California Democrat Wants to Tax Motorists for EVERY Mile They Drive…

Why the hell does anyone live there?? That has a working brain??


via California Democrat Wants to Tax Motorists for EVERY Mile They Drive


Not a Gunfighter, but a Defender- the changing face of gun culture


I didn’t recognize it as gun-culture changed. We are immersed in our culture and I was too close to see what happened.  A recent news story brought the change into sharp focus. Gun culture is wrapped in myth and fantasy. It always has been. Gun-culture changed from being a fantasy gunfighter to a realistic defender. We see that reality today.

When I grew up, gun culture was a rancher carrying a gun on his hip when he was at work. It was the cop on the street. I saw both. The myth of the gun culture was something else entirely. The myth was the wild west gunfighter. The myth was also the image of Chicago gangland criminals at war with the cops. That is what we saw in the movies. As a child, I saw many more gunshots on TV than were ever fired by gangsters on the street. Those…

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Five Years After


Yesterday marked an anniversary with no cause for celebration. Five years ago, a disturbed 20-year old slaughtered 20 young children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

The fact he’d murdered his mother and stolen her guns didn’t stop the calls for new gun laws. None of which would have prevented the event. But that didn’t stop the gun control groups. Never does, as we’ve unfortunately learned since.

via Five Years After | Shooting Wire

Getting a Haircut

Getting a Haircut

December 15

“There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope” (Hos 2:15).

I walked into the local hair salon for only the second time and sat down to get a haircut. “Hello Donna, how are you?” I said pleasantly. All of a sudden she looked sad-eyed at me and began to cry uncontrollably with her head on my shoulder. “Donna, what’s wrong!?”

Donna began to tell me how her marriage was in a crisis and her husband was being abusive. She told tale after tale of years of drug use by her husband. The other customers were all quietly sitting in their chairs as this was taking place. As Donna began to settle down we began to talk and eventually we prayed together right there in the hair solon.

I gave Donna a few books to read and invited her to our house for a prayer gathering we were having. It would be months before Donna could do anything but vent about her husband and the pain she was experiencing. Our home fellowship group prayed for Donna that night. Every two weeks, I would get the latest on her situation. Donna had been a church-going person up to this point but had little understanding of a walk with God. Gradually, over time, Donna began to gain strength. She ultimately was divorced by her husband and became free of the abusive relationship. But, sadly, she lost her relationship with her daughter through the conflict.

However, God came to Donna through different people. First he sent a man (me) to sit in her chair who could share the love of God. Then God sent ladies who invited her to a Bible study that began to build a spiritual foundation in Donna. She soon made a recommitment to her life and became baptized.

Today Donna is a different person. She has broken free of the harmful co-dependent abusive relationship. She has entered a new, love relationship with her Savior.

Donna is the first to admit it took the Valley of Achor (trouble) to bring her to the end of herself and to seek God with her whole heart. Today, Donna is a servant of Jesus masquerading as a hair stylist.

via Today God is First Daily Devotional, Os Hillman, Work, Christian Business Leaders

Grace upon Grace

December 15
Grace upon Grace
John 1
“From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.” (v. 16)
The Amplified Bible translates today’s verse thus: “For out of His fullness (abundance) we all received — all had a share and we were all supplied with — one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift.” I love the phrase “one grace after another.” The thought contained in the original text is of grace succeeding grace. Our capacity to receive grace at any level depends on our use of it at the lowest level. Refuse God’s grace at one level of your life and you make it difficult to receive it at another level. We must use the present proffered grace to be granted the grace which succeeds it. One preacher said: “I remember when I sat for my first scholarship. I recall going to my professor and saying: ‘What will I do when I have used the paper up?’ He laughed. ‘You needn’t worry about that,’ he said. ‘When you have used all you have, just ask for more.’ Much relieved I added: ‘Will he give me all I want?’ ‘No,’ replied the professor, ‘but he will give you all you can use.'” God is eager to give His grace to every one of us, and there is so much of it. Grace is flowing like a river Millions there have been supplied … But it mustn’t be wasted. You can have all you are able to use, but to have more you must use what you have. How good are you at using God’s grace?

My Father and my God, show me how to use Your grace — really use it. Help me to throw myself on You, to be less self-reliant and more God-reliant. I need to understand this even more, dear Lord. Please help me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

For Further Study
Philippians 4:14-19; Ephesians 1:7-23
1. What was Paul confident of?
2. How did he describe God’s grace?

via Everyday Light Daily Devotional from Selwyn Hughes, Christian Bible Devotions

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