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Studio 5: Laughing in the Dark


>>Efrem: SECONDS AWAY ON “STUDIO 5″…>>YOU TRY TO PUT ON A PAIR OF SPIKES IN AN AIRPLANE BATHROOM? MY BODY TWISTED IN WAYS I DIDN’T KNOW IT COULD.>>Efrem: SHE IS THE MOST AWARDED FEMALE COMEDIENNE IN THE COUNTRY. WE’RE AT HOME IN SHONDA PIERCE. CAN YOU STILL DO MINNIE PEARL?>>YES. READY? HOWDY!>>Efrem: ALSO STILL AHEAD, HE IS A MEMBER OF THE 116 CLICK, RAPPER K.B. IS IN “STUDIO 5.”>>I WANTED TO BE A PREACHER WHEN I WAS A KID.>>Efrem: AND FROM PREACHER TO ACTRESS.>>IT IS TIME FOR YOU TWO FIGHT A LITTLE BIT. IT IS TIME FOR YOU TWO FIGHT FOR YOUR MARRIAGE.>>Efrem: A LOOK AT THE POWER BEHIND THIS POWERHOUSE BIBLE TEACHER ON “STUDIO 5,” STARTING NOW. * *>>MEN ARE SO FUNNY WHEN THEY SHOW UP TO THESE THINGS. IT IS VERY OBVIOUS THAT YOU LOST A BET. [LAUGHTER]>>WAS YOUR G.P.S. BROKEN OR SOMETHING? CAN’T FIND YOUR WAY BACK HOME? [LAUGHTER]>>DID YOU KNOW THAT THIS WAS A CONCERT THAT SAID “GIRLS’ TALK?”>>Efrem: THAT IS CLASSIC SHONDA PIERCE. SHE IS LIVING PROOF THERE IS HOPE EVEN IN THE FACE OF DARKNESS. WE’RE SITTING DOWN WITH THE AWARD-WINNING COMEDIENNE IN JUST A MOST. FIRST, HERE’S A LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S TOP FIVE FROM “STUDIO 5.” AT NUMBER FIVE THIS WEEK: * * WHERE MY TRUST IS >>Efrem: “OCEANS,” IT IS A HILLSONG UNITED HIT THAT VISITORS TO THE CHURCH WON’T HEAR. THE PASTOR SAID, WHEN IT COMES TO INFLUENCE, PREDICTABILITY IS OUR ENEMY BECAUSE YOU NEVER GET INFLUENCED FROM DOING THINGS THE WAY THEY’VE ALWAYS BEEN DONE.>>Efrem>>I’M A LYRICS PERSON.>>Efrem: THE CHURCH ALSO NO LONGER SINGS THIS MAJOR HIT. *>>Efrem: ON TO NUMBER FOUR: THE ENERGIZER BUNNY OF GOSPEL MUSIC, TY TRIBBIT IS NOW A TELEVISION HOST. HIS SHOW FILLS THE TIME SLOT OF BOBBY JONES’ GOSPEL, WHICH FILLED THAT SPOT FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. NOW TO NUMBER THREE: “THIS IS WHO YOU ARE.”>>Efrem: THEY MOVE FROM MUSIC TO MOVIES WITH “PRICELESS,” A DRAMATIC FILM ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING, STARRING JOEL SMALLBONE.>>WHY WOULD YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH ALL OF THAT?>>Efrem: IT IS A PRETTY GRITTY ROLE FOR YOU, TOO?>>YEAH, IT WAS. VERY DIFFERENT TO OBVIOUSLY OUR LIFE STORY.>>Efrem: AT NUMBER TWO: THIS VIDEO OF TIM TEBOW HAS SPARKED A SOCIAL MEDIA FRENZY. IT SHOWS THE NEW BASEBALL PLAYER RUSHING TO THE SIDE OF A FAN WHO HAD SUFFERED A SEIZURE, STANDING BY HIS SIDE AND PRAYING FOR HIM. THE FORMER NFL QUARTERBACK WAS SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS AFTER HIS FIRST MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GAME.>>YOU REMEMBER PEOPLE ARE IMPORTANT, AND WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR PEOPLE AND LOVING PEOPLE. BASEBALL IS AWESOME, IT IS SOMETHING I’M SO EXCITED I GET A CHANCE TO PURSUE. BUT WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS LIVES MATTER, PEOPLE MATTER, AND THIS YOUNG MAN, HE MATTERED.>>Efrem: NOW TO NUMBER ONE: * MY GOD IS JESUS *>>Efrem: THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO PRAISE GOD THROUGH THE STORM. DESPITE DEVASTATING DAMAGE FROM HURRICANE MATTHEW, MEMBERS OF DOMINION FELLOWSHIP CHURCH IN PALM CITY, FLORIDA, STILL HELD SERVICES. “STUDIO 5” MET PASTOR ROBERTSON DOING DISHES AT A LOCAL SHELTER JUST THE DAY BEFORE.>>ONE OF THE THINGS WE’RE ALWAYS ABLE TO DO, AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO AS CHRISTIANS AND AS THE BODY OF CHRIST, IS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT GOD GIVES US TO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE WE NORMALLY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO CONNECT WITH.>>Efrem: THOSE ARE YOUR TOP FIVE FROM “STUDIO 5” FOR THIS WEEK.>>>YOU KNOW, EVERYONE NEEDS TO LAUGH. AND NO ONE KNOWS THAT BETTER THAN THE SUBJECT OF THIS WEEK’S “STUDIO 5” INTERVIEW. SHONDA PIERCE IS ON THE ROAD AGAIN, BUT SHE HITS THE STAGE WITH A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE. SHE OPENED UP HER LIFE TO THE CAMERAS, SHARED THE LOSS OF HER HUSBAND, HIS BATTLE WITH ALCOHOLISM, THE LOSS OF HER MOTHER, AND HER BROKEN RELATIONSHIP WITH HER OWN DAUGHTER. WE’RE SITTING DOWN WITH HER AT HOME, JUST OUTSIDE NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE.>>41 YEARS I’VE BEEN MARRIED TO THE SAME MAN. [APPLAUSE]>>DON’T LAUGH. YOU DON’T KNOW HIM.>>Efrem: SHE HAS BEEN SERVING UP LAUGHTER TO SELLOUT CROWD TO SELLOUT CROWD FOR YEARS. WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WERE FUNNY?>>OH, DEAR LORD. MY MOTHER USED TO TICKLE ME WHEN SHE WAS TRYING TO SPANK ME. IF I COULD MAKE HER LAUGH, SHE WOULD FORGET WHY SHE WAS SPANKING ME. WHEN I LOOKED BACK IN COLLEGE, I WAS ALL PRONE TO AUDITION FOR THE FUNNY ROLES. I WANTED WHATEVER WAS GOING TO MAKE THE CROWD LAUGH. SO I HAD A TENDENCY TO LEAN THAT WAY, WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING THERE WAS SUCH A THING AS A STAND-UP COMEDIENNE.>>Efrem: SHE BEGAN HER COMIC CAREER IMITATING MINNIE PEARL. CAN YOU STILL DO MINNIE PEARL?>>OH, YEAH. ARE YOU READY? HOWDY!>>Efrem: SHONDA HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE THOSE GOOD OLD DAYS. IN FACT, SHE IS THE LEADING FEMALE COMIC IN THE COUNTRY. HOW DO YOU BECOME THE MOST AWARDED FEMALE COMIC?>>YOU PUT A LOT OF HOURS IN ON THE ROAD, THAT’S FOR SURE. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE DAY I GOT A CALL — OR A LETTER FROM THE R.I.A.A., THE PEOPLE WHO GIVE YOU GOLD RECORDS AND ALL OF THAT. AND THEY HAD A LITTLE FUNCTION FOR ME IN NASHVILLE. AND I WENT AND I GOT MY LITTLE AWARD. AND I TOLD THE MAN, I JUST FIND THIS SO HARD TO BELIEVE. THERE ARE SO MANY WONDERFUL COMICS OUT THERE. AND HE GOES, I KNOW. WE DIDN’T KNOW WHO YOU WERE, EITHER. THAT HUMBLES YOU REALLY QUICK.>>Efrem: HER AUDIENCES, OFTEN CHURCH GROUPS, HAVE MADE HER THE QUEEN OF CLEAN.>>>IS IT DIFFICULT TO BE CLEAN AND FUNNY?>>I DON’T THINK IT IS. NOW, I’VE NEVER HAD TO CLEAN UP MY MOUTH TOO MUCH, YOU KNOW? I GREW UP IN THE BIBLE BELT, IN THE HOLINESS DENOMINATION AND A PREACHER’S KID. I COULDN’T STRING CUSS WORDS TOGETHER IF I TRIED — WELL, I PROBABLY COULD IF I GOT REALLY, REALLY MAD. BUT IT WAS JUST NOT IN MY UPBRINGING. IT WAS NOT IN MY — IT’S NOT EVEN BACK IN THE RECESSES OF MY MIND. IF I STUB MY TOE, I’M GOING TO SAY FIDDLE STICKS OR OUCH. IT IS NOT THAT IT HAS BEEN HARD TO STAY CLEAN. IT IS HARD TO MAKE A NAME FOR YOURSELF IN THE COMEDY WORLD BEING A CLEAN COMIC. FOR SOME RUSSIAN REASON THE HOLLYWOOD WORLD SEEMS TO THINK OF CLEAN COMIC AS SOFT OR NOT AS ADVENTUROUS OR NOT AS FUNNY, AND THAT’S NOT SO AT ALL. SOME OF THE GREATEST COMICS OF OUR DAY — RED SKELETON WAS SO CLEVER AND SO FUNNY. AND CAROL BURNETT. SEINFELD IS RELATIVELY CLEAN. SO THOSE WHO REALLY MAKE IT A LONG WAY AND HAVE GREAT LONGEVITY, THEY HAVE DONE IT WITH THEIR FAMILY IN MIND.>>Efrem: LOOKING TO EXPAND HER REACH A FEW YEARS AGO, SHONDA’S TEAM DECIDED TO PRODUCE A DOCUMENTARY ON HER LIFE. A LOT HAPPENED DURING THAT THAT I’M SURE YOU DID NOT ANTICIPATE WHEN THE CAMERAS STARTED ROLLING.>>NO, WE DID NOT. WE GOT A TOTALLY DIFFERENT MOVIE THAN I THINK WHAT WE WERE GOING TO GO AFTER.>>GOOD MORNING. THIS IS DOUG WITH SOME SAD NEWS TO REPORT. OUR DEAR FRIEND, CHRISTIAN COMEDIAN, SHONDA PIERCE’S HUSBAND DIED FOLLOWING BRAIN SURGERY ON TUESDAY NIGHT. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO SHONDA AND HER TWO CHILDREN. TUESDAY NIGHT HER POST SIMPLY READ: DAVID IS HOME.>>Efrem: WHILE FILMING, SHONDA ALSO LOST HER MOTHER AND OPENED UP ABOUT HER HUSBAND’S BATTLE WITH ALCOHOL.>>DEATH PUTS A LOT OF THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE. THE RECOGNITION THAT YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING OVER. YOU KNOW, YOU CAN’T CHANG ANYTHING OR YOU CAN NEVER SAY ANOTHER WORD TO THAT HUMAN BEING AGAIN — THAT WILL CHANGE YOU.>>Efrem: AND T DOCUMENTARY IS CALLED “LGHING IN THE DARK.”>>MY PERSONAL LIFE TOOK SUCH A TURN, THAT THE STORY BECAME ABOUT SURVIVING AND GOD’S GRACE IN THE MIDDLE OF TRAGEDY. AND HOW DO YOU HOLD ON TO GOD? AND HOW DO YOU TELL THE WORLD THAT JESUS IS GOD GOOD WHEN EVERYTHING IS FALLING APART? AND HOW DO YOU KEEP MAKING A LIVING AT A COMIC, WHEN YOUR MOTHER PASSES AND YOU’RE STRUGGLING WITH YOUR KIDS AND YOUR HUSBAND PASSES — HOW DO YOU DO THAT? THAT’S KIND OF WHAT THE MOVIE BECAME, HOW DO YOU LAUGH EVEN IN THE DARK?>>Efrem: AND THERE IS A BIBLE STUDY TO GO ALONG WITH THE DOCUMENTARY. THE STUDY IS BASED ON THE BOOK OF JOB, AND ONLY SHONDA CAN FIND THE HUMOR IN THAT COMPARISON AS WELL.>>>STILL AHEAD ON “STUDIO 5″…>>I DON’T KNOW WHY WE ALL GO TO THE POTTY TOGETHER. IT COULD BE TO HOLD ON TO THE SKINNY GIRL AS A HANDRAIL.>>WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND, MY DEAR?>>I WOULDN’T GET THE>>MRS. OR MISS?>>MESSRS. IS FINE.>>I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW STEWY AND I ARE VERY, VERY HAPPY TO BE HERE. WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. AND MIGHT I ADD, YOU LOOK VERY BEAUTIFUL TODAY.>>WELL, LET’S GET ONE THING PERFECTLY CLEAR, TWINKLE TOES: I DON’T LIKE YOU.>>Efrem: SHONDA PIERCE, MAKING US LAUGH.>>>IF YOU HAD TO COMPARE YOUR LIFE TO ANY BIBLICAL CHARACTER, YOU PROBABLY WOULD NOT CHOOSE JOB. IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW, HE LOST EVERYTHING. SHONDA HAS WRITTEN A BIBLE STUDY COMPANION TO HER DOCUMENT, AND IT IS GROUNDED IN THE STORY OF JOB. THAT’S WHERE SHE PICKS UP OUR CONVERSATION IN THIS WEEK’S “STUDIO 5” INTERVIEW.>>I’M NOT THE PERSON I WAS WHEN THIS DOCUMENTARY STARTED. AND I DON’T EVER WANT TO BE THAT PERSON AGAIN. AND I DON’T WANT TO BE THE PERSON THAT JUST SPOKE THOSE VERY WORDS.>>WHEN I WATCHED THAT MANUFACTURE AND SAMOVIE AND SAW IT ON THE BIG SCREEN, I REMEMBER GOING, WOW, THAT YOUNG LADY HAS BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH. AND I AM SO PROUD OF HER. IT ALMOST FELT LIKE AN OUT-OF-BODY EXPERIENCE. SO WHAT I’M HOPING IS NOW THAT IT IS RELEASED ON D.V.D., AND PEOPLE CAN WATCH IT IN A MORE INTIMATE SETTING, MY PRAYER IS IT OPENS A DIALOGUE ABOUT ADDICTION AND DEPRESSION AND SEPARATION AND ANXIETY AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT WE HAVE A TENDENCY TO NOT WANT TO TALK ABOUT AS CHRISTIANS. WE’RE RELEASING A BIBLE STUDY THAT COMES ALONG WITH THE MOVIE, AND IT’S BASED — WHEN YOU’RE LIFE STORY IS BASED ON THE BOOK OF JOB, THEN YOU KNOW IT HAS BEEN QUITE A LIFE. THE WHOLE BIBLE STUDY IS BASED ON THE BOOK OF JOB, AND WHICH I LEARNED SO MUCH WRITING IT AND I HAD A WONDERFUL SCHOLAR WORKING ON IT WITH ME. AND WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT IS THAT STORY OF MY LIFE AND WHAT JOB WENT THROUGH, IT IS WHAT ALL OF US GO THROUGH.>>Efrem: I KNOW I’VE HEARD YOU SAY THAT YOU WANT THIS D.V.D. TO GIVE PEOPLE HOPE.>>YES.>>Efrem: HOW ARE YOU FEELING NOW, AFTER SEEING IT AND PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER?>>I FEEL — YOU KNOW, YOU FEEL LIKE — I DON’T KNOW THAT IT’S MY FINALE — I HOPE NOT. I HOPE NOT. I THOUGHT WHEN WE GOT MY HUSBAND’S STONE IN PLACE, AND WE PUT OUR LAST NAME AND HIS NAME AND HIS BIRTH DATE AND THE DAY HE DIED, AND THEN THERE IS MY NAME AND THE DAY I WAS BORN, THEN A BLANK, LIKE I HAVE NO HOPE AT ALL. IT IS A REALLY WEIRD THING WHEN YOU SEE YOUR NAME ON A TOMB STONE. AND I TEASE WHEN MY SON GETS AGGRAVATED AT ME, HE HEADS OUT WITH A CHISM AND HAMMER AND HE GOES, I’M GOING TO START TODAY. I DON’T KNOW THAT THIS MOVIE AND THE STORY OF MY LIFE BEING OUT THERE — I DON’T KNOW THAT IT IS A FINALE. I DON’T FEEL THAT WAY. BUT I DO FEEL LIKE IT IS A PERIOD AT THE END OF QUITE A JOURNEY.>>Efrem: IN SHARING HER LIFE, SHONDA IS OPEN ABOUT BATTLING DEPRESSION.>>YOU KNOW, WE LOST ROBIN WILLIAMS, WHO SUFFERED FROM DEPRESSION. WE LOST SO MANY WONDERFUL PEOPLE AND BECAUSE OF THEIR DEPRESSION, THEY HAVE DIVED INTO SOME ADDICTION THAT CAUSES THEIR DEATH, AND THAT IS VERY SAD. SOMETIMES I WONDER IF WE, WHO HAVE BEEN TO DARK DAYS, WE CLING TO THE FUNNY AND THE LAUGHTER LIKE ITS JUST — IT’S LIKE THE THREAD OF HOPE. WHERE I AM BLEAF BLESSED IS MY HOPE COMES FROM SOMETHING ELSE. IT DOESN’T COME FROM WHAT I DO FOR A LIVING. MY HOPE DOESN’T COME FROM THE SOUND OF OTHER PEOPLE. THAT’S GREAT MEDICINE. BUT MY HOPE COMES FROM MY RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST. IF I DID NOT HAVE THAT DEEPER FAITH, THERE BUT BY THE GRACE OF GOD, I WOULD BE ROBIN WILLIAMS. I COULD VERY WELL BE THE CHRIS FARLEYS, THOSE WHO TURN TO DRUGS AND ALCOHOL OR THOSE WHO GET SO ADDICTED TO THE LAUGHTER AND THE ADRENALIN OF THEIR JOB, THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO BE OFF THE STAGE. THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO LIVE OFF OF A STAGE. AND I CAN SEE HOW IT CAN BECOME VERY ENTANGLED IF YOU DON’T HAVE SOMETHING STRONGER TO HOLD ON TO.>>Efrem: HOW HAS ALL OF THIS CHANGED YOUR WALK WITH GOD?>>WHEN YOU WALK A DARK, DARK ROAD AND YOU KNOW — I KNOW THAT I KNOW THAT I KNOW, THERE IS NO WAY I WOULD HAVE MADE IT TO THE OTHER END OF THIS ROAD HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR GOD. YOU BEGIN TO APPRECIATE HIM A WHOLE LOT MORE. AND IT BECOMES MORE BASED ON SENSIBILITY AND FACT AND TRUTH THAN ANYTHING EMOTIONAL. BECAUSE, HONEY, MENOPAUSE — YOU WILL BE CHANGING YOUR EMOTIONS EVERY FIVE DAYS. YOU WILL LOOK AT GOD DIFFERENTLY EVERY THREE MINUTES. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE A DEEP FOUNDATION IN THE WORD OF GOD, NOT BASED ON EMOTION. I’VE BEEN IN EUPHORIC SERVICES WHERE WE WILL EAT FRIED CHICKEN IN THE SANCTUARY — IT’S WONDERFUL. BUT YOU CANNOT BASE YOUR SALVATION OR YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD ON YOUR EMOTION, OR YOU’RE IN BIG TROUBLE.>>Efrem: SHONDA’S DOCUMENT ADMINISTER AND THE COMPANION BIBLE STUDY ARE BOTH OUT AND AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW.>>>STILL AHEAD ON “STUDIO 5,” THE MUSIC… * SOME SAY THEY’VE SEEN THE LORD *>>Efrem: …AND THE MESSAGE OF HIP-HOP ARTIST K.B..>>TO NOT BE COOL WITH * [RAP MUSIC]>>Efrem: THAT’S THE SOUND OF KEVIN ELIJAH BURG BURGESS, BETTER KNOWN AS K.B.. HE IS A MEMBER OF THE 116 CLICK, AND HE IS ON THE ROAD, EVEN AS WE SPEAK, ON THE TEMPO TOUR WITH MUSIC AND A MESSAGE FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS. AND HIS MUSIC IS WHAT IS PLAYING IN MY EAR.>>I THINK HIP-HOP IS, YOU KNOW, THE TRILLION OR BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY THAT IT IS RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF ITS UNIQUE ABILITY TO CONNECT WITH THE HEART OF HUMANITY. I WATCHED VIDEOS FROM THE ’50s AND ’60s, AND THEY WOULD SHOW THESE BOXING MATCHES. AND THERE WILL BE LIKE A MILLION PEOPLE IN THE ROOM, AND THIS SMALL SQUARE WITH TWO GUYS IN THE MIDDLE FIGHTING. AND PEOPLE WANTED TO BE CLOSE TO THE FIGHT. I COULD SEE MYSELF IN THAT RING. WE’RE STRUGGLING OR WE’RE CELEBRATING, AND HIP-HOP EMBODIES THAT. MY PARENTS DIVORCED, AND AT THE TIME, I DIDN’T REALLY SEE THAT AS A BIG DEAL. BUT ONCE I FOUND MYSELF SEPARATED FROM MY FATHER AND IT WAS JUST MY MOTHER AND I LIVING IN A NEIGHBORHOOD THAT WASN’T AS SAFE AS THE ONE THAT I WAS ACCUSTOMED TO, I FELT EXPOSED. I CONSTANTLY FELT LIKE I WAS IN DANGER. THAT FEELING OF DANGER CONTINUALLY, IT WEIGHS ON YOU. IT WASN’T UNTIL I HAD AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE ONE WHO MADE ME, ACTUALLY THROUGH HIP-HOP MUSIC, THAT I FIGURED OUT — THAT IT WAS CLEAR TO ME THAT TO NOT BE COOL WITH GOD IS A GOOD REASON TO FEEL UNSAFE. AND EVERYTHING THAT I’M GOING THROUGH REALLY IS JUST A TESTAMENT OF THAT REALITY. BUT TO BE COOL WITH HIM, TO KNOW WITH HIM, TO WALK WITH HIM, TO LOVE HIM, ACTUALLY IS A REASON TO NEVER FEEL UNSAFE BECAUSE YOU ARE PROTECTED.>>>YOU SHOULD MAKE DECISIONS THAT YOUR FUTURE SELF WILL THANK YOU FOR. AND IF THAT IS YOUR MINDSET, THEN YOU MOVE PAST SURVIVAL MODE, AND YOU GO, I’M GOING TO DO THE THINGS THAT WORK TOWARDS ME MAKING A LIVING AND BECOMING A FLOURISHING HUMAN BEING. I WOULD ENCOURAGE BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO FIND THEMSELVES WRESTLING WITH SOME OF THE THINGS I WRESTLED WITH, THINK LIKE THAT, AND YOU’LL BE FINE. *>>Efrem: AND BE SURE TO KEEP WATCH RIGHT HERE ON “STUDIO 5,” BECAUSE THERE IS NEW MUSIC COMING FROM K.B. UP NEXT, IN “STUDIO 5″…>>I WOULD CONSIDER MYSELF A SPIRITUAL PERSON. I’M NOT HOT, BUT I’M NOT COLD EITHER.>>Efrem: A WARMING>>Efrem: WE ARE JUST ABOUT OUT OF TIME FOR THIS EDITION OF “STUDIO 5,” BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS WE’RE HARD AT WORK TO BRING YOU AN EXCITING SHOW. HERE IS A LOOK AT WHAT WE’RE WORKING ON FOR NEXT WEEK’S EPISODE.>>>WHILE THE NBA’S SETH CURRIE SCORES POINTS ON THE COURT, HIS WIFE SCORES POINTS IN THE KITCHEN. AYESHA CURRY’S NEW COOKBOOK HAS MADE THE “NEW YORK TIMES” BEST-SELLER’S LIST, AND SHE HAS A NEW COOKING SHOW ON THE FOOD NETWORK, AND SHE IS IN “STUDIO 5.”>>Efrem: IT WAS BEAUTIFUL TO SEE YOU OPENING THE BOOK ON VIDEO FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE THESE LAST FEW WEEKS OUT PROMOTING IT?>>IT HAS BEEN INSANE. EVERYBODY KEEPS ASKING ME IF I’M TIRED OF IT OR IF I’M OVER IT, AND I’M NOT. I LOVE IT.>>Efrem: AND THAT IS JUST ONE STORY FROM NEXT WEEK’S RUNDOWN. OR FOI THIS WEEK, I’M GIVING THE FINAL WORD TO A PREACHER’S KID, PRISCILLA SHIRE. SHE HAS A MUCH-NEEDED REMINDER ABOUT THE POWER OF PRAYER.>>IT IS ALL MAPPED OUT FOR US IN EPHESIANS 6, THE SPIRITUAL ARMOR. IF YOU HAVE THIS ON YOU, YOU WILL BE VICTORIOUS. THE HELMET OF SALVATION, AND ON AND ON. AT THE TAIL END OF THAT, HE SAYS OVER TWO VERSES. HE SAYS, PRAY. PRAY AT ALL TIMES. IN THE SPIRIT, ON EVERY OCCASION, FOR ALL OF THE BELIEVERS. HE GOES ON AND ON ABOUT PRAYER, AS IF TO SAY THIS IS THE SEVENTH WEAPON. AND THIS SEVENTH WEAPON IS THE ONE THAT INFUSES THE OTHER SIX WITH THE POWER THAT THEY NEED TO BE AFFECTIVE IN BATTLE. SO MORE THAN ANYTHING, I THINK THAT THE LORD IS TRYING TO REMIND HIS PEOPLE THAT IF YOU’LL JUST PRAY, I WILL HEAR YOU.>>Efrem: PRAYER IS A MUCH-NEEDED ARSENAL IN THE ARMOR GOD HAS EQUIPPED US WITH. THAT IS THE FINAL WORD FOR THIS EDITION OF “STUDIO 5.” I’D LOVE TO KEEP THIS ENTERTAINMENT CONVERSATION GOING UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. REACH OUT AND TOUCH ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, Facebook, AND SNAPCHAT. AND COME ON BACK AND

3 thoughts on “Studio 5: Laughing in the Dark

  1. There's no such thing as gospel rap music  It's of the world and it does not glorify God in any way.  That person needs to
    get saved.

  2. I watched laughing in the dark today for the first time chonda I wanted to hug you. Thank-you for being real so sorry for all your losses my heart goes out for you. My best friend and I enjoyed the movie and felt sad for you. Hope your daughter comes around. And the girl who was adopted The Lord Blesses her for u give a ride on your bus her story touched me I hope she is doing good. I suffer from deep depression and anxiety myself. I'm on meds for it too. Thank-you for sharing your painful story sorry about your home life when u were younger. Take care and thank-you showing me I can Trust Jesus I needed that

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