Threats from Without and Within

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1. North Korea
 
North Korean government media broadcast threats against the U.S., saying “There is no bigger mistake than the United States believing that its land is safe across the ocean.” It added that the U.S. would pay dearly “thousands of times” for the economic sanctions, which include prohibitions on exports of coal, iron, and seafood.
The United Nations Security Council voted 15-0 on Saturday to penalize NK for its threats and missile tests.
On Friday, U.S. spy agencies detected NK loading two cruise missiles on a patrol boat. This is the first deployment of its kind since 2014. North Korea launched its last missile test on July 4.
Sec. of State Rex Tillerson with Philippine President Duterte
2. ISIS 
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday, requesting help against ISIS, which has threatened several areas of his nation. The U.S. military is considering how to help–likely by supplying drones that could level air strikes on ISIS targets.
Why this Matters: Duterte has been under attack from human rights groups because he has ordered the killings of 1,400 people linked to drug cartels and terror networks. This was done outside of any legal proceedings. 
3. Chicago 
The city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against the federal government. This is in response to President Trump’s threat to withhold federal subsidies because of Chicago’s status as a sanctuary city. Sanctuary cities and municipalities officially protect and helps hide illegals so they will not be deported, even when those illegals are guilty of criminal actions.
Chicago receives $3.2 million in federal money for public safety. It has the highest murder rate in the nation.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired back with a statement saying,
 
“The political leadership of Chicago has chosen deliberately and intentionally to adopt a policy that obstructs this country’s lawful immigration system. They have… adopted an official policy of protecting criminals who prey on their own residents.”
There are an estimated 200 to 600 local and state governments with some sort of sanctuary policy. Five metropolitan areas, including Miami-Dade County, have dropped their sanctuary status in response to the hard line taken by the Trump administration.
One man in San Francisco was turned over to immigration officials when he reported at the police station that his car had been stolen. In the process of filing the complaint, officers discovered there was a warrant out for the man’s arrest. After being picked up by immigration officials, he then turned around and sued the city. This illegal alien was awarded $190,000 because San Francisco violated their own sanctuary policy.
Why this Matters: The lawsuit could end up in the Supreme Court because the laws on federal funding are unclear. According to some legal experts, the administration may lose this one because federal government does not have the right to tell state and local organizations how to do their jobs. However, federal grants made by the Obama Administration expire in October, so technically, the city is filing a lawsuit for something that hasn’t happened yet. 
How to Pray: Pray that the people who want to take down our nation or disobey our laws would be caught in their own traps. Pray for wisdom on military assistance in the Philippines. Pray for successful outcomes in the cities that follow immigration laws.
Proverbs 26:27 – Whoso digs a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolls a stone, it will return upon him. 
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