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Mark: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," PRAYING FOR

PEACE.

HOW CHRISTIANS IN UKRAINE

ARE RESPONDING TO RECENT

UNREST.

PLUS OUTLINING IMMIGRATION

REFORM, A LOOK AT HOW SOME

IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WANT

TO MOVE AHEAD ON THE ISSUE.

AND HOW PLAYERS FROM BOTH

TEAMS ARE GEARING UP FOR

THIS SUNDAY'S SUPER BOWL

GAME.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH".

PROTESTS AND VIOLENCE HAVE

BEEN PLAGUING UKRAINE.

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

THE CIVIL UNREST BEGAN IN

NOVEMBER, AND NOW U.S.

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN

KERRY SAYS NOT ENOUGH IS

BEING DONE TO END THE

POLITICAL CRISIS IN

UKRAINE.

KERRY SAYS UKRAINE'S

OPPOSITION HAS THE FULL

SUPPORT OF THE UNITED

STATES.

AND THAT EFFORTS TAKEN BY

PRESIDENT VIKTOR YANUKOVYCH

HAVEN'T REACHED AN ADEQUATE

LEVEL.

KERRY IS TRAVELLING TO

MUNICH FOR A CONFERENCE,

WHERE HE IS EXPECTED TO MEET

WITH UKRAINIAN OPPOSITION

LEADERS.

MEANWHILE THE UKRAINIAN

PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED THURSDAY

HE IS TAKING AN INDEFINITE

SICK LEAVE.

WHILE UKRAINE HAS BEEN ON

THE VIRGE OF A POSSIBLE

CIVIL WAR IN RECENT WEEKS,

CHRISTIANS THERE ARE PRAYING

AROUND THE CLOCK FOR A

PEACEFUL RE RESOLUTION, AND

SPREADING THE GOSPEL IN THE

MIDST OF THE CHAOS.

GEORGE THOMAS HAS THAT STORY

FROM KIEV.

George: WEARING INVESTS

VESTS THAT SAY "PRAY FOR

UKRAINE," OLEG AND HIS

FRIEND HAVE WALKED THIS

SQUARE NUMEROUS TIMES.

THERE IS A MIXTURE OF

HOPE AND FEAR.

PEOPLE AREN'T SURE ABOUT THE

FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY.

George: CBN NEWS WENT

ALONG AS THEY DELIVERED HOT

TEA TO MEN GUARDING NUMEROUS

CHECK POINTS AROUND THE

SQUARE.

THEY MEET WITH PRO AND

ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTORS,

INCLUDING THE POLICE.

THE CHURCH HAS TO PLAY A

ROLE.

WE HAVE TO BE SALT AND

LIGHT.

George: I'M STANDING IN

THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN KIEV.

HUNDREDS OF UKRAINIAN

SOLDIERS STANDING AND READY,

SUITED UP AND READY TO DO

BATTLE.

ON THIS SIDE YOU HAVE DOZENS

OF BURNED OUT BUSES,

HUNDREDS OF TIRES, AND

BARRICADES THAT HAVE BEEN

SET UP BY THE AUTHORIZATION

FORCES.

TODAY MORE THAN TWO MONTHS

AFTER UKRAINE STARTED THIS

CRISIS, THE NATION REMAINS

AT A STANDSTILL AS THE

POLITICAL FOLKS TRY TO COME

UP WITH SOME KIND OF A

RESOLUTION, PASTOR OLEG HAS

ANOTHER SOLUTION.

IT IS A SPIRITUAL ONE, AND

IT IS CENTERED AROUND

PRAYER.

OLEG IS A YOUTH PASTOR AT

ONE OF KIEV'S LARGER

EVANGELICAL CHURCHES.

HE ERECT THIS PRAYER TENT IN

THE HEART OF THE PROTEST

ZONE MORE THAN TWO MONTHS

AGO.

WHEN HIS COUNTRYMEN TOOK TO

THE STREETS, DEMANDING

CHANGES IN THE GOVERNMENT.

OUR MAIN MUSLIM IS THAT

GOD IS THE ONLY ANSWER.

NOT POLITICS, NOT VIOLENCE.

SOMEWHERE E T VIOLENCE.

WE HAVE TO RELY ON HIM TO

SEE US THROUGH THIS CRISIS.

George: TENS OF

THOUSANDS OF PROTESTORS

FLOODED THIS AREA DEMANDING

THE PRESIDENT RESIGNATION.

THIS WOMAN SPENDS HER TIME

ON THE STREETS HANDING OUT

THE NEW TESTAMENT AND GOSPEL

OF JOHN.

IT IS -22° AND COLD OUT

HERE, BUT THE INCONVENIENCE

IS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY TO

SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH PEOPLE

SEARCHING.

George: THERE IS AN

ARMY OF CHRISTIAN VOLUNTEERS

WORKING 24 HOURS ADAY,

PRAYING AND HANDING OUT

FOOD.

MARIA IS A MOTHER OF TWO.

PROTESTORS HAVE BEEN ON

THE STREETS IN FREEZING

CONDITIONS FOR MONTHS.

SO WHEN THEY COME FOR A CUP

OF TEA, I ENCOURAGE THEM,

SAYING, GOD BLESS YOU.

WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU AND

OUR COUNTRY.

DON'T GIVE UP.

George: THE PASTOR SAYS

HUNDREDS OF UKRAINIANS HAVE

STOPPED BY THE TENT AND

DOZENS HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIFE

TO JESUS CHRIST.

I'M PRAYING FOR GOD TO

BRING RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE TO

OUR GOVERNMENT, PEOPLE WHO

CAN LEAD OUR COUNTRY

FORWARD.

George: I ASKED THE

PASTOR HOW LONG HE PLANS TO

STAY OUT ON THE STREETS OF

KIEV, AND HE SAID AS LONG AS

IT TAKES TO BRING PEACE TO

OUR COUNTRY.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS,

UKRAINE.

Mark: SYRIA IS GETTING

RID OF ITS CHEMICAL WEAPONS

TOO SLOWLY.

TO DATE, ONLY TWO SMALL

SHIPMENTS HAVE BEEN TAKEN

OUT.

U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY CHUCK

HAGEL SAYS THAT IS NOT

ENOUGH.

THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT HAS

TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY OF

FULFILLING ITS COMMITMENT

THAT HAS BEEN MADE.

AND THE RUSSIANS, THE UNITED

STATES, ALL OF THE COUNTRIES

INVOLVED, AND AS WE ALL KNOW

THIS IS A UNITED NATIONS

SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION,

NEEDS TO DO EVERYTHING ALL

OF US CAN TO ASSURE THAT

THIS TIMETABLE GETS PUT BACK

ON TRACK AND THESE MATERIALS

MOVED.

Mark: SECRETARY HAGEL

SAYS THE WORLD NEEDS TO PUT

MORE PRESSURE ON BASHAR

al-ASSAD TO REMOVE THE

TOXIC CHEMICALS.

AMERICAN CHRISTIAN

MISSIONARY KENNETH BAE MUST

FINISH HIS SENTENCE OF 15

YEARS HARD LABOR IN NORTH

KOREA.

ACCORDING TO NORTH KOREA'S

AMBASSADOR TO THE U.K.,

PYEONGCHANG HAS NO PLAN TO

PARDON HIM.

THEY SAID, QUOTE," WHEN

JUDGMENT IS DONE, IT IS

DONE."

BAE HAS BEEN DETAINED FOR

MORE THAN A YEAR.

THEY JAILED HIM FOR

SO-CALLED ANTI-GOVERNMENT

ACTS IN NOVEMBER 2012, WHEN

HE WAS LEADING A TOUR GROUP

THERE.

HE HAS APPEALED TO THE U.S.

GOVERNMENT TO DO MORE FOR

HIS RELEASE.

HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERS ARE

LAYING OUT A BLUEPRINT FOR

IMMIGRATION REFORM, TRYING

TO GAIN SUPPORT FROM OTHER

G.O.P. HOUSE MEMBERS.

THE GUIDELINE INCLUDES A

PATHWAY TO LEGAL STATUS FOR

ADULTS WHO ARE LIVING HERE

ILLEGALLY, BUT NOT THE

PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP,

WHICH MANY DEMOCRATS WANT.

THE G.O.P. PLAN DOES

INCLUDE, HOWEVER, A

CITIZENSHIP PLAN FOR KIDS

BROUGHT TO THE U.S.

ILLEGALLY BY THEIR PARENTS.

IN AN INTERVIEW ON CNN,

PRESIDENT OBAMA HINTED HE

MAY BE OPEN TO WORKING WITH

REPUBLICANS ON AN

IMMIGRATION DEAL, EVEN IF IT

DOESN'T INCLUDE A PATHWAY TO

CITIZENSHIP FOR ILLEGAL

ADULTS.

DERRICK MORGAN IS THE VICE

PRESIDENT OF DOMESTIC AND

ECONOMIC POLICY AT THE

HERITAGE FOUNDATION AND HE

JOINS US NOW WITH MORE.

DERRICK, SOME REPUBLICANS

ARE BLASTING THE HOUSE

LEADER'S IMMIGRATION

OUTLINE, CALLING IT

AMNESTY.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

IT REALLY IS AMNESTY.

IT BASICALLY FOLLOWS THE

SENATE'S SAME APPROACH OF

TRYING TO SOLVE ALL OF THE

IMMIGRATION PROBLEMS AT ONE

TIME, INCLUDING WHAT TO DO

WITH UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS

CURRENTLY IN THE UNITED

STATES.

WHAT IT DOES IS GIVE THEM

LEGAL STATUS, WHICH

CONSTITUTE AMNESTY.

Mark: IS AMNESTY

DIFFERENT FROM A PATH OF

CITIZENSHIP?

IT IS.

THEY ARE TWO SEPARATE

THINGS.

AMNESTY IS GRANTING LEGAL

STATUS IN THE COUNTRY.

AND A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP

WOULD BE ABOVE AND BEYOND

THAT TO ALTHOUGH THOSE WHO

ARE LEGALIZED TO ALSO BECOME

CITIZENS.

Mark: WHAT ISSUES

SHOULD THE IMMIGRATION

DEBATE FOCUS ON, DERRICK?

WE TRIED TO SOLVE THIS

PROBLEM ONCE BEFORE IN

1986.

WE FOLLOWED AN AM MEST

AMNESTY APPROACH AS WELL.

IN CHANGE FOR AMNESTY, THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE WERE

PROMISED THEY WOULD HAVE

WORKPLACE ENFORCEMENT AND

BORDER SECURITY.

THOSE ARE THE TWO

CORNERSTONES OF WHAT

IMMIGRATION REFORM OUT TO BE

NOW.

SOLVE THOSE TWO PROBLEMS

FIRST, AND UPDATE AND REFORM

OUR LEGAL IMMIGRATION

SYSTEM, AND NOT AT THIS TIME

TRY TO SOLVE THE THORNY

PROBLEM OF WHAT TO DO WITH

THOSE WHO ARE HERE ILL

LAWFULLY.

Mark: DO YOU THINK

WE'LL SEE ANY REAL PROGRESS

ON THE ISSUE THIS YEAR?

I THINK A LOT DOES HANG

ON THE OUTCOME OF THESE

MEETINGS THAT THE HOUSE

REPUBLICANS ARE HAVING IN

THEIR RETREAT OVER THE

WEEKEND.

THEY'RE DISCUSSING WHAT TO

DO.

RIGHT NOW THE SENATE BILL IS

DEAD ON ARRIVAL IN THE

HOUSE.

BUT THE HOUSE IS NOW

DECIDING WHAT DO THEY WANT

TO DO IN THIS AREA.

AND THE STANDARDS FOR

IMMIGRATION REFORM THEY PUT

OUT PUBLICLY LOOKS LIKE THEY

WANT TO TRY TO FOLLOW THAT

SAME SENATE PATH.

SO THE QUESTION IS: WILL

ENOUGH OF THE RANK-AND-FILE

MEMBERS GO ALONG WITH WHAT

THE LEADERSHIP IS ASKING

THEM TO DO.

Mark: THE PRESIDENT

HINTED HE MAY BE WILLING TO

WORK WITH REPUBLICANS,

MEETING THEM IN THE MIDDLE

ON IMMIGRATION.

DO YOU SEE, HOWEVER, ANY

REAL CHANCE OF COMPROMISE ON

THE ISSUE?

WELL, IT DOESN'T SEEM

THAT THAT IS LIKELY AT THIS

STAGE.

MEETING IN THE MIDDLE OUGHT

TO BE AGREEING TO THOSE

AREAS WHERE THERE IS

AGREEMENT RIGHT NOW.

THINGS LIKE THE FACT WE DO

NEED A SECURE BORDER.

THE PRESIDENT ACKNOWLEDGES

THAT AND REPUBLICANS AND

DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE

REALIZE THAT.

IF WE WORKED ON THAT PROBLEM

NOW, AND GOT THE BORDER

SECURE, AND WORKED ON

WORKPLACE ENFORCEMENT NOW,

YOU COULD HAVE THAT SORT OF

A COMPROMISE.

BUT RIGHT NOW IT LOOKS LIKE

THE PRESIDENT AND HIS

ALLIES, AND SOME IN THE

HOUSE, REPUBLICAN

LEADERSHIP, ARE LOOKING AT

TRYING TO SOLVE EVERYTHING

AT ONCE.

AND THAT WAS THE DOWNFALL OF

THE SENATE BILL.

Mark: DERRICK MORGAN

WITH THE HERITAGE

FOUNDATION, THANK YOU FOR

YOUR TIME.

VICE ADMIRAL MIKE ROGERS IS

THE NEXT PICK TO BE THE

CHIEF OF THE NATIONAL

SECURITY AGENCY.

ROGERS IS CURRENTLY THE HEAD

OF THE NAVY CYBERCOMMAND AND

IS A FORMER INTELLIGENCE

DIRECTOR FOR THE JOINT

CHIEFS OF STAFF.

THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS

ALEXANDER WILL STEP DOWN IN

MARCH.

ROGERS' NOMINATION COMES AS

THE N.S.A. FACES

CONGRESSIONAL AND PUBLIC

SCRUTINY AFTER REVELATIONS

ABOUT ITS SPY PROGRAMS.

THE SOUTH IS FINALLY THAWING

OUT FROM THAT HISTORIC

WINTER STORM.

BUT IT LEFT BEHIND SOME

SERIOUS PROBLEMS FOR

POLITICAL LEADERS IN

GEORGIA.

MEANWHILE HERE IN VIRGINIA,

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

HELPING DIG OUT THOSE WHO

ARE TRAPPED BY THE SNOW.

DALE HURD HAS THAT STORY.

Reporter: MILD WEATHER

IS BEING SEEN ACROSS THE

SOUTH TONIGHT.

THE WARMER TEMPERATURES ARE

HELPING WITH RECOVERY

EFFORTS FROM ONE OF THE

WORST WINTER STORMS TO HIT

PARTS OF THE REGION IN MANY

YEARS.

THE STORM WAS NOT ONLY A

DISASTER FOR STATE AND LOCAL

GOVERNMENTS, BUT FOR

BUSINESSES, LARGE AND

SMALL.

AS COSTUMERS AND WORKERS

WERE FORCED TO STAY HOME.

IN THE ATLANTA AREA,

HUNDREDS OF DRIVERS WHO HAVE

FINALLY BEEN REUNITED WITH

THEIR ABANDONED CARS, AND

SCHOOLS REMAIN CLOSED, BUT

STATE EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN

TOLD TO GO BACK TO WORK.

GEORGIA'S GOVERNOR AND OTHER

STATE OFFICIALS APOLOGIZED

FOR NOT BEING PREPARED.

I'M THE GOVERNOR, THE

BUCK STOPS WITH ME.

I ACCEPT THE RESPONSIBILITY

FOR IT.

Reporter: THIS KIND OF

THING HAS HAPPENED BEFORE.

WHEN ALL OF HOUSTON GOT ON

THE ROADS TO EVACUATE RIGHT

BEFORE HURRICANE RITA IN

2005.

THE GRIDLOCK WAS DEADLY.

ONE EXPERT SAYS THE LESSON

IS THAT CITIES HAVE TO HAVE

A PLAN.

ATLANTA DID NOT

UNDERSTAND THAT SNOW IS THE

ENEMY UNLESS YOU'RE ON A SKI

SLOPE.

WHATEVER WAS DONE WAS REALLY

DONE IN RESPONSE TO THE

CRISIS, NOT BECAUSE IT WAS A

PLAN.

Reporter:

"OPERATION BLESSING" AND THE

CITY OF NORFOLK, VIRGINIA,

HAD A PLAN, CALLED

"OPERATION SNOW BUDDY," IN

WHICH TEAMS OF WORKERS

HELPED DIG OUT THOSE MOST IN

NEED.

I WAS WATCHING TV, AND

THEY WERE REPORTING THE

WEATHER.

AND THEY MENTIONED YOUR

NAME.

SO I CALLED.

AND HERE YOU ARE.

THANK YOU.

Reporter:

"OPERATION BLESSING" ALSO

PROVIDED 20 TONS OF ROCK

SALT TO HELP CLEAR SIDEWALKS

AND DRIVEWAYS.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

Mark: BOY, "OPERATION

BLESSING" IS EVERYWHERE.

AND FOR MORE ON THE WORK

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

DOING ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND

AROUND THE WORLD, VISIT OUR

WEBSITE, CBNNEWS.COM.

COMING UP, WHY PROTESTS ARE

BREAKING OUT IN BANGKOK,

AHEAD OF UPCOMING

ELECTIONS.

Mark: MASSIVE PROTESTS

ARE GROWING IN THAILAND,

AHEAD OF THIS WEEKEND'S

ELECTION THERE.

TIRED OF POLITICAL

CORRUPTION, DEMONSTRATORS

HAVE BEEN ON THE STREETS FOR

MONTHS.

10 PEOPLE HAVE DIED, AND

HUNDREDS HAVE BEEN INJURED.

EVEN SO, THE GOVERNMENT IS

EXPECTED TO WIN THE

ELECTION.

AND AS ASIA CORRESPONDENT

LUCILLE TALUSEN EXPLAINS,

THAT COULD PROLONG THE

PROTESTS.

Reporter:

ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS

BEGAN LAST FALL.

HURTING TOURISM IN

THAILAND'S CAPITAL CITY OF

BANGKOK.

GOVERNMENT LEADERS FEAR THE

ENTIRE COUNTRY'S ECONOMY

WILL SUFFER IF THE PROTESTS

CONTINUE BEYOND THIS

SUNDAY'S ELECTION.

IN THE FESTIVE MOOD HERE

IN BANGKOK CENTER, THOUSANDS

OF PEOPLE JOINED THIS

MARCH.

AND THEIR GOAL IS TO BLOCK

EVERY MAIN ROAD HERE IN

BANGKOK.

THESE PEOPLE ARE SAYING

THEY'RE GOING TO DO THIS

UNTIL THEY SEE THE PRIME

MINISTER STEP DOWN FROM

OFFICE.

Reporter: A FAILED

AMNESTY BILL TRIGGERED THE

RALLIES.

IT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED THE

PRIME MINISTER'S OLDER

BROTHER, FORMER PREMIER TACK

TAKIN SHINAWATRA TO RULE.

TO APPEASE THE PROTESTORS,

THE PRIME MINISTER CALLED

FOR A SPECIAL ELECTION.

BUT THAT STIRRED UP EVEN

MORE ANGER.

THE PARTY HAD ALREADY

BOYCOTTED.

THE DEMOCRAT PARTY DID NOT

SEND EVEN A SINGLE

CANDIDATE.

THAT MEANS THE ELECTION ON 2

FEBRUARY WILL BRING ABOUT

ELECTION RESULTS, BUT THE

GOVERNMENT WILL BE IN POWER

WITHOUT LEGITIMACY.

Reporter: AND WHAT

ABOUT THE NATION'S SMALL

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY?

WHERE DOES IT STAND?

THE CHURCH LEADER'S PASTOR

SAYS MANY CHURCH MEMBERS ARE

ON OPPOSITE SIDES.

HE IS CALLING FOR UNITY.

THE CHRISTIAN PEOPLE --

YOU HAVE TO TAKE IT VERY

SERIOUS THAT YOU ARE ONE WHO

ARE SUPPOSED TO BE

RESPONSIBLE, AND HAVE FULL

RESPONSIBILITY TO YOUR

COUNTRY.

SO YOUR FAITH, YOUR CHURCH

LIFE, THAT'S VERY

IMPORTANT.

Reporter: PROTESTORS

WANT AN ELECTION BOYCOTT BUT

CLAIM THEY WILL NOT STOP

PEOPLE FROM VOTING.

AS A PRECAUTION, THE THAI

GOVERNMENT HAS DEPLOYED

10,000 POLICE THROUGHOUT

BANGKOK TO SECURE POLLING

PLACES.

WHATEVER THE OUTCOME,

THOUSANDS OF THAIS SAY THEY

ARE DETERMINED TO CONTINUE

THEIR FIGHT TO REFORM

THAILAND.

LUCILLE TALUSEN, CBN NEWS,

BANGKOK.

Mark: UP NEXT, CBN

SPORTS GOES BEHIND THE

SCENES AT THE SUPER BOWL.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

ON SUNDAY, THE DENVER

BRONCOS AND SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

WILL MEET AT SUPER BOWL

XLVIII.

IT WILL BE A BATTLE BETWEEN

THE NFL'S NUMBER ONE OFFENSE

AND NUMBER ONE DEFENSE.

BUT FOR MANY IN THE GAME,

WINNING A CHAMPIONSHIP ISN'T

THE GREAT TESEST GOAL.

SEAN BROWN TALKED TO PLAYERS

ON BOTH TEAMS WHO HAVE THEIR

SIGHTS SET ON A HIGHER

PRIZE.

Reporter: HELLO, AND

WELCOME TO TIMES SQUARE HERE

IN NEW YORK CITY FOR CBN'S

COVERAGE OF SUPER BOWL

XLVIII.

WITH THE DENVER BRONCOS AND

THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS WILL

BATTLE IT OUT TO TRY TO

STAKE THEIR CLAIM TO THE

VINCE LOMBARDI TROPHY.

WINNING FOR THE SEATTLE

SEAHAWKS WILL BE THEIR FIRST

CHAMPIONSHIP.

FOR THE BRONCOS, IT WOULD

MAKE THEIR THIRD SUPER BOWL

CHAMPIONSHIP.

FOR A LOT OF PLAYERS ON BOTH

TEAMS, PLAYING THE SUPER

BOWL IS A DREAM THEY HAD

SINCE THEY WERE KIDS.

BUT FOR A FEW OF THEM, THEIR

IDENTITY CAN'T BE FOUND ON

THE FOOTBALL FIELD BECAUSE

THERE IS A LOT MORE TO THEM

THAN JUST PLAYING FOOTBALL.

THE DENVER BRONCOS ARE

HIGHLY FAVORED TO WIN IN

SUNDAY'S MATCHUP.

JACOB TAMMY AND BRITAIN

COLTON SAY, YES, THEY'RE

HUNGRY FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP,

BUT THEIR HAPPINESS DOESN'T

DEPEND SOLELY ON WINNING.

WINNING IN FOOTBALL IS

VERY IMPORTANT TO ME, BUT IT

DOES NOT DEFINE ME AS A MAN,

AND REALLY, ULTIMATELY, I

DON'T THINK IT DEFINES

ANYONE.

IT IS SOMETHING THAT, YOU

KNOW, BACK FROM MY DAYS IN

HIGH SCHOOL, MY HIGH SCHOOL

COACH TAUGHT US GOD, FAMILY,

FOOTBALL.

AND YOU'VE GOT TO KEEP IT IN

THAT ORDER.

I THINK AT THE END OF THE

DAY, YOU'VE GOT TO REALIZE

THAT IT IS A GAME.

AND GOD IS OFFERING A BIGGER

PLAN.

THAT'S CERTAINLY A HUMBLING

FEELING AND KEEPS YOU

GROUNDED.

YOU KNOW, IT WOULD BE

AWESOME TO WIN THE SUPER

BOWL, BUT YET ALL OF THESE

GUYS THAT HAVE WON THE SUPER

BOWL ARE STILL TRYING TO WIN

THE SUPER BOWL.

THAT'S THE SAME WITH MONEY

IS NOT GOING TO MAKE YOU

HAPPY.

ALL OF THESE THINGS THAT

PEOPLE STRIVE FOR FOR

HAPPINESS, THEY DON'T GIVE

YOU HAPPINESS.

YOU'RE GOING TO GO TO BED AT

NIGHT, AND THEN IT IS JUST

YOU AND GOD.

THAT'S WHY FAITH, AND THEN

YOU CAN ADD IN FAMILY AND

THINGS LIKE THAT, ARE WHAT

REALLY FILLS YOU UP AND

GIVES YOU PURPOSE AND JUST

GIVES YOU TRUE JOY.

NOT JUST, YOU KNOW,

MEAN-TIME HAPPINESS.

Reporter: THIS IS

STEVEN JOHNSON'S SECOND

SEASON IN THE NFL.

AND HE SAYS HE IS BLESSED TO

BE WHERE HE IS BECAUSE

EARLIER IN HIS CAREER HE WAS

TOLD HE WOULD NEVER PLAY

FOOTBALL AGAIN.

I HURT MY KNEE.

I BLEW MY KNEE OUT.

AND I HAD PLENTY OF PEOPLE

TELLING ME I COULDN'T PLAY

FOOTBALL ANYMORE.

I WAS NEVER THE FASTEST, I

WAS NEVER THE STRONGEST.

BUT I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, THE

LORD TOOK DAVID AND HE

CONQUERED GOLIATH, AND HE

TOLD ME, IF YOU HAVE A

DREAM, GO CHASE IT.

IF YOU BELIEVE IN ME, I WILL

BE THE SUPER TO YOUR

NATURAL.

I'M JUST HONORED TO BE ABLE

TO CONTINUE MOVING FORWARD

WITH THIS TEAM, HOPEFULLY

FOR AS LONG AS I CAN AND

CONTINUE TO SERVE THE LORD.

Reporter: SEATTLE

SEAHAWKS' QUARTERBACK

RUSSELL WILSON HAS BEEN

CRITICIZED MOST OF HIS LIFE,

MOSTLY BECAUSE OF HIS SIZE.

BUT HE IS THE FIRST

QUARTERBACK IN THE SUPER

BOWL ERA TO POST A 100 PLUS

PASSER RATE.

BUT HE SAYS HE COULDN'T HAVE

DONE ANY OF IT WITHOUT THE

LORD.

I HAD A LOT OF CRITICS

TELL ME, HE'S TOO SHORT.

I WAS DON'T TO BELIEVE IT.

I'M NOT GOING TO ALLOW THAT

TO STOP ME WHAT GOD PUT ME

HERE FOR.

MY FAITH HAS PLAYED A MAJOR

ROLE.

IT HAS BEEN EVERYTHING TO

ME, TO BE HONEST.

I WOULDN'T BE HERE IF IT

WASN'T FOR THAT.

I GIVE HIM ALL OF THE

HONOR.

AT THE END OF THE DAY,

FOOTBALL DOESN'T DEFINE ME.

MY FAITH IS THE NUMBER ONE

THING IN MY LIFE.

AND THEN FAMILY AND THEN

PLAYING FOOTBALL.

Reporter: CLINT AND

CHRIS BOTH RECOGNIZE THAT

THE SPOILS OF BEING

PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES ARE

ONLY HERE FOR A SEASON.

THEY SAY IT IS MUCH MORE

REWARDING TO INVEST IN A

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD

THAT LASTS FOREVER.

I THINK THE SECOND WE

START TO PUT OUR IDENTITY IN

ANYTHING OTHER THAN JESUS,

THAT'S A SLIPPERY SLOPE.

BECAUSE ONE DAY FOOTBALL

WILL BE GONE.

AND ONE DAY PEOPLE WILL NOT

KNOW WHO I AM OR CARE TO

INTERVIEW ME.

SO IF I PUT MY VALUE IN THE

FACT THAT SOMEBODY WANTS TO

TALK TO ME ABOUT FOOTBALL,

MAN, WHEN IT IS ALL DONE,

YOUR LIFE IS GOING TO NOT BE

THAT GREAT.

MY FAITH IS EVERYTHING TO

ME.

I WAS JUST SAYING EARLIER

THAT JESUS SAVES.

JESUS SAVES.

AND IT IS MY TRUE DESIRE FOR

ALL PEOPLE TO COME TO KNOW

HIS LOVE.

TO KNOW THAT YOU'RE HERE FOR

A REASON.

Reporter: CHRIS MARIGOS

HAS HAD A REMARKABLE JOURNEY

TO GET HERE.

HE HAS LEARNED THAT THERE IS

A VOID THAT ONLY THE LORD

CAN FILL.

AND THAT DURING TIMES OF

WEAKNESS, THAT'S WHEN HE

SHOWS UP STRONG.

BEFORE I GAVE MY LIFE TO

JESUS, I CHASED THE THINGS

OF THIS WORLD, I CHASED THE

MONEY AND DRUGS.

MY FAITH THROUGH ALL OF

THIS, WHEN EVERYTHING WAS UP

UP AND DOWN, HE CONTINUED TO

STAY THE SAME.

WHEN YOUR FAITH IS ON THE

FIRM FOUNDATION OF WHO JESUS

IS, NOTHING CAN SHAKE YOU.

THERE WERE MOMENTS WHEN IT

WAS TOUGH, BUT THOSE TRIALS

PRODUCED CHARACTER IN ME AND

PRODUCED WHAT YOU'RE SEEING

TODAY.

Mark: WOW, WHAT A GREAT

STORY.

OUR IDENTITIES ARE WHO WE

ARE IN CHRIST.

UP NEXT, WE'LL SHOW YOU WHY

ONE MONKEY MAY HOLD THE KEY

TO PICKING WHO WINS THE

SUPER BOWL.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

THE DENVER BRONCOS ARE

SLIGHT FAVORITES TO WIN

SUPER BOWL XLVIII IN NEW

JERSEY THIS WEEKEND, BUT

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS' FANS MAY

FIND A LITTLE HOPE IN A NEW

PREDICTION.

ELIJAH HAS CORRECTLY

PREDICTED THE SUPER BOWL

WINNER FOR THE PAST SIX

YEARS.

THIS WEEK HE CAST HIS LOT

WITH SEATTLE WHEN HE KNOCKED

DOWN A HELMET WITH THE

SEAHAWK'S LOGO ON IT.

HIS TRACK RECORD IS BETTER

THAN MANY OF THE TALKING

HEADS WE'LL SEE ON SUNDAY.

THAT'S ALL FOR THIS EDITION

OF "NEWSWATCH."

THANKS FOR WATCHING, AND

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.

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