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God’s Not Dead He is surely alive !!

We watched God’s Not Dead He is Surely Alive 2 on Pureflix today.  All I can say is WOW.  Very powerful and compelling movie about a teacher who is pulled into a court room and put on trial for sharing the words of Christ in her history class.  Watch it and share it with the people in the community that God has placed you in on this earth.  You will be glad you did.

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Kristina and Frodo

My daughter shared this photo on Facebook from Instagram and I want to share it with you.  I love my kids.  🙂

 

Kristina and Frodo Moffitt

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5 Things I will teach my boys about pornography – Daily Positive

I read this and I have to agree.  I hope that people read this article and take it to heart.  Pornography is a billion dollar industry and it is destroying families.  You can read the article Daily Positive .

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Personal and Family defense plan–Part 3

Chance favors a prepared mind

 

If you are still reading this series I can only hope that I have brought you to the point where you are seriously thinking about the need to have a Personal and Family defense plan.  In part two of this series, I underlined the importance of recognizing that a crisis can happen to you or your family, at any given time.

I used a movie clip from the movie Under Siege Dark Territory as an example of how trained mercenaries were making a bad assumption.  They were assuming that the cook (Steven Segal) was dead and no longer a threat.  One of our readers of this series reminded me of another excellent quote from this movie. 

Chance favors a prepared mind 

I would encourage you to read that statement a couple of times and really meditate on its meaning.  In the first article, I mentioned how we plan for all sorts of life long contingencies.  We make plans for the future.  We plan for financial wellbeing, our health, retirement, children’s college funds and savings.  The list goes on.  In every one of these instances, we identify a need in our life and we set goals and put plans into action so we can meet these goals. 

Let’s say you want to lose 50 lbs.  At some point, you came to the realization that your clothes were not fitting correctly or maybe a health issue has cropped up that got your attention.  In your mind, you realized there is a problem and you decided to deal with it.  At that point, you took control of the problem and formulated a plan to deal with it.  You educated yourself to the best of your ability and you used what you have at your disposal to make the plan work. 

By now I am hopeful that you have come to the realization that if you have not formulated a Personal and Family defense plan that you have placed yourself or your family at risk.  You are assuming nothing can ever happen and if something does happen you will not be prepared and you or your family will become a victim. 

My goal is to awaken you to the fact that there are real threats to your personal safety and to that of your family.  My goal is to encourage you to consider that fact and to plan for the eventuality of it happening.  Does being prepared, mean that you will never have to worry about being threatened?  Being prepared means that if something does happen that you will be better prepared to deal with it and you have increased your ability to survive the threat.

Now that you are thinking about real threats let’s examine some of them.  Threats generally come in two categories. 

Threats against people

·         Physical assault

·         Sexual assault

·         Robbery  

·         Kidnapping

·         Bullying

·         Car jacking

·         Home invasion

·         Terroristic threat

·         Fraud

·         Identity theft

Threats against property

·         Fire

·         flood

·         Inclement weather

·         Home invasion

·         Vandalism

·         Burglary

·         Credit card fraud  

 

These lists are very general in nature and their purpose is to get you to think about how you and your family, could possibly be threatened.  If you are having a hard time imagining any of these things happening, all you need to do is turn on your local news station and the crime reports can help you fill in the blanks.

Here is another general list of crimes that I know have happened. 

·         Bank robberies

·         Robberies of all types of businesses

·         Robberies of individuals in mall parking lots

·         Robberies of individuals at ATM machines

·         Robberies of delivery drivers

·         Sexual assault in parks

·         Kidnapping

·         Automobile theft

·         Domestic violence

·         Drug deals going bad and people getting shot or stabbed

·         Aggravated robberies of individuals using a deadly weapon

If you remember in my last article, I mentioned a dear friend of mine, and a question he posed to me.  He stated that his father had never owned a firearm for as long as he could remember.  He told me that he has never owned a firearm nor has he ever had the need for one.  After all this time, why would he need to purchase a firearm now? 

My friend made this comment right after he found out that I had taken a state required course, that would allow me to carry a concealed weapon.  The context of our conversation related to my personal choice to carry a concealed weapon.  My answer to his question is simple.  Violent crime against property and individuals has been on the rise for decades. I chose to be mentally prepared to protect myself, and my family.  I chose to do whatever it takes so that we will not become victims.   

I remember a time when you could leave the keys to your vehicle in the ignition and not worry about someone stealing it from you.  I remember a time when you could go to bed at night and leave your doors and windows open and unlocked.  You did not have to worry about someone coming into your house and stealing from you or harming your wife or children.  Sadly enough those times are long gone.  We can no longer afford to do these things and if we do we are opening up ourselves to becoming victims to those people who would perpetrate those types of crimes. 

Remember that our goal is to be safe as individuals and as families.  We want to know that in case of an emergency, where our safety is threatened, we can act in such a way as to escape the threat, or repel that threat. 

In the next article I will begin to dig in to the basics of being prepared and putting together a Personal and Family defense plan. 

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A fresh start

In John 8:12 of the new testament we see “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “ I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

I have spent some time reflecting on 2010 and all the things that have happened in the world around us as well as those things we have experienced as a family and individually.   This has not been a horrible year however it has had its shares of ups and downs.  The economic downturn between 2008 and now has affected us more than I would like to admit.   Like it or not 2010 is almost gone and we have a new year to look forward to in 2011.  

As I look back at 2010 I realize that I have allowed my circumstances to get way too much of my attention.  As I have focused on our circumstances I have found myself doing everything I can to control things and fix things on my own.  I am not sure why I insist of being in control of my life when I know that I am not in control no matter how much I want to be.  My inability to control some of our circumstances has allowed me to become somewhat negative and grouchy which has not been a good thing for me or my family.

Going forward I want to get back to basics and to spend more time in personal devotions each day.  I want to begin reading the word of God again and to take my time each day and dedicate myself to renewing my mind and building my faith in who God is to me personally.  

I am using YouVersion to follow a reading plan that I found which will give me one chapter a day to read.  I believe by doing this that I can slowly but surely be encouraged in my faith and be able to start focusing my gaze upon those things that are worthy of focusing on and leave the rest of the negative garbage to God who is better able to handle those things. 

I set up a YouVersion Group for those of you that are like minded and would like to join me in this journey as well.  I am new to YouVersion so I am not really sure what I will be able to do with the group.  I just figured I would set it up and learn as I go.  If you create a free membership on YouVersion you can Follow me and you can add me as a friend.  You can also follow my notes as I make them.  Please understand that my NOTES will be a reflection or journal of what I glean from my bible reading.

Some would say that this could be categorized as a new year resolution.  I would say that I have never had much luck at new year resolutions however I am going to do my best to dedicate myself to getting back to doing those basic things that I have done in the past with regards to my walk with God.  I know that there will be days that I will slip and fall but I believe that if I put my mind to this and if I pray and ask God for the strength and focus to do it that he will give me the help that I need.  

 

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