Hear how one ministry is freeing the smallest victims of the opiod crisis. Plus, facing prison, one man gets a second chance.
- [Narrator] The followingprogram is sponsored by CBN.
- [Speaker] Coming up,the smallest victims
of the opioid crisis, newborn babies.
Hear how one ministry is freeing them
and their mothers from addition.
- The name of Jesus is powerful.
- [Wendy] Plus,
- A door opened for darkness.
a teenage gangster with a death wish.
- Someone's gonna kill me andthen this life will be over.
- [Wendy] And he plannedto pull the trigger.
- I'd just rather diethan to live like this.
- [Wendy] Watch what saved his life.
- I'm done with this, I'mnot doing this anymore.
- [Wendy] On today's 700 Club.
- Well welcome to the 700 Club.
You know, if you wanna knowhow the game is being played,
ladies and gentlemen, behind the scenes.
What is the game plan of the democrats,
what is the game plan of the republicans
or do they have one?
Well, the game plan of thedemocrats over the years
has been very simple,
we don't have to getinitiatives through the public
because the public won'tbuy our philosophy.
They won't vote for it.
So we can't win at the battle, ballot box
but what we can do is set up a case
in which we only need fivepeople to vote for it.
And those five on the Supreme Court
can determine the course
of the social policiesof the nation forever
and they're unassailable because
they come out of the Supreme Court.
Now if the democrats lose that
they have lost their whole lever of power
and they, that's why they're freaking out.
They won't be able to do this anymore.
And you and I will be free of that,
I mean that obnoxiousinfluence that these people
have been imposing on us allthe way up and down the line
where they've overturnedall of the initiatives
that the people want and theyforce the law of the land
to be five judges unelectedon the Supreme Court
on for life.
And suddenly, suddenly thecourt is turning conservative
and with Judge Brett Kavanaugh,a magnificent jurist,
the democrats are freakingout and tough luck.
- They are indeed aren't they and it's ...
- They really are, I mean it's a meltdown
and the media's going crazy, you know?
But that's not, you know,you've got the (mumbles).
- Well, yeah Pat, it's definitely,
it's not slowing down this nominee.
Kavanaugh began making therounds on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
Our Abigail Robertson brings us the latest
on the looming confirmation showdown.
- Judge Brett Kavanaugh
may have officially secured the nomination
but his battle to reachthe bench is far from over.
While republicans sing his praises,
- And I think that the Judge Kavanaugh
is just gonna be a goodobjective balanced judge.
many democrats alreadyplaying another tune.
They claim he'll join a decision
that takes away health insurance
for people with pre-existing conditions
or protect the President againstthe Mueller investigation.
- This is extremely dangerous.
- [Abigail] Thomas Jippingof the Heritage Foundation
tells CBN News, he doesn'texpect much serious evaluation
of Judge Kavanaugh from democrats.
- They'll pick a certain opinion
or they'll speculateabout what Judge Kavanaugh
might do on a particular issue.
This is really though about their dislike
for President Trump, that'sreally what it comes down to.
- [Abigail] Another issue the opposition
will press him on iswhether he would maintain
Roe versus Wade, which as a judge,
he shouldn't have to answer.
- They know that they'regonna be asking questions
that they can't answerand then they'll say
well he won't answer the question.
But anybody who follows this process,
I've been on judiciary committee
for about three and a half years now,
we know that those are out of bounds
for any nominee to answer.
- [Abigail] Senator Ben Sasse
praised Kavanaugh'sstrong credentials adding
that something is clearly broken
in our republic when there is already
this much protest over him.
- Well they had signsprinted out for all four
of the different peoplethat might have been picked
so that they could havetheir mad libs protest.
Use your sharpy and fillin who the devil's gonna be
that's gonna supposedly end the world
before the person's even been picked.
- [Abigail] Sasse saysstrong politicization
of Supreme Court nomineesdeeply concerns him.
- The democrats who areparticipating in the charade
know that this is bad for the republic
but they've just sopoliticized the process
that they can't get out of the cycle.
- [Abigail] Since SenatorJohn McCain's health
is keeping him in Arizona,one republican vote
against Kavanaugh couldkill the nomination.
The GOP is praying for unitywhile hoping to see support
from a few red state democrats.
- I think the President'smade a great appointment,
a great nomination.
- Despite the long road ahead,
Leader McConnell feels confident
they'll have Kavanaugh confirmed
before the midterm elections.
Reporting from Capitol Hill,Abigail Robertson CBN News.
- Well our Jay Sekulow
of the American Center for Law and Justice
on this program yesterday said
I'll tell you how I'll predict on August 1
he will be the next Supreme Court Judge
and I think that's true.
It looks like SusanCollins and Lisa Murkowski
are going in line, they'regonna be voting for him
and I don't know if JohnMcCain is in such a condition
that he could fly fromArizona to Washington
to one vote he has that glioblastoma,
that brain cancer which is fatal
but he's still got hiswhits about him and he ...
- You have to be present,you have to be ...
- Come into the Senate.- You have to be, yeah.
- You absolutely be able to,they've hauled people in on
in wheelchairs and in stretchers
to vote.- Wow.
So, I mean, it's not unusually
that you get somebody like that.
But if it's life threatening,
there's now way they're gonna do it.
But nevertheless, Jaysaid they're gonna do it
and I think if you'vegot Collins and Murkowski
on board, I think the restof the Senate will line up
and then you've got twoor three of these ...
- Red state democrats.
Red state democrats, JoeManchin, particularly,
I think he voted for Kavanaugh.
- More of West Virginia.
- Yay, go West ...
Well I think that they'll go and they'll
there Heidi Hietkamp and various ones,
they're gonna be on board
because they don't wanna rub,
this man is so extraordinarily qualified.
You know, the democrats used to say,
well, he's out of the main stream.
Well, you've a candidate now,
he was appointed to thefaculty of Harvard Law School
by Elena Kagan who nowsits on the Supreme Court.
She was dean then of the school.
And he teaches law at Harvard,
he teaches law at Yale, heteaches law at Georgetown
now you say that's not mainstream.
I mean, the whole thing,
this guy is so well qualified, he's ...
- You can argue that thoseare almost liberal schools,
you know.- Exactly, well, I'm a product
of one of those schoolsand I know how it is.
- But he came on and thePresident introduced him,
he was so likable and hetalked about coaching soccer
and all these like, down to earth things
and he just, he was soincredibly well-rounded, he's ...
- That's right.
- He's pretty much the perfect candidate.
- Well, he's the candidate,I mean just like the one
they put in before,
I mean these guys arejust so well qualified
that you have to be anabsolute fanatic on the left
to oppose somebody ofthose qualifications.
But he's as Jay saidand I think he's right,
republicans are gonna line up
and they can probably pulloff two or three democrats
to bolster their ranks but
they might, you could charter a plane,
fly McCain into Washington
if you had to bring him in a wheelchair
into the Senate chamber to make the vote,
they'll do it.- Wow.
- I don't that would jeopardize his life
and I think he wouldprobably like to do it.
So we'll see about that
but the Vice Presidentwill of course, is there
to make the, if there's a tie,
he can break the tieand vote for Kavanaugh.
Well, senate democrats aren'tthe only ones panicking
over (laughs) Judge Brent Kavanaugh.
The media's having a meltdown.
Charlene Aaron has thatstory and more from CBN News.
- That's right Pat,while most conservatives
are supporting President Trump's pick
many liberals arevoicing their disapproval
and that includes somemembers of the media.
CBN's Jenna Browder hasthe story from Washington.
- Ho, ho, Kavanaugh must not go.
- [Jenna] From the Supreme Court,
- No justice, no peace,no family, no peace.
to Trump Tower, protestors railed against
Brent Kavanaugh's nomination Monday night.
- You should (mumbles)we have to fight back,
to speak out, to nevergive up, to never give in!
And it wasn't just democratsand liberal activists,
the media research center is calling bias
on some members of the main stream media.
- You had Anita Totenberg on NPR,
who's supposed to be a correspondent
for that publicly subsidized radio network
saying that she thought that
whoever Trump picked was gonnalead to the end of the world
as we know it.
You know, that's hyperbole,that is way outside
the role of a correspondent.
- That's Kavanaugh on the record
saying there should be noindictment of a sitting president.
- [Jenna] And on MSNBC that night,
Rich Noyes says there wereno conservative guests.
- From eight o'clock until midnight,
the only guests that had a point of view
were liberal activist groups,
democratic elected politicians,
opponents of Brent Kavanaugh.
- [Jenna] Protests at the Supreme Court
were so disruptive one Fox News anchor
decided not to do her show there.
We did have it planned tohave our show out there live,
it got so volatile at points,
we ultimately didn't feellike it would be safe
to do an hour of livetelevision out there.
- [Jenna] Noyse says ithasn't always been like this.
- We went back and lookedat how they covered
the nominations of liberal court nominees
such as Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan,
you didn't have this tremendous labeling
of them as liberals or left wing.
- Of course, people areconcerned about what this means
for a woman's right tochoose about Roe v. Wade.
- [Jenna] And he doesn'tsee it getting better
- It's a meltdown they haven'thad since the last meltdown
and they're gonna have anothermeltdown in the coming days.
I mean, they had a meltdown
just two or three weeksago over immigration,
now they're in meltdown over this.
- [Jenna] In Washington,Jenna Browder, CBN News.
- Thank you, you know,ladies and gentlemen,
you know, when they did Roe versus Wade,
it was called Blackmun's abortion,
it was so poorly researched.
One of the professor at Regent University
is writing a book that'sbrilliantly researched
about Roe versus Wade, about all the stuff
that went on behind the scenes
and it was a complete put up job.
It is an amazing way thatthey distorted the facts
and distorted the plaintiff,distorted what was happening,
the whole thing was merelyconceived by the ACLU
to get a case before the court
that would go along withpermitting abortion on demand.
But even that now people arein this country are saying
look, we've slaughtered 55,60 million unborn babies
and we've had enough andwhen science is showing
the fetal heartbeats and allthe things that are going on
with the unborn babies
and mothers are beginningwith ultrasound that say,
well we just don't wannamurder our children.
And so the population is turning against
this question of abortion on demand.
And whether Roe versusWade is reversed or not,
the states are one byone beginning to vote
restrictions on the unlimited abortion
that we've been seeing in this country.
So, it's going to be restrictedwhether they like it or not.
But Roe was a bad case,it was badly decided,
it was strictly a put up job
and everything about it is phony
and their reasoning is beyond belief bad.
And as I say it was calledBlackmun's abortion.
But there again is a republican president
putting in what he considereda republican judge,
Harry Blackmun and he wrote thedecision in Roe versus Wade.
So the nice thing that these candidates
that the President has had,
every one of them is a superb jurist
who sticks to theConstitution and the role,
the appropriate role of the judge.
And it's marvelous to see
that one of the President's picking,
he's got the FederalistSociety vetting these judges
and everyone of them is very competent.
- Pat, President Trump iscalling out NATO nations
for not paying their bills.
The President is in Brusselsfor the annual NATO summit
and sent a strong messagebefore the meeting began.
- We're protecting Germany,we're protecting France,
we're protecting everybody
and yet we're paying alot of money to protect.
Germany is a captive of Russia.
- [Charlene] He singled outGermany for paying Russia
hundreds of millions of dollars for energy
but not investing morein defense spending.
America is one of only six NATO nations
that's living up to their pledge
to spend at least 2% of theirGDP on defense spending.
In 2017, the U.S. paid more to NATO
than Germany, France, Italy,Spain and the U.K. combined.
- Well you know, if NATOreally comes forward,
it'll have a bigger GDP thanRussia or any other nation,
certainly than China.
So if these two percentscome in from all of them,
but I read in the, yesterday,that the German soldiers
are drilling with wooden rifles
because they can't have,even afford small arms,
that their helicopters don't work,
their planes don't fly, theirsubmarines aren't functioning
and it's really a mess.
But the reason for NATO was born
against the expansion of the Soviet Union.
And if Vladimir Putin knows that NATO
is really together and reallyserious about law arming,
his expansion concepts will be shattered
and it will be a real good thing.
So President, I just hopethe President doesn't try
to tear that alliance apart 'cause NATO
has been an extraordinarilyvirable bow work
against the expansion of the Soviet Union.
- Trade tensions betweenthe U.S. and China continue
as the Trump administration is preparing
to put tariffs on another$200 billion worth
of Chinese imports.
The administration said that tariffs
are a response to China's decision
to retaliate against the first round
of U.S. tariffs.
The Chinese government said
it will take firm and forceful measures
to counter this new tariff threat.
The news rattled Asian markets
and drove down U.S. stock futures.
Well nearly 2,000 tourists had to evacuate
after a fire erupted nearthe Griffith Observatory
in Las Angeles.
The blaze burned a total of 25 acres
before firefighterscontained it Tuesday evening.
Fire officials say nostructures were threatened
but flames left multiplevehicles damaged or destroyed.
And more than a dozen firesare consuming tens of thousands
of acres throughout the golden state
as Heather Sells reports, fighting fires
has now become a full-timejob in California.
And what was known as fireseason no longer exists.
- California fire fightershave a new normal,
it's focusing on the fire risk year around
and not just during fire season.
- I think we're very prepared
but there's no where else in the nation
that burns like California.
- [Heather] The golden statehas become the burning state,
ground zero for wildfires.
Insurance estimates show halfof the more than four million
U.S. homes at high orextreme risk of wildfire
are in California.
And wildfires are gettingworse in both size and scope.
What's driving it?
For starters, California's vegetation,
plus cool, moist wintersfollowed by longer,
hotter and dryer summers.
It's a recipe for worldclass fire conditions.
An extended drought combined
with bark beetle infestation
has killed off 129 million trees.
Those dead, dry trees representan instant fire hazard.
Fire officials say manycommunities can go up in minutes.
Just last October, firesin the wine country
that destroyed thousands of homes
and killed 15 people were started mainly
by trees falling on power lines.
Cal Fire wants the publiceven those in urban areas
to be aware and ready toevacuate when conditions warrant.
- When the fire fighters arespending in the first 12 hours
going in and just evacuating people
and not fighting fire, thatshould be a clue to the public
that hey, the fire service professionals
can't even start fighting fire
because they need to getpeople out of harm's way.
That's how bad it is right now.
- [Heather] Home ownerscan also take simple steps
like clearing brush from their homes,
not only to protect their own property
but their communities as well.
Reporting in Sacramento,Heather Sells, CBN News.
- Back to you Pat.
- Thanks Heather thatwas an excellent report.
You know, the SpanishCalifornia means hot coast.
- Yeah, that's right.
- Cali ...
- Yeah, like (foreign language) means hot.
- (foreign language) yeah and the,
it's always been known as a hot area.
But if there's any truth tothis matter of global warming,
I guess Jerry Brown is sayingit's hitting us in California
but this is an importantpart of our economy
and there's really not a wholelot they can do about it.
But his father set upreservoirs to capture water
so that they would havewater in times of crisis.
And unfortunately Jerry Junior decided
they didn't need themand they cut the budget
on some of those and didaway with those reservoirs,
there were a lot of them.
But they have had a water crisis
and it's really a shamebecause the California economy
is so important to theUnited States of America.
So all I can say now is wereally need to pray for them.
But it, this is a terriblesituation for those
who are living under that fire danger.
And all Americans should be concerned,
it's not just California, the whole nation
should be concerned about this crisis.
And we've got another crisisthat Wendy did a report on.
- Yes, up next as theopioid epidemic sweeps
through middle America, onegroup is working to protect
it's innocent victims.
- While his stomach wasgiving him a hard time,
I was just whispering thename of Jesus in his ear.
- [Wendy] Hear how these AngelArms are breaking the cycle
of addiction andgenerational curses as well.
- Every 30 minutes, justcount them, every 30 minutes,
a baby is born in thiscountry addicted to drugs
because that baby's motherhad been hooked on opioids.
One ministry called Angel Arms is working
to save the youngestgeneration from this scourge
and our health reporterLorie Johnson show us
how you are helping boththe babies and their mothers
make it through thosecritical days after birth.
- [Lorrie] Each day hospitalworkers deal with babies born
addicted to opioids.
- They often are very, very unconsolable
is probable the best way to describe it.
- [Lorie] It can take around two weeks
to ween these tiny victims off the drug.
Then hospitals discharge the babies
even though they stillfeel the after effects.
- Most of the time the babiesstill go home with mom.
- [Lorie] Provided shepromises to stay clean.
- A new mom who's withdrawing taking care
of a difficult babywho's also withdrawing,
too often breaks under the pressure
and falls into a dangerous relapse.
- I believe unless thepeople of faith stands up,
the opioid crisis is gonnacontinue to overtake us.
- [Lorie] That's why Christiancounselor Dawn Hennessey
started Angel Arms, a ministry
helping both moms and babiesrecovering from addiction.
- I believe, honestly, thatGod has called the people,
his kingdom people to save the lost,
the broken, the orphans, the widows.
- [Lorie] Here at Angel Arms,these volunteers snugglers
focus on the little victims.
- We love them, we do pray for them
and sometimes they justneed held really tight
when they're shaky, belly aches,
coughing, spitting up a lot.
- [Lorie] Thanks to medicaltraining and help from above,
they can help with theextreme agitation suffered
by the babies.
- Well today, while his stomachwas giving him a hard time,
I was just whispering thename of Jesus in his ear
and yeah, I do pray overthem while I'm holding them.
But the name of Jesus is powerful.
- [Lorie] Snugglers also give mom a break
so other volunteers can focus on her.
- There's a lot of help,there's a lot of people
I worked with that havecome out to recovery now
and there's a lot of childrenthat we've been able to help.
- [Lorie] Kathy Shively'saddiction began as many do
trying to ease the pain.
I have three dental implants,
so the pain from the dental implants
caused me to be prescribedlots of pain medication.
So opiates became an addiction.
- [Lorrie] She brings little Connor here
because these snugglers soothehim in a way no one else can.
- It's overwhelming forfamily to watch an NAS baby
because there are timeswhen he's just so fussy
and there's nothing that they can do.
I've had to leave jobs and come home.
- [Lorie] In addition to child care,
Angel Arms provides free baby supplies,
helps moms find housing
and pursues anything thatwill promote stability.
- And I really felt trapped
and I think that the heroin addiction
that's a good description of it,
you just feel trapped andyou can't get out, you know,
until you come, you have somebody
come along your side to help you.
- [Lorie] In order forher child to receive care
at Angels Arms, mom must get
regular Christian counseling here.
- What I tell my staffis you need to see them
through the eyes of Jesus asbroken people that need love.
So we've actually experienced
whole families coming to know Jesus
just because of a little baby.
- When I come here itbrings me encouragement.
If I need to cry, theyhear me cry. (sobbing)
If I need to know what the next step is,
they guide me in the next step.
- [Lorie] Angel Arms never charges a fee
because outside donorshelp fund the ministry.
- We just rely on what God gives us
and so far it's worked. (laughs)
- [Lorie] And as itgrows so does the need.
- We have police officers calling us.
We have people, we have drugcourt here in Pennsylvania,
so we have judges calling us,attorneys, social workers.
We have people from West Virginia,
Ohio, Maryland calling us.
- [Lorie] Fortunately other faith groups
are calling as well.
- I do tell churchesbefore we work with them,
are you ready for the least of these
to come into your congregation?
And are you ready to put your arms
around them and love them?
- And Hennessey plans to expand
because she knows help is needed
beyond regular working hours.
This large home was donated to Angel Arms.
Once it's renovated it will beused as a residential program
where people can stay overnight for weeks at a time.
They're praying God willprovide the resources
for the big renovation.
So while the opioid epidemic rages on
ministries like Angel Arms work to break
the generational curse of addiction.
Lorie Johnson, CBN News.
- Well, you can learn moreabout Angel Arms Ministry
at our website cbnnews.com.
And I might add, youknow, this isn't heroin,
it's not cocaine as much aswe're dealing with opioids
and these pain killersare being prescribed,
they're being pushed out byseveral of the drug companies
unbelievable an outpouringof these terrible things.
You know, you've gothydrocodone and Oxycontin
and these other onesand they're all legal.
I mean, you know, peopletake them for pain
because they're hurting andthen they get addicted to them
and , you know it's ...
- But there's been such an outcry
and all these investigations now
and lawsuits- That's right.
so you wonder if they're stilldoing it, the way they were.
- Well, they are, you know, 60Minutes did a fabulous expose
on it and the fact thatCongress had passed legislation
that prohibited the drugadministration from,
you know, taking legal actionagainst these companies
but there are two or three really big ones
that were just pouring outthese drugs and in little towns.
You're from West Virginia,little town in West Virginia,
they have ...
- Big problem in WestVirginia, big problem there.
- There is.
- Huge and they're taking iton with a lot of lawsuits.
- Well what was the problem, the
just what I'm talking about?
- Same thing, just, youknow, people getting addicted
and it being so availableand being prescribed
and just became an epidemic.
- Well, if you've got apain and you're hurting
and you've got a pill that you can take,
it's so easy to pop a couple of pills
and then you take a couple more
and then you've gotta have the pills
and then on it.- Gotta have it.
- Oh man, well ladies and gentlemen,
this is a problem that is facing America,
especially it's in West Virginia,
it's in Ohio, it's inthis part of the country
and Maryland and so forth.
But I think it's spreadingall across the nation
and it's just terrible.
These so-called legitimate drug companies
are pouring these narcoticsinto these communities
and we have to do somethingto stop it, alright.
- Amen, well up next, the gang member
who was tired of being shot at by others,
so he resolved to shoot himself.
- My parents didn't care,my sisters didn't care,
brothers, uncles, no one,that's where I was at.
It's like I'd just ratherdie than to live like this.
- [Wendy] Find out whatstopped this Suicide
when we come back.
- Well we're so happy you're with us,
this is the 700 Club in case you missed it
and I'm here with Wendy and oh,
we've got some interestingthings coming up.
But right now I wannatell you about a man,
Damien Jackson who'smother was in the mafia.
And before long Damienwas in a gang of his own.
And because of the ever present threats
from cops or drugs or rivals,
Damien felt his days were short.
So he came up with a plan.
Since the gang life was gonna kill him,
he wanted to do it himself.
- I remember literally,everyday after school
when I would walk up to the door
and turn the doorknob,I would literally sigh
every day before.
I would open, it's just okay.
What am I gonna walk into.
- [Speaker] Things were much different now
for Damien Jackson, his familyhad lived well in Miami,
a lifestyle paid for by hismom's job with the mafia.
But when she started feelingpressured by the police,
they fled to a poorneighborhood in Georgia
when Damien was seven.
- I didn't see my dad around
unless he was at home beating us.
I wanna talk to mom, nobut she's there drunk,
she's there poppingPercocets and pain pills.
She'd say I hate you,I wish I never had you.
I should have just shovedyou back up inside of me
when you came out, you should have died.
- [Speaker] His senseof worth diminishing,
Damien started getting into fights,
taking his anger out on others.
- I felt kind of like, I wasimposing my will on them,
it's like now they feel pain.
I'm not nothing, I can beat this person,
I can beat that person.
- [Speaker] He alsostarted smoking marijuana.
- Get high, stay high andjust don't think about life.
I didn't like to sit back
and think how messed up my family was.
- [Speaker] Then whenDamien was a teenager,
his father announced he was gay
and no longer wanted a family.
Damien's mother took the kidsand moved in with another man
but he didn't want a family either.
- She would be so nasty, shewould complain about everything
until one day he said to my mom,
I'm sick of this, I don't want them here.
You have a choice,either they go or you go.
And my mom she justlowered her head and said,
sorry you all have to go.
A door opened for darkness and I just went
and said, I'm unloved,no one cares about me,
so I'm gonna keep going until I die.
Someone's gonna kill me andthen this life will be over.
- [Speaker] Forced to live on the streets,
Damien dropped out of schooland started selling drugs.
He also joined a gang that at first
felt like the family he never had.
- You laugh, you gethigh, you drink, you rap,
you make jokes, you go toparties, you talk together
but then when the otherside of it comes in
is when you start to realize,you know, this is serious.
When you're getting shot at,
when people are trying to kill you.
I was actually sure my entire life
that I would die before 18.
- [Speaker] At one point hedecided it would be better
if he took a handgun and did it himself.
But someone walked in beforehe could pull the trigger.
- My parents didn't care,my sisters didn't care,
brothers, uncles, no one.
That's where I was at, it'slike it was a day to day,
I'd just rather diethan to live like this.
- [Speaker] After twoyears living on the street,
Damien was arrested and found guilty
for attacking an undercover cop.
At 16 years old and facingfive years in prison,
he asked for help from someonehe had reached out to before.
- And I always saidthat little quick like,
oh God help me get outof here kind of thing.
But I think this time, sincerely,
the difference was I had had enough
and I said Lord, if youare real help me this time
because I need to see a sign,
if you get me out of here,that's gonna be my sign to me
that you are real and I promiseyou, I'm gonna do my part.
- [Speaker] Then insteadof pushing for jail time,
prosecution recommendedDamien be put on probation.
The judge agreed and ordered Damien
to go live with his father.
- That was the first timeI saw God work in my favor.
I'm like okay, I think this is my miracle.
- [Speaker] Away from the gang and drugs,
Damien bought a Bible and started reading
but he still felt something was missing.
- I said how can Godaccept me and forgive me
after everything I've done?
I knew that maybe I had a chance
but it's like an inner battle.
When he helped me get out of jail,
I knew okay, this had to be God
but that didn't make mefeel like okay, I'm forgiven
and I'm saved, I'm welcomed.
I still wrestled everydaywith the things I've done.
- [Speaker] At church, apastor started teaching him
about God's love and forgiveness
but even then he found it hard to accept.
- Every week I would ask him man,
because it's like I wasn't believing that
he had accepted me yetand that I was really his.
I realized I couldn't just expect
for everything toautomatically feel perfect,
I had to believe, I had tobelieve that he forgave me.
That was when I said, GodI'm no longer in this game,
I'm done with this, I am notdoing this anymore, I'm yours.
And I want more of you andless of me from now on.
And I'm gonna pursue you andI'm gonna get closer to you
and I wanna bring you to this whole world.
- [Speaker] Havingaccepted God's forgiveness,
Damien was able to forgivehis parents and himself
for his past life.
At 21, he became a pastor in order
to fulfill his promise to God.
- I don't look at the world and say,
oh this person's so bad,they're so evil, they're so this
but if they had God in their life,
then they could change.
See God didn't look atme the way people did.
They saw a criminal, a gangbanger, a thug, a dangerous guy.
God looked at me and sawa hurt child, a hurt soul.
I had to find my peaceand my happiness in Jesus.
I had to realize that his love is enough.
- You know, people are looking for love,
children are looking for love,
teenagers are looking for love.
People really want someone to love them.
You know, there's a song,
You're Nobody Until SomebodyLoves You, it's true.
You need to have love and you know,
there's so many loveless families,
there are husbands and wiveswho don't love each other.
There are parents whodon't love their children
and children don't love each other.
I mean, it's really bad.
And yet, Damien found the answer,
he realized nobody really loved him.
His own parents, his mother,
can you imagine, I wish I'djust shoved you back up in the
my body when you startedcoming out, I hate you.
Can you imagine a childhaving to live with that?
Can you imagine whatgoes on in a little boy
when his father walks out on him,
his mother's working in the mafia?
I mean, what kind of a background is that?
But so many children are that way.
You know, we talk aboutopioids and all the rest of it,
today our children are so vulnerable.
And some of you in thisaudience right now,
you're looking for love,you say nobody loves me.
Well, I tell you what, God lovesyou so much he died for you
and if you were the onlyperson in the world,
get this, if you were the onlyperson in the whole world,
Jesus Christ wouldstill have died for you.
Because you are special,
one soul is worth morethan the whole universe.
One human being and youare precious in God's sight
and in his eyes and he loves you.
And if you want to know real love,
all you have to do is do whatDamien did surrender yourself
to the one who really loves you.
And there's no taking back his love,
he's already proved it,he already died for you.
He died once that you might live forever.
And he's not gonna go back up on the cross
and do it all over again,he's not gonna take it back.
He's done it, he said I love you
and will you accept my love?
And today I'm offeringyou as his representative
the love of God and all Iask you to do is to accept it
and pray with me.
You wanna give up yourhatred and your bitterness
and your rejection and all the rest of it.
Well, if you do justpray with me right now.
Pray these words, mean them in your heart
but pray them silently or outloud, however you wanna do it.
But these words, I willlead you in prayer,
you can pray with me.
Jesus, that's right, Jesus, I am a sinner
and I haven't felt loved andI felt like nobody loves me.
But Lord I know that you love me,
you love me so much you died for me
and right now I want you toknow I receive your love.
I accept it in my heartand I ask you to come now
and be my savior, be the lover of my life
and be my Lord and fromthis moment on I am yours.
Thank you Lord that'syou've heard my prayer
and thank you that you'vecome into my heart.
Now I wanna pray with you,
Father for those who prayed,
let this spirit of God comeinto their lives right now,
in Jesus' name amen.
And where ever you are,if you prayed with me,
I wanna do something to help you
because you need to get started
and you need to confess what you've done,
you've just made a decisionand I want you to confess it.
Now I have a CD, it's a compact disc,
it's about 73 minutesof very intense teaching
about what you just did.
If anybody's in Christ,he's a new creation.
I'll give this to youfree as my gift to you
and also with it is a little packet.
It's got the scriptures on that thing,
it's a little booklet,
it's got all these wonderful scriptures
about what do you do ifyou sin, what if you fall,
what about the Lord receiving you back
and what about being filledwith the Holy Spirit.
All this wonderful stuffis right here for you.
I ask you to pick up the phone and call,
if you prayed with me, saylook, I just prayed with Pat.
1-800, toll free number,
it's easy to remember,700-7000, 700-7000, 700-7000.
And if you're out of the area,
you can dial a one, you candial 800 and it's toll free.
So, call right now and giveus the good news, okay?
- Thanks Pat, well still aheadwe comb through our inbox
for your questions and now it'stime for you to get answers.
Jeff asked why do some peoplesuffer more than others?
Pat weighs in on this and so much more,
so don't go away.
- Welcome back to the 700 Club.
The parents of the 12Thai boys who were rescued
from a flooded cave arethanking people everywhere
for their prayers and support.
One of the recently freedboys attends a youth center
run by Compassion, aChristina ministry designated
to pull children out of poverty.
Amazingly one of the rescuers attended
this same youth center
and was among the first toreport the boys missing.
Local church partners met continuously
to pray for the childrenthrough out the ordeal.
Rescuers even used the church facility
as a base of operation for their search.
Well a number of immigrantchildren are reunited
with their parents today
but many others remain in U.S. custody
as federal officials dismisseda deadline to reunite them.
A judge in San Diego set a 14 day deadline
to reunite children under fiveyears old with their parents
after they were forcibly separated
when their parents crossed
the U.S., Mexico border illegally.
Immigration lawyers say reuniting families
is proving difficult, otherssay the Trump administration's
zero tolerance policy isn'tdeterring more families
from crossing the borderillegally with their children.
And you can always getthe latest from CBN News
by going to our website at cbnnews.com.
Pat and Wendy are backwith more of the 700 Club
right after this.
- In one Honduran village,clean water is non-existence.
And the families who live there are forced
to drink the same pollutedwater as their animals.
- [Speaker] Even when thetemperatures reach 100 degrees
inside their temporaryclassroom, eight year old Ariella
and her classmates stillhave to attend school.
- [Interpreter] It wasso hot at our school
that I couldn't even study.
- [Speaker] The walls are madeof black plastic sheeting.
It's the only materialthe community could afford
in this extremelyimpoverished area of Honduras.
- [Interpreter] Ourclasses our supposed to go
from eight till three butwe can't stand the heat,
I have to send them home early.
- [Speaker] To make matters worse,
the school has no clean water
so they have to get it from this pond
that's polluted with bothhuman and animal waste.
So Operation Blessing provided some help.
First we built thechildren a brand new school
using concrete blocks with windows
that stretch across two entirewalls to provide ventilation.
- [Interpreter] This school is much better
than the other one and heatdoesn't bother us anymore.
- [Speaker] Next we discovered
an underground mountainspring near the village,
we then ran a pipe from it toa 5,000 gallon holding tank
that we also built.
Finally we ran pipes toeach home and the school
so that everyone has cleanwater to use for drinking,
cooking and bathing.
- [Interpreter] Now we havefresh, clean water at home
and my little girl doesnot get sick anymore.
- [Speaker] And ofcourse, the kids at school
are glad they have clean water too.
- [Interpreter] Thanks Operation Blessing
because you build our schooland brought clean water to us.
- Wow, can you imaginenot having clean water
and having to drink where theanimals go to the bathroom
or being in a school that was so hot
that you couldn't even study.
Well, if you're a CBN partner,
you solved both of those problems
and those young kidswill be forever grateful
and their lives changed forever.
If you would like to beapart of what we're doing
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When you do that we have aspecial gift for you right now,
it's Pat's new teaching onAngels, I love this DVD.
It's the angel's power theirpurpose and their presence
in your life.
The Bible talks aboutangels many, many times
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We have a viewer, Pat,that's already seen angels,
Alan from Wrightwood, California.
He says the Angels DVDwas not only intense
but very powerful.
Alan, thanks for lettingus know that you liked it.
It was intense indeed.
- Guess what, it's time for email.
- Let's go for it,
let's go for it alright.- Alright, let's start
with this one from Jeff, he says hello.
Hello Jeff, would you explainabout the suffering of people
as some people suffer very little, if any,
and some people sufferall their life, Pat.
- You know it's hard tosay why do people suffer.
I think that's been aquestion throughout the ages,
why is there suffering,why do good things happen,
I mean bad things happen togood people and all this,
they're philosophical questions.
You know, but I want youto know some suffering
is caused by the way you live.
Your lifestyle can cause allkinds of disease and suffering.
Your mental attitude an cause suffering.
The Bible says a merry heartdoeth good like medicine.
So if you're happy, if you'rejoyful, if you, you know,
praise God for what'sgoing on in your life,
if you get out of those problems.
So it's true, why does somepeople have those problems?
Well, a lot of it, asI say is self inflicted
and I think there'ssomething about our mind,
you know, we project AM and FMradio waves out of our brains
and I think that, you know,
a man can eat good bythe fruit of his lips,
you eat good by what you say.
I am more than conquerorthrough Christ that loves me,
I am more than conquerorthrough him that loves me.
And I can do all things throughChrist that strengthens me.
If we continue to reaffirm things,
we'll find that our life
around us begins to change, alright.
- Amen, alright, Joe says,I'd like to know your opinion
about street preacherswho stand in the street
and yell at people thatthey're going to hell.
Some even stand in frontof certain churches
and tell people that go therethat they will go to hell.
They even tell young mento cut their hair short
if it's too long.
This doesn't sound likepreaching the truth in love.
What do you think?
- Well, I think you're absolutely right,
these guys are screwballs and they,
I mean, you know, it's a free country
and that's the problem,people can get on it
and shout about anything.
And you see these angryconfrontations, you know,
between skin heads and these others.
And I mean, it's a shame,it's a free country,
you can't put them in jail.
But I guess if they'reinciting riots and things
maybe you can restrain them from doing it.
You know the Supreme Court talked about
shouted fire in a crowded theater.
That's wrong, (laughs) but most of that,
I mean we've got freedom andwhat do I think about it?
I think it's an absolute disgrace.
I think these people are not serving God,
they're serving themselves
and they may have some emotional problem
or they may have some screw lose.
But nevertheless, I don't agree with it.
It's not the way you win somebody.
You win somebody withgentleness, with love,
with compassion, withunderstanding and so forth.
You don't win anybody to anything
by yelling at them, alright.
- Amen alright, Maimie saysPat, you mentioned on the show
that you'd had a total knee replacement.
How long does one wait onGod to heal miraculously
before accepting God isn'tgoing to miraculously heal
and go ahead and have the surgery?
I've been told I need atotal knee replacement.
- Well, I had a partial knee replacement
but there's a man in Chicago,Dr. Burger who is a genius,
he went to MIT as well as medical school.
He came up with a kneereplacement and I had mine done.
It gets so to the pointwhere you can't walk,
about how long you have to be
if every step is in agony,it's time to get it fixed.
And Dr. Burger, I was walkingup steps about 30 minutes
after the surgery, I rode ahorse seven days after surgery.
- Oh wow.
- 30, did you say 30minutes after surgery?
- Right, I was walking up steps.
- As soon as he got me- That's the kind of surgery
from bed.I'd like that.
- Yeah but I mean, it's, wehad a camera crew in there
and they had the, youknow, they took a saw,
you could see the saw,
they cut out the arthritisthat was in there, they put ...
- So maybe in this case thesurgery was the miracle.
- Well, of course it was but,- Yeah.
you ask me, it's when youget so bad you can't move,
it's time to get on with it
but make sure you get somebodythat knows what they're doing
'cause they can ruin your knee as well.
Well, we leave you withtoday with our Power Minute
from Psalm 20, "May he grant you according
to your heart's desire andfulfill all your purpose."
Well for Wendy and all ofus, this is Pat Robertson,
thank you so much for being with us.
And we'll take you on anaircraft carrier tomorrow.
We'll see you then, bye bye.