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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 27, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for 1 Samuel 11-15

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Commentary: Chapter 11 parallels Judge 19-21.  How?  Following his victory, Saul was reaffirmed as king and Samuel gives a farewell speech, although prophets would continue to speak for the Lord.  The Israelites finally realized the error of their request for a king, but Samuel reassures them that if they continue to seek the Lord, they will be fine, however if they should turn away, having a king would not help them.  In chapter 13, Saul displeases the Lord by offering the sacrifice instead of waiting for Samuel.  As punishment, Saul's descendants were not going to inherit his throne, rather a new line of kings would be chosen.  In the war against the Philistines, the Philistines had the advantage of numbers and weapons.  Only Saul and his son Jonathan had swords.  In chapter 14, we see what kind of king Jonathan could have been, if not for his father's mistakes.  Additionally, we see that Saul has fallen farther from God.  Accompanying the army is a priest from the house of Eli, whom the Lord is no longer with.  Later during the war, Saul is shown as indecisive and failing to seek God's direction.  Saul is rejected as king when he fails to do as the Lord instructs.  Obedience is worth more to the Lord than any sacrifice.  Saul's confession in verse 24 is a self-serving confession.  He is not sincere, which is evident in verse 30.  Saul no longer considers the Lord "his" God and is more concerned with what the people think than God.  At the end of the chapter, everyone is grieved, except Saul. 

Focus Verses:  12:19-25  Similar to last week’s passage, of what does this warn?  What should you do when you recognize the error of your way?

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