This morning we were awakened to a couple deer eating the bird seed out of a newly placed bird feeder in the back yard. The purpose of the bird feeder was to attract the four flickers that had consumed most of the cherries from the tree. If the bird feeder was placed close to the same tree, hopefully the flickers would find the feeder and then the feeder could be slowly moved to a better location for observing the birds from upstairs and downstairs.
To our amazement and joy, two fawns had consumed all the bird seed. We found them just as they were licking the last bits of seed and looking toward our windows at “those people stuck in some kind of building”! They also found the pretzels the girls had hung in the branches, which they made at the library in town. They had been smeared with crunchy peanut butter and other various kinds of bird seeds that were hung on the branches. While we thought the birds missed out, the deer were a beautiful sight. Normally the deer would probably have preferred other food than bird seed and pretzels, food is food in the winter time, especially when the first big snow fall was on its way.
It reminds me of a favorite verse of Scripture, “A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. (Pro 27:7 NKJ) When you are hungry, you are ready to eat just about anything! Whey you are satisfied with the presence of the Lord, life in Him is sweet.
When people are hungry for the Lord, ANY Scripture is sweet. When people complain, because the pastor is not preaching their favorite subject, they just are not very hungry for the Lord and need to wait on Him. How hungry are you after the abundance of Christmas?
Most people try to copy, imitate and be like someone else. There is something about his voice, his looks, his ability, his humor, his…whatever, that makes one person want to be like the other person. The challenge is that parents will point their children to role-models early in life, but then forget to train their children to the real issue. Continue reading
We had a wonderful outpouring of worship yesterday. In brief summary of the message: First, all treasure is found in Jesus Christ. We can search for and acquire many things (and God gives richly for us to enjoy 1 Tim. 6:17), but the greatest riches are found in what you acquire in Jesus Christ. Nothing else compares. Secondly, the normal Christian way of life is a struggle to help others experience that treasure.
We should look for opportunities to help people understand and live the treasure of Jesus Christ. It may often be a struggle, but that’s when you see God’s glory working through you. You could serve in the Children’s Ministry, for there are still a few opportunities to be assistants (contact Pat Hillebrand). You could serve in the Youth Ministry helping our youth find treasure in Jesus Christ. There’s usually several opportunities every quarter to be involved without a huge commitment (contact Justin Williams). There are eternal rewards for helping others find the treasure. There’s also opportunity to join us Saturday morning at 8:30 am for the evangelism seminar Pastor Gary will lead. He’ll be done around noon. It’ll be a great opportunity to sharpen your sharing skills or learn a new tool.
Many things give temporary happiness, but nothing compares with living out His salvation and helping others find Him as their treasure. It is God’s blessing as we give away the treasure, because we gain many-fold more in blessing. It’s often a struggle, but what treasure isn’t worth the effort?
Pray for Becky Gluff as she flies out Friday to Ukraine to minister to women and pastors. She’ll be teaching, training and giving her testimony of God’s grace.
Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night for Daylight Savings Time. Spring forward on your clock and you’ll not miss the great tribute service for Pastor Dick!