Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, July 27, 2017
Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas Will Be Nominated as Religious Ambassador
Sam Brownback, the beleaguered governor of Kansas whose aggressively conservative fiscal polices turned some fellow Republicans against him, will be nominated to serve as ambassador at large for international religious freedom, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.
Mr. Brownback, 60, represented his home state in Congress before being elected to two terms as governor beginning in 2011.
On Twitter, Mr. Brownback wrote on Wednesday: “Religious Freedom is the first freedom. The choice of what you do with your own soul. I am honored to serve such an important cause.”
Comment from Bob: My experience with Governor Brownback is very positive with regard to his passion for religious liberty. I know of instances in the past where his influence has helped free people from religious persecution. I expect this to be a good role for his passion and ability.
Readings from Jeremiah 4.14 for Thursday, July 27, 2017
Jeremiah 4.14 – O Jerusalem, wash your heart clean of wickedness so that you may be saved. How long shall your evil schemes lodge within you?
Today’s verse is selected from a passage that highlights war against Jerusalem, a war that the people of that city will not win.
God’s answer for people at war – war within themselves or otherwise – is to turn away from evil schemes. As long as my intellect and will is focused on obtaining my own self-centered and self-directed desires, I will be distant from God and his help. God’s answer is to wash our hearts clean of this kind of activity.
Prayers for Thursday, July 27, 2017
Dear God, please help us to wash our hearts of the wickedness of our own self-centered and self-directed desires.