Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . If You Choose To Isolate Yourself And Not Be In Fellowship, You Put Yourself In Jeopardy  (Jack M)
Bible Study Verse
I John 1:6
If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. (NIV)
This winter has been brutal in Michigan with the temperatures often below zero. We had several days that were 20 degrees below before the wind-chill dropped the temperatures even more. 
I've been really concerned about our turkey population in northeast Michigan because of the cold temps. When the temps drop that low, it's hard on the birds, and we can end up with a ton of "winter kill" because the birds just couldn't handle the brutal environment they were dealing with. The subsequent turkey hunts are a wash, and it can often take a couple of years to really bring the birds back into a healthy state. Being out in the cold for too long literally kills them off! (Dave M)
Action Point
As Christians, it's vitally important that we stay in fellowship with other believers! There are a lot of reasons to become disenchanted with "church" or become offended by individuals within the church. To stay away from authentic believers is to jeopardize your spiritual well-being. 
God designed us to need to fellowship with one another. Often times, it's not about what you need from a relationship, but it's what you have to offer other people. 
Maybe you are the bearer of true love or are a healing balm to someone else's time of need. If you choose to isolate yourself and not be in fellowship, you put yourself in jeopardy - just like the turkeys who literally froze to death because of the cold they were experiencing.
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
If you are a turkey hunter who uses chalk, make sure to take your chalk out before season and make sure that no moisture got to the chalk since the last time you used it. You want to be able to sound like a turkey - not look like one, because you weren't prepared.