True Friends are Accepting

 

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Master Sportsman feature by Gary miller

I’m not sure there is a more appealing characteristic of God for men, than that of a friend. Of all the relationships that men can have with other men, there’s no other relationship that exudes a sense of acceptance like the one that comes from a true friend. I can screw up and a friend will still accept me. I can whine and he will listen. I can laugh and even brag and he will both laugh and allow me to wallow in my pride (with limits).

• Calling someone a friend carries an extraordinary amount of encouragement

• Not many bonds come with so much to offer than that of a friend

• Acceptance is a key characteristic of friendship

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Mentoring is a Process for Life

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Master Sportsman feature by Gary Miller –

For men who have been a Christian for some time, we need to realize that we have a responsibility to mentor those who are new in the faith. Jesus spent time with 12 men and one of them became a deserter. But the remaining 11 original disciples changed the world. I think this is still the best process. We’re focusing too much on the masses and too little on one small group at a time. I have found that I function best as a mentor when the environment is men-friendly and when I can show that Christian men are still men in the truest sense of the term.

• Going Deeper in friendships with fewer equals greater kingdom impact

• Real men are transparent with their lifelong friends

• If a man has 10 to 12 close friends during his lifetime then he is truly blessed

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Friends Even During the Storm

 

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Master Sportsman feature by Gary Miller

I can remember a hunting trip to Alabama that went awry. We got kicked out of camp by the new owners. (We didn’t know it had been sold) For about a week we jumped from hotel to hotel and from property to property trying to salvage our hunt. What a storm we kicked up that weekend! Nobody killed a deer, but the bonds that were made among our group still exist to this day.

• Jesus would “hang out” with his small band of followers even in the middle of the storm while fishing

• The parents of Jesus were denied lodging because there was no room but God provided a warm stable

• The shared experiences in following the Master bonded the disciple’s friendship forever

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Tribute to a True American Hero

Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle: 1974- 2013                 by David Price, Jr., US Air Force (Retired)

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You were the “silent warrior” – the “man, the myth…the legend”. Your accomplishments defending our nation and our way of life were legendary. They became mythical. Your enemies gave you the name “Shaitan Ar Ramadi” – the Devil of Ramadi – because of your effectiveness on the battle field. But the Man was bigger than the Myth and the Legend! Continue reading

Conversation around the Campfire

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Master Sportsman feature by Gary Miller

I really, really like to deer hunt, and most of the time I do it alone. But I really enjoy those hunts when others are involved. I like the feel of the camp. Friendships take time and sitting around a table or a fire can not only bring some unforgettable laughs, but also opportunities to invest in each other’s lives.

• Fireside opportunities seem to “level the playing field” as the facades are dropped

• The camp experience allows time to share real life stories that other sportsmen can relate

• Jesus invested time around the campfire with his disciples as they travel the countryside of Galilee

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