Be Still

The beach is crowded on this bright sunny day. Families are on vacation and slathered with suntan lotion they sprawl out on lounge chairs and blankets. Umbrella’s are opened protecting from the sun’s bright rays.

Children’s laughter and innocent screams are heard as they romp in the shallow water. Men and women splash each other as their laughter rings out. Gentle waves caress the sandy beach as they splash and play.

Parents watch attentively from their blankets under the umbrellas. Snacks are in baskets and drinks cooling in coolers. The day is perfect, or so it seems.

Suddenly a scream is heard and people run to the water’s edge. A Man appears and wades out into the chest deep water and dives under the wave reaching a lifeless, limp gentleman that has gotten sucked into the undertow.

The Man pulls the lifeless body to the surface and leans forward  breathing a life-giving breath into him. With that one breath the gentleman spurts water and begins to thrash about violently.

“Be still and know that I am God,” the Man states.

The gentleman relaxes and stops thrashing.

Peace and tranquility has returned to an almost perfect day.

(Sue’s version) Psalm 46:10

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The young lady giggles as she swings her boyfriends hand back and forth as they leave the sandy beach walking side by side. They stop at a window in the side of a building and buy a slice of pizza each. Finding a bench under a tall Palm tree the young man says a quick thank you to the Lord for their food and they take big bites out of their pizza.

Sitting in the shade they chat about the world’s problems and finish eating their pizza. “There isn’t much we can do about what’s going on in the world,” the girl says.

“Sure there is!” the boy replies.

“What? We’re only two people, how can we solve the world’s problems?”

“Well, we can’t solve the world’s problems but we can take a stand with others. You know the Lord said ‘where two or three are gathered in His name, He is present.”‘

“Yeah, but…”

The boy cuts her off. “If we got a bunch of kids together at school and started a prayer group I’ll bet we could make a difference.”

“But what would we pray about?” The girl wipes her face with a napkin.

“I don’t know. Maybe angels around our school. God has warring angels, I’ll bet they’d guard us!”

The girl laughs and stands. “The school won’t let us do that, silly!”

“But don’t you see? That’s where we can make a difference!” The boy states enthusiastically.

She looks at him for a long moment, and begins walking toward the beach.

“Well, what do you think?” He asks and quickly walks up beside her.

“Whatever,” she states and keeps walking.

“God said we have guardian angels and I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be asking around and see if we can get enough kids to join in.”

Reaching the water, the girl laughs, shoves her boyfriend playfully and darts out into the water “You do that,” she yells, and dives into a wave.

A Man has heard them and grins His approval.

(Sue’s version) Psalm 91:11 – Matthew 18:20

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Pure Joy

She walks down the street seemingly without a care in the world. Her blonde hair swishing down her tanned back and the flip-flops on her feet make a slapping sound on the pavement.

Her heart is full and with a glint in her eyes and a smile on her face she faces the day with a heart filled with hope and joy. In the distance she hears the sounds of seagulls as they swoop and dive near the oceans waters. She is anticipating the cool water on this hot summer day.

She throws her blanket on the hot sand while slipping the flip-flops off and pulls the “Love God – Love people” T-shirt over her head and tosses it onto the blanket. She heads for the cool water.

The waves crash against her back and she laughs. She splashes happily in the salty waves and glances up at the sun. Oh what joy she feels as the worries, concerns, and frustrations of the past week are washed out to sea as the waves strip them from her.

Standing waist deep in the water she sees a Man approaching her. His dark skin glints in the sun and his beard drips with water. He dives under the water as a large wave crashes down over them and upon rising when the wave has passed He laughs joyfully.

She laughs and says hello as he shakes the water out of His long hair. She stretches out her arms wide, throws her head back, and shouts, “How can anyone not believe in God?”

The Man smiles broadly.

(Sue’s version) Psalm 146:6 – Romans 1:20

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A Hidden Agenda

The trees are full, the flowers are in bloom, the birds are chirping their happy songs and off in the distance one can hear the sound of a woman in pain.

The neighbors have complained because of her raucous behavior. The police have been called numerous times but no one seems to be able to stop the woman from her rantings.

She stands in her yard and screams at people as they pass. Children are ushered quickly into their homes, and the adults shake their head in disgust and frustration. Hospitalization helps for a time. The medications render her a zombie leaving her walking in a daze. She stops taking them.

The diagnosis has been deemed to be a mental illness and with proper medication she seems fine. But beneath the surface something else is at fault but no one wants to address it.

She stands at the edge of her yard and screams profanities and suddenly stops when she sees a Man approach. He looks at her intently. Her ranting ceases.

The Man takes a step closer to her, she fearfully steps back. A hidden part of her knows who this Man is and is afraid. The hidden  part is what causes her problems.

The Man addresses the hidden part and with all Authority given to Him by the Father, He commands, “Come out of her!”

Her mouth opens and the evil spirit pleads with the Man. “We know who You are. Don’t make us leave.”

“Come out!” The Man forcibly demands and the woman is suddenly shaking violently and drops to the ground.

(Sue’s Version) Matthew 9:32, Matthew 8:28, Luke 9:37-42, Luke 8:29

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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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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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