1. CT – The US Supreme Court unanimously affirmed today that religiously affiliated organizations—including hospitals, schools, and daycares—are exempt from the US Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The ruling on a trio of Christian hospital lawsuits overturns three regional federal appeals courts, each of which ruled against the hospitals. It also saves the health care systems from having to pay out billions to employees, and will impact dozens of similar cases waiting in courts across the country.
2. AP – A Southern California jury awarded $2 million to the granddaughter of Trinity Broadcasting Network founders Jan and Paul Crouch, finding that her grandmother acted outrageously in refusing to report the girl’s sexual assault by an employee. Carra Crouch, now 24, says she was assaulted when she was 13 by a 30-year-old Trinity employee in an Atlanta hotel room. But when she reported it to Jan Crouch, the employee was fired and the assault kept quiet, Carra Crouch said. On Monday, the jury in Santa Ana awarded her $1 million for past emotional damage and $1 million for future pain and suffering.
3. WashPost – Authorities on Monday arrested two people in California and charged them both with manslaughter for the warehouse fire that killed 36 people in Oakland in December, alleging that the facility was a “firetrap.” The warehouse, known as the “Ghost Ship,” was home to an artists’ collective in East Oakland. During a concert on Dec. 2, a fire quickly spread through the building and trapped dozens of people at the event, becoming the country’s deadliest fire in more than a decade. Derick Almena, an artist known as the warehouse’s master tenant, and Max Harris, who the San Francisco Chronicle identified as the space’s creative director, were both taken into custody without incident, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley said at a news briefing Monday.
4. CP – Robert Keith, 46, an ex-convict pastor of the popular New Ebenezer Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, who was arrested in March for allegedly bilking a plumbing company he worked for out of $700,000, continues to preach from the pulpit. Keith, who resides in West Orange and was installed as pastor at New Ebenezer last June, was arrested in March and charged with credit card theft, money laundering, forgery, theft by unlawful taking, and unlawful use of a credit card, according to NJ Today. Jim Coyle, his wife Lisa and Jim’s business partner, Tom Ruperto, of the South Plainfield plumbing company Rup Coe, told PIX 11 that when Keith answered their ad for a bookkeeper in 2015 and they learned he was also a pastor, they thought he was a gift from heaven. After getting access to the company’s accounts, however, between February 1, 2015 and February 7, 2017, Keith is alleged to have funneled between $700,000 and $750,000 from the business into his own pockets.
5. WashPost – When torch-wielding white nationalists gathered in front of a Confederate statue in downtown Charlottesville, Va., last month, Mayor Michael Signer worried that the event harkened back to “the days of the KKK.” That warning has now become prophecy. On Monday, city officials said the the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan had applied to hold a rally near the statue on July 8. A city spokeswoman said the permit would likely be approved. “People have a constitutional right to assemble,” said director of communications Miriam Dickler. Signer condemned the KKK rally, but also called on people to ignore it.
6. AP – An officer shot and injured an unidentified assailant after he was attacked near the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Tuesday, according to police. A police union official, Cedric Michel, said a man armed with a hammer went after the police officer who was patrolling on the esplanade in front of Notre Dame Cathedral. It is unclear whether the attacker was acting alone.
7. AP – The sons of President Donald Trump said Monday their company is launching a new hotel chain inspired by their travels with their father’s campaign. The Trump Organization is calling the new mid-market chain “American Idea” and said it will start with three hotels in Mississippi. At a party at Manhattan’s Trump Tower, Donald Trump Jr. said he and his brother, Eric, got a “crash course in America” while traveling across the country with their father’s presidential campaign. The first of dozens of hotels in another new Trump chain called “Scion” is also under construction in Mississippi, the company said.
As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Psalms 25:9 says, “The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.”
Arnold Glasow said, “The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.”
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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