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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.

September 15, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for John 16-18

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Commentary: Jesus again warns of the persecution that is to come and offers us hope through knowing that we will not be along in our fight.  The Holy Spirit will help guide and teach us, but only after Jesus is returned to His Father.  Like last week, the disciples are confused and do not understand the entirety of Jesus’ message.  Chapter 17 is a prayer of Jesus in which we can see His relationship with His Father.  Jesus prays for His disciples and for all who stand with Him.  Yes!  Jesus prayed for you!  Jesus is arrested and taken to Annas, who once served as high priest and has remained the “power behind the (priestly) throne.”  John was likely the disciple with Peter in the courtyard, as John had the priestly connections to gain entrance.  Jesus’ trial before the High Priest was not in accordance with many Jewish laws.  The priests expected Jesus to incriminate Himself (which was against Jewish Law), and failed to call on witnesses to testify against Him (which was in accordance with Jewish Law).  The religious leaders handed Jesus over to Pilate because they wanted Him executed.  Pilate recognizes that Jesus did not deserve to be executed, but, instead of releasing Him, attempts to persuade the people to ask for Him to be released.

Focus Verses: 17:1-26  Examine how Jesus prays.  Compare it to how you pray.  Do you need to make any changes in your prayer life?

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