good quote

" In my opinion, the great single need of the moment is that light-hearted superficial religionists be struck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. The holy art of worship seems to have passed away like the Shekinah glory from the tabernacle. As a result, we are left to our own devices and forced to make up the lack of spontaneous worship by ...bringing in countless cheap and tawdry activities to hold the attention of the church people." ~ A.W. Tozer

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Blast from the past stirs deep thoughts...

I found it an ironic blessing to be presented with the opportunity to come in contact with people I haven't seen in years, today. It's funny to me how those interactions go. The shaking hands, the "how-do-you-dos" and so forth. It brings with it a swirlly mixture of old and new, of familiar and unfamiliar when you realize that the person before you is both what you remember about them and also someone completely different. At first it doesn't even cross your mind until you walk over to them, make that eye contact, looking them in the face and shake their hand and when it's done to realize that somehow that seemed to take a second longer to do than when you shake anyone else's hand. Like you're both trying to pull out something from a dark and dusty; long forgotten corner of your mind. You linger to try and hold on to it like trying to hold on to a dream you had the night before.

What makes it even more ironic is when you start recalling the past and see that you and that person weren't very close to begin with but somehow the memories you share make them part of who you are today and therefore they play a bigger role than you ever imagined. You wonder if your part in their past had the same, if any, affect on them too. You being asking yourself things like "Could I have been a better friend? Did I miss any chance of imparting something worthwhile during the time we were growing up together?" You hope that what they remember are all good things even if the things you remember may be a little good and a little bad.

None of the questions going through your mind have any answer that you can find because you've no way of going back to the past to find out. It doesn't stop you from wondering though. In your wondering about the past, you have the hope that maybe the future will hold other opportunities to see them again and be friends. You hope to have a good influence on them, you desire to pray for them and see them grow in the Lord. You want to keep tabs on them and make sure they are safe and doing well with their families, but all in all, the reality that is so bittersweet is the fact that it will probably be a long time before you ever see them again.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Common Knowledge...

you can find this on Fundamental Baptist Institute website as well, I think....

Believers in general have a common knowledge that we must grow in Christ. Those that make the effort to grow have this question come to mind, "How should we grow?" Peter commanded in his second epistle, "But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen." (2 Peter 3:18) Believers should grow in grace and in their knowledge of their Lord and Savior.

Grace is the first area of consideration by God in Scripture. But the question arises out of the text, "What is grace?" Grace comes from God as we see in Psalm 84:11 "For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly." Grace for our relationship with God came about from Jesus, as it is stated in John 1:17 "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." Grace is also justifying in its nature. As Paul wrote to the Romans, "Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:" (Romans 3:24) Turning to ulterior and other definitions of grace, grace, according to Word Net, is the free and unmerited favor or beneficence of God. This grace comes about to people who are lowly and humble. As it says in Proverbs 3:34 "Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly." It also comes to them that obey, as Paul wrote "By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:" (Romans 1:5) So to attain more grace (note: not saving grace), one must be lowly in heart and obedient to God.

The knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is also an area commanded that one should grow. In the beginning of the book of 2 Peter, Peter tells us the components of this knowledge. "And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity." (2Peter 1:5-7) The first thing that is seen is that one needs to have faith. Again the question arises, "What is that?" There are many components of faith, three of which I will cover here.

Faith must have an object. Christians must have as the object of their faith Christ, nothing else can substitute. the second of the major components of faith is one must have intellectual agreement with Scripture. But just having intellectual agreement is not good enough, because even the demons believe it. The last component of faith that one must have is complete submission to every command in Scripture. To have true faith one must have these basic components.

Another thing that is part of the knowledge of Jesus Christ is virtue or moral excellence. The question that one must ask himself is whether he is striving to be pure in this corrupt culture; this one thing that one must constantly strive for. The next thing that is part of the knowledge is knowledge itself. One must be constantly adding to his knowledge, not just of the Scriptures, though this is the most important thing, but of life in general. The next thing that one must exercise is self control. This self- control must not be in one area of life such as physical or academics, but in all aspects of existence; physical, mental and spiritual. Patience or perseverance is the next thing that one must grow in his life. A Christian must keep the faith even when tried by others; others that may kill the body. Another thing that is necessary for a Christian's knowledge of Christ is godliness. A Christian must strive to be perfect, even though, in this life, it is not obtainable. The goal of his life should be perfection in all areas of life, except that which is sin. The next thing that a Christian much grow in is brotherly kindness. One must be kind and gentle to all men, kind especially to the household of faith, though not excusing the sin which, because of our fallen nature, comes out of our daily life. The last thing that is written in this passage is love. A Christian must love the Lord his God with all his soul, mind, and strength. this is not an option for the believer, but a mandate to all mankind.

After considering all that, one must wonder, "What will come about if I do all that?" The answer is very simpler. It is explained by Mather Henry in his commentary on the Bible in this way:

"This is the knowledge of Christ the apostle Paul reached after and desired to obtain. such a knowledge of Christ as conforms us more to Him, must needs be great use to us, to preserve us from falling off in times of general apostasy; and those who experience this effect of the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will, upon receiving such grace from Him, giving thanks and praise to Him, and join with our apostle in saying, 'To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen!'"

This knowledge conforms us to Him and it also keeps us away from apostasy. So to safe guard against error, let us continually work at growing in our knowledge of Him. Growth must occur in these two areas of life, as it is commanded by God through Peter, for us to please God. Believers should continue growing in these areas till we reach the end of eternity. So, let the Christian who desires to please God with his life continue to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So that he can truly say, "to Him be the glory, both now and forever. AMEN!"

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Few Secrets To Calling Whitetails with Success

Enjoy another Field Insight from Jason Cruise..

Whitetails do talk! Here's some field tips to help call in deer on frequent basis.

TAKE SEVERAL GRUNT TUBES WITH YOU TO THE STAND

Duck hunters seem to understand this completely, as do turkey hunters. Deer hunters, however, seem to be slow learners! Turkey hunters would not dream of taking only one friction call to the woods. Duck hunters hang a host of calls from their neck. Deer hunters should, too. God gave each deer a different voice. Sometimes all it takes is simply changing to a different tube to see that deer step into range.

MIX UP YOUR PITCH LEVELS

It is not enough to take three grunt calls with you. Be sure that each call sounds a bit different. just like humans, deer have different inflections in their voices. By adjusting your reed just a little, you can add inflection to each tube and sound like a different deer each time. Don't be afraid to change up calls when calling a deer. Some deer have been known to commit to coming only after they heard a second type or pitch of grunt.

"COLD CALLING" WORKS WELL

Many hunters only call to a deer after they make visual contact. Doing that hurts your odds. "Cold calling", or calling when you do not see or hear a deer, is a very effective method. Don't be afraid to call often, especially during the rut.

YOU MUST BE WILLING TO BREAK THE SILENCE

Deer hunters value silence. And it's that very same core value that often leads to failure when hunting that trophy buck. Don't be afraid to call. Whitetails are vocal animals. If you don't call, you have a 100% guarantee of never calling up anything!

How about reading 2 Chronicles 7:14 to see what it says on calling to God!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Setting Up a Ground Blind

This is yet another Field Insight by Jason Cruise. I don't know why I am so fascinated with these field insights. I've only been hunting once in my life and it was pretty cool but it isn't something I do on a regular bases or anything. I do, however, understand the mind set and I can relate to it a lot, just like I can relate to someone who is in or has been in the military. But that's another blog for another time...

This one is about Setting up a ground blind.

On any given hunt, you can find yourself in a situation where you have little structure to hide yourself. Here are some tips on building a makeshift ground blind:

ARRANGE YOUR BLIND FOR COMFORT

You don't set up a small blind if you plan to move soon. Since you are going to be there a while, get comfortable. This is key to staying still and hunting for longer periods of time. Quietly clear out rocks, protruding sticks, thorns and such. Make your blind hassle free.

PREPARE THE BLIND FOR SILENCE

Even though you're in a blind, sometimes you need to reposition to get a shot. Clear out the leaves and sit on the dirt. Clip branches that get in your way or create noise should you need to swing your muzzle or bow in a shooting situation.

BE AS NATURAL AS POSSIBLE

Use structure from the immediate area if you can. Make your blind blend in with natural elements native to where you are hunting. In the spring the woods are greening up. Sometimes fallen down trees host only dead limbs. One easy trick is to clip branches off of trees, and stick them straight into the ground along your blind. It provides the green effect and still gives you vertical structure just as if it were small saplings taking root.

TRY TO ELIMINATE THE BACK DOOR

Many hunters fail here. Once you've decided on an area in which to set up, never just set up without thinking of the direction from which the animal should approach. Granted, you cannot completely eliminate an animal from sneaking in on you. With a little forethought, you can try to put your back to the area least likely to host a travel route. All the more reason for a blind should an animal come slipping in.

PLAN FOR WIND DAMAGE

Hunters tend to forget about the role wind can play when constructing a blind. Wind can blow through your blind and change it completely. Construct it the best you can by thinking of how sturdy it will be should a strong breeze come through. On another note, if your blind material or netting blows easily in the wind, it can spook game. Carry a little extra string to tie things together. Make it extra sturdy the first time, and you won't find yourself sitting in the open.....again.

GET THE RIGHT GEAR

You don't need a lot, but you do need a few things: ratchet clippers, or aka, "pruning sheers" a must for any hunter, string for tying limbs together, small tacks can be life savers for attaching your blind material or netting to tree trunks.