Six Officers Shot, 3 Dead in Baton Rouge

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Three officers are dead and three others are injured in Baton Rouge after being lured into an ambush. The suspect, Gavin Eugene Long, 29, was a former member of Nation of Islam (led by Louis Farrakhan) and former U. S. Marine. Officers responded to a call about a man walking down the highway with an assault rifle at 8:40 a.m. Sunday morning. A witness said Long was shooting indiscriminately when he walked out between a convenience store and a car wash. He shot the police officers when they arrived on the scene.

Long served in the Marines for five years, including one deployment to Iraq. He was active on social media, and in one Youtube video, he promotes a book he wrote on black liberation ideology. Yet, law enforcement officials do not believe the shooting was related to race. Long is black, as is one of the officers he killed.

Long also referenced the recent death of Alton Sterling, a black man killed by Baton Rouge police on July 5. The matter is being investigated.

Montell_JacksonOne slain Baton Rouge officer has been identified as Montell Jackson, 32, shown here with his four-month-old son. On July 8, Jackson posted on Facebook: “These are trying times. Please don’t let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better. I’m working in these streets so any protesters, officers, friends, family, or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to say a prayer, I got you.”

The other slain officers are Matthew Gerald, 41, and sheriff’s deputy Brad Granola, 45.

Pray for the families of the fallen officers and for the three wounded to have full recoveries in their spirits, souls and bodies. Pray also that the funding sources for anti-police groups and others that espouse hatred would dry up. Father, turn the hearts of those who are misguided. Stop those who want to steal, kill and destroy.

John 15:18 – If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you.

Romans 12:21 – Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.

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Hundreds Dead after Failed Coup in Turkey

A faction of the Turkish military attempted a coup d’etat to overthrow President Erdogan on Friday night. Erdogan was out of the country at the time. The parliament building was bombed and the military claimed it had captured the airports.

As Saturday morning dawned, President Erdogan had returned to the capital and said the coup was over. At least 265 died in the uprising, and 1,440 were wounded. Erdogan has ordered the arrest of 2,700+ judges and prosecutors, and 2,800+ military officers and soldiers. He has also threatened to reintroduce the death penalty. With this type of cleansing, analysts fear there will be no one left to restrain his authority.

The Turkish military has been the home of moderate, pro-secular sentiment and he attempted many coups, the last one in 1980. Erdogan seemed energized by the result of the attempt, and greeted thousands of supporters on Saturday, saying “This coup is a gift from God… It will allow us to cleanse the military.”

The U. S. has an airbase in Incirlik from which our military stages anti-ISIS efforts. Electricity to the base was cut on Saturday and flight operations suspended, but restored on Sunday. The top Turkish official and other officers at Incirlik Air Base have been arrested.

A Turkish cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who lives in the U. S. has been accused by Erdogan directing the coup. Erdogan demanded Gulen be extradited, which the Obama administration is considering. Gulen continues to have significant support among members of the military and within the government, but would be executed if he were returned to Turkey.

Turkish armed forces issued a statement on Sunday saying the uprising was engineered by “terrorist traitors embedded within the Turkish army who belonged to an illegal organization.”

Why this Matters: Some analysts have said that this coup attempt was Turkey’s last best chance for democracy. Erdogan is a totalitarian Muslim leader who has jailed journalists in the past and will likely come down hard against free speech, freedom to assemble, and freedom of religion.

Father, we pray for the Christians in Turkey. Preserve them and hide them in plain sight. Let the gospel flourish in spite of this and every other repressive regime. Guide the steps of those who would be martyred for Christ. Keep us all steadfast and focused on You.

1 Tim. 2:12 – If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us.

Rev. 22:12 – And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

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Mike_PenceTrump Chooses Mike Pence as Running Mate

On Friday, Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he had selected Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana to be his vice presidential running mate. Pence is a solid conservative and Trump’s decision has been applauded by leaders in the Republican Party.

The candidates will be officially nominated at the Republican National Convention, which begins Monday, July 18.

Why this Matters: Even if Trump was your last choice from the field of 17, remember that the next president will be appointing at least three or four Supreme Court justices. Those men and women will be deciding this nation’s laws for decades, thus making this possibly the most important election in our lifetimes.

Therefore, continue to pray for God to guide the election. Father, we ask that the Republican delegates will set aside their divisions and unite for the good of the Party and our nation. We know that the prophetic timeline is nearing its completion. We want to go into the future representing righteousness personally, and as much as we are able to, publicly. Make us a Church that openly, noisily stands for Jesus!

Ps. 20:7-8 – Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.

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