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700 Club Interactive - July 6, 2017

Join us as we discuss with Mark Batterson how to disciple men to know why God made them for the virtues of tough love, will power, clear vision and moral courage. Read Transcript


Andrew: WE LIVE IN A

Andrew: WE LIVE IN A

CULTURE THAT MANY WAYS HAS

REDEFINED MANHOOD,

DEVALUED MANHOOD.

Gordon: PASTOR MARK

BATTERSON ISSUES A

CHALLENGE TO MEN.

WE SETTLE FOR SOMETHING

FAR LESS THAN GOD

ORIGINALLY INTENDED.

Gordon: AND HE

DECLARES HIS MANTRA FOR

MANHOOD.

PLUS A ROUTINE CHECKUP

WITH AN UNEXPECTED

DIAGNOSIS.

IT WAS SO TRAUMATIC AND

DEVASTATING.

Gordon: AND A MOM

DETERMINED TO SAVE HER

BABY.

I NEED A MIRACLE.

Gordon: THAT'S ALL ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

WELL, GOOD MORNING, AND

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY,

IT SEEMS THAT OUR CULTURE

HAS LOST ITS DEFINITION OF

MANHOOD.

LEAVING GENERATIONS OF MEN

AND BOYS CONFUSED ABOUT

THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES AND

THEIR ROLES.

Terry: PASTOR AND

AUTHOR MARK BATTERSON IS

THE FIRST TO ADMIT HE

LACKS SOME CRITICAL MAN

SKILLS, WHEN HE HAS HAD TO

ROUGH IT IN THE OUTDOORS,

HE BRINGS ALONG AN AIR

MATTRESS -- WHAT'S WRONG

WITH THAT -- AND HE SAYS

HE GETS REALLY CONFUSED IF

HE HAS TO PUT ANYTHING

TOGETHER THAT HAS MORE TWO

STEPS.

BUT MARK SAYS MANHOOD IS

MORE THAN JUST SKILLS AND

ABILITIES.

IT IS A ROLE THAT NEEDS TO

BE PLAYED BY ALL MEN.

Andrew: NEW YORK CITY

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR AND

PASTOR MARK BATTERSON SAYS

MEN AND BOYS ARE CONFUSED

ABOUT THEIR ROLES,

RESPONSIBILITIES, AND

RELATIONSHIPS.

AND THE VERY REASON GOD

MADE THEM MEN.

WE LIVE IN A CULTURE

THAT IN MANY WAYS HAVE

REDEFINED MANHOOD,

DEVALUED MANHOOD, AND SO

WE SETTLE FOR SOMETHING

FAR LESS THAN GOD

ORIGINALLY INTENDED.

Andrew: MARK'S LATEST

BOOK "PLAY THE MAN," TELLS

GUYS HOW THEY CAN BECOME

THE MAN GOD INTENDED THEM

TO BE, SO THEY CAN TEACH

THE NEXT GENERATION ABOUT

LIFE AND LOVE.

Gordon: PASTOR AND

AUTHOR MARK BATTERSON IS

WITH US HERE NOW.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

THANKS, GORDON.

Gordon: WHAT ARE SOME

OF THE MISCONCEPTIONS OUR

CULTURE HAS ABOUT MANHOOD?

WHAT ARE THEY?

WELL, I THINK GENDER IN

GENERAL IS A TOUGHER TOPIC

THESE DAYS.

Gordon: YES, IT IS.

THAN IT HAS BEEN IN THE

PAST.

BUT THE REALITY IS GOD

CREATED US MALE AND

FEMALE.

IT IS NOT JUST A GOOD

IDEA, IT'S A GOD IDEA.

AND I THINK IT IS

SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD

CELEBRATE.

BUT WE'VE GOT TO DEFINE

WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE, WHAT

THAT MEANS.

I GUESS THE SHORT ANSWER

IS JESUS.

THAT'S WHAT MANHOOD LOOKS

LIKE.

AND MY GOAL WITH THE BOOK

WAS TO GIVE A TARGET FOR

GUYS TO SHOOT AT.

AND SO TALK ABOUT SEVEN

VIRTUES OF MANHOOD.

AND HOPEFULLY IT GIVES

THEM THE BEGINNING OF AN

UNDERSTANDING OF HOW A MAN

BECOMES A MAN OF GOD.

Gordon: YOU TALK

ABOUT ONE, AND THERE NEEDS

TO BE CHILD-LIKE WONDER.

YES.

Gordon: A FOOTBALL

PLAYER, IS THAT SOMEBODY

FROM THE WESTERN AREA, AND

ROUGH AND TOUGH AND ALL OF

THAT -- BUT YOU SAY, NO,

WE NEED TO HAVE CHILD-LIKE

WONDER.

WHY?

YEAH.

GUYS WHO GET THE TRUE

GRIT, THE WILLPOWER, THE

TOUGH LOVE, SOME OF THE

OTHER VIRTUES, BUT THIS

CHILD-LIKE WONDER -- I

BEGIN THE CHAPTER ABOUT

TEDDY ROOSEVELT, WHO

PLAYED HIDE AND GO SEEK IN

THE WHITE HOUSE WITH HIS

KIDS.

HE HAD THIS CHILD-LIKE

NATURE TO HIM I'VE ALWAYS

ADMIRED.

THE BIBLE TELLS US WE HAVE

TO GROW OUT OF CHILDNESS,

SO WE NEED BOYS TO BECOME

MEN, BUT THAT

CHILD-LIKENESS -- JESUS

PUT A CHILD IN THE MIDDLE

OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, AND

SAID UNLESS YOU BECOME

LIKE THIS CHILD, YOU CAN'T

GET IN.

I TALK ABOUT THAT IN THE

BOOK.

THE BEAUTIFUL THING ABOUT

BEING A FATHER IS YOU CAN

LEARN SO MUCH FROM YOUR

CHILDREN.

I THINK PART OF THAT IS

LEARNING, AGAIN, WHAT IT

MEANS TO HAVE A HOLY

CURIOSITY OR JUST TO

WONDER ABOUT LIFE.

I THINK MEN WILL

APPRECIATE THAT VIRTUE,

AND I REALLY WANT TO HELP

MEN RECAPTURE THAT

CHILD-LIKE WONDER.

Gordon: FOR ME, AS A

FATHER, I STARTED TO

UNDERSTAND GOD MORE BY

JUST BEING A FATHER.

AND UNDERSTANDING THE

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

AND PLEASE BRING TO ME ALL

YOUR PROBLEMS.

DON'T HOLD BACK.

I'M HERE FOR YOU.

I'M HERE TO GUIDE YOU.

I'M HERE TO CARE FOR YOU.

AND WHEN YOUR CHILDREN ARE

AWAY, YOU JUST LONG FOR

THEM TO BE BACK.

YOU JUST WANT TO BE AROUND

THEM.

YOU WANT TO BE DAD.

AND IT REALLY UNDERSCORED

FOR ME THE GREAT LOVE

LETTER THAT GOD HAS GIVEN

TO US.

WHILE WE WERE SINNERS, HE

DIED FOR US.

THAT'S SO TRUE.

Gordon: JUST THE

TITLE OF THE BOOK, "PLAY

THE MAN," WHAT DO YOU MEAN

BY THAT?

YOU KNOW, THERE IS A

WONDERFUL TRUE STORY ABOUT

POLLY CARP, WHO WAS THE

BISHOP OF SMYRNA.

HE IS 86 YEARS OLD, AND HE

IS TOLD TO RECANT HIS

FAITH.

BROUGHT INTO THE

COLLISIUM, AND RIGHT

BEFORE BEING MARTYRED FOR

HIS FAITH, HE HEARS A

VOICE FROM HEAVEN THAT

SAYS, BE STRONG, POLLY

CARP, PLAY THE MAN.

AND SO I TAKE THAT STORY

AND, OF COURSE, THE

COURAGE THAT HE SHOWED,

SOMEONE WHO WAS WILLING TO

DIE FOR HIS FAITH -- THE

QUESTION IS: ARE WE

WILLING TO LIVE FOR OUR

FAITH?

AND SO I TELL THAT STORY

AND KIND OF BUILD OFF OF

THAT STORY AND TALK ABOUT

WHAT I BELIEVE IT MEANS TO

PLAY THE MAN.

Gordon: AND IN INDIA,

THERE IS A PROVERB, IT IS

EASIER TO DIE FOR CHRIST

THAN IT IS TO LIVE FOR

HIM.

IN THE LIVING FOR HIM

COMES THE DYING DAILY.

AND IT IS NO LONGER YOUR

LIFE, BUT YOU LIVE FOR

HIM, THE ONE WHO BOUGHT

AND REDEEMED YOU.

AND THAT'S A DAILY THING.

HAVE YOU TO WALK THAT OUT

EVERY SINGLE DAY.

I KNOW IN MY LIFE THAT

SOMETIMES IS VERY HARD.

TODAY, CAN I GET SOME ME

TIME.

CAN I GET BACK IN CHARGE

TODAY?

AND, NO.

IF WE'RE GOING TO BE TRUE

DISCIPLES, IF WE'RE GOING

TO BE, AS YOU SAID, TO BE

JUST LIKE JESUS, HE ALWAYS

WAS ABOUT THE FATHER'S

BUSINESS.

YES.

Gordon: AND WHAT A

GREAT EXAMPLE FOR US.

> WHAT WOULD YOU TELL

SINGLE MOMS?

BECAUSE I THINK IN THE

CULTURE TODAY, THERE

AREN'T FATHERS IN THE

HOUSE.

AND WE HAVE A CULTURE THAT

EMPHASIZES BABY DADDY

VERSUS FATHER.

YES.

Gordon: WHAT'S A

SINGLE MOM TO DO?

I THINK THE GOOD NEWS

IS, GORDON, THERE IS A

HEAVENLY FATHER WHO I

BELIEVE COMPENSATES FOR MY

WEAKNESSES OR MY

DEFICIENCIES.

OR IF THERE IS NOT A

FATHER IN SOMEONE'S LIFE,

I BELIEVE THE HEAVENLY

FATHER WANTS TO STEP IN

AND SAY, THIS IS MY

BELOVED SON, THIS IS MY

BELOVED DAUGHTER, IN WHOM

I'M WELL-PLEASED, THE SAME

WORDS HE SPOKE OVER JESUS.

MY PRAYER IS TO HELP

FATHERS BECOME SPIRITUAL

FATHERS.

I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF

DADS WHO DON'T KNOW WHAT

TO DO.

AND PART OF IT -- I WAS IN

A ROOM WITH 500 GUYS A FEW

MONTHS AGO, AND I ASKED

THEM, HOW MANY OF YOU WERE

INTENTIONALLY DISCIPLED BY

YOUR DAD?

THREE HANDS WENT UP.

WE'VE GOT A PROBLEM.

AND THE LAST CHAPTER IN

THE LAST BOOK IN THE OLD

TESTAMENT IS ABOUT TURNING

THE HEARTS OF THE FATHER

TO THE CHILDREN, AND THE

CHILDREN TO THE FATHERS.

SO REALLY THE HEARTBEAT OF

THIS BOOK IS TO HELP DADS

BECOME SPIRITUAL FATHERS,

BUT THEN WE ALSO NEED MEN

TO STEP UP AND STEP IN AND

BE SPIRITUAL FATHERS TO

THOSE WHO AREN'T EVEN

THEIR BIOLOGICAL FATHERS.

SO THAT SINGLE MOM -- MY

HOPE AND PRAYER WOULD BE

THERE WOULD BE MEN WHO SEE

AN OPPORTUNITY TO STEP IN

AND HELP THAT BOY NOT JUST

BECOME A MAN, BUT A MAN OF

GOD.

Gordon: THERE IS A

WHOLE PART OF YOUR BOOK

ABOUT INTENTIONAL

DISCIPLESHIP.

AND I THINK THAT IS LOST.

WE'RE NOT INTENTIONAL IN

DISCIPLESHIP.

WE'RE NOT TRYING TO MAKE

DISCIPLES, EVEN THOUGH

THAT IS A COMMANDMENT FROM

JESUS, GO AND MAKE

DISCIPLES.

SO WE DON'T EVEN DO IT IN

OUR HOME, LET ALONE OUR

CHURCH.

WHAT IS THE ANSWER TO

THAT?

I LOVE PASTORS, AND I

LOVE YOUTH PASTORS.

BUT IT IS NOT THEIR JOB TO

DISCIPLE MY CHILDREN.

THAT'S MY JOB.

I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE TAG

TEAM, I THINK IT IS A TEAM

SPORT.

BUT I THINK THE FIRST

STEP, GORDON, IS TAKING

RESPONSIBILITY THAT GOD

HAS ENTRUSTED ME WITH

THESE CHILDREN.

I SHARE IN THE BOOK HOW AS

MY SONS APPROACH THEIR

12th BIRTHDAY -- I KNEW

TEENAGER YEARS WERE AROUND

THE CORNER, SO I DESIGNED

A YEAR OF DISCIPLESHIP,

AND WE DID A YEAR OF

PASSAGE AT THE END OF

THAT.

WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO GET

INTO ALL OF THE WONDERFUL

DETAILS, BUT I SHARE THAT

IN THE BOOK.

NOT AS SOMEONE SAYING,

HEY, I DID IT ALL RIGHT,

BECAUSE I MADE A LOT OF

MISTAKES, AND I SHARED

THOSE IN THE BOOK.

BUT ABOUT GIVING MEN A

TEMPLATE, A

STARTINGPOINT --

Gordon: HERE IS HOW

YOU CAN DO IT.

YUP.

Gordon: I

CONGRATULATE YOU FOR THAT.

I THINK IN OUR CULTURE

WE'RE LOSING A GENERATION

WE TRUSTED THE CHURCH TO

HANDLE DISCIPLESHIP.

AND WE NEED TO LEARN FROM

THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

THEY DO DISCIPLESHIP, AND

THEY DO IT IN THE HOME.

AND EVERY SATURDAY IS A

CELEBRATION AND EVERY

SATURDAY IS THE FATHER

BLESSING HIS CHILDREN WITH

THE BLESSING THAT GOD

WOULD WATCH OVER THEM AND

CAUSE HIS FACE TO SHINE

UPON THEM.

AND THEY LOVE THAT.

THEY CRAVE IT.

AND IT IS THE KEY FOR HOW

THEY HAVE STAYED SO STRONG

IN A HOSTILE CULTURE.

AND AS CHRISTIANS,

INCREASINGLY WE'RE IN A

HOSTILE CULTURE.

WE NEED TO LEARN HOW TO DO

THIS GENERATIONALLY, SO

THE GOSPEL DOESN'T STOP

WITH US AND IT GOES ON TO

THE NEXT GENERATION.

AMEN.

Gordon: THANK YOU FOR

THE BOOK.

THANK YOU.

Gordon: MARK

BATTERSON'S BOOK IS CALLED

"PLAY THE MAN: BECOMING

THE MAN GOD CREATED YOU TO

BE."

AND IT IS AVAILABLE IN

STORES NATIONWIDE.

MARK, THANKS AGAIN.

THANK YOU.

Terry: COMING UP, A

DAD WILLING TO DO ANYTHING

FOR HIS FAMILY.

I HELD A BOARD AND

BEGGED ON THE STREETS.

THEN SOMEONE TOLD ME I

COULD SELL MY KIDNEY.

I TRIED, BUT I WAS TURNED

AWAY.

Terry: SEE HOW

VIEWERS LIKE YOU HELPED

THIS MAN AND HIS FAMILY,

WHEN WE COME BACK.

Terry: WHEN YOU

BECOME A CBN PARTNER,

YOU'RE HELPING PEOPLE ALL

OVER THE WORLD.

LIKE THE JING FAMILY FROM

CHINA.

THEY BECAME DESPERATE WHEN

THEY FOUND OUT THEIR BABY

BOY NEEDED A LIFE-SAVING

SURGERY AND THEY HAD NO

WAY TO PAY FOR IT.

> THE JINGS WILL NEVER

FORGET THE DAY JINSALOVE

WAS BORN.

I FELT LIKE I WOULD

HANDLE ANYTHING BECAUSE I

HAD A SON.

Terry: BUT WHEN THEY

TOOK HIM FOR

IMMUNIZATIONS, DOCTORS

DISCOVERED HE HAD AN

IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT AND

SERIOUS HEART TROUBLE.

WHY?

I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT

HAPPENED.

WE WERE TOLD HE

WOULDN'T LIVE PAST 100

DAYS WITHOUT SURGERY.

IT MADE ME WANT TO DIE,

TOO.

MAYBE JUST JUMP OFF A

ROOF.

Terry: HIS LIPS

TURNED PURPLE AND HE

COULDN'T EAT.

BUT HIS CRYING WAS THE

BIGGEST THREAT.

WE WORRIED HE WOULD

STOP BREATHING WHEN HE

CRIED, SO I HELD HIM NIGHT

AND DAY FOR FOUR MONTHS.

Terry: HE MADE IT

PAST 100 DAYS, BUT GOT

WORSE.

MEANWHILE, THE ENTIRE

FAMILY SEARCHED FOR WAYS

TO HELP.

I SAVED ALL OF MY

POCKET MONEY AND GAVE

EVERY CENT TO MY MOM FOR

MY BROTHER'S SURGERY.

I HELD A BOARD AND

BEGGED ON THE STREETS.

THEN SOMEONE TOLD ME I

COULD SELL MY KIDNEY.

I TRIED BUT WAS TURNED

AWAY.

I HEARD IF I SOLD A

SMALL DOLL AND BROUGHT IT

TO SOMEONE ON HIS

BIRTHDAY, HE WOULD BE

HEALED.

I TRIED, BUT HE DIDN'T

HELP ME.

Terry: THEN MR. JING

SPOKE TO SPUN FROM CBN.

WE IMMEDIATELY PRAYED FOR

HIS SON.

THEN WE ORGANIZED AND PAID

FOR HIS HEART SURGERY.

MY BROTHER IS HEALED.

WE ARE ALL SO HAPPY.

IT IS SO NICE TO SEE

JINSALOVE SMILE.

HE IS GROWING AND HE CAN

WALK.

THE DOCTORS SAID IT IS IS

MIRACLE THAT HE RECOVERED

SO FAST.

Terry: BEFORE WE

LEFT, WE TOLD THE JINGS

ABOUT JESUS, THE ONE

RESPONSIBLE FOR THE

MIRACLE.

THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME

I EVER HEARD ABOUT

CHRISTIANITY.

NOW I BELIEVE.

BECAUSE OF WHAT

HAPPENED WITH MY SON, I

KNOW JESUS IS THE ONE TRUE

GOD.

I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL

JINSALOVE IS OLDER AND I

CAN TELL HIM HOW JESUS

SAVED HIS LIFE.

PRAISE THE LORD.

Terry: ISN'T IT

AMAZING TO KNOW THAT GOD

ALLOWS YOU AND I TO BE A

PART OF HIS MIRACLE

WORKING AROUND THE WORLD?

THAT'S TRULY WHAT IS

HAPPENING.

IN THIS INSTANCE, YOU GAVE

JINSALOVE LIFE.

HE PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE

ALIVE TODAY IF YOU HADN'T

STEPPED INTO THE MIDDLE OF

THAT NEED.

AND YOU BROUGHT HOPE AND

PEACE AND JOY TO THAT

FAMILY AND YOU OPENED UP

ETERNITY FOR THEM, AS THEY

LEARNED ABOUT A GOD WHO

LOVES THEM AND HAS A

SPECIFIC PLAN AND PURPOSE

FOR THEIR LIVES.

HOW DO YOU BECOME A "700

CLUB" MEMBER?

IT IS 65 CENTS A DAY, $20

A MONTH.

YOU'LL BE JOINING WITH

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO

SAID, YES, WE WANT TO BE A

PART OF MAKING THAT HAPPEN

IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE IN

NEED WORLDWIDE.

YOU DO IT BY CALLING OUR

TOLL-FREE NUMBER.

1-800-700-7000.

JUST SAY, I WANT TO JOIN

"700 CLUB."

WE HAVE LOTS OF CLUB

LEVELS.

A GENERAL MEMBERSHIP IS 65

CENTS A DAY, $20 A MONTH.

SO WILL YOU CALL NOW?

YOU REALLY CAN MAKE A

DIFFERENCE WHEN YOU JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB."

WE SAY THANK YOU IN

ADVANCE.

GORDON?

Gordon: STILL TO

COME, DOCTORS ADVISED THIS

MOTHER TO ABORT, BUT

INSTEAD SHE ISSUED A

PRAYER CALL THAT WAS HEARD

AROUND THE WORLD.

I NEED A MIRACLE.

I HAD PEOPLE ALL THE WAY

IN ISRAEL.

I CALLED EVERYBODY THAT I

COULD THINK OF.

THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE

ON THAT LIST THAT ARE

PRAYING FOR THIS BABY.

Gordon: WATCH HOW

THOSE PRAYERS WERE

ANSWERED.

PLUS WE'LL BE PRAYING FOR

PLUS WE'LL BE PRAYING FOR

Gordon: JENNIFER

NEEDED A MIRACLE.

AN 18-WEEK ULTRASOUND, SHE

WAS TOLD HER BABY HAD

PROBLEMS WITH HER HEART

AND WITH HER BRAIN.

SO JENNIFER DID THE ONLY

THING SHE KNEW TO DO: SHE

OPENED HER BIBLE, CALLED

HER FRIENDS, AND BATTLED

FOR HER CHILD'S LIFE.

I FELT DEFEATED.

I TOLD MY HUSBAND, I SAID,

I DON'T THINK I CAN DO

THIS ANYMORE.

IT'S NOT WORTH IT.

Reporter: JENNIFER

AND HER HUSBAND, CHRIS,

WERE READY FOR ANOTHER

BABY AFTER THEY HAD TWINS

IN 2010.

BUT ONE PREGNANCY AFTER

ANOTHER MISCARRIED, AND

JENNIFER WAS READY TO GIVE

UP.

AND I LOST A TOTAL OF

FOUR PREGNANCIES AFTER THE

TWINS WERE BORN.

AND IT WAS JUST SO

TRAUMATIC AND DEVASTATING.

Reporter: DOCTORS HAD

TRIED EVERYTHING.

SO WHEN SHE GOT PREGNANT A

FIFTH TIME, THEY DECIDED

TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY.

I LITERALLY HAD A

CONVERSATION WITH GOD.

GOD, I'M DOING THINGS

COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THIS

TIME, AND COMPLETELY 100%

LEAVE IT UP TO YOU.

AND I JUST TRUST YOU.

WE'VE TRIED FOLLOWING

THE DOCTORS' PRESCRIPTIONS

AND SUGGESTIONS, SO I

THINK WE WERE AT THE POINT

THAT IF GOD WANTS THIS TO

HAPPEN, THEN HE'LL LET IT

HAPPEN.

Reporter: WHEN

JENNIFER MADE IT PAST 11

WEEKS, THEY KNEW THEIR

PRAYERS HAD BEEN ANSWERED.

SHE COULDN'T WAIT FOR HER

18-WEEK CHECKUP.

I FIGURED, WE'LL GET A

NICE, CLEAR SHOT OF THE

BABY ON AN ULTRASOUND.

I CAN PUT IT IN THE

SCRAPBOOK.

WE'LL PROBABLY BE

CONFIRMED IF IT IS A BOY

OR GIRL.

SURE, SIGN ME UP.

Reporter: THEY WERE

DISAPPOINTED THAT CHRIS, A

POLICE OFFICER, HAD TO

WORK THE DAY OF THE

APPOINTMENT.

JENNIFER DECIDED TO GO

ANYWAY.

I GO AND I'LL DO IT AND

THEN I'LL SURPRISE YOU.

WE'LL DO A GENDER REVEAL,

AND I'LL LET YOU KNOW.

EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE.

YOU DON'T NEED TO TAKE OFF

WORK.

YOU SEE THE BABY UP ON THE

BIG COMPUTER SCREEN, JUST

LOOKING UP.

SHE IS DOING THE

MEASUREMENTS.

BUT WHEN SHE GOT UP TO THE

HEAD SECTION, I COULD TELL

THAT HER DEMEANOR --

EVERYTHING CHANGED.

Reporter: THE

ULTRASOUND TECHNICIAN LEFT

TO GET THE DOCTOR.

AND HE SAID, I'M REALLY

SORRY I HAVE TO TELL YOU

THIS.

YOUR BABY HAS VERY SEVERE

BIRTH DEFECTS.

AND I'M LAYING THERE

TELLING MYSELF, OKAY,

DON'T LOSE IT.

YOU'VE GOT TO ASK

QUESTIONS.

Reporter: HE TOLD

JENNIFER THAT PARTS OF THE

BABY'S BRAIN WERE MISSING,

AND FLUID WAS BUILDING UP

IN THE EMPTY CAVITY.

HE ADDED THAT THE BABY'S

HEART WASN'T DEVELOPING

PROPERLY.

WHAT AM I FACING HERE?

AND HE SAID, BASICALLY,

WITH THE AMOUNT OF DEFECTS

AND THE SEVERITY OF THEM,

IT WOULD BE VERY, VERY

LIKELY THAT YOU WOULD LOSE

THE BABY BEFORE YOU

DELIVERED.

Reporter: THE DOCTOR

RECOMMENDED SHE TERMINATE

THE PREGNANCY.

JENNIFER REFUSED AND WENT

HOME TO TELL CHRIS.

I WAS JUST MORE

DEVASTATED AND EXHAUSTED,

AND JUST MENTALLY AND

PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY

BEAT AND DRAINED.

SEEING HOW IT AFFECTED

JEN, THAT WAS PROBABLY THE

HARDEST THING TO DEAL

WITH.

Reporter: DESPITE THE

REPORT, JENNIFER AND CHRIS

STOOD ON THE DECISION SHE

MADE FROM THE START.

I SAID THAT I WASN'T

GOING TO RELY ON DOCTORS,

AND THAT I WAS GOING TO

RELY ON GOD.

I JUST PRAYED.

I WENT THROUGH THE BIBLE,

AND AVERSE THAT JUST

POPPED OUT AND LOOKED

INSPIRATIONAL, OR JUST

SOMETHING TO GRASP ON TO.

TO,

I WOULD PRINT THAT OUT AND

TACK IT ON MY WALL.

YOU SAID IT, GOD, IT'S IN

THE BIBLE, SO I'M GOING TO

BELIEVE IT.

Reporter: BY NOW THEY

KNEW THEY WERE HAVING A

DAUGHTER AND NAMED HER

LYNETTE.

JENNIFER AND CHRIS POSTED

ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND CALLED

FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND THEIR

CHURCH, ASKING FOR PRAYER.

I PEOPLE ALL THE WAY IN

ISRAEL, AND I HAD PEOPLE

EVERYWHERE PRAYING FOR

THIS PREGNANCY.

I CALLED "THE 700 CLUB."

I CALLED EVERYBODY THAT I

COULD THINK OF.

AND I THOUGHT, OKAY, THAT

IS DEFINITELY MORE THAN A

FEW PEOPLE THERE.

GOD, THERE ARE A LOT OF

PEOPLE ON THAT LIST

PRAYING FOR THIS BABY.

SO I NEED A MIRACLE.

Reporter: JENNIFER'S

MEDICAL CARE WAS

TRANSFERRED TO HOLLYWOOD

PRESBYTERIAN.

DOCTORS STARTED MAKING

SOME BAFFLING DISCOVERIES.

WE WENT TO THE DOCTOR,

AND HE WAS DOING THE

ULTRASOUND OF HER HEAD.

AND HE WAS, LIKE, OH, I

SEE SOME MORE OF HER BRAIN

BACK HERE.

HERE IS HER BRAIN.

IT'S BACK HERE.

ALL OF A SUDDEN

MIRACULOUSLY SHE HAD MORE

OF HER BRAIN.

THIS WAS, LIKE, A

CELEBRATION.

WE WERE TELLING OUR

FRIENDS AND EVERYBODY.

EVERYBODY WAS THANKING

GOD, PRAISE YOU JESUS,

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Reporter: THEY

CONTINUED PRAYING, AND ON

JUNE 13, 2013, BABY

LYNETTE WAS BORN WITH A

PERFECTLY NORMAL BRAIN.

STILL, DOCTORS SUSPECTED

THAT THE BABY WOULD NEED

SURGERY TO REPAIR HER

HEART AND TRANSFERRED HER

TO LOS ANGELES CHILDREN'S

HOSPITAL. AFTER TESTING,

DOCTORS FOUND NOTHING

WRONG.

SO YOU'RE TELLING ME

THAT MY CHILD, THAT WAS

GOING TO POSSIBLY DIE

BEFORE I GAVE BIRTH, OR

SOON AFTER, IS COMPLETELY

NORMAL?

IT WAS JUST AN ANSWER TO

MANY, MANY, MANY PRAYERS.

Reporter: TODAY

LYNETTE HAS NO PROBLEM

KEEPING UP WITH HER

BROTHER AND SISTER.

I DON'T THINK THE

DOCTORS MISSED ANYTHING.

I THINK THEY SAW WHAT THEY

SAW.

I THINK THEY WERE SEEING

WHAT THEY WERE TRAINED TO

LOOK FOR.

I JUST THINK IT WAS A

MIRACLE.

I LITERALLY AM WALKING

PROOF, MY CHILD IS WALKING

PROOF, THAT GOD DOES STILL

DO MIRACLES.

YOU'VE JUST GOT TO OPEN

YOUR MIND AND YOUR HEART

AND HAVE FAITH.

AND YOU'LL SEE THEM.

IT IS RIGHT THERE.

IT IS NOT THE DOCTORS OR

SCIENCE.

IT IS GOD.

AND YOU HAVE TO GIVE HIM

THE GLORY.

Gordon: YOU DO HAVE

TO GIVE HIM THE GLORY.

HE IS STILL WORKING

MIRACLES TODAY.

HE IS THE SAME YESTERDAY,

TODAY, AND FOREVER.

NOW, WHAT IS THE KEY TO

MIRACLES?

IT'S OUR FAITH.

IT'S OUR BELIEF.

AND THAT WONDERFUL VERSE

THAT SHE RELIED ON, WHEN

TWO OR MORE OF YOU AGREE

TOUCHING ANYTHING, MY

FATHER IN HEAVEN WILL DO

IT.

WHY?

BECAUSE HE WANTS TO

GLORIFY JESUS.

THEN MARK 11 -- I CALL IT

THE KEY TO MIRACLES.

WHEN YOU STAND PRAYING,

BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE

ALREADY RECEIVED, AND YOU

WILL HAVE IT.

SO OFTEN IN OUR PRAYERS

WE'RE ACTUALLY CONFESSING

OUR UNBELIEF.

BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE

ALREADY RECEIVED, AND YOU

WILL HAVE IT.

NOW, ASK YOURSELF THIS

QUESTION: WHEN WERE YOUR

SINS FORGIVEN?

THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

THINK ABOUT IT.

THEY WERE FORGIVEN 2,000

YEARS AGO, BEFORE YOU EVEN

COMMITTED THEM.

WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND

THAT.

NOW, TO APPROPRIATE THAT,

YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IT.

AND YOU HAVE TO SAY THIS

IS FOR ME.

NOW ASK YOURSELF THIS

QUESTION: WHEN I WAS I

HEALED?

AT THE SAME TIME.

WHEN JESUS WAS ON THE

CROSS -- IT'S BY HIS

STRIPES WE ARE HEALED, WE

WERE HEALED.

SO BELIEVE THAT IT HAS

ALREADY HAPPENED, AND YOU

WILL HAVE IT.

NOW, TERRY AND I ARE GOING

TO AGREE.

WE'RE GOING TO PRAY FOR

YOU, AND WE'RE GOING TO

CLAIM THAT VERSE.

WHEN TWO OR MORE AGREE

TOUCHING ANYTHING, AND

JUST CONFESS WITH YOUR

MOUTH.

BELIEVE THAT IT HAS

ALREADY HAPPENED.

LET'S PRAY.

LORD, WE LIFT THE NEEDS OF

THE AUDIENCE TO YOU RIGHT

NOW, AND WE COME TO YOU IN

THANKSGIVING FOR WHAT YOU

DID ON THE CROSS, HOW YOU

TOOK ALL OUR INFIRMITIES.

YOU BORE THEM AWAY.

WHY?

BECAUSE YOU LOVED US.

IT HAS ALREADY HAPPENED.

SO WE STRETCH FORTH OUR

HANDS TO YOU, WE DECLARE

THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS

HERE.

IT IS HERE NOW BECAUSE OF

WHAT YOU HAVE DONE.

AND IN YOUR KINGDOM THERE

ARE NO SICK.

WE LOOK TO HEAVEN.

THERE ISN'T ANYONE SICK.

SO WE ASK THAT YOUR WILL

WOULD BE DONE ON EARTH AS

IT IS IN HEAVEN AND ON

THESE BODIES NOW.

WE STAND IN AGREEMENT,

PRAYING FOR THEM.

AND WE BELIEVE AND WE

RECEIVE NOW IN JESUS'

NAME.

THERE IS A WOMAN, YOU'RE

PRAYING -- YOU'VE GOT AN

INFECTION IN THE LINING OF

YOUR BRAIN.

AND GOD HAS HEALED IT NOW.

IT IS A SUPERNATURAL

MIRACLE.

GOD HAS HEALED YOU AND

RESTORED YOU IN JESUS'

NAME.

Terry: THERE IS

SOMEONE ELSE, THERE IS AN

INFECTION IN YOUR WHOLE

UPPER RESPIRATORY SINUS

CAVITY.

GOD HAS HEALED YOU

MIRACULOUSLY.

RECEIVE IT.

Gordon: AND EDNA,

YOUR PRAYER HAS BEEN

ANSWERED.

YOU'VE ASKED, AND GOD HAS

JUST ANSWERED IT.

MARK 11: "THEREFORE I SAY

TO YOU, WHATEVER THINGS

YOU ASK WHEN YOU PRAY,

BELIEVE YOU RECEIVE THEM

AND YOU WILL HAVE THEM."

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