LISTEN: Pastor Formally Mentored by T.D. Jakes Resigns (UCNN 04/24/17)

1. CBN – A pastor formally mentored by Bishop T.D. Jakes has officially resigned, according to a statement released by The Potter’s House of Denver on Facebook. Pastor Chris Hill was accused of having an extramarital affair with a married church employee who is also his goddaughter. The church announced that Hill submitted a letter of resignation which would be effective immediately, and that after weeks of counseling the Colorado pastor and his wife of 20 years, Joy, will be seeking a formal separation. Allegations of the affair were made public by Joy, who sent a mass text message to members of his mega-church in Colorado. Their Facebook post has now been removed.

2. NY Daily News – The husband of a respected state judge whose body was found floating in the Hudson River last week dismissed reports that she committed suicide. “Those of us who loved (the judge) and knew her well do not believe that these unfounded conclusions have any basis in reality,” said the Rev. Gregory Jacobs, who reported his wife missing. “And in the absence of any conclusive evidence, we believe such speculation to be unwarranted and irresponsible.” Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam was discovered floating in the water off the shoreline at W. 132nd St., about a mile from her Harlem home.

3. BP – The National African American Fellowship (NAAF) has suspended its June 11 worship service in Phoenix preceding the Southern Baptist Convention 2017 Annual Meeting to allow members to attend the SBC Pastors’ Conference and the Harvest America Crusade. NAAF wants to encourage the leaders of small- and average-size churches scheduled to preach at the event, NAAF President Byron Day said, and wants to encourage evangelism in Phoenix through the crusade.

4. AP – Workers in New Orleans removed the first of four prominent Confederate monuments Monday morning, making the city the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation of racism and white supremacy. The Liberty Place monument, which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government in New Orleans, was taken away on a truck in pieces around 5:35 a.m. after a few hours of work. At a news conference hours after the statue was dismantled, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu vowed that “we will no longer allow the Confederacy to literally be put on a pedestal in the heart of our city.”

5. NY Daily News – A Brooklyn principal was charged with assaulting an unruly 7-year-old student in a heinous attack that was caught on video, authorities said Wednesday. Machael Spencer-Edwards, 42, was walking the halls of Public School 202 in East New York on March 13 when he spotted the boy running around the lunchroom in a banned hoodie and hitting staffers, sources said. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound principal allegedly dragged the child out of the cafeteria and forced him to the ground. With the boy cowering in front of him, Spencer-Edwards punched and kicked the second-grader, prosecutors said. Hasheem Welch returned home that day with a swollen face and bruises on his stomach and back, his mother recalled.

6. CP – Steve Harvey says President Donald Trump is making good on his promises to improve inner city housing. “As far as doing what he promised me, he’s doing it,” Harvey told TMZ on Wednesday. Harvey attended a high profile meeting with Trump in January where the pair reportedly spoke about the entertainment mogul’s ideas to improve the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

7. AP – Family and friends of Aaron Hernandez will say their farewells to the former NFL player during a private funeral in his hometown. Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday for the former New England Patriots tight end, who was found hanged in his cell in a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts last Wednesday. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee, and he had just been acquitted of murder charges in the shooting deaths of two men in Boston in 2012. Hernandez’s death was ruled a suicide.

As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Matthew 21:22 says, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”

Leo Tolstoy said, “Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.”

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.”

Thanks so much for listening and may God bless your day!