The 700 Club – July 27, 2017

The 700 Club – July 27, 2017


>>COMING UP, IT’S THE FIRST DAUGHTER’S PLAN FOR FAMILY.>>IT IS DESIGNED TO BRING RELIEF.>>NOW FIND OUT WHY NOT EVERYONE IS ON BOARD.>>PLUS, HE WENT FROM BEING A BASKETBALL STAR TO STARBUCKS’ BARRISTA.>>IT CAN BE VERY DIFFICULT TO MAKE.>>Efrem: AND HE COULDN’T BE HAPPIER.>>IT IS THE PRODIGAL SON. I HAVE RETURNED HOME.>>Efrem: BEN BAKER’S STORY ON TODAY’S “700 CLUB.” *>>Pat: WELL, WELCOME LMPGZ. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. BEFORE WE GET INTO THE HARD NEWS, I WANT TO START WITH SOMETHING I THINK IS VERY IMPORTANT. THIS BEAUTIFUL LADY WHO SITS BESIDE ME HAS YET TO FIND THE PERFECT SPOUSE. WHAT I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR IS THE PERFECT WEDDING PRESENT WHEN YOU DO. AND I FOUND IT. A LITTLE ITALIAN CAR THAT I THINK YOU WOULD LOVE TO DRIVE. A BUGATI, AND IT HAS HEATED SEATS AND IT HAS A G.P.S.>>Wendy: CAN WE GET IT IN RED?>>Pat: ANY COLOR YOU WANT. YOU WANT IT IN RED.>>Wendy: THAT WOULD BE GOOD.>>Pat: THAT CAR — JUST THINK, IT HAS 1300-HORSEPOWER. IT WILL GO FROM ZERO TO 60 BEFORE YOU GET OUT OF YOUR DRIVEWAY.>>Wendy: I LOVE IT.>>Pat: PERSPECTIVE SPOUSE, THAT’S PAT’S STANDARD, IF YOU CAN AFFORD ONE. HERE IS THE PRICE OF THAT LITTLE JEWEL. IT IS $2,998,000.>>Wendy: THAT IS ONE AWESOME WEDDING GIFT. I NEED THE HUSBAND, FIRST.>>Pat: PRESIDENT TRUMP SENT AN UNEXPECTED ANNOUNCEMENT THAT TRANSGENDER PEOPLE CANNOT LONGER SERVE IN THE MILITARY, AND IT CAUGHT WASHINGTON BY SURPRISE.>>Wendy: DEMOCRATS AND GAY RIGHTS GROUPS QUICKLY DENOUNCED TRUMP’S MOVE, BUT OTHERS SAY THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE IS MAKING SURE OUR MILITARY IS THE STRONGEST IT CAN BE. ERIC GONZALES BRINGS US THIS STORY FROM WASHINGTON.>>Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCED PLANS TO REINSTATE THE TRANSGENDER BAN THROUGH TWITTER ON WEDNESDAY. THE PRESIDENT SAID AMERICAN FORCES MUST BE FOCUSED ON DECISIVE AND OVERWHELMING VICTORY, AND IT COULD NOT AFFORD TO ACCOMMODATE THEM.>>AND HE VOICED THIS IS A VERY EXPENSIVE AND DISRUPTIVE POLICY. AND BASED ON CONSULTATION HE HAS HAD WITH HIS NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM, HE CAME TO THE CONCLUSION IT ERODES MILITARY READINESS AND UNIT COHESION, AND MADE THE DECISION BASED ON THAT.>>Reporter: THE ANNOUNCEMENT COMES AFT JAMES MATTIS LAST MONTH DELAYED A REVIEW OF AN OBAMA ERA POLICY THAT ALLOWED OPENLY TRANSGENDER PEOPLE TO JOIN THE MILITARY. A PENTAGON SPOKESPERSON TOLD CBN NEWS THAT WE REFER ALL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT TO THE WHITE HOUSE. THE PENTAGON WON’T RELEASE ANY DATA ON THE NUMBER OF TRANSGENDER TROOPS CURRENTLY SERVING. HOWEVER A STUDY SHOWS THERE ARE BETWEEN 2500 AND 7,000 ACTIVE MEMBERS, AND UP TO 4,000 IN THE RESERVES. PAYING FOR GENDER TRANSITION COULD COST U.S. TAXPAYERS ALMOST $4 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS. HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN McCARTHY APPEARED ON CBN’S OWN “FAITH NATION.”>>IT LOOKS LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS COME OUT, AFTER TALKING TO HIS GENERALS AND OTHERS, SAYING THAT IT MAYBE IS NOT THE BEST FOR THE MILITARY CURRENTLY.>>THE PRESIDENT IS THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. HE TALKS TO THE JOINT CHIEFS, HEAD OF JOINT CHIEFS, AND IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO SUPPORT THAT MILITARY TEAM. THIS IS THEIR DECISION, SO WE WILL SUPPORT IT.>>IT SEEMS TO ME IF SOMEONE COMES TO THE MILITARY WITH THE NOTION OF SAYING, I WANT TO SERVE MY COUNTRY AND WANT TO PROTECT THIS, THE LAST GREAT HOPE OF MANKIND ON EARTH, THEN AT LEAST THEY PROBABLY SHOULD FIGURE OUT — AND I SAY THIS WITHOUT MALICE — FIGURE OUT IF YOUR A MAN OR WOMAN FIRST AND THEN COME TO THE MILITARY AND SERVE YOUR COUNTRY.>>THERE IS NO WORD ON HOW THIS POLICY WOULD AFFECT THE FUTURE OF TRANSGENDER AMERICANS CURRENTLY SERVING IN THE U.S. MILITARY. ERIC GONZALES, CBN NEWS, WASHINGTON.>>Pat: IT IS COMMON SENSE. WE DON’T WANT TO BE PICKING UP THE TAB FOR OPERATIONS ON PEOPLE WHO WANT TO CHANGE THEIR SEX WHEN THEY GET INTO THE MILITARY. THAT WOULD BE FOOLISH. THEY SHOULD MAKE UP THEIR MIND BEFORE THEY JOIN THE MILITARY, WHETHER THEY’RE A MAN OR A WOMAN, AND GO IN UNDER THAT GUISE. A TEMPEST AND TEAPOT.>>>WELL, THIS HEALTH CARE THING, IF IT IS NOT CONFUSING YOU, IT IS CONFUSING ALL OF US. THEY HAVE NOW GOT WHAT THEY CALL A SKIN M SKINNY BILL COMING UP. THEY COULDN’T PASS A MEASURE THAT COMPLETELY GOT RID OF OBAMACARE, SO THEY’RE GOING TO TRY THAT SKINNY BILL, AND THAT WILL IN TURN GO TO CONFERENCE. DALE HURD HAS THAT STORY.>>THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.>>Reporter: WITHOUT THE VOTES TO REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE, SENATE REPUBLICANS ARE LOWERING THEIR SIGHTS AND TRYING TO UNITE BEHIND A SO-CALLED SKIN M MESKINNY REPEAL, THAT WOULD UNDO A FEW OF THE UNPOPULAR E ELEMENTS OF THE OBAMACARE. THE SKINNY BILL IS AN ATTEMPT BY SENATE REPUBLICANS TO KEEP THEIR PROMISE TO REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE WHILE TRYING TO BREAKTHROUGH THE DIVISION AMONG SENATE REPUBLICANS.>>EVERYBODY NEEDS TO SADDLE UP AND PUT IT ALL ON THE TABLE AND SAY, THIS IS MY POSITION.>>Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLED OUT REPUBLICAN SENATORS LIKE ALASKA’S LISA MURCOWSKI FOR VOTING AGAINST REPEAL AND REPLACE.>>President Trump: ANY SENATOR WHO VOTES AGAINST REPEAL AND REPLACE IS TELLING AMERICA THAT THEY ARE FINE WITH THE OBAMACARE NIGHTMARE.>>Reporter: A SKINNY REPEAL WOULD PROBABLY END THE OBAMACARE MANDATE THAT MOST PEOPLE BUY INSURANCE OR PAY A PENALTY, AND IT WOULD NOT REQUIRE THAT MOST EMPLOYERS PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THEIR WORKERS. IT WOULD KEEP OBAMACARE’S EXPANSION OF ME MEDICARE FOR LOW INCOME EMPLOYEES IN 50 STATES. MANY HOPE THE SKINNY WILL PASS AND THEN TURN INTO REPLACE WHEN IT GOES TO THE HOUSE AND SENATE. DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.>>Pat: DAVID BRODY IS WITH US NOW IN WASHINGTON. DAVID, THE DEAL IS SOMEONE WILL APPOINT CONFEREES FOR THE SENATE AND FOR THE HOUSE, AND THEY GET TOGETHER AND COME UP WITH ANOTHER BILL AND THAT THING GOES FORWARD AND SO THE THING CAN CHANGE DRAMATICALLY. TELL US YOUR TAKE ON IT.>>THE SCUTTLEBUTT UP HERE IS WHAT ARE THE CHANCES A SKINNY BILL CAN EVEN GET THROUGH? I DON’T KNOW. 10%, 50% — NO ONE HAS ANY IDEA IF IT CAN GET THROUGH BECAUSE NO ONE IS QUITE SURE WHAT WILL BE IN THE FINAL BILL. AND THAT’S THE PROBLEM. OVERALL, THIS IS A COMPLETE MESS. THE REPUBLICANS CAN BLAME THEMSELVES ON THIS. YOU’VE GOT JOHN McCAIN, ROB PORTMAN, AND THREE OR FOUR OTHERS WHO ALL VOTED FOR A REPEAL-ONLY BILL IN 2015, AND THAT’S THE ONE AT THE TIME PRESIDENT TRUMP VETOED. NOW THEY HAD A CHANCE TO REPEAL THIS SAME BILL, AND THEY SAID, NO, WE’RE NOT GOING TO DO IT. NO ONE IS QUITE SURE WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. BUT WHEN IT GETS TO CONFERENCE, IF IT GETS TO CONFERENCE, THE PROBLEM IS IF YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE IT A MORE ROBUST BILL, NOT SKINNY, BUT MAYBE 2%, YOU’VE GOT THE PROBLEM OF WHETHER OR NOT IT CAN PASS THE HOUSE. ALL SORTS OF PROBLEMS.>>Pat: ISN’T IT A POSSIBILITY IF THE SPEAKER APPOINTS THE CONFEREES, THEY CAN GET AHOLD OF SOMETHING AND PUT TOGETHER A SIGNIFICANT PACKAGE THAT MIGHT BE ACCEPTABLE?>> David: POSSIBLY, AND THAT’S THE HOPE. BUT THE PROBLEM IS YOU’VE GOT SO MANY DIFFERENT FACTIONS, ESPECIALLY IN THE SENATE, TO GET 50 VOTES IS GOING TO BE VERY, VERY DIFFICULT. WHAT WE’RE STARTING TO HEAR UP IN WASHINGTON, AT LEAST IN THE WHITE HOUSE, IT IS THE NEW LINGO. THEY’RE CALLING IT THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF OBAMACARE. IN OTHER WORDS, IF THEY CAN REPEAL THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE AND THE EMPLOYER MANDATE AND THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX, THAT WILL BE THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF OBAMACARE. WHAT YOU COULD SEE HAPPENING IS IF SOME SORT OF SMALL SKINNY BILL GETS SIGNED INTO LAW, THAT’S WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL SAY IN THE FUTURE. HE WILL SAY, LOOK, WE’VE BEGUN TO DISMANTEL OBAMACARE, BUT WE NEED TO GET THE FINAL JOB DONE.>>Pat: THEY CAN LIMIT DRAMATICALLY SOME OF THESE THINGS. AND CAN’T THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF WITHHOLD CERTAIN FUNDS SO THEY’RE NOT FUNDED AS HE GOES ALONG?>> David: ABSOLUTELY. AND THERE IS SERIOUS TALK AT THE WHITE HOUSE OF HIM DOING JUST THAT. AND THOSE PAYMENTS ARE SCHEDULED TO COME OUT ANY DAY NOW. AND THE PRESIDENT CAN HOLD BACK SOME OF THOSE MEDICAID PAYMENTS. BUT AT THIS POINT ADVISORS ARE SUGGESTING HE NOT DO THAT. SO THAT IS UP IN THE AIR AS WELL.>>Pat: HE DROPPED A BOMBSHELL. DID ANYBODY KNOW ABOUT THIS TRANSGENDER MOVE HE MADE YESTERDAY?>> David: THIS IS CLASSIC DONALD TRUMP, TWEETED OUT. NO POLICY PAPER. NO EXECUTIVE ORDER, NO SPECIFICS EXACTLY TO GRAB HOLD OF. AND THAT’S WHY EVERYBODY IS SOMEONE IN LIMBO, ESPECIALLY ALL OF THESE LAWSUITS THAT COULD HAPPEN. THE ACLU AND ALL OF THE LGBT GROUPS ARE READY TO LINE UP AT THE COURTROOM DOOR TO FILE LAWSUITS. WHAT WE UNDERSTAND ABOUT THIS IS EVANGELICALS WERE HEAVILY INVOLVED — MY SOURCES WERE TELLING ME ABOUT TWO AND A HALF WEEKS AGO THE EVANGELICAL ADVISORY BOARD — IT IS NOT TECHNICALLY CALLED THAT — BUT ALL OF THESE EVANGELICAL LEADERS THAT ADVICE THE PRESIDENT MET TWO AND A HALF WEEKS AGO AT THE OVAL OFFICE, AND THIS WAS DISCUSSED. AND THERE WAS A LETTER SENT TO THE PRESIDENT THIS WEEK SIGNED BY MANY OF THESE FOLKS, SAYING YOU HAVE TO GO AHEAD AND BASICALLY NOT HAVE TRANSGENDERS IN THE MILITARY, AND THE PRESIDENT WENT ALONG WITH IT. AND THERE IS A “MAKE AMERICA SECURE” ACT, AND THAT WAS GOING TO BASICALLY GIVE $80 BILLION MORE IN MILITARY SPENDING. AND THE FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL BASICALLY SAID, WE’VE GOT ENOUGH REPUBLICANS TO BLOCK THAT BILL. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY TOLD THE WHITE HOUSE, WE’RE NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU THE $80 BILLION MORE IN MILITARY FUNDING BECAUSE $4 BILLION OF THAT IS GOING TO GO TO THESE TRANSGENDER SURGERIES. SO THEY GOT THE PRESIDENT’S ATTENTION ON THAT. THE PRESIDENT TOOK IT SERIOUSLY ENOUGH, AND HERE WE ARE.>>Pat: UNDER OBAMA, THEY WERE DOING TRANSGENDER SURGERIES, WEREN’T THEY?>> David: WELL, IT WAS INFLUX. IN OTHER WORDS, THE ORDER CAME IN JULY OF 2016 FROM THE PRESIDENT, AND IT WAS UNDER REVIEW TECHNICALLY. AND SO BASICALLY WHAT NOW HAS TO HAPPEN — YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER IN THE HOUSE THERE WAS THIS BIG DEBATE OVER TRANSGENDER SURGERIES, AND THE HOUSE, EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE CONTROLLED BY REPUBLICANS, COULDN’T GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER, AND BASICALLY THAT BILL THAT WAS BEING DEBATED ABOUT TRANSGENDER SURGERIES FAILED. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY WERE GOING TO CONTINUE TO ALLOW THESE TRANSGENDER SURGERIES TO HAPPEN. THERE HAVE BEEN ALL SORTS OF PROBLEMS WITH THAT, BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, PAT, BECAUSE THESE TRANSGENDER SURGERIES — THAT BILL GOT DEFEATED, AND THAT’S PART OF THE REASON THE WHITE HOUSE TOOK THIS STEP.>>Pat: I GOT YOU.>>>WHAT IS YOUR PROGNOSIS FOR THE LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL?>> David: PAT, IT’S A TOUGH ONE. AND, YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDENT IS GETTING A LOT OF COUNSELLING, SAYING, STOP IT, STOP IT, STOP IT ON JEFF SESSIONS. BUT TRUMP IS GOING TO DO WHAT TRUMP IS GOING TO DO. THAT’S REAL NEWS. THAT’S NOT FAKE NEWS FOR SURE. I DON’T THINK IT IS GOING TO END WELL FOR THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL. THAT’S THE SENSE I’M GETTING UP HERE, TALKING TO SOME OF MY SOURCES. EVENTUALLY IT MAY BE TOO MUCH FOR THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL, WHO NOW, BY THE WAY, IS IN EL SALVADOR, DEALING WITH SOME OF THE 13 GANG CORRUPTION GOING ON OVER THERE, SO HE IS NOW OUT OF THE COUNTRY. I DON’T THINK IT IS GOING TO END WELL FOR HIM. THERE IS TALK ABOUT A RECESS APPOINTMENT IN AUGUST. I THINK THAT WOULD BE RELATIVELY FOOLISH FOR THE PRESIDENT TO DO, IF HE IS GOING TO TRY TO MAKE A RECESS APPOINTMENT, AND NOT HAVE THE SENATE BE ABLE TO CONFIRM A NEW ATTORNEY-GENERAL. I DON’T THINK THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. WHAT IS HAPPENING THERE IS WITHIN THE WHITE HOUSE, YOU HEAR TRUMP TALK A LOT ABOUT THIS. HE LIKES TO MUSE AND TALK ABOUT THESE THINGS IN AN OPEN-FORUM DISCUSSION AND SO A LOT OF PEOPLE RUN WITH THAT AND REPORT IT TO THE MEDIA, WHICH IS A WHOLE OTHER ISSUE.>>Pat: DAVE, THANKS FOR THE WORK YOU’RE DOING. DAVID BRODY, OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, DOING A VERY GOOD JOB. MY ADVICE TO THEM IS KISS AND MAKE UP. TURN HIM LOOSE ON SOME OF THE LEAKS THAT ARE COMING, WHICH ARE CRIMES, AND THERE HAVE BEEN ABOUT ONE A DAY IN THE FIRST DAYS OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. THEY ARE HIGH-LEVEL LEAKS, AND THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED. I UNDERSTAND ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI ARE GOING AFTER PEOPLE WHO HAVE LEAKED HIS FINANCIALS, THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO BE CONFIDENTIAL. AND SOMEBODY LEAKED IT IN THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF THE GOVERNMENT. THEY HAVE GOT TO BE PUT IN JAIL. THAT’S A CRIME AND A CRIME THAT IS DEMONSTERABLE.>>>SO, THE NEW AUTOMOBILE OWNER OF THE YEAR.>>Wendy: I’VE GOT TO GET MARRIED SOON AND GET THAT CAR. I WANT THAT CAR.>>>UP NEXT, GUARANTEED PAID MATERNITY LEAVE. SEE HOW IVANKA TRUMP IS PUSHING HARD TO GET THAT FOR WORKERS IN THE U.S., AND WHY NOT EVERYONE IS HAPPY ABOUT IT.>>Pat: WHILE THE REST OF THE WORLD HAS EMBRACED PAID FAMILY LEAVE FOR NEW MOMS AND EVEN DADS, THE U.S. IS STILL JUST STARTING TO DISCUSS WHETHER IT SHOULD BE A PRIORITY AND HOW TO PAY FOR IT. BUT NOW ONE OF THE NATION’S MOST FAMOUS MOMS, IVANKA TRUMP, IS PUSHING TO MAKE IT A REALITY. OUR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT JENNIFER WISHON BRINGS US THAT.>>CAN I HAVE A HUG? OH!>>Jennifer: WHEN PAULINE YOUNG GAVE BIRTH TO HER DAUGHTER, BRIANNA, SHE TOOK THREE MONTHS OFF.>>I COULD USE UP TO SIX WEEKS OF SICK LEAVE FOR FOR FOR FOR MATFORMATERNITY PURPOSES, AND I HAD ANNUAL LEAVE HOURS.>>Jennifer: UNDER THE FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT, EMPLOYERS ARE REQUIRED TO PROTECT AN EMPLOYEE’S JOB FOR 12 WEEKS AFTER TAKING TIME OFF AFTER GIVING BIRTH OR ADOPTING A CHILD, BUT THEY DON’T HAVE TO PAY THEM. BUT MANY COMPANIES LET THEM USE THEIR ACCRUED VACATION DAYS. IT IS AN IMPORTANT TIME FOR A MOM AND HER BABY.>>THIS IS A NEW LIFE THAT HAS COME INTO THE WORLD. AND IT’S A BIG DEAL. IT’S A BIG CHANGE. YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE SO MANY DIFFERENT FEELINGS THAT YOU’RE EXPERIENCING AT THIS TIME AS A NEW MOTHER. AND SO I CAN’T IMAGINE NOT HAVING THAT OPPORTUNITY TO BOND.>>Jennifer: RESEARCH BACKS HER UP. FAILURE OF A MOM TO SPEND ADEQUATE TIME WITH HER BABY EARLY ON CAN AFFECT THE CHILD’S HEALTH, COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT AND BEHAVIOR. DR. BRAD WILLCOX IS A SOCIOLOGIST.>>THE MORE BONDING, THE MORE LIKELY THEY’RE GOING TO FLOURISH LATER IN LIFE.>>Reporter: THE UNITED STATES IS ONE OF THE ONLY WHO DOESN’T GUARANTEE MOMS PAY WHILE THEY’RE OUT ON MATERNITY LEAVE. IVANKA TRUMP IS USING HER ROLE TO CHANGE THAT. SHE JOINED HER FATHER AS HE ANNOUNCED HIS PLAN TO PROVIDE SIX WEEKS PAID MATERNITY LEAVE TO WOMEN WORKING FOR COMPANIES THAT DON’T OFFER IT.>>MY FATHER HAS CREATED A PLAN THAT IS DESIGNED TO BRING RELIEVE.>>President Trump: THIS MATERNITY LEAVE WILL BE PAID OUT OF THE UNINSURANCE FUND. IT WILL BE COMPLETELY PAID FOR THROUGH SAVINGS WITHIN THE PROGRAM.>>Reporter: BUT AS PRESIDENT, TRUMP AT IVANKA’S URGING, PUT $10 BILLION INTO THE BUDGET TO PAY FOR IT. STATES WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DETERMINING HOW MUCH A MOTHER GETS. SENATOR RUBIO INVITED HER TO DISCUSS THE PLAN. HE SAYS MANY WANT TO ADDRESS THAT MANY DON’T HAVE CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY CAN’T AFFORD TO TAKE UNPAID TIME OFF FROM WORK. STILL, MANY REPUBLICANS DON’T LIKE IVANKA’S LAN TO USE TAX DOLLARS TO PAY FOR IT. AND MANY DEMOCRATS DON’T THINK IT GOES FAR ENOUGH. ROMINA IS AN EXPERT AT THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION.>>ANY NEW FEDERAL BENEFIT, IT IS MUCH EASIER TO EXPAND IT THAN IT IS TO REIN IT BACK IN. WHILE THIS MAY BE A TARGETED AND LIMITED APPROACH THAT IS CURRENTLY ENVISIONED BY THE PRESIDENT, ONCE IN IMPLEMENTED, IT WILL BE SUBJECT TO THE SAME SPECIAL INTEREST EFFORTS THAT OTHER BENEFITS PROGRAMS ARE.>>Reporter: IT COULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR EMPLOYERS TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS T THAT WORKS FOR THEM AND THEIR EMPLOYEES.>>THERE IS A PROPOSAL IN CONGRESS TO INCREASE FLEXIBILITY FOR EMPLOYERS TO PROVIDE THE KIND OF BENEFITS PACKAGE THAT THEIR EMPLOYEES VALUE. SOMETIMES IT MEANS PAID TIME OFF, RATHER THAN CASH THAT WILL BE TAXED.>>Reporter: ACROSS THE COUNTRY, LAWMAKERS ARE PAYING ATTENTION TO THE ISSUE. CALIFORNIA, RHODE ISLAND, NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK CURRENTLY OR WILL SOON OFFER PAID FAMILY LEAVE. HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., CITY COUNCIL GRANTED WORKERS UP TO EIGHT WEEKS OF PAID LEAVE. AND IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THERE IS A PUSH TO OFFER GENEROUS MATERNITY AND FAMILY LEAVE POLICIES IN AN EFFORT TO RETAIN TALENT. NETFLIX LET’S EMPLOYEES TAKE UP TO ONE YEAR OFF FOR A BIRTH OR AN ADOPTION.>>THE PROBLEM ARISES IN THE LOW INCOME OR LESS EDUCATED WOMEN, ESPECIALLY THOSE WORKING IN MINIMUM WAGE JOBS, THEY TEND TO HAVE LESS ACCESS TO THESE TYPES OF BENEFITS.>>Reporter: STILL, RESEARCH AND PUBLIC OPINION SEEM TO BE COLLIDING.>>I BELIEVE WHAT MOST SCHOLARS IN THIS AREA WOULD ACKNOWLEDGE OR RECOGNIZE IS HAVING OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS TO TAKE SOME LEAVE WITH THEIR CHILLED IS REALLY IMPORTANT IN ESTABLISHING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN CHILD AND PARENT, ESPECIALLY MOMS.>>Reporter: THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IS TAXING BUSINESSES TO PAY FOR ITS PROGRAM. AND THEN THERE IS THIS: SOME ARGUE OFFERING WOMEN A SPECIAL WORK BENEFIT WILL ACTUALLY HURT THEIR CHANCES OF GETTING HIRED OR BEING PROMOTED. PAULINE YOUNG SAYS TAKE IT FROM A MOM, EMPLOYERS SHOULD TRY TO BE ACCOMMODATING.>>JOBS NEED TO BE MORE SUPPORTIVE OF THE FAMILY.>>Reporter: AND WHILE IVANKA TRUMP WILL CONTINUE TO USE HER POWERFUL MEG MEGA PHONE FOR PAID LEAVE, AN AGREEMENT ON HOW TO GET IT DONE IS STILL MANY BIRTHS AWAY. JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS, WASHINGTON.>>Pat: THANKS, JENNIFER. AND INTERESTING THING IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, IN ISRAEL, WHEN PEOPLE WENT INTO THE ARMY AND THEY GOT MARRIED, THEY WERE GIVEN A ONE-YEAR LEAVE OF ABSENCE SO THEY COULD BOND, NOT JUST WITH THEIR CHILD BUT WITH THEIR SPOUSE TO GET THEIR FAMILY GOING. THAT GOES BACK TO BIBLICAL TIMES. THE IDEA OF HAVING A YOUNG MOTHER — WE DIDN’T USE TO HAVE THAT MANY MARRIED WORKING WOMEN THAT WERE HAVING CHILDREN AT AN EARLY AGE. NOW WE DO. NOW THE WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE IS VERY VALUABLE, AND WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING IN OUR COUNTRY TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO BOND WITH THESE INFANTS BECAUSE THEY NEED THEIR MOTHERS.>>Wendy: UP NEXT, BASKETBALL GRADE VIN BAKER REVEALS WHAT HIS FANS NEVER SAW ON THE COURT.>>I WAS DOING IT TO MAINTAIN AND EVEN KILL. OTHERWISE I WOULD BE ANXIOUS.>>Wendy: FOLLOW BEN’S JOURNEY FROM A ALL STARS TO STARBUCKS’ BARRISTA, AFTER THIS.>>Pat: WELL, HE MADE $100 MILLION FROM HIS NBA AND OLYMPIC BASKETBALL CAREER, AND HE SQUANDERED EVERY PENNY OF IT BEN BAKER IS A SELF-CONFESSED PRODIGAL WHO WENT FROM SPORTS SUPERSTAR TO STARBUCKS’ BARRISTA. AS HE TOLD SPORTS REPORTER TOM BUEHRING, HE HAS NEVER BEEN HAPPIER.>>Reporter: WHEN A STRAIGHT PATH TURNS TO WINDING ROAD, THE HOPE IS THAT THE JOURNEY BRINGS A RETURN. VIN BAKER’S BASKETBALL ODYSSEY HAS.>>YOU CAN ALWAYS COME HOME. I’VE BEEN WELL-TRAVELLED. FULL GOSPEL, TABERNACLE, IN CONNECTICUT, WHICH HAS ALWAYS BEEN HOME FOR ME. MY EARLIEST MEMORIES IS SINGING IN THE CHOIR AT NINE YEARS OLD. IT WILL ALWAYS REMAIN SPECIAL TO ME. IT IS THE PRODIGAL SON. I HAVE RETURNED HOME, AND I’M HAPPY TO HAVE COME HOME TO A FEAST.>>Reporter: WHAT DOES IT STILL BRING?>>I SEE PEOPLE THAT I GREW UP WITH AND WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL WITH, AND THEY’RE ALL WONDERFUL PEOPLE. I HAVE GREAT FRIENDS HERE. HERE I’M NOT VIN BAKER. I’M JUST VINNIE.>>Reporter: THIS IS WHERE YOU DID SIXTH, SEVENTH, AND EIGHTH GRADES?>>YES. THIS IS MY SCHOOL. NOW IT IS THE OLD RECREATIONAL CENTER. THERE IS WHERE VIN, JR. AND I COME AND WORK OUT.>>Reporter: IT’S WHERE YOU GOT YOUR LIVELIHOOD AND WHERE YOU GOT YOUR NAME. YOU HAD A DISTINGUISHED BASKETBALL CAREER.>>BEING ALL AMERICAN, DRAFTED, MILWAUKEE BUCKS, 1993, AND HAVING SO MUCH EARLY SUCCESS, NBA ALL STAR, NBA OLYMPIAN, MY OWN BRAND JORDAN SHOE, AND REALLY A LOT OF WONDERFUL THINGS THAT BASKETBALL BROUGHT ME.>>Reporter: WHEN WAS THE PEAK OF YOUR NBA CAREER?>>MY FIRST YEAR IN SEATTLE, 1997, 1998, WON 61 GAMES. I WEMEN WENT FROM BEING AN ALL STAR TO THE NEXT LEVEL. IT CHANGES YOUR WHOLE TITLE.>>Reporter: YOU INHERITED OPPORTUNITY BY COMING TO THE NBA, BUT YOU ALSO GET A LIFESTYLE.>>UH-HUH. IF YOU’RE NOT CAPABLE OF HAVING DISCRETION, YOU WILL FALL INTO IT. I DIDN’T COME FROM A PARTY BACKGROUND, BUT ONCE I STARTED TO DRINK AND HANG OUT AND PARTY, IT WENT FROM CASUAL FUN TO I REALLY NEED TO DRINK. NOW I HAVE TO DO IT TO SURVIVE BECAUSE MY BODY IS NOT RESPONDING WITHOUT ONE. SO IT GOT REALLY BAD.>>Reporter: DID YOU DRINK DURING GAMES?>>YEAH, THERE WERE TIMES WHEN I HAD TO. I MEAN, THE PRESSURE OF MAINTAINING THIS LEVEL OF BASKETBALL MADE ME ANXIOUS. AND I WOULD HAVE WITHDRAWALS, THE SHAKES, THE NOISE OF THE CROWD, AND I WOULD DRINK DURING THAT TO MAINTAIN AND EVEN CURE. OTHERWISE I WOULD BE ANXIOUS. MY BODY SHAKING. MAYBE I’M NOT AS GOOD AS I THOUGHT I WAS BECAUSE I DIDN’T REALIZE I HAD BECOME AN ALCOHOLIC.>>Reporter: NO MORE HIDING. YOUR GAME FALTERS, YOU’RE TRADED TO BOSTON. YOU’RE FOUND OUT. SUSPENSIONS, RELEASES, YOU LOSE YOUR CAREER AND EVERYTHING WITH IT.>>THE NAME VIN BAKER AT THAT TIME WASN’T GOOD. ALL OF THE STORIES, ALL OF THE RUMORS, ALL OF THE MONEY LOSS, I COULDN’T FIGHT IT AT THAT POINT. I WAS ALREADY HUMBLED. HE KNEW I WAS BROKEN.>>Reporter: WHAT DID ROCK BOTTOM LOOK LIKE?>>I WAS JUST SPIRITUALLY EMPTY. LOSING EVERYTHING THAT I HAD GAINED AND WORKED FOR WASN’T ROCK BOTTOM. THE ROCK BOTTOM PART WAS WHEN I DIDN’T FEEL CONNECTED TO CHRIST. I JUST FELT THERE WAS NO ONE I COULD TURN TO, INCLUDING GOD. I HAD DONE SO MUCH WRONG WITH ALCOHOLISM AND SOME OF THE CHOICES I MORALLY MADE WAS AGAINST GOD AND EVERYTHING I STOOD FOR AND EVERYTHING HE WANTED ME TO BE.>>Reporter: THE IN AND OUT OF REHABS, THIS LAST ONE WAS DIFFERENT. DIDN’T YOU TELL THEM, I’LL BE OUT IN A WEEK?>>I HAD A REAL CONVERSATION WITH THE LORD. I NEED YOU NOW. I CRIED OUTGOING TO REHAB. ALL I NEED TO DO IS GET PHYSICALLY WELL SO I WOULDN’T HAVE SEIZURES, BUT MY SPIRIT WAS MADE UP. I KNEW THAT THE MAINTENANCE WAS GOING TO BE COMING TO THE LORD, AND COMING TO THE CHURCH AND PRAYING. USUALLY THESE STORIES END IN DEATH. BUT THE AWESOME PART IS YOU CAN CHANGE THE ENDING OF THE STORY. THE ONLY WAY TO TURN THAT AROUND IS THROUGH CHRIST.>>Reporter: TO GET BACK ON HIS FEET, VIN REACHED OUT TO ONE OF HIS FORMER NBA OWNERS, STARBUCKS’ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HOWARD SCHULTZ.>>I CONSIDER HOWARD FAMILY AND A CLOSE FRIEND. I’M GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY HE GAVE ME TO COME IN HERE AND PUT THIS GREEN APRON ON. COMING OUT OF RECOVERY, I NEEDED A PLACE WHERE I COULD GRIND AND WORK, LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY, A LOT OF THINGS I WAS GOING THROUGH.>>Reporter.I WOULD A MACCIATO COULD BE DIFFICULT TO MAKE WHEN IT HAS TO BE RUSHED.>>>AT ONE POINT I THOUGHT I WAS NOT LOVED BY ANYONE. I DIDN’T THINK I COULD BE LOVED. THAT’S WHEN I FOUND OUT HIS LOVE IS UNCONDITIONAL. I WAKE UP EVERY MORNING NEEDING A NEW MERCY. I HAVE SIX YEARS OF SOBRIETY, BUT I NEED YOU TODAY. I HAVE A HEALTHY FEAR OF MY PAST AND A GREAT ADORERATION OF THE LORD.>>Reporter: VIN WAS RECENTLY ORDAINED. HIS NEW BOOK OFFERS AN ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE AND REDEMPTION.>>IT HAS BEEN A BEAUTIFUL PROCESS, COMING BACK HOME TO MY WIFE AND MY CHILDREN AND MY SON. SIGNED TO THE BOSTON COLLEGE. NOW I’VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO BACK AND DO BROADCASTING WITH FOX AND THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS. IT IS PART OF THE REDEMPTIVE PROCESS. THEY TOOK A CHANCE ON ME AND I’M TRULY BLESSED TO BE BACK IN MILWAUKEE.>>Reporter: HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN THE PERSPECTIVE THAT THERE IS PURPOSE EVEN IN THE WORST OF IT?>>I’M CONVINCED THAT EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED IN THE NBA HAD TO HAPPEN IN ORDER FOR ME TO GET A GOD PERSPECTIVE, IN ORDER FOR ME TO CHANGE MY LIFE, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, HELP OTHER PEOPLE CHANGE THEIR PERSPECTIVE ON ADDICTION OR HELP TO SAVE LIVES. IT WENT FROM A WHY ME TO WHY NOT ME? WHEN YOU GET TO THE WHY NOT ME, BIG CHANGES CAN HAPPEN. I KNEW WILL WOULD BE JOY IN RUNNING BACK TO A FORGIVFORGIVING FATHER.>>Pat: WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SPIRIT. IT WOULD BE SO EASY TO BE BITTER AND DOWNCAST, BUT INSTEAD OF THAT, HE HAS EMBRACED WHAT HAS HAPPENED WITH JOY BECAUSE HE KNOWS HE HAS FOUND A TREASURE FAR GREATER THAN $100 MILLION AND A GREAT CAREER IN THE NBA. YOU SEE, GOD TAKES YOU. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A SUPER-STAR ATHLETE TO BE ACCEPTED BY GOD. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A RICH BILLIONAIRE OR MILLIONAIRE TO BE ACCEPTED BY GOD. THAT WONDERFUL PSALM, JUST AS I AM WITHOUT ONE PLEA BUT THAT THY BLOOD WAS SHED FOR ME. I COME, I COME, WITHOUT ANY PLEA. OH, LAMB OF GOD, I COME. YOU MAY HAVE A MESS IN YOUR MARRIAGE, YOU MAY HAVE A MESS IN YOUR BUSINESS, YOU MAY HAVE BEEN BUSTED AND GONE TO JAIL, YOU MAY HAVE ALL KINDS OF THINGS LABELLED ON YOU, BUT THE ONE THING THAT IS TRUE IS THAT YOU CAN TURN TO THE LORD. AND JUST LIKE THE PRODIGAL, THE FATHER WILL RUN TO THROW HIS ARMS AROUND YOU AND SAY, WELCOME HOPE. NOW, IF YOU WANT TO FIND THE LORD, JUST CALL UPON THE LORD. THE LORD SAYS, WHOEVER CALL UPON THE LORD WILL BE SAVED. I WANT TO YOU CALL UPON THE LORD NOW. LORD, YOU KNOW THE MESS I’VE MADE. PLEASE TAKE ME BACK. GIVE ME A LIFE WITH YOU, A HUMBLE, HUMBLE LIFE. VIN BAKER HAS GOT IT. WHAT AN AMAZING TESTIMONY. BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO WIND UP SERVING EXTRA LATTE COFFEE AT A STARBUCKS. AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO NECESSARILY LOSE EVERYTHING YOU HAVE. RIGHT NOW, THOUGH, YOU CAN MAKE A DECISION, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE. MAKE THAT DECISION AND SAY, LORD, I ACCEPT YOU. OUR TELEPHONE NUMBER IS AVAILABLE TO YOU RIGHT NOW. IT’S 1-800-700-7000. 1-800-700-7000. SO CALL UP RIGHT NOW AND SAY, LOOK, I JUST HEARD THAT MESSAGE. I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT I WANT TO ACCEPT THE LORD. PRAY WITH ME. SOMEBODY IS HERE WHO LOVES YOU. CALL RIGHT NOW. 1-800-700-7000. OKAY. WENDY?>>Wendy: PAT, STILL TO COME, MEET A POPULAR ARTIST WHO PAINTS THE STARS.>>I’VE BEEN ABLE TO DO STUFF WITH TIM TEBOW TO JERRY RICE TO JACK NICHOLSON, CARRIE UNDERWOOD. WHEN YOU’RE PAINTING, YOU DON’T REALIZE THE IMPACT IT IS HAVING ON OTHER PEOPLE UNTIL THEY COME AND TELL YOU ABOUT IT.>>Wendy: SEE HOW JAR JARED EMERSON NOT ONLY PAINTS WORKS OF ART, HE ALSO PERFORMS THEM. THAT’S COMING UP LATER.>>Efrem: AND WELCOME BACK TO “THE 700 CLUB.” PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SET TO NOMINATE KANSAS GOVERNOR SAM BROWNBACK AS THE AMBASSADOR AT LARGE FOR INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. IF THE SENATE CONFIRMS, HE’LL RUN THE STATE DEPARTMENT’S OFFICE, WHICH PROMOTES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM THROUGH FOREIGN POLICY. HE TWEETED: “RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS THE FIRST FREEDOM, THE CHOICE OF WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR OWN SOUL. I AM HONORED TO SERVE SUCH AN IMPORTANT CAUSE.”>>>THE PARENTS OF CHARLIE GARD HAVE MADE THE DECISION TO MOVE THEIR INFANT SON TO HOSPICE CARE. A LONDON JUDGE GAVE THEM AND THE HOSPITAL TIME TO AGREE ON AN END OF LIFE PLAN. SAYING THE DECISION IS, QUOTE, “IN CHARLIE’S BEST INTEREST TO BE MOVED TO HOSPICE.” THE COUPLE IS HOPING FOR A TEAM OF SPECIALIST DOCTORS SO THEY CAN SPEND MORE TIME WITH HIM BEFORE HIS LIFE SUPPORT IS TURNED OFF.>>>REMEMBER, YOU CAN ALWAYS GET THE LATEST FROM CBN NEWS BY GOING TO OUR WEBSITE AT cbnnews.com. THE PAT AND WENDY ARE BACK WITH MUCH MORE OF “THE 700 CLUB,” COMING UP RIGHT AFTER THIS.>>Pat: MARIA IS A WIDOW WHO IS SUPPORTING HER YOUNG SON AND ELDERLY PARENTS. SEVERE FLOODING AND MUDSLIDES IN THEIR TOWN RUINED ALL OF THE FAMILY’S POSSESSIONS. THEN THEIR SITUATION BECAME EVEN MORE DESPERATE WHEN MARIA AND HER SON HAD TO BEG FOR WATER BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.>>Reporter: WHEN THE FLOODWATERS CAME TO HER HOUSE, MARIA WATCHED FROM HER ROOF AS ALL OF HER EARTHLY POSSESSIONS WERE DESTROYED. [SPEAKING IN SPANISH LANGUAGE]>>Through Translator: SO MANY THINGS WERE DESTROYED. THE ONLY THING WE COULD DO WAS SAVE OURSELVES.>>Reporter: TORRENTIAL RAINFALL ACROSS PERU OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS HAS LED TO SEVERE FLOODING AND MUDSLIDES, LEAVING TENS OF THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER AND RUNNING WATER AND OFTEN EVEN A PLACE TO SLEEP. MARIA, HER 9-YEAR-OLD SON AND ELDERLY PARENTS NOW SLEEP ON THE FLOOR SINCE THEIR BEDS WERE WASHED AWAY BY THE RIVER.>>Through Translator: SOMETIMES YOU CAN’T GO ON ANYMORE. BUT THEN I THINK OF MY SON. HE IS THE REASON I LIVE. I THINK, I HAVE TO KEEP FIGHTING FOR HIM.>>Reporter: THE SOLE PROVIDER FOR HER FAMILY SINCE HER HUSBAND DIED FOUR YEARS AGO, MARIA TRIED TO PICK UP THE PIECES AFTER THE WATER SUBSIDED AND KEEP HER FAMILY ALIVE. WITH NO SOURCE OF CLEAN WATER, THEY WERE FORCED TO BEG ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, HOPING SOMEONE WOULD BRING THEM SOME WATER TO DRINK.>>Translator: CARS PASSED BY, AND WE WOULD SAY, WATER, WATER, BUT THEY DIDN’T GIVE US ANY. THEN SOME PEOPLE FROM CBN FOUND OUT WITH OUR BUCKETS, AND THEY SAID, LET’S GO TO THE CHURCH. THERE IS WATER THERE.>>Reporter: CBN HAD ARRIVED EARLIER THAT DAY. AT A NEARBY CHURCH, WE INSTALLED WATER PURIFYERS, WHICH CREATED THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF DRINKING WATER FOR THIS DEVASTATED COMMUNITY. AFTER MARIA AND HER FAMILY RECEIVED SOME WATER, WE HEARD ABOUT THEIR SITUATION AND HOW THEIR BEDS THAT BEEN DESTROYED. SO WE DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING MORE FOR THIS HARD-WORKING MOTHER AND HER PARENTS. CBN SURPRISED MARIA WITH NEW BEDS, A MOSQUITO NET, INSECT REPELLENT AND AN IN-HOME WATER FILTER.>>Through Translator: FROM ALL OF MY HEART, THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR HELPING US, AND GOD BLESS YOU.>>Reporter: MARIA CAN NOW FOCUS ON GETTING HER FAMILY BACK ON THEIR FEET AND MOVING FORWARD.>>Through Translator: I AM ALWAYS THINKING TO GET THE THINGS WE NEED AND KEEP GOING. THIS WILL BE ENOUGH FOR US BECAUSE I AM GOING TO WORK EVEN HARDER TO BE ABLE TO COME OUT OF THIS. THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU ARE GOING TO BE VERY BLESSED.>>Pat: THERE ARE SO MANY WORTHY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, SO MANY HURTING PEOPLE, LIKE MARIA. SHE WANTS TO WORK AND DO SOMETHING, BUT SHE IS OVERWHELMED. WE HAVE DISASTERS IN AMERICA AND IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. AND CBN IS THERE TIME AND TIME AND TIME AGAIN. BUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS THEY TELL ME THAT OUR DISASTER RELIEF FUND HAS BECOME DEPLETED BECAUSE OF THE NUMBERS OF DISASTERS TAKING PLACE AROUND THE WORLD. WE WANT TO HELP. WE CAN’T DO IT ALL, OBVIOUSLY, BUT WE CAN GO INTO CERTAIN AREAS WHERE THERE IS A CRISIS, AND WE CAN GIVE CLEAN WATER. WE CAN HAVE MEDICINE. WE CAN HAVE BLANKETS. WE CAN HAVE FOOD. WE CAN ALL OF THESE THINGS, BUT IT TAKES A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY. WHAT I’D LIKE TO ASK YOU TO DO, OVER AND ABOVE WHAT YOU’RE GIVING, THAT YOU JUST ADD A LITTLE SOMETHING AND SAY THIS IS FOR CBN DISASTER RELIEF, CBN CENTER, VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA. SAY HERE IS $10, HERE IS $50, WHATEVER, AND IT WILL BE SO IMPORTANT. WE NEED TO REPLENISH THIS BECAUSE HURRICANE SEASON IS COMING AND OTHER DISASTERS ARE COMING. AND WE ALL WANT TO BE THERE SO WE CAN HELP PEOPLE LIKE MARIA. PICK UP THE PHONE. IT’S EASY TO REMEMBER. 1-800-700-7000. SAY I WANT THIS TO GO TO CBN DISASTER RELIEF. WENDY?>>Wendy: AMEN.>>>STILL AHEAD, YOUR E-MAIL QUESTIONS. MARTH THAT SAYS, “I DIVORCED MY HUSBAND AFTER YEARS OF INFIDELITY, AND A CHILD WAS BORN FROM THAT INFIDELITY. AM I STILL MARRIED TO THIS PERSON IN THE SIGHT OF GOD?” WE’LL “BRING IT ON” WITH THIS QUESTION AND MUCH MORE, SO STAY TUNED.>>Wendy: THE FIRST TIME THAT ARTIST JARED EMERSON PAINTED ON STAGE, HE WAS SCARED TO DEATH. TODAY HE IS WIDELY KNOWN NOT ONLY FOR HIS PAINTINGS, BUT FOR HIS LIVE PERFORMANCES. TAKE A LOOK.>>Reporter: TUCKED ALONGSIDE A RIVER IN DOWNTOWN GREENEVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA, ARE THE POPULAR ART CROSSING GALLERIES, THERE YOU WILL FIND JARED EMERSON. HE NOT ONLY PAINTS WORKS OF ART, HE PERFORMS THEM. [APPLAUSE]>>Reporter: A NUMBER OF HIS PERFORMANCES HAVE BEEN PORTRAITS OF CELEBRITIES, WHO ARE SOMETIMES IN THE AUDIENCE.>>I’VE BEEN ABLE TO DO STUFF WITH TIM TEBOW TO JERRY RICE TO JACK NICHOLSON, CARRIE UNDERWOOD. IT CAN BE A LITTLE NERVE-RACKING.>>Reporter: BUT THE PIECES HE LOVES CREATING MOST ARE THOSE THAT POINT PEOPLE TO JESUS CHRIST.>>YOU START OUT CREATING THINGS FOR YOUR ENERO JUST ENJOYMENT,YOUR OWN PLEASURE. AND AS YOU GROW, YOU REALIZE, MAYBE I’M CREATING SOMETHING BECAUSE OTHER PEOPLE NEED TO SEE IT. WHEN YOU’RE PAINTING, YOU DON’T REALIZE THE IMPACT IT IS HAVING ON OTHER PEOPLE UNTIL THEY COME AND TELL YOU ABOUT IT. TO HAVE SOMEONE COME TO YOU AND SAY, MAN, I HAVEN’T BEEN GOING TO CHURCH IN A WHILE, AND THAT PAINTING REALLY SPOKE TO ME. FOR SOME REASON IN SEEING THAT PAINTING OF JESUS, IT WAS LIKE HIM TELLING ME, HEY, I’M HERE.>>Reporter: JARED WAS BORN IN A CHRIST-CENTERED HOME IN MICHIGAN. HE REMEMBERS WHEN HIS OWN FAITH IN GOD BECAME REAL WHEN HE WAS FIVE.>>I KNEW FOR ME WHEN MY HEART CHANGED. I REALIZED I WAS ACTUALLY HIS CHILD, AND HE LOVED ME REGARDLESS OF WHETHER I OBEYED OR DISOBEYED. I KNEW THAT I WANTED TO, AS I GREW OLDER, TO PLEASE HIM MORE AND LEARN AND TRY TO PLEASE MYSELF LESS.>>Reporter: HE DISCOVERED HIS GIFT FOR ART AROUND SEVENTH GRADE, BUT HE HAD OTHER THINGS ON HIS MIND.>>AT A YOUNG AGE, I WANTED TO PLAY BASKETBALL. THAT WAS MY DREAM, MY HOPES, MY AMBITION. SPORTS WAS MY LIFE. BEING AN ARTIST ISN’T SOMETHING I THOUGHT I COULD BE ONE DAY.>>Reporter: EVEN SO, JARED CONTINUED HONING IT ARTISTIC SKILLS. AND THEN HE DECIDED TO PURSUE A CAREER AS AN ARTIST.>>I THINK IT STARTED WITH ME UNDERSTANDING THE PATH I WAS GOING DOWN WAS TRYING TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL, HOW TO MAKE A LIVING, AND HOW TO HAVE A FAMILY AND TAKE CARE OF THEM WITH ART.>>Reporter: WITHIN A FEW YEARS, HE DISCOVERED HOW GOD WANTED HIM TO USE HIS GIFT. IT STARTED WHEN JARED’S CHURCH MADE SOME VIDEOS OF HIM PAINTING AND SHOWED THEM DURING THEIR SERVICES.>>AND THEY SAID, JARED, YOU SHOULD PAINT ON STAGE. I WAS, LIKE, ARE YOU CRAZY? I WAS SCARED TO DEATH TO GET IN FRONT OF PEOPLE AND PAINT SOMETHING.>>Reporter: HE’LL NEVER FORGET HIS FIRST PERFORMANCE WITH AN INJURED KNEE.>>I REALIZED I’M ON A SLICK SURFACE AND I HAVE A BUM KNEE. THE PAINT STARTED SEEPING INTO THE CANVAS. MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS, SELFISHLY, WHAT AM I DOING UP HERE. I’M GOING TO THROW DOWN SOME PAINT AND FALL DOWN, AND WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF THAT. MY NEXT THOUGHT WAS, GOD, I NEED YOUR HELP.>>Reporter: DESPITE HIS FEARS, IT WAS A BIG HIT.>>THE HOLY SPIRIT SAID, IF I CAN ALLOW YOU TO DO SOMETHING WHEN YOUR BROKEN AND NOT 100%, LOOK AT THE POCKETS WHEN YOU ARE 100%. AND THE OPPORTUNITIES I’LL BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU TO NOT ONLY JUST GET OUT THERE AND THROW PAINT, BUT TO BRING HONOR AND GLORY TO MY NAME. IT WASN’T UNTIL I REALIZED TO LET GO AND LET GOD TAKE CONTROL THAT I CHANGED MY PATH. THAT KIND OF BROUGHT ME DOWN TO DOING THE SPEED PAINTING, THE LIVE PERFORMANCE ART, WHERE IT BECAME A MINISTRY.>>Reporter: REQUESTS FOR JARED’S PERFORMANCES STARTED COMING IN FROM ALL DIRECTIONS. ALLOWING HIM TO OPEN HIS GREENEVILLE STUDIO IN 2006. NOW HE WORKS AT CONFERENCES AND GATHERINGS OF ALL KINDS, DOING WHAT HE LOVES AND SHARING HIS FAITH.>>I NEVER COULD REALLY IMAGINE OR DREAM THAT I WOULD BE DOING THE THINGS I’M DOING TODAY IF IT WASN’T FOR THAT DECISION OF, GOD, I NEED YOU TO TAKE OVER AND TAKE CONTROL OF MY LIFE, VERSUS ME TRYING TO DO IT. FOR ME IT BECOMES THAT FULL CIRCLE: JARED, WHERE IS YOUR HEART TODAY? HOW FOCUSED ARE YOU ON MY SON? AND NOT JUST CREATING ART, BUT HOPEFULLY TOUCHING LIVES IN THE PROCESS. I KNOW I CAN’T TOUCH A LIFE, BUT I KNOW GOD CAN TOUCH A LIFE. AND IF IT IS THROUGH ART, HOW COOL IS THAT?>>Wendy: WOW, PAT AND I ARE JUST AMAZED. LIKE HE WAS JUST SAYING, HE IS BEYOND GOOD.>>Pat: HE IS A REMARKABLE TALENT. GOOD GRIEF, IT IS HARD ENOUGH TO SIT THERE AND LOOK AND LOOK AND LOOK, AND HE IS DRAWING THINGS IN A PERFORMANCE.>>Wendy: THAT IS A TRUE GIFT.>>>IT IS TIME FOR YOUR E-MAIL QUESTIONS. MARTHA SAYS, “HI, PAT. I DIVORCED MY HUSBAND AFTER YEARS OF INFIDELITY, AND A CHILD WAS BORN FROM THAT INFIDELITY. AND ALSO MY MARRIAGE WAS AN ABUSIVE SITUATION THAT LEFT ME AND MY CHILDREN HOMELESS. AM I STILL MARRIED TO THIS PERSON IN THE EYES OF GOD? PLEASE HELP ME TO GET AN UNDERSTANDING OF THIS?”>>Pat: THE EXEMPTION THAT JESUS GAVE WAS VERY CLEAR, EXCEPT FOR THE CAUSE OF INFIDELITY. YOUR HUSBAND WAS COMMITTING INFIDELITY. AND WHEN HE DID, HE BROKE THE RELATIONSHIP. THAT MARRIAGE IS OVER. ARE YOU STILL MARRIED? NO, YOU’RE NOT. HE BROKE IT. AND THAT ADULTERY BROKE IT. AND THE OTHER STUFF HE DID WOULD BE INTOLERABLE. YOU’RE FREE. IF THE LORD GIVES YOU ANOTHER SPOUSE, BY ALL MEANS ENTER INTO THE RELATIONSHIP KNOWING YOU’RE FREE.>>Wendy: THIS FROM MARY. AND SHE SAYS, “I KNOW THIS IS PROBABLY A SILLY QUESTION, BUT MY FIANCE AND I ARE SETTING OUR WEDDING DATE. AND WE’VE BEEN CONSIDERING A SUNDAY. IS IT ACCEPTABLE IN GOD’S EYES TO GET MARRIED ON A SUNDAY? SINCE THAT IS A DAY SET ASIDE ONLY FOR HIM?”>>Pat: I THINK TO SOLIDIFY YOUR MARRIAGE ON YOUR SUNDAY WOULD BE VERY APPROPRIATE. WHY NOT. MARRIAGE IS A SACRAMENT. IT IS ONE OF THE HOLY MOMENTS WHERE YOU PLEDGE YOURSELF IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. WOULD WOULWHAT WOULD BE A MORE APPROPRIATE THING TO DO ON GOD’S DAY THAN TO ENTER INTO AN APPROPRIATE UNION THAT HE IS GOING TO BLESS. MOST WEDDINGS AREN’T ON SUNDAY FOR SOME REASON. MAYBE IT CONFLICTS WITH CHURCH SERVICES AND YOU CAN’T GET A CHURCH. MOST ARE ON SATURDAY.>>Wendy: AND I’VE HEARD OF A FEW ON FRIDAY. IT IS UNUSUAL TO HAVE IT ON SUNDAY.>>Pat: CHURCHES AREN’T AVAILABLE.>>Wendy: LOOKS LIKE YOU GOT PERMISSION FOR SUNDAY.>>SALLY SAYS, “JUST WONDERING, JESUS IS THE GREAT PHYSICIAN. SO WHEN WE ASK FOR HEALING, WHY WOULDN’T HE HEAL ONE THING INSTEAD THE MULTITUDE OF THINGS WRONG. YOU TELL US TO PUT OUR HANDS ON THE AREA WHERE WE NEED HEALING. I WOULD NEED SEVERAL HANDS FOR THAT. THANK YOU.”>>Pat: PUT YOU’RE HAND ON YOUR HEAD AND DECLARE YOUR WHOLE BODY IS ASKED. THE LORD WILL HEAL YOUR WHOLE BODY BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU. YOU WONDER WHEN SOMEBODY GETS SPECIFICALLY HEALED WHY THE LORD DOESN’T DO IT ALL, BUT SOMETIMES HE DOES AND SOMETIMES HE DOESN’T. HE IS IN CHARGE. ALL I CAN SAY IS I STAND IN AWE OF THE FACT HE’LL DO ANY OF IT. BY ALL MEANS, ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT. ASK YOU SHALL RECEIVE THAT YOUR JOY MIGHT BE FULL.>>Wendy: I LIKE THE WORD SHALOM, WHICH MEANS NOTHING MISSING. SO I PRAY SHALOM.>>>THIS IS FROM FAITH, AND SHE SAYS, “MY MOM AND DAD HAVEN’T GOTTEN ALONG FOR YEARS NOW. YESTERDAY IN A SMALL ARGUMENT, MY MOM BANNED MY DAD FROM COMING TO SEE US. I ALREADY LOST MY BIRTH MOM AND MY BIRTH DAD ABANDONED ME AT A YOUNG AGE. HOW CAN I DEAL WITH MY ADOPTIVE FAMILY CRUMBLING APART?”>>Pat: IT IS VERY HARD FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO CHANGE ADULTS. IT REALLY RIPS A KID APART TO SEE — I REMEMBER TWO OF MY CHILDREN, AND ONE WAS SAYING I LOVE MOMMY, AND THE OTHER WAS SAYING I LOVE DADDY, AND THE OTHER ONE WAS SAYING I LOVE MOMMY AND DADDY. ALL YOU CAN DO IS PRAY AND TALK TO THEM AND SAY, CAN YOU DO IT FOR ME? COULD YOU LOVE EACH OTHER? A LITTLE CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM. THE EXAMPLE OF THE LITTLE CHILD CAN HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON PEOPLE.>>Wendy: ANN WRITES IN, AND SHE SAYS, “THE BIBLE SAYS THAT YOU HAVE TO BE BORN OF THE WATER AND SPIRIT TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. IT ALSO SAYS WHOEVER CALLS ON MY NAME IN THE LAST DAYS SHALL BE SAVED. THIS VERSE DOESN’T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE WATER AND THE SPIRIT. I DON’T UNDERSTAND. CAN YOU COMPLEE PLEASE EXPLAIN THIS TO ME?”>>Pat: I THINK IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION, WHOEVER CALLS UPON THE LORD WILL BE SAVED. YOU’VE GOT A CRISIS AND THE WORLD IS COLLAPSING AROUND YOU AND YOU SAY, OH, LORD GOD, SAVE ME. AND GOD WILL HEAR YOUR PRAYER. AND YOU HAVEN’T GOT TIME TO GET BAPTIZED. I THINK THE WHOLE IDEA OF WATER AND SPIRIT — WHEN A WOMAN IS PREGNANT AND SHE IS READY TO GIVE BIRTH, THERE IS A BURSTING OF WATERS. THERE IS MORE SYMBOLISM INVOLVED IN THAT THAN MERELY BAPTISM. EARLY BIRTH IS ONE THING. WE’RE BORN OF FLESH ANDED BLOOD. AND THEN WE’RE BORN OF THE SPIRIT. SO THE BIBLE HAS ALL KINDS OF SYMBOLISM TO TALK ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING TO US BECAUSE IT IS A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE. IT IS VERY HARD TO GET WORDS TO DESCRIBE IT ALL. AND SO JESUS IS BASICALLY SAYING IF YOU’RE NOT RENEWED IN THIS FASHION, YOU CAN’T ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD.>>>WELL, WE LEAVE YOU WITH TODAY’S POWER MINUTE FROM PROVERBS: “A FAITHFUL MAN WILL ABOUND WITH BLESSINGS.”>>>TOMORROW, A PASTOR SHOT SIX TIMES, MIRACULOUSLY SAVED. FOR WENDY AND ALL OF US, THIS IS PAT ROBERTSON. THANKS FOR BEING WITH US. AND WE WILL SEE YOU ON THE NEXT “700 CLUB.” GOD BLESS YOU. BYE-BYE.

4 thoughts on “The 700 Club – July 27, 2017

  1. Pat, why did you call Wendy "dear"? If you wife was there and heard you say that to her, wouldn't she scold you for saying that? Why do you keep saying things like these toward Wendy? Isn’t it inappropriate to say things like that toward another woman who is not your wife?

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