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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

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.
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.
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.

As a child in Sunday school, King David is larger than life.  He was a simple sheep herder, with many older brothers.  He likely never expected anything great to happen to him in his life.  Yet he grows up to become King of all twelve tribes of Israel!  He was a great king, uniting the tribes, defeating his enemies, the stuff of which legends are made!  A few years later, in youth group, your picture of David begins to deflate.  He was not perfect.  He had his sins.  In fact, he had some big ones: adultery and murder.  Yet he is remembered as a great king, because of his love for God.  When he sinned, he earnestly repented of his sins.  

 

As an adult, as a parent, as a father, your image of David may become yet a little more tarnished.  You see, David was not a great father.  Yes, David set an example for his children on having a relationship with the Lord, but did he explain the importance of that relationship?  Did he nurture and guide his children towards their own relationships as they grew?  It does not appear to be so, as David frequently failed to correct his children for their misdeeds, nearly leading the nation into civil war!  However, David also realized that he was to blame for his children's misdeeds.  

 

Near the end of his life, David actions as a father began to change.  He embraced Solomon as the new king, supporting the Lord's plan for him to build the Temple, the Temple which David had so desperately wanted to build.  On his deathbed, David gave his final advice to Solomon: When David's time to die drew near, he commanded Solomon his son, saying, “I am about to go the way of all the earth.  Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn, that the Lord may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.  ’ (1 Kings 2:1-4, ESV)  David's final advice to Solomon was to rely on the Lord.  

 

In the end, David's advice was too little, too late.  Solomon failed to develop the close relationship with the Lord that David had and eventually turned from the Lord, worshipping other gods.  Do not leave your advice to your children until it is too late!  Learn from David's mistakes.  Start talking with your children about the Lord at a young age and help them grow and develop a loving and strong relationship with the Lord.  

 

Happy Father's Day!  

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