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Efrem: AND THANK YOU

FOR JOINING US FOR CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

I'M EFREM GRAHAM.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE

DELIVERED ON THEIR PROMISE

TO REFORM TAXES.

THURSDAY THEY APPROVED

LANDMARK TAX LEGISLATION

WITH A VOTE OF 227 TO 205.

SIMILAR LEGISLATION IS

BEING CONSIDERED BY THE

SENATE, WHERE GAINING

APPROVAL, EVEN FROM

REPUBLICANS, IS EXPECTED

TO MUCH MORE DIFFICULT.

GARY LANE IS ON THIS

STORY.

Reporter: HOUSE

REPUBLICANS WERE ALL

SMILES AFTER THEY

DELIVERED ON THEIR PROMISE

TO PASS TAX REFORM.

THEY SEE IT AS A BIG WIN

FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP, WHO

DID SOME LAST-MINUTE

LOBBYING OF CONGRESS.

THIS COUNTRY HAS NOT

REWRITTEN ITS TAX CODE

SINCE 1986.

THE POWERS OF THE STATUS

QUO IN THIS TOWN ARE SO

STRONG, JET 227 MEN AND

WOMEN OF THIS CONGRESS

BROKE THROUGH THAT TODAY.

THAT IS POWERFUL.

NOW THE SENATE GETS TO DO

THEIR JOB.

Reporter: BUT GETTING

SENATE APPROVAL ON SIMILAR

LEGISLATION WILL MORE

DIFFICULT.

REPUBLICANS CAN ONLY

AFFORD TO LOSE TWO PARTY

VOTES BECAUSE ALL

DEMOCRATS ARE EXPECTED TO

OPPOSE THE TAX BILL.

SO FAR REPUBLICAN SENATOR

RON JOHNSON OF WISCONSIN

SAYS HE OPPOSES THE

CURRENT BILL UNDER

CONSIDERATION IN THE

SENATE.

HE WANTS TO SEE SMALL

BUSINESS OWNERS GET THE

SAME TAX REDUCTION AS

THOSE FOR BIG

CORPORATIONS.

SENATOR SUSAN COLLINS OF

MAINE IS ONCE AGAIN

CONCERNED ABOUT CHANGES IN

OBAMACARE.

SHE OPPOSES THE PORTION OF

THE TAX BILL THAT

ELIMINATES THE OBAMACARE

MANDATE.

DEMOCRAT RON WIDEN SAYS

THE SENATE IS NOW

OFFICIALLY A HEALTH CARE

BILL BECAUSE IT ELIMINATES

THE HEALTH CARE MANDATE.

THIS IS JUST NOT

ANOTHER GARDEN VARIETY

ATTACK ON THE AFFORDABLE

CARE ACT.

THIS IS REPEAL OF THAT

LAW.

Reporter: CURRENT LAW

REQUIRES AMERICANS TO HAVE

HEALTH INSURANCE OR THEY

MUST PAY A FINE.

MORE THAN 6.5 MILLION

AMERICANS PAID THE FINE

LAST YEAR.

THEY SAY DOING AWAY WITH

IT WILL SAVE THE COUNTRY

ABOUT $300 BILLION.

THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE

ISN'T JUST ANY TAX.

IT IS A TERRIBLY

REGRESSIVE TAX THAT

IMPOSES HARSH BURDENS ON

LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME

TAXPAYERS.

ACCORDING TO THE I.R.S.,

ROUGHLY 80% OF AMERICANS

WHO PAID THE INDIVIDUAL

MANDATE TAX IN 2015 MADE

LESS THAN $50,000 A YEAR.

Reporter: NOW THAT

THE HOUSE HAS APPROVED TAX

REFORM, REPUBLICANS IN THE

SENATE ARE EXPECTED TO

MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS TO

THEIR PROPOSAL TO WIN OVER

PARTY OPPONENTS.

CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS

REMAIN CONFIDENT THEY CAN

SEND A FINAL BILL TO THE

PRESIDENT'S DESK BY THE

END OF THIS YEAR.

GARY LANE, CBN NEWS.

Efrem: U.S. TROOPS

WILL REMAIN IN THE SYRIAN

CITY OF RAQQA DESPITE THE

FALL OF ISIS.

THE TERRORIST GROUP IS OUT

AFTER SEVEN YEARS, BUT THE

WORK IS NOT DONE.

DEFENSE SECRETARY JAMES

MATTIS TOLD REPORTERS THIS

WEEK U.S. FORCES WILL

REMAIN THERE.

HE SAYS IT IS, QUOTE, "TO

PREVENT ISIS 2.0."

AND THEY ARE THERE TO HELP

RESTORE FOOD, WATER, AND

ELECTRICITY.

> SENATOR AL FRANKEN IS

APOLOGIZING FOR

INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR

WITH A PERFORMERS IN 2016.

IT WAS BEFORE FRANKEN WAS

A SENATOR.

LEANN TWEEDEN SHOWED

FRANKEN GROPING HER AS SHE

SLEPT ON A PLANE.

NOTHING LIKE THAT IS

EVER FUNNY.

Efrem: AND SHE SAYS

HE FORCIBLY KISSED HER

REPEATEDLY, INSISTING THAT

SHE PRACTICE A KISSING

SCENE HE WROTE FOR THE

SHOW.

FRANKEN ISSUED AN APOLOGY,

SAYING, QUOTE, "I FEEL

DISGUSTED FOR MYSELF."

AND HE CALLED FOR AN

ETHICS INVESTIGATION INTO

HIS ACTIONS.

REPUBLICAN ALABAMA

SENATE CANDIDATE ROY MOORE

IS REFUSING TO DROP OUT OF

THE RACE.

THURSDAY HE APPEARED AT A

NEWS CONFERENCE WITH

CHRISTIANS AND PRO-LIFERS

WHO SAY THEY ARE STANDING

BEHIND HIM.

HE WAS CALLED TO STEP

DOWN.

THE ALABAMA REPUBLICAN

PARTY IS STANDING BY

MOORE.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

REPORTS AT LEAST THREE

MORE ALLEGATIONS WERE

REPORTED WEDNESDAY.

> AS MORE WOMEN COME

FORWARD IN HOLLYWOOD WITH

STORIES OF SEXUAL

HARASSMENT, ACTRESS ROMA

DOWNEY SAYS SHE IS

SADDENED, BUT ALSO

ENCOURAGED THAT THEIR

BRAVERY WILL LEAD TO REAL

AND LASTING CHANGE.

SHE SAYS IT HAS BEEN A

PAINFUL TIME IN HOLLYWOOD,

BUT THAT THE LIGHTS HAVE

BEEN TURNED ON AFTER THE

HARVEY WEINSTEIN SCANDAL.

DOZENS OF ACT STRES ACTRESSES HAVE

COME FORWARD NOW WITH

THEIR OWN STORY.

I THINK THE FACT THAT

THIS STORY -- IT KEEPS

UNFOLDING IN NEW AND

HORRIBLE WAYS, IN AND OF

ITSELF, DEMANDS A CHANGE,

THAT, YOU KNOW, IS ALREADY

OCCURRING.

YOU SEE IT WITHIN

COMPANIES, THAT MEMOS ARE

COMING DOWN FROM THE TOP,

THAT THIS SORT OF BEHAVIOR

WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

THERE WILL BE ZERO

TOLERANCE FOR IT.

Efrem: TO HEAR MORE

FROM DOWNEY, YOU CAN

SIMPLY VISIT

CBNNEWS.COM.

> STILL AHEAD, TODAY IS

A BIG DAY.

THE MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE IS

OPENING.

CBN IS TAKING YOU BEHIND

THE SCENES.

STAY WITH US.

Efrem: THE MUSEUM OF

THE BIBLE OPENS IN OUR

NATION'S CAPITAL TODAY.

IT IS AN EIGHT-STORY,

430,000 SQUARE-FOOT

EXPLORATION OF THE HISTORY

AND IMPACT OF THE WORLD'S

BEST-SELLING BOOK.

JOHN JESSUP BRINGS US THIS

STORY.

John: HELLO, AND

WELCOME.

I'M JOHN JESSUP WITH THIS

BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT

THE MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE,

THE NEWEST MUSEUM IN THE

HEART OF THE NATION'S

CAPITAL.

ALL EIGHT STORIES AND

430,000 SQUARE FEET TO

EXPLORE THE HISTORY AND

IMPACT OF THE WORLD'S

BEST-SELLING BOOK.

WALK PAST THE BRONZE GATES

AND INTO THE GRAND LOBBY,

AND THE VERY FIRST THING

YOU'LL SEE IS THIS

140-FOOT LONG DIGITAL

LL.E.D. DISPLAY.

IT IS THE FIRST GLIMPSE OF

THE MUSEUM'S TECHNOLOGICAL

EDGE.

BUT IT IS NOT ALL GADGETS,

BELLS, AND WHISTLES HERE.

AS YOU CLIMB INTO THE

ELEVATORS, DIGITAL SCREENS

TRANSPORT GUESTS TO

ANCIENT ISRAEL, A

PREPARATION OF WHAT YOU'LL

FIND ON THE FIFTH FLOOR:

POTTERY, JEWELRY, WEAPONS,

AND OTHER RELICS FROM

ANCIENT HISTORY.

SOME OF THE PIECES TATE DATE

BACK 1700 YEARS, BEFORE

THE BIRTH OF CHRIST.

WHILE MOST VISITORS WILL

PROBABLY WANT TO SEE THE

COLLECTION OF DEAD SEA

SCROLL FRAGMENTS, THERE IS

SO MUCH MORE, INCLUDING AN

ENTIRE FLOOR DEDICATED TO

THE HISTORY OF THE BIBLE,

WHERE YOU CAN EXPLORE

GALLERIES AND EXHIBITS

THAT TRACE THE ORIGINS AND

EVOLUTION OF THE GOOD

BOOK.

YOU CAN ALSO BROWSE

THROUGH THE MUSEUM'S

COLLECTION OF BIBLES,

TRANSLATED INTO MORE THAN

600 LANGUAGES.

NO OTHER BOOK HAS HAD

SUCH AN IMPACT ON

CIVILIZATION, PARTICULARLY

WESTERN CIVILIZATION.

SO IT IS EXCITING TO GET

PEOPLE ENGAGED FROM ALL

WALKS OF LIFE.

Reporter: THE IMPACT

FLOOR HIGHLIGHTS THE

BIBLE'S AFFECT ON CULTURE,

SCIENCE, MUSIC, FILM, AND

MORE.

A MUSEUM FOR ALL, THERE IS

EVEN A CHILDREN'S AREA

THAT ALLOWS KIDS TO WALK

THROUGH STORIES OF THE

BIBLE AND FOLLOW THE

COURAGEOUS DECISIONS OF

PEOPLE LIKE ESTHER,

JOSEPH, DAVID, AND NOAH.

AND THERE IS EVEN A

470-SEAT PERFORMANCE

THEATER.

THE MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE'S

WORLD STAGE, NOW FEATURING

THE BROADWAY MUSICAL

"AMAZING GRACE."

> WE JUST MADE OUR WAY

TO THE TOP OF THE MUSEUM

OF THE BIBLE, WHERE YOU'LL

FIND A PEACEFUL GARDEN.

IT PROVIDES AN ESCAPE FROM

THE BUSYNESS OF THE CITY,

FEATURING JERUSALEM STONES

AND PLANTS SIMILAR TO

THOSE FOUND IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

AND IT HAS REFERENCES TO

THE BOOKS OF GENESIS,

REVELATION, AND PSALM 23.

GREEN PASTURES AND

STILL WATERS, AND SO I

WANTED THIS TO BE A

CALMING SPACE.

Reporter: AND

SPEAKING OF

RESTING...THERE IS JUST SO

MUCH TO SEE, I WAS TAKING

A QUICK BREAK.

THIS FLOOR IS THE

NARRATIVE FLOOR, WHERE YOU

GET TO SEE WHAT IT WAS

LIKE FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE

DURING THAT TIME.

HERE YOU'LL GET TO SEE,

EXPERIENCE, AND EVEN HEAR

THE SOUNDS OF WHAT PEOPLE

IN THE FIRST CENTURY IN

NAZARETH EXPERIENCED.

THE MUSEUM HAS TAKEN A

DECIDEDLY NON-SECTARIAN

APPROACH, SAYING ITS

MISSION IS TO HELP PEOPLE

ENGAGE WITH THE BIBLE AND

BRING ITS RICH STORIES TO

LIFE.

WITH A $500 MILLION

INVESTMENT AND GLOBAL,

CULTURAL AND SCHOLASTIC

PARTNERSHIPS IN HOPING

THAT MISSION TRANSLATES

INTO MORE PEOPLE READING

AND APPRECIATING THE

BEST-SELLING BOOK OF ALL

TIME.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS

TOUR AS MUCH AS WE ENJOYED

GIVING IT.

FOR CBN NEWS, I'M JOHN

JESSUP, WE'LL SEE YOU

AROUND NEXT TIME.

Efrem: UP NEXT...THE

CHRISTMAS MOVIE "THE

STAR."

WE GO BEHIND THE SCENES OF

THE GREATEST STORY NEVER

TOLD, AT LEAST UNTIL NOW.

Efrem: THE HOLIDAY

MOVIE SEASON BEGINS THIS

WEEKEND, WITH A UNIQUE

TWIST ON THE STORY OF

JESUS' BIRTH.

THE STAR IS AN ANIMATED

FILM ABOUT THE ANIMALS IN

THE NATIVITY STORY.

HERE IS A LOOK AT A FUNNY

CARTOON THAT STILL

CAPTURES THE HEART OF THE

GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD.

CYRUS!

I EXPECTED A LEFT TURN

TWO PEASANTS AGO.

THAT'S IT, I'M FIGHTING

THROUGH THE RAIN.

Efrem: YOU MIGHT CALL

THIS THE GREATEST STORY

NEVER TOLD.

"THE STAR" GIVES US A LOOK

AT THE VERY FIRST

CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE EYES

OF THE ANIMALS.

IF IT WAS GOING TO BE

WORTH MAKING A MOVIE ABOUT

THIS AT ALL, WE HAD TO

FIND A WAY TO PRESENT IT

IN A FRESH WAY.

THAT'S WHERE WE DECIDED TO

TELL THE STORY FROM THE

POINT OF VIEW OF THE

ANIMALS.

Efrem: THE ANIMATOR

DIRECTS THE FILM AND THE

STAR-PACKED CAST OF

VOICES.

IT IS THE WISE MEN.

HIDE QUICKLY.

LEFT.

THE OTHER LEFT.

DEBRA, ARE YOU OKAY?

Efrem: INCLUDING

TYLER PERRY, TRACY MORGAN,

AND OPRAH WINFREY AS

CAMELS.

THE NEW KING IS IN

DANGER.

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE.

HE NEEDS A LITTLE

WELL-PLACED STRETCHES.

WHOEVER THOUGHT TO

WRITE THIS FROM THE POINT

OF VIEW OF THE ANIMALS --

I THINK IT IS ANOTHER

APPROACH THAT ALLOWS US

ANOTHER WAY IN TO BE

INSPIRED BY AN AGELESS,

TIMELESS STORY.

MARY, YOU'RE IN DANGER.

YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO WHAT

I'M ABOUT TO SAY EXTREMELY

CAREFULLY.

DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE

HE IS TRYING TO TALK TO

US?

Efrem: GINA RODRIGUEZ

IS THE VOICE OF MARY.

WHERE DO YOU GO TO PLAY AN

ANIMATED MOTHER OF JESUS?

WHERE DO YOU RESEARCH

THAT?

WHERE DO YOU RESEARCH

THAT?

I GREW UP WITH THE

NATIVITY STORY, SO I'M

VERY AWARE OF THE STORY.

IT IS INGRAINED IN ME.

I HAVE SEEN SOME VERSION

OF IT EVERY CHRISTMAS WITH

MY GRANDMOTHER OR MY

MOTHER.

SO FOR ME, IT WAS -- THE

STORY WAS SECOND NATURE,

IF YOU WILL.

PLAYING MARY WAS PLAYING

MY MOTHER, PLAYING MY

GRANDMOTHER, PLAYING MY

SISTERS, THESE WOMEN THAT

I SEE GIVE OF THEMSELVES

EVERY SINGLE DAY.

IT WAS VERY EASY TO PULL

FROM MY REAL LIFE.

Efrem: IT SEEMS LIKE

IT WAS A BIT OF A TRIBUTE

TO YOUR GRANDMOTHER?

I WOULD SAY EVERYTHING

IS A TRIBUTE TO MY

GRANDMOTHER, BUT

DEFINITELY THIS IS.

IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR

MY WHOLE FAMILY TO GET

TOGETHER AND WATCH A

PROJECT THAT I'VE DONE.

FOR MY GRANDMOTHER TO BE

THE LAST MATRIARCH OF OUR

FAMILY, IT IS MY GIFT TO

HER TO KIND OF, LIKE,

OVERSEE ALL THAT WE HAVE

DONE.

AND SHE HAS AN OPPORTUNITY

TO BE WITH ALL OF US.

Efrem: AND YOU'VE

WATCHED HER LIVE OUT HER

FAITH?

I MEAN, EVERY DAY.

AND SHE STILL DOES.

I'M JOSEPH.

I'M IN A BAD MOOD.

IS IT SUPPOSED TO BE

ME?

Efrem: ZACHARY LEVY

IS THE VOICE OF JOSEPH.

WHERE DO YOU GO TO

PREPARE?

THE SOURCE MATERIAL IS

ALL YOU HAVE TO USE.

BUT IT'S KIND OF A FUN

LICENSE TO CREATE, YOU

KNOW?

IT IS NOT LIKE A CHARACTER

LIKE PAUL, AND THERE IS A

BUNCH OF SOURCE MATERIAL

ON, AND EVERYBODY WILL

HAVE THEIR TWO CENTS OF

WHO THEY THINK PAUL WAS.

FOR JOSEPH, THIS GUY IS A

CARPENTER AND HE MARRIES

MARY AND HAS A BABY --

ULTIMATELY, YOU GO TO THE

SAME PLACE THAT ANYONE

ELSE WOULD GO TO WHEN WE

ARE STRUCK WITH, WE HAVE

AN IDEA OF WHAT OUR LIFE

WAS GOING TO BE, AND THEN

IT WASN'T.

AND IT WASN'T NOT BECAUSE

WE DID SOMETHING, BUT

BECAUSE SOMETHING ELSE HAS

HAPPENED TO US, AND THEN

WHERE DO WE GO?

TYPICALLY WE START

BECOMING VERY FRUSTRATED

AND PERHAPS EVEN ANGRY,

GOING WHAT IS THIS?

WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO ME?

I'VE BEEN GOOD.

I'VE DONE THIS AND THAT,

AND I HAVEN'T DONE THOSE

OTHER THINGS.

BUT WE CAN ALL STILL

IDENTIFY WITH THE HUMAN

LEVEL OF THAT FRUSTRATION

AND THAT WRESTLING WITH

GOD.

AND ALSO AS A PERSON OF

FAITH, KNOWING WHAT IT IS

LIKE TO WRESTLE WITH THE

CREATOR AND ALSO TRYING TO

FIND PEACE BEYOND

UNDERSTANDING.

CAN YOU HELP ME?

I'VE GOT YOU.

TRY THIS.

I KNOW, I'LL SING YOU A

PHRASE.

*

THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL.

Efrem: IN TERMS OF

TELLING THIS STORY,

PERSONALLY WHAT HAS IT

MEANT TO YOU?

BECAUSE WE ALL GREW UP

WITH THIS STORY, AND NOW

YOU GET TO POSSIBLY

CONTRIBUTE A HOLIDAY

TRADITION TO MANY

FAMILIES.

WHEN I WAS GROWING UP,

WE HAD A BOX OF TAPES WE

WOULD TAKE OUT AND WATCH

EVERY CHRISTMAS.

AND NONE OF THOSE TAPES

THAT THE KIDS WANTED TO

WATCH WERE ACTUALLY ABOUT

THE BIRTH OF JESUS.

WE HAD PLENTY OF SANTA

CLAUS FILMS.

BUT WHERE WAS THE ANIMATED

VERSION OF THE BIRTH OF

JESUS.

IT WAS GREAT TO BRING THIS

INTO EXISTENCE, A MOVIE I

DEPUTY HAVDIDN'T HAVE WITH THE KIDS,

WHICH I WISH I DID.

DO YOU WANT A BELLY

RUB?

Efrem: THE LIST OF

STARS GOES ON AND ON.

AND FILM IS IN THEATERS

STARTING TODAY.

Efrem: AND WELCOME

BACK.

"WONDER" IS AN INCREDIBLY

INSPIRING STORY.

THE FILM IS BASED ON THE

"NEW YORK TIMES"

BEST-SELLING BOOK ABOUT A

BOY WITH FACIAL

DIFFERENCES WHO ENTERS A

MAINSTREAM ELEMENTARY

SCHOOL FOR THE VERY FIRST

TIME.

HERE IS YOUR FIRST LOOK AT

THE FILM, STARRING JULIA

ROBERTS, OWEN WILSON, AND

JACOB TREMBLY.

NEXT WEEK I START FIFTH

GRADE.

AND SINCE I'VE NEVER BEEN

TO REAL SCHOOL BEFORE, I'M

PRETTY MUCH TOTALLY

PETRIFIED.

I'LL SEE YOU LATER.

YOU DON'T WANT TO WALK

UP WITH YOUR PARENTS,

BECAUSE IT IS NOT COOL.

BUT YOU'RE COOL.

I KNOW I AM, BUT

TECHNICALLY MOST DADS

AREN'T.

"WONDER" IS ABOUT THIS

LITTLE BOY WHO HAS AN

EXTRAORDINARY FAITH, WHO

WANTS TO BLEND IN, BUT ON

THE OTHER HAND, HE ALSO

UNDERSTANDS THAT HE IS

DIFFERENT.

I KNOW I'M NOT AN

ORDINARY 10-YEAR-OLD KID.

I'VE HAD 27 SURGERIES TO

HELP ME TO BREATHE, TO

SEE, BUT NONE OF THEM HAVE

MADE ME ORDINARY.

THE STORY ABOUT "WONDER"

IS ABOUT A BOY WITH A

FACIAL DIFFERENCE.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

IF I LOOKED LIKE HIM, I

WOULD PUT A HOOD OVER MY

FACE.

IT DID MAKE MY MOM CRY.

I LOVE IT.

OWEN WILSON PLAYS MY

DAD, NATE.

YOU'RE GOING TO FEEL

ALL ALONE, BUT YOU'RE NOT.

COSTUMES ARE FOR

HALLOWEEN.

PREPARE FOR BLASTOFF.

IT WAS A GREAT CHANCE

TO WORK ON A BOOK THAT HAS

BEEN SO MEANINGFUL TO A

LOT OF PEOPLE.

I LOVE YOU.

I LOVE YOU, TOO.

WE'RE REALLY LUCKY TO

HAVE JACOB PLAYING THIS

CHARACTER BECAUSE HE IS

JUST TERRIFIC.

YOU ARE NOT UGLY.

YOU HAVE TO SAY THAT

BECAUSE YOU'RE MY MOM.

THE GIRL WHO PLAYS MY

MOM IS LEGENDARY JULIA

ROBERTS.

I THINK HIS MOTHER, IN

PARTICULAR, AT THIS POINT

IN HIS LIFE SEES AN

OPPORTUNITY OF HIS HEALTH

AND OF HIS OWN SOCIAL AND

ACADEMIC GROWTH, AND NOW

IS THE TIME TO START GOING

TO SCHOOL.

IT CAN HELP MOTIVATE

US, AND IT CAN HELP GUIDE

US WHEN WE HAVE TO MAKE

DECISIONS ABOUT REALLY

IMPORTANT THINGS.

SO WHO WANTS TO READ THIS

MONTH'S IMPORTANT PRECEP.

WHEN GIVEN THE CHOICE

OF BEING RIGHT OR BEING

KIND, CHOOSE KIND.

HOPEFULLY WHEN PEOPLE

SEE THE MOVIE, THEY'LL

FEEL THE WAY I DID READING

THE STORY, AND THAT'S JUST

MOVED AND INSPIRED.

YOU WERE BORN TO STAND

OUT.

IT IS SORT ABOUT COMING

TO TERMS WITH THAT

DIFFERENCE AND ACTUALLY

CELEBRATING THOSE

DIFFERENCES.

*

WE ALL DESERVE A

STANDING OVATION AT LEAST

ONCE IN OUR LIVES.

WHAT EXCITES ME ABOUT

THIS MOVIE IS THAT IT

TEACHES OTHER PEOPLE TO

CHOOSE KIND, AND HOPEFULLY

IT WILL MAKE THE WORLD A

BETTER PLACE.

*

Efrem: AND NOW, FOR

OUR FAMILY-FRIENDLY MOVIE

REVIEW OF "WONDER," WE

TURN TO OUR FRIENDS AT

"FOCUS ON THE FAMILY"

"PLUGGED IN."

I KNOW I'LL NEVER BE AN

ORDINARY KID.

> THE MOVIE "WONDER"

CENTERS AROUND A KID NAMED

AUGUST PULMAN, AUGGIE FOR

SHORT.

AND HIS MOM CALLS HIM A

WONDER, WHICH HE MAY BE

BECAUSE IT HAS TAKEN 27

DIFFERENT SURGERIES TO

HELP HIM FUNCTION.

PEOPLE DON'T LIKE TO

TOUCH ME BECAUSE THEY

THINK I'M CONTAGIOUS.

HE IS A FREAK.

HE WAS BORN WITH A CON

CONGENITAL DISORDER, WHICH

CAUSED FACIAL

DISFIGUREMENT.

AND WHEN HE WALKS INTO A

ROOM, NORMAL IS NOT

SOMETHING THAT ENTERS

ANYBODY'S MIND.

I DON'T HAVE TO

PRETEND.

AUGGIE, WHY ARE YOU

SITTING HERE.

AUGGIE HAS LEARNED TO

DEAL WITH THAT

SIDE-SHOW-LIKE PUBLIC

EXISTENCE.

AND HE IS A KID WHO LOVES

SCIENCE, VIDEO GAMES, AND

"STAR WARS".

YOU ARE NOT UGLY, AND

ANYONE WHO CARES TO KNOW

YOU WILL SEE THAT.

UP UNTIL NOW, THOUGH,

HE HAS BEEN HOME-SCHOOLED

BY HIS MOM.

BUT NOW IT IS TIME FOR HIM

TO VENTURE OUT TO PUBLIC

SCHOOL AND SEE WHAT NORMAL

REALLY LOOKS LIKE.

YOU'RE GOING TO FEEL

LIKE YOU'RE ALL ALONE,

AUGGIE, BUT YOU'RE NOT.

THIS FEEL-GOOD PICTURE

IS SOMETHING THAT WILL

APPEAL TO BOTH KIDS AND

PARENTS.

IT ADVOCATES KINDNESS AND

ACCEPTANCE, AND APPLAUDS

LOVING FAMILIES AND GOOD

FEATURES.

DRAWBACKS INCLUDE ADULT

ALCOHOL USE AND A MISUSE

OF JESUS' NAME.

BUT ULTIMATELY IT LIVES UP

TO ITS NAME, AND I'LL GIVE

IT A FOUR OUT OF THE FIVE

FOR FAMILY-FRIENDLINESS.

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT

pluggedin.com.

Efrem: IT LOOKS SO

GOOD.

> RIGHT NOW IT IS TIME

FOR YOUR FRIDAY FAITHFUL.

IT IS A WORD OF

ENCOURAGEMENT I WOULD LIKE

TO PASS ALONG TO YOU.

CONSIDER THIS: THE BATTLE

YOU FACE IS NOT FOR YOU TO

FIGHT.

IT BELONGS TO THE LORD.

SO BE STILL AND LET THE

LORD FIGHT YOUR BATTLE.

I PROMISE YOU, YOU AND HE

ARE INDEED WINNERS.

THAT IS A WRAP FOR THIS

WEEK'S CBN "NEWSWATCH."

WE'LL SEE YOU RIGHT BACK

HERE COME NUTRI. MONDAY.

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