Tag: OUtdoors

What is Spiritual Health?

Human beings like our health. We’re well acquainted with the pain and inconvenience of physical illness. It is a tangible “feeling” that something isn’t right in our body. Often our body tells us to slow down and rest, or through more violent measures, to go to the hospital for help. Other times, it can be

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The Bigger Picture of Peace

When my feet finally touched the ground, I took a moment to look at the sky. The tree tops swirled, and I watched a funnel cloud forming less than a mile to my south. I found a small washout to take cover in. I braced myself for the worst, but within moments, peace overtook the river bottom again. 

The violence and fear of that day in the woods was something I’ll never forget. It has caused me to be extra cautious about weather conditions when I hunt, especially if I’m hunting alone. It helped me appreciate peace when I’m in the field.

The JCS 2018 Outdoor Gift Guide:10 Outdoor Gear Items The Hunter In Your Life Will Love. (According to JCS Readers!)

The readers have spoken. This list is a collection of items that JCS readers, and myself, have recommended specifically for this post! Before you search “hunting gear” on Amazon or elsewhere, check out these ideas! They will be used for sure!

One of a Kind: Remembering Our Farm Dog “Snoopy”

When you think of a farm dog, you don’t typically think of an overweight beagle. Well, that overweight beagle would have most likely put the dog you’re thinking of to shame. (I’m biased of course.) The best way to describe her  physical countenance was, “as big around as she was long.” She wasn’t the lean, Blue Heeler type, but that never stopped her. 

Teaching Children About Game Processing: An Imperative for the Future of Hunting.

Only a few generations before mine, for much of the United States, enduring the cost of taking a wild animal to a processor was unheard of. The responsibility fell to to the hunter to process his game. Teaching our children this process is critical to the future of our sport.

Flying With Bowhunting Gear: 5 Things to Remember

I’ll never forget the anticipation I felt while packing to fly on my first out-of-state bowhunting trip. I thought I was going to wear out You Tube looking for videos on the best way to safely, and legally, fly bowhunting equipment without setting off any alarms or being added to a watch list. I was thankful when I found out the truth of how these items are handled. As long as I remembered some basic principles, I had very little to worry about.

Outdoor Strength: The Most Effective Exercise You’re Not Doing

Dragging your archery buck on a November morning, throwing hay bales into the loft for a local farmer, or trying to keep up with your bird dog all have one thing in common… work capacity. Start including this exercise in your routine!

The Fight Back From Failure

I can’t say that I’ve achieved final victory over failure in life. It would be foolish to try to convince someone it’s even possible. Humans fail. Failure, and the results of it are a harsh and painful reality. What I can affirm, is that if I have any true victory or success at all in this life, it is ultimately because of God’s grace.

When Fish Don’t Bite

You and your family go to church when the doors are open, you never miss a morning devotion, you teach Sunday school, you tithe your ten percent, and still, things just don’t go right. It can be frustrating.

Ministry Profile: Pastors in the Outdoors

When Moses held up his hands the Israelites would win, when his hands got tired the Amalekites would be winning, so two men stood beside Moses supporting his hands and the Bible says, “his hands were steady till the going down of the sun.” The Israelites were victorious. We long to be like those two men who support the man of God so that the church can be victorious.