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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.

READ THE BIBLE IN A YEAR:  At the beginning of this year, The Forgiveness Foundation embarked on the mission of encouraging people throughout the world to read the Bible, the entire Bible, over the course of this year. Why? The reason is simply to allow believers to have a full relationship with their God and to allow the Gospel to work on non-believers.

 

 

 

The believer often limits his or her faith by having an incomplete understanding of our Lord and Savior because we return to the same Bible passages again and again. Typically, the believer returns to verses that comfort them. This is good, because God wants us to have comfort in our relationship with Him. The failure for the believer to explore and seek an understanding of the entire Bible, is that it stunts our growth in the Lord resulting, in the believer having an incomplete understanding of our Lord and Savior. The challenge for the believer is to grow in relationship with the Lord and not rest in the comfort zone that the believer may find in his or her faith. As believers, we need to seek those areas of God’s word that challenge us to worship God more fully and live a life more pleasing to our Lord and Savior. By doing this our relationship with Him will deepen and our faith and understanding of Him will grow.

 

 

The non-believer’s challenge is different; it is the challenge to have them accept the truth that comes from the Gospel. As believers we are told to share the Gospel with those who do not believe. We are not commanded to convince or debate; we are commanded to share and spread the Gospel. The word of God is not threatening – it is forgiving and leading. Our mission to the non-believer is to encourage them to read the Bible so they may have an opportunity to get to know God and to allow the Holy Spirit to work in the life of the non-believer. What greater gift can we participate in sharing with another than the gift of Jesus the Christ?

I encourage you to join the hundreds of others who are participating from all around the world and read the Bible daily. You may follow along with our read the Bible in a year program by going to our website, www.theforgivenessfoundation.org, checking the daily reading section or you can download the entire 52 week program at the daily reading section of our website. You decide which is best for you and get to know God better. I encourage you to pray for those who are participating and for God to lead others to His Word.

I close with this passage of scripture, Romans 10:14, “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (ESV)

 

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