Illinois Valley Chapter FOCAS
Fellowship of Christian Anglers Society
October Membership Meeting
 Bartonville Bible Church,  3826 W. Chalmers,
 at 7pm on Tuesday, Oct 7th .
All are welcome who are interested in learning about our group.

Editor's Note:

Please plan to attend this months meeting.  We will be nominating people to participate on the board next year.

Last Tournament - Lake Springfield  Oct. 11th sign up at next meeting.

Awards Dinner -  Nov. 8th at 6:00 pm  
Sazani's Steak & Pasta House
7327 N. Galena Road, Peoria
Buffet:  $10.99 per person
RSVP Kenny Gregory (309) 369-5467 by Oct. 7th.

Check out the latest points standings in the "Tournament Results" tab.

Chaplin’s Corner

I’ve noticed over the years that the best thing about fishing isn’t catching fish.  Maybe it used to be.  Maybe I’ve just resigned myself to the fact that I’m just not that good of a fisherman and I better look for something more redeeming about a fishing trip than the number of fish I catch.  If I dared to try to tally the amount of money I have wrapped up in fishing equipment and compare that with the number of fish I have caught over the years, the dollar-to-fish ratio might actually put me in the ground.  (Some things are just better left alone.)
So I have changed my outlook entirely.  If I am by myself, I take the time alone to commune with God in all His glorious creation.  If I am with someone, I focas on the time of fellowship – especially with you FOCAS guys.  One of my favorite things these days it to spend time in a boat with a family member.  On our recent trip to Wisconsin I got to fish with just about every member of my immediate family.  The fishing was great (surprise, surprise) but the conversations were even better.  I wouldn’t trade the time for anything.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that each fishing adventure seems totally unique in one way or another.  I’m not talking about earth shattering events, but it seems that each trip holds something – whether it be the fishing, the environment or the surrounding nature - that makes each trip standout from the rest.  Let’s call it the “box of chocolates” syndrome.
One such incident happened during the last day of fishing during the trip to Wisconsin.  I was fishing about 50 to 60 yards off shore and I noticed a mature mallard hen with about 5 or 6 half-grown ducklings in tow.  I first noticed them as they worked the shoreline, but all of a sudden they all started making a bee-line for the boat.  They were moving with purpose, directly toward me with Mama making all kinds of noise to hustle the little darlings along.  This I had never seen.  They got right to the edge of the boat and although Mama was very wary she seemed to actually want to be in the shadow of the boat.  For the next several minutes, she and her brood kept nervously circling the boat.  After a couple times around the boat I discovered her apparent source of distress when I heard the unmistakable sound of an eagle.  I looked up and there were a pair of them circling in the sky just above the boat.  They stayed in their pattern for quite a while and the ducks continually circled the boat to position themselves on the side opposite the eagles as best they could.  After several minutes the eagles moved on to a different body of water and the duck family took off for shore where the protection was much better.  I’m sure we weren’t the best option for old Mama Duck, but she found herself in a pickle and did what she had to do to save herself and her kids.
I’ve thought about that situation several times since we have returned home and I still think it is remarkable.  I wonder what she would have done if we hadn’t been there.  My guess is that there might be less mallards to migrate south this winter. 
It reminds me of situations that we continually get ourselves into – especially areas of temptation.  I don’t know what possessed that family of ducks to wander out into open water, perhaps one or more was overcome by an irresistible temptation for different sort of food that was not close to shore and the rest followed along.  Whatever the reason, they all found themselves in trouble – just like many of us have over time.  Instead of having to rely on a passing boat for security, that may or may not provide the protection we need, we have a loving God that is faithful to us at all times, even in times of temptation.  In chapter 10 of 1Corinthians the apostle Paul discusses temptation and gives several examples from the Old Testament that were written for our admonition.  (I would recommend that you read the entire chapter to complement this devotion.)  In verse 13 Paul says:
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
As Christians we can never use the excuse that a particular temptation is unique to us because even Jesus was tempted by Satan during his forty days and nights in the desert.  Thankfully God does not let his children be tempted beyond their limits.  The trick is that we need to cling to our “rescue boat” and don’t become so steeped in sin that we become blind to the escape route.  God always gives us an escape route.  Sometimes it is the reading of His word each day so we can learn and follow the examples of Jesus.  Sometimes it is the involvement with our churches.   Sometimes it is being involved with a bunch of Christian fisherman that love each other enough to help each other toward and along that escape route. 
The temptation will always be there.  The escape route, in whatever form, will always be there.  We just need to have the resolve within us to fight the temptation and find the route.
Thanks boys  . . . . . for helping me along my escape route!
In Christ,

-Submit your Prayer Request on the Members Page and contact
Chaplin Bill Perry
.-Submit your nomination for the Extra Mile Award on the Members Page,
 or give to Jim Batterton or Larry Rowden.
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