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It's Just Wrong!


Written by Jeff Roman
I can’t believe I have not written anything in such a long time. I can’t even tell you when the last time I wrote!? I couldn’t tell you if it’s been six months or a year or something in between I just know it’s been too long. This was supposed to been a once a month blog that I put out to help us all support our walk and relationship with Jesus Christ. Me helping you and you helping me for a stronger relationship with Him. Because that’s what we are commanded to do. I know we can get so wrapped up into what our lives are and there is a little extra stuff going on these days. Unless you live under a rock you know what I mean. But that’s still no excuse. We need to make time for Jesus. And that needs to be on a regular basis. And that’s not even correct. Regular basis doesn’t even cover it. It needs to be nonstop all day long every day Him first.
1 Thessalonians 5:16... rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  See right here, pray without ceasing. Praying, that’s how we communicate with our Lord. And we are to do it nonstop. But days and events seem to get in the way. We have to remember that if we put our trust in God it is amazing what he can do for us.
Isaiah 40: 31...   but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint. He is our breath and our restoration in times of stress and in times when we feel like there’s no hope. But the key is giving Him the time and making sure we spend enough time with Him. We cannot put Him on the back burner. He does not put us on the back burner. We are first and foremost in His eyes.
Galatians 2:20... I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.

We have this glorious and wonderful Easter weekend to look forward to. We May not be with the group of people we want to be with. We may not be in a church to celebrate. We may not have the same celebration as normal. But the crucifixion is real. And we have to realize what Jesus has done for us and understand that with or without the other distractions Christ still died for us. Celebrate this Easter weekend. Celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. Celebrate, it’s because you know what He did for you and I. And remember we need to make time for this. Do not let all the other distractions get in the way. Make time for Jesus because if you don’t .”It’s just wrong"
 “ for the believer there is hope beyond the grave, because Jesus Christ has opened the door to heaven for us by his death and resurrection. “ Billy Graham
 Have a wonderful Easter celebration from Highlife Outdoor Ministry.

Keep It Simple

By Jeff Roman
Hebrews 12:1-2  "therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning it’s shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

As outdoorsman and women we have a  tendency to overdo it. We want to make sure we have the best and the latest equipment. We are up on all the latest gadgets, trinkets, handheld devices and whatever technology we can get our hands on to help us locate the quarry we are after. We wanna make sure that we don’t miss out on anything. We have to be up there with the Jonese's when it comes to making sure nobody is one step ahead of us because we want to get there first. Sometimes competition is its own worst enemy for us. If you’re not in competition you might not understand this last statement but if you are you absolutely do. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying our sport and the outdoors to the fullest limits that we have. God gave it to us to enjoy. But sometimes we overdo it. We just need to learn to keep it simple and probably enjoy it so much more.
1 Timothy 6:6-7 “ but godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it."
Learning to make things simple in the outdoors would probably free up time to spend more time in the outdoors. It’s also like our spiritual life. If we were to keep it simple and to understand that it’s plain and simple that Jesus is the answer. Our spiritual life would be so much easier. It is that easy. Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Without him we have nothing. Without him we have no future or hope or eternal life.
Something as simple as just getting to know Jesus we know that we have all of these things. We have a future, with hope, and eternal life.
Matthew 6:33 “ But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Keep it simple , Jesus is the answer!


By Jeff Roman
Job 26:7-8 He stretches out the north over empty space, He hangs the earth on nothing. He binds up the water in His thick clouds, yet the clouds are not broken under it.
As outdoorsmen we see God's beauty every day. Even if you’re not an outdoorsman you see God's beauty. It’s just easier to see if you’re not completely surrounded by concrete and buildings. One word that comes to our mind a lot of time is the word "Amazing." We are completely amazed at the beauty and the magnificence of the outdoors. How all the forest lineup. How the rivers flow. How the backwaters keep meandering on and on. How all the wildlife teams all around. All you have to do is get on the road and drive. Well at least where I live anyway. All of the ditch banks are lined with trees. Small ponds and lakes scattered off in the fields. Strip pits where coal mining once was a big operation and now they are all filled with water and filled with the possibility of the next state record bass. We just can’t get enough of his amazing outdoors.
Romans 15:13. Now May the God of hope fill you with all the joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 
God gives us all this amazing view every day. But do we ever show Him back how amazing He is to us. Are we allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us for his glory?
Do we take the time to thank Him for all the amazing graces He gives to us each and every day. Do we spend time passing his love on to others?Spending time learning and helping spread his word. Spending time showing and telling other people how amazing God is. Do we??????????????
In the Gospel by Matthew chapter 3 after Jesus gets baptized by John something amazing happens. The heavens opened up and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. And a voice from heaven said, this is my son, whom I love, with Him I am well pleased. Let us go out, become closer to God, so that someday when we get to heaven He will look at us and say “this is my son, (or daughter) whom I love, am well pleased!! 



 By Jeff Roman

Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall return to Shoel, all the nations that forget God.

I don’t know about you but the older I get my memory just seems to be slipping. Can you all relate? There are days I get up and I can’t even remember my own name. And then there is the fact of just being too busy and hurrying to get things done. And you know what happens when we hurry, we usually forget things. How many bass tournaments have some of you guys been to where the boats are in the water and you hear somebody hollering back at the guy pulling his trailer away to get back in the water because he forgot to put the plug in the boat. Or was that just a case of him being in to big a hurry. Ladies, that load of wash have you ever forgot to put the laundry soap in? Was that just a case of forgetfulness or just being in to big a hurry? I guess anytime that we have forgetfulness we can call it being in to big a hurry. We all probably need to work on our memory skills and we probably all need to slow down. The one thing we do not want to forget about or be in to big a hurry is in our relationship with God.

One Corinthian‘s 15:22 for as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

We want to make sure in our day-to-day routine that we do not forget about our Lord. We want to spend time throughout our day talking to God and letting Him know how important He is to us. If we also talk to Him we can talk to Him about that hurried pace we are on and about how our memory seems to be fading away. And in our talk with Him maybe we can listen and He’ll have some thoughts on how to correct some of these issues. So let us all not forget during our hurried busy days specially now that summer is upon us that we do not forget about the one most important thing in all of our lives ..... God ! We do not want to be in to big a hurry and forget Him because we don’t want Him to be in to big a hurry and forget about us and how He’s going to show us how to have eternal life with Him. And the only way that can be done is spending time with Him! 

Romans 10:13 for” everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”.

Lend A Hand

By Jeff Roman

John 9:25 - I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.

 I’ve seen some pretty amazing stories here recently about people lending a hand. People going above and beyond and making sure somebody else is safe. Whether it be their physical well-being or their personal property. In our area along the Mississippi river it has been a very trying spring. Many businesses have been flooded, business shut down and a lot of loss of personal property and income. But there are many amazing stories here where fellow businesses helping their business neighbors. Customers of particular businesses are coming in and helping them sand bag and prepare for the flooding also helping with cleanup after the flooding. Concerned citizens going out of their way to help others in need.

In the fishing world there has been a few boating accidents recently. People ejected from their boats hitting a wake wrong. Capsizing the boats. And fellow fisherman stopping to help. In a MLF tour event this happened recently and not only are these great fisherman but these are great people. People who know there are more important things in a tournament than just fishing. They wanted to help their fellow man, fellow fisherman in a time of need. In a recent MLF tour the fisherman hit a boat wake wrong and was ejected and several of the participants of the tour stopped and gave him a hand and made sure he was safe and got him where he needed to go for help.
A lot of wonderful people helping people in need. But have you ever thought about your fellow man and helping them with their spiritual needs.

Acts 1:8 - but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you

There are a lot of people out there today struggling with a lot of problems and one of them is their spiritual life. They are seeking, they are trying to find answers, they’re trying to find their way to Jesus. They need help. Are we doing everything we can to be helping our fellow man find Jesus? Yes this is our job to. Just like helping that person that’s had a boating accident we need to be there when that person has a spiritual accident.

Luke12:11 - The Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say. 

Don’t get scared, don’t become frightened, don’t think you can’t be the one to help. Because you sure can. You know Jesus and you know what he’s capable of doing. You know that if you allow the Holy Spirit to work with you and work within you that you will be able to help others. And we all know what the reward is when we all find Jesus.    Heaven!!

 Romans 6:23 - The cost of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

April Fools this is a March Highlife Thought

By Jeff Roman

I know the calendar says April 1 but I missed getting a March thought in. Just don’t know where the time goes. I know I started it a couple of times and how or why it did not get finished I’m not sure. What we want to take a look at today is “ loyalty.”  I just don’t see much of it left in the world anymore. There's to much going on that makes everybody think that its about the almighty dollar or just about themselves. How they can save a few cents or how some way or shape or form they’re going to be inconvenienced by something. 

It’s this way in the outdoor world too! Guys that think they have an extra dollar up there schmoozing around trying to get the best deal on a new boat. A fully rigged tournament boat, trying to get somebody to sponsor them for recreational fishing. I see guys come and go every year inside and outside of new boats that they’ve never been in before and being sponsored by them.( and by being sponsored I mean getting a few trinkets or markdown or some other kind of hand out. They think it’s a big deal because they can say they’re being “sponsored”)  If they have never been in that boat before how do they tell somebody else that is the best boat they’ve ever had in their entire life? Makes no sense to me. I guess they just have to be a smooth talker (part con man) somehow convince somebody to give them a sponsorship.

 Deuteronomy chapter 7 verse nine -  I know that Yahweh your God is God, the faithful God who keeps his gracious covenant loyalty for thousands of generations with those who love him and keep his commands.

We as outdoorsman or anyone else for that matter can’t we see that loyalty should be something. That’s supporting those who have supported you should mean something. That giving back where you can should mean something.! That store you frequented for many years but now there’s a bigger better one. It’s time to Move on?
Where is our loyalty.?

From the fishing poles you buy to the bass boat that you purchased to the groceries you put on the table at the end of the evening. Where does your loyalty lie???

You do know who the most loyalist is?
It is God. God knows the meaning of the word loyal. Because he invented it.

In two Timothy chapter 2 verse 13 - if we are unfaithful he remains faithful for he cannot deny who he is.

Laminations chapter 3 verse 22. We are still alive because the Lord’s faithful love never ends.

One John chapter 3 verse 24 whoever keeps his commandments abides in God and God in him. God is wise, perfect, unchanging, full of wisdom, God is holy and good, loving, just, merciful, compassionate, kind and yes LOYAL!!

So how do we pay back loyalty to God? How do we make ourselves loyal to him like he is loyal to us?

First we have to stand fast and be true in our believe in him we have to believe in all of his great qualities and see how they work out in our lives.

Second: don’t become a part of this world. Wow this is important! This is where the whole world has gotten screwed up. Everybody wants to keep up with the Joneses. (sorry if your name is actually Jones) do not become like the world,become what God wants you to become in this world.

Third: we want to make right decisions and to make them all the time. Knowing God is loyal to us makes the job easier. And knowing He is there to help us in any situation. Make the right choice at the right time all the time.

Fourth: learning and practice God’s word. Put yourself in a place, set aside time, do what you need to do to learn God’s word. Spend it in the Bible, in your devotionals, in small groups, at church, wherever it needs to be and do it as often as you can.  Its not only for Sundays. And then of course there is prayer. Spend as much time praying as possible. Prayer is your relationship with God.

And Fifth: is love your neighbor as God has told you to do. God shows us His loyalty so we need to show our loyalty to others. By Him helping us we need to be helping others.   

 Matthew chapter 25 verse 40 Jesus said," I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me. “ Yes it matters very much to God that we love our neighbors.

So let’s go out there today and show our loyalty. Show your loyalty in everything you do in life. And most of all show your loyalty to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And maybe someday He’ll show His loyalty to us by letting us enter into the gates of heaven !  


By Jeff Roman

James 1:17 .  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows

This is an amazing time of year. You can take that as either I’m being sarcastic or actually believe that it’s an amazing time of year. For now I’m gonna let you wonder. (Just a hint, the older I get the less I like winter). 

I ran into a good friend the other day and he was telling me about all the crappies they caught last weekend. He said that they were plentiful. They said they must’ve caught over 200. There was a group of about five or six of them and they all only took their limit of 10. But they had an absolute ball. Was such a good day on hard water. He was very anxious to do it again this weekend.

Went to the outdoor show with my wife over the weekend and I would say the crowd was very plentiful. Fact, I would say it was absolutely huge. The show administrator should’ve been very delighted with the crowds they had. Everybody has been cooped up all winter and I am sure cabin fever had hit. It looked like all of the booths were busy with activity and I saw a lot of money exchanging hands. That makes everybody happy. After mulling around the show for a while ran into an old friend who was doing one of the seminars. He is one guy who can talk a lot about bass fishing. He is very knowledgeable and a very good fisherman. (and duck hunter) And he must be doing something right because they love having him come back. He loves doing the shows and he's fun to listen to. You could say he has plenty of expertise to pass on. Visiting with him he had mentioned how plentifully blessed he had been. Just got engaged to his sweetheart. Was about to retire from his job which would allow him to do his outdoor show on a full-time.

Luke 6:38 . Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

The outdoors is such a wonderful thing. It is an absolute wonderful opportunity God gives us. Gives to each one of us to enjoy. And many things can come from it.  Plentiful can be easily described in the outdoors and plentiful is what we get out of it. But does God look at us and say we have been plentiful in doing his work?

Ephesians 3:20.  Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.

Are we following God‘s Commandments? Are we listening to His word and growing upon them? Are we leading others to Him? Are we being plentiful in serving Him?

2 Corinthians 9:8. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work

So let’s enjoy the plentiful outdoors while we give PLENTY to Him. He’s going to give us plenty at the end. Heaven!


Take Time and Learn

By Jeff Roman

 2 Timothy 1:7- for the spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 

I am not sure if it’s supposed to be Aaaaarrrrrrggggggggggggggggg or bbbbbbbbbbbrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr today or both. But it is absolutely brutal outside. The weather Channel had us at 23° below zero temperature and the wind is ripping pretty good so I’m guessing probably somewhere between 40 and 60 below with the windchill. I know. I know you Northerners up in Minnesota and Wisconsin and the like are probably saying this is normal for you’s but for us here in West Central Illinois it is downright coooooollldddd! This is no weather for outdoorsmen and yes ladies I don’t want to forget you outdoor ladies.
Absolutely nothing can be done outside. You don’t even want to stay in the garage. Cooped up in the house with cabin fever, doesn’t get any worse than that for outdoorsman. So this is always a good time to spend learning. Take some time to learn. Pull out those fishing magazines that you threw in a pile all summer long because you didn’t have time to read them. Here’s an opportunity to get caught up and see if you can’t figure out some new tactics or procedures or fishing styles that will help you put more fish in the boat. Pick up those gun catalogs and hunting magazines and see if there isn’t something you have missed out there. Something you can learn to take on your next adventure. This is a good time to learn.

Hebrews 4:12 - for the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Guess what else would be a good time to spend learning. Being as you have the time right now. Spend some time learning God’s word. Spend some time with the Bible. This is a perfect time for you to do this. You’ve been saying you were going to do it, now you have the opportunity. Learning God‘s word will draw you closer to Him. By drawing closer to Him, He will show you things in the outdoors, things in your life, things in your job that you never knew were there before. His word will give lots of meaning. His word will give you truth. Knowing God‘s word will make life more rewarding. Knowing His word will make you better outdoorsman, mothers and dad‘s, employer and employees, friends, husbands and wives. The Bible when you spend time with it makes us all better people because we learn how to live as Jesus lived. We will know the full meaning of the word “love.”

Revelation 1:3- blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take it to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.  

There’s no time like the present to get started. Spend time today and during this frigid weather and all winter long. And if you spend time now and start learning you’ll find that you won’t want to put it down! By learning God‘s word, it will not only make you a better Christian ,but those around you will be better for it to.

I’m sure the outdoor shows are probably in full swing in the northern states. Our local ones are coming up in the next few weeks. That will help with cabin fever but in the meantime spend time learning. Learning His word! 

Colossians3:17 - and whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him. 

Have a SAFE day !! 

It"s Coming

By Jeff Roman

Wow can you hardly stand it? 2018 is about to exit and here comes 2019. 2019 has quite a ring to it. What’s even scarier is 2020. I believe there are movies made about 2020 or deadlines about 2020. Things that we were told way back about the future and 2020. And here we are at 2019.

As outdoorsman we are looking forward to this next year. We’re looking forward to that next fishing trip or hunting opportunity that is on our horizon. We have unwrapped those Christmas gifts that brought us new trinkets and toys involving our hobbies and the love of our outdoors. Now we can’t wait to use them in the coming year. We have started planning. We have been making out tournament schedules. Figuring out which tournaments we want to fish and be a part of. We’ve been looking up guides for that hunting expedition next fall. We’ve been looking at our work schedules to see when we will be able to get away to enjoy the great outdoors. All of this is wonderful. It gives us hope. But is it the proper hope we should be looking for?

1 Chronicles 16:11-12. “ look to the Lord and His strength, seek His face always. Remember the wonders He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He pronounced,...”     We have to remember that God is always with us. That there is no hope better than His hope. The hope of His salvation.

Deuteronomy 23:5 “ A blessing for you, because the Lord your God loves you.”

Remember this because He loves you He gives you hope. So what should we be doing in 2019? We need to be learning His word and understanding the hope He has for us. The hope of His salvation. Just as we exit 2018 and enter 2019 we need to be thinking about our future. Where does our future lie? It lies in His hope.

2 Corinthian’s 5:17 “ therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here."

So as we are preparing for 2019 let us remember that. Let’s put the past down and away and work on the future. Our hope and salvation is with the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. He didn’t put us here to be all about ourselves but here so that we could find Him. So are we going to work towards this in 2019? What’s more important, a fishing trip in the spring or eternal life with Him?

Proverbs 13:16 “  A wise man thinks ahead; A fool doesn’t, and even brags about it." Don’t be that fool! Start preparing for 2019. Don’t miss out on the hope of His salvation.  Eternal life with Him in heaven!! 

Happy New Years!!

Reach Out-Part 2

By Jeff Roman

As outdoorsman and outdoor enthusiast we spend a lot of time reaching out. We spend time reaching out to learn our outdoor activities better. We spend lots of time reading and researching to see how we can have a better hunt or a better fishing trip. We spend a lot of time reaching out to those who are more qualified than us in these fields and we try to learn from them. We spend time reaching out to our buddies, our pals, our friends, members of our clubs and organizations that we belong to, to learn how we can truly enjoy what we enjoy doing the most. Reaching out to see how we can get 100% out of the outdoors that we truly love. But as we are reaching out to learn the outdoors better let us not forget to reach out to where it really counts the most. Reaching out to our neighbors.

In 2 Corinthian‘s 9:6- The point is this, whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you so that all have sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work as it is written. 

God is asking us to help others. If you are a Christ follower at all you’ve heard this before. It is not about receiving it is about giving it is about reaching out and helping others. And this can be done in many ways. We are not talking just about opening your wallet and dishing out more money,we are talking about reaching out. It may be reaching out to those youth who are also trying to learn the outdoors and giving them a hand. Is about reaching out to those who are struggling spiritually and talking with them helping them get through a tough time. It could be family and friends who have health issues who need some extra help getting by day by day with chores and jobs. It also can be monetary, when we are blessed we need to pass those blessings on. There are a lot of people out there today who could use some help. Granted there are also a lot of people out there who don’t need help. They try to look like they do or just want to get by on the easy side. Remember, how they are sowing, and what their reward will be. So let us reach out and give a hand, especially during this Christmas season. But remember this through the next year. And when 2019 rolls around and see how we can help people all year long. 

James 2- if a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food and one of you says to them” go in peace and be warmed and filled” without giving them the things needed for the body what good is that? So also faith by itself if it does not have works is dead. 

So let’s go show the world what us Christian outdoorsman and women are made of. Let’s reach out. Let’s reach out to those in need and make a difference. A difference in somebody else’s life.

Have a blessed holiday season!

Remember the reason for the season!

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