2016 Pastors’ Retreat

Cold wind. Coffee. Ducks. Shotguns. Preachers. Wait, preachers?!? That’s right, all these and more were present at the 2016 HPW Pastors’ Retreat January 17th-19th. Pastors from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas descended upon St. Charles, AR. for two days of study, encouragement, and of course, duck hunting. The pastors who attended this year’s retreat had an opportunity to encourage one another as they discussed what it means to be willing and eager to lead the local church where God has blessed them to serve. Special attention was given to Peter’s command in 1 Peter 5.2 to “Shepherd God’s flock which is under your care…”. HPW recognizes the importance of the local church in Kingdom work. We understand that pastors often have no one with whom they can share their hurts, hopes, and struggles. This year’s retreat gave those who attended the opportunity to enjoy camaraderie, rest, and the great sport of duck hunting in a relaxed and refreshing environment. To the churches that let your pastor attend this years retreat: THANK YOU! Thank you for loving your pastor enough to give him some time away. Thank you for trusting HPW enough to know that your pastor’s time with us would be both relaxing and engaging. Pastors, we are grateful for all of your hard work. Thank you for your service AND for the opportunity to invest in your lives. Lead on! High Plains Waterfowl Hunt. Share....

Extraordinary

“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.” -Luke 2.6-7 God often does extraordinary works through ordinary ways. Too often, however, we miss what God is doing because we take the ordinary for granted. A red fox recently passed in front of my deer stand. His colors were bright. His tail was bushy. His focus was on hunting. As he carried his prey into the woods, I wondered how many times in a day that fox passes from field, to woods, to field again. His actions were seemingly ordinary for a fox, but for me, the sight was extraordinary. When Luke initially presented the birth of Jesus he didn’t sound bells and whistles. He simply said that “the time came for the baby to be born”. The extraordinary: the Son of God was born. The ordinary: a child was born. Whatever you do today, whether you are in the deer woods, the duck blind, the office, or the car, don’t take for granted the ordinary. Don’t fail to appreciate the ordinary occurrences of your life, family, or work. Why? Because God often does extraordinary works through ordinary ways. High Plains Waterfowl Hunt. Share....

Wisdom

Wisdom. Check. “So be careful to do what the Lord you God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.” Deuteronomy 5:32-33 May we not veer. Straight paths in Him can’t be...

Trust

“Offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord.” -Psalm 4:5 Of all the different traits that it hurts to see a child lose, trust is possibly the most painful. From the moment a father or mother first gets to hold his or her child, an immediate bond of trust is formed. google adsense banned The child doesn’t shudder when picked up, tossed around, or quickly loses altitude for the sake of witnessing the startle reflex. The child simply and naturally trusts the one who loves him or her. As the child gets older, however, a parent cannot make the mistake of assuming that trust will always be present. Sometimes we make mistakes. Sometimes we have to work to earn back the trust which we once took for granted. We re-establish trust with our children by consistently being trustworthy; by consistently showing that we love and care for them. The Psalmist says to “trust in the Lord”, a phrase which is repeated throughout Scripture. Sometimes, however, we struggle with trusting God. facebook down Our struggle comes not because He has changed, but rather because we have forgotten that He loves us. Whatever your struggle or joy may be right now, remember this: trust the Lord. Just as an infant trust his or her parents, have an unwavering trust for the Lord, if for no other reason than because He loves you. High Plains Waterfowl Hunt. Share....

Love Your Enemies

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” -Matthew 5:43-45 It makes no sense for a person to love his or her enemies. It’s not natural, nor is it desired. But that is what we are commanded to do: love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. To the world this may seem like weakness, but to those who practice know it to be strength. Think about it. Does it not take strength to pray for someone who has hurt you? Is not strength required to deliver a meal to a family who has lost a loved one when that family has been nothing but rude to you for many years? Does it not take great strength to love the family of the child who tries to bully your child? When a Christian loves his or her enemies and prays for those who bring persecution, God is honored. It’s tough. It’s frustrating. But, it’s also commanded. So today, no matter what you face or how you feel, remember the words of Jesus: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:44-45 What has been your experience with loving your enemies? We would love to hear your stories! High Plains Waterfowl Hunt. Share....

Willing

“…Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him.” -Luke 5.13 Sometimes it’s hard to believe that Jesus is willing to forgive us, help us, and show us what is right. Many people find it ludicrous to believe that a perfect God would be willing to send His perfect Son to die for the sins of imperfect people. But that’s exactly what He did! Jesus was approached by a man in Luke 5.12 who believed that Jesus could cleanse him of his leprosy. This man fell on his face, called Jesus Lord, and said “…if you are willing, you can make me clean.” What the man found was not judgment, an uncaring attitude, or a man who was incapable of helping him. What this man found was a God who was willing to make him clean. dns information Willing to restore him to the community. No matter what you may be going through or struggling with today, know that Jesus is willing. Jesus is willing to make you clean. Jesus is willing to give you strength. Jesus is willing. Are you willing to ask Him for help? High Plains Waterfowl. Hunt. Share....
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