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According to PEOPLE, The Temptations‘ former lead singer Bruce Williamson has died. Williamson died Sunday night at his Las Vegas home after battling coronavirus, TMZ reported. He was 49. “There’s no words in the world that can express how I feel right now,” his son Bruce wrote on Facebook. “I love you Daddy thank you for being awesome thank you for being loving thank you for being Who You Are I pray to God and we will meet again. I love you Daddy R.I.H. (Rest in Heaven) KING WILLIAMSON.” On Monday, Bruce, 28, went live on Facebook with the caption: “Hurt is not the word for it.” “A lot of us loved him,” he said in tears. “My dad was a great dude.” Bruce then sang the gospel song “I Won’t Complain” by Rev. Paul Jones and a few other songs in honor of his father. “In my eyes, we lost an icon,” he said before ending the live video. “I’m going to make sure his legacy lives on.”
According to The Christian Post, Pastor Tony Evans, the longtime pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Texas, launched a new sermon series, titled “Kingdom Voting,” on Sunday, preaching on what God has to say to Christians about how to vote. The pastor began his sermon acknowledging that a conversation on voting can easily become toxic, as people take sides and remain dedicated to their positions. There’s divisiveness not only in the culture but also in the Church “that has facilitated disharmony, disunity and conflict in the broader society,” he said months ahead of the presidential election. And that is due to a lack of proper Kingdom perspective when it comes to God’s activity in society,” the Dallas pastor noted. This is why “the Church has become as bad as, or worse than, the world, allowing ourselves to be a poor example of who God is and how God functions with regards to government.” So how should a Christian vote? “Until the Church gets it right, the culture can’t get it right,” he emphasized. The Kingdom perspective is in the Bible but the problem, he said, is that people who profess to be Christians often “change books,” or take part of the book, when it comes to their political positioning. We can’t ignore “the whole counsel of God,” he warned. “Kingdom voting is the opportunity and responsibility of committed Christians to partner with God by expanding His rule in society through civil government,” Evans explained. “It’s only to the degree that you include God’s person and God’s policies in society through civil government — as He defines it, not as you prefer it — that we can begin to see healing in the Church so that it can be modeled in the culture.
According to The Washington Post, To his children and to his pastor, Robert Heatley had a life worth bragging about. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He spent more than three decades as a police officer protecting District employees and buildings. He was a respected elder at his church, leading choirs with his tenor voice. But the people closest to him said Heatley kept his innermost thoughts quiet. “He wouldn’t tell his story,” said the Rev. Harold N. Brooks Jr., his pastor at the First Baptist Church on Minnesota Avenue in Southeast Washington. It was only after Heatley died on June 18 at the age of 79 from complications of covid-19 that Brooks realized he had missed a chance to quiz his friend on his thoughts about the frayed relationship between the police and the community during this period of racial and social upheaval. Heatley was the one who started his church’s annual tradition of providing meals to the officers at the D.C. police department’s 6th District station, though he was too ill to attend the latest delivery of box lunches. “I wish now that I had talked to him, to get his perspective,” Brooks said. Brooks described Heatley as the elder statesman of the church he has led for the past 15 years, the man the pastor turned to for advice, the man who, even as he slowly lost his sight to diabetes, never missed a Sunday service, Wednesday Bible study class or a weekday choir rehearsal. “The story of our church is not adequately told without adding Robert Heatley’s name,” Brooks said.
According to Mail Online, An 11-year-old black girl was hospitalized in Kansas late last month after a 12-year-old white boy allegedly hurled racist insults at her and struck her with a metal pole. Nevaeh Thomas says she was playing with friends at the Park 67 Apartments in Shawnee on August 28 when the boy, who lives in the complex, allegedly began yelling out racial slurs at the girls, all of whom were black. Nevaeh, who says she had never met the boy before, allegedly responded to his sickening taunts by saying, ‘my black is beautiful’, which angered him further. The boy then left the scene and returned moments later with a knife and began threatening Nevaeh and her friends, her family say. He then left once again and returned with a steel pole, swinging it at Nevaeh and striking her in the head. The blow knocked her unconscious for three minutes and left her bleeding from deep lacerations on her face. The Thomas family says it took two hours and numerous pleas to get the Shawnee police department to take the boy into custody. The boy, who has not been named in police reports because he’s a minor, has since been charged with one felony count of aggravated battery and has been placed on house arrest. Nevaeh, meanwhile, spent the night in the hospital and received eight stitches to her cheek. She also lost a tooth and was still recovering from a concussion as of late last week.
According to Black Enterprise, Thyk Skynn, a Black-owned line of fashionable bulletproof vests for men, women, and children, has seen a nearly 400 percent increase in sales over the past few weeks as Americans continue to grow concerned about their protection from police shootings and other random acts of violence. Mike Tyree, the founder and CEO of Thyk Skynn, was a police officer in the city of Atlanta for 9 years. He says he left his career and decided to start the business to give innocent people a safe way to peacefully protect themselves. Thyk Skynn vests have the same function as other bulletproof vests but are more fashionable and can even be disguised as normal attire. There are several designs available in various colors and sizes, and each vest has a ballistic armor panel carrier where ballistic material can be placed inside. The vests, however, are not cheap. They range from $325 to upwards of $500.
According to Page Six, Chadwick Boseman’s family and friends paid their respects to the late “Black Panther” star over the weekend, less than two weeks after the actor succumbed to his battle with colon cancer. Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, and Winston Duke attended an outdoor memorial in Malibu, Calif., for their “Black Panther” co-star, along with Boseman’s wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, according to photos published by The Sun. A floral arrangement was seen next to a framed photo of Boseman, and music from a hang drum was also part of the service, per the photographs. Boseman died in late August following a private four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43 years old.
According to Deadline, Girls Trip actress Tiffany Haddish spoke to Dr. Anthony Fauci in a video posted on her YouTube page this week, revealing that she tested positive for COVID-19. “I was working on a movie and someone in the movie contracted coronavirus,” Haddish told Fauci. “I was not in direct contact with them. But they sent all of us home, we stopped the movie. They suggested I go get tested. I got tested, got the results back two days later, they said I didn’t have the coronavirus.” But Haddish was still not in the clear. She went for another test when a friend tested positive. “Get the tests the second time,” she said. “I’m not feeling any symptoms or anything, and it comes back like two days later, and they said I did have the coronavirus.” Haddish went into self-quarantine after getting that report. “Then I went and tested again, didn’t have the virus, and then I got tested for antibodies, they said I had antibodies,” Haddish said. “That was three months ago. I’ve been tested 12 times now because I’ve been working and everything. Then I get tested again, no virus, and then I had them test me for antibodies again, and then they said I don’t have any antibodies,” she added. “So I think I’m superhuman.” Fauci, one of the White House’s top experts during the pandemic and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, suggested a mask and social distancing as the best preventatives. “Sit a certain distance away and avoid crowds,” he said. He added that another good step toward prevention was to “lead a healthy life.” “Get good sleep,” Fauci said. “Exercise. Those are the best things that are so much better than a bunch of herbs that really have never really been shown to do that.”
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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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