Friday, February 14, 2014

February 4, 2014   
Today's Photograph . . . . Some People Consider The Smell Of Our Witness As Offensive As A Decaying Body and Some People Smell Eternal Life  (NPS) 
Bible Study Verses
II Corinthians 2:16 
To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? (NIV)
II Corinthians 2:14  
But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ's triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere. (NIV) 
Stink does not begin to describe it! Abbi, my German Shorthair pointer, had pointed to the wrong thing. Seems like bird dogs are drawn with fateful determination to skunks that sometimes hide under the grass and in some out of the way places. 
This one gave her the whole load of his defensive ability. She was hit squarely in the mouth. She was pitiful. She slobbered profusely, shook her head repeatedly, and walked around in a dazed condition. The sad thing is that it was not the first time. 
This instant replay has been repeated over and over through the years. She seems never to learn that the alluring smell will end in dreadful consequences of pain and discomfort. 
(Jackie M)

Action Point
The sharing of the gospel is described as a smell or a fragrance in the passages above. It portrays the response of others to the good news of immortality that is available in Jesus Christ. Because they oppose Christ, some people consider the smell of our witness as offensive as a decaying body. Some people smell eternal life! 
We are to spread the fragrant smell of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Let's use our fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities to spread Christ to our friends. 
Some will hear and receive the gift of eternal life. They will choose to spend eternity with us and with the Lord. 
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Scents are a valuable tool for today's hunters. Learning when and how to use them can multiply the chances of success afield. Whether stink baits for catfish, attractants for deer, or the odors used to attract animals for other reasons, the use and expense of scents often determines success or failure.