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4 Life ALTARing Questions

To kick off the new year, we have a brand new message to help you go deeper and higher with God – and succeed in every area of life. It’s called 4 Life ALTARing Questions. There are four questions you can ask that will absolutely transform everything. They...

Why You Should Care About the 2nd Amendment

Why is the right to keep and bear arms in the U.S. Constitution? The short answer is because the Founding Fathers were all too familiar with the tyranny of the English King and his army. But they weren’t simply concerned about their current King and his army. They were concerned about a future King and army in the new Republic they were forming. They wanted to ensure that a new “king” wouldn’t arise in the new Republic and repeat the same tyranny they witnessed in England. If you live in America, and claim to be a Christian, you absolutely should care about the 2nd Amendment and the entire U.S. Constitution. And, you should fight to uphold it and every other part of this vital document. The 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution reads:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Take note of a few vital words in the amendment that many are trying to undermine at this key time in American history:

  • Necessary
  • Security
  • Right of the people to keep and bear arms
  • Shall not be infringed

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” noted George Santayana. His words still ring true. Like the Founding Fathers, I would be concerned about any “king,” regardless of his or her political party, if he or she wanted the only people with serious fire-power to be his or her army. It’s a matter of common sense. Unfortunately there is nothing common about common sense in America these days. We need a revival of common sense. Take away the firearms of the people – which the 2nd Amendment says is a “right of the people,” and tyranny will again reign.

 
 
 

Are there abusers of firearms? Of course. The recent shooting of a Philadelphia police officer by a dedicated Muslim intent on using force as a means of Jihad, is a clear reminder. But the perpetrator had a criminal record that would have disqualified him from legally possessing a firearm. That’s why he used a firearm that was stolen in 2013 from the police force. The problem with the Philadelphia shooting was that a criminal obtained an illegal gun. Let’s not forget that fact. Facts are important for Christians – at least they used to be. The fact remains that very few law-abiding citizens are involved in illegal and immoral shootings. Banning firearms from law-abiding citizens will not prevent the lawless from obtaining them to wreak havoc.

 
 
 

If you are a law-abiding citizen who cares about peace, order and people being protected, you should be concerned about anyone with firearms who wants you to surrender yours. You should be very concerned – especially if that someone has a lot of political clout. But you and I need to be more than concerned. We need to be active in humble, peaceful ways by educating others about the 2nd Amendment, why it is so important – and how history repeats itself.

 
 
 

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. I don’t know about you, but as a Christian living in America, there are some things I don’t want to see repeated. Take away the arms of the law-abiding citizens, abolish or tinker with the 2nd Amendment, and history may very well repeat itself sooner than we think.

 
 
 
What are your thoughts? I’ll be writing about this more, because I am a Christian and an American – and the Bible speaks clearly about obeying the laws of the land. Last time I checked, the 2nd Amendment was the law of the land for very clear, historic reasons. Don’t let yourself, or anyone else, forget it. 
 

If you like solid Bible teaching and want to enjoy God fully, you’ll appreciate the Courage Matters App, available on iTunes and Google Play. If you’re near York, Pa, come visit us on a Sunday at GenesisYork.com— and be sure to introduce yourself. This is all made possible by generous listeners, readers, and supporters like you. Please consider giving towards Courage Matters to ensure our nation has the opportunity to hear the message of TRUTH and LOVE. You can donate by clicking the “Give” tab on CourageMatters.com or on the Courage Matters app.

4 Life ALTARing Questions

To kick off the new year, we have a brand new message to help you go deeper and higher with God – and succeed in every area of life. It’s called 4 Life ALTARing Questions. There are four questions you can ask that will absolutely transform everything. They will positively, radically change everything. This message is designed to help you ask the right questions at the beginning of the year, so that when it’s over, it will have been eternally significant for you, your family and your church.
There are 4 life ALTARing questions you need to start asking all the time. Do you know what they are? You will after you listen to this life ALTARring message. And, so will someone else – if you share this message with them.

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I loved giving this message at the church where I serve, Grace Fellowship. If you live near or in York, Pa, make sure you join us this Sunday.

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Do Something Eternally Significant With Your Life & Legacy

Here is a great way to leverage your impact in the last few days of 2015 and beyond. In this 4 minute video, I share a great opportunity for you to do something HUGE with the remainder of 2015, and to set a new trend for 2016. Watch. Share. Take action as you can. You absolutely can do something huge, something eternally significant with your life and legacy . . .

Click here to watch this important video.

If you like solid Bible teaching and want to enjoy God fully, you’ll appreciate the Courage Matters App, available on iTunes and Google Play. If you’re near York, Pa, come visit us on a Sunday at GenesisYork.com— and be sure to introduce yourself. This is all made possible by generous listeners, readers, and supporters like you. Please consider giving towards Courage Matters to ensure our nation has the opportunity to hear the message of TRUTH and LOVE. You can donate by clicking the “Give” tab on CourageMatters.com or on the Courage Matters app.

Special Advent Podcast: God’s Timing Is Perfect

Sloooooow down! Think you know all there is to know about the birth of Jesus Christ, it’s timing and significance? Think again. God is always on time and delivers what He promises. This is a fantastic podcast to listen to while you’re driving, exercising, cooking, etc. CLICK HERE to listen all at once or break your listening up into two 28 minute segments. You’ll be glad you did, because it will help you appreciate the amazing miracles of Christmas like never before. Don’t forget, you can listen on the go with our free Courage Matters App! In this in-depth look at the first coming of Jesus Christ, you will:

1. Understand that God’s promise of a Savior, a Messiah, is first made in Genesis 3. You’ll be amazed at how the birth of Jesus Christ fulfills Old Testament prophecies.

2. Have certainty about the identity of Jesus Christ and what this means for you. You’ll appreciate the real meaning of Christmas all year long.

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3. Experience a real boost in your faith and have a renewed appreciation of God’s love for YOU. This is a huge, life-changing thing, because when you understand His love, you will find Him irresistible.

4. Move forward in your walk with God, going to a deeper, higher place.

What do you think? Isn’t it amazing how God’s timing is perfect? This is truly a message you’ll want to share with your friends, to help them grow, too.

If you like solid Bible teaching and want to enjoy God fully, you’ll appreciate the Courage Matters App, available on iTunes and Google Play. If you’re near York, Pa, come visit us on a Sunday at GenesisYork.com— and be sure to introduce yourself. This is all made possible by generous listeners, readers, and supporters like you. Please consider giving towards Courage Matters to ensure our nation has the opportunity to hear the message of TRUTH and LOVE. You can donate by clicking the “Give” tab on CourageMatters.com or on the Courage Matters app.

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Shunning God and Banning Butter Knives

SHUNNING GOD & BANNING BUTTER KNIVES:
THE ROOT DETERMINES THE FRUIT

The hair on the back of your neck stands up. You’re sitting in a nice restaurant on Friday night with friends and family, laughing, enjoying a great time together. It’s been a long, difficult week, and you’ve looked forward to this evening for days. As you unwind, enjoying some of the most important people in your life, a man and a woman walk in. There is nothing overtly suspicious about them, but your “spider sense” kicks in, telling you something is wrong. Rationalizing your senses, you regain composure and mentally rejoin your party – until everything unravels. Your hunch was right. The suspicious man pulls out a large, stainless steel butter knife, approaches an unsuspecting diner and takes the diner’s life. The suspicious woman follows, pulling out her own butter knife and takes out another diner. In an instant the once happy scene turns into one of carnage, as one-by-one, the butter knife wielding couple go from table to table, repeating their terror. It’s obvious that if you do nothing, your fate – and the fate of your friends and family – will be the same. What do you do?

“A huge movement is underway to ban God and faith. We have been attacking God – and we are surprised at the rise of evil? We should not be shunning God. We should be flocking to Him.”

There’s a great deal of talk about new gun legislation and gun confiscation. Some people should not have guns – but some people absolutely should. No doubt, we could use a more detailed look at some of the loop holes on gun laws. But there are also a great deal of loopy ideas about gun laws and gun confiscation that miss the point entirely. Cain killed Abel – and no mention of a gun is found anywhere in that account(Genesis 4). People who want to kill people will find ways to kill people. What we need to do is promote love so that it overcomes hate. The best way to do this is to focus on the cause of violence, not the symptoms. History teaches us that the cause of evil is the human heart.

“Murder begins in the heart – and the best way to deal with the heart is to get God involved.But we keep making it clear that we don’t want anything to do with Him. Ironically, we’re getting what we want.”

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So, what would YOU do in the above scenario?

FIRST, let’s deal with the obvious obstacle: it’s hard to believe that a butter knife would be the cause of such terror. (It’s hard to believe a butter knife could be the cause of such terror). You’re right. Truth is, butter knives are not the real problem. This is proven by the fact that they are issued as standard dining hardware for diners around the world, and the overwhelming majority of people know how to handle a butter knife. This is because they are law-abiding, level-headed people who simply want to get down to the brass tacks of conversation and dining. Is the butter knife really the problem?

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SECOND, you could close your eyes and recite “serenity now” over and over again. You could try to take a trip to your “happy place,” but that won’t transform the current scene into a happy place. People other than you are being taken out. Closing your eyes and turning your head won’t help any of the victims. If you really care about other people you will immediately think about their lives, not just your own. Closing your eyes would be irresponsible and completely selfish.  If you don’t care about your fellow diners in this scenario, you should be ashamed of yourself. And, if I can appeal to our selfish motives, that butter knife wielding couple will eventually make their way to your table, and you will be next.

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THIRD, you could devote your life to anti-butter knife legislation, butter knife confiscation and the demonization of butter knives. You could also devote yourself to legislation banning martial arts, boxing, wrestling, archery and more. But would doing so address the heart of the matter – which is the human heart? And, will your philanthropic plan do anything to change the urgent, pressing scene you and fellow diners now face?

Suppose, in a perfect world, you succeeded in banning the purchase, manufacture and possession of all butter knives. This would make you feel some sense of satisfaction, for a while – but would it keep people from getting butter knives illegally? And, suppose people intent on hurting others simply shift their methodology and begin using forks to take out innocent lives. Are you then going to shift your focus to the banning of forks, too?

Where does it stop? Evil is an exceptionally creative force. We kill people every day, not with butter knives, but with the weapon of our words – and even thoughts. Jesus said, “If a man even looks with lust at a woman, he has committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28). The heart, teaches Jesus, is the real weapon. And this is precisely the point.

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FOURTH, you will do what you surely won’t enjoy doing, but you will do it for the sake of others, not merely for yourself. Given the painful choice between allowing overtly evil people to harm those who are innocent, you will intervene – with your own butter knife. But then you realize that this is impossible – because you pushed for the ban on butter knives and succeeded. Instead, you reach for your fork – until you recall that you were successful in banning forks, too. In your frantic quest to protect the innocent, and to fend for your own life, too, you reach for the bread, realizing it’s still legal and widely available. But the slices of french bread are no match against the illegally obtained butter knife that came against the other diners and is now coming against you. If you had focused on the heart of the matter, which is the human heart, you might have found a butter knife in the moment you really needed one. And, you may have even reduced the instances of people seeking to obtain butter knives and forks illegally.

Here’s the point, my friends:we need a massiveand thorough shift in where we are placing our attention and efforts. While we keep de-emphasizing the importance of God and faith, we are experiencing a rapid rise in the instances of evil. Why? Because we are fixating on the fruit and not the root. We are focusing on and attacking the wrong thing. Murder begins in the heart – and the best way to deal with the heart is to get God involved. But we keep making it clear that we don’t want anything to do with Him. Ironically, we’re getting what we want.

A huge movement is underway to ban God and faith. We have been attacking God – and we are surprised at the rise of evil? Come on, people, this should be obvious. Our problem is that we are fighting God when we should be running toward Him and promoting Him like never before. Come on, people, the problem should be obvious. We should not be shunning God. We should be flocking to Him. 

All fruit comes from the root, and the root issue is the human heart. Banning and demonizing butter knives is to miss the point, entirely, at a time when we really can’t afford to miss the point at all. Is a hand gun merely an offensive weapon? And suppose, we banned all handguns, rifles and ammunition everywhere. Would that address our real issue? Remember, Cain killed Abel with his heart and hands. Cain had a human problem because he had a God problem. The same is true of us. 

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Are guns our real problem? As we see growing hostility against God, Christianity, the Bible and nearly all public expressions of faith, is it a coincidence that society is becoming increasingly angry, hateful and violent? Or, could it be, that the heart has always been – and will always be – our greatest adversary? Could it be that the real need of the hour is actually a return to God – or perhaps a turning to God for the very first time – so that we really get to the heart of the matter?

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