1. BCNN1 – Bishop Frank Summerfield, pastor of the Word of God Fellowship Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, passed away on Sunday, July 2nd, 2017. He was 67 years old. The church announced his passing on Facebook, writing, “We are grieving the loss of a great leader and a father to many. At this time we ask that you keep the Summerfield family and the Word of God Fellowship Church family in your thoughts and prayers.” Church members and others who were impacted by Summerfield’s ministry left sincere condolences in the comments section of the post. Many expressed surprise at his passing and testified to him being a powerful preacher and teacher. There are no other details regarding how he died at this time.
2. AP – Eighteen people are feared dead after a bus carrying a group of German senior citizens crashed into a truck on a highway in Bavaria early Monday and burst into flames. Thirty people were injured in the early-morning accident, some seriously, while 18 still considered missing “are believed to have died on the burning bus,” police said in a statement. Some 200 emergency crews were at the scene and helicopters whisked away the injured to nearby hospitals. Simple wooden coffins were wheeled in for the remains recovered from the blackened, twisted wreckage of the bus.
3. Reuters – Eight people were wounded in a shooting in front of a mosque in the southern French city of Avignon in an incident police consider to be a settling of scores rather than terror-related, a source close to the investigation said on Monday. Two of the eight wounded were hospitalised after the incident, according to the source, who also said worshippers leaving the mosque had not been the intended target. La Provence regional newspaper, which first reported the incident, cited a judicial source as saying police are “not at all treating it as terrorist related” and suspected instead a dispute between youths.
4. CP – The Pentagon announced on Friday that Defense Secretary James Mattis has approved military leaders’ request to delay the July 1 deadline set by the Obama administration for the armed services to begin accepting openly transgender applicants. “After consulting with the service chiefs and secretaries, I have determined that it is necessary to defer the start of accessions for six months,” Mattis said in a memo that was sent service chiefs on Friday, the Associated Press reports. “We will use this additional time to evaluate more carefully the impact of such accessions on readiness and lethality.” The memo added that each policy decision should be measured against “one standard.” That is standard is whether transgender enlistment will impact the military’s readiness to defend the nation.
5. WFAA – The search for Shavon Randle, the 13-year-old Lancaster girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert for the past couple of days, came to a heartbreaking end with the discovery of her body. The bodies of Shavon and an adult male were both discovered inside a home in the 2200 block of Kiest Avenue in Oak Cliff late Saturday night, the FBI said. “We have positively identified the young female is Shavon Randle. We have notified the family of this information and we’re in the process of continuing our investigation,” FBI agent Eric Jackson said. The FBI received a tip that led investigators to the home at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. There was no other information immediately available as to why investigators were targeting the house.
6. CP – A prominent LGBT activist who has donated more than anyone else to LGBT causes has said that “wicked” people who advocate for laws protecting the religious freedom of conservative Christians to act in accordance with their views on marriage and sexuality need to be “punished.” The Rolling Stone recently published a lengthy profile piece examining the contributions of Tim Gill, a software entrepreneur who has quietly been at the forefront of the push for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights in the United States over the past several decades. The article explained how Gill, who is gay, has spent over $422 million to advance the LGBT cause and explained the impact that his associated organizations such as the Gill Foundation, Gill Action, and OutGiving have made on LGBT advocacy in America.
7. Reuters – The death toll from a major cholera outbreak in Yemen has risen to 1,500, Nevio Zagaria, the World Health Organization’s representative in Yemen, said on Saturday, and appealed for more help to put an end to the epidemic. Yemen has been devastated by a 27-month war between a Saudi-led coalition and the armed Iran-aligned Houthi group, making it a breeding ground for the disease, which spreads by faeces getting into food or water and thrives in places with poor sanitation. Speaking at a joint news conference with representatives of UNICEF and the World Bank, Zagaria said that had been some 246,000 suspected cases in the period to June 30.
As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Lamentations 3:22 says, “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
Stephen Covey said, “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”
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!