Written by Irvin L. Rozier

Several years ago,repparttar Pickens family moved to town Bill, Lois, Marie, David, Billy and Eric settled down I remember watching those young boys at play Football, basketball, softball they played all day

Eric was special asrepparttar 135988 youngest son He loved to fish and hunt and have fun He and his brothers spent many hours at my house You can be sure they were not quiet as a mouse

At Pierce Count High school Eric was a football star His competitive nature and athletic ability carried him far He gave a hundred percent and competed with all his might Now he has fought his last fight

Downturn Seasons...

Written by Terry Dashner

Downturn Seasons

Terry Dashner………….Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose underrepparttar heaven:” says Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV). God gives us natural laws to convey spiritual principles. For example, there is a natural law of seed sowing and harvest. If I plant a seed inrepparttar 135948 ground duringrepparttar 135949 right season, I will reap a harvest in due season. This natural principle illustrates a greater spiritual truth: If good is sown, in due season it will produce a good return.

The properties that apply to natural laws may foreshadow spiritual truths also. Again I illustrate. The properties of farming are known by every good farmer. For example, an experienced farmer knows that there are only four seasons inrepparttar 135950 year. Only certain things can be done during a particular season. In winter season,repparttar 135951 farmer can’t plant seed. The land is fallow. During springrepparttar 135952 farmer doesn’t go torepparttar 135953 field, expecting harvest. During spring seasonrepparttar 135954 ground is turned over and made ready for planting. The farmer has seasons to work in, and they continue throughout his life.

This brings me torepparttar 135955 crux of this writing. The people of God go through seasons throughout their lives. This is normal, and it is God ordained; however, many become discouraged in their walk with God because they do not understand this truth. If one does not understandrepparttar 135956 seasons of faith, discouragement, even shipwreck, is a real possibility. Let me explain.

If you readrepparttar 135957 life of a Biblical Patriarch, you are inclined to think that his life is marked by a thrill a minute. This is not true. For every Patriarch ofrepparttar 135958 Old Testament, as well as every Apostle ofrepparttar 135959 New Testament, there are many seasons marked by downturns. For example,repparttar 135960 Genesis account of Abraham. The Bible says that he was 75 years old when he traveled torepparttar 135961 land of Palestine. Between his 75th and centennial year, there is a lot of downtime. There are only five to six significant events, worthy of Biblical record in these 25 years; however, when one readsrepparttar 135962 accounts of Abraham’s life and because they follow in tandem, it appears that Abraham is experiencing spiritual apparitions daily. That’s notrepparttar 135963 case. Again, Abraham had seasons of boredom, frustration, carnality, disbelief, and etc.

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