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700 Club Interactive - July 12, 2017

Actress Alena Pitts discusses her role in the hit movie "War Room," and shares how she is now inspiring young readers with her new book series, Faithgirlz. Read Transcript


Gordon: THE BREAKOUT

STAR FROM THE HIT MOVIE

"WAR ROOM," TEENAGED

ACTRESS AND AUTHOR ALENA

PITTS JOINS US LIVE.

PLUS A SINGLE DAD RAISING

THREE KIDS ALONE, ONE WITH

SPECIAL NEEDS.

THE REVERSAL FROM BEING

A HEALTHY CHILD WITH ALL

OF THESE ASPIRATIONS AND

DREAMS THAT A FATHER HAS

FOR A CHILD TO WHAT BECAME

IS HARD.

Gordon: SEE HOW HE

WAS ABLE TO GET THROUGH IT

ALL.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

DO YOU TURN TO GOD OR DO

YOU TURN AWAY FROM HIM IN

ANGER?

Gordon: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD

ARE RALLYING IN SUPPORT OF

CHARLIE GARD, A BABY BORN

IN THE U.K. FIGHTING FOR

HIS LIFE.

AND HIS PARENTS ARE STILL

FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT TO

TREAT HIM.

WE BROUGHT YOU THE STORY A

FEW WEEKS AGO, AND THE

HOSPITAL THAT HAS BEEN

TREATING CHARLIE MADE THE

DETERMINATION THAT NOTHING

MORE CAN BE DONE FOR HIM,

SO HE MUST BE TAKEN OFF OF

LIFE SUPPORT.

SO FAR THE HOSPITAL AND

BOTH BRITISH AND EUROPEAN

COURTS HAVE PREVENTED HIS

PARENTS FROM SEEKING

EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT IN

THE UNITED STATES.

AND RECENTLY A U.S.

HOSPITAL OFFERED TO TREAT

CHARLIE FOR FREE,

FOLLOWING A TWEET BY

PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYING THE

U.S. WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO

HELP THE 11-MONTH-OLD.

AND A VATICAN HOSPITAL

ALSO REACHED OUT, OFFERING

TO TAKE THE BABY IN AND

ALLOW HIM TO LIVE WITH

DIGNITY.

WELL, SUPPORTERS WORLDWIDE

HAVE GATHERED AND PRAYED

FOR CHARLIE'S LIFE, AND

THINGS HAVE TAKEN A TURN

RECENTLY.

THIS PAST MONDAY, JUDGE

NICHOLAS FRANCIS GAVE THE

GARDS UNTIL TODAY TO

PRESENT EVIDENCE THAT

THEIR SON SHOULD RECEIVE

THE EXPERIMENTAL

TREATMENT, AND SET A NEW

HEARING FOR THURSDAY.

AND LET'S HOPE THAT THAT

PREVAILS, THAT THEY'RE

ABLE TO SAY, LET'S TAKE A

CHANCE HERE.

LET'S SEE IF AN

EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT CAN

WORK.

I KIND OF DON'T UNDERSTAND

THE HOSPITAL'S POSITION

THAT THEY'VE EXHAUSTED

WHAT TREATMENT OPTIONS

THEY HAVE, BUT THEN TRYING

TO PREVENT THE PARENTS

FROM TAKING THEIR CHILD

FOR EXPERIMENTAL

TREATMENTS.

THEY'VE RAISED THE MONEY.

IT IS NOT A QUESTION OF

SOME INSURANCE POLICY

PAYING FOR IT OR SOME

GOVERNMENT PROGRAM PAYING

FOR IT.

THEY WERE ABLE TO RAISE

THE MONEY.

THEY HAVE THESE THINGS

VOLUNTARILY.

LET'S GIVE IT A TRY.

THAT'S MY VIEW.

> IN OTHER NEWS, THE

BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY IS

COMING UNDER FIRE AFTER

HOSTING -- IF YOU CAN

BELIEVE THIS, A DRAG QUEEN

STORY TIME.

THIS WAS FOR YOUNG

CHILDREN.

THE LIBRARY BROUGHT IN THE

BOSTON SISTERS OF

PERPETUAL INDULGENCE.

AND A GROUP OF DRAG QUEENS

WHO DRESS AS CATHOLIC NUNS

FOR A STORY TIME WITH

YOUNG KIDS.

THE BOSTON PUBLIC

LIBRARY'S Facebook PAGE

PUT UP A PHOTO, AND HERE

IS THE CAPTION: "LET IN

PRIDE MONTH WITH A DRAG,

DRAG QUEEN STORY TIME,

THAT IS."

THE SISTERS OF PERPETUAL

INDULGENCE SAY THEY ARE A

MODERN ORDER OF QUEER NUNS

BASED OUT OF SAN

FRANCISCO.

THEY BELIEVE PEOPLE TO BE

ENCOURAGED TO LIVE THEIR

LIVES IN ANY WAY THAT

BRINGS THEM THE MOST

AMOUNT OF JOY AND

SATISFACTION WITHOUT GUILT

OR SHAME.

AND THEY CLAIM TO BE

DEVOTED TO PROMOTING HUMAN

RIGHTS, AND FOR RESPECT

AND DIVERSITIY AND

SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT.

THEY'RE OBVIOUSLY MOCKING

CHRISTIANITY IN THAT

PICTURE.

HERE IS THE, I THINK,

LARGER POINT: AS A

CULTURE, WHY ARE WE

ENDORSING PROMISCUITY?

BECAUSE THAT IS THE INTENT

HERE, PERPETUAL

INDULGENCE.

THAT IS ACTUALLY AN OLD

SCHOOL.

YOU GO BACK TO THE GREEKS,

WHERE IF YOU HAVE AN URGE

FOR SEX, THEY CONSIDERED

IT JUST LIKE AN URGE FOR

HUNGER, GO SATISFY THAT.

AND IF YOU'RE PERPETUALLY

INDULGING YOUR URGES,

MODERN MEDICINE TELLS US

THAT WILL ABSOLUTELY LEAD

YOU TO GET EXPOSED TO

DISEASES.

SO WHY ARE WE ALLOWING

CHILDREN TO BE EXPOSED TO

THAT?

WHY IS A PUBLIC LIBRARY

SUPPORTED BY PUBLIC FUNDS

ENDORSING THAT KIND OF

BEHAVIOR?

THIS WHOLE THING IS JUST

MAKING NO SENSE TO ME.

WHY WOULD YOU PROMOTE

PROMISCUITY?

THAT JUST SEEMS TO BE

AGAINST THE GRAIN.

WE HAVE A STORY THAT IS

GOING VIRAL ON Facebook.

IT WAS A TELL-TALE SIGN

THE PARTY WAS COMING TO AN

END.

THE POLICE SHOWED UP.

BUT WHEN COPS IN ASHVILLE,

NORTH CAROLINA, RESPONDED

TO A NOISE COMPLAINT ABOUT

A GIANT SLIP AND SLIDE

THAT HAD BEEN SET UP FOR A

FOURTH OF JULY BLOCK

PARTY, THEY DID THE IN

EXPECTED.

THEY TOOK A RIDE

THEMSELVES.

TAKE A LOOK.

[YELLING]

[CHEERING]

THERE YOU GO!

[LAUGHTER]

OH, BIG GUY!

[LAUGHTER]

[CHEERING]

BUT DON'T IT FEEL GOOD?

[YELLING]

[LAUGHTER]

[LAUGHTER]

YEAH!

I FEEL WET.

Gordon: POLICE

OFFICERS JOE JOHNS AND

CARY LEAGUE THOUGHT IT WAS

BETTER TO JOIN IN ON THE

FUN RATHER THAN SHUT IT

DOWN.

WONDERFUL WAY TO GUY, BOYS

IN BLUE.

> A 19-YEAR-OLD U.S.

ARMY SOLDIER WAS REUNITED

WITH HIS FAMILY THANKS TO

A GOOD SAMARITAN WHO PAID

FOR HIM TO RETURN HOME.

HE RETURNED HOME FOR THE

FIRST TIME SINCE CHRISTMAS

HAS JOSH RAINY OF ST.

LOUIS, MISSOURI, SHELLED

OUT $350 FOR HIS PLANE

TICKET.

KEATON DIDN'T RECEIVE

APPROVAL TO GO HOME UNTIL

THURSDAY, MAY 25th, AND

BY THAT TIME, FLIGHTS WERE

SO FULL THAT HE WAS ON

STANDBY TO GET ON A FLIGHT

HOME.

JOSH NOTICED KEATON WASN'T

HAVING MUCH LUCK GETTING

ON ANY FLIGHTS AT THE

AIRPORT, SO HE BOUGHT HIM

A TICKET SO THE SOLDIER

COULD RETURN HOME

IMMEDIATELY, SAYING THIS

IS SO MUCH MORE ABOUT HIM.

HE HAS CHOSEN TO GIVE UP

AT LEAST THE NEXT FOUR

YEARS OF HIS LIFE.

HE GOT THE WEEK OFF.

INSTEAD OF CHOOSING TO

TRAVEL OR SEE ANOTHER

COUNTRY, HE HAD TO GET

HOME TO HIS FAMILY.

KEATON RETURNED HOME JUST

IN TIME FOR MEMORIAL DAY

WEEKEND, AND HE WILL NEVER

FORGET THE ACT OF KINDNESS

AND GENEROSITY FROM A

TOTAL STRANGER.

AND KUDOS TO THAT

STRANGER.

THAT'S A WONDERFUL THING

TO DO, TO HELP OUR

MILITARY.

> WELL, COMING UP, THE

YOUNG ACTRESS WHO'S

BREAKOUT ROLE IS IN "THE

WAR ROOM."

ALENA PITTS SHARES HOW HE

GOT THE PART OF DANIELLE

JORDAN AND HOW THE MOVIE

HAS CHANGED HER LIFE.

SHE JOINS US LIVE RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

Gordon: ALENA PITTS

WAS JUST 10 YEARS OLD WHEN

SHE RECEIVED THE CALL OF A

LIFETIME.

SHE LANDED THE ROLE OF

DANIELLE JORDAN IN THE HIT

MOVIE "THE WAR ROOM."

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: ALENA PITTS

HAD PLANNED TO BE A LAWYER

WHEN SHE GREW UP.

BUT IN 2015, WHEN HER AUNT

PRISCILLA SHIRE, ASKED HER

TO AUDITION FOR THE MOVIE

"THE WAR ROOM," SHE HAD NO

IDEA SHE WOULD GET THE

PART.

TODAY HE IS 13, AND

BALANCING LIFE AS A

STUDENT AND MODEL AND

CONTRIBUTOR TO MAGAZINES

FOR GIRLS JUST LIKE HER.

SHE HIGHLIGHTS FUN STORIES

ABOUT FAITH, LOVE, AND

FAMILY IN HER BOOK,

"HELLO, STARS."

Gordon: ALENA, IT IS

GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US.

THANK YOU.

Gordon: WHAT IS THIS

ABOUT YOU WANTING TO BE A

LAWYER.

I LOVE TO DEBATE AND

ARGUE OVER DIFFERENT

THINGS -- NOT IN A BAD

WAY.

BUT I LIKE TO ARGUE

SOMETIMES OVER MY POINT OF

VIEW, AND SO THAT WAS KIND

OF A DISANT DISTANT THOUGHT, BUT

I DON'T WANT TO STAY IN

SCHOOL FOR TOO LONG.

Gordon: IT IS TOO

MUCH SCHOOL FOR YOU?

YEAH.

Gordon: YOU'RE

SITTING THERE, YOU WANT TO

BE A LAWYER, YOU LIKE TO

ARGUE, AND SUDDENLY YOU

GET CAST IN THIS MOVIE.

YES.

Gordon: WHAT WAS THAT

LIKE FOR YOU?

IT WAS DEFINITELY JUST,

LIKE, I HAD TO LEARN TO

GIVE GOD CONTROL.

IT WAS REALLY HARD BECAUSE

I HAD MY WHOLE LIFE

PLANNED OUT.

AND I WAS, LIKE, AM I

GOING TO BECOME AN

ACTRESS?

LIKE, WHAT?

IT WAS SOMETHING NEW I HAD

TO OPEN MY EYES TO.

Gordon: IT MUST HAVE

BEEN REALLY HARD FOR YOU

TO GO FROM ZERO TO A

STARRING ROLE IN A MOVIE.

YES.

Gordon: HOW DO YOU

MAKE IT THROUGH?

KIND OF JUST GOD.

AND IT WASN'T, LIKE, HARD,

HARD, BUT IT WAS HARD JUST

LEARNING TO -- I'VE ALWAYS

BEEN AN INTROVERT, SO IT

WAS HARD LEARNING TO TALK

TO PEOPLE AND BE BUBBLY

AND KIND OF, LIKE, GET

INTO THE CHARACTER.

MOST OF IT WAS FUN,

THOUGH, BECAUSE EVERYONE

WAS SUPER NICE AND SUPER

FUN TO BE AROUND.

Gordon: WHEN YOU SAID

YOU HAD TO RELY ON GOD,

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

WHAT DID YOU DO?

PRAY.

I PRAYED.

AND THEN KIND OF MY

PARENTS JUST HELPED ME A

LOT TO GET THROUGH IT AND

STUFF LIKE THAT.

Gordon: YOU TALK

ABOUT PRAYER BEING SORTER

OF A DISCOVERY FOR YOU.

YES.

Gordon: THAT YOU

HADN'T BEEN USED TO THAT.

WHY?

WAS IT A DISCOVERY?

I USED TO THINK IT WAS

ONLY FOR, LIKE, OLDER

PEOPLE, BECAUSE THEY HAD

TESTIMONIES AND THINGS

THAT HURT THEM, AND THINGS

TO TALK ABOUT AND PRAY

ABOUT.

AND NOTHING HAD EVER

HAPPENED TO ME, SO I

DIDN'T REALLY HAVE

ANYTHING TO PRAY ABOUT.

AND THEN I REALIZED GOD

WANTS TO HAVE A

RELATIONSHIP WITH US AFTER

THE MOVIE BECAUSE

EVERYTHING WE DID IN THE

MOVIE WAS ALL ABOUT

PRAYER.

AND I KIND OF JUST LEARNED

THE POWER OF IT.

Gordon: SO YOUR

STUDYING FOR THE MOVIE,

AND THE MOVIE IS ABOUT

PRAYER, AND YOU SAY, I

WONDER IF PRAYER CAN HELP

ME.

YES.

Gordon: HOW DID GOD

SHOW UP?

YOU WOULD PRAY, AND THEN

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN?

SO ACTUALLY, WITH MY

NEW BOOK, "HELLO,

STARS" -- WHICH YOU DIDN'T

INTRODUCE, BUT I WILL, MUY

MOM SAID, WE SHOULD WRITE

A BOOK, AND I SAID, YEAH,

SURE, BUT I DON'T THINK IT

WILL HAPPEN, I'M 13.

SHE SAID, LET'S JUST PRAY

ABOUT IT, AND THREE WEEKS

LATER WE GOT THE

OPPORTUNITY TO WRITE THE

BOOK.

THAT IS ONE OF A THOUSAND

WAYS GOD SHOWED THAT HE

WAS LISTENING TO US.

Gordon: THAT IS KIND

OF A MIRACLE.

WHO APPROACHED YOU FOR THE

BOOK.

JOHN DID.

Gordon: THEY SHOWED

YOU IN THE MOVIE AND THEY

SAID, DO YOU WANT TO DO A

BOOK?

YES.

Gordon: AND YOU

PRAYED THREE WEEKS

BEFORE --

YES.

Gordon: AND GOD

OPENED THE DOOR FOR A

BOOK.

YES.

Gordon: THAT WAS A

MIRACLE.

YES.

Gordon: WHAT HAPPENED

IN THE MOVIE.

ONE TIME ONE OF THE

CAMERA PEOPLE -- I THINK

IT WAS BOB -- HE WAS

WORKING AND ALL OF A

SUDDEN HE GOT A PHONE CALL

FROM HIS GRANDPA'S MOTHER,

SAYING HE HAD A HEART

ATTACK.

SO HE JUST KIND OF, LIKE,

BROKE DOWN AND HE TOLD THE

DIRECTORS.

AND THERE WERE SO MANY

THINGS THE DIRECTORS COULD

HAVE DONE, BUT THEY

DECIDED TO PRAY ABOUT IT.

AND THE NEXT DAY HIS

GRANDPA WAS FINE.

IT SHOWED, THESE GUYS ARE

ALL ABOUT PRAYER.

Gordon: HOW DID IT

WORK FOR YOU BECOMING AN

ACTRESS?

IT WAS A LOT OF FUN.

DEFINITELY DIFFERENT THAN

I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO

BE, BUT IN A GOOD WAY.

I'VE ENJOYED IT A LOT.

AND I'VE BEEN SUPER BUSY

NEW DOING INTERVIEWS FOR

IT.

Gordon: LET'S TALK

ABOUT YOUR BOOK, "HELLO,

STARS," AND IT IS A BOOK

ABOUT SOMEONE WHO BECOMES

A STAR.

YES.

Gordon: WHAT DO YOU

WANT PEOPLE TO TAKE AWAY

FROM THE BOOK?

I WANT YOUNG GIRLS TO

TAKE AWAY THEY CAN HAVE

THEIR WHOLE LIFE PLANNED

OUT, BUT THEY HAVE TO

LEARN TO GIVE GOD CONTROL

IN ORDER FOR THINGS TO

COME TRUE.

BECAUSE US TRYING TO DO IT

ON OUR OWN IS GOING TO

TAKE US NOWHERE.

Gordon: IT IS SORT OF

FUNNY FOR ME TO HEAR YOU

SAY, I HAD MY WHOLE LIFE

PLANNED OUT.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT --

NO, IT DOESN'T WORK THAT

WAY.

WHY DID YOU THINK YOU

COULD PLAN OUT YOUR WHOLE

LIFE?

I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A

CONTROLLER.

I LOVE TO BE IN CONTROL.

I CAN BE BOSSY AT TIMES.

I KIND OF BOSS MY SISTERS

AROUND AND THINGS LIKE

THAT.

AND SO MY MOM WOULD ALWAYS

SAY, ALENA, YOU CAN'T

ALWAYS BE CONTROL, BECAUSE

IT CAUSES A LOT OF STRESS

FOR NO REASON, AND THINGS

LIKE THAT.

NOW THAT I THINK ABOUT IT,

IT IS FUNNY, THAT I

THOUGHT I COULD CONTROL

EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED.

Gordon: I LEARNED A

PHRASE: CONTROL IS AN

ILLUSION.

YOU'RE KIND OF NEVER IN

CONTROL, EVEN WHEN YOU

THINK YOU ARE.

AND THE MORE YOU

ACKNOWLEDGE GOD AND WHAT

HE IS DOING -- ONE OF MY

GREAT PRAYERS IS, AND I

LEARNED IT FROM MY

FATHER -- GOD, CAN I BE A

PART OF YOUR PLAN?

BECAUSE YOUR PLAN WILL BE

A WHOLE LOT BIGGER AND A

WHOLE LOT BETTER THAN MY

PLAN.

THAT'S A GOOD PRAY.

YES.

Gordon: WHAT'S NEXT

FOR YOU, NOW THAT YOU'RE

IN CONTROL AND YOU KNOW

HOW TO PRAY AND GET AN

ANSWER?

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR

NOW?

I LOVE ALL THINGS

ARTSY, AND I'M HOPING I

COULD DO THAT IN THE

FUTURE.

Gordon: SO YOU WANT

TO BE AN ARTIST, A WRITER,

A PAINTER, ALL OF THE

ABOVE?

KIND OF, BUT NOT THE

PAINTING PART.

Gordon: ALL RIGHT.

HAVE YOU GOT ANOTHER BOOK

COMING?

YES.

THE SECOND ONE COMES OUT

IN SEPTEMBER AND THE THIRD

ONE COMES OUT IN JANUARY.

Gordon: SO YOU'RE

DOING A WHOLE SERIES?

YES.

Gordon: IS IT

DIRECTED AT GIRLS?

YES.

Gordon: SO IT IS ALL

PART OF I WANT TO HELP YOU

WITH THE THINGS THAT I'VE

LEARNED ON HOW TO GET

ALONG IN LIFE AND HOW TO

SUCCEED?

YES.

Gordon: GOOD FOR YOU.

THAT'S GREAT.

I LOVE IT.

ANY MOVIES COMING UP?

NO, NOT RIGHT NOW.

Gordon: ANY TV SHOWS?

NO, NOT RIGHT NOW.

Gordon: DO YOU HAVE

AN AGENT?

YES.

Gordon: SO YOU'RE

GETTING PITCHED.

ALL RIGHT.

IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE,

HER BOOK IS CALLED "HELLO,

STARS," AND IT IS THE

FIRST ONE IN AN ONGOING

SERIES, AND IT IS

AVAILABLE WHEREVER BOOKS

ARE SOLD.

IT IS WONDERFUL TO MEET

YOU.

THANK YOU.

Gordon: AND I'M SO

GLAD YOU'RE NOT A LAWYER.

THAT'S GOING TO BE GREAT.

> STILL TO COME, A

SINGLE DAD SHARES A

JOURNEY OF HOPE WITH HIS

SPECIAL-NEEDS SON.

I TOLD HIM, YOU HAVE

DONE THINGS THAT HAVE HAM

MAZED PEOPLE.

YOU ARE GLORIFYING GOD

WITH YOUR LIFE.

Gordon: SEE HOW THIS

FATHER AND SON TEAM ARE

INSPIRING OTHER OTHERS, WHEN WE

COME BACK.

Gordon: HE WAS LIVING

THE AMERICAN DREAM, HE HAD

A WIFE, A DAUGHTER, A

NEWBORN SON, MILLIONS IN

THE BANK ACCOUNT.

AND THEN EIGHT MONTHS

LATER, HIS SON WAS

DIAGNOSED WITH GLOBAL

BRAIN DAMAGE.

WELL, THAT WAS 30 YEARS

AGO.

TODAY THROUGH HARD WORK,

PERSEVERANCE, AN AMAZING

FAITH, BARRY AND BRYSON

HAVE OVERCOME TREMENDOUS

ODDS.

Reporter: WHEN YOU

WALK INTO BRYSON'S ROOM,

IT IS PRETTY CLEAR HE HAS

A PASSION FOR SPORTS.

AT 30 YEARS OLD, BRYSON IS

PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY

DISABLED.

HIS FATHER, BARRY, HAS

BEEN CARING FOR HIM SINCE

HIS BIRTH.

WHEN HE WAS EIGHT MONTHS

OLD, BRYSON SUFFERED

GLOBAL BRAIN DAMAGE CAUSED

BY AN ALLERGIC REACTION TO

VACCINATIONS.

DOCTORS SAID HIS ABILITY

TO WALK OR SPEAK WOULD BE

SEVERELY IMPAIRED FOR THE

REST OF HIS LIFE.

THE REVERSAL FROM BEING

A HEALTHY CHILD WITH ALL

OF THESE ASPIRATIONS AND

DREAMS THAT A FATHER HAS

FOR A CHILD TO WHAT BECAME

IS STILL HARD FOR ME --

IT'S STILL HARD FOR ME TO

TALK ABOUT 30 YEARS LATER.

Reporter: BRYSON WAS

THE SEBLE SECOND OF BARRY AND

HIS WIFE'S THREE CHILDREN.

PROVIDING FOR THEM AND

BRYSON'S CONTINUAL CARE

PUT A STRESS ON THEIR

MARRIAGE.

WHEN BRYSON WAS 15, THEY

DIVORCED, AND BARRY WAS

LEFT TO CARE FOR ALL THREE

OF THEM.

HE SAYS DURING THIS TIME,

HE HAD TO DEAL WITH HIS

ANGER TOWARDS GOD.

IT'S LIKE WHAT DO YOU

DO?

DO YOU TURN TO GOD OR DO

YOU TURN AWAY FROM HIM IN

ANGER?

I'VE LEARNED YOU CAN BE

HONEST WITH GOD.

YOU CAN BRING YOUR ANGER

TO HIM.

YOU CAN BRING YOUR

FRUSTRATION TO HIM.

AND HE WANTS US TO COME TO

HIM.

THROUGH HIS THRONE OF

GRACE -- HE GIVES US GRACE

SEE AND MERCY TO HELP US

IN OUR TIME OF NEED.

Reporter: BARRY SAYS

THROUGH CONSTANT PRAYER,

GOD GAVE THEM THE STRENGTH

TO PERSEVERE.

BRYSON SPOKE HIS FIRST

WORDS WHEN HE WAS THREE

YEARS OLD.

WHEN HE WAS 10, HE STARTED

WALKING ON HIS OWN.

IT WAS ONE OF THE

GREATEST MOMENTS.

WE THREW A PARTY FOR HIM.

WE CALLED IT A WALKING

PARTY.

HE HAD MADE IT.

Reporter: WITH SO

MANY EMOTIONAL AND

PHYSICAL UPS AND DOWNS

OVER THE YEARS, EVEN SMALL

ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE CAUSE

FOR CELEBRATION.

WE NEED TO ALLOW GOD TO

DEFINE THE TERMS OF

VICTORY.

TO THIS DAY, IT'S NOT

PERFECT.

TO ME, THOUGH, TO WALK AND

TO SPEAK AND TO HAVE A

PURPOSE IN THIS WORLD, AS

BROKEN AS HE STILL IS, IT

IS GREATER THAN WINNING

THE SUPER BOWL.

Reporter: ALTHOUGH HE

HAS THE MIND OF AN

ADOLESCENT, BRYSON KNOWS

ENOUGH THAT HIS LIFE IS

DIFFERENT THAN OTHERS.

WHEN HE GETS DOWN, HIS DAD

REMINDS HIM OF GOD'S LOVE

FOR HIM THROUGH STORIES HE

KNOWS BEST.

I SAID, TOM BRADY WAS

BEHIND.

HE SCORED 31 STRAIGHT

POINTS.

IN THE FOURTH QUARTER, HE

WAS BEHIND BY 19, TAKING

VICTORY OUT OF THE JAWS OF

DEFEAT.

THAT'S BEING MORE THAN A

CONQUEROR.

I TOLD HIM, YOU ARE

GLORIFYING GOD WITH YOUR

LIFE.

I SEE HIM ACCEPTING THE

TRUTH AND RELAXING INTO

IT, AND BEING REMINDED

THAT THIS IS NOT HOPELESS.

I'M IN PART OF A HEROIC

STORY.

Reporter: BARRY IS

PROUD OF HIS SON AND ALL

HE HAS ACHIEVED, AND LET'S

HIM KNOW EVERY DAY HE'S A

CHAMPION.

MY KID HAS GOT WHAT HE

NEEDS IN TERMS OF SIMPLE

FAITH, BUT HE STILL NEEDED

THE ADDED INFORMATION THAT

HE IS DIFFERENT BUT NO LES

VALUABLE, THAT HE IS

IMPORTANT TO GOD, HE IS

IMPORTANT TO ME.

Reporter: BARRY

SHARES THEIR STORY IN HIS

BOOK, "ALL THE KING'S

HORSES."

HE HOPES IT WILL HELP

OTHERS WITH BROKEN LIVES

EXPERIENCE GOD'S

FAITHFULNESS, HEALING, AND

LOVE.

I CAN LOOK ANYONE IN

THE EYE AND SAY, I DON'T

KNOW WHAT YOUR PROBLEM IS,

BUT HE KNOWS AND HE LOVES

YOU.

HE HAS A PLAN AND PURPOSE.

IF YOU FOLLOW HIM AND IF

YOU TRUST HIM, HE WILL

BRING YOU HIS VICTORY AS

HE DEFINES VICTORY IN AND

THROUGH YOUR LIFE.

LOOK TO JESUS CHRIST.

HE IS THE HOPE.

HE IS OUR HOPE.

AND HE IS A CERTAIN HOPE.

Gordon: AND HE IS OUR

EVER-PRESENT HOPE AND OUR

EVER-PRESENT HOPE IN OUR

TIME OF NEED.

HOW DO YOU GET TO THAT?

HOW DO YOU GET TO THE

PLACE OF HOPE?

HERE IS BARRY, AND SH HE IS

DOING WELL.

HE IS CERTAINLY LIVING THE

AMERICAN DREAM.

AND THEN HE HAS A HORRIBLE

CATASTROPHE.

WHO COULD IMAGINE THERE

WOULD BE AN ALLERGIC

REACTION TO VACCINATIONS.

WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO DO

TO HELP YOUR CHILD TURNS

OUT TO DELIVER GLOBAL

BRAIN DAMAGE.

AND THEN ON TOP OF THAT --

AND THIS HAPPENS SO OFTEN

IN MARRIAGES WHERE THERE

IS TROUBLE WITH THE

KIDS -- HIS MARRIAGE ENDS

IN DIVORCE.

AND HERE HE IS, ON HIS

OWN, AS A SINGLE PARENT

NOW WITH THREE CHILDREN.

WHERE DO YOU GO WITH THAT?

SO OFTEN IN LIFE WE WANT

TO BLAME GOD FOR THINGS.

GOD, HOW COULD YOU LET

THIS HAPPEN?

HOW COULD YOU LET THE

ALLERGIC REACTION HAPPEN?

HOW COULD YOU LET MY

MARRIAGE FALL APART?

AND THEN THE PLEA, GOD,

PLEASE HEAL MY CHILD.

PLEASE HEAL BRYSON.

AND WHAT PARENT WOULDN'T

DO THAT?

WHAT PARENT WOULDN'T CRY

OUT WITH THAT?

WELL, THE APOSTLE PAUL

TALKS ABOUT TRIBULATIONS,

AND AS CHRISTIANS, WE ALL

NEED TO RECOGNIZE WE ARE

GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE A

CROSS TO BEAR.

IT IS PART OF THE PROMISE

OF BEING A CHRISTIAN.

IN FACT, JESUS SAYS, "TAKE

UP YOUR CROSS AND FOLLOW

ME."

YOU LITERALLY DECLARE TO

THE WORLD YOU'RE DEAD TO

THE MATERIAL THINGS,

YOU'RE DEAD TO THE THINGS

OF THIS AGE.

YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO

THE AGE TO COME.

BUT IN THIS AGE, YOU WILL

HAVE PERSECUTION.

YOU WILL HAVE TRIBULATION,

YOU WILL HAVE TROUBLE.

HERE IS WHAT PAUL SAID

ABOUT IT IN ROMANS 5: "WE

OFFER GLORY AND

TRIBULATIONS, KNOWING THAT

TRIBULATION PRODUCES

PERSEVERANCE, AND

PERSEVERANCE, CHARACTER,

AND CHARACTER, HOPE."

I LIKE TO REMIND PEOPLE

THAT UNTESTED FAITH IS NO

FAITH AT ALL.

THAT WHEN YOU'RE FAITH HAS

NO TEST, THERE IS NO

TRIBULATION, THERE IS NO

PROBLEMS TO OVERCOME, THAT

WITHOUT THAT STRUGGLE,

WITHOUT THAT TRIBULATION,

WITHOUT THAT PROBLEM,

THERE WOULDN'T BE ANY

VICTORIES IN YOUR LIFE.

AND THE VICTORY MAY NOT

TURN OUT THE WAY YOU WANT

IT.

THE VICTORY MAY NOT TURN

OUT WITH A MIRACLE OF

HEALING.

IT MAY TURN OUT ANOTHER

WAY.

AND IN THAT OTHER WAY, ARE

YOU GOING TO FIND WHAT

PAUL TALKED ABOUT, THAT

TRIBULATION PRODUCES

PERSEVERANCE.

SO WHEN YOU'RE GOING

THROUGH IT, ARE YOU

LOOKING AT IS THIS GOING

TO PRODUCE THIS

PERSEVERANCE, WHERE

REGARDLESS OF MY EXTERNAL

CIRCUMSTANCES, I AM GOING

TO PERSEVERE THROUGH THAT.

AND THEN THE AMAZING

THING, YOU FIND THAT

THROUGH THE PERSEVERANCE,

YOU'RE SUDDENLY DEVELOPING

CHARACTER.

AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT

WORD "CHARACTER," WHAT

DOES THAT MEAN?

WHAT IS GOD INTERESTED IN?

WHO DOES HE WANT TO SPEND

ETERNITY WITH?

DOES HE WANT TO SPEND

ETERNITY WITH CHRISTIANS

WHO HAVE ALWAYS HAD AN

EASY LIFE, EVERYTHING

TURNED OUT WONDERFUL?

NO.

HE WANTS THOSE WHO HAVE

CHARACTER BECAUSE HE KNOWS

THAT CHARACTER WILL

PRODUCE HOPE.

WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT

ETERNITY, WHEN YOU THINK

ABOUT LIFE IN ETERNITY

WITH GOD, MAKE SURE THAT

YOU ALSO ARE GLORYING IN

YOUR TRIBULATIONS IN THIS

PRESENT AGE, KNOWING THAT

TRIBULATION PRODUCES

PERSEVERANCE, AND

PERSEVERANCE, CHARACTER,

AND THEN CHARACTER, HOPE.

AND MAY YOU HAVE HOPE

TODAY, HOPE IN THE LIVING

GOD.

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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