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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.

May 26, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Luke 5-6

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Commentary:  Jesus nearly always touched individuals to heal them.  It was an act of great compassion, as an unclean person (sick) could not be touched until they were declared clean.  Jesus, however, could not be made unclean by touching the sick.  How much must that touch have meant!!  Jesus further went against the religious rules of the day by eating with tax collectors, even calling one to be a disciple!  Following Jesus meant and still means going outside your comfort zone and refusing to conform what how others try and dictate how you should behave.  Jesus, as the perfect Son of God, is not bound by earthly laws, especially in the way the Pharisees required.  This frequently led to the Pharisees trying to undermine the power of Jesus.  For example, Jesus and His disciples did not fast and would pick grain on the Sabbath.  Jesus was not leading His disciples into sin, rather showing the truth.  Fasting was not needed while He was on earth.  Using an example from King David, basic human need, such as hunger, trumps religious laws.  Jesus did not choose His disciples arbitrarily.  He relied upon guidance from His father, which He gained through prayer.  Although similar in content to the infamous Sermon on the Mount, it is not, as Jesus is on a level place, however, Jesus likely preached the same sermon, or a variant thereof, multiple times.  We are to follow divine examples, not human traditions.

Focus Verses: 6:27-36  What was Jesus saying?  How can you apply this to your life?

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