U.S. Interceptor Rocket Hits the Mark


The U.S. Air Force carried out an important test on Tuesday, simulating the firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile by North Korea, and then launching of an interceptor missile to stop it. It works like a bullet hitting a bullet.

In this test, a target warhead was launched from a ballistic missile defense test site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, 4,200 miles away. The interceptor missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and two collided over the Pacific Ocean.

Previous tests have been successful only about half the time. However, technology has improved vastly since the last test in 2014, and U.S. military leaders believe the glitches have been worked out. According to a defense agency spokesman, this test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat.

Why this Matters: North Korea continues to launch missiles–the last one was on Monday, which landed in waters near Japan–in defiance of international law. NK dictator Kim Jong-un expressed his desire to send a bigger “gift package to the Yankees” in retaliation for American naval presence in the area.

Praise God for this success! Pray that Kim will back down or be removed by God for the good of his people and the world.

President Fired Up After His First Foreign Trip

President Trump finished his first foreign tour over the weekend and headed back to D.C. Calling it a “home run,” the President made stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium. His final meetings were with NATO in Brussels and the G7 (leaders of seven Western nations) in Sicily.

On Thursday the President urged NATO member countries to pay their fair share. He reminded the other leaders that it is “not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States” that the U.S. spends more on defense than all the other nations together.

NATO members agree to defend each other in the event that one is attacked by a nation outside the alliance. Countries are supposed to contribute two percent of their gross domestic product, but Germany, France, and Canada are delinquent in those payments.

G7 members were highly critical of the President because he stopped short of supporting their climate change agreement. Mr. Trump has previously called global warming a hoax, but he has recently said he will make a decision on curbing carbon emissions.

As to trade, President Trump agreed to fight protectionism and committed to a rules-based international trade system.

Continue praying for the President and his cabinet, staff, and other people in the administration. Pray they will listen to the Lord and follow His commands.


Bombs Kill Dozens in Baghdad

Several deadly explosions killed dozens of people in Baghdad on Tuesday. The worst was a massive explosion outside a popular ice cream parlor that killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens of others. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, however, another source said a militia group unrelated to ISIS was responsible. Several militias have been fighting for control of the area.

Why this Matters: Tuesday was the second day of the Muslim “holy” month of Ramadan. The bombers targeted gatherings of Shiite Muslims, whom Sunni Muslims consider to be infidels. This type of killing is typical for the month of Ramadan.

Pray that the U.S. air strikes against ISIS in the Iraqi city of Mosul will be able to take out the foreign fighters–militants who have come from other countries. Pray that Muslims everywhere will recognize the insanity of their religion and turn to Jesus.


Behind Bars – Former congressman and husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner. He was convicted of sexting with a 15-year-old girl and sentenced up to 27 months in jail. Weiner’s computer had thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails on it, and was removed by the authorities when he was arrested. It has not been revealed what those emails contained.

Dead in Panama– Panamanian General Manuel Noriega, a U.S. ally and CIA asset who later became a brutally repressive dictator. Noriega was eventually arrested and gave his life to Christ while behind bars. He was 83.

Ps. 7:9 – Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end;
but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.


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