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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 24, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Mark 3-4

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Commentary: Jesus is accused of working on the Sabbath when He heals a man.  The Pharisees were so caught up in their rules that they refused to acknowledge that human needs trumps religious laws.  Jesus begins to draw a crowd no matter where He goes.  He appoints the 12 Apostles, so that they may assist and also go out to teach and heal.  In an attempt to discredit Jesus, the Pharisees first say He is Satan and when Jesus refutes that claim, they continue to say that Jesus is possessed by an evil spirit. Jesus uses the parable of the Sower to describe the condition of the receiver of God's word. Read an in-depth study on this parable here.  Jesus is to be a light within us that shines so bright other people can recognize it.  Through the parable of the growing seed, Jesus explains that after we sow the seed of God's word and move on, He will continue to work and the seed will continue to grow.  God can use anyone for His purpose, not matter how small or insignificant the person may think they are.  While Jesus is sleeping in the boat, a storm rises up and the disciples, fearful, awaken Jesus.  Jesus calmed the storm and questioned the faith of the disciples.  Interestingly, Mark is the only Gospel to record that there were other boats around during the storm.  Mark's recording of the other boats only further demonstrates the greatness of Jesus' faith in His Father and the miracle.

Focus Verses: 4:21-25  What is the meaning of this parable?  How can it apply to you?

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