Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, July 25th

Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, July 25, 2017

U.S. Navy Plane Takes ‘Evasive Action’ to Avoid Chinese Fighter Jet 

A United States Navy spy plane had to take evasive action to avoid crashing into a Chinese fighter jet that suddenly pulled up in front of the American plane in contested skies above the East China Sea on Sunday, the Pentagon said.

Two Chinese fighter planes intercepted the Navy EP-3 surveillance plane, approaching at high speeds from beneath the American plane, said Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. 

When the planes were only a few hundred feet apart, one of the Chinese planes slowed down and flew directly in front of the Navy plane, prompting the American pilot to take what Captain Davis described as “evasive action.” He said the episode took place in international airspace between the East China Sea and the Yellow Sea, west of the Korean Peninsula.

Readings from the Sermon on the Mount for Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Matthew 5.9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

Glenn Clark, Frank Laubach, and Rufus Moseley (see other blog articles) were the first to teach me that the way God defeats his enemies is to make them his friends. What would happen if we imitated God’s activity with regard to our enemies? What if we sought the man or woman who most irritates and angers us and made that person our project? Starr Daily, a friend and co-worker with the men above, did this while serving a twenty-year sentence in prison. Once converted, he sought out the most difficult prisoners to see if he could help turn them from enemies to friends of God.

What a great challenge! Let’s seek to help an enemy become a friend of God.

Prayers for Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dear God, we desire to join your great work of turning enemies into your friends. Show us how to do it, we pray.

Bob Spradlingrose-quote

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