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700 Club Interactive - March 16, 2017

She’s the most awarded female gospel artist of all time and considered “the first family” of gospel music, CeCe Winans shares her passion for the next generation. Read Transcript


Gordon: A VIRGINIA

PASTOR IS TRYING TO KEEP

YOUNG PEOPLE OUT OF

TROUBLE.

I CAME THROUGH

HOMELESSNESS AND DRUGS AND

EVERYTHING, AND SO WHAT

I'M DOING NOW IS GIVING

BACK.

Gordon: SEE HOW HE IS

DOING IT...

THERE IS A LOT OF

SHOOTING.

Gordon: PLUS...SHE IS

THE MOST AWARDED FEMALE

GOSPEL ARTIST OF ALL TIME.

CECE WINANS SHARES HER

PASSION FOR THE NEXT

GENERATION, ALL ON TODAY'S

"THE 700 CLUB."

> GOOD MORNING, AND

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THIS

WEEK'S TOP FIVE TRENDING

STORIES.

Efrem: NUMBER

FIVE...A CHILD SHALL LEAD

THEM.

*

*

Efrem: Facebook

FRIENDS HAVE VIEWED THIS

4-YEAR-OLD WORSHIP

LEADER'S VIDEO MORE THAN

TWO MILLION TIMES.

* THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF

MINE *

Efrem: AND NOW HE IS

LIGHTING UP THE STAGE.

ARE YOU A WORSHIP

LEADER?

YES.

OF THE WHOLE CHURCH?

YES, BECAUSE MY POP

TAUGHT ME.

Efrem: HEAR ON

NBC's "LITTLE BIG

SHOTS."

PAPA, STAND UP.

[APPLAUSE]

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FOUR...STAGING A CLASSIC.

* AMAZING GRACE

*

HOW SWEET THE SOUND *

Efrem: "THE AMAZING

GRACE" BROADWAY MUSICAL

WILL BEGIN ITS NATIONAL

TOUR IN D.C. AT THE NEW

WORLD-STAGE THEATER INSIDE

THE MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE.

IT IS THE STORY OF THE MAN

BEHIND THE SONG.

I WAS EMBARRASSED.

I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING

ABOUT HIM WHEN I STARTED

THIS PROJECT.

AND NOW, OF COURSE, I NEIL

LIKFEELLIKE THE WORLD NEEDS TO

KNOW JOHN NEWTON.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

THREE...A RETURN TO THE

BIG SCREEN.

I WOULD CONSIDER MYSELF

A SPIRITUAL PERSON.

Efrem: FOLLOWING HER

"WAR ROOM" ACTING DEBUT,

PRISCILLA SHIRER RETURNS

TO THE BIG SCREEN.

I DID NOT KNOW IF I

WOULD EVER DO ANOTHER FILM

AGAIN.

NOT BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT

TO, BUT WHY WOULD ANYBODY

ASK ME TO?

Efrem: SHE JOINS

DENNIS QUAID, CLORIS

LEACHMAN IN "I CAN ONLY

IMAGINE."

BASED ON THE SONG BY BART

MILLER.

BART MILLER REALLY MADE

A DECISION TO DISCOVER HIS

GIFT BECAUSE HE HAD A

STRONG TEACHER WHO SAID,

YOU'RE GOING TO DO IT,

BECAUSE I SEE SOMETHING IN

YOU THAT YOU DO NOT SEE IN

YOURSELF.

I COULD NOT PASS UP THE

OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY THAT.

IT IS A SMALL PART, BUT IT

A PIVOTAL PART TO A SONG

THAT HAS BLESSED PEOPLE

THE WORLD OVER.

Efrem: AT NUMBER TWO,

THE Facebook FAMILY

GROWS.

Facebook HAS ALSO

BEEN ABOUT BUILDING

COMMUNITY AND FAMILY.

Efrem: MARX MARK

ZUCKERBERG ANNOUNCES HE

AND HIS WIFE ARE EXPECTING

THEIR SECOND CHILD.

A DAD TIMES TWO.

I'M A DAD.

THIS IS WHAT I LISTEN TO.

Efrem: AND NUMBER

ONE...SIGHT AND SOUND

THEATER ANNOUNCES "JESUS"

LIVE ON STAGE FOR ITS NEXT

PRODUCTION.

WE GOT AN INSIDE SCOOP OF

THE STORY LINE, THREE

YEARS IN THE MAKING.

IT IS THE LOVE OF GOD

COMING TO EARTH, RESCUING

MANKIND.

IT IS THE GREATEST RESCUE

STORY WE'VE EVER PRODUCED.

Gordon: JOINING US

NOW IS EFREM GRAHAM FOR

MORE ON THIS.

SO CALEB DIDN'T MAKE

NUMBER ONE?

Efrem: NO.

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: WHAT'S UP

WITH THAT?

Efrem: NO, NO.

Gordon: WHO MAKES

THESE EDITORIAL DECISIONS?

I'VE GOT A DISPUTE.

Efrem: WELL...I'VE

GOT A COUPLE OF PEOPLE.

BUT THAT LITTLE GUY, OH,

MY.

FOUR YEARS, GETS TO LEAD

WORSHIP.

HIS CHURCH IS IN

GREENSBORO, NORTH

CAROLINA.

HIS GRANDFATHER IS THERE

BEHIND HIM, THERE YOU CAN

SEE.

BUT VIEWED MORE THAN TWO

MILLION TIMES ON

Facebook ALONE.

AND THEN HE STEALS THE

SHOW FROM STEVE HARVEY ON

"LITTLE BIG SHOTS."

Gordon: OH, HE OWNED

THAT STAGE.

AT FOUR HE OWNS THE STAGE.

Efrem: HE HAS THE

CROWD IN THE AUDIENCE

STAND UP, AND HE LEADS

THEM IN A WORSHIP SONG

BEFORE HE LEAVES THAT

STAGE THERE.

A REALLY COOL KID.

I LIKE HIM A LOT OF.

Gordon: CALEB IS

SUPPOSED TO BE A NAME FOR

SOMEBODY OLD, AND HERE HE

IS, FOUR.

Efrem: IF YOU LISTEN

TO HIM, HE HAS A VERY OLD

SOUL.

AS FOUR, HE SOUNDS VERY

COMMANDING.

Gordon: WE CAN ONLY

IMAGINE WHAT HE'LL TURN

INTO.

AND THAT'S A REALLY BAD

SEGUE INTO THIS NEXT

STORY.

THE MOVIE, WHAT IS GOING

ON?

Efrem: IT WAS SHOT IN

OKLAHOMA.

IT WON'T BE RELEASED UNTIL

NEXT YEAR, IN THE SPRING.

2018.

CLORIS LEACHMAN, TRACE

ATKINS, WE SEE THAT

PRISCILLA SHIRER HAS A

ROLE IN IT.

TO BE THE BIBLE TEACHER IN

"THE WAR ROOM," AND TO DO

AS WELL AS SHE DID -- THAT

WAS A BOX OFFICE SURPRISE.

AND SHE WAS PHENOMENAL IN

IT.

I COMMENTED TO HER, I

DIDN'T KNOW HOW YOU

MANAGED TO TURN ON THE

TEARS LITERALLY ON CUE,

AND IT TOOK WORK.

AND SHE SAID SHE DIDN'T

THINK ANYBODY WOULD ASK

HER TO ACT IN ANOTHER

MOVIE.

BUT THEY CAME AND SHARED

THE STORY WITH HER AND SHE

WANTED TO BE A PART OF IT.

IT TURNS OUT BART MILLER

DIDN'T EVEN SING, BUT HE

TOOK CHOIR, NOT WANTING TO

DO THE WORK AND REALLY HAD

NO INTEREST.

BUT HIS TEACHER SAID, NO,

NO, NO.

I CAN HEAR YOU SING.

YOU'RE GOING TO DO THE

WORK.

AND PRISCILLA SHIRER

PORTRAYS THAT TEACHER.

AND THE FILM IS ABOUT THAT

SONG AND WHAT LED TO THE

SONG, THE STRAINED

RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS DAD

AND HOW DIFFICULTY THINGS

WERE, BUT HOW THEY

RECONCILED THINGS, AND HIS

DAD COMES TO CHRIST BEFORE

HE DIES.

BUT A GREAT STORY, AND

PRISCILLA SHIRER, I'M

SURE, IS GOING TO BE

PHENOMENAL EVEN IN THAT

SMALL ROLE THAT SHE MAY

THINK IT IS.

Gordon: I THINK IT IS

MORE THAN A SMALL ROLE.

TAKE THAT OUT INTO REAL

LIFE, AND THAT'S A REAL

STORY.

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY.

Gordon: AND OBVIOUSLY

A VERY PIVOTAL MOMENT IN A

YOUNG MAN'S LIFE.

SO OFTEN WE CAN FILL THAT

ROLE.

WE CAN SEE GIFTING,

TALENT, AND A FUTURE, AND

ALL IT TAKES IS FOR US TO

CALL IT FORWARD, AND TO

SAY, YOU'VE GOT IT.

WHATEVER IT IS, YOU'VE GOT

IT, AND LET'S WORK ON THAT

AND DEVELOP THAT.

Efrem: WE ARE

GRATEFUL BECAUSE I THINK

THAT SONG IS THE MOST

PLAYED CHRISTIAN SONG

EVER.

Gordon: EVER.

Efrem: AND TO LISTEN

TO IT EVEN TODAY, IT STILL

TOUCHES YOU AND MOVES YOU

TO TEARS, AND IT IS NICE

TO SEE THE STORY BEHIND

IT.

Gordon: OKAY.

LET'S GO ON TO THE MUSEUM

OF THE BIBLE.

THEY'RE GETTING INTO

BROADWAY.

Efrem: YES.

Gordon: THEY'VE GOT

TO OPEN FIRST, THOUGH.

WHEN ARE WE GOING TO SEE

THE OPENING?

Efrem: WE'RE LOOKING

FORWARD TO THE OPENING IN

THE FALL.

AND THEN COME NOVEMBER,

NOVEMBER 18th, THAT IS

WHEN THE BROADWAY PLAY,

"AMAZING GRACE," WILL

BEGIN ITS TOUR, AND IT

WILL BEGIN ITS TOUR AT THE

MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE.

I HAVE NOT SEEN THIS SHOW.

I WANT TO SEE THIS SHOW.

I AM VERY MOVED BY THE

STORY BEHIND THE SONG

"AMAZING GRACE."

Gordon: YOU DIDN'T

KNOW ABOUT NEWTON?

> Efrem: NO.

AND I HAD NEVER HEARD

THAT, EITHER.

AND AS SHE WAS SAYING, SHE

FELT LIKE THIS STORY HAD

TO BE TOLD TO THE WORLD,

AND I'M GLAD SHE DID.

MY GRANDMOTHER SANG IT TO

ME, BUT I HAD NO IDEA OF

THE STORY BEHIND IT.

Gordon: THAT, AGAIN,

WAS ANOTHER PIVOTAL MOMENT

IN HISTORY, AND HIS

INFLUENCE ON BRITISH

SOCIETY.

AND TO THIS DAY --

Efrem: IT IS A STORY

TO BE TOLD.

Gordon: YOU TALK

ABOUT "I CAN ONLY

IMAGINE," BUT THAT

IS...WOW.

THERE ARE NOT MANY SONGS

THAT DATE 170 YEARS THAT

STILL HAVE THAT KIND OF

CONNECTION.

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY.

AND IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN

THE PLAY, LIKE I HAVEN'T

SEEN THE PLAY, I ENCOURAGE

YOU TO FOLLOW ME AND LET'S

SEE IT WHEN IT GETS INTO

THE THEATER.

Gordon: LET'S GO ON

TO SIGHTS AND SOUNDS.

I'VE BEEN THERE IN

LANCASTER COUNTY.

AND IT IS AN AMAZING

THEATER.

Efrem: IT IS AN

AMAZING THEATER.

IT WAS MY FIRST TIME THIS

PAST FRIDAY, I WENT TO

HEAR THEM RELEASE WHAT THE

NEW PRODUCTION WAS GOING

TO BE.

THEY OPENED WITH THE STORY

OF JONAH THAT NIGHT AS

WELL.

TO BE IN THE THEATER AND

TO WATCH THAT THEATER

TRANSFORM -- LITERALLY,

THERE ARE MOMENTS IN THERE

WHERE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE

UNDER WATER.

THAT'S HOW WELL THEY

STAGED THAT PRODUCTION.

Gordon: HOW DID THEY

DO IT?

YOU DON'T GET WET, DO YOU?

Efrem: NO.

THE STAGE LITERALLY

SURROUNDS YOU, AND YOU

START TO SEE BUBBLES

EVERYWHERE.

AND ALL OF A SUDDEN WHAT

LOOKS LIKE ANIMALS FROM

THE SEA ARE FLOATING

AROUND YOU.

IT IS SO BEAUTIFULLY DONE.

AND NOW THEY'RE ABOUT TO

DO "JESUS CHRIST," THE

GREATEST RESCUE STORY EVER

TOLD.

THIS PLAY HAS BEEN THREE

YEARS IN THE MAKING.

IT TAKES THREE YEARS FROM

CONCEPT TO CREATION TO

STAGE A PRODUCTION.

THIS YEAR THEY'RE IN THE

FINAL STAGES OF IT, BUT

HOW EXCITING IS THAT.

I WANT TO SAY LAST YEAR

THEY HAD MORE THAN A

MILLION PEOPLE COME

THROUGH THOSE DOORS.

AND SIGHT AND SOUND

THEATER, ESPECIALLY IN

LANCASTER, IS A

DESTINATION PLACE BECAUSE

THEY DON'T HAVE A MILLION

PEOPLE JUST IN THEIR

NEIGHBORHOOD TO COME AND

SEE THEIR SHOWS EVERY

NIGHT.

PEOPLE COME FROM ALL OVER

BY THE BUS-LOADS TO SEE

THE PRODUCTION AND THEY

ARE MOVING.

THEY LITERALLY DO BRING

THE BIBLE TO LIFE RIGHT

THERE AROUND YOU.

IT IS GOOD TO SEE.

Gordon: IF YOU WANT

ALL OF THE LATEST ON

POSITIVE AND UPLIFTING

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS, EFREM

HAS A WEEKLY SHOW CALLED

"STUDIO 5."

YOU CAN WATCH IT ON ROKU,

APPLE TV OR GO TO

cbn.coTOcbn.com/STIMULUScbn.com/studio5.

Gordon:

Gordon: COMING UP SHE

HAS A STAR ON THE

HOLLYWOOD WIND-CHIL HALL OF FAME AND

THE NASHVILLE HALL OF FAME

AND THE GOSPEL HALL OF

Gordon: CECE WINANS

SANG HER FIRST CHURCH SOLO

WHEN SHE WAS JUST EIGHT

YEARS OLD, AND SHE HASN'T

LOOKED BACK.

DESPITE HER MULTIPLE

AWARDS AND GOLD AND

PLATINUM ALBUMS, CECE HAS

ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT

WORSHIPPING GOD AND GIVING

BACK.

TAKE A LOOK.

*

OH,...

*

Reporter: SHE IS THE

MOST AWARDED FEMALE GOSPEL

ARTIST OF ALL TIMES.

SHE HAS WON 10 GRAMMYS, 20

DOVE AWARDS, AND A HOST OF

OTHERS.

AND SHE IS THE CO-PASTOR

OF NASHVILLE LIFE CHURCH

IN TENNESSEE, ALONG WITH

HER HUSBAND, ALVIN LOVE.

AFTER ALMOST A DECADE, SHE

HAS RELEASED A NEW SOLO

ALBUM.

HER NEWEST PROJECT, "LET

THEM FALL IN LOVE,"

FEATURES INSPIRATIONAL

MUSIC WITH A FRESH NEW

SOUND.

Gordon: CECE, YOU'RE

A LEGEND.

IT IS AN HONOR TO HAVE

YOU.

IT IS WONDERFUL TO HAVE

YOU HERE.

THANK YOU.

IT'S GOOD TO BE HERE.

Gordon: BUT I'VE GOT

TO ASK YOU, WHY NINE

YEARS?

WELL, WITHIN THOSE NINE

YEARS, B.B. AND I PUT OUT

A PROJECT, BUT THEN MY

HUSBAND AND I STARTED A

CHURCH ABOUT FIVE YEARS

AGO, AND THAT JUST TOOK

ALL OF MY ATTENTION.

Gordon: THAT'S A

FULL-TIME JOB.

IT'S A FULL-TIME JOB.

IT IS AN AWESOME JOB, IT

IS A PRIVILEGE, BUT IT IS

FULL-TIME.

SO I HAD TO FOCUS ON IT.

WE HAD TO FOCUS ON IT

TOGETHER.

AND PROBABLY TOWARDS THE

END OF 2015, I REALIZED WE

HAD A LITTLE GROOVE GOING,

SO I COULD FOCUS ON MY

MUSIC AGAIN.

I DIDN'T MEAN FOR THAT

MUCH TIME TO GO BY.

Gordon: IS IT GOING

TO BE NINE YEARS BEFORE

THE NEXT ONE?

I DON'T THINK SO.

I DON'T THINK SO, BUT YOU

NEVER KNOW.

Gordon: NEXT YEAR

YOU'RE GOING TO COME BACK

AND HAVE A NEW ONE.

I'M GOING TO HOLD YOU TO

IT.

I DIDN'T SAY THOSE

WORDS.

Gordon: BUT I DID.

I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT

THIS NEW PROJECT.

EVEN THOUGH IT HAS BEEN

THAT LONG, I THINK IT WAS

WORTH THE WAIT.

I THINK IT IS MY BEST

PROJECT YET.

Gordon: YEAH.

YOU'VE GOT A LITTLE BIT OF

A DIFFERENT SOUND ON IT,

WHY?

YEAH, IT'S VERY

DIFFERENT.

WHY?

IT WAS MY SON'S VISION,

THAT'S WHY.

HE CAME TO ME ABOUTr SIX

YEARS AGO AND SAID, MOM...

Gordon: THEY GROW UP.

AND HE SAID, MOM, JUST

TRUST ME.

ABSOLUTELY NOT.

AND HE SAID, I'VE GOT THE

SOUND.

IT'S GOING TO BE

DIFFERENT, BUT IT IS GOING

TO BE RELEVANT.

IT IS GOING TO HAVE MORE

OF A THROW-BACK FEEL.

IT WILL BE VERY POPULAR

WITH MY GENERATION, AND

YET IT WILL BE TRUE TO WHO

YOU ARE.

I WAS, LIKE, ALVIN, I

DON'T KNOW.

I DON'T KNOW.

AND ALL I CAN SAY IS, HE

DID IT.

Gordon: YOU LIKE IT?

I LOVE IT.

I PLAYED IT FOR MY MOM.

ALVIN THE THIRD DID REALLY

GOOD.

SHE LISTENED TO IT AND

SAID, OH, I LOVE THIS.

SO I CAN SEE EVERY

GENERATION -- IT'S

SOMETHING THAT EVERYBODY

WILL EMBRACE.

SO I'M EXCITED.

Gordon: WHAT DO YOU

WANT A LISTENER TO GET

FROM THE C.D.?

IT'S ENTITLED "LET THEM

FALL IN LOVE."

I KNEW I WANTED THAT TITLE

BEFORE I EVEN HEARD THE

SONGS.

I THOUGHT, LORD, IF I'M

TAKING OUT THE TIME TO DO

THIS, I NEED YOU TO SHOW

UP IN A SPECIAL WAY.

MY PRAYER IS THAT PEOPLE

WILL -- THEIR HEARTS WILL

BE TURNED TOWARDS GOD AND

THEY WILL FALL IN LOVE

WITH JESUS.

IF THEY'RE NOT A BELIEVER,

I WANT THEM TO BECOME A

BELIEVER.

AND THOSE OF US WHO

ALREADY KNOW THE LORD, IT

IS TIME FOR US TO GO A

LITTLE BIT DEEPER.

Gordon: I THINK YOU

CAN MAKE A CRITIQUE OF

CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA,

HAVE WE LEFT OUR FIRST

LOVE?

HAVE WE GOTTEN SO BUSY

DOING THE WORK OF MINISTRY

THAT WE HAVEN'T PUT HIM

FIRST.

WE'RE NOT LOVING HIM WITH

ALL OF OUR HEART AND ALL

OF OUR SOUL, EVERYTHING

WITHIN US.

YES.

Gordon: AND TO GET

BACK TO THAT.

WE'VE GOT TO GET BACK

TO THAT.

Gordon: THAT'S THE

PLACE OF EVERYTHING.

THAT'S THE PLACE OF

EVERYTHING.

Gordon: ENERGY, JOY,

PEACE, REVIVAL --

EVERYTHING IS FROM

THERE.

THAT'S MY PRAYER FOR

BELIEVERS AND

NON-BELIEVERS, THAT WE

WOULD GET A REVELATION OF

WHO HE IS.

BECAUSE WHEN YOU GET

THAT --

Gordon: YOU'LL NEVER

BE THE SAME.

-- YOU'LL NEVER BE THE

SAME.

Gordon: AND YOU WANT

TO STAY THERE.

YES.

YOU'VE GOT TO LIVE THERE.

Gordon: WE'VE GOT A

LITTLE BIT OF A SAMPLE,

YOU SANG IT EARLIER ON

"THE 700 CLUB," SO LET'S

TAKE A LOOK.

* WAKING UP, ANOTHER

HEAVEN HEART AND BURDENS I

CAN'T BEAR *

* DOES ANYBODY CARE

* SEEING MOST OF WHAT I'M

MISSING, LESS OF WHAT I

HAVE TO SHARE *

* MILES AWAY FROM WHAT I

NEED *

* AND YET SO CLOSE WHEN

I'M IN PRAYER *

* THAT'S WHEN I CLOSE MY

EYES *

Gordon: THAT SINGLE

IS CALLED "NEVER HAVE TO

BE ALONE."

I THINK THAT IS A MESSAGE

FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE.

YEAH, A LOT OF PEOPLE.

AND ESPECIALLY YOUNG

PEOPLE, MILLENNIALS.

YOU HEAR A LOT --

Gordon: WHY DO YOU

SAY THAT?

BECAUSE YOU HEAR A LOT

OF PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM

ANXIETY AND FEAR AND

EMOTIONAL ISSUES.

AND I THINK -- I SHOULDN'T

SAY I THINK.

I KNOW IT GOES BACK TO

WHAT WE SAID, FALLING IN

LOVE WITH JESUS, AND

MAKING SURE HE IS FIRST

AND THAT YOU'RE SPENDING

THAT INTIMATE TIMES WITH

HIM.

BECAUSE IT IS IN THOSE

TIMES, YOU REALIZE YOU'RE

NOT ALONE.

AND NO MATTER WHAT YOU'RE

FACING, GOD CAN HANDLE IT.

HE HAS ALREADY WORKED IT

OUT.

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND HIS

SOVEREIGNTY, HIS

GREATNESS, HIS POWER,

THERE IS NO REASON TO

FEAR.

YOU CAN SIT BACK AND SAY,

EVERYTHING LOOKS CRAZY,

BUT EVERYTHING IS GOING TO

BE ALL RIGHT.

Gordon: ARE YOU

FINDING WITH YOUR

MILLENNIALS, THAT A THE

LOT OF THEM HAVE GROWN UP

WITHOUT FATHERS?

YES.

WE'RE DEFINITELY DEALING

WITH A LOT OF

FATHERLESSNESS.

BUT MORE SO THAN THAT --

THAT WOULD BE THE NUMBER

ONE ISSUE, BUT AFTER THAT,

A LOT OF THEM JUST DID NOT

HAVE THE EXAMPLES, THEY

WEREN'T TAUGHT HOW TO BE

TRUE DISCIPLES.

SO TEACHING THEM HOW TO BE

DISCIPLES, HOW TO STAND ON

THE WORD, HOW TO CONFESS

THE WORD.

YOU KNOW, IT'S HARD FOR

THEM TO EXPERIENCE BAD

TIMES AND REALLY KNOW THAT

THIS, TOO, WILL NOT LAST.

THIS, TOO, SHALL PASS

AWAY.

IT IS TEACHING THEM TO

PERSEVERE AND UNDERSTAND

THAT GOD'S WORD IS TRUE NO

MATTER WHAT.

Gordon: IT TOOK ME A

LONG TIME TO FIGURE OUT

DISCIPLINE IS PART OF

BEING A DISCIPLE.

COME ON.

THAT'S GOOD.

Gordon: IS THAT A

STRUGGLE WITH MILLENNIALS,

BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO

DISCIPLINE YOUR LIFE TO

STAY IN THE WORLD, TO STAY

IN HIS PRESENCE.

THAT'S IT.

THAT'S IT.

IT'S NOT ABOUT HOW YOU

FEEL.

LIKE YOU SAID, IT'S

DISCIPLINE.

YOU CAN'T BE A DISCIPLE

WITHOUT DISCIPLINE.

Gordon: GOTTA PREACH.

GOTTA PREACH, BUT IT IS

TRUE.

I DON'T THINK IT IS JUST

MILLENNIALS, BUT ALL OF US

AS BELIEVERS HAVE TO

UNDERSTAND THAT GOD'S WILL

DOESN'T AUTOMATICALLY

HAPPEN.

IT IS HIS WILL FOR

EVERYBODY TO BE SAVED.

IT IS HIS WILL THAT WE ALL

WALK IN TOTAL VICTORY

BECAUSE HE PAID FOR IT,

BUT THERE IS A DISCIPLINE

THAT WE HAVE TO PUT IN

PLACE IN ORDER TO WALK IN

VICTORY.

Gordon: AND THERE IS

ALSO GREAT LOVE AND GREAT

MERCY IN THAT.

BECAUSE THE REALIZATION

FOR ME WAS, GOD ACTUALLY

BELIEVES I CAN DO WHAT

HE'S ASKED ME TO DO.

SO YOU THINK, IF YOU HAVE

FAITH IN ME, I CAN DO IT.

THAT'S SO SWEET.

I'M GOING TO USE THAT OVER

AND OVER AGAIN.

Gordon: I'M GOING TO

USE THE C.D. OVER AND OVER

AGAIN.

AND I HOPE YOU DO, TOO.

THE ALBUM IS CALLED "LET

THEM FALL IN LOVE," AND

IT'S AVAILABLE WHEREVER

MUSIC IS SOLD.

CECE, THANKS FOR BEING

HERE.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING

ME.

Gordon: COME BACK

WITH THE NEXT ONE, AND NOT

NINE YEARS.

OKAY, MAYBE NOT NINE.

Gordon: MAYBE NINE

MONTHS.

NO.

NO.

NO.

Gordon: NO DEADLINES?

NO DEADLINES.

SOMETIME IN THE NEAR

FUTURE.

Gordon: STILL TO

COME, A PARTNERSHIP

BETWEEN CIVIC LEADERS, LAW

ENFORCEMENT, AND EVEN

MEMBERS OF THE NFL.

IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT

THAT I COME BACK AND GIVE

THESE KIDS A CHANCE TO SEE

(A) HE HAS A COLLEGE

DEGREE AND (B) HE WENT TO

Gordon: EXAMPLES OF

LEADERSHIP CAN HELP KEEP

YOUNG PEOPLE OUT OF

TROUBLE.

A VIRGINIA PASTOR IS

BUILDING A DIVERSE TEAM OF

LEADERS, AND AS CHARLENE

AARON SHOWS US, THAT

PARTNERSHIP IS MAKING A

DIFFERENCE.

Charlene: JAMES

WHISPER IS PASSIONATE

ABOUT SAVING YOUNG PEOPLE

FROM THE STREETS.

THE 58-YEAR-OLD PASTOR OF

GOD'S ASSEMBLAGE OF FAITH

CHURCH RECENTLY WORE A

PRISON JUMPSUIT TO

ILLUSTRATE THE

CONSEQUENCES OF BAD

DECISIONS.

IT IS EASY TO LOOK AT,

BUT IT IS HARD TO WEAR.

I WORE THIS.

Charlene: HIS OVERALL

MESSAGE TO YOUNG PEOPLE:

THE TIME FOR CHANGE IS

NOW.

HIS NON-PROFIT

ORGANIZATION IS CALLED "AM

I MY BROTHER'S KEEPER"

WHICH AIMS TO MENTOR AND

HELP YOUTH MAKE HEALTHY

DECISIONS IN LIFE.

I PICKED UP THAT NAME

BECAUSE IT IS BIBLICAL.

WHAT IT IS ABOUT IS

GETTING THE YOUNG PEOPLE

TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE

IS A WAY OUT OF ALL

SITUATIONS.

Charlene: WHISPER

KNOWS WHAT IT IS LIKE TO

TAKE THE WRONG PATH.

THAT'S BECAUSE HE GREW UP

IN THE SAME COMMUNITY HE'S

TRYING TO REACH.

HIS BAD DECISIONS LED TO

DRUG ADDICTION AND JAIL.

IN 2006, HIS SON WAS SHOT

AND KILLED.

THE PASTOR NOW WANTS TO

HELP YOUNG PEOPLE AVOID

SIMILAR PITFALLS.

I CAME THROUGH

HOMELESSNESS AND DRUGS AND

EVERYTHING, SO WHAT I'M

DOING NOW IS GIVING BACK

SOME OF THE THINGS THAT

GOD GAVE ME.

Charlene: WHISPER AND

HIS FIANCEE HOPE TO OPEN A

COMMUNITY YOUTH CENTER,

OFFERING EDUCATION

SERVICES AND HELPING KIDS

DEALING WITH GANG

VIOLENCE, DRUGS, AND

BULLYING.

WE JUST WANT TO OFFER A

FULL-SCALE OF EVERYTHING

THAT IS PERTAINING TO LIFE

THAT WILL HELP TO MAKE

YOUR LIFE MORE COMPLETE

AND BETTER.

Charlene: HIS VISION

IS SPREADING.

FORMER GREENBAY PACKER

AARON RALPH SPOKE RECENTLY

AT WHISPER'S ANNUAL

COMMUNITY EVENT.

HE ALSO GREW UP HERE AND

WANTS TO SHOW SUCCESS CAN

BE ATTAINED.

ANY TIME SOMEONE LIKE

MYSELF CAN MAKE IT OUT, IT

IS VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT

I GIVE THESE KIDS AND

YOUTH THAT ANCHTDZ H (A) HE HAS A

COLLEGE DEGREE AND (B) NOW

HE HAS A CAREER.

WHEN THEY PARTNER WITH

FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS

AND NON-PROFIT

ORGANIZATIONS, THOSE

PARTNERSHIPS ARE TERRIFIC.

AND WHEN WE'RE PARTNERED

TOGETHER, GET OUT OF OUR

WAY.

Charlene: WHISPER

ALSO SEEKS TO IMPROVE

YOUNG PEOPLE'S NEGATIVE

PERCEPTION OF LAW

ENFORCEMENT.

MOST OF THE POLICE ARE

NOT LIKE THE ONES WE HAVE

SEEN.

MOST OF THEM ARE OUT THERE

TO SERVE AND PROTECT.

BUT OUR YOUTH CATCH ON BY

WHAT THEY HEAR OTHERS

SAYING.

WHENEVER POLICE KILL OR

SHOOT SOMEBODY, AT THE

SAME TOKEN, THEY DON'T

KNOW THE WHOLE STORY.

Charlene: OFFICERS

CREDIT WHISPER AND OTHERS

LIKE HIM WITH THEIR

EFFORTS.

HE HELPS US WITH

RECRUITING.

AND HE HELPS US WITH

UNDERSTANDING.

SO THE PARTNERSHIP IS

IMPORTANT.

Charlene: YOUNG

PEOPLE ATTENDING THE

PROGRAM SAID IT OPENED

THEIR EYES.

WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER,

I CAN'T WAIT TO GET OUT OF

THE HOUSE.

BUT IN SEEING WHAT IS OUT

THERE, OH, I CAN STAY A

LITTLE LONGER.

THESE DAYS, THERE IS A

LOT OF SHOOTING.

Charlene: CHRISTINE

DAVIS LOST A FRIEND TO GUN

VIOLENCE.

HE WAS AT THE WRONG

PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME

WITH THE WRONG PEOPLE.

AS A TEENAGER, THAT IS

REALLY HARD FOR SOMEBODY

TO COPE WITH THAT.

Charlene: PARENTS SAY

THE EVENT HELPED THEM

UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEMS

THEIR KIDS FACE.

THEY NEED TO BE AWARE

OF THE THINGS THAT ARE

PLAGUING OUR COMMUNITY.

I'M JUST HAPPY THEY HAVE

THE OPPORTUNITY TO

EXPERIENCE THE WONDERFUL

SKIT AND THE SPEAKERS.

AND, YOU KNOW, I BELIEVE

THAT IT IS GOING TO

EMPOWER THEM AND MAKE THEM

BETTER, AND MAKE THE

PARENTS BETTER AS WELL.

Charlene: SOMETHING

THIS EX-OFFENDER SAYS IS

NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER.

CHARLENE AARON, CBN NEWS.

Gordon: WELL, THAT IS

A WONDERFUL STORY AND A

WONDERFUL PROGRAM.

AND LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU,

GET INVOLVED IN THIS KIND

OF THING.

LET'S REACH OUT.

AND IF YOUR CHURCH CAN DO

SOMETHING LIKE THIS, WHAT

A WONDERFUL THING TO DO,

TO SHOW YOUNG PEOPLE THERE

IS A HOPE, THERE'S A

FUTURE, THERE'S A WAY OUT.

THERE IS NOT LIFE ON THE

STREETS.

THERE IS LIFE IN JESUS.

AND LET THE POLICE

DEPARTMENT BE A PART OF

IT.

LET THE CITY BE A PART OF

IT.

AND SEE WHAT AMAZING

THINGS CAN HAPPEN, HOW WE

CAN TRANSFORM

NEIGHBORHOODS JUST THROUGH

THE POWER OF LOVE.

> WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS

WONDERFUL VERSE FROM

PROVERBS: "WHERE THERE IS

NO GUIDANCE, THE PEOPLE

FALL.

BUT IN ABUNDANCE OF

COUNSELLORS, THERE IS

VICTORY."

> GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN

TOMORROW.

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