Newspaper Prayers: Friday, March 23rd

Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, March 23, 2018

Trump’s Appointment of John Bolton Raises Concern in Asia

President Trump’s decision to name John R. Bolton as his national security adviser stirred concerns in Asia on Friday about a hardening of American foreign policy that could set the stage for conflict in an already tense part of the world.

Mr. Bolton has taken a hard line on North Korea, and he has expressed skepticism about South Korea’s role in arranging a meeting between Mr. Trump and Kim Jong-un. Mr. Bolton recently said Mr. Trump should tell the North Korean leader that unless he quickly commits in talks to total denuclearization, Mr. Trump should try “something else” — hinting at a pre-emptive American military strike.

After months of painstakingly building a relationship with the departing national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, South Korean officials now have to manage their “very bad chemistry” with Mr. Bolton, “who is all about sticks,” said Lee Byong-chul, senior fellow at the Institute for Peace and Cooperation in Seoul.

“We will have to see if Bolton opens his mouth and launches his verbal attacks against the North,” Mr. Lee said. “That will give North Korea an excuse to step away from its summit proposal. The Trump-Bolton team then will ramp up pressure. And we will hear more talk about a pre-emptive strike and see tensions rising again on the Korean Peninsula.”

(The article continues in the New York Times on-line.)

Reading from the Gospel of John for Friday, March 23, 2018

According to Dr. Frank Laubach of “Each-One-Teach-One” fame, John 5.19 is one of 47 instances in the Gospel of John where Jesus says basically the same thing. Here is what he said over-and-over again in different forms, “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.”

The Gospel of John presents Jesus as being completely led by his Heavenly Father. His mission was not separate from the Father, but completely led by him. The source of Jesus’ wisdom, power, and perfect direction was his continued communication with the Father.

None of us will ever attain to the perfection of the Son of God. It does not mean we should not strive for that kind of intimate communion with God. Laubach’s incredible life is testimony that human being can tremendously benefit from a close and obedient relationship with God.

Prayers for Friday, March 23, 2018

Dear God, please grant us faith to trust our direction for our lives.plant-light-1-of-1

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