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First Field Target Match   Leave a comment

After about a month worth of emails, forum postings, and a few phone calls, I was persuaded to go down to Pulaski, TN for an airgun field target match. I had just sold all three of my air rifles, so I had nothing to shoot with. Alas, I will go anyway as it may be fun to watch and learn.

Upon arrival I was greeted by several nice individuals who insisted on shooting a few pellets with their rifle. One such honor was a custom Theoben Vanquish.

Jeffro shooting the Vanquish.

If you are not aware of the rifle and the cost.. click here. Indeed, it was a joy to shoot and just plain fun.

For the match, I used a Benjamin Discovery and did okay. Nothing to brag about, that is for sure and for certain. Nevertheless, it was great fun talking with gentlemen about airguns and knocking down targets.

Jeffro and Discovery

Here is the owner of the beautiful Vanquish and I in the practice area.

Since that day I was hooked on field target (FT) shooting. I believe I have a new, cheaper hobby. I must say thank you to JohnB for discussing airguns with me, inviting me to the match, and even letting me shoot the entire match with his Discovery. Thank you John.

Until next time, same bat time – same bat channel.

Blessings,
Jeff

Posted March 25, 2010 by avv604 in Airguns

What is the significance of Jesus’ resurrection for Christians?   Leave a comment

In Acts 1:9-11, we read about the ascension of Jesus into heaven. One can look at regarding the significance of this event for Christians in a few different aspects. The first aspect being Jesus’ glorious ministry on earth ends. Of all the wonderful miracles performed by Jesus and proclaiming the truth, His time in His bodily form ceased and He continued the ministry in heaven. This is significant for the Christian because the Christian has the promise of knowing where he/she will be going upon death. Jesus stated He would be returning to heaven and preparing a place for the Christian (John 14:3). If Jesus never ascended to the place where our reservation was to occur, there is not much hope for the Christian (1 Cor. 15:14). The follower of Jesus would state that Jesus came, lived a powerful life, performed many miracles, and died in the same manner as everyone else.

The second aspect is the continuation of the work of Christ. Bock notes, “His departure means that they now have work to do. Jesus’ command means that they are not to gaze into the heavens idly, awaiting his return, but engage in the task Jesus has given then to do in the meantime.” (Bock) Jesus gives the command that all are to continue His ministry, thus it is very significant to the Christian. However, in today’s world we find this is not the case. Many in churches are more concerned with themselves and giving the appearance of good works. Others simply go to church, because “you are suppose to,” listen to the preacher, because “you are suppose to,” and then go home. There is no relationship with Jesus but the individual(s) feel as though their commitment has been fulfilled and thus God has no choice to allow them into heaven. Such individuals have no connection with Christ and will think little if anything of the work of Christ.

There are also individuals who will lay claim to their favorite pew, have their family name engraved into “their spot,” put their favorite slogan across their section (Just pew it!), and pour wrath upon those who dare begin to sit in “their spot.” These individuals have missed altogether the meaning of a relationship with Christ, the pouring of peace into one’s life, and the very reason over two thousand years of writings came together in one book – because they are that important and special. If those people are saved (one must question their salvation), they will not see the significance of continuing Christ’s work on earth.

Lastly, Christ’s ascension was imperative for the Comforter (the Holy Spirit) to come. One commentator states, “The Holy Spirit would empower the disciples as they ministered the gospel and waited for the kingdom.” (Walvoord, Zuck) The Holy Spirit was not to come until Jesus had ascended to the Father. Only then would the power of the Holy Spirit be given to the disciples. If Jesus decided to hang out at the local Starbucks for a while, the Holy Spirit would not have come at the right moment. There were forty short days (Acts 1:3) after Jesus arose from the dead to prepare His disciples and given many proofs of His resurrection.

With the Comforter’s arrival, the power of the Holy Spirit was given and God’s plan continued and does so to this day.

Works Cited
Bock, Darrell L. Backer Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament – Acts. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2007.

John F. Walvoord, Roy B. Zuck and Dallas Theological Seminary. The Bible Knowledge Commentary : An Exposition of the Scriptures. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1983-c1985.

The Holy Bible. New American Standard Bible : 1995 Update. LaHabra, CA:: The Lockman Foundation, 1995.

Posted March 25, 2010 by avv604 in Bible

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Marauders coming… AR6 says goodbye   Leave a comment

After sending the AR6 to Pyramid Air, them testing it and finding nothing wrong, sending the rifle back, I received the rifle and fired some test shots. I no longer hear the air leaking from the fill valve on the AR6 and it fired the pellets without issues.

The buyer of the rifle decided to send a rifle case with the money order. I received the case last Friday afternoon. Friday evening I boxed everything in preparation for shipping Saturday.

Saturday morning I ran by the bank and put money order in. I took the rifle over to USPS and shipped it off. I received a delivery confirmation number and began the small journey back home. Once home, it was time to call Jim at Precision Airguns to order a .177 Marauder.

Currently I have two Marauders on order. The first is from Airguns of Arizona in .22 caliber. The .22 Marauder will be tuned to shoot heaver pellets and used for hunting. The second Marauder is in .177 caliber and will be used for field target (FT) shooting and the starlings or other bird pests that are around the farm. However, it will be mainly for FT shooting.

So after arriving at home, I called Jim at Precision Airguns and ordered a .177 Marauder. Jim is a delight to do business with and was very courteous on the phone. He asked what the rifle’s main purpose was for and discussed a bit about FT matches. He offered some advise to get started in FT shooting regarding equipment and the class. Jim stated the rifle will ship out today (3-22-2010) via UPS.

The next steps for the .177 Marauder are to purchase some pellets, find a chrony to use, and setup the Marauder for the hunter class. I currently do not have any .177 pellets, but those are easy to find.

When will the Airguns of Arizona (AoA) .22 Marauder arrive? I was told by a representative at AoA it could be two weeks or it could be four weeks. AoA was not sure when it would come in. In the meantime, I will have the .177 to keep me busy.

Posted March 22, 2010 by avv604 in Airguns, Evanix AR6, Marauder

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Evanix AR6 on the way back   Leave a comment

Pyramyd Air called me back. The gentleman from Pyramyd states the seals needed to be seated by the pressurized air. They filled the gun up to 3000 psi and left it for three days. After three days it did not move at all. He stated it seems them filling the gun up seated the seals.

I was encouraged to leave the gun pressurized with a higher pressure and not to shoot the gun all the way down. This will allow the seals to become loose again. I only filled the gun to 180 bar (2610 psi) as that seemed to be what it shot best at. Well, a lesson learned.

It would seem that the AR6 was okay the entire time, but because I am not familiar with the inter workings I thought there was a problem.

They will be shipping the gun back tomorrow and it should arrive in a few days.

Posted March 11, 2010 by avv604 in Evanix AR6

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Who is listening?   Leave a comment

Proverbs 8:33, 34 “Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the one who listens to me,” (ESV)

Why do we not listen to God? To our fellow man? We have found ourselves in a constant need to move faster in our consumption of food, or increase our speed well past the posted limit. Several studies show consuming food at a faster rate is bad for our body, yet we do not listen. The posted speed limit is 65 miles per hour, yet we do not obey and proceed into the 70 and 80 miles per hour mark.

The word “hear” in the text is the Hebrew word מַע (šāma) and means to hear, to obey, to listen, to be heard of, to be regarded, to cause to hear, or to proclaim. Wisdom is speaking in this chapter and is concluding the appeals of previous verses (1-31) and sharing the overall purpose.

The overall purpose of Wisdom’s call is to extol the benefits of wisdom for faithful living. An individual reading the Bible often misses this point. If one will read chapter 8, one finds Wisdom calling to all and pleading for someone to hear and receive the benefits from wisdom. The Christian misses a great deal of blessings from God because we are not listening to His Word; we are not heeding the call of Wisdom.

What blessings are possibly missed? One can quickly glance around their living room and surmise a great deal of material blessing (or so called). One can cogitate over their job, the income it provides, and the feeling of accomplishment the said job brings. We again are missing the point of Wisdom’s cry! The blessings have nothing to do with monetary gain, but a gain of wisdom, blessings from God, and favor in the sight of God.

The objective: become better listeners. Have you ever noticed how hard it is to carry on a conversation with a great many people? The person may answer your question before you finished asking the question. I have seen individuals that will just begin talking before you are finished. It has become somewhat of a standard in duplex communication for humans. Instead of listening, the individual will care less about the person speaking and more about what they are saying. Christians do the same with God. God gives clear instructions for life, yet the average Christian is barely listening and is more focused on the TV or some other distraction. Christians have become more interested in what their desires are and less interested in God’s desires. So what can the Christian do to listen to God better? Slow down!

In the New Testament, James deals with many issues head on. In James 1:19, he gives some advice for slowing down. James states, “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters! Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger” (NET Bible). Notice that James does not state three items to be quick with; he states only one – hearing. When you begin to read your Bible, focus on slowing down and be quick to listen to what God is saying. When you are at work, feeling the pressures, slow down and listen to what God is saying. The next time you are on the road, listen to God and slow the vehicle down to under the posted speed limit. In slowing other areas of your life and being quick to listen to God and His instructions. You will find this life is easier with God and His instruction than moving at a faster pace in your own direction.

Blessings,
Jeff

Posted March 8, 2010 by avv604 in Bible

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Wonderful New Cake   Leave a comment

Many of you know my wife has a talent for making cakes. Well, this evening she finished a cake that I am impressed with – of course.

The camera does, of course, not do the cake justice. The “bubbles” and “soap” shimmer and have a realistic quality to them.
The cake is wonderful and she has completed a unique work of art.
Well done my love, well done.

Blessings,
Jeff

Posted March 6, 2010 by avv604 in General

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Christian Audio books – March   Leave a comment

All,

Do not miss the opportunity this month as ChrisitanAudio.com has two books as a free download this month. Link

Instructions from Christian Audio’s site:

Add the download to your cart and use the coupon code MAR2010 when prompted to receive this month’s free download! You must use the code to receive the download for free.

SPECIAL NOTE: Each free download for the month of March must be “purchased” separately, in two different orders, for the coupon codes to work and for you to receive them for FREE.

First Book:
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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This book is quite simply, one of the most profound and important books of the 20th century. Dietrich Bonhoeffer lived a testimony of his thoughtful and engaging writers.

Focusing on the most treasured part of Christ’s teaching – the Sermon on the Mount with its call to discipleship, and on the grace of God and the sacrifice which that demands.

Viewed against the background of Nazi Germany, Bonhoeffer’s book is striking enough. At the same time, it shares with many great Christian classics a quality of timelessness, so that it has spoken, and continues to speak powerfully, to the varied concerns of the contemporary world.

Second Book:
Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper
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WHY?

The most important questions anyone can ask are: Why was Jesus Christ crucified? Why did he suffer so much? What has this to do with me? Finally, who sent him to his death? The answer to the last question is that God did. Jesus was God’s Son. The suffering was unsurpassed, but the whole message of the Bible leads to this answer.

The central issue of Jesus’ death is not the cause, but the meaning—God’s meaning. That is what this book is about. John Piper has gathered from the New Testament fifty reasons. Not fifty causes, but fifty purposes—in answer to the most important question that each of us must face: What did God achieve for sinners like us in sending his Son to die?

Blessings,
Jeff

Posted March 5, 2010 by avv604 in General

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