RABBITS DON’T HAVE SCALES

Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.I Corinthians 1:12 (for context read 11-13) 

          Many years ago, when we lived in Loo-zee-ana, we were shopping at Schwegmann’s grocery and I was looking in the meat cases and I saw a nice flounder but the sign above it said, “Rabbit ‘X’ $$$ per pound”. 


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SQUEEZED BY THE LORD OR THERE ARE NO COINCIDENCES!

Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. Acts 8:4-5 

Late fall 1974 and our church in Zaragoza was going through revival – again! God was moving mightily among us with salvations happening almost daily. Our brothers who came down from Germany (temporary duty – TDY) would be at the base for 90 days and then return home. The next group of brothers that came down would search us out rejoicing at what God was doing in our group. 

Young men getting saved and sharing the Gospel at every chance! Teens ministered to their peers and led them to Christ! What a time! What a blessing! God was moving and man it was a great time to be alive (physically and alive in Christ!)! 


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NO EXCUSE

No Excuse! 

Luke 14:16-20Verse 18 is the crux of the matter. “And they all with one consent began to make excuse.”  

July 1969, Lackland AFB, TX, Basic Training. It was my second week in Basic and our Flight was standing outside the barracks in formation but relaxed. Unfortunately, Brother Mario was too relaxed. I had my hands in my pockets. 

My brothers and sisters who were ever in the military will tell you that is a tactical error. Suddenly my instructor got right in my face and in that voice only a drill sergeant can use, said, 

“Airman Smith!!! Why are your hands in your pockets?!?!?!?” (I am sure that people in San Antonio could hear him.) 


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THE NAMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED……….

Joshua 7 

Going through a box one day, I came across a picture of a man holding a duck in one hand and a pellet gun in the other. There is a story . . . 

It was a beautiful day in Wyoming and pastor, lead deacon (hereafter known as “John”) and I were at Pathfinder Reservoir having spent the night camping. We woke up and after breakfast we all decided to try our hand at fishing. 

Well, the fish were not cooperating at all! Pastor and I got into his boat and rowed ourselves around trying to find the fish. John stayed on the banks trying his luck. No fish. 

When pastor and I got back to our camp site he decided to go look for rocks (he was a rock hound and loved to polish them up) and John and I continued our quest for the elusive fish.  Gazing over the reservoir John saw a duck swimming across from us about 75 yards away. 


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MISSING THE MARK

Missing the Mark 

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23 


(Gordon and his wife Aronlee) 

          I loved hunting and in South-East Idaho my hunting buddy was Gordon Gould. We would get up before light, fuel up his big,red 6 pack truck, buy coffee and snacks and head out. 

          Gordon had been raised in the area and hunted it all his life, so he knew every road and every trail that could be used as a road. Off we would go just as the sky was beginning to lighten with the approaching Sun. 

          Sometimes we would drive to specific spots where there had been reports or deer of elk (depending on which we had tags for) and get out and walk across the sand dunes (outside of St. Anthony, ID) or the lava rock. 

          Other times we would drive through some of the forested areas (that were within the areas we were allowed to hunt) looking for the shapes and shadows of the animals. Even if we didn’t harvest, we had a good time talking about work and about the Lord. 


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WATCH

Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock crowing,or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
Mark 13:35-37 

          Bonny and I took a vacation and went up to New Hampshire to visit my family. One evening my parents left to take care of errands leaving Bonny and me with my youngest brother Jonathan. We were all dressed very casually (I think I was in cutoffs and no shirt) and watching (I think) “Heehaw”. 

          Hamlet (pictured below, ½ St. Bernard, ½ German Shepherd) sat up suddenly and looked out the living room picture window. 

 


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TRUST THE PILOT (even when you can’t see where you’re going)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Himand He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 

One summer I worked for Dowell, a division of Dow Chemical. I was a deck hand on a lugger (in Loo-zee-ana you do not call them a “tug boat” unless you want a fight!) and when we reached our destination, Morgan City, LA, I was flown back to our base in Venice, LA.  

I got to fly in a float plane!! It was tied up to our barge on the Intracoastal Canal and I climbed in beside the pilot (I sat on the right side) and we were pushed off into the canal as he started the prop.
The pilot began to push the throttle forward and was adjusting the flaps. As we gained speed, our nose lifted up and we could no longer see in front of us! I asked him, “What happens if there’s a boat in the way??!?!” 

“He’ll just have to move!” 


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PEW WARMERS

But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; Titus 2:1-3 

          Visiting with my folks one time and Mama talked about how some seniors (in their church) felt that they were being passed by. “Just sit down, shut up and pay your tithe” is how one elderly friend of theirs said she felt. 

          After graduating from college, I worked as the Assistant Pastor at the Dexter Open Bible Church (mid 80’s). It was a country church but with a congregation that spanned new-born babies to folks in their 80’s.   


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NOT GUILTY

 There is therefore no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh,
but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1 

“How do you find?” 

“Your Honor, we the jury find the defendant guilty of rape.” 

We watched as the young man slumped down into his chair and began 

crying. The defense attorney put his arm around the shoulders of this man who was not even 20 years old yet and was just completing his junior year in college studying to be an engineer. 

          Many of us on the jury wrote letters begging the magistrate to have mercy on the teen as the law had confined us to make the guilty verdict. We asked the judge not to incarcerate the man as we, the jury, believed there were extenuating circumstances (alcoholic blackouts, witnesses who were not questioned, and other testimonies that contradicted the accuser). He would not hear us and not only labeled him a sex offender (which would follow him his entire life) but sent him to prison. 


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LEARNING TO FISH

 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. Matthew 4:18-2

          In the early 60’s a family friend gave me a short stack of hunting and fishing magazines. It was great! Stories of people getting their elk or deer, running from bears, even one story of a little girl (I think she was around 6 or 7 years old) who ran out of bait so she put a blueberry on her hook and caught a big trout! 

          It was exciting reading and I thumbed through them until they were falling apart. One of my favorite articles was that of a man living somewhere in Scandinavia who fished every day of the year. And he almost always caught fish. Even when others, who were very good fishermen failed, he came home with something. 

          The writer of the article met with the man and asked why he was so dedicated to the fishing craft. His response was that in order to catch fish any time of the day or year, one must fish often. You had to learn when different kinds of fish would bite, what bait or lure they would bite on, the best time of day, best kind of weather to catch – in essence you had to know how to fish! 


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