KATch-UP Mondays: Texas’ Massacre Brought Down Three

The gunman who took out two people was too much! Isn’t interesting that the security was strapped and ready to go? It’s not shocking that most people are preparing themselves to living in this world! Yes! Living in this world. We are faced with some crazy folk out here. Hmmm, it begs to question though … should we all be strapped, too?

Texas pastor says he knew and helped the gunman before the shooting

By Eric LevensonKonstantin Toropin and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 11:11 PM ET, Mon December 30, 2019

White Settlement, Texas (CNN)The senior minister at West Freeway Church of Christ said Monday he knew the gunman who killed two people inside the sanctuary Sunday.

Britt Farmer spoke at a community vigil outside of his church in White Settlement on Monday night. He honored both victims, Anton “Tony” Wallace and Richard White, whom he called his best friend. The congregation held a private worship service inside the sanctuary to pray for their fallen church members.

Farmer discussed ministering to the gunman, Keith Thomas Kinnunen, on more than one occasion, even stating the 43-year-old had visited his church in the past.”I had seen him. I had visited with him. I had given him food. I had offered him food at other occasions that he had been to our building,” Farmer said.Texas church security team member who shot gunman had ‘eyes’ on the man as soon as he walked into the room Farmer also issued a statement Monday night thanking the community, law enforcement and politicians for their support. “Quickly after this tragedy, there were people from this community who went into action to aid us, the West Freeway Church of Christ,” Farmer said. “We want to express our deepest thanks to you for your love, your prayers and support.”

Farmer also urged people to pray for the victims’ families and the family of the shooter.”We also ask that you pray for the perpetrator’s family and those who may have been affected by his loss. Our hearts are not lost in that as well,” he said. “We want this community to know that we’re strong, but we want to be strong for them and all those who come into our midst that we can wrap our arms of love around them.

“Funds have been set up to help with funeral costs and meals for the victims’ families, Farmer said.

Texas church security team member who shot gunman had 'eyes' on the man as soon as he walked into the room

One of the victims was a deacon of the church … The two men killed in the shooting at Texas church Sunday were members of the church’s security team, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Monday.

Wallace, 64, was from Fort Worth and White, 67, was from River Oaks, according to a statement released by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Anton "Tony" Wallace
Anton “Tony” Wallace

Wallace was a deacon and longtime congregant of the church. “He always wanted us to be in the church, he was always my role model,” Wallace’s daughter, Sarah Wallace, told CNN. “We just say God wanted him more than we did. They couldn’t handle his perfectness here. “The men were two of multiple members of the church security team who responded to the gunman. However, Paxton said the head of security, Jack Wilson, was the only person who shot at Kinnunen, and he fired just once. The shot killed the gunman. Along with being the head of security, Wilson is a former reserve deputy sheriff who is a firearms instructor, Paxton said.

Continue reading this fascinating story … https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/30/us/texas-church-shooting-monday/index.html

Blog Fridays: “Meaning Has No Value” Continued – Stringed

What a wonderful idea that came to me when doing my last blog. I’ve had this idea for the past couple of weeks putting a string of five quotes for a post. They represent encouragement; enlightenment and some type of intrigue. The idea that hit me during the “Meaning Has No Value” is to literally do the opposite of strings. Wow! What a thing to do. Hard to believe that there are people out there who don’t want to be an encouragement in a positive sense. The difficulty, even within that sentence is, those who “positively” encourage through negative energy thinks it’s the best thing ever. Scary huh?! Well, I’m not one of those people, but I’m actually going to try to see if I can find things that are discouraging. The challenge is not to use vulgar or racial demeaning anything that is absolutely uncalled for. I pray for those out there who believe violence is the way to go!

Discouragement ….

Deception ….

LOOK AT THIS PICTURE EXTREMELY CAREFULLY!!

Displeasure ….

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These strings were harder than I thought. I guess that will be my next adventure …. think outside the box lol.

Mirror Reflects: Bitterness

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Rocky Palermo, victim in Las Vegas shooting

Reflection for the day looks back at the 2017 shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada when Stephen Paddock decides to fire into a country concert. As reporters tend to do, they researched his background to make a connection; ultimately, to explain the, possible, reasons for his actions. It is what we do as a collective. The biggest question most of us ask is why. It is dire to know and understand whatever the situation. Upon discovery, Paddock had a basic life. He showed no signs that would lead him to such a horrendous act. So what triggered this out pour of violence?

Compounds of consistent ________ (fill in the blank because you know your personal experiences) will cause a reaction of any sort. Good! Bad! Or indifferent! It is a part of our makeup. Notice the word compound. Strong within itself, in context, means to worsen, intensify the negative aspects of. And this is done consistently or constant; ongoing. How can good be put into this case? Because it is based off a person’s view. Sometimes another person sees their admiration as good or “okay,” when in truth it has become a stalking situation. Recently, my brother was showing me an Insta-gram about Fred Hammond (famous Gospel artist) who went on social media to address a woman who has been stalking him. He did this, though trying other ways but unsuccessful, because she had begun to become violent. She tried to run into his vehicle’s door and trying to bring harm to others connected to him. He let us know that he had repeatedly said no to this woman but she, evidently, refused to take heed. She believes her advances are just and … well, whatever her demented reasons are.

Bitterness is anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly; resentment. This type of emotion doesn’t happen right away. It usually displays itself after a long period has passed. I gather with Mr. Paddock something of the sort took place in his life. Continued disappointment will bring you to this place. I liken it to depression. When depression hit me back in 2011 it was the result of the “compounded consistency.” After the Vegas incident I thought of my own situation. Why didn’t I get to that point to want to commit violence? If you’ve read any previous posts I talked about the battle of anger. Its recollect is anger is controlled; rage isn’t. Maybe that’s what happened. Mr. Paddock reached a point of rage.

When you can find no “evidence” that would lead to such cases … of course, there is the underlying “unseen” {or maybe dismissed} evidence of bitterness set in and not handled properly. As you look into the mirror what do you see? When you are the mirror for others what do you see? But maybe the question should be … are you trying, even want to, see what’s being reflected?