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Here are the top stories you need to know about today.

According to the Dallas Morning News, On June 2, Grammy-award winning Gospel artist Mavin Sapp announced he is leaving the church he founded in Grand Rapids, Mich., to take a position as the senior pastor at Chosen Vessel Cathedral in Fort Worth, TX. He spoke with The Dallas Morning News about the reasons for that decision and his plans in North Texas. Sapp said it was an extremely difficult decision and it was a decision that he actually fought. He added, “I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity and responsibility to be able to travel the world and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and sing gospel music; it has been great and it has been fun — but my passion is to do things on the local level, so when I get to Fort Worth, even though I still have a global responsibility, I’m going to make sure that my top priority is my local focus.”

According to The New York Times, For nearly 200 years, since the opening of Pennsylvania’s Cheyney University in 1837, H.B.C.U.s have educated thousands of students, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Justice Thurgood Marshall, Toni Morrison, Representative Elijah Cummings and Senator Kamala Harris. But from a high of 120 such schools to about 101 in 2019, many have faced an uncertain future. In the last 20 years, six have closed, and several others remain open in name only after losing accreditation. According to students, the loss of just one historically black university — at one point the only option for black students seeking a college degree in America — is bound to reverberate for generations. Race/Related spoke to graduates from three now-closed HBCUs — Concordia College, Selma, Ala.; Morristown College, Morristown, Tenn.; and Saint Paul’s College, Lawrenceville, Va. — about what the loss of these institutions means to them. You can read the full report at

According to Madison365, Bishop Harold Rayford is leaving The Faith Place Church in Madison, WI, after 13 years. The 52yo pastor has accepted the call to lead Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith in Columbus, Ohio. In an exclusive interview last week, Rayford said he’s proud of what he and his church have accomplished. He said, “Coming to Madison has been a blessing for me. I love it here. My son is here, my grandchildren are here. The only reason I’m leaving is because I felt compelled to take this additional assignment.”

According to the AP, Veteran conservative activist Ralph Reed said last week that the faith-based group he leads plans to spend at least $50 million on get-out-the-vote efforts in 2020. It’s part of a large-scale marshaling of evangelical resources that’s poised to benefit President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. After Trump spoke to an annual conference hosted by Reed’s group, the Faith & Freedom Coalition, the longtime GOP strategist previewed a voter outreach plan for 2020 that he said would include significant investment in Latino voters of faith. Reed told reporters, “We will do our job. We will turn out our vote.”

According to the BBC, the UK’s first black female bishop says the leadership of the Church of England needs to better reflect the minorities who make up its congregations. Caribbean-born Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin said her appointment should broadcast how diverse the Church is. Currently chaplain to the Queen and Commons speaker, she will become Bishop of Dover in November. She told BBC Radio 4, “The reality is minority ethnic membership makes up a significant part of the Church and this must be reflected in its leadership, not just with one person here and another person there. It must begin to filter through so that young people of minority ethnic backgrounds growing up within the life of the Church, within the life of this country, can see images of themselves reflected throughout.”

According to Fox News, For more than 20 years, school districts in Texas have emphasized abstinence above all else in sex education. But soon, members of the Texas Board of Education will consider whether to add new topics like “sexual risk reduction methods,” “healthy relationships,” and “anatomy” in grades as early as kindergarten. The recommendations are part of Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath’s Essential Knowledge and Skills review for health education, which included input from health experts. If approved, Morath’s report could bring the first change to health standards in the state since 1998.

According to the Texas Tribune, A man who claimed he was a substitute teacher at Santa Fe High School during the 2018 shooting that killed 10 people actually never worked at the school. The man, who called himself David Briscoe, told a harrowing story of survival and was interviewed and quoted by several major national news organizations. It wasn’t until the Tribune interviewed Briscoe in April that they discovered his entire story was an elaborate hoax. According to the school district, he never worked for them. Superintendent Leigh Wall said, “We are extremely disappointed that an individual that has never been a part of our school community would represent themselves as a survivor of the mass violent tragedy that our community endured.”

According to the Washington Post, Recently appointed White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was bruised in a scuffle with North Korean security on Sunday. Grisham, who very recently replaced Sarah Huckabee Sanders, can be seen on video stepping in after North Korean guards pushed and shoved American journalists to block them from entering the Inter-Korean House of Freedom, where President Trump and Kim Jong Un were convening. The incident came to body blows when security physically blocked U.S. television crews and pool reporters. Grisham was pushed after she tried to help U.S. media gain access, as video captured her telling members of the press to “go” as she physically created space for reporters.

According to Christian Headlines, at least 15 people were killed around the outskirts of Damascus after Israel carried out an air strike against Syrian forces over the weekend. Of the 15 people killed in the strike, six were civilians. Syrian state media released details on one of the victims noting that a month-old infant was among the dead. Another 21 people were injured in the strikes.

According to PEOPLE, A 23-year-old New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter, admitting he caused the death of his then-girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter. Travis Graham admitted he struck Charlette Dawkins with a backhand blow at the top of the stairs of her home in March 2017. He says he hit her with such force that she spun around and fell down the steps face first. Graham initially claimed Charlette fell down the stairs. He also initially said he immediately took her to the hospital, but police found text messages that showed he didn’t seek medical treatment until hours after the incident.

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16 says, “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 for listening and may God bless your day!