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March 27, 2018, 2:55 PM

Gun Control and violence.


We are once again having to defend our second amendment rights on gun owners. The trajedy of the past shootings at the Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida and at the Sutherland Springs church are just some of the latest atrocities done by evil people. Evil has always been around us in this world.  You can not prevent evil deeds from taking place.  People have asked me throughout my ministry why evil things happen (many time to good people).  The answer is simple if we will hear it.  Evil things happen because we live in a fallen world. Since the time of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden Satan has decieved us and people have chosen to live for themselves and not for God.  Evil events will continue to happen until our Lord Jesus Christ says enough is enough and He returns to put a stop to sin and evil.  I believe the student protests we are seeing around the country have been instigated by the same anti -gun groups in America.  Many of those youth who were protesting did not have the fainest idea about what gun laws they were actualy against.  The gun haters in our country will use any event that promotes their agenda which is to rid our country of guns.  Within hours of these evil crimnes there was the cry to have greater gun control ringing in the ears of politicians.  Many churches around our country have reponded to church killing by having off duty police and armed private security inside their churches.  I believe this is a deterent to those who wish us harm.  When the theater shooter in Deven Colorado drove to commit his evil act, he passed by at least two theaters that did not restrict guns and guards.  He chose the theater that restricted firearms inside.  We will never prevent evil from taking place  but we can deter evil from our churches and schools by having trained individual inside that will defend and protect their students and fellow church members.  In my opinion.  Feel free to comment back to this site.

 

 




October 28, 2017, 12:00 PM

Study God's Word


Trina shared a message about Craving God’s Word with me. I don't know who the author is or I would give them credit. I pass on an edited version to you. I hope you enjoy.

So how do we teach ourselves to crave the Word of God?  Here are a few suggestions:

1. Pray.  Ask God to create in you a deep desire and longing to soak up Scripture.  Ask Him to speak to you and bind your heart to His as you read His Word.  Ask Him to draw you back into your Bible if it’s been a while since you’ve spent time with Him in this way.

2. Remind yourself that reading your Bible is a privilege. There are many countries where simply owning a Bible can bring severe persecution and repercussions.  We live in a place where we can freely and openly read our Bible, we are privileged.  This is a privilege that you would severely miss if it were taken away.  Take advantage of this amazing blessing and study your Bible often.

3. Set aside time to read each and every day.  Decide on a time, decide how long you plan to read, and then allow nothing but emergencies to disrupt this time.  I know this can be super hard with your busy life, but it is so very necessary. Ultimately, we make time for what’s important to us.  And we can usually find time to check our social media feeds, email, or text messages, so we can definitely find time to study God’s Word.  Choose a time that works for you and stick with it.

4. Just start reading.  Make yourself get started and then let God’s beautiful words take over and, odds are, you won’t want to stop. 

5. Give yourself enough time to make Bible reading into a habit.  I’ve read that developing a habit takes around 30 days.  So, as you start your daily readings, don’t get discouraged if you don’t start to crave it after a couple of days or a week.  Give yourself at least a month of daily reading for you to start to really crave your daily quiet time with God. 

6. Use a Bible study, devotional, or Bible journaling technique.  There is absolutely no substitute for simply reading your Bible, but these tools can help you to dig deeper and develop a greater understanding of what God is trying to teach you through your daily readings. Give these 6 strategies a try and work towards cultivating a deep and abiding craving for the incredible Word of God!

Your Pastor; Paul



Comments

01-10-2018 at 2:19 PM
Kirstin Dodd-Schubert
Love this post. Very insightful
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