PODCAST: Memorial Service for Gospel Singer Micah Stampley’s Daughter Held (BCNN1 11.04.19)

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According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The memorial service for Mary Stampley, the 15-year-old daughter of gospel singer Micah Stampley, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral, 212 Riverside Parkway in Austell. Stampley, of Fayetteville, died on Oct. 22 due to complications from a seizure. The cause of the seizure was not released. The family is requesting that those attending wear Mary’s favorite colors – shades of purple, gray or white. A public viewing will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Willie Watkins Funeral Home, 6580 Church St. in Riverdale.

According to the Associated Press, The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette has donated $50,000 toward rebuilding efforts of three Louisiana churches destroyed by arson. Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel presented the pastors of three St. Landry Parish historically black Baptist churches with the money on Thursday, The Advocate reported. The churches were destroyed between March 26 and April 4. Accused arsonist Holden Matthews is awaiting trial on state and federal arson and hate crimes charges. The funds were raised during a second collection at churches around the diocese in recent weeks. The more than $50,000 was divided equally among the three churches. Per church, that’s more than $16,600. “It was a display of God’s love. It shows that love goes beyond religion, it goes beyond race, it goes beyond the things that we get hung up on,” The Rev. Kyle Sylvester, leader of St. Mary Baptist Church, said. “Thank you for displaying what love really is and what Christ really represents.”

According to Associated Press, Former President Jimmy Carter taught a Bible lesson on life after death Sunday less than two weeks after breaking his pelvis in a fall. Using a walker, the 95-year-old Democrat slowly entered the crowded sanctuary at Maranatha Baptist Church in the southwest Georgia town of Plains. With help, Carter sat on a motorized lift chair at the front of the room to teach a 45-minute lesson based on the Old Testament book of Job. Referring to a cancer diagnosis that resulted in the removal of part of his liver in 2015, Carter said he was is “at ease” with the idea of dying and believes in life after death. Carter remained for the worship service after teaching, sitting in a pew beside his wife, Rosalynn, and singing hymns with the congregation.

According to the Associated Press, Evidence shows a missing college student was harmed and is now considered a victim of foul play, police said Thursday as her mother and stepfather, who’s an Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight, pleaded for information. A social media message sent by Blanchard to her roommate indicated she might have been with a male before she disappeared. The Southern Union State Community College student was last seen Oct. 24. Police later found her damaged car in Montgomery, about 55 miles. A statement from Auburn police Thursday said evidence found inside the vehicle indicated the young woman had been harmed and was the victim of foul play. The young woman’s parents spoke after the president of UFC, Dana White, tweeted a video saying he was offering a reward of $25,000. The money was in addition two rewards of $5,000 each offered by an anonymous donor and the state.

According to Billboard, Since its Friday release, Kanye West‘s Jesus Is King has sparked debate and mixed reviews. It’s the rapper’s first-ever gospel album after launching his Sunday Service events at the start of 2019, but the stark change of direction has had fans questioning his seemingly sudden following of Christ after decades of rapping about sex, money and other “sinful” topics. For his part, superstar Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae hopes Kanye’s transition into gospel will allow other religious rappers to “appreciate the spotlight on Jesus in places where we may not have had an audience.” “Often people can’t imagine people from the hip-hop community finding Christ,” he said. “We see this very Americanized Western Jesus and not a Middle Eastern man who can relate to the struggles that usually affect us. So, this could be an opportunity for more people to see we love Jesus and 808s, fashion, and contribute to culture. People could see themselves in Kanye and therefore see themselves as Christ followers.”

According to Associated Press, Joyciline Jepkosgei arrived in New York with a modest goal for her first marathon ever. “My focus was to finish the race,” she said, a gold medal hanging around her neck. Jepkosgei upset four-time champion Mary Keitany to win the New York City Marathon on Sunday with a historic debut seven seconds off the course record. Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya won the men’s event for the second time in three years. He pounced when defending champion Lelisa Desisa dropped out after seven miles following a grueling victory at the sweltering world championships last month. After pulling away from Kenyan countrymate Keitany with about three miles left, Jepkosgei crossed the finish in Central Park in 2 hours, 22 minutes and 38 seconds, the second-best run in course history.

According to The Associated Press, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ first novel, “The Water Dancer,” is among the nominees for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. Coates’ narrative of an enslaved person’s journey to freedom is a fiction finalist, along with Valeria Luiselli’s “Lost Children Archive” and Myla Goldberg’s “Feast Your Eyes.” The finalists were announced Monday by the American Library Association, which presents the awards. Winners in each category receive $5,000, made possible in part by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The winners will be announced Jan. 26.

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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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