January 3, 2023 – Growing Older
As the year’s pass by I’m more convinced that our major battle in life is not with the aging process but with choosing the right attitude and character to glorify our Lord.
December 27, 2022 – Spiritual Myopia
Professed believers become unfruitful when they are spiritually nearsighted. When they focus on self, the worries of life, or all the lures of materialism, the big, eternal issues of life blur and they can’t see the dangers or opportunities right in front of them.
December 13, 2022 – Hang in There!
The Lord makes it clear that following Him and producing fruit for Him will be a struggle, a challenge requiring perseverance or endurance. But in Christ, we are guaranteed success.
November 29, 2022 – The Wrong Crowd
We become like those with whom we spend time. The character, attitudes, actions, and beliefs of those we associate with rub off on us. And likewise we must be careful to maintain our character and integrity when we’re with others. We want others to follow our example as we follow Christ’s example.
November 15, 2022 – Where’s Your Focus?
As Christians, even with the best of intentions, we can become distracted and easy prey to temptation. However, when our focus is on God, we can be unstoppable! God’s Word tells us to be single-minded in purpose, focusing our thoughts on what is good, and sticking with it!
November 8, 2022 – Rescued!
As we peered out the window into the blackness of night, we could see the searchlights of a rescue helicopter that responded to our transponder. Once again, I realized that my salvation (both physical and spiritual) is was due to the mercy and grace of God Almighty.
November 1, 2022 – It’s Been One of Those Days
Have you recently had one of those days? You know the kind. A day when it seems like it may have been better to have stayed in bed. These are the times when we feel alone and adrift. And yet we are not alone. Our Heavenly Father is there to help us ride out those tough times.
October 25, 2022 – Bear Attack!Randy had been a long-time resident of Alaska and an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt. One summer his mom came to visit him and expressed the desire to experience a true Alaskan fishing trip in the backcountry. Randy arranged for a bush pilot to take them...
October 18, 2022 – CourageAll pro tight-end Brent Jones is one of the most courageous football players to have ever played the game. But it was during many outdoor adventures that Brent learned courage from the man he most admired. Brent’s granddad was a very accomplished athlete who regularly...
October 11, 2022 – Motorcycle WisdomA couple of my friends have been avid motorcyclists all their adult lives. They love the rumble of a big twin idling and the exhilaration of going through the curves at break-neck speed. These bikers have traveled all over the northwest enjoying its back roads and...
October 4, 2022 – This Pig is YoursMy hunting and fishing activities during 1997 can be summed up with the word: “slim.” With the responsibilities of a growing ministry, writing two books, training a new employee (J.D.), and having two of my hunting trips canceled due to weather related problems, my...
September 27, 2022 – The Fish TestCompetitive sports allow us to test our skills against a known opponent. Coaches spend hours strategizing on how to effectively match the challenges of a rival. After careful evaluation there is a certain level of predictability associated with a field or court that...
September 20, 2022 – A Charging Moose!My friend Rob lived in Alaska for some years. Being an avid hiker and mountaineer, he had countless encounters with moose that are so prevalent there. One time in the fall during rutting season, he and his friend Ed were hiking in the woods near Anchorage. They were...
September 13, 2022 – Skunked!Russell Thornberry, the Executive Editor of Buckmaster Magazine, has many years’ experience as a professional guide and outfitter. One of his favorite fishing memories was about a time when he got skunked… literally. One summer Russell was guiding two fly fishermen...
September 6, 2022 – Joy!
Joy is a deep inner peace and confidence in the Lord. Happiness on the other hand is fickle, dependent upon our circumstances. Joy recognizes that pain and suffering are part of life and therefore it is not contingent on circumstances. Because joy comes from Him who never changes, joy is ever available no matter what befalls us. It is a fruit of the Spirit. When we are filled with the Spirit and following in His steps, we exude the joy that He freely gives.
August 30, 2022 – How’s Your Aim?
In archery, shots go all over the place when our anchor point is inconsistent so our aim is off. As believers, Jesus is our anchor point, if we get away from our anchor point, we flounder and miss the mark. We may be “aiming” at the wrong things. Sometimes the worries of this life and the lure of power, prestige, fame, and fortune can get us off track. Whatever the reason, our anchor point is off. To correct the problem, we must return to Jesus and remain in Him.
August 9, 2022 – The Power of a Dad’s Influence
Most children, especially boys, want to be like their daddy. Our children imitate us because they want to be like us. This is a very daunting responsibility to consider! But rather than fear the bad habits they might learn from us, there’s another way to look at this role we play in their young lives.