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November 24, 2020

As it is currently the infamous traditional gun deer season here in Wisconsin, I thought I would share with you a true, yes true, deer story  (although be it in North Carolina)!  I had gotten in the tower stand (very tall, enclosed stand) early that morning.  I was on a point with fields and woods to my left, front and right and woods behind me.  It was 10:07 and I had not seen anything, except for crows and turkeys.  I was thinking about heading back to the house when I noticed movement in the woods straight across from me.  It was a deer and soon it came out of the woods and came straight across the field and then, stopped in the middle of the field.  I put my scope on it and it was an 8, maybe 9-point buck.  It kept looking toward me, so I was afraid to move.  Then I heard a noise to my right, almost below me.   There was movement and another buck stepped out of the woods and headed toward the other buck.  This one was a 10-point.  They were going to have a meeting ... Read More »

November 18, 2020

November 18: Have you ever wondered what God has planned for you? Is it something big? And if you are following the right path? Or are we focused on our own path and not the path that God has for us? Who or what are we focused on? I do know that our focus has to change in our world today. “A little over a month after leaving Rivendell, Bilbo once again walked through the Shire, the land he loved so well. He eagerly anticipated seeing his beloved hobbit hole again. But to his amazement, he discovered that because of his lengthy absence, he’d been presumed dead. He arrived home in the last throes of a public auction in which all his earthly possessions had already been sold. Worse yet, many of his neighbors refused to accept the fact that he was actually Bilbo Baggins returned, so in the end, he was forced to buy back most of his own belongings. And then he settled back into his comfortable hobbit hole. Sigh… Seven years later, Bilbo’s friends Gandalf and Balin showed up at his door. They told him the news ... Read More »

November 12, 2020

I heard a song on the radio today that brought back memories and certainly applies to today. It was a remake of a Tom Petty song, sung by Johnny Cash: “I Won’t Back Down.” You can sing it with me 😊: “Well, I won’t back down, no I won’t back down. You can stand me up at the gates of Hell, but I won’t back down. Gonna stand my ground, won’t be turned around, and I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down, gonna stand my ground and I won’t back down. Hey, baby, there ain’t no easy way out, hey, I will stand my ground and I won’t back down. Well, I know what’s right, I got just one life, in a world that keeps pushin’ me around, but I stand my ground and I won’t back down. Hey baby, there ain’t no easy way out. Hey, I will stand my ground and I won’t back down. No, I won’t back down.” “Let’s get back to the most life-enhancing, life-empowering, life-transforming message of all. When Jesus was facing His most agonizing challenge – just hours away from brutal torture ... Read More »

November 9, 2020

A few observations and thoughts to ponder from the last few weeks. Up North by our farm I have two neighbors who, for long as I can remember, have been Democrat and Republican. (NOTE: This is not about politics.) They have discussions but they work together, help each other out and get along. Recently I needed help moving an item and knew one of the neighbors had a skid steer. I went over to his house and he was working on some machinery and said he could help, that he actually had to load some hay bales at the farm next to mine. I asked him what I owed him, and this was his response: “That is the problem in our country today. Everybody thinks they are owed something for doing something. We need to stop being a divided country and the left needs to come to the middle and the right needs to come to the middle so that we are all working together. It isn’t about parties but about people treating each other with respect and helping each other out. I am helping you out and down the ... Read More »

November 6, 2020

I think that most of us struggle with wanting to be in control. Many of us want to know everything and we have a smartphone and social media to access knowledge immediately. Sometimes that knowledge is not true. Sometimes I think we think we know everything. When I was young, I thought I knew everything and now I do not want to know everything because my head hurts from what I do know😊! I believe that is part of the reason we ask: Why God? Where are you God? Why is this happening God? Do we really want to know everything? Do we really want to control God? “Job desires explanation and questions God about the great and enduring mystery of why bad things happen to good people. Toward the end of the book, however, God speaks and pronounces an oft-overlooked phrase that I have never forgotten” ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?’ (Job 38:2) So much of what we know as humans, we know only ‘in part,’ to borrow from Paul of Tarsus (1 Corinthians 13:12). And that is all right. Seeking after knowledge is ... Read More »

November 3, 2020

I could see the angelic, pale face looking down upon me. She looked sad and I could see fear in her eyes. I should have taken it as a warning… All of a sudden, I got hit from behind and it jolted me so hard I thought I was broken in half. Then someone hit me from the right side and I could see stars. Thoughts raced through my head… would I survive? My life passed before my eyes. The next shot I saw coming and I tried to avoid it but to no avail. My whole body shook. I no longer had control. I could not turn, I could not back up, I could not go forward. I could not steer my way out of this so, I raised my hands, pulled the red flag and surrendered. Lori and I had gone home to Thorp for the 4th of July and went to the Demolition Derby. We walked into the pits to see my brother who had prepared a couple of cars for the Derby. He saw me coming and came up and asked if I would like to ... Read More »

A few observations, meanderings, thoughts, ponderings, etc. …

This article came about because I got smacked.  Not just a tap, but a body shaking smack. I am tired.  I am exhausted, maybe even a little overwhelmed.  Life is not supposed to be like this.  I recently officiated a graveside for a precious child who was with us for just a short time.  So hard and you ask why?  I am tired of people yelling at each other and being rude to each other.  Whatever happened to respect?  Patience?  Care?  Compassion? Kindness?  Why is there so much hatred?  People are so lonely, that is something we are seeing a lot of.  Folks are finding out that they are more social than they thought they were.  People need contact with people that are outside the home. We must be honest; we are a social people!  Hugs, handshakes, face to face conversations – that is who we are.  I know it is a frustrating time but remember there is always hope.  There is always hope. I remember this excerpt from Soul Fuel: “How difficult our situations may be – however much trouble we are facing in life – there can always ... Read More »

October 14, 2020

A few observations, meanderings, thoughts, ponderings, etc. This devotion came about because I got smacked. Not just a tap, but a body shaking smack. I am tired. I am exhausted, maybe even a little overwhelmed. Life is not supposed to be like this. I recently officiated a graveside for a precious child who was with us for just a short time. So hard and you ask why? I am tired of people yelling at each other and being rude to each other. Whatever happened to respect? Patience? Care? Compassion? Kindness? Why is there so much hatred? People are so lonely, that is something we are seeing a lot of. Folks are finding out that they are more social than they thought they were. People need contact with people that are outside the home. We must be honest; we are a social people! Hugs, handshakes, face to face conversations – that is who we are. I know it is a frustrating time but remember there is always hope. There is always hope. I remember this excerpt from Soul Fuel: “How difficult our situations may be – however much trouble we are ... Read More »

September 17, 2020

Thank you, Lord! Praise God! I had sooo much to do. We had just gotten back from the graveside service and I had decided that, after I had blessed the meal, I was going to head back to church and get some work done at the office. I blessed the meal and I heard several voices say, “Pastor, why don’t you pull up a bench and sit with us?” I was going to say no but they had asked, and, after all, Ma’s Bakery was catering the luncheon. So, I decided to join them. We started reminiscing about the person who had passed away, the ladies started sharing history and memories and then a apple pie magically appeared. It was explained that the lady that had passed away had two pies left in the freezer that she had made and one of them had been delivered to our table because of the ladies sitting there. The apple pie was passed around and I tell you, that was one of the best apple pies I have ever tasted. But then it could have tasted horrible but to share that pie with ... Read More »

September 11, 2020

I love to read.  Westerns, especially Louis L’Amour.  C.S. Lewis.  Tolkien.  Civil War.  Medieval Europe.  History.  I love to learn.  I love deep thought.  I love mysteries and try to figure out how it will end or who done it.  I am right 100% of the time.  Yea, right, LOL!  My favorite mystery writer is Victoria Houston who lives and writes out of Rhinelander, Wisconsin.  Another favorite was someone I had never heard of until a couple of years ago.  Our daughter was doing an internship in Saratoga, Wyoming and we drove out with her and we stayed in Saratoga at the Hotel Wolf.  On our dresser was an advertisement saying that Game Warden Joe Pickett solved a case at the Hotel Wolf.  That intrigued me and the author was C.J. Box.  I think it is so important to keep learning, to keep reading, especially when it leads to our faith becoming stronger and deeper. “The water is deep.  Diving off of my safe little boat, I break the surface and descend into darkness.  This is not an evil darkness.  Not all darknesses are created the same.  We are never ... Read More »

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