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CBN NewsWatch: July 26, 2017

On CBN Newswatch, July 26: Senate health bill clears key hurdle. What now?; Football players suffer 'shocking' brain damage: 'enormous public health concerns,' and more. Read Transcript


Efrem: AND THANK YOU

FOR JOINING US FOR CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

I'M EFREM GRAHAM.

IT WAS A LATE-NIGHT

SETBACK FOR SENATE

REPUBLICANS LOOKING TO

REPEAL AND REPLACE THE

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, AND

IT CAME JUST HOURS AFTER

THE G.O.P. SUCCEEDED IN

GETTING THE VOTES TO BEGIN

DEBATE.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON BRINGS

US THIS STORY FROM

WASHINGTON.

Reporter: SENATE

MAJORITY LEADER MITCHELL

McCONNELL NARROWLY WON

THE TENSE BATTLE ON

BRINGING HEALTH CARE UP

FOR DEBATE ON THE SENATE

FLOOR SO A NEW HEALTH CARE

BILL CAN FINALLY BE

DISCUSSED AND AMENDED.

BUT THE WAR OVER PASSING

THE AMENDMENT TO REPEAL

AND REPLACE OBAMACARE

RAGES ON.

THIS IS JUST THE

BEGINNING.

WE'RE NOT OUT HERE TO

SPIKE THE FOOTBALL.

Reporter: G.O.P.

LAWMAKERS HAVE CAMPAIGNED

FOR YEARS ON REPEALING AND

REPLACING OBAMACARE, AND

MANY WORRY ABOUT THE

CONSEQUENCES IN THE 2018

ELECTIONS IF THEY MISS

THIS OPPORTUNITY.

TWO SENATORS VOTED AGAINST

LETTING THE DEBATE BEGIN

ON THE HEALTH CARE BILL.

JOHN McCAIN RETURNED FOR

A DRAMATIC VOTE, CRITICAL

TO GETTING THE MOTION

APPROVED.

BUT McCAIN WAS QUICK TO

SAY THIS DOESN'T MEAN HE

WILL VOTE FOR THE G.O.P.

HEALTH CARE BILL AS IT

STANDS NOW.

I WILL NOT VOTE FOR

THIS BILL AS IT IS TODAY.

IT IS A SHELL OF A BILL

RIGHT NOW.

WE ALL KNOW THAT.

Reporter: McCAIN

ENCOURAGED HIS COLLEAGUES

ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE

TO WORK WITH ONE ANOTHER

AND COMPROMISE ON ISSUES

FOR THE GOOD OF THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE.

WE'RE GETTING NOTHING

DONE, MY FRIENDS.

WE'RE GETTING NOTHING

DONE.

LET'S TRUST EACH OTHER.

LET'S RETURN TO REGULAR

ORDER.

WE'VE BEEN SPINNING OUR

WHEELS ON TOO MANY

IMPORTANT ISSUES BECAUSE

WE KEEP TRYING TO FIND A

WAY TO WIN WITHOUT HELP

FROM ACROSS THE AISLE.

Reporter: McCONNELL

AGREES WITH McCAIN THAT

THE PARTIES NEED TO COME

TOGETHER, BUT HE SAYS SOME

ISSUES, LIKE HEALTH CARE,

ARE JUST MORE PARTISAN

THAN OTHERS.

AS OF NOW, IT IS UNCLEAR

WHETHER SENATORS WILL VOTE

ON THE BILL TO JUST REPEAL

OBAMACARE OR REPEAL AND

REPLACE IT.

BUT THEY'RE DEDICATING

THIS WEEK TO HAVING AN

OPEN AMENDMENT PROCESS

THAT LET'S SENATORS OFFER

THEIR IDEAS TO CHANGE THE

BILL.

LEADERSHIP HOPES THAT

PROCESS LEADS TO A HEALTH

CARE BILL THAT HAS ENOUGH

G.O.P. SUPPORT TO PASS.

WE'RE GOING TO SUPPORT

THIS OUT IN A THOROUGHLY

OPEN AMENDMENT PROCESS IN

A SITUATION WHERE 51 VOTES

CAN CHANGE THE BILL.

Reporter: THE

PRESIDENT SAYS HE IS PROUD

OF THE EFFORTS OF SENATE

LEADERSHIP, AND

ACKNOWLEDGES HEALTH CARE

IS VERY COMPLICATED,

THOUGH HE IS OPTMISTIC

THEY'LL GET IT DONE.

President Trump: I

BELIEVE NOW WE WILL, OVER

THE NEXT WEEK OR TWO, COME

UP WITH A PLAN THAT IS

GOING TO BE REALLY, REALLY

WONDERFUL FOR THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE.

Reporter: PRESIDENT

TRUMP SAYS HE HAS HIS PEN

IN HAND, READY TO SIGN AN

OBAMACARE REPEAL AND

REPLACE BILL, OR JUST

PLAIN REPEAL, WHENEVER IT

HITS HIS DESK.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON, CBN

NEWS.

Efrem: THE FUTURE IS

UNCLEAR FOR

ATTORNEY-GENERAL JEFF

SESSIONS.

AT A TUESDAY NEWS

CONFERENCE AND ON TWITTER,

PRESIDENT TRUMP EXPRESSED

DISAPPOINTMENT AT HIS

DECISION TO APPOINT

SESSIONS.

HE CALLED HIM VERY WEAK

FROM RECUSING HIMSELF FROM

THE FEDERAL INVESTIGATION

ON RUSSIA.

AND HE SAYS SESSIONS

SHOULD BE TOUGHER ON THE

LEAKS COMING FROM THE

INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES, AND

ONLY TIME WILL TELL IF HE

STAYS.

President Trump: I'M

VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE

ATTORNEY-GENERAL, BUT WE

WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

TIME WILL TELL.

TIME WILL TELL.

Efrem: SESSIONS HAS

REPORTEDLY SAID HE HAS NO

PLANS OF STEPPING DOWN

FROM THE POSITION.

> U.S. OFFICIALS SAY

NORTH KOREA WILL HAVE A

NUCLEAR-CAPABLE

INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC

MISSILE BY NEXT YEAR.

THE PENTAGON'S DEFENSE

INTELLIGENCE AGENCY SAYS

A, QUOTE, "RELIABLE

NUCLEAR-CAPABLE ICBM PROM

PROGRAM COULD BE PRODUCED

BY 2018" AND THEY THREATED

A STRIKE ON THE HEART OF

THE U.S. IF IT TRIES TO

REMOVE KIM JONG-UN AS

LEADER.

> KENTUCKY COULD BECOME

THE FIRST STATE IN A

NATION WITHOUT AN ABORTION

CLINIC.

"OPERATION AMERICA" IS

ORGANIZING HUNDREDS OF

VOLUNTEERS TO PROTEST THE

E.M.W. 'S SURGICAL CENTER.

IT IS THE STATE'S LAST

REMAINING CLINIC.

CHARLENE AARON HAS MORE ON

THIS STORY.

Charlene: LOUISVILLE

IS GROUND ZERO ON THE

ABORTION DEBATE.

POLICE ARE ON STANDBY

WHERE A PRO-LIFE GROUP HAS

BEEN HOLDING PEACEFUL

DEMONSTRATIONS.

WE HAVE NEVER BEEN

UNDER SIEGE LIKE THIS.

WE NEVER HAD ANY QUESTION

AS TO WHETHER WE WOULD

EXIST.

SO THIS IS THE MOST WE'VE

EVER BEEN UNDER SIEGE.

THIS IS HUMAN BEINGS.

THIS IS A HOLOCAUST THAT

IS OCCURRING IN OUR LAND.

4,000 CHILDREN EVERY YEAR.

WE COME OUT TO OPPOSE

THAT.

Charlene: "OPERATION

SAVE AMERICA," A

TEXAS-BASED PRO-LIFE

GROUP, HAS BEEN HOLDING A

VIGIL OUTSIDE THE CLINIC.

THE ONLY ONE LEFT IN THE

STATE.

IT WANTS TO MAKE KENTUCKY

A NATIONAL BATTLE IN ITS

PUSH TO END ABORTION IN

AMERICA.

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, A

GROWING NUMBER OF ABORTION

FACILITIES HAVE BEEN

FORCED TO CLOSE FOR

FAILING TO MEET NEW HEALTH

AND SAFETY GUIDELINES.

TWO OF THE ABORTION

MILLS WERE SHUT DOWN, AND

WE HAVE ONE LEFT.

WE FEEL LIKE KENTUCKY

STANDS READY TO BE THE

FIRST STATE WITHOUT AN

ABORTION CENTER.

Charlene: LAST WEEK A

FEDERAL JUDGE ISSUED AN

ORDER, FORCING PROTESTORS

TO STAY AWAY FROM A BUFFER

ZONE OUTSIDE THE CLINIC.

PROTESTORS WILL BE

ARRESTED IF THEY CROSS THE

BOUNDARIES OF THE ZONE.

PRO-CHOICE LEADERS SAY THE

ORDER IS NEEDED TO GIVE

WOMEN PRIVACY WHILE

ENTERING THE FACILITY.

WE'RE JUST TRYING TO

CREATE A LITTLE SPACE AT

THE ENTRANCE SO WOMEN CAN

ACCESS OUR MEDICAL CARE.

OUR GOVERNMENT IS

PROTECTING MURDER.

IT IS TAKING AWAY RIGHTS.

Charlene: MEANWHILE,

IT IS CLEAR WHERE

KENTUCKY'S REPUBLICAN

GOVERNOR STANDS ON THE

ISSUE.

IT IS A STATE WHERE THE

VAST MAJORITY OF

KENTUCKIANS VALUE HUMAN

LIFE AND WANT TO PROTECT

IT.

Efrem: SCIENTISTS ARE

ATTEMPTING TO BUILD D.N.A.

FROM SCRATCH.

RESEARCHERS AT NEW YORK

UNIVERSITY ARE WORKING TO

CREATE CUSTOM-MADE D.N.A.

THAT WILL BE INSERTED INTO

LIVING CELLS.

THIS COULD PROVIDE

TREATMENTS FOR DISEASES.

IN THE PAST, SCIENTISTS

HAVE ONLY BEEN ABLE TO

MAKE CHANGES IN THE D.N.A.

CODE, BUT NOW THEY'RE

HOPING TO START OVER BY

BUILDING AND REDESIGNING

LIFE FORMS.

RESEARCHERS FROM

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

FIND THE ATTEMPT

UNSETTLING, AND SAY THE

WORK WOULD DISTURB PEOPLE

WHO BELIEVE CREATING LIFE

FROM SCRATCH WOULD GIVE

HUMANS UNWARRANTED POWER.

> HOW BAD IS FOOTBALL

FOR THE BRAIN?

A NEW STUDY FROM THE

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN

MEDICAL ASSOCIATION LOOKED

AT THE BRAINS OF MORE THAN

200 DISEASED FORMER

FOOTBALL PLAYERS,

INCLUDING MORE THAN 100

WHO PLAYED IN THE NFL.

MARK MARTIN HAS THIS

STORY.

Reporter: MIKE

ADAMLEY SPENT HALF A DOZEN

YEARS IN THE NFL AS A

RUNNINGBACK IN THE

1970s.

HE RECENTLY RETIRED FROM

SPORTSCASTING, AND IS

LIVING NOW WITH CHRONIC

ENCEPHALOPATHY.

IT IS A PROGRESSIVE

DEGENERATIVE BRAIN DISEASE

ASSOCIATED WITH REPEATED

HEAD TRAUMA.

ADAMLEY SAYS LIFE IS UP

AND DOWN.

HE FIGHTS AGAINST THE

DEPRESSION, FRUSTRATION

AND FORGETFULNESS WITH

EXERCISE, DIET, AND

COGNITIVE STIMULATION.

AND HE ALSO RELIES ON THE

SUPPORT OF FRIENDS AND

FAMILY.

WE HAVE SORT OF A

FRATERNITY OF PLAYERS WHO

JUST CALL EACH OTHER UP

WHENEVER WE NEED IT, AND

FOR LACK OF A BETTER

PHRASE, TALK EACH OTHER

OFF THE LEDGE, YOU KNOW.

BECAUSE YOU DO REALLY GET

PARANOID AND DEPRESSED.

Reporter: IN A NEW

STUDY PUBLISHED IN THE

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN

MEDICAL ASSOCIATION,

DR. ANN METI OF THE BOSTON

HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, IN THE

BOSTON UNIVERSITY C.P. E.

CENTER, STUDIED THE BRAINS

OF DECEASED FORMER

FOOTBALL PLAYERS.

THEY EXAMINED THEIR BRAINS

FOR SIGNS OF C.T.E.

PATHOLOGIC EVIDENCE OF

C.T.E. WAS FOUND IN 177 OF

THE 202 FORMER PLAYERS.

A WHOPPING 87%.

THE MAIN RESULTS WERE

THERE WAS A SHOCKINGLY

HIGH PERCENT OF C.T.E.

AMONGST THE BRAIN DONORS.

WE FOUND 110 OUT OF 111

FORMER NFL PLAYERS HAD

DIAGNOSTIC LAYERS OF

C.T.E. AT AUTOPSY.

AND WE FOUND EVEN EVIDENCE

OF C.T.E. IN SOME HIGH

SCHOOL PLAYERS.

ABOUT THREE OF 14, OR 21%.

SO THIS SAYS TO US THAT

C.T.E. IS A PROBLEM, A

PROBLEM ASSOCIATED WITH

FOOTBALL.

Reporter: THE STUDY

SAYS IT HAS SEVERAL

LIMITATIONS.

RESEARCHERS SAY IT IS

IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT

BRAIN BANK DONORS DON'T

REPRESENT THE OVERALL

POPULATION OF FORMER

FOOTBALL PLAYERS.

ADAMLEY WANTS THE GAME OF

FOOTBALL TO BE SAFER.

WHETHER THEY CAN DO

THAT OVER A PERIOD OF TIME

IN THE NEXT 20 YEARS, I'M

NOT CERTAIN.

I DON'T THINK ANYBODY IS

CERTAIN.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO

SEE GOING FORWARD IS A

COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTIVE

DETERMINATION TO SOLVE

THIS C.T.E. PROBLEM.

THAT IS, HOW CAN WE

DIAGNOSE IT IN YOUNG

PLAYERS SO THEY CAN STOP

PLAYING WHEN THEY'RE

ALREADY DEVELOPING SIGNS

OF IT, AND HOW WERE WE

TREAT IT IN PLAYERS WHO

ARE CONCERNED THEY ALREADY

HAVE IT.

THESE ARE ENORMOUS PUBLIC

HEALTH CONCERNS THAT WE

NEED TO ADDRESS RIGHT

AWAY.

Reporter: MARK

MARTIN, CBN NEWS.

Efrem: UP NEXT, HEAR

FROM RANCHERS ALONG THE

ARIZONA BORDER FACING THE

THREAT OF TERRORISM.

Efrem: ARIZONA IS A

HOT SPOT IN THE

IMMIGRATION DEBATE, AND

REPORTER CHUCK HOLTON

TRAVELLED THERE TO TALK TO

AREA RESIDENTS AND LAW

ENFORCEMENT ABOUT WHAT IS

REALLY HAPPENING ALONG OUR

BORDER.

Reporter: WARNER

GLENN'S FAMILY FIRST

SETTLED HERE ALONG THE

ARIZONA MEXICAN BORDER IN

1896.

AT 80 YEARS OLD, GLENN

WORKS THE LAND EACH DAY.

WE MOVED DOWN HERE IN

'62, AND AT THAT TIME,

THERE WOULD BE TWO OR

THREE ILLEGALS COMING

THROUGH LOOKING FOR WORK.

THEY WERE WONDERFUL FOR

ESPECIALLY HARD LABOR-TYPE

WORK, AND GOOD COWBOYS, IF

YOU NEEDED A COWBOY.

BUT I'LL TELL YOU,

NOWADAYS, THE FEW THAT ARE

COMING THROUGH ARE PRETTY

HARD-CORE, AND ESPECIALLY

THE DRUG GUYS.

Reporter: THAT DRUG

TRADE RESULTS IN AN

OVERALL RISE IN CRIME.

IF THEY COME BY THE

RESIDENCE AND NOBODY IS

THERE, THEY'RE GOING TO GO

IN AND LOOK AROUND.

AND FIREARMS, TOP OF THE

LIST, JEWELRY, TOP OF THE

LIST, CASH, TOP OF THE

LIST.

WE DON'T LOCK THE DOORS

BECAUSE THEY JUST BREAK

THE WINDOW.

Reporter: BILLY

GROSSMAN LIVES NEARBY.

HE RECENTLY CAUGHT A

SMUGGLER TRYING TO STEAL

HIS TRUCK.

I BROUGHT HIM BACK TO

THE HOUSE, AND MY WIFE

CALLED THE SHERIFF.

AND THE SHERIFF AND BORDER

PATROL COME OUT AND GOT

HIM.

AND THERE WAS A BAIL OF

MARIJUANA IN THE BACK OF

MY PICKUP, AND HE STOLE A

LOT OF STUFF FROM MY

HOUSE.

Reporter: BUT PETTY

THREAT ISN'T WHAT WORRIES

THESE GUYS.

THE TERRORISTS -- IT

WOULD BE A CAKEWALK FOR

THEM TO COME THROUGH HERE.

Reporter: IT IS A

CONCERN SHARED BY MANY IN

THIS SECTOR, INCLUDING

DR. SCOTT BATINO.

WE HAVE MAJOR THREATS

COMING THROUGH THIS

REGION, AND WE ARE NOT

TAKING IT SERIOUSLY.

THEY HAVE DEVELOPED

SUCH A POWERFUL AND IM

POTENT INTELLIGENCE

NETWORK IN THIS COUNTRY,

THAT THEY'RE ABLE TO USE.

OUR SECURITY AND OUR

RESOLVE IS NOT RE RECWISIT TO

MEET THAT THREAT.

THIS IS ON THE INDIAN

RESERVATION, WHICH IS

ABOUT 4,000 SQUARE MILES

OF DESERT ON THE U.S.

SOUTHERN BORDER IN

ARIZONA.

THE PEOPLE LIVE ON BOTH

SIDES OF THE BORDER AND

THEY USED TO CROSS WITH

IMPUNITY.

BUT IT IS GETTING HARDER

FOR THEM TO VISIT THEIR

RELATIVES.

UNEMPLOYMENT ON THE

RESERVATION SITS AT 5%.

THIS MAKES SMUGGLING AN

ATTRACTIVE PROPOSITION

WHEN CARTEL MEMBERS OFFER

UP TO $5,000 A LOAD.

THAT IS ALL OPEN

DESERT.

AND THERE ARE SMALL

VILLAGES THROUGHOUT THE

RESERVATION, BUT NO MAJOR

TOWNS.

NO MAJOR CITIES.

VERY MINIMAL POPULATION.

VERY MINIMAL LAW

ENFORCEMENT.

THEY DON'T HAVE A LOT OF

INTERFERENCE TO DEAL WITH

BETWEEN MEXICO AND WHEN

THEY HIT OUR COUNTY.

THERE IS A HUGE CARTEL

THEY USE TO CROSS INTO THE

U.S., WHERE THEY GO

UNDETECTED.

AND THEN THEY START TO

FUNNEL BECAUSE OF THE

TERRAIN.

Reporter: THAT MAKES

CATCHING THESE SMUGGLERS

MORE AND MORE CHALLENGING.

THEY'VE GOTTEN MORE

ADVANCED, AND THERE IS

MORE NUMBERS.

THEY SET UP THEIR OWN

NETWORKS NOW AND THEY

PRETTY MUCH CONTROL THE

TERRAIN FROM MEXICO UP, IN

THOSE ROUTES I'M TALKING

ABOUT, AND THEY HAVE GOOD

CONTROL OF THEM VISUALLY,

WHICH MEANS IF WE GO IN TO

TRY TO INTERCEPT BY AIR OR

LAND, THEY KNOW THAT, AND

SO THEY CAN ADJUST, SHUT

DOWN OPERATIONS, AND

MANEUVER AROUND US.

THOSE WHO WANT TO COME

INTO THIS COUNTRY AND HARM

US, TERRORISTS, HAVE THE

INFRASTRUCTURE TO GET

THROUGH HE'S.

Reporter: THE COUNTY

SHERIFF, MARK DANIELS

OVERSEES A PARCEL BIGGER

THAN CONNECTICUT.

ANY TIME THIS

ADMINISTRATION TALKS ABOUT

AMNESTY, WE HAVE AN INFLUX

OF PEOPLE COMING ACROSS.

OUR POLICY, ONE OF

CONTROLLED FAILURE,

KEEPING IT AT A CERTAIN

LEVEL.

SOMETHING WHERE THE

PRESIDENT CAN SAY, I

DOUBLED THE MANPOWER.

HE DOESN'T TELL YOU THE

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT ARE SO

RESTRICTIVE THAT

INDIVIDUALS OF THE BORDER

PATROL ARE BEING

MARGINALIZED AND PENALIZED

FOR DOING THEIR JOB.

I'M HOPING THAT THE

PRESIDENT TAKES A

HARD-LINE STANCE AND SAYS,

WE'RE GOING TO STOP THIS

MASSIVE IMMIGRATION

THROUGH THE SOUTHWEST

BORDER.

WALLS ARE NOT GOING TO

KEEP ANYBODY OUT.

THEY'LL CLIMB OUT.

IF YOU BUILD A WALL, YOU

STILL HAVE TO WATCH IT.

I'M PRAYING THAT

AMERICA -- THAT GOD WOULD

ALLOW AMERICA -- THAT WE

WOULD HAVE A LEADER THAT

WOULD LOVE GOD AND

SURROUND HIMSELF WITH

GODLY ADVISORS GOD IS THE

ONLY ONE WHO CAN SAVE

AMERICA.

Reporter: ON THE

U.S.-MEXICO BORDER, I'M

CHUCK HOLTON FOR CBN NEWS.

Efrem: A GOSPEL

LEGEND TALKS ROMANS, ROMANCE,

Efrem: DONNIE

McCLURKIN IS THE VOICE

BEHIND, "GREAT IS YOUR

MERCY," AND THE PASTOR AND

RECORDING ARTIST IS

TALKING ROMANCE AND

REGRET.

*

Efrem: THAT SIGNATURE

VOICE HAS EARNED DONNIE

McCLURKIN THREE GRAMMY

AWARDS, MULTIPLE STELLER

AWARDS AND DOVE AWARDS,

AND SOLD MORE THAN

10 MILLION ALBUMS.

*

Efrem: BEYOND THE

MUSIC, McCLURKIN IS A

PASTOR, FATHER OF TWO, AND

A GRANDFATHER.

WHAT IS FATHERHOOD LIKE

FOR YOU THESE DAYS?

IT IS DIFFERENT BECAUSE

I FINALLY GOT MY SON BACK.

YOU KNOW, PUBERTY TAKES

YOUR KIDS AWAY FROM YOU.

Efrem: I'M GOING

THROUGH THAT NOW.

SO I LOST MY SON --

Efrem: I LOST MINE.

-- OVER THE LAST TWO

YEARS, BUT I GOT HIM BACK.

AND HE IS BACK, WANTING TO

BE AROUND AND CLINGING.

AND IT IS STUFF I'VE

ALWAYS LONGED FOR AND HOW

WE USED TO BE.

SO NOW THAT HE HAS GOT HIS

MIND BACK, AND THE

HORMONES ARE BALANCING OUT

SOME, IT IS GREAT.

HE WANTS TO START

TRAVELLING WITH ME SOME,

SO I'M GOING TO PUT HIM TO

THE TEST.

OH, GOD HELP ME.

THIS IS THE CROWNING GLORY

OF A LIFE, WHEN YOU CAN

SEE YOURSELF IN YOUR SON.

Efrem: DOES HE SING?

HE WILL NOT.

HE REFUSES.

BECAUSE HE'S INTO ART.

HE CAN DRAW UP -- MY

BROTHER IS ONE OF THE MOST

PHENOMENAL ARTISTS THAT

YOU EVER WANT TO SEE.

SOMEHOW OR ANOTHER THAT

GENE GOT INTO MY SON.

Efrem: YOU'RE ONE OF

10 CHILDREN.

MY MOM AND DAD HAD 10

CHILDREN.

ONLY EIGHT OF US LIVED.

TWO WERE STILLBORN.

MOM AND DAD, THEY HAD A

DIFFERENT KIND OF

RELATIONSHIP.

THEY HAD -- I CAN COUNT 10

GOOD FIGHTS -- I'LL PUT IT

LIKE THAT.

AND AFTER EACH FIGHT WAS A

BABY.

Efrem: DONNY LEARNED

FAITH FROM HIS FATHER AND

MOTHER.

MOM ALSO TAUGHT HIM TO

SING AND THE BASICS OF

PIANO.

DADDY WOULDN'T SAY

MUCH.

HE WOULD JUST KIND OF SIT

IN THE CONCERT, AND THAT

WAS HIS SEAL OF APPROVAL.

I WAS 45 WHEN MY FATHER

FINALLY SAID, ON

INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION,

I'M PROUD OF HIM.

AND I CRIED ON TELEVISION

LIKE A BABY.

BUT TO HEAR HIM SAY THOSE

WORDS, "I'M PROUD OF HIM,"

BLEW ME AWAY.

Efrem: I'M NOT GOING

TO DO THE MET CROUCH ON

YOU --

[LAUGHTER]

I WILL FIGHT YOU.

IN CASE YOU JUST TUNED

IN DONNIE McCLURKIN IS

GETTING MARRIED.

Efrem: THAT

ANNOUNCEMENT SPARKED

SUMMER HEADLINES AND

RUMORS THAT DONNIE

McCLURKIN WAS ABOUT TO

WALK DOWN THE AISLE.

> I DO WANT TO TALK

ABOUT THE FACT THAT YOU

SAID THE ONE THING MISSING

IS A WIFE.

YEAH.

THE ONE THING MISSING IS A

WIFE.

AFTER YOU ACCOMPLISH

EVERYTHING THAT YOU CAN

LITERALLY DREAM OF IN

LIFE, AND THAT'S MY STORY,

MY CINDERELLA STORY, THAT

GOD LITERALLY CAUSED ME TO

ACCOMPLISH EVERYTHING HE

PURPOSED ME TO DO, AND

MORE, AND THEN YOU SIT

BACK, LIKE ALEXANDER THE

GREAT, AFTER HE CONQUERS

THE WORLD, AND YOU SIT

DOWN IN YOUR PRIVATE TIME,

AND YOU FIGURE OUT OF ALL

OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS,

YOU REALLY HAVE NOTHING,

YOU KNOW?

I HAVE A WONDERFUL -- TWO

CHILDREN.

LOVE MY BOY, LOVE MY GIRL,

BUT THE WIFE ASPECTS THE

VOID.

THAT'S THE GOAL THAT I'M

LOOKING TO FULFILL IN THIS

LAST CHAPTER OF LIFE.

HAD I FOLLOWED THE

PRINCIPLES OF THE KINGDOM,

I WOULD BE FULFILLED AT

57, WITH NO VOID.

YOU GET DRESSED BY

YOURSELF AND YOU FLY BY

YOURSELF, AND YOU'RE IN

YOUR ROOM BY YOURSELF.

AND THE ONLY TIME YOU'RE

WITH PEOPLE IS ON THE

CONCERT STAGE OR PREACHING

ON SUNDAY MORNINGS.

I'M NOT GOING TO CRY.

THIS IS A REAL SENSITIVE

AREA AND MY LIFE NOW.

NOW, I'LL TELL YOU, I'M

AFRAID -- I'M SO

FRIGHTENED IT IS NOT

FUNNY.

YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN, YOU

SHOULD HAVE NO FEAR.

OH, BE QUIET.

LET'S BE HUMAN FOR A

SECOND.

MY FEAR FACTOR HAS

PARALYZED ME FROM GOING

FORWARD IN RELATIONSHIPS.

AND I THINK THIS TIME I'M

GOING TO GO WADE THROUGH

THE FEAR IN ORDER TO

FINISH MY LIFE.

Efrem: DO YOU KNOW

WHAT THE FEAR IS?

I DON'T WANT ANYTHING

TO FAIL.

I HATE FAILED

RELATIONSHIPS.

FEAR IS, FALSE EVIDENCE

APPEARING REAL.

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY.

AND IT APPEARED SO REAL

TO ME, THAT I DENIED

ENVELOPE THAT.

AND NOW AT THIS STAGE AND

AGE, I WANT TO GO FOR IT.

I WANT TO GO FOR THE

GOLDEN RING.

Efrem: A BLESSING IN

TRANSPARENCY.

STAY WITH US; WE'LL BE

RIGHT BACK.

Efrem: YOUR WEDNESDAY

WORD IS DESTINY.

WITH THAT SAID, DON'T LET

YOUR PAST TALK YOU OUT OF

YOUR FUTURE.

YOU MAY NEVER FEEL

QUALIFIED FOR WHAT GOD IS

CALLING YOU TO DO.

JUST KNOW HE QUALIFIES YOU

FOR WHATEVER HE CALLS YOU

TO DO.

BE ENCOURAGED WITH THAT

WORD TODAY AND MAKE THIS A

WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY.

> THAT IS A WRAP FOR

THIS EDITION OF CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

YOU CAN FIND MORE OF OUR

EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF THE

ISSUES YOU CARE MOST ABOUT

AT cbnnews.com.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR WHAT

YOU THINK ABOUT THE

STORIES YOU HAVE SEEN HERE

TODAY.

YOU CAN DO THAT BY

E-MAILING

newswatch@cbn.com.

HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US AGAIN

RIGHT HERE NEXT TIME.

MAKE THIS A WONDERFUL

WEDNESDAY.

WE'LL SEE YOU HERE

TOMORROW.

TOMORROW.

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

JULY 26, 2017.

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