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700 Club Interactive - April 23, 2018

A pastor’s daughter leaves her family’s faith to pursue intellectualism until she realizes her life as an atheist lacks joy and meaning. Read Transcript


Gordon: A DEDICATED

ATHEIST...WHO STARTED TO

EXAMINE HER OWN BELIEFS.

WHY DO I HAVE TO ACT A

CERTAIN WAY.

Gordon: SHE COMES

FACE TO FACE WITH A TRUTH

SHE COULDN'T DENY.

I WAS, LIKE, WHAT DO I

BELIEVE.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE".

WELL, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

EASTER HAS PASSED, BUT

SEVERAL STORIES FROM

RESURRECTION SUNDAY ARE

STILL MAKING HEADLINES.

HERE IS ONE THAT WILL

INSPIRE YOU.

A CHURCH IN TEXAS WIPED

OUT MILLIONS IN MEDICAL

DEBT FOR THOUSANDS OF

LOCAL FAMILIES IN THEIR

COMMUNITIES.

Terry: WHEN PASTOR

STEVEN HAYES LEARNED OF A

WAY HE COULD HELP FOLKS IN

HIS COMMUNITY GET OUT FROM

UNDER THEIR MEDICAL BILLS,

THEY KNEW THEY NEEDED TO

DO SOMETHING.

COVENANT CHURCH PAID THE

MEDICAL DEBTS OF 4,229

FAMILIES IN A 20-MILE

RADIUS OF THEIR CHURCH

CAMPUSES.

WATCH AS HE SHARES THE

GOOD NEWS WITH HIS CHURCH.

BECAUSE YOU GAVE ABOVE

AND BEYOND WHAT WAS

NEEDED, 4,229 FAMILIES

THIS WEEK WILL BE GETTING

A LETTER IN THE MAIL,

WITHIN A 20-MILE RADIUS OF

EVERY CAMPUS, SAYING YOUR

DEBT IS COMPLETELY GONE.

[APPLAUSE]

NOT ONLY -- NOT ONLY IS

IT 4,229 FAMILIES -- NOT

ONLY IS THE DEBT ITSELF

GONE AND PAID, BUT ALSO

ANY NEGATIVE IMPACT THAT

THAT DEBT HAS HAD HA ON THEIR

CREDIT HISTORY IS WIPED

CLEAN.

WE SAID, WE WANT TO HELP

THE VETERANS FOR SURE.

THESE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE

GIVEN THEIR LIVES, AND HAD

INJURIES, AND LET'S DO

50,000 TOWARDS VETS AND

50,000 TOWARDS FAMILIES.

SO RIGHT NOW THERE IS NO

VETERAN IN OUR RADIUS WHO

WILL HAVE DEBT FROM THIS

DAY FORWARD.

WE DECIDED TO PUT UP

$100,000.

AND, MAN, CAN I TELL YOU,

IT IS THE EASIEST DECISION

I EVER MADE.

IT ENDED UP PAYING OFF

$10 MILLION, TOTAL DEBTS

PAID, GONE FOREVER.

COME ON!

Gordon: THAT IS

WONDERFUL.

Terry: I'M REJOICING

WITH THEM.

UNBELIEVABLE.

WOW, WHAT GOD'S PEOPLE CAN

DO.

THAT IS AWESOME.

> WELL, ROUGHLY 2,000

U.S. ARMY SOLDIERS WERE

FILMED SINGING "RECKLESS

LOVE" DURING THEIR EASTER

SERVICE THE AT FORT

BENNING, GEORGIA.

Gordon: OVER

3.5 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE

WATCHED IT ON Facebook,

AND HERE IS A CLIP.

* THE NEVER-ENDING,

RECKLESS LOVE OF GOD *

*

* I DON'T DESERVE IT

* STILL YOU GIVE YOURSELF

AWAY *

* OH, THE OVERWHELMING,

NEVER-ENDING, RECKLESS

LOVE OF GOD *

* OH, THE OVERWHELMING,

NEVER-ENDING, RECKLESS

LOVE OF GOD *

*

Terry: WOW!

Gordon: THAT ONE WILL

GET YOU STIRRED.

Terry: THAT IS

AMAZING.

Gordon: A VIDEO OF A

DOWN SYNDROME BOY HUGGING

JESUS ON THE WAY TO HIS

CRUCIFIXION IS GOING

VIRAL, WITH OVER THREE

MILLION VIEWS NOW.

Terry: WELL, WHEN THE

BOY SAW THE ACTOR PLAYING

JESUS DURING THE STATIONS

OF THE CROSS IN MEXICO,

HIS INSTINCT WAS TO

COMFORT HIS SAVIOR.

THE WOMAN WHO POSTED THE

VIDEO POSTED THIS ABOUT

THE BOY: HIS INNOCENCE,

HIS OVER FLOWING LOVE AND

HIS DOWN SYNDROME

CHALLENGE US TODAY.

JUAN PABLO IS HIS NAME.

LET'S TEACH OUR CHILDREN

TO ARE MORE COMPASSIONATE.

Gordon: THAT IS AN

AMAZING VIDEO.

Terry: IT COMES RIGHT

FROM THE HEART.

Gordon: WELL, TAMMIE

JO SHULTS IS A SOUTHWEST

AIRLINES PILOT, A FORMER

NAVY PILOT, AND SHE IS NOW

A HERO FOR KEEPING HER

COOL IN SAFELY LANDING A

SEVERELY DAMAGED PLANE

LAST TUESDAY.

AN EXPLOSION IN ONE OF THE

ENGINES CAUSED A WINDOW TO

BREAK, KILLING ONE

PASSENGER AND INJURING

SEVERAL OTHERS.

Terry: AFTER THE

HORROWING FLIGHT, SHE

REPORTEDLY TOOK TIME TO

SPEAK WITH EACH OF THE

PASSENGERS.

ONE OF THOSE PASSENGERS,

DIANA McBRIDE, WROTE

THIS ABOUT HER ON

Facebook: "TAMMIE JO

SHULTS, THE PILOT, CAME

BACK TO SPEAK TO EACH OF

US PERSONALLY.

THIS IS A TRUE AMERICAN

HERO.

A HUGE THANK YOU FOR HER

KNOWLEDGE, GUIDANCE, AND

BRAVERY IN A DRAMATIC

SITUATION.

GOD BLESS HER AND ALL OF

THE CREW."

ANOTHER PASSENGER SAID SHE

HAD NERVES OF STEEL.

Gordon: SHULTS, A

CHRISTIAN, ONCE SAID

SITTING IN THE CAPTAIN'S

CHAIR GAVE HER AN

OPPORTUNITY TO WITNESS FOR

CHRIST ON ALMOST EVERY

FLIGHT.

Terry: SHE WROTE TWO

THINGS MADE HER WANT TO

BECOME A PILOT, READING

THE BOOK "JUNGLE PILOT"

AND WATCHING AIR SHOWS

FROM HER BACKYARD IN NEW

MEXICO.

SHE IS ONE OF THE FIRST

FEMALE FIRE PILOTS FOR THE

NAVY.

Gordon: WE'VE GOT A

WHOLE STORY ON THIS, WHERE

YOU CAN ACTUALLY HEAR THE

REAL RECORDING OF THE

CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN THAT

WONDERFUL PILOT AND THE

AIR GROUND CONTROLLERS,

WHO ARE SAYING, HOW CAN WE

HELP YOU?

HOW CAN WE GET IT DOWN.

TALK ABOUT COOL UNDER

FIRE.

SHE HAS LOST PART OF HER

PLANE, SHE HAS LOST AN

ENGINE.

THE ENGINE WAS ON FIRE FOR

A PERIOD OF TIME.

BUT SHE KEPT HER COOL AND

LANDED THAT PLANE, AND

SAVED OVER 150 PEOPLE.

Terry: AND CHAOS IN

THE PASSENGER SECTION, AS

PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO SAVE

THE LIFE OF THE WOMAN WHO

WAS FATALLY INJURED.

Gordon: YOU HAVE TO

HEAR IT TO BELIEVE IT,

JUST HOW CALM SHE IS, AND

SHE BRINGS THAT PLANE

SAFELY TO GROUND.

Terry: I WANT TO FLY

WITH HER.

> RECENTLY PRESIDENT

TRUMP HOSTED THE CRIMSON

TIDE AT THE WHITE HOUSE TO

CELEBRATE THEIR

CHAMPIONSHIP.

SHORTLY AFTER PRESIDENT

TRUMP DELIVERED HIS

REMARKS, A GROUP OF

PLAYERS APPROACHED HIM,

AND AFTER EXCHANGING A FEW

WORDS, BEGAN TO PRAY.

Gordon: IT SHOWS THE

PRESIDENT BO BOWING BOWING HIS HEAD

AS A PLAYER BEGAN TO PRAY

FOR HIM.

CBN NEWS ASKED HIM WHAT

LED HIM TO PRAY FOR THE

PRESIDENT, AND HERE IS

WHAT HE SAID.

THE REASON I KNEW I WAS

SUPPOSED TO PRAY FOR

MR. TRUMP WAS WHEN HE

WALKED UP ON STAGE AND THE

LORD JUST ALLOWED ME TO

SEE HIM THE WAY THAT HE

SEES HIM, THE WAY THAT GOD

SEES HIM.

AND IT WASN'T ABOUT

PRAYING FOR THE PRESIDENT

OF THE UNITED STATES.

IT WASN'T ABOUT PRAYING

FOR HIM FOR HIS JOB OR

ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

IT BECAME ABOUT GOD LOVES

THAT MAN.

GOD DIED FOR THAT MAN.

AND GOD WANTS TO TOUCH

HIM.

HE REALLY WANTS HIM TO DO

WELL.

HE REALLY WANTS HIM TO

WALK IN FRIENDSHIP, JUST

LIKE ALL OF US.

HE WANTS HIM TO EXPERIENCE

JESUS ON THE INSIDE OF HIM

AS A REALITY.

BECAUSE GOD PAID A PRICE

FOR JESUS TO LIVE INSIDE

OF ME AND FOR ME TO BE

DEAD.

HE PAID A PRICE FOR NOT

JUST TO GET ME TO HEAVEN,

BUT TO GET HEAVEN IN ME.

AND HE WANTS TO DO THAT

WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP AS

WELL.

SO, YEAH, I WENT UP AND

ASKED HIM IF I COULD PRAY

FOR HIM, AND HE SAID YES.

Gordon: THAT IS AN

AMAZING STORY.

THAT IS AN AMAZING VISION.

WE NEED TO HAVE IT FOR

EVERYONE AROUND US.

REALIZE HOW GOD SEES THEM.

GOD DOESN'T SEE THEM IN A

NEGATIVE LIGHT.

GOD ALWAYS SEES THEM AS

HIS CHILDREN, AND HE

ALWAYS WANTS HIS CHILDREN

TO COME HOME.

Terry: AND HE ALWAYS

WANTS US TO BE BOLD AND

TAKE THAT STEP FORWARD

THAT THIS YOUNG MAN DAD,

WHEN HE GIVES YOU THAT

VISION.

JUST GO FOR IT.

> WELL, COMING UP, AN

ATHEIST SHARES THE MOMENT

SHE RENOWNED HER BELIEF IN

GOD, AND IT WASN'T WHAT

SHE WAS EXPECTING.

I REMEMBERED THE MOMENT

THAT I REALLY THOUGHT,

MAYBE THIS ISN'T TRUE.

IT WAS LIKE SOMEBODY HAD

DIED.

IT WAS LIKE A DARKNESS HAD

GONE OVER ME.

Terry: FIND OUT WHAT

BROUGHT HER BACK TO THE

FAITH WHEN WE COME BACK.

Terry: VERONICA SAW

HERSELF AS AN

INTELLECTUAL, AND SHE

COULDN'T WRAP HER MIND

AROUND HOW A SUPPOSEDLY

AWESOME GOD COULD ALLOW

CERTAIN THINGS.

SO SHE WENT ON A QUEST FOR

DISCOVERY, AND HERE IS HOW

SHE FOUND THE TRUTH THAT

SHE HAD ALWAYS BEEN

LOOKING FOR.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED

ORCHESTRA.

WE'RE PLAYING BEETHOVEN.

Reporter: EVER SINCE

SHE WAS YOUNG, VERONICA

RELISHED BEING KNOWN FOR

HER MUSICAL ABILITY.

PEOPLE ADMIRED MY

MUSIC, MY TALENT.

Reporter: SHE GREW UP

IN A A LOVING FAMILY IN SAN

FRANCISCO.

BOTH HER MOM AND DAD WERE

PASTORS, SO FAITH AND

CHURCH WERE THE CENTER OF

THEIR LIVES.

MY DAD IS VERY

THEOLOGICAL, SO ANY

QUESTIONS WE ASKED, HE WAS

NEVER INTIMIDATED.

OUR MOM ADDED THIS ELEMENT

OF WONDER TO OUR BELIEF.

GOD IS INFUSED IN WHO WE

ARE, AND HE ALLOWS US TO

BE WHO WE WANT TO BE.

Reporter: BUT AT 12

YEARS OLD, VERONICA WOULD

QUESTION EVERYTHING SHE

HAD BEEN TAUGHT.

A SPLIT IN HER CHURCH

COMPELLED HER PARENTS TO

TAKE A SABBATICAL AND MOVE

TO CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.

FOR VERONICA, IT WAS

DEVASTATING TO REALIZE

THAT THE CHURCH WASN'T

PERFECT AFTER ALL.

WHEN I WAS AROUND

BROKENNESS, IT WAS HARD TO

BE AROUND IT.

BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO BE

SEEN AS BROKEN AND WEAK.

I WANTED TO BE SOMEBODY

WHO COULD BE ADMIRED.

I'M JUST LIKE,E, GOD, CAN

PEOPLE BE SUCCESSFUL IN

CHRISTIANITY?

Reporter: IT ALSO

AFFECTED HER VIEW OF GOD.

I STARTED TO GO, WAIT A

MINUTE, WHY WOULD SOMEBODY

SO AWESOME ALLOW SO MUCH

DIVISION AND PAIN AND

EMOTIONAL TURMOIL?

Reporter: THE ONLY

IDENTITY SHE FELT SURE OF

WAS BEING A MUSICIAN.

AT 16 SHE ENROLLED IN

COLLEGE CLASSES AND JOINED

THE ORCHESTRA.

SHE STARTED MEETING PEOPLE

WITH DIFFERENT VIEWPOINTS,

MOST OF WHICH WERE OPPOSED

TO CHRISTIANITY.

NOT WANTING TO STAND OUT,

SHE KEPT HER BELIEFS TO

HERSELF.

MY SELF-CONFIDENCE WAS

DETERMINED BY HOW PEOPLE

THOUGHT OF ME.

IT WAS REALLY HARD FOR ME

TO BE IN CIRCUMSTANCES

LIKE COLLEGE, WHERE THEY

MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE AN

IDIOT IF YOU BELIEVE THOSE

THINGS.

OTHER PEOPLE'S OPINIONS

DEFINITELY STARTED

AFFECTING MY OWN.

AND WHEN I STARTED TO

COMPARE AND CONTRAST, I

WAS, LIKE, WHAT DO I

BELIEVE?

Reporter: EVEN MORE

INFLUENTIAL WAS A MAN SHE

MET 13 YEARS HER SENIOR.

HE WAS A MUSICIAN AND AN

OUTSPOKEN ATHEIST.

I WAS JUST CURIOUS.

I WAS, LIKE, WHAT IS IT

LIKE TO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD

AND NOT TO HAVE THESE

VALUES OR EXPECTATIONS

UPON YOURSELF, THAT YOU

HAVE TO ACT A CERTAIN WAY.

WHY DO I HAVE TO ACT A

CERTAIN WAY?

Reporter: THE TWO

STARTED DATING DESPITE HER

PARENTS' STRONG

OBJECTIONS.

AT AGE 18, SHE TOLD THEM

SHE WAS LEAVING.

I SAID, VERONICA, IF

YOU WALK AWAY, THAT'S YOUR

DECISION.

BUT WE'RE YOUR PARENTS,

AND WE LOVE YOU, BUT WE

WILL NOT TOLERATE WHAT IS

GOING ON WITH YOU AND THAT

GUY.

THAT SAME WEEK WE HAD A

MINISTERS' RETREAT, AND

THE PASTOR AT THAT

RETREAT -- HIS MESSAGE WAS

ABOUT HIS DAUGHTER, THE

PRODIGAL.

AND SO THAT JUST TRIGGERED

IN ME THAT SHE HAS BECOME

A PRODIGAL.

Reporter: THAT SAME

YEAR VERONICA WENT TO UCLA

ON A MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP.

SHE SPENT THE NEXT THREE

YEARS PARTYING, PLAYING

MUSIC, AND SEARCHING FOR

THE TRUTH.

SHE HAD LITTLE CONTACT

WITH HER PARENTS, WHO

CONTINUED TO PRAY.

VERONICA'S NAME WAS FIRST

ON THE LIST WHEN THEIR

CHURCH STARTED A PRAYER

WALL.

I DEPENDED ON MY

FRIENDS THAT BELIEVED THAT

GOD WAS GOING TO BRING HER

BACK.

AND SO SOMETIMES I WOULD

GET REALLY WEAK.

I COULD TELL.

I'M, LIKE, OH, THIS IS

NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN.

AND I'D GET SO TIRED.

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

VERONICA DECIDED THE ONLY

WAY TO QUIET THE BATTLE IN

HER MIND WAS TO DISMISS

HER CHRISTIAN FAITH.

I REMEMBERED THE MOMENT

THAT I REALLY THOUGHT,

MAYBE THIS ISN'T TRUE.

IT WAS LIKE SOMEBODY HAD

DIED.

IT WAS LIKE A DARKNESS HAD

GONE OVER ME.

AND I RELINQUISHED TO IT.

I WAS, LIKE, OKAY, I'M NOT

GOING TO FIGHT THIS

ANYMORE.

Reporter: AFTER

GRADUATION SHE BROKE UP

WITH HER BOYFRIEND AND

TOOK A JOB AS A PRE-SCHOOL

TEACHER IN HOUSTON, TEXAS.

EXHAUSTED AND IRRITABLE

MOST OF THE TIME, HER ONLY

WAY TO RELAX WAS YOGA AND

SMOKING POT.

I DIDN'T HAVE MUSIC.

I DIDN'T HAVE

INTELLECTUALISM ANYMORE.

I HAD THE PARTYING, BUT

THEN THAT WAS REALLY ROUGH

ON MY BODY.

SO I DIDN'T HAVE ANY

ENERGY ANYMORE.

I DIDN'T REALLY HAVE MUCH

ELSE AT THAT POINT.

Reporter: ALSO LIVING

IN HOUSTON WAS HER OLDER

SISTER WHO WORKED THE AT A

CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTER.

UNLIKE VERONICA, SHE HAD

HELD ON TO HER CHRISTIAN

FAITH AND HAD JOY IN HER

LIFE.

I STARTED TALKING TO

HER MORE, ASKING HER MORE

QUESTIONS, ASKING HER

ABOUTED GOD.

ABOUT GOD.

AND THERE WAS JUST A DEPTH

THERE THAT STARTED PEAKING

MY INTEREST.

THIS IS A DAILY WALK.

THIS IS SOMETHING WHERE

SHE IS GETTING REFRESHED

EVERY DAY.

Reporter: THEN IN

MARCH 2015, VERONICA WAS

IN A BAD CAR ACCIDENT BUT

WALKED AWAY WITH NO

INJURIES.

HER SISTER POINTED OUT

THAT GOD HAD PROTECTED HER

FOR A REASON.

SHE LOOKED AT ME SQUARE

IN THE EYE AND SHE WAS

LIKE, DO YOU THINK IT WAS

A COINCIDENCE THAT YOU

DIDN'T GET HURT IN YOUR

CAR ACCIDENT?

AND I REALIZED AT THAT

MOMENT THAT PEOPLE WERE

PRAYING FOR ME.

AND I WAS, LIKE, YOU KNOW,

I'M JUST GOING TO GIVE IT

A TRY.

IT WAS A VERY

NON-SPIRITUAL PRAYER.

I WAS JUST, LIKE, JESUS,

IF YOU'RE THERE, I GIVE MY

LIFE TO YOU.

I HAVE NO OTHER OPTIONS.

DO WITH IT WHAT YOU WANT.

Reporter: HER SISTER

GAVE HER A BOOK ABOUT

CHRISTIANITY, ATHEISM, AND

THE TRUTH ABOUT CREATION

IN GENESIS.

AND YOU START SEEING

THAT IT IS THE

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GOD

AND MAN AND THE REDEMPTION

THAT IS THERE THAT YOU

CANNOT FIND IN DRUGS, YOU

CAN'T FIND IN

INTELLECTUALISM, YOU CAN'T

FIND IN YOUR

RELATIONSHIPS, YOU CAN'T

FIND IN YOUR FAMILY, YOU

CAN'T FIND IN YOURSELF.

AND, YOU KNOW, IT WAS JUST

A BIG MOMENT FOR ME.

Reporter: WITH

RENEWED FAITH, SHE GREW IN

HER RELATIONSHIP WITH

CHRIST.

GOD SHOWED HER THAT HIS

PLAN IS BETTER THAN HER

DESIRE TO BE PART OF THE

CROWD.

GOD'S REALLY CHALLENGED

THAT AND SAID, NO, THAT'S

NOT WHAT IT'S ABOUT.

IT IS ABOUT YOU BEING YOU

AND ALLOWING ME TO BE

GLORIFIED WITHIN WHO YOU

ARE BECAUSE THAT'S WHO I

CREATED YOU YOU T TO BE.

I'M INFLUENCED BY GOD.

MY IDENTITY IS IN CHRIST,

AND HOW HE HAS FORGIVEN

ME.

Reporter: WHEN THEY

LEARNED THEIR PRAYERS FOR

VERONICA HAD BEEN

ANSWERED, KENNY AND NICKY

SHARED THEIR GOOD NEWS

WITH THEIR CHURCH.

AND THEY WERE, LIKE,

PRAISE THE LORD.

WE PUT VERONICA'S NAME UP

ON THE TOP OF THE BOARD,

THAT SHE HAD COME BACK TO

THE LORD.

Reporter: VERONICA

MARRIED IN 2018, AND USES

HER PASSION FOR MUSIC AS A

WORSHIP LEADER IN

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY.

SHE KNOWS THAT HER TRUE

IDENTITY AND JOY COMES

THROUGH CHRIST.

HE CREATED ME FOR A

PURPOSE.

I'M HERE BECAUSE HE LOVES

ME.

I HAVE A WALK THAT I'M ON

AND A JOURNEY TO BE

FINISHED FAITHFULLY.

I'M WAITING FOR THAT DAY

WHEN HE SAYS, WELL-DONE,

GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT.

HELP ME TO BE A GOOD AND

FAITHFUL SERVANT.

Terry: IF YOU'RE A

PARENT WITH A CHILD THAT

IS IN THE FAR COUNTRY, YOU

SHOULD BE REJOICING RIGHT

NOW BY THE TOTAL VISION OF

HOW GOD LEAVES THE 99 TO

GO AFTER THE ONE WHO IS

LOST.

HE KNOWS YOUR CHILD.

HE KNOWS YOUR CHILD BY

NAME.

IF YOU'RE SOMEONE WHO IS

WATCHING TODAY AND MAYBE

YOU'VE ASKED THE SAME

QUESTIONS VERONICA ASKED

IN HER LIFE, HOW IS IT

POSSIBLE THAT A GOOD GOD

CAN LET SOME OF THE THINGS

HAPPEN THAT HAPPEN?

GOD IS BIG ENOUGH TO

ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS.

I REMEMBER IN MY OWN LIFE,

A LONG, LONG TIME AGO,

SAYING THE KIND OF PRAYER

TO THE CIPG O KING OF THE

UNIVERSE, THE CREATOR OF

ALL THAT EXISTS, GOD, IF

THERE IS A GOD, AND JESUS,

IF YOU'RE REAL, I GIVE YOU

MY LIFE.

AND IF YOU'RE NOT THERE --

JUST TO HEDGE MY BET --

I'M NO WORSE OFF THAN

BEFORE I WAS BEFORE I SAID

THIS PRAYER.

GOD GETS US.

HE KNOWS WHERE WE'RE AT.

FOR ME GOD KNEW THAT WAS

AS MUCH AS I HAD TO GIVE

AT THAT POINT, AND HE

LOVED ME RIGHT WHERE I WAS

AT.

AND HE WILL LOVE YOU RIGHT

WHERE YOU ARE AT.

BUT OPEN THE DOOR FOR HIM

TO SHOW YOU WHO HE IS, FOR

HIM TO LOVE YOU, FOR HIM

TO EXPLAIN TO YOU, JUST AS

HE IS TO VERONICA, IT IS

NOT ABOUT ALL OF THIS

STUFF, IT IS NOT ABOUT

SIGNIFICANCE, IT IS NOT

EVEN ABOUT UNDERSTANDING

ALL OF THE THINGS THAT YOU

HAVE QUESTIONS TO; IT'S

ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP

WITH HIM.

DON'T YOU THINK THAT THE

ONE WHO CREATED YOU KNOWS

HOW TO FILL YOUR HEART,

YOUR SPIRIT, YOUR SOUL,

WITH ALL THAT YOU NEED TO

THRIVE, TO BE LOVED?

DON'T YOU THINK HE KNOWS

HOW TO FORGIVE THE THINGS

THAT YOU HAVE DONE, THAT

YOU KNOW IN YOUR HEART

NEED FORGIVING?

WE'VE ALL DONE THAT STUFF.

TODAY YOU CAN HAVE FREEDOM

IN YOUR LIFE.

IT'S A PRAYER AWAY.

IT IS SIMPLY ASKING HIM.

WILL YOU PRAY WITH ME

RIGHT NOW.

WILL YOU JUST STOP THAT

CRAZY SEARCH, THROUGH THIS

THING AND THAT THING, THAT

HASN'T LED YOU ANYWHERE?

JUST PRAY WITH ME NOW.

JESUS, I KNOW YOUR NAME.

I KNOW YOUR STORY.

BUT I HAVE NOT ASKED YOU

TO BE MY SAVIOR, TO BE MY

LORD, AND SO I'M STOPPING

RIGHT NOW IN THE CRAZINESS

OF THE WORLD, OF MY LIFE,

AND I'M SAYING, WILL YOU

COME INTO MY HEART?

WILL YOU REVEAL YOURSELF

TO ME?

WILL YOU FORGIVE MY SIN,

AS GREAT AS IT IS?

WILL YOU TEACH ME MORE

ABOUT WHO YOU ARE?

WILL YOU CHANGE THE WAY I

THINK?

AND WILL YOU MAKE ME NEW

INSIDE?

I WANT TO KNOW YOU?

I WANT TO KNOW WHAT I'M

SUPPOSED TO BE, WHO I'M

SUPPOSED TO BE, HOW I'M

SUPPOSED TO LIVE.

LIVE, AND I'M

ASKING YOU TODAY TO COME

INTO MY LIFE AND MAKE ALL

OF THAT REAL.

IN JESUS' NAME I PRAY.

AMEN.

IF YOU'VE JUST PRAYED THAT

PRAYER, THEN YOU'VE BEGUN

THE MOST IMPORTANT JOURNEY

YOU'LL EVER GO ON.

WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER A

PACKET FOR YOU AND ITS

CALLED "A NEW DAY."

FILLED WITH WONDERFUL

INFORMATION ABOUT HOW DO

YOU FOLLOW JESUS?

HOW DO YOU BECOME A

CHRISTIAN?

IT IS OUR FREE GIFT TO YOU

WHEN YOU CALL OUR

TOLL-FREE NUMBER:

1-800-700-7000.

JUST CALL AND SAY, I JUST

PRAYED THAT PRAYER AND I'D

LIKE THE "NEW DAY" PACKET

AND WE'LL GET IT OUT TO

YOU RIGHT AWAY.

Gordon: STILL AHEAD,

WE'LL INTRODUCE YOU TO TWO

UNLIKELY FRIENDS.

I WAS SHOCKED WHEN I

FOUND OUT HOW MUCH SHE

KNEW ABOUT THE BIBLE.

SHE KNOWS MORE ABOUT IT

THAN I DO.

Gordon: SEE HOW THESE

NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS HAVE

BONDED OVER BIBLE STORIES,

RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Gordon: WELL,

10-YEAR-OLD LANEY KNOWS A

LOT ABOUT THE BIBLE.

YET UNTIL RECENTLY, SHE

HAD NEVER BEEN TO CHURCH.

FOR THE LAST YEAR LANEY

HAS BEEN LEARNING ABOUT

GOD ALL BY HERSELF, THANKS

TO CBN'S "SUPERBOOK."

Reporter: MEET LANEY,

SHE IS A 10-YEAR-OLD

ASPIRING ARTIST.

I LOVE TO DRAW HORSES,

PEOPLE.

Reporter: ONE OF HER

FAVORITE PEOPLE IS HER

80-YEAR-OLD NEIGHBOR,

SKIP, WHO IS NEARLY BLIND.

THEY HAVE A VERY SPECIAL

FRIENDSHIP THAT BEGAN WITH

THEIR MUTUAL LOVE FOR

ANIMALS.

THERE IS NOTHING I

WOULDN'T DO FOR THAT KID.

Reporter: AND HE

WANTED HIS YOUNG FRIEND TO

KNOW ABOUT JESUS, THE MAN

WHO DID DIE FOR HER.

HE KNEW LANEY'S PARENTS

DIDN'T GO TO CHURCH, SO HE

INVITED HER TO GO WITH

HIM.

IN SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

THAT DAY, LANEY AND THE

OTHER CHILDREN WATCHED AN

EPISODE OF "SUPERBOOK."

THE PASTOR NOTICED THAT

LANEY HAD A LOT OF ANSWERS

FOR A GIRL WHO HAD RARELY

BEEN TO CHURCH.

I SAID, LANEY, HOW MANY

TIMES HAVE YOU BEEN TO

CHURCH?

AND SHE SAID, WELL, THIS

IS MY SECOND TIME.

AND I SAID, WELL, I DON'T

UNDERSTAND.

HOW DO YOU KNOW ABOUT

THIS?

AND SHE SAID, I LEARNED IT

ALL ON THE "SUPERBOOK"

APP.

I WAS SHOCKED WHEN I

FOUND OUT HOW MUCH SHE

KNEW ABOUT THE BIBLE.

Reporter: LANEY

EXPLAINED THAT A YEAR

BEFORE, A CLASSMATE SHOWED

HER THE FREE "SUPERBOOK"

APP, AND SHE DOWNLOADED IT

AND STARTED LEARNING BIBLE

STORIES AND PLAYING

"SUPERBOOK" GAMES.

AND THEN SHE RESPONDED TO

AN INVITATION THAT SHE SAW

ON THE APP.

IT SAYS, ARE YOU YOU

READY TO ACCEPT GOD.

AND I SAID YES.

AND THEY TOLD ME A PRAYER

TO SAY, AND I SAID THAT

PRAYER AND EVER SINCE, GOD

HAS BEEN IN MY HEART.

Reporter: LANEY LOOKS

FORWARD TO GOING TO CHURCH

WITH SKIP EVERY WEEK.

HER FAVORITE CHARACTERS

ARE GIZMO AND JOY.

YOU WOULDN'T EXPECT A

GIRL TO BE STRONG, BUT SHE

IS REALLY STRONG.

Reporter: SHE SAYS

THE MESSAGES AND STRONG

ROLE MODELS IN "SUPERBOOK"

WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

IN THE LIFE OF LANEY AND

OTHER CHILDREN.

WE'RE ASKING GOD, GOD,

PLEASE BRING YOUR LOVE AND

YOUR LIGHT AND YOUR HOPE

TO THESE LITTLE KIDS, AND

GOD DID THAT FOR LANEY.

Reporter: LANEY WAS

RECENTLY BAPTIZED, AND NOW

SHE TELLS EVERYONE,

INCLUDING HER PARENTS,

ABOUT "SUPERBOOK" AND

JESUS.

I TELL ME MOM AND DAD

THAT IT IS REALLY FUN AND

IT IS REALLY GOOD FOR ME

TO LEARN ABOUT GOD.

AND I'M SO THANKFUL FOR

THE "SUPERBOOK" APP.

SHE WOULD NOT HAVE KNOWN

THE LORD WITHOUT

"SUPERBOOK."

I THINK IT IS THE BEST

THING THAT COULD HAPPEN TO

HER.

Gordon: BE A PART OF

IT.

BE A PART OF EVERYTHING

WITH "SUPERBOOK," AND

WHETHER THAT IS THE

"SUPERBOOK" APP OR THE

"SUPERBOOK" EPISODES, OR

ALL OF THE TRANSLATIONS,

ALL OF THE DISTRIBUTION --

WE'RE NOW IN OVER 43

LANGUAGES, AND WE'RE ON

OUR WAY TO 53 LANGUAGES.

AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF

ALL OF IT.

YOU CAN SEE ALL OF THE

DIFFERENT LANGUAGES WE'RE

CURRENTLY IN, AND HOW

WE'RE TRYING TO REACH THE

WORLD.

LET'S GET TO THE CHILDREN

OF THE WORLD THE STORIES

OF THE BIBLE.

YOU SAW LANEY, HER

RESPONSE.

IT IS A FREE APP.

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD IT FOR

FREE IN iTUNES, THE

GOOGLE STORES, AND IT IS

EVEN AVAILABLE ON AMAZON

FIRE.

YOU CAN GET ALL OF THE

FIRST 13 EPISODES

COMPLETELY FOR FREE.

AND IT CHANGED THAT LITTLE

GIRL'S LIFE.

SHE LEARNED THE BIBLE.

AND WHEN SHE LEARNED THE

BIBLE, SHE SAYS, YES, I

WANT THAT.

I WANT GOD IN MY LIFE.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF THAT.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF

TAKING THE STORIES OF THE

BIBLE TO THE CHILDREN OF

THE WORLD.

HOW?

JOIN THE "SUPERBOOK" CLUB.

FOR A GIFT OF $25 OR MORE,

WE'LL SEND YOU NOT JUST

ONE COPY, BUT THREE COPIES

OF THE LATEST "SUPERBOOK"

EXPLORER, SO YOU'LL HAVE

TWO EPISODES ON THAT

D.V.D., AS WELL AS ALL OF

THE ARCHEOLOGY, THE

THEOLOGY OF THE EPISODES.

DO IT NOW.

BE A PART OF IT.

1-800-700-7000.

> HERE IS A WORD FROM 1

JOHN: "BEHOLD WHAT MANNER

OF LOVE THE FATHER HAS

BESTOWED ON US, THAT WE

SHOULD BE CALLED CHILDREN

OF GOD."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT

TIME.

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