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Quad Ride in SE Oklahoma

Just got back from riding 4-wheelers with Brad Hanselman in the Kiamichi Mountains. We rode 88 miles of trails and old logging roads in about a 24 hour period. Here’s a picture of Brad in the old Kiamichi Fire Tower.

Yes this is Oklahoma - at about 2,500 feet elevation

Yes, this is Oklahoma at about 2,500 feet elevation

A couple of observations I made while riding:
1. God’s creativity has no limits. This is beautiful country and it reminds me to acknowledge God as creator and sustainer.
2. I, on the other hand, do have limits. I need to rest regularly. This was relaxing for me. We need to learn to observe the sabbath without feeling guilty about it.
3. This would be a great place to get a group of guys together. I enjoyed the fellowship with Brad and we’re already planning another trip sometime in October. If you have an ATV and are interested in joining us, leave me a comment, email me, or catch one of us to get on our group list.

Wednesday Mornings at Jake’s

I meet with a small group of guys every Wednesday morning at Jake’s Cafe. Today we started reading together the book, Disciplines of a Godly Man, by R. Kent Hughes. The premise of this study comes for 1 Timothy 4:7, “train yourself to be godly.” Here’s a heavy statement to think about from Hughe’s book, “…the presence or lack of spiritual discipline can serve to sanctify or damn your children and grandchildren.”

Hunting with Jimmy Houston

I can’t get enough bird hunting in this year. Here’s a picture of our group pheasant hunting last month around Hays, Ks. That’s my son, Tanner, my good friends, Ray Volentine and Duane Montgomery and our resident celebrity, Jimmy Houston (and a bunch of other guys). I’m hoping to get back out Friday.

In the Kiamichis

Just got back from the Kiamichi Men’s Clinic a couple of weeks ago. Every year, my son, Kyler, and I, along with my brother and his two boys, meet my dad and nephew in the Kiamichi mountains of southeast Oklahoma. Several hundred men and boys (maybe more) camp out on “Christ’s 40 Acres” for several days of old-fashioned preaching, southern-gospel music, good fellowship with guys like Joe Wilson, Alan Dunbar, Marvin Phillips, and a whole bunch of story-swapping. The Pittman camp has added to the schedule some fishing and lots of ATV trail-riding (I’m really sorry about splashing water with my 4-wheeler on Ozark Christian College president, Matt Proctor at the low-water bridge).

Why do we go? Maybe it’s tradition. I’ve gone to the “Kiamichis” since I was kid. Maybe it’s just a great get-away with our boys? Maybe it’s a chance to slow down. Could be the “real man meets wilderness” thing. I don’t know, but I’m planning on be back next year.