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700 Club Interactive: Team Long Brothers - May 14, 2013

Seven-year-old Cayden Long can't walk or talk. But with the help of his nine-year-old brother Conner, the two compete in triathlons together. Read Transcript


Gordon: THEY DON'T

FINISH FIRST.

IN MY FIRST RACE, I WAS

SECOND TO LAST.

Gordon: THEY'RE STILL

CHAMPIONS.

I NEVER THOUGHT THAT THAT

WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE.

Gordon: MEET TEAM

LONGBROTHERS.

I WAS CONSIDERED FOR

THAT.

Gordon: I TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY

FOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORE

TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

AT A STAR-STUDDED EVENT IN

NEW YORK CITY LAST DECEMBER,

LEBRON JAMES WAS NAMED

"SPORTS ILLUSTRATED"

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR.

IT CAME AS NO SURPRISE

BECAUSE IN 2012, HE WON AN

N.B.P., AND A GOLD NOTE.

BUT WHILE ACCEPTING THE

AWARD, HE SAID HE DIDN'T

DESERVE IT.

Terry: INSTEAD, HE SAID

THE HONOR SHOULD GO TO

SOMEONE ELSE.

A PAIR OF PRE-TEEN BROTHERS

FROM TENNESSEE.

HERE IS THEIR STORY.

Reporter: ABOUT 30

MINUTES OUTSIDE OF

NASHVILLE, DOWN AN

UNASSUMING STREET, LIVE TWO

NEW STARS OF THE SPORTS

WORLD.

THE LONGBROTHERS.

Reporter: TRIATHLETES

WHO DON'T SO MUCH COMPETE

AGAINST EACH OTHER BUT RACE

WITH EACH OTHER.

RACING OPENED UP A DOOR

THAT BOTH OF THEM LIKE.

WHEN WE'RE AT A TRIATHLON,

AND I WATCH CONNOR AND CADEN

PARTICIPATING TOGETHER IN

THE RACES, IT BLOWS MY MIND

STIEMSZ. STIEMSZ-- STIEMSZ.

SOMETIMES.

I NEVER THOUGHT THAT WOULD

HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE.

Reporter: YOU SEE,

CADEN SUFFERS CEREBRAL

PALSY.

LIVE WITH CADEN IS VERY

DEMANDING.

HE NEEDS A LOT OF

ATTENTION.

Reporter: THEN IN 2011,

HIS OLDER BROTHER, CONNOR,

HAD AN IDEA: WHY NOT TRY

RACING TOGETHER.

BEFORE RACING, HE WAS

ALWAYS KIND OF IN HIS

BEDROOM.

Reporter: IT ISN'T

EASY.

CADEN CAN'T WALK OR TALK, SO

CONNOR HAD TO PUSH HIM THE

ENTIRE WAY.

IT IS A 100-METER SWIM,

THREE MILES ON A

BIKE,-AND-A-HALAND A HALF

MILE RUN.

I WAS VERY TIRED AND IT

WAS VERY HARD BECAUSE I

HAVEN'T TRAINED, AND MY

LEGS, THEY WEREN'T FIT FOR

THAT.

AND I DIDN'T RUN FOR A LONG

TIME.

Reporter: BUT THEY

NEVER QUIT.

THEY'VE ENTERED MORE THAN A

DOZEN RACES TOGETHER.

TO SEE CONNOR OUT THERE,

AND HE SACRIFICES THE

MEDALS, THE FIRST, SECOND,

AND THIRD MEDALS -- HE

SACRIFICED ALL OF THE

WINNING JUST TO LET HIS

BROTHER BE ABLE TO GET THE

FEEL OF WHAT IT MEANT TO BE

AN ATHLETE, TO BE OUT THERE

COMPETING.

I'VE WONDERED WHAT IT

WOULD BE LIKE IF I DID ONE

BY MYSELF, BUT I NEVER

THOUGHT TO MYSELF I WANT TO

DO A RACE BY MYSELF.

CADEN, HE LOVES TO SWIM AND

HE LOVES TO BIKE.

HE LOVES ALL OF THOSE

THINGS.

HE LOVES TO GO FAST.

IT WOULDN'T BE VERY RIGHT TO

LEAVE A LITTLE KID OUT OF

THAT.

Reporter: BUT WHEN

JENNY WAS TOLD ABOUT HER

SON'S CONDITION, SHE DID

THINK CADEN WOULD BE LEFT

OUT.

WHEN I WAS STILL PREGNANT

WITH CADEN, AND I BOUGHT

THIS PICTURE, AND THE

PICTURE WAS OF TWO YOUNG

BOYS.

AND THEY WERE PRETTY CLOSE

IN AGE.

AND THEY WERE SITTING ON THE

DOCK.

AND THEY WERE FINISHING

TOGETHER.

AND I BOUGHT THAT PICTURE TO

HANG IN THEIR NURSERY.

AND WHEN I FOUND OUT THE

DIAGNOSIS, I IMMEDIATELY

THOUGHT OF THAT PICTURE,

BECAUSE I IMMEDIATELY

THOUGHT THAT THAT WAS NOT

GOING TO BE WHAT -- THAT

THAT'S NOT POSSIBLE.

THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE

TO BE CLOSE.

I WENT THROUGH, LIKE, A HARD

TIME.

A LOT OF DEPRESSION.

A LOT OF JUST WONDERING

WHY.

I WONDERED WHAT WENT WRONG.

WHAT CAN I DO?

HOW CAN I FIX THIS?

AND I WAS REALLY MAD.

I WENT THROUGH THE MOMENTS,

I WAS MAD AT GOD A LITTLE

BIT.

Reporter: HER ANGER

TURNED TO DEPRESSION.

THEN SHE TURNED TO THE

PSALMS.

PSALMS 40: 2.

IT WAS LIKE I WAS STUCK IN

THE MUD.

I WAS STUCK IN THAT MUD.

I JUST WANTED TO FEEL HAPPY

AGAIN.

I WAS TIRED OF FEELING

DOWN.

HE TOOK MY FEET AND HE PUT

IT BACK ON SOLID GROUND.

I STILL HAVE HARD TIMES, AND

THAT'S NORMAL.

AND I STILL GET TO THE DARK

SIDE SOMETIMES, BUT THAT'S

WHEN I GO AND I PRAY TO GOD,

PLEASE, JUST HELP ME LORD,

HELP ME GET THROUGH THIS

DAY.

AND PEOPLE SAY, WHY DO YOU

SAY THAT WAS A BLESSING.

WHY DO YOU SAY HAVING A SON

WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WAS A

BLESSING?

I THINK GOD HAS A PLAN FOR

EVERYONE'S LIFE.

BUT SOMETIMES PEOPLE WANT TO

KNOW THAT PLAN RIGHT AWAY.

IT TAKES TIME TO FIND YOUR

PURPOSE.

TO FIND YOUR STRENGTH IN

WHAT GOD'S PLAN FOR YOU IS.

AND AT THE TIME, WHEN WE GOT

A DIAGNOSIS, ALL WE COULD

SEE WITH OUR PHYSICAL EYES

WAS HEARTACHE.

CADEN WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO

WALK, HE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO

DO MANY THINGS.

BUT I LEARNED TO HAVE FAITH

THERE WAS A GREATER PURPOSE

AND A GREATER PLAN IN GOD.

AND I THINK GOD HAS ALLOWED

THIS PLATFORM TO SHOW PEOPLE

THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE ALL

WONDERFULLY MADE.

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

TEAM LONGBROTHERS RACE ON.

AND THOUGH THEY MAY NOT WIN

RACES, THEY ARE WINNING

ATTENTION FOR THEIR

PERSEVERANCE, SPORTSMANSHIP,

AND MOST OF ALL, BROTHERLY

LOVE.

ME AND CADEN RACING

TOGETHER, I WOULD CONSIDER

THAT ROMANCE.

THEY'RE TEAMMATES.

THEY BOTH CROSS TOGETHER.

IT IS NOT ABOUT WINNING

FIRST, SECOND, OR THIRD.

IT WAS JUST ABOUT THEM DOING

SOMETHING TOGETHER AND

MAKING IT THROUGH THAT

LINE.

AND BEATING ALL OF THE

CHALLENGES THAT THEY HAD TO

FACE.

IT'S REALLY POWERFUL.

Gordon: WHAT A

REMARKABLE STORY OF TWO

BROTHERS, CONNOR AND CADEN.

CONNOR SAYING, I WANT TO BE

WITH MY BROTHER.

I WANT TO HAVE HIM HAVE THE

THRILL OF SPORTS.

AND I WANT TO DO THAT IN A

WAY THAT IS INCREDIBLE.

AND THEN THE STORY OF THIS

WONDERFUL MOTHER, AND HOW

SHE HAD TO GO THROUGH A VERY

DARK TIME.

AND WONDERED, GOD, WHY?

I THINK A LOT OF US HAVE

THAT SAME THOUGHT.

AND START TO QUESTION WHY.

WHY DID THIS HAPPEN?

WHY DID THE BAD THINGS

HAPPEN TO ME?

WELL, TAKE ENCOURAGEMENT

FROM THE SAME PSALM THAT SHE

TOOK ENCOURAGEMENT FROM,

PSALM 40: 2: "HE LIFTED ME

OUT OF THE SLIMEY PIT, OUT

OF THE MUD AND THE MEYER.

HE SET MY FEET ON A ROCK AND

GAVE ME A FIREAR A FIRM

PLACE TO STAND.

HE PUT ME A NEW SONG IN MY

HEART.

HE GAVE ME A NEW SONG.

MANY, O LORD, ARE YOUR

THOUGHTS TOWARDS US.

THEY ARE SO NUMEROUS, THEY

CANNOT EVEN BE NUMBERED."

IF YOU GET THE IDEA AND

UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH GOD

LOVES YOU, HOW MUCH HE IS

THINKING ABOUT, THEN YOU CAN

HAVE THE SAME EXPERIENCE,

WHERE REGARDLESS OF YOUR

CIRCUMSTANCES, YOU CAN COME

TO THE SAME REALIZATION THAT

HE WANTS TO LIFT YOU OUT OF

THAT AND PUT YOUR FEET ON

SOLID GROUND, SO YOU CAN

HAVE A PLACE TO STAND.

SO YOU CAN HAVE THAT SAME

NEW SONG.

IT'S IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR

DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES,

THAT WHEN WE CAN FIND A WAY

TO PRAISE HIM THROUGH IT,

THAT'S WHAT SEES US OUT.

THAT'S WHAT IS THE

UNDERSTANDING OF THE

PSALMIST.

"YAY THOUGH I WALK THROUGH

THE SHADOW OF DEATH, I SHALL

FEAR NO EVIL FOR THOU ART

WITH ME."

WHEN YOU GET THE CONCEPT

THAT HE IS WITH YOU, NO

MATTER WHAT DIFFICULT

CIRCUMSTANCE YOU'RE IN, THEN

YOU AUTOMATICALLY HAVE YOUR

WAY OUT.

TERRY?

Terry: YOU HEARD HOW

ONE BIBLE VERSE CHANGED

JENNY LONG'S OUTLOOK ON

LIFE.

IF THERE IS A PARTICULAR

VERSE THAT HAS TOUCHED YOUR

LIFE, WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT

IT.

TELL US WHAT THAT VERSE IS

BY GOING TO FACEBOOK.COM/

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

COMING UP, GET A

BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT

"SUPERBOOK."

THAT'S ALL NEXT.

Terry: FOR THE PAST 30

YEARS, KIDS AROUND THE WORLD

HAVE ENJOYED WATCHING THE

ADVENTURES OF CHRIS, JOY,

AND GIZMO IN EPISODES OF

"SUPERBOOK."

WELL, TODAY YOU'RE GOING TO

GET A GLIMPSE OF THE REAL

FACES BEHIND THE VOICES OF

THE LEAD CHARACTERS.

TAKE A LOOK.

*

FATHER, WE HAVE THE FIRE

AND THE WOOD, BUT WHERE IS

THE SHEEP FOR THE BURNT

OFFERING?

MY SON, GOD WILL PROVIDE

FOR HIMSELF THE LAMB FOR A

BURNT OFFERING.

LORD, GIVE ME THE

STRENGTH AS I DO AS YOU ASK

OF ME.

Reporter: WRITING A

SCRIPT FOR A "SUPERBOOK"

EPISODE WHAT, AT FIRST

GLANCE, SEEM REALLY EASY.

AFTER ALL, THE STORY HAS

ALREADY BEEN WRITTEN.

FOR DIRECTOR PAUL

RICHARDSON, THE DIFFICULTY

IS TRANSLATING THE BIBLICAL

STORIES TO A MODERN

AUDIENCE.

WE TRIED TO TAKE THE

STORY AND MAKE IT SOMETHING

RELATABLE AND RELATIVE TO A

CHILD'S LIFE.

I GOT TO SEE THE ABRAHAM

AND ISAAC EPISODE, AND YOU

COULD HEAR A PIN DROP IN THE

THEATER.

THESE KIDS ARE GLUED.

Reporter: "SUPERBOOK"

PROVIDES A CREATIVE WAY TO

TELL THE NEXT GENERATION OF

KIDS ABOUT STORIES IN THE

GREATEST SELLING BOOK OF ALL

TIME.

THE BIBLE IS AN EDGY

BOOK, AND WE NEEDED TO DO IT

IN A WAY THAT KIDS WOULD BE

DRAWN TO IT, KIDS WOULD BE

CAPTIVATED BY IT, AND ALSO

AT THAT POINT SOMETHING

WOULD RESONATE IN THEIR

HEARTS.

BECAUSE AT THE CORE OF IT IS

A BIBLE STORY.

Reporter: THE CREATIVE

TEAM OF PRODUCERS AND

WRITERS WHO DESIGN EACH

"SUPERBOOK" EPISODE WORK

HARD TO MAKE BIBLICAL

CONCEPTS EASY TO

UNDERSTAND.

WE TRY TO FOCUS IN ON

WHAT ARE THE DILEMMAS KIDS

GO THROUGH TODAY.

THE HOSPITAL HAD DONE

EVERYTHING TO GRANT HIS

WISH, BUT THE GAMES ARE

IMPOSSIBLE TO GET ANYWHERE.

I'M SORRY, DEBBIE, MY

HUSBAND ALREADY CALLED IN A

FAVOR WITH A FRIEND TO GET A

HALLOW NINE FOR CHRIS.

IT WAS WORTH A TRY.

THANKS.

I'M SURE I'LL THINK OF

SOMETHING ELSE TO BOOST HIS

SPIRITS.

ENJOY THE GAME, SON.

WHAT'S THE MATTER,

CHRIS?

I DON'T KNOW.

THIS GAME IS MY DREAM COME

TRUE, AND SOMEHOW I DON'T

REALLY FEEL THE WAY I

THOUGHT I WOULD.

THE SCRIPTS CONSTANTLY GO

THROUGH A REFINING PROCESS,

EVEN FROM SCRIPT TO ENAMATIC

STORY WHEEL TO THE FINAL

PRODUCT.

Reporter: THROUGHOUT

THE PROCESS, THE WRITERS

TWEAK THE SCRIPTS UNTIL THE

DYING LOL IDIALOGUE IS JUST

RIGHT.

WE TAKE GREAT PAINS TO

REFINE IT DOWN TO TELL THE

BIBLICAL STORY AS EQUATELY

AS POSSIBLE IN THAT

22-MINUTE TIMEFRAME.

Reporter: THEN THEY

HAVE TO FIND THE RIGHT

PEOPLE TO PLAY EACH

CONTACT.

> CHARACTER.

WE HAVE TO FIND ACTORS

WHO CAN TAKE THE ACTUALLY

SCRIPTURE AND MAKE IT SOUND

LIKE THE CHARACTERS ARE

SPEAKING IT OFF THE CUSP.

WHAT IS IT?

MY SCANNER HAD A PERSONAL

CHECK, ONLY FAR MORE COMPACT

AND EFFICIENT THAN ANY

PREVIOUSLY DONE.

IT PROBABLY WOULDN'T HURT

IF YOU JUST, YOU KNOW, TRIED

IT ON, MAYBE.

SEE, NO PROBLEM.

NOW I'LL JUST PUT IT BACK

AND -- AHH!

[YELLING]

SOME OF THESE STORIES ARE

SO EXCITING THEY HAVE

ADVENTURE AND WAR AND

BETRAYAL AND THINGS LIKE

THAT.

SO WE DON'T PLAY WITH THE

BIBLE STORY.

WHERE THE WIGGLE ROOM IS WE

HAVE TWO KIDS AND A ROBOT TO

PLAY WITH.

THAT'S KIND OF WHERE

CREATIVITY COMES.

JOY, GIZ, WE HAVE TO GET

THESE ANIMALS BACK.

I AM ON IT, CHRIS.

[BARKING]

Reporter: SOMETIMES THE

WRITERS HAVE TO MAKE

DECISIONS ABOUT SCENES THAT

ARE NOT VIVIDLY DESCRIBED IN

THE BIBLE.

FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE EPISODE

ABOUT ABRAHAM AND ISAAC,

PRODUCERS ASKED IF THE

SACRIFICE SCENE SHOULD OCCUR

DURING THE DAY OR EVENING?

WE DECIDED TO HAVE IT AT

NIGHT AS AN EXTRA REMINDER

THAT THE STARS ARE OUT

THERE.

ABRAHAM, GOD MADE YOU THIS

PROMISE.

EVEN IN THE MIDST OF HIM

HOLDING THE KNIFE, EVEN IN

THE MIDST OF HIM LOOKING AT

HIS SON ON THE ALTER,

THINKING THIR, THIS IS THE

END OF MY SON, THE END OF MY

LIN NAGE LINEAGE IS.

AND THAT'S GOD'S PROMISE TO

ABRAHAM.

WE DECIDED TO MAKE IT AT

NIGHT BECAUSE IT BRINGS THE

PROMISE FULL CIRCLE, AND YOU

SEE THE STARS AND YOU

REMEMBER ABRAHAM'S PROMISE.

MY SON.

ISAAC, GET THE RAFT AND

WE WILL OFFER IT FOR THE

BURNT OFFERING.

THE LORD HAS PROVIDED.

THROUGH YOUR DESCENDENTS,

ALL OF THE NATIONS WILL BE

BLESSED, ALL BECAUSE YOU

HAVE OBEYED ME.

Terry: THIS IS A SERIES

THAT YOU WANT TO BE SURE

THAT YOUR CHILDREN, YOUR

GRANDCHILDREN, AND YOUR

CHILDREN'S FRIENDS HAVE AN

OPPORTUNITY TO SEE.

IT IS THE WORD OF GOD COME

TO ROOST, IF YOU WILL, FOR

YOUNG CHILDREN.

AND FOR ADULTS AS WELL.

I ENJOY EVERY SINGLE EPISODE

THAT I HAVE SEEN.

AND WE'RE CONSTANTLY MOVING

FORWARD WITH NEW ONES.

I WANT TO TELL YOU HOW YOU

CAN BE PART OF AN EVEN

BIGGER OPPORTUNITY.

IF YOU WOULD JOIN OUR

"SUPERBOOK" CLUB FOR $25 A

MONTH, NOT ONLY WILL YOU

RECEIVE EACH NEW EPISODE AS

IT COMES OUT, ABOUT EVERY

FOUR TO SIX WEEKS, WE'RE

GOING TO SEND YOU THREE OF

THEM SO YOU CAN SHARE WITH

YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

GORDON, WE JUST FINISHED THE

FIRST SEGMENT OF THESE,

RIGHT?

Gordon: SEASON ONE, 13

EPISODES, AND WE JUST KICKED

OFF SEASON TWO WITH THE

STORY OF JONAH.

Terry: A GREAT STORY.

YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE JONAH.

HOW DO YOU GET IT, CALL THAT

TOLL-FREE NUMBER YOU SEE ON

YOUR SCREEN.

1-888-777-1999.

JUST SAY I WANT TO JOIN THE

"SUPERBOOK" CONTINUITY

CLUB.

YOU WILL BE SO GLAD YOU

DID.

Gordon: UP NEXT, A

FORMER DRUG ADDICT COMES

FACE TO FACE WITH JESUS

CHRIST.

FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED WHEN

WE COME BACK.

Terry: BENJAMIN WAS

SICK AND TIRED OF FEELING

SICK AND TIRED.

HIS ADDICTION CRIPPLED HIS

LIFE.

HE NEEDED TO HAVE DRUGS IN

HIS SYSTEM.

SO BEN WANTED TO DIE, UNTIL

HE FOUND OUT HOW TO LIVE

WITH A PURPOSE.

ALL RIGHT.

MY NAME IS BENJAMIN

CLOUWARD, AND I'M FROM SALT

LAKE CITY.

I WASN'T RAISED RELIGIOUS AT

ALL.

I JUST GOT CAUGHT UP IN

ADDICTION, AND I BECAME

PHYSICALLY ADDICTED TO

OPIATES.

AND AFTER I GOT MARRIED AND

HAD KIDS, I STARTED TAKING

PAIN PILLS.

BEFORE I KNEW IT, I WAS

FULLY ADDICTED.

I PHYSICALLY HAD TO HAVE

THEM OR I WOULD GET SICK.

AFTER DEALING WITH THIS FOR

SO LONG, I WAS TO THE POINT

I DIDN'T WANT TO LIVE

ANYMORE.

I WAS SO TIRED OF BEING SICK

ALL OF THE TIME, AND I

DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO

STAY HIGH.

AND IT WAS DEVASTATING

BECAUSE I WAS MARRIED AND I

HAD KIDS AND THEY WERE SO

AMAZING.

BUT I COULDN'T ENJOY THEM.

I HAD A FRIEND, NAMED NADO,

AND HE WAS A CHRISTIAN GUY.

EVEN THOUGH I DIDN'T KNOW

WHAT THAT WAS, I KNEW HE WAS

A CHRISTIAN.

WE KNEW HIS HEART AND IT WAS

GOOD.

I WAS LAYING IN BED ONE

NIGHT AND MY FRIEND, NADO,

SHOWS UP OUT OF NOWHERE AND

SAYS, HEY, BEN, LET'S GO TO

CHURCH.

WHEN WE GET THERE, I'M

EXPECTING SOMETHING TOTALLY

RIDICULOUS.

BUT WHEN I WALKED IN THE

DOOR, A VOICE SPEAKS TO ME,

BENJAMIN, YOU'VE BEEN MADE

FOR A DIVINE PURPOSE, AND

I'I'M GOING TO USE YOU.

WHEN I WALKED PAST THE

COFFEE AREA INTO WHERE THEY

WERE WORSHIPPING AND THERE

WAS LIVE MUSIC, AND THERE

WAS A LIVE BAND ON STAGE,

LOOKED LIKE PEARL JAM, AND

THE FIRST THING I NOTICED IN

THIS ROOM, MY PHYSICAL

SICKNESS DID NOT EXIST IN

THIS ROOM.

AND THE SECOND THING I

REALIZED WAS ALL OF THE

WORDS ABOUT GOD AND JESUS.

PEOPLE HAD THEIR HANDS UP

AND THEY WERE PRAISING.

THE THIRD THING THAT

HAPPENED IS I HAD AN

ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS.

HE CAME TO ME AND TOLD ME

HOW MUCH HE LOVED ME.

HE USED A METAPHOR, AND HE

SAID IF I TOOK EVERY PERSON

IN ONE ROOM AND THEY ALL

PROCEEDED TO LOVE YOU ALL AT

ONCE, THE LOVE I HAVE FOR

YOU IS GREATER THAN THAT

LOVE.

THEN HE SHOWED ME HOW MUCH

HE LOVED ME.

I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT.

I FELL TO MY KNEES.

AND THEY ASKED IF ANYONE

WANTED TO RECEIVE HIM, AND I

RAISED MY HAND AND RECEIVED

HIM MYSELF.

SO WHEN I LEFT THE CHURCH

THAT NIGHT, THE SECOND I

WALKED OUTSIDE THE CHURCH,

MY PHYSICAL SICKNESS CAME

BACK, BUT I STILL HAD HIS

SPIRIT INSIDE.

FAST FORWARD ABOUT A WEEK.

I WENT TO USE DRUGS, AND I

FELT TERRIBLE ABOUT IT.

I WAS CONVINCED IF I WENT

AND USED DRUGS NOW THAT I

MET JESUS, HIS SPIRIT WOULD

LEAVE.

LIKE YOU MET THE CREATOR OF

THE UNIVERSE AND YOU'VE

BLOWN IT.

HIS SPIRIT GREW STRONGER AT

THAT MOMENT, AND HE LOVED

AND COMFORTED ME.

FAST FORWARD, AND I'M USING

A LOT LESS.

I GO TO CHURCH EVERY

WEEKEND.

EVERY SATURDAY I WAS SICK,

BUT THEN I WOULD ALWAYS BE

HEALED WHEN I WAS IN HIS

PRESENCE.

YOU FAST FORWARD A COUPLE OF

WEEKS, ONE OF MY BEST

FRIENDS DIES, HE O.D.s,

AND I'M DEVASTATED.

I DON'T KNOW HOW TO PROCESS

IT.

I'M STILL WALKING WITH GOD,

BUT I STILL HAVE PROBLEMS.

MY WIFE ENDS UP HAVING A

DREAM.

I'VE BEEN USING A LOT, AND

SHE DOESN'T KNOW IT.

SHE TELLS ME THE DREAM.

I'M CONVICTED BY THE DREAM,

AND I HONESTLY COME TO HER

AND SAY I'VE BEEN LYING AND

I'M USING.

AS SOON AS I GOT THINGS GOOD

WITH HER AGAIN, AND WE

TALKED ABOUT IT, I FELL TO

MY KNEES.

I SAID, JESUS, YOU'VE GOT TO

TAKE THIS ADDICTION TO ME

RIGHT NOW.

FROM THE SECOND I'VE PRAYED

THAT PRAYER, I HAVE NOT HAD

THE URGE TO USE PILLS

AGAIN.

HE COMPLETELY FREED ME FROM

IT.

I HAVE NO DESIRE TO DO IT.

MY LIFE GETS BETTER AND

BETTER AS I CONTINUE TO WALK

FORWARD WITH HIM.

I LOVE TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT

HOW MUCH GOD LOVES HIM.

I TRY TO HELP PEOPLE COME

INTO CONTACT WITH THAT

POWERFUL LOVE THAT HAS

NOTHING BUT CHANGED MY

LIFE.

HEALED ME FROM THE INSIDE

OUT.

HE HAS FREED ME FROM SO MANY

THINGS, I WANT OTHER PEOPLE

TO HAVE THE SAME EXPERIENCE

THAT I HAVE HAD.

I LOVE TO TALK WITH PEOPLE

AND I LOVE TO HELP THEM TO

UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH GOD

LOVES THEM.

Terry: NOW, I LOVE

BEN'S STORY BECAUSE HE WAS

BOUND.

IT WAS SOMETHING HE STARTED

DOING THAT, I'M SURE, WAS IN

HIS MIND SOMETHING I'M GOING

TO DO TONIGHT, AND MAYBE

I'LL DO IT WITH MY FRIENDS

TOMORROW.

AND PRETTY SOON YOU'RE

HOOKED.

THIS THING THAT YOU THOUGHT

YOU WERE TAKING NOW TAKES

YOU AND CONTROLS YOU.

AND YOUR LIFE IS NEVER THE

SAME.

IT IS NEVER ALL THAT YOU

WERE CREATED FOR AND MEANT

TO BE.

AND YET GOD WAS ALWAYS

THERE.

ALWAYS WAITING, STANDING,

SAYING COME TO ME, BEN.

COME TO ME.

HE IS SAYING THAT TO ALL OF

US, YOU KNOW.

HE SAYS, I STAND AT THE DOOR

AND KNOCK.

IF ANYONE HEARS MY VOICE AND

INVITES ME IN, I'LL COME.

AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED

WITH BEN.

NOW, SOMETIMES YOU KNOW THE

TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH CAN SET

YOU FREE.

SOMETIMES IT'S IMMEDIATE,

AND SOMETIMES IT'S A

PROCESS.

BUT GOD NEVER LET'S GO.

HE NEVER LET'S GO.

HE NEVER LET'S GO.

HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH.

SO REACH OUT TODAY, JUST

LIKE BEN DID, AND SAY YES.

BEGIN THE RELATIONSHIP.

BEGIN THE UNDERSTANDING OF

TRUTH.

BEGIN THE PROCESS OF BEING

SET FREE.

THIS ISN'T JUST FOR ONE

PERSON, TWO PEOPLE, A COUPLE

OF PEOPLE.

IT'S FOR YOU.

IT'S FOR EVERYONE.

GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT

HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN

SON.

THAT'S YOU.

YOU AND I ARE A PART OF

THAT.

SO THE GIFT IS THERE.

THE WORK HAS BEEN DONE.

THE FREEDOM HAS BEEN WON.

BUT WE NEED TO RECEIVE IT.

TODAY WILL YOU DO THAT?

STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING RIGHT

NOW AND JUST SAY YES TO

HIM.

NOT YES TO A RELIGION.

NOT YES TO SOME KIND OF A

SEQUENCE OF THINGS THAT YOU

HAVE TO DO.

SAY YES TO HIM.

TO THE SAVIOR, THE ONE WHO,

AS WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER,

PICKED YOU'RE FEET UP FROM

THE MUCK AND THE CLAY AND

WANTS TO SET YOUR FEET ON A

ROCK, TO BE FREE, TO KNOW

TRUTH, AND TO FIND PURPOSE

AND MEANING IN YOUR LIFE.

JUST SAY, JESUS, I AM A

SINNER.

FORGIVE ME.

FORGIVE MY SINS.

I NEED YOU, I WANT YOU.

HOLY SPIRIT, COME INTO MY

LIFE.

I WANT TO RECEIVE ALL THAT

YOU ARE, JESUS.

EVERYTHING THAT YOU'VE

DONE.

I GIVE YOU EVERY PART OF MY

LIFE.

TEACH ME HOW TO WALK WITH

YOU, LIVE WITH YOU, LOVE

YOU.

SHOW ME HOW TO UNDERSTAND

THE FREEDOM THAT YOU OFFER

TO ME, AND THEN SHOW ME THE

PURPOSE AND PLAN YOU HAVE

FOR MY LIFE.

IT'S THAT SIMPLE.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A

RELATIONSHIP.

JUST TALK TO HIM.

IF YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC NEED

IN YOUR LIFE, SOMETHING THAT

YOU WANT PRAYER FOR, THAT

YOU NEED TO BE SET FREE

FROM, OR YOU JUST NEED TO

CONFESS OR TALK TO SOMEBODY,

CALL THE TOLL-FREE NUMBER

THAT IS ON YOUR SCREEN.

IT'S 1-888-777-1999.

DON'T WORRY ABOUT ANYBODY

JUDGING YOU.

THE PERSON ON THE OTHER END

OF THE LINE IS SOMEBODY JUST

LIKE YOU, WHO'S LIFE WAS IN

A MESS, WHO INVITED JESUS

CHRIST IN AND WHO FOUND

FREEDOM AND A NEW

BEGINNING.

CALL NOW.

1-888-777-1999.

GORDON?

Gordon: ALL RIGHT,

WELL, THIS IS "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," WHERE WE

INTERACT WITH YOU.

LET'S GO TO MARGUERITE IN

THE CHATROOM.

JASON WRITES, "I DON'T

LIKE RESPONSIBILITY.

THERE ARE MANY THINGS I

WOULD LIKE TO TRY, BUT I'M

AFRAID I'LL LET OTHERS DOWN

BECAUSE I'M AFRAID OF WHAT

WILL BE ENTITLED.

HOW CAN I STOP PLAYING IT

SAFE AND TRY SOMETHING

KNEW?"

Gordon: WELL, YOU'VE

GOT YOUR ANSWER RIGHT IN

TO DO IT.

HE IS WITH YOU.

YOU CAN COUNT ON IT.

KENDRA ASKS, "I HAVE

THOUGHT ABOUT SETTING GOALS

TO BECOME MOTIVATED TO TRY

NEW THINGS.

WILL WORKING TOWARDS A GOAL

AFFECT MY HAPPINESS?

CAN IT POSSIBLY GIVE ME

PEACE OF MIND?

Gordon: YES, IT CAN.

I BELIEVE IN GOALS.

AND I, ON A REGULAR BASIS,

SIT DOWN AND SAY, OKAY,

WHERE DO I WANT TO BE FIVE

YEARS, 10 YEARS FROM NOW?

HOW DO I ACHIEVE THOSE

GOALS.

AND I SET GOALS FOR MYSELF.

AND IT'S WONDERFUL WHAT

HAPPENS WHEN YOU START

ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS.

AND YOU CAN LITERALLY WRITE

THEM DOWN AND THEN WORK

TOWARDS ACHIEVING THEM.

AND IN THE ACHIEVING, YOU

GET GREAT PLEASURE.

I MEAN, IT REALLY IS A

WONDERFUL SATISFACTION.

AND IF YOU START LIVING A

LIFE BASED ON A MAP THAT YOU

CREATE, YOU'LL SEE A HUGE

DIFFERENCE.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE

FOR THIS PROGRAM.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM ISAIAH: "BUT

THOSE WHO WAIT ON THE LORD

WILL RENEW THEIR STRENGTH,

THEY SHALL RUN AND NOT BE

WEARY, THEY SHALL WALK AND

NOT FAINT."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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