Why No One Should Be Surprised That a Killer Is Living Under Their Roof

In a recent interview with the South Florida Sun Sentinel, James and Kimberly Snead, the couple who took in the Florida school shooter after his own parents had died, said they were baffled and surprised that the high school student who had been living with them for nearly three months could commit such a horrific crime. They were unaware of all the prior warning signs the killer had displayed. Kimberly said the young man who eventually murdered 17 students was, “nothing like they portray on television or in the media.” In the Snead home, the killer appeared to be a likable, compliant person. James Snead said, “we had rules and he followed every rule to the tee.” They were clearly stunned when they learned that their house guest was responsible for the massacre,

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What If You Have the Wrong Jesus?


Today, I am writing about how to avoid counterfeit Christs. Every cult and false religion has one. How can you make sure you are not tricked by one?By Ron Henzel

In everyday life, we all understand that what you believe is no guarantee that your belief is true, or wise, or even helpful, no matter how sincerely you believe it. In fact, what you believe can be downright dangerous.If you spend thousands of dollars on alleged nutritional supplements that turn out to be worthless, it does not matter how sincerely you believed in them, you are out all that money and not one bit healthier for it. If you believe it is okay to sit in a broken chair, it does not matter how sincerely you believe in its sturdiness, you will probably end up with a bruise or two, and perhaps a broken bone. If you believe it is okay to ignore the warnings on the label of your prescription medication against mixing it with alcohol, perhaps one day they will inscribe on your tombstone how sincerely you believed in your own pharmaceutical opinions.This is just another way of saying that your faith is only as good as its object. It does not matter how sincere your faith is; if the object of your faith is unreliable, your faith will not help you, and could very well hurt you.This is just common sense, right?So, why is it that so many of us try to live by this truth in our day-to-day lives, until it comes to what we believe about God, Jesus, and salvation? Why do so many people say that, when it comes to religion, “It does not matter what you believe, as long as you are sincere?”

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If you don’t feel like you have enough time to read the scriptures, PLEASE consider listening to them instead.

The Gospel, Ryan Stevenson


A restless generation, we’re turning over every stone
Hoping to find salvation in a world that’s left us cold
Can we get back to the altar, back to the arms of our first love?
There’s only one way to the father and he’s calling out to us

(chorus)
To the captive it looks like freedom
To the orphan it feels like home
To the skeptic it might sound crazy
To believe in a God who loves
In a world where our hearts are breaking
And we’re lost in the mess we’ve made
Like a blinding light in the dead of night
It’s the Gospel, the Gospel that makes a way

It’s the cure for our condition, it’s the good news for us all It’s greater than religion, it’s the power of the cross
So can we get back to the altar, back to the arms of our first love?
There’s only one way to the father and he’s calling out to us

(chorus)
To the captive it looks like freedom
To the orphan it feels like home
To the skeptic it might sound crazy
To believe in a God who loves
In a world where our hearts are breaking
And we’re lost in the mess we’ve made
Like a blinding light in the dead of night
It’s the Gospel, the Gospel that makes a way

In my own life it means forgiveness, when I know I deserved the fall
It called me out of my darkness, and carried me to the cross
In a moment my eyes were opened, in that moment my heart was changed
Like a blinding light in the dead of night it’s the gospel

(chorus)
To the captive it looks like freedom
To the orphan it feels like home
To the skeptic it might sound crazy
To believe in a God who loves
In a world where our hearts are breaking
And we’re lost in the mess we’ve made
Like a blinding light in the dead of night
It’s the Gospel, the gospel that makes a way

Publishing: © 2017 Songs Of Emack (ASCAP)/Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (ASCAP), SF SESAC Designee/Capitol CMG Amplifier (SESAC), Achtober Songs (BMI) (Admin. at CapitolCMGPublishing.com).

Writer(s): Ryan Stevenson, Bryan Fowler, Toby McKeehan
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Orphan makes people smile.

Charity Word Cloud on a white background.

This six-year-old boy has every right to be sad and sulky, but he chooses to bring smiles to people instead. Giving away toys from the local dollar store isn’t that expensive either. It is the giving of the heart that matters to most. We all can and should do more.

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If you feel like you don’t have time to read the Bible try listening to it instead.

 

Hi! How are you doing?

   The question “How are you doing?”  in one form or another probably gets asked about a billion times a day. Many of the times it is asked, it is asked by a stranger.  It could be by a cashier at the grocery store, or someone else who has been told by their boss to ask it to all their customers, or just said in passing by the average person.  Do we ever really sincerely ask that question, or is it just a cultural convention? This question was given to me years ago when I was at a local event. I walked into a tent that was being used as a store, and in passing, I asked the shopkeeper how he was doing. His reply was “Terrible!” I had been so used to asking this question as a cultural convention, that I almost didn’t hear the answer. When I realized that his answer wasn’t what I expected, I stopped in my tracks to talk to him. It turned out that he wasn’t doing terrible after all, he only said that as a test to see if anyone was listening or even caring.  He thanked me for being the only one out of the many states he visited to actually pay attention to his reply!!!

Now I know that we can’t always truly mean the question, if we are on the clock, or running late to pick up a child from school, we just don’t have time to properly listen and to help, but when we do we should pay attention to the answer. If we can, we should help people who truly are not doing well. We can ask their name and pray for them, offer to buy them a cup of coffee, anything just to prove to the person that the world isn’t as ugly as it may seem in the moment. The smallest act of kindness can change lives. I have even heard stories about people who intended to commit suicide who were stopped by a simple act of kindness.

Don’t have time to read the Bible? Try listening to it! 

Oppertunity to make heroes

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a little girl plays superhero

Yesterday I posted two videos of unlikely heroes. and as a perfect follow-up, I just found a video of a man who made 500 heroes!  There are many young boys in the world today that don’t have a father around.  It is a sad, sad fact. Fortunately, there are many men who are willing to step up and help fill that gap. Here is a video of 500 of them. If you can find a way to do something like this in your community, it would be awesome! Love can change lives, it can turn a victim, into a victor!

Anyone can be a hero!

    We tend to think of heroes as characters in comic strips, and movies, but anyone can be a hero!
Addie Rodriguez is a cheerleader at her school in a tough spot. Her squad was supposed to do a routine that involved their fathers. Her problem was that her dad is in the military, and could not make it.  Along came Matthew Garcia…


Notice that he had not exactly had a good day, after already having done a good deed that week (donating blood), a deed that may have cost him a slot in the state finals he went to see his mom who was watching the game at Addie’s school, where he saw yet another opportunity to be a hero to someone. Few would blame a teenager for being a little self-absorbed in a moment like that, but no, he saw someone in need and did what he could do to save the day. For his actions, he deserves the title HERO!

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I mentioned earlier that most people think of comic book characters when they think of heroes, some have a wider definition that includes the military, police officers, firefighters, but janitors can be heroes too.

Not everyone can save the world, but we all can change someone’s world!