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700 Club Interactive - May 24, 2018

Gospel singer Larnelle Harris recalls growing up the son of a bootlegger who, thru faith in Christ and the help of others, has lived an extraordinary life. Read Transcript


Gordon: HE WAS THE

SON OF A BOOTLEGGER, WHO

BECAME A

GRAMMY-AWARD-WINNING

GOSPEL ARTIST.

LARNELLE HARRIS JOINS US

AND SHARES HIS STORY OF

FAITH AND PERSEVERANCE.

PLUS...INTENSE STOMACH

PAINS WERE RULING HER

LIFE.

YOU HAVE A PURPOSE.

Gordon: TODAY SHE IS

PAIN-FREE.

FIND OUT WHY SHE SAYS HER

FAITH IS STRONGER THAN

EVER.

THAT AND MORE ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

HERE IS EFREM GRAHAM WITH

THIS WEEK'S TOP FIVE

STORIES FROM "STUDIO 5."

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FIVE...

MEGHAN AND HARRY, NOW

THE DUKE AND DUTC DUTCHESS OF

SUSSEX.

THEY MUST DISCOVER THE

POWER OF LOVE, THE

REDEMPTIVE POWER OF LIFE.

* DARLING, DARLING, STAND

BY ME *

Efrem: BRITAIN'S

KINGDOM CHOIR SINGING.

*

Efrem: AND

19-YEAR-OLD CELLIST SHAKU

PERFORMING.

IT REFLECTS WHAT WE

FEEL.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FOUR...

I'M A TEXAS GIRL, AND

MY HOME STATE HAS HAD SO

MUCH HEARTBREAK OVER THIS

PAST YEAR.

AND ONCE AGAIN, Y'ALL,

WE'RE GRIEVING FOR MORE

KIDS WHO HAVE DIED FOR AN

SALUTE NABSOLUTE NO REASON AT ALL.

Efrem: FIGHTING BACK

TEARS, KELLY CLARKSON

OPENS THE AWARDS SHOW WITH

A TRIBUTE TO THE CHILDREN

WHO HAVE DIED, AND SHE

CALLS FOR ACTION.

OBVIOUSLY WEBSTER WANT

T, WE WANT TOPRAY FOR ALL OF THE

VICTIMS AND THEIR

FAMILIES.

I'M SO SICK OF ALL OF THE

MOMENTS OF SILENCE.

IT IS NOT WORKING.

WHY DON'T WE DO A MOMENT

OF ACTION?

WHY DON'T WE DO A MOMENT

OF CHANGE?

WHY DON'T WE CHANGE WHAT

IS HAPPENING BECAUSE THIS

IS HORRIBLE.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

THREE...IT IS GRADUATION

SEASON.

POLICE WELCOME A WARM

WELCOME HOME TO OUR

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER,

DR. MICHAEL KEATON.

[APPLAUSE]

Efrem: AN OHIO KENT

STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

WELCOMES ACTOR MICHAEL

KEATON TO GREETER AND

ENCOURAGE THE CLASS OF

20 18.

I ALWAYS THINK OF MY

MOM, WHO SAID, BE

THOUGHTFUL.

Efrem: KEATON LOOKED

MORE LIKE THIS WHEN HE

ATTENDED THE UNIVERSITY,

DELIVERED THESE WORDS...

IF I LEAVE YOU WITH

ANYTHING, I'M GOING TO

LEAVE YOU WITH THESE TWO

WORDS.

AND THOSE TWO WORDS ARE:

I'M BATMAN.

Efrem: AND WITH THAT,

"STUDIO 5" CONGRATULATES

ALL WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE

CLASS OF 2018.

> AT NUMBER TWO...

*

* PRESSING THE

COMPETITION, BEEN DOING IT

FROM THE HEART *

Efrem: RAPPER

LUDICROUS AND HIS WIFE AND

FAMILY ARE THANKING GOD IN

THE MIDDLE OF THEIR PAIN.

I'M ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE

WHO DON'T REGRET ANYTHING

THAT HAS HAPPENED IN MY

LIFE.

I 100% BELIEVE EVERYTHING

HAPPENS FOR A REGION.

Efrem: THEY ARE

SHARING THEIR FAMILY

STRUGGLING, SHARING A

HEARTBREAKING MISCARRIAGE.

SOMETIMES WHEN YOU GET

KNOCKED DOWN, YOU'VE GOT

TO GET BACK UP.

I FEEL LIKE THAT IS WHAT

MOLDED ME AND MADE ME THE

PERSON I AM.

HE WRITES, "IT WAS VERY

EASY TO COMPLAIN AND HAVE

SELF-PITY, BUT I REFUSE TO

LET THE ENEMY WIN.

HOW CAN I COMPLAIN WHEN

GOD HAS ALREADY BLESSED ME

WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO

EXPERIENCE MOTHERHOOD.

THANK YOU, GOD, FOR YOUR

FAVOR OVER MY LIFE."

> AT NUMBER ONE...IT'S

YOUR FIRST LOOK AT THE NEW

CBN SERIES, "GOD FRIENDED

ME."

NEW YORK CITY, HOME TO

800 MILLION PEOPLE,

EVERYONE SEARCHING FOR

MEANING AND ANSWERS.

THERE IS NO PROOF OF

GOOD ANYWHERE IN THE

UNIVERSE.

I AM YOUR HOST, NAL

SCHNEIDER, REMINDING YOU

THERE IS NO GOD, AND

THAT'S OKAY.

ARE YOU MISSING

SOMETHING TR?

YOU GREW UP IN A CHURCH.

I THOUGHT I HAD IT ALL

FIGURED OUT, AND THEN

SOMETHING HAPPENED AND IT

CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER.

I GOT A FRIEND REQUEST

FROM GOD.

[LAUGHTER]

WHAT?

Efrem: THE SHOW IS

CALLED "A FUNNY, UPLIFTING

SERIES," EXPLORING

QUESTIONS OF FAITH,

EXISTENCE, AND SCIENCE.

I THINK YOU JUST SAVED

MY LIFE.

THANK YOU.

*

Efrem: AND THIS

OUTSPOKEN ATHEIST FINDS

HIS WORLD TURNED INSIDE

OUT, FROM THAT FAITHFUL

FRIEND REQUEST FROM GOD.

YOU EITHER BELIEVE OR

YOU DON'T.

OR YOU RECOGNIZE THERE

IS SOMETHING GREATER AT

WORK HERE, SOME GRAND

DESIGN CONNECTING US ALL.

THERE IS NO GRAND

DESIGN.

IT'S KIND OF LIKE A

PRODIGAL SON.

EXCEPT GOD IS USING

Facebook.

Gordon: WE HAVE A NEW

FAITH PROGRAM, "GOD

FRIENDED ME."

DO YOU LIKE IT?

Efrem: IT IS THE ONE

SERIES THAT I AM MOST

EXCITED ABOUT SEEING.

IT SEEMS TO DO A REALLY

GOOD JOB OF EXPLORING

QUESTIONS OF FAITH.

EVEN THE STORYLINE BEHIND

WHY THIS GENTLEMAN HAS

BECOME AN ATHEIST IS -- IF

YOU ASK ENOUGH PEOPLE, YOU

REALIZE YOU HAVE THESE

PEOPLE IN YOUR LIVES THAT

THROUGH A SERIES OF BAD

THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED

HAVE SHAKEN YOUR FAITH,

AND THEN YOU HAVE A

FATHER, WHO IS A MINISTER,

AND HE SAYS, MY FAITH WAS

SHAKEN, TOO, BUT I'M STILL

HOLDING ON TO GOD.

THERE IS LIGHT, FROM WHAT

I CAN TELL.

THERE IS A LOT OF HUMOR IN

IT, BUT IT ASKS SOME

SERIOUS QUESTIONS.

IT IS REALLY AN ENJOYABLE

PIECE SO FAR.

MY PRAYER IS IT IS AS GOOD

AS THE PRELUDE.

Gordon: THEY'VE GOT

THE STREET CRED AND THE

NETWORK CRED.

Efrem: AND THE HINT

THAT IT WAS REALLY GOOD IS

THAT THERE WAS A FIGHT

BETWEEN THE OETWORKS TO

GET THIS SERIES.

SO WHEN THEY ARE FIGHTING

TO GET IT, THEY O OBVIOUSLY

SEE THERE IS GREAT

POTENTIAL HERE, AND THERE

SHOULD BE MORE.

Gordon: IS THIS

ANOTHER "TOUCHED BY AN

ANGEL"?

Efrem: I THINK IT IS.

Gordon: A DEFINING

SHOW FOR THE CULTURE?

Efrem: I'M HOPING IT

IS.

I WANT TO HOPEFULLY BRING

YOU MORE ON THIS --

Gordon: I WANT TO

KNOW WHY THEY'RE DOING

THIS BECAUSE IT IS NOT

LIKE THE OTHER SERIES THEY

HAD DONE.

Efrem: ALCATRAZ, NO,

NOT AT ALL.

BUT THEY ARE GREAT

CREATORS, SO IT IS ONE TO

LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE

FALL.

AND I'M GOING TO BE

LOOKING EVEN BEFORE THE

FALL.

Gordon: ALL RIGHT.

LET'S GO TO THE ROYAL

WEDDING.

WE HAVE MICHAEL CURRIE

UPSTAGING THE BRIDE AT HER

OWN WEDDING.

HOW DID HE DO THAT?

Efrem: YOU KNOW, THE

INVITATION CAME FROM HARRY

AND MEGHAN.

THEY WANTED HIM TO DO IT,

SO MUCH SO WHEN HE GOT THE

CALL, HE THOUGHT THEY WERE

JOKING.

ME?

ARE YOU SERIOUS?

SO WHEN HIS STAFF STARTED

DOING SOME DIGGING, NO,

THIS IS LEGIT --

Gordon: WHY DID THEY

PICK HIM?

Efrem: HE IS NOT

SURE.

AND HE'S HAD NO

OPPORTUNITY TO ASK WHY.

OF COURSE, HE IS THE AHEAD

OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH.

MY WIFE AND I WERE UP,

WATCHING SATURDAY MORNING,

ALONG WITH MILLIONS OF

OTHER PEOPLE,.

Gordon: THE WHOLE

WORLD.

Efrem: AND YOU

THOUGHT, THIS SERMON IS

NOT GOING TO BE FORGOTTEN.

HE CAPITALIZED AND ALLOWED

GOD TO USE HIM.

SOME PEOPLE WERE TAKING

SHOTS FROM THE AUDIENCE,

THINKING, WHAT IS THIS?

I'M NOT USED TO THIS.

AND HE SAID, OF COURSE, HE

HAD TO SUBMIT HIS SERMON

TO THE QUEEN BEFORE HE

COULD DELIVER IT, IT WAS

FINE, BUT THE STYLE OF THE

DELIVERY IS PROBABLY DON'T

EXPECT.

HE IS AMAZING.

AN AMAZING GUY.

Gordon: OKAY.

LUDLUDICROUS HAS HAD SOME

INTRA ITRAGEDY IN HIS LIFE.

Efrem: HE AND HIS

WIFE HAVE ONE DAUGHTER

TOGETHER -- HE HAS OTHER

CHILDREN FROM A PREVIOUS

RELATIONSHIP -- AND THEY

WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO

HAVING A SECOND STORY, AND

HIS WIFE SUFFERED A

MISCARRIAGE, AND HAD TO

HAVE SURGERY.

AND IT WOULD BE REALLY

EASY TO COMPLAIN, AND I

WAS HEADING DOWN THAT

PATH, BUT I REALIZED, I

CAN'T, BECAUSE GOD HAS

BEEN TOO GOOD TO ME TO DO

THAT.

IF I WERE COMPARE MYSELF

TO OTHER PEOPLE, I AM A

MOTHER, AND YES I WANT A

ANOTHER, BUT I'M NOT GOING

TO LET THIS TRAGEDY KNOCK

ME OR MY FAMILY DOWN.

AND SHE CHOSE TO SHARE

THAT STORY WITH MAGAZINES

AND INSTAGRAM POSTS TO

THAT OTHERS CAN SEE THAT

EVEN IN THE FACE OF

TRAGEDY, A STRONG WOMAN OF

FAITH, TRUSTS GOD, AND SHE

CONTINUES TO TRUST GOD FOR

THE FAVOR OVER HER LIFE --

HER WORDS.

MY WIFE AND I HAVE ENDURED

MISCARRIAGES, AND SO WE

CAN IDENTIFY WITH THAT.

AND SO IT IS TOUGH.

AND I TELL MY MALE FRIENDS

GOING THROUGH THIS, THAT

IS PROBABLY THE MOST

HOPELESS I HAVE FELT IN MY

MARRIAGE BECAUSE I'M

SUFFERING, AND I DON'T

KNOW HOW TO CONSULT HER.

AND TO GO THROUGH IT MORE

THAN ONE TIME, AND TO

THANK GOD IN THAT MOMENT,

IT IS HARD, BUT I'M

GRATEFUL FOR HIM GETTING

US THROUGH IT.

Gordon: I ALWAYS TELL

PEOPLE, DON'T THINK HIM

FOR THE TRAGEDY, THANK HIM

FOR GETTING YOU THROUGH

IT.

I GREW UP KNOWING THAT MY

MOTHER MISCARRIED BEFORE

ME, AND I WOULDN'T BE HERE

TODAY IF THAT PREGNANCY

HAD GONE TO TERM.

THERE IS A PLAN.

Efrem: THERE IS A

PICTURE ON MY DESK OF MY

DAUGHTER, AND IT SAYS

"MIRACLE."

AND SHE CAME AFTER THOSE

TWO MISCARRIAGES.

AND TO THIS DAY, I'M GLAD

IT IS YOU WHO ARE HERE.

Gordon: AND THE OTHER

GOOD THING IS I HAVE A

BROTHER TO MEET.

> OKAY, KELLY CLARKSON

SPEAKING OF SENSELESS

TRAGEDY, AND YOU KEEP

ASKING WHY.

AND I DON'T THINK THERE

ARE ANY REAL EASY ANSWERS.

HERE SHE IS SAYING WE NEED

ACTION.

BUT I'M SCRATCHING MY

HEAD, WHAT'S THE ACTION?

Efrem: I THINK SHE

IS, AS WELL.

BUT HER FRUSTRATION IS, I

DON'T WANT TO RESPOND TO

THIS ONE THE SAME WAY THAT

WE DO OTHERS.

EVEN IF I CAN'T

NECESSARILY IDENTIFY

IMMEDIATELY WHAT THE

ACTION IS, LET US NOT JUST

MOVE ON.

LET'S DEAL WITH IT.

LET'S DO SOMETHING.

AND I THINK WITH EVERY

SINGLE TRAGEDY, NATURALLY

THERE SHOULD BE MOMENTS OF

SILENCE, NATURALLY THERE

SHOULD BE PRAYER, BUT WE

NEED TO ASK OURSELVES,

WHAT DO WE DO?

AND I WILL SAY THIS, THERE

IS A MOTHER OF A CHILD --

I FORGOT WHICH TRAGEDY IT

IS, AND THE JOURNALIST

CALLED THE SHOOTER A

MONSTER.

AND THE MOTHER SAID, DON'T

DO THAT.

HE IS NOT A MONSTER.

HE IS A HUMAN BEING WHO

MISSED SOMETHING IN LIFE.

THERE IS SOMETHING

MISSING.

WE NEED TO PRAY ON HIM, WE

NEED TO LOVE HIM, AND WE

NEED TO PRAY HOW TO FIGURE

OUT A WAY THAT OTHER

PEOPLE WON'T SUFFER THIS.

AND I THINK THOSE KIND OF

STEPS, INDIVIDUALLY WE

SHOULD ALL BE THINKING,

YOU'VE GOT TO PRAY FOR THE

VICTIMS, BUT YOU'VE ALSO

GOT TO PRAY FOR THE

VICTIMIZER BECAUSE THERE

IS SOMETHING WRONG THERE.

Gordon: SOLOMON SAID,

I LOOKED AT THE AFFLICTED,

AND THERE WAS NO ONE TO

COMFORT HIM.

AND I LOOKED AT THE

PERSECUTOR, AND THERE WAS

NO ONE TO COMFORT HIM.

I DO WONDER, THOUGH, WHAT

IS THE ACTION?

AND I WORRY, ARE WE

GETTING NUMB TO IT.

AND YOU START RANKING

TRAGEDIES BASED ON THE

NUMBER OF DEATHS, WHAT

HAVE WE COME TO AS A

CULTURE?

WHY ARE SCHOOLS NOT SAFE?

ANYWAY...WE CAN DEBATE

THIS AND DISCUSS THIS

FOREVER.

Efrem: UH-HUH.

Gordon: THEY'RE

GIVING ME THE WRAP.

FOR ALL OF THE LATEST

NEWS, CHECK OUT EFREM'S

WEEKLY SHOW, "STUDIO 5."

> UP NEXT, HE HELPED

DEFINE A GENERATION OF

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN

MUSIC.

FIND OUT HOW LARNELLE

HARRIS OVER CAME ADVERSITY

Gordon: GRAHAM

GRAMMY-WINNING GOSPEL

ARTIST LARNELLE HARRIS HAS

SEEN FIVE DECADES OF

SUCCESS.

HIS JOURNEY TO THE TOP IS

MARKED BY ADVERSITY AND

HIS OWN PERSEVERANCE.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: HALL OF

FAME VOCALIST AND

FIVE-TIME GRAMMY

AWARD-WINNING ARTIST

LARNELLE HARRIS HAS A

MUSIC CAREER THAT HAS

SPANNED FIVE DECADES AND

IT IS STILL GOING STRONG.

HIS STORY STARTED IN THE

HILLS OF KENTUCKY AS THE

SON OF A BOOTLEGGER.

HER WATCHED HIS FATHER

TAKEN OFF TO JAIL, BATTLED

RACISM, BUT CHOSE TO KEEP

SINGING FOR GOD.

IN HIS MEMOIR, "SHAPED

NOTES," LARNELLE SHARES

HIS MOST PAINFUL AND

TRIUMPHANT MEMORIES OF HIS

CHILDHOOD AND CAREER.

Gordon: LARNELLE IS

WITH US.

IT IS GREAT TO HAVE YOU

HERE.

IT IS SO GREAT TO BE

WITH YOU.

Gordon: YOUR VOICE,

YOU'RE A LEGEND.

WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT, I

DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT.

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: YOU DON'T

KNOW ABOUT THAT?

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT

THAT.

I'M HAVING A LOT OF FUN

AND STILL EXCITED ABOUT

WHAT GOD IS DOING.

LY.

GordonDOING.

Gordon: WALKING

THROUGH YOUR BOOK, "SHAPED

NOTES," I DISCOVERED THE

NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE

HAD IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE,

SORT OF DEFINING MOMENTS

FOR YOU.

GROWING UP IN A LITTLE

TOWN, GRANDVILLE,

KENTUCKY, I HAD A LOT OF

GRANDPAS AND GRANDMAS

BECAUSE EVERYBODY KNEW

EVERYBODY.

YOU DID SOMETHING AT MISS

MAG'S HOUSE, AND YOUR

PARENTS KNEW IT BEFORE YOU

GOT HOME.

AND THEY WERE SAYING IN

MANY DIFFERENT WAYS,

LISTEN, IF YOU WILL SIT

STILL AND LET US SHARE

WITH YOU THE LIFE LESSONS

THAT WE HAVE GLEANED

BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN OUT

FROM, GOD CAN USE YOU.

HE WILL DO SOMETHING IN

YOUR LIFE.

Gordon: NOW, A LOT OF

PEOPLE DON'T KNOW -- I

DIDN'T KNOW -- THAT YOUR

FATHER WAS A BOOTLEGGER.

THAT'S RIGHT.

Gordon: THAT WAS A

REVELATION.

IT MUST HAVE BEEN TOUGH

FOR YOU.

I'M A KID.

IT WAS TOUGH FOR OUR

FAMILY BECAUSE THERE WAS A

DYNAMIC THAT WAS THERE

DURING THAT TIME IN OUR

LIVES.

BUT MY MOM, BEING AN OLD

PENTECOSTAL PRAYER

WARRIOR, SORT OF PRAYED US

THROUGH THAT.

IN FACT, SHE ACTUALLY

PRAYED MY DAD INTO THE

KINGDOM.

I HAVE LISTENED TO THAT,

AND I WATCHED THAT AS A

LITTLE BOY.

I WOULD SIT AND LISTEN TO

HER PRAY FOR DAD.

AND HIS FRIENDS WERE

PRAYING FOR HIM.

AND IT WAS AS THOUGH HE

HAD BEEN PUT -- YOU KNOW,

IN THE SCRIPTURE THEY TOOK

ABOUT THAT COT THEY PUT

THE PARALYTIC ON AND TOOK

HIM UP TO THE ROOF, AND

JUST VISION EVERY PRAYER

TAKING AWAY A SHINGLE

UNTIL HE WAS -- UNTIL THEY

WERE ABLE TO LURE HIM

DOWN, WHERE HE WAS FACE TO

FACE WITH JESUS.

AND JESUS FORGAVE HIM AND

SAVED HIM AND HEALED HIM.

AND, BOY, HE BECAME THE

SPIRITUAL HEAD OF OUR

HOME, AND THE WHOLE

DYNAMIC OF OUR HOME WAS

DIFFERENT.

I FELT IT.

I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND IT

ALL.

BUT AS I'VE GROWN OLDER, I

KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WAS

HAPPENING.

Gordon: HE WENT TO

JAIL WHEN YOU WERE SEVEN?

SEVEN OR EIGHT YEARS

OLD.

HE SPENT A YEAR THERE.

YOU KNOW, IT WAS ONE OF

THOSE THINGS THAT WAS

PROBABLY THE BEST THING

THAT EVER HAPPENED.

AND HE CAME OUT OF THERE

WITH A TRADE, SOMETHING HE

KNEW HOW TO DO.

HE WAS A BAKER.

AND INSTEAD OF FILLING

LIQUOR BOTTLES, HE WAS

PUTTING OUT DOUGHNUTS AND

MAKING PIES.

Gordon: USING THINGS

FOR A DIFFERENT PERSON.

YEAH.

AND MOST OF ALL, JUST A

PRIDE IN WHAT GOD WAS

DOING IN HIS LIFE.

HE HAD YEARS TO GROW.

I MEAN, HE HAD TO GROW

INTO THIS.

BUT HE ALWAYS WENT TO

CHURCH.

THEY ALWAYS WENT TO

CHURCH.

IT WAS JUST A DIFFERENT

DYNAMIC.

I BELIEVE IF THERE ARE ANY

HEROS IN THIS BOOK, IT IS

MY MOM AND DAD.

DAD, WHO FINISHED THE

EIGHTH GRADE.

MOM, WHO FINISHED MAYBE

THE THIRD GRADE.

BUT THEY -- GOD GAVE THEM

ENOUGH WISDOM TO BREAK A

CYCLE.

LISTEN, MY GRANDFATHER

WENT TO PRISON, OKAY?

MY DAD WENT.

MY UNCLE WENT TO PRISON.

BUT MY LITTLE COUSIN,

MELVIN, AND I, WE DIDN'T

GO.

AND IT WAS BECAUSE GOD

BROKE CYCLE.

HE BROKE THAT CYCLE.

AND I AM SO THANKFUL.

THEY'RE MY HEROS AND

CONTINUE TO BE.

Gordon: WHO FIRST

IDENTIFIED THAT YOU HAD A

VOICE?

IT WAS A LADY NAMED

MISS GEORGIA DUNHEIM.

SHE TAUGHT PIANO LESSONS

TO THE KIDS IN TOWN,

WHETHER THEY WANTED THEM

OR NOT.

BUT SHE FOUND OUT I COULD

SING AND COULD CARRY A

TUNE.

I WOULDN'T SING -- WHEN I

WOULD SING AT HOME, I

WOULD SIT AT THE PIANO,

AND I WOULD PUT ON DARK

GLASSES BECAUSE I LOVE RAY

CHARLES, AND I WOULD SIT

BACK AND FORTH AND ROCK

AND CRY.

BUT SHE FOUND OUT I COULD

SING.

I DID MY FIRST CONCERT AT

NINE YEARS OLD, WITH MISS

GEORGIE, AND SHE WAS

PROTECTIVE.

SHE TOLD MY MOTHER, DON'T

LET LARNELLE PLAY ANY

SPORTS THAT HAVE DUST.

Gordon: AND YOU

DIDN'T LIKE THAT?

I DIDN'T LIKE IT AT

ALL.

BUT I LOOK BACK ON THAT,

AND I HOPE EVERY TOWN HAS

A MISS GEORGIE.

SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T WANT

ANYTHING, THEY'RE NOT

ANGLING FOR ANYTHING.

THEY JUST SOMEONE AND POUR

THEMSELVES INTO THEIR

LIVES.

I WILL EVER BE INDEBTED TO

HER.

Gordon: BUILD UP FOR

THE NEXT GENERATION AND

LEAVE A LEGACY.

AND SHE IS GOING TO HAVE

HER REWARD.

YOU MADE IT AND THEN YOU

LOST YOUR VOICE?

YEAH.

I MADE IT A LITTLE TOO

GOOD.

I WAS SINGING AWLG O ALL THE

TIME, AND DEVELOPED NOTCH

NODULES ON MY VOCAL

CHORDS.

AND AS I SUFFERED THROUGH

THAT, THE FIRST THING IS I

COULDN'T SING, SO I WAS

GOING TO DOCTORS, AND THEY

WERE TRYING TO DIAGNOSE

THE PROBLEM.

AND SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS

AND ALL OF THESE PEOPLE --

AND I DID HAVE NODULES.

BUT IT WASN'T REALLY ABOUT

THAT.

IT WAS ABOUT TRUST.

AS I WENT THROUGH A YEAR

OF WRITING NOTES, GOD WAS

CONTINUALLY SHOWING ME

THAT, YOU KNOW, THIS IS

ABOUT TRUST IN ME.

YOU'VE BEEN TRUSTING IN

YOUR VOICE, TRUSTING IN

WHERE YOU COULD GO, AND

WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO.

AND WE'RE GOING TO CHANGE

THAT NARRATIVE JUST A

LITTLE BIT BECAUSE I'VE

GOT SOME SPECIAL THINGS I

WANT YOU TO DO.

AND IT IS A LESSON THAT I

HAVE NEVER, EVER

FORGOTTEN.

THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME OR

YOU OR ANYBODY ELSE; IT'S

ABOUT GOD.

EVERYTHING WE DO IS ABOUT

HIM.

AND HE RELEASES US WITH

THAT HOLY SPIRIT POWER TO

GO AND DO THE VERY BEST

THING THAT WE CAN WHEN HE

HELPS US GET THAT

NARRATIVE STRAIGHT, OF

TRUSTING IN HIM.

Gordon: AMEN.

> THE BOOK IS CALLED

"SHAPED NOTES."

AND HIS NEW C.D. IS ALSO

OUT, "DISTURB US, LORD."

THANK YOU, GORDON.

Gordon: COMING UP,

THE PAIN WAS MORE THAN SHE

COULD BEAR.

I WANTED TO GIVE UP.

WE ARE HUMANS.

BUT I SAID, NO, LORD, YOU

HAVE A PURPOSE WITH ALL OF

THIS.

Gordon: FIND OUT WHAT

THAT PURPOSE WAS AND HOW

SHE WAS HEALED.

Gordon: FOR TWO

YEARS, THE WOMAN IN OUR

NEXT STORY COULDN'T EAT

AND COULDN'T SLEEP.

SHE WASTED A WAY TO JUST

73 POUNDS.

SHE SAW COUNTLESS DOCTORS

AND SPECIALISTS BUT NEVER

FOUND RELIEF UNTIL SHE

WENT THROUGH WHAT SHE

CALLED THE WORST DAY OF

HER LIFE.

AS SOON AS I WAKE UP IN

THE MORNING, IMMEDIATELY

THAT PAIN WAS GETTING ME

RIGHT HERE, INT TO THE TOP OF MY

STOMACH.

IT WAS LIKE A FIRE THAT

MAKES ME VOMITING AND

VOMITING.

AND THEN I WAS ALL DAY

WITH THAT PAIN.

I COULDN'T SLEEP GOOD.

HEADACHES -- IT WAS MAKING

ME FEEL BAD.

THE DOCTOR GAVE ME SOME

MEDICATION.

THEY HELPED ME A LITTLE

BIT, BUT THEN I WAS

STARTING TO FEEL THAT PAIN

AGAIN.

IT WAS, LIKE, 24/7, MY

PAIN.

THEY PUT THE CAMERA INSIDE

MY STOMACH.

THEY DO ALL THE TESTING

THAT A HUMAN BEING COULD

HAVE IN THEIR BODIES, OF

THEIR STOMACH, BUT THEY

NEVER FIND ANYTHING.

ONLY A LITTLE ACID REFLUX.

FOR TWO YEARS I WAS

SUFFERING FROM ALL OF

THAT.

NO EATING, NO NOTHING,

ONLY DRINKING LIQUIDS.

IT WAS THE GRACE OF GOD

THAT KEEP ME EVERY DAY.

SO I HAD TO GO TO THE

HOSPITAL, ALMOST TWICE OF

EVERY WEEK.

THEY PUT ME A LITTLE BIT

I.V., AND SEND ME HOME

BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T KNOW

WHAT ELSE TO DO WITH ME.

I LOST MORE THAN 30

SOMETHING POUNDS.

I WENT ALMOST TO

73 POUNDS.

HONESTLY, THERE WERE TIMES

I WANTED TO GIVE UP.

WE ARE HUMAN.

BUT I SAID, NO, LORD, YOU

HAVE A PURPOSE WITH ALL OF

THIS.

THAT DAY I WAKE UP LIKE IT

WAS THE WORSE DAY OF MY

LIFE.

AND THEN WITH "THE 700

CLUB," WE SEE GORDON, AND

THEN HE DECIDED TO GIVE A

WORD OF KNOWLEDGE.

Gordon: THERE IS

SOMEONE, YOU HAVE

RECURRING PROBLEMS WITH

ACID REFLUX, AND YOU'VE

DAMAGED YOUR ESOPHAGUS.

THERE IS LIKE A PERMANENT

BURNING, PERMANENT

HEARTBURN, AND YOU DON'T

KNOW WHAT TO DO.

GOD HAS HEALED IT RIGHT

NOW IN JESUS' NAME.

AND I PUT MY NAME UP,

AND I BELIEVE IT.

LIKE I TOLD YOU, IT WAS

INSTANT.

INSTANT.

I FEEL THAT HOLY SPIRIT.

IT WAS SOMETHING SO

BEAUTIFUL.

AND AFTER THAT, NO PAIN,

NO NOTHING.

NOTHING.

I'M GIVING GOD ALL THE

GLORY.

ALL THE GLORY TO HIM FOR

THE THING HE HAS DONE.

AFTER TWO YEARS AND

SOMETHING, I EAT

PANCAKES -- I WAS EATING.

EVERYTHING HAVE A PURPOSE,

WHY I WENT THROUGH ALL OF

THIS, THAT I COULD BE A

BLESSING FOR SOMEBODY

ELSE.

AND, YES, MY FAITH IS THE

MOST STRONG THAN EVER.

YES, THANK GOD.

Gordon: AND YOUR

FAITH CAN BE EVEN

STRONGER, TOO.

ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS

BELIEVE IN THE FINISHED

WORK OF THE CROSS.

WHEN JESUS SAID ON THE

CROSS, "IT IS FINISHED,"

HE MEANT IT.

AND IT IS FINISHED.

HE HAS BROKEN THE LAWS OF

SIN AND DEATH.

HE HAS BROKEN THAT.

AND BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE

HEALED.

NOW, WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO

GET THAT?

WELL, IT JUST TAKES

LOOKING TO THE CROSS.

LOOKING TO THAT WONDERFUL

FACT.

AND THEN TAKE IT FORWARD.

LOOK THREE DAYS LATER.

HE IS RISEN FROM THE

GRAVE.

LOOK AT HIM NOW, SEATED AT

THE RIGHT HAND OF THE

FATHER.

AND WHAT IS HE DOING?

HE IS PRAYING FOR YOU.

SO IF HE IS DOING ALL OF

THAT, ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS

SAY, YES, LORD, I RECEIVE

IT NOW IN YOUR NAME.

LET'S PRAY FOR YOU NOW.

LORD GOD, WE JUST LIFT

THOSE WHO HAVE DISEASE IN

THEIR BODY NOW, WHO ARE

SUFFERING WITH PAIN, WITH

IN FIRINFIRMITY, AND WE DECLARE

OVER THEM NOW THAT YOU

HAVE TAKEN AWAY ALL OUR

PAIN, ALL OUR INFIRMITY.

AND IF YOU HAVE TAKEN IT

AWAY, WE DON'T HAVE TO

TAKE IT ANY LONGER.

SO WE RECEIVE IT NOW.

WE RECEIVE THE FINISHED

WORK OF THE CROSS.

AND WE DECLARE THAT YOU

FORGIVE ALL OUR INIQUITY,

AND YOU HEAL ALL OUR

DISEASES.

WE RECEIVE IT IN JESUS'

NAME.

A MEN.

AND A MEN.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, WE'RE

HERE FOR YOU.

ALL HAVE YOU TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE AND CALL US:

1-800-700-7000.

HERE IS A WORD FROM PSALMS

91: "I WILL SAY OF THE

LORD, HE IS MY REFUGE AND

MY FORTRESS, MY GOD, IN

HIM I WILL TRUST."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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