Thursday, January 30, 2014

January 30, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . Beautiful Snowy River  (Rebecca L)
Bible Study Verses
II Timothy 3:16-17 
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NKJV)
Outdoorsmen know the importance of a properly equipped camp. If we have good equipment and the right equipment, we will have a great experience. But if we have bad equipment or the wrong equipment, we can be miserable and frustrated the entire the time. 
Camp with confidence with your equipment by:
  • Testing before you use it.
  • Correcting that which is faulty. 
  • Practicing good camp safety and hygiene. 
(Don H)

Action Point
Our Christian walk also needs to be well equipped by: 
  • Spending time in God's Word. 
  • Knowing that it is inspired by the Holy Spirit.
  • Believing that it is perfect, holy, and true. 
With it, we can: 
  • Establish truth. 
  • Correct those who depart from the faith. 
  • Instruct each other in righteous and holy ways. 
This is how we are completely prepared for the good work we must accomplish for the kingdom.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Carry extra batteries for your camera, flashlight, or other electronic devices, but don't carry the batteries loose. You can make small, neat carriers out of duct tape, perfectly sized to the number and style of extra batteries that you need. The one I made holds three AAA batteries with a flap that folds over and tucks in like an envelope. I got this idea from watching boys make duct tape wallets at a boy's camp. Some of the boys I know still carry their wallets, even a couple of years later!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

January  29, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . Suddenly They're Gone . . . (Rebecca L_ 
Bible Study Verses
Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. (Amplified)  
Proverbs 23:4-5  Weary not yourself to be rich; cease from your own [human] wisdom. Will you set your eyes upon wealth, when [suddenly] it is gone? For riches certainly make themselves wings, like an eagle that flies toward the heavens. (Amplified)

Do you ever find yourself on autopilot? You go through each day doing what needs to be done. Sometimes you snatch a wise phrase here or there of God's Word, but not necessarily anything that deepens your relationship with God. 

Our life gradually fills up with various demands and stresses. Unexpectedly, we find ourselves lashing out at those we love, or catch ourselves falling into sin we never imagined ourselves falling for. Whoa . . . !!!
(Rebecca L)

Action Point
In today's verses we are encouraged to be changed by the renewing of our mind! The only way to renew our mind is to refresh our mind in ?God's holy living Word. When you first wake up, say, "Hello," to God who has given you another glorious day!!! 

Connect with Your Creator!!! He is just hanging out giving you rain, sunshine, a cool breeze, a great day fishing, or a soul-renewing hike--if you only clear your mind and see His Creation.

Open up His book and see what He has to say. Talk to Him on your commute to work, or when you're out enjoying what He has made for you!!! 

When you realize you've been on autopilot . . . open up His manual and choose to let Him be your pilot!!!

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Don't approach your next hunt on autopilot: 
  • Scout your area to see where the herd is running. 
  • Keep your guns in good working order. After each firing, clean them thoroughly and regularly. 
  • Make sure you site them in for accuracy. 
  • Set aside time prior to the hunt for the special people in your life. 
  • Invite those who are special to go with you, even if they just want to stay in camp while you hunt..   

January 28, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . It's Dangerous Outside Of Christian Fellowship. Join Or Gather A Group Of Men To Follow Jesus While You Live, Work, Pray And Play "(MQ)
Bible Study Verse
I Timothy 3:7 
Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. (NKJV)
Although the verse above is aimed at the qualifications for an overseer in the church, it really goes for all believers. When we're involved in Christian fellowship, we can lean on each other for help and encouragement. When we are among others on the "outside," that is outside a community of believers, we become more vulnerable to the tactics of the devil because we are removed from the security provided by Christian fellowship. 
A good personal testimony is important in keeping us focused on the things of God. It's like trapping, which of course, is done outside. 
Satan likes to trap men outside the family of God. Christians must be wary because Satan will use every lure and attractant at his disposal to catch us. A good, consistent testimony overcome the tricks of the devil. 
(Don H)

Action Point
It's dangerous outside of Christian fellowship. Use every way you can find to stay involved with other believers:
  • Surround yourself with Christian friends. 
  • Regularly attend the church of your choice. 
  • Take your family to Christian events. 
  • Participate in a Bible study or even start a Bible study group on your own. 
  • Join Christian-based outdoor sports organizations. 
  • Become a child of the King if you are not a Christian by asking Jesus to forgive you of your sins and then confessing Him as Lord of your life. 
Then, begin to hang out with Christian friends! Don't be trapped by the devil!

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
A piece of thick plastic bolted to an old ironing board makes an ideal butcher or food prep table. It can be folded up and stored easily, even hung out of the way. The plastic can be form-cut from an old office chair floor mat or other heavy plastic item. It's easily sterilized with clorox or alcohol before placing food on it. Used ironing boards can be found at thrift stores, usually for a bargain. I use one for all butchering, filleting, and other food prep chores.

Monday, January 27, 2014

January  27, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . When We Serve Others And Christ, Everyone Wins (MQ)
Bible Study Verse
Matthew 16:25 
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
One of the best examples of learning to be a servant is in the movie Fireproof. Caleb Holt wasn't getting along with his wife and tells his father that he is about to get a divorce. Caleb's dad asks him to wait 40 days before moving forward. Dad's challenge is to work a day-at-a-time through a handwritten book The Love Dare.

The plan in the 40-day exercise was to change Caleb from a self-centered person to a willing servant. Caleb was especially stubborn, for him it took more than 40 days. The lesson is that if you commit yourself to serving, it will make a difference in any relationship. 
(Steve S)

Action Point
One of the most difficult lessons we must learn is that we're not here on earth to serve ourselves. When we think we are, we lose. When we serve others and Christ, everyone wins.

Find your purpose outside yourself through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day 
Keep an extra set of batteries ready for whenever a hunting partner or fishing buddy needs them. D cells and AA cells are the sizes most equipment uses.  

nuary  26, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . To Get Us Out Of Our Comfort Zones (Jay C)
Bible Study Verse
Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (NKJV)

It took a few hunts before Junior, my Arizona-raised GSP, got himself oriented to Midwest quail. But, not without some necessary changes on his part. 
Initially, he just really didn't want to point birds in the corn stalks and briar patches ... so he kept looking for the mesquite and cat-claw.
I could almost hear him rationalizing, "There should be birds there . . . there always had been before." But no matter how much he looked nor how much he ran around all he found was more corn stalks and briar patches. One day he pointed . . . and now there are birds in every field, just in different places than he wanted or expected them to be. 
(Jay C)

Action Point
We tend to get stuck into very similar patterns and ruts as well. We look for mesquite when we are standing in corn. Looking in the same, familiar places for that which we seek . . . answers, assurance, security, happiness, purpose, and significance. 
Sometimes the Lord needs to get us out of our comfort zones, to learn new principles or truths. and to be honest with ourselves so we can reach out to others. 
  • Sometimes this isn't a lot of fun at first. 
  • Sometimes it takes a lot of humility. 
  • Sometimes it can be especially painful and unpleasant.
But we are afforded the promised assurance of blessings from our Father when we place ourselves in positions to be stretched, challenged and grown for His glory.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Our bird dogs get thirsty in cold weather just as in hot. Likewise, they'll hunt and become overly cold just like they'll get over heated. Remember to be mindful of your "hunting partner." Sometimes the excitement in the field today needs to be tempered with the excitement of future hunts together. 

January  25, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . Junior, My Faithful Hunting Bud (Jay C) 
Bible Study Verses
Psalm 123:1-2 
Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He has mercy on us. (NKJV)

I was helping move some boxes from the garage to an unfinished second floor directly above. While up there, I heard everyone below getting amused at Junior, my German Shorthair Pointer trying to find me. I noticed an opening which allowed me to look down through the floor into the garage and call his name. 

He was quite perplexed to say the least as he could hear my voice yet no matter how diligently he searched the places he had seen me before I could not be found. It did not occur to him to look up no matter how hard or loud I called his name; when he finally did . . . he found me. He still couldn't get to me, but I came down to him.
(Jay C)
Action Point
It occurs to me that too often we respond the same way. No matter His call, though we hear the voice of our Father, we respond in the same way we always have. We invest our efforts in all the familiar places while working ourselves into a frenzy, and it never occurs to us to look up. 

How incredible is it that our Father responds with such amazing grace. That when we didn't know to look up before the thought could have even entered our heads, He came down to us.
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
During the winter months, it is particularly pro-active to have with you a lightly oiled cloth to quickly wipe down your firearm in-between hunts. The change from cold air outside to warm air inside can be problematic to barrels, receivers and stocks, but protected easily by wiping down your firearm consistently throughout and at the end of the day.

January  24, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . Lowered Our Tear Drop Jigs Baited With Fat Wax Worms To 18 Feet and Bam (Ron T)  
Bible Study Verses
Acts 8: 29-31 
The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it." Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. "Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asked. "How can I," he said, "unless someone explains it to me?" So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. (NIV)

We headed out to our favorite crappie hole pulling all our gear in a make shift sled with the kids riding on top across the ice. There were already a few ice fishermen at the spot, but plenty of room for us.

The other guys had been there about an hour with no luck at all. We drilled a hole in the ice and stuck the Vexilar (sonar) down the hole; the depth was 30 feet and it showed a school of crappies suspended at 18 feet. We drilled a couple more holes and lowered our tear drop jigs baited with fat wax worms to 18 feet. Bam!

As soon as the hook hit the correct depth, the action started. It was fast and steady. We told the other fishermen to drop their bait to 18 feet. As soon as they did, they started putting crappies on the ice. The other guys had all the right stuff, just not the right depth. They needed someone to tell them at what depth the crappies were located.
(Ron T)

Action Point
The Ethiopian in this verse had all the right stuff. He had God's word, the desire to learn, and an open heart to take in what he had read. He just needed someone to explain the meaning of what he was reading. God provided that by sending Philip across his path.

Listen to Jesus in Luke 10:2, He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field," (NIV).  "Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into the harvest field"  That's us! We are the workers that God can use to spread the good news to those who don't know Jesus. If we have an open heart to God's will, He will put us in the right spot to add to the harvest.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
You can make your own ice jig by using a #12 dry fly hook
  • Take a paper punch and punch a hole in an aluminum can. 
  • Fold the little piece of aluminum around the hook shank just below the eye (shiny side out). Crimp it tight with a pair of needle nose pliers. 
  • Stick on a wax worm and a small split shot several inches above the hook to weight it down.

January 23, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . Many Of Us Have Seen The Surprise When An Animal Steps Into Our Line Of Sight  (NWRC USGS GOV)
Bible Study Verse
Luke 21:34-36
"Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man." (NIV)
I had been sitting near the water tank for a few hours, with a cow elk tag in my backpack. Nothing had come in and darkness was near. As I grew tired and my senses seemed to dull, I suddenly detected the unmistakable smell of elk. It hit me in the face like a Mike Tyson upper cut, but I could see nothing. 
For several minutes I searched the areas in my line of vision, nothing in front of me and nothing to the sides of me; it must be behind me I thought. After fifteen minutes of waiting and the sun setting, I decided I needed to turn to see if it was behind me, even at the risk of alerting it to my presence. 
Slowly I turned and there it was, a large bull elk standing 20 feet behind at the edge of the tree line. Fortunately he hadn't seen me. For the next twenty minutes he stood motionless. With an extreme amount of patience and diligence, he slowly scanned the area for danger. His head moved so slow as to be undetectable, until I noticed his antlers where now facing a different direction. He continued this for the better part of an hour and well into the darkness. 
(Brett M)

Action Point
Jesus tells us to look at the fig tree. When the leaves begin to change colors we know that the season is beginning to change. He says that we will be able to recognize the season of His return in the same way. We will not know the day or time, but we will know the season. 
Many of the signs He tells us to look for are all around us. Many believe we are in the season of the end times. Whether we are or not, Jesus instructs us to be watchful. We are to be like that elk and diligently watch out for the signs and dangers, to "look to the heavens" for His return. 
Many of us have seen the surprise when an animal steps into our line of sight during hunting season. Do not let that day take you by "complete surprise."

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
During rain or snowy weather place a small piece of black electrical tape over the tip of your muzzle. It will keep the moisture out of your barrel and will easily give way when you take your shot.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

January  21, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . If You're Patient And Give Him Enough Time, He Will (MQ)
Bible Study Verses
Philippians 2:12-13
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed-not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence-continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose. (NIV)
One morning on a muzzleloader deer hunt, two friends and I discovered the track of what promised to be a toad of a muley. When he dropped into a deep narrow canyon, Randy stayed on his track while Jeff and I skirted around the top for a shot at this buck that would surely spook when he caught Randy's scent. 
We crept at least 100 yards along the edge of the canyon and waited while Randy hotly pursued the buck into the head of the canyon. Within minutes we heard a clatter of hooves right beneath us as this monster escaped from under a palo verde tree and scrambled straight up the opposite side of the canyon. 
I settled in with my TC Renegade and shooting stick, an ancient saguaro skeleton spine, and readied for the shot that I guessed was at least 125 yards (later "ranged" at 165 yards). 
Jeff whispered, "Are you gonna shoot?" 
I replied, "When he gets to the top, he's gonna stop." 
Sure enough when that big buck topped out on the other side of the canyon, he stopped and looked back for a glimpse of what had spooked him from his noontime nap. 
That's when I lowered the boom on him. 
(Ruben C)

Action Point
This particular scenario had never presented itself. I wasn't certain that buck would stop. By faith I believed he would, because my Dad had encouraged me to wait for such opportunities when dealing with a spooked buck. With just my old man's advice ringing in the back of my mind, I waited for the shot. He was right.

Paul told the Philippians don't just obey when I'm around to watch (like anyone would when you're in church), but as well when I'm not. We are called to be Christ like each day of the week, not just on Sunday while in the midst of the pastor and the body of believers. It is not easy. 
If we are to win others to Christ, we must set the example and walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:6 instructs, "Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did, (NIV). Like I was eventually rewarded with that buck, you too will be rewarded with winning others to Christ. His blood can save us all.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Don't know why they do it, but they do more often than not. A mule deer buck will stop at the top of a ridge and look back if you've spooked him and he doesn't know what "you" are. Save this for the running shot that you're not all that warm and fuzzy about or as a lesson for young hunters. 
Worst case scenario if you don't take a chance on an "iffy" running shot, you'll have an opportunity on the other side of the hill at a buck that's settled down. If you're patient and give him enough time, he will. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

January 20 , 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . Introduce Them To The Outdoors (FWS)
Martin Luther King's Birthday
Bible Study Verses
Luke 15: 22-24 
"But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate. (NIV)
A couple of years ago my daughter and her husband walked through the heartbreaking stress of a teenage son's rebellion expressed through drug and alcohol abuse. He was expelled from high school. As he said, "It was either go to jail or join the army." He was joking when he said it, but he did not realize how correct he was. 
After receiving his GED, enlisting in the army, and while preparing for rotation to Iraq, he went AWOL for almost 60 days. During this time he would contact his parents by phone, but would never reveal his location. Finally, he let his Dad know that he wanted to come home. 
Most of the extended family counseled the parents encouraging tough love and turning their son into the military authorities. But they didn't; the father drove to where the young man was staying and brought him back into the family. After a couple of weeks at home, the father took his son back to his military post and the prodigal is now completing his military obligation in Iraq. 
(Tom B)

Action Point
This time in our grandson's and his parents' life is so similar to the parable of the prodigal son. The wayward son squandered his life through rebellion, drugs, and alcohol. When he wanted to come home, his father "killed the fattened calf for him! He was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found." Our grandson's father continued in his love and faith to his son and would not let go, just as our heavenly father loves us through hard times and good times. 
Those of us who have not had to go through a trying experience like this one can reach out and offer love to a youth by introducing them to the outdoors. Take them on a camping trip, a hike, or a fishing trip; it doesn't have to be anything elaborate. You just want to show these kids that there are people out there who love and care for them, even though they may have messed up their lives.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Get involved. Big Brothers is one way to mentor a young person. Check with your local parks and recreation program in your city for other agencies and opportunities that could use your help.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

January  19, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . It Reminds Us To Train Up These Little Ones In The Things Of The Lord  (Brian H)
Bible Study Verse
Leviticus 17:11
For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life. (NIV)
A friend of mine was processing his deer at home with his kids watching. Left from the field dressing, some blood ran out of the body cavity. His daughter squealed, "Ewwhh! Blood!" 
His observant three year old son replied, "The blood provides forgiveness for our sins." 
My friend was presented with a perfect teaching opportunity. He told his two children how the deer's blood had to be shed so they could use the deer for food. He was able to explain that the blood of Jesus was shed on the cross that we might have our sins forgiven and our guilt washed away.  (Jack M)

Action Point
Blood trailing is an important tool for the hunter. Many can tell where the animal has been hit by the blood's appearance: 
  • Bright red blood is usually from an arterial source, which is usually an indication of a solid hit. 
  • Bright red blood, with bubbles in it, signifies a lung shot. 
  • Dark red blood can show a hit in a vein or the liver. This is usually not a good sign for the hunter.
How amazing that a three year old was so understanding of such an important truth! It reminds us to train up these little ones in the things of the Lord; they can understand. It also lets us know that our sins deserve death, but Jesus' blood secures life for all who will by faith receive Him as their own Savior and Lord. 
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Always search diligently for evidence of a hit anytime you release an arrow or shoot at a game animal. Look for blood, for hair, or for any sign of a hit. Throw your hat down or hang it up as a center mark and make ever increasing circles to locate any sign. Follow that sign until you find the quarry or lose the sign. 

January  18, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . From The Paw Of The Lion  (MQ)
Bible Study Verses
I Samuel 17:34-37
But David said to Saul, "Your servant was tending his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God." And David said, "The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." And Saul said to David, "Go, and may the Lord be with you." (NASB)
I know I have written about David in the past, but just can't seem to get enough of him. David the sweet writer and singer of songs, David the poet; David the musician, and David the boy who grabbed a lion by his beard, struck him, and killed him! Wait a minute! Did you read that right? You bet you did! What a man! David did that when he was just a boy tending his father's sheep. No wonder he went on to be such a famous warrior. 
This guy was fearless! What was his secret? No secret at all! He comes right out and says, "The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear." He did not take credit for anything. He knew that apart from the Lord, he was nothing. 
Too bad Samson didn't learn that lesson earlier; his outcome might have been much different. Yes, we know that David had his share of sins. Terrible, horrible sins to boot! But even then he knew what to do, repent and take it to the Lord! "Against you - you alone - I have sinned," he said, Psalms 51:4a (HCSB). 
(Dave H)

Action Point
We need role models in our lives. We need to teach our children the right way to live. Yes of course we should always consider "What Would Jesus Do", WWJD, but we should also study about the great men of the Bible. They are put there for a reason. They are put there for us to learn from. Remember folks, these aren't just some tall stories told around the camp fire. These are gospel. 
What is recorded is actually what happened. David was not given any supernatural strength as Samson was given. He was given one thing, a heart for God. Pray that the Lord would give you this same heart, the same heart that was also given to our Lord. 
Your children can learn so much from studying the lives of these men. They will hopefully learn to draw from the strengths of these people and to avoid their weaknesses. More than anything else, they will know who to turn to and that they are no less of a man or woman for admitting their mistakes and falling on their faces in front of the Lord.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
David did not use a slingshot made out of surgical tubing like we have today. It can be fun project for you and the kids to construct one like he used. He would have taken two cords of leather that can easily be had from Tandy or any leather supply store (or make your own from your next deer). Even heavy duty shoe laces can be used. Take a piece of leather or cloth material about one inch wide and two or three inches long, punch a hole in each of the long ends of the cloth and attach one of the leather cord to each hole you have made. The cloth forms a pocket into which you place the stone or other object you wish to throw. Hold the two loose ends of the cords together in your hand and swing them over your head like you have seen Argentinean cowboys swing a bolo. Release the end of one of the cords and launch your projectile toward a safe target. A word to the wise: practice this in the wide open spaces till you get the hang of it! 

January  17, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . A Season To Dream On The Ocqueoc River, MI  (Dave M)
Bible Study Verses
John 14:2-3 
My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (NIV)

One of the things that keep me going during the long Northern Michigan winter months is planning. I enjoy the winter activities, but I also enjoy sitting by our fireplace with an outdoor's magazine in hand just daydreaming about possible adventures that I could take with my family. 

I'll check out new hiking trails, equipments needs for various adventures, and the costs of possible trips. You get the idea, basic daydreaming. What happens when I am doing research like this is a feeling of anticipation that wells up in my soul. I just love putting these trips together and the thought of going is just about as exciting as actually taking the trip. The anticipation makes the cold winter months just fly by! 
(Dave M)
Action Point
Jesus is going to come back some day - could be very soon or later on. No one really knows the day or the hour. However, the timing shouldn't matter. We should eagerly be looking forward to the day that He comes back to claim what is rightfully His. Will he do it? Yes, he will. 

Don't be caught off guard. Live your life anticipating His return! We only have a limited number of days on this Earth - make them count for eternity.
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
When planning a trip, see if you can find a way to double dip on the experience to get more for your money. Many "fishing camps" in Canada will also have bear hunts, moose hunts, or bird hunts in the late Summer or early Fall. Instead of just taking a fishing trip, why not wait until late August to do both? Fish in the morning and hunt in the afternoon! Now that's a great way to spend a day!!!

January  16, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . Alaskan Landscape (Cliff S)
Bible Study Verses
Daniel 3:28-29 
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king's command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way." (NIV)
I love to fly, whether I'm at the controls or a professional. My pilot's license allows me to fly single-engine fixed-wing aircraft. Don't ask me about the time I got to fly a 747 Simulator, it wasn't pretty. Crash and burn, baby! Maybe I'll leave flying the big planes to the pros! 
On a fishing trip to Alaska I was constantly amazed at the sights from the window. Now, think with me. We're in a metal tube at 35,000 feet above the earth doing something that humans aren't supposed to be able to do, fly. We put our trust in the machine, the pilots, and the maintenance people that take care of that plane. 
The views are awe inspiring. I never get tired of looking at the tops of clouds. There are peaks and valleys and you can see where the wind currents have cut channels through them. When we enter those clouds, we can't see anything and sometimes the ride gets a little turbulent. 
Again, we have to trust the pilots and the machine. We don't even ask about the qualifications of either. We just assume that they will safely take us through the rough stuff. Talk about faith, it doesn't get any deeper than that. Right? 
(Cliff S)

Action Point
When we walk with God, we have to put our faith and trust in Him and His Holy Spirit, always. There are going to be times when we can't see where He's taking us and times when the ride will get rough. Those are times when, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, our faith will be tested. It may be when you get a bad report from the doctor, when something goes terribly wrong on a hunt and your very survival is uncertain, or when God has allowed you to prosper to see how you will handle what He's given you. There's a saying, "Character is tested when you're up against it". Well, guess what, God tests us. He's watching to see how we react to adversity, to see what kind of character we possess, and to see if we really trust Him.

The founder of this website, Sportsmen's Devotional, always signs his letters with the acronym, "WIHP". The letters stand for "Walk In His Paths. Good advice when the road gets hard to see and maybe a little bumpy! Trust God that He will lead you through the rough stuff!

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
When booking with a guide, always check his references and those of his associates. You want to be sure that he will be able to get you there and back safely and hopefully put you onto the animals you're hunting.