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CBN NewsWatch: March 16, 2015

On CBN Newswatch, March 16: Pakistani Christians mourn deadly church attacks; Netanyahu on election: 'We can close the gap!'; US-Iran nuke deal not likely as deadline nears; and more. Read Transcript


THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR

CBN "NEWSWATCH."

I'M CAITLIN BURKE.

Efrem: AND I'M EFREM

GRAHAM.

AT LEAST 14 PEOPLE ARE DEAD,

AND MORE THAN 70 INJURED AT

ISLAMIC TERRORISTS ATTACKED

TO CHURCHES IN PAKISTAN.

ONE DAY AFTER THE BOMBINGS,

THE ENTIRE CHRISTIAN

COMMUNITY IS IN MOURNING.

GARY LANE HAS THE STORY.

[YELLING]

Reporter: CHRISTIANS

GATHERED IN PROTESTS

THROUGHOUT PAKISTAN AS THEIR

TINY MINORITY COMMUNITY

PREPARED TO BURY THE DEAD.

SUICIDE BOMBERS BELOW

THEMSELVES UP IN TWO

CHURCHES NEAR THE STATE OF

LAHORE.

THE BLAST OCCURRED IN QUICK

SUCCESSION IN A CHRISTIAN

NEIGHBORHOOD KNOWN AS

YAHANABAD.

IT IS A CRISIS HERE IN

PAKISTAN.

TWO ARE ARRESTED AT THE

MOMENT, AND THERE ARE SO

MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE

INJURED.

I CAN SEE DEAD BODIES.

AND MOST OF THE PEOPLE ARE

INJURED.

Reporter: CHRISTIANS

TOOK TO THE STREETS

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE

BOMBINGS, DEMANDING JUSTICE

AND AN END TO THE TARGETING

OF THEIR COMMUNITIES.

THIS CHRISTIAN LEADER SAID

WE DEMAND THAT THE

GOVERNMENT PROVIDE

PROTECTION TO ALL PLACES OF

WORSHIP, OF ALL RELIGIONS,

INCLUDING MUSLIM PRAYER

PLACES.

IN PAKISTAN, MUSLIMS ARE

INSECURE AND WE WANT

SECURITY.

WE ARE WELL-WISHERS OF

PAKISTAN AND LOYAL TO THE

COUNTRY.

SOME OF THE ANGRY PAKISTANI

PROTESTORS TOOK MATTERS INTO

THEIR OWN HANDS, BURNING TO

DEATH ONE OF THE SUSPECTED

BOMBING ACCOMPLICES AND

KILLING ANOTHER.

THE VIDEO IS TOO GRAPHIC TO

SHOW HERE.

A FACTION OF TALIBAN CLAIMED

RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE

ATTACKS.

A POLICE INVESTIGATION

CONTINUES.

GARY LANE, CBN NEWS.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

IS DROPPING PLANS TO SLASH

THE NUMBER OF TROOPS IN

AFGHANISTAN.

THE WHITE HOUSE WANTED TO

CUT THE NUMBER TO 5500 BY

THE END OF THE YEAR.

BUT MILITARY LEADERS HAVE

BEEN FIGHTING TO KEEP MORE

GROUPS ON THE GROUND.

9800 TROOPS ARE CURRENTLY IN

AFGHANISTAN.

Efrem: INSIDERS SAY

THERE IS LITTLE HOPE THAT

IRANIAN AND U.S.

NEGOTIATIONS WILL COME UP

WITH A FRAMEWORK FOR A DEAL

ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM

WITHIN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS.

THE BEST THEY CAN HOPE FOR

IS AN AGREEMENT TO HOLD MORE

TALKS.

THAT IS NOT LIKELY TO

SATISFY CRITICS IN AMERICA

AND IRAN.

MEANWHILE, THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION IS PUTTING

THE FOCUS ON REPUBLICAN

SENATORS, WHO SENT AN OPEN

LETTER TO IRAN'S LEADERS.

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN

KERRY BLASTED THE SENATORS

FOR THEIR LETTER, SAYING ANY

DEAL WILL NEED CONGRESSIONAL

APPROVAL.

MITCHELL McCONNELL SAID

THE ADMINISTRATION IS

DODGING THE REAL ISSUES.

THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD

LIKE TO HAVE A DISTRACTION,

BUT THE POINT IS THE

SUBSTANCE OF THE MATTER, ARE

THEY OR ARE THEY NOT ABOUT

TO MAKE A VERY BAD DEAL THAT

WILL ALLOW THE IRANIANS, ONE

OF THE WORST REGIMES IN THE

WORLD, TO CONTINUE TO HAVE

THEIR NUCLEAR

INFRASTRUCTURE.

Efrem: NOW COMES WORD

THAT THE IRANIANS ARE MAKING

A NEW DEMAND.

THEY WANT TO KEEP AN

UNDERGROUND FACILITY THAT

HAS UNS HUNDREDS OF

CENTRIFUGES CABL CAPABLE OF

MAKING NUCLEAR WARHEADS.

VOTING FOR THE REST OF

ISRAEL BEGINS ON TUESDAY,

AND FINAL POLLS THOUGH

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU'S LIKUD

PARTY TRAILING A UNION OF

LEFTESTS.

CHRIS MITCHELL REPORTS FROM

JURGZ.

JERUSALEM.

Reporter: LAST WEEK,

10s OF THOUSANDS MOSTLY

SECULAR LEFTEST LEFTISTS

PACKED THIS SQUARE FOR AN

"ANYONE BIBIBI" CAMPAIGN.

HE WARNED THAT A LEFTIST

REGIME WOULD BE DANGEROUS

FOR ISRAEL.

THIS IS A CLOSE

STRUGGLE.

WE MUST CLOSE THIS GAP.

WE CAN CLOSE THIS GAP.

Reporter: A LITTLE MORE

THAN A WEEK AGO, NETANYAHU

PAID A SURPRISE VISIT HERE

TO JERUSALEM, THIS MARKET.

AND THESE ARE BIBI'S PEOPLE,

STRONG ON NATIONAL SECURITY,

AND HE'LL NEED A BIG TURNOUT

FROM SUPPORTERS AROUND THE

COUNTRY TO STAY IN OFFICE.

WHO ARE YOU SUPPORTING

TOMORROW?

I CAME FOR BIBI, THE

LIKUD.

HOW COME?

BECAUSE HE IS THE BEST.

I KNOW.

BIBI BECAUSE HE TAKES

CARE OF THE CIVILIANS, THE

SECURITY IN THE COUNTRY.

WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THE

CHILDREN.

ALL OF THE FAMILIES IN

ISRAEL, WHAT WE CAN DO.

Reporter: LABOUR PARTY

LEADER HERTZOG VISITED THE

WESTERN WORLD.

HIS COALITION HOLDS A

FOUR-SEAT LEAD OVER LIKUD.

BUT LIKUD WOULD HAVE TO TAKE

A SHELLACKING FOR HERTZOG TO

GET A CHANCE OF FORMING THE

NEXT GOVERNMENT THE THE

BIGGEST BOOS WERE AGAINST

THE FOREIGN MONEY COMING IN

FROM A GROUP CALLED V-15.

FOX NEWS REPORTS THAT THE

U.S. SENATE WILL INVESTIGATE

THE STATE DEPARTMENT.

LAWMAKERS WANT TO KNOW IF

MONEY TO V-15 WAS IMPROPERLY

OR ILLEGALLY ROUTED TO THE

DEFEATED NETANYAHU

COALITION, THROUGH A GROUP

CALLED "ONE VOICE."

V-15 CO-FOUNDER TALKED TO

CBN NEWS LAST MONTH ABOUT

THE EFFORT.

OUR PURPOSE IS TO GO DOOR

BY DOOR, AND TO CALL

SUPPORTERS AND TO CALL

VOTERS, AND TO PLEDGE PEOPLE

NOT TO VOTE FOR NETANYAHU IN

THE COMING ELECTION.

Reporter: THESE VOTERS

CAST THEIR BALLOTS ON

SUNDAY, A SIGN THAT THE

BITTER CAMPAIGN IS ALMOST

OVER.

MILLIONS MORE ISRAELIS WILL

HEAD TO THE POLLS UNTIL THEY

CLOSE ON TUESDAY NIGHT.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Efrem: POLICE IN

FERGUSON HAVE ARRESTED A MAN

IN CONNECTION WITH THE

PROTEST SHOOTING THAT PUT

TWO OFFICERS IN THE

HOSPITAL.

JEFFREY WILLIAMS WAS TAKEN

INTO CUSTODY.

HE SAID THE OFFICERS WERE

NOT THE INTENDED TARGETS,

AND HE WAS FIRING AT SOMEONE

ELSE AFTER A DISPUTE.

BOTH OFFICERS WERE SERIOUSLY

HURT BUT ARE EXPECTED TO BE

OKAY.

WE HAVE AN UPDATE TO THE

STORY OF THE NAVY CHAPLAIN

UNDER FIRE FOR EXPRESSING

HIS CHRISTIAN FAITH WHILE

COUNSELLING SERIOUS

MEMBERS.

HE HAS BEEN REASSIGNED FROM

THE NAVY NUCLEAR-POWERED

TRAINING COMMAND AS HE

AWAITS A HEARING ON WHETHER

HE WILL BE PUNISHED.

AS CBN NEWS HAS REPORTED,

THERE ARE COMPLAINTS THAT

MODAR EXPRESSED HIS VIEWS

AGAINST PREMARITAL SEX AND

HOMOSEXUALITY.

IT IS THE ENDORSING

DENOMINATION THAT REALLY

HOLDS ALL OF THE CARDS WHEN

IT COMES TO BEING A

CHAPLAIN.

IF A CHAPLAIN DOES SOMETHING

THAT IS CONTRARY TO THE

ENDORSING DENOMINATION, THEY

CAN REMOVE THE ENDORSEMENT.

WHICH MEANS THAT PERSON

CAN'T EVEN SERVE AS A

CHAPLAIN ANYMORE.

THE AS BLEE ASSEMBLIES

OF GOD MINISTER COULD BE

FIRED BEFORE HE REACHES HIS

20-YEAR RETIREMENT.

Efrem: LAST WEEK ROBINS

AIR FORCE BASE TOLD PEOPLE

TO DROP THE FRIENDLY

GREETING, HAVE A BLESSED

DAY.

THEY SAY THAT IS A SECTARIAN

GREETING.

NOW THE OFFICIALS SAY THE

PHRASE, "SHAVE A BLESSED

DAY," DOES NOT VIOLATE THE

AIR FORCE STANDARDS.

NEW YORK CITY COULD SOON

BE BRINGING PRAYER BACK TO

THE CLASSROOM.

IT IS ALL PART OF THE

MAYOR'S DECISION TO PROVIDE

PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS.

IT DEPENDTHE ADMINISTRATION

ANNOUNCED THAT PRE-"K" CLASS

WILL BE ALLOWED TO TAKE

BREAKS FOR NON-PROGRAMS,

LIKE PRAYER.

SOME RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS ARE

CRITICAL OF THE PROGRAM.

A MAJOR JEWISH SCHOOL SAYS

THE PRE-"K" PROGRAM IS TOO

RESTRICTED.

THE.

Efrem: THE PRESIDENT OF

VANUATU IS CALLING FOR HELP

AFTER CYCLONE PAM HIT THE

AREA.

BALDWIN LOANSDALE SAYS IT

HAS WIPED OUT OF THE

DEVELOPMENT FROM RECENT

YEARS.

RIGHT NOW COMMUNICATIONS ARE

DOWN, SO OFFICIALS CAN'T

CONFIRM HOW WIDE SPREAD THE

DAMAGES ARE.

COMING UP, TOO CLOSE FOR

COMFORT.

WHY NEW TECHNOLOGIES HITTING

THE MARKET COULD BE PAVING

THE WAY FOR THE MARK OF THE

BEAST.

Efrem: FAKE I.R.S.

PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CALLING

PEOPLE IN A HUGE TAX SCAM.

ONE OFFICIAL SAYS IT IS THE

LARGEST SCAM IN THE

INDUSTRY'S HISTORY.

THEY TELL PEOPLE THEY OWE

TAXES, AND THEY HAVE TO PAY

THE TAXES RIGHT AWAY BY

PRE-PAID DEBIT CARD.

THE I.R.S. POINTS OUT IT

CONTACTS PEOPLE BY MAIL AND

NEVER ASKS FOR PAYMENT BY A

DEBIT CARD OR A CREDIT CARD

OR WIRE STRANS FER.

TRANSFER.

OUR INCREASINGLY MOBILE

LIFESTYLE HAS INCREASED

DEMANDS FOR MOBILE SMART

DEVICES.

THE iWATCH WILL HAVE

PROCESSING ABILITIES LIKE A

COMPUTER AND COMMUNICATION

ABILITIES LIKE A

SMARTPHONE.

IT WILL ALSO HAVE APPLE PAY

CAPABILITIES.

CRITICS SAY IT IS THE

PERFECT EXAMPLE OF SOCIETY

GETTING TOO CLOSE FOR

COMFORT TO INVASIVE

TECHNOLOGIES.

MARK MARTIN SPOKE WITH

CONSUMER PRIVACY EXPERT AND

AUTHOR OF THE CHILDREN'S

BOOK "I WON'T TAKE THE MARK,

KATHRYN ALBERT."

WE HAVE MOVED, IN THE

LAST 10 OR 15 YEARS, FROM A

WORLD IN WHICH THE VAST

MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WOULD

SAY THEY WOULD NEVER TAKE A

MICROCHIP IMPLANT OR PAYMENT

DEVICE ON THEIR RIGHT HAND

TO A WORLD IN WHICH YOU HAVE

THE VAST MAJORITY OF APPLE

USERS SUPEREXCITED ABOUT

THE iWATCH.

AND 50% OF AMERICANS SAY

THEY WOULD WELCOME AN

IMPLANTED DEVICE IN THEIR

HAND IF IT WOULD DO THE SAME

THING THE iWATCH DOES.

WE'RE MOVING CLOSER AND

CLOSER TO THE FULFILLMENT OF

BIBLICAL PROPHECY ABOUT THE

MARK OF THE BEAST.

Efrem: WE CAN ALREADY

USE SMARTPHONES FOR

FINANCIAL INFORMATION AND

TRANSACTIONS.

WHAT ABOUT USING THOSE

IMPLANTED CHINS FO CHIP FOR

THE SAME PURPOSE?

WE HAVE SEEN IN SWEDEN,

THERE WAS A CHIPPING PARTY

BACK IN NOVEMBER IN WHICH

EIGHT PEOPLE WERE IMPLANTED

BY MICROCHIPS.

IT WAS A TATTOOED, MODIFIED

PERPERSON WHO INJECTED THEM

INTO THEM.

AND HE HAS NOW TAKEN A WHOLE

OFFICE BUILDING, AND

IMPLANTED MANY EMPLOYEES

THERE, AND SO THAT YOU

MERELY HAVE TO SCAN THE CHIP

IN YOUR HAND IN ORDER TO

ACCESS THEM.

SO CERTAINLY SCANDINAVIAN

COMPANIES SEEM VERY BIG ON

THIS.

WE HAD A PRESS CONFERENCE A

COUPLE OF WEEKSOG WEEKS AGO

IN FINLAND, HE SAID HE WAS

THE FIRST PERSON TO GET

BITCOINS INTO HIS HAND.

UP TO A THOUSAND PEOPLE

WORLDWIDE HAVE BEEN

IMPLANTED WITH THIS

TECHNOLOGY.

AND THEY'RE REALLY SAYING

THIS IS THE WAVE OF THE

FUTURE.

Efrem: ARE WE GOING TO

SEE IMPLANTED CHINS, DOCTOR,

EVENTUALLY REPLACING CASH?

I DON'T THINK WE WILL.

BACK IN 2007, I OFFERED A

STUDY THAT LOOKED AT 10

YEARS OF RESEARCH SHOWING

THAT IMPLANTED MICROCHIPS

WERE ALSO CAUSING CANCER IN

LABORATORY MICE AND RATS.

chipmenot.com HAS SOME

REPORTS FROM DOG AND CAT

OWNERS, AND FROM LLAMAS TO

BATS, THAT HAVE BEEN

IMPLANTED WITH THESE CHIPS

FOR OTHER REASONS ARE

DEVELOPING FAST-GROWING

TUMORS.

AND THIS IS PICKING UP AND

AMPLIFYING ELECTIVE MAGNETIC

RADIATION FROM THE

ENVIRONMENT, AND THAT IS

PROBABLY NOT A SAFE THING TO

HAVE IN THE BODY.

Efrem: WHAT ARE THE BIG

BROTHER IMPLICATIONS HERE?

I THINK THE CONCERN, AND

IT IS PROBABLY BEST

EXPRESSED BY THE PEOPLE

DOING THE CHIPPING IN

SWEDEN.

THEY SAID THEY'RE WORRIED

THAT AT SOME FUTURE POINT

THE GOVERNMENT AND EMPLOYERS

WILL REQUIRE THIS

TECHNOLOGY, AND THEY WANT TO

BE THE PIONEERS TO

EXPERIMENT WITH THIS AND BE

ABLE TO TELL THE REST OF US

THE DOWN SIDES.

IF YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT

SOMETHING, YOU PROBABLY WANT

TO RUN FROM IT, RATHER THAN

RUN TO IT, BUT THAT'S THEIR

JUSTIFICATION.

I HAVE OFFERED A PIECE OF

LEGISLATION, CALLED "THE

BODILY INTEGRITY ACT."

AND I SHOULD MENTION WE PUT

A STOP TO THE CHIPPING OF

ALZHEIMER'S PATIENTS, AND

ALL MEDICAL CHIPPING IN THE

U.S. IN 2007, WHEN WE HELD A

PRAYER VIGIL AND A PROTEST

OUTSIDE THE ALZHEIMER'S

COMMUNITY CARE CENTER, WHERE

THEY WERE PLANNING TO CHIP

200 ALZHEIMER'S PATIENTS.

WE HAVE WRITTEN A ONE-PAGE

PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT

SAYS THAT NO ONE SHOULD BE

FORCED TO RECEIVE AN

IMPLANT.

NOBODY SHOULD BE

DISCRITERIAED AGAINST FOR

REFUSAL TO TAKE ONE, AND YOU

SHOULD HAVE TO BE OVER 18 TO

GET ONE, ONLY BECAUSE YOU

HAVE TO BE OVER 18 TO SMOKE

OR TO JOIN AN ARMY.

Efrem: AND WHAT ARE THE

GLOBAL IMPLICATIONS FOR THIS

TYPE OF TECHNOLOGY,

CONSIDERING THIS IS

HAPPENING IN SOME PLACES,

THERE ARE OTHER COUNTRIES

NOWHERE NEAR THIS TYPE OF

CAPABILITY?

WHAT IS CONCERNING TO ME,

IN FINLAND, THE COUNTRY

WHERE THEY DID THE FIRST

IMPLANTS OF CASH, FINLAND IS

ACTUALLY WORKING WITH SOME

VERY POOR COUNTRIES IN

AFRICA.

THEY'RE VERY

FUTURE-ORIENTED.

THEIR PARLIAMENT REQUIRES

THEY ADOPT ALL OF THE

FUTURISTIC TECHNOLOGIES, AND

THEY'RE TRAINING SOME THIRD

WORLD NATIONS.

AND WE'RE SEEING SOME OF THE

WAVE AND GO OR PAY PASS KIND

OF THINGS BEING INTRODUCED

BY MASTERCARD ACROSS

AFRICA.

Efrem: THANK YOU,

DOCTOR, AS ALWAYS, FOR YOUR

TIME.

THANK YOU.

Efrem: NEXT, ON STAGE,

HE IS ALWAYS HIGH ENERGY,

BUT SOMETIMES THIS HIP-HOP

STAR CAN'T FIND THE ENERGY

TO GET OUT OF BID.

TRIPP LEE TALKS ABOUT HIS

DETERMINATION TO RISE UP.

HAVE FUN AND BE HAPPY.

SOW YOUR WILD OATS.

YOU HAVE THE REST OF YOUR

LIFE TO GET SERIOUS.

THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE

MESSAGES BO BOMBARDING

YOUNG PEOPLE.

Efrem: BUT ONE HIP-HOP

ARTIST IS SINGING A

DIFFERENT TUNE, EVEN IN THE

MIDST OF ILLNESS.

HE TOLD US WHY HE WANTS HIS

GENERATION TO RISE UP.

Efrem: THE STAGE IS

SET.

THE SOUND CHECK COMPLETE.

AND THE CROWD IS SPREADING.

*

Efrem: HIP-HOP ARTIST

TRIPP LEE IS THE MAN ON THE

MIKE, AND HE IS ALSO KNOWN

AS PASTOR WILLIAM LEE

BAREFIELD THE THIRD.

HIS STAGE NAME AND RAP

PLATFORM HELPS REACH YOUNG

FANS WITH THE GOSPEL.

WUYOU'VE BEEN AT THIS RAP

GAME FOR HOW LONG?

ABOUT 10 YEARS.

Efrem: 10 YEARS.

THAT DEAL WAS WITH SUPERSTAR

CHRISTIAN RAPPER L LE

CRAE'S REACH RECORDS.

THE TWO BECAME FRIENDS AFTER

MEETING BACK STAGE AT A

CONCERT.

"RISE" IS YOUR FIFTH ALBUM?

FIFTH ALBUM.

Efrem: WHAT DO YOU

THINK IS DIFFERENT ABOUT

THIS ONE THAN WHEN YOU

STARTED?

VERY DIFFERENT STAGES OF

LIFE.

I STARTED THE FIRST ONE IN

HIGH SCHOOL, WHEN I WAS 17

YEARS OLD, MY FIRST ALBUM.

NOW I'M 27, WITH TWO KIDS

AND A WIFE.

I'M A LOT MORE MATURE.

Efrem: HIS LATEST MUSIC

POKES FUN AT THOSE HUMBLE

BEGINNINGS AND THAT VERY

FIRST CONCERT TOUR WITH LE

CRAE.

IN HIS WORDS, "WE'VE GONE

FROM HOOP LEG TOURS TO

HIGH-QUALITY TOURS."

ON THAT TOUR, WE HAD A

D.J. SHOW UP AND WE PLAYED

MUSIC TO IT.

Efrem: DO YOU THINK GOD

WAS ANY LESS GLORIFIED IN

THOSE SHOWS, VERSUS WHAT

YOU'RE DOING NOUR?

I DON'T.

I THINK GOD HAS CALLED US TO

BE FAITHFUL WITH WHAT HE HAS

ENTRUSTED US WITH.

Efrem: AND TRIPP LEE IS

ALSO TRUSTING HIS AUDIENCE,

SHARING A PAINFUL STRUGGLE

IN HIS MUSIC.

MORE MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS,

HE HAS BATTLED AN ILLNESS

THAT MAKES IT HARD TO EVEN

GET OUT OF BED, LET ALONE

TAKE THE STAGE.

YOU SUFFER FROM CHRONIC

FATIGUE SYNDROME.

WHAT IS THAT?

THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

DOCTORS DON'T EVEN

UNDERSTAND IT VERY WELL.

BASICALLY WHAT IT MEANS FOR

ME, PRACTICALLY IN MY LIFE,

I'M ALWAYS TIRED.

I CAN'T REMEMBER THE LAST

TIME I WOKE UP FEELING

RESTED.

MY BODY JUST DOESN'T

RECHARGE LIKE NORMAL BODIES

DO.

IT HAS REALLY IMPACTED MY

LIFE IN MAJOR WAYS.

IT HAS RUINED LOTS OF MY

PLANS.

IT NEVER HAS GOT IN THE WAY

OF THE LORD'S PLANS, BUT IT

HAS RUINED LOTS OF MINE.

Efrem: FATIGUE FORCED

TRIPP TO DROP OUT OF

COLLEGE, AND LATER TO WALK

AWAY FROM A FULL-TIME JOB AS

A PASTOR.

I READ YOU HAVE THE AMBITION

OF FOUR MEN, BUT THE ENERGY

OF ONE FOURTH OF A MAN.

WHOEVER SAID THAT IS

TRUE.

THE LORD HAS TAUGHT ME A

LOT.

EVERYTHING I DO, FROM AN

ALBUM TO A BOOK, TO

ANYTHING, I NEVER JUST KIND

OF CRUISE TO THE FINISH

LINE.

I BARELY GET IT DONE,

DRAGGING MYSELF ACROSS.

THAT MAKES THE VERY CLEAR TO

ME ANY TIME GOD USES ME, IT

IS NOT BECAUSE OF MY

STRENGTH, BUT BECAUSE OF

HIS.

Efrem: THAT

SUPERNATURAL STRENGTH HAS

ALLOWED THIS HUSBAND,

FATHER, PREACHER AND RAPPER

TO COMPLETE HIS SECOND

BOOK.

LIKE THE ALBUM, IT IS ALSO

CALLED "RISE."

I'M THINKING, HOW CAN I

TAKE PEOPLE EVEN DEEPER, AND

WRITING IS ONE OF THE WAYS I

WANT TO DO THAT.

IN THIS PARTICULAR BOOK, I

JUST REALLY WANTED TO

ADDRESS THE CRAZY IDEA IN

OUR CULTURE THAT WHILE WE'RE

YOUNG, WE'RE NOT DEAD.

OR THAT WE CAN'T MAKE BIG

IMPACTS FOR GOD.

OR THAT GOD DOESN'T EXPECT

MUCH FROM US.

THAT COULD NOT BE MORE

FALSE.

YOU CAN'T SIT AROUND AND

WAIT FOR THINGS TO HAPPEN.

Efrem: TRIPP USES ALL

PLATFORMS TO DELIVER THAT

RISE-UP MESSAGE.

AND HE HASN'T GIVEN UP ON

THE PULPIT.

HE IS JOINING FORCES WITH

TWO OTHER MINISTERS TO START

"CORNERSTONE," A NEW CHURCH

IN THE STRUGGLING AREA OF

ATLANTA.

IS THERE, I GUESS A PULLING

IN YOU TO TRY TO CHOOSE, DO

I GO PASTORING OR DO I

CONTINUE RAPPING?

OF COURSE.

YEAH.

THAT'S BEEN A BATTLE FOR ME

OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS.

ONE OF THE BATTLES IT HAS

BEEN, IN MANY WAYS, HINDERED

BY MY HEALTH -- THERE HAVE

BEEN TIMES WHEN I TRIED TO

MAKE THE DECISION, AND I

THINK, I'LL LEAVE MUSIC IN

THE PAST, AND I'M JUST GOING

TO PASTOR.

BUT I HAVE NOT FOUND A WAY

TO PASTOR FULL-TIME WITH MY

HEALTH ISSUES.

I HAVEN'T FIGURED OUT A WAY

TO DO IT YET.

Efrem: THESE DAYS HE

SPENDS LESS TIME TRYING TO

MAKE HIS PLANS WORK AND MORE

TIME FOLLOWING GOD'S LEAD ON

STAGES HE NEVER REALLY

IMAGINED FOR HIMSELF.

IF I TRUST IN GOD, THEN I

KNOW HE IS WITH ME IN THE

MIDST OF THIS SUFFERING.

AND I CAN BE CONTENT IN

THAT.

AND I CAN TRUST HIS PLAN

MUCH MORE THAN MINE.

GOD NEVER SAID I'M GOING TO

STAMP ALL OF YOUR PLANS AS

THE BEST THING THAT EVER

HAPPENED, BUT THAT HE WILL

CHANGE OR PLANS.

AND THAT'S WHAT HE HAS

DONE.

Efrem: AND GOD IS

INCREASING THE AUDIENCE FOR

TRIPP LEE.

Efrem: HARD TO BELIEVE

HE JUST WRAPPED UP THAT

CONCERT TOUR LAST NIGHT IN

KANSAS CITY.

IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE HE IS

SUFFERING FROM THAT ILLNESS

FROM WHAT HE DOES ON STAGE.

> STAY WITH US.

WE'RE COMING RIGHT BACK.

Efrem: IT IS MONDAY,

AND YOU CAN CALL THIS YOUR

MONDAY MOTIVATION.

I HAD THIS THOUGHT AS I

BEGAN MY OWN DAY WITH PRAYER

AND MEDITATION.

THE CLIMB UP THE MOUNTAIN

MAY BE TIRING AND TOUGH, BUT

THE VIEW IS ALWAYS BEST AT

THE TOP.

SO KEEP CLIMBING.

THAT IS TRUE IN THE LITERAL

SENSE OR IF YOU'VE EVER GONE

UP A HILL OR A MOUNTAIN, YOU

KNOW THAT IT IS MORE

BEAUTIFUL AT THE TOP.

AND IN DIFFICULT SITUATIONS,

IT IS BETTER YOU HANG IN

THERE.

I PRAY THAT YOU WILL BE MORE

INSPIRED WITH THAT MONDAY

MOTIVATION.

THIS IT FOR NOW ON CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

YOU CAN FIND MORE OF OUR

EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF THE

ISSUES YOU CARE MOST ABOUT

AT CBNNEWS.COM.

Efrem: AND WE WANT TO

KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT

THE STORIES YOU'VE SEEN HERE

TODAY.

YOU CAN DO IT ON Facebook

OR AT CBN NEWS AT TWITTER.

HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US AGAIN

HERE NEXT TIME AND MAKE IT A

MARVELOUS MONDAY,

EVERYBODY.

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