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The 700 Club - June 20, 2017

A Catholic church in Philadelphia adapts to a shifting culture. Plus, former American Idol finalist Mandisa opens up about her struggle with depression and what made her stronger. Read Transcript


Gordon: TODAY...

*

* HOLD ON JUST A LITTLE

BIT LONGER *

Gordon: MANDISA...THE

CHRISTIAN MUSIC STAR OPENS

UP BOWER HE ABOUT HER STRUGGLE TO

BE STRONGER.

I FELL INTO THE DEEPEST

DEPRESSION OF MY LIFE.

Gordon: AND HOW SHE

FINALLY CAME OUT OF THE

DARK.

I'M A MASTERPIECE IN

THE MAKING.

I'M JUST UNFINISHED RIGHT

NOW.

* HE STARTED SOMETHING

GOOD *

Gordon: WELL, WELCOME

TO "THE 700 CLUB."

ARE YOUR TAX DOLLARS GOING

TO PEOPLE WHO DON'T EXIST?

A NEW REPORT SAYS THAT'S

EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING

IN AFGHANISTAN.

Terry: THE UNITED

STATES PAYS THE SALARIES

OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF

SOLDIERS AND SECURITY

FORCES WHO MAY NOT BE REAL

PEOPLE.

AS ERIC GONZALES REPORTS,

THEY'RE BEING CALLED GHOST

SOLDIERS.

Reporter: AMERICA'S

LONGEST WAR IS NOW INTO

ITS 16th YEAR.

WITH NO END IN SIGHT,

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS

CONSIDERING SENDING MORE

U.S. TROOPS TO

AFGHANISTAN, MORE FEET ON

THE GROUND, HOWEVER MAY

NOT BE THE ANSWER,

ACCORDING TO THE MAN

OVERSEEING AFGHANISTAN'S

RECONSTRUCTION.

CORRUPTION IN HAMPERING

THE COUNTRY'S DEVELOPMENT.

REPORTS THAT THE U.S.

GOVERNMENT IS PAYING THE

SALARIES OF TENS OF

THOUSANDS OF AFGHAN

SOLDIERS, SOLDIERS THAT

DON'T EVEN EXIST.

WHEN WE IDENTIFIED IT

AND SAID THIS WAS A

PROBLEM, THERE WAS SOME

PUSHBACK.

THERE WAS PUSHBACK FROM

THE PENTAGON.

THERE WAS PUSHBACK FROM

MEMBERS OF THE HILL.

THERE WAS PUSHBACK FROM

SOME OF THE BUREAUCRATS.

THE NAMELESS, FACELESS

BUREAUCRATS THAT YOU SEE

IN THE GOVERNOR.

Reporter: JOHN SOPCO

SAYS HE WAS FIRST WARNED

ABOUT GHOST SOLDIERS FROM

GASHI BEFORE HE WAS

PRESIDENT OF AFGHANISTAN.

WE FOUND IT IN THE

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, IN

THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC

HEALTH, THE MINISTRY OF

PUBLIC WORKS, AND IN THE

MILITARY AND THE POLICE,

THAT THERE ARE NON-EXIST

NON-EXISTENT INDIVIDUALS

GETTING SALARIES PAID FOR

BY YOU, THE U.S.

TAXPAYERS, AS WELL AS OUR

ALLIES.

Reporter: TO DATE,

$120 BILLION AMERICAN

TAXPAYERS HAVE BEEN SPENT

IN AFGHANISTAN.

ALL WE'RE GOING TO DO

IS CONTINUE TO SPEND MONEY

WE DON'T HAVE.

Reporter: NORTH

CAROLINA CONGRESSMAN

WALTER JONES WANTS TO STOP

THE WASTE BY ENDING THE

WAR.

JONES AND CONGRESSMAN JOHN

GARIMINDI INTRODUCED A

BILL THAT WOULD STOP ALL

FUNDING FOR THE WAR.

THIS IS DEFINITELY WHAT

WAR IS ALL ABOUT.

Reporter: A GROWING

NUMBER OF FACES LINE HIS

HALLWAY, PICTURES OF THOSE

FROM HIS DISTRICT KILLED

IN THE WAR.

SO FAR 560.

JONES SAYS ALL HE WANTS IS

A DEBATE ABOUT FUNDING THE

WAR, SOMETHING THAT HASN'T

HAPPENED SINCE 2011.

HE SAYS PAUL RYAN WILL NOT

MAKE THAT HAPPEN.

IT IS TIME THAT THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE PUT

PRESSURE ON THE CONGRESS

BECAUSE OF THE COST TO

LIFE AND THE TAXPAYER.

Reporter: I CONTACTED

SPEAKER RYAN'S OFFICE, AND

HE STAFF SAID, NO COMMENT,

AND REFERRED ME TO THE

FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE,

WHO IS CURRENTLY LOOKING

OVER THE BILL, AS FOR THE

CORRUPTION, HE SAYS A

JUSTICE CENTER OPERATION

HAS INDICTED SEVERAL

AFGHAN SOLDIERS, INCLUDING

A GENERAL WHO TOOK A $150P

$150,000 BRIBE AND GOT A

15-YEAR SENTENCE.

THEY'RE STARTING TO DO

THIS, BUT THEY NEED HELP.

THEY NEED MENTORS.

AND THE OTHER THREAT IS

TWO VERY BRAVE AFGHAN

INVESTIGATORS WERE JUST

GUNNED DOWN ON THE STREET

BY A HIT TEAM.

SO THAT MEANS THEY'RE

GETTING CLOSE TO SOME BIG

MAFIOSI.

Reporter: HE SAYS THE

UNITED STATES DUMPED TOO

MUCH MONEY TOO FAST INTO

TOO SMALL OF AN ECONOMY.

Gordon: THAT'S

SOMETHING WE SUSPECTED FOR

A LONG TIME, BUT HERE WE

HAVE ACTUAL PROOF.

AND WHERE IS THE

OVERSIGHT?

WHERE IS THE OVERSIGHT

BOTH IN IRAQ AND

AFGHANISTAN?

THE PROBLEM, THOUGH, IS

THAT IF WE PULL OUT, WHAT

HAPPENS?

AND I THINK YOU'D SEE YET

ANOTHER TERROR GROUP TAKE

CONTROL OF AFGHANISTAN AND

START TRAINING TERROR

TEAMS.

THE LAST TIME THEY DID IT

WASN'T VERY PRETTY FOR US.

AND WE SHOULDN'T, ONCE

AGAIN, WITHDRAW BECAUSE IN

THAT VACUUM, WHAT'S GOING

TO TAKE POWER?

AND IT'S THE ONES WHO ARE

ALREADY ORGANIZED.

SO THE TERRORISTS ARE

ALREADY ORGANIZED, AND

WHAT CAN WE DO?

WE SEEM TO BE STUCK.

AND IT GOES BACK TO COLIN

POWELL -- IF YOU BREAK IT,

THEN YOU OWN IT.

THE TERROR THREAT LEVEL

REMAINS ELEVATED IN FRANCE

AFTER ANOTHER ATTACK.

JOHN JESSUP HAS MORE ON

THAT STORY FROM OUR CBN

NEWS BUREAU IN WASHINGTON.

JOHN?

John: AN ISLAMIC

TERRORIST SET OFF A FIERY

BLAST IN PARIS WHEN HE

DROVE A CAR PACKED WITH

EXPLOSIVES INTO POLICE.

IT HAPPENED ON THE FAMOUS

CHAMPS-ELYSEES AVENUE.

NO OFFICERS WERE HURT, BUT

THE ARMED DRIVER WAS

KILLED AND FOUR OF HIS

FAMILY MEMBERS ARE NOW IN

CUSTODY.

MEANWHILE IN BRITAIN, A

MAN WHO TRIED TO RUN OVER

A GROUP OF MUSLIMS AT A

MOSQUE HAS BEEN CHARGED

WITH TERRORISM.

THE POLICE DESCRIBED THE

ATTACKER AS A BRIT FROM

WALES NAMED DARREN

OSBORNE.

WITNESSES SAY THAT HE

CLAIMED HE WANTED TO KILL

ALL MUSLIMS.

> WELL, AMERICAN COLLEGE

STUDENT OTTO WARMBIER HAS

DIED AFTER SUFFERING

SEVERE BRAIN DAMAGE AT THE

HANDS OF THE NORTH KOREAN

REGIME.

WHAT HAPPENED AND HOW

SHOULD THE U.S. RESPOND?

DALE HURD HAS THIS STORY?

Reporter: NORTH KOREA

SAYS WARMBIER FELL INTO A

COMA AFTER CONTRACTING

BOTULISM AND TAKING A

SLEEPING PILL.

DOCTORS IN CINCINNATI SAID

THEY FOUND NO SIGN OF

THAT, NOR ANY EVIDENCE OF

BEATINGS.

BUT AN M.R.I. SHOWED HE

WAS MISSING AN EXTENSIVE

AMOUNT OF BRAIN TISSUE.

SOMEONE OR SOMETHING

INFLICTED ENOUGH DAMAGE TO

LEAVE THE 22-YEAR-OLD

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

STUDENT IN A VEGETATIVE

STATE.

THIS NEUROLOGICAL

CONDITION CAN BE BEST

DESCRIBED AS A STATE OF

UNRESPONSIVE WAKEFULNESS.

Reporter: EXPERTS

HAVE BEEN LEFT GUESSING

HOW OR WHY THIS HAPPENED.

NORTH KOREA HAD SENTENCED

WARMBIER TO 15 YEARS OF

HARD LABOR FOR ALLEGEDLY

TRYING TO STEAL A

PROPAGANDA BANNER.

AFTER HIS DEATH, PRESIDENT

TRUMP ISSUED A STATEMENT,

BLASTING THE BRUTALITY OF

THE NORTH KOREAN REGIME.

THE QUESTION NOW IS HOW

THE U.S. SHOULD RESPOND TO

A ROGUE STATE THAT HOLDS

THREE OTHER AMERICANS

HOSTAGE, AND CONTINUES TO

PERFECT BOTH NUCLEAR

WEAPONS AND LONG-RANGE

MISSILES.

WARMBIER'S FATHER, FRED,

SAID HIS SON WAS A

THRILL-SEEKER WHO WANTED

TO SEE NORTH KOREA.

WITH HIS DEATH, THE FAMILY

SAYS OTTO HAS COMPLETED

HIS JOURNEY HOME.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

John: THANKS, DALE.

GORDON, JUST DAYS AGO, HIS

PARENTS WERE SAYING THEY

WERE THRILLED TO HAVE HIM

BACK, AND NOW THIS TRAGIC

TURN.

Gordon: IT IS A

TRAGEDY, AND THE BLAME

LIES AT THE FEET OF THE

NORTH KOREANS.

THIS ISN'T SOME ISOLATED

THING.

THERE HAVE BEEN

KIDNAPPINGS OF JAPANESE

CITIZENS FOR DECADES,

RECENT ASSASSINATION OF A

RELATIVE OF A THE LEADER

OF NORTH KOREA IN

MALAYSIA.

THERTHEY ARE A ROGUE STATE AND

THEY SPONSOR TERRORISM.

THE HORROR HERE IS THEY'RE

GETTING ACCESS TO

BALLISTIC MISSILE

TECHNOLOGY.

AND IF THEY EVER PUT A

NUKE ON ONE OF THOSE, THEY

COULD HOLD THE HOLE REGION

HOSTAGE.

SO IT'S TIME FOR THE WORLD

COMMUNITY TO ABSOLUTELY

CLAMP DOWN.

AND IT'S TIME FOR CHINA TO

STEP UP AND SAY THAT

THEY'RE NO LONGER

SUPPORTING THAT REGIME.

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, UP NEXT,

HOW SOME CATHOLIC

CONGREGATIONS ARE

ATTRACTING NEW BELIEVERS

WITHOUT COMPROMISING THEIR

VALUES.

IN THE CHURCH, WE HAVE

TO REALIZE IT IS NOT GOING

TO BE ON OUR TERMS.

Terry: SEE WHY PEOPLE

ARE FLOCKING TO THEIR

DOORS, WHEN WE COME BACK.

Gordon: AFTER YEARS

OF SCANDAL, ATTENDANCE IN

CATHOLIC CHURCHES IS DOWN.

BUT ONE NEW STRATEGY OF

REVITALIZATION IS WORKING.

AS CAITLIN BURKE REPORTS,

IT IS SOMETHING ANY CHURCH

CAN USE FOR A 21st

CENTURY TRANSFORMATION.

Reporter: THE

CATHOLIC CHURCH IS KNOWN

FOR ITS SACRED TRADITIONS.

BUT IT CAN MAKE THE CHURCH

SEEM RESISTANT TO CHURCH.

ONE PHILADELPHIA PERISH

CHALLENGED THAT PERCEPTION

WHEN IT MOVED TO TRANSFORM

THE NEIGHBOR IT SERVED.

OVER THE COURSE OF EIGHT

YEARS, THOSE FAMILIES

MOVED OUT, AND NOW ITS

ENTIRELY AFRICAN-AMERICAN.

THE SYNAGOGUES LEFT, BUT

CHURCHES LIKE

ST. RAYMOND'S CATHOLIC

CHURCH STUCK AROUND TO

WELCOME THEIR NEW

NEIGHBORS.

AS A CHURCH AND A

PASTOR, I SEEK TO LET

FOLKS WHO DO O NOT HAVE A

CHURCH HOME KNOW WE'RE A

VIABLE OPTION.

Reporter: CULTURALLY

AND HISTORICALLY THE

CATHOLIC CHURCH DOESN'T

OFFER MUCH TO

AFRICAN-AMERICANS.

FATHER CHRIS WALSH WANTED

TO CHANGE THAT.

I LIKE TO TELL PEOPLE

THAT IT IS AUTHENTICLY

CATHOLIC, BUT ALSO

AUTHENTICLY BLACK CHURCH.

IT TAKES THE BEST OF BOTH

WORLDS AND GIVES IT VERY

MUCH A BLACK CHURCH FEEL

AS FAR AS MUSIC, AS FAR AS

PREACHING STYLE, AS FAR AS

WORSHIP EXPERIENCE.

Reporter: HE FOUND IT

WASN'T THEOLOGY THAT

NEEDED TO CHANGE.

IT WAS A CONGREGATION

NEEDING TO CONVINCE THEIR

NEIGHBORS THAT

ST. RAYMOND'S MET THEIR

NEEDS.

WHEN THE CHURCH ARRIVED

IN ROME, PAUL UNDERSTOOD

THE FOLKS IN CORINTH WERE

NOT THE SAME.

IT WAS ALWAYS THE MESSAGE

OF CHRIST CRUCIFIED, BUT

HE FOUND A WAY TO MAKE IT

APPEALING TO THAT LOCAL

COMMUNITY.

Reporter: HE USES IT

AS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF HOW

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH NEEDS

TO CHANGE.

IN HIS BOOK, "EVERYONE

LEADS, HOW TO REVITALIZE

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH," HE

WRITES "TO THRIVE IN

TODAY'S WORLD, WE DON'T

HAVE TO DRINK SOME 21st

CENTURY COCKTAIL."

WHAT WE HAVE TO LEARN

TO DO IS DRINK MORE DEEPLY

FROM OUR OWN FIRST CENTURY

WELL.

Reporter: HE WRITES

THAT THE CHURCH IS FACING

ITS WORST CRISIS IN 500

YEARS.

THIS IS KIND OF A

SLOW-MOTION CRISIS FOR THE

CATHOLIC CHURCH, AND, OF

COURSE, OTHER CHRISTIAN

CHURCHES ARE SUFFERING

SOME OF THESE PHENOMENA.

IN USE THAT PHRASE AND

THOSE STATISTICS EARLY IN

THE BOOK AS A KIND OF A

CALL TO ACTION.

Reporter: HE OFFERS

WHAT HE CALLS AN EASTER

STRATEGY.

LOOKING AT ST. RAYMOND'S

AS A MODEL, IT HELPS

MANAGE INDUSTRIE ADMINISTRATIONS.

AFTER ANALYZING THAT DATA,

THEY MADE ANY CHANGES

NECESSARY.

ST. RAYMOND'S SERVES THE

NEIGHBORHOOD WITH A

CATHOLIC SCHOOL, PROVIDING

FAMILIES A SAFE PLACE FOR

THEIR CHILDREN TO LEARN.

PHILADELPHIA'S PUBLIC

SCHOOLS ARE SOME OF THE

MOST VIOLENT AND LOWEST

PERFORMING IN THE COUNTRY.

LONG-TIME PARISHIONERS

FELT ST. RAYMONDS ONCE

DEPENDED ON CHURCH

WELFARE.

NOW THANKS TO THE CULTURAL

TRANSFORMATION, COMPLETE

WITH MUSIC AND

DECORATIONS, PEOPLE TRAVEL

FROM OTHER PERISHES TO

HELP PACK THE PEWS EACH

SUNDAY.

THE PASTOR BELIEVES WHEN

IT COMES TO REACHING

MILLENNIALS, ENCOURAGING

THEIR INVOLVEMENT DIFFERS

FROM GENERATION TO

GENERATION.

AS A CHURCH, WE HAVE TO

REALIZE IT IS NOT GOING TO

BE ON THEIR TERMS.

THEY'RE NOT GOING TO

COMMIT TO TEACHING SUNDAY

SCHOOL EVERY SUNDAY

MORNING AT 11:00.

HOWEVER, THEY MIGHT COME

ONCE A MONTH AND REALLY

OFFER SOMETHING.

THEY MIGHT REALLY BE OPEN

TO LEADING A FACE-SHARING

GROUP IN THEIR ASSESSMENT

WITH FOUR FRIENDS.

Reporter: HE POINTS

OUT THAT EVEN THE POPE IS

ENCOURAGING AN ATTITUDE OF

INNOVATION WITHIN THE

CATHOLIC CHURCH.

THE POPE TOOK HIS OWN

ADVICE RECENTLY BY

APPEARING ON SCREEN AS ONE

OF THE SPEAKERS.

AS HE TALKED TO TECH

COMPANY FOUNDERS, ARTISTS,

AND CULTURAL LEADERS, HE

SURPRISED HIS AUDIENCE BY

USING MODERN TOOLS OF THE

DIGITAL AGE TO REACH THEM.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Reporter: LAMI FEELS

THIS STRATEGY IS UNIVERSAL

AND CAN REVITALIZE ANY

CHURCH, NO MATTER THE

BELIEF SET OR

DENOMINATION.

BUT IT BELIEVES IT CAN'T

JUST BE FROM THE TOP DOWN.

IT REQUIRES EVERYONE TO

LEAD.

CAITLIN BURKE, CBN NEWS,

PHILADELPHIA,

PENNSYLVANIA.

Gordon: IT IS

WONDERFUL ADVICE TO EVERY

CHURCH.

REACH OUT TO THE PERISH,

TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD AROUND

YOU.

TERRY?

Terry: COMING UP,

MANDISA TELLS US WHAT

ROCKED HER FAITH AND HOW

AN INTERVENTION BROUGHT

HER OUT OF THE DARK.

I'M BATTLING WITH SHAME

AND THE ENEMY TELLING ME,

HOW CAN YOU TELL OTHER

PEOPLE THAT THEY'RE

OVERCOMERS, WHEN YOU CAN'T

EVEN OVERCOME THIS SAME

ISSUE YOU'VE BEEN DEALING

WITH YOUR ENTIRE LIFE.

Terry: MANDISA SHARES

THE REST OF HER STORY, AND

THAT'S NEXT.

Terry: MANDISA'S

POWERFUL VOCALS AND

INFECTIOUS SPIRIT HAS

HELPED HER SELL MORE THAN

A MILLION RECORDS AND

BECOME ONE OF THE HOTTEST

NAMES IN CHRISTIAN MUSIC.

AT A TIME WHEN MANDISA'S

CAREER WAS TAKING OFF, A

TRAGEDY DROVE HER INTO

ISOLATION.

AND THE SINGER BEHIND HITS

SUCH AS "STRONGER," AND

"OVERCOMER," WAS LOSING

THE BATTLE FOR HER LIFE.

Reporter: EVER SINCE

HER APPEARANCE ON

"AMERICAN IDOL" IN 2006,

MANDISA HAS BEEN

CAPTIVATING AUDIENCES WITH

HER VOICE.

*

HOLD ON A LITTLE BIT

LONGER *

* YOU KNOW THIS IS GOING

TO MAKE YOU STRONGER *

Reporter: AS SHE

LAUNCHED INTO HER SINGING

CAREER, IT WAS HER SMILE

AND POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON

LIFE THAT CAPTURED THEIR

HEARTS.

I KIND OF FEEL LIKE I'M

KNOWN AS THE CHEERLEADER.

LIKE YOU'RE STRONGER,

YOU'RE AN OVERCOMER, AND

IT'S A GOOD MORNING.

IT'S HARD.

Reporter: MANDISA

ADMITS THAT HER

PERSONALITY WAS SIMPLY HER

WAY OF MASKING HER OWN

STRUGGLES.

I DON'T LIKE TALKING

ABOUT MY OWN EMOTIONS.

IT IS NOT THE WAY I WAS

RAISED AND IT IS NOT

SOMETHING THAT COMES

NATURALLY FOR ME.

Reporter: BUT THERE

WOULD COME A TIME WHEN SHE

COULDN'T FAKE IT ANY

LONGER.

IN 2013, MANDISA RELEASED

HER FOURTH ALBUM ENTITLED

"OVERCOMER."

THE TITLE TRACK WAS

DEDICATED TO HER FRIEND,

LATICIA, WHO CHOSE TO

FOREGO TREATMENT FOR HER

BREAST CANCER BECAUSE OF

HER UNBORN SON.

WITHIN A YEAR OF GIVING

BIRTH TO HER SON, LA LATICIA

PASSED AWAY.

IN MY MIND, I SAID,

GOD, I KNOW YOU'RE GOING

TO HELP LATICIA BECAUSE IF

SHE COMES OUT OF THIS, SHE

CAN TELL OTHER PEOPLE

ABOUT THE GREATNESS OF GOD

AND HOW HE HAPPENS.

AND WHEN IT DIDN'T HAPPEN

THAT WAY, I DIDN'T

UNDERSTAND.

IT SHOOK MY FAITH IN A WAY

I DID NOT EXPECT AND

REALLY THOUGHT I WOULD NOT

BATTLE WITH.

I THOUGHT MY FOUNDATION

WAS REALLY FIRM.

BURBUT WHEN THAT HAPPENED, I

WAS ANGRY AT GOD.

Reporter: MANDISA

WENT INTO ISOLATION,

SHUTTING OUT HER FRIENDS,

FAMILY, AND GOD.

I DIDN'T GO TO CHURCH.

I DIDN'T READ MY WORD.

I CERTAINLY DIDN'T PRAY

BECAUSE I FELT LIKE HE WAS

NOT HEARING MY PRAYERS.

THE RESULT WAS THAT I FELL

INTO THE DEEPEST

DEPRESSION OF MY LIFE.

I STARTED TURNING TO MY

OLD WAYS, WHICH IS FOOD.

FOR YEARS I BATTLED IT,

AND I ACTUALLY FOUND SOME

SUCCESS RECENTLY WHEN I

LOST OVER 120 POUNDS, BUT

I QUICKLY GAINED EVERY

LAST POUND OF THAT BACK

AND A WHOLE LOT MORE.

AND SO THEN I'M BATTLING

WITH SHAME AND THE ENEMY

TELLING ME, HOW CAN YOU

TELL OTHER PEOPLE THEY'RE

OVERCOMERS, WHEN YOU CAN'T

OVERCOME THE SAME ISSUE

YOU'VE BEEN DEALING WITH

ALL OF YOUR LIFE.

Reporter: A MONTH

LATER, HER FRIENDS DECIDED

TO INTERVENE.

I WAS AT A MOVIE

THEATER, AND WHEN I CAME

OUT, I SAW MY CAR HAD A

BUNCH OF STICKY NOTES ON

IT.

AND A LOT OF THE STICKY

NOTES WERE SCRIPTURE, WITH

MANDISA, WE LOVE YOU AND

WE'RE PRAYING FOR YOU.

EIGHT OF MY FRIENDS

GATHERED AROUND.

THEY FOUND ME AT THE MOVIE

THEATER.

THEY SAID, LISTEN, THIS

HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR TOO

LONG.

WE'RE NOT GOING TO LEAVE

YOU LIKE THIS.

Reporter: HER FRIENDS

CONVINCED HER TO SEE A

CHRISTIAN COUNSELLOR.

THERE SHE UNCOVERED THE

ROOTS OF HER DEPRESSION

AND HER ADDICTION TO FOOD.

I BATTLED WITH A

HEAVINESS AND A DARKNESS,

I FEEL LIKE MY WHOLE LIFE.

I WAS MOLESTED AT AN EARLY

AGE, AND I WAS RAPED AT AN

EARLY AGE, AND I THINK THE

DIVORCE OF MY PARENTS

PROBABLY HAD AN IMPACT ON

MY WORTH AND PLACING MY

WORTH IN THE WRONG THINGS.

I TURNED TO FOOD MY ENTIRE

LIFE.

WHEN YOU'RE HEAVY AT A

YOUNG AGE, YOU DEAL WITH A

LOT OF RIDICULE.

BUT THEN WHEN YOU HAVE

SEXUAL ABUSE ON TOP OF

THAT, IT IS JUST A VICIOUS

CYCLE.

Reporter: AND MANDISA

SOON REALIZED THAT SHE

COULDN'T HIDE BEHIND A

SMILE ANY LONGER.

I'M REALIZING THAT THE

HEALTHY THING TO DO IS TO

BRING THOSE

DISAPPOINTMENTS AND ANGER

TO GOD.

GOD SAYS THAT DAVID WAS A

MAN AFTER HIS OWN HEART.

AND DAVID COMMITTED

ADULTERY, AND HE HAD

SOMEBODY MURDERED.

HE MADE MISTAKE AFTER

MISTAKE, BUT HE BROUGHT

THOSE MISTAKES TO GOD, AND

SO HE WAS A MAN OF GOD.

Reporter: AND SHE

FINALLY FOUND FREEDOM.

MY THEME VERSES IS

PSALM 40: "HE LIFTED ME

OUT OF THE PIT, OUT OF THE

MUD AND MEYER.

HE SET MY FOOT ON A ROCK

AND GAVE ME A NEW SONG TO

SING."

I FEEL LIKE I HAVE A

RENEWED PURPOSE AND SENSE

OF LIFE.

Reporter: IT INSPIRED

HER LATEST ALBUM "OUT OF

THE DARK."

* HE STARTED SOMETHING

GOOD AND I'M GOING TO

BELIEVE IT *

* HE STARTED SOMETHING

GOOD AND I'M GOING TO

BELIEVE IT *

* HIS WORK IN ME IS

THROUGH *

Reporter: NOW WHEN

MANDISA WEARS THAT WINNING

SMILE, IT IS NOT TO COVER

UP THE IMPERFECTIONS IN

HER LIFE, BUT TO SHOW THAT

NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS,

GOD IS IN CONTROL.

I DON'T JUST SAY I HAVE

OVERCOME, BECAUSE I STILL

HAVE TO, ON A DAILY BASIS,

MAKE A CHOICE NOT TO GO

INTO THE DEEP.

WHEN I FEEL LIKE I'VE MADE

ANOTHER MISTAKE, THE SAME

MISTAKES I MAKE OVER AND

OVER AGAIN, INSTEAD OF

BEATING MYSELF UP, I SAY,

NO, GOD BEGAN A GOOD WORK

IN ME, AND HE WILL FINISH

ME ON THE DAY THAT GOD

RETURNS.

I'M A MASTERPIECE IN THE

WORKS AND I'M JUST

UNFINISHED RIGHT NOW.

Terry: HE STARTED

SOMETHING GOOD IN ME AND

HE IS GOING TO COMPLETE

IT.

YOU JUST HEARD MANDISA

TALK ABOUT THE INSPIRATION

BEHIND HER LATEST ALBUM,

AND ITS CALLED "OUT OF THE

DARK."

WHAT A WONDERFUL MESSAGE.

STILL AHEAD, HOW THE

LIFE OF A SINGLE MOM

RAISING FOUR KIDS TURNED

AROUND HER LIFE IN ONE

DAY, THANKS TO VIEWERS

LIKE YOU.

Gordon: COMING UP...A

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT...

YOU NEED TO GO IN AND

SAY YOUR GOOD-BYES.

Gordon: ...AND A

MASSIVE BRAIN INJURY.

YOU NEED TO TAKE OVER.

Gordon: ONE FAMILY

CLINGS TO THEIR LAST HOPE.

PRAY, TAKE A STEP

FORWARD.

PRAY, TAKE A STEP FORWARD.

AND WELCOME BACK TO

"THE 700 CLUB."

TENSIONS BETWEEN THE U.S.

AND RUSSIA ARE ESCALATING

IN SYRIA.

RUSSIA NOW SAYS IT WILL

TREAT U.S. COALITION

AIRCRAFT FLYING IN SYRIA

AS POTENTIAL TARGETS.

THAT COMES AFTER THE U.S.

MILITARY SHOT DOWN A

SYRIAN WAR PLANE THAT WAS

BOMBING U.S. ALLIES.

AUSTRALIA SAYS IT HAS

SUSPENDED SYRIAN FLIGHTS

AFTER THE RUSSIAN THREAT.

> SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE

DELAYING REPUBLICANS FROM

REPEALING AND REPLACING

OBAMACARE.

THEY HELD A LATE-NIGHT

TALK-A-THON THAT LASTED

FOR HOURS, PROTESTING THE

G.O.P. HEALTH CARE BILL.

THEY ALSO PLAN TO USE

PROCEDURAL TACTICS TO SLOW

THE SENATE'S WORK.

REPUBLICANS HOPE TO GET

THEIR REPLACEMENT PLAN TO

THE FLOOR BY THE END OF

THE MONTH.

AND YOU CAN ALWAYS GET THE

LATEST FROM CBN NEWS BY

GOING TO OUR WEBSITE AT

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GORDON AND TERRY WILL BE

BACK WITH MORE OF "THE 700

CLUB" RIGHT AFTER THIS.

IN

Terry: IN PERU, A

Terry: IN PERU, A

YOUNG, SINGLE MOM

STRUGGLED TO FEED HER

FAMILY.

SO IN DESPERATION, SHE

SAID A PRAYER.

LORD, BEND DOWN AND HEAR

MY CRY.

HERE IS HOW HER PRAYER WAS

ANSWERED.

Reporter: MIRIAM'S

TEACHER HAD ASKED HER

STUDENTS TO BRING SOME

FOOD ITEMS TO CLASS, TO

HELP FAMILIES IN NEED.

WHEN IT CAME TIME FOR

MIRIAM TO CONTRIBUTE, SHE

SLIPPED OUT OF HER CHAIR.

I HID UNDER THE DESK

BECAUSE I DIDN'T BRING

ANYTHING.

SHE KNEW WE DIDN'T HAVE

FOOD AT HOME.

Reporter: FOR THE

PAST TWO YEARS, SHALA AS

BEEN RAISING FOUR KIDS ON

HER OWN.

FOOD BECAME SCARCE AFTER

HER HUSBAND LEFT THEM.

SOMETIMES A SMALL FISH WAS

ALL OF THE PROTEIN THE

FAMILY WOULD HAVE FOR AN

ENTIRE WEEK.

SOMETIMES THERE IS JUST

NO FOOD AND WE DON'T EAT.

Reporter: SHALA SOLD

WATERMELON SLICES WHEN SHE

COULD AFFORD TO BUY THEM.

SHE NEVER STOPPED LOOKING

FOR WAYS TO FEED HER

FAMILY AND PAY THE BILLS.

I PRAYED ALL OF THE

TIME, LORD, HEAR MY CRY.

I ASKED GOD NOT TO FORSAKE

ME WHEN I NEED HIM THE

MOST.

Reporter: "OPERATION

BLESSING" MET MIRIAM AT AN

ANTI-PARASITE CAMPAIGN AT

HER SCHOOL.

WE THEN MET MIRIAM'S MOM

AND OFFERED TO HELP.

SHALA WAS SURPRISED WHAT

WE SHOWED HER WHAT WE HAD

SET UP IN FRONT OF HER

HOME.

WITHIN MOMENTS, WOMEN WERE

STOPPING TO BUY.

IT TURNS OUT THAT SHALA IS

THE ONLY ONE SELLING MEAT,

FISH, AND FRESH VEGETABLES

IN HER ENTIRE

NEIGHBORHOOD.

I THANK GOD THAT MY

BUSINESS IS DOING WELL,

AND I'M ALREADY THINKING

HOW I CAN MAKE IT GROW.

YOU'VE MET THE NEEDS OF MY

CHILDREN.

Reporter: WE HAD ONE

MORE SURPRISE FOR THE

FAMILY: A FOOD BASKET,

WHICH WE PRESENTED TO

MIRIAM.

THANK YOU, "OPERATION

BLESSING," FOR HELPING ME

AND MY FAMILY.

Terry: IT WOULD BE

HARD FOR A SINGLE MOM WITH

FOUR CHILDREN TO SURVIVE

AND DO WELL HERE IN THE

UNITED STATES.

BUT GO TO ANOTHER COUNTRY,

WHERE THE ECONOMIC

SITUATION IS COMPLETELY

DIFFERENT, AND IT'S

IMPOSSIBLE.

THIS MOM LOVES HER

CHILDREN.

SHE IS DOING EVERYTHING

SHE CAN TO PROVIDE FOR

THEM.

BUT SHE NEEDED A LITTLE

HELP.

IF YOU'RE A "700 CLUB"

MEMBER, YOU MADE THAT

POSSIBLE.

WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU.

YOU NOT ONLY GAVE THEM

HELP, HOPE, FOOD FOR THEIR

BELLIES, BUT ALSO THE KIND

OF OPPORTUNITY THAT ALLOWS

THEM TO HAVE DIGNITY AND

TO MOVE FORWARD IN THEIR

LIVES.

YOU KNOW, TO BE A "700

CLUB" MEMBER IS JUST 65

CENTS A DAY, $20 A MONTH.

WE'RE ASKING YOU RIGHT NOW

IF YOU'LL GO TO THE PHONE

AND DO THAT.

WILL YOU JOIN WITH US?

WE ARE OUT TO TOUCH LIVES

WITH THE LOVE OF GOD IN

PRACTICAL WAYS, BUT ALSO

WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE

FACT THAT GOD DOES DO THE

WORK AND LOVES THEM AND

SENDS YOU AND I TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES.

BE A PART OF THAT.

OUR NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE.

SO EASY TO CALL:

1-800-700-7000.

BY THE WAY, WHEN YOU CALL,

IF YOU USE SOMETHING

CALLED PLEDGE EXPRESS, IT

MEANS YOUR BANK DOES ALL

OF THE WORK.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE

ENVELOPES OR STAMPS OR

REMEMBER TO DO ANYTHING.

IT IS ALL DONE FOR YOU.

YOU CAN STOP IT TH ANY TIME

YOU WANT.

BUT IT DOES SAVE MONEY SO

WE CAN PUT MORE OF YOUR

MONEY INTO THE LIVES OF

PEOPLE LIKE YOU JUST SAW.

1-800-700-7000.

DO IT TODAY.

STILL AHEAD, HIS FAMILY

SURVIVED THE HORRORS OF

IRAN, BUT HE WASN'T

EXPECTED TO SURVIVE THE

HOSPITAL STAY.

THEY SAID THERE IS NO

HOPE.

Terry: BUT THOSE

DOCTORS DIDN'T COUNT ON

ONE THING.

SEE WHAT THEY'RE CALLING

MIRACULOUS WHEN WE COME

BACK.

Gordon: GILBERT HAS

MORE PAGES IN HIS MEDICAL

RECORD THAN A NOVEL.

HIS DOCTORS WROTE, "NO

GUARANTEES OF GOOD

OUTCOME."

GILBERTGILBERT NEEDED A SERIES OF

MIRACLES TO SURVIVE, AND

THE MIR FIRST MIRACLE, MAKING

IT TO THE HOSPITAL ALIVE.

I WAITED AND I WAITED.

SEVERAL HOURS WENT BY.

FIRST I TEXTED HIM.

AND THEN I STARTED CALLING

HIM.

NO ANSWERS.

AND THIS IS UNUSUAL FOR

GILBERT.

Reporter: SHE FINALLY

DID GET A CALL THAT

DECEMBER EVENING IN 2014.

HER HUSBAND, GILBERT, HAD

BEEN IN A MOTORCYCLE

ACCIDENT, AND IT WAS BEING

FLOWN TO HUNTINGTON

HOSPITAL IN PASADENA,

CALIFORNIA.

ANNI WAS GIVING FEW

DETAILS, SO SHE PRAYED IT

WASN'T SERIOUS.

AT THE HOSPITAL, THE HEAD

DOCTOR TOLD HER OTHERWISE.

I THOUGHT HE WOULD SAY

GO IN AND VISIT HIM.

BUT HE SAID, YOU NEED TO

GO IN AND SAY YOUR

GOOD-BYES.

I SAID, LORD, I SURRENDER.

YOU NEED TO TAKE OVER.

Reporter: GILBERT HAD

VEERED OFF THE ROAD AND

CRASHED HEAD-FIRST INTO A

MOUNTAIN SIDE.

HE HAD MASSIVE BRAIN

TRAUMA AND WASN'T EXPECTED

TO LIVE.

BUT FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO

GATHERED TO PRAY BELIEVED

DIFFERENTLY.

AND I PRAY, FATHER GOD,

THAT FOR THE PHYSICIANS.

I WAS JUST PRAYING IN

MY HEART THAT, LORD, YOU

SEE EVERYTHING.

AND YOU KNOW WHAT'S AHEAD.

SO, HONESTLY, IF I DIDN'T

HAVE MY FAITH, IT WOULD BE

IMPOSSIBLE.

Reporter: OVER THE

COURSE OF THE NIGHT, THE

PROGNOSIS CHANGED.

THEY SAID, WELL, IT

LOOKS LIKE HE IS

SURVIVING, BUT HE WILL BE

PARALYZED FROM THE NECK

DOWN.

Reporter: TWO DAYS

LATER, GILBERT WOKE UP AND

TESTS CONFIRMED HE WASN'T

PARALYZED.

BUT IT WASN'T OVER.

HE HAD TO OVERCOME A BOUT

WITH MEMORY LOSS AND STILL

FACED A MULTITUDE OF

SURGERIES AND MONTHS OF

PHYSICAL THERAPY.

EVEN THAT DOCTORS EXPECTED

HE COULD BE PERMANENTLY

DISABLED.

WE KEPT PUSHING THROUGH

AND PRAYING, AND IT WAS

CONSTANT PRAY, TAKE A STEP

FORWARD.

PRAY, TAKE A STEP FORWARD.

Reporter: GILBERT WAS

FULLY AWARE OF WHAT WAS AT

STAKE, BUT HE STILL

TRUSTED GOD.

I KNEW THAT GOD IS

GOING TO SHOW UP.

GOD IS GOING TO CHANGE

THINGS.

GOD IS THERE WITH ME.

Reporter: THAT'S

BECAUSE THIS WASN'T THE

FIRST TIME GOD CARRIED HIS

FAMILY THROUGH DIFFICULT

TRIALS.

WHILE LIVING IN IRAN, THEY

WERE PERSECUTED FOR THEIR

FAITH.

I WAS 17 YEARS OLD WHEN

MY DAD WAS KILLED AND

MARTYRED.

WHAT HE DIDN'T KNOW WAS

HIS GRACE ENOUGH?

YES, HIS GRACE WAS ENOUGH

EVEN THEN.

Reporter: AFTER YEARS

OF SURGERIES AND PHYSICAL

THERAPY, ONLY ONE THING

HAD BEEN FULLY RESTORED.

THE FINGERS ON HIS RIGHT

HAND WERE LOCKED CLOSED

BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE NERVE

DAMAGE.

THIS TROUBLED GILBERT THE

MOST.

HE THOUGHT WORSHIPPING AND

LEADING OTHERS WAS THROUGH

HIS TALENT AS A PIANIST.

THEY SAID, GILBERT,

THAT'S IT, THERE IS NO

HOPE.

I COULDN'T MOVE MY

FINGERS, AND I COULDN'T

EVEN SHAKE HANDS.

Reporter: THE

PHYSICIAN IN CHARGE OF

GILBERT'S PHYSICAL

THERAPY, DR. RAFI BALI.

HE COULD NOT USE HIS

HANDS TO PLAY, AND THAT

WAS HIS PROFESSION, AS YOU

KNOW.

SO THAT WAS A LIMITATION

THAT WE THOUGHT WOULD BE

DEVASTATING FOR HIM

BECAUSE THAT WAS THE END

OF HIS CAREER, ALMOST.

Reporter: STILL,

GILBERT PRESSED ON AND

MANAGED TO GET ONE FINGER

TO WORK.

IT WAS EXTREMELY HARD,

BUT, AGAIN, I KNEW THAT

GOD IS GOOD.

I CAN'T SEE GOD'S GOODNESS

IN THIS AREA RIGHT NOW,

BUT GOD IS GOOD.

Reporter: WHILE

GILBERT CAME TO TERMS WITH

HIS DISABILITY, HE AND HIS

FAMILY CONTINUED TO PRAY

FOR HEALING.

ALMOST SEVEN MONTHS

AFTER THE SURGERY, I WENT

TO FRIENDS TO SHARE MY

GOSPEL AND MY TESTIMONY,

ACTUALLY.

THIS COUPLE CAME UP TO ME

AND SAID, WE ARE LED BY

THE HOLY SPIRIT TO PRAY

FOR YOUR HEALING.

THAT COUPLE PRAYED OVER MY

HANDS AND MY FINGERS.

I RECEIVED THAT WORD BY

FAITH, EVEN THOUGH, AGAIN,

I HAD MY DOUBTS.

BUT, PRAISE THE LORD, HE

IS GRACIOUS EVEN BEYOND

AND ABOVE OUR FAITH AND

OUR UNDERSTANDING.

THE NEXT MORNING I WOKE

UP, AND WHEN I WOKE UP, MY

FINGERS OPENED UP.

IT WAS -- I COULDN'T EVEN

BELIEVE THAT THIS WAS

HAPPENING.

AND WHEN I CAME TO

LOS ANGELES, WHERE I LIVE,

I WENT TO THE NERVE TEST,

AND THE DOCTOR SAID, WOW,

INTERESTING.

YOUR NERVES ARE

REGENERATED.

THAT WAS A TOTAL

SURPRISE.

AND IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE,

WHEN WE FIRST SAW IT.

I KNOW, NOTHING CAN

CHANGE MY MIND OR REASSURE

ME THAT IT WAS ANYTHING

OTHER THAN A MIRACLE.

HIS FAITH AND

DETERMINATION PLAYED A

MAJOR ROLE IN HIS OVERALL

COVER RE.

RECOVERY.

EXCEPTION IS PROBABLY

THE RIGHT WORD, AND

AMAZING.

AND WE ALSO CAN USE THE

WORD "MIRACULOUS" FOR HIS

RECOVERY.

Reporter: GILBERT IS

STILL USING HIS GIFT

THROUGH THIS FAMILY

MINISTRY, HELPING PEOPLE

IN THE FARSI-SPEAKING

WORLD WORSHIP GOD.

MY PURPOSE IN LIFE IS

TO KNOW HIM AND MAKE HIM

KNOWN.

AND THROUGH THIS ACCIDENT,

I GOT TO KNOW HIM MUCH

MORE.

PRAISE THE LORD.

Gordon: I DON'T KNOW

WHAT IT IS ABOUT HARD

TIMES, WHEN ACCIDENTS

HAPPEN, WHEN DISASTERS

HAPPEN, WHEN SICKNESS

HAPPENS TO US, BUT WE GET

TO KNOW GOD BETTER.

AND GILBERT GOT TO KNOW

HIM.

GOT TO KNOW HIM AS HEALER,

AS SAVIOR, AS DELIVERER.

HE GOT TO KNOW THE

ATTRIBUTES OF GOD.

NOW, HOW DID THAT JOURNEY

START?

I LOVE THE PRAYER OF THE

WIFE, LORD, I SURRENDER.

I SURRENDER TO YOUR WILL.

SO OFTEN WE COME TO GOD

WITH PRAYERS OF COMPLAINT

OR PRAYERS OF DEMAND.

SOMEHOW WE'RE GOING TO PUT

GOD UNDER AN OBLIGATION,

WHERE WE'RE GOING TO

SOMEHOW BARGAIN WITH HIM.

WHY ARE WE BARGAINING WITH

HIM FOR WHAT HE HAS

ALREADY DONE?

WHEN WERE WE HEALED?

2,000 YEARS AGO.

IT ALL HAPPENED ON THE

CROSS.

BY HIS STRIPES WE WERE

HEALED.

HE HAS BORNE AWAY OUR EN

INFIRMITIES.

HE HAS TAKEN IT ALL ON

HIMSELF.

WHY?

BECAUSE HE LOVES US.

WHEN YOU GET THAT

BREAKTHROUGH, IT'S THAT

LOVE.

NOW FOR THE FINAL

COMPLETION, GILBERT HAD TO

TRAVEL TO FRANCE.

AND THERE PEOPLE WHO DON'T

KNOW HIM SAY WE ARE LED BY

THE HOLY SPIRIT TO COME

AND PRAY FOR YOU.

AND FAITH COMES BY

HEARING, AND HEARING BY

THE WORD.

THEY WERE OBEDIENT TO THE

WORD SPOKEN TO THEM.

AND THEY PRAYED.

AND I LOVE GILBERT'S

HONESTY.

HE SAID, I BELIEVED, I HAD

MY DOUBTS.

I BELIEVED, I HAD MY

DOUBTS.

IT IS THAT WAVERING THAT

WE ALL DO.

KEEP THIS IN MIND, AND

JAMES WROTE IT, WHEN WE

COME TO GOD, LET'S NOT

DOUBT.

LET'S NOT WAIVER.

BUT LET'S BELIEVE THAT HE

WHO HAS PROMISED IS ABLE.

THAT'S THE FAITH OF

ABRAHAM.

HE WHO HAS PROMISED IS

ABLE.

AND BEYOND ABLE, HE IS

WILLING.

WE DON'T HAVE TO CONVINCE

HIM.

HE IS WILLING.

AND WHEN WE HAVE THAT

FAITH, GOD SEES THAT.

AND HE ALWAYS RESPONDS TO

THAT.

HE WILL ALWAYS RESPOND TO

FAITH.

ALL YOU NEED IS THAT

LITTLE MUSTARD SEED.

IT'S NOT A LOT OF EFFORT.

JUST LOOK TO JESUS.

LOOK WHAT HE HAS ALREADY

ACCOMPLISHED ON THE CROSS

AND BELIEVE IT.

NOW, WE'RE GOING TO PRAY

FOR YOU.

AND I BELIEVE FAITH IS AN

ACTION.

SO IN AN ACT OF FAITH,

JUST AS WHAT HAPPENED

AROUND GILBERT, PEOPLE

WERE LAYING HANDS ON HIM,

THEY WERE PRAYING OVER

HIM.

THEY WERE BELIEVING.

THEY WERE INTERCEDING.

THEY DIDN'T GIVE UP.

LAY YOUR HAND ON THAT AREA

OF THE BODY THAT NEEDS

HEALING.

AND TERRY AND I ARE GOING

TO AGREE.

AND HERE IS YOUR BIBLE

VERSE: WHEN TWO OR MORE

AGREE TOUCHING ANYTHING,

IT SHALL BE DONE FOR THEM.

SO WE'RE GOING TO AGREE.

YOU BELIEVE, YOU LAY

HANDS, AND TOGETHER LET'S

SEE WHAT GOD WILL DO.

PRAY WITH US.

LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, YOU

ALMIGHTY.

YOU ARE ABLE.

HE WHO HAS PROMISED IS

ABLE.

AND YOU'RE READY AND

YOU'RE WILLING TO HEAL ALL

OUR DISEASES, TO FORGIVE

ALL OUR SINS.

AND SO WE BLESS YOU FOR

THAT.

WE COME TO YOUR THRONE

WITH THANKSGIVING FOR WHAT

YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE.

AND NOW AS BELIEVERS IN

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO

HUNG ON A CROSS FOR US AND

BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE

HEALED.

AS BELIEVERS IN HIM, WE

LAY HANDS ON THAT AREA OF

THE BODY THAT NEEDS

HEALING.

WE SPEAK TO IT OUT LOUD,

BE HEALED AND BE MADE

WHOLE IN JESUS' NAME.

AND NOW WE RECEIVE IT AND

WE ACT ON IT.

AND WHAT WE COULDN'T DO

BEFORE, WE DO NOW IN THE

NAME OF JESUS.

THERE IS A MAN, YOU'RE

LAYING YOUR HAND ON YOUR

LESLEFT KNEE, AND YOU JUST

GOT A MIRACULOUS HEALING

INTO IT.

YOU FELT LIKE A COLD WASH

GO THROUGH IT LIKE A

TORRENT, AND GOD HAS JUST

HEALED THAT KNEE

COMPLETELY.

DO WHAT YOU COULDN'T DO

BEFORE.

BEND IT, MOVE IT -- WHAT

YOU CAN'T DO BEFORE, YOU

CAN DO IT NOW.

IN JESUS' NAME.

JUST RECEIVE IT NOW.

PRAISE YOU, LORD.

Terry: THERE IS

SOMEONE ELSE, AND YOU HAD

AN ACCIDENT.

AND YOUR SPINE WAS INJURED

IN THE ACCIDENT.

I BELIEVE IT IS ON YOUR

RIGHT SIDE, BUT NOW IT HAS

GONE DOWN INTO YOUR

SCIATIC NERVE.

YOU GET LIKE THIS LITTLE

ELECTRICAL ZAP THAT GOES

UP YOUR LEG AND INTO YOUR

SPINE.

GOD IS HEALING THAT

CONDITION FOR YOU RIGHT

NOW.

STAND UP AND BEGIN TO MOVE

AROUND.

IT IS GONE IN JESUS' NAME.

Gordon: THERE IS

SOMEONE NAMED MARION, AND

I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE

CRYING OUT FOR, BUT GOD

DOES.

HE IS CALLING YOU OUT BY

NAME.

YES, YOUR PRAYER HAS BEEN

HEARD AND IT HAS BEEN

ANSWERED NOW.

THERE ARE MANY SUFFERING

WITH CHRONIC FATIGUE.

YOU DON'T WANT TO GO OUT

ANYMORE.

YOU DON'T WANT TO DO

THINGS ANYMORE.

YOUR CONSTANTLY TIRED, AND

GOD IS HEALING YOU.

HE IS ABLE TO RESTORE YOUR

THYROID.

HE IS ABLE TO RESTORE ALL

OF THE HORMONES, ALL OF

THE ENZYMES, ALL OF THE

THINGS THAT YOU NEED.

HE CAME THAT YOU MIGHT

HAVE LIFE AND HAVE IT MORE

ABUNDANTLY.

SO I SPEAK LIFE TO YOU

NOW, AND ENERGY IN JESUS'

NAME.

BE HEALED AND BE RESTORED

NOW.

Terry: THERE IS

SOMEONE ELSE WHO HAS

SOMETHING GOING ON WITH

YOUR EARS, IT GOES UP PAST

YOUR EARS AND RIGHT ALONG

THE SIDE OF YOUR FACE.

AND IT IS SO

UNCOMFORTABLE.

GOD IS HEALING THAT FOR

YOU NOW.

JUST RECEIVE IT.

Gordon: THERE ARE

PEOPLE WITH NERVE

CONDITIONS, EA IRRITATED

NERVES, AND GOD IS

RESTORING YOU AND HEALING

YOU.

THERE IS SOME KIND OF

EPSTEIN-BARR SYNDROME, AND

GOD IS HEALING THAT NOW IN

JESUS' NAME.

Terry: THERE IS

SOMEONE, YOU HAVE, FOR

SOME REASON, A LITTLE

PARALYSIS ON ONE SIDE OF

YOUR LIP.

I DON'T KNOW IF IT IS A

BELL'S PALSY THING.

IT IS HARD FOR YOU TO CHEW

AND KEEP SALIVA IN YOUR

MOUTH, AND GOD IS HEALING

THAT FOR YOU RIGHT NOW.

Gordon: LORD, WE JUST

THANK YOU, FOR YOU ARE THE

HEALER, YOU ARE THE

RESTORER AND THE RENEWER

OF OUR STRENGTH.

WE RECEIVE IT NOW IN

JESUS' NAME.

AMEN, AND AMEN.

IF YOU'VE HAD A MIRACLE,

WE WANT TO SHARE IN YOUR

REPORT.

GIVE US A CALL AT

1-800-700-7000.

AND JUST SAY, I'VE BEEN

TOUCHED BY GOD.

I WANT TO REPORT THE GOOD

NEWS THAT HAS HAPPENED TO

ME.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, WE

BELIEVE IN PREVAILING

PRAYER.

THAT STORY YOU JUST SAW

WAS ALL ABOUT PREVAILING

PRAYER.

SO DON'T GIVE UP.

ALWAYS PRAY.

AND WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US.

IT IS OUR HONOR, OUR

PRIVILEGE, TO PRAY FOR

YOU.

1-800-700-7000.

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, UP NEXT,

WE'VE GOT E-MAIL QUESTIONS

THAT YOU'VE CENTE SENT IN.

WE'RE GOING TO "BRING IT

ON", SO DON'T GO AWAY.

Terry: WE WANT TO

TAKE SOME TIME TO ANSWER

SOME OF E-MAIL QUESTIONS

YOU ALL HAVE SENT IN.

CHRISTINE SAYS, "IF GOD IS

ALL POWERFUL AND LOVES US

UNCONDITIONALLY, THEN WHY

DOES HE ALLOW SATAN TO

EXIST AND HORRIBLE THINGS

TO HAPPEN TO THE ONES HE

LOVES?

EVIL SHOULD NOT HAVE TO

EXIST, NOR SHOULD WE HAVE

TO PAY FOR EATING THE ONE

APPLE EVE WAS TOLD NOT TO

EAT.

GOD SHOULD HAVE BEEN

FORGIVING THEN AS WELL AS

NOW, RIGHT?"

Gordon: CHRISTINE,

YOU'VE ASKED FOR A WHOLE

BIBLE SCHOOL IN 30

SECONDS.

THE PROBLEM OF EVIL, FROM

A PHILOSOPHICAL

STANDPOINT, HAS VEXED

PHILOSOPHERS FOR

CENTURIES.

WHY DOES EVIL EXIST?

WHY DOES GOD ALLOW IT?

WHY WAS THE SERPENT IN THE

GARDEN?

AND THESE ARE ALL

QUESTIONS THAT I DON'T

EVEN PRETEND TO HAVE AN

ANSWER TO.

I WILL TELL YOU WHAT THE

GOSPEL SAYS, THAT, YOU

KNOW, YOU CAN TALK ALL YOU

WANT ABOUT ORIGINAL SIN,

AND IT WASN'T EATING AN

APPLE.

IT WAS EATING THE FRUIT OF

THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE

OF GOOD AND EVIL.

AND IN THAT UNDERSTANDING

OF GOOD AND EVIL, WE RISE

TO JUDGMENT INSTANTLY.

WE WANT TO PERCEIVE THINGS

AS EITHER BEING GOOD OR

EVIL, AND THAT WASN'T

GOD'S INTENTION.

UNFORTUNATELY, WITH THE

PERCEPTION OF EVIL COMES

ALSO THE EVIL INCLINATION,

THAT WE ARE NATURALLY NOW

ORIENTED, AND WE HAVE TO

OVERCOME OUR OWN EVIL

INCLINATION.

AND THERE ARE A VARIETY OF

WAYS TO DO THAT.

AND THE BEST WAY IS TO

BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS

CHRIST.

THE OTHER WAYS ARE ALL

BASED ON YOUR HUMAN WILL

AND YOUR STRENGTH.

AND UNDERSTAND THAT GOD'S

PLAN OF SALVATION WAS PUT

IN PLACE BEFORE HE EVER

PUT ADAM AND EVE IN THE

GARDEN, THAT HE THOUGHT OF

YOU WAY BACK THEN, BEFORE

HE LAID THE FOUNDATION OF

THE WORLD.

HE THOUGHT OF GOOD THINGS

FOR YOU TO WALK INTO.

SO DON'T LOOK AT IT IN THE

STANDPOINT OF WHY ISN'T

GOD FORGIVING.

HE IS.

HE MADE A PATH OF

SALVATION BEFORE ADAM AND

EVE FELL.

HE MADE THAT WAY CLEAR.

NOW, WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO

RECEIVE THAT?

IT TOOK JESUS DYING ON THE

CROSS.

FOR GOD TO BE FULLY

RIGHTEOUS AND FULLY JUST,

THERE HAD TO BE A PENALTY

FOR SIN, AND JESUS TOOK

ALL THAT ON HIMSELF, SO

THAT WE WOULDN'T HAVE TO.

SO THIS IS GOOD NEWS.

AND AS CHRISTIANS, WE LOOK

FORWARD TO THE DAY WHERE

THE DEVIL IS BOUND IN

CHAINS, AND WE'RE WITH GOD

IN HEAVEN, WHERE HIS WILL

IS CONSTANTLY BEING DONE,

AND WE'RE WITH HIM FOR ALL

ETERNITY.

THAT IS THE BLESSED HOPE

OF ALL CHRISTIANS.

SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU,

GO READ THE BOOK OF JOB.

SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN

THAT.

AND THAT'S ONE OF THE

WISDOM BOOKS.

AND IT'S WHAT CHRISTIANS

NEED TO CLING TO WHEN

WE'RE GOING THROUGH

SUFFERING.

ANOTHER THING TO CLING

THROUGH IS THE PASSION OF

JESUS.

WHAT HE WENT THROUGH, THE

PRICE HE PAID, SO THAT YOU

AND I CAN BE WITH HIM FOR

ALL ETERNITY.

THAT IS A GOOD MEDITATION.

WHEN THESE THOUGHTS COME

TO YOU.

BEFORE WE LEAVE THAT ONE,

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU

WANT TO ADD TO THAT?

Terry: NO.

THIS IS KIM, WHO SAYS, "A

WHILE BACK I TOLD A FRIEND

THAT I CAN'T UNDERSTAND

WHY SO MANY OF MY PRAYERS

AREN'T BEING ANSWERED,

PRAYERS CONCERNING MY

HEALTH AND TWO OF MY SONS

LOSING THEIR FAITH.

MY FRIEND TOLD ME, MAYBE I

DON'T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH

MYSELF.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE

ENOUGH FAITH?"

Gordon: JUST LOOK TO

SEE DO YOU HAVE THE

MUSTARD SEED.

SOMETIMES WE TRY TO

QUESTION OUR FAITH,

PARTICULARLY WHEN DELAYS

HAPPEN TO OUR PRAYERS.

AND LOOK TO ABRAHAM.

HE'S THE FATHER OF THE

SAVED.

THAT IS HIS TITLE, AND HE

WAITED DECADES FOR THE

PROMISE.

AND IN ALL OF THAT, THE

BIBLE SAYS THAT HE WAS

FULLY PERSUADED THAT HE

HAD PROMISED WAS ABLE.

AND HE DIDN'T CONSIDER THE

DEADNESS OF HIS OWN BODY.

HE DIDN'T CONSIDER THAT.

WHAT HE CONSIDERED WAS THE

PROMISE.

SO JUST LOOK TO THE

PROMISE.

HOW DO YOU GET FAITH?

YOU LOOK TO JESUS.

HE IS THE AUTHOR AND THE

FINISHER OF YOUR FAITH.

LET HIM BE YOUR FAITH AND

REALIZE THAT FAITH IS A

GIFT FROM HIM.

AND HE GIVES IT TO YOU

FREELY.

SO HOLD ON TO THE

PROMISES.

DON'T LOOK AT THE RESULTS.

DON'T LOOK AT THE DELAY.

LOOK AT THE PROMISE.

Terry: THIS IS A

VIEWER WHO SAYS, "HOW

EXACTLY DO YOU LIVE A

SUCCESSFUL CHRISTIAN LIFE?

I'M A 24-YEAR-OLD MAN.

I HAVE MY OWN PERSONAL

STRUGGLES, AND SOMETIMES I

FEEL LIKE EVERYTHING IS

ALL OVER THE PLACE, AND MY

SIN STOPS ME FROM

RECEIVING GOD'S BEST.

WHAT ARE SOME PRACTICAL

WAYS TO HAVE MY STEPS

ORDERED BY THE LORD?"

Gordon: I WOULD

ENCOURAGE YOU TO

UNDERSTAND THE WORD

"DISCIPLE."

AND IT MEANS YOU COME

UNDER DISCIPLINE.

THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID HE

SUBJECTED HIS BODY.

HE DIDN'T ALLOW HIS FLESH

TO DOMINATE HIS SPIRIT AND

HIS WILL.

THE FLESH WILL DO THAT.

AND IF YOU GIVE INTO THE

DESIRES OF THE FLESH, THEN

IT JUST WANTS MORE.

IT'S SORT OF A

NEVER-ENDING CYCLE.

SO LEARN THE DISCIPLINE OF

DAILY BIBLE READING, DAILY

PRAYER.

LEARN THE DISCIPLINE OF

FASTING AND SUBJECT

YOURSELF TO THESE THINGS

AND SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN.

YOUR SPIRIT NEEDS TO BE IN

CONTROL.

> WE LEAVE YOU WITH

THESE WORDS FROM NEHEMIAH:

"DO NOT SORROW, FOR THE

JOY OF THE LORD IS YOUR

STRENGTH."

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