Sources of Temptation James 1:9-18
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 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16 Last week, in James 1:2-8 recognized James was encouraging us to evaluate how we look at the trials we face. He was reminding us, God has a purpose for each of the trials in our lives and we are called to be steadfast. God’s purpose can only be accomplished when we respond to ..read more
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Growing in Trials, Wisdom, and Faith: James 1:2-8
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Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12 ESV Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, James 1:2 ESV Last week we talked about how our identity, who we are, should first be a slave (bond servant) of God. Jesus should be our number one priority!  Before we begin reading todays Scriptures, I want us to take a moment to think about the difference between trials and temptations. A trial may be thought of as something that breaks or disrupts a pattern of peace, contentment, comfort, happiness, etc. God uses these trials or tes ..read more
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Who Are You? James 1:1
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James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. James 1:1 ESV This week we are beginning a study of the book of James. This book begins in the same way as many of the New Testament letters. Before we go to the Scriptures, I want you to ask yourself a question.  Who are you?  Our identity is an important part of our lives. As I considered this question myself, I came up with many answers. I am a son, brother, grandson, husband, father, grandfather, friend, pastor, … you get the idea. However, none of these things are the most im ..read more
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Thanksgiving 2022
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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 16-18 Today, as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, we may find ourselves in many different circumstances. Some people may be celebrating with family and friends. Others may be in the midst of various trials or mourning a loss. Some may appear to celebrate, but are truly suffering through a variety of circumstances and emotions. What we must not forget is thanksgiving is a choice.  Little is known about the Prophet Habakkuk. He wrote just before ..read more
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The Importance of Active Response to Violent Intruders
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The recent shooting at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, CA was an absolute tragedy. One congregant was murdered and five others were injured in one of the latest active shooter attacks at a house of worship in the United States. One aspect of this incident was the active response of Dr. John Cheng, who ultimately lost his life, while protecting others facing the same danger. The analysis of numerous active attacker events reveals the mitigation of loss of life when the individuals being attacked actively respond. During this attack Dr. Cheng and Pastor Chang sprang into action.  ..read more
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Weapon Retention in Daily Life
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We often discuss the importance of weapon retention in our various courses. It is crucial for all of us to recognize we are responsible for retaining our weapon at all times. If our weapon is not under our control, it is a potential detriment not only to us, but our team members and the congregation. While the ability to physically retain your weapon in a physical altercation is critical, it is not the only time we must be concerned about weapon retention.  This post is not introducing a new weapon retention skill, rather it is a reminder of the importance of retention among the ordinary ..read more
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The Active Attacker: Timing
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The recent shooting at at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, CA was an absolute tragedy. When we look at active attacker incidents in houses of worship we need to examine the behaviors of the attacker, as one of the many pieces of the puzzle of prevention and preparation. There are two facets to this attack that are important reminders for those of us serving in church safety and security ministries. One of these is our anticipation of when an attack will occur. The other is the attack timing chosen by the attacker. Please don’t forget we never blame the victims of these evil individu ..read more
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The Gatekeepers
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The scriptures include many individuals and people groups we are familiar with as followers of Christ. One of the many groups that may not have stood out to you were the Gatekeepers. As we discussed in last weeks article, part of the physical security utilized in Biblical times, were the walls and gates used to provide security for the occupants and control access to the communities.  One of many scripture passages that describe the Gatekeepers is found in 1 Chronicles 9:22-27.  All these, who were chosen as gatekeepers at the thresholds, were 212. They were enrolled by genealogies i ..read more
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Child Protection: Emergency Response Planning for Children’s Ministries
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Does your church have an Emergency Response Plan or Emergency Action Plan? If the answer is yes, do you address the unique needs of children in your plan? Whether you have a plan or not you must be prepared to respond to emergencies occurring within your children’s ministries. There are many different types of events that can occur as we minister to the children God has blessed is with.   There are several elements to our plan that need to have specific responses for those under eighteen years of age. We should have a fire and evacuation plan for all buildings where children may be minist ..read more
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What’s the Risk? Part One: Low Frequency & High Frequency Events
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Whether you are starting a new safety or security ministry at your church or have a well-established safety team one of the questions we frequently ask is “What is the risk?” What are the incidents most likely to take place at our church? What incidents do we spend most of our time training to respond too? What are our training objectives? Why? How do we create a training plan for our team? We need to understand the different types of incidents which may occur at our ministries. There are many ways we can categorize them, but to begin with we are going to examine the frequency of different eve ..read more
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