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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.

October 7, 2017: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Acts 3-4

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Commentary: Chapter 3 begins with Peter and John partaking in normal activities: they were going to the temple to pray, as they had done countless times before.  On their way in, they encountered beggar who could not walk.  They were drawn to the beggar.  It is an example of the Spirit working!  Sometimes, God throws a ministry opportunity directly in our path, as He did with Peter and John.  By healing the beggar, Peter was able to deliver an amazing and inspiring sermon to all who were gathered around.  This chapter also serves as a reminder as to why we must always be prepared, so that God may use us to our full potential.  We are also reminded that we should not take credit for the works of God.  Chapter 4 continues the story of Peter and John.  Unsurprisingly, the Sadducees received word about Peter and John and were unhappy with what was happening.  Peter and John were the first (recorded) Christians held in jail for their beliefs.  Peter and John did not allow the religious leaders to scare them into silence.  Even while they were in jail, their message spread and many came to know Christ.  The early Christian church was united and dedicated to spreading the Word of God.

Focus Verses: 3:17-21  What is Peter saying?  What does it mean to you?  How does it apply today?

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