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Funeral For Martina (Tina) Adams

Funeral For Martina (Tina) Adams

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Published by: Joseph Winston on Feb 15, 2010
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Funeral For Martina Klimple Adams
The Rev. Joseph WinstonFebruary 15, 2010
Grace and peace are gifts for you from God, the Father of our Lord JesusChrist.
There is something about a hunter that sets them out from the rest of the world.Theydonotsleepinoncoldfallmorningsliketherestofus.Theyaretheonesthatgetuplongbeforethefirstraysofthesunpeakoverthehorizonontheopeningdayof deer season. When compared to the rest of the general population, hunters havemore than their fair share of patience. They are the ones who sit calmly for hoursin the stand waiting for the right buck to come into their sights. To people whonever have held a gun, pulling the trigger seems so easy. Hunters know otherwise.It has taken hours of practice to get here and the work will continue as long asthey make the drive down to the lease.Knowing exactly what you need is yet another skill the hunters have that therest of the world far too often lacks. In plain language, they know you never bring
Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:3, 2 Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, Ephesians 1:2, Philippians1:2, 2 Thessalonians 1:2, Philemon 1:3.
a knife to a gunfight. There is a right tool for the job at hand and that is what youuse. Around here, when you hunt deer you use a rifle. Shotguns are used on birdslike White-winged Doves and Quails. Fish is another matter altogether because itreally depends on what you are trying to catch.Sometimes you use a rod and reel. That is a great way to enjoy a lazy summerafternoon in Texas. Grab your favorite pole, go down to the stock tank or river,find yourself a shady spot, and start fishing. On a good day, you might be ableto catch your limit. On a bad one, (Are there really any bad fishing days?) it ispossible to come home empty handed.At other times, a net is more appropriate. Maybe you need to catch some baitfor the day. Toss out the net, drag it back in, and see what you have. Keep whatworks and throw the rest back. Nets also work well when it is necessary to bringhome a large catch. That is why commercial shrimpers and fishers often use nets.With a net, they can trawl the bay for shrimp and other delicacies.A net really does not care what it caches. For generations, fishers have usedthis fact to their advantage. They pull the net across a place where fish migrate,they throw one out in the water, or they drag it behind a boat. In each example, thereason is the same. They expect the fish to be in the general area and they want tocatch them.The commercial fishermen on the Sea of Galilee used these same techniquestwo thousand years ago. They used nets to catch fish.At one time, James, John, Peter, and Andrew were professional fishermen.That is how they earned their living, compensated their employees, and paid their2
taxes to Rome. They knew the best time to go out and fish. They understood allthe technical details about repairing nets and boats. They left all this behind whenJesus invited them to be fishers of men (Mathew 4:18-19; Mark 1:16-20).Following Christ’s lead, they kept two important details exactly the same intheir new line of work. First of all, they kept using nets. These fishers of men wentwere people gathered, they tossed out their nets, and brought them all in.One of the countless people drawn to Christ is our beloved sister Martina,better known as Tina. I do not have to tell you how much hunting and fishingplayed a key part in Tina’s life. Her friends and family will readily bring you thatmessage.So it should be no surprise to you that Tina got right to work fishing. She took the net that is the message of Jesus and His saving love and threw it out over herfriends and family. Joining in with the rest of the crew, the body of Christ and HisSpirit, they pulled people in. She would be pleased to know that the net broughtyou here today. But that is not why she worked as a fisher. Tina labored longhours as a member of this crew never expecting anything back in return. That ishow much she enjoyed fishing.It is clear that her love from the outdoors rubbed off on other parts of her life.She liked to get out of the house. She enjoyed traveling and expected to take avacation every year even if her husband was not all that fond of going on a trip.Gardening was another way Tina stayed out doors. Hunting also instills a keensense of competition. If you want to get a trophy buck, you will have to work for it.Tina carried this same attitude throughout her life. When you played canasta with3

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