Did You Know?

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.

April 17, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for 1 Samuel 26-31

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Commentary: Saul continues to chase David and David continues to receive protection from the Lord.  David also continues to show Saul that he has no ill intentions toward him.  After Saul acknowledges that it was a mistake to seek out David, Saul returns home.  David, however, continues to fear for his life and goes to live and hid amongst the Philistines for over a year.  The Philistines were preparing to go war with the Israelites and refused to allow David to accompany them.  Saul, in preparation for war, was unnerved when he failed to receive direction from the Lord, leading him to use a spirit women to contact the deceased Samuel.  Samuel informed Saul that he would be killed the following day.  During the battle between the Israelites and Philistines, Saul’s sons were killed and Saul killed himself, so that he would not be taken captive.  David, after being told to return home by the Philistines, discovered that the city had been plundered, burned, and all individuals kidnapped by the Amalekites, who Saul had failed to completely kill, as per the Lord’s instructions.  After inquiring of the Lord, David set out in pursuit, recovered every missing person and item, plundered the enemy, and killed all except 400, who had escaped.

Focus Verse:  28:7-20  Why did Saul suddenly decide he wanted the Lord’s help?  Have you ever behaved like Saul?


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