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Mark: THANKS FOR

JOINING US FOR CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

I'M MARK MARTIN.

CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS

ARE JUST DAYS AWAY FROM

FINALIZING LANDMARK TAX

LEGISLATION.

THEY'RE HOPING TO COME UP

WITH AN AGREEMENT THAT

WILL WIN APPROVAL IN BOTH

THE HOUSE AND SENATE.

PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS HE IS

EXPECTING TO SIGN A BILL

THAT PROVIDES BIGGER

PAYCHECKS FOR ALL

AMERICANS STARTING EARLY

NEXT YEAR.

GARY LANE HAS THE STORY.

Reporter: AT THE

WHITE HOUSE WEDNESDAY,

PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCED

A BIG TAX CUT FOR ALL

AMERICANS IS JUST DAYS

AWAY, A MAJOR CAMPAIGN

PROMISE KEPT.

THE PRESIDENT SAID IT WILL

BE A TRULY AMAZING VICTORY

FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES.

President Trump: IF

CONGRESS SENDS ME A BILL

BEFORE CHRISTMAS, THE

I.R.S. -- THIS IS BREAKING

NEWS -- HAS JUST CONFIRMED

THAT AMERICANS WILL SEE

LOWER TAXES AND BIGGER

PAYCHECKS BEGINNING IN

FEBRUARY.

Reporter: TAX BILLS

HAVE ALREADY BEEN PASSED

BY EACH HOUSE OF CONGRESS.

THIS WEEK A CONFERENCE

COMMITTEE BEGAN WORKING

OUT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN

THE SENATE AND HOUSE

VERSIONS.

President Trump: WE

WANT TO GIVE YOU, THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE, A GIANT

TAX CUT FOR CHRISTMAS.

AND WHEN I SAY GIANT, I

MEAN GIANT.

Reporter: HERE IS

WHAT CONGRESSIONAL

REPUBLICANS HAVE WORKED

OUT SO FAR: STARTING IN

JANUARY, THE BUSINESS TAX

RATE WILL BE CUT FROM 35

TO 21%.

A TOP INDIVIDUAL TAX RATE

WILL BE REDUCED FROM 39.6%

TO 37%.

DEDUCTIONS FOR STATE AND

LOCAL INCOME AND PROPERTY

TAXES WILL BE ALLOWED, BUT

LIMITED TO NO MORE THAN

$10,000.

THE STANDARD DEDUCTION FOR

MARRIED COUPLES WILL BE

BASICALLY DOUBLED TO

$24,000, AND $12,000 FOR

SINGLES.

NEW MORTGAGES CAN BE

DEDUCTED, UP TO $750,000.

THE OBAMACARE MANDATE THAT

FORCES PEOPLE TO BUY

INSURANCE OR PAY A PENALTY

WILL BE REPEALED.

DEMOCRATS ARGUE THE

REPUBLICAN PLAN WILL

BENEFIT THE RICH AT THE

EXPENSE OF WORKING-CLASS

AMERICANS.

THE PUBLIC KNOWS ABOUT

THIS BILL.

THEY DON'T KNOW ALL OF THE

DETAILS, BUT THEY SMELL

WHAT'S GOING ON.

TAX CUTS FOR THE

WEALTHIEST, NO HELP FOR SO

MANY IN THE MIDDLE CLASS.

Reporter: NOT SO SAY

CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS

AND THE PRESIDENT.

ALSO AT THE WHITE HOUSE

WEDNESDAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP

INTRODUCED A MIDDLE CLASS

AMERICAN FAMILY OF FOUR,

FROM LEBANON, OHIO.

THE PRESIDENT SAID THE TAX

BILL WILL SAVE THEM ABOUT

THEM ABOUT $3500 A YEAR.

ADAM EXPLAINED WHAT HE

INTENDS TO DO WITH THE

MONEY.

WE HAVE HOME

RENOVATIONS WE WANT TO

TAKE CARE OF, AND

HOPEFULLY SAVE FOR OUR TWO

CHILDREN TO GO TO COLLEGE.

Reporter: REPUBLICAN

LAWMAKERS ARE HOPING TO

VOTE ON A FINAL VERSION OF

THE TAX BILL NEXT WEEK.

President Trump: THIS

IS ONLY A SMALL BEGINNING

TO THE INCREDIBLE THINGS

OUR PEOPLE WILL ACHIEVE

OVER A VERY SHORT PERIOD

OF TIME, AND THE

TREMENDOUS HEIGHTS WE WILL

REACH ECONOMICALLY, AND SO

MANY OTHER WAYS IN OUR

COUNTRY, EVERY DAY.

Reporter: AND

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS

ALREADY TAKEN ANOTHER

IMPORTANT STEP BY REDUCING

REGULATIONS ON BUSINESSES.

REPUBLICANS HOPE THE

COMBINATION OF CUTTING

BOTH TAXES AND GOVERNMENT

RULES WILL GIVE THE

ECONOMY A POWERFUL BOOST.

GARY LANE, CBN NEWS.

Mark: DESPITE NEW

EVIDENCE OF POSSIBLE

POLITICAL BIAS ON ROBERT

MUELLER'S INVESTIGATIVE

TEAM, THE MAN WHO HAS THE

AUTHORITY TO FIRE HIM SAYS

HE HAS FOUND NO CAUSE TO

DO SO.

ROB ROSENSTEIN SAYS JEFF

SESSIONS RECUSED HIMSELF

AND TESTIFIED ON

WEDNESDAY.

THE HEARING CAME ONE DAY

AFTER TEXT MESSAGES

SURFACED BETWEEN F.B.I.

AGENTS THAT ONCE WORKED ON

MUELLER'S TEAM.

SOME SEE IT AS FURTHER

EVIDENCE THAT THE

INVESTIGATION IS BIAS AND

VOID OF PUBLIC TRUST.

THEY REFER TO THE

PRESIDENT AS AN UTTER

IDIOT, A LOATHSOME HUMAN,

AND AWFUL, WHILE

CONTINUALLY PRAISING

HILLARY CLINTON AND THE

OBAMAS.

THESE TEXT MESSAGES PROVE

WHAT WE ALL EXPECTED:

HIGH-RANKING F.B.I.

OFFICIALS INVOLVED IN THE

CLINTON INVESTIGATION WERE

PERSONALLY INVESTED IN THE

UPCOME OF THE ELECTION AND

CLEARLY LET THEIR STRONG

POLITICAL OPINIONS CLOUD

THEIR PROFESSIONAL

JUDGMENT.

Mark: THE TEXT

MESSAGES ADD TO OTHER

FACTS THAT INVESTIGATORS

HAVE MADE POLITICAL

CONTRIBUTIONS TO

DEMOCRATS, AND HAVE EVEN

DONE WORK FOR THE CLINTON

FOUNDATION.

HE TOLD INVESTIGATORS THAT

THERE IS A DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN POLITICAL

AFFILIATION AND POLITICAL

BIAS.

> A KENTUCKY LAWMAKER

ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

HAS DIED, AND THE CORNOR

SAYS IT WAS, QUOTE,

"PROBABLY SUICIDE."

HE DIED IN MOUNT

WASHINGTON, KENTUCKY.

AN AUTOPSY IS SCHEDULED

FOR TODAY.

THIS WEEK THE KENTUCKY

CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE

REPORTING PUBLISHED

ALLEGATIONS FROM A WOMAN

WHO SAID JOHNSON SEXUALLY

ASSAULTED HER IN HIS

BASEMENT FOUR YEARS AGO.

JOHNSON DENIED THE

ACCUSATIONS.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

REPORTS THAT AFTER AN

INVESTIGATION, LOUISVILLE

POLICE CLOSED THE CASE AND

DID NOT FILE CHARGES.

> FOR YEARS, TAXPAYERS

HAVE UNKNOWINGLY HELP

CONGRESSMEN SECRETLY

SETTLE LAWSUITS THAT

INVOLVE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON BRINGS

US MORE FROM WASHINGTON.

Reporter: THE DAYS OF

LAWMAKERS ACTING OUT AND

SENDING TAXPAYERS THE BILL

MIGHT SOON BE OVER.

IF SUCCESSFUL, THE

BIPARTISAN EFFORT WOULD

END THESE SO-CALLED HUSH

FUNDS AND RESTORE MILLIONS

IN TAX DOLLARS USED TO

COVER THESE SECRET

SETTLEMENTS.

THERE WILL BE A VERY

CLEAR MESSAGE SENT TO THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE: WE ARE

NOT GOING TO TOLERATE THIS

KIND OF BEHAVIOUR.

Reporter: THIS PUSH

FOR STRONGER

ACCOUNTABILITY WOULD NOT

ONLY STOP PAYMENT FOR

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

LAWSUITS, IT WOULD ALSO

END THE SECRECY BY

DISCLOSING NAMES OF

LAWMAKERS AND THE NATURE

OF THE ALLEGATIONS.

I THINK IT CREATES

NEGATIVE INCENTIVES IF

MEMBERS KNOW THEY CAN JUST

CUT A CHECK FROM HIS

OFFICE BUDGET AND KEEP IT

ALL SECRET.

THERE IS A REASON WHY

SOMEONE LIKE THAT WAS A

HABITUAL OFFENDER.

Reporter: THE BILL

REQUIRES ANY MEMBER WHO

HAS BENEFITED FROM A

SETTLEMENT TO PAY BACK THE

MONEY WITH INTEREST.

I HOPE WE CAN DO THIS

RAPIDLY SO WE CAN SHOW THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE WE'RE

SERIOUS ABOUT TAKING CARE

OF THIS ISSUE.

Reporter: SENATOR

CHUCK GRASSLEY TELLS CBN

NEWS CONGRESS NEEDS TO

LEAD BY EXAMPLE.

THIS GIVES US AN

EXAMPLE TO LEAD AGAIN, AND

MAYBE WE, BY CONGRESS

CHANGING THESE LAWS AND

SETTING A BETTER EXAMPLE,

IT MIGHT EVEN SET A BETTER

EXAMPLE FOR HOLLYWOOD.

Reporter: GIVEN THE

CONTINUED ACCUSATIONS AND

RECENT RESIGNATIONS,

CONGRESSMAN ROBERT

PITTINGER URGES THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE TO PRAY

FOR THEIR LEADERS.

KNOW THAT THE FOLKS UP

HERE NEED YOUR PRAYERS,

NOT JUST FOR MAKING THE

RIGHT DECISIONS, BUT

THEY'LL BE PEOPLE WHO WALK

WITH THE LORD AND DO THE

RIGHT THING.

Reporter: HE POINTS

OUT WHILE LEADERS ARE

HUMAN, THEY MUST ALSO

PURSUE HIGHER STANDARDS.

THERE ARE SO MANY OF US

WHO ATTEND BIBLE STUDIES

AND PRAYER GROUPS, AND

HAVE EVERY BELIEF IN THE

WORLD, AND THEY LOVE THEIR

WIVES, THEY LOVE THE

CHURCHES THEY GO TO, THEY

LOVE THE LORD, THEY WANT

TO DO THE RIGHT THING, BUT

CLEARLY THERE ARE SOME

FOLKS WHO STUMBLE ALONG

THE WAY.

AND WE NEED TO ADDRESS

THAT, BUT WE NEED TO BE

UPHELD TO A HIGHER

STANDARD.

Reporter: LAWMAKERS

HOPE THE STEPS THEY'RE

TAKING TO ADDRESS

HARASSMENT WILL LEAD TO A

CULTURAL CHANGE IN

CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON, CBN

NEWS.

Mark: ONE OF

PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FORMER

CAMPAIGN DIRECTORS PLANS

TO LEAVE THE

ADMINISTRATION NEXT MONTH.

AMAROSA WAS APPOINTED FOR

THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF

PUBLIC LIASON.

DURING THE PUBLI CAMPAIGN SHE

WORKED WITH SEVERAL

CONSTITUENT GROUPS.

SHE WILL BE RESIGNING IN

JANUARY.

> STAY WITH US, THERE IS

MUCH MORE OF CBN

"NEWSWATCH" AHEAD.

Mark: SATELLITE

IMAGES SHOW NORTH KOREA

MAY BE PREPARING ANOTHER

BALLISTIC MISSILE LAUNCH.

THE ONGOING TESTING

POSSESS A SIGNIFICANT

THREAT TO NEIGHBORING

COUNTRIES.

SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT

MOON JAE-IN BEGAN HIS

FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT TO

CHINA THIS WEEK.

MONG FE LI HAS THIS STORY.

Reporter: DURING

SOUTH KOREAN'S PRESIDENT

IN CHINA, HE SAID BOTH

NATIONS SHARE SIMILARITIES

AND A MEANINGFUL

FRIENDSHIP.

> PRESIDENT XI

EMPHASIZES THAT THEY

SHOULD BE FAITHFUL

SERVANTS FOR THE PEOPLE

FOREVER.

MY ADMINISTRATIVE GOALS

ARE TO BUILD A REPUBLIC OF

KOREA AND GOVERNMENT WHICH

ARE SUPPORTED BY OUR

PEOPLE.

Reporter: SINCE MOON

TOOK OFFICE LAST YEAR,

RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO

NATIONS HAVE BEEN ROCKY,

ESPECIALLY AFTER THE

DEPLOYMENT IN SOUTH KOREA.

BEIJING STRONGLY OPPOSE

THE U.S. ANTI-MISSILE

SYSTEM.

EXPERTS SAY SO FAR THE

SOUTH KOREAN PEOPLE HAVE A

FAVORABLE VIEW OF THEIR

NEW PRESIDENT.

THE PREVIOUS

ADMINISTRATION -- ONE OF

THE CRITICISMS WAS THAT HE

WAS TOO -- HE WAS DOING

THINGS THAT LIMITED THESE

KINDS OF INDIVIDUAL

FREEDOMS, FREEDOM OF THE

PRESS, FREEDOM OF SPEECH,

FREEDOM TO PRACTICE

RELIGION.

MY OWN BELIEF IS THAT MOON

JAE-IN WILL TAKE A FAIRLY

PROGRESSIVE AND LIBERAL

STANCE ON THOSE ISSUES.

Reporter: BACK IN

NOVEMBER, MOON AND CHINESE

PRESIDENT JINPING HEALED A

CLOSED-DOOR MEETING DURING

THE APEC SUMMIT IN

VIETNAM.

THEY HAD A FRIENDLY

EXCHANGE REGARDING MANY

CRITICAL ISSUES. THE

CHINESE GOVERNMENT HARSHLY

CONDEMNED THE NORTH KOREAN

LAUNCH, CLAIMING THAT KIM

JONG-UN'S BEHAVIOR IS

HARMING INTERNATIONAL

RELATIONS.

HOWEVER, CHINA BELIEVES

THERE IS STILL ROOM FOR

NEGOTIATIONS ON THE KOREAN

PENINSULA, AND THE OPTION

OF WAR IS ABSOLUTELY

UNACCEPTABLE.

ANYONE WHO OPPOSES THE

RESOLUTIONS OR EVEN ACTS

UNILATERALLY, WILL

DEFINITELY UNDER MINE THE

UNITY OF THE SECURITY

COUNCIL, AND THE RIGHTFUL

INTEREST OF OTHER

COUNTRIES, WHICH WE WILL

NEVER APPROVE OR ACCEPT.

Reporter:

President Trump:

URGED SOUTH KOREAN LEADERS

TO UNIFY.

MOST LEADERS BELIEVE

ELIMINATION OF THE KIM

REGIME MIGHT BE THE

ULTIMATE SOLUTION FOR

ESTABLISHING LONG-TERM

PEACE AND UNIFICATION IN

THE NATION.

THE UNITED NATIONS SENT

OFFICIALS TO NORTH KOREA

LAST MONTH, BUT THEY WERE

NOT GRANTED A THE MEETING

WITH KIM JONG-UN.

AND COUNTRIES ARE NOW

FACING MORE DIPLOMATIC

PRESSURE.

IN ADDITION TO NORTH

KOREA, MOON'S AGENDA WILL

FOCUS ON BILATERAL TRADE

AND INVESTMENT TIES WITH

CHINA.

THE SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT

HOPES HIS VIDEO WILL

IMPROVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH

CHINA IN THE LONG RUN.

MONG FE LI, CBN NEWS.

Mark: UP NEXT, A

MOVEMENT TO BRING OUR

NATION'S ELITE

UNIVERSITIES BACK TO THEIR

BIBLICAL ROOTS, RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

CHRISTIANS HELPED START

MANY OF THE NATIONS MOST

ELITE UNIVERSITIES,

INCLUDING HARVARD,

PRINCETON, AND YALE.

RECENTLY, THEY HAVE BECOME

DISTINCTLY SECULAR.

CAITLIN BURKE SHOWS HOW

ONE MINISTRY IS FIGHTING

TO BRING THEM BACK TO

THEIR ROOTS.

Reporter: TO

CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES, MANY

COLLEGE CAMPUSES MIGHT AS

WELL BE PUTTING OUT "NOT

WELCOME" SINUSES.

SIGNS.

I THINK A LOT OF TIMES

THESE CAMPUSES -- I THINK

ABOUT THE WAY THE SOVIET

UNION WAS YEARS AGO.

THEY HAVE A FEW SHOW

CHURCHES TO MAKE IT LOOK

LIKE FREEDOM OF RELIGION,

BUT BEHIND THE SCENES THEY

DO A LOT TO EXPRESS I SUP SUPPRESS IT.

I THINK IN MANY WAYS, IT

HAS BEEN A TRAIN WRECK FOR

50 YEARS.

THE RESEARCH WE'VE DONE,

IF YOU LOOK AT THE MOST

INFLUENTIAL SCHOOLS, MAYBE

THE TOP 20, ABOUT

TWO-THIRDS OF THEM WENT TO

THOSE TOP 20 SCHOOLS.

Reporter: IN 2011, HE

STARTED "CHRISTIAN UNION"

TO SPECIFICALLY FOCUS ON

SCHOOLS THAT CONSISTENTLY

PRODUCE THE NATIONS'

LEADERS.

INCLUDING ALL OF THE IVY

LEAGUES.

IF WE WANT TO CHANGE

THE NATION, WE HAVE TO HIT

THESE PEOPLE AND MINISTER

TO THEM.

THE CAMPUSES HAVE DONE US

A GREAT SERVICE.

THEY'VE BROUGHT TOGETHER

SOME OF THE MOST

LEADERSHIP-MINDED,

AMBITIOUS YOUNG PEOPLE IN

THE COUNTRY.

OUR PART IS SIMPLY TO TELL

THEM ABOUT JESUS CHRIST

AND DISCIPLE THEM IN THE

LORD.

Reporter: CHRISTIAN

UNION HAS FACED SOME

PUSHBACK FROM UNIVERSITY

OFFICIALS AS OTHER

CHRISTIAN GROUPS HAVE ON

SECULAR CAMPUSES.

BUT IT HAS A MORE

AGGRESSIVE APPROACH,

MAKING IT CLEAR TO THE

UNIVERSITY HE WON'T BACK

DOWN OR GO AWAY.

WHEN YOU DO THAT, THE

UNIVERSITIES END UP

RESPECTING YOU MORE

BECAUSE OF IT.

THEY KNOW THEY CAN'T ROLL

RIGHT OVER YOU.

Reporter: A PRETTY

RADICAL APPROACH THAT HAS

SEEN SUCCESS ON CAMPUS,

BUT ACTUALLY MET

RESISTANCE FROM CHRISTIANS

FOR ITS AGGRESSIVE STANCE.

YOU NEED TO BE FIRM

ABOUT IT.

YOU SEE WHEREVER THE

APOSTLE PAUL WENT, THERE

WAS RIVAL OR RIOTS.

WE SHOULD EXPECT THAT,

THAT THAT IS NORMAL AND IT

WILL HAPPEN AND NOT BE

AFRAID OF IT.

Reporter: WHEN

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

REFUSED TO RECOGNIZE

CHRISTIAN UNION, BENNETT

HIRED A CIVIL RIGHTS

ORGANIZATION.

THEY WROTE A LETTER TO

THE PRESIDENT OF

PRINCETON, AND SHE WROTE

BACK IN THREE DAYS AND

SAID, YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY

RIGHT.

SO THEY DID THE RIGHT

THING.

AND WE'RE THANKFUL FOR

THAT.

THEY DID IN THREE DAYS

WHAT THEY WOULDN'T DO FOR

US IN THREE YEARS.

Reporter: AND HIS

EFFORTS HAVE LED TO

POSITIVE RESPONSE FROM

STUDENTS LOOKING FOR MORE

THAN JUST ACADEMIC

ACHIEVEMENT.

STUDENTS ARE HUNGRY IN

THEIR SOUL THE THINGS OF

GOD, JUST LIKE EVERYBODY

ELSE.

IT CAN BE HARD TO BE IN

TOUCH WITH THAT WHEN

YOU'RE RUNNING SO HARD

AFTER WHAT'S GLAMOURIZED

AS SUCCESS IN THE WORLD'S

EYES.

BUT ALL OF OUR HEARTS

REALLY ARE CREATED FOR

GOD, AND THEY'RE GOING TO

BE RESTLESS UNTIL THEY

FIND REST IN HIM.

Reporter: CLAY SAYS

BELIEVE IT OR NOT,

STUDENTS ARE FINDING THE

LORD IN THE IVY LEAGUE.

OFTENTIMES THEY COME

HERE AND REALIZE, WOW, I'M

NOT THE GREATEST IN MY

TOWN OR CITY ANYMORE, AND

I'M AROUND A BUNCH OF

PEOPLE JUST LIKE ME.

AS PEOPLE WRESTLE WITH

THOSE THINGS, THEY CAN GET

IN TOUCH WITH THE NEEDS

THEY HAVE, WHICH ARE

REALLY FOR THE LORD.

EVEN HAVING ACHIEVED,

YOU KNOW, COMING TO MY

DREAM SCHOOL, THAT DID NOT

SATISFY.

THAT WAS NOT IT.

I STILL HAD A LONGING

WITHIN AND A CONSCIOUSNESS

OF NEED IN ME.

AND I KNEW THAT SOMEHOW

THAT HAD TO DO WITH GOD,

BUT DIDN'T REALLY KNOW

HOW -- I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT

THAT LOOKS LIKE.

Reporter: IN THE

MIDST OF HIS SEARCH,

KENNETH RECEIVED AN

INVITATION TO A CHRISTIAN

UNION BIBLE STUDY.

IT WAS THERE THAT I

THINK I WAS SEEING IN

SOMEONE LIKE THAT,

WATCHING THE WAY HE WAS

TALKING AND READING THE

BIBLE, AND THAT HE

ACTUALLY LOVED IT AND

BELIEVED IT.

AND THERE WAS A REALITY

THAT I KNEW HE KNEW

SOMETHING I DID NOT.

HE HAD SOMETHING I DID NOT

HAVE.

Reporter: NOT LONG

AFTER THAT, ON THE FLOOR

OF HIS DORM ROOM, HE

BEGGED THE LORD TO MAKE

HIM NEW.

GOD MET ME THERE.

AND THE GUILT AND THE

WEIGHT OF THAT LIFTED OFF,

AND THERE WAS A JOY AND A

PEACE THAT I HAD NEVER

KNOWN BEFORE.

AND I KNEW I WAS IN THE

PRESENCE MORE THAN WHO I

AM.

Reporter: IN THE

COMPETITIVE, RIGOROUS, AND

STRESSFUL IVY LEAGUE

ENVIRONMENT, YOUNG MEN AND

WOMEN ARE EXPERIENCING THE

FREEDOM ONLY CHRIST CAN

DELIVER.

NOW WITH THE SUPPORT AND

ENCOURAGEMENT WITH GROUPS

LIKE CHRISTIAN UNION, THEY

CAN GROW THEIR FAITH AND

SPREAD GOD'S INFLUENCE

AROUND THE WORLD.

WHEN I DEFUSE A

QUICKENING RAY, I WOKE THE

DUNGEON FLAMED WITH LIGHT.

Reporter: CAITLIN

BURKE, CBN NEWS, NEW YORK.

Mark: KATHY LEE

GIFFORD IS MAKING A

FAMILIAR BIBLE STORY COME

ALIVE IN A NEW WAY.

IT IS THE FOCUS OF THIS

WEEK'S "STUDIO 5"

INTERVIEW.

EFREM GRAHAM HAS THAT

STORY.

I WANTED TO HONOR HIS

MEMORY WITH IT, BUT I ALSO

WANTED IT TO DO SOMETHING

GOOD.

Efrem: AS PHOTOGRAPHS

SHOW, KATHY GRIFFIN HAS

ENJOYED A MORE THAN 40

YEAR CAREER AS A HOST,

ACTRESS, PLAYWRIGHT,

SONGWRITER AND SINGER.

Efrem: YOU'VE GOT A

RICH HISTORY WITH CBN, SO

I BROUGHT SOMETHING TO

SHOW YOU.

OH, DEAR.

Efrem: IT'S YOU.

* ONCE I WAS EMPTY

* LOST AND ALONE

* SO FULL OF SA SORROW *

OH, BOY.

Efrem: DO YOU

REMEMBER IT?

THAT CLIP, NO.

I REMEMBER THIS SONG.

Efrem: KATHIE LEE IS

MAKING NEW MEMORIES AND

NEW MUSIC.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE

FIERCE ARMY OF THE

PHILISTINES HAD BEEN

CAMPED IN THE VALLEY OF

ALLAH FOR 40 DAYS.

Efrem: HER LATEST

PROJECT, "THE LITTLE

GIANT," A MUSICAL TELLING

THE STORY OF DAVID AND

GOLIATH.

* I'M A SHEPHERD BOY,

YOUNG DAVID BY DAY *

Efrem: AND AS YOU

SEE, SHE HAS I ENLISTED A

FEW FAMILIAR FRIENDS TO

HELP TELL IT.

DAVID, I'M GETTING VERY

WORRIED ABOUT THIS WALL

WITH THE PHILISTINES.

Efrem: YOU DO THIS

MUSICAL, ESSENTIALLY --

YES.

Efrem: WHAT INSPIRED

YOU TO DO THIS AND FOR

SHEBA TO TELL THE STORY?

YEAH.

THIS WAS A VERY FUN

PROJECT.

WHEN I WAS IN ISRAEL IN

2012 WITH MY HUSBAND, WE

WENT TO THE VALLEY OF

ALLAH, WHERE DAVID

HISTORICALLY BATTLED

GOLIATH.

AND IT WAS FRANK'S

FAVORITE PLACE, MY

HUSBANDMENHUSBAND.

WE HAD NEVER BEEN TO

ISRAEL BEFORE.

AND EVERYBODY THINKS THEY

KNOW THE MIRACLE OF DAVID

AND GOLIATH, THAT A LITTLE

SHEPHERD BOY COULD KILL A

GIANT.

BUT THE BIBLE TELLS US

DAVID HAD ALREADY KILLED

LIONS AND BEARS.

THAT'S WHAT SHEPHERDS DO.

ALSO DAVID TALKED ABOUT IN

THE SONG HOW HE IS

WONDERFULLY AND FEARFULLY

MADE IN HIS MOTHER'S WOMB.

I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD.

Efrem: THIS IS A

PASSION PROJECT KATHIE LEE

WANTS TO SEE PERFORMED AND

SHARED IN CHURCHES AND

SYNAGOGUES EVERYWHERE, FOR

ADULTS AND CHILDREN TO

ENJOY.

SOMEBODY GET ME SOMEONE

WHO CAN ACTUALLY SING

SOON.

COME ON, GET ME SOMEONE

WHO CAN PLAY THE HARP.

WE ARE ASKING OUR

CHILDREN THE WRONG

QUESTION FROM THE MINUTE

THEY'RE BORN.

WE ALWAYS E ASK OUR KIDS

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE

WHEN YOU GROW UP.

THE MUCH, MUCH BETTER

QUESTION IS: WHAT HAS GOD

ALREADY PREPARED YOU TO DO

IN YOUR LIFE FOR THE

KINGDOM OF GOD?

WE REALIZE BY THIS

TEACHING THAT DAVID WAS

DOING EVERYTHING GOD HAD

ALREADY PREPARED HIM TO

DO.

HE WAS THE ONE WILLING TO

GO DOWN, PICK UP FIVE

STONES IN THE BROOK OF

ALLAH, AND THROW IT AT THE

GIANT.

EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE

ISRAELITE ARMY AND KING

SAUL COWERING IN FEAR ON

TOP OF THE ISRAELITE

RIDGE.

THE MIRACLE OF DAVID AND

GOLIATH IS THAT DAVID HAD

A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE

LIVING GOD.

THE OTHERS HAD RELIGION.

*

* SO GRAB YOUR STONE

* AND THROW IT WELL

SO I WROTE A SONG WITH

MY FRIEND DAVID POMERAN,

ABOUT DAVID AND GOLIATH,

CALLED "WHAT IS YOUR

STONE?"

* WHAT IS YOUR STONE,

WHERE WILL YOU THROW IT *

* WHAT IS YOUR GIFT

* HOW WILL YOU KNOW IT

* WHAT IS THE ONE THING

THAT YOU CAN DO THAT NO

ONE ELSE CAN DO BUT YOU *

*

WHAT IS, WHAT IS YOUR

STONE *

Efrem: WHEN DID YOU

RECOGNIZE WHAT YOUR STONE

IS?

I KNEW IT AS SOON AS I

COULD THINK.

I CAME OUT OF MY MOTHER'S

WOMB WITH A FALL.

TAHDAH!

I HAVE BEEN A PERFORMER

ALL MY LIFE.

AND I PROBABLY WILL BE

PERFORMING AND WRITING ON

THE DAY I DIE.

I WANT TO.

AND I WANT TO BE LEARNING

SOMETHING NEW THAT DAY,

TOO.

*

Efrem: AND SHE'LL

STILL BE TEACHING, TOO.

EFREM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS,

NEW YORK.

Mark: GOOD FOR HER.

THAT'S IT FOR NOW ON CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US NEXT

TIME.

HAVE A GREAT DAY.

"THE 700 CLUB,"

DECEMBER 14, 2017.

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