Texas Church Massacre

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Daily Mail: At least 27 people were shot dead by gunman and at least 24 others are being treated for injuries

  • Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, who is reportedly married, has been identified by local officials as the shooter
  • Police said he walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas and opened fire
  • Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, was killed after he fled the cops on foot
  • It’s still unclear if the gunman shot himself or was taken down by authorities
  • A LinkedIn account reveals Kelley, who was married, was an Air Force veteran and ex-Bible studies teacher
  • One witness told authorities that among those who were shot in the attack was a two-year-old child
  • The church pastor Frank Pomeroy said his ‘beautiful’ daughter Annabelle, 14, was killed in the shooting
  • Another witness said the man, who isn’t from the Sutherland Springs community, was dressed ‘in full gear’
  • The University Health System said their trauma team is caring for nine patients ‘four children and five adults’
  • Police confirmed that the gunman is dead, but it’s unclear if police took him down or if he took more …

Breitbart Update 9:49 p.m.: “CBS News initially reported that Devin Patrik Kelley “received a dishonorable discharge and was court martialed in May 2014. CBS News later corrected that article to state, “Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 for two counts of assault on his spouse and assault on their child, Stefanek said. He received a bad conduct discharge and confinement for 12 months.”

Opinion: As the time of the end moves closer, we are reminded of the Apostle Paul’s warning in 2 Timothy 1-5 of perilous times to come in the last days. But if we read a little further we find this:

“All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:12-15

There is little to add in the way of details on yesterday’s church shooting only prayers for our nation:

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.” Psalm 34:18

(For new readers: We had a big spike in numbers yesterday as the news broke. In the early days of our website I made a promise to my wife/Editor that I would take Sunday off no matter what, and she would post a devotional; therefore my delayed Post on this tragedy).

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  1. I appreciate this article. This has been the only article about this issue that was not instantly turned into political fodder. I have read a lot of articles (almost all were from so-called right-wing conservative Christian news sites) and they had all politicized this event without offering condolences or compassion for the victims and loved ones. Many comments were from people who had made very tasteless jokes about the incident or had said they are now going to church “packing heat”.

    The words you had quoted from 2 Timothy were absolutely spot on. We all need to realize that prayer and compassion is needed in these times. In my devotions this morning from Chuck Swindoll, he said how we need to step back into the shadow of our own insignificance and give full attention to the greatness of our God. This is certainly one of those time where we should be mindful of that. We should not be threatening to “pack heat” on a Sunday morning. We should not be threatening to kill all Antifa members or Muslims or Mexicans or whoever else Americans feel threatened by each day. We need to step out of the spotlight, shut our mouths and let God shine brighter than we could ever imagine. Only He has that power.

    • Thank you for the response. The Charleston church shooting of July 17,2015 in which 9 people died and 1 injured during a Bible study, brought a lot the same reaction, and a lot of armed churches. I will never forget that Ronald Reagan consistently used Scripture at times of tragedy as Peggy Noonan once said, he beckoned his listeners heavenward.

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