PODCAST: Kanye West to Join Joel Osteen for America’s Night of Hope in 2020 (UCNN 12.08.19)

According to PEOPLE, Kanye West will reportedly join forces with pastor Joel Osteen again in the new year. Last month, the Jesus Is King rapper stopped by Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, to speak about his spiritual journey. Now he’s anticipated to join Osteen on his America’s Night of Hope tour stop at New York City’s Yankee Stadium on May 2, 2020, according to TMZ. The America’s Night of Hope tour is described on Osteen’s website as featuring “inspirational nights of hope, worship and encouragement in 11 cities across America.” TMZ reports that at the Yankee Stadium event, Osteen, 56, will share his sermon and then let West, 42, and his choir perform. While speaking at Osteen’s service on Nov. 17, West said he knows “that God’s been calling me for a long time and the devil’s been distracting me for a long time.” “When I was in my lowest points, God was there with me and sending me visions and inspiring me, and I remember sitting in the hospital at UCLA after having a mental breakdown and there’s documentation of me drawing a church and [wanting to] start a church in the middle of Calabasas,” he said, referring to his 2016 hospitalization during his Saint Pablo tour. West, who has spoken at length in recent months about his faith, went on to share that despite “all of that arrogance and cockiness that y’all have seen from me” in the past, “God is now using him.” “Because every time I stand up, I feel that I’m standing up and drawing a line in the sand and saying, ‘I’m here in service to God and no weapon formed against me shall prosper,’” he said.

According to Inquisitr, Juice Wrld is dead after suffering a seizure at Chicago’s Midway airport, according to TMZ. The rapper, who is best known for his songs “Lucid Dreams” and “Wasted,” just turned 21 on December 2. According to the TMZ report, Juice Wrld, whose real name is Jarad Anthony Higgins, had recently landed at the airport following a flight from California. He suffered a seizure while walking through the airport. When emergency personnel approached him, he was “bleeding from the mouth.” Although he was still conscious when transported to the hospital, he died a short time later. It is unknown what might have caused Juice Wrld’s seizure or if he suffered from any kind of condition, such as epilepsy. It’s also unknown if this was his first seizure. Juice Wrld broke onto the music scene in 2018. He shot to fame with his hit single “Lucid Dreams” and quickly shot to the top of the charts. Juice Wrld’s career took off after he teamed up with rappers like Lil Uzi Vert and Travis Scott.

According to Christian Headlines, The most popular Bible verse this year on the YouVersion app was a passage about trusting God instead of worrying. Philippians 4:6 was the most popular Bible verse of 2019 on YouVersion, the free Bible app that launched in 2008 and grew by 50 million unique installs this year. The verse reads, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Since its launch 11 years ago by Life.Church, YouVersion has been installed 400 million times around the world. The majority of the 400 million installs have taken place outside the United States. Poland, for example, saw a 75 percent increase in installs this year. India experienced 51 percent more engagement on YouVersion compared to 2018. The YouVersion app offers 2,000 Bible versions in more than 1,350 languages. “Our desire is to help people grow in their relationship with God by encouraging them to read the Bible and seek Him every day,” said YouVersion founder Bobby Gruenewald. “We’re encouraged to see so many people turning to the Bible in response to their worries, remembering what God has done in their lives, and choosing to trust in His faithfulness.”

According to The Associated Press, Across the country, attorneys are scrambling to file a new wave of lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by clergy, thanks to rules enacted in 15 states that extend or suspend the statute of limitations to allow claims stretching back decades. Associated Press reporting found the deluge of suits could surpass anything the nation’s clergy sexual abuse crisis has seen before, with potentially more than 5,000 new cases and payouts topping $4 billion. It’s a financial reckoning playing out in such populous Catholic strongholds as New York, California and New Jersey, among the eight states that go the furthest with “lookback windows” that allow sex abuse claims no matter how old. Never before have so many states acted in near-unison to lift the restrictions that once shut people out if they didn’t bring claims of childhood sex abuse by a certain age, often their early 20s. That has lawyers fighting for clients with TV ads and billboards asking, “Were you abused by the church?” And Catholic dioceses, while worrying about the difficulty of defending such old claims, are considering bankruptcy, victim compensation funds and even tapping valuable real estate to stay afloat. 71-year-old Nancy Holling-Lonnecker of San Diego, who plans to take advantage of an upcoming three-year window for such suits in California, said, “It’s like a whole new beginning for me.” Her claim dates back to the 1950s, when she says a priest repeatedly raped her in a confession booth beginning when she was 7 years old. “The survivors coming forward now have been holding on to this horrific experience all of their lives,” she said. “They bottled up those emotions all of these years because there was no place to take it.” Now there is.

According to The Associated Press, Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against a man being charged with capital murder in the shooting death of the stepdaughter of a well-known UFC fighter, authorities announced Monday. Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes said at a news conference that the capital murder charge is being filed against 29-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed in the death of Aniah Blanchard, a 19-year-old Alabama college student and stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris. Yazeed was already being held without bond on a kidnapping charge in the woman’s disappearance. Prosecutors said the charges are being upgraded after Blanchard’s remains were discovered in a wooded area and positively identified. The medical examiner determined Blanchard had died from a gunshot wound, Hughes said in announcing plans by his office to pursue the death penalty against Yazeed. Blanchard was last seen Oct. 23 in Auburn, Alabama, at a gas station in Auburn, Alabama. Her black Honda CRV was found abandoned days later more than 50 miles away at an apartment complex in Montgomery. Police said her blood was found in the car.

According to The Christian Post, During the telecast of Ohio State University’s rivalry football game against the University of Michigan on Saturday, it was revealed on national television that the school’s record-breaking running back was nearly aborted. Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins was the center of attention Saturday as he rushed for a career-high 211 yards and four touchdowns against the rival Wolverines in Ann Arbor. After Dobbins’ final touchdown of the game, broadcaster Gus Johnson told the Fox audience a little bit about Dobbins’ backstory. Johnson explained that Dobbins’ mother, Mya Grounds, was pregnant with him at the age of 18. “She went to the doctor because she was thinking about aborting the baby, but changed her mind. That baby turned out to be that young man — J.K. Dobbins — who she calls her ‘miracle baby.’” Johnson’s comment drew praise from pro-life activists. The pro-life advocacy group March for Life, which organizes the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., tweeted that Dobbins’ story is proof that “[e]very child deserves the chance to reach their full potential.”

According to ABC13 News, For the first time in program history, the Liberty Flames football team is bowl eligible, after taking down New Mexico State, 49-28, in their regular season finale. Liberty rushed for a season-high 317 yards and five touchdowns in the game. The team’s 317 rushing yards were its most since rushing for 317 yards against Presbyterian College on November 11, 2017. Frankie Hickson (196 yards, 4 TD’s) and Joshua Mack (118 yards, 1 TD), both eclipsed the century mark in rushing. The last time Liberty had two 100-yard rushers in a single game was Dec. 1, 2018 against Norfolk State in last year’s season finale, when Kentory Matthews rushed for 151 yards and Hickson ran for 100 yards. The Flames will find out about a possible bowl game assignment on Dec. 8.

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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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