Day 10 of Advent 2016
Prophecy: Those who seek my life lay snares for me, and those who seek to injure me threaten mischievous things and destruction; they devise treachery all the day long. But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; I am like a mute man who does not open his mouth. (Psalm 38:12-13, AMP)
Fulfillment: But when the charges were brought against Him by the chief priests and elders, He did not answer. Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they are testifying against You?” But Jesus did not reply to him, not even to a single accusation, so that the governor was greatly astonished. (Matthew 27:12-14, AMP)
December 6, 2016: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Nehemiah 10-13
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Commentary: The Israelites once again make a covenant with the Lord, the same covenant made by their ancestors, to keep and uphold the Law. The names of the new residents of Jerusalem are forever remembered in record. Upon dedicating the wall, the Israelites celebrated joyfully! Unfortunately, the Israelites, once again, did not uphold their covenant with the Lord. After Nehemiah left them, the Israelites quickly reverted back to their previous ways, leading to a rather gloomy conclusion. Nehemiah returned to the Israelites to straighten them out. His words are recorded for all to remember.
Focus Verses: 12:27-43 Our worship of the Lord does not always need to be serious. We can simply celebrate our relationship with Him and celebrate what He has done! Take some time today to smile and celebrate with the Lord!
Advent is a time of waiting. Our whole life, however, is
Advent--that is, a time of waiting for the ultimate,
for the time when there will be a new heaven and a new earth,
when all people are brothers and sisters and one rejoices in the words of the angels:
"On earth peace to those on whom God's favor rests."
Learn to wait, because he has promised to come.
"I stand at the door..."
We however call to him: "Yes, come soon,
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, A Testament to Freedom: the essential writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
On November 27, 2016, the new church year begins with the Season of Advent. Advent beings on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. (Christmas Day is not counted as part of Advent) It is a time of preparation, self-reflections, anticipation, and excitement. It is a time in which we can look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and look forward to His Second Coming.
Throughout the Old Testament, there are numerous prophecies which refer to the coming Messiah, the Son of God. Jesus Christ fulfilled these prophecies, as recorded in the New Testament. This Advent Season, we will post a prophecy every day, and the scripture in which Jesus fulfilled the prophecy. Each day, experience the anticipation of the coming Messiah, and the glory of the fulfillment!
Updated: Monday, December 5, 2016 7:57 pm EST
The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has rejected a request for clemency from William Cary Sallie. The Board did not state the reason for their rejection. William is challenging his execution in the courts.
Updated: Monday, December 5, 2016 10:42 am EST
William Cary Sallie is scheduled to be executed at 7 pm EST, on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia. Fifty-year-old William is convicted of the murder of 41-year-old John Lee Moore, on March 29, 1990, in Bacon County, Georgia. William has spent the last 25 years on Georgia’s death row.
In 1985, William left home and joined the US Army. During his time at Fort Stewart, he met and married Robin Moore. In December of 1989, the couple got into an argument, where William struck Robin with a belt. The argument and violence led to Robin, and their two-year-old son, moving back in with her parents, sister, and brother.
A short time later, William, under the pretense of visiting his son, took his son to Illinois. In February of 1990, a court ruled that Robin could take custody of the child and return him to Georgia. William also returned to Georgia, renting a mobil home under a fake name. He also had a friend buy him a handgun.
During the early morning hours of March 29, 2009, William, dressed in camouflage, cut the phone lines to the home of John and Linda Moore, Robin’s parents. William immediately went to the master bedroom and fired six times at John, ultimately killing him. William fired at Linda, hitting her thumb, in the shoulder, and both thighs. William handcuffed Linda and her 10-year-old son Justin to each other and the bed rail.
He then abducted Robin and her 17-year-old sister, April, leaving his young son behind. He took the two women to his mobile home, where he sexually assaulted them. The two women were released the next day. Williams was convicted of murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping with bodily injury, burglary, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was sentenced to death on May 2, 1991.
William Sallie has attempted to argue that at least one jury member was bias, as she went through a difficult divorce, which should have made her ineligible to be a juror. So far, the courts have refused to rehear William's case.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of John Moore. Please pray for strength for the family of William. Please pray that if William is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be provided prior to his execution. Please pray that William may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.
Updated: Monday, December 5, 2016 10:51 am EST
John David Battaglia was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CST, on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. He has been granted a stay of execution. Sixty-one-year-old John is convicted of murdering his two daughters nine-year-old Faith and 6-year-old Liberty, on May 2, 2001, in Dallas, Texas. John has spent the last 14 years of his life on Texas’ death row.
John had graduated from high school and worked as an accountant prior to his arrest. During his twenties, John was diagnosed as bipolar. John was married for two years to Michelle Gheddi, with whom he had one daughter. He was verbally and physically abusive towards Michelle, once striking her while she was holding their daughter, causing Michelle to drop her. After their separation, John continued to stalk and harass Michelle at her home and work.
John Battaglia and Mary Jean Pearl were married in 1991. They divorced nine years later. During their time together, Battaglia and Mary had two daughters together: Mary Faith, born in January 1992, and Liberty, born in January 1995. Throughout the marriage, Mary alleged that Battaglia was verbally abusive towards her. She divorced him after he began physically assaulting her. She filed assault charges against him, and Battaglia was placed on probation, which meant he could not own a firearm. She also filed for, and was granted, a protective order.
Around Easter in 2001, Battaglia called and left a telephone message for Mary. During the message, he swore at her and called her names. When Mary reported this contact to Battaglia’s probation officer, Battaglia learned that he was being considered for probation revocation.
On May 2, 2001, Battaglia learned that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. A police officer informed him that he could make arrangements to peacefully turn himself in and that he would not be arrested in front of his children. Battaglia had plans to have dinner with his daughters that evening. Mary dropped off the children and went to a friend’s house, where she was informed that her daughters had called.
Updated: Monday, December 5, 2016 10:48 am EST
Ronald Bert Smith, Jr., is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CST, on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at the Holeman Correctional Facility in Attmore, Alabama. Forty-four-year-old Ronald is convicted of the murder of Casey Wilson on November 8, 1994, in Madison County, Alabama. Ronald has spent the last 21 years of his life on Alabama’s death row.
Ronald grew up attending a Methodist Church, participating in youth activities. He was also an accomplished Boy Scout and was described as a “quiet, polite, respectful…gentle young man” at his trial. Ronald graduated from high school as a member of the National Honor Society and was offered (but did not accept) a three-year Naval ROTC scholarship to Auburn University. Ronald began drinking heavily in college and skipping classes, ultimately causing him to withdraw before the end of his first year. Ronald did not have a prior criminal record, although he had at least twice gotten into a fight at a nude nightclub.
During the early morning hours of November 8, 1994, Ronald Smith, Jay Zuercher, and Chad Roundtree were driving around when they decided to rob a local convenience store, the Circle C, in Huntsville, Alabama. After parking the vehicle, Zuercher and Roundtree remained in the vehicle, while Smith entered the store. The only other person in the store was the clerk, Casey Wilson.
According to surveillance tapes, Smith pointed a gun at Casey, telling him to open the register. When Casey was unable to open the register, Smith forced Casey into the restroom, pistol-whipping him and shooting him in the left arm. Smith left Casey in the restroom and attempted to force the register open. Smith was unsuccessful.
Only through a relationship with Jesus Christ can anyone hope to separate themselves from the power of sin in this world. Through Him, all things are made new. For a complete listing of readings, please download our Bible Study.