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The 700 Club: October 30, 2009

The View co-host, author and actress Sherri Shepherd talks with Kristi about her new Lifetime TV show. Also, CBN News reports on Israel’s Dead Sea.

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UnderWing Transcripts PO Box 16282 Clearwater, Florida 33766 540 455-2333 / UnderWing@underwingtranscripts.com ________________________________________ The 700 Club Daily Broadcast Friday, October 30, 2009 GORDON ROBERTSON: Well, welcome to The 700 Club. Sixty-seven-year-old Pauline Howe was in her home recently in England when someone came to her door. It was the police. KRISTI WATTS: This story is amazing, Gordon, because they told this Christian grandmother that she was being investigated for a hate incident. She was shocked to find out what her alleged crime was. In fact, here is reporter Gary Lane with that story. UK GARY LANE: Pauline Howe is shocked to be the target of a police investigation simply because she objected to a gay pride parade in her neighborhood. Pauline Howe (Investigated by Police): I said it was an offense to me and an offense to God as well that such a thing should be paraded on the streets of Norwich. GARY LANE: Two police officers visited her home after she wrote a letter to the Norwich City Council complaining about its decision allowing homosexuals to march in the city center. They said she may have committed a hate crime. Howe had joined a group of other Christians in a peaceful protest at the gay pride parade last July. It was here where participants verbally abused her with sexually explicit words, prompting her to write that letter. Pauline Howe: People came up and whispered it in my ear and were gone. It was only when I thought about what was said afterwards I realized just how bad it was. GARY LANE: In the letter, Howe referred to homosexuals as “sodomites.” And she blamed their, quote, “perverted sexual practice” for sexually transmitted diseases as well as “the fall of every empire.” The city told her she could be charged with a criminal offense, because, quote, “A hate incident is any incident that is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hatred.” Howe says her statements are based on deeply held religious beliefs. A spokesman at the Norfolk police station defended the decision to send officers to Mrs. Howe's home. He said Norwich City Council reported the incident a crime and asked police to investigate. Howe, a 67-year-old grandmother, says the visit was quite a traumatizing experience. Pauline Howe: One of them sat sort of opposite me and she was the lady that did most of the talking, and the other one stood at the other end of the room. She wouldn't sit down. And that in itself I found quite frightening and intimidating. GARY LANE: Even Ben Summerskill, the head of the national gay lobby group Stonewall, called the police response disproportionate. The police determined Howe did not commit a crime. However, she has sought legal advice from the Christian Institute. Like many, she's concerned at the free speech implications of police officers investigating people's beliefs. Pauline Howe: We're not allowed to express our biblical evangelical beliefs anymore without being frightened quite frankly. GARY LANE: The Christian Institute is investigating whether Norwich City Council and the police breached Howe's rights to free speech and religious liberty. If so, they could possibly file a lawsuit on her behalf. Gary Lane, CBN News. GORDON ROBERTSON: Well, this is, I guess, the brave new world we’re in. Here are the facts, if you will. A citizen writes her local government and complains about what happened during the march and how she was offended at the words that were spoken to her and then cited historical sources. It’s nothing new. You go back to the Romans, the reason the Romans thought they defeated the Greeks was because the Greeks let all their leading young men be trained by pedophiles, and they said so. So that kind of opinion is nothing new, and there is plenty of historical precedent for it. So even in the non-Christian era there was plenty of historical precedent for it. So you see these opinions expressed to a governing body. And now that becomes the basis for a hate crime and a hate crime investigation and the chilling effect of all of that. And if you’re 67 years old and you’ve never been investigated by the police, and suddenly two policemen are in your living room asking questions about why you wrote this letter, well are you ever going to write another letter? Are you ever going to voice your complaint at all? That’s the effect of this kind of legislation, and we’re getting ready to have it right here in the good old United States of America. I’ve said before, at the beginning of the American Revolution it was the power to tax is the power to destroy. At this current time, the power to investigate is now the power to destroy. And we’re going to see lots of investigations. Lee Webb has the rest of our top stories from the CBN Newsroom. Lee. DEM HEALTH CARE BILL LEE WEBB: Gordon, the House Democrats’ latest health care bill contains a variety of new taxes, fees and government mandates on the health care industry. The plan would impose broad restrictions on private insurers and create a government run insurance plan to compete with them, the so-called public option. The new bill could cost a trillion dollars or more. The bill is nearly 2,000 pages and contains about 400,000 words. It weighs more than 19 pounds and stands nearly nine inches tall. Regardless, Democrats say they hope to sift through the tax and vote on the plan by November 11th. FAITH AND FAMILY LEE WEBB: A new study shows that faith offers benefits to marriage and family. The research found that married couples who worship together are 35 percent less likely to divorce. Religion also helps parents set standards. The study, conducted by a University of Virginia sociologist, found that couples who sense God’s presence in their lives tend to take parenting more seriously. The sociologist says, quote, “They're concerned their kids are getting not just into Harvard, but also into Heaven.” FOX LEE WEBB: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs met with a top executive from Fox News this week. The meeting may be a sign of a truce after the administration’s very public battle with the network. The White House had said it would treat Fox as an opponent and call the network biased and nothing more than a research arm of the Republican Party. Some analysts believe the administration went too far. CBN News White House reporter David Brody takes a closer look. DAVID BRODY: The war against Fox News started with these words by White House Communication Director Anita Dunn: GRAPHIC: CNN “STATE OF THE UNION” Anita Dunn (White House Communications Director): The reality of it is that Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party. DAVID BRODY: Ever since, Fox News has jabbed the White House repeatedly, like plotting war strategy on a New York City map with Fox News headquarters. GRAPHIC: FOX NEWS Glenn Beck: I'm showing you where the enemy is. So we've got the missiles pointed right at Fox. And let's make sure that everybody understands this is the enemy America! Everything going wrong in the country happening right here. GRAPHIC: FOX NEWS Bill O'Reilly: There’s something very disturbing about the Obama Administration fighting harder against Fox News than the Taliban. Howard Kurtz (Washington Post TV Critic): Well, Fox News has been pounding this night after night after night. It enables Fox to position itself as the only news organization that is holding the administration's feet to the fire. DAVID BRODY: It’s also enabled Fox's ratings to shoot up. Since this war began, ratings on the news channel are up around ten percent. And on the Internet, a new Facebook site asks people to “be a Foxer” and support Fox News. The White House decided not to make anyone available for an interview for this story. In recent days, White House officials have signaled a desire to get away from the back and forth with Fox and put the focus back on fixing the economy. One well-known snub came on a recent Sunday when the President didn't appear on Fox with Chris Wallace, but made the other network shows. And now, even other news outlets are uneasy about the battle. They even came to Fox's defense when it wasn't on a list allowed to interview White House Pay Czar Kenneth Feinberg. The White House called it a misunderstanding, and Fox did end up getting the interview. A Fox News senior vice president tells us, quote, “Hundreds of journalists come to work each day at Fox News, all deeply committed to their craft. It's disappointing that the White House would be so dismissive of their fine work and continue their vengeful war against a news organization.” And what about the other side? The White House has been silent about the liberal bias on MSNBC with hosts like Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews. Howard Kurtz: I do have to wonder why the Obama White House is so offended by the opinion meisters at Fox News, but, of course, doesn't criticize the people who do opinion for a living at MSNBC who happen to be on the liberal side of the spectrum. DAVID BRODY: The main White House strategy at this point is keeping the major networks and papers like the New York Times and Washington Post from paying attention to Fox. It was Fox that reported heavily on the Tea Party movement and controversial administration figures like Van Jones and Kevin Jennings. So how will all of this eventually play out? Howard Kurtz: Ultimately President Obama will appear on Fox News again, but each side will have gotten something out of this. The White House has thrown this brush back pitch to tell the rest of the media, “Be very wary of what you see reported or trumpeted on Fox News.” And Fox's ratings keep going up, because it gets to revel in this perception that it is the most skeptical news organization when it comes to this administration. DAVID BRODY: David Brody, CBN News, Washington. LEE WEBB: Amazing, Gordon. This is the strategy that the administration chose to take. It backfired on them. Let’s just hope they’re not surprised that it backfired. GORDON ROBERTSON: Well, actually I think they are surprised. It’s kind of the, “Brer Fox, please don’t throw me in that briar patch.” But the Fox News ratings have been going up ever since the election. So it’s not new. It’s new it’s up ten percent in the last week, but it’s not new. And you look at their expression of opinion on the new administration, and it’s clearly driving ratings for them. It’s clearly driving viewers for them. I think the larger story here is this myth of objectivity, which seems to be bandied about in news organizations on occasion, as if there is some super human journalist somewhere who can completely devoid themselves of any personal opinion as they report the news. I think that’s an absolute fiction. There’s no such thing as objectivity. Everyone brings a viewpoint. Everyone brings their opinion to the table. And the great thing about the first amendment is we get to express that. And we get to have freedom of press and freedom of access. And with the Internet today, everybody gets a voice. So why not have as much vigorous debate as possible? In that process, you get the best ideas. Kristi. KRISTI WATTS: Absolutely, Gordon. I just think the whole situation is unwise. And what it ultimately did was make the White House look not as intelligent as they could. Well, up next, the lowest place on earth is actually getting even lower. CHRIS MITCHELL: The unique thing about the Dead Sea is that you can’t sink. In fact, it feels like you’re bobbing like a cork. You could do this for hours. KRISTI WATTS: You could, but not if the Dead Sea dries up. See what’s being done to save it, after this. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * GRAPHIC: WORLD SERIES 2009 GORDON ROBERTSON: Coming up later, it’s the Phillies and the Yankees in the fall classic. 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GORDON ROBERTSON: How he survived. Monday on The 700 Club. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * GORDON ROBERTSON: The Dead Sea is a natural wonder, a biblical landmark and a mineral treasure. But this unique body of water is getting smaller. And as Chris Mitchell, some experts fear the Dead Sea could be drying up. FOCUS: DEAD SEA CHRIS MITCHELL: The Dead Sea sits on the Great Rift Valley between Israel and Jordan. It's fed by fresh water from the Jordan River and mineral springs, yet the Dead Sea is the world's saltiest lake, so salty, no fish can survive in it. It's also the lowest place on earth, but experts warn it's getting even lower. Each year, the level of the Dead Sea drops by more than four feet. In the last 25 years, in some places, the shoreline has retreated nearly a mile. And experts say the sea is evaporating now faster than ever. Geologist Eli Raz blames man, not nature. Eli Raz (Geologist): The drop in the level of the Dead Sea is due to the human interference in the water balance of the Dead Sea. CHRIS MITCHELL: Raz says for decades both Israel and Jordan have diverted the waters of the Jordan River, allowing only a trickle into the sea. He also blames industries that harvest the rich minerals. But Noam Goldstein says companies like the Dead Sea Works actually help the area. Noam Goldstein (Dead Sea Works): We are taking water from the northern part to the southern part. The southern part, our evaporation ponds, without it, it was dry. CHRIS MITCHELL: It's been years since the Dead Sea flowed naturally this far south. Now, a canal routes water from the natural upper sea to evaporation ponds where sun and hot, dry weather produce the raw materials that turn into money. Today, Israel's Dead Sea Works and its Jordanian counterpart mine minerals like potash, magnesium and bromine. In fact, they produce ten percent of the world's potash. Potash is the main product in fertilizer, which is needed for agriculture around the world. Tourism also thrives on the waters here, which are ten times saltier than ocean water. Here at the Ein Gedi Spa, some 250,000 tourists visit each year, more than half from abroad. The unique thing about the Dead Sea is that you can’t sink. In fact, it feels like you’re bobbing like a cork. You could do this for hours. The water and atmosphere also have medicinal properties and doctors even prescribe a visit to the Dead Sea as a treatment for skin and breathing ailments. Drugs couldn't help Melody Dagan's psoriasis, but a visit for treatment at the Dead Sea was so successful she decided to stay. Melody Dagan (Ein Gedi Spa): It's one year I'm here. I can feel the difference. Even though when I'm in the sun, I feel it more. But even just working here with the special air, it’s helping a lot. CHRIS MITCHELL: With so many unique benefits, it's easy to understand the alarm over the drop in the level of the Dead Sea. Two major projects are being considered to save it. One option: the Med-Dead Canal would pump water 45 miles from the Mediterranean Sea to the Dead Sea, creating electricity for Israel. Another project called the Red-Dead Canal would actually send water uphill some 140 miles from the Red Sea's Gulf of Aqaba in Jordan before it runs down to the Dead Sea. The World Bank is spending one and a quarter billion dollars to study the feasibility, but some say political motives are involved. The Red-Dead Canal is supposed to be a joint Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian project. Eli Raz: To market the project they cover it with lot of phrases, but actually there is nothing except producing water for Jordan, which is very important. But to my opinion, we can produce water for Jordan in other way much cheaper economically and environmentally. CHRIS MITCHELL: Experts warn quick fixes would be costly and could cause irreparable damage to the Dead Sea and surrounding area. They say introducing seawater here could cause gypsum crystals to form and bacteria to grow. Instead, some experts say a more natural option is available, even though it would require importing and desalinating water. Prof. Avner Adin (Hebrew University Water Expert): Let the Jordan flow down to the Dead Sea as it used to be before the settlements and the agricultural areas took the water. CHRIS MITCHELL: Professor Adin said interdependence between countries when it comes to water should be a last resort. Prof. Avner Adin: Water is life, and we should be independent in this. CHRIS MITCHELL: But while modern man seeks to save the Dead Sea, the Bible has a lot to say about both its past and its future. This is an area rich in biblical history. Here in Ein Gedi, David and his men hid from an angry King Saul. Named for the ibex or wild mountain goats still climbing its cliffs, the Ein Gedi springs would have provided valuable water for agriculture and living in this desert area. Further south, the barren heights of Sodom loom where the Bible says Lot and his family fled a hail of brimstone. Across the sea are the mountains of Moab and Edom in present day Jordan. Ezekiel also prophesied that one day the waters of the Great Salt Sea would be healed and teaming with fish. The prophet Zechariah said that day would come when Israel's Messiah returns to the Mount of Olives. It's a day Christians worldwide anticipate. Chris Mitchell, CBN News, the Dead Sea. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * GORDON ROBERTSON: Well, there’s a story you won’t get anywhere else. What an incredible story, an incredible analysis from a biblical perspective. You’ve never been. KRISTI WATTS: I’ve never been. I was going to ask you, have you been, and have you floated in the salt waters? GORDON ROBERTSON: Oh, I have floated. KRISTI WATTS: Have you really? GORDON ROBERTSON: I have floated. You get out of it feeling kind of salty, though. KRISTI WATTS: Understatement, Gordon. GORDON ROBERTSON: Well, there’s just this thing. You just want to go get some fresh water and get it off of you. But I love Israel. I love visiting Israel. And it’s almost like everywhere you step, you’re stepping into biblical history. And under every stone, you find a new archaeological treasure. They keep finding new things in Ein Gedi. There’s a whole excavation going on right now about a Christian community. And then they found the synagogue where Mary Magdalene worshipped 2,000 years ago. One of the oldest depictions of a menorah sitting there on the floor of this ancient synagogue, so everywhere you turn. They found Solomon’s quarries. They’ve opened that up. They found a high priest’s house from the first century. It’s just incredible. So, yes, if you get a chance to go to Israel, I would encourage you to do it. KRISTI WATTS: I want to go. I definitely want to go. And it’s so fun to listen to you talk, Gordon, because you’re such a history buff. You know this stuff. GORDON ROBERTSON: Are you angling for a trip? KRISTI WATTS: I’m trying. I’m like, “Hey, hint, hint, Gordon, I want to go!” GORDON ROBERTSON: I think I just got hit up for an assignment live on national TV. Well, Kristi, we’ll talk about this later. What’s up? KRISTI WATTS: I’m glad you took the hint. Well, coming up, players from the Phillies and the Yankees answer the question, “Who is your Daddy?” Man: And when they bring that name up, I always remember who my real Daddy is. And that’s the Lord. Man: I thank Him for giving me the opportunity to be here. Man: It really helps out I think knowing there’s something bigger out there than baseball. Man: All this is for God’s glory. 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It all started with two home runs by Chase Utley, and the Phillies never looked back, winning the game six to one. In game two, this time the Yankees fired back after the Phillies took an early one-nothing lead in the second inning, and it stayed that way until the bottom of the fourth, when first baseman Mark Teixeira tied the game with this home run to right center field. Bottom sixth, the game still tied at one. Hideki Matsui hits the Yanks’ second home run of the game, giving them a two-one lead. Pitch hitter Jorge Posada singles to center field, driving Gardner from third. And that’s your final run of the ballgame. The final score: Yankees, three. Phillies, one. Hello, and welcome to Yankee Stadium here in the Bronx for CBN’s coverage of the 2009 World Series, where the New York Yankees will make an attempt to capture their 27th World Series championship, their first in this brand new stadium. But in order to do that, they’ve got to get the defending champions, the Philadelphia Phillies, who are on the prowl for their second consecutive championship. But with all of the excitement and pressure surrounding this event, players from both teams have found a way to keep their feet planted on solid ground, players like last year’s MVP, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop, Jimmy Rollins. 11 Jimmy Rollins (Philadelphia Phillies Shortstop): Jesus always comes first in everything. And that started a long time ago. He gave me this talent to play. It was up to me to cultivate it, go out there and work hard and not let it go to waste, and understanding that you’re on the stage all the time, and you’re not going to be perfect. Hopefully, people can look at me as a positive role model or a positive influence in their life, but knowing that it’s not because I want to do good, it’s because I believe in the man above and always want to please Him. 37 Chad Durbin (Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher): And we’re in a situation where everybody dreams to be here. And if you don’t recognize that, the only way you’re here is through Christ. There is nothing else to it. SHAWN BROWN: Phillies pitcher JC Romero is currently out with an arm injury. And while he wishes he was out there with his teammates, he says his faith in God is helping him keep things in perspective. 16 J.C. Romero (Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher): When you’re a Christian, you live by faith. That’s the bottom line. And, especially in this game, that is so hard. You always go through ups and downs, trials and tribulations. So if you don’t have faith, you won’t be able to keep your head up and stay afloat. So it’s pretty much the key of success, having faith. 54 Brad Lidge (Philadelphia Phillies Closer): Baseball doesn’t define me, no. It’s a game I play, and I love to play it, but there are more important things out there like my beliefs. SHAWN BROWN: Veteran pitcher Pedro Martinez has been here before, and is not easily rattled by the pressure or fans. And when they chant, “Who’s your Daddy?” he says without a shadow of a doubt he knows who that is. 45 Pedro Martinez (Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher): I don’t believe that any champion that they do could get me away from the real God. And when they bring that name up, maybe that was the purpose. But I always remember who my real Daddy is, and that’s the Lord. And against the Lord, nobody can compete. He’s the only one that would save us from every adversity, and He’s the one that has me here right now. He’s the one that gives me help. He’s the one that gives me strength to stay here and do the things that I’m doing. SHAWN BROWN: New York’s Andy Pettitte is no stranger to the World Series either. He’s currently tied for second all time in post season wins. But while the stats are great, Andy credits God for all of his success. Andy Pettitte: He’s just my Savior, man. It’s what my life is about. I love the Lord. I thank Him for giving me the opportunity to be here. That’s where my success comes from. There is no other life to live. When I accepted Christ as my Savior, it made me be able to take life, things that come along with life a lot easier. I know I’m going to spend eternity with Him. And, man, that’s just the way I go about my day and handle everything that comes at me during life. SHAWN BROWN: Mariano Rivera has more post season saves than any other pitcher in history. He was just awarded the DHL Delivery Man of the Year award. And like Andy, he gives God all the glory. 42 Mariano Rivera (New York Yankees Closer): Well, my faith in Christ is everything. That’s what makes me stand tall, makes me go through everything, adversity, because it’s not easy. It’s not easy, but when you put your faith in Christ, everything is easier. And the Bible says in Philippians 4:13 that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” And I believe that. As a matter of fact, I put that verse on my glove, that there is nothing that I cannot accomplish with Christ. SHAWN BROWN: First baseman Mark Teixeira is one of the most popular players in the game, and this is his first season with the Yankees and his first World Series. But while baseball is a high priority in his life, he says his faith in God is even higher. 25 Mark Teixeira (New York Yankees 1st Baseman): It’s everything to me. It’s so important. Everything else, baseball and family, it really comes together because of my faith, and understanding that all this is for God’s glory. The World Series is just a great celebration, and you don’t want to put too much pressure on yourself. You just want to have fun with it, because in the end God gave me the strength to be able to play this game, and He gave me this gift. I’m so appreciative of it. Once you realize how much God loves you, the world is a different place. It’s a better place, because there are a lot of tough things out there. There’s no doubt. But when Jesus loves you, when He’s behind you, there’s nothing else that can take that away. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * GORDON MINISTERS SALVATION GORDON ROBERTSON: There is nothing else that can take that away. Once you find Him, once you know Him, once you hear His voice, then everything else sort of seems so much less significant. And all your obstacles, all those mountains that seemed so big before, in His presence, with His ability, get to be so small. Here are some of the most famous ballplayers on the planet and the biggest game in baseball. And every one of them is saying, “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my faith. I wouldn’t be able to do these things.” Mariano Rivera, one of the top relief pitchers ever. He says, “In my glove, I have Philippians 4:13. I have ‘I can all do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’” Whenever he gets into a pressure situation, and he seems to be always in a pressure situation, he looks down at that verse, and he says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” What do you have? What are you relying on? Is it money? Is it a bank account? Career? What is it? Fame? Pleasure? What are the things that bring you comfort, that strengthen you, that you turn to in times of adversity? What are those things? And are they really working for you? Is it really helping? Is it really making a difference for you? Well, listen to what those men just said. When you find out who your Creator is, when you find out that Abba Father relationship, that Daddy relationship, and you know who He is and you can call on Him, and that amazingly He’ll answer, He’ll communicate with you, He’ll strengthen you, He’ll comfort you, He’ll encourage you, when you find that out, you’ve found the greatest secret there is. There’s nothing bigger. When you find Him, you’ve found it all. And truly, you can do all things through Him. Now, if you’ve been wondering, if you’ve been wondering, “Why am I here? What’s the purpose? What’s the meaning of all of this?” Maybe at one point in your life you had a relationship with Him, and then for whatever reason, you walked away. And you said, “Well, I’m going to do my own thing right now. Let today be the day you come home. Let today be the day you find out who your real Father is, who made you, and what did He make you for. When you find that, you’ve found it all. So if this is for you, bow your head with me. Pray a very simple prayer. Let Jesus come to you. What He has done for others, He will do for you. He’ll strengthen you. He’ll encourage you. And the same thing, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. The same thing can happen to you. I don’t care about whatever the adversity is, what mountain it is you’re facing. With Christ, all things are possible. So bow your head. Pray the same prayer that every one of them has prayed. Ask Him in. Ask Him to lead you. Ask Him to guide you. He’ll do it. He’ll be faithful to you. As He’s done for others, He will do for you. All you have to do is ask. Pray with me. “Lord Jesus.” That’s right. Say it out loud. “Lord Jesus, I come to you today, and I open my heart. And I ask that you come in. I ask that you would speak to me, that you would be with me, that I would know you. And Jesus, right now I ask that you forgive me, that you set me free, that you cleanse me. And if you’ll do this, I’ll give my life to you. I’ll follow you all the days of my life. Hear my prayer, for I pray it in Jesus’ name.” Father, for those who just prayed, I pray you open their ears, that you open their eyes, that you give them a heart of understanding, that they would know the greatness of the power that you have towards them that believe. And I ask right now for a baptism in your love, in your forgiveness, in your cleansing. Let your presence come on them now, for we ask it in Jesus’ name. Amen. If you prayed with me, the Bible says that if you’ll believe in your heart and then confess with your mouth, you shall be saved. GRAPHIC: 1-800-759-0700 CBN.COM What I want you to do is call a toll free number: 800-759-0700. Just say, “I prayed with that guy on TV. I asked Jesus to come into my heart.” When you call, we’ve got a new packet for you. It’s called “A New Day.” GRAPHIC: OUR GIFT TO YOU 1-800-759-0700 CBN.COM In here is a CD teaching on how to live the Christian life. There is also a booklet of encouraging Bible verses. We encourage you also to get a copy of the Bible. Read it every day. It’s through the renewing of your mind and through the reading of the Word that you grow with Jesus, that you grow in Christ. We also encourage you to join a local church. Go through water baptism. All of it is part of living the Christian life. But it starts with that phone call. Make it right now: 1-800-759-0700. Kristi, over to you. KRISTI WATTS: Thanks, Gordon. Well, my friend Sherri Shepherd is in the house today. And coming up, Sherri is going to be talking about The View, her new sitcom, Sherri, and why she wants every woman to give her permission slips for herself. GRAPHIC: SHERRI SHEPHERD I’m just messing it up. Hopefully, Sherri can help me out. That’s ahead on today’s 700 Club. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SPOT 3A: PRAYER COUNSELING CENTER Son: Daddy? Father: Yeah, buddy? Son: How many nickels are in a dollar? 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Monday on The 700 Club. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * KRISTI WATTS: Well, Sherri Shepherd says she once dated an arsonist and a thief. That’s before she met her biggest challenge. That’s just one of the many mistakes Sherri freely shares from her past. They’re part of a very candid humor that has actually made her a star. Just watch. SET-UP PIECE Actor: You’re dating our son’s pediatrician? Sherri Shepherd (Acting): Oh. You do not want to go down that road. That is a scary road. People die on that road. And nobody comes looking for them, because they never should have went down that road. RENELLE ROBERTS: Sherri Shepherd, comedienne, actress and co-host of The View, is officially giving you permission to give yourself a break every now and then. Sherri Shepherd: You work on TV, and you get all these accolades, all these accolades. And you’ve got to come home and fix somebody’s food? I don’t cook. RENELLE ROBERTS: In her new book, Permission Slips, Sherri shares personal stories of how she rebounded from bad relationships and learned from her own mistakes. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * GUEST: SHERRI SHEPHERD KRISTI WATTS: Please welcome to The 700 Club, my friend Sherri Shepherd. Girl, yay! Sherri Shepherd: Kristi, it’s so good to see you! KRISTI WATTS: You, too. We’re such girls. We’re like, yay! Sherri Shepherd: I know! KRISTI WATTS: Can you believe that six years ago, at least with cameras, we had our first little conversation. And I was pregnant. Sherri Shepherd: I was married. That’s right. KRISTI WATTS: And hoping to get pregnant. Sherri Shepherd: And hoping to get pregnant. Exactly. KRISTI WATTS: And how has life changed since? Sherri Shepherd: Oh, no longer married. But thank God, He’s just every day getting me through that and just the healing. But my son is four and a half years old. KRISTI WATTS: Jeffrey, Junior. Sherri Shepherd: My little love bunchkin munchkin. KRISTI WATTS: I know. Isn’t that the coolest thing in the whole wide world to be a mom? Sherri Shepherd: My child is like a cell phone. I go, “How did I cope without you?” That’s a bad analogy, but it is. You have a child. Before, I lived, ate and breathed my career, because when you interviewed me six or seven years ago, that’s all I was talking about. But now, I have my son. And it’s just like I just love him so much. And I look up a the Lord and go, “Do you love me this much that you gave me this little boy?” And then he’ll do something or have a tantrum. And I go, “You love me that much? What am I supposed to be learning here? Oh, my goodness.” KRISTI WATTS: It’s the coolest thing. I tell you. You started out in stand up. And then when I interviewed you last time, you were on Suddenly Susan. You’ve done Everybody Loves Raymond, a lot of different sitcoms. Well, now, you have a different platform on The View. Sherri Shepherd: I know. KRISTI WATTS: Girl. Now, how do you have a voice among so many voices? Sherri Shepherd: It’s always—that was and is a very thing for me to do. You know. I’ve called you sometimes in the morning, going, “Kristi, I don’t know what to—oh, my goodness. Here’s the subject. I just don’t know what to say.” And it’s prayer. It really is, of going, “What am I supposed to say? Use me. I’m not too sure about this topic.” Doing The View, for me, because it’s so out of my comfort zone, is really going, “Lord, where I’m weak, you’re strong.” Every single day it forces me to go, “Lord, I have no idea what I’m going to say,” or, “Here is a battle coming up. You’ve got to pray with me.” I thank God for that girl that sits on my left, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, because that’s my warrior. And sometimes under the table, she’ll take my hand. She’ll grip my hand or she’ll grab my thigh, and I just know, “Okay, everything is good.” KRISTI WATTS: That is so cool. Now, I know you grew up as a Jehovah’s witness, and you accepted the Lord into your life, in your 20s, right? Sherri Shepherd: Yes, in my 20s, 1993. KRISTI WATTS: Yes. But how has the Lord become real to you having gone through what you’ve gone through? Because you’ve gone through a lot. Sherri Shepherd: I’ve gone through a lot. I’ve had this relationship with the Lord. As a Jehovah’s witness, I didn’t have a relationship with the Lord. For me, being a Jehovah’s witness, it was about a lot of rules. We went out and field serviced. That’s where we knocked on the doors every Saturday and went to five meetings a week. And I knew a lot of Bible scriptures. But I never had a relationship with Jesus Christ. And then in ’93, I just was going through it. My mother had diabetes, and she was just slowly dying. And I had family members who were on drugs. And I just was so depressed. I really wanted to kill myself. Stand up comedy was just keeping me strong, because I love making people laugh. And I just remember being on the floor. You know how you have to have those snot sessions, where you’re crying out to the Lord? At least that’s my sessions are when I get with the Lord. They’re not pretty at all. It’s just like, “Lord, wah-ah.” And I just remember, I said, “I don’t know who I’m talking to,” because I had stopped going to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. And I was just like, “If you could just send somebody to help me, because I’m just swimming out here. I’m so depressed.” And it was like not even, oh, man, it was not even a week later I met somebody who talked to me about Christ. Can I tell you the story real quick? KRISTI WATTS: Girl, tell me! Sherri Shepherd: It was a guy. And we got on the bus. And this is how far out I was. We got on the bus stop, and I wasn’t even going to talk to him. But he was very nice to this older lady. He let her have his seat on the bus. And I’m thinking, “Oh, well, he’s kind of cute.” And I looked at him, and I thought, “I could sleep with him.” That’s what I was thinking, because I wasn’t saved yet. And I’m thinking, “I could sleep with him,” because he was nice to the lady. And at the moment I thought, “Oh, I could sleep with him,” he goes, “How is your relationship with Jesus Christ.” And I was like “Ah!” It like stopped the thoughts right in my head. And I was like, “Jesus Christ? I don’t know.” And there was a church that we used to pass by on the bus all the time. And it was a big church. And so I said, “Let me just say that church.” And I was like, “Well, I go to this church, West Angeles Church of God in Christ.” And he was like, “I go there, too.” And I was like, “Oh, okay.” But he kept talking to me about Jesus. He kept talking to me about Jesus. He’s a friend to this day. And that’s when it was just like, “Wow.” And it was through him and another couple of friends who I did stand up comedy with that I accepted Christ in ’93. Yes. KRISTI WATTS: What a cool, cool story. Sherri Shepherd: Yes, God gets me in the weirdest of ways. He never just like comes to me and goes, “Sherri, My child, come to Me.” It’s always something crazy, homeless people talking to me about Jesus. And that’s how God gets me to Jesus, through homeless people and really weird folks. God talks to me. KRISTI WATTS: Well, the good thing, Sherri, is that you listen. Sherri Shepherd: I know. KRISTI WATTS: So that’s a positive. Sherri Shepherd: It is. It was a homeless lady on the train in New York. And we were on the subway, and I was reading a romance novel, because sometimes you just want to read about the pirates capturing the girls on the ship. And you just don’t want to think. And I’m reading my romance novel, and I remember this homeless lady, she was like, “I’m homeless and my husband is blind, and I need money. Someone help me.” And in New York, you don’t pay any attention to people. And I’m just reading about this pirate. And she kept going, “I need money. Will someone please help me?” And the Holy Spirit kept going, “Give her ten dollars.” And I was like, “I’m not giving that lady ten dollars. I’ve got a ten, and I’ll give her a one.” And the Lord was like, “Give her ten.” So I went up, because I said, “Obviously you’re not going to let me read my pirate book, Lord, unless I help the lady.” So I went and gave her ten. And she looked at me, and I was just going through it, and she was like, “I want to pray with you.” And she did. And I was like, “Why do you always have to talk to me through . . . .” So we’re on the subway, and she’s praying with me. And I was like, “Everybody’s looking,” but you know, I’m going to tell you, that peace just came over me. So thank you, Lord, for speaking to me. I wish He would speak to me through like George Clooney. That would be nice if one day George Clooney just looked up or Brad Pitt was like, “The Father sayeth to me, come. Here I am.” But, until then, I’m going to take it the way I get it. KRISTI WATTS: Sherri, I have so many questions, and I don’t remember any of them! They’re gone! Sherri Shepherd: I know. Amen. Don’t say bye. I’m going to talk about my book and everything. KRISTI WATTS: Okay, help me. Okay, the book. And the show. Sherri Shepherd: Yes. KRISTI WATTS: All right, now, girl, you crack me up. Now, let’s talk about the show, because the show is, I would say, is somewhat inspired by your life. Sherri Shepherd: Oh, my show Sherri. KRISTI WATTS: A little bit. Yes. Sherri Shepherd: Yes, it’s actually based on my stand up comedy. I was going through a period where it was infidelity in my marriage, my best friend. And I couldn’t get out of bed. I just couldn’t get out of bed. And I remember crying, going, “Lord, besides my son being born prematurely, fighting for his life in the hospital, my best friend has had an affair, and the girl is pregnant.” And I remember the Lord going, “Sherri, do you trust Me?” And I went, “No, I don’t. I don’t trust you.” And thankfully He doesn’t leave, even though you say, “I don’t trust you.” And I’m a stand up comic. And this stuff, I would look at stuff really weird. And I just got on stage. That made me feel better to talk about it. And it’s something that I talked about with some people and Lifetime got hold of the idea and said, “We want to do this. This is real. We think women will relate to it.” And I get so many e-mails from women, single women and women who have been through affairs. And they say, “Thank you for telling my story.” So I hope that it’s healing. KRISTI WATTS: I love that. One of the things about your show that I think is kind of fun is because we can both relate. We’re both now single moms. Sherri Shepherd: Single moms. Yes. KRISTI WATTS: And the whole dating scene is very interesting. Sherri Shepherd: Oh, my goodness. KRISTI WATTS: Can you get dates? Because I can’t, Sherri. That’s what I want to know. Sherri Shepherd: I have gotten no dates. Let me tell you something, the Lord is just blocking me each and every way I go. KRISTI WATTS: Girl, me, too! Sherri Shepherd: I go, “Father, can I just have some fun?” It’s so funny how you try to talk to the Lord, and you try to reason with Him, because it’s like, “Obviously, Lord, you don’t know what’s going on in my life. Okay, I am 42. I’ve got a small window of time, Jesus. I don’t know if the angels let you know. It’s a little dry spell,” like He doesn’t know what’s going on. And I sit there. But it’s not time. And I thank the Lord that because it’s a time for me of healing and really talking to Him. And I moved to New York by myself, no covering, no nothing, having diabetes, can’t eat a cheesecake to numb my feelings. It’s just raw, where I was talking to the Lord all the time. And let me tell you something, because the Lord had me eating healthy. And I’m like, “But broccoli does not numb your feelings,” especially when it’s steamed. “Lord, I can’t even put Velveeta cheese on the broccoli. So you’re just going to make me come to you and talk, right?” And even men who have come into my life that I—let me tell you now the Lord works. Can I tell you another story? KRISTI WATTS: Tell me, girl. Tell me, girl. Sherri Shepherd: There was one comic that came on The View that was flirting with me, and he was just very cute. And I went to a comedy show that he did. And my girlfriends—that’s why you need good girlfriends to hold you accountable . . . . KRISTI WATTS: That’s the truth. Sherri Shepherd . . . . your good strong warrior system. They came with me, and we went to the club. And so I went in the back room to see him. And I said, “Sit right here, and I’ll be right back.” And I went in the room, and he got up. And he was like, “Sherri,” and he went to hug me. Something was right on the back of my head. My girlfriend Arlene stuck to me like white on rice. And I said, “I told you to sit down.” She didn’t go anywhere. We left that club. Thank you, Arlene. I appreciate it, because that was the angels. I was like, “I can’t have any fun. These girls coming.” But thank you, Lord. I just appreciate and love the Lord, because sometimes He just saves you when you just don’t want to be saved. I’m so thankful. KRISTI WATTS: Don’t let me do the prayer thing over here. All right, quick, your book. Okay, let me just say this real quick. It is called Permission Slip. So, one, tell me about the permission slips, like where the whole concept came from. And, number two, side note, real quick, this is a tad bit racy. Did your grandmamma read this book? Just a little bit. Just some racy. Sherri Shepherd: My father read it, who is like the one that calls me every time I say something on The View that I’m not supposed to. And he gave me his seal of approval. But I talk about because we take on so much as women we need to give ourselves permission to give ourselves a break. And specifically, I talk a lot about God, and as I do, about how He has helped me through this journey, that every time I’ve been down, God has come in. And I don’t know how God speaks to you, but He sounds like Barry White to me. And He speaks to me in that voice. And He just always says, “Don’t take Me out of the equation.” And I weave, and I don’t try to hit anybody over the head with my beliefs, but I weave God all the way through, because that’s who I am. To take God out of it is like cutting off a part of my body. And through this book, it talks about how God has healed me in order to give myself permission to do things, like in getting diagnosed with diabetes, which is an awful thing. But God, even through the midst of that, has—I’m still alive. My mom died at 41 from diabetes, and I’m 42, because God gave me a vision of my son laying on the bed crying wanting to know where Heaven was, because that’s where everybody told him Mommy was. That vision was straight from God, and it helped me get myself together, so that I’m not on medication. And through it all about the men, the wrong choices I’ve made, how God has just spoken to me and healed me and the birth of my son, being born prematurely. And I look at it in a funny way, like when I said I wish God could talk to me through George Clooney. And that is something I am still praying about, because maybe He didn’t hear me. One of the angels is not getting my prayer up to Him timely. But I’m still asking. I’m still asking. KRISTI WATTS: Sherri, you are too cool, and just the same. God bless you. And I tell you what, Sherri’s book is called Permission Slips. And it really is her voice and her humor, which is larger than life. It’s available nationwide. Sherri, girl, thank you. Sherri Shepherd: Can I say I love Jesus on this show? No delay button? I love Jesus! Woo! They don’t hit that button. Woo! Praise Him! Praise Him! KRISTI WATTS: Okay. We’re going to be right back with more of The 700 Club, so don’t go away. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SPOT 5A: SUPERBOOK Announcer: CBN presents Superbook for a new generation. Now, re-imagined from the classic CBN cartoon, a new series featuring amazing Bible stories brought to life using state of the art animation. Character: That’s pretty cool. Announcer: Your kids will love being entertained while they learn biblical values, like courage, loyalty, humility and faith. As they join Chris, Joy and Gizmo in their travels through time. 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Announcer: With Alert USA, if you ever need assistance, just press your pendant to be connected to an operator who can summon help to your home 24 hours a day. Dr. Joyce Brothers: I’ve been giving advice for many years, and I believe Alert USA provides the best emergency support and value for your dollar. Call now for a free brochure. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * GORDON ROBERTSON: Well, many of you have been asking for more prayer time on The 700 Club. And we’ve heard you, and we’re answering it. We have a whole new show. It’s a half hour show on ABC Family. GRAPHIC: 700 CLUB INTERACTIVE Watch LIVE Tues., Weds., Thurs. at 12:00 PM ET on CBN.com or Watch daily at 9:30 AM ET on ABC Family Channel It’s also available on CBN.com at noon. We tape—actually, it’s not taped. It’s live every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. And then it’s then rebroadcast daily at 9:30 a.m. on ABC Family Channel, where we want to pray with you. We want to take your prayer calls. So if you want us to pray for you, tune in to that live, CBN.com. And we’ll be glad to pray for you and encourage you and have more ministry time for you. And . . . . . KRISTI WATTS: Speaking of encouraging, Gordon, we have such few time, but do you want to try to do one question before we leave? GORDON ROBERTSON: We have such few time. I’d rather give a big shout out to George Clooney again. KRISTI WATTS: I know, listen, can I tell you on a side note? GORDON ROBERTSON: Did you really say on national TV that you can’t get a date? Did you really say that? KRISTI WATTS: It’s hard. I’m serious. GORDON ROBERTSON: All right. Call 1-800-759 . . . . KRISTI WATTS: Oh, shut up! You’re full of it, Gordon! GORDON ROBERTSON: Help Kristi. KRISTI WATTS: Oh, God! My armpits are just sweating right now. GORDON ROBERTSON: But only if your name is George. KRISTI WATTS: No, Sherri wants George. I’ll take Brad Pitt. No . . . . GORDON ROBERTSON: He’s kind of married. KRISTI WATTS: I know. Well, it’s all good. But, yes, it is . . . . GORDON ROBERTSON: That would not be good. KRISTI WATTS: I know. I’m all [be-klunt]. It is. It’s something about . . . . GORDON ROBERTSON: I’m not going to bless you with that one. KRISTI WATTS: I know. But it is. It’s like when you . . . . GORDON ROBERTSON: Or God isn’t going to bless you with it. KRISTI WATTS: I don’t even know what to do. But it is, it’s like when you are like a single parent and the whole date, you’re in a different—it’s different from when you were in your 20s versus now. But God is going to bring that right person. GORDON ROBERTSON: Yes. You’re not free. You’ve got obligations and commitments. KRISTI WATTS: Yes, it’s true. GORDON ROBERTSON: Yes, it’s hard. KRISTI WATTS: It’s very hard. Like this past Sunday, I really, really wanted to go to a Stevie Wonder concert, because I love Stevie Wonder. And my son was like, “But Mommy, no. You didn’t play with me a lot on Saturday, because you were cleaning the house. Will you play with me today?” And I said, “My son/Stevie Wonder.” And I hung out with my son. GORDON ROBERTSON: That’s an easy choice. KRISTI WATTS: It’s a very easy choice. I was tempted with Stevie. GORDON ROBERTSON: Yes, especially when you’re as sweet as Chase is. KRISTI WATTS: Is he not the coolest little kid in the whole wide world? GORDON ROBERTSON: He is the bomb. He is the bomb. KRISTI WATTS: I love him. GORDON ROBERTSON: All right. Are you really going to be able to divide your heart between him and another guy? KRISTI WATTS: I wouldn’t say divide. I would say expand. GORDON ROBERTSON: Expand. KRISTI WATTS: Expand. GORDON ROBERTSON: All right. Well, we’ve expanded enough time here. We’ll leave you with these words from Acts 16, . . . . GRAPHIC: Acts 16:31 “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved . . . you and your household.” (NKJV) . . . . “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And you can even get a date. God bless you. GRAPHIC: COPYRIGHT 2009 CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING NETWORK * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * NEXT DAY PROMO GRAPHIC: SAVING A CITY GORDON ROBERTSON: Monday. Woman: People left here as if it was on fire. GORDON ROBERTSON: A city in need gets a helping hand from a Motown legend. Woman: And the more we spread the word, the better the city would be. * * * GORDON ROBERTSON: Plus, . . . . GRAPHIC: SMOOTH SAILING Man: And I remember laying down on the couch thinking, “I’m going to die.” GORDON ROBERTSON: . . . . a commercial fisherman has a brush with death, three times. Man: When I was in the ambulance, I passed away, came back. GORDON ROBERTSON: How he survived. Monday on The 700 Club. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * END SPOT: PLEDGE EXPRESS Announcer: While Mary feeds her two young daughters, she also helps feed needy families around the world. While Bob hands a drink out to a co-worker, he helps give water to villages with new wells. 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