Posts tagged ‘violence’

December 20, 2012

Until next year

by pastortimfowler

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2012 has been a busy, hectic, but very productive year. It is hard to believe that we only have a couple more weeks before it is over. I have taken a break from blogging due to a fire in our church and the fact that I have been trying to rethink how I want to focus my blogs. This will be my last blog until next year, so let me leave you with a few thoughts.
Our church had a great year. We saw over 100 people come to know Jesus as Savior and baptized nearly 60 people. We grew to the point of need to have a second worship time and that will be 8:30am beginning Jan. 6, 2013.
Our country re-elected President Obama. Say what you want, the people have spoken and its time to move forward.
Supposedly the world is ending tomorrow. The Mayan calendar says so. If that happens, this will be my last blog. I am planning ahead, just in case.
The Gamecocks beat Clemson for the fourth year in a row and Navy beat Army for the eleventh year in a row. It makes me happy.
My youngest grandkid turned one. My oldest turned 11. If I got these wrong, I know I will be corrected. The point is, I try to notice these things.
My wife and I are hosting an international student from Korea. His real name can’t be pronounced properly, so everybody calls him Freddy. I taught him how to shoot guns and he is teaching me how to praise God for successfully raising teenagers.
Our nation saw tragedy when senseless violence took the lives of innocent people and some think we need new laws. I just think we need to pray harder and enforce the laws we have. New laws have never stopped stupidity or insanity.
I celebrated my tenth year as pastor of my church. I am not sure how long this is going to take. These are some really weird people, but I like them.
This is only a partial list of things that I remember from 2012 and my very brief comment on them. For the most part 2012 was a great year. I believe in hope and I believe 2013 will be even better. Until them, have a merry Christmas and I will be back next year. Actually I will be here, but not blogging. Either way, unless the world ends tomorrow, look for new blogs to start in 2013.

December 27, 2011

I Don’t Know When

by pastortimfowler

There are only a few days left in the year. Really?!?! 2011 is almost over? Time flies when you are having fun. I just hope that this isn’t our last days, because I have already paid for my cruise in January. What am I talking about? The Mayan calendar that ends in 2011. Oh wait; never mind. I was just told that we have until December 2012 before it all ends. The good news is that I won’t have to do any Christmas shopping for next year and I get to take my cruise if this is true.
What if we only had a few days left? What would it be like?
Imagine for a moment that we were told beyond a shadow of a doubt that the world would end in a few days. Do you think it would be a fun place to finish out your last days? Or do you think it would be pure chaos? I would put my money on the chaos. It would be nice to think that brotherly love would break out and we would all gather around to sing and hug for the remainder of our lives, but something tells me that it would be a dangerous and violent place with rape and theft and fear for those who are weak.
The Bible tells us that in the last days, there will be just that type of situation. Violence and fear, not peace and love. Left to ourselves, humanity will self destruct and there is not much that we can do about it. Laws can only restrain lawlessness as long as there is someone to enforce the laws with consequences that compel one to think twice before committing such an act. It is also God that puts a sense of right and wrong in our hearts and a fear of knowing that one day we will be judged. It is God that restrains evil and allows for order in our world and even with Him in control that potential for evil in humans is barely kept in check.
The difference between the last days of the world without God and the last days of the world with God are pretty simple. Without God, there is no hope and it all ends in destruction. With God, there is hope and He promises a new life, new heaven and new earth. God is the God of hope. He is the God of salvation. He is life and love and He offers this freely to all who ask.
The Bible tells us that no man knows the hour or the day of the end of the world as we know it. Only God. But He promises to those who know Him and His salvation that we will not face His wrath, but be saved. I do believe that it is a good thing that we don’t know the hour or the day. Many religious “know-it-alls” have tried to say that they know the end and predict the date, but they are fools. God does not want us to know the time of the end because He wants us focused on life. He wants us loving people and helping those in need and sharing the good news that He saves and He loves. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of self-control.
I don’t know when it all will end but I do know Jesus, so…Bring on 2012!!!

June 21, 2011

2nd Hand Alcohol

by pastortimfowler

I went to see a friend’s mom in the hospital yesterday because she was in a really bad wreck over the weekend. Sadly, a drunk driver crossed the median of the interstate and hit her car causing it to roll over and sending her to the ICU via helicopter. Just a couple of days after being there, she was removed from ICU and put into a regular room as she continues to improve.
As I walked into the room, I was surprised to see that she had no facial injuries, not even a bruise. Her daughter was showing me the pictures of the car and how it was crushed, especially on the driver’s side and we were both amazed at how anyone could have survived this. But I believe God wrapped his hands around her and protected her from any worse injuries.
So my reason for writing this is total disgust that there is not more outrage in America about the effects of what I like to call 2nd hand alcohol. 2nd hand alcohol is directly and undeniably responsible for more injuries and deaths in this country, and probably the world than 2nd hand smoke will ever be. Yet goody two shoes, nose in everyone’s business, I wanna feel gooders, raise all kinds of stink about the effects of 2nd hand smoke, and to be honest, the evidence is questionable at best at the amount of harm it does.
Our government has put restriction after restriction on who can smoke and where they can smoke and who can be around you when they smoke. They raise taxes to unthinkable levels all to restrict a free society from doing something that is perfectly legal, all because they can give a lab rat cancer by exposing it to 4000 times the normal amount of smoke it could possibly receive from a cigarette. There has never been one proven case of cancer in a human from 2nd hand smoke.
This is where I need to say that I don’t smoke cigarettes and don’t encourage anyone to smoke them. I am simply saying that if it is legal and you have to work that hard to show the dangers to others, perhaps it isn’t as dangerous as some would like it to be. BUT!!!
Alcohol kills others. No if, ands, or butts, about it, people die from the effects of others drinking. If they don’t die they end up in ICU’s with families worried sick about their loved one and wondering how and when they will make a full recovery. Alcohol causes more domestic violence than smoking, more automobile wrecks than smoking, and even causes more house fires than smoking. But I would not be surprised to see alcohol served at the meetings of the holier than thou bureaucrats who talk about the dangers of 2nd hand smoke.
If we are going to get serious about protecting our citizens, we need to stop trying to prove our pet peeves and start dealing with facts, like them or not. 2nd hand alcohol is the reason for my parents divorce, and they both smoked. 2nd hand alcohol was the reason I became an alcoholic at a young age and nearly ruined my marriage. 2nd hand alcohol was the reason for approximately 10000 deaths on our highways this year. More women and children are physically abused each month through 2nd hand alcohol than ever through 2nd hand smoke.
Sure alcohol is legal and I have no problem with someone who drinks and remains in control. The problem is that there is a fine line between you controlling alcohol and it controlling you. I have never been called to the hospital to visit a person who was hurt by a smoker, although I can picture a few scenarios in which that can happen. But I have been and continue to be called to comfort people who have been killed or injured by a drunk.
I pray for those who are enslaved to alcohol. If you or someone you know is abusing alcohol, get help. I am so glad that my friends mom is not dead and should make a full recovery. But her life and her family’s life weren’t the only ones ruined. There is a young man sitting in jail who will have to live with this the rest of his life. It was his 2nd hand alcohol that did the damage to my friend’s life.