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According to the Christian Post, While encouraging Christians to “vote your conscience” in the upcoming general election on Nov. 3, prominent California megachurch pastor Fred Price Jr. said that a conscientious decision can include abstention because voting “for the lesser of two evils is still evil.” “Some of you have decided I’m going to vote for the lesser of two evils. Hey, if that helps you sleep at night, I get it. Do you know that you’re still voting for evil? The lesser of two evils is still evil. It’s just less evil than the other evil,” said Price, who leads Crenshaw Christian Center, adding that he still plans on voting this election. He was responding to the question “How should Christians vote?” on Facebook Tuesday. “So saints, this is why we are a people called out of the world and our system is the Kingdom of God. Regardless of who is in the White House, yes I believe that a particular candidate may be more of a benefit to the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ but I do not see in any way, any candidate that’s ultimately in favor of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. So once again, like I said before, you need to vote your conscience,” Price said. Incumbent President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are currently the choices presented by the two major political parties and a recent poll from the Pew Research Center suggests deep disparities in how Christians and other religious groups interpret the “lesser of two evils.”
According to the Christian Post, Multi-platinum gospel artist Marvin Sapp released his latest album Chosen Vessel this month, and is giving gratitude to God for using his music and ministry to advance the Kingdom despite the many transitions he’s gone through in the past decade. The 11-time Grammy nominee, who’s best known for the platinum-selling hits “Never Would Have Made It” and “The Best in Me,” is also a bishop. Sapp built a ministry based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, called Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, where he remains a chairman of the board of directors. He recently made a big move to Fort Worth, Texas, where he took over as senior pastor of The Chosen Vessel Cathedral. “You brought me down here knowing all of my flaws, knowing all of my issues, and you still said, ‘This is where you’re supposed to be,’ and allowed it to blossom and allowed it to flourish in spite of me,” Sapp shared of a conversation he had with God. His gratitude toward God’s grace is why he titled his 12th studio album Chosen Vessel. The album was recorded before the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdowns, but he now sees that the album was a prophetic sound meant to be released in this season of unrest. Sapp became a widower in 2010 after his wife died from complications with colon cancer. His three children are now grown up so the move was a “fresh start” for him. The album was produced in this new season for the minister. You can visit BCNN1.com to view an edited transcript and video of Sapp’s interview with The Christian Post where he explained in detail his recent transition and the inspiration and theme behind the album, Chosen Vessel.
According to The Christian Post, The Rev. Amos C. Brown, pastor of Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, has called on President Donald Trump to apologize for calling his parishioner a “monster” in the wake of her recent debate with Vice President Mike Pence. “When President Trump calls Senator Kamala Harris a ‘monster,’ it is nothing less than naked racism and misogyny for which he owes her, along with every woman and every Black citizen in America, an immediate and sincere apology,” said Brown, who leads the historic Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, in an op-ed published in The New York Times Tuesday. Trump called Harris a “monster” during an interview with Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria” last Thursday, a day after Harris had clashed with Pence in the vice presidential debate. “I thought that wasn’t even a contest last night. She was terrible,” Trump said of Harris when asked about the debate. “I don’t think you could get worse and totally unlikable. And she is, she’s a communist. She’s left of Bernie. She’s rated left of [Sen.] Bernie [Sanders] by everybody, she’s a communist. Are we’re going to have a communist?” he told host Maria Bartiromo. Before dismissing her as a “monster,” Trump argued that Harris needed to be scrutinized a lot more because she would likely become president if Biden is elected.
According to the Daily Mail, Amy Cooper, the white woman who called the police on a black birdwatcher in Central Park, made a second, previously unreported 911 call in which she falsely claimed the man had ‘tried to assault’ her, prosecutors said Wednesday. The development came during a virtual court hearing for the 41-year-old early Wednesday morning in which she was arraigned on one count of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree — a charge that carries a sentence of up to one year in jail. Amy Cooper was filmed hysterically dialing 911 on Harvard-grad Christian Cooper on Memorial Day, falsely telling an operator an ‘African American man is threatening my life’. Prosecutors said Wednesday that Ms. Cooper made a second 911 call, which was not captured on video, in which she again claimed Christian Cooper threatened her and also told dispatchers that he ‘tried to assault her.’ ‘At no time did the man later identified as Christian Cooper try to assault her,’ Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said during the brief hearing. ‘Using the police in a way that was both racially offensive and designed to intimidate is something that can’t be ignored.’ When police arrived, Cooper reportedly admitted there had been no assault, prosecutors said. Illuzzi-Orbon, the chief of the trial division who previously prosecuted Harvey Weinstein, is personally handling the prosecution of the case. Amy Cooper’s lawyers are said to be working out a plea deal with Illuzzi-Orbon to avoid prison time. Illuzzi-Orbon said Ms. Cooper is prepared to ‘take responsibility for her actions’ through a program designed with the defense to ‘educate her and the community on the harm caused by such actions.’ Prosecutors agreed to adjourn for four weeks while both sides work out the arrangements for such a deal. Prosecutors agreed to adjourn for four weeks while both sides work out the arrangements for such a deal. The judge agreed to convert the charging instrument from a complaint to an information which indicated Ms. Cooper is prepared to plead guilty when her case returns to court November 17. Illuzzi-Orbon said said she hopes ‘this process will both enlighten, heal and prevent similar harm to our community in the future.’
According to the Associated Press, A group of U.S. Black scholars, activists and writers has launched a new project to combat misleading information online around voting, reparations and immigration, supporters announced Friday. The newly formed National Black Cultural Information Trust seeks to counter fake social media accounts and Twitter trolls that often discourage Black voters from participating in elections or seek to turn Black voters against other communities of color. Jessica Ann Mitchell Aiwuyor, the project’s founder, said some dubious accounts behind the social media #ADOS movement — which stands for American Descendants of Slavery — have urged Black voters to skip the presidential election. Some accounts also use the hashtag to flame supposed divisions between African Americans and Black immigrants from the Caribbean and Latin America, she said. Most recently, some social media users have used #ADOS to blame Somali immigrants in Minneapolis for the May 2020 death of George Floyd rather than the police officer charged with killing him. “The disinformation used to target Black communities is cultural,” said Aiwuyor, an African American activist and scholar. “It’s cultural disinformation, which uses cultural issues to infuse false information and cause confusion.” Aiwuyor said some social media accounts are using “digital Blackface” — posing as Black users when they aren’t — or resurrecting old accounts that haven’t tweeted in four years to spread false information about where to vote or where candidates stand on issues. Members of the National Black Cultural Information Trust plan to monitor social media posts and flag those spreading misleading and fake stories. They plan to use crowdsourcing, website tools that show if accounts have troll-like behavior, and scholars on standby to counter any claims about slavery or voting. Through its website, the project will direct users to discussions and stories around Black voting and U.S. reparation supporters who reject xenophobic rhetoric and push coalition-building with Black immigrants and Latinos.
According to The Christian Post, Chart-topping hip-hop artist KB recently released the new album His Glory Alone, which blends rap verses with big contemporary Christian choruses, and said his decision to fuse the two was inspired by the impact worship music has had on his life. KB, who recently parted ways with Reach Records and signed on with the Sony Imprint Essential Sound, has always repped HGA which means His glory alone. “The beginning of my mission was that I wanted to help people to realize who they were, and who God was,” the artist told The Christian Post in an interview about the meaning of his signature tag which is now his latest album title. The Florida native went on to say that when people recognize God for “His goodness and His grace, His mercy, His forgiveness, and His strength,” it changes everything in their life. “Glory is something everyone is chasing,” KB said. “If you see it, you become obsessed with what you see because that’s who we are. We were made for glory and God is glory at its finest, at its highest,” he explained. “We see that glory now. All through the world, the Bible says that the earth is the Lord’s, the fullness thereof. So we’re constantly interacting with these echoes of God’s glory in food, Creation, good relationships, a good drink and a good laugh.” The 32-year-old award-winning emcee described things such as social media, fame, and the world’s beauty as an “echo” of glory, but not true glory. “The Bible teaches us that all of that glory is simply an echo of the true glory, and to fixate on that glory is to find yourself empty because an echo is not the substance. The rays of the sun are not the sun, that stuff fades. What never fades is those who go directly after King Jesus; and if you see King Jesus in His glory, you come alive,” he maintained. His Glory Alone is comprised of 13 tracks, some of which feature popular worship songs such as a reimagined version of Matt Redman’s popular chorus in “10,000 Reasons.” “Worship has had a big impact on me,” KB revealed. The rapper said he never knew that contemporary Christian music and gospel music were popularly segregated throughout America. He said he learned that CCM was associated with “white artists” and “black artists” with gospel music. All he knew was that God used CCM to minister to his heart. “I grew up in and around black culture, which almost necessitates black gospel music. I did not love Jesus, did not love God, and endured church until I became a believer at 16,” KB told CP. “I came to rediscover and love gospel music later in my walk because when I was in the black church, I didn’t resonate with it.” After he became a Christian he said he listened to a lot of Christian hip-hop. Then, while attending Trinity Bible College in Florida, he discovered contemporary worship music, which largely fits in the CCM category. “I discovered a style of music I never heard before,” he said. “I had no idea that Christian music, in a lot of ways, has been racialized.” “My first engagement with CCM was not racialized at all. I heard David Crowder singing a song, ‘Glory of it All,’” KB continued, quoting some of the lyrics. “I was on my face weeping over those songs. I went to the mission field. I’ve been in the hood around some dangerous situations, having listened to David Crowder, on my way getting there,” he added. “For me, it was not a racialized situation at all. It was like, ‘This music has been basically an accelerant for my Christian devotion and my love for God’.”
According to Sports Spectrum, The Clemson Tigers proved once again Saturday night why they are the No. 1 team in the country, as they easily dispatched No. 7 Miami, 42-17, to improve to 4-0 on the season. The star for the Tigers on this particular night in Death Valley was senior running back Travis Etienne [E-T-N]. Etienne carried the ball 17 times for 149 yards and two touchdowns (an average of 8.8 yards per attempt) while also catching eight passes for 73 more yards. In the process, Etienne added another record to his ever-increasing list of accomplishments: the most games in which a player has scored at least one rushing or receiving touchdown. His 39th game with a touchdown broke the previous NCAA Division I mark held by Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon. “Honestly, it will probably take me a while to reflect on that,” Etienne told reporters in a press conference following the game. “It’s just a tremendous accomplishment and I just want to first off thank God. Without Him, I wouldn’t even be here in this situation.” Etienne added later in the press conference that the success he’s had during his college career will probably mean more to him with each passing year. “I mean it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” he said. “We are just so deep into the grind, just trying to get better each and every week. I guess when I’m older, 10 years later looking back on it, man it’s going to really hit me and I’m just going to look back and see all things that I was able to accomplish coming here to Clemson.” The two rushing touchdowns Etienne accumulated against the Hurricanes now gives him 60 for his career, to go along with his seven career receiving touchdowns. He’s surpassed 1,600 yards on the ground each of the past two years and has never averaged less than seven yards per carry for a season since he arrived on campus in 2017.
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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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