Sunday, May 20, 2012

May 20, 2012   

Today's Photograph . . . . Fishing For The Day (MQ)
Bible Study Verses
Matthew 19:21-22
"If you want to give it all you've got," Jesus replied, "go sell your possessions; give everything to the poor. All your wealth will then be in heaven. Then come follow me." That was the last thing the young man expected to hear. And so, crest-fallen, he walked away. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and he couldn't bear to let go. (MSG)

It was a good kind of tired. The cooler was so full of big crappie and bluegill bream that water squished out when we closed the lid. 

My thumb was sore from taking fish off of the hook. We refer to that as "crappie finger." 

We had been drifting a small 1/32 ounce blue and sparkle jig around the Cyprus knees in the oxbow waters of the lower White River with the fish cooperating! There's nothing quite like enticing a nice keeper to bite a little rubber jig! 
(Brian H)

Action Point
When we stop to think about it, our entire outdoor lifestyle is built around fooling game. We use calls and scents for hunting and we use realistic looking plastic bait for fishing. It works!
Our world is full of fakes. These are the pretenders that have their own agenda and really don't care about God's work. You know the type. They look very spiritual on the outside, but on the inside they are full of corruption, sin, and destruction. Cross one of these deceivers and it's war!!!

In our passage, the young ruler was asking the questions that made him look spiritual. But when Jesus asked him to act on it, he walked away. 

Friends, keep a sharp eye out for imitations. God is the real deal and so are His people. Don't fall for any substitute when it comes to a relationship with God. 

Put a careful distance between yourself and a pretender. Pray for them and try to lead them to a right relationship with God, but keep your distance lest you be snared.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Summer tasks:  Keep your game calls in a temperature controlled environment. Make sure your decoys are touched up to look as realistic as possible. Put a drop of baby oil and a dusting of salt on rubber jigs to help prevent melting. Make sure you're ready to imitate when it's time to hit the woods or the water.