LISTEN: 16 Dead After Military Plane Crashes in Mississippi (UCNN 07/11/17)

1. Clarion Ledger – A military refueling aircraft crashed Monday afternoon in a soybean field in Leflore County, killing at least 16 and leaving a debris field five miles in radius, officials said. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Lee Smithson said the plane crashed on the Sunflower-Leflore county line. Leflore County EMA Director Frank Randle confirmed that 16 are dead in the crash.

2. LA Times – With a heat wave continuing to bake California and the rest of the West, wildfires forced nearly 8,000 people to dash for safety Sunday as flames destroyed homes and threatened thousands of structures across the state. Along the Central Coast, firefighters battled two major blazes on opposite ends of Santa Barbara County. Efforts Sunday focused on protecting mountain peaks that hold crucial communication and electrical infrastructure, including a high-voltage line that carries power to Santa Barbara and neighboring cities.

3. NY Post – The NYPD officer who was assassinated in The Bronx last week will be laid to rest Tuesday morning in a funeral service that’s expected to be attended by thousands. Miosotis Familia, 48, a 12-year veteran, was shot in the head while sitting in a mobile command van last Wednesday. The funeral for the mother of three is set for 10 a.m. at World Changers Church in The Bronx.

4. Demoss PR – The results of the latest State of the Bible survey by American Bible Society showed African-Americans are more engaged with the Bible than any other group, overwhelmingly citing positive beliefs and hope found in the Scriptures. Among African-Americans, 71 percent are considered Bible engaged or Bible friendly (compared to just 58 percent of all Americans). A small segment of African-Americans, just six percent, has hostile feelings toward the Bible; only four percent are skeptical; and 19 percent are neutral. When asked if the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life, 77 percent agreed that it does. And while all Americans believe morality is on the decline (81 percent), 35 percent of African-Americans blame the decline on lack of Bible reading. When African-Americans sit down to read the Bible, 29 percent read it for an hour or more—the leading timeframe for this category. Many cited feeling encouraged (51 percent) and hopeful (53 percent) as a result of reading the Bible.

5. NY Post – A violent felon who attacked a police officer and attempted to steal her service weapon while he was detained in a Staten Island hospital was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Monday. Dante Martin will serve 12 years to life for attacking the officer in his attempt to escape Richmond University Medical Center, where he was being held after being picked up for menacing a woman with a gun in August 2016. The sentence was handed down one day after a judge in Brooklyn Criminal Court released a man without bail after he allegedly attacked a cop and tried to steal her gun in a station house.

6. Hollywood Reporter – Mika Brzezinski has inked a new three-book deal with Weinstein Books, the publisher confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday morning. A spokeswoman for Weinstein Books would not provide any details about the arrangement, first reported by the New York Post‘s Page Six, which said the deal includes two new books (coming out fall 2018) as well as a revised version of her 2011 book, Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth, which was also published by the company. The Post report said the value of the deal is “in the high six figures.”

7. AP – Pope Francis has added a fourth pathway to possible sainthood. Until now, gaining consideration for sainthood in the Catholic Church required martyrdom, living a life of heroic values or – less frequently invoked – having a clear saintly reputation. The Vatican announced Tuesday that the pope has issued a new law outlining a new route: people who lived a good Catholic life and who freely accepted a certain and premature death for the good of others.

As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Luke 18:27 says, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

Steve Jobs said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

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!