Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Trump Belittles George Papadopoulos as ‘Low Level’ Adviser
President Trump on Tuesday tried to diminish the significance of a former foreign policy adviser who admitted to lying to the F.B.I. about how, during last year’s presidential campaign, he sought to meet with Russians offering “dirt” on Hillary Clinton based on purloined emails.
In his first comment on this aspect of the case being developed by the special counsel investigation, Mr. Trump did not deny that the foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, worked to collaborate with Russia. He simply brushed off his significance and focused on the fact that Mr. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. to cover up the contacts with Russia.
“Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter.
Readings from the Prophet Amos for Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Amos 7.7-8 – This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said, “See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel.”
Like a skilled carpenter, God puts the plumb line of his will in the midst of his people. Exodus 20 contains the Ten Commandments and Matthew 5-7 contains the Sermon on the Mount. Both passages make excellent plumb lines for our consideration.
When God places the plumb line of his will in our midst, he calls us to align our lives with his revealed plans for us. The best life possible can be found, as we align our lives with the Ten Commandmennts and the Sermon on the Mount.
Prayers for Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Dear God, please help us all to align our lives with your revealed plans for our lives.