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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

78 Killed in Dhaka, Bangladesh
At least 78 individuals have been killed, and dozens injured, after a fire in the historic Dhaka district, the capital of Bangladesh. In the area of the fire, buildings are closely packed together, with narrow streets, and many buildings are run-down. The fire is believed to have been caused when fuel cylinder in a car exploded. The fire spread rapidly. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all that are affected.
9 Killed in Chittagong, Bangladesh
At least nine individuals have been killed, and over 50 others injured, after a fire in a slum in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The cause of the fires is suspected to be a short circuit. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all those affected.
5 Killed in Aurora, Illinois
Five individuals were shot and killed at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois. Five police officers were injured and the gunman was eventually killed by the police. On the day of the shooting, the shooter was being fired from his position at the plant, where he had worked for the last 15 years. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
4 Killed in Kashmir
Four Indian soldiers have been killed in India-administered Kashmir, following a clash with militants. Recently, in the same region, over 40 others were killed in a suicide attack. Pakistani and Indian forces have been battling over the area. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
Flooded Gold Mine in Zimbabwe
Nine miners have been rescued alive from a flooded, illegal gold mine in Zimbabwe, while the bodies of 24 others have been recovered. Flooding occurring after a dam burst. While nine have been rescued, dozens of others remain missing and are feared dead. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the missing miners and for their families.
Force Withdraw Agreement in Yemen
Government and rebel forces have reached an agreement to withdraw forces around the port of Hudaydah. The withdraw is part of a ceasefire agreement reached last year. The conflict began in 2015, and has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and injuries. Please pray for peace in the region. Please pray for the families of the deceased and for healing for the injured.
7 Killed in Haiti
At least seven individuals have been killed as a result of protests against the government in Haiti. Protesters are protesting the soaring inflation and accuse the government of corruption and misappropriation of funds. The protesters have also asked for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. The President has rejected the idea. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for peace.
17 Killed in New Delhi, India
At least 17 individuals have been killed after a fire in a hotel in New Delhi, India. Thirty-five others were rescued from the fire and 19 were taken to the hospital for injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Heat Wave in Australia
A record heat wave, following a record drought, in Australia have farmers, and others, worried. The drought and heat have caused animals to die and worries that crops will not be able to be planted. Across the globe, the United States is experiencing record cold temperatures. Please pray for all those affected by extreme temperatures. Please pray for their safety and health.

He was an influential civil rights leader.  He was a pastor.  He was a husband.  He was a father.  He encouraged a generation.  He had a dream.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is most remembered as the civil rights leader.  What is often left out is that his ideas were rooted in Scriptures.  He was not simply arguing for racial equality, he was arguing for a world that would be flush with the glory of the Lord.

 

In one sermon entitled Paul’s Letter to American Christians, Dr. King styled his sermon as one of the many letters the Apostle Paul wrote.  He marveled at the leaps and bounds we have made in science and architecture and laments the failing moral and spiritual advancements.  The theme of the message comes from Paul himself, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2a, ESV).  Stand apart from the rest of the world; resist the earthly temptations that do not bring glory to the Lord, rather have faith in the Lord and allow Him to work through you.

 

Dr. King often drew from the Sermon on the Mount for inspiration, particularly loving your enemies (Matthew 5:44).  We are not to like our enemies, to tolerate them, to co-exist with them; we are to love them.  We are to love them without expecting them to reciprocate.  We are to be the stronger person, the person who does the right thing no matter what others do.

 

His most famous speech, the “I Have a Dream”speech is also rooted in the Bible.  The speech reaches its apex when Dr. King quotes for Isaiah 40:4-5:  “I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; ‘and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.’" Dr. King did not simply dream of a world with racial equality, he dreamed of a world where all would rejoice in the glory of the Lord. 

 

In his day, Dr. King was considered an extremist by many.  It was a title that he welcomed because he stood in good company with our Savior Jesus Christ, the prophet Amos, the apostle Paul, reformer Martin Luther, and former President Abraham Lincoln.   To Dr. King, the only question one had to ask themselves is what kind of extremist are you going to be?  For evil or for goodness?  For justice or injustice?

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