Category Archives: 1st Amendment

Who Wouldn’t??

Want to protect their family?

Other than the gun grabbing politicians and has been politicians whom are protected by ….. men…. with ….. guns!!!

And the various anti gun organization out there..

They apparently would not protect their families..

But me and mine?

Oh hell yeah!!

 

Americans are deeply concerned for the safety and security of their families.  Between the civil unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore, and now the high-profile Islamic terror attacks in Paris and California, Americans today are more fearful for their personal safety and security than any time since 9/11.

Source: BOCH/HORTBERG: Protect Your Family! | GunsSaveLife.com

University of Adversity

University of Adversity

February 7

"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”-(2 Cor. 4:8-10).

It’s hard to find anyone in Christian history who became a great leader without earning an advanced degree at the University of Adversity. John Bunyan (1628-1688), the author of The Pilgrim’s Progress, grew up in poverty and taught himself to read. As a young man, he struggled with feelings of not being forgiven by God and was tortured by visions of eternal punishment. His devout wife helped him to overcome his fear, but then, while she was still in her twenties, she died of a sudden illness. In his grief, Bunyan devoted himself to preaching. The English government, however, repeatedly imprisoned him for preaching without a license.

On one occasion, Bunyan was sentenced to three months in prison, but when he told the officials he intended to go on preaching, his sentence was extended to 12 years. John Bunyan experienced God’s presence in a special way while he was in prison. In fact, it was in his cell that he penned his enduring classic, The Pilgrim’s Progress. It’s a book that could only have been written by a soul that was refined by the fires of adversity.

A. W. Tozer once wrote, "It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until he has hurt him deeply." God has a mission for your life and mine. But before we can carry out that mission, we will often go through the boot camp of adversity. If this is where you find yourself today, ask God to give you His grace to walk through this time with you. He promised He would never leave or forsake us.

We do what we choose to do

We do what we choose to do
For reading & meditation: Proverbs 18:15-21
"The tongue has the power of life and death ‘" (v.21) We are seeing that the first step the psalmist took to save himself from falling was stopping himself from saying what was on the tip of his tongue. In other words, he took himself in hand. This is an extremely important issue. What a lot of heartache would be saved if Christians would take heed to this and learn to put a bridle on their tongues. Expressions which convey the idea that the Lord acts unjustly or unkindly, especially if they fall from the lips of men and women who have a long experience in the Christian life, are as dangerous as sparks in a timber factory.

Despite his doubts, the psalmist recognised the importance of self-discipline, and that proved to be a saving virtue. People sometimes claim: "It is impossible for me to control what I say. It slips out before I realise what I’ve said." This is nonsense, of course, for what we say is the result of what we choose to say. Sometimes we may feel as though we have no control over what we say, but that is all it is a feeling. Dr Lawrence Crabb, a Christian psychologist, tells us: "The loss of felt choice does not mean the loss of real choice." When you give a person "a piece of your mind", as we say, there is always a moment, albeit a split second, when you can choose to speak out or stay quiet. We cannot hide behind the excuse that our tongue is not under our control. What we do is what we choose to do. The psalmist, though beset by many doubts and difficulties, chose to control his tongue – and so can you.

Prayer:
Father, help me see that the things I do and say are not the result of compulsion but of choice. I am free to obey or free to disobey. Help me to use my freedom in the right way. In Jesus’ Name I ask it. Amen.

For further study:
James 3; Luke 21:15
1. What does James teach about the tongue?

2. What are we to ask God for?

Active Shootings Are Just This Fast…

Most of us like to think that we’d be able to respond quickly, decisively, and dare I say, it, heroically. The reality of the matter, however, is that the vast majority of people who haven’t been properly trained to react would be standing there when the bullets start flying, thinking “this can’t be happening to me,” as they start taking rounds.

Source: Active Shootings Are Just This Fast – Bearing Arms ..