Majestic and Wild: True Stories of Faith and Adventure in the Great Outdoors

By Murray Pura

Church could be a great spot to profit non secular classes, yet occasionally you simply need to wake up and get open air to adventure the grandeur of God. In Majestic and Wild, pastor, author, and avid outdoorsman Murray Pura weaves his real-life adventures with religious suggestion and existence classes, shooting the majestic and wild construction that God has set ahead of us all. From animal encounters to wildfires to raging rapids to Daniel Boone hunts and buffalo stampedes, the tales diversity from dramatic and suspenseful to light-hearted and kooky. every one tale is woven with non secular classes now not simply discovered from sitting in a pew.

A superb present for better halves to offer to their husbands and children to provide to their dads, Majestic and Wild will entertain and encourage an individual with a feeling of experience and a love for the nice open air.

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An untamed creature has wandered down from the crags to lunch at the lush plants afforded by way of the decrease slopes. He lives and sleeps in caves. His lifestyles revolves round roaming excessive mountain meadows and consuming ants and carrion and berries. My global is completely diverse from his. i need to understand extra approximately him. His eyes glisten and so does his fur. we're so shut that every black hair is apparent and certain, as though his profile has been meticulously engraved at the air. I experience no hostility from him and he doesn't experience any from me. we glance and view one another and what can we find out about one another? not anything. but i'm completely satisfied I continue to exist a planet that has areas which are unconquered and animals like him now not trapped via way over roadways or construction allows or off-road cars. he's nonetheless wild and loose and that i can nonetheless see him that means as my son and that i stand dealing with him, and he us. through now my daughter and spouse have been at our part. So have been others mountaineering up and down the path. The endure used to be displaying no aggression, so humans hung round and snapped images and took video. My kin did an identical. The undergo was once nonetheless nice to examine, yet with the starting to be crowd, just a little the magic used to be long past. perhaps he felt so too. 5 mins later he dropped his head and used to be long past. you may see the grass rustling as he made his means alongside the slope. a couple of saplings bent to 1 facet. Then it used to be simply the mountaineering path and folks and cameras. Time for the Puras to push on. while i exploit the time period “God’s country,” I suggest a space of untamed and pristine nature the place animals run loose and sweetness crams the panorama. however the endure got here to a spot i assumed it wasn’t presupposed to be and made that slope a much bigger piece of God’s state than it have been ahead of. And actually wherever God exhibits up is God’s country—cities, cities, church buildings, hospitals, battlefields, protest marches, motion picture theaters, you identify it. and because God is all over the place, that suggests each position in the world is God’s country—“Where am i able to move out of your Spirit? the place am i able to flee out of your presence? ” asks the songwriter in Psalm 139:7. And within the booklet of Jeremiah God demanding situations Israel, “Do I now not fill heaven and earth? ” (23:24). So if God’s kingdom is throughout us that suggests all components of our lives subject to him—work, play, romance, funds, strong occasions, tough instances, complicated times—they are all a part of his area. not anything is omitted, every little thing is lower than his hand: “If I upward push at the wings of the sunrise, if I decide on the a ways aspect of the ocean, even there your hand will consultant me, your correct hand will carry me speedy” (Psalm 139:9–10). it is a great point. ponder that the God who made us made the heavens and the earth—the constellations we stare upon from our wasteland camps, the stag and bull elk and pronghorn we photo and tune, the short river, waterfall, and rocky crag we wonder at, and the bald eagle, red-tailed hawk, and peregrine falcon that make us jump inside of as they minimize the sky over our heads. If he did all that, and did it so good, what can’t he do with our personal worlds, our personal struggles and defeats and benefits?

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