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700 Club Interactive - June 14, 2018

Studio 5 Host, Efrem Graham discusses the biggest stories of the week in entertainment. Read Transcript


I WENT TO THE LIQUOR

STORE AND GOT ME A FIFTH

OF JACK DANIELS, AND I GOT

MY NINE MILLIMETER, AND I

LOADED IT HEAVY, BECAUSE I

WAS INTENDING TO KILL

EVERYBODY IN THAT HOUSE.

Gordon: A STRIP CLUB

MANAGER BENT ON REVENGE

GETS AN ULTIMATUM FROM

GOD.

I HEAR GOD SAY

SOMETHING TO ME YOU NEVER

WANT TO HEAR GOD SAY.

Gordon: 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...

MY LORD AND SAVIOR

JESUS CHRIST --

Efrem: THAT'S

52-YEAR-OLD MIKE SMITH,

THE OLDEST JOCKEY TO WIN

THE TRIPLE CROWN.

SMITH LED JUSTIFIED TO

BECOME ONLY THE SECOND

UNDEFEATED FORCE TO SWEEP

THE KENTUCKY DERBY,

PREAKNESS, AND BELMONT

STAKES.

HE IS JUST PERFECT.

AND NOW HE IS HAS BECOME

IMMORTAL.

Efrem: THE CHESTNUT

COLT FINISHED ALMOST TWO

LENGTHS AHEAD.

IT IS JUST AMAZING.

I FEEL VERY, VERY BLESSED.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FOUR...

PLEASE JOIN ME IN

SHOWING YOUR LOVE FOR THE

MEMBERS OF THE MARJORY

STONEMAN DOUGLAS SCHOOL.

*

Efrem: A SURPRISE

PERFORMANCE AT THIS YEAR'S

TONY AWARDS, FROM THE

STUDENTS OF MARJORY

STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH

SCHOOL, HONORING THEIR

TEACHER, MELODY.

MELODY BRAVELY

SHELTERED 65 OF HER

STUDENTS IN A SMALL OFFICE

FOR TWO HOURS, UNTIL HELP

ARRIVED AND LED ALL OF

THEM TO SAFETY.

Efrem: SHE WAS GIVEN

THE EXCELLENCE IN THEATER

EDUCATION AWARD, WHICH

INCLUDES A $10,000 PRIZE

FOR HER SCHOOL.

THIS IS ABSOLUTELY A

ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME.

I WAS WAITING FOR ONE OF

MY STUDENTS TO BE IN THE

TONY'S.

THAT'S WHO SHOULD BE

THERE.

IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO

TAKE ALL OF THIS POSITIVE

ATTENTION WHEN WE ALWAYS

WORK VERY HARD FOR ALL

THAT WE DO HERE.

WE'RE VERY HIGH ACHIEVERS,

SO GETTING SOMETHING FOR

NOTHING DOESN'T SIT

STRAIGHT FOR US.

AND GETTING SOMETHING IN

LIGHT OF A HORRIFIC EVENT

DOESN'T QUITE ALWAYS FEEL

RIGHT.

BUT REST ASSURED, I KNOW

THAT I KNOW PERSONALLY

GETTING A TONY AWARD

NOMINATION AND A THEATER

EDUCATION AWARD IS JUST

NOT TAKEN LIGHTLY.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

THREE...HOLLYWOOD SHINES

THE SPOTLIGHT ON FAITH AND

FAMILY WITH A NEW DOCU

SERIES COMING TO TV 1 NEXT

WEEK.

HERE IS A LOOK AT "WE ARE

THE CAMPBELLS."

IT IS IMPORTANT TO ME I

DON'T GET SO ABSORBED IN

MY CAREER THAT I FORGET

THAT I'M A MOM AND A WIFE.

SO I LOVE DOING RADIO AT

HOME BECAUSE I GET TO

STILL BE A MOM AND A WIFE.

IT IS THE WEEKEND.

AND IT IS A WEEK OF

VICTORY.

Efrem: JOINING US

RIGHT NOW IS THE FIRST

COUPLE OF GOSPEL MUSIC,

LOREN AND ERICA CAMPBELL.

YOU GUYS ARE BUSY.

WHAT MADE YOU SAY YES TO

RETURNING TO REALITY

TELEVISION?

TV IS AN AWESOME

OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW AN

IMAGE THAT IS POSITIVE,

WITH A HEALTHY BLACK

FAMILY, WHICH IS REALLY

BUSY, AND WE MANAGE TO

KEEP IT TOGETHER --

SOMETIMES WE MANAGE TO

KEEP IT TOGETHER, BUT WHEN

WE DON'T, WE HAVE SUCH

FAITH IN GOD THAT THINGS

WILL COME BACK TOGETHER.

AND I THINK IT IS HEALTHY

FOR PEOPLE TO SEE THAT.

Efrem: IT IS ON

TUESDAYS AT 8 p.m.

EASTERN ON TV 1.

> VIOLA DAVIS' NE NEXT ROLE

IS BEHIND THE CAMERA,

PRODUCING "THE LAST

DEFENSE,"DEFENSE."

PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW

THAT AMERICA IS NOT ALWAYS

FAIR.

AMERICA CANNOT BE GREAT

UNTIL IT GREAT FOR

EVERYONE.

THE SEVEN EPISODES OF

"THE LAST DEFENSE" WILL

FOCUS AND TWO DEATH E ROW DEATH-ROW

INMATES WHO CLAIM THEY ARE

INNOCENT.

Efrem: THIS YOUNG MAN

DELIVERS AN INSPIRING

LESSON.

BECAUSE WHAT YOU WANT,

YOU FIGHT FOR.

LET ME TELL YOU...

[INAUDIBLE]

Efrem: THE YOUNG

FITNESS GURU HAS A HUGE

ONLINE FOLLOWING, AND HE

HAS ATTRACTED THE

ATTENTION OF CELEBRITIES,

LIKE DRAKE, SETH CURRY AND

PHARREL.

WE HAVE TO REALIZE THAT

TIME IS TICKING; YES,

THERE WILL BE PEOPLE WHO

WILL TRY TO KILL YOUR

DREAM.

LET ME TELL YOU, YOU STAY

LOCKED IN, AND YOU DON'T

SEE NOTHING ELSE BESIDE

YOU.

YOU PUT THAT HAND UP AND

SAY, UH-UH, DREAM

STEALERS,IT', IT'S NOT

HAPPENING.

I'M BLOCKING YOU.

Gordon: BOY, WHAT

STARTERED HIM ON THAT?

TAMMY: HI Efrem: HIS PARENTS.

HE STARTED A YouTube.

BUT HE WAS VERY INTERESTED

IN FITNESS, AND HE WAS

FOLLOWING BOOKS ON ARN ARNOLD

SCHWARZENEGGER, AND HE

SAID THIS IS SOMETHING HE

WANTED TO DO.

AND AS YOU SAW THERE, HE

SAID, GOD TOLD HIM, I HAVE

A DREAM FOR YOU, BUT

YOU'VE GOT TO WORK TO MAKE

THIS HAPPEN.

HE HAS A BEAUTIFUL

FOLLOWING ONLINE.

MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE

WATCHING THESE VIDEOS.

IT HAS TAKEN THE ATTENTION

OF ELLEN DEGENERES, AND

SHE HAS MADE HIM A SPECIAL

CORRESPONDENT ON HER SHOW,

AND HE HAS BEEN ABLE TO

MEET SETH CURRY AND KOBE

BRYANT.

AND HE TRAVELS TO SCHOOL,

AND TO JUST SEE ALL OF THE

KIDS EXCITED -- HE TALKS

ABOUT PHYSICAL FITNESS, HE

TALKS ABOUT EATING RIGHT,

THINGS THAT PARENTS ARE

TRYING TO DRIVE HOME, AND

NOW THEIR YOUNG PEER IS

TELLING THEM THIS IS HOW

TO DO IT.

Gordon: DO YOU THINK

HE IS GOING TO BE A

PREACHER?

Efrem: I WOULD NOT BE

SURPRISED.

I WOULD LOVE TO SIT THERE

FOR A SERMON.

Gordon: THAT IS A

DELIVERY.

Efrem: HE OBVIOUSLY

HEARS FROM GOD, AND AT 12,

HE IS LISTENING.

Gordon: ALL RIGHT,

WHAT'S NEXT?

Efrem: LET'S BEGIN

WITH MIKE SMITH.

I WAS INTRIGUED WITH HIS

WIN, BUT THEN I WANTED TO

KNOW MORE ABOUT HIM.

AND THEN I LEARNED THAT HE

WAS A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT,

THAT HE GREW UP IN NEW

MEXICO, AND LITERALLY MOM

DROPPED HIM OFF AT SCHOOL,

AND HE GOES IN ONE DOOR

AND OUT THE OTHER TO MEET

HIS UNCLE, WHO THEN TAKES

HIM -- HIS UNCLE TRAINS

HORSES, AND HIS UNCLE

TAKES HIM TO SPEND TIME

WITH HORSES.

MOM WAS CERTAINLY

DISAPPOINTED THAT HE

DROPPED OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL

AS A RESULT.

BUT LOOKING TODAY, THOUGH,

TO SEE HIS GREAT SUCCESS,

HE KNEW AT A VERY YOUNG

AGE THIS IS WHAT HE WANTED

TO DO.

AND I WAS SO IMPRESSED

THAT THE VERY FIRST THING

YOU SAY WHEN SOMEONE PUTS

A MICROPHONE AT YOUR MOUTH

AFTER A WIN, FIRST AND

FOREMOST, I WANT TO THANK

MY LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS

CHRIST.

I MANAGED TO GET HIS CELL

NUMBER, AND I'LL KEEP

CALLING H%M.

I HAVEN'T GOTTEN HIM YET.

Gordon: WHAT IS HE,

62?

Efrem: HE IS 62 YEARS

OLD, THE OLDEST TO WIN.

Gordon: JOCKEYS

NORMALLY DON'T HAVE A LONG

CAREER.

AND HERE HE IS, 52, AND

THE TRIPLE CROWN IS THE

ULTIMATE IN THAT SPORT.

Efrem: I'M PROUD OF

HIM.

HE'S AWESOME.

Gordon: I WOULD LOVE

TO HEAR THE STORY.

HOW DID HE GET THERE?

Efrem: YEAH.

WE WANT TO KNOW MORE FOR

SURE.

Gordon: VIOLA DAVIS

LOOKING AT DEATH ROW, WHAT

IS THAT ALL ABOUT?

Efrem: THE LAST THING

WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HERE

WAS TALKING ABOUT A

GENTLEMAN WHO HAD BEEN ON

DEATH ROW FOR 30 YEARS,

AND MANAGED TO GET FREE

BECAUSE AN ATTORNEY

BELIEVED IN HIS STORY.

THIS IS SOMETHING VIOLA

DAVIS AND HER HUSBAND

APPROACHED ABC WITH.

THEY WANTED TO DO A SERIES

ON DEATH-ROW INMATES.

THIS WEEK THEY'RE LOOKING

AT A MOTHER IN TEXAS WHO

IS ON DEATH ROW, ACCUSED

OF KILLING HER CHILDREN.

HER HUSBAND STANDS BY HER

AND SAYS SHE DID NOT DO

IT.

YOU HEAR THE 9-1-1 CALL,

AND THEY'RE GOING TO BEGIN

TO UNFOLD THIS CASE IN

TERMS OF HOW THE

PROSECUTORS ARRIVED AT

WHAT THEY'VE ARRIVED AT

AND WHAT THE DEFENSE IS

SAYING.

THIS IS THEIR LAST

DEFENSE.

THIS COULD VERY WELL BE

THEIR LAST HOPE AT GETTING

FREE BY SHINING A LIGHT ON

CASES THAT THE COURT

SYSTEMS MAY HAVE

FORGOTTEN, AND YOU DON'T

KNOW WHERE ELSE TO GO

BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT

GETTING AN APPEAL, THE

JOURNEY IS LONG.

AND UNFORTUNATELY, WHAT WE

LEARNED JUST BY WATCHING

WHAT WE SAW LAST NIGHT ON

THERE IS A LOT OF IT GOES

TO YOU'RE NOT BEING ABLE

TO FINANCIALLY COME UP

WITH THE MONEY TO DEFEND

YOURSELF, TO ARGUE YOUR

CASE.

SO IT WILL BE INTERESTING

TO SEE HOW THESE FOLD OUT

OVER THE COURSE OF THE

EIGHT WEEKS.

Gordon: I THINK MOST

PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND

THAT IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM.

AS A LAWYER, I WATCHED IT.

IT IS HOW MUCH JUSTICE CAN

YOU AFFORD?

AND CAN YOU AFFORD THE

EXPERTS?

AND CAN YOU AFFORD THE

FORENSIC EVIDENCE?

ONCE THE POLICE AND A

PROSECUTOR HAVE A THEORY,

AND THEY GO ABOUT PROVING

THAT THEORY, IT IS VERY

HARD TO GO AGAINST THE

RESOURCES OF THE STATE AND

THE RESOURCES THE STATE

CAN BRING.

WE TALK A LOT ABOUT PUBLIC

DEFENDERS, SO AT LEAST YOU

HAVE A LAWYER, BUT IF YOU

DON'T HAVE MONEY FOR THE

EXPERT, THEN...

Efrem: IT IS VERY

PAINFUL.

I WILL SAY THIS, I WAS A

SUPPORTER OF CAPITAL

PUNISHMENTS FOR A LONG

TIME, UNTIL I READ A BOOK

BY SOMEONE ON DEATH ROW

WHO WAS CONVICTED OF A

CRIME HE DIDN'T COMMIT.

AND THEN I GOT A CHANCE TO

SIT DOWN WITH HIM AND TALK

TO HIM.

AND I WAS, LIKE, MY EYES

HAVE BEEN OPENED.

I HAD NO CLUE.

AND HE ADMITTED, I MAY BE

GUILTY OF MANY THINGS, AND

I AM NOT AN INNOCENT MAN

BY ANY STRETCH OF THE

IMAGINATION, BUT THE CRIME

THAT THEY ARE ACCUSING ME

OF, THE CRIME THAT THEY

SENTENCED ME TO DEATH FOR

IS NOT SOMETHING THAT I

DID.

AND IT GETS HARD TO PROVE

WHEN YOU'VE GOT A

REPUTATION THAT ISN'T

NECESSARILY THE MOST

STELLER.

Gordon: YOU'RE THE

USUAL SUSPECT.

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY,

THE USUAL SUSPECT.

Gordon: YOU THINK WE

SHOULD GET RID OF CAPITAL

PUNISHMENT?

Efrem: I WOULD LIKE

TO NOT SEE IT.

YEAH.

I THINK OF JESUS WHO

LEAVES THE 99 TO GO AFTER

THE ONE.

IF ONE LIFE IS LOST, AND

YOU ARE THERE FOR

SOMETHING YOU DIDN'T DO,

IT BREAKS MY HEART.

Gordon: UNDER THE OLD

TESTAMENT,3THE ACCUSERS

HAD TO THROW THE FIRST

STONES.

THE WITNESSES ARE AGAINST

THE PERPETRATOR OF THE

CRIMES ARE THE ONES THAT

EXECUTED THE SENTENCE.

WE'VE GOTTEN FAR AWAY FROM

THAT NOW.

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY.

THERE ARE 3,000 ON DEATH

ROW RIGHT NOW?

Gordon: I THINK THERE

IS AN ECONOMIC ARGUMENT

THERE.

THE AVERAGE DEATH CASE

COSTS THE TAXPAYERS

ANYWHERE FROM $1 MILLION

TO $3 MILLION TO

PROSECUTE.

IS IT WORTH IT?

Efrem: I DON'T THINK

SO.

Gordon: ALL RIGHT.

I THINK THEY'VE WRAPPED

US.

WE HAVE MORE TO TALK

ABOUT, BUT, ONCE AGAIN, WE

GOT OFF ON POLITICS.

FOR ALL OF THE LATEST IN

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS -- I

THINK THAT'S WHAT WE WERE

TALKING ABOUT -- AND

POLITICS, YOU CAN CHECK

OUT EFREM'S WEEKLY SHOW,

"STUDIO 5," AND YOU CAN

WATCH IT ONLINE AT

cbn.com "STUDIO 5."

> UP NEXT, FIND OUT HOW

THIS BULLY CHANGED HIS

LIFE AND HOW HE IS NOW

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE

LIVES OF OTHERS.

STAY WITH US.

Gordon: IN INDONESIA,

A BOY NAMED YUDHA ONCE

BULLIED THE KIDS IN HIS

NEIGHBORHOOD.

NOW HE IS BRINGING THEM TO

CHURCH.

HE SAYS IT IS ALL CECAUSE

OF A LESSON HE LEARNED

WHILE WATCHING CBN'S

ANIMATED SERIES,

"SUPERBOOK."

Reporter: EVEN AT A

YOUNG AGE, YUDHA WAS

BECOMING A BULLY.

HE OFTEN FOUGHT OTHER KIDS

OR TEASED HIM, LOTS OF

TIMES WITH HELP FROM HIS

FRIENDS.

I BULLIED THEM AT

SCHOOL AND ALSO AROUND MY

HOUSE.

I TRIED TO MAKE THEM CRY.

Reporter: YUDHA HAD

LEARNED AT HOME THAT

FIGHTING WAS THE WAY HIS

PARENTS SOLVED THEIR

PROBLEMS.

THEY USUALLY FOUGHT

ABOUT MONEY.

Reporter: YUDHA GREW

UP IN A SECULAR HOME IN

INDONESIA.

HIS PARENTS NEVER ATTENDED ATTENDED

MOSQUE OR CHURCHES.

THEN ONE DAY A SUNDAY

SCHOOL TEACHER INVITED

YUDHA AND A BUNCH OF KIDS

TO HER SUNDAY SCHOOL

CLASS.

> HE REMEMBERS SOMETHING SOMETHING

HE LEARNED WATCHING A

"SUPERBOOK" EPISODE.

YUDHA'S TEACHER INVITED

THE CHILDREN TO PRAY TO

RECEIVE JESUS AS SAVIOR.

I PRAYED FOR GOD TO

COME INTO HIGH HEART.

MY HEART.

AND I ASKED GOD TO FORGIVE

ME FOR FIGHTING AND BEING

A BULLY TO OTHER KIDS.

Reporter: LATER,

YUDHA INVITED SOME OF HIS

FRIENDS TO COME AND WATCH

"SUPERBOOK," TOO.

NOT ONLY YUDHA HAS

PRAYED TO BECOME A

CHRISTIAN, BUT HIS BEST

FRIENDS PRAYED TO RECEIVE

JESUS, TOO.

Reporter: AND THEY

REPORT THAT HIS BEHAVIOR

HAS RADICALLY CHANGED.

NOW HE IS PRAYING FOR HIS

PARENTS TO KNOW JESUS,

TOO.

I LOVE "SUPERBOOK"

BECAUSE IT HELPED ME TO

STOP BEING A BULLY.

THANK YOU, "SUPERBOOK."

Gordon: IF YOU WANT

TO TAKE THE STORIES OF THE

BIBLE TO THE CHILDREN OF

THE WORLD, JOIN THE

"SUPERBOOK" CLUB.

AND FOR A GIFT OF $25 OR

MORE, WE'LL SEND YOU THE

LATEST EPISODE OF

"SUPERBOOK," WHICH IS

"SUPERBOOK" EXPLORER.

IN THERE YOU'LL HAVE TWO

EPISODES OF "SUPERBOOK,"

PLUS A BIBLE BACKGROUND,

THE ARCHEOLOGY OF THE

EPISODE, AND THEN THE

THEOLOGY OF THE EPISODE,

HOW DOES THIS STORY FIT

WITHIN GOD'S PLAN OF

SALVATION.

WE'LL SEND YOU NOT JUST

ONE COPY OF IT.

WE'LL SEND YOU THREE

COPIES.

SO IF YOU WANTS TO SHARE

IWANT TO SHARE ITWITH YOUR FRIENDS AND

FAMILY, YOU CAN.

AND REALIZE YOUR GIFT WILL

GO INTO THE PRODUCTION

COSTS, THE DISTRIBUTION

COSTS, THE TRANSLATION

COSTS TO TAKE THE STORIES

OF THE BIBLE TO THE

CHILDREN OF THE WORLD.

WE'RE NOW UP TO 53

LANGUAGES AND WE'RE

GROWING.

WE WANT TO GO EVEN FURTHER

WITH THIS.

AND SO THAT ALL CHILDREN

EVERYWHERE HAVE AN

OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR AND

SEE THE STORIES OF THE

BIBLE.

YOU'RE A PART OF IT WHEN

YOU JOIN THE "SUPERBOOK"

CLUB.

SO DO IT NOW.

1-800-700-7000.

> WELL, UP NEXT, HIS

GIRLFRIEND BETRAYED HIM,

AND HE WANTED REVENGE.

I WENT TO THE LIQUOR

STORE AND GOT ME A FIFTH

OF JACK DANIELS, AND I GOT

MY .9-MILLIMETER AND

LOADED IT HEAVY BECAUSE I

WAS INTENDING TO KILL

EVERYBODY IN THAT HOUSE.

Gordon: AS A

TEENAGER, STEVE STEVE WALDRIP

WAS DESPERATE FOR

ACCEPTANCE, SO HE MADE A

DEAL WITH GOD, BUT STEVE

DIDN'T KEEP UP HIS END OF

THE BARGAIN, AND YEARS

DOWN THE ROAD, GOD CALLED

HIM TO ACCOUNT.

ALL I WANTED WAS TO BE

ACCEPTED BY SOMEBODY WHEN

I WAS GROWING UP, AND JUST

TO HAVE, YOU KNOW, A TRUE

FRIEND AND HAVE SOMEBODY I

KNEW THAT CARED ABOUT ME

FOR WHO I WAS.

Reporter: STEVE

WALDRIP WAS BULLIED FOR

MOST OF HIS CHILDHOOD.

I WAS REALLY SKINNY.

GOD BLESSED ME WITH A BIG

NOGGIN AND A BIG HEAD, AND

KIDS WOULD BULLY ME, AND I

GOT THE NAME JUGHEAD.

I GOT BEAT UP A LOT,

PICKED ON A LOT.

Reporter: AT 14,

STEVE FOUND ACCEPT DANCE

WHEACCEPTANCEWHEN HE GAVE HIS LIFE TO

CRIEFTCHRIST AT SUMMER CAMP.

IT GAVE ME A SENSE OF

HOPE.

THAT JESUS LOVED ME, AND

HE DIDN'T CARE IF I WAS

SKINNY.

Reporter: BUT THE

BULLYING INTENSIFIED, AND

STEVE SPENT MORE AND MORE

TIME ALONE.

HE WAS STUDYING GUITAR,

AND HE ASKED GOD TO HELP

HIM.

I SAID, GOD, IF YOU

WILL TEACH ME T TO PLAY THIS

GUITAR AND SING SONGS,

I'LL DO IT FOR YOUR GLORY.

AND GOD SAID, LET'S DO IT.

AND THEN IT WAS LIKE

SECOND NATURE TO ME.

Reporter: A POPULAR

KID FROM SCHOOL HEARD

STEVE PLAYING A GUITAR,

AND HE WAS SO IMPRESSED,

HE INVITED HIM TO PLAY AT

A PARTY.

I FELT ACCEPTED FOR THE

FIRST TIME.

NOBODY WAS LOOKING AT ME

LIKE THIS BIG, UGLY KID

ANYMORE.

THEY WERE LOOKING AT ME,

LIKE, WE LIKE THE WAY YOU

SING, WE LIKE THE WAY YOU

PLAY, AND YOU'RE PART OF

US NOW.

THEY WERE PAYING ATTENTION

TO ME.

Reporter: STEVE DRANK

HIS FIRST BEER AND SMOKED

HIS FIRST JOINT THAT

NIGHT.

HE CONTINUED TO PARTY WITH

HIS NEW FRIENDS AND THEN

DROPPED OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL

IN 10th GRADE TO SING

AND LAY AT HONKY-TONKS.

BUT I COULD ALWAYS HEAR

GOD SAY, THIS IS NOT WHAT

YOU INTENDED TO DO.

THIS IS NOT WHAT YOU TOLD

ME.

Reporter: HIS DEEP

VOICE GOT THE ATTENTION OF

A STRIP-CLUB OWNER, WHO

OFFERED HIM A JOB AS A

D.J.

SOON STEVE WAS RUNNING THE

PLACE AND SEVERAL OTHER

CLUBS.

AT 22 HE LEFT MUSIC BEHIND

BUT FELL INTO DRUG ABUSE.

I HAD ALL OF THE WOMEN

I WANTED, ALL OF THE

COCAINE I WANTED, ALL OF

THE MONEY I WANTED -- I

HAD EVERYTHING I WANTED,

AND I DIDN'T NEED GOD.

Reporter: STEVE BEGAN

TO WORK IN THE DARK

UNDERBELLY OF STRIP CLUBS

FOR THE NEXT 14 YEARS.

THEN ONE NIGHT A FRIEND

INVITED HIM OVER, BUT WHEN

STEVE ARRIVED AT THE HOME,

A MAN JUMPED HIM AND BEAT

HIM WITH A METAL PIPE.

I REMEMBER FEELING A

FEELING OF DARKNESS AND

LONELINESS.

Reporter: HE WOKE UP

IN A HOSPITAL WITH A

DOCTOR STANDING OVER HIM.

HE SAID, I'M NOT A

RELIGIOUS MAN, BUT I WANT

TO TELL YOU THIS, SOMEBODY

UPSTAIRS WAS LOOKING OVER

YOU.

BECAUSE 78% OF PEOPLE WHO

TAKE A BLOW TO THE HEAD

LIKE THIS DON'T LIVE TO

TELL ABOUT IT.

Reporter: STEVE

LEARNED AN EX-GIRLFRIEND

SET HIGIRLFRIENDSET HIM UP.

I WAS INTENDING TO KILL

EVERYBODY IN THAT HOUSE.

Reporter: BUT EN

ROUTE TO HIS

EX-GIRLFRIEND'S HOUSE --

GOD SAID, STEVE, I LOVE

YOU.

THIS IS NOT THE PLANS I

HAVE FOR YOUR LIFE.

Reporter: STEVE'S

BUSINESS PARTNERS BAILED

HIM OUT THE NEXT DAY AND

BROUGHT HIM TO THE CLUB TO

LET HIM COOL OFF.

I'M WALKING AROUND WITH MY

GLASS OF WHISKEY IN MY

HAND.

I'M THE BOSS MAN.

I HEAR GOD SAY SOMETHING

TO ME YOU NEVER WANT TO

HEAR GOD SAY.

GOD SAID, STEVE, IT'S NOW

OR NEVER.

I'M TIRED OF PLAYING WITH

YOU.

Reporter: HE FELL TO

HIS KNEES IN THE MIDDLE OF

THE CLUB.

SECURITY GATHERED

AROUND ME BECAUSE THEY

THOUGHT I WAS DYING.

THEY THOUGHT SURELY THIS

LIFESTYLE HAS CAUGHT UP

WITH HIM.

I WAS ON MY KNEES SAYING,

GOD, FORGIVE ME.

LET ME COME HOME.

I GOT UP, I PUSHED

EVERYBODY AWAY FROM ME.

I WENT INTO THE OFFICE OF

THAT CLUB, AND I CALLED

THE OWNER AND I SAID, MAN,

I QUIT.

AND HE STARTED LAUGHING.

AND HE SAID, WHY ARE YOU

QUITTING?

DO YOU NEED MORE MONEY?

AND I SAID, NO, MAN, I

QUIT.

I JUST GAVE MY LIFE BACK

TO JESUS.

Reporter: STEVE WAS

ABLE TO WALK AWAY FROM THE

CLUBS AND THE DRUGS, BUT

HE STILL WASN'T FREE.

THE FIRST PLACE I WENT

WHEN I WENT THERE WAS TO

THE LIQUOR STORE AND GOT

ME A BOTTLE OF JACK

DANIELS.

AND I WENT HOME AND I

PRAYED AND TOOK A SHOT OF

JACK DANIELS.

I READ MY BIBLE AND I TOOK

A SHOT.

AND I DID THAT UNTIL I

PASSED OUT.

AND I WOKE UP THE NEXT

MORNING, AND I DID THE

SAME THING.

Reporter: STEVE TRIED

EVERYTHING HE COULD TO

STOP DRINKING, INCLUDING

SEVERAL STINTS IN REHAB.

HE WAS ONLY 38, BUT HE

KNEW HE WAS DYING.

ONE DAY I WAS LOOKING

IN MY BATHROOM MIRROR, AND

I LOOKED AT MY EYES, AND I

SEEN DEATH.

I SAID, GOD, DON'T LET ME

DIE.

DON'T LET ME DIE.

I'M BACK DOING WHAT YOU

ASKED ME TO DO.

BUT I CAN'T LET GO OF THIS

WHISKEY.

I CAN'T STOP.

AND I FIGURED IT OUT, AND

I FELL ON ME KNEES.

AND I FOUND THE KEY TO

BREAKING THOSE CHAINS WAS

I SAID, GOD, I CANNOT DO

THIS WITHOUT YOU.

AND GOD BE MY WITNESS,

THERE WAS NEVER ANOTHER

DROP OF WHISKEY TOUCH MY

LIPS SINCE THAT DAY.

GOD IMMEDIATELY RELEASED

ME FROM THAT CHAIN.

HE BROKE THAT CHAIN.

Reporter: IN 2013, HE

MARRIED KELLY, AND TODAY

THEY TRAVEL THE COUNTRY

SHARING A MESSAGE OF HOPE

AND SECOND CHANCES THROUGH

STEVE'S MUSIC, JUST AS HE

PROMISED.

IT KIND OF GIVES YOU

CHILLS, TO KNOW THAT GOD

WILL USE AN OLD STRIP-CLUB

MANAGER, SOMEONE THAT

TURNED AGAINST HIM, AND

NEVER, EVER STOP LOVING

HIM.

THAT'S AN AWESOME GOD.

FINALLY SOMEONE LOVED ME

FOR WHO I WAS.

THERE IS THAT FRIEND I WAS

LOOKING FOR.

Gordon: THERE IS THE

ONE YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING

FOR.

THE STORY OF THE PRODIGAL

SON IS IN THE BIBLE FOR

YOU AND ME, TO LET US KNOW

THAT WE CAN COME HOME.

NOW, FOR STEVE, HE WENT

FAR, DIDN'T HE?

I MEAN, HE TOOK THE TALENT

THAT GOD GAVE HIM, AND

THAT GOT HIM INTO A STRIP

CLUB, AND THEN HE WENT

FURTHER INTO IT.

AND HE BECAME A MANAGER OF

IT.

AND YOU HEARD HIM SAY, HE

HAD EVERYTHING THAT THE

WORLD OFFERS.

HE HAD IT ALL.

BUT IT WASN'T ENOUGH.

AND HE HAD TO CONTINUE TO

DRINK TO FILL UP THAT

EMPTINESS INSIDE.

ST. AUGUSTINE SAID IT,

THAT GOD HAS CREATED A

GOD-SHAPED HOLE IN OUR

HEARTS.

KING SOLOMON SAID, HE HAS

PUT ETERNITY IN OUR

HEARTS.

AND THE ONLY THING THAT

CAN FILL THAT IS HIM.

AND UNTIL YOU HAVE THAT

RELATIONSHIP, UNTIL YOU

KNOW HIM, YOU'LL NEVER BE

SATISFIED.

YOU CAN'T FILL IT UP.

ONLY HE CAN.

BECAUSE WE WERE MADE TO

HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH

HIM.

NOW, MAYBE YOU'RE LIKE

STEVE.

MAYBE YOU'RE A PRODIGAL.

AND YOU MADE A COMMITMENT

TO CHRIST.

YOU PRAYED THAT PRAYER;

YOU FELT HIS PRESENCE.

AND THEN FOR WHATEVER

REASON, YOU RAN AWAY AND

YOU DECIDED TO DO YOUR OWN

THING.

WELL, THAT STORY IS FOR

YOU.

YOU CAN COME TO YOURSELF

AND REALIZE THAT HE STILL

LOVES YOU.

HE IS NOT MAD AT YOU.

ALL HE WANTS IS FOR YOU TO

BE WITH HIM FOR ALL

ETERNITY.

NOW, FOR SOME OF YOU,

MAYBE THIS IS BRAND NEW

NEWS, BUT GOD IS NOT

KEEPING A TALLY UP IN

HEAVEN.

HE IS NOT MAD AT YOU.

WHAT HE WANTS FOR YOU TO

DO IS TO TURN TO RECEIVE

HIM SO THAT HE CAN FILL

YOUR LIFE WITH GOOD

THINGS.

IF YOU WANT THIS, ALL YOU

HAVE TO DO IS ASK FOR IT.

IT'S A VERY SIMPLE PRAYER.

JESUS,COULD YOU FORGIVE

ME?

COULD YOU BRING ME HOME

AGAIN?

COULD YOU MAKE ME NEW?

COULD YOU FORGIVE ME?

IF YOU PRAYED THAT WITH

ALL OF YOUR HEART, HE'LL

ANSWER.

IF YOU NEED HELP WITH THAT

PRAYER, WE'RE HERE FOR

YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US: 1-800-700-7000.

> HERE IS A WORD FOR YOU

FROM CORINTHIANS:

"THEREFORE, IF ANYONE IS

IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW

CREATION.

OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED

AWAY."

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