The 700 Club: September 21, 2009

Baseball great Darryl Strawberry shares his testimony. Also, CBN News reports on debt settlement.


UnderWing Transcripts PO Box 16282 Clearwater, Florida 33766 540 455-2333 / UnderWing@underwingtranscripts.com ________________________________________ The 700 Club Daily Broadcast Monday, September 21, 2009 PAT ROBERTSON: Well, welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to this edition of The 700 Club. Conservatives say they’ve had enough of the government’s big spending programs and what they call “social liberalism.” TERRY MEEUWSEN: Values voters came together for their annual summit this weekend, and they’re planning to bring change to Washington. Paul Strand has the story. VOTERS PAUL STRAND: The summit concentrated hard on issues dear to conservatives’ hearts and how unrestrained liberalism in Washington is affecting them. The reason this is even being called a Values Voters Summit is it’s referring back to what happened in the 2004 presidential election when people said they were voting not because of the economy or the Iraq war, but because of those values issues, like abortion, homosexual marriage, stem cell research. And those are the topics that have this crowd particularly fired up. In a panel on health care reform proposals, Republican congressmen tore into Democrats’ claims that taxpayer funds won’t pay for abortion. Rep. Chris Smith (Heads House GOP Pro-Life Caucus): Everywhere you look, the language is clear, unambiguous, and we get this disinformation campaign. Donna Turk (Summit Attendee): It's very clear that it covers abortion, because every attempt to take abortion out of it has been defeated. PAUL STRAND: Attorney Kelly Shackelford briefed the summit on a Supreme Court case, where he is battling the ACLU’s demand that a cross for veterans be ripped down off a Mojave Desert mountain. Kelly Shackelford (Liberty Institute): The bulldozers would be all over the country if they set this precedent. And so this is really dangerous, because this is a remote cross that's not bothering anybody, that's been up for 75 years. If it's got to go, then pretty much everything has got to go. Rep. Eric Cantor (House Minority Whip): People are waking up, and they’re not recognizing the country that we know and love. PAUL STRAND (Interviewing): Are you worried about the direction of the country? Ruth Mizell (Summit Attendee): Yes, I’m worried. I'm worried so that I pray all the time. PAUL STRAND (Reporting): But the overwhelming feeling here was liberalism would go too far and overplay its hand. Tony Perkins (Family Research Council): What Americans have seen, value voters have seen, is liberalism uncensored. We've seen politicians gone wild, and they've had enough of it. PAUL STRAND: Rather than being dispirited, the crowd here is thinking that they may actually be able to retake the House in 2010, possibly the entire Congress. And they’re strategizing already about how to recapture the White House in 2012. Paul Strand, CBN News, reporting from the Values Voters Summit in Washington, DC. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, is the pendulum swinging to more conservatism? Probably so. And will there be a repudiation of Obama-ism? Probably so. We’ll see. Well, Lee Webb has the rest of our top stories from the CBN Newsroom. Lee. BARY LEE WEBB: Pat, Rifqa Bary heads back to a Florida courtroom where a judge could decide whether to send her back home to Ohio. Bary is the 17-year-old from Ohio who converted from Islam to Christianity and later ran away in fear of being killed. Efrem Graham traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to learn more about her conversion. EFREM GRAHAM: Rifqa Bary boarded a bus here in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and ran away from home in late July. But friends say it was a journey the 17-year-old former Muslim feared since the day she became a Christian at this Columbus church back in 2005. Adriana Mancillas (Friend of Rifqa): She was scared that her dad would find out, that her parents would find out. And sometimes she would talk about being afraid of going back to Sri Lanka, being sent back. EFREM GRAHAM: Adriana Mancillas is a student at Ohio State University. She is also a close friend to Rifqa and the young girl who led Rifqa to Christ. Adriana Mancillas: I wanted to protect her. I didn't want anything to happen to her. So for me, hearing anything, like hearing that her book was found or hearing that she was threatened, things like that definitely broke my heart. EFREM GRAHAM: Christians on the college campus were impressed with the strength of the high school girl who had to hide her faith from her family. It is a testimony they quietly spread over the years, even off campus. Mike Chilcoat is director of the Columbus chapter of Young Life, one of the largest Christian organizations for young people in the world. Mike Chilcoat (Young Life): Rifqa had a relationship with some of the Young Life leaders in the New Albany area. I had heard her name prior to this coming up. I know that they had a relationship with her. EFREM GRAHAM: And for Adriana, the most touching moment came one month before Rifqa left. Rifqa Bary was baptized here in the waters at Hoover Dam Park in northern Columbus. About a dozen of her Christian friends were here at the time to witness the event. Adriana Mancillas: It’s seriously the most amazing baptism service I’ve ever seen. EFREM GRAHAM: Friends now pray Rifqa gets what she wants as the battle of faith and family plays out in court. Adriana Mancillas: What she wants is not to be separated from her family. That is not what she wants. This whole thing is about her being able to worship Jesus. She loves God. And she loves her friends. She loves her family. But above all, she just wants to do God’s will. EFREM GRAHAM: Efrem Graham, CBN News, Columbus, Ohio. LEE WEBB: Attorneys for Bary’s parents have filed a motion to have the case dismissed. We have an update on the Bary hearing on tomorrow’s 700 Club. And Pat, this is quite a story, isn’t it? PAT ROBERTSON: Well, it’s a quite a story. And it’s shocking to even consider that a judge, a judge in the United States of America, would turn a 17-year-old over to her parents with the possibility of her getting killed. There is a clear and present danger that her life is at risk. And why would you do that? They talk about a child being emancipated, but 17 is pretty emancipatable. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Well, also, they have outsiders look at this from the perspective of an average American typical family and saying, “Well, we don’t see any risk to her life.” Well, this isn’t a normal typical scenario. Why does a 17-year-old girl leave home when she loves her family? Obviously she has a fear. PAT ROBERTSON: Muslims have an obligation to kill apostates. And if somebody leaves the Islamic faith and coverts to Christianity, it’s open season. They can be killed. There is no question about it. And the judges in the courts have got to take that into consideration. Well, Lee, we’ll see what happens tomorrow. AL QAEDA TERROR PLOT? LEE WEBB: Details are emerging, Pat, about a group of men accused of plotting a terrorist attack in the US. The FBI says they found nine pages of bomb making notes in this man’s handwriting. He’s 24-year-old Colorado resident Najibullah Zazi. Zazi admits he got weapons training from al Qaeda. Investigators say they also discovered Zazi's fingerprints on materials that could be used to make explosives. But he denies being involved in a terror plot. Zazi was arrested, though, this weekend, along with his father, an Islamic leader from New York. They’re all accused of lying to investigators and were headed to court today. Authorities say the charges are designed to keep the men in custody while more serious charges are considered. TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN? LEE WEBB: The top US military leader in Afghanistan said the mission there will fail without more troops and a new strategy. In a confidential report given to the Washington Post, General Stanley McChrystal says success in Afghanistan is possible only if US-led NATO forces get reinforcements on the ground. He also wants those forces to focus on protecting the Afghan people rather than killing Taliban and al Qaeda insurgents. But he warns that will increase US casualties in the short run. McChrystal's plan would in effect buy time until Afghan security forces could be strengthened in one or two years. Certainly, everyone, I think, understands, Pat, the need for more troops. What do you think about this strategy of just simply protecting the Afghan people? PAT ROBERTSON: It’s nonsense, frankly. We can’t go around the world protecting people. There are lots of people that need protection. They needed protection in Haiti. They needed protection in the Sudan. They need protection in various other parts of the world. We just can’t be sending our troops everywhere in the world. And this business in Afghanistan, we have totally lost sight of what our mission was. Our mission was to go in and kill al Qaeda and destroy the Taliban. It was not to rebuild, to do nation building, to encourage democracy or any of that stuff. This is an ancient society. They’ve been around longer than we have. And they have resisted Alexander the Great. They resisted the Brits. They resisted the Russians. And they will resist us. We just cannot do this, and the time has come to say, “Yes, General, good work, old buddy. You’re a great man, but we’re going to ignore your advice and we’re going to pull out.” And I think it’s time for a phased pullout of Afghanistan to say, “Enough already. We’ve had enough wars.” TERRY MEEUWSEN: Well, I think the patience of the American people has worn thin. They don’t want to lose their sons and daughters for another year or two. PAT ROBERTSON: Of course, and not knowing what they’re losing them for. You say, “We’re fighting for democracy.” Democracy for who? And then you’ve got a president over there, they think he’s guilty of some kind of fraud in the election. And the country, Terry, is broken into little fiefdoms. It isn’t a unified country around Kabul. Kabul is only one little isolated place. There are all these warlords out there. And the warlords will go with whoever pays them. So if we pay them, fine. If we don’t pay them, then they will go with somebody else. TERRY MEEUWSEN: It’s never ending. PAT ROBERTSON: It’s never ending. It never will end, because that country has been in turmoil for decades. Lee. OBAMA MEDIA BLITZ LEE WEBB: President Obama is keeping up his media blitz to promote health care reform. The President says he’s making the push, because his message isn’t getting through to the public. But critics say people simply don’t like what they’ve heard. A Rasmussen poll, for example, shows that 56 percent of the public now opposes the plan, while only 43 percent support it. And political analysts warn that the President’s media blitz is leading to overexposure. Man: If you’re doing five shows as President of the United States on a Sunday, it’s four too many. Man: No President ever wants to become video wallpaper. People do tune you out, because they simply assume you don’t have anything new to say. LEE WEBB: Republicans also say there is no way the President can achieve his health care goals without tax increases. But, Pat, you’ve been warning about this overexposure problem for weeks. PAT ROBERTSON: Listen, I’ve been 50 years or so in media, and it’s just insane. It’s totally insane for the President to be overexposed, to be on every single talk show on Sunday morning. Every one? TERRY MEEUWSEN: It has already happened. PAT ROBERTSON: Sure. TERRY MEEUWSEN: People are reacting that way already. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, they see that picture on TV, and, boy, your clicker is activated as fast as you can. “Let me go to the sports. Get him off of there.” TERRY MEEUWSEN: It’s where the term “been there, done that” came from. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, he’s not convincing a soul, and the more he talks, the worse it gets. And it seems like to me that that thing isn’t going to pass, and it’s probably good for the country. The American people have a visceral reaction to this kind of thing. It just isn’t working. Plus the fact it’s going to cost a lot of money, plus it’s going to take taxes, plus it’s bad policy. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Just to name a few. PAT ROBERTSON: Okay. What do we do next? TERRY MEEUWSEN: Today is Money Monday, and up next, how to pay off your debt at a fraction of the price. Man: My final credit card was close to a little over 12,000 dollars, and they settled with the other company for 2,000 dollars. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Sound too good to be true? Sometimes it is. Learn what to look out for, after this. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * GRAPHIC: DARRYL STRAWBERRY LEE WEBB: Still ahead, the stories you haven’t heard . . . . Darryl Strawberry: He would beat the crap out of us and tell us, “You’re never going to be nothing. LEE WEBB: . . . . about one of the biggest names in baseball. Darryl Strawberry: I thought I was bigger than life and nobody could tell me nothing. LEE WEBB: Darryl Strawberry talks about fighting cancer . . . . Darryl Strawberry: The doctor said, “Is this amazing?” And I say, “Amazing.” LEE WEBB: . . . . and fighting God. 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Call your local Curves club about the 30-day diet plan and find out when you can try a class near you, free. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * PAT ROBERTSON: It’s The 700 Club and it’s Money Monday! And we’re going to be talking about money, how to make it, how to keep it. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Hallelujah. PAT ROBERTSON: How to save it. A growing number of Americans are falling behind on their bills, and many of them have turned to companies that promise to reduce or eliminate what they owe. And while some of these programs are legit, many others could leave you deeper in debt. Charlene Israel explains the difference. FOCUS: DEBT SETTLEMENT SCAMS CHARLENE ISRAEL: Two years ago Mike Lang had so much credit card debt he had trouble sleeping at night. Just how deep was he in? Mike Lang, Jr.: Close to 33,000 dollars, over three credit cards, which I don't recommend to anybody. CHARLENE ISRAEL: Desperate to pay it all off, Mike enrolled in something called a debt settlement program through a company that promised debt relief. Mike Lang, Jr. (Struggled with Debt): They took care of all the harassing phone calls, the e-mails, the letters in the mail, the debt collectors. I gave them my power of attorney and they took it from there. CHARLENE ISRAEL: Mike isn’t alone. In this recession, many Americans are having a hard time paying their bills. That has created a boom in businesses that promise quick and easy debt relief. Debt settlement is a perfectly legal solution for consumers who have fallen behind on their bills. But to have a debt settlement company do the legwork for you is risky, and many times expensive. Here's how debt settlement companies work: the company gets your creditors to accept less than the full amount you owe. They promise to knock off 50 percent or more of the debt you have to pay back, with repayment taking between two and four years. The company then sets up a savings account for you, and you make monthly payments to that account. When you've made all the payments, the debt settlement company settles with your creditors in one lump sum. You are told to stop making payments to your creditors and not to contact them. Leave the negotiating to the debt settlement company. When you go this route, you cab end up owing more than when you started, and your credit suffers because you stop paying your bills. And that's not all. Some companies charge advance fees that can run up to 1,000 dollars or more. Sara Gottovi is an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission. She says the agency is concerned about those types of misleading and abusive practices in the debt settlement industry. Sara Gottovi (Attorney, Federal Trade Commission): Many companies will charge upfront fees that might be the first several payments, the first several monthly payments paid to the company, and that will go to the company’s fees instead of into the savings account to pay the creditors. CHARLENE ISRAEL: Other feeds could also be added in. Sara Gottovi: The debt settlement company may charge a monthly fee, an account maintenance fee, they might call it, and they also might charge fees at the end of the program when they've settled an account. CHARLENE ISRAEL: The FTC has received hundreds of complaints about the claims of some debt settlement companies. Sara Gottovi: Many consumers complain to us that the creditors don’t stop calling them when they enroll in the program, that they’re continuing to get collection calls and that they might even be sued by a creditor who is demanding payment on the account. CHARLENE ISRAEL: But Mike had a more positive experience with a debt settlement company. Thanks to the program he enrolled in, his 33,000 dollar mountain of debt is almost completely gone. Mike Lang, Jr.: My final credit card, it was close to a little over 12,000 dollars, and they settled with the other company for 2,000 dollars. CHARLENE ISRAEL: So, if you're considering signing up with a debt settlement company, pay attention to the red flags: first, does the company charge an upfront fee? Do they tell you to stop making payments to your creditors? Do they claim they can eliminate your debts? Are they licensed in your state? Has the Better Business Bureau received complaints about the company? And read the fine print. The money you save through negotiation could be considered income that you have to claim on your taxes. Attorney Kirk Levy says a better way to go is to look for organizations that offer help for free. Kirk Levy (Attorney): Sometimes we have consumer credit counseling type companies that are not for profit. They're helping people. CHARLENE ISRAEL: And many people don't realize they can negotiate with their creditors themselves. Creditors are usually willing to work with consumers to pay back their debt. Terry Strouss once owed 30,000 dollars in credit card and other debt. He was seriously behind on all his payments. But after praying about what to do, he found out through a friend that he could arrange debt settlement with his creditors on his own. Terry Strouss (Negotiated with Creditors): Most of them were willing, and it took some time to negotiate the amount of money that I could pay. It was difficult at times getting them to come down to what I could manage. CHARLENE ISRAEL: After negotiating his debt down, Terry had to come up with lump sums of cash to settle his debt for the lower amount. And while it was tough, he says it was worth it. Almost all of his debt has now been paid off. Mikes says for him, a reputable debt settlement company was the best option. Today, he is also nearly debt free, he's slowly rebuilding his damaged credit, and, best of all, he’s finally able to get a good night's sleep. But if you choose to have one of these companies negotiate your debt for you, ask lots of questions, read the fine print and know exactly what you're getting into before you take the plunge. Charlene Israel, CBN News. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * PAT ROBERTSON: Thanks, Charlene. I really don’t feel good about these debt settlement companies. I think there are too many frauds. For every legit company, there are probably five frauds. TERRY MEEUWSEN: I think one of the things that probably drives people to wanting to use them is just to get out from under those phone calls and the harassment that’s involved in the whole thing. PAT ROBERTSON: But you don’t get out. And what you wind up doing is having another layer that makes it even worse than what you had before. So if you can do it yourself, folks, you can do it yourself. You can. So do it! Terry. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Well, coming up on Money Monday, we want to help solve your financial problems. Andy writes, “I have two young daughters. When should I start teaching them about money?” TERRY MEEUWSEN: We’ll Bring It On with Andy’s question and more, after this. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SPOT 2A: ISRAEL PAT ROBERTSON: Israel, the land where God came to mankind. Imagine to be in the place where our Lord lived, to stand where He performed His miracles, to see where He taught the multitudes. The pages of the Bible come alive in the land filled with God’s promises. Don’t miss this experience of a lifetime. Visit Israel. You’ll never be the same. 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Buy gold and wait. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * NEXT DAY PROMO GRAPHIC: TALES FROM THE E.R. LEE WEBB: Tomorrow. Man: Okay, we have defib, precordial thump. Mr. Kirby, can you hear me? LEE WEBB: As paramedics in the ER scramble to rescue a life . . . . Man: And he gets shocked, and he gets shocked repeatedly. Between shocks, he’s getting CPR. He’s getting resuscitation drugs. LEE WEBB: . . . . family and friends try to do the same. Woman: How do I tell him I’m sorry now? I don’t get to take any of that back. LEE WEBB: How they worked together to save this man. Woman: I’ve got a pulse. LEE WEBB: Tomorrow on The 700 Club. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * BRING IT ON TERRY MEEUWSEN: Well, today is Money Monday, and we have a few minutes here to answer some of the e-mail questions that you’ve sent in about your finances. So are you ready? PAT ROBERTSON: Let’s go for them. TERRY MEEUWSEN: This is from Andy, who says, “My wife and I have two young daughters in elementary school. We’re wondering when we should begin to teach our daughters about money, including tithing, saving, spending and giving? The financial news on TV these days is very scary, and we don’t want our daughters to live in fear.” PAT ROBERTSON: Andy, you don’t have to be in fear if you trust the Lord. And actually, the stock market has had one of the biggest run-ups in the last few months that it had since the days of the Great Depression. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Wow. PAT ROBERTSON: Huge. It’s up 35-40 percent. So why should you be in fear? It’s just a question of allocating in the right direction. The question though is when should you start teaching. You ought to start teaching them right now. You give them an allowance. The biggest thing about an allowance is to say ten percent of it goes to the Lord. And you teach the children to tithe at an early age. And if they become generous givers, you watch what God will do for them. You can also teach them about saving. You could have a little piggy bank or something where they save and have some rewards along the way. There are lots of ways you could do it. You don’t have to give them a course at MIT. Just have some very simple rules and simple procedures and kind of, as I say, make a game out of it. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Now, you have such a great understanding of how money works in general around the world. Were you raised with that kind of discussion or was it just a natural . . . . PAT ROBERTSON: My father was—I think a skinflint would be a good way to describe him. He was an extraordinarily frugal man, extremely frugal. But we never were brought in on any financial discussions. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Really? So that’s just a natural interest that’s grown as you’ve . . . . PAT ROBERTSON: Well, natural, and I went to law school and I took tax, and I learned some of these things. But I’ve always been an entrepreneur. I like starting things, starting businesses. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Okay, this is Wallace, who says, “I’ve just learned that in 2010, folks with an IRA or an IRA rollover account will be able to convert their accounts into Roth IRAs. Is this a good idea for the long haul? I won’t be retiring for at least 15 years or more.” PAT ROBERTSON: Wallace, there a number of considerations you ought to have, and the first one is how much tax are you going to have to pay? You will pay ordinary income tax on all of the gain on your IRA over the years that you’ve had it. So when you convert that sum of money—let’s say it’s 100,000 dollars and 50 of it is gain, you’re going to pay ordinary income tax on 50,000 dollars. That’s for starters. So whether you like it or not, that’s going to go against you. Beyond that, you have to ask yourself, “Will the government continue to give tax benefit advantage treatment to my Roth IRAs?” They could change the game on you in one stroke of the Congress. That’s all they have to do. TERRY MEEUWSEN: So what would you do if this was you? PAT ROBERTSON: Well, I don’t think I would shift unless I had a long horizon, I was like 25-30 years old and I was going to figure on living until 70 or 80. And during that period of time, the thing about a Roth is that when you begin to get paid off by the Roth, you don’t pay any taxes on the distributions. So that’s good. You do pay on a regular. But if you have a small IRA, and you want to start building for the future, that’s the time to convert. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Okay, this is Jason, who says, “Hopefully, my wife and I will be buying our first home before the end of this year to take advantage of the 8,000 dollar tax break we’ve seen advertised on TV. Neither of us have any experience with purchasing real estate. How should we prepare for this?” PAT ROBERTSON: You should prepare by taking a cold shower and sitting down and forgetting about it. Eight thousand bucks isn’t that big a deal, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you could just lose your shirt. TERRY MEEUWSEN: But if they’re ready to buy a home . . . . PAT ROBERTSON: They’re not ready. TERRY MEEUWSEN: . . . . it is an 8,000 dollar savings, right? PAT ROBERTSON: They’re not ready. They don’t know anything about it. They just aren’t sure. But they say, “This is the incentive, 8,000 dollars.” Well, 8,000 dollars is peanuts considering how much you’d have to spend on a house. You’ve got the . . . . TERRY MEEUWSEN: Down payment. PAT ROBERTSON: . . . down payment and repairs and taxes and on and on and on. There are so many other considerations that you’ve got to make, and the fact that you say you don’t have a clue about real estate. Study real estate for a while and don’t be hurried into something because of a quick tax rebate. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Don’t you think most people, when they buy their first home, though, don’t know very much about real estate? They’re usually young and inexperienced. PAT ROBERTSON: Yes, but they learn some things. Young couples study. They look at what their dream house and where it’s located, and they think about furniture, and they think about cost. They think about stuff like that. TERRY MEEUWSEN: So look at the big picture in all of this, as far as the total costs involved. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, the big picture is whether or not you want to own versus rent. That’s the big picture. And you shouldn’t be stampeded into doing it because of a quick tax break. That’s the . . . . TERRY MEEUWSEN: The bottom line of that. PAT ROBERTSON: But figure, do the math. Sit down and work out the math, year after year after year. “This will cost me so much. If I rent it, it will cost me so much.” There is depreciation, so much. Taxes, so much. Figure it all out. You say, “I don’t know anything.” Well, learn. All right. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Okay, this is Charlene, who says, “As you see it, what sectors of our economy would be good to invest in at this time? Is there an area that we should definitely avoid?” PAT ROBERTSON: Yes, I think you should avoid bank stocks. I think the financial companies have had an awfully rocky ride. It’s been like a roller coaster up and down. But banks particularly, they may be in for some pounding. I like natural resource stocks. I like precious metals. I just think that they’re going to hold up in some kind of an inflationary environment, and I think we’re going into inflation. So you plan for inflation. If you think it’s not going to inflate, then you go a different way. But the other thing is to get a solid company that pays good dividends. And if you get dividends, regardless of what’s happening, your stock will pay you money. And so it will help you. All right. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Okay. This is from James, who says, “Pat, I’ve heard you talk about investing in foreign currencies as a way to counterbalance the falling value of the US dollar. How do I decide which currencies to buy?” PAT ROBERTSON: Well, the way I have done it is to figure, currency represents a country. And what does the country make its money doing? I like natural resources, so you figure Canada, Australia are big natural resource countries. And therefore, I’ve thought that their currencies would go up in value. And indeed, that’s exactly what happened. Beyond that, you begin to get into the sort of iffy world of foreign trading. But it’s not an investment as such. You just shift your dollar, a certain amount of your dollars into a different currency. And now you have a checking account that is paid off in yen instead of American dollars. That’s all it is. But I think that’s where you look. And then beyond that, you begin to look at the disparity between currencies. There are some out of whack. Some have been reduced too low, and they will be coming back. And you have them, will they be benefited. And also, what about the governments? Are the governments going to . . . . . TERRY MEEUWSEN: Stable. PAT ROBERTSON: Stable. Are they going to confiscate your money? It’s all these things. TERRY MEEUWSEN: There is a lot to know. PAT ROBERTSON: But the ones, as I say, that I have liked—and I’m afraid that the Australian dollar is way overpriced right now. But I tell you, we’ve done very well with Australia and Canada. But you’d better look at them to see today how it is versus what it was four months ago. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Okay. Well, that’s all the time we have today for your e-mail questions, but we will take some more next Monday on your finances, so send them to us at CBN.com. Well, Gloria Adjaye knows what it’s like to be stretched thin. She once worked long hours at her job and at home. Then Gloria made a decision, and now she works less, she gets paid more. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * GLORIA ADJAYE TIM BRANSON: Gloria Adjaye is a registered nurse and busy mother of three. She’s also been a faithful CBN viewer for years. Gloria Adjaye: By two o’clock I know Pat will be there, so I plan my window. TIM BRANSON: One day, as Gloria watched the show, she started thinking about her giving. Gloria Adjaye: I was giving to my church. I was giving to other ministries. I was giving as I can. And I was watching Money Monday. As I listened to more teachings about tithes and how people have tithed and God has blessed them, I was kind of challenged to be part of it. TIM BRANSON: Soon after Gloria became a 700 Club partner, the hospital where she worked gave her a new contract. Now she worked only on weekends with a higher salary and bonuses. Gloria Adjaye: For every weekend that we work, just Friday to Sunday, we get a 100-dollar bonus of each day. TIM BRANSON: Now Gloria could stay home with her kids during the week. And with bonuses and overtime, her salary nearly doubled. Gloria Adjaye: So that was a big jump, which wasn’t there. So I know for sure that it was not just a coincidence. I know where this was coming from. TIM BRANSON: Gloria feels strongly about giving, especially about giving to CBN. Gloria Adjaye: CBN is doing a lot, and they’re using money wisely. They’re helping people in need. You don’t really have to be in debt to tithe or for God to bless you. As you give, God can bless you more, and your life will improve drastically. You will go from good to better. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * TERRY MEEUWSEN: God’s ways are so much higher than our ways. He’s so creative. As you give, you wind up being blessed more and being a blessing to others. And so we want to invite you to become a part of The 700 Club and help us reach out to people around the world. GRAPHIC: 1-800-759-0700 CBN.COM You’ll be doing what God has encouraged us all to do, and that’s to give ten percent to Him or more of your income, whatever you feel God is leading you in your heart to do. But when you do that, we can touch the world with the love of Jesus Christ and make such a huge difference. Not only that, it makes you feel good to be a part of that. Well, you can join The 700 Club today. It’s 65 cents a day, 20 dollars a month. And it’s so simple to join. Our number is even toll free. It’s 1-800-759-0700. Or you can log on to CBN.com. And if you give through Pledge Express, it costs a lot less for us to administrate everything, and we want to say thank you for choosing to do that. GRAPHIC: FREE WITH PLEDGE EXPRESS 1-800-759-0700 CBN.COM Let your bank do the work. You’ll be set free from all of that hassle. And we want to say thank you for doing that by sending you “Power for Life” teachings each month. This one is called “Power of a Grateful Heart.” I think you just saw a grateful heart in the story that we saw with Gloria, because she’s doing it God’s way. We want to encourage you to do that, too. So when you call 1-800-759-0700, just say, “I’d like to join The 700 Club, and I’d like to join through Pledge Express.” And we welcome you to the family of God, reaching out to the world in His name. Pat. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, it’s almost the end of baseball season, and football is coming on strong. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Yes, hard to believe, isn’t it? Yes. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, still ahead, baseball slugger Darryl Strawberry tells us how his career began and what derailed it. Darryl Strawberry: I thought I was bigger than life and nobody could tell me nothing. This was my outlet, and this was where nobody was going to ever control me again. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, the eight-time all star shares his story later on The 700 Club. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SPOT 3: CURVES Announcer: So you finally decided that it’s the right time for you to lose weight. That’s great. And maybe you’re considering going to Weight Watchers. Woman: Weight Watchers? Woman: Oh, no, girl. Woman: You’re going to try something new. Woman: I am? Woman: We’re clear. Go, go, go, go, go! Announcer: Introducing the new Curves 30-day diet plan. It’s clinically proven and a brand new way to lose weight and keep it off, without counting points forever. There are diet classes every month, which are free to everyone. No membership required. Curves’ exclusive 30-day diet is designed to help you retrain and sustain your metabolism. That way you can reach your goal weight and stay there. Want to get started? Woman: Let’s try something else. Announcer: Learn a whole new way to take off the weight. Call your local Curves club about the 30-day diet plan and find out when you can try a class near you, free. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ISRAEL NUCLEAR VOTE LEE WEBB: Welcome back to The 700 Club. A 150-nation nuclear conference has voted to condemn Israel for its alleged nuclear program, that despite Iran’s continued defiance over its nuclear program. It is the first time in 18 years the International Atomic Energy Agency has gone after Israel in this way. The resolution, passed in Vienna, expresses concern about Israeli nuclear capabilities. It was passed with 49 yes votes and 45 nos. So the vote was close, but Iran hailed the vote as a, quote, “glorious moment.” CORAL RIDGE VOTE LEE WEBB: One of Billy Graham’s grandsons will continue as the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale. The south Florida mega church issued the call to 37-year-old Tullian Tchividjian just last spring. He was viewed by many as a radical change from the church’s founding pastor, the late D. James Kennedy. Kennedy’s daughter was one of several members who called for Tchividjian’s ouster. But their motion to remove him was denied Sunday by an almost 70 percent vote. Tchividjian brings a less formal style to worship and has steered away from the church’s former emphasis on political involvement. You can always get the latest from CBN News by going to our web site at CBN.com. GRAPHIC: FOR MORE INFORMATION LOG ON TO CBN.COM Pat and Terry will be back with more of The 700 Club, after this. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SPOT 4A: SYNVISC Announcer: If you have osteoarthritis knee pain, Synvisc One treats it right at the source and helps you get back to doing the things you love. Synvisc One is the only treatment that can give you up to six months of pain relief with just one injection. 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Whether you’re in a financial hole or just want to get a loan, a better interest rate or a new job, you’re at the mercy of your credit score. Look, you can’t fix errors on your credit report if you haven’t seen it. That’s why I went to freescore.com and found out my score for free. I’m practically giddy with excitement. Freescore.com gives me unlimited access to the three major credit reports and scores. Freescore.com even sends me an alert when there is any change to my credit report. Remember, knowing your credit score could be the difference between being down there and being up here. Get your credit score today at freescore.com. Squirrel: Life costs more without Free Score. Ben Stein: Freescore.com. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * TERRY MEEUWSEN: Every year, CBN likes to ring in the Jewish new year with our annual Rosh Hashanah bonfire. We’d like to share with you some highlights from this year’s celebration. HIGHLIGHTS OF ROSH HASHANAH BONFIRE LORIE JOHNSON: For the past 30 years, it has been an annual tradition for the CBN community to come together to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. At sundown on Friday, the celebration began with the sounding of the shofar, the traditional Jewish ram’s horn. GORDON ROBERTSON: In Jewish tradition, this is called the Feast of Trumpets. And the trumpet blows in Jerusalem to remind us to awake from our slumbers to come and serve the living God. LORIE JOHNSON: Rosh Hashanah is a time to pray and ask God for His mercy and forgiveness. PAT ROBERTSON: We are in the final harvest, and that’s why this celebration is so important. We are celebrating the coming of Jesus Christ. But we’re getting much, much closer than when we first believed. The signs are all lining up of prophecy to indicate the time is coming for Jesus to appear. LORIE JOHNSON: At night’s end, a bonfire lit up the sky, symbolizing our passion for God and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOSTS PRAY FOR PARTNER REQUESTS TERRY MEEUWSEN: It was a wonderful, wonderful evening. PAT ROBERTSON: It was gorgeous. Gorgeous. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Oh, my goodness. PAT ROBERTSON: Those singers and dancers. I was up there on the platform, and the guy wanted to let me that they cared. And they blew a ram’s horn right in my ear. That thing sounds . . . . TERRY MEEUWSEN: But he was a remarkable player of the ram’s horn. PAT ROBERTSON: The Feast of Trumpets. But that’s Rosh Hashanah. Rosh is the head and shanah the year. It’s the head of the year, the Jewish new year. And we celebrate it and then continue with what we call Seven Days Ablaze. So we have here your prayer requests that have been brought to us from all over America and around the world. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Around the world. Really. And we want people to know that you can continue to send in your prayer requests. We take this week and we set it aside daily to pray for you, our entire staff. GRAPHIC: CALL WITH YOUR PRAYER REQUESTS 1-800-759-0700 CBN.COM PAT ROBERTSON: Okay, go ahead and share. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Well, I’ve got some here. Someone is asking for “prayer for my husband’s salvation and our marriage.” “Please pray that we can pay our farm mortgage.” Someone else saying, “Pray for my daughter, who has Addison’s disease.” Healing from migraine headaches. And someone else saying, “I need healing of my memory.” PAT ROBERTSON: “Please pray for me. I’ve had a stroke.” This person writing to us from, it looks like Nevada. This husband has prostate cancer that’s spread to his bones. And they ask prayer. Here is a brain tumor. “Pray for me and a sister to return to . . . .” TERRY MEEUWSEN: “To my right eye. Sight to return to my right eye.” PAT ROBERTSON: Sight. Yes. The right eye can’t see. “Pray for a job. I’m a single mom, and I haven’t worked for 15 months and need work.” Salvation for 13 grandchildren. I have 13 of them, and they all know the Lord, and what a blessing. And these are 13 that don’t. Terry and I are going to join hands together. We’re going to believe God for you. These hundreds of prayer requests have come from all around the country. “Father, in Jesus’ name, you are God Almighty, and there is nothing impossible with you. You can put marrow into the bones. You can put eyesight into the eyes. You can give clarity of vision to those who don’t know what’s happening and are confused. Lord, you can lift up the downtrodden. You can supply the need. You can supply the finances. In the name of Jesus, receive an answer to your prayer and may the power of God touch you, in His name. Thank you, Lord. Amen.” TERRY MEEUWSEN: Thank you, God. PAT ROBERTSON: Wherever you are, take it, receive it, bless it. And bless the Lord. Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me. Bless His Holy name. GRAPHIC: CALL WITH YOUR PRAYER REQUESTS 1-800-759-0700 CBN.COM TERRY MEEUWSEN: Well, we want to say if people would like to add their prayer requests to the thousands that have already come in, you can call the number on your screen: 1-800-759-0700. Or you can log on to CBN.com, and we would love to pray for you this week as well. PAT ROBERTSON: Our staff is going to be having a special time every day at noon, and they will be praying for these requests and for you, because we care about you. We love you. God loves you. The big thing is, you don’t really believe it. God loves you. He really cares for you. And He really wants you healed. He really wants you happy. He really wants you to be prosperous. He really wants to bless you, because He loves you. He is God Almighty. He just says, “Will you come to Me? Return to Me and watch what I’m going to do.” Wow! Well, we go from the sublime to the ridiculous, but let’s take a look at baseball now. The New York Mets are winding down another year of high hopes and major disappointments. That also sums up the career of their former all star, a guy named Darryl Strawberry. And while the Mets seem to repeat this cycle year after year, Darryl Strawberry has broken free, thanks to the prayers of his believing wife. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * DARRYL STRAWBERRY SHAWN BROWN: Darryl Strawberry was perhaps one of the most electrifying players in Major League baseball history. He entered the league with the New York Mets in 1983. And throughout his 17-year career he made eight consecutive all-star game appearances and captured four World Series championships. But his baseball prowess on the field at times was largely overshadowed by his controversial life off of it. And it had a lot to do with how he grew up. Darryl Strawberry: My childhood always was a real disaster, due to the fact that I had a tremendous fear factor in my life from my father. He was a very abusive, raging alcoholic. SHAWN BROWN: Darryl grew up in south central Los Angeles with his for siblings: Mike, Ronnie, Regina and Michelle. Their father, Big Hank, was prone to fits of rage, mostly to Darryl and his older brother, Ronnie. Darryl Strawberry: Me and Ronnie basically was his whipping pole. He would lay us across the bed. We had to take our shirts off, and he would have an extension cord, and he would beat the crap out of us and tell us, “You’re never going to be nothing. You don’t do nothing right.” And it was so bad. And I was terrified inside of the fact of what he was saying to me, I truly believed it. SHAWN BROWN: When Darryl was 13 years old, one night he and his brothers decided to take a stand. Darryl Strawberry: That night when he came home and he was drunk, and he was abusive to my mom, we all woke up and my older brother, Mike, finally confronted him and told him, “Just get out of here and leave us alone.” And my dad went into a rage. He pulled out a shotgun and started making these threats about, “I’ll kill all you guys.” Ronnie went in there and grabbed a butcher knife, and I went and grabbed a frying pan, a skillet. I know Ronnie was thinking along the lines I was thinking: “The only one dying in here tonight is him.” SHAWN BROWN: Big Hank eventually backed down. Police came to their home and told him to leave. Their mother was left with five kids to raise on her own. Darryl Strawberry: She loved her kids. It didn’t matter whatever struggle it was going to be, she was going to take care of us. SHAWN BROWN: While Darryl’s life at home was finally peaceful, his father’s abuse stuck with him. But he began to use baseball as an outlet to channel his anger. Darryl Strawberry: I thought I was bigger than life and nobody could tell me nothing. And that wasn’t anything personal. It was always because of the fact that I had been controlled for so long. Now this was my outlet, and this was where nobody was going to ever control me again. SHAWN BROWN: Despite his bad attitude, his talent was undeniable. He was the number-one draft pick in 1980 and was selected by the New York Mets. And after three long years in the minors, he was brought up to the majors. He also married his first wife, Lisa. He had a stellar rookie season and earned the Player of the Year award in 1983. But with all the fame also came the pressure to perform. Darryl Strawberry: If I did something good, “He’s great.” If you do something wrong, “He’s not hustling. It doesn’t look like he’s playing hard.” When I hit tremendous bombs and win games, “Oh, he’s the greatest.” So it was a no-win situation. SHAWN BROWN: The pressure came in from all sides. Eventually, Darryl turned to drugs to deal with it. Darryl Strawberry: I did everything to make me feel good. I drank alcohol. I took amphetamines. Later on down the line, I got introduced heavily into cocaine, which was my outlet and my escape. That was the biggest escape for me, when I found that. I found that I could escape away from everybody and everything. SHAWN BROWN: Even though Darryl’s personal life was crashing, he helped lead the Mets to the 1986 World Series championship. Then in 1990, he accepted a lucrative deal to play with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Darryl Strawberry: I regret that I left New York, because I had had it with New York, not the fans. I had had it with the media. SHAWN BROWN: Darryl spent three seasons with the Dodgers, but because of his drug habit, his career was hitting rock bottom, and he was eventually traded to the San Francisco Giants. But while he was in LA, his wife invited him to a convention by evangelist Morris Cerullo. Darryl Strawberry: That week, that weekend, all I did was cry when I heard him up there preaching. He said, “This Sunday, I’m going to lay hands on everybody that comes in here.” That was the most remarkable move I had ever seen in my life. And there was a line formed, and the power of God hit me. And when I got up, my belly was like a river. I had never experienced anything like that in my life. SHAWN BROWN: Darryl had given his life to the Lord, but the battle wasn’t over. He couldn’t kick his drug habit which cost him his marriage. The league forced him to go to rehab, and as if things couldn’t get any worse, his mother had died. Darryl Strawberry: I was out of baseball, and I was not with anyone at that time. And Mom passed away, and I just wasn’t going to play any more baseball, because I had been suspended from baseball for drugs. I had gone through that battle, and I kind of like had had enough. SHAWN BROWN: After rehab, Darryl entered the lesser known independent league. It wasn’t long before he received an unexpected call. It was the New York Yankees. Darryl Strawberry: Mr. Steinbrenner brought me back to New York. What a gift. He’s the person that I’m always grateful for. When everybody had written me off, he didn’t care what their opinions were. He said, “I want this guy. He’s a New Yorker. He belongs in New York. He’s going to play for the Yankees.” SHAWN BROWN: Darryl’s career was back on track. He married his second wife, Charisse, and also helped his team win the ’96 and ’98 Word Series championships. Again, his life appeared to be shaping up on the field, but at home his drug habit had resurfaced, and it began to affect his marriage. Darryl Strawberry: It was more of a different relationship with Charisse than it was with Lisa, because things had changed a little bit different in my life. But I also still had that anger and those abusive ways, and verbal abusive ways in my life that were just atrocious and could drive a person crazy. SHAWN BROWN: Not only were things coming undone at home, but by the end of the ’98 season, Darryl was diagnosed with colon cancer. Darryl Strawberry: The doctor said, “Is this amazing? It’s amazing, and I say amazing that this tumor did not burst open and spread throughout your body.” SHAWN BROWN: After surgery and six months of chemotherapy, Darryl was miraculously back on the field the next season, and he helped the Yankees win their third championship in four years. But after the ’99 season, Darryl was arrested for soliciting a prostitute and drug possession. He was suspended from the league. And over the next five years, Darryl lost everything. He lost his career, his wife, and he almost lost himself. But he managed to get to a drug recovery convention, where he met Tracy. Tracy could relate to Darryl, because she had had her own struggle with drug addiction. Tracy: I saw a man that was very broken, even physically. A person who has addiction themselves, you just know. I could look in him and just see he wasn’t even clean yet. He was still physically addicted and just sitting in this seat full of heaviness. Darryl Strawberry: I was hurting so much, and I was angry and mad and just pissed. But she came into my life, and I looked at her and I saw something different in her. I saw something different in her eyes. SHAWN BROWN: Tracy and Darryl became good friends, and even though Darryl was still struggling, a born-again Christian, Tracy, proved to be a guardian for Darryl. Tracy: I would plead with God, not only for my own life, but standing in the gap for Darryl, not even knowing what that statement meant, just being on my face and praying and crying out to God. Not these fancy prayers, because I didn’t have enough Word in me to pray yet. Crying out to Him, “God, show yourself to me. Just save us. Transform us. Take this desire out. Get this out of me. Get this out of him. Wherever he is, cover him.” And just words that I would hear. God understands you where you are. He meets you right where you’re at. SHAWN BROWN: Tracy’s example soon began to rub off on Darryl, and he knew it was finally time to make a change. Darryl Strawberry: And I just had to surrender. I had to get with God myself. I had to separate myself from everything, everything and everybody, because God was calling me. And it’s either I was going to answer this call or I was going to die. SHAWN BROWN: Darryl went back to church and rededicated his life to the Lord, and this time it was for good. Tracy and Darryl married in 2006, and today they’re both doing better than ever. Darryl is currently working closely with a Mets organization. And together with Tracy, they founded the Darryl Strawberry Foundation which is dedicated to children and adults with autism. For years, Darryl’s life was surrounded by controversy, but these days he says he’s a changed man. Darryl Strawberry: I want them to see the remarkable man that I always knew I had the capabilities of being. And not playing baseball, but the remarkable man that God has made me. And you know what? They see that today. I am so proud of what the Lord has done for me and through me, because you become a spitting image of God’s image when the world can see that you’re different. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * PAT MINISTERS PAT ROBERTSON: Cocaine, prostitutes, criminal arrests, a life out of control. You might not have anything like that. That’s pretty big time. But your life may be out of control, too. And you may have cried out to the Lord and said, “God, fix this. Fix it. I can’t stand what’s happening anymore in my life. I can’t stand it.” If you want to have it fixed, we’ve just got a short time, and I want you to pray with me right now. Pray these words. “Jesus, I come to you, Lord, and my life is out of control. I come to you, Lord, and I ask for your salvation and deliverance. I accept you as Savior. I receive you as Lord. Come, Jesus. Live in me from this moment on. And I’ll live for you and I will serve you all the days of my life. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Lord. Amen.” Now, if you prayed with me, it’s the most important prayer you ever prayed. GRAPHIC: 1-800-759-0700 CBN.COM And there is a number on your screen. It’s a toll-free number: 1-800-759-0700. And I have a little packet here called “A New Day.” It has a CD that tells you what you’ve just done. GRAPHIC: OUR GIFT TO YOU 1-800-759-0700 CBN.COM And we’ll give it to you free. But I ask you to just pick up the phone and call in. And even though this show is off the air, our counselors are there. Call now and say, “I just prayed with that guy on television. I gave my heart to Jesus.” We leave you with these words from II Corinthians, . . . . GRAPHIC: II Cor. 13:14 “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (NIV) . . . . “May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” We’ll see you tomorrow. Bye, bye. GRAPHIC: COPYRIGHT 2009 CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING NETWORK * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * DISCLAIMER: MONEY MONDAY GRAPHIC: The material provided on this Program is for general informational and educational purposes only. No information on the Program is intended as investment, tax, accounting or legal advice, as an offer or solicitation of an offer to sell or buy, or as an endorsement, recommendation or sponsorship of any company, security or fund. 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