Man to Man Devotionals
Weekly devotionals with inspirations from the field.
Monday, January 23, 2017
The Ultimate Personal Responsibility
Matt. 16:13-15 … (Jesus asks) His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
With our government taking more and more control over our lives, we live in a time when it is getting easier to abdicate our responsibilities, welfare, and, indeed, our very future to Big Brother or others who “know better.” Today, it is fashionable to blame someone else for our problems, actions, and circumstances. It’s too easy to expect someone else to bail us out of messes we have gotten ourselves into. The idea of personal responsibility seems to be a thing of the past, an archaic notion promoted by our Founding Fathers but made increasingly obsolete today by a more “enlightened” view of “collective” responsibility. But, the Bible speaks of an ultimate personal responsibility that even the Federal Government cannot absolve us of. What is it? It’s a question Jesus asked his disciples and one he asks each of us individually – “But who do you say that I am?” It does NOT matter how anyone else answers that question – not the Federal Government, your employer, your parents, not even the most powerful man in the world.
You alone are accountable for your answer. If you answer like Simon Peter did –
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Management Is a God Thing
Genesis 3:23… “therefore the LORD God sent him (Adam) out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken.”
From the popularity of game management today, it’s obvious that we hunters have an innate desire to manage the land and its wildlife. Have you ever wondered what is behind that desire to work the land and improve its production? Well, it’s not new with us today. It goes all the way back to the beginning of man’s existence. When God send Adam out of the Garden of Eden, He instructed him to “cultivate the ground.” Every time I’m on my tractor, I think about that verse. There’s something about working the ground that appeals to men. It runs deep. It goes to the heart of our goal-oriented nature; the cause and effect motivation that so drives us men. Even Solomon, described as the wisest man in the Old Testament, when he wanted to “enlarge his works” (Ecclesiastes 2:4-7), he planted vineyards, made gardens and parks, planted all kinds of fruit trees, made ponds of water, and possessed flocks and herds. He managed the land!
I’m often asked, usually by someone not close to the land, “Why manage, why not just accept what’s there?” The question ignores a basic truth – it is man’s nature, given by God, to “cultivate” his environment to improve it. We hunters are no different. The desire we have to manage land and wildlife is from God. He has given us stewardship over our land and its wildlife. That is why we hunters, as stewards of the land and wildlife, find such satisfaction is managing what God has entrusted to us. It’s a God thing!
Monday, January 09, 2017
Romans 3:23: “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”
I was sitting 20 feet above the frozen Saskatchewan ground shivering uncontrollably in a porcelain-coated cast iron bathtub (yea, bathtub and surely the coldest stand in history) strapped between two big poplars when a doe charged into the small clearing I was watching. Her hunkered down posture and raised tail told me a buck would soon follow. Seconds later he did…and what a buck he was – massive with tines like “coke bottles!” My mind shouted, “Shoot!”, but instead, I held onto my binoculars and counted tines, burning invaluable time. “Only a 9-point”, I realized. Then he faced me, revealing a 25-inch spread and long, wrapping beams. My mind spoke again, “Book buck!”
To make a long and sordid story short, the buck jabbed the doe in the rear. She ran and he pursued. I hastily grabbed my 7 mag and fired just as the buck disappeared into the Canadian wilderness. I knew I had missed…and forever lost an irreplaceable trophy.
Deer hunting is not the only place I’ve “missed the mark.” I do so every day in life. You see, the word “sin” actually means “to miss the mark” of God’s perfection. We all come up short. Every one of us sins – lots! The Bible says “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” And sin has a far greater cost than missing the mark on a trophy buck! The Bible says “…the wages of sin is death…” But unlike missing in deer hunting, there is a remedy – God’s unconditional forgiveness through grace! For those who know Jesus as Lord, we are “justified (forgiven) as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus…” Amazingly, grace is a free gift we don’t deserve and can’t earn. It was bought by the Precious Blood of Christ on the Cross and is available to all who simply accept it. Thank God…for I miss the mark every day!
Sunday, January 01, 2017
Don’t Blow Your Chance!
2 Corinthians 6:2 – “Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION”…
As a serious trophy hunter, I have a rule – take the FIRST good shot you get on a trophy buck because you never know if you’ll get another chance. Trophy bucks have a way of disappearing, often suddenly and unexpectantly. You’re on a countdown and you don’t know much time you have. And when your time runs out, you may have blown your chance at that trophy forever.
I was reminded of this trophy hunting principle recently when I learned that a friend I hadn’t seen in many years had died suddenly. My friend was very wealthy. He had everything this world could offer – business success, power, huge landholdings, multiple homes, beautiful wife – he had it all…except fulfilment. You see, he was spiritually bankrupt. He did not know his Creator and Savior, the one thing that brings true success. Sadly, I knew he had had his chance, that there had been a time when the opportunity to “pull the trigger on life’s greatest trophy,” a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, was before him and he hesitated…then the moment was gone. I do not know if God in His grace ever gave him that chance again. But in thinking about this, I was reminded of God’s Word to us in 2 Corinthians 6:2, “…at the Acceptable Time, I listened to you, and on the Day of Salvation, I helped you. Behold, NOW is the Acceptable Time, behold NOW is The Day of Salvation.” When life’s greatest trophy is before you, take the shot…NOW!
Monday, December 19, 2016
today…there has been born to you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord
Luke 2:11: …”today…there has been born to you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Sitting on a deer stand allows a fellow time to think about the privilege of enjoying God’s Creation and the animals He has given us stewardship over. Yet for much of this fall, sitting idly on a deer stand has also given me time to, well…worry. You see, both my brother and sister were diagnosed with stage 4 cancer a few months ago and have been undergoing chemo treatments. But alas, the last couple of weeks I’ve spent much of my stand time rejoicing because my sister, Suanne, has experienced a miracle! Literally, a MIRACLE! After doctors initially found over 40 tumors in her body, now all evidence of cancer is GONE! The doctors at M.D. Anderson Hospital, the famed cancer institute in Houston, marveled at her turnaround with statements like “this is unheard of” and “we’ve never seen anything quite like this!”
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Limitations Part 1: Adequate Nutrition
Here at Tecomate we have always stressed the importance in year round nutrition for your deer herd. The biology is simple, the more nutrition a buck gets, the chances are greater in that buck reaching his full genetic potential. I know in the South one of the limiting factors in deer that cause smaller bucks, compared to many other parts in the nation, is limited year round nutrition. There are some exceptions, but for the most part southern deer are neglected nutritionally.
Psalms 23:1-2a. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
As we approach the anniversary of our nation’s Independence Day this week the feelings of freedom, liberty, and honor will be displayed throughout the good ole’ USA; and rightly so. We live in the greatest country in existence. There are so many patriots who have fought and died to give us the freedoms that we enjoy today. These thoughts and beliefs of patriotism should be displayed proudly as we show respect to our veterans, as well as, acknowledging the benefits of living in a free country. Wave your red, white, and blue this week and show your American pride on this year’s Independence Day.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The Father’s Quiver
Every bowhunter knows that one’s quiver is a very essential part of their hunting equipment. It is the apparatus that holds the arrows. It is usually connected to the bow, but can be placed on the hunter’s back, backpack, or belt. However, a quiver is useless without some good arrows in it. I wrote in a past devotion that there is nothing more gratifying for a bowhunter than to see his arrow pass through the vitals of a big buck. However, the Bible compares arrows to children and says, “Happy is the man that has his quiver full of them.” For this Father’s Day devotion I would like to offer a little help in getting to know your children better and help you protect them against the dangers of the world. I pray that The Father in Heaven will use this devotion to encourage you to raise your kids to love and to love the Lord in a world that is full of hate.