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According to WSLS-10, Liberty University’s campus pastor has announced his resignation through a social media post to students Wednesday. David Nasser, Liberty University Senior Vice President for Spiritual Development, posted a seven-minute-long video to YouTube with his wife, Jennifer, detailing why he will be resigning from his position. Nasser first started his role at Liberty in August 2014 and was a pastor of Christ City Church near Birmingham, Alabama prior to joining the university. “After seven years of being a part of this staff as campus pastor, the Lord is transitioning me out of this role and this will be my last semester here,” Nasser said. The couple further explained that they will be transitioning and continuing working in ministry by serving with a nonprofit in Nashville, Tennesee. “This has been one of the most difficult decisions we’ve ever had to make, but we do feel affirmed that God is asking for our obedience to step out of this role in ministry and into a whole new role in ministry elsewhere,” Nasser said. “As your campus pastor, I can’t ask you week after week to be obedient and to go wherever (God) leads and then not model that very same thing in our own lives.”
According to ABC 3340 News, Detectives are searching for the gunmen responsible for killing a woman and injuring five others, including a 5-year-old boy. The shots were fired at Birmingham’s Patton Park Easter night. 32-year-old Areyelle Yarbrough was shot and killed. Friends describe her as a sweet person. She was the daughter of Rev. Michael Yarbrough and Sonya at Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Radio personality Rickey Smiley knew her growing up. “Now this family is going to be affected by this forever,” Smiley said, “they”ll never get their daughter back. I remember when her mother was pregnant with her and she sung in the choir, 4.0 grade point average in school to get her masters degree in business and she’s dead and when is it going to stop.”
According to NBC DFW, A manhunt is underway for the person who opened fire at a business park in Bryan, Texas, Thursday afternoon, injuring several people. Lt. Jason James with the Bryan Police Department said the first call about the shooting came at about 2:30 p.m. at a business on the 300 block of Stone City Drive and that there were “several victims.” Police have revealed no information about the motive or the shooter, who is believed to be at large. A description of the person has not yet been provided. While James couldn’t confirm the number of people who had been hurt or their conditions, they did confirm that six ambulances had been called to the scene. The victims were transported to St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital. There has been no confirmation of any deaths in connection with the shooting.
According to Mission Network News, In 1987, a brutal civil war decimated Sudan. Over 20,000 young boys fled their villages, walking a thousand miles before reaching a refugee camp in Kenya. About half of them died on the way. Today, Jason Woolford with Mission Cry says one of these men runs a ministry in South Sudan. “We’re in the works of getting to him 95,000 Bibles and Christian books for a refugee camp. He says people are in dire need of the Word of God. He told me that as they go to the Nile to get water (because they have nothing) that children and people are being eaten by animals and crocodiles. And he said, ‘It’s such a mess there: the poverty, the sickness.’ But he’s calling and crying out for the Word of God to these people. So we have an opportunity, we have Bibles, we have the Christian books. We just need the funding to get them there.” Woolford encourages listeners to donate their Bibles for this purpose. “English is the financial language of the world. English is taught in schools taught to those folks, so they have the ability to read it.”
According to CNBC, Nike has suspended its endorsement of Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. “We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and have suspended Deshaun Watson. We will continue to closely monitor the situation,” Nike said in a statement. The first woman who accused Watson of sexual misconduct while receiving private massages spoke publicly on Tuesday. Ashley Solis said she suffers from “panic attacks, anxiety and depression” due to Watson’s alleged sexual assault in March 2020. She requested that Watson be held accountable for his alleged behavior. Watson and lawyer Rusty Hardin have denied the allegations saying the claims result from a failed blackmail attempt. The quarterback has been accused of sexual misconduct in lawsuits filed by 22 women, all represented by lawyer Tony Buzbee. And on April 2, the Houston Police Department tweeted it has opened a criminal investigation after a complaint was filed against Watson.
According to ESPN, Tiger Woods’ February crash was caused by excessive speed, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday. Woods’ SUV was traveling from 84 to 87 mph on a downhill stretch of road outside Los Angeles that had a speed limit of 45 mph. The SUV was going 75 mph when it hit a tree, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. No traffic citations were issued. Authorities said there was no evidence of impairment or of distracted driving, so they didn’t have probable cause to get those warrants. Investigators, however, did search the SUV’s data recorder, known as a black box. Villanueva blamed the Feb. 23 crash solely on excessive speed and Woods’ loss of control behind the wheel. Sheriff’s Capt. James Powers, who oversees the sheriff’s station closest to the crash site, said there was no evidence that the golfer braked throughout the wreck and that it’s believed Woods inadvertently hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal.
According to PEOPLE magazine, Carrie Underwood is giving back through the power of music. The 38-year-old singer’s virtual concert, My Savior: Live From The Ryman, raised more than $112,000 for the nonprofit organization Save the Children, according to a press release. The livestream event — which took place on Easter Sunday and was recorded at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium — aired on Underwood’s Facebook page and saw the country crooner perform a series of tracks from her recently released gospel album, My Savior. The concert also featured special appearances by gospel great CeCe Winans, who sang a duet with Underwood on “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” and NEEDTOBREATHE frontman Bear Rinehart, who sang with the Grammy award-winning songstress on “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus.”
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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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