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Romans 8:28 (NLT) states: And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

This verse could be called God’s love letter to me!

Pastor Bill

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Romans 8:28 (NLT) states: And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

This verse is for those who love God; not for those who might test him.

Pastor Bill

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We can be transformed to become more Christ-like, by the things which touch our lives.

Pastor Bill

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GIVE EM’ GREEN RIVER!

As I continued digging through some boxes filled with memories of the past, I came upon an old Boy Scout manual that I had used when I was a youngster. The notes in the manual indicated that I was a member of the Mountain Man Patrol. At the bottom of that page was a space for the Patrol Yell. That yell was “Give em’ Green River.”

That caused me to wonder where such a “yell” might have come from. With a little research on my computer, I learned that during the days of the old west, when Mountain Men roamed the wilds in search of animals to trap for furs, an inseparable companion for these individuals was their knife. These weapons, or tools of their trade, were typically worn on a belt around their waist. One of the most widely accepted was a brand of knife that had a broad, single-edge, seven-inch blade. It was used for skinning, scalping, whittling, eating and as a weapon.

High on the blade was stamped the sign, or mark, G.R., for George Rex, the maker of the knife. But to the Mountain Man, the G.R. simply meant, “Green River,” the location for the summer rendezvous that the trappers looked forward to each year. The term, “Green River,” had entered the mountain man’s vocabulary and in the heat of battle, when the cry was heard, “Give em’ Green River, boys!” it meant a war to the bloody hilt.

So, I am guessing that, to the young boys in the Mountain Man Patrol in Troop 358, the patrol yell of “Give em’ Green River,” was meant to be a rallying cry whatever situation might be facing them.

As you read through the Bible, you will find there was quite a bit of yelling that went on at various times, and for a variety of reasons. I like one occasion where it speaks of yelling, in James 4:7-10, as it is recounted in The Message. It reads this way: So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.

In other words, we could yell a “Give him Green River, boys!” regarding the Devil. And it sounds like that would be enough to cause him to turn tail and run. And you notice that the next sentence states, “Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time.”

I doubt that we ever have to yell at God to get his attention; a quiet request of him and he will be there at once. I like that.

Prayer: Father, thank you for allowing us to seek your assistance and help without having to yell or scream or go through any ridiculous antics. You hear a whispered request, and you respond to us. Thank you for loving us as you do. Thank, you, Lord! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

Scripture quotations from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © by Eugene H. Peterson 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group."

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Romans 8:28 (NLT) states: And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

We don’t like many of the things that happen to us during our lives and, therefore, we find it extremely difficult to accept the fact that ALL things will work together for our good. Yet, if you believe God’s Word, you must accept the reality of that fact.

Pastor Bill

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Life and peace are the end results of spiritual-mindedness.

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Show me a person you see as a saint, but one who is always so negative about most things, and I’ll show you one who is not a saint!

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A spiritually minded man remembers that all things work together for good to those who love God. He looks at life as one large picture—not just the small parts.

Pastor Bill

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PUSHUPS

A while back I was going through some boxes stored in our garage when I stumbled onto some paperwork that I had received in the mail during the late winter of 1964. I had been accepted for employment as a smokejumper in McCall, ID, and the paperwork, now yellowed from 50 years of lying in a box, informed me of preparations I needed to make before summer arrived.

The print on the paper, obviously originating from a typewriter, informed me that I would be subjected to a rigorous training program at the beginning of the summer season. There would not be sufficient time to prepare me physically for this program after reporting for training, therefore, I needed to get prepared beforehand.

The instructions then stated I must do a series of exercises and achieve at least a 70% score to pass, or I could not begin smokejumper training. In other words, anything less than the number required lowered your score, but you still passed if the overall total was at least 70%. The list of required exercises was then stated:

· Pushups 40

· Chin-ups 10

· Rope Climb 15 feet (You had to start from a standing position with your arms raised over your head and climb 15 feet up the rope without using your feet or legs.)

· Squat Thrusts 45

Following those exercises were three other items that were required—period. If you failed to complete any of the three you would be washed out. They included the following:

· Side Straddle Hop 100 in two minutes.

· Rocking Chair 45 in two minutes.

· One-half mile run 3 minutes and 15 seconds.

All of these exercises had to be completed while wearing the heavy jump boots, except for the run. You could wear any type of shoes for that.

As a young man, in good health and pretty decent shape physically, I still knew I was going to have to get to work and prepare for the coming summer. I would have to practice all of these exercises and reach a point where I knew I could pass the tests without fail.

Preparedness and training are spoken of several times throughout the Bible. In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the young man, Timothy, he reminded him that, “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”

Paul stated it well. I am around people who go to great lengths to exercise and do their best to get themselves, or keep themselves in top physical shape. Yet, they do nothing when it comes to Christianity and those things that really count in the end.

I had walked into our garage feeling in pretty decent shape. After looking at that list of exercises, I walked out feeling quite old. I realized that nowadays, exercise for me is a brisk mile or mile and a half walk early in the morning. My doctor says I need to walk, and often. I enjoy getting out in the fresh air, but there are days I would just as soon keep my recliner in a comfortable position. Exercising just takes so much effort!

But I can still consistently exercise my mind as I read God’s Word, the Bible, and his instructions for life that he has provided us. That is exercise and training you just can’t beat!

Prayer: Father, thank you for providing us with the Bible; your Word to us. Thank you that it can be described as Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth! Thank, you, Lord! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

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A spiritually minded man always sees God in his fellow man. Our spirituality can be characterized by the manner in which we look at our fellow man and know that Christ gave his life for them, He loves them, and we need to speak well of them.

Pastor Bill

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