Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March 11, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . Let's Resolve To Live Lives That Win The Respect Of Outsiders And Win Them Quietly To Christ  (Brian H)
Bible Study Verses
I Thessalonians 4:11-12
And to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. (NIV)
This past fall my Dad, brother, my two older children, and I spent quite a bit of time hunting on one of our leases in the Ozark foothills. We setup the camper, but had no electricity or running water. We ate by campfire light, we cleaned our deer by hanging them from a tree limb, and we feasted on charcoaled hamburgers and soup. 
Night was utterly quiet. We were separated from the hustle and bustle of the world. We worked hard and played even harder. 
When the game warden stopped by to check our licenses, we were able to look him in the eye and enjoy his company. We stood honestly before him and as a result, were able to tell him about our relationship with God. It turned out that he was a Christian as well. I was glad that we were living a quiet and honest life out there. 
(Brian H)

Action Point
My grandfather was not an educated man. He dropped out of school in the third grade to help raise crops and take care of his younger siblings. As an adult, he painted John Deere tractors and worked at a shoe factory to support his wife and six children. By the time I came along, he was retired and had settled down to raise cattle and chickens. 
Everyone around the county knew who he was, but he kept to himself. He was hardworking and honest. Late in life his brother quietly led him to the Lord while standing in his garden. 
As Christians, it is our responsibility to live a life of honor. We will give an account to God for what we do or not do with our lives. Visit I Thessalonians 4:11-12 again. Read it slowly and turn it over and over in your mind. Meditate on it and make it your life verse. 
Let's resolve to live lives that win the respect of outsiders and win them quietly to Christ.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
For a quick and easy wind tester, tie an eight inch length of white sewing thread to the stabilizer on your bow. Secure it with a tiny drop of super glue. It will blow with the tiniest of breezes and notify you of wind direction at all times.