I thoroughly enjoyed all my fishing and hunting adventures with my good friend, Jeff Klippenes. Born and raised in the backwoods of Northern Minnesota, he has a wealth of outdoor experience that adds to the excitement of every outing. One of my favorite memories of Jeff begins with his decision to purchase a consignment boat from me.
We purchased eight Barbados Black Belly sheep that eventually grew to adult size. I learned a lot about life — and God — from the upkeep of these critters. You would think, in view of all the energy expended on their behalf, that these sheep would be grateful. Not so.
Whether you are new in the faith or have known the Lord for some time, being in the Word is crucial to the health and growth of your relationship with Jesus Christ. But many men are at a loss as to how to read and study the Bible.
As I get older I realize more and more how quickly our days on this earth pass and how important it is that we pause and pray for a heart of wisdom — that we might live each day in a way that brings glory to God.
That day when evening came, He said to His disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took Him along, just as He was, in the boat. There were also other boats with Him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, don’t You care if we drown?”
There’s something about strolling along a quiet beach that brings calm — an escape from the struggles and challenges of life. With a passion for excellence in any career comes the need to keep balanced as well. Christ regularly took time for solitude with His Heavenly Father. Throughout Scripture we see how God meets man in the “quiet places” of His creation.
August 24, 2019 – Listen to this week’s ManUp! Radio show with host, Jim Grassi.
As I get older, I realize more and more how quickly our days on this earth pass and how important it is that we pause and pray for a heart of wisdom — that we might live each day in a way that brings glory to God.
Sadie is our current Labrador. As her trainer told us, “She is very self-assured and independent.” Basically, Sadie was bred to be a very highly-skilled, pheasant-hunting dog who points first before she flushes a bird. While being a good dog for hunting she thinks she should rule the house. She listens when she wants to listen.
Knowing that Esau was closing in on him, Jacob considered the options before him: He could try to have his brother ambushed and killed; he could run to another land; he could prepare his men for battle; or he could trust the promises God had given him.
At that moment the Spirit of God began to convict Charles of his sins. All the Scripture he had read, and all the occasions others witnessed to him about Christ flooded his mind. He stood on the platform backwards to make his dive, spread his arms to gather his balance, looked up to the wall, and saw his own shadow on the side of the pool building. The moonlight silhouetted his body projecting the shape of a cross on the stark, white wall.
When death visits your personal address book it causes one to think about those things that have eternal significance. Faith, family, and character take precedence over fame, power, and fortune. Further, this is a time that allows people to evaluate the lives of those who are no longer with us.