Saturday, August 17, 2013

August 13, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . There Is No Spiritual Element To The Shooting Experience. It's All Earthly, Not Necessarily Worldly, And It Sure Won't Get Us To Heaven (Alan L) 
Bible Study Verse
Hosea 1:7
Yet I will have mercy on the house of Judah, will save them by the Lord their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword or battle, by horses or horsemen."  (NKJV)

In my younger days, big guns and powerful bows were all the rage in my circle of friends. The older I get, the more I realize that while 'magnum-itis' is a fun hobby, it is not always the required level of energy I need. I still enjoy big bore firearms, but find myself focusing more and more on putting the right bullet in the right spot, and not necessarily from the most powerful weapon I can hold. 

With guns and bows, we achieve our aim (no pun intended) in the hunting field and on the target range. While we want to be properly armed for the task at hand, it is our skill that determines the extent of our success and enjoyment. Ultimately, the arm is just an extension of our physical and mental exercise. 

There is no spiritual element to the shooting experience. It's all earthly, not necessarily worldly, and it sure won't get us to Heaven. 
(Don H)
Action Point
Think about your favorite firearm or bow. On a scale of one-ten, ten being best: 
  • How would you rate your skill with it? 
  • What is your effective range with it? 
  • What will you do to improve your skill with it? 
Now, think about your Bible reading. On a scale of one-ten: 
  • How would you rate your frequency? 
  • What would you do to be a more effective Bible reader? 
  • How would you use God's Word to tell your outdoor friends about Jesus?
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
There's a thing called hitting with authority in the hunting field. This means using the right cartridge from the right firearm with the right bullet placed in the right spot. Change any of these factors and disaster may follow. The same can be said for being properly equipped with a bow.