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According to KHOU, A Houston-area pastor has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl. According to Harris County deputies, an investigation into 65-year-old Paul Cain started in June after the teenager made an outcry of abuse. Investigators found evidence Cain sent multiple sexually explicit messages to the victim’s phone and assaulted her multiple times in 2018. Cain allegedly admitted to investigators that the messages he sent the victim were sexually explicit and when asked if this type of communication was harmless he said the victim initiated it. Cain also claimed he and the teenager never had sex but talked about it. According to court records, investigators asked Cain if the 13-year-old was his first victim, but he refused to answer. Cain served nearly two decades as pastor of New Canaan Missionary Baptist Church in the 4600 block of Hirsch Road in the Kashmere Gardens community. Cain is charged with sexual abuse of a child and sexual assault of a child. His bond has been set for $200,000. If Cain makes bond he is ordered to stay 200 feet from any school or park. He also can’t have any access to the internet. An Emergency Protection Order was issued for the victim.
According to the AP, Now that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched an official impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, what’s next? In some ways, the investigations of the Trump administration won’t look too different from those underway in the House, but now they’ll have a focus on the Ukraine situation and an urgency to act. Pelosi embarked on the impeachment inquiry she had long resisted after an uproar from Democrats in Congress. It stemmed from a whistleblower’s complaint of Trump seeking help from the Ukraine president in digging up dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The Ukraine probe will take on a central focus, in part because House Democrats see it as a glaring example of wrongdoing and because they worry the allegation could foreshadow potential election interference in 2020 that echoes the Russian meddling of 2016.
According to Black Press USA, For the second year in a row, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-educated women, raised $1 million in just 24 hours during this month’s HBCU Impact Day. The AKA Sorority, Inc. also has agreed to collaborate in the planning for the upcoming 80th anniversary celebration of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) in 2020. Dr. Glenda Glover, International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., said the sorority would work with NNPA Chair Karen Carter Richards and NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., during the NNPA’s annual convention June 23-25, 2020 in New Orleans. “When you need to know the positive stories – the real stories – about African Americans, then you understand our dependence on the Black Press for our news,” said Dr. Glover, the international president of AKA and president of the historically-Black Tennessee State University. “It is my honor to be a part of this. Alpha Kappa Alpha has been a partner to the Black Press even right here in Nashville with the Tennessee Tribune,” she said.
According to the AP, A Texas inmate who claimed he was intellectually disabled was executed Wednesday for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack in which his wife also died. Robert Sparks received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the slayings of 9-year-old Harold Sublet and 10-year-old Raekwon Agnew in their Dallas home. Sparks, 45, became the 16th inmate put to death this year in the U.S. and the seventh in Texas. “I am sorry for the hard times. And what hurts me is that I hurt y’all … even y’all, too,” Sparks told his relatives and friends who watched through a death chamber window, turning his head at one point to address family members of his victims who stood behind a separate window. As the lethal dose of pentobarbital began, he said, “I love you all” and then added, “I feel it.” He took two deep breaths almost immediately, snored three times and then all movement ceased. He was pronounced dead 23 minutes later, at 6:39 p.m. CDT. Seven more executions are scheduled this year in Texas, the nation’s busiest capital punishment state.
According to Christian Headlines, A photo of a young man praying over a Florida deputy is lighting up screens across the country. The photo, posted to Facebook by the deputy’s wife, features the man putting his hand on the deputy’s shoulder while both of their heads are bowed, according to WRIC. The deputy’s wife, Justine Tucker, said that while eating dinner at Zaxby’s, the young man named Juan approached the table and asked to pray for the deputy’s safety. At the time of this writing, the post has been liked by more than 48,000 people and shared more than 24,000 times with over 4,000 comments. “Tonight was a night that I will never forget. This picture is a reminder of God’s constant love and perfect timing,” Justine wrote. “Tonight we had an amazing encounter with an incredible young man named Juan. He came up to Cameron and asked if he could pray over him and his protection. After crying my eyes out we got to have an amazing conversation with this gentleman,” she continued. Justine later noted that Juan was “on FIRE for God and you could feel His presence in the room.” She added, “[Juan] said that he had felt compelled to talk to us and to pray over Cameron.”
According to The Christian Post, A biographical film on the historic mission of Harriet Tubman will hit theaters this fall and lead actress Cynthia Erivo says prayer helped her get through one of her most difficult scenes. Following a screening of the movie at the Urbanworld Film Festival held Sept. 18-22 in New York City, a Q&A was held with cast members including Erivo, director Kasi Lemmons, and producer Debra Martin Chase who lauded the Tony Award-winning actress’ performance. The panel was asked to describe an “aha moment” they each experienced while making the film. For Erivo, answering that question meant telling how her faith was transformed through the creation of the film. Erivo revealed that she had a rough time with a scene in the movie where Tubman is faced with the possibility of failing her first rescue mission and she, as an actress, had to ask God for help in portraying the abolitionist. “The only thing I could do, really, to center myself was to pray,” Erivo shared with the audience during the Q&A. “And I was listening to gospel music just before I went in. And as I walked in to say that prayer, it didn’t feel like I was just saying it as Harriet. It felt like I was saying it as me,” Ambotv reports.
According to the AP, The Brooklyn Nets expect to wait a year before Kevin Durant plays for them. General manager Sean Marks said Tuesday the Nets are planning this season without the injured All-Star. He added Durant will have a say in determining when he’s ready. “With Kevin, I think what we’re going to say is the expectations are that he’ll be out for the year,” Marks said. Durant is recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon. He was injured while playing for Golden State in the NBA Finals, then left the Warriors to sign with the Nets in July. “I’ve been excited to see, I think we all have, how he’s approached this rehab, which has been great, very refreshing and energizing for the whole group,” Marks said. “But at the end of the day, this is a long-term plan here. This was never about this next season. This is about getting an elite athlete back to elite physical shape on the court, whatever that takes.” Durant returned from an injured calf muscle he suffered in the postseason for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, but lasted only 12 minutes before leaving with a more severe injury. Marks said Durant hasn’t given any indication that he plans to take things slowly. Durant is expected to speak Friday when the Nets hold their media day.
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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
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