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Studio 5: Mentoring Mother

Actress & comedienne Kym Whitley shares how she went from mentor to mother in an hour. Singer Demetria Stallings performs her latest single, and then joins our candid conversation about Christianity, culture and staying relevant. Read Transcript


Efrem: SECONDS AWAY

ON "STUDIO 5"...COMEDIENNE

KYM WHITLEY'S UNSCRIPTED

JOURNEY FROM MENTOR TO

MOTHERHOOD.

MY WHOLE LIFE -- PEOPLE

DON'T KNOW BECAUSE I'M SO

CRAZY -- MY WHOLE LIFE I

BELIEVED IN THE DIVINE

WORD.

SO I BELIEVED IN OPEN

MARRIAGE.

I JUST FORGOT TO TELL MY

EX-WIFE ABOUT IT.

Efrem: WHAT IS THE

PRICE OF MAKING

CHRISTIANITY POPULAR?

WE'RE TACKLING THAT IN OUR

"LET'S TALK ABOUT IT"

SEGMENT.

> AND DANCING WITH

DIMITRIA.

* CAN WE JUST DANCE

Efrem: A PERFORMANCE

YOU HAVE TO SEE IN THIS

EDITION OF "STUDIO 5."

AND IT STARTS NOW.

AND WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR

COMPANY.

BEFORE WE GET TO KYM'S

STORY, GETS GET A WRAP OF

THE HEADLINES IN THE WORLD

OF INSPIRING ENTERTAINMENT

NEWS.

THIS IS THIS WEEK'S TOP

FIVE FROM "STUDIO 5."

POKEMON GO COMES IN AT

NUMBER FIVE.

IT IS THE SMARTPHONE

SENSATION TAKING THE WORLD

BY STORM.

Efrem: FROM

DISRUPTING STATE

DEPARTMENT MEETINGS...

YOU'RE PLAYING THE

POKEMON THING.

DID YOU GET ONE?

NO.

I'M SORRY ABOUT THAT.

Efrem: ...TO VIRAL

POKEMON SERMONS.

YOU ARE PLAYING

POKEMON, BUT HAVE YOU

POKED A MAN AND INVITED

HIM TO CHURCH.

Efrem: NEW PHRASES

KEEP POPPING UP.

THE LATEST, CHURCH SIGNS

LIKE THESE ON THE STREET

AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

FROM "JESUS DIED" TO CATCH

"JAMUL," TO "THREE POKE

STOPS HERE."

> AT NUMBER FOUR, AND

FRESH FROM RECEIVING HER

STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK

OF FAME, PASTOR SHIRLEY

CAESAR IS INVITING

EVERYONE TO CHURCH.

HER CHURCH.

I HAVE A LOT OF NICE

FRIENDS.

AND DONNIE MCCLURKIN IS

GOING TO OPEN IT UP FOR

ME.

MRS. HEZEKIAH WALKER, A

PREACHER, HE IS GOING TO

BE PREACHING THE NEXT

NIGHT.

Efrem: IT INCLUDES

APPEARANCES FROM ACTRESS

AND SINGER JENNIFER

HOLLADAY AND RECORDING

ARTIST JONATHAN REYNOLDS.

> ON TO NUMBER THREE:

MORGAN FREEMAN RETURNS TO

THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

CHANNEL FOR A SECOND

SEASON OF "THE STORY OF

GOD," THE NETWORK'S

MOST-WATCHED SERIES OF ALL

TIME.

WHO IS GOD?

I BELIEVE GOD IS OUR

FATHER, THE CREATOR.

SOMEBODY WHO GIVES US

PURPOSE AND DESTINY.

Efrem: SEASON TWO

WILL AIR IN EARLY 2017 ON

NETWORK CHANNELS IN 171

COUNTRIES.

AND IN 45 LANGUAGES.

> ON NOW TO NUMBER TWO.

I'M HERE.

Efrem: THE VIOLENT

AND DEADLY TENSION BETWEEN

POLICE AND CIVILIANS HAS

MORE CELEBRITIES CALLING

FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE.

BASKETBALL LEGEND MICHAEL

JORDAN ISSUED A STATEMENT

TO ESPN'S "UNDEFEATED,"

SAYING, "I CAN NO LONGER

STAY SILENT."

HE ALSO DONATED A MILLION

DOLLARS TO A POLICE

ORGANIZATION, AND A

MILLION DOLLARS TO THE

NAACP.

RAPPER 50-CENT ALSO BROKE

HIS SILENCE IN THIS

INTERVIEW WITH "STUDIO 5."

Efrem: WHAT DO YOU

THINK YOUR ELDERS AND YOUR

FAMILY WOULD SAY?

WELL, WE DON'T HAVE A

SOLUTION FOR IT.

I THINK SOME OF THE PEOPLE

WHO ARE PROTESTING, WHO

ARE REALLY PASSIONATE

ABOUT IT, SHOULD ACTUALLY

BECOME POLICE OFFICERS.

Efrem: AND AT NUMBER

ONE, PASTOR TIM LAHAYE.

REMEMBER, IT WAS LESS

THAN 2,000 YEARS AGO THAT

JESUS SAID, "I GO TO

PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU."

Efrem: THE CO-AUTHOR

OF THE BEST-SELLING "LEFT

BEHIND" BOOK SERIES DIED

AT THE AGE OF 90, JUST

DAYS AFTER SUFFERING A

STROKE.

HIS POPULAR BOOK ALSO

BECAME POPULAR MOVIES.

I KNOW YOU ALL WANT

ANSWER, AND, BELIEVE ME,

SO DO I.

Efrem: "TIME

MAGAZINE" ONCE CALLED

LAHAYE ONE OF THE TOP 25

MOST INFLUENTIAL

EVANGELICALS IN AMERICA.

> AND SHE IS AN ACTRESS

AND A COMEDIENNE WHO HAS

APPEARED IN NUMEROUS

TELEVISION SHOWS.

AND KYM WHITLEY SAYS HER

LATEST ROLE IS ONE THAT

ONLY GOD COULD PREPARE HER

TO HANDLE.

IN TODAY'S INTERVIEW, I'M

TALKING WITH THE ACTRESS

ABOUT HOW SHE BECAME A

MOTHER IN ONLY ONE HOUR.

> LOS ANGELES IS HOME TO

NEARLY FOUR MILLION

PEOPLE.

A GOOD NUMBER OF THEM CAME

WITH DREAMS OF MAKING IT

BIG IN HOLLYWOOD.

MAY I REMIND YOU THAT I

TOLD YOU TO GO TELL GABBY

HOW YOU FEEL.

Efrem: ACTRESS AND

COMEDIENNE KYM WHITLEY

SHARED THOSE DREAMS.

I KNEW I WAS FUNNY THE

FIRST TIME I GOT A CHECK.

THE FIRST TIME I GOT PAID

FOR IT, I GO, I MUST BE

FUNNY.

Efrem: THAT

CONFIDENCE CAME EARLY.

HER PARENTS ENCOURAGED IT,

AND HE TOOK IT WITH HER

AFTER SHE GRADUATED FROM

COLLEGE AND MOVED TO

TINSELTOWN WITH ONLY $50

TO HER NAME.

IT HAS TAKEN YEARS TO LAND

MORE 40 FILM AND 40

TELEVISION APPEARANCES.

BUT SHE DOESN'T CALL IT

HARD.

WHAT IS HARD?

I LOOK AT OTHER PEOPLE'S

LIVES, AND THAT MIGHT BE

HARD.

IF I WANT TO BE THE

SPOILED BRAT, OH, ME,

TRYING TO MAKE IT.

SO I HAD TO GET ON FOOD

STAMPS FOR A MINUTE, AND I

HAD TO DO SOME JOBS I

WASN'T COMFORTABLE WITH --

NO, NO, IT WASN'T HARD.

I BELIEVE IT IS PART OF MY

JOURNEY.

Efrem: HER HOLLYWOOD

JOURNEY BEGAN AS A

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER IN

COMPTON.

I WOULD FIND ONE OR TWO

PARENTS WHO WOULD SAY, CAN

YOU TEACH MY CHILD TO READ

OVER THE SUMMER.

MY LITTLE GIRL IS OUT OF

HAND.

AND I WOULD TAKE THAT

LITTLE GIRL.

SO IT STARTED THEN.

Efrem: HER MENTORING

DAYS TOOK AN UNEXPECTED

TURN A FEW YEARS AGO, WHEN

HER PHONE RANG.

THERE WAS A HOSPITAL NURSE

ON THE OTHER END.

WITHIN ONE HOUR OF THAT

PHONE CALL, THE COMEDIENNE

WENT FROM MENTOR TO

MOTHER.

ONE GIRL IN PARTICULAR

I'VE BEEN MENTORING FOR

MAYBE 15 YEARS.

AND SHE HAD GONE INTO THE

HOSPITAL TO DELIVER A

BABY.

AND THE SOCIAL WORKER SAYS

THE BIRTH MOTHER HAS

CHOSEN YOU AS A GUARDIAN

FOR THIS BABY.

Efrem: WHEN THAT

OPPORTUNITY CAME...

I HAD CHILLS ALL OVER

MY BODY.

I CAN'T TAKE A KID.

I CAN TAKE A PUPPY, BUT

NOT A KID.

MY MOM AND DAD LITERALLY

WERE, LIKE, OKAY, BABY

GIRL, WHY DON'T YOU GO GET

THIS BABY.

THIS IS TRULY YOUR LAST

CHANCE THE AT HAPPINESS.

WHAT?

THEY WERE, LIKE, YOU DON'T

HAVE A MAN, IT DOESN'T

LOOK LIKE YOU HAVE ONE

COMING.

[LAUGHTER]

YOUR EGGS IS OLD, BOO,

YOU BETTER GO GET THIS

BABY.

> THIS IS CRAZY!

Efrem: HOME VIDEO

DOCUMENTS JOSHUA'S

ARRIVAL.

UNEXPECTED BUT NO

ACCIDENT.

AND I TELL YOU THIS,

THE REASON WHY THIS WAS

DIVINE -- ONE OF MANY

REASONS WAS -- HE CAME AT

A TIME WHEN MY PARENTS

WERE IN TOWN.

THEY ARE NEVER IN

LOS ANGELES.

THEY WERE THERE FOR TWO

WEEKS.

AND THEY NEVER STAYED PAST

A WEEK.

AND THEN THEY STAYED FOR A

MONTH BECAUSE THEY WERE

WORRIED I WAS GOING TO

KILL THE BABY.

I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO

CHANGE DIAPERS.

BUT SIX MONTHS LATER, MY

MOTHER PASSED.

HOW COULD THAT BE PLANNED.

THE TIME I SPENT WITH MY

MOTHER AND THIS BABY.

Efrem: HER UNSCRIPTED

JOURNEY FROM MENTOR TO

MOTHERHOOD IS THE SUBJECT

OF A HIT REALITY

TELEVISION SERIES CALLED

"RAISING WHITLEY," ON

OPRAH WINFREY'S NETWORK.

WHAT'S WRONG?

IT'S LUMPY?

IF I'M GOING TO PUT MY

LIFE AND MY SON'S LIFE OUT

FOR PUBLIC DISPLAY, IT HAS

TO BE TO HELP PEOPLE.

THAT WAS THE DECISION,

THAT I WAS SAFE AND THIS

WOULD BE A SHOW THAT WOULD

HELP AND BRING LAUGHTER

AND HOPEFULLY SOME

LESSONS.

Efrem: LESSONS FROM A

LIFE KYM NEVER REALLY

IMAGINED, AND A SON CAN'T

IMAGINE LIVING WITHOUT.

I DON'T KNOW HOW ALL OF

THIS HAPPENED.

IT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN.

FROM CHARITY WORK TO A

CHILD TO A GREAT SHOW,

GREAT CAREER, DIVINE

ORDER.

Efrem: AND YOU CAN

CATCH KYM WHITLEY IN THE

NEW SEASON OF "YOUNG AND

HUNGRY," ON FREE FORM.

> STILL TO COME HERE ON

"STUDIO 5"...

* YOU MAY BE

Efrem: DANCING WITH

DIMITRIUS STALLINGS.

IT IS A "STUDIO 5"

PERFORMANCE YOU'RE SURE TO

ENJOY.

Efrem: AND WELCOME

BACK TO "STUDIO 5."

I'M JOINED NOW BY

RECORDING ARTIST AND

PERSONAL FRIEND DIMITRIUS

STALLINGS.

SHE IS HERE TO PERFORM HER

SONG, "CAN WE JUST DANCE?"

WHAT INSPIRED THIS SONG.

IT IS A LONG STORY, BUT

I WANT TO MAKE IT SHORT.

I WAS AT REGENT UNIVERSITY

AND I HAD A LOT OF

DECISIONS TO MAKE, AND SO

MUCH PRESSURE.

I WAS, LIKE, GOD, I DON'T

FEEL LIKE I HAVE DIRECTION

WITH MY LIFE.

WHERE AM I GOING?

WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN?

BUT IT WAS JUST HIM AND I.

AND I WAS, LIKE, CAN YOU

DANCE WITH ME?

BECAUSE IF YOU DANCE WITH

ME, I KNOW EVERYTHING ELSE

WILL COME TOGETHER.

AND THAT CAME TO ME.

AND THEN IT JUST UNFOLDED

TO A SONG.

Efrem: BEAUTIFUL.

WELL, THE TIMING IS

PERFECT, AS WE ARE MANY

OVERWHELMED, SO, DIMITRIUS

DIMITRIUS, TAKE IT AWAY.

*

* COME SEE ME HAPPY WITH

YOU BY MY SIDE *

* YOU STRETCH THE HEAVENS

AND SPREAD THEM OUT WIDE *

* I WANT TO DANCE

TONIGHT *

* CAN WE DANCE TONIGHT

* CAN WE JUST DANCE

* K* CAN WE JUST DANCE

* CAN WE JUST DANCE

* CAN WE JUST DANCE

* TONIGHT

* YOU MAY BE

* YOU CREATED MAN

* O LORD

* I WANT TO DANCE

TONIGHT *

* CAN WE DANCE TONIGHT

* THE EARTH IS YOURS,

LORD *

* THE VOICES OF ANGELS CRY

O LORD *

* DANCE TONIGHT

* CAN WE DANCE TONIGHT

* CAN WE JUST DANCE

* CAN WE JUST DANCE

* CAN WE JUST DANCE

* DANCE

* JUST DANCE

* DANCE

* CAN WE JUST DANCE

* DANCE

* CAN WE JUST DANCE

* WITH YOU, GOD

* CAN WE JUST DANCE

* GOD, I NEED YOU

* GOD, I NEED YOU

Efrem: WOW, HOW

BEAUTIFUL.

BEAUTIFUL.

DON'T WE WISH WE COULD

SING LIKE THAT?

THAT SONG IS AVAILABLE ON

HER ALBUM "LETTERS OF THE

HEART," AND YOU CAN

PURCHASE THAT AT cbn.com

AND iTUNES, AND ALL

THINGS DIGITAL.

KEEP ON DANCING OUT OF

YOUR SHOES.

THANK YOU, EFREM.

Efrem: NEXT ON

"STUDIO 5," IS THE

CHURCH'S VOICE MISSING

FROM THE CRITICAL ISSUES

OF OUR DAY?

WE, AMERICA, NEED TO DO

A LOT OF SOUL SEARCHING.

A LOT OF SOUL SEARCHING.

Efrem: WE'RE TALKING

ABOUT IT WHEN "STUDIO 5"

EfremCONTINUES.

Efrem: WE ARE BACK

WITH A NEW STUDIO SEGMENT

CALLED "LET'S TALK ABOUT

IT."

AND WE'RE ASKING THE

QUESTION, HAS CHRISTIANITY

LOST ITS RELEVANCE IN

TODAY'S CULTURE?

FROM NBA STAR SETH CURRIE,

TO HIP-HOP ARTIST LE CRAE,

SOME WOULD SAY THEIR

POPULARITY AND WILLINGNESS

TO PUBLICLY SHARE THEIR

FAITH IS MAKING

CHRISTIANITY COOL.

AND IT IS NOT JUST

CELEBRITIES.

SEEING A BIGGER PLATFORM

FOR THEIR FAITH.

I'VE GOT A SONG.

Efrem: PUREFLIX FILM

IS BRINGING "HILLSONG'S"

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FILM

INTO "STUDIO 5" THIS FALL.

WE'RE THE BIGGEST BAND

YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF.

Efrem: PASTOR T.D.

JAKES HAS A TALK SHOW IN

THE WORKS.

GIVE HOPE AND HEALING

TO EVERYBODY WATCHING.

IN YOUR NAME, AMEN.

Efrem: AND THE FOX

TELEVISION NETWORK IS

GIVING A SUMMER TEST RUN

TO "THE PREACHERS."

THIS DAYTIME TALK SHOW

FEATURES A PANEL OF FOUR

MEGA PASTORS.

LET GO OF WHAT YOU

THINK A PREACHER IS.

IF YOU'RE BEEN HURT BY A

PREACHER OR A CHURCH, LAY

THAT DOWN.

GET TO KNOW US AS MEN AND

HUSBANDS AND HEAR OUR

HEARTS.

Efrem: BUT SOME ARE

NOW ASKING EXACTLY WHAT IS

THE PRICE OF MAKING OUR

FAITH POPULAR?

HERE IS A SUBJECT I

THOUGHT MY FELLOW

PREACHERS WOULD FIND VERY

INTERESTING.

THE TWO OF YOU HAVE A

PODCAST CALLED MONIQUE AND

SYDNEY'S OPEN

RELATIONSHIP.

I THINK THAT'S AMAZING,

AND A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK

YOU CHURCH PEOPLE ARE

GOING TO HAVE A HEART

ATTACK.

MONIQUE IS FROM BALTIMORE

WITH ME.

I BELIEVED IN OPEN

MARRIAGE, BUT I JUST

FORGOT TO TELL MY EX-WIFE

ABOUT IT.

Efrem: IS THE CHURCH

CHOOSING TO BE POPULAR

OVER BEING RELEVANT?

AND IS ITS VOICE MIZING

FROM THMISSINGIN ISSUES LIKE RACISM,

POLICE BRUTALITY, AND

VIOLENCE AGAINST POLICE

OFFICERS?

WE, AMERICA, NEED TO DO

A LOT OF SOUL SEARCHING, A

LOT OF SOUL SEARCHING.

AND I ALSO BELIEVE SIN IS

AT THE ROOT OF IT.

Efrem: A LIFE

RESEARCH SURVEY FOUND 63%

OF THE COUNTRY FEEL

CHRISTIANS ARE FACING

GROWING LEVELS OF

PERSECUTION FOR THEIR

FAITH.

BUT AT THE SAME

TIME, A

GROWING NUMBER OF PEOPLE

FEEL CHRISTIANS COMPLAIN

TOO MUCH ABOUT HOW THEY'RE

TREATED.

THAT NUMBER HAS RISEN FROM

34% IN 2013 TO 43% IN

2015.

> SO LET'S TALK ABOUT IT

TODAY.

I'M JOINED BY PASTOR LINDA

SALSMAN, AND STEVEN

SPROOL, AN INSPIRING

FILM-MAKER, AND YOU KNOW

DIMITRIUS STALLINGS, WHO

JOINS US NOW.

THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING

HERE.

WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT.

LET'S BEGIN WITH, I THINK,

PROBABLY THE MOST GLARING

PIECE OF THAT STORY, THE

JOKE ABOUT AN OPEN

MARRIAGE.

YOUR THOUGHTS AS A

PASTOR -- TWO PASTORS --

INTERVIEWING A COUPLE WHO

HAVE AN OPEN MARRIAGE AND

MAKING JOKES ABOUT IT.

I BELIEVE THAT THE

CHURCH CAN BE RELEVANT,

BUT IF WE LOSE OUR SALT,

IF WE LOSE OUR FLAVOR, THE

WORD TELLS US IF SALT

DOESN'T HAVE FLAVOR

ANYMORE, THEN WHAT GOOD IS

IT.

I WAS SHOCKED BY THE

STATEMENT.

OKAY, YOU'RE JOKING, BUT

WHEN DO WE REALLY SAY

WOULD CHRIST, WOULD GOD

HIMSELF, BE PLEASED WITH

WHAT IS COMING OUT OF MY

MOUTH.

SO I THINK YOU CAN BE

YOURSELF WITHOUT LOSING

YOUR SALT.

Efrem: LOOKING FOR A

CHURCH, STEVEN, AS A YOUNG

PERSON, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY

YOU'RE LOOKING FOR?

HOW WOULD WE ATTRACT YOU?

I THINK I'M PROBABLY

OPPOSITE WHAT MOST

MILLENNIALS WANT.

I'M NOT ATTRACTED TO BIG,

FLASHY PRODUCTION

CHURCHES.

I REALLY ACTUALLY HATE

THAT.

I JUST FEEL LIKE BEING

CHALLENGED IN MY FAITH IS

A LOT BETTER FOR ME.

IT MAKES ME THINK AFTER

THE SERMON.

AND A LOT OF THESE

CHURCHES -- I DON'T KNOW,

IT FEELS LIKE THEY'RE

PUTTING ON A SHOW TO GET

PEOPLE IN.

Efrem: DO YOU THINK

THAT THE CHURCH,

ESPECIALLY LEADERSHIP, HAS

DUMMED DOWN THE MESSAGE?

I BELIEVE SO IN SOME

CHURCHES.

THAT'S A SAD THING TO SAY,

BUT IT'S THE TRUTH.

I BELIEVE -- I LOVE WHAT

HE SAID, THAT HE DOESN'T

GO FOR SOMETHING BIG AND

FLASHY.

PEOPLE CAN SMELL PHONY.

THEY REALLY CAN, FAKE AND

PHONY.

AND THEY SEE THIS WATERED

DOWN GOSPEL, OR THEY SEE

ONE MINISTER SAYING ONE

THING AND OTHER SAYING

ANOTHER THING AND THEY

ABSOLUTELY DONE LIN DON'T LINE UP.

Efrem: WHAT DO YOU

THINK THE PRESCRIPTION IS

FOR THE CHURCH BECOMING

MORE RELEVANT, AND NOT AT

THE EXPENSE OF POPULARITY?

I THINK EVERY PASTOR

AND LEADERNETS NEED LEADER NEEDS TO GET

BACK TO WHERE WE WERE.

AND SAYING, LORD, COULD

YOU GUIDE US.

Efrem: IF YOU COULD

GIVE THE BODY OF CHRIST A

GRADE ON REACHING THE

LOST, WHAT WOULD THAT

GRADE BE AND WHY?

I HAVE TO BE PERFECTLY

HONEST, AND FOR ME, I

WOULD SAY A "C" MINUS.

I'M SORRY, BUT I HAVE TO

TELL YOU THE TRUTH.

THE REASON FOR THAT IS

EXACTLY WHAT WE'VE BEEN

TALKING ABOUT A LITTLE

BIT.

IT SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF

CHURCHES NOW ARE MORE

INTERESTED IN A BLESS ME

CLUB AND TOO MUCH.

YES, OF COURSE WE NEED TO

DO THAT.

YES, WE NEED TO BE

STRENGTHENED AND

ENCOURAGED.

BUT WE ALSO NEED TO BE

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

OUTSIDE OF THE CHURCH

WALLS.

I GIVE MYSELF AN "F." I

MEAN, I PROBABLY AM MORE

CAUGHT UP IN, LIKE, MY

OWN -- AS A YOUNG GUY,

WITH MY CAREER AMBITIONS

AND WHERE I WANT TO GO

WITH MY LIFE.

I KIND OF AGREE WITH

BOTH OF THEM, BUT I ALSO

THINK OF THE CHURCH IN

DIFFERENT COUNTRIES.

BECAUSE I KNOW A LOT OF

MISSIONARIES.

AND I WOULD SAY KNOWING

THEM, AND SEEING THEM, I

WOULD GIVE A "B" PLUS IN

THE SENSE OF AS A WHOLE

BECAUSE THERE ARE PEOPLE

THAT ARE GOING OUT AND

SPREADING THE GOSPEL AND

SHARING AND TEACHING

OTHERS GLOBALLY.

SO I WOULD SAY A "B" PLUS.

AND I THINK THERE ARE SOME

AREAS WHERE WE CAN ALL

GROW.

Efrem: WE'RE OUT OF

TIME, BUT WE WANT TO KEEP

THE CONVERSATION GOING.

SO MAKE SURE YOU LOG ON TO

MY Facebook PAGE AT

EFREM GRAHAM, AND TELL ME

WHAT YOU WANT TO TALK

ABOUT WHEN WE SIT DOWN TO

"LET'S TALK ABOUT IT" NEXT

TIME.

> STILL TO COME ON

"STUDIO 5"...

I THINK PEOPLE ARE TOO

EMOTIONAL.

Efrem: A GREAT WORD

FROM A GREAT STORY-TELLER.

AND A LOOK AHEAD TO A

"STUDIO 5" EPISODE WITH A

ROCKING TWIST.

Efrem: IT'S TIME NOW

TO LOOK AHEAD.

WE'LL BE ROCKING OUT FOR

NEXT WEEK'S "STUDIO 5."

CHRISTIAN HEAVY METAL BAND

"SILENT PLANET," IS

TOPPING THE BILLBOARD

CHARTS.

IT IS DEFINITELY

NERVE-WRACKING WHEN YOU

PUT OUT AN ALBUM.

Efrem: WE HEAD TO THE

LARGEST MUSIC TOUR TO HEAR

FROM THE LEAD SINGER.

I'M HERE BECAUSE I LOVE

JESUS AND BECAUSE JESUS

HAS TRANSFORMED MY LIFE.

Efrem: AND THAT'S

NEXT WEEK.

I'M GIVING TODAY'S FINAL

WORD TO A NEW FRIEND OF

"STUDIO 5," BRANDON RICKS,

A HUSBAND, A FATHER OF

THREE, AND A FILM-MAKER.

HE WORKS WITH THE MINISTRY

"I AM SECOND."

IT USES THE GIFT OF

STORY-TELLING TO SPEAK TO

THE STRUGGLES PEOPLE ARE

FACING TODAY.

BRANDON HAS A MESSAGE FROM

THE HEART THAT IS SO

NEEDED: DON'T JUST FEEL;

THINK.

FEELINGS ARE NOT MEANT

TO MAKE DECISIONS FROM.

FEELINGS ARE MEANT TO

CONNECT TO OTHERS AND TO

GIVE YOU EMPATHY AND

COMPASSION.

WHEN YOU ACTUALLY MAKE

DECISIONS, IT COMES FROM

YOUR INTELLECT AND YOUR

LOGIC ON YOUR BELIEF.

IF THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS

GIVEN YOU DISCERNMENT, YOU

SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE

RIGHT CHOICES.

Efrem: RESPONDING IN

A WAY THAT PLEASES OUR

FATHER, IT SHOULD BE A

DESIRE FOR US ALL.

> AND THAT IS THE FINAL

WORD FOR THIS SHOW.

UNTIL NEXT TIME, BE SURE

TO REACH OUT AND TOUCH ME

ON

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