Thursday’s Pen Tip – You are Greatly Loved

“In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I come to you as your Holy Spirit. You are greatly loved and God is proud of the growth that has taken place in many of His children.

Walk with the Lord Jesus and your paths will be made clear. He will empower you to do all things through faith in Him.

Lean not on your own understanding but seek His face. He is faithful to bring you through and use you as His vessels for the betterment of His kingdom.

Trust Him.”

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Thursday Pen Tip – Son Shining Through

“Those who focus on God above will focus on those things that are important not only here but for eternal life.

Each Christian, bring forth those blessings of the heart and all shall reap the rewards. For a mere smile can shine like the sun, and that is the Son shining through.”

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Gun Control is not About Guns and it is NOT the Answer to Mass shootings: I Have the Answer to Stopping Mass Shootings

By Greg Holt

(The Olive) After the recent Florida school shooting there has of course been the inevitable cry once again to ban the AR-15, it’s a dangerous assault rifle you know.

Actually, that could not be more untrue – the AR-15 is not an assault rifle nor is it a high-powered rifle, it’s not even a fully automatic rifle, which is the impression you get listening to some of the fools in the media who have no idea what they are talking about.

When was the last time you heard a call to ban the 22 Rifle? Never happened right? The AR-15 is basically a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle. Yes it can fire other rounds such as the 5.56 NATO – which is basically a .22 bullet with a little more gunpowder behind it.

If we are going to ban the AR-15, we will need to ban the .22 rifle and the .223 rifle as well, after all they are all 22s. The media engineered frenzy over the AR-15 is completely ridiculous. It is a simple rifle many use for target practice given it’s high accuracy and even home defense – oh yeah, and it looks cool too.

With the recent Florida school shooting and the Las Vegas massacre before that – and given the fact that so many (mainly Leftist gun grabbers) are clamoring for gun control, President Trump has ordered the Justice Department to initiate the banning of “bump stocks”.

Bump stocks are another misunderstood piece of equipment thanks in large part to the media’s exaggerations and outright lies. The media, and I even heard Fox News inaccurately report this today – say that bump stocks allow a semi-automatic rifle to fire as a fully automatic weapon like a machine gun or an M-16. This is not true, bump stocks allow much faster firing of a semi-automatic rifle, but the rifle is not full on automatic.

The problem with banning bump stocks is they can easily be made at home cheaply. A simple Google search – “can I make my own bump stock” yields over 10 million results, a bump stock can even be made using a 3D printer! Are the police going to be sent into every home in America to check if anyone has made their own bump stock?

The real problem we face with the mass shootings in this country has absolutely nothing to do with guns, and everything to do with people. Guns have been in this country for a long time, everybody and their brother has a gun. However, twenty years ago, there were not many if any mass shootings. What changed, the guns or we the people? Unless you are an idiot, you know the answer to this question. Make all the gun control laws you want, it’s not going to fix the problem of mass shootings and increased violence until the real underlying problems are addressed.

The outright banning of guns – which is what the Leftist Liberal fools are after BTW, will accomplish nothing. Oh wait, I’m wrong, it willaccomplish something. Banning guns in America (like Australia did) will hand over power to the criminals. It will also enable the government (whom will still possess guns) to control the people. If a criminal knows that no one is allowed to have weapons any longer, then EVERY American has a target painted on their back. Illegal or not, the criminal element WILL get guns, if you disagree, you are a fool.

I have the perfect example for you, America’s schools. K-12 schools are mandated “gun free zones” – this is the most ignorant policy ever devised. Our children and the teachers and other staff are sitting ducks for anyone who decides to waltz in the door with weapons in hand. Just check out the Florida school shooting if you doubt that. Schools and everyone in them have a huge target painted on their backs that effectively screams – shoot me, I can’t stop you!

How to Stop Mass Shootings

In our schools, we need to immediately end this “gun free zone” idiocy. Armed guards and possibly armed teachers along with the installation of metal detectors would pretty much end the mass shooting problem. But you will say, people don’t like exposing their kids to metal detectors and armed staff – well would you rather expose them to their friends being shot to death? Metal detectors are in airports, many government buildings etc., why not schools? How much is your child’s life worth?

The main problem in America with all the shootings and violence is this: parenting. Yes I said parenting. Not all parents obviously, but a great many. Through the various jobs I have done over the years, I have been in many homes, many, many, many, homes. The things I have seen are utterly appalling.

When I was growing up, mass shootings were unheard of, why is that? Parenting.

Lets look at the differences here. Years ago, parents actually parented! Parents knew what their kids were doing, where they were, and who their friends were. Parents searched their children’s rooms if need be, too bad if we did not like it. There was discipline when we did wrong, we were afraid to come home from school after screwing up, because we knew we were in trouble. Parents worked with the teachers, not telling them to F off.

Today it’s a whole different ball game. What passes for parenting in many households is an extremely bad joke, and this so-called parenting is harming the children who have no idea how to function in society while at the same time having no idea what it is like to feel loved and cared for. If parents today actually parented, and God was an important fixture in the life of today’s kids, most of these problems would evaporate.

What are the Common Problems in Parenting Today?

As I said, I have personally seen a lot of what goes on in today’s homes; I have as well worked with problem teens. A common factor is lack of parenting and if the kids/young adults are honest, they feel a distinct lack of love from their parents.

When parents use the Internet, TV, movies, and video games as the preferred method to entertain and occupy their children, well bad things come of that. Parents don’t spend time with their kids; instead they buy them video games, videos, the Internet, and have no idea what their children are really doing. They allow their kids to watch violent movies, play very violent video games, (after all, it’s only a game right?) let them come and go as they please, have no idea who their friends are, and basically have no clue how their own children spend their time. When there are the inevitable problems in school, parents scream and curse at the teachers and blame them for their child’s poor behavior!

I want you to take the time to read this rant posted on Facebook that a Florida school teacher made, it is so spot-on that every teacher, every politician, everyone who works with kids, and every parent should be required to read it, no kidding. It will only take a minute of your time.

Florida schoolteacher’s epic (and true) rant on the reason for mass shootings etc.

Until everyone in this country understands that strong, loving parenting, the value of a strong family, and the reverence of God is what is needed – nothing is going to change. All the laws, all the rules, all the punishment, and all the empty headed talking heads – will make no difference at all. None of what is being done today has worked yet has it? What makes anyone think the same course of action is going to work tomorrow?

 

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Thursday’s Pen Tip – Earth is Not Your Home

Earth is not Your Home

The moon glows bright over the night skies. The sun warms the earth during the daylight hours. It is the will of God that all things are in the order of His command.

Take heart My loved ones, for it is He who loves you that will bring you to your eternal home. It is He who loves you that will ease your pain. The earth is not your home. You are destined to spend all of eternity with Me, your loving Father who is above all.

Take up your swords and fight the enemies that come at you. The sword of the Spirit is My word and there is no other authority above Me.

Be at ease in your walk, for I am with you. I am the I Am!

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Thursday’s Pen Tip – Evolution vs Creation

“There are those that teach others that the world was not created by some unseen force called God.

Scientists that feel they have the answers to the complexities of life are fools!

I wonder what the Almighty, He who loves all, feels when He hears the children repeat the nonsense of those teachings.

“Man evolved from a fish,” they say.

Who created the fish?

“Man evolved up from a tadpole.”

Who created the tadpole, or, the sea that the fish and tadpole lived in?

“Man began as a molecule and evolved from that.”

Who created the molecule?

“In the beginning God created the heaven and earth.” Gen. 1:1

“Let us make man in our image…” Gen. 1:26

Do you believe?”

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The Remarkable Story of a Texas Man Sentenced to 495 Years in Prison Who Found God, Gained Parole, and Began Incredible Ministry

In a remarkable story of redemption and example of the healing power of God’s love and forgiveness, an ex-convict once sentenced to 500 years in jail is now spreading the word of the Lord and baptizing the prison population he used to live among. Furthermore, he has built a remarkable friendship with the judge who ordered his lock up.

As CBN News reported, Texas-native Ron Adkins received a 495-year prison sentence in 1997, after being found guilty of several home burglaries. The then 22-year-old received 99 years for each of the five counts on which he was charged and picked up an additional five-year sentence for possession of an unauthorized cell phone. A district judge at the time, Robert Newsom upheld Adkins conviction. Little did either man know, they would one day cross paths again.

With seemingly no hope of ever being a free man again, Adkins lashed out—joining a prison gang, racking up some 250 violations, and even ending up in solitary confinement for 13 years. He found himself alone and suicidal, but a worn-out Bible he had neglected for years ultimately became his saving grace.

“Half the pages were missing because I had been using it for rolling papers. I had been smoking cigarettes with Bible papers,” Adkins joked to CBN. “All that was left of the Bible was the New Testament.”

In reading those remaining pages, Adkins came to learn about God’s love and grace. He decided to quit the gang and instead join his prison’s Bible study group. He began taking ministry courses, and, after beginning to display “good behavior,” Adkins received surprise parole hearing, which was initially projected for 2095. In May 2015, Adkins was released from prison.

Once released, Adkins found a job continued to grow in his faith, sharing his powerful story with churches and criminal justice reform conferences. In doing so, he met his wife Dawn Knighton, a former felon turned Christian counselor. His return to church and faith also sparked another unexpected relationship—one with Newsom, the judge who presided over his case decades earlier.

“It dawned on me, I told pastor, ‘You know what? I think that’s the judge who sentenced me to five 99-year sentences,’” Adkins recalled of sitting in church one day listening to a guest speaker that happened to be Newsom.

The men were introduced soon after, and while the introduction was initially a little awkward, the two became fast friends, with the former felon telling CBN News that he never held a grudge against the judge.

“I never did go to prison. I never did do some of the things that Ron has done. But I’m a sinner saved by grace just like Ronnie is,” Newsom explained of the surprise friendship. “We’re brothers.”

Thanks to Newsom, Adkins now works with the local Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department to meet with inmates and share his redemption story. He and his wife have even baptized some of the prisoners and jail staff. Newsom believed the ministry has created a “mini-revival” in the community. Adkins, meanwhile, is just grateful for the second chance he has been given to rewrite his legacy and, through the mercy of God, the legacy of those he touches with his service.

“In the very place where I was sentenced to die in prison, God’s going to use us to bring dead things back to life,” Adkins told CBN News. “And that’s what he’s doing. In the jail, in the worship nights, in the prayer meetings: He’s just bringing dead things back to life.”

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Thursday’s Pen Tips #10

For you who believe there is no end. For others who do not believe in the Son of God Almighty, there is end to joy that you think you have now.

For those who scoff and follow the one not of Christ – hell fires will deliver you into the coals of hell.

Lift thy hands, thy heart, towards the heavenlies for your Father who art in heaven waits.

He who is on high awaits your plea for His grace. If you do not succumb unto Him, may He who was born this day have mercy on your soul.

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