Wilbur Zook went a year with unexplained back and hip pain and no lasting relief. He finally turned to the only One he knew could heal him.
- [Gordon] The Bible comesto life through archeology.
- You read it in theBible, you dig in the dirt,
and there it is.
- [Gordon] Hidden relicsof the first capital
of ancient Israel are uncovered.
- [Melissa] They tell us only 1% make it.
- [Gordon] A marriage where both spouses
survive drug addiction.
- [Melissa] That's a miracle.
Two addicts getting clean.
- [Gordon] What turned itaround for this couple.
- Everything that I haveto this day, I owe to God.
- On today's 700 Club Interactive.
Welcome to the show.
If you think science andthe Bible don't go together,
Archeologists in Israel
are verifying Biblical history every day.
Chris Mitchell takes usto a dig that's uncovering
one of the most importantsites in The Old Testament.
- You're looking at theheart of Biblical Israel,
along the route known asthe Way of the Patriarchs.
This is ancient Shiloh, theplace where the Bible says
Joshua divided the promisedland between the 12 tribes,
and where the tabernacle of the Lord stood
for more than 300 years.
- Welcome to ancient Shiloh.
This is the first capitalof ancient Israel,
and it's a sacred spotbecause the mischkan was here,
the tabernacle where peoplecame to connect with God.
- [Chris] Scott Striplingdirects the excavation here
and along with dozens of volunteers,
they're digging into history.
- We're dealing with real people,
real places, real events.
This is not mythology.
The coins that we excavated today,
we're talking aboutcoins of Herod the Great,
Pontius Pilate, Festus, Felix,
Agrippa I, Agrippa II.
The Bible talks about these people.
We've got the image right there.
- [Chris] That image includesa fortified wall built
by the Canaanites.
They're finding a treasuretrove of artifacts,
including coins and 2,000pieces of pottery a day.
- Now this one was from yesterday.
It's been washed already.
So you see the same form right
out of the ground and yesterday,
these are those handlesfrom the stone vessels.
Remember Jesus' first miracle at Cana,
there were stone jars full of water.
That's that ritual purityculture of the first century.
- [Chris] An archeologistlooks at these sherds
as a fine time piece.
- Just like your greatgrandmother's pottery is different
from your pottery that you're using today,
and once we learn the pottery,
then we can use it as ourprimary means of dating.
- [Chris] Stripling says literally digging
into the Bible can change your life.
- You can read the Bible,you can walk the Bible,
but the ultimate is to dig the Bible.
When we actually get intothe soil like these students
from Lee University, they're literally,
it's under their fingernailsand in their nose
and in their mouth and in their ears.
And they're exposing this ancient culture.
It becomes one with you and sort
of like we came out of the soil,
and as we dig into the soil,
we connect with God andeach other, I think,
in a very important way.
- I love gettin' my hands dirty.
I love diggin' in the dirt.
It's my favorite thing.
- [Chris] People from all ages man the dig
with the main drivers beingstudents like Abigail.
- It's tiring and exhausting,but it's really rewarding.
It's exciting to find ancient things,
things that have been laying in the dirt
just waiting for usfor thousands of years.
- [Chris] She says the Biblecomes alive in the dirt.
- I read the Bible totallydifferently than I did
before I came here.
When I read the Bible, I know the places.
I know what's going on.
I understand it more deeply,
especially where previousarcheologists have claimed
that the archeology disproves the Bible.
But when we dig here, wefind that everything matches.
You read it in the Bible,you dig in the dirt,
and there it is.
- Archeology doesn't set outto prove or disprove the Bible.
What we wanna do is toilluminate the Biblical text,
the background of the text.
So to set it in a real world culture,
to what we call verisimilitude.
We get an ancient literary description,
now we have materialculture that matches that.
Chris, you're sitting whereSamuel and Eli and Hannah
and these people that we have read about,
they came just like us, needing answers,
needing to connect withGod, needing forgiveness.
- [Chris] He says they dig into the past
and find lessons for the present.
- One of the faithlessons for us is that God
is the potter and we're the clay.
Even if our lives are broken,like these vessels are,
God told Jeremiah after he told him
to go to Shiloh and see what he had done,
he told him to go to the potter's house
and look at a flawed vessel and see
how the potter puts it back on the wheel
and works out the imperfections.
My faith lesson is this,that yes, we're imperfect,
but if we'll allow God,
he wants to put us on his potter's wheel
and he wants to make us a vessel of honor.
- [Chris] Stripling oftensites Psalm 102 that says,
O Zion, your servantstake delight in its stones
and favor its dust.
- Ultimately, Chris, if the Bible is true,
then the God of the Bible hasa moral claim on our lives.
And as we establish theveracity of the Biblical text,
I hope that everyone watchingwill just think about that,
that God loves us and he hasa moral claim on our lives.
- [Chris] Chris Mitchell, CBN News,
Shiloh, Biblical Samaria.
- It's amazing that everyday or every week it seems,
there's new archeologicalevidence coming out of Israel
showing the history of the Bible,
that the places described in the Bible,
the people describedin the Bible, are real.
And it's wonderful.
Well, CBN Internationalis helping teach children
in Africa about Jesus.
Recently, a Superbook team ina remote village in Senegal
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Children shared what they'velearned in their club.
They sang and danced withSuperbook character, Gizmo,
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At the end, more than half the children
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Even the chief of the village,
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And that is a wonderful thing.
Yeah, what a great thingSuperbook is doing.
You can be a part of it justby joining the Superbook club.
New research showscoffee may boost chances
for a longer life.
In a study published by thejournal of American Medicine,
it's their Internal Medicine Journal,
out of nearly half amillion British adults,
coffee drinkers had a slightly lower risk
of death over 10 years,
even for those who downat least eight cups a day.
Overall, coffee drinkers wereabout 10 to 15% less likely
to die during the decade of research.
However, and this is a big however,
study didn't includewhether if you add sugar
or cream to your coffee,does that make a difference.
So, they'll have to beanother study on that,
but if you're drinkingcoffee, have another cup.
The Bible talks aboutthe sins of the father
being passed down onto thethird and fourth generation.
As it turns out, medicalscience backs this up.
It's called epigenetics, andas Lorie Johnson explains,
it can also show us how tobreak these generational curses.
- Thanks to these new DNA home test kits,
you can learn all about yourgenes and various health issues
just by filling one ofthese tubes with saliva
and sending it to the lab.
While those results may reveal a lot,
they don't always tell the whole story.
Expert Doctor, Michael Roizenof the Cleveland Clinic,
compares epigenetics to a light switch.
Our behavior can silenceour genes or activate them.
- In which of your genes are on or not
are, to a large degree yourchoices by things you do.
Is epigenetics important?
- [Lorie] Our DNA is made up of genes.
Our behavior, such as whatwe eat, smoke, even think,
dispatch markers to the top of our DNA,
which tell our genes to turn on or off.
- So if you're stressedand not managing it,
you're going to turn certain genes
on that cause inflammation.
- [Lorie] Even pregnant mothers can affect
their babies genes, suchas those that retain fat.
- If you don't get enoughfood during pregnancy,
your body, the babies' body if you will,
says hey, I'm going tocome out to an environment
that's sparse in food.
So I'm going to turn onthe genes that allow me
to save food and be, ifyou will, very efficient.
That means that when youeat food after you're born,
you're going to gain a lot more weight.
- The reverse is also true.
Even if a female isunhealthy before pregnancy,
she can turn thingsaround for her offspring
if she adopts a healthierlifestyle while she's pregnant.
The new field ofepigenetics began in 2003,
here at Duke University.
Doctor Randy Jirtleproved DNA is not destiny
with his landmark Aguti mouse study.
The mice carried the Agutigene, causing obesity,
diabetes, and jaundice.
But when Jirtle fed pregnantfemales lots of vitamins,
her offspring ended upthin, healthy, and brown.
- I feel like we've madea contribution to science
that will be there, literally forever.
- [Lorie] Dr. Jirtle compares epigenetics
to programming a computer.
- The deterministic partin our system is the DNA.
That's the stable part.
The free will part comesin through the software
that tells that deterministicsystem how to work.
We are, in effect, aprogrammable computer.
That's how we were made.
- [Lorie] And the behavior of both parents
can alter their child's gene expression
and sometimes these changes stick.
- You can see that, in effect, what God,
I think was telling uswas that this is the way
you're made and if youmess with this system,
you're not gonna alter the genome so much
but you're gonna alteryour programs, and those,
since they're not totallyerased necessarily
from generation to generation as they go
through the egg and the sperm,
can literally give rise toproblems in the next generation
and the following and the following out
to four and five generations.
- [Lorie] As epigeneticsresearch proceeds,
scientists hope topinpoint how specific areas
of the genome are affected.
Still, one thing's for certain.
Lifestyle choices can bring out the best
or worst in our DNA, acrossmultiple generations.
- That is an amazing story and it backs up
what the Bible says.
The Bible says, the sins ofthe fathers will be visited
on the children to thethird or fourth generation.
But here's the good news.
Righteousness goes fora thousand generations.
So your behavior will changeand be a determining factor
in the generations that follow you.
That is wonderful news
and it's also very scarynews at the same time.
Up next, a husband and wifewho were married to drugs.
- I was a full on heroine addict.
- We were both shooting up.
Meth makes you not care at all.
- Only 1% of marriages make it
with both spouses drug addicted.
See how this couple beatthe odds when we come back.
Drug addiction ravaged thelives of Steve and Melissa Ray.
Steve started with pain pills
and that quickly escalated to heroine.
Melissa was hooked afterher first shot of meth.
The day they met, theywere both shooting up,
and later when they married,no one believed it would last.
- [Steve] Imagine amarriage with both spouses
surviving drug addition.
- [Melissa] They tell us only 1% make it,
and by the grace of God, we have.
- I'm Steve Ray and I know redemption.
- I'm Melissa Ray and I know hope.
I grew up in a dysfunctional family.
My dad was a raging alcoholicand he abused my mom.
They divorced when I was in sixth grade.
I started drinking,
even started doing cocainein ninth, tenth grade.
I quit high school and Igot married at 17 in Vegas
and that lasted three months.
- By the time I was 16 years old,
I was a licensed AMAprofessional motor cross racer.
It's a very technical sort.
One little mishap here,one little turn there,
can put you in grave danger.
It's a roller coaster ride andit is a parallel to my life.
I started running aroundwith different people.
Even into the mariajuana,
I noticed that it really started changing
the person that I wanted to become.
- [Narrator] In 2001,the cycle of drinking
and marriage continued for Melissa.
- I met my second husband whenI was 21, in a bar, drinking.
I had my beautiful son.
We just kept drinkingthroughout our whole marriage.
I couldn't stop in the endand it ended in a divorce
after 14 years.
- My first part of arelationship, it was adulterous.
She was married.
She divorced her husband.
We ended up together.
I knew from day one it was doomed.
A year of marriage, we were divorced.
I met my second wife.
We had a baby and she wasdropped at six months old.
It gave her brain damage andI have a disabled daughter
and I'm working for $6 an hour.
Going through that was one ofthe worst times of my life.
- The end of my second marriage,our divorce and everything,
it about killed me.
And I obviously didn't cope with it well.
My pain was so deep,
I was drinking.
I met a guy that said, "hey,you wanna do some meth?"
And I tried it and I was hooked.
- After my second marriage,I ended up with another girl,
and there was constantinfidelities on her side.
Everything just startedsnowballing out of control,
started with pain pills.
The addiction became worse.
Within four months, I wasa full blow heroine addict.
I was in and out of jail,ended up living under a bridge
and wherever I could land.
It was such a cold, dark time in my life.
I had lost all hope.
- Then I met Steve in 2007.
I found somebody stronger then I was.
- It was on the fourth of July.
Her boyfriend's brother askedme if I wanted to go party,
so we showed up and out walks Melissa.
I just was in awe ofhow beautiful she was.
- And we were both shooting up.
I felt like I lost my son,
'cause he didn't wanna talk to me.
There was nothing left to live for.
And so I just medicated.
Meth makes you not care at all.
- I was so high out of mymind, I didn't know what to do.
So I ended up in jail.
In that cell by myself,
I realized I wanted to give myself to God.
I fell to my knees and Iasked God's forgiveness.
God put a picture intomy heart of what my life
was going to turn into with Melissa.
- [Narrator] In 2010,with Steve now out of jail
and growing in his new found faith,
both he and Melissaconfronted their addictions.
- We got married and we had Stevie,
when he told me about thevision that God gave him.
So every time I would try to find drugs,
he wouldn't go with me.
I hit my rock bottom.
I begged God to please, pleasetake this addiction from me.
And he did.
The next morning, I had nocraving, nothing ever since,
and it's been almost six years.
So God is amazing.
- It was May 2010, beautiful,
sunny day and I followed my dog out,
all the way across into a cemetery.
I ended up at the statueof Jesus, fell to my knees,
cried and prayed and beggedGod to change my life.
Please take this addiction away.
Everything started coming together.
I put addiction behindme and I was moving on.
- I thank him every dayfor everything he has done
for us because that's a miracle,
two addicts gettingclean and sober together,
and staying together.
After 30 years of addiction,
I thought there was no hope for me at all.
- Everything that I have,to this day, I owe to God,
because I did not stayclean and sober two days
without God's help.
Not until I went through allthe things that I went through
and God entered my life didI ever really understand
or know what love really even meant.
- God is my everything.
He saved me from the pit of hell.
God has made me into a new person.
He's the father I neverhad and I can trust him.
I finally realized thatsomebody loves me and it's him,
our father in heaven.
I can do anything with him by my side.
- And you can realize that same thing.
You can realize, finallyrealize, that somebody loves you,
and he loves you infinitely.
And he loves you so much, hewas willing to die for you.
When you get that deep into your heart,
when you understandthat God did everything,
he came down from heaven,he lived this endless life,
so that we wouldn't have to.
He took that, he took thatas a sacrifice, on a cross,
for you and me, so that we could
be with him for all eternity.
He never intended anyone to be addicted.
He never intended anyoneto be far from him.
We're the ones that took that choice.
We're the ones that went down that path,
but he is the one that says,I can turn everything around.
I can make all things new again.
Now for Steve and Melissa,you look at their lives
and you go, there's alot of problems there.
And whether it's growing up in
an abusive environment orbeing an extreme risk taker
or you start adding it all up,
the number of relationships,the number of marriages,
the number of things that were broken.
God turned all of that around for them,
and he can do the same thing for you.
You don't have to look atlife and say it's hopeless,
there can never be anythinggood that comes out of me.
You can't go too far from him.
You can't be too dead for a resurrection.
What does it take, what doyou have to do to get this,
to get hope back into your life,
to get love back into your life?
Well, it's really simple.
You ask for it.
And just as Melissa asked for it,
just as Steve asked forit, you have to ask for it.
In that asking, thereneeds to be a surrender.
It's not by your willanymore, it's by his.
It's by his ability that you come through,
that you make it through.
If you want this, if you wanna do this,
don't change the channel.
Don't let another daygo by where you wonder,
where's the end?
How do I get out of this?
Take this step now.
You've seen the results.
You can have the same thingif you follow the same path.
And it's real simple.
All you have to do is bowyour head and pray with me,
and we'll let Jesus do all the rest.
Bow your head, close youreyes, and say, Jesus,
say it out loud.
Jesus, I come to you
and I see the things
that you've done for other people,
and Jesus, I want that for me.
I want you.
I want you in my life, in my heart.
So Jesus, I open the door,
and I ask that you come in.
I ask that you forgiveme of all the things
that I've done wrong.
I ask that you change me and make me new
and give me a new heart, a newspirit, a new understanding.
And Jesus, if you do this for me,
I want to follow youall the days of my life.
Hear my prayer.
Answer my prayer today, forI ask it in Jesus' name.
Father, for those who just prayed,
I ask for a baptism in your love.
I ask that you break anychain of addiction over them,
that you set them freefrom any compulsion now.
In Jesus' name, be withthem, encourage them now,
for I ask it in Jesus' name.
Amen and Amen.
Who the son sets free is free indeed.
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Coming up, an active senior gets sidelined
with back and hip pain.
- It took me extra time toget in and out of the car.
There's a lot of things thatyou just used to do normally
and automatically, all ofa sudden, become a problem.
- See how he finally kicksthe pain, after this.
One day, Wilbur Zook was an active senior,
had no problems getting around.
The next day, he woke upwith excruciating pain
that hindered his every movement.
For a year, Wilbur soughtmedical relief from the pain,
but nothing worked.
Then he remembered somethinghe'd seen on The 700 Club.
- [Narrator] In 2015in Kalamazoo, Michigan,
Wilbur Zook was enjoying lifeas a healthy 83 year old.
Then one day, he woke up with intense pain
in his back and hip.
- The first thought was,
I think if I take a littlepain medication, it'll go away,
because that's the way I've always lived.
It seemed like it wasalways something temporary.
- [Narrator] But the pain persisted
and Wilbur soon found himself
unable to move without using a cane.
- It was taking awaysome of my independence.
I probably couldn't do all thethings that I've always done
and so I'd have to readjustmy life to live with it.
Satan's a terrible guy.
He tries to convinceyou that this is normal,
and it's not.
- [Narrator] Wilbur startedgoing to a chiropractor,
but the pain continued to nag him.
- There's a lot of things thatyou just used to do normally
and automatically, all ofa sudden, become a problem.
It took me extra time to get out of bed.
It took me extra time toget in and out of the car.
When you're used to moving, it's not good.
- [Narrator] Wilbur decidedto try physical therapy.
There he was diagnosedwith segmental disfunction
and degeneration in his back and hip.
Though therapy helpedWilbur manage his pain,
the therapist said weekly treatments
were his only option for lasting relief.
- I may be this the rest of my life.
And I wasn't happy with that at all.
- [Narrator] It was thenthat Wilbur, a Pastor's son,
recalled something hehad learned long ago.
- Then I did remember a 700 Club program
where this guy got onthere and he explained
how God healed him.
And it was that he went through and dug
out healing scriptures and every morning,
he would pray over themand ask for healing
and then thank the Lord for this healing.
And then I said, I know God can heal me.
Why am I not going to him first?
- [Narrator] Wilbur spentthe next month meditating
on healing scriptures and believing God
for complete healing.
- By his stripes I amhealed, and I was believing.
I said, it's time to believe it.
I think I started outasking God for forgiveness
for not believing his word,
and that he would touch my heart.
- [Narrator] Then, onthe 30th day of prayer--
- I got up that morning andmy cane was still setting
beside my bed, and I couldstand up without any pain,
without the cane.
I started praising the Lord.
My hands went up in the air,
and I couldn't stop it.
It was something that God had done for me,
and I wanted to acknowledge his presence.
- [Narrator] Wilbur told everyone he could
about the goodness he experiencedin the Lord's healing.
- Where's your cane?
I said, I don't need it anymore,God healed me last night.
He said, "how'd that happen?"
And I had to tell him, you know,
that it came because I trustedGod, that his word is true.
- [Narrator] Today,Wilbur is still pain free.
He no longer needs thecane as he stays active
in his community and iseven planning his wedding
with his fiance, Trudy.
- I read healing scriptures every morning.
And that's kept mehealthy, and my doctor says
I'm the healthiest 85year old she's ever seen.
It's been a good lesson forme to learn that do everything
you can with man's ideas and stuff,
but it's really God thathas the real answers.
- And God has the answers for you,
you just have to do what Wilbur did.
If you need prayer, we're here for ya.
All you have to do is call us.
There's a verse, humbleyourselves, therefore,
under the mighty hand ofGod so at the proper time,
he may exalt you. '