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CBN NewsWatch: October 16, 2015

On CBN Newswatch, Oct. 16: Israel prepped for a second 'day of rage'; Obama outlines plan to keep troops in Afghanistan; Navy Chaplain: 'best thing for church is persecution'; and more. Read Transcript


Efrem: AHEAD ON

"NEWSWATCH," DAY OF RAGE.

PALESTINIAN MILITANTS

PROMISE MORE VIOLENCE IN

ISRAEL TODAY.

SEE HOW ISRAELIS ARE

WORKING TO PREVENT

DESTRUCTION.

PLUS...EL NIÑO

PREDICTIONS, WHAT

FORECASTERS SAY THE

WEATHER SYSTEM MEANS FOR

THIS YEAR'S WINTER SEASON.

> AND RACIAL TENSION,

FOOTBALL AND FAITH, ALL

THEMES OF A NEW FILM OUT

TODAY.

WE'RE TAKING YOU BEHIND

THE SCENES.

> THANKS SO MUCH FOR

JOINING US FOR CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

I'M EFREM GRAHAM.

AFTER TWO WEEKS OF

INCESSANT TERROR ATTACKS,

ISRAELI SECURITY WAS OUT

IN FULL FORCE ON FRIDAY,

PREPARING FOR THE

PALESTINIAN DECLARED "DAY

OF RAGE."

JULIE STAAL IS ON THE

STORY.

Reporter: RIOTING

PALESTINIANS BURNED THE

TOMB OF THE BIBLICAL

PATRIARCH JOSEPH IN

NABLUS.

DORI GOLD SAYS IT WAS

SIMILAR TO THE ACTIONS OF

EXTREMIST MUSLIM GROUPS

FROM AFGHANISTAN TO LIBYA.

DAYS OF RAGE USUALLY

INCLUDE PALESTINIAN

RIOTING AND CONFRONTATION

WITH ISRAELI TROOPS AT

FLASH-POINTS IN JUDEA AND

SAMARIA.

ISRAELI SECURITY WAS OUT

IN FULL FORCE ON FRIDAY

FOR THE PALESTINIANS'

DECLARED DAY OF RAGE.

PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU

TOLD JOURNALISTS THAT

INCITEMENT IS BEHIND THE

CURRENT WAVE OF TERRORISM

AND VIOLENCE.

FIRST ON THE AL-AQSA

MOSQUE, AND THE OUTRAGEOUS

CLAIMS WE'RE CHANGING THE

STATUS QUO OR ARE TRYING

TO DESTROY IT, AND NOW WE

HAVE NEW BIG LIVES, THAT

ISRAEL IS EXECUTING

PALESTINIAN.

Reporter: MAHMOUD

ABBAS ACCUSED ISRAEL OF

EXECUTING WHAT HE CALLED

AN INNOCENT PALESTINIAN

BOY.

THAT BOY STABBED AN

ISRAELI BOY HIS OWN AGE

EARLIER THIS WEEK.

FIRST OF ALL, HE IS NOT

DEAD.

HE IS ALIVE.

THIS PALESTINIAN TERRORIST

IS NOW BEING TREATED IN A

HOSPITAL IN ISRAEL.

Reporter: AS FOR

AL-AQSA MOSQUE ON THE

TEMPLE MOUNT, ISRAEL SAYS

AS ALWAYS, ONLY MUSLIMS

ARE ALLOWED TO PRAY THERE.

CHRISTIANS AND JEWS HAVE

LIMITED ACCESS, AND NO

PRAYER ALLOWED.

NETANYAHU SAID THE TROUBLE

DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO

DO WITH WHETHER OR NOT

THERE ARE PEACE TALKS.

THEY ARE ATTACKING US

NOT BECAUSE THEY WANT

PEACE OR DON'T WANT PEACE,

BUT BECAUSE THEY DON'T

WANT US HERE.

Reporter: MANY

ISRAELIS ARE STAYING AWAY

FROM PUBLIC PLACES.

OTHERS AREN'T GIVING IN.

I'VE NEVER SEEN A TIMEúCúS

LIKE THIS BEFORE IN MYúC

ENTIRE LIFE.

I HEARD ABOUT THIS WHEN I

WAS A KID, THE SECOND

INTIFADAH, BUT I HAVE

NEVER SEEN IT.

WHEN I SEE SOMETHING ON

Facebook, IT HURTS

INSIDE TO SEE IT.

I FEEL BAD AND I HOPE

ANYONE WHO GETS INJURED IS

HEALED FAST.

YEAH, IT IS SOMETIMES

SCARY TO WALK AROUND.

BUT IT IS NOT THAT SCARY

BECAUSE I KNOW I BELIEVE

IN GOD AND I KNOW HE IS

GOING TO HELP US.

Reporter: JULIE

STAAL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Efrem: PRESIDENT

OBAMA HAS OUTLINED HIS

PLAN TO KEEP MORE THAN

5,000 U.S. TROOPS IN

AFGHANISTAN.

IT IS A MOVE THAT ENDS HIS

AMBITIONS TO BRING HOME

MOST AMERICAN FORCES FROM

THE FOREIGN REGION BEFORE

HE LEAVES OFFICE.

TROOPS ARE NEEDED TO HELP

IRAQ FIGHT THE ISLAMIC

STATE, A MISSION THE

PRESIDENT SAYS WILL LIKELY

OUTLAST HIS PRESIDENCY.

HERE IS CHARLENE AARON.

Charlene: THERE ARE

SOME 9800 U.S. TROOPS IN

AFGHANISTAN.

NEARLY ALL WERE SUPPOSED

TO RETURN HOME BY THE END

OF 2016.

BUT PRESIDENT OBAMA

CHANGED HIS MIND, ENDING

HIS PROMISE TO END THE WAR

DURING HIS TIME IN OFFICE.

President Obama: I'VE

DECIDED TO MAINTAIN OUR

CURRENT POSTURE OF 9800

TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN

THROUGH MOST OF NEXT YEAR,

2016.

Charlene: THE MOVE

SPARKS A REVERSAL OF HIS

PLAN TO DRAW DOWN TO A

FORCE OF 1,000, THAT WOULD

BE BASED AT THE U.S.

EMBASSY IN KABUL.

BUT THE PRESIDENT, ON THE

RECOMMENDATIONS OF HIS TOP

COMMANDERS, WILL NOW LEAVE

AS MANY AS 5500 TROOPS ON

THE GROUND.

TOP PENTAGON OFFICIALS

BELIEVE AFGHAN FORCES

WEREN'T READY TO OPERATE

ON THEIR OWN.

THERE HAS BEEN A RECENT

SURGE IN VIOLENCE BY THE

TALIBAN AND NOW ISIS.

President Obama: THE

SECURITY SITUATION IS

STILL VERY FRAGILE, AND IN

SOME PLACES, THERE IS RISK

OF DETERIORATION.

Reporter: JOHN

McCAIN APPLAUDS THE

PRESIDENT'S DECISION.

"I AM PLEASED TO PRESIDENT

OBAMA HAS DECIDED TO KEEP

U.S. TROOPS IN

AFGHANISTAN, TO PERFORM

THE RIGHT MISSIONS BEYOND

2016, BOTH IN AND OUTSIDE

OF KABUL," HE SAID IN A

STATEMENT.

"HOWEVER, I'M CONCERNED

THAT THE NUMBER OF TROOPS

WILL NOT BE SUFFICIENT TO

PERFORM THE CRITICAL TASKS

BEING SET FOR THEM:

COUNTERTERRORISM AND

CONTINUING TO TRAIN AND

ADVICE OUR AFGHAN

PARTNERS," HE SAID.

AND U.S. COMMANDERS HAVE

ALSO EXPRESSED CONCERN

ABOUT ISLAMIC STATE

FIGHTERS MOVING INTO THE

COUNTRY AND GAINING

RECRUITS FROM WITHIN THE

TALIBAN.

CHARLENE AARON, CBN NEWS.

Efrem: POLICE IN

MALAYSIA HAVE ARRESTED A

MAN ACCUSED OF HACKING

U.S. MILITARY INFORMATION

AND PROVIDING IT TO THE

ISLAMIC STATE.

INVESTIGATORS SAY HE STOLE

THE PERSONAL INFORMATION

OF MORE THAN 1300 U.S.

MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT

PERSONNEL.

HE IS A CITIZEN OF KOSOVO,

THE MOSTLY MUSLIM NATION

IN THE BALKINS.

INVESTIGATORS SAY HE WAS

IN CONTACT WITH A SENIOR

ISLAMIC STATE GROUP MEMBER

IN SYRIA.

ABC NEWS REPORTS THE GROUP

MEMBER TWEETED HE HAD THE

30-PAGE DOCUMENT

CONTAINING THE U.S.

MILITARY INFORMATION.

FORISI COULD FACE UP TO 35

YEARS IN JAIL IF

CONVICTED.

> THE CASE OF EMBATTLED

CHAPLAIN WES MOTTER, AND

WE HAD A CHANCE TO SIT

DOWN WITH HIM.

Reporter: HE NEVER

EXPECTED COUNSELLING

SERVICE MEMBERS ON WHAT

THE BIBLE SAYS WOULD PUT

HIM IN THE FIGHT OF HIS

LIFE.

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED AFTER

A GROUP OF THOSE HE

COUNSELLED COMPLAINED BO

WHAT HE HAD TO SAY ON

MATTERS OF HOMOSEXUAL AND

OTHER SEXUAL MATTERS.

IT WAS SHOCKING.

YOU FEEL A LOT OF EMOTION.

Reporter: HIS

OPPONENTS IN SOUTH

CAROLINA DIDN'T JUST WANT

THIS PASTOR CORRECTED.

THEY WERE AFTER HIS JOB

AND HIS MILITARY PENSION,

TOO.

THEY WANTED TO KICK ME

OUT, REMOVE ME FROM A

PROMOTION LIST.

YOU KNOW, HAVING A FAMILY,

WITH FOUR CHILDREN, NOT

KNOWING WHAT I'M GOING

INTO, SACRIFICING 19 YEARS

OF HONORABLE MILITARY

SERVICE -- ALL OF IT WAS

ON THE LINE.

EVERYTHING.

Reporter: RECENTLY

HIS ATTORNEY, MICHAEL

BERRY, GOT SURPRISING NEWS

FROM THE NAVY, MOTTER WAS

CLEARED OF ALL OF THE

CHARGES.

WHEN WE FOUND OUT THAT

THIS TWO-STAR ADMIRAL

COMPLETELY EXONERATED THE

CHAPLAIN, I WAS BLOWN

AWAY.

I WAS PREPARING MYSELF FOR

A DOG FIGHT.

Reporter: HE SAYS HE

WAS RELATED.

THE CHAPLAIN AND HIS

FAMILY WERE OVERJOYED, BUT

HE ADMITS HE IS STILL

HURTING.

THERE IS A HUGE SENSE

OF VICTORY AND RELIEF, BUT

THE EMOTIONAL CAPITAL IS

OVERWHELMING.

Reporter: AND HE SAYS

AS MORE AND MORE

CHRISTIANS FACE SIMILAR

BATTLES OVER THEIR

BELIEFS, THEY'RE GOING TO

HAVE TO FIGHT BECAUSE THE

CAUSE IS CRUCIAL.

I THINK IT IS PARAMOUNT

PARAMOUNT.

WE NEED TO STAND FOR

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.

IT IS NOT REALLY ABOUT

BAKERS.

AND IT IS NOT REALLY ABOUT

FLORISTS.

IT IS ABOUT VALIDATING

SOMETHING THAT IS

NATIONAL.

Reporter: HE SAYS HE

IS STRESSED BY THIS

UNAMERICAN ATTACKS.

THAT IS NOT WHAT OUR

COUNTRY IS ABOUT.

Reporter: AS A COMBAT

VETERAN, BERRY TROUBLED

THAT THE COMMANDING

OFFICERS ARE THRUST INTO

THESE BATTLES.

WHEN THE COMMANDING

OFFICER HAS TO WORRY IF

SOMEBODY IS GOING TO BE

OFFENDED BECAUSE A

CHAPLAIN IS PRAYING OR

BECAUSE A CHAPLAIN IS

SPEAKING TO ANOTHER

SERVICE MEMBER, AND NOW

HIS ATTENTION AND FOCUS IS

TAKEN AWAY FROM THE

EXTERNAL THREAT AND HE HAS

TO WORRY ABOUT THINGS HE

SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO WORRY

ABOUT.

Reporter: MOTTER AND

HIS FAMILY WILL SOON BE

OUT OF THE UNCOMFORTABLE

ENVIRONMENT.

THEY'RE TRANSFERRING TO

ONE OF THEIR FAVORITE DUTY

STATIONS: SAN DIEGO.

PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Efrem: TOUGH ECONOMIC

NEWS FOR SENIORS WHO ARE

DEPENDENT ON SOCIAL

SECURITY, THERE WILL BE NO

COST OF LIVING INCREASE

NEXT YEAR.

AND MEDICAID PAYMENTS ARE

EXPECTED TO GO UP.

THIS YEAR LOW GAS PRICES

ARE AFFECTING THE FORMULA

THAT IS USED TO CALCULATE

THAT INCREASE.

SOME 60 MILLION AMERICANS

RECEIVE SOCIAL SECURITY.

> IT IS GOING TO BE A

PRETTY WET WINTER IN

AMERICA THIS YEAR.

IN THE WINTER FORECAST,

THE NATIONAL OCEANIC

ADMINISTRATION SAYS THE

SEASON WILL BE HEAVILY

INFLUENCED BY ONE OF THE

STRONGEST EL NIÑO ON

RECORD.

MEANING THAT THE U.S. WILL

SEE LOTS OF RAIN.

BUT NOT NECESSARILY THE

SAME AMOUNT OF SNOW.

THE EXTRA RAIN COULD BE

GOOD NEWS FOR CALIFORNIA,

WHICH HAS BEEN DEALING

WITH ONE OF ITS WORST

DROUGHTS.

BUT THE FORECASTERS ARE

STILL NOT SURE IF THAT

WILL BE ENOUGH TO FILL ITS

RESERVOIRS.

> COMING UP, FIGHTING

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION.

HEAR FROM A LEADER WHO

SAYS THE U.S. NEEDS TO

STEP UP AND DO MORE FOR

THOSE WHO ARE BEING

OPPRESSED FOR THEIR FAITH.

Efrem: CHINA, IRAN,

AND SAUDI ARABIA ARE AMONG

THE DOZENS OF COUNTRIES

THE STATE DEPARTMENT IS

CALLING OR FOR DEPLORABLE

OR AT LEAST SERIOUS ABUSES

ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

AMERICA'S RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM AMBASSADOR SAT

DOWN TO EXPLAIN HOW THE

U.S. IS WORKING TO HELP

RELIGIOUS MINORITIES

AROUND THE WORLD.

Reporter: AMERICAN

CHRISTIANS WATCH IN HORROR

AS THEIR BROTHERS AND

SISTERS ACROSS THE GLOBE

ARE BEHEADED, RAPED, AND

CRUCIFIED BY THE ISLAMIC

STATE WHEN THEY REFUSE TO

CONVERT TO ISLAM.

JUST RELEASED, THE STATE

DEPARTMENT'S INTERNATIONAL

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM REPORT

HAD MUCH TO DOCUMENT THIS

YEAR.

YAZIDIS AND CHRISTIANS

HAVE BORNE THE WORST BRUNT

OF THE PERSECUTION BY ISIL

AND OTHER VIOLENT

EXTREMISTS.

ATTACKS ON THESE

COMMUNITIES ARE PART OF

THE SYSTEMATIC EFFORT TO

ERASE THEIR PRESENCE FROM

THE MIDDLE EAST.

WE'RE HORRIFIED WHEN WE

SEE THESE ACTS OF

VIOLENCE.

Reporter: AMERICA'S

INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM AMBASSADOR, DAVID

SAPPERSTEIN, HAS BEEN ON

THE JOB FOR A NEARLY A

YEAR.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST THREAT

TO RELIGIOUS THRIB LIBERTY RIGHT

NOW IN THE WORLD.

PROBABLY THE MORE

EXTREMISTS' EXPRESSION OF

RELIGION, OFTEN IN

COUNTRIES WHERE DIFFERENT

RELIGIONS HAVE LIVED

TOGETHER FOR CENTURIES,

WITH COMMONENTY AND SOME

DEGREE OF COOPERATION AND

RESPECT.

Reporter: WHERE

CHRISTIANS AND OTHER

MINORITIES ARE FLEEING FOR

THEIR LIVES, HE SAYS HIS

OFFICE IS WORKING TO HELP

THEM, SPENDING MILLIONS OF

DOLLARS TO MAINTAIN THE

DISPLACED, AND DEAL WITH

OTHER PROBLEMS YOU MAY NOT

HAVE CONSIDERED, LIKE

TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE FOR

IRAQI CHRISTIANS WHO FLED

FROM THE NINEVEH PLAIN,

MOSUL AND OTHER REGIONS.

WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT

IT, SCORES OF THOUSANDS OF

CHRISTIANS FLED THOSE

AREAS IN ORDER TO SAVE THE

LIVES OF THEIR FAMILIES.

SOME OF THEIR NEIGHBORS IN

THOSE AREAS TOOK OVER

THEIR HOMES, TOOK OVER

THEIR BUSINESSES.

THEY'RE GOING TO GO BACK.

THAT HAS TO BE SORTED OUT.

THERE HAS TO BE A

TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE

SYSTEM SET UP IN THE

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.

AND THEY'RE WORKING ON

THAT.

Reporter: THERE ARE

SOME CRITICS THAT SAY THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION COULD

BE DOING MUCH MORE TO

PROTECT THE RELIGIOUS

MINORITIES, ESPECIALLY IN

PLACES LIKE THE MIDDLE

EAST.

DO YOU THINK THAT IS A

FAIR CRITIQUE?

THE ARGUMENT THAT YOU

COULD DO MORE OR YOU COULD

DO MUCH MORE IS ALWAYS A

DIFFICULT ONE TO ASSESS.

LOOK AT WHAT OUR

INTERVENTION HAS DONE.

WE HAD THE YAZIDI

COMMUNITY FACING A LITERAL

GENOCIDE.

THAT WAS THE EXPLICIT

INTENTION, THE EXPRESSED

INTENTION, OF ISIL.

THERE ARE CERTAINLY SCORES

OF THOUSANDS OF YAZIDIS

ALIVE TODAY, AND PERHAPS

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS,

BECAUSE THE UNITED STATES

LED INTERVENTION.

Reporter: SOME IRAQI

CHRISTIANS ARE TAKING UP

ARMS NOW TO DEFEND

THEMSELVES.

WHAT ADVICE DOES YOUR

OFFICE OFFER TO RELIGIOUS

MINORITIES WHO ARE BEING

PERSECUTED?

NONE OF THOSE LOCAL

DEFENSE FORCES WILL BE

LARGE ENOUGH TO DEFEND

THEMSELVES AGAINST A

POWERFUL ENTITY LIKE ISIL.

WE'RE URGING THAT THEY BE

INTEGRATED WITH THE

PESHMERGA AND THE IRAQI

FORCES THROUGH SOME KIND

OF NATIONAL GUARD

STRUCTURE.

Reporter: OUTSIDE OF

THE MIDDLE EAST, WHAT PART

OF THE WORLD GIVES YOU THE

MOST HEARTBURN?

[LAUGHTER]

THE TRUTH IS, WHEREVER

YOU SEE RELIGIOUS

OPPRESSION AND DEPRIVATION

OF FREEDOM AND PEOPLE

BEING PUNISHED,

IMPRISONED, TORTURED,

HARASSED BECAUSE THEY

SIMPLY WANT TO LIVE OUT

THEIR FAITH IN ACCORDANCE

WITH THEIR CONSCIENCE AND

WORSHIP GOD AS THEY TRULY

BELIEVE IN THEIR HEARTS.

AND WE SEE THAT KIND OF

OPPRESSION, AND IT BREAKS

OUR HEARTS.

Reporter: DO YOU WAKE

UP SOME MORNINGS AND JUST

THINK, GOSH, THERE IS SO

MUCH I NEED TO GET TO

TODAY, THERE IS SO MUCH

THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO

PROTECT PEOPLE.

AS A JEWISH RABBI, YOU

HAVE YOUR OWN PERSONAL

CONVICTIONS.

THAT'S ABSOLUTELY TRUE.

I COME FROM A COMMUNITY

THAT HAS BEEN AMONG

QUINTESSENTIAL VICTIMS OF

RELIGIOUS PU PERSECUTION OVER

THE CENTURIES.

AND I KNOW WHAT HAPPENS

WHEN GOOD PEOPLE STAND BY

IDLY AND SILENTLY WHILE

ANOTHER GROUP IS BEING

OPPRESSED SIMPLY FOR THEIR

RELIGIOUS IDENTITY.

I WANT TO PROTECT

CHRISTIANS AND MINORITIES

ALL ACROSS THE GLOBE, ANY

PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING

OPPRESSED.

Reporter: AS THE

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM REPORT

POINTS OUT, THOSE

RESPONSIBLE FOR THE

HORRORS WE SEE DAILY ARE

MAKING THE CASE BETTER

THAN ANYBODY CAN.

JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Efrem: "WOODLAWN," A

NEW FILM ABOUT FOOTBALL,

FAITH, AND RACIAL TENSION.

UP NEXT, I'M SITTING DOWN

WITH THE FILM'S CREATORS.

Efrem: "WOODLAWN" IS

THE LATEST FAITH FILM

LOOKING TO SCORE BIG AT

THE BOX OFFICE AND IN

PEOPLE'S HEARTS.

MARK BURNETT AND ROMA

DOWNEY ARE PART OF THE

TEAM BEHIND THIS AT VENGE,

ADVENTURE, WHICH IS BASED

ON SCHOOL INTEGRATION IN

THE SEGREGATED SOUTH.

WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE

COUPLE FOR THIS CBN NEWS

EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT

"WOODLAWN."

NOBODY IS FORCING YOU

TO PLAY FOOTBALL, YOU KNOW

THAT, RIGHT?

YOU CAN WALK AWAY RIGHT

NOW AND LET THE WORLD PASS

ON BY.

BUT THIS IS BIGGER THAN

FOOTBALL.

YES, SIR.

SOME KIND OF GREAT

POWER HAS BEEN GIVEN TO

YOU, SON.

I CAN SEE IT IN THEM KIDS'

FACES.

Efrem: FAITH MEETS

FOOTBALL IN THE SEGREGATED

SOUTH OF THE 1970s.

THAT'S THE REAL LIFE

PREMISE OF THE FILM

"WOODLAWN," STARRING JON

VOIGHT, SEAN ASTEN, SHERRY

SHEPHERD, AND CALEB

CASTILLE AS TONY NATHAN.

LOOK AT ME.

I'M PROUD OF YOU.

AND THIS MOVIE CENTERS

AROUND A BLACK FOOTBALL

PLAYER ON A WHITE TEAM.

AROUND AN INCREDIBLE GAME,

FOOTBALL GAME, IN ALABAMA.

AND YOU LOOK AT IT, AND

YOU THINK THIS IS AN

HISTORICAL PERIOD PIECE 40

YEARS AGO.

BUT, ACTUALLY, THE MESSAGE

IS AS RELEVANT TODAY AS

EVER.

Efrem: HOLLYWOOD

HEAVY WEIGHTS, MARK

BURNETT AND ROMA DOWNEY

ARE THE FILM'S EXECUTIVE

PRODUCERS.

THIS DAY THE LORD WILL

DELIVER YOU INTO MY HAND,

AND I WILL STRIKE YOU

DOWN.

SO THAT ALL ON EARTH

KNOW THERE IS A GOD IN

ISRAEL.

Efrem: THE 1973,'74

SEASON AT BIRMINGHAM'S

"WOODLAWN" HIGH SCHOOL IS

A TIME OF FORCED

INTEGRATION, BUT IT IS

ALSO A TIME OF SPIRITUAL

AWAKENING.

WE HAVE A SCENE IN

"WOODLAWN," WHERE THE

CHAPLAIN SAYS, WHO IS

GOING TO STAND UP FOR

JESUS?

AND THEY ALL STAND UP.

I WAS WATCHING IT IN MY

BEDROOM, AND I WANTED TO

JUST STAND UP ON THE BED

AND SAY, I WANT TO BE

COUNTED.

YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW I

KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO WIN

THIS GAME?

BECAUSE IT IS NOT ABOUT

YOU.

NOBODY OUT THERE KNOWS

WHAT'S HAPPENED WITH THIS

TEAM.

BUT WHEN YOU WIN ON THIS

DAY, THEY WILL.

WHEN YOU DO WHAT EVERYONE

SAID IS IMPOSSIBLE, THEY

WILL.

WHEN YOU STRIKE DOWN THIS

GIANT, THEY WILL.

[CHEERING]

AND WHEN THEY FIND OUT

HOW YOU DID IT, THEN ALL

OF THE EARTH WILL KNOW

THERE IS A GOD IN ISRAEL

ON THIS DAY.

ON THIS DAY!

ON THIS DAY!

Efrem: BOTTOM LINE:

THE STORY IS BIGGER THAN

FOOTBALL.

IT IS THE GOSPEL MESSAGE

PLAYED OUT ON THE BIG

SCREEN AT A TIME WHEN

AUDIENCES NEED IT MOST.

WE'VE ALL SEEN IN THE

LAST 12 MONTHS OR SO CRAZY

THINGS HAPPENING IN CITIES

AROUND AMERICA.

AND A MOVIE LIKE THIS

COMES AT THE RIGHT TIME

WITH THE RIGHT MESSAGE.

Efrem: CALEB CASTILLE

ACTUALLY PLAYED FOOTBALL

FOR ALABAMA, AND HE IS

MAKING THIS ACTING DEBUT

IN THIS FILM.

I SAT DOWN WITH HIM AND

PRODUCER KEVIN DOWNES IN

STUDIO 5.

I ASKED CALEB HIS THOUGHTS

ON THE REAL TONY NATHAN,

WHOM HE PLAYS IN THE FILM.

HE IS JUST AN

INCREDIBLE MAN.

HE IS A PERSON THAT

EVERYONE CAN LEARN FROM

BECAUSE TONY IS SUCH A

HUMBLE PERSON.

YOU KNOW, WITH ALL OF THAT

ABILITY.

AND, YOU KNOW, I WAS

TELLING SOMEONE -- I'M

LIKE HOW TONY WAS AS A

CHARACTER -- HOW CAN YOU

BE SO LOVING AND YET

YOU'RE SO HATED.

AND IT IS JUST INCREDIBLE

TO SEE.

I THINK THAT IS AN EXAMPLE

OF JESUS, YOU KNOW?

HE REALLY DOES WALK IT

OUT.

FOR ME TO BE ABLE TO STEP

INTO HIS SHOES IS JUST AN

OPPORTUNITY THAT I'LL

NEVER FORGET.

Efrem: I HAVE TO

IMAGINE THAT THIS IS AN

ANSWER TO PRAYER FOR YOU

BECAUSE YOU ALMOST DIDN'T

PLAY THIS LEADING ROLE.

YEAH.

YEAH, THAT'S VERY TRUE.

I WAS HIRED AS A STUNT

DOUBLE -- TONY'S STUNT

DOUBLE -- BECAUSE OF MY

ATHLETIC ABILITY AND MY

BACKGROUND THERE.

AND THEN THEY HAD SOME

ISSUES WITH THE ACTOR THAT

THEY HAD ORIGINALLY HIRED,

JUST A SIMPLE WORK VISA.

BUT GOD HAD A WAY, AND

THREE DAYS BEFORE

PRODUCTION, THEY'RE

CALLING ME, TELLING ME IT

MIGHT BE ME.

Efrem: THREE DAYS?

YEAH.

SO IT WAS JUST -- THAT IN

ITSELF WAS JUST A LEARNING

EXPERIENCE AND A GROWTH

PERIOD OF GOD AND

PREACHING MY FAITH AND

JUST BELIEVING MORE AND

MORE THAT, YOU KNOW, HE

PUT ME HERE.

I THINK IT HAD TO HAPPEN

THAT WAY.

I FEEL LIKE IF THEY HAD

INITIALLY CASTED ME, I

THINK MY PRIDE WOULD HAVE

GOTTEN IN THE WAY.

I THINK I WOULD HAVE

THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING

THAT I DID.

AND THIS STORY OF HOW I

GOT THIS ROLE IS THERE IS

NO OTHER WAY TO EXPLAIN

IT, OTHER THAN GOD'S

DIVINE INTERVENTION.

THE CASTING PROCESS --

WE WEREN'T SMART ENOUGH TO

CAST CALEB.

AND THE WAY THAT THE

PROCESS PLAYED OUT, YOU

KNOW, I JUST SAT BACK.

I KNEW AT THAT MOMENT --

I'M LIKE, OKAY, THERE IS

NO DOUBT THAT GOD IS SORT

OF STEPPING IN BECAUSE HE

HAS GOT A PLAN THAT WE

CAN'T SEE.

AND IT IS COMPLETELY CLEAR

TO ME.

I REMEMBER HAVING THAT

MOMENT.

I WAS ON A PLANE RIDE FROM

LONDON TO L.A., AND WHEN I

GOT ON THE PHONE WITH

JOHN, THEY SAT DOWN WITH

CALEB FOR, LIKE, FOUR

HOURS, AND TO HEAR THE

EXCITEMENT IN THEIR VOICE

AND THE REASONS WHY, AND I

KNEW ONLY GOD COULD IN IN

INFILTRATE.

GOD WAS SHAKING ALL THREE

OF US AND SAYING, NOW I'M

GOING TO CAST YOUR MOVIE

FOR YOU.

> JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL.

NO KIDDING.

Efrem: AND I ALSO

HAVE TO SAY THIS FILM HAS

SOME AMAZING FOOTBALL

SCENES FOR YOU FOOTBALL

FANS.

STAY WITH US.

WE'RE COMING RIGHT BACK.

Efrem: IT IS TIME NOW

FOR YOUR FRIDAY FAITHFUL.

AND I HOPE THIS THOUGHT

WILL INSPIRE YOU.

THE SCRIPTURES CLEARLY

STATE THAT GOD'S MERCIES

ARE NEW EVERY MORNING.

AND AS I THOUGHT ABOUT

THAT, I REALIZED YOU

SIMPLY CAN'T GET THROUGH

TODAY ON YESTERDAY'S

MERCY.

IT SIMPLY IS NOT ENOUGH TO

HANDLE TODAY'S ISSUES.

SO WITH EVERY NEW DAY,

LORD, WE SEEK YOU FOR A

FRESH ROUND OF GRACE AND

MERCY.

WE NEED IT TO GET THROUGH

IT.

MAKE THIS A FABULOUS

FRIDAY.

THAT IS GOING TO DO IT FOR

THIS EDITION OF CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

YOU CAN FIND MORE OF OUR

EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF THE

ISSUES YOU CARE MOST ABOUT

AT cbnnews.com.

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND.

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