Newspaper Prayers: Friday, July 21st

Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, July 21, 2017

Exxon Mobil Fined for Violating Sanctions on Russia 

The Treasury Department on Thursday fined Exxon Mobil $2 million for violating sanctions that the United States imposed on Russia in 2014 while Rex W. Tillerson, now the secretary of state, was the oil company’s chief executive. 

The penalty was relatively small for the Treasury and a blip on Exxon’s mammoth balance sheet, but it came as controversy over Russia policy has engulfed Washington. The Trump administration is facing questions about Russia’s intervention in the 2016 election, and Congress has considered stiffening sanctions out of concern that President Trump will try to ease those already in place.

The move also underscores concerns over Mr. Tillerson’s deep business connections in Russia.

“Exxon Mobil demonstrated reckless disregard for U.S. sanctions requirements,” the Treasury said in a report announcing the penalty. “Exxon Mobil caused significant harm to the Ukraine-related sanctions program.”

Readings from Jeremiah 3.12-13 for Friday, July 21, 2017

Our lack of faith is not proclaimed with words. Rather, our lack of faith is demonstrated by our actions. When we attach ourselves to money, sex, power, protection, etc., we show that we believe we can secure our own lives apart from God. Seeking to be free from God, we become slaves to our addictions.

God invites us to return to him, to be forgiven and to be healed.

Jeremiah 3.12-13 – Go, and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: Return, faithless Israel, says the Lord. I will not look on you in anger, for I am merciful, says the Lord; I will not be angry forever. Only acknowledge your guilt, that you have rebelled against the Lord your God, and scattered your favors among strangers under every green tree, and have not obeyed my voice, says the Lord.

Prayers for Friday, July 21, 2017

Dear God, we have sinned and have rebelled against you. Please help us to return to a relationship with you.

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