PODCAST: Tony Evans Mourns Death of His Father (BCNN1 11.27.19)

According to The Christian Post, Pastor Tony Evans is mourning the death of his father, Arthur S. Evans Sr., who he fondly remembered as the “foundation” and “rock” of the Evans family, leading them all to “a saving faith in Jesus Christ.” On Tuesday, Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Texas, announced on Instagram that his 90-year-old father had “entered into the presence of His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Evans wrote: “We celebrate this day because we know that my father is overjoyed to finally see the face of the One he served with his whole heart since the day He met Jesus and surrendered His life to him.” The pastor referred to his father as his “foundation” and the “rock” of the Evans family who led them “all to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.” “I saw him love the Lord, love his family, and love the body of Christ with his life. Besides hearing well-done from his Savior, my father took pleasure in his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren as his earthly accolades. Faith and family. This is my father’s legacy. And legacy was everything to him. The reason I am what I am today is because of the foundation my father laid for me to stand on. I know what it is to lead my family because I watched him. I know what it is to lead my church family because I watched him. And I know what it is to preach to people all over the world because I stood next to him on street corners decades ago, watching my father preach to anyone who would listen.” According to his obituary, Evans Sr. died in Baltimore, Maryland, and is survived by two sons and six grandchildren.

According to The Christian Post, Three Baltimore men who each served 36 years in prison after they were wrongfully convicted of murder as teenagers praised God with their family and friends after they were exonerated and released Monday. “I really don’t have the words to say, but I just thank God. It’s surreal (to be released),” Andrew Stewart told WBAL-TV Baltimore. Stewart, along with Alfred Chestnut and Ransom Watkins, were all just 16-years-old when they were first imprisoned for the murder of Dewitt Duckett, 14, on Nov. 18, 1983, at Harlem Park Junior High School. On Monday, Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Charles J. Peters declared all three men innocent and apologized for what happened to them. Peters said: “On behalf of the criminal justice system, and I’m sure this means very little to you, I’m going to apologize.” According to The Washington Post, the exonerations were set in motion due to the perseverance of Chestnut, now 52, who kept pushing for a review of the case against him and his childhood friends. This spring, his claim of innocence was picked up by the Baltimore City state’s attorney’s office’s Conviction Integrity Unit which found that the convictions were based on false witness testimony as well as evidence of another assailant being ignored.

According to The Christian Post, Four Christian farmers in the Kaduna state of Nigeria were killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen earlier this month during an overnight attack. According to local news outlet The Punch, police in Kaduna state confirmed the deaths of four people said to have been killed by cattle herders in the Kagoro Chiefdom in the Kaura Local Government Area on Nov. 14. Police identified the slain as Hosea Ayuba, Ado Adamu, Abagu Danladi and Kusa Danladi. Sources told the global persecution monitoring news outlet Morning Star News that the four Christians who were slaughtered were members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Agban village. According to The Guardian of Nigeria, the police said that two suspects connected with the Nov. 14 murders have been arrested.

According to Al Jazeera, Italian rescue teams were trying on Wednesday to save six family members, including twin toddlers, trapped under rubble when their house collapsed after Albania’s worst earthquake in decades. The death toll from Tuesday’s quake rose to 30 as rescue workers dug through the remains of the four-storey house in the Adriatic port city of Durres. Teams of soldiers, police and emergency workers sifted through the debris of shredded apartment blocks and hotels in towns near Albania’s northwest Adriatic coast, close to the epicentre of the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that rattled the country. Most of those found dead were pulled from rubble in the coastal city of Durres and Thumane, a town north of the capital, Tirana.

According to The Associated Press, Kenya’s interior minister says 29 people have been killed in mudslides, among the 34 people overall who lost their lives Saturday amid flooding in the East Africa nation. Heavy rains unleashed overnight floods in western Kenya. Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi said 17 people died in a mudslide in the village of Takmal in the Pokot Central district, while 12 others lost their lives in mudslides in the villages of Parua and Tapach in Pokot South. Five other people died when their car was swept away on the road between Kitale and Lodwar after two rivers overflowed their banks, said West Pokot County Commissioner Apollo Okello. Matiangi said the government sent military and police helicopters to help those affected by the floods, but the scope of the disaster was not yet clear.

According to Faithwire, Chance the Rapper is praising fellow entertainer Kanye West for his Gospel-infused music as well as his Sunday Service events, calling West’s work “more important” because of its spiritual nature. During a recent appearance on the popular YouTube series “Hot Ones,” hosted by Sean Evans, Chance said: “It’s slightly more important because it’s doing what we’re supposed to do, shouting praise. Seeing Kanye get all these people together reveal these songs of worship that have been around forever to people who may not know them. It’s an important thing that’s supposed to be happening right now and it’s dope that Ye is doing it.” Chance, who has been open about his own Christian faith, joined West in September to participate in one of the entertainer’s Sunday Service events in Chicago.

According to The Christian Post, Two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom says that he is relying on the accountability software Covenant Eyes to help him battle his pornography addiction. In a video filmed by the Michigan-based company, the 40-year-old former NBA Sixth Man of the Year and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant revealed that decades of porn addiction hurt relationships and brought him great pain. Sabrina Parr, Odom’s fiance who works as a life coach, challenged Odom to end his addiction or risk losing her from his life. According to Covenant Eyes, it was in 2019 that Odom began his journey to give up porn. To do so, he installed Covenant Eyes on his mobile and computer devices. Odom concluded that people can get through anything as long as they put God first in their lives. He said: “I am a testament to that. God pulled me back hopefully to tell my testimony and help as many people any way that I can.” In late October, Odom announced that he “got saved” at The Word Church in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, where he was led by senior pastor R.A. Vernon to dedicate his life to Christ. Earlier this month, Parr and Odom got engaged to be married.

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In closing, remember, 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.”

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