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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.

August 10, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Daniel 1-6

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Commentary: Today’s reading covers the historical aspect of Daniel’s life.  After being taken to Babylon to serve the king, Daniel and his friends maintain their obedience to the Lord.  They are blessed, as evident by their health compared to others.  Daniel earns good favor with King Nebuchadnezzar after Daniel becomes the only person who is able to interpret the king’s dream.  The gold stands for the Babylonian Empire, the silver for the Media-Persian Empire, the brass for the Graeco-Macedonian Empire, iron for the Roman Empire, and the iron clay mix for the last form of Roman rule, which we are living in today.  Of course, there were challenges to the four men’s faith.  Daniel’s three friends are thrown into a furnace for refusing to bow down and worship the image of a king.  They are protected by the Lord and unharmed by the sweltering fire.  Chapter 4 contains another dream, which was again interpreted by Daniel.  In chapter 5, Belshazzar is king, and Daniel, now an old man, comes out of retirement to interpret his dream, which foretells of Belshazzar’s death.  By chapter six the mighty Babylonian Empire had fallen to the Media-Persian Empire.  Daniel’s faith remains strong and he refuses to hide his worship for the Lord God.  For such acts, Daniel is thrown into a den of lions.  Like his friends years earlier, Daniel was protected and not harmed.

Focus Verses: 1:6-17  What did Daniel do, or refuse to do?  Why was his action significant?  What sacrifices have you made to follow the Lord?

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