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CBN NewsWatch: March 17, 2016

On CBN Newswatch, March 17: Senate GOP digs in, won't consider Garland for High Court; Clinton knew of Blackberry security concerns; French arrests show Europe's growing struggle to contain terror threat; New revelation: and more. Read Transcript


Efrem: TODAY ON

"NEWSWATCH," PRESIDENT

OBAMA MAKES HIS SUPREME

COURT NOMINATION, AND THE

G.O.P. LEADERS AREN'T

BACKING DOWN FROM THEIR

PROMISE NOT TO CONSIDER

HIM.

SEE WHAT IS NEXT IN THE

BATTLE OVER JUSTICE

SCALIA'S SUCCESSOR.

> AUTHORITIES IN FRANCE

ARREST FOUR TERROR

SUSPECTS.

SEE WHAT THEY WERE

PLANNING AND WHY

SITUATIONS LIKE THIS ARE

BECOMING MORE COMMON.

> AND WE ALL KNOW

FASTING HAS SPIRITUAL

BENEFITS, BUT NOW

SCIENTISTS SAY IT CAN ALSO

BE GOOD FOR YOUR PHYSICAL

HEALTH.

WE'RE SHOWING YOU WHY.

> AND THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR JOINING US FOR CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

I'M EFREM GRAHAM.

PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS NAMED

HIS PICK FOR THE SUPREME

COURT.

THE REPUBLICANS MAINTAIN

THEY WILL NOT GIVE HIM A

HEARING, MUCH LESS A VOTE,

BUT DEMOCRATS ARE TURNING

UP THE HEAT.

WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT

JENNIFER WISHON EXPLAINS.

THIS IS THE GREATEST

HONOR OF MY LIFE.

Reporter: JUDGE MERIT

MERITT GARLAND IS ON

CAPITOL HILL.

A HANDFUL OF REPUBLICANS

REACHED OUT, OFFERING TO

MEET WITH HIM, AT THE SAME

TIME, SENATE LEADERS HELD

FAST THEY WILL NOT HOLD A

CONFIRMATION HEARING UNTIL

AFTER THE ELECTION.

OUR NATION FACES REALLY

BIG ISSUES, ACCELERATING

DEATH, THREATS FROM

TERRORISM, A STRUGGLING

ECONOMY, MAJOR EDUCATION

AND HEALTH CARE REFORM

ISSUES.

THIS IS A MOMENT WHEN THE

PEOPLE OF THE UNITED

STATES SHOULD SPEAK ABOUT

THE DIRECTION OF OUR

NATION.

Reporter: MITCHELL

McCONNELL SAYS

REPUBLICANS ARE SIMPLY

FOLLOWING THE BIDEN RULE,

THAT IS ADVICE OFFERED BY

THEN SENATOR JOSEPH BIDEN

IN 1992.

ONCE THE POLITICAL

SEASON IS UNDER WAY, AND

IT IS, ACTION ON A SUPREME

COURT NOMINATION MUST BE

PUT OFF UNTIL AFTER THE

ELECTRIC CAMPAIGELECTION CAMPAIGN IS OVER.

THAT IS WHAT IS FAIR TO

THE NOMINEE AND ESSENTIAL

TO THE PROCESS.

OTHERWISE, IT SEEMS TO ME,

MR. PRESIDENT, WE WILL BE

IN DEEP TROUBLE AS AN

INSTITUTION.

Reporter: IT'S A

POSITION IN DIRECT

CONTRAST WITH PRESIDENT

OBAMA.

President Obama: I

SIMPLY ASK REPUBLICANS IN

THE SENATE TO GIVE HIM A

FAIR HEARING.

AND THEN AN UP OR DOWN

VOTE.

Reporter: THE BATTLE

HAS BEGUN.

THE WHITE HOUSE PLANS TO

CHIP AWAY AT REPUBLICANS,

SECURING MEETINGS FOR

GARLAND, AND APPLYING

PRESSURE TO POTENTIALLY

VULNERABLE SENATORS FACING

ELECTION THIS YEAR.

IT COULD BE EFFECTIVE IF

COME NOVEMBER IT APPEARS

THE REPUBLICANS' SLIM

MAJORITY IS AT RISK.

IF A DEMOCRAT WINS OR

IF THERE IS GOING TO BE A

DEMOCRAT SENATE, WILL THE

LAME-DUCK REPUBLICAN

SENATE VOTE TO CONFIRM

SOMEONE WHO MAY BE MORE

CENTRIST?

Reporter FIDELITY TO THE

CONSTITUTION AND THE LAW

AS BEEN THE CORNERSTONE OF

MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE.

Reporter: SOME

CONSERVATIVES ARE ALSO

PRIVATELY CONCERNED ABOUT

WHO DONALD TRUMP WOULD PUT

FORWARD.

SENATOR TED CRUZ PUTS ON

THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE,

REFUSING TO HOLD A

HEARING.

AND HARRY REID PREDICTS

REPUBLICANS WILL CAVE.

JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS,

THE WHITE HOUSE.

Efrem: A NEW WRINKLE

IN HILLARY CLINTON'S'

NEWLY RELEASED E-MAILS

REVEAL SHE WAS CONCERNED

ABOUT THE SECURITY FOR HER

BLACKBERRY.

OFFICIALS ARGUE THERE WERE

SECURITY VULNERABILITIES

WITH USING BLACKBERRY

DEVICES FOR SECURE

COMMUNICATIONS OR IN A

SECURE AREA.

ONE MONTH AFTER CLINTON'S

REQUEST WAS DENIED, SHE

USED AN E-MAIL ACCOUNT ON

HER BLACKBERRY PHONE FOR

E-MAILS CONTAINING

CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.

THE DOCUMENTS SHOW THAT

HILLARY CLINTON KNEW HER

BLACKBERRY WAS NOT SECURE.

CLINTON IS UNDER

INVESTIGATION FOR POSSIBLY

JEOPARDIZING NATIONAL

SECURITY BY SENDING

CLASSIFIED INFORMATION ON

HER PRIVATE E-MAIL.

> MORE TERROR ARRESTS IN

FRANCE AND BELGIUM IN THE

PAST DAYS AS AUTHORITIES

TRY TO CONTAIN A GROWING

THREAT FROM VIOLENT MUSLIM

EXTREMISTS.

DALE HURD IS ON THIS

STORY.

Reporter: FOUR

SUSPECTS HAVE BEEN

ARRESTED IN THE PARIS

REGION, AMID FEARS THEY

WERE PLANNING ANOTHER

TERRORIST ATTACK.

FEW DETAILS HAVE BEEN MADE

AVAILABLE.

BUT FRANCE'S INTERIOR

MINISTER SAYS ALARMINGLY

THAT FRENCH AUTHORITIES

NOW HAVE TO MAKE ARRESTS

LIKE THESE EVERY DAY.

TENSIONS ARE HIGH IN

FRANCE, FOLLOWING THE

NOVEMBER ATTACKS IN PARIS

THAT LEFT 130 PEOPLE DEAD,

AND AFTER A RAID IN

BRUSSEL ON TUESDAY ON A

TERRORIST HIDEOUT, IT

ALLOWED TWO SUSPECTS TO

ESCAPE.

THEY'RE ON THE RUN.

ONE SUSPECT WAS KILLED.

ONE SUSPECT WAS

NEUTRALIZED BY A SNIPER BY

THE SPECIAL FORCES WHEN HE

TRIED TO OPEN FIRE FROM

THE WINDOW OF THE FLAT

WHERE HE WAS FIGHTING.

Reporter: THE

EUROPEAN UNION'S

CRIME-FIGHTING UNION SAYS

THE ISLAMIC STATE HAS SET

UP A SPECIAL OPERATIONS

COMMAND, TO LAUNCH TERROR

ATTACKS ON SOFT TARGETS IN

EUROPE.

BELGIUM AND FRANCE ARE

HOME TO SOME OF EUROPE'S

MOST DANGEROUS TERRORISTS,

AND POLICE HAVE THEIR

HANDS FULL, TO SAY THE

LEAST.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

Efrem: A NEW YORK

PIZZA SHOP OWNER WHO

ADMITTED TO TRYING TO

RECRUIT PEOPLE FOR ISIS

MAY FACE UP TO 22.5 YEARS

IN PRISON.

HE ATTEMPTED TO PROVIDE

SUPPORT TO A TERRORIST

GROUP.

ELJI MADE EFFORTS TO

RECRUIT THREE PEOPLE.

HE PLEADED GUILTY IN

DECEMBER.

HE IS A NATURALIZED

CITIZEN.

> SECRETARY JOHN KERRY

HAS DECIDED TO CALL IT

GENOCIDE.

ISIS HAS SLAUGHTERED

CHRISTIANS SINCE THEY

LAUNCHED THEIR JIHAD.

FOR MANY AMERICANS, THE

DECISION TO LABEL THOSE

ACTS AS GENOCIDE IS

SIMPLE.

Reporter: HE KEPT HIS

BLOODY SHIRT AS A

REMINDER.

THE IRAQI CHRISTIAN WAS

WEARING IT WHEN ISIS

TERRORISTS KIDNAPPED HIM

ON HIS WAY TO CHURCH.

THE TORTURE CONTINUED FOR

NINE DAYS.

THEY USED THE HAMMER TO

BROKE MY TEETH, MY NOSE,

AND MY BACK.

Reporter: DESPITE

BEHEADINGS, CRUCIFIXIONS,

AND DRIVING CHRISTIANS

AWAY FROM LANDS THEY'VE

OCCUPIED SINCE JESUS

WALKED ON EARTH, STATE

DEPARTMENT PEOPLE ARE

RELUCTANT TO CALL THIS

GENOCIDE.

THE GOVERNMENT ASKED

SEVERAL CHRISTIAN GROUPS

TO COLLECT EVIDENCE.

THEIR 280-PAGE REPORT LAYS

OUT KNOWN CRIMES AGAINST

CHRISTIANS, INCLUDING A

LIST OF THOSE MURDERED,

AND WITNESS STATEMENTS.

IT INCLUDES THIS MENU ISIS

PRODUCED FOR MEN

INTERESTED IN BUYING

CHRISTIAN OR YAZIDI

SLAVES.

200,000 DENARS BUYS A

CHILD, AGED ONE TO NINE.

AND THE RULES: IT IS NOT

ALLOWED FOR ANY CUSTOMER

TO PURCHASE MORE THAN

THREE SPOILS, EXCEPT FOR

FOREIGN MERSFOREIGNERS, LIKE TURKS AND

SYRIANS.

THE ONLY WORD FOR IT IS

GENOCIDE.

Reporter: THERE IS

AMPLE PROOF THAT ISIS

WANTS TO RID THE WORLD OF

CHRISTIANS.

ISIS PUBLISHED, WE WILL

CONQUER YOUR ROME, BREAK

YOUR CROSSES, AND ENSLAVE

YOUR CHILDREN.

IF WE DO NOT REACH THAT,

OUR CHILDREN AND

GRANDCHILDREN WILL REACH

IT, AND THEY WILL SELL

YOUR SONS AND GRANDSONS AS

SLAVES IN THE SLAVE

MARKET.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

DOESN'T WANT TO ACT

HASTELY, BUT IN THIS CASE

THE PRESIDENT WOULD BE

FOLLOWING THE EUROPEAN

UNION, EVEN THE LIKELY

DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL

NOMINEE, HILLARY CLINTON,

ARE ALL LABELLING THIS AN

EXEMPT AT CHRISTIAN

EXTERMINATION GENOCIDE.

IT IS ABOUT THE IMPACT

OF REAL PEOPLE ON A DAILY

BASIS, IN A SETTING WE

COULDN'T POSSIBLY IMAGINE.

Reporter: ACCORDING

TO THE U.N., GENOCIDE IS

ACTS COMMITTED WITH INTENT

TO DESTROY, IN WHOLE OR IN

PART, A NATIONAL, ETHNIC,

RACIAL, OR RELIGIOUS

GROUP.

THE ONLY TIME THE U.S. HAS

DESIGNATED A GENOCIDE

WHILE IT WAS HAPPENING

CAME 12 YEARS AGO IN

DARFUR.

THEN LAWYERS DETERMINED

THE DESIGNATION DIDN'T

REQUIRE THE U.S. TO ACT,

ANOTHER REASON MANY

AMERICANS WONDER WHY THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS

DRAGGING ITS FEET.

I LOOK TO MY BLOOD

EVERY DAY, AND I

REMEMBER -- AND THIS IS

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME

PEOPLE EVERY DAY.

Reporter: HE IS

FORTUNATE HE IS ALIVE TO

REMEMBER, UNLIKE SO MANY

OF HIS MIDDLE EASTERN

BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN

CHRIST.

JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS,

THE WHITE HOUSE.

Efrem: FRANKLIN

GRAHAM HAS ANNOUNCED AN

INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT ON

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION WILL

BE HELD IN OCTOBER IN

MOSCOW.

THE CONFERENCE WILL DRAW

ATTENTION TO THE ATTACKS

ON BELIEVERS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

THAT IS ACCORDING TO

"PREMIER," A CHRISTIAN

PUBLICATION IN THE UNITED

KINGDOM.

HE SAYS THE CONGRESS WILL

BRING DELEGATES FROM

AROUND THE WORLD TO HEAR

FIRSTHAND REPORTS ABOUT

THE SUFFERING TAKING PLACE

IN THE MIDDLE EAST, AND TO

PRAY FOR PERSECUTED

CHRISTIANS.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH IS

ASKING EGYPT TO RELEASE

FOUR COPTIC CHRISTIAN

TEENS CONVICTED OF,

QUOTE,"BLASPHEMY."

THEY MADE THE REQUEST THIS

WEEK AFTER EGYPT'S JUSTICE

MINISTER WAS FIRED.

THE TEENAGERS' CONVICTION

WAS BASED ON A VIDEO THEY

MADE TO MOCK ISIS.

THE DIRECTOR FROM HUMAN

RIGHTS SAYS THIS CHILDREN

SHOULDN'T FACE PRISON FOR

EXPRESSING THEMSELVES,

EVEN WITH AN IMMATURE

JOKE.

EGYPTIAN AUTHORITIES

SHOULD PROTECT FREEDOM OF

EXPRESSION.

THEY MADE THE VIDEO AFTER

ISIS BEHEADED COPTIC

CHRISTIANS IN LIBYA LAST

YEAR.

> AN UPDATE ON A

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM STORY WE

TOLD YOU ABOUT LAST MONTH.

GEORGIA LAWMAKERS HAVE

PASSED A BILL THAT PROTECT

THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WHO

DISAGREE WITH SAME-SEX

MARRIAGE.

IT WOULD ALLOW CHRISTIANS

TO HIRE PEOPLE WHO SHARE

THEIR BELIEFS ON MARRIAGE.

AND IT PROTECTS RELIGIOUS

OFFICIALS WHO DECLINE FROM

PERFORMING GAY MARRIAGES.

THE BILL HEADS TO THE

GEORGIA GOVERNOR.

> ONCE AGAIN, SCIENTISTS

ARE PROVING THAT PRACTICES

IN THE BIBLE ARE GOOD FOR

OUR SPIRITUAL HEALTH, AND

ALSO GOOD FOR OUR PHYSICAL

HEALTH.

THINGS LIKE FORGIVENESS,

REST, AND LETTING GO OF

WORRY.

NOW AS LORI JOHNSON SHOWS

US, WE CAN ADD FASTING TO

THE LIST.

Lori: IT APPEARS

FASTING DRAMATICALLY

STRENGTHENS OUR IMMUNE

SYSTEM.

RESEARCHERS AT THE

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN

CALIFORNIA STUDIED BOTH

PEOPLE AND ANIMALS WHO

WENT WITHOUT FOOD FOR TWO

TO FOUR DAYS AT A TIME FOR

SIX MONTHS.

THE FASTING TRIGGERED

THEIR BODIES TO GET RID OF

OLD, INEFFICIENT CELLS,

AND REGENERATE NEW HEALTHY

ONES.

THIS MEANS FASTING COULD

BE A KEY TO AGING WELL,

BECAUSE AS WE GET OLDER,

OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM WEAKENS.

FASTING COULD PROVE

ESPECIALLY BENEFICIAL TO

PEOPLE GOING THROUGH

CHEMOTHERAPY OR WHO SUFFER

FROM AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS.

FASTING CAUSES THE BODY'S

STEM CELLS TO RENOW

THEMSELVES, AND HOLDS BACK

A HORMONE LINKED TO CANCER

GROWTH.

FASTING IS NOW GAINING

ACCEPTANCE IN POPULAR

CULTURE.

FOLKS ARE TRYING WHAT IS

KNOWN AS INTERMITTENT

FASTING FOR WEIGHT LOSS,

AS WELL AS OTHER HEALTH

BENEFITS.

ONE PLAN INVOLVES GOING

WITHOUT FOOD FOR 18 HOURS

OR MORE EVERY DAY,

THEREFORE ONLY EATING

DURING A FOUR TO SIX-HOUR

WINDOW.

ANOTHER, CALLED THE

FIVE-TWO DIET MEANS TO EAT

NORM FOR FIVE DAYS A WEEK,

BUT EATING ONLY

500 CALORIES OR LESS ON

THE OTHER TWO.

WHILE MANY AMERICANS STILL

EAT ALL DAY, EVERY DAY,

MORE SCIENTISTS ARE

INCREASINGLY TOUTING THE

HEALTH BENEFITS OF FASTING

ON A REGULAR BASIS.

LORI JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

Efrem: COMING UP, AN

OUTSPOKEN AND UNLIKELY

CRITIC OF MASS IMMIGRATION

BECAUSE HE'S AN IMMIGRANT

HIMSELF.

WHY THIS MAN SAYS HE IS

ONE OF THE ONLY ONES

SPEAKING THE TRUTH.

Efrem: SWEDEN WANTED

TO SHOW THE WORLD A

GLORIOUS MULTI-CULTURAL

FUTURE, BUT THAT DREAM GOT

MUGGED BY REALITY.

IMMIGRANTS HAVE

OVERWHELMED SWEDEN, AND

NOW SOME OF THE COUNTRY'S

BIGGEST OPPONENTS TO ITS

IMMIGRATION POLICY ARE

IMMIGRANTS.

DALE HURD BRINGS US THE

STORY NOW FROM SWEDEN.

Reporter: THIS MAN IS

AN IMMIGRANT IN SWEDEN.

IT MIGHT NOT BE SUCH A

GREAT TIME TO BE AN

IMMIGRANT IN SWEDEN.

SWEDEN'S NOTORIOUS

OPEN-DOOR POLICY COLLAPSED

AFTER THE NATION LITERALLY

RAN OUT OF PLACES TO HOUSE

MIGRANTS.

AND THE MASSIVE CRIME WAVE

HIT ASYLUM CENTERS, WITH

REPORTS OF BOYS RAPED AND

AN ASYLUM WORKER MURDERED.

A FEW YEARS AGO, THIS

IMMIGRANT JOINED SWEDEN'S

ANTI-IMMIGRATION PARTLY.

IT SAYS A LOT ABOUT HOW

BADLY SWEDEN'S IMMIGRATION

MODEL HAS RUN OFF THE

RAILS WHEN AN IMMIGRANT

JOINS A POLITICAL PARTY

THAT WANTS TO RESTRICT

IMMIGRATION.

NIMA SAYS HIS DECISION

LEFT SOME SWEDES

SCRATCHING THEIR HEADS.

THEY BELIEVE THAT I AM

CONFUSED.

Reporter: AND WHY

WOULD HE JOIN A PARTY FOR

THE SWEDEN DEMOCRATS THAT

IS BRANDED BY THE LEFT AS

A RACIST PARTY.

IT IS NOT A RACIST

PARTY.

IT IS A CONSERVATIVE

PARTY.

Reporter: NIMA SAYS

HE IS NOT AGAINST

IMMIGRATION PER SE, JUST

THE WAY SWEDEN HAS DONE

IT.

HE CAME HERE AS A BOY FROM

IRAN.

AND TODAY HE IS A MEMBER

OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

IN SWEDEN'S THIRD LARGEST

CITY, MULLMER, A CITY THAT

HAS SUFFERED FROM

IMMIGRATION.

THEY'RE VERY BAD.

THE CITY IS A VERY

SEGREGATED CITY.

SO YOU HAVE AREAS WHERE A

LOT OF PEOPLE ARE

UNEMPLOYED.

Reporter: HE SAYS

SOME SCHOOLS IN BAD AREAS

HAVE RUN OUT OF TEACHERS

WHO SPEAK SWEDISH.

WE USE SYRIAN TEACHERS,

AND TEACHERS FROM ARAB

COUNTRIES OR AFGHANISTAN.

AND THEY DON'T SPEAK

SWEDISH.

Reporter: NIMA HAS A

MASTER'S DEGREE IN

INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION

AND ETHNIC RELATIONS, BUT

HE CALLS SWEDEN'S

IMMIGRATION POLICY A

DISASTER.

HE ALSO LIVES IT.

HE TOLD ME HE HAS TO WEAR

A HOODIE THROUGH SOME

MULMER NEIGHBORHOODS SO HE

DOESN'T GET ATTACKED ABOUT

IMMIGRANT GANGS.

I USUALLY HAVE A HOODIE

ON.

YOU SEE A GROUP SOMEWHERE,

AND IF YOU LIVE IN MULMER,

YOU KNOW YOU SHOULD AVOID

THEM OR ELSE YOU'LL GET

BEAT UP.

Reporter: IT WAS A

TRIP TO THE UNITED STATES

THAT LED TO HIS JOINING A

RIGHT-WING PARTY.

HE SAW IMMIGRATION OPENLY

AND HONEST IN THE U.S.,

SOMETHING HE DOESN'T SEE

IN SWEDEN.

THERE ARE A LOT OF

COVERUPS ABOUT IMMIGRATION

HERE IN SWEDEN.

Reporter: THE SWEDISH

GOVERNMENT AND MEDIA HAVE

LONG SUPPRESSED BAD NEWS

ABOUT IMMIGRATION.

BUT IT ALL BLEW UP IN A

MAJOR SCANDAL WHEN THE

PUBLIC LEARNED THAT SEXUAL

ASSAULTS BY MIGRANT MALES

AGAINST SWEDISH GIRLS HAD

BEEN COVERED UP.

IT SEEMS ONE GROUP THAT

ISN'T AFRAID TO TELL THE

TRUTH ABOUT IMMIGRATION IN

SWEDEN ARE SOME OF THE

IMMIGRANTS.

LIKE THIS MAN, WHO IS A

KURD FROM IRAN.

THE IMMIGRANTS ARE

COMMITTING THE MAJORITY OF

VIOLENT CRIME NOW.

WE HAVE REACHED THAT

POINT.

THIS IS NOT LARGELY

RACIST.

REPORTED.

Reporter: BARBARA

TRUSH WARNED US THAT THE

FUTURE OF MULMER WOULD

BE...

HELL.

Reporter: SWEDEN HAS

THOUGHT OF ITSELF AS AN

IMMIGRATION SUPER POWER,

BUT THIS MAN SAYS SWEDISH

SOCIETY IS SHATTERED AND

AN ETHNIC CON FLICK IS CONFLICT IS

COMING.

WE HAVE A MAJORITY OF

CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS WHO

SPEAK ANOTHER LANGUAGE

THAN SWEDISH.

SO MULMER WILL BECOME A

CITY WHERE SWEDISH ARE A

MINORITY.

WE HAVE HAD RIOTS IN

MULMER BEFORE, BUT I THINK

WE WILL HAVE IT IN THE

FUTURE.

Reporter: FOR HIS

PART, NIMA HAS GONE ABOUT

TO UNIVERSITY, TO BECOME

WHAT SWEDEN NEEDS MORE OF

THESE DAYS: AN ELEMENTARY

SCHOOL TEACHER.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS, IN

MULMER, SWEDEN.

Efrem: UP NEXT, THE

ACE OF THE TORONTO

BLUEJAYS LEARN ABOUT THE

LIFE AND FAITH OF

BASEBALL'S MOST

UNCONVENTIONAL PITCHER.

Efrem: BASEBALL

SEASON IS STARTING UP

AGAIN, AND BLUEJAYS'

PITCHER R.A.DICKIE IS

PREPARING FOR ANOTHER

WINNING SEASON IN TORONTO.

THE 41-YEAR-OLD ACE OPENED

UP TO US ABOUT THE BATTLE

HE OVERCAME OFF THE FIELD,

EXPLAINING THAT LIFE, JUST

LIKE KNUCKLEBALL, HAS BEEN

UNPREDICTABLE.

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 I HAD A GARDEN

HOSE TAPED TO THE

TAILPIPE, AND I WAS ABOUT

TO END IT ALL.

AND I FELT GOD SAY THIS IS

NOT HOW IT IS MEANT TO BE

FOR YOU.

I WAS ABLE NOT TO TURN THE

KEY AND SOUGHT HELP THE

NEXT DAY.

AND IT ALLOWED ME TO GO

INTO PLACES, 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 APPALLING THINGS

THAT HAPPENED IN MY PAST,

I FEEL LIKE WHEN I CAME TO

KNOW CHRIST MORE

INTIMATELY, I HAD A REAL

PURPOSE.

IF I INVEST IN THE PROCESS

OF DOING RELATIONSHIP WELL

WITH THE LIVING GOD, I

HAVE TO SURRENDER TO THE

OUTCOME OF WHAT IT IS

GOING TO BE.

IT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT

JUST HAPPENS NATURALLY.

IT IS AGAINST MY HUMAN

NATURE TO GIVE OVER WHAT I

WANT TO CONTROL.

MY LIFE HAS BEEN 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 THE SIMILARITIES OF THE

PITCH AND MY WALK AS A

CHRISTIAN.

THE PITCH REQUIRES THE

INVESTMENT, 100% OF MY

HEART.

THAT'S WHAT IT REQUIRES 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, IN

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: WHEN YOU LOVE

GOD WITH 100% OF YOUR

HEART, NOTHING ELSE --

NOTHING ELSE MATTERS.

WHAT A GREAT TESTIMONY.

STAY WITH US.

WE'RE COMING BACK WITH

MORE OF CBN'S "NEWSWATCH."

Efrem: WELCOME BACK.

FINALLY, WE HOPE YOU WILL

MAKE THIS A THANKFUL

THURSDAY.

TO HELP YOU WITH THAT,

HERE IS A PRAYER OF

GRATITUDE TO OFFER UP

THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

LORD, THANK YOU FOR THE

MEASURE OF HEALTH I HAVE

TODAY.

IT IS TRULY A TREASURE TO

BE ALIVE AND IN YOUR

PRESENCE.

IN HIS PRESENCE, EVERY

PAIN CAN BE MENDED, AND

EVERY HEARTACHE CAN BE

COMFORTED.

WITH THAT, ONCE AGAIN,

MAKE THIS A THANKFUL

THURSDAY.

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