LISTEN: Urban Christian News Network #631 with Daniella Whyte

1. According to the AP, Police shot and killed two gunmen who opened fire on a security officer outside a suburban Dallas venue hosting a provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons, and a bomb squad searched the gunmen’s vehicle as a precaution. The men drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland on Sunday night as the event was coming to an end and shot at the security officer, the City of Garland said in a statement. Garland police officers returned fire, killing the men. Garland police spokesman Joe Harn said it was not immediately clear whether the shooting was connected to the contest hosted by the New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative that would award $10,000 for the best cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

2. According to The Hill, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Sunday vowed that anyone who had committed crimes during recent riots in her city would suffer the consequences of their actions. Rawlings-Blake said of violent demonstrators who damaged the city last Monday evening, “I’m going to make sure they are brought to justice. I don’t condone it and I will make sure those individuals are held accountable.” Furious protests boiled over Monday following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a black man who died while in police custody on April 19. Rawlings-Blake promised she would restore civil order to the city and then repair divides between its law enforcement and minority communities.

3. According to the Wall Street Journal, A repeat felon accused of shooting at two undercover police officers Saturday was arraigned Sunday and formally charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder on a police officer. The arraignment came as new details emerged about a brash shooting that left a New York City police officer in a medically induced coma, fighting for his life. The suspect, Demetrius Blackwell, 35 years old, was also charged with one count of aggravated assault on a police officer, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of first-degree assault. Blackwell, who is being held without bail, entered no plea. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

4. According to The New York Times, Yemeni fighters who are believed to have received training and weapons in the Persian Gulf entered combat around the southern city of Aden on Sunday, joining with militiamen who are battling Houthi rebels. The new troops arrived by sea in the last few days. Their claims could not be independently verified. If confirmed, the influx would represent one of the first major deployments of ground troops trained by the Saudi-led coalition, and would shift the makeup of a military operation that has largely relied on airstrikes through its first weeks.

5. According to UMNS, Organizers of The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly plan to offer an alternative process for considering legislation related to the denomination’s stance on homosexuality. To go forward, General Conference delegates will need to approve rule changes when they meet May 10-20, 2016, in Portland, Oregon. The Commission on General Conference, which plans the legislative gathering, hopes its Group Discernment Process might provide a template for dealing with other contentious issues in the life of the church. The goal is for United Methodist decision makers to discuss the proposals through the lens of “the values of centrality of mission, unity for the sake of mission and our identity as Christians and as United Methodists.”

6. According to the BBC, Community leaders in central Nigeria have accused government troops of killing dozens of civilians and burning villages following the deaths of six soldiers at the hands of tribesmen. Residents of Wase district in Plateau state said troops arrived on Saturday night and opened fire indiscriminately. The army denies killing civilians but a spokesman said one of its units had engaged a local militia group. The group is not connected to the Islamist militants Boko Haram.

7. According to Harvard Political Review, It seems that the anti-interventionist attitude of young Americans has faded, according to the results of the Harvard Public Opinion Project’s spring 2015 survey. Nearly 60 percent of respondents disapprove of the Obama administration’s management of the rise of the Islamic State, while, strikingly, almost 60 percent of respondents support sending ground troops to fight ISIS.

8. According to USA Today, Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who became a leading conservative voice, told WPEC-TV in Florida that he will officially join the 2016 Republican presidential race Monday. Carson said, “I’m willing to be part of the equation and, therefore, I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States of America.” Carson will formally jump into the race at an event in Detroit, where he grew up.

9. According to Bleacher Report, Frail ankles, porous defense and an inability to finish at the rim are all criticisms that have dogged Stephen Curry throughout his NBA career. The Golden State Warriors star halted his detractors once and for all in 2014-15 and will reportedly be named the league’s Most Valuable Player for his troubles. Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area first reported the news, and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports confirmed. The NBA is expected to make the announcement on Monday, with the trophy presentation to come on Tuesday before Game 2 against the Memphis Grizzlies, according to the AP.

10. According to Reuters, Nearly 3,700 migrants were rescued from boats near the coast of Libya on Saturday and early Sunday and more rescue operations were expected during the day as people smugglers took advantage of calm seas. All of those rescued were being brought back to Italian shores, a spokesman for the coast guard said, and some reached Lampedusa, Italy’s southernmost island, during the night. The nationalities of those rescued had not yet been determined.

As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Thomas Watson said, “Good duties must not be pressed and beaten out of us, as the waters came out of the rock when Moses smote it with his rod; but must freely drop from us, as myrrh from the tree, or honey from the comb.”

God loves you. He always has and He always will. He loves you so much that the Bible says in 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 the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, why don’t you get to know Him today. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose by the power of God for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Thanks so much for listening. May God bless your day.

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