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let the Word of God speak to your heart.



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Comment by Don Adkisson on Friday

                           Echoes From the Campfire
                                  June 23, 2017

     "All a man could do was go on; but I had found that many a problem is settled if a man just keeps a-going."
               --Louis L'Amour (Killoe)

     "But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint."
               --Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)
          "Leaning on the old top rail
           Of the big corral...."

     Now, here's an important point, so listen up.  A person could not lean on the old top rail, nor could they sit there if it wasn't held up by a couple of ol' fence posts.  Rails are easily repaired, painted, and/or replaced.  The same is not true with the fence post.  That post has to be solid, firm in the ground so that rails and other such items can be attached.
     It's very important that fence posts are made and set in the ground to withstand the weather that may come its way.  Let the winds howl, the rains and snow come, and the fence post will still be there.  That is determined primarily by how deep it was posted in the ground, and let me tell you that takes work.  I was ponderin' that with all of the gyms around today such as Gold's and they promised you bodies made of steel, silver, or diamond there should be manly men out there to bear the storms.  By the names of the gyms they attend they should be glistening and really, that is about as far as it gets.  The problem they have is they are not posted deep.  They may look good, and may look like they could bear the storms, but if they are not posted deep and solid they are in for the short haul.  And if they really want a work out they should try digging a few post holes, especially in rocky, rough, uneven terrain.
     Solid is the key; unwavering no matter the blast.  That only comes through study in the Word, not just a little dab here and there.  There is so much to dig deep into, so much that God has there is we would take time to dig the posthole deep.  It is only then that man can withstand the storms of this life.

          "There he built his sanctuary as high as the heavens, as solid and enduring as the earth."
                --Psalm 78:69 (NLT)

The Lord made His sanctuary as solid and enduring as the earth.  Hmmm, seems to me I recall that now, we are the temple, the sanctuary of the Holy Spirit.  Perhaps we should look to see if we are solid.  Perhaps we should allow the Holy Spirit to post us.

Comment by Don Adkisson on May 31, 2017 at 9:01am

Echoes From the Campfire:  May 31 

     "Many troubles removed themselves if one merely waited; and it was invariably bad policy to be too hasty."                                                                                                                                            --Louis L'Amour  (Kilrone)

      "For I am waiting for you, O Lord. You must answer for me, O Lord my God."                     --Psalm 38:15 (NLT)

Comment by Don Adkisson on May 30, 2017 at 8:45am

Echoes From the Campfire:  May 30

      "Providence...sure thought about man's comforts when it created night an' shadows.  Me, I like shadows.  It's all the same as takin' a bath after a hard day's work."                                    --Ernest Haycox (Night Raid)

      "God, Your faithful love is so valuable that people take refuge in the shadow of Your wings."                --Psalm 36:7 (HCSB)

Comment by Don Adkisson on May 26, 2017 at 6:55am

Echoes From the Campfire:  May 26 

     "I just kept hobbling along, never looking back because I knew the sight of how little I'd done would discourage me.  My eyes were on the trail ahead, as they'd always been."                     --Louis L'Amour  (Passin' Through)

      "For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come."                --Hebrews 13:14 (NLT)

Comment by Don Adkisson on May 25, 2017 at 12:47pm

Echoes From the Campfire:  May 25

      "Usually he was very optimistic and cheerful.  He was building up a home, and he felt there were more important things than making money."                                                                      --William MacLeod Raine  (Rustlers' Gap)

      "Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be."               --Matthew 6:20-21 (NLT)

Comment by Don Adkisson on May 25, 2017 at 12:46pm

Echoes From the Campfire:  May 24 

     "[He] did not realize it until he grew conscious of his alacrity, of his zest with the old camps tasks, in the pause to see and feel and hear and smell the forest which seemed now his alone...."                --Zane Grey  (Nevada)

      "And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever."                --Isaiah 32:17 (NLT)

Comment by Don Adkisson on May 23, 2017 at 10:44am

Echoes From the Campfire:  May 23

      "Some folks don't put much store in a man's words, but with us it was the beginning and the end.  There were some poor folks up where we come from, but they weren't poor in the things that make a man."                                                                                                                                    --Louis L'Amour  (Lonely on the Mountain)

      "My father taught me, 'Take my words to heart. Follow my commands, and you will live.'"                --Proverbs 4:4 (NLT)

Comment by Don Adkisson on May 22, 2017 at 8:28am

Echoes From the Campfire:  May 22 

     "The forest is a place of silence yet it has its own small sounds, the sound a hunter knows."                   --Louis L'Amour  (Sitka)

      "Therefore, he who is prudent and has insight will keep silent at such a [corrupt and evil] time, for it is an evil time [when people will not listen to truth and will disregard those of good character]."                                                                                                                                               --Amos 5:13 (AMP)

Comment by Don Adkisson on May 19, 2017 at 12:38pm

Echoes From the Campfire:  May 19

      He abhorred the drones of life.  The desert taught how useless were the idlers--how nature ruthlessly cut them off."                                                                                                                          --Zane Grey  (Wanderer of the Wasteland)

      "We give you this command in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from all believers who live idle lives and don’t follow the tradition they received from us."                                           --2 Thessalonians 3:6 (NLT)

Comment by Don Adkisson on May 18, 2017 at 7:31am

Echoes From the Campfire:  May 18

      "He liked people, but he felt there was nothing like being alone in the desert or among the mountains, for it is then you begin to know them.  The wilderness does not share its secrets with the noisy or the talkative; its secrets come to you with silence."                                                    --Louis L'Amour (Callaghen)

      "This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: 'Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it.'"                                                                                                                                               --Isaiah 30:15 (NLT)

Comment by Don Adkisson on May 16, 2017 at 8:36am

Echoes From the Campfire:  May 16 

     "But this land spoke to him, whispering a song to his ears."                                                       --Louis L'Amour  (Brionne)

      "And I know that whatever God does is final.  Nothing can be added to it or taken from it.  God's purpose in this is that people should fear him."                                                          --Ecclesiastes 3:14 (NLT)

Comment by Don Adkisson on May 15, 2017 at 10:07am

Echoes From the Campfire:  May 15 

     "Those nights of sleeping on the ground and in the rain take a toll on a man as he gets older."                --Lou Bradshaw  (Cain...Just Cain)

      "So I pray that God, who give you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him.  May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit."                             --Romans 15:13 (NLT)

Comment by Don Adkisson on May 12, 2017 at 8:44am

Echoes From the Campfire:  May 12 

     "She has a rare quality of making a home wherever she is, and of finding the beautiful in every place."                                                                                                                                                         --Louis L'Amour  (Kilrone)

      "Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: 'There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!'"                                                         --Proverbs 31:28-29 (NLT)



Comment by Don Adkisson on May 10, 2017 at 8:22am

Echoes From the Campfire:  May 10

      "They can't be men until they've learned how to endure pain."                                                --Max Brand (The Desert Pilot)

      "Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road."                    --Luke 10:4 (NLT)

Comment by Don Adkisson on May 9, 2017 at 10:42am

Echoes From the Campfire:  May 9

      "What dual character he had--what contrast of thrill and pang, of blood and brain, of desert and civilization, of physical and spiritual, of nature--"                                                                       --Zane Grey  (Wanderer of the Wasteland) 

     "Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, 'Go south to the road--the desert road--that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.'"                                                                                                             --Acts 8:26 (NLT)

Comment by Don Adkisson on May 8, 2017 at 11:20am

Echoes From the Campfire:  May 8

      "Sometimes it is better to have the dream than the reality."                                                    --Louis L'Amour  (Kid Rodelo) 

     "Was it not you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made a road in the depths of the sea so that the redeemed might cross over?"                                                          --Isaiah 51:10  (NLT)

Comment by Don Adkisson on May 4, 2017 at 10:43am

Echoes From the Campfire:  May 4

      "Most folks set their sights too high.  They demand too much of life....  Let me tell you...the happy man is the man who is content with just what he needs...just so he has it regular."               --Louis L'Amour (Where the Long Grass Blows)

      "So he took another road and did not return by the way he had come to Bethel."                      --1 Kings 13:10 (NLT)

Comment by Don Adkisson on May 3, 2017 at 8:23am

Echoes From the Campfire:  May 3

      "But a man does what he has to do.  That's why a man is a man."                                           --Louis L'Amour  (To Tame A Land)

      "Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."                                             --Deuteronomy 11:19 (NLT)

Comment by Don Adkisson on May 2, 2017 at 12:28pm

Echoes From the Campfire:  May 2

      "If he be a man indeed, he must always go on, he must always endure."mmmmm               --Louis L'Amour  (Galloway) 

     "So follow the steps of the good, and stay on the paths of the righteous."                      --Proverbs 2:20 (NLT)

Comment by Don Adkisson on May 1, 2017 at 11:05am

Echoes From the Campfire:  May 1

      "One thing I'd learned over the years:  never to waste time moaning about what couldn't be helped.  If a body can do something, fine--he should do it.  If he can't, then there's no use fussing about it until he can do something."                                                                                                    --Louis L'Amour  (The Sackett Brand) 

     "Therefore, the paths they take will become slippery.  They will be chased through the dark, and there they will fall.  For I will bring disaster upon them at the time fixed for their punishment.  I, the LORD, have spoken!"                                                                                                              --Jeremiah 23:12 (NLT)











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