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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.

The tree is decorated in lights and ornaments made and collected over the years from school projects and various places the family had visited.  Stockings hang over the fireplace.  A nativity scene is on display across from the tree.  Pieces of holly and branches from an evergreen tree are spread throughout the house.  Christmas cards from family and friends decorate the mantel.  A child slowly walks through the house, taking one last look at the tree, and the lack of presents under the tree, before going to bed with a small grin on his face.  He is excited for morning.  What will it bring?

 

As he awakens, he realizes it is Christmas!!  He jumps out of bed and, still in his pajamas, runs to look under the tree.  Are the presents there?  How many?  How big are they?

 

What would your child’s reaction be if he ran out to the tree and saw that there were no presents?  What would your reaction be?

 

On December 21, 2000, Robert Rega and three friends were concerned over their lack of funds to purchase Christmas gifts for their children.  Together, they concocted a plan to rob a local motel.  They recruited a fifth individual to join them.  No one was to be harmed.  Several hours later, one man was dead.  A security guard, performing his job.  Instead of providing a happy Christmas for their children, Robert and his friends ruined Christmas for their families and the family of the security guard.  Was it worth it?  Are Christmas presents worth losing a lifetime with your children?  

 

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6, ESV)

 

What are we teaching children about Christmas?  We are inundated with advertisements for Christmas gifts from Thanksgiving forward.  And now, many stores are beginning advertising before Thanksgiving and beginning their sales on Thanksgiving!  How can we focus on what we are truly thankful for when we are worried about presents?

 

Christmas!!!  With the pressure of buying presents finally behind us, we are then faced with the pressure of paying for the gifts which were charged to credit cards.  It is exasperating!  How can we enjoy the holiday when our focus is not on the Lord?

 

Christmas is about celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  The birth of Jesus Christ was the long-awaited fulfillment of numerous prophecies.  His birth was the beginning of providing salvation for all who accept His wonderful gift.  How does your celebration of the birth of Christ share the Gospel?

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