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Sunday, May 26, 2013
May 25, 2013
Today's Photograph . . . . To Please God, We Must Remember The Whole Gospel Of Christ and Not Pick and Choose Between Biblical Principals Like The Pharisees (Ruben C)
Bible Study Verse
Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their Glory for worthless idols. Be appalled at this, O heavens, and shudder with great horror," declares the LORD. "My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken Me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water." (NIV)
Over half a lifetime ago at 19, I attended a small party of friends in another town whom I had not seen in years. During the night's festivities two young men in camouflage showed up and joined in.
As the night progressed, I learned the two bow hunters had been varmint hunting that day. As they relaxed they regaled how they had killed a couple of javelina that day out of season.
I love to bow hunt and javelina have always been a favorite species of mine. They are tough adaptable critters to many climes and are always fun to hunt with a stick and arrows, in season!
My approval for these two dissipated as quickly as it had begun.
You can be the greatest hunter in the world, but if you choose to disregard the law remember what Jesus said. "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's," Matthew 22:21b, (NIV); you negate all that is good, live by your own rules, and not the Sportsmen's code.
Likewise God tells us in Jeremiah 2 that people have committed two sins, rejecting Him and inventing their own religion by creating their own cisterns that cannot hold water. The hunting analogy is obvious, but how about the religious one? Remember what Jesus said when tested by the Pharisees: "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied; " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments," Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV).
In order to please God, we must remember the whole gospel of Christ when considering our love for Him and not pick and choose between biblical principals like the Pharisees.
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Javelina can offer a unique hunting experience for all ages. Often labeled as "dumb" animals, they are quite the opposite. They do however possess some traits that can give you an advantage over them: they are vertically challenged (short) and their eyesight is far from that of a pronghorn antelope. So, with a good pair of binoculars and careful planning, a stalk on these pigs can often lead to some close-in hunting action. Don't "over-caliber" either. They're not bears, so your smaller calibers are often best; .223, .243, and even the .22 magnum is legal in some states. Take a kid hunting and a video camera, and you're bound to have an experience that lasts a lifetime.