LISTEN: Jamal Bryant Denies Allegations of Stalking (UCNN 08/02/17)

1. CP – Pastor Jamal Bryant’s representatives are refuting accusations that he’s been stalking and threatening the life of a New York City woman. Bryant, the senior pastor of the Empowerment Temple Church in Baltimore, Maryland, has been accused of stalking a woman named Jennifer Wright, who got a temporary restraining order issued on June 15. Wright, 45, is a personal trainer and mother of two who says she met Bryant on social media over three years ago. However, Bryant, 46, insists he has no knowledge of the mother.

2. Raw Story – Omarosa Manigault, a former Apprentice star turned White House communications official, is reportedly keeping tabs on the “enemies” of President Donald Trump. According to the Daily Mail, the former reality TV star is keeping a “dossier” on her political rivals. Manigault has targeted journalists April Ryan and Roland Martin and Pastor Jamal Bryant in particular. The three public figures once were on friendly terms with Manigault. But their relationships broke down during the 2016 presidential campaign.

3. NBC – President Donald Trump has become increasingly frustrated with his advisers tasked with crafting a new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and recently suggested firing the war’s top military commander during a tense meeting at the White House, according to senior administration officials. During the July 19 meeting, Trump repeatedly suggested that Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford replace Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, because he is not winning the war, the officials said. Trump has not met Nicholson, and the Pentagon has been considering extending his time in Afghanistan.

4. CP – The state of Wisconsin and its capital city of Madison cannot legally force a Christian photographer to photograph same-sex weddings. Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian conservative legal group defending evangelical Christian photographer Amy Lawson, announced that Dane County Circuit Court vowed in a hearing Tuesday to issue an order declaring that Lawson is exempt from city and state laws that could force her to photograph same-sex weddings or face crippling punishments. ADF explained in a PR that although the court has not yet officially issued a preliminary injunction in the case, it is expected to do so in the coming weeks.

5. CNN – An associate professor at Northwestern University and an employee of England’s University of Oxford are wanted in the killing of a 30-year-old man found inside the professor’s Chicago apartment. Chicago police issued first-degree murder arrest warrants on Wednesday for Wyndham Lathem, associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Northwestern University, and Andrew Warren, who works for Oxford. Police told CNN they could not elaborate on any possible relationship between the victim and the two suspects.

6. CT – For more than a decade, sexual abuse of a minor was the No. 1 legal matter involving US congregations. It made up more than 1 in 9 of all church lawsuits, according to CT sister publication Church Law & Tax. But last year, the top reason for church litigation became a different problem: property disputes. More churches went to court in 2016 due to their building itself rather than any abuse that occurred inside of it. The CLT analysis—a review of state appellate and federal court rulings—found that 8.7 percent of church court cases last year addressed property related-issues, down from 10.2 percent in 2015. However, property cases still ranked as the new No. 1 reason because child sex abuse fell even more, down to 8.3 percent in 2016 from 11.7 percent in 2015.

7. NYT – When the Afghan female robotics team, made up of teenage students from the western city of Herat, finally made it to a global competition in the US, the cameras were focused on them. Here was a glimmer of hope from a place so often associated with bloodshed. The girls had made it against all odds, including being denied visas twice. With a big smile, Fatemah Qaderyan, 14, the team captain, illustrated just how far girls, even from a challenging place like Afghanistan, could go if given the opportunity. Crucial to that, she repeated, was the support of her parents. On Tuesday night, Fatemah’s father, Mohammed Asef Qaderyan, 54, was killed when suicide bombers targeted hundreds of worshipers at a mosque near their home in Herat. Roya Mahboob, an Afghan technology entrepreneur who helped arrange the team’s trip to the United States, confirmed the news of the death. Jailani Farhad, a spokesman for the governor of Herat, also said that Mr. Qaderyan had been among those killed.

As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: 2 Chronicles 15:7 says, “Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.”

Shannon Alder said, “One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”

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!