Guided Steps

I leaned against a huge red fir tree and prayed. “Guide my steps, Lord. Please God, guide me straight to him. Lord, I am not sure what to do or where to go, but right now I need you to help me please.” It was just this last Saturday that I stood in the forest praying that prayer. Let me give you a bit of the story of why I was asking God for his divine intervention and guidance. Crash! Crash! Crash! A bull elk came charging down the hill […]

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Are you Camouflaged?

I was standing completely still, afraid to even blink as a calf elk slowly approached me. Her cautious steps were silent and she repeatedly sniffed the air trying to detect any danger. I stood motionless, watching her as she passed a small tree only 4 feet away. My camouflage was working perfectly and the sounds I made with my elk call several minutes before fooled her ears. She was looking for another elk and came so close I honestly thought she would step on me. Her next step put her […]

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“It’s not whether you win or lose…”

This week’s blog is written by my good friend, Matt Roberson. I have had the joy of taking Matt elk hunting a couple of times in the past several years. We have enjoyed some great times in the woods talking life and getting very close to elk. He hasn’t been successful yet, but one day it will happen, Lord willing. Love ya Matt and thanks for this great post. – Brandon I was a high school stand out athlete in several sports. I had even played a little bit of […]

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Traits of God – Unchanging

For 27 years my dad and I hunted elk in the same general area of North Idaho. Each year, in the late spring, we would load our 4 wheelers and head up to begin scouting for the coming fall. First, we would walk down some of our hunting trails to check out the damage that winter had done. We often found old, dead trees that had finally succumbed to winter’s harsh blow no longer standing, but now blocking our trails. I remember one year in particular we were riding on […]

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Wellspring

Probably 10 years ago, along with my dad and several hunting buddies, we cut a trail down into a deep canyon that we knew held a number of elk. It was so far away and the brushy terrain kept anyone from getting down to them, let alone hike back out. We spent the better part of day hacking and trimming a new trail through the brush to reach the dark timber at the back of this incredible canyon. Once there. we found what looked like a wildlife paradise. I will […]

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Details

“Take care of your gear and it will take care of you.” My father in law still preaches that idea whenever he talks about anything mechanical. A mechanic by trade and a detailed man by design, God made my father in law Earl to be a real technician and a man I deeply respect. He would always model for me how important it is to pay close attention to the details. I am poor at keeping an eye on the most detailed things in life. My wonderful wife refers to […]

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Shepherd Toward Spiritual Maturity

Elk are incredible animals. I have spent the better part of 25 years watching, studying and hunting them. In my opinion, they are one of God’s greatest creations, and not a year goes by that they do not teach me something new about God, His creation and even myself. The fifth essential in a disciple making church is to shepherd people toward spiritual maturity. Believe it or not, one year while bow hunting, a cow elk taught me a tremendous amount about shepherding people. I was pressing through some of […]

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Are We There Yet?

Are we there yet? If you are a parent and have spent more than 30 minutes in a car with your kids, I am sure you have heard those “fingernails on the chalkboard” words. Without fail, when we are on any family trip, my kids will fire that question at me. I appreciate their eagerness to get wherever it is we are going, but wow, it can be annoying. Early on in ministry at Real Life Ministries, the world seemed to move at a breakneck pace. The church was growing […]

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The Wolf Story

Sometimes the terrain and thick brush of North Idaho can be a true enemy. It was archery season, and I had shot a beautiful bull elk early that afternoon, but it was three hours later before my dad and I finally found it. Working against time and daylight we decided to split up. I would make the hike back to our 4-wheelers and get our backpack frames. We would use those to pack the 250 lbs. of meat out of the woods. The sun was quickly setting as I made […]

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Mercy Squirrel

Wow, it was cold. I sat in a tree stand listening and watching for any signs of elk moving through the area. Huddled up, I watched the fog from my breath rise into the clear, fall air. My view of the distant mountains and the smell of the forest around me was medicine to my soul. I love experiencing the vastness of God’s creation. Down deep in the canyon below, maybe a half mile away, I heard faint bugles of an elk. Such a beautiful sound, the call of an […]

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