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- This week on Christian World News,

the Canadian church that becameground zero for a revival,

one that turned into aninternational ministry.

See how the Toronto Blessing

is still touching the earth today.

Plus, a new version of the Bible

hits number one onAmazon's bestseller list,

and it's igniting the faith

of both Christians and Jews everywhere.

And the world knew himas America's pastor,

but she knew him as Daddy.

Anne Graham Lotz opens upabout her father's legacy

and how it will impact future generations.

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Hello everyone.

Welcome to this week's editionof Christian World News.

I'm George Thomas.

My colleague, Wendy, is out on holiday.

One of the most powerfulrevivals in the last few decades

sprang from a church in Canada.

The Toronto Blessing wasnot without its critics,

but as my colleague,Paul Strand, explains,

that revival led to countless miracles

and transformed millions of lives.

- [Paul] Recently, a gatheringcalled Light the Fire Again

rocked this place where the revival

known as the Toronto Blessing happened.

In 1994, as guest speakerRandy Clark ministered,

along with pastors John and Carol Arnott,

the Holy Spirit suddenlytook over the service.

This happened again powerfullyday after day for years,

drawing people from around the world.

Heidi Baker came from Mozambique,

where she was a missionary,

and saw her life radicallytransformed in Toronto.

- I was a burned out missionary.

I was so burned out that,even though I have a Ph.D

in systematic theology, Ididn't want to teach theology.

I literally wanted to work at Kmart.

I was that tired.

But I came here.

I had double pneumonia.

First thing that happened,I was completely healed.

Then I saw Jesus burningeyes of fiery love.

- [Paul] Now she leads a global ministry

that started some 11,000 churches.

- He ripped the no out of me.

The eyes, the fiery eyes of Jesus

now have been to 109 nationspreaching this glorious gospel.

- The Toronto Blessingwas certainly lively.

People would be convulsedwith wild laughter.

Hundreds would be knocked tothe floor at the same time.

- See we were used to peoplereceiving the Holy Spirit,

maybe falling down one at a time.

I'd never seen a whole room fall out,

like boom, they're all out.

As some religious leadersheard of these events,

they warned the signs andwonders were of the flesh

or maybe even the devil.

Looking back, both Arnott and Clark

admit the signs andwonders were extraordinary.

- "Have you ever seen that?"

I said, "No, I haven't,have you ever seen?"

"No, I haven't."

- I'm pretty sure this is You, Lord,

but what's going on here 'causeit seems like it's chaos?

- I don't know what it means.

It's just, let's not try and kill it.

Let's just wait and see

if there's good fruitthat comes out of it.

- It will always glorify Jesus

and the fruit of theencounter will always be good.

- [Paul] Clark wasn't worried

because his education showed him

amazing happenings are typical.

- And I learned in seminaryabout the phenomena

and manifestations thatalmost always occur

in times of revival.

- The surprising thing to me

was that not everybody liked it.

Professing Christians didn't like it.

- [Paul] He was hurtother spiritual leaders

were saying it was ungodly.

- You know, it puts a fear of deception

in the heart of people.

- [Paul] While doubtersmay have questioned

the reports of miracles,Heidi Baker was certain

that her experiencesmoved her closer to God.

- I run to the altar andI just lift my hands,

I start screaming, "Yes!"and the fire of God hit me.

There was no altar call.

And Randy Clark, who I'd nevermet, didn't know who I was,

he said, "God wants to know

"do you want the nation of Mozambique?"

- [Paul] And that's not all God did.

- For seven days and sevennights, he left me incapacitated.

I had to be carried.

My husband carried me.

All these people had to carry me.

Then they'd have tocarry me to the restroom.

It was the most humbling,powerful time of my whole life.

- [Paul] Baker learnedshe had to love and depend

not just on Jesus, but his people as well.

- It was completely,totally life-transforming

and I've never, ever been the same.

- [Paul] In the face of such miracles,

Arnott suggests people notjudge what God can or can't do.

- I'm sorry that not everybody liked it,

not everybody wanted that.

I'm sorry about the guysthat spoke against it.

They missed the greatest thing

that has ever happened tothe church, in my opinion,

in the last 100 years.

And so if you want to miss it, miss it,

but I don't want to miss it.

- [Paul] Paul Strand, CBNNews, reporting from Toronto.

- Thank you, Paul.

The Bible is thebestselling book of all time

and still going strong.

A recent version quicklyrose to number one on Amazon.

As CBN's Chris Mitchell shows us,

this unique book of scripture

is designed to appeal toboth Christians and Jews.

- The Israel Bible is the only Bible

that's exclusively dedicatedto the land of Israel,

the people of Israel,and the God of Israel.

- [Chris] Rabbi Tuly Weisz of Israel 365

saw the 70th anniversary of Israel

as a great opportunity for aspecial version of this kind.

- The Bible has had such agreat impact on civilization,

yet it's also been thegreatest source of friction

and division between Jews and Christians,

who both claim to love the Bible.

And so now, the visionfor the Israel Bible

is that we're gonna have the opportunity

to use the Bible as a source of unity

between Jews and Christians

and everybody who loves the Bible.

- So this is the Hebrew scriptures.

It's not the New Testamentor the B'rith Hadashah.

So why would Christianswant to be able to read

the Israel Bible.

- Well first of all,and I'm not a Christian,

but I know that for Christians

who want the Bible that Jesus read,

he read the Hebrew Bible, the Tanakh.

That's something that my Christian friends

have pointed out to me

that this is the Bible that Jesus read.

I think that there'sanother aspect as well

that the prophets talked about

how, in the future,Isaiah says in the future,

in the end of days, thenon-Jews are going to say

to the Jewish people teach usthe Torah, teach us the Bible.

- [Chris] It comes with special features

in the 929 chapters.

- Number one is that it opens

in the way the format of a Hebrew book.

It opens backwards.

A lot of our customerssay hey, wait a minute,

my Bible opens backwards.

It's not a mistake.

We did it on purpose.

All of the verses aboutIsrael have been highlighted

and transliterated so thatanybody could actually

read the Hebrew for themselves.

And then, of course, on thebottom of every chapter,

we have study notes.

- [Chris] Weisz feels this version

comes at an important time

because of the inaccuratecriticism directed at Israel.

- More than any other time in history,

the world's eyes are focused on Israel.

We have world leaders who are saying

that Israel is occupying this land,

and this Bible shows thatwe're not occupying this land.

This is the land that God gave to us.

Everybody needs to be moreeducated in God's word

and especially if you're confused,

if you're not familiar which side to take,

to be supportive ofIsrael, to be on the fence,

to be anti-Israel, just read the Bible.

- [Chris] Chris Mitchell,CBN News, Jerusalem.

- Coming up, Billy Grahamwas more than an evangelist.

He was a dedicated husband and father.

Anne Graham Lotz opensup about her relationship

with her late father when we come back.

- [Pat] Angels were created to serve God.

These magnificent beingshave awesome power

beyond our comprehension.

- [Announcer] CBN presents

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In Pat's latest DVD, you'llget the biblical insight

into these mysterious, spiritual creatures

and discover the important role they play

in God's Kingdom and in your life.

- We're also going to meet real people

who have come face-to-facewith these divine creatures

and have experienced whatcan only be described

as miraculous, life-changing encounters.

- [Woman] As he startedpulling me through,

it was just a burst of white light.

- [Man] My thought isthe angels were there

to hold me together.

- I knew that this wassomething that was happening

and it was supernatural.

- Angels: Their Power,Purpose, and Presence.

- [Announcer] Call now, or go to CBN.com

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- Hello, I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there are morethan 148 million orphans

in the world today?

148 million.

But it was three littlegirls that taught me

about the plight of orphans.

My husband and I spent nearly a month

immersed in the daily activitiesof the Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw firsthand the utterloneliness, the pain of rejection,

and the overwhelming desire to be loved.

That experience changedme forever and out of it

grew a ministry from my heartcalled Orphan's Promise.

Today, we're helping orphansand vulnerable children

in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Thousands of childrenare now in safe homes,

they're being educated, andthey're learning life skills.

I'm asking you to join with me

and become family to these children.

Will you call the numberon your screen right now?

Because every child deservesa chance to be happy.

- And welcome back toChristian World News.

Anne Graham Lotz is praising God

despite a recent breast cancer diagnosis.

The evangelist andauthor announced the news

in a statement on her website this week.

Lotz says she is holdingfast to the promises of God

and that He has given her wisdom

and clear guidance through this journey.

Lotz will undergo surgeryscheduled September 18th.

She continues to ask for prayers.

The Christian world lost a giant

when Billy Graham died earlier this year,

but to his daughter, Anne, Billywasn't just a public figure

who delivered fiery sermonsfrom countless pulpits.

He was a loving father and a family man.

CBN's Scott Ross talked with Anne

about her father's legacy

and her hope for future generations.

- Not only are our sins forgiven,

not only does He give us eternal life,

but we enter into a covenantrelationship with God.

- With a style strikinglyreminiscent of her famous father,

Anne Graham Lotz has powerfullyproclaimed the gospel

for 30 years.

On the personal side, Anne is called mom

by three grown children

and grandmother by three young ladies.

In 2015, her beloved husbandof nearly 50 years, Danny,

died unexpectedly.

These days, Anne continuesto spur audiences

around the globe todeeper devotion to Christ.

Her newest book is The Daniel Key.

Big word, sin.

We don't hear sin much anymore.

I don't know if you hear it preached.

I don't see it in the newspaper

very often.(Anne laughs)

And with sin comes a wordthat is related to that.

Repentance.

And you say repent of my repentance.

What does repent of my repentance mean?

- I think sometimes our repentance,

what we think of asrepentance, is just remorse.

And so we sin, we do something wrong,

we get caught in it orthe choice turns out to be

not to our benefit, and sowe say God, we're sorry,

and we feel sorry for ourselves.

But we are not taking it deepand turning away from our sin.

Biblical repentance is repudiation of sin.

It's crucifying the sin.

It's putting the sin out.

It's turning away from it completely.

And I think sometimes ourrepentance is so shallow

that, given another chance,

we'll go right back indoing the same thing,

which is not real repentance.

So it was like repent a fake repentance.

(Anne laughs)- Right.

You would be in what I'dconsider a baby boomer category,

then you have the millennials,

you have the X generation,et cetera, et cetera.

And then you look at thecondition of the country,

whatever else.

Are we not passing theword on like a baton

as you describe it?

- I think some of us are.

But I think the culturehas become so secularized

and almost practical atheists,

where they live and moveand have their being

as though there's no God at all.

So I think that's probablythe majority in our culture

and the majority in our nation,

but there are those who areseeking to live faithfully,

to pass it on to their children

and their grandchildren faithfully.

And I've met millennialsand Generation Xers

and people like that who aretotally committed to the Lord.

In fact, I think somein those generations,

they almost pay a higher pricebecause they're so alone.

But they're strong in faith

and seeking to really make a difference.

God has a remnant in everygeneration, doesn't he?

Never be a complete generationuntil Jesus comes back

and sets up his millennial reign.

- Right.- So I believe

my father's homegoing was a wake-up call,

it was a shot across the bow,

and Jesus is saying I'm coming,

it's time to get right with me.

- Was he disappointed?

I mean, from the 1940sup through all the years

that he preached the gospelthroughout the world,

more than any individual, to my knowledge.

Was he disappointed about the way things

had been going in America or in the world?

- I don't want to put words in his mouth,

you know, but I think you would wish

it had made a greaterdifference corporately.

It's made a tremendousdifference in individual lives.

I mean I meet them all over the world.

Their lives were radically changed

when they went forward at Daddy's meeting

or watched him on television,

and they're now in ministry,

they're now missionaries,pastors, leaders,

or just parents leading their children.

I mean I've seen that.

But the impact on our nation,

you know, something's missing, isn't it?

And so it may go back

to where you're talkingabout passing the baton,

where somewhere Christian parents

have not passed on the truth

that leads to faith to their children.

Maybe we left it up to thechurches or to the professionals

and we didn't do it ourselves.

But something is disconnected

because, instead of anation getting better,

we've gotten worse.

We've gotten farther away from God's word.

And it could be that, inresponse to what my father did,

then the enemy, talkingabout spiritual warfare,

he's just come in like a flood

to try to undo any impactfrom my father's ministry

or other people'sministries or the church.

But we know, in the end,that we'll be triumphant.

- Okay, the immediate future,what are you projecting,

what are you seeing, what are you hearing?

You're encouraged, youhave hope because you know

God's in charge of everything.- That's right.

- But the way we're going atthe moment, what do you think?

- Part of me is encouraged

because I think theleadership of this President,

and I know we have issues withthe way he expresses himself,

but his policies havebeen stunningly supportive

of biblical values.

Right now, he has myapplause and my prayers,

I can tell you,

because I think he's ina very dangerous place.

You can feel the enemytrying to tear him to shreds,

including his policiesthat have taken a stand

on biblical values.

- Have we lost our fear of God?

- Yes.

Yes.

We have.

Within the church and outside the church.

It's stunning.

- Yeah.

- You know, we live our lives

as though He's not holy, asthough He's not almighty,

as though He's not pure, andfear of God is just that,

it's being afraid ofGod in a healthy sense

so that that keeps us from sin,

it keeps us right before Him.

Just like my father, I was, in a sense,

as a girl growing up, afraid of my father.

I wouldn't have doneanything to displease him.

You don't want to provoke his wrath.

Now my father, I think hespanked me twice in all my life

'cause my mother did allthe spankings. (laughs)

But I had a healthy fear

that was rooted in myoverwhelming love for my father.

I wouldn't have wanted to hurt him

or disappoint him or make him cross.

And so a fear of God isrooted in love for God,

but you don't want to hurt Him,

you don't want to displease Him.

And then there's a reverence.

God is God and we are weand that's a big difference.

- Book of Acts, the fear of the Lord

came upon the whole church.- Yeah, yeah, yeah.

- That would be healthy.

- It'd be healthy, andthat's where wisdom is found.

You know, the beginningof wisdom is fear of God

so we have all this technology,all this brainpower,

all of this knowledge, andwe do the dumbest things

because there's no wisdom.

If you don't have fear ofGod, then there's no wisdom.

- [George] Coming up, amissionary enters one of the most

dangerous cities in Braziland helps transform it

into a place of redemption and healing.

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- 911, what's your emergency?

- [Caller] We have avehicle that is upside-down

and on fire.

These people are trapped andwe need the jaws of life.

- [Passenger] My feet were on fire.

The car was filling up with smoke.

- [Driver] There was firecoming in through my left door.

The steering wheel was stuck in my chest.

I couldn't move.

- [Passenger] The seatbelt,I kept trying to release it,

but it wouldn't release.

- [Woman] And I just screamed,"God, send your angels now!"

- [Passenger] I saw aset of just white hands.

It was just a burst of white light.

- And welcome back toChristian World News.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is a thriving city,

but unfortunately, it's alsonotorious for dangerous crime.

That's exactly why one missionary

has devoted her life to bringing hope

to the children of Rio's slums.

Gary Lane reports on how she'schanging lives for Christ

in one drug and crimeinfested neighborhood.

- [Gary] Missionary EdmeiaWilliams walks the streets

of Santa Marta Favela in Rio de Janeiro,

receiving hugs and affection.

But at first, it was not so.

She arrived 26 years ago

when this was Rio's most violent place,

a neighborhood known asa center of witchcraft.

The police did not dare enter here.

In places like this, infront of the white cross,

human sacrifices were made.

But Edmeia felt something specialfor the favela's children.

- [Gary] That's how she founded

the House of Mary and Martha,

a project for child evangelism

that offers physical, material,and spiritual support.

CBN Latin Americaproducer, Javier Bolanos,

visited the slum where Williams serves.

- Under the arms of theChrist the Redeemer statue

here in Rio de Janeiro,

the children in the Santa Marta Favela

struggle to survive.

But at the feet of Jesus Christ,

missionary Edmeia Williams and her team

work hard to bring hopefor these children.

- [Gary] Wallace Pereira

came to the House of Mary and Martha

when he was a boy.

Years later, after attendinguniversity, he came back,

now as a teacher.

Today, his daughter studies here.

(speaking foreign language)

- [Translator] I started coming

to House of Mary and Marthawhen I was four years old.

Then I continued myeducation outside the favela,

but I kept contact with Edmeia.

Two years ago, she called meand I came back as a teacher.

- [Gary] Edmeia's workhas the financial support

of several churches andministries in Brazil.

Victory in Christ Church sendsher an offering every month.

(speaking foreign language)

- [Translator] She's a womanthat was carved for this job.

God calls people with a vocation.

Edmeia's work is highly respected here.

Her work is admirable so we help her

because she is a seriouswoman who has a story

and that is very important to me.

- [Gary] The missionary appreciates help,

but she's sure that Godprovides supernaturally

and that's why her pantry is always full.

Still, she has a special request.

- [Gary] Gary Lane, CBN News.

- [George] Thank you, Gary.

For more inspiring stories like this,

go to our website, CBNNews.com.

Folks, stay with us.

We'll be back right after this.

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- Hello, I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there are morethan 148 million orphans

in the world today?

148 million.

But it was three little girls

that taught me aboutthe plight of orphans.

My husband and I spent nearly a month

immersed in the daily activitiesof the Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw firsthand the utterloneliness, the pain of rejection,

and the overwhelming desire to be loved.

That experience changedme forever, and out of it

grew a ministry from my heartcalled Orphan's Promise.

Today, we're helping orphansand vulnerable children

in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Thousands of childrenare now in safe homes,

they're being educated, andthey're learning life skills.

I'm asking you to join with me

and become family to these children.

Will you call the numberon your screen right now?

Because every child deservesa chance to be happy.

- [Pat] When you give,

smiles grow bigger.

When you care,

homes are happier.

When you comfort,

the hurt goes away.

When we all come together to love,

miracles happen.

- From George Washington to Donald Trump,

every U.S. President hastaken the oath of office

with his hand on the Bible.

President Trump, by the way, used two,

and one of them now sitsat the Museum of the Bible

in Washington DC.

CBN's Jenna Browder showsus how it got there.

- If you place your lefthand on the Bible and raise--

- [Jenna] A time honored tradition

- I, William Jefferson Clinton.

- [Jenna] followed atevery swearing-in ceremony

for each U.S. President.

- Preserve, protect and defend.

- [Jenna] President Trump took his oath

on not one, but two Bibles,

Abraham Lincoln's and hisown from his childhood,

now on display at the Museum of the Bible.

- So the Bible that we have here

is the Bible that was presented to him

by his mother when hewas almost nine years old

when he graduated from Sunday School

from Presbyterian Churchin Queens, New York.

- The story of how it got hereis one Vice President Pence

recently told a group of pastors

at an event put on by theFamily Research Council.

- So I was with Steve Green,

I was with the whole Hobby Lobby team,

and it was time we wentover there for a conference

and he said, "We'vegot a formal request in

"for a Bible from the President.

"We'd like to display one of his Bibles."

And I said, "Oh, hereat the Bible Museum?"

He said, "Yeah."

And I said, "I got that."

I said, "Let me take that one."

- [Jenna] Pence told them toforget about the paperwork

and took the requestright to the President.

- So anyway, I got back thatnight and he called me up.

We usually check in at the end of the day.

And I said, "Hey, by the way,I was over at the Bible Museum

"and they want to displayone of your Bibles."

And he said, "They want todisplay one of my Bibles?"

And I said, "Yeah, I mean,like put it in a case

"and people can see it."

And he goes, he said,"Well, that's great."

He goes, "Hang on a second."

He goes, "It's around heresomewhere, hang on a second."

(audience laughs)

And he puts the phone down.

And I hear him rummaging around.

And he came back to the phone and said,

"Got it, I got it, I got it, I got it."

He said, "I'll bring it in tomorrow."

- [Jenna] Sure enough, Pencesays Trump brought the Bible

to the Oval Office.

- The President startedin with all the briefers

and then he looked at me and he goes,

he pushed the Bible over in my direction.

And I picked it up and I opened it up

and it was inscribed from his mother.

- [Jenna] Inside is a note

from the day Trump wasconfirmed in his faith.

- He said, "Is that one okay?

"Is that good?"

And I said, "This will be good."

(audience laughs)

- [Jenna] The museum's requestsettled just like that.

- It's pretty exciting for us here.

- [Jenna] And for the thousands

who can see Trump's Bible when they visit.

In Washington, Jenna Browder, CBN News.

- Thank you, Jenna.

Well, folks, that is itfor this week's edition

of Christian World News.

I hope you'll be blessed byall the terrific stories.

On behalf of my producer, Steve Little,

our director, Monique, thankyou so much for joining us.

Until next week, I hopeyou have a blessed week.

From all of us here,goodbye and God bless you.

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