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Three men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

3 Killed in Utrecht, Netherlands
Three individuals have been killed, and five others injured, after a shooting on a tram in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands. Police are calling the incident a terrorist attack and are have arrested a suspect. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
180 Killed in Africa
At least 180 individuals have been killed across southern Africa, including 84 in Mozambique, from Cyclone Idai. The official death toll is expected to rise drastically, with President Filipe Nyusi speculating that over 1,000 have been killed. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for those who are missing. Please pray for all affected.
5 Killed in Mumbai, India
At least five individuals have been killed, and over 30 others injured, when a footbridge to Mumbai’s main train station collapsed. The reason for the collapse is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
8 Killed in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Eight individuals were killed at a school in Sao Paulo, Brazil after two former students opened fire inside the school. Five of those killed were students. The two gunman killed themselves as police arrived. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the community.
73 Killed in Papua
At least 73 individuals have died from a surprise flood in Papua, a province of Indonesia. The flash flooding was caused by torrential rain, which also caused mudslides and landslides. Over 60 others are missing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of the missing. Please pray for all those affected.
24 Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
At least 24 individuals were killed, and over 30 others injured, when a train overturned in Kasai province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of those killed were children. The cause of the accident is believed to be unmaintained tracks. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Protests Turn Violent in Paris, France
For the past four months, “yellow vests” protests have occurred in France, initially as an protest against the increase of fuel taxes. For the most part, the protests have been peaceful, however, they have now turned violent, with protestors smashing shops on the famed Champs-Élysées in Paris. Please pray for those affected. Please pray for peace.
2 Israelis Killed in West Bank
An Israeli soldier and a rabbi were killed by an unknown Palestinian attacker in the West Bank. The soldier was stabbed to death and then his rifle was used to kill the rabbi. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
3 Killed in Midwestern Flooding
At least three individuals have been killed due to severe flooding in the midwestern part of the United States. Rain, along with melting of snow has caused the flooding. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all affected.
49 Killed in Mosque Shootings
At least 49 individuals have been killed, and 20 others injured, in two shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the shootings. Police also discovered explosive devices nearby. Officials has designated this incident as a terrorist attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.

In the church year, the two biggest holidays are Christmas and Easter.  Church attendance soars on these two days, the days celebrated as Jesus’ birth and Jesus’ resurrection.  Many churches have additional services, or move the service to a larger space, to accommodate the increased crowd size.  Whether you are a twice-a-year churchgoer or attend weekly, Easter Sunday is a cause for great celebration.  

 

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb,taking the spices they had prepared.  And they foundthe stone rolled away from the tomb,but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were perplexed about this, behold,twomen stood by them in dazzling apparel.  And as they werefrightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?He is not here, but has risen.    Remember how he told you,while he was still in Galilee,that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men andbe crucified and onthe third day rise.  ”And they remembered his words,and returning from the tomb theytold all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.  (Luke 24:1-9, ESV)

 

After resting on the Sabbath several women went back to the tomb in which Jesus had been buried.  Jesus’ body had not been prepared with the traditional spices used in burials.  The women were returning to complete His burial.  Instead of finding Jesus lying dead in the tomb, the linens, which had been wrapped around His body, were empty.  There was no body.  The women were told by angels that Jesus had risen, just as had been foretold.  

 

Our faith, as Christians, is rooted in Easter Sunday.  Do you believe that Jesus died and rose again?We are saved not only because Jesus, the perfect, sinless man died for our sins, but also because He rose again!Jesus defeated death.  His resurrection showed that He was who He said He was.  He was not just another prophet; He was the Son of God.  

 

Resurrection Sunday.  Easter.  Both refer to the day that Jesus defeated death and rose again, granting everyone who believes, eternal salvation.  What a glorious and joyful day!

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