Speak Peace

“Do not drag me away with the wicked, with the workers of evil, who speak peace with their neighbors while evil is in their hearts.” Psalm 28:3 One of the hard realities of life is that even though someone may speak peace to another in a conversation, the one speaking may not truly mean what is being said. To say a positive and uplifting word while one knows that his or her heart actually holds the opposite desire is the epitome of wickedness. Every one of us has experienced the difficult reality that some who say they want us to excel actually have nothing but disdain for us, our family, and our work. They may speak peace and say “Do good, I’m proud of you”, but their hearts are screaming for us to fail. The sad confession is, however, that every one of us has been guilty of speaking peace while we harbored evil towards another. Perhaps it was a polite meeting with other professionals in our field. . Maybe it was a fellow pastor of a sister church in the same community when we said “I hope this new ministry reaches a lot of people”. Maybe it was lying through your teeth when you told an ex-spouse that you hope he or she is happy in their new marriage. The point is, that every one of us has made the attempt to speak peace to another while in our heart we really wanted them to fail. David speaks of these wicked people in Psalm 28, praying that God will ultimately repay these people for their deception. I hope that I’m not...

Paths

“…He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” -Psalm 23:3b An interesting observation which one can make while walking through the wilderness is the different paths which are crossed. Some lead to water, while others lead to food or a bedding area for animals. A few paths are heavily traveled, receiving traffic almost everyday, while others are faint, showing either little use, or that they have long been abandoned. Paths show the traveler how to get to a destination, and show others where those before them have gone. People have different paths that we travel as well. Hundreds  lay before us each day, some taking us to pleasant places, and others taking us to places that we should have avoided. These paths are also observation points for others, showing the discerning where we have walked and what the outcome was. Christians are not immune to the fact that we travel on paths, but there is often a misunderstanding associated with the ones which we travel: we do not travel paths for our own sake, benefit, or glory. Sure, when we follow down the righteous path which God has set forth, we benefit, but God does not lead us down that path primarily for our own good. God leads us down paths of righteousness for the sake of His Name, not our own. As you travel down your paths today, ask yourself this question: Am I choosing to take this path for my own glory, or for God’s? High Plains Waterfowl. Hunt. Share....

The End…

The End. What comes to your mind when you hear those words? Keep in mind that it is not a generic end which is being spoken of. It is THE end. The biggest and most important end of the day, week, month, year, season, or journey. Perhaps you breathed a sigh of relief for the end of this day. Maybe you heard those words and were filled with anxiety due to the end of an important season, like your child graduating High School, or an internship being completed. Dread may have even been experienced for the important fact that the end of turkey season is just a few short weeks away. Whatever your feelings may have been, it should be evident by now that your perception of the end is in many ways relative to your life experiences. You can gladly welcome the end of some things even while greatly fearing the end of others. Hopefully the end of this day brings you comfort and satisfaction. You might not have accomplished all you wanted to. You might have lost your temper too much with your kids. link checker Or maybe you had the most productive day you’ve had in a long time. But no matter what this day has held or what your experiences have been, we hope that the end of this day is good for one reason: because you have seen God’s faithfulness to give you the strength for one more day. Be grateful for the end of this day, for it has shown God’s goodness. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice...

Reality

The Lord is truly doing some amazing things in Arkansas County. This weekend, over 100 area youth are joining together to seek the Lord, hear His Word, and serve in the community in which they live. HPW was blessed to have one of the groups from a local church, New Life Fellowship, come and serve for the afternoon. Their tasks? 1. Pull nails from old boards which will be used in a bathroom remodel. 2. Wash and transport pea-gravel for use in the Journey Room. For over two hours more than twenty youth worked towards the completion of a project which is years in the making. Their story of help is one of the many stories which contribute to the overall narrative of what God is doing at HPW. The REALITY is that without the goodness and generosity of God’s people all throughout the United States, we would not have a beautiful facility where we can engage men with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you for your help, and thank God for His people! High Plains Waterfowl. Hunt. Share....
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