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.

September 22, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for John 19-21

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Commentary:  Pilate could find no fault with Jesus, yet he still sent Him to be flogged and then executed.  Pilate was concerned with one thing: maintaining and gaining political power.  If the Jews revolted, especially during a holiday where the number of Jews in the city had greatly increased, Pilate would be dismissed from his position.  John carefully points out many prophecies that were fulfilled by the death of Jesus Christ.  Only the Messiah, the Savior, could have fulfilled all the prophecies.  Unlike the other Gospels, John does not devote much time to Jesus on the cross.  Instead he focuses on what happens after.  Jesus’ body is cared for by two of his followers, who, until now, had not been very public about their support of Jesus.  Jesus appeared to several people after His resurrection.  John records several of those appearances in chapter 20 and 21, but not all.  Jesus and the disciples spent some time together before He returned to Heaven, which is not recorded by John.  On one of these occasions, Jesus talks to Peter, who had denied Him after His arrest.  Peter is given the confidence he needs to continue on with Jesus’ work after Jesus is gone.  Jesus gives Peter three final instructions.  Peter never forgets this conversation with Jesus, as evidence by Peter’s epistles.  It is also revealed to Peter what will happen to him.  Peter wants to know if the same fate is in store for another disciple.  Peter is reminded to focus on his work for the Lord and not concern himself about the work the Lord has for others, a lesson we still need to this day.

Focus Verse:  19:17-27  What is the importance of this passage?  What can be learned from it?  What does this passage mean to you?


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