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The 700 Club - June 9, 2017

Today, it’s the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the man who set the world in motion. Then, the superstar guard from the Golden State Warriors. CBN Sports sits down with former MVP Steph Curry. Read Transcript


Wendy: COMING UP, THE

500th ANNIVERSARY OF THE

REFORMATION.

AND THAT CHANGED

COMPLETELY.

Wendy: AND THE MAN

WHO SET THE WORLD IN

MOTION.

HE WOULD BE SHOCKED AT

WHAT HAS BECOME OF THE

CHRISTIAN WORLD.

Wendy: AND THEN...

YOU CAN'T GET LOST OF

THE HYPE.

Wendy: CBN'S SPORTS

SITS DOWN WITH FORMER

M.V.P. SETH CURRY.

ARE THERE DAYS WHEN YOU

COME IN HERE AND YOU'RE

THINKING, HOW DID I GET

HERE?

100%.

Wendy: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB."

*

Gordon: WELL, WELCOME

TO "THE 700 CLUB."

PRESIDENT TRUMP SENT A

TWEET THIS MORNING

CLAIMING TOTAL AND

COMPLETE VINDICATION AFTER

THE FORMER F.B.I. DIRECTOR

JAMES COMEY HAD TESTIMONY

BEFORE THE SENATE

INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE

YESTERDAY.

THE PRESIDENT ALSO POINTED

OUT THAT THE FORMER HEAD

OF THE F.B.I. WAS THE ONE

WHO LEAKED INFORMATION TO

THE MEDIA.

Wendy: COMEY TALKED

AT LENGTH ABOUT THE

PRESIDENT AND THE RUSSIA

INVESTIGATION, AND HE HAD

AN UNEXPECTED REVELATION

ABOUT THE PROBE INTO

HILLARY CLINTON E-MAIL

SERVER.

ERIC GONZALES HAS THIS

LOOK AT THE SHOWDOWN IN

THE SENATE.

DO YOU SOLEMNLY SWEAR

TO TELL THE TRUTH?

AN EMBATTLED JAMES

COMEY USED HIS OPENING

STATEMENT TO THANK THE MEN

AND WOMEN OF THE F.B.I.

AND THEN APOLOGIZE FOR NOT

BEING ABLE TO SAY

GOOD-BYE.

THEN HE TOOK OFF THE

GLOVES AND PUT HIS ACCOUNT

UP AGAINST PRESIDENT

TRUMP'S.

THE ADMINISTRATION THEN

CHOSE TO DEFAME ME, AND

MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE

F.B.I., BY SAYING THAT THE

ORGANIZATION WAS IN

DISARRAY, THAT WAS POORLY

LED, THAT THE WORKFORCE

HAD LOST CONFIDENCE IN ITS

LEADER.

THOSE WERE LIES, PLAIN AND

SIMPLE.

Reporter: SENATORS

ASKED THE FORMER F.B.I.

DIRECTOR, WHY DO YOU THINK

YOU WERE FIRED?

HE SAID, I'M NOT QUITE

SURE, BUT I HAVE TO TAKE

THE PRESIDENT AT HIS WORD,

AND IT MUST HAVE SOMETHING

TO DO WITH THE WAY I

HANDLEDED THE RUSSIAN

INVESTIGATION.

COMEY REITERATED PRESIDENT

TRUMP PRESSED HIM, BUT

NEVER TOLD HIM TO STOP THE

PROBE INTO MICHAEL FLYNN,

BUT DID REPEATEDLY

PRESSURE HIM TO PUBLICLY

DECLARE THAT HE WAS NOT

UNDER INVESTIGATION.

COMEY DID SAY THAT THE

PRESIDENT TOLD HIM IF SOME

OF HIS SATELLITE

ASSOCIATES HAD DONE

SOMETHING WRONG, IT WOULD

BE GOOD FOR THE

INVESTIGATION TO FIND THAT

OUT.

COMEY DECLINED TO SAY IF

HE THOUGHT THE PRESIDENT

HAD OBSTRUCTED JUSTICE,

SAYING THAT WAS A

DETERMINATION TO BE MADE

BY THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR.

AS FOR THE PROBE INTO

HILLARY CLINTON'S PRIVATE

E-MAIL SERVER, HE

TESTIFIED THAT LABO LORETTA

LYNCH DIRECTED HIM TO

DESCRIBE THE HILLARY

CLINTON PROBE AS ONLY A

MATTER AND NOT AN

INVESTIGATION.

IN AN UNEXPECTED BOMBSHELL

ANNOUNCEMENT, COMEY

VOLUNTARILY ADMITTED HE

ORCHESTRATED THE LEAK OF

HIS MEMO TO A COLUMBIA LAW

SCHOOL PROFESSOR WHO GAVE

IT TO A REPORTER.

HE THOUGHT IT MIGHT LEAD

TO THE APPOINTMENT OF A

SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO LEAD

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION.

DESPITE ALL OF THE WORK

AND TESTIMONY THAT HAS

ALREADY TAKEN PLACE,

SENATORS SAY THIS

INVESTIGATION IS NOWHERE

NEAR THE END.

WE'RE MORE CONFIDENT

TODAY THAT WE CAN, THROUGH

THIS PROCESS, WORK THROUGH

A VERY BIPARTISAN AND

THOROUGH INVESTIGATION

THAT AT THE END OF IT

ANSWERS MANY OF THE

QUESTIONS THAT THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE

TODAY.

I THOUGHT IT WAS VERY

IMPORTANT THAT THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE GET A

CHANCE TO HEAR JIM COMEY'S

STATEMENTS ABOUT WHAT ALL

HAS TRANSPIRED.

Reporter: ERIC

GONZALES, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Gordon: IT DOES LOOK

LIKE TRUMP WAS VINDICATED.

THERE WAS NO PERSONAL

INVESTIGATION OF HIM IN

ALL OF THIS RUSSIAN MESS.

AND THEN THERE WAS NO

COLLUSION.

THERE WAS NO ATTEMPT TO DO

THAT.

SO, YES, HE DID HAVE

VINDICATION YESTERDAY.

I THINK THE LARGER STORY

HERE, AND THIS IS ONE ALL

AMERICANS NEED TO BE

CONCERNED ABOUT -- WE HAVE

SEEN THE POLITIZATION OF

THE I.R.S., AND NOW THE

F.B.I. IS GETTING INVOLVED

IN POLITICS.

AND COMEY WAS IN CHARGE OF

THAT, BOTH IN TERMS OF THE

HILLARY CLINTON E-MAIL

INVESTIGATION, HIS

MEMORANDUM TO CONGRESS

JUST WEEKS BEFORE THE

ELECTION.

AND NOW HERE HE SEEMS TO

BE GUNNING FOR A SITTING

PRESIDENT, CREATING MEMOS

AND THEN LEAKING THOSE

MEMOS IN AN EFFORT TO GET

A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR

APPOINTED.

ALL OF THAT DOES NOT

BEARED GOOD.

WE NEED TO HAVE CONFIDENCE

IN AN I.R.S.

INVESTIGATION, POLITICS

HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

POLITICS IS A DISTANT FAR

MEMORY, THAT THERE IS NO

POLITICAL MOTIVATION TO AN

I.R.S. INVESTIGATION, THE

SAME WITH AN F.B.I.

INVESTIGATION.

POLITICS SHOULD HAVE NO

BUSINESS IN THE F.B.I.

> WELL, WHILE THE COMEY

HEARING GOT ALL OF THEED

MEDIA ATTENTION YESTERDAY,

PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ALSO

SPEAKING OUT ABOUT

DEFENDING RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM IN AMERICA.

JOHN JESSUP HAS THAT STORY

FROM OUR CBN NEWS BUREAU

IN WASHINGTON.

John: THE PRESIDENT

SPOKE AT THE FAITH AND

FREEDOM COALITION ROAD TO

MAJORITY CONFERENCE HERE

IN WASHINGTON.

THE THREE-DAY EVENT AIMS

TO EDUCATE, MOTIVATE, AND

MOBILIZE CHRISTIANS TO

SHARE THE MESSAGE OF GOD

BACK HOME.

President Trump: AS

LONG AS I'M PRESIDENT, NO

ONE IS GOING TO STOP YOU

FROM PRACTICING YOUR

FAITH.

WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN FROM

DOING WHAT IS RIGHT.

BECAUSE AS THE BIBLE TELLS

US --

[APPLAUSE]

President Trump: --

WE KNOW THAT THE TRUTH

WILL PREVEIL.

THAT GOD'S GLORIOUS WISDOM

WILL SHINE THROUGH.

Reporter: AMONG THE

SPEAKERS, MITCH

McCONNELL, FOLLOWED BY

MIKE PENCE ON SATURDAY.

> A SETBACK FOR BRITISH

PRIME MINISTER THERESA

MAY.

HER MAJORITY LOST THE

ELECTION.

THE LEFT-WING LABOUR PARTY

DID MUCH BETTER THAN

EXPECTED.

JEREMY CORBYN ATTACKED MAY

ON ISSUES, INCLUDING

CUTTING 20,000 POLICE

OFFICERS WHILE HE WAS

INTERIOR MINISTER.

JEREMY CORBYN IS CALLING

ON MAY TO RESIGN AND MAKE

WAY FOR A NEW GOVERNMENT.

THE PRIME MINISTER

CALLED THE ELECTIONS

BECAUSE SHE WANTED A

MANDATE.

WELL, THE MANDATE SHE'S

GOT IS LOST CONSERVATIVE

SEATS, LOST VOTES, LOST

SUPPORT, AND LOST CON

CONFIDENCE.

> THE UNITED STATES

AMBASSADOR NIKKI HALEY

SAYS THE TIME OF BULLYING

ISRAEL IS OVER.

CHRIS MITCHELL BRINGS US

THAT STORY FROM JERUSALEM.

WELCOME.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

Chris: U.N.

AMBASSADOR NIKKI HALEY

FOUND ISRAELI LEADERS

EAGER TO THANK HER FOR THE

NEW ROLE SHE IS PLAYING.

WITH YOUR SUPPORT, WE

SEE THE BEGINNING OF A NEW

ERA.

ISRAEL IS NO LONGER ALONE

IN THE UNITED NATIONS.

ISRAEL IS NO LONGER THE

UNITED NATIONS' PUNCHING

BAG.

I FEEL SOMEWHAT GUILTY

BECAUSE ALL I DID AT THE

UNITED NATIONS WAS TELL

THE TRUTH.

AND I HAVE NEVER TAKEN

KINDLY TO BULLIES.

AND THE U.N. HAS BULLIED

ISRAEL FOR A VERY LONG

TIME.

AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET

THAT HAPPEN ANYMORE.

IT IS A NEW DAY FOR ISRAEL

IN THE UNITED NATIONS.

Chris: PART OF THAT

NEW DAY INCLUDES HALEY'S

STERN THREAT TO PULL THE

U.S. OUT OF THE U.N. HUMAN

RIGHTS COUNCIL, A GROUP

SHE CALLED A FORUM TO

POLITICS, HYPOCRISY AND

EVASION.

IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT

THIS COUNCIL ADDRESS ITS

CHRONIC ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS

IF IT IS TO HAVE ANY

CREDIBILITY.

I THINK ISRAEL SEES

NIKKI HALEY'S VISIT HERE

AS A REAL POSITIVE.

Chris: MANY, LIKE

MICHELE BACHMANN, WHO CAME

AS THE KEY NOTE SPEAKER

FOR THE JERUSALEM PRAYER

BREAKFAST, SEE HALEY AS

ONE OF THE NEW TRUMP

ADMINISTRATION'S BRIGHTEST

LIGHTS.

SHE IS MARVELOUS.

AND I THINK EVERYONE WAS

SURPRISED HOW BOLD AND

FORTHRIGHT AND CLEAR SHE

IS.

SHE HAS SO MUCH CLARITY ON

THE ISSUE OF ISRAEL AND

THE UNITED STATES'

RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAEL.

AND SHE IS ANNOUNCING TO

THE WORLD THAT THE UNITED

STATES OF AMERICA HAS

ISRAEL'S BACK.

Chris: HALEY FLEW TO

ISRAEL'S SOUTHERN BORDER,

NEXT TO THE

HAMAS-CONTROLLED GAZA

STRIP.

SHE EXAMINED A TUNNEL ONCE

USED BY HAMAS TO

INFILTRATE ISRAEL.

IT IS LIKELY THE VISIT

GIVES HALEY MORE EVIDENCE

OF THE THREATS FACING

ISRAEL AND ITS PEOPLE.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

John: THANKS, CHRIS.

GORDON, THIS IS A FAR CRY

FROM THE PREVIOUS

ADMINISTRATION.

Gordon: YES, IT IS.

AND IT IS A WELCOME CRY.

I APPLAUD AMBASSADOR

HALEY.

WHAT A WONDERFUL THING SHE

IS DOING.

I AGREE WITH HER, ALL SHE

IS DOING IS STATING THE

FACTS.

AND WHEN YOU KNOW THE

FACTS OF WHAT IS CURRENTLY

GOING ON IN THE

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY IN

THE U.N., YOU CAN'T HELP

BUT SUPPORT ISRAEL.

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE

FACTS, THE FACTS ABOUT THE

SIX-DAY WAR, THE FACTS

ABOUT HOW EAST JERUSALEM

CAME UNDER THE SOVEREIGNTY

OF ISRAEL, HOW DID THE

WEST BANK COME UNDER THE

SOVEREIGNTY OF ISRAEL,

WE'VE GOT SOMETHING FOR

YOU.

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WENDY?

Wendy: WELL, COMING

UP, HE HAS BEEN CALLED THE

MATCH THAT LIT A POWDER

KEG.

MARTIN LUTHER.

THEY NEVER WOULD HAVE

WANTED THE ENLIGHTENMENT,

THE SECULARIZATION.

HE WOULD BE SHOCKED AT

WHAT HAS BECOME OF THE

CHRISTIAN WORLD.

Wendy: WE'LL TAKE YOU

TO WITTENBURG, WHERE

CHRISTIANS ARE CELEBRATING

THE 500th ANNIVERSARY OF

THE PROTESTANT

REFORMATION, WHEN WE COME

BACK.

Gordon: WELL, THIS

YEAR MARKS THE 500th

ANNIVERSARY OF AN EVENT

THAT CHANGED THE WORLD.

THE PROTESTANT

REFORMATION.

DALE HURD BRINGS US THAT

STORY FROM WHITTENBURG,

GERMANY.

Reporter: THE WORLD

IS COMING TO WHITTENBURG,

WHERE 500 YEARS AGO A

LOCAL PROFESSOR IS SAID TO

HAVE NAILED 95 FECES TO A

CHURCH DOOR.

AND BY THAT SINGLE ACT

CHANGED THE WORLD.

GERMANY IS NOW IN THE

MIDST OF A YEAR-LONG

NATIONAL CELEBRATION, BUT

LUTHER'S TIME WAS RARELY

THIS COLORFUL OR THIS

TIDY.

THIS IS MORE LIKE THE

WHITTENBURG OF LUTHER'S

TIME, AND IT WAS A PERIOD

WITH INTERESTING

SIMILARITIES TO TODAY.

IN 1517, THE HOLY ROMAN

EMPIRE, LIKE THE EUROPEAN

UNION, WAS BEGINNING TO

DISINTEGRATE.

NEW TECHNOLOGY, THE

PRINTING PRESS, WAS AS

REVOLUTIONARY AS SOCIAL

MEDIA.

AND PUSHING INTO THE

BORDERS OF EUROPE, THE

ARMIES OF ISLAM.

EVEN THOUGH HE WAS AN

ADOPTOR OF THIS NEW

TECHNOLOGY IN 1517, LUTHER

WOULD PROBABLY TRY TO

DESTROY THIS NEW

TECHNOLOGY FROM 2017.

A ROBOT JUST INSTALLED IN

WHITTENBURG, WHICH

DISPENSES A BLESSING IN

SEVEN LANGUAGES.

IT IS INTERESTING TO WATCH

A NATION THAT HAS IN MANY

WAYS TURNED AWAY FROM GOD

CELEBRATE THIS MAN OF THE

BIBLE SO ENTHUSIASTICALLY.

AND HOW WOULD LUTHER FEEL

ABOUT TODAY'S GERMANY.

WE ASKED DR. DALE LEHMAN,

AND HE SAID HE WOULD TURN

OVER IN HIS GRAVE.

ONE OF THE WORLD'S LEADING

AUTHORITIES, DR. CARLOS

EIRE, SAID THE NUMBER ONE

REASON LUTHER WOULD BE

SURPRISED BY THE

CELEBRATION, HE DIDN'T

EXPECT THERE TO BE A WORLD

IN 2017.

LUTHER EXPECTED THE

WORLD TO END IN HIS

LIFETIME, OR SOON

THEREAFTER.

IF LUTHER COULD TIME

TRAVEL AND VISIT US, HE

WOULD BE SHOCKED AT WHAT

HAS BECOME OF THE

CHRISTIAN WORLD.

THE FACT THAT SO FEW

EUROPEANS NOW ATTEND

CHURCH.

Chris: DESPITE THE

NICE ACCIDEN SCULPTURES, LUTHERS

WAS NOT GENTILE.

HE LIKED TO ARGUE.

HE WAS A PRODUCT OF HIS

TIME, SAYS THE CUS THIS MAN.

IN CENTRAL GERMANY AT

THAT TIME, PEOPLE WERE NOT

POLITE.

THEY WERE NOT QUIET.

THEY WERE LOUD AND THEY

DRANK BEER.

AND THEY ATE A LOT OF MEAT

AND THEY WERE RUDE.

Reporter: ONE OF THE

MOST CONTROVERSIAL

QUESTIONS ABOUT LUTHER IS

WHETHER HE WAS AN

ANTI-SEMITE.

AFTER EXPRESSING TOLERANCE

TOWARDS JEWS EARLY IN

LIFE, HE WROTE TERRIBLE

THINGS ABOUT THE JEWISH

PEOPLE LATER IN LIFE,

WRITINGS THAT WERE EVEN

USED BY THE NAZIS.

LUTHER CALLED FOR ALL

SYNAGOGUES TO BE BURNED,

AND FOR JEWS TO BE DRIVEN

OUT OF GERMANY.

HE DIDN'T CALL FOR A

HOLOCAUST.

HE DIDN'T CALL FOR MASS

EXTERMINATION OF JEWS, BUT

HE HAD HORRIBLE THINGS TO

SAY ABOUT JEWS AND THE

CHARACTER OF EVERY JEW.

Reporter:

DR. HASSLEHORN SAYS THE

QUESTION OF WHETHER LUTHER

WAS AN ANTI-SEMITE IS

COMPLICATED.

YES OR NO, WAS LUTHER AN

ANTI-SEMITE?

YOU CAN SAY NO, BUT YOU

HAVE TO SAY HE WAS AN

ANTI-JUDEIST.

YOU CAN SAY YES, BUT YOU

CAN SAY IT WAS EARLY

MODERN ANTI-SEMITISM,

WHICH IS SLIGHTLY

DIFFERENT.

HIS ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE

JEWS WAS DRIVEN BY

RELIGIOUS MOTIVES, NOT BY

ETHNICITY OR SOMETHING

ELSE.

Reporter: MARTIN

LUTHER WAS AN IMPERFECT

VESSEL THAT GOD USED TO

BRING CHRISTIAN BACK TO

WORSHIP.

HE MADE IT A FAITH ABOUT

THE LIVING BY DOING AWAY

WITH PURGATORY.

BEFORE LUTHER,

CHRISTIANS USED TO SPENT A SPEND A

LOT OF TIME AND SOMETIMES

A LOT OF MONEY, FOR MASSES

FOR THE DEAD, TO GET THEIR

RELATIVES RELEASED FROM

PURGATORY.

AND THAT CHANGED

COMPLETELY.

Reporter: LUTHER IS A

KEY REASON WE HAVE SO MANY

PROTESTANT DENOMINATIONS

TODAY.

WHEN HE WAS BORN,

EVERYONE IN WESTERN EUROPE

BELONGED TO THE SAME

CHURCH.

BY THE TIME SH HE DIED, THERE

WERE MANY CHURCHES

EXEELTINEXPEETING

COMPETING WITH EACH OTHER.

THE REFORMATION STARTED

BY MARTIN LUTHER HAD SO

MANY EFFECTS HE NEVER

WOULD HAVE WANTED.

HE NEVER WOULD HAVE WANTED

THE SECULARIZATION.

HE WOULD HAVE MANY THINGS

TO CRITICIZE ABOUT HIS

CHURCH, ABOUT WHAT IT HAS

BECOME TODAY, BO ABOUT EUROPE

AND ABOUT THE WESTERN

WORLD ITSELF.

Reporter: PERHAPS

THESE GERMANS ARE FORTUNE

THAT LUTHER WILL NOT

RETURN FOR THE 500th

ANNIVERSARY.

IT IS VERY LIKELY HE WOULD

HAVE SPOILED THE PARTY.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS, IN

WHITTENBURG, GERMANY.

Gordon: ANOTHER

MOMENT FOR HIM TO SAY,

HERE I STAND.

I CAN DO NO OTHER.

GOD HELP ME.

WE OWE A GREAT DEAL TO

MARTIN LUTHER.

FROM HIM CAME THE FIRST

GERMAN TRANSLATION OF THE

BIBLE.

THAT BECAME THE FOUNDATION

FOR THE MODERN LANGUAGE OF

GERMAN AND SPARKED, IN

TURN, OR ABILITY TO HAVE

AN ENGLISH BIBLE.

BEFORE HIM, YOU COULD ONLY

HAVE THE LATIN

TRANSLATION, AND MOST

PEOPLE DIDN'T READ LATIN.

SO MOST PEOPLE DIDN'T HAVE

ACCESS TO HIGHER

EDUCATION.

AND THROUGH HIM, YOU HAD

THE BREAKTHROUGH, LET'S

GET THE BIBLE INTO THE

LANGUAGE OF THE COMMON

PEOPLE.

AND THROUGH THAT ALL KINDS

OF THINGS HAPPENED.

ALL KINDS OF EDUCATION.

THE WHOLE DRIVE TO

LITERACY, SO THAT PEOPLE

COULD READ THE BIBLE.

SO IT IS THE 500th

ANNIVERSARY, AND HAPPY

ANNIVERSARY TO MARTIN

LUTHER.

Wendy: I THINK THE

TAKE AWAY FOR ME IS THAT

GOD CAN USE IMPERFECT

PEOPLE TO CARRY OUT HIS

WORD --

Gordon: I'M PROOF.

Wendy: COMING UP, THE

CROWN PRINCE OF THE NBA

WHO FOLLOWS THE KING OF

KINGS.

JESUS SHOULD BE AT THE

FOREFRONT AND THE

NAVIGATION FOR WHATEVER

LIFE SITUATION YOU'RE IN.

YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW JESUS.

Wendy: SEE A SIDE OF

SETH CURRY THAT IS NOT IN

THE SPOTLIGHT AFTER THIS.

Wendy: TONIGHT IS

GAME FOUR OF THE NBA

FINALS, AND A WARRIOR'S

WIN COULD FINISH THE

CHAMPIONSHIP.

GOLDEN STATE HAS WON 15

STRAIGHT PLAYOFF GAMES.

IF THEY WIN TONIGHT,

THEY'LL HAVE THEIR FIRST

UNDEFEATED POSTSEASON

RECORD IN ALL OF SPORTS.

HOW ARE THEY DOING IT?

THE ACQUISITION OF KEVIN

HAS MADE THEM NEARLY

UNBEATABLE, BUT SETH CURRY

HAS HELPED THEM BECOME THE

DYNASTY THAT THEY ARE.

TOTOM BUEHRING TALKED WITH

HIM HOW HE HANDLES THE

PRESSURE BOTH ON AND OFF

THE COURT.

Reporter: SETH CURRY

IS BASKETBALL'S

DISTINGUISHED

SHARP-SHOOTER,

BACK-TO-BACK M.V.P.

HIS GROWING ACCLAIM RAISES

EXPECTATIONS.

IT DEFINITELY BECOMES

HARDER TO STAY AT THAT

LEVEL BECAUSE YOU HAVE A

BULL'S EYE ON YOUR BACK.

YOU'RE UNDER A BIGGER --

WHAT YOU CALL A BIGGER

MICROSCOPE.

AND THERE IS MUCH MORE

SCRUTINY, CRITICISM, AND

PRAISE THAT YOU HAVE TO

DEAL WITH.

Reporter: SETH HAD TO

FIRST DEAL WITH BEING

OVERLOOKED.

ATTENDING SMALL DAVIDSON

COLLEGE.

NBA SCOUTS THEN QUESTIONED

HIS SIZE AND SKILL SET

PRIOR TO THE 2009 DRAFT.

BEFORE THE STRUGGLING

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS TOOK

HIM FOR THE SEVENTH PICK.

ARE THERE DAYS WHEN YOU

COME IN HERE AND YOU

THINK, HOW DID I GET HERE?

100%.

I THINK BACK TO WHEN I WAS

DRAFTED AND I DIDN'T

EXACTLY KNOW THE DIRECTION

WAS GOING.

IT WAS A LOSING TEAM, AND

NOW WE'RE PLAYING FOR THE

CHAMPIONSHIP.

SO IT IS AN AMAZING

JOURNEY AND SOMETHING I'M

GREAT FULGRATEFUL OF THE ENTIRE

JOURNEY.

Reporter: FOR A

CAROLINA KID, WHAT MAKES

THIS A GREAT PLACE TO PLAY

AND POUR INTO?

IT IS SO CULTURALLY

DIVERSE, AND THERE ARE SO

MANY PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT

BACKGROUNDS.

YOU'VE GOT THE BAY, AND

OAKLAND, AND THERE IS A

WIDE VARIETY IN A VERY

SMALL SPACE.

YOU CAN TELL THE PEOPLE

WHO LIVE HERE LOVE IT, AND

THEY RECEIVE US ON A

BASKETBALL COURT SO WELL.

THEY SUPPORT US.

THEY'RE PASSIONATE FANS

AND CARE ABOUT WHAT THE

WARRIORS ARE UP TO.

Reporter: THE TEAM

THAT IS UP TO BEING THE

ELITE.

WITH SETH RESETTING HIS

OWN NBA RECORD IN EACH OF

THE PAST THREE SEASONS.

> WHAT, FOR YOU, IS THE

MOST IMPORTANT COMPONENT

TO YOUR OUTSIDE SHOOTING?

CONSISTENCY WITH YOUR

BASE AND FUNDAMENTALS.

YOU LOOK AT THE GREATEST

SHOOTERS IN BASKETBALL

HISTORY, AND NOT ONE

PERSON SHOOTS LIKE ANOTHER

PERSON.

THEY ALL HAVE A VERY

UNIQUE FORM.

BUT THEY CAN REPEAT THAT

FORM OVER AND OVER AND

OVER AGAIN WITH LITTLE

CHANGE EACH TIME.

AND THEY'RE A MORE

ACCURATE SHOOTER WHEN IT

IS PRESSURE TIME OR WHEN

THEY'RE OPEN OR NOT OPEN,

WHATEVER.

Reporter: ON YOUR

RELEASE, WHAT ARE YOU

LOOKING AT?

IT'S ON THE RIM AS I'M

SHOOTING, WHEN THE BALL IS

HALF WAY UP TOWARD THE

RIM, I KIND OF STARE AT

THE BALL.

AND THEN YOU SEE THAT BALL

GO RIGHT THROUGH THE NET.

Reporter: HIS SCORING

SKILLS ARE ON A FAST BREAK

OF THEIR OWN.

QUICK ENOUGH TO EARN SETH

THE REPUTATION AS THE

NBA'S GREATEST SHOOTER

EVER.

BUT OF ALL OF THE SHOTS HE

TREASURES, IT IS THE SURE

SHOT THAT ANCHORS HIS

SOUL.

I LEARNED WELL FROM MY

PARENTS.

THEY SET A VERY, VERY HIGH

STANDARD OF WHO YOU ARE

AND WHAT YOU BELIEVE AND

HOW JESUS CAN WORK THROUGH

YOU ON A DAILY BASIS, AND

THAT SHOULD BE AT THE

FOREFRONT AND THAT SHOULD

BE ABLE TO NAVIGATE YOU

THROUGH WHATEVER LIFE

SITUATION YOUR IN AND NOT

TO BE ASHAMED OF THAT.

Reporter: GROWING UP

IN A BASKETBALL FAMILY,

GAVE HIM A NURTURING

SHARED AMONG HIS

TEAMMATES.

WE KNOW THERE ARE A LOT

OF GUYS SIMILAR IN FAITH.

HOW DOES THE BROTHERHOOD

AMONG BROTHERS PLAY INTO

THAT?

IF YOU ASK ANYONE ELSE

ABOUT THEIR FAITH, THEY

SAY IT IS ALL ABOUT

FINDING ACCOUNTABILITY

PARTNERS AND WHO CAN

ENCOURAGE YOU IN YOUR

WALK.

KNOWING THAT NOBODY IS

PERFECT.

WE ALL HAVE VERY SIMILAR

STRUGGLES IN OUR ENTIRE

WALK OF FAITH.

SO FOR US ON THE COURT, WE

ALL GRIND AND COMPETE ON

THE FLOOR, SO WHY NOT

GRIND AND COMPETE IN OUR

SPIRITUAL WALK AS WELL.

Reporter: THE OVERLAP

FOR BOTH PLAYER AND PERSON

BECOMES INTENTION.

WE SHARE BIBLE VERSES

EVERY DAY AND DO A BIBLE

STUDY THROUGH TEXT

MESSAGE.

AND WE HAVE 10, 11 GUYS

SHOW UP FOR THE BIBLE

STUDY.

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT IS THE

BIGGEST THING.

Reporter: SETH

DONATES CHEMICALLY TREATED

BED NETS INTERNATIONALLY

BY EVERY THREE-POINTER HE

MAKES.

> HOW SATISFYING IS THAT

FOR YOU TO ABLE TO IMPACT

PEOPLE A HALF A WORLD

AWAY?

IT IS DEAFL DEFINITELY

EXCITING TO KNOW WE'RE

SAVING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY

THE KIDS UNDER THE AGE OF

FIVE.

THE PARENTS CAN'T PROTECT

THEIR YOUNG ONES FROM A

MOSQUITO BITE AND THE

NEGATIVE AFFECTS FROM

MALARIA WITHOUT OUR HELP

AND WITHOUT THESE NETS.

THIS IS AN ISSUE WE CAN

ERADICATE.

IT IS SOMETHING THAT IS

PREVENTABLE, AND WE'RE ON

THAT MISSION.

Reporter: SETH CURRY

DOUBLE DRIBBLES HIS

DISCIPLESHIP INTO THE GAME

HE PLAYS AND INTO THE

LIVES HE INFLUENCES

OUTSIDE OF IT.

THAT'S THE HARDEST

PART, HOW CRAZY SOCIETY,

AND THE PACE OF OUR LIVES,

YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE TO

GET FED EVERY SINGLE DAY

BECAUSE THERE ARE

DISTRACTIONS LEFT AND

RIGHT.

FIND WAYS TO IMPACT

PEOPLE WITH HOW YOU WALK,

THAT THEY CAN SEE

SOMETHING THAT IS

DIFFERENT ABOUT YOU, AND

HOW YOU CARRY YOURSELF.

AND THAT'S FOLLOWING

JESUS.

Wendy: SETH CURRY,

NOT ONLY A GREAT

BASKETBALL PLAYER, BUT A

GREAT HUMANITARIAN.

AND WE WISH YOU ALL THE

LUCK TONIGHT, YOU AND YOUR

ENTIRE TEAM.

MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN.

THAT'S ALL I KNOW TO SAY

ABOUT THAT.

THAT WAS MY FAVORITE SPORT

AS A CHEERLEADER.

I REMEMBER SHOOT THE HOOP

AND DROP IT THROUGH THE

LOOP -- SORRY.

Gordon: STAY TUNED.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THAT

DEMONSTRATION FOR YOU

LATER.

Wendy: I LOVED

CHEERING THE BASKETBALL

GAMES.

IT WAS SO THUNDEROUS.

THE NOISE AND THE TEAMS --

Gordon: IN THE

ENCLOSED ARENA, THE

ESQUIMALEXCITEMENT IS PRETTY

INCREDIBLE.

Wendy: I LOOK AT

SPORTS THROUGH THE EYES OF

A CHEERLEADER, JUST SO YOU

KNOW.

Gordon: OKAY.

I'M GOING TO MOVE ON.

> STILL AHEAD, HOPE AND

HELP FOR THE PARENTS OF

PRODIGAL CHILDREN.

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JAMES

BANKS AND HIS SON, JEFF,

TELL THEIR PERSONAL STORY.

THAT'S LATER ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB."

Efrem: AND WELCOME

BACK TO "THE 700 CLUB."

THE SCOTTISH EPISCOPAL

CHURCH HAS VOTED TO ALLOW

ITS CLERICS TO MARRY

SAME-SEX COUPLES.

IT IS THE FIRST ANGLICAN

BRANCH IN BRITAIN TO

PERMIT GAY WEDDINGS IN

CHURCH.

THE REVEREND DAVID

CHILLING CALLED IT A

MOMENTOUS STEP.

HE SAID OUR CHURCH NOW

AFFIRMS A SAME-SEX COUPLE

ARE NOT JUST MARRIED, BUT

ARE MARRIED IN THE SIGHT

OF GOD.

THE MOVE PUTS THE SCOTTISH

CHURCH AT ODDS WITH THE

OFFICIAL STANCE OF THE

ANGLICAN UNION, WHICH SAYS

MARRIAGE IS THE UNION OF A

MAN AND A WOMAN.

> "OPERATION BLESSING"

HAS HELPED TO BRING NEW

HOPE TO THE SMALL VILLAGE

IN HAITI.

"OPERATION BLESSING" HAS

BEEN WORKING WITH THE

VILLAGERS IN THE AREA FOR

THE PAST SEVEN YEARS,

TEACHING STUDENTS HOW TO

READ, WRITE, AND DO MATH.

AND ONE OF THE MOST

HELPFUL TOOLS HAS BEEN THE

GAME OF CHESS.

THE KIDS NOT ONLY LEARN

HOW TO PLAY, BUT THEY'RE

TAUGHT HOW TO BE

STRATEGIC, PATIENT, AND

CONSIDERATE.

EACH YEAR MORE THAN 300

STUDENTS FROM CRAS HAITI

GATHER TO COMPETE AT THE

NATIONALS.

THIS YEAR THE STUDENTS

FROM THE "OPERATION

BLESSING"-SUPPORTED SCHOOL

COMPLETED.

TWO PLACED FIRST AND TWO

OTHERS WERE AWARDED SECOND

PLACE IN THEIR DIVISIONS.

> YOU CAN LEARN MORE

ABOUT "OPERATION BLESSING"

BY GOING TO ITS WEBSITE

AT ob.org.

GORDON AND WENDY ARE BACK

WITH MUCH MORE OF "THE 700

CLUB."

IT IS COMING UP RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

Gordon: THANKS TO

CBN'S ANIMATED SERIES,

"SUPERBOOK," CHILDREN

AROUND THE WORLD ARE

LEARNING THE STORIES OF

THE BIBLE.

AND IN THE BUDDHIST NATION

OF CAMBODIA, IT IS

BRAINGINBRINGING ADULTS TO CHRIST

AS WELL.

Reporter: WHENEVER

SHAVON CAME HOME FROM

SCHOOL, SHE KNEW IT WAS

BEST TO WAIT OUTSIDE UNTIL

THE SHOUTING STOPPED.

Through Translator:

MY PARENTS ARGUED ALMOST

EVERY DAY.

AFTER THEY FOUGHT, I

NOTICEDED THE BROKEN

THINGS INSIDE OUR HOUSE.

Reporter: ONE DAY

SOME FRIENDS FOUND SHAVON

CRYING UNDER A TREE.

THEY INVITED HER TO WATCH

"SUPERBOOK" WITH THEM AT A

CHURCH IN THE VILLAGE.

I SAW THE STORY OF

DAVID AND GOLIATH.

DAVID WAS A BOY WHO LOVED

GOD.

WITH GOD'S HELP, HE FOUGHT

THE GIANT.

Reporter: AT THE END

OF THE EPISODE, THE PASTOR

ASKED THE CHILDREN TO PRAY

TO RECEIVE JESUS AS

SAVIOR.

"SUPERBOOK" TAUGHT ME

THAT I AM A SINNER, BUT

GOD LOVES ME.

I ASKED HIM TO FORGIVE MY

SINS.

I ALSO PRAYED MY DAD WOULD

STOP DRINKING.

Reporter: SHAVON

CONTINUED TO PRAY.

SHE TOLD HER PARENTS, WHO

WERE BUDDHISTS, ABOUT

"SUPERBOOK" AND THE BIBLE.

GOD GAVE ME THE COURAGE

TO TALK TO MY DAD ABOUT

HIS DRINKING.

I SAID, DADDY, GOD WILL

FORGIVE YOU.

I WENT TO CHURCH WITH

SHAVON.

I WATCHED MANY "SUPERBOOK"

EPISODES AND LEARNED ABOUT

GOD.

I PRAYED TO BECOME A

CHRISTIAN.

AFTER MY HUSBAND

TRUSTED IN JESUS, HE

CHANGED.

HE DOESN'T DRINK ANYMORE.

HE IS LOVING AND KIND TO

OUR FAMILY.

THANKS TO "SUPERBOOK,"

MY PARENTS AND SISTERS AND

BROTHERS KNOW JESUS, JUST

LIKE I DO.

I'M SO HAPPY.

Gordon: "SUPERBOOK,"

I LOVE WHAT IT DOES.

WHEN THE CHILDREN GET THE

STORIES OF THE BIBLE, THEY

BELIEVE AND THEN THEY TALK

TO THEIR PARENTS ABOUT IT.

AND EVERYONE SEES THE

CHANGE AND WONDERFUL

THINGS ARE HAPPENING.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF

TAKING THE STORIES OF THE

BIBLE TO THE CHILDREN OF

THE WORLD.

RIGHT NOW WE'VE FINISHED

42 LANGUAGES.

THERE IS A BROADCAST MAP.

HOPEFULLY BY THE END OF

THIS YEAR, WE'LL BE IN 55

LANGUAGES AROUND THE

WORLD.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT.

HOW?

BY JOINING THE "SUPERBOOK"

D.V.D. CLUB.

FOR A GIFT OF $25 OR MORE,

WE'LL SEND YOU THE LATEST

EPISODE OF "SUPERBOOK."

THIS IS A "SUPERBOOK"

EXPLORER, WHERE YOU GET

THE STORY OF ELIJAH AND

THEN THE STORY OF JOHN THE

BAPTIST.

WE'LL SEND YOU THREE

D.V.D.s SO YOU'LL BE

ABLE TO SHARE IT WITH YOUR

FAMILY, WITH YOUR CHURCH,

WITH OTHERS AROUND YOU.

AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF

SPREADING THE STORIES OF

THE BIBLE.

IF YOU WANT TO JOIN, ALL

YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL US:

1-800-700-7000.

AND JUST SAY, I WANT TO

BECOME A MEMBER OF THE

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB.

WENDY?

Wendy: I LOVE

"SUPERBOOK."

UP NEXT, HE IS A

PREACHER'S KID WHO BECOME

A HEROIN ADDICT, AND HIS

DAD NEVER GAVE UP ON HIM.

JEFF AND JAMES BANKS TELL

HOW TO PRAY FOR PRODIGALS,

WHEN WE COME BACK.

Gordon: TODAY JEFF

BANKS IS A YOUTH PASTOR.

FOUR YEARS AGO, HE WAS A

HEROIN ADDICT.

JEFF'S FATHER, JAMES, IS

ALSO A PASTOR, AND HE AND

HIS WIFE NEVER STOPPED

PRAYING FOR THEIRED THEIR PRODIGAL

SON.

Reporter: IT STARTED

WITH SMOKING CIGARETTES IN

FIFTH GRADE, AND THEN JEFF

STARTED DRINKING, SMOKING,

AND SMOKING POT.

BY THE TIME HE WAS 20, HE

WAS ADDICTED TO OPIOIDS

AND IN AND OUT OF JAIL.

JAMES AND KERRY NEVER

STOPPED BELIEVING THEIR

SON WOULD TURN HIS LIFE

AROUND.

EACH DAY JAMES WROTE

PRAYERS FOR JEFF, AND

SHARES THEM IN HIS BOOK,

"PRAYS FOR PRODIGALS."

Gordon: JAMES AND

JEFF ARE WITH US LIVE.

I'VE GOT TO ASK YOU, WHAT

WENT THROUGH YOUR MIND AS

JEFF IS GOING THROUGH

THIS?

DID YOU WONDER, DID I MAKE

A MISTAKE?

WHAT HAPPENED?

WAS THERE TRAUMA?

ALL OF THAT?

OH, YEAH.

YOU'RE ALWAYS

SECOND-GUESSING YOURSELF.

HINDSIGHT IS 20/20, AND

YOU THINK, IF I HAD DONE

THIS OR THAT DIFFERENTLY.

YOU THINK THE WORST.

WHEN YOU'RE THE PARENT OF

A PRODIGAL, SOMETIMES THE

PHONE RINGS IN THE MIDDLE

OF THE NIGHT AND YOU

THINK, WHAT IS GOING TO

HAPPEN.

Gordon: AND THE PHONE

RANG IN THE MIDDLE OF THE

NIGHT?

AND THE PHONE DID RING

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE

NIGHT.

Gordon: HOW DID YOU

DEAL WITH THAT?

THIS WAS THE SITUATION

THAT BROUGHT US TO OUR

KNEES.

I THINK THAT'S THE BEST

PLACE FOR US TO BE UNDER

THE CIRCUMSTANCES.

YOU DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN,

AND YOU RUN OUT OF WORDS.

YOU GET PRAYED OUT, IF YOU

WILL.

YOU GO INTO THE WORD OF

GOD, AND THAT'S WHAT

WRITING "PRAYERS FOR

PRODIGALS" IS ABOUT, LORD,

I CAN'T FIX THIS, AND ONLY

YOU CAN.

Gordon: AND THAT'S A

GOOD PRAYER.

YEAH.

Gordon: YOU GIVE UP

TRYING YOURSELF AND SAY,

GOD, I CAN'T DO THIS.

I'M TOO SMALL FOR THIS.

BUT YOU CAN HANDLE THIS.

JEFF, I'VE GOT TO ASK YOU,

WHAT STARTED YOU DOWN THE

ROAD?

SURE.

I DON'T KNOW.

IT IS HARD TO PUT YOUR

FINGER ON IT, THAT THIS IS

THE MOVEMENT I KIND OF

STARTED GOING DOWN THAT

PATH.

Gordon: I DON'T THINK

ANYBODY INTENDS ON BEING

AN ADDICT.

NOBODY SAYS, YEAH, THAT'S

WHAT I REALLY WANT TO DO.

AND YOU MIN MINIMALIZE IT

ALL THE WAY.

AND I SURROUNDED MYSELF

WITH PEOPLE WHO DID THE

SAME THING, SO IT WAS

ALWAYS, SO EVERYBODY IS

DOING THIS.

IT IS NOT THAT BIG A DEAL.

AND THEN BEFORE YOU KNOW

IT, YOU THINK YOU'VE GONE

A COUPLE OF FEET DOWN THE

STREET, AND YOU LOOK BACK

AND IT HAS BEEN MILES.

YOU NEVER REALIZE HOW BAD

IT HAS GOTTEN UNTIL IT IS

TOO LATE, ESSENTIALLY.

Gordon: AS A

PREACHER'S KID, WAS THAT

PART OF IT?

WERE YOU TRYING TO PROVE

THAT YOU COULD BE COOL OR

BAD?

YOU KNOW, I REALLY SAW

MY RELATIONSHIP WITH

GOD -- IT WASN'T A

RELATIONSHIP.

IT WAS A BUNCH OF RULES.

NOT THAT THEY MADE IT THAT

WAY, BUT THAT'S JUST HOW I

PERCEIVED IT.

THERE IS THIS RULE AND

THAT RULE, AND I KNEW I

DIDN'T WANT TO DO THAT.

I WANTED TO KIND OF BE THE

COOL KID AND WHATEVER

ELSE.

SO THROUGH LOOKING FOR

THAT ACCEPTANCE AND

LOOKING FOR THAT IDENTITY,

I KIND OF JUST SLOWLY WENT

THAT WAY.

Gordon: WHAT GOT YOU

FAST DOWN THAT WAY?

BECAUSE IT IS STEP BY

STEP, BUT THEN ONCE YOU

TAKE THE TURN INTO

OPIOIDS, IT GOT TO GET

THERE FAST.

I STARTED OFF WITH PAIN

PILLS.

AND I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW

WHAT THEY WERE, PER SE.

I JUST KNEW I COULD GET

THEM AND THEY MADE ME FEEL

GOOD.

THERE WAS A POINT WHERE

DOCTORS AND LAW

ENFORCEMENT STARTED TO

CATCH ON AND THEY MADE IT

SO YOU COULDN'T ABUSE

THEM.

AND AT THAT POINT I

STARTED USING HEROIN.

AS SOON AS I USEDED NEEDLE

FOR THE FIRST TIME, I WAS

GONE.

THIS IS ALL I WANT TO DO

AND WHAT I WANT TO DO AND

NOTHING ELSE.

Gordon: WHAT

CONSEQUENCES STARTED FOR

YOU?

THERE WAS LEGAL TROUBLE

FROM 16 YEARS OLD ON.

WHETHER IT WAS GETTING

CAUGHT WITH MARIJUANA AT

SCHOOL OR PILLS OR

EVERYTHING ELSE.

SO I WAS IN AND OUT OF

SCHOOLS.

BY THE TIME I GOT TO

COLLEGE, I WAS IN AND OUT

OF JAIL.

I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME

GETTING ARRESTED, I WAS 16

AND CHARGED AS AN ADULT.

AND I THINK THAT MADE

ME -- GOING THROUGH THAT

KIND OF HARDENED ME A

LITTLE BIT.

Gordon: YOU GOT

CHARGED AS AN ADULT?

YEAH.

I GOT WAS THE WITH A

LITTLE BIT OF WEED AT

SCHOOL, AND BECAUSE IT WAS

ON SCHOOL CAMPUS, THEY

CHARGED ME AS AN

INDICTMENT.

I WENT TO DURHAM COUNTY

JAIL WITH ALL OF THE

ADULTS.

AND I HAD TO SIT THERE AND

IT KIND OF HARDENED ME AND

REINFORCED ME TO BE, LIKE,

ARE YOU KIDDING ME.

I THINK THAT PLAYED A ROLE

IN SENDING ME OFF THE DEEP

END.

Gordon: SO YOU JUST

THOUGHT THAT WAS UNJUST?

THAT WAS PART OF IT,

FEELING THAT THAT WAS

UNJUST.

AND I FELT LIKE EVERYBODY

WAS OUT TO GET ME.

THAT WAS ANOTHER SYMPTOM

OF MY ADDICTION, THAT

EVERYONE WAS COMING AFTER

ME.

Gordon: YOU HAD TO

HAVE A MOMENT, YOU HAVE A

16-YEAR-OLD SON AND YOU'RE

A PASTOR, AND YOU'RE

GOING, HOW IN THE WORLD

DID THIS HAPPEN?

YEAH, HOW DID WE GET

HERE FROM THERE?

IT IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS

AS A PASTOR, SOMETIMES YOU

REALIZE THAT THE DEVIL

GOES AFTER YOUR FAMILY AS

WELL.

Gordon: NOT

SOMETIMES.

[LAUGHTER]

MY WIFE AND I --

Gordon: ALL OF THE

TIME.

BUT I'VE BEEN BLESSED

WITH A WIFE WHO LOVES GOD

AND LOVES OUR KIDS

FIERCELY.

AND ONE OF THE LESSONS I

LEARNED THROUGH HER WAS

NEVER GIVE UP.

KEEP LOVING.

KEEP LOVING.

KEEP THAT RELATIONSHIP

OPEN AND KEEP PRAYING FOR

THEM.

Gordon: YOU HAD A SON

IN DURHAM COUNTY JAIL, AND

I ASSUME HE IS SPENDING

TIME THERE, AND WHAT

PRAYER ARE YOU PRAYING?

YOU KNOW, I CAN'T EVEN

REMEMBER THE EXACT WORDS.

IT IS JUST, LORD, HELP.

I THINK IT COMES DOWN TO

THAT.

LORD, SET HIM FREE.

ONE OF THE AMAZING THINGS

THAT GOD DID FOR MY WIFE

WAS WHEN JEFF WAS GOING

THROUGH ALL OF THIS, SHE

STILL BELIEVED THAT ONE

DAY GOD WAS GOING TO USE

HIM IN MINISTRY.

AND I COULDN'T SEE IT.

I WAS SO FAR FROM THAT.

BUT THAT WAS A GIFT THAT

GOD GAVE TO HER.

SHE JUST WENT TO HIM WITH

THIS.

I WENT TO HIM JUST

REALIZING THAT I HAD

NOWHERE ELSE TO GO.

I COULDN'T FIX IT.

I PREACHED SO MANY SERMONS

TO JEFF --

Gordon: IT DOESN'T

WORK.

HE'S GOT THE FULL ARMOR

ON.

THAT'S NOT GOING TO GET

THROUGH.

WHEN YOUR MOM COMES TO YOU

AND SAYS YOU'RE GOING TO

BE IN MINISTRY, WHAT IS

YOUR REACTION TO THAT?

THAT WASN'T THE ONLY

TIME I HEARD THAT, EITHER.

I'VE BEEN TOLD THAT

SEVERAL TIMES IN MY LIFE.

Gordon: WHEN WAS THE

FIRST TIME?

I DON'T EVEN THINK I

REMEMBER.

THERE WERE LADIES AT

CHURCH.

I'VE ALWAYS HAD THIS

OUTGOING PERSONALITY AND I

THINK PEOPLE SAW THAT IN

ME.

BUT, YOU KNOW, YON I DON'T

KNOW EVEN IF IT WAS A

MENTAL-LIKE RUNNING AWAY.

I DON'T REMEMBER AS MUCH

OF THAT TIME PERIOD, AS I

PROBABLY SHOULD, FOR

OBVIOUS REASONS --

MORE LIKE STEPPING IN A

RIVER AND GETTING SWEPT

AWAY.

THAT'S AN IMPORTANT THING

FOR PARENTS TO KNOW THAT

THAT CHILD THEY'RE LOOKING

AT IS IN THERE

SOMEWHERE --

Gordon: BUT NO LONGER

IN CONTROL.

-- BUT NO LONGER IN

CONTROL.

IT WASN'T THAT I WANTED

TO HURT MY PARENTS OR PUT

ANYBODY THROUGH THIS.

I JUST KNEW WHAT I WANTED

TO DO, AND I THOUGHT I WAS

OKAY IN IT.

SO WHENEVER I HEARD THAT,

YOU'RE GOING TO BE IN

MINISTRY, I THOUGHT ONE

DAY I WOULD GROW OUT OF

IT.

I WOULD GET TO BE 20

SOMETHING YEARS OLD AND I

WOULDN'T WANT TO DO DRUGS

AND I WOULD GO GET A JOB

AND BE A NORMAL PERSON.

I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A

PERIOD.

Gordon: AND THEN THE

COMPULSION TAKES OVER AND

YOU CAN'T GET FREE.

BUT YOU GOT FREE.

WHAT WAS THE TERMS FOR

YOU?

I TRIED EVERYTHING.

I TRIED REHAB AFTER REHAB

AFTER REHAB.

I SAT IN JAIL.

I DID ALL OF THE STUFF

THAT KIND OF THE WORLD

TELLS YOU TO DO.

THE REHABS, THE JAIL, THE

MENTAL INSTITUTION -- I'VE

BEEN TO ALL OF THEM 11, 12

TIMES, IN AND OUT AND IN

AND OUT.

WHAT WAS THE TURNING POINT

FOR ME WAS JESUS AND THE

CHANGE INDENTTITY THAT HE

GIVES US.

BECAUSE I WENT THROUGH ALL

THIS RECOVERY, SAYING I'M

JEFF, AND I'M AN ADDICT.

I'M JEFF, AND I'M AN

ALCOHOLIC.

WHEN JESUS STEPPED IN, IT

WASN'T JEFF, I'M AN

ADDICT, BUT I'M PERFECT.

Gordon: HOW DID YOU

GET TO THAT?

I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE IN

AMERICA -- THE NEWSPAPERS

ARE FULL OF REPORTS OF THE

ADDICTION PROBLEMS WE

HAVE.

HOW DID YOU GET FREE?

THROUGH NO MERIT OF MY

OWN.

I LOOKED AT THE WAY YOU

GUYS LOVED ME, THE WAY

THAT MY PARENTS AND THE

PEOPLE AROUND ME LOVED ME

WAS UNCONDITIONAL.

Gordon: BUT YOU HAD

AN ENCOUNTER?

SURE.

OH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.

THE TURNING POINT YOU'RE

REFERRING TO, I GOT IN A

CAR WRECK THAT WAS PRETTY

BAD.

AT THAT POINT I WENT BACK

TO TREATMENT.

MY PARENTS HAD GIVEN ME A

BOOK, AND IT WAS, LIKE, A

GOD'S PROMISE BOOK.

I READ THIS VERSE IN

ISAIAH 43: 2: "WHEN YOU

WALK THROUGH THE WATERS,

I'LL BE WITH YOU AND THEY

SHALL NOT OVERWHELM YOU."

AND IT GOES ON FROM THERE.

AND IN THAT MOMENT, I FELT

GOD SPEAKING TO ME.

HE WAS SPEAKING TO ME.

AND HE WAS, LIKE, I'M WITH

YOU IN ALL OF THIS.

ALL OF THE BAD STUFF

YOU'RE GOING THROUGH AND

ALL OF THE TROUBLES YOU'RE

GOING THROUGH, I'M RIGHT

HERE.

AND THAT WASN'T THE

FREEDOM POINT FOR ME, BUT

IT WAS THE START OF IT.

Gordon: YOU HAD A

STRUGGLE GETTING FREE?

YEAH.

ABSOLUTELY.

Gordon: YOU HAVE THIS

START, A SPIRITUAL

ENCOUNTER, AND SUDDENLY

GOD IS REAL TO YOU AND

HE'S NOT A RULE ANYMORE.

RIGHT.

Gordon: HE'S A LOVING

GOD.

YEAH.

AND YOU HEAR ALL OF THESE

STORIES OF THESE LIGHTBULB

MOMENTS, AND I THINK

EVERYBODY WANTS THAT.

WHERE GOD COMES WITH A

SHINING LIGHT AND FROM

THAT MOMENT YOU'RE FREE --

Gordon: EVEN WITH A

LIGHTBULB MOMENT, IT IS

STILL A STRUGGLE.

YEAH.

AND THEN IT WAS THIS

DAY-TO-DAY STRUGGLE

TOWARDS HIM.

AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT

LIFE LOOKS LIKE FOR

EVERYBODY, KIND OF THIS

SLOW, LIKE, WALK THAT GOD

IS PULLING US OUT OF IT.

Gordon: YOU GOT TO A

POINT AFTER THE REVELATION

AND THE STRUGGLE, WHERE

YOU FINALLY REALIZED

YOU'RE A NEW CREATION.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO

SELF-IDENTIFY ANYMORE AS

AN ADDICT OR AN ALCOHOLIC,

THAT YOU'RE REALLY FREE.

WHO THE SON HAS SET FREE

IS FREE INDEED.

YEAH.

Gordon: WHEN DID THAT

HAPPEN FOR YOU?

I THINK IT WAS ANOTHER

ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE

IT WASN'T A MOMENT.

JEFF GOT TO A PLACE

WHERE HE WAS REALLY,

REALLY STRUGGLING.

HIS MOM AND I CAME AND GOT

HIM AND SAID, WE WANT YOU

TO GO TO THIS PLACE,

"CHRISTIAN RECOVERY HOME."

AND BEFORE HE WENT, HE

SAID, I'M NOT GOING TO

JESUS CAMP.

WHILE HE WAS THERE --

Gordon: STILL

REBELLING.

STILL REBELLING, BUT HE

WENT.

HE GOT INTO A COMMUNITY OF

PEOPLE WHO LOVED HIM RIGHT

WHERE HE WAS.

HE SAW THE LORD'S LOVE AND

PRESENCE SOMEHOW IN AND

THROUGH THAT.

THEY DIDN'T GIVE UP.

WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT,

JESUS WAS A FRIEND OF

SINNERS.

Gordon: HE IS KNOWN

NOFOR THAT.

HE MET JEFF IN THAT

PLACE.

FOR US, IT WAS SUCH AN

INCREDIBLE ANSWER TO

PRAYER BECAUSE I THOUGHT

THAT MAYBE YEARS DOWN THE

LINE I WOULD SEE

SOMETHING.

BUT THEN THIS IS REALLY

IMMEASURABLE MORE THAN WE

COULD ASK OR IMAGINE.

WHAT GOD ENDED UP DOING

WAS JUST BREATHTAKING.

Gordon: YES, HE IS A

BREATHTAKING GOD.

I KNOW IF YOU'RE

INTERESTED, WE HAVE

Facebook LIVE WITH JIM

AND JEFF, AND I KNOW A LOT

OF FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING

WITH ADDICTION, AND WHAT

DO YOU DO WITH A CHILD OR

A PARENT WHO IS ADDICTED.

HOW DO YOU PRAYER FOR

THEM?

JAMES HAS A BOOK CALLED

"PRAYERS FOR PRODIGALS."

AND WE'LL HAVE THAT

WEB-EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

WITH JAMES AND JEFF, AND

WE'LL HAVE MORE ON "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE" ON

MONDAY MORNING.

THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Gordon: WE'LL BE

RIGHT BACK WITH MORE OF

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE"

"700 CLUB" AFTER THIS.

Wendy: AND WELCOME

BACK TO "THE 700 CLUB."

IT IS TIME TO "BRING IT

ON" WITH YOUR E-MAIL

QUESTIONS.

WE'RE GOING TO START WITH

THIS ONE FROM ANN: "IS THE

STORY OF THE PRODIGAL SON

ABOUT AN UNBELIEVER

BECOMING A CHRISTIAN, OR

IS IT ABOUT A BELIEVER WHO

WANDEREDED AWAY FOR A

TIME?

I'VE BEEN TRYING TO FIND

SCRIPTURE THAT APPLIES TO

ME.

I ACCEPTED JESUS INTO MY

HEART WHEN I WAS 12, BUT

THEN I FOOLISHLY DRIFTED

AWAY FOR 25 YEARS AND

LIVED A LIFE OF SIN.

LUKE 15 SAYS THE PRODIGAL

SON WAS LOST AND HAS BEEN

FOUND.

IT ALMOST SOUNDS LIKE THE

PRODIGAL WAS AN

UNBELIEVER.

WHAT IS THE PROPER

INTERPRETATION?"

Gordon: YOU CAN APPLY

BOTH TO IT.

THERE ARE TWO REASONS

HERE.

ONE, THE PRODIGAL IS A SON

OF THE HOUSEHOLD.

SO THE SON OF THE

HOUSEHOLD, THE HEIR OF THE

FATHER, IS LOST AND THEN

HE IS FOUND AGAIN.

SO IN THAT PROCESS, IS HE

A BELIEVER OR IS HE AN

UNBELIEVER IS NOT REALLY

THE POINT.

ALL OF US ARE CHILDREN OF

GOD.

WE ALL HAVE A HEAVENLY

FATHER.

AND IF WE CHOOSE TO TAKE

THE LIFE THAT HE HAS GIVEN

US AND SPEND IT ON RIOTOUS

LIVING, WHICH IS WHAT THE

PRODIGAL SON DID, WE HAVE

THAT FREE WILL.

WE CAN ALL LEAVE THE GRACE

OF GOD, THE HOUSEHOLD OF

GOD, AND WANDER OFF ON OUR

OWN.

THE GOOD NEWS IS GOD IS

ALWAYS LOOKING OUT FOR US.

HE IS ALWAYS WILLING TO

RECEIVE US WITH OPEN ARMS.

AND NOT JUST WITH OPEN

ARMS.

HE WANTS TO THROW A BIG

PARTY IN HEAVEN.

HE WANTS TO CLOTHE US IN

HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, PUT THE

HELMET OF SALVATION ON US.

PUT HIS RING ON OUR FINGER

TO LET THE WORLD KNOW, THE

UNIVERSE, ALL OF HEAVEN

KNOW THAT MY SON, MY

DAUGHTER HAS COME BACK.

FOR ME, IT IS ONE OF THE

BEST STORIES IN THE BIBLE.

AND IT IS THE STORY OF

GOD'S LOVE.

NO MATTER WHAT WE DO, HE

IS STILL LOOKING FOR US TO

RETURN.

AND NO MATTER WHAT WE DO,

WE STILL HAVE THE

REALIZATION WE CAN COME

HOME.

Wendy: THAT IS GOOD

NEWS.

ALL RIGHT.

> HERE IS ONE FROM

SABRINA: "I HAVE JEHOVAH

WITNESSES COMING TO MY

DOOR AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK

TO SHOW ME SOMETHING IN

THEIR PAMPHLETS.

WHAT IS IT THEY REALLY

BELIEVE?"

Gordon: THEY HAVE A

LIMITED VIEW OF HEAVEN, TO

SORT OF PARAPHRASE IT AND

TRY TO DO IT IN 20

SECONDS.

WHAT'S IN THEIR

PAMPHLETS -- I'VE GOT TO

READ THE PAM PAMPHLET TO TELL

YOU.

I WOULD ASSUME, IF THEY'RE

GIVING YOU THE PAMPHLET,

THAT'S THAT IS TRULY WHAT

THEY BELIEVE.

Wendy: WHICH IS CRAZY

BECAUSE GOD LOVES PEOPLE.

HE WANTS TO POPULATE

HEAVEN.

HE WOULD NOT PUT A LIMIT

ON IT --

Gordon: THERE IS A

LONG-RUNNING CONTROVERSY

IN THEOLOGICAL REASONS.

THERE WAS SUCH A NUMBER

THAT JOHN COULDN'T COUNT.

THAT'S THE ONE I'M AIMING

FOR.

LET'S DEPOPULATE HELL AND

POPULATE HEAVEN, AND

REALIZE GOD LOVES US ALL.

HE WANTS NONE TO PERISH.

HE WANTS US ALL TO BE WITH

HIM FOR ETERNITY.

Wendy: LIZ WRITES:

"THE BIBLE TELLS US TO BE

WITNESSES AND SPREAD THE

WORD OF GOD.

HOW DO WE BECOME WITNESSES

OF GOD?"

Gordon: LIZ, YOU ARE

ALREADY THERE.

YOU ALREADY ARE A WITNESS.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LET

PEOPLE KNOW WHAT JESUS HAS

DONE FOR YOU.

WE MAKE IT COMPLICATED.

AND I THINK ONE OF THE

PROBLEMS WE HAVE IN

CHRISTIANITY TODAY IS

THAT, WELL, WE'RE GOING TO

LEAVE THAT TO THE

PROFESSIONAL CLERGY, THOSE

WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO DO

THAT.

REALIZE THAT WITHIN YOUR

FAMILY, WITHIN YOUR GROUP

OF FRIENDS, YOU ARE THE

EPISTLE FOR THEM.

YOU ARE THE GOSPEL FOR

THEM.

MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE AND

JOHN HAD THEIR GOSPEL.

WHAT IS YOUR GOSPEL?

WHAT HAS JESUS DONE FOR

YOU?

HOW HAS HE SHOWN UP IN

YOUR LIFE?

HOW HAS HE SPOKEN TO YOU?

HOW HAS HE INSPIRED YOU?

HOW HAS HE CHANGED YOU?

WHEN YOU SHARE THOSE

THINGS, IT IS INFECTIOUS,

AND YOU WILL BE SPREADING

THE GOOD NEWS OF WHAT GOD

HAS DONE FOR YOU.

AND THAT'S WHAT JESUS

MEANS BY YOU ARE MY

WITNESSES.

Wendy: MARILYN WRITES

WRITES: "ARE THE FOUR

SPIRITUAL LAWS STILL USED

IN SHARING THE GOSPEL?

IF NOT, WHAT IS USED FOR

CHILDREN?"

Gordon: THE FOUR

SPIRITUAL LAWS ARE

WONDERFUL AND TRUE.

BUT FOR CHILDREN, JUST

EXPLAIN TO THEM JESUS

LOVES YOU.

HE IS THERE FOR YOU WHEN

YOU NEED HIM.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CRY

OUT TO HIM AND HE WILL

COME TO YOU.

THEY HAVE THE CAPACITY TO

UNDERSTAND SPIRITUAL

PRINCIPLES.

SO DON'T HOLD BACK.

GIVE THEM TO THEM.

> WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS

WORD FROM 2 CORINTHIANS:

"AND GOD IS ABLE TO BLESS

YOU ABUNDANTLY, SO IN ALL

THINGS AT ALL TIMES,

HAVING ALL THAT YOU NEED,

YOU WILL ABOUND IN EVERY

GOOD WORK."

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