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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Today's Photograph . . . . Be Prepared In Season And Out Of Season (Ruben C)
Bible Study Verses
As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 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. As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men. (NIV)
Thoughts Ever had a slick sales person try and sell you the latest and greatest? Whether it's a car or a firearm, a good salesman will do their best to sell you a bill of goods. And if they think you know less about the product than they do, then Katie bar the door, because they'll pour on the salesmanship all the harder!
You wouldn't walk into a sporting goods store and let the young man behind the counter with only a few years hunting experience sell you a rifle of a caliber you've never heard of would you? You'd probably ask around, check the Internet (now there's a good use for that pc!) and do some research of your own before dropping the big bucks (no pun intended) on a new deer rifle
Action Point Back in the Apostle Paul's day, the Bereans weren't skeptics when he preached to them; they were eager to develop their own convictions about the scriptures. When Paul was teaching, they would go home and examine the scriptures every day. The Bible--not just for Sunday anymore!
You cannot inherit someone else's convictions. Be like a Berean--get into the Word daily. Know the Word so that you may be prepared in season and out as II Timothy 4:2 encourages, "Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction," (NIV).
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day We often pride ourselves on knowing a lot about rifles, calibers, bows and broad heads; but I found out a few years ago I didn't know it all. It took a little humility; but while looking for an elk rifle caliber suitable for my 98-pound, 13-year-old daughter, I asked a number of people and found out just how helpful sportsman chat rooms are for this kind of information. As you might guess, there were many shooters out there who replied with the perfect elk round for a young shooter. I found the Talk Forums on the Cabela's website to be particularly helpful.