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Studio 5: Elevation Gray

Enjoy an unplugged conversation with pastor, comedian and singer John Gray. We visit Fandango for a look at the summer box office offerings. And Elevation Worship offers an inside look at the stories behind their powerful music. Read Transcript


Efrem: SECONDS AWAY

ON "STUDIO 5"...

LORD, MY WIFE IS TRYING

TO MAKE ME HEALTHY, AND I

DON'T APPRECIATE IT.

Efrem: PASTOR AND

COMEDIAN JOHN GRAY,

"UNPLUGGED."

I'M FEELING THE HOLY

GHOST ON THE STUDIO FLOOR.

SINCE YOU DON'T HAVE A

JOB, I JUST WANTED TO

HELP.

Efrem: SUMMER HEAT,

AND SHE'S ON THE BIG

SCREEN.

> PLUS...A HEAVENLY

LIFTOFF.

*

Efrem: WITH THE

SOUNDS OF "ELEVATION

WORSHIP" IN "STUDIO 5,"

STARTING NOW.

*

Efrem: AND WELCOME TO

"STUDIO 5," YOUR WEEKLY

COUNTDOWN OF THE FIVE BEST

HEADLINES IN UPLIFTING

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS.

WE BEGIN NOW WITH THE

FIRST ONE.

AT NUMBER FIVE THIS WEEK,

A SURPRISING HEADLINE FROM

RAPPER SNOOP DOGG.

I'M WORKING ON A GOSPEL

ALBUM RIGHT NOW.

TIME OUT!

COME ON!

WAIT!

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO

WORK ON A GOSPEL ALBUM?

IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON

MY HEART, MAN.

I JUST NEVER GOT AROUND TO

IT BECAUSE I ALWAYS BE

DOING GANGSTER BUSINESS OR

DOING THIS AND THAT.

BUT I FELT LIKE IT HAS

BEEN ON MY HEART TOO LONG.

I NEED TO DO IT NOW.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FOUR...NBC'S RED NOSE DAY.

SE STEP BY STEP.

THE FIRST STEP WAS HARD

BECAUSE YOU'RE HORRIFIED.

THEY TEAMED UP TO

DELIVER VACCINES.

Efrem: IT IS THE

ALL-STAR SPECIAL NIGHT OF

TELEVISION TO RAISE MONEY

FOR CHARITIES LIKE

"FEEDING AMERICA," "THE

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB," AND

MORE.

THE INCREDIBLE THING

ABOUT BEING INVITED TO RED

NOSE DAY AGAIN IS COMING

BACK AND LOOKING AT THE

STATISTICS, YOU SEE HOW

AFFECTIVE THIS IS.

Efrem: THAT'S NUMBER

FIVE AND NUMBER FOUR IN

THE COUNTDOWN.

HANG WITH US, THEY'LL GET

EVEN BIGGER AND BETTER AS

WE GO.

AND SPEAKING OF BETTER,

THIS WEEK'S "STUDIO 5"

INTERVIEW IS A SINGER, A

COMEDIAN, A PASTOR, A

REALITY SHOW STAR, BUT

FIRST AND FOREMOST, HE IS

A HUSBAND AND FATHER.

HOLD ON TO YOUR SEATS AND

GET READY TO LAUGH.

WE'RE SITTING DOWN WITH

JOHN GRAY.

I DIDN'T KNOW YOU

WEREN'T TAKING YOUR

MEDICINE.

IT WAS MAKING ME SICK.

I HAVE A PROBLEM.

YOU'LL HAVE TO EXCUSE ME,

BUT THAT'S NOT OKAY.

THAT'S NO WHAT WE DOING

HERE.

ANYMORE THAN I CAN STOP

TAKING INSULIN AND DECIDE

ONE DAY TO BE IN A COMA

WHEN YOU WALK IN, AND FIND

OUT I HAVEN'T BEEN TAKING

THE INSULIN FOR A MONTH.

Efrem: THE BOOK OF

JOHN GRAY IS A VERY OPEN

BOOK.

WHY OPEN YOUR LIFE UP AND

SHARE THIS WAY?

I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT

TO BE TRANSPARENT BECAUSE

THAT'S HOW I BELIEVE

PEOPLE ARE GOING TO COME

INTO THE KNOWLEDGE OF

JESUS.

THE SHOW WAS A VEHICLE TO

SHOW THE INTERSECTION OF

FAITH AND HUMANITY.

I WANTED PEOPLE TO SEE AN

ACCURATE PICTURE.

BUT EVERYTHING DOESN'T GO

WELL JUST BECAUSE YOU

BELIEVE IN JESUS.

IN FACT, IT DOESN'T

ANESTHETIZE YOU TO PAIN.

IT IS JUST A FILTER

THROUGH WHICH YOU PROCESS

YOUR PAIN.

BIBLICAL TRUTH DOES NOT

MEAN YOU WON'T HAVE

EARTHLY PROBLEMS.

UNFORTUNATELY, SOME

ASPECTS OF CHRISTIAN

THOUGHT SAY, ONCE YOU GET

SAVED, EVERYTHING IS

MAGICAL AND THE DEVIL

DOESN'T MESS WITH YOU.

AND THAT'S NOT THE TRUTH.

IN FACT, IT IS LET ME TRY

THEM AND SEE HOW STRONG

THEIR FAITH IT.

MY WIFE AND I MADE A

PROMISE TO ONE ANOTHER: IF

WE'RE GOING TO DO THIS

SHOW, THEY'RE GOING TO SEE

THE FLAWS AND THE WARTS

AND THE TRIUMPHS.

Efrem: OPRAH WINFREY

ASKED YOU THIS QUESTION:

YOU ARE THE FIRST BLACK

PASTOR AT THE LARGEST

CHURCH IN THE COUNTRY,

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU

THAT ONE OF THE MOST

INFLUENTIAL RELIGIOUS

LEADERS OF OUR TIME, JOEL

OSTEEN, SHARES THAT

PLATFORM WITH YOU?

FIRST OF ALL, I'M

HONORED.

THAT'S NUMBER ONE.

NUMBER TWO, I KNOW THERE

WERE OTHER MINISTERS WHO

ARE AFRICAN-AMERICAN THAT

WERE THERE.

I THINK IT IS SIGNIFICANT

BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT IN

A SOCIETY THAT IS NOT

POST-RACIAL TO SEE IN THE

BODY OF CHRIST UNITY.

AND PASTOR JOEL HAS A VERY

BROAD AUDIENCE.

AND FOR HIM TO TRUST ME

WITH THAT PLATFORM MEANS

HE KNOWS I CAN ALSO REACH

A LARGE PORTION OF THAT

AUDIENCE.

I'VE ALWAYS HAD A HEART

FOR RECONCILIATION.

I FIND IT DISHEARTENING

THAT STILL WHAT DR. KING

SAID MANY YEARS AGO IS

STILL TRUE.

SUNDAY MORNING IS THE MOST

SEGREGATED HOUR.

THE LAST TIME I CHECKED,

WE DON'T HAVE A BLACK

JESUS AND A WHITE JESUS

AND A MEXICAN JESUS, JUST

ONE JESUS.

AND WE BETTER LEARN HOW TO

CONNECT AND WORSHIP DOWN

HERE.

I'M CERTAIN I'M THE FIRST

BLACK MEN THAT SOM SOME PEOPLE

HAVE HUGGED.

AND THAT MEANS SOMETHING.

MANY PEOPLE LOOK TO MEDIA

TO FRAME THEIR IDEAS.

Efrem: IN DALLAS A

FEW WEEKS AGO, WE SAW

ANOTHER HEADLINE OF A

POLICE OFFICER KILLING AN

UNARMED BLACK TEENAGER.

NOW TO TEXAS WHERE A

POLICE OFFICER WAS FIRED

AND COULD FACE CHARGES FOR

THE FATAL SHOOTING OF A

15-YEAR-OLD, WHO WAS IN A

CAR FULL OF TEENAGERS.

BOTH OF JORDAN'S OLDER

BROTHERS WERE IN THAT CAR

WHEN HE WAS SHOT AND

KILLED.

THE OFFICER RESPONSIBLE

HAS BEEN FIRED.

OVERNIGHT OFFICER ROY

OLIVER WAS FIRED.

THE DEPARTMENT SAID HE

VIOLATED DEPARTMENT

POLICIES WHEN SHOOTING AND

KILLING 15-YEAR-OLD HONOR

STUDENT JORDAN EDWARDS.

Efrem: WHAT DID THAT

NEWS DO TO YOU AS NOT ONLY

A BLACK MAN, BUT THE

FATHER OF A YOUNG BOY?

IT BREAKS MY HEART AND

IT GIVES ME PAUSE.

BECAUSE FOR A MAN LIKE ME,

WHO HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE

TO BUILDING BRIDGES, I

REALIZE SOMETIMES IT

DOESN'T MATTER WHAT I DO

BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT GOING

TO REACH EVERYBODY.

EVEN NOW MY WIFE AND I ARE

TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW

TO TALK TO OUR SON ABOUT

WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE EVER

PULLED OVER.

SAY THIS, DO THIS, KEEP

YOUR HANDS ON THE WHEEL --

AFTER WE FINISHED, I SAID,,

HE COULD DO ALL OF THAT

AND STILL NOT MAKE IT

HOME.

WE'RE NOT DEALING WITH

HUMANITY.

WE'RE DEALING WITH A

SPIRIT.

THERE IS A SPIRIT OVER

THIS NATION.

IT STARTED AT THE

FOUNDATION OF THE NATION.

NOBODY WANTS TO ADDRESS

THE SPIRITUAL ROOT.

THERE ARE STRONGHOLDS AND

SPIRITS OVER REGIONS.

SO WHAT KIND OF HUMANITY

HAS TO BE ABSENT FOR YOU

TO SHOOT INTO A CAR THAT

IS DRIVING AWAY FROM YOU,

NOT ATTEMPTING TO HARM

YOU, WHEN IF THAT CAR HAD

BEEN FILLED WITH SAY FOUR

BLONDE-HAIRED GIRLS, YOU

WOULD SHOOT THE TIRES

INSTEAD OF INTO THE

WINDOW.

YOU UNDERSTAND?

THAT COMES FROM A SPIRIT.

AND I'M SURE THAT THE

GENTLEMAN WHO SHOT THAT

BOY WILL TELL YOU, I DON'T

KNOW WHAT CAME OVER ME.

* I DON' DON'T HOW YOU ENDURE

THE SHAME *

* BUT I KNOW THE BLOOD IS

REAL *

Efrem: YOU WERE THE

CHURCH CHOIR DIRECTOR AT

AGE SEVEN, I THINK.

AND YOU ALSO SANG WITH

KIRK FRANKLIN MANY YEARS

AGO.

ARE YOU DOING MUCH SINGING

NOW PROFESSIONALLY?

I AM.

I JUST FINISHED MY RECORD

AND IT WILL BE OUT IN THE

FALL.

I DID A LIVE RECORDING

LAST YEAR AT LAKEWOOD, AND

WE HAD 13,000 PEOPLE SHOW

UP FOR THIS LIVE

RECORDING.

AND PEOPLE DIDN'T EVEN

KNOW I SANG.

I KIND OF HAVE KEPT THAT

DORMANT, BUT SINGING WAS

MY FIRST LOVE.

I GREW UP IN A LITTLE

BAPTIST CHURCH IN

CINCINNATI.

AND THERE WASN'T NO PRAISE

AND WORSHIP TEAM WITH TINY

JAMES, AND EVERYBODY HAS A

HEAD PACK.

IT WAS SEVEN GROWN MEN

SINGING NIGH "PASS ME NOT OVER,

GENTLE SAVIOR."

* WHY THOU ART CALLING

* DO NOT PASS ME BY

THOSE ARE THE SONGS

THAT SPEAK TO ME NOW.

I'M OFFICIALLY A GROWN MAN

BECAUSE THOSE SONGS I

DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THEN, I

UNDERSTAND THEM NOW AND

THEY MEAN SOMETHING.

DON'T SING NOTHING TO ME

THAT YOU HAVEN'T LIVED.

YOU CANNOT SING A SONG YOU

HAVE NOT LIVED.

AND SO I'VE LIVED SOME

THINGS, SO I PUT IT ON A

RECORD, AND WE'LL SEE WHAT

GOD DOES WITH IT.

Efrem: IF YOU'RE

LOOKING FOR MORE OF JOHN

GRAY, YOU CAN CATCH HIM AT

LAKEWOOD CHURCH, BUT YOU

CAN ALSO CATCH "THE BOOK

OF JOHN GRAY" SATURDAYS AT

10 p.m. EARN ON THE OWN

NETWORK.

> AND STILL AHEAD HERE

ON "STUDIO 5"...WE'RE

SAMPLING THE HEAT AT THIS

SUMMER'S BOX OFFICE.

Efrem: AND WELCOME

BACK TO "STUDIO 5."

WE'RE ABOUT TO RUN DOWN

THE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS

YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK OUT

WHEN THEY HIT THEATERS.

FIRST, HERE IS NUMBER

THREE AND NUMBER TWO IN

THE COUNTDOWN OF UPLIFTING

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

HEADLINES.

AT NUMBER THREE...

*

Efrem: HIP-HOP'S

NICKI MINAJ IS MAKING

HEADLINES FOR GENEROSITY,

SECRETLY DONATING MONEY TO

A SMALL VILLAGE IN INDIA

FOR YEARS.

"THE MONEY I'VE SENT TO

INDIA FOR THE PAST COUPLE

OF YEARS VIA MY PASTOR HAS

GOTTEN THEM A COMPUTER

CENTER, A TAILERING

INSTITUTE, AND TWO WATER

WELLS."

AND JUST TWO WEEKS

EARLIER --

NICKI MINAJ IS SENDING

KIDS TO COLLEGE.

OVER THE WEEKEND, SOMEONE

SENT HER A TWEET, JOKING

AND SAYING, YOU WANT TO

PAY FOR MY TUITION.

AND NIKKI WROTE BACK, SHOW

ME STRAIGHT "A"s, AND I

WILL PAY FOR IT.

AND SHE IS ACTUALLY

PAYING.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

TWO...

* WITH OR WITHOUT YOU

Efrem: ROCK LEGEND

BONO THINKS CHRISTIAN

MUSIC NEEDS MORE HONEST.

YouTube'S FRON WHAT WOULD BE ONE GOOD

THING THAT THEY WOULD

DISCOVER IN THE SONG WHO

ARE NOT CHRISTIAN.

PSALM 82 IS A GOOD

START: DEFEND THE RIGHTS

OF THE POOR.

DEFEND THE NEEDY AND

HELPLESS.

Efrem: SUMMER IS UPON

US, AND THERE ARE A LOT OF

GREAT FILMS HEADING TO THE

BOX OFFICE.

ALICIA JOINS US IN "STUDIO

5" WITH A PREVIEW OF WHAT

WE CAN EXPECT.

SO WHAT DO YOU THINK THE

BIGGEST MOVIE THIS SUMMER

WILL BE?

ONE OF THE BIGGEST ONES

IS GOING TO BE "PIRATES OF

THE CARRIBEAN."

I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE JOHNNY

DEPP BACK AS CAPTAIN JACK

SPARROW.

IT REALLY DOES DELIVER ON

THE ACTION.

HE TOOK EVERYTHING FROM

ME.

IT'S BEEN SIX YEARS FROM

THE PREVIOUS FILM, AND IT

IS GOOD TO SEE THEM BACK

TOGETHER.

AND "SPIDERMAN:

HOMECOMING" IS GOING TO BE

HUGE.

IT IS PLAYED BY TOM

POLAND, AND HE IS A

YOUNGER GUY.

AND NOW HE HAS TO GO BACK

TO SCHOOL.

AND IT IS ABOUT THE

CONTRAST OF BEING A

TEENAGED SUPER HERO.

AND I PERSONALLY CAN'T

WAIT FOR "WONDER WOMAN."

I THINK IT IS SO

EMPOWERING FOR YOUNG GIRLS

TO HAVE A HERO TO LOOK TO.

SHE GETS HER OWN ORIGIN

STORY WITH CHRIS PINE AS

WELL.

AND THE COOL THING IS THE

TICKETS ARE ON SALE, AND

YOU CAN GET ONE OF THESE

COOL GIFT CARDS WITH

WONDER WOMAN.

Efrem: WHAT FILM DO

YOU THINK WILL MAKE US

LAUGH THE HARDEST THIS

SUMMER?

I THINK BAYWATCH.

IT MAKES A LOT OF FUN OF

THE TV SHOW, THE

SLOW-MOTION RUNNING.

WITH DWAYNE THE ROCK

JOHNSON PLAYING THE ROLE

THAT DAVID HASSELHOFF MADE

FAMOUS.

I LOVE THE IDEA IT IS

MAKING FUN OF IT AND

PAYING HOMAGE AND BEING

KIND TO THE SERIES AS

WELL.

IT WAS KIND OF BUILT INTO

OUR POP CULTURE WHEN WE

WERE YOUNG.

AND YOU HAVE ZAC EPHRON

PLAYING THE RIVAL, AND

THOSE TWO ARE SO FUNNY

GOING BACK AND FORTH.

WHY ARE WE IN THE

MORGUE?

NOW WE HIDE.

>[WHISPERING]

THAT'S IT, I'M OUT!

Efrem: SO WHAT DO YOU

THINK ABOUT MAYBE A TOP

DATE-NIGHT PICK?

I'M GOING TO GO FOR ONE

THAT IS A LITTLE BIT OF A

SMALLER FILM, WELL WORTH

WATCHING, CALLED "BABY

DRIVER."

THIS IS ABOUT A GET-AWAY

HEIST DRIVER.

AND HE HAS A ROMANCE WHICH

SORT OF BRINGS HIM OUT OF

THE CRIME WORLD. THE

GREAT THING IS ALL OF THE

ACTION IS CO CHOREOGRAPHED TO

MUSIC.

AND SO IT IS ALMOST LIKE

WATCHING A MUSICAL.

ARE YOU JUST STARTING

YOUR DAY OR DID YOU JUST

GET OFF?

[INAUDIBLE]

SO WHAT IS IT YOU DO?

I'M A DRIVER.

OH, LIKE A CHAUFFEUR?

ANYONE I'D KNOW?

I HOPE NOT.

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

BABY.

YOUR NAME IS BABY,

B-A-B-Y.

Reporter: I'VE SEEN

THIS TWICE, AND IT IS

FUNNY AND YOU'VE GOT THE

GREAT LOVE STORY.

Efrem: I LOVE THAT,

YOU'VE ALREADY SEEN IT

TWICE AND IT'S NOT OUT FOR

US YET.

Efrem: WE'RE JUST AT

THE START OF THE SUMMER

SEASON.

WHICH MOVIES DO YOU THINK

WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT

COME AWARDS SEASON?

A MOVIE CALLED "DUNKIRK

"DUNKIRK."

THIS IS A WORLD WAR II

STORY ABOUT THE REAL

BATTLE OF DUNKIRK.

THE DIRECTOR WAS BEHIND

"INCEPTION."

THE MOVIE, YOU'LL WANT TO

SEE IT ON iMAX.

IN IT IS CREDIBLE TO

WATCH.

AND HARRY STYLES, FROM ONE

DIRECTION, IS IN HIS

FEATURE FILM DEBUT.

I THINK THIS MOVIE COULD

BE AN OSCAR CONTENDER COME

NEXT YEAR.

Efrem: THAT IS

BEAUTIFUL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

GIVING US A WRAP OF WHAT

TO EXPECT.

MUCH APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

BYE.

Efrem: BYE-BYE.

> AND UP NEXT ON "STUDIO

5"...GET READY FOR

LIFTOFF.

* YOU'RE AMAZING

*

Efrem: WITH THE SOUND

OF "ELEVATION WORSHIP."

Efrem: AND WELCOME

BACK TO "STUDIO 5."

THE WAIT IS NOW OVER.

IT IS TIME TO TAKE A LOOK

AT THIS WEEK'S NUMBER ONE

IN OUR LOOK AT UPLIFTING

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

HEADLINES.

AT NUMBER ONE THIS WEEK...

*

Efrem: GET READY FOR

NEW MUSIC FROM HILLSONG

UNITED.

YOUR HUSBAND HAS SAID FROM

THE BIRTH OF HILLSONG, HE

ALWAYS WANTED MUSIC TO BE

A BIG PART OF THAT.

SO NOW THAT I SIT DOWN

WITH YOU, WAS THAT ALWAYS

AT YOUR HEART, TOO?

WELL, HE MAY HAVE

APPROACHED IT BEFORE ME.

I WAS PROBABLY JUST, LIKE,

VERY YOUNG AND NAIVE AND

MANAGING A YOUNG FAMILY.

MANY YEARS AGO, SOMEONE

PROPHESIED AND SAID OVER

YOUR SONGS, ANGELS WILL

HOVER OVER THEIR HEADS AND

SING THE SONGS TO HEAVEN.

*

Efrem: THE NEW ALBUM,

TITLED "WONDER," WILL

FEATURE SONGS THAT ASK:

HAVE WE LOST THE WONDER?

IT IS SET TO BE RELEASED

JUNE 9th.

> AND WELCOME BACK TO

THE SHOW.

HE IS MAKING ALL THINGS

NEW.

IT IS AN OLD SONG, BUT ONE

OF MY FAVORITES FROM

"ELEVATION WORSHIP."

THE BAND HAS A COMMISSION

TO SEE PEOPLE FAR FROM

CHRIST RAISED TO LIFE IN

CHRIST.

AND THEIR MUSIC IS WHAT IS

PLAYING IN MY EAR.

*

*

ONE OF OUR GOALS IN

WRITING MUSIC FOR WORSHIP

MUSIC IS TO BE AS HONEST

AND VULNERABLE AS

POSSIBLE.

AND I THINK WHAT THAT DOES

IS HELPS BREAK DOWN

BARRIERS, ONE, MAYBE FROM

US ON A PLATFORM TO

CONGREGATIONS.

BUT MAYBE EVEN MORE SO,

PEOPLE ARE READING THE

WORDS EVERY SINGLE WEEK

AND THEY FEEL LIKE LEADERS

OF THIS CHURCH UNDERSTAND

STRUGGLE.

WE UNDERSTAND VALUES.

WE UNDERSTAND PAIN OR

TRIALS.

AS PEOPLE SING THESE SONGS

AND HEAR THESE SONGS OR BY

LISTENING TO THESE SONGS

IN THEIR CAR, THAT IT CAN

IMPACT THEM IN A WAY -- WE

MAY HAVE WRITTEN IN A

SPECIFIC, UNIQUE PLACE FOR

US, BUT HOPEFULLY IT

CROSSES A BARRIER AND

TOUCHES THEM WHERE THEY

ARE AND SPEAKS TO A

SPECIFIC SITUATION.

* YOU ARE AMAZING, LORD

*

YOU ARE MAKING ALL THINGS

NEW *

Efrem: TELL ME ABOUT

THE WRITING PROCESS FOR

YOU.

ONE OF THE VIDEOS I'VE

ENJOYED IS WATCHING YOU

STRUGGLE AND WRESTLE WITH

LYRICS.

AND IT INVOLVES YOUR

PASTOR.

FOR US, LYRICS IS,

LIKE, A REALLY, REALLY

IMPORTANT THING.

IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO

OUR PASTOR.

AND OUR PASTOR IS A GREAT

SONGWRITER.

HE IS LEADING THE WAY IN A

LOT OF SONGS.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT

HAS BEEN HELPFUL THE MORE

HE HAS GOTTEN INVOLVED, HE

IS SUCH A GREAT

COMMUNICATOR.

HE IS A COMMUNICATOR WITH

WORDS AND BOOKS AND HIS

MESSAGES.

THAT REALLY TRANSLATES

EVEN INTO, LIKE, LYRIC

MESSAGES.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERY

SINGLE WORD COUNTS.

AND EVERY WORD IS

INTENTIONAL AND ON POINT

AND SERVES A PURPOSE.

Efrem: ONE OF THE

THINGS I WITNESSED COMING

FROM YOUR CHURCH, YOUR

PASTOR LEADING THE CHARGE,

IS WHEN WE SAW VIOLENCE ON

THE STREETS OF CHARLOTTE,

NORTH CAROLINA, ERUPT, HE

REALLY LEAD THE WAY FOR

THE CONGREGATION TO

ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF RACE

IN THE MUSIC, IN THE

SERMON, IN THE WORSHIP.

TAKE ME TO WHAT WAS

HAPPENING INSIDE.

WHAT STANDS OUT FOR YOU

GUYS IN ADDRESSING THAT

CHURCH?

YEAH.

I MEAN, IT'S SOMETHING

THAT HE HAS NEVER SHYED

AWAY FROM.

AND I THINK IT JUST COMES

FROM A PLACE OF, HEY, I

DON'T -- PASTOR STEVENS, I

DON'T THINK WISHES TO EVER

HAVE A CHURCH THAT IS NOT

DIVERSE.

HIS GOAL IN ADDRESSING

RACE IN OUR NATION,

DIVISION IN OUR NATION, I

THINK HAS JUST BEEN TO

SAY, I SEE THE STRUGGLE.

Efrem: RIGHT.

AND I MAY NOT BE ABLE

TO IDENTIFY WITH IT

COMPLETELY, BUT I'M NOT

GOING TO IGNORE IT.

*

THAT IN AND OF ITSELF,

HE DOESN'T HAVE TO SAY THE

RIGHT THING POLITICALLY,

NECESSARILY, WHEN HE

STANDS UP IN FRONT OF THE

CONGREGATION.

BUT I THINK OUR CHURCH IS

A DIVERSE CHURCH, AND I

THINK ONE OF THE REASONS

IT HAS BEEN THAT WAY AND

IT IS GOING TO BE THAT WAY

IS HIS WILLINGNESS JUST TO

ADDRESS ISSUES.

* YOU ARE MAKING ALL

THINGS NEW *

*

*

Efrem: AND YOU CAN

CHECK OUT "ELEVATION

WORSHIP'S" LATEST PROJECT,

"THERE IS A CLOUD,"

WHEREVER MUSIC IS SOLD.

> STILL TO COME HERE ON

"STUDIO 5"...

*

Efrem: PREPARE FOR A

SOFTER SIDE OF OLD

SLEEPER'S FRONTMAN.

Efrem: WELCOME BACK.

WE'RE ALMOST OUT OF TIME

FOR THIS EDITION OF

"STUDI"STUDIO 5."

SO LET'S LOOK AHEAD TO

NEXT WEEK.

THIS IS A MASSIVE

CELEBRATION OF THE POWER

OF THE LOCAL CHURCH.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS

TOUR IS IT REALLY

CELEBRATES THE LOCAL

CHURCH.

THE AMAZING THING THAT I

LOVE ABOUT THE LOCAL

CHURCH IS, LIKE, WE WERE

JUST TALKING ABOUT THIS:

IT REALLY KEEPS YOU

GROUNDED.

Efrem: "STUDIO 5" IS

YOUR ALL-ACCESS PASS TO

THE "OUTCRY" TOUR.

* WHEN YOU MOVE THE

MOUNTAINS *

Efrem: HEAR THE MUSIC

AND THE MESSAGE BEHIND

THIS GROWING MOVEMENT.

AND THAT'S JUST ONE STORY

FROM NEXT WEEK'S RUNDOWN.

> AS FOR THE FINAL WORD

OF THIS EDITION OF "STUDIO

5," I'M GIVING THAT TO

MEIKA KENARD, THE FRONTMAN

FROM THE ROCK GROUP, OLD

SLEEPER.

DAVID IS THE GUY IN THE

BIBLE I RELATE TO THE

MOST.

HE HAS GIVEN EVERYTHING.

DOES THE WORST STUFF, JUST

THE WORST GUY.

BUT LOVES GOD FULL,

WHOLEHEARTEDLY.

AND IS ALWAYS IN A

CONSTANT BATTLE WITH

HIMSELF.

THAT IS ME.

I ALWAYS FEEL OUTNUMBERED,

AND I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE

BEING A CHRISTIAN IS AN

OUTNUMBERED FIGHT, WHERE

YOUR WEAPON IS LOVE AND

HOPE, AND YOU SPREAD IT NO

MATTER THE ODDS.

Efrem: A GREAT WORD

AND THE FINAL WORD FOR

THIS EDITION OF "STUDIO

5."

UNTIL NEXT TIME, REACH OUT

AND TOUCH ME AT EFREM

GRAHAM ON Facebook,

TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND

SNAPCHAT.

AND THEN YOU COME ON BACK

AND SEE WHERE "STUDIO 5"

TAKES YOU NEXT WEEK.

GOOD-BYE AND GOD BLESS

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