1. WashPost – An increasingly vocal anti-Muslim activist group is holding protest rallies in numerous cities across the country Saturday, marching in opposition to Islamic law, which the group believes is threatening American society. ACT for America, a lobbyist organization with close ties to the Trump administration that has helped pass state-level bills targeting Islamic law and refugees, organized the protests as a nationwide “March against Sharia.” A few thousand people in nearly two dozen states have registered for the marches on the group’s Facebook pages while numerous civil rights organizations, interfaith groups and lawmakers have condemned the rallies as hate speech.
2. Star Tribune – The family of Jamar Clark, a black man whose shooting death by Minneapolis police in 2015 set off weeks of protests, has filed a federal lawsuit against the two officers involved alleging excessive use of force. The lawsuit was filed this week in U.S. District Court and names the officers — Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze — as defendants. William Starr, one of two attorneys who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Clark’s father and trustee of his estate, James Clark, declined to comment.
3. Politico – New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is looking into allegations of self-dealing by the Eric Trump Foundation that were raised by a recent Forbes report. Schneiderman was already investigating the Donald J. Trump Foundation for whether or not the president personally benefited from the fundraising efforts and spending of the foundation before the inauguration. “I can confirm that our office is looking into issues at the Eric Trump Foundation raised by the Forbes report,” said Eric Soufer, the AG’s director of communications.
4. AP – Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. during the presidential campaign has sparked questions, agreed Saturday to appear before the Senate intelligence committee as it investigates alleged Russian meddling in the election. Sessions recused himself in March from a federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump after acknowledging that he had met twice last year with the Russian ambassador to the United States. He had told lawmakers at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.
5. The Impact Network – The Impact Network, founder and President Bishop Wayne T. Jackson is pleased to announce the diverse Impact Network line up the addition of The National Action Network with the Rev. Al Sharpton. National Action Network is excited to be broadcasting live across the country at 10am EDT on The Impact Network you can hear Rev. Al Sharpton live from the House of Justice in the village of Harlem. Rev. Sharpton will speak about upcoming NAN events, preach from the Bible and the state of civil rights in this country and lift the spirits towards action. Join in fellowship with all other viewers and listeners of this longstanding National Action Network tradition.
6. The News Service of Orlando – A federal judge has sided with the Florida High School Athletic Association in a dispute about whether a Christian school should have been allowed to offer a prayer over a stadium loudspeaker before a football championship game. U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell on Wednesday rejected arguments by Tampa’s Cambridge Christian School that the association — which governs high-school sports in the state — had violated free-speech and other constitutional rights by not allowing a prayer over the loudspeaker in 2015 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
7. AP – Three U.S. soldiers were killed and another was wounded Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said. An Afghan official said the deaths and injury stem from an attack by an Afghan soldier, who also died. In a statement from Washington, the Pentagon didn’t provide details about what led to the deaths of the U.S. soldiers. It said the incident was under investigation.
As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Matthew 5:10 says, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Andrew Murray said, “The only humility that is really ours is not that which we try to show before God in prayer, but that which we carry with us in our daily conduct.”
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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