A teenage drug dealer goes from the streets to the Navy SEALS and then to the silver screen. Plus, authors Karen Kingsbury and Tyler Russell discuss a new childrenâ€™s book series.
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- [Wendy] Coming up, ateenage drug dealer --
- I brought it to my mom's doorstep.
- [Wendy] Who went from the streets --
- [Man] I'm getting out of this life.
- [Wendy] To the SEALs.
- [Remi] The most elite military program
on the face of this planet.
- [Wendy] To the silver screen.
- Wow, this is crazybecause this is the guy
who's first two filmsinspired me to be a Seal.
- [Wendy] On today's 700 Club.
- Well welcome, folks.
If you heard the President'sspeech last night
it was masterful.
It was amazing the array of guests who,
there was a team effort we understand,
but to pick people like Buzz Aldrin
and then the woman who had beenlocked up for so many years
for a little bit ofmarijuana use, and so forth,
it was a brilliant tour de force.
CBS News -- polls 76% ofthose that watched approved.
CNN, 59% said very positive.
CBS, 72% approved of hisimmigration proposals.
It was an amazing, did you watch?
- I watched it and enjoyedevery single bit of it.
I thought it was truly one ofthe best State of the Unions
I have ever seen in my lifetime.
- Well he took away all of the issues
that the Democrats have.
- They were cheering at times.
- He had them cheering.
How could they not cheerveterans of World War II?
How could they not cheera Holocaust survivor?
How could they not cheer Buzz Aldrin?
During the speech it waspeppered with these people
and he had to force theDemocrats to get up.
They can't sit on their handswhen a Holocaust survivor
and the man who's liberated him from --
is on the same platform.
- Maybe they're regretting giving him
more time to prepare for the speech now.
- But it was brilliant.
- Well the President covered a wide range
of topic in the State of the Union,
from illegal immigration to the economy.
And speaking to a House of Representatives
led by Democrats who havepushed for late-term abortions,
he called on Congressto protect the unborn.
We have two reports now beginning
with our White Housecorrespondent, Ben Kennedy.
- President Trump pushedback against abortion
saying we need to worktogether to build a culture
that cherishes innocent life.
A strong message he hiton during his speech,
which was delayed a week
due to the partial government shutdown.
- We meet tonight at a momentof unlimited potential.
- [Ben] President Trump took advantage
of the pulpit Tuesday night to call
for unity and bipartisanship.
- There is a new opportunityin American politics
if only we have the couragetogether to seize it.
- [Ben] Trump also tookadvantage of recent headlines
to fight for the unborncalling on Congress
to pass legislation toprohibit late-term abortions.
- There could be no greatercontrast to the beautiful image
of a mother holding her infant child
than the chilling displays ournations saw in recent days.
Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight
upon the passage of legislationthat would allow a baby
to be ripped from the mother'swomb moments from birth.
These are living,feeling, beautiful babies
who will never get the chance to share
their love and theirdreams with the world.
And then we had the caseof the Governor of Virginia
where he stated he wouldexecute a baby after birth.
- [Ben] The Commander in Chiefthen broke down his vision
for safe and legal immigrationdemanding a border wall.
He illustrated his pointby hosting family members
of an elderly couple murderedin their home just last month
by an undocumented immigrant.
- I will never forget and I will fight
for the memory of Gerald and Sharon
that it should never happen again.
Not one more American life should be lost
because our nation failed to control
it's very dangerous border.
- [Ben] Trump said, simplyput, walls save lives.
- In the past most ofthe people in this room
voted for a wall, but theproper wall never got built.
I will get it built.
- [Ben] The future of thewall still remains in question
as congressional negotiatorscontinue to work on a deal
to prevent another government shutdown.
In the Democrat's response
former Georgia governorcandidate, Stacey Abrams,
place blame for the recentclosings of the government
directly on the President.
- The shutdown was a stunt engineered
by the President of the United States.
One that defied every tenantof fairness and abandoned,
not just our people, but our values.
- [Ben] Trump struck a bipartisan tone
when talking about rebuilding America,
fighting cancer, eradicating HIV,
lowering the cost of healthcare,and a positive economy.
- An economic miracle is takingplace in the United States
and the only thing that canstop it are foolish wars,
politics, or ridiculouspartisan investigations.
- [Ben] He got a standingovation from both sides
after stating women have filled
more than 50% of new jobscreated in the last year.
- We also have morewomen serving in Congress
then at any time before.
(cheering and applauding)
- [Ben] Trump thenreaffirmed determination
to protect American interestand end foreign wars.
- If I had not been electedPresident of the United States
we would right now, in my opinion,
be in a major war with North Korea.
- Now President Trumpconfirmed his second summit
with North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un,
for February 27th and 28th in Vietnam.
As for lawmakers' reactionto the President's Address,
here's Capitol Hillcorrespondent, Abigail Robertson.
- This year markedPresident Trump's first time
speaking before a divided Congress.
And while Republicans praisedthe President's remarks --
- It was very inspirational.
- He did a great job.
- The President did an outstanding job.
He, to me, knocked it out of the park.
- [Abigail] Democrats disagreed
with the Senate Minority Leader
hitting the President's call for unity,
even before the speech.
- In the past he's called for unity
and he's forgotten aboutit by the next morning.
- [Abigail] And whilePresident Trump told the crowd
if there is going to be legislation
there cannot be investigation.
A Democrat on the HouseOversight Committee told CBN News
their intent on keeping their foot
on the investigation pedal.
- That's my constitutionallyprescribed duty,
to conduct oversight.
The American people hiredus to be in the majority
to serve as a check and balanceon the Trump Administration.
- [Abigail] Still, Democrats acknowledged
they supported some ofthe President's remarks
and unity might just be possible
even in the most divisive area.
- First of all I have to sayone thing that really stuck out
was the President neversaid, I gonna have a shutdown
if I don't get my $5.7billion for a fence.
He never said that.
I think that's a message tomy Republican colleagues,
that we can sit down,negotiate on border security.
Now we are gonna put billions of dollars
but it's not gonna be billionsof dollars on a fence.
- [Abigail] Congressman Cuellar sits
on the Bipartisan ConferenceCommittee currently negotiating
the compromise bill for border security.
- We have to find a balance between
our neighbor to the southand at the same time,
not only to our neighbor to the south,
the trade and tourism, but have security.
And I feel very confidentthat if we put the technology,
the personnel, find, andI'll say this as a Democrat,
find ways to do someenhanced physical barriers,
we can get there.
- [Abigail] And he's one ofjust a handful of Democrats
pleased to hear the Presidentreaffirm his commitment
to protecting the unborn.
- I'm one of four, five,six Democrats in Pro-life.
I'll do whatever I can to makesure that we protect life,
but I do know the makeup of the House,
I do know you have to getto 60 votes over there
and so to get to wherethe President wants to get
might be difficult at this time.
- [Abigail] Many Republicans supported
the President's strong statements as well.
- He talked about the unborn.
I was very appreciativeof that moment too.
To recognize that life is precious
and that it should be protected,
unlike what's going onin New York and Virginia.
So, those were all very inspiring moments.
- The high from this year's Address
will be short lived forRepublicans if lawmakers
fail to reach a compromiseby the end of next week
to prevent another government shutdown.
Reporting from Capitol Hill,Abigail Robertson, CBN News.
- Well I hope they can listen
to what the President hadto say and get together.
We can't have another shutdown.
That last thing cost about $11billion, we can't afford it.
It hurts too many peopleand it's not just something
that you do on accountof some border wall.
You can't risk the jobs of people
and all the other ancillary problems.
We cannot have a governmentshutdown, we just can't do it.
Well in other news, theSenate has passed a bill
that takes a stand againstthe movement to boycott,
that -- boycott and to -- and so forth.
Well John Jessup has thisstory from our CBN News Bureau.
- Thanks, Pat.
The measure is aimed against those working
with the BDS Movement, BDS stands for
Boycott, Divestment,Sanctions against Israel.
The bill allows stateand local governments
to refuse to work with businesses
that are part of the BDS Movement.
Although the measure,
sponsored by Florida Senator Marco Rubio,
was approved by theSenate, it isn't expected
to pass the Democratic-controlled House.
So far 27 states have adopted laws
that discourage boycotts against Israel.
Well America's obesity epidemiccould take a terrible toll
as a number of cancer caseslinked to being overweight
are on the rise among people under 50,
with the biggest increasein younger people.
That's in a report byReuters citing a study
in the Lancet Public Health.
The increases come in colo-rectal,
kidney, and pancreaticcancers, among others.
Higher rates among younger Americans
now could lead to an explosion of cancers
in the years ahead as they grow older
and that would mean, Pat,even more healthcare costs
in both the privatesector and in government.
- Well we've been talkingabout the gut flora
and the other thing is inflammation
and we had Dr. Perle thereother day on the show
talking about inflammation.
That is the major healthproblem we're dealing with
and the cancers come from inflammation,
and the inflammation comes from ingesting
too much sugars, too much white flour,
and keeping the insulinhigh in our bodies.
And so, not only do weget the Parkinson's,
and we get Alzheimer's, and weget other types of dementia,
but now we're getting aserious epidemic of cancer
and I urge you, thepeople of this audience,
don't let your kids stuff up on junk food.
You read the labels of the cereals,
they're loaded with sugar
and the breakfast thatwe eat is sugar-loaded,
and then the snacks theyeat are sugar-loaded,
the soft drinks theydrink are sugar-loaded
and we're stressing our bodies
and we're building up inflammation
and the inflammation causes cancer.
So we've got an epidemic of cancer
just because we're eating the wrong stuff.
And parents, do you think you're doing
your children a favor?
You're not, you're killing them
when you stuff that stuff to them.
Read the labels on these cereals,
Sugar Puffs and that kind of stuff.
- It's frightening.
- It is frightening.
- And it's so sad whenyou see those young kids
and they're already obese and you think,
what kind of future are they gonna have?
- Well I've talked abouthigh fructose corn syrup,
which is a big deal, butyou've got sugar in everything.
They start off in the early days
with the food they give to little infants,
they think they've gottaload it with salt and sugar
and the little kids don't need that.
They want natural food.
And unfortunately there are steroids
being put into the beef, intothe pork, into the chickens.
They not only are steroidsto make them fatter,
but there are alsoantibiotics to kill bugs
but those antibiotics go through to people
and they in turn kill our gut flora.
It's a vicious cycle and I'm telling you
you look at free-rangechicken, and grass-fed beef
but you don't get that very often
especially if you go out to eat.
- Read the labels, right?
- How many people read labels?
I used to talk to my wife,
did you read the label what this is?
No, I didn't read the label.
Well you gotta read the labels
and it says the percentage of sugar,
and it'll tell ya what's in the food.
But, folks, this is an epidemic.
Talk about opioid, wegot the opioid problem,
well this other thing is there too.
- Well up next, the bottomline from the top woman
in charge of Medicare and Medicaid.
- Status quo isn't working forso many different Americans.
And so the idea here is tobe bold and make changes
that are gonna have a lasting impact
to improve healthcare for our country.
- [Wendy] Seema Verma talksabout implementing changes
that could affect yourhealthcare, right after this.
- As lawmakers in Washington
debate the future of healthcare,
the woman in charge ofMedicare and Medicaid
is trying to improve the services
under the law still in place.
Abigail Robertson brings us more.
- After President Trumpnominated Seema Verma
as the Administrator forMedicare and Medicaid Services
she knew moving from the private
to the public sector would be a challenge.
Yet she wanted to help her country
and even made the decisionto commute each week
between Indiana and D.C. to oversee
multi billion dollar programs
utilized by 130 million Americans.
- Saw some of the things thatwere going on in healthcare
and realized that our country was going
in the wrong direction on healthcare.
- [Abigail] One of the firstthings she wanted to tackle,
- You don't have theinformation that you need
in terms of how much arethings going to cost,
you don't know about the quality,
and you don't have your medical records.
I think there's a lot of confusion.
- [Abigail] Verma wants to give patients
the necessary information to make
the best decisions about their healthcare.
Through an initiativecalled the Blue Button 2.0,
or My Healthy Data.
- The Federal Governmentspent some $36 billion
on investing in doctors and hospitals
having electronic medical records
and I think that's exciting,
but what happened in that is that
all of the information is siloed,
it sort of stayed in your doctor's office.
So before it was filingcabinet and right now
it's an electronic siloright inside the computer.
- [Abigail] Verma told CBNNews how a personal emergency
brought her face to face with this issue.
- I get on the phone withthe paramedics and they said,
your husband's not breathing,is he on any medication?
What's his healthcare background?
- [Abigail] Information Verma didn't have.
- It was a very difficultmoment, there's so much going on,
the panic of not being with my kids
and wondering what was going on with him.
For the medical professionalsthat were treating them,
they didn't have theinformation that they needed
to be able to diagnose him.
- [Abigail] While her husband recovered,
they still had to jump throughhoops to get his information.
- When I left the hospital they gave me
essentially a CD-ROM and they said,
here's his healthcare information.
- [Abigail] In today'stech world, however,
many computers won't evenread CD-ROMs anymore.
- I think the big issue isthat a lot of the information
wasn't even on what they gave me.
And so there's all ofthis information about him
that's sort of trapped at the hospital.
- [Abigail] Verma says this lack of access
is especially difficultfor patients who move
or see multiple healthcare providers.
- We're working on aninitiative to make it
very clear to providers thatthat data and that information
belongs to the patient, it is theirs.
And we wanna make sure thatwhen they leave the providers
they have that information.
- [Abigail] Under Verma,the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services, or CMS,
is requiring providersto share this information
with patients or face penalties.
Verma believes that will notonly save time and money,
but could lead researchersto find breakthroughs.
- Because it's really going to give rise
to the type of innovation that we've seen
in the American healthcare system,
but I think it's going to bringit to a much higher level.
- What has the response been from
some of the patients who are trying this?
- Well I think peopleare excited about it,
we hear stories all the time.
I remember talking tosome of our staff saying,
I'm going to a new doctorand the doctor asked
for all of my healthcareinformation and she said,
I don't have time for this,to go around to every doctor,
asking for information.
And with this type oftool she should be able
to aggregate all of that information.
- [Abigail] Verma tells CBN News they have
more than 1,000 app developers working
to make this data moreuser-friendly for patients.
And she believes thisprogram will continue
no matter which partycontrols the White House.
- I think this is somethingthat we have heard
from both sides of the aisle,about how important this is,
and it's important on somany different dimensions.
- [Abigail] Althoughhealthcare negotiations
are moving slow on Capitol Hill,
Verma is trying to make thebest of her current authority.
- From my perspective I'm gonnafocus on what I can control.
That's one of life's lessons,
to focus on the things that you can do.
We always stand readyto work with Congress
if they wanna make changesand to provide them
with the support as they consider changes.
But in the meantime Idon't wanna stand still
and I wanna do everything that I can
to make sure that healthcareis working for every American.
- [Abigail] That means workingtoward the constant goal
of lowering healthcare costs
and making sure Medicare andMedicaid are sustainable.
- And what is your experience been like
working in the Trump Administration?
- For me it's exciting to be here
because we are with anadministration and a president
that isn't afraid ofdisrupting the status quo
on behalf of the American people.
And that's what I likeabout the Administration,
is that it's okay to be disruptive.
The status quo isn't workingfor so many different Americans
and so the idea here is tobe bold and make changes
that are gonna have a lasting impact
to improve healthcare for our country.
- Verma believes thechanges happening at CMS
can have an impact felt throughout
the entire healthcare system.
Reporting from Washington,Abigail Robertson, CBN News.
- Very interesting, isn't it?
- Well really amazing, yeah.
I wasn't familiar with that lady
but she's doing amazing work.
- She's doing a great job,I didn't know who she was.
Now we know.
- Now we know.
Well up next, you can't make this up.
From drug dealer, to NavySEAL, to actor in a movie
directed by Michael Bay.
- I was like, wow, this is crazy
because this is the guywho's first two films
inspired me to be a SEAL.
- [Wendy] Remi Adeleke shares
his supernaturaltransformation after this.
- Remi Adeleke was a19 year old drug dealer
when he heard a voice tellinghim to join the military.
Incredibly he followed that voice
and fulfilled a long forgotten dream
to become, of all things, a Navy SEAL.
But the greatesttransformation of Remi's life
was yet to come as he answered a call
to the Alaskan wilderness.
- I would see these musicvideos of these young
African American men who looked like me
and they had the cars,and they had the girls,
and they had the gold chains,and they had the money.
I'm like, that's what I want.
- [Reporter] Remi Adelekewas born to a wealthy
Nigerian entrepreneurand his American wife.
Up to the age of five Remilived in lap of luxury.
But when his father died unexpectedly
his mom moved Remi and his older brother
to the Bronx and a life of poverty.
But money wasn't the only thing he missed.
- For me to not havea father to affirm me,
to guide me, and providefor me and my brother,
I began to search out father figures.
- [Reporter] His mom was a Christian
who took them to church andtaught them to follow Jesus.
Instead, Remi looked tostreet hustlers and rappers
as his role models andhis way out of poverty.
- I just wanted my life,and my brother's life,
and my mother's life tobe better than it was.
- [Reporter] As a young teen
he went from petty theft to selling drugs.
During this time he also saw two films
by director Michael Bay that showed him
he could aspire to something better.
- The first one was Bad Boys,
and the second one was The Rock.
That was the first time Isaw two African American men
in Bad Boys who looked likeme but they were still cool
and they were heroes.
After I watched The Rock Ifiled away deep down within me
this idea that I wouldbe a Navy SEAL one day.
- [Reporter] But for a teenage dealer
and scam artists making thousands,
that dream seemed far out of reach.
- Chances of that happeningis absolutely slim to none.
And as time passed that idea faded away.
- [Reporter] That is until a drug dealer
came into their homethreatening to kill Remi.
Remi paid him off but it wasthe wake up call he needed.
- All of these years I'm doing this dirt,
and not only did I bringthis dirt into my life,
but I brought it to my mom's doorstep.
I made the decisions I'mgetting out of this life.
- [Reporter] But now 19, Remihad no idea what to do next.
Until one morning in bed
he heard a voice he didn't recognize.
- And this voice said to me,
"You need to join the military."
And I was like, "What?
Heck no, I'm not joining themilitary, absolutely not."
And I popped up and I lookedaround and I said to myself,
Remi, what else to you have?
- [Reporter] Remi joined the Navy
and signed up to be a Navy SEAL.
He passed the grueling trainingand earned his Trident.
- Especially coming fromthe background I came from
and now achieving what I'd achieved
and graduated from SEAL training,
probably the most elite military program
on the face of this planet,
I was just very, very prideful,
especially because Ihad achieved greatness.
- [Reporter] But Remistill had an emptiness
that needed to be filled.
- I was in the clubs every weekend,
sleepin' around, partying.
I was vulgar, combative,I was out of control
and I had a girlfriend atthe time, I cheated on her.
I was just a bad dude towardsher and she wouldn't leave me,
she stayed with me and shewould take me to church.
- [Reporter] During their relationship
Remi's team was sent tothe Alaska wilderness
for a cold weather survival training.
Alone on a hike he again heard a voice,
but this time he knew who it was.
- I remember just walkingthrough the wilderness
and just mesmerized by thenature, the beauty, the silence.
But in the midst of that silence
God began to reveal himself to me.
God showed me what I had become.
And I just remember feelingdisgusted with what I saw.
And I decided I'm gonna fixmyself, I'm gonna change myself.
- [Reporter] Once back onbase, he called his girlfriend.
- I just want you toknow that when I get back
I wanna marry you, I'mma be a better man,
I'm working on myself to change myself,
but I'm gonna be better.
And she said, "I'mleaving you, it's over."
I fell into a deep depression
and I remember my brother told me,
when you it rock bottom,'cause it's gonna happen,
cry out to Jesus.
When you've tried everythingand nothing's worked,
cry out to Jesus.
I finally said, Jesus, I need your help.
- [Reporter] But he was stillreeling from the breakup
and called his ex when he got home.
- 'Cause in my naive, crazymind I felt like the answer
to fixing my problemswas her taking me back.
So I said, please take me back,
she said, no I won't take you back.
And I said, okay, ifyou won't take me back,
can you at least take me to church?
And then she paused and then she said,
okay, I won't take you back,but I'll take you to church.
I just got up and I said, Ineed something greater than me
and if this Jesus is greaterthan and if he's real,
then that's gonna be my solution.
And so I went to altar and Isurrendered my life to Jesus.
Instantaneously my life changed.
- [Reporter] Over thenext three months Remi let
his heavenly Father bringhealing to his mind and soul.
- His presence was so tangible to me
that I looked to Him, this is my father
teaching me how to treat women.
This is my father teachingme how to be a man now
and what real manhood is.
- [Reporter] In 2016Remi left the military
and started a consulting business.
One day he got an unusual call.
They were filming a new Transformers movie
and needed someone with hisexpertise for a small role.
The director was Michael Bay.
- I was like, wow, this is crazy
because this is the guywho's first two films
inspired me to be a SEAL.
- [Reporter] Today Remi isstill in the film industry
as an actor and screenwriter.
And he's enjoying hisgreatest role yet as a husband
to his wife, Jessica,and father to three sons.
In his book, Transformed,he shares how God
has guided his life evenwhen he didn't realize it.
- I can go to my heavenlyFather to get direction,
whether it's through prayer,
through fellowship, orthrough the Scriptures.
I have a Father.
- I have a Father.
Most of us look for afather, men and women,
they want a father figure.
Girls need a father,boys need a role model,
they need a father and God is the father.
There are many peoplethat have broken homes,
they come from perhapsthe father has died,
maybe he's abandoned thefamily, who knows what,
but there's so many whogrow up without fathers.
And God says, I will be a father to you,
I will be your father,you can be my child.
And the Lord God of --, thecreator of the universe,
will look down and He'llsmile upon you, and say,
come, my child, be mine.
You are my child, you aremy son, you are my daughter,
you're part of my family.
And the Bible says all thefamilies are named after Him
and whatever familythere is it's God's idea,
it's God's idea to put people in families
and he wants you to have Him as a father.
And if you would likethat He says I be it.
When Jesus was prayinghe said, Abba Father,
which is sort of animateway of almost like Daddy
and Abba Father, the Lordhimself, recognized the Father
and he talked about the Father,
and He is a father toeveryone who wants Him.
And I thank God that He is my Father.
I had a very distinguished father
but my heavenly Father isgreater than all human fathers
and you can have that Fatherif you just call upon Him
and say, Lord, I'm a sinner,I haven't lived for You.
You know I've gone my ownway but I wanna come home
like the prodigal son,
I wanna come back to my father's house.
Would you like to do that today?
Just bow your head and pray with me.
Pray these simple words,but mean them in your heart.
Father, I come to younow, I repent of my sins.
I have broken Your laws,
I have gone far awayfrom Your Commandments.
You know what I've done and I come to You
without one plea but that Your life
and Your blood was shed for me.
So I know, Lord Father,that You sent Your son,
Your precious son, Jesus, to die for me
so right now I receive him as my savior
and I acknowledge that You are my Father.
I take You, Lord, and thank You.
Thank You, Lord, in Jesus' name.
Now if you prayed withme, the Lord has heard you
and He's accepted you andyou're part of His family.
And I want you to dosomething, the Bible says,
if you confess with yourmouth the Lord Jesus
and believe in your heart that God
has raised you from thedead, you'll be saved.
I want you to confessit, just tell somebody.
And how do you do it?
We've got people on the phones right now,
I want you to call up and say,
look, I just prayed that prayer with Pat,
I gave my heart to the Lordand God almighty is my Father.
The toll free number is 1-800-700-7000,
it's easy to remember, 700-7000.
There are people on thephones right now who love you
and the angels of Heaven are rejoicing
because you've come to the Father's house.
So pick up the phone, call right now,
and somebody's there who loves you.
And I wanna send you something,by the way, to help you.
Some time ago I did a CD,
it's out 72 or 73 minutes,
and you can play it oncompact disk, and it's got
what do you do now thatyou've come to the Lord.
What does it mean?
What does it mean to have a changed life?
What does it mean to be born again
and to be accepted into the family of God?
And what if you fall away and you sin,
how do you get rid of that?
It's all in here and Iwill give this to you free
if you just call.
Again, the number is 1-800-700-7000.
Toll free, no money, nocharge, nothing, it's all free,
but I want you to call right now and say,
I just prayed and I haveaccepted Jesus as savior
and God almighty is my Father.
Well still ahead, she has25 million books in print
and millions of fans worldwide.
Now her Karen Kingburyturns her amazing talents
to writing a children's book series
along with her son, Tyler Russell.
That's coming up later.
Plus we've got your email.
Your questions, Honest Answers, coming up.
- Welcome back to Washingtonfor this CBN Newsbreak.
More and more people arechoosing to settle down
in Israeli settlement in the West Bank.
According to population data obtained
from the Israeli Interior Ministry
the number of people living in settlements
grew at a much faster rate than
the overall Israeli population last year.
And more growth is predicted.
The Director of West BankJewish Population Stats
credits the Trump Administrationsaying the White House
has created a much friendlierenvironment for settlers.
Well a pastor in Myanmar is dead
after being kidnapped atgunpoint by a rebel army.
Several other people were taken as well.
Pastor Tun Nu was missingfor newly two weeks
before his death was confirmed.
Gospel for Asia says he was afield partner of the ministry.
Married with three young children,
Pastor Tun Nu led a congregationin Myanmar's Rakhine State.
During 20 years as pastorhe shared the love of Christ
with many and started several fellowships.
The ministry has asked for prayers
for his family and the church.
Well you can always getthe latest from CBN News
by visiting our website at CBNNews.com.
Pat and Wendy will be back with more
of the 700 Club right after this.
- Well Mom was right, your best friends
are the ones around thedinner table every night.
That's a quote from KarenKingsbury's latest novel
about the childhood stories
of the fictional Baxter siblings.
It's the first in her newBaxter Family children's series
and also the first co-writtenwith her son, Tyler Russell.
Take a look.
- [Reporter] Karen Kingsburyis a New York Times
best selling novelistand America's favorite
She has over 25 million copies of
her award winning books in print
and millions of fans around the world.
She continues to inspireand entertain readers
with her latest novel, Best Family Ever.
Karen teams up with her son, Tyler,
in the first book in theBaxter Family children's series
to tell the childhood stories
of the beloved Baxter children.
- And please welcome to the 700 Club,
welcome back to the 700Club, Karen Kingsbury,
and for the very first timeyour oldest son, Tyler Russell.
Great to have you here.
- Thank you so much, thank you.
- Well first of all, Karen,
again you have 25 million books in print,
why did you decide tostart a children's series?
- Well the publisheractually had the idea.
They said, what about thesekids when they were young,
like when they were 11and 12, nine years old?
What would that look like if we did a book
for eight to 12 year olds.
So I know adults are gonna love this
'cause they wanna seewhat the kids were like.
But it's really written for kids
and my first responsewas, I don't have time.
I'm doing two novels a year,
and that's when I thought of Tyler
because he has time andhe's a great writer.
So I said, what if Tylerwrites them and I edit them
so that they come across with my voice
but he's written them?
And they were like, we can do that.
- Tyler, what is this like for you?
- It's been amazing just working with her,
learning from her, it's areally collaborative process.
We get to come together and dream,
and outline, and plan together,and then just to go away.
And I've watched her mywhole life just write,
she finds a room andshe writes a whole book.
So to be able to have that practice
and to grow up under that,
it's such an honor to do this together
and I don't think there'sa better teacher than her.
- That creative process is so much fun,
and you're brainstorming,and you're dreaming,
well what about this.
Do you ever get something that you think,
this is so great, andyou're mom's like, well.
- Well there definitely is thesmoothing out some wrinkles.
- I think sometimes you did that for me.
Ashley is like a favoritecharacter as they get older,
so Ashley's like 11 yearsold and she is so funny,
she is a funny--
I find myself like laughingout loud when I read
the first draft that he's done
and we have her making some mistakes,
like she's really aboutParis and she wants
to go there one day and see the paintings.
- Aww, so many little girlsdo that just love Paris.
- I know, exactly, and she's says,
"I can't wait to see the Awful Tower."
- The Awful Tower.
Oh, it is funny!
- Her dad says, "No, no,Honey, it's the Eiffel Tower."
And she says, "Well I thinkit's a Awful Tower, look at it.
It's crooked, it goes at an angle."
So I added a couple moreof those in and Tyler said,
"No Mom, you did toomany, that's too much."
And he was right, so weended up going with is way.
But it's a lot fun, there'sheartwarming pieces,
the kids are really just precious.
So you're laughing,and then you're crying.
- And are these characterscompletely fictional,
or do you think about someone you knew
or a neighbor, or a siblingwhen you write, Tyler?
- I think experiences thatI went through growing up
definitely come into play in these books,
but it's fictional and I think it's fun
to take different pieces ofpeople that we knew growing up,
or different people that we know now.
- But then they become so real
and they take on this life, don't they?
- [Karen] They really do.
- And especially after having had
more than 20 books about them as adults,
that we know so much aboutthem from when the were older
and now it's fun to explorewhere they came from.
- Well what do you it is aboutthis fictional Baxter family
that readers just can't get enough of?
- I think you can see yourself
in any one of the members of the family.
I think in some way you can relate,
and especially with these kids' books.
Everyone can relate to moving,
starting over, making new friends,
trying to be true toyourself, and be honest.
And so I think this book, especially,
will resonate withfamilies just to be able
to teach life lessons that we hope
that God can continue touse to build people up.
- So technically this wouldbe called a prequel, right?
- A really early, early prequel, yeah,
'cause they're so much younger.
- And this was thepublisher's idea, right?
- The publisher's ideathat if we could go back
to a simpler time, this is before Netflix,
before cell phones.
These kids are just finding their way,
they have a tree house,
and they love to explore in their yard,
but they also are veryclose to each other.
I was one of five, andthen Tyler is one of six,
and so that idea of yourfamily being your best friends,
that people will comeand go from your life,
but even we tell our kids,long after me and Dad are gone
you'll have each other.
So that is something thatpours through the pages
of Best Family Ever, and wethink it's gonna be a classic.
The publisher is going to print
twice as many copies as my adult books.
I'm just really thankful that Tyler
was willing to do this and step in,
he's such a strong writerand he knew the backstory.
- Wow, that's a greatcompliment from Karen Kingsbury.
- He knew the characterswell enough as adults
to do some really fun foreshadowing,
like seeing Ashley sketch when we know
she's gonna grow up to be an artist.
Just those kinds ofdetails that no one else
would have understood aswell, I don't think, as Tyler.
So this is heartwarming,
people will definitely laugh and cry,
and they're gonna wanna readit out loud to their kids.
And librarians at schoolsare already saying,
we want a lot of copies because this is
the kind of story that kids need.
It's encouraging, it builds them up,
and it shows them family can be strong
even when people areflawed and make mistakes.
Karen, you always knew that you wanted
to be a writer, is that right?
- Yes, I was five years oldwhen I wrote my first book.
Every word was spelled wrong, but yeah.
- What about you, Tyler,
did you know you wanted to be a writer?
- I think there was alwayspart of me that enjoyed it,
whether I was writing short stories.
I think in second grade Isubmitted a writing contest
and won a prize in our county,so I always enjoyed writing.
- [Wendy] How old were youwhen you got the bug though,
the writing bug?
I don't know, I think Ialways had it in some way
and I think after collegethe idea really became real
and God opened up so manyopportunities to work with her.
We also work on screenwriting together
so we've adapted some ofher books into screenplays.
- And a funny story about Tyler,
so when he was probably eight years old
we were driving arounddoing errands and he said,
"You know, Mom, I been thinkingI think I wanna be a singer,
or I might be an actor when I'm older,
but I think I'm gonna write books
in my spare time like you do.
I think it was the greatest compliment
that any child could ever give me is that
it felt like I was writing books
in my spare time while I raised them.
And yet you could seethat bug was there for him
but it was side timething, part time thing,
'cause that's how it came across
to the kids as I was writing.
So thank God that I could write quickly
and that they felt like they were first.
- Well the book iscalled Best Family Ever,
I've got a copy right here,
it's available wherever books are sold
and we will be right back with more
of the 700 Club after this.
- You are watching the 700Club and we're delighted
to have you with us and we look forward
to your questions and some honest answers
coming up in a few minutes.
But right now I wannaintroduce you to Travis.
When he lost his jobjust before the holidays
he and his wife, Cara, could've panicked.
Instead they relied onGod's promise to provide
for their family, and that'sexactly what happened.
- [Reporter] Travis and Cara cherish
spending time with theirtwo young daughters.
But just a few years agofamily time was rare.
Travis was working long hours
away from home as a plant manager.
- I saw my kids usuallyfour days every two weeks.
- [Reporter] After 12years with the same company
Travis expected a promotion but in 2016,
just before Thanksgiving, he was laid off.
Cara was a stay-at-home mom
so it was a blow to their family's income,
but not to their faith.
- God provides, it's not the job,
it's not the things that we do,
but He will take care of all of our needs.
And living that out isreally hard sometimes.
- [Reporter] Travis and Cara prayed
strategically about their needs.
As home schoolers with two young children
they felt the pressure,
but they never stoppedtithing or giving to CBN.
Less than two monthslater Travis was offered
a new job making more money,
plus he wasn't traveling as much.
- So I see my kids twiceas much as what I used to.
- And to see that workedout, it strengthened
our relationship and our marriage as well.
- [Reporter] Travis andCara were so grateful
they decided to increasetheir giving to CBN.
For them it's all about faith and trust.
- CBN honors the money thatyou give and it's at work
in the lives of other peopleand that's one of the reasons
that I'm most excited about CBN.
There's a heart for Christ,
a heart for shining God'slove out into the world,
and for caring for people andthat's really the mission,
the Great Commission, sothat's why we love CBN.
- I think CBN ends up touching many
of the areas of the world that you,
as an individual, cannot touch.
- God will return muchmore than what you've given
because whatever you releaseto Him, He will return to you.
- Well we appreciate people like them.
They're what make upthe bulk of the people
who support this ministry.
Couples who love God,people who love the Lord
and who believe in God regardless
of the difficulties they face in life.
Travis and his lovely wife,I wanna give this to them
and to each one of youwho join the 700 Club.
It's called the I Wills of God
and if you read the 91st Psalm
there's a section in there where God says,
"Because he has placed his loveupon me, therefore I will."
And then He goes on to say what He will do
when you place your love uponHim, and it's so thrilling.
So anyhow, this is a teachingon the I Wills of God
and you have some comments.
- People love it, Pat, I loved it.
It is so powerful becauseit's so much Scripture.
And this is from Jackiefrom Windham, New Hampshire.
Jackie, thanks so muchfor letting us know.
- Praise God.
Well, folks, I wanna send this to you.
Join the 700 Club, 65cents day, it's real easy
and you can be a member.
So, time for some questions.
- Yes, sir, let's start with this one.
Katrina, she writes in,
- Well there's one religionand I think it's right
and it's called Christianity.
Jehovah's Witness is a branchof Orthodox Christianity.
They're off into some areathat is not exactly on target
but the big thing is, do they honor Jesus,
do they confess Jesus is Lord,
and number one, do they believe the Bible.
And if they believe theBible, and teach the Bible,
and they teach it according
to the meaning of the word of God,
you say what's the right religion,
well the right religionis to worship Jesus.
Jesus is the son of God.
The Bible says he wasconceived to a virgin,
and suffered under Pontius Pilate,
and he was crucified, dead and buried,
and on the third day he rose again.
That's the Creed and we believe that.
That is the heart of Christianity.
And Paul said, I'm not ashamed
of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
it's the power of God under salvation
to all those who believe
and I'm the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Here's one, Pat, from Jessie.
- I think that's the most confused
mess I've ever heard about.
The guy is married, he's got kids,
but you call him your boyfriendso he has a child with you
and your daughter, sheisn't sure who her father is
and so she's calling yourboyfriend quote "Dad."
And then he says that'lltake away his love
from his other children?
This is sin, sin will lead
to incredible confusion and problems.
For this cause the Bible says,
a man shall leave his mother and father
and cleave unto his wife andthe twain shall be one flesh.
That's the whole idea of a marriage,
is between two people who are committed
to each other in holy wedlock.
And what do you do about that,
what do you tell your daughter?
You try to get your life straightened out
and you go back to firstthings, where should you start,
and maybe you can get godlycounsel from some pastor
who believes the Bibleand see if he can give you
some guidance as to howto straighten things out.
- That's a mess.
Alright, Dee says,
- The Bible says, have nothingto do with an angry man.
I really think that he's an angry man
and you don't have to putup with that kind of stuff.
But that's biblical, havenothing to do with an angry man.
That brother has got a mental problem,
he's got emotional problem.
He hates himself andbecause he hates himself
he hates everybody else.
So I don't know what you do with him.
- Alright, Joan says,
- That's what I told-- when I met with him
and he was a Premier of China.
I said, these Christianpeople will be good citizens
and they believed that at the time.
But look, a dictatorwants absolute obedience
and if they don't get absolute obedience
they want to persecute thosewho will not be obedient.
Christians have an allegiance
to God almighty a to Jesus Christ
and they cannot have absoluteobedience to some dictator.
That's why dictatorsdon't like Christians.
- Alright, Mitchell writes in,
- Well the Bible says,perfect love casts out fear
for fear has torment.
Here's the deal, thereason she is so afraid
is because she is concerned about herself.
This is self-love and she's worried
about what's gonna happen to her.
When she puts her attention onsomebody else, perfect love,
she loves the Lord then she isn't worried
about her own safety and thatwill set her free from this.
But perfect love, sheneeds to love the Lord
and then she'll be free.
Well today's PowerMinute is from Psalm 34.
This is the last day that Wendy
will be a single lady on this program.
She's gonna get married this weekend
and we're so happy for her.
See you later.