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700 Club Interactive - June 30, 2017

A drug-addicted teen runs from police and his mother never stops praying for him. Read Transcript


Gordon: HE WAS A

DRUG-ADDICTED SON.

I'M NOT GOING TO LET

ANYBODY LOVE ME.

I'VE GOT THIS.

Gordon: MEET THE

MOTHER WHO WOULDN'T QUIT

PRAYING.

I WAS WAILING --

WAILING AND CRYING AND

CALLING OUT TO THE LORD TO

SAVE MY CHILD.

Gordon: SEE IF HER

PRAYERS WERE TOO LITTLE

TOO LATE ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

SINCE ROW O ROE VS. WADE UNBORN

BABIES ARE NOT PROTECTED

AS PERSONS AND THEREFORE

HAVE NO RIGHTS UNDER THE

CONSTITUTION.

THE HARVARD JOURNAL OF LAW

AND PUBLIC POLICY STATED

JUST LAST MONTH THAT

UNBORN BABIES ARE

CONSTITUTIONAL PERSONS AND

SHOULD BE PROTECTED UNDER

THE 14th AMENDMENT.

Terry: THE RELEASE

WAS WRITTEN BY LAW STUDENT

JOSHUA CRATIC WHO SAYS,

QUOTE, "THE 14th

AMENDMENT'S USE OF THE

WORD PERSON GUARANTEES DUE

PROCESS AND EQUAL

PROTECTION TO ALL MEMBERS

OF THE HUMAN SPECIES.

THE PRE-BORN ARE MEMBERS

OF THE HUMAN SPECIES FROM

THE MOMENT OF

FERTILIZATION."

HE HOPES THE SUPREME COURT

WILL BASE ITS RULINGS UPON

WHICH THE CONSTITUTION

ORIGINALLY INTENDED ABOUT

THE UNBORN.

Gordon: WE'LL SEE

ABOUT THIS.

I THINK THE 14th

AMENDMENT ARGUMENT HAS

ALREADY BEEN PRESENTED TO

THE COURTS AND HAS BEEN

REJECTED.

IT IS A LEGAL FICTION,

THOUGH, THAT AT WHAT POINT

DOES AN INDIVIDUAL BECOME

A PERSON?

AND THEY'VE DECIDED AT THE

MOMENT OF BIRTH, THAT ONCE

THE BABY IS OUTSIDE THE

MOTHER, NOW THE BABY IS A

PERSON.

AND LITERALLY MOMENTS

BEFORE THAT, YOU CAN STILL

PERFORM A PARTIAL BIRTH

ABORTION.

THAT'S WHY PARTIAL BIRTH

IS SUCH A HORROR.

IT'S A FULLY FUNCTIONING

HUMAN BEING CAPABLE OF

LIFE OUTSIDE OF THE

MOTHER.

AND IT'S STILL LEGAL AND

SUPPOSEDLY CONSTITUTIONAL.

BUT IT'S BEING MADE UP.

THERE IS NO CONSTITUTIONAL

RIGHT.

WILL IS NO

CONSTITUTIONAL -- THE

CONSTITUTION LITERALLY

DOESN'T ADDRESS IT.

WHY THE COURTS TOOK IT

AWAY FROM THE LEGISLATURES

IS A MYSTERY, BUT THA THAT'S

WHAT THEY DID.

Terry: DON'T YOU

THINK IT IS EVEN CRAZY TO

CONSIDER THAT IN ORDER TO

MEET THE CRITERIA TO BE A

PARTIAL BIRTHDAY ABORTION,

THEY DELIVER THE BABY

BACKWARDS, SO THE HEAD

DOESN'T COME OUT AND

BREATHE LEST IT SHOULD BE

A HUMAN BEING.

COMMON SENSE GOES OUT THE

WINDOW IN THIS.

Gordon: AND IT WON'T

BE THE FIRST TIME.

Terry: OR THE LAST,

SADLY.

> WITH ABORTION RIGHTS,

WE NEED CLARITY THAT COMES

ONLY FROM GOD'S WORD.

SIMILARLY, THE LINES OF

GENDER IDENTITY CONTINUE

TO BLUR.

A FRESHMAN HIGH SCHOOL

STUDENT WON THE GIRLS' 200

RACE, BUT THE ONLY PROBLEM

IS THAT ATHLETE WAS BORN

MALE AND NOW IDENTIFIES AS

A GIRL.

Gordon: THE STATE OF

CONNECTICUT ALLOWS FOR

SO-CALLED TRANSGENDER

STUDENTS COMPETING IN

SPORTS ACCORDING TO THEIR

GENDER IDENTITY.

AND THAT'S GOING TO LEAD

TO A WHOLE NEW CHANGE.

I KNOW THAT SOME OF THE

PROFESSIONAL LEAGUES,

PARTICULAR TENNIS, NOW

HAVE GENETIC TESTS AND YOU

HAVE TO PROVE GENETICALLY

THAT YOU FIT.

BUT YOU CERTAINLY SEE

SOMEONE TRYING TO TAKE

ADVANTAGE --

Terry: YOU THINK?

Gordon: -- OF IT AND

SAYING, OKAY, I CAN WIN

THE STATE TITLE --

Terry: JUST IN

FAIRNESS TO THE

COMPETITORS, I MEAN, THERE

ARE DIFFERENCES IN MEN AND

WOMEN, IN STRENGTH AND

MUSCLE MASS, AND THINGS

LIKE THAT -- WERE PEOPLE

NOT TAKING ANY OF THAT

INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN

THESE DECISIONS WERE MADE?

Gordon: THE OLD ADAGE

THAT YOU CAN BECOME SO

OPEN-MINDED YOUR BRAIN

FALLS OUT.

HAVE WE GOTTEN TO THAT

LEVEL.

Terry: YES.

Gordon: WE'RE SO

SENSITIVE ABOUT THE

FEELINGS AND NOT REALIZING

WELL, SOMEONE CAN TAKE

ADVANTAGE OF IT.

AND YOU CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE

OF TARGETS AND POLICY, AND

WE'VE SEEN SEVERAL

INCIDENTS OF PREDATORS

TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE

POLICY.

IT'S LIKE WE'RE BLIND TO

THAT BECAUSE WE WANT TO BE

SO OPEN.

Terry: IT'S LIKE WE

DON'T WANT TO HEAR WHAT IS

BEING SAID.

Gordon: AND IN

TODAY'S

POLITICALLY-CORRECT WORLD,

ALL OF THOSE VOICES -- I

CONSIDER THEM VOICES OF

REASON SAYING, UH-UH,

YOU'RE GOING TO CREATE AN

UNBELIEVABLE PROBLEM HERE.

THOSE VOICES OF REASON ARE

SHOUTED OUT.

> ENCOURAGING

TRANSGENDERS IS A TREND,

NOT JUST IN OUR CULTURE,

BUT ALSO IN MEDICINE.

IN 2007, BOSTON CHILDREN'S

HOSPITAL BECAME THE FIRST

MAJOR PROGRAM IN THE

UNITED STATES TO FOCUS ON

TRANSGENDER CHILDREN AND

ADOLESCENTS.

SINCE THEN, PEDIATRIC

GENDER CLINICS ARE ON THE

RISE.

Terry: GENDER CLINICS

ARE TELLING PARENTS THAT

CROSS-SEX HORMONES MAY BE

THE ONLY WAY TO PREVENT

TEEN SUICIDE.

AND THEY RECOMMEND

PUBERTY-BLOCKING DRUGS FOR

CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS NINE

YEARS OLD.

A RECENT STUDY SUGGESTS

OVEOVERWHELMING EVIDENCE

AGAINST HORMONE TAMPERING

DRUGS.

AND 80% TO 95% OF CHILDREN

WITH GENDER DISPHORIA WILL

COME TO IDENTIFY WITH

THEIR ORIGINAL SEX.

THOSE WHO HAVE HAD

TRANSITION SURGERY ARE 19

TIMES MORE LIKELY TO

COMMIT SUICIDE.

Gordon: AND THAT'S, I

THINK, THE UNTOLD STORY IN

OUR PURSUIT OF TRYING TO

BE NOT JUST TOLERANT BUT

ENCOURAGING TRANSGENDER

IDENTITY.

WE'RE ACTUALLY ENCOURAGING

A CONFUSION.

AND THIS IS PART OF THE

STORY.

EVEN THOSE WHO SAY I KNOW

WHAT I AM, I KNOW I'M OF

THE OTHER SEX, AND I'M

GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS

AND THEY GO THROUGH THE

SURGERY -- AT THE END OF

THAT, IT IS NOT ANY BETTER

FOR THEM.

IF ANYTHING, IT IS

ACTUALLY WORSE.

AND THEN THEY HAVE TO COME

TO GRIPS WITH THE SOLUTION

I THOUGHT WAS GOING TO

HELP ME ACTUALLY DIDN'T

AND HAS ACTUALLY MADE MY

LIFE WORSE.

Terry: THE EMPTINESS

OF THAT WOULD BE VERY,

VERY DIFFICULT.

> IMAGINE GROWING UP

DISABLED AND ALL OF YOUR

FRIENDS AND FAMILY ENJOY

THE SIMPLEST THINGS, LIKE

WALKING OR EVEN BRUSHING

THEIR OWN TEETH.

JUST LAST WEEK, A WATER

PARK IN SAN ANTONIO,

CALLED "MORGAN'S

INSPIRATION ISLAND"

OPENED, GIVING PEOPLE WITH

DISABILITIES AN

OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME

SUMMER FUN.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.

*

Gordon: GOOD FOR

THEM.

THAT'S A WONDERFUL THING.

WHAT A WONDERFUL IDEA, AND

CONGRATULATIONS.

Terry: BOY, I

GUESS -- TALK ABOUT USING

SOMETHING THAT WAS A

CHALLENGE IN YOUR OWN LIFE

TO BLESS MANY, AND THIS

DOES IT.

TERRIFIC.

Gordon: UP NEXT, HER

CAREER IS HER PASSION.

AND WHEN SEVERE KNEE PAIN

THREATENED TO TAKE IT ALL

AWAY, SHE WENT TO THE ONLY

PLACE SHE KNEW WOULD BRING

HEALING.

DON'T MISS HER MIRACULOUS

RECOVERY WHEN WE RETURN.

Terry: THE BIBLE SAYS

THAT KING DAVID DANCED

BEFORE THE LORD WITH ALL

HIS HEART.

FOR 30 YEARS TERESA

GARDENER HAS LOVED

WORSHIPPING GOD THROUGH

DANCE, AND IS THE DIRECTOR

OF A WORSHIP DANCE

MINISTRY.

BUT RECENTLY SHE WORRIED

HER DANCING DAYS MIGHT

SOON BE GONE.

I REMEMBER GETTING

SPANKED BECAUSE I DID NOT

WANT TO GO TO THE BALLET

CLASS.

[LAUGHTER]

AND LATER IN HIGH

SCHOOL, I WANTED TO LEARN

TO DANCE, AND SO I TOOK A

MODERN CLASS DANCE. I WAS

SO BAD I DROPPED OUT.

Reporter: TERESA

GARDENER ADMITS THAT SHE

WAS LESS GRACEFUL AS A

CHILD, BUT SHE HAS MORE

THAN MADE UP FOR ANY

DEFICITS IN THE DANCE

DEPARTMENT.

SHE IS NOW THE DIRECTOR OF

A WORLDWIDE WORSHIP DANCE

MINISTRY.

ONE SUNDAY AT THEED END

OTHE ENDOF THE SERVICE, DANCE JUST

BIRTHED FORTH.

FROM THAT POINT ON, DANCE

JUST BECAME A NATURAL

EXPRESSION OF MY LOVE AND

WORSHIP TO THE LORD.

Reporter: FOR 30

YEARS, TERESA'S LOVE TO

WORSHIP GOD THROUGH DANCE

HASN'T WANED.

WHAT HAS DIMINISHED IS HER

PHYSICAL ABILITY TO DO IT.

A FEW MONTHS AGO, SHE

NOTICED SOME TROUBLING

SYMPTOMS.

I HAD NOTICED THAT, YOU

KNOW, I WASN'T ABLE TO DO

THINGS AS EASILY AS I HAD

BEEN BEFORE, LIKE KNEELING

BEFORE THE LORD.

I JUST NOTICED THAT IT WAS

A LOT HARDER FOR ME TO GET

UP.

SOMETHING WASN'T

CONNECTING LIKE IT WAS

SUPPOSED TO CONNECT.

Reporter: WHEN HER

SYMPTOMS WORSENED, TERESA

BECAME CONCERNED.

AND WHEN I WOULD GO TO

KNEEL, IT WOULD BE

EXCRUCIATINGLY PAINFUL.

AND THAT'S THE THING I

REALLY DIDN'T LIKE.

LORD, ARE MAY KNEELING

DAYS OVER.

I DO NOT WANT TO NOT BE

ABLE TO KNEEL BEFORE YOU

BECAUSE IT IS A PERSONAL

SIGN OF SURRENDER.

Reporter: TERESA SAID

SHE SLOWLY BECAME RESIGNED

TO HER PHYSICAL

LIMITATIONS.

I JUST THOUGHT I WAS

GETTING OLDER.

Reporter: THEN ONE

MORNING TERESA TURNED ON

THE TELEVISION.

I WAS WATCHING "THE 700

CLUB."

GORDON SAID...

Gordon: SOMEONE ELSE

HAS PROBLEMS WITH THE

LIGAMENTS IN YOUR RIGHT

KNEE.

THEY'VE BEEN STRETCHED,

AND ONE HAS BEEN TORN.

AND YOU'RE IN SEVERE PAIN.

GOD IS HEALING THAT.

HE IS ABLE TO RESTORE.

HE IS ABLE TO COMPLETELY

HEAL.

IN JESUS' NAME, DO WHAT

YOU COULDN'T DO BEFORE.

BEGIN TO MOVE THAT KNEE --

I WAS PRAYING ALREADY,

BUT WHEN HE SAID RIGHT

KNEE, I THOUGHT, COULD

THAT BE ME?

WHEN HE SAID THAT ABOUT

THE TORN LIGAMENT, I HAD

NO IDEA I HAD A TORN

LIGAMENT.

ISN'T GOD GOOD?

SO I GET UP AND I STAND

UP, AND I'M, LIKE, OKAY,

THIS FEELS PRETTY GOOD.

THIS IS DIFFERENT.

BUT I THOUGHT, THE REAL

TEST IS GOING TO BE WHEN I

GO TO KNEEL DOWN AND SEE

WHAT HAPPENS.

AND WHEN I KNELT, THERE

WAS NO PAIN.

I WAS ECSTATIC.

I WAS JUST SO THANKFUL.

I GOT UP AND I KNELT DOWN

AGAIN, JUST WANTING TO

MAKE SURE.

I WAS SO EXCITED.

I GIVE THE GLORY TO THE

LORD.

Reporter: TODAY

TERESA IS STILL PAIN-FREE,

AND SHE IS ABLE TO TEACH

SIX WORSHIP DANCE CLASSES

A WEEK.

HE CARES ABOUT THE

LITTLE THINGS.

YES, I'M GETTING OLDER

AND, YES, I'M SLOWER.

I UNDERSTAND THAT.

BUT HE DIDN'T LEAVE ME IN

THE CONDITION THAT I WAS

IN.

WHEREAS WAS WILLING TO

SETTLE, HE WAS, LIKE, NO,

I WANT YOU TO BE HEALED.

Terry: AND GOD WANTS

YOU TO BE HEALED.

I LOVE WHEN SOMEONE SHARES

A TESTIMONY WHERE THEY ARE

JUST SURPRISED WITH JOY BY

THE FACT THAT GOD'S WORD

AND HIS POWER EXTENDED TO

THEM, AND THEY RECEIVED IT

AND KNEW THAT GOD HAD

TOUCHED THEM.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR

NEED IS TODAY.

BUT I KNOW THERE ARE MANY

OF YOU WHO ARE WATCHING

WITH VERY SPECIFIC NEEDS.

MAYBE THEY'RE NOT

PHYSICAL.

MAYBE YOU HAVE AN

ADDICTION OF SOME KIND.

MAYBE YOU HAVE A

RELATIONSHIP PROBLEM OR A

FINANCIAL PROBLEM.

GOD IS VERY BIG.

HE GETS US.

HE IS WITH US.

HE SEES US, AND HE

UNDERSTANDS, AND HE

INVITES US TO COME TO HIM

AND TO ASK HIM TO TOUCH

OUR SPECIFIC NEEDS.

WE WANT TO PRAY FOR YOU

RIGHT NOW.

WE WANT TO ASK THE GOD WHO

CREATED THE UNIVERSE TO

INTERVENE IN YOUR

CIRCUMSTANCES AND IN YOUR

NEED AND TO DO SOMETHING

MIRACULOUS FOR YOU.

SO LET'S PRAY.

Gordon: LORD, WE LIFT

THE NEEDS TO YOU RIGHT

NOW.

Terry: THANK YOU,

JESUS.

Gordon: AND PEOPLE

ARE REACHING OUT IN FAITH,

BELIEVING IN YOU, WE JUST

COME INTO AGREEMENT WITH

THEM.

AND WE SAY TO THEM, BE

HEALED NOW IN JESUS' NAME.

AND, GOD, MAY YOUR

PRESENCE JUST BE ALL

AROUND THEM AND IN THEM.

LET THEM KNOW RIGHT NOW

THAT THEIR PRAYER HAS BEEN

HEARD AND HAS BEEN

ANSWERED TODAY.

THERE IS SOMEONE, YOU'RE

SUFFERING IN YOUR THROAT,

AND IT FEELS LIKE YOU JUST

CAN'T CLEAR YOUR THROAT

EVER.

AND WHEN YOU DO COUGH,

WHEN YOU DO TRY TO CLEAR

IT, NOTHING COMES UP.

IT'S JUST NOT PRODUCTIVE.

AND THERE IS SCARRING ON

THE ESOPHAGUS IN YOUR

THROAT.

AND I BELIEVE IT'S RELATED

TO SOME KIND OF MEDICAL

TREATMENT THAT YOU HAD.

BUT GOD KNOWS WHAT IT IS.

YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS.

YOU KNOW I'M TALKING

DIRECTLY TO YOU.

GOD IS ABLE TO HEAL THAT

TISSUE AND RESTORE IT TO

WHAT IT SHOULD BE.

AND IN JESUS' NAME, BE

HEALED.

AND THAT UNDERLYING

CONDITION, WHATEVER IT WAS

THAT YOU WERE GETTING

TREATMENT FOR, FROM THE

TOP OF YOUR HEAD TO THE

SOLES OF YOUR FEET, BE

CLEANSED AND BE MADE WHOLE

NOW IN JESUS' MIGH MIGHTY NAME.

Terry: THERE IS

SOMEONE ELSE, YOU'VE BEEN

DIAGNOSED WITH SOME KIND

OF A CONDITION, AND I HAVE

NO IDEA WHAT THE NAME OR

THE CAUSE IS, BUT IT HAS

TO DO WITH THE LINING

AROUND THE INSIDE OF YOUR

BRAIN CAVITY.

AND THE CONSEQUENCES FOR

THAT LONG-RANGE ARE VERY

SERIOUS.

AND YOU'RE SAYING, COULD

GOD HEAL THIS FOR ME?

IT IS SUCH A BIG,

IMPOSSIBLE DEAL.

YOU ARE HEALED NOW BY THE

MERCY AND THE GRACE AND

THE COMPASSION AND LOVE OF

JESUS CHRIST.

JUST RECEIVE THAT.

Gordon: THERE IS

SOMEONE, YOU'VE HAD

MULTIPLE POINTS ON YOUR

SPINE WHERE YOU'RE

EXPERIENCING BONE SPURS

THAT ARE GROWING INTO

NERVES.

AND IT IS INCREDIBLY

PAINFUL FOR YOU.

YOU'RE FACING SURGERY.

YOU'RE FACING AN UNCERTAIN

FUTURE.

AND GOD IS ABLE.

SO RIGHT NOW, IN THE NAME

OF JESUS, BE HEALED.

AND THOSE BONE SPURS

DISAPPEAR AND GO AWAY AND

NEVER COME BACK.

AND WHATEVER CONDITION IS

CAUSING CALCIUM TO BUILD

UP INTO THESE SPURS BE

GONE FROM YOU NOW IN

JESUS' NAME.

Terry: AND THOSE OF

YOU WHO ARE EXPERIENCING

BONE SPURS IN YOUR FEET AS

WELL, THAT HAVE JUST BEEN

SO PAINFUL, JUST RECEIVE

HEALING TODAY IN JESUS'

NAME.

Gordon: LORD, WE

THANK YOU.

WE THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT

YOU HAVE DONE FOR US.

YOUR AMAZING GRACE, YOUR

MERCY, YOUR KINDNESS

TOWARDS US, WE THANK YOU

FOR IT IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

AND AMEN.

IF YOU'VE BEEN TOUCHED BY

GOD AND HAVE BEEN HEALED,

WE WANT TO SHARE IN YOUR

GOOD REPORT.

SO GIVE US A CALL:

1-800-700-7000.

AND IF YOU NEED PRAYER, WE

BELIEVE IN PREVAILING

PRAYER.

MAN SHOULD ALWAYS PRAY AND

NOT GIVE UP.

THAT'S WHAT JESUS SAID.

SO LET'S CONTINUE IN

PRAYER UNTIL YOU GET THE

ANSWER.

SO WE'RE HERE FOR YOU 24

HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A

WEEK.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO O IS

PICIS PICKUP THE PHONE AND CALL.

1-800-700-7000.

TERRY?

Terry: UP NEXT, NO

MATTER HOW MUCH HE GOT

INTO TROUBLE, HIS MOTHER

KEPT PRAYING.

EVERY TIME I WOULD GET

BROUGHT BACK BY THE

POLICE, I WOULD SIT IN MY

ROOM AND I WOULD HEAR MY

MOM PRAYING.

AND I WOULD BE, LIKE, MOM,

SHUT UP, I DON'T WANT TO

HEAR THAT.

Terry: YOU'LL HAVE TO

STAY TUNED TO SEE IF SHE

FINALLY BROKE THROUGH.

Gordon: CHAD

LINDSTROM WAS A CRIMINAL,

AN ADDICT, AND ON THE RUN

FROM POLICE.

BUT JED WAS ALSO DONNA'S

SON, AND NO MATTER HOW

BLEAK IT LOOKED FOR HER

PRODIGAL CHILD, DONNA

REFUSED TO STOP PRAYING

FOR HIM.

I REMEMBER AS A YOUNG

KID, LIKE, SHARING MY

PASSION AND MY DREAMS.

AND GETTING ALMOST LIKE A

BLANK STARE, LIKE, DO YOU

REALLY THINK YOU COULD DO

THAT?

Reporter: JED'S DAD

NEVER TOLD HIM THE WORDS

HE NEEDED TO HEAR, THAT HE

BELIEVED IN HIM AND LOVED

HIM FOR WHO HE WAS.

MY DAD WAS VERY

VERBALLY ABUSIVE AND

BORDER LINE PHYSICALLY

ABUSIVE AS WELL.

Reporter: JED'S

PARENTS DIVORCED WHEN HE

WAS NINE, AND HE WENT TO

LIVE WITH HIS MOTHER,

DONNA.

IT WAS ALREADY HARD ON

JED, BUT MADE WORSE WHEN

HIS FATHER DISAPPEARED

FROM HIS LIFE.

I SAW A LITTLE BOY THAT

WAS DEVASTATED, IN TEARS,

CRYING, AND, OF COURSE,

I'M THERE HOLDING HIM,

CRYING RIGHT ALONG WITH

HIM.

I WAS PRAYING CONSTANTLY.

LIKE, LORD, HELP US.

LORD, HELP US.

JUST SCREAMING OUT FOR HIS

GUIDANCE.

Reporter: HURT AND

ANGRY, JED HAD ALREADY

MADE THIS DECISION.

I'M NOT GOING TO LET

ANYBODY LOVE ME.

I'M NOT GOING TO LET

ANYBODY TAKE CARE OF ME.

I GOT THIS.

Reporter: JED STARTED

LASHING OUT AT HIS MOM,

AND REBELLING AGAINST

ANYONE IN AUTHORITY.

AS A TEENAGER, HE WAS

DRAWN TO THE KIDS WHO USED

DRUGS AND LIVED BY THEIR

OWN RULES.

I JUST WANTED ANYTHING

WHERE I COULD THRIVE AS A

PERSON.

THAT KIND OF GAVE ME THE

PLACE WHERE I COULD FIT IN

WHILE I'VE GOT ALL OF

THESE GUYS AND GIRLS

AROUND AND WE CAN HANG OUT

AND PARTY.

WE CAN DO WHATEVER WE

WANT.

Reporter: BY THE TIME

HE WAS 18,JE 18,JED WAS CAUGHT

IN A WORLD OF ADDICTION

AND THEFT AND DRUG DEALS.

ONE OF OUR SLOGANS WAS,

I'M DOWN FOR WHATEVER AND

I'LL DIE DOING IT.

I'M CONSTANTLY KNOWING

THAT WHAT I'M DOING IS

WRONG, BUT IT REALLY

DOESN'T MATTER.

Reporter: OVER THE

YEARS, HE BOUNCED BETWEEN

CRACK HOUSES, JAIL, AND

REHAB.

HIS MOM OFTEN DROVE

THROUGH THE STREETS,

LOOKING FOR HER SON, AT

TIMES PULLING HIM OUT OF

THE CRACK HOUSES WHERE SHE

FOUND HIM.

AND SHE PRAYED.

I WAS PRAYING

CONSTANTLY.

I WAS WAILING -- WAILING

AND CRYING.

AND CALLING OUT TO THE

LORD TO SAVE MY CHILD, A

CHILD THAT I NEVER, EVER

THOUGHT WOULD HAVE GONE

DOWN THIS ROAD.

Reporter: BUT JED

COULDN'T SEE PAST HIS

ANGER.

EVERY TIME I WOULD GET

BROUGHT BACK HOME BY THE

POLICE, I WOULD SIT IN MY

ROOM, AND MY MOM WOULD

PRAY.

I REMEMBER HEARING IT AND

SAYING, MOM, SHUT UP.

MOM, BE QUIET.

I DON'T WANT TO HEAR THAT.

I DON'T WANT TO HEAR THAT.

Reporter: AS DRUG

ADDICTION TOOK COMPLETE

CONTROL OVER HIS LIFE, JED

DECIDED HE HAD NOTHING TO

LIVE FOR.

SOONER OR LATER I KNEW

IT WAS GOING TO END.

I WAS EITHER GOING TO GET

CLEAN OR I WAS GOING TO

DIE THAT WAY.

BUT I WAS ENJOYING THE

HIGH.

I WAS ENJOYING THE ESCAPE.

IF I DIED, I FIGURED I WAS

BURIED AND LIFE WAS DONE.

SO I FIGURED, I MIGHT AS

WELL PARTY IT UP.

I MIGHT AS WELL LIVE THE

WAY I WANT TO LIVE.

Reporter: THERE WERE

TIMES EVEN HIS MOM LOST

HOPE.

AND ONE TIME I JUST

LAID IN BED, AND I SAID,

IS THIS GOING TO BE THE

CALL WHERE HE DIDN'T MAKE

IT THIS TIME?

AND I WOULD BE PLANNING

HIS FUNERAL.

THAT'S PRETTY SCARY AS A

PARENT.

Reporter: BUT THAT

DIDN'T KEEP HER FROM

PRAYING AND TRYING TO

REACH HER SON.

MOM WOULD PICK ME UP

AND SHE WOULD SAY, I DON'T

WANT TO SEE YOU DIE THIS

WAY.

FINALLY, I THINK IT ALL

JUST KIND OF CAME IN ON

ME, LIKE, MAYBE LIVING IS

WORTH IT.

MAYBE LIVING LIFE IS WORTH

IT.

Reporter: AT 24 YEARS

OLD O, JED WAS HOMELESS AND

HAD A WARRANT OUT FOR HIS

ARREST.

SOME FRIENDS GAVE HIM A

PLACE TO STAY, AND ONE

SUNDAY THEY TOOK HIM TO

CHURCH.

THEY DID A CALL FOR

COMMUNION.

AND I JUST HEARD A VOICE

SAY, GO UP THERE.

GO UP THERE.

AND I REMEMBER WALKING UP

THERE, AND THAT WAS ONE OF

THE FIRST TIMES I REALLY

COULD FEEL THE PRESENCE OF

GOD.

THE NEXT MORNING, I CALLED

MY MOM, AND I SAID, I'M

DONE LIVING LIKE THIS.

Reporter: HIS MOM

PICKED HIM UP AND TOOK HIM

TO THE COUNTY JAIL WHERE

HE TURNED HIMSELF IN.

IN HIS CELL, HE FOUND A

BIBLE.

SO I WENT TO THE BIBLE

RIGHT AWAY.

I LITERALLY OPENED UP THE

BIBLE AND I GOT ON MY

KNEES AND I JUST BEGAN TO,

LIKE, WEEP.

I REMEMBER LOOKING IN THE

MIRRORS, AND I WAS LOOKING

AT MY EYES.

I'M, LIKE, I'VE GOT TO

CHANGE.

I JUST SAID, GOD, MY LIFE

IS YOURS.

IT WAS LIKE THE HATRED WAS

GONE, THE ANGER WAS GONE.

I FELT LIKE THE WEIGHT OF

ALL OF THAT JUNK WAS OFF

OF ME.

GOD RADICALLY BEGAN TO

CHANGE MY HEART.

Reporter: JED WAS

CONVICTED OF FOUR FELONIES

AND FACED A MANDATORY

THREE-YEAR SENTENCE.

DONNA PRAYED THAT INSTEAD

OF GIVING HIM JAIL TIME,

THE JUDGE WOULD SHOW MERCY

AND SENT HIM TO REHAB.

WE WERE IN THE

COURTROOM, AND I WAS JUST

INTERCEDING, PRAYING,

PRAYING, PRAYING.

AND FINALLY THE JUDGE

SAID, I DON'T EVEN KNOW

WHY I'M SAYING THIS, BUT

JED WILL GO TO TEEN

CHALLENGE.

AND I WAS, LIKE, WHOA!

I WANTED TO JUST GET UP

AND SHOUT AND SCREAM.

THAT WAS LIKE A

COMPLETE MIRACLE.

>I FELT

LIKE I HAD ANOTHER CHANCE.

Reporter: JED

COMPLETED THE PROGRAM AND

GOT OVER HIS ADDICTIONS.

AND AFTER FINISHING BIBLE

COLLEGE, HE WENT ON TO

LEAD AN INTERNATIONAL

MISSIONS.

AND NOW WITH HIS WIFE AND

SIX CHILDREN, HE HAS

EVERYTHING TO LIVE FOR.

GOD HAS RADICALLY

RESTORED MY LIFE, GIVEN ME

A FAMILY, GIVEN ME

BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN.

LIKE THE WORD SAYS, HE

GAVE ME A HOPE AND A

FUTURE, SOMETHING TO LOOK

FORWARD TO.

DON'T WORRY ABOUT YOUR

SON OR DAUGHTER HAS TO DO

THIS, THIS, THIS, AND

THIS.

PRAY AND LET GO OF IT.

PRAY AND LET GO OF IT.

JUST WATCH HOW GOD

UNFOLDS.

Gordon: WELL, IF

YOU'RE LIKE JED, YOU CAN

HAVE A HOPE AND A FUTURE.

IF YOU'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF

ADDICTION, THINKING THAT

YOU CAN HAVE A FAMILY,

HAVE THAT, MAY SEEM FAR

OFF TO YOU.

BUT WITH GOD, ALL THINGS

ARE POSSIBLE.

AND IF YOU'RE THE PARENT

OR THE GRANDPARENT OF A

PRODIGAL, LET THAT STORY

ENCOURAGE YOU.

PRAY AND FAINT NOT.

THAT'S THE WORDS OF JESUS.

PEOPLE SHOULD PRAY AND

FAINT NOT.

DON'T LOOK AT THE

CIRCUMSTANCES.

DON'T LOOK AT HOW BAD IT

IS.

DON'T LOOK AT, WELL, THEY

HAVE TO DO THIS, THIS, AND

THIS IN ORDER TO GET

RIGHT.

DON'T LOOK AT ANY OF THAT.

LOOK TO JESUS.

HE IS THE ANSWER.

AND WHEN HE SHOWS UP, ALL

THINGS ARE GOING TO CHANGE

AND BE HOLD, ALL THINGS

CAN BE MADE NEW.

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO

THE APOSTLE PAUL.

HERE IS SAUL WREAKING

HAVOC IN THE CHURCH.

JESUS SHOWS UP, AND SAUL

CHANGES, AND BECOMES ONE

OF THE GREAT EVANGELISTS.

THAT CAN HAPPEN.

SO PRAY.

IF YOU NEED HELP WITH THIS

PRAYER, IT WOULD BE OUR

PRIVILEGE TO PRAY WITH

YOU.

IF YOU WANT TO PRAY FOR

YOUR CHILDREN, GIVE US A

CALL: 1-800-700-7000.

> HERE IS A WORD FOR

YOU: "THIS IS THE

CONFIDENCE WE HAVE IN

APPROACHING GOD, THAT IF

WE ASK ANYTHING ACCORDING

TO HIS WILL, HE HEARS US."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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