1. CP – A doting father of five and Marine Corps veteran who served as pastor of an East Texas church died tragically Thursday morning when a plane in which he was traveling crashed near Tyler Pounds Regional airport shortly after takeoff. Pastor Trevor Morris, 40, led Union Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro, Texas, but he was also vice president at Burton Oil Service Operations. Aaron Greenwood, worship pastor at Union Hill, told the Tyler Morning Telegraph that Morris traveled frequently to Midland for his secular job and was on his way there again when he died. The pilot of the aircraft also died in the crash.
2. NYT – Tens of thousands of people who took out private loans to pay for college but have not been able to keep up payments may get their debts wiped away because critical paperwork is missing. The troubled loans, which total at least $5 billion, are at the center of a protracted legal dispute between the student borrowers and a group of creditors who have aggressively pursued them in court after they fell behind on payments. Judges have already dismissed dozens of lawsuits against former students, essentially wiping out their debt, because documents proving who owns the loans are missing. A review of court records by The New York Times shows that many other collection cases are deeply flawed, with incomplete ownership records and mass-produced documentation.
3. NBC – An Australian woman described as a spiritual healer was shot dead by police in Minneapolis Saturday after she reportedly called 911 herself — leaving angry friends and family searching for answers in a city that has just been at the center of another high-profile police shooting. The killing of Justine Ruszczyk, who used the last name Damond, prompted hundreds of mourners to protest at the site of the shooting Sunday, demanding their questions be answered, according to NBC-affiliate KARE. Damond, 40, ran meditation workshops at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, which in a Facebook post called her “one of the most loving people you would ever meet.” The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said it was investigating the incident, although there appeared to be no video footage because the officers’ body cameras were switched off. The police department said the squad car’s camera also failed to capture the incident.
4. CP – Barronelle Stutzman, also known as the “Christian grandma florist,” is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her appeal to reverse a Washington court’s decision earlier this year that found her guilty of discrimination for refusing to provide flowers for a gay wedding. The Associated Press reported on Sunday that lawyers for Stutzman are claiming that Washington’s high court violated her First Amendment protection for artistic expression in its ruling in February. Alliance Defending Freedom positioned in a post on Friday that Stutzman is taking her “last stand” at the Supreme Court.
5. Premier – Premier Christian Communications has revealed what it really means to be a practicing Christian in Britain. To date, nearly 12,000 people have taken part in our State of Faith survey. Of those, 93 per cent said they felt their faith was being marginalized by society. The full results can be found at http://www.ordinarychristian.org.uk. Tim Dieppe, Head of Public Policy at Christian Concern – which offers legal support to Christians who say they have been unfairly treated – said the results resonate “very much” for their experiences over the years.
6. CP – A book centered on the reported religious beliefs and practices of President Donald Trump and his outreach to evangelicals is expected to be published in January. Described as a “spiritual biography,” the book will be coauthored by veteran CBN political correspondent David Brody and Washington Times “Jesus in the Public Square” columnist Scott Lamb. In an announcement released last Friday, CBN noted that the research for the book will include “unparalleled access to the White House to explore the rarely discussed, but deeply important, religious beliefs and worldview of Trump and his advisors.” “Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has acquired world rights to The Faith of Donald J. Trump: A Spiritual Biography for publication in January 2018.”
7. CNN – An American researcher has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of spying, according to Iran. Princeton University identified the man as Chinese-born Xiyue Wang, an American citizen and graduate student in history. Wang was arrested in Iran last summer while doing scholarly research in connection with his Ph.D. dissertation, a university statement said.
As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
Albert Schweitzer said, “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”
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!