Day 13 of Advent 2016
Prophecy: For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6, AMP)
Fulfillment: Listen carefully: you will conceive in your womb and give birth to a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. (Luke 1:31, AMP)
[the good news] regarding His Son, who, as to the flesh [His human nature], was born a descendant of David [to fulfill the covenant promises], and [as to His divine nature] according to the Spirit of holiness was openly designated to be the Son of God with power [in a triumphant and miraculous way] by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 1:3-4, AMP)
And after coming to [Nazareth] His hometown, He began teaching them in their synagogue, and they were astonished, and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers [what is the source of His authority]? (Matthew 13:54, AMP)
but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks (Gentiles), Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. (I Corinthians 1:24, AMP)
I and the Father are One [in essence and nature].” (John 10:30, AMP)
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.] (John 16:33, AMP)
December 9, 2016: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Revelation 7-11
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Commentary: God remembers those who serve Him. Those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior will stand in His presence one day. The remainder of today’s reading covers the great tribulations, which is a result of the event and final broken seal. With the breaking of the final seal, seven angel prepare to blow their horns. The first six horn blasts are covered in chapters 8 and 9. The final two chapters focus on the seventh, final horn blast, and God’s final plan. God’s plans do not always come to pass as we might expect. Two witnesses will come to the ungodly world and be ignored.
Focus Verses: 7:9-12 Will you be honoring the Lord? What does your life say to the world? Are you living a life for Christ?
Advent is a time of waiting. Our whole life, however, is
Advent--that is, a time of waiting for the ultimate,
for the time when there will be a new heaven and a new earth,
when all people are brothers and sisters and one rejoices in the words of the angels:
"On earth peace to those on whom God's favor rests."
Learn to wait, because he has promised to come.
"I stand at the door..."
We however call to him: "Yes, come soon,
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, A Testament to Freedom: the essential writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
On November 27, 2016, the new church year begins with the Season of Advent. Advent beings on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. (Christmas Day is not counted as part of Advent) It is a time of preparation, self-reflections, anticipation, and excitement. It is a time in which we can look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and look forward to His Second Coming.
Throughout the Old Testament, there are numerous prophecies which refer to the coming Messiah, the Son of God. Jesus Christ fulfilled these prophecies, as recorded in the New Testament. This Advent Season, we will post a prophecy every day, and the scripture in which Jesus fulfilled the prophecy. Each day, experience the anticipation of the coming Messiah, and the glory of the fulfillment!
December 9, 2016
Ronald Bert Smith, Jr., was executed by the state of Texas on Thursday, December 8, 2016. Ronald was pronounced dead at 11:05 pm CST, inside the execution chamber at the Holeman Correctional Facility in Attmore, Alabama. His execution was delayed several hours due to appeals. Ronald was 44 years of age. He was executed for the murder of Casey Wilson on November 8, 1994, in Madison County, Alabama. Ronald spent the last 21 years of his life on Alabama’s death row.
Ronald grew up attending a Methodist Church, participating in youth activities. He was also an accomplished Boy Scout and was described as a “quiet, polite, respectful…gentle young man” at his trial. Ronald graduated from high school as a member of the National Honor Society and was offered (but did not accept) a three-year Naval ROTC scholarship to Auburn University. Ronald began drinking heavily in college and skipping classes, ultimately causing him to withdraw before the end of his first year. Ronald did not have a prior criminal record, although he had, at least twice, been involved in a fight at a nude nightclub.
During the early morning hours of November 8, 1994, Ronald Smith, Jay Zuercher, and Chad Roundtree were driving around when they decided to rob a local convenience store, the Circle C, in Huntsville, Alabama. After parking the vehicle, Zuercher and Roundtree remained in the vehicle, while Smith entered the store. The only other person in the store was the clerk, Casey Wilson.
According to surveillance tapes, Smith pointed a gun at Casey, telling him to open the register. When Casey was unable to open the register, Smith forced Casey into the restroom, pistol-whipping him and shooting him in the left arm. Smith left Casey in the restroom and attempted to force the register open. Smith was unsuccessful.
Smith then turned his attention to the safe, which was under the counter. Smith was able to manipulate the combination lock on the safe and open it. Smith returned to the restroom and shot Casey in the back of the head, killing him. Smith then collected his spent shell casings.
At some point, Zuercher also entered the store, stealing a pack of cigarettes. Both men then left the store. Before they drove away, someone remembered that the store contained video surveillance. Smith returned to the store twice to attempt to destroy the videos, before taking the recorder and tape with him.
Smith was convicted on August 5, 1995. A jury recommend by a vote of 7-5 that Smith be sentenced to life without parole. A judge overrode the jury, sentencing Smith to death on October 6, 1995. Zuercher received a sentence of life in prison, with parole possible after 10 years. Roundtree, after accepting a reduced charge in exchange for his testimony, received a 20-year sentence with parole possible after 10 years.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Ronald Smith. Please pray for strength for the family of Ronald.
Updated: Monday, December 5, 2016 10:51 am EST
John David Battaglia was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CST, on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. He has been granted a stay of execution. Sixty-one-year-old John is convicted of murdering his two daughters nine-year-old Faith and 6-year-old Liberty, on May 2, 2001, in Dallas, Texas. John has spent the last 14 years of his life on Texas’ death row.
John had graduated from high school and worked as an accountant prior to his arrest. During his twenties, John was diagnosed as bipolar. John was married for two years to Michelle Gheddi, with whom he had one daughter. He was verbally and physically abusive towards Michelle, once striking her while she was holding their daughter, causing Michelle to drop her. After their separation, John continued to stalk and harass Michelle at her home and work.
John Battaglia and Mary Jean Pearl were married in 1991. They divorced nine years later. During their time together, Battaglia and Mary had two daughters together: Mary Faith, born in January 1992, and Liberty, born in January 1995. Throughout the marriage, Mary alleged that Battaglia was verbally abusive towards her. She divorced him after he began physically assaulting her. She filed assault charges against him, and Battaglia was placed on probation, which meant he could not own a firearm. She also filed for, and was granted, a protective order.
Around Easter in 2001, Battaglia called and left a telephone message for Mary. During the message, he swore at her and called her names. When Mary reported this contact to Battaglia’s probation officer, Battaglia learned that he was being considered for probation revocation.
On May 2, 2001, Battaglia learned that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. A police officer informed him that he could make arrangements to peacefully turn himself in and that he would not be arrested in front of his children. Battaglia had plans to have dinner with his daughters that evening. Mary dropped off the children and went to a friend’s house, where she was informed that her daughters had called.
December 6, 2016
William Cary Sallie was executed by the state of Georgia on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. William was pronounced dead at 10:05 pm EST, inside the execution chamber at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia. The execution was delayed several hours due to appeals. William was 50 years of age. He was convicted of murdering 41-year-old John Lee Moore, on March 29, 1990, in Bacon County, Georgia. William spent the last 25 years of his life on Georgia’s death row.
In 1985, William left home and joined the US Army. During his time at Fort Stewart, he met and married Robin Moore. In December of 1989, the couple got into an argument, where William struck Robin with a belt. The argument and violence led to Robin, and their two-year-old son, moving back in with her parents, sister, and brother.
A short time later, William, under the pretense of visiting his son, took his son to Illinois. In February of 1990, a court ruled that Robin could take custody of the child and return him to Georgia. William also returned to Georgia, renting a mobil home under a fake name. He also had a friend buy him a handgun.
During the early morning hours of March 29, 2009, William, dressed in camouflage, cut the phone lines to the home of John and Linda Moore, Robin’s parents. William immediately went to the master bedroom and fired six times at John, ultimately killing him. William fired at Linda, hitting her thumb, shoulder, and both thighs. William handcuffed Linda and her 10-year-old son Justin to each other and the bed rail.
He then abducted Robin and her 17-year-old sister, April, leaving his young son behind. He took the two women to his mobile home, where he sexually assaulted them. The two women were released the next day. Williams was convicted of murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping with bodily injury, burglary, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was sentenced to death on May 2, 1991.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of John Moore. Please pray for strength for the family of William Sallie.
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