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Flying into the Ground

Hey, did you hear about the almost apocalypse that descended on a small Arkansas town on New Year’s Eve.  I guess to prepare Arkansas fans for all the dropped passes in the Sugar Bowl  on New Year’s Eve thousands on black birds fell from the sky – littering yards and hitting people and cars.

Bird people, called birdologists or more often ornithologists, are guessing that the fireworks startled the birds and had them flying around running into stuff and and may have sent them literally flying into the ground.

Stupid birds.

Well, wait a moment, when you think about it, how many times do we drop into chaos when things mess up our nights.  When the fireworks of life start exploding around us, at times we start thrashing and crashing as well.  But here is some help for that.

First remember that God knows you even more then the birds

“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Matthew 10:29-30

and second he is our protection

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.Psalm 18:2

So remember if things are not going your way, don’t fly into the ground and crash, head towards the stronghold which is our Lord.

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah Psalm 32:7

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It’s 2011 – Happy New Year

Oh its a new year, and a new fresh start. For many of you it’s the first day of work in the new year – new policies, new insurance, new tax rates, new calendars and hopefully for many – new ways.

Of course that means there are old ways – the things that you want to leave behind in 2010 – the old practices and standards. Just like the big file I have of receipts, statements and tax forms, we want to file away those old practices and standards.

But lets make sure that there is one thing that we don’t leave behind, in fact we should pick it up with more earnest. In 2011, let us follow the example set by Peter and his fellow followers of the Christ just weeks after the death of that same Christ. The leaders of the day told Peter and his posse to stop talking about this Christ and this was his reply:

29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! 30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. 31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” Acts 5 NIV

In 2011, let us take that stand – “We must obey God rather than human beings!”. . As you mark off each new day on that new calendar let us confirm anew our desire for obedience.

Happy New Year!