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CBN NewsWatch: April 18, 2014

As seen on "Newswatch" April 18: Prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ferry captain, No Dice: Ukraine separatists stay put despite deal, and more. Read Transcript


THANKS SO MUCH FOR

JOINING US FOR CBN NEWS

TODAY.

I'M EPHRAIM GRAHAM.

DIVE TEAMS CONTINUE TO

SEARCH THAT SUNKEN KOREAN

FERRY TODAY.

THE BOAT IS NOW FULLY

SUBMERGED.

RESCUE TEAMS ARE PUMPING

AIR INTO THE VESSEL IN

HOPES THAT ANYONE IS STILL

ALIVE.

NEARLY 270 PEOPLE ARE

MISSING WITH AT LEAST 28

CONFIRMED DEAD.

OUR CAITLIN BURKE REPORTS.

Reporter: IT'S A RACE

AGAINST TIME AND WEATHER.

"ROUGH WATERS, STRONG"

"WINDS, AND POOR VISIBILITY"

ALL SLOWING DOWN RESCUE

EFFORTS.

THE CURRENT IS TOO

STRONG.

IT IS SO STRONG THAT

DIVERS GET SWEPT AWAY IN

MOMENTS.

Reporter: TEAMS ARE

HOLDING OUT HOPE THAT

PASSENGERS COULD STILL BE

"ALIVE, SURVIVING IN AIR"

POCKETS INSIDE THE SUNKEN

FERRY.

IMAGES AND VIDEOS ARE

STARTING TO EMERGE FROM

THE TERRIFYING MOMENTS

AFTER THE SHIP BEGAN TO

SINK.

PASSENGERS SCRAMBLING TO

ESCAPE THE RISING WATER.

QUESTIONS REMAIN ABOUT THE

CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT.

NEW FINDINGS TODAY FROM

POLICE SHOW THAT NOT ONLY

DID THE CAPTAIN ESCAPE THE

"SHIP FIRST, HE WASN'T EVEN"

AT THE HELM WHEN IT

CAPSIZED.

"INSTEAD, HE LEFT AN"

INEXPERIENCED THIRD

OFFICER IN CHARGE.

THE CAPTAIN SHOULD HAVE

BEEN IN THE WHEEL HOUSE.

"HOWEVER, HE WAS NOT IN A"

POSITION WHERE HE COULD

HAVE LED THE STEERING.

Reporter: AND THE

CAPTAIN ALSO DELAYED

EVACUATION FOR HALF AN

HOUR.

DESPITE ORDERS TO ABANDON

SHIP BY OFFICIALS ON

SHORE.

"MEANWHILE, FAMILIES ARE"

ANGRY AT THE SLOW PACE OF

THE RESCUE EFFORTS.

SOME HAVE WAITED FOR DAYS

ON AN ISLAND CLOSE TO THE

SUNKEN FERRY.

CRANES ARRIVED AT THE

"SCENE TODAY, BUT COAST"

GUARD OFFICIALS SAY THEY

WON'T BEGIN SALVAGE WORK

UNTIL THEY'RE SURE THERE

IS NO HOPE OF A RESCUE.

"CAITLIN BURKE, CBN NEWS."

PRO-RUSSIAN INSURGENTS

IN EASTERN UKRAINE SAY

THEY WILL VACATE IN 10

CITIES BUT ONLY IN THE

GOVERNMENT RESIGNS.

THE LATEST TWIST COMES

AFTER THE UNITED STATES

AND EUROPEAN UNION

BROKERED A SURPRISE

AGREEMENT ON THURSDAY.

TODAY UKRAINE'S PRIME

MINISTER SAYS THE

GOVERNMENT WILL GRANT

AMNESTY TO ALL WHO CHOOSE

TO LAY DOWN THEIR WEAPONS

AND LEAVE.

President Obama: MY

HOPE IS THAT WE ACTUALLY

DO SEE FOLLOW-THROUGH OVER

THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS.

"BUT I DON'T THINK, GIVEN"

"PAST PERFORMANCE, WE CAN"

COUNT ON THAT.

RIGHT NOW THE MALITIA

MEN ARE SHOWING NO SIGNS

OF RELENTING.

A CHILLING SIGN THAT

ANTI-SEMITISM COULD BE ON

THE RISE IN EASTERN

UKRAINE.

LEAFLETS DEMANDING THAT

JEWS REGISTER WITH LOCAL

AUTHORITIES OR FACE

CONSEQUENCES ARE BEING

DISTRIBUTED IN PARTS OF

THE EAST.

"WELL, SPRING HAS BEEN HERE"

FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS

"ALREADY, BUT IN SOME"

"PLACES ACROSS THE NATION,"

WINTER IS REFUSING TO GO

AWAY.

SNOWPLOWS AND SNOWSHOES

ARE BACK AFTER AN APRIL

SNOWSTORM DUMPED MORE THAN

A FOOT OF SNOW ON PARTS OF

MINNESOTA.

THE HEAVY SNOW STRETCHES

FROM CENTRAL MINNESOTA

INTO NORTHWESTERN

"WISCONSIN, MAKING FOR"

DANGEROUS DRIVING

CONDITIONS.

IT'S PRETTY ROUGH.

"YOU GO DOWN 5 HERE, AND"

IT'S WASHBOARD.

IT'S ALL STICKING TO THE

GROUND NOW.

" ON ANOTHER NOTE, ICE ON"

LAKE MICHIGAN REACHED A

NEW MARCH RECORD OF 93%

3%.

THE POST OF U.S.

AMBASSADOR FOR

INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM IS STILL EMPTY SIX

MONTHS AFTER SUSAN JOHNSON

COOK RESIGNED.

PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID HE IS

LOOKING FORWARD TO

"NOMINATING A REPLACEMENT,"

BUT THAT WAS BACK IN

FEBRUARY.

MARIE HARP SAYS SHE HAS

HAD NO UPDATE ON A

"REPLACEMENT, BUT SAYS THE"

VACANCY DOES NOT RELECT

THE LACK OF CONCERN ABOUT

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AROUND

THE WORLD.

JAMES DOBSON HAS WON A

TEMPORARY INJUNCTION

AGAINST OBAMACARE.

THE DECISION PREVENTS HIS

GOVERNMENT FROM INCLUDING

THE MORNING-AFTER PILL AND

OTHER DRUGS IN HIS HEALTH

INSURANCE.

DOBSON SUED BACK IN

"DECEMBER, SAYING THAT THE"

OBAMACARE MANDATE TO

PROVIDE THE DRUGS VIOLATES

THE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OF

HIS MINISTRY.

"WELL, THE WEEKEND IS HERE,"

SO IT IS TIME FOR OUR

REGULAR FAMILY-FRIENDLY

"MOVIE REVIEWS WITH BOB,"

WHO IS DIRECTOR OF FOCUS

ON THE FAMILIES'

"DEPARTMENT CALLED ""PLUG IN"

"ONLINE."""

"OUT IN THEATERS IS ""HEAVEN"

"IS FOR REAL,"" COLTON"

BURPO'S EXPERIENCE OF HIS

VISIT TO HEAVEN.

HOW DID YOU LIKE IT?

I LIKED IT.

"I GOT A CALL SAYING, WOULD"

I LIKE TO COME?

"AND I SAID, YOU'RE"

KIDDING?

THEY'RE MAKING A MOVIE

ABOUT THAT?

I'M HAPPY TO SAY THEY DID

A GOOD JOB.

4-YEAR-OLD COLTON BURPO

SAYS HE WENT TO JESUS AND

"MET HIS GREAT GRANDFATHER,"

AND MANY OTHER STORIES.

AND THE DIRECTOR DID WHAT

"HE SET OUT TO DO, WHICH IS"

THE TO GET A LOT OF PEOPLE

"TALKING ABOUT HEAVEN, AND"

HOPEFULLY DIGGING IN THE

"SCRIPTURES, LEARNING HOW"

TO GET THERE.

I GAVE IT A FOUR OUT OF

"FIVE, BY THE WAY, FOR"

FAMILY-FRIENDLINESS.

AND ALSO OUT WAS

TRANSCENDENCE. 07

I GAVE IT A THREE OUT

OF FIVE.

JOHNNY DEPP IS WASN'T OF

THE AUTHORITIES ON

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.

IT TURNED INTO A ZOMBIE

"MOVIE, SO I DIDN'T LIKE IT"

FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE.

"THREE IS A MIDDLE GROUND,"

AND THERE IS A BIT OF

LANGUAGE.

"FORTUNATELY NOT MUCH, I"

HAVE TO GIVE THEM CREDIT

FOR THAT.

THE VIOLENCE IS A BIT

STRONG AT TIMES.

" AND FINALLY, THE"

DOCUMENTARY THAT DEPICTS

THE LIFE OF AN ALASKAN

BEAR FAMILY.

TELL US ABOUT IT.

MAMA GRIZZLY BEAR AND

HER TWO CUBS LEAVE THEIR

HIBERNATION DEN AND HEAD

DOWN THE COAST.

THE SALMON IS RUNNING IN

THE SCENES.

IT IS SIMILAR TO A

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

JOURNAL FILM.

I'VE LIKED ALL OF THE

FILMS IN THIS DISNEY

NATURE FILM.

I GIVE THIS A PERFECT

"SCORE, FIVE OUT OF FIVE."

THERE ARE A FEW MOMENTS OF

PERIL THAT MIGHT BE A

LITTLE BIT DISARMING OR

ALARMING TO THE YOUNGER

SET.

BUT WHAT YOU THINK MIGHT

HAPPEN DOESN'T HAPPEN.

AND BY THE END OF THE

"FILM, WE'RE ALL SMILING,"

AND THE THREE BEARS LIVE

HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

IT LOOKS LIKE A GOOD

ONE.

"THANK YOU, BOB."

YOU BET.

" COMING UP, AN AMAZING"

PHENOMENON.

MORE AND MORE MUSLIMS

COMING TO CHRIST THROUGH

DREAMS AND VISIONS.

" TODAY IS GOOD FRIDAY,"

AND THOUSANDS OF

CHRISTIANS FROM AROUND THE

WORLD FILL THE STREETS IN

JERUSALEM'S OLD CITY TO

REMEMBER THE CRUCIFIXION

OF JESUS CHRIST.

THEY CARRIED WOODEN

CROSSES AND TRACED JESUS'

STEPS ALONG THE VIA DELA

ROSA.

IT END THE AT THE ANCIENT

"CHURCH, WHICH IS WHERE"

"MANY BELIEVE JESUS DIED,"

"WAS BURIED, AND WAS"

RESURRECTED.

"IN THE MIDDLE EAST TODAY,"

PEOPLE ARE HAVING VISIONS

AND DREAMS OF JESUS.

AND ACROSS THE MUSLIM

"WORLD, MEN AND WOMEN ARE"

COMING TO CHRIST BECAUSE

JESUS HAS APPEARED TO

THEM.

CHRIS MITCHELL BRINGS US

THIS AMAZING STORY.

MY NAME IS HASAM.

Reporter: HASAM

FARRASH HOSTS A TV SHOW

FOR MUSLIMS CALLED

REFLECTIONS. 07

HE SAYS HE HEARS FROM

"MUSLIMS ALL OF THE TIME,"

TELLING THEM THEY HAD A

DREAM OR VISION OF JESUS

CHRIST THAT FOREVER

CHANGED THEIR LIVES.

I HAD ONE LADY WRITE ME

"AND SAID, I HAD A"

"NIGHTMARE, AND I TURNED ON"

THE TELEVISION AND THERE

YOU WERE.

THE WORDS THAT WERE COMING

OUT OF YOUR MOUTH WERE SO

"PEACEFUL, I FELL ASLEEP."

"AND WHEN I FELL ASLEEP, I"

ENDED UP HAVING A VISION

OF JESUS.

"SHE WASN'T A BELIEVER, AND"

"SHE SAID, I SAW THE LORD,"

JESUS.

AND HE WAS IN A BRIGHT

"WHITE ROBE, AND HE POINTED"

TO A MAN WHO I KNEW IN THE

"DREAM WAS ABRAHAM, AND HE"

WAS SACRIFICING ISAAC.

"AS SOON AS I LOOKED OVER,"

I KNEW THAT JESUS WAS THE

"CHRIST, THE SACRIFICE, THE"

SON OF GOD.

Reporter: ACROSS THE

"MUSLIM WORLD, FROM"

"INDONESIA TO MOROCCO,"

MUSLIM MEN AND WOMEN ARE

TURNING TO FAITH IN JESUS

CHRIST IN UNPRECEDENTED

NUMBERS.

"FOR MANY, THEIR"

CONVERSIONS ARE NOT SIMPLY

THE RESULT OF MISSIONARIES

OR PREACHERS SHARING THE

GOSPEL WITH THEM.

INSTEAD THESE MUSLIMS ARE

COMING TO CHRIST BECAUSE

THEY'VE HAD DREAMS AND

VISIONS WHERE JESUS

HIMSELF APPEARS TO THEM.

ALI ALSO MET JESUS IN A

DREAM WHILE ON HIS WAY TO

MECCA FOR THE MUSLIM

PILGRIMAGE.

OF COURSE WHEN I WENT

"TO MECCA, I WAS GOING"

THERE TO PAY HOMAGE TO THE

KABA.

Reporter: ALI'S

EXPERIENCE IN MECCA IS

DRAMATIZED IN THIS D.V.D.

"CALLED ""MORE THAN DREAMS."""

BUT THAT NIGHT I SAW

JESUS IN A DREAM.

FIRST JESUS TOUCHED MY

FOREHEAD WITH HIS FINGER.

"AND AFTER TOUCHING ME, HE"

"SAID, YOU BELONG TO ME."

AND THEN HE TOUCHED ME

ABOVE MY HEART.

YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED.

FOLLOW ME.

"YOU BELONG TO ME, HE SAID."

"SO I DECIDED, OKAY, I'M"

NOT GOING TO FINISH THE

"HASH, THAT PILGRIMAGE."

"WHATEVER IT TAKES, I'M"

GOING TO FOLLOW THAT

VOICE.

Reporter: THE D.V.D.

TELLS OF OTHER MUSLIMS WHO

CAME TO FAITH IN JESUS

THROUGH A DREAM OR VISION.

WE'RE SEEING THAT ALL

AROUND.

WE'RE HEARING ABOUT PEOPLE

THAT HAD NEVER EVEN

THOUGHT ABOUT JESUS AS

SAVIOR.

"THEY'RE CONTENT MUSLIMS,"

AND THEY'RE HAVING DREAMS

OVER AND OVER.

Reporter: TOM DOYLE

SERVES IN E3 MINISTRIES.

HE AND HIS WIFE SHARE THE

GOSPEL WITH MUSLIMS.

AND HE ALSO WROTE THE

RECENTLY RELEASED BOOK

JESUS AWAKENING THE MUSLIM

WORLD?

"DREAMS AND VISIONS, IS"

I THINK OUR GOD IS A

FAIR GOD.

HE IS RIGHTEOUS AND JUST.

PEOPLE ARE SEEKING.

MAYBE THEY DON'T HAVE A

BIBLE.

HE'LL GET THE MESSAGE TO

THEM SOMEHOW.

Reporter: THIS WOMAN

COMES FROM A CENTRAL ASIAN

COUNTRY.

HER IDENTITY IS HIDDEN FOR

SECURITY REASONS.

" IN A CHURCH, IF YOU"

SAID HOW MANY PEOPLE CAME

"TO CHRIST, 80% WILL SAY"

THEY SAW HIM IN A DREAM.

Reporter: A CHRISTIAN

FRIEND CHALLENGED THIS

WOMAN TO ASK GOD TO SPEAK

TO HER PERSONALLY.

SO I DECIDED TO ASK

"HIM, AND SO I DID."

"AND THEN THE NEXT DAY, I"

"GUESS, I SAW A DREAM, AND"

I SAW IN MY DREAM JESUS

WALK A BRIDGE.

I DECIDED TO COME TO HIM.

Reporter: DOYLE SAYS

THE DREAM OR VISION IS

"USUALLY THE START, NOT THE"

"END, OF A MUSLIM'S"

CONVERSION.

" NOBODY GOES TO SLEEP,"

"CHRIS, A MUSLIM AND WAKES"

UP A CHRISTIAN.

BUT IT KNOCKS DOWN THE

FALSE BARRIERS THAT ARE

INHERENT IN ISLAM.

A COUPLE OF THEM ARE THAT

WE WORSHIP THREE GODS.

THAT IS THE BIBLE IS

CORRUPTED.

Reporter: THE DOYLES

SAY COMPARED TO THE

POLITICAL STORM SWEEPING

"THE MIDDLE EAST, THIS"

COULD BE SEEN AS A

SPIRITUAL EARTHQUAKE.

AS THINGS HEAT UP

POLITICALLY AND

"SPIRITUALLY IN ISLAM, MAN,"

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MOVING

EVEN MORE POWERFULLY.

THIS IS THE TIME WHEN

"HEARTS ARE OPEN, PEOPLE"

"ARE DESPERATE, GOVERNMENTS"

"ARE CHANGING, AND"

EVERYBODY'S FOUNDATION HAS

MASSIVE CRACKS IN IT.

"AND JESUS IS THE ANSWER,"

AND HE CAN COME IN AND

FILL THAT NEED.

Reporter: THE SAY

"THESE DREAMS AND VISIONS,"

COMBINED WITH SATELLITE

"TELEVISION, ARE REACHING"

MUSLIMS IN UNPRECEDENTED

NUMBERS.

THEY SAY MORE MUSLIMS ARE

COMING TO JESUS CHRIST

THAN ANY OTHER TIME IN THE

1400 YEAR HISTORY OF

ISLAM.

THE DOYLES SAY BELIEVERS

IN THE WEST CAN JOIN THIS

SPIRITUAL REVOLUTION.

" SO, YES, I THINK THAT"

"THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL,"

BUT THE WORKERS ARE FEW.

"YOU KNOW, WE ARE"

"COMMITTED, ALL OF US AS"

"BELIEVERS, WE'VE GOT TO"

REACH THOSE WITH THE

GOSPEL OF CHRIST.

NOT EVERYBODY IS GOING

"TO GO TO THE MIDDLE EAST,"

BUT THEY CAN PRAY.

"AND NO GOVERNMENT, NO"

LEADER CAN BLOCK

INTERCESSION AROUND THE

WORLD.

THAT'S ONE THING THAT CAN

GET INTO ANY COUNTRY.

"SO WE NEED TO PRAY, AS"

"BELIEVERS, THAT GOD WOULD"

CONTINUE TO JUST PUSH THE

GOSPEL OUT TO THE ENDS OF

THE EARTH.

Reporter: CHRIS

"MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,"

JERUSALEM.

" UP NEXT, THE SPIRITUAL"

JOURNEY BEHIND THE

CREATION OF A CLASSIC

HOLLYWOOD MOVIE.

A LOOK AT THE LIFE AND

FAITH OF THE MAN WHO WROTE

BEN-HUR. 07

Ephraim: IN

COMMEMORATION OF HOLY

"THURSDAY, POPE FRANCIS"

WASHED THE FEET OF 12

ELDERLY AND DISABLED

"PEOPLE, AS A REMINDER THAT"

CHRISTIANS ARE CALLED TO

SERVE LIKE A SLAVE.

THE 12 HE CHOSE INCLUDED

NON-CATHOLICS AND WOMEN.

THE HOLY FATHER'S

NON-TRADITIONAL CHOICES

HAVE OFTEN BEEN

CRITICIZED.

AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS

"PAPACY, HE WASHED THE FEET"

OF 12 WOMEN AND MUSLIM

INMATES.

"FOR MANY, WATCHING THE"

"MOVIE ""BEN-HUR"" HAS BECOME"

"AN EASTER TRADITION, BUT"

THERE IS AN AMAZING STORY

BEHIND THE FILM.

AS WENDY GRIFFITH SHOWS

"US, EVERYTHING ABOUT"

BEN-HUR IS LARGER THAN 07

LIFE.

Wendy: THE 1959

"BLOCKBUSTER ""BEN-HUR"" MADE"

HISTORY WITH A RECORD 11

ACADEMY AWARDS.

AND THE 1925 VERSION IS

MAKING A COMEBACK.

"WHAT MANY MAY NOT KNOW,"

"HOWEVER, IS THAT HOLLYWOOD"

DIDN'T CREATE THIS CLASSIC

STORY.

THE IDEA CAME FROM THE

"BEST-SELLING NOVEL,"

"BEN-HUR, A TALE OF THE 07"

"CHRIST, PUBLISHED IN 1880."

THE BOOK TELLS THE STORY

OF AN ENCOUNTER BETWEEN A

FIRST CENTURY JEWISH

PRINCE AND JESUS OF

NAZARETH.

THE AUTHOR BEHIND

"BEN-HUR IS LEW WALLACE, 07"

A TRUE RENAISSANCE MAN.

" HE LOVED TO PAINT, HE"

"LOVED TO WRITE, HE LOVED"

THE MILITARY.

HE BECAME A PROSECUTING

ATTORNEY.

HE WAS IN THE LEGISLATURE

FOR A TERM.

Wendy: WALLACE SHOWED

A TALENT FOR WRITING EARLY

IN LIFE.

HE LEARNED ABOUT THE BIBLE

WHILE AT BOARDING SCHOOL.

WHILE HE DIDN'T CARE FOR

"CHURCH, THE STORY OF THE"

THREE WISEMEN FASCINATED

HIM.

LITTLE DID I KNOW THEN

THAT THOSE THREE VERSES

WOULD BRING.

Wendy: WALLACE'S

WRITING TOOK A BACK SEAT

TO OTHER PRIORITIES.

HE FOUGHT IN THE CIVIL

"WAR, BECOMING THE YOUNGEST"

"GENERAL IN THE ARMY, AND"

HE ALSO MARRIED AND HAD A

SON.

"THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, HE"

KEPT COMING BACK TO THE

BIBLICAL ACCOUNT OF THE

THREE WISEMEN.

SO HE DECIDED TO WRITE A

MAGAZINE ARTICLE ABOUT

THEM.

I HAD NO CONVICTIONS

ABOUT GOD OR CHRIST.

I NEITHER BELIEVED NOR

DISBELIEVED IN THEM.

BUT WHEN THE WORK WAS

"FAIRLY BEGUN, I FOUND"

MYSELF WRITING WITH AWE.

" Wendy: STILL, WALLACE"

HAD MUCH TO LEARN ABOUT

"GOD, AS HE FOUND OUT IN A"

CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH A

WELL-KNOWN ATHEIST NAMED

ROBERT ENGERSOL.

ROBERT ENGERSOL KNEW

FAR MORE ABOUT THE BIBLE.

YOU DON'T PREACH AGAINST

SOMETHING UNLESS YOU KNOW

IT.

HE JUST KIND OF FILETED

LEW.

Wendy: THE TIME HAD

COME FOR WALLACE TO FORM

HIS OWN OPINION ON THE

SUBJECT OF RELIGION.

MY IGNORANCE OF IT WAS

PAINFULLY A SPOT OF DEEPER

DARKNESS IN THE DARKNESS.

I WAS ASHAMED OF MYSELF.

HE REALIZED AT THAT

"POINT, I HAVE NO BUSINESS"

SUBMITTING THIS FINISHED

STORY FOR PUBLICATION.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT I WAS

TALKING ABOUT.

I NEED TO DO THE RESEARCH.

I NEED TO LEARN THE BIBLE.

I NEED TO LEARN THE STORY.

Wendy: EARLY IN HIS

"RESEARCH, WALLACE CREATED"

THE FICTIONAL CHARACTER OF

"JUDAH BEN HUR, TELLING HOW"

HE WITNESSED THE REAL LIFE

"EVENT, LEADING UP TO THE"

DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF

CHRIST.

WALLACE SOON BEGAN TO SEE

GOD THROUGH THE EYES OF

HIS CHARACTER.

LONG BEFORE I WAS

"THROUGH WITH MY BOOK, I"

BECAME A BELIEVER IN GOD

AND CHRIST.

Wendy: THIS IS THE

ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT OF

"BEN-HUR, A TALE OF THE 07"

CHRIST.

"650 PAGES HANDWRITTEN, IN"

PURPLE INK.

WHEN LEW WALLACE DELIVERED

THIS TO HARPER AND

"BROTHERS BACK IN 1880,"

THEY HAD NO IDEA IT WAS

ABOUT TO MAKE PUBLISHING

HISTORY.

THE BOOK BECAME THE

BEST-SELLING NOVEL OF THE

19th CENTURY.

IT HAS NEVER BEEN OUT OF

PRINT.

WHAT KIND OF IMPACT DID

BEN-HUR HAVE ON A 07

POST-CIVIL WAR COUNTRY?

IT JUST WAS THE RIGHT

BOOK AT THE RIGHT TIME.

PEOPLE WERE LOOKING FOR

"WAYS TO RECONCILE, TO COME"

TOGETHER.

"THEY WERE EXPLORING, YOU"

"KNOW, HOW CAN THERE BE A"

GOD THAT WOULD ALLOW A WAR

TO HAPPEN LIKE THIS?

Wendy: AFTER ITS

"PUBLICATION, LETTERS"

"FLOODED IN, INCLUDING ONE"

FROM PRESIDENT JAMES

GARFIELD.

"HE WROTE, ""WITH THIS"

BEAUTIFUL AND REVERENT

"BOOK, YOU HAVE LIGHTENED"

THE BURDEN OF MY DAILY

"LIFE."""

WALLACE'S OWN BURDENS HAD

ALWAYS BEEN LIGHTENED

OUTDOORS.

HE DID MOST OF HIS WRITING

UNDER WHAT CAME TO BE

KNOWN AS THE WALLACE BEECH

TREE.

ITS SPREADING BRANCHES

"DROOPED TO THE GROUND,"

WEIGHED DOWN BY THEIR

WEALTH OF FOILAGE.

AND I AM SHUT IN AS OF THE

WALLS OF A TOWERING GREEN

TENT.

Wendy: THAT FAMOUS

WALLACE BEECH TREE IS NO

LONGER HERE.

IT DIED SHORTLY AFTER

WALLACE DID AND WAS

REPLACED BY THIS BRONZE

STATUE OF HIM BEHIND ME.

BUT RIGHT OVER HERE IS A

BUILDING WALLACE DREAMED

"ABOUT FOUR DECADES, BUT"

NEVER HAD THE RESOURCES TO

BUILD UNTIL THE SUCCESS OF

BEN-HUR. 07

WALLACE DESIGNED THIS

"19th CENTURY MAN CAVE,"

WHERE HE SPENT HIS GOLDEN

"YEARS, WRITING EVERY DAY"

UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1905.

HIS GRAVE MARKER IS

INSCRIBED WITH A QUOTE

"FROM ""BEN-HUR,"" BY ONE OF"

HIS BELOVED WISEMEN.

I WOULD NOT GIVE ONE

HOUR OF LIFE AS A SOUL FOR

A THOUSAND YEARS OF LIFE

AS A MAN.

Wendy: WENDY

"GRIFFITH, CBN NEWS,"

"CRAWFORDSVILLE, INDIANA."

Ephraim: AT A YOUNG

"AGE, JOE DISCOVERED HIS"

GIFT FOR ART.

WHEN HE BECAME A

"CHRISTIAN, HE BEGAN USING"

THAT GIFT TO SHARE CHRIST.

BUT JOE USES A VERY

DIFFERENT TOOL TO TELL HIS

STORIES: SAND.

TAKE A LOOK AT THE EASTER

STORY LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER

SEEN IT BEFORE.

" THE STORY, OF COURSE,"

STARTS OUT IN THE GARDEN

"OF GETHSEMANE, OUT ON THE"

HILLSIDE OUTSIDE OF

JERUSALEM.

AND IT IS THERE THAT

CHRIST TOOK HIS DISCIPLES.

TO PRAY.

AND HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS

"FACING, ALTHOUGH THE"

DISCIPLES DID NOT.

AND HE WAS TAKEN BEFORE

THE COURT.

AND HE WAS MOCKED.

"HE WAS BEATEN, AND HE WAS"

SUBJECTED TO SCURGING.

AND EVEN AFTER ALL OF

THOSE TORMENTS AND THOSE

"WOUNDS, AND HE WAS SO"

BADLY BEATEN THAT HE

NEEDED HELP CARRYING THE

CROSS.

HE WAS WEARING A CROWN OF

THORNS THAT HAD BEEN

"PLACED ON HIS HEAD,"

MOCKING HIM AS THE KING.

AND HANGING ON THE CROSS

THERE IS WHEN HE SPOKE THE

"WORDS, ""FATHER, FORGIVE"

THEM FOR THEY KNOW NOT

"WHAT THEY DO."""

"THE GRAVE WHERE HE LAY,"

THEY HAD ROLLED A LARGE

STONE OVER THE OPENING.

AND SOMETIME IN THE NIGHT

AND THE MAN EVERYONE

"THOUGHT WAS DEAD, HAD"

RISEN FROM THE DEAD.

AND THE TOMB WAS EMPTY.

AND CHRIST WANTED TO BE

THERE -- NOT TO BE ANY

DOUBT AT ALL.

SO HE ACTUALLY APPEARED TO

HIS DISCIPLES.

AND SHOWED THEM THE WOUNDS

IN HIS HANDS.

"AND IN HIS SIDE, SO THAT"

THEY WOULD BELIEVE.

BELIEVE THAT HE HAD COME

BACK FROM THE DEAD.

Ephraim: AMAZING.

THAT'S GOING TO DO IT FOR

CBN NEWS FOR TODAY.

YOU CAN FIND MORE AT

cbnnews.com.

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AGAIN RIGHT HERE NEXT

TIME.

HAVE A FABULOUS FRIDAY AND

A WONDERFUL EASTER

WEEKEND.

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