Newspaper Prayers: Friday, March 9th

Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, March 9, 2018

Trump Accepts Kim Jong-un’s Invitation to Discuss North Korean Nuclear Program

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has invited President Trump to meet for negotiations over its nuclear program, an audacious diplomatic overture that would bring together two strong-willed, idiosyncratic leaders who have traded threats of war.

The White House said that Mr. Trump had accepted the invitation, and Chung Eui-yong, a South Korean official who conveyed it, told reporters that the president would meet with Mr. Kim within two months.

“He expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible,” Mr. Chung said at the White House on Thursday evening after meeting the president. Mr. Trump, he said, agreed to “meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization.”

The president expressed his optimism about the meeting in a post on Twitter, saying that Mr. Kim had “talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze.”

This article continues in the New York Times on-line.

Readings from the Gospel of John for Friday, March 9, 2018

Jesus has come to describe God to us. I spoke to a nearly homeless woman the other day. She felt inferior to the so-called successful church worker who was counseling her. She was surprised to learn that Jesus never put down the homeless. The only people you will find Jesus chiding are the preachers (people like me).

How do I know this? I have read the Gospel of John. In the first eighteen verses John gives us a preview of Jesus’ message and life. He says, “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth” (John 1.14).

We can rely on what Jesus has to say. He is has “insider information” about what is really real. That’s what the truth is, isn’t it? What kind of information does he give us? He says both in word and deed that God is a gracious God.

I hope you read the Gospel of John, if you haven’t already read it, and discover God’s amazing grace for people.

Prayers for Friday, March 9, 2018

Dear God, please bring peace through this meeting with Kim Jong-un and President Trump.

Bob Spradlingrose-quote

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