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The 700 Club | December 25,2019

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December 25, 2019
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The 700 Club | December 25,2019

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  • (majestic music)
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  • - [Announcer] The following program is sponsored by CBN.
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  • - [Narrator] Today: Two years to live.
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  • - I'm not ready to be a widow.
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  • - [Narrator] And time was running short.
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  • - [David] I've accepted the fact that I'm gonna die.
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  • - [Narrator] Watch as this man gets a cardiac transplant.
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  • - He was giving me hope.
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  • - [Narrator] Without surgery.
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  • - I remember saying, "Thank you for healing David."
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  • - [Narrator] Curtesy of a white Christmas.
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  • - I was like,
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  • this is snow!
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  • - [Narrator] On today's 700 Club.
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  • (peaceful music)
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  • (festive instrumental music)
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  • - Well to all a very merry Christmas!
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  • We welcome you to this special edition of the 700 Club.
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  • Coming up, an amazing white Christmas miracle
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  • that you have to see to believe!
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  • Plus, superstar Gloria Gaynor performs a Christmas classic
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  • with her own signature twist to it.
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  • And first of all, let's see what's going on in the news.
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  • - Well, CBN News takes us inside the White House
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  • for a look at this year's spectacular Christmas decorations
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  • with the Spirit of America theme.
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  • And the centerpiece of them all,
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  • an 18 and 1/2 foot tall Douglas Fir Christmas tree.
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  • Here's Ben Kennedy.
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  • - First Lady Melania Trump began planning this year's
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  • Christmas decor over the summer.
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  • It's during the hot temps
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  • she was thinking about snow and how
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  • to get the White House here behind me ready for Christmas.
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  • (festive horn music)
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  • The White House was in the holiday spirit
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  • as an old-fashioned, horse-drawn carriage
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  • rolled up to deliver the official Christmas tree.
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  • - [Man] Let us pull some through.
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  • - [Ben] The 18 and 1/2 foot Douglas Fir
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  • traveled from Pennsylvania to D.C.
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  • - Tree has stood here in the beautiful
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  • Mahantongo Valley for many years.
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  • Now it's going to go to the nation's Capital.
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  • - [Ben] The Mahantongo Valley Farms,
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  • which has been in the Snyder family for 200 years,
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  • was honored to be chosen by the White House.
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  • - It is probably
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  • the most exciting and humbling
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  • experience you could experience as a tree-grower.
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  • Because you are now
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  • providing the White House,
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  • America's home for the President and First Lady,
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  • a Christmas tree. - The tree later became
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  • the centerpiece of the Blue Room.
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  • First Lady Melania Trump decorated it with floral emblems
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  • from every state and territory.
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  • She unveiled this year's theme: Spirit of America.
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  • Adding that she's delighted to share this beautiful
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  • exhibit of patriotism for all to see.
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  • (festive instrumental music)
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  • CBN News got a sneak peak of this year's decor,
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  • which features 58 Christmas trees,
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  • 15.000 bows, and more than 2500 strands of lights.
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  • (festive instrumental music)
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  • The Grand Foyer and Cross-Halls are decorated
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  • as a winter garden; the East Room is styled
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  • with four star-spangled trees, topped with eagles.
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  • The First Lady's Be Best campaign
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  • even made it on a tree as an ornament
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  • made out of Scrabble pieces.
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  • Also inside the White House is a small version
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  • of the people's house, but in gingerbread.
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  • 200 pounds of dough, 35 pounds of chocolate,
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  • along with 25 pounds of icing, was used to create
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  • the South Portico and American landmarks.
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  • It's the last piece of this year's
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  • White House Christmas makeover.
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  • And just like Santa, the First Lady had a team
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  • of helpers, as more than 200 volunteers pitched in
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  • to hang lights, ornaments, and get this place
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  • ready for Christmas.
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  • Ben Kennedy, CBN News, the White House.
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  • - I want to salute the First Lady, Melania.
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  • She is a brilliant person; speaks about six languages.
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  • Is very dedicated to the Lord.
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  • And that decoration in the White House
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  • is as good as I have ever seen.
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  • She is absolutely so talented!
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  • And I just wanted to commend her in this program
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  • for what she's done.
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  • - It's stunning, really. - She's a fantastic,
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  • we are proud to have her as a First Lady
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  • and I think she needs a lot more credit
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  • than she's been getting, Terry.
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  • - Absolutely, but it's breathtaking.
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  • - It is. - I mean, you watch
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  • all of that-- - It's unbelievable,
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  • it's so beautiful. - And it's just magical.
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  • - It's unbelievably beautiful. - Well done!
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  • Well, up next, her husband needed a heart transplant,
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  • but she refused to pray for it, why?
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  • And what did she pray for instead?
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  • And how did it lead to a white Christmas miracle.
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  • Plus, later on, Pat tells the story of the first Christmas
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  • in front of a live Nativity.
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  • Stay tuned for this Robertson family tradition.
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  • It's all coming up.
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  • (festive instrumental music)
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  • - What am I gonna do, Joy?
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  • Everyone's expecting a beautiful new song at our service.
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  • But where am I gonna find inspiration?
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  • Whoa, I forgot how big Goliath was.
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  • - [Angel] Do not be afraid, Mary.
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  • You will conceive in your womb and bring forth a son.
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  • He will be great and will be called the son of the highest.
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  • of the Superbook Crafts & Games booklet.
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  • - [Boy] How did we not see that all those Bible stories
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  • were connected in that way?
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  • (laughs) Bye!
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  • Sure, life is busy, but I found a way
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  • to make a huge difference in peoples' lives.
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  • I guess you could say I'm changing the world
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  • right here from home.
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  • I bring medical supplies and doctors to people in need.
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  • And dig wells so that villagers can have clean
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  • and safe water to drink.
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  • I make it possible to preach the Gospel
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  • in over 100 countries, including right here in America.
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  • And when disaster strikes, I'm there,
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  • providing food, thank you,
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  • and emergency supplies to give people hope again.
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  • Every day CBN and I are making the world a better place.
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  • Hi, good morning!
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  • Are you ready to get started?
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • - During Christmas, Mexico shares a lot
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  • of traditions with the world.
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  • There's a chance that glass ornaments on your tree
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  • are hand made by artisans in the village of Tlapujahua.
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  • Close to there, the entire town of Obelisco lights up,
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  • reminding us that the greatest light, Jesus,
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  • was given to the world during this season.
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  • And breaking Christmas pinatas, here they say
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  • that represents the moment people decide to break with sin.
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  • The candy pouring out represents
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  • the riches of God's kingdom,
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  • being poured out on us when we receive Jesus.
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  • From Mexico, we wish you a blessed and merry Christmas.
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  • - [Group] Feliz Navidad!
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  • (festive instrumental music)
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  • - A sign, that's what Toni Espinoza asked God for
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  • when she prayed for her husband's heart to be healed.
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  • What specific sign did Toni ask for?
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  • And how did it lead to a white Christmas miracle?
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  • The likes of which had not been seen
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  • for more than 100 years.
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  • - Every time I prayed, I have always asked for a sign.
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  • Always, since I was a little girl.
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  • That song, just a little sign word.
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  • Just a little sign.
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  • - [Reporter] Toni Espinoza had been praying
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  • for a miracle since March of 2004.
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  • That was when she and her husband David
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  • learned he only had two years to live.
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  • - And he just said, you know, I hate to tell you this
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  • but your heart is enlarged.
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  • It's not beating like a normal heart.
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  • EF is the efficiency rating of your heart.
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  • A healthy heart is considered at 60.
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  • And I was at 12%.
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  • It was shock, you know, my first emotion was shock.
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  • - I was numb.
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  • I really was, I was like a zombie
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  • the first few days, that first week.
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  • My prayer was just like,
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  • okay, you know, help me through this.
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  • - [Reporter] They sought a second opinion and a third.
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  • But all came back with the same diagnosis.
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  • - So, it was more about getting my family ready
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  • for when I wasn't here any longer.
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  • I've accepted the fact that I'm gonna die.
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  • - [Reporter] But Toni and their daughters
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  • weren't giving up faith.
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  • They made an appointment with doctors
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  • at the DeBakey Heart Institute,
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  • seven hours away in Houston.
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  • - I'm not ready for this.
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  • I'm not ready to be alone; I'm not ready to be a widow.
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  • I'm not ready.
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  • I was asking God, just you know,
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  • that David gets a heart transplant.
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  • That's what I was praying for.
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  • - [Reporter] They asked their family and friends
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  • at church to pray for David.
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  • - That was awesome.
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  • Suddenly I'm on prayer lists everywhere.
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  • - They all rallied around us and prayed for him.
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  • It was just amazing.
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  • - [Reporter] For the next seven months
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  • they continued to make monthly trips
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  • from their home in McAllen to Houston for checkups.
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  • - I wasn't improving, I wasn't getting worse.
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  • But my EF continued to be 12%.
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  • - [Reporter] The doctors told them David
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  • needed a heart transplant as soon as possible.
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  • That's when Toni came to a surprising realization.
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  • - Why am I asking for David to get a heart transplant?
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  • Someone has to die.
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  • It did something to me when I heard that.
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  • I mean, I started praying.
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  • Give him a new heart, but not someone else's heart.
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  • You can do that, you can give him a new heart.
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  • - [Reporter] Thanksgiving came and went.
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  • Although he was still in need of a transplant,
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  • David was encouraged that the Lord was working.
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  • - I continued to get little messages from God.
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  • End of Matthew: I will be with until the end of age.
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  • And then I ran across Ezekiel,
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  • where he says: I will give you a new heart and a new spirit.
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  • I truly believed that he was giving me hope,
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  • that there was something to come.
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  • - I remember saying, "Thank you for healing David.
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  • "I know you have healed David.
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  • "Thank you, thank you, Lord, thank you."
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  • But I just, I just needed that little sign.
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  • It would be awesome if it snowed in McAllen.
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  • I believe I said Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.
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  • - McAllen, down in the Rio Grande Valley,
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  • and it's pretty much two seasons:
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  • You have summer for about 11 months out of the year;
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  • and for one month out of the year you got fall.
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  • - If you have that faith, you know,
  • 00:12:04.210 --> 00:12:07.000
  • the size of a mustard seed, and you just pray,
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  • God your will be done.
  • 00:12:10.080 --> 00:12:12.260
  • It was that Christmas Eve, and everyone had gone to bed.
  • 00:12:12.260 --> 00:12:17.040
  • Then I looked out and,
  • 00:12:18.120 --> 00:12:20.050
  • I saw this stuff coming down.
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  • And I opened the door and I was like,
  • 00:12:24.080 --> 00:12:27.250
  • this is snow!
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  • I felt that silent night, holy night.
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  • There was no noise, nothing.
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  • I felt him.
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  • I felt him.
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  • Like I'm here; I've never left you.
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  • It continued, it continued, and it continued.
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  • And I was just,
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  • thank you, thank you!
  • 00:12:50.200 --> 00:12:53.240
  • - [Reporter] The next morning, all South Texas woke up
  • 00:12:53.240 --> 00:12:57.120
  • to a white Christmas for the first time in over 100 years.
  • 00:12:57.120 --> 00:13:01.040
  • - And for Him to show me that way,
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  • I'm just a little speck in the world,
  • 00:13:06.080 --> 00:13:08.110
  • but he knows who I am.
  • 00:13:08.110 --> 00:13:11.170
  • - God is awesome, in His mercy, in His compassion,
  • 00:13:11.170 --> 00:13:15.200
  • it's just overwhelming.
  • 00:13:15.200 --> 00:13:17.150
  • - [Reporter] Three weeks later they went
  • 00:13:17.150 --> 00:13:19.070
  • for David's monthly checkup in Houston.
  • 00:13:19.070 --> 00:13:22.020
  • - Then we go to the doctor, and he opens the charts.
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  • And his eyes open up.
  • 00:13:25.190 --> 00:13:27.270
  • And he says, "You know what, I can't explain it.
  • 00:13:29.090 --> 00:13:31.260
  • "But you're not sick anymore."
  • 00:13:31.260 --> 00:13:33.170
  • Well, Toni and I looked, and we said, "We know.
  • 00:13:33.170 --> 00:13:36.150
  • "We can explain it."
  • 00:13:36.150 --> 00:13:37.230
  • - 'Cause I know I grabbed his hand,
  • 00:13:37.230 --> 00:13:39.020
  • and I said, "You've been healed.
  • 00:13:39.020 --> 00:13:40.290
  • "God answered our prayer."
  • 00:13:40.290 --> 00:13:43.160
  • - Now my EF is up in the mid-50s.
  • 00:13:43.160 --> 00:13:47.170
  • And nothing has changed other than it snowed.
  • 00:13:47.170 --> 00:13:51.260
  • We put ourselves in His hands and He did the rest.
  • 00:13:51.260 --> 00:13:56.260
  • - [Reporter] Since 2004, David has been enjoying life
  • 00:13:58.080 --> 00:13:59.230
  • with a healthy heart; he and Toni continue to pray
  • 00:13:59.230 --> 00:14:02.100
  • and thank God for their miracle.
  • 00:14:02.100 --> 00:14:04.200
  • - You can be at your lowest but yet
  • 00:14:04.200 --> 00:14:07.200
  • He is going to pick you up.
  • 00:14:07.200 --> 00:14:09.020
  • As long as you've got faith and you believe.
  • 00:14:09.020 --> 00:14:11.210
  • - And I have a profound love for Him.
  • 00:14:12.230 --> 00:14:16.020
  • That's the good news.
  • 00:14:16.020 --> 00:14:17.270
  • Is not that I got healed,
  • 00:14:17.270 --> 00:14:19.280
  • it's now that I have a story to tell you
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  • of how great God is.
  • 00:14:24.010 --> 00:14:25.190
  • - What an amazing miracle!
  • 00:14:28.010 --> 00:14:30.140
  • Well, we'd like you to know that the Espinoza's story
  • 00:14:30.140 --> 00:14:32.250
  • is part of a number of miraculous stories.
  • 00:14:32.250 --> 00:14:35.090
  • And this book by SQuire Rushnell and Louise DuArt,
  • 00:14:35.090 --> 00:14:38.100
  • it's called "God Wink Christmas Stories"
  • 00:14:38.100 --> 00:14:40.210
  • and it will inspire you and fill your life with hope
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  • as you seek God for your own needs and your own--
  • 00:14:44.030 --> 00:14:47.220
  • - Snow on the Rio Grande?
  • 00:14:47.220 --> 00:14:49.050
  • Never happened in 100 years! - Yeah, unbelievable.
  • 00:14:49.050 --> 00:14:51.090
  • Ubelievable! - Woo, all right.
  • 00:14:51.090 --> 00:14:52.280
  • Somebody said that I need to be healed of arthritis.
  • 00:14:52.280 --> 00:14:55.290
  • Somebody's got PTSD and pray to healing.
  • 00:14:55.290 --> 00:14:59.150
  • Somebody said I wanna be healed of Alzheimer's.
  • 00:14:59.150 --> 00:15:01.290
  • Somebody said salvation of my parents and siblings.
  • 00:15:01.290 --> 00:15:05.060
  • These come from these wonderful little
  • 00:15:05.060 --> 00:15:07.110
  • ornaments that we have that you can put,
  • 00:15:08.150 --> 00:15:10.130
  • you can take these little things
  • 00:15:11.200 --> 00:15:13.160
  • and write down your prayer request and send 'em to us.
  • 00:15:13.160 --> 00:15:16.050
  • You take the rest of it and hang it on your tree.
  • 00:15:16.050 --> 00:15:18.100
  • It's beautiful. - Yes, here's an ornament
  • 00:15:18.100 --> 00:15:20.200
  • that says: I need a full-time job with benefits.
  • 00:15:20.200 --> 00:15:23.050
  • And someone else saying: I need to be delivered
  • 00:15:23.050 --> 00:15:25.050
  • from drugs and alcohol.
  • 00:15:25.050 --> 00:15:26.250
  • I need a complete healing after a stroke.
  • 00:15:26.250 --> 00:15:29.100
  • And that my hearing would be restored.
  • 00:15:29.100 --> 00:15:31.080
  • - We're gonna pray for you right now, folks.
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  • With God all things, if He can cause snow
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  • to come down in McAllen, Texas (chuckles)
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  • after 100 years and heal that man's heart,
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  • he can do the same thing for you.
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  • Same God. - Amen.
  • 00:15:44.000 --> 00:15:45.030
  • - Father, we thank you.
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  • God, you're so great.
  • 00:15:49.220 --> 00:15:51.270
  • There's nobody like you.
  • 00:15:51.270 --> 00:15:53.090
  • There's no being in all heaven and earth
  • 00:15:53.090 --> 00:15:56.130
  • that gives like our God.
  • 00:15:56.130 --> 00:15:58.080
  • Who is like the Lord?
  • 00:15:58.080 --> 00:15:59.270
  • Who is like the Lord of hosts?
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  • Lord, to heal a heart is a small thing for you.
  • 00:16:02.150 --> 00:16:05.240
  • To create a miracle is a small thing for you.
  • 00:16:05.240 --> 00:16:08.100
  • To change the course of the world is a small thing for you.
  • 00:16:08.100 --> 00:16:12.160
  • Now at this Christmas time we pray for people.
  • 00:16:12.160 --> 00:16:15.200
  • There's somebody's got a serious bladder infection
  • 00:16:17.160 --> 00:16:20.220
  • and God is healing you right now.
  • 00:16:20.220 --> 00:16:22.130
  • That bladder infection is completely healed
  • 00:16:22.130 --> 00:16:24.190
  • in the name of Jesus, touch them.
  • 00:16:24.190 --> 00:16:27.160
  • Terry. - Yeah, someone else
  • 00:16:27.160 --> 00:16:28.240
  • here really saw the faith in that woman
  • 00:16:28.240 --> 00:16:31.080
  • in the last story and you are a widow, you are alone.
  • 00:16:31.080 --> 00:16:35.060
  • God is filling your heart right now
  • 00:16:35.060 --> 00:16:37.080
  • with the peace of His presence, with the joy
  • 00:16:37.080 --> 00:16:39.250
  • of His power in your life, and the promise
  • 00:16:39.250 --> 00:16:42.210
  • of tomorrow for you; just lift up your hands
  • 00:16:42.210 --> 00:16:44.220
  • and receive it and all of that sense of aloneness
  • 00:16:44.220 --> 00:16:47.150
  • and darkness is gone.
  • 00:16:47.150 --> 00:16:49.070
  • - Somebody, I believe their name is Marcy,
  • 00:16:49.070 --> 00:16:50.270
  • you've got a urinary tract infection,
  • 00:16:50.270 --> 00:16:53.040
  • and these urinary tract infections cause
  • 00:16:53.040 --> 00:16:56.040
  • psychoses and you know, you have
  • 00:16:56.040 --> 00:16:59.070
  • space of hallucination, God has just healed you.
  • 00:17:01.040 --> 00:17:04.020
  • You feel like fire going through the middle
  • 00:17:04.020 --> 00:17:06.020
  • of your being, in the name of Jesus.
  • 00:17:06.020 --> 00:17:08.080
  • Now Father, continue to bless people.
  • 00:17:08.080 --> 00:17:11.090
  • On this Christmas day, we bless you Lord
  • 00:17:11.090 --> 00:17:14.070
  • and thank you in Jesus name, amen.
  • 00:17:14.070 --> 00:17:18.040
  • And amen!
  • 00:17:18.040 --> 00:17:20.140
  • Now I am pleased to report that with us now
  • 00:17:20.140 --> 00:17:23.290
  • is the University Chamber Choir from Regent University
  • 00:17:23.290 --> 00:17:28.290
  • singing one of the most beloved Christmas songs of all time.
  • 00:17:30.110 --> 00:17:32.280
  • The Choir is a treble-voice ensemble,
  • 00:17:32.280 --> 00:17:36.030
  • and it serves as a musical ambassador for the University.
  • 00:17:36.030 --> 00:17:40.030
  • Here is the Regent University Chamber Choir,
  • 00:17:40.030 --> 00:17:43.110
  • under the direction of Don Crudup,
  • 00:17:43.110 --> 00:17:46.120
  • singing "Silent Night."
  • 00:17:46.120 --> 00:17:49.030
  • Silent night
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  • Holy night
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  • All is calm
  • 00:18:00.050 --> 00:18:04.280
  • All is bright
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  • Round yon virgin
  • 00:18:09.100 --> 00:18:14.060
  • Mother and child
  • 00:18:14.060 --> 00:18:18.280
  • Holy infant
  • 00:18:18.280 --> 00:18:22.160
  • So tender and mild
  • 00:18:22.160 --> 00:18:27.160
  • Sleep in heavenly
  • 00:18:28.090 --> 00:18:31.250
  • Peace
  • 00:18:31.250 --> 00:18:36.250
  • Sleep in heavenly
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  • Peace
  • 00:18:40.270 --> 00:18:42.260
  • (singing in German)
  • 00:18:49.240 --> 00:18:52.230
  • (singing in German)
  • 00:19:40.220 --> 00:19:43.220
  • - [Narrator] Still ahead--
  • 00:20:43.160 --> 00:20:44.110
  • - This is Mary.
  • 00:20:44.110 --> 00:20:45.200
  • - [Narrator] The Christmas Story.
  • 00:20:45.200 --> 00:20:47.090
  • - Mary, you are going to have a baby!
  • 00:20:47.090 --> 00:20:50.080
  • - [Narrator] As seen through the eyes of children.
  • 00:20:50.080 --> 00:20:52.260
  • - It's baby Jesus.
  • 00:20:52.260 --> 00:20:53.280
  • We call him Jesus.
  • 00:20:54.260 --> 00:20:56.170
  • - Merry Christmas. - Merry Christmas.
  • 00:20:56.170 --> 00:20:59.180
  • - [Narrator] Plus, American Idol's Danny Gokey
  • 00:20:59.180 --> 00:21:02.140
  • sings "Oh, Holy Night."
  • 00:21:02.140 --> 00:21:05.010
  • And the song felt
  • 00:21:05.010 --> 00:21:08.050
  • It's worth
  • 00:21:08.050 --> 00:21:10.180
  • - The veil between us and the Lord is thinnest
  • 00:21:14.170 --> 00:21:19.040
  • when we're in our suffering.
  • 00:21:19.040 --> 00:21:20.240
  • You know, this brain tumor that keeps coming back.
  • 00:21:20.240 --> 00:21:23.260
  • Craniopharyngioma, you're born with, and when they diagnosed
  • 00:21:23.260 --> 00:21:27.180
  • me they gave me all of the different ways
  • 00:21:27.180 --> 00:21:29.270
  • that I could deal with this tumor.
  • 00:21:29.270 --> 00:21:31.200
  • Through these actions and prayer and exercise,
  • 00:21:31.200 --> 00:21:35.180
  • and just do everything I can.
  • 00:21:35.180 --> 00:21:37.280
  • The last two appointments with my physician, it shrunk.
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  • They don't shrink.
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  • They just don't.
  • 00:21:46.160 --> 00:21:47.100
  • (uplifting music) And it's,
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  • God gets all the glory.
  • 00:21:51.110 --> 00:21:53.040
  • We're here by His grace and mercy.
  • 00:21:53.040 --> 00:21:55.270
  • Our bodies are fragile but resilient, temporary.
  • 00:21:55.270 --> 00:22:00.280
  • So we live our days joyfully, we live our days hopefully,
  • 00:22:02.130 --> 00:22:05.170
  • we live our days faithfully.
  • 00:22:05.170 --> 00:22:07.070
  • And in doing that, my goodness, it changes the world.
  • 00:22:07.070 --> 00:22:10.290
  • - I was getting ready to go to bed.
  • 00:22:14.010 --> 00:22:16.190
  • I was cleaning out my ears, and apparently I hit a nerve!
  • 00:22:16.190 --> 00:22:20.230
  • And all of a sudden, my heavens, I saw stars.
  • 00:22:20.230 --> 00:22:24.050
  • Literally stars.
  • 00:22:24.050 --> 00:22:25.060
  • And I jerked my head.
  • 00:22:25.060 --> 00:22:28.120
  • It's a herniated disc.
  • 00:22:28.120 --> 00:22:29.280
  • And you're probably gonna need an operation.
  • 00:22:29.280 --> 00:22:32.190
  • So we better take an MRI so we can see exactly
  • 00:22:32.190 --> 00:22:36.180
  • where it is and what happened.
  • 00:22:36.180 --> 00:22:38.200
  • I heard a voice (chuckles)
  • 00:22:38.200 --> 00:22:40.220
  • I mean, I still can't believe the Lord speaking to me.
  • 00:22:40.220 --> 00:22:43.240
  • And to hear the voice say,
  • 00:22:43.240 --> 00:22:46.010
  • right into my ear,
  • 00:22:46.010 --> 00:22:48.050
  • "My child, get up and watch the 700 Club."
  • 00:22:48.050 --> 00:22:52.190
  • - Put your hand back on your neck
  • 00:22:52.190 --> 00:22:54.080
  • and just feel, in the name of Jesus.
  • 00:22:54.080 --> 00:22:56.190
  • - Put your finger there, God is healing you.
  • 00:22:56.190 --> 00:23:00.050
  • And when I woke up, I was completely well.
  • 00:23:00.050 --> 00:23:02.250
  • No pain, no nothing; able to move my head.
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  • If God can heal me, little old me,
  • 00:23:06.170 --> 00:23:09.070
  • you know, He can heal anybody!
  • 00:23:09.070 --> 00:23:10.220
  • (peaceful music)
  • 00:23:12.060 --> 00:23:14.180
  • (festive instrumental music) (sleigh bells jingling)
  • 00:23:14.180 --> 00:23:19.180
  • (tape fast-forwarding)
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  • (murmuring)
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  • (camera shutter clicks)
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  • - CBN is celebrating all around the world
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  • at our various offices.
  • 00:23:59.150 --> 00:24:01.120
  • Well, nothing says Christmas like kids.
  • 00:24:01.120 --> 00:24:03.100
  • But what do kids have to say about the Christmas story?
  • 00:24:03.100 --> 00:24:06.100
  • You'll never guess, so take a look.
  • 00:24:06.100 --> 00:24:08.280
  • (light peaceful music)
  • 00:24:10.120 --> 00:24:13.190
  • - [Girl] At that time, the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed
  • 00:24:16.120 --> 00:24:20.120
  • that census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire.
  • 00:24:20.120 --> 00:24:25.120
  • - [Child] This was the first census to be taken
  • 00:24:26.170 --> 00:24:29.220
  • when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
  • 00:24:29.220 --> 00:24:32.250
  • (peaceful music)
  • 00:24:33.230 --> 00:24:36.160
  • - Were you talking about right there?
  • 00:24:38.070 --> 00:24:40.030
  • - No, you're talking about right here.
  • 00:24:40.030 --> 00:24:43.020
  • - There? Yeah.
  • 00:24:43.020 --> 00:24:44.090
  • - That's baby Jesus.
  • 00:24:44.090 --> 00:24:46.110
  • We call him Jesus.
  • 00:24:46.110 --> 00:24:47.260
  • - [Boy] All return to their ancestral towns
  • 00:24:50.040 --> 00:24:53.250
  • to register for the census.
  • 00:24:53.250 --> 00:24:56.160
  • - [Child] Joseph was a descendant of King David.
  • 00:24:57.280 --> 00:25:01.240
  • He had to go in Bethlehem in Judea, David's ancient home.
  • 00:25:01.240 --> 00:25:06.160
  • - Ah, I win!
  • 00:25:08.000 --> 00:25:09.160
  • - [Child] He traveled there from the village
  • 00:25:10.220 --> 00:25:13.270
  • of Nazareth and Galilei.
  • 00:25:13.270 --> 00:25:16.160
  • He took with him Mary.
  • 00:25:18.000 --> 00:25:20.210
  • - This is Mary.
  • 00:25:20.210 --> 00:25:22.060
  • - [Child] To whom he was engaged.
  • 00:25:22.060 --> 00:25:26.060
  • Who was now expecting a child.
  • 00:25:26.060 --> 00:25:29.280
  • - Mary, you are going to have a baby!
  • 00:25:29.280 --> 00:25:33.090
  • - And while they were there, the time came
  • 00:25:33.090 --> 00:25:35.270
  • for our baby to be born.
  • 00:25:35.270 --> 00:25:36.280
  • - She is going to have a baby.
  • 00:25:36.280 --> 00:25:40.110
  • - She gave birth to her first-born son.
  • 00:25:40.110 --> 00:25:42.220
  • She wrapped him snuggled in strips of cloth,
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  • then laid them in a manger.
  • 00:25:45.240 --> 00:25:47.220
  • Because there was no lodging available for them.
  • 00:25:47.220 --> 00:25:51.030
  • - Mary and Joseph needed a place to stay.
  • 00:25:51.030 --> 00:25:54.090
  • But the innkeeper said that he didn't have any room.
  • 00:25:54.090 --> 00:25:57.260
  • So they had to sleep in the stable.
  • 00:25:57.260 --> 00:26:00.150
  • - Yeah, they were saying, "Can we come in?"
  • 00:26:00.150 --> 00:26:02.190
  • "No you may not."
  • 00:26:02.190 --> 00:26:04.060
  • Okay, and then.
  • 00:26:04.060 --> 00:26:05.200
  • - [Child] That night there were shepherds staying
  • 00:26:05.200 --> 00:26:07.110
  • in the fields nearby, guarding their flock of sheep.
  • 00:26:07.110 --> 00:26:10.090
  • (child bleats)
  • 00:26:10.090 --> 00:26:11.170
  • - Look, this is a donkey.
  • 00:26:11.170 --> 00:26:14.060
  • - [Child] Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared among them.
  • 00:26:14.060 --> 00:26:18.140
  • - That is the angel.
  • 00:26:18.140 --> 00:26:20.200
  • Angels we have heard on high
  • 00:26:20.200 --> 00:26:24.060
  • Sweetly singing o'er the plains.
  • 00:26:24.060 --> 00:26:27.140
  • - [Child] And the radiance
  • 00:26:27.140 --> 00:26:28.200
  • of the Lord's glory surrounded them.
  • 00:26:28.200 --> 00:26:30.050
  • They were terrified.
  • 00:26:30.050 --> 00:26:31.240
  • (vocalizing)
  • 00:26:31.240 --> 00:26:33.180
  • But the angel reassured them.
  • 00:26:33.180 --> 00:26:36.000
  • "Don't be afraid," he said, "I bring you good news
  • 00:26:36.000 --> 00:26:39.040
  • "that will bring great joy to all people."
  • 00:26:39.040 --> 00:26:42.210
  • - [Girls] Glory to God in the hightest!
  • 00:26:42.210 --> 00:26:46.110
  • - [Child] The Savior yes, the Messiah,
  • 00:26:46.110 --> 00:26:49.020
  • the Lord, has been born today in Bethlehem,
  • 00:26:49.020 --> 00:26:53.290
  • the City of David, and you will recognize him by this sign.
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  • You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth,
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  • laying in a manger.
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  • - [Girl] Suddenly the angel was joined
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  • by a vast host of others.
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  • The armies of heaven, praising God and saying,
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  • "Glory to God in heaven.
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  • "And peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased."
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  • - The angel!
  • 00:27:19.260 --> 00:27:20.260
  • - Merry Christmas!
  • 00:27:21.290 --> 00:27:24.030
  • - Merry Christmas! - Merry Christmas!
  • 00:27:24.030 --> 00:27:27.030
  • - It's the baby Jesus.
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  • - Christmas through the eyes of children.
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  • It's precious, isn't it, Pat?
  • 00:27:34.160 --> 00:27:37.050
  • - They is the cutest little kids.
  • 00:27:37.050 --> 00:27:39.100
  • Well, "The Nutcracker" is one
  • 00:27:39.100 --> 00:27:40.170
  • of the most popular ballets in the world.
  • 00:27:40.170 --> 00:27:43.100
  • And right now you're in for a treat,
  • 00:27:43.100 --> 00:27:45.250
  • as the Regent University Chamber Choir
  • 00:27:45.250 --> 00:27:48.230
  • performs "The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" in song.
  • 00:27:48.230 --> 00:27:53.170
  • Listen to this.
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  • (choir vocalizing)
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  • Plum, plum, plum, plum, plum, plum, plum, plum, plum
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  • (festive choir music)
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  • (festive choir music)
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  • (festive choir music)
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  • - That is the University of,
  • 00:29:34.110 --> 00:29:36.190
  • Regent University. - Wonderful stuff.
  • 00:29:37.250 --> 00:29:40.040
  • - I am so proud of them. - You should be.
  • 00:29:40.040 --> 00:29:41.170
  • - As Chancellor of it, these are my folks.
  • 00:29:41.170 --> 00:29:44.240
  • And I am so proud of seeing, they excel in all sorts
  • 00:29:44.240 --> 00:29:48.220
  • of disciplines, but this music is just incredible.
  • 00:29:48.220 --> 00:29:52.150
  • My congratulations.
  • 00:29:52.150 --> 00:29:53.290
  • All right, Terry.
  • 00:29:53.290 --> 00:29:55.130
  • - Well, the story of Jesus' birth is the reason
  • 00:29:55.130 --> 00:29:57.160
  • that we celebrate this season.
  • 00:29:57.160 --> 00:29:59.080
  • And this year Pat shared the story of the first Christmas
  • 00:29:59.080 --> 00:30:02.100
  • in front of a live Nativity at CBN's Christmas Village.
  • 00:30:02.100 --> 00:30:05.250
  • Seven of his great-grandchildren joined him:
  • 00:30:05.250 --> 00:30:08.180
  • Louisa, Susanna, and Harrison.
  • 00:30:08.180 --> 00:30:11.140
  • There Virginia and the twins, Abigail and Mary Churchill.
  • 00:30:11.140 --> 00:30:15.000
  • Take a look.
  • 00:30:15.000 --> 00:30:15.250
  • (festive instrumental music)
  • 00:30:17.240 --> 00:30:21.160
  • - Now children, I'm gonna tell you a story.
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  • Who's birthday is this?
  • 00:30:29.090 --> 00:30:31.140
  • - [Children] Jesus.
  • 00:30:31.140 --> 00:30:32.280
  • - It's Jesus' birthday and we're celebrating it.
  • 00:30:32.280 --> 00:30:35.190
  • And here's what the story is.
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  • According to the Bible there was an Emperor of Rome.
  • 00:30:37.280 --> 00:30:42.280
  • His name was Caesar Augustus
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  • and he wanted to get taxes from people.
  • 00:30:46.250 --> 00:30:50.150
  • But he said, in order to be taxed,
  • 00:30:50.150 --> 00:30:53.120
  • I want every one of you to go to the city
  • 00:30:53.120 --> 00:30:56.080
  • of your birth, your ancestry.
  • 00:30:56.080 --> 00:30:59.130
  • And so there was a man named Joseph.
  • 00:30:59.130 --> 00:31:02.170
  • And he had his
  • 00:31:02.170 --> 00:31:04.060
  • fiance named Mary,
  • 00:31:04.060 --> 00:31:06.030
  • and they had to go through the city of Bethlehem.
  • 00:31:07.150 --> 00:31:10.100
  • When they got there,
  • 00:31:10.100 --> 00:31:12.180
  • they couldn't find a room.
  • 00:31:12.180 --> 00:31:14.090
  • All the hotels were booked up.
  • 00:31:14.090 --> 00:31:16.290
  • And they knocked on doors, and they couldn't find
  • 00:31:16.290 --> 00:31:19.190
  • any place to stay.
  • 00:31:19.190 --> 00:31:21.040
  • And so they finally wound up and they had to stay in what?
  • 00:31:21.040 --> 00:31:25.040
  • You remember?
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  • - [Kids] In the stable.
  • 00:31:26.010 --> 00:31:26.290
  • - In a stable, that's right.
  • 00:31:26.290 --> 00:31:28.160
  • They had to find a stable,
  • 00:31:28.160 --> 00:31:30.100
  • where they kept the mules, the donkeys and the cattle.
  • 00:31:30.100 --> 00:31:33.210
  • And about that time,
  • 00:31:34.200 --> 00:31:37.160
  • Mary's time to have a baby took place.
  • 00:31:37.160 --> 00:31:42.160
  • And she brought forth her first born son.
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  • And she put him in something called a manger.
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  • You know what a manger is, Harrison?
  • 00:31:50.260 --> 00:31:53.120
  • - Yes. - What's a manger?
  • 00:31:53.120 --> 00:31:54.290
  • - It's like, this thing.
  • 00:31:54.290 --> 00:31:56.290
  • It's like a,
  • 00:31:58.010 --> 00:31:59.220
  • it's like-- - It's something
  • 00:31:59.220 --> 00:32:01.190
  • that animals need. - That's right.
  • 00:32:01.190 --> 00:32:03.060
  • It's where they put the fodder, the hay and stuff
  • 00:32:03.060 --> 00:32:07.030
  • for the animals to eat.
  • 00:32:07.030 --> 00:32:09.030
  • She put the baby there.
  • 00:32:09.030 --> 00:32:11.050
  • About the same time, it was a cold night,
  • 00:32:11.050 --> 00:32:15.100
  • and the shepherds were outside in the fields,
  • 00:32:15.100 --> 00:32:18.150
  • and they were looking down on Bethlehem.
  • 00:32:18.150 --> 00:32:21.020
  • And while they were there, an angel appeared in the sky.
  • 00:32:21.020 --> 00:32:26.020
  • And this angel said, "I bring you good tidings of great joy
  • 00:32:27.160 --> 00:32:31.170
  • "because today in the City of David has been born a savior,
  • 00:32:33.010 --> 00:32:37.050
  • "who's Christ the Lord."
  • 00:32:37.270 --> 00:32:39.040
  • Who's the savior? What's a savior?
  • 00:32:40.250 --> 00:32:43.220
  • - God.
  • 00:32:43.220 --> 00:32:44.250
  • - [Pat] God's the savior.
  • 00:32:44.250 --> 00:32:46.060
  • And what's he supposed to save them from?
  • 00:32:46.060 --> 00:32:48.120
  • - Sins and stuff. - Your sins.
  • 00:32:49.150 --> 00:32:50.270
  • All the bad stuff you'd been doing.
  • 00:32:50.270 --> 00:32:52.240
  • (chuckles) He's gonna get it all forgiven.
  • 00:32:52.240 --> 00:32:55.120
  • That's what he was gonna do.
  • 00:32:55.120 --> 00:32:57.000
  • And he was going to be the king.
  • 00:32:57.000 --> 00:32:59.110
  • And the angel was singing about this.
  • 00:32:59.110 --> 00:33:03.160
  • And then the Bible says: Suddenly there was with the angel
  • 00:33:03.160 --> 00:33:07.090
  • a multitude of the heavenly hosts,
  • 00:33:07.090 --> 00:33:10.230
  • and there were a whole bunch of angels in the sky.
  • 00:33:10.230 --> 00:33:13.160
  • And they were saying, "Glory to God in the highest
  • 00:33:13.160 --> 00:33:16.090
  • "and on earth peace, goodwill toward man."
  • 00:33:16.090 --> 00:33:19.080
  • And they were just praising God.
  • 00:33:19.080 --> 00:33:21.120
  • And so these shepherds said, "Listen, we better go
  • 00:33:21.120 --> 00:33:25.190
  • "and see this thing that the angels had talked about."
  • 00:33:25.190 --> 00:33:29.030
  • And so they got up and they came down
  • 00:33:29.030 --> 00:33:32.120
  • and guess what they saw?
  • 00:33:32.120 --> 00:33:33.280
  • Look behind you there.
  • 00:33:33.280 --> 00:33:35.070
  • They saw Mary and Joseph and the baby.
  • 00:33:35.070 --> 00:33:39.040
  • And they worshiped them.
  • 00:33:39.040 --> 00:33:41.040
  • And then they went to tell their friends
  • 00:33:41.040 --> 00:33:44.080
  • about what a great thing they had seen.
  • 00:33:44.080 --> 00:33:46.290
  • Of course, this day in the City of David
  • 00:33:46.290 --> 00:33:50.090
  • is born of you a savior who is Christ the Lord.
  • 00:33:50.090 --> 00:33:55.010
  • And he is the one that Christmas is all about;
  • 00:33:55.010 --> 00:33:58.010
  • it's his birthday, isn't it?
  • 00:33:58.010 --> 00:34:00.050
  • And you children are,
  • 00:34:00.050 --> 00:34:02.230
  • you belong to Jesus, you know that?
  • 00:34:02.230 --> 00:34:05.100
  • He's your savior and you love him.
  • 00:34:06.150 --> 00:34:08.200
  • And I thank God for you and all the children I've got.
  • 00:34:08.200 --> 00:34:11.270
  • Course, I have 14
  • 00:34:11.270 --> 00:34:15.180
  • grandchildren, and I've got 14 great-grandchildren.
  • 00:34:15.180 --> 00:34:19.070
  • And you're my great-grandchildren.
  • 00:34:19.070 --> 00:34:21.250
  • That's kinda special, isn't it?
  • 00:34:21.250 --> 00:34:23.070
  • Well, ladies and gentlemen, that's what we have.
  • 00:34:23.070 --> 00:34:25.170
  • Mary and Joseph and the baby laying in the manger.
  • 00:34:25.170 --> 00:34:29.170
  • This day in the City of David there is born
  • 00:34:29.170 --> 00:34:32.040
  • unto you a savior, who is Christ the Lord.
  • 00:34:32.040 --> 00:34:36.160
  • God bless all of you.
  • 00:34:36.160 --> 00:34:37.220
  • And merry Christmas!
  • 00:34:37.220 --> 00:34:39.210
  • (audience cheers and applauds)
  • 00:34:40.190 --> 00:34:44.170
  • - It never gets old, does it?
  • 00:34:45.190 --> 00:34:46.250
  • And it's always wonderful to see Pat
  • 00:34:46.250 --> 00:34:49.000
  • delivering that with his own children
  • 00:34:49.000 --> 00:34:51.110
  • and now great-grandchildren. - Aren't they sweet?
  • 00:34:51.110 --> 00:34:52.190
  • Those little children. - Yes, yeah, amazing.
  • 00:34:52.190 --> 00:34:55.190
  • And they love the story.
  • 00:34:55.190 --> 00:34:56.270
  • And to do it in front of the live Nativity scene,
  • 00:34:56.270 --> 00:34:58.270
  • which is right out here is pretty special.
  • 00:34:58.270 --> 00:35:00.170
  • (chuckles) Yeah. - Well, I've got number
  • 00:35:00.170 --> 00:35:02.100
  • 15 great-grandchild on the way.
  • 00:35:02.100 --> 00:35:04.250
  • - (laughs) Your greats are gonna exceed your grands.
  • 00:35:04.250 --> 00:35:08.010
  • - That's one-by-one and more coming.
  • 00:35:08.010 --> 00:35:10.110
  • People say how about great-greats?
  • 00:35:11.140 --> 00:35:13.000
  • Let's just do one at a time, okay?
  • 00:35:13.000 --> 00:35:16.190
  • Well folks, did you know that the second song
  • 00:35:16.190 --> 00:35:18.230
  • ever played on radio was the classic Christmas carol,
  • 00:35:18.230 --> 00:35:22.260
  • "O, Holy Night."
  • 00:35:22.260 --> 00:35:24.220
  • It happened back in 1906.
  • 00:35:24.220 --> 00:35:26.190
  • And here's American Idol's Danny Gokey
  • 00:35:28.050 --> 00:35:31.150
  • performing his version of this cherished song.
  • 00:35:31.150 --> 00:35:35.150
  • (peaceful instrumental music)
  • 00:35:35.150 --> 00:35:39.100
  • O, holy night
  • 00:35:45.090 --> 00:35:49.110
  • The stars are brightly shining
  • 00:35:49.110 --> 00:35:54.110
  • It is the night
  • 00:35:55.040 --> 00:35:58.220
  • Of our dear Savior's birth
  • 00:35:58.220 --> 00:36:03.240
  • Long lay the world
  • 00:36:06.140 --> 00:36:10.240
  • In sin and error pining
  • 00:36:10.240 --> 00:36:15.240
  • Till he appeared
  • 00:36:16.170 --> 00:36:20.040
  • And the soul felt its worth
  • 00:36:20.040 --> 00:36:25.040
  • A thrill of hope
  • 00:36:27.180 --> 00:36:32.100
  • A weary world rejoices
  • 00:36:32.100 --> 00:36:37.050
  • For yonder breaks
  • 00:36:37.050 --> 00:36:41.170
  • A new and glorious morn
  • 00:36:41.170 --> 00:36:46.170
  • Fall
  • 00:36:47.020 --> 00:36:50.120
  • On your knees
  • 00:36:50.120 --> 00:36:55.120
  • O hear
  • 00:36:56.010 --> 00:36:59.110
  • The angels voices
  • 00:36:59.110 --> 00:37:04.130
  • O night
  • 00:37:05.080 --> 00:37:09.290
  • Divine
  • 00:37:09.290 --> 00:37:14.030
  • O night
  • 00:37:14.030 --> 00:37:18.000
  • When Christ was born
  • 00:37:18.000 --> 00:37:23.000
  • O night
  • 00:37:23.190 --> 00:37:28.140
  • Divine
  • 00:37:29.030 --> 00:37:33.220
  • O night
  • 00:37:34.110 --> 00:37:38.060
  • O night divine
  • 00:37:38.060 --> 00:37:40.290
  • Truly he taught us
  • 00:37:50.110 --> 00:37:54.140
  • To love one another
  • 00:37:54.140 --> 00:37:59.140
  • His law is love
  • 00:38:00.130 --> 00:38:03.270
  • And his gospel is peace
  • 00:38:03.270 --> 00:38:08.270
  • And chains shall he break
  • 00:38:11.060 --> 00:38:15.080
  • For the slave is our brother
  • 00:38:15.080 --> 00:38:20.080
  • And in his name
  • 00:38:21.100 --> 00:38:24.190
  • All oppression shall cease
  • 00:38:24.190 --> 00:38:29.190
  • Sweet hymns of joy
  • 00:38:31.200 --> 00:38:36.130
  • In grateful chorus raise we
  • 00:38:36.130 --> 00:38:41.080
  • Let all within us
  • 00:38:41.080 --> 00:38:46.070
  • Praise his holy name
  • 00:38:47.010 --> 00:38:51.080
  • Christ
  • 00:38:51.080 --> 00:38:54.270
  • Is the Lord
  • 00:38:54.270 --> 00:38:59.260
  • O praise
  • 00:39:00.180 --> 00:39:03.180
  • His name forever
  • 00:39:03.180 --> 00:39:08.180
  • O night
  • 00:39:09.120 --> 00:39:14.020
  • Divine
  • 00:39:14.020 --> 00:39:18.060
  • O night
  • 00:39:18.060 --> 00:39:22.040
  • When Christ was born
  • 00:39:22.040 --> 00:39:27.040
  • O night
  • 00:39:27.230 --> 00:39:32.170
  • Divine
  • 00:39:33.060 --> 00:39:37.190
  • O night
  • 00:39:37.190 --> 00:39:41.140
  • O night divine
  • 00:39:41.140 --> 00:39:46.140
  • O night
  • 00:39:47.040 --> 00:39:51.260
  • Divine
  • 00:39:52.180 --> 00:39:57.170
  • O night
  • 00:39:58.070 --> 00:40:02.240
  • O night
  • 00:40:06.240 --> 00:40:10.140
  • Divine
  • 00:40:10.140 --> 00:40:12.170
  • - [Narrator] Up next, a military family falls on hard times
  • 00:40:29.150 --> 00:40:33.170
  • during the holidays. - Are we gonna be able
  • 00:40:33.170 --> 00:40:36.000
  • to feed everyone today?
  • 00:40:36.000 --> 00:40:38.000
  • - [Narrator] Then, out of the blue,
  • 00:40:38.000 --> 00:40:39.060
  • a gift they never saw coming.
  • 00:40:39.060 --> 00:40:41.170
  • - Oh my gosh!
  • 00:40:41.170 --> 00:40:42.190
  • (both chuckling) - Oh my gosh!
  • 00:40:43.160 --> 00:40:46.260
  • Wow. - What was it?
  • 00:40:46.260 --> 00:40:48.170
  • And how did it make their best Christmas ever?
  • 00:40:48.170 --> 00:40:51.230
  • Plus, a new twist on a classic carol.
  • 00:40:51.230 --> 00:40:55.040
  • Superstar Gloria Gaynor sings her version
  • 00:40:55.040 --> 00:40:57.240
  • of "The Christmas Song."
  • 00:40:57.240 --> 00:41:00.030
  • Jack Frost nipping at your nose
  • 00:41:00.030 --> 00:41:04.070
  • - [Pat] When you give,
  • 00:41:05.070 --> 00:41:06.270
  • smiles grow bigger.
  • 00:41:06.270 --> 00:41:09.040
  • When you comfort,
  • 00:41:10.110 --> 00:41:11.090
  • the hurt goes away.
  • 00:41:12.160 --> 00:41:13.240
  • When we all come together to love, miracles happen.
  • 00:41:15.190 --> 00:41:19.220
  • - [Terry] There's still time to give a year-end gift
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  • Call 1-800-700-7000,
  • 00:41:26.120 --> 00:41:30.010
  • or go to www.CBN.com.
  • 00:41:30.010 --> 00:41:32.060
  • - The international outreach of CBN is simply amazing.
  • 00:41:35.070 --> 00:41:39.100
  • - I think CBN ends up touching
  • 00:41:39.100 --> 00:41:41.100
  • many of the areas of the world
  • 00:41:41.100 --> 00:41:43.030
  • that you as an individual cannot touch.
  • 00:41:43.030 --> 00:41:45.190
  • - It allows me to be a part
  • 00:41:45.190 --> 00:41:47.020
  • of such an amazing body of Christ.
  • 00:41:47.020 --> 00:41:50.030
  • - I mean, this thrilled us; we love to give.
  • 00:41:50.030 --> 00:41:53.140
  • - It's a blessing to be able to be a part of this,
  • 00:41:53.140 --> 00:41:56.000
  • to be able to speak about an amazing community that CBN is.
  • 00:41:56.000 --> 00:42:00.240
  • (upbeat music)
  • 00:42:00.240 --> 00:42:03.120
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  • 00:43:00.090 --> 00:43:01.220
  • - [Announcer] Merry Christmas from Superbook!
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  • (crowd cheering and applauding)
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  • (festive music)
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  • (fireworks popping and crackling)
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  • (singing in foreign language)
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  • - Hard times, that's what Jared and Ashton were facing
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  • and the holidays were right around the corner.
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  • This military couple was worried about putting food
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  • on the table for their four children.
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  • So how in the world could they afford to buy presents?
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  • Only through the miracle of Christmas.
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  • - [Reporter] Army combat medic, Jared, has enjoyed
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  • the holidays with his family.
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  • This season has been extra special,
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  • because he won't be here next Christmas.
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  • He deploys in January for a year.
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  • Jared is quick to point out that he couldn't do his job
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  • if it wasn't for his wife Ashton taking care
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  • of their four children back home.
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  • - I've always known in my heart and soul
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  • that they're completely fine and that she is doing a great
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  • job taking care of them which is the biggest relief
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  • for especially a soldier in the army.
  • 00:44:12.100 --> 00:44:14.280
  • - [Reporter] The couple has managed fine
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  • on Jared's army salary; they live debt-free
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  • and always budget to give to others through their church.
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  • But that would change when they learned
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  • that some good friends were having legal trouble
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  • and needed Jared and Ashton to take in their two children
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  • until they sorted things out.
  • 00:44:29.220 --> 00:44:32.070
  • - The boys needed a home immediately.
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  • We had to make a decision in that moment,
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  • or else they were gonna be put into the foster-care system.
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  • And we knew the boys, and we did not want that to happen.
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  • We loved them.
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  • - [Reporter] It was a stretch to make it work
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  • with six kids; they had to begin
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  • buying necessities on credit.
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  • - It was very hard on our paycheck.
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  • We were trying to figure out well,
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  • how much money do we need for groceries?
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  • I mean, some days we were sitting there going,
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  • are we gonna be able to feed everyone today?
  • 00:44:57.040 --> 00:45:00.270
  • - [Reporter] After several months,
  • 00:45:00.270 --> 00:45:02.030
  • the children were able to move back home.
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  • But by then, Jared and Ashton had thousands
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  • of dollars on credit cards.
  • 00:45:06.130 --> 00:45:08.080
  • They prayed about a strategy to pay off the debt.
  • 00:45:08.080 --> 00:45:11.030
  • For starters, Christmas would be very lean.
  • 00:45:11.030 --> 00:45:14.020
  • - There's nothing that Jared and I can do about it
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  • except for pray, and I have total faith in God
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  • that He's bringing us out of that right now.
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  • - God is always gonna provide for us.
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  • And He will always make sure that we make it
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  • to that next step,
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  • especially with our finances.
  • 00:45:25.190 --> 00:45:28.060
  • - [Reporter] Their situation took a turn
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  • when their church, Bethel Community,
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  • teamed up with CBN's Helping the Home Front
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  • to bring in some holiday cheer.
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  • Pastor Richard Dixon told them, CBN was going to help.
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  • - They really want to bless you.
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  • You wouldn't believe how much they wanna bless you.
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  • (laughing)
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  • They actually want to give you $6000
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  • to pay off the debt that you guys have incurred.
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  • - (chuckles) Oh my gosh!
  • 00:45:55.080 --> 00:45:57.050
  • (both chuckling) - Oh my gosh!
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  • Wow, that's a lot.
  • 00:46:00.100 --> 00:46:03.040
  • - I don't even know-- - Oh my gosh!
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  • - I don't even know what to say to that.
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  • - Thank you! - God is good!
  • 00:46:06.150 --> 00:46:08.100
  • (Jared chuckles) - That's amazing.
  • 00:46:08.100 --> 00:46:09.160
  • - [Reporter] And Pastor Richard told them,
  • 00:46:09.160 --> 00:46:11.070
  • CBN was also taking them shopping to buy Christmas presents
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  • for their children.
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  • - I mean-- - Thank you!
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  • (both chuckle)
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  • - Thank you, thank you God!
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  • This is definitely gonna change everything for us.
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  • I mean, even just last week we were talking about
  • 00:46:25.170 --> 00:46:28.030
  • how we're gonna get out of this credit card debt,
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  • how long it's gonna take us.
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  • This is gonna fast-track us to where we need to be
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  • so that we can get right back on to giving to others.
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  • - [Reporter] Then it was time to go shopping.
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  • Jared and Ashton are forever grateful
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  • for Helping the Home Front getting them back on track.
  • 00:46:41.080 --> 00:46:44.010
  • - This is gonna change everything for us.
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  • This is gonna set us right back on course
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  • to being completely debt free.
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  • I'm so thankful for CBN and all that they're doing for us.
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  • This is really gonna change our lives.
  • 00:46:51.280 --> 00:46:53.270
  • - Helping the Home Front is an opportunity
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  • for us to help our military when they're in a place of need.
  • 00:46:58.000 --> 00:47:01.090
  • And being a 700 Club member means you're a part of that.
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  • We just wanna say thank you.
  • 00:47:04.020 --> 00:47:05.220
  • You know, joining the 700 Club
  • 00:47:05.220 --> 00:47:07.070
  • is such an amazing opportunity to touch lives
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  • here at home and around the world.
  • 00:47:09.220 --> 00:47:11.080
  • 65 cents a day, $20 a month, makes you a 700 Club member.
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  • And you can call our toll-free number
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  • to do that anytime; it's 1-800-700-7000.
  • 00:47:17.180 --> 00:47:21.100
  • Maybe you'd like to designate your gift
  • 00:47:21.100 --> 00:47:23.080
  • to Helping the Home Front.
  • 00:47:23.080 --> 00:47:24.240
  • If you'd like to do that, this is the way to do it.
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  • You just send it to: Helping the Home Front
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  • CBN Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 2 3 4 6 3.
  • 00:47:28.120 --> 00:47:32.260
  • Of course you can call the toll-free number.
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  • There it is again: 1-800-700-7000.
  • 00:47:34.240 --> 00:47:37.060
  • Or you can go to www.CBN.com.
  • 00:47:37.060 --> 00:47:39.080
  • If you prefer to text-to-give, here's the way
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  • that you do that: you simply text
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  • HOMEFRONT to 7 1 7 7 7.
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  • And we say thank you in advance for helping us
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  • stand by our military and make a difference
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  • in their lives at their point of need.
  • 00:47:52.190 --> 00:47:54.220
  • Well, still ahead, who was the real Saint Nicolas?
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  • And where was he born?
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  • Discover the man behind the legend.
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  • That's coming up, plus, what's the holiday classic
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  • that was written on a blistering hot summer day?
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  • The incomparable Gloria Gaynor belts it out after this.
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  • (festive instrumental music)
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  • - I've been a missionary for 31 years.
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  • And it's outstanding when you, as just the lay person,
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  • watch God work through you, and he does these miracles.
  • 00:48:27.160 --> 00:48:31.240
  • And I've seen it over and over.
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  • I give to CBN because one, I believe in it.
  • 00:48:34.200 --> 00:48:38.200
  • They do such great missionary work.
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  • I wanted to be a part of it.
  • 00:48:41.160 --> 00:48:43.020
  • The day I chose to leave a legacy with CBN
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  • was the happiest day of my life.
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  • Believing the legacy is important to me
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  • because I know when I leave,
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  • this work is going to continue
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  • because it's a monetary legacy.
  • 00:49:00.200 --> 00:49:02.200
  • So, the needs will continue to be met.
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  • And the Gospel will continue to go out.
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  • So people would be blessed.
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  • - [Announcer] Find out how you can leave a legacy.
  • 00:49:10.040 --> 00:49:12.180
  • Call CBN today, or go to: www.CBNLastingLegacy.com.
  • 00:49:12.180 --> 00:49:17.090
  • (festive instrumental music)
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  • (group speaking in foreign language)
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  • (group cheers)
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  • - Children know all about his eight tiny reindeer
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  • and his workshop of elves at the North Pole,
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  • but there's much more to Saint Nick
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  • than the night before Christmas.
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  • Dan Reany explains.
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  • - [Dan] Christmas cookies left out for Santa,
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  • plus carrots for his reindeer.
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  • And the next morning, presents under the tree
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  • and stockings stuffed with goodies.
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  • For most Americans, this is Santa Claus.
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  • But the history and tradition surrounding
  • 00:50:01.280 --> 00:50:04.030
  • the jolly old elf date back another 1500 years.
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  • They take us to the Church
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  • of Saint Nicholas in Myra, Turkey.
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  • Nicholas was born here around 280 A.D.
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  • Growing up he lived a pious life, pursuing God.
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  • When his parents died during a plague,
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  • Nicholas was left with a huge inheritance.
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  • Instead of spending it on himself, he fed the hungry,
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  • clothed the naked and helped those in debt to money lenders.
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  • One of his acts of kindness gave us our tradition
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  • of hanging Christmas stockings.
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  • Legend has it that a father was about
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  • to be forced to marry off his daughters
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  • to pay off his debts.
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  • Knowing the man couldn't pay the debts himself,
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  • Nicholas crept into the house while everyone was asleep
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  • and left three bags of gold.
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  • One is said to have fallen into a stocking
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  • drawn by the fire place.
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  • Nicholas was so generous with his wealth,
  • 00:50:55.070 --> 00:50:57.050
  • he lived the life of a pauper, and at times
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  • had nowhere to lay his head except the house of God.
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  • Seeing how much he sacrificed for others,
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  • the Church elected Nicholas Bishop over the region.
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  • But it wasn't an easy era for the Church.
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  • One of the worst periods of Christian persecution
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  • came under the Emperor Diocletian.
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  • Now, Nicholas spent years in prison,
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  • oftentimes being tortured.
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  • This was also when Constantine was fighting
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  • for control of this region, and had his famous Dream Vision
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  • of the Cairo symbol, and the words:
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  • In this sign you shall conquer.
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  • Now, when Constantine won the day,
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  • Christian persecution ended and Nicholas was free.
  • 00:51:30.020 --> 00:51:33.100
  • After his release, Nicholas resumed his position
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  • and was soon considered
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  • one of the top Christian leaders in the Empire.
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  • He was one of more than 300 Bishops on the Council of Nicaea
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  • which created the Nicaean Creed to help unify the Church.
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  • As an outspoken follower of Christ,
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  • Nicholas continued to face death threats
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  • for the rest of his life.
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  • But he never stepped away from his faith.
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  • This is the very spot where Nicholas preached.
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  • Now, his life, his ministry, and his death
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  • are all kind of encapsulated in this church.
  • 00:52:03.000 --> 00:52:05.070
  • He died December 6th, 343, and was entombed
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  • in the sarcophagus right around the corner.
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  • Over the centuries, many traditions were associated
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  • with Saint Nicholas, but it was the act
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  • of giving gifts on the anniversary
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  • of his early December death that became the most popular.
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  • In Nicholas' day, people believed that angels
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  • wrote names down in the Book of Life.
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  • That transitioned into elves, keeping a record
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  • of the naughty and nice.
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  • Around the world there are many different images
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  • of Father Christmas, from Pere Noel in France
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  • to the German gift-giver, Sinterklaas, who rides a donkey.
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  • Countries such as Norway and Sweden didn't have many
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  • horses or donkeys, so Nicholas got around riding a reindeer.
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  • And the eight tiny reindeer we've all heard about,
  • 00:52:47.190 --> 00:52:50.050
  • well, that was Clement Moore's creation
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  • in his 1823 poem, "A Visit from Saint Nick."
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  • Or, "Twas the Night Before Christmas."
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  • And just like the belief that Jesus and the Saints
  • 00:52:58.290 --> 00:53:01.080
  • will return to earth from a celestial city,
  • 00:53:01.080 --> 00:53:04.020
  • a New Jerusalem became Saint Nicholas' home
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  • and workshop at the North Pole.
  • 00:53:06.210 --> 00:53:09.010
  • So, many of our Christmas traditions find their origins
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  • in the Bible with this pious Saint.
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  • But what can we learn from Saint Nicholas?
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  • Well, for one, we need to remember that no matter
  • 00:53:17.270 --> 00:53:19.260
  • how difficult our lives become,
  • 00:53:19.260 --> 00:53:21.240
  • we should stay focused first on God, like Nicholas did.
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  • Of course, the most obvious lesson
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  • is that it's better to give than to receive.
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  • After all, that's the way Nicholas lived his life,
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  • based on the example set by Jesus Christ.
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  • (festive instrumental music)
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  • - A wonderful example of how we should all live.
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  • And interesting to see how those traditions
  • 00:53:41.150 --> 00:53:44.170
  • happened in each culture, isn't it?
  • 00:53:44.170 --> 00:53:46.170
  • - He was rich.
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  • The little stockings, he dropped some,
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  • some coins in the stockings.
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  • Saint Nicholas, just amazing. - Yeah, amazing life.
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  • Amazing man. - Anyhow.
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  • Well folks, it's been Christmas.
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  • This is almost all the time we've got on this program.
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  • And we wish you and your family a very merry Christmas.
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  • And now we leave you with a new twist
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  • on a holiday classic, the iconic Gloria Gaynor
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  • shares her unique vision of "The Christmas Song."
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  • (peaceful music)
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  • Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
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  • Jack Frost nipping at your nose
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  • Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
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  • Folks dressed up like Eskimos
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  • Everybody knows
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  • A turkey and some mistletoe
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  • Help to make the season bright
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  • Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
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  • Will find it hard to sleep tonight
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  • They know that gifts await them underneath the tree
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  • Reminders of the gift God sent to you and me
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  • The baby Jesus
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  • Who was born on Christmas day
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  • To bring eternal life
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  • And teach us all his way
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  • And so I'm offering
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  • This simple phrase
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  • To kids from one to 92
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  • Although it's been said
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  • Many times many ways
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  • Merry Christmas
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  • To you
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  • They know that gifts await them underneath the tree
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  • Reminders of the gift that God sent to you and me
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  • The baby Jesus who was born on Christmas day
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  • To bring eternal life
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  • And teach us all his way
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  • And so I'm offering
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  • This simple phrase
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  • To kids from one to 92
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  • Although it's been said
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  • Many times, many ways
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  • Merry Christmas
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  • Merry Christmas
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  • Merry Christmas
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  • To you
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  • Merry Christmas!
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  • the hurt goes away.
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  • are actually provided by these Christian hospitals.
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