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700 Club Interactive - March 19, 2018

How one family found joy in the midst of sorrow and faith in the midst of loss. Read Transcript


OVER TIME IT FELT LIKE

WE WERE LOSING HIM.

Gordon: ADDICTION

CLAIMED THEIR FIRST-BORN

SON.

I HAD NO PLAN.

Gordon: THEN A BRAIN

TUMOR STOLE HER

LIKELIHOOD.

REALLY, GOD?

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY.

Gordon: HOW ONE

FAMILY FOUND JOY IN

SORROW.

EVERY DAY HE IS WITH

ME.

HE NEVER FAILS ME.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

HAVE YOU EVER FACED ONE

CRISIS AFTER ANOTHER AFTER

ANOTHER?

MAYBE YOU'VE EXPERIENCED

TREMENDOUS LOSS AND YOU

DON'T N KNOW IF YOU'LL EVER

RECOVER.

ROSANNE AND RON HAL HAA LAND

HAVE BEEN THERE.

AND THEY'VE DISCOVERED

THAT THE SUN IS STILL

SHINING.

WHY ME?

WHY THIS?

IT'S MY BIGGEST QUESTION:

WHY?

MARK IS OUR FIRST BORN.

HE WAS A HAPPY, FULL OF

WONDER LITTLE BOY.

THERE WAS A LOT OF

DELIGHT IN MARK.

HE LOVED THE WORLD.

HE FELL IN LOVE WITH THE

"LORD OF THE RINGS" STORY.

HE HAD A REAL ACTIVE,

IMAGINATIVE MIND.

IT CHANGED HIM.

WONDER AND IMAGINATION

JUST VANISHED, IT SEEMS

LIKE.

IT JUST SHUT HIM DOWN

AND SHUT ALL OF THE LIGHT

OUT OF HIS EYES.

IT WENT AWAY.

AND EVERYTHING BECAME

ABOUT THAT OBSESSION.

WE TOOK AWAY ANYTHING WE

FOUND THAT WERE HIS

SOURCES, AND WE LOCKED HIS

COMPUTER UP THE BEST WE

COULD.

AND WE MADE RULES, WE MADE

GROUND RULES.

AND THEY WERE BROKEN OVER

AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

HE TOOK ON A VERY, VERY

COMBATIVE NATURE.

AND IT WAS HIM AGAINST THE

WORLD AND HIM AGAINST US.

AND EVERY STEP OF THE WAY,

WHERE I HAD TO TAKE A HARD

STAND, I HAD TO CLOSE OFF

A PORTION OF MY HEART.

HELP ME TO LOVE HIM WAS

MY BIGGEST PRAYER.

GOD, I'M HAVING A HARD

TIME LOVING THIS BOY.

MY OWN SON.

I'M HAVING A HARD TIME

LOVING HIM.

GOD WAS FAITHFUL TO REMIND

ME HE IS IN MY SON'S LIFE,

AND HE LOVES HIM MORE THAN

I EVER COULD IMAGINE.

IT WAS HARD BECAUSE OVER

TIME IT FELT LIKE WE WERE

LOSING HIM.

E W WE HAD TRIED

EVERYTHING.

AND IN EVERY CASE I

THOUGHT I HAD HOPE.

BUT EVERY STEP I THOUGHT,

WELL, HE SURELY WON'T PUSH

IT TO THE POINT WHERE HE

HAS TO LEAVE THE HOME, BUT

HE DID.

HE FLUNKED OUT OF

SCHOOL.

HE WAS EVEN STEALING FROM

US AT SOME POINT TO BUY

DRUGS.

I HAD NO QUESTION ABOUT

WHAT I HAD TO DO.

BY THE TIME HE TURNED 18,

I SAID, YOU'RE GOING TO

HAVE TO LEAVE.

AND IT NEVER CEASES.

THAT IS THE HARDEST PART.

IT WAS HURTING ME, BUT I

HAD TO LET HIM LIVE WITH

THE CONSEQUENSES OF WHAT

HE CHOSE TO DO.

HE WAS LIKE A ZOMBIE,

WANDERING THE STREETS AT

NIGHT, STEPPING OUT IN

TRAFFIC.

AND HE DISAPPEARED.

I REMEMBER HAVING TO GO

DOWN AND LOOK FOR HIM AND

NOT FINDING HIM.

AND HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH

THAT?

THAT'S WHERE I FELT THE

LOWEST.

I HAD NO PLAN.

WE DIDN'T THINK HE WAS

GOING TO STAY OR MAKE IT,

BUT HE DID.

BY GOD'S GRACE HE STAYED.

AND AFTER A FEW MONTHS, HE

ACTUALLY MADE A STRONG

COMMITMENT TO THE LORD AND

WAS BAPTIZED.

WE SAW LIGHT IN HIS EYES

WE HAD NOT SEEN IN A LONG,

LONG TIME.

WE WERE SO ENCOURAGED.

HE CALLED US A FEW TIMES,

SOMETIMES UP, I CAN DO

THIS.

SOMETIMES CRYING, I'M A

LOSER, I SHOULD HAVE NEVER

LEFT.

BUT I TOLD HIM -- I SAID,

HONEY, GOD IS THE GOD OF

SECOND CHANCES, AND YOU

CAN DO THIS.

I LOVE YOU.

WE LOVE YOU.

JESUS IS WITH YOU, JUST

DON'T FORGET THAT.

AND HE SAID, I LOVE YOU,

MOM, AND HE HUNG UP.

THERE IS ALWAYS THE

QUESTION OF, WHY DIDN'T

YOU STOP HIM?

YOU COULD -- I KNOW YOU

COULD.

YOU'RE THE GOD OF OUR

HEARTS, RIGHT?

YOU CAN CALL US OUT OF

DARKNESS.

WHY NOT?

I REMEMBER OUR PASTOR, AT

MARK'S MEMORIAL SERVICE,

SAID, YOU MAY ASK THE

QUESTION, WHERE WAS JESUS

WHEN MARK TOOK HIS LIFE,

WHEN HE TOOK THOSE PILLS?

AND HE SAID, I WOULD

SUGGEST TO YOU THAT HE WAS

THERE, AND HE CAUGHT HIM

WHEN HE FELL.

AND TOOK HIM HOME TO BE

WITH HIM.

WE WERE ALL TOGETHER AS

A FAMILY TO RECEIVE THAT

CALL.

AND IT ALLOWED US TO

GRIEVE TOGETHER AS A

FAMILY.

THE KIDS -- THEY COULD SEE

US GRIEVE TOGETHER ABOUT

IT AND GRIEVE IN FAITH AND

GRIEVE IN TRUSTING GOD.

EACH, IN THEIR OWN WAY,

CAME TO FAITH AND THAT

THEY'LL SEE HIM AGAIN,

THEY'LL SEE MARK AGAIN.

I KNOW THAT GOD LOVED

HIM ALL THE WAY UP TO THE

END.

I KNOW THAT I CAN TRUST

HIM WITH MY CHILDREN.

AND I KNOW THAT WHAT HE

DOES IS RIGHT AND GOOD.

WHAT WENT THROUGH MY

MIND WAS, REALLY GOD?

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY.

WHAT HE SHOWED ME IS THAT

WHEN HE TAKES AWAY, HE

GIVES SOMETHING BETTER IN

RETURN.

BECAUSE HE HAS GIVEN ME

HIMSELF.

IN ALL OF THE LOSSES THAT

I'VE GONE THROUGH, I HAVE

SOUGHT HIM, AND I FOUND

HIM.

AS I LEARNED TO THANK GOD

EVERY DAY FOR THE LITTLE

THINGS, AND FOR THE THINGS

THAT I HAD LEFT, IT GAVE

ME JOY.

I BEGAN TO UNDERSTAND WHY

JAMES MEANT WHEN HE SAID,

COUNT IT ALL JOY,

BROTHERS, WHEN YOU GO

THROUGH TRIALS OF MANY

KINDS.

HOW CAN YOU OTHERWISE

RECOGNIZE GOD'S GOODNESS

IN EVERY PART OF YOUR

LIFE.

I THANK GOD THAT EVEN

THOUGH I'VE LOST PART OF

MY HEARING, I CAN STILL

HEAR BIRDS.

AND I THANK GOD I CAN

STILL LOOK THROUGH MY

CAMERA AND SEE HIS BEAUTY.

I HAVE A HUSBAND WHO LOVES

ME AND CARES FOR ME.

I HAVE THREE BEAUTIFUL

CHILDREN, AND NOW TWO

GRANDSONS AND ANOTHER ON

THE WAY.

I HAVE A CHURCH BODY THAT

CAME AROUND US DURING THE

TIME OF MARK'S DEATH THAT

JUST BLEW US AWAY WITH

THEIR LOVE.

HOW CAN I NOT BE GRATEFUL?

I FIND THAT I HAVE

FALLEN IN LOVE WITH THE

POTTERY WHEN I MAKE IT.

I CAN PUT A STAMP IN IT,

AND IT SHOWS.

AND THEN I CUT IT OFF THE

WHEEL AND I SET ASIDE, AND

IT DRIES.

AND IT'S NOT SO PLIABLE

ANYMORE AND IT'S HARD AND

KIND OF LIFELESS, AND THEN

WHEN IT COMES THROUGH THAT

FINAL FIRING, IT IS JUST

LIKE, WOW, IT TAKES ON A

WHOLE NEW LIFE.

THERE IS ALMOST A PATHWAY

OF DEATH AND REBIRTH IN

THAT WHOLE PROCESS, THAT I

THINK IS REFLECTED IN WHAT

WE'VE COME THROUGH IN A

LOT OF WAYS.

WHAT EACH ONE OF US GO

THROUGH AS GOD BRINGS US

THROUGH DEATH REALLY INTO

NEW LIFE AND INTO HIM AND

HIS WORD, AND HE BRINGS

YOU INTO SOMETHING THAT

REALLY, REALLY GLORIFIES

HIM.

I LOVE CAPTURING LIGHT.

I LOVE THE WAY GOD HAS

CREATED LIGHT AND THE WAY

IT FILTERS THROUGH THINGS,

THE WAY IT CHANGES COLORS,

AND THE WAY THE LANDSCAPE

CHANGES.

I GET UP IN THE MORNINGS

AND I LOOK OUT, AND THE

FIRST THING I SEE IN THE

SUNRISE IS LIKE A CONSTANT

REMINDER OF HIS

FAITHFULNESS.

EVERY DAY THE SUN RISES,

HE IS THERE.

EVERY DAY HE IS WITH ME.

HE NEVER FAILS, NEVER,

EVER FAILS.

Gordon: AND HE WON'T

EVER FAIL YOU.

EVEN WHEN THE

CIRCUMSTANCES LOOK DIRE,

THINGS ARE DESPERATE, HE

WILL ALWAYS BE THERE WITH

YOU.

NOW, SOME OF YOU MAYBE

YOU'VE LOST CHILDREN, TOO,

AND YOU'RE WONDERING THAT

SAME QUESTION: WHY?

WHY WAS HE TAKEN?

WHY DID THIS HAPPEN?

IF GOD IS IN CONTROL OF

THE HEARTS, PARTICULARLY

IF YOU'VE LOST A CHILD TO

DRUG ADDICTION, WHY DIDN'T

THAT COMPULSION -- WHY

WASN'T THAT TAKEN AWAY?

WHEN THEY MAKE A

CONFESSION OF JESUS AS

THEIR SAVIOR, THEY'RE

BAPTIZED, AND THEN THEY GO

RIGHT BACK INTO THAT SIN,

WHY?

WHY?

THESE QUESTIONS CAN

CONSUME US.

WELL, THERE IS A WONDERFUL

IMAGE IN THE OLD

TESTAMENT, IN THE BOOK OF

JEREMIAH -- JUST AS YOU

SAW THE POTTER WHEEL IN

THAT STORY.

THERE IS THE STORY OF A

POTTER WHEEL.

GOD TELLS JEREMIAH TO GO

LOOK AT THAT.

AND AS THE POTTER IS

MAKING A THE POT, HE

NOTICES A FLAW, AND HE

CRUSHES IT RIGHT BACK INTO

A BALL OF CLAY AND HE

STARTS ALL OVER AGAIN.

AND THAT'S WHAT GOD WAS

GETTING READY TO DO WITH

ISRAEL.

HERE HE HAD PLANTED THEM,

HE HAD NURTURED THEM.

AND THEY HAD GROWN UP AND

GONE THEIR OWN WAY.

NOW, FOR JEREMIAH THE

QUESTION IS: WHY CAN'T I

DO THIS?

AND WE NEED TO COME TO

THAT PLACE OF TRUST, AND

TRUSTING HIM, THAT HE CAN

REALLY TURN ALL THINGS

TOGETHER FOR OUR GOOD.

THAT HE IS ACTIVELY

SHAPING IT.

AND THAT WONDERFUL WORD,

JUST LIKE A POTTER SHAPES

A THE POT -- THAT

WONDERFUL WORD, HE IS

ACTIVELY SHAPING ALL

EVENTS, ALL THINGS,

TOGETHER FOR GOOD.

FOR WHO?

FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM AND

ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO

HIS PURPOSE.

NOW, IF YOU'VE LOST A

CHILD, HERE IS A WORD OF

COMFORT FOR YOU: GOD

KNOWS EXACTLY HOW YOU FEEL

BECAUSE HE LOVED YOU SO

MUCH THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY

BEGOTTEN SON FOR YOU.

HE KNOWS HOW YOU FEEL.

AND HERE IS THE HOPE --

AND IT'S THE HOPE OF

EVERYONE, ALL CHRISTIANS

EVERYWHERE, THE HOPE OF

THE RESURRECTION.

THE HOPE OF ONE DAY WE

WILL STAND ON THIS EARTH

AND LOOK AT OUR REDEEMER

FACE TO FACE.

AND IN THAT MOMENT HE WILL

WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR.

SO IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH

GRIEF, IF YOU'RE GOING

THROUGH DIFFICULTY, IF IT

SEEMS OVERWHELMING,

REALIZE THERE WILL BE A

NEW DAY, AND THAT DAWN IN

HIS PRESENCE, IN HIS

GLORY -- WELL THAT'S WORTH

LOOKING FORWARD TO.

IF YOU NEED SOMEONE TO

PRAY WITH YOU, IF YOU NEED

SOMEONE JUST TO SAY, I

UNDERSTAND, WE'RE HERE FOR

YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US: 1-800-700-7000.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO CONDEMN

ANYONE.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO PUT

ANYONE INTO JUDGMENT.

WE'RE HERE TO TELL YOU GOD

LOVES YOU.

AND WHATEVER YOUR GOING

THROUGH, HE CAN SEE YOU

THROUGH.

> WELL, COMING UP,

DISCOVER HOW TO ACTIVATE

YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS AND

USE THEM TO HELP OTHERS.

AUTHOR MARY HEALY SHARES

IINSIGHT FROM HER NEW

"SPIRITUAL GIFTS" HANDBOOK

Gordon: WELL,

SPIRITUAL GIFTS ARE NOT

JUST FOR A SELECT FEW.

THEY'RE AVAILABLE TO ALL

BELIEVERS.

AND OUR NEXT GUEST SAYS

YOU CAN ACTIVATE THE GIFTS

IN YOUR OWN LIFE AND USE

THEM TO HELP OTHERS.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: CATHOLIC

SCHOLAR MARY HEALY

BELIEVES THAT THE GIFTS OF

THE HOLY SPIRIT ARE NOT

OPTIONALS OF THE CHURCH.

THERE WERE BE NO NEW

SPIRITUALIZATION WITHOUT A

NEW PENT COAST.

ReporterPENTECOST.

Reporter: MARY

REVEALS THE NECESSARY

TOOLS THAT GOD HAS GIVEN

US FOR BUILDING HIS CHURCH

AND SPREADING HIS GOSPEL.

Gordon: MARY, IT IS

GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Gordon: HOW DID YOU

GET INTERESTED IN

SPIRITUAL GIFTS.

WHAT WAS THE BEGINNING FOR

YOU?

THE BEGINNING WAS WHEN

I WAS PRAYED OVER TO BE

BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY

SPIRIT.

THAT WAS ABOUT 30 YEARS

AGO.

Gordon: WHAT GOT YOU

TO THAT POINT?

BECAUSE THAT WASN'T THE

USUAL EXPERIENCE.

I KNOW.

Gordon: MY

GRANDPARENTS WERE

CATHOLIC.

AND WHEN I WENT TO

CATHOLIC CHURCH WITH THEM,

THERE WAS NO EMPHASIS ON

THE GIFTS.

IN FACT, THE HOLY

SPIRIT WAS THE FORGOTTEN

PERSON OF THE HOLY

TRINITY.

IT WAS BECAUSE I SAW MY

PARENTS RADICALLY CHANGED

WHEN THEY CAME TO KNOW

JESUS PERSONALLY AND THEY

WERE FILLED WITH THE HOLY

SPIRIT.

I WAS DEEPLY TOUCHED BY

THAT AS A TEENAGER.

AND I BEGAN TO THIRST FOR

GOD AND THE HOLY SPIRIT IN

MY LIFE.

I WENT TO FRANCISCAN

UNIVERSITY.

I WENT TO A LIFE IN THE

SPIRIT SEMINAR, WHICH IS

SEVEN WEEKS TO LEARN ABOUT

HOW THE HOLY SPIRIT WORKS

IN OUR LIVES, AND THEN

RECEIVE PRAYER FOR THE

OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY

SPIRIT.

AND I DID.

IN HINDSIGHT, I BEGAN TO

SEE MY LIFE RADICALLY

CHANGE AFTER THAT.

BUT I STILL DIDN'T KNOW

HOW POWERFUL THE GIFTS

WERE AND HOW AVAILABLE THE

GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT ARE

FOR EVERY BELIEVER.

I KNEW THAT THEORETICALLY,

BUT I THOUGHT THE MORE

SUPER NATURAL GIFTS WAS

FOR ONLY SPIRITUAL SUPER

STARS, AND THAT THINK THAT

GOD WOULD DO A MIRACLE

THROUGH ME.

Gordon: WHAT WAS YOUR

FIRST HEALING?

AFTER I WENT ON A

TWO-WEEK MISSION TRIP WITH

RANDY CLARK AND HIS TEAM

IN BRAZIL, AND I SAW

MIRACLES THERE EVERY DAY

AND MY FAITH ROSE TO A NEW

LEVEL -- RIGHT AFTER THAT,

I WAS SPEAKING AT A

CATHOLIC CONFERENCE, AND I

KNEW GOD WAS TELLING ME

YOU HAVE TO ACT NOW ON

WHAT YOU'VE SEEN AND

HEARD.

AND IT FELT LIKE I WAS

JUMPING OFF A CLIFF.

BUT AT THIS SAME

CONFERENCE, I PRAYED FOR

HEALING.

IN THE NAME OF JESUS, I

COMMANDED DEAF EARS BE

OPENED IN THE NAME OF

JESUS.

AND I HAD TO LEAVE THE

STAGE QUICKLY BECAUSE THE

NEXT SPEAKER WAS COMING

ON.

AND HE CAME UP TO THE

PODIUM WEEPING.

AND HE SAID, FOR SEVERAL

MONTHS I HAD HAD HEARING

LOSS IN ONE EAR BECAUSE I

WAS HIT BY A SOCCER BALL.

WHEN YOU PRAYED, EARS BE

OPEN IN THE NAME OF JESUS,

MY EARS POPPED OPEN AND I

COULD HEAR FLYING.

AND I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT.

I THOUGHT, WOW, GOD REALLY

DOES THIS, THROUGH

ORDINARY FOLKS.

Gordon: SO YOU SAW

MIRACLES, AND YOU SAID,

OKAY, I'M GOING TO JUMP

OFF THE CLIFF.

GOD IS TELLING ME TO

ANNOUNCE THIS, AND I'M

GOING TO ANNOUNCE THIS.

YES.

Gordon: AND THEN IT

HAPPENS, AND CURIOUSLYLY,

IT HAPPENS WITH A PERSON

WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO TALK

AFTER YOU.

SO THEY HAD THE MICROPHONE

TO LET YOU KNOW THIS JUST

HAPPENED.

AND YOU STILL WERE SAYING,

I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT.

YES.

YOU PAY A NICKEL, AND THE

LORD PAYS A DOLLAR IN

RETURN.

BUT HE REALLY WANTS US TO

TAKE STEPS IN FAITH.

THAT'S ONE KEY THING I

LEARNED.

FAITH IS SPELLED R-I-S-K,

AS JOHN RIVER USED TO SAY.

SO IF WE'RE NOT WILLING TO

TAKE A LITTLE RISK, MAYBE

EVEN FALL FLAT ON YOUR

FACE, WHICH I HAVE DONE

SOMETIMES -- IF WE'RE NOT

WILLING TO DO THAT, THEN

THE LORD ISN'T ABLE TO

SHOW HIS POWERS THROUGH

US.

BUT WHEN WE ARE WILLING,

IT IS AMAZING WHAT HE IS

WILLING TO DO.

Gordon: WHY IS IT SO

NECESSARY FOR US TO TAKE

THAT FIRST STEP?

BECAUSE I COULDN'T AGREE

MORE.

YES, FAITH IS ALWAYS A

RISK.

THERE IS ALWAYS THAT SORT

OF, OKAY, I'M GOING TO

TAKE THE STEP INTO WATER.

IS IT GOING TO BE SOLID OR

AM I GOING TO DROWN?

EXACTLY.

Gordon: WHAT IS IT

ABOUT THAT THAT IS

ACTUALLY THE ACTIVATOR?

THAT'S WHAT GETS IT DONE.

IT'S THE WAY GOD WORKS.

I REALIZED THIS AS I'VE

STUDIED THE BIBLE MORE AND

MORE ABOUT THE HEALINGS

AND MIRACLES THAT JESUS

DID AND HE WANTS HIS

FOLLOWERS TO DO.

THERE IS NOBODY IN THE

GOSPELS WHO SAYS, I HEARD

THAT JESUS IS HEALING

PEOPLE.

I'M JUST GOING TO SIT AT

HOME, AND IF HE WANTS TO

COME AND HEAL ME, HE CAN.

THEY GO AFTER HIM.

THEY TAKE STEPS IN FAITH.

VERY OFTEN, JESUS TELLS

PEOPLE TO DO IMPOSSIBLE

THINGS.

HE SAYS TO A GUY WITH A

WITHERED HAND, STRETCH OUT

YOUR HAND.

SOMETHING HE CAN'T DO.

WHEN MARY SAYS TO THE

SERVANTS AT THE WEDDING OF

CANA, DO WHATEVER JESUS

TELLS YOU.

AND HE SAYS, FILL THESE

BOTTLES WITH WINE.

AND IT HASN'T TURNED TO

WINE YET.

ANOTHER RISK IN FAITH.

AND THAT'S WHEN HE DOES

THE MIRACLE.

SOMEHOW GOD IS LOOKING FOR

OUR SURRENDER.

HE IS LOOKING FOR OUR ACT

OF TRUST.

AND THAT ALLOWS HIM TO

SHOW HIS POWER AND HIS

GLORY.

OTHERWISE IT IS IN OUR

HANDS.

Gordon: HE ALWAYS

CONGRATULATES US.

IT IS LIKE HE IS LOOKING

FOR THAT FAITH.

AND WHEN HE SEES IT, HE

SAYS, OKAY.

HAVE YOU GOTTEN INTO A

ROUTINE ON HEALING?

THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

I TRY NOT TO GET INTO A

ROUTINE.

THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS

THAT I'VE LEARNED THAT ARE

HELPFUL EVERY TIME.

PRAYING FOR WORDS OF

KNOWLEDGE, FOR EXAMPLE.

ASKING THE LORD WHAT

SPECIFIC THINGS HE WANTS

TO HEAL.

Gordon: YEAH, WHO DO

YOU WANT TO HEAL TODAY?

SOMETIMES IT IS A VERY

LIGHT SENSE AND I HAVE TO

STEP OUT IN FAITH AND

SPEAK IT.

OTHER TIMES HE DOESN'T

TELL ME.

HE HAS ME HAVE PEOPLE PRAY

OVER EACH OTHER WHO HAVE

NEVER LAID HANDS ON

ANYBODY IN THEIR LIVES

BEFORE.

IT IS A NEW EXPERIENCE FOR

THEM.

VERY OFTEN THE LORD USES

PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER DONE

IT BEFORE TO DO AN AMAZING

HEALING BECAUSE HE IS SO

ANXIOUS TO TEACH US.

Gordon: HOW DO YOU

ACTIVATE PEOPLE IN THE

GIFTS?

FOR PEOPLE WATCHING

SAYING, I HEAR ALL OF

THIS, I HEAR IT IS FOR

EVERYBODY -- HOW DOES IT

GET TO THEM?

I WOULD SAY THE BASIC

KEY STEPS ARE: ASK THE

HOLY SPIRIT TO FILL YOU.

SURRENDER TO HIM TOTALLY.

GIVE HIM ABSOLUTE

PERMISSION TO DO WHATEVER

HE WANTS TO DO IN YOUR

LIFE.

GIVE HIM A BLANK CHECK.

THAT'S THE FIRST STEP.

GO TO PEOPLE WHO ARE

FILLED WITH THE HOLY

SPIRIT, HAVE THEM PRAY

OVER YOU FOR THE HOLY

SPIRIT.

THEN ASK AND SEEK AND

KNOCK FOR SPIRITUAL GIFTS.

AND THEN DON'T EXPECT THEM

TO JUST KIND OF HAPPEN.

STEP OUT IN FAITH.

WHEN YOU SEE SOMEBODY WHO

IS SICK, EVEN IF IT IS IN

THE GROCERY STORE, YOU

NOTICE SOMEBODY WHO IS

HURTING, SAY, WOULD YOU

LIKE ME TO PRAYER FOR YOU

RIGHT NOW.

DON'T DO IT IN A WAY THAT

WILL EMBARRASS THEM OR

ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

VERY LOW KEY.

Gordon: MIRACLE ON

AISLE 3.

YOU MIGHT HAVE TO DO IT

25 TIMES BEFORE YOU SEE

THE LORD DO SOMETHING

REMARKABLE.

BUT KEEP DOING IT, AND HE

WILL TEACH YOU --

Gordon: THAT'S WHAT

HAPPENED WHEN JOHN WIMBUR,

HE FAILED AND FAILED, AND

HE SAID, I'M GOING TO KEEP

DOING IT UNTIL I GET IT,

AND HE GOT IT.

THE WORD OF GOD

CHALLENGES US.

Gordon: MARY'S BOOK

IS CALLED "THE SPIRITUAL

GIFTS HANDBOOK."

AND IF YOU WANT MORE

INFORMATION ON IT, HOW TO

ACTIVATE, HOW TO GET

INVOLVED, HOW TO USE

SPIRITUAL GIFTS, I

ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET IT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH,

GORDON.

GOD BLESS YOU.

Gordon: GOD BLESS YOU

YOU MORE.

> STILL AHEAD, SEE HOW

CBN PARTNERS HELPED SAVE A

10-MONTH-OLD BABY WHO

NEEDED SURGERY.

STAY WITH US.

Gordon: TODAY JAYDEE

IS A HAPPY, HEALTHY BABY

BOY.

NOT LONG AGO HE NEARLY

CHOKED TO DEATH BECAUSE

HIS PARENTS COULDN'T

AFFORD THE SURGERY HE

DESPERATELY NEEDED.

Reporter: JAYDEE WAS

BORN WITH A CLEFT LIP AND

PALATE.

HIS 3-YEAR-OLD BROTHER,

JOVAN, WONDEREDED WHY.

HE SAID, MAMA, THE

BABY'S MOUTH IS BROKEN.

CAN YOU FIX IT?

JAYDEE STRUGGLED TO

DRINK FROM A BOTTLE AND TO

SWALLOW.

OFTEN HE ASPIRATED FORMULA

INTO HIS LUNGS.

ONE TIME HE STOPPED

BREATHING.

HIS LIPS TURNED BLUE AND

HIS BODY WENT STIFF.

I THOUGHT HE HAD DIED.

Reporter: THE FAMILY

WORKED HARD TO SAVE FOR AN

OPERATION, BUT THEY NEVER

SAVED ENOUGH.

THE KIDS GOT SICK, SO

WE HAD TO USE THE MONEY

FOR DOCTORS AND

PRESCRIPTIONS.

Reporter: JAYDEE'S

MOM, AMY, LEARNED ABOUT

CBN THROUGH A FRIEND AT

CHURCH.

WE ARRANGED FOR JAYDEE TO

RECEIVE FREE CLEFT PALATE

SURGERY.

WE WENT BACK TO VISIT

JAYDEE ON HIS FIRST

BIRTHDAY.

[CHEERING]

HE CAN EAT WELL AND

BREATHE EASILY NOW.

MY FEARS ARE GONE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, CBN.

YOU WERE GOD'S ANSWER TO

OUR PRAYERS.

Gordon: AND THANK

YOU.

IF YOU'RE A MEMBER OF "THE

700 CLUB," YOU'RE PART OF

THAT BLESSING.

WE'RE A LOT MORE THAN A

TELEVISION SHOW.

WE WANT TO REACH OUT WITH

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COMPASSION TO PEOPLE AND

BE THERE FOR THEM, BE

THERE IN THEIR TIME OF

NEED.

IF THAT'S YOU, BE A PART

OF IT.

BE A PART OF EVERYTHING

WE'RE DOING AROUND THE

WORLD.

A PORTION OF EVERY GIFT TO

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THE WORK OF "OPERATION

BLESSING" TO HELP PEOPLE.

ANOTHER PORTION GOES INTO

THE WORK OF CBN

INTERNATIONAL TO PREACH

THE GOSPEL AROUND THE

WORLD.

LAST YEAR THE NUMBERS WERE

JUST ABSOLUTELY

INCREDIBLE.

THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT

PRAYED WITH THE HOSTS OF

ONE OF OUR SHOWS.

WE DO A LOT OF SHOWS, IN

OVER 43 DIFFERENT

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> HERE IS A WORD FROM

PHILIPPIANS: "FOR GOD IS

WORKING IN YOU, GIVING YOU

THE DESIRE AND THE POWER

TO DO WHAT PLEASES HIM."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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