Shad Fishing

My granddaughter Adrie who is quite the fisher lady

One of my favorite fishing experiences each year is the Shad fishing on the Colombia River below Bonneville Dam the first week of June. There are over 2 million Shad that go up the fish ladder at the dam and the peak of the run is usually the first week of June when 100,000 fish a day are going through the place we are fishing. I fished with different people Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 4 each day and the total fish we all caught was 500.

Most people use Shad for crab bait, but I filleted 50 of them, brined them, smoking them now, and then I am going to can them. I hope they turn out good, that is a lot of fish to feed to crabs!

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday were such good days. When I am fishing I don’t read the news, think about the news, or care about the news. As far as my mind knew there was no virus, no riots, no shut down, no politics, just a beautiful day on the river catching fish.

Seek wisdom diligently

If you want wisdom find some wise people and listen to them. In the midst of all the racism accusations taking place now I have found a number of black people who are very wise, intelligent, communicate well and are believers and followers of Jesus. I have been listening and learning from them. Try listening to some of these wise people on You Tube.

If you want to listen to the ultimate in foolishness, stupidity, and deception, then listen to the media.

Condoleezza Rice, David J Harris Jr, Candance Owens, Dr Ben Carson. Go to YouTube and put their name in ”search” and you will find many speeches, interviews, and podcasts by them. What they say is wise.

The media has become the ultimate source of demonically driven lies, stupidity, and divisiveness. If you regularly listen or read the garbage that is being poured out into our country today through mainstream media you will become confused, depressed, and ultimately a fool just like them.

Proverbs 13:20
He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will suffer harm.

God gives joy, peace, and strength

Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

God gives great joy in spite of circumstances and events. He gives an incomprehensible peace that takes away all anxiety, fretting, and worry. He gives His strength to manage life well, and to carry out all responsibilities successfully. God loves to give to His children what they need if they ask.

The average Christian’s prayer life is very weak, meaning it won’t result in much joy, peace, and strength; God won’t do much in response to their prayers. Let me suggest some things that will increase the power of our praying, and increase the volume of joy, peace, and strength into our life.

2. Increase the frequency of our praying.

The Number one suggestion yesterday was to increase our intimacy with God through the discipline of regular prayer. Spending time with God in a regular time of undistracted, focused conversation with God. The closer we are with God the more power we have with Him in our prayers to Him. The suggestion was to have a regular date with God at the same time and place every day even for 15 minutes.

Number two suggestion is to pray all day long. Prayers that last a few seconds, usually in our thoughts, prompted by a personal need or the observed need or problems of others.

When I am feeling weary I come to Jesus and ask for strength. When I am feeling discouraged I come to Jesus and I ask for His joy. When I am feeling anxious I come to Jesus and ask for peace. When someone asks me a question that is important and I don’t know the answer I come to Jesus and ask for wisdom. when I drop a screw while working on a project I come to Jesus and ask Him to help me find it. When I see someone struggling in life I intercede for them. When I see someone sinning or making a poor choice in life I pray and ask God to convict them, and to deliver them from the devil. When I am fishing I ask God to help me to catch a fish. All day long every problem, every question, every fear, every encounter with another person, every news article, every feeling whether positive, negative, physical or emotional prompts a prayer.

I am also careful to thank God all day long for every blessing, for answers to my myriad of prayers all day long.

Psalms 103:1-2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;

Most believers don’t practice this kind of praying without ceasing because as weariness, discouragement, temptation, anxiety comes into their life; they simply don’t think about praying and asking God for help.

Train yourself to come to Jesus all day long. Memorize Matthew 11:28 and meditate on it, think about it all-day long, especially first thing in the morning and just before you fall asleep.

Peace, Joy, and Strength come from Prayer

God gives great joy in spite of circumstances and events. He gives an incomprehensible peace that takes away all anxiety, fretting, and worry. He gives His strength to manage life well, and to carry out all responsibilities successfully. The time that we spend with God in prayer is what brings joy, peace, and strength into our life.

The average Christian’s prayer life is very weak, meaning it won’t result in much joy, peace, and strength; God won’t do much in response to their prayers. Let me suggest some things that will increase the power of our praying, and increase the volume of joy, peace, and strength into our life.

1. Increase the intimacy of our praying.

Patty and I live in the same house, we go to the same church, we usually eat at the same table, at the same time, we often ride together in the same car, and we sleep in the same bed. Does all that guarantee that we will have intimate conversations with each other? We can say ”Hi” as we pass in the house, we can exchange information about appointments and events during chance encounters, we can say, ”I love you” as we come and go. Talking is not the same as conversation, and just because we are married doesn’t mean our conversations will be intimate.

For me to have an intimate conversation with Patty requires that I focus on her only, and not be distracted by doing something else at the same time or listening to someone else, or even thinking about something unrelated to what we are discussing. Intimate conversation requires discipline, I have to discipline my ears, my eyes, and my mind.

Having an intimate conversation with God is difficult because we can’t see Him, we can’t touch Him, and we can’t hear Him, at least not in the way I hear Patty. Which means that the discipline required to have an intimate conversation with God is greater, much greater than it takes to have an intimate conversation with Patty. This discipline or the lack of it is what separates powerful prayers from weak.

You can increase the intimacy of your prayer time with God by;

– having a date with God for the purpose of talking to Him. Have a specific place and time as a regular routine when you focus on God alone in your thoughts and words.

– making a goal for a specific amount of time. Some people resist this suggestion thinking that it makes our time with God mechanical, legalistic, and obligatory. Making a goal for 15 minutes or whatever we want, is designed to overcome our forgetfulness, our business, and our being distracted by a hundred other things in our life. Making a goal is a commitment to seek God that He loves and honors.

James 5:16 The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

Last Days

2 Timothy 3:1-4 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.

”Brutal, haters of good” my, oh my, sounds like we are there to me. ”Last Days” are difficult and they will become increasingly more difficult.

The key two words are”Realize this.” The point God is communicating to us in this passage is, ”dont be surprised when things get bad, and than worse.” Why did God tell us this 2000 years ago? Maybe so that we would live our lives free of fear, and anxiety. Maybe so we would live our lives with confidence and strength. Maybe so we would live our lives with purpose and mission.

Revelation 12:12 ”Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.”

The devil and his demons are immeasurably evil, and their goal is to deceive, tempt, and control people to be evil as well. Once this starts it accelerates at a faster and faster pace, getting worse by the day and by the hour.

Philippians 3:18-19
For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.

My purpose and mission is in Daniel 12:3
”Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”

Daniel 12:9-10 ”Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time. Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.

Those who have insight will understand, they won’t wring their hands and be dismayed, because the worse it gets the closer we are to Jesus coming. God is in charge.

Fools

What is right? What is wrong? What is truth? What is false? What is good? What is bad? What is holy? What is evil?

Everyone has an opinion. I have an opinion. Who’s is right? My heart is easily deceived. My heart has a definite bent toward error.

There is a God, I know that, everybody knows that, He put that awareness in us. He created everything that exists. He is infinitely powerful. He is infinitely wise. He is infinitely good.

God created us in His image. He created us to be with Him, to know Him, to enjoy Him, and to love Him. He has communicated to us what is truth. He has communicated to us what is right and good. He has over the years orchastrated the writing of the Bible, His Word.

Psalms 19:7-8 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

I want to know what is right and how to act right, so I read the Bible every day. I have a goal of reading 12 chapters every day, not to impress, but to know what is true. I study the Bible every day, attempting to decern what God wants me to know about Him, what His perfect will is for my life, and to know wisdom. I spend 30 minutes every day memorizing key portions of the Bible so I can meditate on it, so it will penetrate my heart and change my character to be like God’s.

Proverbs 1:7 Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 10:21 fools die for lack of understanding.

Proverbs 10:23 Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool

Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes

Proverbs 13:16 a fool displays folly.

Proverbs 14:9 Fools mock at sin

Proverbs 14:16 a fool is arrogant and careless.

Proverbs 17:7 Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool,

Proverbs 18:2 A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.

Proverbs 18:6 A fool’s lips bring strife,

Proverbs 18:7 A fool’s mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul.

Proverbs 20:3 Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.

Proverbs 26:11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit
Is a fool who repeats his folly.

Proverbs 29:9 When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.

Proverbs 29:11 A fool always loses his temper,