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First, Daniel Whyte III Tells Southern Baptist Convention Pastors, National Baptist Pastors, Independent Baptist Pastors, Bible Church Pastors, and Other Evangelical Pastors, Including Bible-believing Pentecostals and Methodists, to SHUT UP AND PREACH! in His Message That He Preached on Sunday in the Long-Running Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign Series. The Title of the Message is “Jesus and the Purpose of the Parables”. Daniel Whyte III, who has preached the Gospel nearly every day for over 5 years straight in the long-running Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign and other campaigns and who has recently gotten liberty from the Lord to take an extended working vacation where he does three to four podcasts a day and preaches twice a week, is challenging all Bible-believing pastors to preach the Gospel every day for 100 days straight, and if they are too old or too sick to preach the Gospel for 100 days straight, to open up a classroom or a chapel for one of their young, God-called preachers to preach on a daily basis and put them on the church social media platform where they can be heard on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Zoom, and other outlets around the world live and on-demand and have them preach the Gospel for 100 days straight and stop talking about things close to nothing, such as politics, church politics, critical race theory, leaked letters, the high-tech lynching of your own good brethren, women preachers, racism, and other such insignificant issues in light of God’s grand scheme of things. The devil has bamboozled pastors to waste time on issues that are not that important in light of the fact that the world is burning down, and eternal souls are going to HELL by the thousands DAILY.
According to The Washington Post, Demands for political loyalty. Disputes about racism. A fight between conservatives and ultraconservatives. It sounds like current debates within the Republican Party, but on Tuesday, thousands of Southern Baptists will gather in Nashville to vote on issues that will shape the massive denomination’s future, including the choice of its next president. More than 16,000 people are expected to attend the denomination’s annual meeting, probably the largest religious gathering since the pandemic, as well as the biggest Baptist meeting in decades. What is especially unusual about the meeting is infighting at the highest levels of leadership that has become public in recent weeks. New details released to news media outlets have shined a light on the backroom dealings of several of its high-profile leaders. Russell Moore, who previously led the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy arm, recently left his position and his church for a new position at Christianity Today magazine. On his way out, two letters he sent to SBC leadership were leaked to media, in which Moore described a culture of racism and mishandling of sexual abuse claims. Since Moore’s letters were leaked, several leaders have called for a third-party investigation into how the SBC leadership has responded to the issue of sexual abuse within its churches. The letters also exposed how many institutional leaders are unable to speak openly about what is taking place inside the convention without committing professional suicide within the SBC. The Washington Post interviewed a dozen employees of SBC institutions, as well as five pastors, all of whom said they could not speak openly about what has taken place without jeopardizing their jobs.
According to Deadline Detroit, Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who came down from the mountain head-first, is back on his feet and ready to move on. Released from federal prison in January in a last-minute commutation by President Trump, Kilpatrick is living in the Atlanta area, changing careers to the ministry, and engaged to be married to a Detroit woman. He says he’s done with politics. “I know that’s what I’m supposed to be doing,” he said of his religious path, which will include attending theological seminary school at Columbia University in the fall. “I can’t imagine doing anything else for the rest of my life.” Speaking publicly for the first time since his release in a lengthy phone interview with Deadline Detroit, the conversation ranged from Jesus to his many regrets, his family and his enduring love for Detroit. Kilpatrick, mayor from 2002-08, was convicted of 24 federal felony counts and sentenced in 2013 to 28 years in prison. Trump commuted his sentence to time served, nearly eight years. In September 2020, he said he suffered a cardiac arrest that hospitalized him for seven days. Today, he says “I’m healthy. It’s been a miraculous turnaround.” Kilpatrick’s 28-year sentence was one of the longest ever given for public corruption. The U.S. Attorney’s Office sentencing memo was brutal: “He rigged bids and took bribes. [Kilpatrick] did it all in a city where poverty, crime and lack of basic services made it one of the most vulnerable metropolitan areas in the nation. The scale of his corruption was astonishing. The impact on the region was devastating.” Kilpatrick, who turned 51 today, says he prefers not to dwell on the past. He denies being involved in bid rigging, but admits to some wrongdoing without getting specific. “I’m really in a position now where I just hope that people see the fruit of my repentance from that.” He credits many individuals, including politicians and religious leaders, for helping him get released, but says it was businessman Pete Karmanos Jr., a friend, who really opened people’s eyes to his cause and influenced people in Washington. (Karmanos is an investor in Deadline Detroit.) As part of his comeback, Kilpatrick preached at two Detroit churches this Sunday. The first one at 8:30 a.m. was pre-recorded. “So it’s going to be my hometown debut,” he said. “This is the first time that I’ve done anything public since getting out of prison.”
According to the Associated Press, Police have arrested one suspect and are searching for another after a mass shooting on a crowded downtown Austin street left 14 people wounded early Saturday, two of them critically. The Austin Police Department said in a news release that the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force assisted in making the arrest, but it provided no other details other than to say it is continuing to follow up on leads for the suspect still at large. Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon said the shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. on a street packed with bars and barricaded off from vehicle traffic. He said investigators believe it began as a dispute between two parties. Chacon said both suspects are male, but declined to disclose details such as whether both fired shots, saying the investigation was ongoing. “Most of the victims were innocent bystanders, but we’re still sorting out all of the victims to see what their involvement is in this case,” Chacon said. The mass shooting — one of at least three in the U.S. overnight — sparked panic along 6th Street, a popular nightlife destination in the city that’s home to the University of Texas.
According to ABC11, Andrew Brown Jr. was killed by a shot to the back of his head, a state autopsy report has concluded. Brown, who was killed by sheriff’s deputies who tried to serve an arrest warrant at his North Carolina home on April 21, was also shot in his right arm. The report confirms the conclusion of an independent report the Brown family ordered, though the two differ in how many gunshot wounds Brown suffered. Pasquotank County deputies opened fire seconds after arriving at Brown’s home. The district attorney said the shooting was warranted because Brown, who was in his car when they arrived, started driving, thereby putting the officers’ lives in danger. However, his family says bodycam footage shows he was only trying to flee and the officers could have easily stepped out of the way. Two officers involved in the shooting returned to work last week after being placed on leave, while another will depart the office at the end of the month.
According to Reuters, A U.S. federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by 117 workers at a Texas hospital over its requirement that they be vaccinated against COVID-19. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes upheld Houston Methodist Hospital’s policy mandating employees be vaccinated, in a ruling issued on Saturday. Jennifer Bridges, a nurse and the lead plaintiff in the case, had argued that if she was fired for refusing a vaccine, it should be considered wrongful termination. She also said the vaccines are experimental and dangerous. The judge did not find merit in either argument. “Methodist is trying to do their business of saving lives without giving them the COVID-19 virus,” Hughes wrote in a five-page decision. “It is a choice made to keep staff, patients and their families safer. “Bridges can freely choose to accept or refuse a Covid-19 vaccine; however, if she refuses, she will simply need to work somewhere else.” The judge said Texas law only protected employees from being fired for refusing to commit an illegal act and that the requirement is consistent with public policy. A lawyer for the workers who sued plans to appeal. “This legal battle has only just begun,” the lawyer, Jared Woodfill, said in an email. “Employment should not be conditioned upon whether you will agree to serve as a human guinea pig.” In a statement, Houston Methodist called the lawsuit frivolous and said it was pleased with the judge’s decision. It noted that 24,947 hospital employees have met the vaccine requirements.
According to TMZ, Dr. Dre is officially single again. A judge on Thursday finalized his divorce from Nicole Young, ending their 24-year marriage. The two will now go into legal battle over their prenup as they begin to sort out their finances. Young wants the judge to make the prenup void, and has claimed that Dre agreed with her. However, Dre, who is worth at least $800 million, said he never said any such thing and that the prenup remains in effect. So far, he has had to give Young $2 million a month in temporary spousal support. Young first filed for divorce in June 2020 and since then she has alleged that Dre abused her, which the rapper denied, according to Complex.
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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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