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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.

March 12, 2014

 

“so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly awaiting for Him.”(Hebrews 9:28, ESV)

 

Lent was never her favorite time of year.  She had to give something up.  It had to be carefully calculated.  What could she live without that would be a sacrifice but would not severely impact her social life.  In addition, there were all these other rules she had to follow.  She never quite got the point of Lent.

 

Lent was one his favorite times of the year.  Sure, it may sound awful to have to give something up and for the first few days, it is hard.  But it quickly gets easier.  And - bonus! - it helps declutter his life!  He usually surrendered something that consumed large amounts of his time and was unproductive.  He was always amazed at how much time he suddenly had.  A portion of that time was dedicated to spending more time with the Lord.

 

Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the season of Lent.  Lent is a celebration of the anticipation of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which occurs on the final day of Lent.  With His resurrection, our sins were forgiven and we can spend eternity with Him, if we choose to accept His gift.

 

There are 40 days of Lent, not including the Sundays of Lent.  The number 40 has several significant mentions in the Bible.  These include the 40 days when God flooded the earth (Genesis 7:4), the 40 days Moses spent on Mount Sinai (Exodus 24:18), the 40 days Elijah spent walking to Mount Horeb (1 Kings 19:8), the 40 days the city of Nineveh had to repent or face destruction (Jonah 3:4), and the 40 days Jesus spent being tempted by Satan in the desert to abandon His mission (Matthew 4:1-11).

 

There are many ways of celebrating Lent. Traditionally, Lent is celebrated through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Lent is a time to focus on prayer and repentance, seeking forgiveness of sins in anticipation of the Second Coming. Fasting occurs in many different ways. Some churches observe a rigid fast on certain days of Lent, which includes giving up meat, alcohol, sweets, and other types of food. Some Christians choose to fast in their own way. They give up something that they do regularly, such as eating fast food or desserts, abstaining from social media such as Facebook and Twitter, or not playing video or computer games, spending that time studying God’s Word instead. Some churches focus more on almsgiving, doing good deeds for others, specifically those in need, than on fasting. Whatever way you choose to celebrate, it should mean something to do you and act a way to bring you closer to your Savior.

 

How will you celebrate the season of Lent?

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