Always Ready

This year I qualified for my senior citizen’s lifetime hunting/fishing license. Since I will turn 65 in July, I only had to pay $25 to secure a license that will keep me legal for the rest of my life. Most likely, the state feels like they won’t be out too much money, since many people my age don’t hunt or fish very much. I plan to cost them by continuing to go for many years to come.

I have purchased a hunting license every year since I turned 16. I realized many years ago that I should have gotten a lifetime license early on, and I would have saved a lot of money. By the time I realized what I should have done, I did the math and was better off to just buy a license each January. I have never missed a year buying my license.

The year I turned 16 I purchased the license near the end of the year. I did so to keep my word to a Game Warden who was waiting for my dad, my uncle, and me when we came back to our truck. It was parked on the road beside a half-section we were hunting north of Granite. By the time I turned 16, I had already been quail hunting for a few years. No license is necessary before turning 16.

I still remember my uncle Philip speaking first to the Warden. He said, “You don’t want to count these few birds, do you?” The limit for quail is ten per day, and we obviously had way under our allowed quota. The Warden said he only wanted to see our licenses. Daddy and Philip pulled out their wallets and retrieved theirs. This was not the first time they had been checked.

When the Warden looked at me I said, “I don’t have one.” I explained that I had been hunting for years and never needed one and had not thought of it this year. My honesty must have impressed him because he opted to not write me up as long as I went and bought a license asap. I promised and have been keeping that promise for 48 years. I have never been checked again.

However, I was always ready. I hunted without fear of a Game Warden showing up because I always had my license. We can live without fear of Christ’s return if we know for certain that we have been saved by the grace of God. Salvation remains forever.

Don’t be afraid, Earl


FBC Happenings

  • This Sundays Sermon “A Rough Start” Acts 13:4-13
  • Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • GriefShare – this Sunday, March 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
  • TeamKIDS – Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for Bed Babies – 6th grade
  • The Gathering – Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary; live streamed on Facebook at 6:30 p.m., also available on the website at: http://www.fbcweatherford.com by noon on Thursday
  • Services are being posted on the church website, the church YouTube channel at FBC Weatherford Media, and on the church Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday.

New Members

Grant Miles Dwight & Judy Hankins Edward & Lorrie Hollingsworth

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