Safe Near Jesus

The sound of Freckles’ barking alerted me to the fact that something was out of the ordinary. I had taken her and Duke out to a place south of town where I have permission to let them run. Weekly I transport them in the dog box to a place where they can run without restraint. It is not the same as a quail hunt, but it is a lot better than our back yard. We usually finish in less than an hour. I walk while they run in and out of trees and up and down the hills.

I looked toward the frantic barking. Freckles definitely saw something. Apparently it was frightening because she was backing up. My fears of a porcupine did not materialize. Instead, I saw a pack of nearly grown coyotes advancing toward my bird dog. I counted at least three heads coming from the trees. I yelled for Freckles to come, but she could not hear my voice over the sound of her own barking. I began to yell and run toward the coyotes. 

They backed away, and Freckles ran after them as Duke fell in behind her. Initially, I thought I might lose both dogs in the trees out of my sight. Time passed, and my dogs showed back up. They were winded but alive. I checked for blood. There was none. We continued our trek to the north before bending back toward the truck. Freckles and Duke had been protected by the presence of their master. Coyotes fear humans.

As we journey through life, we will be approached by the one who seeks to steal, kill and destroy. We are no match for Satan’s power. Jesus is. As we abide in Him, remaining close to our master, our lives remain secure. We never know where or how Satan will come at us, but as long as Jesus remains nearby, we will remain secure. Peace in life does not come from choosing secure paths but from going where our master leads us.

          Satan flees when we submit ourselves to God.

                                      James 4:7,


FBC Highlights

  • June 16 LifeGroup Attendance – 549
  • Sunday Sermon – “Genuine Happiness” James 1:1-18
  • This Sunday, June 23 – Observance of The Lord’s Supper 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
  • Membership Matters – Sunday, June 30 at 10:30 a.m. – Parlor
  • Farewell Reception for the Hogan’s – Sunday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. – FH
  • Falls Creek 2019 will be July 15-20

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