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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 29, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for 1 Kings 1-4

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Commentary:  King David is about to die and his fourth son Adonijah has set himself up to be the king, seemingly without any opposition.  However, God has another plan.  Before Adonijah can crown himself king, he is informed that David has crowned Solomon king.  By not inviting Solomon to his banquet, Adonijah essentially announced his intention to kill Solomon.  After Solomon is crowned king, Adonijah fears for his life and Solomon tells Adonijah that so long as he is loyal, Solomon will not kill him.  David held a rather low view of Solomon, as evidence by the advice given to him.  Adonijah never gave up his dreams of being king, and asked to marry Abishag, the nurse for King David.  Solomon saw this as a desperate grab fro the throne and executed him, recognizing that Adonijah would never cease attempting to be king.  Supporters of Adonijah were also sought out and killed.  Solomon achieved peace with Egypt by marring the daughter of Pharaoh.  When the Lord offered Solomon one request, Solomon requested political discernment.  Solomon was concerned about ruling the kingdom but failed to realize that his relationship with the Lord was the true key to ruling.  Solomon is remembered as the wisest king, however when viewed through his relationship with the Lord, he is severely lacking.  Solomon married multiple wives from various lands as a way to achieve peace.  Theses wives led Solomon astray for the Lord.

Focus Verses: 1:5-10; 32-34  What do these passages tell you about David’s character?  Did he handle the situation properly?  What would you have done?

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