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- [Announcer] This is CBN Newsswatch.

- And thank you so much for joining us

for this first edition of CBN Newswatch

for December 14th, I'm Efrem Graham.

Ahead today, the manwho killed three people

in a Christmas village in France

is killed himself by police.

And the Senate could soon vote

on a major criminal justice reform bill

that's supported by faith leaders.

Plus, should a famous line from the

Lord's prayer be changed, we're gonna look

at the debate behind that issue.

And Christians take onthe issue of sexual abuse

in the church, we're gonnahear what they have to say.

All those stories and more ahead today

on this first edition of CBN Newswatch.

We wanna begin though withthe death of the suspect

in that attack on a Christmasvillage in France this week.

The two day manhunt ended with the suspect

shot and killed by French police

after he opened fire on them.

France's Interior Ministers said police

spotted the 29 year old, Chérif Chekatt

Thursday in a neighborhoodand tried to arrest him

but he wouldn't surrenderand then fired at them.

The immediate aftermath of the shootout

was caught on camerafrom across the street

with footage showing armedofficers at the scene

and the body of the suspectslumped in a doorway.

He had suspected ties to terrorists

and reportedly shouted Allāhu akbar

before shooting into the crowd

at the Christmas village on Tuesday,

killing three and wounding 12.

Here at home, Congresscoming in just a few weeks

Criminal justice reform is viewed by some

as a now or a never proposition.

Last week it appeared all but dead,

but now it is on track for a senate vote

next week, where it is expected to pass.

The first step act wouldreform sentencing guidelines

and prepare inmates to return to society.

The bill's backers say it would also

reduce recidivism when a criminalbecome a repeat offender.

Shon Hopwood served time for bank robbery

became a jailhouse attorney.

He is now a law professor at Georgetown.

- We know that certain programs already

can reduce recidivismbecause the Federal Bureau

of Prisons has one, theResidential Drug and Abuse

program which has reducedrecidivism by 16%.

- Heather Rice-Minuswith Prison Fellowship

told CBN News why many faithleaders support the bill.

- Right now, the criminal justice system

we have some serious issues in terms of

people receiving disproportional sentences

and people not having theskills and opportunities

they need inside prisonto really transform

and come home as goodneighbors, good citizens.

- And Dale Hurd joins usnow with more on this story,

so Dale, it seems Senate Majority Leader,

Mitch McConnell is not surehow he feels about this bill.

- Yeah, well what would you do.

Kind of like a parent with two kids

fighting over something,you just take the toy away.

Now this is a serious issue, but is has

some serious political downside,

which we can talk about.

- Why do some Republicans oppose it?

- Well, I mean this billcould do some great things

and it is needed, but imagine the campaign

commercial by your opponent.

Senator so-and-so votedfor the early release

of violent criminals,I mean, that can really

sting you at the ballot box,

so this takes some political courage

but I, virtually all faith leaders

feel that reform isneeded, and it looks like

it's finally coming.

- But who wants to be saidthey're soft on crime?

We've heard that before, thank you so much

we know we'll continueto follow this story.

Churches and non-profit organizations

may get a break from a new tax on them

from the 2017 Tax Cts and Jobs Act.

The law puts more money inmost Americans pay checks

but it also carried a provision

to tax these organizationsat 21% for their providing

their employees parking, transportation

as well as some other benefits.

Treasure Secretary, Steve Mnuchin says

new IRS guidelines onthe tax offer flexibility

and minimize the burden to non-profits.

The new provisions comeafter several senators urge

for the tax to be repealed.

The National Association of Evangelicals

is still working to see that happen.

Two major evangelicalgroups are asking congress

to add sexual orientationand gender identity language

to Federal non-discrimination law.

The Council for ChristianColleges and Universities

and the NationalAssociation of Evangelicals

say it is an effort topreserve religious freedom.

They write, "we are increasingly persuaded

"that the most viable political strategy

"is for comprehensivereligious freedom protections

"to be combined with explicit support

"for basic human rights for members

"of the LGBT community," supporters say

adding the language couldpotentially protect churches

and Christian schools.

The Church of England hasreleased new guidelines

encouraging pastors to be, "creative,"

when addressing transgender individuals.

The Pastoral Guideline advises clergy to

respect transgender peoples

chosen name and gender pronouns.

And the document also statesthat a Baptismal ceremony

can be used to mark aperson's gender transition.

The Church writes, "The Church of England

"welcomes and encourages the unconditional

"affirmation of trans people.

"The image of God, inwhich we are all made

"transcends gender, race, andany other characteristic."

Critics of the guidelinesays the Church of England

is heading towards, "outrightdenial" of God and his word.

An acknowledgement and apology

from the country'slargest Protestant church

as Southern Convention released a report

detailing the denomination'sties to slavery and racism.

Albert Mohler, Presidentof the Southern Baptist

Theological Seminary said, "Wemust repent of our own sins.

"We cannot repent for the dead.

"We must, however, offer full lament

"for a legacy we inherit,

"and a story that is now ours."

The school's year long study shows

its founders owned slavesand were deeply complicit

in the defense of slavery.

Mohler added the school will not attempt

to rewrite the past, ratherit will tell its story

in full and not hide the truth.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu

wants the world to know his country

often finds itself in constant conflict.

He told foreign journalists how Israel

not only fights terrorismwithin its own borders

but also helps to fight terrorismin the rest of the world.

CBN Middle East BureauChris Mitchell brings us

that story now from Jerusalem.

- [Chris] The Prime Minister made the most

of an opportunity in frontof international reporters

to tell them how Israel is taking on

its greatest enemy, Iran.

- We are fighting that nucleardeal, I had to fight it

against all the powers in the world,

but I'm glad to see that this has changed.

We are stopping their attempts to have

a continuity of land empire,

by preventing them fromentrenching themselves

militarily in Syria, we're stopping that

and of course, the extension of that

is preventing their proxy,Hezbollah in Lebanon

from attacking us, andthrough terror tunnels,

from precision guided missiles.

- [Chris] Netanyahualso showed his audience

how Israel provided what hecalled unmatched intelligence

to stop terror attacks around the world.

- This is a plane boundfrom Sydney to Abu Dhabi.

Daesh planned to bring itdown, explode it in air.

We gave the intelligenceto Australian police

and they stopped it, there areabout 40 other such attacks,

many in the air, most on the ground,

which we have stopped invirtually all the continents.

- [Chris] According toNetanyahu, Israel's efforts

to keep the world safe has also brought

the Arab world closer to the Jewish state.

- Obviously this iscreated a new relationship

between Israel and the Arab world.

Some of it is coming to the open.

- [Chris] Netanyahuhighlighted his recent trip

to the Gulf state of Omanand how Israeli athletes

competed in competitionsheld in Arab countries.

- The Arab countries understand exactly

what I'm telling you now.

That Israel is not their enemy,

but is their indispensable partner

for countering thisradicalism, this terrorism,

the threat's to them as much as us.

That is the fruits of Iranian aggression.

Are bitter, but also sweet.

- [Chris] He pointed to other reasons

why these countries arebecoming more friendly.

Chief among them, technology.

- They want all sortsof civilian technology

in anything, in health,in water management,

in IT, in agriculture.

Our technology encompassesjust about everything

and they want to have the benefit

to develop their own countrieswith this technology.

- [Chris] And then the Prime Minister

offered reporters a messageto take to their audience.

- The News story is this;

Israel is a world force incountering radical Islam,

the Arabs get it, the Muslims gets it,

and they're coming closer to us.

Israel is a world forcein global technology.

Everybody gets that,

Everybody.

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

- Here's Chris now with alook at what's coming up

on tonight's Jerusalem Datelineon the CBN News channel.

- This week on Jerusalem Dateline, we have

a report on a new wave of terror attacks

in Israel's Biblical heartland.

Here's a grandfather who losta four day old grandchild.

- Those people murdered my grandchild

just a few days ago, whohadn't even been born

and wounded my daughter, who nearly died

and my son-in-law and this has to stop.

We are a democracy, we respect freedom

and this cannot be tolerated anymore.

- We also report on a friendship between

Pastor John Hagee andRabbi Aryeh Scheinberg

that helped birth CUFI,Christians United for Israel

the largest pro-Israelgroup in the United States.

- And, as you can see, youcan see Jerusalem Dateline

tonight at 9:30 Easternon the CBN News channel.

And coming up, shouldone of the famous lines

in the Lord's Prayer betranslated differently.

The Pope says this week that it should

and we spoke with anexpert about whether or not

that change should be made.

We're gonna have thatinterview right after this,

stay with us.

- God Almighty is a God of blessing.

He always wants to bless his people

but how do you get that blessing?

And what principleswill unlock that secret?

- [Announcer] In Miraculous Blessings,

Pat Robertson shows youhow to open the floodgates

of God's awesome blessings in your life.

- In order to have a blessing,you've gotta be blessable.

- [Announcer] Discoverwhat the Bible has to say

about God's covenant of blessing.

The laws of blessing, andwhat are the hindrances

to the blessings of God?

- The words of Jesus.

They are as valid as the law on gravity

and if we follow thoselaws, we will be blessed.

- [Announcer] You'llsee amazing true stories

of everyday peoplewhose lives were rescued

and transformed by God'smiraculous blessings.

- But even the doctors acknowledged

that this had to be a miracle.

- [Announcer] Call 1-800-700-7000

or visit CBN.com to become a CBN partner

and get Miraculous Blessings today.

- Hello, I'm Terry Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there aremore than a 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 activities

of a Ukrainian orphanage as we waited

to adopt three sisters.

I saw first hand the utter loneliness,

the pain of rejection, and the

overwhelming desire to be loved.

That experience changed me forever.

And out of it, grew aministry from my heart

called Orphans 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,and they're learning

life skills, I'm askingyou 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.

- As we reported earlier this week,

Pope Francis wants to change the wording

of one verse of the Lord's Prayer.

He supports the most recent translation

research on Matthew 6:13 which suggests

the English version of that is incorrect.

It reads, "and lead us not into temptation

"but deliver us from the evil one."

After 16 years of study, researchers say

it will be a better translation to read,

"abandon us not when in temptation."

The Vatican will now change the language

to clarify God does not tempt people.

I spoke with Dr. Corne Bekkerof the Regent University's

School of Divinity formore insight on this story.

What do you know about this research

of the translation of Matthew 6:13.

- Thank you so much Efrem, yes,

so apparently the translation's only about

the Italian Bible and so scholars in Italy

looked at the Latin text, the vulgate,

of the New Testament andthey are the question

for the last 16 years by the way,

where did this one phrase, lead us not

into temptation, is the besttranslation of the Latin text.

- Now is this somethingthat's happened before

as technology andinterpretation of the original

manuscripts improve?

- So this has been a difficult phrase

within the Lord's Prayer and of course,

we find it in two places, we find it

in the Gospel of Matthewand in the Gospel of Luke

and I wanna say almostevery hundred years,

this question comes up.- Okay.

What do you think aboutthe Pope's decision

and the Vatican's moveto update Scripture?

- So from where I stand, I think we should

go back to the Greek text

So the two words that are used,

lead and as well as temptation.

I do think these are the two best words

that can be used inEnglish to translate it.

I'm with Charles Spurgeon, he preached

a wonderful sermon in1863 in which he said,

"This indeed is the best translation

"of the Greek text", I agree with him.

I don't think it shouldbe changed in English.

- Okay, now this has also happened.

Sparked a debate on whether or not

God tempts a man biblically.

How do you answer that question?

- Right, so the letter of James

tells us that God doesn'ttempt us with evil.

So certainly, God does not tempt us

but sometimes in hisprovidence and in his wisdom

he allows us to be tempted

and of course, Matthew's Gospel

is referring to somethingearlier in the Gospel.

You'll remember thatright after his Baptism

in Matthew's Gospel chapter 4,

the text tells us that Jesus was led into

the wilderness by theHoly Spirit to be tempted.

So yes.- Tempted, yes.

Okay, now what is the greater lesson

that we can take away from this debate

about our relationship with God.

- I think the larger question here

is to ask what is thepurpose of temptation.

God allows us to tempted,I think two things happen.

We get to know ourselvesa little bit better

and of course what we learn,

is that we have no recourse against sin.

But more importantly, weget to know God himself.

We have to remember the next phrase

in the Lord's Prayer, anddeliver us from all evil.

He's able to do that.

- You mentioned Spurgeon, can you tell us

a little about his teachingon this particular scripture.

- So he taught a beautiful sermon, 1863,

on this and in this context,this is what Spurgeon says,

Spurgeon says it's the best translation

we should not try to change it

because it teach us the sovereignty of God

and once we submit to him, things go well.

- Amen, amen to that, thank you.

Always appreciate having you here.

- Thank you so much.

- [Efram] Still ahead, Christian leaders

speak out against sexualabuse at a major conference

including some who aresurvivors themselves.

We're gonna have that storyfor you, when we come back.

- God Almighty is a God of blessing.

He always wants to bless his people

but how do you get that blessing?

And what principleswill unlock that secret?

- [Announcer] In Miraculous Blessings,

Pat Robertson shows youhow to open the floodgates

of God's awesome blessings in your life.

- In order to have a blessing,you've gotta be blessable.

- [Announcer] Discoverwhat the Bible has to say

about God's covenant of blessing.

The laws of blessing, andwhat are the hindrances

to the blessings of God?

- The words of Jesus.

They are as valid as the law on gravity

and if we follow thoselaws, we will be blessed.

- [Announcer] You'llsee amazing true stories

of everyday peoplewhose lives were rescued

and transformed by God'smiraculous blessings.

- But even the doctors acknowledged

that this had to be a miracle.

- [Announcer] Call 1-800-700-7000

or visit CBN.com to become a CBN partner

and get Miraculous Blessings today.

- Hello, I'm Terry Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there aremore than a 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 activities

of a Ukrainian orphanage as we waited

to adopt three sisters.

I saw first hand the utter loneliness,

the pain of rejection, and the

overwhelming desire to be loved.

That experience changed me forever.

And out of it, grew aministry from my heart

called Orphans 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,and they're learning

life skills, I'm askingyou 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.

- Just one year after theMeToo movement started

a group of evangelicalleaders at Wheaton College

hosted a summit solely on abuse.

Many of the speakersare well known leaders

who are also survivors themselves.

Heather Sells spoke withBeth Moore and others

about what happened to them,

- The Summit is a historic attempt

by the Evangelical worldto publicly address abuse

in the church, and ithas caught the attention

not just of survivors, but church leaders.

- I have been raised in the church

and I have never seen anything like today.

At a gathering of this kind.

- [Heather] Bible Study leader Beth Moore

kicked off the meetingnoting a recent report

on widespread abuse within independent

fundamental Baptists churches.

- So the question comes to us again.

Shall the church stand idly by.

I've been told by a numberof fellow Christians

I just don't readarticles like that, Beth.

- [Heather] Moore told CBN News,

the church must standready for these stories.

- One of the things that Ireally wanna push back on

is this thing that says,I just cant's stand

to hear about it, listen, ifpeople can go through this

we can listen to their stories.

- [Heather] And from the appearance here

people are preparing.

More than a thousand individuals attended

or live streamed the event.

40 faith-based groupsalso watched remotely.

Conference speaker and church consultant

Nancy Beech, says she sees a desire

by many ministry leaders to learn more.

- I do think the fact that so many people

are streaming in and many organization

are doing that, is asign that there's a need

and there's a call for help.

- This has been an issue in our churches

it's not just the Catholics,it's not just Fundamentalists,

it's all been in the news lately,

it's also Evangelical churches

and we gotta address some cultural issues

within the church.

- [Heather] The summitput an emphasis on pastors

calling for greater accountability.

- I would say an unaccountable pastor

is both unBiblical and unhelpful

and could even be dangerous.

I think pastors need to be an

accountable community with others.

- I also think that whatwe're exploring here

is as much an abuse ofpower as it is sexual sin.

- [Heather] Perhaps the biggest message

survivors must be heard.

- When they become the priority for us,

for all of us, for all of us in leadership

in servant leadership and lay leadership

whatever it may be, that's health.

- For many churches, getting involved

in an event like this isan important first step

and it might just signal to survivors

that change is possible.

Reporting in Wheaton, Illinois,Heather Sells, CBN News.

- [Efrem] Coming up, a newmovie featuring one of the most

popular superheroes hits theaters today.

Spider-Man, but this one is different.

It's an animated adventurewith a different spider-man

and we're gonna bring you a visit

with a choir here in Virginia

that is getting ready for a concert

to benefit an oftenforgotten shelter for men.

We're gonna have thosestories right after this,

stay with us.

- God Almighty is a God of blessing.

He always wants to bless his people

but how do you get that blessing?

And what principleswill unlock that secret?

- [Announcer] In Miraculous Blessings,

Pat Robertson shows youhow to open the floodgates

of God's awesome blessings in your life.

- In order to have a blessing,you've gotta be blessable.

- [Announcer] Discoverwhat the Bible has to say

about God's covenant of blessing.

The laws of blessing, andwhat are the hindrances

to the blessings of God?

- The words of Jesus.

They are as valid as the law on gravity

and if we follow thoselaws, we will be blessed.

- [Announcer] You'llsee amazing true stories

of everyday peoplewhose lives were rescued

and transformed by God'smiraculous blessings.

- But even the doctors acknowledged

that this had to be a miracle.

- [Announcer] Call 1-800-700-7000

or visit CBN.com to become a CBN partner

and get Miraculous Blessings today.

- Hello, I'm Terry Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there aremore than a 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 activities

of a Ukrainian orphanage as we waited

to adopt three sisters.

I saw first hand the utter loneliness,

the pain of rejection, and the

overwhelming desire to be loved.

That experience changed me forever.

And out of it, grew aministry from my heart

called Orphans 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,and they're learning

life skills, I'm askingyou 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.

- There have been sixaction spider-man movies

since 2002, but todaymarks the type of film

a new type of film, rather,for the web slinger.

It's an animated adventurewith a different spider-man.

Miles Morales, along with many different

versions of spider-manfrom different universes,

it's actually called Into the Spider-verse

and here's a look at the film

from Focus on the Familyto see how it measures up

for family friendliness.

(upbeat music)

- [Peter] So you wannalearn to be Spider-man?

- [Miles] Can you teach me?

- [Peter] Yes I can.

Time to swing.(yells)

- In the animated movie,Spider-ManL Into the Spider-Verse,

there's a new friendlyneighborhood spider-man

in New York City.

Well, a couple of them actually.

Peter Parker is thecity's long standing hero,

but thanks to the mob boss, Kingpin,

who's been messing withthe space time continuum,

odd things have been happening.

- [Kingpin] You build a super collider?

You're gonna love this.

- [Announcer] Dimension opening now.

- First of all, a youngguy named Miles Morales

is bitten by a radioactive arachnid

from another dimension, and finds himself

able to climb buildings,then a dimensional rift

sucks five other spider-beingsinto our reality too.

- How many more spider people are there?

- Among that group is GwenStacy, aka Spider-woman.

Anime schoolgirl PennyParker and her robot

spider friend, and a trench coated

noir version of Spider-man.

When our dimensionsPeter Parker goes down,

it's up to young Miles torally the web slingers,

stop the Kingpin, and getthe other spideys back home,

But first, he has to figure out

how to stop sticking toeverything he touches.

- That way, that way.

- This colorfully animated picshoots its cinematic webbing

in a number of stylisticallycreative directions.

It's exhilarating, fast, andat times laugh out loud funny.

It also packs in messages of family love

and personal heroism that areboth moving and inspiring.

The only drawback is two bloodless deaths

in the tale that could upset

the youngest spidey fans in your group.

So I'll give Spider-Man:Into the Spider-Verse

a four out of five forfamily friendliness.

For an in depth review on this movie

or anything else at your local box office,

visit us at pluggedin.com.

Plugging you into the movies

I'm Cheryl Wilhelmi forFocus on the Family's

Pluggedin movie review.

- The Christmas season isn't the same

without great music andgifts that uplift people.

We found both this week in a visit

to a Virginia choirrehearsing for a concert

to benefit an oftenforgotten shelter for men.

Meet Brian Hill andthe Provenance Singers.

♪ Listen to the angels ♪

♪ Rejoicing e'er so sweetly ♪

♪ Receiving heaven's glory ♪

♪ The night that Christ was born ♪

- The sound is sweet, andthis is just the rehearsal

for Brian Hill and the Provenance singers.

And provenance means what?

- The beginning of something's existence

and so I just thought the word

was most fitting becauseit was something new.

♪ Shouting through the darkness ♪

- Brian and his group began their work

less than two years ago.

What happened in yourlife that made you say

I wanna start a choir.

- Well my pastor challenged my faith.

We're in a revival and hereally spoke into my life

because it's somethingI always wanted to do

but I never had the courage to do it,

you know what I mean,so the Lord is in motion

and I'm featured andso that's what he said.

♪ Shouting through the darkness ♪

- With that motion, thesesingers have already recorded

their first single, andanother is in the works.

Is there anybody in yourfamily doing what you do?

- No.

But you know what, I justlearned about a year ago

my dad told me that he wasa choir director growing up

at his church, Mount Olive Church of God

in Christ in Chesapeake.

- And Brian Hill and theProvenance singers are ready.

♪ And my heart be made anew ♪

For their second annual Christmas concert.

♪ The night that Christ was born. ♪

(Applauds)

Now if you're in theVirginia, Hampton Roads area

tomorrow evening you can checkout the free benefit concert

and you can sample more of their music

wherever you purchase or stream

the songs you love, well it is now time

for your Friday faithful, and I leave you

with this thought, "Faith inGod to change your situation

"doesn't mean you do nothing.

"in fact, do something, and give God

"something to work with," remember this.

The Scripture clearlysays faith without work,

well, you know, it is dead.

That is gonna do it for thisedition of CBN Newswatch

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Goodbye and God Bless everybody.

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