Oct 15, 2012

CH-CH-CHANGES

If you haven't heard last May Shanna and I  resigned our position at our church to launch The Great Hunt for God full time. Essentially we are missionaries to men. INstead of taking a ton of time to explain it all let me encourage you to subscribe to our web site at www.thegreathunt4god.com

We will no longer be posting to this site. The daily are now in book form which you can purchase by going tot he web site, directly to Amazon or on Kindle. You will find the book by typing Field Guise or Great Hunt for God. We will begin posting to the web site shortly. If you have any questions of comments please contact me at jim@thegreathunt4god.com

Jun 26, 2012

HEART-Solomon’s Heart


Orig: 2/14/11                                                            
McMinnville, Oregon

9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 1 Kings 3:9 (1 Kings 3:12)

Last year I had spotted a tremendous buck unaware as he raked his antlers against a Douglas fir. I had a tag but never shot because I was trying to get Darby his first buck. Knowing the temptation of situations just like the one rubbing the fir tree below me I didn’t want to succumb to selfishness.

Unfortunately Darby couldn’t see the buck eventually eluding us and we never saw him again. I knew the temptation because my dad had a similar habit of shooting two “first bucks” in his excitement.

“Is he legal dad? Dad? (Boom!)

“Yes, he was legal.”

Like so many the “fever” often got the best of dad and I knew I might do the same so I chose the path of wisdom. A man controls his heart by using wise judgment. A man must strategize all contingencies in his mind so he is not trapped between a rock and a hard place.

Solomon was young. Solomon was a man of peace. Solomon had giant footsteps to follow

I find it interesting that before God ever granted him a “wise and discerning heart (12)” he possessed a wise and discerning heart. Solomon asked for what God had given him.

Wisdom knows how to control his heart. Wisdom knows the things that cause the heart trouble and fix it before it breaks. Wisdom protects the computer before pornography becomes a temptation. Wisdom plays a decision out before its fruition. Wisdom sees the big picture.

It thinks before it acts, considering the best play not the play at hand.

Jun 25, 2012

HEART-lion heart


2/13/11                                                       
Wild Horse Canyon

10 Then even the bravest soldier, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will melt with fear, for all Israel knows that your father is a fighter and that those with him are brave. 2 Samuel 17:10


I’ve been sitting in the same field over a dozen times and have only seen a handful of deer. Trying to fill my Willamette “Hair” tag is usually simple but this year something went wrong, and I discovered the imprints of my problem on the frozen ground in front of me. The recent flooding followed by a hard freeze left a petrified imprint of the largest cougar track I have ever seen. The track was as large as half of my boot print!

Besides man, the lion is at the top of the food chain. Even with dominion over all creatures the lion continues to instill fear in the hearts of outdoorsmen. I urinate around my camp when backpacking to keep lions away. I listen to noises form behind when glassing for animals. I’m constantly aware of what this predator can do in a chance encounter.

There are certain men, “whose heart is like the heart of a lion.” Does this intrigue you? The mystery surrounding King Richard “The Lion Hearted” in Robin Hood always intrigued me. What does a lion hearted man look like? What would it take to have a lion heart?

The lion hearted face their fears. The lion hearted are the “bravest soldiers”. The lion hearted find a way to stand firm in the midst of all difficulties.

When other men see your heart what comes to mind. Jesus nicknamed the three men in his inner circle, “The Rock” and “Sons of Thunder”. What do you think he saw in them?

What do others see in you?

Jun 22, 2012

A Good Man: Your Message


Original Entry: December 20, 2011
McMinnville, OR

Even as he was speaking, Jonathan son of Abiathar the priest arrived.  Adonijah said, “Come in.  A worthy man like you must be bringing good news.”  1Kings 1:42

When I was a senior in high school I attended our Senior Awards Night.  On this night seniors are awarded according to their achievements. Each of the 200 students would receive some creative title on this night.

Since two of my best friends came up with the award titles I was excited to hear what title I was given.  As they ended the Q’s I knew I was next.  Then I heard it words that would haunt me, “Jim Ramos, the most likely to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated!”

I stood up, pumped up my chest and proudly began to walk to the platform, but as I reached it my “friends” smiled and in unison said, “...... and tell you about it!” As embarrassing as that moment was it taught me a life lesson; every man has a message he is sending to the world.

What is yours?

From scripture it appears that men were sent as messengers based on their quality.  A good man meant good news, but a bad man meant bad news.  This way a leader could identify the news before the news arrived.

Adonijah was shocked when Jonathan son of Abiathar brought bad news, “Come in, for you are a valiant man and bring good news” (1 Kings 1:42).

The word gospel means nothing more than “good news.”  The message of Jesus is a message of salvation and life.  It is very good news.

When men see you coming what do they anticipate your message will be?