Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, September 19th

Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, September 19, 2017

With a Picked Lock and a Threatened Indictment, Mueller’s Inquiry Sets a Tone

Paul J. Manafort was in bed early one morning in July when federal agents bearing a search warrant picked the lock on his front door and raided his Virginia home. They took binders stuffed with documents and copied his computer files, looking for evidence that Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, set up secret offshore bank accounts. They even photographed the expensive suits in his closet.

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, then followed the house search with a warning: His prosecutors told Mr. Manafort they planned to indict him, said two people close to the investigation.

The moves against Mr. Manafort are just a glimpse of the aggressive tactics used by Mr. Mueller and his team of prosecutors in the four months since taking over the Justice Department’s investigation into Russia’s attempts to disrupt last year’s election, according to lawyers, witnesses and American officials who have described the approach. Dispensing with the plodding pace typical of many white-collar investigations, Mr. Mueller’s team has used what some describe as shock-and-awe tactics to intimidate witnesses and potential targets of the inquiry.

Readings from the Prophet Hosea for Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hosea 8.7 – For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.

This is an oft-quoted verse, because of its profound truth. When we give our lives to emptiness, we receive abundant emptiness. One of my friends who has recovered from addiction and prison said this of his experience. He said, “I thought I was going to a party, but I ended up in hell.”

Our culture seems to be hell-bent on being committed to emptiness. A few minutes of TV watching is ample evidence.

I once asked a group of men and women in recovery this question. I said, “Do you think God can throw a good party?” The surprised look on their faces was evidence that they believed that our culture’s pursuit of emptiness was preferred to what appeared boring from God.

My encouragement is to try God and see if Jesus’ promise of abundant life in John 10.10 is true.

Prayers for Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dear God, may we place our complete faith in you and experience the abundant life that you desire for us.

Bob Spradlingplant-light-1-of-1

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