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The 700 Club - Dec. 13, 2013

Christian music’s Steven Curtis Chapman sings and culinary pro John Besh prepares apple and pert tart on today’s 700 Club. Read Transcript


Gordon: HE SOLD MORE

THAN 10 MILLION ALBUMS,

EARNED FIVE GRAMMYS, AND HAS

BEEN NAMED ARTIST THE YEAR A

RECORD SEVEN TIMES.

STEPHEN CURTIS CHAPMAN

PERFORMS FOR US LIVE, AND

SHARES WHY HE ALMOST WALKED

AWAY FROM MAKING MUSIC.

PLUS, RENOWNED CHEF JOHN

BESH SHARES HOW TO COOK FROM

THE HEART ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB."

STEVE

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Gordon: WELL, WELCOME

TO "THE 700 CLUB."

THE WIFE OF THE AMERICAN

PASTOR IMPRISONED IN IRAN IS

ASKING AMERICA'S TOP

POLITICAL LEADERS, PLEASE

DON'T ABANDON MY HUSBAND.

Terry: SHE MADE THAT

APPEAL AT A CONGRESSIONAL

HEARING ABOUT SAEED ABEDINI,

AND AFTERWARDS SHE SPOKE

WITH CBN'S JOHN JESSUP AND

TALKED ABOUT HOW THE

STRUGGLE HAS STRENGTHENED

THEIR FAITH IN GOD.

Reporter: NAGHMEH

ABEDINI DESCRIBES HERSELF AS

A NORMAL, EVERYDAY MOM, BUT

FOR THE PAST YEAR AND A

HALF, HER LIFE HAS BEEN

ANYTHING BUT.

IT IS REASSURING TO KNOW

THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE

STANDING WITH YOU.

AT THE HEARING TODAY, IT WAS

ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS WHERE I

KNEW I WAS NOT ALONE.

Reporter: LAST SUMMER,

DURING A TRIP TO LAUNCH AN

ORPHANAGE FOR UNWANTED GIRLS

IN IRAN, HER HUSBAND, PASTOR

SAEED ABEDINI, WAS ARRESTED

AND CHARGED WITH THREATENING

IRAN'S NATIONAL SECURITY.

BUT THE REAL CRIME IS

SOMETHING MOST OF US TAKE

FOR GRANTED: HIS RELIGIOUS

FAITH.

IN 2000, ABEDINI LEFT ISLAM

TO BECOME A CHRISTIANCH HE

CHRISTIAN.

HE HAS BEEN BEATEN AND

TORTURED, AND HE IS NOW

SPENDING AN EIGHT-YEAR

PRISON TERM.

THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T TAKE

THE ONE THING THEY HAS, AND

THAT IS HIS FAITH IN JESUS.

Reporter: HIS WIFE MADE

THE TREK FROM THEIR HOME IN

IDAHO TO TESTIFY IN CAPITOL

HILL.

SHE SAYS SHE FELT FAILED AS

THE U.S. FAILED TO BROKER

SAEED'S RELEASE IN THE DEAL

WITH IRAN.

I WAS HOPING WITH ALL OF

MY HEART THAT OUR GOVERNMENT

WOULD NOT ABANDON HIM.

Reporter: SHE FELT LIKE

IT DID, PUTTING HUMAN RIGHTS

AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ON THE

BACK BURNER.

WE'RE HOPING THE

ADMINISTRATION WILL TAKE THE

CUE FROM THE WIFE,

MRS. ABEDINI, AND FOR THOSE

WHO ARE CONCERNED FROM BOTH

SIDES OF THE AISLE, TO STEP

UP, AND TO DO MORE,

ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE

SITTING RIGHT ACROSS FROM

THE IRANIAN PEOPLE WHO CAN

MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.

THEY COULD SAY FREE ABEDINI

TODAY, AND HE IS ON A PLANE

BACK TO HIS WIFE AND

CHILDREN.

Reporter: FOR NAGHMEH

ABEDINI, SHE SAYS THE

FAILURE REMINDED HER OF ONE

OF JESUS PARABLES.

IT IS LIKE LEAVING THE 99

SHEEP AND GOING AFTER THE

ONE.

THAT'S THE HEART OF GOD.

HE CARES ABOUT THAT ONE

PERSON.

THE GOD OF JUSTICE FOR A

NATION, BUT ALSO FOR ONE

PERSON.

AND I PRAY THAT GOD GIVES

WHOEVER IT IS, BE IT

PRESIDENT OBAMA OR SECRETARY

OF STATE JOHN KERRY, WHOEVER

IT IS MAKING THAT DECISION,

THEY WOULD GET THE HEART OF

GOD.

Reporter: WITH TWO

YOUNG KIDS, REBECCA AND

JACOB, IT GETS ESPECIALLY

TOUGH DURING BIRTHDAYS AND

SPECIAL OCCASIONS.

AND WITH CHRISTMAS AROUND

THE CORNER, IT WILL BE

ANOTHER HOLIDAY WITHOUT A

HUSBAND AND A FATHER.

WE STARTED SETTING AN

EMPTY PLACE FOR SAEED, FOR

CELEBRATIONS, AND TO

REMEMBER HIM.

REMEMBERING HIM, PRAYING FOR

HIM.

Reporter: THROUGH IT

ALL, NAGHMEH HAS BEEN

ENCOURAGED BY THE PRAYERS

AND SUPPORT OF FELLOW

CHRISTIANS.

SHE IS ENCOURAGED BY THEIR

STRENGTH.

I HOPE PEOPLE CAN SEE YOU

CAN CLING TO THE LORD AND BE

OKAY WITH WHATEVER HAPPENS

IN YOUR LIFE.

AND HAVE THAT PEACE AND

JOY.

I HOPE PEOPLE SEE THAT AND

THEY SEE IT IS NOT ME.

WHEN THEY SAY YOU'RE A

STRONG PERSON, I REALLY WANT

TO SAY I HOPE YOU SEE JESUS

IN THIS BECAUSE I'M NOT A

STRONG PERSON.

Reporter: JOHN JESSUP,

CBN NEWS, CAPITOL HILL.

Gordon: IF YOU WANT TO

HELP WITH THIS, THERE IS A

PLACE ON cbnnews.com WHERE

YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT.

JOIN WITH WHAT CBN NEWS IS

DOING, WHAT THE AMERICAN

CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE

IS DOING, TO GET THIS

PASTORED FREED.

HE IS IN JAIL IN IRAN FOR

ONE THING: THAT'S BECAUSE HE

BELIEVES THAT JESUS IS THE

SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.

THAT'S WHY HE IS IN PRISON.

WHAT A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS

PRESENT FOR HIS FAMILY, FOR

HIM TO BE RELEASED.

GET INVOLVED.

PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS TAKEN

ANOTHER MAJOR PUBLIC

RELATIONS HIT OVER HIS

HEALTH CARE LAW.H@H@

WENDY GRIFFITH HAS THAT

STORY FROM THE CBN NEWS

ROOM.

Wendy: PRESIDENT

OBAMA'S PROMISE IF YOU LIKE

YOUR HEALTH PLAN, YOU CAN

KEEP IT, HAS BEEN NAMED THE

POLITICAL LIFE THE YEAR BY

POLITIFACT.COM.

THE WEBSITE SAYS THE READERS

OVERWHELMING AGREED WITH

THAT CHOICE.

AND FOUR OF THE PAST FIVE

YEARS, THE LIFE THE YEAR IS

WITH REGARD TO THE HEALTH

CARE LAW.

THE SENATE WILL TAKE UP THE

BIPARTISAN BUDGET DEAL NEXT

WEEK.

THE AGREEMENT AVOIDS A

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND

EASES SOME OF THE AUTOMATIC

SPENDING CUTS.

BUT SOME CONSERVATIVES SAY

IT DOESN'T GO FAR ENOUGH TO

CUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING.

THE BIG FIGHT WE HAD IN

THE SUMMER OF 2011, WITH

SEQUESTRATION, WAS KIND OF

THE ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT

CONSERVATIVES COULD POINT TO

IN THIS ADMINISTRATION, AND

THOSE CAPS WILL BE

LOOSENED.

SPENDING WILL BE HIGHER.

SO THAT'S A TOUGH PILL TO

SWALLOW.

Wendy: SOME

CONSERVATIVES DEFEND THE

DEAL.

THEY SAY IT DOES PROTECT

MOST OF THE AUTOMATIC

SPENDING CUTS.

BELGIUM IS ONE STEP CLOSER

TO LEGALIZING THE EUTHANASIA

OF CHILDREN.

THE SENATE HAS OVERWHELMING

PASSED A BILL ALLOWING IT.

THAT BILL GOES TO THE HOUSE

OF REPRESENTATIVES WHERE IT

IS EXPECTED TO PASS.

BELGIUM ALREADY ALLOWS

EUTHANASIA FOR ADULTS.

THE NEW BILL REMOVES ALL AGE

LIMITS.

IT WOULD ALLOW CHILDREN TO

CHOOSE TO DIE IF THEY'RE IN

GREAT PAIN AND SUFFER FROM A

TERMINAL CONDITION.

THE CHILDREN WOULD NEED

PARENTAL CONSENT AND HAVE TO

SUBMIT A WRITTEN REQUEST TO

DIE.

THE DEATH TOLL FROM THE

MASSIVE TYPHOON THAT HIT THE

PHILIPPINES LAST MONTH IS

ABOVE 18,000.

20 TO 30 BODIES ARE STILL

BEING FOUND EVERY DAY, AFTER

THE WORST NATURAL DISASTER

IN THE PHILIPPINES.

LUCILLE TALUSEN HAS A LOOK

AT THE HUMAN SIGHT OF THE

TRAGEDY AND HOW CBN DISASTER

RELIEF IS THERE TO HELP.

Reporter: SEVERAL WEEKS

AFTER TYPHOON HAIYAN STRUCK,

VILLAGERS ARE STILL

STRUGGLING TO RECOVER FROM

THE LOSS OF LOVED ONES AND

HOMES.

THAT IS MY GRANDDAUGHTER

ALONG THE ROAD.

THE OTHER ONE IS STILL

MISSING.

WE ALSO LOST OUR HOUSE.

EVERYTHING IS GONE.

Reporter: THIS LADY

PASTOR, WHO ACCOMPANIED US,

PRAYED FOR RICO, AND INVITED

HIM TO COME TO CHURCH.

MANY HAVE TURNED TO GOD

BECAUSE OF THE TRAGEDY.

BUT EVEN THE MOST FAITHFUL

CHURCH WORKERS HAVE ALSO

EXPERIENCED HARDSHIP AND

LOSS.

THIS IS WHERE PASTOR DANTE

LIVES, AND THIS IS WHERE HIS

THREE CHILDREN WERE SWEPT

AWAY BY THE SURGING WATERS.

WE WERE HOLDING ON TO THE

BEAM OF OUR CEILING WHEN THE

BIG WAVES COLLAPSED OUR

HOUSE.

AND WE WERE SWALLOWED BY THE

BIG WAVES.

Reporter: ONLY ONE SON

SURVIVED.

WHEN THE WATER SUBSIDED,

THEY FOUND THE BODIES OF

THEIR SONS, AGED 13 AND

SEVEN, CLECHG EAC CLUTCHING

EACH OTHER.

WHILE THE BODY OF THEIR

5-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER WAS

FOUND THE NEXT DAY,

UNDERNEATH A NEIGHBOUR'S

DOG, WHO GUARDED HER

OVERNIGHT.

WE WILL MISS THEM SO

MUCH.

WE WORKED SO HARD FOR THEIR

FUTURE.

THEY HELPED US IN OUR

FEEDING MINISTRY.

WE FEED THE CHILDREN, BUT

ALL OF THAT IS GONE.

WE DON'T KNOW WHERE TO

START, BUT WE BELIEVE GOD

WILL NOT FORSAKE US.

HE HAS A PURPOSE WHY WE ARE

STILL ALIVE.

Reporter: SHE IS ALSO

GRIEVING OVER THE DEATH OF

HER MOTHER AND 13 OTHER

FAMILY MEMBERS.

THE NEWS TEAM NOTICED A

WOUND ON DOLORES' FOOT.

WE TOOK HER AND SURVIVING

FAMILY MEMBERS TO A CBN

DISASTER RELIEF MEDICAL

CLINIC.

A DOCTOR EXAMINED AND

CLEANED DOLORES' WOUND.

AND SHE WAS GIVEN AN

ANTI-TETANUS SHOT, VITAMINS,

AND MEDICINE FOR HER

FAMILY.

THE FAMILY APPRECIATED TIME

WITH A CBN COUNSELLOR, WHO

LISTENED TO THEM AND PRAYED

FOR THEIR NEEDS.

WE DID NOT EXPECT THAT

PEOPLE LIKE YOU WOULD COME

TO HELP US.

YOUR SMILES HEADACH MAKE

OUR HEARTS SMILE AS WELL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

COMFORTING AND ENCOURAGING

US.

THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT

TIME FOR US, BUT WE SHALL

CLING TO THE LORD BECAUSE

HE, ALONE, GIVES US

STRENGTH.

WE WILL CLING TO HIS WORD

BECAUSE HIS WORD ALONE WILL

SUSTAIN US.

Reporter: LEWI LUCILLE

TALUSEN, CBN NEWS, THE

PHILIPPINES.

Wendy: THAT STORY

BRINGS BACK HUMAN TRAGEDY TO

REALITY, DOESN'T IT?

Gordon: IT DOES, AND

THE TRAGEDY IS LITERALLY

OVERWHELM.

WHERE WHOLE CITIES ARE

COMPLETELY WIPED OUT.

CITIES OF 200,000 PEOPLE.

THEY JUST DON'T EXIST

ANYMORE.

THERE IS NO BUILDING

STANDING.

BUT WE'RE THERE, AND WE'RE

THERE IN YOUR NAME.

AND IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART

OF THE ONGOING DISASTER

RELIEF, WE'RE NOW SORT OF IN

THE TRANSITION PERIOD FROM

CAN WE PROVIDE JUST THE

BASICS OF FOOD AND WATER AND

EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE.

AND NOW WE'RE INTO HOW CAN

WE REBUILD?

HOW CAN WE HELP THESE

PEOPLE?

IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF

IT, JUST GIVE TO THE CBN

DISASTER RELIEF FUND.

THE ADDRESS IS ON THE

SCREEN.

YOU CAN CALL US RIGHT NOW.

1-800-759-0700.

AND JUST SAY, I WANT TO GIVE

TO THE CBN DISASTER RELIEF

FUND.

OR YOU CAN LOG ON TO

CBN.COM.

AND THERE IS A PLACE THERE

WHERE YOU CAN DESIGNATE YOUR

GIFT ON THE GIVING PAGE.

DO IT NOW.

THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON, REACH

OUT TO THOSE WHO HAVE

LITERALLY NOTHING.

THEIR LIVES HAVE BEEN WIPED

OUT, AND WE CAN BE THERE FOR

THEM, AND WE CAN HELP THEM

REBUILD.

TERRY?

Terry: UP NEXT, A

CHANCE TO SIT DOWN, SIP TEA,

AND HAVE A LEVEL-HEADED

DISCUSSION ABOUT ONE OF THE

MOST EXPLOSIVE TOPICS OF OUR

TIME.

SO MUCH OF THE MARRIAGE

DEBATE THAT WE SEE IN PUBLIC

ON STAGE DOESN'T INVOLVE THE

SOUND BYTES, AND HOW DO I

SLAM THIS GUY.

AND WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING

DIFFERENT.

Terry: WE'LL LET COOLER

HEADS PREVAIL WHEN WE COME

BACK.

Gordon: STILL AHEAD,

MUSIC LEGEND STEVEN CURTIS

CHAPMAN SINGS LIVE.

STEVEN KURT

Gordon: THE DEBATE OVER

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS OFTEN

FRAMED AS A CULTURE WAR.

BUT SOME PEOPLE ARE TRYING A

DIFFERENT APPROACH.

A CIVIL DISCUSSION OF THE

ISSUES.

THE CHURCH RECENTLY

SPONSORED A CONVERSATION ON

MARRIAGE IN ST. LOUIS, WHERE

BOTH SIDES LISTENED TO WHAT

THE OTHER HAD TO SAY.

HEATHER CELLS HAS THAT

STORY.

Reporter: MOST OF US

ARE ALL TOO FAMILIAR WITH

THE BATTLE OVER MARRIAGE.

GROWING FULL OF ANGRY

ACTIVISTS, SOUND BYTE

SLOGANS, AND SEEMINGLY NO

COMMON GROUND.

THAT'S WHY ONE CHURCH RENTED

A NIGHTCLUB IN DOWNTOWN ST.

LOUIS, AND INVITED BOTH

SIDES FOR AN EVENING OF CALM

DISCUSSION OVER THE RED-HOT

TOPIC.

TAKING CENTER STAGE, GAY

PHILOSOPHER JOHN CORVINO,

AND CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHER,

MATTHEW ANDERSON.

WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE IN

ST. LOUIS PROVIDES A

DIFFERENT WAY TO TALK ABOUT

ONE OF THE MOST DEVISIVE

ISSUES OF OUR DAY.

IN FACT, THE EVENT IS BILLED

NOT AS A DEBATE, BUT AS A

REASONABLE CONVERSATION.

SO MUCH OF THE MARRIAGE

DEBATE THAT WE SEE IN PUBLIC

ON STAGE DOES INVOLVE THE

SOUND BYTES, THE ZINGERS,

THE HOW DO I SLAM THIS GUY

AND GET EVERYBODY TO CHEER

AND YELL AND LAUGH AND

CLAP?

AND WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING

DIFFERENT.

Reporter: A

NON-DENOMINATIONAL

EVANGELICAL CHURCH, "THE

JOURNEY," ORGANIZED THE

MEETING.

ALL HOPING FOR A DEEP

EXPLANATION OF THE ISSUE.

WE'RE HONESTLY WONDERING

AND WONDERING WHAT BOTH

SIDES HAVE TO SAY.

I'M HAPPY THAT IT IS EVEN

HAPPENING IN GENERAL.

I THINK PEOPLE SHOULD

SUPPORT HOMOSEXUALITY AND

GAY MARRIAGE AND ALL OF

THOSE THINGS, AND I FIND IT

INTERESTING THAT PEOPLE ARE

SO AGAINST IT FROM A

RELIGIOUS STANDPOINT.

Reporter: AS THE

EVENING PROGRESSED, IT

BECAME CLEAR THAT CORVINO

AND ANDERSON, WHILE CALMING

SIPPING TEA, WOULD NOT SHY

AWAY FROM SPEAKING ABOUT THE

HARDEST POINTS.

LIKE THIS.

CONCEPTIONS ABOUT

FAIRNESS AND EQUALITY ARE

MASSIVELY DISPUTED.

AND THE ELDERLY MOVEMENT HAS

DONE A VERY GOOD JOB OF

BRANDING ITSELF AND CLAIMING

INEQUALITY, AND I THINK

THERE IS A FUNDAMENTAL

DISAGREEMENT OVER WHAT THE

DEFINITIONS OF EQUALITY

ARE.

Reporter: AND THE VALUE

OF MARRIAGE FOR GAYS.

RELATIONSHIPS ARE GOOD

FOR PEOPLE, AND MARRIAGE IS

GOOD FOR RELATIONSHIPS.

MARRIAGE IS A WAY OF

RECOGNIZING PEOPLE AS THE

FAMILY UNIT THEY UNDERSTAND

THEMSELVES TO BE.

Reporter: ALSO

ADDRESSED, HARASSMENT OF

GAYS AND INTOLERANCE FOR

CHRISTIANS.

SO IT MAY BE THE CASE

THAT IN MANY RURAL

COMMUNITIES AND SUBURBAN

COMMUNITIES, SOME PEOPLE

EXPERIENCE SEVERE HOSTILITY

AND DEPRESSION, AND THAT IS

UNFORTUNATE.

BUT IT IS ALSO THE CASE IF

YOU GET INTO AN ELITE

CONTEXT IN THE ACADEMY, IN

HOLLYWOOD, IN NEW YORK, AND

SOME OF THESE PLACES, THERE

ARE GENUINE SOCIAL CASTES

THAT PEOPLE WITH

CONSERVATIVE POSITIONS ON

HUMAN SEXUALITY ARE.

Reporter: WHAT SEEMED

TO MAKE THE EVENING WORK,

CORVINO AND ANDE ANDERSON'S

WILLINGNESS TO ENGAGE IN ALL

QUESTIONS, WHILE SHOWING

HUMOR ALONG THE WAY.

I'M INTERESTED IN A

CHRISTIANITY THAT THINKS NOT

ONLY ABOUT OUR CURRENT

SITUATION, BUT THAT THINKS

500 YEARS DOWN THE ROAD.

AND IF WE --

THAT'S A LOT TO HAVE ON

YOUR MIND.

IT'S A LOT TO HAVE ON

YOUR MIND.

BUT I THINK IT IS ACTUALLY A

RESPONSIBLE THING TO DO.

TO THINK

MULTI-GENERATIONALLY ABOUT

THIS.

Reporter: IN THE END,

NO ONE CONVERTED TO THE

OTHER SIDE, BUT THOSE WE

SPOKE WITH FELT BETTER

INFORMED AND GRATEFUL THAT

NEITHER SIDE TURNED ON THE

OTHER.

I THINK IT IS GOOD THAT

THERE IS A DIALOGUE GOING

ON.

IT IS NOT AN US VERSUS

THEM.

IT IS NATURAL TO

DISAGREE.

THAT'S JUST HUMAN NATURE.

BUT TO BE ABLE TO BE

POIGNANT, BUT AT THE SAME

TIME NOT OFFENSIVE, AND OPEN

ABOUT THAT DIALOGUE, I

THOUGHT WAS AWESOME.

I COME FROM A CHRISTIAN

BACKGROUND, AND SO GETTING

TO HEAR BOTH SIDES AND

GETTING TO ESPECIALLY HEAR

JOHN, COMING FROM AN

ATHEISTIC VIEW, AND GETTING

TO HEAR HIS PERSPECTIVES WAS

REALLY ENLIGHTENING.

Reporter: AS THE CHURCH

SEEKS TO FIND ITS VOICE IN A

CULTURE THAT FREQUENTLY

DISMISSES BIBLICAL VIEWS,

THE FORUM COULD PAVE THE

WAY.

HE SAYS THE TEA, SHOWS

BOLDNESS, HUMILITY, AND

LOVE.

IF YOU'RE HEART DOES NOT

BREAK FOR SOMEBODY

STRUGGLING WITH SAME-SEX

ATTRACTION, YOU HAVE NO

BUSINESS TALKING TO THEM OR

EVEN ABOUT THEM.

WE'RE CALLED TO LOVE PEOPLE,

RIGHT?

SO IF PEOPLE DON'T SEE THAT

LOVE, HOW ARE THEY NOT GOING

TO TUNE US OUT?

Reporter: IF IT IS UP

TO CORVINO AND ANDERSON,

THEY'LL TAKE THIS SHOW ON

THE ROAD.

A SMALL STEP, PERHAPS, BUT

ONE THAT COULD LEAD THE WAY

FOR ADDRESSING AN ISSUE THAT

AFFECTS US ALL.

REPORTING IN ST. LOUIS,

HEATHER CELLS, CBN NEWS.

Gordon: WELL, I'VE

LEARNED IN MY EXPERIENCE,

THAT I'VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO

ARGUE ANYONE INTO THE

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

IT IS ALL ABOUT SHOWING, AND

SHOWING WHAT'S THE

DIFFERENCE THAT GOD CAN MAKE

IN YOUR LIFE.

LET ME ECHO WHAT ERIC SAID,

THAT WE NEED TO BE KNOWN

MORE FOR WHAT WE ARE FOR

THAN WHAT WE'RE AGAINST.

AND AS CHRISTIANS, WE NEED

TO BE FOR LOVE AND LOVING

ONE ANOTHER.

HERE IS WHAT PAULSETT PAUL

SAID ABOUT IT IN 1

CORINTHIANS 13: "THOUGH I

SPEAK WITH THE TONGUES OF

MEN AND ANGELS, BUT HAVE NOT

LOVE, I HAVE BECOME A

SOUNDING BRASS OR A CLANGING

CLANGING SYMBOL."

IN MUCH OF TODAY'S DEBATE,

ARE WE BEING KNOWN AS A

CLANGING SYMBOL OR A SYMBOL

OF LOVE?

Terry: COMING UP, HE IS

THE MOST DECORATED ARTIST IN

CHRISTIAN MUSIC HISTORY, AND

YET FOR HIS LATEST C.D.,

STEVESTEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN

WILL PLAY FOR US LIVE.

THAT'S NEXT ON "THE 700

CLUB."

Terry: IF YOU LISTEN TO

STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN'S

LATEST C.D., YOU'LL HEAR

SONGS FROM ONE OF CHRISTIAN

MUSIC'S SUBURB ARTISTS, BUT

YOU'LL ALSO HEAR A STORY

ABOUT LOSS, HOPE, AND NEW

LIFE.

Reporter: FOR MORE THAN

25 YEARS, STEVEN CURTIS

CHAPMAN HAS POURED OUT HIS

LIFE'S STORY IN SONGS,

EARNING HIM FIVE GRAMMYS, 58

DOVE AWARDS AND AN AMERICAN

MUSIC AWARD.

MOST OF THESE SONGS WERE

WRITTEN FOR HIS WIFE, MARY

BETH, AND THEIR CHILDREN.

THEY HAD THREE KIDS ON THEIR

OWN BEFORE ADOPTING THREE

MORE.

THEN IN 2008, STEVEN'S

5-YEAR-OLD ADOPTED DAUGHTER,

MARIA, WAS KILLED IN A

TRAGIC ACCIDENT.

AFTER HER DEATH, STEVEN

QUESTIONED WHETHER SHE WOULD

EVER MAKE MUSIC AGAIN.

Terry: JOINING US NOW

WITH THE REST OF THE STORY

IS STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN.

IT IS GREAT TO HAVE YOU

BACK.

THANK YOU.

IT IS GREAT TO BE BACK WITH

YOU.

Terry: LET ME PICK UP

WHERE THEY LEFT OFF.

2008, THAT TRAGEDY, WAS NOT

JUST SOMETHING THAT YOUR

FAMILY WENT THROUGH.

I THINK PEOPLE WHO LOVED YOU

WATCHED FROM AFAR AND JUST

GRIEVED WITH YOU.

I CAN TOTALLY UNDERSTAND

THAT YOU WOULD QUESTION AT

THAT POINT, CAN I WRITE

AGAIN?

CAN I GO BACK TO THIS?

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO

PRESS ON?

WELL, AS YOU SAY THAT, I

DO -- ANY CHANCE I GET, ANY

TIME I HAVE A CAMERA OR AN

OPPORTUNITY TO THANK PEOPLE

FOR PRAYING FOR MY FAMILY

AND MYSELF, AND THAT'S PART

OF THE REASON I'M SITTING

HERE WITH YOU TODAY.

PART OF THE REASON WHY I'M

HERE TO CONTINUE TO SING

SONGS SAYING THIS IS WHAT WE

BELIEVE AND KNOW TO BE

TRUE.

Terry: THIS IS HOW WE

LIVE.

YES.

WITH CIRCUMSTANCES -- OUR

HEARTS ARE STILL BROKEN.

IT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU

EVER GET OVER.

Terry: IT NEVER GOES

AWAY.

BUT THERE WAS A PROCESS.

THERE WAS A PERIOD OF TIME

THAT I FEEL LIKE I AND MY

FAMILY WALKED THROUGH TO

SAY, WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL

OF THESE SONGS I'VE WRITTEN,

AND EVEN FOR MY FAMILY AND I

TO GO AND TAKE THE

OPPORTUNITY TO DECLARE WE

WERE GOING TO TRUST IN GOD.

WE DON'T UNDERSTAND.

HE GIVES AND HE TAKES AWAY.

WE'RE GOING TO BLESS HIS

NAME.

AND, YOU KNOW, WE'RE GOING

TO WRESTLE THROUGH THIS

TOGETHER.

AND THE SONGS BECAME A PART

OF, FOR ME, DRIVING THE

STAKE IN THE GROUND OVER AND

OVER AGAIN.

GOING BACK TO THOSE STONES

OF REMEMBRANCE, LIKE THE

ISRAELITES HAD IN THE OLD

TESTAMENT, TO SAY THIS IS

WHAT GOD SHOWED ME AT A

POINT IN MY LIFE.

IT IS EITHER ALL TRUE OR

NONE OF IT.

I'M GOING TO DROP ANCHOR

AGAIN IN THE PROMISES OF

GOD.

THAT'S KIND OF WHAT MUSIC

HAS CONTINUED TO BE FOR ME,

AND I BELIEVE FOR MY FAMILY,

AND A WAY TO SAY THESE ARE

THE THINGS THAT WE KNOW TO

BE TRUE AND WE'RE TRUSTING

IN AND ANCHORING TO AND

HOLDING TO.

Terry: EVEN THE MESSAGE

THAT YOU GIVE ALL OF US THAT

YOU CAN SING AGAIN IS AN

IMPORTANT ONE.

YEAH.

Terry: YOU'VE GOT YOUR

NEWEST C.D. CALLED "THE

GLORIOUS UNFOLDING."

THIS IS SORT OF A LOOK AT

THE LATEST SEASON OF YOUR

LIFE.

TALK ABOUT THAT.

THOSE WHO FOLLOWED MY

MUSIC KNOW THERE WAS SOME

MUSIC THAT CAME OUT, REALLY

LAMENTS AND SONGS, WHEN

MARIA FIRST WENT TO BE WITH

JESUS, CALLED "BEAUTY WILL

RISE."

AND IT WAS, AGAIN, IN A

VERY, VERY DEEP VALLEY AT

THAT POINT, CRYING OUT TO

GOD.

AND SOME OTHER MUSIC THAT

HAS COME OVER THE YEARS, AND

AT THIS POINT, FIVE YEARS

INTO THE JOURNEY, MY FAMILY

AND I CAN SEE -- ACTUALLY,

MY SON, CALEB SAID, AT

MARIA'S MEMORIAL SERVICE,

AND HE SAID SOMETHING VERY

PROFOUND AS A 19-YEAR-OLD IN

THE MIDST OF OUR PAIN.

HE SAID, I FEEL LIKE WE'RE

STANDING THIS CLOSE TO A

PAINTING AND ALL IT LOOKS

LIKE IS A MESS, AND WE SEE

BRUSH STROKES AND COLORS,

BUT IT LOOKS LIKE A MESS.

BUT I BELIEVE AND TRUST IN

TIME, AS WE MOVE FURTHER AND

FURTHER BACK FROM THIS, WE

WILL SEE WHAT GOD HAS

PROMISED, THAT HE IS WORKING

SOMEHOW EVEN THESE MOST

AWFUL, UNTHINKABLE THINGS

TOGETHER FOR GOD.

HE DOES KNOW THE PLANS HE

HAS FOR US.

HE HAS COMMANDED TO FINISH

THE WORK HE HAS STARTED, AS

THE AUTHOR OF OUR STORY.

SO REALLY THIS MUSIC HAS

COME FROM THAT PLACE IN MY

LIFE OF SAYING I'M NOW ABLE

TO SAY THINGS I WOULDN'T BE

ABLE TO SAY FIVE YEARS AGO,

WITH THE DEEP CONVICTION.

THAT I REALLY THINK GOD IS

WRITING THE STORY.

AND WE'RE IN DIFFERENT

CHAPTERS.

AND SOMETIMES THOSE CHAPTERS

ARE UNBEARABLE HARD, BUT

WILL WE TRUST HE KNOWS THE

PLANS HE HAS FOR US?

AND ULTIMATELY, THIS WILL BE

A GLORIOUS, UNFOLDING STORY,

WHEN WE'RE FINALLY

ABLE TO

SEE IT FROM HIS

PERSPECTIVE.

Terry: WE LOVE YOUR

FAMILY BECAUSE IT IS JUST

SUCH A TESTIMONY TO FAMILY

AS GOD INTENDED IT TO BE.

YOU HAVE FAMILY INVOLVED

WITH YOU ON THIS?

WE DO.

WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY, MY

DAD AND MY BROTHER AND

MOTHER SANG ON THIS.

AND I GOT MY DAD AND BROTHER

TO SING WITH ME ON A SONG

CALLED "DEEP ROOTS," KIND OF

A BLUEGRASS ALBUM.

MY SONS, CALEB AND WILL HAVE

BEEN PLAYING WITH ME FOR A

LONG TIME.

AND NOW THEY'RE IN A BAND

CALLED "COLONY HOUSE," GO

CHECK THEM OUT.

A SHAMELESS PLUG.

AND THEY'RE DOING THEIR OWN

THING.

BUT I STILL BRING THEM IN

WHEN I CAN.

AND WITH THIS C.D., I WAS

ABLE TO GET MY

DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, JILLIAN

EDWARDS, WHO MARRIED MY SON,

WILL --

Terry: WOW, YOU HAVE TO

SING TO BE IN YOUR FAMILY.

WE'RE THE VON CHAPS.

WE HAVE A SINGING

DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, AND MY SONS

PLAY MUSIC.

AND, IN FACT, ON THIS ONE,

MY DAUGHTER, EMILY -- WHO

WOULD SAY, I'M NOT A SINGER,

AND I BROUGHT MY WIFE, AND

STEVIE JOY.

I GOT EVERYBODY IN TO SING

ON A SONG THAT I WAS WORKING

ON CALLED "THE SOUND OF YOUR

VOICE."

I SAID I NEED A CHOIR AND

EVERYBODY SINGING WITH ME.

AND I HAVE A STUDIO AT MY

HOME, SO I SAID, COME ON IN

AND SING.

SO I GOT EVERYBODY RECRUITED

ON THIS.

I LOVE HAVING MY FAMILY

INVOLVED IN MY MUSIC.

THEY'RE WOVEN VE IN THE

THREADS OF MY MUSIC FOR ALL

OF THE YEARS, SO IT IS FUN

TO HAVE THEM ACTUALLY IN THE

MUSIC.

Terry: AND TODAY YOU'RE

GOING TO SING "LOVE TAKE ME

OVER," A SONG THAT HAS A

DEEP MEANING FOR YOU?

IT IS.

AND IT IS ONE OF THE FUN

ONES.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS PEOPLE

HAVE HEARD ON MY MUSIC, IF

THEY KNOW MY SONGS FROM THE

PAST, I HAD A SONG CALLED

"DIVE."

THERE IS SOME FUN MUSIC --

GET UP AND CLAP YOUR HANDS.

AND, OF COURSE, SOME OF THAT

MUSIC HAS NOT BEEN COMING

OUT OF MY FOR A SEASON.

WITH THIS C.D., PEOPLE SAID,

I HEAR THAT JOY AND

CELEBRATION BACK INTO YOUR

MUSIC AS GOD IS BRINGING THE

HEALING.

THIS SONG WAS WRITTEN, SORT

OF INSPIRED BY PRAYING WITH

MY LITTLE GIRLS.

I DRIVE THEM TO SCHOOL WHEN

I'M NOT ON THE ROAD.

WE'LL READ SOME SCRIPTURE

AND I'LL PRAY WITH THEM AS

THEY'RE GETTING OUT OF THE

CAR.

ALMOST EVERY MORNING WE'LL

END THE PRAYER WITH, "LET

THE WORDS FROM MY MOUTH,

MEDTATIONS IN MY HEART, BE

PLEASING IN YOUR SIGHT."

AND THERE ARE THINGS GOING

ON THAT WERE PARTICULARLY

STRESSFUL, AND I NEEDED GOD

TO REALLY TAKE OVER THE

WORDS AND EVEN MY ATTITUDES

AND THOUGHTS IN DEALING WITH

SOME THINGS THAT WERE GOING

ON.

MY GIRLS KNEW IT.

I SAID, YOU GUYS PRAY FOR ME

AND I'M GOING TO PRAY FOR

YOU.

BECAUSE I REALLY WANT LOVE

TO BE THE WAY I RESPOND.

THE IDEA OF "LOVE TAKING ME

OVER" -- I STARTED WRITING

IT AS I WAS DRIVING HOME

FROM SCHOOL.

I BEGAN WRITING THIS SONG

ACKNOWLEDGING THAT WE LOVE

BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US.

THE ONLY WAY WE'LL HAVE THE

LOVE FOR THE BROKEN PEOPLE

AROUND US THAT ARE A MESS,

IS TO REALIZE WE'RE A MESS

AND WE'RE LOVED COMPLETELY

AND PURPOSELY BY GOD.

SO THIS IS A TOE-TAPPING

SONG TO HELP REMEMBER THAT.

Terry: I'M GOING TO GET

MY TOES READY, AND I WANT

YOU TO GO GET YOURS READY.

HE IS GOING TO SING FOR US

IN JUST A MOMENT.

THE C.D. IS STEVEN CURTIS

CHAPMAN'S LATEST, AND IT IS

CALLED "THE GLO GLORIOUS

UNFOLDING."

AND HE HAS A GREAT CHRISTMAS

ALBUM OUT JUST CALLED

"JOY."

HOW PERFECT IS THAT?

RIGHT NOW WE'RE GOING TO

INTRODUCE STEVEN CURTIS

CHAPMAN, WHO IS HERE WITH

HIS BAND, PERFORMING THE

SONG, "LOVE TAKE ME OVER."

*

* THERE IS A DAY AHEAD OF

ME *

* TRYING TO WAKE UP

* SIPPING ON A HOT CUP

* WITH THE LITTLE LADY IN

GREEN *

* I'M PRAYING ABOUT THE MAN

I WANT TO BE *

SAYING GOD, PLEASE TAKE ALL

OF ME *

* AND TAKE ALL OF ME

* LOVE, TAKE THESE WORDS

THAT I'M SINGING *

* LOVE TAKE ME OVER

* LOVE, FILL UP ALL OF MY

FAITH *

* LOVE, STAND RIGHT HERE IN

MY FACE *

* LOVE, HEAR THIS PRAYER

THAT I PRAY *

* LOVE TAKE ME OVER

* LOVE TAKE ME OVER

*

OHHHHH *

THIS IS WHAT I'M SURE OF *

* WHEN I REALLY KNOW HOW

LOVED I AM *

* WHEN IT OVER TAKES ME

*

THEN IT ANIMATES ME *

* SO I'M PRAYING, FATHER,

HELP ME *

* RIGHT NOW YOU'RE SINGING

OVER ME *

*

AND FILL ME UP WITH YOUR

LOVE *

* LOVE, TAKE THESE THOUGHTS

THAT I'M THINKING *

* LOVE, TAKE THESE WORDS

THAT I'M SPEAKING *

* LOVE TAKE ME OVER

* LOVE, BUILD UP ALL OF MY

FAITH *

* LOVE, STARE RIGHT HERE IN

MY FACE *

* LOVE, HEAR THIS PRAYER

THAT I'M SAYING *

* LOVE, TAKE ME OVER

* LOVE, TAKE ME OVER

* TAKE ME OVER

* TAKE ME OVER

* TAKE THIS NEVER-ENDING,

ALL CONSUMING LOVE *

I AM PRAYING, FATHER, HELP

MY HEART BELIEVE *

* RIGHT NOW YOU'RE SINGING

OVER ME *

* FILL ME UP WITH YOUR

LOVE *

* LOVE TAKE THESE THOUGHTS

THAT I'M THINKING *

* LOVE TAKE THESE WORDS THAT

I'M SPEAKING *

* LOVE TAKE ME OVER

* LOVE FILL UP ALL OF MY

FAITH *

* LOVE STARE RIGHT HERE IN

MY FACE *

* LOVE HEAR THESE PRAYERS

THAT I'M PRAYING *

* LOVE TAKE EVERYTHING THAT

I'M DOING *

* LOVE, LIKE A RIVER

THROWING THROUGH ME *

* LOVE TAKE ME OVER

* LOVE FILL UP ALL OF MY

FAITH *

* LOVE HEAR THIS PRAYER THAT

I'M PRAYING *

* LOVE TAKE ME

* LOVE TAKE ME OVER

* LOVE TAKE ME,

* LOVE TAKE ME OVER

[APPLAUSE]

Gordon: STEVEN CURTIS

CHAPMAN WILL BE BACK WITH

MORE CHRISTMAS MUSIC, LATER

ON TODAY'S SHOW.

BUT, FIRST, THE STUDENT WHO

BECAME THE TEACHER.

CHEF JOHN BESH PASSES ON THE

LESSONS HER LEARNED IN THE

KITCHENS OF EUROPE, UP

NEXT.

AND WELCOME BACK TO "THE

700 CLUB."

THE WAR MEMORIAL CROSS ON

TOP

OF MT. SOLEDAD IN

CALIFORNIA MUST COME DOWN.

THAT'S THE RULING FROM A

FEDERAL JUDGE

IN SAN

DIEGO.

HE SAYS THE 43-FOOT CROSS

VIOLATES THE SEPARATION OF

CHURCH AND STATE.

THE NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF

APPEALS RULED IN 2011 THAT

THE CROSS IS

UNCONSTITUTIONAL, AND THE

SUPREME COURT DECIDED NOT TO

TAKE THE CASE, SO IT WENT

BACK TO THE FEDERAL JUDGE.

BUT HE SAYS THE ORDER TO

TAKE DOWN THE CROSS WOULD BE

PUT ON HOLD IF THERE IS AN

APPEAL.

WELL, "OPERATION BLESSING"

IS

HELPING

FEED HUNGRY

FAMILIES IN NASHVILLE.

THEY'RE PARTNERING WITH A

PANTRY CALLED "ELIZABETH'S

CABLE."

IT OPENED 10 YEARS AGO WITH

A VISION TO FEED THE HUNGRY,

AND "OPERATION BLESSING"

PROVIDES FOOD FOR THE PANTRY

EVERY WEEK.

THAT FOOD HELPS SUPPLY THEIR

HUNGER RELIEF PROGRAMS THAT

SERVE ABOUT 100 PEOPLE A

DAY.

ELIZABETH'S TABLE PROVIDES

FREE HOT MEALS FOR BREAKFAST

AND LUNCH, AND DISTRICTS

4,000 POUNDS OF GROCERIES

EVERY WEEK AND DELIVERS

MEALS TO STRUGGLING

RESIDENTS WHO ARE

UNABLE

TO

LEAVE THEIR HOMES.

YOU CAN FIND OUT

MORE ABOUT

"OPERATION BLESSING" BY

GOING TO THEIR

WEBSITE

AT

OB.ORG.

GORDON AND TERRY

WILL BE

BACK WITH MORE OF "THE 700

CLUB" RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Gordon: WHEN JOHN BESH

BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A CHEF,

HE REMEMBERED THE OLD ADAGE:

"WHEN YOU'RE READY FOR A

TEACHER, ONE WILL COME

ALONG."

AND SURE ENOUGH, ONE DID.

AND 20 YEARS LATER, JOHN HAS

WRITTEN A BOOK AND DEDICATED

IT TO EVERYONE READY FOR A

TEACHER.

Reporter: AWARD-WINNING

CHEF JOHN BESH IS KNOWN FOR

HIS DEDICATION TO LOCAL NEW

ORLEANS CUISINE.

BUT OVER THE LAST FEW

DECADES, JOHN HAS COOKED

WITH SOME OF THE CHEFS IN

THE WORLD.

IN HIS NEW COOKBOOK,

"COOKING FROM THE HEART,"

JOHN BRINGS THOSE

EXPERIENCES TO EVERYDAY

KITCHENS, AND BRINGS THE

MOST IMPORTANT LESSONS OF

ALL.

Gordon: JOHN IS WITH US

HERE.

WELCOME BASKETBAL BACK TO

"THE 700 CLUB."

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE YOU HAVING ME

BACK.

Gordon: I'VE

READ YOUR

BOOK, AND YOU THINK YOU HAVE

COOKING DOWN --

I'LL NEVER HAVE IT DOWN.

Gordon: AND YOU GO TO

EUROPE AND YOU WANT TO SHOW

YOU'RE THE HOTSHOT, THAT YOU

CAN COOK.

I WANTED TO SHOW OFF.

I HAD BEEN A MARINE PRIOR TO

THIS, AND WENT TO THE BEST

CULINARY SCHOOL IN AMERICA

AND WORKED IN SOME

OF THE

BEST KITCHENS.

Gordon: AND THEN YOU

DID

THIS

HONEY MUSTARD

VINAIGRETTE DRESSING FOR A

SALAD, AND YOU GOT TAUGHT A

LESSON.

AND MY CHEF KICKED ME OUT

OF THE KITCHEN.

Gordon: WHY DID HE GET

SO MAD?

IT CAME DOWN TO THIS: YOU

COOK IN SUCH A WAY TO ONLY

ELEVATE EACH AND EVERY

INDIVIDUAL INGREDIENT.

SO WE GET CAUGHT UP IN MORE

IS BETTER IN THIS

COUNTRY A

LOT OF

TIMES.

AND WE TEND TO THINK MORE IS

BETTER.

AND WHAT HAPPENS IS THAT

YOU

DON'T TASTE THE FLAVOR OF

EACH INDIVIDUAL VEGETABLE.

YOU'RE NOT HONORING EVERY

INGREDIENT.

YOU HAVE TO PREPARE IT FOR

SOMEBODY ELSE, TO GIVE IT TO

SOMEBODY ELSE, IS REALLY

NOBLE AND IT IS SPECIAL AND

SPIRITUAL AT THE SAME TIME.

IT TAUGHT ME A LOT ABOUT MY

COOKING.

MY MENTORS REALLY GAVE ME

FOCUS.

SO BEFORE YOU CAN LOVE WHAT

YOU'RE DOING, YOU HAVE TO

REALLY RESPECT IT.

Gordon: AND YOU LEARNED

THAT EVEN IN HUNTING -- YOU

TALK IT IS A SPIRITUAL

EXPERIENCE.

THERE IS AN ANIMAL GIVING

YOUR LIFE SO YOU AND YOUR

FAMILY CAN EAT.

SO IF YOU'RE GOING TO

TAKE THE LIFE OF AN ANIMAL,

USE THE ENTIRE ANIMAL.

AND USE IT IN SUCH A WAY

THAT YOU'RE LIFTING IT UP,

AND EVERYBODY ENJOYS IT.

IT IS THIS CONSCIOUSNESS IF

YOU'RE GOING THE TAKE THE

LIFE OF THIS ANIMAL, THEN

LET'S COOK IT AND COOK IT

PERFECTLY.

AND LET'S SAVOR IT AND

APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT GOD

GAVE US THIS ANIMAL TO BEGIN

WITH.

Gordon: ARE WE GETTING

TO THAT IN AMERICA NOW?

THE EMPHASIS ON THE QUALITY

INGREDIENTS, AND NOT

PROCESSED FOOD?

CERTAINLY.

WHEN I STARTED COOKING,

THERE WASN'T A FARMERS'

MARKET IN NEW YORK OR ONE IN

NEW ORLEANS.

AND NOW THEY'RE ON EVERY

MAIN STREET AROUND THIS

COUNTRY HAS THE FARMERS'

MARKET COMING BACK.

WE STARTING TO TAKE INTO

ACCOUNT HOW IMPORTANT IT IS

TO SUPPORT A LOCAL

AGRICULTURE AND TO HONOR THE

PEOPLE THAT TOIL IN THE

SOIL, SO TO SPEAK.

THAT'S A GOOD ONE.

LET ME WALK YOU THROUGH THIS

HOLIDAY FEAST WE HAVE HERE.

Gordon: LET'S DO THAT.

WHAT HAVE YOU GOT HERE?

A SIMPLE DISH.

.

IT'S A FRENCH BEEF STEW,

SERVE WITH LITTLE PASTA.

Gordon: WHY DO THEY

CALL THOSE PRIEST EARS?

I DON'T KNOW.

DO YOU HAVE THE ANSWER?

Gordon: I WAS HOPING

YOU KNEW.

I DON'T KNOW.

ACTUALLY, THERE IS ANOTHER

TYPE OF PASTA THAT IS CALLED

THE ORCHIETTI, AND THAT

MEANS EARS AS WELL.

THEY'RE SHAPED IN A WAY

THEY'LL TAKE IN A LOT OF

SAUCE.

THEY'RE A GREAT CONDUIT FOR

A GOOD SAUCE.

THINGS LIKE THIS, THEY'RE

WONDERFUL.

YOU CAN MAKE THEM IN

ADVANCE.

WHO DOESN'T LOVE A GREAT

STEW.

I DO THIS WITH VENNISON ALL

OF THE TIME.

THE KEY INGREDIENT IS LOVE.

TAKING TIME, COOKING IT

SLOWLY AND PUTTING IT IN

THAT BIG CAST IRON POT AND

FORGET ABOUT IT FOR A COUPLE

OF HOURS.

ROASTED BRUSSEL SPROUTS --

NOT THE BRUSSEL SPROUTS WE

GREW UP WITH.

AT THE LAST MINUTE -- YOU

CAN DO THIS IN A HOT OVEN,

FIVE, 10 MINUTES BEFORE YOU

SIT DOWN FOR YOUR MEAL.

ANOTHER THING, ROASTED ROOT

VEGETABLES.

CARROTS AND TURNIPS AND

BEETS, TOSSED WITH OLIVE

OIL, FRESH HERBS, RIGHT INTO

THE OVEN, ROASTED.

YOU CAN MAKE THIS BEAUTIFUL

TART.

THIS BEAUTIFUL PIE WITHOUT A

PIE SHELL.

Right Hon Jean SHELL.

Gordon: THINK OF THIS

IS A CRESTATTA.

YOU HAVE CULINARY

KNOWLEDGE.

THAT'S GREAT.

LET'S MAKE IT.

YOU DO THE STIRRING.

AND I'LL DO THE POURING.

Gordon: ALL RIGHT.

APPLES, ANY SORT OF

APPLES WILL WORK.

SOME PEARS.

A LITTLE BIT OF BUTTER.

Gordon: WHY DO YOU

CUBIT?

SO IT DISPERSES EVENLY

THROUGHOUT.

AND A LITTLE LEMON --

Gordon: IT KEEPS

EVERYTHING FROM O OXIDIZING.

THIS WILL SMELL LIKE

CHRISTMAS.

DOESN'T IT ALREADY?

YOU WANT TO TOSS THIS AND

POUR IT RIGHT INTO THE

CENTER OF -- RIGHT INTO OUR

PIE SHELL.

Gordon: THIS IS A

SIMPLE CRUST?

A SIMPLE, SWEET PIE

DOUGH.

Gordon: YOU DON'T TRY

TO ROLL IT OUT.

YOU WANT IT TO LOOK

IRREGULAR.

I THINK THERE IS BEAUTY

TO IT.

Gordon: WHAT'S THE

TRICK TO FOLDING IT?

I DON'T KNOW IF THERE IS

ANY TRICK IN THAT.

WE'RE GOING TO TAKE THAT

LIKE THIS, AND KEEP YOU FROM

GETTING MESSY BECAUSE YOU'RE

THE IMPORTANT GUY.

GO AND BAKE THAT AT 325,

UNTIL IT IS GOLDEN BROWN.

Gordon: 20 MINUTES, 30

MINUTES?

25.

Gordon: AND THEN IT

COMES OU OUT LOOKING

PERFECT, JUST LIKE THIS.

GOOD JOB.

Gordon: ONE OF THE

THINGS THAT STRUCK ME IN THE

BOOK IS THESE ARE THE

ANCIENT RECIPES.

IF YOU CAN MASTER THESE FROM

THE STANDPOINT OF

UNDERSTANDING WHY THEY HAVE

SURVIVED THE CENTURIES AND

WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO

UNDERSTAND THE ROOTS OF

MODERN CULINARY CULTURE.

IF YOU KNOW THESE RECIPES,

YOU CAN COOK PROBABLY

ANYTHING.

I THINK HAVING A GOOD

FOUNDATION IN ANYTHING IS

GREAT.

THIS IS A FOUNDATION OF

KNOWLEDGE.

I HAVE COOKING LESSONS SET

UP, PICTORIALS, FOR THOSE OF

US WHO LOVE TO COOK.

WE LIKE TO SEE PICTURES

ALONG THE WAY SO WE CAN

MEASURE OURSELVES AND KNOW

WE'RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK.

AND I'VE DONE THIS IN SUCH A

WAY THAT WE HAVE 11

DIFFERENT PICTORIAL COOKING

LESSONS.

Gordon: THE HOW TO, AND

YOU SEE HOW IT IS SUPPOSED

TO BE.

AND IF YOU CAN CONQUER

THIS, YOU CAN MOVE ON TO ALL

OF THESE OTHER GREAT

RECIPES.

Gordon: I LOVE THE

BOOK, "CACOOKING FROM THE

HEART."

IT IS AVAILABLE IN STORES.

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A

VERY, VERY GOOD CHRISTMAS

GIFT FOR THE FOODIES IN YOUR

LIFE, THIS WOULD BE GREAT.

AND TELL US ABOUT THE BEST

BOX.

IT IS A

SUBSCRIPTION-BASED BOX THAT

WILL COME TO YOUR DOOR EVERY

MONTH.

Gordon: EVERY MONTH?

IF YOU CHOOSE.

IT IS LIKE HAVING A MASTER

CHEF COME TO YOUR DOOR EVERY

MONTH.

I PACKED IN MY TOOLS AND

RECIPES AND TRAINING TIPS.

EVERY MONTH IS GEARED

TOWARDS A SPECIAL

SOMETHING.

THIS IS A GREAT CHRISTMAS

DINNER.

THE FIRST BOX TO COME OUT IS

OUR HOLIDAY BOX.

IT IS ALL ABOUT BRINGING

PEOPLE BACK TO THE KITCHEN,

BRINGING FAMILIES CLOSER TO

THAT FAMILY TABLE.

AND THERE IS SOMETHING

BEAUTIFUL ABOUT THAT.

AND WE'VE GOTTEN TOO FAR

AWAY FROM COOKING AND FROM

EATING TOGETHER AND BREAKING

BREAD, AS WE'RE MEANT TO.

Gordon: AND IT IS A

WONDERFUL THING TO DO WITH

YOUR FAMILIES OVER THE

HOLIDAYS.

I'VE GOT TO ASK THIS, YOU'RE

COOKING A RUSTIC TARGET, BUT

IN THE BOX YOU INCLUDE A

PASTURPASTRY CUTTER.

WHY?

BECAUSE YOU'LL HAVE THAT

PASTRY CUTTER FOR A BOX

LATER.

Gordon: SO THERE IS

ANOTHER RECIPE COMING?

SO YOU SET US UP.

AND YOU EVEN SET US UP WITH

JALAPENO PEPPER SEEDS.

AND YOU'LL NEED TH THE

JALEPEÑOS THIS SUMMER.

Gordon: IT IS AVAILABLE

AT bestbox.com AND THE

BOOK IS CALLED "COOKING FROM

THE HEART."

AVAILABLE WHEREVER BOOKS ARE

SOLD.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU.

AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TO

YOU.

Gordon: AND MERRY

CHRISTMAS TO YOU, TERRY.

Terry: THANK YOU.

SAVE SOME OF THAT TART.

COMING UP, WE'VE GOT YOUR

E-MAIL QUESTIONS.

CRAIG ASKS, "IS IT WRONG FOR

CHRISTIANS TO PUT

UP

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS?"

WE'LL HAVE THAT

AND MORE

AFTER THIS.

Terry: RECENTLY

THOUSANDSC THOUSANDS OF

CHILDREN IN LATIN-AMERICA

HAD A GREAT EXPERIENCE.

Gordon: LET ME TAG THAT

SPOT, IF YOU'RE AN ITEMIZER

ON YOUR DEDUCTIONS, NOW IS

THE TIME TO DO SOME TAX

PLANNING.

WE HAVE SOME RESOURCES

AVAILABLE FOR YOU, IF YOU

NEED THEM, OF HOW YOU CAN

GIVE GIFTS OF APPRECIATED

STOCK, AND NOT RECOGNIZE THE

GAIN ON THAT AND GET A

CHARITABLE DEDUCTION FOR

IT.

AND THERE IS A WAY WHERE YOU

CAN PLAN YOUR GIVING.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

CONTACT US, CBN PLANNED

GIVING, OR JUST GIVE US A

CALL.

THIS IS A SPECIAL NUMBER

JUST FOR THIS.

1-800-333-2373.

PLAN YOUR TAXES THIS YEAR.

PLAN YOUR GIVING, AND WE CAN

HELP.

TERRY?

Terry: OKAY.

NOW WE'RE GOING TO

LATIN-AMERICA.

WE'RE GOING TO SHOW YOU

WHERE SOME CHILDREN IN

LATIN-AMERICA HAD AN

OPPORTUNITY FOR AN EARLY

CHRISTMAS GIFT COURTESY OF

"SUPERBOOK."

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: "SUPERBOOK"

IS GAINING MOMENTUM IN

LATIN-AMERICA.

OVER 1,000 CHILDREN GATHERED

IN PERU TO WATCH

"SUPERBOOK'S" "FIRST

CHRISTMAS."

THAT IS JESUS, WHO GIVES

US SALVATION.

Reporter: "LET MY

PEOPLE GO" PREMIERED IN

MEXICO.

AND 7,000 CHILDREN AND THEIR

PARENTS IN ECUADOR LEARNED

THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSONS

IN LIFE.

I LIKED WHEN I SAW THEM.

I LEARNED PEOPLE MUST

SHARE.

WE HAVE TO HAVE LOVE AND

COMPASSION FOR OTHERS.

KIDS OF ALL AGES CAN

LEARN SO MUCH FROM THIS.

I HOPE THEY APPLY WHAT

THEY SAW.

Reporter: AFTER THE

SHOW, CBN'S HOST LED

THOUSANDS IN A PRAYER OF

SALVATION.

I LIKE WHEN KIDS LEARN

THEY DON'T NEED LOTS OF TOYS

TO BE HAPPY.

BUT WHAT HE NEEDS IS

SALVATION, THE GREATEST GIFT

FROM THE LORD.

Terry: WELL, WE ARE SO

EXCITED ABOUT "SUPERBOOK,"

AND THE OPPORTUNITY THAT IT

GIVES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

IN THE LIVES OF CHILDREN

AROUND THE WORLD.

THE WHOLE BIBLE IS BEING

DONE IN THIS SERIES.

RIGHT NOW THE LATEST ONE

COMPLETEED IS "NOAH'S ARK,"

AND WE WANT YOU TO BE ABLE

TO HAVE IT FOR YOUR FAMILY.

THERE IS A WONDERFUL

OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN OUR

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB.

YOU CAN DO IT BY CALLING THE

NUMBER ON OUR SCREEN OR

LOGINLOGGING ON TO

CBN.COM.

WHEN YOU DO, WE'RE GOING TO

SEND YOU THE LATEST COPY,

BUT WE'RE GOING TO SEND YOU

THREE COPIES, ONE FOR YOUR

FAMILY AND TWO TO GIVE AWAY

FOR FRIENDS, OF "THE FIRST

CHRISTMAS."

WE THINK YOU'LL BE BLESSED

BY IT.

IF YOU JOIN THE CLUB, THAT

MEANS EVERY FOUR TO SIX

WEEKS, AS A NEW SEGMENT

COMES OUT, YOU'LL RECEIVE

THAT AUTOMATICALLY IN THE

MAIL, AND YOUR CARD WILL BE

CHARGED FOR THAT.

IF YOU LIKE TO JUST RECEIVE

THE NOAH SEGMENT THAT IS OUT

RIGHT NOW, YOU CAN DO THAT

WITH A GIFT OF $25.

IT IS REALLY WONDERFUL.

I THINK YOU AND YOUR

CHILDREN WILL BE BLESSED BY

IT.

CALL RIGHT NOW.

THERE IS THE NUMBER ON THE

SCREEN, 1-800-759-0700.

OR YOU CAN LOG ON TO

cbn.com AND ASK FOR THE

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB.

Gordon: IT MAKES A

GREAT CHRISTMAS PRESENT.

Terry: IT REALLY DOES.

Gordon: AND WE'RE GOING

TO GIVE YOU PLENTY OF COPIES

SO YOU HAVE PLENTY OF

STOCKING STUFFERS FOR THE

CHILDREN IN YOUR LIFE.

DO IT NOW, 1-800-759-0700.

IT IS TIME FOR "BRING IT

ON," AND WE'VE SOME

QUESTIONS.

Terry: THIS FIRST ONE

IS FROM CRAIG, WHO SAYS, "AS

CHRISTIANS, IS IT WRONG FOR

US TO PUT UP CHRISTMAS

DECORATIONS?

IS THERE ANYTHING IN THE

BIBLE THAT TELLS US IT IS

WRONG OR RIGHT?

I'D LIKE TO KNOW."

Gordon: CRAIG, THERE IS

NOTHING IN THE BIBLE

SPECIFICALLY ON CHRISTMAS.

WE KNOW ON THE FIRST

CHRISTMAS, THE ANGELS

CERTAINLY CELEBRATED AND

THEY LIKED TO SING SONGS,

AND THE WISE MEN CAME AND

GAVE GIFTS.

SO ALL OF THAT IS RECORDED.

BUT THERE IS NOTHING

RECORDED ABOUT THE

DECORATIONS WE ALL ENJOY

TODAY.

IS THERE ANYTHING WRONG WITH

IT?

NO.

WHEN YOU LOOK TO THE JEWISH

FESTIVALS, THE FEAST OF

TABERNACLES, THERE ARE

PLENTY OF DECORATIONS AND

PARTICULAR FOODS THAT THEY

EAT AND PARTICULAR THINGS

THAT THEY DO THAT ARE ALL

WONDERFUL.

BUT ARE THEY PROSCRIBED BY

THE BIBLE?

NO.

ENJOY CHRISTMAS AND ENJOY

FAMILY.

IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE THAT

UNTO US A SAVIOR WAS BORN.

THAT IS THE-WORTH WORTHY IS

WORTHY OF DOING.

Terry: VERONICA

SAYS --

Gordon: ARE YOU GOING

TO BE COMPLAINING?

Terry: NO.

BE QUIET.

I'M READING.

WHAT'S WITH HIM?

"I NO COMPLAINING CAN OPEN

THE DOOR FOR SATAN.

I NOTICED IF I DON'T TELL MY

FRIENDS MY FEELINGS, ANGER

BUILDS.

AS LONG AS I ASK FOR PRAYER,

I'M DONE WITH IT.

IS THAT CONSIDERED

EXPLAINING?

IS THAT OKAY?"

Gordon: I JUST GAVE YOU

AN OBJECTIVE VERSION OF WHAT

I WAS DOING.

"IT IS IMPOSSIBLE THAT NO

OFFENSES TO COME."

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE THEY SHALL

COME.

"IF YOUR BROTHER SINS

AGAINST YOU, REBUKE HIM."

WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT TERRY

JUST DID.

"AND IF HE REPENTS, FORGIVE

HIM."

IF HE SINS AGAINST YOU SEVEN

TIMES IN A DAY, WHICH OFTEN

HAPPENS IN A DAY, AND SEVEN

TIMES IN A DAY SAYS, I RE

PENTREPENT, YOU SHALL

FORGIVE HIM.

I LOVE THE APOSTLES

RESPONSE, WORK TOGETHER.

WORKING TOGETHER IS HARD.

SOMETIMES IT TAKES WORK IN

ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THAT

THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE TO DO.

NOW PAUL ADMONISHES US, AND

I THINK YOU'RE CONCERNED

ABOUT THIS.

BE ANGRY AND DO NOT SIN.

DO NOT LET THE SUN GO DOWN

ON YOUR WRATH BECAUSE IT

GIVES PLACE TO THE DEVIL,

NOR GIVE PLACE TO THE

DEVIL.

SO DON'T GIVE PLACE TO THE

DEVIL IN YOUR ANGER.

DON'T LET IT TURN INTO

RESENTMENT AND BITTERNESS.

IT WILL CLOUD YOUR SPIRIT.

IT WILL CLOUD YOUR OUTLOOK

ON LIFE.

IT WILL TURN YOU SOUR.

SO BE ANGRY AND SIN NOT.

IF YOUR BROTHER OFFENDS YOU,

JUST REBUKE HIM.

BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY,

FORGIVE.

Terry: THIS IS FROM

JOHN WHO SAYS, "I'M HAVING A

HARD TIME FINDING DECENT

EMPLOYMENT.

I PRAY TO GOD EVERY DAY FOR

SOME TYPE OF BREAKTHROUGH,

BUT NONE COMES.

I'M SUFFERING MASSIVE

DEPRESSION AS A RESULT.

DO YOU THINK THERE IS SOME

TYPE OF SIN IN MY LIFE,

CAUSING MY PRAYERS TO BE

UNANSWERED?"

Gordon: JESUS IS THE

SACRIFICE FOR ALL SINS.

GET THAT UNDERSTANDING.

"BEHOLD, ALL THINGS ARE MADE

NEW."

LET THAT VERSE BECOME DEEP

INTO YOUR SOUL.

AND THEN DO WHAT THE APOSTLE

PAUL RECOMMENDS, FORGETTING

THE PRIOR THINGS.

DON'T LET THE ENEMY COME AND

BEAT YOU UP WITH PRIOR

THINGS.

STAND FAST IN THAT FREEDOM.

WHEN YOU START LOOKING TO

JESUS AS THE AUTHOR AND

FINISHER OF YOUR FAITH, AND

WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR ALL OF

US, TO FORGIVE US OF

EVERYTHING, TO SET US FREE,

THEN YOU'LL HAVE ALL OF THE

FAITH YOU NEED TO GET THE

ANSWER TO YOUR PRAYER.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE

FOR THIS PROGRAM.

BUT WE'RE NOT DONE YET,

STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN IS

STILL HERE WITH SOME HOLIDAY

CHEER.

SO PLEASE WELCOME HIM BACK

AS HE PLAYS "CHRISTMASTIME

AGAIN."

* CHRISTMASTIME IS HERE

* TIME TO CELEBRATE THE BEST

TIME OF THE YEAR *

* JINGLE BELLS AREThTh

RINGING *

* AND CAROLLERS ARE SINGING

THE CHRISTMAS SONGS *

* YOU HEAR THE LITTLE

DRUMMER BOY PLAYING THAT

DRUM *

* WE WISH YOU A MERRY

CHRISTMAS *

* AND THIS IS THE COOLEST

THING *

* WE SING WHILE WE DECORATE

THE CHRISTMAS TREE *

* I'M STILL DREAMING THAT IT

WILL MAKE IT TO TENNESSEE *

* IT IS CHRISTMASTIME AGAIN

WITH YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR

FRIENDS *

* I THANK GOD FOR HIS LOVE

ON CHRISTMAS *

* POSITIV CHRISTMAS *

* OH, GRANDMA IS BAKING HER

PUMPKIN PIE *

* AND HER WORLD FAMOUS CAS

CASSEROLES *

* AND THE KIDS ARE PLAYING

GAMES ON THE FLOOR *

* IT IS CHRISTMASTIME AGAIN,

TIME TO GATHER WITH YOUR

FATHER AND YOUR FRIENDS.

*

* AND THANK GOD FOR HIS GIFT

OF LOVE *

* WE'RE GOING TO THANK GOD

FOR HIS GIFT OF LOVE *

* THANK GOD FOR HIS GIFT OF

LOVE THIS CHRISTMAS *

*

* OH, IT'S CHRISTMASTIME

AGAIN *

* YEAH, YEAH

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