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Three men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

3 Killed in Utrecht, Netherlands
Three individuals have been killed, and five others injured, after a shooting on a tram in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands. Police are calling the incident a terrorist attack and are have arrested a suspect. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
180 Killed in Africa
At least 180 individuals have been killed across southern Africa, including 84 in Mozambique, from Cyclone Idai. The official death toll is expected to rise drastically, with President Filipe Nyusi speculating that over 1,000 have been killed. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for those who are missing. Please pray for all affected.
5 Killed in Mumbai, India
At least five individuals have been killed, and over 30 others injured, when a footbridge to Mumbai’s main train station collapsed. The reason for the collapse is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
8 Killed in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Eight individuals were killed at a school in Sao Paulo, Brazil after two former students opened fire inside the school. Five of those killed were students. The two gunman killed themselves as police arrived. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the community.
73 Killed in Papua
At least 73 individuals have died from a surprise flood in Papua, a province of Indonesia. The flash flooding was caused by torrential rain, which also caused mudslides and landslides. Over 60 others are missing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of the missing. Please pray for all those affected.
24 Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
At least 24 individuals were killed, and over 30 others injured, when a train overturned in Kasai province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of those killed were children. The cause of the accident is believed to be unmaintained tracks. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Protests Turn Violent in Paris, France
For the past four months, “yellow vests” protests have occurred in France, initially as an protest against the increase of fuel taxes. For the most part, the protests have been peaceful, however, they have now turned violent, with protestors smashing shops on the famed Champs-Élysées in Paris. Please pray for those affected. Please pray for peace.
2 Israelis Killed in West Bank
An Israeli soldier and a rabbi were killed by an unknown Palestinian attacker in the West Bank. The soldier was stabbed to death and then his rifle was used to kill the rabbi. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
3 Killed in Midwestern Flooding
At least three individuals have been killed due to severe flooding in the midwestern part of the United States. Rain, along with melting of snow has caused the flooding. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all affected.
49 Killed in Mosque Shootings
At least 49 individuals have been killed, and 20 others injured, in two shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the shootings. Police also discovered explosive devices nearby. Officials has designated this incident as a terrorist attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.

July 21, 2017: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Ezekiel 31-36

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Commentary:  We begin today’s reading by continuing with the prophecies against Egypt.  Chapter 31 contains the 5th of 7 prophecies.  It describes the fall of the Cedar (pharaoh) of Egypt.  Chapter 32 contains the final two prophecies: the lament for the fall of Pharaoh (1-16) and the pharaoh being condemned to the pit (17-32).  The remainder of today’s reading concerns future prophecies.  Chapter 33 provides a warning to heed to the watchman (1-9), an exhortation to turn from evil (10-20), and the fall of Jerusalem and Israel’s failure to heed the warning (21-33).  Chapter 34 can be considered a sequel to chapter 22, as both foretell of the coming destruction.  In chapter 34, the leaders of Israel are described a shepherds as they are condemned and their removal is announced (1-10) and God announces He is taking over (11-16).  The people of Israel are described as sheep and God will judge and deliver them (17-24).  In the final verses of the chapter (25-31), a literal message is given to the people with the promise to deliver to them the covenant of peace.  Chapter 35 is a prophecy of judgment against Edom with the declaration of judgement (1-4) and the reason for judgment (5-15).  Chapter 36 tells of the repossession of the mountains of Israel (1-15), the reason for the restoration (16-23), the seven elements of the restoration (24-32), and the benefit of the restoration (33-38).

Focus Verses: 34:11-16  Is this imagery familiar?  What are these verses saying?  What can you learn?  Why is it important?

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