Tensions Rise in Yemen; US Fires Missiles

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The U.S.S. Mason, a naval destroyer sailing off the coast of Yemen was fired upon on two separate occasions last week. No damage or injuries were reported. On Thursday, U.S. Tomahawk missiles were fired at radar sites in Yemen. They were launched from the U.S.S. Nitze and assessments are that all three sites were destroyed.

The Pentagon blamed the offensive actions on Shiite Houthi rebels, but the rebels claimed they were not responsible. On Saturday, 140 people were killed when a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a funeral hall in the capital of Sanaa.

In response to U.S. actions, Iran deployed two warships to the Gulf of Adan, off Yemen’s coast, further escalating tensions. Analysts warn the move could ratchet up the danger to U.S. forces in the region. A Chinese warship and Russian intelligence ship were in the same region Thursday.

The war in Yemen is seen as a proxy fight between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Obama administration has backed the Saudis in their fight against the Houthis. There have been large numbers of civilian deaths, and the White House says they will conduct a review of American support for the operation.

Why this Matters: Things are escalating in the Middle East and the alliances are taking shape: Iran, Russia, Syria vs. the West and Saudi Arabia.

How to Pray: Father, You hold the whole world in Your hands and nothing that any nation does is beyond the reach of Your influence. Help us to find our peace in You and guide us to prepare our hearts for what’s ahead. We look forward to the day we will meet Jesus in the air! Until then, we will fix our eyes on Him and make each day count.

Heb. 12:1-2 – Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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Bill Clinton’s $1 Million Birthday Gift from Qatar

In another dump of John Podesta’s hacked emails, one document revealed that Hillary Clinton’s aide discussing pay-for-play donations by foreign ambassadors to get time with the former president.

This was during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.

The memo reads:

“[Qatar] would like to see WJC ‘for five minutes’ in NYC to present $1 million check that Qatar promised for WJC’s birthday in 2011… Qatar would welcome our suggestions for investments in Haiti-particularly on education and health. They have allocated most of their $20 million but are happy to consider projects we suggest…”

Why this Matters: The evidence continues to mount that the Clintons used her office to leverage funds for their charity. It’s amazing that they both claimed they were poor after leaving the White House. Now their net worth is somewhere around $125 million-yet neither has taken a “regular” job. How is that possible? Massive corruption.

How to Pray: As we prayed yesterday, that the hypocrisy in America would end. Whoever, wherever, and however we operate, may our yes be yes, and our no be no (James 5:12). May we have the purity of heart to call evil, evil; and good, good–especially in our own lives.

Is. 5:20, 23 – Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for dark-ness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

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