Did You Know?

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.

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Resurrection Sunday. Just over a week ago, the first strange rumor began: Jesus Christ had come to Jerusalem.  And what a week it was!  Like nothing ever seen before!  Now there is another strange rumor, again about this man called Jesus.  It is said that He is alive!  How is that possible?! 

 

 

Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-49John 20:1-21:25

On the day following the Sabbath, once it was light out, three women went to the tomb where Jesus had been buried on Friday.  They were there out of love for Him.  They had come to anoint His body, to honor Him.  They were grieving.  They had lost their friend and teacher, a Man whom they had seen perform impossible miracles and preach of love, forgiveness, and compassion.  

 

When they arrived, they were shocked to see that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.  Who would have done such a thing?!  Had His body been taken? Mutilated?  Destroyed?  Then they saw an angle.  They were afraid.  The angle told them not to fear and not to grieve.  Jesus had risen and was alive!  The women were shocked.  They did not know what to say!  The angle further instructed the women to go and tell the disciples, especially Peter, that Jesus had arisen, and that they were to meet Him at the designated location.

 

Jesus remembered Peter.  He had spent nearly three years with him and knew how he reacted to situations.  Jesus knew that Peter had denied Him.  He knew how Peter felt and reacted upon realizing what he had done.  He remembered Peter and wanted Peter to know that he had been forgiven and was wanted in Galilee.

 

Jesus met with His disciples who, upon realizing He was not a ghost, rejoiced.  Those who had doubted He lived could verify the truth for themselves, by touching His wounds.  

 

Jesus was not to stay on this earth, though.  He was to return to Heaven to be with His Father and prepare a place for all who would follow Him.  Jesus came back, not only to show that He had indeed risen from the dead, but also to give His disciples their final instructions.  The disciples had completed their training.  They were ready.  Jesus' final instructions were to go out into all the world and share the good news: eternal salvation through heartfelt belief in Jesus Christ!  That remains our charge today.  We are now the disciples!

 

 

We are saved through our belief that Jesus Christ took our sins - all of them! - upon Himself.  Jesus, the perfect man who never sinned in His life, was willing to die for you, for me, for your friends, your family, your neighbor, your enemy.  He was willing to take the punishment we deserved upon Himself.  We are saved not only because He died but because He rose!

 

 

He was not a mere mortal man.  He could not be kept down by death.  Death, to Him, was not the finality, but another part of His mission to achieve salvation for all mankind.

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