By the late Pastor Bob Moody

Sounds like a title for a new country western song. If it is, it won’t be performed by me. My singing has been outlawed in fourteen states and declared a threat to the environment by the E.P.A. So, what is “Girls and Guns” about? Glad you asked.

In my lifetime I have had the opportunity to teach people how to properly use firearms. In my experience, girls are always much easier to teach than guys. At first I wasn’t sure why, but I observed early on that girls learned to shoot better and never had to have as much repetition about safety issues. I came to realize this was because girls knew they didn’t have a clue about what to do and they genuinely wanted to learn. Guys on the other hand were convinced that because they could use a urinal they could shoot. They really didn’t want to learn either. They just wanted to show off. Consequently it took a lot more effort to train them. The failure rate among guys was higher than the ladies also. Most ladies who wanted to learn firearm handling are motivated.

Don’t get me wrong. There were some humble fellas who honestly wanted to learn. They did as well as any of the ladies. As in many endeavors you must admit what you don’t know and be willing to learn if you are to succeed. Faith is much the same.

New believers who come from an unchurched background are fairly easy to train. They don’t know anything about the Bible or Christian faith and are not only willing to admit it but also willing to apply themselves to learn.

God help us when we meet the person with a church background who thinks they know it all, even though they don’t have a relationship with Jesus. Once they come to Jesus, they think they’ve got it together and look out world – here they come!

What’s worse is two years later – for everybody. Now we’ve all arrived. We don’y need to listen to anybody. We’ve got it all. The only worse bunch are pastors! (Did I say that?)

We’re all at the growing stage. Gods still has a lot to do with all of us. We all need to learn to listen for His voice speaking to us not only through His Word, but also through our brothers and sisters, and sometimes even through those who aren’t brothers and sisters. Yesterday, the glory of His creation taught me something. (I think I read about that somewhere!)

Lord, I admit I don’t know as much as I think I do. I need to learn more and I need You to teach me.

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Kurt J. Kolka grew up in the small community of Grayling, Mich., near the forested AuSable River. After majoring in English at college, he began a career in writing and newspapers spanning more than two decades. In his spare time he creates a Christian comic strip, The Cardinal, which has a 28-year history of publication. He has also authored a book, “Bullying is No Laughing Matter” (Front Edge Publications, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2014) and is working on his first novel. Kurt and his wife Diane have been married for more than 25 years and have one daughter, Rebekah, and an overprotective dog, Alli. Of life, Kurt says, “Life is never dull with God at the steering wheel, but, man, does He have a lead foot!” More about Kurt and his musings may be found at


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