Sunday, January 23, 2011

As The Eagle Stirs Up Her Nest, Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

Reading: Deuteronomy 32:1-12 

"As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings, So the LORD alone led him, And there was no foreign god with him." Deuteronomy 32:11-12

Bald Eagle Nest
Photo by Lorne Sykora (License)
The allusion made to the Eagle here is based on the belief that a hen-eagle makes a beautiful nest on a high mountain or tree to lay her eggs and incubate them till they hatch. She jealously watches over them but this has a saddening effect on the baby eagles. They feel very complacent and satisfied as their mother hunts for them. When they have grown a little the mother-eagle deliberately scatters the nest and the young eagles. The natural consequence is that the young eagles will begin to fall to the ground but the mother-eagle does not let them. Let us look more closely at verse 11 to see all that the mother-eagle does. “As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young; spreading out her wings, taking them up, carrying them on her wings”

Sunday, January 16, 2011

We Are Being Watched

We are being watched
By U.S. Navy photo by Journalist Seaman Apprentice Marc Rockwell-Pate [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Text: Hebrews 12:1-2
"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

Bible Reading: 2 Timothy 2:1-10
"You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things. Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory" 


The Bible presents the Christian life under a wide range of figures, all of them suggestive and descriptive of the believer’s experience. He is compared to a child, a sheep, a house, a temple, a farm, a pilgrim, a soldier, a bride, members of a body, and many other things. One of the most colourful is that of an athlete, running in a race to obtain the prize or trophy. Such is the figure with which Hebrews 12 opens. “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”(NKJV)

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Welcome to 2011

Happy New Year
The Lord Is Waiting For Us In 2011 

"For the LORD your God is bringing you into is a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you” (Deuteronomy 8:7-10)
For the land which you go to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it by foot, as a vegetable garden; but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven, a land for which the LORD your God cares; the eyes of the LORD your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.” (Deuteronomy 11:10-12)
The year 2010 will in a few hours pass into history and shall never again be with us. At the same time we stand at the verge of the unknown 2011. There lies before us a brand New Year and we are marching forward to possess it. Who can tell what we shall find in 2011? There are a few things we shall at least, expect to find – new experiences, new changes that shall come, new needs that shall arise and new and perhaps sterner measures.