Orlando Shooting: The Hard Part Most Are Missing

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Emergency vehicles on scene at the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando

I just want to share a few thoughts on the Orlando Shooting. Thought number three in particular is the most difficult and it applies to you, and to me.

1) It’s a horrible tragedy. This was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Fifty died, and fifty-three were injured. My heart breaks for the victims and their families. They’re in my prayers and I hope they’re in your prayers too.

2) We need to guard against acts of terror in the most sensible and effective way possible. This is where everybody wants to go when they discuss the Orlando tragedy. This is the part that’s most popular in the media and in the blogosphere. I have my own opinions, but the purpose of this blog isn’t to offer up the actions I believe we should take to prevent attacks like this one. The purpose of this blog post is to focus on something more difficult.

3) The hard part, the most difficult thing we need to guard against, is this: Continue reading

Peter John Courson Update: God Is Good

My mind was totally blown when I watched this video of Peter John Courson during the Applegate Christian Fellowship Thanksgiving Eve service. If you watch it you’ll see him shortly after the 5:20 mark. Considering his condition 6-7 weeks ago, this is really amazing.

Thank you for your prayers.

Prayer makes a difference.

God is good.

Click here to watch the Applegate Fellowship Thanksgiving Eve service video.

It Is Finished: 7 Stops In The Quest For Rest by Peter-John Courson (A Book Review)

Peter-John Courson book It Is Finished(Peter’s book is available on Amazon. Just click on the link: It Is Finished by Peter-John Courson)

Why Peter-John Courson Wrote This Book

The first sentence of the book reads: “When I was twenty years old I lost my life.” Peter goes on to describe how Continue reading

Please Pray For Peter-John Courson

I recently learned a friend underwent surgery because he had 18-20 abscesses on his brain–one was the size of an egg. His name is Peter-John Courson. He was my neighbor for eleven years. He married my son and daughter-in-law. He prayed for me when I was in the hospital. He has a wife and four young daughters. He’s a great brother and a man of God. His surgery was Monday and as of Wednesday he’s still not yet alert and oriented.

He’s battled severe Crohn’s disease for years but brain surgery was completely unexpected by the family. The next few days are critical.

It would mean alot to me if you would pray for him.

If you want to learn more, you can check out his dad’s Bible study. The part about Peter starts around seven minutes in.

(If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the update on Peter John posted 11/28/2015. God is Good.)

Roseburg Shooting

I know it might sound a little strange, but, when you’re praying for the families of the slain, the family of the shooter, the firefighters, police, medical personnel, dispatchers, and all the others–please don’t forget to pray for my friend Fred Saada and all the other chaplains serving there in Roseburg.

“God give them strength, and fill them with the Spirit of Jesus.”

Here’s a recent Facebook post from Fred about the current situation there:

Long two days in Roseburg and it is just the beginning of picking up the pieces that evil has strewn all over the region and beyond. Several of us Chaplains are serving the torn, the weary, the brokenhearted and those who are mourning this senseless and evil act. But evil will not prevail. Jesus, the Light of the World, has overcome the world and its evil.

John 16:33
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

–Fred Saada

Black and White Pastors Swap Pulpits To Promote Racial Unity

These guys are amazing: Initiative Network. God’s using them to accomplish some great things–among them–a black and a white pastor swap pulpits.

DALLAS — From a disturbing fraternity chant to protests over the police shootings of black teens,tensions have flared recently over race relations in America.

But on Palm Sunday, two Dallas pastors from opposite sides of the city found a new way to deliver a powerful message to their congregations.

They traded pulpits for a day, preaching to the other’s church.

Read the rest of the story. (USA TODAY)

If you’re interested in learning about the people God’s using to accomplish this sort of thing, check out this video from InitiativeNetwork.org.

Myra Thompson, a relative of one of the Charleston shooting victims said this:

Myra Thompson, a relative of one of the Charleston shooting victims:

“I forgive him and my family forgives him. But we would like him to take this opportunity to repent” and “give your life to the one who matters most: Christ.”

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References:

Powerful Words of Forgiveness, Washington Post, June 19, 2015

9 People Murdered And The 1 Thing That Can Make A Difference

If You’re A Christian There Was A Death In Your Family Wednesday Night

Witnesses said the gunman specifically asked for the church’s well-known pastor, the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, who was also a state senator, and sat next to him in the Bible study. First he listened, they said, then he argued, and eventually he began ranting against black people, until finally, he stood, drew a gun and fired, reloading as many as five times.

He fatally shot six women and three men, ranging in age from 26 to 87. Among the dead was Mr. Pinckney. (New York Times, 6-19-15)

Nine people. Nine people were murdered, during a Bible study just the other night. There’s anger and outrage all over the country because of it. But you know what? Even before this tragedy there was anger and outrage everywhere. Everywhere we look we see it. We see it on Instagram, Facebook, TV, and Twitter where friends, family, talking heads, and politicians rage against one thing or another. Or against one person or another. Do you ever share your anger and outrage? Or do you ever have urges to share your anger and outrage?

Did you know there is someone in the Bible like that? Continue reading

93 Year Old Paratrooper Celebrates D-Day by Jumping Out of C-47 Airplane

Do without expecting thanks D-Day

D-Day Paratrooper Jim Martin

 

“I am humbled and embarrassed at the adulation because I don’t feel we did anything we weren’t supposed to do or anything exceptional.”

That’s what 93 year old paratrooper Jim Martin said about his part in D-Day, 70 years ago.

Then he jumped out of a C-47 airplane. And parachuted onto Utah Beach. Just like he did 70 years ago, when he helped to retake France.

I was amazed at the way Martin parachuted at age 93, but I was even more inspired by his attitude about doing his duty, without any expectation of recognition. Continue reading

Torah to be Preserved–on the Moon?

Torah to the moon

Last post we looked at a guy who transcribed a copy of the complete Torah, with perfect accuracy, using a feather pen and a sheepskin parchment (it took him eight years). Today I saw a story about how the moon might be used to preserve the Torah. As newscientist.com put it, the moon will be used as sort of a backup hard drive for the supercomputer we call Earth. Let me explain. Continue reading