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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.

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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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