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700 Club Interactive - March 2, 2017

Studio 5’s Efrem Graham talks about this week’s top five stories from the world of faith and entertainment. Read Transcript


MOST OF MY CAREER I WAS

USUALLY STONED, OR

DRINKING AND BUZZED.

Andrew: THE FORMER

LEAD GUITARIST FOR CANDLE

BOX, HE TALKS ABOUT HIS

TRANSFORMATION FROM ROCK

STAR TO FAMILY MAN.

AND EFREM GRAHAM BRINGS US

THE TOP FIVE STORIES OF

FAITH AND ENTERTAINMENT.

GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THIS

WEEK'S TOP FIVE TRENDING

STORIES.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FIVE...

WE HAVE NEVER DONE

ANYTHING THIS BIG BEFORE.

WE REACHED OUT TO THE

PEOPLE AT WAL-MART, AND

THEY WANT TO GIVE EACH ONE

OF YOU A FOUR-YEAR

SCHOLARSHIP.

[CHEERING]

[YELLING]

[APPLAUSE]

Andrew: GIVING FULL

SCHOLARSHIPS TO AN ENTIRE

SENIOR CLASS AT A CHARTER

SCHOOL IN A STRUGGLING

BROOKLYN NEIGHBORHOOD.

THEY WANT THE STUDENTS

TO CONTINUE THEIR

EDUCATION, AND SO WAL-MART

IS DONATING A FOUR-YEAR

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP TO ANY

STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW

YORK, AND EVERY ONE IN

YOUR SENIOR CLASS IS

GETTING THAT.

IT IS A GIFT WORTH

$1.6 MILLION.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FOUR...

I'M HERE TO REPORT A

MISSING PERSON.

Efrem: STEPHEN

BALDWIN TACKLES SEX

TRAFFICKING, WHERE A

JOURNALIST WHO COVERS THE

CRIME GOES MISSING ON HER

WEDDING NIGHT.

IT > AT NUMBER

THREE...VIOLA DAVIS'

HISTORIC OSCAR WIN.

AND THE OSCAR GOES TO

VIOLA DAVIS.

I BECAME A ARTIST, AND

THANK GOD I DID BECAUSE WE

ARE THE ONLY PROFESSION

THAT CELEBRATES WHAT IT

MEANS TO LIVE A LIFE.

Efrem: THE FIRST

BLACK ACTRESS TO WIN AN

OSCAR, AN EMMY, AND A TONE

TONY.

AND I CAN'T BELIEVE MY

LIFE, YOU KNOW.

I MEAN, MY SISTER IS HERE

SOMEWHERE, AND I GREW UP

IN POVERTY.

YOU KNOW?

I GREW UP IN APARTMENTS

THAT WERE CONDEMNED AND

RAT-INFESTED.

AND I JUST ALWAYS SORT OF

WANTED TO BE SOMEBODY.

AND, UM, I JUST WANTED TO

BE GOOD AT SOMETHING.

AND, UM, SO THIS IS SORT

OF LIKE THE MIRACLE OF

GOD.

Efrem: NUMBER

TWO...FORMER NEW YORK

KNICK AND NBA ALL STAR IS

STILL IN THE GAME, PLAYING

IN ISRAEL, A TEAM WHERE HE

IS PART OWNER.

I WANTED TO PLAY

BASKETBALL HERE IN

JERUSALEM.

Efrem: HE WAS HONORED

ON SUNDAY WITH A MARTIN

LUTHER KING, JR. AWARD FOR

HIS WORK OFF THE COURT

WITH AT-RISK CHILDREN.

> NUMBER ONE IS PROBABLY

NO SURPRISE.

I'M NOT WHO YOU THINK I

AM.

Efrem: OCTAVIA

SPENCER FOLLOWS UP HER

OSCAR NOMINATED

PERFORMANCE IN "HIDDEN

FIGURES," WITH THE

PREMIERE OF "SHACK."

Efrem: WHEN IT COMES

TO PLAYING GOD, ANY

INTIMIDATION WHEN IT COMES

TO TAKING ON THIS ROLE?

ABSOLUTELY.

I'M USED TO PLAYING

PEOPLE.

I WAS REALLY STRESSED OUT

ABOUT IT.

I WAS EXCITED BECAUSE I

PURSUED THE ROLE.

AND THEN WHEN YOU GET IT,

YOU REALIZE, NOW I HAVE TO

ACTUALLY DO IT.

Andrew: JOINING US

AGAIN, AS HE DOES WEEKLY,

EFREM GRAHAM IS HERE.

WELCOME BACK.

Efrem: THANK YOU.

IT'S GREAT TO BE HERE.

Andrew: VIOLA DAVIS,

THE CRIPPLE CROWN?

Efrem: VERY NICE.

VERY NICE.

I HAD NEVER KNOWN SHE

SUFFERS WITH WHAT IS

CALLED IMPOSTER SYNDROME.

DESPITE ALL OF YOUR HARD

WORK AND ACHIEVING, YOU

BELIEVE THAT SOME DAY

YOU'RE GOING TO WAKE UP

AND BE FOUND OUT TO BE A

FRAUD.

THIS IS A REAL CONDITION.

AND IT IS COMMON MORE SO

IN HIGH-ACHIEVING PEOPLE.

AND SHE REVEALED THAT SHE

SUFFERS FROM IMPOSTER'S

SYNDROME, AND SHE FEELS AT

SOME POINT IN LIFE, SHE

WILL WAKE UP AND THE WORLD

WILL VIEW HER A HACK.

SHE SAYS SHE HAS LEARNED

THAT BEING

SELF-DEPRECATING IS NOT

THE ANSWER TO HUMILITY.

AND SHE IS TRYING TO ALLOW

HERSELF TO ENJOY THE

FRUITS OF HER LABOR.

BUT SHE DOES SUFFER WITH

THAT.

AND SHE WANTED THAT KNOWN

BECAUSE MANY PEOPLE, HIGH

ACHIEVING -- MORE WOMEN

TALK ABOUT IT, I'M TOLD,

THAN MEN, BUT BOTH SUFFER

FROM IT.

Andrew: HOW

INTERESTING.

AND THAT OSCAR SPEECH WAS

THE BUZZ.

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE

BUZZ IF NOT FOR FAYE

DUNAWAY.

Efrem: I SAT UP IN MY

BED THINKING, DID THAT

JUST HAPPEN?

I TRIED TO STAY AWAKE AS

IT WAS ALL UNFOLDING.

THAT WAS AMAZING.

Andrew: I WAS

SLEEPING AND HEARD THIS

OUTRAGEOUSLY CLOUD

CACKLING FROM DOWNSTAIRS,

WITH MY WIFE WATCHING THE

OSCARS.

I THINK WARREN IS GETTING

A RAW DEAL ON THAT.

Efrem: HE IS.

HE WAS GIVEN THE WRONG

ENVELOPE.

HE WAS GIVEN THE BEST

ACTRESS AWARD.

QUITE A MOMENT.

Andrew: HOW

WONDERFUL, THIS NEWS ABOUT

ELLEN DEGENERES AND

WAL-MART.

Efrem: IT IS AMAZING.

THIS SCHOOL HAS ONLY

EXISTED IN THE RED HOOK

SECTION OF BROOKLYN FOR

THE LAST 10 YEARS.

LAST YEAR 93% OF ITS

SENIOR CLASS WENT TO

COLLEGE.

THESE YEAR THEY'RE AIMING

FOR 100%.

THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, ONLY

ABOUT 4% OF PEOPLE WHO

LIVE IN THAT SECTION OF

BROOKLYN HAVE COLLEGE

DEGREES.

NEARLY 30% OF CHILDREN WHO

ARE 16 AND YOUNGER IN THE

REDDICK SECTION OF

BROOKLYN ARE LIVING IN

POVERTY.

AND NOW, TODAY, AS WE SIT

HERE, 80% OF THAT SENIOR

CLASS HAS ALREADY BEEN

ACCEPTED TO AT LEAST ONE

INSTITUTION.

THEY'RE AIMING FOR 100%.

BUT HERE WE SIT AT THE

START OF MARCH, AND

THEY'RE ALREADY AT 80%.

YOU COULD JUST SEE AND

FEEL THE WEIGHT LIFTED OFF

THOSE KIDS BECAUSE THAT IS

THE GOAL OF THE SCHOOL: WE

WANT TO GET YOU TO

COLLEGE.

AND WE WANT THIS TO

HAPPEN.

AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL.

WATCHING IT OVER AGAIN, I

WANT TO SAY THAT VIDEO

ONLINE HAS SEEN MORE THAN

14 MILLION VIEWS.

Andrew: IT IS

UNDERSTANDABLE WHY.

A WONDERFUL MOMENT.

> THE NEW MOVE "RUN,"

SHEDDING LIGHT ON A REAL

CRIME ISSUE.

Efrem: YES.

STEPHEN BALDWIN IS ONE OF

THE STARS OF THIS FILM.

SEX TRAFFICKING IS HUGE.

IT WILL PREMIERE MARCH

9th.

A YOUNG JOURNALIST GETS

MARRIED, AND THIS

JOURNALIST IS ONE WHO

REPORTS ON SEX

TRAFFICKING, AND SHE IS

PASSIONATE ABOUT EXPOSING

IT, BUT THEN GETS ABDUCTED

ON HER WEDDING NIGHT.

AND THEN IT IS THE JOB OF

HER HUSBAND TO TRY AND

TRACK HER DOWN AND REALLY

VERY MUCH RELYING UPON

FAITH AND GOD TO LEAD HIM

TO HER.

BUT WE KNOW THE SEX

TRAFFICKING TRADE IS A

HORRIBLE SCORCH ON OUR

NATION.

AND PROCEEDS FROM THIS

FILM WILL GO TO

ORGANIZATIONS WHO ARE

WORKING TO FIGHT THIS.

WE SAW JUST LAST WEEK THAT

ASHTON KUTCHER HAS AN

AGENCY AND ORGANIZATION

THAT IS RAISING FUNDS AND

GIVING TECHNOLOGY TO LAW

ENFORCEMENT TO HELP COMBAT

THIS ISSUE.

Andrew: IT IS FORCING

PEOPLE TO LOOK AT IT WHO

UNDERSTANDABLY WANT TO

TURN AWAY BECAUSE IT IS SO

HORRIFIC, BUT IT HAS BEEN

PUSHED IN THE LAST FEW

MONTHS.

Efrem: WHY IT IS SO

IMPACTFUL, LIKE MYSELF, I

HAVE CHILDREN, AND WHEN I

READ THINGS, I THINK OF IT

THROUGH THAT PRISM, WHAT

WOULD I FEEL LIKE IF MY

DAUGHTER WAS MISSING AND

MY SON WAS MISSING AND

INVOLVED IN THIS?

IT HAS TO BE STOPPED.

Andrew: MOVING ON TO

MARIO STODEMEYER.

MANY PEOPLE THOUGHT HE WAS

NO LONGER PLAYING.

Efrem: I THOUGHT HE

WAS DONE.

HE FINISHED WITH THE HEAT

JUST LAST YEAR, AND NOW HE

IS PLAYING IN JERUSALEM,

WITH THAT TEAM, STILL

MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

AND HONORED JUST THIS PAST

SUNDAY, NOT FOR HIS WORK

ON THE COURT BUT FOR HIS

WORK OFF THE COURT.

HE IS DOING A LOT TO HELP

AT-RISK CHILDREN THROUGH

THE ARTS AND THROUGH

BASKETBALL.

IT IS NICE TO SEE HE IS

STILL IN THE GAME.

HE LIVES THERE NOW.

HE HAS WANTED TO LIVE

THERE FOR A WHILE.

AND NOW HE IS THERE.

Andrew: VERY, VERY

INTERESTING.

BACK TO HOLLYWOOD, OCTAVIA

SPENCER, DOING VERY WELL,

AND NOW IN A NEW MOVIE

COMING OUT.

IN THE CHRISTIAN

COMMUNITY, "THE SHACK,"

JUST LIKE THE BOOK IS

PRETTY CONTROVERSIAL.

Efrem: I'VE LEARNED

MORE OF THE DIVISION AND

WHY PEOPLE ARE SKEPTICAL,

BUT I ALSO HAD A CHANCE TO

TALK TO THE AUTHOR.

AND HE --

Andrew: THE SECULAR

COMMUNITY SAYS WHAT IS THE

BIG DEAL, BUT WITH THE

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY, WHAT

IS THE BEEF?

Efrem: THE BIG DEAL

IS HOW GOD IS PORTRAYED.

HE IS PORTRAYED IN HUMAN

FORM.

AND WE KNOW HIS ONLY

APPEARANCE ON EARTH IN

HUMAN FORM WAS JESUS

CHRIST.

SO THERE ARE ISSUES WITH

THAT.

GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND

JESUS ARE PORTRAYED AS

HUMAN FORM.

Andrew: BUT NOBODY

MADE A BIG FUZZ WHEN

GEORGE BURNS WITH GOD --

Efrem: I THINK

BECAUSE IT WAS HUMERUS.

HUMOROUS.

AND THIS IS BY A CHRISTIAN

AUTHOR WHO WROTE THIS

FROM -- NOT PERSONAL

EXPERIENCE, BUT HE

WRESTLED WITH THESE

QUESTIONS HIMSELF, AND HE

WROTE IT FOR HIS CHILDREN.

AND THE CRITICS TAKE ISSUE

WITH THE THEOLOGICAL

REPRESENTATION OF GOD.

AND SOME HAVE SAID THAT

THE WHOLE IDEA OF

SALVATION AND FORGIVENESS

DOESN'T COME CLEAR ENOUGH

THROUGH THAT, AND THEIR

CONCERN IS --

Andrew: THE THEOLOGY?

Efrem: YES.

HOW COULD THIS IMPACT A

YOUNG CHRISTIAN WHO MAY

NOT BE TOO STRONG IN HIS

FAITH.

COULD IT LEAD THEM ASTRAY?

Andrew: SOME

CHRISTIANS SAY THE BOOK

RECHARGED MY FAITH,

BROUGHT ME INTO A DEEPER

LEVEL.

AND OTHER CHRISTIANS SAY I

STARTED IT AND I COULDN'T

READ PAST FIVE PAGES.

Efrem: I'VE HEARD

BOTH SIDES.

BUT THIS BOOK SOLD

22 MILLION COPIES.

INCREASE, THAT FUELED THIS

FILM BEING MADE.

I'LL LEAVE IT TO THOSE WHO

SEE IT TO JUDGE WHAT THEY

THINK OF IT AND WHETHER OR

NOT THEY THINK IT IS

WELL-DONE.

I WILL SAY THIS, THOUGH,

FOR EVERY MEMBER OF THE

CAST, AS WELL AS THE

AUTHOR, ALL OF THEM WERE

CHANGED BY DOING THE

MOVIE.

ALL OF THEM SAID THAT, AND

MANY HAD KNOWN THE BOOK

BEFORE THE MOVIE.

OCTAVIA SPENCER HAD READ

IT HERSELF AS A CHRISTIAN.

AND SHE FOUGHT TO PLAY

THIS ROLE.

AND THEN SHE SAID, OKAY,

NOW THAT I'VE GOT IT, WHAT

WILL I DO WITH IT?

Andrew: IT WILL

PROBABLY DO WELL AT THE

BOX OFFICE?

Efrem: I THINK IT

WILL.

WE'RE COVERING BOTH SIDES

OF THE ISSUE, BUT I THINK

IT WILL DO WELL.

Andrew: THANK YOU FOR

BEING HERE, SIR.

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I PARTIED AND DRANK AND

ENDED UP GETTING INTO

DRUGS AND LATE NIGHTS AND

THINGS LIKE THAT.

NORMAL ROCK STAR STUFF.

Andrew: PETER TALKS

ABOUT WHAT ULTIMATELY

TRANSFORMED HIS LIFE.

THAT'S RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Andrew: IN 1993, THE

BAND "CANDLE BOX" BECAME

AN IMMEDIATE SUCCESS WITH

THEIR DEBUT ALBUM.

AND LEAD GUITARIST PETER

CLETT BECAME A BONAFIDE

ROCK STAR.

EIGHT YEARS DOWN THE ROAD,

THE LIFE SOMETIME WASN'T

AS APPEALING AS BEFORE.

I RECENTLY TALKED WITH

PETER ABOUT HOW THAT

MORNING BECAME HIS

DEFINING MOMENT.

*

I REALLY LIKE TO

IMMERSE MYSELF IN MY

PLAYING.

Andrew: PETER CLETT

USED HIS GUITAR TALENT TO

CLIMB TO THE TOP OF THE

'90s MUSIC SEEN WITH THE

BAND "CANDLE BOX."

HE WAS LIVING HIS DREAM.

I PLAYED THAT THRILL OF

PLAYING THE SONGS LIVE AND

LOUD AND IT SOUNDS GOOD,

AND THERE ARE PEOPLE

THERE.

AND THERE IS INTERACTION

FROM YOUR GUYS AND THE

PEOPLE.

IT'S COOL.

IT IS A REALLY, REALLY

THRILLING AND EXCITING

THING TO DO.

Andrew: ALTHOUGH HE

CAME FROM A CHRISTIAN HOME

AND EVEN MADE A PROFESSION

OF FAITH AS A YOUNG MAN,

THE TRAPPINGS OF THE ROCK

AND ROLL LIFESTYLE PROVED

OVERPOWERING.

MOST OF MY CAREER, I

WAS USUALLY STONED OR AT

LEAST DRINKING, BUZZED.

AND POT WAY AN INTEGRAL

PART OF MY GUITAR.

Andrew: WERE YOU

EMOTIONALLY READY FOR THE

SUCCESS OF "CANDLE BOX?"

NO, DEFINITELY NOT.

I WAS READY MUSICALLY, BUT

I WAS PREPARED FOR THE

NORMMITY OF THAT SUCCESS.

I PARTIED AND DRANK AND

ENDED UP GETTING INTO

DRUGS AND LATE NIGHTS,

NORMAL ROCK-STAR STUFF.

Andrew: WHERE THERE

SOME REAL MOMENTS OF

DESPERATION ON THE ROAD?

SEVERAL MOMENTS, WHERE

I WOULD BE UP AT 4:00,

5:00 IN THE MORNING,

DRINKING AND SNORTING

LINES OF COCAINE, AND I

THOUGHT, WHAT AM I DOING

HERE?

WHY AM I DOING THIS?

I'M GETTING NOTHING OUT OF

THIS.

I'M GOING TO BE HUNG OVER

THE NEXT DAY AND PROBABLY

JUST DEPRESSED.

I FINALLY WOKE UP ONE

MORNING AND DIDN'T

REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED?

I HAD FALLEN DOWN THE

STAIRS.

I SAID, THAT'S IT.

I JUST CAN'T DO IT.

I HAVE NO MORE STRENGTH

AND ENERGY TO DO THIS

ANYMORE.

I KNEW THAT SOMETHING

NEEDED TO CHANGE.

Andrew: WAS GOD A

PART OF THAT PROCESS WHEN

YOU DETERMINED TO GET

SOBER?

GOD HAS ALWAYS BEEN A

PROCESS OF EVERYTHING, ALL

THE TIME.

IT IS JUST A MATTER OF HOW

MUCH I LISTENED OR GAVE IN

AND LET HIM CONTROL THE

SITUATION.

Andrew: IN THE FALL

OF 2001, PETE GOT SOBER,

AND A LIFE OF PURSUING GOD

HAS BEEN FAR BEYOND HIS

EXPECTATIONS.

NOWADAYS I BELIEVE

FIRMLY IF I LET GO AND LET

GOD, I WILL HAVE A HAPPIER

LIFE.

I KNOW THAT BECAUSE I

FINALLY DID IT, AND I HAVE

SEEN THE CHANGES IN MY

LIFE AND MYSELF.

IT'S JUST EASIER.

I DON'T WORRY AS MUCH

BECAUSE I KNOW FOR A FACT

SOMEHOW, SOME WAY GOD WILL

PROVIDE, AS LONG AS I WORK

HARD AND DEDICATE MYSELF

TO DOING THE RIGHT THING.

Andrew: A MAJOR PART

OF PETE'S NEW LIFE

INCLUDES HIS TWO BIGGEST

FANS: HIS WIFE JESSICA AND

THEIR DAUGHTER, AVERY.

I MET JESS ON THE ROAD.

WE GOT MARRIED IN 2009.

SHE IS THE LOVE OF MY

LIFE.

AVERY WAS BORN IN MARCH OF

2013, AND I THINK THAT

THERE, MADE A SIGNIFICANT

CHANGE IN WHO I AM AND WHO

SHE IS AS PEOPLE, THAT'S

FOR SURE.

THE FOCUS ON GOD AND

RAISING HER THAT WAY,

RELYING ON GOD WHEN YOU'RE

JUST TERRIFIED ABOUT STUFF

HAS BEEN A BIG DEAL.

I THINK AVERY HAS KIND OF

HELPED PUSH ME IN THERE

DIRECTION.

Reporter: TODAY PETE

IS BUSY PERFORMING WITH

TWO BANDS AND HAS LAUNCHED

A SOLO CAREER.

WHEN HE IS NOT PLAYING

GUITAR, HE ENJOYS

PRODUCING AND BEING BEHIND

THE SCENES IN THE MUSIC

BUSINESS.

HE IS THANKFUL FOR THE

TRANSFORMATIVE WORK GOD

HAS DONE IN HIS LIFE, AND

HE IS QUICK TO ENCOURAGE

OTHERS TO GIVE GOD A

CHANCE.

JUST PRAY EVERY DAY,

GOD, REVEAL YOURSELF TO

ME.

EVENTUALLY HE WILL, AND AT

THAT POINT YOU CAN ACCEPT

IT AND ROLL WITH IT OR

NOT.

BUT YOU'LL NEVER KNOW

UNTIL YOU ASK.

Andrew: PETER CLETT,

WHAT A TRANSFORMATION.

I SO ENJOYED MEETING HIM

AND HEARING HIS STORY.

EVEN IN TALKING TO HIM

OFF-CAMERA, HE TALKED

ABOUT HOW ONE DAY HE WOKE

UP AND WAS, LIKE, HOW DID

I GET HERE?

HOW DID IT GET TO THIS

POINT?

WITH A ROCK-STAR

LIFESTYLE, THAT'S OFTEN

WHAT HAPPENS.

BUT PERHAPS IN OUR OWN

LIVES WE ARE SAYING, HOW

DID I GET TO THIS POINT?

WHATEVER IS NOW WEIGHING

ME DOWN, HOW DID IT GET TO

THIS POINT.

I WISH GOD WOULD DO

SOMETHING TO HELP ME, TO

INTERVENE.

HE DID.

HE DID DO SOMETHING.

HE SENT HIS SON, JESUS

CHRIST.

AND HE SENT THE HOLY

SPIRIT TO MINISTER TO US

NOW, AND ASSIST US, TO

COMFORT US, TO BREAK THE

BONDS OF ADDICTION.

YOU SEE, IT IS NOT ENOUGH

THAT I TRIED IN MY OWN

LIFE TO GET AWAY FROM

BONDAGE, TO WALK OR RUN

AWAY FROM SIN, AND THOSE

ARE ADMIRABLE EFFORTS, BUT

WE STILL NEED TO CHASE AND

PURSUE SOMETHING ELSE.

WHATEVER IS HOLDING YOU

DOWN, WHATEVER THE BONDAGE

IS, WHATEVER THE SIN IS IN

YOUR LIFE -- MAYBE NO ONE

ELSE KNOWS ABOUT IT BUT

YOU AND THE LORD -- HE

KNOWS.

AND HE LOVES YOU.

AND HE WANTS TO DELIVER

YOU FROM WHAT IT IS THAT

KEEPS YOU IN BONDAGE.

AND PETER SAID IT'S EASIER

NOW BECAUSE I MADE THE

DECISION.

AND THE APOSTLE PAUL AND

PETER, THESE NEW TESTAMENT

HEROS, TALKED ABOUT,

HAVEN'T WE SPENT ENOUGH

TIME IN SIN?

AND PETER CLETT SAID, WHAT

BENEFIT DID I REALLY REAP

FROM THAT LIFESTYLE?

THERE IS NO BENEFIT BUT

HEARTACHE AND GUILT AND

SHAME.

BUT THE WONDERFUL NEWS IS

JESUS SAYS WE CAN BE WHITE

AS SNOW.

THE BIBLE DECLARES GOD

WILL HURTLE OUR INEQUITIES

INTO THE DEPTHS OF THE

SEA.

WHAT A PROMISE.

THAT GOD WILL SEPARATE OUR

SIN FROM US AS FAR AS THE

EAST IS FROM THE WEST.

IT JUST TAKES A MOMENT OF

SURRENDER.

IT DOESN'T MEAN THE

PATHWAY NOW WILL BE EASY

AS FAR AS THERE WILL BE NO

MORE CHALLENGES.

BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO

THROUGH THE PROCESS ALONE.

JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES,

IT IS GOOD THAT I GO AWAY.

AND THEY MAR MARVELED AT THAT.

AND THEY SAID, HOW CAN YOU

SAY IT IS GOOD THAT YOU'RE

GOING TO GO AWAY.

AND HE SAID, YES.

BECAUSE WHEN I DO, I WILL

SEND YOU THE HOLY SPIRIT,

THE COMFORTER.

HE WILL COME TO OUR AID.

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS STILL

ALIVE TODAY.

LET'S PRAY NOW, WHATEVER

THE BONDAGE YOU'RE IN,

LET'S MAKE THIS THE DAY

THAT A DECISION IS MADE TO

SURRENDER IT TO JESUS

CHRIST.

LORD, HERE I AM.

YOU KNOW MY SIN PROBLEM.

AND YOU'VE HEARD ME BEFORE

DECLARE I'M DONE WITH IT,

AND THEN I FIND MYSELF

BACK IN.

AND HERE I AM, A DIRTY

SINNER, FATHER, BUT TODAY

I REPENT.

I CHANGE MY THINKING.

I CHANGE MY APPROACH TO

LIFE BECAUSE I SURRENDER

IT TO YOU.

I CANNOT DO THIS JOURNEY

ALONE.

I NEED YOU TO RESCUE ME,

LORD.

AND I'M TAKING MY EGO OUT

OF THE WAY, MY PRIDE OUT

OF THE WAY, AND I'M

SAYING, LORD, TAKE MY

LIFE.

I'M ASKING YOU TO DO WITH

IT WHAT YOU WILL.

BECAUSE THIS IS NO WAY TO

LIVE.

JESUS, I ASK YOU INTO MY

HEART TODAY.

I SURRENDER TO YOU MY

LIFE.

I MAKE YOU MY LORD AND

SAVIOR.

AND NOW, LORD, I NEED YOU

TO REVEAL YOURSELF TO ME.

I ASK YOUR HOLY SPIRIT TO

SHOW ME THE PATH.

AND AS THE ADDICTIONS AND

CHAINS TRY TO SURROUND ME

AGAIN, LORD GOD, I PRAY

YOUR STRENGTH INFUSES ME,

AND I'M ON THIS JOURNEY

WITH YOU, FATHER GOD.

THANK YOU FOR ETERNITY

WITH YOU.

AND WE PRAY IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU'D LIKE FURTHER

PRAYER, WE WOULD LOVE TO

HEAR FROM YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

1-800-700-7000.

ASK FOR PRAYER.

OR SAY, I JUST SURRENDERED

MY LIFE TO JESUS CHRIST

AND I WOULD LOVE SOMEONE

TO PRAY WITH ME FURTHER.

> STILL AHEAD, A GARDEN

THAT IS FLUS FLOURISHING DEEP

IN THE DESERT.

WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW WHEN WE

Efrem: THE BOOK TALKS

ABOUT STREAMS IN THE

DESERT.

IN SENEGAL, THAT VERSE IS

COMING TRUE, THANKS TO ONE

DEDICATED MISSIONARY AND A

PARTNERSHIP WITH CBN.

Reporter: WHEN PASTOR

JOSEPH RETIRED, THERE WERE

LOTS OF THINGS HE COULD

HAVE DONE.

HE IS AN EDUCATED MAN WITH

TWO MASTER'S DEGREES.

HE IS FLUENT IN FIVE

LANGUAGES, INCLUDING

ARABIC.

IN FACT, H HIS ARABIC IS SO

GOOD, HE WAS ASKED TO

TEACH IT.

BUT WITH MANY

OPPORTUNITIES IN FRONT OF

HIM, HE CHOSE TO MOVE TO

ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS

COMMUNITIES IN SENEGAL FOR

A VERY IMPORTANT MISSION.

THERE ARE A LOT OF

PEOPLE HURTING HERE, AND

CRIME IS VERY HIGH.

CHILDREN BORN HERE HAVE

LITTLE HOPE BECAUSE IT IS

SO HARD TO SURVIVE IN THIS

REGION.

I WANT TO SHARE JESUS WITH

THEM.

Reporter: BUT WHEN

PASTOR JOSEPH STARTED HIS

FARM, LIKE EVERYONE ELSE,

HE STRUGGLED TO GROW

ANYTHING.

IT RAINS ONLY A FEW INCHES

DURING A TWO-MONTH GROWING

SEASON, IN JULY AND

AUGUST.

SO HE WAS EXCITED WHEN CBN

OFFERED TO HELP.

TOGETHER WITH OUR PARTNERS

FROM "INNOVATION AFRICA"

AND "THE ALLIANCE FOR

GLOBAL GOOD," WE DUG A

DEEP-WATER WELL, AND

INSTALLED A PUMP AND

MONITORING SYSTEM.

AND THEN WE ADDED ISRAELI

DRIP IRRIGATION

TECHNOLOGY.

AND THE AFRICAN DESERT

BEGAN TO BLOOM.

SOON THE FIELDS WERE READY

TO HARVEST.

THE CROPS SOLD QUICKLY AND

FOR A GOOD PROFIT.

WITH THE NEW SYSTEM,

PASTOR JOSEPH IS NOW

GROWING CROPS YEAR-ROUND.

THAT GOT THE ATTENTION OF

HIS MUSLIM NEIGHBORS.

THEY STARTED COMING TO THE

CENTER, WHERE PASTOR

JOSEPH TOLD THEM ABOUT THE

NEW TECHNOLOGY.

HE ALSO INVITED THEM TO

LEARN MORE ABOUT JESUS.

SOME EVEN PRAYED TO BECOME

CHRISTIAN.

IN THIS WAY, THEY'RE

HERE ON MY FARM, AND EVERY

SUNDAY WE MEET AND PRAY

TOGETHER.

Reporter: PASTOR

JOSEPH ALSO HAS A HEART

FOR THE CHILDREN OF THIS

COMMUNITY.

HE IS USING CBN'S

"SUPERBOOK" PROGRAMS TO

INTRODUCE THEM TO THE GOD

OF THE BIBLE.

BECAUSE OF THE SOLAR

PANELS AND THE WELL AND

IRRIGATION, WE HAVE A GOOD

HARVEST.

WE HAVE CLEAN DRINKING

WATER, IMPROVING HEALTH IN

THE CHILDREN, AND MORE

JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

HERE.

THANK YOU, CBN, FOR YOUR

PARTNERSHIP.

THE PEOPLE HERE ARE NOW

REGAINING THEIR DIGNITY.

AT THE SAME TIME, THEY

HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF

HEARING THE GOSPEL OF OUR

LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Andrew: WHAT A HERO

PASTOR JOSEPH IS.

PHENOMENAL.

AND SHARING THE GOSPEL OF

JESUS CHRIST IN MUSLIM

COMMUNITIES.

SOMETIMES I THINK CHRIST'S

FOLLOWERS DON'T EVEN KNOW

HOW TO PRAY WITH REGARDS

TO MUSLIMS AND CONVERSION.

AND HERE IS A PASTOR WHO

TAKES IT UPON HIMSELF AND

SAYS, I'M GOING TO SHOW

THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST.

AND ANOTHER THING THE

PARTNER WITH CBN DID WAS

TO SHOW "SUPERBOOK"

EPISODES OF THE CHILDREN

OF THOSE VILLAGES.

MY CHILDREN ABSOLUTELY

ADORE "SUPERBOOK."

AND SO CHILDREN IN THIS

COUNTRY ALSO REAP THE

BENEFITS OF THAT PRODUCT

AS WELL.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET

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DOING HERE ON CBN, IT'S

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IN THIS CASE, PASTOR

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A WONDERFUL WAY TO MAKE A

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OF JESUS CHRIST, TO

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> WE WANT TO LEAVE YOU

WITH THIS VERSE FROM

MATTHEW, CHAPTER 25: 35:

"FOR I WAS HUNGRY AND YOU

GAVE ME FOOD.

I WAS THIRSTY AND YOU GAVE

ME DRINK.

I WAS A STRANGER, AND YOU

TOOK ME IN."

A WONDERFUL SCRIPTURE TO

REMEMBER.

THANKS FOR JOINING US

TODAY.

UNTIL NEXT TIME, I'M

ANDREW KNOX, AND WE'LL SEE

YOU TOMORROW ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

BYE-BYE.

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