1. Jewish News Service – The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) has launched a fundraising initiative to aid Christians and other persecuted minorities in the Middle East who have been targeted by Islamic terrorists. The campaign, called “Bless the Persecuted,” began last week with an initial $100,000 pledge. The initiative seeks to fund financial and medical aid, psychological counseling, and programs for families and children who have been victims of terror and other forms of religious persecution.

2. Windy City Media Group – Friends of a long-time parishioner of Apostolic Church of God will be picketing outside the South Side, Chicago ministry from 8 am-noon Sunday, July 30, to protest her removal. The woman, who prefers to remain anonymous, married her partner, a woman, which resulted in her being kicked out of Apostolic Church of God, located at 6320 S. Dorchester. Chic Chic Social Club is sponsoring the protest. The woman’s grandmother and mother also belonged to the church, which is affiliated with the Pentecostal movement, and her friends say she is devastated by this situation. Her daughter attacked the church on Facebook, including its pastor, Dr. Byron T. Brazier. Brazier then used a sermon to lash back.

3. WOKV – Hundreds of people filled a Florida church for the funeral of a disabled man who drowned while a group of teens taunted him, did nothing to help him, and recorded his death. Thirty-one-year-old Jamel Dunn died July 9 in a Cocoa retention pond. His body was found July 14. Dunn’s death received international attention after it was discovered that the teens, ages 14 to 18, were heard in the video laughing at him as he drowned. Florida prosecutors will decide whether to file charges against them.

4. AP – The White House stepped up demands Sunday for revived congressional efforts on health care and suggested senators cancel their entire summer break, if needed, to pass legislation after failed votes last week. Aides said President Donald Trump is prepared in the coming days to end required payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act as part of a bid to let “Obamacare implode” and force the Senate to act. It was all part of a weekend flurry of Trump tweets and other statements insisting the seven-year GOP quest to repeal former President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement was not over.

5. The Tennesssean – Max Barry, the only child of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and husband Bruce Barry, died Saturday night from an apparent drug overdose, sending Nashvillians into a state of mourning for the city’s leader and her family. His death occurred in Littleton, Colo., a suburb of Denver, where the 22-year-old Max Barry had recently moved after graduating college. The mayor’s office announced the tragedy in a brief written statement Sunday morning.

6. Page Six – Katie Couric is leaving Yahoo following its $4.5 billion merger with Verizon. The former “Today” host has been the site’s “global news anchor” since 2013. Sources tell us her original agreement — for which she was paid a reported $10 million annually — ended in early spring, and “the two sides agreed on a few months extension.” A source added that there were “discussions to extend to the end of the year, but Couric declined the offer while agreeing to continue to collaborate with Tim Armstrong,” CEO of Verizon’s AOL-Yahoo mashup, called Oath.

7. NPR – Quincy Jones has prevailed in a case he launched nearly four years ago against MJJ Productions, the record label founded by Michael Jackson, and Sony Music, over the “disguising” of royalties and breach of his contracts with Michael Jackson. In yesterday’s decision, a jury in Los Angeles Superior Court awarded Jones $9.4 million. Jones’ lawsuit charged that MJJ Productions, now administered by Jackson’s estate, and Sony Music began to capitalize on Jackson’s work after his death, reissuing music that was remixed or edited without Jones’ approval. According to Jones’ contracts with Jackson and Sony Music, which go back to 1978, Jones would have first crack at this type of work.

As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

Horace Mann said, “Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.”

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!

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