Author Lisa Terkeurst shares the source of unexpected strength in the face of lifeâ€™s disappointments. Plus, 14 years of pain comes to an end at a prayer meeting for one longsuffering mom.
- [Announcer] The followingprogram is sponsored by CBN.
- [Narrator] Coming up,
a former gang leader turned MMA fighter.
- We had almost like 300 members,
and the Feds was investigating us.
- [Narrator] Who returned tothe streets as a brand new man.
- [Rene Martinez] If I didn't surrender,
I felt like I was gonna die.
- [Narrator] Then, a mom whoendured 91 hours of labor
and then 14 years of constant pain.
- All my organs arecollapsed and falling out.
That was the feeling I had.
- [Narrator] Watch her getthe healing she waited for.
Plus, Lysa Terkeurst onlife's disappointments.
- We've all experienced our fair share of
things not turning out the waythat we thought they would.
- [Narrator] And the unexpected strength,
today on The 700 Club.
- Well, welcome to The 700 Club.
Israel is on alert.
Its military is targeting secrettunnels under its borders,
especially the onescoming in from Lebanon.
Prime Minister BenjaminNetanyahu says Hezbollah
was planning on using these tunnels
to launch raids on the Jewish State.
- Meanwhile, the IDF continues to expose
and destroy these terror tunnels.
CBN's Chris Mitchell has this look
inside the operation to terminatethese underground threats.
- [Chris Mitchell] Theseare Hezbollah operatives
making their way through an attack tunnel
that begins in Lebanon andcontinues inside Israel.
The IDF distributed the footage
showing the men approachinga hidden IDF camera,
an explosion, and the men running away.
- These cross-border terror tunnels
were built by Hezbollahwith direct support
and funding from Iran.
They were built with one purpose in mind,
to attack and murder innocent Israeli
men, women and children.
This is a grave violationof Israel's sovereignty.
- [Chris Mitchell] According to the IDF,
this tunnel begins in theLebanese village of Kafr Kila.
It's about 650 feet long,
including about 120 feet inside Israel,
and is about 80 feet deep.
This IDF graphic shows howthe tunnel crosses the border.
Israel announced it hadbegun what its calling
Operation Northern Shield on Tuesday,
and went into action to expose the tunnels
along its northern border.
This footage shows how closethe Lebanese population
lives to the border, and just how well
they can see what'sgoing on inside Israel.
On the Israeli side, agricultural fields
and orchards flank the border.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said
he had a message forthe people of Lebanon.
- Hezbollah is puttingyour lives in danger.
They are sacrificing your well-being
to serve the aggressive purposes of Iran.
Israel holds the Lebanesegovernment accountable
for all terror activity
emanating from Lebanon against Israel.
- [Chris Mitchell] Since theend of the Second Lebanon War
in 2006, UN Resolution 1701
required UN forces to essentially
maintain a Hezbollah-freezone next to the border.
But Israel's Ambassador tothe UN, Danny Danon said
the UN's forces in Lebanonaren't doing the job.
- UNIFIL's mission isto prevent the buildup
of arms and military infrastructure
in southern Lebanon.
Clearly, it is not doing enough.
- [Chris Mitchell] Danon called on the UN
to condemn Hezbollah's actions.
- Israel has no interest in escalation,
but we will do whatever it takes
to defend our sovereigntyand our citizens.
The Security Council mustcondemn this terrorist threat.
- [Chris Mitchell] So far,Hezbollah hasn't responded
to the Israeli operation.
In the meantime, Israel is continuing
to expose and destroy the tunnels
in an operation expectedto last a few weeks.
Chris Mitchell, CBN News, Jerusalem.
- Well, Israel faces enemiesnot just on the battlefield,
but also in the United Nations.
Efrem Graham has morefrom the CBN Newsroom.
- Gordon, the UN rejecteda US-sponsored resolution
to condemn the terror group Hamas
for its repeated attacks against Israel.
The measure called on Hamasto end its terror campaigns
against the Jewish State,including last month's
rocket assault onIsrael's southern border.
87 countries voted in favorof the resolution Thursday,
but that was not enough to win the
2/3 majority needed to pass.
US Ambassador Nikki Haleyblasted the United Nations
for its anti-Israel bias.
- The United Nations has never once
passed a resolution condemning Hamas.
Over 700 resolutions condemning Israel,
and not one single resolution
- Hamas thanked the United Nations
for rejecting the resolution.
President Trump is expected to nominate
State Departmentspokeswoman, Heather Nauert,
to replace Nikki Haley asAmbassador to the United Nations.
Nauert joined the StateDepartment in 2017 in April,
after a career as a broadcast journalist
at ABC News and Fox News.
The President is also consideringa permanent replacement
for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
William Barr served as Attorney General
under President GeorgeH.W. Bush, and he's emerged
as a top contender for that job
in President Trump's cabinet.
The arrest of a Chinese business executive
has questions swirling aroundUS-China trade negotiations,
and it sent the stock marketon a wild ride Thursday.
The Dow nosedived more than 700 points
before rebounding toclose just 70 points down.
This comes following the arrest of the
Chief Financial Officer of the
Chinese telecom giant, Huawei.
Canadian officials made the arrest
at the request of the United States.
There are reports of an investigation into
whether the company violatedsanctions against Iran
and concerns over its suspectedtheft of US technology.
The executive faces extraditionto the United States,
but China is demanding her release.
Just last week, China and the US agreed
to a 90-day cool down period
in their ongoing trade dispute.
Tariffs and trade issues with China are
at the core of inst investors' concerns.
President Trump sees the penalties
as a key negotiating tool, but so far
all China has done is retaliate.
Top economists tell CBN Newsthey have proposed a resolution
and as Ben Kennedy reports,
they hope the President will consider it.
- President Trump said theUS lost billions of dollars
due to unfair trade last year,
but analysts, including one ofhis former economic advisors,
say this idea wouldsolve the trade turmoil
without further tariffs.
- I don't know if he's gonna do it.
I know that article landed on his desk,
and I know he's considering it.
- [Ben Kennedy] EconomistStephen Moore's proposal
aims to create a level playing field.
- You offer these countries we'll go
to zero tariff if you will.
- The zero for zero offerwould drop all tariffs,
barriers, and subsidiesbetween the US and its allies.
What kind of impact will this have
on the average American?- Huge.
- Will goods go down, the prices?
- Of course they will,because a tariff is a tax
and so if we can get thetariffs down to zero,
that means not only will goodsand services cost less here
when we go to Walmartor we go to Best Buy,
or wherever it might be,and that's a good thing
for American consumers, but it also means
think about the jobs this would create.
- [Ben Kennedy] But notevery country is willing
to talk free and fair trade.
- China's market distortions
and the way they deal
cannot be tolerated.
- [Ben Kennedy] Moore'srecommendation comes
during an ongoing back and forth
between the US and China on trade.
Trump first sought tariffs of
250 billion of Chinese imports.
Beijing responded with penalties
on 60 billion of US products.
- You want to talk about countries
that don't play by the rules,China cheats, they steal,
they're building up their military.
They make it almost impossiblefor American businesses
to do business over there in China.
- So China would be nodoubt the biggest challenge?
- There's no doubt about that.
- The Council of Economic Advisers
reports the averageAmerican tariff is 3.5%,
average EU rate is 5%,
while China's rate is double at 10%.
Moore says by offering zero tariffs,
it allows America to take the high ground
and even gain a strongernegotiating position with China
to end some of Beijing'smost abusive trade policies.
- Now, Steve, all thissounds great, zero for zero,
more jobs, the economy would improve.
Why isn't it so easy for countries
just to get on board?- Because these other
countries don't want to do it.
These countries like tolecture us and stuff,
but when it comes right down to it,
a lot of these countrieshave protectionist impulses,
and they don't want to openup their markets to us.
- Moore tells me Great Britain would be
the best country to offerthe zero for zero deal,
but they first need toexit the European Union.
In July, Trump and EUPresident Jean-Claude Juncker
agreed the US and EU wouldwork towards zero tariffs,
zero non-tariff barriers,and even zero subsidies
on non-auto industrial goods.
Now the challenge will beextending that to all products.
Ben Kennedy, CBN News, the White House.
- The nation is bracingfor serious winter weather
hitting much of the countryover the next few days.
It is already adding insultto injury in California.
Areas devastated by wildfires
are seeing mudslides andflooding forcing evacuations.
There is snowfall in higher elevations,
as much as six inchesin the Southern Sierra.
Meteorologist Joe Bastardi tells CBN News
winter is hitting hardand early this year.
- This is going to be anhistoric storm in the Carolinas,
the western part of NorthCarolina into southwest Virginia.
One to two feet of snow in Winston-Salem,
I think you're gonna get that there,
six to twelve inches in Greensboro,
four to eight inches in Raleigh.
- Bastardi says parts of North Carolina
and southwest Virginia could get
as much as two feet of snow.
After a week of tribute,family and friends of
former President GeorgeHerbert Walker Bush
said their final goodbyes Thursday.
Jennifer Wishon has moreon the remarkable journey
to his resting place in Texas.
- [Jennifer Wishon] For his final trip,
(train whistle blowing)
George Herbert Walker Bushchose a mode of transportation
befitting one of the last Presidents
of the greatest generation,
(train whistle blowing)
a train bearing his name.
Thousands of Texans lined the rails
to honor 41 as he traveledto his final destination,
the Bush PresidentialLibrary in College Station.
- It's just an honor to be here.
He served our country for so many years.
- [Jennifer Wishon] Itwas a peaceful journey
that began in Houstonat St. Martin's Church.
♪ Amazing Grace ♪
A final service to say goodbye,
at the same place the Bushfamily gathered in April
to remember their motherand grandmother, Barbara.
♪ In Heaven ♪
Bush's Secretary of State and dear friend,
James Baker, was with him when he died.
- We rejoice, Mr. President,
that you are safely tucked in now
and through the ages withGod's loving arms around you,
because our glory, George,was to have had you
as our President and as such a friend.
- [Jennifer Wishon] Hisgrandson and namesake,
George P. Bush, offering yet another
heartwarming glimpse into the life of 41.
- In a typical day he'dwake up around 5:00 a.m.
to review securitybriefings and grab his first
coffee of the day, andwhen the coast was clear,
all the grandkids would try our best
to snag a spot on the bed and
nestle up between him and Gannywhile they read the paper.
- [Jennifer Wishon] On to College Station.
(military band playing)
One final hail to the Chief
and the largest missingman formation ever,
with 21 fighter jets honoringthe former Navy pilot.
Bush now rests alongsidehis wife of 73 years,
his silver fox that he called Bar,
and his daughter, Robin, who the couple
lost to leukemia when she was three.
Now as 41's remarkable lifeof service comes to an end,
for his family ...
- God bless you, Gampy,until we meet again.
- [Jennifer Wishon] AndAmerican's everywhere,
this final farewell is bittersweet.
- It's happy becauseGeorge Herbert Walker Bush
gets to be with his wife.
But it's sad because well,we don't have him anymore.
- [Jennifer Wishon] Amen.
Jennifer Wishon, CBN News.
- Well said, little guy.
This weekend the CBNNews Channel rebroadcast
former President Bush's memorial service
at the National Cathedral.
You can see it Saturday and Sunday
at 7 a.m., 3 p.m., and 8 p.m.
For more information on howto find the CBN News Channel
in your area, check out our website.
It is cbnnews.com.
Gordon, back to you.
- Well, certainly he was a great American,
part of the great generationthat won World War II,
one of the youngestpilots in the Air Force,
just absolutely incredible career,
but a legacy that lasts to this day.
You have to remember the wall came down
during his presidency, itwas amazing what occurred.
Fought the first war in the Gulf
to an astounding victory,and had the wisdom to say
this isn't something weneed to break anymore,
and we don't need to occupy it.
How do we bring peace and then exit Kuwait
and just absolutely brilliant moves.
One part of his legacyI hope we don't lose,
and that was he was ableto bring people together.
In my lifetime, I thinkit's the last presidency
where you actually couldreach across the aisle
and come to an agreement.
When Clinton took over thatreally wasn't possible.
There were some compromiseswith Newt Gingrich,
but not many, and thenyou get into Bush II,
and then into Obama and now into Trump.
It just doesn't seem like wecan ever bridge our divide.
Can we have one nation under God,
That would be somethingto really watch out for
and really pray for, Ter?
- Poignant moments.
Well coming up, a bare knuckle brawler
once known as one of the most feared men
in the state of Florida,
now he's baptizing former gang members.
- Since that day, I've beengoing to prison, to project,
to the juvenile facilities,- For a different reason.
to the schools for a different reason.
I came back to the streetsI used to terrorize,
but now I'm giving 'em ...
I'm giving 'em life now.
- [Terry] Hear the rest ofhis award-winning story.
- He was once one of the mostnotorious men in Florida.
He founded a street gang, he spread fear
and violence across the streets of Miami.
Well, now he's bringinghope to communities
he once terrorized, and asCharlene Aaron tells us,
it's because of a lifechanging encounter with God.
- [Charlene Aaron] Lifein Leisure City, Florida
was anything but easy foryoung Rene "Level" Martinez.
- I grew up without a dad,my mom was on the streets.
My mom was into Santeria,
which is like a form of witchcraft,
sacrificing animal all over me as a kid,
and I started seeing demons.
They haunted me my whole life.
- [Charlene Aaron] Atage 12, that darkness
led to a life of crime,
with Level breaking intohomes, stealing guns,
and getting involvedin drive-by shootings.
In 1990, he started a gangknown as the Latin Syndicates.
- We had almost like 300 members,
and the Feds was investigating us.
Half of my homies are inprison, half of them are dead.
- [Charlene Aaron] Level recallsstaring death in the face
- I remember the time thegun jammed in my face.
I remember the time thebullet grazed my head,
the other time the bulletwhistled by my ear,
the times I was runningthrough the backyard
and they were shooting at me,
all the times I got shot at,
all the times I was halfdead, but I was still alive.
- [Charlene Aaron] Life changed somewhat
after Level became a dad.
In an attempt to betterprovide for his family,
he pursued bare knuckle fighting
and mixed martial arts.
- I became a professional fighter
as my journey went on in life.
I was always good at fighting.
I started fighting bareknuckle with Kimbo Slice.
I was beating everybody, bare knuckle.
We were betting money in the backyards,
bare knuckle and winning.
My name got so big thatTelemundo came and they did a-
They offered me a pro contract.
I went to Nicaragua, beat three-time
world champion, Ricardo Mayorga.
- [Charlene Aaron] Yetthose successes in the ring
didn't fill the void he felt inside.
- I had the money, I had the fame.
I was doing the gangster music,
but I was empty inside.
- [Charlene Aaron] Bythis time, his mother
had become a Christian, andbegan praying for her son.
In 2016, her prayers were answered
when Level had a supernaturalexperience with God.
- It's like he showed me my whole life
in a matter of like five seconds, phew.
And I just got on my knees,I started crying out to God,
and when he spoke to me I knew
that if I didn't surrender,I felt like I was gonna die.
- I am here in a communitythat was once terrorized
by Rene Level Martinez as the head
of the Latin Syndicates gang.
Today, Level is back here,
but with a very different message.
- So it's been like 21/2 years since that day,
and since that day I've beengoing to prison, to project,
to the juvenile facilities,- For a different reason.
to the schools, for a different reason.
I came back to the streetsI used to terrorize,
but now I'm giving 'em-
I'm giving 'em life now.- Yeah.
It was death before.- I'm giving 'em Jesus,
you feel me, before it was death.
Now I'm giving 'em Jesus.
- [Charlene Aaron] Levelnow ministers to former
gang members, and is oftenseen baptizing people
in some of the city'sroughest neighborhoods.
- Tell 'em it's your turn to be baptized
in the name of Jesus Christfor the remission of sins
that you shall receive thegift of the Holy Ghost,
Acts 2:38, and that's what I preach.
I almost died on manydifferent occasions, but,
for some reason, I'm still here.
- [Charlene Aaron] Meanwhile,a documentary called
The Warrior Level has beenmade about Level's life.
Churches are using itas an evangelistic tool,
and according to the former gang leader,
lives are being transformed.
- A lot of people come toChrist 'cause of my testimony,
and I'm just honored to be used by God.
It's a privilege and a honorto be used by him, you know?
'Cause he coulda chose anybody else.
I coulda been one of thempeople that died early,
but I'm still here, and I'm grateful.
- [Charlene Aaron]Charlene Aaron, CBN News,
Leisure City, Florida.
- Oh, that's a wonderful story,
and it just underlines you can never be
too dead for a resurrection.
Here's Rene growing upliterally having animals
sacrificed over him, and he starts
seeing demons as a child.
Is it any wonder hegoes into the gang life?
Is it any wonder thathe seeks out violence?
But God had a plan forhim, and God chose him,
and when you understand that,
that you can be chosen by him,
then you choose him too.
You say okay, God, ifyou've got a plan for me,
I want to get on board with that.
He can take anyone andturn your life around,
and that means you.
- Well, still ahead, it'sone of the favorite delights
from one of the biggestChristmas markets in the world.
Hear what makes theStollen cake so special
when we return.
- Well, Stollen is the fruitcake
people actually look forward to getting
every holiday season,and in CBN's new DVD,
Christmas: The StoryBehind the Traditions,
you'll see that it plays a central part
in one of the world's mostfamous holiday festivals,
and that the Stollen cakeshave a Christian story
behind them as well.
("We Wish You a MerryChristmas" instrumental music)
The first official Christmas market
was the Striezelmarkt in Dresden, Germany,
which began in 1434,
and while that firstmarket lasted just one day,
the Dresden Christmas Market now lasts
throughout the entire Advent season,
drawing more than threemillion visitors every year.
One of the highlightsof the Dresden Market
is the Stollen Festival,
featuring the city's signatureChriststollen pastry,
created to look like the ChristChild in swaddling clothes.
Every year a giant Stollen is baked
and driven through thecity on a horse-drawn cart.
At the end of theparade, the pastry is cut
and sold at the market,
with the proceeds going to charity,
this year, a children's hospital.
- [Man] It's so much fun.
You get to go out, the air is nippy,
but you have your hotchocolate or your Gluhwein,
you've got a cinnamon pig in one hand
and your kids are looking for toys.
Your wife is buying ornaments.
It's a splendid idea.
("We Wish You a MerryChristmas" instrumental music)
- You can learn more in our new CBN
documentary's Christmas DVD.
It's called Christmas: TheStory Behind the Traditions.
It's a perfect stocking stuffer,
and it can be yours if you join us
in a Robertson family tradition,
and that tradition iswhatever we're spending
on the holiday meal, whetherthat was Thanksgiving
or Christmas Eve, Christmas Day,
we were gonna take an equivalent amount
and give it to those in need,
so this DVD can be yours ifyou join us in this tradition.
So for a gift of $25 ormore, we'll send it to you,
plus we'll send you a CDof my father's reading
of the Charles Dickensclassic, A Christmas Carol.
All you have to do is call us,
or you can log on to cbn.com.
- Yeah, that's destined tobecome a classic one soon,
I think.- And the DVD, it becomes
a Christmas tradition.
Well good news, you don'tneed to go all the way
to Germany to visit aspectacular Christmas market.
There's one right herein our own backyard.
Last night CBN openedour Christmas Village,
replete with holidaytreats, festive traditions,
and a couple tons of twinkling lights.
Take a look.
- Three, two, one.
(cheering and applause)
- It's the most wonderfultime of the year.
- And this year, for the first time ever,
CBN and Regent University campuses
have transformed into a winter wonderland.
This German-style Christmas village
provides festive attractionsfor the whole family.
- I loved it, it was really fun.
- I like the trains.
- We saw the snowflakeslit up on all the buildings
with the lights, and both of them
just started going wow, that's so pretty.
- Christmas shines bright aswith our 40-foot evergreen
decked out with a dazzlingdisplay of lights.
- It's really been a great experience,
like a little bit of asmall-town feeling in a big city.
- [Female Reporter] Guestsshop from local artisans
and check out a uniquedisplay of antique cars.
- [Male Reporter] And whatis a Christmas Village
without a special guest, Santa Claus?
- I like Santa.
- I asked for joy to the world.
- [Woman] Santa!
- Families gathertogether in our movie tent
to watch Superbook's The First Christmas.
The whole village is truly a sight to see,
but for me, the highlight is right here
at the live nativity, and to celebrate
the true meaning of Christmas,
we remember the birth of Jesus.
- I do have to say I got choked up,
and the words and thelights, and the costumes,
it's very moving.
And the little children go up front,
and they're just mesmerized.
It was wonderful.
- This campus, it reallyis Christ-centered,
and that's what Christmas is all about.
It's not just Santa and gifts.
It's family comes togetherbecause we're just
honoring and glorifying God.
- Merry Christmas.
- Merry Christmas.
- From all of us at CBN ...
- And Regent University ...
Merry Christmas.- Merry Christmas.
(upbeat Christmas music)
- Well, it was aspectacular opening night.
Here's the best part,CBN's Christmas Village
is free, and it's open to the public,
and it's gonna be held on our campus
this weekend and then again next weekend.
You can plan your visitand get more details
on the times and events,and when it opens,
and we want you to come visit.
Go to cbn.com to getall of that information.
It was really a spectacularevening, everybody loved it.
- Yeah, I'm looking for even more, though.
- Well, good.
- All sorts of it, Imean, you saw in the DVD,
I'm in Dresden and I'mviolating the 10th commandment.
I'm coveting, I've gottahave a Christmas market.
It was just so spectacular, and I'm going
why don't we do this?
- Yes.- Why not have this?
We have a perfect campus for it.
- Well, I love the statementtoo, that everything
that we stand for and are about here
exemplifies family, andit's a great evening
to just bring your kids out.
It's very manageable as far as the
ability to navigate in the space
and I mean, just get itall, it was wonderful.
- Yeah, and we're gonna havethe Virginia Symphony come
and play.- Oh, wow.
- Handel's Messiah, that's the close
in the Regent Theater.- I'll be there.
Okay.- Gotta have a ticket.
Yeah, that's a ticket,that's one that's not free.
- Okay.- That's not open.
You gotta buy a ticket.- But what a finale.
Wow, that's awesome.
Well, still ahead, she'sa best-selling author
and she's president of theProverbs 31 Ministries.
Still, she's quick tosay that life often goes
in a "very different directionthan hoped or expected."
Lysa Terkeurst joins us and tells us why.
- And welcome back to the The 700 Club.
The YouVersion Bible app has announced
its most popular verse of 2018.
The app says the most shared, bookmarked,
and highlighted verse this year
comes from the Book of Isaiah,
Chapter 41, Verse 10, which reads:
So do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you withmy righteous right hand.
Operation Blessing is in Honduras
providing medical treatment fora remote mountain community.
Thanks to Operation Blessing's efforts,
people are receiving personalhome visits and checkups.
Teams are helping youngchildren with nutritional needs
and monitoring thehealth of pregnant women.
Because of faithfulOperation Blessing partners,
the child mortality rateis falling drastically,
and families are livinghappier and healthier lives.
You can learn moreabout Operation Blessing
by going to its website, ob.org.
Gordon and Terry are backwith more of today's 700 Club.
It's coming up right after this.
- Well, it may be an understatement to say
that Lysa Terkeurst hasendured challenges recently.
In the last few years shewent through colon surgery,
breast cancer, and herhusband's marital infidelity,
and through it all, shelearned that being victorious
means more than justfocusing on an outcome.
- [Reporter] New YorkTimes best-selling author
and president of Proverbs 31Ministries, Lisa Terkeurst,
has recently faced some of the most
difficult years of her life.
- We've all experienced our fair share
of things not turning out the way
that we thought they would,so what do we do about it?
- [Reporter] In her book, It'sNot Supposed To Be This Way,
Lysa shares how God was with her
during her darkestmoments, how she survived,
and how you can too.
- Well, Lysa is here with us now,
and we welcome you back to the program.
- Thank you.- You start your new book,
It's Not Supposed To Be This Way,
with a very emotional5:00 a.m. phone call.
- Yes.- What was happening?
- I reached out to a friend of mine
because I discovered myhusband was being unfaithful.
I was shocked, stunned, and
I didn't want to make the phone call
because I knew the minuteit came out of my mouth
that it would become reality.
But I also knew that
if I isolated in this,
I would sink.- Yeah.
- And so, sometimes when something so hard
is happening and your faith gets shaky,
you've got to force yourselfto call someone else,
who you know you couldgo stand on their faith
when you're feeling rocked in your own.
- There is something that happens
when you hear the wordscome out of your mouth.
- Yes.- And you actually speak them.
What did you do, then?
- Well, I didn't know what to do,
and so for me,
I called a friend
who I know would pray more words over me
than would speak to me, or speak about me.
And she was safe, andso that's the only thing
I could figure out to do in those moments.
You know, because whensomething completely unexpected
and disillusioning is happening,
you feel quite broken, but for me,
this didn't just make me feel broken.
It made me feel shattered,and I wrote in the book,
shattered to the point of dust.
You know, at least brokenpieces, you can glue 'em
back together, but you can't glue dust.
But the beautiful thingis my friend took me
to the word of God, and oneplace that I was reading
in Genesis, Chapter Two, it shocked me.
I realized of all theingredients in the world
that God could have chosen tomake his favorite creation,
mankind, he chose dust.- Yeah.
- And when he took that dust and
breathed into it, life began.
From nothing, he createdsomething beautiful and amazing,
so dust became somethingthat didn't signify an end.
It's often what must bepresent for the new to begin.
- Boy, that's powerful right there,
but one of the things that made you
feel shattered, I'm sure, wasyour ministry was Proverbs 31.
I mean, having your house together
and being able to identifyit as you wanted to,
and here the whole thingblows up in your face.
You just talked about being safe.
I mean, sometimes whenit comes to divorce,
the church is not a safe place to be.
- That's right.- How did you decide,
and when did you decideto go public with it?
Because that's like another level.
- Yeah, it was hard.
I didn't want to invite public opinion
into our very private pain.
So I kept it secret for 18 months,
but then I knew a time was coming
where either it was gonna leakout through the rumor mill
or I was gonna get ahead of it.
The good thing is over the years,
in leading Proverbs 31 Ministries,
not just with my staff,but even in the way
that I've written my booksand done my bible teaching,
I provided a space for grace always.
And I was so thankful that the atmosphere
of Proverbs 31 Ministries hasalways been filled with grace,
because then I was the one who wound up
needing it the most.- Yeah.
- So after 18 months, Idid go public with it,
and if you were to talk to Art,
my husband, today,
he would say that was boththe worst day of his life
and the best day of his life.
The worst day because everyone knew,
but the best day because everyone knew.
- Yeah.- And suddenly it forced him
to go get help, and to get serious
about facing his issues.
- You know, that's true of allissues in our lives isn't it?
When we keep them in darkness,
there's a shame factor that keeps us
from healing in wholeness.
- That's right.- So, at that point,
you announced that youwere getting divorced.
Now, my understanding is that you're
working on your marriage.
What happened between then and now
that brought you to this place?
- It's a great question, it'sso complicated and delicate,
but in a nutshell,
you know, there's twothings that I would want
everyone to remember, whichare true about my story.
One is the word redemption
and one is the word reconciliation.
Those two words don'tnecessarily come together
and hold hands.- Mm-hmm.
- In my situation, though,reconciliation was possible
because Art was able togo get the help he needed,
and trust is built timeplus believable behavior.
So enough believablebehavior started to occur
to where I was willingto spend time with him
and spending time with him again
allowed just the beginningsof trust to be rebuilt.
But whether you're in a situation where
reconciliation is possible or not,
redemption is always possible,
because redemption doesn't depend on
the other person's choices.
Redemption is a choice youcan choose today with God.
And so redemption was alwaysfront and center in my life.
Reconciliation, I wasn'tsure if it would ever happen,
but I'm praising theLord that it is possible.
- You know, one of thethings that strikes me
about going through this kindof a shattering situation
is that the enemy also gets us
when we become so obsessedwith reprocessing in our minds
over and over and over again.
I don't know why we do that.
I think we all do, whetherwe're angry or bitter,
or resentful, or hurt.
How did you come to theplace where you could
put the right process atthe forefront of your mind
because you were willing totake every thought captive
and really hang onto what God says?
- Well, it was so hard.
I'm an over-processor, so if you talk to
any one of my children, they would say
Mom overthinks her overthinking, right?
And so, I am an extreme over-processor,
but one situation happenedthat helped me a lot,
and it was when I had my colon issue.
My colon twisted in the middleof all of this heartbreak,
and they admitted me to the hospital
because I was in so much pain,
but the doctors kept sayingnothing's wrong with you.
And I laid in that hospital bed in pain
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday, Friday morning.
Finally a doctor camein my room, a surgeon.
He said we finally figuredout what's happening.
We ran one last test,and we have to rush you
into emergency surgeryor you will not make it.
And he said Lysa I know you've prayed
and asked God to take away your pain,
but had God answered that prayer,
we would have sent you home,your colon would have ruptured,
and you would have died, and so I remember
right before I came under theinfluence of the anesthesia
and fell asleep and went into surgery,
this thought dawned on me.
God loves me too much to answer my prayer
at any other time than the right time,
and in any other way than the right way.
And so when my brainstarts to over-process,
I remember that moment, and I remember
God loves me too much
for me to think through all the solutions
and carry the weight of being my own God.
God has a plan, so I have to
surrender those thoughts to him.
- His yoke is easy and hisburden is light, right?
There's so much that we havejust touched on a little bit,
but I want to say I know many of you
are going throughdifficulties, challenges.
There might be thingsin your life right now
that you're just thinkingGod where are you,
or why is this happening to me?
I'm your child.
But a lot of the answersthat you're looking for,
you're gonna find in this book.
For more of Lysa's storyand her insights, get it.
It's called It's NotSupposed To Be This Way:
Finding Unexpected Strength When
Disappointments Leave You Shattered.
This is available in stores nationwide.
Thank you for being so candid.
- Oh, thank you, Terry.
- It's bringing hope and healing to many,
I know.- Thank you.
- Well, still ahead, a woman who suffered
through 13 surgeries overthe course of 14 years,
and during one of them she flatlined.
- I knew that I was dying.
I know, it's weird to say that,
but I knew that I was.
And I left my body, and Ihave never felt so loved
and so covered and so protected.
- [Terry] Find out whatshe saw on the other side,
and what led to her complete healing.
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- Well, after Joanne Moodygave birth to her only child,
she went from being athleticto being an invalid.
She had nerve damage in multiple places,
and even the simplest activities
left her in excruciating pain.
After more than a dozen failed,
Joanne resigned herself to anew normal of living in pain
until the day a stranger told her
to stop believing in lies.
Here's her story.
- I kept describing thispain as all my organs
are collapsed and falling out.
That was the feeling I had.
- [Reporter] Months afterJoanne Moody's first pregnancy
ended with an emergency C-Section,
she was still in constant pain.
- Before my pregnancy, my life was full.
Now I can't stand up or sit,and all I want to do is cry,
and so that began this journey
of this mystery ofintensifying pelvic pain
that just continued.
- [Reporter] Every daytasks became torturous,
draining any joy out ofbeing a wife and mother.
As the months turned into years,
doctors couldn't find a cause.
- I kept asking God in the early years,
because I kept believing, oh,
well God can do this.
This is a no-brainer for God.
God can take my pain away.
- [Reporter] After fiveyears and seven surgeries
there was no improvement.
Unable to functionnormally, even on countless
pain medications, Joannefelt like a failure.
The only thing helping her hang on
was the word of God.
- I laid on the floor and cried,
and then I would read the word
and I would have a promiseand I would repeat that,
and I would feel positiveenough, you know,
I'd have some grace, but then I would also
collapse and I would want to kill myself.
- [Reporter] In 2004,a specialist discovered
nerves in her pelvis had been crushed
during her 91 hours of labor.
He prescribed excruciatingnerve block injections
that only offered temporary relief.
- And I thought
I must have done something so wrong
to deserve this kind of life.
I began to believe that I
was a disappointment to God,
because I couldn't understand how a
kind and good father would allow that.
- [Reporter] Eventually, shesaw a specialist in France
for a new type of surgery,but after the first operation,
- I knew that I was dying.
I know it's weird to saythat, but I knew that I was.
And I left my body and I went up and
for the first time
since 1999, January,
I didn't have any pain.
- [Reporter] Joanne says God came to her,
and she was ready to go with him.
- And I have never felt so loved,
and so covered and so protected,
and he said I have seenyour suffering, child,
and I know full well your pain.
And then he showed me my son,
and I saw my husband rightbehind my son, and I just knew.
It was like
I knew that if I left with God
my son would never know God.
- [Reporter] Joanne returned to her body.
She would endure two more surgeries,
but her condition only got worse.
In 2011, she started workingwith physical therapist,
Dr. Tiffany Lefler, who wasalso a Christian and a friend.
- In my initial evaluation,I had a significant finding
of limited ability to sit, stand, walk,
or do anything in upright positions
as well as limited range of motion
in her entire lower extremities.
- I had come to a place of resignation.
This is my lot in life, thiswas God's will for my life.
- [Reporter] In 2013,Joanne reluctantly attended
a healing conference in Orlando.
On the last night, a man approached her
and told her she was believinglies about herself and God.
- And he sits on the end of the row,
took my face in hishands, and led me through
the renouncing of all these agreements
that I was a disappointment to God,
that I was untrustworthy,
that I was rejected and abandoned,
and had me ask for myown forgiveness from God,
that I was mad at him andall this stuff of unwinding,
and I just felt things coming off of me.
And then eventually heprayed for the physical part
of my body that had been like a volcano
for 14 1/2 years,
and in an instant, all the pain left.
- I've been through Hell for 14 years,
and I have had 13 surgeries,
and they just told me two weeks ago
I was gonna have another one in six weeks.
And God has healed me right there.
In four years, okay watch.
- [Reporter] That night, Joannethrew away all of her meds
and has never sufferedwith nerve pain since.
- I was healed, set free, delivered,
and all these people hadprayed for me all week.
But this man that came for me,
he knew who he was in Jesus,he knew Christ's authority.
He knew the power of Jesus Christ.
- I was just amazed byGod's goodness to her,
and also the miraculous,that there's no explanation.
In all of my time as a physical therapist,
in all of my time treating patients,
I've never seen a recoveryas incredible as Joanne's.
- [Reporter] Today, Joannelives an active life.
She travels the world prayingfor people to be healed,
and understand just howmuch God loves them.
- You pick up liesthroughout your entire life,
all your circumstancesand all of your things,
and if they aren't dealt withthey become belief systems.
I would hope and I praythat anybody who is
suffering that watches this,
would seek out somebody whodoes believe in healing prayer,
and that they would dareto hope one more time
that this could be their moment,
because I've seen it tensof thousands of times.
God does heal,
and sometimes it takeslonger than you want,
but he does.
- He does heal, and he will heal you.
And he does this sometimes instantly,
sometimes the first time you ever ask,
and sometimes it takes awhile,
and sometimes recovery takes awhile.
I don't even pretend tounderstand all of that.
It happened in the time when Jesus
was ministering on the Earth.
The bible is very specific of recording
he couldn't do any major miracles, why?
Because of their unbelief,
but he was able, evenbecause of their unbelief,
he was able to lay hands on people
and have them receive healing.
Our thoughts can literallydetermine the outcome.
I'm not talking about mind over matter.
What I'm talking about is mind
over your relationship with God.
And for Joanne, it wasan anger that she had.
You know, how could Godallow this to happen?
Why did this happen?
We get all wrapped up in that.
The disciples got all wrapped up in that.
They had a theological question for Jesus,
and Jesus got a lot oftheological questions
from the scribes, from the Pharisees,
but here's one he got directlyfrom his own disciples,
the ones who had been withhim, and lived with him,
and seen all the miracles.
They brought to him a man born blind,
and they had the theological question,
because as they understood it,
blindness was a result of sin,
and so they said to Jesus,
he was born blind, so who sinned?
Did he sin, or did his parents sin?
They were looking for blame.
They were looking for a reason.
Why did this happen?
Well, I love the answer that Jesus gave.
He said neither, this happened
that the glory of theLord would be revealed.
So whatever has happenedto you, have that thought.
Have the same mind of Christ,
that this happened so that God's glory
could be revealed, and revealed in you,
and when you have that mind,
you have all the faith you need,
because you're expectingand you're awaiting
for God's glory to come on you.
Now, Terry and I aregoing to pray for you.
Before we pray, we wantedto read some other reports
of people who have beenmiraculously healed,
because God is the sameyesterday, today, and forever.
What he's done for others,he will do for you.
He is no respecter of persons.
He doesn't have favorites.
Another way to look at itis you're his favorite.
Now, have that thought, his glory
is going to be revealed on you.
Well, here is Cindy fromCentral Lake, Michigan.
She had a serious skin condition,
and then she was watching The 700 Club.
Terry said, you have an infection,
and it is both painful and itchy.
It spreads across the top of your skin
and nothing is helping.
Well, Cindy received it, theredness and swelling cleared,
and she is praising God.
- Hallelujah, happy for you, Cindy.
This is Amelia, she lives in,
I think you say it Hutto or Huto Texas.
She was having severe pain in
her shoulder muscles for a month.
She was watching this program one morning,
and Gordon, you prayed,your right shoulder is
being healed right now.
All that pain deep in the joint,
he's able to reattachrotators and ligaments.
Immediately she was healed and she began
moving her shoulderswith absolutely no pain.
- Yeah.- Praise the Lord.
- Let's just believe God.- Mm-hmm.
- Let's believe him for the impossible.
What doctors say is impossibleis always possible with him.
He made every cell in your body.
He can remake every cell in your body.
Let's just believe now and come to him.
Lord, we lift the needsof the audience to you.
We just declare overthem your miracle power,
that you are able,
when the doctors say nothing can be done,
you remain able.
When we are faithless,you remain faithful.
So we come to you,
and we leave aside all our questions,
all our wondering of why.
We leave aside and we ask for forgiveness
for any time that we blamed you.
For you are the answer,you are the solution,
and we declare that whatever has happened
has happened so that the glory of God
would be revealed.
So we receive your glory now.
We receive your healing touch now.
We thank you for whatyou have already done
and are doing now in our bodies.
We receive you, and we receive the answer
to every human need.
Now stretch forth yourhand and do miracles
now in Jesus' name.
Someone with the right arm,you've had some wasting problem
with it, and as God is just healing
and restoring nerve and muscle right now.
Terry, you've got something.
- Donna, reach out andtake the hand of Jesus.
He's just healed you, andGrace, the same for you.
- Amen, and amen.
If you've been healed,call us and let us know,
We leave you with words from Romans.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer.