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Man to Man Devotionals

Weekly devotionals with inspirations from the field.

Sunday, June 25, 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.

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Posted by David Morris on 06/25 at 03:24 PM
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Monday, June 19, 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!

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Posted by David Morris on 06/19 at 11:28 AM
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Monday, June 12, 2017
Where’s Your Treasure?

by Samantha Davis
Matt. 19-21: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

I have a room full of trophies from all over the world. They represent the memories of a lifetime of hunting, an endeavor for which I have an endless passion, especially for big whitetails. On my wall is a collection of record-class whitetails that includes 34 topping 170 gross B&C. Something I consider a miracle and blessing from God. I’ve hunted the great game animals of the world, including most of the dangerous game – grizzly, Kodiak, lion, leopard, elephant, hippo and cape and water buffalo. They are all in my trophy room … but these trophies are NOT the things I treasure most in life. I place NO hope in them or any other worldly possession or endeavor. My most valued “treasure”, indeed, my only hope lies solely in my relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 06/12 at 06:15 PM
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Monday, June 05, 2017
The Winds of Change

John 3:8: … “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

My Leupold rangefinder read 297 yards to the buck. He was standing broadside, hunkered down rear to the wind. A fairly routine shot…normally. But this was not a normal day. The Wyoming wind was topping out at a record-breaking 75 mph. The bullet was going to be blown off target…a lot. I had no idea how much. I’d never calculated wind drift for 75 mph! So I guessed and held the crosshairs just in front on his hip, hoping for a lung shot. From my prone position, I was able to hold steady and escape the worst of the buffeting wind. I waited for a hammering gust to pass and let fly…and hit the buck in the neck just below his ear, at least 4 feet from my point of aim!

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Posted by David Morris on 06/05 at 09:47 AM
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Monday, May 29, 2017
Peace that Surpasses All Understanding

by Samantha Davis

Philippians 4:7 – … and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Have you ever tried to describe hunting to a non-hunter? If you are an avid outdoorsperson, you’ve probably tried to convey that the experience of the hunt goes far beyond the shot and the trophy. I know my favorite part of the hunt is getting into the perfect blind, letting my mind quiet and waiting until all my senses are filled with what’s around me. My eyes are so acute that I notice the spider spinning his web, the tracks of the woods’ inhabitants along the trails around me, and even the slightest movement in the brush announcing the possible incoming buck doesn’t get by my notice. My ears can track the different calls of bird species back to their source; I can smell the dry sage as the wind picks up its scent; I can feel the warmth of the sinking sun on my neck; and I can still taste the fried cornbread from lunch. Explaining that kind of peace can be hard to convey and hard to understand … unless you’ve experienced it. Yet, in Philippians, God promises us a peace that transcends all understanding, that surpasses even the peace of relinquishing the worries back to the world for a few hours in the woods. If you want to get close to God, get in the woods and give it all up until you can hear the rustle of the wind, the scurrying of a squirrel, or the light footfalls of an approaching deer. If you want to experience peace beyond what you can even imagine, seek God through Christ. When we give up the worries of the world to God, he promises an infinitely more amazing peace than even the outdoors can offer, a peace that will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 05/29 at 07:22 AM
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Sunday, May 21, 2017
Second Chances

Jonah 1:1-2 & 3:1-2: “Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah… saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.” “And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.”

The 2017 turkey season will go down as my best ever. I harvested one of my best birds ever and tagged out in multiple states. A blessed spring. However, it did not come without plenty of mess-ups and misses. Opening day in my home state of Mississippi was cold and gobbling was very limited, but I was still able to call in a nice gobbler to 30 yards…and completely miss him! My entire shot load had bounced off of a big limb that was part of a brush top I was hiding behind. I was sick and then all the “could have, should haves” started flowing through my mind. But, there was nothing to do but either go back home or try another spot. So try another spot I did, and wouldn’t you know it! Within 20 minutes, I had a big gobbler on the ground! And. he was even better than the first, a really nice double-beard! I thanked God for the harvest and gave special thanks for the second chance.

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Posted by Mark Newell on 05/21 at 07:26 AM
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Monday, May 15, 2017
Decision Time

Joshua 24:15: “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Manitoba, my first hunt ever in Canada. A friend was frantically digging through the snow next to me for the cartridge he had dropped in his hast. The biggest buck I had ever seen was 30 yards away, my crosshairs on him. But alas, two problems stood in the way. One, my friend was sitting “shotgun” when we drove up on the buck and had immediately claimed shooting rights. Two, we were on a public road passing through private land. As the buck began walking toward the nearby timber, I faced a decision – shoot the monster non-typical, alienating my friend and breaking the law, or let the biggest buck I’ll ever see walk away. It was a clear decision between right and wrong. Pained though I was, I stayed my trigger finger.

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Posted by David Morris on 05/15 at 08:11 AM
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Monday, May 08, 2017
The Best Is Yet to Come!

John 16:33: …In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

As cohost of The Bucks of Tecomate, I go on lots of hunts every year. It’s always amazed me how success can vary so much from one year to another. Like a baseball hitter, hunters have streaks. Some years, everything seems to go according to script and one hunt after another is successful. For instance, I went six for six in 2016 on really good bucks before coming up short on hunt No. 7. But occasionally, a year comes along when success comes very hard, if at all. 2015 was such a year. Nothing went right. The season was marked by extended hunts, return trips to finish up earlier unsuccessful hunts, bad weather, marginal deer and outright failed hunts. I struggled mightily to cobble together enough success to fill out our show season. Like my hunts, recently my life has been…well, streaky!

I am blessed with a great wife, family, friends and a job that allows me to do what I love. Life is good…most of the time…but not always. Trials and tribulations come. Recently, my family has faced health issues, job loss, financial challenges and even the death of a loved one. It’s a difficult season for my family, but we remain filled with HOPE! You see, Jesus Himself told us, “In the world you have tribulation…” It’s not a maybe; it’s a fact that we will face difficulties in this life! But fortunately, Jesus followed that statement with, “…but take courage; I have overcome the world.“ As believers in Jesus Christ, we have hope because Jesus overcame the sin and tribulation of this world and now sits at the right hand of God the Father. And He promises that the day will come when we will join Him and, “God Himself…will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” That is reason enough to have HOPE, even in hard times!

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Posted by David Morris on 05/08 at 10:59 AM
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