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CBN NewsWatch: November 22, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Nov. 22: America pays tribute to President John F. Kennedy, Netanyahu: Iran will not get nuclear weapons, and Air Force pulls 'so help me God' from handbooks, and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH," A

DARK MOMENT IN AMERICAN

HISTORY.

REMEMBERING THE DAY

PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY

WAS SHOT, 50 YEARS AGO.

PLUS, HE BROUGHT US THE

"CHRONICLES OF NARNIA" AND

MORE, A LOOK AT THE LIFE AND

LEGACY OF C.S. LEWIS 50

YEARS AFTER THIS DEATH.

AND A SNEAK PEEK AT WHAT

COULD BECOME A NEW CHRISTMAS

CLASSIC, HITTING THEATERS

TODAY.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

THE NATION REMEMBERS A

FALLEN PRESIDENT 50 YEARS

AFTER THIS ASSASSINATION.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE, I'M

EEPHRAIM GRAHAM.

50 YEARS AGO TODAY, JOHN F.

KENNEDY WAS ASSASSINATED.

THOSE WHO REMEMBER THAT DAY

SAY IT CHANGED AMERICA.

THE CITY HELD ITS FIRST

OFFICIAL MEMORIAL TODAY

MARKING THE TRAGEDY.

IT INCLUDED PRAYER,

SPEECHES, AND A MILITARY

FLYOVER.

THE PRESIDENT AND HIS WIFE

WERE IN A PRESIDENTIAL

MOTORCADE WHEN HE AND TEXAS

GOVERNOR, JOHN CONLEE, I WAS

SHOT.

LEE HARVEY OSWALD WAS

MURDERED JUST DAYS LATER.

HIS DEATH, ALSO CAUGHT, AS

YOU SEE THERE, ON FILM.

JOHN WAGGI JOINS US NOW TO

TALK MORE ABOUT THE DAY AND

HOW IT DID CHANGE AMERICA.

JOHN, WHY DO YOU THINK THE

KENNEDY ASSASSINATION HAS SO

MUCH OF A HOLD ON US SOME 50

YEARS LATER?

Reporter: EPHRAIM, FOR

THOSE WHO WENT THROUGH 9/11,

THEY HAVE THEIR OWN MOMENT

OF WHERE WERE YOU WHEN IT

HAPPENED.

FOR THE KENNEDY

ASSASSINATION, THAT'S HOW IT

WAS FOR US.

YOU REMEMBER WHERE YOU WERE,

WHAT YOU WERE DOING, WHO YOU

WERE TALKING TO.

YOU HAD A COUNTRY THAT WAS

NOW ON TOP OF THE WORLD, THE

YOUNGEST PRESIDENT EVER

ELECTED, BEAUTIFUL WIFE, TWO

LITTLE CHILDREN IN THE WHITE

HOUSE, AND YOU HAD TENS OF

MILLIONS OF BABY-BOOMERS

COMING INTO THE POPULATION.

AND IT WAS ONE OF THOSE

THINGS WHERE FOR THOSE OF US

WHO WATCHED IT AND WITNESSED

IT, IT WAS JUST THE END OF

AN ERA THAT SEEMED SO

HOPEFUL AND FULL OF

PROMISE.

Ephraim: INDEED.

MANY PEOPLE ASSUMED THAT

J.F.K. WAS AT POPULAR IN

LIFE AS HE WAS IN DEATH.

BUT THAT WASN'T NECESSARILY

THE CASE.

TELL US WHY.

NO.

IT'S INTERESTING.

KENNEDY WAS IN DALLAS FOR A

FUNDRAISING TRIP.

HE NEEDED TO RAISE MONEY

BECAUSE HE HAD LOST DALLAS

DURING THE 1960 ELECTION,

AND NO DEMOCRAT HAD EVER WON

THE PRESIDENCY WITHOUT

WINNING TEXAS.

AND HE WAS NOT DOING REALLY

WELL.

PART OF THE REASON WAS TO

SMOOTH OVER FEATHERS DOWN IN

DALLAS.

THAT'S WHY HE WENT THERE.

A LOT OF ANALYSTS BELIEVED

HE COULD HAVE LOST TO

SOMEBODY LIKE BARRY

GOLDWATER IN 1964.

SO IT WASN'T A GIVEN.

FOR THE LIBERALS, THE

CAMELOT MYTH OF THE KENNEDYS

IS STILL POSSIBLE.

BUT CONSERVATIVES SAY

KENNEDY WAS FAR REMOVED FROM

TODAY'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THAT?

Reporter: THE

CONSERVATIVES LIKE TO CLAIM

THINGS.

HE HAD A BRILLIANT

INAUGURATION SPEECH WHEN HE

TALKED ABOUT WE WILL PAY ANY

PRICE, BEAR ANY LIBERTY

AROUND THE WORLD.

AND HE WARNED HE WAS GOING

TO BE TOUGH.

HE TALKED ABOUT ASK NOT WHAT

YOUR GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR

YOU, ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR

YOUR COUNTRY.

THAT'S A 180 DIFFERENCE FROM

WHERE WE SEE THE DEMOCRATIC

PARTY TODAY.

PROGRESSIVES SAY HE WOULD

HAVE MODERATED WITH THE

TIMES.

Ephraim: AND C.S. LEWIS

ALSO DIED 50 YEARS AGO

TODAY.

WHY SHOULD WE BE CELEBRATING

HIM AS WELL.

Reporter: HE WAS A

REMARKABLE INFLUENCE ON

MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS

AROUND THE WORLD, WITH THE

"CHRONICLES OF NARNIA", AND

I THINK THAT HIS LEGACY IS

GOING TO GROW AND GROW AS

THE YEARS GO BY.

SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO

REMEMBER HIM AS WELL.

PHARMA

Ephraim: JOHN WAGGI,

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THE TALKS ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR

PROGRAM HAVE STALLED, AND

ISRAEL'S PRIME MINISTER

WARNED AGAIN THAT THE DEAL

SIMPLY WOULD NOT WORK.

CHRIS MITCHELL HAS THAT

STORY FROM MOSCOW.

Reporter: ISRAELI PRIME

MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU

TOLD A GATHERING OF LOCAL

JEWISH LEADERS IN MOSCOW,

ISRAEL WOULD NOT OBLIGATE

ITSELF TO A BAD DEAL, AND

PROMISED THOSE JEWISH

LEADERS IRAN WOULD NOT GET

NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

AFTER A TWO-DAY VISIT IN

MOSCOW, BENJAMIN NETANYAHU

STILL FACES AN UPHILL

DIPLOMATIC BATTLE TO

CONVINCE RUSSIA AND THE REST

OF THE INTERNATIONAL

COMMUNITY NOT TO SIGN A DEAL

WITH IRAN.

I THINK IT HAS BEEN A

TREMENDOUSLY UPHILL BATTLE.

FIRST OF ALL, YOU'RE GOING

UP PUBLICLY AGAINST THE

U.S., YOUR GREATEST ALLY,

AND THEN YOU HAVE TO PUSH

ALL OF THESE OTHER

COUNTRIES, WHO

GENERALLY-FOLLOWING THE U.S.

ON THIS MATTER, EXCEPT FOR

RUSSIA AND CHINA.

AND YET IT IS HAVING AN

INFLUENCE.

NETANYAHU STANDING UP ON

EVERY ROOFTOP AND SCREAMING

THIS IS A BAD AGREEMENT DOES

HAVE AN IMPACT.

Reporter: WHILE

IRANIANS NEGOTIATED IN THAT

RULE IN GENEVA, THEIR

SUPREME LEADER, KHAMENEI

MADE SOME PROVOCATIVE

STATEMENTS.

HE CALLED NETANYAHU THE

UNCLEAN MOUTH IN THE ZION

ESTREGIME AND ADDED THE

ZIONIST REGIME IS AN OPPOSED

REGIME.

AND THE NETANYAHU SAID

SECURING THE FUTURE OF THE

JEWISH STATE IS WHAT MOVES

HIM.

AND HE SAYS NETANYAHU FEELS

CALLED IN SUCH A TIME AS

THIS IN JEWISH HISTORY.

I THINK HE FEELS THE

WEIGHT OF ISRAEL.

HE FEELS THE THREAT.

YOU HAVE A REGIME

THREATENING TO ANNIHILATE

ISRAEL, AND I THINK HE FEELS

THE HISTORICAL ROLE OF

PREVENTING THAT, COME WHAT

MAY.

IF IT MEANS STANDING UP IN

THE FACE OF WORLD OPINION,

SO BE IT.

IF IT MEANS TAKING SOME BAD

"NEW YORK TIMES" EDITORIAL,

SO BE IT.

THAT'S WHY I'M HERE.

THAT'S MY ROLE.

THAT'S MY FATE, AND THAT'S

WHAT I'M GOING TO DO.

Reporter: SOME COMPARE

NETANYAHU TO THE CHURCHILL

OF OUR TIME.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

MOSCOW.

Ephraim: A CHILDREN'S

CENTER IN EASTERN INDIA IS

FORCED TO CLOSE BECAUSE OF

THE THREATS TO CHRISTIANS

OPERATING IT.

THE BRIDGE OF HOPE CENTER

WAS MARCHED ON AND DEATH

THREATS WERE MADE TO THE

STAFF BY EXTREMISTS.

IT DISPLACES 100

IMPOVERISHED CHILDREN, WHO

WERE RECEIVING MUCH-NEEDED

FOOD, MEDICAL CARE, AND

EDUCATION.

THE MINISTRY'S FOUNDER WROTE

IT BREAKS OUR HEARTS TO SEE

ADULTS WHO SHOULD BE THE

PROTECTORS OF THESE CHILDREN

BECOME THE ROAD BLOCKS OF

THEIR FUTURE AND HOPE OF A

BETTER LIFE.

THEY'RE ASKING CHRISTIANS TO

PRAY FOR THE SAFETY OF THOSE

CHILDREN.

A U.S. FOREIGN OFFICE

MINISTER WARNS THAT

CHRISTIANS IN PARTS OF THE

WORLD FACE EXTINCTION

BECAUSE OF THE PERSECUTION

THEY FACE.

IN A RECENT SPEECH, THIS

PERSON SHARED HER CONCERN,

SAYING THAT ONE IN 10

CHRISTIANS LIVE IN A

MINORITY SITUATION.

THE BIRTHPLACE OF CHRISTIAN,

AND THE PARTS OF THE WORLD

WHERE CHRISTIANITY FIRST

SPREAD, IS NOW SEEING LARGE

SECTIONS OF THE CHRISTIAN

COMMUNITY LEAVING, AND THOSE

THAT ARE REMAINING ARE

FEELING PERSECUTED.

WORESI CALLED ON LEADERS OF

ALL FAITH AND GOVERNMENTS IN

THE WEST TO FIGHT THE NEW

SECTARIANISM BREAKOUT THAT

IS HAPPENING WORLDWIDE.

A JEWISH HOSPITAL IN CANADA

SAYS IT WON'T COMPLY WITH A

NEW BILL IF IT BECOMES LAW.

IT IS CALLED THE SECULARISM

CHARTER.

THE GOAL IS TO CREATE STATE

RELIGIOUS NEUTRALITY IN

QUEBEC.

HOSPITALS LEADERS

SAY, QUOTE,"THE HOSPITAL

BELIEVES THAT NE NEUTRALITY

AND THE HEALTH OF PEOPLE IS

NOT COMPROMISED BY THE

CLOTHING OF ITS EMPLOYEES."

NATIONS ARE RESPONDING TO

HELP VICTIMS OF TYPHOON

HAIYAN IN THE PHILIPPINES,

INCLUDING A PARTNERSHIP OF

CHRISTIANS AND JEWS.

WE HAVE A NEW TEAM EFFORT

BETWEEN CBN DISASTER RELIEF

AND AN ISRAELI GROUP HELPING

FILIPINOS DEAL WITH THE

TRAUMA.

Reporter: A FOUR MEMBER

TEAM LEFT TEL AVIV THIS WEEK

TO ASSESS THE ONGOING NEEDS

IN THE PHILIPPINES.

OUR FIRST OBLIGATION FOR

WAS FOR RESCUE AND MEDICAL.

AND THEY HAVE COME BACK, AND

NOW WE WANT TO CREATE A

PROGRAM FOR THE LONGER

TERM.

Reporter: THIS

COALITION INCLUDES MORE THAN

15 HUMANITARIAN AND OTHER

ISRAELI ORGANIZATIONS.

CBN'S "OPERATION BLESSING"

WILL HELP WITH LOGISTICS AND

MORE.

AND WE WANT TO

INCORPORATE IN THE FIELD

WITH THE LOCALS AND THE

GOVERNMENT AND WITH

"OPERATION BLESSING" AND CBN

TO MAKE THE ASSESSMENT

TOGETHER, HAND BY HAND, AND

TO PLAN THE PROGRAM FOR THE

LONG-TERM, AND TO SEE WHICH

ONE TAKES WHAT PART.

Reporter: THAT WOULD

INCLUDE PROGRAMS TO HELP

PEOPLE GET THEIR LIVES BACK

ON TRACK.

IT MEANS THAT WE ARE

GOING TO WORK WITH THE

PARENTS, THE EDUCATORS, ALL

OF THE PEOPLE WHO SORT OF

STOOD TOGETHER THE FABRIC OF

SOCIETY.

Reporter: THIS DOCTOR

SAYS ISRAELIS BRING A LOT OF

EXPERIENCE TO THE TABLE.

YOU WANT TO MOBILIZE THE

PERSON, AND TURNING FROM

BEING A HELPLESS INDIVIDUAL

INTO BEING PROACTIVE.

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY THE PAIN

OF LOSING SOMEONE OR LOSING

A HOUSE.

I MEAN, THAT'S A SIGNIFICANT

THING.

BUT YOU CAN SEE THE FUTURE

AND YOU CAN DEVELOP HOPE.

Reporter: BURGER SAYS

ISRAELIS HAVE A SPECIAL

CONNECTION WITH THE

PHILIPPINES.

MOST OF THE ELDERLY IN

ISRAEL ARE CARED BY

FILIPINOS, WOMEN, AS MY

MOTHER.

I THINK WE'RE INDEBTED TO

THEM ON SOME LEVEL.

Reporter: THIS DOCTOR

MUST LEAVE HER FOUR CHILDREN

IN ORDER TO SERVE FOR

SEVERAL WEEKS.

WE TAKE SOME MEDICINES

AND ANTIBIOTICS AND

VACCINATIONS, AND THIS IS

THE BASIC.

BUT THE MAIN THING THAT WE

ARE TAKING IS US.

WE INTEND TO GIVE WHAT WE

CAN.

WE HAVE OUR KNOWLEDGE AND

OUR GOODWILL, ACTUALLY.

Reporter: JOHN WAGGI,

CBN NEWS.

Ephraim: EVANGELIST

BILLY GRAHAM IS BACK HOME

AFTER A TWO-DAY STAY IN THE

HOSPITAL.

HE CHECKED IN EARLIER THIS

WEEK FOR OBSERVATION AND

LUNG TESTS.

THE DOCTORS ARE PLEASED WITH

THE RESULTS OF HIS

EVALUATION.

THEY SAY HE WAS ALERT AND IN

GOOD SPIRITS DURING HIS

STAY.

THIS IS HIS SECOND HOSPITAL

STAY OVER THE PAST MONTH.

HE RECENTLY CELEBRATED HIS

95th BIRTHDAY IN ASHVILLE,

NORTH CAROLINA.

A DISTURBING RULING FOR

CHRISTIANS IN THE CASE OF A

FIRED TEACHER.

WE'VE GOT THAT STORY COMING

UP NEXT.

PLUS, THE LATEST ON THE CALL

TO TAKE THE PHRASE "UNDER

GOD" OUT OF THE MILITARY

PLEDGES AND LIFE.

Ephraim: AN OHIO COURT

RULED IN FAVOR OF A SCHOOL

DISTRICT THAT FIRED A

TEACHER WHO KEPT RELIGIOUS

MATERIALS IN HIS CLASSROOM.

JOHN FRESHWATER HAD A BIBLE,

CHRISTIAN BOOKS, AND A

POSTER OF A PRESIDENT

PRAYING.

THE COURT SAYS THE SCHOOL

DISTRICT WAS IN THE RONG

WHEN ADMINISTRATORS ORDERED

HIM TO REMOVE HIS PERSONAL

BIBLE.

BUT FRESHWATER WAS

INSUBORDINATE FOR KEEPING

THE OTHER ITEMS.

THE AIR FORCE HAS TAKEN MORE

STEPS TO COMPLY WITH DEMANDS

OF ATHEISTS.

THEY FORCED THE ACADEMY TO

STOP USING THE PHRASE "SO

HELP ME GOD" IN THE CADET

HONOR OATH.

AND THE AIR FORCE WENT EVEN

FURTHER NOW.

THEY EVEN REMOVED THE PHRASE

FROM HANDBOOKS AND REMOVED

POSTERS THAT INCLUDE IT.

JOINING US NOW WITH MORE ON

THIS STORY IS RON CRUZ, OF

THE CHAPLAIN ALLIANCE

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

FIRST SAY HOW THE AIR FORCE

VIOLATED THE LAW BY REMOVING

GOD FROM THE OATHS IN THE

HANDBOOK?

WE WERE CONTACTED BY

SEVERAL PARENTS OF STUDENTS

AT THE ACADEMY, WHO LOOKED

AT THE CADET HANDBOOKS AND

DISCOVERED THAT THE WORDS

"SO HELP ME GOD" WERE NOT IN

THE OFFICER OATH OR THE

CADET OATH.

IT WAS ONLY IN THE HONOR

OATH.

SO WE CONTACTED SEVERAL

MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE ARMED

SERVICES COMMITTEE.

WE CONTACTED THE AIR FORCE

ACADEMY AND ASKED THEM AS TO

WHY THESE WORDS WERE TAKEN

OUT.

AND WE ARE GRATEFUL THAT

SEVERAL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

ACTED ON THIS AND SENT A

LETTER TO THE AIR FORCE

ACADEMY.

WE ARE TOLD NOW THAT IT WAS

A, QUOTE,"PRINTING ERROR."

HOWEVER, IT HAS BEEN A

COUPLE OF YEARS THAT THESE

HANDBOOKS HAVE BEEN PRODUCED

WITHOUT THE WORDS "SO HELP

ME GOD" IN THEM.

WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT

BECAUSE OUR YOUNG MEN AND

WOMEN SIGNING UP TO DEFEND

THIS COUNTRY BY SERVING IN

THE AIR FORCE, THEY TAKE AN

ALLEGIANCE, AND THEY SAY

WE'RE GOING TO DEFEND THIS

CONSTITUTION AGAINST ALL

ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND

DOMESTIC.

AND THE WORDS "IN LAW,"

THEIR OATH "IN LAW" HAVE THE

PHRASE "SO HELP ME GOD" IN

THAT OATH.

AND THESE CADETS SHOULD HAVE

THE PRIVILEGE OF SAYING

THOSE WORDS AS THEY ARE

WRITTEN IN LAW.

Ephraim: WERE THE

CADETS FORCED TO SAY THE

PHRASE, "SO HELP ME GOD,"

SOGOD OR WAS IT OPTIONAL.

SOME PEOPLE COME FROM

BACKGROUNDS THAT DO NOT

AFFIRM IN THAT WAY, AND THEY

WERE ALWAYS GIVEN THE OPTION

NOT TO SAY IT, AND WE WANT

TO RESPECT THAT RIGHT.

HOWEVER, THOSE CADETS WHO

COME FROM HOUSEHOLDS OF

FAITH, AND MANY DO, WE WANT

THEM TO BE ABLE TO SOLEMNIZE

THEIR OATH WITH THE WORDS

"SO HELP ME GOD" AS HAVE

GENERATIONS OF MILITARY

OFFICERS BEFORE THEM.

Ephraim: SOME ATHEISTS

SAY PUTTING GOD IN THE OATH

IS NOT THE FOUNDATION.

WHAT DO YOU SAY ABOUT THAT?

FIRST WE KNOW THOSE WHO

WROTE ABOUT THE SWEARING IN

OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, OUR

FIRST PRESIDENT, THE

PRESIDENTIAL OATH, AS PASSED

BY CONGRESS, WHEN HE PUT HIS

HANDS ON THAT BIBLE, HE

SAID, "SO HELP ME GOD."

AND EVERY PRESIDENT SINCE

THEN HAS DONE THAT.

FURTHER, WHEN CONGRESS ACTED

ON PUTTING OFFICER OATHS IN

THE U.S. CODE, THEY DID

THAT.

IN 1862, I BELIEVE IT WAS,

WHEN CONGRESS INSERTED THE

WORDS "SO HELP ME GOD" IN

THE OFFICER OATH, IN THE

U.S. CODE.

Ephraim: THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

ALWAYS APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

Ephraim: UP NEXT, HIS

STORIES MADE US THINK ABOUT

OUR FAITH.

A LOOK BACK AT THE LIFE OF

C.S. LEWIS, AND HOW HIS

STRUGGLE TO BELIEVE SHAPED

OURS.

Ephraim: AS AMERICA

REMEMBERS THE 50th

ANNIVERSARY OF JOHN F.

KENNEDY'S ASSASSINATION,

MANY ARE MARKING THE LIFE

AND LEGACY OF C.S. LEWIS.

THE REKNOWED AUTHOR ALSO

DIED THAT DAY.

HIS BOOKS, LIKE THE

"CHRONICLES OF NARNIA", HAVE

EINFLUENCED GENERATIONS.

HERE

Reporter: C.S. LEWIS,

WHO WENT BY THE NAME OF JACK

ALL OF HIS LIFE, GREW UP

WITH HIS OLDER BROTHER IN

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND.

HIS GRANDFATHER WAS A

MINISTER, AND SO HE HAD THAT

TRADITION AND UNDERSTANDING

OF CHRISTIANITY.

BUT HE DIDN'T REALLY GRAPPLE

IT TO HIS SOUL UNTIL MUCH

LATER.

Reporter: BUT THE

BEGINNINGS OF LEWIS' FAITH

SUFFERED WITH THE DEATH OF

HIS BELOVED MOTHER.

SHE HAD BEEN SOMEONE HE

RELIED UPON.

HER FAITH WAS HIS FAITH.

AND WHEN SHE DIED WHEN HE

WAS 10 YEARS OLD, THAT BEGAN

A RATHER GRADUAL EROSION OF

HIS FAITH.

UNTIL WHEN HE WAS STUDYING

UNDER A GREAT TEACHER,

KIRKPATRICK, A GREAT TUTOR,

AND KIRKPATRICK HIMSELF WAS

AN ATHEIST, AND HE ADOPTED

HIS POINT OF VIEW.

Reporter: JACK ENLISTED

IN THE ARMY AND FOUGHT IN

WORLD WAR I.

HE EXPERIENCED ALL OF THE

HORRORS INFLICTED ON

SOLDIERS DURING THE WAR.

AS HE STUDIED AT OXFORD, HIS

JOURNEY AWAY FROM FAITH WAS

NOW COMPLETE.

HE WENT THROUGH THE WHOLE

PROCESS OF BEING THE ANGRY

ATHEIST.

HE IS ANGRY ABOUT WHAT IS

HAPPENING TO HIM AND HE IS

ANGRY ABOUT WHAT HE SEES

HAPPENING IN THE WORLD.

HE BLAMES GOD, BUT AT THE

SAME TIME, HE DOES NOT

BELIEVE IN GOD.

ONE OF THE THINGS JACK

DISCOVERED WHEN HE WENT TO

OXFORD WAS THERE THERE WERE

MANY PEOPLE HE LIKED

IMMENSELY.

AND HE SUDDENLY REALIZED THE

PEOPLE HE LIKED ALL HAPPENED

TO BE CHRISTIANS.

C.S. LEWIS' JOURNEY TO

PHASE WAS LIKE A TWO-STAGE

ROCKET.

ONE LEVEL FIRED OFF AND THEN

THE NEXT LEVEL FIRED OFF.

HE FIRST HAD TO GO THROUGH

ATHEISM TO BELIEVE IN THE

EXISTENCE OF GOD.

Reporter: LEWIS LOVED

TAKING A WALK WITH HIS

FRIENDS, AND MANY TIMES

THEIR CONVERSATIONS TURNED

TO THEIR FAITH IN CHRIST.

C.S. LEWIS IS WALKING

WITH TOLKING, THE SOON TO BE

AUTHOR OF THE LORD OF THE

RINGS, AND THESE TWO GREAT

MEN ARE WALKING TOGETHER.

AND TOLKING, WHO WAS ALREADY

A CHRISTIAN, WAS EXPLAINING

TO LEWIS THE CHRISTIAN STORY

IS THE WORLDS ONLY TRUTH.

SOMEHOW WHAT TOLKING HAD

DESCRIBED TO HIM THAT NIGHT

SUNK IN A COUPLE OF DAYS

LATER.

Reporter: JACK WAS

LEAVING HIM HOME IN OXFORD

FOR A TRIP TO THE ZOO IN HIS

BROTHER'S MOTO MOTORCYCLE

SIDE CAR.

AND AT SOME POINT DURING

THAT TRIP, HE MADE UP HIS

MIND ABOUT JESUS CHRIST.

HE CLIMBED INTO THE

MOTORCYCLE NOT BELIEVING

THAT JESUS CHRIST WAS THE

SON OF GOD.

HE GOT OUT OF THE MOTORCYCLE

AT THE ZOO, BELIEVING THAT

JESUS CHRIST WAS THE SON OF

GOD.

AND AS LEWIS PUTS IT,

MYTH IS MADE HISTORY.

HE LIVEDL LIVED THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE, MINUTE BY

MINUTE, DAY BY DAY.

HE OBSERVED AND LISTENED AND

STUDIED WHAT JESUS SAID AND

THEN WENT OUT AND DID IT,

PROBABLY BETTER THAN ANYONE

ELSE I HAVE MET IN MY LIFE.

Ephraim: UP NEXT,

ANOTHER BELOVED CHRISTIAN

AUTHOR'S BOOK IS MADE INTO A

CHRISTMAS MOVIE.

AND MANY BELIEVE IT WILL BE

A FAVORITE FOR DECADES TO

COME.

Ephraim: A STORY BY MAX

LUCADO IS NOW A MOVIE IN

THEATERS.

IT IS CALLED "THE CHRISTMAS

CANDLE."

AND EVEN CRITICS ARE SAYING

THIS COULD VERY WELL BECOME

A CLASSIC.

"THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE," IS

AN INSPIRING MOVIE, SET IN A

SIMPLER TIME IN ENGLAND.

JOHN STEVENSON IS THE FILM'S

DIRECTOR.

THE FILM IS SET IN THE

INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, WHICH

IS A REALLY IMPORTANT PART

OF THE MOVIE BECAUSE THINGS

ARE CHANGING.

THE OLD WAYS ARE GIVING AWAY

TO THE NEW.

Ephraim: STEVENSON

GUIDES AN ALL-STAR CAST IN

THE HEART-WARMING STORY.

BASED ON HIS 2006 NOVEL.

MY CHARACTER, EMILY,

LIVES IN A VERY RELIGIOUS

VIL LAV, AN VILLAGE, AND

THEY HAVE THEIR HOPES

WRAPPED UP IN THIS CHRISTMAS

CANDLE.

AND SHE DOESN'T BELIEVE IN

ANY OF IT.

Ephraim: FROM CLASH OF

THE TITANS AND SHERLOCK

HOLMES FAME.

HE LOST HIS WIFE AND HIS

CHILD, AND THERE IS A SORT

OF HIDDEN ANGER IN HIM

TOWARDS GOD.

AND HE HAS THIS UNANSWERED

QUESTION THAT GOD NEVER

ANSWERED HIS PRAYERS.

Ephraim: MATHESON PLAYS

A MINISTER, CALLED TO LEAD A

TINY CHURCH IN THIS SMALL

VILLAGE.

THE REVEREND HAS A

SECRET, HE DOESN'T BELIEVE

IN MIRACLES, AND HE IS

THRUST INTO THIS TOWN

MIRACLE-BELIEVING PEOPLE.

IF YOU KNOW YOU'RE GIVEN

THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE, AND

EVERYONE WHO HAD THAT CANDLE

FOR 200 YEARS, THEIR PRAYERS

WERE ANSWERED.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO GET

THAT CANDLE.

Ephraim: AND SUSAN

BOYLE IS -- THIS WAS WRITTEN

WITH HER IN MIND.

YOU NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR

DREAMS.

YOU NEVER STOP BELIEVE IN

MIRACLES.

I ALWAYS BELIEVE IN

MIRACLES.

Ephraim: AND

BELIEVING...

FORGIVE MY IGNORANCE, BUT

WHAT IS THIS CHRISTMAS

CANDLE?

IT IS OLD WIVES TALES.

Ephraim: IT IS THE

MESSAGE THE FILM-MAKERS WANT

THE AUDIENCE TO RECEIVE --

WE'RE NOT IN THIS ALONE.

WE CAN BE BETTER FOR ONE

ANOTHER.

WHEN WE'RE IN NEED, WE

BELIEVE THAT GOD IS THERE TO

HELP US AS WELL.

Ephraim: AND THAT FILM

HITS THEATERS TODAY.

THAT IS GOING TO DO IT FOR

THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

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HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND,

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