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A segment of our society wants to hold gun manufacturers culpable for what people do with their products after a sale. Whether the gun was purchased legally or stolen, these people want the gun manufacturers to be held unreasonably responsible for what is out of their control.

Now, this newsletter is not about guns and who is responsible. It is about blaming God for what people have done with their free will and not by our manufacturer, God.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth in six days. At the end of each day, he deemed it good. And all the days of the week would have remained good if not for misusing the manufacturer's guidelines. Adam misused the day, and by evening, it was not good.

So, who do you blame when a good product is used wrong? Well, Adam blamed both God and the woman he gave him. Paraphrased, it is not my fault it is this woman you gave me.

After six thousand years of mankind, we have not evolved one bit. We have been the same flesh and blood from the beginning, blaming the manufacturer for our fault for not following the guidelines.

God made the days for good, and man turned the day upside down for evil. Something will go wrong whenever we use a product outside its intended purpose.

Guns and weapons were made for self-defense, hunting, and recreation, but the evil heart of man has used the gun to kill, steal, and destroy what God created for good.

Blaming gun manufacturers for what people do outside of the purpose and guidelines is ridiculous. And so is blaming God for what others choose to do. I have been ridiculous on more than a few occasions.

Read Time: 9 Minutes 25 Seconds
Read Level: 6th Grade

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There is a reason so many people have left church or church hop. Fifty percent of them will reason they left because of Church hurt. The Church transgressed them. And I'm not going to dismiss Church hurt. As I often say, the Church is not a safe place. Everyone who attends will get Church hurt. It is, by nature, part of the fall and recovery. Everyone in the Church should know they are there because they need a Lord and Savior to heal them of sin and its long-term consequences.

What I don't hear often is people reasoning they left the Church because they got offended at God. It is easier to blame the messengers than the message. Church hurt is real, but so is taking offense at God for delivering truth. And more people leave the Church through offense at God than Church hurt, but who wants to acknowledge that we have fallen short of the glory of God and don't want to hear it anymore?

Some may say God has never offended me, and I'm still in Church. I'm glad you are in Church, but I don't think you have lived a life for Christ without taking offense a time or two. It is part of the nature of God to confront sin and the heart and wake us out of our slumber.

God chastises those he loves. If you have never been chastised, you may not be a legitimate son or daughter of God. The greatest sin is pride in that we don't want to submit to a higher authority. We want to decide what is evil and what is good.

But before we continue into what offended by God is. Let's take a quick look at real Church hurt.

Who hasn't been hurt by a religious person? A pharisee? Or an overzealous Christian who thinks they are Holy Spirit junior and are called to overthrow change tables, dividing sheep from the goats and the tares from the wheat.

Read Time: 9 Minutes 0 Seconds
Read Level: 6th Grade

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Is Church worth attending in 2024? In the 2020 separation, natural and spiritual, one-third or more decided the Church was no longer worth attending. I agree with a few that they weren't attending a worthwhile one. We are getting more and more churches that aren't worth getting up early Sunday morning to participate in a worship service that is more entertainment and not true worship that is in spirit and truth. Then we move on to a Ted Talk, an influencer, or a life coach that teaches us how to succeed in this life but not how to hear, well done, good and faithful servant at the end of our journey.

I have wondered over the past year if my Church is worth attending. I often do self-analysis, so don't get concerned if you attend the same Church as me. There is always room for improvement, and we live in a world where it is easy to go off course, so we always need a compass to repoint our true north in Christ. A GPS that recalculates when we take a wrong turn.

We are protestants. We have been since we attended our first church service, young or old. Some I know have come from Catholic or Orthodoxy. But we are protestants, and it shows. I studied with a group of Antioch Orthodox brethren for a year. It was interesting to see where we agree and disagree. One of the questions that was asked of me was when were protestants going to stop protesting. If you have never thought of it, that is how we got our name. The Great Reformation protested the workings of the Catholic Church.

Read Time: 10 Minutes 46 Seconds
Read Level: 6th Grade

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