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Christian World News - April 7, 2017

This week on Christian World News: The U.S. launches missiles on the regime of Bashar al-Assad; how are Christians surviving Syria’s civil war? Plus, he was a hardcore atheist but when his wife became a Christian, it forced him to re-examine ... Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS," AMERICA

STRIKES SYRIA AFTER A

CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACK

KILLS SCORES OF PEOPLE.

THE U.S. LAUNCHES AN

ATTACK ON THE REGIME OF

BASHAR al-ASSAD.

> PLUS..."THE CASE FOR

CHRIST."

HE WAS A HARD-CORE ATHLETE

ATHEIST, BUT WHEN HIS WIFE

BECAME A CHRISTIAN, IT

FORCED HIM TO REEXAMINE

EVERYTHING.

> AND IT HAS BEEN CALLED

THE MOST GODLESS COUNTRY

IN EUROPE AND A GRAVEYARD

FOR PREACHERS, BUT THIS

TOWN IN ICELAND REFUSES TO

GIVE UP.

WELCOME TO "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS."

I'M JESSICA CHOCKO.

President TrumpPRESIDENT TRUMP MADE IT

CLEAR HE WON'T TOLERATE

CHEMICAL WEAPONS ON

INNOCENT CIVILIANS.

MANY COUNTRIES APPROVED

THE PRESIDENT'S ACTION,

BUT FEW, LIKE RUSSIA,

CRITICIZED IT.

CHARLENE AARON HAS THE

STORY.

Charlene: THE U.S.

LAUNCHED 59 TOMAHAWK

CRUISE MISSILES AT SYRIA

FROM TWO WARSHIPS IN

RESPONSE TO ITS CHEMICAL

WEAPONS ATTACK THAT KILLED

DOZENS OF CIVILIANS.

President Trump:

TONIGHT I ORDERED A

TARGETED MILITARY STRIKE

ON THE AIR FIELD IN SYRIA,

FROM WHERE THE CHEMICAL

ATTACK WAS LAUNCHED.

Charlene: PRESIDENT

TRUMP AT HIS FLORIDA

RESORT SAID THERE WAS NO

DOUBT THAT SYRIAN

PRESIDENT BASHAR

al-ASSAD WAS RESPONSIBLE

FOR THE USE OF ILLEGAL

SARIN GAS AGAINST HIS OWN

PEOPLE.

THE PRESIDENT HAD BEEN

CLEARLY AFFECTED BY THE

PICTURES OF SUFFERING

CHILDREN FROM THE DEADLY

CHEMICAL STRIKE.

President Trump: EVEN

BEAUTIFUL BABIES WERE

CRUELLY MURDERED IN THIS

VERY BARBARIC ATTACK.

NO CHILD OF GOD SHOULD

EVER SUFFER SUCH HORROR.

Charlene: OFFICIALS

SAY THE MISSILES WERE

AIMED AT THE AIR BASE THAT

WAS HOME TO THE WAR PLANES

THAT CARRIED OUT THE

CHEMICAL ATTACKS EARLIER

THIS WEEK, KILLING MORE

THAN 70 PEOPLE.

THE STRIKE RECEIVED BOTH

BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND

CRITICISM ON CAPITOL HILL.

REPUBLICAN SENATORS JOHN

McCAIN AND LINDSEY

GRAHAM APPLAUDED THE

ACTION.

"WE SALUTE THE SKILL AND

PROFESSIONALISM OF THE

U.S. ARMED FORCES WHO

CARRIED OUT TONIGHT'S

STRIKES IN SYRIA.

ACTING ON THE ORDERS OF

THEIR COMMANDER IN CHIEF,

THEY HAVE SENT AN

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: THE

UNITED STATES WILL NO

LONGER STAND IDLY BY

ASSADSAD, AIDED AND ABETED

BY PUTIN'S RUSSIA,

SLAUGHTERS INNOCENT

SYRIANS WITH CHEMICAL

WEAPONS AND BARREL BOMBS,"

THE SENATORS SAID.

BUT RAND PAUL TWEETED:

"WHILE WE ALL CONDEMN THE

ATROCITIES IN SYRIA, THE

UNITED STATES WAS NOT

ATTACKED."

SOME DEMOCRATS APPLAUDED

THE PRESIDENT'S MOVE,

WHILE OTHERS SAID HE NEEDS

TO CONSULT WITH CONGRESS

ON FUTURE MILITARY

ACTIONS.

THE KREMLIN IS CONDEMNING

THE MILITARY STRIKE,

CALLING IT AGGRESSION

AGAINST A SOVEREIGN NATION

IN VIOLATION OF

INTERNATIONAL LAW.

PENTAGON OFFICIALS SAY

RUSSIA WAS INFORMED BEFORE

THE ATTACK.

THE PRESIDENT ALSO SAID,

WE ASK FOR GOD'S WISDOM.

AND HE SAID THE WORLD

NEEDS TO WORK TOGETHER TO

STOP THE BLOODY FIGHTING

IN SYRIA.

President Trump:

TONIGHT I CALL ON ALL

CIVILIZED NATIONS TO CALL

US IN SEEKING TO END THE

SLAUGHTER AND BLOODSHED IN

SYRIA.

AND ALSO TO END TERRORISM

OF ALL KINDS AND ALL

TYPES.

Charlene: CHARLENE

AARON, CBN NEWS.

JOINING US NOW FOR MORE

IS CHIEF INTERNATIONAL

CORRESPONDENT GARY LANE.

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US.

Reporter: GLAD TO BE

HERE.

THE U.S. HAS STEPPED

DIRECTLY INTO THE SYRIAN

CIVIL WAR.

WHAT WILL BE THE FALLOUT?

Reporter: I THINK

THERE IS ALREADY A

FALLOUT.

OBVIOUSLY FOR BASHAR

al-ASSAD, THE PRESIDENT

OF SYRIA, HE KNOWS NOW

THAT DONALD TRUMP MEANS

BUSINESS.

HE'LL BE ON HIS GUARD TO

MAKE SURE HE DOESN'T DO

ANYTHING THAT WILL CAUSE

ANOTHER STRIKE LIKE THIS.

I THINK ALSO THE FALLOUT

IS FROM, OF COURSE,

AMERICA'S ENEMIES, OR

THOSE WHO OPPOSE THE

UNITED STATES, RUSSIA,

IRAN, OF COURSE, THEY

DENOUNCED IT, BUT

AMERICA'S ALLIES ARE

RALLYING BEHIND WHAT

PRESIDENT TRUMP DID, AND

THERE MAY BE A COALITION

TO PUT PRESSURE ON TO OUST

ASSAD, OR AT LEAST COME TO

SOME AGREEMENT IN THIS

SIX-YEAR WAR.

PRESIDENT TRUMP USED

SOME VERY RELIGIOUS

LANGUAGE IN HIS SPEECH.

LET'S TAKE A LISTEN.

President Trump: ON

TUESDAY SYRIAN PRESIDENT

BASHAR al-ASSAD LAUNCHED

A HORRIBLE CHEMICAL ATTACK

ON INNOCENT CIVILIANS.

NO CHILD OF GOD SHOULD

EVER SUFFER SUCH HORROR.

WE ASK FOR GOD'S WISDOM.

WE PRAY FOR THE LIVES OF

THE WOUNDED AND FOR THE

SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAVE

PASSED.

GOOD NIGHT AND GOD BLESS

AMERICA AND THE ENTIRE

WORLD.

THANK YOU.

GARY, WHAT DOES THE USE

OF THESE PHRASES TELL US

ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP?

Reporter: IT IS

INTERESTING BECAUSE HE

SAID NO CHILD OF GOD

SHOULD SUFFER THIS KIND OF

FATE.

BASICALLY IT TELLS US HE

REALLY FELT THIS.

HE SAW THOSE IMAGES, AND

THEY REALLY TOUCHED HIM.

HE FELT A MORAL OBLIGATION

TO DO SOMETHING.

AND THAT IS PROBABLY BASED

ON HIS JUDEO-CHRISTIAN

FAITH, WHICH SAYS WE CAN'T

JUST STAND BY AND LET THE

EVIL OVERCOME LIGHT.

I THINK HE FELT A MORAL

RESPONSIBILITY TO DO

SOMETHING.

SPEAKING OF LIGHT

OVERCOMING EVIL, SYRIA HAS

AN ANCIENT CHURCH AND IT

IS THOUSANDS OF YEARS OLD,

AND HOW IS IT DOING IN THE

MIDST OF THE WAR?

NOT WELL, NOT WELL AT

ALL.

IT IS A CRIPPLED CHURCH.

MANY CHRISTIANS HAVE LEFT.

MANY HAVE SEEN THEIR

FAMILY MEMBERS KILLED BY

ISIS AND OTHER MILITANT

GROUPS.

BUT THERE IS A REMNANT

THERE THAT HAS REMAINED.

AND THEY NEED OUR PRAYER.

WITHIN THAT REMNANT, IS

THE CHURCH ABLE TO HAVE

ANY IMPACT TO BE A LIGHT

IN THAT DARKNESS,

ESPECIALLY DURING THIS

TIME?

Reporter: JESSICA,

THERE IS SOME.

I KNOW ONE CHURCH UP IN

ALEPPO THAT REMAINED AND

THEY HAVE BEEN FEEDING

PEOPLE, NOT JUST

CHRISTIANS, AND HOUSING

THEM AND REACHING OUT TO

THEM AND ALSO SHARING THE

GOSPEL WITH THEM.

THEY BELIEVE THEY CAN

STILL BE LIGHT IN THE

MIDST OF DARKNESS.

LET'S CHANGE TOPICS

QUICKLY.

EGYPT'S PRESIDENT RECENTLY

MET WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP

IN WASHINGTON.

EGYPT'S COPTIC CHRISTIANS

WERE VERY INTERESTED IN

THAT MEETING.

WHY?

Reporter: THEY WANTED

TO SEE TRUMP DO AS EGYPT

HAS DONE AND DECLARE THE

MURGMUSLIM GROUP A TERRORIST

GROUP.

AND THEY WANT HIM TO DO

MORE FOR CHRISTIANS.

THEY'RE STILL PERSECUTED

THERE.

AND THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN,

ALSO.

MAYBE MORE SO WITH

CONGRESS THAN WITH THE

WHITE HOUSE.

GARY LANE, THANK YOU

FOR JOINING US.

> COMING UP, LEE STROBEL

REFLECTS ON THE NEW MOVIE

BASED ON HIS

MILLION-SELLING BOOK, "THE

CASE FOR CHRIST."

WE'LL TAKE YOU ON THE SET

WHERE CBN'S CAMERAS WERE

THE ONLY ONES ALLOWED TO

GO.

THAT'S AFTER THIS.

Jessica: WELCOME BACK

TO "CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

LEE STROBEL WAS AN ATHEIST

AND A SWORN ENEMY OF

RELIGION.

AND THEN HIS WIFE BECAME A

CHRISTIAN.

SO HE WENT ON A TWO-YEAR

INVESTIGATION TO PROVE

THAT HER FAITH WAS JUST A

WORK OF FICTION.

HE NEVER COULD HAVE

PREDICTED HOW THAT JOURNEY

WOULD HAVE ENDED.

AND AS EFREM GRAHAM SHOWS

US, THIS REAL-LIFE STORY

IS NOW A MAJOR MOTION

PICTURE.

THERE WERE SO MANY

REASONS WHY I DIDN'T WANT

THERE TO BE A GOD, BECAUSE

I DID NOT WANT TO BE HELD

ACCOUNTABLE.

Efrem: MILLIONS READ

LEE STROBEL'S, "THE CASE

FOR CHRIST."

THE BEST-SELLING BOOK IS

NOW A MOVIE.

I SPENT MY ENTIRE

CAREER AS A JOURNALIST,

UNCOVERING THE TRUTH,

UNTIL THE DAY MY WIFE

PRESENTED ME WITH THE

BIGGEST STORY OF MY LIFE.

I'M NOT GOING TO LOSE

MY WIFE AND MY KIDS TO

SOME THING I CAN'T EVEN

REASON WITH.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT

CHANGED ME FOREVER.

TO SEE YOUR LIFE PUT ON

A SCREEN, NOT JUST RANDOM

THINGS FROM YOUR LIFE, BUT

THOSE EMOTIONAL MOMENTS OF

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE

UGLY, THE CONFLICT THAT WE

HAD AFTER LESLIE BECAME A

CHRISTIAN AND I WAS STILL

AN ATHEIST, THE

ARGUMENTS -- TO SEE THAT

RELIVED IS DIFFICULT FOR

US TO WATCH.

THERE IS A SCENE WHERE

LEE HAS THIS BIG ARGUMENT

WITH HIS DAD, AND THAT

HAPPENED ON THE EVE OF

GRADUATION FOR HIM, AND

WHEN THAT ARGUMENT WAS

OVER, HE CAME OVER TO MY

HOUSE.

SO I HEARD ALL ABOUT IT,

BUT THIS WAS THE FIRST

TIME I ACTUALLY OBSERVED

IT.

THE GOSPELS ARE FILLED

WITH CONTRADICTIONS.

THE EMPTY TOMB IS BASED

ON EVIDENCE.

Efrem: LEE AND

LESLIE'S REAL LIFE

UNFOLDED IN CHICAGO, BUT

"THE CASE FOR CHRIST"

HAPPENED HERE IN THE

ATLANTA AREA, WHICH IS

OFTEN CALLED THE HOLLYWOOD

OF THE SOUTH.

OUR CAMERAS WERE THE ONLY

ALLOWED ONSET.

A RE-CREATION OF THE

CHICAGO TRIBUNE NEWSROOM,

WHERE LEE, AN

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER,

BEGAN PUTTING FAITH ON

TRIAL.

SO YOU WANT YOUR WIFE

BACK?

GUESS WHAT, PEOPLE, NOT

EVERYBODY GETS EVERYTHING

THEY WANT.

STOP BLAMING ME AND THE

CHURCH AND GOD AND DO YOUR

JOB.

STACK UP THE EVIDENCE,

FOLLOW THE FACTS, AND

WRITE THIS STORY, WIN OR

LOSE.

Efrem: ACTOR MIKE

VOGEL PLAYS THE ROLE OF

LEE.

HE CHATTED WITH US BETWEEN

TAKES, AND STILL IN HIS

1970s AND '80s

WARDROBE.

THIS IS ME DOING LEE

STROBEL.

AND IT IS GREAT AS AN

ACTOR, WHENEVER YOU GET TO

DO A TRANSFORMATION LIKE

THIS.

Efrem: LEE'S

TRANSFORMATIONAL STORY

REALLY BEGINS THE DAY HIS

WIFE FALLS IN LOVE WITH

ANOTHER MAN: JESUS.

COUGH, BABY.

COUGH, BABY.

OKAY.

OKAY.

OKAY.

I CAN BREATHE.

I DON'T KNOW HOW TO THANK

YOU.

SHE'S GOING TO BE FINE

NOW.

WE'RE SO LUCKY.

WELL, IT'S NOT LUCK.

IT'S JESUS.

SOMETHING TOLD ME I NEEDED

TO BE HERE.

LESLIE BECAME A

CHRISTIAN, AND LEE THOUGHT

HIS WORLD WAS ENDING.

SHE DROPPED A BOMB ON HIM.

HE IS THIS VERY MUCH

RADICAL ATHEIST, WHO HAD

NO LOVE FOR THE CHURCH, NO

LOVE FOR CHRISTIANITY AT

ALL.

AND HIS WIFE COMES HOME

AND SAYS, I'M A CHRISTIAN

NOW.

WHEN LESLIE TOLD ME SHE

HAD BECOME A CHRISTIAN,

THE FIRST WORD THAT WENT

THROUGH MY MIND WAS

DIVORCE.

BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT TO

BE MARRIED TO A CHRISTIAN.

I WAS AN ATHEIST.

I THOUGHT THAT

CHRISTIANITY WAS BASED ON

WISHFUL THINKING, ON

LEGEND, ON MYTHOLOGY, ON

MAKE-BELIEVE.

AND I DIDN'T WANT HER TO

TURN INTO SOME HOLY ROLLER

OR SOMETHING THAT I DIDN'T

MARRY.

I MARRIED THE ONE LESLIE.

IT WASN'T IN THE DEAL TO

CHANGE, YOU KNOW?

SO I THOUGHT, I'M JUST

GOING TO WALK OUT.

Reporter: BUT INSTEAD

OF WALKING OUT, HE

LAUNCHES AN INVESTIGATION.

THE CRUCIFIXION OF

JESUS IS ONE OF THE BEST

TESTED EVENTS IN THE

ANCIENT WORLD.

THERE IS NO HISTORICAL

EVIDENCE OF ANYONE,

ANYWHERE EVER SURVIVING A

FULL CRUCIFIXION.

IF YOU WILL, THE FINAL

NAIL IN THE COURT.

WHEN THE SOLDIERS

THRUST THEIR SPIRIT

BETWEEN JESUS' RIBS, DO

YOU KNOW WHAT CAME OUT?

BLOOD AND WATER.

THAT IS A DESCRIPTION OF

PERIOCARDIO SITUATION.

IT IS NOT A SITUATION THAT

ANYONE COULD FAKE.

Efrem: BUT BEYOND

MEDICINE AND SCIENCE, IT

IS THE HEART OF LEE'S WIFE

THAT LEADS HIM TO THE

ANSWERS HE NEEDS.

SHE REFUSED TO STOP

PRAYING NOTHING HER

HUSBAND FOUND THE GOD SHE

HAD.

THERE REALLY WAS THE

POSITIVE CHANGES IN HER

CHARACTER AND VALUES THAT

I FOUND WINSOME AND

ATTRACTIVE OVER TIME.

THERE USED TO BE IN THE

PREVIOUS GENERATIONS, AP

APOLOGETICS WAS ABOUT

PUTTING PEOPLE UP AGAINST

A WALL AND MACHINE GUNNING

THEM.

THAT DOESN'T WORK ANYMORE.

IT IS ABOUT CONVERSATION

AND DIALOGUE AND RELATING

TO EACH OTHER.

THE LOVE STORY THAT WAS

AT THE HEART OF THIS MOVIE

IS WHAT REALLY DREW ME TO

IT.

IT WAS TAKING AN HONEST

APPROACH TO FAITH, BUT THE

EMOTIONAL STAKES ARE

EMBEDDED IN A HUSBAND AND

WIFE WHO ARE SEPARATED BY

HER BELIEF AND ULTIMATELY

BROUGHT BACK TOGETHER AS

HE FINDS A COMMON BELIEF.

Efrem: THIS IS A LOVE

STORY THAT RAISES THE HARD

QUESTION.

IF THE RESURRECTION OF

JESUS DIDN'T HAPPEN...

Efrem: WITHOUT FEAR

OF THE ANSWER.

EFREM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS,

ATLANTA.

Jessica: UP NEXT, HE

IS IN A CHURCH TO ONE OF

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL

COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD.

SO WHY IS IT SO RESISTANT

TO THE GOSPEL?

WE'LL EXPLAIN RIGHT AFTER

THIS.

Jessica: IT'S BEEN

CALLED THE MOST GODLESS

COUNTRY IN EUROPE, AND A

PREACHER'S GRAVEYARD.

I'M TALKING ABOUT ICELAND.

THE ROCKY ISLAND THAT SITS

IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC

OCEAN.

THE NATION HAS ABOUT

300,000 INHABITANTS, BUT

ONLY FIVE HEALTHY

CHURCHES.

STRANGER STILL, IT CLAIMS

THAT MOST OF ITS CITIZENS

ARE CHRISTIAN.

RECENTLY I SPOKE WITH

CHURCH PLANTER AND PASTOR

GUNNER GUNNERSON ABOUT

THIS CONTRADICTION AND THE

LIFE OF THE CHURCH IN

ICELAND.

HOW CAN A NATION THAT

CLAIMS 85% OF ITS

INHABITANTS ARE CHRISTIAN

ALSO BE THE SIXTH MOST

EIGHTATHEISTIC NATION?

IT SOUNDS LIKE A

CONTRADICTION IN TERMS.

BASICALLY IT DATES BACK

TO WHEN A CHILD WAS BORN,

BY DEFAULT THEY WERE

CHRISTIAN.

THEY WOULD AUTOMATICALLY

BE REGISTERED AT BIRTH TO

THE STATE CHURCH.

SO THAT NUMBER, 85%, IS

QUITE HIGH.

IT IS BECAUSE THEY WERE

BORN INTO IT AND SORT OF

LOOKED AT AS CHRISTIAN BY

DEFAULT.

SO A LOT OF NOMINAL SORT

OF CHRISTIANITY OVER HERE.

Jessica: A FORMER

MINISTER SAID ICELAND IS A

PREACHER'S GRAVEYARD.

THOSE ARE STRONG WORDS.

WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO

SPREAD THE GOSPEL THERE?

IT IS A BEAUTIFUL

GRAVEYARD AND A BEAUTIFUL

PLACE AND A BEAUTIFUL

PLACE TO LIVE, BUT IT IS

JUST THE APATHY.

WHEN MISSIONS TEAMS HAVE

COME OVER HERE AND I'VE

ASKED FOR FEEDBACK, IT IS

NOT REALLY HOSTILITY

TOWARDS THE GOSPEL, BUT

RATHER JUST APATHY.

SORT OF THE RELATIVEISTIC

KIND OF THINKING WHERE

THAT WORKS FOR YOU, BUT I

DON'T NEED JESUS.

AND THEY'VE REJECTED JESUS

WITHOUT REALLY KNOWING WHO

HE IS.

Jessica: IN THIS

CULTURE, WHAT IS THE BEST

WAY TO WIN PEOPLE TO

CHRIST?

I KNOW THAT CAN BE A

CHALLENGE.

IF I'M SUPPOSED TO BE

AN EXPERT ON THE ISSUE,

WE'RE IN A SAD STATE

BECAUSE WE'RE GOING

THROUGH TRIAL AND ERROR

RIGHT NOW.

SO WE'VE GOT A REALLY

ARTISTIC CULTURE, AND

WE'RE TRYING TO USE THE

ARTS FOR THE GLORY OF GOD

AND TO SHARE THE GOSPEL.

WE ARE REALIZING MORE AND

MORE THAT THE TRADITIONAL

WAY OF EVANGELIZING, WE'VE

BEEN DOING THAT A LOT OF

YEARS.

WE REALIZED WE HAVE SPENT

A LOT OF MONEY BRINGING

THESE GROUPS OVER

SHORT-TERM, AND WHEN WE

LOOK BACK, I DON'T THINK

WE HAD A SINGLE PERSON

COME TO CHURCH BECAUSE OF

THAT EFFORT.

Jessica: HOW HAS YOUR

CHURCH GROWN OVER THE PAST

FEW YEARS USING THESE NEW

TECHNIQUES?

WE KIND OF REVAMPED OUR

STRATEGY FOR EVANGELIZING,

MAINLY FOCUSING ON THE

LOCALS OVER HERE TO EQUIP

THEM FOR THE WORK OF THE

MINISTRY.

IT SEEMS EVERYONE IN OUR

CHURCH THAT WE HAVE RIGHT

NOW IS BECAUSE THE PEOPLE

HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL IN

THEIR DAILY LIVES, TELLING

THEIR FRIENDS ABOUT THE

GOSPEL.

AND HAVING OPEN

CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE

DOUBTS.

WE HAVE A SMALL GROUP THAT

WE SORT OF TELL PEOPLE IT

IS KIND OF DOUBT NIGHT,

AND YOU'RE WELCOMED TO

COME OVER AND ASK

QUESTIONS.

WE STILL HAVE ATHEISTS WHO

COME REGULARLY IN SMALL

GROUPS, AND THEY'RE STILL

NOT SWITCHING TEAMS.

I ASK THEM ALMOST EVERY

SUNDAY, ARE YOU READY TO

SWITCH TEAMS AND CONFESS

CHRIST AS LORD, AND THAT'S

SOMETHING GOD IS DOING.

WE'RE DEFINITELY NOT A

MEGA CHURCH.

WE'RE NOT LIKE A FEW

THOUSAND PEOPLE OVER HERE.

WE'RE LIKE 50 ON A SUNDAY.

SO IT IS NOT A MEGA

CHURCH, BUT GOD IS DOING A

WORK, AND IN A COUNTRY

WHERE A LOT OF CHURCHES

ARE NOT AT THIS NUMBER

THAT WE ARE AT, IT'S

DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT

WE MARVEL AT AND WE HOPE

AND PRAY THAT GOD WILL

CONTINUE TO DO HIS WORK.

AND SO WE'RE SEEING SOME

PEOPLE COME TO FAITH, BUT

WE'RE PLOWING AWAY, AND

WE'RE HOPING THAT OUR

CHILDREN AND OUR

GRANDCHILDREN WILL BE ABLE

TO REAP SOME OF THE SEEDS

THAT WE'VE SOWN.

AND WE ARE GOING TO BE

FAITHFUL -- NO MATTER WHAT

WE SEE WITH OUR EYES,

WE'RE GOING TO BE

FAITHFULLY PLOWING THE

GROUND AND PLANTING THE

GOSPEL AND STANDING ON THE

TRUTHS OF GOD AND

DELIVERING IT WITH GRACE

AS WE SEE CHRIST HIMSELF

DID.

Jessica: GUNNER HAS

MADE A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT

CHURCH-PLANTING IN

ICELAND.

YOU CAN FIND IT AT OUR

WEBSITE, cbn.com.WE'LL

BE RIGHT BACK.

Jessica: FOR DECADES,

THE TERM "GENERATION GAP"

HAS BEEN USED TO DEFINE

HOW YOUNGER PEOPLE SEE THE

WORLD COMPARED TO THOSE OF

THEIR PARENTS.

THOSE DIFFERENCES RANGE

FROM CULTURE TO POLITICS

TO RELATIONSHIPS, AND AS

WE FOUND, IT ALSO APPLIES

TO THE NATION OF ISRAEL.

AS CHRIS MITCHELL SHOWS

US, THAT'S WHY ONE

MINISTRY IS INTRODUCING

MILLENNIAL PASTORS TO THE

LAND OF THE BIBLE.

Chris: IN THEIR FIRST

VISIT TO ISRAEL, THESE

YOUNG PASTORS WILL GET A

SPECIAL LOOK AT THE

COUNTRY AND ITS HISTORY.

WE NEED TO REPRESENT

ISRAEL IN A FRESH LENS, IN

A NEW WAY, AND TO

CULTIVATE THAT HEART.

THAT'S WHY TRIPS LIKE THIS

ARE REALLY IMPORTANT.

ROBERT STERNS BELIEVES

ISRAEL IS TOO OFTEN

PORTRAYED AS A VILLAIN BY

MEDIA, AND BY MOVEMENTS

THAT CALLS FOR B.D.S.

TOO OFTEN IN A NARROW

FIRST-GLANCE LOOK, ISRAEL

CAN BE PAINTED AS THE

GOLIATH AND THE

PALESTINIANS AT THE DAVID.

SO IT IS VITAL TO COME

HERE AND UNDERSTAND THE

REALITIES ON THE GROUND.

Chris: THOSE

REALITIES INCLUDE SEEING

ISRAEL BEYOND THE

HEADLINES AND OTHER NOISE.

SO MANY PEOPLE IN MY

GENERATION ARE, I DON'T

KNOW WHAT TO BELIEVE

ANYMORE.

I'M GOING TO HAVE TO SEE

IT IN ORDER TO REALLY TO

BELIEVE IT.

SO TO COME HERE, YOU SEE

THE TRUTH.

YOU CONNECT WITH PEOPLE

AND TALK WITH PEOPLE, AND

YOU REALLY DO FIND OUT

WHAT IS ACTUALLY GOING ON

HERE.

Chris: SOME FELT AS

MILLENNIALS THEY NEEDED TO

HEAR THE JEWISH SIDE OF

THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN

CONFLICT.

TAKING THE JOURNEY OF

THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND

WALKING THAT WITH THEM,

AND THEN BE ABLE TO SAY, I

STAND WITH ISRAEL.

AFTER SEEING THEIR

JOURNEY, THERE IS NO OTHER

SIDE TO STAND ON.

Chris: THIS RABBI,

ONE OF AMERICA'S LEADING

YOUNG RABBIS, JOINED THIS

GROUP OF EVANGELICAL

PASTORS.

I THINK THAT THEY GET

IT.

AND I THINK THE MORE THE

JEWS REALIZE THAT THEY

HAVE BROTHERS AND FRIENDS

IN THE EVANGELICAL WORLD,

AND PARTICULARLY WITH THE

EMERGING GENERATION OF

MILLENNIALS, I THINK THE

GREATER THE CHANCES OF THE

SUCCESS OF THE STATE OF

ISRAEL AND FOR THE COMING

OF THE MESSIAH.

Chris: MANY FELT IT

WAS TIME TO MAKE THE TRIP

TO ISRAEL.

I WOULD CHALLENGE

EVERYONE TO DO WHATEVER IT

IS, WHATEVER SACRIFICE

THEY HAVE TO MAKE,

WHATEVER THEY HAVE TO SET

ASIDE TO MAKE THIS TRIP,

BECAUSE IT IS

LIFE-CHANGING.

FOR ME, IT HAS

COMPLETELY OPENED UP MY

EYES TO GOD'S PLAN FOR

THIS LAND, GOD'S PLAN FOR

THE JEWISH PEOPLE, GOD'S

PLAN FOR CHRISTIANS AND

THIS PARTNERSHIP THAT HAS

STARTED TO COME TOGETHER,

WHICH HAS HISTORY IN THE

MAKING.

Chris: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Jessica: KNAC THANK YOU

FOR JOINING US THIS WEEK.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, GOOD-BYE

AND GOD BLESS YOU.

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