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Hunting Buddies: a principle of eternal significance

My Hunting Buddies

I was thinking about Hunting Buddies this past week as I shot the video on “Competing Voices” for WORD from the Woods.  Do you remember near the end of the video where I speak about when you hear those competing voices you need someone alongside of you who can help you see God as refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.  That just might be where you need a hunting buddy.

THINK WITH ME:

Have you ever wondered why you enjoy hang’n with your hunting buddies?  All the weeks and months of preparation… scouting properties, cutting brush, plowing food plots, planting, putting out feeders, staging game cameras, setting stands and/or going to the gun range, and shooting sporting clays.  It could be that your passion is fishing so it might be combing through thousands of lures and baits, cleaning tackle, putting rigs together for a weekend of throwing flies and tell’n lies.  I know you never tell a lie… maybe stretch the truth a little.  It happens..

Do you know why I believe we enjoy hanging with our hunting buddies? It’s more than just the great times we have in the woods or on the water.

We were designed for community.

I have no idea where you stand spiritually.  I do; however, believe that God created you for community and the reason that hanging with your Hunting Buddies is what you enjoy and look forward to throughout the season and between seasons is due to the fact that you were created for this.

There is a great picture of this community in a passage of scripture in Genesis 1:26

READ WITH ME:

26 Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth.”

Genesis 1:26

Did you catch that…. God said from the beginning of time there has been community.  He referred to it when He said, “Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness”.

God is revealing to us that He is “community” and therefore He has wired it up in us from before time.  In later writings we see that God continues this thread of community throughout the Bible.

Jesus walks in community for three years with 12 guys and even closer with 3 of those guys.  He sends guys out in pairs.  He refers to being with us when two or more are gathered in His name. He models for us an eternal principle that without Him in our lives we are just out taking a walk, alone.

With Jesus in our lives we have the Ultimate Hunting Buddy.  One that will not call us at 4:00 a.m. and say I just can’t make it to the woods today.  Jesus is the one hunt’n buddy who will never let you down and will always be your refuge and your strength IF you will let Him in.

ACT:

SO, Where are you with Jesus?  Where do you see Him working in your life?  Have you potentially substituted earthy, human Hunting Buddies for where Jesus might want to be working in your life.  Just something to think about.

Earthy Hunting Buddies are great and you need persons in your life to walk with you as a spiritual partner….  I have several guys in my life including my boys who teach me SO much about God’s love for me and the outdoors. Jesus; however, as your Eternal Hunting Buddy is SO much better.

If I can be of any help in unpacking this personally, please let me know and I’ll do my best to walk through where Jesus is in your life.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2011 in Devotional

 

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I’m going to Lose my Mind or Lose my Religion

I was on the phone tonight with a new outdoor industry friend from the East Coast when he made a reference to a phrase he had heard his grandpa use from time to time.  His grandpa said something along the lines of, “I’m going to lose my mind or lose my religion”.  You may have never said those exact words, but I would imagine you have at least thought them.  Believe me, I have…  Being an old Country Boy from the South, that is a saying that goes back hundreds of years.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard my mom or grandmother, or extend family member say those words in frustration.

It typically means that your are at the end of your rope, you’re running out of hope, you’re running out of patience, you might even be losing restraint, and/or you have a tendency of becoming increasingly angry.  And for the most part I’d say it comes from those who have some type of religious upbringing.

THINK:

Let’s think about that for a moment.  When you find yourself in a place where you’re at the end of your rope, running out of hope, running out of patience, losing restraint and becoming angry… you need a safe place to share and be heard.

Where do you think those feelings come from and where have you seen them before?  You know where I see them…in myself and in those I provide Life Coaching.  It usually raises it’s head when you are running mock 6 with your hair on fire, stressed out, not eating healthy, not sleeping, working extremely long hours, shooting video hunts for days on end, traveling to monthly trade shows, fulfilling your sponsor obligations, meeting program & article deadlines, and when your under financial stress.  This is when “worry” begins to seep into your thought life.  And I would submit that it is worry that leads to the statement, “I’m going to lose my mind or lose my religion”.

Read the following verses from the book of Matthew, chapter 6.  These are Jesus’ words from a famous speech Jesus gave which became known as, “The Sermon on the Mount”.

READ:

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6: 25-34

ACT:

Speaking freely… if you are as I described earlier, “running mock 6 with your hair on fire”… SLOW DOWN.  One of two things will happen… You’ll get there dead OR you’ll get there dead, faster.  Either way…you’re dead.  You have too much to offer those around you to lose what God has intended for good.

As for worry… I would encourage you to consider the teachings of Jesus.  You can not add a single hour to your life by doing more.  More isn’t better…. Better is better! I’d also ask you to consider Jesus’ words when he says, “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  I think there is something to be said for putting God first in your life and focusing on the care of those around you.  Too much of you… might just be too much.

One last request. Consider writing this verse on a post-it note and putting it somewhere that you’ll see on a frequent basis.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Matthew 6:34

WE BELIEVE IN YOU!

You can do this and we can help.

 

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2011 in Devotional

 

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Live Dangerously for Jesus

Have you ever thought through what you are truly risking in life for your faith in Jesus?  This should be a noticeable lifestyle as a Christian.  Why?  Because eternity is at stake.

THINK:

The past couple of days our church staff has been on retreat talking through 2011 and our desire to be a “Dangerous Church”.  What a great place to be.  I’m am convicted that this is my church where it is never to late to do it right.  Are you in a place where you are allowed to take a risk for Jesus?  Being a ‘dangerous’ person and/or a dangerous church requires that you live as world changers for Jesus.

READ:

1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.”4 And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women.5 But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd.6 And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also…

NOTES from the Acts 17 passage.

  1. Willing to Move forward when Jesus is all they know.
  2. Change is embraced and celebrated not avoided!
  3. They aren’t known for playing it safe.
  4. They actually believe they can change the world!

ACT:

As a Jesus believer and follower it is time to believe it and act upon it.  What will you do today and/or in coming days that shows you are dangerous for Jesus?  Where in your sphere of influence in the shooting, hunting, archery, and outdoor community can you boldly live dangerously for the name of Jesus.

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Posted by on February 8, 2011 in Devotional

 

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