Did You Know?

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.

It was a hot, sticky, humid day Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when they gathered.  They were dressed for work, in an early version of a suit and tie.  The building they occupied contained no central air and the stench indicated that many could have used a bath, however there were much weightier matters on their minds than the heat, the stench, or their clothes.  The men were gathered together for a vote, a vote which could change the future forever, a vote which could have a devastating and deadly outcome, a vote that would endanger their very lives, and many others.  They were the members of the Second Continental Congress and the vote was for independence against Great Britain.  By that vote, and later, the signing the Declaration of Independence, the men were also authorizing their own death warrants, should the bid for American Independence fail.

Today, these men are remembered as brave and ambitious men, who had an integral part in making the United States of America a nation free from tyranny and oppressive rule.  We remember these men every July 4.  We celebrate with cookouts, fireworks, swimming, friends, and family.  What could be better?

On that hot and sticky day in Philadelphia, those men gathered to overthrow the oppressive rule that was suffocating them, kicking off the American Revolutionary War.  It was not the first revolutionary war, nor would it be the last.  Yet no matter how many wars for independence are raged, we will continue to live in a world of oppression: the oppression of sin.  Since sin entered this world, we are slaves to it.  By ourselves, we can never win the war against sin.  However, it is a war we do not have to fight, because it has already been decided.


“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,"  (Luke 4:18)


Jesus answered them,“Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.  (John 8:32-34, ESV)


Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to this earth as a man.  He encountered the same temptations we face every day.  He fought the war against sin.  And He won!  Jesus won the war through His death and resurrection.  Through belief in Him, eternal salvation from sin is given.  The war against sin has already been decided, it is now up to us to determine who we support.


We can continue to live our lives as we choose, as a slave to sin, or we can accept the gift of independence (salvation) through Jesus Christ.  With salvation, we will continue to fight battles against sin every day, and some battles will be lost, but we can take heart that the war has already been won!

As you gather with friends and family this July 4, celebrate this nation's independence, and consider your own independence.  Have you been set free from the oppression of sin?


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