We have created a few videos on how to take your gun apart to be able to clean it. Everyone needs to learn how to field strip their own guns, part of being a responsible gun owner. We offer cleaning classes and encourage all our students to learn how to continue on their own.
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Do you struggle with forgiveness? Not all circumstances are the same and some people or things are easier to forgive. Perhaps we have the most to learn when we finally forgive those whom are the hardest. When you were young did you ever take a flower and tear off the petals—he loves, he loves me not, he loves …. Well sometimes I get that way in regards to forgiveness. Forgive ‘em, don’t know how, forgive ‘em, ugh not enough petals because there is still a churning felt inside – that I haven’t really forgiven. God has a way of not letting it end that way. He knows the importance of forgiveness. He also knows that unforgiveness tends to cause withdrawal and isolation.
Being a Christian is more than just myself, it is part of a body, something greater than myself. Hebrews 10:25 instructs to not forsake the fellowship with other believers, because fellowship (Koinonia) is an important aspect of Christian living. It keeps us connected to the body. It is a tendon that holds us bound to truth. God’s will is found in fellowship and not in isolation (Prov. 12:15, 15:22-23).
There have been times when I tended to isolate myself because of my own pride. It wasn’t always the fear of being hurt again, but because I thought I was strong enough to handle the circumstances. As my identity in Christ matured, I began to realize I wasn’t on my own anymore. God has always surrounded me with Christian women, I just had to choose to see it and speak up in faith. It takes great humility to reach out to others, especially when many members of the body are more like strangers.
Proverbs 11:14 tells us that seeking counsel from godly friends is a wise and safe choice. There are many times we are unable to forgive because of spiritual warfare and we need a little help outside of our own mind to win the battle. You are not alone in this world, God has planted people around you to help you mature in who you are in Christ. Make coffee plans or go out for lunch with one of the ladies that the Good Lord has brought into your life. Encourage one another.
Many blessings, Alanna
Does it really matter? In this world there are a variety of ways or events that offend us. Betrayal, Rejection, Dishonesty, Abandonment – Any one of these and countless others will hurt our hearts and if you are like me, they have in the past and they will again. But have you asked God—Does it really matter? I can only imagine that His compassionate response is “Sorry sweetheart, It doesn’t really matter.” To which I would reply, but you must not know what they did. Of course I am quickly humbled when I am reminded that God is God and He knows. He knows.
Then how can it not really matter? That question is answered by seeking the answer to what really matters? Which was answered by our creator. God used a book in the Bible that is set apart from the other books of the Bible. It teaches us about what matters here on earth, in our day to day life.
Lets look at the last chapter in Ecclesiastes, written by the man who looked into the face of wisdom itself – read the first 8 verses. 12:8 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “All is vanity.” This hard to swallow nugget of truth must be important he repeated 38 times. Then if you have your phone look up the word vanity using webstersdictionary1828.com to fully understand all that it means. Solomon ends his book of wisdom with a final word: “Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.”
When we recognize that we are meant to mature in Christ and His duty is our duty, a laborer in Christ, then we can recognize that we can hold firm to the truth in love. Our soft and pliable heart may get bruised here on earth, but taking care of our own heart is not our duty, but God’s delight. Bruises and scars reveal the truth to us that we need Christ, we need a savior. On earth we all fall short, no one is perfect and never will be. We will never be satisfied by what we do or how people think of us or what we think of ourselves, true satisfaction in living is found when we live the truth – “Remember Him” and remember His presence and live loved.
Many Blessings, Alanna