PODCAST: John Gray Says Relentless Church Will Move to New Location (BCNN1 12.16.19)

According to The Greenville News, Relentless Church plans to move to a new Greenville location in 2020, Pastor John Gray announced to about 4,200 attendees at the church’s Sunday service.

In an exclusive interview with The Greenville News, Gray said Relentless has chosen a location, but he didn’t yet disclose where it was or whether Relentless planned to build or lease the space. More details should be ready to announce at the church’s service on New Years Eve, Gray said. When asked if paperwork has been signed yet, Gray said, “We are right where we need to be.” Relentless Church is currently leasing the campus of the former Redemption Church off Haywood Road in Greenville, where Gray took over as pastor after former pastors Ron and Hope Carpenter left to take over a church in San Jose, California. Redemption Church still owns the property, and after months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, attorneys for Redemption wrote a letter to Relentless ending their lease agreement and asking the church to vacate the property by the end of the year. If Relentless doesn’t leave the property, Redemption would begin the process of eviction, the letter said. Gray has said Relentless is current on all of its lease payments. Gray said he hopes to be able to come to an amicable resolution with the Carpenters without having to involve the court system.

According to The Christian Post, Over 1,000 Christians have been killed this year in Nigeria as attacks led by Fulani extremists continue to plague rural farming communities in the Middle Belt, according to an estimation published by the U.K.-based nongovernmental organization Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust. HART, a nonprofit founded by U.K. member of Parliament Baroness Caroline Cox to “support people suffering from conflict and persecution,” released a report last month sharing details and testimonies from a recent fact-finding mission to Nigeria. The Nov. 18 report is titled “Your Land or Your Body: The escalating persecution and displacement of Christians in northern and central Nigeria.” “Islamist Fulani militia continue to engage in an aggressive and strategic land grabbing policy in Plateau, Benue, Taraba, Southern Kaduna and parts of Bauchi state,” the report reads. “They attack rural villages, force villagers off their lands and settle in their place — a strategy that is epitomized by the phrase: ‘your land or your blood.’” While the report states that the exact death toll for 2019 is unknown, “Preliminary data suggests that over 1,000 Christians have been killed since January.” HART estimates that there have been more than 6,000 Christians killed since 2015 and as many as 12,000 displaced from their villages.

According to Fox News, Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a 1,700-year-old Christian basilica in Ethiopia. The basilica, from the 4th century A.D., was found in Beta Samati, an ancient town that was once part of the Aksumite civilization. The remains of the church date back to the time when Christianity became the official religion of the Aksumite empire. “Early basilicas in Ethiopia were key places of Christian worship, and the site at Beta Samati appears to be one of the first in the Aksumite kingdom — built shortly after King Ezana converted the empire to Christianity during the mid-fourth century AD,” researchers explained in a statement. Secular and religious artifacts were discovered in and around the basilica, including animal figurines, crosses, stamp seals, and tokens that were likely used for trade and administration. Commercial and domestic buildings were also found at Beta Samati. A gold ring, which shows Roman influences, was also found in the basilica. A paper on the research project has been published in the journal Antiquity.

According to Complex, Kanye West and televangelist Joel Osteen are looking to take their spiritual connection on the road. Following West’s Sunday Service at Osteen’s Lakewood Church, the two reportedly talked about embarking on a national tour. According to TMZ, West and Osteen will conduct a service at Yankee Stadium on May 2. West will be in charge of the music while Osteen will handle the message. Sources claim that the two will take on Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field in September. If these two shows go well, West and Osteen will possibly expand the experience. Those close to the situation tell TMZ that the two are talking about putting together services in Miami, Detroit, and Los Angeles. The details are still unknown, but these shows might take place in 2021. Osteen has held services at Detroit’s Comerica Park in the past with much success, while the Los Angeles event will probably take place at Dodger Stadium.

According to The Christian Post, A 12-year-old boy who’s been in the foster care system in Texas for many years says he still has faith that God will provide a family for him. Jonah, whose last name was not given, was featured on WFAA’s long-running segment called “Wednesday’s Child.” “I have a desire to have knowledge and wisdom. The golden rule is to treat somebody the way you want to be treated, and that’s what I do or at least what I try to do the most,” he said in the sit-down interview with ABC’s Dallas affiliate. Jonah believes God has carried him through the numerous hardships he’s endured in his young life. “He’s brought me through many, many things. As far as abuse before I came into CPS. He’s brought me through a lot. Just a lot overall. Waking me up this morning, you know what I mean? Starting me on my way. I’m in my right mind. I know who I am and I’m proud of being the person who I am.” Having been in the foster care system for four years now, Jonah is trusting in the Lord to provide a family that will adopt him. “[The] reason why I want to be adopted is because I know there’s a family out there that fits me in the best possible way that they can.”

According to Los Angeles Times, Hip-hop star Juice Wrld, who broke through in 2018 with the smash hit “Lucid Dreams,” died Sunday after having a seizure in Chicago’s Midway airport. He was 21. The rapper, born Jarad Anthony Higgins, had a seizure shortly after deplaning from a California outbound flight, TMZ reported. Law enforcement told TMZ he was bleeding from the mouth when paramedics arrived on the scene. The rapper was still conscious when he was rushed to a hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital around 3:15 a.m. and taken to the Cook County medical examiner’s office later, according to office spokeswoman Natalia Derevyanny, who said an autopsy would take place Monday. He reportedly died after swallowing a number of Percocet painkillers to hide them from police as they searched his luggage for drugs and guns in a hangar inside the airport.

According to ESPN, Baltimore Ravens star Lamar Jackson set the most impressive record of his young NFL career on Thursday night, breaking Michael Vick’s single-season rushing mark by a quarterback. Jackson, the electric, dual-threat quarterback and NFL Most Valuable Player front-runner, eclipsed his childhood idol in the first quarter against the heavy underdog New York Jets on a chilly night at M&T Bank Stadium. He entered the game needing 23 yards to surpass Vick’s mark of 1,039, set in 2006, and gained 27 on Baltimore’s opening drive, breaking the record on a 5-yard run after a fake to Mark Ingram. He got around the right corner before taking a hard hit that landed him on his back. The Fox broadcast later cut to a taped segment of Vick congratulating Jackson. Vick said: “Lamar, I just want to say congratulations on making history. One of many milestones that you will surpass in your career. Best of luck in everything that you do. You deserve it. Keep up the hard work, and I’ll always be rooting for you.” The win clinched the AFC North title for the Ravens (12-2), and they now set their sights on clinching the top spot in the conference.

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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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