOU.

YES.

Terry: YOU WENT

THROUGH A NUMBER OF YEARS,

AND IN TIMES WHEN YOU

WOULD FEEL ANGRY OR

FRUSTRATED AND EXPRESSED

THAT, YOU WERE PUT IN

SOLITARY.

HOW DID YOU FIND JESUS IN

THE MIDDLE OF THAT?

I HAD SOME PEOPLE WHO

PRAYED FOR ME.

A MOTHER WHO PRAYED FOR

ME.

FRIENDS IN THE PRISON.

I WRITE ABOUT MOSES

WARNER, WHO IS IN THE

BOOKMENT HE WABOOK, AND HE WAS A

FAITHFUL CHRISTIAN AND

TOLD ME ABOUT JESUS.

AND I WAS ENCOURAGED TO GO

TO A BIBLE REVIVAL, AND

THEY HAD REVIVAL SERVICES

AT NIGHT WITH THE MUSIC.

AND THE PASTOR KEPT

SAYING, JESUS DIED AND

ROSE AGAIN, AND IN HIM IS

ETERNAL LIFE, AND REAL MEN

MAKE COMMITMENTS.

AND WHEN I HEARD THAT, I

KNEW THE CHALLENGE WAS ON.

AND ON SUNDAY, I MET

LARRY, WHO WAS A

VOLUNTEER, AND HE GAVE ME

HIS CARD AND SAID, IF YOU

NEED ANYTHING, GET AHOLD

OF ME.

AND THE NEXT DAY, WITHOUT

EVEN THINKING, I WENT UP

FRONT AND GOT ON MY KNEES

AND ASKED JESUS TO BE MY

SAVIOR.

AND CHAINS BROKE OFF ME.

I KNEW I WAS COMPLETELY

DIFFERENT.

I STARTED READING THE

BIBLE EVERY DAY.

Terry: IT WASN'T LIKE

YOU WERE MAKING THIS

COMMITMENT TO JESUS CHRIST

BECAUSE JESUS IS GOING TO

GET ME OFF THE HOOK --

THAT WAS ACTUALLY A

SURPRISE TO YOU?

OH, MY GOODNESS, YES.

NO IDEA.

FOR THE NEXT 25 YEARS, I

SERVED THE LORD IN THE

PRISON SYSTEM.

I WAS DISCIPLED BY LARRY,

AND WHATEVER HE TAUGHT ME,

I WOULD TEACH OTHERS.

I LIVED GOD'S WILL IN THE

PRISON SYSTEM.

AND THEN ONE DAY IN 2010,

I WAS BACK INTO COURT.

IT WAS A MIRACLE,

OBVIOUSLY.

AND WITHOUT ANY MONEY OR

ANY RESOURCES OR LEGAL

BACKGROUND, I'M BACK IN

COURT AND THE JUDGE

VACATED MY SENTENCE, SAID

IT WAS ILLEGAL, AND THEY

SENTENCED ME TO TIME

SERVED.

Terry: WHEN YOU FOUND

CHRIST, NOT ONLY WERE YOU

UNSHACKLED FROM YOUR PAST,

BUT REALLY FROM THE

RESENTMENT, THE

UNFORGIVENESS AND THE

BITTERNESS THAT YOU HAD.

AND YET WHEN YOU GET OUT,

25 YEARS LATER, YOU HAVE

SPENT MORE OF YOUR LIFE IN

PRISON THAN OUT OF PRISON.

YES.

Terry: WHAT DID YOU

FEEL AT THAT MOMENT?

COULD YOU BE TOTALLY FREE?

DID YOU HAVE ANY

RESENTMENT LOOKING BACK?

EARLY ON EVERYBODY GETS

OFFENDED.

I KNEW GOD FORGAVE ME.

AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE

HARD-CORE PRINCIPLES, THAT

JESUS FORGAVE ME, MY DEBT,

WHO AM I NOT TO FORGIVE

ANYONE ELSE?

SO I LEARNED HOW TO DO

THAT.

IF YOU'LL DO THAT, YOU'LL

BE FREE.

FREE FROM ANGER, FREE FROM

STRESS.

ALL OF THOSE THINGS.

AND SO I ACTUALLY MET WITH

MY COUSIN BRIEFLY BEFORE

MY RELEASE, AND HE

APOLOGIZED TO ME, SAYING

I'M SORRY FOR RUINING YOUR

LIFE.

HE WANTED TO, AND I

APOLOGIZED, TOO.

I KNEW THERE WAS OBVIOUSLY

A -- OBVIOUSLY, A PERSON

LOST THEIR LIFE.

I SAID, YOU DIDN'T RUIN MY

LIFE BECAUSE IT WASN'T

WASTED.

I GAVE MY LIFE TO CHRIST

AND HE MADE SOMETHING OF

IT.

Terry: THE ONE THE

SON SETS FREE IS FREE

INDEED.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?

I PASTOR FOR A

CHRISTIAN-OWNED

RESTAURANT, IN THE DALLAS-

FORT WORTH AREA, AND WE

HAVE SOME 1400 EMPLOYEES,

AND THE OWNERS ARE

CHRISTIANS, WHO SEE THEIR

BUSINESS AS A MINISTRY,

AND THEY BROUGHT ME IN AND

I PASTOR WITHIN THAT

SETTING OF THE

RESTAURANTS, WITH THE

MANAGERS.

WE HAVE 900 YOUNG PEOPLE

WORKING FOR US.

WE JUST GET TO SPEAK INTO

THEIR LIVES.

Terry: AND YOU GET TO

SPEAK INTO THE LIVES OF

THAT GROUP OF PEOPLE AND

OTHERS.

YES.

Terry: YOU'RE

SPEAKING IN MANY, MANY

DIFFERENT PLACES.

"UNSHACKLED: FROM RUINED

TO REDEMPTION."

WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO

TAKE AWAY FROM THIS?

NO MATTER WHAT THE

CIRCUMSTANCES ARE, GOD

FORGIVES AND GOD HAS A

PLAN.

EVEN FOR THE PAIN AND THE

SUFFERING, WHATEVER IT IS,

GOD HAS A PLAN FOR THAT.

EWANTS TO REDEEM IT.

AND THEN YOU CAN START

TELLING OTHER PEOPLE ABOUT

WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR YOU.

Terry: HE HAS EARNED

THE RIGHT TO TELL YOU

ABOUT IT.

THE NEW BOOK, CALLED

"UNSHACKLED: FROM RUINED

TO REDEMPTION," IT IS

AVAILABLE WHEREVER BOOKS

OR SOLD.

JESUS SAID HE CAME TO SET

THE CAPTIVE FREE, AND GENE

MCGUIRE IS EXPERIENCING

THAT.

Gordon: "HELPING THE

HOMEFRONT" HEARD ABOUT A

NAVY VETERAN STRUGGLING TO

PAY HIS BILLS, AND SEE HOW

YOU HELPED HIM AND HIS

BEAUTIFUL FAMILY.

SO STAY WITH US.

Gordon: WHEN YOU JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB," YOU NOT

ONLY HELP PEOPLE ALL OVER

THE WORLD, YOU ALSO HELP

PEOPLE RIGHT HERE AT HOME.

LIKE A NAVY COUPLE NAMED

WALLY AND JENNY.

THEY NEEDED HELP DURING A

TOUGH TIME OF TRANSITION,

AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT

THEY GOT, THANKS TO PEOPLE

LIKE YOU.

Reporter: THERE IS

NOTHING QUITE LIKE

WATCHING A U.S. NAVY SHIP

PULL INTO PORT AND SEEING

THE EXCITED FAMILY MEMBERS

READY TO WELCOME THEIR

SAILORS HOME.

JENNY TOOK CARE OF THE

HOUSE AND TWO KIDS FOR SIX

MONTHS WHILE HER HUSBAND,

WALLY, WAS DEPLOYED.

NOW THAT HE IS HOME, THEY

DO LOTS OF FUN THINGS

TOGETHER TO GIVE THEM TIME

TO RECONNECT TO THE FAMILY

WHILE THEY ANTICIPATE THE

BIRTH OF THEIR THIRD

CHILD.

WALLY IS QUICK TO PRAISE

JENNY FOR ALL SHE DOES.

BEING A MILITARY WIFE

IS THE HARDEST JONBENET.

JOB.

BEING A FULL-TIME MOM AND

A FULL-TIME DAD WHEN I'M

GONE, IT MAKES A WHOLE

WORLD OF DIFFERENCE IN HOW

I GO ABOUT DOING WHAT I

DO.

IT'S ALWAYS ENCOURAGING

THAT HE THINKS THAT WHAT

I'M DOING AT HOME IS AS

IMPORTANT AS WHAT HE IS

DOING.

IT HELPS THAT WE BOTH

UNDERSTAND THAT WHAT WE'RE

DOING WHEN WE'RE NOT

TOGETHER IS EQUAL ASLY AS

IMPORTANT AND JUST AS

HARD.

Reporter: WALLY IS A

NAVY CHAPLAIN'S ASSISTANT,

BUT RECENTLY HE FELT GOD

CALLING HIM TO BE A

CHAPLAIN.

TO DO THAT, HE WOULD HAVE

TO LEAVE THE NAVY AND GO

TO SCHOOL TO EARN HIS

DIVINITY DEGREE AND REJOIN

THE NAVY AS A CHAPLAIN.

BUT IT WOULD TAKE A WHILE

BEFORE WALLY'S SCHOOL

BENEFITS WOULD KICK IN,

WHICH MEANT NO PAYCHECK

FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS.

BUT THE COUPLE FELT GOD

CALLING THEM TO MOVE

FORWARD.

THEIR DISHWASHER WAS

BROKEN AND THEIR BACKYARD

FENCE WAS A HAZARD.

PLUS THEIR DAUGHTER WAS

STARTING SCHOOL IN THE

FALL AND NEEDED CLOTHES

AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES.

THE COUPLE SAT DOWN TO

BUDGET.

ON PAPER, IT WOULDN'T BE

ENOUGH.

BUT WALLY AND JENNY HAD

FAITH.

IF GOD IS SUFFICIENT,

THEN HE IS PROVIDING FOR

US HERE AND NOW AND HE

WILL EVENTUALLY PROVIDE

MORE.

Reporter: CBN'S

"HELPING THE HOMEFRONT"

HEARD ABOUT THE COUPLE'S

STORY AND WANTED TO HELP.

THEIR PASTOR TOLD THEM THE

GOOD NEWS.

WHEN I SHARED THE NEED

THAT YOU GUYS HAD BASED ON

YOUR DECISION TO FOLLOW

AFTER THE LORD, THEY SAID,

HOW CAN WE HELP.

Reporter: PASTOR

TRACE TOLD THEM CBN WOULD

COVER THEIR MORTGAGE UNTIL

WALLY'S BENEFITS KICKED

IN.

AND WE WOULD BUY THEM A

NEW DISHWASHER AND FIX THE

FENCE.

IT IS PRETTY AMAZING.

YOU STEPPING OUT AND

SEEING GOD'S FAITHFULNESS

HAPPEN BEFORE YOUR EYES,

AND THIS IS IT.

BUT THERE IS MORE: THEY'RE

GOING TO HELP YOU IN TERMS

OF PROVIDING GROCERIES FOR

YOUR FAMILY IN THE FORM OF

$1,000.

BUT THERE IS STILL ONE

MORE THING THEY WOULD LIKE

TO DO.

I THINK THIS IS JUST

REALLY NEAT.

THEY REALIZE THAT ABIGAIL

IS STARTING SCHOOL THIS

FALL, AND THAT THERE IS A

NEW LITTLE ONE ON THE WAY.

AND SO THEY ARE GOING TO

TAKE YOU SHOPPING AND BUY

SCHOOL SUPPLIES, BABY

SUPPLIES -- WHATEVER YOU

NEED.

$600 WORTH OF PROVISIONS

TO MEET THAT NEED.

THEY WANT TO HELP GET YOU

SET UP FOR SUCCESS COME

THE FALL, COME THE NEW

BABY.

I'M EXTREMELY GRATEFUL.

IT FEELS LIKE A HUGE

BURDEN HAS JUST BEEN

LIFTED OFF OF OUR

SHOULDERS.

Reporter: CBN TOOK

THE FAMILY SHOPPING TO BUY

CLOTHES FOR THE KIDS AND

ITEMS FOR THE BABY.

THEN WALLY AND JENNY

PICKED OUT A DISHWASHER

AND CHOSE THE DESIGN OF

THEIR BACKYARD FENCE.

THE WORK WAS COMPLETE IN

TIME TO WELCOME THEIR NEW

DAUGHTER INTO THE FAMILY.

WALLY CAN NOW FOCUS ON HIS

STUDIES AS HE LOOKS

FORWARD TO REJOINING THE

NAVY AS A CHAPLAIN.

WE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN

ABLE TO DO THIS WITHOUT

THE HELP OF CBN.

SO I'M JUST VERY, VERY

GRATEFUL.

Gordon: BE A PART OF

IT.

BE A PART OF WHAT WE'RE

DOING TO HELP THOSE IN

NEED AND SPECIFICALLY

HELPING THOSE WHO ARE

SERVING IN OUR ARMED

FORCES.

"HELPING THE HOMEFRONT" IS

NAMED SO THAT WE RECOGNIZE

THOSE ON THE HOMEFRONT ARE

SERVING, TOO.

AND SO OFTEN IN THE

MIRACLTHEMILITARY, THE NUMBER OF

MOVERS, THE NUMBER OF

OTHER DEMANDS ON THE

FAMILY LEAVES A WHOLE LOT

MORE MONTH THAN THERE IS

MONEY, AND WE WANT TO BE

THERE FOR THEM.

WE WANT TO HELP THEM IN

THEIR TIME OF NEED.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A

PART OF IT, YOU CAN

DESIGNATE YOUR GIFT TO

"HELPING THE HOMEFRONT."

YOU CAN WRITE TO US, CBN

CENTER, VIRGINIA BEACH,

VIRGINIA, AND PUT "HELPING

THE HOMEFRONT" IN THE MOM

MOW LINE.

OR YOU CAN CALL US:

1-800-700-7000.

AND JUST SAY, I WANT TO BE

A PART OF "HELPING THE

HOMEFRONT."

> ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY,

WE LEAVE YOU WITH JOHN 15:

13: "GREATER LOVE HAS NO

ONE THAN THIS: THAN TO LAY

DOWN ONE'S LIFE FOR HIS

FRIENDS."

MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND MAY

YOU REMEMBER THIS IS

MEMORIAL DAY.

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