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CBN NewsWatch: August 25, 2017

On CBN Newswatch, Aug. 25th: Hurricane Harvey continues to pick up steam; an atheist group challenges the president's executive order; Baltimore is on track to break records when it comes to the city's murder rate with more than 200 this year, ... Read Transcript


Efrem: THANK YOU FOR

JOINING US FOR CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

I'M EFREM GRAHAM.

HURRICANE HARVEY CONTINUES

TO PICK UP STEAM, WITH

FORECASTERS CALLING IT A

CATEGORY 2 STORM.

THEY SAY IT COULD BE THE

MOST POWERFUL STORM TO HIT

THE UNITED STATES SINCE

SUPER-STORM SANDY NEARLY

FIVE YEARS AGO.

JENNA BROWDER IS ON THE

STORY.

YOU CAN FEEL THE WIND

PICKING UP RIGHT NOW.

Reporter: THE

INGREDIENTS TO MAKE A

MONSTER STORM ARE COMING

TOGETHER FOR HURRICANE

HARVEY.

IT IS NOW A CATEGORY 2

STORM, WITH LAND FALL

EXPECTED EARLY SATURDAY.

FORECASTERS SAY HARVEY

COULD DROP UP TO THREE

FEET OF RAIN IN SOME

PLACES.

FROM TEXAS TO LOUISIANA

AND MISSISSIPPI, PEOPLE

ARE GETTING READY.

APPARENTLY, IT IS

GETTING STRONGER AND

STRONGER.

Reporter: LOADING

SANDBAGS AND BOARDING UP

DOORS AND WINDOWS.

WE NEED PEOPLE TO BE

AWARE.

Reporter: THAT

AWARENESS LEADING TO LONG

LINES AT GAS STATIONS AND

GROCERY STORMS.

SHOPPERS STOCKING UP ON

FOOD AND SUPPLIES.

OH, MY GOSH.

Reporter: THEY'RE

CLEARING STORE SHELVES.

THERE IS NO MORE WATER.

THERE IS NO MORE BREAD.

Reporter: OTHERS ARE

PACKING UP AND LEAVING

TOWN.

WE'RE GOING TO, IN THE

STRONG POSSIBLE TERMS,

ENCOURAGE THE RESIDENTS IN

THE LOW-LYING AREAS, AS

THEY SAY, TO GET OUT OF

DODGE.

Reporter: AT THE SAME

TIME...

WE WOULD WANT YOU TO BE

CALM IN THE MIDST OF THE

STORM.

Reporter: "OPERATION

BLESSING" IS PREPARING TO

BE ON THE GROUND, READY TO

HELP.

ONCE THE STORM PASSES,

WE'LL BE ABLE TO GO IN, IN

REALTIME, AND OFFER

LIFE-SUSTAINING SUPPLIES,

HOT MEALS, VOLUNTEER

MANAGEMENT, AND WE'LL BE

THERE FOR THE PEOPLE OF

TEXAS AND THE GULF COAST

TO PRAY ON THEM, TO LOVE

ON THEM, AND TO HELP THEM

TAKE THE FIRST STEPS OF

RECOVERY.

Reporter: JODY GETTIS

HAS A PERSONAL MESSAGE FOR

THOSE WHO GIVE TO CBN.

WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT,

THIS WOULDN'T BE POSSIBLE.

FOR THOSE WHO GIVE TO CBN

AND "OPERATION BLESSING,"

I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU.

BECAUSE WE NEED IT NOT

ONLY HERE IN THE UNITED

STATES, BUT AROUND THE

WORLD.

Reporter: HURRICANE

HARVEY IS EXPECTED TO

BECOME A CATEGORY 3 STORM.

THE LAST STORM OF THIS

MAGNITUDE TO HIT THE

UNITED STATES WAS

HURRICANE WILMA BACK IN

2005.

JENNA BROWDER, CBN NEWS.

Efrem: AN ATHEIST

GROUP IS CHALLENGING

TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER,

GIVING PASTORS MORE

FREEDOM TO SPEAK OUT FROM

THE PULPIT.

THE FREEDOM FROM RELIGION

FOUNDATION IS SEEKING A

COURT RULING ORDERING THE

I.R.S. TO ENFORCE THE

JOHNSON AMENDMENT, WHICH

RESTRICT POLITICAL SPEECH

BY CHURCHES.

THE FOUND FOTHE FUND FOR RELIGIOUS

LIBERTY SAYS THE JOHNSON

AMENDMENT VIOLATES THE

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

AMENDMENT.

AND SAYS THAT PASTORS AND

RABBIS SHOUL AND PRIESTS SHOULD

NOT HAVE TO GET PERMISSION

TO SPEAK FROM THEIR

PULPITS.

> A TAX AGAINST

CHRISTIANS IN INDIA.

"OPEN DOORS," A GROUP THAT

MONITORS GLOBAL

PERSECUTION REPORTS SO FAR

THIS YEAR THERE HAVE BEEN

410 INCIDENTS TARGETING

CHRISTIANS.

THE TOTAL INCIDENTS IN

2016 WAS 4,421.

"OPEN DOORS" SAYS THE

ATTACKERS DON'T FEAR

PUNISHMENT BECAUSE INDIA'S

HINDU NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

WILL TAKE THEIR SIDE.

A FORMER HINDU EXTREME

MISTEXTREMIST,WHO IS NOW A CHRISTIAN,

SAYS THE RADICALISTS WANT

TO STOP CHRISTIANS FROM

SHARING THEIR FAITH.

> THE DEAD SEA IS A

POPULAR DES DESTINATION, BU BUT

AS CHRIS MITCHELL REPORTS,

THIS UNIQUE BODY OF WATER

IS IN DANGER OF DRYING UP.

Chris: SUNRISE OVER

THE DEAD SEA, A SOOTHING

ATMOSPHERE, BIBLICAL

LANDMARK AND MINERAL

TREASURE.

IT SITS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND

JORDAN, AND FED BY FRESH

WATER FROM THE JORDAN

RIVER AND MINERAL SPRINGS,

IT IS ONE OF THE SALTIEST

LAKES IN THE WORLD.

SO SALTY, NO FISH CAN

SURVIVE IN IT.

NOMINATED AS ONE OF THE

SEVEN WONDERS OF THE

WORLD, THE WATER, MUD, AND

ATMOSPHERE HAVE HEALING

PROPERTIES.

BUT ALL OF THIS COULD

DISAPPEAR.

THE DEAD SEA BEHIND ME IS

DROPPING FIVE TO EIGHT

FEET A YEAR.

THAT MEANS THE LOWEST

PLACE ON EARTH IS GETTING

EVEN LOWER.

THE REASON IS VERY,

VERY SIMPLE: ON ONE HAND,

THERE IS ALL THE TIME THE

EVAPORATION OF WATER, AND

THE SURFACE IS VERY LARGE.

ON THE OTHER HAND, GOOD

WATER FROM THE UPPER

JORDAN WERE TAKEN FOR

IRRIGATION, TO DEVELOP

AGRICULTURE, TO DEVELOP

FOOD THERE FOR THE PEOPLE.

AND THEY STOPPED REACHING

THE SEA.

SO THE BALANCE HAS

CHANGED.

Chris: HEBREW

UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR ABU

ADIN SAYS THERE IS ONLY

ONE WAY TO RESTORE THE

DEAD SEA.

WHAT COULD SAVE THE

DEAD SEA IS ACTUALLY

POURING WATER INTO THE

DEAD SEA.

Chris: HE SAYS A

COMBINATION OF SOLUTIONS

IS THE ONLY WAY TO HELP.

ONE WAY, WHICH IS THE

NATURAL ONE, MEANING LET

THE WATER FLOW INTO IT.

DON'T TAKE THE WATER FROM

THE JORDAN.

LET IT COME BACK TO ITS

NATURAL WAY.

AND THE OTHER WAY IS

ARTIFICIAL, MAKING THE RED

TO DEAD SEA PROJECT COME

TRUE.

Chris: ISRAEL AND

JORDAN SIGNED THE "RED

DEAD" AGREEMENT TO MAKE A

140-MILE CANAL FROM THE

RED SEA TO THE DEAD SEA.

IT BEGINS WITH A

DESALINATION PLANT TO

PROVIDE MUCH-NEEDED WATER

AND POWER TO JORDAN, AND

THEN WOULD DROP THE

REMAINDER OF THE WATER

INTO THE DEAD SEA.

ANOTHER WAY IT COULD BE

DONE WOULD BE TO TAKE

WATER FROM THE

MEDITERRANEAN AND DESAL

DESALINATE THIS WATER, AND

GIVE THIS WATER FOR

DRINKING AND FOR

AGRICULTURE, INSTEAD OF

TAKING THE WATER FROM THE

LAKE OF GALILEE AND FROM

THE STREAMS.

Chris: BUT ADIN SAYS

IT IS NOT EASY TO GET

GOVERNMENTS INVESTED IN

SAVING IT.

THAT'S WHY THESE TWO

ACTIVISTS ARE SOUNDING THE

ALARM.

I WANT TO SEE THE DEAD

SEA RESTORED.

Chris: BEN ZACKEN

GIVES THE ONLY BOAT RIDE

AVAILABLE ON THE DEAD SEA.

THE FIRST THING IS TO

BE AWARE OF THE DEAD SEA,

TO THE BEAUTY AND

EVERYTHING THAT IS GOING

ON, INCLUDING THE

DISAPPEARANCE OF THE DEAD

SEA AND THE WAY TO SAVE

IT.

Chris: AND IT IS

WORKING.

OVER A YEAR AGO, PHOTO

JOURNALIST BEDIN TOOK THE

BOAT TOUR.

I WANTED TO SPEAK UP

FOR THIS ENCHANTED

BIBLICAL PLACE, TO STAND

UP FOR IT.

Chris: BEDIN'S PHOTOS

SHOW THE DROP IN THE WATER

LEVEL IN JUST ONE YEAR.

I'VE BEEN DOCUMENTING

THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND PLACE

LIKE NEVER BEFORE.

GOINGORGOING OVER THIS AREA FOR A

PERIOD OF TIME, WITH THE

PURPOSE TO EDUCATE THE

NEXT GENERATION OF THIS

ONE-OF-A-KIND PLACE, BUT

ALSO SHOWING THE DRAMATIC

CHANGES THAT THIS HAS BEEN

TAKING.

Chris: AND THE DROP

HAS ALSO CAUSED HUGE

SINKHOLES TO OPEN UP ALONG

THE SHORE, FORCING BEACHES

TO CLOSE AND A NEARBY ROAD

TO COLLAPSE.

THE DEAD SEA IS A FAVORITE

TOURIST DESTINATION.

IT IS SO SALTY, YOU CAN'T

SINK, ONLY FLOAT.

BUT THERE IS MUCH MORE.

IN THE BIBLE, A YOUNG

DAVID HID IN THE NEARBY

CAVES OF ANGETTI.

IT GIVES US THE OLDEST

MANUSCRIPTS OF THE BIBLE.

AND THE DEAD SE SEA IS ALSO

GIVING LIFE.

THE WATERS OF THE DEAD SEA

HAVE SPECIAL HEALING

PROPERTIES FOR SKIN AND

OTHER AILMENTS, AND IT

YIELDS POTASH, A KEY

ELEMENT IN AGRICULTURE,

USED TO FEED THE WORLD.

BIBLICAL PROPHETS ALSO

SAID THAT THE DEAD SEA

WOULD GO THEW A CHANGE THROUGH A CHANGE

WHEN THE MESSIAH RETURNS.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

THE DEAD SEA.

Efrem: A NEIGHBORHOOD

PICNIC BRINGS PEOPLE

TOGETHER AND HELPS TO HEAL

THE RACIAL DIVIDE IN

BALTIMORE.

THAT STORY IS NEXT.

Efrem: BALTIMORE IS

ON TRACK TO BREAK RECORDS

WHEN IT COMES TO THE

CITY'S MURDER RATE, WITH

MORE THAN 200 SO FAR.

IT IS ONE OF MANY AMERICAN

CITIES CAUGHT IN POLICE

CLASHES AND RACIAL

TENSIONS.

BALTIMORE NEEDS HELP.

JOHN JESSUP SHOWS UP ONE

EFFORT TO HEAL THE RACIAL

DIVISION.

John: BALTIMORE IS A

CITY OF CONTRASTS, RICH

WITH HISTORY, BUT WHO'S

PRESENT IS MARRED BY

VIOLENCE AND HIGH CRIME.

TO ADDRESS THAT, HUNDREDS

OF VOLUNTEERS HAVE COME

TOGETHER ON THIS DAY TO

TRANSFORM A SIMPLE CITY

PARK INTO A SAFE HAVEN OF

HOPE.

LIKE A NEIGHBORHOOD

PICNIC, FAMILIES STREAMED

INTO THE PARK FOR THIS DAY

OF HOPE EVENT, TREATED TO

FREE FOOD...AND PRAYER.

YOU'VE GOT TO

UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN THE

DEVIL IS BUSY, GOD IS

ABOUT TO OPEN UP A WINDOW

AND BLESS US.

YES!

John: AFTER THE

UNREST FROM THE 2015 DEATH

OF FREDDIE GREY, POLICE

AND PASTORS TEAMED UP TO

BREAK THE GROWING CYCLE OF

VIOLENCE.

WE PUT OUT A CALL FOR

ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE DOING

GREAT WORK, CAN'T WE COME

TOGETHER, GREAT PEOPLE OF

LIGHT, CAN'T WE COME

TOGETHER AND DO THING

COLLABORATIVELY, SO WE CAN

START CHASING THE DARKNESS

OUT OF OUR CITY.

Efrem John: THAT INCLUDES

"MERCY CHEF," WHICH WILL

STAY HERE UNTIL KIDS GO TO

SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER.

I CAN FEED YOU THE VERY

BEST MEAL THAT I OR MY

MASTER CHEFS ARE CAPABLE

OF, AND YOU'RE HUNGRY

AGAIN TOMORROW.

BUT WE COME WITH A MESSAGE

THAT PROMISES SATISFACTION

FOR LIFE.

John: AND OTHERS,

LIKE A MOTHER'S CRY, FOR

MOMS WHO'S CHILDREN DIED

IN VIOLENT CRIMES.

THE MOTHERS FEEL LIKE

THEY'RE ALONE.

THEY NEED TO BE HERE TO

KNOW THEY'RE NOT ALONE.

THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE

WHO CARE ABOUT THEM.

John: MURDER CLAIMED

FIVE OF SHARON McMAHON'S

RELATIVES.

I LOST A SON.

I LOST THREE NEPHEWS, AND

I LOST A COWS KIN.

COUSIN.

John: WHILE THESE

EVENTS CAN HELP FOSTER A

SENSE OF HOPE AND

COMMUNITY, SHE GOES ON.

HE INSPIRED ME TO DO

WHAT I DO EVERY DAY AND BE

PART OF THE CHANGE.

John: ORGANIZERS FEEL

THEIR EFFORTS ARE PAYING

OFF, SINCE IT HAS LED TO

CRIME-FREE NEIGHBORHOODS

IN 29 OF THE 33 AREAS THEY

SERVED.

I'VE SEEN PEOPLE WHO

HAVE COME IN, NOT KNOWING

WHAT WAS GOING ON, AND GOT

HELP AND FELT LOVED AND

CARED FOR, AND THE NEXT

DAY OF HOPE -- LET'S SAY

WE HAVE ANOTHER DAY OF

HOPE A FEW WEEKS LATER IN

ANOTHER PART OF THE CITY,

THEY SHOW UP AND SAY, I

WANT TO VOLUNTEER.

John: NOW THAT THE

DAY OF HOPE IS OVER, THE

GOAL IS TO BUILD A MOMENT

MOMENTUM OF GOODWILL, AND

TRANSLATE A SUMMER OF

PEACE INTO A PERIOD OF

CALM AND QUIET THAT LASTS

FOR EVERY SEASON.

JOHN JESSUP, CBN NEWS,

BALTIMORE.

Efrem: WE ARE NOW

HEADED TO THE KITCHEN AND

TASTE AND SEE.

OUR CHEF IS HERE TO SHOW

US HOW TO CLEAN AND STORE

Efrem: AND WELCOME

BACK TO CBN "NEWSWATCH."

WE'RE CONTINUING OUR

REGULAR LOOK AT FOOD AND

NUTRITION WITH ANOTHER

ROUND OF "OH, TASTE AND

SEE."

HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH AND

CHEF LINDSEY GUTIERREZ IS

WITH US.

FIRST OFF, I BUY PRODUCE.

DO I REALLY NEED TO CLEAN

IT?

YOU DEFINITELY WANT TO

CLEAN IT.

PEOPLE HAVE TOUCHED IT,

GOT IT IN THE BOX AND OUT

OF THE BOX AND LOADED TO

THE MARKET.

SO AT LEAST GIVE IT A GOOD

RINSE.

Efrem: DO YOU HAVE TO

BUY AN EXPENSIVE

PRE-PACKAGED CLEANSER FOR

YOUR FOOD.

THERE ARE SOME GREAT

ONES THAT ARE WONDERFUL,

BUT I USE SOME ORGANIC

WHITE VINEGAR, OR GROUP GRAPE

SEED OIL WORKS AS WELL.

I BRING EVERYTHING HOME

FROM THE MARKET AND FILL

UP MY SINK WITH SOME WATER

AND A GOOD SPLASH OF WHITE

VINEGAR, AND GIVE

EVERYTHING A GOOD RINSE.

YOU CAN EVEN PUT THE

PLASTIC PART IN THERE.

THE VINEGAR KEEPS THEM

FROM MOLDING, AND IT WILL

KEEP FRESH IN YOUR FRIDGE

FOR WEEKS.

AND YOU'RE NOT GOING TO

TASTE IT.

Efrem: SO I'VE

BROUGHT MY GROCERIES HOME

AND I'VE GOT MY PRODUCE

CLEAN, AND HOW DO I STORE

IT?

THINGS LIKE BERRIES

LIKE TO BREATHE, AND MAKE

SURE THEY'RE DRY BEFORE

YOU PUT THEM IN THE

FRIDGE.

IF IT IS OUT IN THE

COUNTER ON THE FRIDGE,

THEN IT IS SAFE ON YOUR

REFRIGERATOR.

AND A LITTLE PAPER TOWEL

IN A BAG WHERE THEY CAN

STILL BREATHE HELPS WITH

SOME OF THE MOISTURE.

Efrem: SOME OF THE

THINGS IN FRONT OF US, RUN

THROUGH REAL QUICK HOW YOU

WILL STORE THEM.

THE TOMATOES GET PUT IN

A FRIDGE, BUT IT MAKES

THEM MEALY SO DON'T DO

THAT.

THE ZUCCHINIS, GIVE THEM A

RINSE AND THROW THEM IN

YOUR PRODUCE BIN WITH

MAYBE A TOWEL UNDERNEATH.

SAME WITH YOUR PEACHES.

Efrem: GREAT ADVICE.

I NEED TO DO A LITTLE BIT

BETTER ABOUT CLEANING MY

PRODUCE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

LINDSEY GUTIERREZ, THANK

YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING

HERE.

AND SHE'LL BE BACK NEXT

TIME WITH A LOT MORE RIGHT

HERE ON "OH, TASTE AND

SEE."

> THERE IS MORE OF CBN

Efrem: THE SURPRISING

STORY OF HOW BURMA

REFUGEES BROUGHT NEW LIFE

TO AN AMERICAN CHURCH HAS

COME TO THE BIG SCREEN.

THE MOVIE "ALL SAINTS"

HITS THEATERS TODAY, WITH

JOHN CORBETT AND CHRISTIAN

COMEDIENNE CHONDA PIERCE.

MIKE PUMICHAEL SPURLOCK WALKED

AWAY FROM A BUSINESS

CAREER TO BECOME AN

EPISCOPAL PRIEST MORE THAN

10 YEARS AGO.

YOU GO FROM PAPER SALESMAN

TO PREACHER, AND YOUR

FIRST JOB AS A PASTOR IS

TO SHUT DOWN A CHURCH.

IT IS WHAT IT BECAME.

Efrem: WHAT ARE YOU

THINKING WHEN YOU TAKE

THAT JOB?

THAT THAT'S WHERE GOD

INTENDED FOR ME TO BE.

DEAR FRIENDS IN CHRIST,

THE REVEREND MICHAEL

SPURLOCK.

Efrem: THIS TIME AS

PASTOR IS THE FOCUS OF THE

FILM "ALL SAINTS."

AS FATHER MICHAEL PREPARES

TO SHUT DOWN THE CHURCH,

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS FROM

BURMA SHOW UP, LOOKING FOR

HELP.

WE HAVE MANY NEW

FAMILIES, SLEEP ON FLOOR,

NOT ENOUGH FOOD FOR THEIR

CHILDREN.

WELL, MAYBE ONE OF THE

BIGGER CHURCHES MIGHT BE

ABLE --

WE ARE ANGLICAN.

I DIDN'T KOREANS HAD --

WE ARE FROM BURMA.

WE WERE OCCUPIED BY THE

BRITISH.

WE LEARNED ABOUT JESUS

CHRIST FROM THE BRITISH.

THE ANGLICANS?

YES.

WE ARE ANGLICAN CHURCH,

EPISCOPALIAN.

BUT HERE IS THE THING,

ALL SAINTS IS CLOSED.

WE'RE CLOSING THE CHURCH.

WE'RE BROKE.

WHAT IS BROKE?

Efrem: WHEN YE WEN

AND REFUGEES SHOW UP AT

THE CHURCH, SEEKING

SHELTER AND HOPE, AND

YOU'RE IN THE PROCESS OF

SHUTTING DOWN THE CHURCH,

WHAT WAS IT THAT MADE YOU

OPEN UP THE DOOR AND DO

THIS?

JESUS.

I DON'T SEE HOW WE COULD

HONESTLY CLAIM THE TITLE

OF CHRISTIAN AND DONE

ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY.

MY FAITH IN JESUS, MY LOVE

OF JESUS JUST TELLS ME

THERE IS ONLY ONE ANSWER.

Efrem: IN THIS

PROCESS OF BEGINNING THE

CLOSE-DOWN, YOU FEEL GOD

SPEAKS TO YOU.

HE DID SPEAK TO ME.

Efrem: WHAT DID SHE

SAY?

IT WAS REALLY THE

11th HOUR, WHEN WE

THOUGHT WE HAD AN OFFER ON

THE CHURCH, AND WE'RE

GOING TO HAVE TO ACCEPT

IT, THAT I TOOK A WALK OUT

ON THE FIELDS BEHIND THE

CHURCH, AND GOD SAID,

MICHAEL, I HAVE GIVEN YOU

FARMLAND, AND I HAVE SENT

65 EXPERT FARMERS FROM THE

OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD.

YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO START A

FARM HERE.

THAT'S YOU'RE FUTURE.

Efrem: AS CHEER AS

THAT.

AS CLEAR AS THAT.

CORN HERE, TOMATO HERE,

AND SQUASH HERE.

S.

GOOD THING YOU DIDN'T

LAND IN BROOKLYN.

HEY, LET'S GET STARTED.

Efrem: "ALL SAINTS"

CHURCH SITS ON 22 ACRES OF

LAND, 17 OF IT JUST LIKE

THIS, FARM-RICH, AND

PERFECTLY FLAT.

IT NOT ONLY PRODUCED FOOD,

IT GAVE THIS CHURCH NEW

LIFE.

WE WATCH AS THE FILM'S

STARS JOIN THE REAL LIFE

HEROS FOR THE HOMETOWN

SCREENING.

IT IS STRANGE AND IT IS

WONDERFUL.

AND BECAUSE IT IS STRANGE

AND WONDERFUL, IT SEEMS TO

FIT PERFECTLY WITH THIS

PLACE BECAUSE THIS IS A

STRANGE AND WONDERFUL

PLACE.

CONSIDER THE MUSTARD

SEED, THE SMALLEST OF ALL

SEEDS.

AND IN IT GROWS SUCH BIG

BRANCHES THAT THE BIRDS

PERCH IN ITS SHADE.

Efrem: JOHN CORBETT

PLAYS THE ROLE OF FATHER

SPURLOCK IN THE FILM.

WHAT WAS IT ABOUT HIS LIFE

YOU FELT THAT YOU WANTED

TO PROJECT ON THE SCREEN,

TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE FELT?

WE HAVE A KIND OF

SIMILAR OUTLOOK ON LIFE,

WHICH IS I'M NOW AT THE

STAGE WHERE I'M KIND OF

BORED WITH WHAT I'VE BEEN

DOING FOR 30 YEARS.

I REALIZE HOW MANY SUMMERS

DO I HAVE LEFT.

I'M 56.

DO I HAVE 20 SUMMERS LEFT,

GOOD SUMMERS?

AND A LOT OF MY TIME IS

SPENT THINKING, WHAT DO I

REALLY WANT TO DO WITH

THOSE SUMMERS?

IS IT TO GO TO ANOTHER

MOVIE SET AND SAY SOMEONE

ELSE'S LINES AND WEAR

SOMEONE ELSE'S LINES FOR

SIX WEEKS AND THEN GO HOME

AND WAIT FOR THE PHONE TO

RING TO DO IT AGAIN.

OR DO I REALLY WANT TO

SHAKE THINGS UP AND SELL

THE HOUSE AND MOVE

SOMEWHERE AND KIND OF

START OVER?

THAT'S WHAT HE DID.

HE, MIDSTREAM, JUST JUMPED

OUT OF THE BOAT AND SAID,

I'M DONE WITH THIS LIFE.

NOW I WANT TO HAVE A LIFE

OF SERVICE IN THE CHURCH.

AND I JUST REALLY ADMIRE

THAT HE DID THAT.

Efrem: COMEDIENNE

CHONDA PIERCE ONCE LIVED

NEAR THE CHURCH AND

HAPPILY RETURNED TO SMYRNA

HAS A FEISTY CHURCH

MEMBER.

SHE IS MEAN AS ALL

HECK.

AND I CAN TELL YOU EXACTLY

THE WOMEN I WAS THINKING

OF.

Efrem: PLEASE.

[LAUGHTER]

Efrem: SO YOU KNOW

THESE WOMEN?

I KNOW THESE WOMEN.

I GREW UP IN THE CHURCH.

I TELL PEOPLE ALL THE

TIME, I'VE SEEN THE GOOD,

THEED BADTHE BAD AND THE UGLY.

AND MY PART IS ONE OF THE

UGLIES.

SHE REALLY REPRESENTS THE

MAJORITY OF FOLKS OUT

THERE WHO HAVE A STRUGGLE

WITH CHANGE.

AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT

RINGS TRUE IN THE CHURCH

WORLD IN A LOT OF AREAS.

AND YET, AT THE SAME TIME,

SHE REMINDS ME OF A LOT OF

CHURCH FOLKS THAT GET

COMPLETELY OFF FOCUS OF

WHAT THE CHURCH IS ALL

ABOUT.

AND THAT'S WHY I LOVE THIS

STORY.

Efrem: FATHER

SPURLOCK SEES THIS AS A

STORY ONLY GOD COULD HAVE

WRITTEN.

I'VE HEARD YOU SAY THAT

YOU MADE SOME MISTAKES

EVEN IN THAT JOURNEY OF

DOING THIS.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE

MISTAKES?

WELL, A LOT OF FARMING

MISTAKES, NOT BEING A

FARMER OR KNOWING ANYTHING

ABOUT FARMING.

[LAUGHTER]

BUT, YOU KNOW, GOD GOT

NOAH TO BUILD A BOAT.

CAN YOU IMAGINE THE

PATIENCE IT MUST REQUIRE

TO WATCH A FARMER BECOME A

SHIP-BUILDER?

AND SO GOD CALLED A PRIEST

TO BE A FARMER, AND HE HAD

TO HAVE KNOWN THIS IS NOT

GOING TO GO SMOOTHLY.

Efrem: EVEN WITH A

FEW BUMPS ON THE ROAD, THE

HARVEST IS GETTING RICHER

AT ALL SAINTS, WITH ITS $

850,000 MORTGAGE PAID IN

FULL, AND THE CHURCH DOORS

STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

Efrem: IT IS NOW TIME

FOR YOUR FRIDAY FAITHFUL.

I'D LIKE TO LEAVE YOU WITH

THIS MESSAGE AS YOU WRAP

THE WEEK AND MAKE TIME FOR

THOSE WEEKEND WORSHIP

SERVICES, REMEMBER THIS:

RELATIONSHIP IS BETTER

THAN RELIGION ANY DAY OF

THE WEEK.

IT IS EXACTLY WHY JESUS

CAME FROM HEAVEN TO EARTH.

WITH THAT WORD, MAKE SURE

TO MAKE THIS IS A FABULOUS

FRIDAY AND A WONDERFUL

WEEKEND.

THAT WILL DO IT FOR THIS

EDITION OF CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

YOU CAN REACH OUT TO US BY

E-MAILING

newswatch@cbn.com.

AND YOU CAN, OF COURSE,

ALSO REACH US ON

Facebook, TWITTER, AND

INSTAGRAM.

AND WE'LL SEE YOU RIGHT

BACK HERE COME MONDAY.

GOOD-BYE AND GOD BLESS

YOU.

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