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Christian World News - March 30, 2018

Evidence for the resurrection: How two atheists became Christians and strong defenders of the faith after examining the facts. The Good Friday Miracle: A Navy jet crashes into an apartment complex and no one is killed or even badly injured. ... Read Transcript


THANK YOU.

IN THE EMPTY TOMB WE

HAVE IT ALL, IRON-CLAD,

GUARANTEED.

I TELL PEOPLE THE TOMB WAS

LEFT EMPTY SO YOUR LIFE

WOULD BE MADE FULL.

THIS WEEK ON "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS," EVIDENCE FOR

THE RESURRECTION,

SCIENTISTS, SCHOLARS, AND

EVEN A DETECTIVE MAKES THE

CASE THAT CHRIST DID,

INDEED, RISE FROM THE

DEAD.

PLUS...IT IS KNOWN AS

THE GOOD FRIDAY MIRACLE.

A NAVY JET CRASHES INTO AN

APARTMENT COMPLEX AND NO

ONE IS KILLED OR EVEN

BADLY INJURED.

HEAR THE AMAZING STORIES

OF SURVIVAL.

AND...A NEW STAR

EMERGES FROM THE WHITE

HOUSE.

SEE HOW THE PENCE FAMILY'S

PET BUNNY IS HELPING

OTHERS, AND WHY IT IS

COMING UNDER ATTACK.

HELLO, EVERYONE.

WELCOME TO THIS WEEK'S

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS."

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

AND I'M WENDY GRIFFITH.

WHEN TWO ATHEISTS SET OUT

TO EXAMINE EVIDENCE FOR

THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS

CHRIST, THEIR GOAL WAS TO

PROVE IT NEVER HAPPENED.

WHEN THEY RAN UP

AGAINST FACTS THEY

COULDN'T DISMISS, THEY

CAME TO A CONCLUSION THEY

NEVER EXPECTED: THE

RESURRECTION IS TRUE.

PAUL STRAND SHOWS US HOW

THESE DIE-HARD SKEPTICS

BECAME STRONG DEFENDERS OF

THE CHRISTIAN FAITH.

Reporter: AS A

SUCCESSFUL COLD CASE

DETECTIVE, JAY WARNER

BECAME SO WELL-KNOWN AS

SOLVING DECADES-OLD

MURDERS, HE ENDED ON AS AN

EXPERT ON TRUE CRIME

SHOWS.

HE IS ALSO AN I ATHEIST.

AND WANTED TO PROVE IT.

GIVEN THE SKILL SET I

HAD AS A COLD-CASE

DETECTIVE, I HAD TO PROVE

IT.

Reporter: THE FOR YEARS

SOME DOUBTERS CLUNG TO ONE

THEORY, THAT JESUS DIDN'T

ACTUALLY DIE ON THE CROSS

WABUT WAS JUST BARELY DEAD

AND WAS REVIVED.

HOT BLOOD IS GOING TO

STOP CIRCULATING, AND

YOU'RE GOING TO COOL DOWN.

AND YOU'LL BE COOL TO THE

TOUCH.

AND WE CAN JUDGE TIME OF

DEATH BASED ON HOW COOL.

AND THERE IS A THING

CALLED RIGERMORTUS.

Reporter: AND WARNER

FINDS IN THE BOOK OF JOHN

A KEY POINT OF PROVE, A

LINE ABOUT BLOOD AND WATER

COMING OUT OF JESUS BODY

ON THE CROSS WHEN A ROMAN

SOLDIER PIERCED HIM.

WATER WILL COLLECT IN

YOUR LUNGS.

Reporter: IT STRUCK

WALLACE POWERFULLY THAT

JOHN WROTE OF THIS.

HE IS EITHER SO CLEVER

HE INCLUDED SOME

BIOLOGICAL FACT THAT NO

ONE WOULD DISCOVER FOR

YEARS, OR HE JUST REPORTED

WHAT HE SAW.

THE RENAISSANCE SAID,

WE DON'T KNOW GOD?

WHY?

SEE HOW GREAT MAN/WOMAN

IS.

Reporter: AS AN

ATHEIST, JOSH McDOWELL

SET OFF TO SHOW THE

EVIDENCE ABOUT CHRIST,

INCLUDING HIS RESURRECTION

WAS SO WEAK, THE VERDICT

WOULD BE NOT TRUE.

THE RESURRECTION WAS

ONE OF SEVERAL THINGS I

KNEW I HAD TO REFUTE.

Reporter: BUT INSTEAD

OF IT HAPPENING, HE SPENDS

TIME KNOCKING DOWN THE

THEORY, LIKE CHRIST REALLY

DIDN'T DIE, BUT JUST WOKE

UP.

HE WAS WRAPPED TIGHTLY

IN THREE SEPARATE LINEN

CLOTHS.

SECOND, HOW WOULD HE BE

ABLE TO MOVE, IN SUCH A

STATE LIKE THAT, MOVE A

ONE AND A HALF OR TWO TON

STONE AWAY FROM THE

ENTRANCE.

Reporter: AS FOR THE

PREDICTION THAT THE

DISCIPLES STOLE HIS BODY,

BUT THEY TALKED THE ROMANS

INTO POSTING A MASSIVE

GUARD GROUP, PROBABLY 16

SOLDIERS, OUTSIDE CHRIST'S

TOMB.

SO HE SCOFFS AT THAT THE

IDEA THAT THE APOSTLES

COULD HAVE PULLED OFF SUCH

A HEIST.

THE POSSIBILITY THAT

THEY COULD HAVE TIPTOED

AROUND ALL OF THE GUARDS,

AND BECOME INVISIBLE TO

THE GUARDS IN FRONT OF THE

TOMB, AND ROLL A ONE AND A

HALF TO TWO TON STONE --

Reporter: WALLACE CAN

JUST ACCEPT THIS AS THEORY

BECAUSE HE KNOWS IT ALL

FALLS APART IF THEY

DISCIPLES DON'T RECANT.

WALLACE POINTS OUT COURTS

DON'T EXPECT THEM TO PROVE

NO POSSIBLE DOUBT, ONLY A

REASONABLE DOUBT.

IS IT POSSIBLE THAT

CONSPIRED FOR 500 YEARS,

WITH NOT ENOUGH FAMILY

RELATIONSHIPS TO HOLD IT

TOGETHER?

YEAH, IT'S POSSIBLE, JUST

NOT BELIEVE.

ALEXIS McFARLAND

POINTS OUT HOW THINGS

CHANGED AFTER JESUS

RESURRECTION.

HIS VERY RELATIONSHIP

WITH GOD IS CONTINGENT ON

KEEPING THE SABBATH THEY

RESERVED FOR CENTURIES,

AND SUDDENLY OVERNIGHT

BEGAN TO WORSHIP ON

SUNDAY.

WHY?

SOMETHING MUST HAVE

HAPPENED.

SUNDAY IS RESURRECTION

DAY.

NOW, YOU HAVE TO

UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANT

TO THE JEW IF THEY EVER

BROKE THE SABBATH.

IT COULD MEAN DEATH.

IN THE EMPTY TOMB, WE

HAVE IT ALL.

I TELL PEOPLE, THE TOMB

WAS LEFT EMPTY SO YOUR

LIFE COULD BE MADE FULL.

IT GIVES ME HOPE THAT

AS CHRIST IS RAISED FROM

THE DEAD, I SHALL BE, TOO,

BECAUSE OF THAT.

IF CHRIST PHYSICALLY

ROSE FROM THE GRAVE, IT

PROVES HIS IDENTITY

MESSAGE AND CREDENTIALS.

WHAT WAS HIS IDENTITY?

GOD INCARNATE.

POO HIS CREDENTIALS: HE

ROSE FROM THE DEAD, I.E.,

HE IS THE SAVIOR.

Reporter: PAUL

STRAND, CBN NEWS, NORTH

CAROLINA.

COMING UP, A NAVY JET

CRASHES INTO AN APARTMENT

BUILDING, AND NO ONE IS

KILLED.

IT IS NO WONDER THEY CALL

IT THE GOOD FRIDAY

MIRACLE.

WELCOME BACK TO

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

IT HAPPENED ON A GOOD

FRIDAY.

A U.S. NAVY JET SLAMMED

INTO AN APARTMENT COMPLEX

IN VIRGINIA BEACH IN A

HEAVILY POPULATED AREA.

BUT THERE WERE NO

FATALITIES AND HARDLY ANY

INJURIES.

NOW, ON THE SIXTH

ANNIVERSARY OF THAT

FATEFUL DAY, PEOPLE STILL

REMEMBER IT AS AN EASTER

MIRACLE.

Reporter: IT WAS GOOD

FRIDAY, A LITTLE PAST

NOON.

SCHOOL HAD JUST BEEN LET

OUT FOR EASTER BREAK IN

VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA,

WHEN SOMETHING COMPLETELY

UNEXPECTED HAPPENED.

THE AIR STARTED

VIBRATING.

I JUST HEARD A LOUD

NOISE.

IT WAS ALL THIS BLACK

STUFF, I MEAN LIKE HEAVY,

DARK, BLACK SMOKE, GOING

BY THE WINDOW.

I'M, LIKE, MY GOD, NO,

NO, NO, NO.

I'M SCREAMING, NO, NO, NO.

Reporter: IT WAS AN

FA-18 HORNET THAT

MALFUNCTIONED RIGHT AFTER

TAKEOFF.

IT SLAMMED INTO THE

MAYFAIR COMPLEX IN A

HIGHLY POPULATED AREA.

A PLANE JUST WENT DOWN

OFF OF 24th STREET.

THE APARTMENT BUILDING IS

COMPLETELY DESTROYED.

OH, MY GOD, IT IS

TERRIBLE.

THE WHOLE THING IS ON

FIRE.

AND IT'S A SENIOR

COMMUNITY.

OH, MY GOD, ALL OF THOSE

OLD PEOPLE.

OH, MYE MY GOD.

OH, MY JESUS.

Reporter: THE JET'S

TWO-MAN CREW EJECTED JUST

50 FEET ABOVE GROUND.

I SAW THE PILOT LAYING

ON THE GROUND ON HIS SIDE,

HANDS IN THE AIR, WHITE AS

A SHEET.

HE WAS STILL CONNECTED TO

HIS PARACHUTE.

WE HAD TO CUT THE LINES,

GET HIM FREE OF THE

PARACHUTE.

AND A BUNCH OF US PICKED

HIM UP AND DRAGGED HIM

AWAY FROM THE FLAMES.

THE HEAVY, BLACK, THICK

SMOKE STARTED TO COME OVER

THE ROOF TOP HERE.

I KNEW WE HAD A MATTER OF

MINUTES BEFORE THE FIRE

WAS GOING TO COME THIS

WAY.

Reporter: AS THE

OMINOUS BLACK SMOKE ROSE

FROM THE CRASH SITE AND

COUNTLESS RESPONDERS RAN

TO THE SCENE --

I THOUGHT, THEY'RE ALL

DEAD.

I LOOKED BACK AT THE

BUILDING, AND I COUNTED

THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DEAD.

BECAUSE I'M RETIRED.

I DON'T GO ANYWHERE.

I'M HERE EVERY DAY.

Reporter: THE MAYOR

OF VIRGINIA BEACH FEARED

THE SAME.

WHEN I CAME OVER HERE,

ABOUT RIGHT WHERE WE WERE

STANDING, THERE WAS A

MASSIVE FIRE STILL GOING

ON.

THERE WERE BUILDINGS OVER

TO MY RIGHT THAT WERE

PRETTY WELL DEMOLISHED.

Reporter: EARL MOYER

WAS MANAGER OF THE MAYFAIR

APARTMENT AT THE TIME.

HE ALREADY HAD BEEN

PRAYING FOR HIS PEOPLE.

I JUST PRAYED HE WOULD

BE THERE.

ALL I COULD DO IS THINK OF

PEOPLE SUFFERING, BURNING,

AND I JUST WANTED HIM TO

BE THERE ON THIS SCENE

JUST TO COMFORT PEOPLE.

Reporter: EARL BEGAN

SEARCHING FOR HIS TENANTS

AND WAS ABLE TO LOCATE ALL

BUT FOUR, SO HE CONTINUED

TO PRAY.

AND THE NEXT DAY THE FOUR

MISSING PERSONS WERE

LOCATED ALIVE. AND ONE BY

ONE, OTHERS STARTED

SHARING THEIR MIRACULOUS

STORIES OF SURVIVAL.

BEN DISHNER LIVED AND

WORKED AT THE MAYFAIR

BEFORE THE NAVY JET

DESTROYED HIS HOME.

THERE IS NO EARTHLY

REASON FOR ME TO BE

STANDING HERE TALKING TO

YOU TODAY.

I TAKE MY LUNCH

RELIGIOUSLY AT 11:30 TO

12:30 EVERY DAY.

AND BY ALL RIGHTS, I

SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN MY

HOUSE, PLAYING COMPUTER

GAMES, BUT GOD TOLD ME TO

SET SOME MORE TILE.

I'M, LIKE, IT'S FIVE

MINUTES TO 12:00.

I'M PAST LUNCH.

I'M GOING TO GO TO LUNCH.

AND SOMETHING SAID, JUST

SET THESE EIGHT MORE

TILES.

SET THESE EIGHT MORE

TILES.

I SAY EIGHT MORE TILES

SAVED MY LIFE, BUT GOD

SAVED MY LIFE.

Reporter: THE JET

CRASHED THROUGH BEN'S

APARTMENT WINDOW AND SET

HIS PLACE ON FIRE.

BUT HIS LIFE WAS SPARED.

AS FOR HIS WIFE AND HIS

FATHER-IN-LAW'S LIVES --

WE HAD TO TAKE HIM TO

THE HOSPITAL A COUPLE OF

MONTHS BEFORE.

HE HAD SOME COMPLICATIONS

AND HAD TO GO TO REHAB.

IF HE HADN'T HAD GONE TO

REHAB, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN

HOME.

A WEEK BEFORE THE CRASH,

THEY CHANGED MY WIFE'S

SCHEDULE.

IF THEY HADN'T CHANGED HER

SCHEDULE, SHE WOULD HAVE

BEEN SITTING ON THE COUCH

WHEN THE PLANE CAME

THROUGH THE FRONT WINDOW.

Reporter: SANDY HALL

WOULD NORMALLY HAVE BEEN

HOME WHEN THE JET CRASHED

AS WELL, BUT HER PLANS

CHANGED AT THE LAST-MINUTE

ON THAT FRIDAY MORNING,

SAVING HER LIFE, TOO.

I HAVE A CLEANING

BUSINESS, AND MY CLIENT

ASKED ME TO COME LATER

SINCE HER SON WAS HOME

FROM SCHOOL.

I TEXTED HER BACK ANDE BACK AND

SAID, HOW ABOUT 10:00, AND

SHE SAID THAT'S GOOD.

I'M NORMALLY HOME AROUND

NOON.

IT WAS 12:30, WARDE:30 WHEN I GOT

THE PHONE CALL THAT A JET

HAD CRASHED.

Reporter: HER

APARTMENT AND EVERYTHING

IN IT WENT UP IN FLAMES.

BUT EVEN PEOPLE WHO WERE

HOME MADE IT OUT SAFELY.

CHERYL McKEE OWNS A

SUPPLY STORE RIGHT NEXT TO

THE MAYFAIR.

I WATCHED A MAN WALK

OUT OF THE APARTMENT THAT

THE PLANE WENT IN.

HE CAME OUT THE FRONT DOOR

AND THE PLANE WENT DOWN

THE BACK.

Reporter: LINDA

WARNIK WAS IN HER SECOND

STORY APARTMENT WITH HER

GRANDCHILDREN WHEN THE JET

MADE IMPACT.

BUT THEY, TOO, MADE IT

THROUGH THEIR FRONT DOOR

WITHOUT A SCRATCH.

PEOPLE IN THE OTHER

TOWNHOUSE TOLD US THE HEAT

WAS SO INTENSE, THEY

COULDN'T GO OUT THEIR

FRONT DOORS.

THEY WENT OUT THE BACK

DOORS.

I DIDN'T NOTHING FEEL NOTHING.

I DIDN'T EVEN FEEL THE

FLAMES.

ME NEITHER.

IT IS KIND OF LIKE GOD

PROTECTED US.

I FELT GOD SURROUND ME,

HUGGING ME.

Reporter: AND SINCE

THE JET WAS FULLY FUELED

WHEN IT CRASHED, THE POINT

OF CONTACT WAS CRITICAL.

WITH GOD HONORING MY

PRAYERS, HE PUT THAT THING

IN THE MOST PERFECT SPOT.

IT IS KIND OF LIKE HE

DROPPED IT IN THIS COVE

HERE TO STOP THE EXPLOSION

FROM GOING EVEN FURTHER,

OR DEBRIS.

WHEN YOU PLACE GOD ON THE

SCENE, BE PREPARED FOR A

MIRACLE.

GOD DEFINITELY WAS ON

THE SCENE THAT DAY BECAUSE

OTHERWISE IF IT WENT A FEW

FEET FURTHER, WE WOULDN'T

BE HERE TO TELL THE STORY.

IT DEFINITELY MAKES YOU

THINK THAT YOU MIGHT NOT

BE THINKING OF GOD, BUT HE

IS RIGHT THERE ALL THE

TIME, THINKING ABOUT YOU.

WHAT ELSE KEPT ME FROM

BEING IN MY HOME THAT DAY?

WHAT ELSE KEPT ANYBODY

FROM BEING HURT?

NOT EVEN THE PILOT.

GOD HAD HIS HANDS ALL

AROUND US.

WOW, WHAT A MIRACLE.

> WELL, STILL AHEAD, HOW

THE PENCE FAMILY BUNNY IS

HELPING RAISE FUNDS FOR

CHARITY.

THAT STORY, WHEN WE

RETURN.

AND WELCOME BACK TO

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

MOVE OVER VICE PRESIDENT

PENCE, THERE IS A NEW STAR

RISING ON THE RISE, AND

HIS NAME IS MARLON BUNDO,

THE PENCE FAMILY BUNNY.

AMBER STRONG SAT DOWN

WITH SECOND LADY KAREN

PENCE AND DAUGHTER

CHARLOTTE TO FIND OUT HOW

THEIR FURRY FRIEND IS

HELPING TO RAISE MONEY FOR

A GREAT CAUSE.

THE MOMENT HE HOPPED ON

THE SCENE...THE SECOND

BUNNY, MARLON BUNDO, HAS

BEEN A STAR ON THE RISE.

PEOPLE KIND OF GOT A

KICK OUT OF IT, THAT WE

HAD A BUNNY AT ALL, AND

THAT WE BROUGHT A BUNNY TO

D.C.

Reporter: WITH 20,000

INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS AND A

GROWING FAN BASE, MARLON

BUNDO DID WHAT ANY

CELEBRITY WOULD DO: HE

WROTE A BOOK.

SORT OF.

THE VICE PRESIDENT'S

DAUGHTER, CHARLOTTE, IS

THE AUTHOR BEHIND "MARLON

BUNDO: A DAY IN THE LIFE

OF THE VICE PRESIDENT."

AND THE SECOND LADY, KAREN

PENCE, DID THE

ILLUSTRATIONS.

WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE

FUN TO DO A CHILDREN'S

BOOK THAT ALSO EDUCATED

THE KIDS ON THE ROLE OF

THE VICE PRESIDENCY.

Reporter: BUT THIS

ISN'T JUST A BOOK ABOUT A

BUNNY HOPPING AROUND

FOLLOWING THE VICE

PRESIDENT, A PORTION OF

THE SALES GOES TO

CHARITIES.

LIKE REILLY'S HOSPITALS

AND TRACY'S KIDS.

TRACY'S KIDS -- I FIRST

GOT INVOLVED WHEN I FOUND

OUT ABOUT SOMETHING CALLED

ART THERAPY, THAT AFFECTED

CHILDREN WITH CANCER SO

MUCH SO THAT THEY ASKED

THEIR PARENTS, WHEN DO I

GET TO GO BACK TO THE

HOSPITAL?

IT'S NOT AR ARTS AND

CRAFTS.

IT IS NOT LIKE GETTING

YOUR PAINTS OUT AND

FEELING GOOD AFTER YOU

PAINT.

THESE ARE ACTUALLY

THERAPISTS WHO GUIDE YOU

THROUGH THE ART-MAKING

PROCESS TO ACTUALLY BRING

SOME OF THE EMOTIONS AND

STRUGGLES AND TRAUMA THAT

YOU'RE DEALING WITH TO THE

SURFACE.

Reporter: AND THE

BOOK CARRIES A DEEPER

MEANING FOR CHARLOTTE, IT

SUPPORTS A-21, A

NON-PROFIT FIGHTING

AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

THEY HAVE A LOT OF

RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE, AND

RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS, TO

HELP TEACH PEOPLE ABOUT

THE SIGNS OF HUMAN

TRAFFICKING AND HOW TO

NOTICE IT AND RECOGNIZE IT

SO YOU CAN REPORT IT.

AND THEN THEY HAVE

INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN

REPORT IT.

AND THROUGH THOSE EFFORTS,

THEY'VE RESCUED TONS OF

PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN IN

THESE TERRIBLE SITUATIONS,

AND THEN THEY HELP THEM

AFTERWARDS.

Reporter: EVANGELIST

CHRISTINE KAY STARTED A-2121

WITH THE MISSION TO AP BOL

LISABOLISH SLAVERY

EVERYWHERE.

THIS BOOK INTO TO BE

CONFUSED WITH OTHERS.

COMEDIAN JOHN OLIVER

RELEASED A PARODY ON THE

BOOK AT THE SAME TIME AS

THE PENCE'S, AS A CRITTISM

TO THE VICE PRESIDENT'S

SOCIALLY CONSERVATIVE

STANCE.

HIS BOOK RAISES MONEY TO A

CHARITY DEDICATED TO

SUICIDE PREVENTION IN THE

LGBT YOUTH.

THERE ARE NO HARD

FEELINGS.

CHARLOTTE SAYS SHE BOUGHT

A COPY OF THAT BOOK, TOO.

MRS. PENCE, AN EDUCATOR OF

25 YEARS, HOPES THE BOOK

TEACHES CHILDREN ABOUT SEF

VICKS, TOO.

CIVICS, TOO.

MARLON BUNDO'S DAY BEGINS

HERE, AT THE NAVAL

OBSERVATORY, AND THEN HE

HEAD OVER TO THE SENATE.

THE BOOK IS FULL OF VICE

PRESIDENCY NUGGETS.

ON THE BACK OF THE

BOOK, WE LISTED SEVERAL

FUN FACTS ABOUT THE VICE

PRESIDENCY.

Reporter: AND MARLON

ENDS HIS DAY WITH

SCRIPTURE.

HIS FAITH IS REALLY

CENTRAL TO HIS LIFE, AND

WE DIDN'T THINK IT WOULD

REALLY BE A FAIR THING TO

LEAVE IT OUT.

IT IS JUST A PART OF WHO

HE IS AND WHO WE ARE.

Reporter: BEYOND

SIEGINTEACHING THE CHILDREN

ABOUT THE VICE

PRESIDENTIAL DUTIES, THEY

HOPE IT TEACHES PEOPLE

ABOUT THE VICE PRESIDENCY

AND THE POWER OF HEALING

THROUGH THE ARTS.

Wendy: MARLON BUNDO,

CUTE.

STAY WITH US.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

A FORMER CHURCH IN

WASHINGTON, D.C. HAS BEEN

TRANSFORMED INTO A WORK OF

ART, LITERALLY.

CBN'S BEN KENNEDY TAKES

US INSIDE THE TECHOCOLORED

CHURCH IN THE NATION'S

CAPITAL.

Reporter: IT IS ONE

BUILDING THAT IS HARD TO

MISS.

YOU CAN SEE IT FROM

395, FROM THE HIGHWAY.

THAT HIGHWAY SEES 175,000

CARS A DAY.

Reporter: ODDS ARE

THAT DRIVEBY AUDIENCE WILL

LEAD TO A NEW ATTENTION

FOR THIS FORMER CHURCH'S

NEW LIFE AS A TRUE WORK OF

ART, A HIDDEN GEM IN THE

HEARTS OF WASHINGTON, D.C.

THE ABILITY TO REVIVE

THAT AND STILL KEEP THE

SAME THEMES OF A CHURCH,

WHICH IS REALLY A

COMMUNITY CENTER --

Reporter: BUILT IN

1886, FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST

CHURCH OUTGREW THE CHAPEL,

PUT UP THE PROPERTY FOR

SALE, AND MOVED TO A NEW

BUILDING JUST DOWN THE

STREET.

FOR YEARS IT REMAINED

VACANT, THAT IS UNTIL 2012

WHEN AN IDEA BLOSSOMED.

THESE ARE CHERRY

BLOSSOMS, AND WE ARE

INSIDE.

Reporter: ALLOWING IT

TO TRANSFORM INTO A SPACE

FOR THE ARTS AND CULTURE

COMMUNITY.

RIGHT NOW WE'RE ON THE

BALCONY OF WHAT USED TO BE

A CHURCH.

TAKE A LOOK, THIS IS WHERE

THE CONGREGATION USED TO

SIT.

IMAGINE SOME ROWS OF PEWS,

THE PASTOR UP FRONT.

IT IS NOW A VERY LARGE

SPACE FOR ACTIVITIES.

EVEN THE PIANO HAS BEEN

FINE-TUNED INTO MODERN

ART.

WE CAUGHT UP WITH

ATLANTA-BASED ARTIST ALEX

BRURER WHO SPENT NEARLY A

MONTH JUST PAINTING THE

OUTSIDE OF 700 DELAWARE

AVENUE SOUTHWEST.

> WAS IT A CHALLENGE TO

PAINT SOMETHING THIS

LARGE?

YEAH.

BECAUSE IT WAS A THREE

DIMENSIONAL BUILDING, I

WANTED TO CONTINUE THE

PATTERNS AND THE COLORS.

THERE ISN'T AN AREA

THAT WASN'T TOUCHED WITH

PAINT OR SOME TYPE OF

CREATIVE CONTENT OR

CHARACTER.

AND, AGAIN, THAT'S

SOMETHING THAT NO OTHER

SPACE CAN REALLY OFFER.

Reporter: AND THAT

CREATIVITY ATTRACTS

TOURISTS INSIDE TO TAKE A

CLOSER LOOK.

YOU'RE JUST VISITING?

OKAY.

Reporter: FOR 131

YEARS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN

WALKING INSIDE THIS CHURCH

TO PRAY, WORSHIP, AND NOW

CAN STILL APPRECIATE

CREATION.

TO BE ABLE TO SHARE

THAT STORY OF NOT JUST

WHAT WE'VE DONE, BUT WHAT

THE CHURCH CONGREGATION

BEFORE US HAS DONE...

Reporter: BEN

KENNEDY, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

THAT'S AWESOME.

IN A DAY AND AGE WHEN

FOLKS ARE DESTROYING

CHURCHES TO BUILD MALLS

AND SHOPPING COMPLEXES,

HERE THEY'VE RESTORED IT

AND FOLKS CAN STILL GO IN

130 SOMETHING YEARS LATER.

Wendy AND ENJOY THAT ART AND

STILL PRAY.

FOLKS, THAT IS IT FOR

THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

WE HOPE YOU AND YOUR

FAMILIES HAVE A BLESSED

EASTER.

GOOD-BYE, AND FROM ALL OF

US HERE, GOD BLESS YOU.

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