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The 700 Club - January 29, 2018

Mandisa shares how she overcame depression through trusting God. Plus, a debilitated pianist dreams of playing again. Read Transcript


TODAY, FORMER AMERICAN IDOL

MANDISA.

HE GAVE ME A NEW SONG TO

SING.

THE CHRISTIAN MUSIC STAR

OPENS AND

HOW TO BE STRONGER AND HOW SHE

FINALLY

CAME OUT OF THE DARK.

I'M A MASTERPIECE IN THE

MAKING

RIGHT NOW.

ON THE "700 CLUB". *

Gordon: WELCOME TO THE "700

CLUB".

FOR TODAY'S TOP HEADLINES LET'S

GO TO

THE CBN NEWS DESK.

Efrem: GORDON, PRESIDENT

TRUMP IS

GOING TO MEET WITH HIS LEADERS

TOMORROW

AND WILL DISCUSS IMMIGRATION

REFORM.

IT'S A CRITICAL WEEK FOR

TRUMP

MEETING WITH THE UNITED NATIONS

TO IRAN

AND THE CONFLICT ON THE MIDDLE

EAST AND

WILL DISCUSS THE DEBRIS OF THE

MISSILE

AND THE TOUR OF THE HOLOCAUST

MUSEUM.

THIS MEETING COMES BEFORE HIS

STATE OF

THE UNION ADDRESS TOMORROW

NIGHT TO

DISCUSS TRADE, NATIONAL

SECURITY AND

PARTICULARLY THE ECONOMY.

NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO

BRING

YOUR BUSINESS, YOUR JOBS AND

YOUR

INVESTMENTS TO THE UNITED

STATES.

HE'LL ALSO NO DOUBT PRAISE

THE

EFFECT THAT HIS TAX CUTS WILL

BRING A

BOOM TO THE ECONOMY LIKE HE DID

IN

SWITZERLAND.

AND PRESIDENT TRUMP MAY WILL BE

EXPAND

THE ISSUE ON DREAMERS.

THE PROPOSAL TO BRING 8

MILLION

DREAMERS IS A HUGE STEP IN THE

RIGHT

DIRECTION.

THIS MAN'S CRITICISM ON BOTH

SIDES

OF THE AISLE.

BUT WITH BOTH SIDES WILLING TO

NEGOTIATE, A DEAL MAY BEGIN.

FROM SCHOOLS IN AT LEAST SIX

STATES

HAVE CLOSED TODAY TO STOP THE

SPREAD OF

THE DEADLY FLU. IN OKLAHOMA 20

DISTRICTS SHUT THEIR DOORS IN

THE LAST

WEEK TO DISINFECT.

THE CDC SHOWS THAT 37 CHILDREN

HAVE

DIED FROM THE FLU THIS SEASON

MAKING IT

THE WORST OUTBREAK IN NEARLY A

DECADE.

CHARLES SCHUMER HAS CALLED

OFFICIALS TO

A SURVEILLANCE TEAM AS THE FLU

INCREASES.

> THE SENATE WILL VOTE TO BAN

ABORTION IF THE SENATE PASSES.

IT WILL TAKE 60 VOTES TO PASS

AND THE

REPUBLICANS HAVE 51 SEATS.

OTHER STATES LIKE OHIO,

MISSOURI AND

OTHERS SUPPORT THE BAN ON

ABORTION.

IT COULD BECOME AN ISSUE IN

THIS YEAR'S

CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION.

THE HOUSE HAS ALREADY PASSED A

BILL

KNOWN AS MICAH'S LAW.

THIS BILL WOULD PROTECT 10,000

LIVES

EACH YEAR.

MUSIC AND POLITICS TOOK

CENTER STAGE

LAST NIGHT AT THE 60TH ANNUAL

GRAMMY

AWARDS AFTER BOOKS WERE READ

ABOUT

HILLARY CLINTON A THERE WAS A

PRO-LIFE

MESSAGE AND CECE WINAN AND

ZACHARY

WILLIAMS WALKED AWAY WITH A

WIN.

WITH THE ISSUES WITH NORTH

KOREA AND

THE U.S., SOME ARE CONCERNED

THAT IT

COULD LEAD TO A MILITARY

SHOWDOWN. BUT

SOME POLITICS REPORT THE WAY TO

WIN

AGAINST NORTH KOREA SO COME

WITH

RELIGION.

MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE IT'S GOD

LESS

GUT BUT IT'S NOT TRUE.

KIM JONG-UN IS CONSIDERED A GOD

AND

WORSHIPPED IN THE DYNASTY.

IT WAS CLAMPED IN THE

KINGDOM TO KIM

JONG-UN'S FATHERMENT

IT'S THEIR HOLY SPIRIT.

THAT'S WHY THEY HAVE SO MUCH

EVIL.

THAT IS A PERVERSION OF THIS

DOCTRINE.

THIS IS THE OF DISCUSSION OF

NORTH

KOREA AND RELIGION.

THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND AND

BRAINWASHED. THE

THEY ARE BRAIN WASHED TO

IDOL IZE

HIM.

THEY SAY THANK YOU.

NORTH KOREANS THINK IT'S

DANGEROUS.

THEY ARE ACTUALLY MORE AFRAID

OF THE

POWER OF THE GOSPEL THAN THE

AMERICAN

SUPER POWER.

THE BIBLE AND THE CHRISTIAN

GOSPEL

IS THE MOST DESTABILIZED THING

TO THE

NORTH KOREAN REGIME. WHO LATER

DEFECTED

TOLD HER.

THAT IT WAS ONLY THE GOD

WITH THE

BRAINWASHING OF THIS SYSTEM

THAT THEY

ARE SUFFERING UNDER.

BECAUSE THEY ARE UNDERMINING

KIM

JONG-UN'S SUPPOSED AUTHORITY.

THAT IS A SUPREME SOVEREIGN

GOD OVER

ALL MEN INCLUDING THE DICTATOR.

THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CALL

THAT IT'S BOTH COUNTER

INTUITIVE AND

BRILLIANT THAT HE'S ACTUALLY

MOCKING

THEIR GOD.

AND HIS CHANTING --

YOU ARE A BELOVED CHILD OF

GOD AND

CREATED TO BE FREE. THEY TEACH

YOU ARE

THE WAYS OF THE KIM FAMILY AND

YOU

SHOULD USE YOUR ENTIRE LIFE AND

SACRIFICE FOR THIS.

THAT IS THE GOSPEL IN THEIR

TOWN.

ALL THE CHILDREN WERE DYING

FROM

TYPHOID FEVER.

THIS WOMAN WROTE DOWN THIS

BIBLE VERSE

AND SAID I'M GOING TO PRAY TO

MY

DAUGHTER.

IF IT'S TRUE AND GOD IS REAL,

MY

DAUGHTER WILL BE HEARD.

AND SHE WAS THE ONLY ONE THAT

SURVIVED

THAT.

THE CONTROL UNDER THE GIRTH

OF THE

REGIME HAS TO BE BROKEN. THAT

HAS TO

HAPPEN BY PRAYER AND FASTING

THROUGH

THE CHURCH.

CALLING FOR A WORLDWIDE DAY

OF

PRAYER.

I BELIEVE WE SHOULD DO IT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH

MORE OF

TODAY'S "700 CLUB" RIGHT AFTER

THIS.

ATTENDANCE AT CATHOLIC CHURCHES

IS

DOWN. AFTER A STRATEGY A

REVITALIZATION

IS WORKING AND REPORTING

SOMETHING ANY

CHURCH COULD USE FOR ANY 21ST

CENTURY

TRANSFORMATION.

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS KNOWN

FOR

MANY TRADITIONS AND CAN BE FOR

ANY

CHANGE. IN THE 60s THIS

NEIGHBORHOOD

WAS HALF JEWISH, HALF IRISH OR

ITALIAN

CATHOLIC. OVER THE COURSE OF

THOSE 8

YEARS, THOSE FAMILIES HAVE

MOVED OUT

AND NOW IT'S ALMOST ENTIRELY

AFRICAN

AMERICAN. THE CHURCH STUCK

AROUND TO

WELCOME ITS NEW NEIGHBORS.

AS A PASTOR, I SEEK TO DO IS

TO LET

FOLKS WHO DO NOT HAVE A HOME

THAT WE

ARE A VIABLE OPTION.

THAT MAYBE A VIABLE

OUTREACH, BUT

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH DOESN'T

OFFER MUCH

TO AFRICAN AMERICANS. FATHER

WOULD LIKE

TO CHANGE THAT.

I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT THE

CHURCH

IS AUTHENTICALLY CATHOLIC AND

CHRISTIAN.

IT BRINGS A VARIETY OF BOTH AND

GIVES

IT A BLACK CHURCH FEEL AS FAR

AS MUSIC,

AS FAR AS PREACHING STYLE, AS

FAR AS

WORSHIP EXPERIENCE.

HE FOUND IT WASN'T THEOLOGY

THAT

NEEDED TO CHANGE, IT WAS THE

CONGREGATION THAT NEEDED TO

MEET THEIR

NEIGHBORS NEEDS.

IT HAD TO ADOPT. WE KNEW

THE FOLKS

ARE NOT THE SAME. THE MESSAGE

WAS

ALWAYS THE SAME, THE MESSAGE OF

CHRIST

CRUCIFIED BUT HE FOUND A WAY TO

MAKE IT

APPEALING TO THAT COMMUNITY.

FATHER IS A CLASSIC EXAMPLE

OF HOW

TO MAKE THE CHURCH CHANGE. HE

WRITES TO

THRIVE IN TODAY'S WORLD WE

DON'T HAVE

TO DRINK A 20TH CENTURY

COCKTAIL.

WE HAVE TO DRINK FROM OUR

OWN WELL.

HE SAYS THIS IS EXPERIENCING

THIS IN

500 YEARS.

OF COURSE SOME CHURCHES ARE

SUFFERING THIS PHENOMENA.

IN THE WAY I USE THAT PHRASE

AND USE

THOSE STATISTICS EARLY IN THE

BOOK AS

KIND OF A CALL TO ACTION.

HE CALLS IT AN EASTER

STRATEGY THAT

STANDS FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL,

ACCOUNTABLE

AND TRANSFORM AND REACH.

IT FIRST ESTABLISHED LEADERSHIP

TEAMS

TO HELP WITH ADMINISTRATION AND

PROJECTS MANY OF AND THEN THEY

GOT

INFORMATION WITH HOW PEOPLE

WANTED TO

WALK WITH CHRIST AND HOW THEY

MEET

THOSE NEEDS AND AFTER THAT

DATA, THEY

MADE ANY CHANGES NECESSARY.

HE SERVES WITH A CATHOLIC

SCHOOL

PROVIDING THE EDUCATION FOR THE

CHILDREN TO LEARN.

THIS AREA IS A PLACE OF

VIOLENCE IN

HISTORY.

THEY BORROWED MONEY TO KEEP THE

DOORS

OPEN. NOW WITH THE

TRANSFORMATION,

PEOPLE TRAVEL FROM OTHER

PARISHES TO

ATTEND THE CHURCH ON SUNDAYS.

IT'S NOT GOING TO BE ON OUR

TERMS.

THEY ARE NOT GOING TO COMMIT TO

TEACHING SUNDAY SCHOOL EVERY

SUNDAY

MORNING AT 11:00. HOWEVER THEY

MIGHT

COME ONCE A MONTH AND MIGHT BE

PHENOMENAL. THEY MAY NOT COME

TO

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDIES BUT

MAYBE OPEN

TO LEADING A FAITH SHARING

GROUP IN

THEIR APARTMENTS.

EVEN THE POPE IS ENCOURAGING

INNOVATION IN THE CHURCH.

ATTENDING THE

ANNUAL CONFERENCE BY APPEARING

ON THE

SCREEN.

AS HE TALKED TO CULTURAL

LEADERS, HE

SURPRISED HIS AUDIENCE BY USING

MODERN

TERMS OF THE DIGITAL AID TO

READ TO

THEM.

HE FEELS HIS STRATEGY IS

UNIVERSAL

AND CAN REVITALIZE ANY CHURCH

NO MATTER

THE DENOMINATION. HE SAYS IT

CAN'T BE

FROM THE TOP DOWN EVEN FROM THE

POPE.

IT REQUIRES EVERYONE TO LEAD.

KAITLYN

BURKE, CBN NEWS, PHILADELPHIA,

PENNSYLVANIA.

Gordon: IT'S A WONDERFUL

STORY.

WONDERFUL ADVICE FOR EVERY

CHURCH.

REACH OUT TO THE PARISH, TO THE

NEIGHBORHOOD AROUND YOU.

TERRY?

Terry: COMING UP, MANDISA

TELLS US

WHAT ROCKED HER FAITH AND HOW

INTERVENTION BROUGHT HER OUT OF

THE

DARK.

I HAVE THE ENEMY TELLING ME

HOW CAN

YOU TELL PEOPLE THEY ARE

OVERCOMEERS

WHEN YOU CAN'T DEAL WITH ISSUES

YOUR

ENTIRE LIFE.

THAT'S NEXT.

THAT'S NEXT.

Terry: MANDISA'S POWERFUL

VOCALS AND

INFECTIOUS SPIRIT HAS CAUSED

HER TO

SELL MUCH OF HER MUSIC. BUT THE

EXPERIENCE OF HER LIFE HAS BEEN

A

TRAGEDY FOR HER LOSING A BATTLE

FOR HER

LIFE.

EVER SINCE HER APPEARANCE ON

AMERICAN IDOL IN 2006, MANDISA

HAS BEEN

CAPTIVATING MANY WITH HER

POWERFUL

VOICE.

HOLD ON A LITTLE BIT LONGER

AND THIS

IS GOING TO MAKE YOU STRONGER.

AS SHE LAUNCHED INTO HER

SINGING

CAREER IT WAS HER SMILE AND

POSITIVE

OUTLOOK ON LIKE THAT CAPTURED

THEIR

HEARTS.

I'M KIND OF KNOWN AS THE

LEADER AS

YOU ARE STRONGER AND

OVERCOMING. IT'S

HARD.

MANDISA ADMITS THAT THIS WAS

A WAY

OF MASKING HER OWN STRUGGLES.

I DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT

MY

EMOTIONS.

IT'S NOT THE WAY THAT I WAS

RAISED AND

THAT IT DOESN'T COME NATURALLY

FOR ME.

THERE IS A TIME SHE COULDN'T

HIDE IT

ANY LONGER. IN 2013, MANDISA

RELEASED

HER FOURTH ALBUM TITLED DRUMMER

ABOUT

HER FRIEND WHO CHOSE TO PROTECT

HER

UNBORN SON AND THAT GOD WAS

GOING TO

PERFORM A MIRACLE BUT AFTER A

YEAR OF

GIVING BIRTH TO HER SON, SHE

PASSED

AWAY.

I KNEW THAT GOD IS GOING TO

GIVE YOU

THE MOST GLORY AND IF SHE CAME

OUT OF

THIS, HE WOULD GIFT HER THE

GIFTS OF

GOD AND HOW SHE WOULD HEAL AND

WHEN

THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN, I THOUGHT

MY

FOUNDATION WAS REALLY FIRM.

WHEN THAT

HAPPENED, I WAS ANGRY WITH GOD.

SHE SHUT 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 AND AS A RESULT I

FELL INTO

THIS DEEPEST DEPRESSION OF MY

LIFE. I

STARTED TO GO INTO MY OLD WAYS

WITH

FOOD AND THEN I FOUND SUCCESS

WHEN I

LOST OVER 120 POUNDS. I GAINED

EVERY

PART OF THAT BACK AND MORE.

AND THEN I FELL WITH SHAME WHEN

I'M

TELLING MYSELF HOW CAN YOU TELL

PEOPLE

ABOUT OVERCOMING WHEN YOU CAN'T

EVEN

DEAL WITH YOUR OWN ISSUES IN

YOUR LIFE.

MONTHS LATER, HER FRIENDS

DECIDED TO

INTERVENE.

THE ONE TIME I LEFT MY HOUSE

I WAS

IN A MOVIE THEATRE AND WHEN I

CAME OUT,

I SAW MY CAR HAD A BUNCH OF

STICKY

NOTES ON IT AND THEY WERE

SCRIPTURES

AND THEY SAID, WE LOVE YOU. AND

I SAW

THAT EIGHT OF MY FRIENDS

STARTED

GATHERING AROUND.

THEY SAID, LISTEN, THIS HAS

BEEN GOING

ON TOO LONG. WE ARE NOT GOING

TO LEAVE

YOU LIKE THIS.

HER FRIENDS ENCOURAGED HER

TO SEE A

COUNSELOR AND THERE SHE

DISCOVERED HER

ADDICTION TO FOOD.

I BATTLED WITH A HEAVINESS

AND

DARKNESS MY WHOLE LIFE. I WAS

MOLESTED

AT AN EARLY AGE.

I THINK THE DIVORCE OF MY

PARENTS HAD

THE IMPACT ON MY WORSE IN

PLACING MY

WORSE IN THE WRONG THINGS. I

TURNED TO

FOOD MY ENTIRE LIFE. WHEN YOU

ARE HEAVY

AT A YOUNG AGE, YOU DEAL WITH A

LOT OF

RIDICULE, ARE BUT THEN WHEN YOU

HAVE

SEXUAL ABUSE ON TOP OF THAT,

IT'S JUST

A VICIOUS CYCLE.

AND THEN SHE SOON REALIZED

SHE COULD

NOT HIDE BEHIND HER SMILE ANY

LONGER.

I REALIZED I NEEDED TO BRING

THOSE

DISAPPOINTMENTS AND ANGER TO

GOD.

HE HAD SOMEBODY MURDERED AND

MADE

MISTAKES BUT HE BROUGHT THOSE

TO GOD

AND HE WAS AFTER GOD'S OWN

HEART.

I WANT TO BE A WOMAN AFTER

GOD'S OWN

HEART.

MANDISA TOOK HER ANGER TO

GOD AND

FOUND FREEDOM.

MY FIRST VERSUS.

HE SET MY FEET ON A ROCK AND HE

GAVE ME

A NEW SONG TO SING. THAT'S

BASICALLY

WHERE I AM. I WAS IN THE

DEEPEST PIT OF

MY LIFE AND NOW GOD HAS CHANGED

ME.

IT WAS THAT EXPERIENCE THAT

INSPIRED

HER LATEST ALBUM "OUT OF THE

DARK".

GOD IS DOING SOMETHING GOOD.

HE'S WORKING IT THROUGH.

HE'S WORKING IT THROUGH.

NOW WHEN MANDISA SHOWS THAT

WINNING

SMILE, IT'S NOT TO COVER UP THE

MISS

PERFECTIONS IN HER LIFE, IT'S

TO SHOW

THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL.

I WON'T SAY THAT I HAVE

OVERCOME,

BUT I MAKE THE CHOICE AND I

LOOK IN THE

MIRROR AND LIFTOFF EVERYTHING I

HATE OR

WHEN I FEEL THAT I HAVE MADE

ANOTHER

MISTAKE, THE SAME MISTAKES THAT

I

MAKEOVER AND OVER AGAIN,

INSTEAD OF

BEATING MYSELF UP, I WILL SAY

NO.

GOD WILL FINISH WHEN HE

RETURNS. I'M A

MASK AND UNFINISHED.

HE STARTED SOMETHING IN ME

AND HE'S

GOING TO COMPLETE IT. YOU JUST

HEARD

MANDISA TALK ABOUT HER LATEST

ALBUM.

IT'S CALLED "OUT OF THE DARK"

AND IT'S

AVAILABLE WHERE MUSIC IS SOLD.

WHAT A WONDERFUL MESSAGE.

COMING UP, A SINGLE MOM TURNS

HER LIFE

AROUND IN 1 DAY. THANKS TO

VIEWERS LIKE

YOU. TO VIEWERS LIKE YOU.

WELCOME BACK TO THE "700

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EVANGELIST BILLY GRAHAM MAY

PREACH AT A

STADIUM IN CHARLOTTE.

THAT IS THE WORD FROM HIS

DAUGHTER.

THE 99 EVANGELIST IS PREPARING

A

SERMON. THE PREPARATIONS COULD

TAKE

PLACE NEXT YEAR BUT HER FATHER

IS

CONFIDENT HE'LL DO IT AND HAS

GIVEN A

TIME LINE THAT WILL ENSURE HE

WILL BE

HERE.

"ORPHAN'S PROMISE" IS

HELPING SINGLE

MOTHERS GAIN INDEPENDENCE TO

GIVE THEIR

CHILDREN AND OPPORTUNITY TO THE

THRIVE

IN THEIR OWN HOME. "OPERATION

BLESSING"

IS HELPING WITH HOUSING.

THIS IS TO HELP PREVENT THE

NUMBER OF

CHILDREN FROM BEING ABANDONED

OR SOLD.

THIS IS A PERFECT DESIGN FOR

FAMILIES

AND CHILDREN.

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GORDON AND TERRY WILL BE RIGHT

BACK.

STAY WITH US.

STAY WITH US.

Terry: IN PERU, A YOUNG MOM

STRUGGLED

TO FEED HER FAMILY. SHE SAID A

PRAYER.

LORD, BEND DOWN AND HEAR MY

CRY. HERE

IS HOW HER PRAYER WAS ANSWERED.

MIRIAN'S TEACHER ASKED HER

STUDENTS

TO BRING SOME FOOD ITEMS TO HER

CLASS

TO HELP FAMILIES IN NEED. WHEN

IT CAME

TIME FOR MIRIAN 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.

FOR THE PAST 2 YEARS, SHEYLA

HAS

BEEN RAISING FOUR KIDS ON HER

OWN. FOOD

BECAME SCARCE AFTER HER HUSBAND

LEFT

THEM.

SOMETIMES A SMALL FISH IS ALL

THE

FAMILY WOULD HAVE FOR THE

ENTIRE WEEK.

SOMETIMES THERE IS NO FOOD

AND WE

DON'T EAT.

SHEYLA SOLD WATERMELON

SLICES WHEN

SHE COULD.

SHE NEVER STOPPED PROVIDING FOR

HER

FAMILY AND TO PAY HER BILLS.

I ASKED THE LORD TO HELP ME.

SHE MET OTHER PARENTS AT A

PARENTS

CAMPAIGN AT HER SCHOOL. WE MET

THEM

WITH A SURPRISE.

IT TURNS OUT THAT SHEYLA IS THE

ONLY

ONE SELLING MEAT AND FISH AND

FRESH

VEGETABLES.

I'M GLAD MY BUSINESS HAS

STARTED

WELL AND THINKING ABOUT WAYS TO

MAKE IT

GROW TO MEET THE NEEDS OF MY

CHILDREN.

WE HAD ONE MORE SURPRISE FOR

THE

FAMILY, A FOOD BASKET WHICH WE

PRESENTED TO MIRIAN.

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 AND THE

ECONOMIC

SITUATION IS COMPLETELY

DIFFERENT AND

IMPOSSIBLE. THIS MOM LOVES HER

CHILDREN. SHE'S DOING

EVERYTHING SHE

CAN TO PROVIDE FOR THEM, BUT

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COMING UP, HE WASN'T

EXPECTED TO

SURVIVE THE HOSPITAL STAY.

THEY SAID, THERE IS NO HOPE.

UNTIL THE DOCTORS DIDN'T

COUNT ON

ONE THING.

SEE WHAT THEY ARE CALLING

MIRACULOUS

WHEN WE COME BACK.

Gordon: GILBERT HAS MORE

PAGES ON HIS

MEDICAL RECORDS THAN HIS NOVEL.

IN HIS

MEDICAL RECORD, THE DOCTORS

WROTE NO

GUARANTEES OF A GOOD OUTCOME.

GILBERT NEEDED A SERIES OF

MIRACLES TO

LIVE AND THE FIRST MIRACLE,

MAKING IT

TO THE HOSPITAL ALIVE. MIRACLE,

MAKING

IT TO THE HOSPITAL ALIVE.

I WAITED AND I WAITED AND

SEVERAL

MONTHS WENT BY.

FIRST I TEXTED HIM.

AND THEN I STARTED CALLING HIM

AND NO

ANSWER. THIS IS UNUSUAL FOR

GILBERT.

ANI GOT A CALL.

HER HUSBAND WAS BEING FLOWN TO

HUNTINGTON HOSPITAL IN

PASADENA. SHE

WAS GIVEN FEW DETAILS AND SHE

DIDN'T

THINK IT WAS SERIOUS UNTIL HIS

DOCTORS

TOLD HER OTHERWISE.

I WAS GOING THERE AND THEY

SAID YOU

NEED TO GO IN AND SAY GOOD-BYE.

I SAID, LORD, I SURRENDER. YOU

NEED TO

TAKE OVER.

GILBERT VEERED OFF THE ROAD

AND

CRASHED HEAD FIRST INTO A

MOUNTAIN SIDE.

ALONG WITH MULTIPLE BROKEN

BONES HE HAD

BRAIN TRAUMA AND WASN'T

EXPECTED TO

LIVE BUT HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS

BELIEVED DIFFERENTLY.

I WAS JUST PRAYING IN MY

HEART AND

LORD, YOU SEE EVERYTHING AND

YOU KNOW

WHAT'S AHEAD. HONESTLY IF I

DIDN'T HAVE

MY FAITH, IT WOULDN'T BE

POSSIBLE.

OVER THE COURSE OF THE

NIGHT, THE

PROGNOSIS CHANGED.

THEY SAID, WELL, IT LOOKS

LIKE HE'S

SURVIVING BUT HE WILL BE

PARALYZED FROM

THE NECK DOWN.

THE REPORTS SHOW HE WASN'T

PARALYZED

BUT IT WASN'T OVER.

HE HAD A BOUT OF MEMORY LOSS

AND FACED

MONTHS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY AND

EVEN

THEN, DOCTORS THOUGHT HE WOULD

BE

PERMANENTLY DISABLED.

WE CONTINUED TO PRAY, TAKE A

STEP

FORWARD AND PRAY AND TAKE A

STEP

FORWARD.

GILBERT WAS FULLY AWARE OF

HIS

STATE, 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.

THAT'S BECAUSE THIS WASN'T

THE FIRST

TIME GOD CARRIED HIS FAMILY

THROUGH

PHYSICAL TRIALS. WHILE LIVING

IN IRAN,

THEY WERE PERSECUTED FOR THEIR

FAITH.

I WAS 17 YEARS OLD WHEN MY

DAD WAS

KILLED AND MURDERED. WAS HIS

GRACE

ENOUGH? YES, HIS GRACE WAS

ENOUGH EVEN

THEN.

AFTER A SERIES OF SURGERIES

AND

PHYSICAL THERAPY, HIS HANDS

WERE LOCKED

CLOSED BECAUSE OF NERVE DAMAGE.

THEY SAID, GILBERT, THAT'S

IT.

THERE IS NO HOPE. THIS IS MY

SITUATION.

I COULDN'T MOVE MY FINGERS AND

I

COULDN'T EVEN SHAKE HANDS.

THE PHYSICIAN IN CHARGE OF

GILBERT'S

PHYSICAL THERAPY.

HE COULD NOT USE HIS HANDS

TO PLAY

BECAUSE THAT WAS HIS

PROFESSION, YOU

KNOW. THAT WAS AN INDICATION

THAT WE

THOUGHT WOULD BE DEVASTATING

FOR HIM

BECAUSE THAT WAS THE END OF A

CAREER

ALMOST.

STILL GILBERT PRESSED ON AND

MANAGED

TO GET ONE FINGER TO WORK.

BUT I KNEW THAT GOD IS GOOD.

I CAN'T

SEE GOD IN THIS AREA, BUT GOD

IS GOOD.

WHILE GILBERT CAME TO TERMS

WITH HIS

DISABILITY, HE AND HIS FAMILY

CONTINUED

TO FAST AND PRAY FOR HIS

HEALING.

ALMOST A MONTH AFTER THE

SURGERY, I

WITH -- WENT TO FRIENDS TO

SHARE THE

GOSPEL AND SHARE MY TESTIMONY

ACTUALLY.

A COUPLE CAME TO ME AND SAID WE

ARE

PRAYING FOR YOUR HEALING. THAT

COUPLE,

THEY PRAYED OVER MY HANDS, MY

FINGERS.

I RECEIVED THAT WORD BY FAITH

EVEN

THOUGH I HAVE MY BOUTS, BUT

PRAISE GOD

HE HAS OUR FAITH AND

UNDERSTANDING.

THE NEXT MORNING, I WOKE UP AND

MY

FINGERS OPENED UP.

I COULDN'T BELIEVE THAT THIS

WAS

HAPPENING. WHEN I CAME TO LOS

ANGELES

WHERE I LIVE, I WENT TO THE

NERVE TEST

AND HE SAID YOUR NERVES ARE

REGENERATING.

IT WAS A TOTAL SURPRISE.

IT WAS NOTHING SHORT THAN A

MIRACLE.

THE STATE OF EACH

DETERMINATION IN

HIS OVERALL RECOVERY.

EXCEPTION IS PROBABLY THE RIGHT

WORD.

IT'S AMAZING ALSO, AND I THINK

WE CAN

ALSO USE THE WORD MIRACULOUS

FOR THIS

KIND OF RECOVERY.

GILBERT IS STILL USING HIS

GIFT

THROUGH HIS FAMILY MINISTRY.

HELPING

PEOPLE IN THE FARSI SPEAKING

WORLD

WORSHIP GOD.

I KNEW MY PURPOSE.

MY PURPOSE IN LIFE IS TO MAKE

HIM KNOWN

AND THROUGH THIS, 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 TO US, BUT WE

GET TO

KNOW GOD BETTER AND GILBERT GOT

TO KNOW

HIM. HE GOT TO KNOW HIM AS

HEALER AND

SAVIOR AND DELIVERER.

HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? I LOVE

THE PRAYER

OF HIS WIFE. I LOVE YOUR WILL.

SOMETIMES WE COME WITH PRAYERS

OF

DEMAND.

SOMEHOW WE ARE GOING TO PUT GOD

UNDER

AN OBLIGATION OR WE ARE GOING

TO

SOMEHOW BARGAIN WITH HIM. WHEN

WERE WE

HEALED? 2,000 YEARS AGO.

IT HAPPENED ON THE CROSS.

BY HIS STRIPES WE WERE HEALED.

HE HAS

BORN AWAY OUR INFERMETIES AND

WE ARE

KNOWN BY PRAYING. FAITH COMES

FROM

HEARING AND OBEDIENT TO THE

WORD.

THEY WERE OBEDIENT TO THE WORD

SPOKEN

TO HIM AND THEY WERE PRAYING. I

BELIEVE

GILBERT'S HONESTY, I BELIEVE, I

HAVE MY

DOUBTS.

IT'S THE WEIGHING THAT WE ALL

DO. KEEP

IN MIND AND JAMES WROTE IT,

WHEN IT

COMES TO GOD, LET'S NOT WAIVER,

LET'S

BELIEVE IT IS HE WHO IS

PROMISED IS

ABLE. THAT'S THE FAITH OF

ABRAHAM. HE

WHO IS PROMISED IS ABLE. BEYOND

ABLE,

HE IS WILLING. WE DON'T HAVE TO

CONVINCE HIM. HE IS WILLING.

WHEN WE

HAVE THAT FAITH, GOD SEE'S THAT

AND HE

ALWAYS RESPONDS TO THAT.

HE WILL ALWAYS RESPOND TO FAITH.

ALL YOU NEED IS THAT LITTLE

MUSTARD

SEED.

NOT A LOT.

JUST LOOK TO JESUS AND WHAT

HE'S

ACCOMPLISHED ON THE CROSS AND

BELIEVE

IT.

NOW, WE ARE GOING TO PRAY FOR

YOU. I

BELIEVE IT IS AN ACTION. AS

JUST WHAT

HAPPENED WITH GILBERT, THEY

WERE LAYING

HANDS OVER HIM, PRAYING OVER

HIM, THEY

WERE BELIEVING AND DIDN'T GIVE

UP. LAY

THAT AREA WITH YOUR HAND ON THE

AREA

THAT NEEDS HEALING. AND TERRY

AND I

AGREE LIKE THE BIBLE SAYS WHEN

TWO OR

MORE ARE AGREEING, IT SHALL BE

DONE. WE

ARE GOING TO BELIEVE THAT YOU

AND I

LAYING HANDS WILL BELIEVE

TOGETHER.

LET'S PRAY. LORD, ALMIGHTY, YOU

ARE

ALMIGHTY.

YOU ARE ABLE. HE WHO IS

PROMISED IS

ABLE AND YOU ARE READY AND YOU

ARE

WILLING TO HEAL ALL OF OUR

DISEASES, TO

FORGIVE ALL OF OUR SINS.

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 IN THAT AREA OF

THE BODY

THAT NEEDS HEALING.

WE SPEAK TO IT OUT LOUD.

BE HEALED AND BE MADE WHOLE IN

JESUS'

NAME. 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 ARE LAYING

YOUR

HAND ON YOUR LEFT KNEE AND YOU

JUST GOT

A MIRACULOUS FEELING IN IT AND

YOU JUST

GOT A COLD WASH AND GOD HAS

JUST HEALED

THAT COMPLETELY.

DO WHAT YOU COULDN'T DO BEFORE.

BEND

IT, MOVE IT, WHATEVER YOU

COULDN'T DO,

DO IT NOW, IN JESUS' NAME.

RECEIVE IT

NOW.

PRAISE YOU, LORD GOD.

TERRY? WHAT DO YOU HAVE?

Terry: SOMEONE HAD A SPINE

ACCIDENT

AND NOW IT'S GOING INTO YOUR

SCIATIC

NERVES.

GOD IS HEALING THAT CONDITION

FOR YOU

RIGHT NOW.

JUST STAND UP, BEGIN TO MOVE

AROUND.

IT IS GONE IN JESUS' NAME.

SOMEONE IS CALLING OUT AND I

DON'T

KNOW WHAT IT IS, BUT YOUR

PRAYER HAS

BEEN HEARD.

THERE IS SOMEONE WITH

CHRONIC

FATIGUE. YOU HAVE NO HOPE.

YOU DON'T WANT TO GO OUT AND DO

THINGS

ANYMORE. YOU ARE CONSTANTLY

TIRED. GOT

IS HEALING YOU. HE'S ABLE TO

RESTORE

YOUR THYROID, HE'S ABLE TO

RESTORE ALL

OF THE HORMONES, ALL THE

ENZYMES, ALL

THAT YOU NEED. HE CAME SO THAT

YOU

MIGHT HAVE LIFE AND HAVE IT

MORE

ABUNDANTLY. I SPEAK TO YOU LIFE.

BE ENERGIZED AND RESTORED.

Terry: THERE IS SOMEONE WITH

SOMETHING IN YOUR EARS.

ACCEPT THAT RIGHT NOW, THE LORD

IS

HEALING YOU NOW.

JUST RECEIVE IT.

THERE IS SOMEONE WITH

PHANTOM PAINS.

GOD IS RESTORING YOU. HE'S

HEALING YOU.

THERE IS SOME KIND OF

EPSTEIN-BARR

SYNDROME.

GOD IS HEALING YOU NOW IN

JESUS' NAME.

Terry: SOMEONE HAS PARALYSIS

ON ONE

SIDE OF YOUR LIPS.

I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S BELLS

PALSY BUT

GOD IS HEALING YOU WITH THAT

SIDE OF

YOUR CHEWING ON YOUR MOUTH, GOD

IS

HEALING YOU NOW.

Gordon: LORD, WE RECEIVE YOUR

HEALING

NOW IN JESUS NAME, AMEN. IF YOU

HAVE

SOMEONE TO PRAY WITH YOU OR YOU

WANT TO

REPORT GOOD NEWS, GIVE US A

CALL. WE

BELIEVE IN PREVAILING PRAYER.

DON'T

GIVE UP. ALWAYS PRAY. WE ARE

HERE FOR

YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL US,

IT'S OUR

HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO PRAY FOR

YOU.

TOLL-FREE PHONE NUMBER:

1-800-700-7000.

TERRY?

Terry: UP NEXT, WE'VE GOT

E-MAIL

QUESTIONS YOU SENT IN. WE ARE

GOING TO

BRING IT ON.

SO DON'T GO AWAY.

Terry: WE WANT TO TAKE SOME

TIME TO

ANSWER SOME OF THE E-MAIL

ANSWER SOME OF THE E-MAIL

QUESTIONS

FROM YOU ALL. THIS ONE COMES

FROM

CHRISTINE WHO SAYS IF GOD IS

ALL

POWERFUL, WHY DOES HE ALLOW

SATAN TO DO

HORRIBLE THINGS THAT HAPPEN TO

THE

PEOPLE WITH LOVE. WE SHOULD NOT

HAVE TO

PAY FOR THE APPLE THAT EVE WAS

TOLD NOT

TO EAT.

Gordon: YOU'VE ASKED FOR A

WHOLE

BIBLE SCHOOL IN 30 SECONDS.

THE PROBLEM OF EVIL FROM A

PHILOSOPHICAL STANDPOINT, THE

PROBLEM

OF EVIL HAS VEXED PHILOSOPHERS

FOR

CENTURIES. WHY DOES EVIL EXIST,

WHY

DOES IT COME INTO THE WORLD?

WHY DOES

GOT ALLOW IT? WHY WAS THE

SERPENT IN

THE GARDEN? THESE ARE ALL

QUESTIONS

THAT I DON'T EVEN PRETEND TO

HAVE AN

ANSWER TO.

I WILL SAY WHAT THE GOSPEL

SAYS, IT

WAS ABOUT EATING THE FRUIT OF

THE

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

GOOD AND

EVIL AND IN THAT EVIL, WE RISE

TO

THINGS JUSTLY AND WE WANT TO

PROCEED

WHETHER IT'S GOOD OR EVIL AND

THAT'S

WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH.

UNFORTUNATELY WITH THE

PERCEPTION WITH

GOOD AND EVIL THERE IS THE

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 REST

IS YOUR

WILL AND YOUR STRENGTH THAT GOD

PUT US

IN SALVATION THAT WAS EVEN

BEFORE THE

GARDEN. HE THOUGHT OF GOOD

THINGS FOR

YOU TO WALK INTO. SO, DON'T

LOOK AT IT

IN THE STANDPOINT OF WHY ISN'T

GOD FOR

GIVING. 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 TO BE FULLY

JUST.

THERE HAD TO BE A REPAYMENT OF

SIN AND

THIS IS WHAT JESUS DID.

HE HAD TO DIE ON THE CROSS.

THIS IS THE TRUTH AND WE LOOK

FORWARD

FOR THE DAY WHERE THE DEVIL

WILL BE

BOUND IN CHAINS.

AND WITH JESUS, WE ARE WITH HIM

FOR

ETERNITY.

THAT IS THE BLESSED HOPE FOR

ALL

CHRISTIANS. I WOULD ENCOURAGE

YOU TO

READ THE BOOK OF JOB. THAT IS A

WISDOM

OF BOOKS AND WHAT CHRISTIANS

NEED TO

CLING TO WHEN WE ARE 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.

Terry: SHE SAID, A WHILE BACK

I TOLD

A FRIEND I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY

SO MANY

OF MY PRAYERS AREN'T BEING

ANSWERED.

PRAYERS FOR LOSING HEALTH AND

MY SON

LOSING FAITH. MAYBE I DON'T

HAVE ENOUGH

FAITH MYSELF. HOW DO I KNOW IF

I HAVE

ENOUGH FAITH?

Gordon: SOMETIMES YOU ARE THE

MUSTARD

SEED. SOMETIMES WE QUESTION OUR

FAITH.

LOOK TO ABRAHAM. HE WAITED

DECADES FOR

THE PROMISE. IN ALL OF THAT,

THE BIBLE

SAYS HE WAS FULLY PERSUADED

THAT HE WHO

PROMISED WAS ABLE. 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.

HOLD

ONTO THE PROMISES, DON'T LOOK

AT THE

RESULTS, DON'T LOOK AT THE

DELAY, LOOK

AT THE PROMISE.

HERE IS A BELIEVER WHO SAYS

HOW DO

YOU STRUCTURE YOUR LIFE. MY

SINS STOP

ME FROM RECEIVED GOD'S BEST.

WHAT ARE

THE BEST WAYS TO HAVE MY

STEPPED

ORDERED BY THE LORD?

I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO

UNDERSTAND

THE WORD DISCIPLE AND IT MEANS

YOU COME

UNDER DISCIPLINE.

THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID HE

SUBJECTED HIS

BODY AND DIDN'T ALLOW THE FLESH

TO

DOMINATE HIS SPIRIT AND HIS

WILL. THE

FLESH WILL DO THAT AND IF YOU

GIVE IN

TO THE DESIRES OF YOUR FLESH,

IT'S JUST

ONE MORE AND SORT OF A NEVER

ENDING

CYCLE. LEARN THE DISCIPLINE OF

DAILY

BIBLE READING AND DAILY PRAYER

AND

LEARN FASTING AND SUBJECT

YOURSELF TO

THESE THINGS AND SEE WHAT

HAPPENS, YOUR

SPIRIT NEEDS TO BE IN CONTROL.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE WORDS .

"DO NOT SORROW, FOR THE JOY OF

THE LORD

IS YOUR STRENGTH" (NEHEMIAH

8:10,

NKJV).

NKJV).

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