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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.

All stories have a beginning.  All lessons have a starting point.  What better place to begin our study on the Power of Words, than in the beginning: 

 

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  (Genesis 1:3, ESV)

 

And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”  And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so.  (Genesis 1:6-7, ESV)

 

And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.   (Genesis 1:9, ESV)

 

And God said… (Genesis 1:11a, 14a, 20a, 24a, 26a, 29a, ESV)

And it was so. (Genesis 1:11b, 15b, 21, 24b, 27, 30b, ESV)

 

God said and it was!  Stop and think about that!  God spoke, and what He spoke, what He ordered, immediately happened!  There were no battles for power, no negotiations for peace, no committee to consider all options - nothing! - except God speaking.  Then it was done.

 

Consider the process of building something today.  Depending on what it is, you may have to get permits from various agencies and the government.  You have to plan out the project in exhausting detail - every last piece!  You have to find backers.  You have to buy the supplies, hire builders and planners, rent equipment, meet safety standards, track progress, pay employees, factor in breaks and holidays, alter plans according to delays and problems as they arise, and it goes on and on and on!  Even small, backyard projects can be exhausting and time consuming - and that’s before construction starts!

 

Yet for God, it was simple.  He spoke and it was!  No complicated plans, no problems.  He spoke and it was!  

 

Even after creation, God continued to speak.  He spoke to Adam and Eve, warning them what would happen if they disobeyed (Genesis 2:16-17).  He spoke to Cain and Able, telling them of the proper sacrifice to make (Genesis 4:6-7).  He spoke to Noah of what was to come (Genesis 7-9) and offered numerous warning to Abraham.  God spoke to hundreds of people through the Bible, giving warnings, issuing laws, and answering questions.  Today, He continues to speak to His children, often through the Bible.  Nothing God has said has been proven false!  Some prophesies have just not yet come to pass.  All of the prophecies and warning that have come to pass have happened exactly as God said they would!  And God said…And it was so.

 

God shows us that words can be used to create.  Our words may not create physical objects, but they can create ideas, images, and feelings - in ourselves and others.  Our words are powerful, our words are weapons, and they can be used for harm.

 

Words have power!  Words have the power to create!

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