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700 Club Interactive - August 3, 2017

NFL safety Shemarko Thomas shares how the death of his parents changed his life. Read Transcript


Andrew: HE HAD

EVERYTHING A PRO ATHLETE

COULD WANT, BUT WAS

HEARTBROKEN.

I WOULD RATHER HAVE MY

MOM HERE, YOU KNOW?

Andrew: FIND OUT HE

PICKED UNTH UP THE PIECES.

> PLUS, HE SHOWCASES HIS

REMARKABLE TALENTS FOR

AUDIENCES AROUND THE

COUNTRY.

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

HERE IS A LOOK AT THE TOP

FIVE TRENDING STORIES FROM

"STUDIO 5."

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FIVE...

CYRUS!

I EXPECTED A LEFT TURN.

Efrem: IT IS YOUR

FIRST LOOK AT THE HOLIDAY

FILM WITH THE ALL-STAR

CAST, THAT INCLUDES GINA

RODRIGUEZ, KELLY CLARKSON,

ANTHONY ANDERSON, TRACY

MORGAN, TYLE TYLER PERRY, AND

OPRAH WINFREY.

YOU'RE IN DANGER, YOU

NEED TO LISTEN TO WHAT I'M

ABOUT TO SAY EXTREMELY

CAREFULLY.

Efrem: IT IS THE

STORY OF THE FIRST

CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE EYES

OF THE ANIMALS IN THE FILM

CALLED "THE STAR."

IT PREMIERES IN AMERICAN

THEATERS SEPTEMBER 10th.

> AT NUMBER FOUR...

CAN I TAKE YOUR ORDER?

Efrem: IT HAS BEEN 20

YEARS SINCE ACTOR KEL

MITCHELL WELCOMED PEOPLE

TO IN INS GRAHAM.

HE WRITES, OUR DAUGHTER IS

A BLESSING.

FOR THIS CHILD WE HAVE

PRAYED 1 SAMUEL 127.

PRAYERS DO GET ANSWERED

AND DREAMS DO COME TRUE.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

THREE...THIS ISN'T YOUR

ORDINARY VACATION BIBLE

SCHOOL.

IT'S CHANCE THE RAPPER.

"KIDS OF THE KINGDOM" IS A

SUMMER PROGRAM BORN OUT OF

HIS CHARITY SOCIAL WORK.

AND THIS VIDEO OF CHANCE

AND THE CHILDREN SINGING,

"ME AND MY GOD, WE GET

TURNED UP," HAS GONE

VIRAL.

* ME AND MY GOD, WE GET

TURNED UP *

Efrem: AT NUMBER

TWO...

* I AM WHO I AM TODAY

Efrem: IT'S CLEAR IN

HER VOICE, FANTASIA'S

ROOTS ARE IN GOSPEL.

AND SHE IS HONORING HER

LATE PASTOR AND

GRANDMOTHER PATTY COLLINS

WITH A WORSHIP EVENT IN

NORTH CAROLINA.

SHE CREDITS HER

GRANDMOTHER FOR

INTRODUCING HER TO HER

FAITH AND TO GOSPEL MUSIC.

SHE DIED OF A MASSIVE

HEART ATTACK IN 2015.

*

* I MADE IT

Efrem: THE WORSHIP

EVENT TAKES PLACE

AUGUST 27th.

> AT NUMBER

ONE...REGARDING ARTIST TON

TONNETONY BRAXTON PLAYS A

CHRISTIAN MOTHER WHO

CONVINCED A GUNMAN TO

STAND DOWN AFTER HE OPENED

FIRE IN AN ELEMENTARY

SCHOOL.

SHE IS STAR AND EXECUTIVE

PRODUCER OF "FAITH UNDER

FIRE," WHICH WILL AIR ON

THE LIFETIME NETWORK.

Efrem: FOR ALL OF THE Andrew: FOR ALL OF

THE LATEST ENTERTAINMENT

NEWS, CHECK OUT "STUDIO

5."

> WELL, COMING UP NEXT,

HE WANTED TO BE A

PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL

PLAYER.

INSTEAD, HE IS USING HIS

GIFTS TO WORK WITH

CELEBRITIES, INCLUDING

SOME OF SPORTS BIGGEST

STARS.

I'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO

STUFF WITH TIM TEBOW, TO

JERRY RICE, TO JACK

NICKLAUS.

Andrew: THIS GUY HAS

INCREDIBLE TALENT.

Andrew: THE APOSTLE

PAUL SAID, WHATEVER YOU

DO, DO IT ALL FOR THE

GLORY OF GOD.

JARED EMERSON IS A

PAINTER, AND HE FINDS THE

MOST JOY IN POINTING

OTHERS TO JESUS.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: TUCKED

ALONGSIDE THE RIVER IN

DOWNTOWN, GREENEVILLE,

SOUTH CAROLINA, ARE THE

POPULAR ART CROSSING

GALLERIES, THERE YOU'LL

FIND JARED EMERSON, AN

ARTIST WHO NOT ONLY PAINTS

WORKS OF ART, HE PERFORMS

THEM.

A NUMBER OF HIS

PERFORMANCES HAVE BEEN

PORTRAITS OF CELEBRITIES,

WHO ARE SOMETIMES IN THE

AUDIENCE.

I'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO

STUFF WITH TIM TEBOW, TO

JERRY RICE, TO CARRIE

UNDERWOOD.

IT CAN BE A LITTLE

NERVE-WRACKING.

Reporter: BUT THE

PIECES HE LOVES MOST ARE

THOSE THAT POINT PEOPLE TO

JESUS CHRIST.

YOU START OUT FOR YOUR

OWN PLEASURE, AND AS YOU

GROW A LITTLE BIT, YOU

REALIZE MAYBE I'M CREATING

SOMETHING BECAUSE OTHER

PEOPLE NEED TO SEE IT.

WHEN YOU'RE PAINTING, YOU

DON'T REALIZE THE IMPACT

IT IS HAVING ON OTHER

PEOPLE UNTIL THEY COME AND

TELL YOU ABOUT IT.

TO HAVE SOMEONE COME TO

YOU AND SAY, MAN, I

HAVEN'T BEEN COMING TO

CHURCH IN A WHILE, OR,

I'VE JUST BEEN FALLING

FROM GOD, AND THAT

PAINTING REALLY SPOKE TO

ME.

FOR SOME REASON, SEEING

THAT PAINTING OF JESUS WAS

LIKE HIM TELLING ME, HEY,

I'M HERE.

Reporter: JARED

REMEMBERS WHEN HIS OWN

FAITH IN GOD BECAME REAL

WHEN HE WAS FIVE.

I KNEW FOR ME MY HEART

CHANGED.

INSTEAD OF ME THINKING

THAT I WAS A FILTHY RAG, I

REALIZED THAT I WAS

ACTUALLY HIS CHILD, AND HE

LOVED ME REGARDLESS OF

WHETHER I OBEYED OR

DISOBEYED.

I JUST KNEW THAT I WANTED

TO, AS I GREW OLDER, TO

PLEASE HIM MORE AND LEARN

AND TRY TO PLEASE MYSELF

LESS.

Reporter: HE

DISCOVERED HIS GIFT FOR

ART AROUND 7th GRADE,

BUT HE HAD OTHER THINGS ON

HIS MIND.

I WANTED TO PLAY

BASKETBALL.

THAT WAS MY DREAMS AND MY

HOPES AND MY AMBITION.

BEING AN ARTIST WASN'T

SOMETHING I THOUGHT I

COULD BE ONE DIGITAL.

Reporter: EVEN SO,

JARED CONTINUED HONING HIS

ARTISTIC SKILLS.

IT WASN'T UNTIL AFTER

WORKING IN SALES FOR A

COUPLE OF YEARS THAT HE

DECIDED TO PURSUE A CAREER

AS AN ARTIST.

THE PATH I WAS GOING

DOWN WAS TRYING TO FIGURE

OUT HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL,

HOW TO MAKE A LIVING, HOW

TO HAVE A FAMILY AND TAKE

CARE OF THEM WITH ART.

Reporter: WITHIN A

FEW YEARS, HE DISCOVERED

HOW GOD WANTED HIM TO USE

HIS GIFT.

IT STARTED WHEN JARED'S

CHURCH MADE SOME VIDEOS OF

HIM PAINTING, AND SHOWED

THEM DURING THEIR

SERVICES.

AND THEY SAID, JARED,

YOU SHOULD PAINT ON STAGE.

AND I WAS, LIKE, ARE YOU

CRAZY?

THAT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT

I DO.

I WAS SCARED TO DEATH TO

GET IN FRONT OF PEOPLE AND

PAINT SOMETHING.

Reporter: HE'LL NEVER

FORGET HIS FIRST

PERFORMANCE WITH AN

INJURED KNEE.

I REALIZED I'M ON A

SLICK SURFACE AND I HAVE A

BUM KNEE.

AND THE PAINT STARTS

SEEPING INTO THE CANVASS.

MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS, HEY,

WHAT AM I DOING UP HERE.

I'M GOING TO COME UP HERE

AND THROW SOME PAINT AND

FALL DOWN, AND WHAT'S THE

PURPOSE OF THAT.

MY NEXT THOUGHT WAS, GOD,

I NEED YOUR HELP.

Reporter: DESPITE HIS

FEARS, IT WAS A BIG HIT.

THE HOLY SPIRIT HIT ME

AND IT SAID, JARED,

LISTEN, IF I CAN ALLOW YOU

TO DO SOMETHING WHEN YOUR

BROKEN AND NOT 100%, LOOK

AT THE POSSIBILITIES WHEN

YOU ARE 100%.

AND THE OPPORTUNITIES I'LL

BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU TO NOT

JUST GO OUT THERE AND

THROW PAINT, BUT BRING

HONOR AND GLORY TO MY

NAME.

SO IT WASN'T UNTIL I LET

GOD TAKE CONTROL THAT I

CHANGED MY PATH.

THAT KIND OF BROUGHT ME

DOWN TO DOING THE SPEED

PAINTING, THE

LIVE-PERFORMANCE ART,

WHERE IT BECAME A

MINISTRY.

Reporter: REQUESTS

FOR HIS PERFORMANCES

STARTED COMING IN FROM ALL

DIRECTIONS, ALLOWING HIM

TO OPEN HIS GREENEVILLE

STUDIO IN 2006.

NOW HE WORKS AT GATHERINGS

OF ALL KINDS, DOING WHAT

HE LOVES AND SHARING HIS

FAITH.

AND I NEVER COULD

REALLY IMAGINE OR DREAM

THAT I WOULD BE DOING THE

THINGS THAT I'M DOING

TODAY IF IT WASN'T FOR

THAT DECISION OF, GOD, I

NEED YOU TO TAKE OVER

CONTROL OF MY LIFE VERSUS

ME TRYING TO DO IT.

FOR ME IT COMES BACK FULL

CIRCLE: JARED, WHERE IS

YOUR HEART TODAY?

AND HOW FOCUSED ARE YOU ON

MY SON?

I KNOW I CAN'T TOUCH A

LIFE, BUT I KNOW GOD CAN

TOUCH A LIFE.

AND IF IT IS THROUGH ART,

THEN HOW COOL IS THAT?

Andrew: I'VE HAD THE

OPPORTUNITY TO SEE JARED

DO HIS ART WORK AT VARIOUS

CONCERTS, AND IT IS A

REMARKABLE EXPERIENCE.

AND HE DRAWS YOU CLOSER TO

THE LORD THROUGH HIS

TALENT.

IT IS VERY INTERESTING TO

HEAR HIM SAY HE WAS SCARED

TO DO WHAT GOD CALLED HIM

TO DO.

AND THAT'S, SOMETIMES,

WHEN WE KNOW IT IS A

CALLING TO GOD, WHEN IT

SCARES US.

BECAUSE HE WILL REVEAL TO

US IN THAT PROCESS THAT

THROUGH HIM HE CAN SHOW US

THINGS IN OURSELVES WE

DIDN'T KNOW EXISTED.

IT TAKES US OVERCOMING

FEAR.

> SHAMARKO THOMAS WAS

GIVEN TALENTS FROM GOD.

Reporter: HE HAS

BUILT A REPUTATION FOR

HIMSELF AS AN AGGRESSIVE,

HARD-HITTING PLAYER WITH A

WORK ETHIC THAT MANY WOULD

ARGUE IS SECOND TO KNOWN.

HE GREW UP IN VIRGINIA

BEACH, VIRGINIA, WITH HIS

MOM AND FIVE SIBLINGS.

Reporter: DESCRIBE

WHAT YOUR MOTHER WAS LIKE?

SHE WAS MY FATHER AND

MY MOTHER.

SHE WASN'T THE MOM, OH, I

LOVE YOU TYPE.

SHE WAS THE TOUGH MOM, YOU

BETTER GET OUT OF ANY

CRIME STUFF.

Reporter: HIS MOM

GAVE BIRTH TO HIM WHEN SHE

WAS 15, AND HE DIDN'T

REALLY KNOW HIS FATHER.

GROWING UP, HE SAW THINGS

NO CHILD SHOULD WITNESS.

MY MOM WOULD HAVE

BOYFRIENDS.

Reporter: HE DIDN'T

TRUST MEN AROUND HIS

MOTHER, SO WHEN SHE

MARRIED ABDUL, HE DIDN'T

LIKE HIM, BUT OVER TIME

THEY SLOWLY BEGAN TO BOND.

FOOTBALL BROUGHT US

TOGETHER.

AND JUST THE WAY HE

TREATED MY MOM, TAKING HER

OUT OF DATES -- I NEVER

SEEN THAT BEFORE WITH THE

OTHER MEN.

Reporter: THE FAMILY

GREW WITH THE ADDITION OF

HIS SISTER AND FOUR

BROTHERS, AND FOR HIM,

LIFE COULDN'T BE BETTER

UNTIL HE VIOLATED HIS

MOTHER'S TRUST.

HE BROKE MY MOTHER'S

HEART.

THEY SEPARATED AND MOVED

IN WITH OTHER LADY.

Reporter: THE MAN HE

TRUSTED LEFT HIS MOTHER

WITH SIX CHILDREN TO RAISE

BY HIMSELF, AND HE WAS

FURIOUS.

I THINK AWLG O ALL OF THE

ANGER INSIDE OF ME STARTED

BUILDING UP, AND I WAS

HANGING AROUND THE WRONG

CROWD.

I WAS TELLING MY MOTHER,

I'M GOING TO SELL DRUGS

AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

Reporter: HIS MOTHER

WAS TOO BUSY WITH WORK TO

HELP KEEP HIM OUT OF

TROUBLE.

SO HE ALMOST SEEMED TO

FIND IT.

I WAS OUT THERE JUST

TRYING TO HAVE FUN, CHILL

WITH MY FRIENDS, AND

FIGHT.

Reporter: YOU JUST

WANTED TO FIGHT?

FIGHT ALL THE TIME,

EVERY DAY.

Reporter: WHY?

JUST TO GET MY ANGER

OUT.

Reporter: HIS

ACTIVITIES GRABBED THE

ATTENTION OF JIM PRINCE

AND JIM SCOTT, AND ADAM

BERNSTEIN, THE SCHOOL'S

RESOURCE OFFICER.

THEY ALL INTERVENED TO

HELP HIM DEAL WITH HIS

ANGER AND THE REASONS

BEHIND IT.

INSTANTLY I WAS DRAWN

TO HIM, AND I THOUGHT,

THIS KID IS GOING TO BE MY

PROJECT FOR THIS YEAR.

I WANTED TO MAKE HIM FEEL

COMFORTABLE.

HE WOULD NEVER LET YOU

IN, BUT WHEN HE KNEW THAT

YOU CARED, THEN THAT'S

WHERE THINGS STARTED TO

REVEAL THEMSELVES.

Reporter: DURING THAT

YEAR, SHAMARKO HAD A FEW

ENCOUNTERS WITH SERGEANT

ADAM BERNSTEIN, BUT ONE

DAY AFTER SCHOOL, HE

CAUGHT HIM IN A STREET

BRAWL AND THE NEXT DAY

CALLED HIM DOWN TO HIS

OFFICE.

I SAT HIM DOWN AND I

SAID, THERE ARE A LOT OF

COLLEGES OUT THERE THAT

WILL GIVE YOU A FREE

EDUCATION IF YOU USE

FOOTBALL, AND IF YOU'RE

GOOD ENOUGH.

HE WAS, LIKE, I CARE

ABOUT YOU.

THAT WAS DIFFERENT TO SEE,

SOMEBODY WHO REALLY CARED

FOR US, AND ESPECIALLY AN

OFFICER.

Reporter: I READ

SOMEWHERE BOTH OF YOU

BROKE DOWN CRYING -- IS

THAT TRUE?

YEAH.

I DIDN'T WANT TO SAY.

Reporter: BY HIS

SENIOR YEAR, HE WAS HONOR

ROLL STUDENT AND SET

RECORDS FOR TACKLES AND

INTERCEPTIONS AND

TOUCHDOWNS.

HE ACCEPTED A SCHOLARSHIP

TO PLAY FOOTBALL.

SIGNING THAT PAPER,

SEEING MY MOM CRY OF

JOY -- THAT WAS THE FIRST

TIME I SEEN HER CRY OF JOY

INSTEAD OF PAIN.

THAT CHANGED MY WHOLE

LIFE.

Reporter: WHEN HE

ARRIVED AT SYRACUSE, HE

QUICKLY DEVELOPED A

REPUTATION FOR HIS HARD

WORK AND STYLE OF PLAYING.

BUT IN THE SPRING, THERE

WAS A CRUSH THAT HIT HIM

HARDER THAN ANYTHING ELSE.

IT BEGAN WITH A CALL FROM

HIS MOTHER.

SHE SAID, IF ANYTHING

EVER HAPPENED TO ME, I

WANT YOU TO LIVE OUT YOUR

DREAMS.

I'M THROWING IT OFF, LIKE,

OKAY, MOM, I GOT YOU.

Reporter: THE NEXT

DAY, HE RECEIVED A

VOICEMAIL FROM HIS YOUNGER

BROTHER.

HE WAS, LIKE, MAMA

GONE.

AND I LOST IT.

Reporter: HIS MOTHER

DIED FROM A MASSIVE HEART

ATTACK.

HE RETURNED HOME AS QUICK

AS HE COULD TO BE STRONG

FOR HIS FIVE SIBLINGS.

AND HE MANAGED TO DO SO

UNTIL HE WENT TO VIEW HIS

MOTHER'S BODY.

IT WAS ONLY TWO

SECONDS, BUT I COULDN'T

STAY IN THAT ROOM.

MAN!

THAT'S MY BEST FRIEND.

Reporter: WHY

COULDN'T YOU?

BECAUSE EVERYTHING I

DID WAS FOR HER.

AND JUST TO SEE HER LAYING

IN THAT CASKET, NOT

BREATHING NO MORE, IT WAS,

LIKE, WHAT DO I HAVE LEFT?

I COULDN'T SEE HER LIKE

THAT.

I COULDN'T.

I THOUGHT MY LIFE WAS

OVER, YOU KNOW?

WHAT'S THE POINT OF ME

LIVING, MY MOM IS NOT

HERE.

I WANTED MY MOM TO HAVE A

BIG HOUSE AND A CAR.

ALL THIS JEWELRY, IT

DOESN'T MEAN NOTHING TO

ME.

I RATHER HAVE MY MOM HERE,

YOU KNOW?

Reporter: AFTER THE

FUNERAL, HE CONSIDERED

GIVING UP SCHOOL AND

FOOTBALL TO TAKE CARE OF

HIS SIBLINGS, BUT HIS

GRANDMOTHER WAS ABLE TO

TAKE CARE OF THEM SO HE

COULD RETURN TO SCHOOL.

HE BEGAN LOOKING FOR

SOMETHING TO EASE THE PAIN

IN HIS HEART, SO HE TURNED

TO SOME OF HIS CHRISTIAN

TEAMMATES.

ONE DAY I STARTED

GETTING INTERESTING IN IT,

HEARING THEM TALK ABOUT

GOD AND STUFF.

AND I THOUGHT HEARING THE

SOLUTIONS TO MY ANSWERS,

THAT'S WHEN I REALIZED I

WILL TO FIND OUT WHO GOD

WAS, YOU KNOW?

WHEN MY MOM PASSED, I WAS,

LIKE, GOD DON'T LOVE ME.

HE CAN'T LOVE ME.

HE PUT ME THROUGH ALL OF

THIS.

Reporter: HE LEASHED

THALEARNEDTHAT THE ONLY WAY TO TRULY

HEAL THE PAIN IN HIS HEART

WAS THROUGH A RELATIONSHIP

WITH GOD.

ONE NIGHT HE BEGAN PRAYING

AND COMMITTED HIS LIFE TO

JESUS CHRIST.

I'M, LIKE, GOD,

WHATEVER YOUR PLAN IS,

WHATEVER YOU'VE GOT

PLANNED FOR ME, SHOW ME.

I SAID, LET YOUR WILL BE

UPON ME.

Reporter: SHE KNEW HE

COULD LEAHE KNEW HECOULD LEAN ON THE LORD.

AND HE HAD A STELLER YEAR.

AND HE WAS SELECTED BY THE

PITTSBURGH STEELERS.

TODAY HE IS WITH THE NEW

YORK JETS, HE'S MARRIED

WITH KIDS OF HIS OWN, AND

HIS WORK ETHIC REMAINS THE

SAME.

AS HE REFLECTS BACK OVER

ALL HE HAS HAD TO ENDURE,

HE KNOWS THAT HIS MOTHER

WOULD BE PROUD OF HIM, AND

THAT GOD'S LOVE NEVER

FAILS.

I KNOW EVERY STEP I

TAKE, GOD IS TAKING STEPS

WITH ME.

AND I'M GOD'S SOLDIER.

FAITH IS EVERYTHING FOR

ME.

THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE.

NO MATTER HOW MANY DAYS I

CRY OR BE IN PAIN OR WHAT

I GO THROUGH, I KNOW GOD

IS STANDING RIGHT BESIDE

ME.

Andrew: SHAMARKO,

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR BEING

VULNERABLE AND

TRANSPARENT, AND HELPING

US IDENTIFY WITH A SEASON

OF YOUR LIFE WHICH MANY OF

US HAVE BEEN IN, WHICH

SEEMS DARK.

I THINK OF PSALM 91, WHEN

THE PSALMIST SAYS THE LORD

IS OUR REFUGE AND OUR

FORTRESS, THAT HE WILL

COVER US WITH HIS

FEATHERS, AND HE WILL

COVER US UNDER HIS WINGS.

BUT IT HAS ALSO BEEN SAID

THAT SOMETIMES WHEN WE'RE

UNDER GOD'S WINGS, IT CAN

SEEM DARK.

SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO

REMEMBER WHAT CORY TENBOOM

SAID: "BELIEVE IN THE DARK

WHAT GOD TOLD YOU IN THE

LIGHT."

SOMETIMES I THINK THAT IS

REMEMBERING THAT WE CAN'T

GAUGE GOD'S LOVE JUST BY

OUR CIRCUMSTANCES.

SHAMARKO UNDERSTANDABLY

DID.

IF GOD LOVED ME, HE

WOULDN'T HAVE TAKEN MY

MOTHER.

BUT GOD BROUGHT HIM ON A

JOURNEY, AND HE HAD A NEW

REVELATION ABOUT GOD'S

LOVE.

BUT IT IS UNDERSTANDABLE,

WE GAUGE GOD'S LOVE AND

COMMITMENT AND

FAITHFULNESS TO US BY OUR

CIRCUMSTANCES.

BUT WHAT SHALL WE GAUGE IT

BY?

HIS LOVE SHOULD BE

MEASURED BY THE CROSS.

THE BLOOD JESUS SHED FOR

YOU, FOR ME.

WE DON'T DESERVE IT.

I DON'T DESERVE IT.

YET HIS ARMS WERE SPREAD

APART, NAILED TO A CROSS,

SO WE COULD SPEND ETERNITY

WITH GOD.

AND IF THAT'S ALL WE HAVE,

THAT'S ENOUGH REASON TO

HOPE.

REMEMBER PSALM 34: "THE

LORD IS CLOSE TO THE

BROKENHEARTED, AND HE

SAVES THOSE CRUSHED IN

SPIRIT."

I LOVE THAT VERSE.

THAT HE IS CLOSE TO US AND

THAT HE SAVES US.

CLOSE, THAT HE IS WITH US

NOW, EVEN IF WE HAVE

WONDERED WHERE HE IS.

AND HE SAVES US.

HE SAVES US TO SPEND

ETERNITY WITH GOD.

JESUS WANTS TO KNEEL WITH

US AND CRY AND WEEP AND BE

A PART OF OUR GRIEVING,

OUR SADNESS.

BUT THEN HE DESIRES TO

STAND US UP AND SAY,

FOLLOW ME.

JESUS IS CONTINUALLY

TELLING HIS DISCIPLES,

FOLLOW ME.

FOLLOW ME.

BECAUSE HE DOESN'T WANT US

TO STAY IN THE PLACE WHERE

WE'RE AT.

AND IN SHAMARKO'S LIFE,

JESUS DID A MIGHTY WORK.

HE HAD TO QUESTION GOD,

GRIEVE HIS MOTHER, AND

THEN GOD SAID, OKAY, NOW

KEEP FOLLOWING ME, EVEN

WHEN IT IS CHALLENGING,

EVEN WHEN YOUR FAITH IS

RATTLED, AND I WILL

CONTINUE TO WORK IN YOUR

LIFE.

AND THROUGH SHAMARKO'S

STORY, WE'RE ALL INSPIRED.

IF YOU'RE IN A PERIOD OF

DARKNESS NOW, AND YOU'VE

SAID, GOD, WHERE ARE YOU,

LET'S PRAY FOR WHATEVER

YOUR SITUATION IS, THAT

GOD WILL REVEAL HIMSELF TO

YOU AND YOU WILL AGAIN

COME TO THE REALIZATION OF

GOD'S LOVE, EVEN IN THE

DARK TIME.

FATHER, PEOPLE ARE

HURTING.

AND YOU KNOW THEIR PAIN.

AND FOR SO MANY THERE WAS

AN INTIMACY WITH YOU AT

ONE POINT, AND NOW FOR

VARIOUS REASONS THEY MAY

HAVE WALKED AWAY,

QUESTIONING YOUR

FAITHFULNESS, QUESTIONING

YOUR LOVE.

BUT, FATHER, WE KNOW FROM

SCRIPTURE, YOU DO NOT

LEAVE US, YOU DO NOT

FORSAKE US.

THANK YOU FOR REMINDING US

OF THAT TODAY, LORD GOD.

AND ON THIS DAY, FATHER,

WE PRAY WE WILL AGAIN WALK

IN YOUR WAYS, FOLLOW YOU,

TRUST YOU.

FOR SOME OF US, IT IS

GETTING TO KNOW YOU FOR

THE FIRST TIME, LORD.

BUT WE PRAY YOU WILL

REVEAL YOURSELF TO US IN A

MIGHTY NOW WAY.

AND WE WILL TRULY

EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF

THE HOLY SPIRIT TO WALK

WITH US THROUGH OUR

CHALLENGES IN THE NAME OF

JESUS.

AMEN.

IF YOU'D LIKE FURTHER

PRAYER, I ENCOURAGE YOU --

I ASK YOU TO CALL

1-800-700-7000.

WE HAVE PEOPLE HERE AT CBN

WHO WOULD LOVE TO PRAY

WITH YOU.

> WELL, COMING UP, WHAT

HAPPENS WHEN CBN GETS

INVOLVED WITH WOUNDED

WARRIOR'S WEEK?

IT IS CALLED ADAPTIVE

WATER SPORTS.

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THE

CHANCE TO BLESS THOSE WHO

PROTECT OUR FREEDOM.

DON'T GO AWAY.

Andrew: STUDIES SHOW

THAT FOR EVERY U.S.

SOLDIER KILLED IN COMBAT,

SEVEN ARE WOUNDED.

NEARLY 50,000 SERVICEMEN

AND WOMEN HAVE BEEN

RECENTLY INJURED IN

CONFLICTS.

VIRGINIA BEACH ADAPTIVE

WATER SPORTS HELPS THEM

ENJOY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES,

AND RECENTLY CBN STEPPED

IN TO HELP.

Reporter: A WATER-SKI

CLUB IN VIRGINIA LIKES TO

TAKE SUMMER FUN TO A NEW

LEVEL FOR FORMER MILITARY

SERVICE MEMBERS WITH

DISABILITIES.

THEY VOLUNTEER THEIR BOATS

AND THEIR TIME TO GET

INJURED VETS UP ON SKIES.

IT IS PART OF THE "WOUNDED

WARRIOR'S" WEEK.

WE ARE ACTIVELY

INVOLVED IN HELPING THESE

SOLDIERS, THESE MILITARY

FAMILIES.

THAT'S WHAT CHRIST DID.

HE WENT INTO THE STREETS

AND HE TOUCHED THE PEOPLE

AND LOVED ON THE PEOPLE.

I LOVE SKIING, JUST

LOVE IT.

AND NOW WE CAN OFFER IT TO

THOSE THAT NORMALLY COULD

NOT DO IT AT ALL.

Reporter: THE CLUB

USED TO SPONSOR THE EVENT

JUST ONCE A YEAR BECAUSE

THEY HAD TO BORROW THE

SPECIALIZED SKIER.

THEY WANTED TO PROVIDE

WATER SPORTS TO THE

DISABLED ALL SUMMER LONG,

SO THEY FOUNDED VIRGINIA

BEACH ADAPTIVE WATER

SPORTS, BUT THEY NEEDED

SOMEONE TO BUY THE

EQUIPMENT.

THIS MAN WAS RESPONSIBLE

FOR RAISING THE FUNDS.

I WORRIED ABOUT WHERE

THE FUNDS WERE COMING FROM

EVERY DAY.

YOU WONDER, HOW AM I GOING

TO GET THE FUNDS TO BUY

WHAT WE NEED TO BUY.

Reporter: CBN'S

"HELPING THE HOMEFRONT"

HEARD ABOUT THEIR NEED AND

HAD A BIG SURPRISE.

CBN WOULD LIKE TO GIVE

YOU $10,000 TO BUY WHAT

YOU NEED.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THIS MONEY IS GOING TO BE

BUYING A LOT OF EQUIPMENT.

VERY NICE EQUIPMENT THAT

WE WILL GET YEARS AND

YEARS OUT OF.

WE ARE REALLY GOING TO

BE ABLE TO TOUCH THE

HEARTS AND THE SPIRITS OF

OUR SOLDIERS AND THEIR

FAMILIES.

Reporter: BILL FERDY

HAS BEEN PARALYZED FOR 16

YEARS.

ON THIS DAY HE WAS BACK ON

THE WATER.

HIT IT!

I'M WATER-SKIING.

MYSELF AND MY FAMILY

ENJOYED WATER-SKIING FOR

OUR WHOLE LIVES, AND I'M

STILL OUT WATER-SKIING,

LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE.

Reporter: VIRGINIA

BEACH ADAPTIVE WATER

SPORTS CAN NOW KEEP

WOUNDED WARRIORS ON THE

WATER, THANKS TO "HELPING

THE HOMEFRONT."

YOU WOULDN'T THINK THAT

HELPING SOMEONE GET BACK

INTO THE WATER AND SKI

WOULD BLESS THEM BEYOND

WORDS, BUT IT DOES.

Andrew: IT IS OUR

PRIVILEGE TO TEAM UP WITH

THAT WONDERFUL MINISTRY.

"HELPING THE HOMEFRONT" IS

A GREAT WAY TO SUPPORT THE

MILITARY COMMUNITY.

IF YOU'RE A PERSON WHO

REALLY APPRECIATES THE MEN

AND WOMEN IN OUR ARMED

FORCES AND WANT TO LET

THEM KNOW HOW MUCH YOU

APPRECIATE THEM, FIRST OF

ALL, PRAY FOR THE

FAMILIES, PLEASE.

BUT THE GREAT THING ABOUT

"HELPING THE HOMEFRONT",

IT DOESN'T JUST HELP THOSE

DEPLOYED, BUT THE FAMILIES

AT HOME.

AND "HELPING THE

HOMEFRONT" IS A TREMENDOUS

WAY TO HELP THOSE IN

UNIFORM.

YOU CAN CALL

1-800-700-7000 AND SAY, I

WOULD LOVE TO GET ON BOARD

WITH WHAT YOU'RE DOING

WITH "HELPING THE

HOMEFRONT."

> WE LEAVE YOU TODAY

WITH 1 PETER 2: 9: "BUT

YOU ARE A CHOSEN

GENERATION, A ROYAL

PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION,

HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE,

THAT YOU MAY PROCLAIM THE

PRAISES OF HIM WHO CALLED

YOU OUT OF DARKNESS WHO

HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT."

> THANKS FOR JOINING US

TODAY.

WE'LL SEE YOU N

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