Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, March 3, 2017
Jeff Sessions Recuses Himself From Russia Inquiry – Attorney General Jeff Sessions, facing a storm of criticism over newly disclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States, recused himself on Thursday from any investigation into charges that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
His announcement, delivered at a terse news conference, came after a day of rapid-fire developments in a murky affair that has shadowed President Trump, jeopardized his closest aides and intensified pressure for a full inquiry into Moscow’s attempts to influence the election as well as the policies of the new administration.
26.2 Readings from Isaiah 12.1-6 for Friday, March 3, 2017
Isaiah 12 is a song of praise to God. It is a song of hope for a preferred future under the canopy of God’s love and grace. Isaiah 12.2 highlights the theme of the entire unit of thought from chapters 7-39. As you read this verse, notice how trusting God is our response to God’s love, wisdom and power. Isaiah said, “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.”
Rufus Moseley (Heavenly View) shows the kind of attitudes and actions that open the door for the vision of chapter 12. “Whatever we really believe, we act upon. The person who believes in Jesus vitally is receptive and responsive to him, his Spirit, and way of life; and by being receptive and responsive, the way is open for Jesus to make him like himself. When we love the Lord well enough to keep his commandments and keep our heart and mind open on Jesus, we are sure to receive the Holy Spirit. Christ and the Father will manifest themselves and take up their abode with and within this person. Everything of Jesus is life, while everything contrary to him is death.
Prayers for Friday, March 3, 2017
Dear God, please draw us into a life of love with you where we are receptive and responsive to you, your Spirit and your way of life. May we discover the truth that Jesus is life.