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Guns Don’t Kill

Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. Guns are just one of the tools used to kill. Guns Don’t Kill With a gun, there is always a reaction from a person touching the gun. Yes, the can be dangerous. Yes, the can be fun too, if used correctly. They can […] The post Guns Don’t Kill appeared first on Courageous Christian Father. Read the full article at Guns Don’t Kill ©2004-2017 by Steve Patterson of Courageous Christian...

Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. Guns are just one of the tools used to kill.

Guns Don’t Kill

With a gun, there is always a reaction from a person touching the gun. Yes, the can be dangerous. Yes, the can be fun too, if used correctly. They can also be used for the wrong reasons.

One thing I do know, not even a gun can proper against me. No weapon at that can.

“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.

Isaiah 54:17 NASB

I know vengeance is the Lords. He will repay evil. Be sides if I died? I know where I am going. If you are born again, you can have the same assurance!

There is nothing wrong with owning a gun and using it for sport, hunting or defense. It is wrong to use a gun for gain or self gratification like theft, anger, etc.

Remember it isn’t the gun that kills, but the person behind the gun. That gun was just the instrument used in that killing process.

Back to the key verse used in this blog post. That really is saying if someone uses a weapon on us because of our faith, that weapon won’t win. It might seem like it on earth, however, we will gain our life with Christ. Those who lose their life for Him, will gain their life … There everlasting life!

Remember we have two destinations

  1. Heaven (those Born Again)
  2. Hell (Reject Christ)

The post Guns Don’t Kill appeared first on Courageous Christian Father. Read the full article at Guns Don’t Kill ©2004-2017 by Steve Patterson of Courageous Christian Father.


Take a Walk Outdoors Day

Take a Walk Outdoors Day - Time to get active, go outside and go for a walk. The post Take a Walk Outdoors Day appeared first on Courageous Christian Father. Read the full article at Take a Walk Outdoors Day ©2004-2017 by Steve Patterson of Courageous Christian...

Take a Walk Outdoors Day – Time to get active, go outside and go for a walk.

Take a Walk Outdoors Day

On this day you may or may not need to bundle up, depending on your local weather. Walking is good for you. Not to mention it will help get your waking steps in that you can track on a Fitbit or other types of fitness trackers.

This day is held annually on January 20. The point is to get you active and outdoors. You could go to a park and walk or hike.

The post Take a Walk Outdoors Day appeared first on Courageous Christian Father. Read the full article at Take a Walk Outdoors Day ©2004-2017 by Steve Patterson of Courageous Christian Father.


World Snow Day

World Snow Day - a day to take the family out to enjoy the snowy weather. The post World Snow Day appeared first on Courageous Christian Father. Read the full article at World Snow Day ©2004-2017 by Steve Patterson of Courageous Christian Father.

World Snow Day – a day to take the family out to enjoy the snowy weather.

World Snow Day

Snow can be Snow Much Fun when you go out make snow forts and snowmen and share Snowy Day Bible verses with the family.

World Snow Day - a day to take the family out to enjoy the snowy weather.

This day is held January 20th each year. The point is to take the family out in the snow … like to go skiing ⛷, ice skating ⛸ or other outdoor snow activities.

That is not always feasible depending on your location. This may be more ideal in Northern States and Countries.

Nonetheless, you can still make a day if it with or without snow. Imagination can come into play if you are in an area without any snow.

The post World Snow Day appeared first on Courageous Christian Father. Read the full article at World Snow Day ©2004-2017 by Steve Patterson of Courageous Christian Father.


Penguin Awareness Day

Penguin Awareness Day -Held annually on January 20. This day helps raise awareness of about the flightless birds whose numbers are dwindling by the day. The post Penguin Awareness Day appeared first on Courageous Christian Father. Read the full article at Penguin Awareness Day ©2004-2017 by Steve Patterson of Courageous Christian...

We should be lifting others up and not tearing them down. This blog post contains 25 words of encouragement. We need to be like Barnabas in the Bible. His name means Son of Encouragement.

Penguin Awareness Day -Held annually on January 20. This day helps raise awareness of about the flightless birds whose numbers are dwindling by the day.

Penguin Awareness Day

I honestly belive a penguin is a facinating creation of God.

Penguins are aquatic birds native to the Southern Hemisphere.

I know the Ripley’s Aquarium has a penguin exhibit, including a hatchery to birth new penguins. Granted they aren’t in their native habitat there.

There are 20 known species of penguins.

They can swim around 22 mph (about 35 kilometers per hour).

The post Penguin Awareness Day appeared first on Courageous Christian Father. Read the full article at Penguin Awareness Day ©2004-2017 by Steve Patterson of Courageous Christian Father.


East Tennessee Churches unite to end the opioid crisis

East Tennessee Churches unite to end the opioid crisis The post East Tennessee Churches unite to end the opioid crisis appeared first on Courageous Christian Father. Read the full article at East Tennessee Churches unite to end the opioid crisis ©2004-2017 by Steve Patterson of Courageous Christian...

Several churches throughout the Knox County, TN area unite to help end the opioid crisis in East Tennessee and they hope more churches will unite together to help.

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others.

Several churches throughout the Knox County, TN area unite to help end the opioid crisis in East Tennessee and they hope more churches will unite together to help.
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Churches can often give help in paying some bills, food and other ways. Some churches even have Celebrate Recovery or other services to help those with additions.

Churches are needed to fill gaps that the government can’t, especially when it comes to resources and recovery programs.

Knox County state representative, Jason Zachary

At the time of this posting, around ten churches have stepped up to help East Tennessee. Below is a list of some of those churches assisting in this oipoid crisis.

  • Shoreline
  • Christ Covenant
  • First Concord Baptist
  • Park West Church

Our goal is to network and rally a group of churches together, so they can gather information about services each church provides.

Seth Hammond, Lead Pastor of Christ Covenant Church

Church leaders said they are meeting with each other consistently to help brainstorm. They are not only looking for ways to help lead people to recovery in their own congregations, but also improve overall health in Knoxville.

We’re gathering churches to form this network. We’re also learning about all the churches and what we have to offer to address this crisis, For example, counseling ministries and other recovery type programs that these churches are offering, so what we’re trying to do is gather all this information and then whenever we hear of a need we say here’s all that the church has to offer and here’s what we can do to help.

Seth Hammond, Lead Pastor of Christ Covenant Church

Knoxville is not going to be drug-free by the end of 2019. That would be a miracle. That would be great, but we’re going to work, we’re going to fight this because it’s more than an addiction problem, there is a spiritual problem, and we want to address that and we want to work together. Bringing awareness about the dangers of opioid and substance abuse is important. Preaching and teaching on it in our services to educate our people and just awareness brings one level of healing, one level of health there, so we’re doing some of those things.

Jeremy McGinnis, Lead Pastor of Park West Church

The post East Tennessee Churches unite to end the opioid crisis appeared first on Courageous Christian Father. Read the full article at East Tennessee Churches unite to end the opioid crisis ©2004-2017 by Steve Patterson of Courageous Christian Father.


Cupid Connected to Love?

When we think of love and Valentine's Day we often associate this day with Cupid. But where did this winged creature come about? Just who is this arrow-wielding creature and how did he become associated with Valentine's Day? #Cupid #ValentinesDay The post Cupid Connected to Love? appeared first on Courageous Christian Father. Read the full article at Cupid Connected to Love? ©2004-2017 by Steve Patterson of Courageous Christian...

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Cupid Connected to Love? – It it is almost Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a holiday in which we celebrate our loved one(s). When we think of love and Valentine’s Day we often associate this day with Cupid. But where did this winged creature come about? Just who is this arrow-wielding creature and how did he become associated with Valentine’s Day?

Cupid Connected to Love?

One of the most common images associated with Valentine’s Day is that of a young cherub with bow in hand ready to aim an arrow at an unsuspecting sweetheart. This winged perpetrator of matchmaking mischief has become as much a part of Valentine’s Day celebrations as chocolate, flowers and other gifts.

The instigator of romantic love goes by two different names, having ties to both ancient Greeks and Romans. This archery expert was known as Cupid by the ancient Romans and as Eros to the ancient Greeks and was the god of love.

In the Middle Ages, Eros/Cupid continued to be a popular figure in art. Multiple winged archers, known as “amores or amorini” to Romans and “erotes” to Greeks, can be seen in many paintings of the period. In modern art, many people experienced difficulty distinguishing if the winged child was Cupid himself from mythology or the “putto,” a secular figure in a work of art depicted as a chubby male child, usually naked and sometimes winged. Nowadays, the terms “cupid,i” “cherubi” and “puttoi” are often used interchangeably to describe the image of a pudgy, winged child.

god of love and desire

Eros’/Cupid’s family tree can be confusing. Some Greek mythology experts say Eros was the son of Nyx and Erebus, others Aphrodite and Aries. The Roman Cupid is believed to be the son of Venus and Mars, the goddess of love and god of war, respectively. That reminds me of the saying men are from Mars and women are from Venus.

Ancient Greeks and Romans were prolific storytellers and used mythology to explain many of the mysteries of life. Certain feelings and happenings on Earth were attributed to the moods and actions of gods who presided over the people.

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In Roman mythology, Cupid was the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. His Greek counterpart was Eros, while in Latin Cupid was known as Amor. According to myth, Cupid was the son of the winged messenger Mercury and Venus, the goddess of love. Cupid’s machinations were often guided by his mother’s hand, and matchmaking remained his most well-known trait.

As time went on and Christian influences pushed out ancient Greek and Roman beliefs, Cupid was seen as an angel of heavenly and earthly love. Cupid could easily be mistaken for many other angelic cherubim portrayed in artwork during the Renaissance period. Eventually Cupid became a popular icon of Valentine’s Day.

Cupid’s appearance

Armed with a bow and quiver filled with golden arrows, Eros/Cupid took aim at both mortals and gods. Ancient poetry once portrayed Eros as a handsome immortal who was irresistible to both man and gods. But some time later he was increasingly described as a playful, mischievous child. Cupid was not a major character in mythology, but through time the playful child persona became linked to Valentine’s Day, helping to give Cupid/Eros a more noticeable presence.

Cupid has appeared in different ways in illustrations and other artwork throughout history. Sometimes he is depicted as a winged, chubby infant carrying a bow and a quiver of arrows. Classical Greek art depicts him as a slender, winged youth.

The reason Cupid has wings is because lovers are known to be flighty and change their moods and minds with some frequency. He is boyish because love is irrational, and he carries arrows and a torch because love can both wound but also inflame the heart.

Cupid has traditionally been portrayed as benevolent, if not mischievous. After all, his goal is to bring two lovers together. His arsenal was equipped with two different kinds of arrows. People pierced by gold-tipped arrows would succumb to uncontrollable desire. Those afflicted by an arrow with a blunt tip of lead desired only to flee.

“Cupid and Psyche”

Cupid may have been responsible for bringing many people together with his special arrows, but he also was granted the opportunity to experience love himself. According to the myth of “Cupid and Psyche,” Psyche was a beautiful woman whose appearance rivaled even that of Venus. People grew enchanted by her beauty and started to neglect the worship of Venus. Jealous of this attention, Venus asked Cupid to make Psyche fall in love with a monster. But when Cupid saw how beautiful Psyche was, he accidentally dropped the arrow meant for her and pricked himself instead. He immediately became enamored with her.

Psyche, who had not been able to marry like her other sisters, feared she had been cursed by the gods in some way. She was sent away to avoid the premonition of marrying a monster, but Cupid, hidden from sight, ended up visiting Psyche and gaining her trust and affection. The pair then married, although Psyche had never seen her husband in the light of day because he forbade her to look upon him. After all, he was a god and she was a mortal.

One night Psyche disobeyed Cupid’s edict and snuck a peek by candlelight. She was amazed by his beauty and became startled, wounding herself on one of his arrows. Psyche ended up dropping hot wax on Cupid, which woke him up and he ran off.

Psyche wandered endlessly trying to find her lost husband and had to go through various trials established by a still-jealous Venus. In one of her trials, she ended up getting put to sleep, but Cupid revived her and pleaded with Jupiter to make Psyche immortal and let her be his true wife. Jupiter ultimately granted that wish.

Cupid will is connected to the concepts of love and affection, which is why he has become an unofficial symbol of Valentine’s Day.

Final Thought

I wanted to share he is a mythical pagan ritual in which Cupid is given god-like qualities. As Christians we all know there is only one God and that is the God, our creator, our Heavenly Father. There are no other gods. By saying this creature has god like qualities and contributing things to him is like having him as your idol. Plus, we are saying God is not capable of love. But we know that God, our Heavenly Father is the creator of love. God is love as 1 John 4:8 says “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”

Plus God first loved us! (1 John 4:19) As Christians stop saying Cupid shot me with his arrow and stop making him the symbol of Valentine’s Day. Let’s give credit where credit is do. Our Heavenly Father, God, is the creator of love … Not Cupid!


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Article and graphic compliments of Metro Creative. (TF152931 & TF172769) Some revisions and additions have been added by myself.
First published February 14, 2016. Last updated or republished January 18, 2019.

The post Cupid Connected to Love? appeared first on Courageous Christian Father. Read the full article at Cupid Connected to Love? ©2004-2017 by Steve Patterson of Courageous Christian Father.


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