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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.

July 14, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Luke 19-20

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Commentary: By eating with Zacchaeus, Jesus shows His mission and that doing good for others can lead to great changes.  The parable of the ten minas struck a familiar chord with Jesus' audience, as it was what Herod the Great, and later his son, did to achieve their power.  It is also an allegory for Jesus coming to earth.  He is the King the religious leaders do not want.  Jesus was accompanied by more than just the 12 core disciples for His entry into Jerusalem.  Jesus was righteously angry to see His Father’s house desecrated and threw out those who were not there for worship, which angered the religious leaders.  In the beginning of chapter 20, Jesus' credentials for teaching are questioned.  The priests had their lineage, the scribes had their studying and training, and the elders had their experience.  Jesus had none, for they would not 

believe that He was the Son of God, giving Him more authority than any earthly lineage, training, or experience.  In the parable of the vineyard, the vineyard represents God's gift to the Israelites and the tenants are the religious leaders or Israelites.  The messengers are the prophets sent by God whom the people ignored and killed, and the son is Jesus.  The religious leaders again attempt (and fail) to trick Jesus by asking a question about taxes.  The Sadducees then attempt to outsmart Jesus by questioning Him about the resurrection.  Jesus' response provides a glimpse into what will occur: not everyone will be resurrected, life will not be the same.  

Focus Verses: 20:20-26  What lesson is Jesus teaching?  How does it apply to your life?  How is it applicable today?

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