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700 Club Interactive: Praying and Fasting - July 29, 2014

It can be tough to juggle work, family… and fasting. Gordon Robertson and Kristen Feola discuss the purpose of fasting, and how you can fast while juggling ‘life’. Read Transcript


Gordon: LOVE IT OR

LOATHE IT, IT IS ONE OF THE

OLDEST SPIRITUAL RITUALS.

IT IS A CHANCE TO NOURISH

YOUR BODY WITH THE FOODS GOD

CREATED.

Gordon: THE KEYS TO

FASTING ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY

FOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORE

TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

WELL, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

WHETHER IT IS LOW CARB,

LOW-FAT, LOW CALORIE, THE

HEALTH INDUSTRY IS FILLED

WITH CRAZES THAT ARE

GUARANTEED TO CHANGE YOUR

BODY.

Terry: TODAY WE DON'T

WANT TO TALK ABOUT CHANGING

YOUR BODY, BUT, INSTEAD,

CAPTIACAPTIALCHANGING YOUR

PERSPECTIVE.

TAKE A LOOK.

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT

THAT I FAST?

I DON'T LIKE BEING HUNGRY.

IF I GO HUNGRY, WILL GOD

HEAR ME?

CAN I JUST FAST A LITTLE

TREAT OR CAFFEINE?

OR DOES IT HAVE TO BE BIG?

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO FAST

FOR IT TO MEAN SOMETHING?

I REALLY DON'T HAVE THE TIME

OR THE PATIENCE RIGHT NOW TO

FAST.

I'M BUSY.

I NEED TO RELAX.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH NOT

FASTING?

Gordon: TODAY WE'RE

GOING TO TALK ABOUT

FASTING.

I THINK PEOPLE HAVE SOME

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT IT.

THE FIRST ONE IS THAT

SOMEHOW OR ANOTHER FASTING

GETS YOU POINTS WITH GOD,

THAT IT SOMEHOW GETS YOU

MORE FAVOR IN HIM, THAT YOU

CAN PURCHASE THINGS FROM GOD

BY FASTING AND HOW MUCH YOU

DENY YOURSELF.

THAT'S ON ONE SIDE OF IT.

AND THE OTHER SIDE, YOU LOOK

AT CHRISTIANS WRITERS, AND

YOU CAN BACK TO SIMON OF

SYRIA, AND HE SAYS, THE

MYSTERIES OF GOD IS NEVER

REVEALED TO THE STOMACH.

FIRST, LET'S LOOK AT THE OLD

TESTAMENT, AND I'LL RUN

THROUGH SOME QUICK ONE, EZRA

9, WHERE HE WAS MOURNING AND

HE TORE HIS GARMENT AND HIS

ROBE AND THAT'S HOW HE WAS

FASTING.

AND YOU LOOK AT NEHEMIAH,

AND HE MOURNED.

WHEN HE WENT THROUGH HIS

FASTING PERIOD, HE FASTED

AND MOURNED FOR MANY DAYS.

AND THEN ESTHER, WHEN THE

DECREE WENT OUT THAT ALL OF

THE JEWS COULD BE KILLED,

WELL, THERE WAS A GREAT

MOURNING AMONG THE JEWS,

WITH FASTING, WEEPING, AND

WAILING.

AND PSALMS POINTS HIS OUT

AND SORT OF BACKS THIS UP,

THAT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT,

FASTING WAS AR FOR WEEPING,

AND FASTING WAS FOR

MOURNING.

AND FASTING ALSO WAS TO

HUMBLE YOURSELF.

AND WHEN YOU'RE FASTING,

SOMETIMES YOUR PRAYERS COME

BACK ON YOURSELF.

THEY RETURN TO YOUR OWN

HEART.

PSALM 69: "I WEPT AND CHASE

CHASTENED MY SOUL."

AND THEN IN DANIEL, AND

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT DANIEL,

"I SET MY FACE TOWARDS THE

LORD, GOD, TO MAKE REQUESTS

BY PRAYERS AND SUPPLECATIONS

WITH FASTING."

HE SETS HIS FACE, BY FIRST

HUMBLING HIMSELF.

AND HE SAYS HE IS SETTING

HIS FACE TO INQUIRE OF THE

LORD.

THEN WE HAVE JOB 2: "TURN TO

ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART WITH

FASTING, WITH WEEPING, AND

WITH MOURNING."

SO FASTING IS A MOURNING.

FASTING IS A WEEPING.

FASTING IS A HUMBLING.

FASTING IS A TURNING TO

GOD.

FASTING IS SETTING YOUR FACE

TOWARDS GOD.

NOW, IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

ERA, WHICH WE LIVE IN, SOME

PEOPLE SAY THAT FASTING IS

DONE.

IT'S OVER WITH BECAUSE THE

DISCIPLES OF JESUS DIDN'T

FAST.

THE DISCIPLES OF JOHN DID.

AND JESUS SAID, WHEN THE

BRIDE GROOM IS WITH YOU, YOU

DON'T NEED TO FAST.

BUT HE ALSO SAID THIS, AND A

LOT OF US OVERLOOK IT.

MATTHEW 6: 16: "MORE OVER,

WHEN YOU FAST," AND THEN HE

GIVES INSTRUCTIONS.

DON'T BE LIKE THE

HYPOCRITES, WHERE YOU MAKE A

BIG SHOW OF YOUR FAST.

I WANT TO UNDER LINE "WHEN

YOU FAST," SO IT IS AN

INSTRUCTION FOR US A

CHRISTIANS THAT WE NEED TO

FAST, AND IT NEEDS TO BE A

REGULAR PART OF OUR WALK

WITH JESUS.

WHY?

BECAUSE THERE ARE CERTAIN

THINGS THAT HAPPEN WHEN YOU

FAST.

THE FIRST THING THAT WE NEED

TO RECOGNIZE IS THAT YOU PUT

YOUR FLESH SUBJECT TO YOUR

SPIRIT AND YOUR WILL.

SO OFTEN WE WALK THROUGH

LIFE AND WE'RE NOT AWARE

THAT THE DESIRES OF OUR BODY

CAN OVERWHELM OUR SPIRIT,

AND EVEN OVE OVERWHELM OUR

WILL.

I BELIEVE WE'VE ALL

EXPERIENCED THE ICE CREAM IN

THE FREEZER SPEAKING TO YOU,

AND YOU EAT A WHOLE BUNCH OF

ICE CREAM.

WHAT THAT IS HAPPENING IS

YOU'RE SURRENDERING TO THE

DESIRES OF THE BODY.

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH

EATING ICE CREAM, BUT THERE

IS A LOT WRONG WITH ALLOWING

THE DESIRES OF YOUR FLESH TO

OVERCOME YOUR WILL.

IT IS A METHOD FOR US TO

SUB SUBSUGATE OUR WILL.

YOU SAY, I DON'T WANT MY

FLESH TO BE IN THE WAY.

I WANT MY FLESH SUBJECT TO

MY WILL SO THAT MY BODY IS

IN THE PROPER ALIGNMENT.

THAT CAN BE A WONDERFUL

THING FOR CHRISTIANS.

AND IT WILL RELEASE A LOT OF

DESIRE FOR GOD.

AND THAT'S WHY SIMEON THE

SYRIA SAID, "THE MYSTERIES

OF GOD AREN'T REVEALED TO A

FULL STOMACH."

HERE IS A VERSE THAT HAS

CAUSED A LOT OF DIFFICULTY

IN THE CHURCH AND SOME

MISINTERPRETATION, AND IT

HAS TO DO WITH THE STORY OF

A MAN WHO BROUGHT HIS

DEMON-POSSESSED SON TO

JESUS.

AND FIRST HE BROUGHT IT TO

THE DISCIPLES, AND THEY

COULD NOT CAST OUT THE

DEMON.

AND THEN JESUS COMPLAINS

ABOUT THAT.

AND HE CALLS THEM A WICKED

AND PERVERSE GENERATION.

AND THEN HE SAYS TO THE

DEMON, GET OUT, AND THE

DEMON LEAVES.

AND THEN THE DISCIPLES HAVE

TO HAVE A CONFERENCE WITH

JESUS.

AND YOU FIND IT IN MATTHEW

17: "THE DISCIPLES CAME TO

JESUS PRIVATELY AND SAID,

WHY CAPITO COULDN'T WE CAST

IT OUT?"

AND JESUS SAID, "BECAUSE OF

YOUR UNBELIEF."

LET ME UNDERLINE AND STOP

THERE.

OUR FAILURE AS CHRISTIANS TO

EXERCISE THE POWER OF GIFTS

IS THAT'S THE REASON,

BECAUSE OF OUR UNBELIEF.

WE WANT TO WALK THROUGH LIFE

THINKING, YES, I BELIEVE, I

BELIEVE.

BUT WHEN YOU GET RIGHT UP

INTO A VERY DIFFICULT

CIRCUMSTANCE, THAT'S EXACTLY

WHEN OUR UNBELIEF IS

REVEALED.

AND WE DON'T WANT TO LOOK AT

IT THAT WAY.

WE WANT TO SOMEHOW BLAME

GOD.

AND WE WANT TO SAY, I

HAVEN'T DONE ENOUGH, AND I

HAVEN'T PRAYED ENOUGH, AND I

HAVEN'T FASTED ENOUGH.

AND SOMEHOW IT IS GOD'S

FAULT.

IT IS OURS BECAUSE WE DEPUTY

DO THESE THINGS, BUT REALLY

GOD WAS STINGY THAT DAY.

WE'VE GOT TO PUT THE CAUSE

RIGHT WHERE JESUS PUT IT.

"BECAUSE OF YOUR UNBELIEF,

FOR ASSUREDLY I SAY TO YOU,

IF YOU HAVE FAITH OF A

MUSTARD SEED," AND HE GOES

ON AND TALKS ABOUT MOVING

MOUNTAINS, THAT IF WE JUST

HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF FAITH,

NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE

FOR YOU.

AND HE ADDS, HOWEVER, THIS

KIND DOES NOT GO OUT ACCEPT

BY PRAYER AND FASTING.

WHAT PRAYER AND FASTING

DOES, BECAUSE IT'S LIMITING

YOUR FLESH, BECAUSE YOU'RE

MEDITATING ON THE LORD, IT

ACTUALLY INCREASES WHAT YOU

BELIEVE BECAUSE YOU'VE BEEN

IN CLOSER CONTACT WITH HIM.

YOUR SPIRIT IS NOW ASCENDANT

OVER YOUR BODY.

AND SO WHEN YOU GET INTO

THOSE DIFFICULT

CIRCUMSTANCES, YOU KNOW, HOW

DO I PRAY, WHAT DO I DO, YOU

ARE AR ALREADY IN COMMUNION

WITH THE LORD.

YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO

DO.

AND YOUR FLESH IS NOW

SUBJECT TO YOUR SPIRIT.

AND IT INCREASES YOUR

ABILITY TO BELIEVE.

YOU'RE NOT EARNING BROWNIE

POINTS WITH GOD.

YOU'RE NOT GETTING A MERIT

BADGE WITH GOD.

BUT IT IS A WAY TO ALLOW

YOUR SPIRIT TO BE OVER YOUR

FLESH.

NOW, LET'S LOOK AT WHAT

HAPPENS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

AGE WHEN PEOPLE FAST.

AND YOU FIND THE FIRST ONE

ACTS 10: 30, AND THIS IS

CORNELIUS, AND IT IS AN

IMPORTANT TIME BECAUSE HE IS

THE FIRST GENTILE CONVERT.

PETER HAS A GREAT VISION,

AND AT THE SAME TIME,

CORNELIUS HAS A VISION.

AND HE SAYS TO PETER, "FOUR

DAYS AGO I WAS FASTING UNTIL

HIS HOUR.

AND AT THE NINTH HOUR I

PRAYED IN MY HOUSE, AND

BEHOLD A MAN STOOD BEFORE ME

IN BRIGHT CLOTHING."

NOW, THERE IS A LOT GOING ON

IN CORNELIUS' LIFE.

IT IS NOT JUST PRAYER AND

FASTING.

HE IS GIVING TO THE POOR AND

LIVING A RIGHTEOUS LIFE.

AND THE ANGEL ANNOUNCES TO

HIM THAT YOUR GIFTS HAVE

COME BEFORE THE LORDMENT SO

THERE ILORD.

SO THERE IS A LOT GOING ON.

YOU DON'T FAST TO GET

REVELATION.

REVELATION COMES BECAUSE

YOU'RE ASKING FOR IT, AND

YOU'RE LIVING YOUR LIFE IN

ACCORDANCE TO THE

SCRIPTURES.

IT IS NOT A MERIT SYSTEM,

WHERE YOU'RE EARNING THINGS

WITH GOD.

YOU'RE NOT.

BUT WHAT IT DOES DO IS IT

SETS YOU UP FOR SPIRITUAL

ENCOUNTER.

IN ACTS 14, WHEN THEY HAD

APPOINTED ELDERS IN EVERY

CHURCH, AND THIS IS PAUL,

AND HE IS GETTING READY TO

LEAVE.

SO THEY APPOINTED ELDERS TO

TAKE OVER THE CHURCH AND

PRAYED WITH FASTING.

THEY COMMENDED THEM TO THE

LORD, IN WHOM THEY HAD

BELIEVED.

THE OVERALL EMPHASIS HERE,

THEY BELIEVED IN THE LORD.

THEY WERE TRUSTING THESE NEW

CHURCHES TO THE ELDERS.

AND THE REASON THEY WERE

ABLE TO TRUST THE ELDERS IS

BECAUSE THEY BELIEVED IN THE

LORD.

AND THEY DID ALL OF THAT

WITH FASTING AND PRAYER.

SO IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR

THINGS FROM GOD, REALIZE

FAITH IS THE PATHWAY.

IT'S WHAT YOU BELIEVE.

AND WHAT YOU BELIEVE SHOWS

UP IN WHAT YOU DO.

SO IF YOU WANT TO BELIEVE

MORE, MAKE SURE YOUR SPIRIT

IS THE ONE IN CHARGE.

MAKE SURE YOUR WILL IS THE

ONE IN CHARGE.

AND NOT YOUR BODY.

AND FASTING IS A GREAT WAY

TO HUMBLE YOURSELF AND PUT

YOUR BODY SUBJECT TO YOUR

WILL.

SO HOW CAN YOU FAST AND

FOCUS ON GOD?

WHILE STILL BALANCING

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT IS

GOING ON WIT IN YOUR LIFE?

WHILE, DANIEL EXPLAINS RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

Terry: BEFORE THE

BREAK, WE TALKED ABOUT THE

SPIRITUAL BENEFITS OF

FASTING, AND JOINING US TO

TALK ABOUT THE PRACTICAL

SIDE, IS CHRISTOPHER FIELD.

"THE DANIEL FAST IS THE NAME

" IS THE NAME OF YOUR BOOK.

YOU TALK ABOUT FOUR

DIFFERENT KINDS OF FAST.

THERE ARE FOUR.

THE ABSOLUTE FAST IS WHEN

YOU GO WITHOUT FOOD OR WATER

FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.

AND THERE IS THE LIQUID

FAST.

AND THE PARTIAL FAST, WHICH

IS THE DANIEL FAST.

AND THERE IS THE SUPER

NATURAL, ABSOLUTE, WITHOUT

FOOD OR WATER FOR A LONGER

PERIOD OF TIME, SUCH AS WHEN

JESUS FASTED IN THE DESERT.

Terry: THERE MUST BE

SOM SOME SOME SOME

PERIMETRES TALKED TO THAT.

YES.

Terry: WHAT ARE THE

FOODS YOU WANT TO INCLUDE IN

THE FAST, AND WHAT ARE THE

FOODS YOU WOULD AVOID?

YOU WANT TO HAVE WHOLE

GRAINS, BEANS, NUTS, SEEDS,

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, OF

COURSE.

YOU'RE AVOIDING MEAT, DAIRY,

SUGAR, CAFFEINE, THOSE FOODS

THAT YOU REALLY CRAVE

SOMETIMES.

SETTING THOSE ASIDE.

Terry: GORDON TALKED

ABOUT SOME OF THE SPIRITUAL

REASONS FOR DOING THAT.

BUT FROM A HEALTH

STANDPOINT, THERE ARE VERY

PRACTICAL REASONS FOR

FASTING.

ABSOLUTELY.

IT IS A CHANCE TO NOURISH

YOUR BODY.

IT IS A HEALTHY WAY TO EAT.

IT IS WELL-BALANCED.

AND YOU GET PLENTY OF

VITAMINS AND MINERALS AND

PROTEIN.

Terry: HOW OFTEN TO YOU

FAST?

THAT DEPENDS.

Terry: DO YOU HAVE A

SYSTEM THAT YOU FOLLOW?

OR DO YOU FEEL I DO IT AS

YOU FEEL LED?

REALLY BOTH.

I LEAD A FAST ON MY WEBSITE

EVERY JANUARY.

I LIKE TO FOCUS ON GOD,

PRAYING ABOUT THINGS TO

COME.

AND THERE ARE PERIODIC FASTS

THAT COME UP THROUGHOUT THE

YEAR.

IT VARIES.

Terry: LET'S TALK ABOUT

SOME OF THE OPTIONS YOU HAVE

WITH YOU TODAY.

IF THIS WAS SMELLEVISION,

YOU WOULD KNOW HOW WONDERFUL

THESE RECIPES SMELL.

FIRST OF ALL, YOU HAVE A

SHAKE.

TALK ABOUT WHAT'S IN THE

SHAKE AND THE WHY BEHIND

IT?

THIS IS A

STRAWBERRY/BANANA SMOOTHIE.

IT IS VERY CREAMY AND VERY

DELICIOUS.

IT IS BASICALLY

STRAWBERRIES, BANANA, A

LITTLE BIT OF DATES AND SOME

TOFU, WHICH YOU DON'T EVEN

TASTE.

THAT'S WHAT MAKES IT

CREAMY.

IT IS GREAT FOR BREAKFAST OR

A SNACK.

Terry: IT IS KIND OF A

BIT OF A BREAKFAST

REPLACEMENT, FOR YOU TO

START THE DAY.

RIGHT.

Terry: IS IT STILL TRUE

THAT BREAKFAST IS THE MOST

MEAL OF THE DAY FOR US?

YES.

ABSOLUTELY.

Terry: TO GET THE

ENGINE RUNNING.

THAT LOOKS DELICIOUS, BUT

THIS IS WHAT I AM SMELLING

THAT SMELLS SO FABULOUS.

THIS IS LIKE A FAMILY MEAL

THAT YOU'VE PREPARED HERE.

YES.

THIS IS THE BLACK BEAN CHILI

BAKE, PROBABLY ONE OF THE

TOP THREE RECIPES IN MY BOOK

THAT PEOPLE REALLY ENJOY.

IT IS GOOD FOR A WHOLE

FAMILY.

YOU'VE GOT BLACK BEANS,

RICE, ROASTED RED PEPPERS,

CORN, AND A LITTLE BIT OF

CHILI POWDER.

IT IS VERY FILLING.

Terry: AND IT IS

SOMETHING SIMPLE THAT THE

KIDS COULD GET INVOLVED IN

DOING THAT, TOO.

AS YOU ARE MENTIONING THESE

INGREDIENTS, WE HAVE A THIRD

THING TO GO TO.

BUT HOW IMPORTANT IS IT,

WHEN YOU'RE FASTING, TO BE

SURE YOU HAVE ALL THE RIGHT

THINGS AT HAND, SO YOU'RE

NOT ATTEMPTED T TEMPTED TO

DO THE WRONG THING?

YES.

PREPARATION IS KEY FOR THE

DANIEL FAST.

IT MAKES IT SO MUCH EASIER,

HAVING THE FOODS AND THE

RECIPES PLANNED AHEAD OF

TIME AND SO YOU JUST PUT IT

TOGETHER.

Terry: DOWN ON THE END

YOU HAVE WHAT YOU CALL

ALMOND BUTTER BITES?

YES.

Terry: I LIKE IT

ALREADY.

THESE ARE PROBABLY ONE OF

MY FAVORITE RECIPES BECAUSE

THEY'RE SO GOOD AND FILLED

WITH PROTEIN.

IT IS ALMOND BUTTER,

SHREDDED COCONUT, AND

RAISINS.

Terry: DO YOU DO THAT

AS A HEALTH TREAT OR A

SNACK?

IT IS A SNACK, BUT IT

TASTES LIKE DESSERT.

Terry: FASTING CAN HAVE

SOME CHALLENGES PHYSICALLY,

EMOTIONALLY, PSYCHOLOGICAL.

TALK ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE COULD

ENCOUNTER WITH ALL OF THAT.

YES.

EVERYTHING.

FASTING IS HARD.

IT IS ALWAYS HARD.

I TALKED WITH A GIRL THE

OTHER DAY AND SHE SAID, I

JUST DON'T LIKE FASTING.

I DON'T KNOW THAT YOU LIKE

IT IN THAT SENSE BECAUSE IT

IS DIFFICULT.

BUT THERE IS SUCH JOY --

Terry: YOU LIKE THE

RESULTS.

YOU LIKE THE RESULTS, IN

DRAWING CLOSE TO THE LORD.

IT IS NOT JUST PHYSICAL, BUT

IT'S SPIRITUAL, SO IT IS A

BATTLE.

Terry: AND YOU'RE

USUALLY NEVER HUNGIER THAN

WHEN YOUR FASTING, RIGHT?

RIGHT.

Terry: AND THERE ARE

ARE SOME VERY PRACTICAL

THINGS THAT HAPPEN TO

PEOPLE, IF YOU'RE A COFFEE

DRINKER OR A SODA DRINKER,

YOU CAN EXPERIENCE HEADACHES

OR LOW BLOOD SUGAR.

SO YOU NEED TO BE SURE

YOU'RE DOING THIS IN I IT

IN A HEALTHY WAY.

AND THAT'S WHAT YOU RIGHT

ABOUT IN "THE DANIEL FAST,"

SO YOU CAN DO THIS AND DO IT

WELL AND DO IT SO YOUR BODY

ISN'T GOING THROUGH A GREAT

WITHDRAWAL.

OUR VIEWERS HAVE SOME

QUESTIONS FOR YOU.

OKAY.

Terry: OLIVIA SAYS,

"I'VE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH AN

AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE AND MY

DOCTOR ADVICE I MAINTAIN A

PALEO LIFESTYLE, WHICH

INVOLVES MEAT.

CAN I STILL DO A DANIEL

FAST?"

I WOULD SAY YES BECAUSE

THE DANIEL FAST IS

SHORT-TERM.

SHE IS TALKING ABOUT A

LIFESTYLE OF EATING.

PEOPLE HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT

THAT.

CAN I DO THIS FOR THREE

WEEKS?

TO TAKE THAT BREAK AND TO

SAY FOR THREE WEEKS I'M NOT

GOING TO HAVE MEAT SO I CAN

FOCUS ON PRAYER, I BELIEVE

GOD WILL HONOR THAT.

SO I WOULD SAY YES.

IF IT IS NOT DETRIMENTAL FOR

YOUR HEALTH, IT SHOULD BE

FINE.

Terry: AND CYNTHIA

SAYS, "HOW SHOULD YOU FAST

IF YOU HAVE TO TAKE

MEDICATION."

SOME MEDICINE SAY, DO NOT

TAKE THIS ON AN EMPTY

STOMACH, BUT YOU DON'T HAVE

TO.

THAT'S WHAT GREAT ABOUT

THE DANIEL FAST, IT ALLOWS

PEOPLE WHO COULDN'T DO A

LIQUID FAST TO FIGURE IN.

IF THE DOCTOR HAS YOU ON

MEDICATION, YOU SHOULD

CONTINUE THE MEDICATION --

AGAIN, THE LORD

UNDERSTANDS -- AND DO THE

DANIEL FAST.

Terry: MANDY SAYS, "MY

HUSBAND HAS COMPLETED HIS

FIRST 40-DAY FAST, BUT HIS

HEALTH HAS SUFFERED.

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP HIM

GET HIS HEALTH BACK?"

THAT'S LONGER THAN THREE

WEEKS.

IS IT POSSIBLE WHEN WE DO A

40-DAY FAST, WE'RE NOT DOING

IT RIGHT?

THERE MIGHT BE SOME OTHER

THINGS GOING ON THERE.

IT WOULD PROBABLY BE GOOD TO

GO TO A PHYSICIAN AND JUST

MAKE SURE THERE ISN'T

SOMETHING ELSE HAPPENING.

GET SOME BLOOD WORK DONE.

IT MIGHT NOT BE RELATED TO

THE FAST AT ALL.

Terry: I CONSIDER A

40-DAY FAST -- I DON'T MEAN

EXTREME IN A NEGATIVE WAY,

BUT AS FAR AS FASTING IS

CONCERNED, AN EXTREME FAST

TO GO ON, DO YOU?

I DO, YES.

Terry: DO YOU NEED TO

DO THE THREE WEEKS?

CAN YOU DO A WEEK?

WHAT ACTUALLY WORKS FOR

YOU?

I THINK ANY TYPE OF FAST

HONORS THE LORD.

YOU CAN DO A ONE-DAY FAST.

OUR CHURCH IS PRAYING FOR

THINGS EVERY WEDNESDAY, SO I

THINK THAT IS GOOD.

YOU CAN DO A THREE-DAY

FAST.

Terry: IT IS LIKE

FASTING WITH INTENTION.

THAT'S WHAT GORDON WAS

TALKING ABOUT.

FASTING OVER THINGS THAT

MATTER, AND KEEPING YOUR EYE

FOCUSED ON THAT, I THINK

HELPS YOU STAY THE COURSE.

AND IT IS NOT A FORMULA.

IT IS VERY INDIVIDUAL.

AND THAT'S WHY IT IS

IMPORTANT TO SEEK THE LORD

AND ASK HIM, WHAT WOULD YOU

HAVE ME TO DO AT THIS TIME?

Terry: AND YOU KNOW,

WHEN GOT SPEAKS TO YOUR

HEART ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE

THAT, IT GRABS HOLD OF YOUR

HEART AND GIVES YOU

SOMETHING YOUR SHOOTING FOR

IF YOU WILL, ON THE PROCESS

YOU'RE DOING.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE

INFORMATION ON "THE DANIEL

FAST," FAST," KRISTIN'S

BOOK IS AVAILABLE WHEREVER

BOOKS ARE SOLD.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

Terry: A REALTOR

DROWNING IN DEBT DISCOVERS

FASTING IS HIS SECRET

STORY.

HEA WEAPON.

HEAR HIS STORY AFTER THIS.

Gordon: WHEN AMERICA'S

HOUSING MARKET COLLAPSED,

DALE LAWSEN WAS LEFT WITH

MORE THAN $100,000 OF DEBT.

HE HAD NO IDEA OF HOW TO GET

HIMSELF IN THE BLACK, SO

DALE FASTED AND THEN

DISCOVERED THE KEY TO LIVING

DEBT-FREE.

Reporter: AFTER HIS

DIVORCE, DALE LAWSEN

DISCOVERED FINANCIALLY.

BECAUSE HE WAS A REALTOR

WHEN THE HOUSING MARKET

CRASHED, HIS INCOME CRASHED

WITH IT.

I ONLY GET PAID IF I SELL

SOMETHING.

I WAS A LITTLE OVER $100,000

IN DEBT IN CREDIT CARD AND

INSTALLMENT LOAN DEBT.

Reporter: DALE TRIED TO

MAKE MINIMUM PAYMENTS ON

THAT DEBT EACH MONTH, BUT

EVEN THAT WAS PROCESSING

PROVING TO BE IM PABL.

> IMPOSSIBLE.

AT THAT POINT, IT WAS

JUST A NIGHTMARE.

Reporter: DALE

EVENTUALLY MOVED OUT OF HIS

HOME AND INTO A CHEAP

MOTEL.

IT HAD OLD PANELLED WALLS

THAT WERE PAPER THIN.

YOU COULD HEAR EVERYTHING

THAT WAS GOING ON IN THE

HOTEL.

Reporter: IT WAS A

HOTEL LIKE THIS, THAT DALE

DECIDED TO FAST AND PRAY.

IT WAS THERE THAT GOD

REVEALED A VERY SPECIFIC

TRUTH TO HIM.

MY LIFE, FINANCIALLY AND

IN MANY OTHER WAYS, SEEMED

TO DRASTICALLY CHANGE FOR

THE NEGATIVE BECAUSE OF NOT

TITHING.

Reporter: SO DALE

IMMEDIATELY STARTED TO TITHE

AGAIN, EVEN THOUGH HE SAYS

IT WAS VERY HARD.

THAT MONEY SHOULD HAVE

WENT TO PAYMENTS.

IT SHOULD HAVE WENT TO THE

DEBT.

IT DIDN'T MAKE SENSE.

BUT IT MADE SENSE IN I KNEW

GOD WAS THERE AND THAT HE

WOULD HELP ME.

Reporter: DALE SAYS GOD

DID BEGIN TO HELP HIM.

EVERY MONTH THAT WENT BY

THAT I DIDN'T MISS ANY

PAYMENTS KEPT BUILDING MY

PAYMENTS AND HELPING ME TO

TRUST GOD EACH MONTH EVEN

MORE.

Reporter: ONE MONTH,

DALE SAW THE BILLS COMING

DOW AND NEEDED MORE THAN

WHAT HE HAD COMING IN

COMMISSIONS.

THAT MONTH HE RECEIVED A

BONUS PAYMENT, A GIFT ABOVE

AND BEYOND WHAT WAS DUE.

I GET A GIFT IN THE

OFFICE FROM A DOCTOR AND HIS

WIFE FOR THE EXACT AMOUNT OF

THOSE PAYMENTS, WHICH WAS

$2,000.

Reporter: CONVINCED GOD

WAS AT WORK IN HIS FINANCES,

DALE DECIDED TO INCREASE HIS

GIVING.

I FELT LIKE I NEEDED TO

GIVE EVEN MORE.

AND, AGAIN, THIS IS WHERE

THE TEACHING ON "THE 700

CLUB" AND CHRISTIAN

TELEVISION REALLY HELPED ME,

OTHER PEOPLE'S TESTIMONIES

REALLY HELPED ME TO REALIZE

I WANTED TO GIVE EVEN MORE.

Reporter: DALE BECOME A

CBN PARTNER.

AS HE CONTINUED TO GIVE

TITHES AND OFFERINGS, HE

NOTICED EVEN MORE DRAMATIC

BUSINESS GROWTH IN A

SHRINKING ECONOMY.

I BEGAN TO SEE MY DEBTS

GET PAID OFF.

A LITTLE HERE, A LITTLE

THERE.

SOMETIMES A LOT.

I WASN'T WORKING ANYMORE

HOURS.

I WASN'T WORKING ANY

HARDER.

I WASN'T DOING ANYTHING

DIFFERENT, AND YET IT WAS

VERY CLEAR THAT GOD WAS

BRINGING ME COSTUMERS.

Reporter: BY THE END OF

THE THIRD YEAR, DALE WAS

GIVING AWAY EVEN MORE.

THAT YEAR HE PAID OFF THE

LAST OF HIS $100,000 DEBT.

MY DEBT BEGAN BEING PAID

OFF IN LARGE LUMPS.

$7,000, $10,000, $15,000,

JUST FROM SALES.

Reporter: DALE

EVENTUALLY REMARRIED AND HAS

TWO CHILDREN.

THE COUPLE CURRENTLY GIVE

AND RECENTLY DOUBLED THEIR

PLEDGE TO CBN BECAUSE THEY

KNOW THE PRINCIPLE OF GIVING

WORKS.

TO ANYONE SKEPTICAL ABOUT

GIVING OVER AND ABOVE THE

TITHE, AND GIVING TO AN

ORGANIZATION LIKE CBN, I

WOULD BEG THEM, BEG THEM TO

TRY IT.

BEG THEM TO SEE WHAT GOD

WOULD DO FOR THEM.

Gordon: GOD WILL DO

WONDERFUL THINGS IF WE JUST

PUT IN PLACE OUR FAITH AND

SHOW HIM TANGIBLY HOW MUCH

WE BELIEVE IN HIS PROMISES.

NOW, HERE IS DALE.

HE'S LOST A LOT.

AND HE'S -- HE MOVES INTO

THIS HOTEL.

AND HE DECIDES, I'M GOING TO

FAST AND PRAY.

AND IN THAT PERIOD OF TIME,

GOD REMINDED HIM OF YOU

WEREN'T TITHING.

IT IS ONE THING TO TITHE

WHEN YOU HAVE.

IT'S A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

THING TO TITHE WHEN YOU

DON'T, WHERE YOU'RE IN

DEBT.

BUT IT SHOWED THAT HE PUT

HIS TRUST IN GOD.

IT WAS THAT MUSTARD SEED OF

FAITH, TO SAY, LORD, I TRUST

YOU WITH EVERYTHING.

I TRUST YOU WITH MY LIFE.

I TRUST YOU WITH MY

SALVATION.

AND NOW I TRUST YOU WITH MY

MONEY.

AND WHEN DALE DID THAT, HE

UNLOCKED ONE OF THE GREAT

SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE.

GIVE AND IT WILL BE GIVEN

UNTO YOU.

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THAT, GIVE US A CALL.

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WHEN YOU DO, YOUR PUTTING

INTO ACTION THAT MUSTARD

SEED OF FAITH.

FOR TERRY, FOR ME, FOR ALL

OF US HERE, GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

WELCOME TO THIS EDITION

OF "NEWSWATCH," I'M EFREM

GRAHAM.

AND I'M CHARLENE AARON.

TODAY ON THE BROADCAST, THEY

RISKED THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR

FAITH.

WE'LL TAKE YOU TO A PLACE

WHERE REVIVAL IS UNDER WAY

IN THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF

IRAN.

Mark: PRESIDENT OBAMA

ANNOUNCED HIS INTENT TO

NOMINATE DAVID SAPERSTEIN AS

THE NEXT AMBASSADOR FOR

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

THE POSITION HAS BEEN VACANT

SINCE OCTOBER.

HE HAS SPENT HIS CAREER IN

WASHINGTON, FOCUSING ON

SOCIAL, JUSTICE, AND

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ISSUES.

IN A STATEMENT, DR. RUSSELL

MOORE, PRESIDENT OF THE

ETHICS AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

COMMISSION OF THE SOUTHERN

BAPTIST CONVENTION SAID,

"THE RABBI IS A RESPECTED

THINKER AND LEADER.

THE AMBASSADOR FOR RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM MONITORS AND SPEAKS

OUT ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

ABUSES WORLDWIDE."

THE STATE DEPARTMENT POST

WAS CREATED BY CONGRESS IN

1998.

IF CONFIRMED, HE WILL BE THE

FIRST NON-CHRISTIAN TO HOLD

THE JOB.

AND THAT NEWS COMES AS

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN

KERRY RELEASED THE 2013

ANNUAL REPORT ON

INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

AN ESTIMATED 76% OF THE

WORLD'S POPULATION LIVE IN

COUNTRIES WHERE RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM IS RESTRICTED.

KERRY SAID THE U.S. HAS TO

TAKE A STRONG STAND AGAINST

THOSE VIOLATIONS.

AROUND THE WORLD,

REPRESSIVE GOVERNMENTS AND

EXTREMIST GROUPS HAVE BEEN

CRYSTAL CLEAR ABOUT WHAT

THEY STAND AGAINST.

SO WE HAVE TO BE EQUAL CLEAR

ABOUT WHAT WE MUST STAND

FOR.

WE STAND FOR GREATER

FREEDOM.

GREATER TOLERANCE.

GREATER RESPECT FOR RIGHTS,

FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION,

AND FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE.

Mark: A KEY NOTE IN THE

2013 REPORT IS A LARGE

NUMBER OF DISPLACED MEMBERS

OF RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES,

INCLUDING ENTIRE COMMUNITIES

IN SYRIA AND IRAQ, THAT HAVE

BEEN FORCED TO FLEE THEIR

HOMES DUE TO PERSECUTION.

EFREM GRAHAM SPOKE WITH GARY

LANE ABOUT TODAY'S RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM NEWS.

ARE GARY, TELL US ABOUT

THIS REPORT.

WHAT DOES IT SHOW?

Reporter: SOME OF THE

SAME THINGS THAT THE REPORT

IN THE PAST YEARS HAS

SHOWN.

THE BIG CULPRITS, CHINA,

SAUDI ARABIA, NORTH KOREA,

IRAN, UZBEKISSTAN, AND

COUNTRIES LIKE THAT.

THE SIGNIFICANT THING THIS

TIME AROUND IS THE STATE

DEPARTMENT IS SAYING FOR THE

FIRST TIME IN RECENT MEMORY,

THEY ARE SEEING THIS MASS

MOVEMENT OF RELIGIOUS GROUPS

OF PEOPLE, INCLUDING

CHRISTIANS FROM SYRIA, AND

ALSO OTHER AREAS AROUND THE

WORLD.

Efrem: WE KNOW THAT THE

PRESIDENT HAS FINALLY

SELECTED A RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

AMBASSADOR.

Reporter: YES.

Efrem: HOW IMPORTANT IS

THIS MOVE?

Reporter: IT IS RABBI

SAPERSTEIN, AND IT IS

SIGNIFICANT, EFREM, BECAUSE

IF YOU'RE REALLY COMMITTED

TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, YOU

NEED A SPOKESPERSON, YOU

NEED A POINT MAN OR WOMAN,

AND THIS PERSON NEEDS TO GO

FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY AND

INVESTIGATES AND PUTS

PRESSURE ON THOSE

COUNTRIES.

WITHOUT IT, WHAT KIND OF

COMMITMENT DO YOU HAVE?

IT SHOWS A COMMITMENT ON THE

PRESIDENT'S PART THAT HAS

BEEN LACKING.

Efrem: THIS NEW

AMBASSADOR WILL BE LOOKING

AT THE REPORT.

THE REPORT EQUATES WHAT IS

HAPPENING TO CHRISTIANS TO

WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH OTHER

MINORITIES, BUT ARE THE

SITUATIONS EQUAL?

Reporter: IT ISN'T THE

SAME.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE AZITIS IN

IRAQ, AND SHI'AS AND SUNNIS

AGAINST SHI'AS, IT ISN'T

QUITE THE SAME.

IN IRAQ ALONE, YOU HAD

ALMOST A MILLION AND A HALF

CHRISTIANS THERE, MANY YEARS

AGO, BEFORE THE U.S.

INVASION.

NOW WE'RE LUCKY IF THERE ARE

350,000, IN PLACES LIKE

HOMS, SYRIA.

AT ONE TIME, YOU HAD 160,000

CHRISTIANS, AND NOW MAYBE

LESS THAN 1,000.

IT IS A TRUE HOLOCAUST

AGAINST CHRISTIANS IN THE

MIDDLE EAST, AND THE STATE

DEPARTMENT REALLY ISN'T

SAYING THAT.

Efrem: WE KNOW THE

ISLAMIC STATE HAD NOT TAKEN

OVER NORTHERN IRAQ UNTIL

THIS YEAR.

Reporter: YEAH.

THIS REPORT IS 2013.

Efrem: BUT CHRISTIANS

ARE BEING TARGETED FOR

EXTINCTION.

TELL US ABOUT THE SYMBOL THE

ISLAMISTS ARE USING?

IT IS THE 14th LETTER

IN ARABIC AL F ALPHABET,

WHICH STANDS FOR NONE.

THEY WOULD PAINT IT ON

BUILDINGS AND CHURCHES TO

MARK CHRISTIANS FOR

PERSECUTION.

YOU HAVE TO EITHER LIVE

UNDER SHARI'A LAW, OR YOU

LEAVE, OR YOU CONVERT, OR

YOU DIE.

THOSE ARE THE FOUR OPTIONS

YOU HAVE.

THIS WAS A SYMBOL MARKING

THEM FOR PERSECUTION.

Efrem: YOU CREATED YOUR

OWN SYMBOL, RELATED TO WORD

WORLD WAR II.

Reporter: MY FATHER

TOLD ME, HISTORY HAS A

STRANGE WAY OF REPEATING

ITSELF, ESPECIALLY IF WE

DON'T LEARN THE LESSONS.

IT IS SIMILAR TO THE

HOLOCAUST AGAINST THE JEWS

BY THE NAZIS IN EUROPE.

AND TODAY WE'RE SEEING

CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST, A HOLOCAUST AGAINST

THEM.

I COMBINED THE TWO, THE

YELLOW STAR OF DAVID, WHICH

THE JEWS WERE FORCED TO WEAR

UNDER NOOT NAZIISM, AND

TODAY, OF COURSE, THE LETTER

NONE.

CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD

ARE ARE USIN USING THIS ON

THEIR Facebook PAGES.

Efrem: THANK YOU SO

MUCH.

ALWAYS APPRECIATE YOUR

INSIGHT.

Mark: THE FAMED GROUND

ZERO CROSS WON'T BE REMOVED

FROM THE NATIONAL SEPTEMBER

11TH MUSEUM FOR NOW.

THE CROSS, FOUND IN THE

RUBBLE OF THE WORLD TRADE

CENTER BUILDINGS BECAME A

STRONG SYMBOL FOR RESCUE

WORKERS AND VICTIMS'

FAMILIES IN THE AFTERMATH OF

9/11.

THE ATHEIST GROUP SAYS

ACKNOWLEDGING FAITH EQUALS

IMPROPER RELIGIOUS

CONDITION.

BUT THE SUPREME COURT

DISAGREED.

THEY SAID TELLING HUMAN

HISTORY OFTEN REFERS TO

RELIGION.

THE ACLJ BELIEVES THE

AMERICAN ATHEISTS WILL

LIKELY APPEAL.

A FEDERAL COURT OF APPEALS

HAS STRUCK DOWN VIRGINIA'S

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BAN.

THE FOURTH CIRCUIT COURT IN

RICHMOND SAYS BANNING

RECOGNITION OF SUCH UNIONS

PERFORMED IN OTHER STATES

VIOLATES THE U.S.

CONSTITUTION.

THE JUDGE RULED THE BAN

VIOLATES EQUAL PROTECTION

AND DUE PROCESS GUARANTEES.

THE LAWSUIT WAS FILED BY TWO

MEN WHO WERE DENIED A

MARRIAGE LICENSE, AND TWO

WOMEN WHO'S MARRIAGE FROM

CALIFORNIA IS NOT RECOGNIZED

BY VIRGINIA.

THE CASE IS ONE OF SEVERAL

THAT COULD GO TO THE U.S.

SUPREME COURT.

TURNING NOW TO THE WAR IN

THE MIDDLE EAST.

THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL

AND PRESIDENT OBAMA ARE

PRESSING BENJAMIN NETANYAHU

TO END THE FIGHTING.

THE BATTLE ON THE GROUND HAS

SLOWED, BUT THERE IS STILL

NO END IN SIGHT TO THE WAR.

HERE IS CHRIS MITCHELL FROM

TEL AVIV.

Reporter: WHILE

DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS GO ON,

ISRAELI COMBAT ENGINEERS

CONTINUE TO DISCOVER AND

DESTROY THE VAST NETWORK OF

HAMAS TUNNELS.

ISRAEL SAYS THE TUNNELS AS

AN ENORMOUS THREAT TO ITS

POPULATION.

ONE TUNNEL STARTED UNDER

UNDER THE WAFI HOSPITAL IN

ISRAEL.

IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS, HAMAS

TERRORISTS MADE SEVERAL

INFILTRATIONS INTO ISRAEL

USING THESE TUNNELS.

ABOUT 200 HAMAS TERRORISTS

PLAN TO KILL AND KIDNAP

HUNDREDS OF ISRAELIS ALONG

THE ISRAELI-GAZA BORDER.

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU LAID THE

BLAME ON HAMS FOR THE

DEATHS.

HAMAS IS RESPONSIBLE FOR

THE DEATHS.

IT IS SACRIFICING THEIR OWN

PEOPLE, QUITE WILLFULLY,

CYNICALLY, AND HORRIBLY.

THEY'RE USING THEIR PEOPLE

AT HUMAN SHIELDS.

Reporter: SO FAR MORE

THAN 40 ISRAELI SOLDIERS

HAVE DIED IN THE FIGHTING,

AND DOZENS HAVE BEEN

WOUNDED.

SOME OF THE WOUNDED CAME

HERE TO THE SHIFA MEDICAL

CENTER IN TEL AVIV, AND THEY

CAME FROM THE FRONT LINES,

AND TOLD HOW HAMAS IS USING

WOMEN AND CHILDREN AS HUMAN

SHIELDS.

MY FRIEND SAID A

TERRORIST HID BEHIND A

LITTLE GIRL AND SHOT AT

THEM, AND THEY DIDN'T FIRE

BACK BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T

WANT TO KILL THE LITTLE

GIRL.

THEY WAITED AND THEN SHOT

HIM IN THE HEAD.

Reporter: OTHER

SOLDIERS FACED TERRORISTS

USING WOMEN AS HUMAN

SHIELDS.

THEY HESITATED, AND THESE

HESITATION COST SOME OF THE

SOLDIERS THEIR LIFE, AND

SOME GOT INJURED BECAUSE

THEY WERE SURPRISED TO SEE

THE WOMEN BEHIND THEM.

Reporter: IT REMAINS TO

BE SEEN HOW FAR THE WAR

WOULD GO ON, BUT ISRAEL

WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE

DEMILITARIZATION OF THE GAZA

STRIP AS ONE OF THE LAST

THINGS THAT GOES IN

"OPERATION PROTECTION

EDGE."

Mark: AMERICA IS

STEPPING UP ITS PRESSURE ON

RUSSIA, AND RELEASING

EVIDENCE OF DIRECT

INVOLVEMENT WITH THE

UKRAINE.

THEY HAVE FIRED ROCKETS

ACROSS THE BORDER.

MEANWHILE UKRAINIAN TELL

VEN INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS

FOR THE TAKING DOWN OF THE

MALAYSIA AIRLINE.

Reporter: THESE ARE THE

IMAGES THAT THE STATE

DEPARTMENT HAS RELEASED.

THE SLIDES SHOW WHERE BLAST

MARKS ARE FROM THE ROCKETS.

MOSCOW HAS BEEN FIRING

ROCKETS ACROSS THE BORDER,

AND MORE THAN SEVEN MILES

INTO EASTERN UKRAINE.

AIMED DIRECTLY AT UKRAINIAN

MILITARY FORCES.

YOU'VE GOT A RUSSIAN

GOVERNMENT THAT HAS MADE THE

CONSCIOUS DECISION TO USE

ITS MILITARY FORCE INSIDE OF

ANOTHER SOVEREIGN NATION, TO

ACHIEVE ITS OBJECTIVES.

THE FIRST TIME, I THINK,

PROBABLY SINCE 1939 OR SO.

Reporter: WITH THE

RELEASE OF THESE LATEST IM

IMAGES, SECRETARY OF STATE

JOHN KERRY HAS SPOKEN TO

RUSSIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER,

URGING HIM TO STOP THE FLOW

OF WEAPONS INTO UKRAINE, AND

HE REFUSED TO ACCEPT SERGEI

LAVROV'S DENIAL.

SENATOR LINDSAY GRAHAM WANTS

TO SEE EVEN MORE SANCTIONS

ON THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY, AND

SUPPORT TO EQUIP AND TRAIN

THE UKRAINIAN MILITARY.

I THINK WHAT WE'VE

LEARNED FROM THESE CHANGING

TIMES, WITHOUT AMERICAN

LEADERSHIP, THE WORLD D DE

DECINDERGRATES.

RUSSIA IS MORE AGGRESSIVE,

NOT LESS.

Reporter: UKRAINIAN

INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS ARE

ARE POINTING FINGERS AT THAT

AGGRESSION, AND THEY BLAME

RUSSIA FOR THE ATTACK THAT

TOOK DOWN MALAYSIA AIRLINES

FLIGHT 17.

THERE IS ENOUGH EVIDENCE

OF TERRORISTS WHO ARE SENT

FROM RUSSIAN FEDERATIONS.

THEY ARE IN CHARGE FOR THE

SHOOTING OF THE MALAYSIAN

AIRPLANE.

Mark: THAT WAS EFREM

GRAHAM REPORTING.

IN OTHER NEWS, THE EBOLA

OUTBREAK IS ONLY GETTING

WORSE.

AND NOW A DOCTOR FROM

SAMARITAN'S PURSE IS

INFECTED WITH THE VIRUS.

THERE ARE INHERENT

DANGERS WORKING WITH THE

DISEASE.

DR. BRANTLY IS THE VICTIM OF

THAT RIGHT NOW.

BUT WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING

WE CAN TO KEEP OUR STAFF

SAFE.

THE REALITY IS IT IS A

DEADLY DISEASE AND IT IS

EASILY SPREAD.

Mark: DR. KENT BRANTLY

HAS BEEN TREATED PATIENTS IN

LIBERIA WHEN HE CAME DOWN

WITH EBOLA.

THE DEADLY VIRUS HAS

AFFECTED AT LEAST 750 PEOPLE

IN THE AREA.

HE BEGAN SERVING IN AFRICA

BEFORE THE OUTBREAK BEGAN.

THE 33-YEAR-OLD IS

UNDERGOING TREATMENT IN AN

ISOLATION CENTER.

A CHRISTIAN VOLUNTEER NURSE

WORKING WITH BRANTLY ALSO

TESTED POSITIVELY.

DOCTORS SAY EARLY TREATMENT

OF EBOLA IMPROVES A

PATIENT'S CHANCES.

COMING UP, THEY SAY GIVING

IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL.

NEW RESEARCH SHOWS IT IS

ALSO GOOD FOR THE BODY.

Efrem: LAWMAKERS ARE

ARE ANNOUNCING A PLAN TO

ADDRESS CRITICAL PROBLEMS

WITH THE V.A. HEALTH CARE

PROGRAM.

REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS

FROM THE HOUSE AND SENATE

HAVE AGREED TO AUTHORIZE

BILLIONS IN SPENDING TO

LEASE 27 NEW CLINICS AND

HIRE MORE DOCTORS AND

NURSES.

IT WILL ALSO MAKE IT EASIER

FOR VETERANS TO GET OUTSIDE

CARE IF THEY'RE HAVING

DIFFICULTY SEEING A V.A.

DOCTOR.

THE V.A. HAS BEEN ENGULFED

IN SCANDAL AFTER REVELATION

THAT VETERANS ACROSS THE

ACCEPCOUNTRY HAD HAVE TO

WAIT MONTHS, AND SOME DIED

WHILE WAITING TO SEE A

DOCTOR.

AND SOME HOSPITALS FALSIFIED

THEIR RECORDS TO COVER UP

THE SCANDAL.

Charlene: THE BIBLE

TELLS US TO GIVE, AND

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, DOCTORS

NOW AGREE.

Efrem: OVERWHELMING

EVIDENCE SHOWS GENEROSITY IS

GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH, FROM

PREVENTING CANCER AND HEART

DISEASE, TO BUILDING

SELF-ESTEEM.

Reporter: THE FACTS ARE

CLEAR: GIVERS LIVE LONGER,

HAPPIER, AND HEALTHIER

LIVES.

RECENT STUDIES SHOW

GENEROSITY TRIGGERED A

NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES, ALL GOOD, BOTH

MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY.

HERE AT THE WORLD RENOWNED

CLEVELAND CLINIC, THE DOCTOR

DEVELOPS WAYS TO ENHANCE THE

INNER HEALING RESPONSE OF

PATIENTS.

THERE ARE TREMENDOUS

HEALTH BENEFITS TO GIVING.

Reporter: STRESS LEADS

TO ILLNESS, AND DR. MCKEE

SAYS GIVING CAN REVERSE THE

DEADLY AFFECTS OF STRESS.

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER

YOU GIVE TIME OR MONEY, OR

IF IT IS TO A LOVED ONE OR A

COMPLETE STRANGER.

WE KNOW THAT GIVING TENDS

TO REDUCE BLOOD PRESSURE,

SLOW HEART RATE.

AGAIN, GIVING REDUCES

STRESS.

IT REDUCES DEPRESSION.

Reporter: RESEARCHERS

FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES

OF HEALTH STUDIED M.R.I.s

OF PEOPLE WHO GAVE TO

VARIOUS CHARITIES.

THEY FOUND GENEROSITY

STIMULATES THE REWARD CENTER

IN THE BRAIN, RELEASING

CHEMICALS THAT STRENGTHEN

OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM.

WE THOUGH THERE IS A

RELEASE OF ENDORPHINS.

THESE ARE THE KIND OF

MAGICAL CHEMICALS THAT COME

FROM VARIOUS AREAS IN THE

BRAIN, AND THEY FLOOD

THROUGHOUT THE SYSTEM.

THEY ARE COUSINS, BASICALLY,

BUT SOME REDUCE PAIN.

SOME KIND OF SEEK OUT

SICK-LOOKING CELLS AND EXERT

A HEALING EFFECT ON THEM.

THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT

POSITIVE EFFECTS.

Reporter: DR. STEVEN

DEUTSCHE IS THE CHAIRMAN OF

SCREA A PSYCHIATRY AT THE

VIRGINIA INSTITUTE.

WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO

NOT BE SO SELF-ABSORBED.

AND WE TELL PEOPLE TO

PRACTICE BEING CONCERNED AND

INVESTED IN OTHER PEOPLE.

Reporter: HE SAYS THE

MORE PEOPLE GIVE, THE EASIER

IT GETS.

SOMETIMES THEY FEEL IT IS

FRAUDULENT, IT'S NOT REALLY

WHO THEY ARE.

BUT OVER TIME IT BECOMES

MORE COMFORTABLE AND IT HAS

A POWERFUL THERAPEUTIC

EFFECT.

Reporter: SO PEOPLE WHO

FEEL POWERLESS OR WORTHLESS

FIND A FEW PURPOSE IN VALUE

BY SEEING THEIR ACTIONS HELP

OTHERS, AND THEY TEND TO

LIVE LONGER AND HEALTHIER

LIVES.

LORI JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

Charlene: UP NEXT, THEY

RISKED THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR

FAITH.

WE'LL TAKE YOU TO A PLACE

WHERE REVIVAL IS UNDER WAY

WITHIN THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC

OF IRAN.

Charlene: THE ISLAMIC

MILITANTS WHO TOOK OVER A

BIG CHUNK OF IRAQ HAVE NOW

DESTROYED THE HISTORIC TOMB

OF JONAH.

THE GROUP CALLED THE ISLAMIC

STATE HAS DESTROYED HALF A

DOZEN OF THE CITY'S MOST

REVERED HOLY PLACES.

THAT INCLUDES THE SITE WHICH

IS SAID TO BE THE BURIAL

PLACE OF THE PROPHET JONAH.

Efrem: AMERICANS OFTEN

THINK OF IRAN AS A HOSTILE

COUNTRY WITH RADICAL LEADERS

AND HOSTILE MOBS.

BUT THERE IS ANOTHER SIDE OF

IRAN, PEOPLE WHO LOVE

AMERICA, ISRAEL, AND JESUS

CHRIST.

Charlene: CHRIS

MITCHELL SPOKE TO SOME OF

THESE IRANIAN BELIEVERS WHO

HAVE FLED THEIR COUNTRY AND

FOUND SAFETY IN CENTRAL

TURKEY.

Reporter: WHEN SOMEONE

GETS BAPTIZED IN THIS HOUSE

CHURCH, PEOPLE CLAP AND

CHEER LIKE FANS AT A WORLD

CUP MATCH.

WHILE THEY SUFFERED

PERSECUTION AND OFTEN FLED

FOR THEIR LIVES, THEY STILL

POSSESS AN IN FE INFECTIOUS

AND JOY WAW JOYOUS FAITH.

GROWING UP, I LEARNED

ABOUT JESUS CHRIST.

AND I REALLY STARTED LIKING

CHRISTIANITY.

IT WAS REALLY SWEET TO ME,

THE FEELINGS AND THE

STORIES.

AND SO BY THE TIME I WAS 15,

I BELIEVED IN HIM AND I

SAID, I WANT TO BE A

CHRISTIAN.

Reporter: MANY IRANIAN

CHRISTIANS HAVE FLED IRAN

AND HAVE COME HERE TO

TURKEY.

SOME SAY IT IS JUST LIKE

COMING OUT OF THE DARKNESS.

IT IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT.

YOU I HAVE FREELY PRAISE THE

LORD.

I CAN EASILY GO TO CHURCH.

IT IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

Reporter: RAZIN

ATTENDED THE CHURCH LED BY

AMERICAN PASTOR SAEED

ABEDINI, WHO IS IMPRISONED

IN IRAN FOR HIS CHRISTIAN

FAITH.

AFTER ABEDINI'S ARREST, THE

CHURCH DISBANDED.

LATER RAZIN FOUND HIMSELF ON

THE RUN.

AS A RESULT, I CAME OUT

OF IRAN BECAUSE DAY BY DAY

THIS SITUATION HAD BEEN MORE

DIFFICULT.

IT WAS RISKY FOR ME, ALSO.

I HAD TO CHANGE OUR HOME

BECAUSE I WAS SURE THAT ONE

DAY THEY WOULD REALIZE OUR

HOME IS A HOUSE CHURCH.

AND THEY WOULD RECOGNIZE

THAT.

Reporter: ANOTHERS FLED

FOR THEIR LIVES, LIKE RAZA,

AND RAZEL, THIS SISTER.

IT WAS A REALLY HARD

SITUATION FOR ME TO GO

THERE.

I COULDN'T EVEN PRAISE GOD

WITH ALL OF MY HEART BECAUSE

I KNOW ALL TROUBLE WAS

THERE.

EVEN IF I SAY JESUS CHRIST,

THEY MAY KILL ME.

IT BECOMES A PROBLEM FOR

MY JOB.

AND MY HEALTH -- LIKE THEY

TRIED TO KILL ME, ALSO.

AND THEN I START TO RUN

AWAY.

Reporter: DESPITE THE

CONSISTENT THREAT, DANGER,

AND RISK, THESE BELIEVERS

KEEP THE FAITH.

NOW THEY'LL FIND A CHURCH

HOME AND FAMILY.

THEIR PASTOR LEADS HOUSE

CHURCHES IN IRAN, AS WELL AS

THE U.S., CANADA, GERMANY,

AND MALAYSIA, ALL VIA

SKYPE.

THE MAIN CHURCH IS NI

HOUSE.

MY HOUSE.

THROUGH THE INTERNET, I

CONNECT WITH EVERYBODY.

IT HAS BECOME LIKE AN

INTERNET CHURCH.

Reporter: HE SAYS A

GREAT REVIVAL IS UNDER WAY

WITHIN THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC

OF ISLAM.

RIGHT NOW YOU CAN SEE THE

RESULTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

FROM 1994, THERE WERE ABOUT

100,000 BELIEVERS.

RIGHT NOW THERE ARE THREE

MILLION.

YOU CAN SEE WHAT THE HOLY

SPIRIT IS DOING WITH THE

PEOPLE.

Reporter: MANY BECAME

CHRISTIANS THROUGH A DREAM

OR VISION.

I HAD A DREAM A LONG TIME

BACK.

AND EVERY TIME, JESUS WAS

WITH ME.

AND IN ALL OF MY LIFE, HE

WAS HELPING ME.

AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHO IS

THIS PERSON.

SUDDENLY JESUS CHRIST WAS

OVER ME.

AND HE SAID, COME TO ME.

AND THEN I COME TO THAT

SITE, AND HE ACCEPTED ME.

Reporter: DESPITE ALL

OF THE HARDSHIP AND BEING

FORCED FROM THEIR HOMELAND,

THESE BELIEVERS EXUDE JOY.

MANY HOPE TO ONE DAY ACHIEVE

REFUGEE STATUS AND IMMIGRATE

TO OTHER COUNTRIES.

IN THE MEANTIME, THEY WANT

BELIEVERS IN THE WEST TO

PRAY FOR THE CHURCH IN

IRAN.

I'M JUST BEGGING, REALLY,

FROM ALL OF THE BELIEVERS

AND SISTERS AND BROTHERS

FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, TO

PRAY FOR IRAN, FOR ALL OF

THE PEOPLE OF IRAN TO BE

FAMILIAR WITH GOD, WITH

JESUS CHRIST.

Reporter: CHRIS

TURKEY.

Charlene: FINALLY

TODAY, "OPERATION BLESSING"

IS BRINGING AID TO

IMPOVERISHED CHILDREN AND

SOUTH SUDAN.

Efrem: THEY'RE TEAMING

UP WITH AN ORGANIZATION

CALLED "CONFIDENT CHILDREN

OUT OF CONFLICT" TO PROVIDE

BASIC NECESSITIES FOR

FAMILIES FLEEING VIOLENCE.

MANY OF THOSE FLEEING ARE

ORPHANED GIRLS WHO ARE

FORCED TO SELL THEMSELVES ON

THE STREET TO EARN ENOUGH

MONEY JUST FOR FOOD.

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

PROVIDING FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS

AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE.

AND YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE

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