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The 700 Club - March 23, 2018

“Line of Fire” host Dr. Michael Brown reveals the ways to save a sick America. Plus, an exclusive interview with the Israeli Ambassador to the UN. Read Transcript


Announcer: THE

FOLLOWING PROGRAM IS

SPONSORED BY CBN.

Wendy: COMING UP...AN

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH

THE ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO

THE U.N.

HEAR WHY HE SAYS HE

REMAINS HOPEFUL FOR THE

FUTURE.

> PLUS..."LINE OF FIRE"

HOST DR. MICHAEL BROWN

REVEALS THE WAYS TO SAVE A

SICK AMERICA.

> AND THEN...A STORY OF

HEARTBREAK AND HEALING.

EVERY DAY HE IS WITH

ME.

Wendy: HOW THEY FOUND

JOY IN SORROW.

HE NEVER FAILS.

Wendy: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB."

*

Terry: HELLO, AND

WELCOME TO "THE 700 CLUB."

SOME MAJOR CHANGES IN

WASHINGTON.

CONGRESS HAS PASSED A

MASSIVE SPENDING BILL

OVERNIGHT.

WELL OVER $1 TRILLION.

IT INCLUDES A MEASURE TO

END THE PAY TO SLAY OF THE

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY.

AND PRESIDENT TRUMP IS

BRINGING IN A NEW NATIONAL

SECURITY ADVISOR WHILE

CRACKING DOWN ON CHINA'S

TRADE PRACTICES.

JENNIFER WISHON BRINGS US

THIS STORY.

Jennifer: IN THE WEE

HOURS OF THE MORNING,

LAWMAKERS GAVE THE THUMBS

UP TO A $1.3 TRILLION

SPENDING PLAN TO FUND THE

GOVERNMENT THROUGH

SEPTEMBER.

IT RECEIVED BIPARTISAN

SUPPORT BUT CONSERVATIVES

IN BOTH HOUSES RAILED

AGAINST IT, COMPLAINING

THEY HAD JUST SEVEN HOURS

TO READ THE 2200 PAGE BILL

WITH ONE MEMBER TWEETING

THAT IT WAS THE LENGTH OF

TWO BIBLES.

THE PRICE TAG THEY SAY IS

TOO HIGH AND INCLUDES LINE

ITEMS THEY CAN'T STOMACH,

LIKE MONEY FOR PLANNED

PARENTHOOD.

BUT ONE ITEM IN THE

MEASURE BOTH SIDES

CELEBRATED, "THE TAYLOR

FORCE ACT," NAMED FOR A

COMBAT VETERAN BRUTALLY

MURDERED BY A PALESTINIAN

TERRORIST WHILE VISITING

ISRAEL.

WHEN THE TERRORIST'S BODY

WAS RETURNED TO RAMALLAH,

HE WAS WELCOMED HOME A

HERO.

THE PALESTINIAN

GOVERNMENT GAVE HIS FAMILY

A BIG SUM OF MONEY AND

REWARDED HIM AS A MARTYR.

THIS BILL SUSPEND ALL U.S.

MONEY TO THE PALESTINIAN

AUTHORITY UNTIL THEY

CHANGE THEIR LAWS IN CENT

INCENTIVISING THEIR YOUNG

PEOPLE.

UNDER PALESTINIAN LAW,

YOU'LL MAKE MORE MONEY

BEING A TERRORIST THAN A

WORKER.

Reporter: WHEN TAYLOR

FORCE'S PARENTS HEARD THE

NEWS, GRAHAM SAYS THEY

BURST INTO TEARS.

THEY WORKED HARD TO ENSURE

THEIR SON DIDN'T DIE IN

VAIN.

IF YOU WOULD WANT YOUR

SON TO DO ALL OF THE RIGHT

THINGS, HAVE THEM LOOK UP

TAYLOR, BECAUSE HE DID.

Reporter: NATIONAL

SECURITY ADVISOR H.R.

MACMASTER IS RETIRING FROM

THE ARMY, AND WILL BE

REPLACED BY JOHN BOLTON,

OUTSPOKEN HAWK ON FOREIGN

AFFAIRS.

ITH THE NATIONAL

SECURITY ADVISOR AND THE

ENTIRE STRUCTURE OF THE

NATIONAL SECURITY

DECISION-MAKING IN THE

UNITED STATES IS INTENDED

TO BE FLEXIBLE.

Reporter: BOLTON

ECHOES TRUMP'S TOUGH

POLICIES AGAINST NORTH

KOREA, COMING IN AS THE

PRESIDENT PLANS A

SENSITIVE MEETING BETWEEN

THE PRESIDENT AND KIM

JONG-UN.

AND RELATIONS WITH CHINA

ARE ALSO TENSE AFTER THE

PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED NEW

TARIFFS ON AS MUCH AS

$60 BILLION IN CHINESE

IMPORTS TO THE U.S.

IT IS A BOLD AMERICAN

FIRST MOVE.

TRUMP SAYS HE IS TRYING TO

CORRECT THE NATION'S

$800 BILLION TRADE DEFICIT

WITH THE WORLD, HALF OF

WHICH COMES FROM CHINA.

President Trump: I

REALLY BELIEVE THEY CANNOT

BELIEVE THEY'VE GOTTEN

AWAY WITH THIS FOR SO

LONG.

Reporter: CHINA

RESPONDED, TODAY

ANNOUNCING A LIST OF

AMERICAN GOODS, LIKE

APPLES, PORK, AND STEEL,

THAT MAY BE HIT WITH

HIGHER IMPORT DUTY.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Reporter: THE

PRESIDENT SAYS HE IS DOING

THINGS FOR THE COUNTRY

THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE

LONG AGO.

JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Terry: ALWAYS LOTS

GOING ON IN WASHINGTON.

IT IS WONDERFUL TO SEE

THAT SUPPORT FOR THE PAY

TO SLAY PROGRAM, OR

POLICY, COMING TO AN END.

LONG OVERDUE.

> IN OTHER NEWS, A

REMARKABLE CONFESSION FROM

THE SERIAL BOMBER IN

TEXAS.

JOHN JESSUP HAS MORE ON

THAT STORY FROM OUR CBN

NEWS BUREAU IN WASHINGTON.

John: THAT'S RIGHT,

TERRY.

MARK CONDITT SAID, I WISH

I WERE SORRY, BUT I'M NOT.

THOSE WERE HIS OWN WORDS

HE RECORDED ON HIS CELL

PHONE.

CONDITT KILLED TWO PEOPLE

AND INJURED FIVE OTHERS

BEFORE HE BLEW HIMSELF UP

THIS WEEK WHEN POLICE

CAUGHT UP TO HIM.

SOURCES TOLD THE PAPER HE

DESCRIBED HIMSELF LIKE A

PSYCHOPATH AND FELT LIKE

HE HAD BEEN DISTURBED

SINCE CHILDHOOD.

HE ALSO THREATENED TO BLOW

HIMSELF UP IN A CROWDED

MacDONALDS IF HE THOUGHT

AUTHORITIES WERE CLOSING

IN.

> EFREM GRAHAM SAT DOWN

WITH THE FILM, "PAUL,

APOSTLE OF CHRIST," STARS

AND ITS DIRECTOR.

Efrem: PAU "PAUL, APOSTLE

OF CHRIST" FOCUSES ON HIS

FINAL DAYS IN PRISON.

JAMES FAULKNER PLAYS THE

ROLE OF PAUL.

I RECALL THAT FEELING

AS A CHILD.

FOR ME, IT WAS A

TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE

TO PLAY PAUL.

Efrem: HOW SO?

YOU CAN NOT SAY THOSE

WORDS WITHOUT BELIEVING

THEM.

YOU CANNOT SAY THOSE WORDS

WITHOUT IT CHANGING YOU.

WHAT DID YOU TELL THEM?

LOVE IS THE ONLY WAY.

Efrem: JIM CAVIEZEL

PLAYS THE ROLE OF LUKE,

WHO RISKS HIS LIFE TO

VISIT PAUL IN PRISON.

> WHAT IS IT ABOUT LUKE

THAT MADE YOU SAY, YEAH,

THIS IS THE RETURN?

IT WASN'T NECESSARILY

ABOUT LUKE.

IT WAS FINDING THE RIGHT

STORY.

IT WASN'T A FILM THAT JUST

BEAT YOU OVER THE HEAD.

I REALIZED THAT THIS MOVIE

MOVIE -- SOMEONE WHO

DOESN'T KNOW WHO GOD IS,

ANYTHING ABOUT HIM, IT

WOULD HAVE A MASSIVE

AFFECT ON THEM.

Efrem: ANDREW WROT HYATT

WROTE THE STORY.

THE STORY IS VERY MUCH HIS

STORY.

I HAD A DAMASCUS

ROAD-TYPE EXPERIENCE.

Efrem: IS THIS

PREPARING YOU FOR THE

FOLLOWUP TO "PASSION"?

MOST DEFINITELY.

IT IS PART OF THE PLAN.

IT DOESN'T MEAN WE'RE

GOING TO NOT HAVE ANY

CROSSES ALONG THE WAY.

"THE PASSION OF THE

CHRIST" HAD A CROSS THAT

WAS THAT CLOSE TO TAKING

MY LIFE.

BUT WOULD I CHANGE THAT

DIRECTION?

NO.

IT WAS THE GREATEST THING

EVER.

Efrem: EFREM GRAHAM,

CBN NEWS, DALLAS, TEXAS.

John: THANKS, EFREM.

AND YOU CAN FIND OUT WHERE

"PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST"

IS SHOWING IN YOUR AREA BY

GOING TO cbnnews.com.

TERRY, IT IS GREAT TO SEE

HOLLYWOOD PRODUCING MORE

FAITH-BASED FILMS.

Terry: IT SURE IS.

AND THAT WILL BE A

WONDERFUL FILM TO SEE AS

WE COME UPON THIS HOLIDAY.

> COMING UP, HE IS

ISRAEL'S PERMANENT

REPRESENTATIVE TO THE

UNITED NATIONS, AND HE

REVEALS WHAT IS GOING ON

BEHIND DOORS AT THE U.N.

PRIVATELY THEY REACHED

OUT TO ME, BUT WHEN IT

COMES TO THE PUBLIC VOTE,

YOU DON'T SEE IT YET.

Terry: HEAR HOW

AMBASSADOR DANNY DEKNOWN

IS TRYING TO DO JUST THAT,

WHEN WE COME BACK.

*

Gordon: WELL, ISRAEL

FACES HOSTILITIES AT THE

UNITED NATIONS AND GROWING

DANGERS AT HOME.

YET THE ISRAELI AMBASSADOR

TO THE U.N. REMAINS

HOPEFUL FOR THE FUTURE.

WHEN I TRAVELLED TO NEW

YORK FOR AN EXCLUSIVE

INTERVIEW WITH DANNY

DENON, WE TALKED ABOUT PAY

TO SLAY, HOW THE U.N. USES

AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS, AND

ISRAEL'S FUTURE WITH THE

PALESTINIANS.

AMBASSADOR, THANKS FOR

BEING WITH US.

THANK YOU, GORDON.

Gordon: LET'S START

WITH YOUR CAREER.

YOU'VE BEEN THE ISRAELI

AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S. FOR

THREE YEARS.

HAVE YOU NOTICED ANY

CHANGES IN THAT TIME

PERIOD?

WHAT I FELT ABOUT THE

U.N. IS A HOSTILE

TERRITORY FOR THE ISRAELI

AMBASSADOR.

BUT I FEEL THE CHANGE.

ESPECIALLY SINCE

AMBASSADOR HA HALEY STEPPED

IN.

WHAT BOTHER ME IS THE

PUBLIC U.N. AND THE

PRIVATE U.N.

PRIVATELY, THEY WILL REACH

OUT TO ME AND TELL ME HOW

MUCH THEY APPRECIATE

ISRAEL, BUT WHEN IT COMES

TO PUBLIC VOTES, WE DON'T

SEE IT YET.

MY CHALLENGE IS TO BRIDGE

THE GAP BETWEEN THE PUBLIC

U.N. AND THE PRIVATE U.N.

Gordon: YOU'VE BEEN

TRYING TO EDUCATE THE U.N.

ON ISRAEL.

AND YOU JUST FINISHED AN

EXHIBIT TALKING ABOUT THE

3,00,000 YEAR HISTORY.

ARE YOU SEEING A CHANGE AS

A RESULT OF THAT TROSE.

YES.

THE BEST TOOL IS TO BRING

THE AMBASSADORS TO ISRAEL.

SO THEY CAN HEAR THE GREAT

LECTURES.

WE TALK ABOUT THE JEWISH

HERITAGE.

BUT ONCE THE AMBASSADORS

ACTUALLY COME TO ISRAEL,

AND THEY WALK IN THE CITY

OF DAVID, THEY GET IT.

Gordon: DO YOU EVER

FIND IT A POINT OF IRONY,

YOU WALK INTO THE U.N. AND

YOU SEE A SCRIPTURE ON

ISAIAH, AND THE U.N. HAS

BECOME A WEAPON AGAINST

ISRAEL?

INDEED.

I THINK THE MAJORITY IN

THE WORLD WANTS THE U.N.

TO DEAL WITH THE

PALESTINIAN ISSUES.

BUT UNFORTUNATELY, SOME

USE THE U.N. TO ATTACK

ISRAEL.

I THINK WE CAN CHANGE IT.

ISRAEL IS NOT THE PROBLEM.

ISRAEL IS THE SOLUTION.

WE, IN JUD JUDAISM, WE HAVE A

SPECIAL VALUE, TO REPAIR

THE WORLD.

WE BELIEVE WE CAN HELP SO

MANY PEOPLE AROUND THE

WORLD WITH AGRICULTURAL

TECHNOLOGY, HEALTH ISSUES,

AND WE WANT TO DO IT.

THAT'S WHY WE HOPE WE'LL

SEE THAT CHANGE COMING.

Gordon: VIOLENCE IS

SO PREVALENT IN ISRAELI

SOCIETY.

I'VE INTERVIEWED A LOT OF

ISRAELIS, AND IT COMES TO

THEM THAT WE ARE TO BE A

LIGHT TO THE NATIONS.

I FIND THAT UNIQUE.

I DON'T FIND THAT IN OTHER

CULTURES, THAT THEY

IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS

WE'RE HERE TO HELP.

WHY IS THAT?

IT IS PART OF BEING

JEWS, TO SUPPORT OTHERS.

WE SEE MISSIONS GOING FROM

ISRAEL TO SUPPORT

COMMUNITIES ALL AROUND THE

WORLD.

AND I'M VERY HOPEFUL.

BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF

TECHNOLOGY TODAY, AND WE

HAVE A LOT OF TECHNOLOGY

THAT WILL SUPPORT THE

WORLD.

Gordon: WHAT DO YOU

THINK OF UNWRA.

RIGHT NOW PRESIDENT TRUMP

SAYS HIS ADMINISTRATION IS

GOING TO WITHHOLD

$360 MILLION, AND THERE

ARE NOW PUBLICIZED REPORTS

THAT UNWRA IS GOING TO RUN

OUT OF MONEY BY THIS

SUMMER.

ARE YOU ANTICIPATING THAT?

WHAT ARE THE RAMIFICATIONS

OF THAT?

TO FURTHER UNDERSTAND

WHAT THE STORY OF UNWRA IS

ALL ABOUT, IN 1949, THEY

ESTABLISHED THE SUPPORT OF

THE PALESTINIANS REFUGEES.

AND UNFORTUNATELY, UNWRA,

INSTEAD OF SUPPORTING THE

REFUGEES, THEY'RE INCITING

THEM AGAINST ISRAEL.

THEY SHOULD NOT SUPPORT

INCITEMENT.

Gordon: THERE IS TALK

THAT IF UNWRA GOES AWAY,

THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

WILL COLLAPSE.

DO YOU THINK THAT IS THE

CASE?

NO.

I DO NOT THINK SO.

UNWRA WILL CONSIDER PEOPLE

REFUGEES, EVEN PEOPLE WHO

LIVE IN JORDAN, AND EVEN

THOSE WHO LIVE IN

RAMALLAH, AND UNDER THE

PALESTINIANS' CONTROL,

THEY ARE CONSIDERED TO BE

REFUGEES.

Gordon: WHAT DO YOU

THINK OF "THE TAYLOR FORCE

ACT"?

THE ACT IS DESIGNED TO

STOP AMERICAN TAXPAYER

FUNDS FOR PAYING FOR "PAY

TO SLAY," AND PAYING TO

REWARD TERRORIST ACTS

AGAINST ISRAEL?

I HOPE IT WILL GO

THROUGH BECAUSE TODAY

PRESIDENT ABBAS IS TAKING

$340 MILLION FROM THE

MONEY HE GETS TO THE U.S.,

AND HE GIVES IT DIRECTLY

TO TERRORISTS WHO KILL

ISRAEL'S AND OTHER

AMERICANS.

I MET THE PARENTS OF

TAYLOR FORCE, ONLY A WEEK

AGO, AND I TELL THEM, I

SALUTE THEM FOR THE WAY

THEY PRESENT THE CASE OF

THEIR BRAVE SON.

AND I HOPE THE AMERICAN

TAXPAYER MONEY WILL NOT BE

USED TO SUPPORT TERRORISM.

Gordon: YOU'VE GONE

ON RECORD SAYING THAT THE

TWO-STATE SOLUTION WON'T

WORK.

DO YOU STILL THINK THAT?

I REPRESENT THE ISRAELI

GOVERNMENT, AND BENJAMIN

NETANYAHU SAID ON NUMEROUS

OCCASIONS THAT HE IS

WILLING TO NEGOTIATE WITH

PALESTINE.

Gordon: DO YOU YOU

SEE THAT AS REALISTIC?

IT COST A ANWAR SADAT HIS

LIFE BECAUSE HE MADE PEACE

WITH ISRAEL.

WE PRAY FOR PEACE EVERY

DAY.

TODAY I'M VERY OPTMISTIC.

PEOPLE ARE SKEPTICAL IN

ISRAEL ABOUT FINDING A

REAL PARTNER AMONG THE

PALESTINIANS, BUT WE ARE

TO BE OPTMISTIC ABOUT IT.

AND WE HAVE TO TAKE INTO

CONSIDERATION THAT ISRAEL

IS A YOUNG COUNTRY.

TODAY WE CELEBRATE ONLY 70

YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE.

SO MAYBE IT WILL TAKE

ANOTHER FIVE YEARS,

ANOTHER 10 YEARS, BUT ONCE

WE FIND A REAL PARTNER,

WE'LL BE THERE AND WE'LL

BE WILLING TO WALK

TOGETHER WITH THEM, THE

SAME AS WE DID WITH THE

EGYPTIAN OF THE

JORDANIANS.

Gordon: WHAT WOULD

YOU SAY WOULD BE THE SIGNS

THEY'RE REALLY SERIOUS

ABOUT DOING THIS?

UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS

NOT THE CASE.

IN GAZA, FOR EXAMPLE, WE

TOOK OUT THE ENTIRE JEWISH

COMMUNITY THAT LIVED ON

THE GAZA STREETS.

I WAS AGAINST IT IN 2005.

AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED

THERE.

INSTEAD OF DIVERTING

AGRICULTURE, THERE WAS AN

ENTITY OF TERROR.

THEY USED THE FUNDS FROM

THE ISRAELI COMMUNITY TO

BUILD TERROR TOWNS THAT

THREATEN COMMUNITIES IN

THE SOUTH.

YOU SAY, WHAT IS THE GOAL

OF THE PALESTINIANS?

UNFORTUNATELY TODAY, WHEN

WE HEAR WHAT THEY ARE

SAYING IN ARABIC IN THE

MASSES, THEY ARE NOT

BUILDING SOCIETY AND

HOSPITALS AND SCHOOLS.

THEY PUT ALL OF THEIR

ENERGY TO BUILD A MEASURE

TO DESTROY ISRAEL.

Gordon: DO YOU SEE

ANY HOPE?

WE HAVE TO SEE HOPE.

Gordon: I KNOW WE

HAVE TO.

BUT DO YOU ACTUALLY SEE

IT?

I DO.

YOU KNOW, I AM A BELIEVER,

AND EVERY DAY WHEN I ENTER

THE U.N. AND I SEE THE

HOSTILITY AGAINST ISRAEL,

YOU HAVE TO BE OPTMISTIC.

WHEN I WALK IN ISRAEL AND

I SEE HOW MUCH WE HAVE

ACHIEVED IN 70 YEARS, WE

CAN ACHIEVE MUCH MORE.

MAYBE IT WILL TAKE MORE

YEARS FOR OUR NEIGHBORS TO

COME AND SPEAK WITH US.

YOU LOOK AT WHAT IS

HAPPENING TODAY IN SYRIA

AND LEBANON, I THINK EVEN

THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN

THOSE COUNTRIES UNDERSTAND

WHAT DAY THEY WANTS TO

LIVE PEACEFULLY WITH

ISRAEL BECAUSE THE OPTION

TO LIVE UNDER A RADICAL

REGIME IS A BAD OPTION FOR

THEM.

Gordon: YOU'VE GOT A

PLATFORM RIGHT NOW WHERE

YOU'RE TALKING TO HUNDREDS

OF THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS

IN THE UNITED STATES, AND

THEN AN UNTOLD NUMBER

AROUND THE WORLD.

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE

FOR THEM AS THE ISRAELI

AMBASSADOR?

SPEAK UP FOR ISRAEL.

WE NEED TO STAND WITH

ISRAEL, TO PRAY FOR

ISRAEL.

BECAUSE MANY THINK THAT

EVERYBODY IS AGAINST US,

AND WE HAVE TO MAKE

CONCESSIONS TO SATISFY THE

WORLD.

I KNOW IT IS NOT THE CASE.

WE NEED THE SUPPORTERS OF

ISRAEL TO BE MORE VOCAL,

TO BE MORE INVOLVED WITH

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN

ISRAEL.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR

US.

WE NEED THAT SUPPORT.

Gordon: THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. AMBASSADOR.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Gordon: THAT WAS THE

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO THE

U.N., AND THOSE ARE WORDS

FOR THE WORLD.

LET'S TAKE TIME TO SPEAK

UP FOR ISRAEL, SPEAK ON

BEHALF OF ISRAEL, AND

LET'S PRAY FOR THE PEACE

OF JERUSALEM.

AND I JUST ADMIRE HIM FOR

HAVING HOPE AGAINST ALL

HOPE.

TO BE HOPEFUL FOR THE

FUTURE THAT THINGS CAN

CHANGE WHEN IT SEEMS LIKE

EVERYTHING IS AGAINST YOU.

YOUR ARAB NEIGHBORS, ON A

ROUTINE BASIS, SPOUT HATE

AND INCITE VIOLENCE AND

TERRORISM.

IT IS A WONDERFUL THING TO

ANNOUNCE THAT TAYLOR FORCE

IS NOW THE LAW OF THE

LAND.

IT IS NOW UP TO OUR STATE

DEPARTMENT TO DETERMINE IS

IT APPROPRIATE FOR THE

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TO

SPEND OUR TAX DOLLARS TO

REWARD TERRORISM?

SO LET'S URGE THEM TO

QUICKLY END THAT AND END

THE FUNDING OF TERRORISM

WITHIN THE PALESTINIAN

AUTHORITY.

THIS IS THE 70th YEAR.

THE 70th ANNIVERSARY OF

THE FOUNDING OF ISRAEL.

LAST YEAR WAS THE 50th

ANNIVERSARY OF JERUSALEM

BEING THE CAPITAL OF

ISRAEL.

AND IT IS A WONDERFUL TIME

TO CELEBRATE WHAT GOD HAS

DONE.

> TERRY?

Terry: UP NEXT, TWO

PARENTS TAKE US ON THE

JOURNEY THROUGH THE

HARDEST TIMES IN THEIR

LIVES, AND THEY SHARE

ABOUT HOW EVERY DAY

THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO FIND

A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS.

Terry: THEY HAVE

ENDURED FAR MORE PAIN THAN

ANY PARENTS SHOULD HAVE TO

DEAL WITH, FROM MEDICAL

COMPLICATIONS TO A

PRODIGAL CHILD, THEY'VE

SHED MANY TEARS OVER THE

YEARS.

STILL, EVEN IN THE WORST

TIMES, THEY'VE MANAGED TO

FIND GLIMPSES OF HOPE.

HERE IS THEIR STORY.

WHY?

WHY ME?

WHY THIS?

THAT'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.

THE WONDER AND IMAGINATION

JUST VANISHED, IT SEEMED

LIKE.

IT JUST SHUT HIM DOWN

AND SHUT ALL OF THE LIGHT

OUT OF HIS EYES.

AND EVERYTHING BECAME

ABOUT THAT OBSESSION.

WE WOULD TAKE AWAY

ANYTHING WE FOUND THAT

WERE HIS SOURCES, AND WE

BLOCKED HIS COMPUTER AS

BEST WE COULD, AND WE MADE

RULES, 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.

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.

AND 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.

HE NEVER CEASES TO BE YOUR

SON, AND THAT'S THE

HARDEST PART.

THAT'S WHAT MAKES IT SO

HARD.

IT WAS HURTING ME, BUT I

HAD TO LET HIM LIVE WITH

THE CONSEQUENCES OF WHAT

HE CHOSE TO DO.

HE WAS LIKE A ZOMBIE,

WANDERING THE STREETS AT

NIGHT AND STEPPING OUT IN

TRAFFIC.

AND HE DISAPPEARED, AND 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 IN PLAN.

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.

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.

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?

I WOULD SUGGEST TO YOU

THAT HE WAS THERE, AND HE

CAUGHT HIM WHEN HE FELL.

AND HE 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 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 HAVE 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 WHAT

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 LOST PART OF MY

HEARING I CAN STILL HEAR

BIRDS' SONGS.

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 MY THUMB IN IT

AND IT SHOWS.

AND THEN I CUT IT OFF THE

WHEEL AND I SET IT ASIDE

AND IT DRIES.

AND IT IS NOT AS PLIABLE

ANYMORE, AND IT IS HARD

AND KIND OF LIFELESS.

AND THEN WHEN IT COMES

THROUGH THAT FINAL FIRE,

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 I THINK

IS REFLECTED IN WHAT WE

COME THROUGH IN A LOT OF

WAYS.

WHAT EACH ONE OF US GOES

THROUGH AS GOD BRINGS US

THROUGH DEATH REALLY INTO

NEW LIFE IN HIM, AND IT IS

HIS WORK, AND HE BRINGS

YOU FORTH 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 IS THE

SUNRISE.

IT IS JUST A CONSTANT

REMINDER OF HIS

FAITHFULNESS.

EVERY DAY THE SUN RISES.

HE'S THERE EVERY DAY.

HE'S WITH ME.

HE NEVER FAILS, NEVER,

EVER FAILS.

Terry: LIFE HAPPENS,

DOESN'T IT, TO ALL OF US.

TO ALL OF US.

TO SOME IT SEEMS TO BRING

MORE GRIEF THAN OTHERS,

WHO CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY.

THE ISSUE ISN'T SO MUCH

THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION

WHY AS HOW DO WE THEN LIVE

IN THE MIDST OF IT?

GOD HAS NOT LEFT US HERE

WITHOUT A WITNESS OF WHO

HE IS, WITHOUT A LIGHT IN

THE DARKNESS, WITHOUT HOPE

IN OUR HEARTS.

I ADMIRE ROSANNE AND ROD

FOR THEIR VULNERABILITY

AND THEIR TRANSPARENCIES

IN ALL OF THIS.

THEY ARE NOT ALONE.

THERE ARE SO MANY OF US

WHO AS PARENTS HAVE WALKED

THROUGH HARD PLACES WITH

OUR KIDS.

YOU KNOW, HE SAID IT:

WHEN YOU'VE DONE

EVERYTHING, WHAT DO YOU

DO?

WHEN YOU'VE GIVEN

EVERYTHING YOU HAVE TO

GIVE, WHEN YOU HAVE USED

ALL OF THE METHODS THAT

YOU KNOW TO USE, WHEN YOU

HAVE CAJOLED AND TRIED TO

GIVE WISE COUNSEL AND

TALKED THROUGH THINGS --

YOU KNOW, IT CAN HAPPEN

WITH YOUR CHILDREN, IT CAN

HAPPEN WITH A BROKEN

SPOUSE, IT CAN HAPPEN WITH

A BROKEN PARENT -- LIFE IS

COMPLICATED.

I LOVE WHAT ROSANNE SAID

AT THE END, WHEN SHE WAS

TALKING ABOUT CAPTURING

THROUGH HER CAMERA LENS

THE BEAUTY OF LIFE.

SHE LIKES THE WAY THE

LIGHT CHANGES AS IT SHINES

IN THROUGH VARIOUS THINGS.

AND YOU KNOW, GOD'S LIGHT

DOES THAT.

RIGHT IN THE MIDST OF

COMPLETE HOPELESSNESS, HIS

LIGHT SHINES THROUGH, AND

IT IS THERE.

HE IS THERE.

HE WAS THERE WITH THEIR

SON.

HE IS THERE WITH YOU NOW,

THROUGH WHATEVER YOU'RE

GOING THROUGH, AS DARK AS

IT MAY BE.

I THINK THE SCRIPTURE THAT

SAYS, AND HAVING DONE ALL,

STAND.

SOMETIMES WE'RE CALLED TO

DO THAT, TO STAND.

OUR FAITH IS PROBABLY

NEVER MORE TESTEDE TESTED THAN

WHEN WE NEED TO TRUST WHAT

WE CANNOT SEE, AND MAYBE

MORE SIGNIFICANTLY, WHAT

WE CANNOT UNDERSTAND.

TODAY IF YOU'RE IN A HARD

PLACE, GOD IS RIGHT THERE

WITH YOU.

HE IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS.

HE IS DOING WHAT HE SAYS

HE WILL DO.

TRUST HIM IN THAT PLACE.

LISTEN, RIGHT NOW, JUST

REACH UP YOUR HAND AND

GRAB HOLD OF HIS AND SAY,

GOD, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND.

I CANNOT SEE, BUT I KNOW

WHO YOU ARE.

I KNOW I AM YOURS.

I KNOW THAT YOU ARE MY

GOD.

AND I TRUST YOU.

I TRUST YOU.

HE WILL BE THERE FOR YOU

YOU.

HE WILL WALK YOU THROUGH

IT.

I THINK OF THE THINGS

WE'VE SEEN HAPPEN IN OUR

COUNTRY IN THE LAST WEEKS.

CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN

SHOT AND FAMILIES WHO HAVE

BEEN LEFT BEHIND TO WALK

THROUGH THE KIND OF GRIEF

WE'RE TALKING THROUGH.

THE KIND OF GRIEF THAT THE

COUPLE YOU JUST LISTENED

TO HAVE WALKED THROUGH.

THE PARENTS OF THE YOUNG

MAN WHO DID THE SHOOTING,

THE FAMILY LEFT BEHIND IN

THIS RECENT SHOOTING.

YOU KNOW, THERE IS SO MUCH

SENSELESS PAIN IN OUR

WORLD.

I THINK IT'S WHY IN THE

SCRIPTURE JESUS SAYS, I AM

THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY,

AND FOREVER.

HE IS WITH YOU RIGHT WHERE

YOU ARE.

AND THOUGH THE

CIRCUMSTANCES IN YOUR LIFE

AND THE LOSS THAT IS SO

GRIEVOUS AND GREAT HAPPENS

ALL AROUND US, HE IS THE

ONE CONSTANT.

HE NEVER LEAVES US OR

FORSAKES US.

HE IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS,

AND HE SAYS HE IS YOUR

ABBA, YOUR FATHER, YOUR

DADDY, THE ONE WHO CAN BE

TRUSTED.

THE SAV SAVIOR WHO GAVE

EVERYTHING HE HAD SO THERE

WOULD BE LIGHT IN THE

DARKNESS.

ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS

THAT ROSANNE SAID THAT IS

SO IMPORTANT IS, THAT SHE

CHOSE TO LOOK AT ALL THAT

SHE HAD TO BE GRATEFUL

FOR.

THAT'S HARD TO DO WHEN IT

IS DARK, ISN'T IT?

IT IS IMPERATIVE.

IT IS IMPERATIVE TO YOUR

FINDING THE LIGHT.

GET OUT YOUR PAPER AND

PENCIL, AND START TO WRITE

DOWN ALL OF THE THINGS,

FROM THE SUNSETS THAT YOU

SEE IN THE EVENING TO THE

SUN RISES THAT YOU SEE IN

THE MORNING.

WRITE IT DOWN.

THOSE ARE GIFTS TO YOU IN

THE MIDDLE OF THE

DARKNESS.

AND THEN GRAB UP AND HANG

ON TO HIS HAND FOR ALL ITS

WORTH.

GOD LOVES YOU.

HIS PROMISES ARE REAL.

THEY ARE THERE FOR YOU

RIGHT NOW, AND THEY'RE

NEVER MORE POWERFUL THAN

WHEN EVERYTHING SEEMS LIKE

IT CAN'T BE UNDERSTOOD.

IF YOU NEED SOMEONE TO

PRAY WITH YOU TODAY, OUR

NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE:

1-800-700-7000.

MAYBE IN SOME WAY IN YOUR

LIFE YOU'RE GOING THROUGH

TERRIBLE GRIEF, LIKE

ROSANNE AND ROD TALKED

ABOUT.

WELL, WE HAVE A PAMPHLET

WE'D LOVE TO SEND YOU FOR

FREE.

IT IS CALLED "LIVING

THROUGH GRIEF."

YOU WILL SURVIVE IT.

YOU CAN TRUST GOD IN THE

MIDST OF IT.

THE PHONE CALL IS FREE,

TOO.

JUST CALL.

THE PERSON WHO ANSWERS

THAT CALL WOULD LOVE TO

PRAY WITH YOU TODAY ABOUT

YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES.

SO PLEASE, LET US HEAR

FROM YOU.

GORDON?

Gordon: STILL AHEAD,

HOW A SIMPLE ACT OF

GENEROSITY WAS ABLE TO

DELIVER CLEAN WATER TO AN

ENTIRE VILLAGE.

AND WELCOME BACK TO

"THE 700 CLUB."

A CHRISTIAN GIRL IS BEING

HELD CAPTIVE BY RADICAL

MUSLIMS IN NIGERIA FOR

REFUSING TO RENOUNCE HER

CHRISTIAN FAITH.

EARLIER THIS WEEK BOKO

HARAM RETURNED 100 OF THE

110 GIRLS THEY ABDUCTED

FROM A SCHOOL LAST MONTH.

BUT LEAH WAS NOT FREED BY

THE TERROR GROUP BECAUSE

SHE IS A CHRISTIAN.

ANOTHER YOUNG GIRL WHO WAS

RELEASED TOLD REPORTERS

BOKO HARAM WILL KEEP THE

GIRL UNTIL SHE CONVERTS

FROM CHRISTIANITY TO

ISLAM.

> "OPERATION BLESSING"

IS STILL WORKING TO HELP

PEOPLE IN PUERTO RICO

RECOVER FROM THE

DEVASTATION OF HURRICANE

MARIA.

THE STORM SWEPT THROUGH

THE COUNTRY SIX MONTHS

AGO, AND MANY ARE STILL

WITHOUT POWER AND SAFE

DRINKING WATER.

"OPERATION BLESSING"

STEPPED IN TO HELP A

SINGLE MOTHER WHO'S

RESTAURANT SUFFERED

EXTENSIVE DAMAGE.

HER BUSINESS IS HER SOLE

SOURCE OF INCOME FOR HER

FAMILY.

"OPERATION BLESSING"

HELPED RESTORE HER KITCHEN

WITH BRAND NEW SUPPLIES.

AND THEY ARE PROVIDING

SAFE WATER FOR SCHOOL

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.

> YOU CAN LEARN MORE

ABOUT "OPERATION BLESSING"

BY VISITING ITS WEBSITE

AT ob.org.

GORDON AND TERRY ARE BACK

WITH MUCH MORE OF TODAY'S

"700 CLUB."

IT IS COMING UP RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

Terry: WELL, MOST OF

US TAKE CLEAN WATER FOR

GRANTED.

NOT JENNALYN.

FROM THE TIME SHE WAS VERY

YOUNG, SHE WAS FORCED TO

DRINK AND BATHE IN FILTHY

WATER.

BUT NOT ANYMORE, THANKS TO

THE GENEROSITY OF PEOPLE

LIKE YOU.

Reporter: EVERY DAY,

FOUR TIMES A DAY, JENNALYN

WADE THROUGH THE GARBAGE

ALONG THIS STREAM TO

COLLECT WATER FOR HER

FAMILY.

I REMEMBER SEEING

DISGUSTING THINGS IN THE

WATER.

WE HAD NO CHOICE.

Reporter: SINCE THE

TIME SHE WAS YOUNG,

JENNALYN HAS ALSO WATCHED

PEOPLE USE THE RIVER AS A

TOILET.

I HAD TO TAKE A BATH,

AND I GOT SICK WITH A

FEVER AND MY STOMACH

ACHED.

Reporter: JENNALYN IS

NOW MARRIED WITH A BABY OF

HER OWN.

SHE STILL VISITS THE

STREAM EVERY DAY TO GET

WATER AND TO GIVE HER

DAUGHTER A BATH.

IT IS HARD TO WATCH HER

WADE INTO THE DIRTY WATER.

SHE MIGHT GET A DISEASE OR

INFECTION.

I KNOW A NEIGHBOR WHO DIED

BECAUSE OF THE

CONTAMINATED WATER.

Reporter: WHEN CBN

HEARD ABOUT JENNALYN AND

HER BABY, WE DUG A WELL

RIGHT NEXT TO HER HOME.

NOW THE NEED OF THE ENTIRE

COMMUNITY IS MET WITH

PLENTY OF CLEAN WATER FOR

WASHING, BATHING, AND

DRINKING.

I'M GRATEFUL THE WATER

IS SO CLOSE AND IT IS SAFE

TO DRINK.

IT FEELS GOOD TO TASTE THE

CLEAN WATER.

I'M CONFIDENT THAT MY

DAUGHTER WILL NOW BE SAFE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Terry: SO LITTLE OF

THE WORLD HAS CLEAN WATER,

EITHER FOR BATHING OR FOR

DRINKING, BUT WHAT A

LIFE-CHANGING THING IT IS

WHEN THEY ARE GIVEN THAT

GIFT.

AND YOU HAVE GIVEN THAT

GIFT, IF YOU'RE A "700

CLUB" MEMBER, TO THOUSANDS

AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE

ALL AROUND THE GLOBE.

YOU KNOW IT MEANS NO MORE

SICKNESS, IT MEANS THE

PEOPLE CAN PROSPER AND

THRIVE, IT MEANS THE CROPS

CAN BE RAISED, CHILDREN

ARE HEALTHY, AND THEY HAVE

A HOPE AND A FUTURE.

WE THANK YOU, "700 CLUB"

MEMBERS.

THAT'S JUST ONE THE THINGS

YOU DO THAT IS LIFE

GIVING.

IF YOU'RE NOT A "700 CLUB"

MEMBER, WHAT A GREAT DAY

TO JOIN THE REST OF US.

IT IS 65 CENTS A DAY, $20

A MONTH, AND YOU'LL BE

JOINING WITH PEOPLE WHO

WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD

WITH THE LOVE OF JESUS

CHRIST, AND IN VERY

PRACTICAL WAYS LIKE YOU

JUST SAW.

WILL YOU GO TO YOUR PHONE

AND CALL RIGHT NOW?

IT IS 1-800-700-7000.

JOIN "700 CLUB."

WHEN YOU DO, OUR WAY OF

SAYING THANK YOU FOR

CARING ABOUT OTHERS IS TO

SEND YOU PAT'S LATEST

TEACHING D.V.D., AND IT'S

CALLED "ANSWERED PRAYER."

IT TALKS ABOUT ALL OF THE

WAYS, OVER 50 YEARS, PAT

HAS SEEN GOD ANSWER HIS

PRAYERS, AND OTHER PEOPLE

SHARE THEIRTIVITIE THEIR TESTIMONIES AS

WELL.

THIS IS OUR GIFT TO YOU

WHEN YOU CALL AND JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB" RIGHT NOW.

GORDON?

Gordon: STILL AHEAD,

A CURE FOR THE CULTURE

WARS.

HEAR WHAT DR. MICHAEL

BROWN SAYS CHRISTIANS NEED

TO DO IN ORDER TO SAVE OUR

COUNTRY, WHEN WE COME

BACK.

Gordon: WELL,

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR AND

RADIO HOST, DR. MICHAEL

BROWN, SAYS AMERICA IS AT

A TIPPING POINT, AND THAT

OUR COUNTRY IS SICK.

WELL, THE GOOD NEWS IS

THERE IS A PRESCRIPTION,

AND IT'S ONE THAT CAN LEAD

TO A NEW CULTURAL

RENAISSANCE.

Reporter: DR. MICHAEL

L. BROWN IS THE HOST OF

"LINE OF FIRE."

WHILE MANY AMERICANS

BELIEVE WE HAVE SPIRALLED

INTO MORAL AND CULTURAL

CHAOS, DR. BROWN BELIEVES

OUR NATION IS NOT BEYOND

THE POINT OF RECOVERY.

IN FACT, HE BELIEVES OUR

COUNTRY'S BEST DAYS ARE

STILL AHEAD, BUT WE'LL

NEED A RADICAL AND

CULTURAL SOLUTION,

BEGINNING WITH THE CHURCH.

IN HIS BOOK, DR. BROWN

WRITES A TRANSCRIPTIO PRESCRIPTION OF

HOPE.

AND SHARES HOW AMERICA CAN

FIND ITS WAY BACK TO

HEALTH, SPIRITUALLY,

MORALLY, AND CULTURALLY.

Gordon: MICHAEL BROWN

IS HERE WITH US NOW.

WELCOME BACK TO "THE 700

CLUB."

THANK YOU.

Gordon: LET'S TALK

ABOUT HOW SICK AMERICA IS.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

I WAS PRAYING ABOUT HOW

TO CONVEY THIS IN A SHORT,

GRAPHIC WAY.

AND THE IDEA CAME TO ME,

THERE IS A GUY IN THE

SUBURBS IN PENNSYLVANIA

WITH HIS FAMILY, THE

SUMMER OF 1962, IT IS TV

NIGHT, AND THEY'RE GOING

TO WATCH "LEAVE IT TO

BEAVER."

AND HE FALLS ASLEEP WITH

HIS FAMILY WATCHING THAT,

AND HE WAKES UP AND IT IS

TODAY.

AND YOU'VE GONE FROM

"LASSIE," TO "GAME OF

THRONE," AND YOU'VE GONE

TO 10-YEAR-OLDS SEXTING

EACH OTHER NOW, STUFF WE

DIDN'T EVEN KNOW EXISTED

BACK IN THOSE DAYS.

LOOK AT HOW DIVIDED WE ARE

AS A NATION.

THERE IS INSTANT UPHEAVAL,

YOUNG PEOPLE LEAVING THE

CHURCHES, AND ONE PROBLEM

AFTER ANOTHER.

AND YOU ADD IN THE

ACCUMULATION OF OVER

50 MILLION ABORTIONS.

WE KNOW WE ARE SICK.

BUT WHEN I WENT TO WRITE

THIS BOOK, I HEARD THE

LORD SAY, WRITE A BOOK ON

THE RISE AND FALL OF

AMERICA.

WE KNOW THE CHRISTIAN

HERITAGE AND ROOTS AND HOW

FAR WE HAVE FALLEN, BUT I

HEARD THE LORD SAY TO ME,

THERE COULD BE ANOTHER

GREAT AWAKENING AT HAND.

IT IS POSSIBLE AMERICA'S

BEST DAYS COULD BE AHEAD.

AS I WAS RESEARCHING FOR

THE BOOK, I SAW IN THE

1730s, RIGHT BEFORE

THAT, LEADERS SAID,

RELIGION LAY DYING IN

AMERICA.

AND IN THE 1800s, THE

SUPREME COURT SAID THE

CHURCH HAS FALLEN TOO FAR

TO EVER RECOVER.

IN 1986, THE COVER STORY,

IS GOD DEAD?

FIVE YEARS LATER, "THE

JESUS REVOLUTION."

SO WE'VE BEEN PRONOUNCED

DEAD OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

BUT I TRULY BELIEVE IF

GOD'S PEOPLE WILL TURN

BACK TO HIM, THE WORD OF

GOD GIVES US A

PRESCRIPTION FOR OUR OWN

LIVES, AND IF WE TURN BACK

TO HIM, I BELIEVE WE CAN

SEE ANOTHER GREAT

AWAKENING SHAKE AMERICA

AGAIN.

Gordon: ONE OF THE

THINGS I'M STRUGGLING WITH

IS, HAVE WE LOST OUR

CULTURAL NARRATIVE?

WHAT IS THE POINT OF BEING

AMERICAN?

IT IS INTERESTING, I WAS

DOING A DOCUMENTARY ON

ISRAEL, "A CALL TO LIFE,"

AND UNIVERSALLY, THE

ISRAELIS INVOLVED IN

HUMANITARIAN WORK

WORLDWIDE WILL SAY, WE'RE

SUPPOSED TO BE A LIGHT TO

THE NATION.

I'M HEARING THIS, AND IT

IDENTIFIED, THIS IS OUR

CORE BEING.

THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS TO

BE ISRAELI.

IT DIDN'T MATTER IF THEY

WERE SECULAR, OBSERVANT,

OR EVEN CHRISTIAN.

BECAUSE I'M AN ISRAELI,

I'M A LIGHT TO THE

NATIONS.

I CAN'T IMAGINE AN

AMERICAN SAYING THAT.

IF YOU'RE ON A MISSIONS

TRIP AND YOU'RE DOING

HUMANITARIAN WORK, THE

IDENTIFICATION WOULD COME

BACK, I'M DOING THIS

BECAUSE I'M A FOLLOWER OF

JESUS.

I'M DOING THIS PRETTY MUCH

ON AN INDIVIDUALISTIC

BASIS.

YOU'RE NOT DOING IT FROM

I'M AN AMERICAN.

DO WE NEED TO RECOVER

THAT?

WHAT DOES IT REALLY NEED

TO BE AN AMERICAN?

RIGHT NOW WE HAVE TO

APOLOGIZE FOR BEING

AMERICAN, OR IT JUST MEANS

A BETTER ECONOMY OR A

STRONGER MILITARY --

Gordon: WE GET TO

SHOP FOR MORE THINGS.

BUT WHEN WE GO BACK TO

OUR ROOTS, THE THINGS THAT

MADE US GREAT -- TO STUDY

IT AFRESH IS UNBELIEVABLY

EYE OPENING.

THE REASON WE HAVE BEEN

GREAT IS BECAUSE WE HAVE

BEEN GOOD, AND WE HAVE

BEEN GOOD BECAUSE OF GOD.

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN,

YOU CAN'T DO THAT WITHOUT

AMERICA BEING GOOD AGAIN.

WELL, WHAT MADE US GOOD?

IT IS SCRIPTURAL

FOUNDATION AND SCRIPTURAL

ROOTS.

HOW ABOUT THE CHURCH

LIVING LIKE THE CHURCH?

HOW ABOUT RECOGNIZING THAT

WE HAVE A SPECIAL

HERITAGE, AND GOD HAS

RAISED UP AMERICA AS A

UNIQUE NATION.

AND AS AMERICA GOES, THE

WORLD GOES.

I HAVE A GREAT HEART FOR

MISSIONS, AND I'VE BEEN

OVERSEAS OVER AND OVER,

BUT I WAS PRAYING, OKAY,

GOD, WHY AMERICA?

WHY DO WE NEED TO CARE

ABOUT THESE THINGS?

I WAS REMINDED BY THE

LORD, AS AMERICA GOES, SO

GOES THE WORLD.

SO WE HAVE TREMENDOUS

INFLUENCE.

WE ARE, AS SOME OF THE

FOUNDERS SAID, A CITY SET

ON A HILL.

THE WHOLE WORLD IS GOING

TO SEE WHAT WE DO.

IF WE CAN GET IN TOUCH

WITH GOD AGAIN -- IF WE

CAN GET THE FEAR OF GOD

BACK IN OUR PULPITS, IF WE

CAN GET BELIEVERS LIVING

BY SCRIPTURE -- IN OUR

BOOK, WE GO CHAPTER BY

CHAPTER, AND HERE IS THE

BIBLICAL SOLUTION.

WE HAVE THE WAYS OF LIFE.

GOD WAYS ARE ATTRACTIVE.

ON THE ONE HAND, THE WORLD

HATES THE DARKNESS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE

WORLD LOVES DARKNESS.

THE WORLD IS LOOKING FOR

LIGHT.

AND IF WE CAN SHINE THE

LIGHT OF THE GOSPEL --

PEOPLE KNOW WE NEED HOPE

IN AMERICA.

WE HAVE THE MESSAGE.

Gordon: HOW DO WE GET

THERE?

I HEAR YOU.

I'M AMENING.

WE'VE BEEN TO THE

DOCTOR, AND THE DOCTOR

SAYS, YOU ALMOST DIED OF A

HEART ATTACK, BUT IF YOU

WILL TAKE RADICAL STEPS TO

BE CHANGED, YOU CAN

CHANGE.

I WAS 275 POUNDS,

CHOLESTEROL WAS HIGH -- I

KNEW THAT THE PLANS I WAS

TAKING, MY STEPS, THEY

WERE NOT WORKING.

AND I SAT DOWN WITH MY

WIFE ONE DAY IN 2014, AND

I SAID, MY PLAN IS NOT

WORKING.

WE MADE RADICAL CHANGES.

WITHIN EIGHT MONTHS, I

LOST 95 PLUS POUNDS.

EVERYTHING TURNED AROUND.

MORE OF THE SAME IS ONLY

GOING TO PRODUCE MORE OF

THE SAME.

SO OUR CULTURE OF DEATH,

WE HAVE TO ADDRESS IT HEAD

ON, NOT JUST ABORTION, BUT

OUR FASCINATION WITH

DEATH, FROM THE VAMPIRES

TO WALKING DEAD TO

WHATEVER IT IS.

VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES.

STEP BACK AND SAY, WHAT AM

I FEEDING MYSELF?

WE NEED TO LOOK AT OUR

CULTURE, BE IT THE CULTURE

OF SUCCESS IN FINANCES OR

FOOD.

WE NEED TO SEE HOW MUCH WE

HAVE BECOME PART OF THE

SEXUAL REVOLUTION.

IN EACH AREA, LOOK AT IT.

WHATEVER THE BIGGEST ISSUE

IS IN OUR OWN LIVES, OUR

OWN CHURCH COMMUNITY,

START THERE AND LOOK AT

THE WORD, AND THE WORD OF

GOD SHOWS US A BETTER WAY

TO LIVE.

AND WITH THAT, A HOLY

DESPERATION IN PRAYER FOR

REVIVAL.

GOD, START THE WORK IN ME.

Gordon: DO WE NEED TO

REDEFINE WHAT WE MEAN BY

"LIBERTY."

THAT LIBERTY DOESN'T MEAN

YOU GET TO DO ALL THINGS

IN EXCESS.

ALL THINGS ARE LAWFUL, BUT

NOT ALL THINGS ARE

PROFITABLE.

YES, SIR.

AND SOME OF THE FOUNDERS

UNDERSTOOD THAT THE TYPE

OF GOVERNMENT WE HAD WAS

ONLY FOR A MORAL AND

RELIGIOUS PEOPLE.

OTHERWISE IT IS LIKE

GIVING 6-YEAR-OLDS FREE

RIGHT TO DO ANYTHING, GET

BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A CAR

OR PUT A GUN IN THEIR

HANDS.

WE CAN'T DO THAT.

THE LIBERTY WE HAVE CAN BE

CONSTRUCTIVE OR

DESTRUCTIVE.

JESUS DOESN'T SET US FREE

TO SIN, BUT HE SETS US

FREE FROM SIN.

WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND

LIBERTY AND RECOVER THAT,

AND WE NEED TO REALIZE

THAT THE GOSPEL SETS

PEOPLE FREE.

Gordon: IT DOES.

"SAVING A SICK AMERICA,"

IT IS A PRESCRIPTION FOR

MORAL AND CULTURAL

TRANSFORMATION, AND IT IS

AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE.

THANK YOU.

> THANK YOU.

Gordon: WE LEAVE YOU

WITH THESE WORDS FROM

JOSHUA: "BE STRONG AND OF

GOOD COURAGE FOR THE LORD

YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU

WHEREVER YOU GO."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT

WEEK.

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