Friday, November 29, 2013

November 29, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . Give The Gift Of Your Time In The Outdoors (Chris Q)
Bible Study Verses
Ephesians 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast. (NIV)
Gifts come in many forms: 
The gift of sight, to see the mountains and animals. 
The gift of hearing, to hear a bull elk bugle or a goose calling. 
The gift of the deer I killed that happened to be where I could see it.
So what is the gift from God?
  • (A) Grace 
  • (B) Salvation
  • (C) Faith
  • (D) All of the above. You answer "D". Yep, you got it.
As the verse reads, the emphasis of the gift focuses on grace and faith. Romans 10:17 says that faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the word of God, the Bible. Therefore, by applying this principle, God gives us the faith to believe in Jesus; therefore, God gives us salvation from our sins; and, therefore, salvation is ours because of God's gift of grace. The overriding principle here is that all three are gifts from God. 

God gave us the mountains, the rivers, the sea, the sky, and the animals that we enjoy. We didn't create them. Similarly, we can't "create" or earn our salvation. It comes from God and God alone. 

By the way, I've often heard grace defined as "God's riches at Christ's expense." Good definition; but I believe one word should be changed and that the phrase should read, "God's redemption at Christ's expense." Either way, I want it! 
(Cliff S)

Action Point
Unwrap God's presents to you today: faith, salvation, and grace. Accept that they are gifts, and that there is no repayment necessary; just believe in Christ and be saved.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Give a gift to your children or grand children that they can't have any other way--the gift of your time in the outdoors. It's a gift they will never forget! 

November 26, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . We Need To Remember "Divine Appointments" Orchestrated By Our Loving Heavenly Father  (MQ)
Our hearts are filled with thanksgiving remembering and counting all our blessings. May God bless each of you.

Happy Thanksgiving !!!

Bible Study Verses
Jonah 2:7-10
When my soul fainted upon me [crushing me], I earnestly and seriously remembered the Lord; and my prayer came to You, into Your holy temple. Those who pay regard to false, useless, and worthless idols forsake their own [Source of] mercy and loving-kindness. But as for me, I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that which I have vowed. Salvation and deliverance belong to the Lord! And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land. (Amplified)

At the first two poor kids, my spouse and I, shared the inexpensive graphite fly rod we purchased. We didn't care! We were pulling them in and releasing so we could catch more. Later I learned it was called "catch and release."

Have fished a lake that legend taunts no one has been to the bottom since it is an extinct volcano. Fell like Jonah wondering how big of a fish could this lake foster being bottomless? Enough of the Jonah syndrome, I focused on fishing.

Stubborn Jonah miraculously slept through the storm that moved the sailors on the ship to pray. Refusing God's direction to preach to the Assyrians, he encouraged the sailors to throw him over board. Evidently he preferred to drown than go to Nineveh. Instead they drew lots and miraculously Jonah was chosen. You know what happened next - the large God prepared fish swallows him and the storm calms.
(Jo Q)

Action Point
There are 2 ways to learn, the easy or the hard way. Obviously Jonah chose the hardest of the hard. He did not want God to forgive these vile Assyrians who led their mutilated captives by hooks in their noses; Jonah did not believe they deserved a 2nd chance! He was rebellious to the core, thinking his plan for his life was superior to God's. He thought he could live and run from God. He was living his life his way.

His life was a disaster and he continued on. After 3 days, and 3 nights in the humid 98 degree fish God provided, he gets it! With seaweed wrapped around his head (see Jonah 2:5), he prays and offers thanksgiving before he is spit up on dry land.

How many chose to live life disastrously and are too stubborn and prideful to ask for God to forgive them, to walk away from sin, and to help them. Been there, done that. It never works.

We cannot run from God. He loves us so much that He allows calamities, extreme discomfort, stress, and crushing heart hurts to bring us to the end. Then He steps in with everything we need. Like the Israelites many choose not to learn and keep hiking around "their mountain." We get to choose - we choose life or death.

All need to remember that God loves each of us, His ways are the best, He loves all Jews and Gentiles, He is not the author of confusion (I Corinthians 14: 33), He has a plan personally designed for each of us, and He will move Heaven and Earth to bring us to Him and into His perfect will. Remember God's promise, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future," Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV).

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Carrying an extra third of a roll of Mountain Money (toilette paper) in a zip lock qt size bag can be a God sent miracle to a fellow unprepared hiker. Also include a written instructions on how to accept a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and a Sportsmens Devotional card (can be printed off the SD website) in the bag.

When we meet another in need, we need to remember it as "a divine appointment" orchestrated by our loving Heavenly Father. When we meet a physical need, it opens the door for us to meet their spiritual needs too.

November 27, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . Let The Spirit Of Thanksgiving Live On Everyday In Your Life  (MQ)
Bible Study Verses
II Corinthians 8:1-4
And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord's people. (NIV)
My wife and I were driving in the country, approximately ten miles from home. A car was stopped along the side of the road with its lights on; and the passengers were standing outside the vehicle. We stopped to offer assistance. 
The car had hit a deer, but was still drivable. The deer was apparently struck in the head. The driver did not want the deer; so I field dressed it, called the conservation officer to report the incident, and get the necessary paperwork. We brought the deer home and skinned it. The conservation officer came to the house, thanked us for taking care of the deer, and decided to take it to another person. 
Needless to say, I was disappointed. A couple of weeks later, the officer stopped at our house to tell us that he had taken the deer to an older gentleman who couldn't hunt and hadn't eaten venison for a number of years. When the gentleman saw the deer, he was so happy that he shed some tears. 
When I heard the story, I was truly blessed. This man had many meals to be truly thankful for. 
(Tom L)

Action Point
Let the spirit of Thanksgiving live on everyday in your life. This episode in my life prompted me to offer wild game to needy older people in our church. 
Our wild game belongs to God. It is a privilege to hunt and eat His creation. Share God's gifts with the needy and those who cannot hunt. Let God's grace overflow in your heart.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
During the Spring and Fall when deer are on the shoulders of the roads, travel between 40 and 45 mph. You will have time to stop and avoid extensive damage to your vehicle. 

November 26, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . Let God Know You Are Yielding Or Giving Your Whole Self To Him (MQ)
Bible Study Verse
Romans 12:2 
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. ?(NASB)
If we are truly yielded to His working in our hearts, our lives will be like a proving ground for God's will. Let His life permeate through your everyday experiences--at work, at home, during an outdoors adventure or even a casual walk with good friends. 
The proof of God's will and abiding presence comes out through the fruit of love which is good, acceptable and perfect. 
(Tom H)

Action Point
Through a simple heartfelt prayer, let God know you are yielding or giving your whole self to Him. Then you can bear the fruit of His mature and perfect love.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Keep the best, get rid of the rest. A little organizing tip for anything from fishing tackle to organizing your garage. An uncluttered life is truly a liberating thing! Warning: this tip is easier said than done.

November 25, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . We Will Account To God For All We Have Done In This Life Whether We Like It Or Not  (NASA)
Bible Study Verse
Isaiah 29:15
Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their work in darkness and think, "Who sees us? Who will know?" (NIV)
"Coon hunters do it in the dark!" This saying was on a T-shirt I once observed. Those who hunt raccoons at night with dogs do so because their quarry is nocturnal. 
Darkness is also utilized by waterfowl hunters to put out decoys and ready their sets in order to decoy and call in ducks and geese. 
Turkey hunters use a "hoot owl" locator call in the late evenings or mornings to find out where the birds are roosted. Once located, they can set up on that big gobbler in the early morning. 
Deer hunters claim the advantage of darkness to enter that favorite stand.

Unfortunately, cheaters and criminals also use the darkness. They think that their poaching and other illegal activities are covered and hidden by it. 
(Jack M)

Action Point
Darkness does not justify or excuse illegal, immoral activity. Remember that God has no limits to what He sees or hears. "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all," I John 1:5 (NIV). 
"As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it," Job 4:8 (NIV). 
What we think is hidden is not secret at all! Nothing is hidden from God. Even our thoughts and motives are open and bare before a God who knows and sees all. Psalm 139:1-4 reminds us, "You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely," (NIV). 
One of the saddest situations I know is one in which an outdoorsman sets a bad example for his own children, or for another young hunter. Let's obey the laws. 
We will account to God for all we have done in this life. Let's live, knowing there is no darkness in Him, and that He can and does observe everything. Use the darkness for hunting purposes, but live as a child of the light.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Good lights are essential to utilizing darkness effectively and safely. Take light sources with you into the field. Very small lights are available as well as those that are not visible to game. A friend of mine broke a leg hunting deer with a bow. He used his pen light to send an SOS signal to a farmer on a combine. The farmer stopped the machine, heard my friend yelling for help, and called paramedics. He was extracted from a remote location, and a very serious situation. That light may well have saved his leg and his life! 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

November 24, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . This Is When We Need A Friend To Edify And Encourage Us  (MQ)
Bible Study Verses
Philippians 2:1-4
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (NIV)
What kind of hunting partners have we been? Have we imitated Christ's humility or do we brag about our hunting abilities? Have we criticized or encouraged when a friend misses an easy shot? When you and a partner shoot simultaneously and down an upland bird, do you claim it or do you congratulate your partner for a nice shot? When there are different opinions about hunting strategies, do we always get our way? Do we criticize our partner when his dog is out of control and flushes birds out of range? 
(Tom L)

Action Point
In all these opportunities we are called to have attitudes like those of Christ. Paul's writings to the Philippians suggest that we imitate Christ in His humility, compassion, love, and unselfishness. There are times when we are hunting that we might get discouraged. This is when we need a friend to edify and encourage us.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
When making plans and discussing strategies, always propose a question to your partners. Ask them how they feel about an idea rather than telling them what they are going to do.

November 23, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . A Secret Master Of The Ceremonies Has Been At Work  (MQ)
Bible Study Verse
Proverbs 16:9
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. (ESV)
It was a cold, brisk mid-November afternoon and the hunt was producing very little. Fortunately, we were driving deer through small woodlots rather than still-hunting in the frigid tree stand. 
I was walking the edge of the tree line on our last push, when a small buck stepped out of the trees at the end of this small five acre woodlot. I quickly pressed after him, running with my partner right behind me. We approached the open field in hope of getting off a shot, while he was still in the wide open, but the deer was nowhere to be found. We slowly stalked through the field knowing that he had to have been hiding in a depression that we just couldn't see.
As we walked further into the open space the small buck shot up from a shallow irrigation ditch; running broadside to us at about one hundred yards out. The air exploded with booming thunder as each hunter alternated shots. The splattering of snow and dirt revealed the near misses. 
I was down to my final shot when I dropped to one knee and readjusted my sights. Fortunately the deer turned at this point and ran directly away from me as I squeezed the trigger. A roar erupted from the barrel of the shotgun as the impact of the shotgun slug knocked the six-pointer to the ground and it never moved. 
(Mike T) 

Action Point
Some say it was a lucky shot. I prefer to say that it was a skilled shot. The kind of shot that is only taken by trained snipers. But for some reason, my friends laugh at that comment and I grin along with them. Lucky or not it was still a memorable hunt. 
This quote best sums up the action point for this story:

1 "For the Christian, there are, strictly speaking, no chances. A secret Master of the Ceremonies has been at work."  C.S. Lewis
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
When pushing deer during firearms season with a group of hunters make sure you wear plenty of orange from top to bottom. It is amazing how one tree can block out the view of your hunting partners. Be safe, walk together in a line and spread out enough distance to cover the woods, but always be in range of sight with the hunter on your left or right. If you spread out too far not only is it unsafe, but deer can sneak through your push line if you leave too big of a gap.

November 22, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . It's Not About Me And It's Not About You -  It Is All About Christ!  (NPS)
Our memories are sad with the 50 year anniversary of the American president John F. Kennedy's assassination. May God bless America and each of you.
Bible Study Verse
Ecclesiastes 4:9 
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. ?(NIV)
Team work! Together Everyone Accomplishes More. This is absolutely true. 
Pheasant hunting for wild birds can be a challenge, especially late in the season. They seem to have been born with track shoes! They will prefer to run rather than to flush and fly away. They also seem to realize that flying will make them a target. 
Ethical upland bird hunters do not shoot birds on the ground unless they are wounded and in danger of getting away. But, blocking the birds will enhance the opportunities. 
(Jack M)

Action Point
In life, teamwork is necessary. In the life of the church it is essential. Each person has to lay aside their personal agendas in order for our families, our businesses, our teams, and our churches to have order and to work properly - to achieve the goals and purposes of each entity. 
Many believe the purpose of the church is about getting what they want or need. Actually, the body of Christ is to be about serving and giving to others. This was Jesus' example and attitude. Philippians 2:2-13 gives us ample illustration and admonition on this point. Take the attitude, "It's not about me, and it's not about you. It is all about Christ!"

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Block wild birds--put people at the end of the fields, or in possible escape routes. Be safe. Establish safe firing lanes. This will enable better harvests and more effective hunting. This tip works well with wild pheasants and other game, including deer. 

November 21, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . Pay Attention To Your Herds  (NPS)
Bible Study Verse
Proverbs 27:23-24
Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds; for riches are not forever, nor does a crown endure to all generations. (NASB)
It is a great time to review our life, both the physical and the spiritual. The Bible warns us in many places that we need to be diligent with all that we have, and, of course. this includes our finances. In Bible times, a person's flocks were the source of his wealth. It was the equivalent of having money in the bank. When Solomon tells us to know well the condition of our flocks, he is telling us to know our financial condition.

We are also told that we are to be generous. Knowing our financial condition can allow us to be generous. I say can, because generosity is still more a matter of the condition of our heart than our pocketbook. 
(Dave H)

Action Point
Everyone needs to have a budget and learn to live on that budget. This is a wonderful time to sit down with your family and develop a budget for the holidays right around the corner and next year. 
Making the budget a family planning event will do wonders. You will, of course, include your hunting and fishing trips in the budget. The family can see how much it will cost for your outdoor trips so they won't be surprised by it when the time comes. Don't try to hide it from them. Include them! Plan the family vacation around the hunt. 
When you develop your budget, be sure to include your gifts to the Lord in it. The Bible tells us to plan on what we are going to give to the Lord. Don't make it a last-minute, haphazard thing. Making a plan on how much you will give to the Lord is another way of showing praise and honor to Him. 
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Not only is this a great time to plan the family budget, it is also a great time to go through your equipment so that you can see what will need to be replaced before next season. That way you can look for sales throughout the year. You can also save money by buying it used. There are many great values to be had on the use 

November 20, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . If We Trust God, He Will ALWAYS Deliver  (USGS) 
Bible Study Verses
Exodus 16:13-15
That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, "It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. (NIV)

As usual before I write one of these devotionals, I asked God to give me His words to benefit all of you who read it. I just said that prayer, and opened my Bible to this quotation! Now, that is God in action! Even when we doubt, or as the Israelites, grumble amongst themselves, if we trust God, He will ALWAYS deliver.

Last week on a duck hunt with some friends, the day started off slow. However, we had a short devotional time that morning and asked God to let us have a good day in His creation. The faithful were blessed with not only a nice bunch of mallards, but a bonus pintail and gadwall to finish the day. The best part was spending time with friends and enjoying our view of God's creation. Now that was cool!
(Jim C)

Action Point
Throughout my life I have been blessed to travel on numerous great adventures. Sometimes I still get more concerned about the fish I catch or the game I harvest. The best adventures of all are always the ones that I enjoy myself and worry little about the catch or the harvest. Those always seem to come through the grace of God.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Some ducks decoy better than others. Pintails seem to ignore a lot of our hard work, go about their day, and give us little credit for our enthusiasm. But beware. They can drop in on you when you least expect it. If pintails are around, stay alert for these extremely beautiful ducks to grace you with their presence.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November 19, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . I Was Placing Too Much Time, Thoughts, And Energy On One Animal  (FWS) 
Surrounding Our Brothers and Sisters with Prayer, Comfort, and God's Abundant Peace Devastated By The Storms and The Tornadoes. May God Bless Each Of You.
Bible Study Verses
Daniel 10:12-13 
Then he continued, "Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. (NIV)
When I first gave my life to Christ, I had many questions. I read the Bible and prayed earnestly to God for revelation. He was there, answering with speed and clarity. 
However, I went through a time where I did not know if God was hearing me at all. Often I would ask, "Are you there, God?" I remember growing anxious, even impatient. 
Daniel had a great concern. His people had become complacent and content in their Babylonian captivity and subsequent lifestyle. But, Daniel didn't lose patience. He "set his mind" (focused intently), humbled himself, fasted and prayed for them for three weeks! The above scripture reveals an amazing insight into the heavenly realm of spiritual warfare. Although delayed, the angel assured him his prayer was heard while a touch restored Daniel's strength (see verse 18).

At the beginning of this deer season, I saw a beautiful ten-point well before shooting time. I watched him ease away in the bright full-moon twilight. For several weeks and countless hours, I hunted that buck. I grew impatient and started to question my spot, my abilities, my gun, etc. The questioning made me realize that I was placing too much of my time, thoughts, and energy on that one animal. 
I took some time off, refocused, relaxed and waited - patiently. Shortly thereafter, God rewarded me with a nice eight-point. 
(Will D)

Action Point
As I continue my walk and grow in my relationship with God, I have learned the importance of a patient prayer-filled life. Colossians 4:2 instructs, "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." Be patient. Watch and wait for the Lord. He hears our prayers and will answer them, because His love for us is unfailing. He will give us strength when nothing else can or will.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Deer trails often skirt open areas, parallel creeks and rivers, or follow the contours of hills. When setting up a stand, look for trails that deer naturally use to travel from one habitat type to another. Have confidence in your spot.

Monday, November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . Give Me A Home Where The Buffalo Roam  (MQ)
Bible Study Verse
I John 5:4
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. (NKJV)
Our faith in something grows stronger when we use and maintain that something in which we trust. 
For example, when I am hunting, I have a stronger faith in my rifle or bow and in my ability to use it effectively if I practice with it, keep it clean and maintain it. If I just take it out of the closet, blow the dust off and go, I probably won't have much faith that I am going to have a successful hunt.

This same principle applies to our faith in God. If we don't maintain and practice our faith by reading the Word, keeping a strong prayer life, and then obeying what He has revealed to us in prayer. We will fail at overcoming the trials of the world, because our faith is weak.
(Jimmy S)

Action Point
Make it a habit to take time each day to be in the Word and in prayer with the Lord. We can pray when we're driving to work or taking a walk. 
God will bless us for our diligence and commitment to Him in these things. He promises us that. Our faith in Him will be stronger as we trust Him more.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Part of making plans for an upcoming hunt should include maintaining your firearm or bow. Check it for loose parts, keep it clean and make sure it shoots straight. A good way to prevent screws from coming loose on a bow is to coat the threads with Threadlocker or Locktight from the blue bottle.

November 17, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . Be Careful How You Walk, Not As Unwise Men  . . . Gila Monster in Southern Arizona (Randy E)
Bible Study Verse
Ephesians 5:15-16 
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. (NASB)
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (KJV)

Anyone who has hunted for very long has come to understand the importance and value of the walk. To be a consistently successful hunter, one must walk well. Paying attention to changes in wind direction, looking for good cover to prevent long periods of exposure, and careful foot placement with each step are priorities.
When the walk becomes a stalk, paying attention to these priorities is usually the difference between success and failure. I have bagged several animals because others walked carelessly and I capitalized on their errors.
(Randy E)

Action Point
The Holy Spirit gives us the reason for walking as "wise" men and women of God:

"So that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the Word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain," Philippians 2:15-16 (NASB).

So, how are you walking?

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
When purchasing a new pair of hunting boots or shoes, look for something with a medium soft sole. These soles grip better than hard soles and make a lot less noise, especially in cold weather. After you get your new shoes, show others how to walk in them! 

November 16, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . Watch Those Who Go Along With The Crowd . . . Crowd in Yosemite National Park (NPS)
Bible Study Verse
Jeremiah 20:13
Sing to the Lord! Give praise to the Lord! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked. (NIV)
I have never been one to go along with the crowd. I stand on my own, reason on my own and look at the world around me. 
Watch those who go along with the crowd, they want those false idols for one reason only. The reason is so that someone will provide the earthly things they all desire. All those desires will fade and become worthless with time. They live for the moment they live for the greed. They do not really live, they merely exist. 
God has made us a better promise and one no man can ever live up to. 
(Jim C)
Action Point
With the greed and power struggle that is going on in the world today, we must stay focused on God and the Bible. 
Politicians and other leaders trying to control and deceive with their lies and their fake lofty promises to rescue us from ourselves have become wicked in influence. At times we all seem helpless to defend against the criminals that were elected to represent us. The war is on and it's real. 
However, as I read a note from a friend the other day he brought up this point, "I know how it ends," he said. "I skipped to the back of the book and we win!" He was right you know, God tells us evil men will run out all just people.  However in the end my friends . . . in the end, the righteous obedient to God's biblical laws will be victorious. We have that promise from GOD!

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day 
Hunting takes on a whole new meaning when you involve kids. Deer, duck and pheasant hunting become so much better. Take a kid hunting and give him or her a memorial they will remember for life.

November 15, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . He Restores My Soul  (MQ)
Bible Study Verse
Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (NASB)

David was like the ultimate outdoorsman. He was a rugged outdoorsman, and a fierce and mighty warrior. He was also tender and reflective. His list of superlatives reads like a list of what women are looking for in a man.
Now I won't' go so far as to say he was a perfect husband, because he surely was not. If David hadn't fallen with Bathsheba, we would not have that part of his life in the Bible to warn us against adultery and to remind us of how horrid it is when we commit that act. To me, he displayed all the attributes of a man--both good and bad. He also showed us what to do when we screw up. Repent!

Nevertheless, David shows us how to be a real man. His time spent in the outdoors gave him great insight into many things.
(Dave H)

Action Point
Knowing what a man of action David was makes the Twenty-third Psalm even more special to me. He was not a "milktoast", afraid of his own shadow. I mean, this was the guy who went after Goliath with nothing more than a slingshot! And he did that when he was just a boy! David was a real man, a "man's man." Yet he was able to write a poem that tells us to put our full trust and faith in the Lord. Resolve to follow David's example by  placing your full faith and trust in the Lord! Look to the Lord in all things!

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Many states have hunting/fishing licenses that expire at the end of the year. Don't forget to pick up your new license before you go out in the field!  Pick up one for the kids while you are there!