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700 Club Interactive - March 30, 2017

Fox News Religion Correspondent, Lauren Green, shares what she has learned on the job and on her own spiritual journey. Read Transcript


SHE'S THE CHIEF

RELIGION CORRESPONDENT

FROM FOX NEWS, AND SAYS

RELIGION AND SCIENCE

AREN'T SEPARATE.

NEWS HOST LAUREN GREEN

TELLS US WHY.

> PLUS...HER 77 YEARS IN

MINISTRY BEGAN IN A

HOSPITAL BED.

THERE WAS NO LIMIT WITH

GOD WITH ME WHEN I COME

OUT OF THAT HOSPITAL.

Reporter:

100-YEAR-OLD BEATRICE

LAMONT SHARES HER IN SIGHT

ON MINISTRY.

ALL OF THAT ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

HERE IS EFREM GRAHAM WITH

HIS WEEKLY TOP

FIVE-TRENDING STORIES.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FIVE...

*

Efrem: LE CRAE DROPS

THE VIDEO FOR HIS NEW

SINGLE "BLESSING."

[RAP MUSIC]

Efrem: THIS

COLLABORATION IS EXPECTED

TO BE ON HIS NEXT ALBUM,

HIS FIRST ON COLOMBIA

RECORDS.

REACHING COLOMBIA

PARTNERS FOR ME -- A LOT

OF REASONS FOR THAT IS TO

KIND OF TAKE SOME OF THE

PRESSURE OFF "REACH

RECORDS" TO FOCUS ON ALL

OF THESE OTHER ARTISTS,

AND ALLOW COLUMBIA TO TAKE

A LOT OF THE WEIGHT.

I'M EXCITED.

I'VE BEEN IN THE STUDIO.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FOUR...

[YELLING]

Efrem: THE 32nd

ANNUAL STELLER AWARDS FOR

GOSPEL MUSIC ARE HANDED

OUT IN LAS VEGAS.

* HERE I AM, LORD

Efrem: AND

CONGRATULATIONS TO BRIANNA

BABINO.

THIS SOCIAL MEDIA

SENSATION AND FRIEND OF

"STUDIO 5" WON NEW ARTIST

OF THE YEAR AND

CONTEMPORARY FEMALE

VOCALIST OF THE YEAR.

I WORSHIP VERY HARD.

THE APPROACH TO MY SINGING

IS PRAYER, THESE ARE MY

PRAYERS TO GOD.

Efrem: AND NUMBER

THREE...

YOU GUYS DON'T DO ANYTHING

SMALL, DO YOU?

FOLLOWING THE EPIC

BEN-HUR, MAR MARK BURNETT AND

ROMA DOWNEY ARE DEVELOPING

A NEW MOVIE, AND IT WILL

FOLLOW THE WORLD'S

REACTION TO A MAN

PERFORMING MIRACLES.

> NOW TO NUMBER TWO...

JESSICA CHASTAIN LEADS THE

CAST OF THE NEW FILM "THE

ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE."

WORLD WAR II, AND THE

ZOO IS BOMBED, AND THEY

ARE FORCING THE JEWS INTO

THE GHETTO, AND SHE AND

HER HUSBAND DECIDE TO RISK

THEIR LIVES AND THE LIVES

OF THE CHILDREN TO SMUGGLE

PEOPLE OUT OF THE GHETTO

AND HIDE THEM.

Efrem: IT IS BASED ON

A TRUE STORY SET IN 1939

POLAND.

WHAT HAPPENED IN YOUR

LITTLE ZOO?

Efrem: AND AT NUMBER

ONE...

THE MIRACLE CONTINUES.

GREAT NEWS FOR J.R.

SMITH AND HIS WIFE, THEIR

BABY, WHO WAS BORN FIVE

MONTHS PREMATURE IS ABOUT

TO HAVE HER FEEDING TUBE

REMOVED, WHICH IS A BIG,

BIG DEAL.

Efrem: HE ASKED FANS

AND FOLLOWERS TO PRAY FOR

HIS DAUGHTER, DAKOTA, WHO

WAS BORN FIVE MONTHS

EARLY, WEIGHING ONLY ONE

POUND.

THE NURSES SAID SHE IS

DOING SO WELL THAT THEY'RE

GOING TO REMOVE HER

BREATHING TUBE.

SHE IS MAKING AMAZING

PROGRESS.

Reporter: JOINING US

NOW IS EFREM GRAHAM.

WELCOME BACK.

Efrem: THANK YOU.

GOOD TO BE BACK.

Andrew: YOU'RE FRIEND

LE CRAE IS IN THE NEWS,

WHAT'S HAPPENING?

Efrem: HE HAS THIS

NEW VIDEO.

HE SHOT THAT VIDEO THIS

WEEKEND IN CALIFORNIA.

AND HE MADE SURE IT

RESEMBLED WHAT MANY FANS

ARE LIVING, AND IT LOOKS

LIKE JUST A FAMILY DINNER.

IT IS PROBABLY THE FIRST

SINGLE TO WHENEVER WE'RE

FINALLY GOING TO GET THAT

VERY FIRST ALBUM WITH HIS

SIGNING WITH COLUMBIA

RECORDS TO HANDLE HIS

MUSIC ALONE, ANYWAYS.

Andrew: TELL US ABOUT

THE BACKLASH HE IS

EXPERIENCING BECAUSE OF

HIS PARTNERSHIP.

Efrem: MANY PEOPLE

ARE UPSET.

I CAN SAY THIS: LE CRAE

HAS MADE IT VERY, VERY

CLEAR, HE WANTS TO IMPACT

AND TOUCH MAIN STREET.

HE WANTS TO TAKE THE

GOSPEL TO THE MASSES.

HE HAS RECEIVED BACKLASH

FOR PARTNERING WITH

COLUMBIA RECORDS, AND HE

RECEIVED BACKLASH FOR

SPEAKING OUT ABOUT RACISM.

Andrew: IT IS LIKE

WHEN PEOPLE CAN'T PUT YOU

IN A BOX, THEY GET

FRUSTRATED.

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY.

HE SAID THAT 2016 WAS

PROBABLY ONE OF THE WORST

YEARS OF HIS LIFE.

HE SUFFERED LOSS, HE

SUFFERED BETRAYAL, AND HE

LOST A LOT OF FANS AND

FOLLOWERS BECAUSE HE STOOD

UP TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST

VIOLENCE AGAINST YOUNG

AFRICAN-AMERICANS.

AND THEN HE PARTNERS WITH

COLUMBIA RECORDS.

BUT HE MADE IT CLEAR IN

OUR CONVERSATION, EVEN,

THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE

CRITICAL, SAYING HE IS

LOSING FOCUS OR LOSING

VISION NEED NOT WORRY

ABOUT THAT.

HE IS STILL VERY MUCH IN

CONTROL OF THE MESSAGE OF

HIS MUSIC.

Andrew: AND WHO IS TO

DETERMINE WHAT HIS FOCUS

OR MESSAGE SHOULD BE.

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY.

IT IS A POWERFUL STORY.

I WOULD SAY FOR ANYONE WHO

HAS NOT READ HIS BOOK, IT

IS VERY WELL-WORTH THE

READ.

IT IS EYE-OPENING.

YOU THINK YOU KNOW HIM,

AND THEN YOU READ THIS

BOOK AND YOU GO, WOW, THIS

IS TRULY A YOUNG, ANOINTED

MAN OF GOD.

Andrew: 32nd ANNUAL

STELLER AWARDS, AND

RIHANNA -- TELL US ABOUT

THAT.

Efrem: HER FRIENDS

POSTED HER ON YouTube

WITHOUT REALLY HER

KNOWLEDGE.

WHEN SHE WAS IN A

DEPRESSED STAGE, AND SHE

SAID, GOD, I GIVE IT ALL

TO YOU; I'M TIRED.

AND WITHIN A YEAR'S TIME,

SHE IS THE BEST NEW ARTIST

VIA THE STELLER AWARD, AND

SHE IS JUST AMAZING.

HER ALBUM IS OUT.

I HAVE TO BRAG.

I'M ACTUALLY ON THE ALBUM.

Andrew: HOW ARE YOU

ON THE ALBUM?

Efrem: I'M ON THE

ALBUM BECAUSE A CLIP OF

OUR INTERVIEW, SHE USED

IT.

Andrew: LOOK THE AT

YOU LIGHTING UP.

Efrem: WHEN I GOT

SENT THE C.D., I'M LIKE

WAIT A MINUTE, THAT'S ME.

I'M ON THERE.

I DIDN'T GET PAID, BUT I'M

ON THERE.

Andrew: IS SHE

GROUNDED AND HAVE A FIRM

FOUNDATION IN THE LORD?

Efrem: VERY MUCH SO.

HER PARENTS DIVORCED WHEN

SHE WAS VERY YOUNG, BUT

HER MOM MARRIED A

MINISTER.

AND HE MADE HER WORSHIP

LEADER IN HIS CHURCH IN

LOUISIANA.

AND EVEN IN ALL OF THE

TRAVELLING SHE DOES, SHE

STILL HAS TO BE BACK AT

HOME IN CHURCH ON SUNDAY

TO LEAD WORSHIP.

SHE HAD A TRACK

SCHOLARSHIP, BUT SHE

WALKED AWAY FROM TRACK AND

HAS THE RECORDING CAREER.

SHE SAYS HER SONGS, HER

MUSIC, ARE PRAYERS TO GOD.

IF YOU LISTEN TO IT, YOU

CAN HEAR IT FROM START TO

FINISH.

THAT'S ALL SHE WANTS TO

DO, IS PRAY TO GOD.

SHE IS ENCOURAGING OTHER

YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE HERSELF

THAT YOU CAN BE

PASSIONATE, A FOLLOWER OF

GOD, AND STILL HAVE A

GREAT LIFE AND GREAT

CAREER.

Andrew: MARK BURNETT

AND ROMA DOWNEY SEEM TO

LOVE WHAT THEY'RE DOING.

THEY HAVE ANOTHER PROJECT

CALLED "MESSIAH," AND WHAT

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT IT?

Efrem: IT IS A NEW

SERIES THEY'RE DEVELOPING

FOR NETFLIX.

IT IS GOING TO BE SET IN

MODERN TIMES, AND

ESSENTIALLY IMAGINE JESUS

COMING TO US RIGHT NOW,

PERFORMING MIRACLES.

AND WHAT'S THE WORLD'S

REACTION TO A PRESENT-DAY

JESUS WALKING THE EARTH.

AND THEY LAUNCHED A

24-HOUR TELEVISION NETWORK

AS WELL, "LIGHT TV," AND

SO THEY ARE VERY BUSY.

THERE IS NO DATE IN TERMS

OF WHEN IT WILL COME, BUT

THEY JUST ANNOUNCED IT.

Andrew: BUT WE KNOW

THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE IS

COMING OUT SOON.

Efrem: COMING OUT ON

FRIDAY.

WHAT AN AMAZING STORY.

THE ZOOKEEPER AND HIS WIFE

ARE CHRISTIANS.

WHEN GERMANY INVADES

POLAND AND IS LOOKING FOR

JEWS, THEY SHELTER JEWISH

PEOPLE AND HIDE THEM IN

THEIR ZOO BECAUSE IT WAS

THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

THEY RISKED THEIR LIVES TO

SAVE MORE THAN 300 PEOPLE.

AN UNBELIEVABLE STORY.

Andrew: DO YOU KNOW

IF THE MOVIE IS

FAITH-BASED AS WELL?

Efrem: THEY DON'T

CALL IT FAITH-BASED, BUT

IT IS BASED ON ANTANINA'S

DIARIES.

SHE WROTE THE BOOK BASED

ON THOSE DIARIES.

AND BOTH THE HUSBAND AND

WIFE WERE CHRISTIANS

DURING THAT TIME AND ARE

CHRISTIANS.

Andrew: AND I WANT TO

TOUCH ON ONE STORY THAT

CBN DID, J.R.'S DAUGHTER

BORN AT ONE POUND.

Efrem: I REMEMBER

WHEN THEY ASKED FOR FANS

TO PRAY BECAUSE OF THAT

BABY BEING BORN AT ONE

POUND.

IF YOU READ THE ACCOUNT

THAT HIS MOM GIVES ON THE

BLOG SHE KEEPS.

SHE GETS TO THE HOSPITAL

EXPECTING TO SEE THAT

LITTLE BABY AND ALL OF THE

TUBES, AND SHE REALIZES

THEY'RE REMOVED.

SHE IMMEDIATELY STARTED TO

JUMP UP AND DOWN IN A

CIRCLE, JUST SCREAMING

WITH AMAZEMENT AND

DELIGHT.

IT IS BEAUTIFUL TO SEE.

Andrew: IT IS

WONDERFUL.

Efrem: THE CAVALIERS

CAN GET SOME OF THAT

ENERGY BACK.

Andrew: YOU'LL WANT

TO WATCH EFREM'S SHOW,

"STUDIO 5," AND YOU CAN

WATCH IT ON ROKU OR APPLE.

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT WEEK.

> COMING UP, SHE'S THE

CHIEF RELIGION

CORRESPONDENT FROM FOX

NEWS, AND WE'LL SHARE WHAT

SHE HAS LEARNED ON THE

BEAT AND IN THE NEWSROOM.

LAUREN GREEN JOINS US

RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Andrew: WELL, AS A

JOURNALIST, LAUREN GREEN

HAS HAD TO ASK A LOT OF

QUESTIONS.

ONE DAY SHE FOUND HERSELF

ON THE RECEIVING END WHEN

HER PASTOR ASKED YOU: IS

GOD A CO CONCEPT TO YOU OR A

LIVING REALITY?

LAUREN GREEN HAS COVERED

AMAZING STORIES, INCLUDING

MIRACULOUS HEALINGS AND

EVENTS FEATURING THE

WORLD'S MOST PROMINENT

SPIRITUAL LEADERS.

SOME VIEW GOD AS A DISTANT

AND PERSONAL FIGURE.

IN HER BOOK, "LIGHTHOUSE

FAITH," LAUREN SHARES WHAT

SHE FOUND IN HER PERSONAL

STUDY OF THE CHRISTIAN

FAITH, AND HOW WE CAN

DEVELOP A DEEPER

RELATIONSHIP WITH A

CARING, LOVING GOD.

JOINING ME NOW IS AUTHOR

AND CHIEF RELIEF

CORRESPONDENT FOR FOX

NEWS, LAUREN GREEN.

ANDREW, THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

Andrew: I LOVED YOUR

BOOK.

I'M SO IMPRESSED THAT

YOU ACTUALLY READ IT.

BECAUSE I KNOW A LOT OF

PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TIME TO

READ THE BOOK BEFORE THEY

DO THE INTERVIEW, BUT YOU

DID.

Andrew: THERE IS SOME

HEAVY-DUTY STUFF IN HERE.

IT IS DEEP STUFF.

IT IS A LOT DEEPER THAN

THE TITLE WOULD SUGGEST, I

THINK.

AND I THINK ONE OF THE

REASONS WHY IT GOT

REJECTED EARLY ON IS

BECAUSE IT WAS VERY

TECHNICAL, VERY MUCH ON

SCIENCE, AND VERY MUCH

THEOLOGICAL IN ITS DEPTH.

SO THERE WAS A LOT OF

STUFF THAT WAS LEFT OUT.

Andrew: READING THIS

BOOK, IT IS OBVIOUS THAT

THIS IS A SMART,

INTELLIGENT AUTHOR.

AND ON A PERSONAL LEVEL,

YOU DESCRIBE A TIME WHERE

YOU WERE GOING THROUGH

SOME CHALLENGES PERSONALLY

AND PROFESSIONALLY, AND

YOU THOUGHT, GOD, ARE YOU

HERE?

RIGHT.

I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE GO

THROUGH THESE TYPES OF

THINGS.

IT CAN BE A JOB CHANGE, A

FAILED RELATIONSHIP, AND

CAN IT ANYTHING, A NORMAL

COURSE OF LIFE.

A CHILD WHO GETS SICK OR A

PARENT WHO'S HEALTH IS

WANING.

THESE ARE THE KINDS OF

CHALLENGES, AND YOU

WONDER, GOD, IS THIS WHAT

LIFE IS ALL ABOUT?

I THINK THOSE ARE THE

KINDS OF THINGS THAT

REALLY CREATE IN YOU THIS

IDEA, IS GOD MORE OF A

CONCEPT TO ME OR IS HE A

LIVING REALITY.

ONE PASTOR SAID A LOT OF

PEOPLE LIVE THEIR LIVES

WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGING GOD.

THEY SORT OF GO ABOUT

THEIR LIVES THINKING THAT

GOD IS AROUND, BUT WHEN

THINGS HAPPEN IN THEIR

LIVES, THEY GO, GOD, WHY

DID YOU ALLOW THIS?

IF YOU CAN LIVE YOUR LIFE

KNOWING THAT GOD IS THERE,

THOSE KINDS OF THINGS

WON'T DISTURB YOUR LIFE

THAT MUCH.

Andrew: AND

FORTUNATELY FOR YOU, YOU

HAD A FIRM FOUNDATION.

AND PART OF THAT IS

BECAUSE OF THE QUESTION

YOUR PASTOR ASKED.

WHO IS HE AND WHAT WAS THE

QUESTION?

DR. KIM KELLER, HE IS

THE SENIOR MINISTER OF

REDEEM PRESBYTERIAN IN NEW

YORK.

HE ASKED MANY PROFOUND

QUESTIONS, BUT THIS WAS

ONE OF THOSE AH-HAH

MOMENTS IN MY LIFE.

HE TALKED ABOUT THE

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOD AS

A CONCEPT AND GOD AS A

LIVING REALITY.

THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR

PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND

BECAUSE A CONCEPT IS

SOMETHING YOU STILL

BELIEVE IN.

BUT IS GOD MORE OF A

CONCEPT TO YOU?

MEANING YOU CONTROL IT.

YOU DECIDE WHAT IT IS

GOING TO BE.

IT IS LIKE A GYM

MEMBERSHIP, LIKE A CREDIT

CARD.

I WANT TO GO SHOPPING AT A

MALL TODAY.

THAT'S THE GOD THAT IS A

CONCEPT.

GOD AS A LIVING REALITY IS

AN OBJECTIVE TRUTH TO

WHICH YOU MOLD YOUR LIFE,

AND THAT RUNS THE

CHALLENGE.

DO I KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT GOD

TO MOLD MY LIFE TO HIS

DOCTRINES, HIS PRECEPS,

HIS DEMANDS OF MY LIFE?

THAT WAS AN INCREDIBLE

CHALLENGE.

Andrew: WHAT DO YOU

MEAN YOU'VE HAD THIS DID

YODISCOVERY THAT GOD IS

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT.

THE DISCOVERY WAS A

LOOK BACK AT A CHILDHOOD

GAME THAT MY AUNT PLAYED

WITH US.

WE WERE TWO ADVENTUROUS

LITTLE GIRLS.

AND SHE HAD A GREAT DEAL

OF FAITH.

SHE TAUGHT IN ONE-ROOM

SCHOOL HOUSES.

THIS IS A GREAT AUNT.

AND SHE WOULD HIDE AN

OBJECT, A COMB OR A BRUSH

OR A FORK OR SOMETHING

COMMON AND PUT IT IN,

LIKE, A LIVING ROOM AND IT

WOULD BE IN PLAIN SIGHT,

BUT YOU'D HAVE TO FIND IT.

YOU WOULD HAVE TO SEARCH

FOR IT.

AND SOMETIMES IT WAS HARD

TO SEE BECAUSE IT WAS

AMONGST THINGS THAT YOU

HAD LOOKED AT IN A

DIFFERENT WAY.

AND WHEN YOU SAW IT, YOU

SAID "BUM,BUMCOM," AND THEN

YOU WOULD SIT DOWN.

AND THAT'S WHERE WHEREAS I WAS

TRYING TO EXPLAIN THIS

STRUCTURE OF THE 10

COMMANDMENTS, I THINK GOD

WAS PLAYING THIS GAME WITH

US.

HE WAS HIDING IN PLAIN

SIGHT.

Andrew: HE LOVES FOR

US TO DISCOVER HIM AGAIN

AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.

AND IN SO MANY

DIFFERENT WAYS.

SO I BROKE DOWN THE BOOK

INTO THE TRADITIONS OF THE

TRINITY.

I THOUGHT IF THE STRUCTURE

OF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS WAS

A WALL, PERHAPS WE COULD

BREAK DOWN THE GOD HEAD

INTO ITS COMPONENT PARTS,

INTO THE FATHER, SON, AND

HOLY SPIRIT.

AND IF CHRISTIANITY WAS

OBJECT TIVOLIVELY TRUE -- NOT

TRUE BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT,

BUT OBJECTIVELY TRUE,

WOULD I SEE EVIDENCE OF

THOSE THREE THINGS IN THE

WORLD.

AND THAT'S WHERE IT BEGAN

TO REALLY TAKE SHAPE.

Andrew: ONE OF THE

MOST INTERESTING PARTS OF

YOUR BOOK TO ME ARE YOU'RE

A REPORTER, AND YOU PUT IN

A LOT OF DIFFERENT PLACES.

AND YOU GO INTO TIMES

SQUARE TO DO INTERVIEWS

WITH PEOPLE ABOUT THE 10

COMMANDMENTS.

AND YOU WERE SHOCKED BY

THE TRANSPARENCY.

I WAS SHOCKED PEOPLE

WERE ADMITTING TO THINGS

THEY WERE ADMITTING TO.

I KNEW MOST PEOPLE DIDN'T

KNOW THE LIST, SO I GO IN

WITH THE LIST.

AND YOU'RE WITH A CAMERA.

ALL OF A SUDDEN IT WAS

LIKE THEY WERE CONFESSING

THEIR SINS.

PEOPLE WERE ADMITTING TO

ADULTERY.

TO ALMOST NEAR MURDER, TO

STEALING.

COVETING WAS A LITTLE MORE

NUANCE.

THEY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND

THAT CONCEPT AS MUCH.

BUT THEY WERE BEARING

THEIR SOULS.

I THOUGHT OF THAT VERSE,

WHEN THEY WERE CONFRONTED

WITH THE ACTUAL LAW, THAT

IT CHANGED THEIR BEING.

THEY SAID, I AM GUILTY.

I'M GUILTY BEFORE THE LAW

OF GOD.

REMEMBER, ONE OF THE

THINGS DR. KELLER SAID

ABOUT THE STRUCTURE OF THE

10 COMMANDMENTS, IT IS AN

ACTUAL DESCRIPTION OF WHO

GOD IS.

Andrew: YOU SAY

THEY'RE IN A PARTICULAR

ORDER FOR A REASON.

YES, BECAUSE THE FIRST

ONE IS KEY, I AM THE LORD

YOUR GOD.

YOU SHALL NO OTHER GODS

BEFORE ME.

THIS IS WHY MOSES SAYS TO

THE ISRAELITES.

AND THIS, I BELIEVE, IS

NOT ONLY A COMMANDMENT,

BUT IT IS A STATEMENT OF

FACT.

SO YOU'VE GOT THE FIRST

COMMANDMENT.

AND IT SITS ATOP THE OTHER

COMMANDMENTS LIKE A BEACON

OF LIGHT.

Andrew: BUT USUALLY

IT IS VIEWED AS RULES AND

RESTRICTIONS THAT KEEP ME

DOWN.

EXACTLY.

BUT THE LAWS AS DELIVERED,

THERE IS A FIRE ON THE

MOUNTAIN.

AND HERE YOU'VE GOT THE

LIGHTHOUSE WITH THIS

BEACON ON TOP OF THIS

STRUCTURE.

AND IT'S LIKE, OH, MY

GOSH, AND I LOOK AT THE

LIGHTHOUSE AS THIS DIVINE

MESSENGER.

I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD,

AND I'M THE LIGHT OF THE

WORLD.

Andrew: I HAVE TO

CONCLUDE WITH HOW

IMPORTANT MUSICIS IN YOUR

LIFE.

I'VE SEEN THE CLIP OF YOU

PLAYING THE PIANO.

MUSIC IS MY FIRST LOVE.

I HAVE A PIANO DEGREE.

I ALWAYS THOUGHT I WOULD

BECOME A CONCERT PIANIST.

AND I THINK THIS WHOLE

STRUCTURE OF THE 10

COMMANDMENTS, HOW I SAW

THIS STRUCTURE -- I FIRST

SAW THE STRUCTURE IN

MUSIC.

AND THAT OPENED A WHOLE

DIFFERENT WORLD FOR ME.

Andrew: IT'S A

WONDERFUL BOOK.

I THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH

US.

THAN THANK YOU SO MUCH,

ANDREW.

Andrew: THE BOOK IS

"LIGHTHOUSE FAITH: GOD'S

LIVING REALITY IN A WORLD

IMMERSED IN FOG."

IT IS AVAILABLE WHEREVER

BOOKS ARE SOLD.

I HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMEND

IT.

> STILL TO COME, SHE IS

A PASTOR WHO WANTS TO

PREACH THE OLD OUT OF THE

PEOPLE.

JESUS SAID, GET READY

TO LIVE, THAT YOU MIGHT

HAVE LIFE AND MORE

ABUNDANTLY.

Andrew: DO NOT MISS

THIS INCREDIBLE LEGACY OF

THIS 100-YEAR-OLD

PREACHER.

HER STORY IS NEXT, WHEN WE

COME BACK.

Andrew: REVEREND

BEATRICE LAMONT IS STILL

GOING STRONG, EVEN AT 100

YEARS OF AGE.

SHE HAS MINISTERED TO

PEOPLE BOTH AT HOME AND

AROUND THE WORLD.

AND IT ALL STARTED WITH A

DESPERATE PRAYER SHE MADE

MORE THAN 75 YEARS AGO.

I COULD HEAR THEM, BUT

I COULDN'T TALK.

AND THE NURSE SAID TO HIM,

SHOULD I WASH HER AND

CLEAN HER UP?

AND HE PICKED UP MY WRIST,

LIKE THIS, AND HE SAID,

NO.

SHE WON'T BE HERE UNTIL

MORNING.

LEAVE HER.

Reporter: BEET TREES BEATRICE

LAMONT WAS NEWLY MARRIED

AND 20 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE

WAS DIAGNOSED WITH

TUBERCULOSIS.

SHE CALLED OUT TO GOD.

I SAID, IF YOU LET ME

LIVE TO SEE THE SUN COME

IN THAT WINDOW, I'LL SERVE

YOU THE REST OF MY LIFE,

AND I'LL GO WHERE YOU WANT

ME TO GO, AND I'LL DO WHAT

YOU WANT ME TO DO.

AND FROM THAT MOMENT ON,

GOD BEGAN TO HEAL ME.

Reporter: WHEN SHE

WAS DISCHARGED IN 1940,

BEATRICE WAS THE ONLY

PATIENT ON HER BOARD TO

SURVIVE.

NOW 100 YEARS OLD, SHE HAS

KEPT HER PROMISE TO GOD.

AND IT HAS TAKEN HER FROM

HER HOME IN PITTSBURGH TO

THE PLAINS OF SOUTH

AFRICA, FROM PREACHING THE

GOSPEL TO STARTING

CHURCHES, TO HOUSING AND

CARING FOR RECOVERING DRUG

ADDICTS.

THE LORD GAVE ME SUCH

FAITH, I CAN'T EVEN TELL

YOU.

THERE WAS NO LIMIT WITH

GOD WITH ME WHEN I COME

OUT OF THAT HOSPITAL.

Reporter: BEATRICE

BEGAN TO MINISTER IN A

LOCAL CONGREGATION, AND

THEN IN 1955, SHE STARTED

HER OWN CHURCH AT A TIME

WHEN FEW WOMEN FILLED THE

PULPIT.

SHE GATHERED UP YOUNG

PEOPLE FROM THE ROUGH

PARTS OF PITTSBURGH AND

INVITED THEM INTO HER

HOME, LATER MOVING INTO A

STOREFRONT.

THE PLACE WAS JUST

FILLED,

STANDING-ROOM-ONLY.

SHE INTRODUCED US TO

GOD.

AND I CAME TO THE CHURCH,

THROUGH A YOUNG PEOPLE'S

MEETING ONE NIGHT.

AND IT WAS TREMENDOUS.

AND THESE KIDS, WE JUST

BONDED.

WE BECAME LIKE FAMILY.

I HATE TO THINK WHAT MY

LIFE WOULD BE HAD SHE NOT

COME UP THERE THAT DAY AND

TOOK US TO CHURCH.

Reporter: IN THE

1960s, BEATRICE OFFERED

A HOME TO A GROUP OF

FORMER DRUG ADDICTS

LAUNCHING INTO MINISTRY.

AMONG THEM WAS THE

FOUNDING PASTOR OF ROCK

CHURCH INTERNATIONAL, WHO

WAS INTRODUCED TO HIS

WIFE, ANN, BY BEATRICE.

TREMENDOUS WHAT THIS

COUPLE DID TOGETHER, AND

SERVED THE LORD, FROM

YOUTH UP.

AND JOHN WAS IN CHARGE OF

MARCH FOR JESUS THREE

TIMES, AND STARTED WORKS

ALL AROUND AND ALSO IN

FOREIGN COUNTRIES.

Reporter: BEATRICE

BECAME A MOTHER FOR THE

FIRST TIME AT AGE 58, WHEN

SHE AND HER HUSBAND

ADOPTED THEIR SON.

SAMUEL NOW SERVES AS THE

SENIOR PASTOR OF TEMPLE OF

FAITH, WHERE SHE STILL

TEACHES AND PREACHES.

HE HAS BEEN A SPECIAL

COMFORT TO HER, ESPECIALLY

AFTER HER HUSBAND PASSED

AWAY IN 1991.

YOU CAN'T IMAGINE HOW

GOOD SAMUEL IS TO ME.

GOD BLESSES YOU THROUGH

YOUR CHILDREN.

Reporter: LAST

OCTOBER, IN HONOR OF HIS

MOTHER'S 100th BIRTHDAY,

SAMUEL INVITED FRIENDS AND

MINISTERS FROM 15 STATES

TO CELEBRATE HER 77 YEARS

OF MINISTRY, AND TO THANK

HER FOR KEEPING HER

PROMISE, A PROMISE SHE HAS

NO INTENTION OF GIVING UP

ANY TIME SOON.

THIS ONE BROTHER HAS ME

COME TO HIS CHURCH, AND HE

SAID, SISTER "B," I WANT

YOU TO PREACH TO MY

PEOPLE.

I SAID, WHEN YOU REACH 70

YEARS OLD, THE DOCTOR SAID

YOU'RE 70 YEARS OLD AND

YOU COULD GO TO HEAVEN AND

YOU'RE SICK.

WHEN YOU'RE 80, YOU'RE NOT

A TEENAGER ANYMORE, WHAT

DO YOU EXPECT?

IN OTHER WORDS, GET READY

TO DIE.

NO.

JESUS SAID, GET READY TO

LIVE, AND THAT YOU MAY

HAVE LIFE AND MORE

ABUNDANTLY.

HALLELUJAH, AND I JUST

THANK THE LORD THIS

MORNING FOR JESUS.

TRUTHFULLY AND HONESTLY,

THE WORD OF GOD KEEPS ME

ALIVE.

Andrew: BEATRICE,

YOU'RE PHENOMENAL.

WE SO ENJOYED TELLING YOUR

STORY.

AND YOUR SMILE IS

CONTAGIOUS.

IT IS INTERESTING TO HEAR

HER SAY AT ONE POINT IN

HER LIFE, SHE SAID I WOULD

ASK GOD TOR ANYTHING.

GOD FOR ANYTHINGMEN ANYTHING.

I THOUGHT NOTHING WAS

IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD.

AND THEN SHE STARTED TO

SERVE OTHER PEOPLE.

SHE DECIDED TO SERVE.

AND GOD REALLY RESPONDED

TO THAT SERVANT'S HEART.

HE POURED OUT HIS

BLESSINGS AND HIS LOVE,

AND HE HAS POURED OUT

HEALTH UPON HER, AND SHE

IS MAKING SUCH A

DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF

PEOPLE.

WE WANT TO LET YOU KNOW,

IF YOU'RE STRUGGLING WITH

SOMETHING, AND YOU DON'T

HAVE A DRIVE LIKE SHE

DOES -- NOT MANY DO -- BUT

IF YOU'RE STRUGGLING WITH

SOMETHING, YOU CAN CALL

US.

YOU CAN CALL

1-800-700-7000, AND JUST

TELL US WHAT YOUR PRAYER

REQUEST IS, AND WE WOULD

LOVE TO DO THAT.

WE WANT TO LEAVE YOU WITH

PSALM 92: "EVEN IN OLD

AGE, THEY WILL STILL

PRODUCE FRUIT.

THEY WILL REMAIN VITAL AND

GREEN.

THEY WILL DECLARE THE LORD

THE JUST.

HE IS MY ROCK."

AND LET'S REMEMBER THAT

TODAY AS WE GO THROUGH

STRUGGLES AND CHALLENGES

IN LIFE.

IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO

REMEMBER WHO OUR ROCK

REALLY IS, AND THE

FOUNDATION OF OUR LIFE.

IT IS TOO HARD IN THIS

LIFE TO DO THINGS ON OUR

OWN.

TRUST THE LORD.

LET HIM KNOW WHAT YOU

NEED, AND HOW MUCH YOU

LOVE HIM, AND HE WILL BE

FAITHFUL TO YOU.

THANKS FOR JOINING US

TODAY.

UNTIL NEXT TIME ON "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE," I'M

ANDREW KNOX.

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT

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