Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Birds of a Feather repost
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Each spring, we have an invasion of birds wanting to build
their nest on our porch steps.
They have favorite places and return each year to an
overhang on one side of our house, and on the projection at the back
steps.They seem to seek out the crook
in the downspouts because their nest is then semi sheltered there.
A couple of the nests remained all through the winter, and
yesterday we viewed a sparrow inspecting the nest for possible reuse.
Sparrows have a life span from 4 to 7 years, so this bird
could be from previous years.
A Google search informed me that they often will use the
same nest if it is in good condition, with some minor alterations. Usually they are happy with the old habitant.
It is always fun to observe the mother bird resting on her
nest and it seems all too soon, she is flying in all directions gathering food
for her young ones.Their tiny beaks
open wide as she approaches.
Before long, these same teeny little babies will fly away
and be on their own.
I am reminded of one of our Bible teachers who drew a tiny
bird with open mouth on the black board.He remarked that many Christians are like these baby birds.
Mouth open wide to accept any teaching, or
doctrine placed there by their trusting leaders.
Our teacher went on to say, those baby birds
will accept BB shot if it is placed in their mouth, and it might even kill them
or make them very sick.
When we as Christians listen to our Pastor or a preacher on
TV or even read a book, or a magazine article, we must be watchful and be on
our guard to match up what we are being taught with the Holy Scripture. What does the Bible say about this?
I can remember years ago, hearing my Pastor relay a teaching
he had heard at a conference.
in my spirit went screech, like fingernails on a blackboard.
It had something to do with the Pastor being our authority
and we were to obey the Pastor even if we felt he was wrong.
Now I must confess that I have a streak of rebellion, but
this did not set too well with me.My
Bible tells me to be led of the Spirit and to obey God.
If a teaching causes you discomfort, it is
very possible that you need to place it on the shelf and not accept it for the
Later when you examine it
again, you may discover that it was indeed false teaching and you will discard
it all together.
Also I might suggest that you
not return to the book, TV program, or even the church where you heard this