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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 1, 2017: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Hosea 8-14

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Commentary: Today’s reading switches back and forth between prophetic (Hosea) and Divine (the Lord).  Chapter 8 contains the first Divine complaint, that Israel has turned away from the Lord and seeks false security.  Chapter 9 holds the first prophetic complaint, which is that Israel has deceived itself into thinking all is well because of the economic prosperity the country has been seeing, and the second Divine complaint, that Israel has turned against the Lord and, as punishment, they will be scattered.  Chapter 10’s prophetic complaint regards idolatry and social disorder, while the Divine complaint condemns the military arrogance held by the Israelites.  Chapter 11 begins with a theme of love.  The Lord loves Israel and is frustrated with them.  Chapter 12 and the beginning of 13 is prophetic: Israel had turned against the Lord, been dishonest, and rejected Him.  For that, they will be judged.  The remainder of chapter 13 is the final Divine complaint, along with a warning that Israel will be judged, as will any nation who has turned against the Lord.  The final chapter is a call to repentance.  It also contains a Divine promise as to what will happen if and when they repent.

Focus Verses:  13:5-6  What do these verses mean to you?  Do they provide comfort?  How?

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