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700 Club

Comforting the Little Ones in Your Life

COMBATING CHILDHOOD LONELINESS

As a father and grandfather, best-selling author Max Lucado is alarmed by recent statistics reporting a sharp increase in loneliness. Studies show 61 percent of Americans report often feeling lonely. Another report by the National Institutes of Health shows 80 percent of children under the age of 18 are lonely. Max wrote his latest book, Just in Case You Ever Feel Alone, hoping to bring comfort to our little ones, letting them know that despite feelings of solitude and sadness, God is only a prayer away, and they will never be alone, no matter what. 

In the book, we find a mother bear encouraging her cub that no matter what life throws their way, God is with them, and they will get through it together. An excerpt from the book reads:

He’s with you when you’re happy,
And he’s with you when you’re not.
He’s here no matter what.
He’ll know what to do.
He’ll know what to say.
In case you ever feel alone,
He’s just a prayer away. 

Max says, “To a child, a day can last forever, and hurt feelings sink in deep.” He wants us to remind our kids that in good times and bad, we will always make time for them. He also says that we can help children process their feelings by asking lots of questions and giving them time to talk. 

BACKGROUND

Max Lucado's childhood was both idyllic and simple. Max was raised in Andrews, Texas, a town with a population smaller than the current membership of Oak Hills Church where Max is the teaching minister. Max's dad was an oilfield mechanic and his mother was a nurse. He spent much of his childhood chasing or being chased by his beloved brother Dee. Once Max became a teenager, rebellion kicked in. After one specific drunken night, Max began to wonder if there was more to life than parties and chasing girls. He believes now that if Jesus hadn't changed his heart, alcoholism would have been in his future.    

During undergraduate studies at Abilene Christian University (ACU), Max grew to realize God was bigger—and better than any rebellion. Max left ACU with two degrees and a heart for telling others about God and his faithfulness. Max's first ministry assignment was as the associate pastor of a small church in Miami, Florida. In that position, he developed his passion for people, ministry, and writing. He began writing when he was assigned a column in the church’s weekly newsletter.

While in Florida Max married Denalyn, now his wife of more than 40 years. Max and Denalyn moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1983 to help plant churches. During their five years in Brazil, Max continued to write, updating friends and family back home about their ministry. Eventually, Max gathered the Brazil newsletters and Florida columns into a manuscript and sent it off to fifteen publishers. After multiple rejection letters, one publisher finally said yes. Today, he’s written more than 100 books with over 150 million in print.

To purchase your copy of Just in Case You Ever Feel Alone, please visit Max Lucado's website: www.MaxLucado.com.

 

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700 Club

God's Promise Delivered in His Timing

“It went from bad to worse,” Barb Adams recounts about her foot infection. “And it got more and more painful as cellulitis began to develop in the wound. The doctor said, ‘I have no more tricks in my bag. I have nothing else that I think I can do to help you.’”

It was January 2022 when Barb showed up in the ER with a pressure ulcer on her heel. Now it was July, and doctors were talking about amputating her foot. She recalls, “It was devastating news because I thought for six months we have gone to every doctor's appointment. We have done everything that they have told us to do, and we have gone from bad to worse.”

Barb had developed acute osteomyelitis: a severe bone infection. Podiatry specialist, Doctor Alton Johnson, of the University of Michigan Hospital, was one of her doctors. He recalls, “It's very serious, if you don't manage it, the bacterial will definitely go into the blood and cause you know, wreak havoc on that patient's body. Amputation was one of the very first conversations I had with Barb. It's a 50% chance that, you know, you could lose your leg and there's also a 50% chance you could die by not actually getting this amputation.”

After a week in the hospital, Barb was sent home with a PICC line and an IV where she continued her antibiotic treatments. In spite of her faith, Barb grew discouraged at times and found it difficult to pray or read her Bible. She recalls, “God always sent somebody, whether it was my husband, whether it was my, my friends at church, people in our small group, I saw the body of Christ really begin to minister to me.”

Another source of encouragement for Barb was The 700 Club and 700 Club Interactive. She was especially encouraged on August 12, when Andrew Knox gave a Word of Knowledge. Andrew prayed, “Someone with an open wound that won’t heal, and it’s been a long time, and you’re very frightened and the Lord’s doing a work there. I don’t know how or when, but this wound is going to close and the family who’s particularly concerned for you are going to be delighted in this miracle, thank you, Father.” Barb recalls, “I felt like, ‘God, you have shown up and You're speaking to me right now.’ I knew that I knew that I knew in my spirit that it was for me.”

Barb claimed the word and believed God for healing. However, it didn’t come right away, and Barb still had limited mobility and her life seemed to be on hold. Even then, she continued to trust God’s promise. Barb says, “I never questioned that word of knowledge, even though we went through all of those PICC lines and pro lines and six and a half months total of infusing antibiotics at home. I never questioned that word of knowledge that God had spoken was for me. I knew it was going to be in His time.” As Barb continued her doctor visits and various treatments, her husband, Fred, faithfully tended to his wife and prayed. She says, “My husband played a major part in my healing spiritually and helping me to keep my eyes focused on the word of knowledge that God had given.”

Just before Thanksgiving, it looked like the infection was finally gone. Then, a few days later, a new infection appeared. So, Barb was once again put on an IV with strong antibiotics. She recalls, “It was very disappointing that we were not yet on the road to healing this thing. But again, God just kept saying, ‘Walk by faith and not by sight.’”

Now fighting a new infection, Barb held on even tighter to God’s promise to heal her. Then on February 17, 2023, during her fourth MRI Barb says something unusual happened. She recalls, “I had a peace, even though there was the boom, boom, boom of the MRI machine. I felt a river of life, a river of pure hope and love and healing. It started in the top of my head, and it went all the way through my body, through the bottom of my feet. I told my husband, I said, ‘God has done something. I don't really understand it, but God really showed up.’”

A few days later Doctor Johnson took a look at her MRI. He says, “There's no bone infection or any signs of the bone infection. I look, there's as if it was never even an ulceration on the MRI and that was kind of mind blowing. You couldn't even identify the wound without using the previous MRI.” Barb recalls, “I was overwhelmed with God's love, how much He loved me, absolutely overwhelmed and grateful, and my family was amazed. And we're so thankful, so thankful for God's healing power.”

Today Barb is in excellent health. She’s thankful for the doctors, medicine, and prayers that brought her healing. And through it all she’s grown closer to God. She says, “He taught me to walk by faith and not by sight. And you may not see the results of your healing but believe it. God's timing is perfect.”
 

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700 Club

Kansas State Coach’s Winning Strategies

“This is an unbelievable blessing. I’ve lived a blessed life, but this is just a start for some big things.”

Kansas State’s, Jerome Tang, is the reigning college basketball coach of the year, after taking the Wildcats to the Elite 8 in his first year as head coach. His journey is unique, marked by faith in God, a love for basketball, and the bible.

TANG: "At one point in time, I could quote up to close to sixteen books of the Bible."

DAWSON: "In their entirety?"

TANG: "Yeah."

In 1989, while on a bible quiz scholarship at North Central Bible College, Jerome became the bible quiz coach and in multiple years took his team to nationals. “That was the foundation of my coaching and God knew what He was doing because it also really established me as a man of God,” recalled Tang.

Still, his desire was to coach basketball, an opportunity he would receive in 1993 as the head coach of Heritage Christian High School in Cleveland, Texas. While he led the team to four state titles in ten years, financially, times were tough. “Making ends meet," said his wife, Careylyen, “I don't know how I stretched money for us for the week.”

In 2003, the couple was expecting their second child and learned their insurance had lapsed. His wife, Rey, called Jerome to tell him the news. “I just remember sitting in the car, just crying and I called and told him,” Rey recalled, “and he said, ‘Don't worry about it. God will provide.’”
 
DAWSON: "Were you ever worried about your life situation or did you just have a faith that you knew everything was going to be okay?"
 
TANG: "I have this like crazy faith. I always believed that I was God's favored. And I tell people they should feel the same way because Scripture says that we're the apple of His eye. Your faith just grows as God shows Himself faithful to us."
 
Just a few days later, Jerome was offered an assistant coaching role at Baylor University under Christian head coach, Scott Drew. With it came a significant raise and insurance, affirming Jerome’s faith. Jerome recalled, “He said, ‘The job is yours.’ That was incredible.”

Baylor was a basketball program, not necessarily known for their winning tradition. However, Jerome was convinced that they would not only succeed, but that they would eventually win it all.

“I didn't know how long it was going to take,” said Tang. “But I knew we were going to win because we just had great people around us, hard workers, and we followed the direction of coach being led by the Lord and the Holy Spirit.”

Under Coach Drew and Coach Tang, Baylor lost nearly 70% of their games in their first four years. Slowly they began turning things around and in 2021, after 19 years together, Baylor won the national championship.

DAWSON: "How special was it when the final buzzer sounds and you’re the national champions?"

TANG: "Oh my goodness. You know, God is so good and His timing is perfect. It's never perfect for us in our minds, but it's perfect for us and our journey. And had we won it before that, I think that would have been the pinnacle for me. When we won it, it was nice, but I had already come to a point in my life where my walk with God and who I am in Him was fulfilling and satisfying.”

The next season, Jerome was offered his first head coaching position at Kansas State. In the media’s mind, Jerome had an uphill climb.

DAWSON: "You were doubted. Kansas State was picked dead last in the preseason Big 12 standings. Did that deter you at all?"

TANG: "No. I saw our team when we put the collection of guys together, I saw them. I was like, ‘If this is the last team in the Big 12 then all ten teams are going to the NCAA tournament.’ I felt we had an NCAA tournament team."

Not only did the Wildcats make the NCAA tournament, that first season, Tang took them to the Elite 8, and just three points shy of the final four. He was unanimously voted, by the Associated Press, the national coach of the year.

“I realize that it's another platform that God's given me in order to bring honor and glory to Him,” says Tang. “But also to really be able to talk about the great men that I live life with.”

DAWSON: "What is the rest of this journey look like for Jerome Tang? What would it take for it to be a success for you?"

TANG: "We're going to win the national championship."

DAWSON: "Do you believe that?"

TANG: "Yeah. Yeah. That's going to happen. We're going to win a national championship. And more importantly, I believe Jesus is really clear when He says, ‘By this all men will know that you're My disciple. If you have love towards another.' Not if you love those who look like you and those who vote like you, those who dress like you, but just love people. And I believe that the ministry that God has really stirred in my heart that He wants us, me as a follower of Jesus, to show what it's like to love everybody."
 
 
 
 
 
 

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700 Club

The Transforming Power of Love and Family

Arusha, Tanzania

Festo was a troubled young man when he first arrived at “Tumaini Home,” a ministry supported in part by CBN’s Orphan’s Promise. Beatrice is his house mother.

Beatrice explained, “When I met Festo, he did not have very good manners, and he had difficulty with boundaries. Both of his parents are drug addicts and he was living with his aunt. There were a lot of mouths to feed in her house, so he often went to bed hungry and got up with nothing to eat. He told me that in those days he wanted to kill himself or run away to look for something to eat in the streets.”

A neighbor reported Festo’s aunt. Beatrice and her husband soon picked him up and took him home with them. Since then, Festo’s life has changed significantly. All of his needs are met, from food and clothing, to a nurturing environment that emphasizes love and family. 

Beatrice said, “My husband and I teach all the children here that this is their home, and that we are a family. All they need is love, someone to hug them, and tell them that God loves them, too. We have seen a big change in Festo. He is a natural leader and the best boy in our home. I love him, and I am very proud of him.”

Festo said, “I love my house parents. They teach me the word of God and we do devotions together. God is my provider and protector. I am thankful to God for giving me food, clothes, and good health. I love to play with my friends here. My friend, Enoch, is like a brother to me. He taught me how to ride a bicycle.”

Festo is one of 70 children that Orphan’s Promise supports through this ministry with school supplies, uniforms and food.

“I do my best to get good grades, I pray and ask God to help me do well in my studies, and I praise Him when I succeed,” said Festo.

Beatrice said, “Since we met Orphan’s Promise, things have been easy here. We are even able help other families who need food. Thank you so much to the donors for supporting us. All our children are in school, and they have what they need.” 

“Before I came here, life was hard. Now life is good,” said Festo. “Thank you for helping me. May God bless you.” 


 

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