Smoky Mountain Trader

August 8, 2019

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©SMTPUB INC LIST YOUR CHURCH OR MINISTRY EVENT ON THIS PAGE! E-mail: ads@thesmtrader.com or Fax: 423-587-2906 Outdoor Truths Living by Living by Living by Hunting season is upon us again. In my home state of Tennessee, squirrel season opens at the end of August and dove season on the first day of Septem- ber. This is a great time to introduce young and new hunters to the shooting sports. Many times, deer season comes and goes without a single shot being fired. And sometimes this can be discour- aging for those who are excited about pulling the trigger. These early, small game seasons allow hunters to shoot until their shoulder gets sore. I love being the guide on these hunts. My trips, during these seasons, are usually with someone who has just started hunting. It's enjoy- able to see a smile come on their face, and the spontaneous ones are the best kind. It seems that I always want to say, "I told you so. I told you that you'd love it. I told you it would be all that I said, and more." It's fun being right. I still can't get over the feeling I get when I enter the woods with a gun or a bow. And it's even greater knowing that, after all my years of hunting, that feeling is never going to leave. I used to wonder if the passion would wane after a few years. After all, I have rushed into other things, only to have the newness wear off over a period of time. But hunting has always been different. I know men that have hunted for years, who still have a hard time sleeping on the night before opening day. It's the adult version of Christmas Eve. The visions of sugarplums are in the form of apples and persimmons. The present, under the tree, is a fat doe or a big buck. Our Santa Claus is the true God of creation who has given all of us the gift of rolling hills, beautiful mountains, sparkling streams and an abundance of wildlife. I stand amazed and in awe of the masterpiece of His design. I don't ever I am sure we all are familiar with the Swahili phrase, "Hakuna matata". It has several meanings, No problems, no trouble, don't worry, etc. According to the Lion King, it means, "No Worries for the Rest of your Life." I believe these Lion King characters have a good point here. #HakunaMatata The Bible tells us not to worry. See Matthew 6:34, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." The Bible even shares with us that God feeds the birds and reminds us we are more valuable than the birds, yet God feeds the birds. See Luke 12:24. "Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?" Even in Matthew 6:25-34, it tells us not to worry about what to eat, even makes a similar reference about the birds too. It also tells us not to worry about clothing either. No Worries for the Rest of your Life. Lion King If we don't worry, leave everything in God's Hands and seek after Him. All things will be added unto us. God will give us what we need. Not what we want. Remem- ber he even gave the daily manna to the Israelites' as they were leaving Egypt. See Exodus 16:35. Even Philippians 4:6 tells us to not be anxious. God wants us to come to Him for everything. That is a total surren- der. Giving our all to Him. We go to Him in prayer. Even David knew God would be with him. David shares this in several Psalms, including the most popular Psalm; Psalm 23. Therefore do not worry about tomor- row, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Matthew 6:34 Joshua 1:9 is another verse too! Over and over again the list can continue to go on to no worry in the Bible. So give it to God cause He cares for you. Christ is the answer to everything! Christ died for you. There is no greater love than someone laying up their life for you. Christ gave His all for us. We should give Him back everything we can. Gary has three books that are compilations of the articles he has written for nearly 15 years. He also speaks at game dinners and men's groups for churches and associations. Gary Miller gary@outdoortruths.org For more information about Outdoor Truths visit: outdoortruths.org OutdoorTruths outdoortruths Living By Faith is also brought to you by: Living By Faith is sponsored by: ChristianBlogR CourageousChristianFather.com CourageousChristianFather.com NewHeightsKY.com NewHeightsKY.com Located At 2219 Cumberland Avenue in Middlesboro, KY At Making Ripples Training Studio. Join Us at 10:30 AM Sunday Mornings "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" NewHeightsChurchKY CourageousChristianFather LivingByFaithPage ads@thesmtrader.com thesmtrader.com/living-by-faith/ Courageous Christian Father We wait in lines to go see a movie or special entertainment venues like concerts and theme parks, etc. We even wait in lines for our favorite sporting event, like football, baseball, basketball, soccer, racing, etc. We will wait in line for food, movies, concerts, sporting events, new gadgets, etc. But will we wait in line for church? God? We wait in lines for grocery stores and retail stores, including waiting in line for special deals like Black Friday or the start of a new gadget. We wait in line when we go out to eat, for transportation, like buses, trains, airplanes, boats, subway, to use the restrooms, well seems, mostly the ladies too, sometimes the men do, when you are out in public places. Plus, we wait in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). There are numerous of places we wait in lines for or at. Often we will wait in the rain, the cold or hot for those, but not church. We have that much dedication to waiting in line in those places, but do we have the dedication, determination or desire to wait in line for church? If we had to wait in a line to get into the church, would we do it? Would we be one of the first ones in line and camped out waiting to go to church or would be not bother? Would you still wait in line at church if it was raining or snowing? What if it was extremely cold or hot? Would you still wait in line to go to church if we had to wait in a line to go inside? Let's take it to another step, let's say it was illegal to go to church, if they saw you outside the church building, would you still go, what if you still had to line up? Would you be ashamed and not line up or would you be proud and stand in line, knowing you face imprisonment or worse? Remember if we are ashamed of Christ, Christ will be ashamed of us. (Luke 9:26 | Mark 8:38) Those who would I will say have their priorities focused on Christ, those that don't, sadly do not have Christ first in their life. I hope that you would be proud and willing to wait in line at church if we had to wait in line to go to church. Remember Jesus gave up his life for the church. We should be willing to do the same. (1 John 3:16 | Ephesians 5:25 | John 15:13) want to take it for granted. I am thankful for my eyes that can see it. I am thankful for my ears that can hear it. I am thank- ful that I can smell the sweet breath of God. And I am thankful for a mind that cannot understand why He is so good to me. Sunday Services 1st Service at 9:00 A.M. 2nd Service at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday Services Discipleship Classes 6-8 PM Men, Women and Children thetruelifechurch.com 860 E Hwy 11 E | Jefferson City, TN 37760 (865) 471-5530 CourageousChristianFather ChristianBlogR Steve Patterson manofresolution@me.com www.courageouschristianfather.com Read the full article online at: Read the full article online at: courageouschristianfather.com/ /hakuna-matata/ CourageousChristianFather ChristianBlogR Steve Patterson manofresolution@me.com www.courageouschristianfather.com courageouschristianfather.com/ /waiting-line/ Waiting In Line "But Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these Matthew 19:14 V e r s e o f t h e W e e k The Heavenly Heirs 2019 Hakuna Matata LIST YOUR CHURCH OR MINISTRY EVENT! Email: ads@thesmtrader.com Fax: 423-587-2906 The Living by Faith page will print your Church/Ministry News or Event,based on space availability. 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