PODCAST: Lois Evans, Wife of Dr. Tony Evans, Dies (BCNN1 12.31.19)

According to BCNN1, Lois Evans, wife of Dr. Tony Evans, has died after battling a rare form of cancer, her family has revealed. Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor and founder of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, announced via social media that his wife Lois, 70, went home to Heaven on the morning of Dec. 30. This was her second round of biliary cancer, according to Evans’ initial post about the diagnosis. In a moving tribute, Evans wrote that Lois was surrounded by family, including the couple’s four children, when she passed away. “Just before the sun came up this morning, the love of my life, Lois Irene Evans, transitioned from earth and watched her first sunrise from heaven. I had the privilege of holding her hand as she was lulled into eternity. Our four children surrounded her as well. As she slipped away, we told her how much we love her, how proud we are of her, and how thankful we are for the life she has lived.” For years to come, Lois Evans will be remembered by many as a great woman of God who faithfully served alongside her husband in ministry for the eternal benefit of millions of souls. She leaves behind a lasting legacy. Mrs. Evans was the definition of a Proverbs 31 woman and has been called up a little higher to be praised in Paradise: “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” Please keep the Evans family in your prayers during this difficult time.

And now, let’s take a look back at the black Christian leaders and influencers who passed from this world and into the next in 2019. Rev. Clay Evans, legendary gospel singer, choirmaster and celebrated Baptist minister. Rev. E.V. Hill II, pastor of both Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church and Spirit of Zion. Dimitri Bradley, lead pastor and founder of City Church in Richmond, Virginia. Rev. Cameron M. Alexander, senior pastor of Atlanta’s Antioch Baptist Church North for more than forty years. Lamin Sanneh, the Gambian scholar who shaped contemporary discourse around World Christianity and missions in Africa. Bishop Emeritus Joseph Lawson Howze, the first black bishop to lead a diocese in the United States in the 20th Century, and founding bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi. Father Jerome LeDoux, a Roman Catholic priest who spent most of his career as a parish priest in New Orleans, Louisiana, especially at the St. Augustine Church. McKinley Young, Senior Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Presiding Prelate of the Third Episcopal District. T. Vaughn Walker, the first African American elected as a full-time professor at a Southern Baptist Convention seminary. Rev. Charles M. Franklin Jr, pastor of Ray of Hope Baptist Church in Northeast Baltimore. Dr. Charles Booth, well-known senior pastor of Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Columbus. Brodes Perry, executive pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. Rev. Kwame John R. Porter, minister, community activist, and civil rights activist who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. E.W. McCall Sr., African-American ministry specialist for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and important part in the formation of the African-American Fellowship of SBTC. Ralph White, pastor of Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church in South Memphis. John D. Fuller, longtime pastor who dedicated decades of his life to loving the Fayetteville and Cumberland County areas in North Carolina. Bernard Thomas, also known as “Bishop Bullwinkle”, Plant City Pastor and viral Tampa Bay talent. Rev. T.H. Peoples Jr., champion of civil rights and pastor of one of the oldest African-American churches in Kentucky for 41 years. Wright Lassiter Jr., a quiet, towering leader whose dedication to serving others brought stability and reassurance during critical times in the Dallas community. Rev. St. George I.B. Crosse III, outspoken conservative pastor and civil rights activist who was the first African American to run for Baltimore sheriff and who served as an adviser to President Ronald Reagan at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as special ambassador to his home country of Grenada. Douglas Moore, Methodist minister who in 1957 led one of the first sit-ins to protest racial segregation in the South and later served a tumultuous stint on the D.C. Council in the 1970s. Rev. Michael Haynes, who rose from Depression-era Roxbury to become a towering figure in Boston’s black community and beyond as the longtime pastor of the historic Twelfth Baptist Church. Thurmond Coleman Sr., civil rights leader and retired pastor of First Baptist Church of Jefferstontown. Carlton Eversley, pastor of the Dellabrook Presbyterian Church in North Carolina and civil rights and education activist. Bishop W. W. Hamilton, pastor of the Greater Victory Temple Church of God In Christ in California who led a life of spiritual leadership and public service. Cain Hope Felder, groundbreaking Bible scholar who called attention to the presence of black people in the Old and New Testaments. John Mbiti, prominent Christian theologian from Kenya who helped debunk entrenched ideas that traditional African religions were primitive, giving them equal weight with major world faiths. Bishop Edward Lynn Brown, 46th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. George Clements, Chicago priest whose civil rights and social justice activism led to a television movie about his career. Bishop William H. Graves Sr., national religious leader who served for 18 years in Memphis.

According to NBC News, A gunman fatally shot two people before parishioners shot and killed him at a church near Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday, authorities said. J.P. Bevering, police chief of White Settlement, in Tarrant County, said the man opened fire at West Freeway Church of Christ during services shortly before noon. Worshipers returned fire, killing the gunman. One person was pronounced dead shortly after the shooting. Another parishioner who was in critical condition later died. One of them was identified by his daughter as Anton “Tony” Wallace, 64. “We lost two great men today,” Britt Farmer, the church’s senior minister, told reporters late Sunday. “But it could’ve been a lot worse.” Bevering said the shooter, who has not been identified, appears to have walked into the church and sat down. “He got up, pulled out a shotgun and fired it at a parishioner,” Bevering said. The shooter struck a second person before two other parishioners, who are volunteer members of a church security team, returned fire. The shooting was over within six seconds, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told reporters. They “drew their weapons and took out the killer immediately, saving untold number of lives,” Patrick said.

According to The Christian Post, An Islamic State terrorist faction in West Africa claims it killed 11 Christian aid workers in Nigeria in retaliation for the killings of ISIS leader Bakr al-Baghdadi and his spokesman in two separate U.S. military operations earlier this year. The terrorist group known as the Islamic State in West Africa Province released a 56-second video published by the ISIS propaganda media arm Amaq that shows the shooting of one man followed by the beheading of 10 others. Jihadists wearing black masks and beige uniforms lined up behind the hostages — who were all blindfolded — as they carried out the executions, according to those who’ve watched the video. “This message is to the Christians in the world,” a man speaking over the video footage says in both Arabic and Hausa, a Nigerian language, said the Washington-based SITE Intelligence Group, according to The New York Times which also reviewed the video. “Those who you see in front of us are Christians, and we will shed their blood as revenge for the two dignified sheikhs, the caliph of the Muslims, and the spokesman for the Islamic State, Sheikh Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir, may Allah accept them.” The terrorist group’s attack on Christians the day after Christmas was strategically planned, terrorism analysts told the BBC.

According to CNN, Civil rights icon and US Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Lewis, 79, said he was diagnosed following a routine medical visit with subsequent tests that reconfirmed the diagnosis. The long-time Georgia congressman will undergo treatment for the cancer. “I have been in some kind of fight — for freedom, equality, basic human rights — for nearly my entire life. I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now,” Lewis, who in March 1965 joined forces with Martin Luther King Jr. to lead a voting rights march out of Selma, Alabama, said in a statement. He continued later: “While I am clear-eyed about the prognosis, doctors have told me that recent medical advances have made this type of cancer treatable in many cases, that treatment options are no longer as debilitating as they once were, and that I have a fighting chance.” Pancreatic cancer was the third-leading cause of death from cancer in the United States in 2018, after lung and colorectal cancers, according to the National Cancer Institute. The cancer, on average and across all stages, has a five-year survival rate of 9%, according to the American Cancer Society. But Lewis, who is in his 17th term as a member of Congress, is vowing to continue his work, stating that he’ll return to Washington in the coming days to begin his treatment plan, which will last several weeks. “I may miss a few votes during this period, but with God’s grace I will be back on the front lines soon,” he said.

According to Daily Mail, Kanye West delivered a sermon in the Skid Row neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles, speaking to people at the Union Rescue Mission homeless shelter. On Sunday, the Jesus Is Born artist also used the occasion to commemorate the one-year anniversary of his weekly Sunday Service, where he’s taken to places including New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Ohio and Wyoming. The rapper told the audience: ‘We had no idea that we were gonna be here on the 52nd week, but I promised, so today marks the one year of Sunday Service! This thing saved my life; this thing was an alternative to opioids; this thing was an alternative to pornography.’ West also said he has something in mind to combat the current homelessness crisis, as Skid Row remains an epicenter of the issue in Los Angeles. He said: ‘I definitely saw a strong, compelling vision with the homeless problem … and I know that we can find a solution – a worldwide solution.’ The service came on the heels of West and his Sunday Service troupe releasing a new, 19-track gospel album titled Jesus Is Born on Christmas Day. The record marked the first release the musical artist has made with his Sunday Service troupe of singers and musicians he has toured the country with, delivering unique religious performances and sermons.

According to NBC News, Prosecutors on Monday filed federal hate crime charges against the 37-year-old man accused of storming a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York, with a machete and wounding five people. Grafton Thomas, of Greenwood Lake, pleaded not guilty Sunday to five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary. On Monday, he was charged in the Southern District of New York with five counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs involving an attempt to kill and use of a dangerous weapon, and resulting in bodily injury. Thomas is accused of attacking the group observing the seventh night of Hanukkah on Saturday at the home of Rabbi Chaim L. Rottenberg, next to their synagogue. Monsey is an enclave of ultra-Orthodox Jews, about 35 miles from New York City. When Thomas barged into the rabbi’s home, his face was covered with what appeared to be a scarf, according to the criminal complaint. He told the dozens gathered in the home that “no one is leaving.” Thomas was arrested in Harlem about two hours after the 10 p.m. attack. The victims were hospitalized with wounds including a severed finger, slash wounds and deep lacerations, prosecutors said. At least one of the victims, who suffered a skull fracture, is in serious condition.

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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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