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I'm Charlene Aaron, on today's show,
the possibility of a showdownbetween the US and Iran,
while the chances of peace withNorth Korea may be growing.
We'll have a behind the scenes look
at the confirmation hearings
for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
and we'll hear about anongoing revival in Tennessee.
And we begin with the growing tensions
between the United States and Iran,
which could be leadingto a possible showdown
between the two countries.
The latest developmentcame when Iran's president
called US sanctionsagainst Iran's oil industry
quote, "the front lines of confrontation."
Chris Mitchell brings usthe story from Jerusalem.
- [Chris] President Trumpsays Iran is on the ropes.
- If you look at the firstday that I got to office,
or let's look at it differently,
a day before I got to office,everybody was saying Iran
would be taking over the Middle East,
it was just a question of when.
Now they're just looking to survive.
- For months demonstratorson the streets of Tehran
and other cities have defied the regime.
Protestors blame their leadersfor the crumbling economy
by spending Iran'streasure on foreign wars
throughout the Middle East.
Iran's currency is plummeting
and reached its lowest rate on record.
- There is no glimmering ofhope that the situation changes.
Up till now, seen no kind of practical
and effective way of,practical way of solutions
on behalf of the governmentsto solve this problem.
- [Chris] It's part ofthe administration's plan.
- I get the logic of itand there is, I think,
there is a logic to it,
is that through economic sanctions
that then produce internal unrest
and therefore pressure on the regime,
The regime has to start thinking twice
about its ability to maintain
these far flung commitmentsacross the region.
- [Chris] The US fannedthe flames by pulling out
of the Iranian NuclearDeal, reimposing sanctions,
and there's more to come.
- Remember that in November,
we have the beginningsof oil sanctions on Iran,
the intention to end Iran'sability to export oil.
So we have very major new blow.
So we're just at the beginningof this, to a certain degree,
the beginning of realWestern pressure on Iran.
- [Chris] Iran'sPresident Rouhani promises
- We will continue by all means to produce
and export our oil.
Oil is in the front line of confrontation.
- [Chris] Iran alsowarned it could shut down
the straights of Hormusethrough which much
of the world's oil passes.
Another front line is thisongoing war in Israel's
regular air assault on Iran'sgrowing military presence
The IDF says it has hit morethan 200 Iranian targets
in the past two years.
- So there's a wholebunch of potential tools
in the box, so to speak,
to continue to put pressure on the regime.
Economic, political, and military.
I think what we're gonna beseeing in the months ahead
is an increasing usage of those,
and an increasinglycoordinated usage of those
to try to roll backIran across the region.
- And Chris Mitchell is withus live from Jerusalem now.
Chris, what is the Trumpadministration's plan
to deal with Iran?
- Well, Charlene, Secretaryof State Mike Pompeo
outlined that earlier this year.
In May, he had a speechat the Heritage Foundation
in Washington, D.C.
He talked about unprecedentedeconomic pressure
against Iran, we saw that in the piece.
Working with the Defense Department
to halt and stop Iran'saggression in the area,
and also to work with the Iranian people,
and that goes back to say,an attempt in the Cold War,
when the United Stateswould speak to the people
on the other side of the Iron Curtain.
So I think there's a definite pressure
to try to speak the Irani people.
We see that playing out right now
in the streets of Tehran.
- [Charlene] Indeed, andhow would you compare
the way that the Trumpadministration has dealt
with the Iran, with Iran the way
that the Obamaadministration dealt with it?
- Well, Charlene, it's nightand day, day and night.
You could argue that theObama administration's
Middle East policy was Iranian-centric,
and I think the crown jewel of that
was the Iranian nuclear program.
But that really upset a lot of people
here in the Middle East,and many people thought
that was a dangerous plan.
The Trump administration
has really reversed that dramatically,
where they have confronted Iran,
rather than appeasedIran, and that has made
such a difference here in the Middle East.
- And what kind of reactionhave Israeli leaders
and leaders in theregion had to the new way
that the Trump administrationhas dealt with Iran?
- Well, I think they'rerelieved, and I think gratified
for the first time in, well, eight years
of the Obama administration,
when the Iranian nuclear position,
by the Obama administration,
was probably the main sticking point,
between the Netanyahu government
and the Obama administration.
Now they're on the same page.
If you talk to Iranian leaders right now,
you talk about the three maindangers or enemies to Israel,
they'll say Iran, Iran, Iran.
So, finally, they seethemselves on the same page.
The other thing is that manyother nations in the region,
Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt,
many of the Gulf states as well,
they see for the firsttime in a long time,
that the United States isstanding with them as well,
and that goes directly to oneof the main divisions here
in the Middle East, whichis the Sunni Shiite divide.
And many of these Sunninations see Shiite Iran
as their number one enemy,
and actually theirdrawing closer to Israel,
so you see that the maximhere in the Middle East,
the enemy of my enemy is my friend,
and you see that playing out right now.
And also, I would just add this, Charlene,
that many here in theMiddle East saw Obama,
they perceived him as a weak leader,
they perceive Trump as a strong leader,
and that really makes a differencehere in the Middle East.
- Huge difference.
Chris Mitchell, Middle East Bureau Chief,
thank you so much for joining us today.
Well, President Trump'sSupreme Court nominee,
Brett Kavanaugh, haswrapped up his testimony
during his confirmation hearings.
After day three turned intoone of the rowdiest yet.
Democratic Senator Cory Bookertook a controversial swing,
coming out announcing he publicly released
committee confidential documents
that he thought thepublic deserved to see.
- I am ready acceptthe full responsibility
for what I have done, the consequences
for what I am done, and I stand by
the public's right to haveaccess to this document.
- [Charlene] Texas RepublicanSenator John Cornyn
then pointed out Booker could be expelled
from the Senate for his actions,
which led to this defiant response.
- Then apply the rule,- [Man] Mr. Chairman,
- And bring the charges.
- [Charlene] Well, as it turns out,
what Booker called his Spartacus moment
was all just for show, as formerPresident George W. Bush's
records' representativequickly released a statement,
saying they were surprised
to learn about Booker'shistrionics because,
"We had already told him
he could use the documents publicly."
But the chaos of the day was not limited
just to the hearing room,
as opponents of Kavanaughexpanded their protests
around the Hill, and intoChairman Chuck Grassley's office.
And our Capital Hillcorrespondent Abigail Robertson
is with us now from Washington.
Abby, what can you tell usabout Cory Booker's actions?
- Well, it was a very funnymoment in the hearing room,
because this fight wenton for about an hour,
and then a lot of Republican Senators
were then surprised to learn
that Senator Bookeralready had permission,
and he knew that when he kind of started
talking about it in thebeginning of the day,
at the beginning of the hearing,
saying that he was preparedto be potentially expelled
from the Senate over this,and, as it turns out,
he knew that he had permissionto release the documents
before he did.
So, it was very interesting.
A lot of the Republican Senators commented
throughout the day that theyfelt like this was just him
setting up for a 2020 Presidential run,
and we'll see how that plays out for him.
- Indeed, and have you learned anything
about the protesters atthe hearings this week?
- Oh, yes.
One is that they are loud,and what you hear on TV,
they are much louder when youhear them in the hearing room.
And the other thing is,
I've learned from talking to some folks,
that they are actually pretty organized.
There's a group led by Dutch Sheets,
that's been prayinginside the hearing room,
they've had a lot ofinteraction with the protesters
throughout the week, and they've told me
that members of theirteam have actually seen
the protesters being paid this week,
and they've seen them signing paperwork.
And they also, when you waitin line for the hearing room,
there's been people in front of them,
that have been holding,paid to hold their spots,
get a ticket, and thengive it to the protesters,
who then go in and interrupt the hearing.
So, it seems like it'sa lot more orchestrated
and organized than people realize.
Looking at some of thepeople's faces is amazing.
- Well, despite the Democrats objections,
and the protests, doesit look like Kavanaugh
will be confirmed?
Things are looking very goodfor Judge Kavanaugh right now.
He has strong support from Republicans,
and that did not changeafter the hearing this week,
and I would not be surprisedif he gets at least,
maybe three or four ofthose red state Democrats
to vote in favor ofhis nomination as well.
Capital Hill correspondent,Abigail Robertson, thank you.
- Thank you.
- Here is a look at some ofthe other major headlines
we're following in the CBN newsroom today.
Billionaire and Christianphilanthropist Rich Devos
has died at the age of 92.
Devos was the co-founder of thedirect selling giant, Amway,
and owner of the NBA's Orlando Magic.
Devos and his late wife, Helen,
also donated to Christianchurches and ministries
and various other causes
through their Richard andHelen Devos Foundation.
Family spokesman said Devos died Thursday,
at his Western Michiganhome, due to complications
from an infection.
India's top court haslegalized homosexual acts,
doing away with a 158 year old law.
That law had stated that intercourse,
between members of the same sex,
was against the order of nature,
and punishable by upto 10 years in prison.
But five petitioners challenged the law,
saying it was discriminatory,
and used to harass the gay community.
The Supreme Court's decision Thursday
to legalize homosexualitystill does not permit
same sex marriage.
A presidential candidate in Brazil
was stabbed at a campaign event Thursday.
Jair Bolsonaro was beingcarried through the crowd,
at his rally on theshoulders of supporters,
when he was attacked andstabbed in the stomach.
The candidate sufferedsevere abdominal injuries,
and had to undergo surgery,
but is currentlyrecovering in the hospital.
And for more on these and other stories,
Up next, could we be onthe verge of eliminating
the nuclear threat from North Korea?
The North says its ready to start up
nuclear negotiations again.
We'll have that story right after this.
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After a recent cold spell,
North Korean dictator KimJong Un says he's willing
to revive stalled nucleartalks with the United States.
As CBN National Securitycorrespondent Erik Rosales reports,
Kim even offered a timeline,on getting started.
- Could denuclearizationof the Korean peninsula
take place before President Donald Trump
finishes his first term in office?
That's in early 2021.
Well, that's what NorthKorean dictator Kim Jong Un
told a South Korean delegationhe hopes to accomplish.
Kim also said he has unwaveringfaith in President Trump.
The praises came during a meeting
with a South Korean delegationin Pyongyang on Wednesday.
The news traveled fast, asPresident Trump thanked Kim,
vowing in a tweet, "Wewill get it done together."
North Korean experts sayKim desperately wants
some move toward peacewith the United States.
- I think if we're able to do that,
I think we can very logicallygo back to Kim Jung Un,
say okay, we'll give youthat peace declaration,
we all know that war is over,
it's not a concession on our part,
but the same time, you need to give us
some sort of declaration ofthe size, scope and scale
of your nuclear weaponsand missile programs.
- [Erik] Weeks ago,President Trump stopped
Secretary of State Mike Pompeofrom making a planned trip
to North Korea, sayingthe timing was not right.
Pompeo says he likes what he hears,
but remains cautiously optimistic.
- It is the case that thereis still an enormous amount
of work to do.
We haven't had any nuclear tests,
we haven't had any missile tests,
which we consider a good thing,
but the work of convincing Chairman Kim
to make the strategic shiftthat we've talked about
for a brighter future
for the people of North Korea continues.
- [Erik] Meanwhile, theJustice Department announced
computer hacking chargesagainst a North Korean spy
for his role in the 2014attack on Sony Pictures,
and the film The Interview.
The satire depicted the assassination
of the North Korean dictator.
- North Korea's economyis the size of Vermont.
It's worth 11 billion dollars.
They can barely feed their own people,
yet their cyber capabilitiesare world class.
- [Charlene] Up next, anup-close and personal look
at an ongoing revival in Tennessee,
where hundreds of people have proclaimed
their faith in Jesus Christ.
Spoke with the evangelists
who's leading that revival service,
and we'll have that interviewfor you, right after this.
Stay with us, you don't want to miss it.
A spiritual revival is still underway
in northeastern Tennessee,as the Greenville Awakening
is now in it's 21st week.
Nearly 700 people haveaccepted Jesus Christ
as their Lord and Savior so far,
and CBN news continuesto follow the revival.
On Thursay, CBN's Mark Martin spoke
with the evangelists leading the services
under a big tent, D.R.Harrison and his wife, Laura,
by Skype, to get an update.
- Revival is in week 21.
D.R., tell us what's goin' on.
- God just continues to move, Mark.
Each week, the crowds continue to build.
People continue to comefrom all over the country,
as far away as India,
where people were inthe services this week,
that came all the way from over in India.
There's people coming fromas far west as Oregon,
Arizona, and God justcontinues to draw people.
Souls continue to be saved,and we're just amazed
at what God's doin' herein Greenville, Tennessee.
- Laura, how did all this begin?
- Well, it started ina church in Graystone.
It started out, what wasgonna be just a week revival,
and the crowd's began to grow,
and the excitement began to grow,
and people were getting saved,
and lives were being changed,
and so it has just continued from there.
It has expanded until peoplewere standing room only
in the church, and so, itexpanded into the tent.
- D.R., did you ever thinkit would last this long?
- Never in a million years, Mark,
would we have ever dreamedwhat God had planned,
and that's why it's all God,
'cause no man can take glory
for what he's doin' in this town.
This past week, we were ableto broadcast through BPN radio,
and we were able tobroadcast around the world,
and there were 27 countriestunin' in live, each night,
in the services, to whatGod's doin' in Greenville.
- [Mark] Wow.
So this is not just there inthat region, in our country,
this is going around the world.
What does this revival say about the times
that we are living in, Laura?
- [Laura] I believethat people are hungry.
People are hungry forsomething that is real.
- [D.R.] Yeah.
- [Laura] People are desperatefor something that is real.
There is so much hurts,and so much tragedy,
all around us every day,
and I believe everyone is searching
for something that is real.
- [D.R.] I believe it, yeah.
- Do you think, D.R., that this shows
that we're in the end times here,
and God is pouring out his spirit?
- I believe Joel chaptertwo is coming to life
right before our very eyes.
I believe God is pourin' out his spirit,
and I believe that we areliving in the last seconds,
of the last minutes, of thelast hours, of the last days,
before Jesus returns.
- And, D.R., what would yousay would be the primary goal
of the revival services?
- The goal is simple.
We wanna reach as manypeople with the Gospel
as we possibly can, and wewant people that are saved
to be revived, and to beawakened out of their sleep.
And to realize that we don'thave a whole lot of time,
and there's people dyin' andgoin' to hell all around us,
and we have the answer, we have the hope,
and that hope is Jesus Christ.
And what God did for my wife and I,
God can do for them.
- And, Laura, I'm gonna begin with you.
Do you have a message for those at home
who are going to see this interview,
and might not be able to attend?
Don't give up, there is hope.
There is hope, and theone hope that we do have
is in Jesus Christ.
- And doesn't matter whatthe world may throw you,
or what your going through,
or what you may be addicted to,
but there is one hope,and that is Jesus Christ.
- And quickly, D.R., what wouldyou say would be a message
to those at home?
- I would ditto that same thing.
That Jesus is the answer,
whether it's drugs, alcohol, pornography,
whatever you're faced in life,
Jesus can wash it all away with his blood,
and he can change yourlife, like he did ours.
Well, tell us, when and where
the services are being held, D.R.
- The services are at1005 Quaker Knob Road,
in Chuckey, Tennessee.
If you can't attend inperson, you can tune in live
every night at 7:00pm Eastern time,
on BPNradio.com, or BPNradio.org.
You can listen from yourmobile device, laptop, tablet,
wherever you are aroundthe world, you can tune in,
and just pray for us, andbeg God to continue to move
in this day and this hour.
- And it is Monday through Friday,
you guys take a break onthe weekends, correct?
- Yes, sir.
Monday through Friday,7:00pm Eastern time.
All right, evangelists D.R.Harrison, and his wife, Laura.
Thank you so much for your time,
and blessings to you both.
- That is so encouraging,
to see so many people comingto the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise God for that.
Well, up next, a family friendly review
of a new movie out this weekend.
It's called God Bless the Broken Road.
That's coming up in just a moment.
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Yesterday, we told you about a new film,
that pays tribute to America'smilitary men and women,
and real life veterans will actually enjoy
some of the box office profits.
God Bless the Broken Road tells the story
of a young mother who loses her husband.
It opens this weekend, and our friends at
Focus on the Familybrings us this look at it.
- In the movie, God Bless the Broken Road,
a woman named Amber Hill,lost her heroic husband,
to an ambush in Afghanistan.
Now, two years later,she's left with memories,
and the fragments of his presence,
a beautiful eight year old daughter,
and a certain emptiness.
As the former director ofthe local church choir,
Amber was known in townfor her angelic voice,
and her love for God.
But, she doesn't sing any more.
When her husband lost his life in battle,
she lost her voice, andher faith in the almighty.
- I tried putting my faith in God.
I don't understand whyhe would do that to us.
If he wants me, he knows where to find me.
- Now the only hope forresurrecting her dreams,
and her future, seems to lie in the hands
of an unlikely friend,and in the innocent heart
of a young child.
This faith-focused film, is a story
of eventually reaching for redemption,
despite the burdens oflife-crushing trials.
It also depicts scenes ofbravery, and self-sacrifice.
But frankly, the weight ofAmber's loss of faith struggle,
isn't always an easy one to bear here.
Add in some scenes of war and violence,
and I'll give God Bless the Broken Road
four praise choruses out offive for family friendliness.
For an in-depth review of this film,
or anything else at your local box office,
visit us at pluggedin.com.
Plugging you into themovies, I'm Bob Waliszewski
for Focus on the Family'sPlugged In movie review.
- Looks like a great film.
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