U.S. Pushes Back on Iran Missile Test

Iran makes missiles  tests in military manoeuvre

Iran launched a ballistic missile on Sunday, it’s latest provocation in a string of missile launches and antagonizing moves against U.S. Naval vessels in the Middle East. The missile flew 630 miles before it exploded when it failed on re-entry. Earlier last week, Iranian-supported Houthi rebels from Yemen attacked and blew up a Saudi ship.

Neither action was in violation of the nuclear agreement crafted by the Obama administration in July of 2015, but U.S. officials say it was in violation of a UN resolution. The UN Security Council met on Tuesday to discuss Iran’s actions. They came short of condemning the missile launch.

On Wednesday, National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, gave a press briefing in which he called the launch a weapons violation and said Iran was a state sponsor of terror. He said the Trump administration was putting Iran on notice, but did not specify what that means.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a video saying he looked forward to meeting with President Trump soon, and would ask for a renewal of sanctions against Iran.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault vowed that France would act as defender of Iran’s nuclear deal, saying it was in the “common interest.” He said that while Iran had “largely” honored the deal’s terms, it had tested the spirit of the accord over the past year by carrying out several ballistic missile tests.

The Iranians insist they did not breach the nuclear accord or a UN Security council resolution. Flynn said similar actions by Iran under the Obama Administration weren’t met with a sufficiently stern response and Trump’s administration would take a tougher approach.

Why this Matters: Russia is an ally of Iran, and the world may begin to line up on one side or the other.

It’s interesting that President Trump, in keeping with his position that one should never telegraph one’s intentions to the enemy, isn’t giving details on what “put on notice” means.

How to Pray: That the administration will hear from God on how to proceed. Pray for all Muslims to hear the gospel of peace and that God would protect those who accept Jesus as their Lord.

Matt. 24:6 – And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

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Rex Tillerson is swon-in as Secretary of State

Trump Gains Three More Appointees

The Senate Finance Committee approved two of President Trump’s cabinet nominees on Wednesday: Steven Mnuchin for Treasury and Tom Price for Health and Human Services. In a surprising move, the Republicans on the committee decided to go ahead and take a vote on the candidates, in violation of a rule requiring at least one Democrat be present. The Democrats continued their boycott of the hearings, claiming the candidates were lying to the committee.

By unanimous consent, the Republicans agreed to change the committee’s standing rules, saying the candidates were being treated poorly.

Rex Tillerson was confirmed by the Senate as Secretary of State and was sworn in Wednesday. Steve Mnuchin and Tom Price now head to the Senate for a full vote, as will Jeff Sessions, Trump’s nominee to head the Justice Department.

gorsuchSupreme Court Justice Nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch
Meet SCOTUS nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. Watch this short video and you’ll get a feel for who he is and what he stands for. (Drag your cursor to start at 32:00; it goes until 44:19)

2 Chron. 1:10 – Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?

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 Mosque Attacker Kills Six

On Sunday, January 29, a young man walked into a Quebec City mosque during a time of prayer and fired his gun, killing six people and wounding eight. Last June, a severed pig’s head was left outside the same mosque. The suspect in the killing is Alexandre Bissonnette, a white French Canadian. The man is said to have borderline anti-woman, anti-Islam views.

Pray for the Muslim families and for this murderer’s understanding that he might repent for what he has done. May some even turn to Christ because they search to find the true God in the aftermath of this heinous act.

Is. 61:1 – The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

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