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Studio 5: Fill Me Up Messiah

Guests include singer Casey J, director Cyrus Nowrasteh and Blue Jays player R A Dickey. Casey shares her music story. Nowrasteh takes us inside his new film Young Messiah. And Dickey shares the power to overcome. Read Transcript


Efrem: SECONDS AWAY

ON "STUDIO 5,".

WHO ARE YOU?

Efrem: MEETING JESUS

AT AGE SEVEN, WE'RE ON THE

SET OF THE NEW FILM "YOUNG

MESSIAH."

> FORGIVING JUSTIN

BIEBER.

THE SINGER GRACES THE

COVER OF G.Q., TALKING

MORE ABOUT HIS FAITH THAN

FASHION.

AND...H...SHE IS SOMETIMES

CALLED THE WORSHIPPING

FLOWER CHILD.

CASEY JAY IS ON "STUDIO

5," WHICH STARTS RIGHT

NOW.

HEY, GUYS, I'M CASEY

JAY, AT "STUDIO 5" WITH

EFREM GRAHAM.

Efrem: THANK YOU,

CASEY, AND THANK YOU FOR

CHECKING IN STO "STUDIO TO "STUDIO 5."

WE HAVE A GREAT SHOW FOR

YOU TODAY.

CASEY JAY IS WITH US, TO

SHARE HOW SHE MOVED FROM

BEING A MATH TEACHER TO A

CHART-TOPPING RECORDING

ARTIST.

FIRST, LET'S TAKE A LOOK

AT WHAT IS TRENDING IN THE

WORLD OF INSPIRATIONAL

ENTERTAINMENT.

THIS IS YOUR "STUDIO 5"

FIVE TOP FIVE: AT NUMBER

FIVE, NETFLIX HAS SPOKEN,

"FULFULLER HOUSE," GETS A

SECOND SEASON.

CANDACE CAMERON IS COMING

UNDER FIRE.

> AT NUMBER FOUR,

RUSSELL WILSON IS

LAUNCHING A CLOTHING LINE,

"GOOD MAN BRAND."

MY DEFINITION OF A GOOD

MAN IS SOMEONE WHO --

MAKE A GOOD LEADER.

LOOKS AFTER THOSE

AROUND HIM.

Efrem: THINK ITALIAN

LEATHER, AND HIGH-TOPS BY

HAND.

THE BRAND AIMS TO

INSPIRING GOOD LIVING.

> AT NUMBER THREE, ALSO

GETTING ATTENTION FOR HIS

INSPIRATIONAL GARB, KEVIN

DURANT.

HIS CLOTHES HAVE THE

SCRIPTURE 9: 29 INSIDE

THEM.

THE SLOGAN IS "IRON

SHARPENS IRON," FROM

PROVERBS 27, 17.

> AT NUMBER TWO, "THE 10

COMMANDMENTS IS TURNING

60.

STAND STILL AND SEE THE

SALVATION OF THE LORD.

Efrem: AND IT IS

HEADED BACK TO THE BIG

SCREEN IN SELECT THEATERS

THIS MONTH AS PART OF THE

T.C. M. BIG SCREEN CLASSIC

SERIES.

IT REMAINS ONE OF THE

HIGHEST GROSSING TITLES OF

ALL TIMES.

> AND AT NUMBER ONE, DO

YOU WANT TO GET JUSTIN

BIEBER TO TAKE?

LET HIM TALK ABOUT HIS

FANS OR HIS FAITH.

A JOURNALIST SAYS,

QUOTE,"HIS RESPONSES TO

MOST QUESTIONS ARE SHORT,

OFTEN MONO SYLLABIC, UNTIL

YOU HIT UPON A TOPIC HE IS

COMFORTABLE DISCUSS, SUCH

AS HIS FANS OR GOD'S

OPINION OF MAN, IN WHICH

CASE HE'LL TALK WITHOUT

CEASING.

AND HIS ALBUM, "PURPOSE"

IS REPORTEDLY BANNED IN

SEVERAL MIDDLE EASTERN

COMPANIES, INCLUDING

INDONESIA, FOR BEING TOO

RELIGIOUS.

Efrem: PERHAPS YOU'VE

HEARD THE SAYING, GOD CAN

DREAM A BIGGER DREAM FOR

YOU THAN YOU CAN DREAM FOR

YOURSELF?

THAT IS CERTAINLY TRUE FOR

CASEY JAY.

HER TALENT HAS MOVED HER

FROM TEACHING SCHOOL TO

SELLING OUT CONCERT HALLS

ALL IN LESS THAN A YEAR.

CASEY JAY'S "FILL ME UP"

SPENT AN IMPRESSIVE 14

WEEKS AT NUMBER ONE ON THE

BILLBOARD CHARTS, AND A

LOT LONGER ON THE SUNDAY

PLAY LIST AT CHURCHES

AROUND THE COUNTRY.

SO, CAN YOU GO ANYWHERE

WITHOUT SINGING "FILL ME

UP" ALL OF THIS TIME

LATER?

CAN I?

YES.

SHOULD I?

WILL I GET STONED?

PROBABLY.

THEY WILL PROBABLY BOO ME

AND PUSH ME OFF THE STAGE.

[LAUGHTER]

NO, AND THAT DOESN'T

BOTHER ME.

I'M ASKING FOR DIFFERENT

THINGS FROM GOD, AND I'M

SINGING DIFFERENT PARTS OF

WHAT GOD HAS TO OFFER

EVERY SINGLE TIME.

YOU CAN SING "FILL ME UP"

LITERALLY A THOUSAND TIMES

AND HE'LL GIVE YOU

SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

Efrem: IT IS FROM

CASEY'S FIRST RECORDING

CALLED "THE TRUTH."

NOT LONG AGO, SHE WAS

TEACHING MATH TO HIGH

SCHOOL KIDS IN ATLANTA.

SO YOUR ALBUM CAME OUT

WHEN?

APRIL OF LAST YEAR.

Efrem: AND WE'RE

APPROACHING A YEAR.

WE'RE APPROACHING A

YEAR.

Efrem: WHAT HAS THIS

YEAR BEEN LIKE?

I CAN'T EVEN WRAP MY

MIND AROUND IT.

I GREW UP IN THE CHURCH,

SO SCRIPTURE AND ALL OF

THAT KIND OF STUFF IS

SOMETHING I'VE HEARD SO

MUCH, BUT TO SEE GOD'S

SCRIPTURE WORK IN YOUR

LIFE IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT.

I'VE SEEN GOODNESS AND

MERCY FOLLOW ME ALL OF THE

DAYS OF THIS YEAR.

I'VE TURNED AROUND AND

SEEN GOODNESS AND MERCY.

Efrem: I REMEMBER

WHEN I INTERVIEWED YOU

LAST, YOU SAID WHAT WE'RE

SEEING UNFOLD IS AS A

RESULT OF YOU SAYING YES

TO GOD BEFORE YOU EVEN

KNEW WHAT YOU WERE SAYING

YES TO.

THE UNKNOWN YES.

I WAS STILL IN THE

CLASSROOM.

I WAS TEACHING AND GOD

SAID REALLY CLEARLY, I

WANT TO DO SOMETHING

SPECIAL FOR YOU, BUT I

NEED YOU TO GIVE ME YES

NOW.

THAT WAS THE CONTROL FREAK

IN ME THAT JUST, LIKE,

EXPLODED.

I SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT,

GOD, I'M GOING TO DO IT.

AND NOW I GET TO WALK IN A

LIFE I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW TO

PRAY FOR.

Efrem: THE SINGING

CAREER HAS TAKEN CASEY

FROM STAGES IN ATLANTA TO

TRINIDAD, WHERE SHE

PERFORMED WITH THE HARLEM

GOSPEL CHOIR.

AND SEVERAL STOPS IN

BETWEEN.

AND NOW I'M HERE WITH

YOU.

Efrem: YES, YOU'RE

HERE IN PERSON.

NOW, SOME THINGS I'VE

LEARNED ABOUT YOU SINCE, I

DIDN'T KNOW YOU HAD

TATTOOS.

YES, I HAVE A COUPLE.

NOT A LOT.

I'M AT FOUR.

SO I'M, LIKE, HANGING ON.

I SAID TWO MORE AND THEN

STOP.

BUT IT'S KIND OF LIKE

PRINGLES.

TWO MORE AND THEN STOP AND

IT DOESN'T HAPPEN.

SO WE'LL SEE.

Efrem: DOES IT HURT?

YES.

IT FEELS LIKE A PAPER CUT

THAT JUST WON'T STOP.

AND THEN IT STOPS AND YOUR

DONE.

EVERYTHING IS PRETTY

SMALL, THOUGH.

PEOPLE THAT HAVE THE

SLEEVES AND ALL, I DON'T

THINK I CAN DO THAT.

Efrem: THE TATTOOED

WORSHIP LEADER?

THE TATTOOED AND

FREQUENTLY PIERCED WORSHIP

LEADER.

Efrem: BUT YOU ARE

AUTHENTICLY YOU.

YES.

Efrem: YOU FEEL NO

NEED TO BEND TO ANY KIND

OF CRITICISM.

I DON'T.

AND I'M SO THANKFUL THAT

GOD KIND OF PREPARED ME ON

THE BACK SIDE.

BEFORE ANYBODY KNEW MY

NAME, HE BUILT A

CONFIDENCE IN ME.

THIS IS SORT OF HOW YOU

WANT IT.

ALL OF THIS WEIRD, YOU PUT

IT IN ONE BODY AND YOU

WERE OKAY WITH IT, SO I'M

OKAY WITH IT.

SO TO DO IT ON PLATFORMS

AND SHARE GOD WITH PEOPLE

IN THE WAY I KNOW HE

CREATED ME TO DO IS SUCH A

FREEDOM.

I WON' WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY

OTHER WAY.

Efrem: I'VE HEARD YOU

CALLED A FLOR CHILD.

>FLOWER CHILD.

HAVE YOU HEARD THAT

BEFORE?

I HAVE HEARD THAT

BEFORE.

NO SHOES, SINGING UNDER

THE TREES, THAT'S ME.

I DO THIS THING CALLED

PAPA WORSHIP, AND WE DO IT

WHEN IT IS LESS COLD.

BASICALLY WE PICK A PARK

IN A COMMUNITY, AND WE GO

OUT AND TAKE GUITARS AND

JUST WORSHIP.

Efrem: WHERE DID THAT

COME FROM?

UNDERNEATH THE TATTOOS

AND THINGS LIKE THAT, I

THINK SOMETIMES THOSE ARE

THINGS THAT ALIENATE

PEOPLE FROM THE CHURCH.

AND THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE

WHO ARE NEVER GOING TO

WALK INTO OUR CHURCH.

IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW

GREAT THE LIGHTS OR HOW

BIG THE CHURCH IS.

THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE ON

SUNDAY MORNING, THEY'RE

NOT COMING.

AND I COULDN'T RECONCILE

WITH THE FACT THAT THAT

WAS OKAY.

SO GO THERE.

THEY DON'T HAVE TO GO ON

SUNDAY.

GO ON A TUESDAY AND BE IN

THEIR FRONT YARD,

BASICALLY, AND GOD HAS

MADE A WAY FOR US TO SHARE

HIS LOVE IN A WAY I

HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO DO

INSIDE OF A CHURCH.

Efrem: WHAT ARE YOU

SEEING WHEN YOU GET OUT

THERE ON THE STREETS?

WHAT I'M SEEING IS

THERE IS A GROUP OF PEOPLE

THAT WANT TO GIVE GOD

THEIR WORSHIP, BUT THEY

JUST DON'T FEEL LIKE

THEY'RE THE RIGHT PEOPLE.

THEY SAY, LORD, I'M NOT

CHURCHY OR I HAVE TATTOOS.

AND THEY FEEL LIKE I CAN'T

REALLY OFFER WHAT I HAVE

RIGHT NOW.

BUT THERE IS SOMETHING

ABOUT BEING UNDER HIS

CREATION, AND YOU'RE,

LIKE, WHO IS GOING TO HEAR

IT?

JUST GO FOR BROKE.

THERE IS A FREEDOM IN

THAT.

AND TO SEE PEOPLE JUST

WORSHIP, I'VE WEPT EVERY

SINGLE TIME WHEN I GET IN

MY CAR.

IT GETS UGLY, AND SNOT

DROOLS.

Efrem: AND COMING UP,

SHE IS SHARING WHO SHE

WOULD MOST LIKE TO INVITE

TO DINNER WHEN THE "STUDIO

5" INTERVIEW CONTINUES.

* YOU ARE NEAR, ALWAYS

NEAR TO THE

BROKENHEARTED *

Efrem: THAT IMPROMPTU

CASEY JAY TUNE IS IN MY

EAR FOR THIS SHOW.

IT IS ALSO WHAT'S IN MY

HEART AS WE SAT DOWN FOR

AN INTERVIEW ON PERSONAL

LOSS AND A "STUDIO 5"

DINNER PARTY FOR FIVE.

*

Efrem: WHEN WE FIRST

MET CASEY JAY, SHE WAS

SIMPLY THE VEGETARIAN

SCHOOL TEACHER WHO JUST

HAPPENED TO HAVE THE

NUMBER ONE GOSPEL SONG IN

THE COUNTRY.

HER MUSIC NOW TOUCHES THE

HEARTS OF THOUSANDS.

BUT IT BEGINS WITH HER

HEART.

YOU LOST YOUR GRANDMOTHER?

I DID.

I DID.

AT THE VERY END OF

SEPTEMBER.

I WAS WITH ONE OF MY

FAVORITE PASTORS, PASTOR

JOHN HANON IN CHICAGO.

AND THEY CALLED AND LET ME

KNOW.

AND I WENT HOME, AND THE

THING THAT I LEARNED SO

MUCH FROM THAT, MY GRANDMA

WAS PREPARED TO PASS.

LIKE, IT WASN'T THIS,

LIKE, IT'S SO SAD OR

WHATEVER.

SHE KNEW EXACTLY WHAT SHE

WANTED.

SHE FELT LIKE SHE HAD DONE

WHAT SHE WAS CALLED TO DO

HERE, AND THERE WAS A

PEACE IN THAT.

SO, LIKE I TOLD YOU, I

MOVED BACK INTO HER HOUSE,

AND NOW IT IS MY HOUSE.

I'M BACK IN THE PLACE I

GREW UP.

I CAN COME HOME AND

LITERALLY FEEL THE PEACE

OF GOD THAT HAS RESTED

THERE FOR 50 YEARS.

Efrem: AND SHE WAS A

SINGER?

YES.

SHE IS ON THE ALBUM.

SHE IS A RECORDING ARTIST.

SO WE CAPTURED THAT ON

VIDEO AND ON THE ALBUM.

AND I'M ABLE TO KIND OF GO

BACK AND STILL CAPTURE

THAT SOMETIMES.

Efrem: YOU'RE

FAVORITE PLACE THAT YOU

VISITED IN THE LAST YEAR,

WHAT WAS IT?

H'MMM...PROBABLY BACK

HOME.

TO WALK BACK INTO THE

HOUSE THAT I WAS IN AS A

KID, AND FOR IT TO BE MY

HOUSE.

THAT'S MY FAVORITE PLACE

NOW.

I HAVE MY PRAYER ROOM THAT

MY GRANNY HAD.

ALL OF THOSE THINGS, AS AN

ADULT, TO BE ABLE TO GO

THERE AND SEE THE

SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT --

THAT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE

MY FAVORITE PLACE.

SO I CAN GO ANYWHERE AND

COME BACK HOME -- IT'S

AMAZING.

Efrem: IF YOU GOT TO

PICK YOUR FAVORITE MEAL,

WHAT WOULD IT BE?

WELL, RIGHT NOW,

BECAUSE I'M NOT EATING IT,

PROBABLY CARBS, SO LIKE

POTATOES WITH RICE.

NO.

H'MMM...I'M A FOODIE.

THE WHOLE FOODS BAR, ALL

OF THEM, MINUS THE MEAT

STUFF.

THE WHOLE BAR AND I COULD

JUST WALK THROUGH IT AND

NOT GAIN A POUND.

Efrem: LIVING OR

DEAD, YOU COULD SIT DOWN

AND HAVE A MEAL WITH FIVE

PEOPLE, WHO ARE THOSE FIVE

PEOPLE?

OH, DONNY HATHAWAY.

YOU THOUGHT I WAS GOING

FOR A GOSPEL ARTIST --

THEY'RE COMING.

Efrem: I LOVE HIM.

DONNY HATHAWAY.

CRISET MICHELLE, MAYA

ANGELOU -- HER MIND.

ACTUALLY TYLER PERRY.

I LIKE HIS STORY.

LIKE, HOW DO YOU JUST GET

TO A PLACE WHERE YOU GROW

FROM NOTHING INTO

EVERYTHING.

WAS THAT THREE?

Efrem: THAT'S FOUR.

YOU'VE GOT ONE MORE.

OH, THE PRESSURE.

UM...CHARLENE HUNTER GOLF.

Efrem: I KNOW WHO SHE

IS, A JOURNALIST WHO PAVED

THE WAY.

I THINK SHE DOES A LOT OF

SOUTH AFRICA STUFF NOW.

UH-HUH.

SHE ATTENDED MY SCHOOL.

Efrem: CASEY JAY IS

ALREADY ON WORK ON C.D.

NUMBER TWO, AND SHE IS

WORKING WITH NEW MUSIC

PRODUCERS.

RIGHT NOW PROFESSIONAL

BASEBALL PLAYERS ARE

GEARING UP FOR THE START

OF THE SPRING SEASON.

TODAY WE'RE HEARING FROM

BLUEJAYS' PLAYER

R.A.DICKIE.

HE SHARES HOW GOD BROUGHT

HIM THROUGH THE HARDEST

SEASON OF HIS LIFE IN

TODAY'S "FAITH ON THE

FIELD."

WHEN I WAS SEXUALLY

ABUSED AT 8 YEARS OLD, I

DIDN'T TRUST ANOTHER HUMAN

BEING, MUCH LESS A CARING

GOD.

I WAS BEHIND THE WHEEL OF

A CAR, AND HAD A HOSE

RUNNING TO THE DRIVER'S

SIDE AND TAPED UP THE

WINDOW, AND WAS ABOUT TO

END IT ALL.

I HEARD GOD SAY, THIS IS

NOT HOW IT IS TO BE FOR

YOU.

AND I WAS NOT ABLE TO TURN

THE KEY.

IT ALLOWED ME TO GO INTO

DARK PLACES THAT I HAD

NEVER DARE VENTURE.

I HAD TO RELEARN.

I HAD TO GO BACK AND

CONFRONT THAT BOY AGAIN

AND LEARN HOW TO DO LIFE

DIFFERENTLY.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT

HELPS ME TO DO THAT IN THE

MOMENT IS THE FOUNDATION

OF A RELATIONSHIP WITH

JESUS CHRIST.

DESPITE THE TRAGEDY,

DESPITE THE APPALLING

THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN MY

PAST, I FEEL LIKE WHEN I

CAME T KNOW CHRIST MORE

INTIMATELY, I HAD REAL

PURPOSE.

AND IF I INVEST IN THE

PROCESS OF DOING

RELATIONSHIP WELL WITH A

LIVING GOD, I HAVE TO

SURRENDER TO THE OUTCOME

OF WHAT IT IS GOING TO BE.

IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT

JUST HAPPENS NATURALLY.

IT IS AGAINST MY HUMAN

NATURE TO GIVE OVER WHAT I

WANT TO CONTROL.

MY LIFE HAS BEEN, YOU

KNOW, ONE DIRECTION, UP,

DOWN, SIDEWAYS.

I'VE JUST BEEN LIKE THE

TRAJECTORY OF A KNUCKLE

BALL.

GOD HAS GIVEN ME A JOURNEY

THAT IS SO CLEAR, BECAUSE

OF SAUL O ALL OF THE SIMILARITIES

OF MY THROW AND MY WALK

WITH JESUS CHRIST.

THE PITCH REQUIRES 100% OF

MY HEART TO BE GOOD AT IT.

AND LIFE, AWAY FROM THE

GAME OF BASEBALL, I HAVE

TO BE ALL IN.

WHEN YOU TAKE THE RISK OF

ENTERING INTO A

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE

LIVING GOD THROUGH JESUS

CHRIST, LET YOUR

EXPECTATION BE THAT GOD

WANTS TO LOVE YOU WHERE

YOU ARE, WHEREVER THAT IS,

IN YOUR BROKENNESS AND

YOUR TEMPTATION.

HE WANTS TO BE THERE WITH

YOU IN THAT MOMENT.

AND BECAUSE OF THAT, MY

CONCERN TURNS TO GROWTH.

HOW CAN I GROW AS A HUMAN

BEING INTO WHO HE HAS

CALLED ME AUTHENTICLY TO

BE?

Efrem: THAT IS SO

TRUE.

GOD WANTS TO HELP YOU TO

GROW INTO THE PERSON HE

HAS CALLED YOU TO BE.

SUCH A GREAT MESSAGE.

> STILL TO COME, HERE ON

"STUDIO 5"...

CAN YOU DO THAT?

YES.

WHO ARE YOU?

Efrem: THE NEW FILM

THAT IMAGINES THE LIFE OF

JESUS AT ONLY AGE 7.

Efrem: FILM-MAKERS

ARE GIVING US A LOOK AT

THE LIFE OF CHRIST FROM A

VERY DIFFERENT

PERSPECTIVE.

"YOUNG MESSIAH" HITS

THEATERS MARCH 11th, AND

WE'LL SEE A MUCH YOUNGER

JESUS, AS THE TITLE

SUGGESTS.

"YOUNG MESSIAH," IS A

SCRIPTURE-INSPIRED FILM

THAT IMAGINES JESUS AS A

CHILD, A 7-YEAR-OLD WHO'S

PARENTS FACE MANY

CHALLENGES.

IT IS BASED ON THE ANN

RICE NOVEL, "CHRIST OF

LORD."

CYRUS NOROSTA DIRECTED THE

FILM AND CO-WRITE THE

SCREENPLAY WITH HIS WIFE.

HOW DOES THE STORY ABOUT

JESUS AS A CHILD DIFFER

FROM THE JESUS WE'RE SO

FAMILIAR WITH AS AN ADULT

IN THE BIBLE.

THE JESUS WE'RE

FAMILIAR WITH IS OUR GUIDE

FOR HOW WE ACT, AND HE

ACTS AS A CHILD IN OUR

MOVIE.

HE HAS TO BE CONSISTENT.

THERE IS INHERENT RISKS

WHEN YOU'RE GOING INTO

MATERIAL ABOUT JESUS THAT

IS NOT DIRECTLY FROM THE

BIBLE.

WE TOOK THAT

RESPONSIBILITY VERY

SERIOUSLY.

WE TALKED TO THEOLOGIANS,

SCHOLARS, PRIESTS,

PASTORS, FRIENDS.

Efrem: A LOT OF

RESEARCH, OBVIOUSLY, WENT

INTO THIS.

BUT THIS FILM HANGS ON THE

BACK OF THIS YOUNG GUY

HERE.

HE WAS HERE.

HE WAS HERE BESIDE ME.

THE BOY WAS HERE.

DID YOU DO THAT?

YES.

WHO ARE YOU?

YOU SAVED ME ONCE

BEFORE.

IT WAS YOU.

YOU WERE ALSO AT

BETHLEHEM.

HOW COULD YOU KNOW

THAT?

Efrem: HOW ON EARTH

DO YOU FIND A KID THAT

YOUNG WHO COULD DO THIS?

HE IS AN AMAZING CHILD,

PLAYING AN AMAZING CHILD.

WE DID A GLOBAL SEARCH.

I HAD CASTING DIRECTORS

ALL OVER THE WORLD.

ONE DAY I GOT A CALL FROM

A CASTING DIRECTOR IN

LONDON WHO SAID, WE JUST

SAW A CHILD WHO MADE THE

HAIR STAND UP ON THE BACK

OF OUR NECKS.

THEY SENT ME THE TAPE, I

FLEW TO LONDON, MET HIS

PARENTS, AND ADAM, I JUST

THINK IS WONDERFUL.

HE HAS THIS QUALITY ON

SCREEN THAT IS VERY RARE,

EVEN FOR BIG-TIME MOVIE

STARS, WHICH IS THE CAMERA

LOVES HIM.

AND IF HE IS PLAYING

JESUS, THAT HELPS.

[LAUGHTER]

HE IS FANTASTIC.

Efrem: IN TERMS OF

PRODUCING THIS AND

DIRECTING THIS AND GETTING

THIS STORY TOLD, I IMAGINE

IT HAD TO HAVE SOME SORT

OF IMPACT ON YOU

PERSONALLY, YOUR PERSONAL

FAITH, OR DOES YOUR FAITH

HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE

FILM?

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT?

I WOULD SAY A LITTLE

BIT OF BOTH.

MY JOURNEY STARTED YEARS

AGO, PROBABLY WHEN I GOT

MARRIED.

BECAUSE I'M OF MUSLIM

ORIGIN, BUT I WAS RAISED

IN A SECULAR HOME.

AND IT STARTED WHEN I GOT

MARRIED AND IT HAS BEEN

SORT OF A GRADUAL PROCESS

THROUGH THE YEARS, THROUGH

THE EXPERIENCES OF MY OWN

SONS.

AND IT SEEMED JUST SORT OF

NATURAL TO ME, AND PERHAPS

PREORDAINED, THAT I SHOULD

TELL THIS STORY.

IT JUST FELT RIGHT.

Efrem: UP NEXT HERE

ON "STUDIO 5"...

IT'S VERY, VERY SIMPLE,

TRADING YOUR WILL FOR

GOD'S WILL.

TRADING WHAT YOU WANT TO

DO FOR WHAT HE WANTS YOU

TO DO.

Efrem: YOU PROBABLY

RECOGNIZE HIM FROM THE HIT

FILM "WAR ROOM," AND TODAY

T.C. STALLINGS IS IN

"STUDIO 5" WITH A SIMPLE

BUT ENCOURAGING MESSAGE.

Efrem: TIME NOW TO

LOOK AHEAD AT WHAT WE'RE

WORKING ON FOR THE NEXT

"STUDIO 5."

HERE IS A HINT: IT'S A

FOLLOWUP TO THE POPULAR

FILM "HEAVEN IS FOR REAL."

I WANT PEOPLE TO COME

AWAY AND FEEL LIKE THEY

ARE SURROUNDED BY MIRACLES

AND THEY ARE SURROUNDED BY

LOVE.

Efrem: THE WAIT IS

OVER.

"MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN"

HITS THE BIG SCREEN MARCH

15th.

HEAR HOW IT IMPACTED THE

LEADING ACTRESS, JENNIFER

GARNER.

I DIDN'T KNOW HOW ON A

BASIC LEVEL I COULD

BELIEVE THE STORY, BUT AT

THE SAME TIME, I WANTED TO

KNOW MORE.

Efrem: "STUDIO 5" WE

HAVE AN INTERVIEW WITH THE

REAL LIFE CHRISTY BEAM.

IT'S AN EPISODE YOU WON'T

WANT TO MISS.

I'M GIVING THE FINAL WORD

TO T.C. STALLINGS, WHO

TRADED THE FOOTBALL GAME

FOR A DIFFERENT CAREER.

TRADE IN YOUR WILL FOR

GOD'S WILL.

TRADE IN WHAT YOU WANT TO

DO FOR WHAT HE WANTS YOU

TO DO.

I'M AN ACTOR, AND I GO BY

SCRIPTS.

SO HERE IS THE DEAL: GOD

IS YOUR WRITER AND YOUR

PRODUCER OF YOUR SCRIPT,

FOR YOUR LIFE.

YOU LIVE OUT THE PAGES AND

YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED.

IT'S THAT SIMPLE.

EVEN YOUR BUMPS AND YOUR

BRUISES AND YOUR PAIN, IT

MAKES SENSE, IN ACCORDANCE

TO GOD'S WILL.

BECAUSE HE SAYS, I NEED

YOU TO GO HERE AND THIS IS

GOING TO HURT, BUT IN

SCRIPTURE HE BACKS THAT

UP, AND SAYS, "IN THIS

LIFE YOU WILL HAVE

TROUBLE," AND THAT'S A

PROMISE.

BUT IT'S NOT OVER.

HE SAYS, "BUT TAKE HEART,

I HAVE OVERCOME THE

WORLD."

HE MAY PUT YOU IN A

SITUATION THAT GETS YOU

CUT, BUT HE HAS THE

BAND-AID RIGHT THERE TO

PATCH YOU UP, AND IT'S

GOING TO MAKE YOU

STRONGER.

GET PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR

PURPOSE.

Efrem: AMEN.

GET PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR

PURPOSE.

UNTIL NEXT TIME, REACH OUT

AND TOUCH ME AT EFREM

GRAHAM ON TWITTER AS WELL

AS INSTAGRAM, AND THEN

COME AND BACK AND JOIN US

AGAIN RIGHT HERE NEXT

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