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Topic: Todays Sportsmens Devotional
Posted By: Tikkabuck
Subject: Todays Sportsmens Devotional
Date Posted: 01 February 2010 at 03:09
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 1, 2010
Today's Photograph....The Laughter That Followed Was As Dangerous In That Position As A Near fall (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
John 15:5
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." (NIV)

Thoughts
The words are a little bit figurative to paint the word picture, but the message is very clear. We are designed to be part of Christ, and He, a part of us.

Have you ever seen wild grape vines while in the field? The grapes they produce are small and bitter. With Christ in us, we produce His spiritual fruit, as He trims and cares for us. (Brent B)

Action Point
Being a branch of Christ's vine needs to be seen as the honor it is. It is not difficult. But, it demands our obedience. When we're combined with Him, we produce the good results we were intended to.

Look around at real-life examples of the negative consequences of those not in Christ to see supporting evidence of this truth.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Always use a safety harness when hunting from a tree stand. You may be very agile, but there are a number of ways the harness can save you.

For me, an unplanned nap was the hazard. I had no trouble maintaining balance after waking with a start from one such unplanned snooze. However, the harness came in handy when, upon seeing the wide- eyed look of terror on the faces of two near-by cow elk, I realized I had not only jolted out of a nap from my own snoring, I had scared the cows who had fed into my location while I was "quiet". The laughter that followed was as dangerous in that position as a near fall. The solid feel of the harness locked to the tree trunk was a comfort.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 02 February 2010 at 02:45
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 2, 2010
Today's Photograph.... That Moment Was More Exciting (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Luke 10:20
"Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven. (NKJV)

Thoughts
I couldn't contain myself. I had just arrowed the best deer of my life. As soon as the buck left my sight, the adrenaline in my system made me a basket case-- my knees were knocking, breathing shallow, and all I could say was, "Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Jesus!"

It happened so fast, and needless to say, I was excited. I had to sit down; and although it was a balmy 65 degrees, I was shivering all over. I shook the tree stand, the tree, and all the limbs. That is the excitement that I anticipate when I go hunting; and why I spend time and effort to get a chance at a good deer.

I called every hunting friend that I knew. I emailed pictures to every friend and relative that I could think of. For the next month if anyone was interested even a fraction, I would tell them the story of the hunt. I started carrying around a picture and gave glory to God every time I looked at it. It was a special day for sure.
(Dennis W)

Action Point
When Jesus' disciples went out to preach, they soon found that they had power they had never had before, and they were excited. As a matter of fact, that is all they could talk about. They spoke of the great things that God had done through them--that they had the power to cast out demons in the name of Jesus. Jesus basically responded to the disciples' excitement by telling them that what they had experienced doesn't compare to the fact that they had eternal life.

I look at my own experience with the same thought. As exciting as my hunt was, there was a time in my life that is even more incredible--the moment God graciously took my sins away and gave me eternal life. That moment was more exciting than any deer hunt, even the biggest deer. Only God can do something like that. If you don't have a relationship with Christ, start one today.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
A deer's eyes are set high and wide on its head enabling it to see all the way around itself. When its head is down and feeding, movement in any direction except directly behind it is detectible.1

1Steve Chapman, 365 Things Every Hunter Should Know.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 03 February 2010 at 06:58
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 3, 2010
Today's Photograph.... For Those Of Us Who Love The Outdoors (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Psalm 50:23
"Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God. (NKJV)

Thoughts
For those of us who love the outdoors, we have much for which to offer Him praise. Starting my day off with a good time of devotion and praise, in a spot where I can see the mountains, sets the whole day's stage for me. It is easier to conduct myself in a Godly way. I thank God that He rewards me with His salvation.
(Jimmy S)

Action Point
Find a way to start each day praising God and see what a difference it makes for you.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
When sitting around a campfire on a very cold night, try putting a small shovel full of coals under your lawn chair for added warmth!

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 03 February 2010 at 23:58
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 4, 2010
Today's Photograph.... Arizona Ridge-nosed Rattle Snake (Ruben C)

Bible Study Verse
Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" (NIV)

Thoughts
Two days into my 2009 Arizona archery elk hunt I was target shooting in camp. I missed the entire target at 50 yards and had to go hunt my arrow down. Found it, immediately reached down to pick it up, and just before my fingers grasped it (the following occurred in about the span of let's say second) saw the rattle snake, my brain registered "rattler", and then my brain screamed, "Rattler!" I affected a rapid reverse evasive maneuver (RREM) while releasing a defensive yell in order to confuse and disorient the enemy. It worked; the "RREM" that is.

The rattler was unimpressed with the whole situation and just laid there coiled up flicking its tongue at me seemingly harmless.
(Ruben C)

Action Point
But, rattle snakes are not harmless are they? Neither was the serpent in the garden. Though he didn't strike Eve, his venom was deadly nonetheless.

That is exactly how sin strikes. Seemingly appearing harmless, then it engulfs us, and we are deceived by our own thinking. Justifying our sin, we ask ourselves, "Is that really what God meant?"

II Timothy 3:16 states, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that all God's people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work," (TNIV). Read on in Genesis 2:16, "And the LORD God commanded the man, 'You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will certainly die,' " (TNIV).

God's word is clear. Do not put a question mark in scripture where God put a period!


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
As the weather cools rattlers and other reptiles (on this hunt I encountered numerous horned toad lizards and even a Gila monster) will find their way into the sunshine to warm up where you'll find them lazing in the sun. Give the poisonous ones a wide berth. They'll more likely than not, not even mind your passing.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 05 February 2010 at 00:16
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 5, 2010
Today's Photograph.... Realizing That God Is Definitely In Control Of All Things (Ruben C)

Bible Study Verse
Judges 6:11-12
The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, "The LORD is with you, mighty warrior." (NIV)

Thoughts
While traversing a small canyon while elk hunting in Arizona, I came upon a beautiful small healthy cactus growing out of what appeared to be solid rock in a small protected crevasse. I stopped and took a moment to contemplate the wonder of such a thing, realizing that God is definitely in control of all things and cares even for this small cactus that maybe even the birds missed seeing in order to steal its fruit in season.
(Ruben C)

Action Point
I immediately thought of Gideon when I discovered the thriving cactus. Read Judges 6 and Hebrews 11. Like so many of God's faithful, though he lived in a cave, felt he was the least of his family; he thrived in the most impossible of situations, and became a "mighty warrior" for God. He was commended for his faith in spite of his social standing.

If you are negatively affected by today's economic situation, don't forget that God is in control of everything. Put your faith in Him, nothing is impossible. Encourage yourself, read Matthew 17:20. You can stand on this promise.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Always carry enough water with you on the fall hunts. Even in northern Arizona, temperatures exceeded the 80's through September. I found it took me a few days to realize I needed more water than I initially thought for a day's hunt. I doubled the amount of water I carried than I had started with on opening day.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 06 February 2010 at 04:34
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 6, 2010
Today's Photograph.... I've Been Discouraged On Hunts That I've Waited A Long Time To Be On (Ruben C)

Bible Study Verse
Luke 10:25-28
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
"What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?"
He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind;' and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' "
"You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live." (NIV)

Thoughts
Ever been on a hunt when everything just seems to fall into place? Glassing up an animal, making the hike, then the stalk, and followed up by a perfect shot? Don't you love it when that happens? Of course we do!

How about when one of the pieces falls through? Missed shot. Blown stalk. Hey, that can happen to anyone. But how about when you spot a shooter buck on a far ridge and your body says, "I ain't gonna make that hike." The heart is there, but the body is weak or vice versa. It takes the heart, mind, and body working together to put the hike, stalk, and shot together. Leave one out, and well, you get the picture.
(Ruben C)

Action Point
There is a danger when we treat our relationship with God like cruising for cottontails along a farm field. You know, all you gotta do is see them, jump out, and shoot. Doesn't take a lot of heart, just a sharp eye and a little fleet of foot.

If we love the Lord with only our heart, we have only an emotional relationship. If we love him with only our mind, then we only have an intellectual knowledge of him. If we love him with only our strength, then we may have only a hard lined (legalistic?) relationship with him.

Heart, soul, strength, and mind. There's a reason God gives us that guidance men. Many of us can have a tendency to lean too far one way or another.

Combine the traits so we can love God and our neighbors with true compassion, strengthened by our knowledge of the truth and His promises! That means we got to stay in the Word too!


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
I've been discouraged on hunts that I've waited a long time to be on. Maybe because a lack of animals spotted, blown stalks, or worse yet, poor shooting.

For me, the last two have to do with impatience. Don't let the panic monster make you rush a stalk or rush a shot. A stalk delayed or a shot not taken, beats a spooked or poorly hit buck any day.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 07 February 2010 at 02:50
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 7, 2010
Today's Photograph.... Mystery Of A Big Buck (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Colossians 1:25-27
I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (NIV)

Thoughts
Deer hunters spend days, weeks, and sometimes years trying to unravel the mystery of a big buck's pattern and habits. When we actually do see his mystery revealed through tracks, rubs, and other sign he leaves behind, we've gained significant information that will help us in hunting the buck.

But remember, he is revealing himself through the signs that he leaves. We're just reading the sign - the message he leaves for us.
(Steve S)

Action Point
God has left "sign" for us, too. He has revealed His truth through the sign that we read - it's called the Bible. He mercifully grants his favor to undeserving people. That's called "grace", and it's a mystery that He has made known to us.

It seems illogical, but the truth is that we do not earn God's favor. He has revealed His mystery to us - that we are saved through His grace alone, not through the works that we do.

Salvation through works is a false teaching that comes normally and naturally to everyone. It's grace that is the new idea, the novel concept. It's grace that is the amazing thing - a mystery that has been revealed to God's people.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
One mystery every deer hunter has to cope with is the wind. One way to beat it is to collect milkweed pods. Take the floaters out and put them into a film canister or pill bottle. Use them to check the wind. They're completely natural, they introduce no foreign odors, and they're easy to see. Watch them float along the air currents, and you'll know where your scent is going as well.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 07 February 2010 at 22:34
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 8, 2010
Today's Photograph.... Javelina (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Luke 15:21-28
"The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' "
"But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate."
"Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.'
"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him." (NIV)

Thoughts
In this great story told by Jesus, a reckless sinner is restored to his family by the free and generous grace of his steadfast father. But, his older brother is full of resentment. This illustrates two types of sin. We can sin by acts or by attitudes.

This story about a lost son followed a story about a lost sheep and a lost coin. We fail to notice that there were really two lost sons. The one who was physically and spiritually lost is found and returned to the security of his father's estate. The other, who never left home and thought he was secure in his place, turned out to be spiritually lost.
(Steve S)

Action Point
The story of the Prodigal Son clearly illustrates two ways of life that clash. Tim Keller, in his book The Prodigal God, says, "The person in the way of moral conformity says: 'I'm not going to do what I want, but what tradition and the community wants me to do.' The person choosing the way of self-discovery says: 'I'm the only one who can decide what is right and wrong for me. I'm going to live as I want and find my true self and happiness that way.' "

These two ways are so ingrained in us that almost everyone thinks the moral choice is between being the wild-living runaway and the pleasing, obedient non-roaming son. But, that's not the choice Jesus is giving us in this story.

You can only find yourself by abandoning your pride. It took a pigsty for the younger son to abandon his pride. What will it take for the older son to abandon the pride he has in his lifelong obedience? We don't know.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
If a landowner allows you to hunt on his land, do all you can to keep that relationship intact. Don't abuse the privilege. Don't invite other unwanted guests. Do pick up trash you find. Do share the bounty with him. Do send a Christmas card and occasionally give a small gift. Express appreciation and keep the welcome mat out.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 08 February 2010 at 22:24
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 9, 2010
Today's Photograph.... But, We Can Be Lost Without Knowing It (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Luke 15:1-2
Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." (NIV)

Thoughts
The Pharisees thought the tax collectors were lost. They believed the tax collectors had compromised with Rome by collecting taxes. But, the Pharisees themselves had made their own compromises with Rome. Their leaders, the Sanhedrin, were put in place by the Romans to control the people.

Both groups were doing the same wrong. But, only one group knew it. The Pharisees like the elder son, in Jesus' third parable in Luke 15, were the ones who were lost. They were reliant on their own good works for their favor with God, and refused to be gracious toward others.
(Steve S)

Action Point
We don't admit it when we're lost. Sometimes when we know it, we deny it. "I'm just turned around a little," I sometimes say.

But, we can be lost without knowing it. I've been lost in the woods a couple of times. I've been lost in the car a few times. It's difficult to admit that you're lost. My excuse is that I see it as a challenge. But, thinking of being lost as a challenge represents the way of self-reliance. This was the mistake the Pharisees made. They were lost in self-reliance. This is not the way of Jesus. It is not the way of grace.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Make your own reliable fire starters by filling all 12 spaces in a paper egg carton with wood shavings. Then melt wax and pour it into each space. When it dries, you can light the paper easily and the waxed wood chips burn hot enough to light your firewood. Keep them in a zip-lock bag if you take them hunting or camping.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 09 February 2010 at 22:28
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 10, 2010
Today's Photograph.... It's Never Too Late To Begin To Follow God's Word (Tom B)

Bible Study Verse
James 1:22-25
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing ithe will be blessed in what he does. (NIV)

Thoughts
Men are bad at thinking that we know how to do everything. We don't need to ask anybody for instructions. I'm guilty of this at times.

Take for example, you buy a new fishing reel and it comes with a detailed instruction booklet on all the parts and what to service regularly. "I don't need that," you say, and it ends up in the trash. Six months to a year later you take the reel apart to service it and can't figure out how one pesky spring goes back into the side plate. Where's the instruction book?

Another example, you're meeting a friend at a certain marina on the lake for an early morning fishing trip. "Do you need instructions on how to get there?" he asks. "Nah, I can find it okay." Thirty minutes late and you can't find the marina.
(Tom B)

Action Point
God has given us an instruction book, the Bible. It lists everything we need to know for our lives. It even has sections on what to check if something isn't working right in our lives. "Nah, I don't need it; I can figure it out."

Ten years from now, your kids don't respect you, your personal finances are a mess, or your health is failing. The list might be long or short. It doesn't have to be 10 years later, it could be tomorrow.

Where's the instruction book? Maybe I should have read the instruction book earlier. It's never too late to begin to follow God's Word.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Keep those instruction and parts books that come with everything you purchase. No matter whether it's a sporting goods item or something around the house, set up a file. Eventually you will need the help they provide. Also, don't forget to send in the warranty and registration cards.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 11 February 2010 at 02:58
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 11, 2010
Today's Photograph.... Sunbeams Reflecting The Glory of God Over Granger Lake (Tom B)

Bible Study Verse
Psalms 19:1-6
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.

Thoughts
Have you ever thought about what God looks like? The Old Testament gives a couple descriptions:

  • A consuming fire - Exodus 24:17
  • A cloud - Exodus 40: 34
A better description of what he looks like is given through words describing his attributes in nature and the world around us. "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. . . In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes it circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat."
(Tom B)

Action Point
What do you think God looks like?

I see God in every sunrise, whether I'm in a boat or standing hip deep in the surf. In a tree stand or in a duck blind, he's there.

Watch the early morning sky reflecting an orange glow on the eastern horizon. Slowly it becomes brighter. Darkness changes into illumination as shafts of light emanate out onto the whole earth. Warmth and brightness increase. Tree leaves and flowers petals lift upward praising our Lord, God.

He is the same every day, never changing. Nothing is too difficult or impossible for Him. Praise and trust Him today like you never have before. He will not disappoint.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Illuminate the darkness. If you are a night fishing devotee, check out your favorite sporting goods outlet. Take a look at the different varieties of LED lighting accessories. The small lights can be stuck on a hat, pocket, or lapel giving out a surprising amount of light. No more juggling a flashlight and fishing equipment at the same time.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 12 February 2010 at 10:30
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 12, 2010
Today's Photograph.... Making Us Feel Like We Can't Go On (Tom B)

Bible Study Verse
Hebrews 12:22-24
But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. (NIV)


Thoughts
This past summer my wife and I visited our youngest son, Tim, his wife Charity, and our grandson in Colorado Springs. They had just moved there. This was our first time to visit them in their new home.

They are avid hikers and love to get into the mountains, 10,000-14,000 ft. around their home. I like to hike, also. But, my hiking is confined to locales in Southeast Texas at 0-10 ft elevation.

One of things that they wanted to show us was a waterfall that wound its way down the side of a mountain that was about 14,000 ft. You could drive to about 10,000 ft, but the rest was following a winding trail to the top.

I think they could have ran to the top. But for me and my wife, it was stop, rest, and start again. The view was worth it, literally breath taking at the top.
(Tom B)

Action Point
Hebrews 12:22-24 paints a description of what Heaven is going to be like.

My wife's and my climb to the top of the mountain is similar to what we all face in our lives. There will be trials in our lives that will slow down our ascent to the mountain top (Heaven), making us feel like we can't go on.

Don't give up! Take a breather and gather your strength again. Remember who your trail guide is-Jesus. Remember what the view is going to be like when you reach the summit.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Hiking is all about being in shape. Actually, hiking can help a person get in shape. Don't try to tackle mountain trails if your life revolves around sea level locations. Start slow, building up strength and endurance. Take one to three mile walks three times a week to build endurance.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 13 February 2010 at 02:23
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 13, 2010
Today's Photograph....Is Your Camp Sizzling With Fire? MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Ephesians 5:25-28
Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the churcha love marked by giving, not getting. Christ's love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They're really doing themselves a favorsince they're already "one" in marriage.

Remember tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Are you ready to surprise and to bless your Sweetheart? If you forgot, you're now walking in the light of knowledge. Be Jesus to your Sweetheart beginning today, not tomorrow.

Maybe you're exempt cause you don't currently have a Sweetheart. Then you be a Sweetheart to everyone. A small random act of kindness can bless a single, a widow/widower, or a divorced one. More important than finding the "right" one is to be the "right" one.

The world will come to know Jesus by how we love them. Let's live intentially walking in His paths.

Thoughts
Years ago I was in a small village deep in the Mexican desert on a mission trip. The residents of the village were very poor and had little means to support them let alone us. So a couple of others and I decided to camp on the outskirts of town. We surrounded the fire with our bedrolls. Even in spring time in this desert, the temperature at night would drop near freezing.

Before we could turn in, we needed a plan. Firewood would have to be collected, enough to last through the night. It had to be quality wood. Mesquite was our choice since it would burn hot, long, and leave quality coals. We didn't choose the lighter wood, cottonwood, which would burn too quickly. We had to take turns, each one of us staying awake for a few hours at a time to feed the campfire. The chosen one had to make sure it never burned out, so the others could sleep in warmth.
(Brett M.)

Action Point
After nearly twenty one years of marriage, I have learned that marriage is a lot like that campfire in Mexico. You cannot just build a marriage or any relationship, like that campfire, and then expect it to continue to flourish without tending to it constantly.

First and foremost God must be at the center, as the campfire was at the center of all of us. Next when it is well established, it needs to be tended to, not just on Valentine's Day or your wedding anniversary, but every day.

Paul tells us a "love marked by giving, not getting." This means giving of you for his/her benefit. Tend to your spouse regularly. Rub his/her feet after a long day at work or with the kids. Take the time to cook a meal and do the dishes or wash his/her car and vacuum the french fries from under the seat. Do these things regularly. Let me emphasize the last point, do these things regularly.

Sometimes it can be a bit of a sacrifice, just as it was to stay awake for hours feeding the fire so others could sleep. But, the results are a long lasting, loving, and God centered relationship.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
I carry two prescription bottles in my backpack used for fire starting. The first contains several waterproof matches. The second contains petroleum jelly covered cotton balls. A single cotton ball covered with the jelly will burn for nearly two minutes.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 14 February 2010 at 01:46
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 14, 2010
Today's Photograph.... That Is Backwards To The Way The World Approaches Loving Others (Jimmy S)

Bible Study Verse
Philippians 2:1-4
Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (NKJV)

Happy Valentine's Day

Thoughts
Greetings! Did you remember that today is Valentine's Day? My husband and I have been celebrating Valentine's Day for 16 years. I remember a Valentine's Day some years ago that had a big fight right in the middle of it. Indulge me while I share, and don't worry; it has a good ending.

We had a special evening planned, so I wanted to get all dressed up and look pretty. Well, guess what! Getting all pretty took a little longer than planned and we were running late! My dear husband was frustrated and irritated. "What on earth could take so long? You look fine! Come on and let's go!" he said. At that moment, it dawned on me that the previous September he had been drawn for an archery antelope hunt and had sat in a blind for ten hours waiting for an antelope to wander by. He had crawled on his belly for hours putting the old sneak on them; and had, in fact, done this with great patience and enjoyment! So, what was the big deal giving me a few more minutes to get fluffed and prettied up? Was I not more important than an antelope? When I asked this question, I was met with a blank stare. I began to cry, the make-up ran; and all that fuss went down the drain. Don't worry! We regrouped, apologized, went out to a more casual make-up-free restaurant, and had a great evening.

The bottom line of the argument lingered for years: Was I more or less enjoyable than a hunt? Was I worth the wait? Those questions may sound silly to a man; but to a woman/wife, the answers are powerful and penetrating. Forgiveness created the happy ending.

I challenge you to think about your sweetheart today. Make an extra effort to tell her and show her that she's your Number One. Many times, a sweet, sincere word is cherished more deeply than a dozen roses, and carried in the memory of her heart for the rest of her life.
(Sara S)

Action Point
Paul, the writer of Philippians, explains to us that having the same mind, being humble, and putting others first are the fulfillment of joy. That is backwards to the way the world approaches loving others.

Men, pray for your wives. Ask God to show you how to love her. He wants you to succeed and be blessed.
Wives, bless your husbands today with prayer and a good dose of esteem.

May God richly bless your sweetheart and you with His love.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
For those of us who love the outdoors, may I suggest a camping trip that celebrates Valentine's Day-- complete with her favorite slippers, a breakfast or dinner she doesn't cook, and her favorite dessert (bring an extra ice chest if need be). Spend some time planning it, pay attention to the little details; and I promise--you'll have a great time!

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 15 February 2010 at 02:26
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 15, 2010
Today's Photograph....Seasoned Successful Hunter (Jimmy S)

Bible Study Verse
Genesis 41:37-41
The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. So Pharaoh asked them, "Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?" Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you." So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt." (NIV)

President's Day

Thoughts
Love a photo of a successful hunter with his or her harvest. But, as Paul Harvey would agree - we are usually not aware of the "rest of the story." Before that successful hunt, there were many disappointing unsuccessful hunts, missed shots, uncooperative weather ensuring miserable conditions, years of hiking the terrain, vehicle break downs, etc. That's why we can celebrate with the successful hunter and the adventure, he or she has been through a lot to earn that picture.

Most of us learn the hard way through the toughest challenges. Even waterproof matches came about after someone needed a match to strike and theirs were too wet to suffice. Look at Joseph's seasoning and note what he had to travel through to become seasoned and God positioned under Pharaoh:

  • His flaunting of his father's favor and his own cocky behavior brought out the worst in his siblings - they sold him into slavery!
  • His refusal to enter into betraying his master with his master's unfaithful wife landed him into prison for many years.
  • The chief butler forgot about him; he was stuck in prison with the Holy Spirit developing his character for another 2 years.

Action Point
We can tell Joseph wasn't sitting around feeling sorry for himself. God was with him, he was proved trustworthy, and was given much responsibility while incarcerated. He was right where God positioned him. He has set the example of what we're to do while in the midst of uncertain circumstances.

The famine in Joseph's time was over the whole earth. You're not alone in your bleak situation. But, you can take 30 seconds, commit your life to Him, ask for His forgiveness, turn everything over to Him, reserve your spot in Heaven, and know He will position you where you need to be.

Maybe you have been trusting Him all along, then rest in the confidence of God's promise given in Psalms 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 those who walk uprightly," (NKJV).

Our dark training will last as long as it takes for God to prepare and to complete His seasoning within us. The key to active waiting is to stay close to Him, meditate on His living word, and live obediently in His light. We know we can trust Him to build our character and develop our seasoning for our God positioned upcoming adventures. Joseph's famous response to his brothers is encouraging, "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive," (NASB). God will take the good and the bad and use it for His glory and our good.

We need to trust God like Joseph wherever we find ourselves. We need to have faith believing that He has or is positioning us right where we are.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
When hunting on the ground, make sure there is plenty of structure behind you so your silhouette won't alert game to your presence. Also make sure the wind is in your face.1

1 Steve Chapman, 365 Things Every Hunter Should Know.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 16 February 2010 at 01:53
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 16, 2010
Today's Photograph....Johns On Watch (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Psalms 91:1
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (NIV)

Thoughts
Being a biologist and hunter, I have studied the factors that control animal populations. Three are: food, water, and shelter. The deer population fluctuates according to the limiting factors available. In the wild, predation and hunting also have an effect on populations.

This past November we hunted whitetail deer in southern Minnesota. Due to the extremely wet fall, most of the corn had not been harvested. There were vast fields of standing corn everywhere. With all the food and shelter, the deer were hard to find. Their normal visits to the small patches of timber for shelter were rare. They were very well hidden and extremely evasive in the large fields of standing corn.

Just as the corn provided shelter and protection for the deer, the above scripture offers us an assurance of God's protection and care. Shade protects us from the sun's harsh rays; God comes between us and anything that would cause us harm.
(Tom L)

Action Point
In order to rest in the shadow of the Almighty, we must dwell in the shelter of the Most High. We must choose God for our guardian by having a personal relationship with him. Being alone with God in prayer, worshiping him, and meditating on His Word will help us develop this close relationship.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
When deer hunting adjacent to standing corn, check the traffic patterns along the corn/timber border. You will usually find an area that is well used.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 17 February 2010 at 01:53
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 17, 2010
Today's Photograph.... Pheasants (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Ephesians 6:10-11
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. (NIV)

Thoughts
Parts of Wyoming offer pheasant hunting in wildlife management areas. A few of the birds are wild, but most are pen-raised and released periodically throughout the season. Initially, these pen-raised birds are easy prey to hunters and other predators until they learn about the wild. The large number of predators is also a factor that limits their survival.

After shooting a pheasant, it glided into a wooded area 100 yards away. By the time my dog got there, a hawk was attacking the wounded bird. My dog chased the hawk away and retrieved the pheasant.

I learned from a wildlife biologist that these birds have the instincts, but lack the experiences in the wild needed for survival. I have noticed that once they've been shot at a few times they use some of their evasive instincts for survival.
(Tom L)

Action Point
Fortunately, God gave us the intelligence and instincts for survival. The important question is: Do we have protection from Satan or are we susceptible to his deception and temptations?

The Quest Bible notes, "Spiritual warfare for believers is fought in the mind, emotions and the will. Scriptural truth is our primary line of defense. That's why Paul frequently urges us to be renewed in our minds. Read Romans 12:1-2 and Colossians 3:1-3. The more our minds are filled with the truth of God's Word, the less susceptible we are to Satan's attack."


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Before heading out for upland birds, test your chokes and shot sizes at different distances. A large piece of cardboard works well for this test.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 18 February 2010 at 03:48
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 18, 2010
Today's Photograph....Shooting Clays (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
I Peter 5:5
Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." (NIV)

Thoughts
After a friend moved from Minnesota to South Dakota, he invited us out to do some pheasant hunting. I had heard a lot about the great pheasant hunting in South Dakota and was really excited about having the opportunity. We hunted CRP, cattails, and a cornfield with good grassy cover. The hunting was phenomenal. Three of us shot 27 roosters in three days and with the help of Dude, our lab, we never lost a bird.

My friend shot most of the birds because he shot sooner with his 20 gage. Often he shot when the birds were in front of other hunters. We missed a few birds, so he probably thought he was helping us out. We later talked about respecting others' shooting space.

When my friend came back to Minnesota to visit, I took him to a sporting clays course. What a humbling experience. My friend never missed a pheasant, but only shot 12 out of 50 sporting clays. With some coaching and practice, he improved considerably.
(Tom L)

Action Point
There are over 100 scripture references in the Bible about humility. Christ not only spoke about humility, He modeled it in every way as reflected in Philippians 2:8, "And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death even death on a cross." What an act of humility and sacrifice!

We need to more Christlike in our attitudes.
(Tom L)


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
If you've never been to a sporting clays course, take someone with experience with you the first couple of times. Your coach can familiarize you with the course and help you with leading and follow through.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 19 February 2010 at 03:52
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 19, 2010
Today's Photograph.... Lone Tree Brand (Bobby W)

Bible Study Verse
II Corinthians 1:21c-22
He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (NIV)

II Corinthians 1:22
By His Spirit He has stamped us with His eternal pledge-a sure beginning of what He is destined to complete. (MSG)

Thoughts
In Wyoming we still brand our horses to prove ownership. I was able to retrieve a stolen horse 300 miles from home just because he bore my brand. If I value them, I brand them. If I'm traveling out of state, it's easy to prove ownership at the borders. Even if they get lost in the wilderness, a game warden or forest service personnel is likely to come across them and I'll get them back.
(Wes W)

Action Point
I Peter 2:24a says, "Who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree," (21st CKJV). Our brand pictured above is called the "Lone Tree" brand, the cross on the hill. Isaiah 49:16a says, "Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed a picture of) you on the palm of each of My hands," (AB). That makes for a pretty iron clad relationship. I'm branded His and He's branded mine.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
If you're an "outlaw" you won't like this idea cause it will reveal you. But, we all fill out the luggage stickers at the airport to get our lost luggage back. Something a lot more convenient than three sentences of address information is to brand your valuables. I've branded a wood pistol, knife grips, leather saddle bags, and scabbards. When the grand kids inherit the stuff, they'll know it was Grandpa's.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 20 February 2010 at 00:14
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 20, 2010
Today's Photograph.... Cheyenne Dog Soldier Staking Himself To The Spot (Bobby W)

Bible Study Verse
James 5:19-20
My dear friends, if you know people who have wandered off from God's truth, don't write them off. Go after them. Get them back and you will have rescued precious lives from destruction and prevented an epidemic of wandering away from God. (MSG)

Thoughts
Last year I talked about a Cheyenne Dog Soldier tethering himself to a stake in the ground, standing his ground, and defending in battle. After more research, I found their bravery went deeper.

If a leader saw his men losing ground and falling back or wandering out of the battle, he would charge into the middle of the battle, bale off his horse, and stake himself to the spot. His men knew he would never pull his own stake honorably. This act would induce new courage. His men would muster new strength to charge and press forward to save their leader. Only then could someone else pull his stake and literally beat him off the battlefield with his horse quirt.
(Wes W)

Action Point
I believe any sportsman reading this has a natural impulse to take a bullet for his wife, his family, or his country. There's also a bent towards watching certain people's backs in our lives. We've had examples and mentors that inspired us to charge and bale off in the heat of it. I don't think I'm ready to pass down my "Dog Rope" just yet. I have a couple of good charges left in me? I think I'll pass this on to the men that inspired me.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
We all have stories about the big ones that got away. Father, give me the courage to go after the ones who wandered off.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 20 February 2010 at 23:45
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 21, 2010
Today's Photograph.... Get Your Weapons (Bobby W)

Bible Study Verse
Genesis 27:3
Take your [hunting] gear, your quiver and bow, and go out in the field to hunt some game for me. (HCSB)

Thoughts
WOW! What man wouldnt like that assignment?

After Cowboy Church Sunday morning a new friend, Phoenix veteran police officer Jim Delung, walks up and gives me a new folding, locking blade knife with the reference Genesis 27:3 engraved on the blade. WOW! What man doesnt like a gift like that? He has no idea the gratitude, the inspiration, and value that gift now holds.

There have always been the meat hunters. In Wyoming we still find evidences of arrow heads and cartridge brass from the first camp meat providers. Whether they were sent out to provide meat for a Calvary Unit, a wagon train, or a cattle drive, there have always been those skilled in tracking and marksmanship that were chosen to be camp meat providers.

Its in our DNA to hunt and pursue. It validates us as men or women. We get it from our FATHERS DNA. HE still hunts and pursues those of His that are lost.
(Wes W)

Action Point
Get your boat, pole, and go be fishers of men. Get your weapons and go be a hunter for mens souls. Get your camo, were sneakin into the enemys camp, and taking back what was stolen. Get your field glasses and camera, were about to provide people with a glimpse of the Living God. Read Philippians 2:15.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
People are not persuaded, they are attracted. We must learn to communicate by what and who we are, and less by what we say. Quiet computes to success in the field, maybe we can apply it to life?

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 22 February 2010 at 00:13
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 22, 2010
Today's Photograph....Low Winter Tide (Will D)

Bible Study Verse
Nehemiah 4:12-14
Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, "Wherever you turn, they will attack us." Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, "Don't be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes." (NIV)

George Washington's Birthday

Thoughts
As fronts begin their push through the Gulf Coast, shrimp begin migrating from the surrounding marshes into nearby estuaries. Sea trout and redfish are in pursuit, forcing them to the surface wherein feeding gulls and terns reveal their whereabouts. However, as fronts grow stronger and more prevalent, shrimp are pushed out into the warm Gulf of Mexico and sport fish are left seeking other sources of food, primarily mullet. Gathered together in schools in the shallow grassy edges of the bay, mullet seek food and shallow water warmth. However strong north winds create extremely low tides and the protection the grassy edged shorelines offer them are lost - leaving them exposed to predators.

Jerusalem was in a desolate condition. Those who survived exile had returned to a city in ruin. Nehemiah learned of it and was moved by sadness and concern in his heart. Immediately he prayed. He fasted. God made allowable his return to Judea to rebuild the city walls and restore the people. Nehemiah, recognizing areas of exposure in the low areas of the walls, quickly placed people in those places - charging them to be fearless.

Many of us can look at our lives and recognize the areas of exposure to Satan. Sometimes we embrace or fail to let go of the very things which can lead to our destruction. We rationalize them. I can go there. I can do that. I'm a strong Christian.
(Will D)

Action Point
Are you involved with places, people, or things that could lead to your ruin? Perhaps you have some exposure to Satan. Rebuild and refocus. Re-center your life with Christ and seek fortification with Christian friends and family. Recognize the exposure in other people's lives too. With humility, avail yourself to them - heed the call of Nehemiah. Be ready to fight Satan and stand in the gap for their protection.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
As trophy sea trout and redfish stage in these low-water areas during winter, make it a priority to remain as quiet as possible - make long casts with lures that mimic injured mullet.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 23 February 2010 at 00:06
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 23, 2010
Today's Photograph.... Seems Presently Perfect To Me (Will D)

Bible Study Verse
Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (NIV)

Thoughts
In the late 1990's a lure was introduced that worked exceptionally well on sea trout and redfish. So well in fact, tackle stores were always sold out. As time passed, newer products became more popular and that particular bait, for whatever reason, seemed to just lose its effectiveness. Few anglers use them today. What was once a superior lure now collects dust on store's shelves.

Likewise, a book was published several years ago. It created great disdain and debate between the secular world and Christians. Spending weeks as a best seller, it was hastily followed by a movie version. Soon though the book and its notoriety faded from memory.
(Will D)

Action Point
Many worldly things try to lure us. They ebb and flood in and out of our Christian lives like the strong tides of spring. What are popular best-sellers one day, are gone the next.

However, God's Word is the ultimate best seller; no other book has out sold it. While some Bibles do collect dust on shelves, the author of Hebrews clearly points out a dust-busting fact; the Word is living and active. My elementary school English teacher called that the present perfect progressive tense - events or actions that have begun at some point in the past and continue through the present. Seems presently perfect to me.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Keep those "old school" lures around. Sometimes when all else fails, they can and will make the difference.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 24 February 2010 at 01:30
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen Februray 24, 2010
Today's Photograph....The I-didn't-get-a-single-bite Trips (Will D)

Bible Study Verse
Jonah 2:2
He said: "In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry. (NIV)

Thoughts
I think I'll start a bad trip internet forum. You know, opposite of the all the ones that post reports of the great trips. Pics of big horns and big fish will be deleted. Mine will just be about the ones that got away. The missed shots. The I-didn't-get-a-single-bite trips. Empty ice chests.
(Will D)

Action Point
No. No one wants to hear about the bad ones. Wouldn't get many hits. Yet that is usually the only thing we give God, our breakdowns, mess ups, failures, and faults. He receives them too - catching each and every tear.

But, where go our accomplishments? If we are not careful, we'll use pride like legs and ego like feet; desperately running ahead of disaster and despair.

Try the opposite. Delete the ego. Give God your pride. Pray to Him: ask him to take all that from you. Save the bad trips for my new forum.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Practice safe-handling of fish when catching and releasing. Avoid too much handling; use a lip- grabbing device.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 25 February 2010 at 03:09
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 25, 2010
Today's Photograph....My Mug Is Going To Be There One Day, So Will Yours. But, I'm Not Referring To The Outdoor Section (Will D)

Bible Study Verse
Revelation 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life. (NIV)

Thoughts
Ahhh. The Thursday paper. If yours is like mine it has an outdoor section; yesterday's reports charging us for tomorrow's adventure. We hurriedly flip past destruction and despair. We might pause to read a headline of good news. Stocks, cartoons, and editorials? We'll check that stuff out later. Right now, we need the latest and greatest of the outdoors. A pic of a nice buck would be cool.
(Will D)

Action Point
My mug is going to be there one day, so will yours. But, I'm not referring to the outdoor section. It will be a one inch by one inch black and white shot of us in our Sunday best. Attached to it will be a hastily prepared resume of yours or my life. Read by some, skimmed by others, or maybe missed altogether.

Maybe you're reading these devotionals, because you've settled this whole salvation matter. Great! Maybe you're just checking out the pics or you are trying to figure this whole religion thing out.

Well, here is today's black and white headline: Jesus died on that cross for you. He did it once and did it for all. You just have to faithfully accept it. Doing so, your life will be changed. Most importantly, your name and your life will be written for God to read. Something tells me He doesn't skim.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Check out the latest in point and shoot cameras. They are highly advanced, will record video, and have become extremely affordable.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 25 February 2010 at 22:21
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 26, 2010
Today's Photograph.... Geese (Suzanne S)

Bible Study Verse
I Thessalonians 5:1-3
Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (NIV)

Thoughts
When I was a young waterfowl guide in the early 90s, still in college, I normally left the house by 4:45 am to make it to the ranch gate in time. It was a 30-minute drive, and I always looked forward to listening to Dr. David Reagan's, Christ in Prophecy, radio show that aired on 89.3 KSBJ in Houston at 5 am. As Dr. Reagan signed off, normally right as I arrived at the gate, he would say, "Look up, be watchful, for our redemption is drawing near."

Yogi Berra once said, "You can see a lot by looking."

As simplistic as that sounds, it is true. Look around. The signs of Jesus' coming are obvious.
(Bink G)

Action Point
As an outdoorsman, the signs of nature and weather naturally intrigue me; and, the Bible clearly spells out what nature will be like during the end times. "Labor pains," discussed in the above scripture, become more frequent and intensify closer to the day of birth. It has become obvious. Earthquakes and hurricanes have increased in intensity. I don't have the room on this page to explore the obvious signs of the Second Coming in world politics, technology, and Israel.

Who would ever believed hurricane Ike in 2008 would produce a 20-foot storm surge that reached 15 miles inland. Who would believe a tsunami would wipe out a nation? They laughed at Noah for 120 years before the big flood came, just like they did in New Orleans.

God always warns before he pours out his wrath on society. The signs are evident. Better get on the boat.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Doppler radar has helped meteorologists predict the severity of storms. Being able to access radar on your cell phone or marine electronics is a piece of technology that has helped make time on the water safer.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 26 February 2010 at 22:24
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 27, 2010
Today's Photograph....Duck Hunting (Will D)

Bible Study Verse
James 1:6
But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. (NIV)

Thoughts
I have been hunting ducks and geese for 20 years and I can tell you what species and how many were harvested on opening day of 1998. I can tell you how many pintails were shot in 2004, how good teal season was in 1993, and what direction the wind blew Christmas Eve 2006.

How? I record it in journals and have been doing so for years. I can tell you where and how many speckled trout we caught in Matagorda on June 5, 2005. I can tell you if top waters or soft plastics produced and which color of each. I can read the entry I wrote on June 2, 1999 when Chuck Uzzle and I caught and released eight speckled trout measuring over 28 inches. There is also a note about the trout I estimated over 32 inches that shook off my top waters as I was trying to grab it.
(Bink G)

Action Point
Try doing the same with your prayer life. Write down all of your requests and take them to the Lord daily. I have a list with over 200 people, situations, praises, and prospects I pray for daily. The list is ever expanding.

I use my prayer list as a bookmark for my daily Bible reading. When I wake up in the morning, praying and reading my Bible is the first thing I do. Pray for your friends, family, enemies, problems, patience, perseverance, direction, pray for anything and everything. Nothing is too great. Nothing is too small.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Add photos to your wildlife journals. It is fun to look at old hair styles, camo clothes, and skinnier waistlines.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 27 February 2010 at 22:21
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen February 28, 2010
Today's Photograph.... Mountain Lion Attack at Cabelas (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Psalms 18:2
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (NIV)

Thoughts
On a recent scouting trip right about dusk, something caught the corner of my eye. As I slowed down, I saw a mountain lion not twenty yards away from me. Even though he saw me, he continued to walk parallel with me.

Now understand I drive a pretty unassuming vehicle. As a matter of fact, it is downright unintimidating. This is probably why the lion could have cared less that I was there. He figured he could take me.

I thought to myself, "Wow! It is rare to see a mountain lion. Let alone a mountain lion with an attitude."

It wasn't until I actually got out of my car that he suddenly appeared startled. He looked at me, looked at my vehicle (which he had at least a hundred pounds on), looked at me again, and then trotted back in the direction from which he came.
(Brett M)

Action Point
I make fun of my little car as do most of my friends. But, I do take solace in knowing that it has seatbelts, airbags, and some sheet metal surrounding me. Many people subscribe to the bigger is better belief. Which is true, an F250 is going to provide better protection than a Yugo.

David says that God is our "shield"; a shield that protects us from our enemies. In a world filled with evil, we must pray daily that God will protect us and our families.

We must be diligent in protecting our children. That means talking to them every day, being involved in their school and their friends, most importantly being a parent first, and then a friend second. To do otherwise would be like letting them fly through life on a high speed motorcycle without a helmet. It is not a matter of "if", but "when".


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Mountain lion tags can be bought over the counter in some states. It is cheap insurance, if you do see one.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 01 March 2010 at 03:01
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 1, 2010
Today's Photograph....View Of The Top (Ross G)

Bible Study Verse
Exodus 20:8-10
"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. (NIV)

Thoughts
It happened to me during a scouting trip for deer. The day had drawn to a close and I was heading home. I decided to stop in a nearby town for a bite to eat. As I approached the intersection, I noticed a man standing on the side of the road with the usual "will work for food sign." This is when I sometimes have a crisis in my compassion. Trying to overcome it, I stopped and asked the man what kind of work he was willing to do. I knew I could not offer him any, since I didn't even live there. I figured if I received a legitimate offer of landscaping, roofing, etc., I would give him some money.

Although fairly young and apparently healthy, he informed me that in fact he was not willing to work and was just there to get money from passersby.
(Brett M)

Action Point
I have been a Christian for some time and thought that I knew a little about the Bible. But, do you ever have one of those days when someone reads a verse to you that you have read a million times before and suddenly it has a whole new meaning.

That happened to me with the above mentioned scripture. Reading it since I was a child, I always heard the command, "Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy." It never dawned on me that it also said, "Six days you shall do all your work." This is commanding not only that I keep the Sabbath holy, but that I also work six days a week. I do not believe this to mean that I have to be in the office or at the fire station six days a week. It includes performing chores around the house, volunteering, etc.

In II Thessalonians 3:10 Paul writes, "If a man will not work, he shall not eat," (NIV). The important point here is "will not work." It does not include those who cannot work, only those who will not work. If you like me have a crisis in your compassion, remember what God says. We need to help the many, many people right now that have been laid off from work, are willing, and are able to work, but cannot find it. They probably are not going to be standing on street corners, but are in your church or in your neighborhood.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
If unable to remove your entire big game animal from the field on the night you harvest, hang the savable portions in a tree at least fifty yards from the gut pile. These two precautions will help prevent meat loss from predation.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 02 March 2010 at 03:53
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 2, 2010
Today's Photograph: . . .Kind Of Like Two Boys On The Playground (FP)

Bible Study Verse
Acts 1:8
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywherein Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (NLT)

Thoughts
The two bucks started with a simple scuffle. It was nothing serious, kind of like two boys on the playground. The two young bucks continued and the fight intensified.

Soon, what I was witnessing was an all-out brawl. One deer would push and shove the other backwards. Then the second deer would grab his footing and return the favor. They pushed, twisted, and flailed until I thought they would break each other's neck. The power displayed was enormous.

Finally, the exhausted deer broke apart and one was left alone, victorious.
(Dennis W)

Action Point
Some people love the power in cars, others seek power from their jobs, and many take power in relationships.

Power is one of the temptations that Satan used. He promised Jesus, the Creator of the entire universe, all the kingdoms of the world if Jesus would bow down and worship him.

Yet all the power we ever need for everything we face is found in the Holy Spirit. God Himself is living inside us, empowering us to live for Him. Those of us who are in Christ Jesus don't need the power from an outside source.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Some guys will opt for power out of the archery equipment instead of accuracy. (It is fine in the summer on the range in a t-shirt.) Be sure you aren't pulling too much poundage out of your bow. When it comes to the moment of truth and a monster steps out in an awkward place, you must be able to draw the only weapon in your hand.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 02 March 2010 at 23:51
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 3, 2010
Today's Photograph....Snow On Roof (Rebecca L)

Bible Study Verse
I John 1:9
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (NIV)

Thoughts
One of our favorite wintertime activities is cross country skiing as a family. If you stay inside for too long in the winter months, a person can go buggy. Cross country provides us a cheap outlet to get out of the house and get a breath of fresh air. For us to do this, my wife and I have had to teach each of the kids how to ski.

Cross country isn't hard once you get a little experience under your belt, but those first few lessons reinforce how easy it is to slip and fall. All it takes is being off balance a little bit and down you go.

The important part of this learning curve is, "How do I get back up?" So a quick lesson ensues getting your skis parallel while you are laying down on your side, and then using your poles to help push oneself back up. It's a simple lesson, but if you don't get back up, you won't ever reach your destination.
(Dave M)

Action Point
Spiritually, everyone falls down. The key is to get back up. God designed and created you for a life of purpose. The enemy, Satan, wants to keep you down and beat up. That way you are ineffective for the kingdom of God. Sin isn't good, but when you fall, go straight to God, ask for forgiveness, and get back up. God's forgiveness is quick and complete - accept it and learn from your mistake(s).


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
For those of you, who live in a snowy climate, buy a roof rake to get the snow off your rooftops. Don't go up on your roof to shovel it off - you're inviting trouble. You do have to get the snow off though or you are looking at too much weight on the roof and potential leak problems with the ice backing up.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 03 March 2010 at 23:52
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 4, 2010
Today's Photograph.... View From the Bow (Cliff S)

Bible Study Verse
Matthew 14:31
Immediately Jesus reached out His hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" (HCSB)

Thoughts
Peter climbed out of the boat and began walking toward Jesus. Then the wind blew hard and his mind began to wonder and doubt. He began to sink and asked the Lord to save him. Of course, the Master of the Sea reached for Peter and saved him, then asked why he doubted.
(Bink G)

Action Point
The hard part for me would have been getting out of the boat. Can you imagine what people would say today if you stepped off the bow of your boat and tried to walk on water? Why does it take miraculous signs and wonders for us to believe in the omnipotent power of Jesus Christ?

He is the same yesterday, today, and forever! If He tells you to walk on water, don't hesitate - get your feet wet!


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
When someone steps on your boat, make sure you tell them where the life jackets are stored, just in case.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 05 March 2010 at 00:03
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 5, 2010
Today's Photograph....You Are Allowed Only One Kill In A Life Time (Cliff S)

Bible Study Verse
John 9:25
He replied, "Whether he is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!" (NIV)

Thoughts
The year? 1976. The tag? Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep in Hunt Unit 40A. In Arizona you can draw a sheep tag multiple times, if you are very lucky. But, you are allowed only one kill in a life time. Needless to say, this was a very special tag.

My friends were supportive and wanted me to harvest a really good trophy ram. The problem was, I had never hunted sheep and knew nothing about the animals, especially what they looked like in the mountains. That seems funny, but it is a physiological fact that you see what your mind is looking for. But, I had never seen sheep in the wild.

So, enter my friend, Jim, a premier sheep hunter. He put me on a herd of sheep and left me there for two days, just me, my spotting scope, and those sheep. By the time Jim picked me up, I could see sheep. It was like I had been blind before, but now they suddenly stood out up there on the side of the mountain.

I did get lucky and killed a nice trophy. I'm looking at it right now on my office wall!
(Cliff S)

Action Point
We can be spiritually blind for a variety of reasons. We may have never heard of Jesus and His gift of salvation. Maybe we've heard, but haven't had it explained so we can understand. It could be that we've listened to teaching that has blinded us to the truth of the Savior, that He is the only way to a relationship with God. For whatever reason, we might be blind to the truths of Jesus Christ.

Now, enter the Holy Spirit, perhaps through reading the Bible, through the testimony of a friend and believer, or maybe through the teaching of a local pastor or a great evangelist such as Billy Graham. However the Holy Spirit has brought the truth of Jesus into your life, suddenly you can see. You can understand your need for a Savior. You can believe in the truth that Jesus can bring into your life.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Before any hunt, get out into the mountains and "get your eye back" by spending time with your optics looking for the animals you will be hunting. It will really help once the excitement of the hunt arrives.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 06 March 2010 at 03:21
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 6, 2010
Today's Photograph.... Arizona Sunset (Bobby W).

Bible Study Verse
Matt.5:13a
"Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth." (MSG)

Thoughts
Here's another way to put it, "You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in this world. God is no secret to be kept."

When I think back to my years growing up, I was most attracted to men like you reading this article. Sportsmen, hunters, adventurers, cowboys that rode rodeo & risked their lives, and especially if they had wall mounts of their conquests. My Christian parents worried that their maverick, rebel, and renegade ways would influence me away from Christianity, but they didn't. Instead they opened my eyes to the God-colors of this big beautiful world and encouraged me to explore and to expand my horizons to discover all that God made available to us as men.
(Wes W)

Action Point
Most of us are dads, grandpas, uncles, employers, guides, husbands, and friends. There're young men watching and looking for a hero. You may not think you have much of a christian testimony, but hero you do have an audience. Be "the Man," be courageous, live the adventure, fight the battle, and win your beauty. Get the book Wild at Heart by John Eldridge; it will get you started.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Ever since my wife bought me this little point and shoot camera that fits in my shirt pocket, I've been noticing God-colors everywhere. God-flavors that I use to not notice.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 07 March 2010 at 02:30
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 7, 2010
Today's Photograph: ...Scaled Quail, Also Known As "Cotton Tops" or "Blues" (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Proverbs 30:2-3
"I am the most ignorant of men; I do not have a man's understanding. I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the Holy One." (NIV)

Thoughts
Years ago I read Robert Ruark's The Old Man and The Boy. The story is about a grandfather who teaches his grandson about fishing, hunting, and life in general.

While recently looking over the book again, I came across the chapter, "X+Y to the Second Power= Bluefish." In that chapter, Ruark writes about the old man telling his grandson about knowledge:

"Bear this in mind. Knowledge is an accumulation, like a pack rat hides things. Things you never knew you knew have a way of popping up later. You're supposed to fill your skull with a lot of things, against the day when you might need one of them. And remember this too: you can't pour a gallon of knowledge into a one-quart brain. The idea is to make the brain big enough and flexible enough to handle what it has to handle. I want to see better marks next month, or we might just find ourselves not shooting any quail this fall."
(Tom L)

Action Point
Many Christians including myself admit that we don't have a deep knowledge of God. This lack can cause believers to have an inconsistent walk and prayer life.

To know God is to have intimacy with Him. Knowing God is more than having ideas about Him. It involves opening our total innermost being to Him: intellect, emotion, and will. Daily reading and studying God's Living Word will increase your knowledge and produce an intimate understanding of who God is and His unending love.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
If you enjoy reading about hunting, fishing, relationships, and are interested in the old man's philosophy, check out the book. You can find it in print at Borders.com.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 07 March 2010 at 22:25
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 8, 2010
Today's Photograph.... My Reward (Terry B)

Bible Study Verse
Romans 5:3-8
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (TNIV)

Thoughts
This fall held one the most challenging trips we had taken. Nothing was going right. The weather was nightmarish, the deer weren't moving like expected, and we had tried various locations while moving to three different motels. We weren't seeing hardly any deer, let alone the big ones we had gone there for. Yet at any point the rut could change, so we kept getting up at 5 in the morning and hunting the whole day. Finally after six days, someone flipped the switch. I harvested a really nice 10 point.

I'm sure you can think of challenging times you have had in the field or on the water. You wanted to give up, yet kept at it, and your perseverance was rewarded. Sometimes in life we want to give up due to circumstances, yet we are reminded of all Jesus has done for us. We have something to hope for, no matter what is happening at the current time.
(Ross G)

Action Point
Putting your faith and trust in Jesus is easy to do when things are going well. Use the challenging times to develop your character and to remember the love Jesus has for you. It's the tough times that will strengthen your faith in Him.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Have a backup plan. On this trip, we had several. Sometimes when things aren't going like you hoped having other options will be enough to keep your spirits up. Planning for the unexpected can keep you in the field instead of encouraging you to head home.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 08 March 2010 at 22:17
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 9, 2010
Today's Photograph...How Can I Learn To Be More Like You And Less Like The Jerk That I've Been? (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Proverbs 12:11-12
He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, but he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding. The wicked covet the catch of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit. (NKJV)

Thoughts
Kevin smirked as he leaned up against his fifty thousand dollar sports car. His neighbor, Tom, was sitting on the tailgate of his worn-out pickup truck filing a hoe that he used in his garden. Pushing his sun-glasses back up his nose with one finger, Kevin sauntered over to Tom. "When are you going to give this garbage up? You're out here every day sweating, working, and for what? A bucket of tomatoes? I've got a sweet deal about to go down at work. Sure, it's a little shady. But, I'm going to earn enough this month to buy all of the tomatoes in this state!" With that he headed back to his car. He revved the engine and tore out down the road with radio thumping.

Tom smiled, shook his head, and kept filing the old hoe.

That very afternoon, Kevin rang the doorbell of Tom's house. He was clearly broken as tears ran down his face. "It's over, Tom. My boss found out about my big deal. He said that he didn't do business that way and he fired me. Now, on top of that, the other company is suing for my actions. I guess you were right all along, Tom."

Tom placed a big calloused hand on Kevin's shoulder. "The Bible says that we don't have any understanding if we follow frivolous things, Kevin."

Kevin was quiet for a minute. "Tom, how can I learn to be more like you and less like the jerk that I've been?"

Tom smiled again and handed Kevin a hoe.
(Brian H)

Action Point
Attention! Attention! This is a call to work and a call to live in righteousness! Just picture the writer of the Proverbs standing up on a hill overlooking the city. He clears his throat, cups his hands, and shouts out that line. Now, that's probably not how this proverb was written. But, no doubt, I have your attention now. Have you noticed a theme in the evening news over the last few years? I have seen two things:

  • How can I get more money or things?
  • If what I'm doing is wrong, I just need to change the rules so it is now right?
I can't think of any attitudes that are more contrary to the above mentioned verses! You can always find a clear contrast between worldly thoughts and what God has to say. You've seen the two themes of the world above. Now let's state those thoughts as God did in His Word:
  • Wealth is not evil, but you have to work for it.
  • The Bible is ultimate truth. Align yourself with it and live in righteousness.
Now compare and contrast those statements. Mull them over in your mind. Does your life square up with the Bible, which is ultimate truth? Do you work for your wants and needs or are you looking for a get-rich- quick scheme? Are you living in righteousness? Read the entire chapter of Proverbs 12. The root of the righteous yields fruit. There is life and no death.
(To be continued. . .)


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Even if you don't have a place to put a garden, you can fill some five-gallon buckets with soil and plant tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers. You should be able to raise enough vegetables to supply your table for the summer. Yes, it's a little extra work, but it's a blessing that you don't need to miss out on!

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 09 March 2010 at 22:22
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 10, 2010
Today's Photograph....I'll Bet That Bucket Of Tomatoes (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Proverbs 12:25
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad. (NKJV)


Thoughts
(Kevin & Tom, Part II continued from yesterday)
Kevin hacked away at some weeds in Tom's garden like a man chopping wood. Tom stopped his own work and watched as Kevin's fury intensified until finally he threw the hoe, dropped to his knees, and began to sob audibly as he dug up fists full of dirt.

Tom walked over and again put a large calloused hand on Kevin's shoulder. "Wanna talk about it?"
Kevin shook his head and looked up at Tom. "Everything I thought I loved is now gone. I've lost my job, my car, my house is being foreclosed on, and my wife left me this morning."

Tom looked sad. "So, Tammy left too, huh?"

Kevin nodded again.

Tom continued, "You know, Kevin, the Bible says in Proverbs 12:15 that a guy that listens to good counsel is smart. Well, that's my own translation of it. So, will you listen to me?"

Kevin nodded again.

Tom spoke softly to Kevin. "Did you know that God is absolutely crazy about you, Kevin? Did you know that He thinks that you are awesome? Kevin, you were so important to God that He gave His Son to die for you and He's got bigger plans for you still to come."

Kevin wiped his face. "When, Tom?"

Tom smiled again. "Don't know for sure, buddy. But you'd better get ready, because God is waiting on you to get some stuff straight with Him so He can bless you big time."

A hint of a smile came across Kevin's face. "You think so?"

Tom helped Kevin up from the ground. "I'll bet that bucket of tomatoes that God has a big plan for a hot rod like you!"

For the first time in weeks, Kevin laughed.
(Brian H)

Action Point
People hurt. There's no two ways about it. At some point in your life, you will be one of the hurting ones. But, with God's help, at some point in your life, you will also be one of the helping ones. Have you found yourself just getting tired of being around people? You know what I mean. You get tired of grumpy and grouchy people that honk at you in the parking lot or that grumble at you when you're taking too long in the checkout line. Let's face it, people can aggravate us to no end. But, why are they that way? Have you ever thought that the guy that's yelling at you out the window of his car may have just lost his job?

God loves people. There's no two ways about it. If you're breathing, then God loves you. Today, look for an opportunity to douse somebody's anxiety with a good bucket full of love by way of a few kind words. You don't have to preach to them. Just give them a good word, a very quick proverb with no strings attached, or just a friendly hand on a slumped shoulder. Our world if full of anxious people that are teetering on the brink of depression. A good word can make their heart glad.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 11 March 2010 at 13:34
A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 11, 2010
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Bible Study Verse
Mark 1:35
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (NIV)

Thoughts
Late September, archery elk camp in northern Arizona. What a great time to be in the woods with my good friend, Bobby. I remember four things from this particular hunt:
(Cliff S)

  1. My dog Herman who wouldnt let, shall we call them chunky, people into our camp (wefound that out when we came in from a rain storm withour ponchos over our packs, and when a particularfriend tried to come in to camp. Herman didnt likehim). But then again, Herman wouldnt let anyone into our camp.
  2. Bobbys green broke mule named Utah (emphasis on the word green). We planned to pack our elk out with Utah. Its too bad we didnt get one. That would have been a rodeo to see!
  3. The lightning storm that broke 100 foot pine trees in half. The trees literally exploded about thirty feet above the ground. Makes you think twice about sitting a tree stand.
  4. Bobby's camp coffee. Now you have to understand that in his younger and wilder days (translated pre-Nancy), Bobby was a cowboy on the Boquillas ranch near Seligman, Arizona. Making coffee consisted of pouring grounds in a pot, adding water, and boiling. Bobbys rule was to never throw out the grounds, just add more coffee and water. On Thursday of the week long hunt I was dumping the contents of the coffee pot on the ground. Bobby hollered at me to stop, and to just add more coffee and more water. I pointed out to Bobby that there wasnt any room for more coffee or water in the pot. It was full to the top with the weeks coffee grounds!

Action Point
Camp coffee. For many of us, a necessary part of the morning. If we dont have our morning cup of coffee its going to be a bad day. Some of us make it at home and take a Thermos full with us. Others make the obligatory stop at Starbucks or Circle K for their caffeine hit. I like to make camp coffee and then slip away and enjoy a little time by myself. Theres something about a cup of coffee, my Bible, and my prayer time that just makes the day better. It was recorded that Jesus would go to the mountains alone for His time of refreshment with the Father. If it was good enough for Jesus, its good enough for me. I wonder if there was a Starbucks in Jerusalem?


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
By boiling water and using instant coffee and instant oatmeal you can have a pretty easy breakfast, and sleep a few minutes longer while the water heats up. If youre cooking inside the tent or a camper, remember to vent the enclosure by opening the windows so you dont trap carbon monoxide inside.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 12 March 2010 at 03:39
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 12, 2010
Today's Photograph.... Eagerly Awaiting His Return (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Luke 21:34-36
"But be on your guard. Don't let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled by parties and drinking and shopping. Otherwise, that Day is going to take you by complete surprise, spring on you suddenly like a trap, for it's going to come on everyone, everywhere, at once. So, whatever you do, don't go to sleep at the switch. Pray constantly that you will have the strength and wits to make it through everything that's coming and end up on your feet before the Son of Man." (MSG)

Thoughts
I had been sitting near the water tank for a few hours, with a cow elk tag in my backpack. Nothing had come in and darkness was near. As I grew tired and my senses seemed to dull, I suddenly detected the unmistakable smell of elk. It hit me in the face like a Mike Tyson upper cut, but I could see nothing.

For several minutes I searched the areas in my line of vision, nothing in front of me and nothing to the sides of me; it must be behind me I thought. After fifteen minutes of waiting and the sun setting, I decided I needed to turn to see if it was behind me, even at the risk of alerting it to my presence. Slowly I turned and there it was, a large bull elk standing 20 feet behind at the edge of the tree line.

Fortunately he hadn't seen me. For the next twenty minutes he stood motionless. With an extreme amount of patience and diligence, he slowly scanned the area for danger. His head moved so slow as to be undetectable, until I noticed his antlers where now facing a different direction. He continued this for the better part of an hour and well into the darkness.
(Brett M)

Action Point
Jesus tells us to look at the fig tree. When the leaves begin to change colors we know that the season is beginning to change. He says that we will be able to recognize the season of His return in the same way. We will not know the day or time. But, we will know the season.

Many of the signs He tells us to look for are all around us. Many believe we are in the season of the end times. Whether we are or not, Jesus instructs us to be watchful. We are to be like that elk and diligently watch out for the signs and dangers, to "look to the heavens" for His return. Many of us have seen the surprise when an animal steps into our line of sight during hunting season. Do not let that day take you by "complete surprise."


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
During rain or snowy weather place a small piece of black electrical tape over the tip of your muzzle. It will keep the moisture out of your barrel and will easily give way when you take your shot.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 12 March 2010 at 17:36
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 13, 2010
Today's Photograph: . . .Little Buck (Brian H)

Bible Study Verse
1 Corinthians 3:5-8
What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe-as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. (NIV)

Thoughts
It was a new stand. We had just stood it up on the pipeline the previous day. There I sat, wondering if it would be a good spot. An hour later, I was admiring a small buck that I had just taken.

On the way back to the four-wheeler, I saw a huge scrape that I had not seen before then. It was fresh. Its size told me that a good-sized buck had been tending it. I was leaving for the weekend, so I told my dad about the scrape and urged him to go sit in that stand.

In the rain the next morning, he shot a huge nine-point. Sometimes you just have to set someone else up to succeed in order to accomplish a common goal. In our case, it was fresh deer tenderloin and a mount to go in the game room. His reward was a filled tag. My reward was having helped him to succeed.
(Brian H)

Action Point
Our society puts too much emphasis on having the spotlight firmly on ourselves. But, God's ways are not like our ways.

In the passage above, Paul and Apollos were working hand-in-hand for a common goal--to see people come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Sometimes Paul would preach and then Apollos would go talk to the people one-on-one, and they would be saved. Basically, Paul says, "I don't care who gets to lead them to the Lord as long as they get saved!"

Sometimes we're called to plant a seed. Sometimes we're called to water it. Other times, we get to harvest. But, don't forget that we do exactly what God calls us to do--and nobody harvests unless God makes our efforts grow. The spotlight is not on us. We're in the shadows. The spotlight is right where it belongs--on our great and glorious God!


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Keep your eyes open for unusual forage no matter what you're hunting. Sometimes you might think that game would be hitting one food source hard only to find that they're interested in something else. Scout hard and don't overlook lesser food sources.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 14 March 2010 at 02:34
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 14, 2010
Today's Photograph: . . .Seizing Opportunity (Randy E)

Bible Study Verse
Colossians 4:5
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. (NIV)

Wen you guys stay aroun peopo dat no trus God still yet, try tink first, da way you guys ack aroun dem. Everytime you guys get chance, tell um bout Christ!" (Da Jesus Book, Hawaii Pigin New Testament, Wycliffe)

Thoughts
The terminology in the Wycliffe translation of Hawaii Pigin may be a bit tough for some. But, it is a good read on the verse. The New American Standard Bible translates the last line, "making the most of every opportunity."

If you are a "Christ Follower," a Christian, no doubt you are around people each day who "no trus God still yet." They don't trust Him, because they don't know Him. They may believe He exists in some way: "Yes, I believe there is a God." But, they don't know Him.

To know Him is to trust Him. Trusting Him is to know Him by experience. (RE)

Action Point
Do you know God on a personal level? Can those around you who don't know Him see the reality of your knowing? "Try tink first, da ways you guys ack around dem." Our acting as Christians is evidence of our knowing Him...or not! Do you know Him?


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Consistent success in hunting means "making the most of every opportunity." This requires quick recognition of game, quick targeting, and a well- placed shot. I know of no better way to practice this sequence to success than cottontail rabbit hunting. Sporting clays is a close second though! Go ahead my friends; make the most of your opportunities. When possible, take a buddy "with" you!

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 15 March 2010 at 01:38
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 15, 2010
Today's Photograph: . . . Antelope Horn Sheaths (Ron T)

Bible Study Verse
II Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (NIV)

Thoughts
If I had to pick a favorite animal, I believe it would have to be the pronghorn antelope. It is truly an icon of the American West and unique to North America. As the fastest land mammal in North America, everything about the pronghorn is designed for speed--an oversized windpipe, huge lungs, and a large heart.

Pronghorns are not related to goats or sheep as some may think; they are one of a kind and the only horned animals to shed their horn sheaths. They shed their sheaths every year. In my area they usually drop in early November. The new sheaths start to grow soon after the old ones are gone.
(Ron T)


Action Point
The pronghorns get rid of their old beat up, broken horns. They fall to the ground and there they stay until the elements and rodents reduce them to nothing.

When we receive Christ, we are born again. Our old self is gone, forgotten. We are new creations.

Jesus said, . . . "[n]o one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again," (John 3:3). To be born again--to be "in Christ"--one must confess with his mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in his heart that God raised Him from the dead. Do this and one will be saved (Romans 10:9-10).

When this transformation takes place, the person is a new creation. The old has gone and the new has come!


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
To keep your rifle scope clean and dust away from your lense, try making your own scope cover. Cut a section about a inch wide out of an old tire inner tube, cut the ends about an inch wide, depending on the size of you scope. It will look like a big rubber band when you done.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 16 March 2010 at 02:00
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 16, 2010
Today's Photograph: ...Top Water Fishing (Ron M)

Bible Study Verse
John 15:8
This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (NIV)



Thoughts
Perhaps nothing in the fishing world can compare to the strike of a fish on a top water lure. Top water lures aren't species specific. What was once only a mainstay of bass fisherman, surface lures now entice everything from redfish and tuna, to blue marlin. I remember the first time I saw a big sea trout explode one--I had to have some of that action.

We had just finished bottom fishing a peak some 70 nautical miles offshore, when a good friend sat down next to me and shared that he had recently given his life to Jesus. I really didn't know how to act or what to say. My first thoughts were: how will this affect me and how will this change our relationship? (Isn't it remarkable how life before Christ is so self- centered?)

The next several months, I watched him carefully. I wanted to see just what this whole Jesus thing was about. I immediately noticed that his language changed; his demeanor too--he had this peace about him. His outlook on life improved--he had purpose. I also saw him turn the sources of worry and distraction into the focus of his prayers. I admired his change, As I watched Christ grow and make these profound changes in him, I knew I had to have some of that action.
(Will D)

Action Point
Every time you and I witness, we open the door to the scrutiny and watchful eyes of the secular world. But, that is good news. We don't have to act or try to be something we are not. The "old us" has been replaced with a new, born again Spirit--God's promise to us.

Rejoice in the fact you no longer have to strive to fit in some worldly pattern of existence. Thank our Lord of Heaven for the Grace He offers us and the eternal life-saving change it provides.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Top water lures work much better when utilizing a loop knot. A good one that is easy and quick to tie is the Rapala Knot.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 16 March 2010 at 23:36
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 17, 2010
Today's Photograph: . . .Goodbye Hoss (Joey H)

Bible Study Verse
Ecclesiastes 3:1
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: (NKJV)

Thoughts
"Dad," my son exclaimed as I entered the back door of our home from a three-day speaking engagement in another state, "Pepper had her puppies this afternoon and you should see this one big one. I named him Hoss." It was a fine, solid-white pointer pup and my teenage son had helped Pepper deliver her litter.
"He is going to be awesome," He said as he placed Hoss back with the mother and the gang.

Boy was he right. Hoss went on to be an incredible dog, having his picture in magazines, being on TV shows, and setting the bar high for any other dog in the field with him on a particular day.

"Dad," Dr. Jay, my son the veterinarian, assured me, "I'll take care of Hoss. It'll be okay."

As my bus pulled onto the road and I headed out to speak at a wild game dinner hours away, I knew that it would be okay. The hands of the teenage boy that helped Hoss enter this world, were now, some sixteen years later, going to help him exit this world. With his systems failing, it was time for Hoss to take his final rest.
(Joey H)

Action Point
As the bus traveled that asphalt ribbon to a group of men and boys waiting for me to speak, I couldn't help but think about how Hoss and Jay spoke to my heart about God and me.

Jay loved Hoss and was excited about his birth. God loves me and was excited about my coming into this world.

Jay saw Hoss in the field even though his eyes weren't opened and he could walk. God saw me in the field of life, and called me to fulfill His plans for my life, Jeremiah 29:11.

Over the years Jay fed Hoss, gave him his monthly heart worm medication, and took care of him. God takes care of me each day. At the end of the days afield, the last bird retrieved, and the last covey pointed, Hoss looked to Jay for help. With his body worn out and used up, Hoss turned his heart to Jay, and trusted in the same hands that he trusted before he even saw them.

Someday, I will walk out of my last field, step off my last stage, and God will be there with His hands around me. When that time comes, what a blessing it will be to know that the same hands that guided my entrance will guide my exit and grace me for all of eternity.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
How many times have we seen pictures of dogs waiting for their masters, or heard stories from years gone by of dogs waiting day after day at the train station for their master to return? Take time each day to spend with your pup. He is more than another piece of hunting equipment; he needs your touch. Take him for a ride, throw the ball with him, or just let him hang out with the family. It will pay big dividends in the field and in the future.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 18 March 2010 at 10:48
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 18, 2010
Today's Photograph: The Road Less Traveled (Tom H)

Bible Study Verse
Matthew 7:14
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (NIV)

Thoughts
Over time, my family's interest in camping has shifted away from public campgrounds to experiences that are more rustic. When we first started camping, we would pull into a campground, set up camp, and then establish our plan for the week--sights to be seen, trails to hike.

After doing lots of day hikes and taking in beautiful scenery, we thought it would be nice to take the next step with our hiking and venture into backpacking. Our thinking was that if the day hikes were nice, just think of all the amazing things we could see if we went to the interior of the trail systems. The idea that we were seeing a side of nature that most people didn't ever get to view was appealing. We became fascinated with "the road less traveled." As a result, our trips--planning and time--are now focused on the narrow trails that we enjoy following.
(Dave M)

Action Point
The Bible is very clear that the road that leads to God is narrow. As a believer, we are confronted daily with options that either lead us away from God or to God.

I pray that as your journey of faith continues you would become fascinated and encouraged to follow narrow path that God has laid out before us. That it would become your heart's desire to pursue it. There is a definite reward for pursuing the narrow path!


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
When you are trying to capture the depth of a view in a photo, make sure to get a bush, a weed, or a tree limb in the foreground. This little technique improves picture quality tremendously.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 19 March 2010 at 02:19
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 19, 2010
Today's Photograph: . . .The Elk That Became a Deer (APB)

Bible Study Verse
Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (NIV)

Thoughts
On one particular hunting trip this year, we were looking for elk in the higher elevations. It was a little early for the migration, but we knew there were a few bulls in the area. We stood on the edge of a large mountain meadow. Suddenly, a large-bodied deer showed up on the edge of the meadow. My friend ranged it at 230yd. He said that it looked like a 24in muley with a tall rack. With the deer alert to our presence, I didn't have much time to shoot; so I shot off-hand. We walked up to the edge of the meadow expecting to find a nice muley buck laying there on the snow. I had a lot of confidence in my 7mm mag. at that distance. Unfortunately, we didn't see the deer or any blood. I'll have to admit, some doubt entered my mind. The shooting conditions were very windy and my rest was not the best. Did I miss him? I wasn't going to give up yet. I picked up a set of fresh tracks and followed them down the mountain. About 20yd away, I noticed some dirt on top of the snow and the smooth blanket of snow disturbed. Not far from this area, the muley was laying dead with only one blood spot next to his nose. The bullet entered behind the front shoulder, mushroomed, and was found in the hide on the back side. Some faith, perseverance, and God's help enabled me to find that nice muley.
(Tom L)

Action Point
In Hebrews 6, we are told that He (God) is the rewarder of those who diligently seek (find) Him. In Our Daily Bread, a devotional booklet, it says, "Finding God is a matter of faith--confidence in Him and commitment to Him. This confidence and commitment should remain strong even though the objects of our faith are unseen. The writer of Hebrews and the Apostle John agree that, ultimately, the way to find the Lord and please Him is by believing in His Son Jesus."


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
If you can't find blood or a set of tracks to follow, walk in circles around the area where you last saw the deer. Increase the radius each time. I've found several deer using this technique.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 20 March 2010 at 06:44
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 20, 2010
Today's Photograph: Newborn in the Wild (FWS)

Bible Study Verse
John 10:27-28
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. (NIV)

Thoughts
Safe! Secure! These are important words and concepts. Even though God has designed and equipped infant wild animals with many protective instincts, they are seldom totally safe. Whitetail fawns seem especially vulnerable. The mother's care for her young often determines their survival.

An old doe that has given birth each of the last five years within the fenced grounds of Baptist Mid-Missions in Cleveland, Ohio, is classic proof. She leaps the fence to give birth on the property. Then, for several weeks, is back and forth over the fence multiple times each day to nurse and care for her babies.

The casual observer would think the fawn had been abandoned. Not so! That doe understands that her newborns are safer and more secure on that property than they would be outside the fence with her. Not until they are several weeks old and able to flee danger does she lead them out the front gate to life in the wilds of the Cleveland suburbs. That mother deer stays totally focused on the safety and security of her offspring.
(Jackie M)

Action Point
God is the only one that can ultimately guarantee our safety and security. In spite of the circumstances, accidents, and problems of life, we may rest in His love and promises. Jesus promises that if we believe in Him as Savior and Lord, follow Him, and listen to Him, that we are secure forever. In fact, we are held in God's eternal hands out of which no one is ever able to pluck us or snatch us. What wonderful safety and ultimate security!


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
When you come across a nest, or a young animal in the wild, it is usually best to leave it alone and undisturbed. There are reports of mother animals abandoning their young that have been handled by people transferring human odor to the young. If you know the young animal is truly an orphan, it is best to contact a wildlife officer to determine the best course of action for the animal's well-being. In many places it is illegal to take it home, adopt, or try to raise it.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 20 March 2010 at 22:58
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 21, 2010
Today's Photograph: . . . Fishing and The Future (FAD)

Bible Study Verse
Ecclesiastes 9:12
Moreover, no man knows when his hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them. (NIV)

Thoughts
Fish often exhibit keen qualities of survivability. Many times their encounters with our presentations leave us empty-handed while they swim away with a free meal. Last week, I was fishing a deepwater area of the Gulf of Mexico. As I reeled in a baited lure, I noticed just how close the fish had come from being hooked. I reset the lure and thought how life can be filled with near misses too.

We often read or hear about accidents that occur while hunting or fishing. Perhaps you have been involved in one. I think about the time my hand got tangled in a leader with a huge marlin on the other end.

Our day-to-day lives have near misses too--the red light that someone ran, a desperate criminal at the gas station, or a phone call from the doctor. What if the next time it isn't a near miss? Are you prepared spiritually?
(Will D)

Action Point
Ask yourself this: If I were to die today, would I be in Heaven? Prepare for eternity right now. Receive God's free gift of salvation; admit you are sinful, ask for forgiveness, and know and believe Christ died for you. Finally, ask Him to be your boss and Savior.

"For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!" Ezekiel 18:32 (NIV).


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Many times pelagic fish strike in an effort to disable fish. If your lure is hit without a hookup, free spool for an eight or ten count. The fish may come back and eat your lure.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 21 March 2010 at 23:01
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 22, 2010
Today's Photograph: Elk Antler Found (PL)

Bible Study Verse
Matthew 6:19-21
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (NIV)

Thoughts
In the Spring my kids and I like to hike in the woods after the elk have dropped their antlers. It's kind of like a treasure hunt to them, without the map. It's also a great time to teach the kids about God's creation. They have fun identifying tracks, rubs, scrapes, and whatever else we can find out there.

After the antlers shed off, they are subject to the elements and critters. Squirrels, mice and other rodents love to chew on them to get their daily intake of calcium. The sun and weather will bleach them and break them down over time.
(Ron T)

Action Point
My pastor presented a great illustration for eternity: He drew a little dot on the church wall. The dot represented our time here on earth. The rest of the church, inside and out, represented eternity. Salvation is a free gift from God, a treasure that will not rot and cannot be stolen. We are here for such a short time, yet it's what we do with His gift of a relationship with Him--our salvation--while we're here that determines where we spend all of eternity.

If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life, I suggest that you do it now. Go to the Sportsman's Devotional web site, click on the "About Us" page, then on the Sportsman's Devotional.com prayer link.

Jesus is coming back, and He said that He will reward each person according to what he or she has done. Read Matthew 16:27.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Shed hunting is a lot of fun and good exercise. I recommend taking along a pair of binoculars. You can glass the open meadows and save yourself a few steps. Make sure to check the regulations for the area you plan to shed hunt. Areas such as some National and State Parks don't allow the removal of antlers.

Remember to drink plenty of water on these excursions.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 23 March 2010 at 04:59
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 23, 2010
Today's Photograph: . . .Stopping at the Top (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Philippians 2:12-13
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence-- continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. (NIV)


Thoughts
One morning on a muzzleloader deer hunt, two friends and I discovered the track of what promised to be a toad of a muley. When he dropped into a deep narrow canyon, Randy stayed on his track while Jeff and I skirted around the top for a shot at this buck that would surely spook when he caught Randy's scent.

We crept at least 100 yards along the edge of the canyon and waited while Randy hotly pursued the buck into the head of the canyon. Within minutes we heard a clatter of hooves right beneath us as this monster escaped from under a palo verde tree and scrambled straight up the opposite side of the canyon.

I settled in with my TC Renegade and shooting stick, an ancient saguaro skeleton spine, and readied for the shot that I guessed was at least 125 yards (later 'ranged' at 165 yards).

Jeff whispered, "Are you gonna shoot?"

I replied, "When he gets to the top, he's gonna stop."

Sure enough when that big buck topped out on the other side of the canyon, he stopped and looked back for a glimpse of what had spooked him from his noontime nap. That's when I lowered the boom on him.
(Ruben C)

Action Point
This particular scenario had never presented itself. I wasn't certain that buck would stop. By faith I believed he would, because my dad had encouraged me to wait for such opportunities when dealing with a spooked buck. With just my old man's advice ringing in the back of my mind, I waited for the shot. He was right.

Paul told the Philippians don't just obey when I'm around to watch (like anyone would when you're in church), but as well when I'm not. We are called to be Christ like each day of the week, not just on Sunday while in the midst of the pastor and the body of believers. It is not easy. If we are to win others to Christ, we must set the example and walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:6 instructs, "Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did," (NIV). Like I was eventually rewarded with that buck, you too will be rewarded with winning others to Christ. His blood can save us all.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Don't know why they do it, but they do more often than not. A mule deer buck will stop at the top of a ridge and look back if you've spooked him and he doesn't know what "you" are. Save this for the running shot that you're not all that warm and fuzzy about or as a lesson for young hunters. Worst case scenario if you don't take a chance on an "iffy" running shot, you'll have an opportunity on the other side of the hill at a buck that's settled down. If you're patient and give him enough time, he will.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 24 March 2010 at 03:21
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 24, 2010
Today's Photograph: Early Fishing (WW)

Bible Study Verse
Matthew 6:33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (NIV)

Thoughts
It is amazing how we will get out of bed at some ridiculous time to take in a fishing expedition or hunting outing, but neglect to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. I wrestle with this: Why do I jump out of the sack to engage in an outdoor experience; yet, when it comes to getting out of bed to engage in seeking first the Kingdom and His righteousness, my body seems to be cemented to the bed.
(Glen D)

Action Point
What have I done to help in my walk with Christ? Combine the two experiences. Weekly, get outdoors to seek first His kingdom and spend time focused on His Word and His plans for my life.

Seeking is an action word and compels us to be active in Kingdom matters and not just sit back and let life roll on by. Find a place outdoors to listen to some great praise music or read a portion of the Word.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
I do not know where you are in the world, but in my neck of the woods, Spring turkey season is just around the corner! We are scouting areas, cleaning guns, checking our inventory of decoys, shells, calls, clothing, and gear.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 24 March 2010 at 21:25
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 25, 2010
Today's Photograph.... Deer (MQ).

Bible Study Verse
Matthew 26:40-41
And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, "So could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. (ESV)

Thoughts
Who hasn't fallen asleep hunting? Many of us have stayed up too late the night before a big hunt or been worn out fighting the elements and succumbed to fatigue.

I recall my son's recent deer hunt from a ground blind. Facing away from him, I could see the deer coming. Under my breath I hissed, "deer," "deeeeer," "DEEEEER!" Overcoming a case of the nods, he snapped to attention with only half his wits about him. By the time the gun was up, there was snow on the scope and one disoriented teenager! Thankfully the deer never got close enough.

When Jesus addressed the disciples' physical grogginess, he was speaking to a much deeper spiritual grogginess. "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak" is often our excuse for failure. It should be a warning against it. In life, we can't afford to give into temptation, for we are the hunted. Peter warned,"Be sober-minded, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour," I Peter 5:8 (ESV).
(Matt F)

Action Point
What dangerous spiritual grogginess could Jesus address in your life? "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." Get with another Christian and begin to hold yourself accountable to each other. Don't allow weakness to be an excuse for failure. Stay alert!


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Make sure you're prepared mentally and physically for a big hunt. Get the proper sleep the night before and bring the proper gear to help you fight the elements.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 25 March 2010 at 21:23
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 26, 2010
Today's Photograph.... Lazy River (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Matthew 8:23-27
Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!" Jesus responded, "Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!" Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. The disciples were amazed. "Who is this man?" they asked. "Even the winds and waves obey him!" (NLT)

Thoughts
It promised to be a great midsummer trip. A canoe ride from the dam spillway on a lazy Texas river to a few favorite blue-cat fishing holes. Fish all day in deep water and back upstream hugging the shoreline using the back eddies. We landed the aluminum canoe and began fishing. The action was slow, but we didn't give up. We had beached the canoe under a rock, the size of a house, and walked up a steep path to get a view on top and fish some holes in and around that huge rock. Two experienced canoeists on a familiar river, what could possibly go wrong?

At first it was hardly noticeable that the river current was beginning to increase. But, soon our lazy river was raging. We were up on top of the rock when we heard it, the sound like a pop can being crushed. The canoe! We raced down the path to find the water level had risen to the point that the canoe was being crushed against the ceiling of the monstrous rock! My partner, an experienced swimmer, leaped into the water, with great difficulty submerged the canoe, and floated it out from under the rock! I would not recommend his actions to anyone. The Lord was with him and the canoe was salvaged, we got it out of the water, and it was okay. Our work began! A lazy 2-hour float downstream turned into a very, very difficult paddle back upstream.
(Marshall M)

Action Point
Jesus calmed the storm, the wind, and the waves. The disciples were rescued from a raging storm, but out in the middle of the sea. They had to paddle and work to get the boat back to shore with no wind to fill the sails. God hears our prayers and He rescues us from our storms, but He still expects us to do our part. People have these fantasies: I want the perfect marriage, I want the perfect circle of friends, I want the perfect career, and I want the perfect education; if I can't have that, then I won't do anything. God doesn't work like that. There is always a price to be paid. The price for sin is death; it was paid for by Jesus' death on a cross. The disciples cried out in a storm to be rescued and had to row back to shore. Our response to God's saving grace should always be "What's next Lord, how can I serve you today?"


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
A question that often comes to mind on a canoe trip is what is the best footwear? If the temps are too cool a sandal or a wet athletic shoe is not much fun. Here's a good substitute, invest in waterproof socks! They are less expensive than specialty boots or shoes and can be used for a variety of water related sports. I often use then with my wader boots for canoeing. The boots are made to get wet while the socks keep my feet dry!

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 27 March 2010 at 21:27
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 28, 2010
  Today's Photograph....Your king is coming! A good king who makes all things right. (MQ)

Palm   Sunday

Bible Study Verse
Matthew 21:10-11
As he made his entrance into Jerusalem, the whole city was shaken. Unnerved, people were asking, "What's going on here? Who is this?"  The parade crowd answered, "This is the prophet Jesus, the one from Nazareth in Galilee." (MSG)
 
Thoughts
Jesus' "triumphal entry," exactly one week before His resurrection.  Some may call it Passion Sunday.  But, for most it's Palm Sunday.  This day Christ came into the city of Jerusalem treated as a king.  The prophet Zechariah proclaimed this day,  "Your king is coming! A good king who makes all things right, a humble king riding a donkey, a mere colt of a donkey," Zechariah 9:9b (MSG).
 
Nearly everyone threw down their garments on the road; others cut branches from palm trees giving Jesus a royal welcome.  The crowds cried out, "Hosanna to David's son!"  "Blessed is He who comes in God's name!"  "Hosanna in the highest!"  This was a glorious day.
 
But, we have forgotten those people that were in the crowds shouting, "Hosanna in the in the Highest," and those that were thrilled to be a part of the parade shouting joyfully and proclaiming the one who comes in God's name, are the same crowd, the same people that five days later were crying out, "Crucify Him!  Crucify Him!"
(Donny N)
 
Action
Sadly this still happens today.  It's very easy to get caught up in "the crowd."  Ever been in this situation?  At work, amongst your friends, around the campfire with your hunting buddies, or at church.  Had a situation arise that you didn't agree with or felt uncomfortable with and you chose to take the lesser path and go along with the crowd? 
 
It's not easy to go against the grain.  But, I want to encourage you to stand firm in your faith.  Jesus didn't die on the cross just for our sins; he died so that we may be made right with God.   As difficult as it may seem, as painful as it may be, know this, the pain you're going to have to suffer for your faith, for your beliefs, and the pain you will endure while going against the crowd will never be greater than the pain that He went through for you and me. 
 
Don't settle for the norm.  Don't settle for mediocrity.  Settle for nothing less that the heart of Jesus and live the life He has called YOU to live.  
 
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Before you hit the trail, it's always a good idea to have a checklist for your day pack, your hunting supplies, and your food as well as a plan that includes the location you will be traveling to.  Always include any alternate routes you may take and leave your plan at home with family and friends.
  


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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 30 March 2010 at 01:10

A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 30, 2010
 
Today's Photograph. . . . Toms (MQ)
Bible Study Verse
II Corinthians 5:17-19
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. (NIV)
 
Thoughts
I blew it!  Absolutely, 100%!  Blew it!

I was out turkey hunting a couple of weeks ago, waiting to get a shot off at a tom. We'd had some pretty bad weather--sporadic temperatures--and the birds' patterns seemed to have gotten thrown off. So rather than sitting there enjoying watching turkeys in the mornings and evenings, it seemed as if I was lucky to see anything. After several unsuccessful hunts, I was in my blind and just about ready to wrap up another morning of seeing practically nothing.
 
I looked over to my left and there were six toms coming out of the woods, headed right for me. It had been so long since I'd seen one, I couldn't believe my eyes. I got my gun up as quickly as I could and waited for them to meander in front of me. Sure enough, they did!  At about 30yd, I finally got one of the toms to separate from the group a bit so I could get a clean shot off without taking down any of the others. As I pulled the trigger, I was looking forward to finally having a successful hunt.
 
Well, the shot resounded across the field, and all six birds flew up in the air and went right over my blind as part of their escape route. I felt numb and stunned!  All I can tell you is that the rest of that weekend, I found myself ruminating on the idea that I needed a second chance!  I had completely blown it!
(Dave M)
 
Action Point
The great thing about being a Christian is that we serve a God of second chances! We serve a God who believes in forgiveness and reconciliation! Maybe you've absolutely blown it:  you ignored a chance to speak a word of encouragement to someone who needed it, missed an opportunity to witness to someone who needed to hear the gospel, you got angry over something that in hindsight was petty, the business deal wasn't exactly up front, and in the end, you flat out didn't do the right thing.

Go directly to God today and ask Him to forgive you. Ask Him to reconcile the situation. We all blow it.  But, God is ALWAYS there, willing to forgive if we are truly repentant. Humble yourself before Him.
 
Sportsmen's Tip Of The Day
Range finders are a great investment! They give you the necessary information about how far away an animal is and whether or not you should be shooting.

 
 
 
 


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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 30 March 2010 at 23:03
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 31, 2010
Today's Photograph: What Does A Path Constructed By God Look Like? (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths. (HCSB)

Thoughts
So how much are we supposed to trust the Lord?
With all your being.
What are we not supposed to lean upon?
Our own understanding.
In how many ways are we to acknowledge God?
All.
What will be the eventual outcome?
Straight paths.

Rabbit paths, cow paths, deer paths, and human paths--we have all seen them. None are perfect, nor easy to follow.

So what does a path constructed by God look like? Here is my profound answer: I don't know. But, it's the only one to follow because your Creator has the big picture of your life and all you have is a small snapshot. God's paths are seen by looking back into your past. Then, you can see the trail; and it's only then that you might say to yourself, "Oh, I get it now." The path ahead is rarely seen, but followed by trusting Him with all our heart. (MQ)

Action Point
Are you willing to trust to that extent during 2010? God's path may be scary and require faith to follow. We know it is narrow and not followed by most. It is definitely not the easy way. Will you take it? If you are, you're in for an adventure.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Set up your hunting stands near well-used paths and be patient.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 31 March 2010 at 23:02
Sportsmen's Devotional

A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 1, 2010
  Today's Photograph . . . . The Man Cave (Cliff S)
Bible Study Verse
Matthew 7:15-16 
"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.  By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?" (NIV)
 
 
Thoughts
My son and I live in what we refer to as "the man cave."  There is nothing feminine about our home.  When you enter it, you know immediately that hunters live here.  You don't have to guess, you see it.  When you come in the front door, the first thing you see is Adam's 2002 elk shoulder mount, then, the racks from the two elk we killed in 2009.  There's gun cleaning stuff in the living room, a reloading bench where the dining room table used to be, more gun and archery stuff in the den, multiple dead animals on the walls, a .22 bullet trap and an archery target, leftover pizza in the fridge, and, when using the bathroom, remember MAN CAVE RULES are in effect! 
 
For Christmas, we didn't get around to putting up a tree.  So Adam printed a picture of a Christmas tree off the internet and taped it onto the lampshade.  Hey, there's no watering a dry tree, no pine needles to clean up, and we can leave it up all year!  Add a little pine smelling cover scent and you've got it.  The perfect Christmas tree!  Maybe there's a reason why we're both still single.  You think?  But, hey, you don't have to ask what we do in our spare time.  We hunt! 
(Cliff S)
 
 
Action Point
When your friends, business associates, the waitress at the diner, the salesman at the gun counter in the sporting goods store, or new acquaintances cross your path, do they see that you are a Christian?  Does it show?  What fruit do you produce? 
 
Jesus said that we're to be a light to the world (Matthew 5:13-16) and that the world should see Him through us.  That the world would know Him by the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). They should see in us, fruits that we can't produce.  They have to come from God.  The world should see Jesus in our attitudes, our words, how we handle difficulties and successes, and in how we treat others.  We should also be telling people around us about Jesus and His love and grace.  Yes, the false prophets are out there.  But, God desires to produce fruit in our lives that will provide evidence to others that He loves them, too, and that they can be in relationship with Him just as we are. 

 
Sportsman's Tip of the Day
It's OK to leave your trophies and gun paraphernalia visible to folks who enter your house.  But, keep the guns locked up in a safe place.  The guns should be in one location, the ammunition in another, preferably under lock and key.  This will protect against tragic accidents, and potential loss to thieves.  
 


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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 31 March 2010 at 23:07
Sportsmen's Devotional

A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 29, 2010
 
Today's Photograph. . . . Always Place Your Trust In The Lord (MQ)
 
Bible Study Verse
II Chronicles 14:2
Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God. (NIV)
 
Thoughts
Do you remember the story of King Asa? Asa followed God's commands and experienced peace. The story tells us that, as long as Asa kept his eyes on God, God rewarded him.  When Asa was faced with challenges, he would turn to God and seek guidance.
 
The story also relates that, as time went on, he failed to see the need to seek God's wisdom; and soon lost power, property, and, eventually, his life.
(Dave W)
 
Action Point

At times in our lives, it is easy to think that we can deal with the issues of life on our own. We may think it is the "manly" thing to do. It usually does not take long to realize that we need some help.
 
When these times occur, is it not wonderful that we can go to Him and ask for help. Remember to keep your eye focused on God during good times and bad.
 
Sportsmen's Tip Of The Day
If you want 100% accuracy when shooting, practice 200%. 1
 
1 Steve Chapman, 365 Things Every Hunter Should Know. 


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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 01 April 2010 at 22:48
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 2, 2010
Today's Photograph: Alaskan Black Bear--Awesome Result of Sitting in Silence (Cliff S)

Bible Study Verse
Matthew 27:12-14
When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, "Don't you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?" But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge--to the great amazement of the governor. (NIV)

Thoughts
It's Good Friday. My thoughts have gone back to a day a little over two-thousand years ago when Jesus was asked that question: Don't you hear what they're saying about you? Don't you have anything to say in your defense? Jesus amazes them when He makes no reply.

I stand in awe when I think of that scene. If I were in the field and a game warden was asking me questions, I would answer them, wouldn't you? If that had been me instead of Jesus, I would have said something. I would have been throwing everything I could back at the accusers. I would have had my attorney there blasting the accusers, quoting laws and legal precedents.

But, Jesus made no reply. He stood in silence. Silence. Why? Because a decision had been made. It was made the night before in the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus prayed, "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done," Matthew 26:42 (NIV).

Jesus knew the need, and Jesus knew the consequences for all mankind if he refused the cross. There in the garden, He had a choice; and by being obedient to the Father, He chose to love us, to die for us, and to take the burden of all of our sins on Himself. Jesus made this choice in spite of knowing all of the suffering that awaited Him in the next few hours.

Hebrews 5:8 says that Jesus was made perfect through His suffering. Because of His perfection, we can have eternal life with Him. Jesus made a commitment. He kept it, and He suffered during that horrible night, and later on the cross. Because of His suffering, we have this day, Good Friday; and three days later, we have Easter--triumph over sin and death. Praise God for Jesus' obedience, even to death on a cross!
(Cliff S)

Action Point
As you go through your day, be aware that you are God's witness to the world around you. Be prepared to answer those who ask you why you are a follower of Jesus. Tell your world about the love and forgiveness that you have found in Jesus, and that they can have the same.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Sit silent in the woods. If you're moving, the animals see you; if you're still, you'll see them.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 03 April 2010 at 01:19
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 3, 2010
Today's Photograph: The Forgotten Day (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Matthew 26:31
Then Jesus told them, "This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' " (NIV)

Thoughts
It's the forgotten day, the day between Good Friday and Easter. Lost time, time that we don't know much about. Jesus was dead. Jesus was buried and in a sealed tomb, no less.

The disciples were scattered just as Jesus had predicted, just like a covey of quail on a wild covey rise. I wonder where they went, what they did, what they thought. Did they go home? Did they hide? Did they go fishing? Did they say to themselves: Well, that was sure a waste of our time to follow this guy around for the last three years?

We do know that they were scared--one of the few comments we have in scripture is that they had locked themselves in their homes for fear of reprisal. I'll tell you, I would have been scared, I would have run, and I would have hid. I probably would have gone to the mountains--that's where I go to escape.

I would love to have known what thoughts were going through the disciples' heads that day. They had to be thinking about all that Jesus had said. Probably, whenever they were back together, I think that they would have been sharing those thoughts with each other:

  • Hey, Peter, didn't Jesus talk about this--going to Jerusalem, being accused, tortured, led as a lamb to slaughter?
  • John, didn't He tell us about being condemned to death, being flogged, and crucified?
  • But wait, Thomas, didn't He also say something about being raised from the dead, something about living again?
  • No, no, no, that simply can't happen. It's not possible, it's not logical, it's nonsensical.
  • But there's more guys--don't you remember what Jesus said to us: "But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee." What does that mean, "after I have risen?"
  • Could it be true? Could Jesus be raised from the dead? Could He live again?
  • Could He walk with us again? How could this be?
Then came Sunday. . .
(Cliff S)

Action Point
Satan throws everything that he has at us in order to make us doubt--doubt our faith, doubt Jesus' words, and doubt our salvation. But remember, we know what happened on Sunday. JESUS won! Satan lost for eternity.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
When you're following your compass or GPS in the mountains, trust what it's telling you. It's probably right.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 04 April 2010 at 02:57
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 4, 2010
Today's Photograph . . . . The Truest Evidence Of God's Love (Raymond Roberts)

Bible Study Verse
Matthew 28:1-7
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

Happy Easter! He has risen from the grave! He's alive!


Thoughts
It's Easter--the truest evidence of God's love for us that ever was or could be. I can hardly imagine the scene: a violent earthquake, an angel appearing, the stone being rolled away, and being told to not be afraid.

Don't be afraid...Yeah, uh huh...right. I would have been afraid. Look at the tough guy Roman guards (the Delta Force of their day)--they became like dead men!

But, amazingly, these two women didn't faint or collapse in fear, as the guards. They listened to the first post-crucifixion testimony given of Jesus' resurrection. They were told to go tell the disciples. The disciples were told to go tell the world. We've been told to share the good news. Jesus has risen; Jesus has risen indeed! Praise God, He has risen! Because Jesus rose from the grave, we can have the hope of rising from the "grave" of our sins. We can have eternal life, and we can know that we will spend that eternity in heaven with Jesus. Only believe!

Now, how many times have you heard someone say that they don't believe that a loving God would condemn anyone to an eternity in hell? Well, guess what; they're right! God doesn't condemn us. We do that to ourselves by our choice of unbelief.

Through Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection, God has provided the way for us to avoid hell. Just as we would do anything to prevent our own children from experiencing pain, God went so far to prevent our winding up in hell as to send His only Son to die for us. Would I ask my son to die for me? No! Would I send my son to die for you? I don't think so! But God didn't hold anything back--He gave the ultimate sacrifice of His only Son so that we could be saved and be with Him forever. He truly is a loving God! He offered us both forgiveness and hope on the first Easter morning. But, as Jesus was given a choice to be obedient unto death, He has given us the choice to believe or not. Choose to believe. Thank you, Father!
(Cliff S)

Action Point
Believe in Jesus--today. Accept His gift of salvation. Pray and ask Jesus to come into your heart and to forgive you of your sins. Be assured of His gift of eternal life!

If you prayed that prayer today, seek out other believers, and find a Bible--teaching church where you can grow in your faith and in God's love. Let us know here at Sportsmen's Devotional so that we can rejoice with you and pray for you.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Listen and learn from experienced hunters and fishermen. There may come a day when you encounter a situation where someone else's experience or suggestion may keep you out of a tough situation.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 04 April 2010 at 22:41

A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 5, 2010
 
Today's Photograph . . . Visit  http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103270086614&s=8345&e=001es99bXNZeAy3akFHwZWGKwXGCg_0vxHzRLOJt1hy-4H6mDyAEXpZyoMvzIFd-mMklPbRiEHMcCbrcI5GosO7ijy4WcP-YoJQec-wndth9xDwjN_teR_Dqg==" shape=rect>
Bible Study Verse
Hebrews 3:13
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. (NIV)
 
Thoughts
Did you know that there are 6,692,030,277, (yes that's billion) people on the planet?  You may look at that number in amazement or in disbelief. 
 
I look at that number and get excited.  I see that number and say to myself, there are over 6 billion ears to hear the message of Christ.  I see that number and almost jump out of my skin.  What a better time to be a witness for Christ and spread His Word. 
 
But, sadly there is at least one third who have never or may never hear the love of Christ.  We need to start reaching people that no one else is reaching.  Creatively in ways that nobody else is using to reach those people.   A core group of SD writers have found such a way.  Think of it as an extension of your small group.  It's called CHRISTTING.
(Donny N)
 
Action
CHRISTTING:  is a new texting concept that is Christ centered and GOD honoring. So you've heard of Sexting, right?  Where phone texts are intended to humiliate, sexually arouse, and abuse others or oneself.  Christting does the opposite! 
 
By doing the opposite, we mean using texts within an established group to encourage, support, pray with and for, as well as share a short study of the Bible each week.  
 
Over 2.4 billion people text in our world today. Statistics show that over 80% of all cell phone users text. Experience shows that once a person tries texting they are hooked. We are told that the explosion of texters is yet to come among baby boomers in the United States.
 
Let's embrace this technology and use it to glorify GOD and grow others in the Christian faith.  Become part of this new Revolution.     http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103270086614&s=8345&e=001es99bXNZeAy3akFHwZWGKwXGCg_0vxHzRLOJt1hy-4H6mDyAEXpZyoMvzIFd-mMklPbRiEHMcCbrcI5GosO7ijy4WcP-YoJQec-wndth9xDwjN_teR_Dqg==" shape=rect>http://christting.com/
 
Sportsmen's Tip Of The Day
Visit Christting.com, pray, and begin a fellowship of texting sportsmen.   
 


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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 05 April 2010 at 22:21
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 6, 2010
Today's Photograph: Pheasant Hunting (DW)

Bible Study Verse
Proverbs 18:24
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (NIV)

Thoughts
The cock pheasant flushed with the traditional cackle and the shot was taken. Gliding to the ground, I knew the bird would be on the run.

Mattie, my fifteen-pound, eight-month-old Boykin Spaniel, broke for the retrieve. You could see the amazement in her eye when she caught this strange bird. "It looks more like a fancy chicken than a quail," she was thinking. This was her first pheasant retrieve. Without hesitating, she jumped right on the bird. They looked like two little boys in the backyard wrestling. She was on top, and then the bird was on top. After a minute of this tussle, Mattie just backed off a couple of steps to regroup.

Buddy, my two-year-old English Setter, stepped in and scooped up the bird, shook it a few times; and the fight was over. Then, he did the most interesting thing--he put it down for Mattie. She rushed over, grabbed the bird, and brought it to me. When I took it from her, she stood there so proudly. As I looked up, Buddy was standing and watching in the distance, pleased. I guess even a dog needs a buddy.
(Joey H)

Action Point
Everybody, from time to time, gets into a situation, has to make a decision, and needs a buddy--someone to help.

Jesus Christ has been my friend, my buddy, if you please, for years. He guides me, teaches me, encourages me, and loves me. When I get in a tight that I cannot manage, He is always there to step in and take over. He really is a true friend who is closer than a brother.

A long time ago, I discovered that I needed a buddy. How about you?

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

Begin crate training your pup on the day that you bring him home. If the pup is in the house with you and the family, use his crate in which to let him rest, have a snack, and even spend his nights. The crate will help you manage him and also give him his space. When you begin to take him to the field, loading him in his dog box will never be a problem.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 07 April 2010 at 22:20

A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 8, 2010
 
Today's Photograph . . . Seek Out A Time (Chris Q)
Bible Study Verse
John 15:11
"These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full." (NASB)
 
Thoughts
During the winter months, trout fishing in Arizona usually isn't too productive for me. However, this past winter, I took my two younger boys, 17 and 19 years of age, for a mountain bike excursion. We had small day packs with telescopic rods and all of the gear that we needed for fishing.
 
We only rode a couple of miles into the canyon, and found the hole that I was looking for. We had the best time catching trout in the middle of winter!
 
For me, my greatest pleasure was seeing my boys, whom I love so much, having joy in a really simple activity in God's beautiful creation. Our heavenly Father takes the same delight in us!
(Tom H)
 
Action
Seek out a time where you can do something fun with a son, grandson, or close friend. 
 
Sportsmen's Tip Of The Day
When tying your own flies instead of fly tying cement, try using PVC pipe glue from your local hardware store.  It's inexpensive, waterproof, and has excellent bonding. 


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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 08 April 2010 at 22:24

A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 9, 2010
 
Today's Photograph. . . . That Leads From An Overflow Of An Inland Lake (MQ) 
Bible Study Verse
Matthew 7:7-8
 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." (NIV)
 
Thoughts
Where I live, we have these geological anomalies called sinkholes.  These are holes that randomly are located throughout our area - some on dry land and some under water.   They range in size.  But, they can 50 feet wide and over 100 feet in depth.  We've had geologists from all over the states come at various points to try to study them - especially the ones located in Lake Huron. 
 
There is one hole that is located just a few miles from my house in a river that leads from an overflow of an inland lake out to Lake Huron.  In the springtime, when the water table is high, the river widens out and looks like a small lake; later in the summer though, this river will drop 10-15 feet.  
 
The sinkhole located in this river is simply a big drain.  It goes underneath the riverbed and somehow leads out to the big lake.  The level of the waterline stops dropping late in the summer when it matches the waterline of Lake Huron that is located 4 or 5 miles east of the sinkhole. 
(Dave M)
 
Action
We all have holes that we carry with us.  We have things from our past that just seem to keep popping up throughout our lives.  They serve as drains - leaving us feeling empty. 
 
God is in the business of reconciliation (making things right and/or bringing things together in the way that they were intended to be).  God does not intend for us to be walking around appearing drained and empty. 
 
Today, take some time to pray and ask God if there's something in your life that you have not turned over to him.  Maybe it's below the surface and unseen; but, it's there and it doesn't leave you feeling whole.  Once you've prayed for this to be revealed, pray again that God would heal your heart in that area, and that it would no longer impede your life.  God will get rid of your sinkhole if you ask - so ask.
 
Sportsmen's Tip Of The Day
Simplest tip I've ever given . . . this spring when you are pulling out the boat and getting it ready for the upcoming season - don't forget to put the plug back in the drain.  
 
    
 


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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 10 April 2010 at 01:18

A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 10, 2010
 
Today's Photograph . . . Which Swept Him Off His Feet (MQ)
Bible Study Verse
Proverbs 17:17
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (NIV)
 
Thoughts
When I was a kid, my Dad packed all his boys into the car on a Saturday morning to take a run up to the NW corner of Michigan to hop in a river and do some steelhead fishing.  The reports were that the river was full of fish if we could simply carve out enough time to get there. 
 
Well, I don't really remember the number of fish we caught or much about that trip, other than one aspect.  I must've been about 8, which means my brothers would have been about 12 and 14. 
 
My oldest brother decided to cross the river to get to the other side as we were working our way to a new spot.  But, he got caught up in the current which swept him off his feet.  He was headed downstream in a hurry. 
 
My other brother, who was also in the river crossing, simply reached down into the cold spring run-off and grabbed Craig by the back of his coat collar and hoisted him up and out - no worries! 
 
To this day, it's a family joke.   But, that's because Craig's still here and he didn't get swept under.  His brother pulled him out.
(Dave M)
 
Action
One of the great parts of being in a fellowship with other believers is that we have brothers or sisters who will help us out when the need arises.  Unfortunately, we aren't always smart enough to avoid the holes in the river or measure how strong the current is.  But, that's when it's good to have a brother or sister in Christ along.  They were designed to walk this life's journey with us - side by side - to help and assist. 
 
If you have a brother or sister in Christ like this, thank God today for that person.  If you don't have a brother or sister in Christ to walk by your side, pray that God would bring someone to you.  We need their encouragement, fellowship, and friendship - it's God's design.
 
Sportsmen's Tip Of The Day
If you're river fishing, leave a fishing plan with a friend or family member.  If you don't get back in a reasonable time, they know what section of the river you were on.



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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 11 April 2010 at 02:37
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 11, 2010
Today's Photograph: Finally, Antelope Within Range (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
James 1:12
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. NIV)

Thoughts
Scripture says that God doesn't tempt us. But this passage shows that He does want us to build strength through staying the course, much as we use our compass or GPS in the outdoors to keep us on course to our destination. God accepts and loves us as we are; and, like the good Father He is, wants us to be prepared for what life may throw at us.
(Brent B)

Action Point
God gives us a promise and His word to help us persevere. Be encouraged and stay steady on your way.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

One of the hardest things for me to do is stay with a hunt plan when it isn't producing game. I have a hard time sitting still long enough for undisturbed game to pass my way. If you've made good preparation and scouting, staying with your plan is the best bet. The exception is when clear evidence indicates your prey is moving elsewhere.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 12 April 2010 at 00:48

A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 12, 2010
 
Today's Photograph. . . . Morning Light (MQ)
Bible Study Verse
Luke 6:12
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. (NIV)
 
Thoughts
Nighttime in the desert is a special time. Other than an occasional coyote howling or maybe an owl calling, it's pretty much dead silence. The lantern's turned out; it's dark. The fire crackles as it burns down to embers, and you can look up at the stars and quietly, peacefully, fall asleep. It's a special time to talk with God. Now, I've never spent an entire night praying as Jesus did. I pray, but inevitably fall asleep. I can sleep well, because I know God is watching over me, and has His angels ready to protect me from harm. I also have peace in the knowledge that the sun will come up in the morning, and that it will be another glorious day in God's creation. A few days ago, a friend of mine passed away. He now sleeps in the arms of God, a peaceful place to rest. I can only imagine what it must be like to awaken in heaven and see the face of the Savior. I cannot envision a more beautiful sunrise. (Cliff S)
 
Action
If you know Jesus and have accepted him as your Savior, there will come a day when you will wake up in His camp--Heaven. You won't need a lantern. Revelation 21:23 states. "The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp."  As the song says, "I can only imagine."
 
Sportsmen's Tip Of The Day
I like to have five flashlights in my camp bag--two for my daypack, one for around camp, one by my cot at night, and one to lose, as I always will!

 
 
 


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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 13 April 2010 at 01:34
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen March 13, 2010
Today's Photograph: . . .Fishing Holes (BZ)

Bible Study Verse
Psalm 127:1a, 4-5
If the Lord had not been on our side. . . Then the waters would have engulfed us; the torrent would have swept over us; the raging waters would have swept over us. (HCSB)

Thoughts
The Texas surf holds lots of speckled trout during the summer. Eight years ago, my father and I were wading near Matagorda on an outgoing tide when I stepped off a sandbar into a deep hole that held a rip current. I began swimming against the current, but it was too strong. I stayed calm so as not to alert my Dad, who would have certainly come after me and might also have fallen victim to the rip. It was a dicey situation. I was getting tired and knew that I could not fight the power of the water much longer, when a song popped in my head:

I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore;
very deeply stained within, seeking to rise no more.
But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry,
from the waters lifted me, now safe am I.
Love Lifted Me,
James Rowe and Howard E. Smith, 1912.

I quit fighting the water, allowed the current to drift me parallel to the beach, and finally floated out of the riptide. Was it a coincidence that this particular song popped in my head? Certainly not. God was speaking to me, telling me to remain patient. He was in control. (BG)

Action Point
I knew the words to the song from many years of practice--sitting in a pew on Sunday mornings. My parents taught me the importance and priority of worship; now it is my turn as a father and husband to teach my family.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Water is a powerful force. If tides are too strong, stay out of the water. No fish is worth risking your life.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 14 April 2010 at 03:07
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 14, 2010
Today's Photograph: Mounted Border Patrol Greeting Former President Bush (NWC)

Bible Study Verse
Job 39:19-25
Do you give the horse his strength or clothe his neck with a flowing mane? Do you make him leap like a locust, striking terror with his proud snorting? He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength, and charges into the fray. He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; he does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing spear and lance. In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground; he cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds. At the blast of the trumpet he snorts, 'Aha!' He catches the scent of battle from afar, the shout of commanders and the battle cry. (NIV)

Thoughts
This scripture is an awesome picture of a war horse. I used to ride such a beast when I was a mounted patrol agent. He could see through the blackest night, and you could feel his heart beat through the saddle fenders when he detected the bad guys long before I did. When I was ready, without so much as my thinking it, he would burst into the night with a thunder of hooves!

It was not until I read this scripture that I realized, it was God who was in total control. He is in control of everything. Does God make you bored?
(Ruben C)

Action Point
Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, "Who is it you want?"

"Jesus of Nazareth," they replied.

"I am He," Jesus said. Judas the traitor was standing there with them. When Jesus said, "I am He," they drew back and fell to the ground. Read John 18:3- 5.

A detachment of soldiers came after our Lord, one man, in the dead of night carrying torches lanterns and weapons. With the words, "I am He," they fell to the ground. That's what I'm talking about! That little scenario would put your heart in your throat. What strength!

When you need encouragement in your spiritual walk, remember: we're not walking in the footsteps of Mr Rogers. Jesus stood up for his Father. He defended the people. As a carpenter, he was a great fisherman. This is the true Lord we follow!


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Even if you grew up on horses, if you're going to ride one as part of a hunt and you haven't ridden one in years, prepare yourself. Find a friend or a rental outfit and get a few days saddle time before the hunt. Packing in isn't casual trail riding either, it can be a workout. You'll soon figure out what muscles need stretching.
Helpful hint: depending on the weather, light-weight synthetic long underwear and padded lycra biking shorts can really help prevent a lot of unpleasant chafing.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 15 April 2010 at 02:38
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 15, 2010
Today's Photograph: . . .Duck Hunting Blessings (SO)

Bible Study Verse
Exodus 16:13-15
That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, "It is the bread the LORD has given you to eat." (NIV)

Thoughts
As usual before I write one of these devotionals, I ask God to give me His words to benefit all of you who read it. I just said that prayer, and opened my Bible to this quotation! Now, that is God in action! Even when we doubt, or as the Israelites, grumble amongst themselves, if we trust God, He will ALWAYS deliver.

Last week on a duck hunt with some friends, the day started off slow. However, we had a short devotional time that morning and asked God to let us have a good day in His creation. The faithful were blessed with not only a nice bunch of mallards, but a bonus pintail and gadwall to finish the day. But the best part was spending time with friends and enjoying our view of God's creation. Now that was cool!
(Jim C)

Action Point
Throughout my life I have been blessed to travel on numerous great adventures. Sometimes I still get more concerned about the fish I catch or the game I harvest. The best adventures of all are always the ones that I enjoy myself and worry little about the catch or the harvest. Those always seem to come through the grace of God.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Some ducks decoy better than others. pintails seem to ignore a lot of our hard work, go about their day, and give us little credit for our enthusiasm. But beware, they can drop in on you when you least expect it. If pintail are around, stay alert for this extremely beautiful duck to grace you with its presence.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 16 April 2010 at 03:43
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 16, 2010
Today's Photograph: . . . Javelina Musk Glands (Ruben C)

Bible Study Verse
II Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. (NIV)

Thoughts
For many years, a majority of the hunting community has believed that the musk gland of a harvested javelina (collared peccary) must be cut off before the animal is harvested to prevent the musk from tainting the meat. Fact is, Tthis is an unnecessary practice.. The musk gland is on top of the Javelina's back and will easily come off when you skin the "pig" out.

Many old wives' tales take hold as "fact" when they sound good. However, if you take an old wives' tale and mix it with a little truth to make it sound right, after awhile, people may resent or doubt the actual truth.

"What's wrong with the way we do it? It must be true; we've done it this way for years." Fifty plus fifty-one does not equal 100. I can speculate that it is very close to being the correct answer. But in fact, it is not.

Likewise, a little of the Bible mixed with the speculative opinion of men does not equal the infallible Truth of God.
(Ruben C)

Action Point
When studying God's Word or listening to it being taught, be like a Berean: "Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true," Act 17:11. They were not skeptics, but were eager to gain their own convictions. In the process, they confirmed that what was preached to them was in fact the true Word of God!


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Does moss really grow on the north side of trees?

Could I really start a fire rubbing two sticks together?

Is there really enough protein in grasshoppers to survive on?

I don't know! That's why I always have a small (6"X4") survival pouch in my pack or cargo pocket with:
compass (GPS is already on my belt), signal mirror, film canister stuffed with Vaseline- saturated cottonballs (can't be blown out once they're burning), four extra AA batteries for my LED penlight and GPS, lighter, water-proof matches, and a "blast match" (Google it--best emergency fire starting tool ever!), survival blanket-- reflects campfire heat and keeps rain off, and a "field stripped" M.R.E. (just the good stuff--takes up half the room). You're ready for an overnight emergency in the field.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 17 April 2010 at 00:42
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 17, 2010
Today's Photograph: . . . Just Weeds (Randy E)

Bible Study Verse
Mark 6:19
So Herodias held a grudge against him and wanted to kill him. But she could not. (HCSB)

Thoughts
Fall bird hunting in southeast Arizona means battling the multitude of weeds left after the monsoons have come and gone. The ragweed get as high as seven feet or more and blankets the ground. The tumbleweed can approach mini-van size - no kidding! It would be nice if weeds did not exist. They are one of the results of Adam's sin and God's curse on the ground that followed. Weeds are a corruption of what might otherwise be good.

Weeds of sin in our heart have the same affect. The story of Herodias in Mark 6 is a good example of how corrupt one's heart can become. John the Baptist spoke the truth; Herodias was convicted of her sin and bore a grudge against John.

A grudge left to fester will eventually turn to wrath when opportunity for revenge presents itself. Watering seeds of pain and resentment will grow roots of bitterness that sprout and become a twisted bramble of unforgiveness. This produces thorns of vengeance in our heart. A grudge is never satisfied until the victim is seriously hurt or destroyed.

Forgiveness alone can uproot the poisonous weeds of a heart made corrupt by the seeds of bitterness. (Randy E)

Action Point
In the desert one can never know exactly what types of seeds are hiding in the ground until the rains fall and the seeds sprout and grow.

God often blesses us with trials to reveal what is hidden in our heart. Under tension and stress brought on by some hardship or tough situation, what lies hidden sprouts to the surface. It could be good fruit such as patience or peace. It might be weeds in the form of anger or malice. When trials come, ask God what it is He wants you to realize that you might be hiding. Better yet, ask Him now!


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Many weeds produce seeds that cling to almost anything that passes by. Clothing with a tight weave makes a bit more noise than something like fleece, but it catches fewer seeds and resists many thorns as well.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 19 April 2010 at 00:08
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 19, 2009
Today's Photograph: Hiking in Yellowstone Park. NPS

Bible Study Verse
Habakkuk 3:19
Yahweh my Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights! (HCSB)

Thoughts
When my kids were much younger I took them on a hike. What I thought was going to be an easy stroll ended up being much more than the kids could handle and almost too much for me. Before we even got close to the half way point, we abandoned the hike and headed back for the truck. I ended up packing out my daughter on my shoulders. We ran out of water about a quarter of a mile from the truck. I had to encourage my boys to keep going, and I dug deep for the strength to carry my daughter. I remember saying a silent prayer asking God for that strength.

As outdoorsmen, we go to places that require a great deal of physical strength. We prepare a lot. Sometimes as Christians, we go places and never prepare at all.
(Ernie W)

Action Point
"Yahweh my Lord is my strength." We men have a tendency to do things in our own strength. Whatever we do, it is important to remember that all our strength is from the Lord, no matter how big or small the task.

Before your next hike or hunt, take time to ask God to give you the strength to accomplish it. In fact, think about asking God for spiritual as well as physical strength every morning as you start your day.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

HYDRATE! HYDRATE! HYDRATE! Make sure you start your hike or hunt by drinking plenty of water. Don't wait until you are thirsty to start drinking. By that time, you have already started to dehydrate. Your body is already in trouble. I'm amazed how much strength we get from water.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 19 April 2010 at 23:53
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 20, 2010
Today's Photograph: And Shares These Virtues With His Fishing Companions (Ron McAlpin)

Bible Study Verse
Proverbs 4: 25-27
Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level [a] paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. (NIV)

Thoughts
As you were growing up, how many times did you hear, "Look where you are going?" That sentence conveys a strong message for a fly fisherman when he is wading a stream or a river.

I was nine years old when my father hired a professional fishing guide to teach us how to read trout waters. His first comment was, "Look, before you take your first step. Locate a path for good footing, then look for trout.

Years later I attended a two-day fly fishing seminar conducted by one of the West's foremost trout fishing guides. He stated, "When entering and fishing a trout stream, a fly fisherman should spend seventy-five percent of his time looking for trout and twenty-five percent of his casting to the fish."

Learn to trust the Lord and visually appreciate His creation. Not everyone has this opportunity to witness the splendor of a trout stream."
(CGB)

Action Point
Trust in the Lord, for He was the greatest fisherman. Do not leave behind your Christian faith and principles when you go trout fishing. The winner is not the person who catches the biggest trout or the most. But, the one who demonstrates his faith and principles and shares these virtues with his fishing companions.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

Always wear polarized glasses when wading a trout stream. These lenses help you look beneath the surface and select the best path for footing to avoid boulders, potholes, and other tripping hazards.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 21 April 2010 at 04:18
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 21, 2010
Today's Photograph: Have You Lost Sight Of The Target (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Romans 3:23
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (NIV)

Thoughts
Adjusting the sights on a bow sort of goes against logic. If the point of impact is too far to the right, the pin on the sight must be moved to the right as well. If the point of impact is too far left of the bull's eye, the pin must be moved to the left. It seems wrong, but it's not. When the sights are adjusted perfectly, a hunter can simply hold the pin on the exact place he wishes to hit. If everything else is right, the arrow should hit that exact spot.

What you don't want to do is have to aim left or right of the bull's eye in order for the arrow to hit it. That means that you would actually be moving the target to adjust for your poor sight adjustment.

The verse describes our inability to get to God on our own merit. Our sin has caused our "sights" to be off. We need someone who can get us to the target--God. Jesus became that someone. He went to the cross without sin; and when He died on the cross, He took our sin with Him. Now, we can get to God through Him. All we have to do is admit that we have missed the mark, and that we need Him to adjust our sights.
(Norm S)

Action Point
Have you lost sight of the target? Let Jesus come and adjust your sights. Then we will clearly see and hit our target.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

When bow hunting, make sure you practice for many hours prior to hunting season. When we draw back and lock on our target, we want to be assured that we are prepared to make a clean kill shot. We owe this to ourselves, other sportsmen, and the game we hunt.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 21 April 2010 at 22:21
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 22, 2010
Today's Photograph: Alone To Reflect and Read The Bible (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
I Corinthians 9:22
To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. (NIV)

Thoughts
Sportsmen often struggle in building quality relationships with other men. We most often prefer to just get alone in the woods or on the water to pursue our hunting or fishing hobbies; and there is certainly a place for such time alone to reflect. However, our outdoor pursuits can possibly become effective forums for "connecting" with other outdoor enthusiasts for the purpose of sharing our Christian faith.

Jesus "connected" with the twelve disciples by using outdoor illustrations and parables. On a couple of occasions, He merely spoke the language that outdoorsmen understood, especially noted when he told Peter to drop his nets and follow him to become a "fisher of men." In our current day and age, the process can be just as simple if we purpose to have a few tools in our hands, readily available, such as a camouflaged pocket Bible, sportsman's magazine or tract.
(Richard J)

Action Point
The next time you make plans to invite a family member, neighbor, or friend to join you on a hunting or fishing trip, you might consider some important advanced planning by first asking God for an open door of opportunity to share the greatest story ever told about the greatest fisherman who ever lived--Jesus Christ, the Master Fisherman!

An important part of your planning process might be to order several pocket camouflaged Bibles to distribute to fellow sportsmen!

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

When in the field, keep a camouflaged pocket Bible with you for those teachable moments when the Lord inspires you to "connect" with Him. What a great way to utilize your time wisely when the activity is slow or you feel the need to seek specific answers to specific prayers.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 22 April 2010 at 22:20
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 23, 2010
Today's Photograph: Quading The Back Country of AZ (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Genesis 45:7-8
And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. (NKJV)

Thoughts
So often we think we are in control of our lives and the things around us. But, as in the story of Joseph and his brothers, Psalm 22:28 also emphasizes His control, "For the kingdom is the LORD's, And He rules over the nations," (NKJV).

Like Joseph, we need to always trust Him, even when things don't appear to be going well for us. When we trust and obey Him, He will preserve us.
(Jimmy S)

Action Point
Be at ease today and trust God. Wait and see what happens!

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

When glassing for game, mount your binoculars on a tripod. You will see more because there will be no movement of the binoculars from your body.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 24 April 2010 at 15:06
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 24, 2010
Today's Photograph: San Francisco Peaks, AZ (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:31
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? (NIV)

Thoughts
In the aftermath of a recent shooting, I am not yet able to stay focused on our outdoor theme. What do we say in response to something this awful? How do you comfort a mother or father who has lost a priceless gift?

If you have seen media reports, chat rooms, or blogs, you've seen that we say many things. As a nation, we run the gamut of reactions, from blaming the "tool" to blaming those who weren't involved--seeking to ease the hurt by accusation. In contrast, many outpourings of love and concern are offered.

The only way I can move ahead is to focus on God's incredibly amazing grace. Romans 8:35-39 reflect the words that apostle Paul spoke to believers in Rome can also help us find peace and guidance again, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: 'For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.' No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord," (NIV)
(Brent B)

Action Point
If you are already a believer in Christ, please be looking for ways to reinforce His grace and love to anyone around you who may be hurting.

If you are not a believer, please consider looking closer at having a personal relationship with God through faith in Christ.

As for me, I wasn't born into faith. I was born a sinner and tried almost everything else before I found Christ. God's grace has changed me and is the only sure way I will move past this event intact to look again for the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus. Through faith in Him, we can all be more than conquerors over the kind of evil that lies behind such unimaginable horror.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

In the context of today's message, the only appropriate tip is to suggest you pray for someone; anyone you feel might need it. Ask for God's mercy and guidance. Prayer changes people and circumstances.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 24 April 2010 at 22:13
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 25, 2010
Today's Photograph: Be Still and Know That I Am God (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Psalms 46:10
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." (NIV)

Thoughts
I often tell my friends who wish to hunt with me in the beautiful Rockies, "If you have to kill an animal for the hunt to be successful, you probably should not come." The hunt is far more than just harvesting game.

Being alone on top of the world, watching the sun rise over the mountains is among my favorite times with the Lord. To be alive and to be in the middle of His most beautiful Creation causes me to be humbly grateful that He chose to let me live this life, that He gave me the opportunity to know Him the only true God, and to have a vibrant relationship with Him.

All too often we get wrongly focused on the things in life that can bring us glory, instead of those that bring Him glory. Revelation 4:11 reflects, "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your Will they were created and have their being," (NIV).

We tend to keep our eyes on the trail instead of looking at this gorgeous creation through which we are passing. We do not learn to appreciate our Divine Guide, Jesus Christ.
(Randy G)

Action Point
The next time you are in the middle of nature, take a moment to remember that it did not evolve. It was created by God, for His pleasure and He shares His joy with us.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

When hunting in the mountains, remember that the thermals rise early in the morning and then begin to lower in late morning. Get as high as you can in the mornings so the game won't wind you. In the afternoon, make sure you're hunting from the lowlands for the same reason.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 26 April 2010 at 02:36

A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 26, 2010
 
Today's Photograph. . . . From The Rising Of The Sun To The Place Where It Sets.(MQ)
Bible Study Verse
Psalms 50:1
The Mighty One, God, the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets. (NIV)
 
Thoughts
The place where I usually feel closest to God is in the outdoors.  When a bass takes a top water lure, when ducks cup their wings and commit to your spread of decoys and most certainly when you see the sun rise and set are when I feel God.  The colors we see can only be painted by God Himself.
(Jim C)
 
Action
When hunting and fishing, remember that the outing is not always about the catch or the kill.  Those are usually the smallest part of any adventure.  The time put in and the time spent with family and/or friends are what make most of the memory.
 
Sportsmen's Tip Of The Day
Make sure to always take a camera along to help with your memory as the years go by.  Pictures are always good for not only remembrance of the adventure, but the smiles that made the picture worth taking.


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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 27 April 2010 at 03:01
Sportsmen's Devotional

A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 27, 2010
 
Today's Photograph. . . . Mountain Sunset (MQ)
Bible Study Verse
Isaiah 59:1
Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. (NIV)
 
Thoughts
Those words ring true in so many ways.  I remember years ago asking the Lord for patience.  He did not give it to me.  However, He put me in situations where I had no choice but to learn patience.  It worked.
(Jim C)
 
Action
If you are a waterfowl hunter, you have patience.  There are days when waiting is all you do.  But, when it pays off and the ducks/geese commit to your spread and dump air from their wings the mystical flight is awesome to watch and be a part of.
 
Sportsmen's Tip Of The Day
If geese are circling and not committing to your spread, try flagging them when they make the outside turn.  A quick raise and flap of the flag can often convince birds to check in for a closer look.  That rapid up and down motion can look like a goose on the ground stretching its wings.  Proper flagging works better than calling on tough days.
 
 
 
 
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 27 April 2010 at 23:58
Sportsmen's Devotional

A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 28, 2010
 
Today's Photograph. . . . Though The Rain Comes In Torrents (MQ)
Bible Study Verse
Psalm 69:2 
Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can't find a foothold.  I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me. (NLT)
 
Thoughts
The crossing of the small stream was routine.  I had hunted these woods, making the same push many times. It was frozen over some years.  But, usually all I had to do was find a place the deer crossed and I could make the crossing just fine.  I had thought of using a pole to help stabilize me during the crossing, but when none was readily at hand I gave up on the idea. 
 
So I ventured out with nothing to stabilize me; nothing to lean on.  This time my left boot became mired down in the mucky, muddy bottom.  I fell.  My one boot filled with water, my clothing became wet, and water quickly turned to ice on the shotgun.  When I was able to get up and out on the other side, I was faced with cleaning myself and making sure my weapon was not full of ice, mud, or snow. 
 
My hands became so cold during this recovery effort that they hurt.  I am sure it would have made a comical video.   The experience itself was such a challenge that I ended my hunt early.
(Jackie M)
 
Action
The situations and circumstances of life can mire us down, catch us off guard, and derail us from the important and meaningful things we should do.  A foothold or stepping stone is important. 
 
This solid foundation is found in Jesus Christ alone.  On our own, the mud will entrap us. the waters overwhelm us, and even drown us.  But, if we depend on the Lord, we can find the bedrock of certainty and substance that will never disappoint or let us down.  Matthew 7:24-25 reflects, "Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.  Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won't collapse because it is built on bedrock," (NLT). 
 
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Choose places to cross streams very carefully.  Use a pole or a long strong stick to give you support and stability.  Carry extra dry socks in case the water enters your boots so you can change into dry socks.  Also make sure to clear the weapon of ice, debris, mud, or snow before you fire it.
 
 


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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 29 April 2010 at 07:00
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 29, 2010
Today's Photograph . . . Wyoming Antelope (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Genesis 9:2-3
The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. (NIV)

Thoughts
I don't know about you, but I'm sure glad that these verses are there for us to read. They confirm that we aren't doomed to be vegetarians!

Of course, God didn't have to put quite so much fear in the hearts of the deer and elk I pursue. Did He really mean for Javelina to smell like that? But, they are still good in red chili and for a good time harvesting them! Thank you, Lord, for your wonderful creation!
(Cliff S)

Action Point
We didn't get here by accident. God has placed in all of us the desire to provide the basic necessities of life for our families and loved ones. He made the plants and animals for just that purpose. It's up to us to be sure that we use them wisely and as good and appreciative stewards.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

Take special care of your animals after you've killed them. Get them cleaned and skinned. Keep the musk and other odiferous contaminants off of the meat. Keep them clean, cool, and dry. They'll be the best eating you've ever had. Even the Javelina!
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 30 April 2010 at 06:40
 
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen April 30, 2010
Today's Photograph: Never Lay Items On The Hood Of Your Vehicle (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Thoughts
One morning as I drove down the highway at 60 miles an hour, I suddenly noticed a flash of something flying from the hood of my truck. Instantly, I knew what it was. Earlier in the morning I had intended to put my expensive pair of binoculars in my truck. But, I got sidetracked and quickly set them on the hood thinking that I would remember them later. Not so!

Unfortunately, my flesh did not allow me to handle the situation very well. To say the least, I was shaken and lost control of my tongue when they flew from my hood to the asphalt. It still upsets me as I write these thoughts, several months later. But, I am realizing that self-control would have been more appropriate in that situation. At least I know, as the above verse reflects, "God is the strength of my heart and portion forever." Hopefully, I will react differently next time.
(Jimmy S)

Action Point
Study this verse. Ask God to strengthen your self-control in times like the one I experienced. You will react more appropriately as a Christian. Life's too short to get that worked up over such things.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

An old scratched-up CD that would usually be thrown away works well as a signal mirror. The middle hole can even be used as a sight hole to view what you are signaling.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 01 May 2010 at 03:03
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen May 1, 2010
Today's Photograph . . . In Whose Domain? (Ron McAlphin)

Bible Study Verse
Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (NIV)

Thoughts
The never-ending question that has been around since Satan tempted Eve is: Who is in charge? When you see a nice 28" Brown Trout swimming freely in a clear back eddy along a pristine mountain stream, he is in charge of his domain.

You skillfully cast just the right fly into the back eddy; he socks it with a ferocious appetite--then you are in charge. You catch the fish, bring it in on the bank, and put it on a stringer to be cooked later for your pleasure. You're still in charge.

In whose domain are you, right now? Who or what is in charge of your life? You may not know. But, if you are a Christian, you have been crucified with Christ. He is in charge; life is not about you or your ego anymore.
(Tom H)

Action Point
Live as if Jesus were really in charge of your life, because He is! It is when we contradict this truth that our lives get muddled and twisted. Read the above verse again. It doesn't say anything about us calling all the shots.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

When fishing along a larger stream or small river, look for those nice little back eddies and cast along the edge of the main flow in the calmer part where the water is moving slower. You just might be rewarded with a nice tug on your line.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 02 May 2010 at 22:24
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen May 3, 2010
Today's Photograph . . . Copperhead (NWS)

Bible Study Verse
I Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (NKJV)

Thoughts
While driving, the strange posture of a cow caught my eye. I soon realized she had just given birth. Pulled off the road to watch, she appeared to walk away from her newborn leaving it vulnerable.

My thought was, "That calf' is coyote bait." That statement immediately brought to mind Peter's warning that today's society is full of dangers for all of us. How often do we leave our kids or even ourselves at risk because of our carelessness?
(Chris Q)

Action Point
We need to constantly be on our guard. Rest assured, our adversary is diligently watching for any opportunity. He unsuccessfully tempted Jesus three times after His baptism. Yet, he wasn't finished. In Luke 4:13 we read, "And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time, " (ESV). The bottom line is - don't be coyote bait!

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

Always use a flashlight when walking into your hunting area after dark. Entering a ground blind that was very familiar to me, yet unfamiliar to my hunting partner. Had he not shown his light into the blind, I would have stepped on or worse sat on the Copperhead occupying my space.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 03 May 2010 at 22:22
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen May 4, 2010
Today's Photograph . . . Old Spring (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Proverbs 5:15-16
Do you know the saying, "Drink from your own rain barrel, draw water from your own spring-fed well"? It's true. Otherwise, you may one day come home and find your barrel empty and your well polluted. (TMSG)



Thoughts
While my Dad and I were exploring the mountains near my house recently, we came across an old abandoned homestead.

In the mountains high above the homestead tucked behind an old walnut tree, we discovered a spring. The resident of the old homestead had obviously taken a great deal of time and energy to create a series of cisterns that captured the cool running water from the spring. The crystal clear water traveled down the mountain, through the cisterns, and I can only imagine, fed his home, orchards, and livestock for many years. Although the homestead had fallen into quite advanced stages of disrepair, the spring-fed watering system appeared to have been built yesterday.
(Brett M)

Action Point
Recently, I saw a segment on the morning news that identified a new, self-proclaimed, trend aptly named the "work spouse." The premise being that, due to the long hours spent everyday at work and less time at home, many people are beginning to become very close to their working partners, team members, etc., who are often of the opposite sex. These relationships, although not sexually intimate, are becoming emotionally intimate. The sharing of thoughts, ideas, and dreams once reserved for one's spouse are now shared with the "work spouse."

I chuckled when I heard this and thought about how this "new trend" was around two thousand years ago. King Solomon warned us, "Your spring water is for you and you only, not to be passed around among strangers," Proverbs 5:17 (TMSG).

Devote yourself to your spouse and your marriage to God. Let God provide your marriage with the fulfillment He meant for it to have. Just like the old homesteader, it takes time and energy to cultivate the springs. But, when completed the harvest will last longer than the institution.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Water in the wilderness can be dangerous. Remember: standing water is bad for drinking purposes. Running water is better and spring water is best. Ideally, any water should be treated with water purification tablets prior to consuming.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 05 May 2010 at 14:01
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen May 5, 2010
Today's Photograph . . . Can Be A Pointy Matter (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Genesis 1:11-12
Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. (NKJV)

Thoughts
While we take to the outdoors, take time to examine the great variety of plant life. There is no way a thinking person can conclude that it was put there without divine purpose. Genesis 1:31 states, "Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day," (NKJV)

Plant life serves as food for great varieties of created animals, many of which are available for man's enjoyment as tasty game. Without edible plants for game species, there would be no game. Without honeybees to pollinate flowering fruit trees, there would be no fruit on display at grocery stores and fruit stands. The existence of many is vitally dependent on the interaction of these processes and on many others in order to provide a stable, inexpensive food supply. For these reasons, it is important to give Him thanks for how these things were created and for the food we enjoy daily, provided by Him, Whom set these processes in motion.
(Mike S)

Action Point
God is not willing that any should perish due to a lack of physical or spiritual food. For this reason, giving Him prayerful thanks for what He has provided, not just for the dinner table, but for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9), is a daily, worthwhile practice. And, thank Him for giving His Son, Jesus, the Messiah, to provide the banquet that will be remembered throughout eternity.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

Hiking in the desert can be a "pointy" matter. If cactus spines don't stop you, a rattlesnake might. Wearing thick leather shoes in suspect areas can prevent spines and fangs from doing permanent injury as you walk into the wilderness.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 05 May 2010 at 22:30
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen May 6, 2010
Today's Photograph . . . Most Beautiful Sunrise (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Proverbs 20:13
Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread. (NKJV)

National Day of Prayer - To God Be All Glory, All Honor, and All Power!

Thoughts
An outdoorsman can relate to the instruction of scripture--that if we sleep in, we will miss what I call "The Golden Hour." when daylight first breaks. This is the time when the fishing is usually best, game is most active, and sunrises are most beautiful.

If we lie in bed, we miss it all. Such can be said if we don't open our eyes to God's Word and the opportunities that He puts before us.
(Jimmy S)

Action Point
Start your day early, getting into His Word. Then, spend the day seeking the opportunities He presents to you, to share with those who don't know Him, or with someone that may need encouragement.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

Today is the 59th National Day of Prayer observance. As sports men and women we are strongest and most effective on our knees before our King. Purpose today to set the example of leading those who look up to you in prayer.

Remember, "When a man's ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him," (Amplied).
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 07 May 2010 at 01:39
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen May 7, 2010
Today's Photograph . . . Hung Up On All Kinds Of Junk (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
John 8:32
"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (NIV)

Thoughts
The south Alabama spring morning exploded with the gobbles of thirteen turkeys. With this many birds hitting it this hard, I could already smell a bird in the oven.

I eased down into a bottom where an old boss bird was shaking the woods with his gobbles. This wasn't going to be hunting; it was going to be self-defense. After getting set up, I sent out a smooth set of yelps. He just about strangled gobbling back at me.

Within five minutes, I could see glimpses of him working through the bottom about eighty yards out. Back and forth he would strut and gobble, but he would not come any closer. The morning passed on. Finally, after an 1 1/2 hours, he walked away.

I was sick. Why, wouldn't he come? I walked to the area where he had been and found my answer. There was an old barbed wire fence stretched across the bottom, and he wouldn't cross it. He was a hung-up bird.

Life has a way of being full of "hung-up birds." We get hung up on all kinds of junk that keeps us from the awesome life that the Lord has for us. Today, you may be "hung up" by not being the person you are called to be. Let the Lord cut the old barbed wire out of your life and set you free.
(Joey H)

Action Point
The Bible teaches us that, "We shall know the truth and it will set us free." If you are hung up today with a problem that just won't go away or by the hope of an opportunity that just won't come, then apply the truth principle to it.

Discover God's truth as it relates to what you are dealing with. Then, apply that truth and move forward into God's blessing of freedom.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

There are times in turkey hunting when you have to relocate. Had I known about the old fence, I would have simply backed off and somehow eased around the fence and set up. There is a danger of relocating too quickly or too often. But, some days it is a must-do trick in order to harvest Old Tom.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 09 May 2010 at 01:51
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen May 9, 2010
Today's Photograph.... Beauty and Her Beast (Clay W)

Bible Study Verse
Proverbs 31:29
"Many women have done wonderful things, but you've outclassed them all!" (MSG)

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Thoughts
Amy Wills spotted this 7x7 pictured above at approximately 800 yards. She used a 300 Winchester Magnum then helped her husband pack it out of the mountains near Young, Arizona.

I remember my son telling me on one of his first elk hunts, "Dad, I hope I can find a woman someday that will come with me to a place like this." We were sitting on top of a mountain in Wyoming eating a sack lunch with our horses hobbled behind us while glassing for elk.

It's one of every man's dreams, to find a beauty that will share the adventure. One who will journey with him.
(Wes W)

Action Point
Proverbs 31:10-11 goes on to say, "A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it," (MSG).

I know I am where I am today because of the prayers of my Mother. Thank you Mom, you excelled them all. I thrive where I am today because my beautiful wife loves the Lord, prays for me, and wants what the Lord wants for me. She is now the role model for our children and grandchildren.

Aspire to be Proverbs 31 women, we need you. Girls, our children, our churches, and we men need you desperately.


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Ephesians 5:2 says, "Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that," (MSG). Today is Mother's Day! Think, how can you be extravagant? Buy her a camera and tell her you need a photographer on your next adventure. Speak her love language. Camo underwear is outdated. Believe me they're communicating, if we're listening.

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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 10 May 2010 at 06:13
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen May 8, 2010
Today's Photograph . . They Shouldn't Sell Jeeps To People Who Do Not Know How To Drive Them (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Mark10:45
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life-a ransom for many." (HCSB)

Thoughts
On one occasion years ago, when I had taken my son deer hunting, we were on the tail end of a weekend junior's hunt. After we had eaten lunch, rested, and prepared for the final evening of the hunt, a woman drove into our camp and told us that a man with a new Jeep had gotten stuck on the top of a nearby mountain. It was late afternoon; she was going for help and asking if we could drive our ATVs to the top of the mountain to help the man.

Many thoughts rushed through my mind:

  • This was the final evening of my son's first buck hunt.
  • They shouldn't sell Jeeps to people who do not know how to drive them.
  • If he is stuck now, he will still be there in the morning; I can go help him then.
Upon emerging from this brief state of selfishness and after my wife patted the tears from my eyes, my son and I drove to the top of the mountain and helped the man back on his, not so straight-and very-narrow-road home. It was an ATV trail he was stuck on.
(Brett M)

Action Point
Serving others sometimes can be a sacrifice. We all have times in our lives when we are asked by God to serve someone else. Unfortunately, those times rarely seem to fit into our plans. If they fit into our schedule, they would not be a sacrifice.

God did not need my help to get that man's jeep from the top of the mountain. God was perfectly capable of doing it Himself. What God wanted was to teach me to be willing to sacrifice my priorities to serve someone else. In addition, he wanted my son to see his father's willingness (after a minor tantrum and many tears) to be Christ-like.

God wants us to serve others as Jesus did--with a joyful heart and mind. If God was willing to sacrifice his own Son for us, how can we not be willing to serve others?

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

When traveling in the back country, plan ahead. You may get stuck. Always remember to take a shovel, high lift jack, GPS or topo maps. and a cellular phone.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 10 May 2010 at 06:14
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen May 10, 2010
Today's Photograph: Kids Hunting Pheasant (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Matthew 25:21
"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' " (NIV)

Thoughts
Most of the devotionals I write are from events that I have observed or experienced myself from everyday life. But, it's how we choose to look at things that make them different.

The other day I had the privilege of helping organize a youth pheasant hunt. This hunt was intended to reward as well as encourage young people to get involved with hunting. It is a wonderful event, watching the dogs work and the kids having a great time.

As I was checking on one of the fields, I observed a group of young hunters coming back out of the field. I saw a young girl go running up to her Dad, just overflowing with excitement as she handed him the pheasant and yelling, "I did it Daddy! I did it!"

Her dad took the bird, gave big hugs, high fives, and told her how proud of her he was.
(Dave W)

Action Point
I started thinking afterwards about how we all like to hear those words of pride in what we've done. It doesn't matter if it is from our spouse, parents, or our own kids. It makes us feel good that someone is proud of us.

Can you imagine how good it will make us feel to hear our heavenly Father say that He is proud of what we have done with those words, "Well done, good and faithful servant?" Is that our life's goal?


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Does your state require you to wear hunter orange so that you can be seen by other hunters? What if you are in one of these pop-up blinds that will hide you & the orange from other hunters? You may want to tie something orange to the outside of the blind so other hunters will see it.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 11 May 2010 at 03:42
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen May 11, 2010
Today's Photograph . . . Buck (NWS)

Bible Study Verse
Philippians 3:13
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. (NIV)


Thoughts
As I begin a new year I sit down to take inventory on the victories, bumps, bruises, heartaches, and accomplishments of the past year and gaze into the next. What a great verse to chew on: take up Paul's challenge to put the past where it belongs and move forward.

I think about the three really nice whitetail bucks that got past me this year, and about all the work I didn't put in to harvest them. I am already looking forward to another chance to go back out there and try again when next season rolls around.

So much more important than that, I am taking a spiritual inventory and entering a new year of goals, dreams, and priorities for my life over the next 12 months.

Where do you hope to be next year in your maturity and development in your walk with God? What is it that you need to put behind you?
(Glen D)

Action Point
Take some moments. Write some goals with respect to your faith, family, finances, and fitness. I call this the "4F brand" in my ministry. If this is new for you, write down one goal in each area that you want to see happen this year. Forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead. Make this the best year of your life!


Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Before you hang that bow up or clean the gun off, go out and take some practice rounds. It will be good to see where your arrow or bullet is hitting. I have seen too many folks grab the bow or gun and head out without knowing if they will even come close to hitting where they want to.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 12 May 2010 at 03:05
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen May 12, 2010
Today's Photograph: Arizona Sunrise (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Joshua 24:14-15
"Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." (NIV)

Thoughts
Choices. . . We all have them to make, every day. When we're hunting, we have to make them moment-by-moment. Which path to take, which trail to follow, which mountain to climb, where to camp, still hunt or spot and stalk, and which animal to kill? Choices are a part of the hunt.
(Cliff S)

Action Point
Choices are also part of our spiritual life. Will we follow God, the one true God who has revealed Himself to us in the Bible and in His Son, Jesus or will we allow ourselves to be lured off the trail and follow false gods?

Teachings that make us to be our own god or teachings that worship the creation rather than the Creator are examples of false gods.

As you make your choice, research the teachings of Jesus Christ. When you learn more and more about Him, it will be easy to choose the right path!

Make your choice. There's no in-between on this one. Choose the Lord and serve Him!

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

Study the topographic maps and wind patterns prior to hunting an area. These will help you in selecting the best areas to hunt, how to hunt them, and where you will be most likely to find animals.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 14 May 2010 at 03:42
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen May 13, 2010
Today's Photograph . . . Cactus In Bloom (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Matthew 4:10
Then Jesus told him, "Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him." (HCSB)

Thoughts
Have you ever been tempted while hunting or fishing? I have. It goes like this - I'm out dove hunting and I shoot my limit. I lose one in some thick cover. It may have gotten into a rabbit hole or something. But, I can't find it. I begin to wonder, "Well, I really don't have my limit. Should I shoot one more?"

Whether or not you can shoot one more dove depends on your state hunting laws. Do you know your state laws?

Matthew 4 describes Jesus' time in the wilderness when He was tempted by Satan. Notice the four words, "For it is written."
(Ernie W)

Action Point
Jesus demonstrated one of the ways to fight temptation -- quote scripture. In order for this to be feasible and effective, He had to have more than a casual knowledge of the Word.

We have the same opportunity to use scripture as Jesus did. The key is to really know the Word and make it part of our life. Our response to temptation should be automatic. Jesus didn't hesitate when He was tempted nor did He have to look it up in His Bible. He knew the Word. It was His life.

Is the Word your life? Make it a goal to spend more time in reading and discussing the Scriptures than you spend on your outdoor activities.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

Hopefully, as part of your sportsman's life, you will have a chance to spend time in other states or countries. Make sure you know the laws wherever you go.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 14 May 2010 at 03:45
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen May 14, 2010
Today's Photograph: Beautiful Buck (MQ)

Bible Study Verse
Proverbs 12:27
The lazy man does not roast [a] his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions. (NIV)

Thoughts
God truly has provided us sportsmen and women with a bounty of game animals. They are and should be treated as a precious gift, a privilege to hunt.

Early on, I was taught, "You eat what you harvest." As a father, I made sure that I passed those same words on to my son. I can still remember my grandmother helping my Dad and me clean and package our deer meat. My grandmother was a farm girl. Her family ate what they raised and grew. She painstakingly cleaned the carcass with a vinegar-water mixture to remove all foreign matter, hair, and dried blood. The game we package after cleaning with this method always smells good and tastes great when prepared.
(Byron S)

Action Point
We are expected to be good stewards of God's awesome creation, not lazy and slothful hunters. From the very beginning, in the Garden of Eden, man was given dominion over the animals.

In order to continue our hunting privileges, our stewardship of God's creation is very important. Our diligence in this is not an option. It is a command.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

Try cleaning the game you harvest with a solution of one cup of vinegar to one half gallon of water. It loosens up dried crusty blood, hard-to-remove hair, and foreign matter.
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Posted By: Tikkabuck
Date Posted: 15 May 2010 at 01:22
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A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen May 15, 2010
Today's Photograph: Mr. Grizzly

Bible Study Verse
Psalm 46:1-3
God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give away and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with its surging. (NIV)

Thoughts
The summer pack season ended with my heart full of thanksgiving. We prayed that God would watch over us and He answered our prayers. When we consider the dangers involved in mountain travel, horses, Grizzly bears, and camping, it would be easy to focus too much on the negative possibilities of what might happen rather than the positive potential of what God can do.
(Tom L)

Action Point
Focus on God's promises in His Word instead of worrying about the negative possibilities. Spend time in prayer and He promises peace that is beyond understanding. (Phil 4:6-7) With God's help, you'll enjoy your trip even more.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day

Even if some of your hunting groups are not Christians, bring them together and pray for their safety. They will appreciate it.
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