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Kendra McKinley pulls a flag from the debris of her grandparents river camp home in Henderson, KY. Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. Waves of strong storms ripped roofs off homes, apartment buildings and a bank and destroyed several buildings in north-central Kentucky.
AP Photo/The Gleaner, Darrin Phegley

Updated Feb. 29th, 2012 at 8:25 p.m. Eastern

Preliminary reports have at least 20 tornadoes touching down in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana Wednesday, killing at least 11 and leaving paths of damage in their wake. The tornado that hit Harrisburg, IL early this morning has now been rated EF-4, with 170 mph winds.

Tornado watches and warnings are still in effect. If your area is under a tornado warning, TAKE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY!

Fatalities, injuries, and damage by state:

 

 

 

ILLINOIS
– 6 Dead in Harrisburg. The youngest victim was 22 years old.
Approx. 100 people were injured. 80 received treatment at the local hospital.

– 300 structures damaged.

MISSOURI
– 3 Fatalities, all adults
– Approx. 40 injuries.

KANSAS
– 6 people were hospitalized due to injuries sustained in Harveyville.
– 1 Injury in Wilson County.
– 24 Counties suffered structural damage.

TENNESSEE


– 2 fatality and an unknown number of injuries in Cumberland Co, TN.

Track the Severe Weather:

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon spoke to The Weather Channel’s Mike Bettes Wednesdy afternoon. Said the Governor, “Branson has seen significant damage as the tornado ran down the main drag, bouncing from business, to business, to business. But, thanks in part to the ‘Joplin effect’ and the early warning system, people were allowed to get inside to safety.” The “Joplin effect” is a reference to the EF5 tornado that devastated Joplin, MO on May 22, 2011.

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(self righteous do gooders)

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Proverbs 11:3
Integrity guides decent people, but hypocrisy leads treacherous people to ruin…

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PETA Kills 95% of Animals They Rescue

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By Giacomo    February 27, 2012

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have always been against the cruelty or abuse of animals.  They have fought to ban all laboratory use of animals and for that manner, any use of animals.  They swear to being vegan or vegetarians.  They won’t use any products made from animal material such as leather, furs or feathers.  Some of the members of PETA go so far as to abdicate the necessary extinction of mankind so that animals will be free of our cruel treatment.

PETA is supposed to be the most animal friendly organization in the world.

However, this may be one of the most animal cruel and hypocritical organizations in the nation.  The Center for Consumer Freedom, a non-profit organization, obtained documents from the Virginia Department of Agriculture that sheds an entirely different portrayal of the animal rights group.

According to the documents received by CCF, they show that PETA, which is headquartered in Norfolk, Virgina, has killed more than 27,000 animals since 1998.  Those animals killed by PETA represent nearly 95% of those that were supposedly rescued by the group.  CCF said that last year PETA found homes for only 24 pets while killing nearly 2,000 cats and dogs.  Furthermore, the report indicates that nearly 85% of the animals rescued by PETA are destroyed within the first 24 hours and before they can even try to locate a new home for them.

In 2005, two PETA employees were arrested by police who observed them throwing the dead carcasses of dogs and cats into a dumpster in North Carolina.  It was learned that the animals had been killed in the back of the PETA van before being dumped.

PETA has an annual budget of about $37 million and while they may advertise for donations to care for and find new homes for rescued animals, one has to wonder exactly what they do use their millions for.  Since they are a non-profit organization and they obviously are not using their donations for the purposes stated, someone in Virginia needs to investigate them and bring them to justice for fraud and cruelty to animals and have their non-profit status revoked.

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(gps tracking device under car)

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Lamentations 3:34-36
If people crush underfoot all the prisoners of the land, if they deprive others of their rights in defiance of the Most High, if they twist justice in the courts— doesn’t the Lord see all these things?

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FBI Turns Off Thousands of GPS Devices After Supreme Court Ruling

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By Julia Angwin    February 25, 2012, 3:36 PM

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling overturning the warrantless use of GPS tracking devices has caused a “sea change” inside the U.S. Justice Department, according to FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann.

Mr. Weissmann, speaking at a University of San Francisco conference called “Big Brother in the 21st Century” on Friday, said that the court ruling prompted the FBI to turn off about 3,000 GPS tracking devices that were in use.

These devices were often stuck underneath cars to track the movements of the car owners. In U.S. v. Jones, the Supreme Court ruled that using a device to track a car owner without a search warrant violated the law.

After the ruling, the FBI had a problem collecting the devices that it had turned off, Mr. Weissmann said. In some cases, he said, the FBI sought court orders to obtain permission to turn the devices on briefly – only in order to locate and retrieve them.

Mr. Weissmann said that the FBI is now working to develop new guidelines for the use of GPS devices. He said the agency is also working on guidelines to cover the broader implications of the court decision beyond GPS devices.

For instance, he said, agency is now “wrestling” with the legality of whether agents can lift up the lid of a trash can without committing trespass. The majority opinion in U.S. v. Jones held that the agents had trespassed when placing the GPS device on a car without warrant.

He said the agency is also considering the implications of the concurring justices – whose arguments were largely based on the idea that a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy in the totality of their movements, even if those movements are in public.

“From a law enforcement perspective, even though its not technically holding, we have to anticipate how it’s going to go down the road,” Mr. Weissmann said.

Psalm 10:11 (Don’t count on it…)
He says to himself, “God has forgotten; he covers his face and never sees.”

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Will you die in your sins???

John 8:23-24
And He was saying to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”

(gospel tract by the late Peter J. Peters, Church of Christ pastor)

HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN

By Peter J. Peters

There are a lot of people who understand the Identity issue, and are not Christians. People are not being told how to become a Christian. Many ministries are addressing the identity issue, but those ministries, for the most part, are not telling people how to become a Christian. In Churches today, most people are not Christians—they have not been born of the water and the spirit. They must do what the Bible tells them to do and not what their preachers tell them to do. And, if you listen to the preachers of the land today, be it a Billy Graham Crusade, or the promise keepers that are now becoming so prominent, or the average Podunk Hollar Judeo-Christian that gives an invitation at the end of the service—they are all being told to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior and let him come into their heart. But, the Bible does not tell us that. No one in the Bible was ever told to let Jesus Christ come into their heart.

There are a lot of people who will be offended by this message. But, I am going to tell the truth on how to become a Christian. There are a lot of concealed truths in the Bible—therefore, we have to search them out. If you search out the references that you will find in this message, you will find that the truth is there in clear print on how to become a Christian.

The scriptures contain many truths that are better understood by relating them to the physical world. For example:

1Peter 2-1 “therefore, putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and slander, like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the Word, that by it, they may grow in respect to salvation…”

How many people have read this passage, but do not practice it? It tells us that we are to be like newborn babes that long for the pure milk of the Word. I remember one time when I was talking to my son on the phone and I could hear my grandson in the background; he was not happy. When I ask my son what was wrong with him, he said,  “He is longing for milk and his mother is not here.” A baby like that longs for the milk. And the scripture teaches that we are longing for the milk of the Word. These pages absolutely contain the milk of the Word.

1Chorinthians 3-1. “And, brother, I could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men in flesh, as to babes in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food, for you were not able to receive it. Indeed, even now, you are not yet able; for you are still fleshly.” This teaches that many people are just fleshly (non-spiritual men and women) who want the meat, when they really need is the milk. What they need is to be born and to become babes in Christ.

Hebrews5-12. “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again to have someone teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the Word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice, has his senses trained to discern good and evil.”

Verse 12 says that we need to go back to the milk of the Word. And that is what I am telling you now. You need to become Christians. In life, we often ask each other questions:

What are you going to do when you get out of school?

What are you going to do when you get out of college?

What are you going to do when you get out of the service?

What are you going to do when the kids are grown?

What are you going to do when you retire?

There is another question that you need to be asking—what are you going to do when you die? Particularly, if you haven’t properly addressed this question of how to become a Christian. I am finding out that this thing called life goes by rather quickly and you will be asking yourself that question before you know it, if you are not already doing so. What are you going to do when you die? You need to know how to become a Christian.

There is a passage in Matthew 7 that people should read. Especially, people that have believed the lie “Accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior.” I know that you have heard people say, “I became a Christian on such and such a day, I remember it well; I began to pray and I was born again.” Or, “I was sitting on the front porch and I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior and I became a Christian.” Well, no, they did not and neither will you in that way. NO ONE, NO ONE becomes a Christian except by God’s way.

Now, if that does not make you feel good, go find a church that makes you feel good. My job is not to make you feel good. My job is to tell you the truth, and the truth is, no one becomes a Christian by accepting Christ as their personal savior. If you accepted Christ as your personal savior, good for you! But, now, why don’t you do what the Bible says?

The Bible tells us that there would be a people that would be totally deluded on this point. In Matthew 7, Christ had just finished talking about the false prophets.

Matthew 7-15. “Beware of the false prophet, who comes to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly, are ravenous wolves.

Matthew 15-20. “So, then, you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of my Father, who is in heaven.”

Let’s do the fruit test—to see if these creatures are a bunch of fruitcakes. First, you have to recognize that they could be a false prophet. I could be a false prophet—many people believe that I am. I would appreciate the fact that you would be suspicious. You ought to be because the Lord said, “Beware of the false prophet.”

So, what are you supposed to do? You are to do a fruit test. Some people are very convincing, but it is not what they say that is important, but rather do they do the Will of the Father? How are you to know? Take the Bible to see if what they say and what I am saying is the Will of the Father.

Matthew 7-22. “not everyone that says to Me on that day (the day of judgment), Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name; and, in Your name cast out demons? And in Your name perform many miracles? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you. Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”

Let’s analyze that. First of all, in Verse 22, many people on that day believed in Jesus. It is most obvious that they believed because they call him Lord. Did these people in Verse 22 do many works in His name? Did they prophesize in His name? Did they cast out demons? Did they perform many miracles? The answer is yes. Yes. Now, in Verse 23—read it for yourself—“Depart from me you who practice lawlessness.” Were they saved? No, because they did not follow the Will or the law of God. They did not become a Christian God’s way. They obviously thought they were Christians; they pointed out their works—and, they did works. They did perform miracles. They did cast out demons. How? There were tapping into a law of God that says, “Faith moves mountains.” But, they were not saved.

It is clear that these people believed. But, faith is not enough. Why were they surprised? Because they had been listening to false prophets. They were not Christians because they believed the lie that all they had to do was to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior.
It goes something like this:

“Come forward, if you will. Let us pray together. Come to the altar. Sign this little card. Pray with us. Actually, there is a variety of means, but it all comes back to the doctrine that says faith only. Faith is enough. The previously mentioned people had faith; they had great faith. They had enough faith to do great things—but, they were not saved! They had listened to false prophets. Go to Acts17. Underline Verse 11, and then do it yourself.

Acts 17-11. “ For these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the Word with great eagerness, examining the scriptures daily, to see if these things were so.”

There we see that it is a noble thing in the eyes of God to examine the scriptures in seeking the truth.

If I were to tell you, in answer to the question “How to Become a Christian”, to accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior, then you should examine the scriptures to see if this is right. You should examine the scriptures to see if there was one solitary soul in the entire New Testament that was ever told to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior. Now, this fact alone should impress you. Here is the biggest lie in Christendom today, besides Jews and God’s chosen people, that’s not in the Bible.

John 3-16. If there is ever a scripture that has been memorized, it is this one.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son so that whomsoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

This is the verse that is most normally used to promote the “faith only” doctrine. So, all you have to do is believe. NO! You just read a scripture where people believed that Jesus was Lord and yet they were not saved.

There is another passage in this area of belief that is also used to promote this faith only doctrine.

Romans 10-8. “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth, he confesses, resulting in salvation.”

This verse is so clear. If you believe that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. If you just take John 3-16 and Romans 10-8, then I can understand why you might think all you have to do to become a Christian is to believe in Jesus. But, there are many other scriptures that pertain to this thing called salvation. Belief is not enough. The reason it is not enough is because all people have a problem. This problem is—regardless of your net worth or your lineage or your age or where you come from—we are all sinners.

Romans 3-23. “For all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.”

We have all sinned. John 3-4 says that sin is a transgression against God’s law. One time, when I was in a motel lobby, I saw Dr. Kevorikian on TV (he is the doctor that assists people in committing suicide). He was saying, “What I do might be against what you believe. You might believe what I do is a sin. But, it is not a crime. Man, for a doctor this man was not very smart!! It might be a sin, but not a crime? Sin is a crime. The definition of a crime is, “a violation of the law.” The definition of sin is, “a violation of the law.” Therefore, a crime is a sin and a sin is a crime. Every one of us is a criminal in the eyes of God. So much so that Romans 6-23 says that we are worthy of death as sinners or criminals.

Romans 6-23. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

You might not consider yourself a criminal. You might say, as most criminals that go to jail, “I am innocent.” But, you must understand that it makes no difference how you perceive yourself when you stand before the judge; what makes a difference is whether or not the judge perceives you as guilty. And, there will be a day of reckoning—a day when you will have judgment. It will make no difference then how much you believe or how you have professed Christ as your savior; if you stand before the judge full of sin, you will hear the gavel come down and you will hear the pronouncement of “guilty”. For, “the wages of sin is death.” Period. So, if we stand before the judge as believers; as people who have professed Christ; as people who have done great works, but we still have sin to account for, then we will be pronounced guilty. Just like the people in Matthew 7.

What I am trying to encourage you to believe is that you are a sinner. Even if you have convinced yourself that you are no longer the criminal worthy of the judgment of death because you have believed or accepted, then you should read in Hebrews 9 about sin. It is important that you understand that just believing in Christ only makes you a believing sinner. Or professing Christ just makes you a professing sinner. There is only one thing that will take care of sin.

Hebrews 9-14. “How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit, offers himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works, to serve the Living God.”

Notice, it is the blood of Christ that cleanses.

Hebrews 9-22. “According to the law, one may almost say that all things are cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.”

What you must realize is that you cannot have the forgiveness of sins without the blood of Christ. The shed blood of Christ causes cleansing and forgiveness. If you are a believer —good! I do not want to minimize that because you must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God; that he came in the flesh and died for your sins.

John 8-24: “I said therefore to you that you shall die in your sins for unless you believe that I Am, you shall die in your sins.”

Jesus was saying that unless you believe that He is God manifest in the flesh that you will die in your sins. There once was a preacher, an Identity preacher, even, who preached that Jesus was not God in the flesh. And some people fell for his lies. The reason that I angered so many people years ago when I pointed out his error was that he was a friend to so many. But I don’t care if I made him mad. If your friend is teaching that Jesus is just another God then that person is a false teacher. Christ said that unless you believe that I Am you will die in your sins.

John 1-1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,”

John 1 then goes on to say that the Word became flesh, and, unless you believe that, you will never become a Christian. It is absolutely essential that you believe this. But, believing is not enough. That is what this message is all about.

As a believer, you still have your sin and the only thing that will wash away your sin is the blood of Christ.

Mathew 26-28, “For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

There is not a preacher in the land that cannot under-stand this passage. But, we cannot see how that blood is applied to our lives. I can hold up a bar of soap and tell you if you want your hands clean, you will have to believe on the soap. How absurd!! You have to apply the soap in order to get your hands clean. And so it is with the blood. You have to apply the blood to your own lives. How? How the Bible tells you to.

In Acts, Chapter 2, after the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, Christ has told the apostles to go to Jerusalem and wait there until what has been promised to them has come and the baptism of the Holy Spirit has occurred. Peter is preaching on the day of Pentecost—that is, 50 days after the crucifixion.

ACTS 2-36, “Therefore, let all of the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ–this Jesus that you have crucified.”

Acts 2-37, “Now, when they heard this they were pierced to the heart and they said to Peter, ‘Brethren, what shall we do?’”

Peter had filled them with conviction and they were asking him what they needed to do to become a Christian. Now, don’t you think it would be better for you to listen to what the Apostle Peter had to say on the subject of becoming a Christian than to listen to some preacher telling you to accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior?

Acts 2-38, “And Peter said to them, repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Peter did not say, come forward and accept Jesus as your personal savior. Nor did he say to believe. Why didn’t Peter say anything about believing? The answer is simple—it would have been redundant. They were already in the believing state.

Many people that I minister to are in the believing state. They believe in Christ—that he is the great I Am that came in the flesh. But, now, according to Verse 38, what is the first thing that a believer is supposed to do? Repent.

Let’s discuss for a minute what repentance is. Repentance is probably the hardest part in becoming a Christian because you have to acknowledge that you are a sinner—that you are lost. It is sorrow for your sins–a humility–that causes you to repent. But, repentance is more that feeling sorry and humbly acknowledging that you are a sinner. It is a change of heart that leads to a change of action. It is a surrender where you say, “Lord, I am no longer king or queen of my life, but Thy will be done. Whatever you want me to stop doing, I am going to try to stop doing. And, Lord, whatever you want me to do, I will try to do.” Repentance is enthroning Jesus Christ in your life as your master, your Lord, your King. The theme song of sinners might be the famous song sang by Frank Sinatra, “I Did It My Way.” The theme song of Christians would be, “I Did It Thy Way.”

You might notice how little repentance is emphasized in the modern Judeo-Christian faith. They want you to feel good about yourself—to come forward and accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior. I remember one couple telling me that they allowed their young daughter to go to an Assembly of God youth group meeting— one time. It was a party. The music was playing; the drums emitting a jungle beat; the longhaired leader was singing and teaching. When she came home she told her parents that she had learned that God is cool! God is not cool!! And, he doesn’t want us to be cool, either. He wants us to be either hot or cold, but not cool, not lukewarm. He will puke us out of his mouth if we are cool. Because that is what is being proclaimed from many pulpits—puke! We might call them pukeky pulpits!! They are telling people that God is cool and you, too, can be cool. I’m ok and you’re ok. YOU ARE NOT OK!! And, you never will be ok until you become a Christian the way the Bible instructs. To be a Christian, you must, number one, believe. And, be willing to believe that He is the Great I Am and to confess him as Lord of your life. And, number two, repent or surrender. It is called in the Bible dying to your old way of life. The old man, the sinful man must die.

What else did Peter tell them to do? He said, “Repent and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 4-6. “There is one body and one Spirit just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”

How many hopes are there? ONE.
How many Lords are there? ONE
How many faiths are there? ONE
How many Gods are there? ONE
How many baptisms are there? ONE

There is only one Bible baptism that works in becoming a Christian. It is the one that Peter talked about in Acts 2-38. But, you know, in the world today there are many types of baptism. And two things stand out—the mode and the purpose. For example, the mode might be sprinkling, pouring, emersion, and what I often call dry cleaning (they use no water at all). What is the one mode that God recognizes as baptism? If you look up the meaning of the word in the Concordance you find out that it is baptismal in the Greek and the definition is immerse. In fact, the word was never properly translated from the Greek; rather, it was transliterated. At the time the King James Version was being translated and they came to that word it should have been translated “immerse.” But, they transliterated it instead, because the church of the day was sprinkling. So they took the Greek letter beta and substituted the English letter B and took the Greek letter alpha and substituted the English letter A and they went from the Greek baptismal to baptize. In the Greek the word baptize means immerse. The word is an onomatopoeia; that is a word that sounds exactly like what it is. For example, when we say the dog barks, that is exactly what a dog sounds like—bark, bark. When the dipper would hit the water, when it would immerse into the water, it made a noise “bap”—that is where baptismal came from. So, immersion is what that Greek word means. We can also prove this from the Word of God.

Romans 6-3,4. “Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore, we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in the newness of life.” Chapter 4 talks about baptism as being buried with Christ in baptism. When you take a dead body, what do you do with it? You bury it. You do not sprinkle a little bit of dirt on it—you bury it! You put it completely under.

Now we have the mode, immersion, what about the purpose? In the church world today, we find all of these different reasons for baptism. When my son was a little boy, I took him to a Methodist Church to be baptized. I just thought that we were supposed to do that. They took this little baby—something you never read about in the Bible, a baby being baptized—and they sprinkled some water on him and they said that they were baptizing him or dedicating him as a dedication to the community. I didn’t know any better—I had never read the Bible. In retrospect, I think “what a communist concept.”

The Baptist Church says baptism is “an outward sign of an inward grace.” They baptize so that you can become a member of their church. You go forward and accept Jesus, and that is when they say you are saved–a Christian. Later, you get baptized. So, there are a lot of different reasons that different churches use for baptism. But, look again at Acts 38 and see that Peter said, “Let each one of you repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.” What was the purpose of this baptism? The forgiveness of sins. Some preachers might say, “Are you telling me that you have to be baptized for the remission of sins?” No, that is what the Bible says. Why is it that they can see in Matthew 38 that “blood is poured out for the remission of sins”, but cannot see that baptism is for the remission of sins? I will tell you why—because it does not line up with what they already believe—their actions follow their beliefs. They do not have their heart right with God so that they can see that the Word means just what it says. Baptism is for the remission of sins.

If you want to become a Christian, believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God—the great I Am that came to us in the flesh and died for our sins. You must believe to the point that you are willing to confess with your mouth that He is Lord. And, then do what Peter tells us to do in Acts 2-38, “repent.” That is the surrendering of your life when you say, “Lord, not my will by Thy will be done.” Not what I believe, or what I want to believe, or what they told me to believe, but what Your Word says. Surrender your life. Repentance is analogous to dying to the old way of life—getting rid of the old man. What do you do with dead people? You bury them. Jesus, in the plan of salvation, had to die for our sins. He had to die a bloody death because blood cleanses sin. He was buried in the tomb and on the third day, he resurrected. If you want to become a Christian, this is what you do. As a believer who is repentant, you must die to your old way of life. And then you are buried, as Romans 6-4 says, “we are buried with Christ through baptism.” You are buried in the watery grave of baptism and you are raised up, as the Bible says, to walk in the newness of life. It is so clear when you study it. It is these false teachers that have muddied the waters. Why is it a new life? It is a new life because your sins have been washed away.

So, the Bible teaches that baptism washed away sins. How? Because that is where you come in contact with the blood of Christ. It is just like washing your hands when they are dirty; blood was shed for the remission of sins; baptism is for the remission of sins—that is where the soap is applied to the dirty hands, so to speak. Baptism is where the blood comes into contact with your life. Check for your self.

Acts 22-16, “And, now why do you delay? Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on His name.”

Some might question, “So, you are trying to tell me that baptism saves us?” No, I am not trying to tell you that, the Bible tells you that.

1Peter 3- 21, “and corresponding to that, baptism now saves you.”

That is very plain. Baptism saves you.

Remember Acts 2-38? “Repent and let each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” This is a very important point. God give us, when we repent, and are baptized, the gift of the Holy Spirit. Repentance is saying, “Lord I will try to stop doing what you don’t want me to do and I will try to do what it is that you want me to do.” Notice the word, try. We try because Christian people do not lead perfect lives. We still have battles. But, the difference is that when we are willing to do it His way, He gives us help. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit is our helper and that He guides us in all truths. I will share a personal illustration. When I was studying the Bible—I believed and I thought that I was a Christian. I had a particular sin problem. I chewed tobacco—it got so that one can of Skol a day was not enough. One time, about 7 at night, I took the can of Skol and threw it in the trash. About 11 that night, I was digging in that same trash can to retrieve that Skol. And, I said, “God, if chewing this tobacco means that I will go to Hell, then I will just have to go to Hell, because I can’t give it up.” But, when I was baptized for the remission of my sins, I took that Skol can out of my pocket and placed it on a shelf. God gave me the strength, the help that I needed to overcome this habit.

John 16-13. “But, when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears He will speak and He will disclose to you what is to come.”

One of the reasons that it is so hard to get truth into the churches today is because they are not Christians. If they were Christians, if they had repented and been baptized for the remission of their sins, then the Holy Spirit would guide them into all truths. I have observed, as I minister across the land, that those people that have not been baptized for the remission of their sins cannot not wholly grasp the spiritual truths as well as those who have been—they don’t have the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide them in the truth.

Ephesians teaches us also that baptism seals us in the holy spirit. A king had a seal that no one else had and when he put his seal on something that seal meant that it was his. Much the same is a brand. How do I know which cows in the pasture are mine? Why, the ones with my brand on them. Now, if we have that seal of the Holy Spirit and people start messing with us, then they have Him to contend with because we are His herd.

Some of the questions you might have are, “what about a child.” First of all, does a child have sin? Well, if you are a Catholic, yes, a baby is born of original sin. But, Christ took a child and placed it on his lap and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Can a baby repent of its sins? No. Is there any place in the Bible where a baby is baptized? No.

What about the thief on the cross? That is a different story. He died before Christ and while He was alive, salvation was His to give. Christ gave the thief salvation before He died because it was His to give. But, after His death, while you are living on this side of the cross, you must follow his Last Will and Testament if you want the inheritance. That Will is that you be baptized for the remission of your sins.

What about being rebaptized? Well, yes, according to Acts 19—  “people were rebaptized for the proper reasons. For example, if you were baptized to join a church or to obtain the outward sign of an inward grace, what you need to do is have the one baptism of Ephesians 4-5 and Acts 2-38—baptism for the remission of sins.

1John 4,4 says, “that he who is born of God overcomes the world (that world meaning “world order”). Now, if you were part of the world order and you knew that people born of God would overcome you or conquer you, then what you would do is to try to keep them from being born again—born of God. If you want to be born of God, then believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, be willing to confess Him as Lord, humbly repent of your sins, and be baptized (immersed) for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. That is the way to become a Christian. The only way. Reread this message—examine the scriptures yourself—find out if what I tell you is truth. If you have questions, write to me, or call me. I will gladly answer all of your questions. But, then I will have two questions for you.

“Are you a Christian and what are you going to do when you die?”

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(what is the fed hiding???)

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Revelation 18:10
Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: “‘Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!’

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Fed Writes Sweeping Rules From Behind Closed Doors

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By VICTORIA MCGRANE And JON HILSENRATH    22 Feb 2012

The Federal Reserve has operated almost entirely behind closed doors as it rewrites the rule book governing the U.S. financial system, a stark contrast with its push for transparency in its interest-rate policies and emergency-lending programs.

While many Americans may not realize it, the Fed has taken on a much larger regulatory role than at any time in history. Since the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul became law in July 2010, the Fed has held 47 separate votes on financial regulations, and scores more are coming. In the process it is reshaping the U.S. financial industry by directing banks on how much capital they must hold, what kind of trading they can engage in and what kind of fees they can charge retailers on debit-card transactions.

The Fed is making these sweeping changes—the most dramatic since the Great Depression—almost completely without public meetings. Rather than discussing rules and voting in public, as is done at other agencies with which the Fed often collaborates, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and the Fed’s four other governors have held just two public meetings since July 2010. On 45 of 47 of the draft or final regulatory measures during that period, they have emailed their votes to the central bank’s secretary.

The votes, in turn, weren’t publicly disclosed until last week, after The Wall Street Journal requested the information for this article. On Feb. 14, for the first time, the Fed posted on its website the names of the Fed governors voting for or against each closed-door regulatory action on Dodd-Frank since July 2010, when that law was enacted.

The Fed isn’t breaking any laws by not having open meetings. But it is breaking from a long tradition of airing regulatory matters at open meetings. Bipartisan critics—including lawmakers and former regulators—say the Fed’s cloistered approach deprives the public of insight into how rules are being written and makes it harder for Congress and others to hold them accountable for their decisions.

“People have a right to know and hear the discussion and hear the presentations and the reasoning for these rules,” Sheila Bair, the former chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., said in an interview. “All of the other agencies which are governed by boards or commissions propose and approve these rules in public meetings,” she said. “I think it would be in the Fed’s interest to do so as well.”

The Fed’s recent approach to writing financial regulations is very different from its practice in the 1980s and 1990s, when it held as many as 31 public meetings a year, according to data provided by the Fed. The governors publicly discussed not only regulations, but also obscure matters, like how much to spend on portraits of former chairmen. That began slowing in the late 1990s and fell sharply in the 2000s, and now such meetings rarely occur.

Fed officials contend they allow plenty of sunlight into their regulatory deliberations, but open meetings, which tend to be scripted and are sometimes perfunctory, don’t always add value to the process. Ever-growing demands on governors’ time has made it harder to coordinate schedules to allow for frequent meetings than in past decades, they add.

The Fed’s closed-door process has obscured internal disagreement on at least one big issue. Last October, Fed Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin dissented when the Fed issued a proposed regulation implementing the controversial Volcker rule, which would restrict U.S. banks from making bets with their own capital.

Ms. Raskin’s dissent, which she cast by email, wasn’t publicly disclosed by the Fed until Feb. 14. Neither she nor the central bank has publicly explained her reasons for dissenting to the draft rule, which the Fed is writing with several other regulators.

Ms. Raskin said in an interview that she was concerned that the draft rule, mandated by Dodd-Frank and named for former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, would be too unwieldy for banks to comply with and for regulators to enforce. She also worried that some of the exemptions were written too broadly. She said she had ample opportunity to talk through her views during the drafting process.

Her dissent is significant because regulators are still writing the rule and her views could inform banks, industry groups and others as they engage with the Fed to shape the measure, say veterans of the regulatory process. The deadline for comments on the Volcker proposal was Feb. 13, however, so it is too late for letters to be informed by her dissent. “I would have liked to have heard that discussion,” said Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), a leading critic of the Volcker rule, when informed of Ms. Raskin’s dissent.

The official directing the Fed’s rule-writing effort, Daniel Tarullo, a governor appointed by President Barack Obama, said the central bank should have disclosed Ms. Raskin’s dissenting opinion in the Volcker rule. “I can’t think of any justification” for not disclosing Ms. Raskin’s dissent, he said in an interview before the vote tallies were posted on the website. “When there is a dissent from any vote it has got to be noted,” he said, and the practice of not publishing such internal dissents “has got to be changed in my view.”

More broadly, Mr. Tarullo said open meetings aren’t always the most effective means to increasing public understanding, and they aren’t a gauge of regulators’ work. “You can have a scripted meeting that does not show any engagement at all,” Mr. Tarullo said.

Open meetings could also strain the already busy schedules of top Fed officials. The Fed currently has 250 separate rule-writing projects under way. “Compared to other waves of rule-making this is a tsunami,” said John Weinberg, head of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The seven-member Fed board currently has two vacancies.

Mr. Tarullo said he has asked for open meetings on several final rules. A request from any governor means an open meeting must be held.

The Fed’s method of writing rules for the financial industry contrasts with the way its policy committee—the Federal Open Market Committee, comprising the seven Fed governors and five Reserve Bank presidents—sets interest rates. Although their sessions are closed to the public, that group has regularly scheduled meetings on interest rates and in-person votes, intense discussion and prompt disclosure about how individuals voted and the reasons for any dissent. Mr. Bernanke has pushed the Fed to be more open on interest-rate policy, by making public its internal economic and interest-rate projections. He holds quarterly news conferences to explain the committee’s decisions and thinking.

“As an agent of the government, a central bank must be accountable in the pursuit of its mandated goals, responsive to the public and its elected representatives, and transparent in its policies,” Mr. Bernanke said about monetary policy-making in a 2010 speech.

Federal Reserve officials argue that their rule-writing process is already transparent. The Fed generally gives the public 60 to 90 days to comment on its proposed measures, longer than in the past. Banks and others interested in Fed rule-writing say they have frequent closed-door meetings with Fed officials to express their views. Participants in those meetings are disclosed on the Fed’s website, a new practice adopted after the passage of Dodd-Frank.

Fed officials say they are called to testify before Congress and are grilled on the status of controversial regulations as they are writing them.

Mr. Tarullo said the Fed has been more transparent on regulatory issues in other ways. For instance, in 2009 the Fed disclosed details of its findings from “stress tests” on the nation’s largest banks to determine their ability to withstand severe strains in the financial system. It plans to publish results from tests being done this year, too.

The Fed’s approach to regulatory rule-writing is nevertheless striking in the wake of demands by Congress and the Supreme Court in 2010 that forced the Fed to disclose which banks got its emergency loans during the financial crisis.

And it differs from that of other top financial regulators. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, each governed by a board or a commission, have all held open meetings on most of the draft and final rules they have considered, at times with debate and public dissent, according to their websites and agendas.

Some Fed officials privately complain that the more public rule-writing approach at other agencies is often inefficient. The challenge in scheduling meetings, they say, is complicated by the fact that many rules are being written by several agencies at the same time.

“For [the Fed] to be accountable, they’ve got to air and discuss and debate their viewpoints,” said Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, the top-ranking Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, who supported stripping the Fed of its supervisory authority when Congress was writing Dodd-Frank. The Fed fought hard to keep its powers. “The Fed’s record shows, among other things, that it’s not infallible. Look at the housing crisis,” he said.

Under federal “sunshine” laws, no more than three Fed board members can meet without formal notice and opening the gathering to the public, unless it meets one of several exemptions. For instance, meetings on the supervision of banks and other financial institutions for which the Fed is responsible can be closed because the discussion includes confidential information about specific companies. But the Fed governors don’t regularly meet for discussions on supervisory matters either.

The governors do meet on monetary policy—another exemption from sunshine laws. Out of 61 closed-door meetings held since the start of 2010, the vast majority have been on that topic. They have met 10 times over the same period to discuss supervisory issues, according to an analysis of agendas on the Fed website.

Michael Bradfield, who served as Fed general counsel between 1981 and 1989, said he is troubled by the infrequency with which the Fed board convenes meetings, closed or open, to consider supervisory matters. The governors are in effect delegating much of their supervisory authority to their staff, he said.

“Governors have the responsibility and they should be actively involved and not merely looking at staff documents in their offices,” Mr. Bradfield said. He recalled numerous occasions when he was at the Fed and then-Chairman Volcker changed the board’s view on an issue through “vigorous discussion” at almost weekly meetings devoted to bank supervisory issues.

Ephesians 5:11
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them…

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Isaiah 47:11
Disaster will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away. A calamity will fall upon you that you cannot ward off with a ransom; a catastrophe you cannot foresee will suddenly come upon you…

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(from michael hoffman’s news email service)

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Judges 10:13
But you have forsaken me and served other gods, so I will no longer save you…

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Pat Buchanan has been fired by MSNBC

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Michael Hoffman’s note: Patrick J. Buchanan is part of the problem, yet he eloquently rails against the problem in his recent books. This is schizophrenic. After 9/11 and after the invasion of Iraq, he supported the re-election of George W. Bush with a ludicrous analogy of Democrats and Republicans as the Hatfields and the McCoys, suggesting that in a tribal blood feud Conservatives need to come home — to re-elect Bushwhacker George, the neocon Skull and Bonesman. He begged Bush to take him back and called himself the “black sheep.” Disgusting.

He has valorized Ronald Reagan as one of our greatest presidents, when it was Reagan who made amnesty for illegal aliens a Conservative virtue. It was Reagan who established the groundwork for the synagogue disguised as a US Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., transforming rabbinic Shoah theology into America’s de facto state religion. It was Reagan who bestowed a national holiday on Martin Luther King. It was Reagan who allowed the elderly Christian anti-Communist Andrija Artukovic to be shipped on a gurney back to the ghoulish arms of Tito’s Communist Yugoslavia. Yitzhak Shamir termed Ronnie “the greatest friend in the White House Israel ever had.” Reagan had Joan Quigley, a San Francisco astrologer, scheduling the timing of his speeches and treaty signings and setting his agenda.

Pat Buchanan has misled and miscued millions of Americans and never had to answer for or repent of it.  Anyone who is an anti-illegal alien amnesty campaigner and holds Ronald Reagan as a paradigm of what it means to be an illustrious president, has a serious mental health issue.

Buchanan is a fine orator and a darn good writer in terms of prose style. He’s a showman and if teaching our people to think critically and consistently according to first principles within a systematic philosophy is not a high priority with you, then Pat’s rhetorical fireworks display will carry the day.  He’s a hero for split personalities, and that’s who we see at the helm of our movement with the funding and the spotlight, and it’s one big reason why we’re losing.

Mr. Buchanan is not blacklisted, by the way. He is a syndicated columnist. His new “Suicide” book has been the subject of 150 talk show interviews. It is rated 96th on Amazon.com’s highly influential top 100 bestsellers’ list. He has proved useful to the Establishment as the “loyal opposition.”

Now as he heads into old age he’s getting more radical and his books are becoming more interesting, but books alone, as important as they are, will not carry the day. It takes organization and money and Buchanan played his part in channeling the money and the bright young people into the Republican Party, instead of the Third Party this nation could have built into an independent powerhouse from 1984 onward. Buchanan held the wheel of American politics for a few moments in his political life: as director of White House Communications under Reagan; as the winner of the New Hampshire primary as Republican candidate for president; and as a speech writer for Nixon, to say nothing of his nearly constant television presence on shows broadcast on CNN and PBS.

Suicide of a Super Power repackages ideas that originated with populists like Kent Steffgen and Willis Carto fifty years ago. It’s undoubtedly a good book and deserves the publicity it has received. And Buchanan’s writing skill carries the day in the following essay. It’s hard to argue with his logic or the fact that MSNBC has treated him shabbily.

Buchanan needs to write one more book, recounting how he misdirected the Conservative movement with his unconscionable support for Bush Jr. and his canonization of the Reagan presidency. But until Buchanan comes clean, not just on his own history, but on the true nature of the religion of Judaism, and the radical facts concerning the datum that the U.S. government itself destroyed World Trade Center Building 7 in September of 2001, his is a case of too little, too late.

MSNBC should certainly  be ashamed of itself for firing Mr. Buchanan. But when is Pat Buchanan going to feel shame over the degree to which he has shilled for Republican traitors like Bush and Reagan? When is Pat Buchanan going to do something to make amends for the destructive confusion he himself has sown in our ranks?

Michael Hoffman is the author of Judaism’s Strange Gods

Blacklisted, But Not Beaten

By Patrick J. Buchanan  Feb. 16, 2012

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My days as a political analyst at MSNBC have come to an end.

After 10 enjoyable years, I am departing, after an incessant clamor from the left that to permit me continued access to the microphones of MSNBC would be an outrage against decency, and dangerous.

The calls for my firing began almost immediately with the Oct. 18 publication of Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? A group called Color of Change, whose mission statement says that it “exists to strengthen Black America’s political voice,” claimed that my book espouses a “white supremacist ideology.” Color of Change took particular umbrage at the title of Chapter 4, “The End of White America.”

Media Matters parroted the party line: He has blasphemed!

A Human Rights Campaign that bills itself as America’s leading voice for lesbians, bisexuals, gays, and transgendered people said that Buchanan’s “extremist ideas are incredibly harmful to millions of LBGT people around the world.” Their rage was triggered by a remark to NPR’s Diane Rehm—that I believe homosexual acts to be “unnatural and immoral.”

On Nov. 2, Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, who has sought to have me censored for 22 years, piled on. “Buchanan has shown himself, time and again, to be a racist and an anti-Semite,” said Foxman. Buchanan “bemoans the destruction of white Christian America” and says America’s shrinking Jewish population is due to the “collective decision of Jews themselves.”

Well, yes, I do bemoan what Newsweek’s 2009 cover called “The Decline and Fall of Christian America” and editor Jon Meacham described as “The End of Christian America.” After all, I am a Christian.

And what else explains the shrinkage of the U.S. Jewish population by 6 percent in the 1990s and its projected decline by another 50 percent by 2050, if not the “collective decision of Jews themselves”?

Let error be tolerated, said Thomas Jefferson, “so long as reason is left free to combat it.” What Foxman and ADL are about in demanding that my voice be silenced is, in the Jeffersonian sense, intrinsically un-American. Consider what it is these people are saying.

They are saying that a respected publisher, St. Martin’s, colluded with me to produce a racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic book, and CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, Fox Business News, and the 150 radio shows on which I appeared failed to detect its evil and helped to promote a moral atrocity.

If my book is racist and anti-Semitic, how did Sean Hannity, Erin Burnett, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Megyn Kelly, Lou Dobbs, and Ralph Nader miss that? How did Charles Payne, African-American host on Fox radio, who has interviewed me three times, fail to detect its racism? How did Michael Medved miss its anti-Semitism?

In a 2009 cover story in the Atlantic, “The End of White America?” from which my chapter title was taken, professor Hua Hsu revels in the passing of America’s white majority. At Portland State, President Clinton got a huge ovation when he told students that white Americans will be a minority in 2050. Is this writer alone forbidden to broach the subject?

That homosexual acts are unnatural and immoral has been doctrine in the Catholic Church for 2,000 years. Is it now hate speech to restate traditional Catholic beliefs?

Documented in the 488 pages and 1,500 footnotes of Suicide of a Superpower is my thesis that America is Balkanizing, breaking down along the lines of religion, race, ethnicity, culture, and ideology and that Western peoples are facing demographic death by century’s end. Are such subjects taboo? Are they unfit for national debate?

So it would seem. MSNBC President Phil Griffin told reporters, “I don’t think the ideas that [Buchanan] put forth [in his book] are appropriate for the national dialogue, much less on MSNBC.”

In the 10 years I have been at MSNBC, the network has taken heat for what I have written, and faithfully honored our contract. Yet my four-months’ absence from MSNBC and now my departure represent an undeniable victory for the blacklisters.

The modus operandi of these thought police at Color of Change and ADL is to brand as racists and anti-Semites any writer who dares to venture outside the narrow corral in which they seek to confine debate. All the while prattling about their love of dissent and devotion to the First Amendment, they seek systematically to silence and censor dissent.

Without a hearing, they smear and stigmatize as racist, homophobic, or anti-Semitic any who contradict what George Orwell once called their “smelly little orthodoxies.” They then demand that the heretic recant, grovel, apologize, and pledge to go forth and sin no more.

Defy them, and they will go after the network where you work, the newspapers that carry your column, the conventions that invite you to speak. If all else fails, they go after the advertisers.

I know these blacklisters. They operate behind closed doors, with phone calls, mailed threats, and off-the-record meetings. They work in the dark because, as Al Smith said, nothing un-American can live in the sunlight.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?

Exodus 20:3
You shall have no other gods before me…

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Luke 22:36 ……..whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one.

For much of the country, the dreary time of year known as winter is in full effect with spring some weeks away. With the cold weather limiting our range time, how are we supposed to improve our skills and become better shooters? Dry fire drills are a great way to hone your skills and get plenty of practice without spending a dime or leaving the comfort of your living room.

Safety is the first thing that must be taken into consideration when dry firing. Always double check to make sure your firearm and any magazines are either empty, or have only dummy ammunition in them. There should be no live ammunition in the room with you when performing dry fire drills.

When performing dry fire drills, you must use good visualization skills and be honest with yourself. Closely watch the front sight and call each shot. Did you get a good sight picture, or are you just going through the motions? I like to work on firearm manipulation drills more than anything when dry firing. These consist of pistol, rifle and shotgun reloads, drawing from a holster or table, drawing while moving and target transitions with all three firearms. These basic skills are the foundation for success in the sports in which I compete.

Dry fire is not only for pistol shooters or 3-gunners. It can be utilized in a variety of shooting disciplines. High Power shooters can time themselves getting into various positions and find out how long it takes to fire that first shot. Benchrest shooters can practice loading and cycling their actions, perfecting their technique to help them get their shots off before the wind conditions change.

Target selection for dry fire drills is very important. Almost all dry fire drills are performed at distances shorter than actual competition. To compensate for this, I use scaled-down targets to replicate the sight picture of a full-size target at competition distances. With my one-third size dry fire targets, my sight picture at 15 feet is the exact same sight picture I see on a regular full-size target at 15 yards. Scaling down dry fire targets allows me to simulate various distances and scenarios inside a limited space.  Shooters in other disciplines could do the same thing by placing scaled-down versions of their targets at the end of a room or hallway.

While dry fire is not a substitute for live fire practice at the range, it is a great alternative for those who live in cold weather regions or for those who just don’t want to leave the house but still want to get ready for next season. Remember, practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.

Happy Shooting…

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