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.

June 2, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Luke 7-8

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Commentary:  The unusual story of the Roman centurion shows the power of demonstrating respect for others.  John the Baptist remains in prison and was beginning to experience doubt because his life was not going as he had thought, however he had fulfilled God’s plan.  He had delivered his message, even if it was largely rejected, especially by the religious leaders, because of their focus on the rules.  When they criticized Jesus for failing to follow the “rules” of the Jewish religion, and allowed a sinful women to anoint Him, Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for not showing respect or honor to Him, unlike the poor women.  Read our in-depth study of the parable of the Sower here.  The faith demonstrated by the centurion earlier is contrasted by the lack of faith of disciples on the boat.  Having a herd of pigs indicates Gentiles, like pigs, are unclean.  Before leaving, the man cured of the demon asks to come with Jesus, but Jesus told him to return home.  Following Christ requires something different from each of us.  A ruler of a synagogue is reduced to a beggar for his daughter of 12.  A woman who has been bleeding 12 years had such faith that simply touching the edge of Jesus' cloak would heal her.  

Focus Verses: 7:1-10  Why is this passage important?  What does it teach us about Jesus?  How can you be more like Him?


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