LISTEN: TD Jakes Prays Over Chris Hill (UCNN 08/08/17)

1. BCNN1 – During Sunday morning service at The Potter’s House Dallas on August 6th, 2017, Bishop T.D. Jakes publicly prayed over his “spiritual son” Chris Hill, kick-starting the restoration process in his life after the former Potter’s House Denver pastor stepped down earlier in the year following news of his extramarital affair with a church employee. Using 1 John 1:8-10 as scriptural basis, Bishop Jakes posted the following message to social media: 1 John 1:8-10 NIV [8] If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. [10] If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. Don’t be afraid to come back to Him! Every prodigal son ought to be able to come home!

2. Reuters – Internet giant Google has fired the male engineer at the center of an uproar in Silicon Valley over the past week after he authored an internal memo asserting there are biological causes behind gender inequality in the tech industry. James Damore, the engineer who wrote the memo, confirmed his dismissal, saying in an email to Reuters on Monday that he had been fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes”. Damore said he was exploring all possible legal remedies, and that before being fired, he had submitted a charge to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) accusing Google upper management of trying to shame him into silence.

3. UPI – An 11-year-old Boy Scout died Monday from injuries after a boating accident in East Texas that took the lives of two other Boy Scouts two days before, authorities confirmed. Eleven-year-old Thomas Larry had been hospitalized in Shreveport, La. since he was discovered Saturday. The other two victims Will Brannon, 17, and Heath Faucheux, 16, were found dead at the time of the accident. All three boys were members of a Boy Scout troop out of Hallsville, Texas.

4. NewsOne – A Black woman from North Virginia has made history for becoming the first African-American woman appointed to lead West Point cadets, the Washington Post reports. Earlier this week it was announced that 20-year-old Cadet Simone Askew—who hails from Fairfax—will take on the role of the first captain of the Corps of Cadets during the forthcoming school year, the outlet writes. Askew, who is studying international history at West Point, will step into her new role towards the end of August. In her new position, she will serve as a liaison between the corps and West Point’s administration.

5. AP – Polls closed across Kenya after millions voted peacefully Tuesday in a fiercely contested election pitting President Uhuru Kenyatta against challenger Raila Odinga in the East African country known for its stability but also its divided ethnic allegiances. Long lines formed at many of Kenya’s 40,000 polling stations before dawn, but the Kenyan election commission tweeted in the evening that the balloting concluded “with minimal hitches.” Some sites remained open to process those people still waiting to cast their votes. In preliminary results, Kenyatta was ahead with 55.4 percent while Odinga had 43.9 percent after votes from nearly one-quarter of 40,883 polling stations had been counted, according to the Kenyan election commission.

6. Deadine – Midway through Season 2, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has ordered a third season of its praised original drama series Greenleaf, from Lionsgate, Craig Wright (Lost, Six Feet Under) and executive producers Clement Virgo (The Book of Negros) and Oprah Winfrey (Selma). Additionally, Rick Fox, who portrays journalist Darius Nash, has been upped to a series regular for the new season. The renewal comes amid strong ratings for Greenleaf, which is averaging over two million total viewers in Live+3. It is Wednesday night’s No. 2 original scripted cable series for women 25-54 and one of the Top 4 original scripted cable series for African-American women and total viewers.

7. AP – Following widespread outrage over a passenger who was violently dragged off an overbooked plane, U.S. airlines are bumping customers at the lowest rate in at least two decades. The Transportation Department said Tuesday that just one in every 19,000 passengers was kicked off an overbooked flight in the first six months of this year. That’s the lowest rate since the government started keeping track in 1995. The biggest decline took place between April and June, partly because airlines began paying many more passengers to give up their seats.

As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Dalai Lama said, “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”

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!