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700 Club Interactive - June 12, 2018

Christian singer Russ Taff opens up about his career; overcoming years of physical and emotional abuse from his parents that left him feeling insecure and depressed. Read Transcript


Gordon: FREE SPEECH

ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES FACES

TRYING TIMES.

CAN ADMINISTRATORS AT A

COMMUNITY COLLEGE FORCE AN

EIGHT-YEAR NAVY VETERAN TO

STOP DISTRIBUTORING -- GET

THIS -- POCKET-SIZED U.S.

CONSTITUTION.

Gordon: WE'LL DISCUSS

THE RAMIFICATIONS ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

THE U.S. CONSTITUTION'S

FIRST AMENDMENT GUARANTEES

FREE SPEECH, AND

HISTORICALLY, COLLEGE

CAMPUSES HAS BEEN A SAFE

PLACE FOR THAT FIRST

AMENDMENT RIGHT.

Terry: BUT TODAY,

MANY OF THOSE SO-CALLED

HOMES OF HIGHER LEARNING

ARE BOWING TO CENSORSHIP.

PAUL STRAND HAS MORE.

FREE SPEECH IS UNDER

ASSAULT --

Reporter: FREE SPEECH

ADVOCATES WARN THE GROWING

MOVE TO SHUT DOWN CERTAIN

SPEAKERS AND OPINIONS ON

COLLEGE CAMPUSES THREATENS

FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

BERKELEY WAS RIPPED UP BY

RIOTERS WHO DIDN'T WANT TA

CONSERVATIVE COMMENTATOR

FROM BREITBART NEWS TO

SPEAK ON CAMPUS.

ANGRY STUDENTS AT

VERMONT'S MIDDLEBURY

CAMPUS SHOUTED DOWN AND

TURNED THEIR BACKS ON

CHARLES MURRAY, WHO SOME

LABEL A ARREST.

AND ALLISON SPANGER WAS

ASSAULTED AS SHE HELPED

MURRAY PUSH THROUGH A

STUDENT MOB.

SOMEBODY PULLED MY HAIR

AND BODY SLAMMED ME IN THE

OPPOSITE DIRECTION.

Reporter: FURY BROKE

OUT AGAIN AT BERKELEY, BUT

DIDN'T STOP BEN SHAPIRO

FROM SPEAKING THERE.

THERE IS A ENORMOUS

GROUP OF PEOPLE ON THE

LEFT WHO IDENTIFY WORDS

WITH VIOLENCE.

IF I DON'T LIKE SOMETHING

THAT YOU SAY, AND IT

CAUSES ME STRESS AND I

HAVE A PHYSICAL REACTION,

THAT IS YOU ACTUALLY DOING

HARM TO ME.

AND NOW I'M JUSTIFIED IN

USING PHYSICAL VIOLENCE IN

ORDER TO PREVENT YOU FROM

DOING FURTHER HARM FROM

ME.

Reporter: HERE AT

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY,

SOME STUDENTS WERE

PROTESTING THAT JEFF

SESSIONS WAS ALLOWED TO

SPEAK.

HIS TOPIC, IRONICALLY

ENOUGH, FREE SPEECH ON

CAMPUSES.

EVEN STUDENTS AT

WASHINGTON'S EVERGREEN

COLLEGE FORCED A PROFESSOR

TO RESIGN AFTER HE

WOULDN'T ENDORSE A DAY OF

NO WHITES ON CAMPUS AND

WOULDN'T APOLOGIZE.

HERE, DREAMS ARE IN

NEEDCNEED OF YOUR VOICE.

Reporter: THIS

PROMOTIONAL VIDEO FROM THE

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

SMAIMAKES IT SOUND LIKE AN

INCREDIBLY OPEN

UNIVERSITY, BUT THEY

INTIMIDATE STUDENTS WHO

WORRY THEY WILL BE

PUNISHED IF THEIR WORDS

WILL BE JUDGED POLITICALLY

UNCORRECT.

THEY ARE AFRAID TO TALK

ABOUT POLITICS, SO THEY GO

IN THEIR DORM ROOM AND

LOCK THEIR DOOR.

Reporter: VICKI

NEELY'S GROUP, "SPEECH

FIRST," IS SUING THE

UNIVERSITY FOR EXTREME

ACTIONS, LIKE PUNISHING

THE MARCHING BAND WHEN

THEY WORE DIFFERENT

CLOTHING.

ONE PERSON WOREE BAGGY

SHORTS, AND ONE PERSON

WALKED BY AND SAW IT, AND

FILED A COMPLAINT.

THE ADMINISTRATORS AT A

COMMUNITY COLLEGE FORCED

AN EIGHT-YEAR NAVY VETERAN

TO STOP DISTRIBUTING --

GET THIS -- POCKET-SIZED

U.S. CONSTITUTIONS.

WE ACTUALLY ARE TELLING

PEOPLE, CONSERVATIVE

SPEAKER KERS PRIMARILY, IF

YOU'RE NOT PART OF THE

COMMON BOND OF IDEAS, WE

WILL CRUSH YOU, AND YOU'RE

UNWELCOME.

Reporter: MANY

COLLEGES ARE LIMITING FREE

SPEECH ZONES TO SMALL

AREAS.

STUDENTS DON'T NEED A

PERMITS TO SPEAK ON

CAMPUS.

THE ONL ONLY PERMIT THEY NEED

IS THE CONSTITUTION.

COLLEGE IS MEANT TO BE

A PLACE FOR DISCOURSE,

WHERE YOU EXCHANGE IDEAS,

WHERE YOU PURSUE TRUTH.

IT IS NOT MEANT TO BE A

PLACE WHERE YOU ARE

CODDLED.

Reporter: HE SAID,

HIS IS NOT A DAYCARE.

WE NEED A OFFENSE ON

CAMPUS.

"I DISAGREE WITH

EVERYTHING YOU SAY, BUT I

WILL DEFEND WITH MY LIFE

YOUR RIGHT TO SAY IT."

Reporter: THIS

PROFESSOR SAYS MUCH IS AT

STAKE IF COLLEGES SILENCE

FREE SPEECH.

AMERICAN DEMOCRACY AND

HIGHER EDUCATION BOTH

DEPEND ON FREEDOM OF

THOUGHT AND EXPRESSION.

PEOPLE NEED TO FREE, AND

PEOPLE NEED TO FEEL FREE

TO SPEAK THEIR MINDS.

Reporter: PAUL

STRAND, CBN NEWS.

Gordon: PART OF THE

PROBLEM HERE IS THAT IT IS

NOT EVEN BEING REPORTED

ON.

HERE BERKELEY STUDENTS --

THESE ARE SUPPOSEDLY VERY

BRIGHT PEOPLE -- ARE IN

FULL-BLOWN RIOT, TAKING

HAMMERS TO DOORS AND

LIGHTING FIRES.

IT IS JUST ABSOLUTELY

INCREDIBLE.

WHAT WERE THEY PROTESTING?

BEN SHAPIRO, A TALK RADIO

HOST, WHO HAPPENS TO BE

CONSERVATIVE.

AND HE WAS SCHEDULED TO

APPEAR ON CAMPUS.

AND THAT'S ENOUGH TO

PROVOKE THAT KIND OF

REACTION.

THIS IS JUST, YOU KNOW,

BEYOND ABSURD, BUT JUST BY

CALLING IT ABSURD DOESN'T

TAKE HOW SERIOUS THIS

REALLY IS, AND WHAT A

THREAT TO THE FUTURE OF

OUR REPUBLIC THIS KIND OF

BEHAVIOR CAN BE.

> IF YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED

TO DEBATE ON CAMPUS, AND

HAVE FREE EXPRESSION OF

ALL IDEAS, AND IN THAT

CONVERSATION HAVE THE BEST

IDEA WIN, THEN WHAT'S THE

POINT OF HAVING A FIRST

AMENDMENT?

THAT'S THE REASON WE HAVE

IT.

ALL SPEECH IS FREE.

AND YOUR OPINION GETS TO

BE FORMED OUT OF THAT FREE

SPEECH ENVIRONMENT, AND

YOU TAKE IN ALL THE

INFLUENCES.

EVERYONE HAS A FREE RIGHT,

AND IT ALLOWS US TO BE THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

ANYTHING ELSE, AND YOU

WONDER, ARE WE GOING INTO

GEORGE ORWELL LAND OF

THOUGHT POLICE?

Terry: IT IS

STARTLING TO SEE THOSE

PICTURES OF VIOLENCE THAT

TOOK PLACE THERE.

TO HEAR THE PROFESSOR WHO

WAS LEADING A SPEAKER OUT

TO THE PODIUM TALKING

ABOUT BEING BODY-SLAMMED

AND HAVING A CONCUSSION.

MY WORD, THAT'S CRAZY.

Gordon: AND A

PROFESSOR BEING FORCED TO

RESIGN BECAUSE HE SAYS I

WON'T PARTICIPATE IN A NO

WHITE DAY.

WHITES AREN'T ALLOWED ON

CAMPUS, BECAUSE THAT'S

DISCRIMINATION, BY THE

WAY.

Terry: YES.

IT'S REVERSE.

Gordon: AND I'M NOT

GOING TO APOLOGIZE FOR

THAT OPINION.

Terry: YEAH.

WE LIVE IN A CRAZY TIME.

I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW,

SINCE SO MUCH VIDEO WAS

TAKEN OF SOME OF THAT, OF

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE

PEOPLE WHO DAMAGED

PROPERTY THAT WAS NOT

THEIRS SIMPLY --

Gordon: MY GUESS IS

NOTHING HAPPENED TO THEM.

Terry: ANOTHER

PROBLEM.

Gordon: WHICH

UNDERSCORES -- AND WHAT

HAPPENS TO THE PERSON WHO

ASSAULTED A PROFESSOR AND

CAUSED A CONCUSSION?

Terry: UNBELIEVABLE.

Gordon: THESE ARE

OBVIOUSLY CRIMINAL ACTS.

WHY DO THEY GET A PASS?

Terry: AND TALK BOW ABOUT

EMOTIONAL RUN AMUCK.

THAT TAKES IT TO A WHOLE

NEW LEVEL.

> COMING UP, A FORMER

ICE-SKATERS RETURNS TO THE

RINK AFTER 20 YEARS.

THIS LITTLE GIRL WAS

COMING RIGHT TOWARDS ME,

AND SO THE ONLY THING I

COULD DO WAS JUST FALL.

AND I FELL ON MY KNEE.

I THINK I KILLED MY KNEE.

Terry: WATCH HOW THIS

WOMAN WAS TOTALLY HEALED

IN AN INSTANT, AFTER FIVE

YEARS OF CHRONIC PAIN,

RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Terry: IT HAD BEEN

TWO DECADES SINCE RACHEL

HAD PUTS ON A PAIR OF

SKATES, BUT WHEN SHE TOOK

TO THE ICE, IT WAS ALL

SMOOTH SKATING, AND THEN

SUDDENLY A CHILD SLID INTO

HER PATH.

Reporter: RACHEL

PICKERING COULDN'T RESIST

HER FRIEND'S IN STATIO INVITATION TO

GO ICE-SKATING.

SHE HADN'T DONE SO SINCE

SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL

GROWING UP IN THE EAST.

I HADN'T SKATED IN,

LIKE, 20 YEARS.

AND I PUT MY SKATES ON AND

THIS LITTLE GIRL WAS

COMING RIGHT TOWARDS ME.

SO THE ONLY THING I COULD

DO WAS JUST FALL.

AND I FELL ON MY KNEE.

Reporter: RACHEL

STILL REMEMBERS THE PAIN.

IT WAS HURTING.

IT WAS REALLY HURTING BAD.

AND I LOOKED TO SEE IF THE

LITTLE GIRL WAS OKAY.

AND SHE WAS OKAY.

SO THIS KID COME OVER, AND

HE SAYS, ARE YOU ALL

RIGHT, MA'AM?

AND I SAID, WELL, I THINK

I KILLED MY KNEE.

SO HE COME OVER AND HELPED

ME GET UP AND EVERYTHING.

Reporter: RACHEL TOOK

TYLENOL AND EXPECTED IT TO

HEAL IN A FEW DAYS, BUT IT

DIDN'T.

I COULDN'T BEND DOWN.

AND EVERY TIME I WOULD SIT

DOWN, IT WOULD HURT.

EVERY TIME I WOULD GET UP,

IT WOULD HURT.

I DIDN'T REALLY KNOW WHAT

TO DO.

Reporter: SEVERAL

YEARS PASSED, AND ALL THE

DOCTORS COULD DO WAS

PRESCRIBE PAIN MEDICATION.

BUT RACHEL CONTINUED TO

PRAY FOR HEALING.

I DIDN'T WANT ANY

PAINKILLERS.

NO.

I SAID, IF ANYTHING, GOD'S

GOING TO HEAL ME.

Reporter: ON

JULY 1st, 2014, RACHEL

WAS WATCHING "THE 700

CLUB" WHEN SHE HEARD

SOMETHING THAT CAUGHT HER

EAR.

Gordon: THERE IS

SOMEONE, YOU'RE

EXPERIENCING SHARP PAINS

IN YOUR RIGHT KNEE, AND

GOD HAS JUST HEALED YOU.

WHEN HE SAID THAT, I

SAID, I CLAIM THAT.

THAT'S FOR ME.

I'VE BEEN WAITING A LONG

TIME TO HEAR THAT.

Gordon: HE IS ABLE TO

DO WHAT THE DOCTORS SAY

CAN'T BE DONE.

THE PAIN WENT AWAY,

RIGHT AWAY.

Gordon: IN AN ACT OF

FAITH, WHAT YOU COULD NOT

DO BEFORE, TRY IT NOW AND

SEE WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR

YOU.

AND HE SAID, YOU KNOW,

GET UP AND DO WHATEVER YOU

NEED TO DO, AND

EVERYTHING.

AND I GOT UP AND I STARTED

DANCING AROUND AND STUFF.

I WAS SAYING TO GOD,

PRAISE THE LORD.

I WAS SO HAPPY.

Reporter: TODAY

RACHEL LIVES AN ACTIVE

LIFE WITH HER HUSBAND IN

MAINE, AND HAS BEEN

PAIN-FREE EVER SINCE THAT

DAY.

I HAVEN'T HAD ANY

PROBLEMS.

I'D LIKE TO GO SKATING

AGAIN.

GOD CAN HEAL ANYBODY ANY

TIME HE WANTS TO.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

TRUST HIM.

Terry: GOD CAN HEAL

ANYBODY ANY TIME.

AND THAT MEANS FOR YOU, IF

YOU'RE SUFFERING TODAY.

GOD CAN HEAL YOU TODAY.

> AND THAT'S WHY WE WANT

TO TAKE SOME TIME TO JOIN

YOU IN PRAYER.

MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN

PRAYING FOR HEALING.

THE BIBLE SAYS WHEN TWO OR

MORE AGREE ON ANYTHING AS

TOUCHING, WE'RE GOING TO

SEE GOD MOVE.

SO WE WANT TO DO THAT FOR

YOU TODAY.

WE WANT TO STAND ON THE

WORD OF GOD.

WE WANT TO BELIEVE GOD,

WHO HE SAYS HE IS, WHAT HE

SAYS HE'LL DO.

WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOUR

FAITH TO BELIEVE THAT AS

WELL.

Gordon: WE'RE GOING

TO ASK, BELIEVING, AND IN

AN ACT OF FAITH, PLEASE

LAY YOUR HAND ON THAT AREA

OF THE BODY THAT NEEDS

HEALING.

GOD IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR

FAITH.

HIS EYES GO TO AND FRO

OVER THE WHOLE EARTH TO

SHOW HIMSELF STRONG.

SO LAY YOUR HAND ON THAT

AREA THAT NEEDS HEALING.

AND LET'S BELIEVE,

TOUCHING IT IN JESUS'

NAME.

LORD, WE JUST LIFT THOSE

IN THE AUDIENCE WHO HAVE

NEEDS, WHO HAVE PAINS, WHO

HAVE INFIRMITIES.

WE DECLARE OVER THEM THAT

YOU BORE OR INFIRMITY ON

THE CROSS.

YOU TOOK IT AWAY.

AND IF YOU TOOK IT AWAY,

WE DON'T HAVE TO BEAR IT

ANYMORE.

SO IN JESUS' NAME, WE SAY

OUT LOUD TO THIS PAIN,

THIS INFIRMITY, BE HEALED

AND BE MADE WHOLE IN THE

NAME OF JESUS.

BE FULLY RESTORED.

PAIN LEAVE NOW AND NEVER

RETURN.

WE RECEIVE IT NOW FROM

GOD'S HAND.

WE RECEIVE THE PAYMENT,

LORD GOD.

WE RECEIVE IT FROM YOU.

THERE IS SOMEONE, YOU'VE

GOT DIVE DIVERTICULITIS, AND IT

IS A REAL PROBLEM IN THE

LOWER LEFT SIDE OF YOUR

ABDOMEN, AND IT IS JUST A

SHARP PAIN.

AND THAT PAIN JUST LEFT

YOU NOW IN JESUS' NAME.

RECEIVE IT, BELIEVE IT --

BELIEVE IT AND RECEIVE IT.

SOMEONE ELSE, YOU'VE HAD

SOME SORT OF BONE BRUISE

IN YOUR EYEBROW-SINUS

AREA, AND GOT HAS JUST

HEALED THAT AND TAKEN IT

ALL AWAY IN JESUS' NAME.

RECEIVE IT.

INTERPRETER SOMEON Terry: SOMEONE ELSE,

YOU HAVE AN ISSUE WITH

YOUR EAR.

YOU ACTUALLY THINK YOU

HAVE SOME KIND OF A JAW

PROBLEM.

BUT IT IS NOT YOUR JAW.

IT IS YOUR EAR.

GOD IS OPENING THAT UP FOR

YOU NOW.

THE PAIN IN YOUR JAW IS

GOING TO GO AWAY

COMPLETELY.

JUST RECEIVE THAT TODAY.

Gordon: SOMEONE ELSE,

YOU HAVE A GROWTH ON YOUR

LEFT EAR, AND YOU'RE EVEN

WORRIED ABOUT SEEING A

DOCTOR ABOUT IT.

AND GOD IS ABLE TO TAKE

THAT AWAY FROM YOU RIGHT

NOW.

IN JESUS' NAME, RECEIVE

IT.

SOMEONE ELSE WITH HEARING

PROBLEMS, AND GOD IS

RESTORING YOUR HEARING.

YOU'RE ABLE NOW TO HEAR

HIGH FREQUENCIES, WHICH

YOU COULDN'T HEAR BEFORE,

THE VOICES OF CHILDREN.

YOU'RE ABLE TO HEAR IT

NOW.

RECEIVE IT IN 1KWR50ESZ JESUS' NAME.

LORD, WE THANK YOU.

WE HEARTBREAK FO THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU

DO, WHO YOU ARE, AND HOW

YOU ARE THE SAME

YESTERDAY, TODAY AND

FOREVER.

WE THANK YOU FOR IT IN

JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

AND AMEN.

IF YOU NEED HEALING, WE'RE

HERE FOR YOU.

WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF

PREVAILING PRAYER.

THAT'S WHY JESUS TALKED

ABOUT IT.

HE TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES,

PRAY AND FAINT NOT.

SO IF YOU NEED PRAYER,

CALL US: 1-800-700-7000.

> WELL, UP NEXT, GOSPEL

SENSATION RUSS TAFF OPENS

UP ABOUT HIS CAREER, HIS

CHALLENGES, AND A HOSPITAL

VISIT THAT CHANGED HIS

LIFE.

Gordon: RU RUSS TAFF IS

ONE OF THE BIGGEST NAMES

IN SOUTHERN GOSPEL

CIRCLES.

BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN

EVERYONE LOVES HIM.

IN FACT, HE USED TO LIVE

IN A HOME WITH HIS BIGGEST

DETRACTOR.

WENDY GRIFFITH SPOKE TO

RUSS ABOUT HIS TROUBLED

CHILDHOOD, AND THE MOMENT

HE WAS ABLE TO MOVE BEYOND

HIS PAST.

Wendy: WINNER OF

EIGHT GRAMMYS, AND IN

DUCTD INTINDUCTED INTO THE

CHRISTIAN MUSIC HALL OF

FAME, RUSS TAFF HAS BEEN

HAILED AS THE SINGLE-MOST,

ELECTROFYING SINGLE VOICE

OF CHRISTIAN MUSIC.

HIS SUCCESS STEMS FROM HIS

STINTS WITH BANDS SUCH AS

"THE IMPERIALS," "THE

GAITHER VOCAL BAND," AND

MANY SOLO VENTURES.

*

*

GOD HAS JUST BEEN GOOD,

I MEAN JUST GOOD TO ME.

AND IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL

OF THIS, YOU LEARN, YOU

GROW.

BECAUSE WE'VE WALKED

TOGETHER THROUGH SO MANY

THINGS.

Wendy: A LOT OF TIMES

IT WAS JUST YOU AND GOD.

UH-HUH.

Wendy: YOU HAD A VERY

ROCKY RELATIONSHIP WITH

YOUR FATHER, WHO WAS A

PENTECOSTAL PREACHER, AN

ALCOHOLIC.

AND DURING THIS TIME, I

MEAN, YOUR DAD REALIZED

YOU HAD A TALENT FOR

SINGING, BUT YOUR DAD

BECAME JEALOUS OF YOUR

GIFT.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG, MOM

USED TO STAND ME ON THE

ALTER.

AND --

Wendy: AT FOUR YEARS

OLD YOU WERE SINGING IN

FRONT OF THE WHOLE

CONGREGATION.

RIGHT.

AND WHEN I WOULD DO GOOD

AND I WOULD SING AND

PEOPLE WOULD LOOK AT ME,

HE WOULD EMOTIONALLY

PUNISH ME FOR, LIKE, TWO,

THREE DAYS.

BECAUSE IT TOOK HIM OUT OF

THE SPOTLIGHT.

AND NEGATIVE MESSAGES,

LIKE, YOU'RE NOT WORTH THE

BULLET TO SHOOT YOU WITH.

BUT THE REAL BEATING I GOT

FOR TELLING MY LITTLE

FRIEND THAT MOM AND DAD

HAD ANY ARGUMENT, THAT WAS

FROM MY MOTHER.

WHO, WHEN I GOT HOME, SHE

TOOK BOOKS OFF THE SHELF

AND THREW THEM AT ME.

AND THEN CAME OVER TO ME

AND STARTED THROWING

PUNCHES AT MY FACE.

AND SO I END UP BALLED UP

IN A CORNER WITH HER

KICKING AND SCREAMING AND

KICKING AND SCREAMING, YOU

DON'T TALK TO ANYBODY BOW

WHAT GOEABOUT WHAT GOES ON IN

FAMILIES.

Wendy: BUT EVENTUALLY

SOME OF THEIR FAMILY

SECRETS WERE UNCOVERED.

THEIR CONGREGATION FOUND

OUT THAT RUSS' FATHER WAS

AN ALCOHOLIC AFTER HE

DIDN'T SHOW UP FOR WORK.

HE AND HIS ENTIRE FAMILY

WERE VOTED OUTS O OUT OF THE

CHURCH.

Wendy: YOU'RE 12

YEARS OLD, RUSS, AND

YOU'RE TOLD YOU'RE NOT

WELCOME BACK IN THE

CHURCH, EITHER THE.

EITHER.

HOW DID THAT AFFECT YOU AS

A YOUNG BOY?

WELL, IT IS

DEVASTATING.

I COULDN'T FIGURE OUT WHY

I COULDN'T GO TO THIS

CHURCH ANYMORE BECAUSE I

HADN'T DONE ANYTHING.

AND THESE ARE LITTLE

PENTECOSTAL CHURCHES THAT

ARE COUNTRY CHURCHES, BUT

THEIR TEACHING WAS, IF

YOU'RE GOING TO LEAD, YOU

HAVE TO BE PERFECT.

Wendy: AND EVEN

DURING THAT TIME, WHEN YOU

ALL WERE KICKED OUT OF THE

CHURCH, YOU COULD HAVE

EASILY JUST TURNED YOUR

BACK ON GOD --

YES.

Wendy: -- BUT YOU DID

JUST THE OPPOSITE.

WHAT HAPPENED?

MOM HAD A KEY TO THE

CHURCH.

AND WE LIVED ABOUT A HALF

A BLOCK AWAY.

AND I WOULD GO DOWN TO THE

CHURCH, AND I'D OPEN IT.

AND I WOULD CREEP DOWN TO

THE FRONT OF THE CHURCH.

AND I WOULD KNEEL DOWN OR

SIT IN A PEW AND I WOULD

JUST TALK TO GOD.

I WOULD TALK TO JESUS.

AND I WOULD TELL HIM HOW

SCARED I WAS.

AND I WOULD TELL HIM THAT

I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT

WAS HAPPENING.

AND THE PAIN THAT I WAS

IN, THAT YOU CAN'T TELL

ANYBODY.

BUT THERE WAS, LIKE, THREE

YEARS OF JUST GOING DOWN

LATE AT NIGHT AND JUST

TALKING TO JESUS.

AND IT REALLY CONNECTED HE

AND I.

Wendy: DESPITE ALL OF

THE TURMOIL, RUSS FORMED A

CHRISTIAN BAND CALLED

"SOUNDS OF JOY," WHEN HE

WAS 16.

THERE WAS ALWAYS

SOMETHING IN ME THAT

WANTED TO BRING PEOPLE TO

JESUS.

AND I TALKED TO MY DAD,

WHO HAD MOVED BACK TO

ARKANSAS TO START AGAIN,

TO TRY AGAIN.

HE WAS DOING GOOD.

HE WAS REALLY TRYING.

AND SO I INVITED EVERYBODY

UP TO MONDAY NIGHT SERVICE

AT DADDY'S LITTLE CHURCH,

AND THEY WOULD FILL THE

CHURCH UP EVERY MONDAY

NIGHT.

AND WE WOULD PLAY.

AND I WOULD INVITE -- I

KNEW, LIKE, THREE

SCRIPTURES.

[LAUGHTER]

BUT TI I WOULD PREACH

THOSE SCRIPTURES.

Wendy: AND PEOPLE

WOULD GET SAVED?

ABSOLUTELY.

THEY WOULD FLOOD TO THE

ALTER EVERY MONDAY NIGHT.

BUT IT WAS A GREAT

REVIVAL.

Wendy: IT WAS DURING

THIS TIME THAT THE HIT

GOSPEL GROUP "THE

IMPERIALS," CAME TO

ARKANSAS AND SAW RUSS

PERFORM.

THEY SAID, WE WANT YOU

TO COME TO NASHVILLE AND

TRY OUT FOR "THE

IMPERIALS."

AND I WAS, LIKE, ME?

ME?

ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU GROW

UP AND NOBODY WAS TELLING

YOU YOU DID GOOD.

Wendy: BUT THEIR

THOUSANDS OF FANS DIDN'T

HEAL RUSS' YEARS OF

EMOTIONAL ABUSE.

THROUGH THOSE YEARS, RUSS

STRUGGLED WITH DEPRESSION

AND INSECURITY.

CHRISTIAN COUNSELLING

HELPED FOR A BIT.

I'M TALKING ABOUT GOING

FOR YEARS, NOT JUST

MONTHS, TO DEAL WITH THE

NEGATIVE THINGS THAT

HAPPENED TO REALIZE THAT I

AM WORTHY OF HIS LOVE.

Wendy: RUSS, WERE YOU

ABLE TO FORGIVE YOUR

PARENTS?

I WAS ACTUALLY LONGING

FOR JESUS TO SHOW ME HOW

TO FORGIVE.

BUT I STAYED OVER IN

ISRAEL.

AFTER GAITHER, WE DID A

BIG SHOOT OVER THERE.

I WOULD GO TO THE TOMB AND

I WOULD SIT AND I WOULD

JUST THINK ABOUT HIM

COMING OUT OF THE TOMB.

AND I WOULD MEDITATE, AND

GO TO SKULL HILL AND THE

CROSS, AND WHAT HE DID.

AND IT WASN'T UNTIL I WAS

FLYING HOME THAT I

REALIZED THAT THE ANGER

WAS GONE.

THE PAIN WASN'T THERE

ANYMORE.

AND THE HURT WASN'T THERE

ANYMORE.

AND I THOUGHT ABOUT MY

PARENTS, AND I THOUGHT

ABOUT THEM.

AND I COULD ACTUALLY FEEL

SORRY FOR THEM.

Wendy: RIGHT.

FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO

THEM.

AND I SAW THEM AS PEOPLE

AND NOT AS MY PARENTS.

AND HEALING BEGAN TO COME.

Wendy: BY THIS TIME,

RUSS' FATHER HAD ALREADY

PASSED AWAY.

BUT THREE YEARS AFTER RUSS

TRULY FORGAVE HIS PARENTS,

GOD GAVE HIM THE ONE THING

THAT HE THOUGHT WAS NOW

IMPOSSIBLE: AFFIRMATION

FROM HIS DAD.

IT HAPPENED DURING A VISIT

TO A PASTOR HE HAD NEVER

MET, WHO WAS DYING OF

CANCER.

AND WHEN I WALKED INTO

THE HOSPITAL ROOM, I

FROZE.

I FROZE.

AND I WANTED TO TURN AND

RUN BECAUSE HE LOOKED SO

MUCH LIKE MY DAD.

SO I WALK INTO THE ROOM,

AND HE'S WATCHING MY

D.V.D. WHEN I COME IN.

Wendy: WOW!

AND HE SAW ME, AND HE

WENT, OH, RUSS, OH, RUSS,

AND TEARS STARTED ROLLING

DOWN HIS FACE.

AND I GO OVER TO HIM, AND

I HUG HIM.

HE SAID, RUSS, I'VE TAUGHT

MY BOYS HOW TO LIVE.

I TAUGHT MY KIDS HOW TO

LIVE.

AND IF GOD DOESN'T HEAL

ME, I'M GOING TO TEACH MY

BOYS HOW TO DIE.

AND IT SO RESONATED INSIDE

OF ME, THAT THIS IS A

DAD,YOU KNOW, THAT HIS

DYING BREATH IS FOR HIS

KIDS.

WATCH HOW I DIE.

THIS IS HOW YOU DIE IN

JESUS.

AND HE PUTS HIS HANDS ON

MY SHOULDERS, AND HE BEGAN

TO PRAY.

AND I BEGAN TO CRY.

AND HE PULLED MY HEAD TO

HIS BELLY, AND HE BEGAN TO

STROKE MY HAIR.

AND HE BEGAN TO TELL ME

HOW MUCH GOD LOVED ME.

AND I CRIED EVEN MORE.

AND HE SAID, I'M SO GLAD

YOU'VE USED YOUR GIFT FOR

THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

JESUS LOVES WHAT YOU'RE

DOING FOR HIM AND HOW YOUR

VOICE -- AND HOW YOU'RE

PREORDAINED TO DO WHAT

YOU'RE DOING FOR JESUS.

AND IT CHANGED MY

MANNERISMS.

I BECAME A MAN.

Wendy: A BETTER

HUSBAND, A BETTER

FATHER --

A BETTER EVERYTHING

BECAUSE DAD AFFIRMED ME.

Wendy: THROUGHOUT

YOUR LIFE AND YOUR CAREER,

WHAT HAS GOD TAUGHT YOU

THAT HAS HELPED YOU THE

MOST?

THE ONE THAT CEEFTS KEEPS ME

GOING AND THE ONE THAT

CHANGES NEGATIVE THOUGHTS,

WHEN I AM TEMPTED TO GO

BACK IS, HE LOVES ME.

THAT HE WOULD MOVE HEAVEN

AND EARTH TO HELP ME.

AND IF I WAS THE ONLY

PERSON ON THIS PLANET, HE

WOULD HAVE CAME AND DIED.

WHEN I KEEP THOSE THOUGHTS

IN MY HEAD, NOTHING --

NOTHING CAN STOP ME.

Gordon: IF YOU WERE

THE ONLY ONE TO EVER

BELIEVE, HE STILL WOULD

HAVE COME FOR YOU.

AND IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW

YOU WERE RAISED.

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT

YOU'RE HOLDING ON TO.

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT

YOU'VE DONE, HOW FAR YOU

THINK YOU'VE GONE.

NOW, HERE IS RUSS, AND HE

DIDN'T CAUSE ANY OF THIS.

HERE HE IS BEING BEATEN BY

HIS OWN MOTHER.

AND HE WAS REJECTED BY HIS

OWN FATHER SOMEHOW IN

COMPETITION.

IT NEVER MADE SENSE TO

HIM.

IT NEVER ADDED UP.

HE WAS NEVER PROUD OF HIM,

NEVER GAVE HIM AN

ENCOURAGING WORD.

WHERE DID HE GO WITH THAT?

RUSS COULD HAVE GONE A LOT

OF DIFFERENT PLACES.

BUT HE DECIDED HE WAS

GOING TO FORM A CHRISTIAN

GROUP, AND HE WAS GOING TO

CALL IT BY A NAME, A VERY

UNUSUAL NAME, "SOUNDS OF

JOY," BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT

HE WANTED.

AND MAYBE THAT'S WHAT YOU

WANT.

THAT YOU WANT JOY.

NOW FOR US, IT WAS

ASPIRATIONAL FOR DECADES.

AND THEN IT TOOK HIM GOING

TO THE TOMB IN ISRAEL AND

MEDITATING ON WHAT DOES

THAT RESURRECTION REALLY

MEAN?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR ME?

HERE IS WHAT IT MEANT FOR

THE APOSTLE PAUL.

PAUL DID SOME BAD THINGS.

HE BEAT PEOPLE AND DRAGGED

THEM OFF TO PRISON.

HE CONSENTED TO THEIR

EXECUTION.

HE DID A LOT OF BAD

THINGS.

HERE IS WHAT IT MEANT TO

HIM.

HE SAID, "BEHOLD, THE OLD

THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY.

AND NOW ALL THINGS ARE

MADE NEW."

AND THAT'S WHAT GOD WANTS

TO DO FOR YOU.

HE WANTS TO MAKE ALL

THINGS KNEW.

GIVE YOU THE JOY, GIVE YOU

THE A AFFIRMATION,

EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED.

HE IS ABLE TO PUT AWAY ALL

OF THE BITTERNESS, ALL OF

THE ANGER -- HE IS ABLE TO

TAKE ALL OF THAT.

WHY?

BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU.

AND HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH

THAT HE WANTS TO SHOW YOU

THE SAME THING HE SHOWED

THE APOSTLE PAUL, THE SAME

THING HE SHOWED RUSS, THE

SAME THING HE SHOWED ME.

HOW DO YOU DO I GET IT?

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK

FOR IT.

IF YOU NEED HELP WITH THAT

PRAYER, CALL:

1-800-700-7000.

> HERE IS A WORD FOR YOU

FROM REVELATION: "I AM

THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA,

THE BEGINNING AND THE END,

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