After God created Adam and Eve, He gave them simple instructions to follow - Do not eat (Genesis 2:16-17). They failed to follow these instructions were tossed out from the Garden of Eden into the harsh world. But God did not abandon them. While not specified, the Bible indicates that He provided further instructions to Adam and Eve about how they were to live their lives in a pleasing manner to Him (Genesis 4:1-7).
When the Israelites left Egypt, God realized the need for further instruction; clear cut rules for the Israelites to follow. Thus, God delivered to Moses, by word, instructions on nearly every facet of life. Ten of these instructions, from which all other instructions stem, are called the 10 Commandments. Two of those commandments were instructions on how we are to use our words. God knew that power that words hold. He used that power to create the world we now live in! Because of that power, God wants us to be aware and accountable of what we say.
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain…You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:7,16 ESV)
The first commandment to instruct on how we are to use words, focuses on how we are to use the Lord’s name. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.” (Exodus 20:7) Upon hearing this commandment, most people think that we are not to use the Lord’s name as a curse. After all, how would you feel if people starting using your name as a swear word? God’s name is Holy! Just like your name, it is His identity, which is greater than we can comprehend! Sadly, it is nearly impossible to turn on a television show or movie and not hear His name, or His Son’s name, taken in vain.
June 23, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Luke 13-14
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Commentary: In God’s eyes, all sin is equal and everyone will die for their sin. We must repent of our sin now, before it is too late. On the Sabbath, Jesus healed a woman and rebuked the Pharisees. With the parable of the mustard seed, Jesus taught that a little good, or a little bad, can spread far. Salvation does not come through works; we cannot be “good enough.” To be saved, we must accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and repent of our sins. We should be concerned about the needs of others, not our own social status and act with humility. We must seek His will for our life and rely upon Him.
Focus Verses: 14:25-34 What lesson is Jesus teaching? How does it apply to you? How have you learned this lesson in your own life?
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 10:01 am EDT
Daniel “Danny” Paul Bible's execution is scheduled for 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Sixty-six-year-old Danny was sentenced to death for the murder and sexual assault of 20-year-old Inez Deaton on May 27, 1989, in Houston, Texas. Danny has spent the last 14 years on Texas’ death row.
Danny graduated from high school and worked in a warehouse, as an electrician, and as a laborer, prior to his arrest.
On May 27, 1989, police discovered the body of Inez Deaton, posed in a field by water in Houston, Texas. She was partial clad and had been stabbed 11 times with an ice pick. The body was identified as Inez, who had disappeared days earlier after going to her neighbor’s house, that of Danny Bible, to use his phone. She was never seen alive again.
After murdering, Inez, Bible fled to Wyoming and got a girlfriend. He was violent towards her, once punching her face so badly that she needed stitches. He also once set her car on fire because he disliked her new haircut. After the relationship ended, Bible moved to Weatherford, Texas, where he secured a job.
In 1983, Bible murdered his sister-in-law, Tracy Powers, her infant son, Justin, and Tracy’s roommate Pam Hudgins. He left Pam’s body hanging from a roadside fence. Bible again fled Texas, this time going to Montana. While in Montana, Bible kidnapped a woman and raped an 11-year-old girl. Bible was arrested in 1984, for the murder of Pam and sentenced to 25 years for murder after pleading guilty. Bible was released on parole just eight years later, in February 1992.
June 22, 2018
IDPN 2018 Issue 25
Bangladesh: Fifty-one-year-old Hossain Ahmed Manik and 26-year-old Parvez Alam Sumon have been sentenced to death for trafficking drugs, specifically heroin, in March 2014. They were sentence to death by Sylhet Metropolitan Sessions Judge Mujibur Rahman Bhuiyan.
Judge Juel Rana has sentenced four individuals to death for the rape and murder of a 10-year-old girl in January 2003. The four men, who are still at large, have been identified as Sumon, Alamin, Abul, and Shahadat. All four were residents of Narayanganj Sadar upazila.
Belarus: The Supreme Court has announced that it has suspended the death sentences of Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy to allow time for their cases to be reviewed and their appeals considered. Such a move is unprecedented.
Indonesia: Aman Aburrahman, a cleric who supported the Islamic State, has been sentenced to death for planning the 2016 terror attack in Jakarta, which resulted in the death of four civilians. Aman is also considered the spiritual leader of a local extremist network. Aman, who has been in jail since 2010, planned his attacks from jail. Aman has denied planning the attacks.
Iran: On Monday, June 18, 2018, 51-year-old Mohammad Salas was executed. Mohammad was a member of the nation’s Sufi religious minority. He was arrested in connection with the protests in Tehran in February 2018. Allegedly, Mohammad was brutally tortured into confessing. The confessions was later used to sentence him to death. Numerous human rights organizations insisted that the execution be stopped and Mohammad released.
On Monday, June 18, 2018, following the execution of Mohammad Salas, five other prisoners were also executed by hanging at Rajai Shahr Prison. One of the five prisoners was identified as Mohammad Vafaiy. He was convicted of stealing a car with a child in the back seat. When Mohammad abandoned the car, the child was left inside and died due to the high temperature and lack of oxygen. The other for prisoners, who were charged with murder, were not named.
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 9:57 am EDT
Clifton Lamar Williams' execution was scheduled to occur at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. His execution has been stayed. Thirty-four-year-old Clifton is convicted of murder of 93-year-old Cecilia Schneider, in her home in Tyler, Texas on July 9, 2005. Clifton has spent the last 11 years of his life on Texas’ death row.
Clifton's execution was stayed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals due to claims that Clifton lacks the mental competency to be executed. In 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Texas' standard for determining mental competency is substandard. Texas has since implemented a new standard, however, lawyers for Clifton are arguing that under the new standards, Clifton would be considered mentally incompetency and therefore ineligible to be executed. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has ordered a lower court to consider the matter.
Clifton dropped out of high school after the 11th grade. He worked as a laborer prior to his arrested. Clifton did not have a prior criminal record. Clifton was addicted to crack cocaine at the time of the murder.
On July 9, 2005, Clifton Williams broke into the home Cecilia Schneider. When he discovered Cecilia in the home, Williams beat, strangled, and stabbed her to death. Authorities also believe that she had been raped, although they were unable to confirm their suspicions as Williams laid her body on the bed and set it on fire before fleeing the home in Cecilia’s car. Williams also stole Cecilia’s purse.
After his arrest, Williams claimed that an acquaintance, Jamarist “Monterrall” Paxton, forced Williams to accompany him to the home. Paxton then killed Cecilia and forced Williams to cut his hand, leaving DNA evidence at the crime scene. Williams also alleged that Paxton forced Williams to drive Cecilia’s car during their escape. Williams unsuccessfully attempted to argue that he should not be convicted of murder, much less sentenced to death, because there was no DNA evidence at the crime scene, and that Paxton was the one who actually committed the murder.
Williams was previously scheduled to be executed in July 2015, however his execution was halted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in order to examine the claim that incorrect statistical evidence was presented at his trial. That stay was lifted in 2017.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Cecilia Schneider. Please pray for the family of Clifton Williams. Please pray that if Clifton is innocent, lacks the mental competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason that evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that Clifton will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already found one.
Who is the most influential man in your life? No, seriously. Think about it! It doesn't have to be your father or even a relative. He can even be someone younger than you. What man has made a difference in your life? How would you feel if that man was suddenly ripped away from you - forever! How would you feel if you knew that his death could have been prevented?
According to the Center for Disease Control, in eight out of the top ten leading causes of death (heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease, strokes, diabetes, alzheimer’s, pneumonia/flu, suicide, homicide, and HIV/AIDS), men have a higher rate of death than women. Alzheimers is the only ailment where women are more likely to die, and men and women have a nearly equal chance at dying from a stroke. Some refer to these statistics as the Silent Health Crisis.
Women will, on average, live five years longer than men By the age of 100 women outnumber men 8 to 1. This is likely do to the far greater willingness of women, to have annual exams, which can detect health problems earlier, allowing treatment to be more effective. That’s right men - your tough macho act can actually kill you!
So this month, men get yourself checked out! Make an appointment and talk to a doctor about that nagging problem you have been ignoring! Nothing is off limits when you talk to a doctor about your health. Because never forget - to someone, YOU are that inspirational man!