Counterfeit knowledge of God. This topic has always struck a cord with me over the years. I've thought, "How can we as Christians have so many beliefs of God, of what our relationship with Him should be and our interpretation of scriptures when the Holy Spirit is One, is true, and should tell us all the same things?" It all boils down to our motivation and our heart, whether we're seeking God for our own selfish needs and desires or seeking Him with a humble and contrite heart.
"What you believe about God is the single most important aspect of your life."
Paul always laid a strong doctrinal foundation in his writings before he explained how a Christian should live. The first chapter of Colossians serves as a rich example. These truths can be summed up in 3 statements:
Generation has remained about the same for the last several weeks. If nothing else, it's increased in volume. Table Rock continues to drop slowly and steadily--it's now dropped almost to 924 feet. Beaver Lake is still hovering around 1129 feet and Bull Shoals has dropped only a foot the past week to 689 feet. Reminder: Bull Shoals need to drop below 680 feet before they can work on Powersite Dam.
Is it possible to know God without His help? No. That means we are at His mercy. So right off the bat, we cannot do -- or know -- anything without Him.
How should we approach the person of God?
At the recommendation of a good friend and mentor, Steve Youngblood, I went through a study called, "Behold Your God" by John Snyder recently. It's a 12-week study on rethinking God Biblically, complete with study guide a 12 DVD's. The study books offer 5 lessons per week which are not just short devotions you can quickly flip and read through. They are thought provoking and demand truthful self examination.
The Midwest has had it's share of rain and much more. It's been interesting here in the Ozarks the last couple of days because of this. The storms have been isolated small pods of heavy rain, not the big storms that sit on the whole White River Shed from a few weeks ago. This has caused some local flooding (you may have seen clips on national TV) but we are fine and so is the lake.
We've had a pretty wild summer! Flood gates, warm, fast water and lots of great fishing -- IF you can get out in a boat and drift. That's the only problem with a tailwater fishery... you're at the mercy of generation and rain runoff.
Was out last evening trying a couple of things. Didn't get out earlier enough to all I wanted to.
Here's a video showing what I did. Featured is how I rig when drifting flies, namely scuds.