Reaching and Teaching people about Jesus through Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Adventures.

Month: May 2015


Originally posted on Bill Dye Ministries:

One time I went to the store to buy a new suit, and the guy with the tape around his neck was trying to help.

I said, “I want to see something in an athletic cut.”

He looked puzzled. “Why?”

A little miffed, I fired back, “Because whenever I buy a suit the athletic cut pants are the only ones that fit.”

He tried to gather himself and be graceful. “I’m not sure ‘athletic cut’ is exactly what you need right now.”

So I went on a diet.

I hate diets for two reasons. First, its nothing but controlled starvation, which is no fun for anybody.. And second, I don’t like all the contradictory information.

One fellow says the secret is eating only protein, low carbs. The other guru says you have to cut the protein and stay off the fats. Get on the carbs. Get off the carbs. One couple I read said, “The secret is never eat proteins and carbs in the same meal.” The pretty girl on television promises I will lose 15 pounds if I’ll drink her chocolate shakes. One fellow told me he lost 30 pounds by eating a lot of jalapeno peppers. I have a friend who went on this weird diet where he only ate cabbage soup. He kept a big pot of it on the stove. The stuff looked like it was dipped from a Louisiana swamp. I thought, “Man if that’s all I could eat I guarantee I would lose weight.” After about two weeks he had to give it up. His wife said he was starting to smell like a cabbage.

One new diet is to eat like French women since French women are never fat. What does that even mean?

I want a definitive word. Just tell me what to do and I’ll try to do it. Is it carbs, is it protein, is it calories? What is it?

I got to thinking of how life can be like living on a diet. The air around us is teeming with the latest fad opinions and slick sounding advice. Popular sirens fill our heads with often contradictory and conflicting counsel about what we should value and how we should live. It can be pretty frustrating. How do we get by? What do we tell our children? Who is right?

I don’t know the answer to dieting, but I do know the answers to life. God gave us a definitive word in this Bible.

(2 Timothy 3:16) All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

Inspired means “God breathed.” The bible is the definitive word for this confusing life.


The Greatest Comforters are Those Who have been Comforted

A while back, I was preparing for a sermon on mourning and the premise was: “Blessed are those who morn for they shall be comforted.” That week, I got a call from a man in Cordova, Tennessee. The caller said that he was Richard Hipps, pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church in Cordova near Memphis. He told me that he had been to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital where Brad and Aimee Smith have their three-year-old son, Alan. Alan has acute Leukemia. Pastor Richard said he wanted me to know that if there were anything he or his church could do to help they would love to do it.

He had sincerity to him. A kindness. You could hear it through the phone. I was a bit surprised that this complete stranger would want to engage in the pain of someone in our church.

When he told me his story, I knew why. He and his wife were missionaries to Brazil. They had a daughter that was five. They were home on furlough and she got sick. At first, they thought it was the flu.   But she didn’t get better. In fact, she grew worse. Then came the diagnosis: a rare virus she picked up in Brazil that attacks and weakens the heart.

His daughter died at five. No wonder he would go and minister to strangers in the children’s hospital. He said, “We’ve walked down that road.”

Pain is a problem. How can a good God let bad things happen to good people? There are a variety of responses to that. Sometimes pain comes because God wants to get your attention. CS Lewis said that God shouts to us through our pain. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. Sometimes the pain is to refine us and shape our character. Sometimes painful episodes are the discipline of God. Unfortunately, sometimes we don’t know why the pain happens. It will remain a mystery.

Whatever the reason for your pain, God promises two things. First, he will comfort you. And second, you will become a comfort to someone else.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-)

Whatever your pain, use it to comfort someone else today.

The Importance of Going Astray

(Isaiah 55:9) “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Sons of Thunder

(Luke 14:26) “If you want to be my follower you must love me more than your own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, more than your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.” NLT

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