The 700 Club: September 29, 2009

A young rapper finds his sanctuary in Christ and music. CBN News reports on a new book on Israeli technology, and our special studio guest is bestselling author Terri Blackstone.


UnderWing Transcripts PO Box 16282 Clearwater, Florida 33766 540 455-2333 / UnderWing@underwingtranscripts.com ________________________________________ The 700 Club Daily Broadcast Tuesday, September 29, 2009 PAT ROBERTSON: Well, welcome to The 700 Club. Tragedy has struck the Philippines as that island nation is struggling after a major typhoon. Nearly 250 people are dead from flooding alone. TERRY MEEUWSEN: And that government says it needs help before things get worse. Here is reporter John Jessup. PHILLIPINES JOHN JESSUP: The devastation can be seen everywhere you turn: bloated rivers, dirty, muddy streets, and about a half a million flooded homes. It's the result of a tropical storm that dumped more than a months worth of rain in just 12 hours over the weekend, and led to the worst flooding the country has seen in 42 years. Edna de Bugman (Flood Victim): We were so scared of the flood. All we can do was really pray. JOHN JESSUP: The storm has killed more than 240 people, but the death toll is expected to climb. Rescuers are still pulling bodies out the rubble and crested waters, and many are still missing. This man says he lost track of his wife when their roof collapsed. They had climbed on top to escape the rising floodwaters. American missionaries Jerome and Heather Sack moved to the Philippines earlier this year with their two children. Jerome chronicled their ordeal on the social networking web site Facebook with photos and video, ominously reporting what they saw: “Typhoon in the Philippines. Water rising to our door fast. Moving things upstairs.” GRAPHIC: VOICE OF JEROME SACK AMERICAN MISSIONARY Jerome Sack: Right here is our front steps, and you'll see that it's covering a couple of steps. And then once you get out to the street, it goes down to the street, so it's getting closer and closer. JOHN JESSUP: The Sacks are okay, but the suffering in the Philippines is far from over. The flooding forced nearly two million people from their homes. CBN’s Operation Blessing dispatched doctors going house to house in devastated neighborhoods. They helped this woman and her sick baby. They were trapped on the roof for hours. Janet Asuelo (Flood Victim): My baby has fever because he got soaked in the rain when we climbed up the roof to save ourselves from the rising water. JOHN JESSUP: And as if things couldn’t get any worse, more bad news may be on the horizon. Forecasters are tracking two other storms in the Pacific, one that could hit the Philippines later this week, and another early next. John Jessup, CBN News. PAT ROBERTSON: It breaks your heart. Those people are right at the edge of poverty. They say that’s the Philippine answer to Katrina. We had a horrible storm in the New Orleans area. Operation Blessing mobilized in New Orleans, and we’re doing the same thing in the Philippines. GRAPHIC: Disaster Relief CBN Center Virginia Beach, VA 23463 OPERATION BLESSING DISASTER FUND 1-800-759-0700 CBN.COM Here is what happening: our teams are mobilizing to provide food, clean water and emergency medical care. Operation Blessing disaster relief teams are getting food and clean water distributions, deploying medical teams in hardest hit areas. And already, teams are partnering with local churches to help fund more than 5,000 affected residents. We’ll be doing much more, but it’s a huge tragedy. And the aid that has been offered isn’t coming in fast enough. They need every bit of help we can give them. So pray for the Philippines. They’re dear, wonderful people. And it breaks your heart to see them suffering in this way. Lee Webb has the rest of our top stories from the CBN Newsroom. Lee. HEALTH CARE BATTLES LEE WEBB: Pat, public support for the Democrats’ health care plan has hit a new low in the polls. A new Rasmussen survey shows only 41 percent of voters nationwide support the plan, and 56 percent are opposed. The poll also finds that senior citizens are much less supportive of the plan than younger voters. Meanwhile, pro-life legislators from both parties want to make sure a federal plan would not include funding for abortion. And liberal Democrats in the Senate are facing off against their moderate colleagues over whether the government should offer the so-called public option. That’s a government-run insurance plan for the middle class that would compete with private companies. Pat. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, Lee, I just think they ought to scrap that thing and start all over again. It is flawed. The American people don’t want it. And it’s time that Congress that has a tin ear start listening to what the people are saying. The people don’t like it. They don’t like it. And Obama thinks it’s a feather in his cap to enhance his prestige, but we don’t want to saddle America with some horrible health care system just in order to make the President feel good. The time has come to say, “Let’s scrap what’s there, go back to the drawing board and carefully consider the things that are necessary and leave out all the stuff that’s not necessary.” Lee. PASTORS VS IRS LEE WEBB: Pastors in about 80 churches across the US preached partisan political sermons this past Sunday. They’re part of something called “The Pulpit Initiative,” sponsored by the Alliance Defense Fund. The program is designed to challenge the IRS to revoke the churches' tax exempt status. The ADF says the effort hopes to restore, quote, “a pastor's right to speak freely from his pulpit without fearing censorship or punishment by the government.” But the organization says the program is not about encouraging pastors to endorse candidates, only to speak out on cultural issues from a biblical perspective. FAREWELL TO THE DOLLAR? LEE WEBB: The president of the World Bank is warning that the dollar may not always be the main currency for international trade. Robert Zoellick says the dollar will remain a major currency, but he says the euro and China's currency could become more popular in the international markets. He warns the dollar's outlook will depend heavily on US decisions on key issues like reducing its debt and cutting the huge federal deficit. Pat. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, when you are profligate, you bear the consequences. You remember the story of the son who went away and wasted his substance on riotous living. We’re wasting our substance. Congress is out of control. It’s been out of control for years. Administrations have been out of control. It’s amazing. They don’t seem to regard the dollar as anything important. And if we lose our reserve currency status, it will mean that we have to borrow money every time we need to buy something. As it is now, all we do is just issue dollars, because it’s a reserve currency. And people say, “Okay, it’s a dollar. We take it.” But the time will come when they say, “No, we’re not going to take it any longer, because it’s not worth as much as you think it is.” So we’re going to be looking at a haircut on our currency, 30-40 percent. And it can mean that prices of everything are going to go up. Prices will go up. And it’s going to cause a great deal of pain in this country. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Well, this is a little heads up that it’s not that far off. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, it’s the price of profligacy. We have been profligate. We are like the, well, the son who wasted his money in riotous living. We have spent money on the craziest things. It makes no sense. There has been no plan. We just waste it. We said, “Well, after all, all we’ve got to do is tax and get the money. Or we could issue some more bonds.” Well, there comes a time that the foreigners say, “We’re not going to take your bonds anymore.” It’s going to happen, ladies and gentlemen. And when it does, it’s going to cost a lot. In the meantime, protect your assets. Do not keep your money tied up in dollars, because the dollar is a sinking currency. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Well, up next, it’s the birthplace of the cell phone, the Intel chip and countless other technological breakthroughs. GRAPHIC: CUTTING EDGE See why one of the most advanced nations in the world is also one of the most hated, after this. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SPOT 1: CURVES Announcer: So you’ve finally decided that it’s the right time for you to lose weight. 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It’s been hailed as the solution to the energy crisis and the way to fight global warming. We’ll explain cap and trade and tell you why the man who invented it opposes it. * * * GRAPHIC: TWO WEEKS LATER LEE WEBB: Plus, a woman wakes up from a dinner party two weeks later. Woman: She said, “You’ve had probably about a hundred seizures in two weeks.” LEE WEBB: But the worst was yet to come. Woman: They said that at the age of 30 she will die. LEE WEBB: Tomorrow on The 700 Club. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * PAT ROBERTSON: Israel may be one of the world’s smallest countries, but it is a giant in global technology. And as Chris Mitchell reports, that has implications for the United States as well. SET-UP CHRIS MITCHELL: You’re looking at Israel’s Silicon Valley, one of the reasons why technology here has become an economic powerhouse. A 2008 survey shows Israel ranks second behind the US in six key innovation areas. One reason: Jewish brainpower concentrated in this tiny nation. Israel is credited with developing the cell phone, voice technology, and even the Intel Pentium chip in your computer was most likely made here. There are also advances in solar power, medical breakthroughs and the production of cutting edge military technology. One prime example: The F-16I. Yoram Ettinger (Fmr. Israeli Consul Gen. to the US): Over 600 modifications have been introduced by Israel into the current generation of the F-16, which is a symptom of the cutting edge technologies and capabilities which we have in Israel. CHRIS MITCHELL: Despite its enormous contributions, Israel remains one of the most hated nations on earth. Why? In the new book, The Israel Test, George Gilder says Israel is hated because it is successful, free and good. He states anti-Semitism both throughout the ages and today is fueled by envy and greed, be it from last century's Nazi Germany or today's radical Islam. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * FOCUS GUEST: GEORGE GILDER PAT ROBERTSON: Well, one of the most profound thinkers on matters of this nature, George Gilder. And George is here with us, and it’s a pleasure to welcome you back to The 700 Club. George Gilder: Great to be here again. PAT ROBERTSON: Thank you. Why do they hate the Jews? Why do the nations of the earth, every single one, seem to hate Israel? George Gilder: It’s Marxism. It’s envy of success and achievement. The Jews have been the greatest achievers of the 20th century. And now Jewish genius is concentrated in Israel. And so the resentment of everybody who fails his Israel test, and the Israel test is your response to the successes of others. The golden rule of capitalism is like the golden rule of Christianity, is that the good fortune of others is also your own. And this is what they don’t understand. PAT ROBERTSON: When Israel, for example, when they were in charge of the Gaza Strip, what did they do there that’s not being done by the Palestinians? George Gilder: Well, they opened up enterprise. And the amazing thing is the biggest beneficiaries of Israel have been the Palestinians, overwhelmingly. When the Israelis inherited the West Bank and Gaza after the 1967 war, those territories became among the fastest growing countries on the face of the earth. And 250,000 Jewish settlers moved in. Then almost two million Arab settlers moved in to take advantage of the opportunities that the Jewish settlers created. And as the population of Arabs tripled in the territories, their per capita incomes also tripled, and their life expectancies rose from 42 years to nearly 70 years. This was a golden age for Palestine. PAT ROBERTSON: Why won’t they wake up to the fact? I know there’s a lot of propaganda, but this is illogical that they would turn their backs on something so beneficial. George Gilder: Well, all around the history of the world, people have hated Israel or hated the Jews. And they have failed as a result. And countries that fail their Israel test—you’ve been writing about, you haven’t failed your Israel test, Pat. You’ve been writing about this for years and years, and decades. And it’s whether you admire people who succeed and triumph or whether you resent and try to tear them down. PAT ROBERTSON: Take the United States right now. We’re on the cusp, if you will, of making decisions. And I’m not sure our country favors Israel like it used to. What is the Israel test for America and what is the consequence? George Gilder: Well, I sometimes think President Obama wants to sneak out of his Israel test and have Rahm Emmanuel take it for him or something. I just don’t think they really understand how central Israel is to the American economy, American defenses, American intelligence. We should prop up Israel, because Israel props us up. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, they don’t think that way in Washington. They really don’t. They think, “Why should I sacrifice for a bunch of Jews?” That’s the way they think. George Gilder: It’s evil. And it’s an evil your whole career has been devoted to combating. PAT ROBERTSON: That’s right. George Gilder: I just read a book by a guy named David Brogue. Do you know that book, called Standing for Israel. And it’s really mostly about you, Pat, and how you have fought for Israel for all this time. PAT ROBERTSON: Over the years. Yes, 40-50 years. Because, well, it is so important. They are the only bastion of freedom in that whole sea of tyranny and backwardness. George Gilder: Yes. But it’s been recent that they’ve really embraced capitalism and freedom. This really has only happened in the 1990s. Before that, Israel was socialist. And as a result, when Gaza and the West Bank, Mara and Judea, were growing faster than any other economies in the world, they were also growing a lot faster than Israel was. Israel was in a slough of socialism during the early period. They had a lot of accomplishments. You couldn’t keep them down. But they were socialist. And it’s only in the last 20 years that they have emerged as a dominant force in the world economy. They are spearhead of the world economy. PAT ROBERTSON: Do you attribute that to the work of Bibi Netanyahu? George Gilder: A lot is Netanyahu. Netanyahu was at the Boston Consulting Group back in the early 1970s when they were inventing what’s essentially supply side economics. And so Bibi Netanyahu was the world’s leading supply. He’s the Ronald Reagan of our time. PAT ROBERTSON: What do you see as the future for them? Are the Arabs going to crush them? Are the nations of the earth going to crush them? George Gilder: I think Israel’s lead over the other nations is steadily increasing. It’s never been increasing as fast as it is today. And I think their dominance has become increasingly evident and that the rest of the Arab world will learn to pass their Israel test, because Israel’s triumph will become so inevitable and so manifest. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, I believe you’re right, and I hope that you’re right. I hope that this is the case. The Israel Test, ladies and gentlemen, a very provocative book by George Gilder and one that I think I’ve taken, and I hope I passed it. George Gilder: You did. You sure have, Pat. You’re the one. PAT ROBERTSON: Thank you for being here. George Gilder. The book again: The Israel Test. Terry. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Well, up next, abuse, anger and depression. Welcome to the life of Steven Cooper. Steven Cooper: Six years into it, you kind of get used to that just being your life, even if you hate it. So I just wanted out. 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Steve Cooper: Her boyfriend at the time, who was my father, decided he wanted no part with this, ran off and left her alone. She had no family support. MIA EVANS-SARACUAL: When his mom did marry, she fell for an abusive alcoholic. Steve Cooper: I remember one night in particular, he came home drunk. My mom was trying to get him out of the house, not let him in, told us kids to hide behind a couch. That's actually the night he sent my mom to the hospital, broke two of her ribs, broke her nose. And we were right there watching it happen. And six years into it, you kind of get used to that just being your life, even if you hate it.” MIA EVANS-SARACUAL: Then Steven’s life changed overnight. His mom packed up the kids and escaped with her life. Steven and his little brothers were swept into a life on the run. Steve Cooper: I did get a sense of there was danger, and that my mom was carrying something very heavy. I remember when we did escape, though, it felt like we were doing the right thing. MIA EVANS-SARACUAL: The family lived in their car and safe houses before finally moving in with relatives. To help pay the bills, his mom took up exotic dancing for a few years. Steve Cooper: Well, a lot of people would immediately have guilt and shame over their parents doing that for a living, but for me at first, it was like, “Yay!” All of a sudden, my mom was buying me new stuff, and money wasn't an issue anymore. MIA EVANS-SARACUAL: But as a teenager Steven had other issues, including anger and bouts of depression. Steve Cooper: I just lived with a lot of fear and a lot of just shame already over what I had been through. MIA EVANS-SARACUAL: Adding to the stress at home: his mother’s 2,000 dollar a week cocaine habit. When Steven switched to a new school, things became even more stressful. Steve Cooper: When I would go to school, I would be very shy, very sheltered, very just reserved and kept to myself. I wasn’t accepted at all. Kids were making fun of me and throwing me into lockers and all the typical cheesy stuff. But then it escalated out of control. Kids were following me home, wanting to steal my clothes, threatening me. And so I just wanted out, and I struggled with suicide for all through my high school years. MIA EVANS-SARACUAL: Music became his personal escape. He found out he had a gift for writing and performing rap lyrics. Steve Cooper: Eventually I got up the guts to start taking those to school, and kids started reading them and started nicknaming me the “Lyrycyst.” And it was just all kind of fun and games. But it was me for the first time having acceptance, and so I dove right in. MIA EVANS-SARACUAL: The name stuck. He cut a 20 dollar demo, and his music caught on. He wanted the lavish lifestyle he often saw in rap music videos, but while on tour, he got a reality check. Steve Cooper: I would watch some of my favorite celebrities at the time come off stage, and I couldn't get my head around it. I couldn't get my head around why they would still act like I would. They would still be depressed. They’d be lonely. They'd be mad at the world. I'm like, “Wow, you are what kids are dreaming of being one day and what I'm dreaming of being one day.” And it made me really question, “Is this really the right thing to pursue? Is all this fame and money and all that going to really change anything?” MIA EVANS-SARACUAL: Steven found the answer while on a road trip, visiting one of his buddies. Steve Cooper: I thought we were going to go and party the whole week, and so I went down to his house. And we hung out, and that’s when he invited me to church. And I was just like, “Wow, this is so weird,” but it was the curiosity that got me. By the end of that sermon, even though I didn't understand all of it, I feel like God got a hold of my heart and started dealing with me. And by the end of that day, I decided I wanted to give this Christian thing a shot, see what it was about. MIA EVANS-SARACUAL: Steven decided to live for God. He moved in with his friend and started going to church. Steve Cooper: I lived in a different town for a year, and it was the escape I needed to get away from everything that was back home. And during that time was the time that I grew spiritually as a person. I dealt with a lot of issues that I was harboring. I became a new person during that time. I was really praying for my mom, because that was the big thing for me was seeing her get away from her drug addiction. She was still an addict at that point. And I was getting baptized at the same church I got saved at. And I invited my parents to come. My mom was married again to my new stepdad, who is an awesome person. Both of them came and before the end of the night both dedicated their lives to Jesus, said they wanted to change. And she never touched drugs again. God took away the craving. Her prayer was for God to just take it away, and she never went to rehab. She never went through withdrawals. She was just completely delivered. MIA EVANS-SARACUAL: God restored Steven’s entire family. Steve Cooper: Before you knew it, every single one of my family members had come to know Jesus through just seeing the change in my own life. It was a domino effect. A lot of it was this newfound life, this newfound hope and joy. And they were all things they saw immediately and they couldn’t ignore. MIA EVANS-SARACUAL: He wanted his music to express the hope he found in God’s love. Steve Cooper: God spoke to me and was like, “You don’t have to give up what you love to do. You can use it for a different reason. You can use it to spread joy, spread hope, spread love and tell people exactly what happened in your life.” MIA EVANS-SARACUAL: Now when he goes on stage, Steven goes by the name “Lyrycyst,” but his lyrics go against the grain of modern day hip hop. Steve Cooper: You can still have a blast. You can make fun music. You can pour out your heart and still have a positive uplifting message, rather than degrading people and tearing them down. And that’s what I’m on a mission to do. I believe God wants to transform us from the inside out, so that everything people see is something good. And It doesn’t mean you’re going to be perfect. MIA EVANS-SARACUAL: Steven and his wife, Chelsea, now devote their lives to sharing the Gospel. They often go on tour together. She performs as a backup dancer, while he takes center stage. Steve Cooper: I want them to know that I'm a real guy. I want them to know that I've been there, that I've struggled with a lot of stuff maybe they've been going through, and that it can be overcome, and that you can let Jesus lead the way in every circumstance in life. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * PAT MINISTERS PAT ROBERTSON: The Lyrycyst, Steve Cooper. Some of you are in despair. Your marriage hasn’t worked out. I don’t know if you’ve had a childhood like Steven had, an abusive father. You had to run away. A mother becomes an exotic dancer to try to make a few dollars and is hooked on drugs. What a horrible background, but what God can do is change all that. He can give hope where there is no hope. He can give joy where there is despair. He can lift you out of the trouble you’re in, because He is God Almighty. He is the Lord, the God of all flesh. He is the Creator of Heaven and earth. He is God Almighty. All the other so-called “gods” are just idols, but He is the one who created the earth. I’m talking about the Creator, and the Creator says to you, “If you want to be set free from the thing that binds you, if you want hope, joy and love, I’ll come in. And I’ll give you a world of possibilities, things you didn’t believe were possible. I’ll give them to you.” And that’s what God is saying to you right now. And if you want this, if you want joy, if you want to be set free, Jesus Christ said, “Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I’ll give you rest.” He’s going to give you peace. He’s going to give you joy. He’s going to give you hope. He’s going to fix your marriage. He’s going to fix your relationship. He’s going to give you a new person. Would you like that? Well, if you would, I want you to pray with me a very simple prayer and let Him do the rest. Do it right now. Bow your head. Pray with me. Pray these words: “Jesus.” Pray with me now. “Jesus, I come to you, Lord, and I acknowledge the difficulties in my life. I acknowledge the sin in my life. I acknowledge the selfishness in my life. And I acknowledge before God that I’m not what you want me to be. But Lord, right now, in the name of Jesus, I come to you. And Lord Jesus, I ask that you would come into my heart. Live your life in me, and I will live for you and will serve you from this moment on. Thank you, Jesus, that you have heard my prayer. And thank you, Jesus, that you have come in to my heart.” Now, for those who prayed with me, I want to pray for you. Father, touch them now. Fill them with the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus. Amen. And amen. For those who prayed with me, I have something I want to give you. GRAPHIC: 1-800-759-0700 CBN.COM It’s called “A New Day.” GRAPHIC: OUR GIFT TO YOU 1-800-759-0700 CBN.COM It has a compact disc, 70-some minutes of teaching, that tells you what it is you’ve done, what it means, what God is going to do for you, the joy that’s there. I’ll give you these if you just give me a call: 1-800-759-0700. It’s absolutely free. 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But Uncle Sam wants to help you put gold into your retirement plan by creating a self-directed Precious Metal IRA. There are no tax penalties or new contributions needed to convert an existing IRA or other retirement fund into gold. Pat Boone: This is Pat Boone to tell you about Swiss America’s three-step plan for successful gold investing. First, call Swiss America. Request their free book, materials, and rare opportunity CD. Second, review the materials and learn why gold has more than doubled in the last five years and why experts say it may double again. And third, earn a return through growth of your gold investment. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * TERRY MEEUWSEN: Well, Terri Blackstock’s books have been described as “up all night fiction.” Her line of thrillers have kept audiences on the edge for more than 25 years. And her latest, Intervention, is sure to leave readers burning the candle on both ends. Take a sneak peek. SET-UP GRAPHIC: 2009 MAVEN CREATIVE Narrator: Barbara Covington hired an interventionist named Trish Massey to convince her daughter Emily to enter drug treatment. It would be the last job Miss Massey ever took. I’m Detective Ken Harland, Homicide Division. It’s not the first time I’ve seen it, and, sadly, it won’t be the last. A beautiful young girl throws her life away on drugs and a quick fix. Still, Emily was one of the lucky ones. She had a loving mother like Barbara, one that cared enough to get her the help she needed. Barbara hired an interventionist to escort her daughter to a treatment center, only neither of them ever made it there. The interventionist was found dead in her car, still in the parking garage of the Atlanta Airport. And as for Emily, well, the security camera picked her up fleeing the scene and entering the passenger side of an unknown vehicle. It’s my experience an addict will do just about anything to keep from separated from their addiction. And in Emily’s case, it seems she went as far as committing murder. Amidst this tragedy, her mother seems unwavered by the facts and is confident in her daughter’s innocence. The evidence is stacked against her, yet this mother’s faith is unconditional. I can’t help but question that I might be wrong about this one. It’s really getting to me how Barbara Covington’s belief in her children and God seem so unshaken. There is nothing solid about my faith in God. Let’s just say we’re not on speaking terms right now. I think He has forgotten about me. But lately something tells me I might be wrong about that, too. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * GUEST: TERRI BLACKSTOCK TERRY MEEUWSEN: Intriguing. Please welcome back to The 700 Club the author of her latest book, Intervention, Terri Blackstock. Great to have you here. Terri Blackstock: Thank you for having me back. TERRY MEEUWSEN: This is a powerful book that tells the story of a daughter who is addicted to drugs. This is a story that really hits home for you. Tell us about that. Terri Blackstock: It’s the most personal book I’ve written. It is fiction, but it’s based on a journey that my family has been on for the last six years with our daughter Michelle. And we found out about six years ago that she had a very severe drug addiction, up to 65 pain pills a day. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Wow. Terri Blackstock: And it has evolved into other drugs. And we’ve been in and out of rehabs. And it’s just been a very difficult process. And I really wanted to write about it. I wanted to tell the story of the family, because everybody I meet now that the book has come out, everybody is telling me they have a child who is on drugs or they have a family member. And I really hope that they will see themselves in the book and maybe even get a little guidance and some benefit of the wisdom that I’ve learned in this process. TERRY MEEUWSEN: You do learn a lot in a situation like that over a window of time just by the very nature of walking through it. How did you first find out your daughter had a problem? Terri Blackstock: Well, she had gotten married and they were married a few months. And her husband called and said, “She has a very severe addiction.” And I remember getting in my car and driving up to where they lived, about a seven-hour drive, and just not having a clue who to call, what to do when I got there. How was I going to approach this? Was I going to get her into rehab? TERRY MEEUWSEN: Did you have any idea before that, or did this just hit you out of the blue? Terri Blackstock: She had been very ill, and I thought she had a disease. I had been taking her to doctors in different states for a digestive problem. But we later learned that it was from all the drugs she was taking. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Now, you say that you believe that God actually prepared you for the fight you went through to save your daughter. In what way? Terri Blackstock: Well, I had done prison ministry a few years earlier, and I got involved with the girls in the jail, and almost all of them were there for drugs. And I think God put me there so that I would have that background and a little bit of understanding. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Compassion even. Terri Blackstock: Compassion, and a little bit of understanding of what to do, although choosing a rehab is something you never think you’re going to have to do. And we had an intervention just like the one in the book. TERRY MEEUWSEN: What went through your mind at this time? So many times I think when a child goes through a difficulty, a parent’s first reaction is to blame themselves and say, “What did I do wrong?” Terri Blackstock: Oh, and I still do that. There are days when I have to hand my guilt over to God and just say, “Lord, just help me to move forward.” But guilt is always there. And I think back over key moments when maybe I should have made different decisions. But ultimately the choice was hers, and she went down that path. And my job as a mother has been just trying to save her life and trying to get her back to where God wants her. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Let’s talk about how that happened. She actually—and this is very typical of people who struggle with drug usage—she went in and out of rehab several times, even got worse than she had been. Terri Blackstock: Absolutely. TERRY MEEUWSEN: And then a friend of yours gave you some advice. Terri Blackstock: He said, “Don’t deprive your child of a face to face encounter with God by protecting her from her pain.” And I realized that sometimes God puts stones in our path, and those are the things that make us stronger. And I was really rescuing her from all the things God was trying to do with her, all the ways He was trying to make her uncomfortable, so that she would change. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Gosh, that’s so scary, to totally let go, isn’t it, and to just let them learn? Terri Blackstock: It is, because we’re taught to turn the other cheek. We’re taught to forgive 70 times seven. And to reconcile that as a Christian parent with tough love is very difficult. But our culture is killing our kids, and we’re not going to save them by making them more comfortable. TERRY MEEUWSEN: So, Terri, what did you learn that changed the way you were handling your relationship with her? Terri Blackstock: Well, I started studying the Bible and watching how God dealt with His prodigal children. And that made me feel much better to know that God had prodigal children, the way He dealt with Israel. And looking at Israel and the way He talked to them, for instance, in Isaiah, I thought He had to take His hand off. He had to cut them off at some point and let Babylon be the consequence. And it ultimately brought them back. And so I try sometimes to model that, because it’s just hard. TERRY MEEUWSEN: So how did your daughter ultimately come out of the addiction? Terri Blackstock: She went into rehab time and time again, the last time for a year. She needed a whole year. And she is out now, working and living on her own and struggling every day. It’s a very hard process, but she knows where her hope can be found, where her escape is. TERRY MEEUWSEN: After going in and out of rehab several times, was it hard for you to believe as she continued on that this time it was going to work? Terri Blackstock: Yes. But as a parent, you always put it behind you and think this time it’s really going to be different. And I think that’s the thing about a parent. We’re always going to be there, knowing, believing and enabling responsible behavior instead of irresponsible. TERRY MEEUWSEN: You wanted to write about what you learned in this book that could be a blessing to other people. How did Michelle feel about you writing a book? Terri Blackstock: She’s watching right now. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Hi, Michelle. Terri Blackstock: Yes. She loved the book, and she really said, “Mom, I want you to say whatever God leads you to say.” TERRY MEEUWSEN: Wow, that’s awesome. Terri Blackstock: And she said, “I want people to know how God has worked in my life.” And He is. It’s so interesting. When I’m praying for her, inevitably she’ll mention the time I was praying and that God was whispering something into her ear. It really does work that way. So prayer and support are very important. I started a support group of families going through this, just privately and confidentially. And we’ve supported each other. TERRY MEEUWSEN: How important is that, to have people with you that understand the journey you’re walking through? Terri Blackstock: I just don’t know if I would have survived without that. And when one is up, one is down. And we’ve been together for three years. We’ve gotten so close. And I think everybody going through this needs to find others like them to do that with. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Is that the advice you would give to parents? You’re talking about the number of young people who find themselves addicted in one way or another. Is that the advice you’d give? Terri Blackstock: Absolutely. Find some support. And you don’t have to a big organized thing. We just got together once a week and we’d pray for our children corporately and pray all during the week and share and update. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Which is a good idea, no matter what. Terri Blackstock: Exactly. TERRY MEEUWSEN: I just want to say Intervention is an awesome book. It’s Terri Blackstock’s latest. And it’s available nationwide, as you might expect. And it just came out, so really this is hot off the press. And you have an opportunity to look into that. And we want to say thank you to you. And Michelle, hats off to you. Hats off to you for letting your mom share what God has taught her through this difficult journey. Terri, thank you. Terri Blackstock: Thank you, Terry. TERRY MEEUWSEN: It’s great to have you back on The 700 Club. God bless you. Pat. PAT ROBERTSON: Amazing revelation. Well, still ahead, we’re going to Bring It On with your e-mail. Connie writes, “My mother-in-law deliberately does things to hurt me and thinks she can get away with it because I’m a Christian. At what point can I say no more?” PAT ROBERTSON: We’ll answer Connie’s question and more, later on, on The 700 Club. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SPOT 5A: MISSING Announcer: New from New York Time’s bestselling author, Beverly Lewis, The Missing. A painful absence, a desperate search, an unlikely friendship. Will Grace’s search for truth lead to hope or heartache? The Missing. 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It’s been hailed as the solution to the energy crisis and the way to fight global warming. We’ll explain cap and trade and tell you why the man who invented it opposes it. * * * GRAPHIC: TWO WEEKS LATER LEE WEBB: Plus, a woman wakes up from a dinner party two weeks later. Woman: She said, “You’ve had probably about a hundred seizures in two weeks.” LEE WEBB: But the worst was yet to come. Woman: They said that at the age of 30 she will die. LEE WEBB: Tomorrow on The 700 Club. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * PAT ROBERTSON: Well, last year, Hurricane Ike slammed into the Gulf Coast and destroyed 99 percent of the homes in a place called Bridge City, Texas. For one elderly couple, rebuilding was impossible. So Operation Blessing gave their home a makeover from the inside out. Watch this. GERALD AND GLORIA DAN REANY: Gloria Antoine is on dialysis, and her husband, Gerald, needs help getting around. So when Hurricane Ike flooded their home, they knew they’d have a very hard time rebuilding. Their first problem was all the mold. Gloria: We had the fans going and the door open, but you could see the mold was taking over. DAN REANY: Then Operation Blessing came to help. Operation Blessing’s Jody Herrington told Gerald and Gloria they couldn’t come back to their house for a week or two. Gloria: I promised I wouldn’t go and peek, and I haven’t. I said if they just put my walls up, I’m satisfied. DAN REANY: But for this project, Operation Blessing partnered with the Rockford, Illinois, Master’s Commission. Home Depot trained more than a hundred volunteers, so we’re not just replacing drywall. We’re completely renovating Gerald and Gloria’s home. Okay, we are really down to the wire. Come on inside and take a look. There is so much left to do. As you can see, we’ve got to hang these cabinets. Plumbing fixtures need to be put in. Serious work going on over here with all the painting and the trim work, caulking all the loose gaps and everything. Once all that gets finished, then the carpet gets laid down. All the tile gets put in. And the furniture has to come in. And Gerald and Gloria are going to be back here in two days. The pressure is seriously on. These guys are absolutely amazing. They were out here until five o’clock this morning getting us back on schedule. The furniture is here, and it’s some nice stuff. Just six days after they last saw their house, Gerald and Gloria were ready to come home and get to work rebuilding. So when they first saw the house and all the volunteers, they were overwhelmed. Gerald: Golly! That is a surprise! That is nice. Don’t dry, hon. Be happy, baby. Gloria: It don’t even look like the same house. Oh, Lord. Oh, it’s so beautiful. We never expected anyone was coming to help us. I never dreamed of anything like this, but here you are. Oh, Lord, this is so gorgeous. Gerald: Just all of it. Gloria: All of it. Gerald: It’s just beautiful, all of it, to me. Gloria: We’re coming home. We’re coming home tonight and getting in our bed. Gerald: Everything smells so new. Gloria: This plush carpet; I might lay on the floor. I might not even get in the bed. Oh, ya’ll just don’t know how much we love ya’ll. Gerald: Lord, have mercy. Gloria: Oh, Lord, forever and a day. We could never, never tell you how grateful we are. Never. But we love ya’ll and we just appreciate everything that ya’ll have done for us. DAN REANY: And you guys said you had something you wanted to say to Gerald and Gloria. What did you want to say? Volunteers: Welcome home! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * PAT ROBERTSON: That’s what God’s people can do when they get together and they work together on a project. What a marvelous thing. And Gerald and Gloria I know will be happy in that house the rest of their lives. By the way, if you want to participate in Operation Blessing or the other work of CBN, we want you to join The 700 Club. GRAPHIC: 1-800-759-0700 CBN.COM Or you can go a whole lot more than that. You can have 700 Club Gold, which is 40 dollars a month, or you can take it all up to Chairman’s Circle, which is 10,000 dollars a year, whatever, because God is doing something around the world. And there are problems. There were problems, you see, with Hurricane Ike. There were problems with Katrina. There are terrible problems in the Philippines now, ghastly, ghastly problems. The water in I think downtown Manila, some parts were actually chest high. There were people walking around. There was that much water, in the streets. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Well, people were just swept away by it. PAT ROBERTSON: Oh, it was horrible. TERRY MEEUWSEN: It was horrible. PAT ROBERTSON: Several hundred people dead. Oh, but we’re going to be there to help them. 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TERRY MEEUWSEN: He is not retired, Jerry. PAT ROBERTSON: They’re still pushing me on. They say, “You can’t quit.” I said, “I want to settle down.” “No, you can’t do it.” Listen, live the life that God has given you. Don’t be anxious. But you can’t imagine what’s there. And to sit around, you’ll live for another 25 years. And so what are you going to do, sit on the porch and rock for 25 years? Are you going to play golf for 25 years? Are you going to play bridge for 25 years? How dull can it get? There are so many opportunities that you can help people. You could be a big brother, a big sister. You can go out where the need is. There is so much need. And I haven’t had anybody spit in my face when I’ve been out taking relief supplies. They are so grateful. And in this country and overseas, there is just so much to be done. And it will make you feel so much better. You’ll live longer and be healthier. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Well, and in retirement, you have the gift of time to be able to give, which others can’t always do, so it’s great. PAT ROBERTSON: But that whole business about sitting in a rocking chair, it’s just incredibly boring. TERRY MEEUWSEN: And deadly, I think, actually. PAT ROBERTSON: Deadly. It kills you. Deadly, as in honest deadly. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Yes, honestly. PAT ROBERTSON: All right. TERRY MEEUWSEN: This is Nicole, who says, “I was talking to spirit through my friend. The spirit’s name is Chelsea. She died seven or eight years ago when she was ten years old. How can I help her to be at peace? And can there be good and bad ghosts?” PAT ROBERTSON: There are no ghosts. There are no ghosts. There are such the Bible refers to as familiar spirits. There are spirits that look like members of the family. That little child, so-called, is a demon. You’re not dealing with some kid, giving her peace. Don’t get into that. It will hook you and take you down. Don’t get involved. The occult, don’t be involved with spirits that peep and mutter. It isn’t of God. All right. TERRY MEEUWSEN: This is Vickie, who says, “I am a Christian, and I am very opposed to couples living together outside of marriage. How should I respond to family members and friends who are living with their partners outside of marriage? Sometimes it’s hard not to judge them when they know what’s right, but don’t change. Should I still socialize with them even though it’s wrong, and I don’t approve?” PAT ROBERTSON: If they’re Christians, you’re not supposed to. You’re not even supposed to eat with them, if they’re engaged in adultery or fornication and so forth. The other people, they need to know. A lot of people don’t even know. In today’s culture, who knows? There is such permissiveness. And you need to be there and say, “Look, here is what the Bible says, and would you guys like to get married?” But there may be many reasons. The tax code sort of mitigates against marriage. There are other things that mitigate against marriage. And so you need to talk to them. Say, “Look, what’s the deal? Why don’t you guys get married?” And see what they say. TERRY MEEUWSEN: That’s a hard position to be in, especially if they’re immediate family members. PAT ROBERTSON: Especially if they’re 40, 50, 60 years old, however. It’s a “why go through this marriage?” thing. They need to understand that there is some benefit to it. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Yes. Okay, this is from Connie, who says, “My mother-in-law is a liar, a gossip and a pain to my life.” TERRY MEEUWSEN: Wow. Whew! PAT ROBERTSON: She really loves her. A liar and a gossip and a pain in the neck. TERRY MEEUWSEN: She says, “I’ve made a point of getting along with her for 35 years for my husband’s and children’s sake, but I’m tired of it. She deliberately does things to hurt me and thinks she can get away with it because I’m a Christian. At what point do I just say no more and not allow her in my life?” PAT ROBERTSON: Today. Today is the day. You just say, “Listen, I’ve put up with this for 35 years. You have abused me, and I don’t have to take it any longer. You have lied. You have cheated. And I’m not going to stand for it. And for your sake, I’m praying for you that you might come to the Lord and that you might get your life right, because you obviously are not right with God. But I’m not going to stand for it any longer. I don’t want you around my house. I don’t want you around my children.” TERRY MEEUWSEN: You just need to say it in a truthful but loving way, so the bitterness isn’t behind it. PAT ROBERTSON: Speaking the truth in love. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Yes. PAT ROBERTSON: But you’ve got to say it in a situation like that. I can’t imagine. What a horrible thing. TERRY MEEUWSEN: Yes. I think it would be horrible. And hats off to you for enduring for 35 years. PAT ROBERTSON: Yes. But you just have to. Speak the truth in love. Say, “I can’t take this any longer. I am 50,” 60, however old you are, “and I’m not going to put up with this. You have lied. You have cheated. You have done all these things. And I’m not going to stand for it.” Terry, we’ve got maybe . . . . TERRY MEEUWSEN: We don’t have time for any more, but we want to thank you for those questions. You can send them to us at any time at CBN.com. PAT ROBERTSON: We appreciate you all so much. Those of you who are finding the Lord, you continue to call. Our telephones are available all day long, 24 hours a day, just for you. GRAPHIC: 1-800-759-0700 CBN.COM Well, we leave you today with these words from Psalm 146, . . . . GRAPHIC: Psalm 146:9 “The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” (NKJV) . . . . “The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” That’s all the time we’ve got. We’ll be back with Skinny Wednesday tomorrow. See you then. 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