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Outdoor Truths: Aiming Outdoorsmen Toward Christ Oct. 25th
This was one of those mornings where it seemed the deer were everywhere. As soon as the dimmest light shone over the mountains, I had already located a small yearling doe feeding in the acorns beside my stand. Just a few minutes later two older doe were filtering across the hill just out of range of my bow. By now my expectations for the day were on high alert. I couldn’t have been more right. For nearly three hours I watched deer come and go without ever giving my location away. It was fun... except for the moment in the middle of this morning when I shot over the back of a deer. Missed her completely. In fact, she would have had to have been about 18 inches taller for me just to nick her back. It was that bad. Of course I did what every good bow hunter should do; I blamed it on my bow. The sights must have been knocked off! The arrow must be crooked! The cams are not camming! The rest is not resting! The stabilizer is not stabilizing! And it was not until I checked all of those that I came to the introspection that it was me! Surely not me? Not the great white hunter? Not the guru of game? Not the boss of the bucks? Yes, it was me and it was a hard pill to swallow but it made me remember once again that no matter how long I have been hunting, there will come times for the rest of my life, that I will simply miss the shot. I am unable to be the perfect hunter.
This particular story however has thrilled me in reminding me about the uniqueness of Christianity. Do you realize that only Christianity meets the need for those who cannot live the perfect life? While all other religions ask its followers to work their way to Heaven without the 100% assurance they will get there; Christianity assumes the inability of its followers to earn anything and instead offers a substitution, Jesus, who lived a perfect life and paid the price for those of us who could not earn Heaven on our own. And then if that is not enough, Christianity says that because the price was already paid by Jesus on the cross, we can be fully assured that our place in Heaven will be there when our time on earth is over. Now that, my friend, is a deal no one should pass up.

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