Wednesday, April 25, 2012

April 25, 2012   

Today's Photograph . . . . Javelina (NPS) 
Bible Study Verse
II Timothy 4:3 
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. (NIV)

For many years, a majority of the hunting community has believed that the musk gland of a harvested javelina, collared peccary, must be cut off before the animal is harvested to prevent the musk from tainting the meat. Fact is, this is an unnecessary practice; the musk gland is on top of the javelina's back and will easily come off when you skin the "pig" out.

Many old wives' tales take hold as "fact" when they sound good. However, if you take an old wives' tale and mix it with a little truth to make it sound right, after awhile, people may resent or doubt the actual truth. 

"What's wrong with the way we do it?" "It must be true; we've done it this way for years!!!"
Fifty plus fifty-one does not equal 100. I can speculate that it is very close to being the correct answer. But in fact, it is not. Likewise, a little of the Bible mixed with the speculative opinion of men does not equal the infallible Truth of God. 
(Ruben C)

Action Point
When studying God's Word or listening to it being taught, be like a Berean. "Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true," Act 17:11 (NIV).

They were not skeptics, but were eager to gain their own convictions. In the process, they confirmed that what was preached to them was in fact the true Word of God!!!

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Does moss really grow on the north side of trees?
Could I really start a fire rubbing two sticks together?
Is there really enough protein in grasshoppers to survive on?

I don't know!!! That's why I always have a small (6"X4") survival pouch in my pack or cargo pocket with: 

Compass (GPS is already on my belt), signal mirror, film canister stuffed with Vaseline- saturated cotton balls (can't be blown out once they're burning), four extra AA batteries for my LED penlight and GPS, lighter, waterproof matches, "blast match" (google it--best emergency fire starting tool ever), survival blanket (reflects campfire heat and keeps rain off), and "field stripped" MRE, just the good stuff taking up only half the room. Now you're ready for an overnight emergency in the field!!!