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CBN NewsWatch: December 24, 2014

CBN NewsWatch: December 24, 2014: A winning formula: Ky. churches unite to reach lost; Saeed pens Christmas message from 'hard, cold' prison; Israel's beauty awes American pageant queens; and more. Read Transcript


THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US

"FOR CBN NEWS, TODAY, I AM"

EPHRAIM GRAHAM.

CHURCHES OFTEN SPEND YEAR

PERCENTS -- TRYING TO REACH

COMMUNITIES FOR CHRIST.

A SIMPLE WINNING FORMULA

STRAIGHT FROM THE BIBLE.

MAIN INGREDIENTS ARE UNITY AND A

LOVE FOR OVERS.

REPORTER: MANY CONGREGATIONS

REALIZE THEY MAKE NO IMPACT

UNTIL THEY REACH OUTSIDE THEIR

WALLS.

WHAT IF A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT

CHURCHES DECIDED TO BAND

TOGETHER FOR THE GREATER GOOD?

THIS MAY LOOK LIKE A PATCH OF

GRASS IN THE POORER PARTS OF

"LEXINGTON KENTUCKY, 16-20"

CHURCHES COME TOGETHER FOR A

PURPOSE TO HELP OTHER POOR

PEOPLE.

THEY HAVE TAKEN TURNS FORMING

THIS TEMPERATURE CHURCH

WORSHIPPING AND PERFORMING ACTS

"OF SERVICE, FREE MEDICAL EXAMS"

OR TO HAIR CUTS TO BOXES OF

"DONATED CLOTHES,ALL FOLLOWED BY"

A BIG FEAST SO EVERYONE LEAVES

FULL SPIRITUALLY AND PHYSICALLY.

WE HAVE A LOT OF GOOD

MINISTRIES AND GOOD MUSIC.

FOOD IS EXCELLENT.

CHARLIE YOUNGER HAS PREACHED

HERE FOR YEARS.

GOD PUT ON MY HEART IT WAS

IMPORTANT FOR ME TO GIVE BACK

JUST A PORTION OF WHAT HE HAS

GIVEN TO ME.

HE RELATES TO THE HARD TIMES

MANY OF THESE FOLKS GO THROUGH.

I WAS HOMELESS ONCE IN MY

PICKUP TRUCK.

THAT HAS BEEN A WHILE BACK.

GOD BROUGHT ME OUT OF THAT.

THIS IS CALLED CHURCH UNDER

THE BRIDGE.

IT WAS NAMED BY ONE OF THE

FOUNDERS WHO SAW A SIMILAR

"MINISTRY IN AUSTIN, TEXAS THAT"

DID TAKE PLACE AMONG THE

HOMELESS UNDER THE BRIDGE.

IT EMANATES A CRUCIAL MESSAGE.

CHRIST'S BODY AND LOVE GOES

BEYOND WHAT HAPPENS BETWEEN

CHURCH WALLS.

I FELT SO BLESSED TO HAVE

WHAT I HAVE AND GIVE BACK IS

GOOD.

KRISTEN RAY MAKES HER TEENAGE

CHILDREN ALWAYS TAKE PART.

SHE IS GRATIFIED TO SEE THE

CHANGES IN HER KIDS LIKE THE DAY

HER DAUGHTER GAVE HER EARRINGS

AWAY.

A LADY FELL IN LOVE WITH HER

EARRINGS.

ERICK KNOWS WHAT IT IS LIKE.

CHURCH UNDER THE BRIDGE

TRANSFORMED HIS LIFE.

I HAVE BEEN GOING HERE SEVEN

YEARS NOW.

HE SAYS MANY WHO COME HERE

HAVE SERIOUS PROBLEMS.

HERE THEY FIND A DOCTOR OR NURSE

AND OTHER FORMS OF COMFORT.

PEANUT BUTTER JELLY SANDWICH

AND A ROLL OF TOILET PAPER.

ANY LITTLE BIT HELPS.

LEXINGTON CAN WITNESS

CHURCHES ACT IN UNITY TO SHOW

PURE LOVE.

SOMETIMES WE GET TOO WORRIED

ABOUT DENOMINATIONS OR DOGMAS.

I THINK THIS IS AN EXCELLENT

EXAMPLE OF HOW CHURCHES CAN WORK

TOGETHER.

JESUS TAUGHT CHURCHES TO SHOW

COMMUNITY AND SHOW LOVE.

MAYBE CHURCH UNDER THE BRIDGE

CAN BY THE BRIDGE TO GET US

THERE.

"PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS,"

"LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY."

PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI WROTE A

LETTER AND RELEASED BY THE

AMERICAN CENTER OF LAW AND

JUSTICE SAYING WE SHOULD BE ABLE

TO TOLERATE THE DIFFICULTIES AND

ENTER INTO THE PAIN OF THE COLD

DARK WORLD AND ABLE TO GIVE THE

FIERY LOVE OF CHRIST TO THOSE

SPIRITUALLY DEAD.

THIS WEEK CBN NEWS SPOKE WITH

JORDAN SEKULOW ABOUT THE

POSSIBILITY OF PASTOR SAEED'S

RELEASE.

WE HAVE TO CAREFULLY MONITOR

THE U.S. NEGOTIATIONS WITH IRAN.

I WOULD TAKE TODAY'S NEWS WHEN

"ALAN GROSS, AMERICAN HELD IN"

CUBA NEARLY FIVE YEARS SINCE

2009

YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO

HAPPEN WHEN YOU WAKE UP.

YOU HAVE TO KEEP DOING THE WORK

WE DO TO GET SAEED HOME.

WE ASK PEOPLE TO CONTINUE TO

PRAY.

WHEN WE HAVE A SPECIFIC ACTION

"ITEM, THEY STILL TAKE PART IN"

THAT.

AS TODAY'S NEWS SHOWS ANOTHER

AMERICAN WRONGFULLY HELD BY A

COUNTRY.

YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT EFFORTS ARE

GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

YOU HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING YOU

CAN.

WE BELIEVE THAT IS OUR DUTY AS

"CHRISTIANS, WE TAKE EVERY"

RESOURCE WE CAN POSSIBLE TO DO

THE SMART THINGS TO GET SAEED

HOME.

THAT IS THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW

AND WAYS YOU CAN HELP PASTOR

SAEED LOG ON TO CBN.COM.

CHURCH ATTENDANCE IS LOW IN

OFFICIAL STATE CHURCHES.

REVIVE HAS COME TO SOME GERMAN

CHURCHES IN AN UNEXPECTED WAY.

DALE HURD REPORTS FROM BERLIN.

REPORTER: PARTS OF GERMANY

ARE AMONG THE MOST GODLESS

"PLACES IN THE WORLD, CHURCH"

ATTENDANCE IS GROWING THANKS TO

FORMER MUSLIMS FROM IRAN.

PERSIAN CONVERTS TO CHRISTIANITY

DOUBLED THE SIZE OF THE

CONGREGATION.

CAME LIKE AN UNEXPECTED

SUMMER RAIN.

NEW PEOPLE STARTED COMING EVERY

WEEK AND ASKED TO BE BAPTIZED.

IN THE BEGINS ONLY FIVE OR SIX

IRANIANS CAME.

THEY WERE EASY TO SPOT AND OVER

TIME THEY BROUGHT FRIENDS AND

NEIGHBORS.

REPORTER: MUSLIMS CONDUCTED A

NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGN TO GIVE AWAY

KORANS IN A COUNTRY THAT TURNED

ITS BACK ON BIBLICAL

CHRISTIANITY.

IRANIAN IMMIGRANTS OR PERSIANS

HAVE EXPERIENCED DARKNESS OF

MUSLIM IN THEIR NATIVE LAND AND

HUNGRY FOR THE JOY OF

CHRISTIANITY.

MICHAEL ASKED WE DISGUISE HIS

FACE.

I MET THEM IN AN UNDERGROUND

CHURCH IN A FLAT.

WE SPOKE ABOUT JESUS AND TRIED

TO DO A BIBLE STUDY WITHOUT A

BIBLE.

ALL OF THE PERSIANS ACCEPTED

CHRIST AND HAD TO FREE TO ESCAPE

THE RISK OF DEATH.

I DIDN'T GO IN THE CHURCH.

"LATER, I CALLED MY MOTHER."

SHE SAID POLICE WERE HERE

LOOKING FOR YOU.

MY FAMILY HELPED ME FLEE.

" WHEN I WAS INIRAN, I WANTED"

TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN.

IT IS DIFFICULT TO LEARN ABOUT

CHRISTIANITY IN IRAN.

FORBIDDEN FOR A MUSLIM TO BECOME

A CHRISTIAN.

IT WAS DIFFICULT.

I HAD TO LEAVE MY PARENTS.

I LOST MY HOME AND FAMILY.

ROSEMARY SAID THE PERSIANS

WITH SURPRISED TO FIND SO MANY

GERMANS DISINTERESTED IN

CHRISTIANITY.

THEY ARE AHEAD OF US IN A

"SENSE, THEY HAVEBEEN PERSECUTED"

FOR CHRIST AND FIGURED A LOT OF

GERMANS ARE CHRISTIANS IN NAME

ONLY.

SOME GERMANS SUSPICIONS OF

THE CONVERSIONS.

SISTER ROSE MARIE TAKES PERSIAN

CONVERTS THROUGH A RIGOROUS

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES.

I SUSPECTED SOME WANTED TO BE

BAPTIZED TO GET THEIR RESIDENCY.

THAT IS ONLY A FEW.

IN FACT SOME HAVE COME BACK TO

FAITH AND BAPTISM CLASS FOR THE

FOURTH TIME.

IT IS NOT KNOWN HOW MANY

CONVERTED AND JOINED CHURCHES IN

GERMANY.

IT IS A NATIONWIDE PHENOMENON

AND IN THE THOUSANDS.

IT REINVIGORATE TODAY

"CONGREGATION, DALE HURD, CBN"

"NEWS, BERLIN."

" HOWEVER DARK THE NIGHT,"

"HOWEVER DIM OURHOPES, THE LIGHT"

IS ALWAYS THERE WITHIN YOU.

HIS FAMILY GAVE HIM HOPE.

HIS SPIRIT GAVE HIM STRENGTH.

AND IN HIS DARKEST HOUR -- HIS

COURAGE WILL BRING HIM HOME.

UNBROKEN.

RATED PG 13.

CHRISTMAS DAY.

\M\M\M

FORMER AMERICAN BEAUTY

CONTESTANTS AND WINNERS VISITED

JERUSALEM AS PART OF A TRIP TO

SHOW THE REAL FAITH OF ISRAEL TO

CELEBRITIES IN THE HOPE THEY'LL

SPREAD THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HOLY

LAND.

REPORTER: PAGEANT WINNERS

USUALLY TAKE THE SPOTLIGHT.

THESE BEAUTY QUEENS TRAVELED TO

THIS PLACE.

THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT IS THE

CONNECTION OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

THE TRIP TO JERUSALEM WAS THE

FIRST VISIT.

FOR SOME IT WAS PROFOUNDLY

MOVING.

I FEEL LIKE I AM IN A STATE

"OF EUPHORIA, I WAS JUST AT THE"

PRAYER WALL.

VERY EMOTIONAL.

JERUSALEM HAS BEEN

"TRANSFORMING,CLEANSING, UM, BY"

FAR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL

EXPERIENCE IN MY WHOLE LIFE.

REPORTER: THE FAITH OF ISRAEL

WHICH INVITED THE PAGEANT

WINNERS TO VISIT.

PEOPLE THAT WIN THOSE TYPES

"OF MISS AMERICA, MISS UNITED"

STATES ARE IMPORTANT.

"THEY ARE A MEDIA IN THEIR OWN,"

THEY HAVE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS

OF FOLLOWERS ON TWITTER AND

FACEBOOK.

THEIR OPINIONS MATTER.

REPORTER: THEY SAID THE TRIP

CHANGED THEIR PERSPECTIVE OF THE

COUNTRY AND GOING BACK WITH A

NEW MESSAGE.

NO ONE KNOWS THE TRUTH.

I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT.

YOU SHOULDN'T BE SO AFRAID.

I GREW UP IN ALABAMA.

"I NEVER, NEVER FEARED FOR MY"

SAFETY GOING TO SCHOOL AND NEVER

SEEN A BOMB SHELTER.

BEING HERE WAS EYE OPENING.

WE UNDERSTAND THERE IS SO MUCH

MORE GOING ON THIS COUNTRY.

REPORTER: HIGHLIGHT WAS

PRAYING AT THE WESTERN WALL FOR

THE FIRST TIME.

I AM A CHRISTIAN.

I LIKE FELT HIS PRESENCE THERE

SO MUCH AND KNOWING HE IS A

MIRACLE WORKER.

OUR PRAYERS ARE IMPORTANT TO

HIM.

SO MANY TEARS.

IT WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL

EXPERIENCE OF MY WHOLE LIFE.

I WISH MORE PEOPLE COULD COME

HERE.

YOU COULD SEE THE NUMBER OF

PRAYERS.

YOU LOOK AROUND THE WHOLE WALL.

THE HOPES AND PRAYERS OF THE

WHOLE WORLD ARE HERE IN THIS

PLACE.

REPORTER: WHAT AFFECTED THEM

THE MOST?

ISRAEL IS A DIFFERENT WORLD

AND TAKEN ME BY SURPRISE.

DEFINITELY CHANGED MY LIFE.

"GETTING TO SEE IT IN PERSON,"

REALLY SOMETHING TO REMEMBER FOR

THE REST OF MY LIFE.

TODAY HAS BEEN THE MOST LIFE

CHANGING EXPERIENCE I HAVE HAD.

CHRISTIANITY IS VERY NEW TO ME

IN THE LAST YEAR OR SO.

TO BE HERE IS FURTHERING THOSE

BELIEFS TO SEE THE BIBLE COME TO

LIFE.

" REPORTER: ANIAK COB, CBN"

"NEWS, OLD CITY JERUSALEM."

CHOIRIST PERFORM HANDEL'S

"""MESSIAH"""

""""

HIS WORK THAT TRANSCENDS TIME.

\M\M\M

REPORTER: FOR MANY CHRISTMAS

WOULDN'T BE COMPLETE WITHOUT

TAKING PART IN A PERFORMANCE OF

HANDEL'S MESSIAH TO THE HEART OF

"THE HOLY LAND, JERUSALEM."

\M\M\M

"HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH."

REPORTER: IT IS FELT ACROSS

THE GLOBE.

OUR JOURNEY TAKES US TO EUROPE.

HANDEL CONSIDERED HIMSELF AN

OPERA COMPOSER.

"BY 1741, A DISCOURAGED HANDEL"

WONDERED IF RETIREMENT WAS NEAR.

IT IS QUITE POSSIBLE HE WAS

THINKING OF RETURNING TO

GERMANY.

REPORTER: THAT IS WHEN THIS

"MAN, CHARLES JENNINGS, A"

LITERARY SCHOLAR CAREFULLY

SELECTED OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT

SCRIPTURES DOCUMENTING

"PROPHECIES, JESUS'BIRTH, DEATH"

AND RESURRECTION.

THE DEEST DIDN'T BELIEVE IN

INFINITY OF CHRIST.

" FOR JENNINGS, ""MESSIAH"""

WAS A PERSONAL MISSION.

JENNINGS WAS A DEEPLY RELIGIOUS

MAN AND COMMITTED CHRISTIAN.

JENNINGS WENT TO ANOTHER

FRIEND SAYING I FOUND THIS

SCRIPTURE SELECTION FOR HANDEL

SO IT BECOMES HIS BEST OR TO

OWE.

THE SUSPECT IS MESSIAH.

HERE IS HANDEL'S COMPOSITION

ROOM AND WROTE IT IN 24 DAYS.

MANY BELIEVE IT WAS DIVINELY

INSPIRED.

ONE MUSIC SCHOLAR DESCRIBED THE

NUMBER OF ERRORS AS INCREDIBLY

LOW FOR A COMPOSITION OF ITS

LENGTH.

HANDEL NEVER LEFT HIS HOUSE

DURING THOSE THREE WEEKS AND A

FRIEND THAT VISITED DISCOVERED

HIM SOBBING WITH INTENSE

EMOTION.

I DID I THINK I SAW ALL HEAVEN

BEFORE ME AND THE GREAT GOD

HIMSELF.

FOR GIN JENNINGS HANDEL THEY

MADE THE CONTROVERSIAL DECISION

"TO PERFORM ""MESSIAH"""

IN THEATRES INSTEAD OF CHURCHES.

A WOMAN WITH AN ADULTERESS PAST

WAS ABLE TO PENETRATE THE HEART

WHEN OTHER VOCALISTS COULD ONLY

REACH THE EAR.

SHE TOUCHED THEM ON EVERY

LEVEL.

"SOMETHING IN ""MESSIAH"""

FOR EVERYBODY AND OF COURSE FOR

AN AUDIENCE.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE YOUTUBE

"FLASH MOB HALLELUJAH, HITS ARE"

RUNNING AT 42 MILLION.

YOU CAN SEE IN THE PEOPLE

LISTENING IN THE SHOPPING MALL

"AND SO ON, YOU CAN SEE THE"

CHANGE COMING OVER THEIR FACES

AS THEY LISTEN.

THEY ARE GREATLY MOVED.

PERFORMANCES WERE OFTEN

BENEFIT CONCERTS TO HELP RELEASE

PEOPLE FROM DEBTOR'S PRISON AND

PROVIDE FOR ORPHANS.

"""MESSIAH"""

"FED THE HUNGRY, FOSTERED THE"

ORPHAN MORE THAN ANY OTHER

SINGLE PRODUCTION THAN THIS OR

ANY COUNTRY.

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL DIDN'T

WANT TO CREDIT.

"HI WROTE SDJ SOLIDEO GLORIA, TO"

GOD ALONE THE GLORY.

"MARK MARTIN, CBN NEWS, LONDON."

ONE OF THIS YEAR'S WINDOWS TELLS

"THE TALE OF ALEX, A YOUNG BOY"

WHO EXPERIENCES CHRISTMAS ON

OTHER PLANETS WITH DOG BELLA.

THIS COMES TO LIFE USING 3D AND

HIGH DEFINITION FEATURE.

"ANOTHER IS 1947FILM ""MIRACLE ON"

"37TH STREET ""WHATHOLIDAY FILM"

ASSOCIATED WITH MACY'S AND

CHRISTMAS?

--

WE HAVE A LIFELINE.

WHAT FILM IS ASSOCIATED WITH

MACY'S AND CHRISTMAS TIME?

" ""MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET."""

I HAVE NO YOURS TRULY.

BLANK ON 34TH STREET.

I AM NOT SURE.

I DON'T KNOW.

" ""MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET."""

NO?

OH.

[LAUGHTER].

I NEED AN NYPD GROUP ANSWER:

ASSOCIATED WITH MACY'S AND

CHRISTMAS TIME.

" ""MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET."""

" ""MIRACLE ON 42ND STREET?"""

REPORTER: WHETHER YOU ARE IN

"A CITY, SUBURB OR COUNTRY, I"

HOPE YOU HAVE A VERY MERRY

CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS.

"I AM ANGELA, CBNNEWS, NEW YORK"

CITY.

" THANKS, ANGELA."

AN INDIANA NURSING HOME FIGHTING

BACK AFTER PRANKSTERS STOLE

THEIR TWO FOOT BABY JESUS

STATUTE AND RETURNED IT FOUR

DAYS LATER.

NOW THEIR BABY JESUS IS GOING

HIGH TECH WITH A TRACKING

DEVICE.

A NEW YORK COMPANY DONATING

SEVERAL GPS MONITORS.

"FINALLY THIS HOUR, A COUPLE OF"

SACRAMENTO POLICE OFFICERS ARE

BEING APPLAUDED FOR HELPING A

FAMILY IN NEED.

THEY SAW A FAMILY OF FIVE

OUTSIDE IN THE COLD AND RAIN.

THEY LEARNED THE FAMILY HAD

FALLEN ON HARD TIMES AND NO

PLACE TO SLEEP.

" WE SAID HEY, WOULD YOU BE"

OKAY IF WE PUT YOU IN A HOTEL

ROOM FOR THE NIGHT.

THESE OFFICERS ARE AMAZING:

THEY PAID FOR THE FAMILY TO

STAY IN A HOTEL USING THEIR OWN

MONEY.

THEY WERE REIMBURSED THROUGH

SARAH'S PROGRAM.

OFFICERS SAID THEY WANTED TO

LEND A HAND.

THE TRUE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS.

"THAT IS GOING TODO IT FOR ""CBN"

"NEWS TODAY,"" YOU CAN FIND OUT"

MORE ABOUT THESE STORIES AN MORE

ON CBN.COM.

THANKS FOR WATCHING AND MERRY

CHRISTMAS.

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