Guns in Churches, some pragmatic concerns

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When I reflect on the idea of people having permits to carry concealed weapons in church, the following thoughts come to mind. While people may be well trained in using a fire arm, the question remains as to what if someone enters a church and begins to fire openly on parishioners, thereby prompting one who has a firearm to use … Read More

Gun Shootings in Synagogues and Churches

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In the last several months there have been a series of attacks in synagogues and churches (the most recent a few days ago in San Diego). People have entered these places of worship using guns to kill congregants. On Western Easter, there were a series of bombings in Catholic Churches of Sri Lanka (and other targets) that killed over 300 … Read More


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Therefore, thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am laying in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘He who believes will not be in haste.’ (Isaiah 28:16) Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: ‘The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the … Read More

We start a second year

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It was around this time one year ago that the Midwest Family Website made its online debut. I think much has gone the way I had hoped it would. It takes time to develop a website, and there is more work that remains to be done. There are two things I would like to see happen in the coming year. … Read More

Not My Will, But Thy Will Be Done

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Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even death on … Read More

Obedience and Trust

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Matthew 5:34-37   But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let … Read More

Do I have to?

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Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:1-4). … Read More

Fasting from “Being Busy” During Lent

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One of the main struggles faced by families during Lent is the conflict that seems to exist between lenten expectations and the busy demands of daily family life. It seems as if we try and cram lenten practices, such as increased service attendance, charitable activity, and youth retreats, into a schedule that maintains the same level of involvement in school-related … Read More