August 1, 2017 – Fly Fishing and Faith

August 1, 2017 – Fly Fishing and Faith

In my library are several books that talk about the art of angling. Interestingly enough, angling is not a new endeavor, but is spoken about in several places in the Bible. Remember Jesus asked Peter to cast his line into the water to catch a fish that had a silver coin in its mouth, the annual temple tax – a stater – that would pay the fee for Jesus and Peter.

Fishing in the Fog

Fishing in the Fog

It was a cold December morning in the San Francisco Bay area. As my fishing buddy, Rick, and I arrived at the marina, I commented that it was going to be a challenge to see many birds diving for baitfish with the heavy fog conditions. After launching, I reassured him...
July 11, 2017 – Roller Coasters and Trust

July 11, 2017 – Roller Coasters and Trust

I should have paid more attention to the advertisement that read: “Raging roller coaster rides that are for the insane.” Rides like Tremors and Timber Terror go up steep inclines only to dump you back down to earth at 65 mph. Real fun if you’re half-crazy! Like riding a roller coaster, sometimes when life is a great challenge we should just close our eyes in prayer and trust that God will bring us through it.

July 3, 2017 – Watch Out for Decoys

July 3, 2017 – Watch Out for Decoys

A single decoy alone may not send the correct message to tempt a trophy buck; however, several 3-D decoys strategically placed in proximity of each other had a positive effect on the unsuspecting animal. Sometimes we are no different than that poor unsuspecting buck. Our greed, passion, lusts, and driven spirits cause us to forget about the temptations and decoys that will lure us away from our beliefs.

June 20, 2017 – No Pain No Gain

June 20, 2017 – No Pain No Gain

An Ironman Triathlon is about as grueling as it gets. Think about this – swim 2.4 miles in cold water, bicycle in the wind 112 miles, and then run/walk 26.2 miles in the heat of the day. The premiere athletes, who finish in the top two or three positions, complete the 140 mile course in eight and a half hours. For many the day is much longer, lasting up to 17 hours. While we live out our lives on earth, sufferings and trials can teach us to develop patience and perseverance.

The Epitaph

The Epitaph

When Jesus commanded His disciples to count the cost of discipleship, He was effectively asking them to consider what their epitaph might be, what memorial words might be written on their gravestone. This is intended to be a short but precise description of a...