Bastille Day Attack in France, 77 Dead

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A truck plowed through the crowd at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France, shortly after 1 a.m. on Friday, July 14. As of this writing, 77 are dead, with at least 100 more wounded. The truck driver is said to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” (Alla is the greatest god) before he was killed in a gun battle with the police.

Weapons and grenades were found inside the truck, which had driven for hundreds of yards along the famed Promenade des Anglais seafront, slamming into spectators watching the fireworks. Bastille Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution.

In a press conference early Friday morning, French President Francoise Hollande said, “France as a whole is under the threat of Islamic terrorism. We have to demonstrate absolute vigilance and show determination that is unfailing. Therefore I have decided to first maintain a high level of police forces, with 10,00 military staff, as well as our police forces. I have also decided to ask military volunteers to join and help our police forces.
I have decided that the state of emergency which was supposed to end on July 26 will be extended by three months.”

Why this Matters: French President Hollande has no problem using the phrase “Islamic terrorism,” yet, neither President Obama nor anyone in his administration will do the same. As Donald Trump and others have commented, “How can you fight an enemy you refuse to identify?”

Pray for the healing of the wounded and that the Lord would send evangelists for those who do not know him. Pray also for the Lord to be near to those who grieve, and that His presence will be evident.

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Theresa May Succeeds David Cameron As The UK's New Prime Minister
May curtseying to the queen, symbolic confirmation of the change in government.

Britain has a New Prime Minister

David Cameron resigned his post as Prime Minister on Tuesday, July 12, making way for Theresa May, 59, to replace him. Because he was on the losing side of the referendum regarding the British exit from the European Union, Cameron had promised he would step down.

On Wednesday, May had an audience with the Queen and officially became prime minister. She is the first woman to hold the job since Margaret Thatcher, who served from 1979 to 1990. May had served as Home Secretary for six years. Despite her opposition to the referendum on exiting the EU, May has promised to uphold the decision, saying, “Brexit means Brexit.”

Pray for the success of Britain in her renewed position as a sovereign nation and for the stability of Europe as the transition is made. Pray for guidance from God for Mrs. May. Father, we thank You for the English roots of our country. We praise You for guiding us and that even though so many bad changes have come so quickly to the U.S., we can still pray and stand for righteousness. In the name of Jesus, help us continue to serve You no matter how difficult it becomes. May Your name ever be praised!

Ps. 106:1 – Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Romans 13:3 – For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

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