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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 31, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Mark 5-6

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Commentary: Jesus continues to perform many miracles, but not in His hometown.  In His hometown, the peoples hearts were hardened against Him, believing that Jesus was merely the son of a carpenter.  When Jesus sent the disciples out on their own, they went in groups of two.  This refers back to Deuteronomy 17:6, where two witnesses were required for any testimony.  Jesus may not have respected the rules of man, but He respected the Laws of God.  Herod (son of Herod the Great who attempted to kill Jesus when He was a baby) was fearful that John the Baptist had come back.  Herod imprisoned John for speaking out against Herod's marriage to his living brother's wife.  Herod would not kill John, perhaps knowing that he spoke the truth.  Herod's wife however, wanted John dead and was willing to prostitute her daughter in order for it to happen.  Jesus, recently learning of John's death, His cousin, and having His disciples return from their travels, attempted to find a quiet place, but they were followed by crowds.  Jesus took pity on the people, who were spiritually lost yet hungry, and ministered to them.  When they were physically hungry, He provided food for them.  After the crowd left, Jesus went off to pray by Himself, while the disciples went out onto the water.

Focus Verses: 6:6b-13  What can be learned from this passage?  How can you apply this lesson to your life?

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