1 Pet 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.”
Someone sought counsel recently about an issue they were struggling with, and as I sat listening, I was thBible readinginking that I had been preaching a series about this very issue on Wednesday evenings just a few months prior. The problem is they only come on Sunday mornings. They could have saved themselves much heartache and problems had they been present to receive the wisdom of God’s Word.

How many people needlessly struggle in their lives because they only attend 1 service a week, missing out on all the spiritual nourishment essential for their spiritual growth that is being provided in other services. God tells us we need to desire (the word in Greek speaks of craving) the Word of God that we may grow. How’s your desire? Are you satisfied with 1 service a week? Or are you hungry for the Word so you can grow?

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Mass Shootings & the Real Problem Not Being Discussed

Every time there is another, all too frequent, mass shooting, it is immediately politicized, as the long standing debates about gun control, mental health, and school safety resurface, with proponents and opponents taking their side, and little action being taken. However, even if laws were changed, the truth is that when a person is intent on doing evil, they will find away around the laws. Perhaps they will buy a gun on the black market, or pay someone to buy a gun for them from a firearms dealers, as has been the case in some previous shootings. This is not a political statement in support or defense of any of the issues mentioned above, so please don’t make it one. Just read on.

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Mass Shootings: The Real Problem

It is interesting that mass shootings have really risen over the last 30 years, when we are living in a post-Christian America, that has worked diligently to push God out of the center of our society, our government, our schools, and even our homes.

• When God is honored and His Word is followed, it produces stronger, healthier families, which contributes to a person’s mental well being and stability.
• When God is honored and His Word is followed, children and adults learn to be kind, compassionate and respectful of others, so that those who are different or may have learning disabilities do not feel rejected, bullied and ostracized.
• When God is honored and His Word is followed, society has a moral compass that teaches right from wrong.

The truth is these mass shootings, as tragic as they are, are only a symptom of a much deeper issue, the condition of the human heart. No legislation can change a person’s heart. God identified the problem at the core of this issue and all that ails our world, saying, “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked” (Jer. 17:9). There is only one answer and it is found in God. Only God can change the human heart.

We need God! We need to put Him back at the center of our lives, our homes, and our society.

2 Chronicles 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

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The Fire of Trial

Trials present us with a choice:
Will we pray or complain.
Will we seek God or become bitter toward Him.
Will we draw near to God, or allow the trial to drive us from Him.
Will we trust God or rebel against Him.

The same experience can have vastly different results depending on how we choose to respond.

1 Pet. 1:6-7 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

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