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Two men and zero women have been

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78 Killed in Dhaka, Bangladesh
At least 78 individuals have been killed, and dozens injured, after a fire in the historic Dhaka district, the capital of Bangladesh. In the area of the fire, buildings are closely packed together, with narrow streets, and many buildings are run-down. The fire is believed to have been caused when fuel cylinder in a car exploded. The fire spread rapidly. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all that are affected.
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.
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.
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.

October 5, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Jonah 1-4

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Commentary:  The story of Jonah is familiar to many.  Jonah does not want to do as the Lord instructs and flees in the opposite direction by boat.  But the Lord sends a terrible storm.  Jonah, knowing the storm is from the Lord, instructions the crew on the ship to throw him overboard.  Jonah is then swallowed by a great fish and delivered safely to his destination, Nineveh where he delivers God’s message.  The people repent and the Lord turns away his anger.  This, however, makes Jonah angry.  One reason for his anger (and a reason for why he did not want to come to city in the first place), is that Jonah does not like the Ninevites and wanted to see them destroyed.  The Assyrian army (Nineveh was part of the Assyrian Empire) was known as an extremely brutal army.  Perhaps Jonah thought that their destructions would save others lives.  Jonah also did not believe that the Ninevites’ repentance was genuine.  Jonah went outside of the city to wait and watch for the city to fall back into sin.  He wanted to witness their destruction.  God, however, loves the lost.  God rejoices when those who are lost turn to Him.  No matter how much we dislike someone, God wants us to learn to love them.  Jonah knew and understood that the Lord God is a God full of compassion and love, yet it took a physical example for Jonah to learn that he too must come to show compassion and love to those who are lost.

Focus Verses: 4:1-11 Why was Jonah angry?  Have you ever experienced anger for a similar reason?  What does the Lord’s response teach you?

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