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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 2, 2017: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for John 10-12

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Commentary: Jesus spoke in a way that the people listening to Him could easily understand.  Even today, we can easily understand His message and we have resources at our fingertips that allow us to grasp a deeper understanding of His message if we take the time to study.  Jesus was sent to lead people, not to force them to do anything.  It remains that way today.  Jesus cares for those who have put their faith in Him.  The death of Lazarus was another teaching opportunity.  Jesus could have save Lazarus from a distance, as soon as He knew Lazarus was sick, however He waited and arrived four days after Lazarus’ death.  This ensured that everyone knew Lazarus and died.  The dinner recorded next did not immediately occur after Lazarus’ revival.  During this dinner, Mary cleaned the feet of Jesus with her hair and expensive perfume, must to the distaste of Judas.  Judas attempt to disguise his selfishness as concern for the poor, however Jesus rebukes him, as Jesus, and the ability to honor Him on earth, will only be for a short while.  The perfume used by Mary cost on year’s wages.  Today, people will spend that on a new car or house for themselves, but how many would spend it to honor a friend?  Interestingly, Judah would go and betray Jesus for less than half the amount the perfume was worth.  Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem is not as detailed as in other accounts.  The author makes clear that the disciples failed to grasp the importance of the event taking place before them.

Focus Verses:  12:44-50  What is Jesus saying?  What is it important?  What does it mean?

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