This past week we spent a few days with my cousins at a vacation home on Bull Shoals Lake, outside of Branson, MO. Two young foxes made regular appearances morning and evening looking for snacks. It was apparent that they were seasoned veterans and were used to being fed by visitors. Both would get within inches of you to pick up a snack. No photo does them justice. They are exquisite little creatures.
The home overlooks Bull Shoals lake, which is the third lake in the White River chain of lakes between Arkansas and Missouri. We live close to Beaver Lake, Taneycomo runs through Branson, Bull Shoals is just east of Branson and Norfork is the last lake in the chain on the eastern edge of Arkansas/Missouri. One spot on the patio seemed especially suited to watching the sunrise with your favorite cup of coffee.
At the end of the same patio this little spot seemed perfect to end the day with a little dessert and another cup of coffee.
Breakfast and dinner were always visited by two locals that had no fear of humans. I am sure they have already welcomed the next set of visitors.
Monday’s Music Moves Me
The theme at 4M this week is free choice. The last time we had a free choice week I picked gospel music and featured some relatively new music. The truth is, I love the hymns of the church and I miss having them as a part of the worship service. Nearly all churches today have incorporated the praise and worship songs and abandoned the traditional hymns. Personally I like both but I do miss the days when hymns rang out from every church in town on Sunday morning. Over the years country music stars have been famous for producing two albums outside of their mainstream music. They will record a Christmas album and an inspirational album and these two albums will eventually out sell all of their other recordings because the music is timeless. So here are a few of my favorites.
As a teen, I attended church camp in Oklahoma. Falls Creek was the largest Southern Baptist camp in the world and each week, for six weeks, over 7,000 junior high and high school students descended on this camp to study God’s Word, hear some great preaching and sing beautiful hymns. Okay, so we went to meet other teens of the opposite sex and play pranks on one another. Still we heard great preaching and sang great songs. Victory in Jesus was an anthem at Falls Creek.
At an early age I learned that I was not going to heaven based on my good works. In fact Scripture specifically tells us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” There is only one way we will spend eternity in paradise with our Creator and that is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Our sin requires a sacrifice and that sacrifice is required to be perfectly sinless. The only one to meet that criteria is Christ, so “Nothing But the Blood” will do.
The choice is ours. God is not going to drag anyone, kicking and screaming, into His paradise. We must make the choice to accept Christ as our Savior. God does not intimidate us with His call to salvation. He speaks Softly and Tenderly. Have a blessed week.