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Comment by Don Adkisson 57 minutes ago

Echoes From the Campfire--July 26

     "I have always held and maintained that a man should keep faith where it is expressly pledged.  This is the bedrock upon which is based all relationships of man with man."
               --Eugene Manlove Rhodes  (Good Men and True)

     "Show me this loyalty as my sworn friend--for we made a solemn pact before the LORD--or kill me yourself if I have sinned against your father.  But please don't betray me to him!"
               --1 Samuel 20:8  (NLT)
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     I came across this story in a little study I was doing on the king's of Israel and Judah.  Ponder it for a few minutes.

          A guitarist was asked, "How do you make it seem like your guitar sings?"
          His Reply:  "It's like anything else in life.  You need to have sensitivity to
     deal effectively with a situation, a person, and in my case, with my guitar.
               "These calluses on the fingertips of my left hand prove my sensitivity
     toward my instrument.  I cost me some pain to be a sensitive musician.
               "The calluses have not really made me insensitive to pain.  Oh, my
     fingertips don't hurt anymore when I play--but the calluses are reminders.  Re-
     minders of the pain I went through to become sensitive toward my instrument.  The
     practicing hurt.  But past the pain was great satisfaction."  (taken from Old
     Testament Royalty)

So here is my question:  have you developed calluses to make you sensitive because of life?
     I remember as a kid I would practice hours upon hours.  After practice at school I would come home and practice some more.  My hands were "soft" and few grounds balls got through my position.  Hours were spent working on doubleplays until it almost became second nature.
     To be sensitive toward life there must be pain of some sort.  How can you truly be sensitive toward someone who has lost a loved one if you have not?  Calluses develop, and not in the bad sense of the word.  They make you so you can deal with life and others in a proper manner.
D.C. Adkisson
    

Comment by Don Adkisson on Thursday

Echoes From the Campfire--July 20

"A man can walk if he doesn't like the spread he's working on. He can't steal something just because he thinks it's owed him."
--C. J. Petit (Gus)

“You must burn their idols in fire, and you must not covet the silver or gold that covers them. You must not take it or it will become a trap to you, for it is detestable to the Lord your God."
--Deuteronomy 7:25 (NLT)
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I will have to say that most of the people I have worked with over the years were good folk. Starting way back when I bussed tables and washed dishes, through the Air Force, and in education there were really relatively few that did not do their jobs. I used to ask my students if they would hire a B student. Most of them said "no." Are you telling me that you not hire the majority of you, including yourself? Remember, most people in America are just average; that means "C" student. The key is twofold: are they doing the best they can? And, are they doing the job required in quality manner?
      I have been doing a small study on the kings of Israel and Judah. David was a good king, but he had some problems. One was the rebellion led by a servant who thought better of himself than he should have. He wanted to be king, but he was a lowly servant, yet he led a rebellion.                                                                                                                                    Through his arrogance he tried to turn the people from David. Joab, Abishai and the army went to subdue the rebellion. Joab had Sheba, son of Birchi, cornered. The people in the city where Sheba was hiding feared for their city and said they supported David. Joab said he would leave if he could have Sheba. The people of the city took Sheba, cut off his head and threw it down from the city wall. So much for rebellion; so much for arrogance.
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Maybe here is a good time to throw in one of my favorite quotations. We are in mid-summer and often we can get the doldrums and then a lackadaisical attitude forms that may lead to depression.

"You must live your life. Make it worth while. Every man, every woman has
a burden. Lift yours cheerfully and begin to climb.... Love those with whom
fate has placed you. And fight--fight the dark moods, the selfish thoughts,
the hateful memories! Work...Love."
--Zane Grey

What are you doing to make yourself better: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually? Since we are more than just body we should be trying to improve ourselves in our areas of life.
      The second thing to ask is the why. Why should I try to make myself better? The reason is that the Lord made you. Therefore, you are to give yourself back completely to Him; you are to become a "living sacrifice." We are to worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality). Because of that we should make our life worthwhile in service to the Lord.
                                   D.C. Adkisson  

Comment by Don Adkisson on July 10, 2017 at 4:08pm

Echoes From the Campfire--July 10

     "He closed his eyes and tried to shut out his thoughts. It would be better just to listen to the rain falling, to smell the pines and the wood smoke. They couldn't take that from him--the memory of countless lonely fires built in countless lonely places, a memory that leaves a man with a taste for wild country."
                --Louis L'Amour (Under the Sweetwater Rim)

     "I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way. I will brighten the darkness before them and smooth out the road ahead of them. Yes, I will indeed do these things; I will not forsake them."
                --Isaiah 42:16 (NLT)
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Can you remember your first campfire?

     I can't exactly remember mine. When I was a kid, Grandpa would take me fishing. My Aunt Bern would go with us as Grandpa wasn't comfortable with me by himself, me being a youngster and all. If we went to the mountains we wouldn't have a campfire, but Bern would fire up Grandpa's Coleman stove. We would eat breakfast and lunch cooked over that old Coleman. It wasn't a campfire, but it sure was fun back then and a great memory.
      My first campfire was probably either one time I went camping to Brainerd Lake. I can't remember too much about it; add to it several with my Sunday School class and also the campfires made for special youth services. They always seemed to be special times.
      After I had a car and I could get out on my own I would spend some time doing just that--being alone. I might add some fishing to it from time to time. I used to practice starting a fire with only one match, or sometimes even using flint and steel, or for the modern person a magnesium match. In the morning it was blowing on a coal left somewhere under the ashes. Then came my famous hat. I don't know how many fires I have fanned into flame with my hat. Sure much easier than getting on your knees and putting your face in the ashes to blow on an ember.
      After the campfire dies down there is only a glow of the coals and a person enters the tent or their bedroll for the night. It brightens and the wind blows and then goes back to a dull glow. It is still hot and glowing as you fall asleep but the next morning you have to get it started again. Raking through the ashes to find some coals you put on tinder and taking the old hat begin to fan those coals into flames again. In a few seconds there is a flame and now you add kindling and soon there is the fire needed for warmth and for cooking.
      That is sort of like life. The Holy Spirit has given us gifts (do not confuse gifts with talents--look especially at Romans 12). We tend to let them die down as we sleep. And which of us Christians have not become woozy with sleep and need to be wakened up? Paul tells Timothy to fan them alive again. "That is why I remind you to fan into flame the gracious gift of God, [that inner fire—the special endowment] which is in you...." (2 Timothy 1:6, AMP)
                              D.C. Adkisson

Comment by Don Adkisson on July 8, 2017 at 1:51pm

Echoes From the Campfire--July 8

"I'll let the future take care of itself.  Whatever falls, I'll be ready."
               --Zane Grey  (Riders of the Purple Sage)

     "For I am ready to set things right, not in the distant future, but right now! I am ready to save Jerusalem and show my glory to Israel."
               --Isaiah 46:13 (NLT)


     From the sermon I heard yesterday I jotted down some questions and notes.  The pastor started the sermon out with this question and it is vital and pertinent.  "What will you do with your freedom?"  Look at our society.  People have freedom, but have forsaken its very important twin--responsibility.  People are now using their freedom to destroy freedom.
     When I was teaching the unit on the American Revolution I would give a paper titled, "Liberty vs Security."  We would go over the Declaration of Independence and Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty" speech.  This was given every year for almost 30 years and in that time those who said Liberty was more important moved from the vast majority to the now minority.  People just do not understand that to be truly safe and secure there must first be liberty.  The danger comes when people misuse their liberty.
     One other question posed by the pastor was this, "What prison are you in?"  When true freedom is gone, there is nothing left but a prison of some sort.  Take away liberty and the state has you bound.  Take away the truth of Jesus Christ and there is nothing left but prisons.  There are all kinds of prisons.  They key is that the truth will set you free and the condition is that you must continue in His Word.

                      D. Adkisson

     “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
               --John 8:31-32 (NASB)
                                                   

Comment by Don Adkisson on June 23, 2017 at 7:08am

                           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)
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          "Leaning on the old top rail
           Of the big corral...."
                 --unknown

     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)

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