Monday, May 12, 2014

May 12, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . Being In A Herd Offers Many Benefits  (Yvonne M)
Bible Study Verse
Hebrews 10:25
Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV)
Patrolling some back country trails, I came across a wide swath of tracks that crossed in front of me. As I continued on, I discovered a large herd of elk, about 100 head of cows, calves, spike bulls, and a few rag horn bulls. Elk, as do most big game animals, herd up in the winter months. 
Being in a herd offers many benefits, one of the most important is safety in numbers. Anyone who has ever tried to put the sneak on a large herd of elk knows how difficult it can be with all those sets of eyes scanning the area. Any little shift in the wind can carry your scent directly to the nostrils of a herd member, who will immediately bark out the warning signal to the rest. Their God given herd instinct serves them well. 
(Ron T)

Action Point
I have heard people say, "The only church they need is to be outside in God's creation. That's where they feel the closest to God." I sure can't argue with that. 
What they are missing out on is the opportunity to meet up with fellow believers, to come together as a herd, to worship God, to grow spiritually, to give encouragement to others, and to receive encouragement. There are so many benefits that we receive when we are together. 
Finding a good Bible based church and being a member of God's herd is a step in the direction of becoming mature in Christ. "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another," Proverbs 27:17 (NIV).

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
A 12 inch chunk of dental floss tied on a stick makes a nice wind direction devise. You can carry it in your pocket. If you're hunting from a ground blind or a tree stand, you can tie the floss to a nearby tree branch. Remember never use the scented floss.